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1999 NEWS TIDBITS

November 1999 Headlines 

11/29/99

DECEMBER & JANUARY BUENA VISTA DVD HIGHLIGHTS

DECEMBER 1999 - 12/7/99
Release DVD HIGHLIGHTS

 

INSPECTOR GADGET

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

MICKEY’S ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS

 

Day and Date

Collector’s Series

Day and Date

Studio

Disney

Miramax

Disney

Genre

Comedy

Comedy

Animated

Supplemental Features

 

 

- "Go Inside Inspector Gadget" Featurette

- Youngstown Music Video

- French Language Track

- Theatrical Trailer

-5.1 Surround

- Widescreen (1.85:1)

- "Shakespeare In Love and On Film" Featurett

- TV Spots

- Academy Award Winning Costumes

- John Madden Commentary Track

- Commentary Track w/ Cast and Crew

- Deleted Scenes

- Shakespeare Facts

- Theatrical Trailer

- French Language Track

- 5.1 Surround

- Widescreen(2.35:1)

- Enhanced for 16x9 televisions

- 5.1 Surround

- Full Screen (1.33:1)

MPAA Rating

PG

R

Not Rated

Key
Numbers

Stock #: 18325
UPC #: 717951005113
Running Time: 80 minutes
S.R.P.: $29.99

Stock #: 18528
UPC Code: 717951005458
Running Time: 122 minutes
S.R.P.: $39.99

Stock #: 18153
UPC Code: 717951004321
Running Time: 70 minutes
S.R.P.: $24.99

DECEMBER 1999 ~ 12/7/99
Release DVD HIGHLIGHTS


EVEREST

EDDIE

SENSELESS

 

Collector’s Series

Catalog

Catalog

Studio

Miramax

Hollywood Pictures

Dimension

Genre

Documentary

Comedy

Comedy

Supplemental Features

 

 

- "Making of Everest" Featurette

- Extended Beck Weathers Interview

- Climber Video Journals

- 3D Everest Map

- Deleted Scenes

- Titanica Trailer

- 5.0 Surround

- 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio

- Theatrical Trailer

- French Language Track

- 5.1 Surround

- Widescreen (1.85:1)

- 5.1 Surround

- Widescreen (1.85:1)

MPAA Rating

Not Rated

PG-13

R

Key
Numbers

Stock#: 16539
UPC Code: 717951001658
Running Time: 45 minutes
S.R.P.: $39.99

Stock#: 17253
UPC Code: 717951002464
Running Time: 100 minutes
S.R.P. $29.99

Stock #: 17635
UPC Code: 717951003454
Running Time: 93 minutes
S.R.P.: $29.99

DECEMBER 1999 ~ 12/14/99
Release DVD HIGHLIGHTS

 

ROGUE TRADER

THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU

FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE

 

Day and Date

Day and Date

Catalog

Studio

Miramax

Miramax

Miramax

Genre

Thriller

Comedy

Drama

Supplemental Features

 

 

- 2.0 Dolby Surround

- Widescreen (1.85:1) - Enhanced for 16x9 televisions

- 2.0 Dolby Surround

- Widescreen (1.85:1) - Enhanced for 16x9 televisions

- Director’s Cut of the Film

- Theatrical Trailer

- 4.0 Surround

- Widescreen (1.85:1)

MPAA
Rating

R

R

R

Key
Numbers

Stock #: 18157
UPC Code: 717951004369
Running Time: 101 minutes
S.R.P.: $29.99

Stock #: 18328
UPC #: 717951005144
Running Time: 88 minutes
S.R.P.: $29.99

Stock #: 17368
UPC #: 717951002723
Running Time: 157 minutes
S.R.P.: $29.99

DECEMBER 1999 ~ 12/21/99
Release DVD HIGHLIGHTS

 

SUMMER OF SAM

TEACHING MRS. TINGLE

SUPERCOP 2

 

Day and Date

Day and Date

Day and Date

Studio

Touchstone

Dimension

Dimension

Genre

Drama

Thriller

Action

Supplemental Features

 

- Theatrical Trailer

- 5.1 Surround

- Widescreen (1.85:1)

- Theatrical Trailer

- 5.1 Surround

- DTS

- Widescreen (1.85:1)

- Enhanced for 16x9 televisions

- 5.1 Surround

- Widescreen (1.85:1)

MPAA Rating

R

PG-13

R

Key
Numbers

Stock #: 18283
UPC #: 717951004734
Running Time: 142 minutes
S.R.P.: $29.99

Stock #: 18267
UPC #: 717951004604
Running Time: 93 minutes
S.R.P.: $29.99

Stock#: 18309
UPC Code: 717951004949
Running Time: 94 minutes
S.R.P. $29.99

JANUARY 1999 ~ 01/18/2000
Release DVD HIGHLIGHTS

 

THE 13TH WARRIOR

AN IDEAL HUSBAND

FROM DUSK TILL DAWN 3:THE HANGMAN'S DAUGHTER

 

Day and Date

Day and Date

Day and Date

Studio

Touchstone

Miramax

Dimension

Genre

Thriller

Comedy

Horror

Supplemental Features

 

 

- Theatrical Trailer

- 5.1 Surround

- Widescreen (1.85:1)

- Enhanced for 16x9 televisions

- Production Featurette

- 5.1 Surround

- Widescreen (1.85:1)

- Enhanced for 16x9 televisions

- 5.1 Surround

- Widescreen (1.85:1)

- Enhanced for 16x9 televisions

MPAA Rating

R

PG-13

R

Key
Numbers

Stock #: 18273
UPC Code: 717951004659
Running Time: 102 minutes
S.R.P.: $29.99

Stock #: 18269
UPC Code: 717951004628
Running Time: 98 minutes
S.R.P.: $29.99

Stock #: 18271
UPC Code: 717951004642
Running Time: 94 minutes
S.R.P.: $29.99

January 2000 ~ 01/18/2000
Release DVD HIGHLIGHTS

 

A PRICE ABOVE RUBIES

SISTER ACT 2: BACK IN THE HABIT

MAD LOVE

ENCINO MAN

 

Catalog

Catalog

Catalog

Catalog

Studio

Miramax Classics

Touchstone

Touchstone

Hollywood Pictures

Genre

Drama

Comedy

Romantic Adventure

Comedy

Supplemental Features

 

 

- Theatrical Trailer

- 5.1 Surround

- Widescreen (1.85:1)

- Theatrical Trailer

- French Language Track

- 5.1 Surround

- Widescreen (1.85:1)

- Theatrical Trailer

- French Language Track

- 2.0 Surround

- Widescreen (1.85:1)

- Theatrical Trailer

- French Language Track

- 2.0 Surround

- Widescreen (1.85:1)

MPAA
Rating

R

PG

PG-13

PG

Key
Numbers

Stock #: 17638
UPC Code: 717951003485
Running Time: 116 minutes
S.R.P.: $29.99

Stock #: 17598
UPC Code: 717951003355
Running Time: 107 minutes
S.R.P.: $29.99

Stock#: 17254
UPC Code: 717951002471
Running Time: 96 minutes
S.R.P.: $29.99

Stock#: 17601
UPC Code: 717951003379
Running Time: 88 minutes
S.R.P.: $29.99

January 2000 ~ 01/18/2000
Release DVD HIGHLIGHTS

 

ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING

THE HOUSE OF YES

RUSHMORE
CRITERION EDITION

 

Catalog

Catalog

Catalog

Studio

Touchstone

Miramax Classics

Touchstone

Genre

Comedy

Comedy

Comedy

Supplemental Features

 

 

- French Language Track

- 2.0 Surround

- Widescreen (1.85:1)

- Theatrical Trailer

- 2.0 Surround

- Widescreen (1.85:1)

