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03/31/03

ON JUNE 10, WARNER HOME VIDEO PRESENTS THE LEGENDARY EPIC GIANT-- FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ON DVD

Commemorative All-New Special Edition Two-Disc DVD Includes Nearly 3 Hours of Documentaries, Commentary and More!

On June 10, Warner Home Video (WHV) celebrates the DVD debut of the larger-than-life classic GIANT with a two-disc special edition release. Produced and directed by the legendary George Stevens (A Place in the Sun, Gunga Din), this sprawling epic received ten Academy Award® nominations and earned director George Stevens an Oscar®. Based on Edna Ferber's best-selling family saga about a Texas family of ranchers and oilmen, GIANT stars Academy Award®-winner Elizabeth Taylor and Academy Award®-nominees James Dean, Rock Hudson and Dennis Hopper and held its place as Warner Bros.’ top-grossing feature film for more than twenty years following its initial, 1956 release.

Digitally remastered and featuring multiple commentaries as well as hours of new and vintage documentaries, GIANT is presented in a 1.66 aspect ratio (as seen in its original theatrical exhibition) with Dolby Surround Stereo 2.0 and is available on DVD for $26.99 SRP. It will also include English and French languages (dubbed in Québécois) and subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

GIANT is just that, a movie of huge scale and grandeur in which wrangler-turned-oil-baron Jett Rink (James Dean, in his final film role), cattleman Bick Benedict (Rock Hudson), his society-gilded wife Leslie (Elizabeth Taylor) and three generations of land-rich Texas sons and daughters love, swagger, connive and clash in a saga of family strife, racial bigotry and conflict between cattle barons and newly rich oil tycoons.

The two-disc DVD is packed with a Texas-sized helping of special features including the following:

"WHV is delighted to welcome the special edition DVD release of GIANT, including an all-new digital transfer and hours of new and vintage documentaries, into our video library," said Mike Saksa, WHV Vice President, U.S. Marketing. "Classics such as GIANT perfectly represent the quality films that are the benchmark of Warner Home Video’s catalog."

On the same date as the release of the GIANT DVD, WHV will offer three additional two-disc special edition DVDs of ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA, the Academy Award®-winning THE RIGHT STUFF and ROBIN HOOD PRINCE OF THIEVES (in its DVD debut), all available in widescreen format for $26.99 SRP. Consumers can enter a high-flying sweepstakes for THE RIGHT STUFF to win a trip for two to California’s famed "Air Combat USA" and take a supervised fighter-jet flight. For more details on this consumer sweepstakes, see specially marked Special Edition DVDs and in-store displays.

 


OSCAR®-WINNING ACTORS ROBERT DE NIRO AND JEREMY IRONS CLASH IN THE MISSION-- AWARD-WINNING HISTORICAL EPIC DIRECTED BY ROLAND JOFFÉ AND PRODUCED BY DAVID PUTTNAM DEBUTS IN TWO-DISC DVD SPECIAL EDITION MAY 13 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

THE MISSION – the visually stunning epic drama starring Robert De Niro and nominated for seven Academy Awards®, including Best Picture - will be released by Warner Home Video (WHV) as a deluxe two-disc DVD Special Edition May 13. The double-disc DVD will sell for $26.99 SRP.

In addition to winning the Oscar® for Best Cinematography, THE MISSION won the coveted Palme d'Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1986, two Golden Globes® for Best Screenplay and Original Score and three British Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor, Film Editing and Original Score.

Robert De Niro, whose films have grossed more than $1.6 billion at the box office and sold more than 30 million videos and DVDs, stars in this true story about the unjust treatment of the native Indians of South America and the men who fought desperately to save them. Nominated for six Academy Awards®, De Niro won a Best Actor Oscar® for his role in Raging Bull and a Best Supporting Actor Oscar® for his performance in The Godfather, Part II. Co-star Jeremy Irons won a Best Actor Oscar® for his role in Reversal of Fortune .

Directed by Roland Joffé and produced by David Puttnam, who both collaborated on and won acclaim for their work in The Killing Fields, THE MISSION was written by Robert Bolt (Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago and A Man for All Seasons). THE MISSION also stars Academy Award® nominee Liam Neeson (Gangs of New York, K-19: The Widowmaker and Schindler’s List) and Emmy Award nominee Aidan Quinn (Evelyn, Practical Magic, and Desperately Seeking Susan). The film also includes a legendary musical score by composer Ennio Morricone.

Spellbinding Special Features

Synopsis

After murdering his brother in a fit of rage, violent soldier-for-hire and ex-slaver Rodrigo Mendoza (De Niro) seeks penance for his sins by becoming a missionary at Father Gabriel’s (Irons) mountaintop mission and devoting himself to serving the South American Rain Forest Indians he once enslaved. But, when armies from Spain and Portugal begin to threaten the lifestyle and safety of the natives, Rodrigo may have to pick up his musket and sword again in order to protect both the freedom of the natives and the well being of the Jesuit missionaries who have organized safe havens for them.

THE MISSION

 


ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER - BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED) THE CHUBBCHUBBS! INTERGALACTIC COMEDY FROM SONY PICTURES IMAGEWORKS AVAILABLE TO ORDER NOW!

First they matched forces with Men in Black II and Stuart Little 2 in theaters, then they conquered the Oscars®, now they're landing on their own DVD!  Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment is pleased to release THE CHUBBCHUBBS! the recent Academy Award® winner for Best Short Film (Animated), shipping exclusively on DVD April 11 at the collectible price of $9.95 SLP.

Welcome to planet Glorf, home of the Ale-E-Inn.  Located on a tiny oasis, the Ale-E- Inn is an intergalactic watering hole with its own constellation of stars stopping by each night to hear the nightclub's sultry headliner, the Singing Diva.  For a little Glorf named Meeper, there's not much to do at the Ale-E-Inn besides mop floors.  Night after night, Meeper mops away, daydreaming himself onto center stage.  But when a series of "meephaps" all but vaporizes the Singing Diva, he is banished from the club.

Meeper tries to redeem himself through a valiant attempt to warn the patrons of the Ale-E-Inn of impending danger, only to come face to face with the toughest creatures in the Universe.

THE CHUBBCHUBBS! is the first CG animated short film produced by Sony Pictures Imageworks, the award-winning character animation and visual effects division of Sony Pictures Digital.  In addition to garnering the Academy Award®, THE CHUBBCHUBBS! was also honored at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, the London Effects and Animation Film Festival and with a BAFTA award nomination.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:

 

03/25/03

BLACK HAWK DOWN DELUXE EDITION DVD-- THREE-DISC DVD SET PREMIERING ON JUNE 3- WITH OVER THREE HOURS OF NEW BONUS FEATURES

From Academy Award Winning and Critically-Acclaimed War Drama From Renowned Action Producer Jerry Bruckheimer And Academy Award® Nominated Director Ridley Scott

Starring Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, Sam Shepard

Nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Director, BLACK HAWK DOWN is the intense and harrowing true story about bravery, camaraderie and the complex reality of war, now presented in a definitive collector's three-disc Deluxe Edition DVD available June 3 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment. With over three hours of all-new added value materials, including deleted scenes, true-life documentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes and commentaries from the real soldiers that experienced the mission, the BLACK HAWK DOWN DELUXE EDITION DVD is a must-own release for any patriotic DVD library.

From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Hannibal, Thelma & Louise) and renowned action producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Pearl Harbor, Armageddon), BLACK HAWK DOWN stars an exceptional cast including Josh Harnett (Pearl Harbor), Ewan McGregor (Moulin Rouge), Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan), Eric Bana (The Hulk), Jason Isaacs (The Patriot), William Fichtner (The Perfect Storm), Ewen Bremner (Snatch) and Sam Shepard (All The Pretty Horses).

