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More News: 2001

New sell-through announcements: Fox has set a January 22 release date for "Someone Like You," starring Ashley Judd, Gregg Kinnear and Hugh Jackson, "Say It Isn't So," starring Heather Graham and Chris Klein, "Kingdom Come," starring LL Cool J, Jada Pinkett Smith, Vivica A. Fox, Lorretta Devine, and Whoopie Goldberg, and "Big Momma's House Special Edition," starring Martin Lawrence, for $14.98 each. On February 26, Columbia TriStar will release "The Tailor of Panama," starring Pierce Brosnan, Geoffrey Rush and Jamie Lee Curtis, and "Living It Up," starring Salma Hayek, for $14.95 each; and "The Luzhin Defence," starring John Turturro and Emily Watson, "Me You Them," starring Regina Case and Lima Duarte, and "Shadow Magic," starring Xia Yu, Liu Pei Qui and Lu Li Ping for $21.96 each. (Posted December 25, 2001)

Rhino Home Video, long known for their cult releases, starts off the new year with a bevy of interesting videos. Coming January 8 are two DVD volumes of anime "Battle of the Planets" and a DVD of "The Three Stooges Cartoon Classics." On January 29 Rhino will release Fox Kids' "Beast Wars" animated series on VHS and DVD. On February 12 comes a DVD of "The Last Hurrah," a chronicle of Muhammad Ali's last bout against Trevor Berbick in 1981, and a three-DVD box set of the "World of Sid & Marty Krofft." Scheduled for February 26 is a DVD of Mel Brooks' and Carl Reiner's classic "2000 Year Old Man" and DVD and VHS editions of Cheap Trick's 1998 Chicago concerts, "Music for Hangovers." On March 12 the company will release a retrospective DVD of "The Best of the Blues Brothers" and on March 26 comes the long-awaited seven-DVD box set of "Gumby," including episodes from the 1950s through the 1960s (111 shorts plus extras). (Posted December 25, 2001)

Odds and Ends: DreamWorks has confirmed a March 5 release date for Steven Spielberg's "A.I. Artificial Intelligence." The DVD edition will be a double-disc set with such extras as a documentary about the film's journey from Brian Aldiss' short story "Supertoys Last All Summer Long" to the big screen; an in-depth look at the development and creation of the film's robots; interviews with Spielberg, Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, and special effects mavens Dennis Muren and Scott Farrar of Industrial Light + Magic; a visit to Skywalker Sound with set designer Gary Rydstrom; and a conversation with composer John Williams; $21.95. ... Bob Hope fans will rejoice when Universal releases "Bob Hope: The Tribute Collection," consisting of seven cassettes and a box set, due January 8. Included are "The Big Broadcast of 1938" (1938) with Bob Hope, W.C. Fields, Dorothy Lamour, and Martha Ray; "The Ghost Breakers" (1940) starring Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, Richard Carlson, Paul Lukas and Anthony Quinn; "The Paleface" (1948) starring Bob Hope and Jane Russell; four Bob Hope-Bing Crosby-Dorothy Lamour "Road" films: "Road to Morocco" (1942), "Road to Singapore" (1940), "Road to Utopia" (1945) and "Road to Zanzibar" (1941); all for $9.98. For $29.98 Universal has packed the four "Road" pictures into "The Road Show Series: Road to Collection Four-Pack." ... On January 15 Lions Gate Home Entertainment will release two new Mr. Bill videos: "Mr. Bill Does Vegas," an animated compilation, containing the title feature and four shorts, and "Mr. Bill Goes Hollywood," an animated compilation containing 20 shorts; $9.99 each VHS. A DVD containing both "Mr. Bill Does Vegas" and "Mr. Bill Goes Hollywood" will sell for $14.99. (Posted December 16, 2001)

New Release Announcements: Warner Home Video has set a February 12 release for "Hearts in Atlantis," starring Anthony Hopkins, Hope Davis and Anton Yelchin. On February 26 New Line will release horror thriller "Bones," starring Snoop Dogg. And on March 12 Columbia TriStar will release the Jet Li science fiction actioner "The One." (Posted December 9, 2001)

