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DVDs Oct. 9-15, 2001  Print E-mail
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Written by Abbie Bernstein   
Wednesday, 10 October 2001

THE GODFATHER TRILOGY (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a five-disc set containing all three of the much-honored GODFATHER films – the 1972 original and its 1974 and 1990 sequels – all directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Al Pacino as Mafia chieftain Michael Corleone. Diane Keaton also appears in all three movies. Other key actors are Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, James Caan, Robert Duvall, John Kazale, Andy Garcia, Joe Mantegna, Andy Garcia and Sofia Coppola. Aspect ratios are widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and French Dolby Digital Mono, with English subtitles and closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary from Coppola on all three films, the documentary "Francis Coppola’s Notebook," an on-location feature with art director Dean Tavoularis, a 73-minute documentary on making the three films, a behind-the-scenes featurette from the original film, additional scenes that were added to later versions of the original films, a featurette on cinematographer Gordon Willis, two featurettes on the films’ music, a look at the screenwriting process, storyboards from THE GODFATHER PART II, a Corleone family tree, character and cast biographies, filmmaker biographies, Oscar acceptance speeches, captioned photo galleries and theatrical trailers. MPAA rating on all three films is R.

AFTER THE WAR (BFS Entertainment and Multimedia) is a three-disc set of an engrossing BBC miniseries, set in England after WWII. Adrian Lukis, Robert Reynolds and Art Malik star. No aspect ratio information is available; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0. There is no MPAA rating.

AMERICAN NINJA (MGM Home Entertainment) is a 1985 action drama starring Michael Dudikoff as the title character; Steve James also stars. Sam Firstenberg 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.

BRANNIGAN (MGM Home Entertainment) is one of John Wayne’s last films, with the Duke starring as an American cop in London in this 1975 detective piece. Richard Attenborough also stars; Douglas Hickox directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital Mono, French Dolby Digital Mono and Spanish Dolby Digital Mono, with Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG.

BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY (Miramax Home Entertainment), released theatrically earlier this year, is an entertaining romantic comedy about a 30ish Englishwoman (Renee Zellweger) looking for love or at least sex. Hugh Grant and Colin Firth also star; Sharon Maguire directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

CLAMBAKE (MGM Home Entertainment) is a 1967 Elvis Presley musical, also starring Shelley Fabares. Ladislav Smocek and Vladimir Sis direct. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English 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. There is no MPAA rating.

COLORS (MGM Home Entertainment) stars Sean Penn and Robert Duvall as two LAPD officers caught up in gang wars in this 1988 drama directed by Dennis Hopper. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo 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.

CORNBREAD, EARL AND ME (MGM Home Entertainment) is a 1975 release that introduced a young Laurence Fishburne in a drama about a youth with a promising future held back by racism. Joseph Manduke 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. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG.

DEAD SEXY (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) stars Shannon Tweed as a detective investigating the murders of L.A. prostitutes. 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, Spanish, French, Chinese, Portuguese and Thai subtitles and English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

FEMALE TROUBLE (New Line Home Entertainment) is director/writer John Waters’ 1975 shock comedy, starring the large, male Divine as teenager Dawn Davenport. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Surround with English subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary by filmmaker Waters and DVD-ROM features. MPAA rating is NC-17. The DVD is part of a boxed set with Waters’ film PINK FLAMINGOS (see below).

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF: SPECIAL EDITION (MGM Home Entertainment) is a new release of director Norman Jewison’s 1971 film of the Joseph Stein/Jerry Bock/Sheldon Harnick Broadway musical based on stories by Sholom Aleichem about a Jewish milkman and his family in early 1900s Russia. Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey and Paul Michael Glaser star. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1, with English, Spanish and French subtitles. Extras include a new introduction by director Jewison, audio commentary from Jewison and star Topol, the deleted song "Any Day Now" sung by Glaser, a documentary on Jewison, Jewison’s renditions of the town and the dream sequence, Jewison reading stories by Sholom Aleichem, a photo gallery, storyboards and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is G.

FIVE ON THE BLACK HAND SIDE (MGM Home Entertainment) is a 1973 family comedy starring Glynn Turman and Virginia Capers, directed by Oscar Williams. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG.

THE GREATEST (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) stars Muhammad Ali in a fictionalized 1977 biography of the prizefighter’s life, also starring Ernest Borgnine. Tom Gries and Monte Hellman direct. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English Closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG.

