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Written by Abbie Bernstein   
Wednesday, 12 June 2002

ABSOLUTION (Westlake Entertainment) is a 1980 thriller starring Richard Burton as a priest locked in a deadly battle of wills with a rebellious student at a boys’ Catholic school. Billy Connolly co-stars. No format information is available. MPAA rating is R.

AMERICAN OUTLAWS (Warner Home Video) is a 2001 Western about Jesse James and his gang. Colin Farrell, Scott Caan and Ali Larter star; Les Mayfield directs. Aspect ratio is 1.77:1; sound formats are English DTS, English 5.1, English 2.0 Surround and French 2.0, with English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Mayfield, editor Michael Tronick and co-writer John Rogers, four making-of featurettes, a publicity gallery, a storyboard gallery, the theatrical trailer and DVD-ROM features. MPAA rating is PG-13.

ATLANTIC CITY (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a 1981 drama about an aging small-time gangster who becomes involved with an idealistic young woman. The film, director Louis Malle, the screenplay and stars Burt Lancaster and Susan Sarandon were all nominated for Academy Awards. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound format is English 2.0 Mono, with English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

AUDITION (Ventura Distribution) is a 1999 thriller about a fake audition that goes very wrong. Takasi Miike directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is (original language track) Japanese 5.0, with English subtitles. Extras include an interview with director Miike, a biography/filmography of Miike, a tour of the Egyptian theatre and liner notes by Chris D. MPAA rating is R.

BAD COMPANY (Paramount Home Entertainment) is not to be confused with the band, the new film starring Chris Rock and Anthony Hopkins or the 90s spy thriller starring Laurence Fishburne and Ellen Barkin. Instead, it is a 1972 Civil War-era comedy/drama about a gang of young outlaws. Jeff Bridges, Barry Brown, David Huddleston and John Savage star; Robert Benton directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound format is English 2.0 Mono, with English closed-captioning.

BLUE VELVET – SPECIAL EDITION (MGM/UA Home Entertainment) is director David Lynch’s 1986 thriller about corruption in a small town. Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Isabella Rossellini and Laura Dern star. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English 5.1, French 2.0 Stereo and Spanish 2.0 Mono, with English, Spanish, French and Portuguese subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include a new making-of documentary, an interview with David Lynch, a deleted scenes montage, Siskel and Ebert’s review and a photo gallery. MPAA rating is R.

THE BOONDOCK SAINTS (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is a 2000 thriller about two brothers who decide God wants them to take revenge against neighborhood gangsters. Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus star; Troy Duffy directs. Extras include audio commentary by director Duffy, deleted scenes and outtakes. MPAA rating is R.

BORN ROMANTIC (MGM/UA Home Entertainment) is a 2000 British romantic comedy starring Craig Ferguson, Ian Hart and Olivia Williams, directed by David Kane. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

BOYCOTT (HBO Studios) is a 2001 drama about the impact of Rosa Parks on the civil rights movement. Jeffrey Wright, CCH Pounder and Carmen Ejogo star; Clark Johnson directs. Aspect ratio is 1.33:1; sound format is English 2.0 Stereo, with English closed-captioning. Extras include the director commentary. There is no MPAA rating.

BRENDA STARR (Anchor Bay Entertainment) is a 1992 film about the comic book heroine, starring Brooke Shields and Timothy Dalton, directed by Robert Ellis Miller. Aspect ratios are widescreen 1.85:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English 2.0 Stereo. MPAA rating is PG.

BROTHER CADFAEL: THE PILGRIM OF HATE (Acorn Media) is a 1994 medieval mystery starring Derek Jacobi as a sleuthing monk. Sean Pertwee also stars. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. There is no MPAA rating.

THE BROTHERHOOD (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a 1968Mafia drama starring Kirk Douglas, Alex Cord and Susan Strasberg, directed by Martin Ritt. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound formats English 2.0 Mono and French 2.0 Mono, with English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG-13.

