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02/25/04

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, WYATT EARP, ENTER THE DRAGON-- TWO-DISC SPECIAL EDITION DVDS ARRIVE MAY 18

Long Awaited DVD Debut of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS Presented in its Complete Widescreen Version for the First Time since its Theatrical Release

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, WYATT EARP and ENTER THE DRAGON - great action/adventure titles from Warner Home Video (WHV) - will be released May 18 as deluxe, newly remastered Two-Disc Special Edition DVDs, with WYATT EARP and AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, (one of the most requested DVDs ever) making their DVD debuts (in widescreen). In plenty of time for Father's Day (June 20th) gift giving, the films will each be priced at $26.99 SRP.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS - This celebrated Best Picture Academy Award®-winning 1956 blockbuster finally makes its DVD debut after years atop the most requested DVD wish lists, with the complete and uncut 182 minute widescreen version. Boasting an international crew of nearly 2600, a 44-member all-star cast headed by David Niven; Cantinflas, the famous Mexican comedic actor; Shirley MacLaine and 68,894 extras, this film launched the big-budget, big special effects era in Hollywood. 

While producing AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS Mike Todd invented the term "cameo" calling them "gems etched in celluloid by stars," and then enticed Frank Sinatra, Marlene Dietrich, Noel Coward, Peter Lorre, Buster Keaton, Red Skelton, among others, to enhance his film by doing tiny roles. He also convinced newscaster Edward R. Murrow to narrate the prologue. 

Adapted from the Jules Verne novel about a Victorian Englishman who bets that with the new steamships and railways he can actually travel "AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS," the film premiered with one of the most massive PR campaigns in movie history, scoring record box-office numbers and a 16-month run that kept many theaters completely sold out for weeks. The film went on to win eight Academy Award® nominations and five Oscars® for Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay Adaptation, Best Editing and Best Musical Score.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS extra content includes:

Disc 1

Disc 2

WYATT EARP -- Kevin Costner portrays one of the Wild West's most acclaimed lawmen in this gritty biographical western; a complex portrait of the life, loves and adventures of the man who became a legend in a lawless land. Dennis Quaid also stars as Doc Holliday and Gene Hackman as Nicholas Earp; Lawrence Kasdan (The Big Chill, Grand Canyon) directed. 

The WYATT EARP DVD will include the feature film on Disc 1 and will contain the following bonus content on Disc 2:

ENTER THE DRAGON -- Bruce Lee stars in his signature film as an intelligence agency recruit who goes undercover as a Karate tournament contestant to infiltrate a drug trafficking ring. Leonard Maltin called the movie an "almost perfect kung fu film...with mind-boggling action." 

The ENTER THE DRAGON DVD features more than five hours of bonus material, including a brand new making-of documentary that explores Lee's motivation for making the film, the difficulties of filming on location in Hong Kong and other behind-the-scenes insights.

ENTER THE DRAGON DVD bonus features will include:

Disc 1

Disc 2

Each DVD will be available in widescreen format [16x9 2.4:1] and ENTER THE DRAGON will also feature Dolby Digital audio.

 


BOBBY’S WORLD: CLASSIC SCRATCH ‘N’ SNIFF EPISODES-- STREET DATE: MAY 4, 2004

The Emmy Award-nominated animated children series, “BOBBY’S WORLD”, appeared for eight seasons on FOX (1990-98) and currently runs in syndication six days a week in 65 countries.  As the series’ creator and executive producer, Howie Mandel was closely involved in its writing, as well as providing the voice of Bobby, Bobby’s dad and other characters.  The main character, Bobby, is a 4-year-old boy who lives in a typical suburban neighborhood, but his incredible imagination takes him to a world of daring adventure, incredible wonder and lots of laughs-all in pint-sized perspective. 

 


THE PHENOMENON CONTINUES ON BEAST WARS TRANSFORMERS THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON BOXED SET

SYNOPSIS

The benevolent Maximals led by Optimus Primal and the evil Predacons led by Megatron continue to wage war against each other in this much darker and more vicious second season, now available for the first time on DVD.

BEAST WARS is the second installment of this amazingly successful Transformers franchise. A stunning 3-D Computer Animated series with fun characters and a dynamic plot. The Complete Second Season, all 13 Original, Uncut Episodes in 5.1 Surround Sound on two discs!

Episodes:

  1. Aftermath
  2. Coming of the Fuzors Part One
  3. Coming of the Fuzors Part Two
  4. Tangled Web
  5. Maximal, No More
  6. Other Visits Part One
  7. Other Visits Part Two
  8. Bad Spark
  9. Code of Hero
  10. Transmutate
  11. The Agenda Part One
  12. The Agenda Part Two
  13. The Agenda Part Three

Basics:

DVD Features

 


THE HIT CARTOON NETWORK SERIES TRANSFORMERS ARMADA COMES TO DVD

BEST BATTLES EPISODES:

  1. Metamorphosis
  2. Base
  3. Confrontation
  4. Decisive Battle

FLASHBACKS EPISODES:

  1. Trust
  2. Prehistory
  3. Past, Part One
  4. Past, Part Two

TRANSFORMERS ARMADA

SYNOPSIS

The newest Transformers series currently airing on Cartoon Network featuring the continuing good vs. evil battles of the Autobots & Decepticons.

Boys' "Kid-Vid" generates major revenues-over $35 million in DVD sales*! Ultralow $14.95 SRP. Each volume contains 4 episodes from the hit series airing daily on Cartoon Network! Major marketing initiatives for TRANSFORMERS ARMADA on DVD:

 

02/23/04

ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE "TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE" DEBUTS ON DVD MAY 4 .

Two-Time Academy Award* Nominee Including Best Animated Feature From Writer/Director Sylvain Chomet

One of the most wildly inventive, visionary and sophisticated animated films of all time, THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE caught the world's attention with its classic, visually-stunning style, eccentric satirical humor, rich imagination crowded with colorful characters and inspired musical score when it premiered at last year's Cannes Film Festival.  Having since been voted Best Picture on more than 50 Year's Best critics' lists including The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, plus numerous worldwide accolades including two Academy Award* nominations for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE will now debut May 4 on DVD and VHS from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Honored as an Official Selection with several prestigious film festivals including Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and AFI Film Festival, THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE became a "critics darling" garnering Best Animated Feature awards from respected film organizations such as the New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Seattle Film Critics, San Diego Film Critics Society, among others.  Completed over a remarkable five-year process, THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE was written and directed by French-born artist Sylvain Chomet, who previously received an Academy Award* nomination for his animated short film, The Old Lady and the Pigeons.

SYNOPSIS

Adopted by his grandmother, Madame Souza, Champion is a lonely little boy.  Noticing that this lad is never happier than on a bicycle, Madame Souza puts him through a rigorous training process. Years go by and Champion becomes worthy of his name.  Now he is ready to enter the world-famous cycling race, the Tour de France.  However, during this cycling contest two mysterious, square-shouldered henchmen kidnap Champion.

Madame Souza and her faithful dog Bruno set out to rescue him.  Their quest takes them across the ocean to the teeming metropolis of Belleville where they encounter the renowned "Triplets of Belleville," three eccentric female music-hall divas from the 30's who decide to take Madame Souza and Bruno under their wing.  Thanks to Bruno's brilliant sense of smell, the motley sleuths are soon on to Champion's trail, following the clues to an underground betting parlor...now the chase is on!

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:

Basics

 


PARTY OF FIVE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON-- COMING HOME ON A FIVE-DISC DVD COLLECTION MAY 4

The Beloved, Long-Running TV Show is Finally on DVD

PARTY OF FIVE, the long-running FOX-TV show that has impacted a generation and launched the careers of Neve Campbell (The Company, Scream Trilogy), Scott Wolf (Go) and Lacey Chabert (Daddy Day Care, Not Another Teen Movie) will be available in a five-disc collection, featuring all 22 episodes of the Golden Globe- winner's ("Best TV Series, Drama") premiere season as well as an extensive collection of DVD bonus materials.  PARTY OF FIVE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON will be available May 4, 2004 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

After the sudden loss of their parents the Salingers must band together to keep their own lives on track, discovering first loves, last calls, and themselves along the rocky road to growing up.  Headlined by a young, sexy cast, this long-running series (1994-2000) firmly found its place as a pop culture phenomenon for all ages.  Shot-through with equal doses heartache and laughter, PARTY OF FIVE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON remains an emotional knockout.

