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09/29/04

MARK YOUR BALLOTS: THE AWARD-WINNING THIRD SEASON OF THE WEST WING COMES TO DVD THIS ELECTION DAY!

Just in Time for the Holidays and Election Season, Warner Home Video Brings THE WEST WING: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON to Consumers With Loads of Added Bonuses, Including An Emmy-Winning Documentary Special, Deleted Scenes, Episode Commentaries and Much More...

Prepare to hit the campaign trail with President Josiah Bartlet when Warner Home Video (WHV) releases Season Three of the multiple Emmy Award-winning THE WEST WING on DVD November 2nd. The four-disc collector's set, will feature 22 episodes from the high-profile political drama's third season, including the Sorkin-scripted special episode following the tragic events of September 11th. The set will be available for $59.98 SRP and will include an extensive collection of never-before-seen bonus features.

Special features in the DVD set include:

"Aaron Sorkin has created one of the most outstanding depictions of American politics for the small screen. From season to season, this remarkable series has continued to receive an extraordinary reception from viewers and critics alike, while continuing to generate impressive ratings and amass award nominations and wins," said Christine Martinez, Vice President, Non-Theatrical Franchise Marketing, Warner Home Video. "THE WEST WING: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON continues to carry on those same wonderful qualities which have made the show such a hit amongst viewers, making it a must have DVD for any television fan."

THE WEST WING was created by award-winning writer, producer Aaron Sorkin ("Sports Night," "The American President,"), is directed by Thomas Schlamme ("Sports Night") as well as executive produced by John Wells, ("ER," "Third Watch") and features one of the most talented ensemble casts ever to star in a drama series.

THE WEST WING follows a fictitious U.S. President, his family and staff as they deal with the challenges and responsibilities of running The White House. The highly-talented cast includes Stockard Channing as First Lady Abigail Bartlet, Dulé Hill as President Bartlet's aide Charlie Young, Allison Janney as Press Secretary C.J. Cregg, Rob Lowe as White House Deputy Communications Director Sam Seaborn, Janel Moloney as Assistant to Deputy Chief of Staff Donna Moss, Richard Schiff as White House Director of Communications Toby Ziegler, Martin Sheen as President Josiah Bartlet, John Spencer as White House Chief of Staff Leo McGarry and Bradley Whitford as Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman.

From Bartlet's riveting re-election campaign to the Administration's attempts to thwart international terrorist threats, THE WEST WING: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON reveals the inner workings of The White House, while embracing issues relevant in today's political climate. This season also features the return of Season Two guest stars Emily Procter as Ainsley Hayes and Tim Matheson as Vice President John Hoynes. Additional guest appearances include Hal Holbrook, Oliver Platt, Mark Harmon, Laura Dern and James Brolin.

THE WEST WING's third season garnered 22 Emmy nominations and 5 wins, including Best Drama Series and Outstanding Special Episode. THE WEST WING has accumulated 4 Emmy wins for Outstanding Drama Series, one for each season on air. Season Three racked up other awards including Emmys for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Allison Janney, Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Stockard Channing and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for John Spencer.

 


THE CLASSIC FAIRY TALE WITH A MODERN TWIST-- A CINDERELLA STORY ARRIVES ON DVD OCTOBER 19

Starring America's 'Teen Queen' Hilary Duff, Chad Michael Murray, Jennifer Coolidge and Regina King

Enchanting DVD Special Features Include Additional Scenes, Hilary & Haylie Duff New Music Video, Cast Commentary, Screen Tests, Fashion Tips, Find Your Prince/Princess Challenge, and More!

The timeless tale gets a makeover in A CINDERELLA STORY, debuting on DVD and VHS from Warner Home Video (WHV) on October 19th. Every girl's favorite fairy tale - with a twist - stars pop star sensation Hilary Duff (The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Cheaper by the Dozen, Raise Your Voice), Chad Michael Murray (Freaky Friday, "One Tree Hill"), Jennifer Coolidge (American Pie films, Legally Blonde 1 & 2) and Regina King (Legally Blonde 2, Daddy Day Care). DVD special features "fit for a princess" include Additional Scenes, Hilary & Haylie Duff's Music Video "Our Lips Are Sealed", Cast Commentary, Screen Tests, Fashion Tips, Find Your Prince/Princess Challenge, and more! A CINDERELLA STORY will be available for $27.95 SRP on both widescreen and full frame DVD formats and at $22.99 SRP on VHS.

SYNOPSIS

Substitute a cell phone for a glass slipper, a convertible for a pumpkin, and an L.A. suburb for a kingdom far, far away and what do you get? A happily-ever-laughter twist on the Cinderella tale! Meet high school student Sam (Hilary Duff), who scrubs floors at a diner, copes with her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, and all the while dreams of Princeton (the perfect spot for a would-be princess to find a prince). But maybe she has a Prince Charming already: her anonymous e-mail buddy (Chad Michael Murray) who arranges to meet her at the Halloween dance. Sam panics when Mr. Anonymous turns out to be the coolest guy on campus. Can he love a girl who isn't part of the in crowd? Can fairy tales come true? Sure - but only if Sam stands up for herself and turns her dreams into reality.

DVD ELEMENTS

The DVD release of A CINDERELLA STORY will include these charming special features:

BASICS

 


WARNER HOME VIDEO ANNOUNCES THE GEORGE STEVENS CENTENNIAL CLASSICS AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON DVD

GUNGA DIN, I REMEMBER MAMA, GEORGE STEVENS: D-DAY TO BERLIN, GEORGE STEVENS: A FILMMAKER’S JOURNEY Plus Previously Released DVDs, GIANT, WOMAN OF THE YEAR and ALICE ADAMS also available as Coast to Coast Celebrations Commence Throughout the Year

All Seven Films Celebrating One of America's Most Acclaimed Filmmakers Available December 7

On December 7, Warner Home Video will celebrate the life and career of Academy Award®-winning director George Stevens with a seven film DVD collection featuring six of his most acclaimed works along with a moving portrait of his career directed by his son, George Stevens, Jr. Debuting on DVD, GUNGA DIN, I REMEMBER MAMA, GEORGE STEVENS: D-DAY TO BERLIN and GEORGE STEVENS: A FILMMAKER’S JOURNEY will each be available for $19.97 SRP. ALICE ADAMS and WOMAN OF THE YEAR will also be priced at $19.97 SRP and the GIANT Two-Disc Special Edition will sell for $26.99 SRP.

Born on December 18, 1904 in Oakland, California, Stevens began working in the film industry as a cameraman during the 1920s, shooting comedies, including Laurel and Hardy films, at the Hal Roach studio. Stevens went on to direct Katharine Hepburn in the 1935 film ALICE ADAMS, which proved he had a wider range than comedy. Stevens enjoyed continued success and three of his films, Swing Time, GUNGA DIN and Shane have come to be regarded as classic examples of their respective genres.

Stevens received five Academy Award nominations for directing and, in addition to his win for GIANT, also won the Oscar® for his work on A Place in the Sun. As a producer Stevens was nominated for four Oscars when the two aforementioned films, along with Shane and The Diary of Anne Frank, were nominated for Best Picture. Stevens also received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1953 and served as president of the Academy in 1958 and 1959.

