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07/31/03

SEVEN CLINT EASTWOOD FAVORITES DEBUT ON DVD SEPTEMBER 2 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO-- WHERE EAGLES DARE; TIGHTROPE; WHITE HUNTER, BLACK HEART; THE ROOKIE; CITY HEAT; PINK CADILLAC; & HONKYTONK MAN

DVDs Feature All-New Widescreen Transfers and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound

On September 2, Warner Home Video (WHV) will please Clint Eastwood fans everywhere when they give DVD debuts to seven Eastwood classics. WHERE EAGLES DARE; TIGHTROPE; WHITE HUNTER, BLACK HEART; THE ROOKIE; CITY HEAT; PINK CADILLAC; and HONKYTONK MAN, which will all be available with new widescreen transfers and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, will sell for $19.98 SRP.

One of the most recognizable faces in motion pictures today, Clint Eastwood’s career has spanned four decades and has touched generations of filmgoers. With more than $1.4 billion box office and nearly 30 million video and DVDs sold to date, Eastwood is truly a box office super-star. He is also the winner of three Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for his work on the 1993 film, Unforgiven.

Clint Eastwood Favorites Debuting on DVD

WHERE EAGLES DARE – One of the all-time great fictional war stories, this 1969 film became Eastwood’s then-largest hit and was the studio’s number one moneymaker of the year. Richard Burton (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?, Cleopatra) and Eastwood star in this twisty World War II thriller written by the action master Alistair MacLean (The Guns of Navarone, Ice Station Zebra) and directed by Brian G. Hutton (Kelly’s Heroes).

DVD special features include:

TIGHTROPE – Eastwood stars in this psychological thriller about a New Orleans homicide detective walking a fine line between the man he strives to be and the man he fears he’s become. While investigating a series of brutal sex murders, he uncovers a link between himself and the suspect and soon finds his personal and professional life merging in an increasingly disturbing manner. TIGHTROPE also stars Genevieve Bujold, Alison Eastwood and Jennifer Beck.

WHITE HUNTER, BLACK HEART – As star and director of this film, Eastwood crafts one of the most acclaimed movies of his enduring career. Loosely based on the legendary John Huston, Eastwood plays a brilliant filmmaker who’s determined to turn his new project in Africa into a grand personal adventure hunting wild elephants. Jeff Fahey, Marisa Berenson and George Dzundza co-star in this rugged and absorbing tale from the novel by co-screenwriter Peter Viertel. Filmed in Zimbabwe and London, WHITE HUNTER, BLACK HEART is a bold trek into the heart of adventure.

THE ROOKIE – Released in 1990, the movie is directed by and stars Eastwood playing a veteran police detective with a history of training new partners who end up dead, usually as a result of his recklessness. THE ROOKIE also stars Charlie Sheen (Major League, Hot Shots!), Lara Flynn Boyle (TV’s The Practice, Men in Black II) and Raul Julia (The Addams Family).

CITY HEAT – Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds each parody their macho on-screen images when they pair up as a detective duo attempting to nab a group of gangsters who threaten the peace in Kansas City during the 1930s. Directed by Richard Benjamin, CITY HEAT also stars Jane Alexander (The Ring, The Cider House Rules), Rip Torn (Men in Black, The Insider) and Irene Cara (Fame, Certain Fury).

PINK CADILLAC – Eastwood stars as bounty hunter Tommy Novak who is on the trail of Bernadette Peters, a beautiful woman who has left her worthless husband, taking off with their baby and his PINK CADILLAC. What she doesn’t know is that her husband has a quarter-million dollars hidden in the trunk. The action comedy was directed by Wayne (Buddy) Van Horn (The Dead Pool, Any Which Way You Can).

HONKYTONK MAN – This film was directed by Eastwood and takes place in the Depression era with Eastwood starring as Red Stovall, a struggling country singer on the verge of his big break. Eastwood’s son, Kyle, starred alongside his father.

These six titles all include the following DVD special features:

In addition, all the DVDs will be offered for the first time in widescreen format [16:9 transfer] and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. They will also include English and French (dubbed in Québécois) languages and subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

All Eastwood Collection Titles:

WHERE EAGLES DARE (New!)

WHITE HUNTER, BLACK HEART (New!)

CITY HEAT (New!)

HONKYTONK MAN (New!)

TIGHTROPE (New!)

THE ROOKIE (New!)

PINK CADILLAC (New!)

 

07/30/03

CAMERON DIAZ, DREW BARRYMORE, LUCY LIU AND BERNIE MAC WITH DIRECTOR MCG ON THE PEDDLE BRING THE ULTIMATE SUMMER POPCORN MOVIE TO THE SCREEN IN CHARLIE’S ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE ARRIVING ON DVD IN BOTH RATED AND UN-RATED VERSIONS ON OCTOBER 21, 2003

Demi Moore, John Cleese, Matt Leblanc and Luke Wilson Bring Additional Voltage To This Summer Ride

On Tuesday, October 21, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment (CTHE) will release the highly anticipated DVD and VHS of CHARLIE’S ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE - the jaw-dropping, adrenaline packed summer action comedy directed by McG and starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu. With its incredibly creative stunts, ultra-sexy costumes, a soundtrack that rocks and a color palette that dazzles, this worldwide box-office hit follows in the footsteps of its highly successful predecessor CHARLIE’S ANGELS.

CHARLIE’S ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE, available on DVD in its original theatrical version and also on an un-rated DVD with additional footage and special features, will be packed with added value features including a telestrator commentary by McG, which gives a play-by-play dissection of specific scenes, Cameo-Graphy to test viewer’s knowledge of all of the A-list celebrity appearances and Pink’s music video, "Feel Good Time" featuring William Orbit. The DVD will be available for $27.94.

The movie stars Cameron Diaz (Gangs of New York, There’s Something About Mary), Drew Barrymore (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Never Been Kissed), Lucy Liu (Shanghai Noon, Chicago), Bernie Mac (Head of State, Ocean’s Eleven), Demi Moore (Ghost, Indecent Proposal), Matt LeBlanc (Friends, Lost in Space) and Luke Wilson (Old School, Alex & Emma) along with cameo roles by Bruce Willis, Pink, Jaclyn Smith, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Carrie Fisher, Eve and many others. The summer’s film was directed by honorary "Angel" McG (CHARLIE’S ANGELS, music videos for Mase and Barenaked Ladies) and produced by Leonard Goldberg (Die Hard), Drew Barrymore (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) and Nancy Juvonen (Never Been Kissed).

CHARLIE’S ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE

From Columbia Pictures Presents, A Leonard Goldberg Production, CHARLIE’S ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE unleashes America’s greatest secret weapon as Natalie Cook (Cameron Diaz), Dylan Sanders (Drew Barrymore) and Alex Munday (Lucy Liu) reunite for a challenging new adventure. The sequel to the blockbuster action comedy is directed by McG and inspired by the phenomenally popular television series.

The Angels prepare to strike without warning as they go undercover to retrieve two missing silver bands. These are no ordinary rings. They contain valuable encrypted information that reveal the new identities of every person in the Federal Witness Protection Program.

When witnesses start turning up dead, only the Angels, using their expertise as masters of disguise, espionage and material arts, can stop the perpetrator, a mysterious fallen" Angel (Demi Moore). Aided by their trusty colleague Jimmy Bosley (Bernie Mac), the Angels’ adventure begins at a remote Mongolian outpost and ends only after Dylan (Barrymore) is forced to face a dark secret from her past - a secret that puts the lives of her two best friends in danger. Now the action-packed sequel will lead viewers into full throttle when it arrives on DVD and VHS just in time for the holiday season.

 


GET READY TO UNWRAP THE #1 ALL-TIME FAVORITE HOLIDAY COMEDY A CHRISTMAS STORY CELEBRATES ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY WITH A WIDESCREEN DVD DEBUT OCTOBER 7

Two-Disc Special Edition Remastered DVD Loaded with Bonus Features Including Documentaries, Commentaries, Featurettes and More

Just in time for gift-giving, the holiday favorite A CHRISTMAS STORY -- listed as the #1 favorite holiday movie of all time by E! Online -- is being released by Warner Home Video (WHV) for the first time in a two-disc widescreen Special Edition DVD October 7. Fill your stockings with this classic tale of Ralphie Parker in his quest to fulfill his Christmas wish, presented in a Special 20th Anniversary Edition DVD bursting with special features! Available in an all-new digital transfer, including remastered picture and sound, A CHRISTMAS STORY will be offered in both widescreen and full frame format on this double-disc DVD for $26.99 SRP.

The 20th Anniversary Special Edition DVD includes the following festive bonus features:

A CHRISTMAS STORY - Humorist Jean Shepherd's nostalgic view of Christmastime in Indiana during the 1940s stars Peter Billingsley as a nine-year-old named Ralphie who has only one thing on his Christmas list: a Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Air Rifle. With his parents unwilling to buy him the gun because he might "shoot his eye out," Ralphie decides to mount a full-scale, hint-dropping, Santa-begging campaign. He also endures a slew of calamities from snowsuit paralysis to the dreaded tongue-on-a-frozen-flagpole gambit. The New York Times calls A CHRISTMAS STORY, "maybe the best Christmas movie ever."

 


HOLLYWOOD ICON HARRISON FORD AND HEARTTHROB JOSH HARTNETT TEAM UP IN THE ACTION-PACKED COMEDY HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE-- PREMIERING ON DVD OCTOBER 7

Academy Award® Nominated Writer/Director Ron Shelton (Bill Durham, White Men Can't Jump) introduces the charismatic, fast-paced law enforcement team of Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett. In the tradition of LEATHAL WEAPON and BAD BOYS, high-voltage action combines with wit and friendly banter in HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE, debuting on DVD and Videocassette October 7 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

In Hollywood, no one is really who they want to be. Veteran cop Joe Galivan (Ford) and his rookie partner K.C. Calden (Hartnett) are no exception. Between Joe's struggling real estate business and K.C.'s fledgling acting career and yoga instruction, they've got a major murder case to solve. With both Internal Affairs and their main suspect on their tails, Joe and K.C. have to infiltrate the dangerous world of the hip-hop recording industry. Juggling two careers proves to be a comical adventure with Joe and K.C. desperate to stay alive long enough to catch their big break.

Along with Isiah Washington (Romeo Must Die), Lena Olin (Chocolat) and Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba), HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE features a plethora of cameos by real-life musicians Smokey Robinson, Master P, Dr. Dre, Gladys Knight, Dwight Yokum and Ronald Devoe of New Edition and Bel Biv Devoe.

HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE DVD:

 

07/27/03

GET READY TO UNWRAP AN ALL-TIME FAVORITE HOLIDAY COMEDY NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION CELEBRATES WIDESCREEN DVD DEBUT OCTOBER 7

All-New Transfer and "Griswold" Family Commentary

NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION -- listed as the #3 favorite holiday movie of all time by E!Online -- is being released by Warner Home Video (WHV) for the first time in widescreen format Special Edition DVD October 7.

The NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION Special Edition DVD will be available in widescreen format for $19.98 SRP or as part of THE ULTIMATE VACATION COLLECTION DVD 4- Pack for $59.92 SRP. The 4-Pack contains NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION along with NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION, NATIONAL LAMPOON’S EUROPEAN VACATION and VEGAS VACATION.

In NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) attempts to create a picture perfect, old-fashioned Christmas for his family and invites his extended family to celebrate the holidays at his home. But a festive supporting cast including Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Juliette Lewis and Doris Roberts, 25,000 lights on the roof, an exploding turkey on the dining room table and a SWAT team taking siege outside soon help Clark realize that more does not always mean merrier. Critic David Sheehan said the film is "funnier than the first Vacation. Chevy Chase is at his best!" John Hughes wrote and was a producer on NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION; Jeremiah S. Chechik was the director.

