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06/30/03

BABYLON 5: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON—COMES TO DVD AUGUST 12, 2003

Babylon 5 - The Complete Third Season (1996)Synopsis: The long-running Emmy Award-winning television series BABYLON 5 takes place in the year 2257 A.D. on an immense spaces station floating in a stationary orbit in a neutral corner of a distant galaxy. Staffed by a crew of peaceful Earthmen and women, Babylon 5 serves as a non-political economic and social hub for the four alien races - the Narn, Centauri, Vorlon and Minbari - who fight to control the galaxy. Starring Bruce Boxleitner, Michael Garibaldi, Bill Mumy and Tracy Scroggins.

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MALIBU’S MOST WANTED HIP-HOPS ON TO DVD SEPTEMBER 9

The $34-Million Box Office Hit Features an All-Star Cast Including Jamie Kennedy, Taye Diggs and Anthony Anderson

On September 9, Warner Home Video (WHV) brings down the house when the hip, hilarious comedy MALIBU’S MOST WANTED arrives on home video. Starring fan favorites Jamie Kennedy (Scream movies, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment), Taye Diggs (Chicago, Basic) and Anthony Anderson (Barbershop, Kangaroo Jack and the upcoming Scary Movie 3), the DVD is bustin' with special features such as additional scenes, a rap sequence with Snoop Dogg and more! MALIBU’S MOST WANTED is available on fullscreen and widescreen DVD formats for $27.95 SRP and on VHS for $19.96 SRP.

Don't be hatin' 'cause of who he is. Or who he isn't. All that Brad (Jamie Kennedy) - make that B-Rad - wants is to roll with his Malibu homeys and bust rhyme as the greatest rapper ever to survive the 'Burbs. But everyone knows a kid from the Left Coast's poshest bling-bling beach is no playa. And Brad's dad Bill Gluckman (Ryan O'Neal), a candidate for governor, knows B-Rad's lack of chillin' is killin' his campaign.

Kennedy gets jiggy with the comedy character he showcased in standup acts and on his TV series. Taye Diggs and Anthony Anderson deliciously play struggling actors hired by the Gluckman campaign to pose as gangstas and scare the poseur out of B-Rad. With added support from Regina Hall, Snoop Dogg and others, MALIBU’S MOST WANTED is comedy straight up.

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DESPERADO & EL MARIACHI SPECIAL EDITIONS PREMIERING AUGUST 26 ON DVD WITH ALL-NEW BONUS FEATURES PLUS EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK AT "ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO"

Director Robert Rodriguez's Critically Acclaimed Debut Film and the Sexy Sequel Starring Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek

On August 26, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment is pleased to debut the Special Edition DVD releases of the epic action films EL MARIACHI and DESPERADO, timed to the upcoming theatrical release of Once Upon a Time in Mexico, the third and final film in the critically-acclaimed film series from director Robert Rodriguez (From Dusk Till Dawn, Spy Kids). Available with in-depth bonus features including an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming sequel, these all-new Special Edition DVDs will be individually priced at $19.95 SLP.

Director Robert Rodriguez supervised the new film transfer from original negatives. In addition to being available separately, the DESPERADO SPECIAL EDITION and EL MARIACHI SPECIAL EDITION DVDs will also be available in a special Collector's Box Set priced at the great low price of $27.95 SLP.

The debut film from writer/director Robert Rodriguez that garnered the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and honors at the Independent Spirit Awards, EL MARIACHI is the story of a mariachi player (Carlos Gallardo) who trades his guitar for a gun in a wild bullet-dodging fast ride of mistaken identity through a world of bandito violence. From the suspense of the opening shoot-out to the tragedy of the unexpected conclusion, Rodriguez set new standards for independent filmmaking and established himself as an unquestionable talent with his stylized western that was hailed as "a movie miracle" (US Magazine) and "an enormously entertaining movie" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)

EL MARIACHI SPECIAL EDITION DVD FEATURES INCLUDE:

Antonio Banderas stars as the Mariachi without a name in DESPERADO, the much- anticipated follow-up to writer/director Robert Rodriguez's legendary debut film EL MARIACHI. This sexy and stylish shoot-em-up described as a south of the border Pulp Fiction follows a mysterious guitar player (Banderas) as he seeks vengeance against the men who murdered his girlfriend. Plunging headfirst into the dark border underworld entangled in a web of love, corruption and death, the Mariachi follows a trail of blood to a showdown with the last of the infamous Mexican druglords. DESPERADO also stars sexy Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin, Steve Buscemi and Quentin Tarantino.

DESPERADO SPECIAL EDITION DVD FEATURES INCLUDE:

EL MARIACHI SPECIAL EDITION

DESPERADO SPECIAL EDITION

TWO-PACK DELUXE SET

 


SCREEN HORROR LEGEND BORIS KARLOFF STARS IN THE CLASSIC BONE-CHILLING THRILLER: THE DEVIL COMMANDS-- NEW TO DVD AUGUST 26

Renowned horror film icon and "Hollywood's most successful boogeyman" (Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia), Boris Karloff (Frankenstein, The Mummy) stars as a mad scientist who kills at will in the classic horror/thriller THE DEVIL COMMANDS, debuting on DVD August 26 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

A respected scientist (Karloff) experimenting with brain wave impulses loses his beloved wife in a terrible car accident. Overwhelmed by grief, he attempts to record his deceased wife's brain patterns. When his experiment registers her brain activity, he frantically escalates his research. Enlisting the aide of a scheming clairvoyant, he resorts to desperate measures, even grave robbing and using the corpses as human radio tubes, to facilitate contact with his dead wife. As the bodies pile up and townsfolk close in, will the mad doctor finally break through to the other side?

THE DEVIL COMMANDS, from acclaimed director Edward Dmytryk (The Caine Mutiny, The End of the Affair) is a supernatural shocker that expertly blends sci-fi and horror into a devilish and terrifying movie experience.

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ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINEE LIAM NEESON AND LAURA SAN GIACOMO STAR IN THE SEXY CRIME THRILLER: UNDER SUSPICION-- NEW TO DVD ON SEPTEMBER 2

Culver City, CA (June 30, 2003) - Two strangers come together in a dangerous liaison turned deadly affair. This is the provocative premise for UNDER SUSPICION, a cleverly crafted thriller starring Academy Award® nominee Liam Neeson (Schindler's List, Gangs of New York) and sexy Laura San Giacomo (TVs "Just Shoot Me," Pretty Woman), available for the first time on DVD September 2 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

In 1959 Bighton, Tony Aaron (Neeson) is a sleazy private eye who makes his living setting up phony adultery cases with the help of his wife. But a routine set-up fatally backfires when Tony's wife and his client, a wealthy artist, are murdered. At first, all clues point to the artist's mysterious mistress, Angeline (San Giacomo) who is set to inherit his house and riches, but Tony is also named as a prime suspect. Both maintain their innocence, and guilt seems even harder to assign when the two plunge into a steamy, forbidden love affair. One is guilty, the other is innocent - but the real killer might ultimately get away with murder!

An intensely sensual suspense thriller, UNDER SUSPICION questions how close can you get to a killer before you're too close?

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DELTA BURKE, DIXIE CARTER, ANNIE POTTS, AND JEAN SMART ARE TV'S FINEST SOUTHERN BELLES AND THEY'RE BACK IN THE BEST OF DESIGNING WOMEN

Some of the Funniest and Most Classic Moments from this Hit TV Series Are Featured in this Must-Have DVD Available on September 2

By popular demand, Julia, Suzanne, Mary Jo and Charlene - the "fabulous foursome" from the endearing female sitcom DESIGNING WOMEN that paved the way for shows such as Sex and the City - are available on DVD for the first time in a special compilation featuring five classic episodes from the multiple Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominated TV sitcom. Available September 2 at the collectible price of $19.95 SLP from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, THE BEST OF DESIGNING WOMEN DVD contains the original pilot episode along with four additional episodes starring Delta Burke, Dixie Carter, Annie Potts and Jean Smart. These episodes are the most requested by fans online.

Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (DESIGNING WOMEN) Executive Producer stated: "Our goal on DESIGNING WOMEN was to be funny, to present a winning portrayal of Southerners and to show beautiful feminists who were man-loving, politically incorrect and able to poke fun at themselves. The cast was deadly brilliant and we were given complete artistic freedom. It was sublime."

DESIGNING WOMEN features four uniquely diverse and sophisticated Southern women - outspoken and sharp-tongued feminist Julia Sugarbaker (Carter), divorced mother Mary Jo (Potts), her shallow ex-beauty queen sister Suzanne (Burke) and naïve country girl Charlene (Smart) - who are partners in their own fledgling interior design firm in Atlanta trying to break into an unfriendly business world. Along with their wisecracking sidekick Anthony (Meshach Taylor) who helps deliver furniture, this hilarious ensemble have opinions to spare, which they express with warmth, wit and style!

THE BEST OF DESIGNING WOMEN features the following fan-favorite episodes:

  1. PILOT / DESIGNING WOMEN - The original first episode introduces audiences to the hilarious and charming characters of Suzanne, Charlene, Mary Jo and Julia. Suzanne visits a new gynecologist, Mary Jo's ex husband Ted, and a maelstrom of emotions is unleashed when she announces she is dating him.

  2. KILLING ALL THE RIGHT PEOPLE - A wonderful young friend and fellow decorator enlists the Sugarbaker firm's services for an unusual project - he is dying of AIDS and wants them to design his funeral, and Mary Jo becomes involved in a PTA debate over sexually active school students.

  3. RESERVATIONS FOR EIGHT - A romantic ski weekend at a rustic cabin turns into a war of the sexes when the ladies of Sugarbaker's and their boyfriends are sidelined by an avalanche.

  4. BIG HAAS AND LITTLE FALSIE - When Mary Jo's Uncle Dude passes away, he leaves her $3000 to spend on "something frivolous." To everyone's surprise, she confesses her secret wish - to have her breasts enlarged.

  5. THEY SHOOT FAT WOMEN DON'T THEY? - Suzanne's high school reunion is coming, and she is very sensitive about her weight. Meanwhile, as part of a campaign to focus attention on world hunger, Anthony enlists Julia and Mary Jo to join him in a two-day food fast.

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DENNIS QUAID, DEBRA WINGER AND ARLISS HOWARD STAR IN THE QUIRKY ROMANTIC COMEDY WILDER NAPALM-- DEBUTING ON DVD SEPTEMBER 9

Academy Award® nominee Debra Winger (Terms of Endearment, An Officer and a Gentlemen) and Golden Globe nominee Dennis Quaid (Far From Heaven, The Rookie) star in WILDER NAPALM, a fiery romantic comedy about love, sex and pyromania from the creator of TVs "Moonlighting," premiering on DVD September 9 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment. With telekinetic powers that enable him to start fires using only his mind, Wilder Foudroyant (Arliss Howard - The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Men Don't Leave) seems a natural match for the flamboyant arsonist Vida (Winger). But his younger brother Wallace (Quaid) shares the same telekinetic power - and the same passion for Vida. In a bid to win fame, fortune and Vida's hand, Wallace decides to go public with his firestarter stunt as "Dr. Napalm." But before he can appear on TV, he'll have to defeat Wilder in a scorchingly funny duel to the death - or thereabouts!

A high-octane comedy from director Glenn Gordon Caron (Picture Perfect, Clean and Sober), WILDER NAPALM is "wickedly funny and directly on target" (Toronto Globe & Mail) and "wacky and creative" (New York Daily News).

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ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINEE DANNY AIELLO, GOLDEN GLOBE® NOMINEE DAVID DUCHOVNY AND SHERILYN FENN STAR IN THE GRIPPING AND CONTROVERSIAL STORY ABOUT THE MAN WHO SHOT THE MAN WHO ASSASSINATED J.F.K.: RUBY--- NEW TO DVD ON SEPTEMBER 2

The shocking and compelling new interpretation of the Kennedy conspiracy and cover-up focusing on the inspired by true life story of the man who killed Lee Harvey Oswald. RUBY stars Academy Award® nominee Danny Aiello (Moonstruck, Do The Right Thing), sexy Sherilyn Fenn (TVs "Twin Peaks"), Arliss Howard (Men Don't Leave) and Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award nominee David Duchovny (TVs "The X- Files"). The film will debut on DVD for the first time September 2 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, priced to own at $24.95 SLP.

An exploration of certain conspiracy theories surrounding the Kennedy assassination, RUBY centers on the perspective of Jack Ruby, a minor mobster who runs a strip club in Dallas. He informs for the FBI while maintaining ties to the Mob, a dual allegiance which makes him the perfect fall guy when the CIA and the mafia join forces to assassinate the President. Hailed as "powerful and enlightening" (New York Daily News), RUBY is a fascinating biography of one of history's most important and mysterious figures.

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IN THE SPIRIT OF "MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING" AND "TORTILLA SOUP" COMES THIS ENTERTAINING AND TOUCHING FILM-- THE DEBUT: PREMIERING ON SEPTEMBER 9 ON SPECIAL EDITION DVD

Starring Heartthrob Danté Basco and Directed by First-Time Helmer Gene Cajayon

THE DEBUT, which premieres on DVD and video from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment on September 9, is a touching coming-of-age dramatic comedy about a Filipino American teenager torn by the cultural and generational conflicts that arise at an elaborate family celebration. In the tradition of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and "Tortilla Soup," first-time director Gene Cajayon also examines the teen's father's struggle to understand his son and his American way of life. Thanks to strong word-of-mouth from devoted fans through its theatrical run, THE DEBUT racked up nearly $2 million at the box-office - making it one of the highest grossing, self-distributed independent films in history.

Starring rising young talent Danté Basco (Biker Boyz, Hook), the alluring Joy Bisco (TV's "Port Charles") and three of the Philippines' biggest stars - Tirso Cruz III, Eddie Garcia and Gina Alajar - the Special Edition DVD of THE DEBUT is packed with more than 85 minutes of value- added materials including five behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, gag reel, insightful director and writer commentary and more.