DVD Special Features for PARTY OF FIVE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON include audio commentary with the cast and show creators, a retrospective featurette examining the cultural impact the show has had and an extensive, nine-part documentary featuring exclusive behind- the-scenes footage.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:

Basics:

 


MPI HOME VIDEO RELEASES A TOUCH OF FROST SEASON 1 - UK DETECTIVE SERIES ON DVD MARCH 30, 2004

Award-winning British actor David Jason stars as the unconventional policeman, Detective Inspector Jack Frost, in A TOUCH OF FROST SEASON 1 to be released by MPI Home Video on DVD and VHS on March 30, 2004. The set includes 2 DVDs or 3 VHS tapes for five hours of entertainment. Jason has been honored numerous times by The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) for his portrayal of Jack Frost. He has earned awards for Best Male Performer (1993), Most Popular Actor (1997) and Best TV Cop Programme (1997).

This enormously popular crime drama first aired in the U.K. in 1992. The series continues to draw millions of viewers, as new episodes are produced each year. A TOUCH OF FROST SEASON 1 includes the following programs: "Care and Protection," "Not with Kindness," and "Conclusions."

Set in the dreary, mundane town of Denton near Bristol in southern England, Frost prefers solving crime to the monotony of police paperwork. Sloppy, disorganized and cantankerous, he often clashes with his commander, Superintendent Norman "Horn-rimmed Harry" Mullett. A champion for the common man, Frost approaches each case with his characteristic dry wit and a sense of moral justice.

In "Care and Protection," Frost investigates a missing child case while his terminally ill wife languishes in bed. While searching for the missing girl, a chance digging turns up a 30 year-old skeleton chained to a strongbox. A former bank employee whose past links him to the strongbox is murdered and Frost must find his killer.

"Not with Kindness" features Frost grieving for his recently deceased wife while playing host to her intolerable sister from the States who comes to Denton for the funeral. Frost goes on the trail of a missing teenager. Meanwhile, a victim of threatening phone calls wakes in the middle of the night to find her home engulfed in flames by a suspicious fire that claims the life of her husband.

In "Conclusions" an elderly man is killed in a hit-and-run that involves a prominent local official's son. A casino is robbed of the night's takings. An armed and dangerous fugitive takes a pair of hostages and Frost must decide whether to put himself in their place.

A TOUCH OF FROST SEASON 1

 


THE CISCO KID COLLECTION 1: ON DVD MARCH 30, 2004 .

Here's adventure! Here's romance! Here's O. Henry's famous Robin Hood of the Old West - The Cisco Kid!

THE CISCO KID COLLECTION 1, the classic Western from the 1950's is back and will be released on both DVD and VHS on March 30, 2004. A Spanish audio track is included on the DVD set. The Cisco Kid, which has been immortalized on radio and TV, in films and in comic books, ran from 1950-1956. The series starred Duncan Renaldo as The Cisco Kid and Leo Carrillo as his sidekick and comic foil, Pancho Gonzales. The pair appeared in 156 episodes during the show's run.

THE CISCO KID COLLECTION 1 includes 20 episodes on 4 DVDs or 5 VHS tapes for more than 8 hours of entertainment. Defining an era known as the 'Golden Age of Television,' THE CISCO KID is part of an unforgettable collection of Westerns that were staples of nightly viewing fare. Remarkably, the series was filmed in color, long before many Americans even owned a color television set.

The Cisco Kid character was based on the 1907 short story The Caballero's Way, written by O. Henry. The original Cisco was not Hispanic, but Anglo, and considered a ruthless desperado who "...killed for the love of it." In O. Henry's story, as in the first Cisco movies, the Kid was a loner. Reportedly, Renaldo encouraged producers to transform the TV Cisco into a gentler character with a wry sense of humor. He also suggested that his comedic sidekick Pancho, be modeled after Sancho Panza, a character from the classic novel Don Quixote.

 THE CISCO KID COLLECTION 1 will be available to local retailers on March 30, 2004. Every possible effort has been made to produce the highest quality DVD and VHS release. Due to the age of the original elements, some audio and video imperfections may be experienced.

THE CISCO KID COLLECTION 1

 

02/19/04

YABBA DABBA DOO! THE FIRST SEASON OF THE FLINTSTONES AND SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? MAKE THEIR LONG AWAITED DEBUT ON DVD FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

March 16 Marks First-Ever Full-Season DVD Releases for Hanna-Barbera's Classic Animated Programs
Special Limited Edition Packaging For Both Box Sets To Replicate Animation Cel From Each Series

Yabba Dabba Doo! Everyone's favorite modern stone-age family THE FLINTSTONES and animated mystery sleuths SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? Are making their highly-anticipated debut on DVD. Collectible box sets of the first seasons of two of television's classic and most historic animated series, will be available from Warner Home Video (WHV) on March 16, 2004 for $64.92 (SRP) each. The two separate "Hanna-Barbera Golden Collection" sets mark the first time ever every episode from the two Hanna-Barbera series' first seasons will be available on DVD.

Both THE FLINTSTONES and SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? Are considered to be two of the most successful animated television series in history. The two programs were created by television legends William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, who, under their pioneering production company Hanna-Barbera, created some of television's most enduring series, including THE FLINTSTONES and SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU?

In addition to all 28 half-hour episodes of its entire first season, exclusive special features included with THE FLINTSTONES four disc DVD set will be:

SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? Special features supplementing the program's re-mastered 25 half-hour episodes of seasons one and two include:

Special packaging for the "Hanna-Barbera Golden Collection" sets of THE FLINTSTONES and SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? Will be presented in limited edition 4-disc box sets featuring transparent slipcases designed to resemble a vintage animation cel from each series, adding additional value to the products.

Further, the SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? DVD set will include a "Movie Cash" promotional certificate good for a ticket to see Warner Bros.' Feature film Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, scheduled to premiere in theaters March 26, 2004.

THE FLINTSTONES made television history as the first ever animated program to air in primetime. The colorful sitcom targeted to adults and children alike, documented the lives of THE FLINTSTONES, a working class family headed by father Fred, wife Wilma and pet dog Dino, all of whom found themselves in humorous situations with neighbors Barney and Betty Rubble. Legendary voice artist Mel Blanc gave life to Barney Rubble and Dino throughout the program's run.

SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? Instantly secured a strong and loyal audience. The program follows the travels of loyal friends Daphne, Fred, Shaggy, Velma and their dog Scooby-Doo, who travel in their van "The Mystery Machine" solving cases. The hit program, which features broadcast legend Casey Kasem as Shaggy, went on to become one of the most successful animated television programs in history, spawning spin-off series, specials, consumer products and live action feature films. Warner Bros. released SCOOBY-DOO, starring Freddie Prinze, Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard and Linda Cardellini, in theaters worldwide 2002. In March, Warner Bros. will release the film's sequel SCOOBY-DOO 2: MONSTERS UNLEASHED. That same month, on March 9, WHV will release WHAT’S NEW, SCOOBY-DOO? VOLUME 2: SAFARI, SO GOODI!, on DVD and VHS. The title is the second release of episodes from the contemporary version of WHAT’S NEW, SCOOBY-DOO?, which airs each Saturday morning on KIDS WB!

"The SCOOBY-DOO and THE FLINTSTONES franchises are two of the most valuable properties in the Warner Home Video library. Previous home entertainment releases built around these famous programs have performed exceedingly well and we anticipate an even greater success for these exciting titles making their long anticipated debuts on DVD," said Christine Martinez, WHV Vice-President Non-theatrical Franchise Marketing. "The original series of THE FLINTSTONES and WHAT’S NEW, SCOOBY-DOO? Have entertained and pleased the hearts of generations, and now people will be able to enjoy this classic series in the comfort of their own homes whenever they wish."

 


FROM THE ACCLAIMED CREATOR OF 'QUEER AS FOLK' COMES THE TOP-RATED HIT UK COMEDY 'BOB & ROSE', A SIX HOUR MINISERIES SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE IN A TWO DISC DVD BOXED SET FEBRUARY 17 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY

The Award-Winning BOB & ROSE Made Its Us Debut On Showtime This Fall

Alan Davies and Lesley Sharp (The Full Monty) star as the loveable, star-crossed couple that find love against all odds in BOB & ROSE, the 2001 award-winning hit UK comedy that could only be derived from the mind of 'Queer as Folk" acclaimed creator Russell T. Davies. Following its US debut on Showtime in Fall 2003, Shout! Factory is releasing all six episodes of the miniseries in a two-disc set - available February 17. The show won awards for Best Drama, Best Actor and Best Actress at the Monte Carlo TV Festival.

Based on a true story, a gay man and a straight woman meet and do the unthinkable - they fall in love. Rose (Sharp) is down-to-earth, straightforward and funny. Then she meets Bob (Davies) a teacher who's certainly not expecting to meet anyone like Rose. In their hearts they know they're doing the right thing, but everyone around them thinks they're crazy. Are they hurtling towards happy ever after or just heartache? Which will it be? Viewers will stayed tuned and find out as the 6 episode DVD set follows Bob and Rose from their chance encounter, to their first date, the meeting of the parents -- while simultaneously revealing all of the secrecy, pitfalls and issues the two must face along their journey to find love. BOB & ROSE is about chance, the chance that two people will click. And it is about love, having the courage to make a commitment to someone in the face of the world's disbelief.

