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12/29/99

MGM HOME ENTERTAINMENT'S FEBRUARY DVD RELEASES

MGM Home Entertainment unleashes captivating drama, edge-of-your-seat suspense, and non-stop action with its 12 new DVDs available February 29 for $24.98 each. Headlining the February installment is the 1999 theatrical release, STIGMATA, starring Gabriel Byrne and Patricia Arquette, which features an all-new never-before-seen surprise ending, as well as an audio commentary by Director Rupert Wainwright, a music video by Natalie Imbruglia, and deleted scenes.

STIGMATA
In this taut, though-provoking thriller, an agnostic woman (Patricia Arquette) is being mysteriously attacked by supernatural forces and it is up to Vatican envoy (Gabriel Bryne) to find out whether the incidents are divine or demonic.

STIGMATA
Price: $24.98
Street Date: 02/29/00
Running Time: 102 minutes
Catalog Number: M907451
MPAA: R

Other titles Include:

ONE MAN'S HERO
In this powerful, action-packed drama, an Irish general (Tom Berenger) risks his career to protect his compatriots during the American Civil War.

ONE MAN'S HERO
Price: $24.98
Street Date: 02/29/00
Running Time: 120 minutes
Catalog Number: M907855
MPAA: R

BOUND FOR GLORY
Winner of two Oscars®, this gripping tale examines the life and times of legendary music giant, Woody Guthrie, played by David Carradine, as he travels across America during the Great Depression singing songs about the blues. The film co-stars Randy Quaid and M. Emmet Walsh.

BOUND FOR GLORY
Price: $24.98
Street Date: 02/29/00
Running Time: 146 minutes
Catalog Number: M907999
MPAA: PG

BETRAYED
In this powerful and compelling thriller, the boundaries between right and wrong become blurred when an FBI agent (Debra Winger) falls for a murder suspect (Tom Berenger) with ties to extremist terrorism.

BETRAYED
Price: $24.98
Street Date: 02/29/00
Running Time: 127 minutes
Catalog Number: M908376
MPAA: R

BRIDGE AT REMAGEN
An all-star cast, including George Segal, Robert Vaughn, and Ben Gazzara, brings the glory and agony of war to stunning life in this intense and exhilarating true-life look at the struggle on the last bridge of the Rhine, widely regarded as the most strategic coup of World War II.

BRIDGE AT REMAGEN
Price: $24.98
Street Date: 02/29/00
Running Time: 117 minutes
Catalog Number: M908373
MPAA: PG

HEAVEN'S GATE
Called a "remarkable achievement" (The Hollywood Reporter), Heaven's Gate features magnificent locations, breathtaking cinematography and Oscar® -nominated Art Direction in its retelling of a tragic class war between ranchers and starving immigrants. Kris Kristofferson and Christopher Walken star in this visually compelling frontier epic.

HEAVEN'S GATE
Price: $24.98
Street Date: 02/29/00
Running Time: 219 minutes
Catalog Number: M908371
MPAA: R

HOOSIERS
Based on the true story of a small-town Indiana team that made the state finals in 1952, this uplifting, crowd-pleaser follows an unorthodox high school basketball coach (Gene Hackman) and the local, basketball-loving drunk (Dennis Hopper), as they lead their underdog team all the way to the state championship. Hoosiers also stars Barbara Hershey.

HOOSIERS
Price: $24.98
Street Date: 02/29/00
Running Time: 115 minutes
Catalog Number: M908018
MPAA: PG

METEOR
Acclaimed thespians Natalie Wood, Henry Fonda, Sean Connery, and Karl Malden head an all-star cast in this big-budget, sci-fi epic about a five mile-wide meteor that is careening across space on a collision with Earth.

METEOR
Price: $24.98
Street Date: 02/29/00
Running Time: 107 minutes
Catalog Number: M908374
MPAA: PG

ON THE BEACH
Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner breathe extraordinary life into this emotionally charged, cinematic indictment of nuclear war. "Good performances by all" (Leonard Maltin) include dancer Fred Astaire in his first dramatic action role.

ON THE BEACH
Price: $24.98'
Street Date: 02/29/00
Running Time: 143 minutes
Catalog Number: M908372
MPAA: Not Rated

STOREFRONT HITCHCOCK
Jonathan Demme, the Oscar®-winning director of Silence Of The Lambs "captures the sensibility of the smart, quirky folk-rocker" (The New York Times in this ingenious concert film that delivers extraordinary insight into musical visionary and cult phenomenon Robin Hitchcock.

