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06/30/04

THE IRON GIANT ANIMATION MAGIC FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO IN SPECIAL EDITION DVD COMING SEPTEMBER 7

DVD Features 8 Never-Before-Seen Scenes Including Alternate Opening and 13 Behind the Scenes Mini-Documentaries All-Star Voice Cast Includes Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel and Harry Connick, Jr.

Warner Home Video (WHV) is proud to announce a special edition DVD of the timeless animated classic THE IRON GIANT on September 7, 2004. Loaded with all-new special features -- including 8 "never-before-seen" scenes including an alternate opening, all with director commentary, 13 mini-documentaries highlighting key sequences and a featurette, "The Voice Of The Giant," hosted Vin Diesel. This version, which truly enhances the classic animated tale of a boy and his robot, will be available on DVD for $19.97 SRP.

THE IRON GIANT, featuring an all-star cast which includes Jennifer Aniston (TV's Friends), Harry Connick Jr. (TV's Will and Grace) and Vin Diesel (Chronicles of Riddick, XXX), premiered theatrically to outstanding critical acclaim. The Wall Street Journal's Joe Morgenstern called the film "an instant classic that will enchant earthlings for decades to come," and USA Today said, "[Iron Giant] lifts the genre to higher orbit." Proving the critics right, THE IRON GIANT has sold more than 4.5 million videos and DVDs to date, received 9 Annie Awards, including Outstanding Achievement for an Animated Theatrical Feature, and has a still growing fan base.

Director Brad Bird is the director of Disney/Pixar's new movie The Incredibles, scheduled to be theatrically released in November 2004. Brad Bird first made his mark by writing and directing a satiric short entitled "The Family Dog" which aired in 1987 as part of Steven Spielberg's anthology series, Amazing Stories. He also worked as a writer and director on the ground-breaking series, The Simpsons, before turning his attention to the big screen with THE IRON GIANT, his animated homage to 1950 science fiction movies.

Additional special features on the DVD include scene-specific commentaries by filmmakers; a motion gallery of original animation; a letter from Ted Hughes, author of the original book upon which the film was based; DVD ROM access to the original web site and "Easter eggs" revealing the behind-the-scenes filmmaking process. This DVD version of THE IRON GIANT is presented in an all-new digital transfer, a 16 x 9 widescreen format, English and French Dolby 5.1 surround sound audio and has English, French and Spanish subtitles.

Synopsis

THE IRON GIANT follows the incredible adventures of young Hogarth Hughes who late one night discovers and befriends an enormous robot fallen from the stars. But Hogarth now has a very big problem: how do you keep a 50-foot-tall, steel-eating giant a secret - especially when there's a nosy government agent asking questions in town and the combined land, sea and air

power of the U.S. military mobilizing to demolish the "alien invader?"

With a little bit of help from his junkyard dealer buddy Dean (Harry Connick Jr.) and his skeptical mother Annie (Jennifer Aniston), Hogarth is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime and, along the way, learn a very valuable lesson about trust and friendship. THE IRON GIANT Special Edition DVD will be presented in the Letterbox format with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound and include the following bonus materials:

 


THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION 10TH ANNIVERSARY TWO-DISC SPECIAL EDITION DEBUTS OCTOBER 5 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

Beloved Film Arrives with Director Commentary, Two In-Depth Documentaries, 2004 Charlie Rose Show Segment and a Limited Deluxe Edition Box Set

Eight-City Theatrical Release Begins September 24

Frank Darabont's THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION -- which received seven Oscar® nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Original Score and Best Screenplay -- will be released by Warner Home Video (WHV) as a deluxe, bonus-packed 10th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition DVD October 5. The double-disc DVD will sell for $26.99 SRP. In addition, there will be a 10th Anniversary Limited Deluxe Edition Box Set, which will include film historian Mark Kermode's book about the movie's production and popularity and the soundtrack CD of Thomas Newman's beautiful score along with the Two-Disc Special Edition DVD. The Limited Deluxe Edition Box Set will be available for $44.99 SRP.

"When I realized last year that we were approaching the ten-year anniversary of the theatrical release of THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to respond to fans' requests for a Special Edition DVD," Darabont notes, "I'm really thrilled that Warner Home Video agreed. The picture and sound are new, sparkling, state-of-the-art transfers that will take your breath away. We've made every effort to create supplemental materials that are both comprehensive and satisfying, the highlights of which are two superb documentaries totalling nearly ninety minutes." In addition to the 10th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition DVD release, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION will have an exclusive two-week limited theatrical engagement beginning September 24 in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle and Austin. Darabont added, "I'm hoping fans who first discovered the film on video will take this opportunity to see it in theaters before they check out the new DVD, because that's the way the movie was truly meant to be seen."

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, the emotionally moving portrayal of a friendship between men under the harshest of circumstances, stars Academy Award® winning actor Tim Robbins (Mystic River, Bull Durham) and Academy Award® nominee Morgan Freeman (Driving Miss Daisy, Unforgiven, Bruce Almighty). Based on Stephen King's novella "Rita Hayworth and THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION," the movie won Frank Darabont an Oscar® nomination for his adapted screenplay and critical acclaim for his directorial debut. Mr. Darabont is one of only six filmmakers in history with the unique distinction of having his first two feature films receive nominations for the Best Picture Academy Award: 1994's THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION and 1999's The Green Mile.

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION actually found its own 'redemption' on home video. While the film was considered an underachiever at the box office, the subsequent critical acclaim along with positive word of mouth, resulted in an explosive home video debut, topping the charts in 1995, before the DVD revolution began. It has maintained a strong following over the last decade and consistently ranks #1 or #2 on the Internet Movie Database's (IMDB) User Poll of the top 250 movies.

Enriching DVD Extras

The Two-Disc DVD Special Edition includes the following extras:

The DVD will be available in widescreen format and will include English 5.1 and French 2.0 sound and English, French and Spanish subtitles.

Synopsis

This inspiring drama tells the story of Andy Dufresne (Robbins), a prominent banker unjustly convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment at Maine's Shawshank Prison. He is befriended by longtime convict Red (Freeman) who's been in long enough to know the ropes and helps him cope with the frightening realities of prison life. As the two men grow closer, so does the sense of hope that can truly set them free.

 


DARK SHADOWS DVD COLLECTION 13 AVAILABLE JULY 27, 2004

Barnabas Collins, everyone's favorite vampire returns in DARK SHADOWS DVD COLLECTION 13, to be released by MPI Home Video on July 27, 2004.

In this set, as a result of being possessed by the ghost of Quentin Collins, David Collins falls into a coma and hovers near death. Barnabas attempts to make contact with Quentin through an I-Ching trance, but instead finds he has traveled back in time almost 100 years when Quentin first lived.

In 1897, Barnabas is a vampire once again and introduces himself at Collinwood as a cousin from England. He meets governess Rachel Drummond and is amazed at her resemblance to his long-lost love, Josette. A suspicious Quentin enlists sorcerer Evan Hanley to raise a spirit to combat Barnabas, resulting in the appearance of Angelique, the vengeful witch.

After learning he is free from his chained coffin, Angelique resumes her century-old torment of Barnabas. Magda, the gypsy, warns Quentin that he is in grave danger. Edward Collins is shocked when his mysterious, long-absent wife Laura returns for their children.

DARK SHADOWS DVD COLLECTION 13 includes 40 color episodes on four discs and bonus interviews with actors David Selby, Marie Wallace, Louis Edmonds and Lara Parker.

Set in the small Maine fishing village of Collinsport, the soap opera revolves around the ghostly goings-on at the Collins' family estate, Collinwood. Central character Barnabas Collins, a 175 year-old vampire thirsted for blood -- and love -- and quickly became a pop culture icon. DARK SHADOWS was the most popular daytime drama during its 1966-71 run on ABC-TV and commanded a devoted audience with reruns for ten years on the Sci-Fi Channel.

DARK SHADOWS DVD COLLECTION 13

 


A TOUCH OF FROST SEASON 3 ON DVD JULY 27, 2004

Award-winning British actor David Jason stars as the gritty Detective Inspector Jack Frost, in A TOUCH OF FROST SEASON 3 to be released by MPI Home Video on DVD and VHS on July 27, 2004. The set includes 3 DVDs or 4 VHS tapes.

David Jason has been honored numerous times by The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) for his portrayal of Jack Frost. He has earned awards for Best Male Performer (1993), Most Popular Actor (1997) and Best TV Cop Programme (1997).

This enormously popular crime drama first aired in the U.K. in 1992. It continues to be one of the most-watched programs on the ITV1 network. A TOUCH OF FROST SEASON 3 includes the following programs: "Appropriate Adults," "Quarry," "Dead Male One," and "No Refuge."

Set in the dreary suburb of Denton near Bristol in southern England, Jack Frost is a cantankerous and short-tempered copper, who prefers the nitty gritty of detective work to following police procedures. His daily routine often involves dodging the police superintendent, Norman "Horn-rimmed Harry" Mullett or clashing with Sandy Longford, Denton's resident nosy newspaper reporter. But, when it comes to solving crimes, Frost leads the charge to bring justice to the common man.

"Appropriate Adults" concerns the mystery of a missing 8 year-old girl who was last seen by a young man with Down's Syndrome. Frost's superiors believe the young man is guilty, but Jack takes a different lead to find the girl's kidnappers.

In "Quarry," an animal rights group protests a foxhunt in Denton and one of the activists is found murdered. Detective Constable Clive Barnard, the chief constable's nephew, returns to help solve the case. Jack gets closer with Shirley Fisher.

In "Dead Male One," the mystery of a murdered man in the river deepens when Frost discovers that the man's driver's license actually belongs to someone else. A star player on the local soccer team collapses during a press conference. Was he poisoned? Jack and Shirley Fisher take a big step in their relationship.

In "No Refuge," multiple burglaries in the same home lead Frost to a surprising arrest. Jack and a female detective sergeant are called to a local factory where a robbery and murder have been committed. The owner identifies a suspect but goes into hiding when his life is threatened.

A TOUCH OF FROST SEASON 3

 


LIFETIME ORIGINAL MOVIES HOMELESS TO HARVARD AND OBSESSED AVAILABLE ON DVD SEPTEMBER 7 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

Warner Home Video Debuts the First Two Titles in the New Branded Line of Lifetime Home Entertainment Product

Warner Home Video kicks-off its new Lifetime Home Entertainment product line with the Emmy-nominated HOMELESS TO HARVARD and critically-acclaimed OBSESSED, two of Lifetime Television's top-rated original movies.

Both titles will be available in stores September 7 and will be sold for $19.98 (SRP) each.

Nominated for three Emmys, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie, HOMELESS TO HARVARD is an inspiring drama based on the remarkable true story of Liz Murray. Touchingly portrayed by Thora Birch (Ghost World, American Beauty), who earned an Emmy nomination for the role, Murray was raised in poverty by drug-addicted parents. Though loved by her parents, they were unable to care for her and she ended up living on the streets by the age of 15. Profoundly affected by her mother's (portrayed by Kelly Lynch, Charlie's Angels, Drugstore Cowboy) AIDS-related death, Murray forced herself to look at her future and make some significant changes. Her prospects were dismal, yet she turned her life around by going back to high school. After earning her diploma in just two years, while still homeless, Murray won a New York Times scholarship for needy students, which enabled her to attend Harvard University.

HOMELESS TO HARVARD will be rebroadcast on Lifetime and Lifetime Movie Network just before the DVD's September 7th street date. The film was Lifetime's number one rated movie of 2003 and number one original movie on all of basic cable among women, seen by 12.3 million total viewers. It was Lifetime's seventh highest rated movie since the network launched its successful Lifetime Original Movie franchise in 1990. Special features on the DVD include an interview with the real Liz Murray as well as an inspirational message from her.

OBSESSED, directed by Emmy and Oscar-nominated director John Badham (War Games, Saturday Night Fever), is the gripping psychological thriller about a gifted and intelligent medical writer jailed for an alleged obsession with a married doctor. Starring Jenna Elfman, (Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Dharma and Greg), OBSESSED focuses on the story of Ellena Roberts, a smart, successful woman who recounts the details of a one-night stand that led to a heated love affair with prominent surgeon David Stillman (Sam Robards, AI: Artificial Intelligence, American Beauty). David's version of the facts differs entirely and he insists that he never slept with Ellena. Sure that the doctor is lying, Ellena's lawyer prepares to defend her client in court when some disturbing facts emerge. Based on a true story, OBSESSED is one of Lifetime's highest rated original movies, seen by 11.9 million total viewers. OBSESSED will be rebroadcast on Lifetime and Lifetime Movie Network just before the DVD's September 7th street date.

Special features on the DVD include on-the-set interviews with the film's cast and director.

