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09/28/03

REMINDER- THE LION KING COMES TO DVD OCTOBER 7TH

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09/24/03

NOMINATED FOR THIRTEEN 2003 EMMY AWARDS, SEX AND THE CITY: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON ARRIVES IN STORES DECEMBER 30

Additional DVD Content Includes Three Audio Commentaries By Executive Producer Michael Patrick King, An Exclusive Interview With Costume Designer Patricia Field Plus An Interactive "SEX AND THE CITY" Trivia Game

Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda are headed for uncharted territory when the fifth season of the Emmy®-winning series "SEX AND THE CITY®" arrives on HBO Video this holiday season. After losing both Mr. Big and Aidan, Carrie begins to focus on herself, her friends and her career. Samantha wonders what her life will be like after her first monogamous relationship. Charlotte comes to terms with being separated and single again. Miranda copes with the changes brought on by being a single mother.

SEX AND THE CITY: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON received thirteen nominations for the upcoming 2003 Primetime Emmy Awards®, including nominations for "Outstanding Comedy Series," "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series"(Sarah Jessica Parker), and two nominations for "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series"(Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon). Featuring 8 uncut, half-hour episodes, SEX AND THE CITY: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON will be available on December 30 in a 2 disc DVD set for the suggested retail price of $49.99 and a 3 cassette VHS collection for the suggested retail price of $49.92. (Runtime: approx. 240 minutes, Not Rated)

Additional DVD Content

SEX AND THE CITY: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON on DVD is presented in 4:3 aspect ratio and features bonus materials exclusive to the DVD release, including three audio commentaries by executive producer Michael Patrick King. The DVD set also features a 22-minute "Behind the Seams" featurette with renowned costume designer Patricia Field as well as a "SEX AND THE CITY" interactive trivia game. Bonus materials also include cast and crew biographies, episodic previews, English Dolby 5.1, English & Spanish Dolby 2.0, and English, French and Spanish subtitles.

Critical Acclaim "SEX AND THE CITY" continues to spark rave reviews. The Washington Post declared, "not a single lumen of its brilliance dimmed...it's still the smartest sitcom on television." US Weekly said the series "keeps growing up and getting better...a fresh spin." The New York Daily News said, "'SEX AND THE CITY' is back and its beautiful." The New York Times described the series as "smart," "frisky," "involving," and "inventive," and People magazine observed, "SEX AND THE CITY" is "a hot date."

Synopsis

A candid, comic view of sex and relationships, "SEX AND THE CITY" stars Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw, a New York-based writer who explores and experiences the unique world of Manhattan's dating scene, chronicling the mating habits of single New Yorkers. Executive produced by Michael Patrick King, the series also stars cast regulars Kim Cattrall as PR executive Samantha Jones, who's seen - and done - it all; Kristin Davis as Charlotte York, still trying to hold on to the idea of happily ever after; and Cynthia Nixon as corporate lawyer and new mother Miranda Hobbes, a pragmatist trying to balance the idea of love with the realities of life. David Eigenberg (as Steve Brady), James Remar (as Richard Wright) and Willie Garson (as Stanford Blatch) also return in the series' fifth season. Guest stars include Mario Cantone, Anne Meara, Sylvia Miles, Amy Sedaris and Molly Shannon.

Program Information

"SEX AND THE CITY" was created by Darren Star; executive produced by Michael Patrick King, John Melfi, Cindy Chupack and Sarah Jessica Parker; producer, Jane Raab; based on the book by Candace Bushnell.

 


KILLER INSTINCT ON DVD SEPTEMBER 30TH

CHICAGO, IL, September 22, 2003: KILLER INSTINCT, available September 30th on DVD and VHS, offers an up-close and personal look at some of the most dangerous creatures on Earth. Host Rob Bredl, a modern day ‘Crocodile Dundee’ type adventurer takes the viewer into scenarios most would never dream of getting caught in. The set includes three programs: Snakes, Crocodiles and Sharks and Killer Whales. Each program is available individually.

Crocodiles are what Rob Bredl knows best. He was raised alongside them in the ‘croc’ infested wetlands of Australia. He currently breeds crocodiles and nurses the sick back to health. Enter the crocodile’s hunting grounds and watch them wait patiently and silently before striking their shocked prey.

In Snakes, Bredl guides you through the haunts and lairs of the world’s deadliest serpents. His insights on the Cobra, Python and Taipan take viewers on a journey from fear to understanding, and careful respect for the dangerous reptiles.

Sharks and Killer Whales examines many of the 360 species of sharks that inhabit the world’s vast oceans, including the most feared and misunderstood shark, the Great White. Orca, the killer whale, the top ocean predator, is also examined. Even the Great White Shark is part of their diets. Bredl dives in and captures the creatures’ KILLER INSTINCT up close.

KILLER INSTINCT BOXED SET

KILLER INSTINCT CROCODILES

KILLER INSTINCT SNAKES

KILLER INSTINCT SHARKS AND KILLER WHALES

 

09/21/03

FALL IN LOVE WITH ALEX & EMMA ON DVD DECEMBER 23

Directed by Rob Reiner, the Story Book Romance Stars Kate Hudson and Luke Wilson

On December 23, the perfect holiday gift for the woman in your life arrives in stores as Warner Home Video (WHV) releases ALEX & EMMA on DVD and Video. This "delightful romantic comedy" (David Sheehan, CBS-TV) stars Golden Globe Award®-winner Kate Hudson (How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days, Almost Famous) and Luke Wilson (Old School, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and Legally Blonde 2) and is directed by Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally, A Few Good Men). ALEX & EMMA is available to own on full-screen and widescreen DVD formats for $27.95 SRP and on VHS for $19.96 SRP with an audio commentary by Luke Wilson and Rob Reiner.

Alex (Luke Wilson) is an author whose writer's block and gambling debts have landed him in a jam. In order to get loan sharks off his back, he must finish his novel in 30 days or wind up dead. To help him complete his manuscript he hires stenographer Emma (Kate Hudson). As Alex begins to dictate his tale of a romantic love triangle to the charming yet somewhat opinionated stenographer, Emma challenges his ideas at every turn. Her unsolicited yet intriguing input begins to inadvertently influence Alex and his story and soon real life begins to imitate art.

 


THE LEGEND OF SURIYOTHAI-- DEBUTING ON DVD NOVEMBER 25

A grand epic story of intrigue, romance and war set in one of the most dramatic periods of Thailand's history, THE LEGEND OF SURIYOTHAI is based on actual events in 16th century Thailand of an empire on the brink of destruction and one princess determined to save it at all costs and change the course of history. Presented by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather), THE LEGEND OF SURIYOTHAI will premiere on DVD and VHS November 25 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Written and directed by Thailand's Royal Prince Chatri Chalerm Yukol, this internationally celebrated drama has been hailed as a film that "has to be seen to be believed" (Vanity Fair) and called a "Demille-scale epic" (Interview) "of near-unbelievable scope and extravagance!" (Film Journal) An Official Selection at the Sundance, Tribeca and San Sebastian Film Festivals, THE LEGEND OF SURIYOTHAI is a triumphant vision of one woman's loyalty, courage and daring sacrifice for the good of her country.

