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11/23/02

ACADEMY AWARD WINNER HUMPHREY BOGART STARS IN SIROCCO-- THE HARD-HITTING 50'S DRAMA CLASSIC DEBUTS EXCLUSIVELY ON DVD JANUARY 21, 2003 FROM COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Academy Award winner Humphrey Bogart (The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca) stars as a ruthless gunrunner who turns to rival Lee J. Cobb (The Exorcist, Death of a Salesman) to help him escape from war-torn Syria in the 1950s black-and-white drama classic, SIROCCO debuting for the first time on DVD January 21, 2003, exclusively from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

SIROCCO features Humphrey Bogart as Harry Smith, a casino operator in 1925 Damascus. For a tidy profit, Smith runs guns to the Arab insurrectionists attempting to overthrow the French Protectorate. Chastised by French Colonel Feroud (Lee J. Cobb) for his lack of morals and political convictions, Smith merely sneers in agreement. Before long, he has become romantically involved with Feroud's mistress Violetta (Marta Toren), who hopes to use Harry as means of escape to Cairo. Only after being betrayed by the Arabs and roughed up by the French authorities does our "hero" begin to behave ethically -- but by then, it's too late.

"SIROCCO" DVD

 


FILM ICONS AND ACADEMY AWARD WINNERS FRANK SINATRA AND SPENCER TRACY STAR IN THE DEVIL AT 4 O’CLOCK-- THIS RIVETING CLASSIC DEBUTS EXCLUSIVELY ON DVD JANUARY 14, 2003 FROM COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Academy Award winners Spencer Tracy (Judgment at Nuremberg, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?) and Frank Sinatra (From Here to Eternity, Oceans Eleven) star as an alcoholic priest and a hardened criminal who must join forces to rescue a group of leper children from an erupting South Pacific volcano in the heart-stopping classic THE DEVIL AT 4 O’CLOCK, which debuts January 14, 2003 on DVD exclusively from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

A seaplane lands on the island of Talua in the South Pacific to unload three treacherous criminals - including Harry (Sinatra) - plus a young priest, Father Perreau (Kerwin Mathews), who has come to succeed aging, irascible Father Doonan (Tracy). When an earthquake and volcanic eruption strike Talua, Father Doonan persuades Harry to parachute with him into the mountains on a daring rescue mission to an isolated hospital. The party - mostly children - is menaced by landslides, forest fires, flowing lava, and a near-collapsed footbridge as they make their perilous way to escape by 4 o'clock.

"THE DEVIL AT 4 O’CLOCK" DVD

 


ACADEMY AWARD WINNERS HUMPHREY BOGART AND ROD STEIGER STAR IN THE HARDER THEY FALL-- HUMPHREY BOGART STARS IN HIS FINAL SCREEN APPEARANCE EXCLUSIVELY ON DVD JANUARY 21, 2003 FROM COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Budd Schulberg's sensational novel THE HARDER THEY FALL is brought to the screen with distinction by Humphrey Bogart (The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca), in this his last film role, and Rod Steiger (On the Waterfront, In the Heat of the Night) premiering on DVD January 21, 2003 exclusively from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Bogart stars in the tough, realistic, and unflinching expose of the underbelly of boxing. An unemployed sportswriter (Bogart) involved with corrupt boxing manager (Steiger) plays both sides of the fence, promoting the syndicate in print, even as he writes an expos' on it's racket. Filled with the insight and realism of the boxing world, Bogart's character ponders and then is trapped in the struggle of his life, addressing the life questions of right and wrong symbolized in the smoky world of professional boxing.

 "THE HARDER THEY FALL" DVD

 


WARREN BEATTY, JULIE CHRISTIE, LEE GRANT, AND GOLDIE HAWN STAR IN SHAMPOO-- THE CLASSIC 1975 BLOCKBUSTER COMEDY DEBUTS EXCLUSIVELY ON DVD JANUARY 21, 2003 FROM COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Academy Awardr winner Warren Beatty (Reds, Dick Tracy), Goldie Hawn (Private Benjamin, The First Wives Club) , Lee Grant (Plaza Suite, Defending Your Life), and Julie Christie (Doctor Zhivago, Dragonheart) star in the sensational sexual comedy satire SHAMPOO, debuting on DVD January 21, 2003, exclusively from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment .

In the heady final days before the 1968 election, George (Warren Beatty), a very popular Beverly Hills hairdresser who wants to open his own shop, becomes sexually involved with several - if not all - of his female customers. This fast-paced comedy, written by Robert Towne and directed by Hal Ashby (they had previously collaborated on THE LAST DETAIL), provides a sharp satirical view, of the sexual mores of Southern California in the late '60s.  Although George has a serious girlfriend, Jill (Goldie Hawn), the story revolves around his relationship with Lester (Jack Warden), a wealthy Republican. Lester initially believes George is just his wife, Felicia's (Lee Grant), gay hairdresser until he learns the truth about George's relationship with Felicia -- and with Lester's mistress, Jill (Julie Christie), and her daughter, Lorna (Carrie Fisher).

Robert Towne's script cleverly uses the expectation of fun and carefree sexual high jinks to slowly show the emotional damage this lifestyle has caused, not just to everyone around him, but in a deeper sense to George himself. The big party on election night -- for which George has done all the women's hair -- serves, with the election of Nixon, as a parallel political story as George's deceitful life, like Nixon's world, eventually catches up with him.

"SHAMPOO" DVD

 


WINNER OF SIX EMMY AWARDS® AND THE GOLDEN GLOBE FOR BEST TELEVISION SERIES-DRAMA, SIX FEET UNDER HITS STORES ON VIDEO AND DVD, FEBRUARY 4

Additional DVD Content Includes "Behind The Scenes" Interviews With Cast And Creator Alan Ball, Audio Commentaries Of A Deleted Scene And Two Episodes Delivered By Alan Ball, A "Making Of" Featurette Of The Show’s Opening Sequence, Audio Tracks And More

Their family is in the business of death. They’re not The Sopranos, they’re the Fishers and their business isn’t waste management, its grief management. HBO’s latest dysfunctional family owns and operates an independent funeral home in Los Angeles and on February 4, consumers nationwide can get a close look at the morbidly funny, sometimes disturbing drama about their lives when SIX FEET UNDER makes its video store debut.

Featuring 13 hour-long episodes and buried in DVD extras, SIX FEET UNDER: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON will be available in a four disc, DVD collection for the suggested retail price of $99.98 SRP and a five volume, VHS collection for the suggested retail price of $99.92 SRP. (Order Due Date: 1/14/03, Runtime: 840 minutes, Not Rated)

"One of the best shows on television," (New York Times) SIX FEET UNDER won six Emmy Awards® at this year’s ceremony, including the award for Directing for a Drama Series (Alan Ball). The show also received two Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series-Drama and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series (Rachel Griffiths).

A "funny, warm, offbeat" (Newsweek) and "addictive"(Wall Street Journal) drama series, SIX FEET UNDER is so "compelling" that "missing an episode becomes unimaginable"(Washington Post).

Additional DVD Content

SIX FEET UNDER: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON on DVD is presented in 5.1 Dolby surround sound and features bonus materials exclusive to the DVD release. Extras include "Behind the Scenes" interviews with cast members Michael C. Hall, Lauren Ambrose, Rachel Griffiths, Freddy Rodriquez, Matthew ST. Patrick and series creator, writer and director Alan Ball. The DVD set also features audio commentaries of one deleted scene and two episodes delivered by Alan Ball. Additional features include a "Making Of" featurette about the creation of the series’ Emmy Award® winning opening sequence, music tracks, cast and filmmaker bios and more.

Synopsis

Using dramatic irony and dark, situational humor, SIX FEET UNDER approaches the subject of death though the eyes of the Fisher family, who own and operate Fisher & SonsFuneral Home in Los Angeles. Patriarch Nathaniel Fisher is played by Richard Jenkins ("Me, Myself & Irene"); matriarch Ruth is played by Frances Conroy (Tony nominee for "The Ride Down Mt. Morgan"); son Nate is played by Peter Krause ("Sports Night"); son David is played by Michael Hall (Broadway’s "Cabaret"); and their sister Claire is played by Lauren Ambrose ("Can’t Hardly Wait"). Older brother Nate returns home for Christmas in the company of new friend Brenda, played by Rachel Griffiths (Best Supporting Actress Academy Award® nominee for "Hilary and Jackie"), whose own dysfunctional family runs a close second to his.

Other cast members include Freddy Rodriguez (HBO Films’ "For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story") and Mathew ST. Patrick ("All My Children").