Regarding the announcement, Christine Martinez, WHV Vice President Non-theatrical Franchise Marketing said, "We are delighted to launch the branded line of Lifetime home entertainment product with HOMELESS TO HARVARD and OBSESSED, both of which are examples of the quality, outstanding programming the network consistently delivers to its viewers. With made-for-television movies becoming more popular and women's DVD buying power increasing, the time is perfect to present Lifetime Original Movies on DVD to their enormous, loyal female fan base. We think consumers will be thrilled to learn they can now make two of their favorite Lifetime Original Movies part of their DVD libraries."

"Lifetime Original Movies are best known for heartfelt, true-to-life dramas such as HOMELESS TO HARVARD," said Adam Lewinson, Vice President of Home Entertainment at Lifetime. "We wanted our first release to also reflect some of the different dimensions of our movies, so we included OBSESSED, an exceptionally well-crafted thriller with very broad appeal. Future releases from Lifetime Home Entertainment will round out our diverse catalog with romantic comedies and holiday movies."

HOMELESS TO HARVARD and OBSESSED are the first two titles to be launched under the WHV and Lifetime Entertainment Services exclusive home entertainment distribution agreement. The multi-year arrangement marks Lifetime's first ever home entertainment distribution agreement for Lifetime Original Movies, which WHV will distribute exclusively in the US.

 


THE CISCO KID COLLECTION THREE ON DVD ON JULY 27

Duncan Renaldo and Leo Carrillo Return to Fight for Justice in the Old West!

THE CISCO KID COLLECTION THREE, is the third boxed set in the series of this classic Western from the 1950s. It will be released on both DVD and VHS on July 27, 2004 from MPI Home Video. A Spanish audio track is included on the DVD set. The Cisco Kid, which has been immortalized on radio and TV, in films and in comic books, ran from 1950-1956. The series starred Duncan Renaldo as The Cisco Kid and Leo Carrillo as his sidekick and comic foil, Pancho Gonzales. The pair appeared in 156 episodes during the show's run.

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

THE CISCO KID COLLECTION THREE episode highlights include: Cisco and Pancho go undercover to prevent a rowdy gang of thugs from taking over Buffalo Flats; Cisco discovers a treasure buried during the Civil War when a former wealthy banker regains his memory; and Pancho poses as a woman's uncle to help Cisco prove that the man was murdered.

THE CISCO KID COLLECTION THREE

 


PASQUALE’S KITCHEN EXPRESS VOLUME 1 NEW FROM MPI HOME VIDEO ON JULY 27

If you love Italian cuisine, you'll love cooking with Chef Pasquale Carpino on PASQUALE’S KITCHEN EXPRESS VOLUME 1, to be released on DVD from MPI Home Video on July 27, 2004. In 1959, Chef Pasquale arrived in the U.S. from Calabria in southern Italy, with eight dollars in his pocket, a guitar on his back and very few words of English. He rose to international fame as the "singing chef," who breaks into his favorite opera arias and Neapolitan fishing songs while preparing the day's menu.

Before the widespread popularity of the Food Network, PASQUALE’S KITCHEN EXPRESS was an afternoon favorite on the Discovery Channel. The series ran from 1989-1992, and was the #1 rated daytime television program. During each show, Chef Pasquale keeps everyone entertained with his lively banter and his own personal beliefs about cooking, stating that, "Mama is the best chef," and "The best restaurant in the world is home."

His philosophy of "la cucina expressa" is to cook a full-course meal for four people in less than 30 minutes using market fresh ingredients. His dishes call for ample use of sauces, fresh herbs and wine. He also creates unique combinations, such as lamb chops in an orange barbecue sauce or penne pasta with bacon and dandelion. Homemade chicken stock is added to almost all dishes, as are liberal amounts of cheese, and, of course lots of garlic! Pasquale believes that no food should be wasted, finding imaginative ways to use everyday ingredients.

The MPI Home Video release of PASQUALE’S KITCHEN EXPRESS VOLUME 1 includes programs that have not previously aired in the U.S. Episodes include:

PASQUALE’S KITCHEN EXPRESS VOLUME 1

 

06/28/04

CHECK OUT BLAZING SADDLES HUMAN "BEAN" DIP EVENT ON JUNE 29

Celebrating Warner Home Video’s 30th Anniversary Special Edition DVD Of Mel Brooks’ Western Film Spoof Classic BLAZING SADDLES. Leveraging one of the most memorable scenes in Blazing Saddles, WHV will attempt to set a Guinness World Record by creating the "world's largest bowl of baked beans" at the Sunset Blvd. restaurant, Saddle Ranch Chop House on June 29, at 9:00 a.m.

Selected contestants will have the opportunity to become "chips" in our giant bean dip and, in a times heat, each contestant will dive into the 475 gallons of beans and retrieve a DVD box. At the end of the contest, our gooey, bean-laden participants will open their boxes to reveal the prizes they have won, with the grand prize winner going to a dude ranch!

Burton Gilliam (Lyle), one of the film's stars and Carol DeLuise (Harriet), will be in attendance at the event.

06/21/04

NEW LINE HOME ENTERTAINMENT TAKES FANS TO ANOTHER DIMENSION WITH THE TWILIGHT ZONE TELEVISION SERIES AVAILABLE ON DVD SEPTEMBER 7

Collectible Six-Disc DVD Set Includes All 43 Episodes Of The Hit Upn Series Featuring Guest Stars Jessica Simpson, Usher, Molly Sims, Jason Bateman, Jaime Pressly, Shannon Elizabeth, Amber Tamblyn And More

Check your reality at the door!  On September 7, New Line Home Entertainment takes fans into a world of fantasy and suspense with THE TWILIGHT ZONE, a deluxe, six-disc set that includes all 43 episodes of the hit UPN series.  Hosted by actor Forest Whitaker (Phone Booth, Panic Room), THE TWILIGHT ZONE is an edgy, fast-paced anthology series updated for modern audiences.  THE TWILIGHT ZONE DVD set is available at a $59.98 SRP, and the pre-order due date is August 10, 2004.

A cast of today's brightest stars - including Jessica Simpson (MTV's Newlyweds:  Nick & Jessica), Jaime Pressly (Torque, Not Another Teen Movie), Shannon Elizabeth (American Pie), Jason Bateman (TV's Arrested Development), Amber Tamblyn (TV's Joan of Arcadia), Usher (multi-platinum R&B artist), Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba), Vivica A. Fox (Boat Trip), Dylan Walsh (TV's Nip/Tuck), Portia de Rossi (TV's Ally McBeal), Patrick Warburton (TV's The Tick), comedian Paul Rodriquez, Eriq La Salle (TV's ER) and many more - journey into a world where ordinary people exist in beyond-extraordinary situations.

One of the most popular programs of its time, the original THE TWILIGHT ZONE ran from 1959 to 1964.  The series featured a collection of fascinating tales that ranged from the tragic to the comedic, and the stories were usually laced with a wicked sense of humor and unexpected endings.   Created and written by Rod Serling, THE TWILIGHT ZONE featured a "who's who" of the era's most popular and up-and-coming actors including Robert Redford, Carol Burnett, Dennis Hopper, Robert Duvall, Mickey Rooney, Telly Savalas, Martin Landau, Ron Howard, Joan Crawford, William Shatner, Roddy McDowall and many more.

The DVD set of the updated THE TWILIGHT ZONE includes remakes of two popular classic episodes - "The Eye of the Beholder," with Molly Sims in the lead role of Janet Taylor (the original starred Donna Douglas of The Beverly Hillbillies fame) who anxiously awaits the outcome of an eleventh surgery to correct her abnormal face.  When the bandages come off, she is revealed to be incredibly beautiful, but the doctor recoils in horror as the camera pulls back to reveal that he and others in the hospital room are deformed and misshapen.  Then, paranoia strikes the residents of Maple Street when they believe human-looking aliens have invaded the neighborhood in "The Monsters on Maple Street," another remade episode starring Andrew McCarthy (the original, "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street," starred Claude Akins).  Also of note is "It's Still a Good Life," a sequel to "It's a Good Life," which stars Bill Mummy and Cloris Leachman, cast members from the original THE TWILIGHT ZONE episode about little Anthony Fremont, a boy who controls an entire town with his ability to read minds and make people do as he wishes.

THE TWILIGHT ZONE DVD set is presented in widescreen (1.78:1), with audio selections including 5.1 Surround Sound (English), DTS Surround Sound, Stereo Surround Sound (English), English and Spanish subtitles and Closed Captions.

"TV-on-DVD has become wildly popular, and New Line Home Entertainment is thrilled to enter the category with the all-new THE TWILIGHT ZONE," said Matt Lasorsa, executive vice president of marketing, New Line Home Entertainment.  "With a fantastic guest-star cast and intriguing storylines, we expect THE TWILIGHT ZONE DVD set to transcend the science-fiction genre and appeal to a broad audience."

THE TWILIGHT ZONE DVD

 


IKE: COUNTDOWN TO D-DAY ON DVD AUGUST 31, 2004

Tom Selleck stars in A&E network's highest rated program ever!

Tom Selleck (Three Men and a Baby, TV's Magnum P.I.)stars as General Dwight D. Eisenhower in this gripping and enthralling war-time drama that depicts the incredible events that shaped the culmination of D-Day, 1944.  IKE: COUNTDOWN TO D-DAY, A&E's highest rated program in the 20-year history of the network, will be available on DVD and VHS August 31, 2004 from Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment.

The D-Day invasion - the largest military operation of World War II and the beginning of the end - marked Dwight "Ike" Eisenhower as one of America's most powerful military leaders. IKE: COUNTDOWN TO D-DAY follows the 90 terrifying days leading up to the invasion as Eisenhower decides the fates of thousands of soldiers while managing complex strategic relationships with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, American General George S. Patton, Britain's Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery and French President Charles de Gaulle.

It was a time of no guarantees and certainly no second chances. In this climate, one man, Dwight Eisenhower, pulled the world's leaders together for one of history's most infamous battles.  This is a must have DVD for war movie collections.

IKE: COUNTDOWN TO D-DAY stars Tom Selleck, James Remar (TV's North Shore, 2 Fast 2 Furious), Timothy Bottoms (Elephant) and Gerald McRaney (TV's Major Dad), directed by Robert Harmon (Highwayman) and produced by Lionel Chetwynd Productions and Stephanie Germain Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.

IKE: COUNTDOWN TO D-DAY DVD:

 


PHYSICAL EVIDENCE DVD AVAILABLE AUGUST 31

Intensely Sharp Legal Thriller From Michel Crichton, Creator of E.R. Stars Burt Reynolds, Theresa Russell and Ned Beatty

From Michael Crichton, writer of the novels "Jurassic Park," "Congo," "Andromeda Strain" and the creator/producer of TV's E.R. comes PHYSICAL EVIDENCE, a taut legal thriller that debuts on DVD August 31 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.  Starring Burt Reynolds (Oscar® nominee, Boogie Nights), Theresa Russell (Black Widow, Wild Things) and Ned Beatty (Oscar® Nominee, Network, Golden Globe Nominee, Hear My Song), PHYSICAL EVIDENCE is a mind-bending puzzle whose twists and turns will confound the viewer at every step while the passionate sparks between Reynolds and Russell practically threaten spontaneous combustion.

Synopsis

Everyone wanted Jake Farley dead. A man who dealt in drugs, prostitution and blackmail, Farley had no shortage of enemies, but only Joe Paris (Burt Reynolds), a hard-drinking cop who can't remember if he killed Farley or not, is on trial for the murder. The District Attorney has everything he needs for a conviction including weapon and motive. All Joe has is Jenny Hudson (Theresa Russell), a public defender who isn't entirely convinced of her client's innocence. Yet as witnesses are threatened, beaten and killed, Jenny begins to believe Joe may have been framed. And while they desperately search for a killer who may or may not exist, one thing remains certain. If Joe's innocent, the truth will save him. But if he's guilty, his lies will be the death of them both.

PHYSICAL EVIDENCE was directed by Michael Crichton, with story by Steve Ransohoff and Bill Phillips and screenplay by Bill Phillips. Produced by Don Carmody and Martin Ransohoff, it features an original score my Henry Mancini.

PHYSICAL EVIDENCE DVD:

 


RELENTLESS & RELENTLESS 2: DEAD ON Arriving on DVD August 31

Disturbing Psychological Thriller Starring Judd Nelson, Robert Loggia, Leo Rossi and Meg Foster

RELENTLESS, the chilling psychological thriller that spawned three popular sequels will be released on DVD August 31 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.  Starring Judd Nelson (St. Elmo's Fire, TV's Suddenly Susan), Robert Loggia  (Big, Jagged Edge), Leo Rossi (Black Widow, One Night at McCool's) and Meg Foster (Immortal Combat, Man in the Iron Mask), RELENTLESS was called a "riveting, splendidly acted suspense thriller" by Variety while Hal Hinson proclaimed in the Washington Post that "Judd Nelson is the standout -- he's never been more effective."  With a screenplay by Oscar®- nominee Phil Alden Robinson (Best Adaptation, Field of Dreams), RELENTLESS is a disturbing tale of a psychopathic killer (Nelson) who goes on a tauntingly cruel murder spree when his application to the LAPD is rejected.

