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New DVDs July 10, 2000  Print E-mail
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Written by Abbie Bernstein   
Monday, 10 July 2000

ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER Writer/director Pedro Almodovar's 1999 comedic melodrama, deals with a woman who loses her son on his 17th birthday and subsequently moves from Madrid to Barcelona in search of the youth's long-absent father. The film stars Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Candela Pena, Antonio San Juan and Penelope Cruz.

BOILER ROOM (New Line Home Video), released earlier this year, is a more rough and ready (and less pretentious) take on the turf of WALL STREET, concerning an illegal New York stock brokerage. Giovanni Ribisi, Ben Affleck, Nia Long, Vin Diesel and Ron Rifkin star in the drama directed and written by Ben Younger.

DOWN TO YOU (Miramax) is a 2000 romantic comedy about college students, directed and written by Kris Isacsson. Freddie Prinze Jr. and Julia Stiles play the primary couple, with Shawn Hatosy and Selma Blair as their friends, and Henry Winkler and Lucie Arnaz as Prinze's parents.

FREEJACK (Warner Home Video) is a 1992 science-fiction actioner starring Emilio Estevez as a race car driver who is kidnapped and taken into the future for sinister purposes. Mick Jagger makes a rare acting appearance alongside Anthony Hopkins and Rene Russo under Geoff Murphy's direction. The DVD features include Dolby Surround 5.1 audio, theatrical trailer and biographies and filmographies on principal cast and production personnel.

THE HURRICANE (Universal) rightfully earned a Denzel Washington a best actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal of champion boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, imprisoned for 19 years for murders evidence indicates he could not have committed. The 1999 film, directed by Norman Jewison, emphasizes the unlikely but true friendship that sprang up between Carter and Lesra Martin (Viscellous Reon Shannon), a 16-year-old boy who wrote to Carter in jail and subsequently became instrumental in exonerating him. Bob Dylan's title tune was originally written to help draw attention to Carter's plight while the Hurricane was still imprisoned.

MANSFIELD PARK (Miramax) is Patricia Rozema's 1999 adaptation of Jane Austen's 19th-century novel about a poor young Englishwoman taken in by rich relatives. The film created controversy for its depictions of sex and slavery, both more blunt than anything that appeared in Austen's work. The film stars Frances O'Connor, Jonny Lee Miller, Embeth Davidtz, Alessandro Nivola and Harold Pinter.

MY DOG SKIP (Warner Home Video), is a well-regarded, fact-based boy and his terrier tale, based on Willie Morris' autobiographical book. Released earlier this year, the film stars Frankie Muniz (of TV's "Malcolm in the Middle" series) as the nine-year-old dog owner and Kevin Bacon as the boy's concerned father. The DVD includes an audio commentary track with director Jay Russell, Muniz and dog trainer Mathilde De Cagney, four deleted scenes with commentary from the director and the theatrical trailer.

ONEGIN Released earlier this year, Onegin is a physically beautiful, intellectually plausible but emotionally distant adaptation of Alexander Pushkin's novel-length 19th-century poem about bad romantic timing, economic snobbery and existential angst. Martha Fiennes directs a cast headed by Ralph Fiennes (her brother), Liv Tyler and Toby Stephens. The authentic Russian locations are a visual and atmospheric plus.

WHITE SANDS (Warner Home Video) is a 1992 thriller set in the desert, in which insomnia, drugs and a suitcase containing $500,000 all play a part. Roger Donaldson directs a cast that includes Willem Dafoe as a small town sheriff, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Samuel L. Jackson and Mickey Rourke. The DVD comes with Dolby Surround 5.1, the original theatrical trailer and biographies and filmographies on stars and primary creative personnel.

WOMEN (ELLES) (Fox Lorber) is a 1999 release set in Portugal, dealing with the relationships between five middle-aged women. The French-language film stars Marisa Berenson, Marthe Keller, Carmen Maura, Miou-Miou and Guesch
Patti.







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