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May 2001 Headlines 

05/31/01

SO YOU WANT TO SEE BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES ON DVD

There is now a new on-line petition encouraging Warner Home Video to release episodes of BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES on DVD. If you would like to see this great series get a much deserved DVD release, please take the time to sign the petition HERE.

 


ARTISAN HOME ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS THE DIRECT-TO-VIDEO PREMIERE.... SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET

Starring Treat Williams, Linda Hamilton and Jonathan Jackson

Available on Sell Through DVD Day & Date on July 24, 2001

Artisan Home Entertainment presents the direct-to-video premiere of SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET,  starring Treat Williams (The Deep End of the Ocean, The Devil's Own), Linda Hamilton (The Terminator 1 & 2,TV's Beauty and the Beast) and Jonathan Jackson (The Deep End of the Ocean, TV's General Hospital).  With a pre-order date of June 26, 2001, SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET will be available for VHS rental and DVD sell through on July 24 (SRP $24.98, Rated R, 86 minutes).

"With the popularity of suspense thrillers and the star power of this cast, we expect SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET will be a very successful rental title and DVD seller," said Steve Beeks, President of Artisan Home Entertainment.  "Our direct-to-video premiere titles generate substantial revenues and have become a great source of alternative programming for our retail partners."

A small town.  A string of murders.  Will Reid (Treat Williams) is forced to confront the unthinkable...that his 18 year old son, Jonathon, may be a serial murderer.  The gathering evidence forces Will to confront the unimaginable - his son's apparent guilt.  But Will has secrets of his own, and when a new love interest (Linda Hamilton) comes into his life, secrets are brought out into the light of day.  Become chilled to the bone as you wonder who's telling the truth, and who may be the real serial killer.

The SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET DVD will be released day and date with special features that include commentary by the film's writer/director, Wayne Powers, 16:9 widescreen version, trailer, English 5.1 Dolby surround, , optional Spanish subtitles, cast and crew information, production notes, digitally mastered, interactive menus and scene access (features subject to change).

 


FAMILY HOME ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS DISCOVERY CHANNEL'S AFRICA'S ELEPHANT KINGDOM FOR THE FIRST TIME AND EXCLUSIVELY ON DVD

Straight from its $20 million IMAX ™ theatrical debut and into your home!

Film Synopsis

Released for the first time to IMAX theaters in 1998, AFRICA’S ELEPHANT KINGDOM has grossed over $20 million at the box office and is now available exclusively on VHS and DVD.  Featuring spectacular cinematography and the amazing picture and sound quality that comes from the giant IMAX screen, AFRICA’S ELEPHANT KINGDOM is one of the most intimate glimpses into elephant behavior ever recorded.  This real life adventure chronicles the story of one elephant clan's struggle for survival as they journey across vast stretches of land in search of dwindling sources of food and water.  This visually stunning look into nature will leave you in awe of the African elephant as they thunder from the giant screen into your home

 


FAMILY HOME ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS SIX POPULAR DISCOVERY CHANNEL AND TLC TITLES FOR THE FIRST TIME ON DVD

A Collection of Real Life Adventures Unearthed at Great Low Prices!

Family Home Entertainment presents a collection of Discovery and TLC classic titles, available for the first time on DVD and offered at collectible low prices!  Two DVDs are special double feature releases that include two programs on one DVD - SHARKS: GREAT WHITE and ULTIMATE GUIDE: SHARKS, and GREAT PLANES: 747 AND 777.  The other titles offered in this must-own collection include UNDERSTANDING THE UNIVERSE, narrated by Candice Bergen, and AMAZING EARTH, narrated by Patrick Stewart, as well as DOLPHINS: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE and WOLVES AT OUR DOOR.

New to DVD:

AMAZING EARTH 100 min.$14.98 Catalog No. 11795
Patrick Stewart narrates this eye-popping global spectacle that probes oceans and scales mountains to explain our planet's catastrophic past and violent present.

SHARKS: GREAT WHITE and ULTIMATE GUIDE: SHARKS 60 min. $19.98 Catalog No. 11800
A thrilling DVD that includes two great programs on one DVD!
GREAT WHITE: Filmed on location in four oceans around the world, this show takes you into the private domain of the Great White - with footage never before released on DVD. ULTIMATE GUIDE: SHARKS:  Come face to face with the world's most dangerous predators to uncover their mysterious killing cycles.

DOLPHINS: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE 52 min. $14.98 Catalog No. 11801
Viewers will experience the beauty and wonder of dolphins and their underwater realm, learn about their complex social skills, and discover the incredibly diverse membership of this far-flung family -including the mysterious freshwater dolphins of China, India and South America.

WOLVES AT OUR DOOR 50 min. $14.98 Catalog No. 11803
A sequel to the Emmy Award-winning film Wolf: Return of a Legend,
WOLVES AT OUR DOOR is the heartwarming true tale of a pack of gray wolves and the humans who raised them from puppies.

UNDERSTANDING THE UNIVERSE 50 min. $14.98 Catalog No. 11802
Narrated by Candice Bergen, this enriching and entertaining video employs graphic models and spectacular computer animation to illustrate some of the most complex theories of all time.

GREAT PLANES: 747 AND 777 100 min. $19.98 Catalog No. 11909
Another great DVD with two programs on one disc.
747:  Fasten your seatbelts as Great Planes examines this aviation marvel and the revolution it created in passenger air transport. 777: Recounts the events and people behind this powerhouse airplane, including how engineers went from complete digital preassembly directly to a successful production model-an incredible aviation achievement.

 

05/25/01

FOX BLAZES UP THE SUMMER WITH JUNE’S #1 COMEDY DUDE, WHERE’S MY CAR?

Hot Young Stars Ashton Kutcher And Seann William Scott Star In The "Sweet" $47 Million Box Office Hit

Dude, where did you park the car? And so the adventure begins for two party-hearty Dudes that can’t remember anything they did the night before in DUDE, WHERE’S MY CAR?, the outrageously radical comedy that takes the baffled buddies on the ride of their lives. Arriving on VHS (for rent) and DVD (for sale or rent) on June 26, 2001, Fox Home Entertainment’s "sweet" release stars rising screen sensations Ashton Kutcher (TV’s "That 70’s Show", Texas Rangers) and Seann William Scott (American Pie, Road Trip), who embark on a mission to retrace their steps to find out exactly what happened the night before, and why they have so much pudding in their fridge.