Program Information

Miguel Arteta ("Chuck & Buck"), Kathy Bates (director, HBO’s "Oz"; Best Actress Academy Award® winner for 1990’s "Misery"), Lisa Cholodenko ("High Art"), Allen Coulter (HBO’s "The Sopranos"), Michael Engler (HBO’s "Sex and the City"), Rodrigo García ("Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her"), Jim McBride ("The Big Easy," "Breathless") and John Patterson (HBO’s "The Sopranos") are among the directors. Writers include Laurence Andries, Alan Ball, Rick Cleveland, Bruce Eric Kaplan, Kate Robin, Christian Taylor and Christian Williams.

SIX FEET UNDER is a production of The Greenblatt Janollari Studio; executive produced by Alan Ball, Robert Greenblatt and David Janollari; co-executive producers, Alan Poul and Christian Williams; supervising producer, Bruce Eric Kaplan; producers, Laurence Andries, Rick Cleveland and Christian Taylor.

 


DRAGON’S LAIR 3D: RETURN TO THE LAIR SHIPS TO STORES NATIONWIDE

Dirk the Daring Returns in an All-New, 3D Adventure for the Xbox and PC

Ubi Soft Entertainment, one of the world’s largest video game publishers, announced DRAGON’S LAIR 3D: RETURN TO THE LAIR for the Xbox™ video game system from Microsoft and the PC has shipped to retail stores nationwide. Developed by Dragonstone Software, DRAGON’S LAIR 3D features the same fun, pick-up-and-play gameplay that made the arcade version a blockbuster hit in 1983. Now gamers will be able to experience DRAGON’S LAIR 3D with the highest quality graphics and sound available today. DRAGON’S LAIR 3D is rated "T—Teen" and is available for a suggested retail price of $49.99 on Xbox and $29.99 on PC.

"Dragon’s Lair is a classic, landmark game that has always pushed the gaming industry’s limits in terms of graphics and gameplay," said Tony Kee, vice president of marketing for Ubi Soft Entertainment. "DRAGON’S LAIR 3D is now the FIRST Xbox title to feature 1080i HDTV compatibility, breathing vibrant color to the characters and environments that jump off the screen!"

The Legend Continues!

True to the classic arcade phenomenon, Dragon’s Lair sets players against the menacing dragon Singe and the evil wizard Mordroc to save the beautiful Princess Daphne. With full control of Dirk the Daring, a valiant but clumsy knight, DRAGON’S LAIR 3D players fight their way through the castle’s treacherous, labyrinthine-like halls to overcome new monsters and obstacles lurking in the shadows. Incredible new gameplay includes jumping over flaming pits, climbing ropes to fly across chasms, and battling swarms of the wizard’s minions with Dirk’s sword and crossbow. Other game features include:

"Dragon’s Lair is a franchise loved by fans all over the world for more than 20 years," said Rick Dyer, president and CEO of Dragon’s Lair, LLC. "Reinventing this franchise into a three-dimensional world utilizing the most powerful game graphics ever will be a treat for Dirk fans everywhere."

 


BILLY CRUDUP AND ACADEMY AWARD (R) NOMINEE JULIANNE MOORE STAR IN WORLD TRAVELER-- THIS WILD, SEXY, AND LIFE-CHANGING ROAD TRIP DEBUTS ON DVD 1/21/03 EXCLUSIVELY FROM COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Directed by Bart Freundlich (The Myth of Fingerprints), WORLD TRAVELER stars Billy Crudup (Almost Famous Charlotte Gray) and the celebrated Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated actress Julianne Moore (Hannibal, Magnolia, The End of the Affair) in this sexy tale of discovery debuting on DVD and Video January 21, 2003, from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Everyone thought handsome and successful Cal (Crudup) had it all, but he knew something was missing - adventure. Armed with his Volvo station wagon, Cal sets out on a road trip and seduces his way into the hearts and beds of the various women he meets in his travels. Cal does his best to stay out of trouble, until he meets Dulcie (Moore) a fiery redhead, ready to match Cal blow for blow and provide him with the wake-up call that could send him home! WORLD TRAVELER will show you the wild, sexy side of the road on a trip you won't forget.

"WORLD TRAVELER" DVD

 


MAD LOVE EXCLUSIVELY ON DVD JANUARY 21, 2003 FROM COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME ENTERTAINMENT

In the grand tradition of Elizabeth and Queen Margot comes MAD LOVE, the sumptuous and acclaimed epic tale of passion and power based on the scandalous true story of betrothed royalty and betrayed loyalty premiering on DVD, January 21, 2003, exclusively from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment and Sony Pictures Classics.