STOREFRONT HITCHCOCK
Price: $24,98
Street Date: 02/29/00
Running Time: 77 minutes
Catalog Number: M908023
MPAA: PG-13

THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1, 2, 3
A New York subway train is hijacked and held for ransom in this incredible caper featuring thrill-a-minute suspense. An all-star cast, including Walter Mathau and Robert Shaw, star in this "outstanding thriller" (Leonard Maltin).

THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1,2,3
Price: $24.98
Street Date: 02/29/00
Running Time: 104 minutes
Catalog Number: M908375
MPAA: R

STARGATE SG-1
When Earth is attacked by an alien race, a secret military team reassembles for an interstellar mission to save humanity in this dynamic, special-effects laden sci-fi adventure starring Richard Dean Anderson of television's "MacGyyer" fame. The DVD contains the pilot and two episodes of this adventure series.

STARGATE SG-1
Price: $24.98
Street Date: 02/29/00
Running Time: 185 minutes
Catalog Number: 907997
MPAA: R

MGM HOME ENTERTAINMENT'S MARCH DVD RELEASES

Titles Include:

BACK TO SCHOOL
When college student Jason Melon (Keith Gordon) decides to drop out of school, his dad (Rodney Dangerfield) drops in! And both soon learn more about studying and partying than they ever thought possible in this madcap campus comedy that Leonard Maltin calls "Hilarious!"

BACK TO SCHOOL
Running Time: 96 Minutes
Catalog Number: 908058
Formats: Widescreen/Standard
MPAA Rating: PG-13

FORCE 10 FROM NAVARONE
Harrison Ford and Robert Shaw star as fearless World War 11 commandos in this adrenaline-charged adventure bristling with "remarkable special effects" (Los Angeles Times) and "one hair-breadth escape after another" (Newsweek

FORCE 10 FROM NAVARONE
Running Time: 93 Minutes
Catalog Number: 908418
Formats: Widescreen/Standard
MPAA Rating: PG

HOW TO STUFF A WILD BIKINI
Annette Funicello dons her swimwear in this playful beach party classic that has her boyfriend (Frankie Avalon), enlisting help from a witch doctor (Buster Keaton) to cast a spell that will distract the boys from her!

HOW TO STUFF A WILD BIKINI
Running Time: 122 minutes
Catalog Number: 908062
Formats: Widescreen/Standard
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

MYSTERY TRAIN
Set in Memphis, this "showcase from director Jim Jarmusch's impeccable, ultraglide cool" (The Washington Lost), interconnects three short stories where eve body is in hot pursuit of the elusive "King" himself .. Elvis. This clever tale stars Steve Buscemi, Rick Aviles, and Screamin' Jay Hawkins.

MYSTERY TRAIN
Running Time: 110 Minutes
Catalog Number: 908063
Formats: Widescreen
MPAA Rating: R

PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT
"A cheerfully outrageous comedy' (Leonard Maltin), this Oscar®-winning, feel-good film won the hearts of moviegoers partly for its lavish costumes and devotion to ABBA but mostly for the great performances of three Drag artists who are on the road trip of a lifetime.

PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT
Running Time: 103 minutes
Catalog Number: 908409
Formats: Standard
MPAA Rating: R

RICHARD III
An all-star cast featuring Ian McKellan, Annette Bening, Kristin Scot Thomas, Robert Downey, Jr. and Maggie Smith ignites the screen in this "spectacularly entertaining" (People) adaptation of Shakespeare's immortal tale of lust, murder, treachery, and the ruthless pursuit of power.

RICHARD III
Running Time: 104 Minutes
Catalog Number: 908419
Formats:
Widescreen/Standard
MPAA Rating: R

SHALLOW GRAVE
From the acclaimed filmmaking team of Trainspotting comes this taut psychological thriller about three roommates who become wickedly corrupted by a suitcase filled with money ... blood money.

SHALLOW GRAVE
Running Time: 94 minutes
Catalog Number: 907800
Formats: Widescreen/Standard
MPAA Rating: R

TAFFIN
Pierce Brosnan is tough, sexy, and deadly as a debt collector turned vigilante who goes head to head with a corrupt business syndicate in this suspense-filled, high octane thriller.

TAFFIN
Running Time: 96 Minutes
Catalog Number: 908420
Formats: Widescreen/Standard
MPAA Rating: R

THE END OF VIOLENCE
Running Time: 122 minutes
Catalog Number: 907791
Formats: Widescreen/Standard
MPAA Rating: R

12/27/99

VCI ANNOUNCES NEW DVD RELEASES FOR FEBRUARY 2000

Street Date: 2-22-2000

SACCO AND VANZETTI (Widescreen / Day & Date VHS)

Starring: Milo O'Shea, Cyril Cusack, Geoffrey Keen, William Prince, and Riccardo Cucciolla as Nicola Sacco and Gian Maria Volonte as Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Directed by Giuliano Montaldo.  Music composed by Ennio Morricone. Lyrics written and performed by Joan Baez.

