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08/30/04

WARNER HOME VIDEO HITS A HOME RUN WITH THE DVD PREMIERE OF DAMN YANKEES!

The Legendary Gwen Verdon Stars in the Acclaimed Screen Version of the hit Broadway Smash Featuring Such Great Songs as "Whatever Lola Wants" and 'Heart" Available October 12, 2004

You might say, "the Devil made them do it," as Warner Home Video presents the DVD premiere of the 1958 classic musical DAMN YANKEES! on October 12, 2004. Remastered and restored for DVD, DAMN YANKEES! stars Gwen Verdon and Tab Hunter with Ray Walston as the Devil, in this film version of the hit Broadway musical (which ran for an astounding, at the time, 1019 performances) was co-directed by George Abbott (who directed it on stage) and Stanley Donen (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Singin' in the Rain). With a memorable score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross that includes such hit songs as "Whatever Lola Wants," "(You've Gotta Have) Heart," and "Two Lost Souls," DAMN YANKEES! is the story of a Washington Senators fan who makes a pact with the Devil to help his baseball team win the league pennant. DAMN YANKEES! Damn Yankees will become another terrific addition to our stellar offering of musical titles being released in October that includes Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and the That's Entertainment! Collection. The DVD is priced at $19.97.

"For years consumers have been waiting for DAMN YANKEES! to become available on DVD. Now, timed perfectly with the fall playoffs--which will have baseball on everyone's minds -- the wait is over!" said George Feltenstein, WHV Senior VP, Classic Catalog.

In one of those rare instances, the film stars virtually the entire original Broadway cast in this musical adaptation of the novel The Year The Yankees Lost The Pennant. Choreographed by Bob Fosse, (who also appears on-screen and un-credited with Gwen Verdon in the number "Who's Got the Pain,") the film also stars Russ Brown, Shannon Bolin, Nathaniel Frey, Robert Shafer, James Komack, and Jean Stapleton. DAMN YANKEES! has been fully restored for this DVD release in color, Dolby Digital Mono 1.0 audio, 16x9 anamorphic (1.77 aspect ratio) picture and has a running time of 110 minutes.

Damn Yankees tells the story of Joe Boyd, a middle-aged baseball fanatic who would do anything to see his beloved Washington Senators win. He's so desperate for the Senators to win, that he sells his soul to the Devil for the chance to become the greatest ballplayer in the world and to lead the Senators out of the cellar into a pennant race with their archrivals, the New York Yankees. When Joe Boyd leaves his loving wife to become Joe Hardy, his victories soon pale as he realizes that what he left behind was as important as what he has achieved. The Devil, not wanting to lose this soul, enlists the help of his top vixen, Lola, to tempt Joe to remain forever young.

 


THE ULTIMATE MATRIX COLLECTION AVAILABLE DECEMBER 7 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

One of the Greatest Sci-Fi Trilogies Ever Just Got Greater!

Definitive Ten-Disc DVD Set of the $1.6 Billion Worldwide Box-Office Trilogy Featuring THE MATRIX, THE MATRIX RELOADED, THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS & THE ANIMATRIX

With Over 35 Hours of Extras Highlighted by Five All-New DVDs Featuring Never-Before-Seen Bonus Materials Including Over 100 New Featurettes, New Commentaries, ENTER THE MATRIX Videogame Footage and More!

**Also Available in a Special Limited Edition Gift set Featuring Exclusive Collectible and Book **

This Holiday's Must-Have DVD Collection

This holiday season, Warner Home Video (WHV) will give every fan of THE MATRIX movies what they want...more! More eye-opening revelations, more plugged-in discovery, more realms of bold possibility, as the trilogy that set a new standard in moviemaking now sets a new standard in DVD gift sets with THE ULTIMATE MATRIX COLLECTION. A remarkable ten-disc DVD set; THE ULTIMATE MATRIX COLLECTION features all three films in the trilogy together for the first time ever with a newly remastered picture and sound for THE MATRIX. Also included is the companion piece THE MATRIX REVISITED and the best-selling THE ANIMATRIX, plus five entirely new DVDs packed solid with brand-new supplemental materials that encompass every aspect of THE MATRIX universe, including two new audio commentaries on each film, ENTER THE MATRIX videogame footage, over 100 deep-delving featurettes/ documentaries and much more!

Debuting December 7, 2004 from WHV and Village Roadshow Pictures, THE ULTIMATE MATRIX COLLECTION will be priced to own at $79.92 SRP. In addition, WHV will also present a special THE ULTIMATE MATRIX COLLECTION Limited Edition which features the remarkable 10 extras-loaded DVD set, plus a limited-edition Neo mini-bust figurine and an 80-page Collector's Book. This exclusive edition will be priced at $129.92 SRP.

Written and directed by the Wachowski Brothers and produced by Joel Silver, THE MATRIX TRILOGY stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss and Hugo Weaving.  As one of the most successful science-fiction film franchises of all time, THE MATRIX TRILOGY has grossed a staggering $1.6 billion dollars in worldwide box-office receipts to date. In addition to the films, the franchise has spawned successful companion DVDs (THE MATRIX REVISITED, and THE ANIMATRIX), a best-selling videogame (ENTER THE MATRIX) and is about to launch an online gaming component to further excite the highly popular franchise, look for information at www.thematrix.com.

DVD ELEMENTS

Plug in for the ride of your life with THE ULTIMATE MATRIX COLLECTION ten-disc DVD release that includes the following comprehensive mind-freeing elements:

DISC ONE - THE MATRIX

The Academy Award®-winning original movie in a new digital transfer supervised by the Wachowski Brothers and Director of Photography Bill Pope

DISC TWO - THE MATRIX REVISITED

Peel back a new layer of reality with a mind-expanding look at THE MATRIX from conception to phenomenon. Go behind THE MATRIX, take the Red Pill and follow the White Rabbit with 17 making-of featurettes, including:

DISC THREE - THE MATRIX RELOADED

The powerful second chapter of the groundbreaking film trilogy

DISC FOUR - THE MATRIX RELOADED REVISITED

Go to the middle movie's furthest reaches via five documentary paths revealing 21 featurettes. Plus 23 extra scenes shot for the ENTER THE MATRIX consol videogame

DISC FIVE - THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS

The epic war between man and machines reaches an explosive conclusion with the action-packed final chapter in THE MATRIX TRILOGY:

DISC SIX - THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS REVISITED

The cataclysmic final confrontation chronicled through six documentary pods revealing 28 featurettes.