The DVD includes special features such as an all-new, very merry commentary with Randy Quaid, Beverly D'Angelo, Johnny Galecki, Miriam Flynn, Director Jeremiah S. Chechik and Producer Matty Simmons. The DVD will include English and French (dubbed in Québécois) languages and subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION

THE ULTIMATE VACATION COLLECTION DVD 4-Pack

 


IT'S THE SUPERHERO VIDEO EVENT OF THE YEAR BATMAN: MYSTERY OF THE BATWOMAN SOARS ONTO DVD ON OCTOBER 21

Highly Anticipated DVD Debut Is Power-Packed With DVD Special Features Including an Exclusive-to-DVD Original BATMAN Short from Emmy® Award-winning writers Alan Burnett and Paul Dini

Featuring the Voice Talents of Kelly Ripa as "Rocky," Kyra Sedgwick as "Batwoman" and Hector Elizondo as "Bane"

On October 21, the Caped Crusader returns to save the day and reveal Batwoman's true identity in Warner Home Video's (WHV) BATMAN: MYSTERY OF THE BATWOMAN. Full of action, suspense, intrigue and humor, the all-new, animated feature-length movie features the voice talents of Kelly Ripa (Live! With Regis and Kelly), Kyra Sedgwick (Born on the Fourth of July) and Hector Elizondo (The Princess Diaries). From Emmy® Award-winning writers Alan Burnett and Paul Dini, BATMAN: MYSTERY OF THE BATWOMAN includes an exclusive-to-DVD original Batman animated short, Chase Me. Loaded with other powerful special features sure to solve any mystery, the DVD includes a behind-the-scenes production featurette, filmmaker and animator commentaries, a look at creating a scene and more. BATMAN: MYSTERY OF THE BATWOMAN is available on DVD for $24.98 SRP and on VHS for $14.94 SRP.

When a new vigilante in the guise of a BATWOMAN appears in Gotham City, she is so ruthless and destructive that BATMAN feels compelled to stop her. As he tries to uncover her secret identity, he comes to realize that she has targeted a criminal consortium headed by PENGUIN, who is trying desperately to export a cache of high tech arms out of Gotham City. Eventually, Batman comes to suspect that Batwoman is KATHY DUQUESNE, the spoiled daughter of criminal kingpin CARLETON DUQUESNE, who is Penguin's partner. But just when Batman thinks he has the goods on her, evidence points to another woman, and then another. By the time Batman realizes who the mysterious Batwoman really is, she has been captured by BANE, whom Penguin has hired to oversee the export of arms. It's up to Batman to save her, defeat Bane, and stop the shipment of arms before it leaves Gotham Harbor.

High-flying DVD special features include:

"Batman is one of America's most beloved heroes and one of Warner Bros. top franchises," said Jeff Baker, WHV Vice President, Non-Theatrical Franchise Marketing. "The debut of the feature-length movie BATMAN: MYSTERY OF THE BATWOMAN on DVD and VHS is sure to be one of the major super hero events of the year."

The Credits

Warner Bros. Studios Presents "BATMAN: MYSTERY OF THE BATWOMAN" starring the voice talents of KEVIN CONROY, KIMBERLY BROOKS, HECTOR ELIZONDO, ELISA GABRIELLI, KEVIN MICHAEL RICHARDSON, KELLY RIPA, KYRA SEDGWICK and DAVID OGDEN STIERS, and based on the DC Comics characters BATMAN created by BOB KANE.

 


ER: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON-- BRING HOME ONE OF TELEVISION’ MOST POPULAR AND HONORED DRAMAS!

"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, Œ95: 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.

 

07/24/03

THE TICK - THE ENTIRE SEASON-- ARRIVES ON SPECIAL TWO-DISC DVD ON SEPTEMBER 30.

Live Action Comedy Series Based on Popular Comic Book Stars Seinfeld's Patrick Warburton

The ultimate comic crime-fighter has returned by popular demand with the release of the two-disc DVD featuring television's wackiest superhero The Tick, including all nine episodes of the hilarious TV series based on the campy comic book. The most requested title for DVD release by fans in a recent online poll, THE TICK - THE ENTIRE SERIES will be available at $29.95 SLP from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment on September 30.

Based on the fan-favorite comic book by creator Ben Edlund, this live-action series follows The Tick as he confronts evil powers. In a city filled with danger, one man stands in the shadows, waiting for evil to rear its ugly head, and feel the power of his superhuman noogie! A comedy different from all superheroes, THE TICK is filled with action, sarcasm and parody on the lives of married couples.

Starring Patrick Warburton (TV's "Seinfeld"), David Burke (TV's "Party of Five"), Liz Vassey (TV's "Push Nevada") and Nestor Carbonell (TV's "Suddenly Susan"), THE TICK was produced by Larry Charles (TV's "Seinfeld," "Dilbert" and "Mad About You") with the pilot episode directed by Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black, Get Shorty), which is available on the DVD in a version never aired before.

Jumping from roof to roof in one single leap, the mysterious blue justice defender The Tick (Warburton) patrols The City, and his limited knowledge of human life doesn't interfere with his desire to protect society. The frustrated and well-behaved accountant known as Arthur (Burke) left his job to join The Tick as The Moth, and now they're a crime-fighting duo. Arthur has always secretly wanted to be a superhero. Well, not so secretly, since he used his moth outfit (which looks more like a bunny) to work. On this fight against injustice The Tick also counts on Batmanuel (Carbonell) a lovely Latino superhero who never promotes himself without a worthy cause. The Tick's kryptonite is Captain Liberty (Vassey), the government's number one weapon in the battle against super villains.

THE TICK - THE ENTIRE SERIES features the following nine episodes:

THE TICK - THE ENTIRE SERIES DVD:

 


NOWHERE IN AFRICA-- DEBUTING SEPTEMBER 30 ON SPECIAL EDITION DVD

Critically-Acclaimed and Extraordinary True Story From Award-Winning Director Caroline Link

One of the most celebrated and powerful motion pictures of the year, NOWHERE IN AFRICA received top honors with the Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film along with garnering a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. A remarkable true tale of a Jewish family who flees the Nazi regime in 1938 for a remote farm in Kenya from acclaimed director Caroline Link (Beyond Silence), NOWHERE IN AFRICA will premiere on videocassette and a packed two-disc Special Edition DVD September 30 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Praised by critics nationwide and honored with multiple awards, NOWHERE IN AFRICA was hailed as "exhilarating, laced with poignancy and conflict, urgency and compassion," (Los Angeles Times), "marvelous" (Wall Street Journal), "superbly realized - with subtlety and grace," (LA Weekly) "enchanted and thrilling" (Philadelphia Inquirer) and "a magnificent film, this is the kind of movie that people really, really like" (Roger Ebert).

Abandoning their once-comfortable existence in Germany, Walter Redlich, his wife Jettel (Juliane Kohler) and their five-year-old daughter Regina relocate to Africa, where they each deal with the harsh realities of their new life in different ways. Attorney Walter is resigned to working the farm as caretaker; pampered Jettel resists adjustment at every turn; while the shy yet curious Regina immediately embraces the country - learning the local language and customs and finding a new friend in Owuor, the farm's cook. As the war rages on the other side of the world, the trio's relationships to their strange environment become increasingly complicated as Jettel grows more self-assured and Walter more haunted by the life they left behind. As they eventually learn to cherish their life in Africa, they also endeavor to find a way back to each other.

NOWHERE IN AFRICA DVD:

 


DIVE INTO HILARIOUS COMEDY WITH ADULT SWIM

WARNER HOME VIDEO DEBUTS FIRST VOLUME OF SPACE GHOST COAST TO COAST AND AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE ON DVD NOV. 18, 2003

Both Series Part of Cartoon Network's Highly-Rated Late Night Comedy Block

Cartoon Network's top-rated series, SPACE GHOST COAST TO COAST and AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE make their DVD debut on November 18, 2003 from Warner Home Video. Each title will be released as a two-disc collector's set, priced at $29.98. The pre-order date for both titles is October 21, 2003. Both shows air on Adult Swim, Cartoon Network's top-rated late night animation block.

SPACE GHOST COAST TO COAST: Volume One will contain 16 episodes plus commentaries from the show's creators on episodes "Elevator," "Batmantis," "The Story Book House," "Girlie Show," and "Fire Drill." Other features include music videos and original show artwork. Space Ghost Coast-to-Coast is one of cable's longest running series, having debuted in 1994. SPACE GHOST COAST TO COAST features a former superhero who is now the galaxy's crankiest talk-show host. He's joined by his prisoners-turned-sidekicks Zorak and Moltar. His guest list for SPACE GHOST COAST TO COAST: Volume One includes the Bee Gees, Ashley Judd, Adam West, Slash, Carol Channing, Terry Jones, and many more.

The AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE: Volume One DVD will contain 16 episodes, including the original cut of the pilot, "Rabbot." Commentaries from the show's creators appear on episodes "Space Conflict from Beyond Pluto" and "Mayhem of the Mooninites." Never-before-seen footage and hidden bonus material are also included. AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE chronicles the adventures of human-sized food products, Meatwad, Frylock and Master Shake, who live together in a rental house in New Jersey. When they are not hanging out in their next-door neighbor Carl's above ground swimming pool, these three are being visited by such creatures as a manic-depressive action figure, a rapping arachnid and annoying visitors from the moon.

07/22/03

SPACE JAM: TWO-DISC SPECIAL EDITION FAST BREAKS ONTO DVD OCTOBER 28

High Scoring DVD Debuts Just Two Weeks Before the Theatrical Release of LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION Special Features Include an Hour of New-to-DVD Cartoons!

On October 28, an all-star cast of Bugs Bunny, Sylvester, Tweety and the rest of the Looney Tunes gang team up with the NBA's greatest player of all time, Michael Jordan, in Warner Home Video (WHV)'s release of a new widescreen special DVD edition of the $225 million worldwide box office hit SPACE JAM, entitled SPACE JAM: TWO-DISC SPECIAL EDITION. The two-disc DVD is jam-packed with special features, including an hour of new-to-DVD digitally re-mastered cartoons, a making-of-featurette and music videos, and is now available for $26.99 SRP.

His Airness and His Hareness; what a team! Michael Jordan slams, Bugs Bunny jams and a cavalcade of Looney Tunes and NBA stars hoop it up in the rim-rattlin', out-of-this-world, roundball romp: SPACE JAM.

Slam-dunk DVD special features include:

Score big with DVD-ROM special features including:

SPACE JAM: TWO-DISC SPECIAL EDITION is just one of the many crowd-pleasing Looney Tunes titles that WHV will release on October 28. In celebration of the upcoming LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION theatrical release, WHV also presents the ultimate collector's edition, The Looney Tunes Golden Collection, a four-DVD commemorative boxed-set available for $64.92 SRP and the double-disc The Looney Tunes Premiere Collection, starring Looney Tunes characters in some of their first animated appearances, available for $26.99 SRP on DVD. In addition, fans can get a look at the classic characters in short films with contemporary twists with two all-new DVD compilations courtesy of Warner Bros. online shorts: Looney Tunes Reality Check! and Looney Tunes Stranger Than Fiction!, each available for $19.98 SRP on DVD and $14.94 SRP on VHS.

"SPACE JAM is one of WHV's most successful family entertainment video releases of all time, with an original box office gross of $90 million in the U.S.," said Mike Saksa, WHV Senior Vice President, U.S. Marketing. "For the first time, we are releasing this title in a special edition widescreen format to coincide with the biggest Looney Tunes home video event of the year and celebrate the upcoming LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION theatrical release."

LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION

Fans will have a wild and wacky fall when the highly anticipated live-action theatrical movie, LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION, releases in theaters November 14. Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck team up with Brendan Fraser as "Bobby Delmont," Jenna Elfman as "Kate Houghton" and the rest of the Looney Tunes gang as they travel from Vegas to Hollywood to Africa in search of a mythical Blue Diamond.

Everyone's Looney for Looney Tunes!

Launched in the U.S. in 1930, the Looney Tunes have featured more than 200 characters in over 1,300 episodes. The Looney Tunes have won five Academy Awards® for Best Animated Shorts. TV Guide ranked Bugs Bunny as the #1 cartoon character of all time. In addition, Bugs Bunny was voted "America's Favorite Animated Character" in People's poll of the century and was the first animated character honored on a U.S. Postal Service stamp. Looney Tunes is Cartoon Network's dominant programming brand, attracting nearly 20 million viewers per week. Daffy in Duck Dodgers, the all-new action/comedy cartoon show launched on the Cartoon Network on July 11 and has 26 hilarious and action-filled episodes waiting to land. The official Looney Tunes website, www.looneytunes.com, logs more than 1.2 million page views daily.

