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07/28/00

COMPLETING A QUINTESSENTIAL, MUST-OWN HOLLYWOOD COLLECTION, MGM HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASES REMAINING SIX JAMES BOND FILMS ON SPECIAL EDITION DVD

A complete listing of the contents for each DVD is outlined below.

Film

DVD Features

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER

Special Edition DVD available for the first time

  • Audio commentaries by:

  • Ø Guy Hamilton (Director) and cast and crew

  • Documentary

  • Ø Inside DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER

  • Cubby Broccoli - The Man Behind Bond documentary

  • Original theatrical trailers

  • Three deleted sequences

  • Television spots

  • Radio spots

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

Special Edition DVD available for the first time

  • Audio commentaries by:

  • Ø Terence Young (Director) and cast and crew

  • Documentary

  • Ø Inside FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

  • Harry Saltzman-Showman Documentary

  • Storyboard sequence

  • Radio spots

  • Original theatrical trailers

  • Original promotional trailers

  • Photo gallery

THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS

Special Edition DVD available for the first time

  • Audio commentaries by:

  • Ø John Glen (Director) and cast and crew

  • Documentary

  • Ø Inside THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS

  • Ian Fleming- 007 Creator documentary

  • Original theatrical trailers

  • Deleted sequence

  • THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS music video

OCTOPUSSY

Special Edition DVD available for the first time

  • Audio commentary by:

  • Ø John Glen (Director)

  • Documentary

  • Ø Inside OCTOPUSSY

  • Designing Bond- Peter Lamont documentary

  • Original theatrical trailers

  • Storyboard sequences

  • ALL TIME HIGH music video

A VIEW TO A KILL

Special Edition DVD available for the first time

  • Audio commentaries by:

  • Ø John Glen (Director) and cast and crew

  • Documentary

  • Ø Inside A VIEW TO A KILL

  • Original theatrical trailers

  • Television spots

  • Deleted Scene

  • A VIEW TO A KILL music video

YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE

Special Edition DVD available for the first time

  • Audio commentaries by:

  • Ø Lewis Gilbert (Director) and cast and crew

  • Documentary

  • Ø Inside YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE

  • Silhouettes-The James Bond Titles documentary

  • Original theatrical trailers

  • Storyboard sequence

  • Radio spots

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER

Sean Connery stars as the dynamic 007, on the trail of a diamond smuggler who leads him on a nerve-shattering chase through Amsterdam, Los Angeles, and eventually, glittery Las Vegas.

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

James Bond (Sean Connery) delivers another blistering, thrill-a-minute caper as he attempts to prevent the enemy from seizing a decoder that can access Russian state secrets. Robert Shaw co-stars.

THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS

This thrilling, lightning-paced adventure has the indestructible James Bond (Timothy Dalton), armed with his razor-sharp instincts and license to kill, battling diabolical arms merchants and chasing the gorgeous Maryann d'Abo.

OCTOPUSSY

Roger Moore as James Bond is lured to the Indian palace of Octopussy (Maud Adams) where he learns of a plot by a diabolical villain (Louis Jourdan) that could destroy the world.

A VIEW TO A KILL

Roger Moore is the enigmatic 007 in this stunt-laden adventure that pits Bond against a twisted German industrialist (Christopher Walken) and his sexy partner-in-crime (Grace Jones).

YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE

Sean Connery stars as James Bond in this special-effects tour-de-force that takes him to Japan to foil an evil plot involving the onset of nuclear war between the Russians and the Americans.

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 


TWO JIM HENSON CLASSICS, "THE DARK CRYSTAL" AND "LABYRINTH" NOW AVAILABLE TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A BEAUTIFULLY PACKAGED DVD GIFT PACK AVAILABLE OCTOBER 3, 2000 FOR ONLY $44.95

On October 3, 2000 Columbia TriStar Home Video will release a special DVD gift pack containing the following two highly acclaimed DVDs from the masterminds at Jim Henson Home Entertainment:

THE DARK CRYSTAL

A thousand years ago, THE DARK CRYSTAL which stood at the balance between good and evil was cracked and two new races came into existence- the cruel Skeksis and the peaceful Mystics.  Two young Geflings, Jen and Kira, set out on a heroic race against time while encountering many strange creatures and challenges to replace the missing shard from the Crystal in order to restore harmony and unity to their world.

LABYRINTH

Weaving together music, adventure, comedy and a new collection of endearing characters from the Jim Henson Creature Shop, LABYRINTH follows he story of a young girl named Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) who must enter the remarkable and unimaginable world of The Labyrinth to rescue her baby brother who was kidnapped by Jareth the Goblin King (David Bowie).  Joined on her quest by a strange assortment of characters, Sarah quickly learns that she is in a world where everything seems possible, and nothing is what it seems.

 


MY BEST FIEND, THE CAPTIVATING TALE OF ONE OF THE MOST VOLATILE RELATIONSHIPS IN FILM HISTORY, HITS STORES FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS AUGUST!

Anchor Bay Entertainment Releases Two More Titles In The Werner Herzog Collection!

Werner Herzog's critically acclaimed documentary, MY BEST FIEND, along with his incredible film, WOYZECK hit retail shelves for the first time ever this August on both VHS and DVD. Based on the legendary and volatile relationship between director Werner Herzog and his nemesis, Klaus Kinksi, MY BEST FIEND will be presented as a widescreen collector's edition (1.77:1) in Dolby Surround Sound and will include the original theatrical trailer. The DVD will be available in English and in German with optional English subtitles and also in Dolby Digital Surround Sound. WOYZECK collector's edition is based on the haunting stage play by Georg Buchner and stars Kinski. It is presented widescreen (1.66:1) in German with English subtitles and includes the theatrical trailer. The DVD also features talent bios. Both releases have been digitally mastered for optimum picture and sound.

MY BEST FIEND is a 2000 theatrical release and was shown at a special screening at Cannes in 1999. Janet Maslin at The New York Times called it "Captivating." and "Amazing Kinski Stories!" Entertainment Weekly dubbed it "Fascinating!"

"Every gray hair on my head I call Kinski," comments Herzog during this documentary. The pair worked on five films together and tales of their tremendous and outrageous conflicts prove that truth can indeed, be stranger than fiction. In MY BEST FIEND, Herzog returns to the Munich apartment where he and Kinski met. Although young at the time, he remembers on one occasion that Kinski locked himself in the bathroom for 48 hours while he smashed the room to bits including all the porcelain. Herzog knew what he was in for years later when he cast Kinski in his well-known film, Aguirre, The Wrath of God. (He produced Aguirre for an incredibly low $375,000 and claims he could have put the $200 million blockbuster, Titanic, on screen for $40 million.) MY BEST FIEND is not merely a documentary about Kinski but a tale of two men who are larger than life.

WOYZECK has been called one of the most staggering comments on man's relation to God. Played as only Kinski could, Franz Woyzeck is a hapless, hopeless soldier, alone and powerless in

society. Abused and tortured, both physically and psychologically by commanding officers, doctors and his unfaithful wife, Woyzeck struggles to hold on to his humanity and fragile sanity. WOYZECK began shooting merely five days after Herzog wrapped Nosferatu. With the same crew and Kinksi as the lead, the film was shot in only eighteen days and edited into its final form in four. Many of the scenes with Kinski were shot in a single take including the savage finale. Some say that Kinski never fully recovered mentally from the experience.

Werner Herzog (real name Werner H. Stipetic) was born in Munich on September 5, 1942. He wrote his first screenplay at the age of 15. Herzog studied both history and literature in Munich and in Pittsburgh, PA and has produced his own films since 1962. He is an accomplished director, screenwriter and producer who is considered a leading figure in the German cinema's "new wave." His films contain powerful imagery and have been noted for their breathtaking visuals. Herzog has appeared in several of his movies and has also been the subject of a documentary and a short subject. He currently resides in San Francisco and Munich.

Anchor Bay Entertainment previously released several of Herzog's films including Nosferatu, Fitzcarraldo and Even Dwarfs Started Small. The company plans to release two more legendary Herzog films this fall - Aguirre, The Wrath of God and Cobra Verde.

