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07/28/04

HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN CASTS A SPELL ON DVD NOVEMBER 23 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

The $703.1 Million Worldwide ($242* Million Domestic) Box Office Smash, From Director Alfonso Cuarón, Features The Enchanting Harry Potter Cast Of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson And Rupert Grint Available On A 2-Disc DVD Loaded With Mesmerizing Special Features Such As Deleted Scenes, 360* Interactive Tours, Challenges And More!

Harry Potter Makes Its First Holiday Season Appearance On DVD!

The third time is a charm with the holiday release of HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN on DVD and VHS on November 23 from Warner Home Video. The most recent installment of the Harry Potter series from director Alfonso Cuarón (Y tu mamá También) and screenwriter Steve Kloves, based on J.K. Rowling's award-winning novels, takes audiences on another adventure with more mystery and magic than ever before. The $242* million dollar box office smash features the returning Harry Potter cast of Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, and Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, joined by Hogwarts professors including Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid), Alan Rickman (Professor Severus Snape), Maggie Smith (Professor Minerva McGonagall), Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore), David Thewlis (Professor Lupin) and Gary Oldman as Sirius Black.

HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN will be available at $29.95 SRP in a two-disc DVD in both widescreen and full frame formats and VHS will be priced at $22.99 SRP.

HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN enchanted critics across the nation, garnering high praise for Alfonso Cuarón's innovative direction and for capturing the world that is Harry Potter. The Los Angeles Times (Kenneth Turan) stated "Azkaban captur[es] the enormously pleasing essence of the Potter books" and Entertainment Weekly called the film "genuinely fun." USA Today (Claudia Puig) praised Alfonso Cuarón as "a dazzling storyteller with a keen eye for whimsical detail" and thought "the film [was] a visual delight."

"Fans can expect great things from the home video release of HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN," said Jim Wuthrich, Vice-President, Marketing for Warner Home Video. "The two-disc DVD will provide viewers with a full, interactive Harry Potter experience and add a new dimension to the film. It offers never-before-seen footage and interactive material that allows audiences to really participate in the magic of Harry Potter. Children of all ages will have fun exploring what the DVD has to offer

DVD ELEMENTS

Jump aboard the Hogwarts Express and join Harry Potter in his third year of magic and mystery. From never-before-seen footage, classroom tours and challenges, audiences will become well acquainted with secrets of the wizard world.

The two-disc edition DVD will include these spellbinding special features:

DVD-ROM PC capable features include:

SYNOPSIS

In HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN, Harry, Ron and Hermione, now teenagers, return for their third year at Hogwarts, where they are forced to face escaped prisoner, Sirius Black, who poses a great threat to Harry. Harry and his friends spend their third year learning how to handle a half-horse half-eagle Hippogriff, repel shape-shifting Boggarts and master the art of Divination. They also visit the wizarding village of Hogsmeade and the Shrieking Shack, which is considered the most haunted building in Britain. In addition to these new experiences, Harry must overcome the threats of the soul-sucking Dementors, outsmart a dangerous werewolf and finally deal with the truth about Sirius Black and his relationship to Harry and his parents. With his best friends, Harry masters advanced magic, crosses the barriers of time and changes the course of more than one life.

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón and based on J.K. Rowling 's third book, this wondrous spellbinder soars with laughs, and the kind of breathless surprise only found in a Harry Potter adventure.

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WATERMELON MAN & BLAZING ACROSS THE PECOS NEW TO DVD ON SEPTEMBER 14

Cult-Favorite Comedy and Classic Western Drama Available for the First Time Ever on DVD

On September 14, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will debut two classic DVD titles including the cult-classic satire WATERMELON MAN from acclaimed director Melvin Van Peeebles timed to accompany the release of the critically-acclaimed film homage Baadasssss!, along with the action-packed Western drama BLAZING ACROSS THE PECOS directed by Academy Award®-nominee Ray Nazarro (Bullfighter and the Lady). WATERMELON MAN His white bread world just turned upside brown!  Godfrey Cambridge (Cotton Comes to Harlem) stars in this outrageous fish-out-of-water comedy directed by maverick urban filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles (The Story of a Three-Day Pass) that Playboy magazine hailed as "a rarity...a comedy with soul!"

Synopsis:

Jeff Gerber (Cambridge) seems to have it all: a successful career, a nice suburban home, a progressive-thinking wife (Academy Award®-winner Estelle Parsons - Bonnie and Clyde) and two cute children. But he's also a loud-mouthed racist who wakes up one morning to discover he's turned into a black man. The doctor's have no explanation and no cure for his sudden change. Suddenly, Gerber is a white bigot in black skin who has to deal with a shocked family, intolerant neighbors, cold shoulders at the office and a back seat on the bus!

WATERMELON MAN - DVD:

BLAZING ACROSS THE PECOS

The Durango Kid (Charles Starrett) returns in this thrilling Western action adventure spiked with two-fisted brawling, double-crossing villains and straight-shooting heroics. Synopsis: Self-appointed Pecos Flats mayor Ace Brockway, a gun-running rapscallion, is secretly supplying the local Indian tribe with armaments to attack his business rival's wagon caravans in an attempt to drive him out of town. But not if The Durango Kid can corral Ace and his henchmen first. Like most Durango Kid adventures, BLAZING ACROSS THE PECOS features several lively musical interludes. Starrett liked the brief musical sequences as a change of pace from the incessant action. Frequent Durango Kid sidekick Smiley Burnette often joined in for the light-hearted, down-home songfests.

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MY NEW GUN & THE BIG TOWN NEW TO DVD ON SEPTEMBER 28

Two Acclaimed Films Featuring Academy Award®-Nominated Actress Diane Lane Make Their DVD Debut!

Sultry, alluring and Academy Award®-nominated actress Diane Lane (Unfaithful, Under the Tuscan Sun) headlines two captivating films debuting on DVD September 28 for the first time from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, including the dramatic thriller THE BIG TOWN co-starring Matt Dillon and Tommy Lee Jones, plus the quirky, off-beat comedy MY NEW GUN.

THE BIG TOWN

Lady Luck is always on his side.  Tonight, she's on fire!  A star-studded sexy drama featuring Diane Lane, Matt Dillon (Drugstore Cowboy, Wild Things), Tom Skerrit (TVs "Picket Fences"), Bruce Dern (Monster), Lee Grant (Shampoo) and Academy Award®-winner Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugitive, The Missing), THE BIG TOWN is a stylish, red-hot romantic thriller set in 1950s Chicago based on the acclaimed book "The Arm" by Clark Howard.

Synopsis

J.C. Cullen (Dillon), a country boy with a knack for throwing dice, goes to big city Chicago to seek his fortune at shooting craps. With amazing luck and a quick mind with which he instantly calculates the odds, Cullen proves to be a devastating gambler.  He's on an incredible winning streak at the Gem Club until he falls in love with two women, one of them a sexy "bad girl" fan-dancer named Lorry Dane (Lane) who is married to the club's owner George Cole (Jones). Soon caught up in a dangerous game of revenge and deceit, Cullen soon finds himself rolling for his lady and his life.

THE BIG TOWN - DVD:

MY NEW GUN

A witty, off-beat dark comedy about the American Dream written and directed by Stacy Cochran (Boys, Drop Ten Back), MY NEW GUN stars Diane Lane, James LeGros (Bad Girls, TVs "Ally McBeal"), Stephen Collins (TVs "7th Heaven") and Academy Award nominee Tess Harper ( Crimes of the Heart, Tender Mercies).  Heralded as "an American gem" by Newsday, the film was nominated by a Best First Feature by the Independent Spirit Awards.

Synopsis

Debbie (Lane), a suburban housewife whose husband Gerald (Collins) insists on buying her a gun for protection, hates the very thought of a dangerous weapon around their home. But like the obedient wife she's always been, Debbie reluctantly accepts Skippy's (LeGros) gift of a .38 revolver.  Before long, the firearm is stolen, and Debbie's life begins to perk up, thanks to the boy next door -- who happens to be a thief.  By the time the gun is recovered, it's one gift Gerald may just regret giving.