07/21/03

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME VIDEO ANNOUNCES FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ON DVD WITH THE ORIGINAL THEATRICAL SOUNDTRACK SIXTEEN CANDLES & WEIRD SCIENCE PLUS ALL-NEW DIGITALLY RE-MASTERED EDITION OF THE BREAKFAST CLUB

All part of the "HIGH SCHOOL REUNION COLLECTION" Debuting September 2nd, 2003

In the world of comedies, few films portray the teenage years better than SIXTEEN CANDLES, WEIRD SCIENCE and THE BREAKFAST CLUB written and directed by John Hughes. SIXTEEN CANDLES and WEIRD SCIENCE are available for the first time on DVD from Universal Studios Home Video in their original glory with the original theatrical soundtrack. These films will join an all new digitally re-mastered edition of THE BREAKFAST CLUB and other favorites, THREE O’CLOCK HIGH (new-to-DVD), Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Mallrats, Dazed and Confused and American Graffiti, on DVD September 2, 2003, all part of Universal Studios Home Video's "HIGH SCHOOL REUNION COLLECTION."

Offering vivid portrayals of the hopes, dreams, romantic mishaps, and hilarious escapades of some of America's most memorable characters, the DVDs are priced at $19.98 S.R.P. with a pre-order close of July 29. In addition, a "HIGH SCHOOL REUNION BOXED SET" featuring SIXTEEN CANDLES, WEIRD SCIENCE and THE BREAKFAST CLUB is available for $39.98 S.R.P.

The ultimate slice of teenage life, these titles launched the careers of a long list of beloved stars, including Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, John Cusack, Kelly LeBrock and Robert Downey, Jr. Collectors will snap up these teen angst-fests boasting awesome eighties soundtracks including songs by Spandau Ballet, General Public, David Bowie, Kajagoogoo, Oingo Boingo and Billy Idol. Often considered some of the best movie soundtracks from the eighties, these quintessential teenage classics will feature the original theatrical soundtrack music that is undeniably linked with memories of the movie.

A STORIED PAST

John Hughes' films are praised for the way they meet suburban characters and stories head-on, with hilarious results. In SIXTEEN CANDLES, fifteen-year-old Samantha Baker (Molly Ringwald) stresses out as her sister's wedding upstages her sixteenth birthday. Unbeknownst to her, the situation is not as grim as she thinks, as her unattainable crush has a crush on her. The film's talent roster includes Anthony Michael Hall as the ultimate high school geek. These two performances won each actor a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture.

With WEIRD SCIENCE, Hughes enters the fantasy realm, as two popularity-challenged high school boys use their computers to create the ideal woman. The film stars Anthony Michael Hall, Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton, Ilan Mitchell-Smith and Robert Downey, Jr.

THE BREAKFAST CLUB captures a group of teens trapped together during a daylong stint in detention. At seven a.m. they have nothing to say, but by four p.m., they have bared their souls to each other and become friends. The critically acclaimed film, starring Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy and Paul Gleason, was praised for its "moments of truth and perception" (Leonard Maltin).

In THREE O’CLOCK HIGH Jerry Mitchell is having one of those days. He's late for high school, his car has a flat tire and he's been sent to the dean's office. But worst of all, he's incurred the wrath of the feared new student Buddy Revell, the biggest, meanest, downright nastiest guy in class who forces him into a fight at 3 p.m. in the school parking lot. Poor Jerry has just seven hours, a good supply of wit, a few friends, a savvy kid sister and the worst luck of any kid alive, to find a way out of his tough problem. As the clock ticks away and the suspense mounts, Jerry realizes there's no way he can avoid facing the muscle-bound bully in a fight that will probably be his last.

CAST & FILMMAKERS

SIXTEEN CANDLES

WEIRD SCIENCE

THREE O’CLOCK HIGH

THE BREAKFAST CLUB

DVD TECHNICAL INFORMATION

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HIGH SCHOOL REUNION BOXED SET (SIXTEEN CANDLES, WEIRD SCIENCE, THE BREAKFAST CLUB)- 23810 ($39.98 S.R.P.)

 

07/20/03

DADDY DAY CARE-- DEBUTING SEPTEMBER 23 ON SPECIAL EDITION DVD

Favorite Father Eddie Murphy Headlines The Laugh-Out-Loud $100 Million Box Office Smash Hit Family Comedy From Revolution Studios-- Winner of the Film Advisory Board - Award of Excellence

The new face of daycare has arrived! Hollywood superstar and funnier-than-ever comedian Eddie Murphy (Shrek, Dr. Doolittle, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps) strikes entertainment gold with the parent and kid-friendly comedy DADDY DAY CARE. Debuting September 23 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment (CTHE) on Special Edition DVD and video, the laugh-out-loud film features hours of family- friendly bonus features including interactive games, an Imageworks animated short film "Early Bloomers", blooper reel, four fun-filled featurettes and more!

DADDY DAY CARE has marked $100 million at the box office and opened as the number one family comedy. Dads were head of the household after Murphy and co-stars turned audiences into silly puddy. The DADDY DAY CARE Special Edition DVD is priced at $27.94 SLP and the VHS will be available in rental.

In Revolution Studios' rambunctious and endearing family comedy DADDY DAY CARE, two fathers (Eddie Murphy, Jeff Garlin) join the ranks of the unemployed and are forced to take their sons out of the exclusive Chapman Academy and become stay-at-home fathers. With no job possibilities on the horizon, the two dads decide to open their own day care facility, "Daddy Day Care," which boasts some fairly unconventional and sidesplitting methods of tending the kids. As "Daddy Day Care" starts to catch on, it launches them into a hilarious competition with Chapman Academy's tough-as-nails director (Anjelica Huston) for the hearts and minds of the children.

DADDY DAY CARE is one of those old-fashioned family comedies that appeals to all audiences," said Benjamin S. Feingold, President, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment and Sony Pictures' Digital Studios Division. "In the crowded DVD marketplace, there is no stronger star than Eddie Murphy to help catapult the title's success to new levels."

DADDY DAY CARE SPECIAL EDITION DVD:

TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD

 

07/17/03

SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION PREMIERING EXCLUSIVELY ON DVD SEPTEMBER 23

Fall in love all over again with the special commemorative 10th Anniversary Edition DVD of one of the greatest romantic comedies of all time - SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE. Premiering September 23 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment at the low price of $19.95 SLP, this special edition DVD includes a complimentary Starbucks $10 gift card mail-in offer inside every DVD!

Multiple Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can), Golden Globe nominee Meg Ryan (When Harry Met Sally, Kate & Leopold), Rita Wilson (Auto Focus), Davd Hyde Pierce (TV's "Frasier"), Rob Reiner (Alex & Emma) and Rosie O'Donnell (A League of their Own) star in writer/director Nora Ephron's (You've Got Mail) wonderfully romantic comedy about two people drawn together by destiny that Michael Medved of Sneak Previews calls "absolutely enchanting, one of the year's most completely enjoyable motion pictures."

Hanks stars as Sam Baldwin, a widowed father who thanks to the wiles of his worried son, becomes a reluctant guest on a radio call-in show. He's an instant hit with thousands of female listeners, who deluge his Seattle home with letters of comfort. Meanwhile, inspired in equal parts by Sam's story and by classic Hollywood romance, writer Annie Reed (Ryan) becomes convinced that it's her destiny to meet Sam. There are just two problems: Annie's engaged to someone else, and Sam doesn't know yet that they're made for each other.

SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION DVD:

 


UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME VIDEO ANNOUNCES 20th ANNIVERSARY DVD OF MONTY PYTHON’S THE MEANING OF LIFE SPECIAL EDITION ON DVD SEPTEMBER 2, 2003

2-Disc Special Edition Comes Complete with Newly-Created Special Features Including an Alternate Ending and Outrageous Gags from the Original Pythons

Many of the unforgettable scenes that cemented Monty Python's legendary status in comedy are found in MONTY PYTHON’S THE MEANING OF LIFE, out on DVD in a 2-disc Special Edition September 2nd. Loaded with Python's trademark in-your-face wit and risque social barbs, this irreverent look at life's most serious subject will crack up both die-hard fans and the uninitiated. Animated characters from the film guide viewers to newly created bonus features from the original Pythons including an alternate ending, new versions of songs such as "Every Sperm is Sacred," and "The Meaning of Life" that have been re-recorded by their authors and deleted scenes spiced with no-holds-barred commentary on why they didn't make the cut. Plus, look out for an animated Martin Luther, whose sequence was cut from the film.

MONTY PYTHON’S THE MEANING OF LIFE co-stars Academy Award-nominated comedians John Cleese (all three Harry Potter features, Die Another Day, A Fish Called Wanda, and TV's Fawlty Towers) and Terry Gilliam (director of Brazil, Time Bandits, 12 Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), who also co-directed the film, along with Eric Idle (102 Dalmatians, Casper). In the true spirit of Monty Python, the MONTY PYTHON’S THE MEANING OF LIFE Special Edition DVD with all-new hilarious bonus features from the original Python team to make this a must-have collectible DVD. The DVD has a pre-order close of July 29th and is priced at $26.98 S.R.P.

Bonus Features Created By the Surviving Pythons Include New Versions of Songs and Hilarious Python-Narrated Deleted Scenes

Aficionados will howl with laughter and bone up on Python lore with the MONTY PYTHON’S THE MEANING OF LIFE DVD bonus features, many of which offer a contemporary take on the film from the surviving Pythons. An outlandish alternate, deleted scenes accompanied by scathing commentary from the Pythons; plus new versions of songs from their original authors make this special edition truly indispensable.

A madcap 50-minute featurette, The History of the Meaning of Life is "guided" by animated versions of unforgettable characters Mr. Creosote, A Fish, The Headmaster and The Man in Pink. The feature offers a hilarious mix of contemporary footage and material shot during the production and release of the original movie. Must-see insights from the surviving Pythons are captured in candid interviews with John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin along with the film's co-writer/co-directors Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam. Quirky interludes in the true spirit of Python include a digital Monty Python reunion, contemporary interviews with the children from the "Every Sperm is Sacred" sequence and a "where are they now" look at the film's topless runners. Plus, contemporary interviews with people who hated the film!

Collectors won't want to miss The John Cleese Version, a newly created trailer for the film and The School Prospectus, offering a contemporary parody of an English Public School rife with sex education and corporal punishment. Furthering the hilarity is Fish, a unique option guiding viewers into the minds of fish. On a more serious note, The Re-Mastering of the Meaning of Life combines earnest and satirical takes on the restoration of the film. The DVD-ROM edition features the original screenplay, lost scenes, song sheets of music and lyrics from the film, Creosote cooking tips, and the Python's Good Death Guide. Showcasing the Talent Of Beloved Comedian John Cleese MONTY PYTHON’S THE MEANING OF LIFE is as beloved as Monty Python and The Holy Grail for its hilarity, originality and close adherence to the Python credo that nothing is sacred. Skewering everything from death to procreation, the film features unforgettable scenes like the explosion of a stupendously obese man, a dinner party with Death and an elaborate song and dance number entitled "Every Sperm is Sacred". John Cleese, recognized as one of the geniuses of English comedy, began his collaboration with fellow-Pythonite Graham Chapman in the mid-sixties, creating the celebrated TV series Monty Python's Flying Circus. The troupe's outlandish spoofs of everyday life led to their first feature, Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974), in which Cleese played (among other things) the Black Knight, who continues to duel with King Arthur despite the fact that his arms and legs have been lopped off. Cleese's stature in comedy continued to grow after his work with the Monty Python troup! e, writing the Ringo Starr/Peter Sellers vehicle The Magic Christian and co-creating the hit TV series Fawlty Towers. Cleese continues to work extensively in film and has performed in two James Bond films. Cleese won an Oscar(r) nomination and a British Academy Award for A Fish Called Wanda, which he wrote, produced and starred in. Today Cleese occasionally reunites with the surviving Pythons -- as he did for the creation of the Special Features on MONTY PYTHON’S THE MEANING OF LIFE.