 

 

07/27/00

COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO TO RELEASE "DAMN THE DEFIANT!" AND "LOOK WHO'S TALKING TOO"  ON DVD OCTOBER 10, 2000

On October 10, Columbia TriStar Home Video will bring the following titles to DVD:

DAMN THE DEFIANT!

SYNOPSIS

The commander (Alec Guinness) of a British warship must battle Napoleon's fleet and his own mutinous crew.

LOOK WHO'S TALKING TOO

SYNOPSIS

Mikey's  (Bruce Willis) back... and he's brought his little sister (Roseanne) in this fun-filled follow-up to the comedy hit LOOK WHO'S TALKING.

 

07/26/00

JACKIE CHAN'S MIRACLES COMES TO DVD OCTOBER 10, 2000

DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS

On October 10, 2000 Columbia TriStar Home Video will release on DVD and videocassette MIRACLES.  Directed by and starring superstar Jackie Chan, the film is a Honk Kong variation of Frank Capra's classic A Pocketful Full of Miracles set in the 1930s.

SYNOPSIS
In this hilarious, fast-paced action film, Jackie Chan is a poor country boy in 1930's Hong Kong who kicks his way to the top of Hong Kong's dangerous crime world and wins the heart of a gorgeous nightclub singer.  But when a rival gang threatens his leadership, Jackie is ready to fight.

 

07/25/00

COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO TO RELEASE "LADY FROM SHANGHAI" AND "HIDEAWAY" ON DVD OCTOBER 3, 2000

On October 3, 2000 Columbia TriStar Home Video will release the following titles on DVD:

LADY FROM SHANGHAI

An innocent man (Orson Welles) is drawn into a web of intrigue by a gorgeous femme fatale (Rita Hayworth).

HIDEAWAY

A near-death experience sets off telepathic links to a deranged killer in this terrifying thriller.  Starring Jeff Goldblum, Christine Lahti, and Alicia Silverstone.

 

07/24/00

FROM LUC BESSON COMES THE SPECIAL EDITION DIRECTOR'S CUT OF THE BIG BLUE

NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON DVD FROM COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO ON AUGUST 15, 2000

DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS

On August 15, 2000 Columbia TriStar Home Video will be releasing The Special Edition Director's Cut DVD and VHS of director Luc Besson's THE BIG BLUE.

Experience the peril and intensity of the world's most dangerous sport in THE BIG BLUE. Jacques (Jean-Marc Barr, Breaking the Waves) and his friendly rival Enzo (Jean Reno) are considered masters of free-diving and have made a career out of this one of a kind competition.  Jacques' life-long obsession with diving comes from his unusual bond with the sea, while Enzo thrives on the challenges of its inherent danger.  In his travels, Jacques meet Johanna (Rosanna Arquette), who is attracted to his innocent qualities and follows him across Europe to share his adventures, triumphs and ultimately tragic bond with Enzo.  With breathtaking underwater photography and matching musical support from Eric Serra (The Fifth Element), THE BIG BLUE immerses you in a life and death adventure you'll never forget.

 


FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT CELEBRATES THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF TIM BURTON'S ONE-OF-A-KIND MASTERPIECE EDWARD SCISSORHANDS WITH A SPECTACULAR DVD DEBUT SEPTEMBER 5. 2000

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE) celebrates the tenth anniversary of one of the most uniquely original films ever made, Tim Burton's one-of-a-kind masterpiece, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, with the highly requested DVD debut, and return to VHS, both in 10thAnniversary Editions -- on September 5, 2000. For this spectacular anniversary, both VHS and DVD releases include exciting behind-the scenes footage, with the eagerly anticipated DVD debut packed with cutting-edge bonus features -including brand new running commentary by Burton and acclaimed composer Danny Elfman, a fascinating "Making Of . . ." featurette and much more. Hailed on its original theatrical release as "the year's most comic, romantic and haunting fantasy ...pure magic," (Rolling Stone), EDWARD SCISSORHANDS features an all-star cast, including Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest and Vincent Price. Ten years later, the film has become a classic. Priced at $14.98 on VHS and $29.98 on DVD (S.R.P.) the EDWARD SCISSORHANDS 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION VHS and debut DVD pre-book August 2, 2000.

SYNOPSIS

Once upon a time in a castle high on a hill lived an inventor (Price) with his greatest creation, Edward (Depp). Although Edward had an irresistible charm, he wasn't quite perfect. The inventor's sudden death left him unfinished, with sharp shears of metal for hands. Edward lived alone in the darkness until one day a kind Avon Lady (Wiest) took him home to live with her family. So began Edward's fantastical adventures in a pastel paradise known as Suburbia. Director Tim Burton's EDWARD SCISSORHANDS is a one-of-a-kind and unforgettable fairy tale starring Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest and Vincent Price as the Inventor.

DVD-SPECIFICS

Bonus features of the DVD include an exciting and insightful newly recorded running audio commentary with Director Tim Burton and Composer Danny Elfman; a "making of" featurette, interview clips with actors Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Alan Arkin and Vincent Price, as well as with Tim Burton and Danny Elfman; original trailers and television spots; Tim Burton's original concept art; interactive 3-D menus and scene selections. The DVD is presented in anamorphic widescreen (aspect ratio: 1.85:1) in English 4.0 Surround with English and French Dolby Surround soundtracks.

EDWARD SCISSORHANDS 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION - - DVD

 


THE WORLD'S FAVORITE FAMILY FILM IS BACK FOR A LIMITED TIME,

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ON DVD!

Twentieth Century Fox Presents A Spectacular 35th Anniversary, "Five Star" Special Edition Of Rodgers And Hammerstein's Academy Award® Winning THE SOUND OF MUSIC Cherished Classic Makes Its Long-Awaited DVD Debut On August 29, 2000

Celebrating the 35th anniversary of one of the world's all-time "favorite things," the cherished family film musical, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, will return to VHS and make its long-awaited debut on DVD in a breathtaking "Five Star Collection" 35th Anniversary edition, beginning August 29, 2000. Never-before-available on DVD, THE SOUND OF MUSIC holds a place not just in cinematic history, but also in filmgoers' hearts, as the all-time great family film. Nominated for 10 Academy Awards® and winner of five, it is filled with unforgettable songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein and stars the inimitable Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, in an inspiring tale based on the true story of Austria's real-life Von Trapp Family singers. The exciting, collectible "Five Star Collection' DVD is loaded with special features, including interviews with Andrews and Plummer, commentary from Academy Award® winning director Robert Wise and over six hours of bonus programming. Priced on DVD at $29.98 and available on VHS at $14.98 (the lowest price ever), THE SOUND OF MUSIC pre-books on VHS and DVD on July 26, 2000.

The special THE SOUND OF MUSIC 35th Anniversary release makes use of a breathtaking new high definition video transfer created from the original 65mm film source, and approved by producer/ director Robert Wise. As well, the movie's beloved soundtrack has been restored and is presented on DVD in discrete 4.1 Dolby Digital.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC debuted theatrically on March 2, 1965 to immediate worldwide acclaim. It went on to break box-office records and to become a classic loved by generations the world over. Now, 35 years later, the film's magic and charm are undiminished, and with Fox's "Five Star Collection" DVD, this favorite is available to a whole new generation of fans.

DVD Special Features

The highly anticipated two-disc THE SOUND OF MUSIC "Five Star Collection' DVD release contains many extra features. Disc one contains running commentary from Director Robert Wise. Disc two features the original 1965 featurette, "Salzburg Sight and Sound;" an audio supplement by veteran screenwriter Ernest Lehrman including backstage tales; and an additional 87-minute documentary, "THE SOUND OF MUSIC: From Fact to Phenomenon," narrated by Claire Bloom, which features interviews with Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, director Robert Wise, and many members of the cast and crew, and members of the Von Trapp family, plus rare photos and footage." As well, the fantastic second disc features cast interviews, music, photos and footage; theatrical trailers, TV spots, radio spots and audio interviews; storyboards, production stills, sketches and a production diary.