MY NEW GUN  - DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:

MY NEW GUN

THE BIG TOWN

 


TWENTY BUCKS NEW TO DVD

Starring Linda Hunt, Brendan Fraser, Elisabeth Shue, Steve Buscemi, Christopher Lloyd, Spalding Gray

When you pass the buck, the last thing you expect is change!  An innovative and surprisingly fresh comedy that weaves together various stories featuring a star-studded ensemble cast, TWENTY BUCKS traces the story of a $20 bill and the unique cast of characters that come in contact with it.  Featuring a remarkable cast including Linda Hunt (Year of Living Dangerously), Brendan Fraser (The Mummy), Elisabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas), Steve Buscemi (Big Fish, Reservoir Dogs), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), and special cameos by Spalding Gray, David Schwimmer and music legend Gladys Knight, TWENTY BUCKS will debut on DVD from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and winner at the Independent Spirit Awards for Best Supporting Male, TWENTY BUCKS was directed by first- time feature director Keva Rosenfeld, from a screenplay originally drafted back in 1935.

Synopsis

A slice-of-life comedy from the perspective of a $20 bill that passes from person to person through the broad strata of American social classes, encountering the colorful lives of a street person, an aspiring writer, a stripper, a grandmother, two thieves and many others in a series of comic/dramatic vignettes that provide a unique glimpse into everyday life.

TWENTY BUCKS DVD:

 


CAMERON’S CLOSET DEBUTS ON DVD OCTOBER 5

Horrific Film Plumbs the Deepest Well of Psychological Terrors

On October 5, 2004, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will release CAMERON’S CLOSET on DVD.  This chilling horror film, directed by Armand Mastroianni (TV's Tales From the Dark Side) with a screenplay by Gary Brandner (The Howling), stars Tab Hunter (Return to Treasure Island, The Burning Hills), Cotter Smith (X-2, K-9) and Mel Harris (Golden Globe Nominee, TV's Thirtysomething).  Revisiting the childhood fears shared by us all, CAMERON’S CLOSET layers a chilling story on a framework of disturbing psychological underpinnings (and punctuated by a series gruesome deaths courtesy of famed SFX wizard Carlo Rambaldi) to create a truly demonic film experience.

Synopsis

Ten-year-old Cameron (Scott Curtis) has been honing his telekinetic powers under the tutelage of his father (Tab Hunter) and a psychiatrist (Chuck McCann); unfortunately, Cameron's talents unwittingly summon up Deceptor, a demon who takes residence in CAMERON’S CLOSET and begins to wreak violence throughout his suburban neighborhood.  Only through the help of an eccentric psychic detective (Sam Talliaferro) and a concerned police psychiatrist (Mel Harris) does Cameron realize that he alone possesses the ability to defeat the monster in the closet.

CAMERON’S CLOSET DVD:

 

07/21/04

WARNER HOME VIDEO CELEBRATES THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS WITH A TWO-DISC SPECIAL EDITION DVD WITH FULLY REMASTERED PICTURE AND DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 SOUND AVAILABLE OCTOBER 12

Nominated for Four Academy Awards® Including Best Picture!
Winner for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture

Get ready for one of the liveliest, leaping-est, sassiest and happiest musicals ever, as Warner Home Video presents the 50th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition DVD release of the classic SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS on October 12.

Directed by Stanley Donen (Singin' in the Rain), and starring Jane Powell (Royal Wedding, Hit the Deck) and Howard Keel (Annie Get Your Gun, Kiss Me Kate), SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS was nominated for four Academy® Awards and won for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture. This Western musical is distinguished by a soaring score by Saul Chaplin (Kiss Me Kate, West Side Story) and Gene de Paul (Alice in Wonderland) with lyrics by Johnny Mercer ("Moon River"), and brilliant, acrobatic dancing scenes choreographed by Michael Kidd (Band Wagon, Guys and Dolls).

Presented for the first time on DVD in new anamorphic 16x9 format transfer, enhanced for widescreen and with new Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio, the SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS Two-Disc Special Edition DVD has extras to please every mountain man or woman, including the newly remastered original CinemaScope (2.55:1) version as well as the rarely-seen alternate widescreen (1.75:1) version, director Stanley Donen's commentary, a newly updated cast & crew documentary, vintage featurettes and premiere newsreel, and a Donen musicals trailer gallery, all for a $26.99 SRP.

"SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS is a landmark in motion picture history. It was a surprise smash at the box-office when it first opened in 1954, and its popularity has only grown in the ensuing years," said George Feltenstein, WHV Senior VP, Classic Catalog. "The sparkling performances, clever screenplay, and ingenious choreography and direction of this film make it as fresh and vital today as it was 50 years ago. Seven Brides is one of the top-selling MGM musicals of all time and we are proud to add this enduring classic to our series of prestigious Two-Disc Special Editions."

Of interest to press and consumers alike is that two versions of the film exist, one in CinemaScope and the other in traditional widescreen, due to fact that in 1953 Cinemascope was brand new. MGM was concerned that if it was a fad they would have an unusable film in the long-run, so for protection they shot the film twice. Two different takes of each shot with different staging was filmed which reflect the different frame size of traditional widescreen (which is less wide and more rectangular) and CinemaScope. By the time the film was released, CinemaScope had proven a huge success and the alternate version has rarely been seen making this its home video premiere.

In SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, Adam (Howard Keel), the eldest of seven brothers, goes to town to get a wife. He convinces Milly (Jane Powell) to marry him that same day. After they return to his backwoods home she discovers he has six brothers -- all living in his cabin. Milly sets out to reform the uncouth siblings, who are anxious to get wives of their own. Then, after reading about the Roman capture of the Sabine women, Adam develops an inspired solution to his brothers' loneliness...kidnap the women they want from the surrounding villages!

SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS DVD extra content features include:

Disc One:

Disc Two:

 


TESS-- AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON DVD SEPTEMBER 28

Lush Film Adaptation of Tess of the D'Urbervilles

At the time of its original release, TESS, the passionate adaptation of novelist Thomas Hardy's 1891 literary masterpiece, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, was honored with three Academy Awards (Set Decoration, Cinematography and Costume Design) and was nominated for three others (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Score). Starring Natassja Kinski (One From the Heart, Your Friends & Neighbors) and directed by legendary Oscar-winner Roman Polanski (The Pianist, Chinatown), TESS will be released as a Special Edition DVD, available for the first time in 25 years in its original Panavision aspect ratio. Experience the film that Leonard Maltin called "handsome and evocative" when it debuts on DVD September 28, 2004, from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Director Roman Polanski participated in the creation of the exclusive bonus featurettes on the DVD.

Synopsis

Finding employment with the wealthy d'Urberville family, Tess (Kinski), a teenage farm girl of exceptional beauty, comes under the lustful eye of Alec (Leigh Lawson), their ne'er-do-well son. Although she rejects his amorous advances, Alec forcibly seduces Tess, leaving her pregnant and alone. Giving birth to a sickly child who soon dies, the disgraced Tess eventually falls in love with Angel (Peter Firth), a parson's son who knows nothing of her sordid past. But when she confesses her "sin" on their wedding night, a repulsed Angel abandons her, leaving Tess no choice but to return to Alec, a fateful decision that will have tragic consequences for all concerned.

TESS DVD:

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07/21/04

PURPLE RAIN: 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION DEBUTS ON DVD

PURPLE RAIN, the movie that helped Prince gain a place in music history, debuts August 24 as a 20th Anniversary Special Edition DVD from Warner Home Video.

In addition to an all-new digital transfer, Dolby Digital 5.1 audio and widescreen presentation, the DVD is packed with bonus features including filmmaker commentary, three new featurettes on the making-of the film and its impact, eight classic Prince music videos and more.  PURPLE RAIN will sell for $26.99 SRP.

Revolutionary rock legend Prince stars as The Kid, an ambitious young musician who struggles to secure his success in the music industry while overcoming personal strife.  PURPLE RAIN received an Academy Award for Best Original Score and the best-selling soundtrack features five hit singles including "Purple Rain," "When Doves Cry," and "Let's Go Crazy."

Two additional Prince films, GRAFFITI BRIDGE and UNDER THE CHERRY MOON, will also debut on DVD August 24.  These titles will be priced at $19.97 SRP.