DUDE, WHERE’S MY CAR? Synopsis

Meet Jesse (Ashton Kutcher, TV's "That 70's Show") and Chester (Sean William Scott, American Pie) two dimwitted yet lovable party animals who wake up one morning with a burning question: Dude, Where's My Car? Their only clues are a matchbook cover from Kitty Kat strip club and a year's supply of pudding in the fridge. As they retrace their steps, these dudes are in for the ride of their lives, encountering hot alien chicks, dodging killer ostriches, and trying to score "special treats" from their ticked-off twin girlfriends. It's an outrageously sweeeeeeet comedy adventure that's "totally entertaining all the way through totally!" (iFilm)

Meet Jesse (Ashton Kutcher, TV's "That 70's Show") and Chester (Sean William Scott, American Pie) two dimwitted yet lovable party animals who wake up one morning with a burning question: Dude, Where's My Car? Their only clues are a matchbook cover from Kitty Kat strip club and a year's supply of pudding in the fridge. As they retrace their steps, these dudes are in for the ride of their lives, encountering hot alien chicks, dodging killer ostriches, and trying to score "special treats" from their ticked-off twin girlfriends. It's an outrageously sweeeeeeet comedy adventure that's "totally entertaining all the way through totally!" (iFilm)

DUDE, WHERE’S MY CAR? DVD

The DUDE, WHERE’S MY CAR? DVD is presented in 5.1 English Dolby Digital, English Dolby Surround sound and 1.85:1 aspect ratio and features running commentary by director Danny Leiner, Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott. The "sweet" DVD also contains a "Making Of" featurette, hysterical extended scenes, the theatrical trailer, three television spots and the "Stoopid Ass" music video by Grand Theft Auto.

DVD is presented in 5.1 English Dolby Digital, English Dolby Surround sound and 1.85:1 aspect ratio and features running commentary by director Danny Leiner, Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott. The "sweet" DVD also contains a "Making Of" featurette, hysterical extended scenes, the theatrical trailer, three television spots and the "Stoopid Ass" music video by Grand Theft Auto.

DUDE, WHERE’S MY CAR?

 


BRENDAN FRASER AND CHRIS KATTAN STAR IN THE YEAR'S MOST IRREVERENT AND OUTRAGEOUS COMEDY MONKEYBONE

Combining Live Action, Stop Motion And Computer Graphic Animation, This Star-Studded Comedy Arrives On Special Edition DVD Day-And-Date July 10, 2001

Get ready for the ride of your life as Twentieth Century Fox delivers the hysterical live action/animated feature MONKEYBONE, staring Brendan Fraser (Upcoming Mummy Returns, Bedazzled), Whoopi Goldberg (Upcoming Kingdom Come, Sister Act, Ghost), Bridget Fonda (Lake Placid, A Simple Plan, Single White Female) and Chris Kattan (Lucky Numbers, A Night At The Roxbury, SNL), arriving to VHS rental and for rent or sale on Special Edition DVD July 10, 2001. A must see adventure for the true comedy lover, MONKEYBONE is set in the warped imagination of cartoonist Stu Miley (Fraser) who is stuck somewhere between life and death after a freak accident leaves his soul in limbo. But when he returns to reality as his comic strip alter-ego, he's rude, crude and ready to wreak havoc on the world. Critics call MONKEYBONE "One of the wildest and funniest comedies in years" (Charles Taylor, Salon.com). Priced to sell at $26.98 U.S./$41.98 Canada, the Special Edition DVD is loaded with never-before-seen extras that reveal the magic behind the incredibly complex live action/animation process.

MONKEYBONE DVD

The MONKEYBONE Special Edition DVD is presented in 5.1 English Dolby Digital and 5.1 English Dolby Surround Sound and features running commentary by director Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas). The DVD also contains 18 minutes of hysterical extended and deleted scenes, a "Making Of " featurette revealing the magic behind the complex live action/animation process, an interactive still gallery, the theatrical trailer, television spots and more.

SYNOPSIS

Brendan Fraser goes bananas in this outrageous comedy that breaks all the rules! After a car crash sends repressed cartoonist Stu Miley (Fraser) into a coma, he and Monkeybone, his hilariously horny alter-ego, wake up in a twisted way station for lost souls. Now the race is on to escape "Downtown" before Stu's sister pulls the plug on reality forever!

MONKEYBONE

 


DANCING IN SEPTEMBER AVAILABLE ON HBO HOME VIDEO, AUGUST 14

New York, NY May 24, 2001 – DANCING IN SEPTEMBER, HBO Films’ look at the volatile world of contemporary network television, is coming to HBO Home Video on August 14. Available on VHS and DVD, DANCING IN SEPTEMBER features Nicole Ari Parker ("Remember The Titans"), Isaiah Washington ("Romeo Must Die"), Vicellous Reon Shannon ("The Hurricane"), and Malinda Williams ("Soul Food") in a chronicle of the romantic and professional relationship between an African-American sitcom writer and an African-American network executive. The VHS is priced for rental and the DVD is $19.98 SRP. (Rated R, Runtime: 106 minutes, Order due date: 7/24/01)

In his directorial debut, Reggie Rock Bythewood ("New York Undercover") explores the relationship between Tomasina "Tommy" Crawford (Nicole Ari Parker), a sitcom writer, and George Washington (Isaiah Washington), an executive at a fledgling network. Tommy meets George at a pitch meeting where she presents her concept for a possible series and wins him over with her bold ideas, uncompromising attitude and exotic beauty. When the series is picked up for the fall schedule and becomes an instant hit, Tommy and George’s professional success turns into romance. Despite professing a commitment to the positive representation of African-Americans on television, when the ratings for the series fall, Tommy finds herself compromising her artistic vision with stereotypical portrayals in an effort to avoid cancellation. However, the network pulls the plug and Tommy and George are forced to return to the beginning and re-examine themselves and their relationship, both morally and ethically. The two must face difficult choices about the limits of personal and professional compromise. The values and sense of integrity that once united Crawford and Washington will ultimately decide their future.

Written, directed and co-produced by Reggie Rock Bythewood, DANCING IN SEPTEMBER is "a provocative trip…well worth the ride" (New York Newsday). "Nicole Ari Parker is one of the sexiest young actresses on the scene today" (Daily Variety) and "Mr. Bythewood has a smooth directing style and plenty of showbiz smarts" (New York Times). In developing the story for the film Bythewood was able to draw on his many years as a writer for shows such as "A Different World" and "New York Undercover" giving DANCING IN SEPTEMBER "the sharp, savvy tone of an insider’s account" (Wall Street Journal).