DVD Releases: Coming in February from The Criterion Collection are Ingmar Bergman's "Wild Strawberries," Milos Forman's "The Fireman's Ball" and "Loves of a Blonde," and Wong Kar-wai's recent "In the Mood for Love." In March the company will release Federico Fellini's "Juliet of the Spirits" and Akira Kurosawa's "Rashomon." As with all the Criterion editions, you can count on gorgeous transfers and luscious extras. Meanwhile, the folks at Home Vision Entertainment, which distributes Criterion, will release two new additions to their HVE line in February: "Jackson Pollock: Love and Death on Long Island," which combines stunning visuals of the artist's work with commentary from fellow artists and friends to weave the fascinating story of the meteoric rise to fame of this American icon; and "The Confessions of Robert Crumb," a documentary on the life of the king of underground comics, written by Crumb himself. (Posted December 9, 2001)

New Release Announcements: Coming February 5 is quirky romantic comedy "Life Without Dick," starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Harry Connick Jr. and Johnny Knoxville, from Columbia TriStar; Columbia TriStar will release the telefilm remake of "Brian's Song" on January 22; Tom ("Run Lola Run") Tykwer's thriller, "The Princess and the Warrior," starring Franka Potente, is due January 29, from Columbia TriStar; and due February 19 is the Michael Douglas thriller "Don't Say a Word," from Fox. (Posted December 2, 2001)

Tentative dates: "Captain Corelli's Mandolin," due February 5; the remake of "Thirteen Ghosts," "The Musketeer" and "Corky Romano," due February 26; "Riding in Cars With Boys" and "Mulholland Drive," due March 19; "The Man Who Wasn't There," due March 26; "Spy Game," due April 9. (Posted December 2, 2001)

More Lexx: Acorn Media has set a January 29 release date for the final four episodes of the second season of cult science fiction TV show "Lexx," in which the wayward space travelers finish off their struggle with the evil genius Mantrid. "Lexx S2-V5" will be available as a single DVD and double- VHS cassette, $29.95. (Posted December 2, 2001)

New Release Announcements: On December 18 Warner Home Video will release a two-DVD and two-VHS set of the recent NBC miniseries "Uprising," the heroic true story of Jewish resistance fighters who battled the Nazi in the Warsaw Ghetto during WWII. Both the DVD ($24.98) and VHS ($19.98) versions have been "augmented" for home video, with the VHS and DVD adding a documentary, "Breaking Down the Walls: The Road to Recreating the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising," and the DVD getting an additional documentary and audio commentary ... DreamWorks will release Woody Allen's "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion" on Janury 29; Universal will release Nicolas Cage-Penelope Cruz starrer "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" on February 12; and Paramount will release Keanue Reeves' "Hardball" on February 19. (Posted November 25, 2001)

DVD: Finally wending its way to DVD is the Eddie Murphy- "Beverly Hills Cop" trilogy, due January 29 from Paramount. "Beverly Hills Cop" (1984), directed by Martin Brest and starring Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Lisa Eilbacher and Ronny Cox, features commentary by Brest, a "Casting Beverly Hills Cop" featurette, new cast and crew interviews, more. "Beverly Hills Cop II" (1987), directed by Tony Scott and starring Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, Jurgen Prochnow, Ronny Cox, John Ashton, Brigitte Nielsen and Allen Garfield, includes a deleted scene, a making-of featurette and interviews. "Beverly Hills Cop III" (1994), directed by John Landis and starring Eddie Murphy, Jon Tenney, Joey Travolta and Eugene Collier, includes interviews. (Posted November 25, 2001)

New sellthrough announcements: Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment has scheduled several repricings in the next two months. Due January 2: Hong Kong director Tsui Hark's fast-paced and exciting gangster film "Time and Tide," and buddy comedy outing "Tomcats." Due January 29: "The Adventures of Joe Dirt," starring David Spade. Due February 5: Director Brian Helgeland's vernacular "A Knight's Tale," starring Heath Ledger, Rufus Sewell, Shanynn Sossamon, Paul Bettany, Laura Fraser and Mark Addy; director Christopher Nolan's timeshifting "Memento," starring Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior and Stephen Tobolowsky; and Julia Stiles-starrer "Wicked." All have $14.95 price tags. Also on the reprice front, Paramount will release on December 4 a $14.95 special edition of Chris Rock's "Down to Earth," with cast and crew interviews. (Posted November 18, 2001)