Winner of the Best Feature Film Award at the Hawaii International Film Festival, the San Diego Asian Film Festival and the 2001 Ammy Awards, THE DEBUT captivated critics nationwide who praised the film as "charming and heartwarming" (The New York Times) and "a delightful coming-of-age film" (Chicago Tribune).

Basco stars as Ben Mercado, a talented high school senior who follows his personal dream to enroll in a prestigious arts institute, despite the expectations of his strict immigrant father Roland (Tirso Cruz III) who is intent on seeing Ben become a doctor. Their long-simmering feud - for Ben, a struggle to be accepted by America and therefore reject his Filipino heritage, and for Roland, a traditional quest to give his children a better life than he had - threatens to erupt and ruin the elaborate 18th birthday party of Ben's sister Rose (Bernadette Balagtas).

It is at this party where everything begins to change for Ben. He is pressured by his white friends to attend a party across town, threatened by a childhood friend-turned-thug, and even finds a confidante and possible love interest in Rose's best friend Annabelle (Joy Bisco). With all these forces tearing at Ben throughout the course of one long night, he faces the true nature of his relationships with his family, his friends and himself.

Featuring a talented, up-and-coming young cast along with Filipino movie legends, THE DEBUT had its world premiere as the Opening Night Attraction of the 15th Annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film and Video Festival. The film was directed by Gene Cajayon who co-wrote the screenplay with John Manal Castro.

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06/29/03

SMALLVILLE-- THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON OF THE WB'S HIGH-FLYING TELEVISION SERIES MUSCLES ITS WAY ONTO DVD SEPTEMBER 23 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

Whether they're on the big screen or the small screen, comic book heroes have never been more popular, and to satisfy millions of television viewers hooked on the latest twist on the DC Comics' Superman mythology, Warner Home Video (WHV) will release SMALLVILLE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON on DVD September 23, 2003. The highest rated show on The WB among people ages 12-34 and across all male demographics, SMALLVILLE has consistently set ratings records, delivering double-digit growth across all 12-34, 18-34 and 18-49 demos. The six-disc DVD collector's set contains all 21 episodes from the first season, including the pilot episode, and is priced at $64.92 SRP.

The deluxe DVD collection of SMALLVILLE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON contains super special features including audio commentaries on the pilot by executive producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, as well as pilot director David Nutter. Another commentary with Gough and Millar appears on the show's second episode entitled "Metamorphosis." Additional special features include deleted scenes from two episodes, including the pilot, a storyboard to screen featurette for the pilot, an interactive tour of Smallville, English and French audio and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. A DVD-ROM link to smallville.net website also provides access to additional bonus content.

The name Clark Kent is recognizable to generations of fans, but never before has there been an interpretation of the Superman legend quite like SMALLVILLE. Growing up in Smallville, Kansas, Clark Kent (Tom Welling) is a teenager who is slowly discovering his destiny as the champion of justice who will one day be known the world over as Superman. Someday, he'll master his powers and true calling, but for now he just has to get through adolescence. With realistic portrayals and state-of-the-art special effects reinterpreting the Superman mythology from its roots, SMALLVILLE was written and developed by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar, based on the DC Comics characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. SMALLVILLE is produced by Tollin/Robbins Productions and Warner Bros. Television Production Inc.

Since its debut on October 16, 2001, Smallville's viewership continues to climb, having increased 14% from its first to second season. The overwhelming popularity of SMALLVILLE has translated into a successful licensing program that includes comic books, a soundtrack, action figures, novelizations, trading cards, lunchboxes, calendars, clothing and more.

EPISODE SYNOPSES:

  1. Pilot: Written by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar; Directed by: David Nutter. Clark Kent, who arrived from the planet Krypton in a meteor shower, grows into a teenager, raised by his adoptive parents, Jonathan and Martha, the only people who know his origin. Clark's best friends are classmates Pete Ross, Chloe Sullivan and Lana Lang, a popular cheerleader who doesn't know that Clark loves her. Lana dates Smallville High School's star football quarterback, Whitney Fordman. When Clark makes a lifesaving rescue of Lex Luthor, head of Smallville Fertilizer Plant No. 3, Lex and Clark forge an unlikely friendship. Meanwhile, after emerging from a 12-year coma, Jeremy Creek (Adrian Mcmorran), who was lashed to a stake as a prank when the shower hit and now has the power to electrify things, seeks revenge on Smallville High School until Clark foils him.

  2. Metamorphosis: Written by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar; Directed by: Michael Watkins and Philip Sgriccia. Clark discovers that a fellow high school student, Greg Arkin (Chad E. Donella), has been attacked by Kryptonite-affected bugs. Greg has taken on the "eat, molt, mate, die" life cycle of an insect--with Lana as his prey. Clark must rush to save her without revealing his superpowers. Meanwhile, Lex possesses Lana's Kryptonite necklace and ponders what to do with the strange stone.

  3. Hothead: Written by Greg Walker; Directed by: Greg Beeman. Clark and Lex defy their respective fathers. Clark joins the football team, against Jonathan's wishes, ultimately discovering that the coach, Walt Arnold (Dan Lauria), has been altered by Kryptonite and is using fire-starting abilities to hurt anyone who might prevent him from winning. Meanwhile, Lex battles his own father, Lionel Luthor (recurring guest star John Glover), for control of LuthorCorp.

  4. X-Ray: Written by Mark Verheiden; Directed by James Frawley. Clark reels from his first flashes of x-ray vision. His shock is compounded when he witnesses a bank robbery, apparently by his friend, Lex. Unsure of how to control this new power, Clark nonetheless puts it to use when a Smallville teen who has developed shape-shifting abilities threatens Lana.

  5. Cool: Written by Michael Green; Directed by: Jim Contner. Clark has a chance to share a night out on the town with Lana, thanks to Lex's matchmaking, but the evening is interrupted when Clark faces an icy enemy, Sean Kelvin (Michael Coristine). Sean is an aggressive flirt who suffers from a Kryptonite-induced case of permanent hypothermia and has to feed off of others' body heat to survive--starting with Chloe.

  6. Hourglass: Written by Doris Egan; Directed by Chris Long. Clark is wracked by haunting visions when he meets an old woman, Cassandra Carpenter (Jackie Burroughs), who can see the future. Lex schemes to use Cassandra's gift to glimpse his own destiny and learn more about Clark's secret. Meanwhile, a released serial killer, Harry Bollston (George Murdock), who is now a bitter old man in a nursing home, discovers a "fountain of youth" and reverts to a teenager. He then seeks revenge on the descendants of jurors who put him in jail decades ago.

  7. Craving: Written by Michael Green; Directed by: Philip Sgriccia. Clark must save Pete from being literally devoured by a female classmate, Jodi Melville (Amy Adams), whose diet of Kryptonite-affected vegetables causes her to shed weight faster than she can handle, forcing her to satisfy her ravenous hunger by gorging on any available food source. Meanwhile, Lex gets one step closer to the truth about Clark after funding a study on the green meteor fragments.

  8. Jitters: Written by Cherie Bennett & Jeff Gottesfeld; Directed by Michael Watkins. Clark and Lex team up to rescue members of Clark's high school class after a janitor, Earl Jenkins (Tony Todd), takes them hostage in LuthorCorp's Smallville Fertilizer Plant No. 3. Jenkins claims his deadly "jitters" were caused by a mysterious contaminant, and he threatens to kill everyone unless he is shown a secret sublevel--which Lionel Luthor (recurring guest star John Glover) denies ever existed.

  9. Rogue: Written by Mark Verheiden; Directed by David Carson. Clark's secret identity is jeopardized when a corrupt policeman, Sam Phelan (Cameron Dye), witnesses Clark using his superhuman powers and coerces him into joining forces. However, when Clark double-crosses the cop, he is not prepared to deal with the consequences for him and his family. Meanwhile, Lex receives an intriguing proposal from his sexy British ex-girlfriend, Victoria Hardwick (recurring guest star Kelly Brook).

  10. Shimmer: Written by Michael Green & Mark Verheiden; Directed by D.J. Caruso. A teenage girl, Amy Palmer (Azura Skye ), lets her obsession with Lex become life threatening as attacks in the Luthor mansion pit Clark against an invisible enemy. Meanwhile, Clark is thrilled when Lana seeks his companionship after Whitney inexplicably rebuffs her.

  11. Hug: Written by Doris Egan; Directed by Chris Long. Clark is amazed when a pesticide magnate, Bob Rickman (Rick Peters), who has enhanced powers of persuasion due to the meteor fragments, somehow convinces Jonathan to sell the family farm to make way for a new plant. Clark teams with a local hermit, Kyle Tippet (Gregory Sporleder), whose mysterious past holds the secret to saving the town.

  12. Leech: Written by Tim Schlattmann; Directed by Greg Beeman. When Clark rescues his classmate, Eric Summers (Shawn Ashmore), from harm during an electrical storm, they are both struck by lightning--resulting in all of Clark's superpowers being transferred to Eric. While Eric relishes his new life as "Superboy," he soon begins to abuse his new powers. Clark's happiness at finally being a "normal" teenager is tempered by his growing concern for the town's safety. Meanwhile, Lex confronts Clark, believing that he has undeniable proof of Clark's superpowers.

  13. Kinetic: Written by Philip Levens; Directed by Robert Singer. Clark and Lex are mystified when the Luthor mansion is robbed by burglars who seem to have the ability to walk through walls. Lex's curiosity becomes desperation when he discovers that the thieves have stolen evidence of his secret project. Clark wonders if his father's suspicions that Lex is deceitful have been correct.

  14. Zero: Teleplay by Mark Verheiden; Story by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar; Directed by Michael Katleman. Lex faces the consequences of a scandal from his past in Metropolis when an old enemy comes to Smallville intent on destroying Lex's life, putting Clark and Lana in danger. While protecting Lex, Clark must also prevent Chloe from investigating the mystery of Clark's adoption.

  15. Nicodemus: Teleplay by Michael Green; Story by Greg Walker; Directed by James Marshall. Clark must solve the riddle of the mysterious Nicodemus flower and Lex's suspicious involvement with it. The plant infects the residents of Smallville, removing their inhibitions. Jonathan becomes lazy, Lana tries to seduce Clark and Pete attempts to kill Lex. The victims then go into a deadly coma.

  16. Stray: Written by Philip Levens; Directed by Paul Shapiro. After Martha accidentally hits a young boy with her car, the Kents take him in until they can locate his parents. They are unaware that the boy can read minds and has discovered the hidden thoughts of Lex, Lana, Jonathan and Martha, putting Clark's secret in jeopardy. Meanwhile, Lex must decide if he wants to accept a job offer from his father, Lionel (recurring guest star John Glover), which would entail moving back to Metropolis.

  17. Reaper: Written by Cameron Litvack; Directed by: Terrence O'Hara. Clark must stop a meteorite-infected man, Tyler Randall (Reynaldo Rosales), who seeks to relieve the suffering of the elderly and sick by turning them into ashes--with Whitney's ailing father his potential next victim. Meanwhile, Lex becomes furious after his father, Lionel (recurring guest star John Glover), sends an investigator to scrutinize LuthorCorp's financial records, revealing Lex's secret investigation into Clark and his parents.

  18. Drone: Written by Michael Green & Philip Levens; Directed by Michael Katleman. Clark seeks election as class president, hoping for the opportunity to be a normal kid. However, when two of his opponents are attacked by a swarm of bees, Clark suspects that one of the other candidates is eliminating the competition--and Clark might be next on the list.

  19. Crush: Written by Philip Levens & Alfred Gough & Miles Millar; Directed by James Marshall. Clark confronts an unexpected foe when a talented art student, Justin Gaines (Adam Brody), returns to school after being hit by a car. The accident robbed Justin of the use of his hands--but it left him with the gift of telekinesis, and he uses the power for revenge against those he considers responsible for his condition. Meanwhile, after observing Clark with Chloe, Lana becomes jealous and begins to question her relationship with Whitney.

  20. Obscura: Teleplay by Michael Green & Mark Verheiden; Story by Greg Walker; Directed by Terrence O'Hara. After witnessing an explosion near some meteor fragments, Lana gains the ability to see through other people's eyes. Clark and Lana race to find Chloe after Lana "watches" Chloe being kidnapped and buried alive. Meanwhile, Lex discovers evidence that a spaceship landed in Smallville during the meteor shower.

  21. Tempest: Teleplay by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar; Story by:Philip Levens; Directed by Greg Beeman. As a massive tornado approaches the unsuspecting Smallville, Clark finds a missing piece of the spaceship that carried him to Earth. The part activates the disabled craft, giving Clark the first clue as to where he came from. Meanwhile, Lex experiences two disturbing events: His father, Lionel (recurring guest star John Glover), closes the plant and orders Lex to return to Metropolis, and the deceitful reporter Lex hired to spy on the Kents discovers Clark's superhuman abilities and the spaceship hidden in the storm cellar. Members of the rock band Remy Zero (themselves) perform their hit single "Save Me"--the "Smallville" theme song--at the Smallville High School formal dance.

 


STARSHIP TROOPERS, THE ONE, THE QUICK AND THE DEAD AND JOHN CARPENTER’S VAMPIRES JOIN CTHE'S SUPERBIT COLLECTION OF ENHANCED DVDS ON AUGUST 5

A diverse slate of new Superbit titles featuring some of Hollywood's biggest stars has been announced for release by Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment. The enhanced titles include director Paul Verhoeven's sci-fi epic STARSHIP TROOPERS starring Casper Van Dien, the futuristic special-effects thriller THE ONE with martial arts master Jet Li, the gun-blazing western THE QUICK AND THE DEAD with Sharon Stone, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gene Hackman and Russell Crowe, and JOHN CARPENTER’S VAMPIRES starring James Woods. All titles will be available August 5 at the SLP of $26.95.

