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11/25/03

LABYRINTH™ COLLECTOR'S EDITION BOX SET-- MUST-HAVE LIMITED DVD RELEASE AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 3 FEATURING UNRELEASED ARCHIVAL MATERIALS AND EXCLUSIVE COLLECTIBLE PREMIUMS

Dazzling Blend of Live-Action Fantasy Adventure and Remarkable Jim Henson Puppet Creations Featuring Academy Award®-Winner Jennifer Connelly and Music Legend David Bowie

Journey into the fantastical storybook adventure world of LABYRINTH™, where everything seems possible and nothing is what it seems, starring Oscar®-winner Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind, Hulk) in one of her first lead roles alongside music legend David Bowie (Basquiat, The Hunger) and a cast of incredible creatures by puppet master Jim Henson. Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will present this visually stunning film in a special Collector's Edition Box Set. Features new to this Collector's Edition DVD include Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound and hundreds of rarely seen elements from Henson's archives including photo galleries, storyboard images and concept art. In addition, the DVD includes the "Inside the Labyrinth"™ making-of featurette with an extraordinary look inside the magical world of Jim Henson's Creature Shop™. The Box Set also contains exclusive LABYRINTH collectible artifacts such as rarely seen Character Sketch Cards by Brian Froud, a Collector's Edition booklet and a limited edition animation cell. Available for a limited time only in this unique gift set packaging, LABYRINTH COLLECTOR’S EDITION will debut February 3 at the price of $49.95 SLP.

An enchanting fantasy classic that has mesmerized fans for generations, LABYRINTH was directed by Jim Henson (The Dark Crystal) and produced by the master of myth George Lucas (Star Wars, Indiana Jones Trilogy) and also features several original songs from Grammy® Award-winner David Bowie on the movie soundtrack.

Frustrated with babysitting on yet another weekend night, Sarah (Connelly), a teenager with an active imagination, summons the goblins from her favorite fairytale book to take her baby stepbrother away. When little Toby actually disappears, Sarah must follow him into the world of the fairy tale to rescue him from the wicked Goblin King (Bowie). Guarding his castle is The Labyrinth itself, a twisted maze of deception, populated with outrageous characters and unknown dangers. To get through it in time to save Toby, Sarah will have to outwit the King by befriending the very goblins who protect him, in hopes that their loyalty isn't just another illusion.

LABYRINTH™ DVD SPECIAL FEATURES NEW TO THIS EDITION:

LABYRINTH™ OTHER DVD SPECS:

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THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY I & II NEW TO DVD ON FEBRUARY 3

Two Epic Comedies of Absurd Proportions Together on a Special Double Feature Two-Disc DVD Release

International sensations and some of the most original and thought-provoking slapstick comedies ever, THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY I & II will be presented on February 3 in a special Double Feature, two disc DVD release including two bonus featurettes. From writer/director Jamie Uys priced to own at $29.95 SLP from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

For five thousand years, things have stayed pretty much the same for Xixo and his fellow Bushmen. Then one day, an empty Coke® bottle drops magically from the sky, and life goes topsy-turvy in the face of this generous "gift of the Gods." Starring real-life Bushman N!xau, THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY is a hilarious movie that looks at us from the other side - and shows us just how crazy we are!

The delightful sequel THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY II is a piece of divinely inspired lunacy! Xixo again collides with the so-called civilized world when he embarks on a search for his children, who are accidental stowaways on a poacher's truck. He soon crosses paths with two very odd couples lost in the desert. Xixo, perplexed by their strange antics, nevertheless finds himself drawn into a crazy adventure with people who know how to make magic machines - but constantly need to be saved from the wilderness and from each other.

DVD FEATURES INCLUDE:

THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY

THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY II

 


WHAT’S HAPPENING!!: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON-- COLLECTIBLE THREE-DISC SET FEATURES 21 HILARIOUS EPISODES AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON DVD FEBRUARY 3, 2004

Hey Hey Hey! Dig out your bell-bottoms and rainbow suspenders, comb out your Afro and laugh again and again with the old-school friends from the funny, funky late-70's TV comedy classic, WHAT’S HAPPENING!! Debuting in a three-disc DVD set on February 3 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, WHAT’S HAPPENING!! THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON is jam-packed with the funniest moments on all 21 episodes from the show's first season that aired on ABC Television.

Join Rerun, Dwayne, Raj, Shirley, Dee and Mama with the complete hilarious first season with classic episodes including everything from Rerun's dance moves to Raj and Dwayne's crush on the same girl, from Dee running away to Shirley getting fired from the soda shop and much more. Based on the 1975 movie Cooley High, WHAT’S HAPPENING!! centers on three African-American high school friends growing up in urban Los Angeles, and their tendency for getting into trouble through their get-rich-quick schemes. Executive produced by Bud Yorkin ("Sanford and Son"), WHAT’S HAPPENING!! starred Fred Berry, Ernest Thomas, Haywood Nelson, Shirley Hemphill, Danielle Spencer, and Mabel King, plus featured special guest stars including Dick Van Patten and radio icon Wolfman Jack during the first season.

WHAT’S HAPPENING!! THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON DVD:

 


TALENTED CHARACTER ACTOR GARY OLDMAN AND GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER VING RHAMES STAR IN THE GRITTY, SUSPENSEFUL REVENGE-THRILLER—SIN: PREMIERING ON DVD FEBRUARY 3

An erotic thriller about a retired cop who finds himself subjected to a fiendish and ingenious campaign of revenge when his sister goes missing, SIN is an intense, steamy erotic thriller starring Gary Oldman (The Fifth Element, Air Force One), Golden Globe Winner Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction, Mission: Impossible II), Kerry Washington (Save The Last Dance) and Brian Cox (The Ring, The Bourne Identity), debuting on DVD and videocassette February 3 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Rhames stars as former cop Eddie Burns, who gave 15 years and the use of his left arm to the Reno homicide squad. While searching for his missing sister, Burns becomes the unwitting target of a mysterious crime lord, Charlie Storm (Oldman), who is conducting his own virulent campaign of revenge against Burns. In order to protect his sister, Burns - disabled, betrayed and alone - must embark on a bloodbath of vengeance and journey into the heart of his own darkness for absolution, where he discovers that the reason for his ordeal lies in his own past sins. A deadly cat and mouse thriller set in the provocative world of porn, heroin addiction, torture, rape, crucifixion, police brutality, and numerous killings that will leave you guessing to the very end who the real criminal is, SIN is directed by Michael Stevens (Bad City Blues).

