New DVDs for the week of June 5th, 2000 
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Written by Abbie Bernstein   
Tuesday, 06 June 2000

BLACK SHIELD OF FALWORTH, from Universal, is a 1954 knights-armor-and-swords saga starring Tony Curtis as a gallant and young knight.

EVIL ROY SLADE, from Universal, is a 1972 TV Western parody starring John Astin, best known to comedy fans for his years as Gomez Addams on THE ADDAMS family.


GIRL, INTERRUPTED, from Columbia/TriStar Home Video, is based on the real-life experiences of Susanna Kayser, who spent a few years of her adolescence in a mental hospital during the '60s. Directed by James Mangold, the 1999 film stars Winona Ryder as the troubled protagonist and Angelina Jolie, who won the Best Supporting Oscar as an even more troubled inmate. Whoopi Goldberg and Vanessa Redgrave play hospital staff.

MOMENT TO MOMENT, from Universal, is a 1965 thriller directed by Mervyn LeRoy, scored by Henry Mancini and set on the French Riviera. Jean Seberg, Arthur Hill and Honor Blackman play some of the characters caught up in adultery and surreptitious crimes.

MOVING TARGET, from New Horizons, is a kicking, punching direct-to-home-video actioner starring Don "The Dragon" Wilson, directed by Paul Ziller.

MR. DEATH: THE RISE AND FALL OF FRED A. LEUCHTER JR. is filmmaker Errol Morris' 1999 documentary about an inventor of execution mechanisms who attracted positive attention from neo-Nazis and ire from just about everybody else when he tried to prove that there were no gas chambers in WWII concentration camps.

NEXT FRIDAY, released theatrically this year, is a sequel to 1995's stoners-in-the-hood comedy FRIDAY. The new edition, directed by Steve Carr, brings Ice Cube back as the hero, backed by a largely rap soundtrack.

POIROT 4, from Acorn Home video, contains four more hour-long episodes of the BBC adaptations of Agatha Christie's tales of Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot, perfectly played by David Suchet. Philip Jackson co-stars as Inspector Japp.

SEVEN DAYS IN MAY, from Warner Home Video, is a sharp 1964 political thriller directed by John Frankenheimer, who provides an audio commentary track. The film stars Kirk Douglas, Ava Gardner, Burt Lancaster, Fredric March and Edmund O'Brien in a tale of an attempted military coup in the U.S.

SLEEPY HOLLOW, from Paramount, stars Johnny Depp as Ichabod Crane in director Tim Burton's 1999 adaptation of Washington Irving's story. Christopher Walken is the Headless Horseman, Christina Ricci is the love interest, Michael Gambon is her powerful father and Miranda Richardson is her stepmother. The film is an affectionate homage to (and slight parody of) Hammer Horror films of the '60s. The DVD features an audio commentary track by Burton, still photos on the disk and a making-of short.







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