New DVD announcements: Warner Home Video has set a January 8 release date for three Frank Sinatra/Rat Pack DVDs (they were originally set for a November 20 release, to coincide with the December theatrical release of the remake of "Ocean's 11"). Included will be the 1960 "Ocean's 11," 1963's "4 for Texas" and 1964's "Robin and the 7 Hoods." Each release will include behind-the- scenes commentary and trailers ... Buena Vista has added two films to its new high-end Vista Series of premium picture and sound DVDs. "Tombstone" (1993), starring Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer, features the director's cut of George Cosmatos' vision of the shootout at the O.K. Corral in a two-disc set with commentary by Cosmatos; a production featurette featuring "An Ensemble Cast," "Making an Authentic Western" and "The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral"; a Tombstone timeline (set-top activity); the Tombstone Epitaph; original storyboards of the O.K. Corral sequence; DVD-ROM games; DTS and Dolby Digital; THX certified; deluxe packaging. "The Sixth Sense Vista Series" (1999), starring Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment and Toni Collette, will also be packaged as a two-disc set, featuring a "Reflections From the Set" featurette, a documentary on the paranormal hosted by director M. Night Shyamalan, a feature called "M. Night Shyamalan: Storyteller," a special collectible, DTS and Dolby Digital, THX-certified, in deluxe packaging. Both have a $19.95 minimum advertised price and will be available January 15. The first announced Vista release was "Pearl harbor," but that special edition won't be released until May 14. (Posted November 18, 2001)

Willy Wonka redux: Bowing to consumer pressure, the folks at Warner Home Video have released a widescreen DVD edition of the "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 30th Anniversary Edition." When the film was released to DVD in August, the disc was, sadly, formatted in fullscreen only. Purists can now delight in the widescreen version, but have to shell out another $24.98 for the pleasure. The new edition is available November 13. (Posted November 11, 2001)

New DVD releases: Columbia TriStar has set a January 29 date for the release of "Groundhog Day Special Edition" (1993), directed by Harold Ramis and starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky and Brian Doyle-Murray. The disc will contain commentary by Ramis, "The Weight of Time" featurette, and will be in Dolby Digital and DTS ... For Dirk Bogarde fans, Anchor Bay has set a December 18 date for "The Dirk Bogarde Collection," which contains "The Accident," "The Servant" and "The Mind Benders." The DVDs will be available $19.95 each or $39.95 for three-disc gift pack ... Warner has just announced a January 15 release for "Roots 25th Anniversary Edition" (1977), a three-disc set that contains the entire eight-part miniseries with commentaries by executive producer David Wolper, stars Ed Asner, LeVar Burton, Leslie Uggams, John Amos, Georg Stanford Brown, and other key members of the cast and crew; a "Remembering Roots" featurette; a "Roots" Family Tree; and DVD-ROM extras; 573 minutes, $59.98. (Posted November 11, 2001)

From TV to video: "Uprising," NBC's recent miniseries on the heroic Jewish resistance fighters who battled the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto during WWII, is getting a fast turnaround to home video. Due December 18 will be a two-DVD ($24.98) and two-VHS ($19.98) set of the acclaimed drama. The DVD and VHS sets include "Breaking Down the Walls: The Road to Recreating the Warsaw Ghetto," a behind the scenes look at the making of the telefilm. Extras on the DVD set include "Resistance," a historical background documentary about the real survivors of the Warsaw uprising; commentary by director Jon Avnet; a second commentary track with stars Leelee Sobieski, Hank Azaria, David Schwimmer and Jon Voight. From Warner Home Video. (Posted November 11, 2001)

"E.T., call authoring services." "E.T." finally comes home to DVD, sometime in March, with some slight tinkering by Steven Spielberg. Some scenes have been added, and some altered: the guns police brandish when chasing E.T. have been digitally changed to walkie-talkies, and a line that Dee Wallace says to her son during a Halloween sequence -- "No, you're not going as a terrorist" -- has been deleted. Spielberg has also tweaked E.T.'s performance using computer graphics (don't forget that E.T was an animatronic rather than a wonder of CGI). More info on "E.T." as it becomes available. (Posted November 4, 2001)