DISC SEVEN - THE ANIMATRIX

A visionary fusion of CG-animation and Japanese anime with nine short films exploring the world of THE MATRIX including Final Flight of the Osiris, The Second Renaissance Part I, The Second Renaissance Part II, Kid's Story, Program, World Record, Beyond, A Detective Story and Matriculated

DISC EIGHT - The Roots of the Matrix

Probe the philosophical and technological inspirations of THE MATRIX TRILOGY through two insightful documentaries:

DISC NINE - The Burly Man Chronicles

Profiles the "society" of craftspeople, actors and filmmakers who shaped the movie trilogy and the ENTER THE MATRIX consol game in a full-length documentary. Follow the White Rabbit to 21 additional featurettes.

DISC TEN - The Zion Archive

Showcases production assets developed for the universe of THE MATRIX, including concept artwork, storyboards, drawings, music videos, TV spots and trailers, plus a special preview of THE MATRIX Online, a new multi-player online gaming experience.

BASICS

 


TROY DEBUTS ON A TWO-DISC DVD FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO JANUARY 4

The $491 Million Worldwide ($133 Million Domestic), Box Office Hit Directed By Wolfgang Petersen, Features An All-Star Cast Including Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, Eric Bana, Brian Cox, Sean Bean, Brendan Gleeson And Peter O'Toole

Two-Disc DVD Loaded with Groundbreaking Bonus Features Including Two Featurettes, a Documentary About the Discovery of Ancient Trojan Ruins and an Eye-Popping 3-D Photo Gallery

On January 4th, experience the larger-than-life epic adventure, TROY, coming to DVD and VHS from Warner Home Video. Starring an A-list cast including Academy Award®-nominated Brad Pitt (Ocean's Eleven, Fight Club), Eric Bana (Hulk, Black Hawk Down), Orlando Bloom (The Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean), Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity, The Ring), Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Big Empty), Brendan Gleeson (Cold Mountain, Gangs of New York), Academy Award®-nominated Peter O'Toole (Reindeer Games), and directed by Academy Award®-nominated Wolfgang Petersen (The Perfect Storm, Outbreak), this two-disc DVD will make history.

DVD bonus features include: a spectacular behind-the-scenes featurette, In The Thick of the Battle, that shows the creation of TROY's epic battle sequences; a documentary, From Ruins to Reality, that explores how the ruins of ancient Troy were unearthed, and how TROY's production design magicians created their own version of this breathtaking, legendary city; a featurette, Troy: An Effects Odyssey, that reveals the secrets of TROY's mesmerizing visual and sound effects; and Gallery of the Gods, a 3-D tour of Mount Olympus and introduction to the gods and goddess of Ancient Greece.

TROY will be available at $29.95 SRP on DVD in both widescreen and full frame formats. VHS pricing information is available upon request. "An action spectacle of weight, splendor and vast entertainment value" (Rex Reed, New York Observer), TROY has received praise from critics nationwide. TROY has been called is "tremendously entertaining" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone), "enormous and awe-inspiring" (Christy Lemire, Associated Press), with "some of the best battle scenes in a long time" (Ebert & Roeper).

DVD ELEMENTS

The two-disc DVD release of TROY conquers all with compelling bonus features including:

Disc One

Disc Two

SYNOPSIS

Brad Pitt picks up a sword and brings a muscular, brooding presence to the role of Greek warrior Achilles in this spectacular retelling of The Iliad. Orlando Bloom and Diane Kruger play the legendary lovers who plunge the world into war, Eric Bana portrays the prince who dares to confront Achilles, and Peter O'Toole rules Troy as King Priam. Director Wolfgang Petersen recreates a long-ago world of bireme warships, clashing armies, the massive fortress city and the towering Trojan Horse.

BASICS

 


FRANKENFISH EMERGING ON DVD OCTOBER 26, 2004

Welcome to the Bottom of the Food Chain

From Mark A.Z. Dippe, the director of the critically-acclaimed horror-thriller, Spawn, comes a whole new breed of terror - FRANKENFISH!

The film stars Tory Kittles (Phone Booth, Against The Ropes, Tigerland), China Chow (The Big Hit, Spun ), Muse Watson (Lolita, American Outlaws) and Tomas Arana (Gladiator, LA Confidential). Based on the real-life aquatic invader in Florida, the snakehead fish, FRANKENFISH turns biological creepiness into all-out terror through skillful state-of-the-art CGI.  Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will release FRANKENFISH on DVD and VHS (rental) October 26, 2004.

Synopsis

When a deadly fish, illegally smuggled out of Asia, gets free and finds its way to a Louisiana bayou, a motley group of people from a small houseboat community in the middle of a swamp find themselves under attack by the vicious creature.  Even as they make a daring escape to a nearby island, to their horror, they discover that this fish can actually stalk them on land as well!

FRANKENFISH DVD:

 


FACING WINDOWS DEBUTING ON DVD NOVEMBER 2

Winner, 5 Italian Academy Awards, Including Best Picture Official Selection, Venice Film Festival Official Selection, Toronto Film Festival

FACING WINDOWS (La Finestra di Fronte), the romantically lush and seductively sweet, critically-acclaimed Italian film will be released on DVD and VHS (rental) November 2, 2004 by Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.  FACING WINDOWS was the recipient of five David di Donatello Awards (the "Italian Oscars"), including Best Actor for Massimo Girotti, Best Actress for Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Best Film and Best Music, in addition to being honored as Official Selection in both the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals and received awards for Best Actress, Best Original Story and Best Song by the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists.  Ms. Mezzogiorno was also awarded Best Actress at the Bangkok International Film Festival. As Dennis Dermody describes in PAPER MAGAZINE, the film is, "an intensely romantic confection that keeps surprising you with its insights and loveliness."

Synopsis

Giovanna, though still very young, has been married to her devoted husband Filippo for nine years. She divides her time between her job at the poultry factory, looking after her two children, and baking cakes for the local cafe, bearing the weight of responsibility on her shoulders. The strain on Giovanna is increased when Filippo, in his kindness, brings home a refined elderly gentleman who has lost his memory. In trying to help this man Giovanna reluctantly spends more and more time with him, slowly uncovering clues to the mystery of his buried past: a number tattooed onto his forearm, his expertise in the art of the patisserie and the name, Simon... Increasingly irritated by her husband's softness, her fantasies of the ideal are projected onto the handsome mysterious neighbor whom she watches in the hope of adding a little excitement to her life.

