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03/31/04

BLAZING SADDLES: 30TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION

New Special Edition DVD of Mel Brooks' Comedy Classic Debuts June 29 Remastered in 5.1 Audio Featuring Additional Scenes and Film-inspired TV Pilot, "Black Bart"

Brooks' DRACULA: DEAD AND LOVING IT also Debuts on DVD from Warner Home Video

On June 29, Warner Home Video (WHV) will commemorate the three-decade birthday of the great comedy classic, BLAZING SADDLES, by releasing a new 30th Anniversary Special Edition DVD featuring additional scenes and 5.1 audio. The unforgettable Mel Brooks comedy, Warner Bros.' most successful ever, is listed as #6 on American Film Institute's (AFI) list of the best comedies of all time-"AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs." Also on June 29, WHV will debut a second Mel Brooks film on DVD, DRACULA: DEAD AND LOVING IT.

The new BLAZING SADDLES DVD will also include Brooks' commentary, a Madeline Kahn featurette, cast reunion documentary, and will feature "Black Bart," the 1975 television pilot inspired by the movie. Both titles will be available for $19.97 SRP.

BLAZING SADDLES, first released in 1974, grossed nearly $120 million at the domestic box office and has gone on to sell more than 3 million videos and DVDs. The Western film genre spoof is one of Brooks' top commercially successful films, along with Young Frankenstein, also released that same year. Brooks' other film highlights include The Producers, High Anxiety, Silent Movie, History of the World: Part I and To Be or Not to Be.

Mel Brooks is in an elite class with Helen Hayes, John Gielgud, Rita Moreno, Audrey Hepburn, and Marvin Hamlisch as the sixth person to earn all four major entertainment prizes -- the Tony, the Emmy, the Grammy and the Oscar. (Mike Nichols is the seventh).

One of show business's most prolific and creative forces, Brooks entered television during its 'Golden Age,' beginning as a writer for Sid Caesar on "Your Show of Shows" in 1951. In 1955 and 1957, Brooks received Emmy Award nominations (with others) for Best Comedy Writing for "Caesar's Hour" and in 1956, he was nominated (with others) for Best Writing for a Variety or Situation Comedy. He created with Buck Henry the popular satirical spy sitcom, "Get Smart" in 1965. Brooks finally received his first Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy-Variety in 1967 for "The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special." He later earned three Emmys® for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for "Mad About You."

In the '60s, Brooks teamed with Carl Reiner for their best-selling "2000 Year Old Man" comedy album series, which continued in various versions for the next four decades. It's received two Grammy® nominations and one Grammy win.

Brooks' first Oscar came with The Critic, a short satire on avant-garde art films he wrote and narrated, which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Subject in 1964. A second Oscar came with The Producers, which brought him the statue for Best Original Screenplay and later became the basis for the current smash hit Broadway play which won Brooks three Tony Awards and two Grammy Awards.

In addition to his other films, Brooks' has produced some of America's most distinguished films under his Brooksfilms Limited banner. Among them are The Elephant Man, The Fly, Frances and 84 Charing Cross Road.

BLAZING SADDLES stars Cleavon Little as an unlikely sheriff in the town of Rock Ridge, Harvey Korman as the villain, Madeline Kahn as a Marlene Dietrich-style chanteuse, Gene Wilder as the wacko Waco Kid and Brooks himself as a dimwitted politico. Once the lunatic film gets started, logic is lost in a blizzard of gags, jokes, quips, puns and outrageous assaults upon good taste or any taste at all. The film was nominated for three

Academy Awards®-- Supporting Actress for Kahn, Best Editing and Best Song.

DVD extra content includes:

Also on June 29, WHV will debut Mel Brooks' DRACULA: DEAD AND LOVING IT - a comic reinvention of the Bela Lugosi classic about a Transylvanian vampire who works his evil spell on a perplexed group of Londoners. Directed and co-written by Brooks, who has a starring role as well, the film also features Harvey Korman, Leslie Nielsen, Peter MacNicol, Steven Weber and Amy Yasbeck. There is also a cameo appearance by Brooks' wife, Anne Bancroft.

DVD extra content includes:

BLAZING SADDLES: 30TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION

DRACULA: DEAD AND LOVING IT

 


HOME ENTERTAINMENT GETS A FACE LIFT ON JUNE 15 WITH THE DVD PREMIERE OF NIP/TUCK: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

Street Date To Coincide with Season Two Premiere Of "Compelling," "Riveting" and "Addictive Television" Series on FX

The bandages come off June 15 to reveal one of television’s most popular and critically acclaimed new drama series’, NIP/TUCK, debut on DVD. Warner Home Video (WHV) will release the highly-anticipated series on DVD with several eye-opening special features, including outtakes, deleted scenes, a sneak peek at the show’s second season and much more.

All 13 episodes of the program’s heralded first season will be packaged in an eye-catching lenticular 5-disc collector’s edition set available June 15, 2004, with a SRP of $59.98.

NIP/TUCK, which premiered on FX last year as the network’s "newest and boldest risk taker to date" (TV Guide), quickly established a solid and loyal audience of patients while further building FX’s brand in the television landscape as a leading source of groundbreaking, original programming. The cutting edge series, which received rave reviews from press ranging from The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Associated Press to The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and People Magazine, to name a few, stars Dylan Walsh and Julian McMahon as Miami plastic surgeons who find themselves in full-blown midlife crises in confronting career, family and romance problems. In its first season, NIP/TUCK, which also stars Joely Richardson, was the number one series in its Tuesday 10:00pm timeslot among all basic cable television shows, maintaining strong ratings in key adult demographics, including Adults 25-49.

NIP/TUCK received two Golden Globe Award nominations during its premier season, including Best Television Series – Drama and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series (Richardson). In addition, it was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award in the Outstanding Drama Series category and was named one of the "10 Best Shows on Television in 2003" by the American Film Institute. Based on its performance, accolades and fervent demand from viewers and critics alike, FX renewed the series for a second season of 16 original episodes.

Regarding the announcement, Christine Martinez, WHV Vice President, Non-theatrical Franchise Marketing said, "In order to fast track a series into the DVD market, the program must elicit a strong and loyal audience, as well as exhibit qualities that will ensure continued popularity. NIP/TUCK clearly is one of those titles. Based on the critical praise and viewing levels it received throughout its first season last year, we decided to bring NIP/TUCK to DVD to satisfy the demands of the growing fan base the program enjoys."

Special features to be included on NIP/TUCK: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON include:

 


RHINO TO RELEASE NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS-THE VIDEOS 20-TRACK DISC IN STORES MAY 4

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds' First-Ever Dvd Compilation Features Rare And Classic Music Clips

Over the course of the past two decades, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have seduced fans and critics alike with bittersweet, dressed-in-black vignettes about life, lust and death. "I've always been interested in making the ordinary extraordinary," the legendary Cave once said. Spend an evening with songs like "Red Right Hand," "Straight To You" and "Into My Arms" and you'll find that he succeeded. Twenty years after the release of the band's debut album From Her To Eternity, Rhino has compiled NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS-THE VIDEOS, the group's first-ever DVD collection of classic music clips. The single disc spotlights 20 videos in all, including the rarely seen "Stagger Lee" and "Wanted Man," along with fan favorites such as "The Mercy Seat," "The Ship Song" and "Where the Wild Roses Grow" (featuring Kylie Minogue).

NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS-THE VIDEOS will be available May 4 at all retail outlets and at www.rhino.com for a suggested retail price of $14.99.

An uncompromising and vivid portrait of one of the world's most critically acclaimed songwriters and performers, the DVD features introductions by the band members themselves, providing an informative, provoking, illuminating and passionately intimate journey through their music and history. The son of an English teacher and a librarian, Cave brought a rare intelligence to the post-punk scene of the early '80s. Formed in Australia but relocated to England, his pre-Bad Seeds band The Birthday Party were an apocalyptic expressionist challenge to the senses. When they split in '83, Cave re-grouped with a set of fierce musicians willing and able to join him in the perversion and celebration of blues, folk and popular forms. Though the group went through various line-up changes over the years, their standard of excellence never dipped.

They turned heads from the beginning, starting with From Her To Eternity, which featured a stunning cover of Elvis Presley's "In The Ghetto." Cave and crew broke in England two years later with Kicking Against the Pricks, an all-covers album fueled by their scorching rendition of Johnny Cash's "The Singer," which shot all the way to No. 1 on the UK charts. The years that followed saw Cave turn author (in 1988, he released King Ink, a collection of lyrics, and a novel in 1989 entitled And the Ass Saw the Angel), actor (he appeared in Wim Wenders' 1987 film Wings of Desire and the 1989 Australian film Ghosts...of the Civil Dead) and post-punk icon, performing with the 1994 Lollapalooza lineup and releasing a gaggle of critically acclaimed albums, including '94's Let Love In, '96's Murder Ballads, '97's The Boatman's Call and last year's Nocturama. In the review of the album, Rolling Stone wrote, "Nick Cave offers more of the gloomy torch songs and demon-exorcising mojo that have made him Australia's ranking goth poet. Most people this literary don't rock so hard or write tunes so good."

NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS-THE VIDEOS tells the band's story through stark images and sounds. It's a must-have for Cave completists and great starting point for the uninitiated. The track listing is as follows:

  1. Stagger Lee

  2. Where The Wild Roses Grow (featuring Kylie Minogue)

  3. Into My Arms

  4. (Are You) The One That I've Been Waiting For?

  5. Henry Lee

  6. Red Right Hand

  7. Loverman

  8. Do You Love Me?

  9. Deanna

  10. The Ship Song

  11. Tupelo

  12. In The Ghetto

  13. Jack The Ripper

  14. What A Wonderful World

  15. Straight To you

  16. The Mercy Seat

  17. The Weeping Song

  18. The Singer

  19. I Had A Dream Joe

  20. Wanted Man

 


03/29/04

HBO VIDEO PRESENTS THE EPIC MOVIE EVENT: ANGELS IN AMERICA- EXCLUSIVELY ON DVD, SEPTEMBER 14, 2004

Winner Of Five 2003 Golden Globe Awards, Including Best Miniseries/Motion Picture Made For Television

Academy Award® Winner MIKE NICHOLS Directs TONY KUSHNER’S Adaptation of his Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play with an All Star Cast Including AL PACINO, MERYL STREEP and EMMA THOMPSON along with MARY-LOUISE PARKER, JEFFREY WRIGHT, JUSTIN KIRK, BEN SHENKMAN, PATRICK WILSON and JAMES CROMWELL, with Featured Performances by MICHAEL GAMBON and SIMON CALLOW

On September 14, HBO Video will bring the critically-acclaimed, celebrated film from Mike Nichols, ANGELS IN AMERICA, to DVD. Adapted by Tony Kushner from his own Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play, the epic two-part, six-hour movie event will be featured in a two-disc DVD set including: Part 1, “Millennium Approaches,” and Part 2, “Perestroika.” Lauded as “not only the best television of the year, but hands down, the best movie, period” (New York Magazine) and “the most powerful screen adaptation of a major American play since Elia Kazan’s “Streetcar Named Desire” more than a half-century ago” (Frank Rich, New York Times), ANGELS IN AMERICA features an extraordinary cast including Academy Awardâ winning actors, Al Pacino, Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson along with Mary-Louise Parker, Jeffrey Wright, Justin Kirk, Ben Shenkman, Patrick Wilson and James Cromwell with performances by Michael Gambon and Simon Callow.

Critical Acclaim

In January, ANGELS IN AMERICA brought home five Golden Globe Awards, leading all winners and winning in every category in which it was nominated. The wins included the award for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television; Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television (Meryl Streep); Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television (Al Pacino); Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Mary-Louise Parker); and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Jeffrey Wright).

ANGELS IN AMERICA also captured the National Board of Review Award for Best Film Made for Cable Television and the Director’s Guild Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television. Featured as the #1 pick on many critics top ten films of the year lists, including USA Today, the film has been praised by reviewers nationwide receiving four-star reviews in USA Today, the New York Post, the New York Daily News, and the Boston Herald among others. “Dazzling,” (Washington Post) and “magnificent” (TV Guide), ANGELS IN AMERICA is “brutal, hilarious and deeply moving, the movie is like a bonfire that never stops giving off heat and light,”(Newsweek).

Synopsis

Based on Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize winning plays, ANGELS IN AMERICA is a sweeping film event, both epic and intimate, which explores the politics, morality and search for hope in the story of six interconnected characters and an Angel in the complex and turbulent world of New York in the late 1980's. 

The film tells the story of a gay man (Louis Ironson) struggling with his compassion and fidelity as his partner (Prior Walter) faces the specter of AIDS and dreamlike visitations by a prophet seeking Angel.  Louis becomes involved with a N.Y. Supreme Court Clerk (Joe Pitt) who wrestles with his career and sexual repression as his marriage to his Valium-addicted wife (Harper Pitt) unravels. Motivated to help her son, the clerk's Mormon mother (Hannah Pitt) comes from Salt Lake to the intimidating world of New York, while a controversial and legendary lawyer, Roy Cohn (a fictional re-creation of the infamous American conservative ideologue who died of AIDS in 1986), attempts to enlist the clerk in his defense as he is ravaged by a hidden disease and the demons of his own hypocrisy.

Spanning the extremes of comedy and tragedy, love and betrayal, and life and death, ANGELS IN AMERICA is a journey through the landscape of despair and hope that defines America at the end of the 20th Century.

Program Information

ANGELS IN AMERICA was executive produced by Mike Nichols and Cary Brokaw, president and CEO of Avenue Entertainment Group (who teamed with Nichols for the Emmy®-winning HBO Films production “Wit”); produced by Celia Costas; and co-executive produced by Michael Haley. Stephen Goldblatt was the director of photography; Stuart Wurtzel, production designer; John Bloom, editor; with music by Thomas Newman.  Kary Antholis, vice president, HBO Films, was the executive in charge of the production.  ANGELS IN AMERICA is an Avenue Pictures production.

ANGELS IN AMERICA is presented in the 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio and includes English 5.1, English 2.0 and Spanish 2.0 sound as well as English, French and Spanish subtitles.          

