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08/27/03

40 YEARS LATER, THE MYSTERY AND CONTROVERSY CONTINUE... JFK-- WARNER HOME VIDEO RELEASES SPECIAL EDITION DVD NOVEMBER 11 WITH FEATURE-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY, "BEYOND JFK"

Two-Disc DVD also Features Commentary by Oliver Stone and Twelve Extended/Deleted Scenes

It has been almost 40 years since America’s 35th and youngest-ever President, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated in Dallas, Texas and, nearly four decades later, this defining event in U.S. history continues to fascinate the public.

On November 11, Warner Home Video (WHV) will release a two-disc Special Edition DVD of Oliver Stone’s Academy Award®-winning JFK. The DVD will be available for $19.95 MAP.

The new two-disc edition will contain a number of special bonus features including BEYOND JFK¸ the feature-length documentary that explores the many conspiracy theories associated with the tragic events of November 22, 1963. The documentary uses newsreel and interview footage, as well as eyewitness accounts with many of the true-life people portrayed in JFK to take a provocative look at the conspiracy questions revolving around the assassination.

From Oscar®-winner Oliver Stone (Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July), JFK -- one of the most thought-provoking and visually compelling works about recent American political history -- was called a "masterpiece" by the Chicago Sun Times’ Roger Ebert; earned eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director (winning for Cinematography and Editing). Starring Academy Award®-winner Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves, Open Range), Academy Award®-winner Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugitive) and Kevin Bacon, JFK presents a stunning recreation of the assassination. The film also explores Jim Garrison's turbulent murder investigation and played a major role in the national debate that led to the passage of the 1992 Assassination Materials Disclosure Act.

DVD special features include:

The DVD will be offered in widescreen format [16x9 2.35] with a 5.1 audio mix. It will also include English and French language and subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

JFK

 


YOU’LL NEVER GET RICH— DEBUTING ON DVD OCTOBER 21

Hollywood Legends Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth Dance Together for the First Time in the Classic Musical Comedy Nominated for Two Academy Awards® Including Best Song by Cole Porter

Classic silver screen icons Fred Astaire (Easter Parade, You Were Never Lovelier) and Rita Hayworth (Gilda, Cover Girl) captivated audiences and showed off their fancy footwork in their first film together, the entertaining song-and-dance romantic comedy YOU’LL NEVER GET RICH (1941), premiering on DVD October 21 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Directed by Sidney Lanfield (The Hound of the Baskervilles), YOU’LL NEVER GET RICH's many accolades include 1942 Academy Award® nominations for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture and Best Song for the hit Cole Porter ballad "Since I Kissed My Baby Goodbye." Additional classic Porter songs include "So Near and Yet So Far," "Wedding Cake Walk" and "Dream Dancing."

An eccentric New York theater owner has his eye on the beautiful chorus girl Sheila Winthrop (Hayworth). His wife has her eye on him. Sheila has her eye on the show's choreographer Robert Curtis (Astaire). Having been discovered, the boss throws Robert into the middle of a comedic cover-up that eventually forces Robert to flee into the Army. Robert will never get rich as a private, but at least he's out of his predicament......or is he?

When Hayworth was paired to star opposite Astaire in the musical comedy YOU’LL NEVER GET RICH, the press speculated that the two might be mismatched. Then Columbia Pictures head Harry Cohen insisted on the pairing, and correctly so. All skeptics were silenced as Hayworth more than proved her dancing abilities, establishing her as one of the best partners Astaire ever had, Ginger Rogers notwithstanding. She became Columbia's hottest property of the '40s with LIFE magazine dubbing her the "Love Goddess" of Hollywood.

YOU’LL NEVER GET RICH DVD:

 


THE SOLID GOLD CADILLAC-- NEW TO DVD OCTOBER 28

Best Actress Oscar®-Winner Judy Holliday Stars In The Classic Academy Award®-Winning Romantic Comedy

Academy Award®-winning actress Judy Holliday (Born Yesterday, The Marrying Kind) shines as an idealistic stockholder who uncovers corruption at the top rung of a major corporation in the lighthearted classic romantic comedy THE SOLID GOLD CADILLAC (1956), debuting on DVD October 28 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Adapted from the hit Broadway comedy by George S. Kaufman and Howard Teichman, THE SOLID GOLD CADILLAC was tailor made to fit Holliday's beloved-yet-shrewd dumb blonde persona, which garnered her an Oscar® win for Best Actress in Born Yesterday. The film was also honored with a 1957 Academy Award® for Best Costume Design, along with an Academy Award® nomination for Best Art/Set Decoration.

Holliday stars as Laura Partridge, a small time stockholder of a large New York corporation who creates havoc at a board meeting, falls in love with the former Chief Executive Officer Edward McKeever (Paul Douglas - Angels in the Outfield) and wrests control of the corporation from its selfish, corrupt board of directors. Co-starring Fred Clark (How to Marry a Millionaire, Sunset Boulevard), THE SOLID GOLD CADILLAC was directed by Richard Quine.

THE SOLID GOLD CADILLAC DVD:

 


RESPIRO-- AVAILABLE ON DVD OCTOBER 21

Sexy Valeria Golino Lights Up The Screen In The Sensual and Triumphant Human Spirit Drama From International Director Emenuele Crialese Winner - Critics Week Award / Cannes Film Festival Official Selection - Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals

Winner of the Critics Week Grand Prize and the Young Critics Award Best Feature at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival from profound writer/director Emanuele Crialese (Once We Were Strangers, Heartless), RESPIRO is the majestic and passionate family drama starring Valeria Golino (Frida, Rain Man, Immortal Beloved), debuting October 21 on DVD and videocassette from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

A breathtaking film of picturesque beauty and striking emotion that was honored as Official Selection at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals, RESPIRO has been praised as "a triumph" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times) that "bursts with such poising vitality and sensual appreciation of nature" (Stephen Holden, The New York Times).

Inspired by a legend on the island of Lampedusa, an island near western Sicily, RESPIRO portrays the seductive story of Grazia (Golino), a young mother of three and wife to a devoted fisherman (Vincenzo Amato - Ciao, America). Her free-spirited attitude and erratic mood swings cause talk in the entire village, but her husband lovingly stands by her though her high- strung temperament continues to create harsh opinions about her. When her reckless behavior becomes misinterpreted as clinical, her husband's family decides Garzia needs medical treatment in faraway Milan. But her 13-year old son Pasquale (Casisa), the one person who understands his mother the most, vows to protect the touching bond they share.

RESPIRO DVD:

 


THE BEDFORD INCIDENT-- NEW TO DVD ON SEPTEMBER 23

Academy Award®-Winner Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark and Donald Sutherland Star in the Brilliant and Tense War Thriller

Nerve-racking suspense in the tradition of Fail Safe and Crimson Tide surrounds THE BEDFORD INCIDENT, an intelligent tale of a U.S. naval destroyer on a routine NATO patrol that ends up in a freakish showdown with a Russian submarine, featuring high-caliber performances by Academy Award®-winner Sidney Poitier (Lilies of the Field, The Defiant Ones), Richard Widmark (Coma, Against All Odds), James MacArthur (Swiss Family Robinson) and the feature film debut of Donald Sutherland (Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Italian Job), premiering on DVD September 23 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Widmark is Capt. Eric Finlander, the maniacal commander of the American destroyer USS The Bedford, who drives his tense crew to the brink of nervous exhaustion in his relentless pursuit of a Soviet submarine regardless of the great risks involved. Poitier is Ben Munceford, a quick-witted photojournalist aboard the ship, assigned to record a "typical" mission. His moral indignation is put to the test by the captain's obsession with forcing the sub to the surface. Several crewmembers are at their breaking points as Finlander continues his prowl. Especially affected is a former German U-boat commander, now aboard the Bedford as a NATO observer.