FACING WINDOWS DVD:

 


THE HARVEST DEBUTS ON DVD OCTOBER 26, 2004

Urban legend meets film noir edginess in writer/director David Marconi's (Enemy of the State) thriller, THE HARVEST, debuting on DVD October 26, 2004 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.  Starring Miguel Ferrer (Traffic, TV's "Crossing Jordan"), Leilani Sarelle (Shag, Basic Instinct) and Harvey Fierstein (Independence Day, Mrs. Doubtfire), THE HARVEST explores the frightening concept of organ theft, one of the oft-told urban legends that haunt the modern psyche.  Marconi's script twists through a creepy Mexican underworld with a complex, edgy Tarantino-esque narrative structure, following a down-on-his-luck, pill-popping, hard-drinking Hollywood screenwriter sent to Mexico to research his floundering project and instead wakes up with one less kidney.

Synopsis

When disillusioned writer Charlie (Miguel Ferrer) travels to Mexico to research a bizarre spate of murders, he is dragged into a nightmare world of intrigue, seduction and murder. Seduced by Natalie (Leilani Sarelle), Charlie's life changes forever. Abducted and drugged, he awakes to discover that one of his kidneys has been "harvested" by a ruthless gang involved in the illegal trade of body parts. He flees, setting out to find Natalie before his abductors return to reap the rest of their deadly harvest. Based around true events, THE HARVEST is a violent and sexy film that's compulsive to watch.

THE HARVEST DVD:

 


WARNER HOME VIDEO TO RELEASE NFL HISTORY OF THE NEW YORK GIANTS ON DVD SEPTEMBER 7

Big Blue Fanatics Kick off the 2004 Season with the Release of NFL HISTORY OF THE NEW YORK GIANTS on DVD

Are you ready for some football? Warner Home Video (WHV) and the National Football League (NFL) sure think you are as they release NFL HISTORY OF THE NEW YORK GIANTS on September 7, 2004 marking the unofficial start to the 2004-05 season. The DVD will be available in a two-disc collector's set for the low price of $26.95 SRP per set.

Relive "Big Blue's" illustrious history, which follows the New York Giants from the early days of the franchise through the 2004 NFL draft and 2004 mini-camp. Bonus disc is the NFL Films production of the 1958 Championship game in which the Giants played the Colts in a see-saw battle for the title. This game is considered by many sports historians as "the greatest game ever" and launched the New York Giants to the front lines of New York sports.

NFL HISTORY OF THE NEW YORK GIANTS features more than three hours of spectacular highlights from their inception to the Eli Manning era on 2 action-packed discs. These DVDs are loaded with special features including:

Bonus Features:

 


NFL HISTORY OF THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES ON DVD SEPTEMBER 7

Eagle Fanatics Kick off the 2004 Season with the Release of NFL HISTORY OF THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLESs on DVD

Are you ready for some football? Warner Home Video (WHV) and the National Football League (NFL) sure think you are as they release NFL HISTORY OF THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES on September 7, 2004 marking the unofficial start to the 2004-05 season. The DVD will be available in a two-disc collector's set for the low price of $26.95 SRP per set.

Finally, Philadelphia Eagles fans can watch the exciting history of their favorite team that follows the Eagles from the day they became an NFL franchise through their 2003-2004 playoff run. Bonus disc is the NFL Films production on the Fans of the Eagles and the Farewell to Veterans Stadium. 

NFL History of the Philadelphia features more than three hours of spectacular highlights from their inception to the Donavan McNabb era on 2 action-packed discs. These DVDs are loaded with special features including: Bonus Features:

All Time Greats

The All-Time Great Personalities

The Coaches

The Championships

The Bizarre

The Rivalry

 


NFL HISTORY OF THE OAKLAND RAIDERS ON DVD SEPTEMBER 7

Silver and Black Fanatics Kick off the 2004 Season with the Release of NFL HISTORY OF THE OAKLAND RAIDERS on DVD

Are you ready for some football? Warner Home Video (WHV) and the National Football League (NFL) sure think you are as they release NFL HISTORY OF THE OAKLAND RAIDERS on September 7, 2004 marking the unofficial start to the 2004-05 season. The DVD will be available in a two-disc collector's set for the low price of $26.95 SRP per set.

The "Silver & Black" are back, this time in a two-disc set that celebrates the glorious history of the Oakland Raiders from their inception to their years in Los Angeles and their return to glory in Oakland. Bonus disc is the NFL Films production of the 1977 "Ghost to the Post" game in which the Raiders beat the Colts in a playoff overtime thriller.

NFL HISTORY OF THE OAKLAND RAIDERS features more than three hours of spectacular highlights from their inception to the Jerry Rice era on 2 action-packed discs. These DVDs are loaded with special features including:

Bonus Features:

Al Davis Retrospective

 

08/24/04

RADIO FLYER PREMIERES ON DVD OCTOBER 12

Elijah Wood, Joseph Mazzello and Lorraine Bracco Star in this Uniquely Heartwarming and Heartbreaking Film, Narrated by Tom Hanks

On October 12, 2004, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will release RADIO FLYER on DVD.  The film features narration by Academy Award®-winner Tom Hanks and stars Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings Trilogy), Joseph Mazzello (Jurassic Park, Simon Birch), Lorraine Bracco (Goodfellas, TV's "The Sopranos"), Oscar®- winner Ben Johnson (Best Supporting Actor, The Last Picture Show) and John Heard ( Home Alone, In the Line of Fire).  Directed by Richard Donner (The Omen, Lethal Weapon) with a script by David Mickey Evans (The Sandlot, Ed), RADIO FLYER is a sensitive movie brimming with all the heartache and joy of childhood, leading ROLLING STONE to enthuse, "Evans's thoughtful script and the uncliched performances of Wood and Mazzello exert a powerful grip. The film stays with you."

