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05/30/00

IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES SPECIAL EDITION DVD RELEASE OF "DREAMSCAPE" FEATURING DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 AND DTS SOUNDTRACKS

· First Widescreen Release Includes Audio Commentaries from Producer, Writer and Special Effects Artist

Image Entertainment, Inc., a leading licensee and distributor of DVD programming in North America, today announced the June 6 DVD release of the sci-fi cult hit, DREAMSCAPE. The special edition DVD will feature a new 16X9 widescreen transfer along with Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS multi-channel soundtracks on the same disc.

Producer Bruce Cohn Curbs joins writer David Loughery and special effects artist, Craig Reardon for an exclusive audio commentary, The DVD also Includes a still gallery and a behind-the-scenes special effects make-up featurette.

Directed by Joseph Ruben, DREAMSCAPE :stars Dennis Quaid (Any Given Sunday, Frequency), Max Von Sydow (The Exorcist, What Dreams May Come), Kate Capshaw (The Love Letter, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom) and Christopher Plummer (12 Monkeys, The Insider). The DVD will be released on June 6 and carries a suggested list price of $24.99.


LOOKING FOR A DEAL ON A PROGRESSIVE SCAN DVD PLAYER...


Toshiba DVD Player

While browsing the web, I came across a sale on the Toshiba SD5109 at 800.com.  This twin drawer progressive scan DVD player usually sells for $799.95, but is currently on sale for $599.94.  That's a cool $200.00 savings for anyone looking for a progressive scan DVD player bargain.  Clicking on the icon to the left will take you to the 800.com web site, where you can check out all the features of the player.

 

05/25/00

THE CLINT EASTWOOD COLLECTION FEATURES A SPECIAL EDITION, SIX-TITLE VHS & DVD GIFT PACKS AND 2 NEW-TO-DVD TITLES

It’s going to be a ‘Perfect World’ for Clint Eastwood fans. On August 1, Warner Home Video (WHV) is unleashing the ‘Absolute Power’ of 27 Clint Classics in The Clint Eastwood Collection. Branded with The Clint Eastwood Collection banner on each title, all single VHS titles in the collection will be available at a $14.95 SRP.  

Highlights of the The Clint Eastwood Collection include: UNFORGIVEN (Academy Award® winner for Best Picture and Best Director on VHS and DVD), THE OUTLAW JOSIE WALES Special Edition, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY (on VHS and DVD), BRONCO BILLY (new to DVD) and KELLY’S HEROES (also new to DVD). Fans will also be able to collect the complete DIRTY HARRY series on VHS with Clint as the tough-as-nails San Francisco cop, Harry Callahan, in DIRTY HARRY (on VHS and DVD), Magnum Force, THE ENFORCER, SUDDEN IMPACT and THE DEAD POOL.

Additional titles in The Clint Eastwood Collection include ABSOLUTE POWER (also on DVD), ANY WHICH WAY YOU CAN, CITY HEAT, EVERY WHICH WAY BUT LOOSE, FIREFOX, THE GAUNTLET (also on DVD), HEARTBREAK RIDGE, HONKYTONK MAN, PALE RIDER (also on DVD), A PERFECT WORLD, PINK CADILLAC, THE ROOKIE, TIGHTROPE, TRUE CRIME (also on DVD), WHERE EAGLES DARE, WHITE HUNTER, BLACK HEART, and Eastwood on Eastwood, a rare behind-the-scenes look at this reticent star (not branded).

With a sensational career that has spanned more than four decades, Clint Eastwood is one of the most admired American actors working today.  Audiences have watched him evolve from ‘The Man With No Name’ to an accomplished actor/director honored by the American Film Institute with their Lifetime Achievement Award.  Summer 2000 will find this take-no-prisoners action icon exploring new frontiers in SPACE COWBOYS, Eastwood’s highly anticipated new release about aging Air Force veterans who undertake a dangerous mission in space.  

