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Thursday, 04 April 2002

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – SEASON ONE (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a seven-disc set of the 1987-1988 debut season of the science-fiction hit starring Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes and Brent Spiner. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include four making-of featurettes and a booklet of episode information. There is no MPAA rating.

AFTER DARK, MY SWEET (Artisan Entertainment) is a 1990 film noir starring Jason Patric and Rachel Ward, directed by James Foley. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

ALL IN THE FAMILY – THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a three-disc set of Norman Lear’s groundbreaking TV comedy starring Carroll O’Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. There is no MPAA rating.

AMERICA IN CONCERT (Music Video Distributors) features the band in a 1999 performance. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

ARACHNID (Trimark Home Entertainment) is a 2001 horror movie about spiders, starring Chris Potter and directed by Jack Sholder. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

BANDITS – SPECIAL EDITION (M-G-M Home Entertainment) is a 2001 comedy about two very different criminals (Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton) who team up to rob banks and fall for the same woman (Cate Blanchett, who is glorious). Barry Levinson directs. Aspect ratios are widescreen 2.35:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, French Dolby Digital Stereo Surround, Spanish Dolby Digital Stereo Surround and Portuguese Dolby Digital Stereo Surround, with English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include an alternate ending, deleted scenes, a making-of featurette and a featurette on creating scene 71. MPAA rating is PG-13.

BREAD AND TULIPS (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) stars Licia Magliette and Bruno Ganz in this 2001 tale of middle-aged love, directed by Silvio Soldini. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is (original language track) Italian Dolby Digital 5.1, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

BULL DURHAM – SPECIAL EDITION (M-G-M Home Entertainment) is the acclaimed 1988 comedy/drama about love and baseball starring Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, directed by Ron Shelton. Aspect ratios are widescreen 2.35:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, French Stereo Surround, Spanish Stereo Surround and Portuguese Mono, with English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director/writer Shelton, audio commentary by actors Costner and Robbins, a making-of featurette, a featurette on Costner, a featurette on the film’s sports action, a photo gallery and the theatrical trailer. PAA rating is R.
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CADENCE (Republic Studios) is director/star Martin Sheen’s 1991 drama about young men in the military, also starring Charlie Sheen. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround. Extras include information in cast and crew. MPAA rating is PG-13.

CHAMPION (Republic Studios) is a black-and-white 1949 drama starring Kirk Douglas and Arthur Kennedy, directed by Mark Robson. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

CHASING AMY: CRITERION COLLECTION (Miramax Home Entertainment) is a new release of director/writer Kevin Smith’s 1997 romantic comedy/drama about a comic book creator (Ben Affleck) who falls in love with a spirited bisexual woman (Joey Lauren Adams). Jason Lee and Jason Mewes also star. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1, with English subtitles. Extras include commentary by filmmaker Smith, producer Scott Mosier, actors Affleck and Mewes, associate producer Robert Hawk, Miramax executive Josh Gordon and film historian Vincent Pereira, 10 deleted scenes, outtakes, a new video introduction by Smith, introductions by cast and crew, production notes and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

CHEAP TRICK – MUSIC FOR HANGOVERS (WEA Corp.) is a 2002 release on the band. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English PCM Stereo. Extras include audio commentary by the band, an interview with the band, a discography and liner notes. There is no MPAA rating.

A CIVIL ACTION (Buena Vista Home Entertainment) stars John Travolta and Robert Duvall in a 1999 fact-based drama about a lawyer who takes on a major corporation in an environmental suit. Steven Zaillian directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English closed-captioning. Extras include a making-of featurette and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

CONSPIRACY (Warner Home Video) is a 2001 made-for-cable film about the notorious Wannsee Conference, the meeting at which Hitler’s aides came up with the methodology for their genocidal programs. Kenneth Branagh and Stanley Tucci star; Frank Pierson directs. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English, Spanish and French subtitles. Extras include two featurettes. MPAA rating is R.

