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04/25/00

INSIDE DVD ANNOUNCES LIVE WEBCAST

Beam into the website www.InsideDVD.com for a rare interview with Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek's 'Spock'! Nimoy makes a very rare special appearance at the Virgin Megastore on Sunset and Crescent Heights where he'll meet fans, sign copies of the recently released DVDs of STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK and STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES, and participate in a half-hour interview, with ALL THE ACTION BROADCAST LIVE ON www.InsideDVD.com. Leonard Nimoy will also be on hand to autograph copies of his audio book, STAR TREK: Spock vs. Q. InsideDVD.com's live webcast will be hosted by the hilariously irreverent KG (Tenacious D) and Gabriel "Trekkies" Kerner.

Interviews/Photo Opportunities/Webcast: Wednesday, April 26, 2000 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Interview approximately 9 p.m.

Virgin Megastore 8000 Sunset Blvd. (At the corner of Crescent Heights and Sunset Boulevard)

04/21/00

STAR TREK DVD GIVE AWAY

DVD Movie Guide (www.dvdmg.com) is giving away 5 sets of The Original Series Volume 1 to 12- that's a total of 60 DVDs! The contest may be accessed directly at http://www.dvdmg.com/profile/contest.html 

04/19/00

ANAMORPHIC CORRECTION FOR THE MGM JULY DVD TITLES

From other sources on the internet, it appears that in addition to THE PRINCESS BRIDE, HENRY V will also be standard 4:3 Letterbox, instead of being anamorphic enhanced.

04/18/00

MGM ANNOUNCES JULY DVD TITLES

MGM Home Entertainment will be releasing THE WOODY ALLEN COLLECTION on DVD on July 5, 2000. This 8-title box set will be priced at $134.95 or $19.98 for each individual disc. The films include MANHATTAN, LOVE AND DEATH, BANANAS, EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS TO KNOW ABOUT SEX (BUT WHERE AFRAID TO ASK), INTERIORS, SLEEPER, STARDUST MEMORIES and ANNIE HALL. All of the films will be wide screen and full screen. According to other sources on the Internet, all but ANNIE HALL will be 16:9 enhanced.

On July 18 2000 MGM will be releasing the following on DVD: THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, EASY MONEY, the Kenneth Branagh version of HENRY V and THE PRINCESS BRIDE. All of the DVDs will be priced at $19.98 each. THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES will be offered in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio. The other DVDs will offer full screen and wide screen presentations, except for HENRY V, which will be widescreen only. Of the bunch, only THE PRINCESS BRIDE will not feature the 16:9 enhancement for playback on wide screen displays. I am sure that this will be a major disappointment for the numerous fans of THE PRINCESS BRIDE. Those so inclined should contact MGM Home Entertainment to express their disappointment.

Contact MGM here:

http://www.mgm.com/cgi-bin/cgi/email.html 

04/17/00

WARNER HOME VIDEO SALUTES TIMELESS MUSICALS AND HOLLYWOOD LEGENDS ON DVD

Warner Home Video announced its DVD line-up for May featuring timeless musical classics such as ANCHORS AWEIGH, GYPSY, ON THE TOWN and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. The May DVD roster also features laugh-packed hits including Tim Burton’s directorial debut in PEE WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE, plus MAJOR LEAGUE II, MAJOR LEAGUE: BACK TO THE MINORS, BIG BULLY, STAY TUNED and the classic conspiracy tale, SEVEN DAYS IN MAY. Each title is priced at $24.98 SRP.

ANCHORS AWEIGH (available May 2, catalogue #65070)

Gene Kelly (Singin’ in the Rain, Hello, Dolly!) and Frank Sinatra (From Here to Eternity, The Man with the Golden Arm) are perfectly teamed in this wartime musical about two stores on leave in Los Angeles and the love they stumble upon along the way. Nominated for 5 Academy Awards`-", including Rest Picture, the winner of an Oscar® for its score. ANCHORS AWEIGH features one of Hollywood’s most memorable scenes as Gene Kelly performs his celebrated dance routine with the animated mouse, "Jerry," of Torn & Jerry fame, This DVD features an excerpt from the MGM: When the Lion Roars documentary series recalling the origin and development of The Worry Song live action! animation dance sequence.

GYPSY (available May 2, catalogue # 16755) Everything comes up roses with classic entertainers Rosalind Russell (The Women, In Trouble With Angels), Natalie Wood (Rebel Without a Cause, Splendor in the Grass), and Karl Malden (A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront) in the movie version of the Broadway hit about the life and times of Gypsy Rose Lee, stripper extraordinaire, and her determined stage mother. DVD features include:

ON THE TOWN (available May 2, catalogue #65092)

Leading men Gene Kelly (Brigadoon, Inherit the Wind, Frank Sinatra (Meet Me in Las Vegas, Guys & Dolls), Jules Munshin (Easter Parade, Take Me Out to the Ballgame) and grand dames Ann Miller (Kiss Me Kate, Sugarbabies), Betty Garrett (The Long Way Home, Take Ale Out to the- Ballgame) and Vera Ellen (White Christmas, Wonder Man) star in this musical about three sailors who quickly learn about life, love and temptation during a fun-filled 24-hours in the Big Apple. The original theatrical trailer is included in this DVD,

PEE WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE (available May 2, catalogue #17155)

Join Paul Reubens (Mystery Men Pee Wee’s Playhouse) playful character Pee-Wee Herman in the comic odyssey of a boy searching for his beloved bicycle. Available for the first time in a widescreen format. the DVD features include:

MAJOR LEAGUE II (available May 16. catalogue #16882)

In this sequel, Charlie Sheen (Being John Malkovich. Platoon), Tom Berenger (The Big Chill, Platoon) and Corbin Bernsen (L.A. Law, The Dentist) star as members of the Cleveland Indians who went from worst to first in the original hit. In this installment, the team schemes their way back to the top, determined to take the World Series pennant. DVD features include:

MAJOR LEAGUE: BACK TO THE MINORS (available May 16, catalogue #15934)

The third home run in the Major league series starring Corbin Bernsen (L.A. Law, The Dentist), Dennis Haysbert (Random Hearts, Absolute Power), and Bob Uecker (Mr. Belvedere, MAJOR LEAGUE II), the minor-league manager of the South Carolina Buzz looks to turn a squad of sail baseball players into winners against the champion Minnesota Twins. DVD features include biographies and filmographies and Dolby surround 5.1 audio

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (available May 23, catalogue #18325)

Rick Moranis (BIG BULLY, Spaceballs), Ellen Green (One Fine Day, Talk Radio) and Steve Martin (Father of the Bride, Bowfinger) star in this musical comedy about a skid-row floral shop worker whose big break is foiled as lie learns that his main attraction "monster" plant demands human blood to grow. The classic is in dual-layer format for uninterrupted playback. DVD features include:

BIG BULLY (available May 23, catalogue #17065)

Veteran comedians Rick Moranis (LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, Honey I Shrunk the Kids) and Tom Arnold (Trite Lies) star as long-time elementary school rivals who pick up the practical jokes where they left off years ago when working together as teachers at their alma mater. DVD feature include:

SEVEN DAYS IN MAY (available May 23, catalogue #15243)

In this classic conspiracy film, US. military leaders scheme to remove the President from power after a nuclear disarmament treaty is passed. A web of deceit unravels as the President learns of the plan, triggering distrust and suspicion on all sides. Burt Lancaster (Field of Dreams, Tough (hays), Kirk Douglas (The: Fury, Tough Guys). Frederick March (The Winslow Boy, The Iceman Cometh) and Ava Gardner (Showboat, The Killers) star in this tale of trickery. DVD features include:

STAY TUNED (available May 23, catalogue #16886)

In this clever comedy, John Ritter (Three’s Company, Slingblade) and Pam Dawber (My Sister Sam, Mork & .Mindy) star as a suburban husband and wife team that are catapulted by their new satellite dish into an alternative TV dimension called Hellvision. DVD features include:

 


ANIME 18 BRINGS EROTIC CLASSIC TO DVD

DEMON BEAST INVASION 1 & 2

Anime 18 Title Available July 18th for $29.99

Anime 18, the top distributor specializing in Japanese animation targeted at mature audiences, is pleased to announce the DVD release of the erotic horror classic "DEMON BEAST INVASION 1 & 2." From the creative visionary behind "Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend" and "La Blue Girl," "DEMON BEAST INVASION 1 & 2" will be available on July 18th (order cut-off June 19th) for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

In an effort to provide the consumer with the option of restricting playback of the entire disc so that only those of 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.

