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2001 NEWS TIDBITS

January 2001 Headlines 

01/29/01

AGENT RED ARRIVES ON VIDEOCASSETTE AND DVD APRIL 10, 2001

DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS

On April 10, 2001 Columbia TriStar Home entertainment will release on DVD AGENT RED, a non-stop, action-adventure starring Dolph Lundgren and Randolph Mantooth.

SYNOPSIS

Matt Hendricks (Dolph Lundgren) is the US Navy's top Marine Special Operations Commander and he is facing his toughest challenge yet - personally escorting the deadliest viral weapon on the planet back to a safe storage facility. Aboard the submarine the US New Orleans, the deadly chemical is locked away and the mission is business as usual - until the Russian terrorist group "Commencement" boards the vessel and takes the crew hostage.  Kretz, the leader of Commencement, is determined to spread the virus over a major American city.  After wiping out the submarine's crew, the terrorists steer the sub toward New York. Miles below the ocean's surface, with the US Navy attacking from above, and violent terrorists attacking from within, Hendricks must battle the enemy and keep the deadly virus sealed, before it escapes and annihilates humanity.

DVD SPECS

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME VIDEO ANNOUNCES MEET THE PARENTS DEBUTING ON DVD ON MARCH 6, 2001

On March 6, 2001, Universal Studios Home Video on DVD will release MEET THE PARENTS, the $170 million box office megahit hailed by leading critics as one of the funniest films of the year. The acclaimed Universal/DreamWorks co-production starring Robert DeNiro and Ben Stiller and directed by Jay Roach (Austin Powers), debuts on VHS for $22.98 suggested retail price and as a DVD Collector's Edition for $26.98 SRP.  Pre-order close is January 29.

One of the most successful films of the year, MEET THE PARENTS spent four consecutive weeks as the nation's #1 box office champ, toppling the formidable competition of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and Toy Story 2, and remained in the Top-10 for over 10 weeks.   Appealing widely to both adult and youth audiences, MEET THE PARENTS tells the hilarious story of how things can go disastrously wrong during the all important weekend that a young man meets his girlfriend's parents for the first time.

Featuring sharp performances by Robert DeNiro as the formidably judgmental father and Ben Stiller as the hapless young man under scrutiny, MEET THE PARENTS also stars Blythe Danner as the serenely understanding mother, Teri Polo as the girlfriend caught in the middle, and Owen Wilson as the ex-fiance who still commands the affections of the parents. The director/producer is Jay Roach, whose major credits include Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery, Austin Powers, The Spy Who Shagged Me, and Mystery, Alaska.

DVD Packed with Bonus Features

The MEET THE PARENTS Collectors Edition DVD, priced at $26.98 SRP, will include the following bonus materials: Dual English Audio (Dolby 5.1/DTS 5.1); Spotlight on Location featurette on the making of the film with cast and crew interviews and behind-the-scenes footage available for the first time;  Feature commentary with director Jay Roach, producer Jane Rosenthal, editor Jon Poll, and cast members Robert DeNiro and Ben Stiller; deleted scenes; outtakes; a Lie Detector Game; a Forecaster Game; DVD-ROM features; Production Notes; Cast and Filmmaker bios; a Theatrical Trailer and a sneak Universal Showcase Trailer of the upcoming The Mummy Returns.

DVD

 

01/26/01

FOR PETE'S SAKE AVAILABLE ON DVD APRIL 3, 2001 FROM COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME ENTERTAINMENT

DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS

On April 4, 2001 Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will debut on DVD the Barbra Streisand classic comedy FOR PETE'S SAKE.

SYNOPSIS

Superstar Barbra Streisand is superb as a young wife who'll do anything to finance her husband's dreams.

 

01/25/01

MICHAEL JORDAN TO THE MAX SOARS TO VHS AND DVD FEBRUARY 13, 2001

Spectacular DVD Debt Offers Never-Before-Seen Footage!

Get ready to experience some of the greatest moments in sports history from one of the most dominant legends of all-time as Twentieth Century Fox’s powerful rim-shaking $13.5 million IMAX hit, MICHAEL JORDAN TO THE MAX, makes its highly-anticipated VHS and DVD debut on February 13, 2001. Hailed as "the most exciting live-action IMAX movie ever" (New York Post), MICHAEL JORDAN TO THE MAX follows the final basketball season of the game’s greatest player and fiercest competitor as he leads the Chicago Bulls to their sixth NBA championship. Featuring high-flying NBA action and candid interviews, MICHAEL JORDAN TO THE MAX provides a rare glimpse of His Airness on-and-off the court, while celebrating the personal attributes that have made Michael Jordan not only a basketball champion, but also a hero who transcends borders, cultures, age and gender.

