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September 2000 Headlines 

09/28/00

THE DVD RELEASE OF BOSSA NOVA HAS BEEN TEMPORARILY DELAYED.

Word has come from Columbia TriStar Home Video that the DVD release of BOSSA NOVA has been delayed, the vhs release remains October 10- no further information is available.

09/27/00

ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT HAS ACQUIRED A BAD TASTE FOR DVD

Anchor Bay has acquired BAD TASTE for DVD and VHS in 2001... details are up on the news page. Visit Anchor Bay Entertainment at http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com/.


WHIPPED ARRIVES ON DVD DECEMBER 12, 2000

DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS

On December 12, Columbia TriStar Home Video will release WHIPPED, a cool provocative comedy starring Amanda Peet, the sexy star of TV's Jack and Jill.

SYNOPSIS

A provocative comedy in which the highs and lows of the dating game are fully exposed.  A group of buddies from college meet every Sunday at the local diner to discuss their favorite sport - scoring with women.  At one point all three single guys unknowingly go after the same "perfect" woman, Mia (Amanda Peet), they begin to question their skirt-chasing ways.  Who will win the morning round table bragging rights?

 

09/26/00

THE DVD RELEASE OF "TIME CODE" HAS BEEN INDEFINITELY POSTPONED.

No additional information is available.


AMERICA'S FAVORITE ORPHAN COMES HOME AGAIN ON DECEMBER 12, 2000
ANNIE PREMIERES ON DVD FOR ONLY $24.95

DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS

Synopsis

Annie is the story of a plucky, red-haired girl who dreams of life outside her dreary orphanage.  One day, Annie (Quinn) is chosen to stay for one week with the famous billionaire "Daddy" Warbucks (Finney).  One week turns into many, and the only person standing in the way of Annie's fun is Miss Hannigan, the gin-soaked ruler of the orphanage (played to perfection by Carol Burnett).  Will Miss Hannigan's zany attempts to kidnap the irrepressible Annie succeed?  Enjoy all the unforgettable songs, including "It's a Hard-Knock Life" and the classic "Tomorrow."


ACADEMY AWARD® WINNING DIRECTOR OLIVER STONE MAKES RARE PUBLIC APPEARANCE TO AUTOGRAPH #1 SELLING DVD OF  ANY GIVEN SUNDAY SPECIAL EDITION DIRECTOR'S CUT DVD

In honor of the top-selling DVD release of the box-office smash Any Given Sunday, one of Hollywood's most respected and controversial directors, Oliver Stone, will make an exclusive in-store appearance at Tower Video/Books on Lafayette St. in New York to autograph copies of ANY GIVEN SUNDAY Special Edition Director's Cut DVD. Time and Place: Wednesday, September 27; 7:00p.m.-9:00p.m. at Tower Video/Books 4th & Lafayette (383 Lafayette St.) New York, NY


THE POWERPUFF GIRLS ARE BACK TO SAVE THE WORLD WITH TWO ALL-NEW VIDEOS AND DVDs

The Powerpuff Girls Fly Onto DVD For the First Time On November 7, Warner Home Video (WHV) and Cartoon Network team up again for the latest crime-busting VHS releases -- and DVD debuts -- from the world's cutest superheroes, The Powerpuff Girls. Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup follow their successful video launch with the all-new Birthday Bash and Dream Scheme on VHS for $14.95. The release of Down n' Dirty and Powerpuff Bluff on DVD for $19.98 also marks the first-ever DVD titles for The Powerpuff Girls.

The Powerpuff Girls Birthday Bash contains five action-packed episodes, along with Cartoon Network's bonus toon Sheep in the Big City, for over an hour of entertainment. In Birthday Bash, the Townsville party is spoiled as The Powerpuff Girls unwrap presents sent by arch party-poopers Mojo Jojo, the Princess and the Amoeba Boys. It will take all their Powerpuff powers for Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup to save the day. Other episodes on Birthday Bash include Beat Your Greens, Stuck Up, Up and Away, School House Rocked, and Los Dos Mojos.

Dream Scheme also includes five action-packed episodes, along with Cartoon Network's bonus toon Courage the Cowardly Dog, providing an hour of entertainment. In Dream Scheme, the Sandman puts the entire world to sleep forever so he can get some rest. Now, it's up to Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup to invade the Sandman's dreams ...and wake him up with a Powerpuff-style nightmare he will never forget. Other episodes on the VHS release include Down n' Dirty, Just Another Manic Mojo, Mo Job and Major Competition.

The Powerpuff Girls' debut on DVD with Down n' Dirty and Powerpuff Bluff. Each DVD includes more than two hours of Powerpuff fun. Down n' Dirty contains the ten episodes featured on the Birthday Bash and Dream Scheme videos. Powerpuff Bluff includes favorite episodes selected by the fans and Cartoon Network as featured on the Bubblevicious and Monkey See, Doggie Do videos released on May 30, 2000. Episodes include Uh Oh Dynamo, Cat Man Do, Mr. Mojo's Rising, Powerpuff Bluff, Bubblevicious, Monkey See, Doggie Do, Telephonies, Mime for a Change, Mommy Fearest and Bare Facts. Bonus features on each DVD include three Powerpuff Girls interactive games, DVDROM access to the official Powerpuff Girls website, a special Cartoon Network bonus toon, The Powerpuff Girls bios and trivia.


RHINO HOME VIDEO IS SET TO RELEASE THE BRADY HOME MOVIES AND THE BRADY BUNCH HOUR DAY-AND-DATE ON DVD

On October 24th, Rhino Home Video will release a behind-the-scenes look at the life of the cast from the tremendously popular 70's show, The Brady Bunch. Written and produced by Susan Olsen who played the youngest Brady (Cindy), The Brady Home Movies will be available day-and-date on VHS and DVD. Rhino Home Video will also release two shows from The Brady Bunch Hour which aired in 1976 and 1977 both on VHS and DVD.

The Brady Home Movies (which aired on CBS only once on May 24, 1995) is filled with great home movie clips from the cast members' own libraries as well as recent interviews with the majority of the cast. During the first year on the show, Robert Reed (Mike Brady) gave each cast member a Super 8 camera. He also took the children to England and New York during the show's hiatus. Some of the footage on The Brady Home Movies came from those private trips. The DVD version will include an exclusive interview with Susan Olsen and Mike Lookinland and carry a SRP of $19.95.

The Brady Bunch Hour premiered on November 28, 1978 as an ABC special and was produced by the winning team of Sid and Marty Krofft. The ratings were phenomenal with an audience of over 15 million. As a result, the show was picked up for an additional 8 episodes. The first episode reported an audience of over 14 million people.

The cast included Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Maureen McCormick, Barry Williams, Chris Knight, Mike Lookinland, Susan Olsen and Geri Reischl as "the fake Jan." Reischl was the only non-original Brady member to ever play a family member which was memorialized some 20 years later in a Simpson episode, The Simpsons Family Smile-Time Variety Hour. The VHS version of The Brady Bunch Hour will be available as two videos while the DVD will contain both episodes. Both volumes will be offered as a VHS two-pack for retailers at a suggested retail price of $24.95.

The Brady Bunch Hour Volume 1 is the pilot episode of the show. Guests include Donny & Marie Osmond and Tony Randall. Also appearing in this episode are Ann B. Davis, The Kroffettes and a Busby Berkley take-off with the Water Follies. The episode is filled with great musical numbers from the 70's including Dance With Me, The Hustle and Shake Your Booty.

The Brady Bunch I-four Volume 2 aired in 1977 with guests Vincent Price, H.R. Pufnstuf and Rip Taylor. Filled with fun skits and interesting musical numbers, 2 is filled with 70's songs such as All By Myself, You Make Me So Very Happy and Time in a Bottle.

