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01/28/04

SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE-- PREMIERING MARCH 23 ON DVD .

Academy Award®-Winners Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton At Their Very Best in the Hilarious Over $120 Million Box-Office Comedy Co-Starring Keanu Reeves, Frances McDormand and Amanda Peet

**Diane Keaton Wins Golden Globe Award and Gets Oscar Nomination **

When it comes to matters of the heart, always expect the unexpected!  Hollywood veterans and Academy Award®-winners Jack Nicholson (About Schmidt, As Good As It Gets) and Best Actress - Golden Globe Winner and National Board of Review winner Diane Keaton give the performances of their careers in the witty, sophisticated romantic comedy SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE.  The film also features Academy Award®-winner Frances McDormand (Fargo, Almost Famous), Keanu Reeves (The Matrix Trilogy) and Amanda Peet (Identity, The Whole Nine Yards) and will debut on DVD and videocassette on March 23 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Diane Keaton, winner of an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actress in a leading role and Jack Nicholson, Golden Globe Award nominee for Best Actor in a Musical-Comedy have already won over critics, proclaiming SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE as "something special" (Rolling Stone), "a series of perfect moments," (Chicago Daily Herald) and "what a privilege to watch these two consummate comedy actors at their best" (Leonard Maltin / Hot Ticket).

From writer/director Nancy Meyers (What Women Want, The Parent Trap), SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE is the story of Harry Sanborn (Nicholson), a perennial playboy with a libido much younger than his years. During what was to have been a romantic weekend with his latest infatuation, Marin (Peet), at her mother's Hamptons beach house, Harry develops chest pains.  He winds up being nursed by Marin's reluctant mother, Erica Barry (Keaton) -- a successful, divorced New York playwright.  In the process, Harry develops more heart pangs -- the romantic kind -- for Erica, an age appropriate woman whom he finds beguiling.

However, some habits die-hard. When Harry hesitates, his charming thirty-something doctor (Reeves) steps in and starts to pursue Erica.  And Harry, who has always had the world on a string, finds his life unraveling.

SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE will be available on a single-disc in its original theatrical PG-13 rated version.  The DVD will include audio commentaries with Nancy Meyers, Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, Hamptons house set tour with Amanda Peet and a deleted scene. See below for a complete listing of the DVD features.

SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE:

 


 

PASSIONADA-- AVAILABLE APRIL 6 ON DVD .

Romantic Comedy About Second Chances Starring Jason Isaacs, Sophia Milos and Theresa Russell

Worlds collide in the tender and light-hearted story of three generations of Portuguese women finding love in the fishing community of New Bedford, MA (the same town that inspired Herman Melville to write "Moby Dick") in PASSIONADA, the utterly charming romantic drama starring Jason Isaacs (Black Hawk Down, The Patriot), Sophia Milos (TVs "CSI Miami"), Seymour Cassell (Rushmore) and Theresa Russell (Wild Things), premiering on DVD and videocassette April 6 from from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Young and beautiful Celia Amonte (Milos), still mourning the loss of her deceased husband, has resigned herself to working in the textile mill, caring for her elderly mother, and worrying about her rebellious teenage daughter, Vicky (Emmy Rossum - Mystic River).  Along comes Charlie Beck (Isaacs), a handsome British charmer and professional gambler, who arrives in town and is entranced by Celia when he hears her singing traditional Portuguese folk songs at a local restaurant.  Vicky helps Charlie get a date with her romance-shy mother, but only at a price - Charlie has to tutor Vicky in the art of card counting, since she hopes gambling will be her ticket out of this provincial town.  Since Celia would have nothing to do with this aimless gambler, Charlie reinvents himself as a rich fishing entrepreneur and sweeps Sally off her feet.

As stronger romantic feelings develop between the two, Charlie has himself tangled in a web of lies so badly that he's not sure how much longer he can keep up the charade.

PASSIONADA is directed by Dan Ireland (Whole Wide World, The Velocity of Gary) featuring a debut screenplay by Jim and Stephen Jermanok.

PASSIONADA DVD:

 


 

HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS - SEASON THREE
THE ULTIMATE COLLECTOR'S EDITION DVD BOXED-SET...SENT FROM THE GODS!

Heroic DVD Set Containing All 22 Original Episodes Fully-Loaded with Hours of Entertaining Multimedia Bonus Features Available March 23rd from Anchor Bay Entertainment & Davis Anderson Merchandising Corp

The epic adventures through the mythic world of Greek gods, goddesses and otherworldly beasts continues as Anchor Bay Entertainment & Davis Anderson Merchandising Corp premiere the newest DVD collection based on the long-running sci-fi/fantasy TV series HERCULES: The Legendary Journeys starring Kevin Sorbo.  Available March 23rd in a special nine-disc DVD set, HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS - SEASON THREE will contain the "complete and uncut" third season from the popular series plus hours of all-new bonus materials including exclusive cast & crew interviews, priced to own at $69.98 SRP.

An essential addition to any Hercules DVD library, HERCULES: TLJ - SEASON THREE features the complete collection of all 22 original episodes that have been fully digitally re-mastered in 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound.  HERCULES: TLJ - SEASON THREE premieres with Kevin Sorbo's all-time personal favorite episode "Mercenary," in which actor Michael Hurst ("Iolaus") makes his directorial debut.  The season continues to take fans on a whirlwind adventure that propels Hercules on wild rides like a romp into 19th century France, a deadly dual with an ancient Egyptian mummy, and even a nasty showdown with a very jealous Cupid.

The HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS - SEASON THREE DVD release is highlighted by an impressive list of exciting bonus materials including:

Kevin Sorbo's fresh, hip and good-natured spin on the legendary hero carried this witty, adventure-filled action drama to high critical acclaim.  Smartly combining ancient myth with contemporary sensibilities, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys captivated fans worldwide with its genre-bending portrayal of the world's greatest hero.

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys aired in first-run syndicated for six seasons with over 130 episodes, the series also spawned a hugely successful spin-off series, Xena: Warrior Princess(tm), along with a full-length animated movie, Hercules & Xena: The Battle for Mount Olympus, plus legions of devoted fans launching nearly 1,500 websites, hundreds of individually licensed properties and conventions around the world.

 


 

TEMPE eNEWS • SPECIAL IN-STORE APPEARANCE! VIRGIN MEGASTORE LOS ANGELES HOSTS SPECIAL "SCREAM" EVENT

WHO: Julie Strain, Brinke Stevens, Felissa Rose, Judith O'Dea, Denice Duff, Debra DeLiso, Ariauna Albright, Jason Paul Collum and J.R. Bookwalter
WHAT: In-store appearance to promote SOMETHING TO SCREAM ABOUT
WHEN: Friday, February 13th, 2004 from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm
WHERE: Virgin Megastore Los Angeles, 8000 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046 (Phone 323-650-8666)

B-movie fans in the Los Angeles area will have a special treat the night of Friday, Feb. 13th, 2004 as Virgin Megastore, Tempe DVD and Ventura Distribution, Inc. bring a bevy of beautiful femme fatales into the store for two hours to promote the forthcoming SOMETHING TO SCREAM ABOUT release (streets March 16). Customers will be able to purchase advance copies of both the single and double feature versions and get their copies signed by the ladies, live and in person!