Details of The George Stevens Collection Films

GUNGA DIN - This beloved Academy Award-nominated film stars Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. as three fun-loving soldiers in British India. When one of the soldiers wants to leave the service to get married, the other two trick him into completing one final mission which leaves them trapped in combat with a murderous sect in colonial India. Stevens masterfully mixes action and humor, making GUNGA DIN one of the ultimate Hollywood action-adventure comedies.

DVD Special Features Include:

I REMEMBER MAMA - Loosely based on Kathryn Forbes' book, Mama's Bank Account, I REMEMBER MAMA chronicles the struggles of a Norwegian immigrant family in 1910 San Francisco. The film stars Irene Dunne (My Favorite Wife) as Mama, Barbara Bel Geddes ("Dallas"), Oskar Homolka (The Seven Year Itch) and Ellen Corby ("The Waltons") who all earned Academy Award nominations for their performances.

DVD Special Features Include:

GEORGE STEVENS: D-DAY TO BERLIN - Produced and narrated by George Stevens, Jr. from his father's films, this documentary of Stevens' World War II combat photo unit includes his remarkable color footage of the War in Europe (the only color film of the ground war). This three-time Emmy Award® - winning documentary provides a rare look at history as it happens, capturing the horrors of World War II as seen on the frontline. From the Normandy invasion to the liberation of Paris, Stevens' powerful, unforgettable documentary captures all these moments and more.

GEORGE STEVENS: A FILMMAKER’S JOURNEY - Also created by George Stevens, Jr., this moving portrait celebrates the acclaimed filmmaker's career and explores some of his most unforgettable films including ALICE ADAMS, Swing Time, GUNGA DIN, Shane and GIANT. Using a new Hi-Definition master created for this DVD release, the documentary includes newly restored sequences from many of Stevens' most memorable film classics, along with captivating interviews with more than 20 actors (including Katharine Hepburn and Fred Astaire) and such esteemed directors as Frank Capra, John Huston and Alan Pakula.

 

09/22/04

SALEM'S LOT, THE TERRIFYING MINI-SERIES BASED ON STEPHEN KING'S CHILLING BEST SELLER, COMES TO DVD OCTOBER 12 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

Halloween will be a little darker and more foreboding this year when Warner Home Video unleashes the haunting SALEM’S LOT: THE MINISERIES on DVD. Originally aired on Turner Network Television (TNT) to enormous ratings last June, SALEM’S LOT: THE MINISERIES will be available in stores for the first time, starting October 12 for $19.98 DVD (SRP).

Based on the master of horror Stephen King's classic bestseller, SALEM’S LOT: THE MINISERIES follows the story of journalist Ben Mears (Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Rob Lowe, The West Wing, Dr. Vegas) who returns to his hometown, Jerusalem's Lot to work on a novel and to deal with a traumatic childhood incident, which took place in the eerie and oppressive Marsten house on the hill. His attempt to rent the house is thwarted by the arrival of two new residents Richard Straker (Emmy and Golden Globe winner Donald Sutherland, Cold Mountain, The Italian Job) and Kurt Barlow (Rutger Hauer, Merlin) who set up an antique shop and move into the home that has terrified generations of town folk. Soon the closely held secrets of small-town life turn into unimaginable terror.

SALEM’S LOT: THE MINISERIES also stars Samantha Mathis (The Mists of Avalon, Pump up the Volume), Emmy winner Andre Braugher (Homicide: Life on the Street) and Oscar nominee James Cromwell (Angels in America). TNT and Warner Bros. Television co-produced the four-hour miniseries with Mark M Wolper Productions (The Mists of Avalon, The Thornbirds) and Jeff Hayes. The miniseries was directed by Mikael Salomon (Band of Brothers), with the teleplay by Peter Filardi (Flatliners, The Craft).

Salem's Lot originally aired in two-parts on TNT Sunday, June 20th and Monday, June 21st. The Sunday premiere out-delivered all programming for the night on ABC, CBS and NBC among adults 18-34, as well as all programming on ABC and FOX among adults 18-49 and 25-54. Regarding the October 12 release date for SALEM’S LOT: THE MINISERIES, Christine Martinez, WHV Vice President, Non-theatrical Franchise Marketing said, "We think everyone, from Stephen King devotees to horror genre fans to anyone who appreciates remarkable television will want this title in their DVD libraries. The cast is outstanding, the acting powerful and the special effects are superb. For anyone looking to stir up some thrills and chills this coming Halloween, Salem's Lot is the perfect title for the occasion."

Originally published in 1975, Salem's Lot was King's second novel and beat Anne Rice's Interview With the Vampire by a year. The book was hailed as re-invigorating the horror genre and is considered to be one of the most terrifying vampire novels ever written.

 


FRIENDS: THE COMPLETE EIGHTH SEASON ALL 23 EPISODES OF SEASON EIGHT COMING TO DVD ON NOVEMBER 9

Warner Home Video will release FRIENDS: THE COMPLETE EIGHTH SEASON on DVD November 9, 2004. The four-disc deluxe collector's set is priced to own at $44.98 SRP includes 23 fan-friendly episodes with never-before-seen footage and exclusive special features.

Season Eight of the Emmy Award-winning Friends starts with Monica and Chandler's post wedding bliss but quickly rolls into Rachel's all-too-chaotic pregnancy. From the red sweater mix up, to the hilarious videotape reveal of who seduced whom, Ross and Rachel's on-again-off-again relationship is further complicated by Joey's increasing attraction for his female friend. . The season follows the nine months of Rachel's pregnancy with hilarious scenarios including the outrageous baby shower and the unforgettable delivery. This highly acclaimed season received 16 Emmy nominations and 2 wins for Outstanding Comedy Series and Jennifer Aniston for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Notable guest appearances added to the comical story lines with exemplary performances from Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Alec Baldwin, Marlo Thomas, Elliot Gould and Morgan Fairchild.

"With the enduring popularity of the Friends series, WHV is thrilled to release Season 8 as we reminiscence with some of the fan-favorite episodes," said Christine Martinez, WHV Vice President, Non-theatrical Franchise Marketing. "Friends is one of the perfect TV to DVD classics because of its never-ending ability to find a place in viewers hearts."

DVD Special Features include:

The Emmy® Award-winning Friends stars Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe), Courtney Cox-Arquette (Monica), Jennifer Aniston (Rachel), David Schwimmer (Ross), Matthew Perry (Chandler) and Matt LeBlanc (Joey). The show aired its series finale on May 6, 2004 with 51 million viewers watching. Throughout its wildly successful run on NBC's "must-see TV" line-up, Friends won several Emmys, People's Choice, Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe and American Comedy awards. In addition, fans have collected the DVD sets in record numbers.

EPISODE SYNOPSES:

1. "The One After 'I Do'"

Monica and Chandler's wedding reception is almost upstaged by the news that Rachel is pregnant. Elsewhere at the party, Ross tries to impress a pretty single woman; Chandler has trouble on the dance floor; and Joey hopes to impress an important Broadway producer who is dating Chandler's mother.