With a cast of thousands, lavish sets, exotic locations and stirring romance, THE LEGEND OF SURIYOTHAI chronicles the remarkable true story spanning more than half a century of the beautiful princess Suriyothai, who married a man she did not love in order to prevent a bitter clash between the most powerful families in Thailand's empire. Soon after, this noble princess would battle a band of traitors plotting to take the royal crown. But her greatest challenge would put her in the frontlines of the most brutal war in her country's history. The life of Suriyothai has become a legend.

THE LEGEND OF SURIYOTHAI DVD:

 


RENA MERO – WWE’S "SABLE" STARS IN THE FANTASY ACTION FILM SLAVES OF THE REALM-- FEATURE FILM TO MAKE ITS DVD DEBUT ON NOVEMBER 4!

MTI Home Video, a leading independent home entertainment studio, will release the Fantasy Action Adventure film SLAVES OF THE REALM on VHS and DVD November 4, 2003 (prebook: October 16, 2003). SLAVES OF THE REALM is a medieval tale, where a harem of beautiful princesses’ are held prisoner - preventing a new king from finding his bride.

SLAVES OF THE REALM will be available on DVD for $24.95 SRP and on VHS priced for rental at $49.95 SRP. The VHS will be available in both English and English with Spanish Subtitles. Special DVD features include: Widescreen, interactive menus, scene selection, cast biographies, movie trailers, and optional Spanish subtitles.

CAST:

The feature stars Rena Mero (WWE’s "Sable," BombShell, Ariana's Quest), Daniela Krhutova (Children of Dune, Carjacker 2 & 3), and Ryan MacDonald (Young and the Restless, Black Dawn). The film was written by Chris Hyde (The Final Victim, Deadly Engagement), directed and executive produced by Lloyd A. Simandl (Killer Love, Last Stand).

SYNOPSIS:

In a distant time and place a country is divided into several kingdoms. The king of the richest has recently died and his son and heir will have a new bride selected for him from amongst the princesses by Shira (Mero), the high priestess. But before the selection can begin, the beautiful princesses must be freed from their jealous kidnappers, who have forced them to work in the silver mines!

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FOREIGNFILMS.COM LAUNCHES DVD-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB

ForeignFilms.com today announced the launch of World Cinema DVD Club, a DVD-of-the-Month Club which specializes in foreign-language films.

World Cinema DVD Club offers DVD enthusiasts a convenient way to explore films from around the world. Members subscribe to one of five distinct film series and each month receive a new DVD selected by the ForeignFilms.com staff. A wide range of films will be featured, from arthouse classics to overlooked gems that did not receive wide release in the US.

"Foreign films still lack wide distribution in the United States, both in theaters and video rental stores," said the founder of ForeignFilms.com. "World Cinema DVD Club was founded to introduce high quality foreign films to people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to see them."

Members are able to select from five distinct film series:

New World Cinema, Great Directors, French Cinema 101, Spanish/Latin American Cinema, and Asian Cinema.

A subscription to World Cinema DVD Club is $14.95 per month, or $159 for an entire year. A 3-month trial subscription is also available for $49. More information is available at: http://www.foreignfilms.com/

 


DIGITAL LEISURE RELEASES THE CRIME FIGHTER 3-PACK ON CD-ROM, DVD-VIDEO, PLAYSTATION 2 AND XBOX

Go Undercover with Narcotics Officers to Battle Street Dealers, crack a murder case in the 1930’s and take down a South American Drug Cartel.

Digital Leisure announced today its upcoming Box Set release of the American Laser Games’ smash arcade hits CRIME PATROL, WHO SHOT JOHNNY ROCK? and CRIME PATROL 2: DRUG WARS. Digital Leisure, the leading publisher of interactive DVD adventures, brings these three fully interactive remastered games to CD-ROM and to DVD-Video. Players use their mouse or DVD remote control to aim and fire as they fight the notorious outlaws from favorite American Laser Games titles.

With live action video and sound, as well as realistic crime fighting gameplay, you’ll feel like you’re a part of the force! But you’ll have to be quick with your six shooter to survive street gangs, bank robbers, drug cartels and even terrorists in the CRIME PATROL series. Not only will you have to take on nasty criminals, but you’ll also have to help "Red" discover the perpetrator in the gangster hit, WHO SHOT JOHNNY ROCK?

Originally produced by American Laser Games as a series of laserdisc arcade shooting games, the Crime Fighter 3 Pack is available from Digital Leisure on DVD and CD. The DVD version is compatible with DVD movie players, PlayStation 2 and Xbox and uses the remote controls to position the gun sight and fire. The CD-ROM version supports light guns from Act-Labs as well as mouse control.

"Fighting crime, and the thrill of law enforcement have been popular cultural themes for decades, with such exciting dramas as NYPD Blue and Law and Order." said David Foster, general manager of Digital Leisure. "The live action of the Crime Fighter 3 Pack puts players themselves in the shoes of fictional and real-life heroes who put their lives on the line every day, working hard to keep dangerous criminals off the streets."

Digital Leisure is a leading publisher of interactive DVD titles. The company acquires and remasters existing high profile video intensive titles that would benefit from the superior video and audio quality of DVD

09/14/03

WINGED MIGRATION-- DEBUTS ON SPECIAL EDITION DVD ON NOVEMBER 18

Nature's Awesomely Magnificent and Mysterious Phenomenon of Bird Migration is Captured in This Thrilling, Academy Award®-Nominated Documentary Breath-Takingly Photographed Film From Jacques Perrin

On November 18, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment takes flight with the release of the highly-acclaimed and Academy Award®- nominated Best Documentary film WINGED MIGRATION. Available on video and Special Edition DVD with special features including an incredible Making-Of featurette, director's commentary, photo gallery, music featurette and more, priced to own at $26.95 SLP.

From Sony Pictures Classics, WINGED MIGRATION was the sleeper hit of the summer grossing over $9 million box-office and was celebrated by audiences and critics across the country as "a movie miracle - it soars!" (Rolling Stone), "dazzling" (Boston Herald), "mesmerizing" (Entertainment Weekly), "leaves you in a state of stunned, exhilarating awe" (Miami Herald) and "it's one of the most amazing films I've seen" (Gannett Newspapers). WINGED MIGRATION was also honored with the Cesar Award for Best Editing and Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing.

Directed and narrated with passionate enthusiasm by Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Jacques Perrin (Z, Microcosmos), WINGED MIGRATION is the exquisitely beautiful and jaw- dropping documentary about birds in flight around the world. Shot over a three-year period, WINGED MIGRATION follows the breathtaking journey of a variety of bird species through 40 countries and every continent, covering landscapes that range from the Eiffel Tower and Monument Valley to the remote reaches of the Arctic and the Amazon. From the vantage point of planes, gliders, helicopters, and balloons, over 450 people including 17 pilots and 14 cinematographers flew above, below and alongside these winged creatures to bring an intimately close look at the staggering marvel of the natural world.