In 1920, the people of the world found themselves in a changing social turmoil, readjusting to the changes brought about by World War I. New doctrines of bolshevism, communism and anti-capitalism spread rapidly around the globe. In America, industrial and government circles became apprehensive about these new social and economic doctrines. The effects of the agitation were instilled in every radical and anarchist movement. The growing use of violence was increasingly worrisome to Americans and their leaders.  U.S. Attorney Mitchell Palmer initiated what became known as "Palmer's Red Raids" - attacks made on anarchist organizational headquarters, destroying property, confiscating literature and records, imprisoning anyone caught on or near the premises, with the objective of deporting any alien. As simultaneous attacks were made in thirty-three cities across the country, into his dragnet fell Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti - two Italian immigrants who happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. Because they were avowed anarchists and could not prove their whereabouts the day a shoe factory in South Braintree Massachusetts was robbed and two men were murdered, Sacco and Vanzetti were charged with the crime, tried and convicted. During the next six years, eleven supreme court judges deny a total of six motions, eleven appeals and fifty-five requests for a re-trial. More than 30 books and novels have been written about, and or dealing with specific details in question concerning this Historical and controversial case.  This film brings to life the controversy that rocked the world, the doubt, and the question of justice during a forgotten and sad page of real American history. Riccardo Cucciolla won the "BEST ACTOR" award at the CANNES FILM FESTIVAL for his portrayal of Nicola Sacco.

SACCO AND VANZETTI
Item #8232
UPC #0-89859-82322-0
120 minutes
1971
Color
PG
SRP $24.99

Special DVD Features include: Original Theatrical Trailer, Original Motion Picture Sound Track, Biographical Info, Chapter Search, Widescreen 16x9 ratio

LAS VEGAS HILLBILLYS (Day & Date VHS)

Starring:  Jayne Mansfield, Mamie Van Doren, Ferlin Husky, Sony James, Robert V. Barron, and Richard "Jaws" Kiel.   Directed by Arthur C. Pierce.

When two up-and-coming country singers inherit a casino in Las Vegas, it's out of the hills and on to the desert, country style!  With the same hoot 'n holler of those "Beach" flicks of the 60's, watch gorgeous Jayne Mansfield in her attempt at running a country-style casino, and keep your eyes open for vivacious Mamie Van Doren, as she brings in the top country music entertainers of the 60s.

LAS VEGAS HILLBILLYS
Item #8223
UPC# 0-89859-82332-9
85 minutes
Color
1966
Rated G
SRP: $19.99

Special DVD Features: Interactive Menus, Previews, Chapter Search

HILLBILLYS IN A HAUNTED HOUSE (Day & Date VHS)

Starring: Ferlin Husky, Sonny James, Merle Haggard, Molly Bee, Linda Ho, Joi Lansing, Don Bowman, also screen legends -  Basil Rathbone in his final screen role, John Carradine, and Lon Chaney, Jr.  Directed by Jean Yarbrough, the man who directed TV classics - THE ADDAMS FAMILY, MY FAVORITE MARTIAN, ADAM 12, GUNSMOKE, and PETTICOAT JUNCTION.

This is the sequel to the successful Las Vegas Hillbillys, using that magic formula to spawn another cult classic.  Take a couple of country singers (circa 1967) on their way to Nashville, have the old jalopy break down in front of an old mansion, during a terrible storm, and add a basement full of ghosts, gorillas, spies and country singers and then, watch out!  Y'all are in for a knee slappin, jamboree of Horror... country style!  Another cult comedy classic in the making.

HILLBILLYS IN A HAUNTED HOUSE
Item #8234
UPC# 0-89859-82342-8
88 minutes
Color
1967
Rated G
SRP: $19.99

Special DVD Features: Interactive Menus, Previews, Chapter Search

FLASH GORDON CONQUERS THE UNIVERSE Collectors Edition (1st Time on DVD)

Starring: Buster Crabbe, Carol Hughes, Charles Middleton, Anne Gwynne, Frank Shannon, and Lee Powell.  Directed by Ford Beebe.  Based on the Comic Strip adventures created by Alex Raymond.

This is the third and final installment of the Flash Gordon serial trilogy. It is considered the best and most polished of the three. It contains the original 12 serial chapters released by Universal Pictures, and takes Flash, Dale and Dr. Zarkov on a whirlwind of adventures, as the planet hopping hero seeks to stop the "Purple Death", a ravaging plague released on Earth by that most merciless of villains, Ming, the Emperor of Mongo!

