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DVDs Sept. 11-17, 2001  Print E-mail
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Written by Abbie Bernstein   
Monday, 17 September 2001

THE BLOB (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is the 1988 remake, directed by Chuck Russell, of the horror movie about a gelatinous blob terrorizing a city. Kevin Dillon, Shawnee Smith and Donovan Leitch star. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French, Spanish and Portuguese, with English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Koren and Thai subtitles. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

BLOW (New Line Home Entertainment Infinifilm Series), released theatrically earlier this year, is the fact-based story of cocaine dealer George Jung, played by Johnny Depp. Penelope Cruz, Franka Potente, and Ray Liotta also star under Ted Demme’s direction. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and English Dolby Digital Stereo Surround, with English closed-captioning. Extras include audio commentary from director Demme and real-life subject Jung; deleted scenes with director commentary, character outtakes, the director’s production diary, Nikka Costa’s music video "Push and Pull," teaser trailer, theatrical trailer, interviews with Jung by Demme, documentary "Lost Paradise: Cocaine’s Impact on Colombia," featurette "Addiction: Body and Soul," fact subtitle track, cast and crew filmographies and DVD-ROM features. MPAA rating is R.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is the 1992 feature film that spawned the popular TV series about a popular high school girl who discovers it’s her fate to combat the undead. Kristy Swanson, Rutger Hauer, Donald Sutherland, Luke Perry and Paul Reubens star for director Fran Rubel Kuzui; Joss Whedon (who created the TV series) wrote the screenplay. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 4.0 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English and Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include a making-of featurette and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

THE FURY (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is director Brian De Palma’s 1978 supernatural thriller about a telekinetic young woman (Amy Irving) being courted by a government agency. Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes and Andrew Stevens also star. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 4.0, English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English and Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include a stills gallery and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (MGM/UA Home Entertainment) is director Jodie Foster’s 1995 comedy/drama about a woman (Holly Hunter) who decides to spend the holidays at the family homestead. Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning and Dylan McDermott also star. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include an audio commentary track and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG-13.

THE INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES OF WALLACE AND GROMIT (Warner Home Video) is a compilation of Nick Park’s wonderful, award-winning short 3D-animated short films about an Englishman and his very clever dog. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0, French and Spanish, with English closed-captioning. Extras include an audio commentary by Park and his creative team, production notes, a making-of featurette, a digital scrapbook with blueprints and photo galleries, Park’s early films and production notes. There is no MPAA rating.

JUST VISITING (Buena Vista Home Entertainment), released theatrically earlier this year, is the English-language remake of LES VISITEURS, a comedy about a 12th-century French nobleman (Jean Reno) and his coarse squire (Christian Clavier) who find themselves in modern times. Malcolm McDowell and Christian Applegate also star for director Jean-Marie Poire. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is PG-13.

THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is director John Hough’s effectively creepy 1973 film adaptation of Richard Matheson’s novel about a quarter of psychic investigators (Pamela Franklin, Roddy McDowall, Gayle Hunnicutt and Clive Revill) who try to fathom the mysteries of a malevolent haunted house. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 4.0, English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English and Spanish subtitles. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG.

LITTLE MAN TATE (MGM/UA Home Entertainment) is Jodie Foster’s 1991 feature directorial debut, about a working-class mother (Foster) and an elite educator (Dianne Wiest) in combat over the mother’s young genius son (Adam Hann-Byrd). Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include an audio commentary track and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG.

PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE (MGM/UA Home Entertainment) is director Brian De Palma’s wickedly funny 1974 rock ‘n’ roll send-up of the Faust legend and "Phantom of the Opera," with Paul Williams (who also composed the clever score) as the devilish record promoter out to steal the soul of a poor songwriter (William Finley). Jessica Harper and Gerrit Graham also star. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English and Spanish subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG.

THE PRINCESS BRIDE (MGM/UA Home Entertainment) is director Rob Reiner’s sublime film version of William Goldman’s comedic fantasy novel about a hero, a heroine, undying love and a quest. Goldman adapted the screenplay, which allows for some of the most wonderful, silly swordwork you’ll ever see. Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin (who has the immortal line, "I am Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die") and Chris Sarandon star. Aspect ratios are widescreen 1.85:1 and full-screen 1.33:1; sound formats are remastered English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include a collectible booklet and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG.

SHADOW MAGIC (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment), released theatrically earlier this year, stars Jared Harris as an Englishman who brings movies to early 20th-century China. Yu Xia also stars for director Ann Hu. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are Mandarin Chinese Dolby Digital 2.0 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English, Spanish and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include an audio commentary from director Hu. MPAA rating is PG.

THE TAILOR OF PANAMA (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment), released theatrically earlier this year, is a serio-comic adaptation of John Le Carre’s novel about a heel of a British spy who enlists an English expatriate tailor (and small-time criminal) with a talent for fantasy to spin yarns for the intelligence community. Pierce Brosnan (as the spy) and Geoffrey Rush (as the tailor) star for director John Boorman. 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 and French subtitles and English closed-captioning. Extras include an audio commentary from director Boorman, conversations with Rush and Brosnan, an alternate ending with optional director commentary and production notes. MPAA rating is R.







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