THE BRADY BUNCH HOME MOVIES

THE BRADY BUNCH HOUR

 

09/23/00

ACADEMY AWARD-WINNER JODIE FOSTER AND INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTAR CHOW YUN-FAT REIGN SUPREME IN THE DVD DEBUT OF FOX'S EPIC ANNA AND THE KING

Available October 31- Special Edition DVD Contains Spectacular, Exclusive Bonus Features

All rise as ANNA AND THE KING, Twentieth Century Fox's spectacular, sweeping epic, makes its regal DVD debut in a breathtaking Special Edition- on October 31, 2000. The magnificent ANNA AND THE KING Special Edition DVD offers consumers a king's ransom of unique features, including insightful commentary from director Andy Tennant (Ever After), bonus scenes from the movies elaborate production, a fascinating "HBO First Look" documentary, and a touching music video by Joy Enriques. Starring two-time Academy Award®-winner Jodie Foster and international superstar Chow Yun-Fat, ANNA AND THE KING earned more than $40 million at the box office during the highly competitive holiday season and was hailed as "a throwback to those days of major motion pictures" (The San Francisco Examiner). A visually stunning movie masterpiece, the Special Edition ANNA AND THE KING DVD is available for a suggested retail price of $26.98/$37.98 Canada.

ANNA AND THE KING Special Edition DVD

The spectacular DVD debut of this visually breathtaking epic is loaded with special features. These include:

  1. "Production Design" (2:49)
  2. "Costume" (2:41)
  3. "Elephants" (2:25).
  4. "Advanced Combo" (5:02)

ANNA AND THE KING Synopsis

A sweeping epic that is "old fashioned Hollywood filmmaking at its best," (Washington Post) - - In a land of tradition, in a time of change, at the threshold of a revolution, two worlds collide. Based on her diaries, ANNA AND THE KING is the epic true story of widowed British schoolteacher Anna Leonowens, who bravely came to Siam in the 1850's to teach the 58 children of King Mongkut. As cultures clash, she soon discovers her western ways and self-confidence are unacceptable in this eastern culture. Yet the influence of this woman ends up changing the face of the nation and the heart of the king.

ANNA AND THE KING Special Edition DVD

 

09/22/00

THE STUNT MAN COMING TO DVD...

Anchor Bay Entertainment is proud to announce the 2001 release of Richard Rush's THE STUNT MAN to DVD and VHS.  There will also be a concurrent release of Rush's acclaimed documentary THE SINISTER SAGA OF MAKING "THE STUNT MAN". Details can be found at http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com 

09/20/00

UPCOMING PARAMOUNT DVD SPECS

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT

Academy Award™-winning actor Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson team up in this riveting thriller that explores the conflict between the strict rules of the military and one’s personal code of honor.

FRIDAY THE 13th: PART 3 and FRIDAY THE 13th: THE FINAL CHAPTER (part 4)

In FRIDAY THE 13th PART 3 and FRIDAY THE 13th: THE FINAL CHAPTER (Part 4), Jason is back with a vengeance in two more terrifying installments at Camp Crystal Lake. Two separate DVDs.

THE NUTTY PROFESSOR

Starring Jerry Lewis as a timid and bucktoothed professor, THE NUTTY PROFESSOR follows the scholarly nerd as a magic potion turns him into a suave and smooth talking ladies’ man.

STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES Volumes 17 & 18

The Starship Enterprise hurtles through space and time in its continued journeys to distant lands and cultures. Two separate DVDs, vol. 17 includes episodes 33 & 34; vol. 18 includes episodes 35 & 36.

In "Who Mourns for Adonis?" Enterprise is trapped in space by an enormous hand that belongs to a powerful being claiming to be the Greek God Apollo, while "Amok Time" finds Spock acting strangely as he enters the Vulcan mating phase. Kirk must divert the Enterprise and return Spock to Vulcan so his mating ritual may be carried out. In "The Doomsday Machine," the Starship is found in deep space, almost completely destroyed. The only person found aboard is Commodore Matt Decker, in a state of shock and unable to explain what happened. And, in "Wolf In The Fold," when a series of local women are found murdered, and all the evidence points to Scotty, Kirk must exonerate him, in order to return his crew to "normal."

SUBMERGED

A dramatic chiller, SUBMERGED centers around a crew of international terrorists planning to take control of atop-secret National Defense Satellite, and destroy anything and anyone who gets in their way.

Widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions

TUCKER: THE MAN AND HIS DREAM

Francis Ford Coppola’s Academy Award™-winning tale of American automotive history stars Jeff Bridges as perpetual dreamer Preston Tucker.

AIRPLANE!

The classic parody of the airline industry, AIRPLANE! is a riotous comedy filled with sight gags, memorable one-liners and hilarious cameos by a host of well-known celebrities.

AIRPLANE II: THE SEQUEL

A comedy sequel about a faulty shuttle scheduled to fly passengers to the moon, AIRPLANE II: THE SEQUEL finds Ted Striker (Robert Hays) once again facing his flying fears and trying to save the day.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2

From action wizard John Woo, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2 stars Tom Cruise as secret agent Ethan Hunt, as he attempts to re-capture and destroy a deadly virus before it falls into the wrong hands.

UP IN SMOKE

Featuring the riotous comedy of two red-eyed rebels, UP IN SMOKE marks the first "hit" movie from "Cheech and Chong," who spend many an hour searching for sex, drugs and rock `n’ roll.

STILL SMOKIN’

STILL SMOKIN’ follows the outrageous duo, "Cheech and Chong," on a mission to Amsterdam and their ensuing amusement in the land of "greener" pastures.

WHITE CHRISTMAS

The charming holiday classic, IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS celebrates the songs of the season in a fun-loving, dance-filled musical.

SHE’S HAVING A BABY

Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth McGovern star as young newlyweds about to embark on their adult married life in the hilarious adult comedy-drama, SHE’S HAVING A BABY.

PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES

Steve Martin and John Candy stir up big laughs in the non-stop comedy adventure, PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES.


ISSUES WITH THE SLAYERS DVD COLLECTOR'S BOX SET

There have been several issues raised among early buyers of THE SLAYERS DVD boxed set regarding the quality of the original Japanese audio track. Some customers reported problems playing the Japanese audio with their current configurations. These discs were authored to play correctly in Dolby Digital Stereo, as clearly noted on all packaging and promotional materials. Viewers opting to watch these discs on other types of systems for which the discs were not intended may experience some issues, as follows:

Due to the unusual nature of this issue, the symptoms experienced by the viewer will vary depending on their audio system. Those watching the program on a standard Stereo television will not experience any problems, while those with a Monaural television will notice a decreased program volume for the Japanese language tracks only.  Home theater owners with a Pro-Logic 5.1-channel surround system will experience acceptable audio originating from the rear speakers.  A chart listing configurations and the resulting experience can be found below.

Again, this problem affects ONLY the Japanese language tracks; those listening to the English dubbed version will not notice any problems, regardless of their configuration.

When played on a normal Stereo unit, the Japanese audio will play normally. As the discs were intended to be played on Stereo equipment, this is the configuration we optimized.

Other upcoming boxed sets from Central Park Media, including THE SLAYERS NEXT and RECORD OF LODOSS WAR: CHRONICLES OF THE HEROIC KNIGHT, have been tested and have been found to be free from this issue.

THE SLAYERS PLAYBACK CONFIGURATIONS

English:
Mono- No issues
Stereo  - No issues
Pro-Logic 5.1   - No issues
DVD-ROM - No issues

Japanese
Mono- Low volume
Stereo- No issues
Pro-Logic 5.1 - Rear speakers predominate over front speakers
DVD-ROM - if mono, low volume; if stereo, no issues

09/19/00

WARNER HOME VIDEO ANNOUNCES THE COSMIC EVENT OF THE YEAR WITH THE RELEASE OF THE NEW, FEATURE-LENGTH MOVIE SCOOBY-DOO AND THE ALIEN INVADERS

For the First Time Ever A Scooby-Doo Feature-Length Movie Debuts on DVD!