In addition to the Parental Control, the "DEMON BEAST INVASION 1 & 2" DVD bonus features include:

In addition, the DVD-ROM features include:

DEMON BEAST INVASION 1 & 2

Years ago, an ecological disaster drove the Demon Beasts from our world. Unable to survive the Earth's environment, they must breed with human females to create a hybrid creature who will clear the way for an invading horde. Disguised as human males, the Demon Beasts begin their horrifying conquest by raping and killing women. When 19-year-old Kayo is raped by a possessed lover, it's up to 19-year-old Interplanetary Mutual Observation Agent Muneto to save her from the terrifying creature to which she gives birth: A mutant, lust-driven Demon Beast!

Features the talents of: Toshio Maeda (Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend, Nightmare Campus, La Blue Girl, Lady Blue) Teruo Takahama (La Blue Girl, Twin Angels) Rusher Ikeda (Venus 5, Twin Angels, La Blue Girl, Lady Blue)

Anime 18 titles are absolutely not for viewers under 18 years of age. Contains graphic violence and sexual situations. Viewer discretion advised. All characters depicted in sexual conduct or in the nude are aged 19 years or older. No actual or identifiable minor was used in the creation of any character depicted herein.

DEMON BEAST INVASION 1 & 2 DVD

Street date: 7/18/00
SRP: $29.99
Catalog #: A18D-2006
Length: 93 minutes
Spoken language: Japanese & English, English subtitles

04/14/00

STAR WARS EPISODE I TO COME TO DVD

George Lucas was interviewed this morning on KROQ radio in Los Angeles where he said that Lucasfilm is currently working on the DVD version of STAR WARS EPISODE I. There are a few more details over at The Digital Bits Rumor Mill Page.


THE HOME THEATER FORUM ANNOUNCES TWO LIVE CHATS

On Tuesday April 18th, The Home Theater Forum will host a chat session with Jim Wuthrich and Paul Hemstreet of Warner Home Video. On Tuesday, April 25th, they will host an on-line chat with Michael Stradford of Columbia/TriStar Home Video. Both chats begin at: 9pm EST, 8pm CST, 7pm MST, 6pm PST, 2am GMT. Please be CERTAIN to read the posted guidelines for the chat, since they will be strictly enforced. The chatroom is located here: http://www.hometheaterforum.com/home/chat.html.


COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO TO RELEASE HANGING UP/SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE DVD TWO-PACK

On May 16, 2000 Columbia TriStar Home Video will release a DVD two-pack containing HANGING UP and SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE SPECIAL EDITION.  This special offer will carry a suggested retail price of $47.95.

HANGING UP

When Eve (Meg Ryan) isn't being pulled in a million directions by her own life, she's being sucked into lengthy phone conversations with her cranky father (Walter Matthau) or her two sisters, successful magazine entrepreneur Georgia (Diane Keaton) and career-challenged Maddy (Lisa Kudrow).  As the family becomes more and more dependent on Eve, transforming her into a human switchboard that connects them all together, Eve discovers that the ties that bind can also be the ties that gag!  Her revelation doesn't sit well with her sisters, though, forcing Eve to realize that sometimes to be heard, you just have to, well, hang up!

SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE - SPECIAL EDITION

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan star in an enchanting romance about a widower whose son convinces him to find new love and the woman who answers his call.

 

04/13/00

HANGING UP COMES TO DVD

DVD SPECIAL EDITION INCLUDES:

On June 27, 2000, Columbia TriStar Home Video will release HANGING UP on videocassette and DVD.  The film is a comedy-drama starring Meg Ryan, Diane Keaton, Lisa Kudrow and Walter Matthau about the joys and pains of family.

SYNOPSIS

When Eve (Meg Ryan) isn't being pulled in a million directions by her own life, she's being sucked into lengthy phone conversations with her cranky father (Walter Matthau) or her two sisters, successful magazine entrepreneur Georgia (Diane Keaton) and career-challenged Maddy (Lisa Kudrow).  As the family becomes more and more dependent on Eve, transforming her into a human switchboard that connects them all together, Eve discovers that the ties that bind can also be the ties that gag!  Her revelation doesn't sit well with her sisters, though, forcing Eve to realize that sometimes to be heard, you just have to, well, hang up!

 


COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO TO RELEASE "BAD BOYS/BLUE STREAK" DVD TWO-PACK ON JUNE 27, 2000

On June 27, 2000 Columbia TriStar Home Video will release a DVD two-pack containing BAD BOYS COLLECTOR'S SERIES and BLUE STREAK.  This special offer will carry a suggested retail price of $49.95.

BAD BOYS - SPECIAL EDITION

Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) is a hen-pecked family man. Mike Lowry (Wil Smith) is a foot-loose and fancy-free ladies' man. Both are Miami policemen, and both have 72 hours to reclaim a consignment of drugs stolen from under their station's nose. To complicate matters, in order to get the assistance of the sole witness to a murder, they have to pretend to be each other.

BLUE STREAK

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).

 


THE GREAT LOCOMOTIVE CHASE DEBUTS ON DVD THIS APRIL COURTESY OF ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT

OTHER CLASSIC WESTERN ADVENTURES TO BE RELEASED INCLUDE ONE LITTLE INDIAN AND THE CASTAWAY COWBOY

Anchor Bay Entertainment is pleased to announce the April 25th day-and-date release of THE GREAT LOCOMOTIVE CHASE on video and DVD. Based on the true story of the Andrews’ Raid, THE GREAT LOCOMOTIVE CHASE will be available on VHS in both a full-frame presentation ($9.99 SRP) as well as a collector’s edition ($14.98 SRP) widescreen presentation (2.35:1) in deluxe black clamshell packaging. Additional movie artwork and production notes are included on the reverse side of the collector’s edition cover. The DVD will contain both presentations and will carry a suggested retail price of $ 24.98.

Two additional Western adventures available on April 25th are ONE LITTLE INDIAN ($9.99 SRP) and THE CASTAWAY COWBOY ($9.99 SRP). Both star James Garner and Vera Miles and will be available on both VHS and DVD. The DVD versions will contain 4 5 X 7 original theatrical poster replicas inside. Each release has been digitally mastered for optimum picture and sound. ONE LITTLE INDIAN is also being offered as a Collector’s Edition ($14.98 SRP) presented widescreen and containing additional movie artwork on the reverse side of the cover. It will be packaged in a deluxe gold capsule clamshell.

THE GREAT LOCOMOTIVE CHASE tells the true story of the Andrews’ Raid, an incredible plot to break the back of the Civil War and of the dedicated men who faced the armies of the Confederacy to attempt their mission. Starring Fess Parker (Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett), THE GREAT LOCOMOTIVE CHASE recounts the morning of April 12, 1862 when a party of 22 Union spies stole a train from under the noses of 4,000 Confederate troops near Atlanta, Georgia with the plan to destroy the track and bridges of the Western & Atlantic Railroad. The raid was led by James J. Andrews, a Union Secret Service agent. It failed because of the unrelenting bravery of William A. Fuller, a Confederate train conductor, who gave chase and brought disaster to the raiders. Despite the failed attempt, the Andrews’ Raiders were the first to receive the most prestigious honor ever bestowed by our country - the Congressional Medal of Honor.