Also being released day-and-date is RELENTLESS 2: DEAD ON, the second chapter in the successful RELENTLESS franchise that follows tenacious LA cop Sam Dietz (Rossi) as he tracks down a serial killer whose victims have all been reported dead prior to their murder!

RELENTLESS - Synopsis

A sadistic serial killer holds Los Angeles in the grip of unspeakable fear in this hard-hitting action-thriller.  Rejected from the police force on psychological grounds, Buck Taylor (Nelson) exacts revenge by committing a string of brutal murders and taunting the LAPD.  The only clues are pages torn from a telephone book and victims who appear to have somehow participated in their own deaths.  But when a brash rookie detective (Rossi) pairs up with a cynical veteran (Loggia) to track down the killer, the cat-and-mouse game ends in a deadly fight to the finish. RELENTLESS was directed by William Lustig, from a screenplay by Phil Alden Robinson. Producers include Sanford Hampton, Lisa M. Hampton and Paul Hertzberg. Original music by Jay Chattaway.

RELENTLESS 2: DEAD ON - Synopsis

In this action-filled follow-up to the hit thriller RELENTLESS, detective Sam Dietz (Rossi) is investigating a series of related murders.  Still tormented by an earlier serial killer's attack on his wife (Foster) and young son, Dietz plunges into the investigation with a personal vengeance.  Trying to stay one step ahead of a mysterious FBI agent (Ray Sharkey) also working the case, Dietz follows a danger-ridden maze of clues to a shocking cover-up?and a cold blooded killer whose sense of vengeance is as powerful as his own.  Co-starring Miles O'Keefe, RELENTLESS 2: DEAD ON will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to pulse-pounding finish. RELENTLESS 2: DEAD ON was directed by Michael Shroeder, screenplay by Mark Sevi, and produced by Stu Segall.  Original music by Paul F. Antonelli.

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ANNIE: A ROYAL ADVENTURE! DEBUTS ON DVD ON AUGUST 31!

All-New Feature-Length Romp For The Entire Family

Jolly Olde England will never be the same when the Land of Shakespeare receives a visit from Little Orphan Annie.  America's ever-upbeat, favorite red-haired moppet stars in Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment's family-friendly feature ANNIE: A ROYAL ADVENTURE! available for the first time on DVD on August 31, 2004 and priced-to-own at $19.94 SLP.

Starring Ashley Johnson (Growing Pains: The Movie) as Annie and five-time Tony Award winner George Hearn as the irrepressible Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks and with a stellar supporting cast including Joan Collins ("Dynasty," "The Flintstones In Viva Rock Vegas"), Carol Cleveland ("Monty Python") and Ian McDiarmid (Star Wars Episodes I and II), Annie: A Royal Adventure! will regally delight families and fans of the iconic comic strip heroine. Order date is July 29, 2004.

Directed by Ian Toynton ("24," "The O.C.") Annie: A Royal Adventure! charts the latest, exciting chapter of Harold Gray's classic comic strip, first brought to colorful life for movie audiences worldwide with legendary director John Huston's Annie, the classic, Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominated 1982 motion picture of the Tony-Award winning Broadway musical.  Annie's new English escapades are guaranteed to delight all ages, from eight to eighty! If you loved Annie, you'll adore Annie: A Royal Adventure!

SYNOPSIS

   When Daddy Warbucks receives a knighthood, he travels to England to accept the honor with Annie, Sandy, Annie's best friend Hannah and faithful companions Dr. Eli Eon, Punjab and the Asp in tow. When the evil Lady Edwina Hogbottom hatches a diabolical plan to destroy Buckingham Palace, it's up to our intrepid Annie and her devoted band to save the day.

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06/20/04

BABYLON 5: THE MOVIES FIVE MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE ADVENTURES IN ONE DELUXE FIVE-DISC DVD COLLECTOR'S SET AVAILABLE AUGUST 17 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

Initiate jump sequence for five out-of-this-world feature-length epics about key events in the acclaimed Babylon 5 chronology - THE GATHERING, IN THE BEGINNING, THIRDSPACE, RIVER OF SOULS and A CALL TO ARMS. Debuting on DVD August 17 and priced to own at $59.98 SRP from Warner Home Video, BABYLON 5: THE MOVIES will be available in a special five-disc collector's set featuring all-new introductions to and original audio commentaries on each movie by series creator J. Michael Straczynski and select cast and crew.

THE GATHERING - Alien envoys come to the giant space station in the pilot episode that laid the foundation for the groundbreaking five-year TV series. Set on a space station in the late 23rd Century, Babylon 5 is a centre of diplomacy and trade, in neutral space located between many rival space empires. The project's success, already shaky, is put further in doubt when incoming Commander Jeffrey Sinclair is the key suspect in the attempted assassination of Kosh, a mysterious alien ambassador.

IN THE BEGINNING - The Babylon 5 prequel! It's humans vs. aliens in the battle that led to the station's creation. Londo Mollari tells the whole story, from when Earth's military first meets the alien race of the Minbari. After a succession of misunderstandings and accidents, war breaks out, killing almost every human on Earth. The war and its aftermath provide the background for the resulting TV series Babylon 5.

THIRDSPACE - Is there a realm beyond hyperspace? Discovery of a million-years-old gateway technology may hold the answer...and more! The artifact influences the minds of people aboard the station and endangers the lives of everyone.

RIVER OF SOULS - After death, then what? Questions of eternity arise when a supposedly infallible harvester of souls proves to be very fallible. Captain Lochley now has solid proof that Garibaldi is a disaster magnet: when he comes to the station to meet with one of his new company's subordinates, she's being sued by the owner of an illegal virtual reality "holo-brothel" and besieged by Soul Hunters looking for one of their soul vessels, this one containing the souls of the long-lost Ralga alien species.

A CALL TO ARMS - The torch is passed. Five years after the events of the Babylon 5 series, a race against time to save Earth links the B5 mission with the Rangers' new interstellar efforts.

"The remarkable legacy of Babylon 5 lives on still with this exciting collection of TV movies that are an extension of the award-winning series. With the complete five seasons of the TV series now available on DVD, we were certain the legions of B5 fans would be excited to complete their collection with the DVD set of the BABYLON 5: THE MOVIES collection," said Christine Martinez, WHV Vice President, Non-theatrical Franchise Marketing. 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. Babylon 5 was recently named one of the top 25 cult TV classics of all time by TV Guide.

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CANDYMAN SPECIAL EDITION-- FEATURING ALL-NEW FRIGHTENING BONUS MATERIALS AVAILABLE TO OWN (IF YOU DARE) ON AUGUST 17

Virginia Madsen Stars in the Terrifying Psychological Thriller From Famed Horror Master Clive Barker

Delve deeper into the haunting world of one of modern cinema's most terrifying creations with the release of CANDYMAN SPECIAL EDITION.  This bone chilling special edition is packed with all new bonus features including director's commentary, Clive Barker featurette, and more will debut on DVD August 17, just in time for Halloween from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.  

CANDYMAN SPECIAL EDITION is priced to collect at $19.94 SLP.  From the chilling imagination of cult favorite writer/producer Clive Barker (Hellraiser), CANDYMAN stars Virginia Madsen (The Hot Spot, Brave New Girl) and Tony Todd (Final Destination) in a gruesome modern-day thriller that became an instant horror masterpiece.

Synopsis:

A children's ghost story comes to terrifying life in this gut-wrenching thriller about a graduate student whose research into modern folklore summons the spirit of the dead.  Helen Lyle (Madsen) laughs when she interviews college freshmen about their superstitions.  But when she hears about the urban legend of Candyman, a slave spirit with a hook hand who is said to haunt Chicago's notorious Cabrini-Green housing project, she thinks she has a new twist for her thesis.  Braving the gang-ridden territory to visit the site of a brutal murder, Helen arrogantly assumes Candyman can't really exist - until she says his name in the mirror five times and he appears, igniting a string of tragic slayings.  But the police don't believe in ghosts, and they charge Helen with the grisly crimes.  Now only one person can set her free - CANDYMAN! Co-starring Xander Berkeley (TV's "24"), Kasi Lemmons (The Silence of the Lambs) and Vanessa L. Williams (TV's "Soul Food"), CANDYMAN was skillfully directed by Bernard Rose (Immortal Beloved).

CANDYMAN SPECIAL EDITION DVD:

 


PAST MIDNIGHT NEW TO DVD ON AUGUST 17

Golden Globe® Winner Rutger Hauer and Natasha Richardson Heat up the Screen in the Steamy Crime Thriller

Past passion.  Past terror.  Past murder.  Golden Globe® winner Rutger Hauer (1988 TV's "Escape from Sobibor," Blind Fury) stars alongside Natasha Richardson (The Comfort of Strangers, The Handmaid's Tale), Clancy Brown (TV's "Carnivale," The Shawshank Redemption), Paul Giamatti (American Splendor, Paycheck) and Tom Wright (Barbershop, Sunshine State) in the engrossing romantic thriller PAST MIDNIGHT debuting on DVD August 17 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Synopsis:

After serving 15 years in jail for being falsely accused of murdering his pregnant wife, Ben Jordan (Hauer) is released from prison.  During his parole meetings, his beautiful and intelligent social worker Laura Matthews (Richardson) becomes convinced he was innocent of the crime. As she researches his case, and interviews other people who were involved, she begins to fall in love with him, as her friends warn her that he's dangerous.

However, as she pieces together the puzzle of the events on that horrible night, she uncovers inconsistencies in the police records that may or may not prove his innocence.  The shocking secrets are ultimately revealed one evening as her life is threatened in her own home by an unknown person who does know the truth and forces her to doubt Ben in the chilling climax.  An intriguing, suspense-filled erotic thriller in the tradition of In The Cut and Basic Instinct, PAST MIDNIGHT is directed by Jan Eliasberg (TVs "Miami Vice," "21 Jump Street").

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GOOD TIMES: THE THIRD SEASON AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON DVD IN "DY-NO-MITE" THREE DISC SET AUGUST 10

Keep up with the struggles and the laughs of the Evans family as they try to make ends meet on the south side of Chicago in this groundbreaking 1970s classic sitcom.  Featuring all 24 episodes, GOOD TIMES: THE THIRD SEASON debuts August 10 on a must-have three-disc DVD set, available for $29.95 SLP from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

From TV veteran Norman Lear ("All in the Family," "Sanford and Son" and many more hit TV series) and starring Emmy Award® - winning actress Esther Rolle and Emmy® - nominated actor John Amos, GOOD TIMES was that rare hit show which struck a chord with audiences of all colors.  A spin-off of "Maude," GOOD TIMES altered America's cultural landscape by tackling topical, often controversial issues from a uniquely African American perspective, while still managing to deliver heart-warming laughs.  The trailblazing show also made a star of jive-talkin' comedian Jimmie Walker whose catch phrase "DY-NO-MITE!" became part of '70s pop culture.

Synopsis

 Living's rarely easy in the Chicago housing projects, but the Evans family never gives up trying to make the best of things.  Parents Florida and James struggle to provide for the family while their sons J.J., an aspiring painter, and Michael, the undying political crusader, cause trouble while their sister stands between them as the voice of reason.  They may struggle to survive, but life is never boring.  The popular third season tackled topical themes from venereal disease to the U.S. Bicentennial and plot points like J.J.'s surprising engagement, Thelma's man troubles, Michael's problems in school, and James buying a gun to protect his family from local crime.

 


IN HONOR OF GODZILLA'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY, COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME ENTERTAINMENT WILL RELEASE "GODZILLA THE SERIES: THE MONSTER WARS TRILOGY"

Thrilling Three-Part Animated Tale Explodes Onto DVD August 24th

His name is legendary -His roar heard round the world for half a century - His breath unmistakable! He's Godzilla, and for the last fifty years fans young and old worldwide have known him by his rightful title -- "King of the Monsters!" Now, Godzilla faces his most thrilling adventure when he must protect Earth against a new fearsome generation of giant monsters in Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment's animated GODZILLA THE SERIES: THE MONSTER WARS TRILOGY, debuting on DVD August 24, 2004 with an SLP of $14.95.

A three-part animated adventure suitable for Godzilla fans ages 7 and older, GODZILLA THE SERIES: THE MONSTER WARS TRILOGY was produced by Dean Devlin, one of the creators behind the 1998 Godzilla blockbuster motion picture (available on Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment DVD and video) as well as Independence Day and The Patriot.   The series also boasts a star- studded voice cast including Ian Ziering ("Beverly Hills 90210," "Spider-Man: The New Animated Series"), Joe Pantoliano (The Matrix, "The Sopranos") and Paget Brewster ("Andy Richter Controls the Universe").

