DVDs Feb. 12-18, 2001 
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Tuesday, 13 February 2001

THE ADVENTURES OF ROCKY & BULLWINKLE (Universal Home Entertainment), released theatrically last year, is a mixture of live-action, traditional animation and 3-D animation, starring Robert De Niro, Jason Alexander, Rene Russo and Piper Perabo in a tale of the late Jay Ward’s classic animated Moose and Squirrel set loose in the modern world. Des McAnuff directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English DTS and English Dolby Digital 5.1, with English subtitles. Extras include a making-of featurette, production notes and DVD-ROM features.

ALICE’S RESTAURANT
(MGM) is director Arthur Penn’s 1969 adaptation of Arlo Guthrie’s famous story/song. The film stars Guthrie, Pat Quinn and James Broderick. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound format is digital (no further details available), with English, Spanish and French subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary from Guthrie. This is the previously unreleased R-rated version.

BLACK NARCISSUS (Criterion), directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is a 1947 drama about five nuns trying to establish a school in the Himalayas. Deborah Kerr and Flora Robson star. The film won an Oscar for Jack Cardiff’s Technicolor cinematography, reported to be transferred beautifully for the DVD version. Aspect ratio is 1.33:1 (full-screen); sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary with the late Powell and Martin Scorsese, a video documentary on Cardiff and production stills.

BLESS THE CHILD (Paramount Home Entertainment), released theatrically last year, is a fairly silly thriller about Satanists trying to thwart the rise of a six-year-old potential messiah. Chuck Russell directs a cast starring Kim Basinger, Jimmy Smits and Rufus Sewell. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, English Dolby Surround and French Dolby Surround, with English subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary from director Russell and visual effects supervisor Joel Hynek and interviews with the cast and crew.

BRING IT ON (Universal Home Entertainment), released theatrically last year, is director Peyton Reed’s funny and entertaining look at high school cheerleaders gearing up for a national competition. Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Jesse Bradford and Gabrielle Union star. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English DTS 5.1 Surround, English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, with English subtitles. Extras include a making-of featurette, an audio commentary with director Reed deleted scenes introduced by Reed, extended scenes, home movies of the car wash scene, wardrobe and makup tests, animated anecdotes and the Blacque "As If" music video.

COTTON MARY (Universal Home Entertainment), released theatrically last year, is director Ismail Merchant’s drama about an older local woman in 1940s India who gets into a very strange situation when she goes to work for a British family. Madhur Jaffrey, Greta Scacchi and James Wilby star. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound format is Dolby Surround.

DIGIMON: THE MOVIE (Fox Home Video), released theatrically last year, is a feature version of the animated children’s series about otherworldly creatures and their young human pals. Aspect ratio is 1.33:1 (full-screen); sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English subtitles. Extras include the Len music video "Kids in America."

DR. T AND THE WOMEN (Artisan), released theatrically last year, is director Robert Altman’s comedy about a popular gynecologist (Richard Gere) and the various ladies in his life. Helen Hunt, Farrah Fawcett, Laura Dern and Kate Hudson also star. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English and Spanish subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary track with the director and cast, an interview with Altman, production notes and an isolated music track with commentary from composer Lyle Lovett.

THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE (Universal), released theatrically last year, is a unconventional documentary about evangelist Tammy Faye Bakker, directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato. Aspect ratio is 1.33:1 (full-screen); sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English subtitles.

FIEND WITHOUT A FACE (Criterion), directed by Marshall Thompson and Arthur Crabtree, is a 1958 British horror film about invisible monsters that suck out people’s brains and spinal cords. Thompson stars with Terry Kilburn. Aspect ratio is widescreen; soundtrack is in English, with English subtitles (no further specifics available). Extras include an interview with executive producer Richard Gordon and genre film writer Tom Weaver, an illustrated essay on British science-fiction and horror films, photographs, trailers from Gordon’s other films and a segment on how the film was publicized in the U.S.

FOXY BROWN (MGM) is a 1974 low-budget actioner starring Pam Grier as a tough woman seeking to avenge her boyfriend’s death at the hands of drug dealers. Jack Hill directed. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, with English, Spanish and French subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary track.

GET CARTER (Warner Home Entertainment), released theatrically last year, is a remake of the 1971 British gangster classic that starred Michael Caine (who has a small role in this one). The new version is set in the U.S. and stars Sylvester Stallone, Mickey Rourke and Miranda Richardson under Stephen Kay’s direction. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1, with English and French subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary track from director Kay, deleted scenes and trailers for both the new and 1971 editions.

GLORY (Columbia/TriStar) is being released in a special two-disc edition. The much-honored 1989 film chronicles the factual story of an all-black unit with a white commander (Matthew Broderick) who fought for the Union during the American Civil War. Edward Zwick directs a cast that includes Denzel Washington (Supporting Actor Oscar winner for his work here), Morgan Freeman and Cary Elwes. Aspect ratios are 1.85:1 (widescreen) and 1.33:1 (full-screen); soundformats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and Portugese (unspecified), with subtitles in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean, Portugese, Thai and Indonesian. Extras include an audio commentary track with director Zwick and actors Broderick and Freeman, a making-of featurette, a documentary about the real 54th Regiment narrated by Morgan Freeman entitled "The True Nature of Glory," a second documentary, "Voices of Glory," which features African-American actors reading real letters from members of the unit, deleted scenes and talent files.