WINGED MIGRATION SPECIAL EDITION DVD:

 

09/09/03

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME VIDEO UNLEASHES THE HULK-- RAMPAGING TO DVD OCTOBER 28, 2003

CONTAINING A GROUND-BREAKING INDUSTRY FIRST!!! WATCH "THE HULK" AND PLAY THE XBOX® VIDEO GAME DEMO ON THE SAME DVD

The Hulk expands his bulk on October 28, 2003 with the release of the explosive action adventure on DVD and VHS from Universal Studios Home Video with an incredible industry milestone: For the first time ever, audiences can experience both the film and the related video game on the same DVD. The ground-breaking inclusion of Vivendi Universal Games' The Hulk for the XBOX® video game system from Microsoft creates a singular entertainment experience exclusively showcased on the DVD.

Centering on one of Marvel Comics' most powerful characters, The Hulk is brought to thrilling life via groundbreaking 3-D animation from visual effects powerhouse Industrial Light & Magic and the formidable talents of Ang Lee (director of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Oscar® winner: Best Foreign Language Film), and stars Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott, Josh Lucas, and Nick Nolte. The 2-disc special edition DVD release is priced at $26.98 suggested retail ($19.95 MAP) and the VHS sells for $22.98 SRP ($14.95 MAP).

UNIQUE CONVERGENCE OF HOME VIDEO AND GAME INDUSTRIES ON DVD FOR THE FIRST TIME

Exclusive to The Hulk DVD, the demo provides one playable level for XBOX which showcases the title's fully interactive environments, and the awesome power of the Hulk. Picking up a year after the events of the film, the game follows the plight of troubled scientist Bruce Banner and his enraged alter ego, Hulk, as they battle against the terrifying forces of the Leader - a villain intent on using the Hulk's gamma energy to unleash a relentless army of gamma creatures on the world. Players can master two types of game play as either Bruce Banner or The Hulk as they battle lead characters from the film, familiar enemies from the Marvel Universe(tm) or new villains created specifically for the game.

TECH-SAAVY SPECIAL FEATURES CREATE LARGER THAN LIFE VIEWING EXPERIENCE

The Hulk DVD delivers breakthrough special features, in keeping with the movie's astounding, never-before-seen technology. Still frames pieced together create a comic book feel to the live action as frames fill the screen and come to life when selected.

Among the bonus features on the DVD:

Other features include storyboards showing side by side comparisons with actual scenes from the film; a Digital Incarnations feature revealing the visual process of director Ang Lee in bringing the larger-than-life character to the big screen, including Ang acting out stunts in a motion capture suit and reviewing storyboards with artists; the remarkable Dog Fight feature showing how the scene was created from storyboards to filming the CGI to the finished scene and deleted scenes, audio commentaries; and "The Making of THE HULK" interactive game.

ACADEMY-AWARD CALIBRE TALENT ADDS DRAMATIC MUSCLE

Celebrated director Ang Lee won an Oscar® for the critically-acclaimed hit Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and several of the filmmakers involved in The Hulk were also involved in that production. James Schamus, credited with writing the story for The Hulk, is a co-partner in multiple Oscar-producing indie film company Good Machine. Schamus himself was nominated for two Oscars for his work on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Best music, Song; Best Writing, Screenplay, Based on Material Previously Produced or Published.) Jennifer Connelly landed a Best Supporting Actress Oscar ® for A Beautiful Mind, along with a Golden Globe, a BAFTA Award, and an AFI Award, and a Broadcast Film Critic's Association Award (BFCA). Nick Nolte won an Academy Award ® nomination for his work on Affliction and Prince of Tides. Lou Ferrigno, unforgettable as the original pumped up mean-green character in the classic TV series The Incredible Hulk, was also a two-time Mr. Universe and the younge! st bodybuilder ever to hold that title. Marvel Comics mastermind Stan Lee, creator of comics such as The Hulk, Spider-Man, X-Men and Fantastic Four, also appears in a cameo in the film.

Synopsis

Scientist Bruce Banner (ERIC BANA) has anger management issues which have all but alienated his ex-girlfriend and equally brilliant fellow researcher, Betty Ross (Academy Award ®-winner JENNIFER CONNELLY.) A simple oversight in the lab leads to an explosive situation and Bruce makes a split-second decision. His heroic impulse saves a life and leaves him apparently unscathed, but his body absorbs a normally deadly dose of gamma radiation. Meanwhile, a rampaging, impossibly strong being known as the Hulk cuts a swath of destruction, leaving Banner's lab in shambles and his house with blown out walls. The military mobilizes to fight the green brute, led by Betty's father, General "Thunderbolt" Ross (SAM ELLIOTT), along with rival researcher Ben Talbot (JOSH LUCAS). Betty Ross has her theories and she knows the shadowy figure lurking in the background, Bruce's father, David (NICK NOLTE) is somehow connected. She may be the only one who understands the link between the scientis! t and the Hulk, but her efforts to stop the military, which is deploying every weapon in its arsenal to capture the monster, may be too late to save both man and creature.

DVD TECHNICAL INFORMATION

 


MAROONED-- OSCAR® WINNER - BEST SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS NEW TO DVD ON NOVEMBER 18

Powerful and Realistic Space Saga of "Ironman One" Featuring Academy Award®-Winners Gregory Peck and Gene Hackman

They are trapped in a spaceship with no power. Outside there is no air and no heat. Earth spins 200 miles below. Three American astronauts face a desperate situation in the spellbinding science-fiction cliffhanger MAROONED, starring Best Actor Oscar®-winners Gregory Peck (To Kill A Mockingbird, Moby Dick) and Gene Hackman (The French Connection, The Royal Tenenbaums), premiering on DVD November 18 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

After completing a daring five-month mission in space, the three-man spaceship Ironman One orbits Earth preparing for re-entry. But a retro-rocket misfires, and the crew commander Jim Pruett (Richard Crenna - First Blood, The Sand Pebbles), scientist/astronaut Clayton Stone (James Franciscus) and pilot Buzz Lloyd (Hackman) are marooned in space. Back on Earth, Charles Keith (Peck), chief of the manned space program, and senior astronaut Ted Dougherty (David Janssen) plan an incredible rescue ... while the whole world anxiously awaits.

Based on the gripping and dramatic novel by Martin Caidin, written just one year prior to the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission, MAROONED features the stellar supporting cast of Lee Grant (Shampoo, The Omen) and Emmy Award-winner Mariette Hartley (TVs "The Incredible Hulk," "One Life to Live"), and was directed by Academy Award®-nominee John Sturges (Bad Day at Black Rock, The Magnificent Seven).