THE BEDFORD INCIDENT DVD:

 


GAS FOOD LODGING-- NEW TO DVD SEPTEMBER 23

Talented Young Actresses Fairuza Balk and Ione Skye Star in the Edgy Coming-of-Age Drama -- Nominated for Four Independent Spirit Awards

Love and sex complicate the lives of a struggling single mother and her teenage daughters in GAS FOOD LODGING, the smart, sassy and highly- acclaimed film about coming of age in a desolate New Mexico town starring talented young actresses Fairuza Balk (The Craft, Almost Famous) and Ione Skye (Say Anything). GAS FOOD LODGING debuts on DVD September 23 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Seventeen-year-old Trudi Evans (Skye) is beautiful, rebellious and very promiscuous - much to the dismay of her mother Nora (Brooke Adams, The Dead Zone). Her younger sister Shade (Balk, Winner of the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead) fantasizes about love while watching afternoon movie matinees. And Nora auditions a colorful cast of suitors while waiting tables in the local truck stop diner. Life takes a wild turn when Trudi announces she's pregnant - and the father of her baby mysteriously disappears. The girls' long lost father (James Brolin, Catch Me If You Can) appears out of nowhere, hoping to make up for lost time. Shaping their lives in unpredictable ways, each new change teaches Nora and her daughters about love, life and each other.

Nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, GAS FOOD LODGING is written and directed by Allison Anders (Grace of My Heart), and based on the novel by Richard Peck.

GAS FOOD LODGING DVD:

 

08/18/03

TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES COMES TO DVD NOVEMBER 11

Loaded Special Features including: Web-Enabled Two-Disc DVD, Revealing New Footage, Interactive Effects Lab, Gag Reel and Much More!

On November 11, Warner Home Video (WHV) brings the battle against the world of machines home on DVD and VHS with the release of one of Hollywood's most innovative and celebrated franchises, the $150 million U.S. box-office smash TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES. Arnold Schwarzenegger "is back" in his signature role as the Terminator sent to save the human race from a cyborg revolution in this adrenaline-pumping adventure. From director Jonathan Mostow (U-571, Breakdown) and featuring a cast that includes Nick Stahl (In the Bedroom, The Thin Red Line), Kristanna Loken (Panic) and Claire Danes (The Hours, William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet), the action-packed DVD is loaded with thrills, eye-dazzling special effects and state-of-the-art special features including revealing new footage, gag reel, an interactive effects lab and commentary from the stars and director.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the most successful entertainers in box office history, having grossed more than $3.4 billion at the box-office worldwide. Schwarzenegger action blockbusters include Conan the Barbarian, Commando, Predator, The Running Man, Total Recall, True Lies, Eraser, Batman and Robin, and Collateral Damage as well as the hit comedies Twins, Kindergarten Cop and Junior, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination. In 1983 Schwarzenegger took on the role of a lifetime in the critically acclaimed The Terminator for director James Cameron. In 1991, he returned to play the killer cyborg from the future in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, one of the biggest grossing films of the decade.

Schwarzenegger's career in acting, bodybuilding and philanthropy has garnered him numerous awards including a Golden Globe, ShoWest's Humanitarian of the Year Award in 1997, the 1998 Moving Picture Ball's American Cinematheque Award and the 2001 International World Sports Awards Lifetime Achievement Award.

The TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES DVD is action-packed with technologically sophisticated special features including the following:

Enhanced features for the DVD-ROM PC include an explosive Terminator 3 game demo and a link to the Terminator 3: Rise of Machines website.

"The home video release of TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES extends the movie experience with cutting-edge special features," said Jim Cardwell, President Warner Home Video. "The DVD will transport fans to the future with a one-of-a-kind Terminator experience."

Synopsis

He comes from the future to rescue the past. And this time he brings a new level of excitement with him! Arnold Schwarzenegger puts on his trademark shades and leather jacket to return as a time-traveling T-101 Terminator in this smash hit directed by Jonathan Mostow. He's back to protect youthful Earth Resistance leader John Connor (Nick Stahl) and an unsuspecting veterinarian (Claire Danes) who's stunned to learn her destiny is linked with Connor. But protecting the two is easier said than done. An awesome new foe is programmed to terminate them - a state-of-the-art T-X (Kristanna Loken) who's smarter and stronger than a T-101. With dazzling effects, bravura thrills (the crane sequence will leave you particularly breathless!) and a story that boldly spins into the unexpected, this is an event spectacle to see and see again. Arnold's cyborg is one mean machine. And T3 is a sleek movie machine that matches that greatness.

The Credits

TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES is a C2 Pictures/Intermedia production in association with the Munich-based financing entity IMF and Mostow/Lieberman Productions. C2 Pictures Mario Kassar, Andy Vajna and Joel B. Michaels are producing with Hal Lieberman and Colin Wilson. Intermedia Chairman Moritz Borman executive produces along with Guy East, Nigel Sinclair and Gale Anne Hurd.

 


COMPLETELY CARLIN COLLECTION RELEASED SEPTEMBER 30TH

COMPLETELY CARLIN is a collection of Carlin comedy new to home video featuring the popular HBO specials "Playing With Your Head," "What Am I Doing In New Jersey?," "Back In Town," and "You Are All Diseased," and "George’s Best Stuff," a compilation of some of Carlin’s legendary routines including Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television. As a bonus, the DVD boxed set includes a brand new, exclusive one-hour interview with Carlin shot in 2003 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. The six-disc DVD collection and 5-tape VHS set will be in stores September 30th, 2003.

Classic routines such as Al Sleet the Hippy-Dippy Weather Man, A Place For My Stuff, Dogs and Cats, Sanctity of Life, Free-Floating Hostility, Airport Security, Fear of Germs, More Things That Are Pissing Me Off, American Bullshit, Businessmen, Religion, There Is No God and many more favorites are included.

Carlin’s brand of provocative sociopolitical commentary and scathing comic style has brought him four Grammy awards, most recently in 2002 for Napalm and Silly Putty. He was also the first-ever host of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and has starred in twelve HBO specials.

The comedian-philosopher has released numerous albums, published two books and appeared in several movies, including co-starring with Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler in Kevin Smith’s much-anticipated comedy Jersey Girl. Carlin continues to tour in the United States, and performs to sold-out audiences at venues across the country.

COMPLETELY CARLIN - SIX DVD COLLECTION

 

08/17/03

MONSTER CLASSICS FROM SPECIAL EFFECTS TITANS RAY HARRYHAUSEN AND WILLIS O’BRIEN ARRIVE ON DVD FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO OCTOBER 21 JUST IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN

THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS, THE BLACK SCORPION & THE VALLEY OF GWANGI

New Ray Bradbury and Ray Harryhausen Interviews, Rare Creature Tests and Vintage Shorts Included in DVD Bonus Features

THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS, THE BLACK SCORPION and THE VALLEY OF GWANGI -- three monster classics featuring special effects master Willis O'Brien (The Lost World, King Kong & Mighty Joe Young) and his successor Ray Harryhausen (Mighty Joe Young, Jason and the Argonauts & Clash of the Titans) -- will debut on DVD On October 21 from Warner Home Video (WHV). Each title will be available on DVD for $19.98 SRP.

Though special effects techniques today have been dramatically transformed by CGI, the stunningly imaginative and detailed work of these three classic films still amazes audiences today. Willis pioneered the stop-motion animation technique that makes small, well-articulated models come to life by photographing them one frame at a time and then moving them slightly between exposures. Harryhausen, inspired by Willis' King Kong when he saw it as a teenager, began creating special effects in his backyard that same summer and went on to creative feats that rivaled his mentor's.

The Monster Classics

THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS - Based on Ray Bradbury's short story, The Foghorn, this is the first film to originate from Bradbury's work. When a giant Rhedosauras, encased in ice for more than 100 million years, is awakened by an atomic explosion, it heads towards New York and manages to wipe out most of Coney Island before finally being destroyed. Directed by Eugene Lourie, the 1953 monster classic also marks the first time Ray Harryhausen had total control over special effects.

The DVD celebrates THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS 50th Anniversary with a digital transfer and includes these special features:

THE BLACK SCORPION - An earthquake-like volcanic eruption opens the earth's surface, unleashing the wrath of giant scorpion monsters that go on a rampage to take over the earth. The 1957 classic features stinging special effects co-designed by Willis O'Brien.

DVD special features include:

Both DVDs will be offered in standard format [4x3 1.31:1]. They will also include English and French languages and subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

THE VALLEY OF GWANGI - When members of a traveling western sideshow encounter a hidden valley containing the last remnants of prehistoric life, they capture an Allosaurus and attempt to exploit it. But the creature escapes and wreaks destruction everywhere. Harryhausen's unusual special effects combine elements of the American Western with the dinosaur genre.