- Audio commentary by Director Wes Anderson, Co-writer Owen Wilson and Actor Jason Schwartzman"The Making of Rushmore" Featurette

- The Charlie Rose Show" featuring Wes Anderson and Bill Murray

- "Max Fischer Players Present" from 1999 MTV Movie Awards

- Storyboards

- Cast audition footage

- Theatrical Trailer

- 5.1 Surround

- Widescreen (2.35:1)

- Enhanced for 16x9 televisions

MPAA Rating

PG-13

R

R

Key
Numbers

Stock #: 17593
UPC Code: 717951003300
Running Time: 102 minutes
S.R.P.: $29.99

Stock #: 17595
UPC Code: 717951003324
Running Time: 85 minutes
S.R.P.: $29.99

Stock #: 18455
UPC #: 717951005359
Running Time: 92 minutes
S.R.P.: $39.99

January 2000 ~ 01/25/2000
Release DVD HIGHLIGHTS

 

MY LIFE SO FAR

MY SON THE FANATIC

 

Day and Date

Day and Date

Studio

Miramax

Miramax

Genre

Comedy

Comedy

Supplemental Features

 

- 5.1 Surround

- Widescreen (1.85:1)

- Enhanced for 16x9 televisions

- Dolby Surround

- Widescreen (1.78:1)

- Enhanced for 16x9 televisions

MPAA
Rating

PG-13

R

Key
Numbers

Stock #: 18270
UPC #: 717951004635
Running Time: 92 minutes
S.R.P.: $29.99

Stock #: 18327
UPC #: 717951005137
Running Time: 86 minutes
S.R.P.: $29.99

 


BLUE STREAK AND ABSENCE OF GOOD COME TO DVD

BOTH TITLES DAY/DATE WITH VHS RELEASES

On February 1, 2000 Columbia TriStar Home Video will release the following two titles on DVD:

BLUE STREAK

SYNOPSIS

Three years ago, talented jewel thief Miles Logan (Martin Lawrence, Life) was forced to hide his stolen stash of precious diamonds at a construction site when his $20 million heist went bad.  Today, Logan is out of jail-and willing to go to outrageous lengths to get that loot back. The problem? The site where he hid the diamonds is now an L.A. police precinct.  In BLUE STREAK, the hilarious comedy packed with high- voltage action, Miles finds himself a felon-out-of-water when, to recover his riches, he impersonates a detective and ends up in the midst of drug busts, car chases and robberies along with his rookie partner (Luke Wilson, Home Fries).  In the end, the very same criminal expertise Miles uses to reclaim his booty ends up inadvertently solving cases and winning the admiration of his "fellow cops."  Also stars William Forsythe (The Rock) and Dave Chappelle You've Got Mail).

BLUE STREAK

ABSENCE OF GOOD

Star Power with Stephen Baldwin ("The Usual Suspects") and Multiple Emmy Award-winner Tyne Daly (TV's "Judging Amy")

SYNOPSIS

For many years, Homicide Detective Caleb Barnes (Baldwin) has lived every day with the ever-changing face of evil.  Before, he almost always could keep it at a professional distance. Since the accidental death of his only child, that detachment is impossible to maintain. When he returns to work, Caleb is haunted by nightmares of losing his son and by the reflection of that loss in the routine horror of his work. And at all times, he knows that his wife Mary's grief is tearing them apart and that it could destroy them both unless he can somehow comprehend it, make it right.  Caleb's need becomes an obsession, and finds its expression in the search for a killer in a bizarre series of crimes with disparate victims, an elderly farm couple, a middle-aged waitress on the graveyard shift, a drug-ravaged dependent of a store-front church, a seemingly random harvest of violence. As the pace of killing escalates, and Mary's will to live ebbs, time is running out for Caleb.  He is powerless to stop his wife's attempts at suicide or to insulate his emotions from the daily toll exacted by wanton carnage.

ABSENCE OF GOOD

11/24/99

THE IRON GIANT PROVED TO BE A HUGE WINNER AT THE 27TH ANNUAL ANNIE AWARDS

The Annie Awards honor excellence in animation in TV, films, commercials and videos. The success of THE IRON GIANT, beating out contenders Disney and Dreamworks, exhibits an incredible triumph over the industry's heavyweight challengers.

Taking home nine awards out of fifteen nominations, THE IRON GIANT was honored for excellence in the following categories:

THE IRON GIANT'S 9 ANNIE AWARDS
Best Picture
Director (Brad Bird)
Writing (Brad Bird and Tim McCanlies)
Voice Acting (Eli Marienthal, the voice of Hogarth Hughes)
Music
Character Animation
Effects Animation
Production Design
Storyboarding


VOTE FOR THE ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT TITLES YOU WANT TO SEE ON DVD

Until December 17th, there will be a list of films that Anchor Bay Entertainment has the rights to release on DVD posted on their web site.  Anchor Bay would like to know what films draw the most interest.  Interested parties can vote for up to five of the listed titles. For all the details and the list of films please go to http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com

11/23/99

TWO NEW DVD RELEASES FROM ELITE ENTERTAINMENT

JACK THE RIPPER

Starring Klaus Kinski Josephine Chaplin Herbert Fuchs Lina Romay and Ursula Von Wiese

Item# EE5225
SRP $24.95
UPC# 790594522520 
1976
Color
Rated R
Theatrical Trailer
Aspect Ratio 1.66:1
Pre-Order 1/24/2000
Street Date  2/29/2000

Elite Entertainment brings Jess Franco's most notorious work to DVD.  Never in his impressive career of more than 150 films has Jess Franco explored with such brutal frankness and honesty the disturbing case of Jack the Ripper.  Unlike most of Franco's films, which labored under meager finances, JACK THE RIPPER received what could only be considered a lavish budget from European sleaze-king producer Erwin C. Dietrich.  Even Klaus Kinski, bad boy of bad cinema, took the role seriously, rendering one of his best performances as the tortured doctor who is drawn to murder and dismember the prostitutes of Victorian England.  Hypnotic its adults-only savagery, JACK THE RIPPER is a hallmark for the three men -- Franco, Kinski and Dietrich -- who always made it a point to shock the complacent viewer.  Costarring Josephine Chaplin (in a role her father Charlie would definitely not have approved of) and Franco's main squeeze, Lina Romay.  Presented in it's original aspect ratio of 1.66:1 from a flawless 35mm print, this important DVD will also contain Rare Stills, Lobby Cards and Extensive Liner Notes.

*****

TOBE HOOPER'S EATEN ALIVE

Item # EE3181
UPC# 790594318123
SRP $24.95
1976
Color
Running Time: 89 min.
Rated: R
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Theatrical Trailer
Pre-Order Date: 12/31/99
Street Date: 1/25/00

Long Considered the "lost Tobe Hooper film" EATEN ALIVE is also known as "Brutes and Savages", "Death Trap". "Horror Hotel", "Horror Hotel Massacre", "Legend of the Bayou", "Murder on the Bayou" and "Starlight Slaughter" If you are a fan of Tobe Hooper's classic film THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, then you are in for a treat.  This was Hooper's follow-up film to CHAINSAW.  In fact, it features the same damsel in distress, MARILYN BURNS, and was co-written by "CHAINSAW" collaborator KIM HENKEL.