Clint Eastwood’s accomplishments inspired the great Orson Welles to remark, …Clint Eastwood is the most underrated director in the world today. Eastwood himself explained his rapport with his audience by saying: I do the kind of roles I’d like to see if I were still digging swimming pools and wanted to escape my problems.

Clint’s often imitated, but never duplicated, style will be celebrated with Clint Eastwood 6-Pack Gift Sets, priced at just $59.92 SRP (VHS) and $99.92 SRP (DVD) for a limited time only.  The set includes:  DIRTY HARRY, THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES SPECIAL EDITION, UNFORGIVEN, IN THE LINE OF FIRE, (Columbia TriStar Home Video) BRONCO BILLY  and THE BEGUILED (Universal Home Video). Both Gift Sets will be available on August 1.

THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES Special Edition, although not branded as part of the VHS collection, will still be available in collectible packaging.  The Special Edition, digitally transferred from newly-restored elements, includes an introduction by Clint Eastwood, a making-of documentary, the original theatrical trailer and a limited-edition collector’s card.  It is priced to own at $19.98 SRP.

EASTWOOD ON DVD

Two first-time on DVD releases, BRONCO BILLY and KELLY’S HEROES highlight the 10-title Clint Eastwood DVD Collection, with other top titles including Clint’s four-time Academy Award®-winning UNFORGIVEN, co-starring Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman and Richard Harris; ABSOLUTE POWER, which reteams Clint with Hackman; THE BRIDGES OF MADISON County, with Eastwood opposite Meryl Streep; Dirty Harry, with Eastwood in his first installment as rock-solid detective Harry Callahan; THE GAUNTLET, PALE RIDER, THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES and his latest video release, TRUE CRIME.


LIGHT IT UP COMES TO DVD

The uplifting story of six misunderstood inner-city kids who seize the chance to make a difference, LIGHT IT UP makes its home video (rental) and DVD (for sale or rent) debut on June 13, 2000 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Popular singer/actress Vanessa L. Williams (Dance With Ale, Soul Food) stars with R&B singing sensation Usher Raymond (The Faculty) and critically-acclaimed actor/director Forest Whitaker (The Crying Game, Platoon) in this gripping, emotional film, executive produced by celebrated music producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. Featuring a talented ensemble of actors including Sara Gilbert (TV's "Roseanne"), Rosario Dawson (He Got Game, Kids) and Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo's Fire) LIGHT IT UP is an urban The Breakfast Club for a new generation.

SYNOPSIS

When a favorite teacher is suspended at a neglected high school in Queens, New York, six disparate students are suddenly bound together in a battle none of them ever imagined they'd fight. Barricaded inside the school and holding a policeman hostage, these students realize for the first time in their voting lives that their voices might actually be heard. As police, media and the eves of the country zero in on the sensational crisis, the questions become "what do they have to sa y?" and "how do they get their message across?"

LIGHT IT UP DVD

Available on DVD for $29.98 U.S./ $37.98 Canada, the LIGHT IT UP release includes the film's original theatrical trailer, a special featurette, a music video promotional spot and two music videos -- Master P's "Light It Up" and JaRule's "How Many Wanna..." -- as well as Spanish and English subtitles, English 5,1 Digital Surround sound and English Dolby Surround.

Visit Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment at www.foxhome.com.

 

05/24/00

SYNAPSE FILMS IS PROUD TO PRESENT ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND CONTROVERSIAL FILMS EVER MADE…

TRIUMPH OF THE WILL- DVD SPECIAL EDITION a.k.a. TRIUMPH DES WILLENS

Leni Riefenstahl’s classic piece of historical filmmaking, filmed during the 1934 Nazi Party Rally in Nuremberg, Germany, is considered by many to be one of the most important and controversial films ever made.

The film, realized by Paul Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Reich Minister for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, was created to influence all of Germany to support the "power" of the Nazi Party.  All during World War II in every theatre in Germany, either part of, or all of TRIUMPH OF THE WILL was shown.