Synopsis

THE SOUND OF MUSIC, the most popular musical of all time, is a heartwarming, inspirational and true story based on the lives of the Von Trapp Family Singers. Julie Andrews is Maria, a spirited, young Austrian woman studying to take her religious vows. Suspecting that Maria's true calling may lie outside the convent, the Mother Superior arranges for her to leave the convent and become a governess to the children of the autocratic widower, Baron Von Trapp. Bringing warmth and music to the strict household of the reserved former naval captain, Maria soon wins over the children and finally the Baron as well, in a gorgeously rendered romance. Richard Rodgers' soaring supple melodies and Oscar Hammerstein s joyful, inspirational lyrics are seamlessly joined in some of the world's best-loved songs: "Do-Re-Mi," "Edelweiss" and many more.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC - "FIVE STAR COLLECTION" EDITION DVD

 


FOX UPCOMING DVD DOUBLE FEATURES (FEATURING THE DVD DEBUT OF THE FLY (1958), THE RETURN OF THE FLY, THE FLY (1986), THE FLY 2, VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA. AND FANTASTIC VOYAGE)

Launch Highlights:

Synopses:

THE FLY (CLASSIC) DOUBLE FEATURE

THE FLY - In this 1958 classic, Vincent Price stars as a brilliant scientist who becomes obsessed with perfecting a device that can transmit matter from one location to another. Successful in his initial tests, he decides to experiment using a human being ...himself! But an ordinary house fly also makes the journey with him, and when they emerge at the other end, both creatures have been terribly changed. This is the chilling story of a man fighting to retain his humanity, and a desperate woman's attempt to save the man she loves.

RETURN OF THE FLY - In this 1959 sequel to THE FLY, Philippe, the son of the ill-fated scientist who invented the matter transporter, continues his father's experiments. But once again, nature and science combine with horrible results when Philippe is betrayed by his traitorous assistant who is trying to steal the secret of the transporter for himself. Stuck with the head and limbs of a fly, Philippe takes spectacular revenge on those who have wronged him, yet must also return to being a complete man before the fly that now has his head is killed.

THE FLY (MODERN) DOUBLE FEATURE

THE FLY (1986) - In this remake of the 1958 classic, Jeff Goldblum stars as the over-ambitious scientist who accidentally merges with a housefly while conducting a bizarre tele-porting experiment. Geena Davis plays the journalist who has fallen in love with him while covering his scientific endeavors, and suddenly finds herself caring for a horrifying creature whose insect half gradually begins to take over.

THE FLY II - On the surface, Martin seems a normal, healthy young man. But looks can be deceiving. For one thing, he's a genius. For another, he's a fully matured adult -- even though he's only five years old. But most extraordinary of all, Martin is the son of a human fly, a scientist whose genes were tragically altered in an experiment gone terribly wrong. And now it's only a matter of time before the mutant genes inside Martin come out of their dormant state.

FANTASTIC VOYAGES DOUBLE FEATURE

VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA - The giant atomic-powered submarine, Seaview, is undergoing final trials below the ice at the North Pole. Admiral Harriman Nelson (Walter Pidgeon) is informed that the ring of radiation surrounding the earth has been set afire and is burning out of control. The admiral and his crew must extinguish the fire or the temperature will rise and cremate the Earth and its inhabitants. This exciting futuristic adventure also stars Barbara Eden, Peter Lorre and Frankie Avalon.

FANTASTIC VOYAGE - When a diplomat is nearly assassinated, a submarine and its crew of medical experts are miniaturized and injected into the bloodstream of an important scientist in order to remove by laser a blood-clot from his brain. Just as they begin their voyage they find that one of the submarines inhabitants is a double-agent saboteur (Donald Pleasence). Now the crew must race to save the diplomat and escape before they revert back to full size while still inside the body.

THE FLY/RETURN OF THE FLY DOUBLE FEATURE

THE FLY/THE FLY II DOUBLE FEATURE

VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA/FANTASTIC VOYAGE DOUBLE FEATURE

 


CELEBRATING THE DVD DEBUT OF ONE OF HOLLYWOOD'S MOST LEGENDARY SCIENCE FICTION SAGAS, FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS PLANET OF THE APES: THE EVOLUTION LIMITED EDITION DVD BOX SET

Arriving August 15, Collectible Six-Disc Box Set Includes All Five Films, Plus - For A Limited Time - The Acclaimed Two-Hour Documentary "Behind The Planet Of The Apes"

The wait is over. Responding to overwhelming consumer demand, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE) announces the DVD debut of one of Hollywood's most innovative and acclaimed science fiction series, PLANET OF THE APES, on August 15, 2000. The original box-office smash and start of the first ever sci-fi film franchise, PLANET OF THE APES, and its four action-packed sequels, will become available in a spectacular, limited edition six-disc DVD set, deemed "PLANET OF THE APES: THE EVOLUTION." This spectacular DVD box set contains restored and digitally mastered THX certified editions of all the Apes films, including the intriguing sequels: BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES, ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES, CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES. In addition to the five features, the first 100,000 THE EVOLUTION DVD box sets will also include a bonus sixth disc containing the acclaimed documentary "Behind The Planet Of The Apes." THE PLANET OF THE APES: THE EVOLUTION DVD box set is priced at $99.98/$139.98 Canada (S.R.P.).

"Behind The Planet Of The Apes." is an elaborate and highly collectable historical retrospective produced in 1998 and hosted by beloved Apes actor Roddy McDowall. All PLANET OF THE APES features are available on DVD only as part of this special box set.

The ultimate collection for any PLANET OF THE APES or DVD fan, THE EVOLUTION will also be re-released on VHS as a five-pack gift set, concurrently with the new DVD release. In addition to making all five PLANET OF THE APES movies available to anxious consumers in a VHS Gift Pack, this VHS release also offers consumers the chance to purchase the original PLANET OF THE APES movie as a single videocassette.

In 1968 when a small group of astronauts crash-landed on an unknown planet, one of the most acclaimed science fiction legacies was born. PLANET OF THE APES stars Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter and James Whitmore, in a one-of-a-kind story of a world where primates rule and man is a feared and loathed enemy and slave. Critically and commercially acclaimed, the movie was awarded an honorary Academy Award® for Outstanding Makeup Achievement and nominated for Best Costume Design and Original Score. Since its theatrical debut over 30 years ago, sci-fi fans from all over the world have enjoyed this suspense-filled adventure.

DVD-SPECIFICS

Highlights of the DVD releases include each film's original theatrical trailer from the Fox archives, cast pages, photo galleries and web links. THE BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES DVD also contains a trailer for Fox Interactive's new PLANET OF THE APES game and the entire Apes Web site (ROM only). The limited edition bonus sixth disc boasts the critically-acclaimed, two-hour documentary "Behind The Planet Of The Apes," hosted by Roddy McDowall and featuring cast and crew interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, rarely seen screen tests, rare stills, concept art and storyboards from all five "Apes" films.

SYNOPSES:

PLANET OF THE APES

The 1968 science fiction masterpiece that started it all. Astronaut Taylor (Charlton Heston) crash lands on a distant planet ruled by apes who use a primitive race of humans for experimentation and sport. Soon Taylor finds himself among the hunted, his life in the hands of a benevolent chimpanzee scientist (Roddy McDowall). Winner of an Honorary Academy Award-" for Outstanding Makeup Achievement and nominated for two Oscars, it's grand entertainment from its visually arresting beginning to the chilling last moment. Frank Schaffner (1970 Academy Award® winner for Patton) directed this film written by Rod Serling (T.V.'s "The Twilight Zone") and Michael Wilson (Lawrence of Arabia). This film has a U.S. rating of "G" and a Canadian rating of "PG."

BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES

In the acclaimed 1970 sequel to PLANET OF THE APES, Charlton Heston returns as Taylor and James Franciscus is Brent, who crashes through the time barrier searching for the missing astronaut. The daring rescue mission leads to a subterranean city where mutant humans who practice mind control worship a weapon capable of destroying the entire planet. Both an actionoriented science-fiction adventure and a wry commentary on today's world, it's imaginative entertainment for fantasy buffs of all ages. This film has a U.S. rating of "G" and a Canadian rating of "PG."

ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES

Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter reprise their roles from the original PLANET OF THE APES in this third chapter of the Apes saga. Two intelligent simians from the future, Cornelius (McDowall) and Zira (Hunter) travel to present-day earth. They become instant sensations, wined and dined and treated like celebrities -until a high-level plot forces them to run for their lives! Featuring Ricardo Motalban and Sal Mineo, this 1971 release is a delightful blend of humor, social commentary and suspense. This film has a U.S. rating of "G" and a Canadian rating of "PG."

CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

Colorful, futuristic sets, a relentless pace and an action-packed climax highlight the 1972 fourth episode of the legendary Apes saga, starring Roddy McDowall and Ricardo Montalban. The time is the near future. Apes have supplanted dogs and cats as household pets and replaced servants as personal assistants - until their continual mistreatment provokes one advanced ape from the future, Caesar (McDowall), to lead a spectacular revolt. It's thrilling science fiction that offers both a serious message and stirring entertainment. This film has a U.S. rating of "PG" and a Canadian rating of "PG."

BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

The final confrontation? Roddy McDowall and Claude Akins star in the fifth and last chapter of the original legendary Apes saga. Set in 2670 A.D., an idyllic society of man and ape is threatened by both a militant gorilla (Akins) and a tribe of still-intelligent mutant humans. Finally, simmering tensions dividing the primates erupt in an apocalyptic climax. When the smoke clears the carnage is everywhere, but there is hope for a new beginning for man and ape. John Huston, Paul Williams and Lew Ayres co-star in this 1973 release. This film has a U.S. rating of "G" and a Canadian rating of "PG."

 


FOX ANNOUNCES THE OMEN DVD GIFT SET

Set Features THE OMEN, OMEN II: DAMIEN, OMEN ILL: THE FINAL CONFLICT, and OMEN IV: THE AWAKENING)
Street Date: September 5, 2000
Suggested Retail Prices:

THE OMEN DVD GIFT SET: $99.98 US/$139.98 Canada
DVD Singles: $29.98 US/$37.98 Canada (Omen 1-3 only)

Launch Highlights:

Fox Home Entertainment has a treat for chill seekers and horror hounds alike. Just in time for the Halloween season, the studio unleashes a fright-fest of terror with the DVD debut of all THE OMEN movies in an exciting DVD gift set.

Featuring striking, collectible, all-new packaging, THE OMEN DVD Gift Set contains the original horror classic, THE OMEN, and its three terrifyingly evil sequels, THE OMEN II: DAMIEN, THE OMEN III: THE FINAL CONFLICT, and THE OMEN IV: THE AWAKENING. Beginning September 5, the set will be available for the suggested retail price of $99.98 US/$139.98 Canada.

THE OMEN, THE OMEN II: DAMIEN, and THE OMEN III: THE FINAL CONFLICT are available on DVD as single units for the take home price of $29.98 US/$37.98 Canada, each. THE OMEN IV: THE AWAKENING will only be available as part of the terrifying new gift set.

Starring Gregory Peck and Lee Remick, the original THE OMEN has found a permanent home in horror history. Hailed as "an absolutely riveting, thoroughly scary experience" (Los Angeles Times), THE OMEN has bred one of the most enduring and highly-successful terror legacies.

Synopses:

THE OMEN Catalog #2000448

The first film in this classic legacy of terror stars Gregory Peck as an ambassador who is talked into switching his wife's stillborn baby with an orphaned infant. When young Damien is five, the horror begins with his nanny's dramatic suicide. As the death toll escalates, Damien's father -- realizing his son is the Antichrist -- decides that he must kill the boy and rid the world of the evil.

THE OMEN II: DAMIEN Catalog #2000449

Since the sudden and highly suspicious deaths of his parents, 12-year-old Damien has been in the charge of his billionaire uncle. Widely feared to be the Antichrist, Damien relentlessly plots to seize control of his uncle's mufti-national food conglomerate -- and the world. Meanwhile, anyone attempting to unravel the secrets of Damien's sinister past or his fiendish future meets with a swift and cruel demise. In this chilling sequel to THE OMEN, the forces of good and evil battle each other to a taut and terrifying end. William Holden and Lee Remick star.

OMEN III: THE FINAL CONFLICT Catalog #2000450

Set in an eerie future, The Great Recession has arrived. As world starvation and economic doom prevail, so does Damien, who relentlessly continues his sinister plot to control the world. Damien's evil power reaches out across the Atlantic when he's appointed ambassador to England. With an ominous band of Satan supporters behind him, it's only his first stop on a political path he intends to lead him to the Presidency of the United States. But first, he enters upon a manic hunt for his arch-nemesis (God) and wreaks havoc all along the way. Sam Neill stars.

OMEN IV. THE AWAKENING

The Yorks are the living embodiment of The American Dream. Rich, influential attorneys, they have everything a couple could want ...except a child. When the Yorks learn of a beautiful baby girl waiting to be adopted, they instantly fall in love with baby Delia and adopt her. But terror and destruction seem to follow Delia wherever she goes. The priest who baptized her mysteriously dies, the psychic fair she attends burns in a fiery holocaust and her nanny falls from a second story window, impaling herself on a merry-go-round. Soon, Delia's mother begins to question the coincidences of these catastrophes. Her thoughts can't help but turn to the biblical prophesy of Armageddon ...the final confrontation between good and evil, beginning with the birth of Satan in human form.

THE OMEN DVD GIFT SET

THE OMEN

THE OMEN II: DAMIEN

THE OMEN III: THE FINAL CONFLICT

THE OMEN IV: THE AWAKENING

 

07/19/00

HERE ON EARTH ARRIVES DAY-AND-DATE ON VIDEO AND DVD AUGUST 8, 2000

Featuring three of today's hottest young stars, Chris Klein (American Pie), Leelee Sobieski (Never Been Kissed) and Josh Hartnett (The Faculty), HERE ON EARTH touches down on video (rental) and DVD (sale or rental) on August 8, 2000 from Fox Home Entertainment. Hailed as a "heartfelt story of romance, friendship and true love," (jump Magazine) this compelling $11 million drama is the tale of three young people - a handsome rich kid, a small town girl and her long-time boyfriend - whose lives unexpectedly intersect during one fateful summer.

SYNOPSIS
Chris Klein (American Pie) and Leelee Sobieski (Never Been Kissed) star in a "heartfelt story of romance, friendship and true love" (jump Magazine). Rich kid Kelley Morse (Klein) thought he had it all - money, good looks and a new Mercedes. But after a reckless car race destroys a roadside diner, Kelley finds himself sentenced to a summer of manual labor in a small town. That's where he meets and falls in love with a girl from the other side of the tracks, Samantha (Sobieski). But everything changes when Samantha's long-time boyfriend jasper (Josh Harnett, The Faculty) uncovers their secret romance. This "sweet and romantic" (YOUNG MISS Magazine) tale of first love will capture your heart.

DVD
Presented in its original widescreen theatrical format (aspect ratio 1.85:1) from an anamorphic transfer, the HERE ON EARTH DVD includes the film's original theatrical trailer, English subtitles, the special music video, "Where Are You," a duet with pop sensation Jessica Simpson and 98 Degrees heartthrob Nick Lachey, and more.

 

07/17/00

COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO TO RELEASE TWO EPISODES OF THE CLASSIC TELEVISION SERIES "CHARLIE'S ANGELS" ON DVD

Just In Time For The 2000 New Theatrical Release

On October 3, 2000 Columbia TriStar Home Video will release Angels: Angels Under Cover, two episodes of the famed TV series on one DVD.

CHARLIE'S ANGELS - ANGELS UNDER COVER

TO KILL AN ANGEL

A trip to the carnival leads to a tunnel of horrors when Kelly gets caught in the crossfire between two paid killers and an autistic child.

NIGHT OF THE STRANGLER

The Angels bare all - almost - as undercover fashion models while investigating a kinky case of multiple murders.