ANGELS IN AMERICA DVD

 


THE COMPANY PREMIERING JUNE 1 ON DVD

Iconic Director Robert Altman Takes an Elegant, Beautiful and Breathtaking Look at the World of Dance

Starring Neve Campbell, Malcolm McDowell and James Franco

Robert Altman follows up on the stunning success of the Academy Award winning film Gosford Park with THE COMPANY, a breathtaking look at the world of ballet as only Altman could envision it bringing his fluid and masterful camera work to the world of dance.  The authenticity and richness of THE COMPANY is rooted in the unprecedented way in which Altman shot the film: with the complete cooperation of the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago.  Joffrey dancers constitute the core of Altman's ensemble and screenwriter Barbara Turner (Pollack, Georgia) spent over two years on and off with the Joffrey, observing and writing.  Altman's vision for the film was an extremely intimate one: to show the difficult daily work, the intense pressures of performance, the richly textured behaviors of the dancers - whose professional and personal lives grow impossibly close - and of course the sheer beauty of dance: exhilarating, kinetic and thrillingly observed.  THE COMPANY will debut on DVD and videocassette on June 1 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

THE COMPANY stars Neve Campbell (Scream, Three to Tango, TV's "Party of Five"), the only actor who worked as part of the Joffrey corps, as a gifted company member on the verge of a principal dancer at a fictional Chicago troupe.  Campbell, an accomplished dancer, does all of her own dancing in the film and worked intensively with the Joffrey to prepare for her role.

Sony Pictures Classics present THE COMPANY starring Neve Campbell, Malcolm McDowell (I Spy, Gangster No. 1, A Clockwork Orange) and the Golden Globe Winner James Franco (Spider-Man 2, TV's "James Dean").  THE COMPANY is directed by Robert Altman. The screenplay is by Barbara Turner.

THE COMPANY will be available as a single disc DVD in its original theatrical PG-13 rated version.  The DVD special feature will include Extended Dance Sequences, "The Passion of Dance" Featurette, a "Making of" Featurette and Director and Cast Commentary.  See below

for a complete listing of the DVD features.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:

Basics

 


MIKE JUDGE AND DON HERTZFELDT PRESENT: THE ANIMATION SHOW

The tour successfully launched in Fall 2003 and has been in every major and some not so major markets in North American. THE ANIMATION SHOW is a collection of acclaimed animated short films from around the world, personally programmed by co-producers Mike Judge (BEAVIS & BUTT-HEAD, KING OF THE HILL, OFFICE SPACE) and Academy Award-nominated animator Don Hertzfeldt.

The DVD contains many special features and most of the films included in the theatre tour. The selection of films spans eight countries and features everything from forgotten classics, to the very latest in computer animation.  Six recent Academy Award-nominees are also included: "Mt. Head," "Das Rad," "The Cathedral," and "Fifty Percent Grey."  In addition, festival programmers Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt premiered their own new works at the festival to great acclaim.  The special features include audio commentary from Bill Plympton as well as deleted pencil test by Mike Judge and galleries of art and concepts for some of the award-winning shorts. The animated short film continues to be undervalued and underexposed in American cinema, despite widespread appreciation throughout the rest of the world.  On rare occasions, popular animated shorts may see some manner of very limited theatrical play, however, all too often they are relegated to only being found in chopped-up form on television, or worse, are only exhibited on the internet.

Every year, THE ANIMATION SHOW promises to put animated short films into more theaters than any other animation festival in American history. The aim is to finally give these filmmakers the wide exposure their work deserves and to share these short masterpieces on the big screen, where they belong.

MIKE JUDGE AND DON HERTZFELDT PRESENT: THE ANIMATION SHOW

DVD Premium:  Over an hour of special feature material, including a

hidden feature

 


THE BERENSTAIN BEARS: BEARS GET A BABYSITTER PREMIERING JUNE 1 ON DVD

Welcome back to Bear Country with the lovable furry friends from THE BERENSTAIN BEARS in an all-new series collection debuting June 1, 2004 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment from the top-rated preschool children's PBS program.  Helping children learn not to be afraid when the babysitter arrives plus teaching other important and entertaining universal life-lessons, THE BERENSTAIN BEARS: BEARS GET A BABYSITTER will debut on VHS with four enjoyable episodes at $12.95 SLP. The title will also be available on DVD with six "around-the-house" adventures priced at $19.95 SLP with a special kid-friendly "QuickStart" feature that makes it easy for young viewers to play the DVD and watch all six episodes continuously and uninterrupted. Based on the cherished and contemporary classic children's book series from Stan and Jan Berenstain trusted by parents and delighted by children for decades, THE BERENSTAIN BEARS are the biggest selling children's book series in history with over 240 titles in print spanning forty years with 260 million copies sold.  Premiering last year on PBS Kids, THE BERENSTAIN BEARS has become an instant hit with kids and parents alike, ranking in the Top 10 for its core demographic of children 2-5 on PBS.

Set in the rolling hills of Bear Country, this animated preschool series stars a fun loving family of honey Bears whose love, loyalty and humor allow them to overcome any obstacle that finds its way down to their sunny dirt road.  The funny adventures and familiar experiences of THE BERENSTAIN BEARS instill timeless life lessons and reflect the traditional community values of country life and working together.

The Sitter

Brother and Sister do some damage in Ms. Grizzle's flowerbed while retrieving their baseball. Instead of stepping forward to apologize, the cubs get nervous and run home. As fate would have it, Mama arranges for Ms. Grizzle to babysit the cubs that very night. Brother and Sister anticipate a very stern talking to, but are surprised by Ms. Grizzle's kindhearted manner.

Trouble with Grown Ups

In order to convey that it's tough being a cub, Brother and Sister put on a play, which comically depicts their parents as overbearing tyrants. The cubs are pleased when Mama and Papa agree they see the cubs' point. However when Mama and Papa offer to switch places with Brother and Sister and let them be the parents, the cubs readily agree. It's only after the cubs realize they're responsible for doing the dishes, making the meals and keeping the house in order that they come to the conclusion, and see Mama and Papa's point, that sometimes it's just as tough being a parent as it is being a cub.

Family Get Together

The Bears are hosting a family reunion, but the cubs doubt they'll enjoy spending time with relatives they've never met. The cubs' first impression of their two cousins only confirms their opinion: Sylvester and Penelope are just too different to consider getting acquainted with. However, as the day unfolds, Brother and Sister get to know them better and discover they've not only met new cousins, they've made new friends too.

The Birthday Boy

With Mama and Papa too busy setting up Brother's birthday party, Sister reluctantly decides to do her 'Tell Us About A Family Member' school assignment on Brother. However, videotaping him for her project not only allows her to see a side of him she never saw before, it helps her realize just how much her big brother really means to her. Ultimately not only is Sister's Birthday Boy video an A+ project, it also doubles as Brother's best birthday gift ever.

THE BERENSTAIN BEARS - BEARS GET A BABYSITTER DVD

Will feature the above four episodes plus two additional shows including:

The Baby Chipmunk

When she adopts a baby chipmunk, Sister learns the hard way about trying to keep a non-domes iced animal as a house pet.  All the baby chipmunk does is eat and sleep. However, the bigger it grows the more active it gets and the more mess it makes and the more trouble it causes. Of course none of it's intentional. That's just the creature's nature. But when it accidentally bites Papa, Sister finally realizes that if she really loves Little Brown Eyes, she'll do what's best for the chipmunk and return him to the outdoors where he belongs.

Count Their Blessings

Brother and Sister often complain that their friends have more things than they do. Mama and Papa tell them they should be thankful for all the things they do have. When a big thunderstorm rages outside and the power goes out, the cubs are reminded of how fortunate they are to have loving parents and a cozy home to live in. It's a good time to count their blessings.

 

03/24/04

THE PRESIDENT'S DAUGHTER IS STEPPING OUT ON DVD MAY 4 IN CHASING LIBERTY

Starring America's 'Tween Queen Mandy Moore and Matthew Goode, Jeremy Piven, Annabella Sciorra, Caroline Goodall and Mark Harmon, from Director Andy Cadiff

Special Features Include Commentary from the Stars, Additional Scenes, Passport Tours, Roots Concert and More!

It's romance on the run in CHASING LIBERTY, debuting on an all-new DVD and VHS from Warner Home Video (WHV) on May 4. The romantic comedy from director Andy Cadiff stars pop star sensation Mandy Moore (A Walk To Remember, How To Deal), Matthew Goode (Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister), Jeremy Piven (Old School, Runaway Jury), Annabelle Sciorra (The Sopranos), Caroline Goodall (The Princess Diaries, Schindler's List) and Golden Globe-nominee Mark Harmon (Freaky Friday, Summer School). With a "Love Parade" of special features including a stunts featurette, additional scenes, music videos and more, CHASING LIBERTY embodies the American teenage dream in this tale of life, Liberty and the pursuit of the president's daughter.

CHASING LIBERTY will be available for sell-through pricing at $27.95 SRP on both widescreen and full frame DVD formats. Contact your WHV representative or distributor for VHS pricing.

SYNOPSIS

Eighteen-year-old Anna Foster (Mandy Moore) just wants the American dream: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. At the very least, she wants the freedom to live like any other teenager. But as the only child of the President of the United States, every detail of Anna's life is constantly monitored by the media, the public and her very protective parents - backed up by a battalion of Secret Service agents dedicated to safeguard her from danger, including the perils of first dates.

While on a diplomatic trip to Europe with her parents, Anna exacts a promise from her father for a rare evening out alone, unescorted by the usual security detail. But when over-protective Dad has a last-minute change of heart and reneges, Anna decides it's time to take matters into her own hands,ditches the agents and goes on the run. In her wild escape, incognito Anna meets charming Brit Ben Calder (Matthew Goode), who aids her European getaway. Reveling in her newfound independence, Anna decides to take Europe by storm, accompanied by Ben and always a step ahead of her zealous bodyguards. As her impromptu European adventure takes her farther away from a life of protocol and draws her closer to her dashing young traveling companion, she dreads the day she has to tell Ben who she really is and go back home...but Ben has a secret of his own.

DVD ELEMENTS

The DVD release of CHASING LIBERTY will include the following special features:

 


PLEASE NOTE NEW RELEASE DATE FOR SMALLVILLE: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON DVD NOW STREETING MAY 18

Clark Kent lives in Smallville, but in many ways he's out of this world - and so is the spectacular SMALLVILLE: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON DVD flying into homes everywhere from Warner Home Video on May 18, 2004. Presented in 16 X 9 Widescreen format with Dolby-Digital sound, the six-disc DVD collector's set contains all 23 episodes from the second season, plus bonus materials worthy of a superhero. Among the episode highlights: Clark Kent grapples with his true calling. Is he on Earth to serve humanity or perhaps destroy it? Lex gets married - twice! Lana Lang moves in with Chloe, adding a new dynamic to their Clark dilemma. Lionel pulls devious strings. And Pete becomes a keeper of the Clark secret. SMALLVILLE: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON DVD is priced at $59.98 SRP.

This deluxe DVD collection of SMALLVILLE: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON contains super special features including Christopher Reeve: Man of Steel featurette, Faster Than a Speeding Bullet - The Visual FX of Smallville, The Chloe Chronicle - webisode investigation/documentaries of the bizarre Smallville events that make Chloe's "Wall of Weird," audio commentaries by the show's producers Alfred Gough, Miles Millar and Greg Beeman, director James Marshall and stars Tom Welling, Kristin Kruek and Michael Rosenbaum on two episodes. Additional special features include deleted scenes from season two, gag reel, English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles, and a DVD-ROM link to the smallville.net website.

 


BO & LUKE DUKE AND THEIR COUSIN DAISY COME TO DVD FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ON JUNE 1ST WITH THE WARNER HOME VIDEO RELEASE OF THE DUKES OF HAZZARD: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

An Anchor For CBS, THE DUKES OF HAZZARD Ranked #1 In Its Time Spot For Six Consecutive Seasons

The 3-Disc DVD Collector's Set Will Include Great Special Features with Series Cast Members and NASCAR Drivers

Get ready for action - Hazzard County style - when Warner Home Video releases THE DUKES OF HAZZARD: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON on June 1st. Released for the first time ever on DVD, the 3-disc collection of the action packed and hilarious TV series includes approximately 637 minutes from 13 episodes, in addition to never-before-seen special features. THE DUKES OF HAZZARD: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON is available for $39.98 SRP.

THE DUKES OF HAZZARD follows the adventures of the Duke boys, cousins Bo Duke (John Schneider) and Luke Duke (Tom Wopat), and their curvaceous cousin Daisy Duke (Catherine Bach), as they cavort around the small town of Hazzard County in the hills of Georgia. The Dukes' Uncle Jesse (Denver Pyle), formerly the best moonshine runner in Hazzard County, makes a deal with the government to stop the family trade in exchange for keeping the family out of jail.

Nevertheless, the Dukes have a knack for getting into trouble, which usually involve run-ins with the crooked county boss, Boss Hogg (Sorrell Booke) and the town sheriff, Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane (James Best). With crazy car chases and wrecks, blundering sheriffs and money-hungry politicians, Hazzard County quickly became the wildest and wackiest destination on television.

"The hilarious antics of the residents of Hazzard County made THE DUKES OF HAZZARD one of television's most enjoyable and beloved series," said Christine Martinez, WHV Vice President, Non-theatrical Franchise Marketing. "Dukes is a true piece of television history and we are thrilled to be releasing this set which will become the ultimate collector's item for TV fans."

THE DUKES OF HAZZARD debuted in January of 1979 and was an instant success. A staple of CBS's Friday night lineup, the show was a Top 20 CBS series for six of its seven seasons on air. Dukes held the #1 spot in its time period across those six seasons, making it one of the most popular television series of all time. Disappointed Dukes devotees everywhere said good-bye to Hazzard County when the last episode aired in 1985, but THE DUKES OF HAZZARD fan support is still strong, with hundreds of websites and products devoted to the legendary series. The show subsequently aired in syndication, recently on The Nashville Network (now Spike TV).

