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August 2000 Headlines 

08/29/00

IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES DVD RELEASE 'TREASURES FROM AMERICAN FILM ARCHIVES: 50 PRESERVED FILMS'

Four-Disc Box Set to Feature 50 Restored Films from the Vaults of 18 American Archives

Image Entertainment, Inc., a leading licensee and distributor of DVDs in North America, today announced the October 3, 2000 release of a groundbreaking 4-DVD box set, "TREASURES FROM AMERICAN FILM ARCHIVES: 50 PRESERVED FILMS."  The films presented, collected from 18 different film archives throughout the United States, have been meticulously restored for this presentation.     Produced by the National Film Preservation Foundation, "TREASURES" marks the first time ever that America's archives have joined forces to share their films with home video audiences.  Proceeds from the sale of this set go to further support film preservation.

The unprecedented 1 hour collection shows the amazing range of American films that survive today thanks to the efforts of the Academy Film Archive, the George Eastman House, the Library of Congress, the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian, the UCLA Film and Television Archive, the Alaska Film Archives, Anthology Film Archives, Japanese-American National Museum, Minnesota Historical Society, National Archives and Records Administration, National Center for Jewish Film, the New York Public Library, Northeast Historic Film, Pacific Film Archive and the West Virginia State Archives.     From the first publicly exhibited movie to cutting-edge, avant-garde works, "TREASURES" presents silent-era features pioneering special effects, landmark independent productions, documentaries, newsreels, animation, political ads, and home movies made from coast to coast.

The overwhelming majority of the programs found in "TREASURES" have never been available on home video.  Mastered from the finest archival sources, the films include the first feature-length "Snow White" (1916), Western star William S. Hart in "Hell's Hinges" (1916), "The Toll of the Sea" (1922) in two-strip Technicolor, "The Fall of the House of Usher" (1928) by Webber & Watson, "Rose Hobart" (1936) by Joseph Cornell, and footage of Orson Welles's 1936 - 'Voodoo' "Macbeth."  A very rare example of Groucho Marx's home movies, from 1933, is also included in the set.  All films without original soundtracks are accompanied by newly recorded scores.

The "TREASURES" DVD features numerous bonus supplements.  Over 300 interactive screens discuss the films and music, illustrated essays introduce each of the participating archives, and a fully illustrated 150-page book provides an in-depth look at each film and its context.  "'TREASURES from American Film Archives' will change how we think about film history and the people who have made movies," said National Film Preservation Foundation board member Laurence Fishburne, who provided narration for the supplemental material.

The National Film Preservation Foundation (www.filmpreservation.org) is the nonprofit organization created by the U.S. Congress to save America's film heritage.  Since opening its doors in 1997, the NFPF has supported film preservation in archives in 22 states and the District of Columbia and helped preserve over 275 films and collections.

08/28/00

COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO TO RELEASE SIX NEW CLASSIC EPISODES OF THE THREE STOOGES ON ONE DVD NOVEMBER 14, 2000

On November 14, 2000 Columbia TriStar Home Video will release the following six hilarious episodes on DVD:

A-Ducking They Did Go

The Stooges are tricked by some con men into selling memberships to a phony duck hunting club. After the Stooges sell all the memberships to the police department, the bad guys skip town, leaving the Stooges to deal with a duck-less lake, a lodge full of cops and plenty of trouble ahead.  Moe and Larry stall the cops with duck decoys while Curly searches for some real ducks, but the flock he brings belongs to local farmer and the boys leave in a hail of buckshot.

Hoi Polloi

A professor bets that he can turn the Stooges into gentlemen. After many attempts to teach them etiquette, he takes them to a fancy society party.  The party quickly degenerates, but the Stooges end leaving as gentleman after all while the other guests have adopted Stooge-like behavior .

Half-Wits Holiday (aka No Gents...No Cents)

Betting one of his colleagues that he can turn the Stooges into gentlemen within 60 days, a professor tries to teach the boys proper manners with the help of his pretty daughter. After many frustrating attempts, he introduces the Stooges at a high society party. At first things go all right, but the party soon turns into a wild pie fight.

