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New DVDs Nov. 13, 2000 Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 November 2000
BIG MOMMA’S HOUSE (Fox Home Video), released earlier this year, is a farce starring Martin Lawrence about an FBI agent forced to pose as an urban grandmother. Nia Long also stars. Raja Gosnell directed. The widescreen film has a Dolby soundtrack.

BOYS AND GIRLS (Dimension Home Video), released earlier this year, is a romantic comedy starring Freddie Prinze Jr. and Claire Forlani, directed by Robert Iscove. The DVD is in widescreen format, with English 5.1 and French-language soundtracks. Extras include a music video. FANTASIA 2000 (Walt Disney Home Video), released earlier this year, is an animated anthology that marries imaginative visuals with classical music. The DVD release is in widescreen, with Dolby and DTS sound formats. Extras include audio commentary from executive producer Roy Disney, producer Don Ernest and conductor James Levine, separate commentary tracks in individual segments by their respective directors and art directors, a making-of short, the 1953 Oscar-winning animated short TOOT, WHISTLE, PLUNK AND BOOM, another animated short MELODY and a booklet.

ISLAND OF THE DEAD (A-Pix) is a straight-to-video horror thriller about flies terrorizing an island. Malcolm McDowell, Talisa Soto, Bruce Ramsay and Mos Def star. The sound format is 5.1 Surround. Extras include a making-of short.

KISS TOLEDO GOODBYE (A-Pix) is a crime drama about a young man who discovers that his biological father is a mobster. Michael Rapaport, Christopher Walken, Robert Forster, Christine Taylor, Jamie Anderson and Nancy Allen star. Sound format is 5.1 Surround.

THE LIFE OF PYTHON (A&E) is a two-disc boxed set for Monty Python fanatics, featuring a Python documentary hosted by Eddie Izzard, a tour of West London Python locations hosted by Michael Palin, an exploration of Python songs hosted by Meat Loaf, a 10-minute Python segment from a 1971 British TV special and MONTY PYTHON’S FLIEGENDER ZIRKUS # 2, a program made especially for German television.

THE PERFECT STORM (Warner Home Video), released earlier this year, is director Wolfgang Petersen’s drama adapted from Sebastian Junger’s non-fiction book, focusing on six fishermen caught out on the open sea during a ferocious 1991 storm. George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg star. The DVD comes in widescreen and full-screen formats, with Dolby Digital 5.1 EX audio. Extras include three separate full-length audio commentaries, including observations from director Petersen, author Junger and special effects supervisor Stefen Fangmeier, a making-of documentary, a documentary on composer James Horner’s work and "Witnesses to the Storm," a conceptual art gallery with commentary by Petersen, a storyboard gallery and a music video of production stills running under John Mellencamp’s theme "Yours Forever."

POKEMON 2000 (Warner Home Video), released earlier this year, is an animated feature focusing on the further adventures of Pocket Monsters. Soundtrack comes in both English and French Dolby Digital 5.1. Extras include behind-the-scenes footage and "Soundtrack Live" musical performances.

THE PRICE OF GLORY (New Line Home Video), released earlier this year, is a drama about a father who wants his three sons to go into boxing. Jimmy Smits and Jon Seda star for director Carlos Avila. The DVD comes in widescreen and full-screen formats, with Dolby 5.1 audio. Extras include an audio commentary from director Avila and deleted scenes.

THE PRISONER (A&E) is a two-disc set containing seven episodes total of the cult ‘60s TV series starring Patrick McGoohan as a former British Secret Service agent trying to escape from a mysterious village where everyone has numbers instead of names. Supplemental material includes trailers, a trivia quiz and a map of the village.

RUNNING FREE (Columbia/TriStar), released earlier this year, is a live-action drama about the adventures of a young horse in the Namibian desert. Sergei Bodrov directed. The DVD comes in widescreen and full-screen formats, with soundtracks in English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 surround, Spanish 2.0 Surround and Portugese 2.0 Surround. Extras include an isolated music score.

SOMEWHERE IN TIME (Universal) is a special 20th anniversary of the 1980 romantic fantasy based on a Richard Matheson novel about a writer who finds true love by traveling into the past. Jeannot Szwarc directs a cast headed by Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour and Christopher Plummer. The DVD is in widescreen format, and comes with a commentary from director Szwarc, a documentary featuring interviews with Szwarc, Matheson, Reeve, Seymour and fellow cast members Teresa Wright and Bill Erwin and a look at the film’s fan club.

TOUCH OF EVIL (Universal) is the DVD version of the restored (as of two years ago) version of Orson Welles’ 1958 film noir starring himself, Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh in a tale of corruption in a town on the Mexican border. The movie was severely edited in its original release, but editor Walter Murch and producer Rick Schmidlin obtained Welles’ 58 pages of notes on how he had intended for the film to be cut and managed to find most of the necessary material to reassemble TOUCH in the form its creator had wished. The DVD is in black-and-white widescreen and includes the 58-page memo. Sound format is Dolby 2.0 mono.

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