In addition to all 13 episodes from the entire first season, THE DUKES OF HAZZARD: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON contains never-before-seen special features, including:

 


WARNER HOME VIDEO SCORES WITH THE SECOND RELEASE OF THE SUPER BOWL COLLECTION "SUPER BOWL XI-XX" FEATURING MORE THAN 10 HOURS OF ACTION AND BEHIND-THE-SCENES FOOTAGE

A Decade Worth of the Most Popular, Most Watched Sporting Event Comes To DVD

Warner Home Video (WHV) is proud to present some of the greatest moments and legends of the NFL on DVD with the release of SUPER BOWL XI-XX: Collector's Set on June 1, 2004. The brand new five-disc set highlights every Super Bowl from 1977 - 1986 and is the perfect gift for Father's Day. NFL SUPER BOWL COLLECTION: SUPER BOWL XI-XX is available for $64.92 SRP. Order due date is April 20, 2004.

Building on the success of NFL Super Bowl Collection: Super Bowl I-X, which was released on November 18, 2003, WHV now offers football fans the opportunity to own the first 20 Super Bowls on DVD.

"The NFL has an incredible fan base that craves as much insight to the game as they can possibly get and the opportunity to own every Super Bowl on DVD is the ultimate for NFL fans," said Christine Martinez, WHV Vice President, Non-theatrical Franchise Marketing. "With more than 10 hours of game footage, highlights and behind-the-scenes footage, NFL SUPER BOWL COLLECTION: SUPER BOWL XI-XX is the perfect gift for dads this Father's Day."

NFL FILMS SUPER BOWL COLLECTION: SUPER BOWL XI-XX

Live the excitement of Super Bowls XI-XX and the seasons leading up to each big game in a 5-disc collector's set loaded with 10 hours of action-packed footage including defining highlights, enhanced content, a commemorative booklet and a Super Bowl XX ticket replica. A must-own for every football fan, this all-new DVD includes the following classic match-ups with bonus features focusing on the key players and stories of the era including:

Super Bowl XI - 1977 - Oakland vs. Minnesota

Super Bowl XII - 1978 - Dallas vs. Denver

Super Bowl XIV - 1980 - Pittsburgh vs. LA Rams

Super Bowl XV - 1981 - Oakland vs. Philadelphia

Super Bowl XVI - 1982 - San Francisco vs. Cincinnati

Super Bowl XVII - 1983 - Washington vs. Miami

Super Bowl XVIII - 1984 - LA Raiders vs. Washington

Super Bowl XIX - 1985 - San Francisco vs. Miami

Super Bowl XX - 1986 - Chicago vs. New England

 

03/22/04

THEY'RE COMING BACK TO WIPE US OUT! STARSHIP TROOPERS 2: HERO OF THE FEDERATION DEBUTS ON SPECIAL EDITION DVD ON JUNE 1 FROM COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME ENTERTAINMENT

DVD Premiere Sequel to the Hit Sci-Fi Action Epic Directed by Visual Effects Master Phil Tippett

The alien bugs are back and the interstellar assault rages on with the premiere of STARSHIP TROOPERS 2: HERO OF THE FEDERATION, the much-anticipated sequel to Paul Verhoeven's cult-classic 1997 hit STARSHIP TROOPERS. Marking the directorial debut of Academy Award®-winning visual effects supervisor Phil Tippett (who worked on VFX for the original STARSHIP TROOPERS in addition to other high-profile films such as Return of the Jedi and Jurassic Park) with a screenplay by the first film's writer Ed Neumeier, STARSHIP TROOPERS 2: HERO OF THE FEDERATION will debut June 1 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment on Special Edition DVD and VHS (rental).

Starring a sexy cast of talented young stars including Kelly Carlson (TVs "Nip/Tuck"), Ed Lauter (Seabiscut, Leaving Las Vegas), Richard Burgi (TVs "24") and Sandrine Holt (Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever), STARSHIP TROOPERS 2: HERO OF THE FEDERATION is loaded with state-of-the-art CGI creature effects, high-octane futuristic battle sequences and the infamous man-eating killer alien bugs!

STARSHIP TROOPERS 2: HERO OF THE FEDERATION picks up where the original film left off, right back to the frontline of battle against the arachnid warrior bugs at a desolated outpost on Zulu Angel, a storm swept planet where the first film's arachnids gained a murderous grip over humanity. A small group of mobile infantry Troopers lead by General Shepherd (Ed Lauter) find themselves taking refuge in an abandoned Federation outpost where they discover the last remaining soldier Captain Dax (Richard Burgi), who helps them fight off the encroaching arachnids. Isolated from the outside threat, the rag-tag band of fighters discover a much graver danger is actually infiltrating their unit and a terrifying new breed of enemy is hunting them down from within.

In addition, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will also release the original STARSHIP TROOPERS and STARSHIP TROOPERS 2 together in a special two-pack DVD set, available at the low price of $36.95 SLP.

STARSHIP TROOPERS 2: HERO OF THE FEDERATION SPECIAL EDITION DVD:

 

03/21/04

UNDERWORLD- UNRATED EXTENDED CUT: TWO-DISC DVD SET INCLUDES 23 MINUTES OF FOOTAGE SPILLING MORE BLOOD ON DVD MAY 25!

UNDERWORLD, the dark, sexy and action- packed story of the eternal battle between vampires and their mortal enemies, the werewolves, stars Kate Beckinsale (Pearl Harbor) and Scott Speedman (TV's Felicity) and has become a cult-film hit of gothic proportions. Now, on May 25, 2004, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will satisfy the bloodlust even further with the release of director and creator Len Wiseman's original vision for the film - the UNDERWORLD UNRATED EXTENDED CUT, available as a two-disc DVD set for $34.95 SLP.

Certain to fulfill the most ardent fan, the UNDERWORLD UNRATED EXTENDED CUT feature film includes 12 minutes of additional footage, plus 11 minutes of footage that replace existing scenes with different angles and takes. Not only that, but this new two-disc DVD set, packaged in a unique translucent cover, boasts all new bonus features including audio commentary by director Len Wiseman and leading cast members Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman; a 45-minute documentary examining the history of vampires and werewolves; a cinematography featurette; a special effects featurette, a production design featurette; and an outtake reel. As an added bonus, each DVD comes packaged with a collectible production sketch notebook and a mini Underworld comic book.

In addition to the extensive, all new special features listed above, the UNDERWORLD UNRATED EXTENDED CUT offers special features from the previously released theatrical version DVD: director and writer commentary, technical commentary, and several featurettes including "The Sights and Sounds of Underworld," "Creature Effects," "Stunts" and a "Making of" featurette.

In the UNDERWORLD, Vampires are a secret clan of modern aristocratic sophisticates whose mortal enemies are the Lycans (werewolves), a shrewd gang of street thugs who prowl the city's underbelly. No one knows the origin of their bitter blood feud, but the balance of power between them turns even bloodier when a beautiful young Vampire warrior and a newly-turned Lycan with a mysterious past fall in love. Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman star in this modern-day, action-packed tale of ruthless intrigue and forbidden passion ­ all set against the dazzling backdrop of a timeless, Gothic metropolis.

UNDERWORLD UNRATED EXTENDED CUT ALL NEW DVD:

COLLECTIBLE ITEMS INCLUDE:

SPECIAL FEATURES FROM THE ORIGINAL DVD:

BASICS:

 


YOU WERE NEVER LOVELIER: DEBUTS ON DVD MAY 25

Elegance, Grace and Screwball Comedy Come Together in this Classic Oscar®-Nominated Film Starring Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth

On May 25, 2004, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will release on DVD the classic 1943 musical, YOU WERE NEVER LOVELIER, starring the incomparable Rita Hayworth (Gilda, Down to Earth) and the great Fred Astaire (Top Hat, Easter Parade). YOU WERE NEVER LOVELIER earned three Academy Award® nominations for "Best Score," "Best Sound Recording" as well as "Best Song," for the Jerome Kern (music) and Johnny Mercer (lyrics) tune "Dearly Beloved".

The film features exquisite dance sequences and a hilarious screwball plot, and, as the original 1943 theatrical materials proclaimed: "HAYWORTH--never lovelier! ASTAIRE-- never more exciting! KERN'S MUSIC--never more inspired!" Set in Buenos Aires, Astaire plays a down-on-his-luck dancer who romances the elegantly cool Hayworth against the wishes of her father. The dance numbers are a joy to watch as Hayworth is a wonderful complement to Astaire, gliding across the floor with natural ease that only accentuates her ravishing beauty.

In addition to the Oscar®-nominated "Dearly Beloved," two other well-loved Kern- Mercer standards, "YOU WERE NEVER LOVELIER" and "I'm Old Fashioned," originated in the film. Directed by William A. Seiter (director of the great Laurel & Hardy film, Sons of the Desert, a touchstone of classic American comedies), YOU WERE NEVER LOVELIER was produced as a follow-up to the highly popular 1941 film, You'll Never Get Rich, which paired Astaire and Hayworth together for the first time. It was based on the original screenplay, "The Gay Senorita." The film includes a cameo appearance and musical performance by Xavier Cugat and his orchestra.

YOU WERE NEVER LOVELIER DVD:

 


CRUEL INTENTIONS 3: PREMIERING ON DVD ON MAY 25, 2004

Three malicious college students compete in a winner-take-all game of seduction and revenge in CRUEL INTENTIONS 3, starring Kerr Smith (The Forsaken), Kristina Anapau (Cursed) and Nathan Wetherington (The It Factor). Inspired by Choderlos De Laclos' controversial 1782 novel, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, the third installment of this highly successful series debuts on DVD and videocassette on May 25, 2004, from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Cassie (Anapau), Jason (Wetherington) and Patrick (Smith) are three amoral college students who, through a series of sexual wagers, take malicious pleasure in ruining the lives of their fellow classmates. Bored with such easy prey, Jason and Patrick agree to one final bet, a winner-take-all game of seduction and revenge, where Cassie is the grand prize and the loser is imprisoned for life.

Directed by Scott Ziehl (Three Way, Proximity) and written by Rhett Rheese (creator of "The Joe Schmo Show"), CRUEL INTENTIONS 3 was produced by Neal H. Mortiz, one of the most successful filmmakers in the world. Among his many hit movies are Torque, S.W.A.T., Sweet Home Alabama, Not Another Teen Movie, The Fast and the Furious, Cruel Intentions, Urban Legends, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer. Also prolific in television, he received a 1999 Emmy nomination for "The Rat Pack" (Outstanding Made for Television Movie).

CRUEL INTENTIONS 3 will be available as a single disc widescreen DVD for the SLP of $24.96.

CRUEL INTENTIONS 3 DVD:

 

03/17/04

25 YEARS LATER GREAT SONDHEIM MUSICAL IS STILL A CUT ABOVE SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET  DEBUTS ON DVD APRIL 20

Acclaimed Video Presentation of Multi-Award Winning Broadway Smash Starring Angela Lansbury and George Hearn Joined by First-Time DVD Release of “THE LAST OF SHEILA

“This production of ‘SWEENEY TODD’ beautifully captures the complete show and ranks as a landmark in the history of preserving musical theatre...”
Ken Mandelbaum, Broadway.com

On April 20, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince’s acclaimed Tony®-Award winning Broadway musical SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET, Warner Home Video (WHV) will introduce to DVD the groundbreaking 1982 television version, which starred Angela Lansbury and George Hearn and won three Emmys® and three Cable Ace Awards®.  

Long noted as the first TV production to accurately translate the Broadway musical theatre-going experience onto the small screen, SWEENEY TODD's original videotape and audio masters have now been restored and remixed (respectively), and the DVD will be presented in the original videotaped aspect ratio (1.37:1) with new Dolby® 5.1 audio.  George Feltenstein, WHV’s Senior Vice President Classic Catalog, notes, “It was the multiple camera work and direction in this TV version that created the ground-breaking sense of intimacy and fluid movement.  The genius of Sondheim’s score, Harold Prince’s phenomenal stage direction, and the amazing performances of Angela Lansbury and George Hearn are beautifully preserved in this outstanding production.”

Also making its DVD debut on April 20 is THE LAST OF SHEILA -- a complex Hollywood thriller written by Sondheim and actor Anthony Perkins (Psycho).  It includes commentary from stars Richard Benjamin, Dyan Cannon and Raquel Welch.  SWEENEY TODD will sell for $24.98 SRP and THE LAST OF SHEILA will be available for $19.97 SRP.

Stephen Sondheim has earned national acclaim during his five-decade career.  Not only has he won seven Tony Awards® for his songwriting, he’s been awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Sunday in the Park with George and received both Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Known for skewed harmonies and densely literate lyrics, he’s considered one of the most versatile artists of the theatre.  Sondheim hit his stride in the ’70s, forming an artistic partnership with producer/director Hal Prince (Company, Follies, A Little Night Music); together they were credited with reinventing the Broadway musical. 

Continued Feltenstein, “When it comes to musical theater of the last 40 years, there's Sondheim and then there's everyone else.  His scores are true masterworks and SWEENEY TODD…may well be his greatest achievement.  While sadly, some original productions of his other hits -- like Company, Follies, and A Little Night Music -- are lost to the memories of those lucky enough to have seen them, we’re fortunate that the producers of SWEENEY TODD… had the foresight to preserve it for the ages.  The WHV restoration from the original antiquated videotape masters makes SWEENEY TODD…look and sound better than ever.  Even people familiar with this production from earlier VHS and broadcast incarnations will be awed by the great improvement in picture and sound.”

SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET

Starring Ms. Lansbury (Manchurian Candidate, Murder She Wrote), who won one of the original’s eight Tony Awards®, and Mr. Hearn (Broadway’s La Cage Aux Folles, Sunset Boulevard), this production was taped before a live audience at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles in 1982 and was later shown on SHOWTIME and PBS.  The original was the sensation of the 1979 Broadway season, winning its Tony® for Best Musical, Score, Book, Direction, Actor, Actress, Scenic Design and Costumes, along with nine New York Drama Critics Circle Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards. 

Synopsis:

This macabre tale tells the story of Sweeney Todd (Hearn), a man unjustly imprisoned, who returns to London in 1846, determined to seek revenge on those who have destroyed his life.  He acquires an ally in Nellie Lovett (Lansbury), a lusty woman who bakes some unexpected ingredients into the meat pies she sells.