The DVD features audio commentary by writer Davies and star Davies. Special features include production notes, biographies, and close caption subtitles.

BOB & ROSE is produced by Ann Harrison-Baxter (Clocking Off, THE SECOND COMING). Episodes 1-3 are directed by Julian Farino and episodes 4-6 are directed by Joe Wright.

BOB & ROSE

 


‘THE SECOND COMING,' WHICH RECEIVED CRITICAL ACCLAIM THROUGHOUT THE UK AND MOST RECENTLY IN THE U.S. VIA BBC AMERICA, IS SLATED TO MAKE ITS DVD DEBUT FEBRUARY 17 ON SHOUT! FACTORY

What If There Was a Second Coming and the Son of God Arrived on Earth? What Would He Come Back to Say? What Would We Do? The Greatest Story Ever Told Continues in THE SECOND COMING...
FROM THE CREATOR OF 'QUEER AS FOLK' COMES ONE THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL FILMS TO HIT THE TV AIRWAVES

Seldom has a drama caused as much controversy as THE SECOND COMING, written by Russell T. Davies, the creator of the groundbreaking drama series Queer As Folk. What would happen if God loved us so much he sent his only son - again? It's an interesting question and one Davies uses his ambitious and thought-provoking screenplay to explore. Following its critically acclaimed airing in the UK, the film made its debut in the US on BBC America this year. Now, Shout! Factory is taking this highly controversial program to the mainstream with the DVD release of the 3-hour, one disc DVD on February 17.

Cited by the Daily Mirror of London as "one of the most original and thought-provoking dramas you will see all year, THE SECOND COMING stars Christopher Eccleston (The Others, Elizabeth, 28 Days Later) as Steven Baxter, a thirty something stuck in a dead-end job, who is found wandering the Yorkshire Moors, starving, bedraggled and mumbling that he is the son of God. Ridiculed by almost everyone, Steven decides that the only way to silence his critics is to prove he is the savior by staging a major event at the Maine Road, home of the Manchester City Football Club, and stuns his audience by turning night into day. Having convinced his flock that he is who he says he is, Steven then has five days to help the human race write a Third Testiment of the Bible or face judgment day.

02/18/04

BIG FISH-- MAKING DREAMS COME TRUE ON DVD APRIL 27, 2004! .

All-Star Cast Includes Ewan McGregor, Billy Crudup, Albert Finney and Jessica Lange

Some lives are simply too big to be ignored and on April 27, 2004, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment reels in a whopper with the Golden Globe® and Academy Award® nominated BIG FISH. In one of the most anticipated releases of the year, director Tim Burton (Sleepy Hollow) brings his magical imagination on a journey that delves deep into the troubled relationship between a dying father and his skeptical son. Featuring an all-star cast, including Ewan McGregor (Moulin Rouge), Albert Finney (Erin Brochovich), Billy Crudup (Almost Famous), Jessica Lange (Blue Sky), Alison Lohman (Matchstick Men), Helena Bonham Carter (Fight Club) and Danny DeVito (L.A. Confidential), BIG FISH is a humorously magical modern day fable about one man's attempt to understand the larger-than-life persona of his enigmatic father. The result is a journey of mythical proportions that Peter Travers at Rolling Stone proclaims, "brims with storytelling sorcery" and Shawn Edwards of FOX-TV raves, "Amazing."  BIG FISH is an incredible cinematic journey that is as wonderfully magical as it is visually dazzling."

SYNOPSIS

BIG FISH is a Tim Burton film based on the novel by Daniel Wallace.  In life, it's sometimes impossible to separate fact from fiction, or a man from his myth.  Edward Bloom has always been a man of big appetites, enormous passions and tall tales.  Yet even on his sickbed, Edward -  portrayed in old age by five-time Best Actor Oscar® nominee Albert Finney -  remains a huge mystery to his son William (Billy Crudup). Now, to get to know the real man, Will begins piecing together a true picture of his father from flashbacks of his amazing adventures in this marvel of a movie.

Columbia Pictures Presents A Jinks/Cohen Company - A Zanuck Company Production BIG FISH starring Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Helena Bonham Carter, Alison Lohman, with Steve Buscemi and Danny DeVito. The director is Tim Burton. The screenplay is by John August, based on the novel by Daniel Wallace. The producers are Richard D. Zanuck, Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks. The executive producer is Arne L. Schmidt. The director of photography is Philippe Rousselot AFC/ASC. The production designer is Dennis Gassner. The film is edited by Chris Lebenzon, A.C.E. The costume designer is Colleen Atwood. The music is by Danny Elfman. The special visual effects and animation are by Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.

DVD FEATURES INCLUDE:

BIG FISH

 


THE STATEMENT-- WINNER OF TWO NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW HONORS: DEBUTING ON DVD APRIL 27, 2004

From Acclaimed Veteran Director Norman Jewison: Provocative Political Thriller Stars Michael Caine, Tilda Swinton, Jeremy Northam, Charlotte Rampling and Alan Bates

Seven-time Oscar® nominee Norman Jewison (The Hurricane, Moonstruck, Agnes of God), directs Oscar® winner Michael Caine (Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Cider House Rules, (2000), Hannah and Her Sisters (1998)) in the intense, critically acclaimed political thriller, THE STATEMENT.  The phenomenally talented cast includes Tilda Swinton (The Deep End, Adaptation), Jeremy Northam (Gosford Park, Enigma), Charlotte Rampling (Spy Game, Angel Heart) as well as Oscar®-nominee and Tony Award-winning actor Alan Bates (Gosford Park, The Sum of all Fears) in his final film role.

The movie makes its DVD and VHS (rental) debut on April 27 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment and Sony Pictures Classics.  DVD special features include director's commentary, deleted scenes, and exclusive interviews with Norman Jewison and Michael Caine.

Based on the acclaimed novel by Brian Moore with a screenplay by Oscar®-winner Ronald Harwood (The Pianist, Cry, the Beloved Country), THE STATEMENT was the recipient of two National Board of Review honors including the Billy Wilder Award for Excellence in Directing for Norman Jewison and Special Mention for Excellence in Filmmaking.

Inspired by actual events, THE STATEMENT is the story of Pierre Brossard (Caine) who, as a young man during World War II, committed a heinous crime.  Over the course of more than forty years, Brossard has never been brought to trial and has lived a peaceful and anonymous life sheltered by right-wing elements of the French government and the Catholic Church.  A new investigation into his crimes is launched by an ambitious judge (Swinton) and a scrupulous army officer (Northam).  Even though Brossard manages to outwit the state investigation, he is simultaneously tracked by mysterious hit men.  With two hunters on his heels, this wily old fox must try to stay alive and find out who is after him.

THE STATEMENT DVD:

 


GILMORE GIRLS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON-- AVAILABLE MAY 4 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

The quaint town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut houses one of The WB's top-ranked shows, GILMORE GIRLS, where Lorelai and Rory Gilmore have a mother and daughter bond that others only dream about.  On May 4, 2004 Warner Home Video (WHV) proudly presents the DVD debut of the acclaimed series that TV Guide calls “The WB’s finest hour” with GILMORE GIRLS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON.  Reacquaint yourselves with television’s most appealing mother-daughter duo in this collectible six-disc DVD set, which contains all 21 episodes from the first season including the pilot episode, and is priced to own at $59.98 SRP. 

People often mistake Independence Inn’s manager, headstrong single mom Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and her equally willful teenage daughter, Rory (Alexis Bledel) for sisters.  Lorelai and Rory cope with the same emotional ups and downs, including Lorelai’s overbearing, old-money parents and the joys and frustrations of the male gender.  But when Rory’s attention turns from dreams of private school and Harvard to thoughts of boys and adolescent self-reliance, single mom Lorelai begins noticing more of her own rebellious youth—only 16 years ago—in Rory.  This heartfelt, humorous drama appeals to young and old alike with its blend of traditional family issues and hip, contemporary attitude. 

GILMORE GIRLS has created a loyal female following for The WB, prompting the network to recently pick up the series for another full season,” said Christine Martinez, WHV Vice President, Non-Theatrical Franchise Marketing.  “GILMORE GIRLS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON DVD release is a perfect Mother’s Day gift and is timed to leverage the excitement leading into the May series finale of the current season.  The television shows to DVD trend has become a phenomenon and WHV plans to continue releasing these fan-favorites on DVD.”

The GILMORE GIRLS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON DVD extra content will include:

Since its network debut, GILMORE GIRLS has averaged 4.5 million viewers overall and is The WB's #1 program in its timeslot among females 12-24, key demographics for The WB.

