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DVDs Nov. 13-19, 2001  Print E-mail
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Written by Abbie Bernstein   
Thursday, 15 November 2001

THE X-FILES: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON ( 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is a seven-disc set of Season 4 of the science-fiction FBI TV series, starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English closed-captioning. Extras include deleted and extended scenes with optional commentary, international clips, interviews with series creator Chris Carter and writer/producers Frank Spotnitz, Vince Gilligan and James Wong, an episode commentary on "Memento Mori" by Spotnitz, an episode commentary on "Small Potatoes" with Gilligan and special effects commentary by Paul Rabwin. There is no MPAA rating.

AMERICA’S SWEETHEARTS (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment), released theatrically earlier this year, is a romantic comedy about two married but feuding movie stars forced to pretend to be a loving couple for a press junket. Julia Roberts, John Cusack, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Billy Crystal star; Joe Roth directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include deleted scenes and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

BRIDE OF THE WIND (Paramount Home Entertainment), released theatrically earlier this year, is a fact-based drama about Alma Schindler (Sara Wynter), who married composer Gustav Mahler (Jonathan Pryce), and goes on to have relationships with architect Walter Gropius (Simon Verhoeven0, painter Oskar Kokoschka (Vincent Perez) and novelist Franz Werfel (Gregor Seberg). Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital Surround, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

CHOPPER (Image Entertainment), released theatrically last year, is director Andrew Dominik’s well-received film about real-life Australian criminal Mark "Chopper" Reed, played by Eric Bana. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English DTS Surround and English Dolby Digital 5.1. Extras include audio commentary by director Dominik and the real Reed, deleted scenes, a video interview with Reed and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is NC-17.

THE CLAIM (MGM/UA), released theatrically last year, is a drama set in a 19th-century gold mining town, where a wealthy man’s past catches up with him. Peter Mullan, Wes Bentley and Nastassja Kinski star; Michael Winterbottom directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, with Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

THE CLOSET (Buena Vista Home Entertainment), released theatrically earlier this year, is director/writer Francis Veber’s comedy about a meek businessman (Daniel Auteiul) who pretends to be gay in order to keep his job. Gerard Depardieu and Alexandra Vandernoot also star. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound format (original language) is French Dolby Digital 5.1, with English subtitles. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

COFFY (MGM/UA) is the 1973 exploitation film that shot Pam Grier to fame as a vigilante nurse taking on drug dealers. Jack Hill directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include an audio commentary track. MPAA rating is R.

CRAZY/BEAUTIFUL (Buena Vista Home Entertainment), released theatrically earlier this year, charts a teen romance between a wealthy, troubled girl (Kirsten Dunst) and a poor, straight-arrow youth (Jay Hernandez). Bruce Davison also stars; John Stockwell directs. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English DTS, English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary from director Stockwell and actress Dunst, a making-of featurette, deleted scenes and the theatrical trailer with audio commentary. MPAA rating is PG-13.

DREAMSCAPE (Image Entertainment) is an entertaining 1984 science-fiction thriller about scientists who’ve found a way to put themselves into the dreams of other people. Dennis Quaid, Kate Capshaw and Max Von Sydow star; Joseph Ruben directs. Aspect ratios are widescreen 1.78:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English DTS and English Dolby Digital 5.1. Extras include audio commentary by producer Bruce Cohn Curtis, writer David Loughery and special effects makeup artist Craig Reardon, a makeup test reel and a stills gallery. MPAA rating is PG-13.

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA – ZOOM TOUR LIVE (Image Entertainment) is a 2001 disc of the band in concert. Aspect ratio is 1.77:1; sound formats are English DTS, English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. Extras include a nine-minute interview with Jeff Lynne, a feature on the fan club and a brief history of Zoom. There is no MPAA rating.

EMINEM: BEHIND THE MASK (MVD) is a 2001 release of the rap singer’s work. There is no format information available. There is no MPAA rating.

GREEN DAY: INTERNATIONAL SUPERVIDEOS (Warner Home Video) is a 2001 collection of the band’s videos. There is no format information available. There is no MPAA rating.

(MICHAEL) JACKSON: VIDEO GREATEST HITS – HIStory (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a collection originally assembled for videotape in 1995. Rupert Wainwright directs. There is no format information available. There is no MPAA rating.

JAILBREAKERS
(Buena Vista Home Entertainment) is director William Friedkin’s 1994 made-for-Showtime teen drama about a ‘50s high school cheerleader involved with a young hoodlum. Shannen Doherty, Antonio Sabato Jr. and Adrien Brody star. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER (Paramount Home Entertainment), released theatrically earlier this year, follows the archaeologist/adventurer on a quest to save the world from bad guys. Angelina Jolie is terrific in the title role, though the film is less enjoyable than its leading lady. Iain Glen, Jon Voight, Daniel Craig and Noah Taylor also star; Simon West directs. 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 Surround, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include an audio commentary by director West, a making-of featurette, a featurette on Jolie’s physical training, a featurette on the stunts, a featurette on the visual effects, four deleted scenes, an overview of the "Tomb Raider" game, an alternate main title sequence, U2’s music video "Elevation" and DVD-ROM features. MPAA rating is PG-13.

LITTLE WOMEN (Warner Home Video) is the 1933 version of Louisa May Alcott’s novel about her 19th-century family, starring Katharine Hepburn and Joan Bennett, directed by George Cukor. There is no aspect ratio information available on the black-and-white film; no sound format information is available. There is English closed-captioning. There is no MPAA rating.

MADONNA: DROWNED WORLD TOUR (Warner Home Video) is a concert filmed at Auburn Hills, Michigan on Aug. 26, 2001. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and English PCM Stereo. MPAA rating is R.