 


MANGA ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS THE BEST SWORD FIGHTING ACTION SINCE NINJA SCROLL-- SWORD FOR TRUTH TO BE RELEASED ON JULY 25, 2000

Manga Entertainment presents the July 25th DVD release of SWORD FOR TRUTH - a film where nonstop action and masterful swordplay are challenged by one courageous fighter for truth. Ancient feudal Japan was ruled by clans of Shoguns whose rule was absolute; they owned the land and the people on it! One man, Shuranosuke Sakaki the master swordsman, furiously protected his independence. Bearing his distinctive "Scythes Of Death" crest he walks alone and unafraid, cutting a swathe through those who stand in his way. In this action packed adventure, Shuranosuke is hired by the Tokugawa Shogunate to rescue Princess Mayu from the clutches of a group of bandit ninjas, the Seki Ninja. They will stop at nothing to protect their captive and call upon the undead spirits in Hell to assist them. Shuranosuke’s skills are put to the ultimate test as he leaves a trail of blood and severed limbs in a desperate attempt to save the Princess. Watch this classic samurai adventure and find out why Shuranosuke is a cut above the rest.

FROM THE DIRECTOR OF GHOST IN THE SHELL COMES MAMORU OSHII'S TECHNO-ROBOT MOVIE

PATLABOR 1: THE MOVIE, made popular by the highly acclaimed TV series Patlabor Mobile Police, is a science-fiction police film set against a tale of danger and high-tech revenge. Manga Entertainment is proud to announce the DVD release of Patlabor 1 on July 25, 2000.

In the year 1999, Tokyo's Mobile Police have a new weapon in the war on crime - advanced robots called "Labors" that are used to combat criminals who use new technologies for illegal means. In the midst of the police mobilization, the suicide of a mysterious man on the massive Babylon Project construction site sets off a cascade of events that may signal the destruction of Tokyo. What is the connection between the suicide and the Mobile Police? While cops Noah Izumi and Azuma Shinohara investigate an unexplained wave of rogue Labors' rampaging the city, they uncover a sinister plot to infect Tokyo's eight thousand Labor robots with the deadly BABEL virus. With the future of the city hanging in the balance and a typhoon poised to trigger the devastation, Noah, Azuma and their teammates must destroy the source of the virus - the giant Babylon Project Tower in Tokyo Bay.

PALM PICTURES PRESENTS ON DVD IN 5.1 SURROUND SOUND FREE TIBET, THE DOCUMENTARY FILM CONCERT OF THE FIRST TIBETAN FREEDOM CONCERT

Palm Pictures, committed to presenting the best and the boldest on DVD, proudly announces the remixed and remastered release Free Tibet, the documentary film of the first Tibetan Freedom Concert, held in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park June 15-16, 1996. This music event, a benefit organized with the help of the Beastie Boys to raise money for the Milarepa Fund, was the single biggest Stateside benefit concert since 1985's Live Aid. It featured performances by 20 bands united by a common cause, including Beastie Boys, Beck, Bjork, Foo Fighters, Fugees, John Lee Hooker, Pavement, Sonic Youth, A Tribe Called Quest, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Smashing Pumpkins and others.

In May of 1994, the Beastie Boys helped to create the Milarepa Fund with royalty money from Ill Communication. Free Tibet also includes backstage footage and commentaries by performers and audience members, including Palden Gyatso-la, a Tibetan Buddhist monk who survived 33 years of torture and imprisonment in the Chinese gulag. Palden Gyatso-la once said that the Tibetan Freedom Concert in San Francisco was the day he had been hoping and praying for during his many years of imprisonment, and that the power behind that event was the faith it required to put together. Free Tibet provides background on the history of Tibet and the significance of the nonviolent struggle of the Tibetan people against oppression and persecution by the Chinese people.

 

07/16/00

UPCOMING BUENA VISTA DVD TITLES

REINDEER GAMES

STORY SYNOPSIS

It is the week before Christmas and only two days to go before Rudy (Affleck) and Nick are released from prison. is looking forward to spending a life with his pen pal Ashley (Theron) and Rudy to some pecan pie with his family. When Nick is stabbed to death, Rudy assumes the role of Nick with the beautiful Ashley. The action and deception starts when Rudy realizes that Ashley has actually double crossed Nick and made him part of an armed casino robbery with her evil brother (Sinise).

THE CIDER HOUSE RULES

STORY SYNOPSIS

Set in a Maine orphanage in the 1940’s, the story centers on Homer Wells, a young man (Tobey Maguire) who grows up in an orphanage run by Dr.Wilbur Larch (Michael Caine), who takes the boy under his wing as his protege. Dr. Larch teaches the boy everything he knows about medicine as he prepares him to be his successor, but Homer would like to choose his own path in life. His chance to experience the world outside the orphanage comes when he befriends a young couple who come to visit the orphanage. Against Dr. Larch’s wishes, he decides to strike out on his own and hitches a ride with Wally (Paul Rudd) and Candy (Charlize Theron). Wally offers Homer a job and a place to live at his family’s apple orchard. When Wally is sent off to war, Homer develops a friendship with Candy and falls in love. Homer’s experiences at the cider house teach him lessons about life and love and how far he needs to travel to find where he truly belongs.

HOLY SMOKE

STORY SYNOPSIS

Holy Smoke is the story of a young Australian woman (Kate Winslet) who travels to India and ends up joining a cult. When her working-class family hires a professional cult specialist (Harvey Keitel to coax her out of her delusions in a remote desert hideaway, seduction and electricity ensue.

MISSION TO MARS

STORY SYNOPSIS

The year is 2020 and NASA has made another giant leap for mankind by successfully landing a team of astronauts on Mars. However, shortly after their arrival on Mars, Mission Commander Luke Graham (Don Cheadle) and his colleagues encounter a bizarre and catastrophic disaster.

A rescue mission is launched to investigate the tragedy and bring back any survivors. Co-piloted by Commander Woody Blake (Tim Robbins) and Jim McConnell (Gary Sinise), four courageous astronauts set out on a heroic six-month journey through space where they face insurmountable dangers.

HIGH FIDELITY

STORY SYNOPSIS

Rob Gordon (John Cusack) is the owner of a semi-failing record store in Chicago where he sells music the old fashioned way – on vinyl. He’s a music junkie who spends his days at his store, Championship Vinyl, with his two employees Dick (Todd Louiso) and Barry (Jack Black) creating their all-time favorite top-five lists of songs.

Although they have an encyclopedia knowledge of pop music and are consumed with the music scene, it’s of no help to Rob when his long-time girlfriend Laura (Iben Hjejle) walks out on him. This hilariously funny comedy examines Rob’s failed attempts at romance and happiness, as he is dragged kicking and screaming into adulthood.

 

7/14/00

VCI HOME VIDEO NEW DVD RELEASES FOR SEPTEMBER

Item#: DVD-8245
Title:  PIPPIN- SPECIAL EDITION
UPC: 0-89859-82452-4
SRP:  $24.99
Starring:  Ben Vereen, William Katt, Martha Raye, Benjamin Rayson, Chita Rivera, Carmine Rizzo.  Directed by: Bob Fosse & David  Sheehan .

A whimsical, song-filled life of a prince who seeks fulfillment. Bob Fosse's Broadway musical hit illustrates the legendary odyssey of Charlemagne's son, Pippin.  Heir apparent to the Holy Roman Empire, Pippin searches for meaning and truth.  This contemporary classic is the first Broadway musical ever recorded during live performances, utilizing a nine-camera system. Supervised by Fosse, and produced and directed for television by David Sheehan, it is an incredible adaptation brought to video!

115 Minutes, Color, 1981, Not Rated, Genre: BROADWAY MUSICAL, DVD-5, Dolby Digital Stereo. Special Features: Interview with Bob Fosse ~ Biographies ~ Still gallery.

Item#: DVD-8230
Title:  RIDE IN THE WHIRLWIND-DIRECTOR'S RESTORATION SERIES
UPC:  0-89859-82302-2
SRP: $29.99
Starring:  Jack Nicholson, Millie Perkins, Cameron Mitchell, Katherine Squire, George Mitchell.  Directed by: Monte Hellman.

A young Jack Nicholson wrote, co-produced and co-starred Ride in the Whirlwind.  It is a tale of two hired cattle hands that run across a hanged man, the result of vigilante justice.  As they continue on their journey, the two men stop at a cabin where they are offered food, drink and place to stay.  Unknowingly, these hospitable men are in fact murderous outlaws.  A vengeful sheriff and his entourage soon surround the cabin, and the two cattle hands find themselves caught in the crossfire. This DVD release contains commentaries, part of Monte Hellman's new Director's Restoration Series.