Appearing alphabetically:

Also on-hand will be writer/director Jason Paul Collum and executive producer/editor J.R. Bookwalter (THE DEAD NEXT DOOR, OZONE). This event begins at 8:30 pm and will end at 10:30 pm. Virgin Megastore Los Angeles is located at 8000 Sunset Blvd. on the world-famous Sunset Strip. For detailed store information and directions, visit:
http://www.virginmegamagazine.com/default.asp?vms=13

01/26/04

THE MISSING PREMIERES SPECIAL EDITION ON DVD ON FEBRUARY 24, 2004 .

THE MISSING, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Cate Blanchett, is a bone-chilling suspense thriller from Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, the Oscar®-winning director-producer team of A Beautiful Mind. THE MISSING is the story of Maggie Gilkeson (Blanchett), a young woman raising her two daughters in an isolated and lawless wilderness.  When her oldest daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) is kidnapped by a psychopathic killer with mystical powers (Eric Schweig), Maggie is forced to re-unite with her long estranged father (Jones) to rescue her. The killer and his brutal cult of desperados have kidnapped several other teenage girls, leaving a trail of death and horror across the desolate landscape of the American Southwest. Maggie and her father are in a race against time to catch up with the renegades and save her daughter, before they cross the Mexican border and disappear forever.  THE MISSING premieres on Special Edition DVD and VHS on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Revolution Studios and Imagine Entertainment Present THE MISSING starring Tommy Lee Jones and Cate Blanchett, a Columbia Pictures release. The film also stars Evan Rachel Wood, Jenna Boyd, Eric Schweig and Aaron Eckhart.  THE MISSING is directed by Ron Howard. The screenplay is by Ken Kaufman, based on the novel "The Last Ride" by Thomas Eidson. The producers are Brian Grazer, Daniel Ostroff and Ron Howard. The executive producers are Todd Hallowell and Steve Crystal.

THE MISSING will be available as a Special Edition 2-disc DVD in both Widescreen and Full Screen formats for the SLP of $28.95 and VHS rental.  The DVD will be loaded with features including the short films of Ron Howard, three alternate endings, director's commentary, deleted scenes, and multiple featurettes with director Ron Howard.  See below for a complete listing of the DVD features.

THE MISSING DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:

Basics

 


 

VAMPIRE EFFECT-- PREMIERING MARCH 30 ON DVD .

Starring Charlene Choi and Gillian Chung from the Asian Music Sensation "Twins" With Special Guest Appearance by Jackie Chan!

Charlene Choi and Gillian Chung, the sexy young due from the best-selling Asian pop music group "Twins" have met their match when they go head-to-head with a ruthless band of evil blood suckers bent on world domination in the action-packed supernatural thriller VAMPIRE EFFECT with a special guest appearance of world renowned Kung Ku Master Jackie Chan (The Medallion, Shanghai Knights) debuting on DVD and videocassette on March 30rd from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment."

Ace vampire slayer Reeve (Ekin Cheng - Running Out of Time, The Storm Riders) tracks his archenemy, the Duke Dekotes (Mickey Hardt) to Hong Kong.  The Duke is hunting for Kazaf (Edison Chen), the fifth prince of the vampire nation.  With Kazaf's blood and the ancient vampire bible, the Duke will bring a new age of darkness upon the world. On arrival, Reeve learns that he has a new partner, a feisty but inexperienced young beauty named Gypsy (Chung). Matters are further complicated when Reeve's innocent younger sister, Helen (Choi) develops a romantic relationship with Kazaf.  With all the odds stacked against them, our heroes get some unexpected help in the form of high-kicking paramedic Jackie Fong (Chan).

In a spine-tingling battle finale, Reeve, Gypsy and Helen join forces to fight the Duke and his minions to the death - but how can you kill what's already dead? VAMPIRE EFFECT was directed by Dante Lam, Best Director winner of the 1999 Hong Kong Film Awards for Beast Cop, and features action/fight choreography by Donnie Yen (Blade II).

VAMPIRE EFFECT DVD:

 


FIRE DOWN BELOW-- NEW TO DVD ON FEBRUARY 10 .

Classic High Seas Romance Starring Hollywood Legends Rita Hayworth, Robert Mitchum and Jack Lemmon

Screen siren Rita Hayworth (Gilda, Pal Joey), Golden Globe-winner Robert Mitchum (Cape Fear, The Longest Day) and Academy Award®-winner Jack Lemmon (Save the Tigers, The Odd Couple) team up in FIRE DOWN BELOW (1957), a high seas adventure tale of smoldering passion and deception, premiering on DVD February 10 from Columbia TriStar Home

Entertainment.

Shot on location in Trinidad, FIRE DOWN BELOW features Lemmon and Mitchum as a couple of Caribbean sailors who own a small tramp boat. When they agree to transport the mysterious Irena (Hayworth) across the islands, they get more than they bargained for as they both fall in love with the beautiful woman who sends temperatures rising, leading to betrayal and the end of their partnership.

Hayworth's role as the torrid siren-turned-sailor Irena who comes between two best friends proved to be a more challenging assignment than her previous roles.  But for all the depth she brings to her character, Hayworth's sex appeal is always close to the surface. When FIRE DOWN BELOW was released, it attracted not only the public's adoration, but it also had the critics looking at Hayworth for the first time as a serious actress, instead of just another Hollywood glamour girl.

Based on the acclaimed novel by Max Catto, FIRE DOWN BELOW was directed by Robert Parrish (Casino Royale).

FIRE DOWN BELOW DVD:

 


TOKYO JOE-- NEW TO DVD ON FEBRUARY 10 .

Legendary Hollywood Leading Man Humphrey Bogart Stars in the Classic WWII Epic Adventure

Academy Award®-winner and silver screen icon Humphrey Bogart (The African Queen, The Maltese Falcon) stars as a World War II Air Corps hero whose decision to confront his past hurtles him into a corrupt world in the dramatic war thriller TOKYO JOE (1949), debuting on DVD February 10 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Bogart is pilot Joe Barrett, who returns to Tokyo years after leaving the country believing his wife, Trina, died in a Japanese concentration camp.  But when Joe learns that she is alive, remarried, and the mother of his seven-year-old daughter Anya, he's determined to win her back and resume their life together.  His efforts are thwarted when former Japanese Secret Service head Baron Kimura (Sessue Hayakawa - Bridge on the River Kwai, Swiss Family Robinson) threatens to expose and endanger Trina for making wartime propaganda broadcasts.  Kimura forces Joe to set up a bogus air freight service to transport three Japanese war criminals, and kidnaps Anya to seal his plans.  To save his daughter, Joe single-handedly challenges Kimura in a high-charged judo match with fatal consequences.

Co-starring Alexander Knox (You Only Live Twice, Gorky Park) and Florence Marly (Space Boy), TOKYO JOE was directed by Stuart Heisler (The Lone Ranger).

TOKYO JOE DVD:

 


 

ZOINKS! SCOOBY DOO AND THE GANG ARE COMING TO DVD AND VHS WITH ALL-NEW ADVENTURES!
WHAT’S NEW SCOOBY-DOO? VOLUME 2: SAFARI, SO GOODI!, FEATURING FOUR ADVENTURES FROM THE HIT TELEVISION SERIES, TO BE UNLEASHED MARCH 9

Warner Home Video (WHV) is preparing to serve children and Scooby-Doo fans a hilarious helping of high-jinkies and adventures from the lovable dog and his friends Daphne, Fred, Shaggy and Velma with the new DVD and VHS title WHAT’S NEW SCOOBY-DOO? VOLUME 2: SAFARI, SO GOODI! This exciting installment of the popular Scooby-Doo library will be unleashed March 9, 2004.