Acclaimed by critics nationwide as one of the best films of the year, BLACK HAWK DOWN was the $108 million box office hit that was also honored with nominations for the AFI Awards, Writer's Guild Awards, Director's Guild Awards and the MTV Movie Awards.

Based on true events in 1993, BLACK HAWK DOWN centers on an elite group of American Rangers and Delta Force soldiers who are sent to Somalia on a critical mission to capture a violent warlord whose corrupt regime has lead to the starvation of hundreds of thousands of Somalians. When the mission goes terribly wrong, the men find themselves outnumbered and literally fighting for their lives against overwhelming odds. Trapped behind enemy lines for 18 grueling hours until a rescue convoy can be mounted to retrieve them – friends are lost, alliances are formed, tensions flare, boys become men and soldiers learn the true nature of war and heroism.

BLACK HAWK DOWN DELUXE EDITION DVD INCLUDES:

DISC ONE

DISC TWO

DISC THREE

 

Additional Specs:

 


EAT A BOWL OF TEA NEW TO DVD ON JUNE 3

Ben's wife wants attention. Ben's boss wants dedication. Ben's father wants grandchildren. And Ben just wants a minute to sort it all out in director Wayne Wang's (The Joy Luck Club, Maid in Manhattan, Center of the World) cross-cultural comedy based on the classic underground novel by Louis Chu, premiering on DVD June 3 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment. In New York's Chinatown of the late 1940s, young Ben Joy (Russell Wong - Romeo Must Die), fresh out of the service, has his whole life spread out before him including a job, an apartment and a marriage arranged by his father (Victor Wong - Seven Years in Tibet) to the beautiful Mei Oi (Cora Miao). But as eager as the couple is to see what America has to offer them, that's how eager the whole of Chinatown is to see some first-generation U.S. offspring. And when Ben's young marriage threatens to crumble in the face of this pressure, it's up to him to separate his dreams from his father's, and to find a future for himself and his wife in their adopted homeland.

EAT A BOWL OF TEA DVD:

 

03/23/03

THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES SPECIAL EDITION PREMIERING EXCLUSIVELY ON DVD MAY 27 WITH ALL-NEW CHILLING BONUS FEATURES

Based on true events, THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES is the suspense-filled thriller about a man driven to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding his wife's death and how they might be connected to the strange phenomena in a small town 400 miles away.  Hailed by critics as a "superior spirit-world chiller" (Entertainment Weekly) and "one truly, madly, deeply satisfying creep-out" (Washington Post) that "sends a cold shock to your system" (Miami Herald), THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES will premiere May 27 on Special Edition DVD priced to own at $27.95 SRP from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, with all-new bonus features including deleted scenes, director's commentary and several fascinating behind-the-scenes featurettes.

A spine-tingling, supernatural thriller that will rattle your nerves and "makes you question what you believe about myths" (Film Threat), THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES stars Golden Globe winner Richard Gere (Chicago, Unfaithful), Academy Award® nominee Laura Linney (You Can Count on Me, The Laramie Project) and Emmy Award nominee Debra Messing (TVs "Will & Grace") under skillful direction by Mark Pellington (Arlington Road) who "creates an atmosphere of otherworldly, invisible menace" (Newsweek). Distraught by the sudden, tragic death of his wife (Messing), John Klein (Gere), a journalist for the Washington Post, finds himself mysteriously drawn to a small West Virginia town when his car inexplicably strands him.

Rescued by the sympathetic but skeptical local sheriff (Linney), he soon learns that many of the town's residents have been beset by bizarre events, including sightings of an eerie "moth-like" entity, similar to the one seen by his late wife. Investigating further and experiencing his own terrifying encounters with the creature, he becomes obsessed with the idea that this supernatural being can predict impending calamities and tries to warn the town. Is this a psychic delusion brought on by his grief or can he convince the sheriff that there's a tragedy that must be averted?  Now his life, and potentially others' lives, depend on his making the right choice before time runs out.

THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES SPECIAL EDITION DVD:

 


MISSISSIPPI MASALA NEW TO DVD ON MAY 27

Passion. Tradition. Prejudice.  Put it together and you've got the recipe for the sexy, irreverent romance, MISSISSIPPI MASALA, starring double Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington (Training Day, Glory) from acclaimed director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, Hysterical Blindness), coming to DVD for the first time May 27 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Washington stars as Demetrius, a Southern businessman who falls in love with an Indian immigrant named Mina (Sarita Choudhury) who arrives in Mississippi when her family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power.  Like the colorful Indian dish "masala," Mina is a hot, spicy mix of cultures.  But when she and Demetrius begin their romantic relationship, nothing in her past prepares her for the family outrage they face together.  A funny, fascinating glimpse into two tightly knit communities and a moving story that crosses the color barrier, MISSISSIPPI MASALA is an erotic cross between Romeo & Juliet and Jungle Fever.

Nominated for Best Feature with the Independent Spirit Awards, MISSISSIPPI MASALA was reviewed as "wonderfully tender wryly funny - vibrantly sexy" (New York Daily News), "seductively funny" (Washington Post) and a "powerfully affecting  - intimately involving look at a clash of two cultures that are blind to what unites them" (Rolling Stone).

MISSISSIPPI MASALA DVD:

 


DARK SHADOWS DVD COLLECTION 5 COMES TO DVD

Cult phenomenon DARK SHADOWS is resurrected from the dead once again with the release of DARK SHADOWS DVD COLLECTION 5 on April 29th from MPI Home Video. DARK SHADOWS DVD COLLECTION 5 includes 40 complete episodes (372-412) on four discs and bonus interviews with actors Jonathan Frid (Barnabas), Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans), Jerry Lacy and music composer Robert Cobert.

Set in the small Maine fishing village of Collinsport, the soap opera revolves around the strange and supernatural events at the Collins’ family estate, Collinwood. Central character Barnabas Collins, a 175 year-old vampire, thirsted not only for blood, but also for love and quickly became a pop culture icon. DARK SHADOWS was the most popular daytime drama during its 1966-71 run and was hailed "a supernatural cult phenomenon," by The New York Times.

DARK SHADOWS is the only soap opera to inspire two movies and over 30 novels; the latest, written by Lara Parker, was published in 2001. The series is also airing currently on the Sci-Fi Channel. Comparable to Star Trek, the show’s enormous base of devoted followers is fueled by an annual festival, hundreds of fan clubs, thousands of Web sites and a vast array of merchandise.

DARK SHADOWS DVD COLLECTION 5

 


HBO FILMS’ FIRST THEATRICAL RELEASE, REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES, ARRIVES ON DVD, APRIL 22

DVD Extras Include An Additional Scene Depicting Ana, One Year Later And Two Audio Commentaries With Stars America Ferrera & Lupe Ontiveros And With Director Patricia Cardoso, Writer/Producer George Lavoo And Writer Josefina Lopez

Ana wants to leave home, go to college and begin to experience life on her own. But to do that means she’ll have to disobey her mother, disappoint her father and leave the grandfather she loves dearly. REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES tells the story of a first-generation young Mexican-American woman from East Los Angeles who struggles to strike a balance between her mainstream ambitions and her more traditional cultural heritage as she attempts to forge her own path in life. Hailed by critics nationwide during its theatrical release as "delightful"(People) and "charming"(USA Today), REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES is coming to video and DVD on April 22 and will be available for purchase on DVD for the suggested retail price of $24.98. (Order Due Date: 4/1/03, VHS priced for rental, Runtime: 86 minutes, Rated PG-13)

The first theatrical release from HBO Films, REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES stars America Ferrera, a nominee for Best Debut Performance for the 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards, as Ana, as well as Lupe Ontiveros (" Chuck & Buck") as Ana’s mother Carmen; and Ingrid Oliu ("Stand and Deliver") as Ana’s sister Estela. In addition to the prestigious Dramatic Audience Award at Sundance, REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES also won a Special Jury Prize for Acting for America Ferrera and Lupe Ontiveros. A "remarkable" (People) "crowd pleaser" (Entertainment Weekly) with "across-the-board appeal" (New York Post), REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES is "effervescent and satisfying" and "a love song to full-figured women everywhere"(New York Times).