05/24/01

COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME ENTERTAINMENT SALUTES ONE OF THE GREATEST HORROR FILMMAKERS OF OUR TIME WITH THE BEAUTIFULLY PACKAGED JOHN CARPENTER DVD THREE-PACK WHICH INCLUDES "STARMAN," "CHRISTINE" AND "JOHN CARPENTER'S VAMPIRES"

Available On August 7 For Only $41.95

On August 7, 2001 Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will release a DVD three-pack containing the following three classic films from director John Carpenter:

STARMAN

SYNOPSIS

When his spacecraft is shot down over Wisconsin, Starman (Bridges) arrives at the remote cabin of a distraught young widow, Jenny Hayden (Karen), and clones the form of  her dead husband. The alien convinces Jenny to drive him to Arizona, explaining that if he isn't picked up by his mothership in three days, he'll die. Hot on their trail are government agents, intent on capturing the alien, dead or alive. En route, Starman demonstrates the power of universal love, while Jenny rediscovers her human feelings for passion.

CHRISTINE

SYNOPSIS

She was born in Detroit on an automobile assembly line. But she is no ordinary automobile.  Deep within her chassis lives an unholy presence. She is CHRISTINE - a red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury whose unique standard equipment includes an evil, indestructible vengeance that will destroy anyone in her way. She seduces 17-year-old Arnie Cunningham (Gordon) who becomes consumed with passion for her sleek, rounded chrome-laden body. She demands his complete and unquestioned devotion and when outsiders seek to interfere, they become the victims of Christine's horrifying wrath.

JOHN CARPENTER'S VAMPIRES

SYNOPSIS

"Forget everything you've ever heard about vampires," warns Jack Crow (Woods), the leader of Team Crow, a relentless group of mercenary vampire slayers. When Master Vampire Valek (Griffith) decimates Jack's entire team, Crow and the sole team survivor, Montoya (Baldwin), set out in pursuit. Breaking all the rules, Crow and Montoya take one of Valek's victims hostage. The beautiful but unlucky prostitute (Lee) is their only psychic link to Valek, and through her senses they will track down the leader of the undead. As Valek nears the climax of his 600-year search for the Berziers Cross, Jack and the new Team Crow do everything humanly possible to prevent him from possessing the only thing that can grant him and all vampires the omnipotent power to walk in the daylight.

THREE PACK SPECS

DVD DATE CHANGE ALERT!!!

COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES THE FOLLOWING DVD DATE CHANGE:

THE NEXT KARATE KID

OLD STREET DATE: August 7, 2001
NEW STREET DATE: August 28, 2001

 

05/23/01

COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE THREE MARTIAL ARTS FILMS TO DVD ON AUGUST 7, 2001

"THREE NINJAS: KICK BACK,' "THREE NINJAS: KNUCKLE UP" AND "THE NEXT KARATE KID" ALL NEW TO DVD AND AVAILABLE FOR ONLY $19.95 EACH

On August 7, 2001 Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will debut the following three martial arts family titles on DVD:

THREE NINJAS: KICK BACK

DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS

SYNOPSIS

Following their grandfather to Japan, the three underage ninjas find themselves in the middle of martial arts mayhem. Pursued by a bumbling trio of brain-dead thieves and an army of well-trained ninjas, Rocky, Colt, and Tum Tum are up to their ears in high-kicking action and rapid-fire comedy.

THREE NINJAS: KNUCKLE UP

DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS

SYNOPSIS

It's a triple treat of fun, action and comedy when the three ninjas take on a toxic waste king in this exciting follow-up to the hits 3 NINJAS and 3 NINJAS: KICK BACK.

THE NEXT KARATE KID

DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS

SYNOPSIS

When ancient wisdom takes on teenage spunk, 1,000 years of karate tradition gets a swift kick in the pants.

 


FLY AWAY HOME SPECIAL EDITION DVD ARRIVES AUGUST 7, 2001 FROM COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME ENTERTAINMENT

DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS

SYNOPSIS

The soaring adventure of a 13-year old girl (Paquin) and her estranged father (Daniels) who learn what family is all about when they adopt an orphaned flock of geese and teach them to fly!

 


SHORT CIRCUIT 2 ARRIVES ON DVD AUGUST 7, 2001 FROM COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME ENTERTAINMENT

DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS

SYNOPSIS

Lovable robot Number 5 returns to foil jewel thieves while helping his inventor (Fisher Stevens) make it big in the toy business.

 


IN HONOR OF HALLOWEEN COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME ENTERTAINMENT TO REPRICE TEN BEST-SELLING HORROR DVDS TO $14.95 ON AUGUST 7, 2001

On August 7, 2001 Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will reprice the following ten hit DVD titles to $14.95:

BATS (Special Edition)
CANDYMAN
CHRISTINE
FRIGHT NIGHT
HUSH
I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER
I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER
MARY SHELLEY'S FRANKENSTEIN
TO DIE FOR
WOLF 
 

05/17/01

COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME ENTERTAINMENT SOARS HIGH WITH "THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN"

Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment brings a classic family tale to life on July 31, 2001 with the videocassette and DVD release of the endearing animated feature THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN, based on the best-selling novel by renowned children's author E.B. White (Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web). Highlighted by the voices of an all-star cast including Jason Alexander (TV's Seinfeld, Rocky & Bullwinkle), Reese Witherspoon (Election, Cruel Intentions), Seth Green (TV's Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Austin Powers), Carol Burnett (The Carol Burnett Show), Mary Steenburgen (Noah's Ark, What's Eating Gilbert Grape?) and Joe Montegna (The Last Don, Up Close And Personal), The Trumpet of the Swan also features a performance by legendary rock `n' roll artist Little Richard and music by Grammy Award-winning jazz producer Marcus Miller.

The DVD release of THE TRUMPET OF THE SWANwill feature the following added value elements:

SYNOPSIS

THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN tells the charmingly whimsical and inspiring story of Louie, a mute young swan who takes extraordinary steps to find his own voice. Leaving the comfort of his home to search for a way to communicate, Louie enlists the aid of a young boy named Sam to help him learn to read and write. Returning home with pride, Louie is further disappointed that his friends and family still cannot understand him.  Taking matters into his own wings, Louie's father risks all to steal a trumpet in order to give his son the gift of a voice.  In order to repay his father's debt and restore the family name, Louie embarks on an incredible journey leading him to become a world-class jazz trumpet player, gaining fame and fortune along the way.  In the process, Louie also wins the heart of the lovely Serena and in the end, proves that everyone, no matter how "defective" they may be, has their own special gift to share.

THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN DVD SPECS

HANOVER STREET ARRIVES ON DVD JULY 31, 2001 FROM COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME ENTERTAINMENT

DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS

Synopsis

During the Second World War, an American pilot (Ford) stationed in England meets a young British nurse (Down) during an air raid on London. The two instantly fall in love, despite the fact that the young nurse is already married, a secret she keeps hidden from her American lover. After being shot down behind enemy lines, while being assigned to ferry a British agent (Plummer) into France, the American pilot realizes that his secret agent cargo is in fact his lover's husband, and that the two must now work together in order to survive.

COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE THREE CHILDREN'S CLASSICS, "STUART LITTLE," "MATILDA" AND "MADELINE" IN A STORYBOOK THREE-PACK ON JULY 31, 2001 AVAILABLE ON DVD FOR $50.95

On July 31, 2001 Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will release the Storybook three pack containing "STUART LITTLE," "MATILDA" and "MADELINE."  The Storybook will be available in both VHS and DVD formats.

STUART LITTLE

DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS

SYNOPSIS

Join the fun when the Little family adopts an adorably spunky boy named Stuart (Michael J. Fox), who looks a lot like a mouse.  Mr. and Mrs. Little (Hugh Laurie and Geena Davis) fall in love with Stuart right away, but their older son George (Jonathan Lipnicki) isn't so sure.  As Stuart tries to win over his new brother with hilarious feats of courage and daring, the family's cat, Snowbell (Nathan Lane), gets involved with a gang of shady felines who devise a dastardly plan to get Stuart out of the house permanently!  State-of-the-art special effects, laugh-out- loud comedy and rip-roaring hijinks make this the biggest adventure a Little can have.

MATILDA

SYNOPSIS

A magical tale of a gifted little girl (Wilson) who creates her own place in the world using her strength of character, courage and exceptional powers.

MADELINE

DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS

SYNOPSIS

In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines, twelve little girls lived in two straight lines.  The smallest one in rain or shine was the fearless Madeline (Hatty Jones), and she is the heroine of this family comedy based on Ludwig Bemelman's classic book series about a Parisian schoolgirl and her classmates.

 

05/14/01

YIPEE – KI – YAY DIE HARD FANS!! JOHN MCCLANE IS BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER AS FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT BRINGS DVD TECHNOLOGY TO THE NEXT LEVEL WITH DIE HARD "FIVE STAR COLLECTION"

Available July 10, 2001, Jam-Packed 2-Disc DVD Release Includes Re-Editing Features Director Commentary, Extended Scenes, DTS Surround Sound And More

Also Available As Part Of DIE HARD - The Ultimate Collection DVD Box Set

Featuring 2-Disc Special Editions of DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER And DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE

This July, get ready for heart-pounding excitement, edge-of-your-seat thrills and groundbreaking special features as Fox Home Entertainment debuts the exhilarating action-packed blockbuster, DIE HARD, in an all-new "Five Star Collection" 2-disc DVD. As with all of Fox’s exclusive Five Star Collections, this incredible DVD release is packed with hours of revealing, never-before-seen special features, including extended scenes, concept art, and engaging commentary by director John McTiernan, as well as other cast and crewmembers. This spectacular DVD release also includes an exciting set top feature that allows viewers to re-edit key sequences with alternate effects and music. Available beginning July 10, 2001, the incredible DIE HARD "Five Star Collection" 2-disk DVD will blast its way onto shelves for a suggested retail price of $29.98 U.S./$37.98 Canada.

The outstanding DIE HARD "Five Star Collection" will also be featured in Fox’s mind-blowing DIE HARD - The Ultimate Collection DVD Box Set, which also includes bonus-packed 2-disc special editions of DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER and DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE. Presented in explosive DTS, these incredible special editions feature director’s commentary, never-before-seen footage, featurettes and more. A must own for any DIE HARD fan, The Ultimate Collection DVD Box Set will be available for a suggested retail price of $79.98 SRP ($59.95 MAP). These two brand-new Special Editions are available only as part of the box set.

Special Features:

DIE HARD "Five Star Collection" DVD

The exciting two-disc DIE HARD "Five Star Collection" DVD is packed with revealing, never-before-seen special features including:

DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER "Special Edition" DVD

The DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER "Special Edition" DVD includes the following exclusive features:

DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE "Special Edition" DVD

The DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE "Special Edition" DVD is loaded with the following added extras:

Synopses:

DIE HARD

New York City cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) faces overwhelming odds when his Christmas visit to California is interrupted by a terrorist invasion of his estranged wife's office building high above L.A. Terrorists have seized the building, taken hostages and declared war. But McClane has managed to escape detection. He's alone, tired and the only chance anyone has.

DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER

On a snowy Christmas Eve in the nation's capital, John McClane is forced to battle mercenaries who seize control of an airport's communications and threaten to cause plane crashes if their demands are not met. The terrorists have prepared for every contingency except one: McClane, an off-duty cop experiencing deadly déjà vu.

DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE

This much anticipated third installment of the hugely successful DIE HARD series, re-teams Bruce Willis and director John McTiernan in a new action/adventure extravaganza of special effects, unexpected comedy and non-stop thrills. To the previous action blockbusters, detective John McClane teams up with a Harlem electrician (Samuel L. Jackson) to fight a mad bomber who is playing a deadly game of "Simon Says" in Manhattan.

DIE HARD "Five Star Collection" DVD

DIE HARD – "The Ultimate Collection" DVD Box Set

 

05/09/01

CAST AWAY DEBUTS ON SPECIAL EDITION 2-DISC DVD -- JUNE 12, 2001

The $230 million box office sensation, CAST AWAY, a breathtaking, critically acclaimed must-see spectacular starring two-time Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks makes its highly anticipated debut on rental VHS and as a "Special Edition" two-disc DVD on June 12, 2001. Directed by Robert Zemeckis and also starring Academy Award®-winner Helen Hunt, it is an inspiring, one-of-a-kind story about the determination and power of the human spirit that took audiences by storm.

Hailed as "unique, exhilarating and unforgettable" (Rex Reed, NY Observer), CAST AWAY is poised to be the biggest video rental of the summer, and the spectacular two-disc DVD will sweep audiences away with special features, including commentary, interviews, featurettes and exciting behind-the-scenes material from the production of this modern masterpiece. The "Special Edition" DVD is priced at $29.98 U.S./ $41.98 Canada and the VHS is rental priced.

CAST AWAY opened domestically in theaters on December 22, 2000 and was the #1 film of the weekend grossing nearly $40 million in just four days. The film remained at #1 for three weeks taking in a staggering $142 million. After seven weeks in the top three, CAST AWAY had grossed more than $200 million. It is still among the 25 most popular films currently in release.

DVD Special Features

The exciting CAST AWAY two-disc "Special Edition" DVD is loaded with behind-the-scenes, revealing extra features, including:

Synopsis

Multiple Academy Award®-winner Tom Hanks "gives one of the towering screen performances of all time" (New York Post) in this inspiring tale about survival of the human spirit. Hanks stars as Chuck Noland, a FedEx systems engineer whose ruled-by-the-clock existence abruptly ends when a harrowing plane crash leaves him isolated on a remote island. As Chuck struggles to meet the basic needs of survival, he discovers that his true personal journey has only just begun. Hailed by critics and audiences alike as the must-see movie of the year, CAST AWAY is "a unique, exhilarating stunner that will take your breath away" (Rex Reed, New York Observer).