The ultimately collectible DVD features FAN-tastic added-value materials including behind-the-scenes footage, commentary by the films’ co-directors and producers, theatrical trailers, outtakes, statistics, and a breathtaking "Michael Jordan Bullet-Time" slam dunk featurette. Enthusiastically awaited by the legion of dedicated and ardent Michael Jordan fans, this "must own" VHS and DVD debut is poised to be the biggest sell-through sports-themed release of 2001. MICHAEL JORDAN TO THE MAX will be available at the take-home price of $14.98 ($16.98 Canada) on VHS and $19.98 ($27.98 Canada) on DVD.

MICHAEL JORDAN TO THE MAX DVD

The spectacular digitally mastered DVD debut of this visually stunning film is jammed with a score of special features. It is presented in widescreen format (aspect ratio: 1.85:1 enhanced for 16X9) with English 5.1 Surround, English Dolby Surround, French 5.1 Surround and English subtitles.

A Complete List Of D TAD Contents:

MICHAEL JORDAN TO THE MAX SYNOPSIS:

Following Jordan’s final championship run with the Chicago Bulls, MICHAEL JORDAN TO THE MAX uses incredible visuals and sound to take viewers on court with Jordan as he demonstrates his ability to defy gravity - and adversity. The film chronicles the 1998 playoffs, culminating with Jordan’s final shot to win the sixth NBA Championship for the Bulls - and a storybook ending to his illustrious professional basketball career.

Cameras follow Jordan’s every step on his final championship run, from practice and the locker room, to the hotel and the United Center. Featuring electrifying professional hoops action and candid interviews with former Bulls coach Phil Jackson, former Bulls teammate Steve Kerr, broadcast legend Bob Costas and others close to Jordan, MICHAEL JORDAN TO THE MAX presents a rarely seen glimpse of His Airness on-and-off-the-court.

MICHAEL JORDAN TO THE MAX

 


FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES THE DVD DEBUT OF DIGIMON: THE MOVIE

Video & DVD Features Exclusive Mini Poster & Hit Music Video "Kids In America" By LEN

Explodes Onto Shelves February 6, 2001

On February 6, 2001, Fox Home Entertainment blasts the DigiDestined and their Digimon companions onto home video and DVD in their greatest adventure yet: DIGIMON: THE MOVIE! Digimon exploded onto the big screen nationwide in October, grossing $10 million in its first four weeks of release. This blockbuster animated film has been hailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer as "a frenzied, cacophonic, cartoon feature" and IFilm calls DIGIMON: THE MOVIE "tons of fun!" Featuring more lush and detailed animation than in the phenomenally popular television series, DIGIMON: THE MOVIE also introduces a new and exciting character -- the digital megamonster named Omnimon -- and includes a digitally groovy soundtrack highlighted by the smash hit single, "Kids In America" by LEN. The VHS edition will be available for a suggested retail price of $19.98 U.S./$24.98 Canada while the DVD will retail for a suggested retail price of $24.98 U.S./$29.98 Canada.

The Digimon Craze

Lauded as "the next hot craze" by the Today Show, Digimon presents the adventures of seven young friends who team up with a colorful assortment of "monsters" to battle evil forces in the ultimate digital adventure. Now entering its second television season, "Digimon: Digital Monsters" currently ranks as the number one show in its time period on "Fox Kids" Network -- the dominant weekday and Saturday morning network among children 2-11. A wide array of best-selling licensed merchandise further adds to its status as one of today’s most popular children’s properties.

DIGIMON: THE MOVIE VHS/DVD Features

DIGIMON: THE MOVIE VHS and DVD both contain an exclusive Digimon mini poster and feature the hit music video "Kids In America" by American pop band LEN. The DVD (aspect ratio 1.33:1) also contains a theatrical trailer while the video includes a six-minute "Introduction To Digimon" featurette about the characters from the hit show.

Synopses:

DIGIMON: THE MOVIE

The Internet becomes a battlefield for the DigiDestined and their Digimon companions as they embark on their greatest adventure yet in DIGIMON: THE MOVIE. A powerful new Digimon hatches and begins to consume data at an exponential rate. This Internet Digimon rapidly digivolves to its mega form, Diabormon, taking over worldwide communications in the process - while preparing to launch missiles from the U.S. to Japan. With time running out, only the combined efforts of a worldwide network of kids, plus a new mega-hero Digimon named Omnimon, stand in the way of global disaster.

One of the kids encouraging the DigiDestined during the battle on the Net is an American boy named Wallace, who has become the human companion of twin Digimon. Unfortunately, the Internet battle results in one of these Digimon becoming separated from Wallace. The lost Digimon grows up very confused, and four years later it kidnaps the original DigiDestined kids in a misguided attempt to find Wallace. It’s up to a new team of DigiDestined heroes to defeat the wayward but dangerous Digimon and rescue the older kids.