Coming Attractions: Miramax will release the very funny French comedy "Le Placard" (The Closet) on November 13; on December 18 Columbia TriStar will release two art-house films, the Vietnamese drama "The Vertical Ray of the Sun" and Country and Western music tour drama "Jackpot"; wild and wooly "Rat Race," by director Jerry Zucker and with a cast of millions, arrives on January 22 from Paramount; also on January 22 Warner will release Mark Wahlberg's version of what it's like to be a "Rock Star"; "Ghost World," a very bizarre indie film starring Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, and Steve Buscemi, will come to home video via MGM on February 5; on February 18 Lions Gate will release "O," an urban retelling of "Othello," starring Mekhi Phifer and Julia Stiles; Barry Levinson's off-kilter "Bandits," starring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett, will hole up on March 12 from MGM; on March 26, erotic drama "Original Sin," starring Antonio Banderas and Angelina Jolie, will heat up video shelves courtesy of MGM. (Posted November 4, 2001)

Special releases: Two long-awaited releases finally arrive on home video in the next few weeks. On November 27 "Willow Special Edition" (1988), directed by Ron Howard and starring Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, and Warwick Davis, will arrive remastered on VHS ($14.98) and DVD ($26.98). The DVD features commentary by Davis, an all-new special effects documentary, an original "making-of" documentary from 1988, a still photo gallery, more. On December 18, Artisan Entertainment will release "Twin Peaks: The First Season" in a fancy DVD box set for $59.98. The set includes Episodes 1-7, remastered, full-screen, DTS, Dolby Digital; with commentary by creator/director David Lynch; select episode analysis; interviews with cast, cinema and TV experts; optional Log Lady introductions to each episode; script notes; optional guide to the "Unseen Twin Peaks"; archival material from "Wrapped in Plastic," the official Twin Peaks fanzine. (Posted November 4, 2001)

New releases: Prior to the quirky and critically acclaimed indie hit "Memento," Christopher Nolan directed "Following," a shifty thriller (with flash forwards and double-backs) about how a young man's obsession with following and spying on strangers gets him into deep trouble in the underbelly of London. Columbia TriStar will release the 1998 neo-noir film on VHS rental and DVD on December 11. Another quirky and wonderful film, 1989's "War of the Roses," directed by Danny DeVito and starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and DeVito, arrives on DVD from Fox on December 18, with commentary by DeVito, a deleted scenes montage with introductions by DeVito, storyboards, computer sketches, and more. A true noir thriller, "The Big Heat" (1953), directed by Fritz Lang and starring Glenn Ford, Lee Marvin and the glorious Gloria Grahame, debuts on DVD on December 18, from Columbia TriStar. (Posted October 29, 2001)

Disney news: As is the wont with the folks from mouseland, Walt Disney Home Video is placing on moratorium four of their animated films, two classics and two recent hits: the platinum edition of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Pinocchio," "Mulan" and "Tarzan." The company will no longer ship the titles after January 31. To make up for this, the company will release on February 12 a "Peter Pan Special Edition" DVD, with the 1953 animated film restored and THX-certified, featuring such goodies as "The Making of Peter Pan"; "The Peter Pan Story"; commentary hosted by Roy Disney and featuring Walt Disney and veteran Disney animators Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnson and Mark Davis, plus film historian Leonard Maltin; a still frames gallery; a "Following the Leader" sing-along; a DVD storybook called "Peter's Playful Prank" and a pirate treasure hunt game; $19.95 minimum advertised price. A VHS special edition will also be available, highlighted by "The Making of Peter Pan" featurette; $15.95 minimum advertised price. (Posted October 29, 2001)

New Release Announcements: On January 2 MGM will release the "revenge among thieves" comedy "What's the Worst That Could Happen?" starring Martin Lawrence and Danny DeVito, on VHS and DVD; on January 8 MGM will release horror thriller "Jeepers Creepers" on VHS and DVD; Buena Vista/Disney has restored two cult films for release on video on January 15: "Tron 20th Anniversary Collector's Edition," available for $14.99 VHS and $29.99 for a loaded two-disc set, and "Newsies Collector's Edition," $14.99 VHS and $29.99 DVD; New Line will release Jennifer Jason Leigh-Alan Cumming's digital video feature "The Anniversary," with a gigantic ensemble cast, on January 15, on VHS and DVD. (Posted October 22, 2001)