Higher than a Kite

Working for the R.A.F. in England as auto mechanics, the Stooges wreck an officer's car and try to hide in a sewer pipe, which turns out to be a bomb. After the bomb is dropped behind enemy lines, Moe and Curly disguise themselves as German officers and Larry dresses as a seductive fraulein. While general Bommel chases after Larry, Moe and Curly steal secret plans from the high command.

False Alarms

The Stooges are firemen who are constantly in trouble.  Warned that one more incident will cost them their jobs, Curly decides to sneak out anyway to visit his girlfriend. Her two friends need dates too, and the only way Curly can get Moe and Larry out of the station is to pull a fire alarm. The fire truck leaves without Moe and Larry, so they steal the captain's new car to make it to the call first. They manage to get Curly and return to the station, but they wreck the car and must leave on the run.

Nutty But Nice

Working as singing waiters, the Stooges are enlisted by a doctor to try and cheer up a little girl. Her father, a banker, was kidnapped with $300,000 worth of bonds. Failing to cheer the girl, the Stooges decide to look for the father and wind up in the bad guys' hideout. The villains return and, after a wild fight, the boys free the missing man.

 


THE SLAYERS NEXT DVD COLLECTION & PHOTON: THE IDIOT ADVENTURES DVD AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 7TH

Central Park Media, the foremost distributor of Japanese animation, is pleased to announce the long awaited DVD release of the best-selling comedy adventure "THE SLAYERS NEXT DVD COLLECTION." "THE SLAYERS NEXT DVD COLLECTION" compiles episodes 27-52 of this fan-favorite series in a 4-disc collector's boxed set. Included will be an offer for a free "Slayers" Chroma-Cel (while supplies last). Also available will be the "PHOTON: THE IDIOT ADVENTURES" DVD. This DVD contains all six episodes of the critically acclaimed space comedy from the creative team behind "Tenchi Muyo!"

Both "THE SLAYERS NEXT DVD COLLECTION" and "PHOTON: THE IDIOT ADVENTURES" DVD will be available on November 7th (order cut-off October 9th). "The Slayers Next DVD Collection" will be priced at $129.99 for the 4 disc boxed set, and "PHOTON: THE IDIOT ADVENTURES" will be available for $39.99.

THE SLAYERS NEXT DVD COLLECTION

Let the forces of evil tremble in fear (along with wealthy merchants and innocent bystanders)... THE SLAYERS ARE BACK! Join the not-so-heroic adventures of Lina Inverse - the super-cute sorceress who steals from the rich and keeps it for herself! Along with her sword-swinging (but dumber than dirt) sidekick, Gourry, her hyper-enthusiastic protégé, Amelia, and the tormented and overly-serious golem, Zelgadis, there's nothing Lina can't do! This 4-disc collector's boxed set contains all 26 episodes (episodes 27-52) of "THE SLAYERS NEXT." Includes an offer for a free "Slayers" Chroma-Cel while supplies last.

PHOTON: THE IDIOT ADVENTURES DVD

Photon, a young man with a kind heart and superhuman strength, leaves his home on Sandy Planet (a desert world) in search of a runaway friend. On this heroic quest, he is accidentally engaged to a renegade space pilot! Now both are on the run from the evil emperor of the galaxy and his bumbling henchmen. But even worse than the incompetent bad guys are the disastrous cooking contests, exploding spas and cheerleading aliens! This DVD includes all 6 episodes of this hilarious series from Masaki Kajishima and Yousuke Kuroda (Tenchi Muyo!)

THE SLAYERS NEXT DVD COLLECTION

PHOTON: THE IDIOT ADVENTURES DVD

 

08/23/00

COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO TO RELEASE DONNIE BRASCO SPECIAL EDITION AND GILDA

On November 7, 2000 Columbia TriStar Home Video will release the following titles on DVD:

DONNIE BRASCO SPECIAL EDITION

Al Pacino (Academy Award-winner, The Scent of a Woman) and Johnny Depp (Sleepy Hollow) head an all-star cast in this brilliant gangland thriller about an undercover FBI agent who befriends a hitman to gain entry to the mob.

