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DVDs July 31-Aug. 6, 2001  Print E-mail
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Thursday, 02 August 2001

AKIRA – SPECIAL EDITION (Pioneer Video) is a two-disc release of the 1989 anime classic about a troubled near-future world, directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. Aspect ratio is 1.78:1; sound formats are Japanese Dolby Digital 4.1 and English Dolby Digital 5.1, with English subtitles. Extras include a new English translation of the dialogue, a making-of featurette, an interview with director Otomo from 1988, a documentary on restoring "Akira" for DVD, a featurette on the soundtrack and a glossary. MPAA rating is R.

THE BEST OF BOB HOPE (BFS Entertainment/Multimedia) is a 177-minute collection of highlights from the comedian’s work, in color and black-and-white. No further format information is available.

BILLY LIAR (Home Vision Criterion Collection) is the acclaimed 1963 comedy/drama about a working-class English youth Tom Courtenay who fantasizes a great deal. Julie Christie also stars under John Schlesinger’s direction. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary track from director Schlesinger and stars Courtenay and Christie, excerpts from the BBC series "Hollywood UK: British Cinema in the ‘60s" and the theatrical trailer. Film predates the MPAA rating system.

THE BROTHERS (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment), released theatrically earlier this year, is director Gary Hardwick’s comedy/drama about the romantic travails of four young African-American men, starring Morris Chestnut, D.L. Hughley and Gabrielle Man. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and French, with English and French subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary track from director Hardwick, a making-of featurette, deleted scenes and a music video. MPAA rating is R.

HEAD OVER HEELS (Universal Studios Home Video), released theatrically earlier this year, is a romantic comedy concerning a young man (Freddie Prinze Jr.) who falls for a woman (Monica Potter) rooming with an apartment full of supermodels. Mark S. Waters directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English DTS Surround, English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English subtitles. Extras include a making-of featurette and production notes. MPAA rating is PG-13.

MADELINE (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment), released theatrically in 1998, concerns a little girl at a convent-run school who gets into various adventures. Frances McDormand and Nigel Hawthorne star. Aspect ratios are widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs, and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital Surround, with English subtitles. Extras include a "Madeline" cartoon and photo gallery. MPAA rating is PG. The DVD is packaged with two other titles, MATILDA and STUART LITTLE (see below).

MATILDA (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment), released theatrically in 1996, is an underrated and completely delightful adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book about a bright little girl (Mara Wilson) who triumphs over awful parents (Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman). DeVito directs from a screenplay by Nicholas Kazan. Aspect ratios are widescreen and full-screen (1.33:1); sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0, French and Spanish, with English and Spanish subtitles. MPAA rating is PG. The DVD is packaged with two other titles, MADELINE and STUART LITTLE.

MIMIC 2 (Dimension Home Video), directed by Jean de Segonzac, is a straight-to-home-video sequel that brings back the man-sized bugs that can pretend to be human. Alix Koromzay stars. No format information is available. MPAA rating is R.

SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET (Artisan Entertainment), released theatrically earlier this year, is a thriller starring Treat Williams and Linda Hamilton. Wayne Powers directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound format is English Dolby Digital, with English subtitles. MPAA rating is R.

STUART LITTLE (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is the hit adaptation of E.B. White’s children’s book about a mouse adopted by a human family. Michael J. Fox voices the title character, with Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie and Jonathan Lipnicki as the live-action people in his life. Rob Minkoff directs. Aspect ratios are widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs, and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0, with English subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary track from director Minkoff and animation director Henry Anderson, a visual effects featurette, a visual effects gag reel, a making-of featurette, a boat race concept reel with director commentary, music videos from Brian Setzer, R Angels and Trisha Yearwood, a blooper reel, a read-along feature, a Central Park Adventure game, art galleries, an isolated music track, talent files and DVD-ROM features. MPAA rating is PG. The DVD is packaged with MADELINE and MATILDA (see above).

THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment), released earlier this year, is an animated adaptation of E.B. White’s book about a mute trumpeter swan and his adventures in both the animal and human worlds. Jason Alexander, Reese Witherspoon, Mary Steenburgen and Joe Mantegna provide voices; Richard Rich and Terry L. Noss direct. Aspect ratios are widescreen and full-screen (1.33:1); no sound format information is available. Extras include a coloring book, a game and DVD-ROM features. MPAA rating is G.

WHEN THE SKY FALLS (Vidmark/Trimark), is a fictionalized 1999 drama about the life and death of an Irish crime reporter, based on the real Veronica Guerin. Joan Allen, Patrick Bergin and Liam Cunningham star; John Mackenzie directs. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English, Spanish and French subtitles. Extrails include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.







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