2. "The One with The Red Sweater"

As they prepare to leave the wedding hotel, an excited Monica and Phoebe speculate about who might be the father of pregnant Rachel's baby. Rachel wonders if she should even tell the unsuspecting dad. Meanwhile, Joey mistakenly thinks Phoebe is pregnant and makes a gallant gesture. Ross and Chandler frantically try to restage generic wedding photos with other couples at the hotel when Chandler loses the film from his own ceremony. And Monica can't wait to open her tantalizing wedding gifts.

3. "The One Where Rachel Tells Ross"

Everyone seems to know who the father of Rachel's unborn baby is except for the man himself: Ross. When he finds out, he is more concerned with other matters than his relationship with Rachel. Meanwhile, Phoebe and Joey fib about a gas leak to gain entry to Monica and Chandler's apartment.

4. "The One With The Videotape"

Ross and Rachel's attempt to explain to everyone how they ended up in bed together six weeks earlier quickly devolves into an argument over who pursued whom. Then, Ross shocks them by announcing that he has the whole encounter on videotape. Meanwhile, Monica and Chandler return from their honeymoon, excited at the prospect of socializing with another recently married couple whom they met on the flight home ... until they discover that their newfound "friends" gave them a fake phone number. 

5. "The One With Rachel's Date"

Ross is horrified to learn that Rachel is going on a date with a handsome actor, Kash (JOHNNY MESSNER), especially since she is pregnant with Ross' child. Meanwhile, Phoebe becomes attracted to a cute but clumsy chef, Tim (KEVIN RAHM - "Jesse"), and protests when Monica wants to terminate him. Chandler sabotages the promotion of a quirky co-worker, Bob (CHRIS PARNELL), who has been mistakenly calling him Toby for five years.

6. "The One With The Halloween Party"

 At Monica's Halloween party, Phoebe meets the friendly fiancé, Eric (special guest star SEAN PENN - "Dead Man Walking"), of her flighty twin, Ursula. Phoebe becomes alarmed when she learns that her sister has misrepresented herself to the trusting guy--and Phoebe finds herself attracted to him as well. Monica comes disguised as Catwoman and wonders if she could defeat Phoebe's Supergirl character. Chandler arrives as a pink bunny and mistakes Ross' giant "Spudnik" costume for something found on a sidewalk. Also, Rachel gives away all the candy and guiltily resorts to writing checks for the trick-or-treaters.

7. "The One With the Stain"

Ross is happy to learn that pregnant Rachel wants to find her own apartment. He suggests a vacancy in his building but later discovers that the elderly occupant is not dead yet, as he had assumed. Ross gets some tough competition from Rachel's roommate, Joey, who creates a nursery in their apartment to persuade her to stay. Meanwhile, Phoebe is ecstatic when Eric (recurring special guest star SEAN PENN) ends his relationship with her twin sister, Ursula (also played by series star LISA KUDROW), and chooses Phoebe instead. Monica becomes agitated when she suspects that her new maid is stealing her jeans, among other things.

8. "The One With The Stripper"

Rachel nervously tells her short-tempered father, Dr. Leonard Green (recurring guest star RON LEIBMAN - "Norma Rae"), that she is pregnant with Ross' baby. Dr. Green then confronts Ross in his apartment, just as Ross is beginning to snuggle up with his new girlfriend, Mona (recurring guest star BONNIE SOMERVILLE - "Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story"). Meanwhile, Monica feels guilty for denying Chandler a real bachelor party, so she arranges to have a stripper perform at a belated party for him and his friends. Unfortunately, the woman that arrives is definitely not what Monica ordered. Series star DAVID SCHWIMMER directed.

9. "The One With The Rumor"

In this Thanksgiving episode, special guest star BRAD PITT plays Will, Monica's high school friend who was the only student fatter than Monica was. She invites him to Thanksgiving dinner with the gang, unaware that he isn't exactly fond of Rachel. Meanwhile, Chandler and Phoebe pretend to be enthralled with a televised football game in order to avoid helping Monica in the kitchen. And Joey vows to devour the entire turkey single-handedly.

10. "The One With Monica's Boots"

Chandler becomes upset when Monica spends a fortune on a luxurious pair of black boots. After she discovers that the sexy new shoes hurt her feet, Monica continues to wear them, rather than admitting that Chandler was right to be concerned. Meanwhile, celebrity-obsessed Phoebe learns that Ross' son, Ben (recurring guest star COLE MITCHELL SPROUSE), attends the same school as the son of rock star Sting. She tries to meet Sting and get tickets to his upcoming concert--until she encounters his suspicious wife, TRUDIE STYLER (herself). Also, Rachel tries to mediate between an angry Joey and his pregnant younger sister, Dina (MARLA SOKOLOFF - "The Practice").

11. "The One With Ross's Step Forward"

Ross becomes nervous when his new girlfriend, Mona (recurring guest star BONNIE SOMERVILLE), wants to mail cute Christmas cards with both of their pictures on it. When Rachel starts feeling the hormonal effects of her pregnancy, she desperately searches for possible romantic partners--including the always accommodating Joey. Meanwhile, newlyweds Chandler and Monica must deal with Chandler's boss, who is enduring a divorce.

12. "The One Where Joey Dates Rachel"

In order to prepare Joey for his big date the following night, Rachel eagerly agrees to accompany him for an evening out. However, when they become pleasantly surprised by their newfound compatibility, they begin to regard each other in a way no one could have predicted. Meanwhile, Chandler proudly scores a record number of points on Monica's new Ms. Pac-Man video game machine, but Phoebe vows to regain the top spot. And Ross is finally allowed to teach an honors class, but its cross-town location means he must break land speed records to get there on time. Series star DAVID SCHWIMMER directs.

13. "The One Where Chandler Takes A Bath"

As Joey agonizes over his secret affection for Rachel, Monica mistakenly thinks that he is infatuated with Phoebe. When Monica reveals her suspicion to Phoebe, the confusing romantic situation becomes chaotic. Meanwhile, Ross and Rachel agree not to learn the sex of their unborn child, but Rachel sneaks a peek at the doctor's confidential folder. Monica urges a reluctant Chandler to enjoy the soothing pleasures of a scented bath, but soon she can't get him out of the bubbles.

14. "The One With The Secret Closet"

When a concerned Joey takes Rachel to the hospital because of pain relating to her pregnancy, he realizes that his intense romantic feelings for her are excluding Ross from the joys of impending fatherhood. Joey reluctantly makes a gallant suggestion that could change all of the friends' lives. Meanwhile, Chandler becomes obsessed with finding out what is behind the locked door of Monica's forbidden, secret closet. And Monica agrees to let Phoebe massage her--but Phoebe regrets doing so when Monica ecstatically responds with suggestive grunts and groans.