Synopsis

Elijah Wood and Joseph Mazzello co-star as Bracco's two young sons, devoted brothers who escape their chaotic family life with dreams of flying.  Inspired by a local legend, they attempt to build a working airplane.  And in the process of transforming their ordinary red wagon into a fantastical flying machine, they transform their own lives into an extraordinary adventure.  RADIO FLYER is a moving story of a family torn apart by violence - and healed by imagination.

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THE WACKIEST SHIP IN THE ARMY SETS SAIL ON DVD OCTOBER 12

Jack Lemmon (Some Like it Hot, Grumpy Old Men) and 1950s teen heartthrob singer/actor and Golden Globe Nominee  Ricky Nelson (1959, Most Promising Newcomer) get that sinking feeling when they pilot THE WACKIEST SHIP IN THE ARMY, a hilarious comedy adventure available on DVD October 12 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.  In this WWII comedy, Jack Lemmon plays a young lieutenant who finally gets command of his own ship - a small, ragged sailboat with an inexperienced crew and a mission to sail through Japanese-controlled waters to pick up an Australian spy.

Synopsis

During World War II, the Army recruits Navy Officer Rip Crandall (Lemmon) to command a battered old schooner for a top secret mission. Masquerading as a Japanese fishing boat, this nautical nightmare must smuggle a spy through the mine-infested waters of the South Pacific. Unfortunately for Crandall, he has inherited a wild crew of butter-fingered landlubbers, including First Officer Tommy Hanson (Nelson). Can the dedicated Lieutenant whip these comically inexperienced gobs into shape in time to carry out their perilous mission? For gales of laughter, take a riotous cruise aboard THE WACKIEST SHIP IN THE ARMY!

THE WACKIEST SHIP IN THE ARMY DVD:

 


BETTY BLUE DIRECTOR’S CUT AVAILABLE ON DVD OCTOBER 12

Academy Award Nominee, Best Foreign Film; BAFTA Award Nominee, Best Foreign Film; Golden Globe Nominee, Best Foreign Film

At the time of its release, BETTY BLUE was lavished with prestigious awards and praise, including three "Best Foreign Film" nominations from the Oscars®, the Golden Globes and BAFTA, as well as eight César nominations in its native France.  It was awarded two prizes at the Montreal World Film Festival, one for "Most Popular Film".  On October 12, 2004, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will release the BETTY BLUE DIRECTOR’S CUT on DVD.  Starring Jean-Hugues Anglade (La Femme Nikita, Killing Zoe) and the stunningly beautiful Béatrice Dalle (Night on Earth), BETTY BLUE is a complex, passionate and sometimes disturbing depiction of love that, at the time of its release, became one of the most controversial and talked-about French films ever.  As Rita Kempley wrote in the WASHINGTON POST, "we are seduced, suckered and artistically terrorized by the gruesome twists of this stylish, witty and ultimately nihilistic lover's portrait."

Synopsis

Zorg was living a quiet and peaceful life until Betty, a young woman who's as beautiful as she is wild and unpredictable, walks in.  When Betty's wild manners start to get out of control, Zorg sees the woman he loves slowly going insane.  When their relationship turns to the worst, can his love prevail?

BETTY BLUE DIRECTOR’S CUT DVD:

 


GEORGE CARLIN: COMPLAINTS & GRIEVANCES ON DVD SEPTEMBER 28!

George Carlin's twelfth HBO special Complaints & Grievances will be released by MPI Home Video on DVD and VHS on September 28, 2004. Complaints & Grievances aired as a live broadcast from New York City's Beacon Theater and delivers a heavy dose of Carlin's brusque style of comedy. Routines include "9/11 Solutions," "People Who Oughta Be Killed," "Gun Enthusiasts" and many more of Carlin's trademark observations on the quirkiness of human behavior. Carlin's brand of provocative sociopolitical commentary and scathing comic style has earned him four Grammy awards, most recently in 2002 for Napalm and Silly Putty. He was also the first-ever host of NBC's Saturday Night Live, and has starred in twelve HBO stand-up comedy specials.

The comedian-philosopher has also released numerous albums, published two books and recently appeared in the movie Jersey Girl. Carlin is currently performing to sold-out audiences at venues across the country and is working on his thirteenth HBO special "Right Near Broadway" due to air in the fall of 2005. Complaints & Grievances will be available to local retailers on September 28, 2004.

GEORGE CARLIN: COMPLAINTS & GRIEVANCES

 

08/10/04

TEEN TITANS: DIVIDE AND CONQUER AND STATIC SHOCK: THE NEW KID FIRST-EVER EPISODE COMPILATIONS FROM THESE POPULAR WB ANIMATION SERIES PREMIERING SEPTEMBER 28 ON DVD FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

THE YOUNG SUPER HEROES™ OF TOMORROW JOIN FORCES TO LAUNCH THE NEW “DC COMICS KIDS COLLECTION”

A new young breed of Super Heroes comes to life when Warner Home Video (WHV) debuts the adventures of today’s coolest pint-sized heroes with the premiere of the first two releases in the all-new “DC Comics Kids Collection” series.  Available to own for the first time ever on September 28, 2004, TEEN TITANS: DIVIDE AND CONQUER and STATIC SHOCK: THE NEW KID, both featuring six action-packed episodes from Season One of these popular animated TV series, will be priced at $19.97 SRP (DVD) and $8.93 SRP (VHS).

“Appealing to a whole new generation of younger comic book readers, both of these animated series based on popular DC Comics characters have been a huge hit with Boys 6-11,” said Christine Martinez, WHV, Vice President, Non-theatrical Franchise Marketing.  “DC Comics has consistently created a vast universe of remarkable characters that endure for generations, and we are certain these action-packed episode compilations will provide further excitement for fans of all ages.”

The Kids Are All Fight!

In a future marked by intergalactic strife and interplanetary battles, five teenage Super Heroes each with special powers – Robin The Boy Wonder, Beast Boy, Cyborg, Raven and Starfire – unite to form a defensive force to protect the Earth from a new generation of villains…all while coping with the everyday problems of adolescence.

Teen Titans first made their comic book debut in 1964 and soon grew into their own Teen Titans monthly series that ran for seven years.  The wildly successful revamped version of the original junior superhero formula, The New Teen Titans, which debuted in 1980 and became DC’s most popular comic book in the decade that followed, is the basis for the animated TV series.  Currently airing weekdays on Cartoon Network and Saturdays on Kids WB!, the release of TEEN TITANS: DIVIDE AND CONQUER features the following episodes:

TEEN TITANS DVD Special Features

Get a Real Charge from these Electrifying Comic Book Adventures!