SIN SPECIAL EDITION DVD:

 


HOT STARS KIMBERLY WILLIAMS-PAISLEY, PATRICK DEMPSEY AND BRAD ROWE SPIN THE WHEEL OF LOVE IN LUCKY SEVEN-- ORIGINAL ROMANTIC COMEDY FROM ABC FAMILY SETS PERFECT MOOD FOR VALENTINE'S DAY WITH DVD DEBUT FEBRUARY 3

Kimberly Williams-Paisley (TV's According to Jim, Father of the Bride movies), Patrick Dempsey (Sweet Home Alabama, Scream 3), Brad Rowe (Full Frontal, Leap of Faith) and Gail O'Grady (TV's American Dreams, NYPD Blue) star in ABC Family Channel's original romantic comedy, LUCKY SEVEN which debuts on VHS and DVD February 3 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

LUCKY SEVEN tells the story of Amy Myer (Williams-Paisley) who has strictly followed a timeline her late mother (O'Grady) left her for a successful life, without any detours along the way. The most important task on the timeline is that Amy should marry her seventh boyfriend, but when she meets Daniel (Rowe) and falls in love, he's only number six. Worried that she won't be able to break free from the timeline that has kept her mother's memory close, Amy sneaks in another boyfriend, but finds herself having to decide which man to choose, number six or lucky seven.

Jessica Barondes wrote the script for Lucky Seven and Harry Winer (TV's Alias, Now And Again) directed. Lion's Gate Entertainment produced the film, which first aired on ABC Family July 20, 2003. The film garnered excellent audience reaction and fan requests (as documented on message boards at imdb.com and www.abcfamily.go.com/lucky7). and now Columbia TriStar brings the popular movie to DVD.

LUCKY SEVEN DVD:

 


CELEBRATE THE VALENTINE'S DAY SEASON OF HEARTS WITH HOLLYWOOD HEARTTHROBS! THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST, BEST FRIENDS, EVERYBODY’S ALL AMERICAN & SWING SHIFT WARNER HOME VIDEO GIVES DVD DEBUTS TO FOUR GREAT VALENTINE ROMANCES ON JANUARY 20

Films Star Geena Davis, Goldie Hawn, William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Bill Pullman, Kurt Russell, Jessica Lange and Dennis Quaid

Four romantic films -- THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST, BEST FRIENDS, EVERYBODY’S ALL AMERICAN and SWING SHIFT -- will get their DVD debuts from Warner Home Video on January 20. Each DVD will be priced at $19.97 SRP.

THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST - William Hurt (Broadcast News, Children of a Lesser God) stars as a travel writer who hates to travel. Confused and depressed due to the tragic loss of his son, he sleepwalks through his grief until his wife, played by Kathleen Turner (War of the Roses, Romancing the Stone), leaves him, and an offbeat, outgoing dog trainer, played by Geena Davis (Thelma and Louise, A League of their Own), reawakens his ability to love. Davis earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar® for her role. Chicago Sun-Times' Roger Ebert said, "I've never seen a movie so sad in which there was so much genuine laughter." Lawrence Kasdan (The Big Chill, The Bodyguard) directed; Bill Pullman, Ed Begley Jr. and Amy Wright also star.

THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST DVD special features will include:

BEST FRIENDS - Can best friends stay that way after they get married? This sharp romantic comedy explores that question when a professional couple who has lived and worked together happily for five years finally decides to make it official. Featuring Burt Reynolds (Smokey and the Bandit films, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) and Goldie Hawn (Private Benjamin, The First Wives Club), the film was directed by Norman Jewison (Moonstruck, Thomas Crown Affair). Barry Levinson and Valerie Curtin share writing credit; Ron Silver, Jessica Tandy, Audra Lindley and Keenan Wynn are featured.

EVERYBODY’S ALL AMERICAN - The romantic saga, based on Frank Deford's novel, spans the course of 25 years, exploring the challenges of love in the world of professional sports. Dennis Quaid (Any Given Sunday, The Rookie) plays Gavin Gray, a college football star who marries his high school cheerleader girlfriend, played by Jessica Lange (King Kong, The Postman Always Rings Twice), and then goes from pro football fame to obscurity when his team begins to lose. At first, the couple's life together seems to be the American ideal, but Gavin's failure to cope with his loss of fame while his wife becomes a successful business woman steadily erodes the family's stability. Set against the social/political turmoil of the late '50s and '60s, their journey is 'witnessed' by Gavin's nephew (Timothy Hutton, The Falcon and the Snowman, Ordinary People,) who is as talented intellectually as Gavin is athletically. Taylor Hackford (Officer and a Gentleman, White Nights) directed; John Goodman and Carl Lumbly also star.

EVERYBODY’S ALL AMERICAN DVD will have these special features:

SWING SHIFT - This 1940s-era romance about a young woman who takes a job on a factory assembly line when her husband leaves to fight in World War II stars Goldie Hawn and her real life mate, Kurt Russell (Big Trouble in Little China, Tango and Cash). Directed by Academy Award® winner Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia Story), the film's stellar supporting cast includes a young Holly Hunter, Christine Lahti, who was nominated for an Oscar for her performance, and Ed Harris (The Right Stuff, Pollock) as the husband who returns from war to discover his wife has fallen in love with a co-worker (Russell). This DVD will include the theatrical trailer.