15. "The One With The Birthing Video"

Monica playfully prepares a special Valentine's Day for Chandler, complete with sexy lingerie and racy entertainment. However, Chandler is too shocked to respond favorably after accidentally viewing the wrong videotape: a birthing video meant for Rachel. Meanwhile, Ross has difficulty informing his girlfriend, Mona (recurring guest star BONNIE SOMERVILLE), that Rachel has moved in with him. His scheme to gain Mona's favor with a perfect Valentine's Day date is thwarted when Mona arrives at his apartment unannounced. Also, Phoebe tries to enliven a depressed Joey by bringing him the world's most cheerful dog.

16. "The One Where Joey Tells Rachel"

Guilt-ridden Joey finally confesses his love for Rachel to the flabbergasted Ross. The guys agree that Joey should tell Rachel during dinner, regardless of the potential consequences. Meanwhile, Chandler becomes nervous because Phoebe's handsome new boyfriend, Don (HARRY VAN GORKUM), shares numerous personality traits with Monica.

17. "The One With The Tea Leaves"

Feeling awkward after revealing his romantic feelings to Rachel, Joey avoids contact with her. Rachel hopes to restore their friendship by telling Joey a big lie about her unborn child. Meanwhile, after studying tea leaves, Phoebe believes she will encounter the man of her dreams--and she soon meets a very handsome guy, Parker (recurring guest star ALEC BALDWIN - "Pearl Harbor"). And Ross tries to recover his favorite pink shirt from the apartment of his former girlfriend, Mona (recurring guest star BONNIE SOMERVILLE).

18. "The One In Massapequa"

Monica becomes inarticulate while giving her toast at a 35th wedding anniversary party for her parents, Jack (recurring guest star ELLIOTT GOULD) and Judy (recurring guest star CHRISTINA PICKLES), and regrets volunteering to make the speech instead of Ross. Phoebe brings her latest boyfriend, Parker (recurring guest star ALEC BALDWIN), an effusive optimist who is so enthusiastic about everything that he makes people crazy. Meanwhile, Ross is astounded when Jack and Judy ask him and the pregnant Rachel to pretend to be married, in order to prevent a potential scandal.

19. The One With Joey's Interview"

Joey is thrilled when his name is used in a Soap Opera Digest crossword. But he's reluctant for them to do a profile on him because his last interview got him into so much trouble he was written out of the show. 

20. "The One With The Baby Shower"

Rachel panics during a party in anticipation of her baby's birth when she realizes how totally unprepared she is to care for an infant. She reluctantly agrees to allow her frustrating mother, Sandra (recurring guest star MARLO THOMAS - "That Girl"), to move in to help her, upsetting Rachel's roommate, Ross. Meanwhile, Monica tries to atone for forgetting to invite Sandra to the party. Chandler and Ross exhaust themselves by repeatedly playing a befuddling game in an effort to help Joey prepare to audition as a television game show host.

21. "The One With The Cooking Class"

When Monica's cooking at the restaurant is harshly criticized in a newspaper, she goes to a criticism class taught by the reviewer, hoping to convince him to reconsider his opinion. However, after he rejects Monica, she transfers to a beginners' cooking seminar, where she is hailed as a culinary genius. Meanwhile, Rachel gets upset when a cute salesgirl, Katie (RENA SOFER - "General Hospital"), flirts with Ross while he and Rachel are shopping for baby supplies. Also, nervous about a major job interview, handler receives some questionable coaching from Phoebe.

22. "The One Where Rachel Is Late"

When Rachel's pregnancy goes beyond her projected delivery date, the pain makes Rachel increasingly irritable--and willing to try anything that might speed the baby's arrival. Meanwhile, Monica and Phoebe place bets concerning the date of the birth. Also, Joey can only take one guest to the premiere of the World War I film in which he stars, and he chooses Chandler. Unfortunately, Chandler falls asleep during the screening, incurring Joey's wrath.

23. "The One Where Rachel Has A Baby

In the one-hour season finale, Rachel's baby  nears delivery with an anxious Ross nearby. While she's in endless labor hell, her waiting friends cause hospital havoc. Chandler and Monica search for privacy in their quest to have their own baby.

 

09/14/04

NEW HOLIDAY FUN FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION 2: COUSIN EDDIE’S ISLAND ADVENTURE & ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER'S CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT DEBUT ON DVD OCTOBER 5

NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION 2: COUSIN EDDIE’S ISLAND ADVENTURE and Arnold Schwarzenegger's CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT debut on DVD October 5 from Warner Home Video.

Starring Randy Quaid in the title role, NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION 2: COUSIN EDDIE’S ISLAND ADVENTURE adds a very funny new trip to the hugely popular National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation franchise which has sold more than eight million videos and DVDs. CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT is a remake of the 1945 Barbara Stanwyck classic and stars Dyan Cannon, Kris Kristofferson and Tony Curtis. This 1992 comedy of errors represents Arnold Schwarzenegger's directorial debut. Both comedies will be available for $19.97 SRP.

NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION 2: COUSIN EDDIE’S ISLAND ADVENTURE is a fun-filled family adventure...National Lampoon style. Randy Quaid reprises his role as the crude but lovable Eddie and Miriam Flynn returns as his wife Catherine. Also featured are Dana Barron (National Lampoon's Vacation), Jake Thomas (Lizzie McGuire), Fred Willard (A Mighty Wind, Everybody Loves Raymond) and Ed Asner (Lou Grant, Mary Tyler Moore). Eric Idle of "Monty Python" fame makes a special cameo appearance.

Christmas looks promising for the clan when they're offered an all-expense paid trip to the South Pacific. The dream vacation soon turns into a tropical nightmare when the family gets shipwrecked on an island. While the hilariously inept Eddie tries valiantly to fulfill his wife's wish to just have food and shelter for Christmas, the rest of the family tries to survive the elements - and each other - while keeping up their yuletide spirits. It's a holiday they'll never forget.

DVD extra content includes:

CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT - Dyan Cannon stars as Elizabeth Blane, a charming TV cooking show hostess, who despite being unmarried and living in a sparse city loft, broadcasts a quite different image to her viewing audience. While cooking up gourmet dishes (actually produced behind the scenes by her assistant), she talks on her show about her totally fictitious daughter, grandchild, husband and her big country house in Connecticut. When her producer Alex Yardley (Tony Curtis) creates a publicity scheme involving a live Christmas show broadcast from her Connecticut "home," surrounded by her "friends and family," the stage is set for mix-ups, mishaps and mistaken identities; especially when Elizabeth must entertain a reluctant local hero (Kris Kristofferson) who is unaware the show is all a charade.

Extra content includes:

 


ACADEMY AWARD®-WINNER KEVIN COSTNER HOSTS THE COMPELLING EIGHT-PART DOCUMENTARY THAT EXPLORES AMERICA'S INDIAN HERITAGE 500 NATIONS FEATURING AN INTRODUCTION BY COSTNER AND BONUS INTERACTIVE CD-ROM  AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON DVD SEPTEMBER 21 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

Timed to coincide with the opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian on September 21, Warner Home Video (WHV) will debut the DVD for the acclaimed eight-part documentary 500 NATIONS, executive produced and hosted by two-time Academy Award®-winner Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves, Open Range). This powerful mini-series takes a historical look at the indigenous people of North and Central America from pre-Columbian times to the end of the 19th century. A collectible four-disc DVD set with a personal introduction by Costner, plus bonus CD-ROM as a fifth disc, 500 NATIONS will be available to own at $59.98 SRP.