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MY BIG FAT GREEK LIFE - THE ENTIRE SERIES-- PREMIERING ON DVD NOVEMBER 18

Special DVD Release Featuring the Complete Series

Based on the characters from My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the hugely popular and most successful independent film of all time that grossed more than $240 million at the box-office, MY BIG FAT GREEK LIFE is the Emmy-nominated TV sitcom that continues the humor, hijinks and heartwarming hilarity. Executive produced by Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, MY BIG FAT GREEK LIFE premiered on CBS Television as the most watched and highest rated comedy of any network in five years with 22.7 million viewers.

Available for the first time ever, MY BIG FAT GREEK LIFE - THE ENTIRE SERIES contains all seven episodes on DVD November 18 at the collectible price of $24.95 SLP from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Created by Oscar®-nominated comedienne Nia Vardalos, Vardalos reprises her star- making role as a contemporary woman trying to juggle her conservative family's Old World values with her own New World dreams. Also starring almost the entire cast from the movie, the small screen adaptation MY BIG FAT GREEK LIFE picks up where the hit movie left off. Nia and Thomas (Steven Eckholdt) return from their honeymoon to begin their new life together and find that it will still include her overzealous extended Greek family. The family includes Nia's father, Gus (Michael Constantine), an opinionated man who owns a Greek restaurant called Dancing Zorba's; her mother Maria (Lainie Kazan), the consummate worrier; her overly- protective brother Nick (Louis Mandylor); her vivacious Aunt Voula (Andrea Martin) who is always full of advice; and her big-haired, big-mouthed cousin Nikki (Gia Carides).

Loaded with laughs, life lessons and love in equal measure, MY BIG FAT GREEK LIFE proves home is where the humor is - and "family" is a universal language we can all understand.

MY BIG FAT GREEK LIFE DVD:

 


NO GOOD DEED-- PREMIERING NOVEMBER 11 ON DVD

Academy Award®-Nominee Samuel L. Jackson and Sexy Milla Jovovich Headline the Intense and Erotic Crime Thriller From The Writer of "The Maltese Falcon"

Three-time Golden Globe nominee Samuel L. Jackson (S.W.A.T., Basic, XXX) stars with femme fatale Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element, Resident Evil) and Stellan Skarsgård (Good Will Hunting, The Glass House) in the engrossing heist thriller NO GOOD DEED from acclaimed Oscar®-nominated director Bob Rafelson (Five Easy Pieces, The Postman Always Rings Twice), premiering on DVD and VHS November 11 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment. Based on the short story "The House on Turk Street" by acclaimed crime novelist Dashiell Hammett (The Maltese Falcon, Miller's Crossing), NO GOOD DEED is a powerful film noir thriller that pits hostage against criminal in a complicated web of deception and romantic attraction.

Jackson stars as vacationing police detective Jack Friar, who while doing a friend a favor by searching for his runaway teenage daughter, unknowingly uncovers a bizarre band of international bond thieves about to pull off a bank robbery. Taken hostage while the criminals decide what to do with him, Jack is left alone with the leader's girlfriend, Erin (Jovovich), during the heist. Erin, who is a master manipulator of the men in the gang, reveals another side to Jack - a melancholy romantic who could have been a classical cellist. Eventually, she finds Jack's captivity an irresistible turn-on and as their mutual connection intensifies, who ends up with the money is anyone's guess.

NO GOOD DEED DVD:

 


THE SEA IS WATCHING-- PREMIERING ON DVD NOVEMBER 18

Revered Japanese Auteur and Academy Award®-Nominee Akira Kurosawa's Final Tale of Forbidden Love Masterfully Directed By Kei Kumai

A stunningly beautiful epic love story of star-crossed lovers and nature's fury set against the magnificent background of 19th-century Tokyo, THE SEA IS WATCHING was adapted from the final masterpiece written by legendary Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa (Academy Award®-nominee for Ran, The Seven Samurai). In the acclaimed tradition of Farewell, My Concubine and Raise the Red Lantern, THE SEA IS WATCHING is one of the most hauntingly romantic international films of the year, premiering November 18 on DVD and VHS from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Hand-picked by Kurosawa's son, director Kei Kumai (Sandakan 8) delivers a visually striking love story for the ages. Emotional and unsparing, THE SEA IS WATCHING shows the realities of life and oppression for Japanese women by social class and gender during this challenging historical period.

Set in a 19th-century brothel, THE SEA IS WATCHING is the story of a beautiful innocent young geisha, O-Shin (Nagiko Tohno), who harbors a samurai warrior (Rhapsody in August's Hidetaka Yoshioka) seeking refuge. Falling in love with O-Shin, the samurai hopes to cleanse her of the sins of her profession. Fate and fortune conspire to keep the lovers apart, as the sea silently watches their tale unfold. O-Shin finds herself torn between following her heart and relegating herself to the marginalized role society requires. When another young man (Masatoshi Nagase - Mystery Train) arrives, a thunderous storm strikes their village. In a place where dreams vanish like the ocean waves on the shores, will their love be able to survive the violent typhoon?

THE SEA IS WATCHING DVD:

 


WARNER HOME VIDEO PRESENTS BEST OF DR. SEUSS AND IN SEARCH OF DR. SEUSS AVAILABLE ON DVD NOVEMBER 18

Timed to Coincide with the Theatrical Release of DR. SEUSS’ CAT IN THE HAT Starring Mike Myers

An event much too big to keep under your hat! Dr. Seuss is turning 100, and he's coming back! On November 18, 2003, Warner Home Video (WHV) will release two terrific kid- and collector-friendly titles - BEST OF DR. SEUSS and IN SEARCH OF DR. SEUSS - just in time for the holidays and to coincide with the highly-anticipated theatrical release of DR. SEUSS’ CAT IN THE HAT starring Mike Myers.

These fun-filled titles will be available on DVD ($19.98 SRP) and VHS ($9.94 SRP) in November, to kick off "Seussentennial," a year-long tribute to Dr. Seuss commemorating the 100th anniversary of his birth. Also available from WHV is the much-loved animated holiday classic, HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, priced to own on DVD ($19.98 SRP) and VHS ($14.94 SRP).

A must-have for Dr. Seuss fans of all ages, BEST OF DR. SEUSS contains three animated Seuss favorites - Horton Hatches the Egg, The Butter Battle Book and Daisy Head Mayzie - directed by animation legend Chuck Jones (Looney Tunes). Horton Hatches the Egg follows the rollicking story of Horton the elephant who agrees to watch over lazy Maisie bird's egg while she vacations. The Butter Battle Book is the hilarious telling of two groups (the Zooks and the Yooks) feuding over which side bread is to be buttered. Daisey Head Maysie is the delightful story of a little girl with a flower growing out of her head.

A salute to Dr. Seuss featuring live-action celebrity skits, original music productions and animated snitches and snatches of his best-loved tales for kids, IN SEARCH OF DR. SEUSS tells the story about the life and work of Theodor Geisel, the author commonly known throughout the world as Dr. Seuss. Nominated for six Emmy Awards including "Outstanding Children's Program," the playful cast of IN SEARCH OF DR. SEUSS includes Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Stewart, Kathy Najimy, David Paymer, Howie Mandel, Eileen Brennan, Matt Frewer and more.