In GODZILLA THE SERIES: THE MONSTER WARS TRILOGY, the discovery of an alien spacecraft on the ocean floor sparks a wave of attacks on humanity by all-new colossal creatures, pitting Godzilla against a lethal legion including the monstrous Giant Bat, the ferocious aquatic dinosaur Cryptocledius and the ultimate enemy -- Cyber-Godzilla! Jam-packed with action, adventure and suspense, "Monster Wars" is an animated, kid-friendly adventure that will appeal to Godzilla buffs of all ages.

Fascinating "Godzilla" facts:

SYNOPSES

"Monster War Part I"

With Elsie's surreptitious help, Hicks finds and extracts an alien spacecraft from the bottom of the ocean. Tension and friction between HEAT (Humanitarian Ecological Analysis Team) and Hicks escalates. Meanwhile in Africa, a giant, earth- shattering Bat with huge jaws is on the loose.

"Monster War Part II"

Tracking the Giant Bat, HEAT discovers Cryptocledius, one of the aquatic dinosaurs surrounding the alien spaceship, is alive and hungry! In addition, a Cyber-Godzilla ("C-G"), a reanimated corpse of the first Godzilla is created ? only new and improved containing a mixed bag of reptilian and mechanical body parts.

"Monster War Part III"

Monsters are attacking everywhere!  While Godzilla is battling C-G in Washington, D.C., Nick and the HEAT team disrupt the Tachyon signals from the aliens and free the monsters from their mental hold.

The DVD release of GODZILLA THE SERIES: THE MONSTER WARS TRILOGY is being issued as part of the global celebration of Godzilla's 50th Anniversary.

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LINE KING ROARS FOR HOME VISION ENTERTAINMENT

Al Hirschfeld Story Draws Fine On DVD

Home Vision Entertainment is proud to present THE LINE KING which tells the amazing story of Al Hirschfeld, creator of thousands of famous drawings of stars and celebrities for more than sixty years.

Nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature (1996), THE LINE KING celebrates Hirschfeld’s many years of work for The New York Times, where his drawings were a centerpiece of the Sunday Arts section. With appearances by Lauren Bacall, Carol Channing, Joan Collins, Barbara Walters, Robert Goulet, and many others, THE LINE KING is a fascinating portrait of the artist as a cultural icon.

THE LINE KING ($24.95) includes an appreciation by New York Times art critic Michael Kimmelman, a gallery of Hirschfeld drawings, and additional footage: Hirschfeld creates a Paul Newman caricature.

 

06/14/04

EIGHT CLASSICS FROM "THE GREATEST DIRECTOR OF ALL TIME" RELEASED BY WARNER HOME VIDEO SEPTEMBER 7

Seven Hitchcock Classics for the First Time on DVD: DIAL M FOR MURDER, FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT, SUSPICION, THE WRONG MAN, STAGE FRIGHT, I CONFESS, MR. AND MRS. SMITH, Plus Remastered Two-Disc Special Edition of STRANGERS ON A TRAIN

All of These Films, Along with the Previously Released Special Edition of NORTH BY NORTHWEST are also Available as Part of a Nine-film Deluxe Boxed Set, The Alfred Hitchcock Signature Collection

On September 7, Warner Home Video will celebrate Alfred Hitchcock -- the legendary "Master of Suspense," whose illustrious motion picture career spanned more than a half century -- with DVD debuts of seven of his classic films, DIAL M FOR MURDER, FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT, SUSPICION, THE WRONG MAN, STAGE FRIGHT, I CONFESS, and MR. AND MRS. SMITH. Each film will contain a new documentary created for the DVD. In addition, a remastered Two-Disc Special Edition of STRANGERS ON A TRAIN including expanded bonus features will also be available.

The films will be available individually or as part of a nine-film deluxe boxed set, The Alfred Hitchcock Signature Collection, which will also include the previously released North by Northwest Special Edition. The individual titles are each priced at $19.97 SRP and STRANGERS ON A TRAIN: Two-Disc Special Edition will be available for $26.99 SRP. The deluxe boxed set is priced at $99.92 SRP.

STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, digitally remastered in a Two-Disc Special Edition DVD, will feature expanded bonus content, including the original-release version of the film as well as the preview version uncovered in 1991 and theatrically issued in 1996. Other bonuses include commentary by director Peter Bogdanovich, Psycho screenwriter Joseph Stephano, STRANGERS ON A TRAIN author Patricia Highsmith and biographer Andrew Wilson, an appreciation by The Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan, plus a new making-of documentary with Farley Granger, film historian Richard Schickel, Patricia Hitchcock O'Connell and other Hitchcock family members and colleagues recalling the making of this suspense landmark, and other intriguing bonus features.

The Director

Born in London in 1899, Hitchcock became interested in film at a young age and, following his dream, secured his first job at age 21 designing titles for a movie studio. He got his first chance at directing when the director of Always Tell Your Wife (1923) fell ill and Hitchcock had to complete the film. Impressed by his work, English studio chiefs gave him the opportunity to direct his own film, Number 13 (1922), however, before it was finished, the studio closed down its British operation. He then served as assistant director on several more films, after which he was hired to direct The Pleasure Garden (1925).

Hitchcock's next film, The Lodger, was a resounding success and he ultimately become the most successful and highest paid director in England. At the onset of World War II, he emigrated to the United States where he went on to become one of the most widely known and influential directors in motion picture history.

Although he was nominated for five Best Director Academy Awards®, Hitchcock never won, but in 1968 he was chosen to receive the Academy's Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. "Hitch," as he was known to so many, accepted it with a simple "Thank you." Hitchcock continued to write, produce and direct films until 1979 when he was awarded the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award. He died the following year, in 1980.

The Films

DIAL M FOR MURDER - Alfred Hitchcock's screen version of Frederick Knott's stage hit stars one of Hitchcock's favorites, Grace Kelly, along with Ray Milland and Robert Cummings as the points of a romantic triangle -- Margot Mary Wendice (Kelly), her lover Mark Halliday (Cummings) and her husband Tony Wendice (Milland), who's plotting her murder. But when Tony dials a Mayfair exchange to set the plot in motion, his right number gets the wrong answer.

The extra features included on the DVD are:

FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT - A classic Hitchcock suspenser about an intrepid American reporter, John Jones (Joel McCrea), who thinks he's stumbled across the biggest story in prewar Europe. Things don't go according to plan and Jones has to enlist the help of a young woman (Laraine Day) to track down a group of spies. Herbert Marshall, George Sanders and Robert Benchley also headline this movie which was nominated for six 1940 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture.

The DVD bonus content will include:

SUSPICION - Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine star. Fontaine as well-to-do wallflower Lina McLaidlaw, in love and perhaps in danger. She suspects that Johnnie Aysgarth (Grant), the playboy who swept into her life and married her, is a murderer and she's his next intended victim. Fontaine's striking performance won the Academy Award® as 1941's Best Actress.

The DVD bonus content will include:

THE WRONG MAN - In this dramatization of a true story, based on an actual incident reported in Life Magazine, a man is tried for crimes committed by a look-alike robber. Henry Fonda plays musician Manny Balestrero, a man full of visible but unspoken rage at his wrongful arrest. Vera Miles plays his distraught wife. Hitchcock makes New York City the star of the film and cast real-life Balestrero case witnesses in small roles.

The extra features included on the DVD are:

STAGE FRIGHT - Jane Wyman stars as drama student Eve Gill who tries to clear a friend, John Cooper (Richard Todd), being framed for murder by becoming the maid of flamboyant stage star Charlotte Inwood (Marlene Dietrich). Cooper's affair with Inwood has made him a suspect in the death of Inwood's husband. Hitchcock juggles elements of humor and whodunit and put his terrific ensemble (Alastair Sim, Sybil Thorndike, Joyce Grenfell, Kay Walsh and daughter Patricia Hitchcock) through its paces.

The DVD bonus content will include:

I CONFESS - Father Michael Logan (Montgomery Clift), a model of clerical piety, hears a killer's confession. Eyewitnesses point to a priest as the murderer and the sacrament of penance forbids Logan to speak out - even in his own defense - when circumstantial evidence targets Logan as the prime suspect. Anne Baxter and Karl Malden co-star as a former flame and a police inspector whose attempts to clear Logan only entrap him further. The extra features included on the DVD are:

MR. AND MRS. SMITH - Carole Lombard and Robert Montgomery star in this breezy Hitchcock comedy as Annie and David Smith, married but battling for three years. When a technicality voids their union, Annie asks David to marry her again, but he confides to her he is missing his freedom and he wants to have some fun. They start a new life, as though they had never been married, going out with friends and meeting members of the opposite sex. At the beginning the game seems to be fun, but jealousy quickly sets in.

The DVD bonus content will include:

STRANGERS ON A TRAIN - En route from Washington, D.C., champion tennis player Guy Haines (Farley Granger) meets pushy playboy Bruno Anthony (Robert Walker). What begins as a chance encounter turns into a series of morbid confrontations, as Bruno manipulates his way into Guy's life. Bruno is eager to kill his father and knows Guy wants to marry a senator's daughter (Ruth Roman) but can't get a divorce from his wife. So Bruno suggests the men swap murders, which would leave no traceable clues or possible motives. Though Guy refuses, it won't be easy to rid himself of the psychopathic Bruno. Hitchcock's daughter Patricia appears in this film.

The extra features included on the DVD are:

North by Northwest - Nominated for three Academy Awards® including Best Screenplay, what Leonard Maltin called "one of the all-time great entertainments" stars Cary Grant as a Manhattan advertising executive mistaken for a spy who escapes kidnapping and dodges a murder frame-up. Eventually, he eludes a notorious low-flying cropduster and, in the film's exciting climax, rescues Eva Marie Saint on Mount Rushmore.

The extra features included on the DVD are:

Each DVD will be presented in a format preserving the aspect ratio of its original theatrical exhibition and will include the original theatrical trailer, and subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

Alfred Hitchcock Signature Collection

 


CTHE DEBUT'S "13 GOING ON 30" ON DVD AUGUST 3, 2004

The must-own romantic comedy starring JENNIFER GARNER and MARK RUFFALO
This fun-filled Special Edition DVD features a Blooper Reel, 18 Deleted Scenes, featurettes, music videos and more!

From Revolution Studios and the producing team of Donna Arkoff Roth and Susan Arnold (America's Sweethearts, Forces of Nature, Grosse Point Blank), producer Gina Matthews (What Women Want, Urban Legend) and director Gary Winick (Tadpole) comes the delightful romantic comedy 13 GOING ON 30 13 GOING ON 30 stars Jennifer Garner (Daredevil, TV's Alias) and Mark Ruffalo (In The Cut, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).  On August 3, 2004, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment and Revolution Studios will make wishes come true with the release of 13 GOING ON 30, available on Special Edition DVD for $28.95 SLP and VHS rental.

For most people, 13 feels like it was just yesterday  ...  for Jenna Rink it was. It is 1987 and Jenna is a 13-year-old girl on the brink of womanhood. The problem is that adulthood is just not arriving fast enough. She's suffocated by her dorky parents, ignored by the hip kids in school and the cute guy she has a crush on, barely knows her name. No longer content to spend time only with her best friend and neighbor, Matt Flamhaff, Jenna invites the cool kids to her 13th birthday party. But the party is a disaster. Jenna is humiliated when she's locked in the closet for a game of "Seven Minutes in Heaven" and everyone deserts her.

Alone in the closet, Jenna makes an earnest wish. If only she could be all grown up, she'd have the life she's always wanted.   Miraculously, her wish comes true. The next day, when Jenna emerges from the closet, it's 2004 and she's 30-years old. What's more, she is a gorgeous successful woman (Jennifer Garner) with a great job and a fabulous Fifth Avenue apartment. She is finally cool and popular. The only hitch? She has absolutely no idea how she got there.  Initially frightened but gradually enchanted by her new lift, Jenna soon realizes there's something missing -  Matt. When she looks him up, she is horrified to discover that she and Matt are no longer in contact and he is engaged to be married.  Jenna learns that having it all is not enough and decides to take a second chance at first love.  Now her biggest wish is that it's not too late.

Revolution Studios Presents A Roth/Arnold Production, A Gina Matthews Production 13 GOING ON 30, a Columbia Pictures release starring Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer, Andy Serkis and Kathy Baker. The film is directed by Gary Winick and written by Josh Goldsmith & Cathy Yuspa. The producers are Gina Matthews, Susan Arnold and Donna Arkoff Roth. The executive producers are Todd Garner and Dan Kolsrud. The director of photography is Don Burgess, ASC. The costume designer is Susie DeSanto. The production designer is Garreth Stover. The film editor is Susan Littenberg. The music is by Theodore Shapiro. The music supervision is by John Houlihan.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:

Basics

 


PIERCE BROSNAN AND JULIANNE MOORE STAR IN LAWS OF ATTRACTION AVAILABLE ON DVD AUGUST 24

Headlined by two of today's hottest stars, New Line Home Entertainment's LAWS OF ATTRACTION brings loads of laughs to DVD and VHS on August 24, 2004.  A razor-sharp romantic comedy starring Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore (Academy Award(r) nominee for The Hours and Far From Heaven), this hilarious "battle of the sexes" recalls the Katharine Hepburn-Spencer Tracy classic Adam's Rib.  The DVD edition features both widescreen and fullscreen versions of the film plus deleted scenes, an alternate ending, original trailers and a DVD-ROM enabled script-to-screen program and is available at a $27.95 SRP; the VHS carries a $22.99 SRP.