SAFARI, SO GOODI! is the second volume of episodes from WHAT’S NEW SCOOBY-DOO?, the hit animated television series that recently completed its second season on KIDS WB!, which airs the program every Saturday morning. Documenting the hilarious trials and tribulations of Scooby-Doo and his fellow cast of characters, the program is a 21st Century version of the classic cartoon characters as they employ new technology, along with their wits, to navigate through new mysteries and adventures during their travels. The first DVD/VHS volume of the series, Space Ape at the Cape, was released to great success in August 2003.

SAFARI, SO GOODI! will feature four episodes from WHAT’S NEW SCOOBY-DOO? In "It's Mean, It's Green, It's The Mystery Machine," the gang's famed Mystery Machine becomes a mystery itself when it suddenly seems to have a mind of its own. "Riva Ras Vegas" follows the gang's trip to Las Vegas to a pop concert that quickly turns into a ghost hunt when the specter of Rufus Raucous, a masked magician thought to be dead, wreaks havoc in the theater. In "Roller Ghoster Ride," Scooby-Doo and friends prepare for a day of adventure at Thrill Rides, the world's most exciting extreme sports theme park, but fun turns into danger and mystery when they encounter a series of "accidental" malfunctions on the park's attractions. In SAFARI, SO GOODI!, concerned about the region's diminishing animal population, Velma takes everyone to East Africa for a video safari. Once there, they learn the animals are not only disappearing, but also being replaced by shape shifting jungle demons!

WHAT’S NEW SCOOBY-DOO? carries on the rich tradition of the world famous cartoon, which has entertained millions of fans for more than 30 years. Scooby-Doo's extraordinary success has resulted in a host of other titles for broadcast television and a 2002 live action feature film starring Freddie Prinze, Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard and Linda Cardellini. The film was a major success, prompting Warner Bros. Pictures to develop and produce a sequel, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, which is currently in production and slated for a March 26, 2004, release in theaters throughout the country.

SAFARI, SO GOODI! DVD Features include "Scooby Talk," in which Velma translates modern Scooby-Doo talk, and the "Scooby Trip Map," documenting a road map for viewers to learn about new places Scooby-Doo, Daphne, Fred, Shaggy and Velma travels to in the title, including Las Vegas and Africa.

Regarding the announcement, Dorinda Marticorena, WHV Executive Director, Kid Marketing said, "Scooby-Doo is still as popular with both children and adults as it was 30-plus years ago when the show first aired. An established force in American Pop Culture, the franchise continues to employ the fresh and hip edge for which it's renowned to maintain and further build upon a passionately loyal and rapidly growing fan-base. WHV is proud to continue to bring forth new and exciting adventures Scooby-Doo and the gang encounter and WHAT’S NEW SCOOBY-DOO? VOLUME 2: SAFARI, SO GOODI! is an entertaining title that is a must-have for any home entertainment collection."

 


 

THE SWAN PRINCESS: SPECIAL EDITION & THE SWAN PRINCESS: THE MYSTERY OF THE ENCHANTED TREASURE-- SPREADING THE MAGIC ON DVD FOR THE FIRST TIME ON MARCH 30, 2004!

Universally cheered and revered, the story of a beautiful princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer has delighted audiences around the world. On March 30, 2004, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment is bringing two of these magical and enchanting tales to life for the first time on DVD, with the release of THE SWAN PRINCESS: SPECIAL EDITION and THE SWAN PRINCESS: THE MYSTERY OF THE ENCHANTED TREASURE. Told in dazzling animation--and featuring the voice talents of Jack Palance, John Cleese, Steven Wright and Sandy Duncan--THE SWAN PRINCESS tells the heartwarming tale of the beautiful princess Odette, who is transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer's spell, a spell which cannot be broken except by a vow of everlasting love. The winner of the Film Advisory Board of Excellence and a Parent's Choice Award, THE SWAN PRINCESS, along with THE SWAN PRINCESS: THE MYSTERY OF THE ENCHANTED TREASURE are rousing musical adventures that families will want to relive again and again.

Both DVDs come filled with special features for children to enjoy. Sing-Alongs, interactive reading features, activities and games provide hours of entertainment and make these DVDs a great addition to any home entertainment library.

SYNOPSES

Based on the classic fairytale Swan Lake, and adapted by the director of The Fox And The  Hound, THE SWAN PRINCESS follows the plight of princess Odette, who has been transformed into a swan by the evil Lord Rothbart (Jack Palance). Held captive in a castle on an enchanted lake, Odette's only friends are a frog named Jean-Bob (John Cleese), a Turtle named Speed (Steven Wright) and Puffin the bird (Steve Vinovich). Despite their struggle to keep the princess safe, these good-natured creatures can do nothing to break the sorcerer's spell. Only a vow of everlasting love can do that.

The adventure continues in THE SWAN PRINCESS: THE MYSTERY OF THE ENCHANTED TREASURE, when Zelda, an evil sorceress, plans to wreak havoc on the peaceful land of Swan Lake, by stealing the Forbidden Arts, a magical treasure that gives its keeper unlimited power. As part of her plan, Zelda kidnaps Odette, and demands the Forbidden Arts as an exchange for her safe return. Can Odette's one true love, Prince Derek, and her animal friends save the day? Or will it be a showdown between the evil sorceress and the Swan Princess herself?

THE SWAN PRINCESS: SPECIAL EDITION

THE SWAN PRINCESS: THE MYSTERY OF THE ENCHANTED TREASURE

DVD TWO-PACK

 

01/21/04

MONA LISA SMILE-- PREMIERES ON DVD ON MARCH 9, 2004 .

Academy Award® winner Julia Roberts heads an all-star cast featuring Kirsten Dunst (Spider Man, Bring it On), Julia Stiles (The Bourne Identity, Save the Last Dance), Maggie Gyllenhaal (Secretary, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind) and Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River, Pollock) in MONA LISA SMILE, a funny, inspiring and uplifting film about an art history professor with a lot to teach, and learn, about life. MONA LISA SMILE will premiere on DVD and VHS on Tuesday, March 9, 2004 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

In 1953, when women's roles were rigidly defined, novice art history professor Katherine Watson (Roberts) begins teaching at the prestigious all-female college Wellesley. Despite its academic reputation for educating the best and the brightest, it's still an environment where success is measured by how well their students marry. Encouraging these women to strive for a more enlightened and self-fulfilled future, Watson challenges the administration and inspires her students to look beyond the image of what is, and consider the possibilities of what might be.

The ensemble cast is headed by Julia Roberts, one of today's most popular and successful actresses. Ms. Roberts has starred in dozens of hit films including Erin Brockovich which earned her a Best Actress Oscar® and Pretty Woman, for which she received an Academy Award® nomination. MONA LISA SMILE is directed by award- winning director Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Pushing Tin, Donnie Brasco).

MONA LISA SMILE will be available as a single disc widescreen DVD for the SLP of $28.95 and VHS rental. See below for a complete listing of the DVD features.