Funded entirely by the N. S. D. A. P. (the Nazi Party), Hitler hired the young actress/director Leni Riefenstahl to direct.  Money was unlimited, so Riefenstahl was eating and sleeping in the editing room with hundreds of thousands of feet of film for almost a full year.  All of the shots in TRIUMPH are carefully constructed.   Sets were specially built to accommodate cameras and Hitler was filmed separately from the crowds so Riefenstahl could edit together a film that would manipulate imagery and seduce the mind.

An historically significant and, at times, horrifyingly manipulative exercise in propaganda for the Nazi regime, TRIUMPH OF THE WILL continues to be controversial over sixty years after its original release.  This historical document has been unavailable in Germany for many decades and Leni Riefenstahl has since come under fire for her personal relationship with Adolph Hitler, spending her life in the shadow of collaborating with the Nazi Party.

THIS DVD SPECIAL EDITION CONTAINS:

NOTE:  The windowboxing process used for this transfer exposes more film frame image than a standard full-frame or letterboxed transfer.  The slight black bars on all four sides of the image are normal for this format.  The issues and views presented in TRIUMPH OF THE WILL are in no way endorsed or supported by Synapse Films, Inc.  A portion of the sales of the DVD release of TRIUMPH OF THE WILL will be donated to The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

TRIUMPH OF THE WILL- DVD SPECIAL EDITION
Not Rated
1935
Approx. 120 min.
B&W
Windowboxed
Dolby Digital Mono
Item #SFD0015 (DVD)
UPC: 654930301593
Suggested Retail Price: $34.98
Expected Release Date: September 12, 2000

 

05/22/00

THE WHOLE NINE YARDS COMES TO DVD

May 19, 2000 Warner Home Video runs THE WHOLE NINE YARDS with the July 18 debut of the hit comedy which was the # 1 movie in America for three straight weeks. It will be available for rent on video and for sale on DVD at the suggested retail price of $24.98.

Directed by Jonathan Lynn ("My Cousin Vinny"), THE WHOLE NINE YARDS stars Bruce Willis ("The Sixth Sense"), Matthew Perry ("Three to Tango," "Fools Rush In"), Rosanna Arquette ("Pulp Fiction"), Michael Clarke Duncan ("The Green Mile,"), Natasha Henstridge ("Species"), Amanda Peet ("Isn't She Great," "Body Shots"),and Kevin Pollack ("The Usual Suspects").

THE WHOLE NINE YARDS DVD contains the following special features: interview gallery with the film's cast and crew, feature length commentary by director Jonathan Lynn, both 4x3 standard and 16x9 widescreen formats, theatrical trailer, subtitles and English/French Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. The film, also available on VHS with Spanish subtitles, is rated R with a running time of 98 minutes

The movie about life, love and plenty of ammunition tells the story of Nicholas "Oz" Oseransky (Perry), an all around nice dentist living in suburban Montreal. His new next door neighbor, Jimmy "The Tulip" Tudeski (Willis), is a hit man hiding out from a dangerous Chicago crime family. Despite their differences, Oz and Jimmy have one thing in common: someone's trying to kill them both. For Jimmy, avoiding a couple of hired killers is child's play. But for Oz, it's a whole new ball game. To stay alive, they're going to have to stick together.

Written by Mitchell Kapner, THE WHOLE NINE YARDS was produced by David Willis and Allan Kaufinan, and executive produced by Elie Samaha and Andrew Stevens.


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. 

SYNOPSIS

Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) is a hen-pecked family man. Mike Lowry (Will 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.