CAST AWAY

 


JET LI'S ACTION TRILOGY "ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA" AVAILABLE IN A DVD THREE-PACK JULY 17, 2001 FROM COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME ENTERTAINMENT

On July 17, 2001 Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will release a DVD three-pack containing Jet Li's ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA series Parts One, Two and Three.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA #1

SYNOPSIS

China's been infected with a plague known as the Western world, and Wong Fei- hung (Jet Li) refuses to stand by and watch as his country is decimated by the foreign forces.  A martial arts expert, Wong collides with the foreigners, their influence and, especially, their firearms. Leading his misfit militia, Wong is determined to stop the immoral slave trade that serves the California gold fields.  When his favorite aunt is kidnapped to be sold as a prostitute, Wong must battle his countrymen and the superior firepower of the slave traders, all for the soul of traditional China.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA #2

Synopsis

Dr. Wong Fei-hung (Jet Li), his assistant Foon, and his beloved aunt arrive in Canton for a medical conference in which Wong is to demonstrate the art of Chinese acupuncture.  Unbeknownst to them, however, the city is on the brink of revolution, as pro-democracy rebels and anarchists alike threaten the stability of a crumbling dynasty. Justice his only allegiance, Wong joins forces with brave revolutionary Sun Yat Sen when a religious terrorist group - The White Lotus Clan - initiates a campaign of violence against all foreigners in an attempt to preserve Chinese culture!

ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA #3

Synopsis

When Wong Fei-hung and sidekick Chung arrive in Peking, they're just in time for the Empress-sponsored Lion King martial arts contest.  But first, Wong-Fei-hung must win back his secret love Yee, his young Westernized aunt-by-adoption from the nefarious Russian diplomat-turned spy Tumanovsky, who has a secret plan to assassinate the President.  Now, fist and feet will fly as Wong Fei-hung tries to foil the assassination attempt, defeat his awesome rival, Thunder Foot, triumph over the untrustworthy Leung Fun and win the Lion King contest in this gravity- defying, non-stop action adventure!

THREE-PACK SPECS

 

05/05/01

PARAMOUNT MAY & JUNE DVD TITLES

Title

Street Date

Sound

Screen Format

Aspect Ratio

SRP

Rating

Year

SUNSHINE

05-08-2001

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

1.78:1

$29.99

R

2000

WHAT WOMEN WANT

05-08-2001

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$29.99

PG-13

2000

BRIDGES OF TOKO-RI

05-22-2001

1.0

4:3 Full Screen

1.33:1

$29.99

NR

1954

CATCH 22

05-22-2001

1.0

Letterbox, 16:9

2.35:1

$29.99

R

1970

HELL IS FOR HEROES

05-22-2001

1.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.78:1

$29.99

NR

1962

IN HARM'S WAY

05-22-2001

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

2.35:1

$29.99

NR

1965

UNCOMMON VALOR

05-22-2001

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

1.78:1

$29.99

R

1983

DONOVAN'S REEF

06-05-2001

1.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.78:1

$29.99

NR

1963

MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE

06-05-2001

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

1.78:1

$29.99

NR

1962

SONS OF KATIE ELDER

06-05-2001

1.0

Letterbox, 16:9

2.35:1

$29.99

NR

1965

STAR TREK TV #23: A PRIVATE LITTLE WAR/ THE GAMESTERS OF TRISKELION

06-05-2001

5.1

4:3 Full Screen

1.33:1

$19.99

NR

1968

STAR TREK TV #24: OBSESSION/ THE IMMUNITY SYNDROME

06-05-2001

5.1

4:3 Full Screen

1.33:1

$19.99

NR

1968

CHARLOTTE'S WEB

06-19-2001

1.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$24.99

G

1973

SAVE THE LAST DANCE

06-19-2001

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$29.99

PG-13

2001

STAR TREK TV #25: A PIECE OF THE ACTION/ BY ANY OTHER NAME

06-19-2001

1.0

4:3 Full Screen

1.33:1

$19.99

NR

1968

STAR TREK TV #26: RETURN TO TOMORROW/ PATTERNS OF FORCE

06-19-2001

1.0

4:3 Full Screen

1.33:1

$19.99

NR

1968

DEEP CORE

06-26-2001

5.1

4:3 Full Screen

1.33:1

$29.99

PG-13

2001

YOU CAN COUNT ON ME

06-26-2001

5.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$29.99

R

2000

 


MGM JUNE & JULY DVD TITLES

Title

Street Date

Sound

Screen Format

Aspect Ratio

SRP

Rating

Year

HOLIDAY HEART

05-29-2001

2.0

4:3 Full Screen

1.33:1

$24.98

R

2000

ALICE (1990)

06-05-2001

1.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$19.98

PG-13

1990

ANOTHER WOMAN

06-05-2001

1.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$19.98

PG

1988

BEACH BLANKET BINGO

06-05-2001

1.0

Letterbox, 16:9

2.35:1

$14.98

NR

1965

CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS

06-05-2001

1.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$19.98

PG-13

1989

DONOVAN'S BRAIN

06-05-2001

1.0

4:3 Full Screen

1.33:1

$14.98

NR

1953

DR. GOLDFOOT AND THE BIKINI MACHINE

06-05-2001

1.0

Letterbox, 16:9

2.35:1

$14.98

NR

1965

FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER (SPECIAL EDITION/ 1960)

06-05-2001

1.0

Letterbox, 16:9

2.35:1

$14.98

NR

1960

HOPE AND GLORY

06-05-2001

1.0

Letterbox

1.66:1

$19.98

PG-13

1987

MADNESS OF KING GEORGE

06-05-2001

2.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$19.98

PG-13

1994

PIT AND THE PENDULUM (SPECIAL EDITION/ 1961)

06-05-2001

1.0

Letterbox

2.35:1

$14.98

NR

1961

PLATOON (Special Edition)

06-05-2001

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$19.98

R

1986

SALVADOR (Special Edition)

06-05-2001

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$24.98

R

1985

SEPTEMBER

06-05-2001

1.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$19.98

PG

1987

SHADOWS AND FOG

06-05-2001

2.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$19.98

PG-13

1992

SOMETHING WILD

06-05-2001

2.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$19.98

R

1986

THING WITH TWO HEADS

06-05-2001

1.0

Letterbox

1.85:1

$14.98

NR

1972

VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS

06-05-2001

1.0

4:3 Full Screen

1.33:1

$14.98

NR

1965

WOODY ALLEN COLLECTION 1987-1992

06-05-2001

VAR

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$83.96

VAR

VAR

X: THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES (Special Edition)

