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DVDs June 11-24, 2002  Print E-mail
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Written by Abbie Bernstein   
Monday, 24 June 2002

ALABAMA – GREATEST VIDEO HITS (Image Entertainment) is a 1986 collection by the band. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

AMERICAN PSYCHO II: ALL-AMERICAN GIRL (Trimark Home Entertainment) is a 2002 thriller starring Mila Kunis, William Shatner and Geraint Wyn Davies, directed by Morgan J. Freeman (not to be confused with the actor Morgan Freeman). Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

ARE YOU BEING SERVED: THE MOVIE (Anchor Bay Entertainment) is a 1977 feature-length version of the British comedy. Aspect ratio is 1.66:1; sound format is English 2.0 Mono. Extras include the trailer. There is no MPAA rating.

THE ATTIC EXPEDITIONS (First Look Pictures) is a 2001 horror film starring Andra Jones, Seth Green, Jeffrey Combs, Ted Raimi and Alice Cooper, directed by Jeremy Kasten. No format information is available. MPAA rating is R.

BEN-HUR – LIMITED EDITION COLLECTOR’S SET (Creative Design Arts) is a two-disc release of the Oscar-winning 1959 Biblical epic starring Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd and Jack Hawkins, directed by William Wyler. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is G.

BLACK HAWK DOWN (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is the intense 2001 war film dramatizing the real-life battle between U.S. forces and Somali soldiers in 1993 Mogadishu. Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor and Tom Sizemore star; Ridley Scott directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English 5.1 and Spanish, with English, French, Chinese and Thai subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include a making-of featurette, production notes and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER – THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is a six-disc set of the 22 episodes comprising the 1997-98 season of creator Joss Whedon’s utterly excellent horror fantasy, that usually manages to be true to life, hilarious, heartbreaking and weird at the same time. Sarah Michelle Gellar, David Boreanaz, Alyson Hannigan, Nicholas Brendon, Anthony Stewart Head and Charisma Carpenter star; James Marsters and Juliet Landau have significant continuing guest appearances. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English 2.0 Surround. Extras include episode-specific audio commentaries by executive producer/writer/director Whedon, producer/writer Marti Noxon and executive producer/writer/director David Greenwalt, interviews with Whedon, a design featurette, a beastiary featurette, a stills gallery, cast biographies and U.S. and U.K. trailers. There is no MPAA rating.

BUTTERFLY KISS (First Run Features) is a remarkably depressing but effective 1996 drama/thriller about two female serial killers on the roads of Northern England. Amanda Plummer and Saskia Reeves star; Michael Winterbottom directs. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

EMINEM ALL ACCESS EUROPE (Universal Music and Video) follows the rapper on tour. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

FRANK HERBERT’S DUNE (TV MINISERIES) – DIRECTOR’S CUT SPECIAL EDITION (Artisan/20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is a three-disc set of the 2000 miniseries based on the massive novel about a distant universe where dynasties battle for control of a desert planet that is the key to space travel. William Hurt, Saskia Reeves and Ian McNeice star; John Harrison directs. Aspect ratio is 1.77:1; sound format is English DTS, English 5.1 and English 2.0 Surround, with English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by the production team, almost 30 minutes of additional footage, a Willis McNelly featurette on DUNE and author Frank Herbert, a making of featurette, a featurette on director of photography Vittorio Storaro, an interview with director Harrison, a featurette on religion, a panel discussion with Harlan Ellison, Octavia Butler, Michael Cassutt, inventor Ray Kurzwell and director Harrison, cast and crew biographies and a preview on pre-production on CHILDREN OF DUNE. There is no MPAA rating.

GETTING THERE (Warner Home Video) is a 2002 comedy starring Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen, directed by Steve Purcell. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English 2.0 Surround, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include an alternate ending, a making-of featurette, a trivia quiz and trailers. MPAA rating is G.