Children of all ages will be entertained by the characters, animation, music and humor while adults will love the biographical/factual content. The story of IN SEARCH OF DR. SEUSS revolves around an ace reporter who searches high and low through the colorful and wacky world of Dr. Seuss to find the man who created such children's classics as Oh, The Places You'll Go!, Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat. DVD bonus features include the popular World War II cartoon Private Snafu: Spies and trailers.

The "Seussentennial" celebration will consist of a number of special events including Random House Children's Books "Imagination Tour" visiting 40 markets throughout the year; publication of two new Dr. Seuss biographies; museum exhibits in California and New York with touring plans; and a Read Across America program. Dr. Seuss' books have been translated into 20 languages and have sold over 500 million copies worldwide.

BASICS

BEST OF DR. SEUSS

IN SEARCH OF DR. SEUSS

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS

 


DARK SHADOWS 35TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION ON DVD SEPTEMBER

For over three decades, DARK SHADOWS has captivated audiences with its ominous blend of Gothic romance and the supernatural. Originally airing as a daytime drama on ABC-TV from 1966-71, the series became a television classic, best known for the character of sympathetic vampire Barnabas Collins, portrayed by Jonathan Frid. DARK SHADOWS REUNION, available September 30th on DVD and VHS, offers an in-depth look at why the show's popularity has endured for over three decades and includes many favorite episode highlights from the spooky serial's entire five-year run.

DARK SHADOWS creator and executive producer Dan Curtis reunites for the first time with cast and production members to reminisce together and enjoy some of the program's most memorable moments, including special appearances by: Nancy Barrett, Robert Cobert, Roger Davis, Kate Jackson, John Karlen, Jerry Lacy, Alexandra Moltke, Lara Parker, Christopher Pennock, Robert Rodan, Mitchell Ryan, Kathryn Leigh Scott, David Selby, James Storm, Lela Swift and Sy Tomashoff.

DVD extras include footage from a reunion backstage reception, a 1969 Jonathan Frid interview on The Merv Griffin Show, a 1970 Joan Bennett interview on The Mike Douglas Show and original 1969 television promos with Kathryn Leigh Scott.

DARK SHADOWS REUNION (DVD)

 


HOME VISION ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS MURDEROUS MAIDS & TRICHEURS

MURDEROUS MAIDS

Directed by Jean-Pierre Denis Starring Sylvie Testud, Julie-Marie Parmentier

Class struggle, incest, and murder are at the heart of France's most horrific crime of the 20th century. In MURDEROUS MAIDS, director Jean-Pierre Denis paints a provocative portrait of the notorious Papin sisters that is sympathetic yet unapologetic. The sisters, Christine and Lea, are forced into servitude by their self-absorbed mother and become increasingly outraged by the injustice of their position. The sisters find solace in each other, and their relationship becomes all-consuming. When their secret is threatened, they lash out.

TRICHEURS

Directed by Barbet Schroeder Starring Bulle Ogier, Jacques Dutronc

Exploring themes of addiction, sexual power games, and compulsive behavior, Barbet Schroeder's TRICHEURS is a powerfully impudent look into the world of gambling addicts. Bulle Ogier (Discreet Charm of Bourgeoisie, Maitresse) is cast among a stylish milieu of gamblers on the Portuguese island of Madeira. There she becomes involved with a slick gamblers' scheme to run the roulette wheel. TRICHEURS features an appearance from the film's cinematographer, the legendary Robby Müller.

 

09/03/03

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 in both rated and un-rated versions. The jaw-dropping, adrenaline packed summer action comedy is directed by McG and stars 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.

The movie stars Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Bernie Mac, Demi Moore, Matt LeBlanc and Luke Wilson 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 and produced by Leonard Goldberg, Drew Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen.

CHARLIE’S ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE, available on Special Edition DVD in its original theatrical PG-13 version and also on an un-rated DVD with additional footage and special features, will be packed with 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 the A-list celebrity appearances and Pink's music video, "Feel Good Time" featuring William Orbit. See below for a complete listing of the DVD features.

Also available is a two-pack featuring CHARLIE’S ANGELS Superbit Deluxe and the Unrated version of CHARLIE’S ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

CHARLIE’S ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE features powerful women heroines, amazing stunts, fashion-forward costumes and great entertainment.

DVD Rated PG-13 Version

Exclusive to Unrated DVD Version: The Unrated version will contain all of the above elements plus:

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.

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COME IN FROM THE COLD AND MEET THE LITTLE POLAR BEAR ON DVD DECEMBER 2 

Just in Time for the Holidays, THE LITTLE POLAR BEAR Makes Its US Debut On December 2, Warner Home Video (WHV) invites audiences on a wondrous adventure with the US home video debut of the children's classic THE LITTLE POLAR BEAR, a full-length animated feature that teaches the real meaning of friendship between an unlikely pair - a polar bear and a seal. Based on the beloved children's book series, THE LITTLE POLAR BEAR has already "snowballed" into a box office success and sold more than one million videos to date in Europe.

The DVD is packed with an arctic blast of special features such as a "Create Your Own Polar Bear" game, puzzles, and more! THE LITTLE POLAR BEAR is available in Amaray packaging on DVD for $19.98 SRP. The VHS edition is available in both clamshell and slipsleeve packaging for $14.94 SRP. In THE LITTLE POLAR BEAR, Lars is a young polar bear who finds the big, frosty world just a little overwhelming. Then he meets Robbie, who's funny, friendly...and a seal! Their friendship helps all the other polar bears and seals learn to get along. But this new way of life is threatened when a huge, metallic "monster" sails into their world and begins eating all their fish. To save his family and friends, Lars will travel to exotic faraway places and make all kinds of new animal friends, in this "unbearably" exciting animated story certain to captivate imaginations young and old alike!

Get into the spirit of winter with DVD special features such as:

"WHV is excited to welcome THE LITTLE POLAR BEAR to the US in its home video debut," said Jeff Baker, WHV Vice President, Non-Theatrical Franchise Marketing. "With the recent European box office and video success, and judging from the feedback from kids and parents, we expect great things from the franchise's upcoming domestic video debut." In initial research, THE LITTLE POLAR BEAR's plot emphasis on friendship was extremely appealing to parents for children three to eight years old. Eighty-nine percent of children surveyed rated the movie as either "Great" or "Very Good." More than half of the parents surveyed, particularly those familiar with the book, indicated that they would purchase THE LITTLE POLAR BEAR for their children.

Exciting consumer special promotional offers include a $2.50 mail-in rebate with the purchase of THE LITTLE POLAR BEAR home video that will be communicated via an on-pack sticker, on merchandiser header cards and in THE LITTLE POLAR BEAR books from Sterling Publishing.