06-05-2001

1.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$14.98

NR

1963

ALL REVVED UP

06-12-2001

2.0

4:3 Full Screen

1.33:1

$24.98

R

1997

APARTMENT

06-19-2001

1.0

Letterbox, 16:9

2.35:1

$19.98

NR

1960

BAREFOOT CONTESSA

06-19-2001

1.0

4:3 Full Screen

1.33:1

$19.98

NR

1954

ENTERTAINER

06-19-2001

1.0

Letterbox

1.66:1

$19.98

NR

1960

KISS ME DEADLY

06-19-2001

1.0

Letterbox

1.66:1

$19.98

NR

1955

MARTY

06-19-2001

1.0

4:3 Full Screen

1.33:1

$19.98

NR

1954

MISFITS

06-19-2001

1.0

Letterbox

1.66:1

$19.98

NR

1961

MOBY DICK (1956)

06-19-2001

1.0

4:3 Full Screen

1.33:1

$19.98

NR

1956

REMBRANDT

06-19-2001

1.0

4:3 Full Screen

1.33:1

$19.98

NR

1936

SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS

06-19-2001

1.0

Letterbox

1.66:1

$19.98

NR

1957

TOM JONES

06-19-2001

1.0

Letterbox

1.66:1

$19.98

NR

1963

CLAIM

06-26-2001

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

2.35:1

$26.98

R

2000

BLACK ROBE

07-10-2001

SUR

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$19.98

R

1991

COTTON CLUB

07-10-2001

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$19.98

R

1984

CUTTER'S WAY

07-10-2001

1.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$19.98

R

1981

HOTEL NEW HAMPSHIRE

07-10-2001

1.0

Letterbox

1.85:1

$19.98

R

1984

WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN

07-10-2001

1.0

Letterbox

1.85:1

$19.98

R

1978

BAGDAD CAFE

07-24-2001

2.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.33:1

$19.98

PG

1987

CHOCOLAT

07-24-2001

1.0

Letterbox

1.66:1

$19.98

PG-13

1988

GO FISH

07-24-2001

1.0

4:3 Full Screen

1.33:1

$19.98

R

1994

HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE

07-24-2001

1.0

Letterbox

1.85:1

$19.98

R

1987

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES

07-24-2001

1.0

Letterbox

1.66:1

$19.98

R

1979

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES II

07-24-2001

1.0

Letterbox

1.66:1

$19.98

R

1981

LIEBESTRAUM

07-24-2001

2.0

Letterbox

1.85:1

$19.98

R

1991

MARAT SADE

07-24-2001

1.0

Letterbox

1.85:1

$19.98

NR

1966

THEREMIN: AN ELECTRONIC ODYSSEY

07-24-2001

2.0

4:3 Full Screen

1.33:1

$19.98

PG

1993

 

05/04/01

ARTISAN ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS A NEW PRODUCTION OF HIGH NOON

Starring: Tom Skerrit (A River Runs Through It, Contact) Susanna Thompson (Random Hearts), Reed Diamond (Clear and Present Danger), Maria Conchita Alonso (Blackheart, Predator 2,) Michael Madsen (The Doors, Reservoir Dogs)

"High Noon" tells the story of a lawman name Will Kane (Skerritt) who has just married a young bride, Amy (Thompson), promising to leave his dangerous career and settle down for a quiet life. Just as they are about to leave, word comes that a vicious killer Kane had sent to prison years earlier, is coming to town on the noon train seeking vengeance. Kane attempts to rally the town to fight the gunman, but not even his former deputy Harvey (Diamond) is willing to help. Harvey's cowardice infuriates his girlfriend, Helen (Alonso), whose romantic past with both Kane and with the arriving gunman convinces her to pack up and leave town. As the dreaded noon hour approaches, Kane realizes he must stand-alone and face the gunman in this retelling of the four-time Academy Award Winner.

 

05/03/01

WARNER HOME VIDEO ADDS NEW FEATURES TO THE FUGITIVE SPECIAL EDITION JUNE 5

Two New Behind-the-Scenes Documentaries, All-New Introductions, New Digital Transfer and More Added to VHS and DVD

On June 5th, Warner Home Video (WHV) will release an updated Special Edition of THE FUGITIVE, the smash hit motion picture which starred Harrison Ford as wrongly convicted Dr. Richard Kimble and Tommy Lee Jones in his Oscar® and Golden-Globe winning performance as the tenacious Deputy U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard.

Priced to own at $14.95 SRP (VHS) and $24.98 SRP (DVD), THE FUGITIVE Special Edition will be available in a special widescreen edition [1.85:1] and will include the following features:

THE FUGITIVE, "a tense, taut and expert thriller" (Roger Ebert), is one of the top-grossing films of all time, with $184 million in domestic box-office receipts and seven Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture. Andrew Davis won a Director's Guild nomination for his work on the suspense thriller, known for two spectacular movie stunts -- the devastating bus-train collision and Kimble's leap down a huge waterfall.  Sela Ward, Julianne Moore, Joe Pantoliano and Jeroen Krabbé were featured in the cast.

 

05/02/01

QUERELLE DEBUTS ON DVD FROM COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME ENTERTAINMENT ON JULY 10, 2001

DVD ADDED VALUE ELEMENTS

SYNOPSIS

French sailor Querelle (Davis) arrives in Brest and starts frequenting a strange whorehouse. He discovers that his brother Robert (Hanno Poschl) is the lover of the lady owner, Lysiane (Moreau). Here, you can play dice with Nono, Lysiane's husband : if you win, you are allowed to make love with Lysiane, if you loose, you have to make love with Nono (Gunther Kaufmann).  Querelle loses on purpose.

DVD SPECS

 


FOX CELEBRATES AN ICON ON HER 75TH BIRTHDAY WITH THE MARILYN MONROE THE DIAMOND COLLECTION

Expansive Film Restoration, Release of Five Classic Films and Debut of MARILYN MONROE: THE FINAL DAYS featuring World Premiere Edited Reconstruction of Her Final Film

AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON DVD -- MAY 29, 2001

There's only one Marilyn! Marking the 75th birthday of a global icon, Marilyn Monroe, (June 1, 2001), Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment launches Marilyn Monroe: The Diamond Collection, featuring the debut of her most celebrated and colorful films on DVD, and their re-release on VHS, following an exhaustive film restoration process. Debuting May 29, 2001, this definitive collection showcases many of the best films of the "number one female entertainer in the past 50 years" (Entertainment Weekly), breathtakingly presented in a form that rivals their original theatrical release. The Diamond Collection features THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES, HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE, THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS and BUS STOP, canvassing the career of this enduring legend who remains as relevant and popular today as ever. Available individually, the films are also presented in a special collectors gift set on DVD and VHS, that includes the bonus original program MARILYN MONROE: THE FINAL DAYS. Set to debut on American Movie Classics (AMC) on June 1, 2001, MARILYN MONROE: THE FINAL DAYS offers viewers a revealing look at the last months of her life and includes the world premiere of an edited reconstruction of the Hollywood icon's uncompleted final film, SOMETHING'S GOT TO GIVE.