85 Minutes, Color, 1967, Not Rated, Genre: WESTERN, DVD-5, Dolby, Digital Mono. Special DVD Features:  Fully Restored by Monte Hellman ~ Commentary track ~ New Digital 16X9 Transfer  ~ Still Gallery ~ Biographies

Item#: DVD-8229
Title:  THE SHOOTING-DIRECTOR'S RESTORATION SERIES
UPC: 0-89859-82292-6
SRP:$29.99
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Warren Oates, Millie Perkins, Will Hutchins, Charles Eastman,B. J. Merholz. Directed by: Monte Hellman.

It is the tale of a cocky young man (Nicholson) in pursuit of wanted ex-bounty hunter (Oates). Wrote, produced and co-starred, Jack Nicholson worked on this film simultaneously with Ride in the Whirlwind in 1967.  For the incredible sum of $150,000, director Monte Hellman filmed these two movies in Utah and has since then earned the admiration of loyal fans, including Quentin Tarantino. On this DVD release, commentaries are provided, part of Monte Hellman's new Director's Restoration Series.

81 Minutes, Color, 1967, Not Rated, Genre: WESTERN, DVD-5, Dolby Digital Mono. Special DVD Features:  Fully Restored by Monte Hellman ~ Commentary track ~ New Digital 16X9 Transfer ~ Still Gallery ~ Biographies

Item#: DVD-8251
Title:  PINOCCHIO
UPC:  0-89859-82512-5
SRP:$24.99
Starring:  Sandy Duncan, Danny Kaye, Clive Revill, Liz Torres, Flip Wilson.
Directed by: Ron Field and Sid Smith.

Based on the original 1883 fable of Italian writer Carlo Lorenzini, this musical version stars Sandy Duncan as Pinocchio and Danny Kaye as Gepetto the lonely, woodcarver. Gepetto creates a marionette which to his amazement, becomes the little boy he dreamed of and never had.  It is the classic tale of a boy who does things he shouldn't and must face the consequences-and as most often than not, the parent suffers along, in this case, Gepetto. An instrumental story for a child learning about taking responsibility for one's actions.

76 Minutes, Color, 1976, Suitable for all Ages, Genre: FANTASY, CHILDREN/FAMILY, ADVENTURE, DVD-5, Dolby Digital Mono

Item#: DVD-8256
Title:  ADVENTURES OF RED RYDER-1st TIME ON VIDEO
UPC: 0-89859-82562-0
SRP: $29.99
Starring: Don 'Red' Barry, Noah Beery, Maude Pierce Allen, William Farnum, Tommy Cook, WallyWales.
Directed by: John English & William Witney.

The classic 12-chapter cliffhanger produced by republic Pictures finally comes to Home Video! A proverbial theme of good vs. evil as Red Ryder (Don Barry) rounds up other ranchers like him to fight crooked banker Calvin Drake (Harry Worth) and his chief henchman Ace Hanlon (Noah Beery). It is the case of honest landowners being pushed off their lands by any means possible (including sudden deaths).

205 Minutes, B&W, 1940, Not Rated, Genre: CLIFFHANGER/WESTERN, DVD-10, Dolby Digital Mono.  Special DVD features:  Bonus Entertainment ~ The Original Pilot for a TV Series ~ Original Theatrical Trailer ~ Lobby Card & Poster ~  Photo Gallery ~ Biographies

Item#: DVD-8253
Title:  MEIN KAMPF/ADOLF HITLER-SPECIAL EDITION
UPC:   0-89859-82532-3
SRP: $29.99
Starring: Claude Stephenson.
Directed by: Erwin Leiser.
This special DVD edition features two very important historical documentaries.

Mein Kampf contains authentic World War II, German footage of the Warsaw horrors uncovered in the secret archives of the SS Elite Guard.  It historically documents Hitler's inhumane policies by using still photos, newspaper excerpts, newsreel footage and tells the naked truth of how the world shamefully stood by and did too little, too late.  Graphically, it cries out a Nazi Germany, which took 13 million lives, and trampled over the human spirit…with unspeakable cruelty while the world watched…

The second documentary simply titled Adolf Hitler contains newsreel footage and chronicles the rise and fall of Adolf Hitler, chancellor of Germany, leader of the Nazi Party and principal architect of World War II.

197 Minutes, B&W,  1961, Not Rated, Genre:  DOCUMENTARY,  DVD-9, Dolby Digital Mono


CENTRAL PARK MEDIA TO RELEASE RECORD OF LODOSS WAR: CHRONICLES OF THE HEROIC KNIGHT DVD COLLECTION

Available October 17th

Central Park Media, the foremost distributor of Japanese animation, is pleased to announce the long awaited DVD release of the best-selling fantasy adventure "Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight." The "Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight DVD Collection" compiles all 27 episodes of this fan-favorite series in a 4-disc collector's boxed set.

This DVD collection will be available on October 17th (order cut-off September 18th). The "Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight DVD Collection" will be priced at $129.99 for the 4 disc boxed set.

THE RECORD OF LODOSS WAR: CHRONICLES OF THE HEROIC KNIGHT DVD COLLECTION

Five years past, a band of six adventurers defeated the conquering armies of Marmo, the dark island, and saved the accursed island, LODOSS. But the darkness never perished... Now, a mad wizard threatens to awaken an ancient evil - the mythical goddess of destruction. Old heroes must heed the call to defend their homeland and new heroes are forged as the battle for LODOSS begins anew!

RECORD OF LODOSS WAR: CHRONICLES OF THE HEROIC KNIGHT DVD COLLECTION


AUGUST 2000 DVDS FROM A-PIX ENTERTAINMENT

DA HIP HOP WITCH  R

Afu-Ra, Charli Baltimore, The Cella Dwellas, Amy Dorris, Eminem, Dani Girl, Steve Grillo, William Harour, Hell Razah, Ja Rule, Stacii Jae Johnson, Killah Priest, David Scott Klein, La the Darkman, Lord Jamar, Made Men, Mobb Deep, The Outsidaz, Beverly Peele, Pras, Tony Prendatt, Rah Digga, Ras Kass, Dale Resteghini, Rock, Royce 5'9", Spliff Star, Mia Tyler, Vitamin-C A spoof of The Blair Witch Project...only better! In the rarest television event of 1999, rap stars such as Pras and Rah Digga and the white boy from Detroit, Eminem, shamefully go public disclosing their personal accounts with the supernatural terror, often known in urban folklore as the "Black Witch in the Project." A record mogul, The Street Don, offers $10,000,000 for the capture of the witch and sponsors daily updates of the attacks on a major TV network. Everyone gets in the act to uncover the truth about the so-called witch and win the $10,000,000.  All the hottest Hip Hop Rappers: Eminem - Multi Platinum, Pras - Multi Platinum, Spliff Star - Multi Platinum, Killah Priest - Multi Platinum, Rah Digga - Multi Platinum.

DVD
APX27031  7-83722-70313-7  1-57848-305-0
SRP:  $19.98
English
DVD-9 Format
Full Frame Version
Audio Commentary with the director
Scene Indexes
Spanish Subtitles
Stereo Sound
Bonus footage
Weblink
Street:  08/08/00

AROUND THE FIRE R -  min

Devon Sawa, Bill Smitrovich, Eric Mabius, Tara Reid, Colman Domingo, Charlayne Woodard, Michael McKee Simon (Devon Sawa), an upper class Manhattan teenager is haunted by the death of his mother and angry with the sudden re-marrying of his father to a woman Simon suspected was having an affair with his father long before his mother died. At boarding school he meets Andrew (Eric Mabius) who introduces him to marijuana and LSD. Simon is immersed into a new world where dreamers, artists, flower children and partiers spend the better part of their lives "on tour" at music festivals. Through a relationship with a beautiful young hippie (Tara Reid) and eventual struggle with drug abuse and rehabilitation, Simon is made to take a look at the self-destructive emotional turmoil deep within.  Soundtrack featuring: Grateful Dead, Bob Marley, The Neville Brothers, Dire Straits, The Meters, Phish

DVD
APX27027  7-83722-70273-4  1-57848-300-X
SRP:  $19.98
English
DVD 9 Format
Anamorphic Widescreen
Outtakes
Behind the Scenes
Motion Menus
Theatrical Trailer
Spanish Subtitles
Scene Indexes and access chapters
5.1 Surround Sound
Interviews
Weblink
Street:  08/22/00

 

07/13/00

COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO TO RELEASE A "HOOK/LITTLE WOMEN" DVD TWO PACK ON SEPTEMBER 5, 2000

On September 5, 2000 Columbia TriStar Home Video will release a new DVD 2-pack which will feature HOOK and LITTLE WOMEN together for the first time.