On October 3, get ready for the sidesplitting sleuthing of Scooby and the gang as Warner Home Video (WHV) presents the all-new, feature-length, direct-to-video movie SCOOBY-DOO AND THE ALIEN INVADERS on VHS and DVD.  Just in time for Halloween, the DVD includes a variety of special features including the making-of-the movie, the making-of-a Scooby-Doo videogame, sample interactive games and Scooby's steps to solving a mystery.

A cosmic case of UFOs, intergalactic intrigue and out-of-this-world romance launches Scooby, Shaggy and the Mystery, Inc. kids into their most unearthly adventure ever!  Stranded in a remote desert town, the gang soon discovers the place is crawling with flying saucer buffs, secret scientists ... and less-than-friendly extra-terrestrials!  Then, after being chased by ornery aliens and beamed aboard a UFO, something even weirder happens to Shaggy and Scooby - they fall head-over-heels for a beautiful photographer and her captivating canine companion!  Now, as clues to the mystery of the alien invaders lead from a top-secret government research base to a huge network of caves hidden under the town, our love-struck heroes join the rest of the gang in a race to crack a case that re-defines the term "far out!"

Available for $24.98 on DVD and for $19.96 on VHS, SCOOBY-DOO AND THE ALIEN INVADERS stars the voice talents of Mark Hamill (Star Wars) and Scott Innes (Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost, Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island) and features one of today's hottest artists, Jennifer Love Hewitt (Party of Five, I Know What You Did Last Summer), singing the legendary Scooby-Doo theme song.

Loaded with special features, the SCOOBY-DOO AND THE ALIEN INVADERS DVD includes the following:

 


COLUMBIA TRISTAR ANNOUNCES THE WOLFGANG PETERSEN COLLECTION

Columbia Tristar Home Video Salutes Academy Award Nominated Director Wolfgang Petersen With A Beautifully Packaged DVD Four Pack Including Warner Bros.' Box-Office Smash "THE PERFECT STORM"  "AIR FORCE ONE," "IN THE LINE OF FIRE" and "DAS BOOT" Available On November 14 For Only $75.95

On November 14, 2000 Columbia TriStar Home Video, with the participation of Warner Home Video will release a DVD Four pack containing the following four classic films from director Wolfgang Petersen:

THE PERFECT STORM

DVD ROM ELEMENTS

In October 1991, a swordfishing boat, the Andrea Gail, was caught in the middle of the North Atlantic as confluence of weather conditions combined to form a killer storm known as The Perfect Storm.

AIR FORCE ONE

Harrison Ford heads an all-star cast in this $175 million box-office smash about a group of terrorists from Kazakhstan who hijack Air Force One and hold the President of the United States' family hostage in return for the release of their imprisoned leader.  The burden of stopping these terrorists ultimately rests on the shoulders of the President, who has secretly remained on board the plane.

DAS BOOT: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT

Director Wolfgang Petersen's masterpiece, which chronicles the lives of a crew aboard a German U-boat during World War II.   German with English subtitles.

IN THE LINE OF FIRE

Clint Eastwood delivers the goods as a veteran Secret Service agent whose shameful secret is known to the serial killer (Malkovich) that eludes him.

FOUR-PACK SPECS


SYNAPSE STREET DATE CHANGE

Because of the delay with the audio commentary, the release of our EVIL DEAD TRAP DVD is now tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, October 31st, 2000. Sort of fitting to be released on Halloween anyway, huh?

The title is currently in the authoring stage and will be going to press as soon as the menus and authoring are approved.


COLUMBIA TRISTAR STREET DATE CHANGE

The street date for the DVD of BOSSA NOVA has changed from October 3 to October 10. The VHS date remains October 3.

09/16/00

SPEND THE HOLIDAYS IN SOUTH PARK!

Three all-new videos available just in time for the holiday season

New DVDs with outrageous bonus footage hit stores day-and-date

Warner Home Video (WHV) and Comedy Central invite you to spend the holidays in the quiet, mountain town of South Park, Colorado.  Three all-new videos with exclusive bonus footage will hit stores on November 7, available for only $14.95 SRP (Three-pack $39.98 SRP).  In addition, two outrageous DVDs ($19.98 SRP) - each featuring three hilarious South Park episodes and awesome bonus footage - will be available day-and-date.

CHRISTMAS IN SOUTH PARK (including Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics and Merry Christmas Charlie Manson) will feature Part I of the much talked about British documentary Goin' Down to South Park; the Best of South Park (including fan favorites ChinpokMon and Rainforest Schmainforest) will offer the second portion of the documentary.  THE CHEF EXPERIENCE (including Chef Aid and Chef Aid: Behind the Menu, which features interviews with rock icons Flea, Isaac Hayes, Elton John, Master P, Meat Loaf, Ozzy Osborne, Joe Strummer and many more), moreover, will feature the infamous music video Chocolate Salty Balls.

Two brand new DVDs are also set to hit stores on November 7, both featuring the raucous hijinks of Cartman, Stan, Kyle and Kenny.  THE CHEF EXPERIENCE includes Chef Aid, Succubus and Chef Aid: Behind the Menu (featuring the Kenny’s Dead music video) and offers as a bonus Rainforest Schmainforest and the Chocolate Salty Balls music video.  The Christmas in South Park DVD features Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics, Merry Christmas Charlie Manson and ChinpokMon and also includes the entire British documentary Goin’ Down to South Park.

Goin' Down to South Park, a hilarious and informative British documentary, catches South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone in the relentless glare of the spotlight.  They discuss their early influences, the origins of South Park, the merchandising, the money and the fame - all from the comfort of their hot tub!  Interviews with Isaac Hayes and insightful commentary by the staff at the South Park offices in Los Angeles are included.

09/15/00

TWO DAYS BEFORE THANKSGIVING THE FEATHERS ARE GOING TO FLY...

CHICKEN RUN Breaks Out On VHS and DVD November 21, 2000

It may be Thanksgiving terror for turkeys, but chickens are all a "cluck" about their independence day as CHICKEN RUN, flies the coop for VHS and DVD on November 21, 2000 from DreamWorks Home Entertainment. The first full-length feature film from Aardman, the Academy Award*-winning creators of "Wallace & Gromit,"* CHICKEN RUN amassed a smashing box office result of close t$105 million.  Featuring awe-inspiring animation, an unforgettable cast of characters, stellar voice cast including Mel Gibson, Julia Sawalha and Miranda Richardson, and a story brimming with wit and adventure for the whole family, CHICKEN RUN became an instant classic with audiences worldwide.  Available day-and-date with the videocassette release, the specially enhanced DVD edition will feature a flock of interactive entertainment "eggs-tras" for everyone to discover and enjoy.  CHICKEN RUN will be available for as low as $16.95 for VHS and $19.95 for the DVD. *The Wrong Trousers, 1994 Best Short Animated Film; A Close Shave, 1996 Best Short Animated Film.

DVD

Like the film, the CHICKEN RUN DVD offers something for everyone from an insightful audio commentary by the film's directors and stop motion animation pioneers, Peter Lord and Nick Park, to fun-filled games for kids and families.  In addition to the commentary, Aardman fans and adults are treated a behind-the-scenes featurette entitled "The Hatching of CHICKEN RUN" and a "Making Of" special - each unveiling the never-before-seen techniques used in the production of this uniquely crafted movie.

With the family DVD market continuing its "egg-celerated" growth, CHICKEN RUN DVD is loaded with hours of family entertainment.  A DVD-ROM component features two "egg-cellent" interactive games, "Escape the Pie Machine" and "Whack a Tweedy," offering "Grade AAA" fun on the family PC and the one million Sony Playstation II units newly delivered to the marketplace.  The DVD offers a few fun "Easter eggs" laying hard to crack trivia questions. Highlighting the chicken's hysterical call to action from the movie - "We Mustn't Panic" - the DVD offers a screaming chicken panic button.  In addition, CHICKEN RUN themed downloadables such as screen savers, desktop icons and pets, poster sets and a calculator are included.  The DVD also features cast and crew bios, production notes, trailers and more! 