(PAUL) McCARTNEY: WINGSPAN – HITS AND HISTORY (EMD/Capitol) is a 2001 documentary on the man, his family and his music. No format information is available.

MOLL FLANDERS (MGM/UA) is director Pen Densham’s 1996 drama about the 17th-century female adventurer. Robin Wright Penn, John Lynch and Morgan Freeman star. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0, with Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

MYSTIC PIZZA (MGM/UA) is a 1988 comedy/drama about three young women friends working in a Connecticut pizzeria. Julia Roberts, Annabeth Gish and Lili Taylor star; Donald Petrie directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0, French Dolby Digital 2.0 and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0, with Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

NOW, VOYAGER (Warner Home Video) is a black-and-white 1942 drama starring Bette Davis as a mother-dominated woman coming out of her shell. Paul Henreid and Claude Rains also star. Irving Rapper directs. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English, Spanish, French and Portuguese subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include additional audio track music cues from Max Steiner’s score and the theatrical trailer. There is no MPAA rating.

THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA (Warner Home Video) is the 1958 film version of Ernest Hemingway’s novel, starring Spencer Tracy, directed by John Sturges and Fred Zinnemann. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. Extras include a documentary on Hemingway and cast/director highlights. There is no MPAA rating.

OSMOSIS JONES (Warner Home Video), released theatrically earlier this year, mixes live-action and animation in a tale of an anthropomorphized intestinal tract. Bill Murray stars in the live-action sequences as the owner of the body in question; Laurence Fishburne and William Shatner provide voices. Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly direct. Aspect ratios are 2.35:1 and 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1, with English closed-captioning. Extras include an audio commentary by the animation directors and the producer-writer, two making-of featurettes, a featurette on the voice sessions, the theatrical trailer, Easter Eggs and DVD-ROM features. MPAA rating is PG.

PICASSO TRIGGER (Ventura Distribution) is a 1989 thriller about a secret agent tracking an assassin. Steve Bond stars; Andy Sidaris directs. No format information is available. MPAA rating is R.

PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (Image Entertainment) is director Edward D. Wood Jr.’s 1956 science-fiction film that has become an icon of unintentional camp. Aspect ratio on the black-and-white film is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. Extras include the 111-minute documentary "Flying Saucers Over Hollywood," made in 1992 with cast members, science-fiction film buff Forrest J. Ackerman and directors Sam Raimi and Joe Dante. There is no MPAA rating.

THE POINT MEN (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) stars Christopher Lambert and Kerry Fox in a contemporary thriller, directed by John Glen. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean and Thai subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

RETURN TO ME (MGM/UA) stars David Duchovny and Minnie Driver in a 2000 comedy/drama about a widower who unknowingly falls in love with the woman who received his late wife’s heart in a transplant. Bonnie Hunt directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary from director/co-writer Hunt and co-writer Don Lake, delected scenes and the "What If I Loved You" music video. MPAA rating is PG.

ROBOT MONSTER (Image Entertainment) is director Phil Tucker’s 1953 low-budget black-and-white science-fiction effort, mentioned by many in the same breath with PLAN 9. George Nader and Gregory Moffett star. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. Extras include the theatrical trailer. There is no MPAA rating.

A ROOM WITH A VIEW (Image Entertainment) is director James Ivory’s 1986 adaptation of E.M. Forster’s turn of the century romance about a young Englishwoman (Helena Bonham Carter) opening up on vacation in Italy. Maggie Smith, Julian Sands and Daniel Day-Lewis also star. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1. There is no MPAA rating.

SLAUGHTER (MGM/UA) is a 1972 action drama starring Jim Brown as a lone man standing up to organized crime. Stella Stevens, Cameron Mitchell and Rip Torn also star; Jack Starrett directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

SLAUGHTER’S BIG RIPOFF (MGM/MA) is the 1973 sequel to SLAUGHTER, with Jim Brown reprising his role good man up against bad odds. Ed McMahon, Brock Peters, Don Stroud and Scatman Crothers also star; Gordon Douglas directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

SPACEWAYS (Image Entertainment) is a black-and-white 1953 space exploration/murder mystery about disappearances at a space research facility. Howard Duff stars; Terence Fisher directs. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

TICKER (Artisan Entertainment) is a 2001 thriller about efforts to defuse a bomb. Tom Sizemore, Steven Seagal and Dennis Hopper star; Albert Pyun directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound format is English Dolby Digital, with English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

THE TOY (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is an unfunny 1982 comedy starring Richard Pryor as a man hired to be a plaything for a rich child. Jackie Gleason also stars; Richard Donner directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG.

TRUCK TURNER (MGM/UA) is a 1974 action drama starring Isaac Hayes as a bounty hunter who tracks down bail jumpers. Yaphet Kotto, Nichelle Nichols and Scatman Crothers also star; Jonathan Kaplan directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

UNTAMED HEART (MGM/UA) stars Christian Slater as a young man with a heart ailment involved in romance in this 1993 drama. Marisa Tomei and Rosie Perez also star; Tony Bill directs. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0, French Dolby Digital 2.0 and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0, with Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG-13.

WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY: 30th ANNIVERSARY WIDESCREEN EDITION (Warner Home Video) is the 1971 musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," about five children who receive tickets to visit a famous but mysterious and magical candy-making facility. The full-screen version was released in September. Gene Wilder stars for director Mel Stuart. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1, with English closed-captioning. Extras include an audio commentary with the former child actor cast members, a making-of featurette, the theatrical featurette and sing-a-long songs. MPAA rating is G.







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