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DVDs Oct. 16-22, 2001  Print E-mail
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Written by Abbie Bernstein   
Wednesday, 17 October 2001

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS: PLATINUM EDITION (Walt Disney Home Entertainment) is a two-disc set of the 1937 animated fairytale/musical classic. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 5.1, THX certified, with English closed-captioning. Extras include a "tour" by Angela Lansbury through the discs’ special features, Barbra Streisand’s cover of "Someday My Prince Will Come" over a montage of images from the film, a 40-minute making-of documentary, "Heigh-Ho" karaoke, the "Goddess of Spring" short, Dopey’s Wild Mine Ride game, archival audio commentary from Walt Disney, a biography of Disney, highlights of Disney’s career, a timeline on the film’s production, a production evolution feature, the Grimm brothers’ original version of the story, storyboard to film comparisons, a visual development gallery, a layouts and background gallery, an animated featurette on voices used in the film, camera and filter tests with excerpts from Disney TV shows, live-action footage of actors working with the animators, design galleries, stills galleries, designs for alternate scenes, deleted scenes, alternate credits, a "Disney Through the Decades" featurette, newsreel footage of the original premiere, black-and-white shorts, supplemental audio including Cecil B. DeMille and Walt Disney talking about the premiere, radio commercials, a deleted Dwarfs song and DVD-ROM features. MPAA rating is G.

ACROSS 110th STREET (MGM Home Entertainment) is a 1972 inner-city crime drama perhaps best known for its fabulous, wailing title theme. Yaphet Kotto and Anthony Quinn star; Barry Shear 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 French and Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

ANGEL EYES (Warner Home Video), released theatrically earlier this year, stars Jennifer Lopez as a police officer who becomes involved with a mysterious man (Jim Caviezel). Luis Mandoki directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include an audio commentary by the director. MPAA rating is R.

BOROUGH OF KINGS (Avalanche Video) is a 2000 release, directed by Elyse Lewin, about an aspiring actor in Brooklyn who witnesses a mob murder. Kerry Butler and Olympia Dukakis star. No format information is available. MPAA rating is R.

BRUISER (Vidmark/Trimark) is horror specialist director George A. Romero’s 2000 release about a man (Jason Flemyng) who wakes up one morning to find he has no face. Leslie Hope and Peter Stormare also star. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

CATS & DOGS (Warner Home Video), released theatrically earlier this year, is a comedy/fantasy with the premise that felines and canines are waging high-tech war under the noses of humans. Jeff Goldblum and Elizabeth Perkins are the human stars; Tobey Maguire and Alec Baldwin supply the main dog voices. Lawrence Guterman directs. Aspect ratio of the widescreen release is 1.85:1; a separate DVD in full-screen 1.33:1 is also available. The sound format on both versions is English Dolby Digital 5.1, with English closed-captioning. Both discs have extras that include separate dog and cat commentaries, a making-of short, storyboards, a featurette on dog training and Easter Eggs. MPAA rating is PG.

CHILDREN OF THE CORN: REVELATION (Dimension Home Video) is the latest entry in this horror series about a very peculiar cult. Guy Magar directs a cast that includes Claudia Mark and Troy York. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

THE CRIMSON RIVERS (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment), released theatrically in the U.S. earlier this year, is a French thriller about two detectives investigating brutal serial killings in a small college town. Jean Reno and Vincent Cassel star; Mathieu Kassovitz directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround (original language), English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include an audio commentary by director Kassovitz and cast members, an isolated score with commentary by the composer, a book-to-film comparison featurette, a featurette on the film’s art, a featurette on recording the music, deleted scenes and four storyboard comparisons. MPAA rating is R.

GET A LIFE VOL. 1 (Rhino Video) contains the first four episodes of the Chris Elliott half-hour comedy. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. Extras include added laugh tracks. There is no MPAA rating.

GOLDWYN: THE MAN AND HIS MOVIES (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a 2001 documentary about the famed producer Samuel L. Goldwyn. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. There is no MPAA rating.

THE LEGEND OF RITA (Kino Video) is director Volker Schlondorff’s 2000 comedy/drama about a young West German terrorist (Bibia Beglau) who imagines she’ll be ideologically happier in East Germany. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

LUMINOUS MOTION (Fox Lorber) is director Bette Gordon’s 1998 thriller about a single mother (Deborah Kara Unger) who slowly begins to realize that her young son’s behavior may be truly out of control. Jamey Sheridan also stars. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

OLIVE JUICE (Studio Home Entertainment) is a film by Ken Hastings, starring Leighanne Littrell, Brian Littrell and A.J. McLean. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG-13.

THE PENALTY (Kino Video) is a 1920 silent, black-and-white revenge drama starring Lon Chaney as a legless man. Wallace Worsley directs. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. Extras include a video tour of Chaney’s makeup case and costume, an essay by Chaney biographer Michael F. Blake, original theatrical trailers from several Chaney films, footage from his film THE MIRACLE MAN, Chaney’s one-reel Western "By the Sun’s Rays," an essay on the differences between the novel, screenplay and final film, scene comparisons between novel, screenplay and film, a production budget sheet and a photo gallery. There is no MPAA rating.

RED DIRT (Fox Lorber) is a 2000 drama about a young Southerner (Don Montgomery, Jr.) contemplating moving away from his small town. Aleksa Palladino, Karen Black and Glenn Shadix also star; Tag Purvis directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound format is Dolby Digital. There is no MPAA rating.

SCOOBY DOO AND THE CYBER CHASE (Warner Home Video) is another animated installment in the adventures of the detective Great Dane and his young human pals. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the B-52’s performing the Scooby Doo theme, a Scott Innes music video, a making-of featurette and a "virtual detective" game. There is no MPAA rating.

TOWN & COUNTRY (New Line Home Entertainment), released theatrically earlier this year, is a not-very-funny comedy starring Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton as a wealthy New York couple whose marriage is threatened by the husband’s several infidelities. Goldie Hawn, Garry Shandling, Jenna Elfman, Nastassja Kinski, Andie MacDowell, Josh Hartnett and Charlton Heston also star. Peter Chelsom directs. Aspect ratios are widescreen and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Surround. Extras include cast and crew filmographies, the theatrical trailer and DVD-ROM features. MPAA rating is R.

WHEN A STRANGER CALLS (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is the 1979 horror thriller about the babysitter who gets a threatening call … from inside the house. Carol Kane and Charles Durning star; Fred Walton directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.







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