FLASH GORDON CONQUERS THE UNIVERSE
Item #8240
UPC# 0-89859-82402-9
220 minutes
B/W
1940
SRP $29.99

Special Features include: Interactive menus, Bios, Chapter Stops, Never before seen interview with Buster Crabbe, Buster Crabbe commentary from his University speaking tours, Personal Archive photo gallery


CENTRAL PARK MEDIA BRINGS CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FANTASY TO DVD-ROM

REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA: THE ROSE COLLECTION 2

Available March 21st for $39.99

Central Park Media, the foremost distributor of Japanese animation, is proud to present the continuation of the REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA series on DVD-ROM format. From the director of Sailor Moon, REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA: THE ROSE COLLECTION 2 DVD-ROM will be available on March 21st (order cut-off February 21st) for a suggested retail price of $39.99.

REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA: THE ROSE COLLECTION 2

Utena never wanted to be a Duelist. She came to the Ohtori Academy in pursuit of a mysterious prince from her past, but now she must fight for possession of the Rose Bride. When Utena discovers that the President of the Student Council is also a Duelist, it appears that he may be Utena's long-lost prince as well. Will Utena fight the man she's loved since childhood? Contains episodes 8-13.

The REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA: THE ROSE COLLECTION 2 DVD bonus features include:

In addition, the DVD-ROM portion of the disc includes:

REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA: THE ROSE COLLECTION 2

Street Date: 3/21/00
SRP: $39.99 (Dual language DVD-ROM)
Catalog #: SSDVD-6079 (Dual language DVD-ROM)
Length: 144 minutes

12/17/99

UPCOMING DVD RELEASES FROM SYNAPSE FILMS

From Kevin Smith (Dogma, Clerks, Chasing Amy) and View Askew Productions comes the critically acclaimed and controversial film, A BETTER PLACE.

"...there's a very good reason that A Better Place continues to get festival dates across America. It speaks a truth that the more expensive, mainstream U.S. teen films wouldn't touch with a 10-foot body bag." - Mitch Davis, Fantasia Film Festival

A BETTER PLACE - WIDESCREEN DVD SPECIAL EDITION

From Executive Producers Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier (Clerks, Chasing Amy, Good Will Hunting, Dogma) and director Vincent Pereira comes this "edgy teen thriller" (Filmmaker Magazine) that has been a mainstay of the U.S. indie film festival circuit for the past two years.

Barret Michaelson is having a bad first day at his new high school – he is badgered, ridiculed, and nearly beaten up. He finds an unlikely ally in local loner, Ryan Walker, an intelligent but misanthropic youth with a dark family past. A friendship quickly develops, but Barret begins to worry as Ryan's philosophical ranting turns increasingly violent. When Barret does the unthinkable and makes peace with the local teenagers Ryan so despises, Ryan loses all control and attempts to drag Barret down into his world of hatred and destruction-and Barret must find a way to escape.

A harrowing depiction of teen violence and rage, A BETTER PLACE has been called "a bracing, disturbing film with an underlying humanity" (Stephen Gallagher, The Hamptons International Film Festival) and "sharply written, with stellar performances... A BETTER PLACE deals frankly with the dark side of the American teenage experience" (Mitch Davis, Fantasia Film Festival).

Starring Robert DiPatri, Eion Bailey (Fight Club, TVs Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Dawson's Creek), Jason Lee (Mumford, Mallrats, Enemy of the State, Chasing Amy), Carmen Llywellyn Lee (Never Been Kissed, The Mod Squad, Chasing Amy)

DVD VERSION CONTAINS:
New Digital Widescreen High Definition Transfer (Approx. 1.66:1)
Newly Remixed Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack mixed at the Skywalker Ranch
Director's Cut Version Featuring Scenes Not Included in Festival Prints
Audio Commentary Track
Deleted Scenes
Filmed DVD Introduction from Producers Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier

A BETTER PLACE– DVD Special Edition
Not Rated
1997
Approx. 85 min.
Color
1.66:1
Dolby Digital 5.1
Item #SFD0008 (DVD)
UPC: 654930300893
Suggested Retail Price: $29.98
Expected Release Date: April 25, 2000

*****

THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE – UNCUT, UNCENSORED EDITION

Cult film classic THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE is coming to DVD from Synapse Films in it’s original, complete and uncut form!

Dr. Bill Cortner is a surgeon like his father. After reviving a patient using experimental techniques his father is nervous. "Don’t try to play God," he warns him. But, Dr. Cortner obviously isn’t listening. He is obsessed with performing surgical transplants and continues to experiment with amputated limbs he steals from the local hospital.