BRYAN ADAMS – UNPLUGGED (Universal Music Video) is a 1998 feature on the singer/songwriter. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID – SPECIAL EDITION (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is the hit 1969 Western about the two famous outlaws starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Katherine Ross, directed by George Roy Hill. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English 5.1, English 2.0 Surround and French 2.0 Surround, with English and Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Hill, composer Hal David, cinematographer Conrad Hall and Robert Crawford, a 45-minute making-of featurette, production notes, the theatrical trailer and DVD-ROM features. MPAA rating is PG.

CHUNGKING EXPRESS (Miramax Home Entertainment) is director Wong Kar-Wai’s 1996 comedy/drama about two different police officers having some rather eccentric experiences. Brigitte Lin stars. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is (original language track) Cantonese, with English subtitles. Extras include an introduction and wrap-up by Quentin Tarantino and the original Hong Kong trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

DARK SHADOWS DVD COLLECTION I (MPI Media Group) is a four-disc collection of 40 episodes from the venerable camp horror soap opera. Aspect ratio is 1.33:1; no sound format information is available. Extras include interviews with series creator Dan Curtis and cast members. There is no MPAA rating.

DATE WITH AN ANGEL (Anchor Bay Entertainment) is a 1987 romantic fantasy about a young man (Michael E. Knight) who falls in love with a celestial being (Emmanuelle Beart). Phoebe Cates also stars; Tom McLoughlin directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound format is English 2.0 Surround. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG.

DAVID BLAINE – FEARLESS (Buena Vista Home Entertainment) is a 2002 feature on the magician. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English 2.0 Surround, with English closed-captioning. Extras include additional material, behind-the-scenes footage, "telepathic menus," news articles and an interactive magic effect. There is no MPAA rating.

DEPECHE MODE – ONE NIGHT IN PARIS (Universal Music Video) is a two-disc release on the band. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English 5.1 and English 2.0 Stereo, with English, Spanish, German, French and Japanese subtitles. Extras include eight mini-documentaries, a stills gallery with commentary by Anton Corbijn, a featurette on Parisian fans, band interviews, concert projection films, an extra song and interactive camera angles. There is no MPAA rating.

DINNER WITH FRIENDS (HBO Studios) is a 2001 comedy/drama about two couples in transition, starring Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell, Greg Kinnear and Toni Collette, directed by Norman Jewison. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English 2.0 Surround, English 2.0 Stereo and Spanish 2.0 Stereo, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Jewison. MPAA rating is R.

DIZZY GILLESPIE – LIVE IN MONTREAL (Image Entertainment) features the jazz great in performance at the 1981 Montreal Jazz Festival. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English 2.0 Stereo. There is no MPAA rating.

EL DIABLO (HBO Studios) is a 1990 Western starring Anthony Edwards and Louis Gossett, Jr., directed by Peter Markle. No aspect ratio information is available; sound format is HiFi Surround, with English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG-13.

ENCINO MAN (Buena Vista Home Entertainment) is a 1992 comedy starring Brendan Fraser as a caveman unearthed in the L.A. Valley. Sean Astin also stars; Les Mayfield directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English 2.0 Surround and French 2.0 Surround, with English closed-captioning. Extras include a making-of featurette and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG.

FAIRPORT CONVENTION: CROPEDY FESTIVAL (Wave Imports) features the famed folk/rock band in a 2001 concert. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

FIVE CARD STUD (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a 1968 Western about the aftermath of a lynching. Dean Martin, Roddy McDowall, Robert Mitchum and Inger Stevens star; Henry Hathaway directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English 2.0 Mono and French 2.0 Mono, with English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG.

FROM HELL (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is a two-disc set of the 2001 Jack the Ripper thriller starring Johnny Depp, Heather Graham, Robbie Coltrane and Ian Holm, directed by Allen and Albert Hughes. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English DTS, English 5.1, Spanish 2.0 Surround and French 2.0 Surround. Extras include audio commentary by the directors, the HBO making-of featurette, 23 deleted scenes, an alternate ending, another making-of featurette, an interactive documentary on Jack the Ripper, a behind-the-scenes look at the directors, a photo gallery, storyboards and a tour of the Whitechapel district in London. MPAA rating is R.