GRAFFITI BRIDGE, the sequel to PURPLE RAIN, follows The Kid and Morris Day, now rival nightclub owners who wager their clubs over which one is the best song writer.  Once again, their clashing artistic visions and jealously lead them to fight over one woman's love.

UNDER THE CHERRY MOON, Prince's directorial debut, is the story of a young musician (Prince) and his friend who have traveled to Europe and are enjoying the wealth they earn by scamming rich women.  When the musician falls in love with one of their marks (Kristin Scott Thomas), their friendship and new-found riches are jeopardized.  The film features hits from Prince and the Revolution including "Kiss," "Mountains," and "Under the Cherry Moon."

 


GOTHIKA TWO-DISC SPECIAL EDITION SCREAMING ONTO DVD OCTOBER 12 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

Starring Academy Award®-Winner Halle Berry, Robert Downey, Jr., Charles S. Dutton and Penélope Cruz

Re-enter the asylum. There are new secrets to discover. Horror fans will shudder with fear as Warner Home Video (WHV) debuts the all-new GOTHIKA TWO-DISC SPECIAL EDITION DVD release just in time for Halloween screamfests on October 12. A haunting, heart-pounding horror/thriller from Dark Castle Entertainment starring Academy Award®-winner Halle Berry (X-Men 2, Die Another Day), Academy Award®-nominee Robert Downey, Jr. (Wonder Boys, Bowfinger), Charles S. Dutton (Secret Window, Against the Ropes) and Penélope Cruz (Vanilla Sky, Blow), the GOTHIKA TWO-DISC SPECIAL EDITION will feature horrifying new bonus extras and collectible lenticular packaging, priced to own $26.99 SRP.

From the producers of Ghost Ship, Thirteen Ghosts and House on Haunted Hill, Joel Silver and Robert Zemeckis, GOTHIKA debuted in the #1 spot at the box-office and has grossed near $139 million worldwide box-office. A stylish and atmospheric ghost story packed with hair-raising special effects and frightening twists and turns, GOTHIKA left audiences gasping and had critics nationwide proclaiming the film as "a thrilling roller-coaster ride" (Jet Magazine) and a "sleek, fast nightmare thriller" (Chicago Tribune) that will "keep you in a state of nervous anticipation" (The New York Times).

DVD EXTRA CONTENT

The GOTHIKA TWO-DISC SPECIAL EDITION DVD release will feature the following brand-new creepy content:

SYNOPSIS

A brilliant and respected criminal psychologist, Dr. Miranda Grey (Berry) is an expert at knowing what is rational. Under the direction of her husband (Dutton), Miranda treats dangerously disturbed patients at the Woodward Penitentiary for Women. But Miranda's life is thrust into terrifying jeopardy after a cryptic encounter with a mysterious young girl leads to a nightmare beyond her wildest imagination.

When Miranda awakens from the frightening incident, she is shocked to discover that her husband has been murdered - and the bloody evidence points directly at her. Miranda suddenly finds herself confined to Woodward alongside the highly unstable patients she used to treat. With no memory of the night in question except for fractured visions of the hauntingly enigmatic girl, her claims of innocence are seen as the beginnings of a deep descent into madness by her former colleagues like Dr. Pete Graham (Downey, Jr.). Forced to rely on her instincts rather than facts, Miranda must determine if she is being driven to madness...or closer to the truth.

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VENDETTA FOR THE SAINT FROM MPI HOME VIDEO ON DVD ON AUGUST 31

Starring Sir Roger Moore as “Simon Templar”

Sir Roger Moore is back as Simon Templar in VENDETTA FOR THE SAINT (1969) to be released on DVD and VHS by MPI Home Video on August 31, 2004.

Moore stars as the stylish and sophisticated Simon Templar, a man whose past is shrouded in mystery. Considered a modern-day Robin Hood, The Saint robs from the rich and gives to the deserving poor. Moore portrayed the debonair Templar in 118 episodes of the television series that aired in both the U.K. and U.S. Based on an original story, VENDETTA FOR THE SAINT was a made-for-TV movie that aired on NBC.

Leslie Charteris, author of The Saint novels, first introduced the character to British audiences in 1928 with the novel, Meet – The Tiger! The Saint was not only popular in books and on television, but in comic strips and old-time radio programs of the 1940s and ’50s.

Set in Italy, The Saint encounters Alessandro Destamio (Ian Hendry, The Avengers and Get Carter) who claims he’s from an aristocratic Italian family, yet a bank manager believes him to be Dino Cardelli, a former bank clerk. When the bank manager is found murdered, Templar is determined to discover Destamio’s true identity. Templar visits Destamio’s villa in Capri, befriends his terrified girlfriend and soon lands in jail on false charges. Marco Ponti (George Pastell), a local investigator, orders Templar’s release and warns him he’s come up against the Sicilian mafia. It’s a critical time for the crime family - Don Pasquale (Finlay Currie) is dying and Destamio wants to succeed him. As Templar sets out to prove who Destamio really is, he survives multiple assassination attempts, plants a seed of doubt about Destamio in Don Pasquale’s mind, and enlists beautiful women to help him solve the case.

DVD extras include audio commentary with Sir Roger Moore.

VENDETTA FOR THE SAINT

 


THE HISTORY OF THE 80S FROM MPI HOME VIDEO ON DVD ON AUGUST 31

REVISIT THE EVENTS THAT CREATED THE “ME” DECADE!

MPI Home Video will release the riveting three-disc boxed set retrospective, THE HISTORY OF THE 80S on DVD on August 31, 2004.

On January 1, 1980, Jimmy Carter was President, Iranian radicals were holding Americans hostage, Leonid Brezhnev was the leader of the then-Soviet Union and AIDS was virtually unknown. By the end of the decade, Ronald Reagan was a two-term President, the Ayatollah Khomeini was dead, the AIDS virus claimed 65,000 lives and the U.S. and Soviet Union were developing a relationship that could lead to a new era of cooperation between East and West.

ABC News goes on a voyage through one of the most turbulent, and perhaps most provocative decades in the 20th century. THE HISTORY OF THE 80S is a dramatic and enlightening program that revisits the events, places and profiles that created headlines and shaped history. Each disc features world events, people, entertainment, sports, science and technology.

History of the 80s utilizes culled footage from the ABC News vaults, as well as images from film and television culled from the decade’s best. From Ronald Reagan’s inauguration to the fall of communism; from Rambo and Madonna to the winning of the 1980 U.S. Olympics gold medal in hockey; and much more, ABC News captures the sights and sounds of this unique era.

THE HISTORY OF THE 80S

 


FIRST STEPS ON MARS FROM MPI HOME VIDEO ON DVD ON AUGUST 31

FASCINATING DOCUMENTARY SIMULATES MANNED LANDING ON MARS

FIRST STEPS ON MARS will be released on DVD by MPI Home Video on August 31, 2004. Based on actual research by NASA, this riveting documentary analyzes the dangers and difficulties the first live crew on Mars might experience, as well as their duties on the Red Planet: searching for signs of life, conducting scientific experiments and surveying the surface with a high tech rover, much like the Opportunity and Spirit rovers that are currently exploring Mars.

The film features cutting-edge 3D animation of Mars spacecraft landings, as well as computer simulations depicting the technologies and methods necessary for a manned mission, including the testing of actual equipment and technology. Experts interviewed include the head administrator of NASA, the head of Mars exploration and the president of the Space Frontier Foundation.

FIRST STEPS ON MARS

 


THE HAJJ: ONE AMERICAN’S PLIGRIMAGE TO MECCA ON DVD ON AUGUST 31

AN EXTRAORDINARY SPIRITUAL JOURNEY TO AN ANCIENT HOLY PLACE

MPI Home Video will release THE HAJJ: ONE AMERICAN’S PILGRIMAGE TO MECCA on DVD on August 31, 2004. At least once in their lifetime, all Muslims are required to make a pilgrimage, or Hajj, to Mecca.

Non-Muslims are strictly forbidden to enter this holy place, where approximately two million Muslims come from around the world during the last month of the Islamic year. Mecca, a place of great spirituality and tradition, is the place where the prophet Muhammad was said to have received the verses of the Koran.