Warner Home Video has expanded its "Matrix" franchise with "The Matrix Revisited," a companion to "The Matrix" that looks at the development of the ground-breaking sci-fi film with never-before-seen footage from the original; new interviews with stars and filmmakers (Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, the Wachowski brothers, producer Joel Silver, fight choreographer Yuen Wo Ping); background on the origins of the film; development of the special effects; sneak peek of behind-the-scenes footage from the two upcoming "The Matrix" sequels; a preview of "The Matrix" anime project with a first look at sketches, storyboards, interviews and footage with the animators; three extra hours of hidden features (Easter Eggs) including 188 minutes of music and seven minutes of concealed bonus video material; $19.98. A VHS version with fewer features sells for $14.95. (Posted October 22, 2001)

New Release Announcements: Thriller "The Glass House," starring Leelee Sobieski, will arrive on VHS and DVD on January 2 from Columbia TriStar; exciting non-stop action-thriller "Kiss of the Dragon," starring Jet Li and Bridget Fonda, comes home January 8 from Fox; on January 15 Buena Vista will release misguided comedy "Bubble Boy," Columbia TriStar will release "Tortilla Soup," and Fox will release Mariah Carey flop "Glitter." (Posted October 15, 2001)

New DVD Release Announcements: MGM has finished off its packaging of Woody Allen hits with its third giftset of "The Woody Allen Collection," containing "Broadway Danny Rose," "Hannah and Her Sisters," "A Midsummer Night's Comedy," "The Purple Rose of Cairo," "Radio Days" and "Zelig," for $99.96. Warner Home Video will release on November 13 two classics from the golden age of Hollywood: "Little Women" (1933), directed by George Cukor and starring Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett, Jean Parker, Paul Lukas and Spring Byington, with a new digital transfer and audio restoration, additional audio track music cues from Max Steiner's score, notes on the Hepburn/Cukor collaboration, more; and "Now Voyager" (1942), starring Bette Davis, Claude Rains, and Paul Henreid, with a new digital transfer and audio restoration, scoring session cues from Max Steiner's score; $19.98 each. (Posted October 15, 2001)

Release date change: Buena Vista has delayed until May 14 the Vista Series three-disc DVD director's cut of Michael Bay's "Pearl Harbor"; the VHS and DVD editions of the "60th Anniversary Commemorative Edition" and the "Gift Set 60th Anniversary Commemorative Edition" of the film will still arrive on December 4. (Posted October 15, 2001)

New Release Announcements: DreamWorks will release sci-fi comedy "Evolution," starring David Duchovny, Orlando Jones and Julianne Moore, on December 26, on DVD and VHS rental. Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now Redux," with an added 49 minutes of footage, will come to DVD ($29.99) and VHS sell-through ($24.95) on November 20. Other VHS sell-through: "Save the Last Dance Special Edition," with cast and crew interviews, a music video and a making-of featurette, will arrive November 6 for $14.95; MGM will release "AntiTrust," "The Claim" and "Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her" for $9.94 each on December 26. (Posted October 8, 2001)

New DVD Releases: On December 4 MGM will release "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure," "Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey" and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" (starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin) at $14.95 each. On December 4, Paramount will release the Sally Field-Kevin Kline starrer "Soapdish," David Lynch's "The Elephant Man" and Haskel Wexler's "Medium Cool," for $29.95 each. On January 8, Fox will release a double-dose of MASH: the "MASH Five Star Collection" two-disc DVD set of Robert Altman's classic comedy ($26.98), and a "M*A*S*H Television Season One" three-DVD set ($39.98). One week later, Fox will release "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season One" DVD, with all 12 episodes plus extras, for $39.98. And as announced here last week, Fox will release "Moulin Rouge" on December 18 in VHS rental and DVD. (Posted October 1, 2001)

New release announcements: Coming to VHS and DVD on December 4 are "Summer Catch," starring Freddie Prinze Jr, and "American Outlaws," starring Colin Farrell and Scott Caan, both from Warner, and "The Score," starring Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Angela Bassett and Marlon Brando, from Paramount; on December 11 New Line will release "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," starring John Cameron Mitchell; on December 18 Fox will release "Moulin Rouge," starring Nicole Kidman; on January 22 Universal will release summer smash "The Fast and the Furious," starring Paul Walker and Vin Diesel; on January 29 Buena Vista/Disney will release animated "Atlantis: The Lost Empire"; and, hold your breath, on February 12 "Jay & Silent Bob Strikes Back" will make its way to video. (Posted October 1, 2001)