Shortly after Queen Isabella of Spain sends Columbus off in search of the New World, she sends her beautiful young daughter Joan away for a politically advantageous arranged marriage. When Joan meets her intended, the dashing and handsome Archduke Philip, the two fall passionately in love. However, all is not to remain well for the newlyweds. As Joan births an abundance of heirs, Philip's attentions, and affections, wander. In response to Philip's philandering, Joan's behavior becomes increasingly erratic. Seizing the opportunity to become sole ruler, Philip and his advisors plot to have his wife declared insane and dethrone her.

A Sony Pictures Classics Release. Executive produced by Pedro Costa. Produced by Enrique Cerezo. Directed by Vicente Aranda.

"MAD LOVE" DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

 

11/19/02

FILM LEGENDS HUMPHREY BOGART AND LIZABETH SCOTT STAR IN DEAD RECKONING THE DARK AND SEDUCTIVE CLASSIC DEBUTS EXCLUSIVELY ON DVD JANUARY 14, 2003 FROM COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME ENTERTAINMENT

A war buddy is found murdered, ex-G.I. Humphrey Bogart (The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca) investigates the killing and is soon enmeshed in a dangerous web of desire with an alluring femme fatale Lizabeth Scott (Dark City, Bad for Each Other) in DEAD RECKONING debuting January 14, 2003, exclusively from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

During the flashback-happy 1940s, screenwriters knocked themselves out trying to find new and creative methods of allowing the protagonist to recall past events, which led up to a movie's current situation. In DEAD RECKONING, Rip Murdock (Bogart) recites the film's plotline to a priest in the Confessional. Murdock and Johnny Drake (William Prince) are Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, en route to Washington, D.C. by train. Drake hops off and disappears, leading Murdock on a hectic manhunt. Upon meeting Drake's former girlfriend Coral Chandler (Scott), Murdock is thrown into a maelstrom of intrigue involving a crooked gambler (Morris Carnovsky) and a complex blackmailing scheme. Soon Murdock finds himself the prime suspect in a murder. The genuine culprit is revealed shortly before the spectacular car-crash finale.

"DEAD RECKONING" DVD

 


WARNER HOME VIDEO CELEBRATES VALENTINE’S DAY WITH FOUR ROMANTIC DVDS

January 7 Marks DVD Debut of A LITTLE ROMANCE, BREAKING UP, DOGFIGHT and a Newly Restored and Remastered ALICE ADAMS

This Valentine’s Day, Warner Home Video hopes to win the affections of DVD lovers everywhere with four romantic movies being released January 7th. A LITTLE ROMANCE, ALICE ADAMS, BREAKING UP and DOGFIGHT explore the full range of love’s emotions, from innocent, adolescent first love to the old-fashioned customs and manners of Americana and the tough contemporary issues of today’s relationships. Remastered with all-new digital transfers, DVD extras will include extensive commentaries, documentaries, additional scenes and outtakes. Each DVD will be priced at $19.98 SRP.

MORE ABOUT WHV’S EXCLUSIVE VALENTINE’S DAY DVDS

A LITTLE ROMANCE – Diane Lane (Unfaithful, A Walk on the Moon, The Cotton Club) makes her movie debut as a lonely, gifted teen on a whirlwind romantic adventure set in Europe. Also starring Sir Laurence Olivier (Hamlet, Wuthering Heights, Clash of the Titans), A LITTLE ROMANCE explores the innocent joy in finding a soul mate and the excitement created by forbidden love. Directed by George Roy Hill (The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), the film received an Academy Award® for Best Original Score for George Delerue’s enchanting music.

DVD special features include:

In addition, the DVD will be offered for the first-time in widescreen format [16x9 2.35:1]. It will also include English and French (dubbed in Quebec) languages and subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

ALICE ADAMS --The classic 1935 film has been beautifully updated with an all-new digital transfer from restored picture and audio elements and is ready to be introduced to a whole new generation of romantic film lovers. Based on Booth Tarkington’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1921 novel, this tender slice of Americana stars the legendary Katharine Hepburn as a small-town girl who fantasizes about becoming part of high-society and sees her dreams come true when an affluent young man falls in love with her. Ms. Hepburn was honored with a Best Actress Academy Award® nomination for what has long been considered one of her best performances. Directed by George Stevens (The Diary of Anne Frank, A Place in the Sun), ALICE ADAMS also stars Fred MacMurray (TV’s My Three Sons, Double Jeopardy).