 

05/19/00

THE SECRET OF ROAN INISH COMES TO DVD FROM COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO

SYNOPSIS

Ten-year old Fiona (Jeni Courtney) is sent to live with her grandparents in a small fishing village in Donegal, Ireland.  She soon learns the local legend that one of her ancestors married a Selkie - a seal who can turn into a human.  Years earlier, her baby brother washed out to sea in a cradle, and some think that he is being raised by the seals.  Then Fiona catches sight of a naked little boy on the abandoned isle of Roan Inish and takes a more active role in uncovering the mysteries which abound.

 

05/16/00

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER COMING TO DVD IN 2001

Peter Staddon of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, who is a regular participant in the Home Theater Forum, has confirmed that BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER will be coming to DVD as entire season boxed sets starting in 2001. Way to go Fox!!! 


COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO TO RELEASE "STEEL MAGNOLIAS SPECIAL EDITION" ON DVD

On July 25, 2000, Columbia TriStar Home Video will release STEEL MAGNOLIAS SPECIAL EDITION on DVD. 

· All-Star Cast Includes Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis and Hollywood's Hottest Star, Julia Roberts! Also Starring Tom Skerritt, Sam Shepard and Dylan McDermott.
· Julia Roberts Won a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar Nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
· Released on DVD for the First Time Ever!

SPECIAL DVD FEATURES:

SYNOPSIS

The funniest movie ever to make you cry, Steel Magnolias is the story of a close-knit circle of friends whose lives come together in Truvy's Beauty Parlor in a small parish in modern-day Louisiana. Produced by the legendary Ray Stark and directed by Herbert Ross, STEEL MAGNOLIAS is based on the life of writer Robert Harling's sister and the town they grew up in.

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GEORGE CARLIN COMES TO DVD FROM COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO

"JAMMIN' IN NEW YORK" and "DOIN' IT AGAIN" now available on one DVD for only $29.95

On July 18, 2000, Columbia TriStar Home Video will release two of famed comedian George Carlin's most hilarious live performances on one DVD

JAMMIN' IN NEW YORK

This award-winning, Emmy-nominated special finds Carlin in peak form: angry, perceptive and hilarious.
DOIN' IT AGAIN

Carlin's 1990 Cable Ace Award-winning standup comedy special manages to offend almost everybody almost all of the time.

 


CHECK ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT’S WEB SITE FOR THE LATEST DVD NEWS

Anchor Bay has updated their web site with some choice details of upcoming DVDs.
Check it out: http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com/news/ 


MGM HOME ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES AUGUST DVD LINEUP

All of the titles listed below are priced at $19.98. Unfortunately very few of them offer the anamorphic enhancement, plus some are only full frame (yuck).

Coming August 1, 2000:

MISERY
Unenhanced wide screen version, English 2.0, trailer, teaser

PHANTASM: SPECIAL EDITION (a repricing of the older release)
Unenhanced widescreen version, English 5.1 & 2.0 mono, director's commentary, deleted scenes and more

PHANTASM IV: OBLIVION
Anamorphic widescreen version, English 5.1, trailer

PUMPKINHEAD
Full frame, English 2.0, trailer

SWAMP THING
Unenhanced widescreen and full frame versions, English 2.0 mono, trailer

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2
Unenhanced widescreen & full frame versions, English 2.0, trailer

Coming August 15, 2000:

FARGO
Anamorphic widescreen version, English 2.0, trailer

KALIFORNIA
Unenhanced widescreen and full frame versions, dual R & Unrated versions, English 2.0, trailer, featurette

PLATOON
Anamorphic widescreen and full frame versions, English 5.1, trailer

SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION
Unenhanced widescreen and full frame versions, English 5.1, trailer


SUMMER STARTS TO SIZZLE WITH WARNER HOME VIDEO'S DVD LINE-UP

THE GREEN MILE available June 6, catalogue #C2579, $24.98)
Nominated for four Academy Awards® including Rest Picture, The Green Mile is the critically-acclaimed big-screen adaptation of Stephen King's 1996 best-selling novel. Two-time Academy Award® winner Tom banks (Saving Private Ryan Forrest Gump) stars as a death row guard who deals with a moral and professional dilemma when he discovers that miracles are being performed by one of the prisoners, a convicted murderer- The stellar cast includes Michael Clarke Duncan (Whole Nine Yards, Armageddon' who received an Academy Award`' nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his role, David Morse (The Negotiator Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump), Bonnie Hunt (Return td Ale) and James Cromwell. (LA. Confidential). DVD features include:

INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE (available June 6, catalogue #1831.3, $24.98) 
Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible 2, Eyes Wide Shut), Brad Pitt (Fight Club), Antonio Banderas (Play It to ire Bone), Christian Slater (Hard Rain, Murder in the First and Kirsten Dunst (The Virgin Suicides) star in this hypnotic adaptation of Anne Rice's bestseller. Directed by Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, The End of the Affair). it's the story about the attractively tormented undead and their evil deeds across two continents and rive centuries.

DVD features include:

TWISTER (available June 6, catalogue 18321, $24.98)
Directed by Jan DeBont (Speed) and co-written by :Michael Crichton (ER,. Jurassic Park) this is the stork of storm chasers Helen Runt (As Good as It Gets and Hill Paxton (Titanic) as they go into the heart of a 300-mph tornado, risking all to gather scientific data that may provide life-saving advances in storm forecasting, DVD features include:

LETHAL WEAPON DIRECTOR'S CUT (available June 6. catalogue #16289. $24.98)
With more than 7 minutes of previously unavailable scenes. this director's cut includes added suicidal heroics by Riggs (Mel Gibson) taking on a schoolyard snipe- and Murtaugh ( Danny Glover) working out l-is 50th birthday blues on the firing range. DVD features include the original theatrical trailer, expanded motion menu and Dolby surround 5.1 audio.

LETHAL WEAPON 2 DIRECTOR'S CUT (available June 6, catalogue #16290, $24.98)
Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are at it again (with more than 4 added minutes) in this blockbuster sequel. Riggs (Gibson) wows the pretties at a hotel spa and Murtaugh (Glover) receives bad bodywork news from a repairman after his beleaguered station wagon sees street action. Plus, feisty Leon (Joe Pesci) recalls a suspect's address with a dizzy spin of numbers. DVD features include the original theatrical trailer, a behind-the-scenes stunt featurette, expanded motion menu and Dolby surround 5.1 audio.

LETHAL WEAPON 3 DIRECTOR'S CUT (available June 6, catalogue #16291, $24.98)
Mel Gibson and Danny Glover re-team for a third adventure with more than 3 added minutes including new scenes with Murtaugh's daughter Rianne (Traci Wolfe) adding subtext to this dad's fighting-mad protectiveness. Also included in the need- footage: domestic bliss at Riggs' trailer with a new rottweiler buddy joining Riggs' canine pal Sam and Lorna Cole (Rene Russo) lakes the wheel of a high-horse powered interrogation. DVD features include the original theatrical trailer, expanded motion menu and Dolby surround 5.1 audio.

SHAFT (available June 6 catalogue #65051 $24.98)
Richard Roundtree (Steel. Roots) males his debut as John Shaft, a tough private investigator whose hunt for a kidnapped woman puts him ire the middle of feuding syndicates. The release includes Isaac Hayes' Academy Award® winning Best Original Song and an Oscar® nominated score. DVD features on this first-ever widescreen video release include:

SHAFT'S 'S BIG SCORE! (available June 6 catalogue a #65302 $24.98)
In Richard Roundtree's send portrayal of the cool private investigator, the explosive murder of a client plunges Shaft into a case that bounces hint between the 133` Precinct and competing mobs. But the players are about to be played in this "rousing and entertaining thriller" (Newsweek). DVD features in this first-ever widescreen video release include three theatrical trailers.

