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01/31/00

GEN-X COPS ARRIVES ON VHS AND DVD

DVD EXCLUSIVE ELEMENTS INCLUDE:

On April 18, 2000 Columbia TriStar Home Video will release on videocassette and DVD GEN-X COPS, a cutting edge action thriller with a millennium attitude. Starring Nicholas Tse ("Young and Dangerous: The Prequel"), Stephen Fung ("Hold You Tight"), Sam Lee ("Beast Cops"), and a newcomer to the big screen Grace Kip.

SYNOPSIS

Hong Kong police crack down on an underground ring of smugglers, seizing a massive shipment of explosives.  Japan's public enemy number one, Akatura (Toru Nakamura) steals the arms back in his quest to make big bucks with a big bang.  Now, the countdown begins on the sale of the deadly contraband, which will place the world in the hands of international mercenaries! But when a rebellious trio of "GEN-X COPS"(a youthful team of crime-fighters, who display the self-confidence of a brave new breed) infiltrate the underworld, they discover that Akatura has a much more sinister plan for the volatile cargo than fueling worldwide warfare.  Now, the very criminal instincts, which nearly barred the GEN-X COPS from the police force, ironically become their most powerful weapon to save Hong Kong from devastation!

Produced by Jackie Chan and Benny Chan.  Executive produced by Thomas Chung and Willie Chan. Written by Benny Chan, Peter Tsi, Hui Koan, and Lee Yee Wah. Directed by Benny Chan.

01/28/00

THE RED DWARF ARRIVES ON DVD

On April 18, 2000 Columbia TriStar Home Video will release on videocassette and DVD, THE RED DWARF, an edgy, esoteric art drama starring Jean-Yves Thual ("Freaks", "The Rainbow Thief") and Anita Ekberg ("La Dolce Vita").

Synopsis
In a land that time seems to have forgotten lies a vacant lot, where a circus has pitched its tents and the shabby quarters of the working class.  Lucien Lhotte (Thual), a very small, lonely man in his thirties, works overtime at the law firm that employs him for a very special talent: he pours bitter passion into the writing of sexually explicit, violently incriminating letters for use as false evidence in divorce cases. One day, one of the firm's most important clients, the Countess Paola Bendoni (Ekberg), a voluptuous and aging opera star, summons Lucien. She is in need of his services to neatly divorce Bob (Gauzy), the gigolo to whom she is married.  Lucien, until that moment in despair of ever finding love, stages a brazenly daring seduction and succeeds in becoming the diva's improbable lover.  The romantic idyll however is destined not to last.  The humiliating of the rejection Lucien suffers as Paola returns to her husband Bob, sparks rage and vengeance. The horror of such passion lies in sharp contrast to the purity of heart represented by Isis (Peyrelon), a young girl trapeze artist who loves Lucien with the candor of a child.  Finally finding the courage to relieve himself, literally as well as figuratively, of his degrading job at the law office, Lucien becomes THE RED DWARF, soon on the outskirts of society, he teeters on a moral and emotional tightrope between debauchery and redemption

 


HBO HOME VIDEO SETS SAIL FOR FUN WITH PIPPI LONGSTOCKING: PIPPI'S ADVENTURES ON THE SOUTH SEAS

From one of the best-selling books of all time, everyone's favorite redhead is back with her own animated adventures through HBO Home Video's feature-length release PIPPI LONGSTOCKING: PIPPI'S ADVENTURES ON THE SOUTH SEAS available May 2. Order due date is April 4. This release is available on VHS for $ 14.95 SRP and DVD for $ 19.98 SRP.

Astrid Lindgren's PIPPI LONGSTOCKING: PIPPI'S ADVENTURES ON THE SOUTH SEAS tells the story of Pippi's wild and windblown adventure on the South Seas after a mysterious ship sails into her hometown and the captain turns out to be her father. Wherever Pippi goes there is a spirit of adventure and whether she comes across Pearl Poachers, Pirates, Stowaways, or Castaways, Pippi always comes out on top. This exciting adventure for children is rated G and has a running time of approximately 69 minutes.

01/27/00

COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO TO RELEASE THE CLASSIC PICNIC AND TWO MOON JUNCTION ON DVD

On April 18, 2000 Columbia TriStar Home Video will release the following two titles on DVD:

PICNIC

Based on William Inge's Pulitzer Prize winning play, PICNIC was vividly brought to the screen by director Joshua Logan.  A revealing look into the hearts and minds of a select group of Kansas townsfolk over Labor Day weekend, this simple, yet poignant story stars William Holden (Academy Award-winner Stalag 17) as an itinerant drifter who swings into town, stirring up trouble and awakening the dormant libido of Kim Novak (Pal Joey).

TWO MOON JUNCTION

ˇ All-Star Cast Includes Sherilyn Fenn, Louise Fletcher, Burl Ives, Kristy McNichol and Milla Jovovich

April (Sherilyn Fenn, TV's Twin Peaks) has just graduated from an exclusive Southern college. She's just returned home to her family mansion to prepare for her semi-arranged marriage to "the right man", a man approved by April's father, a Senator. During a trip to the local fair, April meets Perry (Richard Tyson, There's Something About Mary), the kind of man she always wanted but never knew. Her parents are aghast, as Perry is exactly the kind of man they don't want her associating with. April must reconcile the expectations of her family and her fiancé with the passion she feels for Perry.