SYNOPSIS

Academy Award(r) nominee Julianne Moore (The Hours, Far From Heaven) and Pierce Brosnan (The Thomas Crown Affair, Die Another Day) star as warring divorce attorneys who break ranks and fall in love in the romantic comedy LAWS OF ATTRACTION, directed by Peter Howitt (Sliding Doors). At the top of their game, both Audrey Woods (Moore) and Daniel Rafferty (Brosnan) have seen love gone wrong in all its worst case scenarios. So, how bad could their chances be?  Maybe getting married first is the best way to fall in love.  The film's ensemble cast is led by Parker Posey (A Mighty Wind), Michael Sheen (Underworld), Frances Fisher (Titanic) and Nora Dunn (Bruce Almighty).

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

Basics

 


THE SEARCH IS OVER... PRODUCER JERRY BRUCKHEIMER'S WITHOUT A TRACE TURNS UP ON DVD SEPTEMBER 7TH

Multiple Emmy and Golden Globe-winning Series Will Make its DVD Debut Featuring 22 Episodes and a Wide Selection of Special Features

Warner Home Video (WHV) has found what has been missing from everyone's DVD library, WITHOUT A TRACE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON, the powerful, Emmy Award-winning investigative drama which will make its debut on DVD September 7th. WHV will release the much-anticipated title with several engaging special features including unaired scenes, the director's uncut finale and much more. Executive produced by prolific television and film producer Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI, CSI: Miami, Pearl Harbor) all 22 episodes of the series' award-winning first season will be available in a four-disc collector's edition for $59.98 (SRP).

Rated the # 2 new drama of the 2002-2003 season, WITHOUT A TRACE won two Emmy Awards during its debut season and a Golden Globe Award in 2004. Gripping and fast-paced, the series focuses on the Missing Persons Squad of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. By applying advanced psychological profiling techniques, the special task force is able to peel back the layers of the victims' lives and trace their whereabouts in order to determine if the missing person has been abducted, murdered, committed suicide or has simply run away. The team reconstructs a "Day of Disappearance" timeline that details every minute of the 24 hours prior to the disappearance, following one simple rule: learn who the victim is in order to learn where the victim is.

The show's talented ensemble cast includes Anthony LaPaglia, who earned a Golden Globe Award for his role as senior agent Jack Malone. Malone heads the dedicated team that knows too well that every second counts when someone vanishes. His squad includes Samantha Spade (Poppy Montgomery), an agent whose good looks belie a tough, complex approach to her work; Vivian Johnson (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), a no-nonsense investigator; Danny Taylor (Enrique Murciano) an intense and private agent; and Martin Fitzgerald (Eric Close), the newest member of the team, considered a lightweight by the squad because his only experience involves fighting white-collar crime.

Regarding the announcement, Christine Martinez, WHV Vice President, Non-theatrical Franchise Marketing said, "WITHOUT A TRACE is a high-caliber series, complimented by brilliant casting, outstanding acting, powerful and compelling storylines that are executed with skill and sensitivity. Furthermore, the program has garnered tremendous critical acclaim, high viewership levels and has developed a growing, loyal fan base, which is why we decided to bring the series to DVD."

Special features to be included on WITHOUT A TRACE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON include:

 


LA FEMME NIKITA: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON

Anxiously Awaited Second Season Available for the First Time Ever on July 20, 2004 in an Exclusive Six-Disc Collector's DVD Set Featuring all 22 Episodes with Explosive Bonus Materials

In response to the overwhelming demand from the show's killer fan following, Warner Home Video will release LA FEMME NIKITA: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON, the sophomore DVD collection of the action-on-stilettos drama, on July 20, 2004. The six-disc collector's set contains all 22 episodes from the second season of this cult classic that inspired the female action-heroes of today, plus a special intel portfolio of insider bonus features including deleted scenes, audio commentary and exclusive gag reel footage. LA FEMME NIKITA: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON DVD is priced at $99.98 SRP.

"Like the strong-willed female personas played by Lucy Lawless (Xena) and Jennifer Garner (Alias), Peta Wilson's sexy and intelligent character from LA FEMME NIKITA appealed to a broad fan demographic," says Christine Martinez, WHV Vice President, Non-theatrical Franchise Marketing. "With one of the largest and most loyal fan bases of any genre series, boasting over 300 hundred online fan sites, the must-own LA FEMME NIKITA: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON DVD is poised to quench the appetites of die-hard fans waiting for the next release of this sleek and sexy action series."

Based on the characters created for Luc Besson's film of the same name, LA FEMME NIKITA was a hit on USA Network and avoided cancellation in 2000 following a phenomenal letter-writing campaign by loyal fans. From acclaimed producers/writers Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran (currently working on TV's hit action drama 24), the sleek, chic and powerful adventures of the agent codenamed Josephine continue in the intrigued-filled five-year series LA FEMME NIKITA that stars Peta Wilson (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) in the provocative title role.

Season Two kicks into high gear with Nikita's survival from the destruction of a Freedom League hideout in the first season's final episode. Since then, she has been on the run from Section One. While working as a waitress, Nikita is captured by the Freedom League and used as bait to lure Section One into a trap. Nikita's life and ultimately the survival of Section One itself are on the line. Wrongly accused for a hideous crime and headed for lethal injection, Nikita is rescued from her fate by the top-secret government organization, Section One. She must rely on her fierce instincts and killer looks to achieve the covert and death-defying objectives of a monolithic establishment that is all too willing to cancel her should her conscience get in the way. There is no end in sight to the pulse-pounding predicaments and gut-wrenching moral wars she must wage each day.

LA FEMME NIKITA: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON includes all 22 episodes from the second season and DVD special features including:

BASICS

 


GIDGET AND ELVIS, TWO ICONS OF THE 50S AND 60S, DEBUT ON DVD

Two classic film collections from icons of the 1950s and 1960s will debut on DVD from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment on August 3.  THE COMPLETE GIDGET COLLECTION -- the big screen adventures of Gidget, the original queen of the Southern California beach scene arrives on DVD and six new DVDs featuring popular films of Elvis Presley -- IT HAPPENED AT THE WORLD’S FAIR, DOUBLE TROUBLE, SPEEDWAY, Spinout, HARUM SCARUM and THE TROUBLE WITH GIRLS will arrive before summer comes to an end.

THE COMPLETE GIDGET COLLECTION will include Gidget (1959) starring Sandra Dee, James Darren (Moondoggie) and Spider-Man's Cliff Robertson (The Big Kahoona); GIDGET GOES HAWAIIAN (1961) with Darren and Deborah Walley and GIDGET GOES TO ROME (1963) with Darren and Cindy Carol.  These three films set the standard for a whole generation of beach movies and will be available in a single collection priced at $27.95 SLP.  Based on the novel by Frederick Kohner, who modeled the title character after his own daughter, the films exhibited a winning combination of humor, romance and music that were all the rage in the 1960s and also inspired two popular television series, the most famous being the 1966 show starring Sally Field.

THE COMPLETE GIDGET COLLECTION follows the summer vacations of America's favorite teenage surfer girl as she travels the world in search of fun, love and excitement.  Bask in the California sun (GIDGET) and then catch a wave that spans from Waikiki (GIDGET GOES HAWAIIAN) to Rome (GIDGET GOES TO ROME) all with Gidget and steady beau, Moondoggie, and their fun-in-the-sun adventures.

GIDGET: The comic misadventures of a 16-year-old tomboy Gidget (Sandra Dee), whose efforts to get a handsome young surfer, Moondoggie (James Darren), to notice her also draws her to the attention of the king of the Malibu "surf bums," the Big Kahoona (Cliff Robertson) himself!

GIDGET GOES HAWAIIAN: When a Hawaiian family vacation separates Gidget (Deborah Walley) from Moondoggie (James Darren), she does what any average American teenager would do -- she finds new romance -- which leads to comic complications when steady beau Moondoggie (James Darren) jets in to surprise her.

GIDGET GOES TO ROME: Gidget and Moondoggie's plans for a romantic Roman holiday go slightly awry as he (James Darren) falls for a pretty Italian tour guide while she (Cindy Carol) has her eye on her father's old war buddy, a handsome journalist who's keeping an eye on her.

ELVIS PRESLEY --

Elvis Presley fans will rejoice as Warner Home Video helps celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll with the release of six of the King's popular movies -- IT HAPPENED AT THE WORLD’S FAIR, DOUBLE TROUBLE, SPEEDWAY, Spinout, HARUM SCARUM and THE TROUBLE WITH GIRLS.  Each of the new DVDs feature an Elvis Presley trailer gallery and all are available August 3 at $14.97 SRP.

Elvis's first film for MGM since 1957's landmark Jailhouse Rock and the first of more than a dozen movies Presley would do for that studio, IT HAPPENED AT THE WORLD’S FAIR returns to the home entertainment market for the first time since 1992.  A very young Kurt Russell, who grew up to play Elvis in 1979's biopic and later appear in 3000 Miles to Graceland, makes an early film appearance.

Over the course of his career, the king of rock 'n' roll starred in 31 feature films and two theatrically released concert documentaries.  His music was as much a part of his box office success as his good looks, sensuality and charisma.  In fact, some of his top-selling songs were from the movie soundtracks.  Eleven of his soundtrack albums made it into the top ten on the Billboard Top 100 Album charts and of those, four became number one hits.  He had 30 hit singles that went to #1.

IT HAPPENED AT THE WORLD’S FAIR (1963) -- The 1962 Seattle World's Fair with its showpiece Space Needle and monorail provide the setting for this rollicking adventure.  When pilot-for-hire Mike (Presley) gets grounded by his co-pilot's (Gary Lockwood) gambling debts, the pair decides to hitch to Seattle where Mike finds love, Danny finds easy marks, and both find big problems to solve.  Elvis has ten songs in this movie including Happy Ending, Relax and the gold record One Broken Heart for Sale.  A young Kurt Russell plays the child who wallops Mike in the shins.

DOUBLE TROUBLE (1967) -- In this comedic mystery romp, Elvis portrays Guy Lambert, a singer on tour in London who gets involved with a love-struck teenage heiress (Annette Day), a sexy temptress (Yvonne Romain) and a jewel smuggling operation.  Who knew trouble could be so cool and so much fun!  Some of the songs from this movie include City by Night, Could I Fall in Love, Long-Legged Girl and There's So Much World to See.

SPEEDWAY (1968) -- In this high-octane laugh fest, Elvis Presley sings his way around the race circuit as successful SPEEDWAY driver Steve Grayson until his wise-cracking manager (Bill Bixby) files a bad tax return.  The engines rev-up and the chase begins when IRS agent (Nancy Sinatra) arrives on the scene.  The laughs in this film are further enhanced by talented comic actors, Gale Gordon (The Lucy Show) and Carl Ballantine (McHale's Navy).  Music includes songs such as There Ain't Nothing like a Song, Let Yourself Go, Your Time Hasn't Come Yet, Baby and Your Groovy Self.

SPEEDWAY (1966) - Mike McCoy (Presley), a part-time race car driver and lead singer for a band combo, has his foot on the gas and his eyes on the road as three women with marriage on their minds race after him.  Shelley Fabares (his co-star in Girl Happy) plays the rich girl spoiled by her wealthy father (Carl Betz, who also played her father on TV's  The Donna Reed Show).  Deborah Walley (GIDGET GOES HAWAIIAN) is the drummer in his band looking to beat out a rhythm to his heart and Diane McBain (General Hospital, Days of our Lives) plays a writer researching a book about "The Perfect American Male."  Songs include Never Say Yes, Adam and Evil, All That I Am and Stop, Look Listen. In this film there are no brakes on the fun.

HARUM SCARUM (1965) - Johnny Tyronne (Presley) is a swashbuckling action-adventure movie star and ladies' man on a goodwill tour of the Middle East to promote his latest film.  He is kidnapped by a clandestine group of assassins that want him to kill a desert king.  Sand and songs swirl throughout this tale as Johnny escapes and heads back to civilization but not without teaming up with former Miss America, Mary Ann Mobley.  The film was directed by former movie hoofer Gene Nelson (OKLAHOMA!) and features such song hits as Kismet and Harem Holiday.