A landmark historical production, 500 NATIONS tells the dramatic and tragic story of how the Native American people (including the Aztecs and the Mayans) had to do everything they could to retain their way of life against overwhelming odds. Historical texts, eyewitness accounts, artwork, photographs and computer graphic reconstruction are used in explaining these amazing cultures and civilizations.  "The Native American story is an important and vital part of our country's multi-cultural history. This comprehensive mini-series brings to life like no other film the many phenomenal ancient cultures that lived in our nation before and during the arrival of the Europeans," said Christine Martinez, WHV Vice President, Non-theatrical Franchise Marketing. "We are delighted to work with Kevin Costner along with Tig Productions and Katahdin Productions to bring this ambitious project to DVD for the first time."

Along with host Kevin Costner, 500 NATIONS is narrated by Gregory Harrison and features voiceovers by Edward James Olmos, Patrick Stewart, Timothy Bottoms, Wes Studi, Amy Madigan, Graham Greene and others. Available for the first time ever on DVD, this historical documentary series includes the following episodes:

DVD ELEMENTS

The 500 NATIONS DVD release will include the following bonus features:

BASICS

 

09/09/04

THE MORE THE MERRIER AVAILABLE ON DVD FOR THE FIRST TIME NOVEMBER 2

Hilarious Screwball Comedy Starring Jean Arthur, Charles Coburn and Joel McCrea Received Six Oscar® Nominations

Premiering on DVD in Conjunction with Director George Stevens Centennial Celebration

On November 2, 2004, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will release THE MORE THE MERRIER, a hilariously charming Oscar-winning screwball comedy from Academy Award winning director George Stevens (Best Director,  A Place in the Sun, Giant, and the 1953 Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award). 

Timed to coincide with this year's centennial celebration of his birth, which includes an October 1 GALA at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Hollywood, followed by a retrospective of ten Stevens' classics on successive Monday nights.  THE MORE THE MERRIER stars Jean Arthur (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,  Shane), Charles Coburn (The Road to Singapore, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) and Joel McCrea (Sullivan's  Travels, The Palm Beach Story).  The film garnered a total of six Oscar® nominations in 1943 including Best Picture, Best Motion Picture Story, Best Actress (Arthur), Best Screenplay and Best Director.

Charles Coburn received the Best Actor award for his performance. Honored with six Oscar® nominations during his four-decade long career, Mr. Stevens' films include some of the zeniths of American filmmaking, including Talk of the Town, Alice Adams, Giant, The Diary of Anne  Frank and Gunga Din.

Synopsis

Arriving in Washington to help with the war effort, Benjamin Dingle (Coburn), a retired, well-to-do millionaire needs a place to stay.  So when patriotic Connie Milligan (Arthur) decides to rent out half her apartment, Mr. Dingle promptly moves in.  Firmly believing that everybody's business is everybody's business, Mr. Dingle quickly determines that Connie should be married to a clean-cut nice young man.  So he rents out half of his half to Joe Carter (McCrea), an Army sergeant who certainly fills the bill. But when the newspapers get wind of their "scandalous" living arrangement, it's up to Mr. Dingle to save careers, reputations and a budding romance, in this delightful screwball comedy.

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XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS - SEASON FIVE AVAILABLE OCTOBER 19, 2004

Death Couldn't Keep Xena From Another Season Of Adventures!

Anchor Bay Entertainment & Davis-Anderson Merchandising Corp Present the Deluxe Collector's Edition Ten-Disc DVD Set Featuring 22 Original Episodes Plus Hours of All-New Bonus Materials

In a collection of episodes like no other, Xena's extraordinary fifth season ratchets up the intrigue with a spellbinding episode-to-episode storyline built upon the Warrior Princess' shocking discovery that she's carrying a child of unknown origins.  Anchor Bay Entertainment and Davis-Anderson Merchandising Corp present the DVD debut of the newest collection of legendary Xena adventures with the must-own XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS - SEASON FIVE collection.  Priced at a collectible $79.98 SRP and scheduled for release on October 19, 2004, this ten-disc DVD set features the complete fifth season of 22 original episodes digitally re-mastered with 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound with over 10 hours of new interactive bonus materials exclusive to the DVD.

From the season opener, "Fallen Angel," through the explosive season-closer, "Motherhood," Xena's inexplicable pregnancy fuels a frenzy of attacks and counter-attacks between the mortal and immortal worlds.  Finally, the mind-blowing truth behind Xena's unborn child's identity and who the child becomes is revealed. Highlighted by classic episodes like, "Chakram," and the musical "Lyre, Lyre, Hearts on Fire," Season Five on DVD is a must for any Xena fan!

The exciting ten-disc boxed set of XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS - SEASON FIVE, includes hours of exhilarating bonus features and exclusive supplemental materials:

In a time of ancient gods, ruthless warlords and capricious kings, a land in turmoil cried out for a hero. She was Xena, a mighty Warrior Princess forged in the heat of battle.  Together with her sidekick Gabrielle in tow, Xena battles barbarians, overcomes oppressors and defeats demigods to protect the innocent and fight for peace in ancient Greece.  Combining the series' trademark humor and dark mythological drama with Lucy Lawless' fiery and sexy persona, XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS completely redefined the role of the female action hero on television.

XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS  began as a spin-off of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys*, premiering as a series in 1995.  In its first season, the adventures of this formidable female fighter became the most popular new syndicated series on television, with ratings that exceeded even those of Baywatch.  Nominated for six Emmy Awards, the series was honored for Outstanding Music Composition in 2000. During its original run of six seasons, Xena aired over 130 episodes, and with its stablemate Hercules, built a fiercely loyal cult following with legions of devoted fans that spawned nearly 1,500 websites, hundreds of individually licensed properties and conventions around the world.

XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS - SEASON FIVE

 


WARNER HOME VIDEO TAKES CONSUMERS ON AN ANIMATED ADVENTURE WITH KANGAROO JACK: G’DAY U.S.A.!

All New, Feature-length Animated Sequel to the Top-Grossing Theatrical Release Kangaroo Jack will be Available in Stores November 16.

Consumers will be leaping to their nearest video retailer for KANGAROO JACK G’DAY U.S.A.! the all-new and original full-length animated feature film from Warner Home Video (WHV), which will be hip-hopping to stores November 16, 2004. The feature length animated movie will be available for $24.98 on DVD and $14.94 on VHS.