Synopsis

The comedy group's last full-length movie, MONTY PYTHON’S THE MEANING OF LIFE, is a collection of outrageous comedy sketches that irreverently take on weighty subjects like life and death. The vignettes offer surprising moments like a guest appearance by the Grim Reaper, an elaborately produced song and dance number entitled "Every Sperm is Sacred," and dinner with the world's most obese man who shows us just how he got that way. All of the scenes display the unmistakable brand of Python humor, which continues to win the hearts of comedy lovers young and old.

CAST & FILMMAKERS

DVD TECHNICAL INFORMATION

 

07/16/03

TOON IN THIS FALL AS THE LOONEY TUNES JUMP BACK INTO ACTION ON DVD OCTOBER 28

DVD Debuts Include THE LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN COLLECTION, THE LOONEY TUNES PREMIERE COLLECTION, LOONEY TUNES REALITY CHECK!, LOONEY TUNES STRANGER THAN FICTION! and a Two-Disc Special Edition of SPACE JAM

On October 28, Warner Home Video (WHV) invites audiences of all ages to take part in the ultimate animated experience with an all-new collection of Looney Tunes classic cartoons, available on digitally re-mastered DVDs and packed with special features. From the crown jewel boxed set THE LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN COLLECTION and the double-disc THE LOONEY TUNES PREMIERE COLLECTION, to short films with contemporary twists such as LOONEY TUNES REALITY CHECK! and LOONEY TUNES STRANGER THAN FICTION!, to a two-disc special edition of SPACE JAM, there is something for every Looney Tunes fan in this momentous home video event.

To celebrate the timeless appeal of the Looney Tunes characters, WHV offers the ultimate collector THE LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN COLLECTION, a four-DVD boxed set containing 56 restored, remastered, uncut shorts. The Best of Bugs, The Best of Daffy and Porky and two discs of classic shorts feature an all-star collection of Looney Tunes treasured characters in some of their most memorable appearances. Loaded with "14-carrot" special features, including never-before-seen cartoons, commentaries by animation experts, documentaries and featurettes, the DVD boxed set is available for $64.92 SRP.

For the more nostalgic, light collector, WHV presents favorite characters Henery Hawk, Road Runner, Pepe Le Pew, Sylvester, Elmer Fudd and more in THE LOONEY TUNES PREMIERE COLLECTION, available for $26.99 SRP on DVD.

WHV provides fans with a look at the classic characters in pop culture situations with two all-new compilations that include recently produced shorts on: LOONEY TUNES REALITY CHECK! and LOONEY TUNES STRANGER THAN FICTION!. LOONEY TUNES REALITY CHECK! includes spoofs on hit reality shows such as Survivor, Judge Judy, Junkyard Wars, Fear Factor and Iron Chef. LOONEY TUNES STRANGER THAN FICTION! spoofs mysterious phenomena such as the Loch Ness Monster and the Bermuda Triangle, as well as movie classics like Planet of the Apes. Both releases are packed with special features including an exclusive Electronic Arts (EA) mini-game provided on DVD-ROM only, and are available for $19.98 SRP on DVD and $14.94 SRP on VHS.

In addition, fans will score big with a new widescreen DVD version of the $225 million box office hit SPACE JAM, entitled SPACE JAM: Two-Disc Special Edition. The two-disc DVD is loaded with special features, including an hour of new-to-DVD digitally re-mastered cartoons, and is available for $26.99 SRP.

"For more than 70 years, the Looney Tunes have entertained audiences of all ages," said Mike Saksa, WHV Senior Vice President, U.S. Marketing. "WHV specifically tailored this DVD collection to each type of collector by incorporating a range of special features, such as footage from the Warner Bros. vault, to give enthusiasts more depth into the iconic Looney Tunes characters and something extra for their collections."

LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION

In addition to the DVD debuts of the Looney Tunes releases, fans will have a wild and wacky fall when the highly anticipated live-action theatrical movie, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, releases in theaters November 14. Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck team up with Brendan Fraser as "Bobby Delmont," Jenna Elfman as "Kate Houghton" and the rest of the Looney Tunes gang as they travel from Vegas to Hollywood to Africa in search of a mythical Blue Diamond.

SYNOPSES

THE LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN COLLECTION

They're the clown princes of animation. They're the international ambassadors of cartoon comedy. They're the fabulously funny friends you grew up with! And now, 56 of the very best animated shorts starring the wackiest Warner Bros. cartoon characters have been rounded up on DVD for the first time ever in THE LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN COLLECTION! Just barely contained in four special edition discs, each specially selected short has been brilliantly restored and re-mastered to its original, uncut, anvil-dropping laughter-inducing glory! Featuring ground-breaking on-screen appearances of many all-time Looney Tunes favorites, it's an unprecedented celebration for cartoon-lovers eager to re-live the heady, hilarious, golden age of Warner Bros. animation!

Sparkling with one unforgettable, landmark animated marvel after another, there's the wise-cracking comedy of Bugs Bunny in such carrot-crunching classics as Hair-Raising Hare and Rabbit of Seville. Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner racing the cartoon immortality in Fast and Furryous. And the permanently flustered Daffy Duck in such glorious spoofs as Duck Dodgers in the 24 ½ Century and The Scarlet Pumpernickel. Featuring a dazzling array of totally "looney" DVD bonus features, this is the ultimate animated experience for anyone who's ever thrilled to the timeless query: "Ehh...what's up, Doc?"

Hare-raising DVD special features include:

THE LOONEY TUNES PREMIERE COLLECTION

And now, 28 of the very best animated shorts - pulled from THE LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN COLLECTION - starring the very wackiest Warner Bros. cartoon characters have been rounded up on DVD for the first time ever in THE LOONEY TUNES PREMIERE COLLECTION! In these two special edition discs, each specially selected short has been brilliantly restored and re-mastered to its original anvil-dropping, laughter-inducing glory! Featuring ground-breaking on-screen appearances of many all-time Looney Tunes favorites with all-new special features, it's an unprecedented animation celebration for cartoon-lovers eager to re-live the heady, hilarious, golden age of Warner Bros. animation! Sparkling with one unforgettable, landmark cartoon classic after another, there's Bugs Bunny's monstrously merry encounter with the tennis-shoe clad creature of Hair-Raising Hare. Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner racing to cartoon immortality in Fast and Furryous. Oscar®-winning animated gems, scenery-chewing Tasmanian Devils and much more!

A dazzling array of totally "looney" DVD bonus features include:

LOONEY TUNES REALITY CHECK!

Hold on tight! Because all your favorite Looney Tunes characters are zooming into a head-on collision with the world's most popular reality TV shows! It's time for a LOONEY TUNES REALITY CHECK! Overflowing with outrageous Warner-style comic mayhem, these All-New Toons spoof TV like it's never been spoofed before! Plus, you'll get a load of exclusive added gotta-have-'em DVD bonus features that are positively looney!

In this hilarity-jam-packed volume: Porky and Tweety give you the score and more in Sports Blab. Granny makes Sylvester, Daffy and Yosemite Sam cry uncle in Tear Factor. Then, Bugs, Porky, Daffy, Taz and the rest of the gang are outcast, outclassed and out-to-lunch in a kooky quest to become the lone survivor in the spectacular zany Toon Marooned! And there's more wackiness on the schedule with reality show send-ups from Aluminum Chef to Judge Granny!

Looney-licious DVD special features include:

DVD-ROM special features include:

LOONEY TUNES STRANGER THAN FICTION!

It's spooky. It's wacky. It's LOONEY TUNES STRANGER THAN FICTION! Exploding with sheer cartoon craziness, these All-New Toons star your favorite Looney Tunes characters making big-time fun of everything from mysteriously goofy TV shows to sci-fi movie blockbusters! Plus, you'll also be treated to an irresistible assortment of must-see, new-and-improved-deluxe-extra-special Looney Tunes DVD bonus features!

In this eerily-entertaining volume: Porky and Yosemite Sam go creature-hunting and end up in a

Loch Ness Mess. Daffy hosts a preposterous paranormal TV show featuring everything from the fearsome "Mexican goat-sucker" to crazy crop circles and a Shakespeare-spouting Taz! Then, Porky and Daffy land on the very odd Planet of the Taz - and discover some even stranger sequel-planets! Plus, more looney spoofs and shorts full of weirdly wonderful Warner-riffic fun!

DVD special features include:

DVD-ROM special features include:

SPACE JAM: Two-Disc Special Edition

His Airness and His Hareness; what a team! Michael Jordan slams, Bugs Bunny jams and a cavalcade of Looney Tunes and NBA stars hoop it up in the rim-rattlin', out-of-this-world, roundball romp: SPACE JAM.

Slam-dunk DVD special features include:

DVD-ROM special features include:

Everyone's Looney for Looney Tunes!

The Looney Tunes have featured more than 200 characters in over 1,300 episodes. The Looney Tunes have won five Academy Awards® for Best Animated Shorts. TV Guide ranked Bugs Bunny as the #1 cartoon character of all time. In addition, Bugs Bunny was voted "America's Favorite Animated Character" in People's poll of the century and was the first animated character honored on a U.S. Postal Service stamp. Looney Tunes is Cartoon Network's dominant programming brand, attracting nearly 20 million viewers per week. Daffy in Duck Dodgers, the all-new action/comedy cartoon show launched on the Cartoon Network on July 11 and has 26 hilarious and action-filled episodes waiting to land. The official Looney Tunes website, www.looneytunes.com, logs more than 1.2 million page views daily.

 


THE SHERLOCK HOLMES COLLECTION Starring BASIL RATHBONE and NIGEL BRUCE-- FIRST FOUR FILMS OF SERIES RELEASED ON DVD OCTOBER 28, 2003

Preserved by the UCLA Film and Television Archive and Digitally Restored in 35MM

Elementary, my dear Watson! The much-anticipated release of the digitally restored Sherlock Holmes films, starring Basil Rathbone, as the masterful detective and Nigel Bruce as his faithful cohort, will begin in October 2003. Twelve of the films in the Sherlock Holmes series underwent a long and painstaking preservation process by the UCLA Film and Television Archive to bring them back to their original 35 mm theatrical condition. The celebrated SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE VOICE OF TERROR, SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SECRET WEAPON, SHERLOCK HOLMES IN WASHINGTON and SHERLOCK HOLMES FACES DEATH are scheduled for release October 28th.

While the films have long been staples on television, and more recently on VHS, they have usually been seen in 16 mm prints. Grainy and washed out, these versions gave only a faint approximation of the pictorial beauty the films possessed in 35 mm. In restoring the series, UCLA had to weave together the best surviving original nitrate film elements with later acetate film copies, creating new preservation masters that duplicate the look and sound of the original films as closely as current technology permits. These restored versions include war bond tags and Universal Pictures logos that were removed from the original printing elements when Universal sold the series to an independent distributor in the 1950s.

The films are legendary, filled with ominous shadows, interesting camera angles and well-edited montage sequences. Roy William Neill produced and directed all but the first entry in the series.

The four newly restored Sherlock Holmes movies will be available as individual DVD and VHS titles, and as a boxed collection, October 28, 2003 through local retailers. The collector’s DVD boxed set features all four films plus photos, original movie posters and commentary from British author David Stuart Davies as bonus material.