HOOK

DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS INCLUDE:

· Talent Files (Steven Spielberg, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams and Gwyneth Paltrow)

Synopsis

Peter Pan (Robin Williams, Academy Award-winner, Good Will Hunting) has grown up to be Peter Banning, a businessman who has more time for his cell phone than his own children, until fate launches him back once again into combat with Captain HOOK (Dustin Hoffman, Academy Award-winner, Rain Man).  With Wendy (Maggie Smith, Academy Award-winner California Suite) and Tinkerbell's (Julia Roberts, Notting Hill) help, Peter returns to save his children by battling with Captain HOOK once again.

LITTLE WOMEN

DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS INCLUDE:

Synopsis

Along with their mother (Susan Sarandon, Academy Award-winner, Dead Man Walking), Jo (Winona Ryder, Girl Interrupted), Meg (Trini Alvarado, Stella), Beth (Claire Danes, The Mod Squad) and Amy (younger Amy, Kirsten Dunst, Dick; older Amy, Samantha Mathis, The American President) endure hardships that test the bonds of love and family. Also stars Gabriel Byrne (Stigmata), Christian Bale (Velvet Goldmine), and Erick Stoltz (2 Days in the Valley).

COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO TO RELEASE SIX NEW CLASSIC EPISODES OF "THE THREE STOOGES" ON ONE DVD SEPTEMBER 5, 2000

On September 5, 2000 Columbia TriStar Home Video will release the following six hilarious episodes on DVD:

SPOOK LOUDER

The stooges are salesmen selling a weight-reducing machine. They have no luck until they show up at the house of an eccentric inventor where they are hired as caretakers. When the scientist goes to Washington to demonstrate his death-ray machine to the government, the boys are left to guard his house and must contend with enemy spies and a mysterious pie thrower.

MUMMY'S DUMMIES

Set in ancient Egypt, the Stooges run a used chariot lot where they unload defective chariots on unsuspecting customers. When they con the head of the palace guard, they're brought to the palace to be executed, but instead become royal chamberlains after curing the King's toothache. When they recover some tax money stolen by a corrupt official, the King rewards them with marriage to his daughter. After getting a look at the ugly crone, Moe and Larry select Shemp to be the groom.

SHIVERING SHERLOCKS

The Stooges witness an armed robbery and are brought in by the cops as suspects. After passing a lie detector test, the boys are freed but are now the only ones who can identify the crooks. Meanwhile, their friend Gladys has inherited a house in the country and the boys go with her to inspect it so she'll get a fair price when it's sold. The house turns out to be the crooks' hideout, and when the crooks abduct Gladys, the Stooges must rescue her.

THE GHOST TALKS

The Stooges are movers for an express company.  On a rainy night, they are sent to move some junk, including a suit of armor, from a spooky old house. The ghost of Peeping Tom, who has no intention of leaving, haunts the armor. The ghost foils the Stooges' attempts to take the armor, until Lady Godiva shows up and the two ride off together.

HOKUS POKUS

The Stooges are taking care of their invalid friend Mary who is confined to a wheelchair. What they don't know is that Mary is only faking her disability to swindle the insurance company. When the boys witness a hypnotist, "The Great Svengarlic," doing his act on the street, they think he might be able to hypnotize Mary so she can walk. Instead, they become subjects for his show and are hypnotized into walking out on a flagpole high above the ground. When they come out of their trance and realize their predicament, they fall into a window, startling Mary, who jumps from her wheelchair just as the insurance adjuster is about to hand her a check.

FRIGHT NIGHT

The Stooges are managers of "Chopper", a beefy boxer, and they bet their bankroll on his next fight. When a gangster tells them to have Chopper lose or they'll lose their lives, the boys decide to play along. They try to soften Chopper up by feeding him rich food and having him spend time with their friend Kitty. The fight gets canceled when Kitty dumps Chopper for his opponent and the two boxers engage in some pre-match fisticuffs that result in a broken hand for the opponent.  The Stooges think they've put one over on the gangsters, only to have the bad guys corner them in a deserted warehouse. Instead of being rubbed out, the boys capture the crooks and get a reward.

COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO TO RELEASE "MARY REILLY" AND "FARAWAY, SO CLOSE" ON DVD SEPTEMBER 12,  2000

On September 12, 2000 Columbia TriStar Home Video will release the following titles on DVD:

MARY REILLY

FARAWAY, SO CLOSE

28 DAYS COMES TO DVD SEPTEMBER 19, 2000

SPECIAL EDITION DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS

SYNOPSIS

Gwen Cummings (Sandra Bullock), a successful NY journalist and ultimate party girl, loves to have a good time.  Trouble is, she never can tell when she's had enough.  When she borrows her sister's (Elizabeth Perkins) wedding limo and plows it into someone's front porch, the wild life she shares with her boyfriend Jasper (Dominic West) comes to a screeching halt.  She earns herself a DUI and a 28-day stretch in rehab.  There, she faces an unthinkable set of rules (no cell phones!) and some strange rituals, like chanting and ... (gulp!) sharing her feelings.  Joining up with an eccentric group of fellow rehabbers led by the inimitable Counselor Cornell (Steve Buscemi), Gwen embarks on a poignant and often hilarious road to recovery where she learns that life is not always a party and that real happiness comes from within.

COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO TO RELEASE "THE CRAFT - SPECIAL EDITION " DVD ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2000

DVD Re-Release Will Include Exceptional Added Value Elements Such As Director's Commentary, Witchcraft Trivia And History And Much More

DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS

SYNOPSIS

Sarah (Robin Tunney) is a new transfer student at a Los Angeles high school. Her special "talents," such as balancing a pencil on its tip without touching it, attract the notice of a group of novice witches.  Bonnie (Neve Campbell), Rochelle (Rachel True) and Nancy (Fairuza Balk) recruit Sarah in order to strengthen their powers.  After being dismissed as misfits by their more popular classmates, they create spells which wreak unusual forms of vengeance on their enemies and, eventually, on themselves.

COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO TO RELEASE THE HOLIDAY CLASSIC "BUSTER AND CHAUNCEY'S SILENT NIGHT" ON DVD SEPTEMBER 19, 2000

SYNOPSIS

A whimsical Christmas tale of the real story behind how the beloved hymn "Silent Night" was created. A heartwarming story to share with the entire family.

COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO TO RELEASE "RUDY SPECIAL EDITION" AND "GLADIATOR" ON DVD SEPTEMBER 26, 2000

On September 26, 2000 Columbia TriStar Home Video will release the following titles on DVD:

RUDY SPECIAL EDITION

Rudy (Sean Astin, Bulworth) grew up in a steel mill town where most people ended up working, but he dreamed of playing football at Notre Dame instead. There were only a couple of problems:  his grades were a little low, his athletic skills were poor, and he was half the size of the other players. But he had the drive and the spirit of 5 people and set his sights upon joining the team, refusing to let anyone take away his dream.

GLADIATOR

· Talent Files (Director Rowdy Herrington, James Marshall, Ossie Davis, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Robert Loggia and Brian Dennehey)

A story of two teenagers trapped in the world of illegal underground boxing. One is fighting to save his father's life using the prize money to pay off gambling debts accumulated by his father. The second is fighting to get out of the ghettos. While being exploited by a boxing promoter the two teens become friends. An explosive ending puts the two friends in the ring against each other in a fight for survival.