While driving to his secret mountain laboratory to tend to an emergency, Cortner’s reckless driving causes an accident and his car careens off the road, killing his fiancée. Not one to pass up the opportunity, Cortner steals her decapitated head from the burning wreckage and tries to keep it alive long enough to find a suitable body to reattach it to.

As the doctor stalks women and searches for a new body, Jan’s decapitated head stays alive in a tray…telepathically communicating with something locked away in the laboratory closet…plotting her revenge on the doctor for not letting her die in peace.

Previous home video releases of this classic film were butchered TV prints, but Synapse is proud to present THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE in its original form, containing almost 20 minutes of additional footage! An obvious inspiration for such films as Re-Animator and even Steve Martin’s The Man with Two Brains, THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE is classic fifties cult entertainment and a treat for all horror film fans!

DVD VERSION CONTAINS:
New Widescreen Digital Transfer (Aspect Ratio Approx. 1.66:1)
Uncut Version Featuring Almost 20 Minutes of Additional Footage
Original Theatrical Trailer

THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE– UNCUT, UNCENSORED DVD EDITION
Not Rated
1959
Approx. 90 min.
Black and White
1.66:1
Dolby Digital Mono
Item #SFD0007 (DVD)
UPC: 654930300794
Suggested Retail Price: $24.98
Expected Release Date: April 18, 2000


FEBRUARY DVD RELEASES FROM NEW LINE HOME VIDEO

THE ASTRONAUT’S WIFE

Video And DVD Arrive Day-And-Date On February 8
Paranoia and suspicion breed in New Line Home Video's heart-stopping thriller, THE ASTRONAUT’S WIFE, arriving to home video and DVD on February 8. Featuring edge-of-your-seat performances by Johnny Depp (The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow, Donnie Brasco) and Charlize Theron (Mighty Joe Young, Devil's Advocate), THE ASTRONAUT’S WIFE is "a feverishly stylish film in the pregnant-by-the-devil vein of Rosemary's Baby" (The Philadelphia Inquire). Touted as "one of the most subtle, stylish and involving thrillers of 1999" (San Diego Union Tribune, THE ASTRONAUT’S WIFE DVD is available for $24.98.

DVD RELEASE
THE ASTRONAUT’S WIFE DVD features interactive menus, the original theatrical trailer, as well as cast and crew filmographies. THE ASTRONAUT’S WIFE DVD includes both widescreen and fullscreen and is priced at $24.98.

DVD ROM FEATURES
DVD-ROM enhancement includes "script-to-screen" screenplay access, the original website and a special "Lord Of The Rings" web browser.

FILM SYNOPSIS
Brave NASA Astronaut Spencer Armacost (Depp) and his beautiful schoolteacher wife Jillian (Theron) are a perfect couple whose lives are shattered when Spencer mysteriously loses contact with Earth for two minutes during a near catastrophic Shuttle mission. Now, Jillian can't trust NASA, her husband or even herself Trapped between suspicion and madness, she fights for her life, and our future, as those 120 seconds of terror threaten to destroy everything she's even known and anyone she's ever loved.

THE ASTRONAUT’S WIFE

Price: $24.98 (DVD)
Street Date: 2/8/00
Catalog Number: N4906 (DVD)
Running Time: 110 minutes
MPAA Rating: R
Closed Caption

*****

TRICK

Video And DVD Arrive Day-And-Date On February 8

A one-night stand becomes so much more in New Line Home Video's charming comedy TRICK arriving to home video and DVD on February 8. Featuring an "engaging" (Los Angeles Times cast, Pick touts a memorable performance by Tori Spelling (House Of Yes "Beverly Hills 90210'). A sweet, fun story about life, love and friendship, TRICK is hailed as "Tender-hearted" (The New York Times) and "MAGICAL! A witty and savvy romantic comedy.

DVD RELEASE
The TRICK DVD includes the original theatrical trailer, cast and crew filmographies and a widescreen version of the film. The TRICK DVD will be priced at $24.98.

FILM SYNOPSIS
Gabe (Christian Campbell) and Mark (John Paul Pitac) aren't asking for much - just a simple one-night stand. All they need is a place to seal the deal. Sound easy? Not when your neurotic best friend (Tori Spelling) is trying to revive a dying musical career off-off-off Broadway, your cabaret-singing co-worker has just broken up with his boyfriend of seven years and the entire city seems set for a nervous breakdown. It's one chaotic event after another as these two hopeful romantics try to stop the city so they can get off!