FILM SYNOPSIS

While the chickens on evil Mrs. Tweedy's farm dream of a better life, a clever hen named Ginger is hatching plans to fly the coop - for good!  The only problem is, Chickens can't fly...or can they?  Every escape attempt goes fowl until Rocky, a smooth-talking All-American rooster, crash lands into the coop.  It's hardly poultry in motion when Rocky attempts to teach Ginger and her fine feathered friends to fly...But, with teamwork, determination and little bit o'cluck, the fearless flock plots one last daring attempt in a spectacular bid for freedom!

CHICKEN RUN is directed by pioneering animators Peter Lord and Nick Park from a screenplay by Karey Kirkpatrick, based on a story by Lord and Park.


ALL'S FAIR IN... LOVE & BASKETBALL

Emotion and Sorts Collide When LOVE & BASKETBALL Hits Stores on October 10 on VHS and Platinum Series™ DVD

The heat is on with the LOVE & BASKETBALL Platinum Series™ DVD, featuring an original documentary: "The Rise of Female Athletes" as well as commentaries, deleted scenes, a blooper reel, audition tapes and more...

New Line Home Video today announced the release of LOVE & BASKETBALL, a love story told in four quarters. Quincy McCall (Omar Epps) and Monica Wright (Sanaa Lathan) are childhood adversaries and talented athletes who have a love for the game of basketball and each other. But all's fair in love and basketball, and the game isn't over until the fourth quarter has been played. Gina Prince Bythewood, the first time feature writer and director of LOVE & BASKETBALL, received a standing ovation at The Sundance Film Festival after the premiere screening of the film. LOVE & BASKETBALL will be available for rental on VHS and Platinum Series™ DVD, and for sale on Platinum Series™ DVD for $24.98, on October 10.

Monica and Quincy first meet as children when she moves in next door. Hoping to become professional basketball players, they pursue their dreams through high school and college, helping each other on and off the court. When forced to make a choice between love and basketball, which will they choose?

The Love and Basketball Platinum Series™ DVD features commentary by writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood and actors Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps. A second track features a 5.1 isolated score with composer commentary from Terence Blanchard, as well as additional commentary by Gina Prince-Bythewood and Editor Terilyn Shropshire. The DVD is in 5.1 surround sound and 2.0 stereo surround sound. Additional content includes animated menus, the theatrical trailer, deleted scenes, auditions of Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan, storyboards of the basketball sequences and an original documentary on "The Rise of Female Athletes." The DVD-ROM content will include the script to screen screenplay feature, which allows users to watch the film and read the script at the same time, and the original website.

Produced by Spike Lee and written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, LOVE & BASKETBALL boasts a strong cast of players including Omar Epps (The Mod Squad, In Too Deep), Sanaa Lathan (The Best Men, Blade), Dennis Haysbert (Absolute Power, Waiting to Exhale), Debbie Morgan (She's All That, Eve's Bayou) and Alfre Woodward (Mumford, Cross Creek).


THE FILTH AND THE FURY A SEX PISTOLS FILM AVAILABLE FROM NEW LINE HOME VIDEO ON VHS AND DVD ON OCTOBER 10

New Line Home Video today announced the release of THE FILTH AND THE FURY, a shocking portrait of The Sex Pistols (John Lydon [Johnny Rotten], Paul Cook, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock and John Ritchie [Sid Vicious]) by Director Julien Temple. The film documents the story of the band, who were in existence for only 26 months and recorded only one album, but whose rock rebellion shocked England to the core. Temple charts their rise from the litter-stacked back-streets of Seventies London through their crucifixion by the British tabloids, canonization by hundreds of thousands of fans around the world and ultimate implosion on tour in America. Along the way myths are debunked, scores are settled and the words of the band are heard for the first time as they step once and for all away from the shadow of their egomaniacal one-time manager Malcolm McLaren.

Painted against the political, economic and cultural backdrop of London in the mid-70s, the film depicts what was to become a key transitional movement in English social history. Culled primarily from the band's own 20-hour-plus archive of never-before-seen footage (including live performances, rehearsals, recording sessions, promotional events and candid moments which Temple interweaves with newly filmed interviews with the four original band members), THE FILTH AND THE FURY captures the very essence of the punk movement.

THE FILTH AND THE FURY DVD features the widescreen version of the film, 2.0 Stereo Dolby Digital Audio and the original theatrical trailer. DVD-Rom content includes links to the theatrical website. The DVD also includes an original, never before seen documentary about the Sex Pistols' influence on the punk rock scene in America, as well as a feature-length commentary by Director Julien Temple.

09/13/00

FOX CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF ABSOLUTE PLEASURE POP CULTURE PHENOMENON AND MIDNIGHT CLASSIC

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW Time Warps To A Fantastic 25th Anniversary "Special Edition" VHS and Out-Of-This-World DVD Debut October 3, 2000

Remember your first time? It began as a little-known experimental London stage production, bombed in movie theaters when initially released and went on to become a massive midnight hit and international pop culture phenomenon. And now, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment celebrates the 25`" anniversary of the original, interactive midnight sensation, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, by releasing the acclaimed one-of -a-kind feature for the first-time-ever on the ultimate interactive home entertainment format, DVD, and on VHS, both in fantastic 25th Anniversary Editions, beginning October 3, 2000.

The longest running film in history, a rock and roll classic that defined in-theater interactive entertainment, the out-of-this-world THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW DVD debut is loaded with hours of extras including sing-along songs, a DVD-ROM Juke Box, DVD-ROM interactive games, commentaries, a stimulating participation audio/sub-title track that brings the unique interactive experience home - and is packaged with rarely seen production stills and photos from acclaimed Rock & Roll photographer Mick Rock, that have never before been published or available. This two disc DVD is priced at $29.98 U.S./$37.98 Canada (S.R.P.) and $14.98 U.S./$16.98 Canada (S.R.P.) on VHS,

To support one of the most highly requested DVD titles of all time, working closely with the acclaimed film’s co-producer Lou Adler, Fox has launched an exciting eight-month event marketing, promotions and advertising campaign. It features an online sweepstakes, new and exciting 25th Anniversary licensed merchandise, advertising and promotions nationwide and in Transylvania, and a spectacular nationally televised anniversary celebrity karaoke and fan event, incorporating thousands of the movie’s devotees, who will gather in Las Vegas to celebrate, just in time for Halloween.

ANTICI. . . PATION

To generate early and widespread buzz about the 25`" Anniversary release among fans, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and producer Lou Adler began with the February launch of a new anniversary website: rockyhorrorat25.com. This new interactive site continues to allow web surfers to obtain the latest news on 25`" anniversary events, enter a sweepstakes for the chance to win a trip for six to an exclusive V.I.P. tour of Fox Studios Australia and enter to win great monthly promotional giveaways.

LET’S DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN

Thrilling audiences long before DVD was conceived, the anxiously awaited THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW SPECIAL EDITION DVD debut captures the true essence of this musical, cult film masterpiece through special interactive content that brings the full theatrical experience home. Special interactive extras include sing-along footage, DVD-ROM games, multiview options and participation audio tracks, for more than eight hours of entertainment. Individual disc contents are:

DISC ONE

The special U.K. version that includes the deleted musical sequence "Superheroes" edited back in the film The theatrical experience - a never-before-seen branching function that gives you an in-theater experience viewing option to allow DVD owners to see the crowd’s reaction or the performers on stage at certain points as they watch the film The ultimate at-home interactive experience - A full length audience participation track that is a combined audio and subtitle track that takes audiences through the film, letting them know what to scream out and when. A prompt directs viewers to use props and what to scream at the screen A DVD-ROM Juke Box lets audiences select your favorite ROCKY HORROR song DVD-ROM interactive games including the hot new trivia game "You Don’t Know Jack," "Build Your Own Rocky," and hot website links A special not-so-easily-found "Easter Egg:" View ROCKY HORROR as Richard O’Brien originally conceived. This feature starts the film in black and white (like the Wizard of OZ) and then turns to color during "The Time Warp."

