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DVDs Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2001  Print E-mail
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Written by Abbie Bernstein   
Thursday, 01 November 2001

SHREK (DreamWorks SKG) is a two-disc release of computer-animated fantasy hit, released theatrically earlier this year, featuring Mike Myers as the voice of an ogre forced into rescuing a spirited princess (voice of Cameron Diaz). Eddie Murphy and John Lithgow also provide voices; Andrew Adamson and Vicky Johnson direct. Aspect ratios are widescreen 1.78:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English DTS Surround, English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 5.1, with English subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include an audio commentary track by the filmmakers, deleted scenes storyboards, technical goofs, favorite scenes selections, a read-along feature, character interviews, production notes, a making-of featurette, biographies, interactive games/activities, an international dubbing feature, a character design featurette, Easter Eggs, hints for the Xbox SHREK video game, the trailer and DVD-ROM features. MPAA rating is PG.

THE ANIMAL: SPECIAL EDITION (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment), released theatrically earlier this year, is a comedy about a well-meaning underachiever (Rob Schneider) who becomes heroic after receiving animal transplants from a variety of species. Colleen Haskell (of SURVIVOR) also stars; Luke Greenfield directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include a making-of featurette, Comedy Central’s ANIMAL featurette, deleted scenes, production notes and the trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

THE BIG CHILL (Universal Studios Home Video) is director/writer Lawrence Kasdan’s 1983 hit about a group of former college friends who reunite years later for the funeral of one of their number. Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly and Jobeth Williams star. The soundtrack is filled with ‘60s and ‘70s hits. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include a 56-minute documentary with deleted scenes, interviews with Kasdan and cast members and behind-the-scenese footage. MPAA rating is R.

BROTHERS IN ARMS: TRUE STORIES OF THE 101st AIRBORNE DIVISION (BFS Entertainment and Multimedia) is a documentary about this U.S. military company. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

CATS: THE ULTIMATE EDITION (Universal Studios Home Video) is a two-disc edition of a 1998 production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical, based on T.S. Eliot’s poems about felines, starring Elaine Paige and John Mills, directed by David Mallett. Aspect ratio is 1.78:1; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. Extras include interviews with cast and crew and a makeup featurette. There is no MPAA rating.

DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAIN (Artisan Entertainment), released earlier this year, is a concert documentary, with country, bluegrass and spiritual music used in the film 'O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?. Featured artists include Alison Krauss, Ralph Stanley, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Holly Hunter, Tim Blake Nelson and BROTHER’s director, Joel Coen. D.A. Pennebaker & Nick Doob direct this film. Aspect ratio is 1.77:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround. Extras include production notes, a synopsis, filmmaker biographies, a list of songs and performers and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is G.

DUMBO: 60th ANNIVERSARY EDITION (Walt Disney Home Entertainment) is a new release of the 1941 animated classic about a baby elephant who can fly by means of his oversized ears. Sterling Holloway provides one of the voices; Ben Sharpsteen directs. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, French and Spanish. The film has been remastered and restored for this DVD. Extras include an audio commentary track, Walt Disney’s original TV introduction, a featurette on DUMBO’s origins and history, a featurette on the sound design, animated shorts, a storybook readalong of a new Dumbo story, singalongs, an art gallery, Michael Crawford’s "Baby Mine" music video, a sneak peek at DUMBO II and DVD-ROM features. MPAA rating is G.

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is the 1953 drama about the personal and military lives of WWII soldiers, starring Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr and Montgomery Clift, directed by Fred Zinnemann. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and Portuguese Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Portuguese and Thai subtitles. Extras include audio commentary by the director’s son, Tim Zinnemann, and actor Alvin Sargent, excerpts from Fred Zinnemann’s "As I See It," a making-of featurette, production notes, talent files and a trailer. There is no MPAA rating.

FUNNY GIRL (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is the 1968 hit musical starring Barbra Streisand as real-life comedienne Fanny Brice. Omar Sharif co-stars; William Wyler directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.0 and French Dolby Digital 5.0, with English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Thai subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the featurettes "Barbra in Movieland" and "This Is Streisand," a song highlight, filmographies, production notes and a trailer. MPAA rating is G.

GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM ( Touchstone Home Entertainment) is director Barry Levinson’s likable 1987 comedy/drama starring Robin Williams as real-life disc jockey Adrian Cronauer, who plied his trade for the U.S. Army in Southeast Asia during the ‘60s. Forest Whitaker and Bruno Kirby also star. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English closed-captioning. Extras include the trailer. MPAA rating is R.

GUARDING TESS (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) stars Nicolas Cage as a very frustrated Secret Service agent assigned to guard the difficult widow (Shirley MacLaine) of a U.S. president in this 1994 comedy/drama. Hugh Wilson directs. Aspect ratios are 1.85:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

HE SAID, SHE SAID (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a 1991 romantic comedy starring Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth Perkins. Ken Kwapis and Marisa Silver direct. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include an audio commentary track from the directors. MPAA rating is PG-13.

HEROES OF IWO JIMA (Arts & Entertainment Home Video) is a 2001 documentary about the WWII battle, narrated by Gene Hackman and directed by Lauren Lexton. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0. Extras include a timeline of critical events. There is no MPAA rating.