KANGAROO JACK G’DAY U.S.A.! is the entertaining animated sequel to the hilarious 2003 box office hit, Kangaroo Jack, and is written by Andrew and Adam Scheinman, the talented team behind the original theatrical release. KANGAROO JACK G’DAY U.S.A.! is an exciting, fast-paced adventure that takes viewers on a crazy caper Down Under with their favorite mates, Louis, Charlie and Jessie as they head to Australia in search of a new shampoo recipe and land right into the pouch of their old friend Kangaroo Jack. When poachers kidnap and threaten their marsupial mate, the heroic trio follows Jack and his captors back to glittering Las Vegas, where they find themselves embroiled in an Aboriginal jewel heist. The high-stakes hijinks come to a climax at Outback Ollie's Animal Show, when our heroes see that justice is served and they return Jack and the jewels to Australia.

Over 50 minutes of DVD extras include:

"We are thrilled to be part of Kangaroo Jack's transition onto animation. His wonderful character lends itself well to this genre, which gives Kangaroo Jack the potential to grow into a successful home entertainment franchise", said Christine Martinez, WHV Vice President, Non-theatrical Franchise Marketing. "We anticipate that KANGAROO JACK G’DAY U.S.A.! will have a strong reception by the public on November 16 given last year's success of Kangaroo Jack both during its theatrical run and its debut on DVD and VHS."

Kangaroo Jack, the live-action feature film starring Jerry O'Connell was released in theaters in January 2003 and grossed $66.7 million at the box office during its 18-week run. Audiences polled by Cinemascore gave the comedy an A- grade. The film went on to reach further success when it was released on DVD and VHS in 2003, selling over 3.8 million videos. Currently, 80% of parents of kids 5-11 are aware of the Kangaroo Jack franchise. Kangaroo Jack scores top marks with audiences everywhere!

 


FALLING FROM GRACE DEBUTS ON DVD NOVEMBER 9

Singer John Mellencamp in a Heartwarming Story of Small-Town Homecoming From Acclaimed Writer Larry McMurtry

Country-tinged rock singer John Mellencamp made his directorial debut in 1992's FALLING FROM GRACE, an emotional homecoming film splashed with late-afternoon sadness.  On November 9, 2004, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will release FALLING FROM GRACE on DVD. 

With a screenplay by acclaimed Pulitzer-winning writer Larry McMurtry (Terms of Endearment, Lonesome Dove), the film stars, in addition to Mellencamp, Oscar® and Emmy-nominee Mariel Hemingway (Manhattan, TV's "Civil Wars") and Claude Atkins (A Man  Called Sledge, From Here to Eternity).  Janet Maslin, writing in the NEW YORK TIMES said that FALLING FROM GRACE, "has a folksy, collaborative feeling that works well with Mr. McMurtry's rueful ideas about guilt, redemption and the impossibility of recapturing the past."

Synopsis

Singer John Mellencamp makes his acting and directing debut in this heartfelt love story about a famous singer's return to his small-town roots.  Written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Larry Mc Murtry, FALLING FROM GRACE travels the same rural roads as Mellencamp's best music. Jetting in from Los Angeles, Singer Bud Parks (Mellencamp) and his wife Alice (Mariel Hemingway) return to his Indiana hometown to celebrate his grandfather's 80th birthday.  But once there, Bud immediately returns to the wild ways of his youth.

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WARNER HOME VIDEO USHERS IN THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH SEVERAL MERRY-MAKING TITLES THAT WILL BRING HOLIDAY CHEER TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY

Three new holiday-inspired titles available October 5 include: WHAT’S NEW SCOOBY-DOO? VOLUME 4: MERRY SCARY HOLIDAY, NINE DOG CHRISTMAS, CARTOON NETWORK CHRISTMAS: YULETIDE FOLLIES, along with several returning holiday classics Select DVDs with limited edition, collectible plush toys

Warner Home Video (WHV) will deliver plenty of cheer to consumers this holiday season with an exciting new lineup of holiday-inspired titles, available in stores on October 5th. Titles making their big debut include WHAT’S NEW SCOOBY-DOO? VOLUME 4: MERRY SCARY HOLIDAY, NINE DOG CHRISTMAS, and CARTOON NETWORK CHRISTMAS: YULETIDE FOLLIES. Several popular holiday classics are also included in this season's promotion. Select DVD titles will be available in limited edition gift sets containing a collectible plush toy.

"We are delighted to offer consumers a wide-ranging line up of exceptional seasonal titles this year. From brand new releases to holiday classics, Warner Home Video's selection offers something for every member of the family. Consumers will find holiday gift giving made easier with the limited edition gift sets, each with an exclusive holiday collectible plush," said Christine Martinez, WHV Vice President, Non-theatrical Franchise Marketing.

New Releases

WHAT’S NEW SCOOBY-DOO? VOLUME 4: MERRY SCARY HOLIDAY will be available on DVD for $19.97 (SRP) and VHS for $14.94 (SRP).

WHAT’S NEW SCOOBY-DOO? VOLUME 4: MERRY SCARY HOLIDAY will feature everyone's favorite teenage sleuths, Shaggy, Fred, Velma, Daphne and their lovable canine companion in a holiday special entitled The Scooby-Doo Christmas Special, in which the gang encounters a headless horseman who threatens Christmas for the people of Winter Hollow. There are also three additional episodes from What's New Scooby-Doo?, the hit animated TV series from KIDS WB! Toy Scary Boo that has the gang investigating a local mall where all the toys have come to life. Homeward Bound follows the group as they rescue canines dog-napped from a dog show. In Recipe for Disaster, Shaggy wins a tour of the Scooby Snacks factory but winds up battling a monster oozing with slimy Scooby Snack sludge.

DVD Special Features Include:

WHV will also offer NINE DOG CHRISTMAS, a full-length, animated feature, which will be available on DVD for $19.97 (SRP) and VHS for $14.94 (SRP). Is it possible for nine homeless canines to become "reindogs" for Santa's Sleigh? NINE DOG CHRISTMAS follows the story of Buzz, Santa's head elf, who goes to New York when St. Nick's reindeers come down with the notorious North Pole flu and are unable to fly his sleigh. While in New York, Buzz stumbles upon a ragtag traveling circus of misfit dogs and takes them back to the North Pole for flight training. However, on Christmas Eve, the dog's greedy owner steals them back and leaves Santa grounded. Buzz and his quick-witted protégé come to the rescue and help Santa bring Christmas to the children of the world.

DVD Special Features Include:

Also available from WHV this holiday season is the animated sampler CARTOON NETWORK CHRISTMAS: YULETIDE FOLLIES on DVD for $14.97 (SRP). The compilation will give consumers a chance to sample Cartoon Network Originals and allows viewers to pick their favorite episodes.

CARTOON NETWORK CHRISTMAS: YULETIDE FOLLIES will feature nine episodes from a variety of the network's original TV franchises, including Courage the Cowardly Dog: The Nutcracker, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy: Son of Nergal, Ed, Edd n Eddy: Fa La La La Ed, Dexter's Laboratory: Snowdown, The Powerpuff Girls: Ice Sore, Johnny Bravo: A Johnny Bravo Christmas, Cow and Chicken: Me an' My Dog, I AM Weasel: I.R.'s 1st Bike, I AM Weasel: Dessert Island.