Romance DVDs

THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST

BEST FRIENDS

SWING SHIFT

EVERYBODY’S ALL AMERICAN

 


RING SOME CLASSIC FEAR INTO THE NEW YEAR AS LIONS GATE HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASES BEYOND REANIMATOR & LEPRECHAUN: BACK 2 THA HOOD-- SCARING UP FUN ON DVD, DECEMBER 30TH, 2003

Forget visions of sugarplums. Before this holiday season is over, Lions Gate Home Entertainment, the home entertainment arm of Lions Gate Entertainment (AMEX and TSX:LGF), will put fear back into the New Year with BEYOND REANIMATOR, the long-awaited sequel to the cult classic Re-Animator, and LEPRECHAUN: BACK 2 THA HOOD, the next installment of the magically demented Leprechaun series. Featuring the original stars of the memorable original films, and all the wry humor that made them so popular, each is sure to ring the New Year in with a frighteningly fun bang! Street date for both titles is December 30, 2003.

"Lions Gate’s strong tradition of releasing crowd-pleasing horror films is only strengthened by the debut of Beyond Re-Animator and Leprechaun Back 2 Tha Hood," said Peter Block, Lions Gate President of Home Entertainment, Acquisitions, and New Media. "Both films combine the chills, effects and laughs that made the originals cult classics."

BEYOND REANIMATOR

After causing the Miskatonic University Massacre, Dr. Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) has been serving a prison sentence for the past 14 years. Far from overcoming his scientific obsession with bringing dead organisms back to life, he has had no choice but to continue his experiments on the only specimens he can find in his cell: rats. But when new doctor Howard (Jason Barry) begins working as the prison MD, he brings with him something Dr. West left behind...

DVD Special Features:

LEPRECHAUN: BACK 2 THA HOOD

When a group of hoodlums stumbles upon the Leprechaun’s (Warwick Davis) treasure, they go from dirt poor to ghetto-fabulous overnight, spending their loot on pimped-out cars and hair extensions. One by one the friends soon discover they've opened up a can of demented whoop ass, as they find themselves face-to-face with the weed-smoking, knife-wielding, Leprechaun who will stop at nothing to get his treasure back.

DVD Special Features:

 

11/20/03

THE CRITIC- THE COMPLETE SERIES SPECIAL THREE-DISC SET CONTAINS THE ENTIRE FIRST AND SECOND SEASONS PREMIERES JANUARY 27 ON DVD

Hilarious Satirical Primetime Animated Series From the Producers of "The Simpsons" Starring Comedian Jon Lovitz

A hip and hilarious insider's look at the Hollywood movie industry, THE CRITIC is an adult animated TV sitcom from the producers of the Emmy Award-winning "The Simpsons." Debuting January 27 on a three-disc DVD set priced at $49.95 SLP from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, THE CRITIC - THE COMPLETE SERIES features all 23 episodes of the series.

THE CRITIC centers on Jay, a down-on-his-luck New York movie critic and cable television host, who is forced to review the most pathetic films, which he always rates as "It Stinks!" Pudgy and balding, Jay is not a well-liked man. His unsympathetic boss makes his life miserable, his ex-wife hates him, his adoptive parents barely tolerate him, and even the makeup lady treats him with disgust. Fortunately for Jay, he has his 11-year-old son Marty and one very unlikely friend, Jeremy Hawke, an Australian film hunk.

Jon Lovitz ("Saturday Night Live," "NewsRadio") provides Jay's distinctive voice as a single father who searches for happiness while satirizing life and the movies in this irreverent comedy series. THE CRITIC also features the voices of Nancy Cartwright ("The Simpsons"), Christine Cavanaugh ("Rugrats") and Judith Ivey ("Designing Women"), plus special guest stars Billy Crystal, Geraldo Rivera, Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Gene Siskel, June Lockhart, Margaret Cho, Milton Berle, Phil Hartman, Queen Latifah, Ricki Lake, Steve Allen, Adam West, Bob Costas, Rod Steiger and more!

Season One episodes include:

Pilot
Jay is astounded when beautiful actress Valerie Fox takes a romantic interest in him. Despite warnings from his best friend, Australian actor Jeremy Hawke, that dating actresses is extremely dangerous, Jay begins an affair with the luscious Valerie.

Miserable
At a screening, Jay falls for a lovely young projectionist, not realizing she's actually an obsessed fan determined to make him her prisoner.

Marty's First Date
Jay's hints to his son Marty on how to romance a young woman have far-reaching consequences: the critic has to speed to Havana to rescue the lovesick lad, who has literally taken his father's advice and followed her home - to Cuba.

Dial "M" for Mother
Jay's attempt to show the world he can be warm by appearing with his mother on a talk show is a categorical failure he just can't find anything nice to say about her.

A Little Deb Will Do Ya
Jay's stepsister Margo reluctantly agrees to become a debutante and Jay's ratings are threatened by "Humphrey the Hippo," a children's show.

Eye on the Prize
After the failure of his 100th Episode Special and party, Jay is told that his TV show "Coming Attractions" is in trouble. It's time to take drastic measures.

Every Doris Has Her Day
Jay befriends and accidentally "dates" an older woman, make-up artist Doris, only to suspect she might be his biological mother.

Marathon Mensch
When an accidental fire breaks out in the studio during his TV show, Jay's whole audience watches as he panics and runs screaming from the set. Jay gamely struggles to reestablish his manhood.

L.A. Jay
In the wake of the positive response to a screenplay he has written, Jay takes a sabbatical from his show and joins Jeremy in Hollywood, where studio boss Gary Grossman agrees to buy it on the spot.

Dr. Jay
While at the Cannes Film Festival, Jay comes to the rescue when Duke is diagnosed with a terminal illness.