GILMORE GIRLS has been honored with an AFI Award and two Viewers for Quality Television Awards, and it was named New Program of the Year by the Television Critics Association.  Series star Lauren Graham (“Townies,” “NewsRadio,” and “Bad Santa”) was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series and received two consecutive nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series from the Screen Actors Guild.  Graham has also won two Family Television Awards.  In addition, series star Alexis Bledel (“Tuck Everlasting”) has won a Young Artist Award and a Family Television Award.  The series, GILMORE GIRLS, won a Family Television Award for New Series and was named Best Family TV Drama Series by the Young Artist Awards, which also honored series star Keiko Agena in the supporting young actress category.

GILMORE GIRLS is the first series to make it to air supported by the Family Friendly Forum’s Script Development Fund.  An initiative between some of the nation’s top advertisers and The WB, the program is intended to offer a greater array of compelling family programming on network television.  The strong, loving, mother-daughter relationship portrayed in GILMORE GIRLS reflects the growing reality of this new type of American family. 

BASICS

EPISODE SYNOPSES:

1. Pilot - The storybook Connecticut town of Stars Hollow is home to 32-two-year-old Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and her 16-year-old daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel). Rory and her best friend Lane Kim (Keiko Agena) are straight 'A' students at the local public high school, but when Rory is accepted into the prestigious Chilton Prep in nearby Hartford, the steep tuition forces Lorelai to try to mend the long-standing rift with her wealthy parents Richard (Edward Herrmann) and Emily (Kelly Bishop) and ask for financial help. Melissa McCarthy, Yanic Truesdale, Scott Patterson and Liz Torres also star. Lesli Linka Glatter directed the episode written by Amy Sherman-Palladino.

2. The Lorelais’ First Day at Chilton - Rory's (Alexis Bledel) first day at Chilton Prep begins badly when Lorelai (Lauren Graham) oversleeps and accompanies her daughter into the intimidating school wearing a t-shirt, cut-off jeans and cowboy boots, an outfit which draws disapproving stares from the other mothers and from her own mother Emily (Kelly Bishop). While overwhelmed by the heavy workload and tough competitive atmosphere, Rory immediately makes an enemy of the school top student, Paris (guest star Lisa Weil), who is threatened by Rory's intelligence. Meanwhile, Lorelai's work day is further interrupted by a call from her neighbors, Babette (Sally Struthers, "All in the Family") and Morey (Ted Rooney), warning her that workmen are in her house installing a new computer line, leading to yet another fight between Lorelai and Emily about who will pay for what in Rory's life. Arlene Sanford directed the episode written by Amy Sherman-Palladino.

3. Kill Me Now - When Rory (Alexis Bledel) mentions to the family that she has to learn a sport for school, Emily (Kelly Bishop) insists that she spend a day with her grandfather Richard (Edward Herrmann) at his club, learning to play golf. Lorelai (Lauren Graham) is sure that Rory will follow in her footsteps and reject everything about her parents' rarefied life, but grandfather and granddaughter form an instant bond during a wonderful day of golf, leaving Emily to gloat and Lorelai to feel surprisingly left-out. Meanwhile, a double wedding at the inn with two sets of identical twins drives Michel (Yanic Truesdale), Sookie (Melissa McCarthy) and Lorelai crazy. Scott Patterson, Liz Torres, Sally Struthers, Ted Rooney and Alex Borstein also star. Adam Nimoy directed the episode written by Joanne Waters.

4. The Deer Hunters - Still struggling to catch up at Chilton, Rory (Alexis Bledel) receives the first "D" of her life on an English assignment and is so humiliated that she plunges into obsessive studying, with Lorelai's (Lauren Graham) help, for her upcoming Shakespeare exam. When Rory's surreal encounter with a deer causes her to miss the exam, she has an uncharacteristic outburst, leading to a parent-teacher conference where Lorelai has her own outburst, but manages to begin a serious flirtation with Rory's handsome teacher, Max Medina (guest star Scott Cohen, "NYPD Blue"). Scott Patterson and Keiko Agena also star. Alan Myerson directed the episode written by Jed Seidel.

5. Cinnamon’s Wake - Mother and daughter both wrestle with romance when Rory (Alexis Bledel) finds herself painfully flustered every time she is around Dean (Jared Padalecki), while Lorelai (Lauren Graham) agrees to have dinner with Rory's teacher Max Medina (guest star Scott Cohen, "NYPD Blue") even though she is consumed with worry over Rory's reaction. As fate would have it, however, Lorelai has to cancel the date to attend the funeral of Cinnamon, the enormous and beloved cat of neighbors Babbette (guest star Sally

Struthers, "All in the Family") and Morey (Ted Rooney). Melissa McCarthy, Keiko Agena, Yanic Truesdale, Kelly Bishop, Scott Patterson and Liz Torres also star. Michael Katleman directed the episode written by Daniel Palladino.

6.Rory’s Birthday Parties - Emily (Kelly Bishop) throws Rory (Alexis Bledel) an elegant birthday party and invites Chilton students, but Rory is embarrassed that the kids she doesn't get along with have been forced to come to the party by their own wealthy parents. Rory blows up at her grandmother, then tries to smooth things over by inviting Emily and Richard (Edward Herrmann) to the wild birthday bash that her mom (Lauren Graham) is throwing for her the following night. Melissa McCarthy, Keiko Agena, Yanic Truesdale, Scott Patterson and Liz Torres also star. Sarah Pia Anderson directed the episode written by Amy Sherman-Palladino.

7. Kiss and Tell - When Rory (Alexis Bledel) neglects to tell Lorelai (Lauren Graham) that she experienced her first kiss from Dean (guest star Jared Padalecki), Lorelai tries to overcome her hurt feelings and prove she's fine with their relationship by inviting Dean over to watch videos, a move that humiliates Rory. Melissa McCarthy, Keiko Agena, Scott Patterson and Liz Torres also star. Rodman Flender directed the episode written by Jenji Kohan.

8. Love and War and Snow - A blinding snowstorm strands Rory (Alexis Bledel) at her grandparents' house giving Lorelai (Lauren Graham) a rare opportunity to spend the night with Rory's teacher Max (guest star Scott Cohen), while the townspeople brave the snow to stage their annual reenactment of a Revolutionary war battle. Melissa McCarthy, Keiko Agena, Yanic Truesdale, Kelly Bishop, Edward Herrmann and Scott Patterson also star. Alan Myerson directed the episode written by Joan Binder Weiss.

9. Rory’s Dance - Rory (Alexis Bledel) asks Dean (guest star Jared Padalecki) to accompany her to a formal dance at Chilton, but the lovely evening is spoiled when they fall asleep together after the dance, leading to a fight between Rory's grandmother (Kelly Bishop) and her mom (Lauren Graham) over who has been a worse mother. Melissa McCarthy, Keiko Agena and Liz Torres also star. Lesli Linka Glatter directed the episode written by Amy Sherman-Palladino.

10. Forgiveness and Stuff - Hurt and upset when she finds herself "dis-invited" to her parents' annual Christmas bash, Lorelai (Lauren Graham) is frantic when she hears that her father Richard (Edward Herman) has collapsed at the party. Luke (Scott Patterson) rushes Lorelai to the hospital where Richard's close call forces everyone to confront long-standing resentments and misunderstandings. Alexis Bledel, Yanic Truesdale, Keiko Agena, Kelly Bishop and Liz Torres also star. Bethany Rooney directed the episode written by John Stephens.

11. Paris is Burning - As the relationship with Rory's (Alexis Bledel) teacher Max (guest star Scott Cohen) grows more serious, Lorelai (Lauren Graham) panics and decides to end it, but her attempt to break up with him during Parent-Teacher night at Chilton causes even more trouble at school for Rory. Kelly Bishop, Melissa McCarthy and Scott Patterson also star. David Petrarca directed the episode written by Joan Binder Weiss.

12. Double Date - After Lorelai (Lauren Graham) encourages Sookie (Melissa McCarthy) to ask out her produce man, Jackson (Jackson Douglas), she soon finds herself on the double date from hell with Jackson's very odd cousin (guest star Max Perlich, ''Homicide: Life on the Street''), which makes Luke (Scott Patterson) jealous enough to finally work up the courage to ask Lorelai out. Meanwhile, Rory (Alexis Bledel) and Lane (Keiko Agena) get into trouble when they double date with Dean (Jared Padalecki) and his friend Todd (guest star Lukas Behnken) without telling their moms. Yanic Truesdale also stars. Lev Spiro directed the episode written by Amy Sherman-Palladino.