SHAFT IN AFRICA (available June 6, catalogue #(65198. $24.98)
Richard Roundtree returns as the indomitable Shaft, this tithe drafted for an overseas assignment to pose as a slave, unmask the leads of an Africa-to-Europe slaver; cartel and mix his business with the amorous pleasure of a princess (Vonetta McGee), DVD features in this first-ever widescreen video release include three theatrical trailers.


JULY DVD RELEASES FROM ARTISAN HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Street Date: July 18, 2000

THE NINTH GATE
An eerie, otherworldly Gothic thriller directed by Roman Polanski (Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown) and starring Johnny Depp (Sleepy Hollow, Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood). Available on DVD, catalog #60747, for an SRP $24.98; running time 133 minutes, rated R.

Dean Corso (Johnny Depp) is highly skilled at his work, a position that requires dexterity, cultural expertise, nerves of steel... and few scruples. Having earned a reputation for locating rare books for wealthy collectors, Corso is contacted by eminent book lover and scholar of demonology Boris Balkan (Frank Langella). Balkan offers a tantalizing mission: to find the last two volumes of the legendary manual of satanic invocation "The Nine Gates of the Shadow Kingdom," compare them with Balkan's first volume-supposedly the only one of its kind-and ascertain the authenticity of the series.

Corso accepts the challenge. From New York to Toledo, Paris to Cintra, he immerses himself in a labyrinth of pitfalls and temptations, disturbing encounters, violence and mysterious deaths. Protected by an angelic creature (Emanuelle Seigner) and guided by a force more powerful than himself, Corso solves the mysteries of the book one by one and discovers the real purpose of his mission.

RESTRAINING ORDER
A legal thriller about a lawyer who must take the law into his own hands starring Academy Award® nominee Eric Roberts (Sleepy Runaway Train, The Specialist, The Pope of Greenwich Village) and Dean Stockwell (The Rainmaker, Air Force One). Available on DVD, catalog #10634, for an SRP $29.98; running time 95 minutes, rated R.

ARABIAN NIGHTS
Filled with dazzling special effects and based on the fantastical tales of Aladdin and Ali Baba as told by Scheherezade; starring Mili Avital (Stargate, Polish Wedding, The End of Violence), Jason Scott Lee (Soldier, The Jungle Book, Rapa Nui, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story), Alan Bates (Grave Indiscretion, An Unmarried Woman, The Rose) and John Leguizamo (Summer of Sam, Spawn, Executive Decision). Available on DVD, catalog #10633, for an SRP $19.98; running time 175 minutes, not rated.


WARNER HOME VIDEO ANNOUNCES MY DOG SKIP FOR DVD

On July 11, Warner Home Video (WHV) and Alcon Entertainment will release the irresistible box-office hit MY DOG SKIP on VHS and DVD. This humorous and touching comedy about a loving friendship between a boy and his dog is sure to be a favorite of both children and parents alike.  The DVD version of MY DOG SKIP, to be released day and date with the VHS, will 1 be priced at $24.98 SRP and will include the following bonus features:

Title:

MY DOG SKIP

Street Date:

July 11, 2000

DVD Price (SRP)-

$24.98

Running Time:

93 minutes/color

Rating

PG

 

05/09/00

COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO TO RELEASE THREE RAY HARRYHAUSEN SINBAD TITLES IN A SPECIAL DVD THREE-PACK

On July 11, 2000 Columbia TriStar Home Video will release a SINBAD DVD three-pack containing THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD, THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD and SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER.  This special offer will carry a suggested retail price of $77.95.

THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD

Sinbad (Kevin Matthews), bold sailor and prince of Baghdad, sets out for the mysterious island of Colossa where he hopes to obtain the egg of a roc, a fierce, giant bird.  The egg will help restore to normal size the Princess Parisa (Kathryn Grant) who has been reduced to the size of a man's thumb by the evil magician, Sokurah (Torin Thatcher).  On Colossa, Parisa liberates the genie of the magic lamp (Richard Eyer) and together, Sinbad, Parisa and the genie battle a man-eating cyclops, a two-headed roc, a fire-breathing dragon and a skeleton brought to life by Sokurah.  All of these creatures must be defeated before Parisa can be restored.

THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD

Sinbad and his crew intercept a homunculus carrying a golden tablet. Koura, the creator of the homunculus and practitioner of evil magic, wants the tablet back and pursues Sinbad. Meanwhile Sinbad meets the Vizier who has another part of the interlocking golden map, and they mount a quest across the seas to solve the riddle of the map, accompanied by a slave girl with a mysterious tattoo of an eye on her palm. They encounter strange beasts, tempests, and the dark interference of Koura along the way.

SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER

Sinbad (Patrick Wayne, Deep Cover) must deliver a prince transformed into a monkey to the lands of the Ademaspai to restore him to his human form in time for his coronation. On the way he must contend with the evil witch Zenobia, (Margaret Whiting, The Secret of My Success) her son and their magic, and several nasty-looking Ray Harryhausen beasties.  Also stars Jane Seymour.


DELAYS FOR TWO COLUMBIA TRISTAR DVD TITLES

The street dates for THE EYES OF LAURA MARS and the second installment of THE BEAR IN THE BIG BLUE HOUSE DVDs have been indefinitely delayed.

 

05/08/00

WARNER HOME VIDEO ANNOUNCES LIBERTY HEIGHTS FOR DVD

On June 20, 2000, Warner Home Video will release LIBERTY HEIGHTS on DVD at a SRP of $24.98. Special features will include a deleted scene, with an introduction by director Barry Levinson, "On The Set" behind-the-scenes location footage, a music only track. LIBERTY HEIGHTS is a look at 1950’s through the eyes a Jewish family and stars Joe Mantegna and Bebe Neuwirth.


THE BEYOND AND CANNIBAL FEROX COME TO DVD

Grindhouse Releasing is proud to officially announce the following firm release dates of the long promised deluxe edition DVDs of Lucio Fulci's THE BEYOND and Umberto Lenzi's CANNIBAL FEROX (aka MAKE THEM DIE SLOWLY)!!!

After almost three years of endless delays, here are the release dates:
CANNIBAL FEROX -- June 13, 2000
THE BEYOND -- Sept.19, 2000
CANNIBAL FEROX will be released in conjunction with Image Entertainment. It will include all of the supplements found on our laserdisc release -

plus+++
(sorry, no vomit bags or 45 records this time!)

This DVD will be available in stores everywhere, as well as internet DVD retailers. This is a controversial title, so pester your local DVD retailer or favorite internet site NOW to make sure they carry it. The item number is GRID9659DVD.

For those of you still interested in the laserdisc, there are just a few left, for the bargain price of $25 plus shipping. The deluxe edition VHS is also available for $19.95 plus shipping. Please contact Blackest Heart Media for more info: bhmedia@pacbell.net or go to http://www.blackestheart.com 

THE BEYOND will be released in conjunction with Rolling Thunder and Anchor Bay.

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the rare alternate version of the pre-credit sequence in FULL COLOR!!! Presented as a special supplemental bonus and a few other surprises still in the works.

For more information, keep an eye on our website at: http://www.houseofhorrors.com/grindhouse.htm 

05/05/00

PARAMOUNT JUNE AND JULY DVD ANNOUNCEMENTS

THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY
Wide screen enhanced for 16:9 televisions
Dolby Digital 5.1, theatrical trailer, cast & crew interviews, 2 featurettes, 2 music videos, director's commentary with Anthony Minghella
SRP: $29.99
Street date: 6/27/00

HAROLD AND MAUDE
Wide screen enhanced for 16:9 televisions
Dolby Digital 5.1, 2 theatrical trailers
SRP: $29.99
Street date: 6/27/00