THE GAMBLER (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a 1974 drama starring James Caan as a college professor with an addiction to betting. Lauren Hutton and Paul Sorvino also star, Karel Reisz directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound formats are English 2.0 Mono and French 2.0 Mono, with English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

GOIN’ SOUTH (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a 1978 Western comedy, starring and directed by Jack Nicholson, about a rascal who marries a woman to save himself from hanging. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English 2.0 Mono, with English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG.

GRAVEYARD SHIFT (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a 1990 horror film, loosely based on a Stephen King short story, about a mill infested with killer rats. Stephen Macht, David Andrews, Andrew Divoff and Kelly Wolf star; Ralph S. Singleton directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound formats are English 5.1, English 2.0 Surround and French 2.0 Stereo, with English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

GREAT BALLS OF FIRE! (MGM/UA Home Entertainment) is a 1989 musical drama about rocker Jerry Lee Lewis, starring Dennis Quaid, Winona Ryder and Alec Baldwin, directed by Jim McBride. Aspect ratios are widescreen 1.85:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English 2.0 Stereo, French 2.0 Stereo and Spanish 2.0 Mono, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

THE GREAT RACE (Warner Home Video) is a 1965 comedy about a cross-country period car race, starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Natalie Wood. Blake Edwards directs. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. There is no MPAA rating.

HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE – WIDESCREEN EDITION (Warner Home Video) is a two-disc release of the 2001 hit, based on J.K. Rowling’s bestseller, about a young boy sent to a school for wizards and witches. Daniel Radcliffe, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane and Ian Hart star; Chris Columbus directs. Aspect ratio 2.35:1; sound formats are English 5.1 EX and Spanish 5.1 EX, with English and Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include a making-of featurette, new interviews with director Columbus and producer David Heyman, seven deleted scenes, a Quidditch game, ghosts, spells in eight languages, trailers and DVD-ROM features. MPAA rating is PG. The film is also available in a separate full-screen edition.

HOLLOW MAN (SUPERBIT DELUXE EDITION) (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a two-disc release in the relatively new Superbit format of the 2000 horror film about a scientist (Kevin Bacon) who makes himself invisible during an experiment. Elisabeth Shue and Josh Brolin also star; Paul Verhoeven directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English DTS and English 5.1, with English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Thai subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the HBO making-of featurette, three deleted scenes, making-of featurettes and special effects picture-in-picture comparisons. MPAA rating is R.

HOW HIGH (Universal Studios Home Video) is a 2001 comedy about two urban stoners who find themselves at an Ivy League university. Method Man and Redman star; Jesse Dylan directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English DTS and English 5.1, with Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include commentary by actors Method Man and Redman, a BET making-of featurette, deleted scenes, outtakes, production notes, a music video and a DVD game. MPAA rating is R.

THE HUSTLER (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) stars Paul Newman as a professional pool player. Jackie Gleason and Piper Laurie also star; Robert Rossen directs. Aspect ratio on the black-and-white film is 2.35:1; sound formats are English 2.0 Stereo, English 2.0 Mono and French 2.0 Mono, with English and Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning.

JETHRO TULL – LIVING WITH THE PAST (Universal Music Video) is a 2002 release of work by the venerable U.K. folk-rock band. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English 2.0 Stereo. Extras include bonus tracks, a photo gallery, outtakes, "Tull Talk" and a virtual ticket window. There is no MPAA rating.

JIMI HENDRIX – THE DICK CAVETT SHOW (Universal Music Video) features the late rocker’s performance on the variety show. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

LANTANA (Trimark Home Entertainment) is an acclaimed 2001 Australian drama/thriller about a police officer (Anthony LaPaglia) with marital problems investigating a disappearance. Geoffrey Rush, Barbara Hershey and Kerry Armstrong also star; Ray Lawrence directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound format is English 5.1, with English and Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include commentary by the production team and behind-the-scenes footage. MPAA rating is R.

