|DVDs Mar. 6-12, 2001|
|Home Theater News DVD Hardware-Software News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Wednesday, 07 March 2001|
THE BROKEN HEARTS CLUB (Columbia/TriStar), released theatrically last year, stars Andrew Keegan and Dean Cain in an ensemble comedy about a group of baseball-playing gay male friends in West Hollywood. Greg Berlanti directs. Aspect ratios are widescreen 2.35:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and French, with English and French subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary from the director and producer, deleted scenes with commentary from the director and the producer and Andrew Keegan’s screen test.
THE CONTENDER (DreamWorks), released theatrically last year, is director/writer Rod Lurie’s political thriller about efforts to thwart the appointment of a female U.S. vice-president (Joan Allen). Jeff Bridges is Oscar-nominated for his Supporting performance as the President; Gary Oldman also stars. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary track from Lurie and Allen, a making-of featurette, deleted scenes and production notes.
DO THE RIGHT THING (Criterion Home Vision), director/writer Spike Lee’s 1989 controversial exploration of racial politics in Brooklyn, starring Lee, Ossie Davis and Danny Aiello, is out in a new widescreen, digitally-mastered two-disc set. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary track from Lee, cinematographer Ernest Dickerson, designer Wynn Thomas and actress Joie lee, new introductions from Lee and editor Barry Brown, a featurette with Lee and line producer Jon Kilik revisiting the Bedford-Stuyvesant locations, a 60-minute making-of documentary on the film, Lee’s behind-the-scenes footage, from rehearsals to wrap party and storyboards of the riot sequence.
DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I STOPPED WORRYING AND LEARNED TO LOVE THE BOMB (Columbia/TriStar), director Stanley Kubrick’s classic 1964 black comedy about the military and nuclear obliteration, starring Peter Sellers and George C. Scott, is now out in a new special edition. Aspect ratio is listed as 1.33:1, but – intentionally, as in the original theatrical release – the aspect ratio changes repeatedly during the course of the film; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, French and Portugese, with English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean and Thai subtitles. Extras include a featurette on Kubrick, a making-of documentary, original split-screen interviews with actors Sellers and Scott, the original ad gallery and talent files.
LADY AND THE TRAMP II: SCAMP’S ADVENTURE (Walt Disney Home Video) is a new straight-to-video animated sequel to the classic Disney canine romance cartoon. This tale is about Lady and Tramp’s restless son, voiced by Scott Wolf; Alyssa Milano and Chazz Palmintieri supply other voices. Melissa Manchester and Norman Gimble wrote the songs; Jeannine Roussel and Darrell Rooney directed. Aspect ratio is 1.66:1; sound formats are English DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. Extras include a making-of short, audio commentary from the directors, an interactive game and three animated Disney shorts on the Pluto character from the ‘40s.
THE LITTLE VAMPIRE (New Line Home Entertainment), released theatrically last year, is a kind of child’s introduction to the horror genre, with a little American boy in Scotland befriending a family of basically benign vamps who want to regain their humanity. Jonathan Lipnicki and Richard E. Grant star under Uli Edel’s direction. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound format is Dolby Digital, with English subtitles.
MEET THE PARENTS (Universal Studios Home Video), released theatrically last year, is the phenomenally successful comedy starring Ben Stiller as a young man intimidated by his overbearing future father-in-law (Robert DeNiro). Jay Roach directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English DTS 5.1, English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French 5.1 Surround, with English subtitles. Extras include a feature-length commentary with director Roach and editor Jon Poll, feature-length commentary with DeNiro, Stiller, Roach and producer Jane Rosenthal, a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, outtakes, two games, production notes and DVD-ROM content.
REAR WINDOW (Universal Studios Home Video), Alfred Hitchcock’s famous 1954 thriller about an invalid who witnesses what may be a murder, is out in a new collector’s edition. James Stewart and Grace Kelly star. Aspect ratio is 1.66:1; sound formats are English and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English subtitles. Extras include a making-of documentary, a featurette with screenwriter John Michael Hayes, production photos, production notes, the re-release trailer narrated by James Stewart and the script.