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE VOICE OF TERROR

BASIL RATHBONE NIGEL BRUCE in SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SECRET WEAPON

BASIL RATHBONE NIGEL BRUCE-- SHERLOCK HOLMES IN WASHINGTON

SHERLOCK HOLMES FACES DEATH

THE SHERLOCK HOLMES COLLECTION – VOLUME ONE

 


UP COMING ACTRESSES ANNA MARIA MUHE AND KAROLINE HERFURTH STAR IN THE PROVOCATIVE COMING OF AGE FILM OF LIFE, LOVE AND REVENGE-- BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY

Premiering on Special Edition DVD September 3

Director Maria Von Heland credits her provocative new film with a cast of Germany's fresh new talents Anna Maria Muhe and Karoline Herfurth (Girls on Top) in the teen drama BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY, premiering on Special Edition DVD and videocassette September 3 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Kati (Muhe) and Steffi (Herfurth) have been best friends forever. Now that their love lives are heating up, they're hitting the books less and going out to nightclubs more. But when Steffi sees her father out with another woman, her life begins to spiral out of control. Steffi hatches an outrageous revenge plan against her father's mistress. Meanwhile, Kati begins a fun romance. As the two begin to grow apart, they realize that they need each other more than ever.

BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY is co-produced by Deutsche Columbia Pictures (Berlin) and Egoli Tossell Film (Berlin) and was written and directed by Maria Von Heland.

BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY DVD:

 


FOUR NEW REAL WHEELS ROLL OUT FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO ON SEPTEMBER 16, 2003

POPULAR SERIES DEBUTS ON PUBLIC TELEVISION AND NEW WEBSITE TO LAUNCH IN THE FALL

Warner Home Video (WHV) will release four new titles from the wildly popular live-action children's series REAL WHEELS on September 16, 2003. Two new VHS titles, There Goes a Tank and There Goes a Rescue Hero will be available for $9.93 SRP. In addition, Mega-Truck Adventures and Rescue Adventures will be released on DVD and priced at $14.98 SRP ($9.95 MAP).

Don't miss the boat, truck or any machine that DAVE is exploring! The enormously successful REAL WHEELS video series is coming to television for the very first time in Fall, 2003. In addition, REAL WHEELS is launching a website in September, 2003! When logged on to www.realwheelstv.com, parents will be able to:

Launched more than eight years ago, the best-selling REAL WHEELS series has received several Parents' Choice Awards for Excellence and has reached the top spot on Billboard's Kid Video chart. The acclaimed series puts kids in the driver's seat of some powerful vehicles. Whether they're watching the danger and excitement of fire fighting, discovering how trash is recycled or hitching a ride on the biggest, loudest and most awesome truck, kids are in the middle of the action. With the new There Goes a Rescue Hero, the REAL WHEELS series expands beyond vehicles to explore occupations that kids aspire to, such as firemen and paramedics.

There Goes a Tank gives children the ride of their lives when DAVE joins the marines. Kids will see tanks, Humvees and other military vehicles in this action-packed adventure. The fun begins when soldier DAVE falls asleep on the job and loses a tank. His search to recover the massive machine takes him in and around all kinds of trucks and military vehicles.

There Goes a Rescue Hero sees the REAL WHEELS brand move forward into occupation themes for the very first time. This thrilling new feature lets kids join DAVE on the job with real-life firemen, policemen, rescue workers and even a rescue dog. Children will see how these brave men and women know just what to do when emergency strikes. This video lets kids dream about becoming one of these heroes!

Kids can climb aboard and strap themselves into some of the mightiest machines around on the DVD Mega-Truck Adventures. The title, which includes 3 full-length videos, "There Goes a Bulldozer," "There Goes a Monster Truck" and "There Goes a Tank", has DAVE taking a riveting ride when he plays construction worker, monster truck driver and soldier. This DVD also features fantastic extras including "Rockin' REAL WHEELS," (two sing-along songs), bloopers with DAVE, and an interactive "construction zone" where kids can demolish things to make room for new roads and buildings.

The Rescue Adventures DVD is a collection of three full-length videos, "There Goes a Rescue Hero," "There Goes a Rescue Vehicle" and "There Goes a Police Car." Kids ride along as DAVE and his real-life rescue hero friends race to the scene with their sirens blaring! In addition, scenes of real life firemen, policemen and paramedics working together as a safety team are included. Super special features include an "Emergency Dispatch Center," an interactive rescue hero, bloopers with DAVE, and "Rockin' REAL WHEELS" sing-alongs.

07/15/03

WARNER HOME VIDEO CREATES HALLOWEEN HORROR HAVOC ON DVD AUGUST 5

Seven New Releases, including Horror Classics THE HAUNTING, HOUSE OF WAX, THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD and Contemporary Thrillers SOYLENT GREEN, THE OMEGA MAN, OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN, WAIT UNTIL DARK Set to Scare Audiences

On August 5, Warner Home Video (WHV) will thrill and chill fright fans everywhere with the release of seven new horror titles on DVD. Newly released titles include: Horror Classics THE HAUNTING, HOUSE OF WAX, THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD and Contemporary Thrillers SOYLENT GREEN, THE OMEGA MAN, OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN, WAIT UNTIL DARK. All titles will be available on DVD for $19.98 SRP/$14.95 MAP. Merchandiser orders are due July 1 and single unit orders are due July 8.

The Horror Classics

THE HAUNTING – Directed by Robert Wise (Westside Story, Star Trek), this renowned first screen adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s THE HAUNTING of Hill House stars legendary actors Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson and Russ Tamblyn. THE HAUNTING, which tells the story of a group of people determined to investigate a large, eerie mansion with a lurid history of violent death and insanity, is the ultimate haunted house thriller.

DVD special features include:

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

HOUSE OF WAX – In the performance that crowned him the screen’s macabre master, Vincent Price plays a sculptor of wax figures that plunges into murderous madness. This creepy classic also stars Charles Bronson (Death Wish series).

DVD special features include:

In addition, the DVD will be offered in standard format [4x3 1.37:1]. It will also include English and French (dubbed in Québécois) languages and subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD – One of the greatest science fiction classics, this film was released in 1951 and stars James Arness (TV’s Gunsmoke) as a murderous alien whose crash-landed UFO is discovered by Arctic researchers.

DVD special features include:

In addition, the DVD will be offered in standard format [4x3 1.33:1]. It will also include English language and subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

The Contemporary Classics

SOYLENT GREEN – Directed by Richard Fleischer (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea), this cautionary tale with a human dimension stars Charlton Heston as a cop

who is conducting a murder investigation in a polluted, overpopulated Big Apple in 2022. The film includes the powerful final screen performance of the legendary Edward G. Robinson (Little Caesar, Key Largo).

DVD special features include:

In addition, the DVD will be offered in widescreen format [16x9 2.40:1]. It will also include English and French (dubbed in Québécois) languages and subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

THE OMEGA MAN – Charlton Heston (Ben Hur, El Cid) stars in this cult favorite about an apocalyptic war that is waged with biological weapons, transforming Los Angeles into a windswept ghost town. The film also stars Anthony Zerbe (The Matrix Reloaded, License to Kill).

DVD special features include:

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

WAIT UNTIL DARK – Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin share a heart-pounding one-on-one confrontation in one of the most memorable thrillers of all time.

DVD special features include:

In addition, the DVD will be offered in widescreen format [16x9 1.85:1]. It will also include English and French (dubbed in Québécois) languages and subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN – Peter Weller (Robocop) gives an intense performance as a high-finance executive whose prized Manhattan brownstone is under siege by a destructive rat determined to drive him over the brink into madness.

DVD special features include:

In addition, the DVD will be offered for the first-time in widescreen format [16x9 1.85:1]. It will also include English and French (dubbed in Québécois) languages and subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

Warner Select DVD: Halloween Horror Havoc

THE HAUNTING (New!)

OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN (New!)

SOYLENT GREEN (New!)

HOUSE OF WAX (New!)

THE OMEGA MAN (New!)

THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (New!)

WAIT UNTIL DARK (New!)

 

07/14/03

THE MATRIX RELOADED-- RELOAD BEFORE THE REVOLUTION BEGINS!

Available October 14 From Warner Home Video

Delve Deeper Into the World of The Matrix With Hours of Bonus Features on Fully Loaded DVD Release

Prepare to be blown away on October 14 with the highly anticipated DVD and VHS release of the record-breaking $700 million worldwide box-office smash hit THE MATRIX RELOADED.

Written and directed by the Wachowski Brothers and produced by Joel Silver, THE MATRIX RELOADED is the second chapter in the Wachowskis' groundbreaking action film trilogy that explores the nature of reality and the search for truth. In addition to the return of original Matrix stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss and Hugo Weaving, THE MATRIX RELOADED features such new cast members as Jada Pinkett Smith and Monica Bellucci.

Premiering October 14 on DVD and VHS from Warner Home Video Inc. (WHV) and Village Roadshow Pictures, THE MATRIX RELOADED is timed for release three weeks prior to the theatrical opening of THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS, the final film in the futuristic series. THE MATRIX RELOADED will be priced to own at $29.95 SRP for DVD and $22.99 SRP for VHS.

DVD ELEMENTS

The two-disc DVD release includes an explosion of mind-freeing bonus features:

SYNOPSIS

In the powerful second chapter of THE MATRIX trilogy, Neo (Keanu Reeves), Trinity (Moss) and Morpheus (Fishburne) lead the revolt against the Machine Army as it attacks Zion, the last human city on earth, unleashing their arsenal of extraordinary skills and weaponry against the systematic forces of repression and exploitation. In their quest to save the human race from extinction, they gain greater insight into the construct of The Matrix and Neo's pivotal role in the fate of mankind.

What is The Matrix? The question is not yet fully answered. And it leads to another: Who created The Matrix? The answers lead to more worlds of bold possibility - and to a destiny that passes from revelations to Revolutions.

BASICS

 


WARNER HOME VIDEO LIGHTS UP THE HOLIDAYS WITH AN ALL-NEW SPIRITED COLLECTION OF SEASONAL TITLES AVAILABLE OCTOBER 7

Santa Delivers the All-New ROBBIE THE REINDEER: LEGEND OF THE LOST TRIBE, TOM AND JERRY: PAWS FOR A HOLIDAY and POWERPUFF GIRLS: ‘TWAS THE FIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS on DVD

On October 7, Warner Home Video (WHV) will deck the halls with a line-up of new Christmas titles featuring classic characters for the whole family. This year's stocking stuffers include Santa's hippest reindeer, Robbie, in the all-new ROBBIE THE REINDEER: LEGEND OF THE LOST TRIBE and the favorite tale Hooves of Fire, both re-voiced with an amazing American cast, for $14.98 SRP on DVD; the crazy cat and mouse combo of Tom and Jerry in the all-new release TOM AND JERRY: PAWS FOR A HOLIDAY, available for $19.98 SRP on DVD and $9.94 SRP on VHS; and in from the North Pole, the Powerpuff Girls in an all-new direct-to-video release 'Twas the Fight Before Christmas, available on DVD for $19.98 SRP and $9.95 SRP on VHS. In addition, the Teletubbies bring holiday cheer to the youngest of children with TELETUBBIES: CHRISTMAS IN THE SNOW, available for the first time ever on DVD for $19.98 SRP.

"WHV will deliver hours of fun this holiday season with new titles such as ROBBIE THE REINDEER: LEGEND OF THE LOST TRIBE, TOM AND JERRY: PAWS FOR A HOLIDAY and POWERPUFF GIRLS: ‘TWAS THE FIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, the DVD debut of TELETUBBIES: CHRISTMAS IN THE SNOW and classics such as Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas!," said Jeff Baker, WHV Vice President, Non-Theatrical Franchise Marketing. "With our extensive collection of new and classic family Christmas titles, this holiday line-up offers something for everyone."