ANIME 18 BRINGS TEMPERATURE RAISING EROTICA TO DVD-ROM

OGENKI CLINIC ADVENTURES - When this doctor and nurse are in, you won't want to check out!
Anime 18, the top distributor specializing in Japanese animation targeted at mature audiences, is pleased to announce the DVD-ROM release of the exuberantly erotic "OGENKI CLINIC ADVENTURES," which combines both VHS volumes, "Check Into Ogenki Clinic" and "Return to Ogenki Clinic." From the director of Weather Report Girl, this DVD brings the Ogenki Clinic's famous erotic antics to a new level of interactivity on April 18th (order cut-off March 20th) for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

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 his 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.

The "OGENKI CLINIC ADVENTURES" DVD-ROM bonus features include:

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

OGENKI CLINIC ADVENTURES
The doctor is in. The nurse is out of this world! Whatever problem a patient may have with sex, the wacky Dr. Ogenki and his sexy nurse Ruko are here to help. Using a variety of... unconventional methods and an extremely affectionate bedside manner, this team is devoted to bringing pleasure to those in pain and joy to those who despair. Satisfaction is guaranteed!

OGENKI CLINIC ADVENTURES DVD-ROM
Street Date: 4/18/00
SRP: $29.99
Catalog #: A18D-1872
Length: 90 minutes
Spoken language: English

 


COMING TO DVD FROM ELITE ENTERTAINMENT

From Meir Zarchi, the writer/director of the cult film I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE comes DON'T MESS WITH MY SISTER! A tense, provocative action-packed thriller that gives new meaning to the word REVENGE.

Steve Minote leads a normal life. He loves his wife, Clara, and their baby girl. He hopes to be a partner someday with his brothers-in-law, Roberto and Dino, in their Brooklyn junkyard. Driving home one night, Steve meets Anika, a beautiful exotic dancer. He quickly becomes obsessed with her. After setting up a "private show" for a rich industrialist, Steve and Anika arrive at the lush mansion only to find their audience, Victor DeLarouche half drunk and ready for "action," When DeLarouche attempts to rape Anika, Steve comes to the rescue and leaves the hulking millionaire lying on the floor unconscious. In the meantime Clara, Steve's wife, finds out, about the affair and sends her two brothers to beat Steve mercilessly. Just when things can't get any worse, Steve and Anika find out that DeLarouche had died, and the police are searching for the two suspected killers. The story then unfolds through a dramatic mixture of lust, passion, fear, greed, violence, twisted honor and of course, bitter revenge.

Special Features: Includes Approximately 10 Minutes Of Never-Before-Seen Deleted Footage And Theatrical Trailer

1988
Color
Rated R
Approximate Running Time: 85 min.
Item: EE7478
UPC: 790954747824
Retail: $24.95
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (Enhanced for 16X9 TVs)
Street Date: April 25,2000

ELITE ENTERTAINMENT PROUDLY PRESENTS THE KILLER CREATURE DOUBLE FEATURE DRIVE-IN DISCS

Remember the Drive-In Theatre? The stale popcorn, the warm soda pop, the steamy windshields? Elite Entertainment takes you back to those warm summer nights from the past, recreating a night at the drive-in theater with the KILLER CREATURE DOUBLE FEATURE DRIVE-IN DISCS. A multi-volume collectable DVD series featuring a complete, double feature "HORROR SHOW'. Each volume of this nostalgic series will include the original drive-in extras that we all remember. Cartoons, Countdown Clock, Concession Stand Ads, Coming Attractions, Intermission, etc. 

NOTE: All vehicle trunks will be checked as you enter your "home drive-in theater."

KILLER CREATURE, DOUBLE FEATURE: VOLUME 1
DRIVE-IN DISCS: VOLUME 1

SCREAMING SKULL
THE TORTURED GHOST WHO CLAIMED VENGEANCE IN THE BRIDE'S BEDROOM
Starring John Hudson and Peggy Webber
1958/B&W/Mono/Unrated/Approx. 68 min.

PLUS!

THE GIANT LEECHES
CRAWLING HORROR… UNLEASHED BY THE DEPTHS OF HELL TO KILL & CONQUER!
Starring Ken Clark and Yvette Vickers
1960/B&W/Mono/Unrated/Approx. 62 min.

Elite presents the latest in LOW-FIDELITY technology… DISTORT-O! To truly recreate the drive-in experience, audio track number two will replicate the truly horrific quality of the famed drive-in window speaker. This feature will deliver the audio signal only to the front left speaker of your system. You'll feel like you're really there!

Format: DVD
Retail: $29-95
Item: EE 3748
UPC: 790594374822
Street Date: May 16,2000

REMEMBER, ALL SHOWS BEGIN AT DUSK… DRIVE SAFELY…

01/26/00 

THE MESSENGER: THE STORY OF JOAN OF ARC COMES TO DVD

DVD EXCLUSIVE ELEMENTS INCLUDE:

On April 4, 2000 Columbia TriStar Home Video will release THE MESSENGER: THE STORY OF JOAN OF ARC on DVD and videocassette. The Messenger is director Luc Besson's (The Fifth Element) historical war drama about the most famous female warrior in European history.  The film features an all-star cast which includes Dustin Hoffman (Academy Award-winner, Rain Man), Faye Dunaway (Academy Award-winner, Network), John Malkovich (Being John Malkovich) and Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element) as the doomed Joan.

SYNOPSIS

In 1429, a 16-year-old girl from a remote village stood before the world and announced she would defeat the world's greatest army and liberate her country. It began as a small voice in the heart of a simple girl. but as the voice grew stronger, rulers were drawn to listen, armies were empowered to fight and her countrymen were inspired to believe. From Columbia Pictures and internationally acclaimed director Luc Besson comes the story of Joan of Arc (Milla Jovovich), the woman who followed her own path and changed the course of history.