THE LAST OF SHEILA

A Hollywood “who dunnit” in the style of Agatha Christie, THE LAST OF SHEILA was a collaboration of Mr. Sondheim and actor Anthony Perkins, winning them the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Mystery Film the year of its release.  Directed by Herbert Ross (Steel Magnolias, The Goodbye Girl), the movie stars James Coburn (Magnificent Seven, Our Man Flint), James Mason (A Star is Born, The Verdict), Raquel Welch (Legally Blonde, Tortilla Soup), Dyan Cannon (Drop-Dead, Out to Sea, TV’s Ally McBeal) and Richard Benjamin (My Favorite Year, Portnoy’s Complaint, Goodbye Columbus).  This witty complex thriller is an elaborate murder game which takes place on a Mediterranean cruise.  What unfolds is a cleverly plotted mystery, where even the title is a clue!

Synopsis:

A year after his wife Sheila was killed by a hit-and-run driver, Hollywood kingpin Clinton Green (Coburn) hosts a cruise aboard his yacht for a group of friends who may know more about Sheila’s death than they’re letting on.  He stages an elaborate murder mystery game with clues planted at each port-of-call along the way.

Special Features include:

DVD Details

Street Date: April 20, 2004

THE LAST OF SHEILA

SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET

 


TORQUE RACES ON TO DVD MAY 18

This High Speed Adventure Stars Ice Cube, Monet Mazur, Martin Henderson and Jay Hernandez from FAST & FURIOUS Producer Neal H. Moritz

Two Cool Commentaries: The Cast, Director Joseph Kahn And The Creative Team

Take the ride of your life on May 18, rack up miles and rule the road with TORQUE, debuting on an all-new DVD and VHS from Warner Home Video (WHV).  This extreme action adventure film, from Village Roadshow Pictures and producer Neal H. Moritz

(The Fast and the Furious, XXX and S.W.A.T.), takes extreme motorcycling “to the max” and stars Ice Cube (Barbershop, Three Kings, Anaconda), Martin Henderson (The Ring), Monet Mazur

(40 Days, 40 Nights, Just Married) and Jay Hernandez (Crazy Beautiful).  With fast-paced special features TORQUE brings you to a place where everything moves so fast, if you slow down, you’re gone.

TORQUE will be available for sell-through pricing at $27.95 SRP on both widescreen and full frame DVD formats.  For VHS pricing please contact your WHV sales representative. 

SYNOPSIS

Biker Cary Ford lives to ride. Now he’s riding to live. The Reapers biker gang wants him for a murder he did not commit. The leader of the Hellions wants to get his hands on his neck and on the contraband he thinks Ford ripped off. And the FBI wants to have a little chat. Nice to be wanted – right?

No rules. No limits. A young cast (with Ice Cube of Barbershop 1 & 2 as the Reapers’ leader and The Ring’s Martin Henderson as Ford) is runnin’ hot and stylin’ cool in this roadfest from the producer of The Fast and the Furious, S.W.A.T and XXX. So kick, pop and hang on for some of the meanest meetings of man and machine around, including a wild bike-chase atop and through a moving commuter train!

DVD ELEMENTS

Rev up with the following high-riding special features:

 


THERE CAN STILL BE ONLY ONE! HIGHLANDER*: THE SERIES - SEASON FOUR AVAILABLE APRIL 13 FROM ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT  & DAVIS/ANDERSON MERCHANDISING CORP

Immortal Collector's DVD Set Featuring 22 Digitally Remastered Original Episodes

Packed Solid with Hours of All-New Sensational Extras Continue Duncan MacLeod's epic journey through the ages with the HIGHLANDER*: THE SERIES - SEASON FOUR DVD collection from Anchor Bay Entertainment and Davis?Anderson Merchandising Corp.  Providing fans again with the ultimate viewing experience, the SEASON FOUR DVD release will feature all 22 exciting and dramatic episodes from the long-running sci-fi/fantasy TV series HIGHLANDER* starring Adrian Paul, presented in state-of-the-art digitally re-mastered 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound.  Available April 13th in a remarkable nine-disc collector's DVD set priced to own at $89.98 SRP, HIGHLANDER: THE SERIES - SEASON FOUR features hours of fascinating bonus materials including recently discovered deleted scenes, all-new season-specific interviews with cast and crew, blooper/outtakes reel and much more!

A must-have release to complete the essential HIGHLANDER DVD collection, HIGHLANDER: THE SERIES - SEASON FOUR is highlighted by Adrian Paul's critically acclaimed directorial efforts on the episodes "Homeland" and "Methuselah's Gift."  The series' trademark use of detailed historical flashbacks and authentic sword duels provides the framework for a mix of intriguing storylines that ultimately afford Duncan the opportunity to avenge the deaths of both his father and his beloved, Tessa.

The HIGHLANDER: SEASON FOUR DVD release is highlighted by the following action-packed bonus materials:

Based on the popular HIGHLANDER film series starring Sean Connery and Christopher Lambert, HIGHLANDER the television series follows the amazing journeys of the Immortal Duncan MacLeod played by Adrian Paul. The six seasons of the TV show follow the action of the Immortal's age-old struggle for dominion - Good vs. Evil. Through it all the mystery of the HIGHLANDER unfolds and deepens as his incredible story leaps time and emotions to bring us further into the tortured world of the Immortals.

HIGHLANDER*: THE SERIES - SEASON FOUR

 

03/15/04

YOU ARE CLEARED FOR FINAL APPROACH TO…BABYLON 5: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON

Collectible Six-Disc DVD Set Available April 13 Featuring All 22 Episodes From the Final Season Plus Packed with Exclusive Bonus Materials

The journey’s end has finally arrived with the much-anticipated DVD release of BABYLON 5: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON, featuring all 22 episodes from the acclaimed sci-fi adventure series’ final season. Debuting April 13, 2004 from Warner Home Video (WHV) on a must-own six-disc collector’s set, BABYLON 5: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON is priced at $99.98 SRP.

From the beginning, both were running out of time. The space station that was the last, best hope for peace was sooner or later certain to be eclipsed by new political coalitions and technical advances. And John Sheridan, who guided the massive Freeport through its most tumultuous days, knew that his own fate had been inalterably prophesied. Now both storylines converge in the final season whose events also include Sheridan’s attempts to wage peace for the Interstellar Alliance, the tragic fate of the telepaths and the ultimate fireball destruction of the outmoded station after it is declared to be a spaceway navigational hazard.

With over 17 hours of content, the BABYLON 5: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON DVD has been newly remastered with a digital widescreen transfer and is loaded with special features including a making-of featurette about the series state-of-the-art special effects, another featurette about the show’s dedicated fan base, in-depth audio commentaries on various episodes from cast members and the series creator, deleted/extended scenes, a gag reel and much more!

"As one of the most exciting and cutting-edge sci-fi TV series in recent years, BABYLON 5 has developed an extremely loyal and cult fan following," said Christine Martinez, WHV Vice President, Non-theatrical Franchise Marketing. "Fans will now be anxious to complete their DVD collection with this in-demand final set of the remarkable sci-fi action series."

BABYLON 5 has won two Emmy Awards for Groundbreaking Visual Effects and Makeup as well as the 1998 Science Fiction Writers of America Ray Bradbury Award. It also earned the 1999 Saturn Award for Best Genre Cable/Syndicated Series from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. Currently, BABYLON 5 continues to be seen by legions of fans with episodes syndicated on the Sci-Fi Channel.

DVD ELEMENTS

EPISODES FEATURED

  1. No Compromises

  2. The Very Long Night of Londo Mollari

  3. The Paragon of Animals

  4. A View from the Gallery

  5. Learning Curve

  6. Strange Relations

  7. Secrets of the Soul

  8. Day of the Dead

  9. In the Kingdom of the Blind

  10. A Tragedy of Telepaths

  11. Phoenix Rising

  12. The Ragged Edge

  13. The Corps is Mother, The Corps is Father

  14. Meditations on the Abyss

  15. Darkness Ascending

  16. And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder

  17. Movments of Fire and Shadow

  18. The Fall of Centauri Prime

  19. The Wheel of Fire

  20. Objects in Motion

  21. Objects at Rest

  22. Sleeping in Light

BASICS

 


ROCK 'N' ROLL AND FILM ONCE AGAIN STRIKE A MATCH IN THE ULTIMATE GLAM ROCK MOVIE "SLADE IN FLAME" DVD DEBUTS IN THE U.S. FROM SHOUT! FACTORY ON MARCH 23RD

In the mid-'70s, British glam rock legends Slade took a break from their unprecedented winning streak (12 top-5 singles in succession), and did what every other major rock band was doing at the time. they made a movie. Band members Noddy Holder, Dave Hill, Jim Lea and Don Powell play fictional characters in the film which risked the truth and offered the world a gritty, realistic expose of what had become wildly mythologized band life. Available March 23rd, Shout! Factory releases SLADE IN FLAME, which "arrives on DVD with its reputation still intact as one of the best and bleakest rock films yet made." (The London Times) Featuring the Slade hits "How Does It Feel" and "Far Far Away," SLADE IN FLAME tells the story of a rock band's uphill struggle to stardom, their brief moment of success and their subsequent break-up. Unlike A Hard Day's Night or Help!, this harsh narrative not only portrays the glamour side of the music business, but also depicts the internal conflicts and external pressures that so often torment successful rock bands. The SLADE IN FLAME DVD also includes an in-depth interview with Noddy Holder, Slade's lead singer and guitarist, providing fascinating insight into both the fictional characters in the film, and the colorful real-life characters that made up this glam-era super group.

Slade, which originally formed in 1966 under the moniker The N' Betweens, was comprised of four good-time, working class blokes from Wolverhampton, England. The band began their rise to the top in 1971 with "Get Down and Get With It," then followed with their first #1 single, "Coz I Luv You," a year later. Slade achieved a major accomplishment in 1973 when "Cum On Feel the Noize" entered the charts at #1, the first single to do so since The Beatles' "Get Back" four years earlier. Slade's first entry into the American charts was "Run Runaway," which reached #20 in 1984 accompanied by a raucous video in regular rotation on MTV. Though this hit was followed by "My Oh My," Slade's songs were better known in America as cover versions by Quiet Riot, The Runaways and Oasis.

Also on March 23rd, Shout! Factory makes available a brand new greatest hits collection from Slade, Get Yer Boots On - The Best of Slade. The CD includes sixteen of the band's top-20 U.K. hits, and is Slade's first greatest hits compilation to be released in the U.S.

SLADE IN FLAME DVD Specs

 

03/10/04

A TRIO OF "TARZANS" SWING ONTO DVD JUNE 8

The Quintessential Tarzan and Jane -- Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan -- Arrive for the first time on DVD in a Deluxe Four-Disc DVD Set Containing all Six of their MGM Tarzan Adventure Classics plus a New Feature Documentary GREYSTOKE: THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, LORD OF THE APES, Hugh Hudson's Lavish Epic, Celebrates 20th Anniversary with All-New Digital Transfer TARZAN THE APE MAN Provocative 1981 Version Starring Bo Derek and Miles O'Keeffe Adds Jane's POV to DVD Collection

Warner Home Video (WHV) is bringing three very different portrayals of Edgar Rice Burroughs' famed "Lord of the Apes" to DVD on June 8. The most beloved "classic" Tarzan adventures are found in a four-disc set featuring all six Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan films on three discs, with a fourth disc of extra content, including the new documentary Silver Screen: King of the Jungle. The "modern epic" Tarzan arrives in a 20th Anniversary all-new digital transfer DVD with GREYSTOKE: THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, LORD OF THE APES starring Christopher Lambert and Andie MacDowell. The last of the trio is the "erotic" Tarzan -- the 1981 remake of TARZAN THE APE MAN, featuring Bo Derek and Miles O'Keeffe. THE TARZAN COLLECTION starring Johnny Weissmuller will sell for $59.92 SRP; GREYSTOKE: THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, LORD OF THE APES and TARZAN THE APE MAN will be priced at $19.97 SRP.

TARZAN: THE COMPLETE WEISSMULLER/O'SULLIVAN CLASSICS All six of their M-G-M movies are being offered on this four-disc set which will arrive just in time to commemorate the anniversary of Johnny Weissmuller's 100th Birthday. The six features are presented on three discs, with a fourth disc exclusively devoted to the bonus features.

Disc One

TARZAN THE APE MAN - In their first film, Tarzan meets Jane when she arrives in Africa to join her father's ivory hunting expedition. Smitten, Tarzan kidnaps Jane. After she manages to escape she can't stop thinking about the "Lord of the Apes." When a tribe of pygmies traps the expedition, Jane sends Cheetah to bring Tarzan, who rescues them with the help of his elephants. This time he captures her heart and as the film ends, she chooses to stay. TARZAN AND HIS MATE - Recently inducted by the Library of Congress into the National Film Registry, TARZAN AND HIS MATE is considered one of the few Hollywood sequels that surpassed the original. In this adventure, Jane's father returns to Africa to continue his search for the elephant burial grounds, hoping that Tarzan will help him. When Tarzan refuses, Jane's father decides to continue anyway and the members of the expedition soon find themselves in grave peril. The popular crocodile battle sequence is used here for the first time and many fans of Tarzan agree this is the best film ever made about the "Lord of the Jungle." The DVD release contains the original uncensored "pre-code" version of the film, containing the notorious nude swimming scene which was deleted prior to theatrical release.

Disc Two

TARZAN ESCAPES - Jane's cousins try to convince her to claim a fortune bequeathed to her back in England. The action accelerates when their unscrupulous guide attempts to capture Tarzan and turn him into a sideshow attraction to entertain the public. TARZAN FINDS A SON! - Cheetah finds an infant left alone after his parents die in a plane crash and brings the baby home to Tarzan and Jane. They are delighted to take him in and raise him. Five years later a search party comes looking for "Boy" who happens to be an heir to a multi-million dollar fortune. The tree house is rocked when Jane defies Tarzan to lead the search party and "Boy" back to civilization. On the way they are captured by hostile natives and after a breathtaking escape by "Boy," Tarzan and the elephants rescue everyone.

Disc Three

TARZAN’S SECRET TREASURE - Jane and "Boy" are kidnapped by evil villains who want Tarzan to lead them to a treasure in gold. Jane, "Boy" and the villains are then captured by wicked natives and once again Tarzan and his elephants show up to save the day! TARZAN’S NEW YORK ADVENTURE - A circus owner smuggles "Boy" out of the jungle and brings him to New York to perform in a show. Jane and Tarzan follow to get their son back. A custody trial is held during which Tarzan is jailed after becoming violent in the courtroom. He escapes, finds the circus and rescues his son with the help of the circus elephants.