Additional DVD Content

The DVD release of REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES includes a bountiful supply of bonus features including two audio commentaries: one with stars America Ferrera & Lupe Ontiveros and one with director Patricia Cardoso, writer/producer George LaVoo and writer Josefina Lopez. The DVD also features a never before seen additional scene depicting Ana, one year later. Other bonus materials include: English and Spanish language featurettes, cast & crew bios, English and Spanish language tracks and English, French and Spanish subtitles.

Synopsis

At 18, Ana has a bright future ahead of her. Ana’s the first in her family who can dare to dream of going to college, but is trapped by her modest upbringing in East L.A., and the loyalty she feels to her family. Ana’s father Raul shares her dream, but does not want to tear the family apart. Her special relationship with her grandfather grounds her and makes it hard for her to leave. And though her mother Carmen has good intentions, she underestimates Ana’s spirit and her desire to forge a different kind of life. Long-suffering and old-fashioned, Carmen has given up on Estela, Ana’s older sister, and is desperate to marry Ana off to produce the grandchildren she believes she deserves.

When work falls behind at Estela’s garment factory, Ana reluctantly pitches in to complete an order of beautiful dresses. Ana is indignant at the amount of labor involved to make elegant gowns for women who have lives so different from her own -- gowns, like her dreams, that she will never fit into. Ana teaches the women at the factory how to love every curve of their bodies, and appreciate everything that makes them different from everyone else.

When Ana, Estela and the other women complete the last gown, Ana’s job is done, and she is ready to find out what her future holds.

Program Information

Patricia Cardoso (Student Academy Award® winner for "The Water Carrier") makes her feature film debut directing the HBO Films presentation REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES, produced by George LaVoo (" Getting to Know You") and Effie T. Brown (HBO’s "Stranger Inside"). REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES is based on the play by Josefina Lopez, which was inspired by her own experiences. The director of photography is Jim Denault ("Boys Don’t Cry").

 


VCI DVD STREET DATE CHANGE

The following title has been delayed and a new street date has been scheduled: HORRORS OF THE BLACK MUSEUM has been changed to 4-29-03.

03/18/03

MARVELOUS MUSICALS HIT A HIGH NOTE ON DVD ON APRIL 22-- WARNER HOME VIDEO INTRODUCES THE NEW... CLASSIC MUSICALS COLLECTION FEATURING FIVE IMPECCABLY TRANSFERRED COLE PORTER HITS

Including HIGH SOCIETY, KISS ME KATE, SILK STOCKINGS, BROADWAY MELODY OF 1940, and LES GIRLS

Plus, THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK hosted by Michael Feinstein

"Too Darn Hot," "All of You," "Begin the Beguine," "Now You Has Jazz" are just a few of the hit Cole Porter songs consumers will be singing when Warner Home Video (WHV) raises the curtain on its new Classic Musicals Collection with the release of five, must-see favorites featuring the songs of this legendary composer.  Available for the first time ever on DVD, these five spectacular musicals, including HIGH SOCIETY, KISS ME KATE, SILK STOCKINGS, BROADWAY MELODY OF 1940 and LES GIRLS, have been newly remastered with four of them also featuring a new Dolby Digital 5.1 remixed soundtrack. 

All five include a new documentary on the making of the film hosted by Hollywood's legendary musical stars such as Cyd Charisse, Celeste Holm and Ann Miller.   Another title in the Classic Musicals Collection is THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK, a panoramic history of American popular music told through the stories of our nation's most prolific songwriters and hosted by entertainer Michael Feinstein.  All titles have a street date of April 22, with the Cole Porter titles each priced at $19.98 SRP (also available in a gift set priced at $89.92) and THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK DVD priced at $24.98 SRP and VHS priced at $19.98.  

The first releases in the Classic Musicals Collection include:

HIGH SOCIETY - Starring Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly, this effervescent music reinvention of The Philadelphia Story with a prime Cole Porter score including "True Love," "Well," "Did You Evah?," and "Now You Has Jazz," was MGM's top-grossing film of 1956 and on Variety's list of all-time box-office champions.  DVD special features include:

KISS ME KATE - Divorced actors Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson are cast as squabbling Renaissance romantics in a musical The Taming of the Shrew...and boy does life imitate art!  The backstage/onstage delight from the 1948 Broadway smash features 14 hit Porter songs including "Too Darn Hot," plus Ann Miller, Tommy Rall, Bobby Van and Bob Fosse.  It's a winner!  DVD special features include:

SILK STOCKINGS  -- Cyd Charisse, starring as a lovely Soviet agent in Paris to rescue wayward comrades from the perils of champagne and capitalism, meets a brash American who won't take nyet for an answer.  Charisse and Fred Astaire recapture their The Band Wagon magic in this merry movie of the Broadway hit based on the Greta Garbo comedy Ninotchka.  Porter gems galore, including "All of You," "Too Bad" and "Stereophonic Sound."  SILK STOCKINGS marks Fred Astaire's final MGM musical performance.  DVD special features include:

BROADWAY MELODY OF 1940  -- Sparkling songs, clever comedy and dance legends Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell make the final Broadway Melody (co-starring George Murphy and Frank Morgan) a song to remember.  Powell's nautical "I Am the Captain," and Astaire's blissful "I've Got My Eyes on You," are just warmups for the leads to tap one number into immortality: the swirling, romantic "Begin the Beguine."   DVD special features include:

LES GIRLS - An entertainer's memoir chronicling her cabaret days unleashes a talons- and fact-bearing litigation that proves LES GIRLS will be girls and that Cole Porter musicals will always sparkle.  Gene Kelly, Mitzi Gaynor, Golden Globe Best-Actress winner Kay Kendall and Taina Elg, star in this George Cukor-directed romp that won a 1957 Best Costume Design Oscar® and another Golden Globe for best Musical/Comedy.   DVD special features include:

THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK - Entertainer extraordinaire Michael Feinstein hosts a brand-new documentary on the fascinating evolution of American popular music as told through stories of the some of the greatest songwriters of all time, including Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein, George & Ira Gershwin and dozens more.   Featuring performances by some of our most legendary entertainers, including Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Duke Ellington, Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Gene Kelly, Al Jolson, The Marx Brothers, Ethel Merman, Mel Torme, and many more.  DVD special features include:

 


NATIONAL SECURITY DEBUTING MAY 27 ON SPECIAL EDITION DVD

Funnymen Martin Lawrence and Steve Zahn Star in the Hilarious Buddy Action/Comedy

When Martin Lawrence (Black Knight, Bad Boys) and Steve Zahn (Daddy Day Care, Joyride, Saving Silverman, Riding in Cars with Boys) team up as security guards, no one's safe in NATIONAL SECURITY, the new comedy for the criminally sane that the Los Angeles Times calls "laugh out loud funny," premiering May 27 on Special Edition DVD and videocassette from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

LAPD reject and major troublemaker Earl (Lawrence) got L.A. cop Hank (Zahn) kicked off the force for being falsely accused of brutality.  Now, these two mismatched partners who can't stand each other are stuck working together as lowly security guards.  And they're playing cops to bring down a smuggling operation that is, if they can stay alive and stay one step ahead of the real cops.  But as hare-brained as their plans are, these unlikely heroes might just solve the crime - if they don't kill each other first!