A Day at the Races and a Night at the Opera
Jay tries to help Marty overcome an inferiority complex by taking him to see his psychiatrist.

Uneasy Rider
Jay quits his show to become a truck driver after he's asked to promote Savvy Indian Chewing Tobacco on the show.

A Pig-Boy and His Dog
Inspired by her son's portly figure, Eleanor writes a children's book called The Fat Little Pig and Jay becomes a laughingstock.

Sherman, Woman and Child
Jay meets and falls for Alice, who gives him tips for improving his show to helps boost his poor ratings.

Sherman of Arabia
Jay recalls his heroines during the Gulf War while chaperoning a slumber party for Marty.

A Song for Margo
Jay's stepsister Margo is wooed by grunge rock star Johnny Wrath. Alice seeks help from Jay in finding the right school for Penny.

From Chunk to Hunk
Jay and Marty go to camp to lose weight and both discover that they are actually happier being fat.

Lady Hawke
Alice is jealous when Jay is courted by Jeremy's beautiful sister, and Jay finds himself in the unusual position of having to choose between two women.

Frankie and Ellie Get Lost
Jay's parents disappear on their 40th anniversary vacation and Jay and Margo suddenly inherit their vast fortune.

Siskel & Ebert & Jay & Alice
When a popular movie reviewing team breaks up, Alice encourages Jay to audition to become the new partner.

All the Duke's Men
Jay is hired as a speechwriter when Duke runs for presidency and soon learns some grim truths about the world of politics.

Dukerella
Alice's upstaging sister arrives in search of a rich husband and quickly turns her attention to Jay.

I Can't Believe It's a Clip Show
Jay is held hostage at Carnegie Hall while hosting his show's 10th-anniversary celebration.

THE CRITIC - THE COMPLETE SERIES DVD:

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THE SECRET LIVES OF DENTISTS-- A FUNNY, INTENSELY APPEALING LOOK AT SEX, LOVE AND STRESS IN TODAY'S DOUBLE-CAREER FAMILY LIFE STARRING CAMPBELL SCOTT AND HOPE DAVIS OPENS WIDE ON DVD JANUARY 27

Critically Acclaimed Sundance Film Festival Favorite Director by Stan Rudolph

THE SECRET LIVES OF DENTISTS, the critically acclaimed 2003 Sundance Film Festival favorite from award-winning director Alan Rudolph (Afterglow, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle) will debut on VHS and Special Edition DVD on January 27, from Columbia Tri-Star Home Entertainment and Manhattan Pictures International.

After its Sundance premiere THE SECRET LIVES OF DENTISTS, based on Jane Smiley's best-selling novella "The Age of Grief," quickly became a film festival favorite from coast to coast and enjoyed enthusiastic responses from critics and audiences during its limited theatrical release. This contemporary look at life, love and family -- called "one of the summer's great discoveries" by The Wall Street Journal's Joe Morgenstern and "a qualified treasure - hilariously on-target" by The Boston Globe's Ty Burr --stars Campbell Scott (Roger Dodger) and Hope Davis (American Splendor, About Schmidt). Denis Leary (Jesus' Son, The Thomas Crown Affair) and Robin Tunney (The Wedding Party, Vertical Limit) complete the talented cast with screenplay credit going to celebrated playwright and screenwriter, Craig Lucas (Longtime Companion, Prelude to a Kiss).

"Teeth outlast everything. Death is nothing to a tooth. Life is what destroys teeth."

Employing this dental observation as a powerful metaphor about marriage and human relationships, THE SECRET LIVES OF DENTISTS brings a unique blend of humor and realism to the story of Dr. Dave Hurst (Campbell Scott), who shares a private clinical practice with his bright and attractive partner and wife Dr. Dana (Hope Davis). Step by step, together, they have created their "dream life," raising three beautiful children in their home and country house. But they are also opposites and THE SECRET LIVES OF DENTISTS prods at the complexities, paradoxes, and tender moments of their marriage, providing a very funny, truly insightful and completely human portrait of a "perfect" couple at a critical crossroads in their relationship.

THE SECRET LIVES OF DENTISTS DVD:

 


FIST OF THE RED DRAGON-- DEBUTING JANUARY 20 ON DVD .

Renowned Action/Fight Choreographer Yuen Woo Ping Directs the Stylish Martial Arts Showdown Featuring the Skills of International Action Sensation Donnie Yen Legendary action choreographer Yuen Woo Ping, who staged all the mind-blowing fight sequences for The Matrix Trilogy, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Kill Bill Vol. 1, now steps into the director's chair for the non-stop action thriller FIST OF THE RED DRAGON starring Chinese martial arts master Donnie Yen (Iron Monkey, Shanghai Knights, Blade II), premiering on DVD and videocassette January 20 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Expert fighters must band together in an ultimate kung fu showdown when Southern China's High Officers begin smuggling opium over the Manchurian border, and endangering the lives of the local villagers. But this isn't modern-day China - this drug cartel existed in the 19th Century, run by the high officers of Manchuria, the very men who swore to protect the Chinese people. With no one to protect them and an Emperor who does not honor them, the people turn to the Master Fighters Lin Shih Tsui and Hwang Fei Hung to battle the evil officers and bring justice to the land.

An exciting follow-up film to the popular Legend of the Red Dragon starring Jet Li, FIST OF THE RED DRAGON features highly-stylized fight sequences and edge-of-your-seat battle scenes unlike anything you've ever seen!