DIGIMON: THE MOVIE

 


COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE "TRUE BELIEVER" ON DVD APRIL 3, 2001

DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS

SYNOPSIS

James Woods enthralls as a jaded lawyer whose passion for justice is rekindled when an associate (Robert Downey, Jr.) urges him to re-open a hopeless murder case.

 

01/24/01

KRULL AVAILABLE ON SPECIAL EDITION DVD APRIL 3, 2001 FROM COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME ENTERTAINMENT

DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS

On April 3, 2001 Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will debut on DVD the sci-fi action thriller KRULL.

SYNOPSIS

A young prince must capture a five-bladed sword in order to save his princess and their planets from a terrible monster and his troops.

 

01/23/01

COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE "THE NATURAL" ON DVD APRIL 3, 2001

THE NATURAL

DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS

SYNOPSIS

Nothing was going to stop Roy Hobbs from fulfilling his boyhood dream of baseball superstardom.  Robert Redford stars in this inspiring fable that begins when 14-year-old Hobbs (Redford) fashions a powerful bat from a fallen oak tree. He soon impresses major league scouts with his ability, fixing his extraordinary talent in the mind of sportswriter Max Mercy (Duvall), who eventually becomes instrumental in Hobbs' career. But a meeting with a mysterious woman shatters his dream. Years pass and an older Hobbs reappears as a rookie for the New York Knights. Overcoming physical pain and defying those who have a stake in seeing the Knights lose, Hobbs, with his boyhood bat, has his chance to lead the Knights to the pennant and to finally fulfill his dream.

 


VCI PRODUCT STREET DATE UP-DATE

VCI would like to inform you of the reasons for our DVD delays. Over the past year, we have been committed to improving the quality of our DVD releases. You may have seen a reflection of our efforts in recent reviews. They have been very complementary. As an independent, our quest for acceptable source materials sometimes takes us in different directions. We begin a project and after sometimes years of searching, discover new materials… in other countries…half way through the project. Digital restoration sometimes requires more time than expected simply because more direct supervision of the project is needed. Also, crucial supplemental materials for some of our collectible classic releases surface late in the production process. It has been for these reasons that we decided the improvements added value and would out weigh any minor delay.

We appreciate your support.
Don Blair
VP Sales

New DVD Street Dates

8268

THE PHANTOM

2-20-01

8266

MY LITTLE MARGIE COLLECTION #1

2-20-01

8258

MARCO

2-20-01

8264

UP IN MABEL’S ROOM

2-20-01

8259

GETTING GERTIE’S GARTER

2-20-01

8252

LONE RANGER

TBA

8254

LONE RANGER/LOST CITY OF GOLD

TBA

 


THE APOSTATE ON HBO HOME VIDEO, MARCH 20

The tale of a young Jesuit Priest in search of his brother’s murderer, THE APOSTATE, is coming to video and DVD on March 20. Starring Dennis Hopper ("Speed," "Easy Rider") and Richard Grieco ("If Looks Could Kill," "Mobsters"), THE APOSTATE VHS is enhanced with an eye-catching embossed sleeve and has an order due date of February 27. This title is priced for rental and will be available on DVD for $19.98 SRP. THE APOSTATE is rated R and runs 94 minutes. (DVD order due date: 2/20/01)

THE APOSTATE explores the spiritual doubt experienced by a young Priest after the murder of his brother. Michael Killian (Richard Grieco) is summoned home when his brother is found savagely murdered, the victim of a serial killer. Determined to find the murderer, Michael joins the cops in their pursuit and descends into a world that threatens to destroy everything he believes. Driven by lust for revenge and tempted by the love of a woman, Michael Killian will struggle to keep his faith in THE APOSTATE.

01/22/01

WOMAN ON TOP AVAILABLE ON DVD - FEBRUARY 13, 2001

Fox Home Entertainment cooks up the perfect Valentine's Day movie when it delivers the delicious romantic comedy, WOMAN ON TOP , to VHS (for rent) and DVD (for sale or rent) on February 13, 2001. In the tradition of popular romantic comedies like Practical Magic, Fools Rush In and Simply Irresistible, rising star Penelope Cruz stirs up the fun in this delightful comedy about the magic of food, love, music and passion that Movieline magazine describes as "absolutely captivating." The WOMAN ON TOP DVD debut offers special features including theatrical trailers, TV spots and a recipe book and is priced at $34.99 S.R.P. ($46.98 Canada).