TRICK

Price: $24.98 (DVD)
Street Date: 02/08/00
Catalog Number: N4929 (DVD)
Running Time: 90 minutes
MPAA Rating: R
Closed Caption

*****

IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS

From John Carpenter comes the story of an investigator searching for an author whose latest novel is making its readers go insane.

Features commentary by director John Carpenter and cinematographer Gary B. Kibbe
Widescreen and fullscreen versions of the film
Original theatrical trailer
Cast and crew filmography
DVD #N4907
DVD UPC #794043490729
DVD ISBN #0-7806-2856-X
Price: $24.98 (DVD)
Street Date: 02/08/00

*****

THE HIDDEN

A sci-fi thriller about an LA detective and FBI agent on the trail of an alien who invades bodies of innocent people and turns them into violent killers

Features commentary by director Jack Sholder
Plus special effects production footage
Widescreen and fullscreen versions of the film
Original theatrical trailer
Cast and crew filmography
DVD #N4909
DVD UPC #794043490927
DVD ISBN #0-7806-2858-6
Price: $24.98 (DVD)
Street Date: 02/08/00

12/16/99

400 DVD REVIEWS NOW ON-LINE

THE CINEMA LASER has reached another minor milestone.  There are now 400 DVD reviews on the site that I’ve personally written over the last 2 1/2 years.  I guess that’s not too bad for this little one-man operation.

I also would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who makes this web site a regular stop on his or her journey across the Internet.  I’d also like to thank the various companies that have supplied DVDs to this site for review.  You guys are the absolute best.

12/15/99

MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON TO BE RELEASED ON DVD

EXCLUSIVE DOCUMENTARY "FRANK CAPRA, JR. REMEMBERS MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON" INCLUDED

DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS INCLUDE:

One of the most beloved films of all time, Frank Capra's Oscar-winning film of nobility and idealism in American politics, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," will be re-released in its restored version on both DVD and videocassette on February 15, 2000. Starring the legendary James Stewart and Jean Arthur, this film has been remastered to insure the finest image and sound possible. Also included with the release is the engaging documentary "Frank Capra, Jr. Remembers Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" which will be available on the DVD and VHS formats.   In this short film, Frank Capra, Jr. reminisces about his legendary father and the obstacles he had to overcome to get this film made in the political climate of 1930's America.

SYNOPSIS

Naive and idealistic Jefferson Smith (Stewart), leader of the Boy Rangers, is appointed on a lark by the spineless governor of his state. He is reunited with the state's senior senator--presidential hopeful and childhood hero, Senator Joseph Paine (Claude Raines, Casablanca). In Washington, however, Smith discovers many of the shortcomings of the political process as his earnest goal of a national boys' camp leads to a conflict with the state political boss, Jim Taylor (Edward Arnold, Meet John Doe). Taylor first tries to corrupt Smith and then later attempts to destroy Smith through a scandal.

MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

DVD SPECS

Format: Full Screen Languages: English, Spanish and Portuguese Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean and Thai

12/14/99

VOTE FOR THE ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT TITLES OF YOUR CHOICE

This is your last chance to vote for the Anchor Bay titles that you would like to see released on DVD.  The voting at http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com will be ending on Friday, December 17th.

12/13/99

THE DVD LIST IS BACK ON-LINE

The DVD List, one of the Internet’s best DVD resources in now back on-line.  Even though the site is still looking for a sponsor, Webmaster Jeff Phillips has brought the site back on-line to help DVD consumers.  As the name implies, The DVD List offers a complete listing of every single DVD title on the market, as well as those titles scheduled for release.  The downloadable lists from the site have proven invaluable to countless DVD consumers looking to purchase discs.  Lets hope that The DVD List resolves its sponsorship problems soon; since this is one site that the DVD community cannot do without.


COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO TO RELEASE "RANDOM HEARTS" AND "THE SUBURBANS" ON DVD FEBRUARY 29, 2000

BOTH TITLES DAY/DATE WITH VHS RELEASES

RANDOM HEARTS (Day/Date)

In RANDOM HEARTS, an act of fate throws two very different people together, Dutch Van Den Broeck (Harrison Ford, Academy Award- nominee, Witness), a tough-minded internal affairs cop involved in a high- stakes corruption case, and Kay Chandler (Kristin Scott Thomas, Academy Award-nominee, The English Patient), a high-profile congresswoman embroiled in a bitter re-election campaign. They develop an extraordinary relationship, which forces them to confront the truth that threatens to destroy them and discover the strength to triumph over the deception that surrounds them.