MONA LISA SMILE DVD:

 

01/19/04

THE FORGETTING: A PORTRAIT OF ALZHEIMER'S-- AVAILABLE ON DVD JANUARY 20, 2004 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO AND PBS HOME VIDEO

The First Film Of Its Kind To Comprehensively Explore This Crippling Disease
This Feature Celebrates the Human Fighting Spirit and Tells Stories of Love, Courage and Hope. With a Special Question and Answer Segment Hosted by David Hyde Pierce.
Premiere Broadcast on PBS on January 21 to an Estimated Six Million Viewers

On January 20, 2004, Warner Home Video (WHV) and PBS Home Video will release THE FORGETTING: A PORTRAIT OF ALZHEIMER’S on DVD. Based on the recent acclaimed book by David Shenk, this telling film thoroughly explores Alzheimer's, taking both a sweeping and intimate look at how this disease affects nearly five million Americans and their loved ones. A 30-minute follow-up, ALZHEIMER'S: THE HELP YOU NEED, hosted by award-winning actor David Hyde Pierce (Frasier, Down with Love), brings together a panel of experts to provide authoritative answers to commonly asked questions and to direct viewers to organizations and resources that can offer help and support.

At a critical time in our nation's struggle with the disease, as it threatens to reach epidemic levels due to the aging Baby Boomer population, this film provides viewers with information, insight, content, help and hope. THE FORGETTING: A PORTRAIT OF ALZHEIMER’S will be available on DVD for $24.98 SRP.

"This film truly celebrates the human spirit and the daunting challenge of overcoming this disease," said Tehya Kopp, WHV Director, Special Interest Non-Theatrical Marketing. "We expect consumers to use this title as a reference for years to come."

"More than 37 million Americans know someone suffering from Alzheimer's and many of them will be drawn to this moving and insightful documentary," says Tracey Beeker, Vice President of Marketing, PBS Consumer Products. We are pleased to make this exceptional documentary available, which offers both insight and hope.

As part of the DVD marketing campaign, Warner Home Video is working with the Alzheimer's Association, the top private funder of Alzheimer's research and largest national Alzheimer's support organization, to promote THE FORGETTING DVD and the broadcast which premiered on PBS. The title will also be supported by an electronic publicity campaign and a larger publicity initiative by the Alzheimer's Association.

DVD ELEMENTS

The DVD release will include the following bonus features:

BASICS

 

01/14/04

THE MYTHIC HEROINE RETURNS IN A DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION NINE-DISC DVD SET!-- XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS -  SEASON THREE

Featuring 22 Original Episodes Plus Hours of All-New Bonus Materials Available February 10th from Anchor Bay Entertainment

Among fans of XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS, Season Three of the series is regarded as a pinnacle in the six-year fantasy action epic about the legendary adventures of the beautiful and powerful heroine portrayed by Lucy Lawless.  Anchor Bay Entertainment will debut the must-have XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS - SEASON THREE DVD collection on February 10, 2004 featuring the complete season of 22 original episodes digitally re-mastered in 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound, plus over nine hours of new supplemental materials exclusive to the DVD release, priced to own at $69.98 SRP.

The nine-disc boxed set of XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS - SEASON THREE contains the exciting "complete and uncut" third season from the Emmy Award*-winning series, highlighted by the fan-favorite episodes "Maternal Instincts," "The Debt" and "Bitter Suite," as the third year of the cult-classic fantasy series rolls out to reveal the mystery of Gabrielle's unborn child.

The Season Three DVD release also includes more new bonus features than any of the previous Xena DVD collections from Anchor Bay, with over nine hours of action-packed extra programming, including:

In a time of ancient gods, ruthless warlords and capricious kings, a land in turmoil cried out for a hero. She was Xena, a mighty Warrior Princess forged in the heat of battle.  Together with her sidekick Gabrielle in tow, Xena battles barbarians, overcomes oppressors and defeats demigods to protect the innocent and fight for peace in ancient Greece.  Combining the series' trademark humor and dark mythological drama with Lucy Lawless's fiery and sexy persona, XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS completely redefined the role of the female action hero on television.

XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS began as a spin-off of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, premiering as a series in 1995.  In its first season, the adventures of this formidable female fighter became the most popular new syndicated series on television, with ratings that exceeded even those of Baywatch.  Nominated for six Emmy Awards, the series was honored for Outstanding Music Composition in 2000.  During its original run of six seasons, Xena aired over 130 episodes, and with its stablemate Hercules, built a fiercely loyal cult following with legions of devoted fans that spawned nearly 1,500 websites, hundreds of individually licensed properties and conventions around the world. 

XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS - SEASON THREE

 


JUST IN TIME FOR THE SERIES FINALE WARNER HOME VIDEO WILL RELEASE FRIENDS: THE COMPLETE SEVENTH SEASON

The Complete Seventh Season of America's #1 Rated Comedy Series and Emmy® Award Winner Arrives April 6, 2004
DVD set streets weeks before the biggest television event of the year - the show's series finale!

Warner Home Video will release FRIENDS: THE COMPLETE SEVENTH SEASON on DVD April 6, 2004, just weeks before the series finale. The four-disc deluxe collector's set will be priced at $44.98 SRP.

Season Seven of FRIENDS picks up after Monica and Chandler get engaged and follows them throughout the entire season, delivering loads of laughs as they prepare for the biggest event of their lives - their wedding day. With many subplots ranging from Monica meeting Chandler's dad to the search for a cheap wedding dress, the entire seventh season has the whole gang on an emotional roller-coaster ride with pre-wedding jitters. All 23 episodes with never-before- seen footage are included on the DVD set as well as fan-friendly special features.

"One of WHV's primary objectives is to bring television's best to DVD," said Christine Martinez, WHV Vice President, Non-theatrical Franchise Marketing. "Without a doubt, FRIENDS: THE COMPLETE SEVENTH SEASON DVD is a must have for fans. The tremendous growth of TV on DVD and the excitement of the series finale of FRIENDS will help to make this one of the most popular DVDs on the market."

FRIENDS: THE COMPLETE SEVENTH SEASON will also feature a mail-in rebate offer. Consumers will receive $10 back with the purchase of Season 7 on DVD and any previously released FRIENDS DVD season set.

DVD Special Features:

The Emmy® Award winning FRIENDS starring Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe), Courtney Cox-Arquette (Monica), Jennifer Aniston (Rachel), David Schwimmer (Ross), Matthew Perry (Chandler) and Matt LeBlanc (Joey) continues its reign as television's #1 rated comedy with more than 26 million viewers tuning in each week. Fans have also collected the DVD sets in record numbers.

Now in its tenth and final season, FRIENDS was nominated for 11 Emmy awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Jennifer Aniston) and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Matt LeBlanc). Last year the series took home Emmys for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series (Jennifer Aniston).

In addition, FRIENDS has received its sixth Favorite Comedy Series Award and a Favorite Female Television Performer Award (Jennifer Aniston) from People's Choice, as well as Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe Awards throughout its wildly successful run on NBC's "must-see TV" line-up.

 


WARNER HOME VIDEO DELIVERS A BASKET FULL OF EGG-CEPTIONAL GOODIES JUST IN TIME FOR EASTER FUN!