To give the film proper authenticity, a vintage railroad was moved across the continent to Tallulah Falls Railroad, Georgia. Since the original trains "The General" and "Texas" were inoperable, exact functional duplicates were made. Additionally, crews set about building replicas of train stations and tunnels along the fifty-mile stretch of Tullulah Falls over a six-week period. Afterward, 160 members of cast and crew were flown to Georgia for one of Hollywood’s biggest location airlifts.

THE CASTAWAY COWBOY
While spear fishing off the rocky beach of Kauai, 12 year-old Booton MacAvoy makes a fearful discovery in THE CASTAWAY COWBOY. What he has mistaken for a fish is a man, floating half submerged in the churning sea. The rescued stranger turns out to be Lincoln Constain (James Garner), a shanghaied Texas cowpoke who jumps ship in Hawaii and lands boots-first into island intrigue and adventure. Constain and Henrieatta MacAvoy (Vera Miles) team up to turn a scrubby potato plantation into the islands first cattle ranch. Costain must first outwit the treacherous local witch doctor, turn a bunch of happy-go-lucky islanders into hard-riding cowhands and confront Henrietta’s underhanded would-be suitor.

ONE LITTLE INDIAN
ONE LITTLE INDIAN
stars James Garner as an AWOL cavalry man facing the hangman’s noose for desertion and mutiny. He is on the run in the New Mexico desert, but finds his escape complicated by a ten-year-old runaway boy. The two companions encounter a pioneering widow (Vera Miles) and her daughter (Jodie Foster -Contact, Silence of the Lambs), who must choose between aiding the fugitives or hindering their desperate fight. Together they embark upon an adventurous journey.

THE GREAT LOCOMOTIVE CHASE
Street Date: April 25, 2000
DVD
Catalog #: DV11097
UPC: 0-1313-11097-95
Run Time: 87 minutes
SRP: $ 24.98

THE CASTAWAY COWBOY
Street Date: April 25, 2000
DVD
Catalog #: DV11096
UPC: 0-1313-11096-96
Run Time: 91 minutes
SRP: $ 24.98

ONE LITTLE INDIAN
Street Date: April 25, 2000
DVD
Catalog #: DV11095
UPC: 0-1313-11095-97
Run Time: 90 minutes
SRP: $ 24.98

04/12/00

JACKIE CHAN ON-LINE INTERVIEW

Click2Asia will be posting an exclusive interview with Jackie Chan on Friday, April 14.  He will be talking about the launch of the new movie, GEN-X COPS, which was produced by Jackie Chan himself. You can check it our by going to the Click2Asia Web site @ www.click2asia.com.


COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO TO RELEASE BAD BOYS SPECIAL EDITION ON DVD

SPECIAL EDITION DVD FEATURES:

On June 27, 2000 Columbia TriStar Home Video will release BAD BOYS  SPECIAL EDITION on DVD.  In addition, a digitally remastered Bad Boys will also be re-released on videocassette at a new low price of only $14.95.

SYNOPSIS

Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) is a hen-pecked family man. Mike Lowry (Wil Smith) is a foot-loose and fancy-free ladies' man. Both are Miami policemen, and both have 72 hours to reclaim a consignment of drugs stolen from under their station's nose. To complicate matters, in order to get the assistance of the sole witness to a murder, they have to pretend to be each other.

 


MUSIC OF THE HEART COMES TO DVD THIS APRIL

The unparalleled Academy Award®-winning actress Meryl Streep (Best Actress, 1982, "Sophie's Choice,"), earned her twelfth Oscar® nomination for her uncompromising and compelling performance in MUSIC OF THE HEART, the inspirational story of one teacher's profound effect upon her many student's lives. Making its triumphant debut on home video and DVD April 25, from Miramax Home Entertainment, MUSIC OF THE HEART received a second Academy Award® nomination in the category of Best Original Song. Boasting an exceptional cast, the film also stars Angela Bassett ("What's Love Got To Do With It," "How Stella Got Her Groove Back"), Aidan Quinn ("In Dreams"), Cloris Leachman ("The Beverly Hillbillies") Jane Leeves ("TV's "Frasier") and marks the feature film acting debut of the incomparable, Grammy® Award-winning performer Gloria Estefan. The video and DVD features the music video, "Music Of My Heart" performed by Gloria Estefan and *NSYNC. In addition, the DVD will include the documentary film "Small Wonders," as well as other special behind-the-scenes bonus footage.

Based on the 1996 Academy Award-nominated documentary "Small Wonders," MUSIC OF THE HEART recounts the true story of Roberta Guaspari (Streep), a teacher who was determined to continue to bring musical education to her young students against all odds. When budget cuts forced the Board of Education to eliminate the school's music program, she initiated her own non-profit organization so that she might continue sharing the joy of musical education with her young pupils. With the support of her friends and the community, she set out to do what no one else dared ....she fought back.

Well known for her ability to immerse herself in her roles, Meryl Streep accepted an additional challenge with the filming of MUSIC OF THE HEART when she took it upon herself to learn to play the violin. Squeezing in four to six hours of violin lessons each day while on promotional tours for two other films, Ms. Streep jumped into the classroom scenes after only two months of instruction. Her lessons were put to the ultimate test when internationally renowned violinist Isaac Stern asked her to perform for him.

Everyone involved with MUSIC OF THE HEART set out to make a film that would serve as a tribute to teachers and stress the importance of education - in this case, music education, for our children and our collective future. Interestingly enough, the project utilized the talents of two former teachers - director Wes Craven and screenwriter Pamela Gray - to bring Roberta Guaspari's inspirational story to the screen. Explains Craven, "I had been a teacher, I love classical music, and I was an admirer of the documentary, and of Roberta as a teacher and a human being."

Known as the reigning king of the horror film genre, Craven was enthusiastic about the project. However, Guaspari had reservations about the choice of Craven as director, until, of course, she got to know him. "In the beginning, it felt weird that a guy who did horror films would do my story. But, I learned that Wes is a very gentle being."

MUSIC OF THE HEART is available on VHS in Digitally-Mastered Hi-Fi Stereo Sound and on DVD in 5.1 Surround. Both formats are closed-captioned for the hearing impaired. MUSIC OF THE HEART is rated "PG" by the Motion Picture Association of America.

MUSIC OF THE HEART DVD BONUS PROGRAMMING

The MUSIC OF THE HEART 2 disc Collector's Series will feature 11 bonus elements plus the bonus theatrical feature of "Small Wonders."

The bonus material on disc #1 includes:

The bonus material on disc #2 includes:

· "Small Wonders" documentary film on which MUSIC OF THE HEART was based.

04/11/00

DVD VERDICT GIVING AWAY TWO SIGNED COPIES OF THE LIMEY

DVD Verdict is running a new contest on their website in which they are giving away 2 copies of THE LIMEY that have been autographed by Terence Stamp and Steven Soderbergh (the star and director of the film). Visit DVD Verdict at http://www.dvdverdict.com.


THE AUDREY HEPBURN STORY COMES TO DVD

DVD EXCLUSIVE ELEMENTS INCLUDE:

· Talent File (Jennifer Love Hewitt)

On June 20, 2000 Columbia TriStar Home Video will

release on videocassette and DVD, THE AUDREY HEPBURN STORY, the biographical story of one of the world?s greatest screen legends.  Priced to own, THE AUDREY HEPBURN STORY will be available for only $19.96 (VHS) and $24.95 (DVD).