DEAD AGAIN
Wide screen enhanced for 16:9 televisions
Dolby Digital 5.1, theatrical trailer, commentaries with director Kenneth Branagh, producer Lindsay Doran and screenwriter Scott Frank
SRP: $29.99
Street date 6/27/00

CLUE
Wide screen enhanced for 16:9 televisions
Dolby Digital 5.1, theatrical trailer, 3 alternate endings
SRP: $29.99
Street date 6/27/00

LA CUCARACHA
Wide screen enhanced for 16:9 televisions
Dolby Digital 5.1, theatrical trailer, cast & crew bios, commentary with director Jack Perez and actor Eric Roberts
SRP: $29.99
Street date 6/27/00

STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN
Wide screen enhanced for 16:9 televisions
Dolby Digital 5.1, theatrical trailer
SRP: $29.99
Street date 7/11/00

SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER
Wide screen enhanced for 16:9 televisions
Dolby Digital 5.1
SRP: $29.99
Street date 7/11/00

STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES, VOLUMES 13 & 14
Full frame
Vol. 13: This Side Of Paradise/The Devil In The Dark
Vol. 14: Errands Of Mercy/City On The Edge Of Forever
Dolby Digital 5.1, theatrical trailers
SRP: $29.99 each
Street date 7/11/00

ACTIVE STEALTH
Wide screen enhanced for 16:9 televisions
SRP: $29.99
Street date 7/11/00

ANGELA'S ASHES
Wide screen enhanced for 16:9 televisions
Dolby Digital 5.1, 2 theatrical trailers, cast & crew interviews, featurette, commentaries with director Alan Parker and writer Frank McCourt
SRP: $29.99
Street date 7/18/00

Where's Marlowe?
Wide screen enhanced for 16:9 televisions
Dolby Digital 5.1, theatrical trailer
SRP: $29.99
Street date 7/18/00

 


WARNER ANNOUNCES THE GREEN MILE FOR DVD

On June 13, 2000 Warner Home Video will release THE GREEN MILE on DVD with a SRP of $24.98. THE GREEN MILE will be offered in the widescreen format a with a Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack. Special features include a 10-minute behind-the-scenes documentary and a theatrical trailer.

05/01/00

FAMILY HOME ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS MAMMOTH UNDERTAKING

Historic Expedition Seen Around the World As Scientists Struggle to Recover Beast From Its Icy Grave Of 23,000 Years

Available Wherever Videos Are Sold On June 27.2000

In March of this year 26 million Americans joined viewers in 145 other countries to watch RAISING THE MAMMOTH, an unprecedented undertaking in which an international group of scientists struggle to recover a fully intact, 23,000-year-old woolly mammoth from its icy grave in Arctic Siberia. Now, just three months after its impressive stateside debut on the Discovery Channel, Family Home Entertainment (FHE), an Artisan Entertainment company, presents this critically acclaimed documentary narrated by Jeff Bridges on both VHS and DVD, available wherever videos are sold, on June 27.

"RAISING THE MAMMOTH is the kind of compelling event programming that has distinguished the Discovery Channel to millions of viewers around the world," noted Glenn Ross, President, Family Home Entertainment and Executive Vice President, Artisan Home Entertainment. "These properties likewise broaden Artisan's offerings by extending our presence in real life programming."

The running time of both the VHS (Catalog #10596) and DVD (Catalog #10599) versions of RAISING THE MAMMOTH is 120 minutes. The suggested retail price is $14.98 for the VHS and $19.98 for the DVD. Special features on the DVD include: the theatrical/TV trailer, an interview with explorer Bernard Buigues, Mammoth Facts of the Day, a Mammoth timeline/history and scientist biographies.

is 120 minutes. The suggested retail price is $14.98 for the VHS and $19.98 for the DVD. Special features on the DVD include: the theatrical/TV trailer, an interview with explorer Bernard Buigues, Mammoth Facts of the Day, a Mammoth timeline/history and scientist biographies.

May 2000 Headlines 


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