WOMAN ON TOP DVD

Available on February 13, 2001, the WOMAN ON TOP DVD release features the film's original theatrical trailer, an international trailer, three TV spots, a special recipe book, 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound, English Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround and anamorphic widescreen format (aspect ratio 1:85:1).

WOMAN ON TOP SYNOPSIS

Penelope Cruz (All the Pretty Horses) cooks up sexy fun as Isabella, a gorgeous chef who melts the palates and hearts of men everywhere. When Isabella decides to break free from her rocky marriage and move to San Francisco, she discovers the perfect recipe for coming out on top – her own hit TV cooking show. But when her producer falls for her and her ex-husband comes to town, who knows which man will end up on the bottom!

WOMAN ON TOP

 


PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES ON-LINE PETITION

There is a new on-line petition to encourage MGM Home Entertainment to release Mario Bava’s PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES (aka TERRORE NELLO SPAZIO) on DVD. If you are a fan, check out the petition HERE.

 

01/12/01

DAVID LEAN'S EPIC MASTERPIECE "LAWRENCE OF ARABIA" TO BE RELEASED ON DVD ON APRIL 3, 2001 BY COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Winner of Oscar's Best Picture Stars Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif.
Limited Edition DVD Packed With Added Value Features.
Digitally Mastered and Repackaged Edition

"LAWRENCE OF ARABIA," acclaimed as one of the epic film masterpieces of all time and directed by legendary director Sir David Lean, will be released on DVD on April 3, 2001 by Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment. The winner of seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Music and Best Cinematography, this film also received three nominations for Best Actor (Peter O'Toole), Best Supporting Actor (Omar Sharif) and Best Screenplay. The outstanding cast also includes Sir Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Jose Ferrer and Claude Rains.

DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS

Synopsis

Director David Lean follows the heroic true-life odyssey of T.E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) in this dramatic portrait of the famed British officer's journey to the Middle East. Assigned to  Arabia during World War I, Lawrence courageously unites the warring Arab factions into a strong guerrilla front and leads them to brilliant victories in treacherous desert battlefields where they eventually defeat the ruling Turkish Empire.

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA LIMITED EDITION SPECS

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA

LIMITED EDITION DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS

DVD ROM ELEMENTS INCLUDE:

 


ANCHOR BAY RESPONDS TO AUDIO PROBLEM WITH A BETTER TOMORROW

After sending e-mail to Anchor Bay Entertainment concerning a possible audio problem with A BETTER TOMORROW, we were sent this reply:

Hello,

This email is being sent out to those of you who have contacted us regarding the defective Cantonese audio track on our DVD release of A BETTER TOMORROW.

We regret that this situation has occurred, and we apologize to anyone who was disappointed or inconvenienced.  This matter came to our attention very early this morning (January 16th), and we immediately set about to determine the best course of action in rectifying the problem.

Currently all replication of the current DVD version of A BETTER TOMORROW has stopped.  We are going to be re-pressing the title using the original Cantonese Mono audio track which will replace the existing Cantonese tracks on the DVD.  The English audio on both the DVD & VHS editions are not affected by this.

We expect to have corrected copies of the DVD the first week of February.  Procedures for the return and/or exchange of the copies currently on the market will be announced soon.

Again we regret that this situation has occurred, and we will correct it as soon as possible. 

Thank you.

Michael Felsher
Webmaster
Anchor Bay Entertainment

TELL WARNER HOW TO DO TV SHOWS RIGHT ON DVD

According to our friends over at The Digital Bits, Warner Home Video is accepting feedback about the television programming that they are releasing on DVD. Warner has recently issued THE BEST OF FRIENDS on DVD. Most collectors are interested in collecting entire seasons of their favorite shows, just like Fox has done with their Season One and Season Two gift packs for THE X-FILES. If you want to see entire seasons of television shows like FRIENDS, BABYLON 5, SOUTH PARK or THE WEST WING, please take the time to contact Warner. Remember, this is important to everyone interested in collecting their favorite TV shows on DVD. Send your politely written requests to Warner Home Video at the following e-mail address: bestoffriendspublicity@warnerbros.com.

01/11/01

COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME ENTERTAINMENT TO PREMIERE ROUGHNECKS: STARSHIP TROOPERS CHRONICLES THE PLUTO CAMPAIGN AVAILABLE ON DVD MARCH 13, 2OO1

DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS

On March 13, 2001 Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will release five episodes of ROUGHNECKS: STARSHIP TROOPERS CHRONICLES , The Pluto Campaign on DVD and videocassette.  The VHS will carry a suggested retail price of $14.95 and the DVD will carry a suggested retail price of $24.95.