13. Concert Interruptus - Lorelai (Lauren Graham) is psyched when Sookie (Melissa McCarthy) scores four great seats to a Bangles concert, she ends up offering the tickets to Rory (Alexis Bledel) so she can bond with three of her new schoolmates, but a chance meeting with cute college boys changes everyone's plans. Keiko Agena, Scott Patterson and Liz Torres also star. Bruce Seth Green directed the episode written by Elaine Arata.

14. That Damn Donna Reed - When she accidentally loses the tiny chick that is Rory's (Alexis Bledel) science project, Lorelai (Lauren Graham) calls Luke (Scott Patterson) to help her search the house, but he misreads her cry for help as a romantic invitation. Meanwhile, Rory quarrels with her boyfriend Dean (Jared Padalecki) when he admits that he finds the idea of a Donna Reed-type housewife charming, so she surprises him with a traditional home-cooked dinner. Melissa McCarthy, Keiko Agena, Yanic Truesdale and Liz Torres also star. Michael Katleman directed the episode written by Daniel Palladino & Amy Sherman-Palladino.

15. Christopher Returns - Rory's (Alexis Bledel) father Christopher (guest star David Sutcliffe) makes an unexpected visit to Stars Hollow, reawakening old passions with Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and stirring up old feelings of anger and resentment between Lorelai and her parents (Kelly Bishop and Edward Herrmann). Melissa McCarthy, Yanic Truesdale, Scott Patterson and Liz Torres also star. Michael Katleman directed the episode written by Daniel Palladino.

16. Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers - Rory (Alexis Bledel) is touched when Dean (Jared Padalecki) makes an elaborate fuss over their 3-month anniversary, but the evening is spoiled when he declares his love for her and she doesn't give him the response he was hoping for. Meanwhile, Lorelai (Lauren Graham) suffers through an uncomfortable dinner with her parents (Kelly Bishop and Edward Herrmann) and a surprise blind date (guest star Paul Cassell) then, after escaping, discovers that Luke's (Scott Patterson) old flame Rachel (guest star Lisa Ann Hadley) has returned to Stars Hollow. Melissa McCarthy, Keiko Agena, Yanic Truesdale and Liz Torres also star. Lesli Linker Glatter directed the episode written by John Stephens and Linda Loiselle Guzik.

17. The Breakup, Part 2 – Rebounding from a fight with Dean (Jared Padalecki), Rory (Alexis Bledel) ends up kissing Tristin (Chad Michael Murray) at a party, while Lorelai (Lauren Graham) follows her own impulse to show up at Max’s (guest star Scott Cohen) house for a night of passion.

18. The Third Lorelai – When Richard's (Edward Herrmann) mother, the original Lorelai (guest star Marion Ross, "Happy Days"), arrives from London and offers Lorelai (Lauren Graham) a trust fund for Rory's (Alexis Bledel) education, Emily (Kelly Bishop) goes into an emotional tailspin, fearing that if Lorelai and Rory have financial independence, she'll lose contact with them again.

19. Emily in Wonderland – After spending a day with Rory (Bledel) in Stars Hollow and seeing the tiny house where Lorelai (Graham) lived when Rory was a baby, Emily (Bishop) is inspired to create what she thinks will be a teen-dream bedroom for her granddaughter to make up for all the material things she had to do without.

20. P.S. I Lo… - When Rory (Alexis Bledel) discovers that Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and her teacher Max (guest star Scott Cohen) are seeing each other again and that Lane (Keiko Agena) and Dean (Jared Padalecki) are bonding as study partners, she blows up at her mom and escapes to her grandparents' house. After Lorelai angrily confronts Dean and discovers the real reason behind her daughter's break-up, she is left to worry that she has taught Rory to fear commitment. Melissa McCarthy, Yanic Truesdale, Kelly Bishop, Edward Herrmann and Scott Patterson also star. Lev Spiro directed the episode written by Elaine Arata & Joan Binder Weiss.

21. Love, Daisies and Troubadours - Lorelai is becoming seriously involved with Max (guest star Scott Cohen) just as she finds herself getting in the middle of another relationship when Luke's girlfriend Rachel (guest star Lisa Ann Hadley)accuses him of being in love with Lorelai. With her own romance drama, Rory tries to work up the courage to win Dean back.

 


STARGATE SG-1 SEASON SIX COLLECTIBLE DVD GIFT SET LANDS ON MARCH 2ND .

AT THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE LIES A GATEWAY TO ADVENTUREŠ
EXPERIENCE THE THRILLING SIXTH SEASON OF MGM HOME ENTERTAINMENT’S SCI-FI SERIES

Volumes Of Sci-Fi Entertainment To Explore Including Directors Series Featurettes And Mind-blowing Audio Commentaries for Each Episode

Take an interstellar trip when MGM Home Entertainment brings even more thrill-seeking escapades to life with the STARGATE SG-1 SEASON SIX DVD Gift Set, available on March 2nd.  Priced at retail for $69.95, the five-disc DVD set features 22 episodes from the long-standing, hugely successful sci-fi television series.  This comprehensive set also presents a unique look into each episode with director series featurettes as well as exclusive audio commentaries from directors, cast and crew, including Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge, and Don S. Davis

Featuring Richard Dean Anderson as Colonel Jack O’Neill ­ the 1999 Saturn Award Winner for Best Actor in a TV Sci-Fi series ­ and an out-of-this-world cast, STARGATE SG-1 documents the amazing adventures of a futuristic team of explorers as they journey to other planets instantaneously through the ancient yet advanced Stargate.  Throughout their voyage the SG-1 team of soldier-explorers form strong ties with allies, forge diplomatic relations with other nations and establish inter-planetary trade while enhancing their knowledge and understanding of the universe.

The winner of several outstanding awards including six Leo Awards, two Cable Aces, two Saturn Awards and several Emmy® nominations, STARGATE SG-1 is the only television show in production to receive the United States Air Force Seal of Approval.

STARGATE SG-1 SEASON SIX DVD Gift Set includes the following episodes and special features:

Volume One

Episode 1: “Redemption: Part 1”
SG-1 faces two potential disasters light years apart as an energy build-up in the Stargate threatens to destroy Earth, and Teal’c returns home to find his wife dead, his son estranged and his planet under attack!

Episode 2: “Redemption: Part 2”
As Teal’c and his son battle to save Earth, O’Neill pilots the X-3, a newly designed interstellar spacecraft that will carry the Stargate far away from Earth so it can explode harmlessly in deep space.  But how will SG-1 operate without the Stargate?

Episode 3: “Descent”
SG-1 investigates an abandoned Goa’uld ship orbiting Earth.  While trying to salvage the ship, saboteurs attack and the vessel plummets to Earth, deep into the ocean, with O’Neill and his crew trapped insideŠand time running out!

Episode 4: “Frozen”
A frozen female alien that might predate human evolution by 50 million years is discovered in Antarctica.  She might, in fact, be part of the race that invented the Stargate.  After SG-1 manages to thaw her back to life, they discover she may be the source of a deadly virus.

Special features: Cast, crew, and directors’ commentaries for each episode and three director series featurettes on “Redemption,” “Descent,” and “Frozen.”

Volume Two

Episode 5: “Nightwalkers”
When a scientist working on stem cell research disappears, Carter, Teal’c and Quinn investigate and discover that the scientist’s town is infested with Goa’uld who can only control the townspeople by night.  Will Carter, Teal’c and Quinn be taken over next?

Episode 6: “Abyss”
A Goa’uld lord holds O’Neill captive and tortures him for information about the Tok’ra. As O’Neill suffers, Daniel Jackson appears and offers support.  Meanwhile, SG-1 races to rescue O’Neill before it’s too late.

Episode 7: “Shadow Play”
Quinn is conflicted when an old professor (Dean Stockwell) from his home planet asks SG-1 to help stage a coup against the Kelownan government in order to stop a civil war.  Should SG-1 allow the planet to destroy itselfŠor are they placing themselves in needless danger?

Episode 8: “The Other Guys”
Two bumbling scientists working on an off-world research project witness SG-1 captured in a Goa'uld raid and, defying orders, attempt to rescue them. Little do they know that SG-1 staged the capture in order to infiltrate the Goa'uld and make contact with a Tok’ra informant.

Special features: Cast, crew, and directors’ commentaries for each episode and four director series featurettes on “Nightwalkers,” “Abyss,” “Shadow Play,” and “The Other Guys.”

Volume Three

Episode 9: “Allegiance”
Fleeing a Goa’uld attack, the Tok’ra must take refuge at the SGC Alpha Site occupied by rebel Jaffa.  Centuries of bad blood between the two races begins to boil as an unseen assassin wreaks havoc on the camp.  Can O’Neill stop the bloodshed before the assassin escapes with the Alpha Site’s coordinates?

Episode 10: “Cure”
SG-1 visits Pangar, a planet inhabited by humans who have developed a drug that makes their immune systems perfect.   Unknown to SG-1 is the means by which the drug is produced, a startling discovery that may hold the key to the origins of the Tok’ra!