The Superbit Collection of titles has been hailed as a new benchmark in DVD. 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 quality that provides outstanding detail which complements the performance of the latest progressive DVD Video players.

STARSHIP TROOPERS

STARSHIP TROOPERS charts the lives of elite members of the Mobile Infantry, a corps of dedicated young men and women fighting side-by-side in the ultimate intergalactic war - the battle to save humankind. The enemy is mysterious and incredibly powerful with only one mission: survival of its species no matter what the human cost. Written by Ed Neumer based on Robert A. Heinlein's classic novel. Directed by Paul Verhoeven (RoboCop, Hollow Man).

THE ONE

In a stunning dual role, international action star Jet Li portrays Gabriel Yulaw, a police officer confronted with a sinister form of himself that has escaped from an advanced, parallel universe and is intent on killing Gabriel. His alter ego's hunt culminates in a fateful battle between good and evil that changes Gabriel's perception of reality and forces him to examine the evil hidden within himself. Featuring riveting martial arts and innovative special effects, THE ONE is directed by James Wong (Final Destination). Written by James Wong and Glen Morgan.

THE QUICK AND THE DEAD

In this edgy and darkly humorous Western, a mysterious young woman rides into the lawless town of Redemption to settle an old score that has haunted her since she was a child. She becomes swept up in a deadly quick-draw tournament and, in order to win her revenge, must compete in a contest in which gunslingers from all over put their lives on the line for fame and fortune. Starring Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe. Written by Simon Moore. Directed by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man).

JOHN CARPENTER’S VAMPIRES

In the blood-chilling tradition of Halloween and Village of the Damned comes horror maestro John Carpenter's unique vision of the ultimate killing machines, Vampires. Hired by the Vatican, supernatural bounty hunter Jack Crow (James Woods) meets his match in Valek, the 600 year-old leader of a band of vampires terrorizing the American Southwest. When Valke kills most of Crow's team of mercenary vampire slayers in a surprise attack, the bounty hunter turns to help from Katrina (Sheryl Lee), a beautiful prostitute with a psychic link to the deadly vampire, who leads him to Valek's lair for the final showdown. Written by Don Jakoby. Directed by John Carpenter.

 


THE ENDURANCE-- CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED AND AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY FILM NARRATED BY LIAM NEESON DEBUTING SEPTEMBER 2 ON DVD

One of the Greatest Adventure Stories Ever Told Retells Sir Ernest Shackleton's Ill-Fated Expedition To Antarctica

Honored by the Chicago Film Critics Association, National Board of Review and the Seattle International Film Festival as "Best Documentary" along with a special Grand Jury Prize nomination at the Sundance Film Festival, THE ENDURANCE is the enthralling and dramatic true story of Sir Ernest Shackleton's remarkable adventure. This remarkable film debuts on DVD and videocassette September 2 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Narrated by Liam Neeson (Gangs of New York, Star Wars Episode I), THE ENDURANCE became a critical favorite garnering praises such as "Two Thumbs Up" (Ebert & Roeper), "spellbinding" (Variety), "essential viewing" (New York Post), "remarkable" (San Francisco Chronicle), "marvelous" (Wall Street Journal) and "extraordinarly powerful" (New York Press). THE ENDURANCE is directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker George Butler (Pumping Iron).

Sir Ernest Shackleton and his 28-man crew set sail in August of 1914 - they would not be heard from again for nearly two years. The brave group survived sub-zero temperatures and unimaginable conditions after their ship sank and they became stranded on an ice floe. Their desperate attempts to reach land were miraculously captured on film by the ship's photographer.

A powerful and gripping true story retelling of Shackleton's harrowing expedition to the South Pole, THE ENDURANCE features new footage of the actual locations and interviews with surviving relatives of key expedition members. The film is also highlighted by archived audio interviews with expedition members along with rare motion footage and breathtaking still photos shot during the expedition, which bring to life one of the most courageous survival stories of all time.

THE ENDURANCE DVD:

 


MPI ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES VOL.4 AND 5 ON DVD JULY 29

The celebrated duo of Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke are back as the masterful Sherlock Holmes and his faithful cohort Dr. Watson in THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES. MPI Home Video will release Volumes Four and Five, produced by Granada Television in London, on DVD July 29th. The riveting mysteries are based on the original stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES VOLUME FOUR – The Devil’s Foot, Silver Blaze & The Bruce Partington Plans

In The Devil’s Foot, Watson convinces an exhausted Holmes to take a holiday at a small Cornish cottage. But when a woman is found dead with no apparent injuries and her two brothers become raving lunatics overnight, Holmes is asked to investigate.

Silver Blaze, a highly prized racehorse, disappears before a big race. The horse’s trainer is found dead and the owner faces ruin if the horse cannot be recovered. Holmes, with the aid of a dog and some sheep, finds a peculiar solution.

A young man is found brutally beaten and murdered on a railway line in The Bruce Partington Plans. Strange plans for a secret submarine are found in the murdered man’s pocket. Assisted by Holmes’ brother Mycroft, the master detective and Watson follow a trail through fog-shrouded London to uncover the truth, and the murderer.

THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES VOLUME FIVE – The Musgrave Ritual & The Man with the Twisted Lip

Based on Doyles’ "The Adventure of the Dancing Men," Sherlock Holmes uses trigonometry to crack a 250-year-old code in The Musgrave Ritual. The legendary detective also discovers the whereabouts of the missing butler, and exposes a murderer.

Wealthy Neville St. Clair mysteriously disappears in The Man with the Twisted Lip. Strangely, his was last seen standing in the window of the seediest opium den in London. A hideous beggar named Boone, occupant of the room in which St. Clair was last seen, is charged with murdering St. Clair and throwing his body into the river. Holmes gets the real culprit to come clean.

THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES VOLUME FOUR

THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES VOLUME FIVE

 


NATIONAL LAMPOON’S ANIMAL HOUSE DOUBLE SECRET PROBATION EDITION DVD AVAILABLE AUGUST 26, 2003

Irreverent Campus Comedy Classic Marks 25th Anniversary with Original Bonus Segment Created by Filmmaker John Landis

It's a class reunion of epic proportions for the ultimate campus comedy that spawned a million toga parties and continues to inspire new generations of party animals. Universal Studios Home Video will release NATIONAL LAMPOON’S ANIMAL HOUSE DOUBLE SECRET PROBATION EDITION DVD celebrating the 25th anniversary of the hugely popular film on August 26, 2003 for a $19.98 suggested retail price. Pre-order close is July 22.

A House Full of Hilarious Bonus Features including an Original Segment directed by John Landis

Special bonus features on the DVD will include an exclusive original bonus segment directed and produced by filmmaker John Landis and co-produced by Matty Simmons. In the hilarious "Where Are They Now?" segment, the film's memorable cast is interviewed in character 25 years later.  The original cast members in the segment include Kevin Bacon, Tim Matheson, James Widdoes, Bruce McGill, James Daughton, Karen Allen, DeWayne Jessie and Stephen Furst. Also included are outrageous pop-up facts and trivia and a Greek Game.

Comedians of Our Day

Animal House marked director John Landis' (The Blues Brothers, Trading Places, An American Werewolf in London) first breakthrough feature film in 1978, and the ultimate "slob comedy" also marked the screenplay debuts of Harold Ramis and Douglas Kenney (Caddyshack) and Chris Miller, all three of whom were nominated for a Writers Guild Award.

The film also featured the inspired casting of John Belushi (of the original Saturday Night Live, The Blues Brothers) as the beer-swilling Bluto. Belushi's performance in Animal House set a standard for hilarity against which other collegiate comedies will always be measured. Tim Matheson (VP John Hoynes in The West Wing) made a name for himself as oversexed frat brother Eric ("Otter") Stratton; as did Stephen Furst (TV's Delta House series based on the film) as a corpulent nerd called Flounder. The film not only scored an A+ at the box office, but its evergreen crude humor defined cinema comedy for decades, and introduced now-classic phrases such as "food fight," "toga party" and "road trip" into the campus lexicon. The immortal party soundtrack featured songs by Stephen Bishop and original music by legendary composer Elmer Bernstein (Far From Heaven), and is best remembered for its rendition of Louie Louie and a live performance of Shout.

Other top-notch cast members contending with hijinks at the disreputable Delta House fraternity included John Vernon, best remembered as Faber's heartless authority figure Dean Vernon Wormer, and Peter Riegert (Crossing Delancey), who played the debauched Boon. Prolific Academy Award®-nominee Donald Sutherland (M*A*S*H, Ordinary People, The Italian Job) appeared as a randy, pot-smoking professor and Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark) played Boon's sensible but deceptive girlfriend Katy. Tom Hulce (the Oscar-nominated Mozart in Amadeus) played Delta's Larry Kroger, and Kevin Bacon made his film debut as pledge Chip Diller of the rival Omega House. Mark Metcalf appeared as Omega's bullying Doug Neidermeyer; Verna Bloom as Wormer's lush-and lusty-wife; Bruce McGill as Delta's hard-boiled D-Day; and Cesare Danova (Mean Streets, Viva Las Vegas) as Mayor Carmine DePasto.

Synopsis - NATIONAL LAMPOON’S ANIMAL HOUSE DOUBLE SECRET PROBATION EDITION

In this raucous lampoon of college life, pledge week on fraternity row at buttoned-down Faber College finds the disreputable Delta House reeking with alcohol and dirty socks, and its wisecracking frat brothers vowing to party as hard and as often as possible. As hopeful freshmen Chip Diller (Kevin Bacon), Kent Dorfman (Stephen Furst) and Larry Kroger (Tom Hulce) vie for the fraternities, Delta's "Bluto" Blutarsky (John Belushi) tries to top his beer-drinking record, and skirt-chasing pledge chairman Eric "Otter" Stratton (Tim Matheson) plots to get the dean's wife into bed. Otter's friend Boon (Peter Riegert) and his girlfriend Katy (Karen Allen) bring Larry to a pot party thrown by bored English professor Dave Jennings (Donald Sutherland), while Otter helps Dorfman by terrorizing the entire troop of ROTC cadets at rival Omega House. Dean Wormer (John Vernon), fed up with Delta's embarrassing pranks, schemes with other fraternities to throw the "Animal House" off campus, once and for all. As the war between the dean and the men of Delta escalates, Otter and his cronies find they are also in danger of flunking out. Even leaving a dead horse in Dean Wormer's office is not enough get the man to capitulate. Delta's loud, debaucherous, alcohol-infused toga party, featuring the rousing sounds of Otis Day and the Knights, is all the dean needs to revoke the frat's charter. But just as the dean declares victory, Bluto rallies the Delta troops and the final battle erupts in the midst of one of Faber's most prestigious and time-honored traditions-the homecoming parade.

CAST & FILMMAKERS

DVD TECHNICAL INFORMATION

 


THIRD QUARTER'S "MANE EVENT" IS HERE! THE SADDLE CLUB: THE FIRST ADVENTURE GALLOPS ONTO DVD AUGUST 26

The Next Movie in the THE SADDLE CLUB Series, THE FIRST ADVENTURE Includes a Featurette, Trailers, DVD-ROM Extras and More!

Saddle up for acres of adventure with the most popular trio on horseback in Warner Home Video's (WHV) August 26 DVD and VHS release of THE SADDLE CLUB: THE FIRST ADVENTURE. Based on the #1 best-selling horse book series for kids, THE SADDLE CLUB: THE FIRST ADVENTURE gallops into action in the prequel to THE SADDLE CLUB: ADVENTURES AT PINE HOLLOW, the franchise's successful home video debut. The First Adventure will be available in widescreen format for $19.98 SRP on DVD.

The Saddle Club comes together for the first time in THE SADDLE CLUB: THE FIRST ADVENTURE -and girls can be part of the fun too! There are only two rules for this club - first, everyone has to be totally crazy about horses! And second, friends look out for each other - especially since their overnight camping trip is filled with all kinds of troubles like trying to fit in, dealing with overprotective parents and the worst trouble of all - Veronica's tricks! Saddle up and join Carole, Lisa and Stevie on this horse-filled adventure where they find the best friendships a girl could ever hope for!

Horse around with saddlebags full of DVD special features including:

 

06/24/03

RAISING VICTOR VARGAS-- DEBUTING ON DVD AUGUST 26

Critically-Acclaimed and Award-Winning Coming-of-Age Drama From Director Peter Sollett
Official Selection at Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival & More

Praised by critics as "one of the best movies of the year" (Roger Ebert, Ebert & Roeper), "touching and energetically funny" (The New York Times) and "enchanting" (Wall Street Journal), RAISING VICTOR VARGAS is the tender, vivid and honest coming-of-age drama that was honored at many film festivals including the Deauville Film Festival and San Sebastian Film Festival. The stunningly created and audience favorite film will premiere on DVD and videocassette August 26 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Victor (Rock Steady) doesn't have much, but that's not stopping him from trying to go out with Judy (Five Feet High and Rising), the prettiest girl on the block. All he's got is hope and a one- bedroom apartment he shares with his family. His grandmother doesn't trust him. His brother worships him. And his half-sister just declared war. But Victor thinks love really can conquer all in this warm, genuine and touching romantic drama about life in the part of the city most people never see.

The feature film debut of writer/director Peter Sollett that was developed through the Sundance Screenwriters Lab (a prestigious program which offers emerging artists the opportunity to work on their features with established screenwriters), RAISING VICTOR VARGAS is a stunning piece of filmmaking that carefully explores the true-to-life stumbling blocks of growing up, capturing adolescence at its most tender, funny and genuine.