 


COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO TO RELEASE LITTLE WOMEN COLLECTOR'S SERIES ON DVD

Exclusive Re-Release Takes Full Advantage Of The DVD Format To Include Extraordinary Added Value Elements Such As "Making Of" Featurette, Deleted Scenes And Much More

DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS INCLUDE:

On April 18, 2000 Columbia TriStar Home Video will release LITTLE WOMEN Collector's Series on DVD.  In addition, Little Women will also be re-released on videocassette after a two-year moratorium.

Synopsis

With their father away fighting in the Civil War, Jo (Winona Ryder, Girl Interrupted), Meg (Trini Alvarado, Stella), Beth (Claire Danes, The Mod Squad) and Amy (younger Amy, Kirsten Dunst, Dick and older Amy, Samantha Mathis, The American President) grow up with their mother in somewhat reduced circumstances. They are a close family who inevitably have their squabbles and tragedies. But the bond holds even when, later, men friends start to become a part of the household.  Also stars Susan Sarandon (Academy Award-winner, Dead Man Walking), Gabriel Byrne (Stigmata) and Christian Bale (Velvet Goldmine).


HBO ANNOUNCES THREE DVD RELEASES 

INTRODUCING DOROTHY DANDRIDGE, RKO 281, and SEX AND THE CITY, winners of four Golden Globe Awards, including Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Best Television Series-Musical or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series-Musical or Comedy, will be available through HBO Home Video on VHS and DVD beginning in February.

INTRODUCING DOROTHY DANDRIDGE, HBO Home Video's February 8 release, won Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for Halle Berry's performance as Dorothy Dandridge. "Halle Berry sparkles as Dandridge," hailed The Hollywood Reporter. Set against the glamorous backdrop of Hollywood in the 40's and 50's, "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge" tells the poignant story of the renowned black actress/singer/dancer and traces the littleknown mysteries of her life and death. This release is rated R and has a running time of 115 minutes. In addition to starring Halle Berry ("Bulworth"), "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge also stars Brent Spiner ("Star Trek: The Next Generation"), Loretta Devine ("Waiting to Exhale), and Klaus Maria Brandauer (Best Supporting Actor Oscar for 1985's "Out of Africa").

RKO 281, HBO Home Video's April 25 Release, won Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television." RKO 281 tells the true story of the struggle between film director Orson Welles and newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst over the making of "Citizen Kane. RKO 281 is "filled with exceptional perform an ces," praised the Hollywood Reporter. The all star cast features Liev Schreiber ("Scream", "Scream 2", "The Hurricane"), James Cromwell ("Babe"), Melanie Griffith ("Crazy in Alabama"), John Malkovich ("Being John Malkovich"), Brenda Blethyn ("Little Voice"), and Academy Award Winner Roy Scheider ("The Rainmaker," "The French Connection"). RKO 281 is rated R and has a running time of 87 minutes.

SEX AND THE CITY, HBO Home Video's May 23 Release, won two awards for Best Television Series-Musical or Comedy; and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series-Musical or Comedy, Sarah Jessica Parker. The first season of the renowned HBO comedy series will be available on VHS and DVD. Created by Darren Star, and starring Sarah Jessica Parker, HBO's hit comedy series is called "the best show on television" by the San Francisco Examiner.

01/24/00

AN OPEN LETTER TO GEORGE LUCAS

Because of George Lucas’ continued apathy towards the DVD format and his refusal to release STAR WARS EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE on DVD in 2000, DVDFILE, The Digital Bits and Digital Man Interactive have teamed up to issue An Open Letter To George Lucas.  The letter originally appeared in the Monday, January 24th issue of DAILY VARIETY, and can be read in its entirety here.  The Cinema Laser wholeheartedly supports these efforts and encourages every DVD collector to participate in this campaign by signing the online petition.  Hopefully these efforts will bring about the release of THE PHANTOM MENACE as well as the original STAR WARS trilogy before the year 2005.


ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT DOES SUPERGIRL ON DVD

Anchor Bay Entertainment will be releasing a THX Approved edition of SUPERGIRL on DVD. SUPERGIRL will be available individually or as part of the Limited Edition, and will run 125 minutes, which is longer than the original theatrical version that was released in the US. The DVD will also include a re-mastered "The Making of Supergirl" special, as well as trailers and television spots.  Additional extras are still being worked on and will be announced later. The 2 Disc Limited Edition DVD will include the above, plus a disc containing a never-before-seen 140-minute version that was struck from the original uncut negative! Other details are still being worked on and will be posted here upon official confirmation. Also SUPERGIRL will mark the introduction of closed-captioning to an Anchor Bay titles on DVD and VHS. This feature will also begin appearing more regularly on selected DVD and VHS titles.


COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO TO RELEASE GODSPELL AND SHAKES THE CLOWN ON DVD

On April 4, 2000 Columbia TriStar Home Video will release the following titles on DVD:

GODSPELL

A modern-day version of the gospels, opening with John the Baptist calling a disparate group of young New Yorkers from their work day lives to follow and learn from Jesus. They form a roving acting troupe that enacts the parables through song and dance, comedy, and mime. Jesus' ministry ends with the last supper, his crucifixion in a junkyard, and, the following morning, his body being carried aloft on his apostles' back into the world of the living on the streets of New York.

SHAKES THE CLOWN

Shakes plods about his duties as party clown, and uses all of his free time getting seriously drunk. Binky, another clown, wins a spot on a local kiddie show, which depresses Shakes even more, and his boss threatens him with unemployment if he can't get his act under control. When someone murders Shakes' boss and makes it look like Shakes did it, he goes undercover, posing as a hated mime, and tries to find information that will clear his name.