Episode 11: “Prometheus”
Rogue NSA officers hijack the top-secret X-303 spaceship with Carter and Jonas on board and demand that Adrian Conrad be brought to the ship.  Using his Goa’uld knowledge, Conrad activates the X-303 and takes the ship light years from Earth as O’Neill and Teal’c stage a daring rescue not knowing if they will be able to return home.

Episode 12: “Unnatural Selection”
When SG-1 is marooned in deep space, Thor and the Ancients come to their rescue seeking O’Neill’s help to combat the Replicators who have overrun their home world. Convinced they will attack Earth if not stopped, O’Neill stages a daring mission to stop the Replicators once and for all.

Special features: Cast, crew, and directors’ commentaries for each episode and three director series featurettes on “Allegiance,” “Cure,” and “Prometheus.”

Volume Four

Episode 13: “Sight Unseen”
SG-1 returns from a mission with an ancient artifact that triggers the ability to see hideous yet harmless life forms in a parallel reality.  As the effect spreads to civilians, O’Neill and his team must find a solution before mass hysteria breaks out.

Episode 14: “Smoke and Mirrors”
Senator Kinsey suffers an assassination attempt while campaigning for the presidency and O’Neill is caught on tape leaving the building when the shots were fired. With O’Neill behind bars, Carter, Teal’c and Jonas must prove his innocence before it’s too late.

Episode 15: “Paradise Lost”
Colonel Maybourne visits O’Neill and claims to have a key to a cache of alien technology, but demands a presidential pardon for his crimes in exchange for the knowledge.  When SG-1 accompanies Maybourne to retrieve the cache, they find that his intentions may not be all they seem.

Episode 16: “Metamorphosis”
SG-1 discovers that Niirti, in an attempt to create the perfect human host, is mutating the inhabitants of an unexplored planet with a machine that rearranges their DNA.  Captured in an attempt to stop her, O’Neill must find a way to escape before he and SG-1 are subjected to the same fate.

Episode 17: “Disclosure”
General Hammond and the Pentagon are forced to reveal the existence of the Stargate to stet world governments.  Playing off fears that the US military has too much control, Senator Kinsey suggests that General Hammond be relieved of his command and that the civilian-run NID oversee the Stargate program.

Special features: Cast, crew, and directors’ commentaries for each episode and two director series featurettes on “Smoke and Mirrors” and “Metamorphosis.”

Volume Five

Episode 18: “Forsaken”
Exploring an off-world planet, SG-1 discovers a crashed ship and three human survivors who claim to be under constant attack by hostile aliens.  While Carter helps repair the ship’s computer, she learns that the survivors are hiding a secret...and things may not be all they seem.

Episode 19: “The Changeling”
Teal’c mysteriously begins to lose his grip on reality and is haunted by visions of an alternate existence where he is a normal human being.  As his paranoia deepens, Teal’c must rely on the help and comfort of his old friend Daniel Jackson to determine where his dreams endŠand his reality begins.

Episode 20: “Memento”
SG-1 accompanies the X-53 on its maiden voyage into deep space.  When the ship suddenly drops out of hyperspace, SG-1 is stranded with no means of getting back to Earth.  Their only option lies in exploring a nearby planet where a Stargate is thought to be located.  But O’Neill must first convince its inhabitants that they come in peace ­ a debate that could mean the end of SG-1.

Episode 21: “Prophecy”
On a routine mission, SG-1 encounters a civilization desperate to be freed from the clutches of a Goa’uld.  While on the planet, Jonas falls ill and is suspended from active duty.  His mysterious illness is diagnosed as a brain tumor but gives him the unbelievable ability to glimpse the future...a future where O’Neill and SG-1 are walking into a trap!

Episode 22: “Full Circle”
Daniel Jackson appears to O’Neill and alerts him that Anubis has located the Eye of Ra, a fabled object of power hidden somewhere on Abydos.  With Daniel’s help, O’Neill and SG-1 find the Eye first.  But, determined to have it, Anubis threatens to destroy the entire planet unless Daniel and SG-1 hand it over.

Special features: Cast, crew, and directors’ commentaries for each episode and a director series featurette on “Full Circle.”

STARGATE SG-1 SEASON SIX DVD GIFT SET

 

02/16/04

ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINATED THE LAST SAMURAI DEBUTS ON A TWO-DISC DVD .

Stars 2003 Golden Globe Nominee Tom Cruise, 2003 Oscar®-Nominee Ken Watanabe; From Acclaimed Director Edward Zwick

Two-Disc DVD Loaded with Groundbreaking Special Features Including Director's Video Journal, Recount of a Warrior's Journey by Tom Cruise, Deleted Scenes, Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Costuming, Weapons and Training, Director Commentary and Much More!

The critically acclaimed epic, THE LAST SAMURAI, debuts May 4 on a double-disc DVD and on VHS from Warner Home Video. Nominated for four Academy Awards® (including Best Supporting Actor, Ken Watanabe) and three Golden Globe Awards (including Best Actor, Tom Cruise), THE LAST SAMURAI is a "masterpiece" (Access Hollywood) from acclaimed director Edward Zwick (Glory, Legends of the Fall) and also stars Timothy Spall (Nicolas Nickelby), Billy Connolly (White Oleander) and Tony Goldwyn (An American Rhapsody).

The two-disc DVD makes history with spectacular bonus features such as a director's video journal, a History Channel documentary, a making-of-an-epic featurette with Edward Zwick and Tom Cruise, a tour of the sets and inside look at production design, costuming and weapons, additional scenes and more.

THE LAST SAMURAI will be available at $29.95 SRP on a two-disc DVD in both widescreen and full frame formats. VHS will be priced for rental.

The epic war drama THE LAST SAMURAI received praise from critics nationwide. Hailed as a film that "demands our surrender" (Time Magazine), THE LAST SAMURAI is "beautifully designed, intelligently written, acted with conviction" (Chicago Tribune) and is "majestic in scale and scope" (Access Hollywood).

DVD ELEMENTS

The two-disc DVD release of THE LAST SAMURAI is loaded with breathtaking bonus features:

Disc One

Disc Two

SYNOPSIS

Set in Japan during the 1870s, THE LAST SAMURAI tells the story of Captain Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise), a respected American military officer hired by the Emperor of Japan to train the country's first army in the art of modern warfare. As the Emperor attempts to eradicate the ancient Imperial Samurai warriors in preparation for more Westernized and trade-friendly government policies, Algren finds himself unexpectedly impressed and influenced by his encounters with the Samurai, which places him at the center of a struggle between two eras and two worlds, with only his own sense of honor to guide him.

02/09/04

MPI HOME VIDEO RELEASES THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES ON DVD APRIL 27, 2004

THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (1939) is the second in the series of the 14 Sherlock Holmes movies that were made from 1939 - 1946. The film stars Basil Rathbone as the legendary Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. John H. Watson. THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES will be released by MPI Home Video on both DVD and VHS on Tuesday, April 27, 2004.

THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES was based on a play by William Gillette entitled, "Sherlock Holmes." Set in 1890's London (future films would be set in modern times), the movie opens in a courtroom where a jury has just acquitted Professor Moriarty, the 'Napoleon of Crime' (George Zucco) of murder. Holmes bursts into the courtroom with new evidence to prove he's lying, but it's too late. Later, Moriarty tells Holmes he's about to commit the crime of the century. Meanwhile, the Lord Chamberlain of the Tower of London visits Baker Street with an anonymous note that states the Star of Delhi, a famed emerald belonging to the Crown Jewels, will be stolen upon its arrival in England from India. He asks Holmes' help in guarding the precious gem. Their meeting is soon interrupted by a terrified young woman, Miss Ann Brandon (Ida Lupino), who announces that her brother has received a mysterious death threat - a drawing of an albatross hung around a man's neck. The threat includes an ominous date. She tells Holmes her father was murdered ten years earlier after receiving a similar drawing. With a possible jewel theft and potential murder on their hands, Holmes and Watson split up to protect both Miss Brandon and save the Star of Delhi, all the while suspecting that Moriarty is at the center of both cases.

The movie includes some surprises, such as Basil Rathbone's clever disguise as a cockney singer who performs ("I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside") at a garden party attended by Miss Brandon. In addition, Ms. Lupino, who had appeared in several films prior to THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, would go on to have a distinguished Hollywood acting career and would also become one of the first female directors.

The condition of THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES is excellent. The quality exceeds that of previously released versions or television airings. DVD extras for THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES include an audio commentary by Richard Valley, editor of Scarlet Street magazine, a photo gallery, movie trailers and production notes.

THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES

 


MPI HOME VIDEO RELEASES THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES ON DVD APRIL 27, 2004

Elementary, my dear Watson! The most celebrated tale of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's canon, THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, will be released by MPI Home Video on DVD and VHS on April 27, 2004. The classic film is set in the Victorian Age and was originally released by Twentieth Century-Fox in 1939. It is the first of fourteen Sherlock Holmes films starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce.

When Sir Charles Baskerville is killed outside of Baskerville Hall, his good friend Dr. Mortimer (Lionel Atwill) fears that the curse of the Baskervilles has struck once again. Mortimer enlists the help of Sherlock Holmes before yet another Baskerville succumbs to the evil legend. Sir Henry Baskerville (Richard Greene) arrives in London to claim his inheritance. Baskerville soon learns that along with the grand mansion on the moor, comes a devilish curse, a curious butler (John Carradine) and a cast of bizarre neighbors.

DVD extras for THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES include an audio commentary track with renowned British author David Stuart Davies, production notes with Richard Valley, editor-in-chief of Scarlet Street magazine, a photo gallery and selected original theatrical trailers from the Rathbone/Holmes series.

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES

 


MPI HOME VIDEO RELEASES DARK SHADOWS DVD COLLECTION 11 .

Everyone's favorite cult classic, DARK SHADOWS continues on DVD on March 30, 2004. DARK SHADOWS DVD COLLECTION 11 begins when Julia Hoffman discovers wound marks on Barnabas' neck and realizes he's under the control of a vampire. Roger Collins attempts to prevent Victoria Winters from marrying Jeff Clark after he dreams the wedding will bring doom to her. When Chris Jennings arrives in Collinsport to investigate the death of his brother, a werewolf attacks a barmaid at the Blue Whale tavern. Victoria warns Nicholas Blair to keep away from Maggie after learning he has proposed marriage. David Collins and Amy Jennings explore the closed-off section of Collinwood, where they discover a disconnected old telephone and the mysterious spirit of Quentin Collins. Convinced that evil forces possess the mansion, Professor Stokes calls in a medium to investigate.

DARK SHADOWS DVD COLLECTION 11 includes 40 color episodes on four discs and bonus interviews with creator/executive producer Dan Curtis and actors Marie Wallace, Nancy Barrett and Alexandra Moltke.

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 love -- and quickly became a pop culture icon. DARK SHADOWS was the most popular daytime drama during its 1966-71 run on ABC-TV and commanded a devoted audience with reruns for ten years on the Sci-Fi Channel. Similar to Star Trek, the show's enormous base of devoted followers is fueled by an annual convention, countless Web sites, fan clubs and a vast array of merchandise.

DARK SHADOWS DVD COLLECTION 11

 


THE WALTONS, ONE OF TELEVISION'S MOST POIGNANT AND MEMORABLE FAMILY PROGRAMS COMES HOME TO DVD MAY 11TH

Warner Home Video Brings the Heartfelt Storytelling of the Emmy Award-Winning Drama to Viewers in a Five-Disc Collector's Set Featuring the First Season's Entire 24 Episodes

THE WALTONS, the beloved family drama which originated the celebrated phrase "Good Night John-Boy!" is making its highly-anticipated debut on DVD on May 11th, 2004 with THE WALTONS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON from Warner Home Video (WHV). One of television's most critically acclaimed and all-time favorite family classics, the series will be featured on a five-disc collector's set that will include more than 20 hours of content, including all 24 episodes of THE WALTONS' first season.

THE WALTONS, which made its network television premiere on September 14, 1972, on CBS, follows one family's life as they run its lumber mill during the Great Depression in rural Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Created and narrated by author Earl Hamner, Jr., the program is a reflection of Hamner's own upbringing during the same era, with his experiences re-told to the viewer through the eyes of aspiring writer John Boy Walton (portrayed by Richard Thomas). The close-knit family includes father John Walton (Ralph Waite) and his wife Olivia (Michael Learned), and their children John Boy, Mary Ellen, Jim-Bob, Elizabeth, Jason, Erin and Ben. Grandparents Zeb (Will Geer) and Esther (Ellen Corby) serve as the family elders of this large and loving family, who together face the challenges of 1930s United States while living on Waltons Mountain.

The drama quickly established itself as a powerful source of entertainment, having generated critical acclaim and strong viewership, and ranked in television's top 20 programs during the 1972-73 season. That very year, it secured eleven Emmy Award nominations, winning "Outstanding Drama Series," "Outstanding Continued Performance by a Lead Actor" (Thomas), "Outstanding Continued Performance by a Lead Actress" (Learned), "Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role" (Corby), "Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama" and "Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing." Further, THE WALTONS received three Golden Globe Award nominations, including "Outstanding Production - Drama Series" and "Actress in a Leading Role - Drama Series" (one each for Learned and Corby) in 1972.

THE WALTONS enjoyed nine years on CBS, during which it won seven additional Emmy Awards. Throughout its tenure, the series featured appearances by such up-and-coming talents as Ned Beatty, Corbin Bernsen, Wilford Brimley, Stephen Collins, Ron Howard, Jennifer Jason Leigh, the late John Ritter and Sissy Spacek, among others. In 1982, NBC aired three separate THE WALTONS television movies, while between 1993 and 1997 CBS programmed three additional THE WALTONS movies. Since its premiere, THE WALTONS has been distributed throughout the country and world.

Regarding the announcement, Christine Martinez, WHV Vice President, Non-theatrical Franchise Marketing, noted, "Without a doubt, THE WALTONS is one of the most endearing and special television programs ever to air. Its extraordinary writing, performances and production values were well before their time and the many original family drama series seen on television today owe a great deal of gratitude to THE WALTONS' groundbreaking and historic run." She added, "This Collector's set will enable not only every member of the family, but also fans of good television, to be entertained by Earl Hamner's wondrous stories which embodies everything this program is all about."

 


A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN: TWO DISC SPECIAL EDITION-- CROSSING HOME PLATE APRIL 20

Tom Hanks, Madonna, Rosie O'Donnell and Geena Davis Star in One of Director Penny Marshall's Best-Loved Films

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, the beloved hit film that taught America that "there's no crying in baseball," will be coming home on a brand- new two-disc Special Edition DVD packed with bonus features including a director's commentary from Penny Marshall and cast members including Lori Petty, Negan Cavanagh and Tracy Reiner, deleted scenes, a "making of" documentary and Madonna's music video, "This Used to Be My Playground."  A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN TWO-DISC SPECIAL EDITION  will be available April 20 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN TWO-DISC SPECIAL EDITION was a special labor of love for director Penny Marshall, who took a hands-on role in its production.  It was Ms. Marshall who developed the bonus features, selected deleted scenes and assembled the participating cast members - a truly personal touch that is reflected in this affectionate and thoughtful look at one of America's favorite films.

Tom Hanks (Road to Perdition), Geena Davis (Stuart Little 1 & 2), Rosie O' Donnell (Sleepless in Seattle) and Madonna (Die Another Day) star in this major league comedy from the team that brought you Big. Hanks stars as Jimmy Dugan, a washed-up ballplayer whose big league days are over.

Hired to coach in the All-American Girls Baseball League of 1943 while the male pros are at war, Dugan finds himself drawn back into the game by the heart and heroics of his all-girl team. Jon Lovitz (Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star) adds a scene-stealing cameo as the sarcastic scout who recruits Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis), the baseball dolly with a Babe Ruth swing. Teammates Madonna, Lori Petty and Rosie O'Donnell round out the roster, taking the team to the World Series. Based on the true story of the pioneering women who blazed the trail, on the fields and off, for generations of athletes.

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WILD THINGS 2 DEBUTS ON DVD APRIL 20 .

WILD THINGS, the seductive thriller starring Neve Campbell, Denise Richards, Matt Dillon and Kevin Bacon pushed the boundaries of eroticism and has grown to cult-film status. And now Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will break even more taboos with the DVD and VHS release of WILD THINGS 2, the edgy sequel guaranteed to turn up the heat. Also available will be a new WILD THINGS UNRATED DVD ($19.95 SLP) which features sizzling never-before-seen footage. And because just one is never enough, a DVD 2-pack containing both titles will be available for $36.95 SLP. All titles street April 20.

Even wetter and wilder than the original, WILD THINGS 2 is the sexy sequel that shows just how far two beautiful women will go to get what they want. When her filthy-rich stepfather dies, Brittney Havers' (Susan Ward, The In-Crowd) life of luxury seems to be over. But things take a twisted turn when a gorgeous classmate (Leila Arcieri, Daddy Day Care) makes a claim for the dead man's money. With everything at stake, the two teens go head-to-head in a fight that takes them from the courtroom to the bedroom to the dangerous depths of murder. Co-starring Isaiah Washington (Hollywood Homicide), Joe Michael Burke (TV's "General Hospital"), WILD THINGS 2 is brimming with sex, money, deceit and murder.