RAISING VICTOR VARGAS DVD:

 


MUTE WITNESS FEATURING ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER SIR ALEC GUINNESS-- NEW TO DVD ON AUGUST 26

Terror Will Not Be Silenced in the Intense Psychological Thriller When a mute makeup artist working on a low- budget slasher film gets locked in a dilapidated Moscow movie studio late one night, she stumbles onto the making of a snuff film. Thus begins a night of terror when she and her two friends get trapped in a complex web of lies and life-threatening situations in the gripping psychological thriller MUTE WITNESS, premiering August 26 on DVD from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

She can't speak. She can't scream. She can't beg for mercy. All Billy Hughes (Marina Zudina) can do is fight for her life after witnessing a brutal murder. Targeted by the killers, doubted by the police and the other Americans, Billy turns to the one man who offers to help. But is he her savior or her assassin?

An intense spiral of suspense that continues to shock and surprise with each scene, MUTE WITNESS combines the non-stop intensity of The Silence of the Lambs with the classic suspense of Wait Until Dark. From writer/director Anthony Waller (An American Werewolf in Paris), the film also features special guest star Academy Award® winner Sir Alec Guinness (The Bridge on the River Kwai, Star Wars) who has a terrifying and mysterious surprise in store for everyone in the nail-biting climax that "puts audiences through the suspense wringer!" (Rolling Stone)

MUTE WITNESS DVD:

 


PARAMOUNT JULY, AUGUST & SEPTEMBER 2003 DVD TITLES

Title

Street Date

Sound

Screen Format

Aspect Ratio

SRP

Rating

Year

FLIGHT OF THE INTRUDER

07-01-2003

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

2.35:1

$19.99

NR

1991

HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS (Special Edition / Fullscreen)

07-01-2003

5.1

4:3 Fullscreen Pan And Scan

1.33:1

$29.99

PG-13

2003

HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS (Special Edition / Widescreen)

07-01-2003

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$29.99

PG-13

2003

I LOVE LUCY: SEASON 1 #7

07-01-2003

1.0

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$14.99

NR

1952

I LOVE LUCY: SEASON 1 #8

07-01-2003

1.0

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$14.99

NR

1952

TENANT

07-01-2003

1.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$9.95

R

1976

KEEP THE FAITH, BABY

07-08-2003

2.0

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$29.99

PG

2002

FAIRLY ODDPARENTS: ABRA-CATASTROPHE: THE MOVIE

07-15-2003

2.0

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$19.99

G

2003

SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: TIDE AND SEEK (Special Edition)

07-29-2003

2.0

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$19.99

G

2003

TILL HUMAN VOICES WAKE US

07-29-2003

2.0

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$29.99

R

2001

ADVENTURES OF JIMMY NEUTRON, THE: BOY GENIUS: SEA OF TROUBLE

08-05-2003

2.0

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$19.99

G

2002

MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS COLLECTION:

08-05-2003

5.1

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$39.98

NR

1990

MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS: HIP-POP

08-05-2003

5.1

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$19.99

NR

1990

MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS: ROCK

08-05-2003

5.1

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$19.99

NR

1990

STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE: SEASON 4

08-05-2003

5.1

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$139.99

NR

1996

10,000 BLACK MEN NAMED GEORGE

08-12-2003

2.0

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$29.99

R

2002

DAISY MILLER (Special Edition)

08-12-2003

1.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$9.99

G

1974

HUNTED (Special Edition / Fullscreen)

08-12-2003

5.1

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$29.99

R

2003

HUNTED (Special Edition / Widescreen)

08-12-2003

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$29.99

R

2003

PAPER MOON (Special Edition)

08-12-2003

2.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$14.99

PG

1973

TARGETS (Special Edition)

08-12-2003

2.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$9.99

NR

1968

ALL GROWN UP

08-26-2003

2.0

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$19.99

G

2003

BLUE'S CLUES: BLUE TAKES YOU TO SCHOOL

08-26-2003

2.0

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$19.99

G

2003

DORA THE EXPLORER: RHY MES AND RIDDLES

08-26-2003

2.0

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$19.99

GA

UNK

MTV POWER YOGA

08-26-2003

2.0

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$19.98

NR

UNK

NICKTOONS: HALLOWEEN

08-26-2003

2.0

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$19.99

NR

UNK

MTV CRIBS: 2-PACK

09-02-2003

2.0

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$39.98

NR

VAR

MTV CRIBS: HIP-HOP

09-02-2003

2.0

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$19.99

NR

VAR

MTV CRIBS: ROCK

09-02-2003

2.0

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$19.99

NR

VAR

OSWALD: WELCOME TO BIG CITY

09-02-2003

2.0

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$19.99

G

UNK

CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION :THE COMPLETE 2ND SEASON

09-09-2003

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$89.99

NR

2001

BANG BANG YOU'RE DEAD

09-16-2003

SUR

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$29.99

R

2002

LOSING ISAIAH

09-16-2003

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$14.99

R

1995

MILK MONEY

09-16-2003

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$14.99

PG-13

1994

NOBODY'S FOOL

09-16-2003

5.1

Letterbox

1.85:1

$14.99

R

1994

REGARDING HENRY

09-16-2003

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$14.99

PG-13

1991

AN ALMOST PERFECT AFFAIR

09-23-2003

2.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$9.99

PG

1979

CAMPUS MAN

09-23-2003

2.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$9.99

PG

1987

I.Q.

09-23-2003

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$14.99

PG

1994

JAMES CLAVELL'S SHOGUN

09-23-2003

2.0

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$69.99

NR

1980

LEAP OF FAITH

09-23-2003

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$14.99

PG-13

1992

 


MGM JULY, AUGUST & SEPTEMBER 2003 DVD TITLES

Title

Street Date

Sound

Screen Format

Aspect Ratio

SRP

Rating

Year

FLIGHT OF THE INNOCENT

07-01-2003

2.0

Letterbox

1.85:1

$19.98

R

1992

LA FEMME NIKITA (Special Edition)

07-01-2003

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

2.35:1

$24.98

NR

1990

NEVER ON SUNDAY

07-01-2003

1.0

Letterbox

1.66:1

$19.98

NR

1960

NIGHT OF THE SHOOTING STARS

07-01-2003

1.0

Letterbox

1.66:1

$19.98

NR

1982

PRISONER OF THE MOUNTAINS

07-01-2003

SUR

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$19.98

NR

1996

RHAPSODY IN AUGUST

07-01-2003

2.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$19.98

NR

1991

TO LIVE

07-01-2003

SUR

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$19.98

NR

1994

WINGS OF DESIRE (Special Edition)

07-01-2003

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

1.78:1

$24.98

PG-13

1987

AVANTI!

07-15-2003

2.0

Letterbox

1.66:1

$19.98

NR

1972

BILLY WILDER DVD COLLECTION

07-15-2003

VAR

VAR

VAR

$129.96

VAR

VAR

CATCH THE HEAT

07-15-2003

2.0

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$14.95

R

1987

EVE OF DESTRUCTION

07-15-2003

2.0

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$14.95

NR

1991

GATOR

07-15-2003

2.0

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$14.95

R

1976

JUGGERNAUT

07-15-2003

1.0

Letterbox

1.66:1

$14.95

PG

1974

KISS ME STUPID

07-15-2003

2.0

Letterbox

2.35:1

$19.98

PG

1964

ONE TWO THREE

07-15-2003

1.0

Letterbox

2.35:1

$19.98

NR

1961

PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES

07-15-2003

1.0

Letterbox, 16:9

2.35:1

$19.98

PG-13

1970

RAGE OF HONOR

07-15-2003

5.1

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$14.95

NR

UNK

REMO WILLIAMS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS

07-15-2003

5.1

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$14.95

PG-13

1985

REVENGE OF THE NINJA

07-15-2003

2.0

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$14.95

R

1983

WHITE LIGHTNING

07-15-2003

2.0

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$14.95

PG

1973

NICHOLAS NICKLEBY (2002/ SPECIAL EDITION)

07-22-2003

5.1

4:3 Fullscreen, Letterbox, 16:9

2.35:1

$26.98

NR

2002

XX/XY

07-29-2003

2.0

Letterbox

2.35:1

$26.98

R

2002

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA 

08-05-2003

2.0

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$14.95

G

UNK

AGENT CODY BANKS (Special Edition)

08-05-2003

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$26.98

PG

2003

BREAKIN'

08-05-2003

2.0

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$14.95

PG

1984

BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY

08-05-2003

SUR

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$14.95

R

1988

FLAMINGO KID

08-05-2003

1.0

4:3 Fullscreen, Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$14.95

PG-13

1984

FOXES

08-05-2003

1.0

4:3 Fullscreen, Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$14.95

R

1980

GLOBEHUNTERS: AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS

08-05-2003

2.0

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$14.95

G

2002

HOT DOG: THE MOVIE

08-05-2003

1.0

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$14.95

R

1984

JOHNNY BE GOOD

08-05-2003

2.0

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$14.95

R

1988

LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN

08-05-2003

SUR

4:3 Fullscreen, Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$14.95

R

1982

MY FAIR MADELINE

08-05-2003

2.0

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$14.95

G

2002

RACHEL PAPERS

08-05-2003

SUR

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$14.95

R

1989

SURE THING (Special Edition)

08-05-2003

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$19.98

PG-13

1985

THRASHIN'

08-05-2003

1.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$14.95

PG-13

1986

VALLEY GIRL (Special Edition)

08-05-2003

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$19.98

R

1983

CARRIE (2002)

08-12-2003

5.1

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$25.98

NR

2002

BROOD

08-26-2003

1.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$14.95

R

1979

BURNT OFFERINGS (Special Edition)

08-26-2003

1.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$14.95

PG

14.95

CLOWNHOUSE

08-26-2003

1.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$14.95

R

1988

COMEDY OF TERRORS / THE RAVEN

08-26-2003

1.0

Letterbox, 16:9

2.35:1

$14.95

NR

VAR

COUNTESS DRACULA / THE VAMPIRE LOVERS (Special Edition)

08-26-2003

1.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$14.95

NR

VAR

EVENING WITH EDGAR ALLAN POE / THE TOMB OF LIGEIA (Special Edition)

08-26-2003

1.0

4:3 Fullscreen Pan And Scan, Letterbox, 16:9

2.35:1

$14.95

NR

VAR

GHOUL

08-26-2003

1.0

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$14.95

NR

1934

GHOULIES / GHOULIES 2

08-26-2003

SUR

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$14.95

PG-13

VAR

HAUNTED PALACE / TOWER OF LONDON

08-26-2003

1.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$14.95

NR

VAR

HORROR 3-PACK (SPECIAL EDITIONS): CARRIE / THE FOG / THE HOWLING

08-26-2003

5.1

Letterbox, 16:9

2.35:1

$49.96

R

VAR

HOWLING (Special Edition)

08-26-2003

5.1

4:3 Fullscreen, Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$19.98

R

1981

I, MADMAN

08-26-2003

SUR

4:3 Fullscreen

1.33:1

$14.95

R

1989

ONCE BITTEN

08-26-2003

1.0

Letterbox, 16:9

1.85:1

$14.95

PG-13

1985

POLTERGEIST 2: THE OTHER SIDE / POLTERGEIST 3

08-26-2003

SUR

Letterbox, 16:9

VAR

$14.95

PG-13

VAR

RAW MEAT

08-26-2003

1.0

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NR

1972

SQUIRM (Special Edition)

08-26-2003

1.0

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NR

1976

STEPHEN KING GIFTSET: MISERY / CARRIE / NEEDFULL THINGS / DARKHALF

08-26-2003

5.1

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R

VAR

TROLL / TROLL 2

08-26-2003

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PG-13

VAR

AMAZING ZORRO

09-02-2003

2.0

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$14.95

NR

UNK

HELLO KITTY: 5-PACK GIFTSET

09-02-2003

2.0

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$69.96

G

VAR

OUTER LIMITS, THE: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2

09-02-2003

2.0

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1964

STARGATE SG-1: SEASON #3 - VOLUME #1

09-02-2003

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$14.95

NR

1995

STARGATE SG-1: SEASON #3 - VOLUME #2

09-02-2003

5.1

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NR

1995

STARGATE SG-1: SEASON #3 - VOLUME #3

09-02-2003

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1995

STARGATE SG-1: SEASON #3 - VOLUME #4

09-02-2003

5.1

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NR

1995

STARGATE SG-1: SEASON #3 - VOLUME #5

09-02-2003

5.1

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1995

STARGATE SG-1: SEASON #4 (GIFTSET/ SPECIAL EDITION)

09-02-2003

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1996

TREASURE ISLAND (1973/ MGM/UA)

09-02-2003

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1973

BULLETPROOF MONK

09-09-2003

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$26.98

PG-13

2003

ARTICLE 99

09-16-2003

2.0

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R

1992

BOOST (Special Edition)

09-16-2003

SUR

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1.85:1

$14.95

R

1988

BRIMSTONE AND TREACLE

09-16-2003

SUR

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R

1982

BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET

09-16-2003

1.0

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R

1984

CHATTAHOOCHEE

09-16-2003

2.0

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R

1989

EUREKA

09-16-2003

1.0

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R

1983

HOSPITAL

09-16-2003

1.0

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1971

IMAGES

09-16-2003

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R

1972

JUMP TOMORROW

09-16-2003

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2001

LIANNA (Special Edition)

09-16-2003

1.0

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R

1983

OLEANNA

09-16-2003

1.0

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NR

1994

PRIZZI'S HONOR

09-16-2003

SUR

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R

1985

RETURN OF THE SECAUCUS 7 (Special Edition)

09-16-2003

1.0

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R

UNK

SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY

09-16-2003

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R

1971

THERE GOES MY BABY

09-16-2003

SUB

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R

1994

TOUGH GUYS DON'T DANCE

09-16-2003

SUR

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R

1987

FARGO (Special Edition)

09-30-2003

5.1

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1996

 


SNOWBOARD ACADEMY DEBUTING ON DVD AUGUST 26

The Path to Higher Education is all Downhill in the Wacky Slapstick Comedy Starring Jim Varney, Brigitte Nielsen, Corey Haim and Joe Flaherty

Get set for an avalanche of fun with the zany comedy SNOWBOARD ACADEMY starring the always hilarious Jim Varney (Ernest Goes to Camp, The Beverly Hillbillies), Brigitte Nielsen (Beverly Hills Cop II), Corey Haim (Dream a Little Dream, License to Drive) and Joe Flaherty (National Security, TV's "SCTV"), debuting August 26 on DVD at the low price of only $14.95 SRP from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

SNOWBOARD ACADEMY is a slapstick free-for-all about the riotous rivalry between snobby skiers and knuckle-dragging snowboarders! Chris "The Wizard" Barry (Haim) is the younger son of a ski resort owner (Flaherty). When his out-of-control boarder buds take over the slopes, The Wizard's resentful big brother challenges him to start a snowboard academy that will turn bumbling beginners into race-winners in just two weeks.