Co-starring Eric Roberts (The Specialist, Runaway Train), Bill Duke (Exit Wounds, Payback) and Colm Feore (Chicago, Stephen King's Storm of the Century), NATIONAL SECURITY will take you on a wild ride with the most unlikely heroes ever to wear a badge in the hilarious tradition of Lethal Weapon and Rush Hour.  The film is directed by Dennis Dugan (Saving Silverman, Big Daddy, Happy Gilmore).

NATIONAL SECURITY DVD:

 


RENAMED EMPIRE RECORDS SE

The upcoming DVD release referred to as EMPIRE RECORDS BOOTLEG CUT - SPECIAL FAN EDITION has a new name. The recently renamed SE now goes by the moniker EMPIRE RECORDS REMIX! - SPECIAL FAN EDITION.

 


LOVE LIZA-- DARK COMEDY FEATURING TOUR DE FORCE PERFORMANCE BY PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN PREMIERING MAY 27 ON DVD

Gifted character actor Philip Seymour Hoffman (Punch-Drunk Love, Almost Famous, Boogie Nights) and Academy Award winner Kathy Bates (1990 Best Actress - Misery, About Schmidt, Fried Green Tomatoes) star in LOVE LIZA, the touching dark comedy and wonderfully inspired tale about one man's painful struggle to deal with his wife's unexplained suicide.  LOVE LIZA debuts May 27 on DVD and videocassette from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award and nominated for the acclaimed Grand Jury Prize at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, LOVE LIZA is a "terrific showcase" (New York Post) and for Philip Seymour Hoffman in an "impeccable" (Village Voice).

Set somewhere in Middle America, Wilson Joel (Hoffman), a successful website designer, suddenly sees his world stop with the untimely death of his young wife Liza. Trying to make sense of everything that has just happened, Wilson turns to his mother-in-law (Bates) for support.  Their relationship intensifies when Wilson refuses to open a letter Liza left behind for fear it will shatter his ideal of the perfect life they shared.  As Wilson attempts to rebuild his life, with unopened letter in tow, eccentric behavior begins to surface.  He begins to drown himself into an odyssey of self-pity, self-realization and a curious fascination with gasoline fumes and remote-control model enthusiasts.

LOVE LIZA is a beautifully drawn portrait of a survivor who invokes humor, humility and whatever it takes to find the possibilities for a successful resolution.

LOVE LIZA DVD:

 


WARNER HOME VIDEO LAUNCHES THE HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS ONLINE SWEEPSTAKES ON MARCH 28 IN CELEBRATION OF THE DVD AND VIDEO RELEASE

Fans Determine Grand Prize for Sweepstakes by Participating in Online Prizing Poll from March 14 through March 21 on www.harrypotter.com/secrets and Select HARRY POTTER Websites Around the World

Warner Home Video (WHV) announced today the launch of "Unlock the Chamber of Secrets," an online sweepstakes and movie scene trading card competition available to fans in the United States and other select countries beginning March 28. The sweepstakes and competition will unite Harry Potter fans in celebration of the April 11 DVD and VHS release of HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS. Fans can log on at www.harrypotter.com/secrets or at select Harry Potter websites (featured in Québecois, Korean and English) to enter the sweepstakes. Participants will have a chance to win one of many prizes, including a grand prize (to be determined by the online prizing poll), a private screening of the next movie, HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (first prize) or one of thousands of Harry Potter merchandise prizes.

Prior to the "Unlock the Chamber of Secrets" sweepstakes, Harry Potter fans have a chance to vote for the grand prize through an online poll, running from March 14 through March 21. By logging onto www.harrypotter.com/secrets or by visiting select Harry Potter websites, fans can cast their votes for one of four options. The grand prize will be chosen from the following:

Unlock the Chamber of Secrets!

Enter the Sweepstakes and Online Movie Scene Trading Card Competition From March 28 through April 21, Harry Potter fans can enter the sweepstakes and play the online movie scene trading card competition by registering on www.harrypotter.com/secrets where they will automatically receive an electronic game board and one electronic HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS movie scene trading card.

Movie Scene Trading Card Competition The movie scene trading card competition challenges fans to earn, collect and trade images from the film to complete electronic game boards in order to win exclusive Harry Potter virtual rewards and access special HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS favorite scenes. Players can attempt to collect all three sets of HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS movie scene trading cards in the following ways:

Players will have the opportunity to get ranked in the competition if they collect enough movie scene cards. Each week, players will receive a new electronic game board and have a chance to collect a new series of images from the film.

Once a full set of cards is collected, players will gain access to "unlock" a favorite movie scene, where they will receive exclusive virtual rewards, including printable certificates of participation. Players who have purchased the HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS DVD also have an exclusive opportunity to collect special cards. Two electronic game boards will be accessible to only those players who own the DVD.

The Sweepstakes

Players will receive one additional sweepstakes entry each day they log onto the competition web site, increasing their chances to win the selected grand prize (determined by the online poll). One first prize winner will be selected to receive a private screening of the next Harry Potter installment, HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN, in his/her hometown. Thousands of second prize winners will receive a variety of Harry Potter merchandise. For additional information and complete rules, please visit www.harrypotter.com/secrets.

The HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS DVD

On April 11, the world can unlock the magic as Warner Home Video (WHV) releases HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS on an extra features-loaded double disc DVD and on VHS. HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, the second installment in the Harry Potter series, follows Harry, Ron and Hermione through their second year at Hogwarts School. The DVD delivers another adventure with more magic, more laughs and more thrills with 19 additional/extended scenes, self-guided tours of the Chamber of Secrets, Dumbledore's office and Diagon Alley (including background characters), an exclusive interview with author J.K. Rowling and screenwriter Steve Kloves and all-new interactive challenges.

 


TALK TO HER STREET DATE CHANGE

Please note the street date for TALK TO HER DVD release has been moved from 5/13/03 to5/27/03.

03/16/03

WARNER HOME VIDEO LETS THE GOOD TIMES ROCK AND ROLL WITH JUNE 3 DVD DEBUT OF MUSIC MOVIE FAVORITES: EMPIRE RECORDS BOOTLEG CUT - SPECIAL FAN EDITION, FAME & SPIRIT OF '76

Special Features Include Never-Before Seen Additional Footage, Music Videos, Director's Commentary and More

On June 3, Warner Home Video (WHV) is releasing three favorite music movies with DVD debuts of EMPIRE RECORDS BOOTLEG CUT - SPECIAL FAN EDITION, FAME and SPIRIT OF '76.  Empire Records will be priced at $24.98 SRP; FAME and SPIRIT OF '76 will be priced at $19.99 SRP. 

EMPIRE RECORDS BOOTLEG CUT - SPECIAL FAN EDITION - Released in 1995, this coming-of-age comedic drama about a group of teenage slackers who staff a small, independent record store features young talent such as Golden Globe®-winner and Academy Award®-nominee Renee Zellweger (Chicago, Bridget Jones' Diary, White Oleander); Liv Tyler (The Lord of The Rings Trilogy, Armageddon, Stealing Beauty) and Ethan Embry (Sweet Home Alabama, Can't Hardly Wait, TV's Dragnet).  When the kids discover their store is in danger of being taken over by a corporate franchise, they have just one day to figure out how to save Empire Records from selling out.