LAURYN HILL – MTV UNPLUGGED NO. 2.0 (Sony Music Video) features the singer in 2002 performance. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

LEGEND – ULTIMATE EDITION (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is a two-disc set of the 1986 epic fantasy about a magical land beset by darkness. Tom Cruise, Mia Sara and Tim Curry star; Ridley Scott directs. There are two different cuts of the film, the original, scored by Tangerine Dream, and the director’s cut, scored by Jerry Goldsmith. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English DTS and English 5.1. Extras include audio commentary by director Scott, a making-of featurette, storyboards of a lost scene, the screenplay and a Bryan Ferry music video. MPAA rating is PG.

L.I.E. (New Yorker Video) is a 2001 drama about disaffected youths in Long Island, NY. Brian Cox and Paul Franklin Dano star; Michael Cuesta directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English 2.0. Extras include audio commentary by director Cuesta and actor Cox and deleted scenes. There is no MPAA rating.

THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is a 1982 Australian drama about a skilled horse trainer. Tom Burlinson and Jack Thompson star; George Miller directs. Aspect ratios are widescreen 2.35:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English 2.0 Surround, English 2.0 Mono and French 2.0 Mono, with English and Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG.

McCABE & MRS. MILLER (Warner Home Video) is an elegiac 1971 Western about a gambler and a madam, starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie, directed by Robert Altman. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English 2.0 and French 2.0, with English, Spanish, French, Japanese and Portuguese subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include commentary by director Altman and producer David Foster, a making-of featurette and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

MEMENTO (LIMITED EDITION) (Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment) is the acclaimed 2001 thriller about a man with no short-term memory trying to investigate the murder of his wife. Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano star; Christopher Nolan directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English DTS, English 5.1 and English 2.0 Surround, with English and Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Nolan, production notes, challenges designed by writer/director Nolan to unlock disc features, a Sundance Channel documentary, the director’s script with switching between scenes, the short story by Jonathan Nolan, the theatrical trailer, stills and production sketches. MPAA rating is R.

MEN IN BLACK (DELUXE EDITION) (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a new two-disc release of the 1997 hit about a secret government agency that protects Earth from hostile extraterrestrials. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones star; Barry Sonnenfeld directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English 5.1. Extras include audio commentary by actor Jones, audio commentary by director Sonnenfeld, footage from MEN IN BLACK II, an editing workshop, a new making-of documentary, a creatures featurette, a music video, storyboards, an art gallery, multi-angle scene deconstructions, a 1997 making-of featurette, character animation studies, extended and alternate scenes and DVD-ROM features. MPAA rating is PG-13.

A MIDNIGHT CLEAR (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a 1992 WWII drama starring Peter Berg and Kevin Dillon, directed by Keith Gordon. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment), released theatrically earlier this year, concerns a small town beset by strange, ominous occurrences. Richard Gere, Laura Linney and Will Patton star; Mark Pellington directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound format is English 5.1, with English, French and Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include a music video. MPAA rating is PG-13.

MR. SHOW – THE COMPLETE FIRST AND SECOND SEASONS (HBO Video) is a two-disc set of the comedy series starring David Cross and Bob Odenkirk. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. There is no MPAA rating.

NORA (First Look Pictures) stars Ewan McGregor and Susan Lynch in a 2000 drama about Irish writer James Joyce and his wife Nora Barnacle. Pat Murphy directs. No format information is available. MPAA rating is R.

ORANGE COUNTY (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a 2002 comedy about a teen whose life spins out of control after he doesn’t get in to Stanford University. Colin Hanks, Jack Black, Schuyler Fisk, Lily Tomlin, Catherine O’Hara and John Lithgow star; Jake Kasdan directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound formats are English 5.1, English 2.0 Surround and French 2.0 Surround, with English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Kasdan and writer Mike White, two deleted scenes, 15 MTV promotional spots and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

THE OTHERS (Miramax Home Entertainment) is two-disc set of the clever, scary 2001 post-WWII ghost story starring Nicole Kidman, Fionnula Flanagan and Christopher Eccleston, written and directed by Alejandro Amenabar. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English 5.1 and French 2.0, with English and Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include a 30-minute making-of featurette, a special effects featurette, a documentary of the disease xeroderma pigmentosa, a featurette on filmmaker Amenabar and a photo gallery. MPAA rating is PG-13.