With a slapstick subplot about an inept safety engineer (Varney) and a scheming gold-digger (Nielsen), plus awesome airborne footage, SNOWBOARD ACADEMY is one wild ride!

SNOWBOARD ACADEMY DVD:

 


CINDY WILLIAMS STARS IN BINGO-- PREMIERING ON DVD ON AUGUST 26

This Funny and Heartwarming Family Film About A Boy and His Dog is the Ultimate Buddy Movie.

Unleash family fun and outrageous laughs with the wild, fun-filled comedy BINGO starring Cindy Williams of TV's "Laverne & Shirley" fame, debuting on DVD August 26 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment. When Bingo, a runaway circus dog who escapes the Big Top, saves the life of Chuckie, a young boy who's having trouble fitting in with his pals, the two quickly become best friends. They skateboard, play pinball and do math homework together. But Chuckie's parents (Williams and David Rasche - Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood) discover the stowaway pooch, and make no bones about the fact that Bingo will not accompany them on their cross-country move. What follows is a heartwarming 1,000-mile adventure of puppy love and loyalty as Bingo and Chuckie encounter nutty characters and hilarious situations in their quest to be reunited. Dogcatchers, kidnappers, hospitals, even prison, can't keep the two lovable misfits apart!

From the co-writer of Jumanji and director Matthew Robbins (*batteries not included, Dragonslayer), BINGO is furry fun and adventure for the whole family to enjoy!

BINGO DVD:

 

06/22/03

LEVITY-- ONE OF THE MOST TOUCHING, INSPIRING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING FILMS OF THE YEAR! DEBUTING ON DVD AUGUST 26

Starring Academy Award® Winners Billy Bob Thornton and Academy Award® Winner Holly Hunter, Golden Globe Winner Morgan Freeman and Kirsten Dunst

A powerful and reverent story of one man's search for redemption and forgiveness, LEVITY stars Academy Award® winners Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade, Monster's Ball), and Holly Hunter (The Piano, The Firm), Golden Globe winner Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption, Dreamcatcher) and Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man, The Cat's Meow). Premiering on DVD and videocassette from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment on August 26, LEVITY is the gripping, emotionally-charged and "expertly crafted parable" (Los Angeles Times) of a paroled murderer's search to reconcile a single, spontaneous moment in his past that changed the course of his life forever.

Thornton stars as convicted murderer Manual Jordan who finds himself a free man when he is unexpectedly released from prison after serving a 22-year sentence for killing a store clerk in a failed robbery attempt. Haunted by his past after two decades of staring at his victim's face on a newspaper clipping in his cell and now seemingly lost in the present, Manual is drawn back to his old neighborhood. There, he encounters three people that hold the key to his redemption: a self-destructive young woman (Dunst), an enigmatic inner-city minister (Freeman) and the older sister (Hunter) of the boy he killed. The sins of the past got him where he is today - but something magical is about to take him the rest of the way home!

Premiering at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, LEVITY is written and directed by Ed Solomon and produced by Richard N. Gladstein, Adam Merims and Ed Solomon.

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IDENTITY-- DEBUTING SEPTEMBER 2 ON SPECIAL EDITION DVD

Discover the Secret! A Scary as Hell Top Grossing Box-Office Smash Hit Thriller!

Featuring a Talented Ensemble Cast Including John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, Rebecca DeMornay, Alfred Molina, Clea DuVall & John C. McGinley

Identity is a secret. Identity is a mystery. Identity is a killer. Debuting #1 at the box-office with a theatrical gross of over $52 million, IDENTITY was one of the year's most bone-chilling and terrifying psychological thrillers that had audiences nationwide gasping for more. A mind-bending, scary-as-hell thrill-ride that keeps you guessing with several shocking twists and turns, IDENTITY will premiere September 2 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment on videocassette and Special Edition DVD with bonus features including an alternate ending, five deleted scenes (with optional commentary), director commentary, making of featurette, storyboard comparisons and much more!

Starring John Cusack (America's Sweethearts, High Fidelity) along with an incredible all-star ensemble cast including Ray Liotta (Narc, Unlawful Entry), Amanda Peet (High Crimes, Saving Silverman), Rebecca DeMornay (The Hand That Rocks the Cradle), Alfred Molina (Frida, Chocolat), Clea DuVall (Girl Interrupted, The Faculty), John C. McGinley (The Rock, TVs "Scrubs"), and Jake Busey (Starship Troopers), IDENTITY was directed by James Mangold (Cop Land, Girl, Interrupted).

Trapped by a violent rainstorm, ten travelers are forced to seek refuge at a strange desert motel. They soon realize they've found anything but shelter. There is a killer among them and, one by one, they are brutally murdered. As the storm rages on and the corpses pile up, the survivors begin to turn on one another, and as accusations fly, one things becomes clear: Each of them was mysteriously drawn to the motel, not by accident or circumstance, but by forces beyond imagination. So they must fight to uncover the identity of the killer, before they check out ... permanently!

IDENTITY SPECIAL EDITION DVD:

Also be sure not to miss this thrill-of-a-minute DVD three-pack consisting of IDENTITY Special Edition, Memento, and Trapped. Cat #01762 / UPCC Code: #0-43396-01762-7, $53.95 SLP (3-pack is only available until 12/01/03).

 


THE THREE STOOGES: STOOGES IN HISTORY-- NEW TO DVD ON AUGUST 19

Larry, Curly, Moe and Shemp - the Original Kings of Comedy - Give You the Wackiest History Lessons You'll Ever Experience

On August 19, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will release a wildly madcap collection of hilarious antics from the original "Kings of Comedy" - Larry, Moe and Curly - The Three Stooges. Featuring five classic comedy shorts together for the first time on one DVD release, THE THREE STOOGES: STOOGES IN HISTORY will be available to own at the collectible price of $24.95 SLP.

THE THREE STOOGES IN HISTORY DVD release will contain the following side- splitting short films from the masters of slapstick comedy:

Squareheads of the Round Table (1948)
Moe, Larry and Shemp are three royal troubadours who are enlisted by Cedric the Blacksmith to win the heart of Princess Elaine who is set to marry the Black Prince with a serenade. But their plan hits a sour note when the Stooges and Cedric are arrested and sentenced to death.

I'm a Monkey's Uncle (1948)
Cavemen Larry, Moe and Shemp find themselves in an un-bear-able situation when they steal the girlfriends of nearby cavemen, who declare war in retaliation. The Stooges fight back with an arsenal of inventive weapons, proving animals aren't the only things that are wild.

Restless Knights (1935)
Almost immediately after the queen hires Larry, Moe and Curly to be her bodyguards, she is abducted, which provides Prince Boris with the perfect opportunity to be rid of them once and for all. Facing execution, the Stooges fight for their lives and wind up en garde for a regal victory.

Matri-phony (1942)
It's a bad case of Stoogeus Interruptus when potters Mohicus, Larrycus and Curlycue let Diana seek refuge from Emperor Octopus Grabus in their shop. They're arrested, but when Curlycue disguises himself as Diana, the Emperor's passion is unlocked and they find themselves on the run from jail and the altar.

Fiddlers Three (1948)
The Stooges can be a royal pain in the -- well, you know -- but sometimes they're the butts of the joke. Moeth, Larryeth and Shempeth are royal fiddlers who become the targets of an evil magician when they try to rescue their noble ruler's daughter, whom the magician has abducted. THE THREE STOOGES IN HISTORY DVD:

 


JASON PRIESTLEY AND JANET KIDDER STAR IN DOMINIC SHIACH’S THRILLER DARK SIDE-- FEATURE FILM TO DEBUT ON DVD AUGUST 19

MTI Home Video, the leading independent filmed entertainment producer and distributor, and their Studio Partner Bedford Entertainment have acquired the feature film DARK SIDE for North American VHS/DVD distribution (previously titled "Darkness Falling"). The feature about a woman, who investigates her twin sister's mysterious death and gets drawn into the S&M underworld, will be released on VHS and Day and Date DVD on August 19, 2003 (preorder date is July 31).

DARK SIDE is priced at $24.95 SRP for the DVD and $49.95 for the VHS (rental), and will be available on VHS in either English or English with Spanish subtitles. The DVD will include the following extras: Interactive Menus, Scene Selection, Trailers, Cast Bios, and Optional Spanish Subtitles.

Synopsis:

Corporate lawyer, Megan Wright (Kidder), investigates the puzzling suicide of her twin sister, Jane. As Megan is pulled into her sister’s dark underworld, she comes closer to uncovering why and how she died. Her investigation leads to a horrifying twist that finds her fighting for her very survival… just as Jane did. But who did kill Jane and why? And are they now after her? In a final night of terror, she discovers the answers to these questions, as well as the answer to who she really is and just what she's capable of doing in order to survive.

The feature stars Jason Priestley (Beverly Hills 90210, Love and Death on Long Island), Janet Kidder (Earth: Final Conflict, Bride of Chucky), Patsy Kensit (Grace of my Heart, Lethal Weapon 2), and Paul Johansson (John Q, Wes Craven Presents: Carnival of Souls). DARK SIDE was written by Colin D. Simpson, Brad Simpson (Blackheart), and Wilson Coneybeare (My Secret Identity), directed by Dominic Shiach (Blackheart), and produced by Allan Scott (The Cleaners, Grizzly Falls) and Peter R. Simpson (The Highwayman, Regeneration).

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TEMPE LABEL DISBANDS FROM FULL MOON; INKS NATIONAL DISTRIBUTION DEAL

Tempe Entertainment, the eighteen year old indie production company responsible for such cult classics as THE DEAD NEXT DOOR, OZONE and POLYMORPH, have parted ways with Charles Band's Shadow Entertainment (formerly Full Moon). At the conclusion of last fall's DEADLY STINGERS (their last production together which debuts from Fox Home Video later this year), Tempe president J.R. Bookwalter cut ties with the creators of the PUPPET MASTER series after eleven feature films which included the critically-acclaimed WITCHOUSE 2: BLOOD COVEN & WITCHOUSE 3: DEMON FIRE and the controversial William Shatner vehicle GROOM LAKE.

Moving forward to produce and promote their lines of previous cult favorites and new horror, science-fiction and comedy projects, Tempe has signed a five-year exclusive deal with Ventura Distribution. First out of the gate are re-releases of their rave-reviewed Special Editions for the dark comedy TOWNIES (May 27, $19.99 SRP) as well as WITCHOUSE 3: DEMON FIRE and the 1989 splatter classic SKINNED ALIVE (June 10, both reduced to $14.99 SRP) starring Scott Spiegel, the writer/director of FROM DUSK 'TIL DAWN 2.

On August 12, 2003 the label will debut its new Splatter Rampage label dedicated to in-your-face horror-comedy with the double feature DVD of MULVA: ZOMBIE ASS KICKER! & FILTHY MCNASTY, and also the LORD OF THE RINGS parody QUEST FOR THE EGG SALAD. Both $9.99 SRP movies are directed by Chris Seaver and feature cameos from Troma founder Lloyd Kaufman and scream queens Debbie Rochon and Tina Krause.

Joining the Special Edition ranks on August 19, 2003 is the 1997 thriller BLOODLETTING ($19.99 SRP), the tale of two serial killers in love which has been praised as "NATURAL BORN KILLERS done right." The disc includes remastered picture and 5.1 sound plus an abundance of extras which include a commentary from the director and stars, a lengthy making-of featurette, the original short film version and much more.

In a surprising but innovative move, Tempe will only release the films on DVD, declaring VHS to be "dead." Tempe's Bookwalter says his company plans to release remastered editions of their most popular (and infamous) features over the next several months, while production begins on a new slate of features set for release in 2004.

 


"BLOODLETTING" SPECIAL EDITION DVD ANNOUNCEMENT

SYNOPSIS:

Serena Stalin wanted to learn from the best. So she tracked down Butch Harlow, one of the world’s most notorious serial killers, and blackmailed him into teaching her the fine art of murder. Now, as the lessons begin, as the teacher and his bloodthirsty student leave a trail of horribly mutilated victims in their wake, they are about to uncover the horrible secrets that bind them together, the unspeakable passion that forces them to kill, over and over again...

REMASTERED SPECIAL EDITION DVD FEATURES:

 


MULVA: ZOMBIE ASS KICKER! & FILTHY MCNASTY DOUBLE FEATURE DVD ANNOUNCEMENT

SYNOPSIS:

Mr. Bonejack. Mulva. Demon Phil. Lady McPouchsweat. These are the characters that inhabit the twisted mind of writer/director Chris Seaver. MULVA: ZOMBIE ASS KICKER! follows the misadventures of a chocolate-addicted young girl celebrating Halloween with a bizarre assortment of characters including the aforementioned Bonejack — a cross between Bill Cosby and Don King who saves the day by helping kick some zombie backside! FILTHY MCNASTY is the outlandish tale of two nerdy chicks whose greatest wish comes true when a horny demon named Phil turns them into sexy sirens. But there’s a price to pay for granting their wish…a price that’s paid in blood (and other unmentionable bodily fluids)! Featuring Troma founder Lloyd Kaufman, B-movie diva Debbie Rochon and many others!