New DVD announcements: On January 4 MGM will release two cult classics: "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eight Dimension Special Edition" (1984), starring Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum and Christopher Lloyd. The DVD will include commentary by director W.D. Richter; deleted scenes with commentary by Richter; new "making-of" documentary with Richter, Lithgow, Weller, Goldblum; rare prologue sequence starring Jamie Lee Curtis; NUON-enhanced extras (allowing viewers to pre-select close-up zooms, scene-specific behind-the-scenes background facts, scene-specific commentary, Viddie Composer that allows viewers to isolate the film's high points, more). "Mad Max Special Edition" (1979), starring Mel Gibson. The special edition has been remastered with 5.1 digital sound and a new transfer, and boasts Gibson's original audio track (U.S. audiences heard Gibson's lines dubbed by an actor with an "American" accent), two hours of bonus materials including "Mel Gibson: The Birth of a Star" featurette; "Mad Max: The Film Phenomenon" making-of documentary with details on the legendary and excessively dangerous automobile and motorcycle stunts; audio commentary by special effects coordinator Chris Murray, cinematographer David Eggby, and production designer Jon Dowding; animated "Road Rant Facts" trivia feature; more. Both have a $19.98 price tag. (Posted October 1, 2001)

DVD Special Editions: Warner Home Video will release this week the "Citizen Kane 60th Anniversary Edition" (1941), hailed by critics and filmmakers as the greatest film of all time, directed by Orson Welles and starring Welles, Joseph Cotton, Agnes Moorehead, Everett Sloan, Dorothy Comingore and Ray Collins. The two-disc set with restored picture and audio and digitally remastered video from the highest quality surviving elements (a three-year restoration process) includes a gallery of storyboards, rare production photos, call sheets and other memorabilia; two commentaries, one by critic Roger Ebert and one by Welles biographer and writer-director Peter Bogdanovich; 1941 New York premiere; and the documentary "The Battle Over Citizen Kane" (on the second disc); $29.99 suggested retail price. (Posted September 24, 2001)

When DreamWorks released Cameron Crowe's 2000 "Almost Famous" DVD last March (starring Patrick Fugit, Billy Crudup, Jason Lee, Frances McDormand and Kate Hudson), they promised an extended version of the rock odyssey would hit the market before the year was out -- and here it is: "Almost Famous/Untitled -- The Bootleg Cut." Crowe went back and reworked the film, delivering here a 159-minute extended cut. This two-disc set -- with almost five hours of additional material -- includes that cut; the original theatrical release; commentary with Crowe on the "Untitled" version; a specially created featurette including behind-the-scenes footage plus rehearsal footage from Stillwater's San Diego show, and more; deleted scenes with commentary by Crowe, including real-life rock 'n' rollers Pete Droge and Elaine Summer singing "Small Times Blues" and Stillwater's Cleveland concert including six songs performed live; Crowe's Rolling Stone articles from the 1970s; Crowe's Top-10 1973 album picks; the Academy Award-winning script; original music by Nancy Wilson made exclusively for the DVD menus; more; in Dolby and DTS; the DVD package has been designed to resemble a classic rock album from the 1970s and includes an exclusive 23-minute "Stillwater" CD featuring never before released tracks by the film's band; $26.95. (Posted September 24, 2001)

When spies were hip: A&E Home Video has unveiled another venerable cult-classic TV franchise with the September 25 release of "Secret Agent (aka Danger Man) Set 1," starring Patrick McGoohan as a world-weary security specialist working for the M9 branch of Her Majesty's Secret Service. The series (introduced each week to the throbbing beat of Johnny Rivers' "Secret Agent Man" theme song), which many view as a prequel to McGoohan's other cult classic, "The Prisoner," is released to video for the first time in both VHS and DVD editions. A&E will release episodes -- digitally remastered and uncut -- in their original broadcast order, beginning with this three-video/two-disc set from the 1964-64 season that contains six episodes; $29.95 VHS/$39.95 DVD. (Posted September 24, 2001)

Postponed: Columbia TriStar has indefinitely delayed the release, originally scheduled for November 6, of "The Luc Besson Collection," a six-DVD set with "The Big Blue: The Director's Cut," "The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc," "Leon the Professional: Uncut International Version," "Subway," and "La Femme Nikita." (Posted September 17, 2001)

New release announcements: Buena Vista/Dimension will release horror spoof "Scary Movie 2," starring Marlon and Shawn Wayans, on December 18. On November 27 Artisan will release "Made," a crime comedy starring Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Famke Jannsee and Sean Combs. Sell-through: Mega- hit "Cast Away," starring Tom Hanks, will be repriced to $19.98 in a Special Edition that includes a 15-minute making-of featurette, on November 6. (Posted September 17, 2001)