FIST OF THE RED DRAGON DVD:

 


BARNEY MILLER: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON-- AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON DVD JANUARY 20- FEATURING 13 HILARIOUS EPISODES IN A COLLECTIBLE TWO-DISC SET

Classic Award-Winning '70s TV Cop Comedy Starring Emmy Award Nominees Hal Linden and Abe Vigoda

Solving crimes has never been funnier than with the award-winning classic TV sitcom, BARNEY MILLER, starring legendary TV veterans and multiple Emmy Award nominees Hal Linden and Abe Vigoda. Available January 20 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, BARNEY MILLER: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON contains all 13 original episodes that aired in the first season (1975). One of the groundbreaking and wittiest sitcoms, BARNEY MILLER: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON will be available for the first time on a special two-disc DVD set priced to own at $29.95 SLP.

Critics and fans alike consider BARNEY MILLER to be one of the best and funniest police series ever made. With intelligent writing and a racially diverse cast that preceded the trend, BARNEY MILLER produced one of TV's most irresistible squads. With most scenes set in one dingy room at the station house of New York City's 12th Precinct, the show's success was largely based on sharp dialogue, a revolving door of colorful guest stars in the form of Greenwich Village's eccentric inhabitants and the interplay between the well-developed regular characters.

Barney Miller (Hal Linden) the precinct's mild-mannered captain and compassionate family man, tactfully commands his crew of inner-city detectives and somehow manages to maintain order over this diverse group. The series co-starred Abe Vigoda, Barbara Barrie, John Soo, Max Gail, Ron Glass, plus featured guest appearances during the first season from several classic '70s TV stars including Linda Lavin, Vic Tayback, Marla Gibbs and Todd Bridges, among others.

During its seven year run on ABC, BARNEY MILLER was awarded three Emmy Awards including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing, plus two Golden Globe Awards and a Director's Guild of America Award. Also of note, Hal Linden was honored with an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for all seven seasons the show was on air.

BARNEY MILLER: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON DVD release contains the following episodes:

Ramon
Capt. Barney Miller's wife, Elizabeth, tries to talk him into quitting his job and moving to a quieter, more rural area to start a chicken ranch. Meanwhile at the police station, a teenage drug addict, Ramon, gets Fish's gun and is holding the squad at bay.

Experience
Barney has to talk Fish out of early retirement while investigating a bomber who is blowing up public buildings.

Snow Job
An exhibitionist in a snowstorm, an armored-car drivers' strike and no heat create chaos for Barney at the police station.

Graft
Barney's men are accused of being on the take after a former detective from his squad becomes a member of the Internal Affairs unit.

The Courtesans
Wojo goes to Barney for advice when he becomes attracted to one of the girls he arrested at Rose's Village-A-Go-Go.

The Stakeout
Barney and his squad stake out a drug drop at an apartment house, but he fears their cover will be blown by visiting tenants.

The Bureaucrat
A Washington bureaucrat gets drunk in Barney's precinct and ends up in the squad room cell.

Ms. Cop
The new female cop assigned to Barney's precinct does all the typing while the other detectives are out catching bank robbers.

The Vigilante
Chano has to arrest an irate citizen who's been defending the neighborhood from muggers.

The Guest
Barney's squad has the job of protecting a government witness from a crime syndicate.

The Escape Artist
Barney's squad apprehends an escaped convict and then must hold him until he's returned to jail.

Hair
In fatigues, gold earrings and beard, Guardeno, a transfer from the narcotics unit, joins Barney's division. Barney has to help him fit in with the squad.

The Hero
Chano becomes depressed after shooting two bank robbers. Barney's wife, Elizabeth, makes a citizen's arrest of an eight-year-old boy.

BARNEY MILLER: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON DVD:

 


GODZILLA® VS. MEGAGUIRUS® AND GODZILLA®, MOTHRA® AND KING GHIDORAH®-- NEW TO DVD ON JANUARY 27

Japan's Legendary Movie Monster Returns to Attack In Two All-New Sci-Fi Action Thrillers

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Japan's cult classic icon Godzilla®, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will debut two new action-packed Godzilla® science-fiction adventures featuring remarkable special effects from the acclaimed Toho Studios - GODZILLA® VS. MEGAGUIRUS® and GODZILLA®, MOTHRA® AND KING GHIDORAH®: GIANT MONSTERS ALL-OUT ATTACK, available for the first time on DVD January 27.

GODZILLA® VS. MEGAGUIRUS®

Five years after Godzilla® terrorized the city of Osaka, Japanese scientists have developed a new weapon to finally destroy their monster nemesis - the Dimension Tide, a device that creates the world's first artificial black holes, which will trap Godzilla® for eternity. During a test of the Dimension Tide, an insect caught in the hole mutates, producing gargantuan eggs that give birth to a new menace: giant dragonfly monsters called Meganurons®. Their terrifying 60-meter queen, Megaguirus®, is also on a hunt for Godzilla®, needing to steal his energy to survive. From the sky down to the depth of a city's underground sewer tunnels, Godzilla®, Megaguirus®, and humankind battle for supremacy. Who will prevail in this three-way battle of terror and destruction?

GODZILLA®, MOTHRA® AND KING GHIDORAH®: GIANT MONSTERS ALL-OUT ATTACK

Fifty years ago, the Japanese Defense Forces killed Godzilla® - or so they thought. When a series of terrifying natural disasters begin to plague Japan, including the inexplicable offshore sinking of a U.S. submarine, a mystic old man warns his nation that Godzilla® has come back to destroy Japan as revenge for all the soul lost in the Pacific War. When mere military might cannot squash the monster, the mystic man awakens the Holy Beasts of Yamato, sleeping giants that protected Japan in ancient times. The three untamed mammoth beasts, King Ghidorah®, Mothra® and Baragon®, fight Godzilla® in a battle to the death with frightening supernatural brute power that has been 2,000 years in the making. Tradition and technology collide in this chilling high-tech, cutting-edge fable.

DVD SPECS INCLUDE:

GODZILLA® VS. MEGAGUIRUS®

GODZILLA®, MOTHRA® AND KING GHIDORAH®

 


WISEGUY MEL PROFITT ARC STARRING ACADEMY AWARD WINNER KEVIN SPACEY AND JOAN SEVERANCE DEBUTS ON DVD COURTESY OF STEPHEN J. CANNELL PRODUCTIONS, INC. AND STUDIOWORKS ENTERTAINMENT!