GODSPELL and SHAKES THE CLOWN DVDs will be part of Columbia TriStar Home Video's "2000 Prizes A Day" sweepstakes.  This incredible millennium promotion is designed to give away 2000 fantastic prizes every day during the year 2000.  Each participating title in the program - which will include scores of new to DVD titles and sell-through releases - will be specially marked to alert CTHV customers to "The 2000 Prizes A Day" giveaway.  Consumers can either call a special 1-800 number or check on-line starting January 15th at www.cthv.com to see what they have won.  Prizes will include cruise vacations, big screen TVs, shopping sprees, gift certificates and more.


HBO HOME VIDEO TO RELEASE A LESSON BEFORE DYING ON DVD

Don Cheadle Stars in Emmy Award Winning A LESSON BEFORE DYING based on New York Times Bestseller New York, NY January 24, 2000- A LESSON BEFORE DYING, based on Ernest J. Gaines' best-selling novel, will be available on DVD through HBO Home Video January 25. Winner of two Emmy Awardso, A LESSON BEFORE DYING stars Don Cheadle ("Out of Sight," "Boogie Nights ... .. The Rat Pack"), Cicely Tyson ("Fnied Green Tomatoes"), and Mekhi Phifer ("I Still Know What You Did Last Summer"). The DVD version of A LESSON BEFORE DYING, which will be released in English surround sound and Spanish mono, will also feature cast bios and English, Spanish and French subtitles. The critically acclaimed film has a running time of 101 minutes and is rated PG-13.

"You're unlikely ever to see a more intelligent, compelling, and beautifully crafted film anywhere. Miss it at your peril," hailed the Washington Post. The Orlando Sentinel praised the "powerful storytelling," while The Seattle Times called it "emotionally charged... with wide reaching appeal." The Baltimore Sun said the film is "not to be missed! The film has it all ... great acting, great writing.

A LESSON BEFORE DYING is based on Ernest J. GainesNew York Times bestseller of the same name, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award, and was featured as one of Oprah Winfrey's book club monthly picks. The film tells the story of Grant Wiggins (Don Cheadle), a teacher resigned to the racial injustice of the South who returns to his hometown to teach in the same one-room school of his youth. Struggling to make a difference in an oppressive time and place, he is encouraged by two local women to visit the town prison. There, he meets a young man who is sentenced to die for a murder he did not commit. It falls upon Grant to enrich a life he cannot save and, in doing so, somehow redeem his own, by teaching one young man A LESSON BEFORE DYING.

A LESSON BEFORE DYING is an HBO NYC Presentation and Spanky Pictures Production in association with Ellen M. Krass Productions. Directed by Joseph Sargent (HBO's Emmy-winning "Miss Evers' Boys"), A LESSON BEFORE DYING was adapted for the screen by Ann Peacock. Ellen M. Krass ("Others People's Money") and the filmmaking team of Joel Stillerman ("Rounders") and Ted Demme ("Beautiful Girls," HBO "Subway Stories," "Life") are executive producers; Robert Benedetti ("Miss Evers' Boys") is producer. 


DVD INTERNATIONAL AND DIGITAL CIRCUS TO PRODUCE FIRST-EVER "MADE FOR" DVD FEATURE FILM

THE WATCHER To Be Filmed As Both Linear and Interactive Production

DVD International, one of the industry's leading independent DVD suppliers, and Aftermath Media, producers of the best-selling DVD "Tender Loving Care," are teaming up for the industry's premier "made for" DVD film. THE WATCHER, which will begin production in March, 2000 (under Aftermath Media's new Digital Circus banner), will be produced both as a linear theatrical release, and as an interactive DVD. The announcement was made today by David Goodman, president, DVD International, and David Wheeler, co-founder, Aftermath Media.

"'Tender Loving Care' has been heralded for its creative innovation and use of technology, but my partner, Rob Landeros, and I feel we've barely scratched the surface," said Wheeler. "THE WATCHER will be further advanced in almost every way. DVD technology has allowed us to apply our computer based interactivity to mainstream movie making in a form the public is quite willing to embrace. Our ever-increasing numbers of fans are anxious for our next title and we won't disappoint them."

"'Tender Loving Care' provided us with a great opportunity to distribute an intriguing interactive film product," said Goodman. "With THE WATCHER, Digital Circus is taking digital filmmaking to a new level, and being involved in production on the front end gives us the opportunity to expand our knowledge of, and participation in DVD production."

THE WATCHER will take advantage of the high-tech digital equipment that has made Aftermath Media innovators in the industry. The film will be recorded on Digital BetaCam, allowing the producers to shoot the production entirely with natural lighting. Following the completion of the film, Wheeler and partner Rob Landeros will spend the next nine months incorporating interactive properties for the film's DVD release. The entire production will then be transferred to film for theatrical release. DVD International will have exclusive worldwide rights to the interactive program, releasing "THE WATCHER" worldwide on DVD.

"THE WATCHER" is a contemporary, edgy urban story about obsession, art, eroticism and murder. It follows the story of a beautiful and mysterious artist named Jane. She is a recluse who avoids all real human contact, expressing herself only through her art. She develops an attraction for a neighbor named Frank on whom she spies from her apartment window. She takes photographs of him without his knowledge, and from these images creates composite drawings of the two of them together. Jane's unusual behavior sets the stage for ensuing danger and bizarre events, both real and imagined.

01/20/00

THE HOME THEATER FORUM ANNOUNCES TWO LIVE CHATS

The Home Theater Forum has announced two exciting live chats with members of the DVD community.  On Tuesday evening, January 25th, they will be sponsoring a live chat with Elite Entertainment President, Vini Bancalari.  The chat will begin at 9pm EST, 8pm CST, 7pm MST, 6pm PST.  On Tuesday, March 7th, we will be talking with Pat Wyatt of 20th Century Fox Home Video.  Chat begins at: 9pm EST, 8pm CST, 7pm MST, 6pm PST.