GILDA

Just arrived in Argentina, small-time crooked gambler Johnny Farrell (Glenn Ford, The Loves of Carmen) is saved from a gunman by sinister Ballin Mundson (George Macready, A Song to Remember), who later makes Johnny his right- hand man. But their friendship based on mutual lack of scruples is strained when Mundson returns from a trip with a wife: the supremely desirable Gilda, whom Johnny once knew and learned to hate. The relationship of Johnny and Gilda, a battlefield of warring emotions, becomes even more bizarre after Mundson disappears.

 

STREET DATE CHANGE FOR THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI

Old Street Date: November 7, 2000
New Street Date: November 21, 2000

 

08/22/00

CRUEL INTENTIONS 2 ARRIVES ON DVD NOVEMBER 7, 2000

DVD ADDED VALUE

On November 7, 2000 Columbia TriStar Home Video will release on DVD and videocassette CRUEL INTENTIONS 2, a wicked tale of seduction and betrayal that takes place several years before the malicious original.

SYNOPSIS

School's never been more captivating or challenging than when a pair of unscrupulous siblings set out to teach each other a lesson in this provocative textbook on deception, temptation and revenge.  When the roguish Sebastian reunites with his wicked stepsister in their grand new town home in New York, he plans to put his past behind him and become a one-woman man.  Especially after meeting the stunningly innocent Danielle, the daughter of Manchester Prep's Headmaster.  But after being crossed by Sebastian, Kathryn plots to test the strength of the lover's relationship by throwing a few curves, namely herself, at her stepbrother.  Can Sebastian resist Kathryn's ample charms and dedicate himself solely on educating the naive Danielle in the ways of love?  Everything is up for grabs, and nothing is what it seems in this deliciously tantalizing tale of corruption, domination and seduction.

 


A LOOK AT SYNAPSE FILMS EVIL DEAD TRAP COVER

08/21/00

THE PATRIOT COMES SPECIAL EDITION DVD OCTOBER 24, 2000

DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS

On October 24, 2000 Columbia TriStar Home Video will release the box-office hit THE PATRIOT on DVD and videocassette.  Starring Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger, THE PATRIOT is an epic action adventure set against the backdrop of the American Revolution.

Synopsis

In 1776 South Carolina, widower and legendary war hero Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) finds himself thrust into the midst of the American Revolutionary War as he helplessly watches his family torn apart by the savage forces of the British Redcoats. Unable to remain silent, he recruits a band of reluctant volunteers, including his idealistic son Gabriel (Heath Ledger), to take up arms against the British.  Fighting to protect his family's freedom and his country's independence, Martin discovers the pain of betrayal, the redemption of revenge and the passion of love.  From acclaimed director Roland Emmerich.

DVD SPECS

 


BUENA VISTA ANNOUNCES THE ULTIMATE SCREAM COLLECTION FOR DVD

Four-Disc DVD Deluxe Trilogy Box Set In Stores September 26!

THE ULTIMATE SCREAM COLLECTION, a deluxe DVD Trilogy Box Set featuring all three genre-bending suspense sensations plus a bonus fourth disc of never-before-seen treasures from the depths of the SCREAM vaults, arrives in stores Tuesday, September 26 for the shockingly low price of $89.99 (S.R.P.) from Dimension Home Video.

The terrifying saga of Sidney Prescott, Gale Weathers and Dewey Riley came to a close with SCREAM 3, but fans of the world's most successful horror trilogy can revel in what happened between takes on the sets of all three films and enter a whole new world of SCREAM with the bonus fourth disc.

The fourth disc takes viewers directly into "The Cutting Room," where, for the first time ever, they can edit a SCREAM scene via remote control. Production outtakes, deleted scenes, music videos, even screen tests for actors Neve Campbell, Jamie Kennedy and Skeet Ulrich are also included in this special collectors' edition tailor-made to thrill SCREAM fans.

