|New DVDs August 21, 2000|
|Home Theater News DVD Hardware-Software News|
|Written by Abbie Bernstein|
|Thursday, 24 August 2000|
AGNES BROWNE (United Services) is a 1999 comedy/drama about a newly-widowed mother of seven in early ‘60s Dublin, Ireland, learning to live her life differently. Anjelica Huston directed and stars as the title character. Marion O’Dwyer steals much of the movie as Agnes’ high-spirited best friend, Ray Winstone is the villain and Tom Jones appears (and sings) as himself.
BEYOND THE MAT(Directors cut) - is director Barry W. Blaustein’s documentary on professional wrestling, released theatrically earlier this year, featuring Terry Funk and Mick Foley. The director’s cut comes with an audio commentary track and six minutes of footage deleted from the theatrical version.
CAT BALLOU (Columbia/TriStar) is a 1965 Western comedy that won Lee Marvin an Oscar for portraying an alcohol-sodden gunslinger and his somewhat more sober and considerably meaner brother. Jane Fonda, Michael Callan, Dwayne Hickman, Stubby Kaye and Nat "King" Cole star under Elliot Silverstein’s direction. The DVD features an interview with Silverstein and audio commentary by actors Callan and Hickman.
NOT ONE LESS (Columbia/TriStar) is director Zhang Yimou’s acclaimed 1999 drama about life in a small Chinese village, featuring Minzhi Wei. In Mandarin, with English subtitles.
PLANET OF THE APES – THE EVOLUTION (Fox Home Video) is a six-disk boxed set containing the entire APES film series – PLANET OF THE APES (1968), BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES (1970), ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES (1971), CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (1972) and BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (1973) – as well as a two-hour 1998 documentary, BEHIND THE PLANET OF THE APES, hosted by actor Roddy McDowall, who starred in four of the five features (as two different chimpanzee characters). The first film won the first-ever Academy Award for Special Achievement in Makeup (by John Chambers) and is generally regarded as a science-fiction classic. The entire series is essential viewing for anyone who cares about the history of science-fiction serials on the big screen – this was one of the first to have linked plots over five films.
SIMPATICO (New Line Home Video) is director Matthew Warchus’ 1999 rendition of Sam Shepard’s complicated script about long-buried secrets among the Kentucky horse-racing crowd. Jeff Bridges, Nick Nolte, Sharon Stone and Albert Finney star.
SUPERNOVA (MGM), released theatrically earlier this year, is a nicely nuanced if unspectacular science-fiction thriller set aboard a medical rescue craft in deep space. James Spader, Angela Bassett, Peter Facinelli, Lou Diamond Phillips, Robin Tunney, Wilson Cruz and Robert Forster star under Walter Hill’s direction. The film had two more directors making post-production contributions, namely Jack Sholder and Francis Ford Coppola. The DVD comes with 20 minutes of deleted footage, including an alternate ending and material that changed the MPAA rating to R.
THE TIGGER MOVIE (Disney Home Video), a 2000 theatrical release, is an animated musical about the adventures of Winnie the Pooh’s tiger pal, who wants to find his real family. The DVD comes with a Kenny Loggins music video, a DVD storybook and several games.