THE TROUBLE WITH GIRLS (1969)- This comedy/drama is a change of pace for Elvis as he tackles the challenges of Walter Hale, a manager of a 1927 traveling show that starts to develop some trouble when it hits Radford Center, Iowa.  The film is packed with colorful co-stars including Vincent Price, Marlyn Mason, John Carradine, Joyce Van Patten, Edward Andrews, Sheree North and Dabney Coleman.  Almost is one of the songs in the film which also has Swing Low Sweet Chariot and Clean Up Your Own Backyard on the soundtrack.

 


CROSSROADS NEW TO DVD ON AUGUST 10

Ralph Macchio, Jami Gertz and Joe Seneca Star in the Coming-of-Age Musical Drama From Director Walter Hill with Music by Ry Cooder

An inspirational and passionate film for blues music fans, CROSSROADS is the musical drama loosely based on the mythic character of Faust and the American fable involving real-life Mississippi blues music legend Robert Johnson, starring Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid, My Cousin Vinny), Jami Gertz (Jersey Girl, TVs "Still Standing") and Joe Seneca (A Time to Kill, Mo Better Blues), debuting for the first time on DVD August 10 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Synopsis:

Young musical prodigy Eugene Martone (Macchio) is a classically trained guitarist studying at New York's Julliard School who becomes obsessed with early blues music. Intent on discovering the whereabouts of Robert Johnson's unpublished 30th song recorded 50 years prior, Eugene seeks out the legendary bluesman Willie Brown (Seneca) at a Harlem nursing home.  Willie promises to teach Eugene the song if the young man helps him get back to a Mississippi crossroads, where he can win back his soul from the Devil, which he sold in exchange for musical greatness many decades before.  Making their way across the Mississippi Delta, the duo meets Frances (Gertz), a runaway who becomes a love interest for Eugene.  In the end, the fate of Willie's soul will rely upon his young student to defeat the Devil's henchman (heavy metal virtuoso Steve Vai) in a climactic guitar battle. Based on a contest-winning script by former blues musician John Fusco (Young Guns, Hidalgo) and featuring the acclaimed motion picture soundtrack written and performed by Ry Cooder (Buena Vista Social Club), CROSSROADS is directed by Walter Hill (48 Hours, Streets of Fire).

CROSSROADS DVD:

 


COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME ENTERTAINMENT INTRODUCES INNOVATIVE  "COLOR + B&W PRODUCTION PROCESS"

"ChromaChoice" Feature Allows Viewers to Seamlessly Move From Original B&W to Color Version of Films on DVD Two Classic Three Stooges DVDS to Launch New Technology on August 10, 2004

Heralding a new era of accurately restored and hi-def remastered classic films, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment (CTHE) unveiled today an innovative "Color+B&W" production process designed to broaden the appeal of classic black and white films and to introduce them to a new generation of viewers. These DVDs will also feature CTHE's "ChromaChoice" feature which allows viewers to toggle between the original black and white version of a film and its colorized version in a seamless manner using the DVD remote. The new technologies will debut with the August 10 release of two Three Stooges DVDs - THE THREE STOOGES: GOOFS ON THE LOOSE and THE THREE STOOGES: STOOGED AND CONFOOSED.

Beyond Colorization

Unlike previous attempts at colorization, the new "Color+B&W" production process avoids the many pitfalls that have plagued other such projects in the past.  Each film is extensively researched in advance and exhaustive efforts are made to utilize as many original source elements as possible. The original black and white masters for these titles are faithfully restored, then subsequently remastered in full 1080i hi-definition video for the highest picture quality. In addition, thanks to film elements and production items saved in the Columbia Pictures archives, many of the original production elements (i.e. props, cloth swatches, etc.) were available for reference. Finally, through collaboration with West Wing Studios whose talented artists have years of experience in color designing, the highest level of historical accuracy is achieved in the images.

"This highly refined coloring process brings incredible new life to black and white classics and has the potential to win over a more contemporary audience for these films," noted Lexine Wong, CTHE's Executive Vice President of Worldwide Marketing.  "Additionally, for the first time, DVD allows us to include both versions on one DVD by giving viewers the choice to view these films in either their original black and white format or their new color state.

Our new ChromaChoice feature allows you to toggle instantaneously between the B & W and color versions while viewing.  These "Color and B&W" releases insure the integrity of the film's original presentation. It all adds up to a truly unique DVD experience - one that provides classic film enthusiasts with more options and enjoyment than ever before."

Synopses

GOOFS ON THE LOOSE

MEN IN BLACK (1934) Calling Doctor Howard, Doctor Fine, Doctor Howard. Three nitwits take medical malpractice to a whole new level in this Oscar? nominated short subject.

THE SITTER DOWNERS (1937) A sit-down strike not only wins three imbeciles the girls of their dreams, but a prefabricated cottage complete with wifely ultimatum: no house, no honeymoon!  New to DVD!

PUNCH DRUNKS (1934) Whenever Curly hears "Pop Goes the Weasel," he turns into a fighting madman, so Moe promotes him into the next heavyweight champion of the world. PLAYING THE PONIES (1937) You can lead a horse to water and make him drink if you feed him chili pepperinos, as the Stooges do to a broken-down nag, turning him into the thirstiest - and fastest - racehorse on the planet.  New to DVD!

STOOGED AND CONFOOSED

VIOLENT IS THE WORD FOR CURLY (1938) Class is in session at the exclusive Mildew College for women, where Professors Howard, Fine and Howard teach the shapely student body their famous nonsense song, "Swinging the Alphabet."

YOU NAZTY SPY! (1940) The King of Moronica is overthrown, and three paperhangers are chosen to take his place: Dictator Hailstone, Field Marshal Gallstone and Minister of Propaganda Pebble.  New to DVD!

NO CENSUS, NO FEELING (1940) Three gung-ho census-takers let nothing stand in their way of an accurate count, whether it be crashing a fancy bridge party, spiking drinks with Alum or invoking a riot at a professional football game.  New to DVD!

AN ACHE IN EVERY STAKE (1941) When three icemen agree to help Mrs. Lawrence prepare a fancy birthday party, their particular specialty? an exploding, gas-filled cake-goes off with a bang.  New to DVD!

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

THREE STOOGES: GOOFS ON THE LOOSE

THREE STOOGES: STOOGED AND CONFOOSED

Three Stooges (2 pack)

 


GOOD BYE, LENIN! DEBUTS ON SPECIAL EDITION DVD AUGUST 10, 2004

Winner of Six European Film Awards Including The Best Picture 2004 Golden Globe Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival Official Selection, Toronto Film Festival

Charming, hilarious, offbeat and brilliant have all been used to describe the German smash-hit, GOOD BYE, LENIN!  It's a screwball comedy of totalitarian proportions when an East German woman awakens from a coma after the fall of communism and her devoted son goes through desperate lengths to make her believe nothing has changed.  Directed by Wolfgang Becker (Life is All You Get) and featuring original music by the award-winning French composer Yann Tiersen (Amelie), the film was declared a "deliciously offbeat comedy, as wildly inventive as anything Billy Wilder ever conceived," by Ruthe Stein in the San Francisco Chronicle.  Now, after racking up an impressive list of awards and accolades, and following its 2004 U.S. theatrical run when it reigned as the #1 foreign film release, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will release GOOD BYE, LENIN! on Special Edition DVD and VHS (rental) on July 27, 2004.

The Special Edition DVD includes feature commentary by Director Becker, ten deleted scenes and three behind-the-scenes featurettes. GOOD BYE, LENIN! was the winner of six prestigious European Film Awards, including Best Picture (marking the first time a German film has ever won the Best Picture category), Best Actress for Katrin Sass and Best Young Actor award for star Daniel Bruehl. Additionally, the film earned Official Selection at the 2003 Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals and was a 2004 Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

October, 1989 was a bad time to fall into a coma if you lived in East Germany - and this is precisely what happens to Alex's proudly socialist mother. Alex has a big problem on his hands when she suddenly awakens eight months later. Her heart is so weak that any shock might kill her. And what could be more shocking than the fall of the Berlin Wall and the triumph of capitalism in her beloved East Germany?  To save his mother, Alex transforms the family apartment into an island of the past, a kind of socialist-era museum where his mother is lovingly duped into believing that nothing has changed.  What begins as a little white lie turns into a major scam as Alex's sister and selected neighbors are recruited to maintain the elaborate ruse - and keep her believing that Lenin really did triumph after all!

GOOD BYE, LENIN! DVD:

 


BON VOYAGE PREMIERING AUGUST 17 ON DVD

Acclaimed, Comedy From Academy Award®-Nominated Director Jean-Paul Rappeneau Starring Isabelle Adjani, Gérard Depardieu, Virgine Ledoyen, Yvan Attal, Grégori Derangére and Peter Coyote
Nominated for 11 Cesar Awards including Best Picture and Best Director

Murderous intrigues, political melodrama, scientific secrets and love affairs flourish in the all-star French romantic comedy BON VOYAGE nominated for 11 Cesar Awards (the French equivalent of the Academy Awards®) including Best Picture and Best Director. 

A light-hearted, sophisticated farce presented in high-style and lavish period production from Oscar®-nominated veteran director Jean-Paul Rappeneau (Cyrano de Bergerac, The Horseman on the Roof) starring two-time Academy Award®-nominee Isabelle Adjani (Diabolique, Camille Claudel), Academy Award®-nominee Gérard Depardieu (Green Card, Cyrano de Bergerac), Virgine Ledoyen (8 Women), Yvan Attal (My Wife is an Actress), Grégori Derangère (The Officer's Ward) and Peter Coyote (Erin Brokovich), BON VOYAGE will debut August 17 on DVD and VHS (rental) from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Synopsis

This larger than life romantic comedy, tells a story about a motley group of Parisians who head south to escape the imminent German occupation. Among them is an undercover Nazi spy who's intent on stealing a top-secret formula from a pretty physics student, who has her eye on a handsome murder suspect, who is hot on the trail of the real killer, a celebrated mistress of a spineless government minister. Upon arrival in Bordeaux, they all check into the glamorous Hotel Splendide, where they soon become hopelessly entangled in a madcap misadventure filled with intrigue, mystery, romance and suspense.

BON VOYAGE DVD:

 

06/08/04

GET SCARED SILLY WITH SCOOBY-DOO 2: MONSTERS UNLEASHED ON DVD SEPTEMBER 14

$85 Million Frighteningly Funny Box Office Movie Sequel to the Multi-Million Dollar Scooby-Doo Franchise

Scoob-Tacular DVD Special Features Include An Inside Look At The Stunts, Sets And Visual Effects, Hollywood Ghoul Stories, Music Videos, Interactive Challenges And More!

The Mystery Inc gang is back to "doo it again" in SCOOBY-DOO 2: MONSTERS UNLEASHED, available on DVD and VHS on September 14 from Warner Home Video (WHV). Join the SCOOBY-DOO: THE MOVIE all-star returning cast as the Mystery Inc. Gang, including Freddie Prinze Jr. (I Still Know What You Did Last Summer), Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cruel Intentions), Matthew Lillard (Scream, She's All That), Linda Cardellini (ER), with Alicia Silverstone (Clueless, Batman and Robin), and embark on another outrageous mystery-solving adventure. The SCOOBY-DOO 2: MONSTERS UNLEASHED DVD is packed with "monstrous" special features additional scenes, music videos, interactive challenges and more!

SCOOBY-DOO 2: MONSTERS UNLEASHED will be available on DVD for $27.95SRP in widescreen and full screen formats and on VHS for $22.99 SRP.

SYNOPSIS

Jinkies! They're the most monsters ever gathered! Mix those creepazoids with Scooby-Doo and the rest of the Mystery Inc. gang and you have the recipe for family fun! A masked villain wreaks mayhem on the city of Coolsville with a monster machine that creates real-life versions of Mystery Inc's former foes like The 10,000 Volt Ghost, The Cotton Candy Glob, The Skelemen and The Pterodactyl Ghost. The team launches an investigation into the monster outbreak that leaves Shaggy and Scooby questioning their roles in Mystery Inc. Eager to prove their detective skills, the ever-ravenous duo comes up with a secret plan to solve the mystery all by themselves. Can the gang unravel their most challenging case?

DVD ELEMENTS

The DVD "unleashes" top-dog bonus features including:

BASICS

 


FIVE BEST-LOVED FAMILY FILMS OF ALL TIME RECEIVE DVD DEBUTS FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO AUGUST 24

LASSIE COME HOME, SON OF LASSIE, THE COURAGE OF LASSIE, FLIPPER & FLIPPER’S NEW ADVENTURE

Warner Home Video celebrates the DVD debut of five of the best-loved family films of all time, starring animal heroes Lassie and Flipper in the original film classics that inspired generations of children. LASSIE COME HOME, the first full-length Lassie feature starring Elizabeth Taylor, Roddy McDowall and Lassie, everyone's favorite canine hero, will arrive for the very first time on DVD August 24 along with two sequels -- SON OF LASSIE and THE COURAGE OF LASSIE. In addition, the two "fintastic" dolphin adventures FLIPPER and FLIPPER’S NEW ADVENTURE, will make their DVD debuts. Each will be priced at $14.97 SRP.

