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DVDs Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2001  Print E-mail
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Written by Abbie Bernstein   
Wednesday, 28 November 2001

THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES VOL. 3 (MPI Home Video) contains two episodes, "The Blue Carbuncle" and "The Copper Beeches," from 1985 of the BBC series starring Jeremy Brett and David Burke, with guest casts that include Michael Siberry, Gareth Thomas, John Castle and Fiona Shaw. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. Extras include a stills gallery. There is no MPAA rating

AH! MY GODDESS: THE MOVIE (Pioneer Video) is a 2001 anime fantasy. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are (original language track) Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1, Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English subtitles. Extras include a complete episode of "Adventures of the Mini-Goddesses." There is no MPAA rating.

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (Image Entertainment) is a 1945 murder mystery starring Barry Fitzgerald and Walter Huston, directed by Rene Clair. Aspect ratio on the black-and-white film is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. There is no MPAA rating.

BEAR IN THE BIG BLUE HOUSE: POTTY TIME WITH BEAR (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) contains several episodes of the popular children’s series: "When You’ve Got to Go," "If At First You Don’t Succeed" and "Call It a Day." Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English and Spanish subtitles. There is no MPAA rating.

BEAR IN THE BIG BLUE HOUSE: VISITING THE DOCTOR WITH BEAR (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) contains several 1997 episodes of the popular children’s series. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English and Spanish subtitles. There is no MPAA rating.

BLOODY PROOF (Vanguard Films) is a 2000 thriller starring Steven Bauer and Olivia Hussey, directed by Gabriel Beristain. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

THE BLUE ANGEL (Kino Video) is a two-disc release of director Josef von Sternberg’s famous 1931 drama starring Marlene Dietrich as a chanteuse who becomes the obsession of a starchy professor played by Emil Jannings. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is (original language track) German Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English subtitles. Extras include commentary by Werner Sudendorf of the Berlin Film Museum, an "English" version, trailers, Dietrich’s screen test, concert footage of Dietrich from two different performances, filmed interviews, biographies of the cast and production staff, a history of the production and a stills gallery. There is no MPAA rating.

BREAD AND ROSES (Studio Home Entertainment) is director Ken Loach’s informative, impassioned drama about two Mexican immigrant sisters (Pilar Padilla, Elpidia Carillo) working in Los Angeles during the 1999 janitors’ strike. Adrien Brody also stars. No format information is available. The film’s dialogue is in English and Spanish; the film takes the unusual step of not only subtitling the Spanish sections in English, but also subtitling the English sections in Spanish, so that the entire movie is accessible to mono-lingual as well as bilingual viewers. MPAA rating is R.

THE CLANDESTINE MARRIAGE (Ventura Distribution) is a 1998 English period comedy/drama starring Nigel Hawthorne, Joan Collins, Timothy Spall and Tom Hollander, directed by Christopher Miles. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

DRAGON BALL Z – FRIEZA (Goldhill Home Media) is a 1996 anime science-fiction drama. No format information is available. MPAA rating is PG-13.

EXTREME HONOR (MTI Home Video) is an actioner starring Michael Ironside, Olivier Gruner and Michael Madsen, directed by Steven Rush. No format information is available. MPAA rating is R.

FARSCAPE # 9 (A.D. Vision) contains two episodes from this intriguing science-fiction series’ first season, "Through the Looking Glass" and "A Bug’s Life." Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Virginia Hey and Anthony Simcoe star. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround. Extras include unbroadcast footage, conceptual drawings, a video profile on actor Lani Tupu and an image gallery. There is no MPAA rating.

KING OF THE ZOMBIES (Alpha Video Distributors) is a 1941 horror movie about zombie soldiers, directed by Jean Yarbrough. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

THE LAST WAVE: CRITERION COLLECTION (Home Vision Cinema) is director Peter Weir’s 1977 drama about a lawyer (Richard Chamberlain) who experiences menacing visions. Aspect ratio is 1.77:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include an interview with Weir and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG.

MADE (Artisan Entertainment), released theatrically earlier this year, is a movie about a would-be boxer (Jon Favreau, who also directs) who becomes a low-level mob flunky and loyally brings along his overly gung-ho best friend (Vince Vaughn) on the job. Peter Falk, Famke Janssen and Sean "Puffy" Combs also star. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound format is English Dolby Digital, with English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

MORGAN’S FERRY (Ventura Distribution) is a 1999 drama starring Henry Rollins, Johnny Galecki, Kelly McGillis, Billy Zane and Roscoe Lee Browne, directed by Sam Pillsbury. No format information is available. MPAA rating is PG-13.