New Releases Include TELETUBBIES OOOH!, MARCO POLO: RETURN TO XANADU and BABY LOONEY TUNES’ EGGS-TRAORDINARY ADVENTURE

Plus additional titles re-priced and re-promoted

Available on DVD and VHS February 10, 2004 Burbank, CA (January 6, 2004) On February 10, 2004, just in time for the Easter holiday, Warner Home Video delivers three egg-citing new titles on DVD and VHS and a basket full of other classics re-priced and re-promoted for kids of all ages. 

"Easter has become a key gift giving holiday and we're happy to offer consumers this strong selection of family-friendly titles with wide kid-appeal," said Dorinda Marticorena, WHV Executive Director, Kid Marketing.

For the littlest of the little there is TELETUBBIES: OOOH!, debuting on VHS and DVD for the first time ever. It's springtime in Teletubbyland! Po finds bluebells, and soon they are blossoming everywhere. Uh-oh, The Tubby Custard machine makes Tubby Custard bubbles! Oooh, Dipsy plays a watching game. It's a day to play and discover with Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa, and Po. Children also get to explore India and Korea in live action segments. DVD special features include bonus footage titled "Up and Down" where a see-saw appears in Teletubbyland, and the Teletubbies join children on an Easter Egg Hunt. TELETUBBIES: OOOH! is available for $14.97 SRP for DVD and $12.94 SRP for VHS.

Also new on VHS and DVD is the full-length animated feature, MARCO POLO: RETURN TO XANADU featuring the voice of Nicholas Gonzalez (TV's Resurrection Boulevard) as Young Marco. This adventure starring Young Marco, descendant of the famous explorer Marco Polo takes the boy on an exciting journey to the mythical kingdom of Xanadu. Brave and resourceful, Young Marco overcomes many dangers put in his way by the evil magician, Foo-Ling, who does not want Marco to reach Xanadu. With the help of his friends and the great powers of the medallion, Marco is able to chase after Foo-Ling through space and time and bring him to justice. 

MARCO POLO: RETURN TO XANADU DVD special features include "When Your Heart Has Wings" music video, "The Delicate Dinosaur Song," Marco Goes Around the World short film, trailer and more. The title is available on DVD for $14.97 SRP and on VHS for $6.93 SRP.

Young children will love BABY LOONEY TUNES’ EGGS-TRAORDINARY ADVENTURE (now available with first-time DVD on-packs) starring Baby Bugs and friends in this full-length feature. Showcasing the hilarious antics of these cute and feisty toddlers on their ultimate quest for the Easter Bunny, this delightful movie that is sure to become part of the Easter tradition! DVD special features include two bonus animated shorts, 36 minute jukebox with 12 songs, sing-along song and music videos. The DVD includes a gift with purchase featuring a Baby Bugs or Baby Tweety on-pack finger puppet for $19.97 SRP. The VHS has been re-priced at $6.93 SRP.

Other entertaining kids titles worth hunting down this Easter include the following re-priced or re-promoted titles:

DVDs Newly Reduced to $14.97 SRP Each

DVDs at just $12.98 SRP Each

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01/12/04

THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS-- APRIL 6 ON DVD FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO .

Must-Own Explosive Conclusion in the Unparalleled Matrix Trilogy - One of the Most Successful Film Franchises Ever, Having Grossed Over One Billion Dollars Worldwide Box-Office This Year Mind-Bending DVD Bonus Features Transport Fans on an Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Journey into the Creation of THE MATRIX Phenomenon Premiering

The end is near as the epic war between man and machine reaches a thundering crescendo with the must-own DVD and VHS release of THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS, the stunning action-packed final chapter to one of the most highly-touted and groundbreaking film series ever produced. Debuting April 6, 2004 from Warner Home Video (WHV) and Village Roadshow Pictures, THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS will be priced to own at $29.95 SRP for DVD and VHS priced for rental.

Released in an unprecedented worldwide scenario that unveiled the film simultaneously in 80 countries around the globe, THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS debuted to the worldwide box-office gross of $310 million in its first 10 days of release. One of the biggest film franchises of all time, THE MATRIX trilogy has grossed a staggering $1.5 billion dollars in worldwide box-office receipts to date. Written and directed by the Wachowski brothers and produced by Joel Silver, THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving and Jada Pinkett Smith.

DVD ELEMENTS

The two-disc DVD release includes hours of bonus features:

·         Revolutions Recalibrated - A behind-the-scenes overview that drills deep into the groundbreaking work that went into the final chapter.

SYNOPSIS

In the powerful final chapter of THE MATRIX trilogy, Neo (Keanu Reeves) took another step forward in the quest for truth that began with his journey into the real world at the outset of THE MATRIX - but that transformation has left him drained of his power, adrift in a no man's land between the Matrix and the Machine World. While Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) holds vigil over Neo's comatose body, Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) grapples with the revelation that the One in which he has invested a life's worth of faith is merely another system of control invented by the architects of the Matrix. During the stunning conclusion, the rebel's long quest for freedom culminates in an explosive battle. As the Machine Army wages devastation on Zion, its citizens mount an aggressive defense - but can they stave off the relentless swarm of Sentinels long enough for Neo to harness the full extent of his powers and end the war?

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THE GLORY OF GARLAND!!! FIVE JUDY GARLAND CLASSICS DEBUTING APRIL 6 ON DVD

Highlighted by the 60th Anniversary of MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS Nominated for Four Academy Awards® Two-Disc Special Edition Remastered with "Ultra-Resolution" Process and New Dolby Digital 5.1 Soundtrack Featuring All New Introduction by Liza Minnelli And Celebrated with Scores of Bonus Materials

Other Garland Titles Available For the First Time on DVD Include: FOR ME AND MY GAL, IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME, LOVE FINDS ANDY HARDY & ZIEGFELD GIRL.

Five Hollywood classics starring the incomparable Judy Garland - one of the most talented and beloved stars of the 20th century - will become available on DVD for the very first time April 6 from Warner Home Video (WHV).

In celebration of its 60th Anniversary, the fan-favorite MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, nominated for four Academy Awards®, is the main attraction in this collection of wonderful titles. This Two-Disc Special Edition is the third release to undergo Warner Bros. Pictures' proprietary "Ultra-Resolution" process, giving today's viewers the most extraordinary presentation possible for this classic musical. MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, directed by the great Vincente Minnelli (especially known for his unique use of Technicolor), has benefited greatly with an improved fully remastered picture derived from newly-restored film elements. In addition, the release features a new digital audio track that has been remixed to Dolby Digital 5.1 from original multi-channel pre-production music source elements. The DVD contains the original mono track as well. Also featured is an all-new introduction by Liza Minnelli, daughter of star Judy Garland and director Vincente Minnelli.

The four other Garland classics, all digitally remastered, include FOR ME AND MY GAL with Gene Kelly, IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME with Van Johnson, LOVE FINDS ANDY HARDY with Mickey Rooney, and ZIEGFELD GIRL with Jimmy Stewart, Lana Turner, and Hedy Lamarr. All five titles are brimming with extra features such as extensive commentaries, vintage shorts, "making of" documentaries, radio programs, original trailers and more. MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS Two-Disc Special Edition is priced at $26.99 SRP, while the others are priced at $19.98 SRP. Pre-order date is March 9.