Disc Four

The bonus features on this disc will include:

GREYSTOKE: THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, LORD OF THE APES

All-new 20th Anniversary Digital Transfer Edition This extraordinary saga explores the dual nature of Tarzan as he struggles to repress his wild jungle instincts and become the civilized heir to an Earldom. Called "enthralling and gloriously beautiful," by Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times, the film stars Christopher Lambert as the darkly intense Tarzan and Andie MacDowell (Green Card, Four Weddings and A Funeral) who made her movie debut as Jane Porter in this lavish production directed by Hugh Hudson (Chariots of Fire). The film also stars Sir Ralph Richardson (Watership Down, Dr. Zhivago) in one of his final performances along with Ian Holm (Lord of The Rings Trilogy).

The bonus content on this disc includes:

TARZAN THE APE MAN

This highly provocative version of the original Tarzan story is told from Jane's point of view. This time, when Jane (Bo Derek) arrives in Africa to visit her father (Richard Harris) and repeatedly finds herself in peril, the relationship which develops between Jane and her heroic Tarzan (Miles O'Keeffe) steams up the screen in ways the previous films left to viewers' imaginations. While Maureen O'Sullivan, Andie MacDowell, and other "Janes" were certainly considered beautiful and sexy, Bo Derek's portrayal is perhaps the most famously erotic. John Derek, Bo's husband, directed this sexually charged expedition through the wilds of Africa with that specific goal in mind. The DVD will include the following extra content:

Tarzan basics:

THE TARZAN COLLECTION starring Johnny Weissmuller

GREYSTOKE: THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, LORD OF THE APES

TARZAN THE APE MAN

 


WARNER HOME VIDEO DEBUTS TWO VINTAGE ANIMATED TV SERIES WITH THE "HANNA-BARBERA GOLDEN COLLECTION" THE JETSONS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON  AND JONNY QUEST: SEASON ONE

Available May 11 For the First Time Ever on Special Four-Disc Collector Sets

Warner Home Video (WHV) opens its classic vaults to team up with legendary animation studio Hanna-Barbera to premiere two releases in the new Hanna-Barbera Golden Collection DVD series featuring the animated series THE JETSONS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON and JONNY QUEST: SEASON ONE. By popular demand, both cult-classic cartoon series will be available May 11, 2004 for the first time ever digitally re-mastered on DVD in a deluxe four-disc collectors set, each featuring over 11 hours of classic original TV programming and newly-added enhanced content, priced to own at $64.92 SRP.

"Meet George Jetson...Jane, his wife...daughter Judy...his boy Elroy..." The catchy tune of THE JETSONS ideally captures the lighthearted essence of the show, a 21st Century futuristic counterpoint to The Flintstones that reflected the space-age optimism of the times. THE JETSONS were the very first family, animated or not, to have a big-screen home entertainment system decades before it became a reality! They lived in the ultra-convenient world of tomorrow with flying cars, floating cities and androids, all commonplace scenery of today's most popular sci-fi blockbusters. The animated series only lasted for one full season, but these original episodes continued to air on the network for over 15 years. Now this beloved series teletransports onto DVD, featuring all 24 hilarious Season One episodes, plus packed with soaring extras, both newly-made and vintage rarities, including:

Begin your "Quest" for Adventure with Television's First Animated Action Series

 Unlike the outrageous fantasy plots of cartoons that preceded it, JONNY QUEST drew on science and detective-style logic to solve mysteries and apprehend sophisticated villains. Viewers were transported to exotic locales as Jonny's dad Dr. Benton Quest tackled each new government assignment, aided by ex-agent "Race" Bannon, the Indian boy Hadji, family bulldog Bandit...and of course, his fearless 11-year-old son Jonny (voiced by actor Tim Matheson).

Now all 26 classic episodes from Year One charting the fantastic exploits of brave and brainy Jonathan Quest are available for the first time ever in the JONNY QUEST: SEASON ONE deluxe DVD set that is action-packed with bonus features such as:

"As two influential and timeless cartoon series that several generations of DVD consumers grew up watching, both THE JETSONS and JONNY QUEST have been in-demand for years to be released on DVD," said Christine Martinez, WHV, Vice President, Non-theatrical Franchise Marketing. "We are excited to partner with Hanna-Barbera, one of the leading television animation studios with a vast library of internationally recognized cartoon characters, to launch this remarkable new DVD collection."

BASICS

THE JETSONS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

JONNY QUEST: SEASON ONE

 


SEASON TWO OF THE MULTIPLE EMMY AWARD-WINNING DRAMA "THE WEST WING" COMES TO DVD!  WATCHED BY OVER 15 MILLION VIEWERS WEEKLY, THE RECORD-BREAKING SERIES BEGINS ITS SECOND TERM ON DVD MAY 18TH

Warner Home Video's THE WEST WING: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON Returns with its All-Star Cast as well as Several Special Features Including Deleted Scenes, A Gag Reel, Behind-The-Scenes Featurettes, and Commentaries by Aaron Sorkin, Thomas Schlamme, and Martin Sheen. Released in Time for this Season's Broadcast Finale.

It's unanimous! Warner Home Video (WHV) has voted to re-elect the multiple Emmy Award-winning hit series "THE WEST WING" for another successful term on DVD. The four-disc collector's set, will feature 22 episodes of the high-profile political drama's second television season (2000-2001) which earned a record-breaking 18 Emmy Award nominations and eight wins. The set will be available for $59.98 (SRP) and will include a wide array of exclusive special features for consumers. Special features included in the DVD set include:

Regarding the announcement, Christine Martinez, Vice President, Non-Theatrical Franchise Marketing, Warner Home Video stated, "THE WEST WING is a groundbreaking series featuring perfectly written and magnificently acted story lines that endure consistently from season to season. Fans of the series and anyone who appreciates remarkable television would find season two of the series to be a natural addition to their DVD library." THE WEST WING was created by award-winning writer, producer Aaron Sorkin ("Sports Night," "The American President,"), is directed by Thomas Schlamme ("Sports Night") as well as executive produced by John Wells, ("ER," "Third Watch") and features one of the most talented ensemble casts ever to star in a drama series. THE WEST WING documents the inner workings and daily activities of The White House as seen through the eyes of a diverse group of staffers led by a fictitious U.S. President (Martin Sheen as U.S. President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet). The highly-talented administration is portrayed by Dulé Hill as President Bartlet's aide Charlie Young, Allison Janney as Press Secretary C.J. Cregg, Rob Lowe as White House Deputy Communications Director Sam Seaborn, Richard Schiff as White House Director of Communications Toby Ziegler, John Spencer as White House Chief of Staff Leo McGarry and Bradley Whitford as Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman. Season two of THE WEST WING also features the return of Stockard Channing as First Lady Abigail Bartlet and Janel Moloney as Assistant to Deputy Chief of Staff Donna Moss. Recurring guest stars from season one include Timothy Busfield as Danny Concannon and Tim Matheson who portrays the role of Vice President John Hoynes.

THE WEST WING has won an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series every season it has been on the air, which totals four awards in that category. Besides Outstanding Drama Series, during its second season, the program was nominated for a record breaking total of 18 Emmy nominations, winning in eight categories including Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series, Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series as well as the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Bradley Whitford and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Allison Janney.

"THE WEST WING: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON"

EPISODE SYNOPSES:

  1. In The Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part I (Episode 226201) - In the two-hour season premiere of the record Emmy Award-winning drama, all the President's (Martin Sheen) men and women scramble in the chaotic wake of an assassination attempt that leaves some victims fighting for their lives. Meanwhile, as a manhunt continues, the wounded drift in and out of surgery recalling how Bartlet's team came together during the dark months of his longest primary campaign. Elsewhere, the press department is hounded by the media for details of the shooting while a military crisis looms in Iraq.
  2. In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part II (Episode 226202) - In the two-hour season premiere of the record Emmy Award-winning drama, all the President's (Martin Sheen) men and women scramble in the chaotic wake of an assassination attempt that leaves some victims fighting for their lives. Meanwhile, as a manhunt continues, the wounded drift in and out of surgery recalling how Bartlet's team came together during the dark months of his longest primary campaign. Elsewhere, the press department is hounded by the media for details of the shooting while a military crisis looms in Iraq.
  3. The Midterms (Episode 226203) - As one of the President's (Martin Sheen) staff recovers from bullet wounds, the rest of the team pushes on to the "mid-term" congressional elections in November - but as C.J. (Allison Janney) deflects press requests on how the assassination attempt has affected the mood in the White House, she knows that nearly everyone bears psychological scars in its aftermath. In particular, Charlie (Dulé Hill) is affected when he learns more about the shooting and reacts coldly both to Bartlet (Sheen) and Zoey (guest star Elizabeth Moss). For his part, Toby (Richard Schiff) surveys the President's newfound popularity in the polls and proposes that the administration pursue a course that would turn up the heat on extremist groups while Sam (Rob Lowe) convinces a friend (guest star Jamie Denton) to run for Congress after the death of a current congressman. Elsewhere, Bartlet is obsessed with an obscure school board election in New Hampshire for purely personal reasons.
  4. In this White House (Episode 226204) - When a confident Sam (Rob Lowe) is outmatched by a novice Republican advisor (guest star Emily Proctor) on a political point-counterpoint television program, an impressed President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) offers to hire her as assistant White House counsel despite her party affiliation - a bold move that sends shock waves through the resentful staff. Elsewhere, Toby (Emmy winner Richard Schiff) and Josh (Bradley Whitford) attend a deadlocked White House summit between representatives of pharmaceutical companies and the leaders of AIDS-ravaged African nations to discuss the high price and availability of much-needed drugs. However, the President is concerned for the safety of President Nimbala (guest star Zakes Mokae), the eloquent leader of one of the nations, after news spreads about a bloody coup back home in his country.
  5. And It's Surely to Their Credit (Episode 226205) - President Bartlet's (Martin Sheen) controversial - and conservative - new choice for associate White House counsel (guest star Emily Proctor) has rough sledding on her first day she suffers the wrath of her hostile boss (Emmy-winning guest star John Laroquette, "Night Court," "The Practice"), gets a chilly reception from her co-workers and is humiliated by two other staffers (guest stars Steven Flynn and Paul Perri). Also, when Josh's (Bradley Whitford) insurance company turns down his claim for his recent life-saving medical bills, Sam (Rob Lowe) tries to convince him to sue the people who shot him. In addition, C.J. (Emmy winner Allison Janney) tries to shame an outspoken general (guest star Tom Bower), who is critical of the President, into meeting with her.
  6. The Lame Duck Congress (Episode 226206) - A wily President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) considers the extraordinary option of recalling the Senate from a winter holiday to push through a ratification of a new nuclear test-ban treaty - despite the lame-duck status of many Senators who will not return in the next season - while the drunken Ukrainian leader (guest star Eugene Lazarev) thunders through the White House demanding to see the President. Elsewhere: Toby (Richard Schiff) is shocked to hear that even if the Senate returns, the White House might still lack the necessary votes; Sam (Rob Lowe) learns something when he grudgingly works with new Republican assistant counsel Ainsley Hayes (guest star Emily Proctor); a stubborn C.J. (Allison Janney) argues against allowing reporter Danny (guest star Timothy Busfield) private access to the President for a series of exclusive stories; and Donna (Janel Moloney) is on a mission to get the President to back legislation on repetitive stress injuries.
  7. The Portland Trip (Episode 226207) - While President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) and some of the staff are en route overnight to Portland for a major education speech, Leo (John Spencer) remains behind to monitor a tense situation in the Persian Gulf when a foreign tanker is suspected of smuggling contraband oil and fires on the U.S. Navy helicopters sent to investigate. Elsewhere, Josh (Bradley Whitford) is on a tight deadline when he debates with an opposing party's congressman (guest star Charlie Lang) - who happens to be gay - the merits of a bill brought before the President that would prohibit same-sex marriages. On the plane, Toby (Richard Schiff) tries to re-work Sam's (Rob Lowe) questionable speech on education while Charlie (Dulé Hill) offers a novel idea that would result in more teachers. In addition, secretary Margaret (guest star Nicole Robinson) worries that her boss, Leo, might be tempted to take a drink after he signs his divorce papers.
  8. Shibboleth (Episode 226208) - As Thanksgiving nears, President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) has his own hot-potato issue when a boatload of persecuted Chinese evangelical Christians arrives in California seeking asylum, while a perplexed C.J. (Allison Janney) must choose between two turkeys for the presidential pardon ceremony - with the other destined for the chopping block. While Bartlet's staff argues over sending back the illegal immigrants, Toby (Richard Schiff) wants the President to appoint Leo's (John Spencer) controversial sister (guest star Deborah Hedwall) for a minor education post, fully aware that her opposition to school prayer will cause the controversial subject to emerge again. Elsewhere, Toby, Josh (Bradley Whitford) and Sam (Rob Lowe) make plans to watch football while Charlie (Dulé Hill) is dispatched by Bartlet to find the precise cutting instrument for Thanksgiving dinner.
  9. Galileo (Episode 226209) - President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) prepares to address thousands of elementary students nationwide as a NASA space probe descends on Mars, but a host of thorny problems suddenly land on is doorstep, including a fire in a Russian nuclear missile silo and a last-minute loss of communication with the Mars spacecraft. In addition: the Icelandic ambassador is peeved at the President for missing their meeting; Josh (Bradley Whitford) is still smarting after being delegated the responsibility of choosing the subject of the next official stamp; a reluctant C.J. (Allison Janney) is forced to attend a concert where she will encounter some angry applicants whom she rejected as her new press deputy; and an embarrassed Sam (Rob Lowe) is confronted by former date-mate Mallory (guest star Allison Smith) at the concert.
  10. Noel (Episode 226210) - Christmas draws near as Josh (Bradley Whitford) is ordered by Leo (John Spencer) to consult with a doctor who specializes in analyzing trauma victims - but Josh's denial of his occasional emotional outbursts belie the fact that he isn't fully recovered from his life-threatening injuries in the Presidential assassination attempt. What's particularly telling is Josh's identification with a dead fighter pilot who recently took his own life by deliberately crashing his jet - a man who coincidentally shared his birthday and experienced emotional trauma after being shot down over Bosnia. Elsewhere: the President (Martin Sheen) wants to personally sign all of his Christmas cards - which total hundreds of thousands; Sam (Rob Lowe) confronts a representative of the Energy Secretary who publicly advocates release of federal oil reserves; C.J. (Allison Janney) gets personally involved when a foreign White House tourist becomes extremely agitated at the sight of a painting donated by the French government.
  11. The Leadership Breakfast (Episode 226211) -- As a bi-partisan friendship breakfast with members of Congress nears, President Bartlet's (Martin Sheen) staff vigorously debates the merits of including a patient's bill of rights and minimum wage increase among the incendiary topics while CJ. (Allison Janney) jousts with the new chief of staff of the House Majority leader (guest star Felicity Huffman) over the press conference's agenda and location. Elsewhere: Leo (John Spencer) asks Josh (Bradley Whitford) to apologize for him to a powerful news columnist after he unintentionally insults her; Sam (Rob Lowe) lobbies C.J. to move the media briefing room away from the White House to free-up much-needed space; and Sam and Josh start a cozy fire in the Mural Room - - unaware that the chimney flue has been welded shut for more than 100 years.
  12. "The Drop-In" (Episode 226212) -- Leo (John Spencer) tries to convince an unenthusiastic President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) about the merits of an expensive and errant missile defense system while the chief executive ponders the political benefits of chiding hard-core environmentalists over the actions of eco-terrorists when he addresses their convention. Meanwhile, Bartlet endures the formalities of accepting the appointments of a range of foreign ambassadors but he enjoys one in particular - the presentation of the charming Lord John Marbury (guest star Roger Rees, "Cheers") who returns as Great Britain's new U.S. ambassador. In addition, C.J. (Allison Janney) treads lightly when she is dispatched to New York to dissuade a comedian, Corey Sykes (guest star Rocky Carroll, "Chicago Hope"), who once uttered a well-publicized but offensive joke in the President's presence from performing at the annual Will Rogers dinner.
  13. "Bartlet's Third State of the Union" (Episode 226213) - There's electricity in the air as the President (Martin Sheen) addresses the Congress for his third State of the Union address - which was intricately composed by Toby (Richard Schiff) - and while Josh (Bradley Whitford) anxiously tracks public response via a phone poll, a crisis looms when five American drug agents are taken hostage by Colombian rebels. As Josh spearheads the sampling efforts, he crosses paths with sassy pollster Joey Lucas (Oscar-winning guest star Marlee Matlin) and they renew their sexual chemistry. Elsewhere, Bartlet earns Abbey's (guest star Stockard Channing) ire when his speech omits mention of her passionate issue, including violence against women, while an important cable TV political show host (guest star Ted McGinley, "Married...with Children") sets up in the White House for a live post-speech analysis.
  14. "The War at Home" (Episode 226214) - After his State of the Union speech, Bartlet (Martin Sheen) boldly greenlights a daring military mission to rescue five federal drug agents taken hostage by Colombian terrorist commandos - until complications arise - while Toby (Richard Schiff) is confronted by an angry, liberal Senator (guest star Ed Begley, Jr. "St. Elsewhere") who threatens to launch a third-party run for President. Elsewhere, a frustrated Josh (Bradley Whitford) tries to conduct a poll to sample reaction to the speech which he hopes will provide support for a new gun protection law but he wonders why his assistant Donna (Janel Moloney) keeps urging him to ask out an attractive pollster (guest star Marlee Matlin). In addition, C.J. (Allison Janney) tries to convince the host (guest star Ted McGinley, "Married...with Children") of a TV political program to include a controversial policeman (guest star Gregalan Williams) as a guest who was the President's invitee at his speech while Abbey (Stockard Channing) is livid with Bartlet for what he said and didn't say in his speech.
  15. "Ellie" (Episode 226215) - As the President (Martin Sheen) wings back from a Tokyo trade summit, a firestorm of controversy awaits him when Surgeon General Griffith (guest star Mary Kay Place, "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman") hints that marijuana should be decriminalized - but Bartlet is even more incensed over his meek middle daughter Ellie's (guest star Nina Siezmasko) public assurances that her father would never fire Griffith. When he confronts Ellie, the Presdient gets a sobering reality check about their relationship. Elsewhere: Toby (Richard Schiff) floats an idea of putting a controversial Senator on a special commission to study social security reform and encounters resistance to the notion of raising the retirement age: Sam (Rob Lowe) tries to head off the misleading story that he White House refused to screen an incendiary new film promoted by a savvy movie producer.
  16. "Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Gong to Jail" (Episode 226216) - While a contemptuous Toby (Richard Schiff) is assigned to meet with a noisy, unruly mob, protesting the World Trade Organization, Donna (Janel Moloney) asks Sam (Rob Lowe) to consider fronting an executive pardon for the grandfather of her friend (guest star Jolie Jenkris) who was imprisoned for espionage in the 1940's. Elsewhere: President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) fumes when there are complications in this plan to select the bucolic - and prehistoric - site for his Presidential library; as part of Bartlet's tradition of setting aside one day for personal petitions to the White House, C.J. (Allison Janney) must grant an audience to an earnest group of cartographers who want to adopt a new global map that is more respectful of Third World nations; Sam is still smarting over he news of his father's infidelity.
  17. "The Stackhouse Filibuster" (Episode 226217) - The President's (Martin Sheen) staff waits impatiently for an elderly but stubborn Senator (guest star George Coe) to yield the floor as he stages a marathon filibuster hoping to stave off a vote on Bartlet's Family Wellness Act bill while Toby (Richard Schiff) is leery of the Vice President's (guest star Tim Matheson) sudden interest in supporting another bill tightening fuel-emission standards. Elsewhere: C.J. (Allison Janney) anxiously paws though her memory as she seeks to locate a missing ceramic cat statue given to the President by a Mid-eastern potentate who expects to see it displayed during his upcoming visit; Josh (Bradley Whitford) strains to finish business in time to catch a flight for a weekend visit to the spring-training camp of the New York Mets in Florida.
  18. "17 People" (Episode 226218) - After a foreign terrorist is caught at the border with explosives, Bartlet (Martin Sheen) ponders the impact of ordering a heightened security alert for the nation's airports while and exasperated Toby (Richard Schiff) is shocked to learn of the President's secret affliction with multiple sclerosis and he details it's political and legal ramifications. In other While House corridors, Sam (Rob Lowe) and Josh (Bradley Whitford) try to punch up an upcoming presidential speech with snappy one-liners while Josh jousts with Donna (Janel Maloney) over many contentious subjects, including the exact start date of her employment. In addition, Sam and Ainsley (Emily Procter) fuss over the 14th Amendment and equal rights for women.
  19. "Bad Moon Rising" (Episode 226219) - The President's (Martin Sheen) vaunted administration could be brought down by the tiniest oversight as Bartlet secretly summons chief counsel Barash (guest star Oliver Platt, "Bulworth") to discuss how his failure to divulge his multiple sclerosis condition could be a criminal violation of full disclosure - which would give his enemies enough ammo to destroy him. Meanwhile: a fuming Toby (Richard Schiff) orders C.J. (Allison Janney) to smoke out the insider who leaked vital information on the President's reversal on school vouchers; Sam (Rob Lowe) feels queasy when he learns that an aging oil tanker is leaking onto the coast of Delaware causing an ecological disaster - and he could be liable since he brokered the deal for the behemoth in his previous shipping firm job while aware of the needed repairs; Josh (Bradley Whitford) clashes with a questioning Donna (Janel Maloney) as the U.S. prepares a huge cash loan to prop up the collapsing Mexican economy again.
  20. "The Fall's Gonna Kill You" (Episode 226220) - Sam (Rob Lowe) is happy to learn of a lowered surplus estimate that will reinforce the administration's case for a revised tax cut and Josh (Bradley Whitford) seeks more funds to support the overwhelmed Justice Department in its prosecution of tobacco companies. Oliver Platt guest-stars as White House counsel Babish and Marlee Matlin guest stars as pollster Joey Lucas.
  21. "18th Potomac" (Episode 226221) - The newly elected president of Haiti flees for his life an asks for sanctuary in the U.S. embassy - which would place the compound under army attack. Elswhere, a frustrated Josh (Bradley Whitford) needs more money from a Senate committee to continue the Justice Department's case against Big Tobacco companies but hits a roadblock when he solicits the crucial votes of two Democratic Senators. Oliver Platt guest stars as White House counsel Babish.
  22. "Two Cathedrals" - Season Finale (Episode 226222) - The Haitian army besieges the American Embassy there and Bartlet (Martin Sheen) continues his campaign to sufficiently fund the Justice Departement's case against Big Tobacco. Additionally, Toby (Richard Schiff) gets a surprising job offer and the President gets some sage advice from an unexpected corner.

 


LIL' KIM AND STEVE HARVEY JOIN MEMBERS OF B2K AND IMX IN THE RAW AND GRITTY STREET DANCING FILM- YOU GOT SERVED: EDGY URBAN SMASH-HIT OPENED #1 AT THE BOX OFFICE HITTING THE STREETS ON DVD MAY 18

In the tradition of 8 Mile, Drumline and Bring It On comes YOU GOT SERVED, an inside look at the battle to be the best in the fast-paced and take- no-prisoners world of hip hop street dancing.  Written and directed by Christopher B. Stokes (House Party 4), the cast includes Marques Houston (member of musical group IMX), Omari Grandberry (member of musical group B2K), Jarrell Houston (B2K), J Boog (B2K), platinum- selling recording star Lil' Kim, Steve Harvey (TV's "The Steve Harvey Show"), Meagan Good (Hustle and Heat, the upcoming D.E.B.S.) and the beautiful Jennifer Freeman (TV's "My Wife and Kids"), but the real stars are what the New York Times raved about: the "cutting, slashing, robotic moves that evoke both Chinese martial arts films and Michael Jackson's undying moonwalk."  The film makes its DVD and VHS (rental) premiere on May 18 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

The DVD is fully-loaded with special features, including audio commentary from writer/director Christopher B. Stokes and cast members Marques Houston and Omari Grandberry, a cutting-edge multi-angle dance breakdown to analyze all the moves, a making-of documentary, and the music video "Badaboom" by B2K featuring Fabolous. You find street dancers all across the country - on street corners, in alleyways, on playgrounds or in dark, sweaty warehouses. Crowds gather to cheer and scream for their favorite crew locked into battle with other formidable crews.  With unbelievable raw talent, they demonstrate explosive moves that defy gravity and spin like tops to the rhythmic sounds of urban music.  YOU GOT SERVED delves into that competitive, underground world. Elgin (Houston) and David (Omarion) are best friends and leaders of the best dance crew in the area. When another town's top group challenges them to a battle, David and Elgin, along with their buddies (Raz B, J Boog and Lil' Fizz of B2K) must create and perfect the most cutting edge moves in order to remain on top. The stakes are raised as friends double-cross each other and true motives are revealed. When the biggest battle comes to town, David and Elgin must work past their differences to prove that they are still the best crew on the streets.

YOU GOT SERVED DVD:

 

03/03/04

CARY GRANT: 100 YEARS YOUNG FIVE DVD DEBUTS FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO ON JUNE 1

MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE, THE BACHELOR AND THE BOBBY-SOXER, MY FAVORITE WIFE, DESTINATION TOKYO & NIGHT AND DAY.

June 1 will mark the DVD debut of five films from Cary Grant -- Hollywood's acclaimed screen legend whose gallantry and courtly charm spanned an illustrious career of 76 films. Warner Home Video (WHV) is proud to celebrate Grant's centennial with the DVD debuts of MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE, THE BACHELOR AND THE BOBBY-SOXER, MY FAVORITE WIFE, DESTINATION TOKYO and NIGHT AND DAY. Each of the DVDs includes the extra bonus features that WHV has become well-known for, and are priced at $19.97 SRP. Cary Grant: The Signature Collection, which will include all these titles, will also be available for $49.92 SRP.

"Grant was indeed Hollywood's quintessential leading man," says George Feltenstein, WHV's Senior Vice President Classic Catalog. "Equally comfortable at comedy or drama, his popularity is unwavering and is still the standard by which romantic, sophisticated leading men are judged."  The Actor

Once told by an interviewer "Everybody would like to be Cary Grant," Grant is said to have replied: "So would I."

Born Archibald Leach in Bristol, England, on January 18, 1904, Grant left school at 14 to join the Bob Pender Troupe of knockabout comedians touring the English provinces. In 1920, Grant first came to America when the troupe appeared on Broadway in "Good Times."

In 1933, Mae West picked Grant for She Done Him Wrong and I'm No Angel and his movie career was off and running. In the late '30s, Grant became one of the first stars to work as a "free agent," making films for multiple studios including MGM, Columbia and RKO. In 1936, he first teamed with Katharine Hepburn and director George Cukor for Sylvia Scarlett, the initial film to fully demonstrate Grant's inspired comic flair. Among the films that followed were The Awful Truth, Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday, Topper, Philadelphia Story, Suspicion, Arsenic and Old Lace and None but the Lonely Heart, for which he won an Oscar® nomination. In 1970, the actor was given a special Academy Award® for career achievement.

Notably, Grant appeared in four of Alfred Hitchcock's best films, including the romantic thrillers North by Northwest with Eva Marie Saint; Notorious opposite Ingrid Bergman; Suspicion opposite Joan Fontaine and To Catch A Thief with Grace Kelly. Seemingly growing more handsome and charming as he got older, Grant retained his star status into the 1960s, appearing in such box-office hits as Operation Petticoat and Charade. He retired from the screen in 1966, but spent the next twenty years in the public eye, as a board member for companies such as Faberge, MGM and Hollywood Park. Despite constant offers, Grant refused to return to the screen, although he did consent to a series of retrospective Q&A evenings across America with his beloved fans. He enjoyed the experiences immeasurably, as did the audiences. It was in Davenport, Iowa while rehearsing for one of these "in-person" events that Cary Grant suffered a sudden stroke and died on November 29, 1986.

The Films

MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE - Goodbye city life; hello Connecticut, with plenty of laugh stops along the way. This movie classic - named by AFI as one of America's 100 Funniest Movies - about the frustrations and joys of building and owning a home features Grant as a New York ad exec who's taken on the task of building a house from the ground up. Will he lose everything, including his sanity, or become a happy suburban homeowner? Myrna Loy, as his extremely patient wife and Melvyn Douglas join in the fun.

MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE will have the following extra content:

THE BACHELOR AND THE BOBBY-SOXER - 1947 Academy Award® winner for Best Original Screenplay (by Sidney Sheldon), the film stars Cary Grant with Myrna Loy and a teen-aged Shirley Temple. In this very entertaining romantic comedy, Grant plays Richard Nugent, a bachelor minding his own business who finds a love-sick girl (Shirley Temple) asleep on his couch. The older sister of the teen is a Judge (Myrna Loy), and she "sentences" Nugent to go out with the bobby-soxer until she is no longer infatuated. 

The extra features included on the DVD are:

MY FAVORITE WIFE - Grant skillfully plays the romantic hunk and the comedic buffoon in this movie about marital mix-ups. Nick Arden (Grant) is on his way to the honeymoon suite with his new bride (Gail Patrick) when he runs into the wife (Irene Dunne) who was lost at sea and presumed dead seven years ago. The marriage knots have to be untied as the real Mrs. Arden steps up to claim her husband in this quirky romance filled with high jinks and big laughs.

MY FAVORITE WIFE will contain the following bonus content:

DESTINATION TOKYO - Grant is a military hero in this action-filled war drama. As Captain Cassidy, Grant pilots the U.S. submarine Copperfin through the dangerous waters of the enemy's front yard. Delmer Daves makes his directorial debut with this film that critics say remains "a classic war drama." This is the only military drama Grant made during World War II.  

DESTINATION TOKYO will contain these bonus features:

NIGHT AND DAY -- Appearing in his first Technicolor motion picture, Grant portrays Cole Porter, the legendary, sophisticated songwriter whose life was marked by triumph and tragedy. He's joined by a superb cast including Alexis Smith, Jane Wyman, Eve Arden and Monty Woolley as himself. The film contains more than 20 of Porter's songs which have been enjoyed by many generations over the years. One of the film's most famous moments is Mary Martin re-creating her Broadway performance of "My Heart Belongs to Daddy," the show-stopper that made her an overnight star. Even Cary gets into the act singing "You're the Top" with '40s chanteuse Ginny Simms. Interestingly, Hollywood is once again bringing Porter's life to the screen later this year, with Kevin Kline portraying the composer in Irwin Winkler's film "DeLovely."

The extra content in NIGHT AND DAY will be:

Each DVD will be presented in a format preserving the aspect ratio of its original theatrical exhibition and will include subtitles in English, French and Spanish. All except THE BACHELOR AND THE BOBBY-SOXER are in Dual-Layer format.

Cary Grant Titles

 


SMALLVILLE: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON DVD-- THE WB'S HIT TELEVISION SERIES ARRIVES MAY 25, 2004 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

Exclusive Six-Disc Collector's Set Featuring all 23 Episodes with Superb Bonus Materials

Clark Kent lives in Smallville, but in many ways he's out of this world - and so is the spectacular SMALLVILLE: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON DVD flying into homes everywhere from Warner Home Video on May 25, 2004. Presented in 16 X 9 Widescreen format with Dolby-Digital sound, the six-disc DVD collector's set contains all 23 episodes from the second season, plus bonus materials worthy of a superhero. Among the episode highlights: Clark Kent grapples with his true calling. Is he on Earth to serve humanity or perhaps destroy it? Lex gets married - twice! Lana Lang moves in with Chloe, adding a new dynamic to their Clark dilemma. Lionel pulls devious strings. And Pete becomes a keeper of the Clark secret. SMALLVILLE: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON DVD is priced at $59.98 SRP.

This deluxe DVD collection of SMALLVILLE: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON contains super special features including Christopher Reeve: Man of Steel featurette, Faster Than a Speeding Bullet - The Visual FX of Smallville, The Chloe Chronicle - webisode investigation/documentaries of the bizarre Smallville events that make Chloe's "Wall of Weird," audio commentaries by the show's producers Alfred Gough, Miles Millar and Greg Beeman, director James Marshall and stars Tom Welling, Kristin Kruek and Michael Rosenbaum on two episodes. Additional special features include deleted scenes from season two, gag reel, English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles, and a DVD-ROM link to the smallville.net website.

"The Smallville Season One DVD has been well received by loyal fans in addition to building new consumer awareness for the popular WB series. We are expecting to build on that with Season Two," says Christine Martinez, WHV Vice President, Non-theatrical Franchise Marketing. "Our television series on DVD are fast becoming 'must own' titles and are a great complement to our video offerings for consumers." 

The name Clark Kent is recognizable to generations of fans, but never before has there been an interpretation of the Superman legend quite like SMALLVILLE. Growing up in Smallville, Kansas, Clark Kent (Tom Welling) is a teenager who is slowly discovering his destiny as the champion of justice who will one day be known the world over as Superman. Someday, he'll master his powers and true calling, but for now he just has to get through adolescence. With realistic portrayals and state-of-the-art special effects reinterpreting the Superman mythology from its roots, SMALLVILLE was written and developed by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar, based on the DC Comics characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. SMALLVILLE is produced by Tollin/Robbins Productions and Warner Bros. Television Production Inc.

The WB's hit series SMALLVILLE provides a fascinating spin on Superman lore and is the highest rated show on The WB among people ages 18-34 and across all teen demographics. SMALLVILLE has consistently set ratings records, delivering double-digit growth across all 12-34, 18-34 and 18-49 demos. Since its debut on October 16, 2001, SMALLVILLE's viewership continues to climb, having increased 14% from its first to second season.

SMALLVILLE: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON

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EPISODE SYNOPSES:

  1. Vortex: Directed by Greg Beeman; Written by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar; Teleplay by Philip Levens. After Clark rescues Lana from the eye of the storm, he discovers the storm's wrath has unleashed the spaceship into the fields and buries his father alive along with the unscrupulous reporter who has discovered Clark's secret. Meanwhile, Lex is wracked with guilt over his father. 
  2. Heat: Directed by James Marshall; Written by Mark Verheiden.  Clark goes into hiding after he discovers a startling new power that quickly gets out of control and accidentally harms Lana. However, after a hot new teacher uses kryptonite-enhanced pheromones to convince Lex to marry her, then spellbinds Jonathan, Clark must get a grip on his new power in time to keep Jonathan from killing Lex.
  3. Duplicity: Directed by Steve Miner; Written by Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer.  After one of Clark's friends discover the spaceship in the cornfield, Clark goes against his parents' wishes and reveals his secret, but is shocked when the reaction he gets makes him question his friend's loyalty. 
  4. Red: Directed by Jeff Woolnough; Written by Jeph Loeb.  The school unknowingly uses red kryptonite in the class rings and its effect on Clark stuns his friends and family as he turns into a rebellious and dangerous teenager who decides to use his powers for evil instead of good. Jonathan and Martha scramble to find the truth behind Clark's behavior before he exposes his true identity, while Lana finds herself drawn to the "new" Clark who declares his love for her.
  5. Nocturne: Directed by Rick Wallace; Written by Brian Peterson & Kelly Souders.  Clark is concerned when he discovers someone has been leaving love notes for Lana at her parents' grave and warns her to stay away from the mysterious poet. Fed up with Clark's over-protectiveness, Lana follows the dark and handsome stranger to his home and discovers his parents keep him locked in chains. Unable to leave him like that, Clark and Lana break into the house to save the boy, but soon realize why he was locked up in the first place. 
  6. Redux: Directed by Chris Long; Written by Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner.  After realizing the farm is in financial trouble, Martha goes to her estranged father for help. Clark is thrilled at the prospect of meeting his grandfather but refusal to see the man prompts Clark to force a reunion that doesn't go exactly as planned. Meanwhile, Lana discovers an old photograph that suggests her father may still be alive. 
  7. Lineage: Directed by Greg Beeman; Written by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar+ Teleplay by Kenneth Biller.   A mysterious woman shows up claiming to be Clark's mother, prompting the Kents to tell Clark what happened after they discovered him in the cornfield that fateful day. Clark discovers why his father hates the Luthors, how his adoption was fixed, and who really rescued Lex from the edge of death. 
  8. Ryan: Directed by Terrence O'Hara; Written by Philip Levens.  Clark pushes his abilities to the limit to save his telepathic young friend Ryan from an evil doctor who wants to control the boy's abilities. Meanwhile, Nell tells Lana they are moving to Metropolis. 
  9. Dichotic: Directed by Craig Zisk; Written by Mark Verheiden.  When Clark tries to warn Lana an d Chloe about Ian, an overachieving student who is surreptitiously dating both girls, they accuse Clark of jealousy but realize too late that he was right. Meanwhile, frustration with his father causes Lex to lose his temper and attack a parking attendant's car with a golf club, landing him in an anger management class where he meets an interesting new woman. 
  10. Skinwalker: Directed by Marita Grabiak; Story by Mark Warshaw; Teleplay by Brian Peterson & Kelly Souders.  Clark falls into a cave and discovers two hidden treasures - ancient Indian writings that hold the key to his identity, and a beautiful girl whom he believes to be his soul mate. Desperate to preserve the writings, Clark pits father against son as he enlists Lex's help to stop Lionel's construction crew from demolishing the cave. 
  11. Visage: Directed by Bill Gereghity; Written by Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer.  Whitney returns home from the Marines looking to rekindle his relationship with Lana but his suspicious behavior prompts Clark to question his true motives, ultimately revealing a shocking truth about "the new Whitney." Lex becomes suspicious of his new girlfriend after he discovers a questionable photo of her with Lionel.
  12. Insurgence: Directed by James Marshall; Written by Kenneth Biller & Jeph Loeb.  After Lex discovers that Lionel installed cameras in the mansion, he hires some thugs to bug Lionel's office, but things get out of control when Lionel and Martha surprise the thugs and are taken hostage. Clark must figure out a way to save his mother without exposing his powers and sees his chance on an adjacent tall building - if only he could make the leap in a single bound.
  13. Suspect: Directed by Greg Beeman; Written by Brian Peterson & Kelly Souders.  When Lionel is shot, Jonathan is arrested, but after Clark and Pete perform their own crime scene investigation, they realize that more than one person had the opportunity to kill Lionel - including Lex. Meanwhile, Lana is suspicious after she asks her father to take on Jonathan's case and he declines for mysterious reasons.  
  14. Rush: Directed by Rick Rosenthal; Written by Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer.  After Pete and Chloe are infected by a parasitic worm, it turns them into thrill-seeking daredevils and Pete uses red kryptonite to get Clark to join them on a dangerous adventure. Not only does Clark show off his powers, but he kisses Chloe in front of a stunned Lana. 
  15. Prodigal: Directed by Greg Beeman; Written by Brian Peterson & Kelly Souders.  Lex finds Lucas the son Lionel gave up for adoption, and brings him home in the hope that the two of them can unite against Lionel. When Lionel's machinations end up putting all three of them in a dangerous situation, Lex is left to wonder whom he can really trust. Meanwhile, Clark decides to take a job at the Talon. 
  16. Fever: Directed by Bill Gereghty; Written by Matthew Okumura.  Clark rushes to find an antidote after Martha is infected with a toxic virus and falls into a coma, but when Clark also falls ill, it is up to Jonathan to find a cure in time. To further complicate things, Dr. Bryce demands an explanation from Jonathan when he refuses to let her treat Clark. 
  17. Rosetta: Directed by James Marshall; Written by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar  Determined to find out where he came from, Clark travels to New York to meet Dr. Swann, a brilliant scientist who holds a message for Clark from his home planet. Meanwhile Lana decides to move out of Chloe's house after the two girls get into another argument about Clark.
  18. Visitor: Directed by Rick Rosenthal; Written by Philip Levens.   After a schoolmate claims to be an alien and seemingly backs it up by using heat vision, Clark investigates and begins to believe that the guy is from his planet Krypton. Meanwhile, after Helen discovers a locked room in the mansion she demands to know what is behind it, forcing Lex to come clean about his investigation of Clark. 
  19. Precipice: Directed by Thomas J. Wright; Written by Clint Carpenter.  After Lana is almost assaulted by a college student, Clark loses control and injures the boy. When the Kents are sued for punitive damages that could cost them the farm, Clark begins to question his powers while trying to find a way out of the lawsuit. Meanwhile, Helen's ex-boyfriend arrives in town intent on winning her back, but when she turns him down, he stabs her, prompting Lex to take the law into his own hands.
  20. Witness: Directed by Rick Wallace; Written by Mark Verheiden.  Clark stumbles upon a robbery of a LuthorCorp truck carrying kryptonite and is stunned to realize he can't stop the thieves because they are as strong as he is. To keep Clark from going to the police, the thugs attack Jonathan and Martha, leaving Clark feeling powerless and desperate for a way to protect his parents.
  21. Accelerate: Directed by James Marshall; Story by Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer; Teleplay by Brian Peterson & Kelly Souders.  After Lana is visited by the ghost of a childhood friend, she turns to Clark for help in uncovering the truth about her new visitor. However, after Clark realizes the little girl is actually a kryptonite-enhanced clone, he rushes to save Lana before the revenge-seeking child harms her. Lex learns that Lionel is funding the krypto-cloning research. 
  22. Calling: Directed by Terrence O'Hara; Written by Kenneth Biller.  Dr. Walden wakes up from his coma and tells Lex and Lionel that Clark is an alien and must be destroyed. Meanwhile, a romantic encounter between Clark and Lana hints at a promising future, but after Chloe finds out they are together, Lana pulls back.
  23. Exodus: Directed by Greg Beeman ; Written by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar.  A sense of foreboding surrounds Smallville as Clark must choose between staying with Lana and his family or fulfilling his destiny to rule the Earth. Meanwhile, Lex and Helen plan their upcoming wedding, but outside forces may ultimately keep them apart. Also, a hurt Chloe considers Lionel's offer to investigate Clark.

 


LOVE DON’T COST A THING-- URBAN TEEN COMEDY STARS NICK CANNON, CHRISTINA MILIAN AND STEVE HARVEY DEBUTS APRIL 27 ON DVD FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

DVD Special Features Include an Alternative Ending, Additional Scenes, Music Videos and more!