SYNOPSIS

Battling seemingly invincible forces primed to take over the universe, "ROUGHNECKS: STARSHIP TROOPERS CHRONICLES , The Pluto Campaign" is a state-of- the-art CGI feature length story that features elements of action humor, coming- of-age, teamwork and fantasy. War hero Rico, the telepathic Jenkins and sexy, fearless female soldier Flores are part of a troop whose mission is to obliterate a small infestation of deadly bugs on Pluto.  But when they land on the distant planet, they're faced with a full- blown invasion of the ruthless Arachnid Forces  - huge, human-hating spiders threatening to take over the galaxy!  Determined to capture a baby plasma for research, the courageous Troopers prepare to fight the battle of their lives.

DVD SPECS

 


CRITERION DVDS COMING 1/30/01

FIEND WITHOUT A FACE: Details posted 1/08/01

Powell & Pressburgers' BLACK NARCISSUS

Stars six-time Oscar nominee Deborah Kerr (From Here to Eternity, The King and I, An Affair to Remember)

Oscar winner:

Golden Globe Winner:

Plagued by uncertainties and worldly desires, five Protestant missionary nuns, led by Deborah Kerr’s Sister Clodagh, struggle to establish a school in the desolate Himalayas. All the elements of cinematic arts are perfectly fused in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s fascinating study of the age-old conflict between the spirit and the flesh, set against the grandeur of the snowcapped peaks of Kanchenjunga. Criterion is proud to present Black Narcissus in a new Special Edition

SPECIAL FEATURES

DOUBLE SUICIDE

 

01/08/01

DETAILS ON CRITERION’S UPCOMING DVD RELEASE OF FIEND WITHOUT A FACE

Cast Includes Marshall Thompson, Kim Parker, Terence Kilburn, Michael Balfour, and Gil Winfield

A Scientist's thoughts materializes as an army of invisible brain-shaped monsters.  In this Nightmarish chiller, FIEND WITHOUT A FACE reveals a terrifying climax along with outstanding  special effects.

 

01/05/01

THE TAO OF STEVE ARRIVES ON DVD MARCH 20, 2001

DVD Elements Include:

On March 20, 2001, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment proudly presents on videocassette and DVD THE TAO OF STEVE, a romantic comedy about changing ordinary guys into charismatic heartthrobs.

Synopsis

The title refers to the prototypical cool guy, a Steve McQueen, Steve McGarrett or Steve Austin, a man without need who has the ability to attract woman effortlessly.  It's the code by which a group of guys try to live, particularly articulate philosopher king Dex (Logue), an oversized kindergarten teacher with a hyper sex drive and a charming and incredibly effective way with women that somehow gets them to chase him.  Dex is self-indulgence personified, until he meets Syd (Goodman) - an old college fling who doesn't respond to his technique and uncovers a person who still may be able to grow up.

DVD SPECS

 

01/04/01

THE PERFECT STORM DIRECTOR WOLFGANG PETERSEN WILL NAVIGATE WARNER HOME VIDEO'S  "VIRTUAL THEATER" ON JANUARY 17

WHEN:
Wednesday, January 17, 2001
6:00 p.m. PST

WHAT:
Fans of the $180 million blockbuster hit will join
THE PERFECT STORM director Wolfgang Petersen in Warner Home Video's exclusive "Virtual Theater" event.  WHV is the only studio to host the "Virtual Theater," an online forum that allows film buffs from around the world to participate in a simultaneous full-length screening and live chat event with some of the industry's top talent.

WHO:
THE PERFECT STORM director Wolfgang Petersen.  Petersen's other film highlights include "Das Boot," which earned six Academy Award nominations and the multiple Academy Award nominated box office hit, "Air Force One."

HOW:
To participate, users need a computer equipped with a DVD-ROM drive,
THE PERFECT STORM DVD and an Internet connection.  A cue delivered by Warner Home Video via the Internet will trigger the movie to begin at the same time for all users on their computer.  Users will then view the movie together at DVD quality in the "Virtual Theater" and will be able to ask Petersen questions.  Users without a DVD-ROM computer will be able to participate in the chat only.

Users can register by going to "Online Events" in their DVD-ROM's menu or at www.warnervideo.com/Perfectstormevents.  Users can also submit a question in advance or find additional information at this site.

DETAILS:
Previous WHV "Virtual Theater" guests include director David O. Russell and Mark Wahlberg on behalf of "Three Kings" and writer/directors Andy and Larry Wachowski and Visual Effects Supervisor, John Gaeta on behalf of "The Matrix."

A cinematic experience at its most exhilarating, THE PERFECT STORM stars George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg.  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 best seller list for more than 100 weeks, boosted by the popularity of the theatrical release.