 


CROMWELL --ACADEMY AWARD®-WINNER - BEST COSTUME DESIGN NEW TO DVD ON OCTOBER 7

Academy Award®-Winner Sir Alec Guinness, Richard Harris and Timothy Dalton Star in the Dazzling Medieval Epic

Two-time Oscar®-winner Sir Alec Guinness (The Bridge on the River Kwai) and Golden Globe-winner Richard Harris (Camelot, Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone) star in the sweeping, handsomely-mounted epic drama CROMWELL recounting the battle which raged between the monarchy and a commoner over the very soul of Great Britain, debuting on DVD October 7 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

In 17th-century England, ambitious country gentleman Oliver Cromwell (Harris) dared to challenge the political oppression and corruption that besieged his nation. Watching his power being usurped by a commoner, King Charles I (Guinness) springs to challenge his adversary. Cromwell is drawn into the tangled web of religion and politics that result in the British Civil War, pitting the two men against each other in which one will become absolute ruler; the other will be executed.

Rousing battle sequences, excellent lead and supporting performances from Robert Morley, Dorothy Tutin and Timothy Dalton, Academy Award®-winning costume design, Golden Globe-nominated Original Score and spectacular photography by renowned cinematographer Geoffrey Unsowrth (Cabaret, Tess), make CROMWELL an outstanding historical drama in the rousing tradition of Braveheart.

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DEAD HEAT ON A MERRY-GO-ROUND-- NEW TO DVD ON SEPTEMBER 30

Academy Award®-Winner James Coburn Stars as the Slickest, Swingin' Con Man Who Ever Took the World for a Ride

Setting the standards for such recent hits as Catch Me If You Can and Ocean's Eleven, DEAD HEAT ON A MERRY-GO-ROUND is the classic comical crime caper starring Academy Award®-winner James Coburn (Affliction), coming to DVD for the first time on September 30 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Coburn stars as Eli Kotch, a captivating rogue and full-time con man. In prison, Kotch cleverly seduces an attractive psychologist to win parole. Once free, he immediately goes to work and plans a major bank robbery at the Los Angeles International Airport. The heist is to take place during the arrival of the Russian premier, when all the security forces will be concentrated on the visiting dignitary. The logistics of the heist call for imaginative thinking, so Kotch hires an electronics wizard, charms Inger Knudsen (Camilla Sparv, Valley of the Dolls) into marriage and recruits Eddie Hart (Aldo Ray, The Haunted) to work at the airport as a disguised policeman. Once everything is set, the determined Kotch is ready to blast into action. But will his scheme really land him the loot he's looking for, or will his dreams end up in a DEAD HEAT ON A MERRY-GO-ROUND? With a surprise twist ending and the feature film debut of a young, barely recognizable Harrison Ford, the film was written and directed by Bernard Girard.

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THE FORBIDDEN DANCE IS LAMBADA-- NEW TO DVD SEPTEMBER 30

Steamy Latin Dancing Heats Up the Screen in the Romance Drama Starring Former Miss USA Laura Herring

In the audience-favorite tradition of Strictly Ballroom and Center Stage comes THE FORBIDDEN DANCE IS LAMBADA, the hip Latin- flavored romance about being true to your heart and beliefs starring former Miss USA Laura Herring, premiering on DVD September 30 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Herring stars as Nina, a beautiful Brazilian princess skilled in the art of "Lambada," a vibrant and sensual South American dance. Nina comes to America to save her village and the country's rain forest from destruction by a greedy multinational corporate giant. Working as a maid, she links up with her rich employer's son (Jeff James) who convinces her that she must get on TV to succeed with her mission. Along the way she finds romance and fame when she brings the electrifying and exotic dance Lambada to the American people.

Co-starring Barbra Brighton and Miranda Garrison, THE FORBIDDEN DANCE IS LAMBADA is directed by Greydon Clark.

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BLIND SPOT: HITLER’S SECRETARY-- DEBUTING OCTOBER 28 ON DVD

After remaining silent for nearly sixty years, BLIND SPOT: HITLER’S SECRETARY Frau Junge, tells the riveting story of working alongside of Adolf Hiltler until the final collapse of the Nazi regime. A remarkably poignant, award-winning documentary and insightful "film about the power of capturing a soul on film" (Entertainment Weekly), BLIND SPOT: HITLER’S SECRETARY will premiere October 28 on DVD and VHS from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Winner of the Panorama Audience Award at the Berlin International Film Festival and Golden Plaque for Best Documentary at the Chicago International Film Festival, BLIND SPOT: HITLER’S SECRETARY was also honored as Official Selection at the New York and Toronto Film Festivals. Completed just months before Traudl Junge's death from cancer at age 81, BLIND SPOT: HITLER’S SECRETARY is a powerful, compelling and revealing personal history which demands to be seen by all.

In 1942, Traudl Junge was an apolitical 22-year-old chosen from a clerical pool to work as one of Adolf Hitler's private secretaries. Working day-in, day-out for Hitler, Jung viewed him as a surrogate father figure, private and polite, nothing like the crazed rhetorician of his speeches. Shielded from the knowledge of Hitler's acts of atrocity, convinced she was in the center of information, she was actually in a blind spot. As the Nazi regime teetered on destruction and Hitler plunged further into madness, Junge witnessed everything up to the final chaotic days in the bunker prior to Hitler's suicide.

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THE PACT OF SILENCE-- PREMIERING NOVEMBER 4 ON DVD

The truth behind the secret is a lie! In the provocative new thriller THE PACT OF SILENCE from director Graham Guit (The Kidnappers, Shooting Stars), internationally acclaimed actor and Golden Globe winner Gérard Depardieu (The Man in the Iron Mask, Green Card) stars as a doctor caught in a web of intrigue involving a nun and her twin, who were convincted at the age of 12 for committing an unspeakable crime. A first-rate thriller about seduction, obsession and betrayal, THE PACT OF SILENCE will debut on DVD and VHS November 4 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

A young nun (beautiful French actress Élodie Bouchez - The Dreamlife of Angels) is rushed to the emergency room suffering from extreme pain and delusions. Dr. Joachim Ferrer (Depardieu) examines the young woman, but strangely, is unable to diagnose a clinical illness. What no one knows is the terrifying secret she carries inside her - a secret her twin sister, three thousand miles away, also shares. Curiosity turns to obsession as he pursues the truth, which takes him halfway across the world and to a beauty that is unspeakable. Despite rules, laws and eminent danger, the doctor begins a profane investigation while murders multiply around him. To discover the truth means to carry the secret for himself but it may cost him more than his life, it may cost him his soul.