About Lassie

Created by British writer Eric Knight for a 1938 Saturday Evening Post short story, Lassie was released in book form as "LASSIE COME HOME" in 1940. The novel met with immediate popularity in the United States as well as in Great Britain, and when it was made into the 1943 feature film, Lassie became an American embodiment of courage, faithfulness, and determination, ideals which still resonate deeply with families today.

LASSIE COME HOME (New to DVD)

Starring young Elizabeth Taylor (in only her second film), Roddy McDowall, LASSIE COME HOME is the first of the seven full-length Lassie feature films made between 1943 and 1953 which inspired the subsequent long-running television series. Described by Leonard Maltin as "Winning and wonderful; One of the all-time great family films," LASSIE COME HOME chronicles the initial adventure of the faithful collie who, after being sold by her poor family struggling to survive the depression, embarks on a danger-filled 1,000 mile journey to return home.

SON OF LASSIE (New to DVD)

This war-themed film sequel to LASSIE COME HOME features June Lockhart and Peter Lawford playing the adult roles that Elizabeth Taylor and Roddy McDowall portrayed as children. At the height of World War II, dogs are being trained to assist the war effort and Lassie's son, Laddie, sneaks off with his owner (Lawford), who's joined the army and is headed for his first bombing mission over Nazi-occupied Norway.

THE COURAGE OF LASSIE (New to DVD)

The third Lassie feature centers around Bill, a pup who's been separated from his mother. At first, he has no one to love except other animals, until he's found by a young girl (Elizabeth Taylor), who adopts him and raises him for her own. But a tragic car accident separates the two and Bill becomes drafted for a WW II K-9 unit until battle fatigue overwhelms him. He turns vicious and has to be rehabilitated once he returns home.

About Flipper

Much like Lassie, Flipper has become a favorite American icon, so well recognized that old and young can still hum along if anyone even whispers "Flip-per Flip-per, faster than light-ning, No one you see is smarter than he..." Flipper is best known for being playful, mischievous, and child-like as he continually lures his owners into scrapes, and then helps them get out again. Flipper was portrayed by a female dolphin named Mitzi who nudged wayward boats to safety, knocked guns out of poachers' hands with well-timed leaps and warned Bud and Sandy whenever danger lurked; a male stunt dolphin, Mr. Gipper, performed all of Flipper's tail-walking scenes.

FLIPPER (New to DVD)

FLIPPER’S NEW ADVENTURE (New to DVD)

Flipper's back with new friends and new adventures. This time he's got to help rescue an English family that's being held captive by modern-day pirates. Filmed on location in the Bahamas and Key Biscayne, Florida, Luke Halpin (Sandy) and Flipper save the day once again.

All DVDs are close-captioned with English language mono soundtracks. The Lassie films are available in their standard original aspect ratios, while the Flipper films are available in their widescreen original aspect ratios.

THE FAMILY CLASSICS COLLECTION

 


MAKE THE TRIP TO... EVERWOOD: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON-- AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 7 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

The WB's Hit Primetime Series is Available For the First Time on DVD in a Collectible Six-Disc Set Featuring All 23 Episodes with Bonus Materials Including Unaired Scenes & Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Footage of the Cast & Crew

The Rocky Mountain town of Everwood, Colorado is the setting for EVERWOOD, one of today's smartest, most critically acclaimed television series making its way to DVD on September 7 in a collectible six-disc set featuring all 23 episodes from Season One. Starring Treat Williams, Gregory Smith and Vivien Cardone, and created by Greg Berlanti (Dawson's Creek), EVERWOOD is much more than the average family drama. Unafraid to tackle any subject no matter how controversial, EVERWOOD: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON DVD is priced to own at $59.98.

As a world-class neurosurgeon, Dr. Andrew Brown (Williams) is a hero. As a father, he's a zero. But that is changing. Tragedy makes him a single parent to his two children, and as the first act of his new life, Andy leaves Manhattan and moves his family to Everwood, the tiny Colorado town where big dreams can grow. The visceral and often heartbreaking relationship between Andy and his talented but resentful 15-year-old son Ephram (Smith) is the emotional center of these 23 first-season episodes of EVERWOOD, the richly layered series by Greg Berlanti. On top of raising Ephram and 9-year-old Delia (Cardone), Andy decides to take on the responsibility of running a free clinic for the citizens of this little town. Spiked with sharp humor and filled with engaging characters, EVERWOOD is a place and a series that rewards each visit you make.

"We are pleased to bring another quality television series to the DVD marketplace," said Christine Martinez, WHV Vice President, Non-theatrical Franchise Marketing. "A favorite of both critics and viewers, EVERWOOD: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON is a must-own addition to DVD libraries of anyone looking for great, topical entertainment the entire family can enjoy."

DVD Special Features

BASICS

EPISODE SYNOPSES

1. Pilot Episode

After his wife is killed in a car accident, Dr. Andrew Brown (Treat Williams) moves his 15-year-old son, Ephram (Gregory Smith), and 9-year-old daughter, Delia (Vivien Cardone), to the idyllic environs of Everwood to make a new start. In the opener, the relocation sparks harsh words and hurt feelings between the emotionally distant father and his neglected son, despite Andrew's attempts to reconnect with the teen. The good doctor also runs afoul of the town's only other physician when he decides to open his own practice---right across the street from his rival's office.

2. The Great Doctor Brown

Andy and Ephram's fragile relationship is further strained when it appears that Andy is once again putting work before family. Meanwhile, as the town of Everwood celebrates its annual Fall Thaw Festival, Ephram's interest in Amy continues to blossom. Although Bright tells Ephram that Amy is using him just go get his father to get Colin out of a coma. Delia gets into trouble at school for questioning her teacher's antiquated rules.

3. Friendly Fire

Andy's neighbor and friend Nina (Stephanie Niznik) is ostracized by the townspeople when they discover she is a surrogate mother for a woman in her mid-50s. Andy's clumsy attempt to come to Nina's defense backfires, but she turns to him and Ephram for help when the baby makes an unexpectedly early arrival. Meanwhile, Ephram is dealt an emotional blow when Amy disinvites him to a party in order to gain the approval of her friends; and Delia attempts to befriend the school bully, Magilla (guest star Bret Loehr).

4. The Kissing Bridge

Dr. Brown and Dr. Abbott must put their striking differences aside to educate the town of Everwood after several of their teenaged patients are diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease. To make sensitive matters worse, Dr. Abbott has reason to suspect that his son, Bright, may have been intimate with one of the patients. Meanwhile, Ephram pushes his romantic feelings aside to comfort Amy who is distraught over not being able to go to the Fall Dance with her boyfriend who remains in a coma.

5. Deer God

After a lost deer makes the Brown's backyard its new home, Andy insists on accompanying Ephram who decides to help the animal find its way home to the wilderness, where the journey includes a long hike through the mountains. Meanwhile, Ephram finally admits to Amy that he never asked his father to consider operating on her boyfriend, Colin, who is in a coma. Lastly, Delia questions the existence of God after a classmate tells hear that he doesn't believe in higher beings.

6. The Doctor Is In

Andy meets with Colin's parents to discuss a potential course of treatment for the comatose teen. Amy is heartbroken and Ephram is furious when Andy decides against performing a risky operation on Amy's comatose boyfriend. Meanwhile, Delia is forbidden from playing with her only friend, Magilla (guest star Bret Loehr), after his parents discover them playing dress up. Dr. Trott, a traveling psychologist (guest star Jane Krakowski) sets up shop and stirs up the emotions of several townspeople who seek her guidance, much to the chagrin of a distrustful Dr. Abbott.

7. We Hold These Truths

The former Big Apple neurosurgeon, Dr.Andrew Brown, puts on his scrubs for the first time since he relocated his family to Colorado to operate on Amy's comatose boyfriend, Colin (Mike Erwin), with the help of his friend and surgery partner from New York, Dr. Brian Holderman (guest star Lamont Thompson). Adding to his performance anxiety is the identity of the patient---Colin Hart, the boy who was dating Amy before she stole Ephram's heart. It also doesn't help that the tricky procedure he plans to perform has never been attempted before. Amy leans on Ephram for support as she awaits the outcome. Meanwhile, an emotional Bright breaks down and admits what actually happened the day of the car accident as Colin's former life in Everwood is also revisited as flashbacks reveal some startling secrets about the teen's last days before the accident that put him in the hospital.

8. Till Death Do Us Part

As his wedding anniversary draws near, Andy loses all hope and questions whe ther he will ever feel his life is worth living again. Meanwhile, Ephram and Amy share their first kiss while on a field trip; and Dr. Abbott has a panic attack when his wife Rose(Merrilyn Gann) proposes they take salsa dancing lessons. Andy also helps a couple whose marriage problems are caused by hives.

9. Turf Wars

The unannounced arrival of Jacob and Nonny Hoffman (Mark Rydell, Doris Belack) from New York is greeted with glee by Delia and Ephram. But Andy feels pressed to his limits as he tries to placate his overbearing guests, particularly his pushy father-in-law, who openly criticizes the physician's parenting skills. On top of that, Jacob obviously enjoys a special bond with Ephram that Andy can't duplicate. Meanwhile, Nonny makes her own impression in Everwood when she butts heads with Edna over Delia's affections. Lastly, Ephram sneaks out of the house to see Amy who is still emotionally recovering from the aftermath of Colin's (Mike Erwin) surgery.

10. Is There a Doctor in the House?

Delia and her grandmother (guest star Doris Belack) throw a festive birthday party for a grumpy Edna who hates this particular day of the year, but everyone winds up snowed in for the night when a big storm hits town. In the midst of it all, Bright collapses from a burst appendix and Drs. Brown and Abbott have to improvise an operating room before the infection spreads; while Andy and Ephram let months of tension and hurt feelings explode in front of everyone with a threat of Ephram moving back to New York with his grandparents.

11. A Thanksgiving Tale

In hopes of raising his little sister Delia's spirits, Ephram does his best to recreate his mother's Thanksgiving traditions as the Brown family spends their first holiday without her. Meanwhile, in order to save a patient's life, Dr. Brown must find the man's missing brother, who is believed to live in the woods; and curmudgeonly Dr. Abbott attempts to befriend the entire town when he has a health scare and questions whether anyone would attend his funeral.

12. Vegetative Slate

A heartbroken Ephram finds himself the odd man out as Amy prepares for Colin's homecoming. Meanwhile, Andy and Dr. Abbott join the town in a debate over the use of medicinal marijuana after a large quantity is discovered in a deceased woman's greenhouse; and Andy provides medical guidance to Nina after her son's teacher suggests she put him on Ritalin.

13. The Price of Fame

Much to resident thespian Dr. Abbot's chagrin, Andy begrudgingly auditions and is offered the lead in Everwood's production of "The King and I." As Dr. Brown struggles with his lines, Ephram struggles with his emotions when his intense feelings for Amy are complicated by Colin's (Mike Erwin) desire to be his friend.

14. Colin the Second (a.k.a. The Measure of a Man)

Although conflicted by his feelings for Amy, Ephram finds himself serving as confidante and friend to Amy's boyfriend, Colin, who continues to feel like a fish-out-of-water as he attempts to reclaim his life before the accident. Meanwhile, Andy hopes to convince Ephram to resume the piano lessons he abandoned after his mother's death; Nina's absentee husband (guest star Dylan Walsh) comes home for a visit, which proves to be far from happily ever after; and in a bittersweet turn of events, Amy and Colin are nominated for Homecoming King and Queen.

15. Snow Job

On a church ski trip chaperoned by perpetual party pooper Dr. Abbott, Amy and Colin share their first kiss since the surgery. Ephram finds himself intrigued by Colin's younger sister, Laynie (guest star Nora Zehetner), who has recently returned home from boarding school. Also, Bright attempts to get to the next base with his girlfriend (guest star Devon Reilly). Meanwhile, Andy hesitantly agrees to attend a singles mixer with the recently divorced Reverend Keyes (guest star Tim Dekay).

16. My Funny Valentine

When traveling psychologist Dr. Gretchen Trott (guest star Jane Krakowski) comes back into town, Andy is forced to confront his potentially romantic feelings for her. In other romantic entanglements, Edna and Irv have difficulty adjusting to life after his heart attack scare; Harold and his wife Rose (guest star Merrilyn Gann) have it out after they attend couples therapy and she suggests that he's lost that lovin' feeling; and Ephram asks Laynie (guest star Nora Zehetner) out on their first date, in part to show Amy that he's moving on with his life.