SYNOPSIS

Stretching from Brussels 1937 to New York, NY 1960, The Audrey Hepburn Story is a wonderful window into the life of this legendary actress.  The film includes her early days with her family during the war, her introduction into the New York theater scene, Hollywood, and her gallant climb to success to be the Audrey Hepburn that we all know and love today.  The film relives moments from such films as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Roman Holiday and Sabrina.  The Audrey Hepburn Story is an exciting biography of a woman who seemed to evoke a kind of real

life princess within herself that the world grew to adore.

 


SPRUCE AND DTS PARTNER TO DELIVER FULLY DTS-ENABLED DVD AUTHORING AND ENCODING SOLUTION

Spruce Technologies and DTS have partnered to provide customers with a fully-enabled solution for encoding and authoring DVD titles using the DTS digital surround audio standard. DVD producers can now, for the first time, encode DTS audio directly into their authoring system rather than sending material to DTS for encoding.

The solution pairs Spruce's flagship DVDMaestroTM authoring system with the new DTS CAE-4 Professional Encoder. Early testers of the solution have been very pleased with the results.

Wolfgang Martens, Head of Technique Premastering at Sonopress in Germany, said, "DTS 5,1 audio is an important technology for advanced DVD production. The reliance on other facilities interrupts our production processes and adds expense to a project. We have been looking forward to the ability to handle DTS encoding since this is a standard within the DVD specifications. In conjunction with our Spruce DVD Maestro systems, the new DTS encoder makes this high quality audio technology much more feasible for Sonopress and our customers."

The DTS CAE-4 Professional Encoder is simple and user friendly. It accepts six audio channels (3AESIEBU pairs) and outputs a DTS bitstream on a single EBU pair, It is used in conjunction with the DTS CAD-4 decoder and the E-175-01 Timecode Controller.

Kirk Paulsen, Spruce's Vice President of Sales said, "We had a lot of excitement from our customers when we first enabled DTS capability in Spruce authoring systems. The need to send material to a DTS facility for encoding, however, has been a barrier to wider adoption of this remarkable audio technology. The release of the new DTS encoding system completely removes that obstacle and we are pleased to be able to offer it immediately to our customers."

About Spruce Technologies, Inc.

Spruce Technologies develops and markets DVD and WebDVD authoring software and MPEG encoders for the corporate, new media, and entertainment markets. Based in San Jose, California, Spruce combines the best Silicon Valley software expertise with extensive DVD, MPEG and video postproduction knowledge. For more information, contact Spruce at 408-861-2200. Additional information about Spruce is also available on the World Wide Web at: http://www.sprucetechnologies.com.

About DTS, Inc.

DTS is an international, digital technology company specializing in multichannel audio for entertainment. Founded in 1993, DTS quickly became the leading provider of premium, discrete, multi-channel audio for motion pictures with the release of Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park. DTS digital sound is now featured worldwide in approximately19,000 screens. The DTS Consumer Group licenses decoder technology to equipment manufacturers for home theater, automobiles, and computers. DTS encoding technology is licensed to content creators for high-resolution, multichannel film and music soundtracks on DVD, multichannel music on Compact Disc, and multichannel audio for games on DVD-ROM. DTS is a registered trademark of Digital Theater Systems, Inc. of Agoura Hills, California. International offices for the company are located in the United Kingdom and Japan. For further information, visit the DTS website at www.dtsonline.com.


HBO HOME VIDEO ANNOUNCES WITNESS PROTECTION FOR DVD IN JUNE

Tom Sizemore ("Any Given Sunday," "Saving Private Ryan"), Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio ("Robin Hood," "The Abyss"), and Forest Whitaker ("Species," "Phenomenon") star in WITNESS PROTECTION, available through HBO Home Video on VHS and DVD June 13. VHS order date is May 23 and DVD order date is May 16.

Hailed as "Suspenseful, captivating, unnerving and ultimately believable," by the Hollywood Reporter, this HBO Home Video release has been critically acclaimed. According to People Magazine, "You won't turn away from this intense movie," while Entertainment Weekly says it's "Worth witnessing."

When mobster Bobby "Bats" Batton awakens to find his home under attack by a relentless hit-man, he knows his life is in danger-he just doesn't know why. Fleeing with his family, Bobby tries to contact his business associates but no one is talking. He's down, he's out, he's on the run and there's nowhere he can hide. WITNESS PROTECTION was inspired by an article in The New York Times Sunday Magazine by Robert Sabbag, the only journalist ever allowed access to the government's top-secret witness protection program, which shelters individuals who turn into state evidence. This exciting release has a running time of 101 minutes and is rated R.

WITNESS PROTECTION joins "Green Mile," "Next Friday," "Liberty Heights," and "Freedom Song" in Warner Home Video's Warner Power Lease June Program. In addition, HBO Home Video is offering retailers an opportunity to increase their return on investment with three retail buying options for WITNESS PROTECTION-- low single unit pricing, a lease program offering up to 200% in bonus lease units, and a free units program offering 50% free units. See a distributor for details on the Warner Power Lease June Program and HBO Home Video's buying options.

WITNESS PROTECTION is an HBO Films presentation written by Daniel Therriault from story by Therriault and Robert Sabbag; Henry Schleiff ("Money Plays") is executive producer; Howard Meltzer (HBO's "The Pentagon Wars") is producer. Tony Mark and Sue Jett (HBO's "Earthly Possessions") serve as co-producers. The film was overseen by HBO Films senior vice president, Kerith Putnam.

Home Box Office is the premium television programming division of Time Warner Entertainment Company, L.P., providing two 24-hour premium television services, 11130 and Cinemax. Together, both networks reach nearly 36 million subscribers in the United States via cable and satellite delivery. Home Box Office's international joint ventures bring HBO branded services to more than 45 countries around the globe.

 

04/06/00

THE "VIDEOKILLER" IS FINALLY COMING HOME IN ONE OF SYNAPSE FILMS’ MOST REQUESTED TITLES…

FATAL FRAMESWIDESCREEN DVD SPECIAL EDITION

Alex Ritt (Rick Gianasi), a prominent New York music video director, comes to Italy to direct a new video from international pop sensation, Stefania Stella. He encounters a mysterious, machete-wielding killer in a dark cloak and hat who videotapes his victims for the police. As the gory murders continue, Ritt is unknowingly thrust into the killer’s mad games and soon becomes a target of the police. The "videokiller" is at large and Ritt must uncover the truth before it is too late!

FATAL FRAMES is considered by many to be a triumph for director Al Festa and star/producer Stefania Stella. Winner of the "Lucio Fulci Award" at the 1996 FantaFest in Rome, FATAL FRAMES has played many film festivals and is highly acclaimed for its unusual cinematography, sound design, and music.

With make-up effects by Oscar® Winner Steve Johnson (THE ABYSS) and a cast of horror favorites, FATAL FRAMES is one of our most requested titles. Synapse Films has been working closely with director Al Festa to bring you the "ultimate" Special Edition of FATAL FRAMES. Festa has designed many of the DVD screens himself and he has digitally re-mastered the film’s audio and video for optimal presentation. The commentary track, personally recorded by Festa, is set to an original, haunting musical score with the commentary voices echoing through the madness that is….FATAL FRAMES!