In addition to an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at all three films and a "Behind the Scream" documentary, the four-disc DVD gets up-close and personal with director Wes Craven, screenwriter Kevin Williamson, actors David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox Arquette, Drew Barrymore, Skeet Ulrich, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jerry O'Connell, Parker Posey, Jenny McCarthy, Jamie Kennedy, Liev Schreiber and many other cast and crew members. The discs also include commentaries from Craven, Williamson, producer Marianne Maddalena and editor Patrick Lussier.

Although the SCREAM franchise was conceived by screenwriter Kevin Williamson as a trilogy, SCREAM fans get plenty of new material to savor with THE ULTIMATE SCREAM COLLECTION.

SCREAM Collector's Edition disc includes

SCREAM 2 Collector's Edition disc includes

SCREAM 3 Collector's Edition disc includes

The bonus forth disc includes:

DVD-ROM features include:

 

08/19/00

COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO TO RELEASE "FAIL-SAFE" SPECIAL EDITION DVD

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

DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS

SYNOPSIS

A technical malfunction in the Pentagon's strategic control system causes an erroneous order to be sent to a B-58 squadron on a routine training mission instructing the bombers to fly beyond their-fail safe distance. The flight crew has been trained to respond to such an order by ceasing communications and preparing to bomb Moscow. As the planes near their target, the crisis deepens and together the Americans and Soviets must decide on a final, desperate solution.

 

08/17/00

MARK WAHLBERG AND DIRECTOR DAVID O. RUSSELL HEADLINE "THREE KINGS" SCREENING AND SIMULTANEOUS CHAT IN VIRTUAL THEATRE EVENT AUG. 25

DVD users all over the world will share in the unique opportunity of simultaneously watching Three Kings with their web-enabled DVD while chatting online with the movie’s hot young star, Mark Wahlberg and director David O. Russell. This Warner Home Video event, featuring the highly praised action-adventure film, marks the first synchronized online chat and screening featuring a highly successful actor.

The screening/chat is scheduled for August 25 at 6 p.m. PST. Users can register by going to "Online Events" in their DVD-ROM’s menu, at Mark Whahlberg’s web site www.markwahlberg.com, www.talkcity.comwww.warnervideo.com/threekingsevents or through www.entertaindom.com.

To participate, users need a computer equipped with a DVD-ROM drive, the Three Kings DVD and an Internet connection. A cue delivered by Warner Home Video via the Internet will alert participants all over the world to trigger the movie to begin at the same time for all users on their computer. Users will then view the movie at DVD quality in a "virtual theater" and will be able to askMark Wahlberg and Russell questions as everyone watches the movie together. Users without a DVD-ROM computer will be able to participate in the chat only. Autographed DVDs of the Three Kings will also be given away as prizes during the event.

For more information or to submit a question in advance, visit www.warnervideo.com/threekingsevents.

Three Kings, starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube, was voted Best Picture of the Year by Newsweek’s David Ansen and by the Boston Film Critics Association, who also gave a Best Director nod to David O. Russell. In addition, the film has landed on more than 125 U.S. critics’ Top Ten Lists. 

Three Kings centers around career soldier Archie Gates (Clooney), who has been marking time in his Gulf War base camp while high-tech U.S. specialists fight. But now, after the war’s end, it’s time for action as Gates and three other restless Americans decide to raid a bunker holding a stash of fold stolen by the Iraqi army. Get in, get out, get rich: the plan couldn’t be easier. Or so they thought.


CITY OF BARSTOW ISSUES PROCLAMATION CITING "ERIN BROCKOVICH" FIESTY HEROINE'S  INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AND DEDICATION HONORED AT GRAND OPENING OF  SILVER SCREEN VIDEO CELEBRATION COINCIDES WITH SAME DAY DVD AND VHS RELEASE OF HIT MOVIE SHE INSPIRED

Nearly a thousand people -- including plaintiffs from the monumental lawsuit against Pacific Gas and Electric -- turned out to honor Erin Brockovich-Ellis as, in a historic move, Mayor Katy Yslas-Yent issued a proclamation heralding the inspirational heroism and determination of the woman who helped win compensation for residents of the nearby town of Hinkley whose water was found to be contaminated.