Holiday Classics

The holidays just would not be the same without the return of some seasonal favorites. In addition to the new titles, WHV will bring back several popular releases, including How the Grinch Stole Christmas on DVD for $19.97 (SRP) and VHS for $8.93 (SRP), The Year Without a Santa Claus on DVD for $14.97 (SRP), Tom and Jerry: Paws for a Holiday on DVD for $19.97 (SRP) and VHS for $6.93 (SRP), Little Polar Bear on DVD for $14.97 (SRP), and Scooby-Doo Winter Wonderdog on DVD for $19.97 (SRP) and on VHS for $6.93 (SRP). WHV will also release Frosty's Winterwonderland and Twas the Night Before Christmas as well as Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July as new-to-format on DVD for $14.97 (SRP).

Limited Edition Collectible Toy With Select DVD Titles

In this season of giving, WHV is offering consumers DVD gift boxes containing limited edition, collectible plush toys on the following titles: WHAT’S NEW SCOOBY-DOO? VOLUME 4: MERRY SCARY HOLIDAY, NINE DOG CHRISTMAS, Scooby-Doo Winter Wonderdog, Tom and Jerry: Paws for a Holiday. Plush toys include loveable characters such as Scooby-Doo, Jerry (Tom and Jerry), and Snow Plow (NINE DOG CHRISTMAS). These DVD gift boxes will be available in stores on October 5 for $19.98 (SRP).

 


WARNER HOME VIDEO CELEBRATES THE 20th ANNIVERSARY OF RAINBOW BRITE & THE STAR STEALER: THE MOVIE

Re-mastered and on DVD for the First Time Featuring a Sing-along Music Video and Interactive Game Enchanting DVD Players Everywhere on November 2, 2004

One of the '80s most popular movies for young girls, RAINBOW BRITE & THE STAR STEALER: THE MOVIE, will make its DVD debut on November 2 from Warner Home Video. Mothers may now share a memorable piece of their childhood with their daughters and "briten" every girl's day as they share the magical adventures of Rainbow Brite and her friends. Rainbow Brite's original full-length feature film, RAINBOW BRITE & THE STAR STEALER: THE MOVIE, has been re-mastered and contains special DVD content including a sing-along music video and interactive game, all for the collectible price of $19.97 SRP for DVD and $8.93 for VHS.

"Rainbow Brite is making a big comeback this year and we're proud to play a part in revitalizing this enchanting franchise," said Christine Martinez, WHV, Vice President, Non-theatrical Franchise Marketing. "Today's moms hold Rainbow Brite near and dear and we're sure they'll be thrilled with the release of one of their favorites on DVD."

After years of conquering dark and spreading the magic of color and joy, the world is doomed at the hand of the Dark Princess who has stolen Spectra, the universe's sole source of light. Without Spectra, all will be plunged into gloom and dreariness - unless Rainbow Brite and her friends, heroic space boy Krys, sprightly Twink and magical horse Starlite, can use their magic and glee to defeat the princess in this fantastic adventure.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the brand, Rainbow Brite was successfully re-launched at retail with multiple licensees in January 2004. A new talking Rainbow Brite doll and musical playset will be introduced at retail this fall from Toy Play. Other licensees of the Rainbow Brite brand include Hallmark Cards, Scholastic Books, Fruit of the Loom, Children's Apparel Network, and many more.

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09/07/04

THAT’S NOT ALL, FOLKS! THE LOONEY TOONS GOLDEN COLLECTION VOLUME 2 AND THE LOONEY TUNES SPOTLIGHT COLLECTION VOLUME 2 A TREASURY OF CLASSIC ANIMATION AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON DVD NOVEMBER 2 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

Over 60 Digitally Re-mastered and Uncut Animated Shorts Available for the First Time Ever On DVD

Suffering succotash! The Looney Tunes are back! Fans of all ages can experience Warner Bros.’ golden era of animation when Bugs Bunny, Road Runner, Tweety & Sylvester and all their friends return in another exciting installment of THE LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN COLLECTION VOLUME TWO, a 4-disc set and The Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Volume Two, a 2-disc set. The highly anticipated follow-ups to the Volume One collections released last year will be available in stores November 2.

THE LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN COLLECTION VOLUME TWO will be available for $64.92 DVD (SRP) and The Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Volume Two will be available for $26.99 DVD (SRP). Both titles will include an enormous collection of dazzling, classic cartoon shorts as well as a wealth of fascinating special features.

"We are extremely pleased with consumer response to last year’s Volume One editions and we are delighted to release another installment of our most famous animated classics," commented Christine Martinez, WHV Vice President Non-theatrical Franchise Marketing. She added, "We think both THE LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN COLLECTION VOLUME TWO and The Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Volume Two will be a hit with everyone from experienced animation buffs to young kids who are seeing these cartoons for the first time. These are quintessential cartoons that millions of people around the world have grown up with and loved and we think they will jump at the chance to possess all their favorites to share with generations to come."

THE LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN COLLECTION VOLUME TWO will be available in a four-disc set, and contains 60 cartoon shorts, 4 more than Volume One, that have been beautifully restored and re-mastered to their original, uncut presentation. Each disc in the collection features 15 animated classics and is dedicated to a different Looney Tunes star and their

celebrated pals. Disc one entitled Bugs Bunny Masterpieces is devoted to the charismatic, carrot-crunching hare and features classics such as The Big Snooze, Broomstick Bunny, Bugs Bunny Rides Again and many others. On disc two, Road Runner and Friends features the fast-paced adventures of the quick-witted Road Runner and his unrelenting nemesis Wyle E. Coyote in such favorites as Beep Beep, Going Going Gosh and Zipping Along. Disc three is dedicated to another famous pair of animated adversaries Tweety & Sylvester and Friends and features the dueling duo in such popular shorts as Bad Ol’ Puddy Tat, All Abird-r-r-d, Room and Bird as well as many others. The last disc in the series, All Stars: On Stage & Screen, is jam packed with an assortment of popular cartoon favorites such as Back Alley Uproar, Book Revue, Corny Concerto and many others.

Exclusive bonus DVD features include:

The Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Volume Two will be available in a two-disc set containing 30 re-mastered and re-stored cartoon shorts featuring a variety of Looney Tunes stars in such celebrated classics as Kitty Kornered, Duck Soup to Nuts, Porky in Wackyland, I Love to Singa, Rhapsody Rabbit and many more. Each disc includes a fascinating How to Draw special feature, which will bring out the artist in any viewer. The 30 cartoons on The Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Volume Two are also included on THE LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN COLLECTION VOLUME TWO.

The Looney Tunes have featured more than 200 characters in over 1,300 episodes and have won five Academy Awards for Best Animated Shorts. TV Guide ranked Bugs Bunny as the number one cartoon character of all time. In addition, Bugs Bunny was

voted "America’s Favorite Animated Character" in People Magazine’s poll of the century and was the first animated character honored on a US Postal Service stamp. Entertainment Weekly hails THE LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN COLLECTION VOLUME TWO the much-anticipated follow-up to Volume One and named Volume One "2003’s number one DVD release." Looney Tunes is Cartoon Network’s dominant programming brand, attracting nearly 20 million viewers per week. The official Looney Tunes website, www.looneytunes.com, logs more than 1.2 million page views daily.