With an all-star horror cast, including:
Donald Pleasence (Halloween, Escape from New York, You Only Live Twice)
Angus Scrimm (Phantasm series)
"Scream Queen" Linnea Quigley (Return of the Living Dead, Night of the Demons)
David Warbeck (Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond, Razor Blade Smile)

THIS "LOADED" DVD SPECIAL EDITION CONTAINS:
New Widescreen Digital Transfer (Aspect Ratio Approx. 1.85:1)
Original Theatrical Trailer - Deleted Scenes - Music Videos - "Making Of" Featurette
Audio Commentary from Director Al Festa and star, Stefania Stella

FATAL FRAMES – WIDESCREEN DVD SPECIAL EDITION
Not Rated 1996 Approx. 125 min. Color 1.85:1 Dolby Digital
Item #SFD0012 (DVD)
UPC: 654930301296
Suggested Retail Price: $29.98
Expected Release Date: August 22, 2000

www.synapse-films.com 


SWINGING INTO STORES APRIL 18!!! TARZAN COLLECTOR'S EDITION DVD

Eagerly Anticipated Collector's Edition Features Extensive Bonus Programming Including:

History and Development of Tarzan, Early Presentation Reel, Behind-The-Scenes With Voice Talent, Store Treatment, Abandoned Sequences And Much More

Two-Disc Set Includes 16x9 Anamorphic Version Do Dual-layer Disc And DVD-ROM Special Features

Disney's TARZAN®, the stunning and heartwarming film that takes viewers on an extraordinary journey filled with rich themes of family and cool action-packed adventure, will make its highly-anticipated TARZAN® COLLECTOR’S EDITION DVD debut on April 18, 2000 from Walt Disney Home Video. Featuring extensive bonus programming and intriguing behind-the-scenes action, the TARZAN® COLLECTOR’S EDITION DVD will be available as a two-disc DVD and is priced to own at $39.99 (S.R.P.).

Based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' immortal adventure classic, Disney's TARZAN® is a stunning animated version of the legendary ape-man's tale. An imaginative and fun-filled jungle excursion, the film is energized by the inspiring music of 1999 Academy Award® winner superstar Phil Collins (Best Original Song, "You'll Be in My Heart") and composer Mark Mancina, whose work garnered two 1999 Grammy Awards TM including "Best Soundtrack Album." The film stars Glenn Close, Minnie Driver, Nigel Hawthorne, Wayne Knight, Rosie O'Donnell and Tony Goldwyn as the voice of Tarzan.

Disc One will feature Disney's TARZAN® in a direct digital transfer to widescreen (16x9 Anamorphic), with Dolby Digital 5.0 surround sound. French and Spanish language tracks will also be presented in 5.0 surround. Disc One will also feature audio commentary with Bonnie Arnold (producer) and Kevin Lima and Chris Buck (directors). As an added bonus for young fans, a Tarzan "Read-Along" Story will be included along with a Tarzan interactive trivia game and a special "Sneak Peak" at Walt Disney Pictures' upcoming film, "Dinosaur." Additional highlights include descriptive TheatreVision TM for the visually impaired, Spanish subtitles and THX-certification. DVD-ROM special features include a free Tarzan action game playable demo and internet links to various Tarzan/Disney websites.

Disc Two's highlights include fun-filled and informative supplemental materials such as: the history and development of Tarzan from Edgar Rice Burroughs to Disney, introductions and explanations by the filmmakers, an early presentation reel, the making of the music of Tarzan, behind-the-scenes studio sessions with `N Sync and Phil Collins (including "Trashin' The Camp"), Phil Collins videos (including "Strangers Like Me" and "You'll Be In My Heart"), behind-the-scenes footage with the voice talent and the original story treatment.

Additional footage on Disc Two includes: a storyboard-to-final-film split-screen comparison, abandoned sequences, a description of the "deep canvas" process, Supervising Animator Glen Keane discussing the animation of Tarzan, character designs and concept art, a production progressions demonstration (with, angle features that allow viewers to move through the various stages of production) and trailers and posters (domestic and international).

Wild with exotic adventure, laughs and five powerful songs from Phil Collins, Disney's TARZAN® is a magnificent adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic story "Tarzan of the Apes." Disney's TARZAN® follows the extraordinary adventures of an orphaned infant raised by a family of gorillas who ultimately is accepted as one of their own. His life changes forever when he finally meets other humans, with whom he feels an immediate and irresistible bond. Combining humor, breathtaking jungle action and sensational music with powerful emotional themes, Disney's TARZAN® provides a timeless yet contemporary take on the popular and beloved tale.

Disney's TARZAN® is rated "G" by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

04/05/00

THE INSIDER REVEALED ON DVD APRIL 11

A tense and absorbing thriller about corporate intrigue and journalistic integrity, Touchstone Home Video's THE INSIDER earned an impressive seven Academy Award® nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor (Russell Crowe), Best Cinematography, Best Director (Michael Mann), Best Film Editing, Best Sound and Best Screenplay Adaptation. In addition to its Academy Award® nominations, THE INSIDER is the recipient of numerous other prestigious industry accolades including five Golden Globe Nominations. The film makes its highly anticipated debut on home video and DVD April 11. Appearing on over fifty "top ten" lists including Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, the Chicago Daily Herald, and the Washington Post, THE INSIDER stars 1993 Best Actor Oscar®-winner Al Pacino ("Scent of a Woman"), Russell Crowe ("L.A. Confidential"), Christopher Plummer ("Twelve Monkeys"), Diane Venora ("The 13`" Warrior"), Gina Gershon ("Face/Off') and Debi Mazar ("Goodfellas").

The DVD includes bonus footage lead by an "inside a scene" section, which gives detailed analysis by Director Michael Mann of the Seelbach Hotel scene. Viewers will get Mann's perspective on how a scene comes together via his location notes, direction to the actors and script changes. Also included on the DVD are the original theatrical trailer and production featurette, This celebrated DVD streets day-and-date with the VHS and comes in Dolby 5.1 Audio with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio, and enhanced for 16x9 televisions.

Based on actual events that stunned the nation, THE INSIDER is the story of Jeffrey Wigand (Crowe), a central witness in the lawsuits filed by Mississippi and 49 other states against the tobacco industry, which were eventually settled for $246 billion. Wigand, the former head of research and development and a corporate officer at Brown & Williamson, was a top scientist and the ultimate whistle-blower when he proceeded to reveal devastating and critically damaging information about the tobacco industry in a "60 Minutes" segment. But a CBS corporate decision to kill the interview meant that the segment would never air. "60 Minutes" producer Lowell Bergman (Pacino) takes on the fight of his career in order to ensure that the interview will be seen and the truth heard by millions of Americans.

A popular favorite among film critics, THE INSIDER earned many award nominations for acclaimed writer/director/producer Michael Mann including one from the DGA for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film. His screenplay for THE INSIDER, co-written with Eric Roth, won The South Eastern Film Critic's Association's award for Best Adapted Screenplay, while the National Board Of Review presented Mann with the prestigious Freedom of Expression Award for his directorial work on the highly regarded film. Well known for his work on the hit television series "Miami Vice," Mann's auspicious feature film debut came in 1981 with "Thief," a modernist thriller starring James Caan. His most recent feature film prior to THE INSIDER was the critical and commercial success, "Heat," starring THE INSIDER headliner, Al Pacino.

In addition to the incomparable Pacino, THE INSIDER boasts an exceptional cast including National Board of Review Best Actor recipient (for THE INSIDER) Russell Crowe and veteran actor Christopher Plummer, whose portrayal of Mike Wallace earned the accomplished actor the Best Supporting Actor Award from both the Los Angeles and Boston Film Critics Societies.

THE INSIDER is available only in wide screen format on VHS and DVD in Digitally-Mastered HiFi Stereo Sound and is closed-captioned for the hearing impaired. THE INSIDER is rated "R" by the Motion Picture Association of America.

Running Time: 157 minutes
MPAA Rating: R
Street Date: April 11, 2000
Suggested Retail Price: $32.99 (DVD)

04/04/00

ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT UPDATES THEIR WEB SITE WITH THE FOLLOWING BITS OF NEWS

Visit Anchor Bay Entertainment at: http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com/ 


STREET DATE CHANGE

Columbia TriStar Home Video announced today that the street date for LITTLE WOMEN Collectors Series DVD has been changed to April 25, 2000.


