|New DVDs Sept. 2, 2000|
|Home Theater News DVD Hardware-Software News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Thursday, 02 November 2000|
AMERICAN BEAUTY (DreamWorks), the sharp, witty and moving 1999 comedy/drama, directed by Sam Mendes, written by Alan Ball and starring Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch and Wes Bentley, won Oscars for practically everything (Picture, Actor, Director, et al), is now out on DVD in a special "awards edition." Sound formats are DTS and Dolby. Extras include a making-of short, production notes, a full-length audio commentary with director Mendes and writer Ball, and storyboards with commentary by Mendes and cinematographer Conrad Hall.
AMERICAN STRAYS (A-Pix) is a 1996 thriller, directed by Michael Covert, about a convergence of criminals at a desert diner. Luke Perry, Eric Roberts, Jennifer Tilly, John Savage, Carol Kane and James Russo star.
BEYOND THE MIND’S EYE (Unapix) is a surreal 45-minute compilation of computer animation.
CHRONOS (Unapix), originally filmed in 70mm by director Ron Fricke, is a 40-minute tour of famous sites around the globe, including the Sphinx, the Pyramids and the Vatican.
EARTHSCAPES (Unapix) is an award-winning 37-minute short that matches music with visuals of nature.
FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN (A-Pix) is director Steven Paul’s 1981 romance starring Susannah York, Elliot Gould and a young Michelle Pfeiffer, with a score by Michel LeGrand. Visual format is full-screen only.
THE FEAR (A-Pix) is a straight-to-video horror film about a secluded weekend retreat besieged by an evil mannequin. Vincent Robert directs a cast including Eddie Bowz, Heather Medway, Ann Turkel and Vince Edwards.
FREQUENCY (New Line Home Video), released theatrically earlier this year, is science-fiction/fantasy thriller that starts slowly but builds to become quite gripping under Gregory Hoblit’s direction. Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel star as a father and son who contact one another across a 30-year gap in time and continually change their personal histories as a result. Sound format is Dolby.
GATE TO THE MIND’S EYE (Unapix) is 60 minutes of computer animation about the past and future history of humanity, with a soundtrack by Thomas Dolby.
GOOD LUCK (A-Pix) is a 1997 comedy/drama, directed by Richard LaBrie, about two men, one paraplegic and one blind, who enter a white-water rafting race. Gregory Hines, Vincent D’Onofrio, Max Gail and James Earl Jones star.
GOSSIP (Warner Home Video), released theatrically earlier this year, starts promisingly but eventually doesn’t live up to its potential in a tale of rumors gone wild on a college campus. James Marsden, Lena Headey, Kate Hudson and Joshua Jackson star under Davis Guggenheim’s direction. Sound format is Dolby Digital 2.0.
KILLING MAN (A-Pix) is a 1994 thriller, directed by David Mitchell, about a man trying to find his way back from memory loss in the midst of murder. Brett Cullen, Tamlyn Tomita, Wes Studi, Brion James and M. Emmet Walsh star. Sound format is PCM Surround. Visuals are full-screen only.
LUCKY LUKE (A-Pix) is a 1994 live-action adaptation of the Western comic book of the same name, directed by and starring Terence Hill. Sound is PCM Stereo.
MAN IN UNIFORM (A-Pix) is director David Wellington’s 1999 thriller about an actor who takes his role as a policeman too seriously. Tom McCamus, Bridgette Bako, David Hemblen and Kevin Tighe star.
ONCE A THIEF (A-Pix) is a made-for-TV movie about a group of secret crime fighters. Nicholas Lea, Sandrine Holt and Ivan Sergei star for directors Peter D. Marshall and T.J. Scott. John Woo is the producer.
OUTRAGE (A-Pix) is director Carlos Saura’s tale of passion and revenge revolving around a beautiful circus sharp-shooter. The dialogue has been dubbed into English. Antonio Banderas, Francesca Neri and Walter Vidarte star.
RUDE (A-Pix) is a 1996 set of intertwined big-city dramas, linked by the voice of radio deejay Rude. Maurice Dean Wint and Rachael Crawford star.
SECRET GAMES 3 (A-Pix) is director Gregory Dark’s 1994 film about a married woman who patronizes a brothel. Rochelle Swanson and Woody Brown star.
SEXUAL MALICE (A-Pix) is a 1993 sexual thriller, directed by Jag Mundhra, about a married woman who has a dangerous affair. Edward Albert, Chad McQueen, Diana Barton and Samantha Phillips star.
STRANGER BY NIGHT (A-Pix) is a 1998 serial killer thriller directed by Gregory Dark, starring Steven Bauer, Jennifer Rubin and William Katt.
THE SURGEON (A-Pix), filmed under the title "Exquisite Tenderness," is a 1994 thriller about dark doings at a hospital. Isabel Glasser, James Remar, Charles Dance and Peter Boyle star.
THOMAS AND THE MAGIC RAILROAD (Columbia/TriStar Home Video) is a live-action children’s film based on the popular book series, about an enchanted train station. Alec Baldwin and Peter Fonda star for director Britt Allcroft. Sound formats are Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 in English and Dolby Digital 2.0 in Spanish. Extras include deleted footage. Visual format is full-screen only.
TREAD/RETREAD (Unapix) are two documentaries about mountain biking, featuring World Champion Trails Rider Hans Rey and World Champion Downhill Mountain Biker Greg Herbold.
UNDERCOVER (A-Pix) stars Athena Massey and Meg Foster in a thriller about a cop posing as a prostitute.
VOODOO (A-Pix) is director Rene Eram’s 1995 horror film about evil magic and zombies lurking in Los Angeles, starring Corey Feldman and Jack Nance. Sound format is HiFi. Visual format is full-screen only.
WEREWOLF (A-Pix) is a 1996 horror film about you-know-what, directed by Tony Zarindast. George Rivero, Fred Cavalli and Adrianna Miles star.
WHERE THE RIVERS FLOW NORTH (A-Pix) is a 1993 drama, directed by Jay Craven, about a collision between loggers and corporations in 1927 Vermont. Rip Torn, Tantoo Cardinal, Michael J. Fox and Treat Williams star.