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09/02/03

NOVEMBER 18TH FORMALLY ELECTED AS DVD RELEASE DATE FOR SEASON ONE OF THE CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED DRAMA "THE WEST WING: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON" FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

Three Time Emmy Winner for Outstanding Drama Series, One of the Most Thought-Provoking Programs On Television, Comes to DVD

Warner Home Video (WHV) has formally elected November 18th, 2003, as the official DVD release date for the first season of the critically-acclaimed, and three-time Emmy Award winning program for Outstanding Drama Series, THE WEST WING. In addition to featuring 22 episodes encompassing the high-profile political drama’s premiere television season (1999-2000), which made television history by winning a record-breaking nine Emmy Awards, the inaugural four-disc collector’s edition will present a wide array of exclusive special features for consumers. The set will be available for $59.98 (SRP) with an order date of October 21st.

Special features to be integrated into the DVD set include:

Regarding the announcement, Jeff Baker, WHV Vice President, Non-Theatrical Franchise Marketing, stated, "THE WEST WING is one of the most impressive and pioneering series in the history of television. With strong ratings, wonderful praise from critics and a multitude of industry accolades, this DVD is a must-have for not only fans of the program, but also those who missed out on this extraordinary series when it first aired on television."

From Creator Sorkin and Director Schlamme ("Sports Night") and Executive Producer John Wells ("ER," "Third Watch"), and featuring one of the most talented ensemble casts ever to star in a drama series, THE WEST WING’s Fall 1999 debut on NBC immediately received an extraordinary reception from viewers and television critics alike.

The high-profile drama series uniquely documents the daily activities of a fictitious U.S. President’s (Martin Sheen as U.S. President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet) highly talented administration portrayed by Dulé Hill as President Bartlet’s aide Charlie Young, Allison Janney as Press Secretary C.J. Cregg, Moira Kelly as Media Consultant Mandy Hampton, Rob Lowe as White House Deputy Communications Director Sam Seaborn, Richard Schiff as White House Director of Communications Toby Ziegler, John Spencer as White House Chief of Staff Leo McGarry and Bradley Whitford as Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman.

Also starring in the award-winning series is Stockard Channing as First Lady Abigail Bartlet and Janel Moloney as Assistant to Deputy Chief of Staff Donna Moss. Both went on to become regulars on the show. Guest stars during THE WEST WING’s first season include Timothy Busfield ("Thirtysomething"), Tim Matheson ("Martha Inc.") and John Amos ("Coming to America").

Quickly establishing a strong mandate among audiences, THE WEST WING burst onto the American entertainment and political arenas as one of the finest portrayals in entertainment of The Oval Office’s inner sanctum. In addition to generating impressive ratings, THE WEST WING’s historic first season resulted in securing 18 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, winning in nine categories. Emmy’s THE WEST WING received for its first season include Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Schiff), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Janney), Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Sorkin and Rick Cleveland for "In Excelsis Deo"), Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Schlamme for the "Pilot") and Outstanding Main Title Theme Music (W.G. Snuffy Walden), among others.

THE WEST WING has won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series every season it has been on the air, and was once again nominated in the highly-competitive award category for the 2003 Primetime Emmy Awards, which will be held in Los Angeles on September 21st. The series will vie for a total of 15 Emmys this year. Throughout its history, THE WEST WING has received a total of 72 Emmy Nominations, winning 22 different times.

 


ADAM SANDLER’S EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS-- ARRIVING ON SPECIAL EDITION DVD ON NOVEMBER 4, 2003

This year the holidays are taking on a whole new meaning. The Twelve Days of Christmas are no competition for Eight Crazy Nights. Adam Sandler (Punch Drunk Love, Mr. Deeds, Anger Management, Happy Gilmore) brings an unconventional holiday spirit to Chanukah and Christmas in his self-titled ADAM SANDLER’S EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS, available on special edition DVD and VHS on November 4 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment (CTHE).

Having opened as the #1 animated comedy in November 2002, ADAM SANDLER’S EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS promises the quintessential Sandler humor that ranges from subtle to the extreme and everything in between. Originally written for "Saturday Night Live," Sandler's new version of his beloved and nearly classic Chanukah song, specially written for the movie and coupled with his talent to voice multiple characters, makes for a kosher comedy this season.

In addition, the distinct and recognizable voices of Sandler-film staples Kevin Nealon (All I Want For Christmas, Heartbreakers), Rob Schneider (TV's Saturday Night Live, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo) and Jon Lovitz (The Wedding Singer, A League of Their Own) complement Sandler's side-splitting humor by adding their own unique styles to the animated characters in the holiday hit.

ADAM SANDLER’S EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS, available on special edition DVD in its original theatrical version as well as the full frame format, will be loaded with special features including deleted scenes, cast and technical commentary, an insider look into the holiday songs and character featurettes. The DVD will be available for $26.95 SLP.

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ADAM SANDLER IN HIS FIRST ANIMATED MOVIE

You've never seen Adam like this: ADAM SANDLER’S EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS is a hilarious animated holiday fable that's also a musical, featuring star voices from Jon Lovitz and Rob Schneider. When extremely disgruntled small-town guy Davey Stone (voiced by Sandler) faces another holiday season in his New England hometown, he does what he always has - he screws up big and lands in jail. Davey's old basketball referee, Whitey, bails him out with the bright idea of putting Davey to work doing community service. But Davey turns his sentence into a daily disaster for Whitey and the whole town! After a few surprises - including the mysterious reason for Davey's bad attitude and the reappearance of a childhood sweetheart - Davey might find a reason or two to change his ways.

 


THE SEXY CULT-CLASSIC VAMPIRE SERIES DEBUTS IN A BLOOD-CURDLING 5-DISC DVD COLLECTION-- FOREVER KNIGHT THE TRILOGY - PART 1

All 22 Episodes From The Immortal First Season Premiering Exclusively to DVD October 21

A savage thirst for blood. A relentless hunger for redemption. A stylish and sexy television series that became an immediate cult sensation. Debuting on CBS in 1992 and continuing to develop legions of loyal fans from repeat airings on late night TV and the Sci-Fi Channel, FOREVER KNIGHT chronicles the journeys of Nicholas Knight (Geraint Wyn Davies), an ancient angst-ridden vampire from the thirteenth century seeking to regain his mortality in present day Toronto. Available October 21 on DVD for the first time, the FOREVER KNIGHT THE TRILOGY - PART 1 features the complete first season of the series in a chilling five-disc DVD set at the collectible price of $79.95 SLP.

After centuries of sinful bloodshed, Nicholas Knight has forsaken immortality and is determined to reclaim his humanity. He now spends his nights as a homicide detective with his "by the book" partner, Donald Schanke (John Kapelos), fighting the city's most brutal crimes. Joining in Nicholas' quest is Dr. Natalie Lambert (Catherine Disher), a brilliant forensic scientist, who is inching closer to the cure for his supernatural condition. However Nicolas' quests are hindered by his tormented past, as the seductive master vampire Lucien LaCroix (Nigel Bennett) will stop at nothing to ensure that he remains a vampire for all eternity. In his darkest moments, Nicholas turns to the lovely vampire Janette (Deborah Duchene), who offers him unconditional loyalty despite her prominent standing in the vampire underworld.