DOUBLE FEATURE DVD EXTRAS:

 


"QUEST FOR THE EGG SALAD" DVD ANNOUNCEMENT

SYNOPSIS:

Journey with us now to Central Earth and follow the misadventures of young Balfazar and friends as they set out on a quest to retrieve the sacred "egg salad"! The great wizard Bonejack fears that the evil Goblin King plans to use the egg salad to cover all of Central Earth in darkness and chaos! Mixing insane, offbeat comedy with the mystic times of legend and fantasy, QUEST FOR THE EGG SALAD is sure to make you laugh, weep or vomit with pure wonder! Starring cult favorite Tina Krause (WITCHOUSE 3: DEMON FIRE, AN EROTIC VAMPIRE IN PARIS)!

DVD BONUS FEATURES:

 

06/17/03

COVER GIRL--NEW TO DVD ON AUGUST 19

Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly Star in The Academy Award® Nominated Musical Comedy Featuring The Classic Score by Ira Gershwin and Jerome Kern

Classic Hollywood icons Rita Hayworth (Gilda, Pal Joey) and Gene Kelly (Singin' in the Rain, An American in Paris) star in COVER GIRL, the lavishly produced magical musical about a nightclub dancer from Brooklyn who leaves her sweetheart after winning a cover girl contest - only to learn that fame and fortune are no substitute for true love. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture (Legendary Ira Gershwin and Jerome Kern) and four more, COVER GIRL make it's DVD debut for the first time ever August 19 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

COVER GIRL proved to be a major turning point in the history of the Hollywood musical. For the first time, the songs were not merely strung together but were themselves vital plot elements, serving to move the story forward. COVER GIRL was also a major turning point in the career of Gene Kelly, as it established him as a virtuoso choreographer as well as a major dancing talent, along with cementing Hayworth's reputation as Hollywood’s most talented female dancer.

Rusty Parker (Hayworth) is a red-headed, leggy chorus dancer at a Brooklyn nightclub run by her sweetheart Danny McGuire (Kelly). Driven by ambition to be a successful Broadway star, she enters a "Cover Girl" contest to gain recognition. When the magazine’s publisher John Coudair discovers that she is the granddaughter of his former love, Rusty wins the contest. But her instant fame and success eventually endangers her romance with Danny.

COVER GIRL boasts a sparkling score by Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin with the enduring ballad "Long Ago and Far Away" which won an Academy Award® nomination for Best Music, Song. Although Hayworth's voice was dubbed by Martha Mears, the song remains one of the most beautiful songs ever written for a film. COVER GIRL is directed by Charles Vidor (A Farewell to Arms) and written by Marion Parsonnet, Paul Gangelin and Virginia Van Upp.

COVER GIRL DVD:

 


OUT FOR A KILL-- PREMIERING AUGUST 19 EXCLUSIVELY ON DVD

Martial Arts Powerhouse Steven Seagal Tears Up The Screen In His Latest Action

Ultimate martial arts action hero Steven Seagal (Exit Wounds, Half Past Dead) delivers the punches and the thrills in the explosive new action high-octane thriller OUT FOR A KILL that pits him between the Chinese mafia and secretive government agencies in an all-out war on drug smugglers, debuting August 19 exclusively on DVD and videocassette from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Archeology professor Robert Burns (Seagal) is on location leading an important dig in the ancient ruins on the Far Eastern China border. He accidentally discovers that the Chinese Mafia, the Tong, is using his newly discovered ancient Chinese artifacts to smuggle narcotics across the border. Trying to escape, his loyal assistant is killed and he is framed with the evidence at the Chinese border by the military and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and sent to prison. Once eventually released, Burns would rather enjoy his freedom back in the U.S. and keep his past behind him, but The Tong catches up to him and threatens not only his life but that of his wife. Vowing to avenge the lives of his loved ones, Burns hunts down and pursues each of The Tong members.

OUT FOR A KILL is directed by Michael Oblowitz (The Foreigner) and written by Dennis Dimster and Danny Lerner. The film was produced by Steven Seagal; Danny Dimbort and Trevor Short served as Executive Producers.

OUT FOR A KILL DVD:

 


SEE NO EVIL-- NEW TO DVD ON AUGUST 19

In The World of Darkness, Evil Can Hide Anywhere!

Golden Globe Award Winner Mia Farrow Stars in the Suspense-Filled Psychological Thriller

Acclaimed actress Mia Farrow (Rosemary's Baby, Hannah and Her Sisters) stars in SEE NO EVIL, the bone-chilling suspense thriller in the tradition of Blink and Jennifer 8 about a young blind woman whose world of darkness suddenly becomes a hellish nightmare, premiering on DVD August 19 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

After being permanently blinded in a horse-riding accident as a young woman, Sarah (Farrow) goes to live in an English countryside mansion of her aunt, uncle and their teenage daughter. Her calm haven is shattered when upon returning home from a date, she makes the gruesome discovery of the bloodied and brutally murdered bodies of her three relatives. After hearing the killer's footsteps, Sarah frantically gropes her way to the stables and gallops away on horseback for her life! She is rescued but there are still twists and turns until the murderer is identified. But soon she's ensnared in a terrifying sequence of events that leaves no doubt that sometimes it's better to - SEE NO EVIL!

SEE NO EVIL is directed by Richard Fleischer (The Jazz Singer, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea) and written by Brian Clemens.

SEE NO EVIL DVD:

 


ALL THE REAL GIRLS-- PREMIERING AUGUST 19 ON DVD

Winner Special Jury Prize & Nominee Grand Jury Prize 2003 Sundance Film Festival

Original & Touching Coming-Of-Age Romantic Drama Starring Zooey Deschanel, Paul Schneider & Patricia Clarkson

Winner of the Special Jury Prize and also nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival, ALL THE REAL GIRLS is the refreshingly poignant coming-of-age romantic drama that everyone is falling in love with from award-winning director David Gordon Green (George Washington), debuting on DVD and videocassette on August 19 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Hailed by Entertainment Weekly an astonishing and authentic work of American moviemaking art," ALL THE REAL GIRLS stars Zooey Deschanel (Almost Famous, The Good Girl), Patricia Clarkson (Far From Heaven, High Art) and Paul Schneider (George Washington) in a touching, funny and haunting story about love and loss among the residents of a small North Carolina town.

In a sleepy little mill town, Paul (Schneider) is the town Romeo. He lives with his mom, works for his uncle and picks up girls with his best friend Tip. But when Tip's sister Noel (Deschanel) returns home from boarding school, Paul finds himself unexpectedly falling for her innocent charm. In spite of her lack of experience and the violent protests of her brother, Paul and Noel find themselves in a sweet, dreamy and all-consuming love. But the young lovers soon discover that sometimes - passion comes at a cost!

ALL THE REAL GIRLS is written and directed by David Gordon Green; the film is produced by Jean Doumanian and Lisa Muskat.

ALL THE REAL GIRLS DVD:

 


CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT-- STARRING CULT FAVORITE KAREN BLACK, PETER DELUISE & AMI DOLENZ DEBUTING ON DVD AUGUST 12

Terrifying Vampire Horror Film in the Tradition of The Lost Boys and Stephen King's Sleepwalkers from Fangoria Films

Dracula has met his match! As the sun goes down, the undead rise up on a small idyllic town to wreak havoc in a blood-thirsty rampage in the chilling horror film CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT starring B-movie queen Karen Black (House of 1000 Corpses, Strange Invaders), Peter DeLuise (TVs "21 Jump Street") and Ami Dolenz (She's Out of Control), premiering on DVD August 12 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

This spine-tingling thriller will take you to the ultimate in supernatural evil - a town where every living soul is a vampire ... everyone - except you! Allburg is a quiet, peaceful small town, far removed from the crime of the big city, but in deadly danger. When a vampire is released from his long imprisonment in an underground crypt, the unsuspecting town becomes the target of his unearthly bloodlust. One by one, the entire population becomes either vampire or helpless victim. A teenage girl, a school teacher and a wino became an unlikely trio of vampire hunters as they struggle to destroy a monstrous danger more unspeakable than death in this truly gruesome and shocking tale of horror and suspense.

Nominated for Best Horror Film with the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films' Saturn Awards, CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT was produced by Fangoria Films, a division of the leading horror genre fan magazine in the world). The film was directed by Tony Randel, produced by Christopher Webster and written by William Hopkins, Tony Randel and Christopher Webster.

CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT DVD:

 

06/04/03

HEAD SOUTH OF THE BORDER WITH SCOOBY-DOO AND THE MONSTER OF MEXICO ON DVD SEPTEMBER 30

Colossal DVD Special Features Include Cast Commentary, Bloopers/Outtakes and more!

Just in time for a Halloween fiesta, Warner Home Video (WHV) unleashes the all-new, feature-length movie SCOOBY-DOO AND THE MONSTER OF MEXICO on September 30. A roaring Mexican mystery with mucho DVD special features, SCOOBY-DOO AND THE MONSTER OF MEXICO is available on DVD for $24.98 SRP. The VHS edition is available in both clamshell and slip-sleeve packaging for $19.96 SRP.

Scooby-Doo and the Gang head south of the border to solve the mysterious appearance of the Chupacabra - Mexico's very own Big Foot!

Spicy DVD special features include:

DVD-ROM special features include:

 


ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA TRILOGY-- AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY ON DVD AUGUST 12

Triple the Action with The Epic Martial Arts Action Trilogy
Starring International Action Superstar Jet Li
From Acclaimed Hong Kong Director Tsui Hark
Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment kicks into action with the release of the ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA TRILOGY on a two-disc Triple Feature DVD edition. These three high-octane films will be available on DVD August 12 at the collectible low price of $27.95 SRP.

Revered by martial arts fans as the ultimate Hong Kong action trilogy, the ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA series introduced the world to the powerful fighting moves of Jet Li (Romeo Must Die, Cradle 2 the Grave, The One) and the influential and stylish direction of filmmaker Tsui Hark (Time and Tide, Black Mask 2). The film series has won several Hong Kong Film Awards including Best Director, Best Action Choreography, Best Original Film Score and more.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA

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

ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA

ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA 2

This Good Guy has some Bad Moves ... international martial arts sensation Jet Li brings razor-sharp action to the screen in this classic Kung Fu tale set in turn-of-the-century Canton! Dr. Wong Fei-Hung (Jet Li), his assistant, Foon, and his beloved aunt arrive in Canton for a medical conference in which Wong is to demonstrate the art of Chinese acupuncture. Unbeknownst to them, however, the city is on the brink of revolution as pro- democracy rebels and anarchists alike threaten the stability of a crumbling dynasty. With Justice as his only allegiance, Wong joins forces with a brave revolutionary, Sun Yat Sen, when a religious terrorist group - The White Lotus Clan - initiates a campaign of violence against all foreigners in an attempt to preserve Chinese culture!

ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA 2

ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA 3

Jet Li reprises his role as martial arts master, Wong Fei-Hung, who along with his trusted sidekick, Chung, arrive in Peking, just in time for the Empress-sponsored Lion King martial arts contest. But, first, Wong Fei-Hung must win back his secret love, Yee, from the nefarious Russian diplomat-turned spy, Tumanovsky, who has a secret plan to assassinate the president. Now, fists and feet will fly as Wong Fei-Hung tries to foil the assassination attempt, defeat his awesome rival, Thunder Foot, triumph over the untrustworthy Leung Fun and win the Lion King contest in this gravity-defying, non-stop action adventure!

ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA 3

ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA TRIPLE FEATURE DVD SPECS

 

06/03/03

DIE! DIE! MY DARLING! NEW TO DVD AUGUST 12

Campy Classic Horror Film Featuring The Legendary Tallulah Bankhead In Her Final Performance

Co-Starring Stefanie Powers & Donald Sutherland

Directed by Silvio Narizzano (Georgy Girl, Loot) and produced by Hammer Films, the infamous British studio known for Gothic horror classics, DIE! DIE! MY DARLING! stars the memorable Tallulah Bankhead (Lifeboat, TVs "Batman") in her last film performance. DIE! DIE! MY DARLING! will premiere on DVD for the first time August 12 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Bankhead plays the psychotic Mrs. Trefoile, a demented mother who, terrorizes and imprisons her dead son's fiancée Pat (Stefanie Powers - TVs "Hart to Hart," Stagecoach) to avenge her son's tragic death, with the help of her bumbling gardener (Donald Sutherland - Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Klute). A domineering religious fanatic, Mrs. Trefoile grows obsessed with the spirit of her son, who died several years earlier in an auto wreck. When her son's former lover pays an unexpected visit, Mrs. Trefoile kidnaps the beautiful young woman, holding her hostage in the basement to "cleanse" her soul, so she can be reunited with her son in heaven. Trapped and tortured, Pat must fight for her life to escape.

DIE! DIE! MY DARLING! is a pure campy, classic thriller in the tradition of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, fueled by Bankhead's deliriously over-the-top turn as the ultimate Mother from Hell.

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DARK SHADOWS DVD COLLECTION 6 RELEASED JUNE 24TH

Supernatural soap DARK SHADOWS continues to haunt with the release of DARK SHADOWS DVD Collection 6 on June 24th from MPI Home Video. DARK SHADOWS DVD Collection 6 includes 40 complete episodes (413-453) on four discs and bonus interviews with actors from the series called "a cult phenomenon" by The New York Times.