In this exclusive ABC News Nightline program, reporter Michael Wolfe takes viewers on his second Hajj to Mecca. Of the more than five million Muslims in the U.S., Wolfe is a convert, born the son of a Christian mother and a Jewish father. Wolfe describes how the Hajj creates unity among participants. All men and women wear simple, white garments so that no one can distinguish the class of another.

The formal rights of the pilgrimage begin at the Kab'a, or Great Mosque. Prayers and re-enactments of ancient traditions are performed, including a circling of seven times around the Kab'a. The participants then embark upon a five-day journey into the desert where they visit the holy cities of Mina, Arafat, and return to Mina by way of Muzdalifah. The final destination is Mecca. This journey, which often takes place in extreme temperatures, is a time for Muslims to pray and meditate. At the end of the Hajj, the conscience of those who perform these acts is wiped clean.

THE HAJJ: ONE AMERICAN’S PILGRIMAGE TO MECCA

 


GENE SIMMONS- MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER? CATCH HIM AS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN HIM BEFORE WITH THE DVD & CD RELEASE OF "SPEAKING IN TONGUES" ON AUGUST 10

Watch Out Tony Robbins, Dr. Phil, & Jerry Seinfeld .There's A New Contender Waiting In The Wings.And It's None Other Than The Outspoken, Outlandish - Gene Simmons!

Simmons Audio Visual/New Millennium/Sanctuary Records Group is proud to announce the DVD & CD release of GENE SIMMONS’ SPEAKING IN TONGUES, on August 10, 2004.

SPEAKING IN TONGUES chronicles GENE SIMMONS' first ever, no holds barred "lecture tour" of Australia, shocking and tantalizing his audiences by speaking his mind on his favorite topics - Money, Success, Fame, KISS & of course - Women!  Other highlights from SPEAKING IN TONGUES include a fascinating in-depth look at one of rock 'n roll's most legendary icon's private life including his home, his family and his various business dealings. Additionally, the DVD & CD includes for the first time anywhere, over ten unheard and never-before-released Gene Simmons songs from the seventies through the nineties.

SPEAKING IN TONGUES, is an intimate and revealing portrayal of SIMMONS' personal philosophies of life.  SIMMONS (arguably the most opinionated man in music) states, "I decide things for myself, convention in society says I'm supposed to get married, I'm supposed to do this. I refuse. I'm a contradiction to all this stuff. I'm willing to bear all the criticism and I'm willing to take all the rewards. All the blame, but all the credit." A brave statement from a man unafraid of pushing the envelope and dealing with the consequences.

Most recently, SIMMONS co-founding member of KISS, America's No.1 Gold Record Champions Of All Time (RIAA - Group Category), released his highly anticipated second solo effort, A**HOLE, revealing yet another side to the multi-talented artist. Like his 1978 self-titled solo album, A**HOLE is a diverse forward thinking, genre splitting effort and features a number of musical luminaries which include Bob Dylan,  Dave Navarro and the Zappa Family. KISS, who has rock and rolled all night and partied every day for over three decades and broken box office attendance records set by Elvis Presley and the Beatles, continue to conquer audiences with their current  2004 "ROCK THE NATION " worldwide tour.

GENE SIMMONS SPEAKING IN TONGUES CD

GENE SIMMONS SPEAKING IN TONGUES DVD

 

07/19/04

THX 1138 THE GEORGE LUCAS DIRECTOR’S CUT-- LUCAS’S VISIONARY, INDEPENDENT FIRST FEATURE MAKES DVD DEBUT SEPTEMBER 14 WITH TWO-DISC COLLECTOR’S EDITION

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

 


RAISING VICTOR VARGAS SPECIAL EDITION DEBUTS ON DVD AUGUST 24

Honored at many film festivals including the Deauville Film Festival and San Sebastian Film Festival, RAISING VICTOR VARGAS arrives on Special Edition DVD August 24, from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Victor (Victor Rasuk - Rock Steady) doesn't have much, but that's not stopping him from trying to go out with Judy (Judy Marte - Five Feet High and Rising), the prettiest girl on the block. All he's got is hope and a one-bedroom apartment he shares with his family. His grandmother doesn't trust him. His brother worships him. And his half-sister just declared war. But Victor thinks love really can conquer all in this warm, genuine and touching romantic drama about life in the part of the city most people never see. The feature film debut of writer/director Peter Sollett was developed through the Sundance Screenwriters Lab a prestigious program which offers emerging artists the opportunity to work on their features with established screenwriters.

RAISING VICTOR VARGAS is a stunning piece of filmmaking that carefully explores the true-to-life stumbling blocks of growing up, capturing adolescence at its most tender, funny and genuine. The special edition of this noteworthy film contains exclusive bonus features including the original short film on which the feature film is based.

RAISING VICTOR VARGAS SPECIAL EDITION DVD:

 

07/13/04

HOME VIDEO PRESENTS THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS FEATURING MORE STARS THAN THERE ARE IN HEAVEN! THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION

The incomparable tributes to the classic MGM musicals debut on DVD October 12 with fully remastered picture and Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio Collectible Four Disc DVD Giftset Packed with over FIVE Hours of Extra Content Material

The musical of musicals makes its DVD debut on October 12, when Warner Home Video presents MGM's acclaimed musical anthologies - THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT!, THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT, PART 2 and THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! III - in a special edition four-disc DVD giftset, THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION. Representing some of the most requested titles in WHV's vast library, THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION gets the "red carpet" treatment with each feature in the trilogy presented with a fully remastered picture and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, and features both the 16x9 widescreen theatrical version, plus full-screen 4x3 version with letterboxed performance segments.

THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION includes a bonus fourth disc entitled THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT: Treasures from the Vault, available exclusively with the giftset featuring more than five hours of exciting extras including three great documentaries, premiere night coverage and salutes to the great behind-the-camera talents, TV specials, making-of featurettes, plus an extensive video jukebox of rare, star-packed musical outtakes from classic films, and more! THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION is available for $49.92 SRP. THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT!, THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT, PART 2 and THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! III are also sold separately for $19.97 SRP.

"Since the earliest days of DVD, consumers have eagerly anticipated the release of the celebrated THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT trilogy to the format, as well as the classic MGM musicals saluted in these films, which are among the most prized within the mammoth Warner Home Video library," said George Feltenstein, WHV Senior VP, Classic Catalog. "The combination of these three unique and irresistible compilation films together on DVD, coupled with the exclusive disc of fascinating extras, is sure to make THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT: The Collection one of the most exciting DVD releases this fourth-quarter. We expect the huge fan base for these classic musicals will be thrilled by the presentation, which is also ideal for holiday family viewing and gift-giving."

THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! showcases 125 stars from nearly 100 films including superstars Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Mickey Rooney, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Liza Minnelli, Peter Lawford, Donald O'Connor, James Stewart and many more. Originally released in 1974 to mark MGM's 50th Anniversary and to celebrate the golden era of the greatest movie musicals ever made, THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! was an unexpected surprise smash at the boxoffice, grossing $28 million at the time and firmly establishing the MGM musical within the pantheon of greatness within American film history. Written, produced and directed by Jack Haley Jr., with Daniel Melnick as executive producer, THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! uniquely blends newly-filmed accounts of the personal memories of 11 of the stars who were at MGM from 1929-1958 during the making of these classic films with a panoramic retrospective of unforgettable musical sequences from them. Film historian Robert Osborne provides a new introduction to all three films on DVD.

"A wonderful movie...a priceless souvenir." - Pat Collins, WCBS-TV Originally released in 1976, THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT, PART 2 continues the dazzling tradition of THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! taking up where the other one left off, presenting fabulous sequences from movie musicals and highlighting such non-singing stars as Greta Garbo, Clark Gable and the Marx Brothers. Also featured are two of the champion song and dance men of all time, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly (together for the first time since Ziegfeld Follies of 1946), acting not only as narrators but also as performers, singing and dancing in all-new numbers directed by Kelly just for the film. THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT, PART 2 was produced by Saul Chaplin and Daniel Melnick, with narration by Leonard Gershe and additional music arranged and conducted by Nelsen Riddle.