An Academy of Science Fiction and Horror nominee, EATEN ALIVE is a very disturbing movie and features some of the most truly horrific scenes ever filmed.   Judd (Neville Brand) is the owner of a dilapidated motel buried deep in the bayou, that caters to strangers passing through.  Unfortunately, for the guests, he also caters to his pet alligator's veracious appetite.  EATEN ALIVE also features a very early performance by ROBERT ENGLUND (Elm Street's "Freddy Krueger")

Stars Neville Brand, Mel Ferrer, Carolyn Jones, Marilyn Burns, William Finley, Stuart Whitman and Robert Englund Cinematography by Robert Caramico  Original Music by Wayne Bell & Tobe Hooper  Produced by Mardi Rustam  Written by Alvin L. Fast, Kim Henkel and Mardi Rustam Directed by Tobe Hooper


WARNER HOME VIDEO ROUNDS OUT FALL WITH ACTION-PACKED ADVENTURES ON DVD
November Titles Include Family Favorites, Thrilling Star Turns and Compelling Dramas

Warner Home Video (WHV) today announced DVD releases for November. Priced from $19.98 and $24.98, the wide range of titles will appeal to audiences of all ages, providing premium DVD entertainment for hours on end.

Following are. highlights of the November release schedule:

JACK FROST (available November 2, catalogue # 17217, $24.98) Just in time for the holidays, Michael Keaton (Batman, Beetlejuice, Mr. Mom) stars as a rock-'n'-roll father who gets one last chance to fine-tune his life --and prove ice guys finish first -- in this merry fable frosted with a blizzard of special effects. Kelly Preston (Addicted to Love) and Mark Addy (The Full Monty) co-star in this creative twist on a family favorite,
THE IRON GIANT (available November 23, catalogue, 17644, $24.98) "An instant classic that will enchant earthlings for decades to come," Is how Joe Morgenstern from The Wall Street Journal describes this animated adventure. An energetic young boy, Hogarth Hughes rescues a huge robot that has rocketed to from outer space. Hogarth befriends the cheerful behemoth anti tries, to protect it from a nose); government agent and the military. Jennifer Aniston. I Harry Connick Jr.. John Mahoney, Cloris Leachman and others provide the voices in this captivating story that's part metal, part magic and all heart. DVD special bonuses include the documentary "'The Making of the Iron Giant- the theatrical trailer and a music video, DVD-ROM PC users can also view the entire theatrical Website which Includes production design sketches, storyboards and a uniquely fun game enabling the viewer to help rebuild (The Iron Giant, screensaver, Webcards, desktop patterns and more.
MR. WONDERFUL (available November 23, catalogue # 12988, $19.98) In this offbeat romantic comedy Matt Dillon searches for the perfect mate for his ex-wife, Annabella Sciorra. William I Hurt and Mary-Louise Parker also star in this ironic and warm-hearted tale by the award-winning director of The English Patient and Truly Madly Deeply.
STEALING HOME (November 23, catalogue #11818, $19.98) Mark Harmon, Jodie Foster and Blair Brown lend supernova starpower Lo the wistful and moving tale of an ex-ballplayer who returns home and relives memories of old friends, old flames and the Jersey shore. The splendid soundtrack of touchstone '60s hits will transport audiences back in time.
BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES (available November 23, catalogue #12048, $19.98) Tom Wolfe's hilariously observant bestseller about the self-serving '80s, seen through the travails of a superficial Wall Street tycoon whose hit-and-run accident ignites a citywide conflict. Long-time favorites Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith and Morgan Freeman give juicy performances under the direction of Brian DePalma.
THE SEA WOLVES (available November 23, catalogue #709, $19.98) Fans of Gregory Peck, David Niven and Roger Moore will snap to attention in this j oily good yarn of retired British military men who become the unlikely heroes of a World War 11 search and destroy mission.
THE GREAT SANTINI (November 23, catalogue #16374, $19.98) A mighty actor, Robert Duvall, gets a role to match his peerless skills, playing a. top-gun Marine fighter pilot at odds with his family and 1962 peacetime America. Blythe Danner and Michael O'Keefe co-star.
THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR (available November 23, catalogue #13753, $19.98) Daryl Hannah and Pamela Reed star in this richly detailed, beautifully shot saga of an advanced clan of cave people. John Sayles wrote this adaptation of Jean M. Auel's worldwide bestseller.
BODY SNATCHERS (available November 23, catalogue #13027, $19.98) Alien seedpods take over human bodies and souls at a Southern military base as a prelude to invasion in Abel Ferrera's (Bad Lieutenant) hard-hitting remake of this classic fright tale starring Meg Tilly, Gabrielle Anwar and Forest Whitaker.
WILD WILD WEST (available November 30), catalogue 417175, $24-98) Megastar Will Smith leads this $115 million box office hit that entertains audiences with wild, wild laughs, adventure and special effects. Agent James West (Will Smith) leads his sidekick Artemus Gordon (Kevin Kline) and a gorgeous adventuress (Salma Hayek) on a perilous assignment - stop the evil Dr. Arliss Loveless (Kenneth Branagh) and his contraption-driven scheme to establish a Disunited States of America, Special DVD features include the number one music video Wild, Wild West by Will Smith and Bailarnos by Enrique Iglesias, five behind-the-scenes documentaries and a feature-length commentary by director/producer Barry Sonnenfeld, who also directed Men in Black. In addition, there are exciting features for DVD-ROM PCs: the original game, The Steel Assassins; Artemus Gordon's mind-projection theater with 10 fan mini-documentaries; exclusive Web events that connect via the DVD; a trailer sampler of Wild, Wild West and other WHV DVD movies inspired by the TV series; and the original theatrical Web site including screensaver, poster, chat-room links and more.
BLACK BEAUTY (available November 30, catalogue #14400, $19.98) Young and old are moved by the saga of gallant Beauty, whose generous heart guides him through life as he is passed from owner to owner - kind and harsh alike - including Farmer Grey (Sean Bean), young groom Joe Green (Andrew Knott) and sweet-natured cabbie Jerry Barker (David Thewlis).
THE OUTSIDERS (available November 30, catalogue #11310, $19.98) S.E. Hinton's time-honored story of teens from the wrong side of the tracks is movingly directed by Francis Ford Coppola and stars a Who's Who of vibrant young talents on the cusp of stardom: C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Emilio Estevez, Diane Lane, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze and Rob Lowe.
BEFORE SUNRISE (available November 30, catalogue #C2531, $19-98) Travelers Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy discover Vienna and the love of a lifetime in this refreshing affair of the heart from the director of Dazed and Confused and The Newton Boys.
A CRY IN THE DARK (available November 30, catalogue # 11868, $19-98) Meryl Streep won Cannes Film Festival and New York Film Critics Best Actress Awards for her portrayal of Australian Lindy Chamberlain, who lives the nightmare of seeing a wild dog carry off her infant and then endures a travesty of a trial by the courts and media. Director Fred Schepsi transforms this shocking true story into a riveting movie that haunts the viewer long after the screen goes dark.
JIMI HENDRIX (available November 30, catalogue #11267, $19.98) A feature-film rockumentary showing guitar wizard Jimi Hendrix on stage and behind-the-scenes of his whirlwind, all-too-brief career. Savor 11 classic Hendrix songs including "Purple Haze" and "Wild Thing" in legendary footage from his Monterey, Woodstock, London and Isle of Wight performances.

 

11/19/99

DIGITAL LEISURE RELEASES DRAGON’S LAIR II: TIME WARP FOR DVD-VIDEO

Sequel to Dragon’s Lair Now Available for DVD movie players

November 19, 1999 -- Grab your DVD remote control and guide Dirk the Daring as he races through time to save the beautiful Princess Daphne from the clutches of the Evil Wizard Mordroc in DRAGON’S LAIR II: TIME WARP. The long awaited sequel to the award-winning game Dragon’s Lair is now available for DVD movie players.

Princess Daphne has been spirited away to a wrinkle in time by the Evil Wizard Mordroc who plans to force her into marriage.  Only you, Dirk the Daring, can save her. Transported by a bumbling old time machine, you begin the rescue mission.  But you must hurry, for once the Casket of Doom has opened, Mordroc will place the Death Ring upon Daphne’s finger in marriage and she will be lost forever in the Time Warp!