Loyal fans of Empire Records made the initial DVD release wildly successful and have continually requested to see more footage.  In response to this enthusiastic support, WHV decided to release this Special Fan Edition, which includes sixteen minutes of never-before-seen footage. 

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FAME - A musical that follows a group of teenagers at New York City's High School for the Performing Arts as they struggle to make it big in show business, FAME was directed by Academy Award®-nominee Alan Parker (The Life of David Gale, Evita, Mississippi Burning) and features an exuberant young cast that includes Irene Cara (City Heat, Certain Fury, Busted Up), Paul McCrane (TV's ER) and Gene Anthony Ray (LeRoy Johnson on TV's Fame).  FAME won Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song and was later developed into a hit television series.

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SPIRIT OF '76 - When Americans from the year 2176 decide to travel back to 1776 to ask the founding fathers for the solutions to their problems, a glitch in the system places them, by mistake, in 1976.  Believing themselves to be in 1776, the time travelers attempt to study this "ideal" civilization which includes '70s and '80s icons such as David Cassidy, Leif Garrett, Devo, Moon Unit Zappa and Tommy Chong.  Starring Carl Reiner (Ocean's 11, Slums of Beverly Hills), Mark Mothersbaugh (A Guy Thing, Welcome to Collinwood, The Royal Tennenbaums), Olivia D'Abo (TV's The Wonder Years, It Had to Be You), SPIRIT OF '76 provides a close-up look at one of the most unusual decades in history.

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HOLLYWOOD SUPERSTAR SYLVESTER STALLONE PUMPS UP THE ACTION WITH THE GRITTY, HARD-DRIVING THRILLER AVENGING ANGELO-- DEBUTING ON DVD MAY 20

Co-Starring Madeleine Stowe and Anthony Quinn In His Final On-Screen Performance

Oscar winner Action legend Sylvester Stallone (Get Carter, Driven), returns to the screen with Madeeline Stowe (Unlawful Entry, The General's Daughter) and Academy Award winner Anthony Quinn (Lust for Life, Zorba the Greek) in the off-beat action comedy AVENGING ANGELO, premiering on DVD and videocassette May 20 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Stallone stars as Frankie Delano, a tough-as-nails bodyguard to mafia kingpin Angelo Allighieri (Quinn).  Unable to save his boss from being gunned down in cold blood by an old foe, Frankie flees to the home of Angelo's beautiful daughter Jennifer Barrett (Stowe), whom he believes will be attacked next.  Up to this point Jennifer had no idea that the late mobster was actually her father, having been given up for adoption at an early age. Jennifer reluctantly agrees to Frankie's safeguard - but it isn't until a foiled hit that she starts to take her newly discovered heritage seriously.  Now, with nowhere to turn, they must run for their lives while being pursued by a murderous hit man determined to eliminate his target at all costs.  But they soon determine that the only way they'll stay alive is to play her enemies at their own game.

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DARKNESS FALLS" STREET DATE CHANGE

Please note the street date for DARKNESS FALLS DVD release has been moved from 4/29/03 to 4/22/03.

03/10/03

ADAPTATION-- DEBUTING ON SUPERBIT DVD MAY 20

Nicolas Cage, Merly Streep and Chris Cooper star in Director Spike Johnze's Critically Acclaimed Comedy
Winner of Two Golden Globe Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Streep) and Best Supporting Actor (Cooper)
Nominated for Four Academy Awards Including Best Supporting Actress (Streep), Best Actor (Cage), Best Supporting Actor (Cooper) and Best Adapted Screenplay

Hollywood superstars Nicolas Cage (Gone in 60 Seconds), Meryl Streep (The Hours) and Chris Cooper (American Beauty) star in ADAPTATION, the critically acclaimed, wildly unconventional and fresh comedy from off- beat director Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich), debuting on Superbit DVD and videocassette May 20 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Topping over 150 critics' Best Films of 2002 lists, ADAPTATION became one of the best-reviewed films of the year.  Jeffrey Lyons of WNBC-TV hailed is a "quirky, daring and edgy" "grimly funny" (Washington Post), "bewilderingly brilliant" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times) and "smart, inventive, passionate and rip-roaringly funny" (Rolling Stone).

Nominated for four Academy Awards, for Best Actor (Cage), Best Supporting Actress (Streep), Best Supporting Actor (Cooper) and Best Adapted Screenplay, ADAPTATION has also garnered two Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.  The witty screenplay, written by Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind), has been honored with Best Screenplay Awards from the National Board of Review, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Writers Guild of America and the Online Film Critics Society, among others.

ADAPTATION stars Cage as Charlie Kaufman, a confused and cynical L.A. screenwriter overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy, sexual frustration, self-loathing and by the screen-writing ambitions of his freeloading twin brother Donald (also played by Cage). While struggling to adapt the non-fiction book "The Orchid Thief" by author Susan Orlean (Streep), which is the story of an exotic orchid collector/poacher John Laroche (Cooper), Kaufman's life spins from pathetic to bizarre.  The lives of all these eccentric characters become strangely intertwined as each one's search for passion collides with the others.  One story - four lives - a million ways it can end!

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BELLE EPOQUE-- NEW TO DVD ON MAY 20

Academy Award® Winner - Best Foreign Language Film Starring Spanish Beauty Penelope Cruz

A sizzling and rollicking sexual romp, BELLE EPOQUE was the 1994 Academy Award® winner for Best Foreign Language Film that introduced the world to the enchanting beauty of Penelope Cruz (Vanilla Sky, All the Pretty Horses), premiering on DVD May 20 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Hailed as "a sexy, lusty uninhibited comedy" (Los Angeles Times), BELLE EPOQUE is the irresistible story of Fernando, a handsome, young Spanish Civil War deserter who befriends a freethinking artist in a local village. Fernando finds himself in a romantic dilemma when the artist's four stunningly beautiful daughters return to their country home -  which woman should he romance?  The answer is hilariously simple, as Fernando is seduced instead, by each of the high-spirited sisters.

Winner of nine Goya Awards (the Spanish equivalent of the Oscars), BELLE EPOQUE is a delicious and sensual blend of lighthearted humor and steamy passion in the tradition of Like Water for Chocolate celebrating a newfound sexual freedom for women.

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FAMILY BUSINESS-- NEW TO DVD ON MAY 20

Hilarious Crime Comedy Starring Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman and Matthew Broderick From Acclaimed Director Sidney Lumet

Academy Award® winner Sean Connery (The Untouchables), Academy Award® winner Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man) and Matthew Broderick (Election, The Music Man) star as three generations of criminals uniting for one big caper in FAMILY BUSINESS, the funny family saga from Academy Award nominated director Sidney Lumet, (The Verdict, Network, Dog Day Afternoon), premiering on DVD May 20 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Jessie (Connery) is an aging career criminal who has been in more jails, fights, schemes and lineups than just about anyone else.  His son, Vito (Hoffman), while currently on the straight and narrow, has had a fairly shady past and is indeed no stranger to illegal activity.  The both have great hopes for Adam (Broderick), Vito's son and Jessie's grandson, who is bright, good-looking and without a criminal past.  So when Adam approaches Jessie with a scheme for burglary, he's shocked, but not necessarily disinterested.  Somehow, some way, these three are determined to make crime pay through the "family business."

But the real pay-off is seeing these three great actors that Dennis Cunningham of WCBS-TV/New York comments as "Connery is terrific - Hoffman is brilliant - Broderick is wonderful" in a laughs-and-larceny movie treat.