01/02/01

OLIVER STONE COLLECTION CORRECTION

Previously listed prices for Warner Home Video's Oliver Stone Collection (available January 16) were misprinted on our previous press release.  The correct prices are as follows:

DVD GIFTSETS
6-Movie Giftset Priced at $166.68 SRP/$119.92 MAP:

"ANY GIVEN SUNDAY Special Edition Director's Cut" Deluxe Double-Disc Set, "BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY," "THE DOORS," "JFK Special Edition Director's Cut," "NATURAL BORN KILLERS," "WALL STREET," and career retrospective, "OLIVER STONE'S AMERICA."

10-Movie Giftset Priced at $276.78 SRP/$199.92 MAP:
"
ANY GIVEN SUNDAY Special Edition Director's Cut" Deluxe Double-Disc Set, "BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY," "THE DOORS," "HEAVEN AND EARTH," "JFK Special Edition Director's Cut," "NATURAL BORN KILLERS," "NIXON," "TALK RADIO," "U-TURN," "WALL STREET," and career retrospective, "OLIVER STONE'S AMERICA."

INDIVIDUAL WHV TITLES
DVD $24.98 SRP/$19.95 MAP:

"JFK Special Edition Director's Cut," "NATURAL BORN KILLERS," and "HEAVEN AND EARTH." "ANY GIVEN SUNDAY Special Edition Director's Cut" single disc DVD (released September 1) will still be available as a single title, but the new double-disc version in the Collection will not.


ELVIS: THAT’S THE WAY IT IS - SPECIAL EDITION

Warner Home Video Announces King-Size Tribute To The "First Bad Boy of Rock"

Newly Re-Edited "Rockumentary" Captures Elvis In All His Glory On VHS January 16th And DVD March 6th Includes 27 Songs With More Than 30 Minutes Of Never-Before-Seen Rehearsal And Concert Footage

Warner Home Video (WHV) proudly announces the release of the powerful "rockumentary" ELVIS: THAT’S THE WAY IT IS - Special Edition, featuring a newly remastered and remixed version, available for the first time ever in stereo. Produced by award-winning filmmaker Rick Schmidlin (Touch of Evil, Greed, Doors: Live at the Hollywood Bowl) and his team, the special edition includes close-ups of Presley's famous footwork and guitar work, cut-aways of the band, never-before-seen footage including ten musical numbers, and Elvis' off-stage antics.  ELVIS: THAT’S THE WAY IT IS - Special Edition shakes up the stores on January 16 on VHS for $14.95 SRP and on March 6 on DVD for $24.98 SRP.

Known the world over by his first name, Elvis is regarded as one of the most important figures of the 20th century. With a revolutionary sound and style, he challenged the social and racial barriers of the time. Elvis ushered in a whole new era of American music and popular culture bringing the world such classic songs as "Hound Dog," "Heartbreak Hotel," and "All Shook Up." Elvis Presley has sold more records than any other artist (over one billion records), starred in 31 features and two concert films and shook the world with his record-breaking television and live appearances.

In announcing this special edition, Mark Horak, WHV senior vice president, marketing stated, "ELVIS: THAT’S THE WAY IT IS - Special Edition will be an exceptional keepsake for those who recognize and remember Elvis' remarkable talent and will serve as a great introduction to those who have yet to experience the power and range of Presley's genius."

ELVIS: THAT’S THE WAY IT IS - Special Edition documents Presley at his peak during the celebrity-attended August 1970 Las Vegas concert series and reveals a seldom-seen personal side of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.  Rare, behind-the-scenes footage shows Elvis interacting with the TCB Band and his back-up singers, the Sweet Inspirations and The Imperials, as well as his off-stage antics.  The film captures the inimitable style of Elvis as he sings 27 dynamic songs including Love Me Tender, Blue Suede Shoes, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, and Suspicious Minds. Both the VHS and DVD versions contain the original theatrical trailer and a new documentary "Patch It Up:  The Reconstruction of ELVIS: THAT’S THE WAY IT IS." The featurette chronicles the work of distinguished film restoration specialist Rick Schmidlin as he re-edits the film using never-before-seen footage.

Schmidlin conducted an exhaustive five-month search for all existing film negatives, work prints and corresponding audio masters, producing up to four additional hours of usable footage, some of which was culled from individual scraps as short as a few seconds. Once he had the materials, he and his team went to work. There are many sequences comprised entirely of never-before-seen footage which capture with greater intimacy Elvis' creative process and stage persona. The entire film has been re-edited, with virtually every shot reflecting some change in length and rhythm to give it a more contemporary feel.

The recent discovery of 50,000 feet of original film negative shot by six cameramen who were granted unlimited access during the span of rehearsals and performances, and the original corresponding 16-track audio masters, provided the opportunity to re-cut the film. ELVIS: THAT’S THE WAY IT IS - Special Edition uniquely represents a film that has been re-edited from start to finish using only original elements. This special edition will also be presented with a new Dolby Digital 5.1 stereo soundtrack.