09/01/04

IRON GIANT STREET DATE CHANGE

Please note that the IRON GIANT Special Edition DVD from Warner Home Video is now scheduled for release on November 16th 2004.

 


THE ULTIMATE OLIVER STONE COLLECTION DEBUTS OCTOBER 19

31 Academy Award® Nominations. Nine Oscars. One Legendary Filmmaker.

Definitive 14-Disc Collection Includes 12 of Stone's Groundbreaking Films, Three Documentaries and Exclusive Preview from the Director's Eagerly Awaited New Movie ALEXANDER as well as Free Movie Ticket

On October 19, Warner Home Video (WHV) will release THE ULTIMATE OLIVER STONE COLLECTION, a 14-disc giftset which includes 12 of his most popular and influential films, three documentaries, two of which are DVD debuts (2003's PERSONA NON GRATA and 2004's LOOKING FOR FIDEL), and an exclusive preview of Stone's highly anticipated November film release ALEXANDER. The Collection also includes a bonus instant movie ticket for up to $12 off the admission to ALEXANDER.

These unforgettable films will be packaged in two elegant 'digi' cases placed inside an outer slipcase. Each digi will include seven DVDs and a beautiful booklet. THE ULTIMATE OLIVER STONE COLLECTION will be available for $129.92 SRP.

Films in THE ULTIMATE OLIVER STONE COLLECTION are MGM Home Entertainment's SALVADOR - Special Edition and MGM Home Entertainment's PLATOON - Special Edition (winner of 4 Academy Awards® including Best Picture), along with WALL STREET (1 Academy Award), TALK RADIO, BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY (2 Academy Awards), THE DOORS, JFK Special Edition Director's Cut (2 Academy Awards), HEAVEN AND EARTH, NATURAL BORN KILLERS, NIXON, U-TURN and ANY GIVEN SUNDAY Special Edition Director's Cut. OLIVER STONE’S AMERICA, an in depth look at Stone's extraordinary movie legacy, is the 13th disc in the collection.

Finally, two Stone documentaries will debut on DVD in a bonus disc containing "LOOKING FOR FIDEL," Stone's second Castro documentary with Castro addressing his recent crackdown on Cuban dissidents and PERSONA NON GRATA, about the Palestinian conflict - and the exclusive preview from ALEXANDER.

ALEXANDER, scheduled for release in theaters on November 5, is Stone's epic about Alexander the Great, the notorious King of Macedonia who overthrew the Persian Empire, the Egyptians and India. Colin Farrell stars in the title role with Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins and Val Kilmer co-starring in Stone's first film since 1999.

Acknowledged as one of Hollywood's most powerful and acclaimed directors, Stone has created films that have consistently proved to be thought-provoking, visually compelling works of art that have earned him three Academy-Awards*, (Best Director for PLATOON and BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY; Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay for Midnight Express) as well as five Golden Globes® and many other awards including the Directors Guild of America and Independent Spirit Awards.

DETAILS OF THE ULTIMATE OLIVER STONE COLLECTION FILMS

Discs 1 -12: 12 Movies plus hours of selected per-title commentaries and

extras (in order of release)

Disc 13: The documentary, OLIVER STONE’S AMERICA

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CALIFORNIA SPLIT ON DVD NOVEMBER 2 WITH AN ALL-NEW DIRECTOR AND CAST COMMENTARY

Oscar®-nominee Robert Altman Directs Oscar®-nominees Elliot Gould and George Segal in one of the Greatest Poker Films Ever Made

At a time when poker has gone mainstream in a big way, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will release one of the greatest poker films ever made - CALIFORNIA SPLIT - from one of the greatest directors of all time, five-time Oscar®-nominee Robert Altman (The Company, Gosford Park, M*A*S*H, The Player).

Making its DVD debut on November 2, 2004, CALIFORNIA SPLIT is one of the most accurate and sympathetic portraits of the poker underworld ever filmed, and stars Oscar®-nominees Elliot Gould (Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Ocean's 12) and George Segal (The Mirror Has Two Faces, TV's "Just Shoot Me!").   Scripted by Joseph Walsh (1974's WGA nominee for Best Comedy), CALIFORNIA SPLIT follows the underworld adventures of two misfit compulsive gamblers as they chase down action anywhere they can and features cameos from some of the greatest players of the game, including Amarillo Slim Preston. DVD special features include audio commentary by Altman, Walsh, Segal and Gould.

Synopsis

Bill Denny (George Segal) and Charlie Walters (Elliott Gould) are two compulsive gamblers with nothing in common except incredibly bad luck. But after a chance meeting at an LA card parlor, these two losers find that together, they make an unbeatable team. Embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime winning streak, Bill and Charlie bet their way from the tacky racetracks and bars of Los Angeles to the plush casino tables of Reno, where they end up staking their good fortune on a "friendly" little game of poker with the legendary world champion, Amarillo Slim. A high-rolling comedy about two friends with an uncontrollable urge to score.

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THE CHICAGO BEARS’ SUPER BOWL SHUFFLE 20TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR’S EDITION ON DVD OCTOBER 5

Relive The Glory Days Of The 1985 Chicago Bears!

Their nicknames were “Sweetness,” “Samurai Mike,” “The Fridge” and “The Punky QB.” In 1985, the Chicago Bears ruled the football field and were headed to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1963. Riding high on the success of a virtually flawless season, the Bears became even bigger celebrities with the hit song, “THE SUPER BOWL SHUFFLE” and the popular music video that followed. MPI Home Video will release THE SUPER BOWL SHUFFLE 20TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR’S EDITION on DVD and VHS on October 5, 2004. This first-ever rap song by a professional sports team propelled the Bears into a different kind of limelight – as overnight musical sensations. “It gives people are different perspective. I think it’s good to see these guys are human,” Walter Payton said. Football fans worldwide rapped along with the Chicago Bears Shufflin’ Crew which consisted of: Jim McMahon, Walter Payton, William “The Refrigerator” Perry, Mike Singletary, Willie Gault, Otis Wilson, Richard Dent, Gary Fencik, Steve Fuller, and Mike Richardson. The song even garnered a Grammy® nomination.

THE SUPER BOWL SHUFFLE made a lasting impression on football fans everywhere,” said Malik Ali, COO, MPI. “ Its uniqueness has never been duplicated as successfully by another sports team,” Ali said. The music video for the song was shot the day after the team lost its only regular season game to the Miami Dolphins. Walter Payton and Jim McMahon had suffered injuries and were superimposed later. The loss was only a minor setback. The Bears went on to beat the New England Patriots 46-10, at Super Bowl XX in New Orleans.

Special features for both DVD and VHS include “The Making of Super Bowl Shuffle,” with a behind-the-scenes look at the players between takes. “The Outtakes” includes Walter Payton and Jim McMahon in never-before-seen interviews and snippets of linebacker Mike Singletary choreographing everyone’s dance moves. Each player’s solo performance is also highlighted with a short interview.

THE SUPER BOWL SHUFFLE 20TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR’S EDITION

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