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The scheme is far from tame. But whose scheme is it? Assume nothing as you venture beyond Blue Bay's elite beach communities and into the murky waters of the Everglades for a mystery of deceit, sex and greed as unpredictable as a hungry gator. And please, keep your hands inside the boat at all times. Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, Denise Richards and Bill Murray star in a swamp-steamy thriller about two high school students, the guidance counselor they accuse of rape and the detective who knows there's more to the story.

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TUBE DEBUTS APRIL 20 ON DVD .

Explosive Action and Intense Suspense! A Must-Have for the Martial Arts Fanatic

Hardcore martial arts action meets the frenzied pace of Speed in TUBE, the explosive story of a man pushed to the edge of insanity and the maverick cop determined to stop him. Available on DVD and VHS April 20from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, TUBE features enough explosions and cutting-edge fight sequences to satisfy the most zealous martial arts aficionado.

Elite Intelligence becomes a deadly weapon when former undercover agent, T (Sang-Min Park) unwittingly becomes the sacrificial bait in a deadly agency operation and watches as his government turns against him. Determined to exact revenge, T takes a crowded subway hostage and threatens to exact one of history's deadliest acts of terrorism - taking the lives of 13 million civilians. As life and death hang in the balance, the single greatest act of courage falls to Detective Jay (Kim Seuk-Hun), who must face off with T in the deadliest showdown.

Produced in South Korea with one of the most lavish budgets ever seen in that country, TUBE had its theatrical premiere cancelled when only a month before the scheduled date, the tragic real-life Taegu arson attack occurred, killing 198 passengers on a subway train. Considered too eerily similar, the film's release was ultimately postponed for four months.

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TOKYO GODFATHERS-- PREMIERING ON DVD ON APRIL 13, 2004 .

The Critically Acclaimed New Anime from Superstar Director/Writer Satoshi Kon is Now on DVD

From the highly acclaimed anime director Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress) comes the visually and emotionally stunning urban fable about human decency among the down-and-out, TOKYO GODFATHERS. The meticulously drawn, Capraesque tale of adventure, love and redemption will debut on DVD on April 13, 2004, from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

It's Christmas Eve in Tokyo. Three homeless people - alcoholic Gin, drag queen Hana, and teenage runaway Miyuki - discover an abandoned baby in a pile of garbage. Rather than turn the infant over to the police, the trio decide instead to find the baby's parents themselves. Following the only clue they have, a locker key, the three godfathers embark on a surprising journey of danger, humor and excitement. And in the process, they revisit their own haunted pasts and learn to face their future.

Produced by the world-renowned animation studio Mad House (X, Vampire Hunter D, Ninja Scroll), TOKYO GODFATHERS is the third feature-length anime from cutting-edge director Satoshi Kon, two-time winner at the Fanta-Asia Film Festival (Best Asian Film, Perfect Blue, 1997; Best Animation Film, Millennium Actress, 2001) and 2004 Annie nominee for Best Director & Best Writer (Millennium Actress).

TOKYO GODFATHERS will be available as a single disc widescreen DVD for the SLP of $26.96 and includes both an exclusive making-of featurette and a freestanding Satoshi Kon character illustration postcard.

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INGMAR BERGMAN COLLECTION - OFFICIAL MGM STATEMENT .

It has come to our attention that the transfers utilized for the release of Ingmar Bergman's HOUR OF THE WOLF Special Edition DVD and SHAME Special Edition DVD are not representative of the intended theatrical presentation. In order to provide customers with the best quality product available, we are recalling the product at retail and will be releasing both films in a 1:37:1 aspect ratio on April 20, 2004. THE INGMAR BERGMAN DVD COLLECTION will also be available on that date. MGM Home Entertainment always strives to provide the highest standard of product and customer care. For additional information or comments, please contact our customer service at 877/646-4968.

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BOOTY CALL: THE BOOTIEST EDITION DEBUTS ON DVD ON APRIL 13, 2004 .

A planned night of love turned into a double date from hell when Jamie Foxx (Upcoming Movie Breaking All The Rules) and Tommy Davidson (Bamboozled) attempted to "get close" to their dates, Vivica A. Fox (Kill Bill) and Tamala Jones (Two Can Play That Game), in BOOTY CALL. And now, the funniest, sexiest urban comedy of the '90s is back and more outrageous than ever in a brand new, special deluxe presentation. BOOTY CALL: THE BOOTIEST EDITION will premiere on DVD on Tuesday, April 13, 2004, from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

After weeks of dating, Rushon (Tommy Davidson) and Nikki (Tamala Jones) think they might be in love. But they know they're in lust. There's just one little problem -- Nikki insists on double dating with her best friend Lysterine (Vivica A. Fox) on the night Rushon has reserved for romance. So Rushon brings his rude, crude, sex-obsessed best boy Bunz (Foxx) to keep Lysty busy, and turns Nikki's double date into a hilarious date with disaster.

Directed by Jeff Pollack and written by Takashi Bufford and Bootsie (aka J.Stanford Parker), BOOTY CALL: THE BOOTIEST EDITION includes the original film remastered in Hi- Definition, a brand new featurette on the making of Booty Call, a previously unseen alternate ending, and best of all, a newly-recorded filmmaker commentary that reunites the director and writers with stars Jamie Foxx, Vivica A. Fox and Tommy Davidson.

BOOTY CALL: THE BOOTIEST EDITION will be available as a single disc widescreen DVD for the SLP of $19.95. See below for a complete listing of the DVD features.

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SHE’S OUT OF CONTROL-- NEW TO DVD ON APRIL 13, 2004 .

Four-time Golden Globe nominee Tony Danza stars in the lighthearted, family comedy

The highly popular star of some of television's most-beloved and long-running series (Taxi, Who's The Boss), Tony Danza brings his much loved charisma & charm to the big screen in this lighthearted spoof of every father's nightmare, SHE’S OUT OF CONTROL, debuting on DVD April 13, 2004.

Doug Simpson (Tony Danza) is a hip radio station exec and the relatively stable single father of two daughters. But when Doug returns home from a business trip, he finds his fiancée (Catherine Hicks) has turned his life upside down by transforming his eldest daughter Katie (Ami Dolenz) from an awkward adolescent to an absolute knockout. Faced with the realization that his suddenly-sensational daughter is the dream date of every high school male old enough to have a learner's permit, Doug does his best to rain on Katie's endless parade of punkers, preppies and precocious would-be suitors (including a pre-"Friends" Matthew Perry). Will this overprotective, overzealous dad ever find a place in his "little girl's" heart again?

Directed by Stan Dragotti (Mr. Mom) and co-starring Catherine Hicks (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home), Wallace Shawn (The Princess Bride), Ami Dolenz (daughter of Monkee Micky), and a very young Matthew Perry (Friends), SHE’S OUT OF CONTROL is a highly enjoyable star vehicle that showcases the multiple talents of the irrepressible Tony Danza. One of America's favorite performers, Danza, a long established star of television (Family Law), stage (The Iceman Cometh), screen (Angels in the Outfield) and records (The House I Live In), will host his own syndicated TV talk show, "The Tony Danza Show," in Fall 2004.

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THE VELOCITY OF GARY-- NEW TO DVD ON APRIL 13, 2004 .

Vincent D'Onofrio, Thomas Jane and Salma Hayek take a walk on New York City's wild side. .

An unusual love story about three non- traditional people and their surprisingly traditional values is brought to DVD in THE VELOCITY OF GARY, a gritty, steamy drama starring Vincent D'Onofrio (The Cell), Thomas Jane (The Punisher) and Salma Hayek (Frida), premiering on DVD April 13, 2004, from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Gary (Thomas Jane) is a young man struggling to stay alive on the streets of contemporary urban America. But things change for him when he meets the sexy and charismatic Valentino (Vincent D'Onofrio), an actor in porn movies and a social castaway. Their attraction for each other is instant and powerful. Their relationship is complicated by the free-spirited waitress, Mary Carmen (Salma Hayek), Valentino's ever-present girlfriend. Valentino is the love of her life. But to her dismay, she soon realizes that his heart belongs to Gary. Mary Carmen and Gary become involved in a constant battle for Valentino's affections and grow to despise one another. However, when Valentino comes down with AIDS, the two are forced to put aside their differences. In order to care for their dying love, Mary Carmen and Gary move in together with Valentino. As Valentino's condition deteriorates, Mary Carmen finds out that she is pregnant with his child. As one life ends, another begins, bringing hope for the future.

Directed by Dan Ireland (Passionada) from a screenplay written by James Still, THE VELOCITY OF GARY made its acclaimed debut at the 1998 Toronto Film Festival and co-stars Ethan Hawke (Training Day) and Olivia d'Abo (Live Nude Girls).

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