DVDs Aug. 21-27, 2001 
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Tuesday, 21 August 2001

CARNEGIE HALL (Kino Video) is director Edgar G. Ulmer’s 1947 "musical love story" set around the New York cultural landmark. Marsha Hunt and William Prince star; such opera and classical music luminaries as Ezio Pinza, Jascha Heifetz and Lily Pons appear as themselves. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1 in black-and-white; sound format is Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. Extras include a behind-the-scenes stills gallery, program notes, the piano scene from Ulmer’s "Detroit" and the theatrical trailer. There is no MPAA rating (the film was made prior to the implementation of the ratings system).

CRIMINAL LOVERS (Strand Releasing Home Video) is director Francois Ozon’s film about a relationship between a man and a woman on the wrong side of the law. No format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

DAYBREAK (Paramount Home Entertainment) is a straight-to-video actioner starring Ted McGinley, Ursula Brooks and Roy Scheider about a subway car trapped by an earthquake. Jean Pellerin directs. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, with English closed-captioning and English and Spanish subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary from director Pellerin and actress Brooks; director and cast biographies, a stills gallery and the trailer. MPAA rating is R (language).

LE DERNIER COMBAT (THE LAST BATTLE) (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is director Luc Besson’s 1983 black-and-white science-fiction film about a post-apocalyptic world in which no one speaks. Jean Reno stars. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available. Extras include the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R.

DESPERATE LIVING (New Line Home Entertainment) is director/writer John Waters’ 1977 gross-out comedy/fantasy about a murderess (Mink Stole) and her loyal maid (Jean Hill) who escape to the decadent kingdom of Mortville. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound formats are English 5.1 Surround and English 2.0 Stereo Surround, with English subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary from filmmaker Waters, cast and crew filmographies and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R. DESPERATE LIVING is being released in a two-disc boxed set paired with Waters’ POLYESTER (see below).

EXTREME LIMITS (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) is an actioner set in the mountains, directed by Jim Wynorski, starring Treat Williams and Julie St. Claire. Aspect ratio is widescreen; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

FOR THE TERM OF HIS NATURAL LIFE (BFS Entertainment and Multimedia) is a three-disc release of the prison miniseries starring Patrick MacNee, Anthony Perkins and Colin Friels. No aspect ratio or format information is available. There is no MPAA rating.

THE GOONIES (Warner Home Video) is director Richard Donner’s fantasy adventure about a group of kids who embark on a subterranean quest. Sean Astin and Josh Brolin star. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1; no sound format information is available; there is English closed-captioning. Extras include an audio commentary from director Donner, deleted scenes, a Cyndi Lauper music video and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is PG.

HANNIBAL (MGM/UA Home Entertainment), released theatrically earlier this year, is director Ridley Scott’s adaptation of the further adventures of the brilliant cannibal Hannibal Lector, created on the page by Thomas Harris and played here (and in this film’s immediate predecessor, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS) by Anthony Hopkins. Julianne Moore, Ray Liotta and Giancarlo Giannini also star. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English DTS, English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 5.1, with English, Spanish and French subtitles. Extras in this two-disc set include an audio commentary from director Scott, 35 minutes of deleted scenes, five making-of featurettes, three interactive multi-angle featurettes and a photo gallery. MPAA rating is R.

THE LAST OF THE BLUE DEVILS: THE KANSAS CITY JAZZ STORY (Kino Video) is director Bruce Ricker’s 1979 documentary about jazz that features a plethora of artists, including Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. Aspect ratio is 1.66:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. Extras include an audio commentary by the director and 19 minutes of additional footage. There is no MPAA rating.

POLYESTER (New Line Home Entertainment) is director John Waters 1981 soap opera parody about a family headed up by an unusual matriarch, played by the transvestite Divine. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound formats are English 5.1 Surround and English 2.0 Stereo Surround, with English subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary from filmmaker Waters, cast and crew filmographies, an "Odorama" scratch ‘n’ sniff card and the theatrical trailer. MPAA rating is R. POLYESTER is being released in a two-disc boxed set paired with Waters’ DESPERATE LIVING (see above).

SAY IT ISN’T SO (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment), released theatrically earlier this year, is a comedy about a young man who wrongly believes his beloved is also his sister. Chris Klein and Heather Graham star; James B. Rogers directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1, with English closed-captioning and Spanish subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary track from director Rogers and actor Klein, six deleted scenes, a Comedy Central special, a making-of featurette and TV spots. MPAA rating is R.

SOUTH OF HEAVEN, WEST OF HELL (Vidmark/Trimark), released theatrically last year, is a ‘70s-esque Western with surreal touches that marks the feature directorial debut of musician/singer/songwriter Dwight Yoakam, who stars as a lawman tracking down his adoptive outlaw family. Luke Askew, Bridget Fonda, Billy Bob Thornton and Bud Cort also star. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound format is English Dolby Digital, with English closed-captioning. MPAA rating is R.

SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS (Home Vision Criterion Collection) is director Preston Sturges’ much-acclaimed 1941 comedy about a filmmaker who wants to do something serious. Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake star. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. Extras include an audio commentary by Kenneth Bowser, Noah Baumbach, Christopher Guest and Michael McKean, the 76-minute documentary "Preston Sturges: Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer," an audio recording of Sturges, a Hedda Hopper interview with Sturges, an interview with Sturges’ widow Sandy Sturges, production still, storyboards and blueprints and a scrapbook of original publicity materials. There is no MPAA rating (the film was made prior to implementation of the rating system).

WISH UPON A STAR (Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment) is a 1996 comedy/fantasy about two very different teenaged sisters who switch places. Danielle Harris, Katherine Heigl and Lois Chiles star; Blair Treu directs. Aspect ratio is full-screen 1.33:1; sound format is Dolby Surround Stereo, with English and Spanish subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary track with director Treu and writer Jessica Barandes, filmographies and trailers. MPAA rating is PG.







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