RANDOM HEARTS

Rated R
Color
Closed-Captioned
Trailers: "Random Hearts," "The Way We Were," "The Devil's Own," "Air Force One" and Absence of Malice"
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.0 and Dolby 2-Channel
Format: Wide Screen (Enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
Suggested List Price: $24.95
UPC #0-43396-04000-7
DVD #04000

THE SUBURBANS (Day/Date)

It's 1980.  The clothes are neon.  The hair is BIG.  The music is Devo, The Romantics, The Ramones and The Suburbans. The Suburbans seemed destined for superstardom after their first big hit, but instead they quickly disappeared into musical oblivion.until now. Eighteen years have passed and the members of the band have moved on with their lives.  Former heartthrob Danny (the film's director Donal Lardner Ward, Metropolitan) is trying to open a "soul club," and can't seem to commit to his girlfriend (Amy Brenneman, TV's Judging Amy) and her perpetually ticking biological clock.  Rory (Tony Guma, Don't Sleep Alone) is an insurance salesman dating an ex-model (Bridgette Wilson, Love Stinks) with an ex-husband from hell.  Mitch (Craig Bierko, The Thirteenth Floor) is a podiatrist who never really gave up on the band.  And Gil (Will Ferrell, Dick) is about to be the first of the guys to tie the knot. For nostalgia sake, The Suburbans perform at Gil's wedding to accolades from an enthusiastic crowd.  Among the party guests is Cate (Jennifer Love Hewitt, TV's The Time of Your Life), a young, attractive music record executive, who has had a schoolgirl crush on Danny for years. After their performance, she approaches the band about recording a tribute album and making a video.  The guys jump at the chance to re- experience the fame and fortune of their earlier days.  However, caught between childhood dreams and fears of being vinyl suited has-beens, The Suburbans may not be ready to recapture their past glory and survive the 80's revival.

THE SUBURBANS

Rated R
Color
Closed-Captioned
Trailers: "The Suburbans," "Can't Hardly Wait," "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer"
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby 2-Channel
Format: Wide Screen (Enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
Suggested List Price: $24.95
UPC #0-43396-04387-9
DVD #04387

12/11/99

BACK ON-LINE AGAIN

Due to some necessary changes to the IP address for the web site, some of you may not have been able to access The Cinema Laser for the last 36 hours.  Hopefully, everything has settled down and there will be no more problems for the foreseeable future.

Thank you for your understanding. 

12/08/99

AN EXCITING WEBSITE PROMOTION FOR AMERICAN MOVIE!

Consumers Are Given The Chance To Vote For Their Favorite Artwork For The VHS And DVD Packaging

 AMERICAN MOVIE is the story of filmmaker, Mark Borchardt, his mission and his dream.  Spanning over two years of intense struggle, this is a portrayal of ambition, obsession, excess, and one man's quest for "the American dream".

In keeping with the theme of the film AMERICAN MOVIE, Columbia TriStar Home Video has created a promotion in which the average American can now be a part of the movie making process.

Starting on December 3, 1999 and running through December 24, 1999, consumers can log on to www.americanmovie.com and vote for their favorite packaging artwork out of three posted options.  Among these options are the theatrical artwork and two brand new options.

The artwork option with the most votes at 6PM EST (Eastern Standard Time) on December 23th, 1999, will be the OFFICIAL packaging for the VHS and DVD release of AMERICAN MOVIE, coming in Summer 2000.


DVD GIFT SETS AVAILABLE FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!!!

With the holidays quickly approaching, Columbia TriStar Home Video would like to remind you of the following DVD two and three packs which will make the perfect gift for any movie lover:

TITLES (PRICE - CATALOG#)
GHOSTBUSTERS/GHOSTBUSTERS II ($39.95 - #04185)
I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER/ I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER ($39.95 - #04123)
KNOCK OFF/NOWHERE TO RUN ($39.95 - #04210)
LABYRINTH/DARK CRYSTAL ($39.95 - #04484)
MATILDA/MADELINE ($39.95 - #04215)
REPLACEMENT KILLERS/JACKIE CHAN'S WHO AM I ($39.95 - #04212)
SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET/LEGENDS OF THE FALL ($39.95 - #04211)
VAMPIRES/FRANKENSTEIN ($39.95 - #04214)
WOLFGANG PETERSEN THREE PACK: AIR FORCE ONE/IN THE LINE OF FIRE/DAS BOOT ($75.95 - #04526)

 


DVD HUNT REDESIGNS THEIR SITE 

DVD Hunt, the original Buy, Sell and Trade board for DVD Software and Hardware, has been given a facelift.  Gone is the Matt's Script Archive cgi Bulletin Board.  Now, in COLOR, is a new Active Server Page version of the site.