THE PATRIOT (SUPERBIT DELUXE EDITION) (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a new release in the Superbit format of the 2000 Revolutionary War epic starring Mel Gibson, directed by Roland Emmerich. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English DTS and English 5.1, with English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Thai subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include a featurette on the visual effects, an "Art of War" featurette, deleted scenes with commentary by director Emmerich, art-to-film comparisons and a photo gallery. MPAA rating is R.

THE PROTECTOR (Warner Home Video) is a 1985 actioner starring Jackie Chan and Danny Aiello, directed by Chan. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

THE REAL WORLD: A DECADE OF BLOOPERS (Paramount Home Entertainment) features 10 years of outtakes from the series, hosted by Puck. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English 2.0 Surround, with English closed-captioning. There is no MPAA rating.

THE REAL WORLD YOU NEVER SAW: CHICAGO (Paramount Home Entertainment) contains highlights from the Chicago season of the series. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English 2.0 Surround, with English closed-captioning. Extras include cast video profiles, a house tour hosted by Cara and Theo, an art gallery, house blueprints, series highlights and additional footage. There is no MPAA rating.

ROSE RED (Trimark Home Entertainment) is a two-disc set of the 2002 miniseries based on the Stephen King horror novel about a mansion that keeps building itself. Nancy Travis, Julian Sands, David Dukes and Matt Keeslar star; Craig R. Baxley directs. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English 5.1, with English and Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Baxley, the visual effects supervisor, the producer and the production designer, two making-of featurettes, storyboards and production design artwork. MPAA rating is PG-13.

SEX AND THE CITY – THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON (Warner Home Video) is a three-disc set of the HBO comedy series starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON (Warner Home Video) is a 1949 Western starring John Wayne and Joanne Dru, directed by John Ford. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English 2.0 Mono and French 2.0 Mono, with English, Spanish, French and Portuguese subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include location footage and collaboration notes from Ford and Wayne. There is no MPAA rating.

SIDEWALKS OF NEW YORK (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a 2001 romantic comedy starring and directed by Edward Burns. Rosario Dawson, Heather Graham, David Krumholtz, Stanley Tucci, Brittany Murphy and Dennis Farina also star. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English 2.0 Surround, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Burns and a making-of featurette. MPAA rating is R.

SILENT RUNNING (Universal Studios Home Video) is director Douglas Trumbull’s ecologically-minded 1972 science-fiction drama, starring Bruce Dern, with beautiful special effects and a lovely score by Peter Schickele. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English 2.0 Mono, French 2.0 Mono and Spanish 2.0 Mono, with English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Trumbull and actor Dern, a new making-of featurette, a 1972 making-of featurette, a featurette on Trumbull and behind-the-scenes footage. MPAA rating is G.

SILVER BULLET (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a 1985 horror film, based on Stephen King’s novel about a werewolf terrorizing a small town. Corey Haim, Gary Busey and Everett McGill star; Daniel Attias directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound formats are English 2.0 Mono and French 2.0 Mono, with English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

SLACKERS (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment), not to be confused with the Richard Linklater film of the same title, is a 2002 comedy starring Devon Sawa, directed by Dewey Nicks. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

SNOW DOGS (Buena Vista Home Entertainment) is a comedy starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. as an out-of-towner who winds up in Alaska with a sled dog team. James Coburn also stars; Brian Levant directs. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English DTS, English 5.1 and French 5.1, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Levant and producer Jordan Kerner, deleted and extended scenes, a game and three making-of featurettes. MPAA rating is PG.

SORRY, WRONG NUMBER (Paramount Home Entertainment) is the famous 1948 black-and-white thriller starring Barbara Stanwyck as an invalid who hears plans of her own murder over the telephone. Burt Lancaster and Ed Begley also star; Anatole Litvak directs. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English 2.0 Mono and French 2.0 Mono, with English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. There is no MPAA rating.