DRAGON’S LAIR II: TIME WARP, the classic laser-disc based arcade game, features spectacular quality animation created by Don Bluth, a former Disney animator famous for his work on An American Tail, The Land Before Time and he also co-directed the more recent blockbuster Anastasia.  In addition to the fully playable game, the DRAGON’S LAIR II DVD-Video release contains exclusive never-before-released pre-production footage of the game animation while still under development including pencil tests of the animation and scratch audio tracks. A special "Watch" option allows players to view the entire game without requiring moves on the DVD remote control.

Once again we’ve pushed the limits of DVD movie player capabilities," Elizabeth Foster, President of Digital Leisure said.  "In addition to real-time decision making based on user input from the remote control, DRAGON’S LAIR II: TIME WARP features inventory item pickups during game play, making for added challenge."

Following the release of DRAGON’S LAIR II: TIME WARP DVD-Video, Digital Leisure plans to release DRAGON’S LAIR II: TIME WARP DVD-ROM later this month. DRAGON’S LAIR and SPACE ACE are currently available for DVD-Video, DVD-ROM and CD-ROM formats.

Visit Digital Leisure on-line at: http://www.digitalleisure.com 

11/17/99

THE ADVENTURES OF ELMO IN GROUCHLAND COMES TO DVD

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Elmo, Sesame Street's most popular character, stars in his first-ever theatrical family movie The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland now coming to DVD on December 21, 1999 from Columbia TriStar Home Video.

Elmo loves his fuzzy, well-worn blue blanket more than anything in the whole world.  In fact, they are inseparable-a perfect team.  Elmo would never let anything happen to it - until a tug-of-war with his friend Zoe sends his beloved blanket into a faraway land and puts Elmo in hot pursuit.  Facing life without his cherished blanket, Elmo summons all of his courage and determination and sets off on an action-packed rescue mission that plunges him into Grouchland - a place full of grouchy creatures, stinky garbage, the Queen of Trash (Vanessa Williams - Soul Food, Dance With Me) and the villainous Huxley (Mandy Patinkin - Chicago Hope).  Along the way, Elmo meets an odd assortment of characters and learns an important lesson about sharing and friendship. THE ADVENTURES OF ELMO IN GROUCHLAND also features appearances from everyone's favorite characters including Big Bird, Bert & Ernie, Cookie Monster, The Count and Oscar the Grouch.

THE ADVENTURES OF ELMO IN GROUCHLAND is directed by Gary Halvorson (Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, Teen Angel) from a screenplay by Mitchell Kriegman and Joseph Mazzarino.  Executive Producers are Brian Henson, Martin G. Baker and Stephanie Allain.  Produced by Alex Rockwell and Marjorie Kallins. THE ADVENTURES OF ELMO IN GROUCHLAND garnered the "Award of Excellence" from the Film Advisory Board, Inc., who cited the movie as "a delightful and charming family film."

THE ADVENTURES OF ELMO IN GROUCHLAND


ABSENCE OF THE GOOD ARRIVES ON DVD

Columbia TriStar Home Video proudly presents a compelling suspense-thriller, ABSENCE OF THE GOOD, coming to videocassette and DVD February 8, 2000.  Starring Stephen Baldwin ("Friends & Lovers," "One Tough Cop"), Tyne Daly ("Judging Amy"), Allen Garfield, ("Dharma & Greg"), Shawn Huff ("The Bad Pack") and Rob Knepper ("Kidnapped In Paradise"). 

SYNOPSIS

Since the accidental death of his only child, homicide detective Caleb Barnes (Baldwin) has lived every day with the ever-changing face of evil. When a series of seemingly unrelated murders plagues Salt Lake City, the detective hides his grief in the search for the killer. Hampered by a lack of clues, an imploding home life and his commander's unrelenting pressure, Caleb painstakingly unravels a tangled web, exposing a malignant family history of abuse and murder. Produced by Brad Krevoy, Kevin M Kallberg and Oliver G Hess. Executive produced by Jeff Ivers and David Bixler.  Written by James Reid and directed by John Flynn.

ABSENCE OF THE GOOD


FRENCH LANGUAGE DVD REVIEWS ON-LINE

Our friends at the French language site DVDRAMA have announced that they have FULL REVIEWS of SOUTH PARK THE MOVIE, ENTRAPMENT, APOLCALYPSE NOW, CHINATOWN, AUSTIN POWERS 2.

11/16/99

THE WINSLOW BOY AND LOVE STINKS COME TO DVD
BOTH TITLES DAY/DATE WITH VHS RELEASES

On February 1, 2000 Columbia TriStar Home Video will release the following two titles on DVD:

THE WINSLOW BOY

SYNOPSIS

England, 1912.  The Winslow family arrives home from church in time for a carefully orchestrated meeting between Arthur Winslow (Nigel Hawthorne, Amistad), the proud patriarch, and John Watherston, the young man set to marry Arthur's daughter Catherine (Rebecca Pidgeon, The Spanish Prisoner), an ardent suffragette.  As plans are made for their lives together, Arthur, his wife Grace (Gemma Jones, Sense and Sensibility), Catherine, her eldest brother Dickie (Matthew Pidgeon), John and Desmond Curry (Colin Stinton, Tomorrow Never Dies), the family lawyer and Catherine's admirer, drink Maderia in celebration of the union. Just after the family toasts, Arthur discovers that his youngest son, Ronnie (Guy Edwards, Jackie), is back early from the Naval College at Osbourne - dismissed for stealing a five shilling postal note.  Arthur asks his son if he is guilty; Ronnie swears he is innocent. Arthur dedicates himself to clearing his son of the charges. After obtaining no satisfaction from the school, he decides to retain the well- known attorney, Sir Robert Morton (Jeremy Northam, An Ideal Husband). Since he is a conservative opposed to women's suffrage, Catherine is opposed to hiring Morton.  In Sir Robert's chambers Desmond explains their predicament: the legal assumption is that the Admiralty and the Crown can do no wrong and cannot be sued.  However, by a matter of grace, such a petition can be granted by the Attorney General, allowing the case to come to court.  As the Members of Parliament argue the case in the House of the Lords, Catherine diligently keeps watch from the Women's Gallery.  The whole affair is taking its toll on Grace.  She explains to Arthur how she misses the tranquillity of their once happy home, and how the case is taxing Arthur's health.  She questions his motives for proceeding, suggesting pride and self-importance. Catherine receives a letter from John Watherstone's father, stating if the case continues, he will block the match between Catherine and his son. Later, Catherine and John have a painfully frank discussion of their future, and she agrees that she will drop the case and marry John.  At the House of Lords, the Petition of Right is suddenly granted.  When a jubilant Sir Robert asks, "Well, Miss, what are my instructions?" Catherine replies "Aren't they already on the petition?  Doesn't it say Let Right Be Done?" Time has passed.  The national interest in the case continues to grow, provoking a media frenzy.  John breaks off his engagement to Catherine and marries a more suitable woman.  Arthur's health continues to deteriorate.  Grace occupies herself with her courtroom wardrobe.  Dickie joins the Territorials amid talk of the coming war. Just as the entire family is coming to terms with its doubts about the case and their future, a decision is rendered in the case.