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BEAUTIFUL THING-- NEW TO DVD MAY 20

Honored as "Outstanding Film" by GLAAD Media Awards

A tender coming-of-age urban fairytale that explores self-discovery and young love against all odds, BEAUTIFUL THING garnered the "Outstanding Film" honor from the GLAAD Media Awards and makes its DVD debut May 20 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

A crowd-pleasing, heartfelt drama hailed by critics as an "affecting gay love story" (San Francisco Chronicle) and "quirky, funny and unpredictable" (Chicago Sun Times), BEAUTIFUL THING is a winning combination of My Beautiful Laundrette and Romeo & Juliet that "makes a story about ordinary people into something extraordinary!" (Boston Globe).  Buoyed by an irresistible soundtrack with the classic music of Mama Cass and The Mamas and The Papas, BEAUTIFUL THING is a winning, old-fashioned love story with a fresh and contemporary twist for anyone who ever dared to risk everything for happiness.

Based on the stage play of the same name by Jonathan Harvey (who adapted it for the screen), director Hettie MacDonald's impressive film debut tells the story of a pair of teenage boys growing up in working-class London neighborhood an they become aware of their developing feelings towards each other.  Jamie (Glen Barry) lives in a public housing block in a rough-and-tumble section of South London with his tough-minded mother Sandra (Linda Henry).  Living a few doors away is Jamie's classmate Ste (Scott Neal), an athletic type who often has to take a beating from his hard-drinking father and hardheaded brother.  One night Jamie discovers that Ste has been kicked out of the apartment and has nowhere to spend the night, so Jamie lets him stay at his place.  A casual closeness eventually stirs sexual feelings.  Both refugees from a hostile world, they initially resist the temptation to show affection toward each other, but the tug proves irresistible and their teenage experimentation turns into a full blown love affair that blots out almost all the pain and sorrow in their lives.

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MURDER IN GREENWICH-- DEBUTING ON DVD MAY 20

The True Crime Drama That Has Captured The Nation's Attention For 25 Years

Starring Christopher Meloni and Robert Forster

Based on the best-selling true crime book by Mark Fuhrman, MURDER IN GREENWICH is a brilliant and compelling chronicle of the scandalous events surrounding the former LAPD officer's investigation into the unsolved murder of 15-year-old Martha Moxley, premiering on DVD & videocassette May 20 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

In the late 1990s, Mark Fuhrman (Christopher Meloni - TVs "Oz," "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit") became obsessed with the murder of a young girl in Greenwich, Connecticut.  The case, originally front-page news across the country when Kennedy nephews Tommy and Michael Skakel became prime suspects, had been all but forgotten.  But with the determination of a pitbull and the assistance of Detective Steve Carroll (Robert Forster - Mulholland Drive, Jackie Brown), Mark Fuhrman helped bring a murderer to justice and lift the veil of secrecy that kept this brutal crime a mystery for over twenty-five years.  Money built walls around the truth - one man knocked them down!

MURDER IN GREENWICH is presented by Vanity Fair columnist and cultural icon Dominick Dunne.

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THE ULTIMATE ACTION BOX-OFFICE BLOCKBUSTERS-- XXX, BAD BOYS, MEN IN BLACK AND MEN IN BLACK II PREMIERE IN THE SUPERBIT COLLECTION WITH ALL-NEW VISUALLY AND AUDIO ENHANCED VERSIONS AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY ON DVD MAY 13

Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment's acclaimed Superbit DVD Collection kicks into high gear with the release of several explosive action-packed films including XXX starring Vin Diesel, BAD BOYS with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, and MEN IN BLACK and MEN IN BLACK II starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.  These high-octane films will be available for the first time exclusively on Superbit DVD May 13 (with preorder date set for April 10) for the suggested retail price of $26.95 each.

Hailed as "sensational" (Wall Street Journal) and "tantalizing" (Stereophile Guide to Home Theater), the Superbit Collection has become the new benchmark in DVD home entertainment for pure performance and high resolution.  By reallocating space on the disc normally used for value-added content and multiple audio streams, Superbit® DVDs can be encoded at approximately double their normal bit rate while offering full compatibility with the DVD Video format.  The result is picture and audio quality that provides outstanding detail, allowing consumers with an alternate format for DVD viewing that uses their home theater system to its fullest capacity.

XXX

Action superstar Vin Diesel stars as Xander Cage, a notorious underground thrill-seeker who, until now, has been deemed untouchable by the law.  But when crack NSA Agent Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) convinces Cage to infiltrate a ruthless Russian crime ring, this new breed of secret agent (code name: XXX) takes down the enemies of justice with a vengeance in this turbo-charged thrill-ride from the acclaimed director of The Fast and The Furious.  Produced by Neal H. Moritz.  Written by Rich Wilkes.  Directed by Rob Cohen.

 

BAD BOYS

Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) is a hen-pecked family man.  Mike Lowry (Will Smith) is a footloose and fancy-free ladies man.  Both are Miami policemen, and both have 72 hours to reclaim a consignment of drugs stolen from under their station's nose.  To complicate matters, they have to pretend to be each other in order to get the assistance of the sole witness to a murder.  Directed by Michael Bay (Pearl Harbor, Armageddon)

 

MEN IN BLACK

The sci-fi adventure comedy about two top secret agents (Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones) with the everyday mission of policing alien activities on planet Earth.  The two Men in Black find themselves in the middle of a deadly plot by an intergalactic terrorist (Vincent D'Onofrio), who has arrived on Earth to assassinate two ambassadors from opposing galaxies.  In order to prevent worlds from colliding, the MIB must track down the terrorist and prevent the destruction of Earth.  It's just another typical day for the Men in Black.  Produced by Laurie MacDonald and Walter F. Parkes. Written by Ed Solomon. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld.

 

MEN IN BLACK II

Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith are back in black as the scum-fighting super-agents!  It has been four years since the alien-seeking agents averted an intergalactic disaster of epic proporations.  Kay has since returned to the comforts of civilian life, and Jay continues to work for the Men in Black.  While investigating a seemingly routine crime, Jay uncovers a diabolical plot masterminded by an evil Kylothian monster who disguises herself as a sexy lingerie model (Lara Flynn Boyle).  It's a race against the clock, as Jay must convince Kay to return to service - Kay not only has no memory of his time spent with the agency, but is also the only person alive who has the expertise to save the galaxy to reunite the MIB before the Earth is destroyed completely.  Produced by Laurie MacDonald and Walter F. Parkes.  Written by Robert Gordon and Barry Fanaro.  Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld.

 


LOOK! TELETUBBIES ARE EVERYWHERE AS WARNER HOME VIDEO AND PBS KIDS HOME VIDEO RELEASE AN ALL-NEW ADVENTURE MAY 20

The TELETUBBIES continue to spread their message of happiness and joy in Look! Simple Shapes and Playful Patterns, an all-new, exclusive-to-video release from Warner Home Video and PBS KIDS Home Video.  Look! will debut on DVD and VHS on May 20, as will the DVD of the perennially popular Go! Exercise with the TELETUBBIES.  Both titles will be available on DVD at a $19.98 SRP and on VHS at a $12.94 SRP. 

Look! is the first home video title to feature the funny and simple new format of the 10-minute, "treat-sized" TELETUBBIES Everywhere segments in which the TELETUBBIES explore shapes, numbers and colors within a wonderful and colorful new environment.  These episodes also include live action inserts that showcase real life children from all over the world.  The TELETUBBIES Everywhere section in Look! provides insight into the lives of children from Namibia and France. Look! DVD bonus features include Little Bo Peep paying a surprise visit to Teletubbyland in search of her singing flock of sheep, as well as a printed Parents' Guide and Activity Sheets.

Go! Exercise with the TELETUBBIES invites children to skip with Laa-Laa, dance with Dipsy, march with Tinky Winky and crawl with Po in this fun and funny DVD.  Kids can join in activities such as singing/playing "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes," jumping up and down, or standing on one leg. Special features include a wonderful sketch in which the Tubbies are supposed to be asleep, but instead they sneak outside to play with their favorite things, a bonus live-action featurette, and printed Parents' Guide and Activity Sheets.

