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Written by Abbie Bernstein   
Thursday, 21 March 2002

ANGELS AND INSECTS (MGM Home Entertainment) is a 1996 period drama about a shy Englishman who marries into a family with some odd secrets. Mark Rylance, Kristin Scott Thomas and Patsy Kensit star; Philip Haas directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.


BAR GIRLS (MGM Home Entertainment) is a 1995 lesbian romantic comedy directed by Marita Giovanni. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

THE BIG HIT: SUPERBIT COLLECTION (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is the digitally-enhanced release of the 1998 action comedy about an innocent young man who gets involved in a Mob power play. Mark Wahlberg and Lou Diamond Phillips star; Kirk Wong directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound format is DTS Surround; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

BOXCAR BERTHA (MGM Home Entertainment) is director Martin Scorsese’s 1972 action movie about Depression-era labor organizers, starring Barbara Hershey and David Carradine. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

DONNIE DARKO (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is a surrealistic 2001 fantasy starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a young man troubled by apocalyptic visions. Drew Barrymore and Noah Wyle costar; Richard Kelly directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

FOCUS (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a 2001 drama, based on Arthur Miller’s first published novel, about an American couple facing anti-Semitism in the 1940s. William H. Macy, Laura Dern, David Paymer and Meat Loaf Aday star; Neil Slavin directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include a making-of featurette. MPAA rating is PG-13.

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (Walt Disney Home Entertainment) is the relatively upbeat 1996 animated musical version of Victor Hugo’s novel about a Parisian outcast who falls in love with a gypsy. Tom Hulce, Kevin Kline and Demi Moore provide the voices; Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale direct. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English DTS, English Dolby Digital 5.1, French and Spanish, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by producer Don Hahn and directors Wise and Trousdale, a making-of featurette, games, a singalong feature and a multi-language reel. MPAA rating is G.

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME II (Walt Disney Home Entertainment) is the 2002 animated follow-up to the 1996 animated musical, with Tom Hulce, Kevin Kline and Demi Moore reprising their voice roles, joined by Haley Joel Osment and Jennifer Love Hewett. Aspect ratio is 1.66:1; sound formats are English DTS, English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish and French, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include Jason Alexander in a musical tribute to gargoyles, a making-of featurette with Hewitt, a game, puppet theatre and DVD-ROM features. MPAA rating is G.

IMPROMPTU (MGM Home Entertainment) is a charming 1991 romantic comedy about the affair between writer George Sand (Judy David) and Fredric Chopin (Hugh Grant). James Lapine directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG-13.

THE LOCUSTS (MGM Home Entertainment) is a 1997 drama about a drifter (Vince Vaughn) who finds work on a ranch run by a widow (Kate Capshaw) who dominates the life of her son (Jeremy Davies). John Patrick Kelley directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

OZ – THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (Warner Home Video) is a three-disc set of the first eight episodes of HBO’s acclaimed prison drama, starring Lee Tergesen. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentaries by series creator Tom Fontana and actor Tergesen, deleted scenes with commentary, a making-of featurette, a music video, an index and TV trailers. There is no MPAA rating.

RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS: SPECIAL EDITION (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) stars Drew Barrymore, Steve Zahn, James Woods and Brittany Murphy in a fact-based comedy/drama about a lower-middle-class young woman who becomes a successful author despite motherhood at an early age. Penny Marshall directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG-13.

SAMURAI JACK – THE PREMIERE MOVIE (Hanna-Barbera) is a 2001 feature-length version of the popular cartoon. Mako supplies the lead voice. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a 1980 romantic comedy starring Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase, written by Neil Simon and directed by Jay Sandrich. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG.

STRICTLY BALLROOM (Buena Vista Home Entertainment) is director Baz Luhrmann’s 1993 romantic musical comedy about competitive ballroom dancing in Australia, starring Paul Mercurio and Tara Morice. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1, with Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Luhrmann, production designer Catherine Martin and John O’Connell, a 30-minute dance documentary, backstage photos, Luhrmann’s family album, production designs and promotional materials. MPAA rating is PG.

THE TALL GUY (Buena Vista Home Entertainment) is a charming 1990 romantic comedy about an American actor in London, starring Jeff Goldblum, Emma Thompson and Rowan Atkinson, directed by Mel Smith. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

TRAINING DAY (Warner Home Video) is a 2001 police thriller about a young LAPD officer (Ethan Hawke) who hopes to be brought onto the squad of a star narcotics detective (Denzel Washington), who has a few hidden agendas. Washington and Hawke are both Oscar-nominated for their work here. Antoine Fuqua directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 5.1, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Fuqua, new footage, a making-of featurette, an alternate ending, two music videos and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

VERTICAL LIMIT: SUPERBIT EDITION (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a new digitally-enhanced release of the 2000 action thriller about an attempt to rescue a mountain-climbing team stranded on a high peak. Chris O’Donnell, Bill Paxton, Scott Glenn and Robin Tunney star; Martin Campbell directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound format is DTS Surround, with English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG-13.

WILDE: SPECIAL EDITION (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a new release of the 1998 drama starring Stephen Fry as writer Oscar Wilde and Jude Law as his problematic aristocratic lover. Brian Gilbert directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.







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