THE WINSLOW BOY

LOVE STINKS

SYNOPSIS

Successful television comedy writer Seth Winnick (French Stewart, TV's Third Rock from the Sun) meets the beautiful Chelsea Turner (Bridgette Wilson, I Know What You Did Last Summer) and is certain he's found the perfect woman.  The sex is incredible.  Magic is in the air.  Love explodes within them.  Chelsea believes Seth is the man of her dreams and isn't about to let him get away.  She and best friend Holly (supermodel Tyra Banks) devise a plan to trap Seth into marriage.  Chelsea starts by re- decorating Seth's house and, before long, is completely moved in.  Seth is overwhelmed but happy. One night at their friends' house for dinner, Chelsea hints that a wedding may be coming up.  Everyone at the table is surprised including Seth's best friend Larry (Bill Bellamy, Fled) who happens to be married to Holly and has never heard a word about the marriage.  Seth is shocked.  From that moment on, Chelsea's campaign is in high gear. On Valentine's Day, Seth presents Chelsea with a tiny jewelry box.  She opens it with excited anticipation to find. a pair of diamond earrings.  No engagement ring.  Erupting like a volcano, Chelsea tosses the earrings into the ocean, leaving a shocked Seth standing on the shore.  Now, it's not just a break-up. it's war! A hilarious "love" battle ensues as each tries to outsmart the other adding insult to injury every way imaginable.

LOVE STINKS


COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO ANNOUNCES A REMARKABLE DVD RELEASE:
JUMANJI COLLECTOR'S SERIES

Columbia TriStar Home Video has announced the January 25, 2000, DVD release of JUMANJI COLLECTOR'S SERIES.  This phenomenal adaptation of the award- winning children's book comes to DVD with a wealth of insightful behind- the-scenes materials

SPECIAL FEATURES

SYNOPSIS:

When young Alan Parish discovers a mysterious board game, he doesn't realize its unimaginable powers until he is magically transported - before the startled eyes of his friend Sarah - into the untamed jungles of Jumanji!  There he remains until two unsuspecting children free him from

the game's spell.  Now a grown man, Alan (Robin Williams) reunites with Sarah (Bonnie Hunt) and, together with Judy (Kirsten Dunst) and Peter (Bradley Pierce), tries to outwit the game's powerful forces in this imaginative adventure that combines breathtaking special effects with an

enchanting mixture of comedy, magic and thrills.

JUMANJI COLLECTOR'S SERIES


ELITE ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES FIRST 16:9 ENHANCED DVD TITLE

Just got word today that COMMUNION will be the first 16:9 enhanced title from Elite Entertainment.


GREAT DVD'S JUST KEEP ON COMING FROM VCI!!

HI-YO SILVER and THE LEGEND OF THE LONE RANGER

HI-YO all you Lone Ranger fans! Here's a treat that will surely quench those ranger appetites. The best of the best with HI-YO SILVER and THE LEGEND OF THE LONE RANGER double feature. HI-YO SILVER, the feature length version of the forever lost 1938 Republic cliffhanger, features Lee Powell, Herman Brix, Hal Taliaferro, George Letz and Lane Chandler in this "keeps you guessing which one is the Lone Ranger till the very end" action packed classic western. Chief Thundercloud portrays the faithful companion Tonto. This one isn't in the "tradition of', this is the one that started it!

THE LEGEND OF THE LONE RANGER, the second bill of this fabulous package brings together Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels, the most revered of the classic duo. This feature is specially edited from the first three action packed original TV episodes.

143 minutes
B/W
1940 & 1952
DVD- 10
#8225
UPC 0-8985982252-0
$25.99 SRP

ROOM AT THE TOP
ROOM AT THE TOP
is a must see picture for all those out there looking for the inside tips on the fast track to a successful career. But beware, the means may not justify the end. Room At The Top boasts 6 nominations for the top honors of the 1959 Academy Awards, taking home Best Actress (Simone Signoret) and Best Screenplay. Other honors include: Best Picture, Best Actress from the British Academy Awards, Best Female Performance, Best Competing Film from the Cannes Film Festival and Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Direction, Best Film, and Best Screenwriting from the New-York Film Critics Circle. Starring: Laurence Harvey, Simone Signoret, Heather Sears, Hermione Baddeley, Directed by: Jack Clayton. 4 Stars! - Leonard Maltin.

118 minutes
B/W
1959
DVD-5
Letterboxed
#8219
UPC 0-89859-82192-9
$24.99 SRP

TO BUILD A FIRE
Take a Jack London short story, put a cinematographer in a cold, cold setting and get a powerhouse voice like Orson Welles and what do you get? Pure brilliance. If you never thought much about short stories, wait! This one will grip and hold you until the final frame. TO BUILD A FIRE you won't just watch it once! 56 minutes, Color, 1969, DVD-5, #8226, UPC 0-89859-82262-9, $19.99 SRP

QUEEN OF THE STARDUST BALLROOM
Academy Award winning actress Maureen Stapleton stars with Charles Durning, Michael Brandon and Charlotte Rae in the heartwarming story of the rediscovery of love in QUEEN OF THE STARDUST BALLROOM. Wonderful story, music and excellent ballroom dancing scenes.

97 minutes
Color
1975
Dolby Stereo
DVD-5
#8218
UPC 0-89859-82182-0
$24.99 SRP

Street Date: 12-7-99

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New DVD Releases For January 2000
Pre-order date: 1/5/2000 - Street date: 1/25/2000

THE GLASS HOUSE (Restored/Uncut Version) Starring Alan Aida, Dean Jagger, Vic Morrow, Billy Dee Williams, Clu Gulager. Directed by Tom Gries. Truman Capote's gripping and fascinating story of criminals who continue to corrupt and terrorize society even once imprisoned. Emmy Award winner Alan Alda leads an all-star cast in this hard-hitting, violent drama of convicts who are behind bars ... but not under control.

91 minutes
Color
1975
Not Rated
DVD-5
Dolby Digital
Item #8227
UPC: 0-89859-82272-8
SRP: $24.99 

THE NIGHT VISITOR Starring: Max Von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Trevor Howard, Per Oscarsson, Rupert Davies, Andrew Keir, Music by Henry Mancini, Directed by Laslo Benedek. A powerful Gothic suspense tale of a man wrongly accused of murder, who is committed to an asylum for the criminally insane. While imprisoned, he makes a series of incredible escapes to methodically wreak vengeance on those responsible for putting him there. "If your flesh doesn't crawl, it's on to tight!" - Look Magazine; "Bone-Chilling and Fearsome!" - Playboy Magazine; "4 Stars Spellbinding! Perfection!" - New York Daily News.

106 minutes
Color
1970
Rated PG
DVD-5
Dolby Digital
Item #8228
UPC: 0-89859-82282-7
SRP: $24.99 

MAY MORNING (Widescreen/First time on video!) Starring: Jane Birkin, John Steiner, Alessio Orano, lain Sinclair, Rosella Falk. Directed by Ugo Liberatore. A dramatic and penetrating examination of the intellectual and moral standards existing at Oxford University, England. Featuring three of the brightest rising stars of the European Cinema of the 70s (Birkin, Steiner and Orano) and a cool retro soundtrack by The Tremeloes, this kinky, sexy, violent thriller is destined to become a video cult-classic. Contains the original theatrical trailer.

95 minutes
Color
1972
Rated R
Enhanced 16x9 Transfer
Widescreen Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Dolby Digital
Item #823 1
UPC: 0-89859-82312- 1
SRP: $24.99


THREE NEW DVD TITLES FROM VENTURA DISTRIBUTION

BILLY BLANKS' TAE-BO NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, ON DVD!

Billy Blanks, winner of seven world martial arts championships, has black belts in six different styles of martial arts and 36 gold medals in international competition. His Tae-Bo video is the number one fitness title in the world and topped Billboard's fitness charts for 25 weeks.

For the first time ever, this wildly successful, complete fitness series - the world's top-selling workout tapes - from instructional to advanced, is available on DVD.

Included on DVD is an exclusive Sneak Preview bonus workout from the upcoming release, Tae-Bo Live, recorded at Blanks' world training center.