DVD special features include:

The DVD will be offered in widescreen format [16x9 1.85:1]. It will also include English and French language and subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

WARNER SELECT DVD: OCTOBER MONSTER THRILLERS

THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS

THE BLACK SCORPION

THE VALLEY OF GWANGI

 

08/11/03

THE FOURTH SEASON OF THE EMMY, GOLDEN GLOBE AND PEABODY-WINNING SERIES, " THE SOPRANOS" MAKES ITS DEBUT ON HBO VIDEO WITH " THE SOPRANOS: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON," OCTOBER 28

DVD Features Exclusive Audio Commentaries with creator/exec. producer David Chase, exec. producers Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess, co-exec. producer Terence Winter and writer/actor Michael Imperioli

Nominated for 13 Emmy Awards in 2003, including "Outstanding Drama Series," " THE SOPRANOS: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON" is coming to video and DVD on October 28 from HBO Video. In the fourth season of one of "the finest television series around"(Wall Street Journal), modern-day mob boss Tony Soprano is forced to deal with a sluggish economy, the trial of his Uncle Junior and the financial worries of his wife, Carmela.

Featuring 13 one-hour episodes, " THE SOPRANOS: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON" is packaged in a five volume, silver foil VHS box set for $99.92 SRP and a four disc, silver foil DVD box set for $99.98 SRP. " THE SOPRANOS: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON" on DVD also includes exclusive audio commentaries with David Chase, Robin Green, Mitchell Burgess, Terence Winter, and Michael Imperioli. (Order Due Date: 9/30/03, Runtime: Approx. 795 minutes, Not Rated)

Critical Acclaim

Ranked one of TV Guide’s top Five Greatest Shows Of All Time, " THE SOPRANOS" garnered thirteen nominations for the 2003 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (James Gandolfini), Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Edie Falco), two for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Michael Imperioli, Joe Pantoliano), two for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (John Patterson, Tim Van Patten), and three for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (David Chase, Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess, Terence Winter).

In a series that has been called "the best," the fourth season of " THE SOPRANOS" features writing and acting that "work together more powerfully than ever,"(New York Times). "A wondrous thing to watch"(San Francisco Chronicle), " THE SOPRANOS" is a "jewel"(Wall Street Journal) that "stands head and holsters above anything else"(LA Times). "As good as television gets"(Philadelphia Daily News), the fourth season of " THE SOPRANOS" is "better than ever"(New York Post).

Additional DVD Content

" THE SOPRANOS: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON" on DVD is presented in the 16X9 widescreen format. The special features exclusive to the DVD are audio commentaries delivered by writer/co-exec. producer Terence Winter (episode 4: "The Weight"), writer/actor Michael Imperioli (episode 6: "Everybody Hurts"), writer/exec. producer Robin Green and writer/exec. producer Mitchell Burgess (episode 8: "Mergers & Acquistions") and creator/writer/exec. producer David Chase (episode 13: "Whitecaps"). Additional features include Easter Eggs, recaps of seasons one, two & three; episodic synopses, previews and recaps; cast and crew bios; an episode index; chapter selections; English Dolby Digital 5.1; English Dolby Surround Sound and Spanish and French stereo, and English, French and Spanish subtitles.

Program Information

Created by David Chase, " THE SOPRANOS" stars two-time Emmy®-winners James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano and Edie Falco as Tony’s wife Carmela, plus Lorraine Bracco as therapist Dr. Jennifer Melfi, Michael Imperioli as Tony’s nephew Christopher Moltisanti and Dominic Chianese as Uncle Junior. Also featured in the fourth season are regulars Jamie-Lynn Sigler as Tony’s daughter, Meadow, Robert Iler as Tony’s son, Anthony Jr., Drea de Matteo as Adriana, Tony Sirico as Paulie Walnuts, and Steven Van Zandt as Silvio Dante.

Aida Turturro, who plays Tony’s sister Janice, returns to the show, as do series regulars Federico Castelluccio as Furio, Joe Pantoliano as Ralph Cifaretto, Katherine Narducci as Charmaine Bucco, Steven R. Schirripa as Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri, John Ventimiglia as Artie Bucco and Vincent Curatola as Johnny Sack. Also making appearances are series veterans Jerry Adler, Peter Bogdanovich, Alla Kliouka, Peter Riegert and Paul Schulze.

Guest stars for the fourth season include Jean-Hugues Anglade ("La Femme Nikita"), Denise Borino (who was cast from the open casting call held in New Jersey), Vondie Curtis-Hall (HBO’s "Don King: Only in America"), Elias Koteas (HBO’s "Shot in the Heart"), Linda Lavin ("Alice"), Roma Maffia ("Double Jeopardy"), Joyce Van Patten ("Breathing Lessons") and talk-show host Montel Williams.

Veteran directors of " THE SOPRANOS" returning for season four are John Patterson, Tim Van Patten, Allen Coulter, Henry J. Bronchtein, Jack Bender, Daniel Attias and Steve Buscemi. Also directing is James Hayman, who has directed episodes of "ER," "Judging Amy" and "Any Day Now."

Executive producers for the series are, David Chase, Brad Grey, Mitchell Burgess & Robin Green, and Ilene S. Landress; co-executive producer, Terence Winter; producers, Henry J. Bronchtein and Martin Bruestle.

 


THE IN-LAWS-- WEDDING BELLS RING OCTOBER 7 ON DVD FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

Laugh-Out-Loud Remake of the Cult-Classic Comedy Featuring Hilarious Performances by Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks
Fun-Filled DVD Featuring Additional Scenes, Gag Reel, Director Commentary and More!

Comedy is relative. Especially with THE IN-LAWS, the side-splitting remake of the cult-classic comedy starring Academy Award®-winner Michael Douglas (Wonder Boys, Traffic) and Albert Brooks (Finding Nemo, Mother), tying the knot October 7 on DVD and VHS from Warner Home Video (WHV). THE IN-LAWS will be available at $27.95 SRP for the DVD and $22.98 SRP for the VHS.

Douglas and Brooks "make a truly comical combination" (David Sheehan, CBS-TV) and a "riotously funny comic pairing" (Jeanne Wolf’s Hollywood) as opposites thrust together by their children’s wedding in a "rollicking ride" (US Weekly) that is "frantically funny" (Westwood One Radio). Co-starring Emmy Award-winner Candice Bergen (Miss Congeniality, Sweet Home Alabama), Ryan Reynolds (National Lampoon’s Van Wilder), Lindsay Sloane (Bring It On) and Robin Tunney (Vertical Limit, The Craft).

SYNOPSIS

Jerry had the perfect life. Now it’s a perfect mess. Days before his daughter’s wedding, he met Steve, the father of the groom. Look on the bright side, Jerry. You’re not losing a daughter. You’re gaining a madman.

Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks are the odd couple of the CIA set in a fast, funny remake of the 1979 original. Douglas is Steve, who says he’s a copier salesman but whose splashy lifestyle, not to mention the agents on his trail and the vial of nuclear material in his pocket, says otherwise. Brooks is Jerry, a nerdy podiatrist plunged feet first in Steve’s world. For "a full-tilt onslaught of silly" (Margaret McGurk, The Cincinnati Enquirer), everyone sooner or later has to meet THE IN-LAWS.

DVD ELEMENTS

THE IN-LAWS DVD release will include the following fabulous bonus features:

BASICS

 


THE MIND-BLOWING JOURNEY CONTINUES IN MGM HOME ENTERTAINMENT’S STARGATE SG-1

Complete Fourth Season Reaches Its Destination September 2nd As A Five-Disc DVD Gift Set Includes Two Featurettes And A Documentary

Another portal of adventure opens when the eagerly-awaited fourth season of the highly acclaimed sci-fi television series, STARGATE SG-1, arrives in a collectible five-disc DVD gift set September 2nd from MGM Home Entertainment. Containing all 22 episodes for the suggested retail price of $69.96, the STARGATE SG-1 SEASON FOUR GIFT SET boasts a 25-minute documentary titled "STARGATE SG-1: Timeline To The Future – Legacy Of The Gate," two "Secret Files Of The SGC" featurettes, including "Enhanced Visual Effects" and "Alien Species Friend & Foe," and audio commentaries.