The event coincides with Universal Studios Home Video's launch of the home video and DVD releases of the critically-acclaimed film starring Julia Roberts, Albert Finney and Aaron Eckhart.  The film occupied the #1 spot at the boxoffice for nearly a month earlier this year and has earned over $125 million domestically to date.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at Silver Screen Video, owned by former Hinkley residents Greg and Roberta Walker, the latter was one of more than 600 plaintiffs who, guided by Ms. Brockovich-Ellis and attorney Ed Masry, sued Pacific Gas & Electric in the 1993 landmark case.  Craig Kornblau, president, Universal Studios Home Video, welcomed the crowd and thanked everyone for coming.  He then introduced Ed Masry, who stated it was terrific to see everyone and that he didn't think the shopping center was even built in 1992 when he first met Roberta Walker.  Ed then introduced Erin Brockovich-Ellis, who told the crowd that today's celebration belonged to the people, calling them, "the finest people in the entire country" and "my inspiration."  She added, "I couldn't be more proud of all of you."

Immediately following Mayor Yslas-Yent's proclamation honoring Brockovich-Ellis and declaring today "Erin Brockovich Day," the opening-day ribbon at Silver Screen Video was officially cut and Brockovich-Ellis and Masry began signing video and DVD copied of Erin Brockovich for the nearly one thousand joyful fans in attendance Erin Brockovich is based on the story of the feisty Ms. Brockovich-Ellis, an unemployed, twice divorced mother of three who convinces attorney Ed Masry to hire her as an office worker.  While doing some routine filing, she becomes fascinated by some puzzling medical records placed in real estate files.  Questioning the connection, she soon uncovers a huge, billion-dollar power company's attempt to hide the fact that their chromium-contaminated water is causing devastating illnesses among the residents of Hinkley, California.  Through her relentless devotion to the cause of the victims, she succeeds in signing up 634 plaintiffs, and with Masry, brings a small town to its feet and a huge company to its knees as they go on to win the largest settlement ever in a U.S. direct-action lawsuit.

08/10/00

ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT RAISES HELL WITH CLIVE BARKER!

The Limited Edition Collectors Tin Includes HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II

All hell breaks loose September 19, 2000 as Anchor Bay Entertainment releases the first ever THX approved version of Clive Barker's classic horror film HELLRAISER, the filmmaker's celebrated directorial debut feature.

The first version of HELLRAISER is presented widescreen (1.85:1), is enhanced for 16x9 televisions and features Dolby Surround Sound 5.1. Included on the DVD is a unique Resurrection documentary featuring Clive Barker's final HELLRAISER interview, original cenebite artwork, Pinhead drawn in a segment by Barker and interviews with Barker, Doug Bradley, Ashley Lawrence, special effects master Bob Keen and Gods & Monsters writer/director Bill Condon. Other highlights include a still gallery, theatrical trailer, audio commentary moderated by Pete Atkins with Writer/Director Clive Barker and star Ashley Laurence. It is closed captioned with a suggested retail price of $29.98.

The HELLRAISER Limited Edition DVD is a two disc set in an attractive collectible tin that includes the above HELLRAISER DVD and its features, plus the HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II DVD. The HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II DVD is only available as part of this original package. Other highlights of the Limited Edition set include a the Lost In Labrynth featurette, still gallery, 48-page booklet with rare behind-the-scenes color and black & white photos and original poster art from both films. Only 30,000 sets are available at a suggested retail price of $49.98.

The original HELLRAISER follows a married couple who move into an old house and discover a hideous creature hiding upstairs that wreaks havoc on them.

HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II centers on the head of a psychiatric prison who meddles with a satanic puzzle cube and unleashes a cabal of pain-seeking demons who terrorize his daughter.

HELLRAISER THX

 

DVD LIMITED EDITION TIN (WITH HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II)

 

ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT RELINQUISHES POSSESSION OF REPO MAN AUGUST 22, 2000!

