|New DVDs Oct. 2, 2000|
|Home Theater News DVD Hardware-Software News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Friday, 06 October 2000|
BLUE’S BIG MUSICAL MOVIE (Paramount Home Entertainment/Nickelodeon) is a new animated feature based on the popular children’s TV series "Blue’s Clues." The film focuses on the fundamentals of music, including the difference between notes, rhythm and tempo. The feature has six new songs, including two with vocals by Ray Charles. The DVD features a "making of" featurette, two music videos and a "Who Am I?" guessing game.
BOSSA NOVA (Columbia/TriStar) is director Bruno Barreto’s 1999 romantic comedy about an American woman in Brazil. Amy Irving (Barreto’s real-life wife) and Antonio Fagundes star. DVD extras include a "making of" short, an audio commentary track with Barreto and Irving, a deleted scene with an optional audio commentary track and an isolated music score audio track.
BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER (Universal Home Video), released earlier this year, is a romantic comedy about a teenager, played by Natasha Lyonne, who discovers that she’s a lesbian when her parents pack her off to a summer camp designed to turn her heterosexual. Clea DuVall, Cathy Moriarty, Bud Cort and RuPaul also star under Jamie Babbit’s direction.
EAST-WEST (Columbia/TriStar) is director Regis Wargnier’s acclaimed 1999 drama about a couple who move from France to Soviet Russia and find that life is much harder than they had imagined. Sandrine Bonnaire, Oleg Menshkov and Catherine Deneuve star. The DVD includes an audio commentary from the director.
ROSEMARY’S BABY (Paramount Home Entertainment), director Roman Polanski’s famed 1968 adaptation of Ira Levin’s novel about modern-day Satanism in Manhattan, makes its DVD debut in a special edition. Contents include new interviews with Polanski, production executive Robert Evans and production designer Richard Sylbert, along with a "making of" from the film’s original theatrical release. Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes and Ruth Gordon (who won the Supporting Actress Oscar for her work here) star.
THE SKULLS (Universal Home Video), released earlier this year, is a rather silly thriller about a top-secret Ivy League fraternity, with Jonathan Jackson giving a good performance in the lead. Craig T. Nelson and William L. Petersen also star under Rob Cohen’s direction. The DVD includes an audio commentary track from the director, a deleted scene with the director’s commentary and a "making of" short.
SNOW DAY (Paramount Home Entertainment), released earlier this year, is director Chris Koch’s comedy about kids staying out of school on account of weather conditions. Mark Webber, Zena Grey, Chevy Chase, Chris Elliott and Jean Smart star. The DVD comes with a Dolby 5.1 Surround audio track, as well as cast and crew interviews, a "making of" short, and a commentary track with Koch, and co-writers Will McRobb and Chris Vacardi.
A STAR IS BORN (Warner Home Video) is a deluxe DVD transfer of the 1954 musical drama about Hollywood, directed by George Cukor and starring Judy Garland and James Mason. The two-sided DVD features three alternate versions of Garland’s song "The Man That Got Away," the deleted musical number "When My Sugar Walks Down the Street," audio from two more deleted songs, a copy of the live telecast from the film’s 1954 theatrical premiere attended by numerous stars of the era and an interview with Garland.
THIS IS SPINAL TAP (MGM) is a new edition of the 1984 classic rock mockumentary, directed by Rob Reiner and starring Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer as members of the title band. The DVD contains an hour’s worth of previously unseen scenes, a mini-"documentary" with Reiner in character as the film’s auteur Marty DiBergi and an audio commentary track from the "Spinal Tap" members. Also included are the band’s TV appearance on "The Joe Franklin Show," four music videos and three commercials in which Spinal Tap helps sell candy.
U-571 (Universal Home Video), released earlier this year, is a loosely fact-based WWII drama, directed by Jonathan Mostow, about Allied efforts to capture a German submarine. Matthew McConaughey, Harvey Keitel and Bill Paxton star. The DVD has a DTS stereo soundtrack, as well as an audio commentary track from Mostow, a "making of" documentary and cast and crew interviews.