The chatroom is located at:
http://www.hometheaterforum.com/home/chat.html

The Home Theater Forum requests that you read and abide by the rules before entering the chatroom.

01/19/00

A NEW RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT FROM SYNAPSE FILMS

THE BEAST FROM HAUNTED CAVE – WIDESCREEN DVD EDITION
SEE SCREAMING YOUNG GIRLS SUCKED INTO A LABYRINTH OF HORROR BY A BLOOD-STARVED GHOUL FROM HELL!

The horrifying feature film debut from director Monte Hellman (Two Lane Blacktop, The Shooting), THE BEAST FROM HAUNTED CAVE is coming in a newly restored edition from Synapse Films.

A group of thieves arrive in the snowbound town of Deadwood, South Dakota and they have no intention of vacationing…they’re planning a giant gold heist!!! Exploding a bomb in a nearby mine to create a diversion, they successfully rob the local bank…and unknowingly unleash a creature from the bowels of Hell!! The group hires a ski instructor to take them to an isolated cabin and they fight for their lives as the foul creature hunts them down…sucking all the blood from it’s victims!

After THE BEAST FROM HAUNTED CAVE was released theatrically, the director went back with the original actors to film additional scenes for the television market a few years later. This Synapse Films DVD release will be this longer version with the additional footage restored into the original uncut theatrical version.

DVD VERSION CONTAINS:

THE BEAST FROM HAUNTED CAVE – WIDESCREEN DVD EDITION
Not Rated
1959
Approx. 80 min.
B&W
1.66:1
Dolby Digital
Item #SFD0011 (DVD)
UPC: 654930301197
Suggested Retail Price: $24.98
Expected Release Date: June 6, 2000

www.synapse-films.com 

01/18/00

A NEW RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT FROM: SYNAPSE FILMS

VAMPYROS LESBOS FANS REJOICE!!!
JESS FRANCO’S EROTIC HORROR FOLLOW UP IS COMING TO DVD!
SHE KILLED IN ECSTASY WIDESCREEN DVD EDITION
(a.k.a. Mrs. Hyde, Sie Totete in Ekstase)

HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO AVENGE THE ONE YOU LOVE?

The beautiful Soledad Miranda is back in this erotically charged follow up to the Jess Franco DVD smash hit, Vampyros Lesbos! Containing most of the same cast and crew from Vampyros Lesbos, director Jess Franco brings us another horror classic filled with "nudity, strange decor and kitschy muzak."(IMMORAL TALES)

A loose remake of Franco’s own THE DIABOLICAL DR. Z, SHE KILLED IN ECSTASY is considered by many to be one of Jess Franco’s finest films. The enchanting Soledad Miranda stars as a woman intent on avenging the death of her lover, a doctor who committed suicide after his experiments on human embryos were condemned by the medical establishment. With an insatiable lust for vengeance, she sets out to kill those responsible for his suicide…three men and one woman…seducing, then murdering them one by one. More sex, violence and lesbianism…just what you’d expect from Jess Franco! It’s crazy, sexy, gory and totally cool!

Like VAMPYROS LESBOS, the beautiful Miranda takes over the screen with her stunning sexuality. The Franco-esque wild sets and irresistible music return again in this cult film classic. All fans of VAMPYROS LESBOS have been waiting patiently for this release from Synapse Films and it’s finally coming! Soledad is back and she just as fantastic in SHE KILLED IN ECSTASY, so order now!

DVD VERSION CONTAINS:
New Widescreen Digital Transfer of the Uncut Version
German Language Version with Removable English Subtitles
Presented in the Original Theatrical Aspect Ratio of Approx. 1.66:1

SHE KILLED IN ECSTASYWIDESCREEN DVD EDITION
Not Rated
1970
Approx. 80 min.
Color
1.66:1
Dolby Digital
Item #SFD0010 (DVD)
UPC: 654930301098
Suggested Retail Price: $29.98

Expected Release Date: June 6, 2000

www.synapse-films.com 


CHRISTOPHER WALKEN TO STAR IN VENDETTA HBO HOME VIDEO'S MARCH 7 RELEASE

Based on a true tale of power, corruption, and murder, Christopher Walken (Sleepy Hollow) stars in the story of the largest lynching ill American History. From the director of Star Trek VI, VENDETTA also stars Bruce Davidson (Apt Pupil), and Clancy Brown (Starship Troopers) and is available through HBO Home Video on VHS and DVD March 7. DVD order date is February 8 and VHS order date is February 15. This release is rated R and has a running time of 117 minutes.

VENDETTA tells the story of wealthy businessmen who feel threatened by the potential power of thousands of Italian families who are fleeing the famine in Sicily and come to America to build their businesses. Seeking to wrest control of the New Orleans docks from a leading Italian family, cotton dealer James I Houston and a group of ruthless businessmen orchestrate the murder of one of their own. When nineteen Italian men are arrested for the murder, including the heads of the most important families in New Orleans, their lives are put in the hands of an angry mob marching toward the prison gates, enraged, embittered, and armed.

VENDETTA is an HBO Pictures Presentation of a Garv Lucchesi/Grand Production Inc. Production. Directed by Nicholas Meyer. Executive produced by Gary Lucchesi, Gary Randall, Mark Israel and Nick Pileggi. Produced by Tony Mark and Sue Jett. Written by Timothy Prager. Based on the book by Richard Gambino.