MAY DVD ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM VCI HOME VIDEO

TWILIGHT PEOPLE
Starring JOHN ASHLEY, PAT WOODELL, JAN MERLIN and PAM GRIER as the Panther Woman. Directed by EDDIE ROMERO

Matt Farrell (John Ashley) is plucked from the sea while skin-diving and taken to the foreboding fortress of Dr. Gordon. He is to become part of the doctor's diabolical experiment to create a race of super people. This twisted and maniacal doctor's experiments have so far only created terrifying and hideous creatures. His human guinea pigs, freed by the doctor's own daughter, turn the island hideaway into a bloodbath of revenge and terror! Cult Film Queen Pam Grier is featured as "Panther Woman".

Digitally mastered from the 35mm negative.
84 Min
Color
1972
Rated PG
Genre: Horror
DVD #8241
UPC: 0-89859-82412-8
SRP: $19.99
DVD Extras: Motion Menu, Bios, Chapter Stops, Original Theatrical Trailer, Horror Previews

BEYOND ATLANTIS
Starring JOHN ASHLEY, PATRICK WAYNE, LEIGH CHRISTIAN, LENORE STEVENS, SID HAIG and GEORGE NADER.  Directed by EDDIE ROMERO

Three male fortune hunters are on an expedition south of the Philippines to find pearls, accompanied by a pretty female archaeologist. They discover a remote island populated by an unknown civilization, who appear to be the descendents of the Lost City of Atlantis. These strange people, who have pearlized eyes and are able to stay underwater for great lengths of time, perform all of their important rituals, including lovemaking, on the seabed. The fortune hunters soon become the hunted when the descendents of Atlantis unleash ancient sex rituals… it seems the islanders must mate with outsiders to ensure their future generations. When the daughter of the island's leader is unwittingly killed, the young braves of the tribe try to slaughter the expedition… and the chase is on.

Digitally mastered from the 35mm negative.
91 Min
Color
1973
Rated PG
Genre: Sci-fi
DVD #8236
UPC: 0-89859-82362-6
SRP: $19.99
DVD Extras: Motion Menu, Bios, Chapter Stops, Original Theatrical Trailer, Horror Previews

NAKED KISS
Starring CONSTANCE TOWERS with ANTHONY EISLEY, MICHAEL DANTE, VIRGINIA GREY and PATSY KELLY. Written, Produced and Directed by SAMUEL FULLER

Kelly, a prostitute who tires of her city syndicate and seeks to forget her past, arrives in the small town of Grantville and obtains a job at the Children's Orthopedic Hospital as a nurses' aid. At once, in the small town, she is caught up in a romantic whirl, first with a police chief who wants her for what she used to be, and then with his best friend, the town's millionaire, who, even though aware of her former life, begs her to marry him. She accepts, but things go awry as Kelly discovers a shocking murder scene. Arrested by the police chief, she is quickly convicted in the minds of most townspeople and must suffer their judgment based on her past.

Digitally mastered from the 35mm negative.
93 Min
B&W
1964
Not Rated
Genre: Film Noir
DVD #8237
UPC: 0-89859-82372-5
SRP: $19.99
DVD Extras : Motion Menu, Bios, Chapter Stops, Photo Gallery, Preview Trailers

Bonus Entertainment: Contains a classic TV episode from The Star & The Story series titled "Dark Stranger" starring Edmond O'Brien and Joann Woodward

SUNDOWN
Starring GENE TIERNEY, BRUCE CABOT, GEORGE SANDERS, HARRY CAREY, JOSEPH CALLEIA, and DOROTHY DANDRIDGE. Directed by HENRY HATHAWAY

Dangerous! Intriguing! Fascinating! Gene Tierney plays a beautiful native girl who assists British troops in Africa during WWII. A grand adventure, gorgeously photographed, and adapted from Barre Lyndon's book. Restored and digitally mastered!

91 Min
B/W
1941
Genre: Adventure
DVD #8242
UPC: 0-89859-82422-7
SRP: $19.99
DVD Extras: Motion Menu, Bios, Photo Gallery, Preview Trailers

Bonus Entertainment: Contains a classic TV episode W. Somerset Maugham's "String of Beads" starring Angela Lansbury and Ronald Coleman.


LAST MINUTE BUENA VISTA APRIL DVD DETAILS

HAPPY, TEXAS THE OUTRAGEOUSLY FUNNY COMEDY ESCAPES TO VIDEO & DVD THIS APRIL

A sharply comic tale of two escaped convicts who assume the unlikeliest of identities while on the lam, HAPPY, TEXAS makes its hilarious home video debut April 11 from Miramax Home Entertainment. Offbeat and engagingly original, HAPPY, TEXAS stars Jeremy Northam ("An Ideal Husband"), Steve Zahn ("Out Of Sight"), Academy Award-nominee William H. Macy (1996, Best Supporting Actor "Fargo") and Illeana Douglas ("Grace of My Heart") in this quirky comedy about love, larceny and lawlessness. HAPPY, TEXAS recounts the outrageous escapades of Harry (Northam) and Wayne (Zahn), two prisoners who, after escaping from the law, have assumed the identities of Steven and David, two gay beauty pageant coordinators. On the lookout for the ultimate caper to set them up for life, the two perpetuate the masquerade by staging a "Little Miss" beauty pageant in order to mask their true goal of robbing the local bank. Before long, the two outlaws find themselves intimately - and hilariously - linked to the personal lives of several of the residents of the small farming town of HAPPY, TEXAS.

A sensation when the film premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, HAPPY, TEXAS is one of those rare films that combines an exceptional cast and a truly funny script. Producer Rick Montgomery signed on to the project "because, frankly, I read the script and thought the writing was brilliant," he says. "It was different. It had its own voice, and I knew it would stand out from the scripts of other films trying to be made at the same time."

Each actor admits it was the quality of the screenplay and the richness of the characters that drew them to the project. "It was the only script I've read that the minute I finished it, I turned to page one to read it again," says Steve Zahn. "It made me laugh so hard!"

Adds William H. Macy, "The script made me literally laugh out loud. It's a great story, a worthwhile story with real humanity and a genuine love for all the characters. It could've so easily been cliched in that mean-spirited way so many movies are now, with cardboard-cutout stereotypes. It could've made fun of people but it didn't."

"Honestly," says Ally Walker, "this kind of material doesn't come around very often. The script sings. These guys are playing it realistically, and the fact is that life is funnier than art."

HAPPY, TEXAS is available on VHS in Digitally-Mastered Hi-Fi Stereo Sound and on Miramax Collector's Series DVD 2.0 Dolby Surround. Both are closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired. HAPPY, TEXAS is rated "PG-13" by the Motion Picture Association of America and has an approximate running time of 98 minutes.

*****

JET LI’S THE ENFORCER NON-STOP ACTION-THRILLER EXPLODES ON HOME VIDEO AND DVD THIS APRIL

Peppered with incredible martial arts action and heart-stopping stunts, JET LI’S THE ENFORCER is set to ignite home video and DVD April 25, from Dimension Home Video. Starring internationally renowned action superstar Jet Li ("Romeo Must Die"), JET LI’S THE ENFORCER is a must-see for fans of incomparable action/adventure films.

A thrilling crime caper, JET LI’S THE ENFORCER is the story of Kung Wei (Li), an undercover cop who is in the process of infiltrating a notorious gang. When his wife suffers an untimely death, their kung-fu fighting son is left with his wife's last words and is put under the care of an inquisitive Police Inspector (Anita Mui). Upon discovering Kung Wei's true identity, the inspector teams up with King Wei's son in order to fight their way back to the undercover agent, honor his wife's last words and ensure that justice is truly - and finally -served.