He’s fooled them so far. Vinnie’s assignment continues as he infiltrates another crime organization in WISEGUY - MEL PROFITT. On December 30, 2003, go undercover with Vinnie Terranova (Ken Wahl) as he gains access to one of the most dysfunctional families, the Profitts. StudioWorks Entertainment and Stephen J. Cannell Productions, Inc. are proud to present WISEGUY - MEL PROFITT for the first time ever on DVD. The release features over 12 hours of footage, including 11 episodes of the Mel Profitt storyline (known as an arc), exclusive commentary with Ken Wahl, interviews with Kevin Spacey, Joan Severance, Elsa Raven, William Russ, Stephen J. Cannell, and Executive Producer David Burke.

Wiseguy gained tremendous popularity in the late 80’s due to a winning combination of well-known actors and musicians, captivating plots and the unique concept of continuing storylines, otherwise known as arcs. The second arc, Mel Profitt, stars Ken Wahl (The Wanderers, Purple Hearts), Kevin Spacey (The Usual Suspects, American Beauty), William Russ (American History X), and Joan Severance (Worth Winning). While investigating assassin Roger Lococco (Russ), Vinnie learns even more about Lococco’s corrupt undertakings as he enters his world. With ties to international arms and drug dealer Mel Profitt (Spacey), Lococco’s relations run deeper than Vinnie could have ever imagined.

Kevin Spacey plays Mel Profitt, a wealthy sociopath whose volatile behavior combined with his substance addiction intimidates even the hardnosed Vinnie. Profitt’s tantrums can only be soothed by his sultry sister Susan (Severance), who heeds his whims and feeds his addictions. Her beauty beckons Vinnie, who tries desperately to fight his feelings.

Our first release of the Wiseguy Box Set ­ Sonny Steelgrave and the Mob was met with critical ­ acclaim, stated Don Gold, co-president of StudioWorks Entertainment. The overall response to the series on DVD has been phenomenal and we’re confident that this release, with its talented cast, will introduce new audiences to Wiseguy.

The Profitt Arc of Wiseguy was exciting because it gave me a chance to write a character who had multiple personalities, commented Stephen J. Cannell. The concept of a brother and sister who have an incestuous relationship and become psychotic felt daring and unusual. Kevin Spacey and Joan Severance were remarkable as Mel and Susan Profitt. The episodes hold up as well today as when we made them.

DVD features include:

 

11/16/03

IT’S OSCAR SEASON & WARNER HOME VIDEO IS ROLLING OUT THE RED CARPET FOR ITS… BEST PICTURE WINNERS-- MY FAIR LADY ARRIVES “ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE” FEBRUARY 3 IN NEW TWO-DISC DVD SPECIAL EDITION

Four More Best Picture Winners, GRAND HOTEL, THE GREAT ZIEGFELD, MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY, and MRS. MINIVER Receive First-time DVD Debuts

GASLIGHT, Featuring Ingrid Bergman’s Riveting Academy Award® Performance and GOODBYE MR. CHIPS, Starring Best Actor Robert Donat, Complete WHV’s 2004 Oscar® -winning DVD Line Up

MY FAIR LADY -- one of the most popular musicals of all time, nominated for 12 Academy Awards® and winning eight, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director -- will be released on a brand new two-disc DVD Special Edition February 3 by Warner Home Video (WHV). 

Additionally, four more Academy Award® Best Picture winners will debut on DVD February 3 including GRAND HOTEL, THE GREAT ZIEGFELD, MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY, and MRS. MINIVER along with GASLIGHT the acclaimed psychological thriller featuring the Academy Award® -winning performance by Ingrid Bergman and GOODBYE MR. CHIPS starring 1939 Best Actor, Robert Donat.  The MY FAIR LADY Two-Disc DVD Special Edition, featuring a high-definition widescreen (anamorphic) format transfer from restored film elements and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, will sell for $26.99 SRP.  The other titles will each sell for $19.98 SRP.

MY FAIR LADY, starring Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Wilfred Hyde-White and Stanley Holloway and directed by George Cukor, also won Oscars® for Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography.  Based on George Bernard Shaw’s classic play Pygmalion, the story chronicles an egotistical linguist’s attempt to win a bet with a friend by transforming a feisty, Cockney waif into an elegant lady in time for an important society ball.

The MY FAIR LADY Two-Disc DVD Special Edition sound bonus features include:

Disc One:

Commentary by art director Gene Allen, singer Marni Nixon and restoration team Robert A. Harris and James C. Katz

Disc Two:

GRAND HOTEL –This 1932 MGM film which won the Oscar® for Best Picture features a 1930’s “A-list” cast including Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore and Wallace Beery.  Set at the luxurious GRAND HOTEL, where “nothing ever happens,” a disfigured doctor (Lewis Stone) doles out cynical commentary as hotel patrons come and go.  Edmund Goulding directed the ensemble cast in this stunning story of love, betrayal and despair.

The GRAND HOTEL DVD bonus features include: 

THE GREAT ZIEGFELD –The immensely entertaining 1936 biographical film about flamboyant impresario Florenz Ziegfeld, starring William Powell in the title role, won three out of its seven Academy Award® nominations with Luise Rainer taking home the first of her two consecutive Best Actress Oscars® for her moving portrayal of Zeigfeld’s first wife.  The scene in which she phones to congratulate Ziegfeld on his new wife is one of the most memorable in cinema history.  Besides Best Picture, the film also won for Outstanding Dance Direction.

Directed by Robert Z. Leonard, the story follows Ziegfeld’s tumultuous climb from humble carny barker to the pinnacle of his career, when he became spectacularly famous as the producer of his legendary “Follies,” eventually triumphing with four simultaneous hits on Broadway.  Playing the second Mrs. Ziegfeld (Bille Burke) is Powell’s perennial co-star, the lovely Myrna Loy (The Thin Man).