It's your chance to jump in on this incredibly successful fitness program.

Tae-Bo Retail / Ventura Distribution
Genre:
Fitness
Not Rated
Running Time:
Approximately 180 Minutes
Pre-Order Date: October 18, 1999
Street Date: November 16, 1999
Available Now
Suggested List Price:
$59.98 (DVD)
Catalog Number: TB-31003 (DVD)

*****

GET READY TO HAVE YOUR SENSES ASSAULTED BY SOME OF TODAY'S HOTTEST HIP-HOP STARS

Master P Presents No Limit Records Video Compilation Volume I Available for the First Time Ever on DVD November 16
Never seen before, this compilation promises to take you on a hip-hop ride as you're hit wit dah hottest No Limit videos.
You'll see your favorite choice videos from Master P's "Make 'em say Unghhh" to Mr. Serv-on and Big Pun's "From NY to NO" to TRU's "Hoody Hooo" and Snoop Dogg.

Fans will enjoy an exclusive in-depth interview with Master P.

No Limit Films / Ventura Distribution
Genre:
Music Video Compilation
Not Rated
Running Time:
Approximately 120 Minutes
Pre-Order: October 12, 1999
Street Date: November 16, 1999
Suggested List Price: $19.98
Catalog Number: NL-1001

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BEFORE THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT THERE WAS THE LAST BROADCAST

Ventura Distribution Proudly Presents THE LAST BROADCAST Available Day and Date on Home Video and DVD In Stores November 30

Said to be the inspiration and model for THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, much media attention has been given to THE LAST BROADCAST.

This haunting thriller tells the story of a group of young men - the hosts of a cable access show, along with two fans - who went into the Pine Barrens of New Jersey on December 15, 1995, planning a live broadcast of their search for the legendary Jersey Devil.

But only one man came out alive. It took the police two days to find the bodies and the coroner four days to put the pieces back together again. In only one-and-a-half hours, the jury sentenced the soul survivor to life in prison. One year later, filmmaker David Leigh decided to make a film about it.

Winner of the 1998 Best Feature Film Silver Prize Chicago Underground Film Festival.

Wavelength Releasing / Ventura Distribution
Genre:
Thriller
Not Rated
Running Time:
Approximately 87 Minutes
Pre-order: November 1, 1999
Street Date: November 30, 1999
Suggested List Price: $19.95
Catalog Numbers: WR- 10 182 (DVD)


CHRIS ROCK IS BIGGER AND BLACKER ON DVD

New York, NY, November 11, 1999- Chris Rock, the Emmy Award winning comedian Time magazine calls the "funniest man in America," brings a high energy mix of comedy to home video with CHRIS ROCK: BIGGER AND BLACKER, available from HBO Home Video on VHS and DVD January 18.

Hot off the success of his hit HBO series, THE CHRIS ROCK SHOW, and feature film stardom, America's finest comic keeps it real, loose, and live, from the Apollo Theatre in New York City and viewers can be there front and center as Chris Rock takes on fidelity, single parenting, deception, Ricky Martin, and much, much more. "Chris Rock: Bigger and Blacker," is priced at $1998 SRP and has a running time of 65 minutes.

Entertainment Weekly calls it "riotously funny," while Variety raves, "It's a wickedly original, brutally honest hour of sheer observational brilliance." "This is rapid-fire, intelligent stand-up of the highest order," praised Rolling Stone, "Forget bigger or blacker- Chris Rock is simply better."

11/12/99

SHARPLINE ARTS REDESIGNS THEIR WEB SITE

Sharpline Arts newly designed website is now on-line. The URL is the same as before (www.sharplinearts.com). The site will be updated every Monday with project news and previews. The site features two new production journals: BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR and A KEN RUSSELL EXPERIENCE: A DVD PRODUCTION JOURNAL FOR SALOME’S LAST DANCE and THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM. Other new features include a message forum, contest and a giveaway.

11/05/99

SIX HIT TITLES LAUNCH "2000 PRIZES A DAY" SWEEPSTAKES FROM COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO

On January 11, 2000 Columbia TriStar Home Video launches the new millennium with its year-long "2000 Prizes A Day" sweepstakes, the biggest promotional contest in the history of the home entertainment industry. Each day during the year 2000, 2000 prizes will be given away to lucky award winners who have purchased specified titles participating in the contest. Contestants call a toll-free number and submit code numbers embedded in each sleeve of specified VHS and DVD titles. Each month, new titles will be added to the program.

RICHARD PRYOR LIVE ON THE SUNSET STRIP

JANUARY 11, 2000

If Richard Pryor were accused of being the funniest man in America, this film of his incredible stage act would be exhibit A. It is proof beyond a shadow of a doubt. Shot live at the Hollywood Palladium, the film captures all the excitement, lunacy and electric force of a Pryor performance. And though he is the only star of this hilarious show, he's never alone on stage. With him is his amazing array of characterizations as he talks about his trip to Africa in search of his "roots," his early days playing one-night gigs in Mafia-owned clubs and strip joints and numerous other outrageous topics. Finally, he talks about "Pryor on Fire," a recounting of the accident which nearly took his life, an episode he relates with wit and a touch of poignancy.

RICHARD PRYOR LIVE ON THE SUNSET STRIP

THE ODESSA FILE

JANUARY 11, 2000

The year is 1963. The place, Hamburg, Germany. An elderly Jewish man commits suicide, leaving a diary which falls into the hands of a freelance newspaperman. Peter Miller (Jon Voight, Academy Award- winner, Coming Home). The diary documents the unspeakable crimes of cruelty, torture and mass murder perpetrated by SS Captain Eduard Roschmann (Maximilian Schell, Academy Award-winner Judgment at Nuremberg), commandant of the notorious wartime deathcamp at Riga, Latvia. Miller launches a personal manhunt to track down Roschmann, an investigation that leads him into the very heart of ODESSA, a powerful secret organization formed by the SS to protect and re-establish its fugitive members throughout the world.

THE ODESSA FILE

MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN

JANUARY 18, 2000

Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper, two-time Academy Award-winner High Noon and Sergeant York) lives in a small town, leading a small town kind of life - including playing the tuba in the town band. When a relative dies and leaves Deeds a fortune, Longfellow picks up his tuba and moves to the big city where he becomes an instant target for everyone from the greedy opera committee to the sensationalist daily newspaper. Deeds outwits them all until Babe Bennett (Jean Arthur, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington) comes along. Babe is a hot-shot reporter who figures the best way to get close to Deeds is to pose as a damsel in distress. When small-town boy meets big-city girl anything can, and does, happen.

MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN

SOLO

JANUARY 18, 2000

The Army's biggest threat since the atom bomb, Solo is an indestructible android wired to win every battle. But when innocent civilians are torched by his unit, Solo discovers he's on the wrong side of an illegal operation. Now the Army's ultimate weapon is waging a one-man war against his own creators. This action adventures stars Mario Van Peebles (Panther), William Sadler (TV's Roswell), Adrien Brody (The Thin Red Line) and Barry Corbin (The Fanatics).

SOLO

THE MAN FROM LARAMIE

JANUARY 25, 2000

Under the superb direction of Anthony Mann (Winchester '73), James Stewart (Academy Award-winner, The Philadelphia Story) departs from his well-loved "ordinary hero" role and gives a riveting performance as a resolute vigilante obsessed with finding the man responsible for his brother's death. Among the suspects are an arrogant cattle baron (Donald Crisp, National Velvet), his sadistic son (Alex Nicol, The Gilded Cage) and his ranch foreman (Arthur Kennedy, Peyton Place). Their explosive confrontation, in which Stewart is dragged by a wild horse and shot in the hand at close range, is one of movie history's most memorable sequences.