Released in 1994 in celebration of MGM's 70th Anniversary, THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! III brings back to the screen the stars and musical numbers that have excited audiences for generations. In the acclaimed tradition of its two predecessors, THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! III incorporates scores of famous songs and dances from MGM films and reunites nine of the performers who rose to international stardom through their MGM association. THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! III features astonishing classic musical moments, great comedy and romantic teams and unearths rare footage with marvelous big-star scenes originally unseen because they were cut from their films. Gene Kelly opens and closes the picture as nine starry hosts including June Allyson, Cyd Charrise, Lena Horne, Howard Keel, Ann Miller, Debbie Reynolds, Mickey Rooney and Esther Williams present this must-see assemblage of Golden Era treasures, none of which has been seen in either of the previous films. Written, produced and directed by Bud Friedgen & Michael J. Sheridan, the film was executive produced by Peter Fitzgerald.

An amazing fourth disc is an added bonus available only with the THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION giftset with more than five hours of extra content features sure to enthrall fans of the great MGM musicals. Entitled THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT: Treasures From The Vault, the exclusive disc includes rare footage from MGM's 25th Anniversary in 1949; "THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT: 50 Years of MGM" (1974 TV special); "THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! III Behind the Screen" (1994 making-of documentary about the behind the camera talent); "The Lion Roars Again" (1975 MGM short); footage from the original premiere of THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! in Beverly Hills with Army Archerd as master of ceremonies and the cast of stars on stage; excerpts from "The Mike Douglas Show" TV special in 1976 that featured two days of premiere coverage of THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT, PART 2; "The Masters of The Musical" (a new half hour documentary with Ann Miller, Jane Powell, Angela Lansbury and others); "Just One More Time" (1974 featurette); and a dazzling MGM Outtake Jukebox which includes an impressive array of rarely-seen deleted musical numbers from the cutting-room floor featuring such stars as Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Durante, Esther Williams, Lena Horne, Jane Powell, Mel Torme and many other legendary MGM stars.

 


EVERY MOMENT SCREAMS MURDER IN TAKING LIVES DEBUTING ON DVD AUGUST 17 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

$33 Million Box Office Crime Thriller from Director D.J. Caruso Stars Academy Award®-Winner Angelina Jolie, Ethan Hawke, Kiefer Sutherland and Olivier Martinez

Special Unrated Director's Cut Version Available Featuring Exclusive Gripping Bonus Footage Not Seen In Theaters

Experience one killer plot twist after another on August 17 when Warner Home Video (WHV) brings you TAKING LIVES on DVD and VHS. This edge of your seat crime thriller from Village Roadshow Pictures stars Academy Award®-winner Angelina Jolie (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Gone in Sixty Seconds, Girl, Interrupted), Academy Award®-nominee Ethan Hawke (Training Day, Reality Bites), Golden Globe-winner Kiefer Sutherland (24, A Few Good Men) and Olivier Martinez (Unfaithful, S.W.A.T.). From director D.J. Caruso (Salton Sea, The Shield), the TAKING LIVES DVD includes chilling special features such as behind-the-scenes documentaries and outtakes. TAKING LIVES will be available for sell-through pricing at $27.95 SRP on widescreen and full frame DVD formats in Amaray packaging.

The R-rated version is available in full screen. In addition, an exclusive-to-DVD, unrated director's cut version will be available in widescreen DVD format.

SYNOPSIS

Angelina Jolie plays FBI Profiler Illeana Scott in this edgy cat-and mouse thriller that also stars Ethan Hawke, Kiefer Sutherland, Olivier Martinez and more talents. For 20 years an elusive serial killer has assumed his victims' identities. But now there's a breakthrough, Scott is assigned to the case and it's her job to know what makes a killer tick. But somehow this killer knows even more about Scott.

DVD ELEMENTS

The DVD release of TAKING LIVES will include the following gripping bonus features:

The exclusive-to-DVD unrated director's cut will include never-before-seen frightening and edgy footage throughout the film delivering more bone chilling twists and turns.

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KAENA: THE PROPHECY PREMIERING ON DVD SEPTEMBER 7

State-of-the-Art CG-Animated Fantasy Adventure

Featuring the Voice Talents of Kirsten Dunst, Richard Harris and Academy Award(r)-Winner Anjelica Huston

A dying world.  An evil force.  A terrible secret.  Prepare to enter a remarkable world filled with breathtaking imagery and action from the fantastic imagination of co-writer/director Chris Delaporte in the stunning CG-animated feature film KAENA: THE PROPHECY.  Premiering on DVD September 7 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, this sci-fi/fantasy animated adventure features the vocal talents of Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man 2, Mona Lisa Smile), Academy Award(r)-winner Anjelica Huston (Iron Jawed Angels, The Grifters) and Richard Harris (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Gladiator).  The first European-produced 3D animated movie, this exciting import from France features exceptional, mind-blowing imagery that pushes the CG-animation envelope even farther than Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.

Synopsis:

On a distant planet, a gigantic coiling plant called Axis, stretches high above the clouds.  At its center is a village whose people are in mortal danger because their "tree world" is withering...its sap is drying up.  The people beg their gods for help, but to no avail. Compelled by a mysterious force, Kaena (Dunst), a rebellious, high-spirited teenage girl will defy the Grand Priest's supreme authority and her people's ancestral beliefs to take the perilous journey through Axis's deepest roots to discover what dark secrets lie beyond the clouds.  Along the path she meets the Selenites, a race led by a cruel Queen (Huston) that is also trying to keep the tree from dying, although by enslaving another race.  Helped by a mysterious creature from another world, the frightening truth that Kaena will discover at the end of her quest will profoundly change her forever.

Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will also release KAENA: THE PROPHECY in a variety of special DVD two-pack offers with additional popular animated titles including Kaena/Cowboy Bebop: Special Edition (priced at $48.95 SLP), Kaena/Final Fantasy (priced at $41.95 SLP) and

Kaena/Metropolis (priced at $44.95 SLP).

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BAADASSSSS! AVAILABLE ON DVD SEPTEMBER 14

The Birth of Black Cinema is Sharply Observed in Actor/Writer/Director Mario Van Peebles' Moving Biopic Based on his Father Melvin's Best-Selling Autobiographical Book

Co-Starring Ossie Davis, David Alan Grier, Nia Long & Joy Bryant

A father.  A son.  A revolution.  Back in the early 1970s, groundbreaking filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles made history by kick-starting the urban and blaxploitation film movements.  More than 30 years later, Melvin's son, Mario Van Peebles (Ali), directs a revealing portrait of his pioneering father.  Following in his dad's footsteps, and documenting his exceptional journey towards political defiance through cinema, Mario directs and stars as Melvin in the inspirational biopic BAADASSSSS!, Winner of the Best Picture and Audience Award at the Philadelphia International Film Festival along with being honored as an Official Selection at the Sundance, Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals, BAADASSSSS! will premiere on DVD and VHS (rental) on September 14 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment and Sony Picture Classics. Co-starring David Alan Grier (Streamers), Joy Bryant (Antwone Fisher), Nia Long (Soul Food), Paul Rodriguez (Bloodwork) and Ossie Davis (City of Angels), BAADASSSSS! is a critically-acclaimed look at the birth of black cinema, based on Melvin's best selling book "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song."

Synopsis:

After the success of his debut feature The Story of a Three-Day Pass, Melvin Van Peebles was determined to push the Hollywood boundaries with the even more controversial, Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song.  Turned down by every major studio, Melvin was forced to self-finance.  Melvin ducked creditors, the unions and had to bail out his camera crew after they were arrested because a white cop decided a "bunch of Negroes and hippies couldn't home come by that camera equipment honestly."  Risking everything he had, including death threats and temporarily losing sight in one eye, Melvin managed to whip into shape a rag-tag, multi-racial crew and finish the film.  Despite the fact that initially two theatres in the whole United States would play his film, Sweetback eventually became the top grossing independent hit of 1971, spawning a decade of similar studio projects.

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WARNER HOME VIDEO BRINGS CONSUMERS INTO THE HALLOWEEN SPIRIT WITH THE LATEST INSTALLMENT OF THE POPULAR WHAT’S NEW SCOOBY-DOO?