Ranked as television’s #1 syndicated first-run drama with a weekly viewership of over six million, STARGATE SG-1 is the only television show in production to receive the United States Air Force Seal of Approval. Featuring the talents of Richard Dean Anderson, the 1999 Saturn Award winner for Best Actor in a TV Sci-Fi series, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge and Don S. Davis, STARGATE SG-1 follows the adventures of Colonel Jack O’Neill and his otherworldly team of explorers. Throughout their journeys, the SG-1 team uses the ancient stargate to travel through space and expand our understanding of the universe. The series has won several awards including two Saturn Awards, three Emmy nominations and three Cable Ace nominations.

STARGATE SG-1 SEASON FOUR GIFT SET includes the following episodes and special features:

Volume One

Episode 1: "Small Victories"

SG-1 is called upon to help a race of gentle, highly-intelligent aliens struggling against a swarm of ravenous, deadly mechanical spiders called "Replicators." But the situation becomes much more complicated when a lone Replicator is discovered in the most unlikely of places… back home on Planet Earth!

Episode 2: "The Other Side"

SG-1 responds to a cry for help from a doomed civilization, which promises to give Earthlings access to highly-advanced technology in exchange for supplies that would help them defeat their enemies. But the Team soon discovers a shocking secret that may prove that SG-1 is doing a lot more harm than good!

Episode 3: "Upgrades"

SG-1 is selected to test the effects of "alien-tech" military wristbands on human wearers, and soon find themselves blessed with spectacular strength and speed. But when they are sent on a mission utilizing these new abilities, they learn a shocking lesson about the downside of power!

Episode 4: "Crossroads"

When a beautiful High Priestess from the planet Chulak claims to have a plan that would seriously cripple the Goa’uld, everyone is understandably skeptical. SG-1 must join forces with the Tok’ra in order to put her plan into effect, but a deadly, hidden secret could jeopardize the entire operation!

Special features: a 15-minute "Secret Files Of The SGC: Enhanced Visual Effects" featurette and cast and crew audio commentaries for each episode

Volume Two

Episode 5: "Divide and Conquer"

When an SGC soldier under the influence of a Goa’uld mind-control device attempts to assassinate a High Council member, SG-1 must uncover other potential assassins – even amongst themselves – before the president arrives for a crucial Summit meeting!

Episode 6: "Window of Opportunity"

After SG-1 visits a strange planet in the middle of a geomagnetic storm, they find themselves repeating the same day over and over again. The team must utilize their accumulated knowledge to stop the time loop before there are disastrous consequences across the universe!

Episode 7: "Watergate"

SG-1 joins forces with a beautiful Russian scientist to investigate a rogue Stargate in Siberia, linked to a mysterious water planet. The team must venture via submarine to the water planet, where they encounter an unexpectedly terrifying alien presence that just might destroy them all!

Episode 8: "The First Ones"

During an archaeological survey of fossils on a Goa’uld planet, Daniel Jackson is abducted by a fearsome humanoid creature, prompting SG-1 to embark on a mission to free him from his alien captor. But Daniel soon learns that the creature’s intentions are not at all what he thought!

Special features: a 15-minute "Secret Files Of The SGC: Alien Species – Friend & Foe" featurette and cast and crew audio commentaries for each episode

Volume Three

Episode 9: "Scorched Earth"

After relocating an endangered civilization to a "safe" new planet, the team realizes that another race of aliens is planning to incinerate the planet’s surface to make it inhabitable for their own race. Will SG-1 be able to reason with the marauding aliens, or will their plans for interplanetary diplomacy go up in flames?

Episode 10: "Beneath the Surface"

With their memories erased and their identities changed, SG-1 find themselves trapped below a domed city on a planet of ice, toiling as slave laborers. Can they come to their senses and make a break for the surface, or will they remain enslaved underground for the rest of their lives?

Episode 11: "Point of No Return"

When a quirky conspiracy theorist contacts SG-1 claiming to know classified information about the Stargate, at first they think he’s bluffing. But when they investigate his wild claims, they realize he’s a lot closer to the truth than they thought… and has a few more shocking surprises up his sleeve!

Episode 12: "Tangent"

When O’Neill and Teal’c take an SGC-modified Goa’uld glider out for a test flight, they lose control and are sucked deep into outer space by a Goa’uld tracking device. It’s up to the rest of the team to figure out a way to rescue them, before they run out of oxygen and life support and are lost in space forever!

Episode 13: "The Curse"

When Daniel Jackson returns to Chicago to attend the funeral of his mentor, a celebrated archaeologist, he soon realizes that the death is mysteriously connected to the recent discovery of a 10,000-year-old Egyptian artifact that might be cursed by a vengeful Pharaoh!

Special feature: Cast and crew audio commentaries for each episode

Volume Four

Episode 14: "The Serpent’s Venom"

SG-1 travels to a remote interplanetary minefield to sabotage a hazardous alliance between two powerful Goa’uld System Lords. But their mission becomes far more dangerous when they realize Teal’c has been captured by one of the Lords, who plans to use him as a pawn in their evil negotiations!

Episode 15: "Chain Reaction"

When SGC commander General Hammond steps down saying he’s "too old for the job," SG-1 immediately suspects foul play. And when a hard-nosed new general steps in to replace him, and splits up SG-1, they vow to solve the mystery and get their beloved General Hammond back at the helm!

Episode 16: "2010"

A decade in the future, Earth’s alliance with a highly intelligent race of aliens has rendered SGC obsolete. But when Carter, now married to a human ambassador to the aliens, uncovers a terrifying secret about these "benevolent" beings, she must reassemble SG-1 to send an urgent message to the past!

Episode 17: "Absolute Power"

When a "chosen" boy found on planet Abydos is brought to SGC, he sends a telepathic message, causing Daniel Jackson’s personality to undergo disturbing changes. Will the rest of SG-1 be able to solve the mystery of the boy’s origin before Jackson becomes a power-hungry warmonger?

Episode 18: "The Light"

SG-1 travels to a planet to investigate a machine that induces narcotic pleasure. But when they try to leave the planet, they are overcome with debilitating withdrawal symptoms, forcing them to stay. Can they free themselves from this addiction before it consumes them completely?

Special feature: Cast and crew audio commentaries for each episode

Volume Five

Episode 19: "Prodigy"

Carter takes a brilliant young cadet under her wing on a mission to a remote planet inhabited by unique electronic beings that resemble a swarm of fireflies. But when the creatures suddenly turn aggressive, SG-1 will need the cadet’s brainpower to help them escape with their lives!

Episode 20: "Entity"

When SG-1 sends a probe through the Stargate, a powerful electronic impulse comes back through the wormhole and hides inside SGC’s computer. But when this electronic entity suddenly jumps inside Carter’s mind, SG-1 must choose between saving SGC and saving Carter’s life!

Episode 21: "Double Jeopardy"

SG-1 encounters a tricky situation when they join forces with androids designed to look exactly like them in a battle against an evil Goa’uld System Lord. Can they fight alongside robotic doppelgängers, or will confusion and contradiction blur the line between man and machine?

Episode 22: "Exodus"

SG-1 joins forces with the Tok’ra in a final attempt to rid the universe of their mutual Goa’uld nemesis, Apophis. But their plan goes awry when a beloved member of their team is captured and they find themselves at the mercy of their most powerful and feared enemy!

Special features: a 25-minute "STARGATE SG-1: Timeline to the Future – Legacy of the Gate"

documentary and cast and crew audio commentaries for each episode

 


UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME VIDEO ANNOUNCES 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS RACES TO DVD SEPTEMBER 30, 2003

An adrenaline-pumping non-stop action fest, unparalleled racing sequences, a sexy cast and a slick Miami backdrop create an unbeatable combustion in 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS, coming to home video on September 30, 2003. The runaway hit that earned $52 million in its opening weekend and to date has earned over $125 million at the domestic box office, stars Paul Walker (The Fast and the Furious), Tyrese (Baby Boy), Eva Mendes (Training Day), Cole Hauser (White Oleander, Hart's War) James Remar (Sex and the City) and multi-platinum hip-hop recording artist Ludacris (The Wash). Directed by multiple Academy Award(R)-nominee John Singleton (Boyz 'N the Hood, Higher Learning, Shaft), the 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS DVD is priced at $26.98 S.R.P. and the VHS is priced at $22.98 S.R.P. Pre-order close is August 12 for DVD and August 26 for VHS.