THE MAN FROM LARAMIE

MR. JONES

JANUARY 25, 2000

Richard Gere (Runaway Bride) gives a runaway performance as Mr. Jones, a manic-depressive who, during his emotional highs, is funny, creative and charming. Whether shocking the stuffy symphony audience when he rushes on stage to conduct Beethoven, or impulsively taking a bank clerk on a romantic escape, Mr. Jones is a man no woman can resist, including Dr. Libbie Bowen (Lena Olin, Polish Wedding), the concerned therapist assigned to his case.

MR. JONES

DISNEY TO RELEASE THEIR CLASSIC ANIMATED TITLES IN BOX SET

Disney is releasing an attractive boxed set of the 9 animated classics on Dec. 7. It will only be sold to retailers for 20 days, since Pinocchio will be going on moratorium on Dec. 27. It is the only boxed set that Disney will produce for the 1999 holiday season. The boxed set will carry a $359.99 S.R.P.

When consumers elect to buy four of the animated classics from any retailer, they will be able to send in for one live action title from the selection below. If they purchase all nine, they will be entitled to two titles. (Redemption requires a shipping & handling fee of $2.95) Purchase of boxed set will also merit the redemption of two of these titles.
The titles include:

11/04/99

COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO TO RELEASE THE BIG BRASS RING ON DVD

BASED UPON A SCREENPLAY BY ORSON WELLES WITH OJA KODAR
COMES TO DVD JANUARY 11, 2000

SYNOPSIS

Blake Pellarin (Hurt) is running for Governor of Missouri in the year 2000 while keeping a steady eye on his real goal - the White House - the fabled "brass ring." Dr. Kimball Mennaker (Nigel Hawthorne, Academy Award-nominee The Madness of King George), his father's ex-lover, surfaces to threaten Blake's political future with a blackmail photo and scandalous allegations of a neglected sibling. In hopes of placating "Kim", Blake steals his wife Dinah's (Miranda Richardson, Academy Award- nomination Damage) million-dollar diamond necklace as a payoff. The situation is further complicated by Cela Brandini (Irene Jacob, U.S. Marshals), a European reporter, who is eager to make her mark in the American news media and Kinzel (Ewan Stewart), an overzealous campaign bodyguard who plans to murder Kim and put the Pellarins in his debt forever.

THE BIG BRASS RING

11/03/99

ANIME 18 BRINGS CLASSIC EROTIC HORROR TO DVD
UROTSUKIDOJI: PERFECT COLLECTION

Anime 18, the top distributor of Japanese animation targeted at mature audiences, is pleased to announce the long-awaited DVD release of the classic "UROTSUKIDOJI: PERFECT COLLECTION." Including footage from the first two of Toshio Maeda's erotic horror "Urotsukidoji" features, "Legend of the Overfiend" and "Legend of the Demon Womb," UROTSUKIDOJI: PERFECT COLLECTION is presented unedited and uncut at a running length of well over FOUR hours. "Urotsukidoji: Perfect Collection" will be available on January 18th (order cut-off December 20th) for a suggested retail price of $59.99.

UROTSUKIDOJI: PERFECT COLLECTION will feature interactive menus with promotional trailers, chapter stops, information about the CPM Manga comicbook series & covers. DVD-ROM features include character, art more information and covers from the CPM Manga comic book series in addition to a link to CPM's website and a direct link to CPM's site for DVD release schedule. UROTSUKIDOJI: PERFECT COLLECTION is presented in Japanese (Dolby 2 ch.) with English subtitles in a fullscreen (1.33/1 aspect ratio) video format.

In an effort to provide the consumer with the ability to restrict the playback of the entire disc so that only those of an appropriate age can view the program, this release as well as all future Anime 18 DVD releases will include the Parental Control feature. All Anime 18 discs will be preset at Parental Control level NC-17. In order to limit playback, the consumer will have to set the Parental Control feature on their DVD player. Information about the Parental Control feature will be included on the disc as well as on the back panel of the DVD package.

UROTSUKIDOJI: PERFECT COLLECTION

Every 3,000 years, the realms of demons, humans, and man-beasts are united by the revival of the hideously powerful Overfiend-whose coming means chaos and destruction! Demons and fiends scour the human world for signs of his arrival. Two such creatures, Amano Jyaku and his sister Megumi have tracked the Overfiend to an unlikely place, Myojin University in Japan. After a night of horrific revelations, their lives will be forever changed!

Anime 18 is the industry leader in Japanimation targeting mature viewers. This genre features superior animation coupled with strong erotic adventure, romance, and horror themes.

UROTSUKIDOJI: PERFECT COLLECTION

Street Date:

1/18/00

Order Cut-off:

12/20/99

SRP:

$59.99

Catalog #:

A18D-1833

Length:

250 minutes

Audio:

Dolby 2ch.

Video:

1.33/1 aspect ratio (fullscreen)

Spoken language:

Japanese

Subtitles:

English

Parental Lock Option

 

DVD-ROM features:

link to CPM website
direct link to CPM website area for DVD release schedule
CPM Manga comic book series
information + covers
character gallery
art gallery

11/02/99

DIGITAL LEISURE RELEASES SPACE ACE FOR DVD-ROM

GORMLEY, Ontario--Nov. 2, 1999--Digital Leisure today began shipping SPACE ACE DVD-ROM, the much awaited follow-up to Dragon’s Lair. With it’s release of SPACE ACE, DVD-ROM owners can now bring the full arcade experience to their home computers as Ace battles the evil Commander Borf.

As one of the first animated video games in history, SPACE ACE features non-stop video entertainment. The evil Commander Borf has kidnapped Ace’s girlfriend, the beautiful Kimberly, and is plotting to enslave the Earth using his dreaded "Infanto Ray", a weapon that changes everyone it blasts into a helpless baby. Game enthusiasts can choose to guide Ace, or his weak alter-ego Dexter, through Borf’s strongholds to find and destroy the Infanto Ray, rescue Kimberly and save the Earth.

SPACE ACE, the classic laser-disc based arcade game, features spectacular quality animation created by Don Bluth, a former Disney animator famous for his work on An American Tail, The Land Before Time and he also co-directed the more recent blockbuster Anastasia. In addition to the fully playable game, the SPACE ACE DVD-ROM release contains exclusive interviews with Bluth and Rick Dyer, co-creators and designers of the game. A special "Watch" option allows players to view the entire game without requiring moves to be made.

"SPACE ACE is even more interactive and fast-paced than Dragon’s Lair, allowing the player the choose to play either Ace or Dexter on the fly," Elizabeth Foster, President of Digital Leisure said. "And we’ve spent a great deal of time ‘deinterlacing’ the video for the entire game to eliminate the motion flicker that you sometimes see when DVD video is viewed on computer monitors."

Following the release of SPACE ACE DVD-ROM, Digital Leisure plans to release DRAGON’S LAIR II: TIME WARP for DVD-Video and DVD-ROM later in November. DRAGON’S LAIR and SPACE ACE are now available for DVD-Video, DVD-ROM and CD-ROM formats.

11/01/99

PANASONIC/TECHNICS TO HOST EDUCATIONAL DVD-AUDIO CYBERCAST:
HARDWARE & SOFTWARE EXPERTS TO EXPLAIN TECHNOLOGY AND BENEFITS OF EXCITING NEW FORMAT

PANASONIC, in anticipation of the national launch of its DVD-AUDIO player line, will host an educational forum on the internet at 8:00 P.M., November 16, 1999, to introduce audio enthusiasts across the country to this exciting new audio format.

A panel of technical and marketing experts from Panasonic, Technics, Universal Music and Warner Music will be available during the hour-long cybercast to respond to consumer questions on the technology, its benefits and plans for DVD-AUDIO players and software.