WHAT’S NEW SCOOBY-DOO? VOLUME 3: HALLOWEEN BOOS AND CLUES Featuring Four Spooky Adventures From the Hit Television Series to be Available on DVD and Video on August 10

Trick or treat! Warner Home Video is handing out a tasty Halloween goody for children and Scooby-Doo fans with WHAT’S NEW SCOOBY-DOO? VOLUME 3: HALLOWEEN BOOS AND CLUES, the third installment of the popular WHAT’S NEW SCOOBY-DOO? series starring everyone's five favorite sleuths, Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Daphne, Fred and Velma. This exciting volume includes four spine-tingling episodes, which will begin haunting stores on August 10, 2004 at $19.97 for DVD and $14.94 for VHS.

Halloween Boos and Clues will feature four spooky episodes from WHAT’S NEW SCOOBY-DOO? including "The Vampire Strikes Back," which features the gang running into a real life vampire in a Transylvanian castle. Also featured is "Mummy Scares Best," where Scooby-Doo and friends travel to Egypt to investigate a mummy that has everyone turning into zombies. "High-Tech House of the Future," has the five-some trapped in a zany, automated house of the future at the Omaha World Fair. Lastly, "She Sees Sea Monsters by the Sea Shore" features the five friends as they embark on a tropical island vacation that is ruined when they stumble across a boat-smashing sea monster.

Hair-raising special features on the DVD include:

"Consumers of all ages continue to embrace Scooby-Doo not only because they identify with the brand but also because they know that each title will deliver first-rate, quality entertainment that is sure to satisfy both children and adults. All volumes in the Scooby-Doo library are a perfect fit when it comes to Halloween-inspired home entertainment titles for kids and we think Halloween Boos and Clues will become a popular addition to every kid's Scooby-Doo collection," said Christine Martinez, WHV Vice President, Non-Theatrical Franchise Marketing.

WHAT’S NEW SCOOBY-DOO? is the hit animated television series that continues to air on Kids' WB!, every Saturday morning. The show's third season will launch in Fall 2004. Other available Scooby-Doo titles perfect for ushering in the Halloween spirit include:

 


IT'S WILD, OUTRAGEOUS AND SKEWERS EVERYONE!! IT'S LATE NIGHT SKETCH COMEDY AT ITS BEST MADtv THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 21

Collectible Three Disc DVD Set Includes all 19 Episodes from the First Season along with Unaired Sketches, Outtakes and Bloopers

In October 1995, MADtv hit the airwaves on the FOX Network and late-night television has never been the same! On September 21, Warner Home Video brings fans MADtv: The Complete First Season, the hilarious comedy sketch series, in a collectible three-disc DVD set that includes all original 19 episodes chock full of outrageous parodies, celebrity impersonations, political satire, commercial spoofs, social commentary, pop-culture send-ups, and other assorted high jinks!

In the vein of Chappelle's Show and In Living Color, MADtv received tremendous critical acclaim for its edginess, with Boston Globe calling it "twice the show SNL is..." MADtv continues to climb the ratings chart - it is currently ranked the #2 show in its time period and has been rated the #1 show among key demographics including African-Americans, Latinos and teens. MADtv: The Complete First Season features an ensemble cast that includes Artie Lange, Orlando Jones, Bryan Callen, David Herman, Pat Kilbane, Phil LaMarr, Mary Scheer, Nicole Sullivan, and Debra Wilson. The set is packed with over 2 hours of special features including some of the best parodies from the show's nine years spanning their infamous movie, television and commercial send-ups. Also included is their highest rated show from the last season - the much-talked-about and well-reviewed re-union show, the commemorative 200th episode. Other must-see bonus materials include several unaired sketches and hilarious outtakes and bloopers from the show's 1st season.

This high energy, brazen satire will be delivered in eye-catching packaging that will pop off the shelf! MADtv: The Complete First Season will be priced to collect at $39.98 SRP. MADtv: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON features a wide variety of guest stars and musical performers including Whoopi Goldberg, LL Cool J, Dave Foley, RuPaul, Kato Kaelin, Poison, Adam West, Gary Coleman, Jamie Farr, Scott Wolf, Neve Campbell, Pauley Shore, Rip Taylor, David Faustino, Brian Austin Green, Barry Williams, Tony Orlando, The Presidents of the United States of America, Kim Coles and Claudia Shiffer. "MADtv is one of the funniest series on television and benefits from immediate brand name recognition," said Christine Martinez, WHV Vice President, Non-theatrical Franchise Marketing. "With a dedicated and youthful fan base who are the biggest purchasers of DVDs, we anticipate MADtv: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON will do extremely well at retail."

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CLIFFORD’S REALLY BIG MOVIE COMES TO DVD ON AUGUST 24

Heartwarming Animated Adventure Stars The Voices of John Ritter, Wayne Brady, Judge Reinhold, Wilmer Valderrama and John Goodman

Enormously Entertaining Bonus Features Include A Behind-The-Scenes Featurette, Read-Alongs, A Music Video And More!

On August 24, America's beloved "Big Red Dog" takes audiences on a new adventure in Clifford's Really Big Movie, arriving on DVD and VHS from Warner Home Video (WHV). Based on the classic children's book and television series, the film features the voice talents of the late John Ritter (Three's Company, 8 Simple Rules) as the voice of Clifford, Wayne Brady (The Wayne Brady Show), Jenna Elfman (Dharma & Greg), John Goodman (Roseanne, Monsters, Inc.), Judge Reinhold (The Santa Clause 2), Wilmer Valderrama (That 70's Show) and more. Clifford's Really Big Movie debuted in theaters in February 2004.

Clifford's Really Big Movie will be available for sell-through pricing at $26.98 SRP/$19.95 MAP on DVD and $19.96 SRP on VHS.

SYNOPSIS

Clifford The Big Red Dog, Cleo and T-Bone star in their first movie adventure! Clifford and his pals set off on a cross-country road trip when they enter a talent contest to win a lifetime supply of Tummy Yummies. Teamed with new friends, including Shackelford the High-Flying Ferret and Rodrigo Chihuahua of Steel, this funny menagerie work together to turn a broken-down act into a record breaking show! As always, Clifford's big love makes everyone a winner.

DVD ELEMENTS

The DVD release of CLIFFORD’S REALLY BIG MOVIE is oversized with the following bonus features:

BASICS

 


YOUNG ADAM PREMIERING SEPTEMBER 14 ON DVD

Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton, Peter Mullan and Emily Mortimer Star in the Provocative and Sensual Film Noir Thriller Written and Directed by Award-Winning Filmmaker David Mackenzie

Nominated for Four British Independent Film Awards Including Best British

Independent Film

From Sony Pictures Classics comes this moody, sensual crime thriller inspired by the classic film noirs of the 40s and 50s that takes place post- WWII on the canals between Glasgow and Edinburgh, YOUNG ADAM was adapted from the best-selling novel by Scottish beat writer Alexander Trocchi by award-winning short film writer/director David Mackenzie (The Last Great Wilderness). 

Featuring a strong cast headed by Ewan McGregor (Moulin Rouge, Big Fish), Tilda Swinton (Adapation, The Deep End), Peter Mullan (The Magdalene Sisters, The Claim) and Emily Mortimer (Lovely & Amazing, Formula 51), the film was an Official Selection at the New York, Toronto and Cannes Film Festivals and won British Newcomer of the Year honors for director Mackenzie from the London Critics Circle Film Awards.  Featuring original music by acclaimed music artist David Byrne of Talking Heads, YOUNG ADAM will be released September 14 on DVD and VHS (rental) from Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment.

Synopsis:

The film focuses on the crisis of Joe (McGregor); a young drifter who finds work on a barge owned by the down-to-earth Les (Mullan) and his enigmatic wife Ella (Swinton).  One afternoon Joe and Les happen upon the corpse of a young woman floating in the water and the questions begin. Accident? Suicide? Murder?  As the police investigate the case and a suspect is arrested, it becomes evident that Joe knows more about the drowned woman Cathie (Mortimer) than he will admit.  Meanwhile, against the backdrop of the investigation, an unspoken attraction has developed between Joe and Ella, and claustrophic tensions evolve between the three of them in the confined space of the barge.