ROBBIE THE REINDEER: HOOVES OF FIRE/LEGEND OF THE LOST TRIBE

Two fabulously funny animated holiday classics, Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves of Fire and the all-new Legend of the Lost Tribe, from the brilliant creative team of Academy Awardâ -winning writer Richard Curtis (Bridget Jones's Diary, Notting Hill) and directors Richard Goleszowski (Wallace & Gromit, Rex the Runt) and Peter Peake (Wallace & Gromit animator), are sure to spice up the holidays. Animation of genius proportions, these hip, hilarious holiday classics feature the amazing vocal talents of Ben Stiller, Hugh Grant, Britney Spears, Jeff Goldblum, Jim Belushi and many more! The DVD promises tons of "reindeer fun and games" for kids and adults alike, with special features such as:

TOM AND JERRY: PAWS FOR A HOLIDAY

Tom and Jerry skate their way to winter fun in these seven original cartoon shorts! It's the thrill of the chase with a few winter chills tossed in, as they dash through snow and ice - headed straight for laughs! "Pause" in your holiday celebration to enjoy special features such as:

POWERPUFF GIRLS: ‘TWAS THE FIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Join Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup for holiday fun as only the Powerpuff Girls can deliver in the all-new direct-to-video release 'Twas the Fight Before Christmas. There's a new Powerpuff Girl in town...or so she'd have you think! Her fiendishly foul plot: to trick Santa into turning her into the fourth Powerpuff Girl! (And, in the process, make him believe the Powerpuffs have been very, very naughty!) Now, Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup must explode into a Yuletide tornado of bad-girl-thwarting action to put Princess in her place - and keep Christmas from disappearing forever!

Powerful DVD features include:

TELETUBBIES: CHRISTMAS IN THE SNOW

For the first-time on DVD, the Teletubbies invite fans to celebrate the holidays in Christmas in the Snow. Join in the fun as Tinky, Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po build a Snow Tubby and take a peek into how children around the world celebrate Christmas!

A tubful of DVD special features include:

 

07/13/03

GO UNDERCOVER WITH VINNIE THIS AUGUST… WISEGUY DEBUTS ON DVD COURTESY OF STUDIOWORKS ENTERTAINMENT AND STEPHEN J. CANNELL PRODUCTIONS!

Over 12 Hours on Four DVDs Including the Pilot Episode, The Sonny Steelgrave Arc and two stand alone episodes!

He's tough. He's smart. But is he a criminal? Vinnie Terranova is not just another street cop; he's an undercover agent who has infiltrated the underworld only to appear as a common thug. On August 26, 2003, join Vinnie Terranova (Ken Wahl) on his quest to bring down the Steelgrave crime syndicate. StudioWorks Entertainment and Stephen J. Cannell Productions are proud to present WISEGUY- SEASON 1 PART 1: SONNY STEELGRAVE & THE MOB for the first time ever on DVD. The release features over 600 minutes on four DVDs including the two-hour pilot, nine hours of the Sonny Steelgrave Arc, exclusive audio commentary with Ken Wahl, current interviews with Co-creator Stephen J. Cannell and Actor Jonathan Banks and Gag Footage ­ all presented with Dolby 5.1.

The first arc, Sonny Steelgrave & The Mob, stars Ken Wahl (The Wanderers, Purple Hearts) and features Jonathan Banks (Crocodile Dundee), Ray Sharkey (The Idolmaker) and Annette Bening (American Beauty, The Grifters). This episode launched what became one of the cutting-edge, top-rated crime shows of its time. The combination of well-known actors, captivating plots, and the unique concept of continuing storylines, otherwise known as arcs, gave this show its memorable edge.

DVD features include:

WISEGUY was co-created by Stephen J. Cannell and Frank Lupo. Cannell also served as producer for this innovative series. Along with being a prolific author, Cannell is the producer of such well-known hits as The Commish, The A-Team, Hunter, The Rockford Files and 21 Jump Street. This is the first release from the prestigious Stephen J. Cannell library.

WISEGUY originally aired from 1987-1990 and during that time, was nominated for three Emmys® and three Golden Globes®. The show continues to have a huge fan base including several dedicated websites that focus on the show’s intriguing characters and arcs.

Title: WISEGUY- SONNY STEELGRAVE & THE MOB ­ SEASON ONE, PART ONE

 

07/10/03

CULT FAVORITE COMIC MASTERPIECE FROM THE ALWAYS HILARIOUS BRITISH COMEDY TROUPE PREMIERES WITH THE ULTIMATE COLLECTOR'S EDITION--MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL COLLECTORS EDITION TWO-DISC SPECIAL EDITION DVD

Plus Bonus Exclusive Collectible Premiums Available Specially Packaged Together on September 16

A must-have for any comedy fan, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will debut the unique and definitive MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL Collectors Edition featuring the famed comedy classic MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL Special Edition Two-Disc DVD, which includes hours of hilarious bonus features plus exclusive collectible premiums including a film cel senitype and paperback version of the script. Available for a limited time only, the MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL Collector's Edition DVD Gift Set will debut September 16 at the price of $49.95 SLP.

A hysterical, historical comedic tour-de-force featuring the "inspired lunacy" (Los Angeles Times) and "marvelously zany humor" (Newsweek) of the original Monty Python troupe including John Cleese (Rat Race), Eric Idle (Nuns on the Run), Graham Chapman (Yellowbeard) and Michael Palin (A Fish Called Wanda) from acclaimed directors Terry Gilliam (The Fisher King, Time Bandits, Brazil) and Terry Jones (Jabberwocky, Life of Brian), MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL has long been revered as one of the best comedies in film history and reached cult favorite status with loyal fans for years.

With their trademark insolent, intellectual humor and gross caricatures, the Monty Python gang spoofs the medieval legend of King Arthur and The Knights of the Roundtable and discovers some truly brilliant comedic moments including the deadly encounter with the "Killer Rabbit" and the dreaded "Knights Who Says 'Nee!'"

MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL SPECIAL EDITION DVD:

DISC ONE

DISC TWO

Additional Specs:

 


DVD DECISION™ 2003 WINNERS ANNOUNCED: DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES, DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE, THE WIND AND THE LION & WHERE THE BOYS ARE DEBUT ON DVD JANUARY 6, 2004

The results are in -- the public has spoken! DVD Decision™ -- the joint promotion from Warner Bros. Studios, AOL Movies® (AOL) and Turner Classic Movies® (TCM) which has given the public an unprecedented opportunity to vote online for which five of 20 classic catalog candidates from the Warner Bros. library will be released on DVD -- was by all counts a major success.

Warner Home Video (WHV) will now give each of the five films a DVD debut on January 6, 2004, remastering all of them and adding bonus features and special content. Each DVD will sell for $19.98 SRP.

George Feltenstein, WHV senior vice president, classic catalog, said, "We're truly delighted by the public participation in DVD Decision™ 2003. It not only proves consumers' good taste -- each winning title is unique and together represent nearly 35 years of film history -- it also confirms how eager people are to see these classics on DVD. As WHV plans an unprecedented broad catalog release program for dozens of classics, 2004 looks to be a breakthrough year for all concerned."

Tom Karsch, executive vice president and general manager of Turner Classic Movies ® (TCM) said, "As the home of these classic films on television, Turner Classic Movies ® is happy to be part of this unique joint promotion and looks forward to presenting the winning titles on TCM prior to their DVD release."

The five film winners represent a wide range of films and feature such stars as Spencer Tracey, Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Sean Connery, John Garfield, Ingrid Bergman and Lana Turner.

DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES
Blake Edwards (Victor/Victoria, "10") directed this 1962 drama starring Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick (both Oscar®-nominated for their roles), which is a powerful film about a husband and wife fighting to conquer alcoholism. Nominated for a total of four Oscars®, it won the Oscar® for Best Song (Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer).

DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE
The classic tale about a scientist's investigation into the nature of good and evil will become a double feature for viewers. (The original 1932 Paramount uncut long version starring Frederic March - for which he won the Oscar® - and the 1941 MGM remake with Spencer Tracy in the title role as well as Ingrid Bergman and Lana Turner will be offered together.)

THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE
A 1946 film noir classic based on James M. Cain's sizzling novel, stars Lana Turner and John Garfield in the story of an illicit lover's plot. The DVD release will also contain the acclaimed documentary "The John Garfield Story," which premiered on Turner Classic Movies. The documentary is narrated by the late actor's daughter Julie Garfield and contains interviews with such performers as Joanne Woodward, Richard Dreyfuss, Danny Glover, Norman Lloyd, Lee Grant and James Cromwell.

THE WIND AND THE LION
Based on a true story, this 1975 acclaimed feature stars Sean Connery as an Arab sheik who triggers an international incident when he kidnaps an American widow (Candice Bergen) and her children. The action-filled drama has much relevancy today in its story of American interests vs. a conflict in the Middle East. Director John Milius will provide commentary on the new DVD.

WHERE THE BOYS ARE
This 1960 comedy smash was MGM's top-grossing film of the year. Based on the best-selling novel about college kids looking for love/lust during spring break in Ft. Lauderdale Florida, the film dealt very frankly with the sexual mores and attitudes of that era. It stars George Hamilton, Paula Prentiss, Yvette Mimeux, Jim Hutton, Dolores Hart and Connie Francis, whose recording of the title song was a huge hit. The DVD will include interviews with various cast members, including Paula Prentiss and Connie Francis.

 


CLIFF ROBERTSON, ROBERT GUILLAUME & LESLEY-ANNE DOWN STAR IN 13TH CHILD: LEGEND OF THE JERSEY DEVIL-- AMERICA’S OLDEST MYSTERY AND LEGENDARY MONSTER TO APPEAR ON DVD SEPTEMBER 2

More authentic than the BLAIR WITCH…More foreboding than the MOTHMAN PROPHECIES…

On September 2, MTI Home Video will bring the New Jersey Pine Barrens to home theaters, giving horror fans all of the thrills and chills they are seeking with the DVD and VHS release of the folkloric shocker 13TH CHILD: LEGEND OF THE JERSEY DEVIL.

The biggest independent film to hit theaters last Halloween, 13TH CHILD: LEGEND OF THE JERSEY DEVIL went on to beat out many major studio productions, including Ghost Ship, Truth About Charlie, I Spy, and Punch Drunk Love, in a head-to-head per-screen-average battle. Directed by Steven Stockage, and written by Michael Maryk (Spasms) and Cliff Robertson (writing credit - J.W. Coop), and produced by Patricia Marilla Reider and Michael Timothy Murphy (The Osterman Weekend, St. Helens), 13TH CHILD: LEGEND OF THE JERSEY DEVIL was inspired by Middle Atlantic Press’ book The Jersey Devil, by James F. McCloy and Ray Miller, Jr.

The DVD is priced to own at $24.95, with the VHS rental priced at $49.95, and will be available in both English and English with Spanish Subtitles (both on the DVD version). The DVD is enhanced with special features including a behind-the-scenes historical documentary "13th Child: The Myth Behind The Movie" (featuring real eyewitness accounts of the Jersey Devil), deleted scenes, 16:9 widescreen, along with links and extensive information on the history and sightings of the Jersey Devil.

The horror/thriller stars Academy Award winner Cliff Robertson (Spider-Man, Escape From LA, Charly), Emmy Award winner Robert Guillaume (Lion King, TV’s Sports Night), and Golden Globe nominee Lesley-Anne Down (TV’s The Bold and the Beautiful, Saving Grace), along with Michelle Maryk (Happy Hour), Christopher Atkins (Blue Lagoon, Quigley), Ganno Grills (Shaft, TV’s Oz), Peter Jason (Adaptation, Dante’s Peak), and John Wesley (Animatrix, Remember the Titans).

Shot entirely on location in Southern New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, 13TH CHILD: LEGEND OF THE JERSEY DEVIL zeros in on a series of vicious murders discovered in the Jersey’s Pine Barrens. The unmistakable location causes an investigator to question if the Jersey Devil – a winged beast that locals claim has haunted the area for over 250 years – is more than a myth.

Details:

 

07/08/03

ANGER MANAGEMENT-- HILARIOUS $134 MILLION BOX-OFFICE SMASH HIT COMEDY FROM REVOLUTION STUDIOS DEBUTING ON SPECIAL EDITION DVD SEPTEMBER 16

Therapy is in session and the laughs are non-stop with the release of the uproarious $134 million buddy comedy ANGER MANAGEMENT that topped the box-office for two weeks in a row. The film stars three-time Academy Award®- winner Jack Nicholson (About Schmidt, As Good As It Gets), Golden Globe nominee Adam Sandler (Punch-Drunk Love, Mr. Deeds) and Academy Award®-winner Marisa Tomei (In The Bedroom, What Women Want). Premiering September 16 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment and Revolution Studios, ANGER MANAGEMENT will be available on videocassette and Special Edition DVD (available in both wide and full screen versions) with added bonus features such as a side-splitting blooper reel, commentary by Adam Sandler and director Peter Segal, deleted scenes, making-of featurettes and much more!