DEEP RISING (Buena Vista Home Entertainment) is a very entertaining 1998 horror/adventure film from director/writer Stephen Sommers (THE MUMMY), about battling sea monsters on the open ocean. Treat Williams, Famke Janssen and Kevin J. O’Connor star. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 5.1, with English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

DIANA KRALL – LIVE IN PARIS (Pioneer Video) features the jazz artist in concert at the Paris Olympia on Dec. 2, 2001. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English DTS, English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. Extras include two music videos and rehearsal footage. There is no MPAA rating.

DOCTOR WHO – THE CAVES OF ANDROZANI (Warner Home Video) features the intergalactic traveler in an adventure starring Peter Davison and Nicola Bryant. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. Extras include audio commentary by actors Davison and Bryant, news items, a making-of featurette, optional pop-up production notes, a photo gallery and isolated score. There is no MPAA rating.

DOCTOR WHO – REMEMBRANCE OF THE DALEKS (Warner Home Video) has the Doctor battling those pesky robots, with the intrepid, bomb-throwing Ace at his side. Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred star. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. Extras include commentary by actors McCoy and Aldred, extended and deleted scenes, an isolated score, alternate angles, outtakes, optional fact subtitle track, a who’s who feature, a photo gallery and the trailer. There is no MPAA rating.

DRUNKEN MASTER (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a 1978 action comedy starring Jackie Chan as a hero who fights better when inebriated. Woo-ping Yuen directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

EUROPEAN VACATION – See NATIONAL LAMPOON’S EUROPEAN VACATION, below.

FARSCAPE # 11 (A.D. Vision) contains two episodes of the excellent science-fiction series, "Bone To Be Wild" and "Family Ties." Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround. Extras include audio commentary by actor Anthony Simcoe on "Bone," audio commentary by actors Ben Browder and Claudia Black on "Family," video profiles of writer/producers Rockne S. O’Bannon and David Kemper, a featurette on Jim Henson’s Ceature Shop and conceptual artwork. There is no MPAA rating.

FATHER GOOSE (Republic Studios) is a 1964 comedy starring Cary Grant as a bachelor on a desert island who finds himself caring for a woman (Leslie Caron) and a batch of young orphans. Ralph Nelson directs. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. There is no MPAA rating.

GINGER SNAPS (Artisan Entertainment) is a well-regarded 2000 werewolf movie with a twist, starring Emily Perkins and Katharine Isabelle, directed by John Fawcett. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

HIGH NOON (Republic Studios) stars Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly in this 1952 Western classic, directed by Fred Zinnemann. Aspect ratio is full-screen black-and-white 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, THX certified, with English, Spanish and French subtitles. Extras include a making-of documentary, a photo gallery and the theatrical trailer. There is no MPAA rating.

HIGHWAY (New Line Home Entertainment) is a 2001 action drama starring Jared Leto, Jake Gyllenhaal and Selma Blair, directed by James Cox. Aspect ratios are widescreen 2.35:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English subtitles and closed-captioning.

INDISCREET (Republic Studios) stars Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in this 1958 romance directed by Stanley Donen. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. There is no MPAA rating.

INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (Republic Studios) is the original 1956 horror classic, starring Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter, directed by Don Siegel. Aspect ratios are black-and-white widescreen 2.00:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, THX certified, with Spanish and French subtitles. Extras include an interview with actor McCarthy and the theatrical trailer. There is no MPAA rating.

IRON MONKEY (Dimension Home Entertainment) is a lively 1994 action fantasy about a Chinese Robin Hood, starring Rongguang Yu and Donnie Yen, directed by Woo-ping Yuen. No format information is available. MPAA rating is PG-13.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Republic Studios) is Frank Capra’s acclaimed 1947 fantasy about a man (James Stewart) evaluating his life. Donna Reed also stars. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, THX certified, with Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include a tribute to Capra from his son and a making-of featurette. There is no MPAA rating.

IVANHOE (A&E Home Entertainment) is a two-disc release of the 1997 miniseries based on Sir Walter Scott’s heroic novel about a knight fighting for good King Richard. Steven Waddington, Susan Lynch and Ciaran Hinds star; Stuart Orme directs. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

JEEVES & WOOSTER – THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON (A&E Home Entertainment) is a two-disc set of episodes starring Hugh Laurie as an upper-class twit and Stephen Fry as his wise servant. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

JENNINGS, WAYLON – See WAYLONG RENEGADE OUTLAW LEGEND, below.