 

07/06/00

AMERICAN BEAUTY DVD DEBUT ON OCTOBER 24, 2000

--DVD Features More Than Three and a Half Hours of Bonus Programming And Dolby Digital and DTS Sound On The Same Disc --

AMERICAN BEAUTY, the year’s most critically acclaimed film and winner of five Academy AwardsÔ including Best Picture, makes its sell-through VHS and DVD debut on October 24, 2000. This multi-award winning, universally celebrated film will be released to own as a special "Awards Edition." Both THE AWARDS EDITION VHS and DVD include an insightful storyboard feature with commentary by Academy Award-winning Director Sam Mendes and Oscar-winning Director of Cinematography Conrad L. Hall, and a "Making of" featurette. With more than three and a half hours of bonus programming, AMERICAN BEAUTY: THE AWARDS EDITION DVD is designed to provide an insider’s look at the award-winning movie. Featuring Dolby Digital and DTS Sound on the same disc, AMERICAN BEAUTY: The Awards Edition DVD also includes a DVD Rom component offering access to exciting on-line events, as well as the ability to scroll through the Academy AwardÔ winning screenplay as the movie plays. The DVD is priced at $26.99 (SRP). AMERICAN BEAUTY: THE AWARDS EDITION VHS is priced at $24.99 (SRP).

AMERICAN BEAUTY: THE AWARDS EDITION DVD FEATURES

Marking the highly-anticipated DVD, the spectacular AMERICAN BEAUTY: THE AWARDS EDITION DVD contains the following bonus programs:

AMERICAN BEAUTY features exceptional performances from a stellar cast headlined by this year’s Best Actor Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey (The Usual Suspects, LA Confidential, Seven) and Best Actress Oscar nominee Annette Bening (In Dreams, The Grifters, The American President). AMERICAN BEAUTY’s powerful ensemble cast also includes Thora Birch (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger), Wes Bentley (Beloved), Mena Suvari (American Pie), Peter Gallagher (sex, lies and videotape, Short Cuts, The Player) and Chris Cooper (The Horse Whisperer, A Time to Kill).

The critical acclaim for AMERICAN BEAUTY was universal. Domestically, it was featured on 277 Top Ten lists, named by more than 65 critics as Best Picture of the Year, and received three Golden Globe Awards. In addition to its five Academy and Golden Globe Awards, AMERICAN BEAUTY received Best Film honors from over 65 Critics Associations, including the prestigious National Board of Review and The Broadcast Film Critics Association. AMERICAN BEAUTY was also recognized internationally by top critics, and critics groups, and won six BAFTA Awards, Great Britain’s equivalent to the Oscar.

Not only did the cast and crew principals receive accolades from the top industry organizations, but virtually everyone involved in the making of AMERICAN BEAUTY also received kudos from their industry peers, including Best Director for Sam Mendes from The Director’s Guild of America; Outstanding Cinematography for Conrad L. Hall from the American Society of Cinematographers; Motion Picture Producers of the Year Awards for Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks from the Producer’s Guild of America; Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen for Alan Ball from the Writer’s Guild of America; Screen Actors Guild Awards for Spacey, Bening and ensemble cast; and Best Costume Design for Film for Julie Weiss from the Costume Designers Guild.

AMERICAN BEAUTY FILM SYNOPSIS

Marking the feature film directorial debut of award-winning theatre director Sam Mendes (The Blue Room, Cabaret), this funny, moving and shocking journey through life in suburban America follows the trials and tribulations of Lester (Spacey) and Carolyn (Bening), an upper-middle class couple whose marriage - and lives - are slowly unraveling. Lester’s wife hates him, his daughter Jane regards him with contempt, and his boss is positioning him for the ax. So Lester decides to make a few changes in his life; the freer he gets, the happier he gets, which is even more maddening to his wife and daughter. But Lester is about to learn that the ultimate freedom comes at the ultimate price.

AMERICAN BEAUTY
DVD/VHS Price: DVD $26.99 (SRP), VHS $24.99 (SRP)
Street Date: October 24, 2000
Running Time: 122 minutes
MPAA Rating: R


COLUMBIA MUSIC VIDEO RELEASES BILLY JOEL "LIVE AT YANKEE STADIUM" DVD VIDEO ON AUGUST 8, 2000

Experience "LIVE AT YANKEE STADIUM," featuring performances from Billy Joel's legendary shows at "The House That Ruth Built," for the first time on DVD Video.  This 85-minute live concert features Billy performing such timeless classics as  "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant,"  "Piano Man," and "New York State Of Mind"  in front of his hometown crowd. This DVD edition of "Live At Yankee Stadium" has been Digitally Mastered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and PCM Stereo for spectacular sound, which will transform your living room into the ol' ballpark.

 


DIGITAL LEISURE TO RELEASE KINGDOM II: SHADOAN FOR DVD MOVIE PLAYERS AND COMPUTERS

Award Winning Fantasy Action/Adventure Game offers hours of excitement on your home DVD computer or DVD movie player.

Take a ride into a new fantasy world from the comfort of your living room and see yourself in the midst of adventure, as you become Lathan Kandor exploring an intricate and vibrant new J.R.R. Tolkien-like world. Gather the five missing pieces of the magic amulet, with its awesome power destroy the evil wizard Torlock, and reunite with your love, Princess Grace Delight.  SHADOAN, the winner of the Parent's Choice Approval Award and the Compact Disc Interactive Association Award for "Best Children's Title", also offers a Parental Guidance Mode giving parents to ability to adjust the level of cartoonish fighting and effectively changing the game between PG and G.  The intricate animation of more than 70,000 hand-painted cells combined with the intensive use of 5.1 six-channel DTS sound mix, the first video game in history to adopt the process, the same process as used in the Blockbuster Hollywood movie, Titanic, allows the player to find themselves immersed in the fantasy world displayed before them on their home DVD movie player or DVD-ROM.

Created by Rick Dyer, the co-creator of Dragon's Lair and Space Ace, SHADOAN features over 250 locations for Lathan Kandor to pursue in his quest of the magic amulet and return of his fair princess.  SHADOAN is a leader in the marriage between interactive multimedia titles and Hollywood

The Ballad Of Shadoan, sung by Julie Eisenhower, cracked the top 30 of Adult Contemporary charts.  The 30 completely original song musical tracks were written and arranged by the same musical talents known for their arrangements of Beauty and the Beast and Pocahontas. With the intense music and sound, SHADOAN has achieved many DVD firsts including offering closed captioning for the Hearing-Impaired.

"What we have created in SHADOAN is a game that provides total family entertainment in the comfort of your own home" said General Manager David Foster. "Rather than using your DVD movie player to just view movies, SHADOAN provides a lot of action and interaction with challenging game play and high quality graphics that keep the players involved and excited."

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

07/03/00

SHE KILLED IN ECSTASY COVER AND SCREEN SHOTS FROM SYNAPSE FILMS


CENTRAL PARK MEDIA ANNOUNCES THE SLAYERS DVD COLLECTION & MAZE DVD

Central Park Media, the foremost distributor of Japanese nimation, is pleased to announce the long awaited DVD release of the best-selling comedy adventure "THE SLAYERS." "THE SLAYERS DVD COLLECTION" compiles all 26 episodes of this fan-favorite series in a 4-disc collector's boxed set. Also available on DVD is "Maze," the fantastic mega burst adventure from the screenwriter of " THE SLAYERS." Both titles will be available on September 19th (order cut-off August 1st). " THE SLAYERS DVD COLLECTION " will be priced at $129.99 for the 4 disc boxed set. "MAZE," which includes the original OVA as well as a bonus f the first TV episode, will be available for $29.99.

THE SLAYERS DVD COLLECTION

Welcome to a world where magic reigns and monsters lurk behind every corner. Into this land of deadly dragons and menacing magicians comes our heroine - Lina Inverse, a cute, fireball-throwing sorceress who steals from the wicked and gives to herself! Along with Gourry, a handsome but dumb-as-a-rock swordsman, Lina challenges the forces of not-so-goodness as she seeks truth, justice, fame and gold! Well, mostly fame and gold...

This 4-disc collector's boxed set contains all 26 episodes of "THE SLAYERS."

MAZE

Transported through time and space, Maze has gained incredible powers... and one astronomical problem. Every night, she transforms into a lecherous man! To top it all off, she must rescue a fugitive (and overly affectionate) princess from a mysterious warrior cult. But male Maze would rather be chasing the ladies...

Features the talents of acclaimed screenwriter Katsumi Hasegawa (The Slayers/The Slayers Next, Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight and Photon!)

THE SLAYERS DVD COLLECTION

MAZE

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