After a misunderstanding aboard an airplane that escalates out of control, the mild- mannered Dave Buznik (Sandler) is remanded to attend anger management sessions run by Doctor Buddy Rydell (Nicholson), which are filled with highly eccentric and volatile patients. Buddy's unorthodox approach to therapy is confrontational and abrasive, and Dave is bewildered by it. Then, after yet another mishap, the judge orders Dave to step up his therapy or wind up in jail. So, Buddy moves in with Dave to help him battle his inner demons and continues to acts out at every opportunity, including making lewd comments about Dave's girlfriend Linda (Tomei) and goading Dave into confronting every slight, past or present, head-on.

Featuring special cameos by Emmy Award winner Woody Harrelson (TVs "Will and Grace," The People vs. Larry Flynt) and Heather Graham (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me), (and also co-starring John Turturro (Mr. Deeds, O Brother, Where Art Thou?) and Luis Guzmán (Confidence, Punch-Drunk Love), ANGER MANAGEMENT is directed by Peter Segal (Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, Tommy Boy) and written by David Dorfman.

SPECIAL EDITION DVD AVAILABLE IN WIDE AND FULL SCREEN VERSIONS.

ANGER MANAGEMENT DVD:

 


SOAP: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON-- THREE-DISC DVD COLLECTION FEATURING ALL 25 LAUGH-OUT-LOUD EPISODES COMING EXCLUSIVELY TO DVD SEPTEMBER 16

The Classic Emmy Award Winning TV Comedy Sitcom Starring Billy Crystal, Robert Guillame, Kathryn Helmond and Richard Mulligan

Hilarious, controversial and groundbreaking, SOAP was the classic 1970s TV comedy parody of soap opera melodrama from respected TV sitcom writer/creator Susan Harris (TV's "The Golden Girls"). Now available for the first time and newly restored and remastered, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will debut the SOAP: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON three-disc DVD set on September 16 priced to own at $29.95 SLP.

Winner of four Emmy Awards including Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series, SOAP starred Robert Guillame (TV's "Benson," a spin-off from the original SOAP series), Kathryn Helmond (TV's "Who's The Boss?"), Robert Mulligan (TV's "Empty Nest") and featured stand-up comic Billy Crystal (America's Sweethearts, Analyze That) in his debut acting role as television's first openly gay character.

A witty and ridiculously exaggerated satire on soap operas, this zany comedy threw together a group of family members whose lives were larger than life and never dull! Stories take some bizarre and unexpected turns as the daily living of the wealthy Tate family and the blue-collar Campbell family unfolds. These two families have all sorts of problems with some of the craziest cast of characters including sarcastic butlers, a World War II hero who's still living in 1940's and a husband who once thought he could make himself invisible and later was abducted by aliens, which all lead to some of the most hilarious antics ever on TV!

SOAP: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON DVD:

 


ELIJAH WOOD, FRANKA POTENTE & MANDY MOORE STAR IN THE ROMANTIC COMEDY: ALL I WANT-- PREMIERING ON DVD SEPTEMBER 16

Talented young actor Elijah Wood on the heels of his captivating performances in the Oscar®-nominated The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers stars with sexy Franka Potente (The Bourne Identity, Run Lola Run) and music sensation Mandy Moore (A Walk to Remember, How to Deal). In this engaging coming-of-age romantic comedy ALL I WANT, debuting September 16 on DVD and video from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment. ALL I WANT is about a young college drop-out who discovers he can learn more about life and love from his apartment building neighbors.

Seventeen-year-old Jones Dillon (Wood), an aspiring writer with a vivid imagination, shelves his college plans so he can experience life firsthand and sets out on a personal journey of self-discovery. When he rents a room in a house full of quirky tenants, he learns the kind of lessons they don't teach in school. Between bouts of longing for his mother's (Elizabeth Perkins) love and his father's address, Jones fantasizes about enhancing his romantic prospects. First he buys a bed from the oversexed Ma Mabley (music legend Deborah Harry) who offers to help him break it in. Before long, he becomes involved with free-loving struggling actress Lisa (Moore). However, it's the enigmatic Jane (Potente), a photographer and a few years older than he, who really gets his pulse racing.

When Jane has a car accident and her boyfriend shows up on his motorcycle, things get complicated. Jones enlists the aid of his wacky downstairs neighbor Brad and they concoct a scheme that could get him what he wants - and a lot more!

First screened during the Toronto International Film Festival, ALL I WANT is directed by Jeffrey Porter (Train Quest) and written by Charles Kephart (Train Quest).

ALL I WANT DVD:

 


ENOUGH & ENIGMA SPECIAL EDITIONS: PREMIERE ON SEPTEMBER 16

Two Thrillers From Acclaimed Director Michael Apted Feature Jennifer Lopez Kate Winslet With Never-Before-Seen Exciting Bonus Features

Two dramatic thrillers featuring empowering female lead characters from acclaimed director Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough). ENOUGH starring Jennifer Lopez (The Wedding Planner, Maid in Manhattan) and ENIGMA with Academy Award® nominee Kate Winslet (Titanic, The Life of David Gale), - will debut September 16 on Special Edition DVDs loaded with all-new added bonus features from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

ENOUGH Box office super star and music sensation Jennifer Lopez delivers an electrifying performance as a new breed of hero in the harrowing, high style thriller hit ENOUGH. Working class waitress Slim (Lopez) thought she was entering a life of domestic bliss when she married Mitch (Billy Campbell, TV's "Once and Again," The Rocketeer), the man of her dreams. After the arrival of their first child, her picture perfect life is shattered when she discovers Mitch's hidden possessive dark side, a controlling and abusive alter ego that can turn trust, love and tranquility into terror. Fearing for her child's safety, Slim flees with her daughter. Despite Slim's efforts to make a new life, Mitch becomes relentless in his pursuit. Finally Slim is forced to fight back, engaging Mitch in a physical and psychological battle, showing him that she's had ENOUGH!

Co-starring Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers,) and Noah Wyle (TVs "E.R."), ENOUGH is a "jarring thriller - Lopez holds the screen in a star performance," raves Stephen Holden, The New York Times.

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ENIGMA

ENIGMA is the an exciting tale of love, espionage, patriotism and betrayal set during World War II from Academy Award® winning screenwriter Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love) and producer Mick Jagger. Featuring a compelling ensemble cast, ENIGMA is "a brilliant film" (Roger Ebert) and "an intelligent, involving and intricately plotted thriller" (Daily Variety) that was nominated for three British Independent Film Awards.

In March 1943, the best minds in England have gathered to face their worst nightmare - the Nazis have changed the code key for the infamous Enigma machine. Since they're unable to monitor the Nazi U-boat's communication, the clock is ticking for an allied convoy crossing the Atlantic with 10,000 passengers and vital supplies. Allied command looks for help from Tom Jericho (Dougray Scott - Mission: Impossible II, Ever After), a brilliant mathematician and code-breaker. Unknown to his colleagues, Jericho has another equally baffling enigma of his own to unravel - the sudden disappearance of his lover Claire (Saffron Burrows - Timecode, Deep Blue Sea). To get to the bottom of both mysteries, Jericho enlists the help of Hester (Kate Winslet), Claire's roommate and co-worker. Together they keep one step ahead of ruthless secret services agent Wigram (Jeremy Northam - Gosford Park, The Net) to reach a conclusion that uncovers both international and personal betrayals.

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THE BABYSITTER’S CLUB: NEW TO DVD ON SEPTEMBER 16

Charming and Fun Family Film Based On The Best-Selling Tween Book Series Starring Rachael Leigh Cook

From one of the best-selling classic young reader book series in history by author Ann Martin, THE BABYSITTER’S CLUB is the heartwarming family film about seven friends whose babysitting business leads to one fun-filled adventure after another, premiering September 16 on DVD for the first time at the great low price of $19.95 SLP from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

When tomboy Kristy, the president of the club, has a brilliant idea to run a summer day camp, the girls all agree it's the perfect way to spend all summer together! But it gets complicated as budding romance, family problems and a trio of scheming snobs all conspire to ruin the club. Good-hearted humor and old-fashioned fun save the day as the BSC gang learn for themselves the amazing power of friendship.

Proclaimed "a 'Little Women' for the present day" (Philadelphia Daily News) and "a beautiful film that possesses the power to enchant all ages" (LA Times), THE BABYSITTER’S CLUB chronicles one summer in the lives of seven young women on the cusp of their teenage years, bound by friendships that will last a lifetime. The film stars a talented young cast of up- and-comers, including the feature film debut of Rachael Leigh Cook (She's All That, Josie and the Pussycats).

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07/06/03

DREAMCATCHER-- FILM BASED ON STEPHEN KING'S NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING NOVEL COMES TO DVD SEPTEMBER 30 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

Horrifying Thrills and Chills Just in Time for Halloween

DREAMCATCHER - the creepy horror thriller that stars Morgan Freeman, Jason Lee and Tom Sizemore - will debut on DVD and VHS September 30 from Warner Home Video (WHV). DVDs will sell for $27.95 SRP; VHS for $19.96 SRP.

DREAMCATCHER, which tells the story of four friends who each acquire psychic powers during a fateful day of their childhood, was adapted for the screen from Stephen King's New York Times best-selling novel by two-time Academy Award®-winner William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President's Men) and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Jedi). Kasdan also directed and produced the film, and Goldman has worked on other Stephen King adaptations, including Misery and Hearts in Atlantis.

Best known for his masterful supernatural storytelling, Stephen King has penned numerous novels which were adapted for the screen including The Shining, Misery, The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. DREAMCATCHER, "like Carrie and The Shining, has scenes you'll remember for the rest of your life."

DREAMCATCHER stars Academy Award®-nominee Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption, Along Came a Spider), Jason Lee (Vanilla Sky, Almost Famous), Tom Sizemore (Black Hawk Down, Saving Private Ryan) and Donnie Wahlberg (HBO's Band of Brothers and TV's Boomtown).

FRIGHTENING DVD FEATURES

DREAMCATCHER will be available in both widescreen [16x9 2.4:1] and full-screen versions. Both versions will include the following special features:

Other DVD features include English and French languages (dubbed in Québécois) and subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

Synopsis

After four friends perform a heroic act as children and gain psychic powers in return, they reunite every winter in Maine to hunt, drink and celebrate the special bond they share. However, this year's reunion is ruined when a lost and disoriented hunter stumbles upon their camp mumbling about strange lights in the sky. Soon after, horrific creatures begin to emerge and a heavily armed government operative, led by the psychotic Colonel Curtis (Freeman), attempts to take over the area. Challenged to stop this alien force, the friends must confront an unparalleled horror while they take part in an all-out battle to rescue the fate of humanity.

DREAMCATCHER

 


JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER-THE COMPLETE COLLECTION: PREMIERING ON DVD AUGUST 26

All Nine Episodes Available For The First Time Together In One Comprehensive DVD Collection

Before Harry Potter. Before Lord of the Rings. There was JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER from the master Jim Henson, who also created the spectacular fantasy films The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. This anthology series features the stunning combination of both human actors and amazing puppetry, in the spirit of J.R.R. Tolkein, from the famed Jim Henson's Creature Shop in this retelling of classic European folk tales. Featuring all of the original nine episodes that first aired in 1987 on NBC, as well as on HBO in 1997, JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER-THE COMPLETE COLLECTION will be available August 26 for the first time on DVD priced to own at $24.95 SLP from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER series stars Academy Award® nominee John Hurt

(The Elephant Man) as the narrator, aided by his cynical dog, keep fascinating tales that combine humor, intrigue and magic. Academy Award® winning writer/director Anthony Minghella (The English Patient) wrote many of these marvelous stories with music composed by Rachel Portman.

Additionally, each DVD will include a FREE exclusive collector's booklet with behind- the-scenes materials and background information on this great series.