Set in the small Maine fishing village of Collinsport, the soap opera revolves around the ghostly goings-on at the Collins' family estate, Collinwood. Central character Barnabas Collins, a 175 year-old vampire, thirsted for blood, and also for love and quickly became a pop culture icon. DARK SHADOWS was the most popular daytime drama during its 1966-71 run on the ABC Network, and holds a devoted audience with its current run 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 6

 


HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT-- PREMIERING ON DVD AUGUST 12

Starring Amelie's Audrey Tautou in this Daring and Intriguing Romantic Thriller

A delightfully romantic and intriguing puzzle of a story, HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT stars French ingénue Audrey Tautou -- whom audiences and critics alike embraced in the Academy Award® nominated Amelie -- in a daring role that gives her sweet persona a much deeper shading. HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT will premiere on DVD and videocassette August 12 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Rising young artist Angelique (Tautou) lives in a candy-colored fantasy world. From the moment she flashes her smile and persuades a flower shop owner to deliver a surprise single rose to her lover Loic (Samuel Le Bihan - Three Colors: Red), the world has - again - fallen under her spell. In the glorious throes of true love, Angelique is happily planning her future: a career as a painter and a future with Loic ... what more could she desire? But things are rarely as they seem and Loic, a married cardiologist, has a slightly more jaded take on their affair.

With a cleverly fractured structure, HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT is a delightfully intriguing tale of deception that will make you wonder exactly whom, in the maddening game of love, can you trust?

HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT a film by Laetitia Colombani, Isabelle Carre, Sophie Guillemin and Clement Sibony. Executive produced by Dominique Brunner.

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06/01/03

BILL LUSTIG INTERVIEW AT DVD MANIACS

Our friends at DVD Maniacs have just conducted an interview with Blue Underground head Bill Lustig, who discusses upcoming projects, including titles that were once issued by Anchor Bay and that will be reappearing in new editions on DVD.  Check out the review at http://www.dvdmaniacs.net/

 


THE MODERN DAY FAIRYTALE COMES TO LIFE AS WHAT GIRL WANTS DEBUTS ON DVD AUGUST 5

The $36-Million Box Office Hit, Featuring an All-Star Cast of Amanda Bynes, Colin Firth  and Kelly Preston, is Loaded with DVD Special Features

On August 5, Warner Home Video (WHV) invites you to experience the coming-of-age story of all-American teenager Daphne Reynolds (Nickelodeon Kid Choice Award®-winner Amanda Bynes) as she jets to London in the teen sensation WHAT GIRL WANTS.  Filled with glamorous trips to the London shops, the tireless pursuit of a cute English boy and endless mischief, the charming DVD features additional scenes, a making-of documentary, interactive challenges, a mini-featurette and more!  WHAT GIRL WANTS is available for $27.95 SRP on both widescreen and fullscreen DVD editions and for $19.96 SRP on VHS.

Fashionable DVD special features* include the following:

The web-enabled DVD will be offered in both widescreen [16x9 1.85:1] and fullscreen formats with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.  It will also include English and French languages (dubbed in Québécois) and subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

Synopsis

Amanda Bynes (Big Fat Liar, The Amanda Show, What I Like About You) stars as Daphne, an irrepressible American teen who impulsively hops a flight to meet the aristocratic father (Colin Firth of Bridget Jones's Diary) she never knew.  Determined to fit into dad's world, Daphne stifles her vibrant personality to be the perfect debutante while plunging into a whirl of garden parties, fashion shows and more.  With the help of Ian (Oliver James), Daphne discovers it's not worth being her father's daughter if that means abandoning who she really is.  She's going to remain true to herself. And she's doing it with the smarts and courage every girl wants to see.

 


BRING HOME ONE OF TELEVISION'S MOST POPULAR AND HONORED DRAMAS-- ER: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON" MUST SEE TV" WILL BECOME "MUST OWN" DVD AUG. 26 WHEN WARNER HOME VIDEO RELEASES THIS CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED AND EMMY AWARD WINNING SERIES

Millions of loyal viewers who make ER a part of "must-see TV" will be able to relive the moments of one of the most watched and most honored shows of the last decade when Warner Home Video (WHV) releases ER: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON on DVD Aug. 26, 2003. The four-disc set is priced at $59.98 SRP and features all 25 episodes from the first season, including the 90-minute pilot.

With more than 19 hours of programming plus bonus features, ER: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON will be one of the most comprehensive and extensive television DVDs ever released. The set will include "personal notes" from series creator and best-selling author Michael Crichton and two new documentaries produced exclusively for the DVD release. One concentrates on the pilot episode with interviews from Steven Spielberg and executive producers Michael Crichton and John Wells. The second highlights the entire first season, including interviews with the amazing ensemble cast of Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Sherry Stringfield, Noah Wyle and Julianna Margulies.

Other exclusive features loaded on the four-disc DVD collector's set of ER: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON are:

ER is one of the most honored and most watched dramas in television history. After nine seasons ER is still going strong with more than 24 million viewers tuning in each week.

With 104 Emmy nominations, more than any other drama series, ER has won 20 Emmy Awards and has been honored with two prestigious Peabody Awards, the Humanitas Prize, as well as numerous awards from the People's Choice (10 wins), SAG (8 wins), Viewers For Quality Television (6 wins) and others.

During its first season, ER quickly became a staple of watercooler conversations, with such heart-rending episodes as "Love's Labors Lost," and instantly had viewers hooked on the lives, loves and losses of the staff of Chicago's fictional County General hospital.  In addition, the series launched the careers of Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Sherry Stringfield, Noah Wyle, Julianna Margulies and Eriq La Salle.

Equally impressive were the show's sterling cast of guest stars, which included the late Rosemary Clooney, Bradley Whitford (The West Wing), Rick Rossovich (Roxanne), Ving Rhames (Mission: Impossible I & II), CCH Pounder (Postcards From The Edge), William H.  Macy (Fargo), Ming-Na Wen (The Joy Luck Club), Gloria Reuben (Timecop), Bobcat Goldthwait (Disney's Hercules), Robert Carradine (The Lizzie McGuire Movie), Michael Ironside (Top Gun), Valerie Perrine (Superman) and Quentin Tarrantino, who also directed an episode.

ER: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON  EPISODE SYNOPSES:

  1. Pilot: After a building collapses, victims are rushed to Chicago's County General, a teaching hospital, where the young residents and interns help with the injured while also dealing with other patients. Medical student John Carter (Noah Wyle) experiences his first day and Nurse Hathaway(Julianna Margulies) attempts suicide.
  2. Day One: The physicians are inundated with food poisoning victims, including German tourists and members of a wedding party who ate at the same restaurant. Dr Ross (George Clooney) visits Nurse Hathaway and Dr. Greene (Anthony Edwards) angers his wife by turning down a lucrative job offer.
  3. Going Home: A mysterious patient (Rosemary Clooney) wanders the halls of the ER, breaking into song to express herself, but nobody seems to know who she is. Carter contends with romantic advancements from a patient and Nurse Hathaway returns to work after  her suicide attempt.
  4. Into That Good Night: Dr Greene must decide whether to leave Chicago and follow his wife to her new job in Milwaukee, or stay behind. Carter suspects he got herpes from a patient. Dr Ross treats a pregnant woman who was in a car accident, while Dr. Benton (Eriq La Salle) treats the gang member responsible for the accident.
  5. Hit And Run: Dr. Ross deals with a schizophrenic mother who brings her son in to get his hearing checked because he can't hear the same voices she can. Carter accidentally contacts the wrong parents to inform them of their loss in a fatal accident. Nurse Hathaway must contend with Dr. Ross's romantic advances.
  6. Chicago Heat: A broken air conditioner causes tempers to flare amongst the doctors contending with a variety of emergencies. Dr. Ross and Dr. Greene treat a 5-year-old girl who accidentally swallowed cocaine, Dr. Susan Lewis (Sherry Stringfield) must deal with her lazy sister Chloe, who wants to move in with her.
  7. Another Perfect Day: Dr. Benton is a candidate for a Fellowship against his rival, Dr. Langworthy (Tyra Ferrell). Dr. Ross and Nurse Hathaway save a 12-year-old boy injured in a boating accident and celebrate with a kiss. Carter gains confidence by performing his first spinal tap. Dr. Greene's family problems increase.
  8. 9 1/2 Hours: Dr. Greene calls in sick to spend time with his wife and Dr. Ross reluctantly substitutes for him as chief resident. Dr. Benton deals with the loss of his Fellowship to his rival, while dealing with his family. Nurse Hathaway helps a young rape victim. Carter becomes infatuated with Dr. Lewis.
  9. ER Confidential: On Thanksgiving Day, Dr. Lewis prepares dinner, completely unaware that her lover Dr. Cvetic (John Terry) is suffering a nervous breakdown. Carter is unsuccessful in helping a suicidal transvestite. Dr. Greene, Dr. Langworthy and Nurse Hathaway deal with reckless teenage drivers who killed a girl.
  10. Blizzard: The first major snowstorm of the season causes a 32 car accident and the victims are rushed in. Dr. Greene instructs a man, via telephone, on how to deliver a baby. Dr. Ross clashes with a new physician (CCH Pounder), then is upset when Nurse Hathaway announces her engagement to Dr. Taglieri (Rick Rossovich).
  11. The Gift: On Christmas Eve, Dr. Greene desperately tries to leave the hospital to buy gifts for his family, but keeps getting pulled back in. Dr. Benton clashes with a brain-dead patient's wife over organ salvaging. Dr. Lewis discovers that her sister is pregnant. Dr. Ross makes a fool of himself at Nurse Hathaway's engagement party.
  12. Happy New Year: Dr. Lewis releases a patient who later dies of a heart attack. Carter tries to prove himself to Dr. Benton by attending a surgery, but then fouls it up. Dr. Greene and Nurse Hathaway try to save a young gang member with multiple gunshot wounds. Dr. Benton's sister decides to put his mother in a nursing home.
  13. Luck Of The Draw: Dr. Lewis is accused of negligence. Dr. Benton is called out of surgery to find his senile mother who is wandering the streets of Chicago. Dr. Greene contends with a patient who has cocaine packed in condoms blocking his intestines. Carter helps Benton's other new intern, Deb (Ming-Na Wen).
  14. Long Day's Journey: Dr. Greene deals with a woman who has been physically abused by her teenage daughter. Dr. Benton hires a physical therapist (Gloria Reuben) to stay with his mother. The doctor who accused Dr. Lewis of negligence has a heart attack and, ironically, she is the only one he trusts to care for him.
  15. Feb 5, '95: Dr. Greene is offered an attending position after completion of his residency, which greatly displeases his wife. Dr. Benton has run-ins with several people, including Nurse Hathaway and his mother's physical therapist. Dr. Ross treats a boy bitten by his pet viper, while hospital personnel search for the snake.
  16. Made Of Two Hearts: Dr. Ross and Nurse Hathaway treat a young Russian girl with AIDS, who was abandoned at the hospital by her adoptive mother.  Carter treats three high school cheerleaders who ate chocolate soaked in LSD. Deb also eats some of the candy and botches an assignment. A policeman brings in an injured dog.
  17. The Birthday Party: Dr. Benton desperately tries to leave the ER so he can attend his mother's birthday party. Carter tries to get Dr. Benton to ask him to return next year, because he's already asked Deb. Dr. Ross risks his career when he loses his temper with an abusive parent. Dr. Greene's marriage problems worsen.
  18. Sleepless In Chicago: Dr. Benton pulls a 48 hour shift and the staff worries that he's working too hard, especially after his mother falls down the stairs and is rushed to the ER. Dr. Greene learns that his wife wants a divorce. Dr. Lewis is scammed by an escaped mental patient, who passes himself off as an MIT efficiency doctor.
  19. Love's Labor Lost: A special episode focusing on one gripping case. Dr. Greene misdiagnoses a pregnant woman's condition and releases her to her husband, only to have her return later. He must race to save her life and that of her unborn child, but in the end only the baby survives. As a result, Dr. Greene becomes severely depressed.
  20. Full Moon, Saturday Night: The ER is filled with especially strange patients. Dr. Lewis takes over for the depressed Dr. Greene and greatly impresses the new chairman of the ER (Michael Ironside).  Carter and Deb help Dr. Lewis save an 18-year-old man hit by a car, then have to help the driver who hit him.
  21. House Of Cards: Dr. Greene is forced to present the case of a pregnant woman, who died, before an auditorium of his peers. Dr. Benton commits his mother to a nursing home. Deb makes a grave error in judgement and decides to quit medicine. Dr. Lewis must contend with her pregnant sister. Dr. Ross's new relationship heats up.
  22. Men Plan, Gods Laugh: Helpless to save his mother, Dr. Benton begins a crusade to cure every patient he sees. Dr. Ross makes plans with his new girlfriend (Lisa Zane). Dr. Greene butts head with ER Chairman Dr. Swift, when he opts to spend time with his wife instead of attending a meeting to discuss his career options.
  23. Love Among The Ruins: Carter gains confidence in himself, impressing Dr. Swift and even Dr. Benton, until Benton learns that Carter's family is wealthy. Dr. Greene jeopardizes his attending job by moving to Milwaukee to reconcile with his wife. Nurse Hathaway and Dr. Taglieri bicker over the details of their wedding.
  24. Motherhood: Dr. Lewis delivers her sister's baby girl, but is dismayed when she finds out that her mother (Valerie Perrine) won't let them live with her. Carter turns down an internship with Dr. Greene, in favor of one with Dr. Benton, only to discover that Dr. Benton has found someone else. Dr. Ross's relationship falls apart.
  25. Everything Old Is New Again: Dr. Greene is sued for malpractice in the death of a young pregnant woman. On his last day in the ER, Carter gives Dr. Benton a low evaluation, only to discover that Benton gave him an excellent review. Benton then offers him an internship. Dr. Taglieri dumps Nurse Hathaway on their wedding day.