DVD VERDICT ANNOUNCES ON-LINE INTERVIEW

DVD Verdict announces that their first interview, with George Cheston, President of QED Laser, a large specialty DVD and Laserdisc retailer in Chicago, was posted yesterday. The have secured interviews with three additional guests which will be conducted and posted within the next month or so.

01/17/00

DISNEY GOLD COLLECTION RELEASE SCHEDULE FOR 2000

Since many of the Disney animated classics will either be released or re-released on DVD the same day as the VHS counterparts, here is the 2000 release schedule for the Disney Gold Collection.  Let's hope that all of the wide screen titles are released with the 16:9 anamorphic enhancement.

TOY STORY
January 11, 2000
(DVD to be released in the future, after new Pixar transfer)

MULAN
February 1, 2000

PINOCCHIO
March 7, 2000

THE ARISTOCATS
April 4, 2000

THE FOX AND THE HOUND
May 2, 2000

THE THREE CABALLEROS/SALUDOS AMIGOS
May 2, 2000

A BUG'S LIFE
May 2, 2000

MAKE MINE MUSIC/MELODY TIME
June 6, 2000

A GOOFY MOVIE
June 20, 2000

FUN & FANCY FREE
June 20, 2000

POCAHONTAS
July 4, 2000

ALICE IN WONDERLAND
July 4, 2000

MARY POPPINS
July 4, 2000

THE RESCUERS DOWN UNDER
July 18, 2000

ROBIN HOOD
July 18, 2000

HERCULES
August 1, 2000

POCAHONTAS II
September 5, 2000

THE BLACK CAULDRON
October 3, 2000

THE ADVENTURES OF ICHABOD & MR. TOAD
October 3, 2000

THE SWORD IN THE STONE
November 7, 2000

OLIVER & COMPANY
November 7, 2000

BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS
November 7, 2000

PETE'S DRAGON
November 7, 2000

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
December 5, 2000

01/14/00

SYNAPSE FILMS PRESENTS EVIL DEAD TRAP – UNCENSORED WIDESCREEN DVD EDITION
(AKA SHIRYO NO WANA)

Arguably the most controversial and popular Japanese horror film ever made, EVIL DEAD TRAP is finally coming to DVD in the United States from Synapse Films!

Nami, a talk show hostess, tells her audience to send in home videos to profile on her late night program. Soon, she receives an anonymous videotape in the mail…a tape containing terrifying imagery. She watches in horror as an unseen filmmaker follows a route to an abandoned factory…and brutally tortures and kills a woman on camera. A camera crew is assembled and they set off to follow the videotape’s trail to the foreboding location. What they find there is a horror beyond imagination! There is someone…or something…in the mysterious building. Something waiting in the shadows to torture and murder them one by one…

With EVIL DEAD TRAP, director Toshiharu Ikeda has created a horrifying masterpiece of Japanese cinema. The kinetic visual style is reminiscent of Dario Argento (Suspiria), David Cronenberg (eXistenZ) and Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead) and it builds with genuine suspense and terror. Written by Takashi Ishii (Gonin 1 & 2), Evil Dead Trap was so popular it spawned many sequels and was a hit in theatres. This film has a huge cult following and is sure to please any serious horror film fan!

DVD VERSION CONTAINS:

EVIL DEAD TRAP – UNCENSORED WIDESCREEN DVD EDITION

Not Rated
1988
Approx. 102 min.
Color
1.85:1
Dolby Digital
Item #SFD0009 (DVD)
UPC: 654930300992
Suggested Retail Price: $29.98
Expected Release Date: June 6, 2000

www.synapse-films.com 


ANCHOR BAY TITLES LICENSED FROM BUENA VISTA TO BE 16:9 ENHANCED

While they won’t be promoting the fact on their own web site, we have gotten word that future Anchor Bay Entertainment DVD titles licensed from Buena Vista Home Entertainment will offer the anamorphic enhancement for playback on 16:9 displays.  I don’t have any further details, but will post them when they become available.

01/13/00

FOCUSFILM ENTERTAINMENT CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO SPEND AN EVENING WITH SHERLOCK HOLMES

A FOUR-DVD BOXED SET FEATURING ...

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SECRET WEAPON
(1942)
Starting in Switzerland. Sherlock Holmes rescues the inventor of a bomb-sight which the allies want to keep from the Nazis. Back in London it appears that the inventor is not all that he seemed

B&W/Mono
Running Time: Approx. 70 min.
Directed by Roy William Neill

THE WOMAN IN GREEN
(1945)
Holmes and Watson investigate a series of bizarre and apparently unconnected murders, and the death of a possible suspect. The trail leads to a society of hypnotists and a mysterious, glamorous woman. The fiendish Doctor Moriarty, though reported hanged in Montevideo, is believed to be involved.

B&W/Mono
Running Time: Approx. 70 min.
Directed by Roy William Neill

TERROR BY NIGHT
(1946)
Holmes is hired by Roland Carstain to prevent the theft of the Star of Rhodesia. Believing the diamond will be stolen on a train trip from London to Edinburgh, Holmes deftly switches the diamond. Soon after. Roland is murdered and the fake diamond is stolen. Red herrings abound as Holmes, aided by Dr. Watson and Inspector Lestrade discover the murderer's hiding place and deduce that long-time foe Moriarty’s henchman Colonel Sebastian Moran is somehow involved in the crime.

B&W/Mono
Running Time: Approx. 54 min.
Directed by Roy William NeiIl

DRESSED TO KILL
(1946)
A convicted thief in Dartmoor prison bides the location of the stolen Bank, of England printing plates inside three music boxes. When the innocent purchasers of the boxes start to be murdered, Holmes and Watson investigate.