These timeless tales feature such stars as Miranda Richardson (Sleepy Hollow), Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring), Brenda Blethyn (Secrets & Lies), Gabrielle Anwar (Scent of a Woman), Jane Horrocks (Little Voice), Jennifer Saunders (TVs "Absolutely Fabulous") and Jonathan Pryce (Stigmata).

JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER-THE COMPLETE COLLECTION features the following individual episodes:

A SHORT STORY
The Storyteller recalls his days of servitude to the King for bamboozling the Royal Cook out of a free meal. A story a day was his punishment or else boil in the cook's cauldron of oil. All goes well until the final day when he can't think of a story to save his life!

SAPSORROW
Upon fleeing her kingdom to escape an arranged marriage, the lovely Princess Sapsorrow toils in the kitchen of a faraway palace, disguised as an ugly hag. Her masquerade is no ball, as Sapsorrow has fallen in love with a Prince, who sees her only as a peasant.

THE LUCK CHILD
Upon news of the birth of a Luck Child, a peasant boy predicted by wise men to one day wear the crown, the cruel-hearted King seeks out the boy, pretending to take him under his terrible wing. Will luck indeed play a part in our hero's final destiny?

THE SOLDIER & DEATH
Returning from war, a young soldier trades his last biscuit for a magical sack into which anything summoned will enter! Trapping devils and even Death himself, the soldier brings peace to his country - but Death soon proves a greater enemy captured than free.

THE HEARTLESS GIANT
A young prince is tricked into helping a heartless giant escape from the king's dungeon. The evil giant unleashes terror across the land and those who go off to fight him never return. The young prince becomes the servant of the giant and tries to find where the giant's heart is hidden. But even if he were able to get the heart, can all be made right once more?

THE THREE RAVENS
After using her powers to charm the widowed king into marrying her, an evil witch sees children standing in her way of power. She uncovers the children's secret hiding place and turns the three princes into ravens. The princess escapes, but only after seeing her stepmother's evil magic. The ravens tell the princess that she cannot speak a word for three years, three months and three days or they will remain forever as birds. But can the princess keep her promise of silence even in the face of death?

THE TRUE BRIDE
A girl who was adopted by an abusive troll finally is freed with the help of a white lion. When her betrothed does not return after a trip, the girl is grief-stricken to learn that the troll's sister has put a spell on him and plans to marry him. The white lion appears again and helps the girl by giving her three magical gifts. But how can she use them to convince her bewitched love that she is his true bride?

HANS MY HEDGEHOG
Hans, a hedgehog-boy, feels ostracized in his town so he runs away. Twenty years later, Hans helps a king lost in the woods find his way back to his kingdom. The king rewards Hans with the first thing that the king will see when he re-enters his kingdom. But when the first thing he sees turns out to be his beautiful daughter, will despair take hold or can love prevail?

FEARNOT
Fearnot is a young man who is incapable of feeling fear. He leaves his home and his true love to embark on a vast journey to experience the shudder of fear. No monster or creature that he meets, however horrible or terrifying, makes him afraid. It is only upon his return that he learns true fear exists in the places that are closest to us.

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07/02/03

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME VIDEO ANNOUNCES 2003 AS THE YEAR OF BATTLESTAR GALACTICA

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA-- Complete Epic Series & Original Feature Film BLASTS OFF on DVD to Celebrate 25th Anniversary of Television Premiere

Groundbreaking series lands on shelves October 21, 2003 in time for the premiere of The SCI FI Channel's original mini-series BATTLESTAR GALACTICA based on the landmark original television show

Explore the Universe! BATTLESTAR GALACTICA - COMPLETE EPIC SERIES will be available for the first time ever on DVD on October 21, 2003, just in time for the December 2003 premiere of The SCI FI Channel's original mini-series BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, inspired by the original landmark television series. Additionally, fans can set their sights on a fleet of Cylon raiders in the upcoming "BATTLESTAR GALACTICA" videogame in stores this September for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system from Sony Computer Entertainment America and the Xbox™ video game system from Microsoft. 2003 marks the 25th anniversary of the television premiere of this groundbreaking series.

The adventurous story of humans amongst the stars, the six-disc Complete Epic Series Box Set features all 24 hour-long episodes of the original series. Loaded with newly produced and never-before-seen bonus features, this six-disc set is the definitive release that fans have been waiting for! Plus, every fan will want to display their BATTLESTAR GALACTICA - COMPLETE EPIC SERIES, due to the highly collectible, traffic-stopping packaging. The six -disc Complete Epic Series DVD collection is priced at $119.98 S.R.P. and the BATTLESTAR GALACTICA - ORIGINAL FEATURE FILM is priced at $19.98 S.R.P. for the first time. The pre-order close date is September 19.

THE DEFINITIVE ADDITION TO ANY SCI-FI FAN'S DVD LIBRARY!

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA - COMPLETE EPIC SERIES six-disc highlights:

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA - ORIGINAL FEATURE FILM DVD highlights:

ABOUT BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: THE COMPLETE EPIC SERIES

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, the definitive battle between the last surviving human colony and an evil robotic race, premiered on ABC in 1978 to an audience of 65 million viewers. The show remained a top-15 series throughout its brief run, and was eventually cancelled due to the prohibitively expensive special effects. From legendary television series creator Glen A. Larson (Magnum P.I., The Six Million Dollar Man), this science fiction adventure starring Lorne Green, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict quickly established itself as an epic and powerful television saga.

Considered cutting-edge for its time, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA took home Emmy Awards for Outstanding Costume Design for a Series and Outstanding Individual Achievement - Creative Technical Crafts.

ABOUT BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, THE SCI FI CHANNEL MINISERIES

SCI FI Channel (www.scifi.com) transmits fantastic images to 80 million homes. SCI FI Channel is a program service of Universal Television Networks, part of Universal Television Group, a division of Vivendi UNIVERSAL Entertainment (VUE). In December 2003, SCI FI Channel will premiere a 4-hour miniseries, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, starring Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell.

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, THE SCI FI CHANNEL MINISERIES Synopsis

It is a time of peace. Earth is a myth. Technology, a fearsome menace. More than 40 years after the armistice that ended the Cylon War, the human race suffers a sneak attack by a new breed of robots, indistinguishable from humans and more deadly than ever. As billions die on the 12 Colonies of Kobol, the last hope of humanity lies with the Battlestar Galactica, a recently decommissioned warship that has been turned into a flying museum, and with the courage and wisdom of Commander Adama (Edward James Olmos) and President Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell). Without a home, without hope and facing extinction, these last remnants of humanity must rely on each other for survival as they evade their robotic pursuers.

ABOUT THE "BATTLESTAR GALACTICA" VIDEO GAME

Fans can set their sights on a fleet of Cylon raiders in the upcoming "BATTLESTAR GALACTICA" videogame in stores this September for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system from Sony Computer Entertainment America and the Xbox™ video game system from Microsoft. Set 40 years before the events of the series, the "BATTLESTAR GALACTICA" video game puts players in the role of Ensign William Adama in his first assignment onboard the Galactica. Featuring spectacular cinematics that propel the player forward and epic space combat, the game allows players to fly up to five different fighters and engage in interstellar dogfights with the assembled forces of a Cylon battlegroup. As players progress through the game, they'll be able to take command of up to three wingmen and unlock ever-more-powerful weapons to aid in their desperate struggle.

 


'TIS THE SEASON TO CELEBRATE! CAILLOU’S HOLIDAY MOVIE SLEIGH RIDES ON TO DVD OCTOBER 7

Just in Time for Holiday Gift Giving, CAILLOU Stars in His First Feature-Length Animated Movie!

On October 7, Warner Home Video (WHV) and CINAR Entertainment will give families the gift of Caillou, with the debut of everyone's favorite preschooler in his first full-length, animated feature, CAILLOU’S HOLIDAY MOVIE. Based on the award-winning PBS KIDS series, Caillou shares his family's holiday traditions with millions of preschoolers and their parents on this festive DVD, stocked with special features including songs with Caillou and friends, an animated interview with Caillou and more. Both educational and entertaining at the same time, CAILLOU’S HOLIDAY MOVIE is available in Amaray packaging for $19.98 SRP on DVD.

When winter comes to Caillou's house, this curious four-year-old tackles all kinds of big boy activities like helping Daddy shovel snow, making holiday presents for his family and even discovering the traditions of other little boys and girls around the world! And when Caillou learns about the spirit of the holidays, young children will follow right along! Kids love Caillou for his real-world perspective on the life of a preschooler. Moms love Caillou for being a friend their children can identify with! Filled with the excitement and anticipation of holiday happenings, kids of all ages will love celebrating the season with Caillou!

Deck the halls with this extra content on the DVD:

 


LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, HOOK AND LEON: THE PROFESSIONAL JOIN SUPERBIT COLLECTION ON SEPTEMBER 9

Three new titles will join Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment's Superbit collection of enhanced DVDs on September 9 - the acclaimed Oscar®-winning epic LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, Steven Spielberg's magical HOOK and Luc Besson's thriller LEON: THE PROFESSIONAL. All titles will be available on September 9 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.

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA

Director David Lean's splendid biography of the enigmatic T.E. Lawrence paints a complex portrait of the desert-loving Englishman who united Arab tribes in a battle against the Ottoman Turks during World War I. Winner of seven Academy Awards® including Best Picture, this is the restored director's cut of the breathtaking masterpiece starring Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn and Omar Shariff. Written by Robert Bolt.

HOOK

A high-flying adventure from the magic of Steven Spielberg, HOOK stars Robin Williams as a grown-up Peter Pan and Dustin Hoffman as the infamous Captain Hook. Joining the fun is Julia Roberts as Tinkerbell, Bob Hoskins as the pirate Smee, and Maggie Smith as Granny Wendy Darling, who must convince middle-aged lawyer Peter Banning (Williams) that he was once the legendary Peter Pan. And so the adventure begins anew, with Peter off to Neverland to save his two children from Captain Hook. Along the way, he rediscovers the power of imagination, friendship and magic. A classic tale updated for children of all ages, HOOK was nominated for five Academy Awards® including Best Visual Effects. Written by James V. Hart, Nick Castle and Malia Scotch Marmo. Directed by Steven Spielberg.

LEON: THE PROFESSIONAL

Gary Oldman, Jean Reno, Natalie Portman and Danny Aiello star in LEON: THE PROFESSIONAL, a go-for-broke thriller about a professional assassin whose work becomes dangerously personal. Calling himself a "cleaner", the mysterious Leon (Reno) is New York's top hitman. When his next-door neighbors are murdered, Leon becomes the unwilling guardian of the family's sole survivor - 12-year-old Mathilda (Portman), but Mathilda doesn't just want protection; she wants revenge. Training her in the deadly tricks of his trade, Leon helps her track the psychotic agent (Oldman) who murdered her family. From the electrifying opening to the fatal finale, LEON: THE PROFESSIONAL is a non-stop crescendo of action, suspense and surprises. Includes 24 minutes of footage not included in the U.S. theatrical release. Written and directed by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element).

 


JOHN DENVER AND THE MUPPETS - ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOLIDAY AVAILABLE FOR FAMILIES TO OWN FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ON DVD AUGUST 26

Kermit, Miss Piggy and Everyone's Favorite Lovable Muppets Head Out Camping With This Timeless Musical Variety Special Pitch your tent for a ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOLIDAY as country music legend John Denver teams up with the ever-lovable Jim Henson's Muppets in this Emmy-nominated musical special, which overflows with John Denver's memorable songs and Muppet-puppet laughs and antics. JOHN DENVER AND THE MUPPETS - ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOLIDAY will premiere August 26 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, available to own at the low price of $12.95 SLP for VHS and $19.95 SLP on DVD.

In this musical variety program, the Muppets join the ultimate "country boy" for a camping trip in the scenic mountains of Colorado and adjust to outdoor living while John Denver serenades them with his beautiful music. With the clear blue skies, mountain streams and wild animals roaming free, they all share the wonderful experience of being out in nature with friends. And what better way to end the day than to sit around the campfire and sing songs and tell stories together!

Featuring 16 classic family fun songs, JOHN DENVER AND THE MUPPETS - ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOLIDAY is a delightful musical special that families can enjoy any day and every day!

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