The DVD includes an all-new digital transfer from restored picture and audio elements plus these special features:

The ALICE ADAMS DVD is available in black and white standard format [1.33:1] with subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

BREAKING UP – Starring Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe (A Beautiful Mind, Gladiator, L.A. Confidential) and Salma Hayek (Frida, Traffic, 54), this film is a collection of charming vignettes tracking the on-again/off-again relationship of a couple who can’t decide to commit. Written by Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Michael Cristofer (Original Sin, The Witches of Eastwick), this contemporary romance suggests that when the passion is too intense and the love is too strong, sometimes it’s best to break up.

The DVD will include these extras:

The BREAKING UP DVD also includes cast and crew film highlights, English and French languages (dubbed in Quebec), and subtitles in English, French and Spanish. The DVD is available in widescreen format [16x9 1.85:1].

DOGFIGHT – A poignant romance about a young Marine’s last night before shipping off to Vietnam starring River Phoenix (Stand By Me, My Own Private Idaho, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) and Lili Taylor (Stand By Me, Mystic Pizza, High Fidelity) as an unlikely pair who find unexpected love. Randomly meeting as a result of a cruel game called "DOGFIGHT," a contest to see which Marine can bring the homeliest date to a party, Eddie Birdlace (Phoenix) and Rose (Taylor) get off to a rocky start. But just as the two realize they might be falling in love, the eighteen-year old Birdlace is faced with the harsh reality of war.

DVD special features include:

The DVD also includes cast and crew film highlights, English and French languages (dubbed in Quebec), and subtitles in English, French and Spanish. The DOGFIGHT DVD is available in widescreen format [16x9 1.85:1].

 


BOURNE TO BE ON DVD! THE OSBOURNES THE FIRST SEASON WITH FOUR NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN EPISODES AND THE BONUS FOOTAGE AND EXTRA FEATURES YOU HAVEN’T SEEN ON TV!

Uncensored Version Available!

Collect the entire first season of "THE OSBOURNES," the most outrageously fun reality television show ever, with THE OSBOURNES – THE FIRST SEASON, a 2-disc DVD that covers the show’s entire debut season, available on March 4, 2003. Starring legendary rocker Ozzy Osbourne, his amazing wife Sharon and their kids Kelly and Jack, THE OSBOURNES – THE FIRST SEASON includes four never-before-seen bonus episodes, unseen bonus footage from the aired episodes, and many terrific DVD programs including set top features and DVD ROM features, with new cast interviews, commentary tracks, "Too Oz For TV" blooper reel, an Osbournes bingo game and lots more. (See inside for DVD details.) THE OSBOURNES – THE FIRST SEASON is also available in an uncensored version, for even more hilarious wit and wisdom from Ozzy’s clan. Both versions are available exclusively on a 2-disc DVD from Miramax Home Entertainment, Inc., for $29.99 (S.R.P.).

"THE OSBOURNES" has become a top-rated "reality show" phenomenon. Last Fall Ozzy Osbourne, the original Madman of Rock, opened up his family life to the cameras, and the resulting television series has earned a huge fan following. Whether familiar with Ozzy’s musical career or not, audiences everywhere have grown to know and love each Osbourne family member. THE OSBOURNES – THE FIRST SEASON collects all the unforgettable personalities and day-to-day problems and pleasures that come from being a part of America’s most fun-to-watch first family. THE OSBOURNES – THE FIRST SEASON 2-Disc DVD Features

ALL TEN EPISODES

BONUS EPISODES

BONUS FOOTAGE

TOP MOMENTS

CONVERSATIONS WITH THE OSBOURNES

SPECIAL FEATURES

SET TOP MATERIAL

DVD ROM MATERIAL

THE OSBOURNES – THE FIRST SEASON

 


SWEET HOME ALABAMA-- HEARTWARMING SOUTHERN VALENTINE ON DVD ON FEBRUARY 4TH

Reese Witherspoon Stars In Romantic Comedy Winner DVD Features Include Director’s Never-Before-Seen Alternate Ending