B&W/Mono
Running Time: Approx. 72 min.
Directed by Roy William Neill

Starring Basil Rathbone And Nigel Bruce As Holmes & Watson

Plus 15 hours of original radio broadcasts from "THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES " starring Basil Rathbone & Nigel Bruce! And an extremely rare on-camera interview with "HOLMES" creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle filmed in 1928. Also includes theatrical trailers, still photo galleries & extensive liner notes

Item: FF 7437
UPC: 68307074372
Retail: $69.95
Street Date: March 7, 2000

 


FOCUSFILM ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS THE CHALLENGE OF FLIGHT
AN INCREDIBLE SERIES OF MILITARY MISHAPS AND MIRACULOUS TALES OF SURVIVAL

DISC TWO

Vol. 3 "EJECT! EJECT!"
When them's nowhere to go but down, pilots in trouble face the ultimate challenge. With never-before-seen test footage, trace the progress of the pilot's safety system of lost resort: THE EJECTION SEAT.

Vol. 4. "CANOPIES UP!"
America's finest pilots tell you first hand. Original flightline footage- from assignment right to combat. You'll see and hear the world of military aviators as if you were there yourself... directly from the combat cameras.

Number 2 10 Double-Volume DVD Series
Item: FF7356
UPC: 603070735623
Disc Two Lands February 29 2000
Retail: $19.95

01/12/00

WARNER HOME VIDEO CELEBRATES AMERICA'S GREATEST MOVIE LEGEND WITH THREE DVD DEBUTS
DVD Titles Include Special Edition of THE MALTESE FALCON, THE BIG SLEEP Dual- Version and KEY LARGO

As time goes by, the great Warner Bros. motion picture star Humphrey Bogart gets greater.

In fact, 100 years have gone by since Bogart was born. He appeared in 85 films and was nominated three times for Best Actor Oscars &, winning once for "The African Queen" in 1951. Bogart was recently chosen the American Film Institute's # 1 male actor of all time.

Now, on February 15, Warner Home Video (WHV) will celebrate this great movie legend by introducing three Bogey classics on DVD: a Special Edition of "THE MALTESE FALCON," "THE BIG SLEEP," which contains the 1945 pre-release version and the 1946 theatrical version on one disc and "KEY LARGO."

The Special Edition DVD of "THE MALTESE FALCON," which the American Film Institute recently selected as the film to represent Bogart's career, is digitally transferred from newly restored elements. Extras include an all-new introduction and a documentary, Becoming Attractions: The Trailers of Humphrey Bogart (hosted by Turner Classic Movies' Robert Osborne), which traces Bogart's Warner Bros. career. The Special Edition also contains original theatrical trailers and limited-edition reprints of mini-lobby cards.

"THE BIG SLEEP" DVD offers the unusual opportunity to view two versions of this classic film noir based on Raymond Chandler's popular novel. The film was originally finished in 1945, but held because Warner Bros. rushed to release its stockpile of World War 11 movies. By the time the release was scheduled, however, Lauren Bacall had achieved a smashing success with Bogart in "To Have and Have Not" and the studio asked director Howard Hawks to reshoot several scenes to better display Bacall and to heighten the incendiary chemistry between the two, who were now married. This second version, the only one actually released, in 1946, is the familiar film watched and admired all these years. The DVD also contains a documentary, hosted by UCLA film preservationist Robert Gitt, which analyzes the two versions.

Starring with Bogart in "KEY LARGO" were Edward G. Robinson, Bacall, Lionel Barrymore and Claire Trevor who won an Academy Awards as Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film. Adapted by Richard Brooks from Maxwell Anderson's play, "KEY LARGO" was the second great Bogart film in one year directed by John Huston. The other was "The Treasure of Sierra Madre."

Available concurrently with the new DVDs and The Bogart Collection is the Special Edition DVD of the most quintessential of Bogart films -- "CASABLANCA," which was named AFI's # 2 greatest movie of all time. Winner of the Academy Awards for Best Picture, the film co-stars Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. The DVD contains the new documentary You Must Remember This and an all-new introduction by Lauren Bacall.

HUMPHREY BOGART DVD TITLES

THE MALTESE FALCON Special Edition Bogart shot to stardom as sleuth Sam Spade in John Huston's breakthrough detective mystery. Includes the documentary Becoming Attractions: The Trailers of Humphrey Bogart.
101 minutes Plus Extras

THE BIG SLEEP 1946 Theatrical Release Version
The sassy, sexy original with all the classic Bogey/Bacall chemistry.
114 minutes

THE BIG SLEEP / 1945 Prerelease Version
Bogart as gumshoe Philip Marlowe gets involved with Lauren Bacall and a slew of L.A. lowlifes.
115 minutes Plus Extras
Contains the documentary THE BIG SLEEP Comparisons 1945146, analyzing scene differences between this and the 1946 Theatrical Release Version. Introduced by UCLA Film. Preservationist Robert Gitt.

KEY LARGO
A burned-out GI takes a stand when a sadistic mobster takes over a Florida hotel and terrorizes its occupants. Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore and Claire Trevor co-star.
100 minutes

CASABLANCA Special Edition
Ingrid Bergman co-stars in the wartime romantic classic which won the Academy Award & for Best Picture. Contains the documentary You Must Remember This and an all-new introduction by Lauren Bacall.
103 minutes Plus Extras


SHARPLINE ARTS BRINGS THE SUPERMAN SCORE TO CD

While  we don’t generally cover the CD market, our friends at Sharpline Arts have been working on a project, worthy of DVD and movie fans’ attention. Next week on their website, Sharpline Arts will begin the promotion of the long-awaited musical score CD of SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE (to be released on February 15th). Sharpline’s executive producer and creative director, Michael Matessino, compiled and edited the score from multiple source materials and provided the extensive collector's material for this Rhino Records release. On Monday, January 17, Sharpline Art’s website (www.sharplinearts.com) will offer a streaming audio sample of one of the previously unreleased cues from the CD and a production journal from the project. The story of this project and other film score CD projects that Sharpline have completed, including THE STAR WARS TRILOGY CDs, reveal what is at the heart of any special edition: film enthusiasts and their passion. DVD, as well as, CD consumers will most certainly enjoy reading about the projects.