Featuring the first African-American teenage superhero, STATIC SHOCK follows the exploits of quick-witted Virgil Hawkins, who after being exposed to a mutagenetic gas, becomes urban hero “Static.”  Virgil is charged with electromagnetic abilities allowing him to fire bolts from his fists and propel objects in the air.  As Static gains confidence, he embarks on a series of adventures to discover inner meaning and help make a positive impact on his community.  Along with his best friend Richie, who developed his own metahuman powers and assumed the guise of techno-wiz Gear, they have become the new justice-enforcing duo.

Based on the Milestone/DC Comics property and often featuring music from today’s hottest hip-hop artists, STATIC SHOCK is currently in its 4th season on Kids WB!.  Winner of the prestigious Humanitas Prize, STATIC SHOCK continues to break new ground in children’s television as the series confronts real problems and issues faced by today’s kids growing up in ethnically diverse urban neighborhoods.  STATIC SHOCK: THE NEW KID features the following episodes:

STATIC SHOCK DVD Special Features

BASICS

TEEN TITANS: DIVIDE AND CONQUER

STATIC SHOCK: THE NEW KID

 

08/08/04

THE MOST ANTICIPATED TV-TO-DVD OF ALL TIME IS ANYTHING BUT NOTHING! SEINFELD: THE FIRST THREE SEASONS

“The #1 Show of All Time”1 Never Looked So Good All 40 Episodes, Now in High Definition, Available November 23  in Two Individual Volumes or as a Deluxe Gift Set

Approximately 24 Hours of Bonus Features from the Creative Forces Behind the Show Include All-New Documentaries, Interviews and Commentaries with Jerry, Larry David, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards and Jason Alexander, Deleted Scenes, Gag Reels and More

Considered one of the most innovative, popular and successful TV comedy series of all time and now the most anticipated TV-to-DVD ever, SEINFELD, the show about nothing, finally debuts on DVD November 23 – newly enhanced in high definition.  SEINFELD will be available from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment in two volumes or as a deluxe holiday Gift Set (not to be “re-gifted”), which includes a limited edition script with handwritten notes from Larry David, exclusive “Monk’s Diner” salt & pepper shakers and collectible playing cards.  Volumes 1 and 2 will be sold individually at the suggested list price of $49.95 each and the gift set at $119.95. 

SEINFELD will look and sound better than ever.  To provide the best picture and sound quality possible, Castle Rock Entertainment, which produced the show, returned to the original film elements and spent many months digitally remastering every episode in high definition; the original analog audio tracks went through a similar process.  SEINFELD: VOLUME 1 includes all 18 episodes of seasons one and two on four discs and SEINFELD: VOLUME 2, also on four discs, includes all 22 episodes from season three.  Each volume will be loaded with approximately 12 hours of exclusive special features from the creative talents behind the show, including a full- length documentary, extensive creator, cast and production commentaries, bloopers, deleted scenes, exclusive never-before-seen Jerry Seinfeld stand-up comedy footage and trivia pertinent to each season.  Both releases feature the original NBC network versions, 1-2 minutes longer than the syndicated versions and not seen since their original broadcast runs.  Additionally, Volume 1 features two versions of the original pilot episode.

Gregory M. Paul, President and Chief Operating Officer of Castle Rock, said, “We are thrilled to see the show looking so terrific in this remarkable new DVD release.  I’m confident it will satisfy the show’s loyal fans as well as bring in a whole new generation of viewers.”

Said SEINFELD executive producer Howard West, “This is something George [Shapiro, also a Seinfeld exec producer] and I never could have imagined when the show began.  To have this opportunity to go back, restore the elements, revive Jerry’s unused stand-up, bring the talent back to chat about the show and then see the original episodes with high-definition images has been a thrill for all of us.  I think we’ve more than met the challenge of DVD and have made every effort to stay true to the essence of Jerry’s unique brand of comedy which has become so deeply a part of mainstream American culture.” 

Benjamin Feingold, President of Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment noted, “We’re delighted to be working with the Castle Rock team and the SEINFELD creators on this DVD release which we expect to become the #1 TV-to-DVD of all time.  We’re particularly happy for the fans, who have inundated us with an overwhelming number of letters and e-mails in recent years, indicating this is the title for which they’ve waited the longest.”

About SEINFELD

SEINFELD, which aired on NBC for nine years, focuses on four single friends living in New York.  At the core of the group is Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld), a stand-up comedian whose professional path includes a shot at creating a network sitcom, a guest spot on the “Today” show, a wealth of other experiences gone awry and a personal life rife with an endless parade of never-quite-right girlfriends.  His childhood best friend, George Costanza (Jason Alexander), could be deemed the quintessential loser: he can never hold on to a job or a girlfriend… although he has more than enough schemes for trying to make both happen. Jerry’s ex, Elaine Benes (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) offers her own string of bad dates and worrisome workplace sagas.  And lastly, there’s

curiously-coiffed Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards) -- Jerry’s over-the-top, offbeat and often mysterious neighbor, with no visible means of support and an uncanny knack for opening doors to opportunities he has no business being near.

One only has to mention Superman or the Soup Nazi, Jujyfruits or Junior Mints, Festivus or Manziers or Low- or Close-Talkers to be reminded of the show’s peerless plots, quips and characters.  SEINFELD was also noted for coining many phrases that have since come into commonplace usage: “Master of your domain,” “Yada, yada, yada,” “Sponge-worthy,” “Not that there’s anything wrong with that,” “Double-dipping,” “Re-gifting” and “manhands,” among countless others.

SEINFELD changed the landscape of TV forever, leaving the air in 1998 as the number one

Nielsen-rated show in both comedy and drama.  Nominated for an incredible 57 Emmy Awards®, SEINFELD won a total of 13, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. TV Guide ranked it #1 on its list of “50 Greatest Shows of All Time.”

The Extra Features

Each Volume contains the following extra features, tailored to the episodes included in the particular set.