Elvis Presley influenced the world's entire popular culture and changed the face of Rock 'n' Roll. Bruce Springsteen said: "There have been a lot of tough guys.  There have been pretenders. And there have been contenders. But there is only one king." Mick Jagger praised him by saying, "He was a unique artist - an original in an area of imitators."  Bob Dylan stated, "Hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail." and John Lennon said simply, "Before Elvis, there was nothing." Twenty-three years after his death, "the King" continues to move audiences with his legendary music.

ELVIS: THAT’S THE WAY IT IS - Special Edition will premiere on Turner Classic Movies on January 15, 2001, one day before its VHS debut.  Each video will contain more than $1,400 worth of Warner Spotlight Coupon values and will qualify for the Warner "Buy 3/Get 1 Free" Offer.


"AVALON," "THE STORY OF JACOB AND JOSEPH" AND "SHADOW OF DOUBT" COME TO DVD FOR THE FIRST TIME

On March 13, 2001 Columbia TriStar Home Video will release the following three catalogue titles to DVD:

AVALON

DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS

SYNOPSIS

Intensely personal and yet universally appealing, AVALON follows immigrant Sam Krichinsky and his extended family as they seek a dream called America in a place called Avalon. From poverty through prosperity, the Krichinsky family faces their changing world with enduring humor and abiding love. Even when squabbling over a failed business or adjusting to a new land, Levinson never fails to find the comedy and immediacy of their immigrant experience. A superb cast, led by Armin Mueller-Stahl, Aidan Quinn and Elizabeth Perkins, perfectly captures the vibrant love and laughter of this quintessentially American family. The coming-of-age story of an entire nation, AVALON is a "tapestry of American life so rich and perfect it could hang in a museum."(Rex Reed)

THE STORY OF JACOB AND JOSEPH

DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS

Synopsis

The classic story of two brothers who turn against one another out of selfish greed. A story as timeless as the Bible itself.

SHADOW OF DOUBT

DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS

SYNOPSIS

When the daughter of a billionaire philanthropist is murdered in a rough sex romp gone bad, District Attorney Jack Campioni (Tom Berenger) is quick to indict an up-and- coming rap artist. Fresh off the acquittal of Councilman Steven Mayer (John Ritter), high-profile defense attorney Kitt Devereaux (Melanie Griffith) comes to the aid of the young rapper. Teaming with investigator Al Gordon (Huey Lewis), Devereaux finds herself up against unexpected dangerous forces, including one of the city's most politically ambitious families. Blindsided at every turn, Devereaux offers herself up as bait - and in the end, discovers that behind every conspiracy theory lies a grain of truth.


CENTRAL PARK MEDIA MARCH TITLES

AGENT AIKA: NAKED MISSIONS DVD & KNIGHTS OF RAMUNE DVD Available March 13th

Central Park Media, leading distributor of Japanimation on DVD, is pleased to announce the DVD release of the fan service-packed "AGENT AIKA: NAKED MISSIONS" DVD and the similarly fantasy fulfilling "Knights of Ramune" DVD. Both these titles combine fun, non-stop action with a sense of humor and an appreciation for eye candy. Both the "Agent Aika: Naked Missions" and "Knights of Ramune" DVDs will be available on March 13th (order cut-off February 12th), each for $29.99.

AGENT AIKA: NAKED MISSIONS DVD

She's sexy, suave and sophisticated, but she's no bimbo. She's a martial arts expert and a jet fighter pilot with the body of a supermodel. She's Aika, and she's one of the best secret agents in the business. Armed with her trusty semi-sentient, super-battle bustier, no risk is too great! This DVD includes episodes 1-4 and a BONUS music video! Directed by fan-favorite Katsuhiko Nishijima (Project A-ko) Written by Kenichi Kanemaki (Irresponsible Captain Tylor)

KNIGHTS OF RAMUNE DVD

Holy virgins Cacao and Parfait must find the prophesied Champion of the Galaxy, or the universe will be destroyed. Unfortunately, he's a power-obsessed tyrant! With the help of a plucky orphan, a giant robot, and their Holy Magic (which has some really interesting side effects), our heroines must save the galaxy from its greatest hero. If only they had instructions for the robot...

 


IT'S HUNGRY FOR VENGEANCE...SHE'S HUNGRY FOR MORE!

DEMON WARRIOR KOJI DVD

Anime 18 Title Available March 13th

Anime 18, the top distributor dedicated to Japanese animation for mature audiences, announces the DVD release of the erotic horror "DEMON WARRIOR KOJI." From the creative visionary behind "La Blue Girl" and "Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend," this DVD will be available on March 13th (order cut-off February 12th for $29.99.