HEART OF DIXIE (MGM Home Entertainment) is a 1989 drama directed by Martin Davidson, starring Ally Sheedy, Phoebe Cates and Virginia Madsen as three young women in the Deep South at the start of the civil rights movement. Treat Williams also stars. 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 the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG.

HELL UP IN HARLEM (MGM Home Entertainment) is a 1973 action drama about urban gangsters, starring Fred Williamson and Julius Harris, directed by Larry Cohen. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

I’M THE ONE THAT I WANT (Fox Lorber) is a filmed version of comedian Margaret Cho’s one-woman show, directed by Lionel Chapman. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

KANSAS (MGM Home Entertainment) is a 1988 crime drama about a young man dragged into trouble by his ne’er-do-well friend. Matt Dillon and Andrew McCarthy star; David Stevens directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

LEXX SEASON 2 VOLUME 4 (Acorn Media) features four episodes – "Twilight," "Patches in the Sky," "Woz" and "The Web" – of the science-fiction series. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. Extras include untelevised scenes integrated into uncut episodes, interviews with 790 and Zev, storyboards, production sketches and trivia. There is no MPAA rating.

MAKING THE GRADE (MGM Home Entertainment) is a 1984 prep school comedy starring Judd Nelson and Jonna Lee, directed by Dorian Walker. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

NOT WITHOUT MY DAUGHTER (MGM Home Entertainment) is a 1991 drama starring Sally Field as an American woman whose Middle Eastern husband will not allow her and their child to return to the U.S. Brian Gilbert directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG-13.

PINK FLAMINGOS (New Line Home Entertainment) is director John Waters’ 1972 comedy starring Divine as "the most disgusting woman on Earth." Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Surround with English subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary by filmmaker Waters and DVD-ROM features. MPAA rating is NC-17. The DVD is part of a boxed set with Waters’ film FEMALE TROUBLE (see above).

PLACES IN THE HEART (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment), a 1984 drama about a Depression-era widow in Texas, won Oscars for lead actress Sally Field and the screenplay by director Robert Benton. Danny Glover, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan and Lindsay Crouse also star. Aspect ratios are widescreen and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital Mono and French Dolby Digital Mono, with English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Thai subtitles. Extras include production notes and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG.

PRANCER (MGM Home Entertainment) is a 1989 family film, directed by John D. Hancock, about a little girl who believes a deer she finds is one of Santa’s sleigh team. Sam Elliott stars. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is G.

RUNNING SCARED (MGM Home Entertainment) stars Gregory Hines and Billy Crystal in a 1986 action comedy/drama about two cops in over their heads. Peter Hyams directs. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include outtakes and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

SHE-DEVIL (MGM Home Entertainment) is a 1989 comedy starring Meryl Streep and Roseanne Barr that’s a spayed version of an infinitely better and more wicked BBC miniseries about a woman who sets out to gain revenge on her romantic rival. Susan Seidelman directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

A TALE OF TWO CITIES (BFS Entertainment and Multimedia) stars James Wilby in a two-disc set of a 1989 miniseries adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel about the French Revolution. Philippe Monnier directs. No aspect ratio information is available; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0. There is no MPAA rating.

THE TERMINATOR: SPECIAL EDITION (MGM Home Entertainment) is a new release of director/writer James Cameron’s 1984 science-fiction hit starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a cyborg from the future, Linda Hamilton as his intended target and Michael Biehn as her protector. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound formats are a new English Dolby Digital 5.1 remix and the original English PCM Mono soundtrack, with English, Spanish and French subtitles. Extras include deleted scenes with commentary from Cameron, a making-of documentary, an interview with Cameron, a 1992 conversation between Cameron and Schwarzenegger, storyboards, biographies, the theatrical trailer, TV spots, Easter eggs and DVD-ROM features. MPAA rating is R.

THERESE RAQUIN (BFS Entertainment and Multimedia) is a two-disc release of the 1980 BBC miniseries adaptation of the classic novel about adultery and murder, this version starring Kate Nelligan, Brian Cox and Kenneth Cranham. Simon Langton directs. No aspect ratio information is available; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0. There is no MPAA rating.

3 NINJAS: HIGH NOON AT MEGA MOUNTAIN (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a 1998 installment about three young martial artists, starring Hulk Hogan and Loni Anderson as the older folks in the story. Sean McNamara directs. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG.







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