2 Fast's Groundbreaking DVD format Allows Viewers to Choose Their Ride

Audacious special features allow viewers to tailor their DVD experience based on their favorite 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS cars. The DVD's introductory menu features the movie's three celebrated cars driven respectively by Paul Walker, Tyrese and Devon Aoki. Each car provides a different DVD "ride," with custom designs and unique bonus features tailored for that car and that character. For example, choose Suki's car and get more bonus features focused on Suki (Devon Aoki) and her hot pink car, plus a look and feel that matches the car's anime style.

The DVD's tread-burning exclusive features include a 10-minute "Making-of" featurette that reveals behind-the-scenes footage shot during pre-production, on location in Miami, and on the stages of Los Angeles. Feature commentary offers the inside scoop on the production from John Singleton. Additional features include deleted scenes, outtakes and "The Actor's Driving School", which takes viewers behind the wheel with Paul Walker, Tyrese and Devon Aoki as they learned how to safely perform their own revved-up racing stunts. The "Supercharged Stunts" feature gives a behind-the-scenes look at the racy technology and camera work that brought the film's outrageous stunts to life. Ludacris goes into the recording studio for "Making Music with Ludacris" -- his take on how the smokin' 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS soundtrack was born. "Animated Anectodes" and a trailer for The Fast and the Furious game round out the DVD's hot new bonus features.

Director and Cast Are Built for Speed

Paul Walker reprises his role as disgraced cop Brian O'Connor, who has the chance to redeem his career by helping the FBI with the dangerous task of bringing down murderous Miami import-export dealer Carter Verone (Hauser). O'Connor convinces the Feds to let him partner with his ex-con pal and fellow street-racer Roman Pearce (Tyrese) to go undercover, transporting a shipment of 'dirty' money. Meanwhile, O'Connor has to contend with ultra-sexy undercover customs agent Monica Clemente (Mendes), who he fears may be in bed with Verone.

2 FAST 2 FURIOUS owes its in-your-face edginess to the directing talent of John Singleton, who first garnered industry prestige by landing two Academy Award(R) nominations (Best Director and Best Screenplay) for his first feature, Boyz N the Hood. The director has subsequently been known for stylistically compelling pictures such as Shaft and Baby Boy.

Popular R&B recording artist Tyrese, who sidelines as a Guess and Tommy Hilfiger model, makes a powerful screen impact and Paul Walker, who rocketed to overnight stardom in the first film, solidifies his status as one of the screen's biggest up-and-coming leading men. A sexy performance by Eva Mendes illustrates why this Hollywood "it" girl has landed a modeling contract with Revlon. Besides turning in an impressive performance in the film, multi-platinum hip-hop phenomenon Ludacris takes up the mike for the 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS hit theme song and video, "Act a Fool."

Synopsis

The adrenaline-fueled thrill ride that began with The Fast And The Furious takes an explosive new turn in 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS! It's the nitro-fueled answer to the question: how fast do you like it?

Now an ex-cop on the run, Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) hooks into outlaw street racing. When the feds strong-arm him back, O'Connor's no rules, win-or-die skills are unleashed against an international drug lord. With his velocity-added buddy (Tyrese) riding in shotgun, and drop-dead gorgeous undercover agent (Eva Mendes) dialing up the heat, 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS accelerates the action into a desperate race for survival, justice ... and mind-blowing, jaw-dropping speed!

2 FAST 2 FURIOUS

Technical Information:

DVD Bonus Material: DVD menus will allow viewers to choose their ride; introduction by director John Singleton; "making-of" featurette; cast and director commentary; deleted scenes; outtakes; The Actor's Driving School; Supercharged Stunts; Making music with Ludacris featurette on soundtrack; animated anectodes; The Fast and the Furious Game; Prelude for 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS short film. The DVD ROM release features Tricking Out a Hot Import Car, highlighting the transformation of a stock-model Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 8 into a fast and furious ride.

08/10/03

SANFORD AND SON: THE THIRD SEASON-- PREMIERES OCTOBER 7 ON DVD

Special Three-Disc Set Featuring 24 Side-Splitting Episodes

Return for more laughs at the junk yard with one of television's all-time classic sitcoms, SANFORD AND SON, starring one-of-a-kind comedian Redd Foxx as Fred Sanford, a grumpy old junk dealer living with his long-suffering son Lamont (Demond Wilson) in Los Angeles' Watts. An early milestone in urban TV comedy, SANFORD AND SON: THE THIRD SEASON, featuring the complete season of 25 hysterical and uncut episodes in a special three-disc DVD set, will be available October 7 at the collectible price of $29.95 SRP from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Created by legendary TV producer Norman Lear ("All In The Family," "The Jeffersons"), SANFORD AND SON was as hilarious as it was historic; becoming the first TV sitcom featuring an African-American cast and characters Fred and Lamont forever dreaming and scheming to make a better life. Ushering in an African-American perspective to the small screen, SANFORD AND SON was breakthrough television as it defied barriers and skewered stereotypes with its topical and timely themes. Outrageous and outspoken, Golden Globe®- winner Foxx told it like it was, raising the roof with his bold brand of outrageous humor, creating pop culture history in the process.

Featuring a colorful supporting cast of outrageous characters who help them keep their sense of humor, including Bible-thumping sister-in-law Aunt Esther (LaWanda Page), Fred's girlfriend Donna (Lynn Hamilton), and old pal Grady (Whitman Mayo), the third season of SANFORD AND SON provided a showcase for black talent and included cool cameos such as soul sisters The Three Degrees and Antonio "Huggy Bear" Fargas, among others.

SANFORD AND SON debuted on NBC in 1972 as a mid-season replacement and quickly became a critical favorite and one of the network's top-rated primetime shows, earning seven Emmy® Award nominations including Outstanding Comedy Series throughout its five-year run.

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NEW YORK: THE CENTER OF THE WORLD-- AVAILABLE ON DVD SEPTEMBER 9 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO AND PBS HOME VIDEO

The Final Chapter of Ric Burns' Acclaimed Series About New York Covering the History of the City from 1946 to the 9/11 tragedy
Premiere Broadcast on PBS on September 8 to an Estimated Seven Million Viewers
Featuring Interviews with Rudy Giuliani, Ed Koch, Mario Cuomo, Michael Bloomberg, Mike Wallace and others

On September 9, just two days before the two year anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, Warner Home Video (WHV) and PBS Home Video will release NEW YORK: THE CENTER OF THE WORLD, the eighth and final chapter in Ric Burns' acclaimed PBS series, New York -- A Documentary Film, about America's greatest, most influential city. NEW YORK: THE CENTER OF THE WORLD is a powerful portrait of the events leading up to and after the catastrophic fall of the World Trade Center. The title, which will benefit from a premiere broadcast on PBS on September 8 to an estimated seven million viewers, will be available at $24.98 SRP for the DVD and VHS.

To illustrate the impact of September 11, NEW YORK: THE CENTER OF THE WORLD reaches back to 1946 when the idea of building a "world trade center" in lower Manhattan was first conceived. The program chronicles the construction of the tower and explores the astonishing expansion of American economic power during the second half of the twentieth century. Featuring interviews with politicians, authors and critics such as Rudy Giuliani, Ed Koch, Mario Cuomo, Michael Bloomberg, Mike Wallace, Ada Louise Huxtable, Kenneth Jackson and others, the film explores the physical, economic, and symbolic aftermath of the attack and examines what Americans can learn from the recovery effort, about who they are and who they will be.

"The tragic events of 9/11 will never be forgotten and it's programs like NEW YORK: THE CENTER OF THE WORLD that will remind us of how resilient New Yorkers are and the historical significance of this great city," says Jeff Baker, Vice President, Non-Theatrical Franchise Marketing. "Understandably, consumers have been drawn to programs about 9/11 and we expect a very strong, positive response to 'Center of the World'. This last installment in the New York series is unique because it gives perspective on how the 9/11 tragedy fits into a larger context."