THE GREAT ZIEGFELD DVD bonus features include:

MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY – This famous sea-going epic became one of MGM’s most successful box-office blockbusters, and won 1935’s Best Picture award. It earned a total of eight nominations, including directing, writing and film editing along with nods to its three top stars.  Adapted from the Nordhoff-Hall book about the brutal 1789 mutiny on a return voyage from the South Seas, Charles Laughton turns in a brilliant performance as the cruel and tyrannical Bligh, pitted against the heroic and fair-minded Fletcher Christian (portrayed by Clark Gable), who leads the crew in mutiny. 

The MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY bonus features include:

MRS. MINIVER – Directed by multiple Academy Award® -winner William Wyler, this 1942 story of a British family’s struggles during World War II garnered 12 nominations, won six Oscars® including Best Actress, Best Director and Best Picture, and did much to help rally American support for British allies during WWII.  Director William Wyler battled with studio head Louis B. Mayer to include a fascist-spouting Nazi pilot.  Only after Pearl Harbor was attacked, did Mayer let Wyler have his way with the character.  Greer Garson’s Academy Award® -winning performance as MRS. MINIVER, the middle-class British housewife determined to keep her family together during the ravages of the German Blitzkrieg, has never lost its power to inspire audiences.  The film also stars Walter Pidgeon and boasts a great supporting cast that includes Teresa Wright (who won the Oscar® for Best Supporting Actress), Dame May Whitty, Richard Ney, Reginald Owen and Henry Travers.

The MRS. MINIVER DVD bonus features include:

GASLIGHT – Ingrid Bergman captured 1944’s Oscar® for Best Actress with her role as a wealthy, beautiful but naďve socialite in this electrifying psychological thriller directed by George Cukor (MY FAIR LADY).  The film also won the Academy Award® for Best Art Direction with Best Supporting Actor nominations going to Charles Boyer for his mesmerizing portrayal as the psychopathic husband who attempts to drive Bergman’s character insane and to Angela Lansbury (in her film debut) as the spirited maid unwittingly drawn into Boyer's master plan.  The film also received nominations for Best Picture, Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay.

The GASLIGHT DVD bonus features include:

GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS – The recipient of seven nominations for Academy Awards® including Best Actress, Best Director and Best Picture in 1939, the year of Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, and Stagecoach, this film features Robert Donat’s Best Actor Oscar®- -winning performance as the old schoolmaster who looks back upon his life.  Greer Garson made her screen debut in the film and became an overnight sensation.  Directed by Sam Wood, the movie is a deeply stirring work about a shy professor (Donat) who teaches at a prestigious private school.  Initially, his straight-laced ways don’t go over well with the students and he becomes discouraged and depressed.  While traveling he meets Katherine Ellis (Garson), who not only becomes the love of his life but who helps him turn his fate around.

With the exception of the MY FAIR LADY Two-Disc DVD Special Edition, the other six films will be featured on DVD in regular 4x3 full-screen format (as shot) with mono sound.

Oscar®  Winners DVDs

GASLIGHT

GRAND HOTEL

THE GREAT ZIEGFELD

MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY

MRS. MINIVER

GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS

 

11/03/03

ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO -- PREMIERING JANUARY 20 ON DVD .

Outstanding Cast Which Includes Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Johnny Depp Mickey Rourke, Eva Mendes, Enrique Iglesias, Cheech Marin, and Willem Dafoe In Robert Rodriguez's Final Chapter of his Acclaimed Action Trilogy

The third and final chapter in the action- packed film series from writer/director Robert Rodriguez (From Dusk Till Dawn, Spy Kids Trilogy, Desperado), ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO follows the critically-acclaimed El Mariachi and the box-office hit sequel Desperado with a sexy and gritty south-of-the-border action epic. Available January 20 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment on videocassette and DVD, the ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO DVD release will be fully- loaded with hours of special features, including Director Commentary, Ten Minute Flick School, Deleted Scenes and much more.

Antonio Banderas (Spy Kids, Original Sin) reprises his infamous role as the gun- slinging, guitar-toting desperado in ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO, along with an amazing ensemble cast including Academy Award®-nominee Salma Hayek (Frida), Johnny Depp (The Pirates of the Caribbean), Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man), Mickey Rourke (Spun), Eva Mendes (Out of Time, 2 Fast 2 Furious), Cheech Marin (TVs "Nash Bridges"), Ruben Blades (Assassination Tango) and the feature film debut of Latin pop superstar Enrique Iglesias.

Set against the backdrop of revolution, greed and revenge, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO returns to the saga of the mythic guitar-singing hero, El Mariachi (Banderas). Returning from exile to avenge his slain family, El Mariachi is recruited by corrupt CIA agent Sands (Depp) to sabotage a plot to assassinate the president of Mexico by the evil cartel kingpin Barillo (Dafoe). Now, this deadly army of one with a price on his head seeks retribution and dispenses justice the hard way to save his country and settle some old scores.

In addition, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will also release ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO and the DESPERADO SPECIAL EDITION in a special two-pack DVD at the low price of $39.95 SLP.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO DVD:

 

  • DVD Two-Pack

  • DVD Catalog # 02566 / UPC Code: 0-43396-02566-0

  • SLP: $39.95

 


THE BEN STILLER SHOW DEBUTS ON DVD, DECEMBER 2ND .

Complete and Only Season of the Emmy Award Winning, Critically Acclaimed Cutting Edge series

On December 2, 2003, fans will have a second chance to see the Emmy Award winning THE BEN STILLER SHOW when the entire 12 episode series (plus one bonus, unaired episode) will be released in a two-disc box set valued at $26.99 SRP by Warner Home Video. The ingeniously written and hilariously funny television series captured the Emmy Award for comedic writing and was the subject of wide critical acclaim but lasted only half of a season on the then-neophyte Fox Television Network.