DISC TWO

THX-certified and transferred by a wide screen anamorphic process, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW SPECIAL EDITION DVD is presented in its original widescreen theatrical format (aspect ratio 1.66:1). Packaged in a beautiful digi-pack DVD fold-out binder that features striking, rarely seen and never-before-released color visuals from the film’s production, the dramatic two-disc set includes English 5.1 Surround and English Mono, and English and Spanish language subtitles.

TELL US THE STORY

The film that has grossed over $150 million (non-adjusted) at the box office follows the tantalizing adventure Janet (Sarandon) and Brad (Bostwick) find themselves on after she accepts his marriage proposal. The happy couple drive away from Denton, Ohio, only to get lost in the rain where they stumble upon the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Curry), a transvestite who is holding the annual convention of visitors from the planet, Transsexual. Frank-N-Furter unveils his creation, a muscular young man named Rocky Horror who fears the doctor and rejects his sexual advances. When Frank-N-Furter announces that he is returning to the galaxy Transylvania, Riff Raff, the butler, and Magenta, the maid, declare that they have plans of their own.

Directed by Jim Sharman and written by Richard O’Brien, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW boasts a star-powered cast including Academy Award® winner Susan Sarandon ("Dead Man Walking," "Thelma and Louise"), Barry Bostwick (TV’s "Spin City"), Tim Curry ("Clue"), singer/actor Meat loaf ("Fight Club"), Richard O’Brien (the upcoming "Dungeons and Dragons" feature) and Patricia Quinn ("Monty Python’s: The Meaning of Life"). THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is a Lou Adler/Michael White production.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW


HBO HOME VIDEO PUTS A HIT OUT ON VIDEO AND DVD, `THE SOPRANOS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON,’ DEC. 12

DVD Features Exclusive Interview And Audio Commentary With Creator David Chase

Just in time for the holidays fans can own the thirteen hours that started a phenomenon when THE SOPRANOS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON comes to home video and DVD. Winner of S Emmy Awards®, THE SOPRANOS, starring James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano, is the story of a modern-day mob boss caught between responsibilities to his family and his "family." Approaching the premiere of the third season on HBO in March 2001, THE SOPRANOS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON, features thirteen remarkable episodes and will be available on December 12. THE SOPRANOS is packaged in a five volume VHS Collector’s Edition for $99.92 SRP and a four disc DVD Collector’s Edition for $99.98 SRP. (Prepack order date: October 31; Singles order date: November 14)

Mob boss Tony Soprano is having a midlife crisis. He’s a loving husband and father, a dutiful son to his widowed mother, and the head of a "waste management consultant" business in New Jersey. However, business is not what it used to be and after a series of anxiety attacks, Tony turns to psychiatrist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi. But for a mob boss, therapy can have serious consequences.

Creator David Chase’s acclaimed, award-winning series, THE SOPRANOS has been hailed, "Brilliant" by the Associated Press. The New York Times called the series, "a groundbreaker" and "The greatest work of American pop culture of the past quarter century." With an overwhelming fan following, THE SOPRANOS has become the highest rated series on cable television. In fact, the Hartfort Courant claims, "You’re going to love it so much, you could end up considering a life of crime... "

Presented in widescreen format, THE SOPRANOS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON DVD features special attributes exclusive to the DVD including a interview with creator David Chase. Shot on the set in Tony Soprano’s kitchen and conducted by actor/director Peter Bogdanovich, the one hour and seventeen minute long interview explores the making of the critically-acclaimed series. Other exclusive features include an audio commentary track for THE SOPRANOS first episode given by Chase and Bogdanovich. The DVD also features two behindthe-scenes featurettes, episodic previews and recaps, cast bios, web links, an episode index, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Surround Sound and Spanish mono audio tracks.

THE SOPRANOS stars James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano, Lorraine Bracco as therapist Dr. Jennifer Melfi, Edie Falco as Tony’s wife Carmela, Michael Imperioli as Tony’s loose cannon nephew Christopher, Nancy Marchand as matriarch Livia Soprano, and Dominic Chianese as Tony’s uncle, Junior Soprano. Also featured are Jamie-Lynn Sigler as Tony’s daughter, Meadow and Robert Iler as Tony’s son, Anthony Jr. Tony Sirico as Paulie Walnuts, Vincent Pastore as Big Pussy Bompensiero, and Steven Van Zandt as Silvio Dante are Tony’s associates.

09/12/00

THE PERFECT STORM IS SET TO ARRIVE ON DVD NOV. 14

State-of-the-Art DVD Available at $24.98 SRP

This thrilling, real-life adventure will take audiences by storm on November 14 when Warner Home Video releases The Perfect Storm day-and-date for sell-through on VHS and DVD.

A cinematic experience at its most exhilarating and terrifying, The Perfect Storm offers a breathless sense of being gripped by a force of nature beyond human control.  Based on the dramatic events that took place in the waters of the North Atlantic nearly nine years ago, Sebastian Junger’s nonfiction account, The Perfect Storm, has been on the bestseller list for more than 100 weeks, boosted by the popularity of the theatrical release.

Employing groundbreaking visual effects to bring the storm-swept ocean to life, Industrial Light & Magic assembled its largest team of technical directors ever devoted to a non-science fiction film.

The cast includes George Clooney (ER, Three Kings, The Peacemaker), Mark Wahlberg (Boogie Nights, Three Kings), Diane Lane (My Dog Skip, A Walk on the Moon) and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (The Color of Money, Scarface) and teams with director Wolfgang Petersen, director of the extraordinary underwater thriller Das Boot and multiple-Academy Award-nominated box office smash Air Force One. "The Perfect Storm will captivate audiences at home with its dramatic storyline and state-of-the-art special effects," said Mark Horak, WHV senior vice president, marketing.  "On VHS and DVD, it's sure to be a frontrunner this November."

An astonishing, effects-packed disc, The Perfect Storm DVD is dual-layered with Dolby Digital 5.1 EX audio in widescreen and fullscreen formats and includes the following features:

Additional enhanced features for DVD-ROM provide a more in-depth look at the production of this real-life thriller:

 

09/11/00

ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT RELEASES A GRIPPING GROUP OF PULSE POUNDING THRILLERS, CLASSIC CRIME FILMS, AND NAIL-BITING SCIENCE-FICTION ON DVD!

CRIME STORY- The original feature-length pilot that launched the cult classic television series! Created by executive producer Michael Mann (HEAT, MANHUNTER) and directed by gritty New York cult director Abel Ferrara (BAD LIEUTENANT, KING OF NEW YORK), CRIME STORY tells the gripping story of a hair-triggered cop (Dennis Farina) and his crusade to bring a ruthless gangster (Anthony Denison) to justice. A crusade that turns the streets of Chicago into a battlefield of murder, justice and revenge! Co-stars Bill Campbell and David Caruso.
The DVD is priced at $29.98 and will be available 9/19/00.

LAW & DISORDER- Two average guys, tired with New York’s rising crime rate, start their own vigilante police group. This engaging comedy/drama stars Carroll O’Connor (All In the Family), Ernest Borgnine (THE WILD BUNCH, THE DIRTY DOZEN), and Karen Black (TRILOGY OF TERROR). Presented in widescreen.
The DVD is priced at $29.98 and will be available 9/19/00.

POSITIVE I.D.- Suburban housewife Julie Kenner survives a traumatic and brutal rape. Failed by her husband, her friends and the police, she begins to assemble a false identity, turning herself into a sultry stranger who prowls seedy, lowlife bars. Has Julie undergone a frightening psychological breakdown or is she spinning a complicated web of revenge? DVD is presented widescreen (1.66:1) as is enhanced for 16x9 TVs. Features the theatrical trailer.
The DVD is priced at $29.98 and will be available 9/19/00.