JOE VS. THE VOLCANO (Warner Home Video) stars Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in a 1990 comedy directed by John Patrick Shanley. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and French Dolby Digital 2.0, with English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Thai subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include a making-of featurette, an Eric Burdon music video, cast highlights and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG.

K-PAX (Universal Studios Home Video) is a 2001 drama starring Kevin Spacey as a man who claims to be an alien and Jeff Bridges as a psychiatrist trying to figure him out. Iain Softley directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English DTS, English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 5.1, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Softley, a making-of featurette, an alternate ending, deleted scenes, photos by actor Bridges and DVD-ROM features. MPAA rating is PG-13.

KISS – LIVE IN LAS VEGAS (Passport International) is a 2002 release on the band. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

KRALL, DIANA – See DIANA KRALL, above.

LIFE AS A HOUSE (New Line Home Entertainment) is a 2001 drama starring Kevin Kline as a dying man trying to reconnect with his estranged teenaged son (Hayden Christensen). Kristin Scott Thomas also stars. Irwin Winkler directs. Aspect ratio is 2.10:1; sound formats are English DTS, English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Winkler, co-producer Rob Cowen and writer Mark Andrus, two making-of featurettes, four deleted scenes with optional director commentary, the theatrical press kit and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

LORETTA LYNN – HONKY TONK GIRL (Kultur) features the country singer. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

MEET THE FEEBLES (Commercial Factors) is director Peter (LORD OF THE RINGS) Jackson’s surreal 1995 comedy about some very unhealthy puppets. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

NATIONAL LAMPOON’S EUROPEAN VACATION (Warner Home Video) is a 1985 comedy starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, directed by Amy Heckerling. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 and French Dolby Digital 2.0, with English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Thai subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by actors Chase and D’Angelo, cast highlights and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

NELSON, WILLIE – See WILLIE NELSON, below.

THE NET – SPECIAL EDITION (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a 1995 thriller starring Sandra Bullock and Jeremy Northam, directed by Irwin Winkler. No aspect ratio information is available; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 and Portuguese Dolby Digital 2.0, with English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Thai subtitles. Extras include audio commentary by director Winkler, audio commentary by the screenwriter, two making-of featurettes and production notes. MPAA rating is PG-13.

ORIGINAL SIN – UNRATED VERSION (M-G-M Home Entertainment) is a 2001 thriller about a wealthy man in 1800s Cuba whose mail order bride has some secrets. Antonio Banderas, Angelina Jolie and Thomas Jane star; Michael Cristofer directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 and Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1, with English, Spanish, French and Portuguese subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Cristofer, a photo gallery, a music video and TV spots. There is no MPAA rating on this version. An R-rated version is also available separately.

OUR LADY OF THE ASSASSINS (Paramount Home Entertainment) is director Barbet Schroeder’s 2000 drama about an older gay man who returns home to his native Colombia and becomes involved with a young hustler/killer. German Jaramillo, Anderson Ballestros and Juan David Restrepo star. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound format is (original language track) Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

RASHOMON – CRITERION COLLECTION (Home Vision Entertainment) is director Akira Kurosawa’s 1951 drama about a crime seen from several points of view, so influential that the word "Rashomon" has become a common term for an incident that can be seen from many sides. Toshiro Mifune stars. Aspect ratio is black-and-white full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are (original language track) Japanese 2.0 Dolby Digital Mono and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English subtitles. Extras include commentary by film historian Donald Richie, a video introduction by Robert Altman, an excerpt from a documentary about cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa, reprints of the two stories that the film is based on, excerpts from Kurosawa’s autobiography and the theatrical trailer. There is no MPAA rating.

RUTHLESS PEOPLE (Buena Vista Home Entertainment) is a funny 1986 black comedy about a kidnapping that goes awry when the victim turns out to be a lot harder-nosed than the kidnappers. Bette Midler, Danny DeVito, Judge Reinhold, Helen Slater and Bill Pullman star; Jerry Zucker directs. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

SHAKUR, TUPAC – See TUPAC SHAKUR, below.