The Ultra-Resolution Process

The popular MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS is presented in Warner Bros. Pictures' dazzling "Ultra-Resolution," which allows today's viewers to see parts of the images that were not visible previously and in sharper detail than conventional Technicolor release prints. Warner Bros. introduced this process with the release of Singin' in the Rain in the fall of 2002 followed by The Adventures of Robin Hood this past summer. According to Rob Hummel, Warner Bros. Studios Senior Vice President of Technical Operations, "'Ultra-Resolution' continues to be improved each time out and MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS is just spectacular." More than seventy years after the introduction of Technicolor, Warner Bros. Studios is employing the "Ultra-Resolution" process that begins with scanning the original Technicolor 3-strip black and white 'records' at extremely high (2k) resolution. The black and white records are then combined electronically to create the color images, which are also electronically re-registered, steadied and cleaned before the final DVDs are produced.

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS

In a role that was one of her favorites, a 22-year-old Judy Garland headlines this warm turn-of-the-century delight presented for the first time on DVD. Set in 1903, this captivating musical is a slice of Americana about the Smith family's experiences during the year of the St. Louis World's Fair. Directed by Vincente Minnelli (whom Garland married soon after filming, later becoming parents to daughter Liza), Judy Garland has perhaps never been more winning as she pines for "The Boy Next Door," comforts seven-year-old Margaret O'Brien (awarded a special Oscar® as 1944's outstanding child actress) with "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and whisks along to the clang-clang-clang of "The Trolley Song." MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS DVD extra content features include:

Disc One:

Disc Two:

·         Becoming Attractions: Judy Garland (1996 TCM special)

FOR ME AND MY GAL

Directed by the legendary Busby Berkeley, FOR ME AND MY GAL features a trunkful of tunes in this story about a Vaudeville couple determined to play The Palace in New York. Gene Kelly made his film debut and teamed with Judy Garland for the first time in this romantic tale that bucks tough times and World War I on the way to show biz success. The two stars make their way through a hit parade of nostalgic gems including the title track "FOR ME AND MY GAL," "Smiles," "After You've Gone," " Ballin' the Jack" and more than a dozen more.

FOR ME AND MY GAL DVD extra content features include:

LOVE FINDS ANDY HARDY

LOVE FINDS ANDY HARDY is the fourth film in the series and finds Andy (Mickey Rooney) frantically trying to juggle two girlfriends (Ann Rutherford and Lana Turner) at the same time. It's the new kid next-door (Judy Garland in the first of three fondly remembered Andy Hardy appearances) who helps Andy out of his jam and sings such delightful songs as "In Between," "It Never Rains But What It Pours" and "Meet the Beat of My Heart."

LOVE FINDS ANDY HARDY DVD extra content features include:

IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME

Starring Judy Garland and Van Johnson, this musical remake of The Shop Around the Corner, set in a Chicago music store, finds a salesgirl (Garland) corresponding through a dating service with a man (Johnson) who turns out to be the manager she detests.

IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME DVD extra content features include:

ZIEGFELD GIRL

James Stewart and Judy Garland head an all-star cast including Hedy Lamarr, Lana Turner, Tony Martin and Jackie Cooper in this 1941 musical drama about the professional and romantic problems of three Ziegfeld chorus girls.

ZIEGFELD GIRL DVD extra content features include:

 


KUNG FU: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON ARRIVES ON DVD FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

Release Includes 15 Digitally Remastered Episodes Plus The Breakthrough 90-Minute Pilot

3-Disc Collector's Set Features Two Never-Before-Seen Documentaries: "From Grasshopper To Caine: Creating Kung Fu" & "The Tao Of Kwai Chang Caine: Production And Beyond"

On March 16th, TV enthusiasts will have the opportunity to relive the epic journeys of Kwai Chang Caine, played by David Carradine (Kill Bill Vol. 1 & Vol. 2) with the DVD release of KUNG FU: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON from Warner Home Video (WHV). An extremely popular TV show in the 1970's, KUNG FU combined both martial arts and western genres. This unique style of storytelling catapulted the show to #1 among many key demographics for the ABC Television Network and helped spearhead resurgence for the network during the 1970's.

He is a man of peace in a violent land. He is Kwai Chang Caine, schooled in the spirit-mind-body ways of the Shaolin priesthood by the blind avuncular Master Po and the stern, yet loving, Master Kan. Caine speaks softly but he hits hard. He lives humbly, yet knows great contentment. He is the Old West's most unusual hero. But Hero is not a word Caine would use. He would simply say, "I am a man." The release of this landmark television program will include a 3-disc box set with a special collector's DVD featuring two never-before-seen documentaries: "From Grasshopper To Caine: Creating Kung Fu" and "The Tao of Kwai Chang Caine: Production and Beyond." KUNG FU: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON will be available on DVD for $39.98 SRP. Kwai Chang Caine first journeyed into our living rooms on October 14, 1972, and from there, the series grew in popularity to heroic proportions. Certainly, much credit for the show's three-year run goes to the remarkable cast whose characters managed to endure a bevy of obstacles ranging from physical battles to the endearing lessons of life. Featured performances were made by Carradine, Keye Luke (Master Po), Philip Ahn (Master Kan) and Radames Pera (Young Caine), who all helped make this series compelling to viewers week after week and garnered multiple Emmy Award awards and Golden Globe nominations.

"KUNG FU turned out to be one of the most influential TV series of the 1970's and jump-started American interest in the martial arts," said Christine Martinez, WHV Vice President, Non-theatrical Franchise Marketing. "Warner Home Video is thrilled to be releasing KUNG FU, the most successful martial arts series of all time, on DVD."

DVD Special Features Include Two never-before-seen original documentaries:

 


POLICE ACADEMY STREET DATE CHANGE .

We'd like to alert you to a Street Date change for the POLICE ACADEMY DVDs.  They are now scheduled to street on April 6th.

On another note, the run time for THE DAMNED is not 150 minutes as previously reported.  It is the uncensored version and runs 157 minutes.

01/06/04

WARNER HOME VIDEO PUTS THE LOONEY TUNES BACK IN ACTION ON DVD MARCH 2

Outrageous Comedy Starring Academy Award* -Winner Bugs Bunny, The Legendary Daffy Duck and all your Looney Tune Favorites along with Academy Award* -Nominee Steve Martin and Brendan Fraser Golden Globe-Winner Jenna Elfman

14-Carrot DVD Special Features Include Additional Scenes, an Exclusive Looney Tunes Animated Short, a Looney Set Tour and More!

Th-th-th-that's not all folks! On March 2, the international ambassadors of cartoon comedy, the loveable Looney Tunes, are back in action and better than ever in the Warner Home Video DVD and VHS release of LOONEY TUNES BACK IN ACTION. Featuring an all-star ensemble with notorious Looney Tunes favorites Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Taz, Yosemite Sam and Marvin the Martian as well as Golden Globe-winner Jenna Elfman (Dharma & Greg, Keeping the Faith), Brendan Fraser (The Mummy, George of the Jungle), Academy Award* -nominee Steve Martin (Cheaper By the Dozen, Bringing Down the House, Father of the Bride), Academy Award* -nominee Joan Cusack (High Fidelity, School of Rock), Golden Globe-nominee Heather Locklear (Uptown Girls, Spin City) and Timothy Dalton (American Outlaws, Licensed to Kill), LOONEY TUNES BACK IN ACTION is "a hugely entertaining ride" (Jeffrey Anderson, San Francisco Examiner). The DVD delivers a wild and wacky ride with special features such as an exclusive-to-DVD Looney Tunes animated short, a personalized on-set tour with Bugs and Daffy, additional scenes and more!