HAPPY CAMPERS (New Line Home Entertainment) is a summer camp comedy, written and directed by Daniel Waters and starring Brad Renfro, Dominique Swain, James King, Emily Bergl, Justin Long, Jordan Bridges and Keram Malicki-Sanchez. Aspect ratios are widescreen 1.85:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English 5.1 Surround and English 2.0 Stereo, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

I AM SAM (New Line Home Entertainment) is a 2001 drama starring Sean Penn as a mentally disabled man trying to retain legal custody of his young daughter. Michelle Pfeiffer also stars; Jessie Nelson directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English DTS, English 5.1 and English 2.0 Surround, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Nelson, a making-of featurette, deleted and alternate scenes with optional commentary, the theatrical trailer and DVD-ROM features. MPAA rating is PG-13.

INSPIRATIONS (Home Vision Entertainment) is a 1997 documentary on creativity by director Michael Apted, featuring performer David Bowie and artist Roy Lichtenstein. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

KATE AND LEOPOLD (Miramax Home Entertainment) is a 2001 romantic comedy/fantasy about a 19th-century aristocrat who finds himself in 21st-century New York. Meg Ryan, Hugh Jackman and Liev Schrieber star; James Mangold directs. The film has a curious editing history; revisions were made so late that the reviewing press saw a different cut than the theatrical audience. Two versions of the film are included here, the director’s cut and the theatrical release. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English 5.1 and French 5.1, with English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Mangold, deleted scenes with commentary, a making-of featurette, Sting’s music video “Until,” a photo gallery and a costume featurette. MPAA rating is PG-13.

LOST IN YONKERS (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is the 1993 film version of Neil Simon’s play about two young brothers growing up in New York with an uncle who has a shady line of business. Richard Dreyfuss and Mercedes Ruehl star; Martha Coolidge directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. PAA rating is PG.

MAID TO ORDER (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is a 1987 comedy starring Ally Sheedy as a wealthy young woman magically forced to become a maid. Beverly D’Angelo also stars; Amy Hold Jones directs. No format information is available. MPAA rating is PG.

THE MAJESTIC (Warner Bros) is a 2001 drama set in the ‘50s, about a blacklisted screenwriter (Jim Carrey) who loses his memory and winds up mistaken for a WWII hero in a small town. Martin Landau and James Whitmore also star; Frank Darabont directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English 5.1 and French 2.0 Surround, with English and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the complete version of the “Sand Pirates of the Sahara” film-within-a-film, additional scenes and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG.

MAX KEEBLER’S BIG MOVE (Buena Vista Home Entertainment) is a 2001 children’s comedy about a boy who stands up to school bullies when he mistakenly believes he’s about to leave town. Alex D. Linz, Zena Grey, Jamie Kennedy and Larry Miller star; Tim Hill directs. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English 5.1, French 2.0 and Spanish 2.0, THX certified, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Hill, producer Mike Karz and actors Linz, Kennedy and Miller, deleted scenes, a making-of featurette and a trivia game. MPAA rating is PG.

MO’ MONEY (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a 1992 comedy about credit fraud starring Damon Wayans and Stacey Dash, directed by Peter MacDonald. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

MONSTER’S BALL (Vidmark) is a 2001 drama about a prison guard who takes part in an execution, then becomes involved with the prisoner’s widow. Halle Berry won the Best Actress Oscar for her work here; Billy Bob Thornton, Peter Boyle and Heath Ledger also star. Mark Forster directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English 5.1 and 2.0 Surround, with English and Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Forster and producer Roberta Schaefer, audio commentary by Forster and actors Berry and Thornton, deleted scenes, outtakes, a music featurette and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

THE MOUNTAIN MEN (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a 1980 period action film starring Charlton Heston and Brian Keith, directed by Richard Long. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATRE 3000 – THE HELLCATS (WEA Corp.) is a production with our stranded-in-space heroes talking back to a ‘60s actioner. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English 2.0. Extras include an uncut version of HELLCATS and the theatrical trailer. There is no MPAA rating.

NORTH BY NORTHWEST – LIMITED EDITION COLLECTOR’S SET (Pacific Design Arts) is a two-disc release of director Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1959 suspect/action drama starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. There is no MPAA rating.