LOVE DON’T COST A THING, but it pays to be yourself. The urban teen comedy, starring teen sensations Nick Cannon (Drumline) and Christina Milian (Torque) and one of the original kings of comedy, Steve Harvey (The Steve Harvey Show), debuts on April 27 on DVD from Warner Home Video (WHV). With stylin' special features such as an alternative ending, additional scenes and music videos from Busta Rhymes, Chingy, Fat Joe, Nick Cannon and Murphy Lee, LOVE DON’T COST A THING teaches that sometimes popularity "ain't all that" but it always pays to be real.

LOVE DON’T COST A THING DVD will be available at $27.95 SRP on separate wide-screen and full-screen formats. The VHS will be priced for rental. 

SYNOPSIS

In this urban update of the 80s classic Can't Buy Me Love, high-school senior Alvin Johnson (Nick Cannon) is a brilliant, likable outcast who has come to regret the years of intellectual endeavors that prevented him and his un-hip friends from socializing, getting girlfriends and hanging out with the super-cool kids. When the most popular girl in school, Paris Morgan (Christina Milian), wrecks her mother's car, Alvin offers to help her if Paris agrees to convince the school that they're dating. The question is: will Alvin realize that being real is more important than being popular?

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SIMPLY RED HOME LIVE IN SICILY STREET DATE: 3.30.04

SYNOPSIS

The highlight of Simply Red's 2003 summer tour was performed against the stunning backdrop of the open-air amphitheatre in Taormina. "HOME LIVE IN SICILY" is a record of that night and features 90 minutes of classic hits old and new. Filmed on 23 rd July and remastered in DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, it includes multi-angle camera work plus a 'Mick Cam' option. Extras also include a 20 minute behind-the-scenes documentary plus two bonus tracks "The Right Thing" (filmed at Montreux Jazz Festival) and "You Make Me Feel Brand New" (recorded live in Croatia).

Recorded live in Taormina, Sicily, Home Live features songs from the recent album, Home along with the hits, 'Holding Back The Years', and 'Something Got Me Started'. Simply Red's first tour in several years, Home Live also includes brilliant cover versions of 'You Make Me Feel Brand New', and Bob Dylan's 'Positively 4th Street'. Since their platinum breakthrough release, Picture Book, Simply Red has released two gold and five critically acclaimed albums. DVD features include multiple camera angles, documentary, and 2 bonus clips of rare, live performances.

First time on DVD.

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03/01/04

HAMMER HORROR CLASSICS BROUGHT TO LIFE APRIL 27 WITH DVD DEBUTS TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA, FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED & DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE

Available Individually or with CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, HORROR OF DRACULA and THE MUMMY in Six-Disc HORROR CLASSICS COLLECTION Box Set from Warner Home Video

Just as horror fans will be getting a new taste of blood from the upcoming theatrical release of Van Helsing, they'll also be able to take a bite out of horror film classics FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED, DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE and TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA, being eternally preserved on DVD with widescreen transfers April 27 by Warner Home Video (WHV).

The HORROR CLASSICS COLLECTION will also be available as a six-disc set including these three new DVD releases as well as the classics CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, HORROR OF DRACULA and THE MUMMY. The collection will sell for $68.92 SRP. Each of the titles will also be available individually for $19.97 SRP.

Frankenstein and Dracula's film popularity soared in the 1950s, '60s and '70s with the vivid re-interpretations made famous by Hammer Films, widely known as the premiere horror film producer with their trademark blend of gothic melodrama and distinctive color cinematography. Christopher Lee, who starred in those films as Dracula, Frankenstein's monster and THE MUMMY is perhaps better known to young audiences as "Count Dooku" in Star Wars and "Saruman the White" in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. His partner in horror, the late Peter Cushing, who starred as the quintessential Van Helsing determined to rid the world of evil Dracula and the indelible Dr. Frankenstein, will be best remembered by younger audiences for his performance as the "Grand Moff Tarkin" in Star Wars IV.

HORROR CLASSICS COLLECTION

FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED - Dr. Frankenstein forces a young doctor and his fiancée to kidnap his prey for a brain transplant, but the procedure goes deadly wrong. Horror great Peter Cushing stars.

DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE - When the niece of a prominent clergyman becomes Dracula's victim, the monsignor vows to put a stop to Dracula's deadly ways. For this third incarnation of Bram Stoker's signature story, Academy Award®- winning cinematographer Freddy Francis directs Hammer Films' leading man Christopher Lee in the title role.

TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA - Christopher Lee stars again as Count Dracula. This time Dracula seeks revenge for the death of a beloved servant by initiating the children of the murderers to participate in evil acts themselves.

CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN - A terrifying twist on the Mary Shelley classic, this film was the first in a series of a seven film franchise for Hammer Films. The film stars Cushing as Baron Victor Frankenstein, a scientist gone mad, and Christopher Lee as his non-human creation.

HORROR OF DRACULA - Cushing stars as Dr. Van Helsing and Lee debuts in his role as Count Dracula, in this classic retelling of the horror tale. After Dracula begins to prey on a friend's family, Van Helsing is determined to destroy Dracula and rid the world of his evil.

THE MUMMY - When a group of archeologists unearth an ancient burial ground in Egypt they awaken the spirit of THE MUMMY who travels back to England to kill each of those who trespassed on the holy ground. Lee stars as THE MUMMY and Cushing mans the lead role.

The DVDs will include the theatrical trailer, English and French language soundtracks and subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

HORROR CLASSICS COLLECTION

 


THE KING OF QUEENS: 2ND SEASON-- SPECIAL THREE-DISC SET FEATURING 25 HILARIOUS EPISODES PREMIERES APRIL 20 ON DVD

The Laughs Return with Top-Rated CBS Working-Class Sitcom Starring Kevin James, Leah Remini and Jerry Stiller

The King is back! Funnier. Feistier. And more lovable than ever with the debut of THE KING OF QUEENS: 2ND SEASON three-disc DVD set, featuring all 25 hilarious episodes from the hit CBS sitcom's sophomore season, available April 20 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment. Currently in its sixth top-rated season on CBS with an average of 13 million viewers and airing in syndication to over 200 stations nationwide, THE KING OF QUEENS has never been funnier or more popular. Priced to own at $39.95 SLP, THE KING OF QUEENS: 2ND SEASON DVD release delivers king-sized comedy with a laugh-out- loud blooper reel featuring outtakes from the show plus an audio commentary from star Kevin James.

A down-to-earth domestic comedy set in the working-class suburb of Queens, New York, Doug Heffernan (stand-up comic Kevin James) returns as the amiable parcel delivery guy with the whole package in THE KING OF QUEENS. Along with his sassy wife Carrie (Leah Remini) and his tenacious father-in-law Arthur (Jerry Stiller), Doug turns blue-collar humor into red-hot laughs. When he's not punching the clock, he's working overtime to be around everything he loves the most - his wife, his buddies and his big screen TV. No matter where trouble finds him, Doug faces it with a smile in his heart, and a pastrami sub on his plate. In the hit comedy's second season, one thing is certain ... THE KING OF QUEENS still rules the airwaves!

Reminiscent of "The Honeymooners," THE KING OF QUEENS hit its stride in the second season, focusing on humor found in everyday life and those small daily problems which provide some of the funniest moments. THE KING OF QUEENS: 2ND SEASON features several return guest appearances including Donny Osmond and Bryan Cranston ("Malcolm in the Middle"), plus Ray Romano and Patricia Heaton from "Everybody Loves Raymond" also make a special neighborly visit.

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A NONSTOP THRILL RIDE FROM START TO FINISH THE MISSING GUN-- DEBUTING ON DVD MAY 4

THE MISSING GUN, a mile-a-minute action- thriller that played the 2003 Sundance Film Festival will be available on DVD and VHS (rental) May 4 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment. Artistically cutting-edge, THE MISSING GUN marked the first time a feature film was ever digitally produced in mainland China. Its frantic pace, wall-to-wall action and oddball cast of characters have earned writer/director Lu Chuan the title of "the Chinese Guy Ritchie."

A quirky tale about an exemplary small-town cop, an honest but distracted family man whose stability vanishes when he awakes following a drunken wedding celebration to the horrifying reality that his service weapon is missing. Facing dismissal and utter humiliation, he sets out to track down the gun and traces a path through a tangle of quirky characters until suddenly things turn tragic as his first love turns up murdered and the fatal bullet appears to be from his gun. This bittersweet story is about one man's quest for redemption and incorporates moments of black comedy, murder mystery and a paranoid odyssey backed by a frenzied pace and high-energy music. In China, the only thing more dangerous than having a gun is losing it.

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MEL GIBSON’S PASSION-- AVAILABLE ON DVD FROM MPI HOME VIDEO!

In this exclusive episode of Primetime, ABC News' Diane Sawyer interviews filmmaker Mel Gibson about his upcoming highly controversial movie, "THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST." MPI Home Video will release MEL GIBSON’S PASSION on DVD on March 8, 2004.

Gibson discusses his own religious beliefs with Sawyer and explains how his faith helped him overcome struggles with addiction and other personal problems at a spiritual low point in his life. These dark experiences ultimately led him to make "THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST."

He responds to charges that the movie's portrayal of the Jewish role in the death of Christ will encourage anti-Semitism. He also elaborates on comments he's made about the Holocaust. In addition, he tells why he felt it necessary to exhibit such a graphic depiction of Christ's crucifixion on film, and discusses his decision to tell the story in both Aramaic and Latin.

Sawyer also interviews Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti- Defamation League, who shares his views on the "THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST." Religious scholars, members of the clergy and others assess the film's potential impact.

Critics, theologians and film aficionados won't want to miss this exclusive interview about one of the most emotionally charged movies of our time - "THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST."

MEL GIBSON’S PASSION will be available March 8, 2004 through local retailers.

MEL GIBSON’S PASSION

 


COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME ENTERTAINMENT. DEBUT'S "FOG OF WAR" ON DVD MAY 11, 2004

Best Director, DGA Award Nominee / Best Editing, ACE Award Nominee  Premiering May 11 on DVD

Winner of the Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature, THE FOG OF WAR is a masterpiece from gifted filmmaker Errol Morris (Fast, Cheap & Out of Control, The Thin Blue Line, A Brief History of Time).  As if ripped from today's gripping headlines, THE FOG OF WAR is the thought-provoking, historically riveting story of America as seen through the eyes of Robert S. McNamara, former Secretary of Defense under the administrations of Presidents' Kennedy and Johnson.  Winner of the Best Documentary Award from the National Board of Review and the Los Angeles and Chicago Film Critics Associations, THE FOG OF WAR will debut May 11 on DVD and VHS from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Revered by critics nationwide for its uncompromising story, stunning historical investigations and relevant social themes, THE FOG OF WAR won the Independent Spirit Award and has garnered nominations for Best Documentary from the Boston Society of Film Critics, Broadcast Film Critics Association, Online Film Critics Society and Golden Satellite Awards.  In addition, THE FOG OF WAR was honored as an Official Selection at the Cannes, New York, Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals.  This acclaimed documentary has been praised as "astonishing, mesmerizing and sometimes horrifying" (Vanity Fair), "superbly made" (Washington Post) and "a revelatory study of American power" (Newsweek). In addition, the New York Times said, "if there is one movie that ought to be studied by military and civilian leaders around the world, it is THE FOG OF WAR."

Inspired by the book "Wilson's Ghost" THE FOG OF WAR is a 20th Century fable, a story of an American dreamer who rose from humble origins to the heights of political power.

One of the last century's most controversial and influential figures in world politics, McNamara takes us on an insider's journey through many of the seminal events of the 20th Century -- from the firebombing of 100,000 Japanese civilians in Tokyo in 1945 to the brink of nuclear catastrophe during the Cuban missile crisis to the devastating effects of the Vietnam War.  Through unreleased archival footage and first-hand account interviews with McNamara conducted over a span of two years, THE FOG OF WAR is not a standard historical drama but rather an important personal drama of a provocative historical figure.

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JAPANESE STORY-- DEBUTING ON SPECIAL EDITION DVD MAY 11

Starring Oscar®-nominee Toni Collette (About A Boy, The Hours, The Sixth Sense) and Gotaro Tsunashima (The Great Raid) and directed by Sue Brooks (Road to Nhill), JAPANESE STORY is a cross-cultural journey, an emotional drama and a haunting love story as wide and complex as the Australian outback itself.   The film premiered at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, was screened at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals and will make its VHS (rental) and special edition DVD debut on May 11 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Toni Collette plays Sandy Edwards, an ambitious geologist who suddenly finds herself having to baby-sit Hiromitsu (Tsunashima), a taciturn Japanese businessman.  Hoping to strike up a business deal, she agrees to take him on a field trip around Western Australia's remote Pilbara Desert.  Against the background of the outback, these two diametrically opposed strangers are to find themselves thrust together in a potentially life or death situation.  As they journey further and further into the desert, they leave more and more of what they know about each other and themselves behind. Winner of Eight Australian Film Institute Awards including Best Actress (in a leading role), Best Cinematography and Best Film.

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THE UNDERWORLD LIVES AND DIES BY ITS OWN RULES-- THE CODE MAKING ITS US DEBUT ON DVD MAY 11

Samuel Le Bihan (Brotherhood of the Wolf) stars in Manuel Boursinhac's THE CODE, the hardcore, international cult-hit that melds Tarantino-esqe attitude with the beauty and violent serenity of Miller's Crossing.  THE CODE, which had a limited theatrical release will street May 11 on DVD and VHS (rental) from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

For Dris (Samuel Le Bihan) and his best friend, Yanis (Samy Naceri), growing up in the bleak concrete jungle of Paris, meant rites of passage ranging from petty break-ins to armored car robberies, but their luck finally ran out and Dris got sent to prison.  Now, four years later, Dris is finally back home and all he wants is to lead a quiet life and settle down with his fiancé, Lise, who begs him to abandon his criminal life.  But Yanis has since grown into a fearsome mob boss and wants his old friend to come back.  Dris is unable to resist the pressures from Yanis and the seductions of his former lover, a gypsy hooker named Nina, and finally agrees to one more heist.  But they haven't counted on Feche, godfather of the Paris night and sworn enemy of Yanis, who's been hatching his own violent plan...  Once back into the world of organized crime, Dris discovers that THE CODE of the streets is strict and the penalty for betrayal is far worse than prison. Torn between loyalties, Dris must decide whether adhering to THE CODE is worth risking his life.

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