Four Versions To Be Made Available Including A Limited Edition DVD Tin!

The cult classic REPO MAN will be released by Anchor Bay Entertainment on August 22nd on both video and DVD formats. Four THX approved versions will be made available -- VHS full-frame, VHS widescreen, DVD and a Limited Edition DVD tin. REPO MAN is a contemporary, off-the-wall comedy set in the seedy world of automobile repossession, where the life of a REPO MAN is always intense! It stars Harry Dean Stanton and Emilio Estevez and boasts a title tune by legendary rocker Iggy Pop.

Both DVD versions have a widescreen presentation (1.85:1), are enhanced for 16x9 TVs and include Dolby Surround 5.1. They feature an audio commentary with Writer/Director Alex Cox, Executive Producer Michael Nesmith, Casting Director Victoria Thomas and actors Sy Richardson, Del Zamora and Zander Schloss (of the Circle Jerks). Also included are talent bios and liner notes on the reverse side of the cover sleeve. The DVD version is priced at $29.98 SRP.

The Limited Edition DVD includes the REPO MAN soundtrack CD, a 24 page full color collector's booklet boasting rare photos, liner notes written by Steven Davies (Alex Cox's biographer) and the REPO MAN Comic Strip. It is packaged in a collectable tin container designed to look like a 1984 California license plate and is individually numbered to 30,000. It carries a suggested retail price of $49.98.

REPO MAN is an explosive action satire about a grocery clerk named Otto (Emilio Estevez) who quits his job after losing his temper. Befriended by a Repo Man (Harry Dean Stanton), Otto sees vehicle repossession as a kind of modern day buckaneering and is attracted to the adventure. At the same time, a package is taken from a government lab that has strange effects on anyone who sees it. It ends up hidden in a car, which the government lists for repossession with a hefty reward.

The film was written and directed by Alex Cox whose credits include Sid & Nancy, Death & The Compass, Three Businessmen and Straight To Hell. It was executive produced by Michael Nesmith, a Grammy Award-winning video producer whose credits include Timerider, Tapeheads and Michael Nesmith - Live At The Brit.

 

 

SUMMER HEATS UP WITH THE ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT RELEASE OF BOTH SCANDAL AND STRAPLESS!

On August 29, 2000, summer gets even hotter with two wildly risqué relationship films from Anchor Bay Entertainment: STRAPLESS and SCANDAL. The DVD unrated version is presented widescreen (1.85:1) and enhanced for 16x9 televisions. It comes with two audio tracks, the first offering Dolby Digital 5.1 and the second with Dolby Surround Sound 2.0. It also includes the theatrical trailer and is priced at $29.98. Both unrated versions include 9 minutes of footage that was cut from the U.S. release in order for the film to secure an R rating.

The DVD, with a suggested retail price of $29.98, is presented widescreen (1.85:1) and enhanced for 16x9 televisions. It also includes the theatrical trailer.

SCANDAL

The New York Daily News calls SCANDAL "Steamy and fascinating," while the Boston Globe declares it "Scandalous fun!" SCANDAL was directed by Michael Caton-Jones and stars John Hurt, Joanne Whalley, Ian McKellen and Bridget Fonda. Based on the real Profumo scandal of 1963, it centers on an English bon-vivant osteopath who is enchanted with a young exotic dancer and invites her to live with him. Through him, both she and a friend begin dating members of the Conservative Party. Eventually a scandal occurs when her affair with the Minister of War goes public.

STRAPLESS

Immersed in a world of seduction and desire, STRAPLESS is the acclaimed drama written and directed by award-winning playwright David Hare (Plenty, Wetherby). It follows Dr. Lillian Hempel (Blair Brown), an expatriate American in London, who has devoted her life to work, often at the expense of relationships. She soon discovers just how powerful and dangerous real passion can be when her wild-at-heart younger sister (Bridget Fonda, Jackie Brown) and a mysterious European (Bruno Ganz, Wings of Desire) enter her life.