MOSCOW ON THE HUDSON (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is director Paul Mazursky’s 1984 comedy about a Russian immigrant (Robin Williams) in New York who defects in Bloomingdale’s department store. Maria Conchita Alonso also stars. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound format is English Dolby Digital, with English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a 1970 comedy starring Barbra Streisand as a prostitute and George Segal as a straight-laced type who falls for her. Herb Ross directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound format is English Dolby Digital, with English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

POOTIE TANG (Paramount Home Entertainment), released theatrically earlier this year, stars Chris Rock in a comedy expanded on a sketch from his HBO series, with Lance Crouther as the title character, a cool but unintelligible crime fighter. Robert Vaughn, Jennifer Coolidge, Reg E. Cathey and Wanda Sykes also star. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

REGENERATION (Image Entertainment) is director Raoul Walsh’s acclaimed 1915 drama about New York gangs, starring Rockliffe Fellowes and William Sheer. Aspect ratio on the black-and-white film is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. Extras include the feature film YOUNG ROMANCE. There is no MPAA rating.

THE ROAD HOME (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) stars Zhang Ziyi (of CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON) in a 2000 love story directed by Zhang Yimou. Aspect ratios are widescreen 2.35:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are (original language track) Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 5.1, with English and French subtitles. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is G.

SAILOR MOON S – HEART COLLECTION (Pioneer Video) is a 1995 anime offering. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE WOMAN IN GREEN (Alpha Video Distributors) is a 1945 adaptation of one of Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories about the brilliant English detective, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce under William Neill’s direction. The film is in black-and-white; no format information is available. MPAA rating is PG.

SPIRITS OF THE DEAD (Home Vision Cinema) is a 1968 horror anthology, with Federico Fellini Louis Malle and Roger Vadim each directing a segment based on the work of Edgar Allan Poe. Brigitte Bardot, Terence Stamp, Jane Fonda and Peter Fonda star. Aspect ratio is 1.75:1; sound format is (original language track) French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English subtitles. MPAA rating is R.

STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES VOL. 37 (Paramount Home Entertainment) contains 1969 Episodes # 73, "The Lights of Zetar," in which the girlfriend of Scotty (James Doohan) is possessed by an alien entity, and Episode # 74, "The Cloud Minders," in which Capt. Kirk (William Shatner) and Co. must negotiate with suspicious alien miners. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1, digitally enhanced and remastered; sound format is English Dolby Digital remixed for 5.1, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include the original broadcast trailers. There is no MPAA rating.

STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES VOL. 38 (Paramount Home Entertainment) contains 1969 Episodes # 75, "The Way to Eden," in which the Enterprise crew must deal with deranged interplanetary wanderers, and # 76, "Requiem for Methuselah," in which the search for a plague antidote introduces Capt. Kirk (William Shatner) to a mysterious man. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1, digitally enhanced and remastered; sound format is English Dolby Digital remixed for 5.1, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include the original broadcast trailers. There is no MPAA rating.

THEATRE OF BLOOD (Alpha Video Distributors) is the 1973 horror black comedy about a Shakespearean actor (Vincent Price) who decides to take gory revenge on some nasty critics. Diana Rigg, Coral Browne and Robert Morley also star; Douglas Hickox directs. No format information is available. MPAA rating is R.

THREE STOOGES FILM FESTIVAL (Alpha Video Distributors) contains a series of short films starring the trio. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

TIME LAPSE (Vidmark/Trimark) is a 2001 thriller about memory lapse (not to be confused with MEMENTO), starring William McNamara, Roy Scheider and Dina Meyer, directed by David Worth. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG-13.

TOPPER RETURNS (Alpha Video Distributors) is a 1941 comedy about a gentleman haunted by a pair of partying ghosts. Roland Young and Joan Blondell star; Roy Del Ruth directs. There is no format information on this black-and-white film. There is no MPAA rating.

WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE? (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a 1993 comedy/drama starring Johnny Depp as a young man with a peculiar family. Juliette Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio and Mary Steenburgen also star; Lasse Hallstrom directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Surround, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

WILLOW (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is director Ron Howard’s 1988 fantasy about a small person (Warwick Davis) who must protect a special infant on a journey through a magical land. Val Kilmer and Joanne Whalley also star. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, THX certified, with English subtitles. Extras include a commentary track by actor Davis, a making-of featurette, a featurette on the dawn of digital filmmaking, a photo gallery and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG.

WIND RIVER (Avalanche Video) is a 1998 drama starring Blake Heron, A Martinez, Russell Means, Wes Studi and Karen Allen; Tom Shell directs. No format information is available. MPAA rating is PG-13.

THE WORM EATERS (Image Entertainment), directed by star Herb Robins, is a 1977 horror comedy about – well, see title. Aspect ratio is 1.78:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. Extras include an audio commentary by producer Ted V. Mikels and a TV spot. There is no MPAA rating.







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