The five Marilyn Monroe classics are individually available at an ownable $9.98 VHS ($11.98 Canada) and $24.98 DVD ($29.98 Canada). The Diamond Collection box sets that feature all five films plus the compelling new documentary are $49.98 VHS ($59.98 Canada) and $99.98 DVD ($139.00 Canada).

Celebrating Marilyn Monroe's 75th birth anniversary on June 1, 2001, American Movie Classics (AMC) will present the world premiere of MARILYN MONROE: THE FINAL DAYS - the original documentary featuring the reconstruction of her unfinished, unseen final film, Something's Got to Give. The broadcast of this telling documentary is part of a day-long Marilyn Monroe Marathon televised only on AMC and includes her classic films: BUS STOP, THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS, HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES, Ladies of the Chorus, We're Not Married, and O. Henry's Full House. Marilyn Monroe, The Final Days chronicles the tragic last months in the life of Hollywood's definitive sex symbol. Narrated by James Coburn, this documentary includes rare and never-before-seen film footage and production stills as well as candid moments of Monroe on the set, and in costume, hair and make-up tests including a revealing playful Monroe during the filming of her infamous nude swim scene. Audiences and fans will be treated to a provocative inside look at one of America's most memorable icons on her birthday on AMC.

The fully restored and remastered films in Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment's MARILYN MONROE: THE DIAMOND COLLECTION are the result of a painstaking multi year Fox Feature Film Preservation effort. To create these historic anniversary releases and to ensure the long-term preservation of the one-of-a-kind features, pristine 35mm film masters of each of the five Monroe classics were created.

DVD Special Features The DVD debut of the classic Marilyn Monroe films in The Diamond Collection feature the fully restored, original uncut theatrical versions of each film, widescreen anamorphic transfers, interactive menus, scene selection and much more (listed per title below). In addition, the exciting DVD debut of THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH includes a "Backstory" mini-documentary with a fascinating look behind-the-scenes of one of the most memorable Monroe movies.

THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH

Synopsis: A husband of seven years, alone in New York while his family vacations, fantasizes about an affair with a television model and develops THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH. Tortured by guilt, he envisions so many dire consequences that he finally runs off to join his wife. Tom Ewell and Marilyn Monroe star in this tremendously funny comedy that was produced and directed by Billy Wilder and includes Monroe's famous white dress and windy subway grate scene.

In addition to the feature, the DVD contains Movietone News about the glamorous New York Premiere; a "Backstory" mini-documentary with a fascinating look behind-the-scenes; two deleted scenes: one where Monroe is taking a bath while her unsuspecting plumber fixes the pipes and an extension to the famous scene where Monroe stands over the subway grate; the film's original theatrical trailers in English and Spanish; and a Marilyn Monroe cross promotional trailer. The feature runs 110 minutes and is presented with an aspect ratio of 2.55:1 with English 3.0, English Stereo and French mono audio. Ratings: NR (US) and PG (Canada).

GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES

Synopsis: These glamorous showgirls have everything a girl could want - except engagement rings! In a quest for true love, Lorelei (Marilyn Monroe) and her gold digger pal Dorothy (Jane Russell) set sail on a luxury-liner bound for France. But their plan hits rocky waters when a manipulative detective, an over-aged, over-sexed millionaire (Charles Coburn) and the entire men's Olympic team try to put an anchor in their marriage-minded mischief. A wild and joyously funny ride, from celebrated director Howard Hawks, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES features the classic show tunes: "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend," "Bye, Bye Baby" and "Ain't There Anyone Here For Love."

In addition to the feature, the DVD contains Movietone New about Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell's Mann's Chinese Theater handprints in cement ceremony, the original theatrical trailer, and a Marilyn Monroe movie trailer featuring all films in the Diamond Collection. The feature runs 97 minutes, is presented with an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 with English Mono, English Stereo and French Mono audio. Ratings: NR (US) and G (Canada).

HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE

Synopsis: Marilyn delivers one of the finest comedic performances of her career in this outrageously funny film co-starring Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall! The three beautiful models plan to snag rich husbands by pooling their funds and renting a posh Manhattan penthouse in which to lure their victims. What follows is a series of near-marital mishaps where love prevails over money, proving that even gold diggers sometimes have hearts of gold! Written by Nunnally Johnson, HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE was the first comedy to use the widescreen CinemaScope process.

In addition to the feature, the DVD contains Movietone News from the exciting "Premiere with the Stars," the feature's original theatrical trailers in English, Italian and German. The feature runs 105 minutes, is presented with an aspect ratio of 2.55:1 and contains English 4.0 Surround, English Stereo. French Mono audio. Ratings: NR (US) and G (Canada).

THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS

Synopsis: An all-star cast that includes Ethel Merman, Dan Dailey, Marilyn Monroe, Donald O'Connor, Johnnie Ray and Mitzi Gaynor spark this dynamic Irving Berlin musical that depicts the trials and triumphs of a veteran vaudeville family. Molly (Merman) and Terry (Dailey) Donahue start out as a duo and keep adding kids to the act until they finally become The 5 Donahues. Their busy, sometimes tumultuous lives aren't always easy, but the Donahues have plenty of love to get them through the hard times and more than enough talent to keep them on top. Highlighted by one classic Irving Berlin song after another and an array of dazzling production numbers, this upbeat, utterly delightful tale of life on the stage proves, beyond any doubt, that THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS.

In addition to the feature, the DVD contains two English and one Portuguese theatrical trailer and a Marilyn Monroe movie trailer featuring all films in the Diamond Collection. The feature runs 118 minutes, is presented with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and contains English 4.0 Surround and English Stereo audio. Ratings: NR (US) and G (Canada).

BUS STOP

Synopsis: Marilyn Monroe shines as the beautiful chanteuse, Cheri, in this touching American love story based on the award winning play by William Inge (Splendor in the Grass). When an innocent cowboy, Bo Decker (Don Murray, Best Supporting Actor Academy Award Nominee) decides to marry the girl of his dreams, sexy nightclub singer Cheri, it never occurs to him that she might not feel the same way! During the course of a long, snowy night in Kansas, Bo struggles to understand the nature of true love and win Cherie's heart. BUS STOP boasts an all-star cast, and features Marilyn's memorable rendition of "That Old Black Magic" in the role some consider the best of her career.