12/07/99

BATS SPECIAL EDITION DVD ARRIVES FEBRUARY 22, 2000

DAY/DATE RELEASE FOR VHS AND DVD

SYNOPSIS

Dr. Sheila Casper (Dina Meyer, Starship Troopers) is summoned to the sleepy desert town of Gallup, Texas, where unexplained bat attacks have caused several grisly deaths.  When night creeps in, swarming hordes of bats fill the darkening sky and invade the town.  The bats swoop down and attack every living thing in their path, turning the town into living nightmare where everyone is a target and there is nowhere to hide. Sheila and her assistant, Jimmy (Leon, Waiting to Exhale), team up with the local sheriff Emmett Kimsey (Lou Diamond Phillips, Courage Under Fire) to try to find a way to stop the bats.  They discover that a scientist (Bob Gunton, JFK) has tampered with nature and infected the bats with a genetic virus, causing the usually harmless mammals to become vicious killers.  They catch and tag one of the bats, hoping it will lead them to their lair.  However, these bats are too cunning.  Seeking shelter from the dark, the team holes up in an abandoned high school when the bats unleash an unrelenting and vicious assault, seemingly in a coordinated attack. When the sun gives them safety, Sheila and Kimsey locate the bats' roost inside an abandoned mine.  With no way to defeat the bats' sheer numbers and power of flight, Sheila and Kimsey must bravely descend into the mine, where the bats hang from the mine ceiling asleep.  If they can't stop the bats, night will fall, the bat colony will grow, the virus will spread, and the bats will take flight in search of more and more prey. Executive produced by Brent Baum, John Logan, Dale Pollack and Steve Stabler.  Produced by Louise Rosner.  Written by John Logan.  Directed by Louis Morneau.

BATS SPECIAL EDITION

 


DIGITAL LEISURE RELEASES DRAGON'S LAIR II: TIME WARP FOR DVD-ROM

Sequel to Dragon's Lair Now Available for DVD-ROM

Now you can 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 PC DVD-ROM.

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-ROM release contains exclusive never-before-released preproduction 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 to be made.

"Dragon's Lair II is the most challenging of the Don Bluth video games," Elizabeth Foster, President of Digital Leisure said.  "The scenes are much longer than the original Dragon's Lair and Space Ace, and the game features inventory item pickups during gameplay, making for added challenge."

DRAGON'S LAIR, SPACE ACE and DRAGON’S LAIR II: TIME WARP are currently available for DVD-Video, DVD-ROM and CD-ROM formats.

Digital Leisure is a leading publisher of interactive DVD-ROM and DVD-Video titles. The company acquires and remasters existing video-intensive titles that would benefit from the superior video and audio quality of DVD.  The company can be contacted at http://www.digitalleisure.com 

12/02/99

GREY OWL SPECIAL EDITION COMES TO DVD

SYNOPSIS

From the director of "Gandhi" and the executive producer of " Dances with Wolves" and "A River Runs Through It", comes the remarkable true story of a 1930's frontier trapper who adopted the ways of the wild and found love among its people.  After discovering a world slowly threatened by extinction in the woods of Canada's great north, one man's passion led him to fight for the protection of the land he loved.  Pierce Brosnan ("James Bond") stars as Archie Grey Owl in this epic adventure about a man who had the courage to defend and lead his people in war and victory, and the strength to become their voice to the world.

GREY OWL

 


CENTRAL PARK MEDIA BRINGS CLASSIC CYBERPUNK ADVENTURE TO DVD-ROM

CYBERNETICS GUARDIAN

Available February 15th for $24.99

Central Park Media, the foremost distributor of Japanese animation, is proud to present the classic cyberpunk title "CYBERNETICS GUARDIAN" in DVD-ROM format. With its nightmarish themes and surreal animation, "CYBERNETICS GUARDIAN" is an edgy thriller by the creator of M.D. Geist. The "CYBERNETICS GUARDIAN" DVD-ROM will be available on February 15th (order cut-off January 17th) for a suggested retail price of $24.99.

In addition, the DVD-ROM portion of the disc includes:

CYBERNETICS GUARDIAN

The 21st Century: When the Central Guard Company is hired to clean up the city's hellish slums, scientists Leyla and Adler compete to find an effective solution. Each has developed a technological masterpiece: Leyla's non-violent Guard Suit and Adler's Genocyber Killing Machine. But when Leyla's assistant John is sent to test the prototype Guard Suit, Adler sees the perfect opportunity to eliminate his competition once and for all!

CYBERNETICS GUARDIAN

 

Street Date:

2/15/00

Order Cut-off:

1/17/00

SRP:

$24.99 (Dual language DVD-ROM)

Catalog #:

USMD 1774 (Dual language DVD-ROM)

Length:

Approximately 45 minutes

December 1999 Headlines 


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