17. Everwood, Confidential (a.k.a. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie)

When Dr. Abbott's dementia-plagued, elderly godfather (guest star Luke Askew) confesses to a murder that took place 30 years ago and reveals that Abbott's father was his accomplice, Abbott and Dr. Brown join the investigation in an attempt to find out what really happened and clear the men's names. Meanwhile, Ephram can't seem to keep Amy (Emily VanCamp) far from his thoughts, causing major problems in his burgeoning relationship with Laynie (Nora Zehetner). Dr. Brown butts heads with Ephram's new piano teacher (guest star Ian Vogt) over what is best for Ephram.

18. The Unveiling

Approaching the anniversary of his mother's death, Ephram confronts a repressed memory of his father cheating on his mother, causing an even bigger rift between father and son that eventually leads to a firestorm of emotions. Meanwhile, Amy grows concerned that Colin might not be recovering as well as everyone thinks when he gets violently ill on one of their dates. Amy tells her father who later tells Doctor Brown which causes the Harts to dismiss Andy from being their family doctor and causes a feud between Amy and her father.

19. The Miracle of Everwood

Although Amy and Bright are still living in denial regarding the state of Colin's (Mike Erwin) recovery, Ephram can't ignore the bad signs any longer after he witnesses Colin freaking out and vandalizing the gym teacher's office. Meanwhile, a New York Magazine reporter pays a visit to Dr. Brown in hopes of uncovering the truth behind why the famed surgeon is still living in Everwood. And Delia decides to secretly spend the night in the Museum of History while on a school field trip.

20. Moonlight Sonata

A nervous Ephram feels the pressure of performing his first piano recital in Everwood; Dr. Brown and Dr. Abbott attempt to diagnose a man (guest star Dan Merket) with a mysterious sleeping disorder that leaves welts on his body; and Amy pretends to want to spend time with her grandmother, Edna, in order to secretly see Colin while she's grounded. Meanwhile, the town is buzzing with rumors of UFOs and aliens after locals observe something strange in the sky.

21. Episode 20

Dr. Brown faces one of the toughest moral decisions of his career when a distraught pregnant teenager (guest star Kate Mara) and her father (guest star Kevin Tighe) come to him for guidance about terminating her pregnancy. Meanwhile, Ephram is humiliated in front of the entire school when his date for the Spring Formal ditches him at the dance to make-out with her boyfriend. Lastly, Amy and Colin (Mike Erwin) have a huge fight when she chooses to console Ephram against Colin's wishes.

22. Fear Itself

Resentful at being forced to accompany Andy and Irv to a remote lake cabin, Ephram takes a small boat out alone and his inexperience leads to a serious accident and a night of terror for Andy. Meanwhile, Colin and his parents must decide whether to allow Dr. Brown to perform a second dangerous surgery; and Nina confronts her husband Carl after she accidentally discovers he is having an affair.

23. Home

As the day of Colin's (guest star Mike Erwin) surgery approaches and emotions run high, Andy takes Ephram and Delia on a road trip to his old medical school to consult with his mentor, Dr. Donald Douglas (guest star Philip Baker Hall). Back in Everwood, Colin kidnaps Amy and Bright in the middle of the night to surprise them with a special day of memories and hopes for the future.

06/02/04

JUSTICE LEAGUE: STARCROSSED - THE MOVIE ON DVD JULY 13 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

When Danger Strikes, The World's Most Daring Heroes Unite... In Action-Packed Feature-Length Animated Adventure

Justice will be served on July 13, 2004 when Warner Home Video (WHV) and DC Comics release the ultimate full-length adventure - JUSTICE LEAGUE: STARCROSSED - THE MOVIE, featuring Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Hawkgirl, Wonder Woman and Martian Manhunter, the World's Greatest Super Heroes, who join forces to destroy aliens, super-villains and unknown threats. Just in time for summer fun, this exciting new release is priced to own at $19.97 SRP (DVD) and $14.94 SRP (VHS).

Based on the popular Cartoon Network animated series, JUSTICE LEAGUE: STARCROSSED - THE MOVIE presents three fan-favorite episodes compiled into an exceptional feature-length film. When a Thanagarian invasion threatens the Earth, Hawkgirl is torn between loyalty to her homeland and love for her friends on her adopted planet. Unity among the Justice League is compromised as Hawkgirl is swayed by the dark side of the Thanagarians to control the Earth. Eventually, Hawkgirl discovers their final plan and the grim future for Earth. Will the Thanagarians destroy the planet or will the reunion of the seven members of the Justice League prevail? This is the one battle that could rip the World's Greatest Super Heroes apart...forever!

Assembled of heroes from vastly different backgrounds, the Justice League comes together as a team to rid the Earth of supernatural creatures and powerful forces of evil. The ever-popular series, JUSTICE LEAGUE, is produced by Bruce Timm. "The heroes in JUSTICE LEAGUE are some of the most well-known comic characters of all time. Inspired by the success of previous episodic releases, JUSTICE LEAGUE: STARCROSSED - THE MOVIE combines fan-favorite episodes into a feature length film that will continue to amaze fans of all ages," said Christine Martinez, WHV Vice President of Non-theatrical Franchise Marketing.

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THE GEORGE LUCAS DIRECTOR'S CUT OF THX 1138 MAKES ITS DVD DEBUT SEPTEMBER 14 WITH TWO-DISC COLLECTOR'S EDITION

Lucas's Visionary, Independent First Feature
Two-Disc DVD Features New Documentary Exploring Birth of Bay Area's Revolutionary American Zoetrope
Director's Cut of Influential
THX 1138 Scheduled for 20-City Theatrical Release Beginning September 10

Director George Lucas's widely influential first film, the prescient science-fiction adventure THX 1138, debuts on DVD September 14 from Warner Home Video in a Two-Disc Collector's Edition that features The George Lucas Director's Cut of the film. The Two-Disc Collector's Edition DVD will sell for $26.99 SRP. THX 1138 will also be available in a single-disc version with limited special features and will sell for $19.97 SRP.

A theatrical release of the film will precede the DVD release and will begin on September 10 in 20 cities including Ann Arbor, Mich.; Austin, Texas; Boston; Chicago; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; New York; Philadelphia; San Francisco; Seattle, Portland and others.

Made in 1971, THX 1138 marked the stunning debut of one of the screen's most innovative filmmakers and was produced by Francis Ford Coppola and his revolutionary American Zoetrope studios. Produced at the height of the American independent movement, THX 1138 stars Robert Duvall in a thought-provoking and visually rich exploration of a theme that would repeat itself throughout Lucas's career: One man's quest to realize his own potential amid an oppressive society.

"THX 1138 is how I saw 1970. It was designed as a metaphor for the way we were living at the time," Lucas says. "The world has taken a strange twist from there, but I think the ideas that we examined in THX 1138 are still valid in the 21st century.

Coppola said, "We were intent on nothing less than changing the way movies were being made. The friends who made the move to San Francisco together with me in the late 1960s were remarkable filmmakers. Looking back, it was an extraordinary and defining experience for all of us."

In addition to the film, the DVD release of THX 1138: THE GEORGE LUCAS DIRECTOR’S CUT offers two new documentaries, including A Legacy of Filmmakers: The Early Years of American Zoetrope, a fascinating chronicle of the birth and rise of the radically different independent studio founded by director Francis Ford Coppola. THX 1138 had been positioned as the first in a slate of films from the newly established independent studio.

Although its original theatrical run was short, THX 1138 attracted an enormous following, particularly among college students, and became one of the most influential films of its time. Lucas says, "We wanted to make a different kind of film, and I hope that when audiences see it today on DVD they will find it to be as intriguing as we envisioned."

THX DVD Details

"We are thrilled to be releasing this landmark movie, which gave the world notice of what was to come from this legendary filmmaker," states Michael Radiloff, WHV's Vice President Theatrical Catalog Marketing. Jim Ward, Vice President of Marketing and Distribution for Lucasfilm Ltd. said, "The DVD experience is going to be fantastic both for the film's longtime admirers and viewers who are discovering it for the first time. From both a visual and aural standpoint, THX 1138 is a remarkable and unique movie, and the DVD will present the experience with all of the nuance and complexity that George Lucas created."

The hour-long exploration of the independent filmmaking movement in San Francisco that accompanies THX 1138: THE GEORGE LUCAS DIRECTOR’S CUT - A Legacy of Filmmakers: The Early Years of American Zoetrope - features new interviews with Coppola, Lucas, Duvall, Martin Scorsese, John Milius, Matthew Robbins, Walter Murch, Caleb Deschanel and others who helped build American Zoetrope. The 30-minute documentary Artifact from the Future explores the memorably tumultuous making of THX 1138.

Additionally, Lucas and co-writer and sound designer Murch both provide audio commentary on the film, and the DVD includes Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB, the original, award-winning short film Lucas made while a student at the University of Southern California. Other bonus features on the DVD set include "Theatre of Noise," an isolated sound-effects track and branching video that showcases the film's pioneering sound design; and the film's original theatrical trailer.

Warner Home Video worked with Lucasfilm to perform a complete digital restoration on THX 1138, and the DVD presentation will include widescreen format [16x9 2.4:1] and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.

The Two-Disc DVD Collector's Edition bonus features will appear as follows:

DISC ONE:

DISC TWO:

THX 1138 will also be available in a single-disc version that features the The George Lucas Director's Cut of the film and commentary by George Lucas and Walter Murch.

Synopsis

Starring Robert Duvall and Donald Pleasence, THX 1138 leads viewers into a 25th-century totalitarian state where citizens are stripped of individuality and become numbered drones, controlled by a government-enforced program of sedating drugs. THX 1138 (Duvall) is a factory worker whose life is irrevocably changed when his roommate, LUH 3417 (Maggie McOmie), causes them both to stop taking their drugs. Their sexual feelings begin to awaken and lead to a forbidden love affair. The state discovers the illegal coupling and drug evasion and separates THX and LUH. But THX is determined to flee his wall-less prison and discover LUH's fate. To do so, he must avoid the robotic police force and unknown dangers of the outside world. Pleasence co-stars as SEN 5241, who makes the perilous journey with THX.

THX 1138: THE GEORGE LUCAS DIRECTOR’S CUT

 


MORE ADVENTURES WITH THE SON OF ZEUS! HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS™ - SEASON FOUR

From "Beanstalks & Bad Eggs" to "Men in Pink," All 22 Episodes in One Great DVD Set Available July 13 From Anchor Bay Entertainment & Davis-Anderson Merchandising Corp

With a strength surpassed only by the power of his heart, Hercules faces new challenges and exciting adventures in his quest to help those who cry out in need. The fun, action-packed adventures of Hercules continue with the nine-disc DVD release of HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS™ - SEASON FOUR. Available July 13, 2004 from Anchor Bay Entertainment & Davis-Anderson Merchandising Corp., and priced to own at $69.98 SRP, the newest collection features the complete uncut fourth season with all-new bonus materials including interviews with the cast, audio commentaries from stars Kevin Sorbo and Michael Hurst and producer Eric Gruendemann, dailies from the fan favorite episode "Stranger in a Strange World," and much more.

In HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS™ - SEASON FOUR, a pivotal season in the popular series, Hercules, played by Kevin Sorbo, faces extreme danger around every corner including a modern day Los Angeles just after an earthquake, time travel to save his mother and a suspicious meeting with his father Zeus. HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS™ - SEASON FOUR, fully digitally re-mastered in 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound, is the must-have addition to any Hercules collection.

HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS™ - SEASON FOUR contains heroic-sized bonus materials including:

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

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

HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS™ - SEASON FOUR

 


TIPTOES-- PREMIERING AUGUST 3 ON DVD

Off-Beat Love Story Featuring All-Star Cast Including Kate Beckinsale, Matthew McConaughey, Patricia Arquette and Gary Oldman

Direct from it's world premiere at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival comes the intriguing romantic drama TIPTOES from acclaimed indie writer/director Matthew Bright (Freeway) headlines by a star-studded cast including Kate Beckinsale (Van Helsing, Underwood), Matthew McConaughey (The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days), Patricia Arquette (True Romance, Ed Wood) and Gary Oldman (The Fifth Element, The Professional), debuting exclusively on DVD and VHS (rental) August 3 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

The story revolves around the troubled romance of a young painter named Carol (Beckinsale) and her fire-fighting instructor boyfriend Steven (McConaughey) who has been avoiding the topic of marriage for some time. After announcing she's pregnant, Steven admits that he does not want to have the baby at first, reluctantly revealing that he comes from a family with a long history of dwarfism. Though the pair is both fearful the baby will inherit this gene, Steven agrees to move forward with the pregnancy. Matters are complicated even further in their lives when Steven's tiny twin brother Rolfe (Oldman) comes to town and Carol finds herself falling in love with him as well.

Also starring Screen Actors Guild and Independent Spirit Award nominee Peter Dinklage (The Station Agent) and David Alan Grier ("In Living Color"), TIPTOES is a provocative and inventive drama that proves love comes in all sizes.

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