HIGH NOON (Republic Studios) is director Fred Zinnemann’s famed 1952 black-and-white Western, starring Gary Cooper as a sheriff who must face down a menace to his town. Grace Kelly also stars. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, all THX certified, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include a making-of documentary hosted by Leonard Maltin, featuring interviews with Zinnemann, producer Stanley Kramer and actor Lloyd Bridges, production stills and the trailer. There is no MPAA rating.

IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a 1994 romantic comedy about a policeman who shares his winning lottery ticket with a waitress. Nicolas Cage, Bridget Fonda and Rosie Perez star; Andrew Bergman directs. Aspect ratios are 1.85:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the trailer. MPAA rating is PG.

JABBERWOCKY (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a two-disc release director Terry Gilliam’s wonderfully weird 1977 comedy based on Lewis Carroll’s poem about a medieval quest to kill a strange monster. Gilliam’s Monty Python cohort Michael Palin stars. Aspect ratios are 1.85:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include an audio commentary track from Gilliam and Palin, a Gilliam-sketches-to-screen comparison, production notes and the trailer. MPAA rating is PG.

JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS (Artisan Entertainment) was made as a 2000 TV miniseries, about the Greek myth about an adventurer’s search for the Golden Fleece. Jason London, Dennis Hopper, Angus McFadyen, Olivia Williams, Adrian Lester, Ciaran Hinds and Jolene Blalock star; Nick Willing directs. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English closed-captioning. Extras include a making-of featurette. There is no MPAA rating.

MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE (Warner Home Video) is a (perhaps unintentionally) amusing, certainly over-the-top 1987 superhero vs. supervillain fantasy starring Dolph Lundgren and Frank Langella, directed by Gary Goddard. No format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG.

MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL: SPECIAL EDITION (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is the Monty Python’s indelible 1975 send-up of Arthurian legend, directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, brought to DVD with a slew of wonderful additional comedy features. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include an audio commentary track by directors Gilliam and Jones, with "complaints" by fellow Pythons John Cleese, Eric Idle and Michael Palin, subtitles "for people who don’t like the film," an onscreen screenplay, a follow the killer rabbit feature, a "version for the hard of hearing," three singalongs, a "Quest for Holy Grail Locations" featurette with Palin and Jones, a "How to Use Your Coconuts" feature, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail in Lego," an 18-minute BBC 1974 "On Location with the Pythons" featurette, an interactive cast directory, Gilliam’s original sketches plus posters, behind-the-scenes photos, "How the Directors’ Recce [location scouting] Used Up the Budget," 24 extra seconds of footage and mystery items. MPAA rating is PG.

MONTY PYTHON LIVE (Arts & Entertainment Home Video) is a two-disc set of material originally available in 1972, featuring "Monty Python’s Fliegender Zirkus" German episode # 1, post-Python troupe highlights, Pythonisms, "Bleeding Critics" and "Confusing Musings." Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; no sound format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

MUPPETS FROM SPACE (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a 1999 Muppet feature in which Gonzo (voice of puppeteer Dave Goelz) finds out he’s really an alien. Tim Hill directs. Aspect ratios are 1.85:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English closed-captioning. Extras include an audio commentary from director Hill, audio commentary from characters Gonzo and Kermit, outtakes, "Shining Star" music video from the Dust Brothers featuring Jeymes, production notes and the trailer. MPAA rating is G.

OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE (Buena Vista Home Entertainment) stars Bette Midler and Shelley Long in a 1987 comedic thriller about two very different women teaming up to find the no-goodnik (Peter Coyote) who wronged them. Arthur Hiller directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

RANDOM HEARTS (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a 1999 drama starring Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas as a couple drawn together by the deaths of their adulterous spouses. Sydney Pollack directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English closed-captioning. Extras include an audio commentary from director Pollack, a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, an isolated music score track and the trailer. MPAA rating is R.

ROAD RAGE (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a 2000 thriller that sounds a lot like DUEL, with a couple menaced by a mysterious truck. Casper Van Dien and Danielle Brett star; Sidney J. Furie directs. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English and Spanish subtitles. Extras include the trailer. MPAA rating is R.

ROUTE 666 (Studio Home Entertainment) is a 2001 horror thriller starring Lou Diamond Phillips, Lori Petty, Dale Midkiff and Alex McArthur, directed by William Wesley. No format information is available. MPAA rating is R.

SWORDFISH (Warner Home Video), released theatrically earlier this year, is an action thriller starring John Travolta as a terrorist who enlists a computer hacker (Hugh Jackman) to help him rob a bank. Dominic Sena directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary tracks, a making-of featurette, a featurette on the special effects, the trailer, Easter Eggs and DVD-ROM features. MPAA rating is R.

28 DAYS (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) stars Sandra Bullock as a woman going through rehab in this 2000 comedy/drama directed by Betty Thomas. Viggo Mortensen and Steve Buscemi also star. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include an audio commentary from director Thomas and the producer, the editor and the composer, a making-of featurette, character testimonials, episodes of the fictional soap opera "Santa Cruz," a "How to Make a Gum Wrapper Chain" feature, Guitar Guy’s Lost Songs, an isolated music score, production notes and the trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

VICTORIA AND ALBERT (Arts & Entertainment Home Video) is two-disc set of the recent miniseries about England’s Queen Victoria and her husband Albert. Victoria Hamilton, Jonathan Firth and Diana Rigg star; John Erman directs. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. There is no MPAA rating.







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