THE GRISSOM GANG- From the director of THE DIRTY DOZEN comes a controversial, offbeat gangster movie. After kidnapping an heiress (Kim. Darby), gangster Slim Grissom (Scott Wilson) falls in love with her leading her into a bizarre relationship filled with violence and intense desire. ‘Stars Tony Musante (BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE) Robert Lansing (THE 4D MAN) and Connie Stevens (TAPEHEADS). The DVD features both widescreen (1.85:1) and fullscreen versions.
The DVD is priced at $29.98 and will be available 9/19/00.

THE GROUNDSTAR CONSPIRACY- When a violent explosion destroys the top secret Groundstar Research Complex, ruthless government investigator Tuxan (George Peppard) is called in to find the culprit responsible. When amnesiac sole survivor John Welles (Michael Sarrazin) escapes from federa custody, Tuxan pursues him in a dangerous game of cat and mouse. As Welles flees for his life, he begins to piece together his past- a past that might reveal a secret so shocking, it will shatter his identity to pieces ! Directed by Lamont Johnson (FM). Never before available in widescreen, the DVD features both widescreen (2.35:1 enhanced for 16x9 TVs) and fullscreen versions.
The DVD is priced at $29.98 and will be available 9/19/00.

THE PHILADELPHIA EXPERIMENT- In 1943 a top-secret experiment goes horribly awry and two sailors are thrown forward 41 years into the future. On the run and trapped by the past, can they stop the experiment that has torn a hole in the fabric of time? This critically acclaimed science-fiction thriller stars Michael Pare (EDDIE & THE CRUISERS), Nancy Allen (CARRIE) and was executive produced by John Carpenter (HALLOWEEN). Presented in widescreen (1.85:1). The DVD includes the theatrical trailer and is enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
The DVD is priced at $29.98 and will be available 9/19/00.

PUSHER- After a complicated heroin deal goes wrong, Frank loses both the money and the merchandise. Given just one week to pay back Balkan drug lord Milo, Frank must take drastic measures to ensure his survival! A critically acclaimed Danish 1996 theatrical release, this is a gripping crime thriller with intense adrenaline-pumping action.

The DVD includes an exclusive featurette, "On The Edge: Making "Pusher"", and an audio commentary with director Nicolas Winding Refn, a theatrical trailer and TV spots. The film is presented in Danish with optional English subtitles and is widescreen (1.66:1) and enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
The DVD is priced at $29.98 and will be available 9/19/00.

MIRROR MIRROR- Shy teenager Megan (Rainbow Harvest) moves to a new town with her widowed mother (Karen Black-TRILOGY OF TERROR, BURNT OFFERINGS) and quickly becomes the most unpopular girl in high school. But when she starts to communicate with a mysterious mirror, her tormentors begin to meet with a horrifying series of ‘accidents.’ Co-Stars Yvonne DeCarlo (The Munsters) and William Sanderson (BLADE RUNNER).
The DVD is priced at $24.98 and will be available 9/26/00.

MIRROR MIRROR 2- RAVEN DANCE- A mysterious mirror is found hidden in a church orphanage, yet few realize its legacy of evil. When an innocent teen (Traci Wells) discovers she is being stalked by her evil stepsister (Sally Kellerman), the mirror’s demonic power is again unleashed. As the mirror gains strength from the blood of the damned, the ultimate battle between good and evil begins. CoStars Roddy McDowell (FRIGHT NIGHT), Veronica Cartwright (ALIEN) and William Sanderson (BLADE RUNNER).
The DVD is priced at $24.98 and will be available 9/26/00.

MIRROR MIRROR 3- A young man discovers a mysterious mirror and begins to have disturbing visions of forbidden passion and brutal murder. When he also finds a beautiful woman back from the dead and a detective with a thirst for revenge, he realizes the real terror has only just begun. Stars David Naughton (AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON).
The DVD is priced at $24.98 and will be available 9/26/00.


OCTOBER DVD TITLES FROM VCI

BLOOD AND BLACK LACE - Special Edition

Starring: Cameron Mitchell, Eva Bartok, Mary Arden. Directed by Mario Bava

Finally, the uncut, European, Widescreen version, from the Italian Godfather of horror – Mario Bava! The black shadow of drug dealing falls upon a high-fashion salon when a beautiful model is brutally murdered. Her boyfriend, a known addict to whom the model was supplying dope, is suspected of the crime – but is he guilty? Your nerves will be stretched tighter than a snare drum as you try and solve the mystery behind this frantic, suspenseful thriller.

Special DVD Features: Widescreen 1.66:1, Motion Menus, Dolby Digital Mono, Photo Gallery, Original U.S. & French Trailers, Interview with star Cameron Mitchell, Commentary by Tim Lucas (Editor-Video Watchdog), Languages: English, Italian, French; Sub-titles: English, Spanish; Bonus Music Tracks by composer Carlo Rustichelli

THE WHIP AND THE BODY – Widescreen

Starring: Christopher Lee, Daliah Lavi, and Tony Kendall. Directed by Mario Bava

The uncut, European, Widescreen version, of this highly controversial Bava horror fantasy! Never before seen on video in this country in this version! In this creepy gothic shocker, a sadistic, ghostly Christopher Lee tortures, by whipping, the lovely Dahlia Lavi, his brother’s wife and father’s mistress. Previously released in the U.S. in drastically cut prints titled "What?" Original Italian title: "La Frusta e il Corpo".

Special DVD Features: Widescreen 1.66:1, Motion Menus, Dolby Digital Mono, Photo Gallery, Commentary by Tim Lucas (Editor-Video Watchdog), Languages: English, Italian, Bonus Music Tracks by composer Carlo Rustichelli

 


FREQUENCY AVAILABLE FROM NEW LINE HOME VIDEO ON VHS AND PLATINUM SERIES™ DVD OCTOBER 31

New Line Home Video today announced the release of FREQUENCY, a mind-bending thriller starring Dennis Quaid, Jim Caviiezel and Andre Braugher. This intense tale entwines a family's past, present and future with a sizzling blend of science fiction and mystery. "Irresistible! A stirring fantasy that's engrossing from first frame to last," says Stephen Farber, Movieline. FREQUENCY will be available for rental on VHS and Platinum Series™ DVD, and for sale on Platinum Series™ DVD for $24.98, on October 31.

STORY AND PLAYERS

Directed by Gregory Hoblit (Primal Fear), FREQUENCY presents a fresh and original take on time travel with the gripping human story of a father and a son who reach out to one another across parallel universes to stop a terrible crime. In the midst of a spectacular sky storm known as the aurora borealis, Frank and John Sullivan end up facing a race against the clock - divided by thirty years and connected only by a ham radio, to prevent a murder that will seal their destinies. FREQUENCY is about a father and son who just need time to set things right.

DVD FEATURES

The FREQUENCY Platinum Series™ DVD features a widescreen version of the film, four deleted scenes, a feature-length commentary by director Gregory Hoblit, and a feature length commentary by the Emmerich brothers: co-star Noah Emmerich and screenwriter

Toby Emmerich, isolated score and composer commentary from Michael Kamen, 5.1 Surround Sound and 2.0 Stereo Surround Sound.

Extra video content includes an original documentary entitled "The Science and Technology Behind FREQUENCY," that explores the scientific aspects of the story, including solar science, time travel and the effects used to create Northern Lights in the film. In addition, the documentary contains commentary and interviews regarding Ham radios, as well as the process of "changing fact to fiction." Extra video content also includes a "fact and trivia" subtitle track. Users can turn on this "text-based" commentary track while watching the film and learn about various scientific, mechanical and historical points as they arise in the film (i.e. The Amazing Mets of 1969, Northern Lights, Ham Radios). Finally, there are animated menus, as well as the film's theatrical trailer.