These new TELETUBBIES releases are timed to coincide with the 3rd Annual "Get Up and Go!" TELETUBBIES International Day of Exercise on May 21, 2002. This important event increases the awareness among parents and caregivers of the need for physical activity for preschool-aged children. 

Additional TELETUBBIES programs available from WHV and PBS KIDS include the popular titles Silly Songs and Funny Dances, Baby Animals, Nursery Rhymes, Dance with the TELETUBBIES, Bedtime Stories, Big Hug!, Here Come the TELETUBBIES, Favorite Things and Funny Day.  All titles are available on VHS for $12.94 SRP each.  Silly Songs and Funny Dances and Baby Animals are also available on DVD for $19.98 SRP each.

 

03/09/03

TWO-DISC SPECIAL EDITION OF THE MATRIX CANCELED

Warner Home Video will not be releasing the previously announced THE MATRIX SPECIAL EDITION double-disc DVD. In a shift in strategy to broaden THE MATRIX fan base prior to the May 15 theatrical release of the highly anticipated sequel THE MATRIX RELOADED, Warner Home Video will reprice THE MATRIX DVD to $19.99 SRP on April 29. 

Also on April 29, WHV will reprice the two-pack of THE MATRIX and THE MATRIX REVISITED - the complete, behind-the-scenes two-hour companion to THE MATRIX phenomenon - to a new low price of $34.99 SRP.

THE MATRIX DVD will include a mail-in movie ticket offer for THE MATRIX RELOADED, which must be received by June 6, 2003. This offer will be included in THE MATRIX DVD, in the single as well as two-pack of THE MATRIX and THE MATRIX REVISITED. Additionally, it will include a $5 mail-in rebate for The Animatrix DVD, releasing June 3 from Warner Home Video. A $3 mail-in rebate for THE MATRIX DVD will also be included inside the Enter THE MATRIX video game.


HELLCATS OF THE NAVY-- NEW TO DVD ON MAY 13

Classic WWII Submarine Saga Starring President Ronald Reagan & First Lady Nancy Davis (Reagan) in Their Only On-Screen Performance Together

Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Former First Lady Nancy Davis-Reagan star in their only film performance together in the WWII drama HELLCATS OF THE NAVY, coming to DVD for the first time on May 13 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Ronald Reagan (Kings Row, Cattle Queen of Montana) plays Casey Abbott, naval commander of a WWII submarine, while Nancy Davis (Crash Landing) portrays navy nurse Helen Blair, Abbott's off-and-on girlfriend.  Roaming the Sea of Japan and the Tsushima Strait, Abbott and his crew try to retrieve a revolutionary new Japanese mine for examination by naval experts.  When an enemy sub advances on them in the midst of their secret mission, he is forced to sacrifice frogman Wes Barton (Harry Lauter) to preserve the safety of his crew.  But Abbott's second-in-command Don Landon (Arthur Franz) suspects his decision was based on jealousy, since the dead man had been amorously pursuing Helen.  A battle of wills ensues between the two officers to address the issue of what it takes to be a good wartime commander and the morality of leadership.

Directed by Nathan Juran (The 7th Voyage of Sinbad), HELLCATS OF THE NAVY was based on the novel by Navy Admirals Charles A. Lockwood and Hans Christian Adamson.

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THE THREE STOOGES GO AROUND THE WORLD IN A DAZE-- NEW TO DVD ON MAY 13

The classic slapstick comedy of The Three Stooges highlights the hilarious adaptation of Jules Verne's classic in a full-length feature film THE THREE STOOGES GO AROUND THE WORLD IN A DAZE, premiering for the first time on DVD May 13 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Sight gags, world travel and an unforgettable wrestling match with a sumo giant are just a few of the madcap moments and outrageous antics as Larry, Moe and Curly set out for high adventure and even bigger laughs.  There's nothing but fun and mayhem galore as The Three Stooges join Phineas Fogg's great-grandson on an ambitious attempt to duplicate his ancestor's famous journey around the globe, in response to a challenge made by Randolph Stuart III, the descendent of the original Fogg's nemesis.

Unbeknownst to anyone, Stuart is actually the infamous con man Vicker Cavendish who made the bet in order to cover up his robbing the bank of England by framing Fogg for the crime. Larry, Moe and Curly are along as his faithful servants. In their own inimitable way they only serve to faithfully complicate matters at every turn. Join The Three Stooges for the wildest, funniest and most enjoyable trip you'll ever take!

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COMMANDOS STRIKE AT DAWN--NEW TO DVD ON MAY 13

Classic WWII Epic Drama Starring Academy Award Winners Paul Muni and Lillian Gish
Honored with Academy Award Nomination for Best Music

Dynamic performances by Academy Award winner Paul Muni (The Story of Louis Pasteu), Academy Award winner Lillian Gish (Honorary Award 1971), Anna Lee (The Sound of Music) and Sir Cedric Hardwicke (A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court) highlight COMMANDOS STRIKE AT DAWN.

This epic action drama set in World War II Norway was nominated for a 1944 Academy Award® for Best Music and will be available for the first time on DVD May 13 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Muni plays Erik Toresen, a simple Norwegian fisherman who finds his quiet coastal village shattered by the Nazi invasion.  Untrained in the ways of war, the villagers use only their cold, sullen hatred as defense.  But when an elder member of the village community is maimed and tortured, Erik mobilizes the villagers and trains them as resistance fighters.  While attempting to sabotage and demoralize the German troops, they are eventually discovered by the Germans, so Erik and four others escape to England to lead British troops with organized commando raids against his country's oppressors, who intend to attack the Arctic supply lines.

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THEY'RE STILL MOVIN' ON UP-- THE JEFFERSONS: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY ON DVD MAY 13

Three-Disc DVD Collection Featuring All 24 Episodes

One of America's most influential sitcoms that changed the face of primetime TV comedy, smashed stereotypes and served up years of outrageous laughs, THE JEFFERSONS has generated millions of fans and maintained its classic appeal for almost thirty years.  After the success of the original DVD box-set release, THE JEFFERSONS: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON is presented in a deluxe three-disc DVD set featuring all 24 digitally restored episodes from the ground- breaking sitcom's second season, available May 13 at the collectible price of $29.95 SRP from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Beloved by fans and critics alike, the classic Emmy-winning CBS series is one of the most highly-rated and longest running sitcoms in TV history, spanning a decade with over 250 episodes during its remarkable run.  Nominated for 13 Emmy nominations, THE JEFFERSONS stars Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford, who after seven nominations finally won an Emmy Award in 1981 as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

THE JEFFERSONS chronicles the rise of jive-talking, obnoxiously egotistical African-American dry cleaner king George Jefferson and his sassy, no-nonsense wife Louise as they leave their blue-collar neighborhood, "movin' on up" to a luxury high-rise apartment in on the posh east side of Manhattan.  Thinking that this is the beginning of the "easy life," George is ill prepared for the unacceptable pitfalls his new address will bring him and his family.

Completing out the memorable supporting cast are Marla Gibbs as the Jeffersons' lazy, wisecracking maid Florence; Roxie Roker and Franklin Cover as the racially mixed couple Tom and Helen Willis; and Paul Benedict as the odd, British neighbor Mr. Bentley.

Created by prolific television producer Norman Lear, THE JEFFERSONS was a spin-off series from the seminal TV comedy "All in the Family," with George and Louise Jefferson originally introduced as neighbors of Archie and Edith Bunker. Their special guest spots on "All in the Family" proved so popular that the characters were eventually given their own starring show?and the rest is TV history!