"Ric Burns has had a successful history with PBS, creating unique and poignant programming that inspires America," says Tracey Beeker, Vice President of Marketing, PBS Consumer Products. "This last installment of the highly acclaimed New York series is a perfect example of Ric's ability to bring a story of a city to life."

DVD ELEMENTS

The DVD release will include the following bonus features:

BASICS

 

08/06/03

HUMPHREY BOGART STARS IN TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT, THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT, DARK PASSAGE & HIGH SIERRA- BOGART’S GREATEST WORKS, NEWLY RESTORED, DEBUT ON DVD NOVEMBER 4

Exclusive Documentaries, Radio Shows, Outtakes and WB Shorts add Luster to Collection

Warner Home Video has set November 4th as the DVD debut of four classics from Humphrey Bogart -- long considered by many as the most popular movie actor of all time. TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT, THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT, DARK PASSAGE and HIGH SIERRA will be included in The Bogart Collection which is being newly restored and enhanced with entertaining features such as exclusive documentaries, radio shows, outtakes and Warner Bros. shorts. Each DVD will be priced at $19.98 SPR. In addition, another Bogart classic, The Treasure of Sierra Madre, will debut on DVD September 30.

One of the most prolific actors in the history of motion pictures, Bogart appeared in 85 films, won the Oscar® for Best Actor for his performance in The African Queen and also earned Academy Award® nominations for his work in Casablanca and The Caine Mutiny. Bogart’s films have demonstrated their enduring popularity, with more than five million copies sold on video and DVD to date. Recently, the AFI named Bogart as the #1 male movie star ever.

The Bogart Collection

TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT – This powerful adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s novel pairs Bogart and Lauren Bacall for the first time, and the two later married after working together on the production. Bogart stars as a jaded American fisherman who risks his life to help a group of French freedom fighters and a sultry young woman with whom he falls in love.

DVD features include:

THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT – Starring Bogart, George Raft (Around the World in Eighty Days, Some Like It Hot) and Ann Sheridan (Kings Row, Man Who Came to Dinner), THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT tells the story of two brothers who struggle to run a trucking business while dealing with corrupt businessmen and intense competition.

DVD special features include:

DARK PASSAGE – Bogart and Bacall headline this wild tale about an escapee from San Quentin who is determined to track down his wife’s killer after he was wrongly accused of her murder. Attempting anonymity, the man undergoes drastic plastic surgery to alter his appearance. Now a man without a past, he meets a sultry young artist who is willing to care for him while he heals and then help him hunt down his wife’s killer.

DVD special features include:

HIGH SIERRA – In this seminal gangster film written by John Huston, Bogart plays Roy "Mad Dog" Earle, a violent criminal who is broken out of prison by an aging mob boss hoping to have him lead a huge jewel heist. When the robbery goes wrong and a man is shot and killed, Earle is forced to go on the run and he takes refuge among the peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains where he awaits death at the hands of the police. Michael Sragow, writing in The New York Times, called it "...the movie that marked Bogart as a towering star who would redefine crime movies and action films..."

Additional information, including clips from the films and DVD bonus features will be available at http://www.bogartfilms.com/ for these titles as well as Casablanca and Treasure of the Sierra Madre

THE BOGART COLLECTION

 


AFTERGLOW -- NY Film Critics Circle & National Society of Film Critics New To DVD on October 14

Academy Award®-Nominees Nick Nolte and Julie Christie Plus Lara Flynn Boyle and Jonny Lee Miller Star In The Intimate and Moving Romantic Drama From Respected Writer/Director Alan Rudolph

Academy Award®-nominee Nick Nolte (Affliction, Mulholland Falls), Academy Award®-nominee Julie Christie (Doctor Zhivago, Don't Look Now), Lara Flynn Boyle (TVs "The Practice) and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting) star in acclaimed writer/director Alan Rudolph's (Choose Me, Mortal Thoughts) wry romance AFTERGLOW about a handyman who wreaks havoc and builds romance in two marriages, debuting October 14 on DVD priced to own at $19.95 SLP from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Desperate to have a baby, frustrated young housewife Marianne (Boyle) hires repair contractor Lucky Mann (Nolte) to remodel a nursery. There's just one problem: Marianne's not pregnant and her ambitious business executive husband Jeffrey (Miller) isn't interested in sex. Also unhappy in his sexless marriage with B-movie actress Phyllis (Christie), Lucky begins a torrid sexual affair with Marianne. Meanwhile, through fortuitous chance, their spouses meet while spying on them and develop a sexual chemistry, tangling all four characters into an emotional web of sex, deceit and desperation.

Intimate, intelligent, reckless and romantic, AFTERGLOW was produced by Academy Award®-winning director Robert Altman and garnered Julie Christie a Best Actress Oscar® nomination along with Best Actress honors at the Independent Spirits Awards, New York Film Critics Circle and National Society of Film Critics.

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THE MAN WITHOUT A PAST-- WINNER - GRAND JURY PRIZE, CANNES FILM FESTIVAL DEBUTING OCTOBER 7 ON DVD

Academy Award®-Nominated Second Film In Acclaimed International Director Aki Kaurismäki's "Finland Trilogy"

(August 6, 2003) - Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Academy Awards®, internationally renowned filmmaker and auteur Aki Kaurismäki (Leningrad Cowboys Go America, Hamlet Goes Business) brings us THE MAN WITHOUT A PAST, the touching comedic fable and amusing second installment of his remarkable "Finland Trilogy," premiering on DVD and VHS October 7 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Revered at several prestigious film festivals worldwide with Grand Jury Prize honors at the Cannes Film Festival. Sony Pictures Classics THE MAN WITHOUT A PAST was praised by critics and movie-fans alike as "hilarious and humane" (The New York Times), "completely winning" (Premiere Magazine), "lyrical and engaging" (The Village Voice) and "magnificently simple" (New York Magazine). With an equal balance of dignity, humor and a bit of melancholy typical of the classic films of Charlie Chaplin, Kaurismäki's THE MAN WITHOUT A PAST is an intriguing and "artful romantic comedy with a twist of rueful wisdom and a welcome blast of vintage rock" (Rolling Stone).

When a laborer (comically played with deadpan panache by Markku Peltola) arrives in Helsinki in search of a job, he gets a brutal surprise beating in a local park by a group of thugs instead. He miraculously survives, but amnesia prevents him from remembering anything, including his name. On his travels to rebuild his life, he encounters a whole set of quirky townspeople including a helpful and lovely Salvation Army worker (2002 Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award winner Kati Outinen) who develops a shy interest in him as a sweet, natural romance begins between the two. But just as the man's life begins to make sense again, his past suddenly returns to haunt him.

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MEN OF RESPECT-- NEW TO DVD ON OCTOBER 14

Powerful Mafia Thriller Starring John Turturro, Stanley Tucci, Dennis Farina, Peter Boyle and Academy Award®-Winner Rod Steiger

MacBeth meets "The Sopranos" in MEN OF RESPECT, the gritty, contemporary retelling of Shakespeare's powerful tragedy set inside the New York gangster crime syndicate, starring John Turturro (Anger Management, Miller's Crossing), Stanley Tucci (Maid in Manhattan, America's Sweethearts), Peter Boyle (Monster's Ball, TV's "Everybody Loves Raymond"), Dennis Farina (TV's "NYPD Blues") and Academy Award®-winner Rod Steiger (In the Heat of the Night, On the Waterfront), premiering on DVD October 14 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Mike Battaglia (Turturro) is a small-time hitman who is driven by an old fortuneteller's prophesies that he will rise to the head of the D'Amico crime family. Provoked by his scheming, ambitious wife (Katherine Borowitz) to kill his enemies and betray his padrino (Steiger), Mike climbs the ladder of success by clandestinely executing the heads of the family and blaming others. However, he overlooked the warning that with power would come consequences, ultimately pushing his sanity and his life over the edge.

Marking the directorial debut of acclaimed screenwriter William Reilly (Mortal Thoughts), MEN OF RESPECT is an impressive, truly original take on a classic and timeless story of power, murder and betrayal.