In addition to the feature, the DVD contains a colorful stills gallery of lobby cards and the film's original theatrical trailer. The feature runs 105 minutes, is presented with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and contains English 4.0, English Stereo and French Mono audio. Ratings: NR (US) and 14A (Canada).

MARILYN MONROE: THE FINAL DAYS

Nearly 40 years after Marilyn Monroe's death halted production on Twentieth Century Fox's light comedy "SOMETHING'S GOT TO GIVE," MARILYN MONROE: THE FINAL DAYS offers viewers the world premiere of the edited reconstruction of the Hollywood icon's final film. It is one last look at a film that might have been and a star who will live forever on screen. The feature runs 120 minutes, is presented with an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and contains English stereo audio. It is not rated. 


FOX ANNOUNCES DUDE, WHERE'S MY CAR? FOR DVD

STARS Ashton Kutcher, Sean William Scott

STORY SYNOPSIS
Meet Jesse (Ashton Kutcher, TV's "That 70's Show") and Chester (Sean William Scott, American Pie) two dimwitted yet lovable party animals who wake up one morning with a burning question:
DUDE, WHERE’S MY CAR? Their only clues are a matchbook cover from Kitty Kat strip club and a year's supply of pudding in the fridge. As they retrace their steps, these dudes are in for the ride of their lives, encountering hot alien chicks, dodging killer ostriches, and trying to score "special treats" from their ticked-off twin girlfriends. It's an outrageously sweeeeeeet comedy adventure that's "totally entertaining all the way through totally!" (iFilm)


FOX GOES TO WAR ON DVD IN MAY

12 O'CLOCK HIGH

STARS Gregory Peck

STORY SYNOPSIS

In this story of the early days of daylight bombing raids over Germany, General Frank Savage (Gregory Peck) must take command of a "hard luck" bomber group that is low on morale after heavy losses over the skies of Germany. At first encountering resistance, Savage eventually shows the pilots how to take pride in their unit and serve above and beyond the standards of the Army Air Corps.Actual combat footage is used in this tense war drama.

TORA, TORA, TORA SE

STARS Martin Balsam, Jason Robards, E.G. Marshall and Joseph Cotton.

STORY SYNOPSIS

TORA! TORA! TORA! is a documentary-like presentation of the events leading up to and during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The film meticulously traces the tension building up to the invasion by examining the diplomatic, military and intelligence developments on both the American and Japanese fronts and then re-enacts the attack with extraordinary realism. The all-star cast includes Martin Balsam, Jason Robards, E.G. Marshall and Joseph Cotton.

VON RYAN'S EXPRESS

STARS Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard

STORY SYNOPSIS

In World War II Italy, captured American Ryan (Frank Sinatra), a temporary colonel, is put in an Italian POW camp for British soldiers. After much stress, especially between Ryan and the top British officer (Trevor Howard), Ryan leads a mass escape that ends in failure. Soon after, Ryan invents a new a plan and leads another daring escape by taking over a freight train used for transporting prisoners of war. Ryan and the other escapees try to reach freedom in Switzerland while being chased by another train of German soldiers.

THE SAND PEBBLES

STARS Richard Attenborough, Candice Bergen, Ricahrd Crenna, Steve McQueen

STORY SYNOPSIS

The Sand Pebbles tells many stories. It’s the story of China, a slumbering giant that rouses itself to the cries of its people – and of the Americans who are caught in its bloody awakening. It’s the story of Frenchy (Richard Attenborough) a crewman on the U.S.S. San Pablo who kidnaps his Chinese bride from the auction block. It’s the story of Shirley (Candice Bergen), a teacher and her first unforgettable taste of love. It’s the story of Captain Collins (Ricahrd Crenna), ready to defy anyone for his country’s defense. Most of all, it’s the story of Jake Holman (Steve McQueen), a sailor who has given up trying to make peace with anything – including himself.


FOX DELIVERS ACTION PACKED DVD THIS MAY

POINT BREAK

STARS Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Patrick Swayze

STORY SYNOPSIS

Keanu Reeves stars as Johny Utah, a rookie FBI agent who teams up with an old vet named Pappas (Gary Busey) to crack the case of a gang of gonzo robbers who call themselves the Ex-Presidents. These four desperadoes (led by Patrick Swayze) are no ordinary bank robbers, they are hard-core surfers who travel the globe in a kind of cult searching for the ultimate wave. In order to catch these surfer bandits, Utah must gain admittance to this clan, rising quickly to their level of daredevil skill. The Washington Post lauded director Kathryn Bigelow's (Blue Steel) work by hailing she "knows how to bring the screen to pulsing life, and she gives the gang's heists the jagged edginess of an adrenaline rush."

CHAIN REACTION

STARS Morgan Freeman, Keanu Reeves

STORY SYNOPSIS

Morgan Freeman stars in this conspiracy tale of high-tech deceit as Paul Shannon, a cool, well-spoken mystery man who runs an organization funding a revolutionary energy project. Keanu Reeves plays Eddie Kasalivich, a machinist working with University of Chicago physicists on a project to extract hydrogen from tap water in order to supply the world with a cheap and non-polluting form of fuel. But when his team succeeds, the chief scientist is murdered, the lab and eight blocks of Chicago are blown to smithereens and Eddie is assumed to be the perpetrator. Directed by Andrew Davis, known for the Oscar-winning, The Fugitive, and with a script by J.F. Lawton (Pretty Woman), Chain Reaction has been hailed as "a smart, suspenseful thriller." (San Francisco Chronicle)

UNLAWFUL ENTRY

STARS

Kurt Russell, Madeleine Stowe, Ray Liotta

STORY SYNOPSIS

Unlawful Entry is a tense thriller that plays on the fears of contemporary urban life, as well as age-old sexual anxiety. Michael (Kurt Russell) Carr and his wife Karen (Madeleine Stowe) are the couple with everything: good looks, a happy marriage and a gorgeous house in an upscale section of Los Angeles. This all changes the night their home is broken into and the wife terrorized at knifepoint by a burglar. Officer Pete Davis (Ray Liotta), the comforting, supportive policeman who arrives at the scene of the crime, seems like a God-send -- until he starts worming his way into the couple's life in an increasingly inappropriate and disturbing manner. DVD Features – In addition to interactive menus and scene selection, the thrilling Unlawful Entry DVD features engaging commentary by director Jonathan Kaplan, a featurette, the films original theatrical trailer, and two TV spots. The outstanding DVD release is presented in Anamorphic Widescreen transfer (Aspect Ratio 1.85:1) and contains 4.0 DTS English, English 4.0 Surround, English Dolby Surround, and French Dolby Surround Sound.

May 2001 Headlines


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