STRAPLESS

SCANDAL

 

08/09/00

THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI TO DEBUT ON DVD IN TWO INCREDIBLE ALL NEW EDITIONS

Jam-Packed Limited Edition DVD Includes Classic Added Value Elements Featuring Some Of Hollywood's Greatest Screen Legends

One of Columbia Pictures' and Sir David Lean’s greatest film accomplishments, THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI will make its DVD debut on November 7, 2000. Winner of seven 1958 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor (Sir Alec Guiness) and Best Director (David Lean). Starring Alec Guinness, William Holden (Academy Award-winner, Stalag 17) and Sessue Hayakawa (in an Academy Award-nominated performance), both the DVD and videocassette contain some incredible elements, which give the viewer an amazing insight into the making of this timeless classic.

DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS

Loaded with special features, THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI DVD will be available in two DVD formats, which will include the following added value materials, appealing to both the classic film buffs and the DVD enthusiasts alike:

Synopsis

British WW2 prisoners of war are given the task, by their Japanese captors, of building a railway bridge in a harsh Asian jungle. Led by Colonel Nicholson (Guiness), a stereotypical British officer, the prisoners score a moral victory over the Japanese by not only building the bridge, but running the whole show. Unknown to Nicholson, an allied demolition team is planning a spectacular opening for the bridge.

DVD SPECS

LIMITED EDITION DVD SPECS

LIMITED EDITION DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS

DVD ROM ELEMENTS INCLUDE:

 

08/08/00

IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE ACCLAIMED BBC SERIES 'I, CLAUDIUS,' ON DVD

Landmark Release to Include Documentary Feature 'THE EPIC THAT NEVER WAS'

Image Entertainment, Inc. will release the critically acclaimed 1976 BBC television series "I, Claudius" on DVD August 15.  As an added bonus, the rarely seen documentary, "The Epic That Never Was" will be included with the release.

" I, CLAUDIUS " ranks amongst the most acclaimed productions in BBC history. Tracing the lives of several Roman Emperors, it's an epic of ruthless ambition, shocking debauchery and murderous intrigue set in one of history's most fascinating eras.  The eleven-hour opus stars Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Patrick Stewart, Sian Phillips and Sheila White. Also included as part of the three-disc set is a unique documentary feature, " THE EPIC THAT NEVER WAS," a remarkable behind-the-scenes look at Alexander Korda's ill-fated 1937 screen adaptation of " I, CLAUDIUS " stars Charles Laughton and Merle Oberon.  The 71-minute chronicle of this uncompleted masterpiece is an unforgettable coda to one of the greatest stories ever told.

 

08/02/00

HEAVY METAL 2000" AND THE ORIGINAL CLASSIC "HEAVY METAL" NOW AVAILABLE IN A DVD TWO-PACK FROM COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO ON OCTOBER 17, 2000

On October 17, 2000 Columbia TriStar Home Video will release a special VHS and DVD two-pack containing the new feature HEAVY METAL 2000 packaged together with the classic original HEAVY METAL.

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COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO TO RELEASE "LEGENDS OF THE FALL"  SPECIAL EDITION  DVD

DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS

SYNOPSIS

A passionate journey into the darkest secrets of love, betrayal, and the unbreakable bonds of blood, LEGENDS OF THE FALL is a powerful story about three brothers struggling to stay together and the woman who comes between them.

 

08/01/00

"THE MATRIX" DVD FIRST EVER TO SELL THREE MILLION

Pioneering Academy-Award®-Winning Cyber Smash, Most Successful Title in DVD Format’s History, Continues as # 1 All-Time Best Seller Also Receives Numerous Awards From Journalists and VSDA

Warner Home Video (WHV) announced today that the DVD of the Oscar®-winning THE MATRIX has exceeded the three million mark in units sold in the U.S., solidifying its position as the # 1 best-selling DVD of all time.

At the first annual DVD Festival 2000 Awards, THE MATRIX DVD garnered three honors. A 16-member panel composed of home entertainment journalists from publications such as Entertainment Weekly, The Chicago Tribune and Daily Variety selected the DVD for Best Supplementary Material Presentation, Best Use of DVD-ROM Features and Best of Show.