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PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN AND MINNIE DRIVER PLUS ACADEMY AWARD®-NOMINEE JOHN HURT STAR IN THE CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED TRUE LIFE CRIME DRAMA OWNING MAHOWNY-- PREMIERING OCTOBER 14 ON DVD

Official Selection - Sundance and Seattle Film Festivals

Gifted character actor Philip Seymour Hoffman (Boogie Nights, Punch-Drunk Love, Love Liza) turns into another tour-de-force performance in the true-to-life story of a mild-mannered bank manager with a mastermind criminal side in OWNING MAHOWNY. Premiering October 14 on DVD and VHS from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment and, this critically-acclaimed heist movie combining gambling with embezzlement in the tradition of Catch Me If You Can and Ocean's Eleven features an incredible supporting cast including Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting, Return to Me) and Academy Award® nominee John Hurt (Captain Corelli's Mandolin, The Elephant Man).

Based on Gary Ross' best-selling novel "Stung," OWNING MAHOWNY follows the true story of polite, quiet Dan Mahowny, an assistant bank manager with a head for numbers, a knack for making decisions and a devastating appetite for gambling. An unlikely hero who takes on two of the financial institutions everyone loves to hate, the bank and the casino, and, for a brief period, he wins. The most remarkable thing this phenomenal story of $10.2 million of siphoned bank funds, staggering levels of embezzlement, and millions upon millions of dollars funneled through the gambling networks, is that is central character is completely unsuspecting - he doesn't gamble for material wealth; he isn't interest in the glamorous perks; it never occurs to him to save any of his winnings. He lives for the thrill of the bet, which drives him to incredible lengths of ingenuity and stamina.

An Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival and Seattle Film Festival, OWNING MAHOWNY is directed by respected independent filmmaker Richard Kwietniowski (Love and Death on Long Island) and released by Sony Picture Classics.

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HOME ROOM-- PREMIERING ON DVD OCTOBER 14

Young Talents Erika Christensen and Busy Philipps Star Alongside Victor Garber of TV's "Alias" In The Provocative and Timely Drama

Audience Award Winner - Santa Cruz Film Festival

Ripped straight from the headlines, HOME ROOM is the poignant and emotionally gripping drama about an American high school torn apart by senseless violence featuring moving performances by talented young actresses Erika Christensen (Traffic, Swimfan) and Busy Philipps (TVs "Dawson's Creek") plus Victor Garber (TVs "Alias," Titanic) and Holland Taylor (Legally Blonde, Spy Kids 3-D). HOME ROOM will debut October 14 on DVD and videocassette from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

The aftermath of a horrific high school shooting leaves Deanna Cartwright (Christensen) seriously wounded and nine other dead, including the perpetrator. Detective Martin Van Zandt (Garber) is assigned the unenviable task of investigating the crime and finding someone to hold responsible. His attention settles on Alicia Browning (Philipps), a darkly troubled outsider who, as the only person present throughout the entire incident, is both the key witness and a possible suspect.

Eventually worlds collide as the two opposing young girls, united by their common suffering, form an unlikely friendship to cope with the tragic events that threaten to overwhelm them, while Det. Van Zandt is torn between the law and his own conscience. The school shooting is only the beginning for everyone involved!

An Official Selection at the 2002 Denver International Film Festival, HOME ROOM is an uncompromising look at lives in crisis and the redemptive power of friendship that is an intense and enthralling drama from the opening shot to the very last frame. HOME ROOM is written and directed by Paul F. Ryan (The List).

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ANOTHER MELTDOWN-- PREMIERING ON DVD OCTOBER 7

High-Octane Martial Arts Sequel Starring Sexy Kung-Fu Knockout Shu Qi

In the tradition of action stars Jackie Chan and Jet Li, ANOTHER MELTDOWN features the sexy martial arts skills of Shu Qi (The Transporter, So Close), Andrew Lin and Chiu Man-Cheuk (hailed as the Hong Kong successor to Jet Li) in an exotic, action-packed thriller, debuting on DVD and videocassette October 7 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

When a tough, patriotic cop of the Chinese police force is kicked off the squad as punishment for ignoring orders during a plane hijack operation, he finds himself transferred to Lavernia, a Eastern European country where his only friends are his wits and his gun. Alone, a stranger in a strange land, he finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy between the Chinese, Russian and Japanese governments that threatens to tear his whole world apart. Until he also encounters his childhood girlfriend, who fled both him and China after the Tiananmen Square uprising, and their paths soon tangle with the charismatic but evil leader of the Japanese Cult of the Red Sun.

Featuring all the exciting edge-of-your-seat elements audiences have come to expect from Hong Kong action movies - high-flown themes of love, honor and betrayal, stylized shootouts, and relentless storm of breathtaking choreographed fight scenes, ANOTHER MELTDOWN is a non-stop, high-kicking thrill ride.

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STORYVILLE-- NEW TO DVD ON OCTOBER 14

James Spader, Joanne Whalley and Academy Award®-Winner Jason Robards Headline the Gripping Murder Mystery from the Co-Creator of "Twin Peaks"

Politics, sex and murder are combined into a seductive and deadly mystery in the tantalizing thriller STORYVILLE starring James Spader (Stargate, Secretary), Joanne Whalley (Shattered, Kill Me Again) and Academy Award®-winner Jason Robards (Magnolia, Philadelphia), debuting on DVD October 14 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

The son of a powerful Louisiana family, Cray Fowler (Spader) is a rising political star for whom a moment's weakness threatens a lifetime ambition. Videotaped having sex with a beautiful prostitute (Charlotte Lewis - Red Shoe Diaries 6), Cray finds himself at the center of a spider's web of blackmail and murder. Forced to defend the woman who betrayed him against the woman he once loved, Cray comes face to face with the dangerous secret that created his family's power - and now threatens his own life. Unpredictable and erotic, STORYVILLE is a modern-day Chinatown - suspenseful, shocking and utterly seductive. Directed by Mark Frost, co-creator of the cult-favorite TV series "Twin Peaks," STORYVILLE is based on the novel by Frank Galbally and Robert Macklin.

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08/04/03

ANATOMY 2-- DEBUTING OCTOBER 14 ON SPECIAL EDITION DVD

Terrifying Sequel to the Smash Hit Medical Horror Film With The Return of Sexy Actress Franka Potente

A new experiment in terror has begun with the chilling sequel to the hugely successful German horror-thriller Anatomy. An unsettling medical horror film set against the backdrop of a deranged hospital, ANATOMY 2 portrays a centuries-old secret society that is once again operating outside the rules of medical science - and the laws of nature. Highlighted by the return of the original film's star Franka Potente (The Bourne Identity, Run Lola Run), ANATOMY 2 will premiere October 14 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment on VHS and Special Edition DVD with a collection of horrifying bonus features.

For years, a renowned but ruthlessly ambitious neurosurgeon at a prestigious Berlin hospital has been secretly experimenting on live human subjects, seeking to develop the first synthetic body parts - no matter what the cost. Assembling a handpicked team of brilliant medical students, the doctor is finally close to achieving his dream, until a new intern discovers the deadly truth about the team's intentions. Now, this terrifying body of information could cost him not only his career - but also his life!

Go "under the knife" again for the grisly, shocking and unnerving medical thriller ANATOMY 2, from original writer/director Stefan Ruzowitzky.