Highlights of the cybercast include:

WHAT: Panasonic/Technics sponsored DVD-AUDIO cybercast

WHO: Panel of Panasonic, Technics, universal music and Warner Music marketing and technical executives.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 16,1999 8:00 – 9:00 P.M., est

WHERE: http://webevents.broadcast.com/dvdaudio


MGM HOME VIDEO ANNOUNCES THEIR JANUARY DVD SLATE

Delivering high-powered action, suspense, drama, and comedy into the new millennium, MGM Home Entertainment launches eleven action adventure titles on DVD for $24.98 each. Arriving on January 4, THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR DVD features an audio commentary by director John McTiernan. Available on January 18, the hilarious comedic mishaps of Super Dave Osborne are showcased in THE EXTREME ADVENTURES OF SUPER DAVE. Other thrilling titles arriving on January 18 include Other thrilling titles arriving on January 18 include EYE OF THE NEEDLE, THE MCKENZIE BREAK, DIGGSTOWN, THE PACKAGE, NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, and and SCORPIO. In addition, to coincide with Black History Month, the studio releases In addition, to coincide with Black History Month, the studio releases COOLEY HIGH, JASON’S LYRIC, as well as as well as ORIGINAL GANGSTAS. These compelling films showcase electrifying performances by Gene Hackman, Tommy Lee Jones, Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo, Heather Graham, James Woods, Robert Mitchum, Jada Pinkett, Pam Grier, and Forest Whitaker. All DVDs contain the original theatrical trailer, and include collectible booklets showcasing behind-the-scenes facts, title-specific trivia, and production notes.

These compelling films showcase electrifying performances by Gene Hackman, Tommy Lee Jones, Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo, Heather Graham, James Woods, Robert Mitchum, Jada Pinkett, Pam Grier, and Forest Whitaker. All DVDs contain the original theatrical trailer, and include collectible booklets showcasing behind-the-scenes facts, title-specific trivia, and production notes.

THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR
Thrill-seeking billionaire Thomas Crown (Pierce Brosnan) loves nothing more than courting disaster -and winning! When he pulls off his boldest stunt ever: stealing a priceless painting -- in broad daylight -his post-heist excitement soon pales beside an even greater challenge: Catherine Banning (Russo). And just when he realizes he's finally met his match, she skillfully leads him into a daring game of cat and mouse that's more intoxicating -- and dangerous -- than anything either of them has ever experienced before.

THE EXTREME ADVENTURES OF SUPER DAVE
After a near fatal accident, Super Dave hangs up his crash-pads to operate his own theme park and coach a promising young stuntman. But as The Super One soon discovers, he's been bankrupted by his swindling manager, betrayed by his new young prot6g6, and foreclosed by the bank. When Super Dave finds strength in a klutzy-but-cute single mom and her ailing young son, who needs an expensive heart operation, he faces-off against his deceivers and arch enemy to once again prove to the world that he's not only the most outrageous dare-devil ... he's also the most accident-prone!

COOLEY HIGH
Often called the black American Graffiti - but with "far more vitality and variety" (The New York Times) -- this nostalgic look at black teen life in the 1960s is "a landmark movie" (Los Angeles Times)

DIGGSTOWN
Featuring widescreen format, DIGGSTOWN is funny, triumphant, and overflowing with suspenseful and rousing boxing scenes. Starring James Woods, Bruce Dern, Louis Gossett, Jr., and Heather Graham, is funny, triumphant, and overflowing with suspenseful and rousing boxing scenes. Starring James Woods, Bruce Dern, Louis Gossett, Jr., and Heather Graham, DIGGSTOWN follows the exploits of a hustler just released from prison -- and out to con the biggest con-man of them all.

follows the exploits of a hustler just released from prison -- and out to con the biggest con-man of them all.

EYE OF THE NEEDLE
This suspense-filled mystery/thriller is available in widescreen and stars Donald Sutherland and Kate Nelligan as ill-fated lovers who discover true passion only to have it destroyed by the harsh realities of World War 11.

JASON’S LYRIC
In this powerful story of inner-city life, a man must choose between the woman he loves and the brother he's trying to save from dealing drugs on the streets. Available in widescreen, JASON’S LYRIC stars Jada Pinkett, Forest Whitaker, and Lisa Carson.

stars Jada Pinkett, Forest Whitaker, and Lisa Carson.

THE MCKENZIE BREAK
Brian Keith heads a strong supporting cast in McKenzie Break available in widescreen format. A tough-as-nails British intelligence officer goes head-to-head with a charismatic German U-Boat captain in this "taut, classically crafted World War 11 POW escape drama with an original twist" (Variety.

NIGHT OF THE HUNTER
"Robert Mitchum is marvelously menacing" (Leonard Maltin) as a self-proclaimed backwoods prophet who preaches salvation -- but practices terror -- in this mesmerizing film noir classic.

ORIGINAL GANGSTAS
Soul cinema superstars Fred Williamson and Pam Grier return to the streets to regain their turf from modern day gangs in this thriller that delivers "cool savvy and solid action" (Variety) for a new generation.

THE PACKAGE
An army sergeant on a routine assignment is thrust into an action-packed quest to unravel an international military conspiracy in this pulse-pounding thriller from the director of The Fugitive. THE PACKAGE THE PACKAGE stars Gene Hackman, Tommy Lee Jones, and Dennis Franz.

SCORPIO
Burt Lancaster stars as an aging CIA agent suspected of selling secrets to the Russians in this chilling story of Cold War espionage from the director of The Big Sleep. SCORPIO is SCORPIO is available in widescreen format.

 THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR

Price:

$24.98 (DVD)

Street Date:

1/4/00

Running Time:

111 minutes

Catalog Number:

907452 (DVD)

MPAA Rating:

R

Closed Captioned

 

THE EXTREME ADVENTURES OF SUPER DAVE

Price:

$24.98 (DVD)

Street Date:

1/11/99

Running Time:

91 minutes

Catalog Number:

908370 (DVD)

MPAA Rating:

PG

Closed Captioned

 

All titles listed below will be available for $24.98 each on January 18, 2000.

COOLEY HIGH

Running Time:

107 minutes

Catalog Number:

907989

Format(s):

Standard

Languages:

English

 

French

MPAA Rating:

PG

DIGGSTOWN

Running Time:

98 minutes

Catalog Number:

907990

Format(s):

Widescreen

Languages:

English

 

French

MPAA Rating:

R

EYE OF THE NEEDLE

Running Time:

111 minutes

Catalog Number:

907991

Format(s):

Widescreen

Languages:

English

 

French

MPAA Rating:

R

JASON’S LYRIC

Running Time:

120 minutes

Catalog Number:

907992

Format(s):

Widescreen

Languages:

English

 

French

MPAA Rating:

R

THE MCKENZIE BREAK

Running Time:

106 minutes

Catalog Number:

907993

Format(s):

Widescreen

Languages:

English

 

French

MPAA Rating:

PG

NIGHT OF THE HUNTER

Running Time:

93 minutes

Catalog Number:

907994

Format(s):

Standard

Languages:

English

 

French

MPAA Rating:

Not rated

ORIGINAL GANGSTAS

Running Time:

99 minutes

Catalog Number:

907995

Format(s):

Standard

Languages:

English

 

French

MPAA Rating:

R

THE PACKAGE

Running Time:

108 minutes

Catalog Number:

907996

Format(s):

Standard

Languages:

English

 

French

MPAA Rating:

R

SCORPIO

Running Time:

114 minutes

Catalog Number:

907998

Format(s):

Widescreen

Languages:

English

 

French

MPAA Rating:

PG

November 1999 Headlines


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