In further recognition of the sales strength and consumer popularity of THE MATRIX, the Video Software Dealers Association members voted THE MATRIX "DVD of the Year" and "Special Edition DVD of the Year" and awarded it "Platinum Level" certification as the first to reach sales of two million. THE MATRIX also captured four Academy Awards® -- for Best Editing, Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Visual Effects and Best Sound.


AUGUST, SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER PARAMOUNT DVD TITLE SPECS

NASHVILLE

IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN

A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

IT'S THE PIED PIPER, CHARLIE BROWN

RPM

PET SEMATARY

THE DEAD ZONE

PASSION OF MIND

STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES Volumes 15 & 16

ROSEMARY'S BABY

SNOW DAY

BLUE'S BIG MUSICAL MOVIE

 


COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO ROCKS WITH THE EAGERLY ANTICIPATED RELEASE OF HEAVY METAL 2000

On October 17, 2000, Columbia TriStar Home Video will release the sci-fi animated adventure feature film HEAVY METAL 2000, in the tradition of the groundbreaking 1981 animated cult classic film HEAVY METAL, on videocassette and DVD.

Based on the sexy sci-fi comic, HEAVY METAL 2000 is a stylish mix of jaw- dropping visuals (stunning 2D-cel animation combined with advanced 3D- computer graphics), an original soundtrack featuring some of the biggest names in hard rock and a mind-bending story.  The animated film features the voice talent of "Queen of the B-Movies" Julie Strain (Beverly Hills Cop III, Double Impact, Sorceress), rock icon Billy Idol (The Doors, The Wedding Singer), Michael Ironside (The Perfect Storm), Rick Jones (Anastasia), Pierre Kohl and Sonja Ball.

The DVD release of HEAVY METAL 2000 will feature the following added value elements:

SYNOPSIS

Based on a story by Kevin Eastman, HEAVY METAL 2000 tells the tale of sci- fi heroine Julie (Strain), a steel-eyed huntress and expert warrior, tracking a group of ruthless space pirates, led by the evil villain Lord Tyler (Ironside).  Tyler's pirates ravaged Julie's planet, a colonial outpost on a remote mining planet, and forced her younger sister, Kerrie, into slavery. Julie assumes the name of the world she cherished F.A.K.K.2 (Federation Assigned Ketogenic Killzone - the federation designate for an extreme biohazard where life enters and only death remains), when that name alone failed to protect her tranquil home.  With vengeance in her soul, love in her heart and two fully automatic, four-barreled blasters in her hands, F.A.K.K. is a ravishing avenger on a deadly mission.  She chases the power-mad Tyler across the galaxy to an uncharted planet called "The Melting Pot."  It is on this hellish world where Julie finally battles and defeats Tyler before he can attain immortality and ultimate power through the planets rejuvenating secret "waters."

Apart from its unique animation, one of the most integral aspects of HEAVY METAL 2000 is its music which includes the first original recording by Bauhaus in 17 years, plus unreleased and/or exclusive music by Billy Idol, Monster Magnet, MDFMK, Pantera, Coal Chamber, Machine Head, Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid, System of a Down, Days of the New, Sinisstar, Queens of the Stone Age, Full Devil Jacket, Hate Dept., Puya, Apartment 26, and Zilch.  The soundtrack is available on Restless Records.  A video game based on the movie, "HEAVY METAL F.A.K.K.2" has been created by Ritual Entertainment and distributed by Gathering of Developers Games.

Acclaimed comic book writer Kevin Eastman, best known for co-creating the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" franchise and Publisher & Editor-in- Chief of HEAVY METAL magazine, heads up the writing team of R. Payne Cabeen and Carl Macek on HEAVY METAL 2000.  The film, co-created by Eastman and legendary illustrator Simon Bisley ("Lobo," "Batman," "Judge Dredd"), was directed by Michael Coldewey ("The Fearless Four") and Michel Lemire, and co-produced by Columbia-TriStar and Starz! Pictures.

HEAVY METAL 2000

 


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