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08/03/03

DAWSON’S CREEK: SERIES FINALE-- SPECIAL TWO-PART EPISODE FEATURING NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN EXTENDED VERSION PLUS DVD BONUS OF THE ALTERNATE ORIGINAL PILOT ENDING AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 30 ON DVD

Share the Emotional and Unforgettable Ending from One of Television’s Most Endearing Young Adult Series Starring James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Joshua Jackson, Michelle Williams and Kerr Smith

After six remarkable seasons on television, audiences around the world bid farewell to Dawson, Joey, Pacey and Jennifer, the memorable characters fans have grown to love over the years, with a special emotional and bittersweet series finale from the captivating young adult primetime series "DAWSON’S CREEK." Available September 30 for the first time on DVD in a special extended version featuring over 20 minutes of never-before-seen footage not aired on the WB network for fans to relive the heartwarming ending of this groundbreaking series, DAWSON’S CREEK: SERIES FINALE is available at the collectible price of $24.95 SLP from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

A seminal one-hour drama series, DAWSON’S CREEK chronicled with wry humor the undeniably intense period of teenage years as four friends try to find their own place in the world. A startingly fresh and realistic portrayal featuring intelligent storylines, compelling characters and captivating new music, DAWSON’S CREEK quickly became a cultural phenomenon and set the television standard in the modern young adult drama genre. The series introduced audiences to the fresh talents of James Van Der Beek (The Rules of Attraction, Varsity Blues), Katie Holmes (Abandon, Wonder Boys, GO), Joshua Jackson (The Skulls, Urban Legend), Michelle Williams (Prozac Nation, If These Walls Could Talk 2) and Kerr Smith (Final Destination).

A special series finale featuring two individual episodes (entitled "All Good Things.." and ("Must Come To An End") written by series creator Kevin Williamson (Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer), DAWSON’S CREEK: SERIES FINALE chronicle a joyous reunion that turns to heartbreak at the creek. Five years have passed and everyone is reunited in Capeside for the special wedding of Dawson's mother, but the happy reunion is cut short after the group learns that one of their own has been harboring a heartbreaking secret and the gang faces a future more uncertain than ever before.

Since they were last together, Dawson has been living in Los Angeles producing his autobiographical television series "The Creek," but has never forgotten the love of his life; Joey is a successful book editor living in New York with her boyfriend but comes home to realize she still loves her childhood sweethearts; Pacey is the owner of the new Ice House and still carries a torch for Joey, although he continues his pattern of getting into trouble with older women, including his newest conquest; Jen is a single mom living with Grams and managing an art gallery in Soho; and Jack is a teacher at Capeside High and has fallen in love with a secretly gay man.

Currently airing in syndication on TBS Superstation, DAWSON’S CREEK was consistently one of the top-rated programs on The WB network and became a critical-favorite over the years. The series was also honored with the GLAAD Media Award for "Outstanding Dramatic TV Series," nominated for a TV Guide Award for "Favorite Teen Show" and garnered three wins at the 2001 Teen Choice Awards.

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SCOOBY-DOO, TOM AND JERRY AND THE MUCHA LUCHA CREW SCARE UP FAMILY FUN IN SPOOK-TACULAR NEW HALLOWEEN RELEASES FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO AUGUST 19, 2003

WHAT’S NEW SCOOBY-DOO?: SPACE APE AT THE CAPE, TOM AND JERRY: HIJINKS AND SHRIEKS and MUCHA LUCHA: HEART OF LUCHA Debut on and DVD

Warner Home Video (WHV) gears up for Halloween with three new titles from Scooby-Doo, Tom and Jerry and Mucha Lucha - all with a frightfully fun twist! It's all treats and no tricks on August 19, 2003, when What's New Scooby Doo?: Space Ape at the Cape and Mucha Lucha: Heart of Lucha will be available for $19.98 SRP DVD and $14.94 VHS and Tom and Jerry: Hijinks and Shrieks is $19.98 SRP DVD and $9.94 SRP VHS.

"Halloween has crept up to become the second biggest family holiday," said Jeff Baker, WHV Vice President, Franchise Marketing. "By introducing three new titles as well as bringing back family favorites, WHV is giving retailers all the tools they need to satisfy their customers."

WHAT'S NEW SCOOBY- DOO?: SPACE APE AT THE CAPE

Scooby-Doo and the world's most famous meddling kids launch their crime-busting, spook-chasing exploits into the 21st century in four fun-filled mystery adventures. Kids will be spellbound as the Mystery Inc. crew investigates a way-cool snowboarding contest where many of the contestants have been sidelined, tries to halt the 3-D rampage of a fearsome Giganotosaurus in Costa Rica, unearths spooky doings at a haunted New Orleans cemetery and tangles with an extra-scary extraterrestrial who's monkeying around with an important rocket launch. Haunting special features on DVD include:

TOM AND JERRY: HIJINKS AND SHRIEKS

The Academy Award®-winning cat and mouse team created by animation legends William Hanna and Joseph Barbera are all dressed up with so many places to go. Showcasing Tom and Jerry's best attempts at clever disguises, these 7 hilarious shorts are packed with the precise comic timing and over-the-top gags that has made this series a staple of family entertainment since 1940.

Special features for ghosts and goblins are included such as:

MUCHA LUCHA: HEART OF LUCHA

This over-the-top comedy adventure features students from The Foremost World-Renowned International School of Lucha where the code of honor is "Honor, Family Tradition and Donuts!" Inspired by the popular style of Mexican pro wrestling and using state of the art flash animation, this wildly inventive show - the only all-Latino cartoon - combines irreverent humor and visually dynamic fantasy-action to create a world where Lucha is not just a sport - it's a way of life.

Trick or treat to these special features:

 


CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: DRALION, LES MISERABLES AND RIVERDANCE: LIVE FROM NEW YORK- TAKE THE STAGE IN THE SUPERBIT COLLECTION PREMIERING ON OCTOBER 7

Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment raises the curtain on a trio of acclaimed filmed stage performances debuting into the Superbit collection of enhanced DVDs including CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: DRALION, LES MISERABLES and RIVERDANCE: LIVE FROM NEW YORK. All titles will be available on October 7 priced to own at $26.95 SLP.

The Superbit Collection 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.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: DRALION

The 12th breathtaking production from the popular circus troupe, Dralion is the fusion of ancient Chinese circus tradition and the avant-garde approach of Cirque du Soleil, a contemporary collage of the original and the eclectic, the primitive and the postmodern. Dralion is the celebration of life and the four elements that maintain natural order: air, earth, water and fire. By propelling these four pillars of the universe into a futuristic dimension, Dralion is a dynamic performance that transcends the boundaries of the imagination and leads us into a dreamscape with a new and sparkling perspective. Filmed live on stage in San Francisco, the Dralion television special was directed by David Mallet (from the original stage production directed by Guy Caron).

RIVERDANCE: LIVE FROM NEW YORK

This stunning and electrifying show, filmed live the prestigious venue Radio City Music Hall in New York, features brand new performance pieces from the renowned Irish dance troupe, including the enthralling "American Wake," the rousing "Harbor of the New World," the moving "Homecoming" and the tantalizing dueling of "Trading Taps," alongside classic, timeless pieces such as "Riverdance," "Thunderstorm" and "Heartland." The show stars principal dancers Jean Butler, Colin Dunne and Maria Pages, supported by an international cast of over seventy, performing in all their magnificent glory.

LES MISERABLES

One of the world's most popular musical theatrical productions, the long-running LES MISERABLES is presented as a special 10th Anniversary live performance at London's Albert Hall, accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The epic musical about love, honor and obsession is set during the French Revolution and based on Victor Hugo's classic novel. Set in 19th century France, the story follows Jean Valjean, a convict who is jailed for stealing bread to feed his family. After his release, a dying prostitute begs him to raise her daughter Cosette in the confused times of the Revolution, while an obsessed policeman is on the hunt to return Valjean to prison for his crime.

 


DARK SHADOWS DVD COLLECTION 7 RELEASED AUGUST 26, 2003

Supernatural soap opera DARK SHADOWS makes another ghostly appearance August 26th with the release of DARK SHADOWS DVD COLLECTION 7 from MPI Home Video. The newest installment of the spooky series begins with Victoria Winters, who has traveled back in time to 1895 during a séance, on trial for witchcraft. As she is hanged, she returns to 1968, and Barnabas fears she has learned his terrible secret during her time in the past. Angelique reveals to Barnabas that her curse will return as the horrifying climax of a dream hex. Julia Hoffman conducts experiments on Barnabas, resulting in the creation of Adam, a man made creature with the mind of a child.

DARK SHADOWS DVD COLLECTION 7 includes 40 episodes (453 - 492) on four discs and a bonus interview with actor Ben Martin.

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

Comparable to Star Trek, the show’s enormous base of devoted followers is fueled by an annual festival, hundreds of fan clubs, thousands of Web sites and a vast array of merchandise.

DARK SHADOWS DVD COLLECTION 7

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