GOYA IN BORDEAUX (Columbia/TriStar), released theatrically last year, is director Carlos Saura’s intense drama, with Francisco Rabal as the Spaniard in France. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound formats are Dolby HiFi and Surround, with English subtitles.

HARVEY (Universal) is director Henry Koster’s 1950 film version of Mary Chase’s perennial popular play about a man, played by James Stewart, whose best friend is an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit. Josephine Hutchinson co-stars in a performance that won her a Supporting Actress Oscar (Stewart was nominated for Best Actor). The black-and-white film is presented in 1.33:1 (full-screen) aspect ratio; sound formats are English and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, with English and French subtitles. Extras include an introduction by Stewart (originally recorded for the 1990 VHS release), production notes and biographies.

THE LOST WEEKEND (Universal) is director Billy Wilder’s 1945 acclaimed study of an alcoholic man, played by Ray Milland, who won an Oscar. The film also won Oscars for Picture and Director. Jane Wyman also stars. The black-and-white film is in English, with English subtitles; no further aspect ratio or sound format information is available. Extras include production notes and biographies.

MANHUNTER (Anchor Bay) is being released in a new two-disc edition. Although the character of Hannibal Lecter is widely associated with Anthony Hopkins and SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, this 1986 feature, based on Thomas Harris’ novel "Red Dragon" and directed by Michael Mann, is actually the first to introduce the good doctor. Brian Cox plays him here, in a cast headed by William L. Petersen, Joan Allen and Tom Noonan. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; sound format is Dolby Digital 5.1. Extras include the director’s cut (which occupies the whole of Disc 2), a featurette on cinematographer Dante Spinotti and another featurette with Petersen, Allen, Cox and Noonan.

MOTHER (Paramount Home Entertainment) is director/star Albert Brooks’ 1996 comedy about a neurotic middle-aged man (Brooks) trying to come to terms with his assertive mother (Debbie Reynolds). Rob Morrow and Lisa Kudrow co-star. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound formats are Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround and French Dolby Surround, with English subtitles.

THE PALLISERS, SET 2 (Acorn Media) is a four-disc boxed set of nine episodes of the 26-hour British TV series about a powerful artistocratic family during the Victorian era. Susan Hampshire and Philip Lathan star. No format specifics are available.

THE PRINCE OF EGYPT (DreamWorks/Universal), released in 1999, is an animated musical about the life of Moses. Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Jeff Goldblum and Patrick Stewart provide the lead voices; Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner and Simon Wells directed. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English DTS 5.1 Surround and English Dolby Surround, with English subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary track with the directors, a making-of featurette, a multi-language presentation of the ballad "When You Believe," a segment on the animation of the chariot race sequence, a featurette on the technical effects, an art gallery, cast and filmmakers’ biographies and production notes.

REAL LIFE (Paramount Home Entertainment), released in 1979, anticipates TV "reality programming" by a couple of decades. The comedy, directed by and starring Albert Brooks, follows a filmmaker as he tries to chronicle the day-to-day life of an "average" family. Charles Grodin and Frances Lee McCain co-star. Aspect ratio is widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; sound format is English Dolby Digital Mono, with English subtitles. Extras include a new interview with Brooks.

STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES VOL. 19 (Paramount Home Entertainment) includes two episodes of the 1967 edition of the series, "The Changeling" and "The Apple." Aspect ratio is 1.33:1, digitally enhanced and remastered; sound format is Dolby Digital remixed for 5.1 Surround, with English subtitles.

STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES VOL. 20 (Paramount Home Entertainment) includes the series episodes "Mirror, Mirror" and "The Deadly Years." Technical specifications are the same as on Vol. 19.

URBAN LEGENDS: FINAL CUT (Columbia/TriStar), released theatrically last year, takes place in a film school where someone is taking the notion of cutthroat competition very seriously. Jennifer Morrison, Joseph Lawrence, Hart Bochner and Loretta Devine star under John Ottman’s direction. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound formats are Dolby HiFi and Surround, with English subtitles.

WHIPPED (Columbia/TriStar), released theatrically last year, stars Amanda Peet as a woman with a lot of men at her feet. Brian Van Holt also stars; Peter M. Cohen directed. Aspect ratios are widescreen anamorphic and 1.33:1 (full-screen); sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, with English, French and Spanish subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary by the director.

WOMAN ON TOP (Fox Home Video), released last year, stars Penelope Cruz as a Brazilian with magical cooking skills who moves to San Francisco to avoid her unfaithful spouse. Fina Torres directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, with English and Spanish subtitles. Extras include a recipe booklet.

CORRECTION: Stuart Chapin (as opposed to Bob Chapin) appears in DEADLOCK.







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