Additional features include:

VOLUME 1

VOLUME 2 

TITLE INFORMATION

Cast:  Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards and Jason Alexander
Director: Art Wolff (Pilot), Tom Cherones (Seasons 1 & 2)
Executive Producers: Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David, George Shapiro, Howard West and Fred Barron
SEINFELD: VOLUME 1: Run Time: Over 7 hours. (437 mins) / Not Rated / Full screen Format
SEINFELD: VOLUME 2: Run Time: Over 8 hours. (505 mins) / Not Rated / Full screen Format
SEINFELD: RE-GIFT SET: Includes Volumes 1 & 2 plus exclusive gift items.

 


GONE WITH THE WIND FOUR DISC COLLECTOR’S EDITION NOVEMBER 9 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

The Greatest Motion Picture of All Time is Now the DVD Event of the Year!

Digitally Restored in Dazzling “Ultra Resolution,” New DVD Release Features More Than Five Hours of Extra Features and a Full-Color Reproduction of the Original Souvenir Program

Highlights of Special Features are “Melanie Remembers …,” Olivia de Havilland’s personal recollections produced exclusively for the new DVD set, and the DVD debut of “The Making of a Legend,” acclaimed documentary with revealing behind-the-scenes material and rare screen tests

It’s the most celebrated motion picture of all time, winner of 10 Academy Awards® including Best Picture, holds the record for the biggest worldwide box office gross in movie history  and has sold more than 8.5 million units for Warner Home Video (WHV).  Now, on November 9, Warner Home Video (WHV) introduces the GONE WITH THE WIND FOUR DISC COLLECTOR’S EDITION, stunningly restored on DVD with Warner’s patent-pending “Ultra-Resolution” technology, complete with two discs of outstanding features including rare screen and costume tests in “The Making of a Legend” documentary, star profiles and an exclusive new in-depth documentary with star Olivia de Havilland.  With a total of four discs, the special set will be available for only $39.92 SRP.

Each GONE WITH THE WIND FOUR DISC COLLECTOR’S EDITION DVD will include a stunning full-color reproduction of the original 22-page souvenir booklet that was sold during premiere road-show engagements from 1939 through 1941. 

The movie features a remastered soundtrack in Dolby Digital 5.1 and extensive bonus content, all new to DVD and featured on two of the four discs.  Highlights of the bonus material include the all-new 45-minute documentary, Melanie Remembers: Olivia de Havilland Recalls GONE WITH THE WIND and the critically-acclaimed 1989 documentary The Making of a Legend: GONE WITH THE WIND, produced by L. Jeffrey and Daniel Mayer Selznick, the sons of GWTW’s legendary producer.  In addition, 1939 Atlanta Premiere footage as well as footage from the 1961 Civil War Centennial re-premiere in Atlanta with Selznick, Leigh and de Havilland; a 66 minute documentary on Clark Gable; and a 45 minute documentary on Vivien Leigh will also be included. 

Warner’s “Ultra-Resolution” process -- which allows today’s viewers to see parts of the images which were never visible before and contains much sharper detail than in conventional Technicolor release prints -- has been used for three other major WHV releases -- Singin’ in the Rain, The Adventures of Robin Hood and Meet Me in St. Louis.

Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard and Ms. de Havilland star in GONE WITH THE WIND, which for more than a half century has thrilled audiences with its eternal love affair -- set in the South against the backdrop of the Civil War -- between handsome Rhett Butler (Gable) and his sassy, headstrong heroine Scarlett O’Hara (Leigh). With each new generation, GONE WITH THE WIND continues to grow in popularity as new audiences discover and embrace the David O. Selznick production of Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

Ms. de Havilland earned her first Academy Award® nomination for her performance as the sweet Melanie Hamilton. During her illustrious career, she captured four more Oscar nominations, winning two statuettes (for To Each His Own and The Heiress).  Ms. de Havilland currently enjoys a quiet retirement in Paris, France.  

DVD special features include more than five hours of bonus content, all new to DVD:

Discs 1 and 2 (the film)

Disc 3

Disc 4

GONE WITH THE WIND FOUR DISC COLLECTOR’S EDITION

 


THE O.C.: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON AVAILABLE OCTOBER 26 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

Hit Primetime Series is Available For the First Time Ever on DVD in a Collectible Seven-Disc Set Featuring All 27 Episodes with Bonus Materials Including Deleted Scenes, Three Featurettes, and THE O.C. Music Guide.

Surf, sand, sex and scandal…The rich and glamorous city of Newport Beach, California is the setting for THE O.C., one of today’s most hip and edgy television series making its way to DVD on October 26 in a collectible seven-disc set featuring all 27 episodes from Season One.  If you missed the first season, here is the chance to introduce yourselves to the hottest new show of the 2003-04 television season.  THE O.C. stars hot young newcomers Mischa Barton, Benjamin McKenzie, Adam Brody, Rachel Bilson and Chris Carmack, as well as seasoned veterans, Peter Gallagher (American Beauty, Short Cuts), Tate Donovan (Murder at 1600), Kelly Rowan (Three to Tango), and Melinda Clarke (Mulholland Falls). Indulge in one of television’s most guilty pleasures, THE O.C.: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON, only five months following the first season finale and 1 week before the November 4th second season premiere on Fox.  The DVD is priced to own at $69.98.

THE O.C. is a story of father/son and husband/wife relationships and the coming of age of three young people.  When Ryan Atwood (McKenzie), a tough, guarded fiercely intelligent teenager, plunges headlong into the wealthy, privileged community of Newport Beach, he soon discovers that the ruling families of Orange County are every bit as territorial as the tough crowd with which he ran on the streets of Chino.  For Sandy Cohen (Gallagher), the patient, pro-bono public defender who takes Ryan in; his wife, Kirsten (Rowan), the linchpin of O.C. society; their awkward adolescent son, Seth (Brody) – Ryan’s presence will forever change their lives.  Meanwhile, Marissa Cooper (Barton), the heartbreakingly beautiful girl next door who is dating her classmate Luke Ward (Carmack), seems to glide through life effortlessly--that is, until the indiscretions of her wealthy father, Jimmy (Donovan) threaten to break her world apart, along with that of her mother, Julie (Clarke).

“Just five months after the season finale, we are able to bring THE O.C.: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON DVD to viewers’ homes and introduce the series to those that missed the hottest new show of last season, one that quickly became a cultural phenomenon,” said Christine Martinez, WHV Vice President, Non-theatrical Franchise Marketing.  “Bringing quality television series that appeal to all audiences, such as THE O.C., to the DVD marketplace is a goal we strive to achieve with each new release we have.”