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03/03/03

THE CRITERION COLLECTION MAY 2003 DVD TITLES

Henri-Georges Clouzot's QUAI DES ORFÈVRES

"A gorgeous, extremely noir thriller.... As atmospheric as they come." -The New York Times

Blacklisted for his daring "anti-French" masterpiece, Le Corbeau, Henri-Georges Clouzot returned to cinema four years later with the 1947 crime fiction adaptation, QUAI DES ORFÈVRES. Set within the vibrant dancehalls and historic crime corridors of 1940s Paris, ambitious performer Jenny Lamour (Suzy Delair), her covetous piano-playing husband Maurice Martineau (Bertrand Blier), and their devoted confidante Dora Monier (Simone Renant) attempt to cover one another's tracks when a sexually orgreish high-society acquaintance is murdered. Enter Inspector Antoine (Louis Jouvet), whose seasoned instincts lead him down a circuitous path in this classic whodunit murder mystery.

Volker Schlöndorff's COUP DE GRÂCE

"A vivid and haunting experience." -The New York Times

Latvia, 1919: the end of the Russian Civil War. An aristocratic young woman (brilliantly played by Margarethe von Trotta) becomes involved with a sexually repressed Prussian soldier. When she is rejected by her love, the young woman is sent into a downward spiral of psychosexual depression, promiscuity, and revolutionary collaboration. A startling tale of heartbreak and violence set against the backdrop of bloody revolution, Volker Schlöndorff's COUP DE GRÂCE is a powerful film that explores the interrelation of private passion and political commitment.

Akira Kurosawa's THRONE OF BLOOD

"A gorgeously concentrated nightmare" -The Village Voice

One of the most celebrated screen adaptations of Shakespeare into film, Akira Kurosawa's THRONE OF BLOOD re-imagines Macbeth in feudal Japan. Starring Kurosawa's longtime collaborator Toshiro Mifune and the legendary Isuzu Yamada as his ruthless wife, the film tells of a valiant warrior's savage rise to power and his ignominious fall. With THRONE OF BLOOD, Kurosawa fuses one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies with the formal elements of Japanese Noh theater to make a Macbeth that is all his own-a classic tale of ambition and duplicity set against a ghostly landscape of fog and inescapable doom.

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Derek Jarman's JUBILEE

"One of the most original, bold, and exciting features to have come out of Britain in this decade." -Variety

When Queen Elizabeth I asks her court alchemist to show her England in the future, she's transported 400 years to a post-apocalyptic wasteland of roving girl gangs, an all-powerful media mogul, fascistic police, scattered filth, and twisted sex. With JUBILEE, legendary British filmmaker Derek Jarman channeled political dissent and artistic daring into a revolutionary blend of history and fantasy, musical and cinematic experimentation, satire and anger, fashion and philosophy. With its uninhibited punk petulance and sloganeering JUBILEE brings together many cultural and musical icons of the time, including Jordan, Toyah Willcox, Little Nell, Wayne County, Adam Ant, and Brian Eno (with his first original film score), to create a genuinely unique, unforgettable vision. Ahead of its time and often frighteningly accurate in its predictions, it is a fascinating historical document and a gorgeous work of film art.

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INTERNATIONAL ACTION SUPERSTAR CHOW YUN-FAT EXPLODES ACROSS THE SCREEN IN THE ULTRA-STYLISH, ACTION-PACKED THRILLER FULL CONTACT PREMIERING MAY 13 ON DVD

Betrayed, double-crossed and left for dead, international action sensation Chow Yun-Fat (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Replacement Killers) takes action to the extreme in the fast-paced thriller FULL CONTACT, debuting on DVD May 13 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Unsurpassed and hyper-stylized set pieces, dazzling direction in larger than life fashion and one of Chow Yun-Fat's most explosive performances fuel FULL CONTACT, a first-rate, high-octane tale of revenge and retribution.

To help his buddy Sam (Anthony Wong - The Untold Story) settle a gambling debt, Bangkok nightclub bouncer Jeff (Yun-Fat) reluctantly agrees to join forces with Judge (Simon Yam - The Mission, Naked Killer) for a daring weapons heist.  But Sam and Judge betray Jeff and leave him for dead.  Once nursed back to health, Jeff plots the ultimate payback against those who wronged him, leading to the one of the most remarkably violent showdowns ever staged on screen.

Praised by CultureDos.com as "one of the finest examples of the heroic bloodshed style of action film - and worthy of all the fanboy praise it receives from Hong Kong cinephiles," FULL CONTACT is directed by respected action film master Ringo Lam, who has worked on films with martial arts legends Jean-Claude Van Damme (Replicant, Maximum Risk) and Jackie Chan (Twin Dragons).

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GINA GERSHON SETS OFF SPARKS IN THE EROTICALLY-CHARGED THRILLER BORDERLINE WITH CO-STARS SEAN PATRICK FLANNERY AND MICHAEL BIEHN PREMIERING ON DVD MAY 13

Suspense, intrigue and sexy thrills meet at the BORDERLINE, the intensely erotic crime thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end. Starring Gina Gershon (Bound, Face/Off, Showgirls), Sean Patrick Flannery (Powder, Suicide Kings) and Michael Biehn (The Rock, Clockstoppers), the thriller is available on DVD and videocassette May 13 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Psychiatrist Dr. Lila Colleti (Gershon) is divorcing her husband and is devasted when he wins custody of their two little girls, whom he gets largely because of Lila's profession.  As a psychiatrist for the criminally insane at the local prison, Dr. Colleti is in a potentially dangerous job that forces her to keep long, erratic hours. When one of Lila's patients, Ed Balkman (Flannery), is released into a half-way house, he decides under the delusional influence of his psychosis to help her out by murdering her ex-husband and his girlfriend.  But he then threatens to tell the cops that they planned the crime together when she refuses to become romantically involved with him.  Though Lila's lover, police detective Macy Kobacek (Biehn), stands by her loyally, Baikman does such an ingenious job of implicating Lila as the prime suspect in the crime that even Macy begins to have his doubts about Lila's innocence.

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03/02/03

TALK TO HER-- CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED NEW FILM FROM INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED DIRECTOR PEDRO ALMODOVAR PREMIERING MAY 13 ON DVD

Academy Award® winning director Pedro Almodovar (All About My Mother) garners two more Oscar® nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay with his critically-acclaimed new drama TALK TO HER, available on DVD and videocassette May 13 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Hailed as "brilliant" (San Francisco Examiner), "beautiful and daring" (Wall Street Journal) and "deeply touching" (New York Times), TALK TO HER garnered this year's Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Film.  In addition to being honored by the National Board of Review, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the European Film Awards, the film was also an Official Selection of the New York Film Festival.

Director Almodovar "delivers his most haunting masterpiece" (Rolling Stone) and is at the "peak of his powers" (Christian Science Monitor) in the powerfully moving story of exceptional compassion, loneliness and generosity between two friends, and the long convalescence of wounds provoked by passion.

After a chance encounter at a theater, two men, Benigno (Javier Camara - Lucia and Sex) and Marco (Dario Grandinetti - The Dark Side of the Heart), develop an intense friendship developed by tragedies they both share.  Lydia (Rosario Flores), Marco's girlfriend and a bullfighter by profession, has been gored by a bull and is in a coma.  It so happens that Benigno is looking after another woman, a young ballet dancer named Alicia (Leonor Watling -  My Life Without Me) rendered comatose after a traffic accident.  The parallel lives of the four characters will flow in all directions - past, present and future - dragging all of them towards an unsuspected destiny.

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