DVD-ROM content, the most ever on a New Line Platinum Series DVD, includes the never-before-seen Dynamic Index Screenplay Feature, a special interactive screenplay that allows film fans to find scenes in a variety of categories: actor, score, action, year and more. DVD-ROM users will also find the new Lord of the Rings Web Browser, screensaver, and desktop wallpaper from the upcoming theatrical film from New Line Cinema; a fully playable demo of the Sierra game "Ground Control," which enables gaming fans to play one of the fourth quarter's hottest titles at retail; Script-To-Screen screenplay and the original website.

New Line Home Video also offers internet users an opportunity to view DVD material online. The original theatrical website, www.frequencymovie.com has been updated to include clips of special DVD features including segments from the deleted scenes, the documentary and the audio commentary.

FREQUENCY features star power including Dennis Quaid (Any Given Sunday, The Parent Trap, Wyatt Earp), Jim Caviezel (The Thin Red Line, Wyatt Earp), and Andre Braugher (Emmy winner for TV's Homicide: Life on the Streets), Elizabeth Mitchell (TV's Gia, Nurse Betty), and Noah Emmerich (The Truman Show, Crazy in Alabama). The film is directed by multiple Emmy, Golden Globe and Directors Guild of America Award winner Gregory Hoblit from a debut screenplay by music industry executive Toby Emmerich.

 

09/10/00

FANS OF THE VAMPIRE LOVERS UNITE!!!

MGM Home Entertainment will be releasing its restored version of Hammer classic THE VAMPIRE LOVERS on tape, however they have no plans for a DVD release at present. Our friends over at DVD DVD-In our currently running a campaign to convince MGM to release THE VAMPIRE LOVERS on DVD. Therefore, we need each and every Hammer fan to participate in the campaign by contacting MGM and requesting that the studio release the restored version of THE VAMPIRE LOVERS in 16:9 enhanced wide screen. The DVD Drive-In campaign can be found at the following URL: http://www.dvddrive-in.com/vamplovers.htm.

Also, while you have MGM’s ear don’t forget to request DVD releases of these other Hammer titles in 16:9 enhanced wide screen: THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, HANDS OF THE RIPPER, COUNTESS DRACULA, TWINS OF EVIL and VAMPIRE CIRCUS. THE CREEPING UNKNOWN aka THE QUATERMASS EXPERIMENT should be a full screen release.

Go to our Hammer Films On Disc Page

09/07/00

COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO TO RELEASE THE CLASSIC 1940'S COMEDY HIS GIRL FRIDAY ON DVD NOVEMBER 21, 2000

"NO WAY BACK" ALSO COMES TO DVD

HIS GIRL FRIDAY

DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS

SYNOPSIS

An unscrupulous newspaper editor (Cary Grant) uses every dirty trick in the book to keep his ace reporter/ex-wife (Rosalind Russell) from retiring and remarrying.

NO WAY BACK

SYNOPSIS

Special Agent Zack Grant's career is on the line and he's given one last chance to prove himself.  When the sting operation he's in charge of goes disastrously awry, Grant finds himself with a mob vendetta on his hands.

 

09/06/00

ASHLEY JUDD AND NATALIE PORTMAN SPARKLE IN FOX’S HEARTWARMING AND UPLIFTING COMEDY

Hot up-and-comer Natalie Portman (Anywhere But Here) and sexy mega-star Ashley Judd (Double jeopardy) light up the screen in Fox’s $33 million star-powered hit, WHERE THE HEART IS, debuting on video (for rental) and DVD (for sale and rental) September 26, 2000. Based on the Oprah’s Book Club selection and NY Times bestseller, this charming and inspiring celebration of love, friendship and self-worth is a must-see for women of all ages. WHERE THE HEART IS co-stars Sally Field, Stockard Charming and Joan Cusack.

SYNOPSIS

Sometimes life’s closest, most powerful ties are not those we’re born with, but the ones we create along the way. Ashley Judd and Natalie Portman star in this offbeat, delicious slice of life about a down-on-her-luck Southern teen who, after gaining 15 minutes of fame for giving birth to "The Wal-Mart Baby," begins to put her life together with the help of the kind, quirky strangers who become her surrogate family. Based on the #1 best-selling novel by Billie Letts, this "brilliantly funny, deeply moving, beautifully acted" (KNX/CBS Radio) film co-stars Stockard Charming and Joan Cusack

Available on DVD for $34,98 U.S./$41:98 Canada, the WHERE THE HEART IS DVD release will be available in its original widescreen theatrical format (Aspect Ratio: TBD). In addition to this feature, the DVD includes the film’s original theatrical trailer, interactive menus, a music video by The Warren Brothers entitled "That’s the Beat of A Heart," as well as Spanish and English subtitles, English 5.1 Digital Surround sound and English and French Dolby Surround sound.

 


AN ITALIAN HORROR MASTERPIECE, THE BEYOND, IS AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN ITS ORIGINAL UNCUT VERSION FROM ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT!

Three Versions To Be Made Available This Fall -A VHS Collector’s Edition, DVD, And A Limited Edition DVD!

This fall, Anchor Bay Entertainment will release THE BEYOND in its original uncut version for the first time ever in the U.S., day-and-date on both VHS and DVD. Three versions will be made available -- a VHS Collector’s Edition, a DVD and a Limited Edition DVD tin (only 20,000 being made available). From the late horror master Lucio Fulci (Zombie, The New York Ripper, City of the Living Dead - all available now from Anchor Bay Entertainment), THE BEYOND is heralded as not only one of the pinnacles of Fulci’s diversely prolific directorial career, but of the entire Italian horror cinema.

In thanks to the successful theatrical re-release of THE BEYOND on the big-screen by director Quentin Tarantino’s Rolling Thunder Pictures and Grindhouse Releasing, Anchor Bay Entertainment has created a newly mastered, widescreen version in its original aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The uncut version of the film was a startling revelation to many Fulci devotees who, for years, had to put up with seeing THE BEYOND as a heavily altered and re-titled version Seven Doors of Death. The film was shorn of most of its gruesome effects moments (not to mention pan and scanned from its original widescreen framing) and saw Lucio Fulci credited as "Louis Fuller".

Both the DVD and VHS Collector’s Edition will include the U.S. re-release theatrical trailer. Both DVD versions are presented widescreen (2.35:1) in Dolby 5.1 Surround and are formatted to fit 16X9 televisions. Each DVD features audio commentary from the stars, Catriona MacColl and David Warbeck, the German theatrical trailer, the International theatrical trailer, the U.S. re-release theatrical trailer, the German color pre-credit sequence along with main titles and a music video entitled Necrophagia "And You Will Live in Terror". Also included on each DVD is filming THE BEYOND, a still gallery and Lucio Fulci directing Demonia (1990).

In addition to the vast array of features listed above, the Limited Edition DVD also includes a full-color 48-page booklet with liner notes, rare artwork and a Lucio Fulci biography, six full-color 5x7 international poster replica cards and is packaged in a classic, collectible tin individually numbered to 20,000.

THE BEYOND depicts the story of a run-down New Orleans hotel, where lies a dark, evil secret. The seven dreaded gateways to hell are concealed in seven cursed places and from the day the gates of hell are opened, the dead will walk the earth. The entrance to the underworld is waiting to be opened, and when the new residents of the hotel move in, the evil is awakened. Demonic forces of all shapes and sizes are rising up and violently attacking the living one-by-one. Can the text of an ancient book save the tenants from a horrible death? Will mankind prevail over the demonic forces, or will it perish in a bleak wasteland conquered by legions of the undead?

Dubbed by some as the "Godfather of Gore", Lucio Fulci was a master at putting audiences at the edge of their seats and then, shocking them even further. Fuld was a key member of the Italian horror movement, one of the most creative groups to emerge from the "genre" worlds of horror and science fiction. Fulci’s career spanned more than thirty years, including screenwriting and directing credits on nearly fifty films. Fulci’s efforts included action-adventures (White Fang-1972), fantasy epics (Conquest-1983), giallos (Don’t Torture A Duckling - 1972) and even the occasional comedy (How We Stole the Atomic Bomb 1967).