DVD Special Features

BASICS

 

08/04/04

JUST IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN… SEVEN HORROR FAVORITES BECOME AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON DVD

Tony Scott and Tom Hanks’ First Features Along with an Early Roman Polanski Masterpiece and Four Other Cult Classics Debut on DVD October 5

Stock up for Halloween with seven classic scary films.   On October 5, Warner Home Video debuts THE HUNGER, HE KNOWS YOU’RE ALONE, FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD PART II and the entire IT’S ALIVE! trilogy featuring IT’S ALIVE!, IT LIVES AGAIN and IT’S ALIVE III: ISLAND OF THE ALIVE (latter two on one disc).  All six DVDs will sell for $19.97 SRP.

THE HUNGER - Director Tony Scott’s debut film features an all-star cast including Susan Sarandon, David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve.  This film centers on Miriam Blaylock (Deneuve), a centuries-old vampire, who preys on urban club goers with her vampire lover John (Bowie).  When John suddenly ages and wastes away, Miriam casts her spell on Sarah (Sarandon), a doctor who researches premature aging, and goes on a feeding rampage with her new partner.

THE HUNGER DVD special features include:

HE KNOWS YOU’RE ALONE stars a 24-year-old Tom Hanks in his feature film debut.  As New York women make preparations for their impending marriages, more and more are turning up dead.  Detectives soon discover that women are the target of a psychotic maniac.

HE KNOWS YOU’RE ALONE DVD special features include:

IT’S ALIVE! - One of the great cult films of the ‘70s follows a couple who become the parents of a seemingly ordinary baby boy.  However, the infant turns out to be a grotesque monster who embarks upon a grisly killing spree throughout Los Angeles.  Featuring makeup by Academy Award®- winner Rick Baker (The Ring, Men in Black) and music from Academy Award®-winner Bernard Hermann (Hitchcock’s Spellbound, Psycho), IT’S ALIVE! is the first film in the legendary horror trilogy from writer/director Larry Cohen.

IT’S ALIVE! DVD special features include:

IT’S ALIVE II & III - The final two films in the IT’S ALIVE! trilogy continue the saga of the homicidal mutant infants from the original IT’S ALIVE!  IT LIVES AGAIN stars Frederic Forrest and Kathleen Lloyd as parents who realize that perhaps the only way to stop the mutant’s deadly spree is to become the bait for their own monster/child.  Michael Moriarty and Karen Black star in IT’S ALIVE III: ISLAND OF THE ALIVE, the final installment of the classic horror trilogy.  This time the now global terrors are rounded up and relocated to a far-flung island - but not for long.

IT’S ALIVE II & III double-feature DVD special features include:

THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS - Academy Award®-winner Roman Polanski’s vampire horror-parody spoof is widely lauded as one of the director’s masterpieces.  Polanski also stars in the film as Alfred, the bumbling assistant to vampire hunter Professor Abronsius.  After the two men arrive in a small village in search of vampires, Alfred falls for an innkeeper's beautiful daughter (Sharon Tate), but she is soon snatched by a vampire.  To rescue her, Alfred and the professor must confront the fearsome vampire Count Von Krolock.

THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS DVD special features include:

RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD PART II - From the highly popular Living Dead franchise, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD PART II, is the first sequel to the zombie classic Return of the Living Dead.  A gang of kids accidentally release a mysterious gas that wakes up the inhabitants of an adjacent graveyard.  The zombies want only one thing and that's BRAINS and there are plenty of them in the local town which has been sealed off by the army.

RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD PART II DVD special features include:

 


MARY-KATE OLSEN AND ASHLEY OLSEN TAKE ON THE BIG APPLE IN A NEW YORK MINUTE ON DVD AUGUST 17

DVD Special Features Include Bloopers, Alternate Endings, "In A NEW YORK MINUTE" Behind-the-Scenes Featurette, Mary-Kate and Ashley's Behind-the-Scenes Slide Show and More!

On August 17, take a trip with Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen to the Big Apple for big adventures and big laughs in the Warner Home Video DVD/VHS release of NEW YORK MINUTE. Experience the madness of Manhattan with teen superstars Mary-Kate and Ashley and co-stars Eugene Levy (American Pie), Andy Richter (Andy Richter Controls The Universe), Jared Padalecki (Gilmore Girls), Riley Smith (Radio), with special appearances by Darrell Hammond (Saturday Night Live), Andrea Martin (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and Jack Osbourne (The Osbournes). With DVD special features including bloopers, alternate endings, a behind-the-scenes featurette, a slide show and more, NEW YORK MINUTE is "a movie the whole family can enjoy" (Lisa Breckenridge, Fox 11, Los Angeles).

NEW YORK MINUTE will be available on both widescreen and full frame DVD formats for sale at $27.95 SRP and on VHS for $19.96 SRP.

SYNOPSIS

Mary-Kate and Ashley take their sister act to the next level with the delightful comedy NEW YORK MINUTE. Top student Jane Ryan (Ashley) heads to Manhattan for a college-scholarship competition. Her rebellious sister Roxy Ryan (Mary-Kate) goes along to crash a video shoot. But anything can happen - and does - in a romp involving a pursuing truant officer (Eugene Levy), a smuggler (Andy Richter), a couple of cute guys (Jared Padalecki, Riley Smith) and the realization that when the chips are down, a sister can be the best friend of all.