LOONEY TUNES BACK IN ACTION will be available for sell-through pricing at $27.95 SRP on DVD and $19.96 SRP on VHS.

LOONEY TUNES BACK IN ACTION took critics on a side-splitting ride. Ebert & Roeper gave the film "2 thumbs up" and called it "a cheerful romp" (Richard Roeper) while Stephen Hunter (The Washington Post) called it "priceless." Gene Shalit (Today Show) gave the film a "21-Fun salute" while Carol Cling (Las Vegas Review Journal) gave "a 24-carrot salute." The actors' performances also received enthusiastic reviews proclaiming: "Bugs and Daffy are great" (Leonard Maltin, Hot Ticket); "Bugs steals every scene in which he appears" (Stephen Holden, The New York Times); and "Steve Martin does his most spastically hilarious physical comedy in years" (Scott Foundas, LA Weekly). The media marveled at the sophisticated live-action in the film remarking: "technically, the movie is a marvel" (Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News) and "state-of-the-art wizardry" (Manohla Dargis, Los Angeles Times).

SYNOPSIS

Yikes! The fate of the human race is in the hands of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, teaming to wreak hilarious comic mayhem in a fast-paced family adventure combining live action (starring Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman, Steve Martin and more) with animation (a hilarious cavalcade of Looney Tunes greats). Join the Tunesters as they try to obtain the powerful Blue Monkey gem and stop Acme Corp.'s grab for weirdwide worldwide domination. Connect with your inner Daffy for hare-brained wit and mystery most fowl. For pratfalls and movie in-jokes. For Acme anvils. For more fun than you can catch in just one viewing. The Looneytics are running the asylum. Welcome to their world.

DVD ELEMENTS

The LOONEY TUNES BACK IN ACTION DVD will include the following fanTAZtistic features:

 


20 YEARS OF MAYHEM, MISHAP AND MISMANAGEMENT CELEBRATED AT THE... POLICE ACADEMY!

Landmark Comedy of Law and Disorder Debuts as 20th Anniversary Special Edition DVD April 13
Six Sequels and Seven Title Giftset Also Get DVD Debuts from Warner Home Video

POLICE ACADEMY -- the astoundingly silly, yet hugely popular "tasteless" comedy classic -- cops all the fun with a 20th Anniversary Special Edition DVD release on April 13 from Warner Home Video. Considered one of the defining films of '80s comedy, the unforgettable flatfoot farce launched a movie franchise which spanned a full decade, grossed more than $240 million domestically and sold nearly two and a half million videos. Highlights of the Special Edition bonus features include commentaries, a squad reunion documentary and more. It will be available for $19.97 SRP.

The ultimate in motion picture law "enfarcement" follows a motley group of police academy recruits as they bumble their way through training. The six sequels -- POLICE ACADEMY 2: THEIR FIRST ASSIGNMENT, POLICE ACADEMY 3: BACK IN TRAINING, POLICE ACADEMY 4: CITIZENS ON PATROL, POLICE ACADEMY 5: ASSIGNMENT MIAMI BEACH, POLICE ACADEMY 6: CITY UNDER SIEGE and POLICE ACADEMY: MISSION TO MOSCOW -- continue to track the misfits as they start their careers in various situations with very funny consequences.

Each of the six sequels will be available for $14.97 SRP. For hard-core laughter, a POLICE ACADEMY GIFTSET, featuring all seven titles, will be offered as well. It will sell for $59.92 SRP.

More on POLICE ACADEMY Titles

POLICE ACADEMY 20TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION - Building on a nightsticks-and-slapstick tradition going back to the Keystone Cops, POLICE ACADEMY follows a class of recruits as they bumble their way through training. Now the popular debut film calls for backup, adding 20th anniversary DVD extras. Stars Steve Guttenberg. Kim Cattrall, G.W. Bailey, Bubba Smith, Michael Winslow and George Gaynes are ready to uphold law and disorder and make the world a funnier place.

Available for the first time in widescreen, other special features include:

POLICE ACADEMY 2: THEIR FIRST ASSIGNMENT - An anti-social mastermind and his leathered band of pranksters are on the prowl, spray-painting the town red and emptying the pockets of anyone sharing the sidewalk. The newly graduated Police Academy cadets tangle with these pinheaded punkers to save the day. The original cast returns to face Bobcat Goldthwait in the tailor-made role of the Ozzy Osbourne-like gang leader.

Special features include:

POLICE ACADEMY 3: BACK IN TRAINING - A budget crisis has decreed that only one of the state's two cop schools can survive, so the race is on to see which academy can avoid the ax by turning out the superior force. The cadets return and "carry on with a lot of good, low humor" (Vincent Canby, The New York Times).

Special features include:

POLICE ACADEMY 4: CITIZENS ON PATROL - The original cadets sign up for more misadventure as Cmdt. Lassard (George Gaynes) decides to toughen up neighborhood watch groups by training them to be Citizens on Patrol, or COPs. The film features rising stars Sharon Stone as a reporter who strikes sparks with Mahoney (Steve Guttenberg) and David Spade as a loopy skateboarder.

Special features include:

POLICE ACADEMY 5: ASSIGNMENT MIAMI BEACH - The Police Academy team are in Miami for a convention honoring beloved Cmdt. Lassard. But they soon realize that crime doesn't take a vacation, even if they do, as Lassard is kidnapped and the team must save him.

Special features include:

POLICE ACADEMY 6: CITY UNDER SIEGE - A crime spree called Operation Chaos is plaguing the city and the Police Academy alumni are called in to save the city, but Cmdt. Lassard is suspected when it becomes clear that a police department information leak is keeping the bad guys one step ahead.

Special features include:

POLICE ACADEMY: MISSION TO MOSCOW - The Police Academy squad goes global as they take on the Godfather of the Russian mob (Ron Perlman), whose computer program plays like a video game but can actually steal money and goods planet-wide without a trace.

Special features include:

POLICE ACADEMY 20TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION

All 6 sequels will sell for $14.97 SRP

POLICE ACADEMY 2: THEIR FIRST ASSIGNMENT

POLICE ACADEMY 3: BACK IN TRAINING

POLICE ACADEMY 4: CITIZENS ON PATROL

POLICE ACADEMY 5: ASSIGNMENT MIAMI BEACH

POLICE ACADEMY 6: CITY UNDER SIEGE

POLICE ACADEMY: MISSION TO MOSCOW

Seven-Title POLICE ACADEMY GIFTSET

 


INTERNATIONAL AWARD WINNERS FROM ANTONIONI & VISCONTI ...BLOWUP, THE DAMNED, DEATH IN VENICE

Three Masterpieces from two of the world's greatest directors debut on DVD February 17

DVDs Include All-New Widescreen Digital Transfers, Commentaries and Featurettes

On February 17, Warner Home Video proudly introduces on DVD three internationally acclaimed award-winners from two of the greatest movie directors ever. These incomparable foreign films - Michelangelo Antonioni's BLOWUP, Luchino Visconti's THE DAMNED and DEATH IN VENICE -make their DVD debuts complete with all-new widescreen digital transfers, commentaries and featurettes. All titles will be available for just $19.98 SRP.