 


THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON OF AMERICA'S #1 TELEVISION SERIES AVAILABLE ON DVD JULY 15

They're the best Friends we've ever had and now they're back to show us why, as Warner Home Video (WHV) releases FRIENDS: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON on DVD on July 15, 2003.  As fans gear up for the much-anticipated tenth and final season, FRIENDS continues to be one of the top-rated comedy shows of all time, taking home acknowledgements from such prestigious organizations as the Emmy Awards, The People's Choice Awards and the Golden Globe Awards.  FRIENDS: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON includes 24 episodes, each containing never-before-seen moments.  In addition, WHV will release THE BEST OF FRIENDS SEASON 3 which features the top five episodes from Season 3 as chosen by the series producers.  FRIENDS: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON four-volume boxed-set has been competitively priced at $44.98 SRP and THE BEST OF FRIENDS SEASON 3 is priced at just $14.98 SRP.

The Emmy-winning FRIENDS-starring Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe), Courtney Cox-Arquette (Monica), Jennifer Aniston (Rachel), David Schwimmer (Ross), Matthew Perry (Chandler) and Matt LeBlanc (Joey)- continues to beat the odds, remaining the #1 rated TV comedy series both in its original airing, with over 36 million total viewers each week, and in syndication.  Other honors heaped upon FRIENDS, include citations by the American Comedy Awards, GLAAD, the Teen Choice Awards and the Screen Actors Guild.  FRIENDS: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON features a who's who of special guests including Sarah Ferguson, Teri Garr, Charlton Heston, Giovanni Ribisi, Jennifer Saunders, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos and Tom Conti.

DVD enthusiasts and FRIENDS fans have embraced the previous FRIENDS DVD sets, with over 3.3 million sets shipped to date.  A recent TV Guide cover story called "The Best TV on DVD" showcased the FRIENDS' DVD collections. FRIENDS: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON is loaded with exclusive special features, including audio commentaries by the show's creators Kevin Bright, Marta Kaufman and David Crane on "The One With Chandler In A Box," "The One With The Embryos" and on the double-episode "The One With Ross's Wedding." Additional special features include the all-new documentary Friends Around The World, which explores the FRIENDS phenomenon in other lands, "Who Knows Whom Best? Ross's Ultimate Challenge" Trivia Quiz, a "Friends of Friends" Video Guestbook which serves as a guide to the fourth season's guest appearances, Video Character Bios, Interactive Menus and Subtitles in English, French, Spanish, Chinese and Korean.

THE BEST OF FRIENDS SEASON 3 will feature the popular episodes "The One With Frank, Jr.," "The One Where Monica and Richard are Just Friends," "The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break," "The One With the Morning After" and "The One With the Flashback."

FRIENDS: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON EPISODE SYNOPSES:

  1. The One With The Jellyfish: Ross falls asleep while reading Rachel's 18-page letter and, when confronted by her, pretends to agree with what she wrote.  Monica gets stung by a jellyfish and must resort to drastic measures.
  2. The One With The Cat: Phoebe believes her adoptive mother's spirit inhabits a stray cat.  Joey finds the experience of selling his entertainment center not entertaining at all.  Monica upsets Rachel by dating a guy who teased her in school.
  3. The One With The Cuffs: Monica "pulls a Monica" when she caters her mother's party.  Chandler gets himself locked into a compromising position with Rachel's boss.
  4. The One With The Ballroom Dancing: The girls get an eviction notice and Joey comes to their rescue by agreeing to give the building superintendent dancing lessons.
  5. The One With Joey's New Girlfriend: Ross and Rachel continue their power games to make each other jealous.  Chandler falls hard for Joey's new girlfriend, Kathy.
  6. The One With The Dirty Girl: Ross's beautiful new girlfriend has a disgusting secret.  Chandler gets closer to Kathy and buys her a pricey birthday gift.  Rachel proudly completes a crossword puzzle without help.
  7. The One Where Chandler Crosses The Line: Chandler kisses Kathy after thinking Joey has lost interest in her.  Encouraged by an awed Phoebe, Ross debuts his keyboard "sound" in public.
  8. The One With Chandler In A Box: Still angry over the Kathy kiss, Joey punishes Chandler by shutting him in a box on Thanksgiving.  Monica gets a surprise when she visits the eye doctor.
  9. The One Where They're Going To Party: When the guys try to be wild and crazy, they reluctantly realize they'd rather act like adults.  Monica writes a scathing restaurant review - and gets a job offer as a result.
  10. The One With The Girl From Poughkeepsie: Ross debates whether to date a faraway beauty or a less desirable woman who lives nearby.  Chandler tries to set up a date for Rachel with some co-workers.
  11. The One With Phoebe's Uterus: Phoebe's half-brother Frank Jr. makes an astounding announcement - and an even more astounding request of Phoebe. Ross gets Joey a job as a museum tour guide.
  12. The One With The Embryos: Phoebe undergoes the embryo implant.  A seemingly harmless game between the guys and the girls escalates into a full-blown contest to see which pair knows more personal data about the other.
  13. The One With Rachel's Crush: Rachel schemes to get a handsome client to ask her on a date.  Chandler's jealousy causes problems with his girlfriend.
  14. The One With Joey's Dirty Day: On Joey's first day on a major movie, one of Hollywood's legendary stars finds him in a compromising position in his trailer. Rachel regrets asking Ross for a favor when it sparks a new romance.
  15. The One With All The Rugby: Chandler's abrasive ex-girlfriend Janice reappears. Monica finds a mysterious switch in Joey and Chandler's old apartment.  Ross tries to impress Emily by playing rugby.
  16. The One With The Fake Party: To become better acquainted with her crush Joshua, Rachel inadvertently thwarts Ross's weekend plans.  Phoebe's pregnancy cravings evoke a sympathetic response from Joey.
  17. The One With The Free Porn: Chandler and Joey are glued to their TV after discovering an unscrambled adult cable channel.  Monica helps Ross tell his girlfriend he loves her. Phoebe gets some surprising pregnancy news.
  18. The One With Rachel's New Dress: Rachel takes a provocative pose to get Joshua into a romantic mood - but her plans go awry.  Chandler and Joey are at odds to persuade Phoebe to name one of her triplets after them.
  19. The One With All The Haste: Drastic developments blight Ross's relationship with Emily.  Monica and Rachel try to win back their old apartment, much to Chandler and Joey's delight.
  20. The One With All The Wedding Dresses: Distraught over Ross's engagement, Rachel takes Joshua aside and suggests they also get married.  Chandler forces Joey to go to a sleep clinic to stop his loud snoring.

22.          21.The One With The Invitation: Rachel and Ross each reminisce about when they used to date each other.  Everyone's disappointed when Rachel decides not to attend the wedding in England.

  1. The One With The Worst Best Man Ever: When Joey's duck swallows Ross's wedding ring, he is worried he'll have to sacrifice his beloved fowl to retrieve it.
  2. The One With Ross's Wedding, Parts 1 & 2: Arriving in London, Joey and Chandler go sightseeing but Joey's overly enthusiastic behavior compels Chandler to go off on his own.  Back in New York, Rachel realizes her feelings for Ross are stronger than ever and rushes off to the airport as wedding time nears.

THE BEST OF FRIENDS SEASON 3 EPISODE SYNOPSES:

  1. The One With Frank, Jr.: Phoebe tries to be more friendly with her half-brother.  Ross meets Isabella Rossellini (herself).
  2. The One With The Flashback: The friends recall secrets from their pasts.
  3. The One Where Monica and Richard Are Just Friends: When Monica and Richard (Tom Selleck) accidentally meet; they become friends - with dire consequences.
  4. The One Where Ross and Rachel Take A Break: Phoebe becomes involved with a foreign diplomat. Ross becomes involved with another woman after a fight with Rachel.
  5. The One The Morning After: Ross wakes up with Chloe, but an oblivious Rachel wants to resume their relationship.

 


NIGHTSTALKER-- NEW TO DVD AUGUST 5

In the summer of 1985, a deranged serial killer terrorized Los Angeles -  they called him "The NIGHTSTALKER" - this is his story!  Based on the horrific true nightmare that paralyzed a city with fear, NIGHTSTALKER is the unsettling story that "may haunt you well after you turn your lights out tonight" (Shari Pilot, Sundance), premiering on DVD and videocassette August 5 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Roselyn Sanchez (Boat Trip, Basic, Rush Hour 2), Bret Roberts (Chasing Papi, Pearl Harbor), Danny Trejo (XXX, Con Air) and Derek Hamilton (Disturbing Behavior) star in the gruesome reality thriller based on America's most notorious serial killers. NIGHTSTALKER is the shocking true-life horror story of Richard Ramirez, a psychotic possessed by demons who spent his nights raging through the City of Angels, terrified with paranoia and leaving a trail of bodies and blood along his path.  As women and men are randomly butchered in their homes, one rookie cop, Gabriella Martinez (Sanchez), vows to take him down.  Hot on his trail, Martinez puts her life directly in the line of fire and comes face-to-face with the menacing beast.

NIGHTSTALKER DVD:

 


DOUBLE VISION-- DEBUTING ON DVD AUGUST 5

How do you solve a series of grisly murders that are seemingly not of this world?  Two men from opposite sides of the globe must team up to solve the chilling secret of the most shocking supernatural thriller of the year, DOUBLE VISION, premiering on DVD and videocassette August 5 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

When a rash of bizarre killings baffles local police, the Taiwanese government is forced to enlist the services of a top American FBI Agent Kevin Richter (David Morse - TV's "Hack," The Green Mile) trained in tracking down even the most elusive serial killers.  After teaming up with a troubled local cop (Tony Leung), the two men follow a series of unearthly, unnerving clues that lead them into Taiwan's darkest, most mysterious corners to a violent cult searching for immortality.

This non-stop suspense-packed psychological thriller will rock you to the very core of your beliefs as you journey inside the deepest recesses of the soul and the most dangerous chambers of the mind.

DOUBLE VISION DVD:

 


CAUGHT-- NEW TO DVD AUGUST 5

Academy Award® nominee Edward James Olmos (Stand and Deliver, American Me) and sexy Latino actress Maria Conchita Alonso (Chasing Papi, TVs "Kingpin") star in CAUGHT, the erotically-charged drama about lust and betrayal in the tradition of The Postman Always Rings Twice, debuting on DVD for the first time August 5 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

A mysterious drifter lands in a Jersey City fish shop and changes its owners' lives forever in this steamy noir thriller.  Grateful for a chance at life off the street, Nick (Arie Verveen -  The Thin Red Line) eagerly helps Jose (Olmos) at the shop and Betty (Alonso) around the house.  But emotional entanglements ensue when Nick's role as Joe's "newfound son" competes with his growing desire for Betty.  Nick proceeds to awaken Joe's hope to the future, as well as Betty's sexual passions.  When Joe and Betty's son Danny moves back home and finds Nick installed in his old bedroom, his jealousy and rage explode, exposing the undertow of lust that threatens to tear apart their family and their dreams.

Praised by Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun Times) as "a convincing portrait of obsessive sex and a poignant story of love and dreams," CAUGHT is directed by the remarkably diverse filmmaker Robert M. Young (Dominick & Eugene, The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez).

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IMPLICATED-- PREMIERING AUGUST 5 ON DVD

IMPLICATED is a gripping tale of kidnapping, betrayal and murder in the tradition of "Ransom" and "Fargo" starring William McNamara (Copycat, Texasville) and Amy Locane (Prefontaine, TV's "Melrose Place"), coming to DVD for the first time on August 5 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

        When Ann's (Locane) new boyfriend Tom (MacNamara) asks her to babysit his boss's young daughter Katie, she is happy to help out.  She lost her own daughter in an auto accident and quickly establishes a bond with the little child.  But Ann's happiness is soon shattered and things take a sinister turn when she realizes she and Katie are only pawns in Tom's elaborate kidnapping plot.  Soon Ann finds herself tangled in a web of blackmail and deceit and for the first time sees the dark side of Tom's personality.  Ann is forced to stick to her boyfriend's carefully crafted plan to collect ransom from the girl's rich mother or face certain death ... But the plan eventually spirals dangerously out of control.

        Nail-bitting drama that will leave you on the edge-of-your-seat, IMPLICATED features an outstanding supporting cast including Frederic Forrest, Priscilla Barnes, Richard Tyson, Amanda de Cadenet, Roger Clinton and Phillip Baker Hall.

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EMMY® WINNING ANIMATED CHILDREN’S SERIES, I SPY, COMES TO DVD WITH HBO VIDEO’S JULY 29 RELEASE

On July 29, I SPY, Scholastic Entertainment’s interactive, animated children’s series, will hit video store shelves everywhere from HBO Video. Inspired by the magical, award-winning books of the same name, I SPY is a “whimsical, brightly colored, and engaging”(Boston Herald) “play-along” series for young children. Winner of a Daytime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation, I SPY features two delightful, original characters, “Spyler” and “CeCe,” that lead young viewers through search and find adventures set in an imaginary world. The series’ eclectic soundtrack musically complements the visual assortment of bright objects in the series, incorporating sounds made by everyday objects, such as musical notes, further encouraging young viewers’ imaginations and engagement in the game.

Select episodes of the I SPY series will be released in 2 volumes, each including three half-hour episodes on a single DVD disc or VHS tape. Volume 1, entitled “A Mumble Monster Mystery and Other Stories” and volume 2, “A Runaway Robot and Other Stories” will be available for purchase wherever home video entertainment is sold for $19.98 SRP on DVD and $12.94 SRP on VHS. (Order Due Date: 7/1/03, Runtime Per Volume: 90 minutes)

Produced by Scholastic Entertainment, the award-winning producers of Clifford The Big Red Dog®, Dear America®, Goosebumps® and Scholastic’s The Magic School Bus®, I SPY is a successful global franchise with over 20 million books in print and numerous other award-winning products.   HBO Video’s release of I SPY will be supported by a national advertising campaign including print ads in Parents, Child, Parenting and Nick Jr. magazines.

June 2003 Headlines 


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