DVD ELEMENTS

Loaded with DVD bonus features including:

 


BREAKIN’ ALL THE RULES DEBUTING ON SPECIAL EDITION DVD OCTOBER 12

When It Comes To Getting Dumped, He Wrote The Book... Jamie Foxx, Gabrielle Union and Morris Chestnut Star in the Hysterical Urban Comedy

In the tradition of Two Can Play That Game and Deliver Us From Eva comes BREAKIN’ ALL THE RULES, a hysterical comedy about love, sex, and romance.  Written and directed by Daniel Taplitz (Commandments), BREAKIN’ ALL THE RULES stars funnyman Jamie Foxx (Any Given Sunday, upcoming Collateral), Morris Chestnut (The Brothers, Half Past Dead) and Gabrielle Union (Bad Boys II, Bring It On).  A comical look into the relationships and heartbreaks between the sexes, BREAKIN’ ALL THE RULES will premiere on VHS (rental) and Special Edition DVD on October 12 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Synopsis:

Breaking up is never easy.  For Quincy Watson (Foxx) it is just another misfortune added on to his list of problems.  After getting fired from his job and dumped by his girlfriend, Quincy has motivation to do nothing else but sit at home and write anguished letters to his ex telling her how bad he feels over how tactlessly she ended their relationship.  His cousin Evan (Chestnut) is the publisher of a popular men's magazine and persuades Quincy into transforming his letters into an instructional book about how to successfully break up with your girlfriend.  Quincy becomes an instant expert on the subject and his book tops the best-seller charts.  The problems start to arise when Quincy starts doing the dirty work for his friends - he goes as far as showing up in the place of Evan to break up with his girlfriend Nicky (Union).  What unravels after this is a hilarious whirlwind of mistaken identities and romantic confusions, but when Nicky finds out what Quincy is up to, the tables are turned and a heated battle of the sexes is underway!

BREAKIN’ ALL THE RULES SPECIAL EDITION DVD INCLUDES:

 


OVER 30 YEARS AFTER THE ORIGINAL PERFORMANCE WARNER HOME VIDEO BRINGS "WATTSTAX - THE SPECIAL EDITION" TO MUSIC FANS ON SEPTEMBER 7 WITH THE ORIGINAL "LOST" ENDING AND ADDITIONAL NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN FOOTAGE!

Legendary Isaac Hayes Performances of the "Theme from Shaft" and "Soulsville" Conclude this Fully Restored and Digitally Remastered DVD Production!

Special Features Include audio commentaries by Chuck D, Isaac Hayes, Al Bell and others.

On August 20, 1972, more than 100,000 people gathered in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for a seven-hour concert that became a cultural phenomenon known as "The Black Woodstock." Now, more than 30 years later, Warner Home Video will release WATTSTAX - THE SPECIAL EDITION, the film that documented this historic event. Available on home video for the first time, this 30th anniversary release includes Isaac Hayes' famous "lost" ending (seen only once, at the 1972 premiere), several audio commentaries, the original theatrical trailer as well as the 2003 Special Edition trailer and additional never-before-seen footage. WATTSTAX - THE SPECIAL EDITION is available on September 7, 2004 for $24.98 SRP.

WATTSTAX - THE SPECIAL EDITION was directed by Oscar nominee and four-time Emmy winner Mel Stuart who produced the film with Larry Shaw. Executive producers were Al Bell, former head of Stax Records and David L. Wolper.

DVD special features include:

"WATTSTAX was not only a concert, it was a cultural phenomenon, and the revolutionary performances represent the music of a generation," said Christine Martinez, WHV Vice President, Non-theatrical Franchise Marketing. "Loyal and passionate music fans will certainly embrace this long awaited release."

WATTSTAX was an all-day concert for the benefit of the Watts Summer Festival. Among the artists who performed were the Staple Singers, the Bar-Kays, Albert King, Rufus Thomas (leading the multitudes in the funky chicken), and Isaac Hayes. All of the artists appearing at the festival recorded for the legendary Memphis-based label Stax, which is synonymous with Southern soul music.  WATTSTAX the film intersperses concert footage with candid commentary by Watts residents and, in brilliant form, Richard Pryor. Elvis Mitchell wrote in the New York Times "feral in his swiftness; you can see the routines cooking up in his head."

In the summer of 2003, the 30th anniversary of the WATTSTAX film's release, the newly remastered WATTSTAX film enjoyed a brief theatrical fun in major American markets. In January 2003, the picture had made its film festival debut at Sundance and was selected for inclusion in the prestigious Sundance Collection. WATTSTAX also screened at film festivals throughout the year in Atlanta, London, Seattle and Los Angeles.

Dedicated fans of WATTSTAX have been anxiously waiting more than thirty years to own the film that documents this landmark cultural event. The film has managed to maintain a fervent following, even though it has been virtually unavailable since its initial showing. The 30th Anniversary Special Edition has been carefully remastered in cooperation with the filmmakers, guaranteeing superlative picture and sound. These phenomenal performances are sure to draw new fans when PBS broadcasts the film on "P.O.V." the week the DVD goes on sale. In addition, Fantasly/Stax Records will release a CD, "WATTSTAX: Highlights from the Soundtrack," with notes by DVD commentator Rob Bowman on August 31.

 


MPI MEDIA GROUP RELEASES RONALD REAGAN: AN AMERICAN LEGEND NEW ON DVD

RONALD REAGAN: AN AMERICAN LEGEND is now available on DVD and VHS from MPI Home Video. This special ABC News presentation, with segments from Barbara Walters and Ted Koppel, documents the life and political career of Ronald Reagan, one of America's greatest leaders and the 40th President of the United States.

The program covers three main aspects of the President's life. "Remembering Ronald Reagan" captures the essence of the man who was admired for both his toughness and charisma. Reagan's life story is told mainly through interviews with his children, other family members and journalists. The segment also includes candid, never-before-seen interviews with ABC News' Barbara Walters, documenting the leader's journey to the presidency from his birthplace in Dixon, Illinois to the White House and finally to his twilight years and battle with Alzheimer's disease.

The disc explores how Reagan came to be known as "The Great Communicator" in a segment titled, "The Reagan Letters." Reagan was a prolific writer who penned more than 6,000 letters over his lifetime. His son, Ron Jr., lends his voice to his father's correspondence that included letters to Vietnam veterans and foreign leaders.

"Farewell to the President" concludes with a recap of memorial services in Reagan's home state of California, as well as Washington D.C. and the internment ceremony at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California.

SPECIAL FEATURES are included on both the DVD and VHS editions, and focus on many of the key elements from Reagan's time in office, such as the Iran/Contra scandal, Reaganomics, the assassination attempt on his life and his loving relationship with his wife, Nancy Reagan. In addition, an ABC News ‘Nightline' production (His Critics and Admirers) with Ted Koppel is presented in its entirety. "Reagan's enduring popularity is a testament to his ability to maintain a sense humor, even during difficult times," said Malik B. Ali, COO, MPI Media Group. "He will always be admired for sharing his human side with the public."

RONALD REAGAN: AN AMERICAN LEGEND

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