DEMON WARRIOR KOJI DVD

A monster is out for blood, and only the man-demon Koji can hunt down the preternatural killer. Aided by a morbid psychic, he follows the grisly trail of victims to a lonely woman. What unspeakable horrors will he find? And are even Koji's powers enough to curb this devastating threat?

From Toshio Maeda (La Blue Girl, Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend, Demon Beast Invasion, Lady Blue, Nightmare Campus)!

The "DEMON WARRIOR KOJI" DVD bonus features include:

In addition, the DVD-ROM features include:

 


PARAMOUNT FEBRUARY DVD TITLES

Title

Street

Sound

Screen Format

Aspect Ratio

SRP

Rating

Year

BLESS THE CHILD: SPECIAL EDITION

02-13-2001

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

2.35:1

$29.99

R

2000

MOTHER (1996)

02-13-2001

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$29.99

PG-13

1996

REAL LIFE

02-13-2001

1.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$29.98

PG

1979

STAR TREK TV #19: THE CHANGELING/ THE APPLE

02-13-2001

5.1

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$19.98

NR

1967

STAR TREK TV #20: MIRROR MIRROR/ THE DEADLY YEARS

02-13-2001

5.1

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$19.99

NR

1967

ALFIE

02-27-2001

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

2.25:1

$29.99

PG

1966

EVENING STAR: SPECIAL EDITION

02-27-2001

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$29.99

PG-13

1996

IN PURSUIT: SPECIAL EDITION

02-27-2001

5.1

Letterbox

1.85:1

$29.98

R

2000

KINGS AND QUEENS OF COMEDY GIFT SET

02-27-2001

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

1.78:1

$49.98

R

VAR

ORDINARY PEOPLE

02-27-2001

1.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$29.99

R

1980

ORIGINAL KINGS OF COMEDY

02-27-2001

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

1.78:1

$29.99

R

2000

QUEENS OF COMEDY

02-27-2001

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

1.78:1

$24.99

R

2001

TERMS OF ENDEARMENT: SPECIAL EDITION

02-27-2001

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

1.78:1

$29.99

PG

1983

 


MGM FEBRUARY DVD TITLES

Title

Street Date

Sound

Screen Format

Aspect Ratio

SRP

Rating

Year

BABY BOOM

02-06-2001

2.0

Letterbox

1.85:1

$14.98

PG

1987

BLUE SKY

02-06-2001

2.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$19.98

PG-13

1992

CHERRY 2000

02-06-2001

2.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$14.95

PG-13

1987

CITY OF INDUSTRY

02-06-2001

2.0

Letterbox

1.85:1

$14.95

R

1997

DEADLINE

02-06-2001

2.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$14.95

R

1990

DOUBLE IMPACT

02-06-2001

2.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$14.95

R

1991

EMERALD FOREST

02-06-2001

2.0

Letterbox, 16:9

2.35:1

$19.98

R

1985

END

02-06-2001

1.0

Letterbox

1.85:1

$14.95

R

1978

FATAL BEAUTY

02-06-2001

2.0

Letterbox

1.85:1

$14.95

R

1987

FUZZ

02-06-2001

1.0

Letterbox

1.85:1

$14.95

PG

1972

HARLEY DAVIDSON AND THE MARLBORO MAN

02-06-2001

2.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$14.95

R

1991

LOSIN' IT

02-06-2001

1.0

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$14.95

R

1983

MERMAIDS

02-06-2001

2.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$19.98

PG-13

1990

MIGHTY QUINN

02-06-2001

2.0

Letterbox

1.85:1

$14.95

R

1989

MOONLIGHT AND VALENTINO

02-06-2001

2.0

Letterbox

2.35:1

$19.98

R

1995

NAVY SEALS

02-06-2001

2.0

Letterbox

1.66:1

$14.95

R

1990

WILD ANGELS

02-06-2001

1.0

Letterbox, 16:9

2.35:1

$14.95

R

1966

ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES

02-20-2001

1.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$14.95

PG-13

1971

ATTACK OF THE PUPPET PEOPLE

02-20-2001

1.0

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$14.95

NR

1958

DIE MONSTER DIE!

02-20-2001

1.0

Letterbox, 16:9

2.35:1

$14.95

NR

1965

DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN

02-20-2001

1.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$14.95

PG

1972

MAN FROM PLANET X

02-20-2001

1.0

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$14.95

NC-17

1951

FANTASTICKS: SPECIAL EDITION

02-27-2001

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

2.35:1

$24.98

PG

1995

January 2001 Headlines 


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