SHOT IN THE HEART (Warner Home Video) is a 2001 made-for-cable movie about the relationship between convicted killer Gary Gilmore and his brother Mikal. Elias Koteas and Giovanni Ribisi star; Agnieszka Holland directs. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound forats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English, Spanish and French subtitles. Extras include a biography of Mikal Gilmore, Gary Gilmore’s story, family photos, artwork by Gary Gilmore, music by Mikal Gilmore and an excerpt from Mikas Gilmore’s book. MPAA rating is R.

SLAP SHOT – 25th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION (Universal Studios Home Video) is the 1977 comedy/drama about a hockey team starring Paul Newman and Michael Ontkean. George Roy Hill directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by the Hanson brothers and "puck talk." MPAA rating is R.

SLAP SHOT 2 – BREAKING THE ICE (Universal Studios Home Video) is a 2002 follow-up to the original, starring Stephen Baldwin, Callum Keith Rennie and Gary Busey. Steve Boyum directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English DTS, English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 5.1, with Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include a making-of featurette, an interview with the Hanson Brothers and production notes. MPAA rating is R.

SUPERTRAMP – THE STORY SO FAR (Universal Studios Home Video) is a 1990 release on the band. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

13 GHOSTS (Warner Home Video) is a 2001 horror film starring Tony Shalhoub, F. Murray Abraham, Shannon Elizabeth, Matthew Lillard and Embeth Davidtz, directed by Steve Beck. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 5.1, with English French and Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by production designer Sean Hargreaves and make-up effects artist Howard Berger, 12 vignettes on the ghosts and a music montage. MPAA rating is R.

TIN MEN (Buena Vista Home Entertainment) is director Barry Levinson’s 1987 comedy about two rival aluminum siding salesmen in Baltimore. Richard Dreyfuss, Danny DeVito and Barbara Hershey star. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

TREES LOUNGE (Warner Home Video) is a 1996 drama starring writer/director Steve Buscemi as a man trying to get his life together. Chloe Sevigny also stars. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning.

TUPAC SHAKUR – THUG ANGEL (Image Entertainment) is a 2001 documentary on the late rap star. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1. Extras include interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, audio recordings of Shakur, Shakur’s reading library and a photo gallery. There is no MPAA rating.

UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS – THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON (A&E Home Entertainment) is a four-disc set of the TV series about an English family and their servants during WWI. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

THE USUAL SUSPECTS – SPECIAL EDITION (M-G-M Home Entertainment) is a new release of the Oscar-winning (for Christopher McQuarrie’s original screenplay and Kevin Spacey’s supporting performance) 1995 heist thriller. Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palmintieri, Kevin Pollak, Peter Postlethwait and Benicio Del Toro also star; Bryan Singer directs. Aspect ratios are widescreen 2.35:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and French 2.0 Stereo Surround, with English, French and Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director singer and writer McQuarrie, audio commentary by editor/composer John Ottman, deleted scenes with introductions by Ottman, an outtake reel with an introduction by Singer, four making-of featurettes, a featurette on the film company at Cannes and theatrical trailers. MPAA rating is R.

WATERSHIP DOWN (Warner Home Video) is director Martin Rosen’s 1978 animated adaptation of Richard Adams’ mythic fantasy about rabbits. John Hurt and Richard Briers supply the main voices. No format information is available. MPAA rating is PG.

WAYLON – RENEGADE OUTLAW LEGEND (Kultur) is a release on country star Waylon Jennings. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

WILLIE NELSON – MY LIFE (Kultur) is new release on the country star. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

WISHMASTER 3 – BEYOND THE GATES OF HELL (Artisan Entertainment) is a 2001 horror film about an evil genie. Jason Connery stars; Chris Angel directs. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

XENA SERIES FINALE – DIRECTOR’S CUT (USA Home Entertainment) is the 2001 dramatic wrap-up to the adventures of the mythic heroine. Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor star. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary with the director and actresses Lawless and O’Connor, 30 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage and a photo gallery. There is no MPAA rating.







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