Touchstone Home Entertainment proudly presents the most romantic comedy of the year, SWEET HOME ALABAMA, on DVD and VHS on February 4, 2003. Starring America’s sweetheart Reese Witherspoon ("Legally Blonde," "The Importance of Being Earnest"), SWEET HOME ALABAMA is the fun and heartwarming comedy that has earned over $107M at the box office and enjoyed the biggest September Theatrical opening in box office history. This sparkling romance sports an all-star cast that includes Patrick Dempsey (TV’s "Once & Again;" "Scream 3"), Josh Lucas ("A Beautiful Mind"), Candice Bergen (TV’s "Murphy Brown"), Mary Kay Place ("Girl Interrupted"), Fred Ward ("Road Trip," "The Player"), Ethan Embry ("Can’t Hardly Wait") and Jean Smart ("Disney’s The Kid") among others. The film is directed by Andy Tennant (director of "Anna And The King") and the story is by Douglas J. Eboch. The perfect Valentine’s Day gift, SWEET HOME ALABAMA will be available for $29.99 on DVD.

On DVD, SWEET HOME ALABAMA will include such features as:

In SWEET HOME ALABAMA, the irresistible Reese Witherspoon stars as New York City fashion designer Melanie Carmichael. Melanie finds herself engaged to the city’s most eligible bachelor, Andrew Hennings (Patrick Dempsey), but her past holds many secrets, including Jake (Josh Lucas), the redneck husband she married in high school, who refuses to divorce her. Bound and determined to end their contentious relationship once and for all, Melanie sneaks back home to Alabama to confront her past, only to discover that you can take the girl out of the South, but you can’t take the South out of the girl.

SWEET HOME ALABAMA

 


JOE AND MAX COMES TO LIFE MAKING ITS DEBUT ON DVD JANUARY 14, 2003

Set against the dramatic backdrop of Nazi Germany comes JOE AND MAX, based on a true story. From the director of Hoop Dreams, JOE AND MAX makes its appearance on DVD and VHS on January 14, 2003 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

JOE AND MAX is an action-packed drama with thrilling re-creations of the legendary matches that rocked the world. The film stars Til Schweiger (Driven, What to Do in Case of Fire), Leonard Roberts (He Go Game), Richard Roundtree (Shaft, Seven) and Peta Wilson (TV's La Femme Nikita).

Roberts plays the Joe Louis an up-and coming prizefighter from Harlem, New York - flighting for his slice of American dream to become boxing's heavyweight champion. Standing in his way is German champ Max Schmeling played by Schweiger.

Despite Schmeling's liberal and pacifist views, he is heralded by the Nazis as the perfect specimen of the perfect race. The world watched as their bouts took on epic proportions, but outside of public view, they forged a friendship that would transcend enemy lines.

JOE AND MAX, executive produced by Mike Karz, Brad Krevoy, Gerhard Schmidt and Thomas Gottschalk. Produced by Kelli Konop and Klaus Rettig. Written by Jason Horwitch. Directed by Steve James.

JOE AND MAX DVD:

 

11/07/02

SPECS ON ARTISAN'S GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS 10TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION DVD

Technical Features:

 

11/05/02

SECRET BALLOT-- THIS AWARD-WINNING AND CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED FILM DEBUTS JANUARY 7, 2003

Winner of Venice Film Festival - Best Director, OCIC Award, Pasinetti Award, UNICEF Award, and nominated for the Golden Lion Toronto Film Festival - Official Selection Human Rights Watch Film Festival - Official Selection London Film Festival - FIPRESCI Award (Special Mention) Sao Paulo International Film Festival - Special Jury Award Provinceton Film Festival - Audience Award Potterdam International Film Festival - Netpac Award

Set on election day in a remote area of Iran, SERCET BALLOT was written and directed by renowned Iranian filmmaker Babak Payami (One More Day) and will debut from Sony Pictures Classics on DVD and video January 7, 2003.

A soldier stationed on a deserted beach wakes up and discovers that it's not going to be an ordinary day: there are the elections, but nobody seems to know anything about them. Just as an electoral urn is being parachuted from the sky, a young woman disembarks on the beach. To the soldier's bafflement, it turns out that she is in charge of the mobile electoral seat and voting on the islands; therefore the soldier is obliged to obey her orders and escort her with his rifle and army jeep across the desert, where the woman obstinately intends to collect the votes. During the day, stressed by a series of absurd events, the two learn to get to know each other. At sunset, when the young woman leaves, the man realizes that the secret vote contained much more than he had ever imagined.