SOUTH PARK – INSULTS TO INJURIES (Warner Home Video) is a set of 1997 episodes of the animated series by Troy Parker and Matt Stone. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. There is no MPAA rating.

STARSHIP TROOPERS (SPECIAL EDITION) (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a two-disc release of the 1997 science-fiction/actioner, based on Robert Heinlein’s novel, about marines from Earth fighting gigantic extraterrestrial insects on a far-off world. Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Neil Patrick Harris, Michael Ironside and Clancy Brown star; Paul Verhoeven directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English 5.1 and French 2.0 Stereo, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Verhoeven and writer Ed Neumeier, audio commentary by Verhoeven and actors Van Dien, Meyer and Harris, filmographies, an isolated score by Basil Poledouris, a new making-of featurette, a 1997 making-of featurette, five special effects featurettes, five deleted scenes, a featurette on the starships, storyboard comparisons, conceptual art, two scene deconstructions with commentary by Verhoeven, actor screen tests and bug tests. MPAA rating is R.

STONEWALL (Fox Lorber) is a 1996 drama about the riots that were pivotal to the gay rights movement in the ‘60s. Nigel Finch directs. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English 2.0 Stereo. MPAA rating is R.

SWEENEY TODD IN CONCERT (Image Entertainment) is a 2001 concert production of the Stephen Sondheim musical, starring George Hearn and Patti LuPone. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English DTS and English 5.1. Extras include a 25-minute making-of featurette. There is no MPAA rating.

TWIN PEAKS – PILOT EPISODE (Wave Imports) is the two-hour opener of David Lynch’s surreal series starring Kyle MacLachlan. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

UHF (MGM/UA Home Entertainment) is a 1989 comedy about a TV station starring Weird Al Yankovic, directed by Jay Levey. Aspect ratios are widescreen 1.85:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English 2.0 Stereo, French 2.0 Stereo and Spanish 2.0 Mono, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG-13.

VANILLA SKY (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a remake of Alejandro Amenabar’s ABRE LOS OJOS (OPEN YOUR EYES), a somewhat surreal drama about a wealthy man undergoing questioning after a fatal incident. Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, Jason Lee and Kurt Russell star; Cameron Crowe 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 writer/director Crowe and composer Nancy Wilson, featuring Cruise, an introductory featurette, a behind-the-scenes featurette, an interview with Paul McCartney about the title song, Leftfield/Afrika Bambaataa’s music video "Afrika Shox," a photo gallery and trailers. MPAA rating is R.

THE VERDICT (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is a 1982 courtroom drama starring Paul Newman, directed by Sidney Lumet. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English 2.0 Stereo, English 2.0 Mono and French 2.0 Mono, with English and Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary by director Lumet with comments by actor Newman, a making-of featurette and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

VICTOR/VICTORIA (Warner Home Video) is the 1982 musical comedy starring Julie Andrews as a female singer in 1920s Paris pretending to be a male female impersonator. James Garner, Robert Preston and Lesley Anne Warren also star; Blake Edwards directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English 5.1 and French 1.0, with English, Spanish, French, Japanese and Portuguese subtitles and English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG.

WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT? (Buena Vista Home Entertainment) is a 1993 drama about Tina Turner, starring Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne, directed by Brian Gibson. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English 5.1 and French 2.0 Surround, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

WILL PENNY (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a 1968 Western starring Charlton Heston as a man confronting an outlaw gang that tried to kill him. Joan Hackett, Donald Pleasence, Lee Majors, Bruce Dern, Ben Johnson and Slim Pickens also star; Tom Gries directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound formats are English 2.0 Mono and French 2.0 Mono, with English closed-captioning. There is no MPAA rating.

THE X-FILES COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is a six-disc set of the science-fiction series starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. Aspect ratio is 1.78:1; sound formats are English 2.0 Surround and French 2.0 Surround, with Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include a new making-of documentary, a 46-minute special effects featurette, deleted scenes with optional commentary by series creator Chris Carter, 11 FX Channel spots, 40 promotional spots and DVD-ROM features. There is no MPAA rating.







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