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DECOYS-- DEBUTING SEPTEMBER 7 ON DVD

They Can Seduce Anyone  - Prey It Isn't You! Terrifying Sci-Fi/Horror Thriller In the Tradition of "Species" That Delivers Edge-of-Your-Seat Scares

They're not what they seem!  Luke and Roger are just another couple of college guys trying to lose their virginity.  But when Luke seems something unusual, he begins to suspect that the sorority girls on campus aren't exactly - human, in the sexy sci-fi thriller DECOYS from writer/director Matthew Hastings (creator of the TV series "Higher Ground").  Featuring a hot young cast including Corey Sevier (TV's North Shore), Stefanie Von Pfetten (40 Days and 40 Nights), Kim Poirer (Dawn of the Dead) Nicole Eggert (TV's "Baywatch") and Richard Burgi (Starship Trooper 2) DECOYS will premiere on DVD and VHS (rental) on September 7 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

When the two hottest blondes on campus come on to shy college freshman Luke (Sevier), his mind races with thoughts of finally becoming a man.  After a few drinks, Luke musters up the courage to go to their dorm room to return some quarters they left behind in the laundry room, he sneaks into the empty room - it's strangely cold.  When he hears them coming, he panics and hides in their closet.  Getting ready for bed, they begin to undress...but something's wrong.  He could swear he just saw tentacles bursting forth from their tight bodies. After a rash of unexplained bizarre deaths on campus he begins to suspect that the beautiful co-eds are somehow behind it, so they must be shape-shifting aliens!  But no one believes him, so now it's up to him to save his friends from the overwhelming temptation of sleeping with these sexual predators.

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SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, WINTER .... AND SPRING debuting September 7 on DVD

Powerfully Picturesque and Timeless Dramatic Fable From Respected Korean Filmmaker Kim Ki-Duk

**Official Selection -  Toronto / Venice / Sundance Film Festivals **

A critically-acclaimed and exquisitely beautiful film capturing the emotional essence of each season, SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, WINTER ... AND SPRING is I must see! an "elegantly simply profound Buddhist fable" (Ty Burr - The Boston Globe).  The Official Korean Entry with the 2004 Academy Awards® for Best Foreign Language Film, SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, WINTER ... AND SPRING will premiere on DVD and VHS (rental) September 7 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment and Sony Pictures Classics.

Divided into five segments with each season representing a stage in a man's life, the film is an understated yet prolific and philosophical work of art that was honored as an Official Selection at numerous international film festivals including Venice, Toronto, Pusan and Sundance.  With the extraordinary attention to visual detail, such as using a different animal (dog, rooster, cat, snake) as a motif for each season, writer/director Kim Ki-duk (Samaria) has crafted a totally original yet universal story about the human spirit, moving from Innocence, through Love and Evil, to Enlightenment and finally to Rebirth.

Synopsis

Under the vigilant eyes of Old Monk, Child Monk learns a hard lesson about the nature of sorrow when some of his childish games turn cruel.  In the intensity and lushness of summer, the monk, now a young man, experiences the power of lust, a desire that will ultimately lead him, as an adult, to dark deeds.  With winter, strikingly set on the ice and snow-covered lake, the man atones for his past actions, and spring stars the cycle anew.

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07/04/04

THE BIG BOUNCE SAYS 'ALOHA' TO DVD ON JULY 20

Based on the Novel by Legendary Crime Writer Elmore Leonard, Starring Owen Wilson, Morgan Freeman, Sara Foster and Charlie Sheen

Travel to Oahu and take a chance on paradise with THE BIG BOUNCE on DVD and VHS from Warner Home Video (WHV) on July 20. This exciting comedy, based on the novel by Elmore Leonard (Out of Sight, Get Shorty, Jackie Brown) and stars Owen Wilson (Starsky & Hutch, Shanghai Knights), Academy Award® nominated Morgan Freeman (Bruce Almighty, Sum of All Fears), Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump, Apollo 13) and on-screen newcomer Sara Foster (ET on MTV). With a tempting selection of special features including surfer outtakes, a visit to the set and more, THE BIG BOUNCE will keep you questioning "who's scamming who". THE BIG BOUNCE will be available for sell-through pricing at $27.95 SRP on both widescreen and full frame DVD formats.

SYNOPSIS

In THE BIG BOUNCE, a comedy caper starring Owen Wilson and Morgan Freeman based on the novel by legendary crime writer Elmore Leonard, Owen Wilson plays Jack Ryan, a likeable drifter whose talents lie just outside the law. Hoping a change of scenery will bring him luck, Jack heads for Hawaii. There on the exotic North Shore of Oahu, he soon discovers that whether he is looking for a new con or a little romance, temptation is everywhere.

DVD ELEMENTS

The DVD release of THE BIG BOUNCE will include the following special features:

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RESIDENT EVIL: DELUXE EDITION AVAILABLE ON DVD SEPTEMBER 7

Includes Free Movie Ticket to See RESIDENT EVIL 2: APOCALYPSE!

Released in time for the highly anticipated theatrical release of RESIDENT EVIL 2: APOCALYPSE, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment announces a special two-disc Deluxe Edition of the blockbuster film that started it all, RESIDENT EVIL, available on September 7 with a suggested retail price of $19.94.

In 2002, writer/director Paul W. S. Anderson (Mortal Kombat, Event Horizon) blew away audiences with his adaptation of the enormously popular (over 17 million units worldwide) video game.  Starring Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element), Michelle Rodriguez (The Fast and the Furious, Girlfight) and Eric Mabius (Cruel Intentions), RESIDENT EVIL is a stream of pulse- pounding, non-stop action, punctuated by state-of-art, jaw dropping visual effects and a pounding soundtrack featuring Slipknot, Method Man, Crystal Method and Marilyn Manson.

In a special promotion, fans who purchase RESIDENT EVIL DELUXE EDITION will receive a free movie ticket inside the DVD pack to RESIDENT EVIL 2: APOCALYPSE when it premieres in theatres on September 10, 2004. The all-new DVD features exclusive to RESIDENT EVIL DELUXE EDITION include: an alternate ending with an introduction by director W.S. Anderson; a commentary by the visual effects team; a RESIDENT EVIL 2: APOCALYPSE clip compilation from the 2003 Fangoria Show; and eight new featurettes.

RESIDENT EVIL: DELUXE EDITION will be featured in an exclusive 2-1/2 minute promotainment piece at Regal Cinemas in August, timed prior to the sequel's theatrical release. The promotainment piece will be screened prior to scheduled movies.

Previously released bonus features included with the two-disc set: cast and filmmaker commentary and three featurettes including "Costumes," "Scoring Resident Evil," and "Set Design".

Synopsis

Something rotten is brewing beneath the industrial mecca known as Raccoon City. Unknown to its millions of residents, a huge underground bioengineering facility known as The Hive has accidentally unleashed the deadly and mutating T-virus, killing all of its employees.  To contain the leak, the governing supercomputer Red Queen has sealed all entrances and exits. Now a team of highly-trained super commandos including Rain (Rodriguez), Alice (Jovovich) and Matt (Mabius) must race to penetrate The Hive in order to isolate the T-Virus before it overwhelms humanity.  To do so, they must get past the Red Queen's deadly defenses, face flesh-eating undead employees, fight killer mutant dogs and battle The Licker, a genetically mutated savage beast whose strength increases with each of its slain victims.

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FROM THE IMAGINATION OF JIM HENSON AND AWARD-WINNING DIRECTOR ANTHONY MINGEHELLA COME TO LIFE IN JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: GREEK MYTHS PREMIERING ON DVD SEPTEMBER 7, 2004

As the world awaits the summer 2004 Olympics in Greece and audiences thrill to Brad Pitt's performance as the Greek warrior Achilles in Troy, the classics are back!

To celebrate, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will release JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: GREEK MYTHS on September 7, 2004. The series combines fantasy characters from Henson's Creature Shop with great classical actors like Derek Jacobi (Gladiator), under the supervision of Academy Award-Winner Anthony Minghella (The English Patient, Cold Mountain).  Hosted by Michael Gambon (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) as the Ancient Greek Storyteller, the classic myths of Western civilization are re-enacted with great narrative brio, revealing humankind's deepest unconscious urges. The Jim Henson Company's masterful puppetry makes these larger-than-life tales accessible to young and old. Jim Henson's The Storyteller:  Greek Myths is priced at $19.95 SLP.

JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: GREEK MYTHS is co-produced by Jim Henson Home Entertainment and Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment. Four of the most famous tales of Greek mythology, "Daedalus and Icarus," "Orpheus and Euridice," "Perseus and the Gorgon," and "Theseus and the Minotaur," are stunningly re-created in these unique productions.

While enjoying the fantastic exploits of these impassioned characters, children and adults learn indelible lessons about pride, love, risk and determination. Families will enjoy watching these extraordinary versions of Greek literature that many pre-teens and teenagers are studying in school. The stories also appeal to fantasy/sci-fi lovers who were captivated by the amazing worlds of Jim Henson's Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: GREEK MYTHS DVD release contains the following four adventures:

Daedalus and Icarus

Daedalus, one of the greatest inventors of ancient Greece, was saddened by his son Icarus' ineptitude. When Daedalus accidentally kills his nephew, father and son flee to another land, where they are betrayed by cruel King Minos. Running for their lives again, Daedalus creates wax wings so they can fly to safety. When young Icarus disobeys his father's plea to stay away from the sun, all their dreams melt away

Orpheus and Eurydice

Orpheus plays music that people love to hear. One day he plays in the forest and wakes Eurydice, the wood nymph. The two fall in love and marry, but their marriage is cut short when Eurydice is struck dead by the bite of a snake. Orpheus is determined to get her back and must convince the irascible Hades - who dislikes Orpheus' music-- to allow Eurydice back to the Earth above.

Perseus and the Gorgon

 When a sorceress foretells that the grandson of King Argos will grow up to cause his death, the king locks away his daughter, Gomoy, to prevent a future birth. But no bars or walls can keep out Zeus, who fathers her child Perseus. Gomoy and Perseus escape captivity and spend the next decade in peace.  When evil King Polydectes threatens his mother, Perseus brings him the head of Medusa, which turns the king to stone. Now Perseus and his mother are free to return to Argos and fulfill the oracle.

Theseus and the Minotaur

 Theseus, the son of King Aegeus, is determined to save the nearby Isle of Crete from the Minotaur,-- half-man, half-bull, mad with anger and sadness - who lives in the Labyrinth. Theseus travels to Crete where he falls in love with King Minos' daughter, Ariadne. Ultimately, though he completes his mission to kill the Minotaur, his satisfaction with his own success becomes his greatest downfall.

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“THE BEST OF BEAKMAN’S WORLD” EMMY AWARD WINNING WACKY SCIENCE COMES TO DVD ON SEPTEMBER 7!

Ever wonder why the sky is blue? How a cat produces a purr? “BEAKMAN’S WORLD” answers these questions and more by taking kids on exciting adventures revealing how nature, science and the world work. Based on the popular comic strip (52 million readers weekly) and produced for TV by Sony Pictures Television, “BEAKMAN’S WORLD” aired on both CBS and The Learning Channel. Now Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will release THE BEST OF BEAKMAN’S WORLD on DVD on September 7, 2004. This acclaimed Emmy winning educational show is ideal for inquisitive minds that want to know how the world works. It's a hip and edgy way for kids of all ages to learn the principles of science. The DVD will be available for $9.95 SLP.

In Best of Beakman's World, celebrated performance artist Paul Zaloom stars as Beakman, a wild and irreverent professor of science.  Joining him in his never-ending quest "onward for science" are a handful of laboratory denizens. Josie, Beakman's bright young apprentice, assists the scientist with his experiments and keeps him from straying too far off the subject.

Lester the Rat, the result of an experiment gone wrong, lives in the lab aiming only to annoy Beakman. Convinced he is the lab's ace science expert, the sarcastic, yet lovable, rodent looks for any opportunity to hurl barbs at Beakman and Josie. Watching the show on their South Pole TV set are the penguins, Herb and Don, a cynical Antarctic duo who provide comments and quips as Beakman struts his scientific stuff. Beakman's World combines the irreverent spirit of the original comic strip with fresh performances by a cast of enthusiastic Beakmaniacs. A smash hit on Saturday morning television, the show won dozens of awards including two Emmy Awards (1994 and 1995), the Excellence in Media's Silver Angel Award (1993), the Ollie Award - American Center for Children's Television (1993), the Parent's Choice Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Children's Programming (1993), the CableACE Award for Best Children's Programming 7 + older (1994), International Monitor Awards for Best Achievement in Children's Programming (1994) and The Covenant Award (1995).

SYNOPSIS

THE BEST OF BEAKMAN’S WORLD features 15 of the wackiest, most spectacular experiments from the television series. By showing kids how to perform simple experiments using household items, THE BEST OF BEAKMAN’S WORLD helps kids discover for themselves how the world works.

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MAGGIE AND THE FEROCIOUS BEAST:  PUZZLES AND PICNICS PREMIERING ON DVD SEPTEMBER 7, 2004

Friendship and adventure blend in Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment's family favorite, MAGGIE AND THE FEROCIOUS BEAST:  PUZZLES AND PICNICS.  Available September 7 on both DVD and Video, this is the latest in the popular series about Maggie and her fun friends.  MAGGIE AND THE FEROCIOUS BEAST:  PUZZLES AND PICNICS is a collection of adventures from the popular animated television series produced by Nelvana Ltd., designed to foster childrens' creativity, natural curiosity and problem-solving skills.  The DVD also features QuickStart, a new child friendly

feature that plays DVDs automatically.

In these latest adventures, the brave and smart girl named Maggie and her friends, the rather cuddly polka-dotted pussycat, misnamed Beast and the very particular pig, Hamilton Hocks, discover ways to have fun with food! In the process, they show preschoolers that friendship makes everything better.  The MAGGIE AND THE FEROCIOUS BEAST:  PUZZLES AND PICNICS DVD volume features six fun adventures priced to own at $14.94 SLP. The Video contains five episodes for $9.95 SLP.

MAGGIE AND THE FEROCIOUS BEAST:  PUZZLES AND PICNICS  has strong universal appeal, ranking in the top five for non-PBS television shows among kids ages 2-5 (February 2004 Nielsen tracking), airs on Nickelodeon and has won the popular Parents' Choice Gold Award, awarded to television programs judged as having the highest quality and most appealing products in their genre.  In each adventure, children are transported to a land filled with imagination, creativity and fun.  Maggie and her friends help kids satisfy their natural curiosity and sense of wonder, while learning how to take charge and have a good time. Children of all ages learn that fun is where you find it, whether you are cooking or solving life's problems. MAGGIE AND THE FEROCIOUS BEAST will also be featured in a new Fisher Price line of toys.

SYNOPSES

MAGGIE AND THE FEROCIOUS BEAST:  PUZZLES AND PICNICS  DVD release contains the following 6 adventures:

Picnic Time

When Hamilton, Beast and Maggie try to have a friendly picnic, they are overcome with ants and have to find a clever way to get rid of them.

Recipe for Trouble

Hamilton the chef needs an extra big pumpkin for his pumpkin brulé soufflé flambé recipe. When the Beast and Maggie arrive with the other ingredients, they find that Hamilton has dug his way into an enormous pumpkin and can't get out again! He finally escapes by tying his clothes together into a rope and climbing out. Hamilton gets right to work on his pumpkin brulé soufflé flambé - which is a delicious success.

The Lemonade Stand

The Beast really likes the band-aid Maggie has on her knee and will not rest until he can have one too. Meanwhile Maggie and Hamilton make some ice-cold lemonade to sell. They don't have any customers, but they sure enjoy drinking the lemonade!

The Big Carrot

Maggie, Hamilton and the Beast come upon a gigantic carrot, and a very strange little rabbit named Nedley who speaks in rhymes. Nedley is too small to pull up the big carrot, so Maggie, Hamilton and the Beast give him a hand. When they finally haul the carrot out of the ground it doesn't prove to be as delicious as expected, so they turn it into a great big birdhouse.

A Visit to Cake Town

Maggie, Hamilton, Beast and Rudy venture off to Cake Town and discover cakes galore! And they taste even better than they look, but is it possible to have too much?

The Big Hat

When a big brown hat blows on top of Hamilton's box, he builds a restaurant inside it and serves Beast and Maggie an exotic meal. However he ends up closing earlier than expected when he finds out the hat belongs to the Kindly Giant.

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