SECRET BALLOT DVD:

 

11/02/02

COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME ENTERTAINMENT BREAKS INDUSTRY RECORDS WITH ORDERS FOR MORE THAN 40 MILLION COPIES OF SPIDER-MAN WORLDWIDE.

Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment revealed today that it has shipped more than 26 million copies of SPIDER-MAN on DVD and videocassette in North America - more than any other home entertainment title in history.  SPIDER-MAN goes on sale in the U.S. today. 

It is also estimated that SPIDER-MAN will ship more than 14 million units internationally. This would bring the worldwide ship number of SPIDER-MAN to a record-breaking 40 million units - substantially all of which will be released simultaneously worldwide during this month.

Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment (CTHE) President Benjamin Feingold said today: "Home entertainment has proven to be virtually recession proof and we expect industry growth to be 15 to 20% for all video categories this fourth quarter led by CTHE's line-up of Mr. Deeds, SPIDER-MAN, Men In Black II, Stuart Little 2 and XXX.  It is the strongest holiday lineup from one studio in home entertainment history.

"We thank all of our suppliers, Columbia Pictures and Revolution Studios as well as the films' directors, producers and actors for giving us the opportunity to shine this fourth quarter. We also thank our retail partners and their associates, logistics team, our marketing and promotional partners and our own personnel for bringing SPIDER-MAN and our other films to market."

Feingold is widely acknowledged as one of the principal architects of the DVD revolution, which began with the format's consumer introduction five years ago. He has been recognized for his pioneering efforts by several organizations including the Video Software Dealers Association, and, earlier this year, the International Recording Manufacturers Association (IRMA) and the DVD Entertainment Group.       

"It's exciting to be a part of an event film such as SPIDER-MAN, especially when you get to see the successful culmination of all the planning and hard work that went into selling it on DVD and video. We are very proud of the fact that our efforts have been etched in video history and we look forward to an incredible 4th quarter sell-off for all of our retailers." continued Marshall Forster, Executive Vice President for Sales for Columbia TriStar. 

Avi Arad, president of Marvel Entertainment, added, "The incredible success of SPIDER-MAN on DVD clearly mirrors the box-office success of the film. Both performances are true barometers of our culture's love and fascination with this beloved heroic character as well as the record-breaking popularity of this incredibly produced and directed movie. We at Marvel are simply delighted over the results produced by Columbia TriStar's very creative, strategic and effective sales and marketing teams."

SPIDER-MAN is available as a 2-disc set in both wide and full screen editions on DVD.  SPIDER-MAN, features an exclusive web of innovative interactive elements loaded with special never-before-revealed SPIDER-MAN factoids and a first look at comic book-to-film comparisons.  Also released day and date was a specially packaged limited edition Collector's DVD Gift Set, loaded with extra features for the ultimate home viewing experience.

SPIDER-MAN's theatrical performance and now home entertainment release have broken virtually every major milestone:

 


CHARLIZE THERON, COURTNEY LOVE, STEWART TOWNSEND, AND KEVIN BACON STAR IN TRAPPED-- THIS HIGHLY ANTICIPATED ACTION/THRILLER DEBUTS ON DVD AND VIDEO DECEMBER 24, 2002

Superstars Kevin Bacon (A Few Good Men, Hollow Man), Charlize Theron (Sweet November, The Cider House Rules), and Courtney Love (The People vs. Larry Flint) star in the stylish suspense thriller, TRAPPED, also starring Stuart Townsend (About Adam, Queen of the Damned), Pruitt Taylor Vince (Mississippi Burning, Nurse Betty), and Dakota Fanning (I Am Sam), debuting December 24, 2002 on DVD and video from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

When Karen (Theron) and Will (Townsend) Jennings are held hostage and their daughter (Fanning) is abducted, a ruthless 24-hour plan is set in motion that will confront everything they have taken for granted. While at the same time, kidnappers Joe (Bacon) and Cheryl (Love) Hickey, along with their cousin Marvin Pool (Vince), have orchestrated and mastered what they think is a foolproof plan to extort money from the Jennings and other wealthy families. But this time they're wrong, and as the plan escalates and unravels, Will and Karen, who are trapped in different cities, are pushed to the very edge to get their daughter back alive. In their desperation, they are able to discover the shocking motivation, which lies beneath the crime.

"TRAPPED" DVD

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