 

 


ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT BOWS JORGE GRADS CULT HIT LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE TO DVD AND VHS THIS OCTOBER

LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE, aka THE LIVING DEAD AT THE MANCHESTER MORGUE, will be made available in a VHS Collector’s Edition, DVD and Limited Edition DVD Tin

On October 10th, Anchor Bay Entertainment (www.anchorbayentertainment.com) will release Jorge Grau’s infamous 1974 zombie shocker, LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE. The film, best known in Britain as The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue, will be available in three versions: VHS (SRP $14.98), DVD (SRP $29.98) and a Limited Edition DVD Tin (SRP $39.98). This carefully constructed and beautifully photographed tale of the undead roaming the English countryside has been long anticipated by horror fans everywhere.

In the tradition of Night of the Living Dead, LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE tells the story of two traveling companions, George (Ray Lovelock) and Edna (Christine Galbo), who come across a small town infested with the "living dead" that are satisfying their cannibalistic hunger on anyone they come across. The root of the havoc is discovered to be an agricultural device using radiation waves in the quiet countryside. George and Edna fight for their survival as a relentless detective is convinced the two are responsible for the ghoulish acts of violence plaguing the area. Soon, their innocence is questioned and their lives are in danger as they are lead to the Manchester Morgue which provides the final showdown, and an ending that will alter the lives of all the characters.

With a bone-tingling soundtrack by Giuliano Sorgini, LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE, is sure to have viewers jumping from their seats. The soundtrack of the film is so profound that scenes were actually derived from the composed music.

The DVD version of LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE is presented widescreen (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 televisions in Dolby® Surround 5.1 sound. The DVD will feature an exclusive interview with director Jorge Grau, TV and radio spots, poster and still gallery as well as liner notes on the reverse side of the cover sleeve. The DVD will carry a suggested retail price of $29.98.

The Limited Edition Tin (DVD ) will include all of the above mentioned extras plus a 24 page full-color booklet with photos and liner notes as well as a 5 1 /4’ x 8 1 /2" original theatrical poster replica as well as a specialized "toe tag". Only 5,000 of the Limited Edition will be made available and will be priced to sell for $39.98.

 

 


MORE SUPERB WERNER HERZOG ADVENTURES FROM ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT

Anchor Bay Entertainment will release two additional Werner Herzog classics on VHS and DVD formats on October 10th: AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD and COBRA VERDE. Aguirre marks the beginning of the legendary and volatile collaborative relationship between director Werner Herzog and actor Klaus Kinksi, while COBRA VERDE, in its home video debut, showcases the finale of their mutual efforts. The two worked on five films together.

The DVD version of AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD has a full-frame presentation with German soundtrack in Dolby Surround 5.1 Sound and optional English subtitles. The English soundtrack is in mono sound. The DVD features an audio commentary with Director Werner Herzog, theatrical trailer, talent bios and liner notes on the reverse side of the cover sleeve.

The DVD version of COBRA VERDE has a widescreen presentation (1.77:1) and is enhanced for 16x9 televisions. The German soundtrack features Dolby Surround 5.1 Sound with optional English subtitles and an English soundtrack in Dolby Surround 2.0 Sound. It also includes audio commentary with Werner Herzog, theatrical trailer, talent bios and liner notes on the reverse side of the cover sleeve.

COBRA VERDE on VHS is presented widescreen (1.77:1) in Dolby Surround Sound. It is in German with English subtitles and highlights that include the theatrical trailer and liner notes on the reverse side of the cover sleeve.

AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD takes place in the mid 16" Century when Gonzalo Pizarro (Allejandro Repulles) leads his army of conquistadors over the Andes in search of El Dorado, the fabled City of Gold, after annihilating the Incan Empire. But before he succeeds, his arch enemy Don Lope de Aguirre (Klaus Kinski) revolts, leading his own army to conquer South America.

Based on the novel The Viceroy of Ouidah by Bruce Chatwin, COBRA VERDE is an epic tale of intrigue, greed and betrayal that follows Francisco Manoel da Silva (Klaus Kinski), the flamboyant 19th Century Brazilian bandit known as COBRA VERDE. When the owner of a sugar plantation unknowingly hires the COBRA VERDE to keep his slaves in check, he gets more than he bargained for when the bandit impregnates all of his daughters.

 

 


FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT IS PROVIDING MORE LAUGHS FOR LESS LOOT

Beginning September 5. These Hilarious Hits Will Be Available At Their Lowest Price Ever On DVD- $24.98:

THE IMPOSTERS
JEWEL OF THE NILE
OFFICE SPACE
PORKY’S
PUSHING TIN
ROMANCING THE STONE
SLUMS OF BEVERLY HILLS
WAKING NED DEVINE


HIT A HOMERUN WITH `WHEN IT WAS A GAME 3’ FROM HBO HOME VIDEO

Available on VHS and DVD November 21

It’s another homerun for your team when the world class series, WHEN IT WAS A GAME rounds the bases for a third glorious time, featuring baseball legends Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax, Roberto Clemente and more. WHEN IT WAS A GAME 3 steals its way into stores nationwide on November 21. Available on VHS for $14.95 SRP and DVD for $19.98 SRP, WHEN IT WAS A GAME 3 has a running time of GO minutes and is not rated. Also available on VHS starting November 21, the WHEN IT WAS A GAME "Triple Play" Collector’s Set features all three installments of the WHEN IT WAS A GAME series for $26.92 SRP. Order due date is October 24.

WHEN IT WAS A GAME 3 features never-before-seen home movies and vintage photographs with memorable storytelling that bring to life an incredible period in America’s history. The third installment in the critically-acclaimed series from HBO Sports presents classic interviews with sluggers Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, Tim McCarver, Bob Gibson and Juan Marachal. The storytelling also carries into the stands with commentary from fans and sports writers including Billy Crystal, Geraldo Rivera, Bob Costas and others.

Described as "The best of the series," (New York Daily News) "Worth waiting for,"(Detroit News) and "An astonishing marriage of anecdote to film,"(Chicago Tribune) WHEN IT WAS A GAME 3 is a triumph in the documentation of baseball history.

09/05/00

THE CAPED CRUSADER RETURNS IN THE MOVIE EVENT OF THE YEAR BATMAN BEYOND: RETURN OF THE JOKER

The New Batman Spreads His Wings and Flies Onto Video and DVD in this Highly Anticipated Movie

On October 24, Gotham City will get a double dose of Batman as Bruce Wayne and the new Batman, Terry McGinnis, take on the world's most infamous villain in Warner Home Video's (WHV) BATMAN BEYOND: RETURN OF THE JOKER. Full of the non-stop action, suspense, intrigue and mayhem that has captivated Batman fans for decades, this state-of-the-art movie finally reveals what really happened during Batman's last encounter with the Joker. This first-ever, feature-length Batman Beyond movie boasts a sleek, new animation style sure to excite children and adults alike.

This exciting, theatrical-quality addition to Batman Beyond finds the sleeker, deadlier and seemingly immortal Clown Prince of Crime back with his own unique brand of pandemonium. While trying to uncover the Joker's secrets the new Batman, Terry McGinnis, discovers the greatest mystery in the life of the original Caped Crusader: What happened the night he fought the Joker for the last time. When Bruce Wayne is almost killed in one of the Joker's latest attacks, Batman vows to avenge his mentor and put the Joker to rest forever. This must-see action-adventure will be available for $19.96 on VHS and for $24.98 on a loaded DVD.

The BATMAN BEYOND: RETURN OF THE JOKER DVD is loaded with special features including:

BATMAN BEYOND: RETURN OF THE JOKER features the voice talents of Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina the Teenage Witch), Mark Hamill (Star Wars), Will Friedle (Boy Meets World) and Angie Harmon (Law & Order).

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