Launched in 1992, the project grabbed a strong following and certainly had a special place in the heart of its creator. By releasing the series on DVD, Stiller fans will have the opportunity to see the early stages of this comedic genius. According to Stiller: "I've been asking them for years to do this and when I saw the special boxed DVD set of Saved by the Bell, I knew we had a chance."

"The Emmy Award-winning THE BEN STILLER SHOW has become a cult favorite over the past decade due to its innovative structure and revolutionary comedy," said Jeff Baker, WHV Vice President Non-Theatrical Franchise Marketing. "This ground breaking series has been the inspiration for several successful sketch comedy shows and is a must have for any DVD collector's library."

The show was created by Stiller and Judd Apatow (The Cable Guy, Freaks and Geeks) and starred Janeane Garofalo (Mystery Men), Bob Odenkirk (Mr. Show) and Andy Dick (NewsRadio). Joyce Miller of the San Francisco Examiner was effusive in her praise, calling THE BEN STILLER SHOW, "the most spectacular, thoroughly original Fox series debut since The Simpsons." Ironically, after its cancellation, the show won the Emmy for Comedy Writing, beating out Saturday Night Live and two other sketch shows, In Living Color and The Edge. Proof positive that, despite bad time slots and bad judgment, someone out there had a sense of humor.

Since that time, THE BEN STILLER SHOW and its cast have been honored by the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, The Academy of Television Arts And Sciences and, in 1999, the Museum of Television and Radio showcased the series in both New York and Los Angeles. The show has also continued to develop an audience following its syndication run on Comedy Central.

THE BEN STILLER SHOW DVD contains hilarious special features including:

 


MPI ANNOUNCES DARK SHADOWS DVD COLLECTION 9 

The cult classic Dark Shadows is back for another scare on DVD on November 25, 2004.  Dark Shadows DVD Collection 9 is the latest installment of the spooky series and begins when Barnabas Collins forces Victoria Winters to reveal her nightmare resulting from Angelique's frightening dream curse.  The curse threatens to once again make Barnabas a creature of the night!

DARK SHADOWS DVD COLLECTION 9 includes 40 episodes on four discs and bonus interview with actors Alexandra Moltke, Jonathan Frid, Lara Parker and Robert Rodan.

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 on the ABC Network, and holds a devoted audience with its current run on the Sci-Fi Channel.

 


TRIUMPHANT ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINEE FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE THAT HAD AUDIENCES AND CRITICS CHEERING FOR MORE! – SPELLBOUND PREMIERING ON DVD JANUARY 20

Winner of dozens of audience and jury prizes at regional film festivals around the country and unanimous critical praise during its national theatrical release, SPELLBOUND is the sensational documentary film about the famed National Spelling Bee that captured the hearts of America this summer. Grossing over $6 million box- office to make it the 7th highest grossing documentary of all time, SPELLBOUND will be arriving January 20 on DVD and videocassette from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

In addition to garnering an Oscar®-nomination for Best Documentary Feature, SPELLBOUND has become one of the most honored non-fiction films in years, receiving accolades from the IFP Los Angeles Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival, San Francisco Documentary Festival, among others. Critics nationwide were captivated as well, praising the film as "thoroughly engrossing" (The New York Times), "irresistible" (Los Angeles Times), "hugely entertaining and touching" (Ft. Worth Star Telegram), "amazing" (Variety) and "will have your inner geek up and cheering!" (Entertainment Weekly). SPELLBOUND was directed by Jeffrey Blitz and produced by Sean Welch, both first-time filmmakers.

SPELLBOUND follows the lives of eight young Americans who share one goal: to win the annual National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., which has now become a highly rated event on ESPN watched by over 2 million viewers. The Bee is as intense a competition and quest for glory as any Olympic match, and for the spellers and their families, the stakes are just as high. A nail-biting face-off contest between kids of all backgrounds, the undeniable pressure becomes even more extraordinary as it is felt by ordinary teenagers. Watch as the Bee becomes a dramatic backdrop for the bigger story about kids and families today as we discover that within the roller coaster ride of the National Spelling Bee there can be found the heart of America.

 

SPELLBOUND DVD:

 

11/03/03

IN YOUR LIVING ROOM, NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM—ALIEN QUADRILOGY: BURSTING WITH 45 HOURS OF BONUS MATERIALS AND NEVER-BEFORE-AVAILABLE VERSIONS OF EACH MOVIE, THE DEFINITIVE 9-DISC SET LANDS ON DECEMBER 2, 2003

Fox Home Entertainment Sets The DVD Bar With Ridley Scott, James Cameron, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Original Film Editors, Five FX Companies And More To Deliver The Ultimate Alien Collection

The ALIEN QUADRILOGY is hatching! The ultimate nine-disc ALIEN DVD collection, loaded with never-before-available versions of each movie, plus a bonus disc, explodes on December 2 from Fox Home Entertainment. Featuring 45 hours of never-before-seen footage, the ALIEN QUADRILOGY includes the original theatrical releases of each of the four films in the franchise plus alternate versions of each film and out-of-this-world bonus features including new director commentaries, original screen tests and production footage. A ground-breaking initiative from Fox Home Entertainment, the significant under-taking marks the first time a studio’s home entertainment division has finished a theatrical film (Alien3). Working closely with Directors Ridley Scott, James Cameron, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, original film editors, and teams from Fox Restoration, Fox Sound, Visual Effects houses, TCFHE and the DVD producer coordinated the restoration of original footage, reconstruction of original audio, new visual effects and foley work, and much more to allow fans to experience the Alien franchise as never before. The most highly anticipated box set of the year is set to infiltrate homes this holiday season with a suggested priced of $99.98.

ALIEN

ALIENS

ALIEN 3

ALIEN RESURRECTION

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