JET LI’S THE ENFORCER is available on VHS in Digitally-Mastered Hi-Fi Stereo Sound and DVD in 5.1 Surround. Both are closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired. JET LI’S THE ENFORCER is Rated "R" by the Motion Picture Association of America and has an approximate running time of 105 minutes.

*****

MUMFORD THE HILARIOUS All-STAR ROMANTIC COMEDY SEDUCES ROME VIDEO AND DVD THIS APRIL

From four-time Academy Award®-nominee writer/director Lawrence Kasdan (1998 Best Picture, Writer "The Accidental Tourist," "The Big Chill") comes MUMFORD, an outrageously funny romantic comedy about a small town psychologist whose unique style of therapy has a surprising effect upon the community, debuts on home video and DVD April 18, from Touchstone Home Video. Boasting a stellar ensemble cast, MUMFORD stars Loren Dean ("Enemy of the State'), Hope Davis ("Arlington Road"), Martin Short ('`Mars Attacks"), Ted Danson ("Saving Private Ryan"), Mary McDonnell ("Independence Day"), Jason Lee ("Chasing Amy") and Alfre Woodard ("Down In the Delta") in this charmingly delightful comedy about romance in a small town.

MUMFORD tells the story of a young psychologist named Mumford (Dean), who hangs out his shingle in a small town that. Curiously. is also called Mumford. He is soon dispensing no-nonsense therapy to an array of unconventional locals who are quickly won over by his genuine attentiveness and refreshing frankness. The doctors unusual style opens new possibilities, lightens hearts darkened by old secrets and sparks romance in the unlikeliest places. Before long. however, it becomes apparent that Mumford could use some help of his own.

MUMFORD is available in VHS in Digitally-Mastered Hi-Fi Stereo Sound and on DVD in 5.1 Surround. Both are closed-captioned for the hearing impaired. MUMFORD is rated "R'" by the Motion Picture Association of America and has an approximate running time of 112 minutes.

*****

THAT’S THE WAY I LIKE IT- THE OUTRAGEOUSLY FUNNY DISCO COMEDY BOOGIES DOWN TO HOME VIDEO AND DVD THIS APRIL

A feverish comedy fueled by an irresistible disco beat, THAT’S THE WAY I LIKE IT dances into home video and DVD April 18, from Miramax Home Entertainment. A semi-autobiographical account of director Glen Goei's experience of growing up in Singapore in the `70's, THAT’S THE WAY I LIKE IT is a hilarious tribute to the heady days of bell bottom pants and disco dancing.

THAT’S THE WAY I LIKE IT is the story of Hock (Adrian Pang). a restless twenty something with high hopes but low expectations. With martial arts movies serving as his sole source of entertainment and enjoyment, Hock is devastated when the local cinema replaces its usual kung fu fare with a movie called "Forever Fever." Hock scorns the very idea of disco and is shocked to discover how much "Forever Fever" speaks to him. As Hock succumbs to disco fever, he develops a dance style that sets him apart on the dance floor - and everywhere else he is headed.

THAT’S THE WAY I LIKE IT is available on VHS in Digitally-Mastered Hi-Fi Stereo Sound and DVD in 5.1 Surround. Both are closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired. THAT’S THE WAY I LIKE IT is rated "PG-13" by the Motion Picture Association of America and has an approximate running time of 92 minutes.

04/03/00

SWORD SLASHING ADVENTURE FROM THE CREATOR OF GUNDAM!

GARZEY'S WING DVD Available June 20th for $29.99

Central Park Media, the foremost distributor of Japanese animation, is proud to present Yoshiyuki Tomino's mystical GARZEY'S WING on DVD-ROM format. The "Garzey's Wing" DVD-ROM will be available on June 20th (order cut-off May 22nd) for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

GARZEY'S WING

Yesterday, the biggest problem Chris had was getting into a good college. Now, his spirit has been hijacked by wings of light and transported into another world! Summoned by an enslaved tribe to lead a bloody revolution, Chris must quickly adapt to his new surroundings... or die.

Written and directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino (creator of Gundam)! Character design by Kenichi Onuki (Yotoden: Chronicle of the Warlord Period & Dirty Pair)!

The GARZEY'S WING DVD bonus features include:

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

GARZEY'S WING

Street Date: 6/20/00
Order Cut-off: 5/22/00
SRP: $29.99 (Dual language DVD-ROM)
Catalog #: USMD 1878 (Dual language DVD-ROM)
Length: 90 minutes


TIM BURTON'S SLEEPY HOLLOW RIDING TO DVD ON MAY 23

The DVD Includes A Tim Burton Commentary, Exclusive Cast & Crew Interviews and Other Bonus Features

Heads will roll when Paramount Home Entertainment unveils the critically acclaimed SLEEPY HOLLOW on video and DVD on May 23. A combination of Washington Irving's American classic and the wildly imaginative direction of Tim Burton, SLEEPY HOLLOW has received many top honors, including three Academy Award nominations for Art Direction, Cinematography and Costume Design. The wonderful ensemble cast includes Johnny Depp (Donnie Brasco), Christina Ricci (The Opposite of Sex), Michael Gambon (The Insider), Miranda Richardson (The Crying Game) and Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers). SLEEPY HOLLOW is the tale of detective Ichabod Crane (Depp) as he seeks to resolve a series of mysterious beheadings in upstate New York. Priced for rental on VHS, SLEEPY HOLLOW will also be available on DVD for $29.99 S.R.P. in the U.S. and C$39.99 S.R.P. in Canada.

SLEEPY HOLLOW mixes horror, fantasy and romance as it delves into the supernatural mystery of a string of murders, thought by locals to be the work of the Headless Horseman. The film features a special cameo appearance by Christopher Lee (of the Hammer horror films) as the New York City official who sends the earnest Ichabod (Depp) to SLEEPY HOLLOW to conduct an investigation. Upon his arrival in the small village, Ichabod experiences an unusual introduction to the bewitching Katrina Van Tassel (Ricci). She is under the influence of Baltus Van Tassel (Gambon), the richest and most influential man of this tiny community and Lady Van Tassel (Richardson), Katrina's stepmother and the matriarch of the Van Tassel estate. Other characters include the dashing Brom Van Brunt (Van Dien), who challenges Ichabod for Katrina's love and, in a pivotal role, the Hessian Soldier, a.k.a. the Headless Horseman.

The DVD of SLEEPY HOLLOW is presented in widescreen format enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions. Laden with bonus features, it includes a commentary by director Tim Burton, exclusive cast and crew interviews, a behind-the-scenes featurette including never-before-seen scenes, a photo gallery, selected cast biographies and two theatrical trailers. The DVD features interactive menus and scene selection, while the audio tracks feature Dolby Digital English 5.1 surround, plus English Dolby surround and French Dolby surround. It is closed captioned and includes subtitles in English for the deaf and hard of hearing.

SLEEPY HOLLOW is rated R in the U.S. by the Motion Picture Association of America, and 14A in Canada. It has a running time of approximately 105 minutes and is encoded with the Macrovision TM Anti-Copy process. The VHS is also closed captioned for the deaf and hard of hearing.


SLEEPY HOLLOW

Summary

In Tim Burton's box-office smash, Ichabod Crane is an investigator assigned to a series of beheadings in the New York City area, claimed locals to be the work of a Headless Horseman.