Winner of 1966 Best Picture and Director Awards from the National Society of Film Critics, Michelangelo Antonioni's BLOWUP is an influential, stylish study of paranoid intrigue and disorientation. It is also a time capsule look at mod London, a mindscape of the era's fashions, free love, parties, music (Herbie Hancock wrote the score and The Yardbirds riff at a club) and hip languor. David Hemmings (Gangs of New York, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) plays a jaded photographer enlivened by the mysteries in his photos. Vanessa Redgrave (Julia, Howard's End, Girl Interrupted) is the elusive woman pictured in them. And the enigma of what is seen, what is not seen, what the camera sees is waiting to be solved.

Special Features:

Luchino Visconti's THE DAMNED follows a German family's decline as the Nazi party rises. Dirk Bogarde (Oh What a Lovely War, Blythe Spirit) stars as a schemer who makes a Macbeth-like move to take over a steelworks and munitions empire on the eve of Hitler's campaign to eliminate all opposition. Ingrid Thulin, Helmut Griem and Charlotte Rampling (Swimming Pool) play others ensnared in family and political turmoil. And Helmut Berger makes his startling debut as the family heir, a handsome dandy who evolves into a sinister embodiment of unrepentant evil.

The story begins on the night of the Reichstag Fire in February 1933 and ends shortly after the infamous "Night of the Long Knives" in June 1934. In between it's one of the most spellbinding studies of corruption ever, noted for hypnotic moods and overwhelming visual splendor.

Special Features:

Earning its creator a Cannes Film Festival Special 25th Anniversary Prize, DEATH IN VENICE shows Visconti at his best. Director Luchino Visconti's stirring transformation of Thomas Mann's classic novel -- with a soundtrack feast of Gustav Mahler music and another haunting Bogarde performance -- is "a masterwork of power and beauty" (critic William Wolf).

Abroad on a rest holiday, composer Gustav Aschenbach (Bogarde) is to all the world reserved and civilized. But when he glimpses someone who inspires him to give way to a secret passion, it foreshadows his doom. Like Aschenbach, the hero of the film, Visconti is an artist obsessed: his movies are awash in mood, period detail and seething emotions beneath placid surfaces.

Special Features:

DVD Details

BLOWUP

THE DAMNED

DEATH IN VENICE

 


ANNE FRANK REMEMBERED-- DEBUTING MARCH 9 ON DVD .

Academy Award®-Winning Documentary Film That Brings the Celebrated Pages of Young Anne's Wartime Diary to Life Narrated by Glenn Close and Kenneth Branagh

She is perhaps Hitler's best-known victim. But what was Anne Frank really like? Discover for yourself in the compelling 1996 Oscar®- winning Best Documentary Feature ANNE FRANK REMEMBERED, narrated by Glenn Close (Dangerous Liasions, 101 Dalmations) and (Henry V, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), premiering on DVD for the first time March 9 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

The first fully-rounded portrait of the Frank family's brash and free-spirited daughter, ANNE FRANK REMEMBERED features previously unreleased archival material including vintage newsreels, never-before-seen photographs, personal family letters and even a rare home movie of Anne herself to look beyond the celebrated pages of Anne's diary. The film documents the comprehensive history of the Frank family focusing on the spiritual girl whose diary of her two years in hiding in her father's office building during WWII in Amsterdam has sold over 25 million copies in 54 languages since it was first published in 1947. Also in surprising, often emotional contemporary interviews with Anne's family, friends and her heroic protector Miep Gies, Anne's life serves once more as an unforgettable symbol of, and tribute to, the many lives lost in the Holocaust.

The triumphant portrait and historic story of a young World War II hero with her timeless indomitable spirit, ANNE FRANK REMEMBERED was written and directed by award-winner Jon Blair (Schindler: The Documentary), as the first documentary to have been made in direct co-operation with the Anne Frank House and Museum organization.

ANNE FRANK REMEMBERED DVD:

 


LEGENDARY FOOTBALL STAR JIM BROWN TAKES JUSTICE TO THE STREETS WITH ACADEMY AWARD®-WINNER MARTIN LANDAU IN THE CULT-CLASSIC URBAN CRIME THRILLER: BLACK GUNN-- NEW TO DVD ON JANUARY 20

A classic blaxploitation crime drama featuring non-stop action, a hot soul soundtrack and amazing 70's style, BLACK GUNN stars cult legends Jim Brown (I'm Gonna Get You Sucka, The Dirty Dozen) and Brenda Sykes (Cleopatra Jones, Mandingo), plus Oscar®-winner Martin Landau (Ed Wood, The Majestic), Lucina Paluzzi (Thunderball), Bernie Casey (Brian's Song) and Bruce Glover (Ghost World, Diamonds are Forever) with a special cameo by pro football star Vida Blue. Debuting on DVD January 20 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, BLACK GUNN will be priced at $24.96 SLP.

When a group of revolutionaries rob a Mafia-run gambling operation, nightclub owner Gunn (Brown), who believes financial independence is the path to equality and success, tries to protect his politically radical brother Scotty from the mobsters and the police who come looking for him. But after Scotty is violently murdered by the white gang syndicate, Gunn hits the streets looking for revenge. Chasing down the killer in his white Rolls Royce, Gunn hooks up with his brother's militant-minded friends and the cops for an explosive showdown with the mob boss and his gang.

Now it's payback time and Gunn is gunning 'em down in a nail-biting racial tension climax between the two gangs that leads to a breathless racecourse chase, the destruction of a dope-pusher and a violent waterfront showdown.

BLACK GUNN DVD:

 


DADDY THEM ON DVD JANUARY 13, 2004 .

It's hard to stand by your man? when your sister's sitting in his lap! Miramax Home Entertainment presents DADDY THEM, a good ol' dysfunctional family story coming to DVD and VHS on January 13, 2004. Written and directed by Oscar® winner Billy Bob Thornton ("Bad Santa," Academy Award® winner Best Screenplay "Sling Blade" 1996), this country comedy stars Thornton and Laura Dern ("Citizen Ruth," Novocaine"), Kelly Preston ("What A Girl Wants") with Jamie Lee Curtis ("Freaky Friday") and Ben Affleck ("Daredevil"). Even more star power is delivered by Andy Griffith (TV's "Matlock"), Brenda Blethyn ("Little Voice"), Diane Ladd ("Citizen Ruth") and the late, great Jim Varney ("Toy Story 2"). Available on DVD for $29.99 (S.R.P.) and for rent on VHS. Produced by Larry Meistrich, J. Geyer Kosinski, Robert Salerno.

JET LAG-- SEXY COMEDY LANDING ON JANUARY 20, 2004 .

When their flights are cancelled Academy Award®-winner Juliette Binoche ("Chocolat"; Best Supporting Actress ?The English Patient" 1996) and Jean Reno ("Ronin," "Mission: Impossible") find themselves thrown together under the funniest of circumstances in JET LAG, the delicious comedy from Miramax Home Entertainment. Also starring Sergi López ("Dirty Pretty Things") this breezy battle of the sexes, in the best tradition of romantic comedy, is a witty, winning movie available on DVD and available to rent on VHS January 20, 2004. JET LAG is a film by Danièle Thompson. Screenplay by Danièle Thompson and Christopher Thompson. Directed by Danièle Thompson. DVD: $29.99 (S.R.P.).

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