As the stakes get higher and his path to redemption becomes burdened with temptations, Nicholas valiantly sets out to conquer his curse night by night in order to emerge from his world of darkness, from his endless FOREVER KNIGHT.

Episode #101 & 102 - Dark Knight
Nick believes a Mayan cup can help him become mortal again. His old master, Lacroix, arrives in town and begins to kill people to draw Nick's attention. Meanwhile, a savage killer of homeless people stalks the city.

Episode # 103 - For I Have Sinned
A serial killer who preys on young women who all attend the same church confesses his sins to the priest. Nick must overcome his fear and loathing of the Church and its symbols to find the killer.

Episode # 104 - Last Act
A young woman dies, an apparent victim of suicide. Nick's intuition, however, makes him think it was murder. An old vampire girlfriend of his commits suicide, sending him into a slight depression wherein he questions himself.

Episode # 105 - Dance by the Light of the Moon
Nick and Schanke investigate a double murder. In the process, they get tangled up with a stripper who tries to bring out Nick's wild side.

Episode # 106 - Dying to Know You
The wife and daughter of a prominent businessman are kidnapped and held for ransom. Nick and Schanke work with a psychic, who begins to suspect Nick's true identity.

Episode # 107 - False Witness
Nick is faced with the prospect of having to appear in court to testify in broad daylight after a man he is charged with protecting is killed.

Episode # 108 - Cherry Blossoms
A woman targeted in a mob hit in Chinatown survives but is in critical condition. Nick must find her before the mobsters do, but he runs into trouble when the man protecting her recognizes him as the killer of his mother.

Episode # 109 - I Will Repay
After Natalie's brother Richard is shot, she tries to convince Nick to bring Richard over as he did a leper centuries ago. Is this a second chance for Richard and his family, or will history repeat itself?

Episode # 110 - Dead Air
A radio station's on-air psychiatrist comes to the police when a maniac calls in to his show and murders women on the air.

Episode # 111 - Hunters
Schanke's old partner is gunned down in the street. The gunman makes it clear Don is next on the list. Nick hides Schanke at The Raven, but has a difficult time because Schanke won't lay low.

Episode # 112 - Dead Issue
Inspector Tony Fiore's wife confesses to shooting her lover in self-defense. Nick defies orders and pursues the case at all costs.

Episode # 113 - Father Figure
Nick's paternal instincts are invoked when he is assigned to protect the daughter of a victim of a mob hit.

Episode # 114 - Spin Doctors
A journalist covering a civic election is electrocuted in his hotel room. Later his girlfriend is found dead, too. Can Nick find out who committed these murders without Natalie and Schanke going at each other's throats?

Episode # 115 - Dying for Fame
Nick sets out to clear pop star Rebecca when a fan's body is found in her hotel room.

Episode # 116 - Only the Lonely
When Natalie has her 30th birthday, she begins rethinking her relationship with Nick. Now she's met someone else -- and Nick's jealousy is showing. Meanwhile, a killer is murdering his dates.

Episode # 117 - Unreality TV
When Nick is the subject of a "Cops"-like television show, the lead journalist discovers his secret. Nick must then expend all of his efforts to protect her from the Enforcers -- those who kill mortals who learn of the vampire secret.

Episode # 118 - Feeding the Beast
Nick goes undercover to investigate the murders of members of The Twelve Steps, a support group for addicts. Nick is forced to confront his addiction to blood.

Episode # 119 - To Die For / If Looks Could Kill
Nick investigates three women who are members of the same health spa. They're all young, beautiful, and have been involved in sordid violence, but do they share something more than skin deep?

Episode # 120 - Fatal Mistake
The investigation into Stonetree's recent shooting of an unarmed robber is keeping him up nights.

Episode # 121 - 1966
A hostage situation at the police station forces Nick to recall his life in East Berlin, where he helped a family in crisis while they aided him in his search for the Abarat, an ancient book of miracles that may contain a cure for vampires.

Episode # 122 - Love You To Death
Nick is determined to find the killer of a model who has been missing for four months. Meanwhile, another model disappears who bears a striking resemblance to a woman Nick fell for a long time ago.

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THE MARRYING KIND-- DEBUTING ON DVD OCTOBER 21

Reteaming Oscar®-winning actress Judy Holliday (Born Yesterday, Bells Are Ringing) with Academy Award®-winning director George Cukor (My Fair Lady, A Star Is Born) and the real-life husband and wife Academy Award®-nominated writing team of Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon (Adam's Rib, Pat and Mike), THE MARRYING KIND (1952) is a masterful blend of comedy, fantasy and tragedy that chronicles the relationship of a young estranged couple on the verge of divorce. Filled with strong dialogue and touching dramatic moments about the ups and downs of domestic bliss, THE MARRYING KIND premieres on DVD October 21 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

In the private chambers of Judge Carroll (Madge Kennedy), Florence (Holliday) and Chet Keefer (Aldo Ray in an impressive debut starring role) retrace theiriumpy courtship and marriage in flashback. Idealistic young dreamers who meet and marry, the Keefers raise two children, experience financial woes, petty jealousy and seemingly insurmountable heartbreaking loss.

The perfect casting of the two leads, a hilarious dream sequence, excellent use of real New York City locations and realistic and humorous depictions of martial strife add up to superior entertainment. Fresh from the tremendous critical and commercial success of Born Yesterday, Holliday was in top form with one of her finest roles and proved she was not only a wonderful comedic actress, but also excellent with pathos as well. Newcomer Ray received unanimous critical acclaim for the role and would work next again with director Cukor in Pat and Mike opposite Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.

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ALIEN HUNTER-- DEBUTING OCTOBER 28 ON SPECIAL EDITION DVD

James Spader Stars In the Sensational Sci-Fi Thriller Loaded With Astounding Special Effects From SCI FI Channel Pictures

James Spader (Secretary, Stargate) stars as a scientist who learns a mysterious signal is really a dire warning from outer space in ALIEN HUNTER, the suspense-filled, sci-fi special effects thrill ride available October 28 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment on VHS and Special Edition DVD, featuring out-of-this-world special features including making-of featurette, deleted scenes, director's commentary, location scout featurette, photo gallery and more.

After years past of monitoring deep space for signs of alien life with the U.S. Government's SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) program, linguistics professor Julian Rome (Spader), a renowned "ALIEN HUNTER" is about to find what he's been searching for. Summoned to a NASA-funded research station in the most desolate reaches of Antarctica, Rome deciphers a mysterious signal being sent from a strange object discovered deep beneath the ice. To his horror, he realizes the random signal is really an alien message warning of the imminent destruction of Earth!

Now with the terror in the code revealed, it's a pulse-pounding race against time to save the planet from total annihilation in ALIEN HUNTER, the startling sci-fi thriller co-starring Leslie Stefanson (As Good As It Gets, Lost Souls), Aimee Graham (Timecode, Jackie Brown), John Lynch (Sliding Doors) and Olympic track star Carl Lewis (Atomic Twister).

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