THE OBJECT OF BEAUTY (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is a 1991 comedy/drama starring John Malkovich and Andie MacDowell as an American couple living beyond their means in Europe. Michael Lindsay-Hogg directs. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

ORANGE COUNTY (Paramount Home Entertainment), released theatrically earlier this year, is a comedy about a young man whose life starts coming unraveled after he fails to get into the university of his choice. Jack Black, Colin Hanks and Schuyler Fisk star; Jake Kasdan directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English 5.1, English 2.0 Surround and French 2.0 Surround, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Kasdan and screenwriter Mike White, two deleted scenes with director and writer commentary and 15 promotional spots. MPAA rating is PG-13.

PATCH ADAMS – COLLECTOR’S EDITION (Universal Studios Home Video) is the 1998 film starring Robin Williams as a real-life unorthodox doctor. Tom Shadyac directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English 5.1 and French 5.0, with English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Shadyac, a making-of featurette with the real Adams, outtakes, production notes and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

RAY CHARLES – LIVE AT THE MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL (Pioneer Entertainment) is a 2002 release showcasing the jazz great in performance. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English 5.1 and English 2.0 Stereo. Extras include commentary by Charles with Wayne Orr, a biographical timeline and liner notes. There is no MPAA rating.

REAL GENIUS (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is an underseen 1985 comedic gem about some hyperbright college students working on a top-secret project. Val Kilmer and William Atherton star; Martha Coolidge directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG.

RENDER – SPANNING TIME WITH ANI DiFRANCO (Koch Vision) is a 2002 release on the folk/rock performer. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; no sound format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

ROLLERBALL (MGM), released theatrically earlier this year, is a remake of the ‘70s original; the new version has removed the science-fiction element from its tale of an ultra-dangerous sport. Chris Klein, Jean Reno and Rebecca Romjin-Stamos star; John McTiernan directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

THE SEVENTH STREAM (20th Century Fox Home Entertainent) is a 2001 TV movie fantasy romance about a man (Scott Glenn) who falls in love with a selkie (Saffron Burrows), a sea spirit who can take the form of a woman or a seal. John Gray directs. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. There is no MPAA rating.

THE SHIPPING NEWS (Miramax Home Entertainment) is a 2001 drama starring Kevin Spacey as a shy man who moves with his young daughter to Newfoundland after a family tragedy. Julianne Moore, Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett also star; Lasse Hallstrom directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English and French (no further specifics available), with Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Hallstrom, a making-of featurette, behind-the-scenes footage and a stills gallery. MPAA rating is R.

SINS OF THE FATHER (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is the highly-acclaimed 2002 cable movie, based on real-life events, about a man who begins to suspect that his father is responsible for a fatal, racist church bombing. Tom Sizemore, Ving Rhames and Richard Jenkins star; Robert Dornhelm directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

SPEEDWAY JUNKY (Wolfe Video) is a 1999 car racing drama starring Jesse Bradford, Daryl Hannah and Jonathan Taylor Thomas; Nickolas Perry directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available. MPAA rating is R.

TODD RUNDGREN – LIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO (Image Entertainment) is a 2002 release on the singer/songwriter. No aspect ratio information is available; sound format is English DTS Surround. There is no MPAA rating.

TORNADO! (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is a 1996 lower-budget disaster film in the vein of TWISTER. Bruce Campbell stars. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG.

TOY SOLDIERS (Anchor Bay Entertainment) is a 1984 actioner starring Jason Miller, Cleavon Little and Tim Robbins, directed by David Fisher. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English 2.0 Mono, with English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S (Artisan Entertainment) is a 1989 comedy about two workmates (Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman) desperately forced to pretend their suddenly-dead boss (Terry Kiser) is still alive. Ted Kotcheff directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English 2.0 Surround, with Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include production notes and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

YES – SYMPHONIC LIVE (Pioneer Entertainment) is a 2002 release of the band in concert. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English DTS, English 5.1 and English 2.0 Stereo. Extras include a making-of documentary and a bonus video. There is no MPAA rating.

ZEBRAHEAD (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a 1992 romantic drama about a relationship between teenagers of different races. Michael Rapaport and N’Bushe Wright star; Anthony Drazan directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.







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