01/10/00

RING THE YEAR-END WINNER'S BELL WITH THE "SPORTSMAN OF THE CENTURY"

HBO Home Video's Exclusive DVD Muhammad Ali: The Greatest Collection

Muhammad Ali, the legendary fighter known as "The Greatest" and named "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated and "Athlete of the Century" by USA Today, comes to life in a unique collection of electrifying fights and spellbinding documentary footage through HBO Home Video's DVD exclusive, "Muhammad Ali: The Greatest Collection." This exciting DVD is available for $24.98 SRP, is not rated, and has a running time of 248 minutes.

Complete from bell to bell, "Muhammad Ali- The Greatest Collection" features Ali's three greatest fights that made boxing history: Clay vs. Liston 1964; The Rumble in the Jungle, Ali vs. Foreman 1974; and the Thrilla in Manila, Ali vs. Frazier 1975. For the fan in search of the real Ali, this special DVD also includes an action-packed hour-long documentary tracing the life of Muhammad Ali--- from his pro-debut at age 18 to his fight to the finish with Leon Spinks in which he regained the Heavyweight title for an unprecedented third time.

"Muhammad Ali: The Greatest Collection," also includes a bonus HyperCD disc suitable for playing on Mac or PC DVD-ROM or CD-ROM drives. The disc features a specially created, bonus featurette, "The Ali Influence," which looks at Ali's impact on the great fighters of today including Oscar de la Hoya, Prince Naseem Hamed, and Roy Jones, Jr. Also included on the CD are additional features for the Ali aficionado such as a timeline tracing his career, a complete record of his professional fights and much more.

01/05/00

THE KING OF MASKS COMES TO DVD

Columbia TriStar Home Video presents Chinese director Wu Tianming's THE KING OF MASKS on videocassette and DVD March 7, winner of more than forty honors from film festivals around the world. Starring Chu Yuk ("Beijing's People's Artistic Theater"), Chao Yim Yin ("The Prince of the Shaoxing Opera") and Zhou Ren-Ying ("Xian Acrobatic Troupe").

SYNOPSIS
In the face of poverty and loneliness, The King of Masks (Chu Yuk) a rare master of an ancient art, is sought out by even the most beloved star of the esteemed Chinese Opera.  But tradition dictates that the aging master's trade only be passed on to a male heir.  Desperate for his art to survive, The King of Masks finds an apprentice in a destitute child purchased on the black market.  When the child reveals an unexpected secret, both the old man's stubborn sense of tradition and the established customs of China suddenly test their relationship.


ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT UPDATES WEB SITE WITH NEWS ABOUT FUTURE DVD RELEASES

There is a six-part update at http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com that covers a lot of new acquisitions and updates including:


TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT THE STAR WARS DVD BOOTLEGS

Here are the links from German web site DVD-Inside:
COVERS

STAR WARS - A NEW HOPE
http://www.dvdinside.ch/Cover/Menues/StarWars/StarWars-Komplett.jpg
STAR WARS - THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
http://www.dvdinside.ch/Cover/Menues/StarWars2/StarWars2-Komplett.jpg
STAR WARS - RETURN OF THE JEDI
http://www.dvdinside.ch/Cover/Menues/StarWars3/StarWars3-Komplett.jpg

PICTURES OF THE MENUS

STAR WARS - A NEW HOPE
http://www.dvdinside.ch/Errata/Details/StarWars-anewhope.htm
STAR WARS - THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
http://www.dvdinside.ch/Errata/Details/StarWars-empirestrikes.htm
STAR WARS - RETURN OF THE JEDI
http://www.dvdinside.ch/Errata/Details/StarWars-ReturnofJedi.htm

Please note that DVD-Inside does not sell these bootleg DVDs, nor do they endorse the purchase of bootleg DVDs. The posts of the artwork and screenshots are presented for informational purposes only. DVD-Inside has already gotten plenty of email from American consumers who wish to purchase these bootleg DVDs. Obviously, American DVD consumers are willing to give their money to DVD pirates simply because George Lucas continues to refuse to releases legitimate versions of the STAR WARS movies on DVD (see below). George, the ball is still in your court.


NO STAR WARS ON DVD IN 2000

It appears that none of the STAR WARS movies including THE PHANTOM MENACE will be appearing on DVD in 2000. See the press release from Fox/Lucasfilm posted here. Obviously, George Lucas isn’t interested in giving the video pirates any competition.

01/03/00

TAKE A LOOK AT THE STAR WARS DVD BOOTLEGS

German DVD website DVD-Inside has posted artwork; menu screens and screen shots from the STAR WARS bootleg DVDs. Personally, I am against video piracy, and am of the opinion that the only way to combat piracy is to take away the financial incentive for the pirates. If STAR WARS, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and RETURN OF THE JEDI were available on DVD legitimately, there would be absolutely no market for bootleg DVDs. Therefore, George Lucas has no one but himself to blame for creating the market for these bootleg DVDs. George, if you want the bootlegs to go away, give DVD consumers what they want and release legitimate versions STAR WARS, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and RETURN OF THE JEDI. Otherwise, the pirates will find a very lucrative market for their wares until 2005.  George, the ball is in your court.

January 2000 Headlines 


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