New DVDs July 17, 2000 
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Written by Abbie Bernstein   
Tuesday, 18 July 2000

ANGELA’S ASHES (Paramount Home Video) is director Alan Parker’s 1999 adaptation of Frank McCourt’s acclaimed autobiography about life with his alcoholic father, long-suffering mother and many siblings in 1930s Ireland. Robert Carlyle and Emily Watson star. The DVD comes with audio commentary from both Parker and McCourt.

THE BIG TEASE (Warner Home Video), co-written by star Craig Ferguson, is a surprisingly sweet-natured 2000 comedy about a Scottish hairdresser who comes to L.A. to enter a hairstyling contest. Kevin Allen directs a cast that includes Frances Fisher, David Rasche and Mary McCormack.

BRIEF ENCOUNTER (Criterion) is David Lean’s 1945 version of Noel Coward’s play ‘Still Life,’ about a restrained affair between a doctor (Trevor Howard) and a housewife (Celia Johnson), both married to other people. The DVD has restored picture and sound, along with an audio commentary from Bruce Eder, which discusses the film’s use of sound.

BROKEN VESSELS (Unapix Entertainment) is director Scott Ziehl’s 1998 well-reviewed drama about the frenetic life and downward life spiral of a young paramedic. The film stars Todd Field, Jason London and Roxana Zal.

THE CRUSH (Warner Home Video) is a rather silly 1993 thriller, directed by Alan Shapiro, starring Alicia Silverstone as a teen who becomes dangerously besotted with a writer, played by Cary Elwes. The DVD comes with 5.1 surround sound and biographies on key personnel.

DANCE WITH THE DEVIL aka PERDITA DURANGO (Unapix Entertainment), made in 1997, Alex de la Iglesia’s blend of action, sex and the supernatural in a tale of an outlaw couple on the run has been compared to FROM DUSK TILL DAWN. This is the unrated director’s cut. Rosie Perez and James Gandolfini star.

DIABOLIQUE (Warner Home Video), a 1996 remake of the classic French thriller, stars Sharon Stone, Isabelle Adjani and Chazz Palmintieri as three people caught up in a sexual triangle. Kathy Bates also stars; Jeremiah Chechik directs. The DVD includes a "making of" featurette and 5.1 audio.

DIAMONDS (Walt Disney Home Entertainment) is a 2000 caper comedy, directed by John Mallory Asher, starring Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Dan Aykroyd and Jenny McCarthy.

FOREVER TOGETHER, aka CAN’T BE HEAVEN (A-Pix) is director Richard Friedman’s 1999 romance about 13-year-olds in love. The film stars Jamie Williams, Bryan Burke, Michael galeota, Diane Ladd, Ralph Macchio, Garry Marshall, Rachel Ticotin and Michelle Trachtenberg.

THE 4TH FLOOR (A-Pix), is a 1999 thriller directed by Josh Klausner about a woman, played by Juliette Lewis, who is being terrorized either by a neighbor or a supernatural force – or perhaps both. The film also stars William Hurt, Artie Lange and Shelley Duvall. The DVD comes with an audio commentary by the director, editor and production designer, an alternate ending and 5.1 surround sound.

ISN’T SHE GREAT (Universal Home Video), directed by Andrew Bergman, released earlier this year theatrically, is a comedy starring Bette Midler as ‘Valley of the Dolls’ author Jacqueline Susann and Nathan Lane as her adoring husband. Stockard Channing, David Hyde-Pierce, Amanda Peet and John Cleese head the supporting cast.

JAWS (Universal Home Video), the 1975 film directed by Steven Spielberg, almost single-finnedly introduced the concept of "summer blockbuster." The film about a hunt for a man-eating shark, based on Peter Benchley’s best-seller, stars Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw. The DVD comes with a "making of" documentary, 10 minutes of deleted scenes, two outtakes, production photos and a trivia quiz.

MOON OVER BROADWAY (Docurama) is D.A. Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus’ 1998 documentary about the Great White Way production of the stage comedy ‘Moon Over Buffalo,’ starring Philip Bosco and Carol Burnett. The DVD includes commentary from the filmmakers, the actors, playwright Ken Ludwig, director Tom Moore and the play’s producers.

THE NINTH GATE (Artisan), released theatrically earlier this year, reunites ROSEMARY’S BABY director Roman Polanski with Satanic themes in a tale of a book that can reportedly summon the Devil. Johnny Depp and Frank Langella star. The DVD comes with a "making of" short and a commentary track by Polanski.

OXYGEN (Unapix Entertainment), directed by Richard Shepard, is a 1999 thriller about a cop (Maura Tierney) whose mental as well as physical health is threatened by her pursuit of a kidnapper/killer (Adrien Brody). The film also stars James Naughton, Laila Robins, Paul Calderon and Dylan Baker. The DVD comes with outtakes and 5.1 surround sound.

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Unapix Entertainment) is legendary Italian horror filmmaker Dario Argento’s take on the tale, starring Julian Sands and Asia Argento. The DVD comes with an electronic press kit, featuring an interview with Sands, behind the scenes footage, a "Fangoria" magazine article, a photo gallery and 5.1 surround sound.

RIDE WITH THE DEVIL (Universal) is director Ang Lee’s adaptation of the novel "Woe to Live On," about a group of young Confederate Bushwackers during the American Civil War. The film has been praised for its historical accuracy. Tobey Maguire, Skeet Ulrich and Jewel star; the DVD contains a music video by Jewel.

SILENT FALL (Warner Home Video) is a 1994 thriller, directed by Bruce Beresford, that features Richard Dreyfuss as a psychiatrist trying to get through to an autistic young boy who has witnessed a murder. The film also stars Linda Hamilton, John Lithgow and Live Tyler. The DVD comes with 5.1 surround sound.

TRIAL BY JURY (Warner Home Video), directed by Heywood Gould, is a 1994 film that sounds similar in plot to THE JUROR. This version stars Joanne Whalley as the object of aggressive jury tampering when she sits in on the trial of a mobster. Armand Assante, Gabriel Byrne and William Hurt also star. The DVD comes with 5.1 audio.

THE WAR ZONE (New Yorker Films) is actor Tim Roth’s directorial debut, a harrowing drama about abuse within a family living in a remote area of England. Ray Winstone and Tilda Swinton star.

WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM? (Columbia/TriStar), directed by Mike Nichols, is a not tremendously funny 2000 comedy about an alien, played by Garry Shandling, who comes to Earth in the hopes of finding a woman who will have a baby with him. Annette Bening, Greg Kinnear, Linda Fiorentino, Ben Kingsley and John Goodman also star.

THE WHOLE NINE YARDS (Warner Home Video) is a lively 2000 comedy about a quasi-retired hit man, played by Bruce Willis, who moves in next to a nervous dentist, played by Matthew Perry. Rosanna Arquette, Natasha Henstridge, Michael Clarke Duncan, Amanda Peet and Kevin Pollak also star. The DVD includes an audio commentary track with director Jonathan Lynn, an interview gallery with cast and crew members and 5.1 surround sound.







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