Genre

Horror and romance

Stars

Johnny Depp (Edward Scissorhands)
Christina Ricci (The Ice Storm)
Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers)
Miranda Richardson (The Apostle)
Michael Gambon (Dancing at Lughnasa)

Synopsis

Ichabod Crane's (Depp) contemporary

investigative ways are put to the test when he's sent to Sleepy Hollow to probe a curious string of murders. Things become even more confusing when Katrina Von Tassel (Ricci) falls in love with the dashing detective.

Supplemental Features

  • Widescreen enhanced for 16x9 televisions

  • Dolby Digital: English 5.1 Surround, English

  • Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround

  • English subtitles for deaf and hard of hearing

  • Interactive menus and scene selection

  • 2 Theatrical trailers

  • Exclusive Cast & Crew interviews and behind the legend featurette including never-before-seen scenes

  • Photo gallery & Selected cast biographies

  • Commentary with director Tim Burton

Street Date:

5/23/00

MPAA Rating

R

Key Numbers

Running time: 105 minutes
Format: DVD 9
S.R.P.: $29.99


PARAMOUNT ANNOUNCES THEIR MAY 23 DVD RELEASES


THE FIRM

ROMEO AND JULIET


Catalog - 1993

Catalog - 1968

Summary

A young lawyer joins a prestigious law firm only to discover that it has a sinister side. Based on John Grisham's best-selling novel, THE FIRM finds a young attorney entangled in a web of Mafia connections and FBI operatives.

Director Franco Zeffirelli's beloved version of one of the most well known love stories in the English language, William Shakespeare's ROMEO AND JULIET.

Genre

Thriller

Drama

Stars

Tom Cruise (Magnolia)
Jeanne Tripplehorn (Mickey Blue Eyes)
Gene Hackman (Enemy of the State)
Holly Hunter (The Piano)
Gary Busey (Point Break)
Ed Harris (The Truman Show)
Hal Holbrook (Hush)
Wilford Brimle (in and Out)

Leonard Whiting (Rachel's Man)
Olivia Hussey (Saving Grace)
Michael York (Austin Powers)
John McEnery (When Saturday Comes)
Laurence Olivier (The Bounty)

Synopsis

Mitch McDeer (Cruise) and his wife Abby (Tripplehorn) move to Memphis for a respectable job with "THE FIRM" and the promise of a high salary, a low-interest mortgage and a silver Mercedes. As Mitch begins to realize that things aren't quite what they seem, he's torn between his desire to uncover the truth and the suspicion that digging too deep may cost him and his wife their lives.

In the oft-told story, Romeo Montague (Whiting) and Juliet Capulet (Hussey) fall in love against the wishes of their feuding families. Driven by their passion, the young lovers defy their destiny and elope, only to suffer the ultimate tragedy. Breathtaking scenery and costumes, combined with the flawless performances of the young principals elevate ROMEO AND JULIET to masterpiece status.

Supplemental
Features

  • Widescreen enhanced for 16x9 televisions

  • Dolby Digital: 5.1 Surround, English Dolby, French Dolby Surround

  •  English subtitles for deaf and hard of hearing

  • Interactive menus and scene selection

  • 2 theatrical trailers

  • Widescreen enhanced for 16x9 televisions

  • Dolby Digital: English Mono

  • English subtitles for deaf and hard of hearing

  • Interactive menus and scene selection

  • Original theatrical trailer

Street Date:

5/23/00

5/23/00

MPAA Rating

R

PG

Key Numbers

Running time: 154 Minutes
Format: DVD 9
S.R.P.: $29.99

Running Time: 138 Minutes
Format: DVD 9
S.R.P.: $29.99


AMERICAN GIGOLO


Catalog - 1980

Summary

Richard Gere stars as Julian Kaye, a high-paid male prostitute who falls in love with one of his clients (Lauren Hutton), the wife of a famous politician.

Genre

Drama

Stars

Richard Gere (Primal Fear)
Lauren Hutton (The Venice Project)
Hector Elizondo (Runaway Bride)

Synopsis

Framed for a murder he did not commit, Kaye's only alibi is his wealthy client Michelle Stratton, a senator's wife played by Lauren Hutton. Torn between a forbidden romance and the need to protect Stratton's identity, the two are locked in a desperate struggle to rove Kaye's innocence.

Supplemental
Features

  • Widescreen enhanced for 16x9 televisions

  • Dolby Digital: 5.1 Surround, French Mono

  • English subtitles for deaf and hard of hearing

  • Interactive menus and scene selection

  • Original theatrical trailer

Street Date:

5/23/00

MPAA Rating

R

Key Numbers

Running Time: 116 Minutes
Format: DVD 9
S.R.P.: $29.99


DINER & CADDYSHACK 20th ANNIVERSARY EDITION DEBUT ON DVD APRIL 4

DINER and CADDYSHACK 20th ANNIVERSARY EDITION will debut on DVD on April 4. The classic comedies will contain a number of extra features and will sell for the suggested retail price of $24.98.

Also premiering will be a. DINER VHS Special Edition, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY 60th Anniversary Special Edition and an ANALYZE THIS Collector's Edition. The VHS titles will sell for $19.98, suggested retail.

DINER, now available for the first time on DVD, contains an all-new introduction by writer/director Levinson; a new `making-of documentary, "DINER: On the Flip Side," featuring the director and the film's stars; the. film's original theatrical trailer and a preview of Levinson's latest Baltimore film Liberty Heights.

The new digitally transferred VHS Special Edition has all DVD bonus features, except the Liberty Heights preview and the original theatrical trailer and includes a limited edition collector's card. DINER is Barry Levinson's quintessential comedy set in 1950s Baltimore. It focuses on a group of buddies struggling for answers about careers, romance and marriage. A stellar ensemble cast includes Kevin Bacon, Ellen Barkin, Mickey Rourke and Paul Reiser. .DINER received Academy Award® and Writers' Guild of America nominations for Best Screenplay as well as a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical. Mickey Rourke won a Best Supporting Actor Award from the National Society of Film Critics.

CADDYSHACK totally redefined the game of golf 20 years ago when Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray and Ted Knight took to the fairways, joined by the screen's most beloved gopher.

Now, they're back in this hole-in-one comedy -- this time. with the DVD debut of a special 20th Anniversary Edition which includes several special bonus features: theatrical trailer, interactive games, the film's original widescreen presentation and a documentary, "CADDYSHACK: The 19th Hole. " The documentary contains outtakes, rare footage and interviews with Chevy Chase, filmmakers Jon Peters, Mark Canton, Harold Ramis and others. The VHS CADDYSHACK. Special Edition, which includes the DVD features, is also available.

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY stars Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart. Hepburn plays a society heiress who has left her playboy husband, C.K. Dexter Haven (Grant), and is about to re-marry someone she considers more "respectable." Dexter, now working for a tabloid magazine, arrives with writer Mike Connor (Stewart) at his ex-wife's mansion one day before the wedding, determined to spoil things.

The romantic comedy earned six Academy Award© nominations including Best Picture and won two Oscars -- for Stewart as Best Actor and Donald Ogden Stewart for Best Screenplay. The 60th Anniversary Special Edition contains the bonus documentary "Katharine Hepburn: All About Me." THE PHILADELPHIA STORY is also a new digital transfer and comes with a limited edition collector's card. The DVD will be available on May 16.

ANALYZE THIS, recently voted the American Comedy Award's "Funniest Motion Picture of the Year," is now available in a special Collector's Edition featuring a hilarious bonus gag reel of outtakes. ANALYZE THIS is the box-office comedy hit starring Robert De Niro as a neurotic racketeer and Billy Crystal as his reluctant psychiatrist with the impossible task of turning him into a well-adjusted gangster. ANALYZE THIS is also available on DVD and includes the gag reel, two audio commentaries (by Billy Crystal/Robert De Niro) and another by director Harold Ramis plus interactive menus, filmographies and the original theatrical trailer.

April 2000 Headlines 


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