New DVD releases:MGM will release on October 2 the "Fiddler on the Roof 30th Anniversary Edition" (1971), featuring commentary by director Norman Jewison, a documentary on Jewison, a new introduction by Jewison, Tevye's dream sequence in color with an introduction by Jewison, Jewison reading the stories of Sholom Aleichem, an historical photo gallery and storyboards. On November 6 Columbia TriStar will release "The Remains of the Day Special Edition" (1993), starring Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Christopher Reeve and James Fox, with commentary by director James Ivory and Thompson; deleted scenes; HBO making-of documentary; new documentary featuring interviews with Thompson, Hopkins and Reeve; costume and production designs and location footage. On November 13 Fox will release "The X-Files Season Four Collection," a seven-disc set with bonus materials including "The Truth About Season Four" documentary, interviews, "behind the truth" segments, more; $149.98. (Posted September 17, 2001)

Anchor Bay Entertainment has just announced a September 25th release date for one of our favorites, 1989's "Heathers," directed by Michael Lehmann and starring Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Kim Walker and Lisanne Falk. The satirical black comedy that skewers high school life by following the exploits of a clique of fashion-conscious girls known as the Heathers has engendered a cult following among fans and critics alike in the 12 years since its controversial release. The THX-approved release includes commentary by Lehmann, producer Denise Di Novi and writer Daniel Waters; a "Swatch Dogs and Diet Coke Heads" documentary with interviews with Ryder, Slater, Doherty, Lehmann, Di Novi and Waters; and a screenplay excerpt of the original ending. The DVD will be available in five different collectible covers for $19.98. A Limited Edition Collector's tin (individually numbered to 15,000) with a 48-page full-color yearbook-style booklet with rare photos and film notes, a 10-page foldout with photos and liner notes, and a "Heathers Rule" ruler will sell for $39.98. A VHS full-screen version will also be made available for $9.99. (Posted September 10, 2001)

Another DVD spawned by a cult following is "Speak English or Live," a commemorative disc of two digitally remastered live performances of 1980s metal/punk/rap Stormtroopers of Death (which was a spinoff of the metal group Anthrax). The disc contains behind-the-scenes footage and commentary by band members, and will be released September 25 by Megaforce Records (For more info: 215-922-4612). (Posted September 10, 2001)

New release announcements: On November 6, MGM Home Entertainment will release the surprise summer box office hit "Legally Blonde," starring Reese Witherspoon; the DVD edition will feature commentary by director Robert Lujetic and Witherspoon, deleted scenes, and two documentaries. Columbia TriStar will release "America's Sweethearts," starring Julia Roberts, Billy Crystal, Catherine Zeta-Jones and John Cusack, on November 13; the DVD edition will include deleted scenes and a featurette. Tentative dates: "crazy/beautiful" on November 13, "John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars" and "The Princess Diaries" on December 18, "Two Can Play That Game" on December 26, and "American Pie 2" on January 15. (Posted September 3, 2001)

VHS sell-through: "Shadow of the Vampire" has been repriced to $14.98 on October 2, from Universal; New Line will reprice Spike Lee's "Bamboozled" and Julian Schnabel's "Before Night Falls" to $14.98 on October 2; "Dude, Where's My Car?" and "Quills" will be repriced to $14.98 on November 6, from Fox Home Entertainment. (Posted September 3, 2001)

New release announcements: Paramount has set a November 13 release date for "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," starring Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Iain Glen and Noah Taylor. The VHS will be for rental; the DVD will feature several behind-the-scenes featurettes as well as some Lara Croft video game action. On November 6, Columbia TriStar will release "Baby Boy," the third in director John Singleton's urban trilogy that began with "Boys N the Hood." The DVD features commentary by Singleton, deleted scenes, outtakes, and more. (Posted August 27, 2001)

New DVDs: Fans of Monty Python can now rejoice: Columbia TriStar will release the ultimate version of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail Special Edition" to DVD, two-discs loaded with tons of extras, including "enlightening commentaries by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, plus general complaints and back-biting by John Cleese, Eric Idle and Michael Palin; extraordinary animated menus with very loud stereo sound; all-moving, all-singing, all-tax-avoidance; exciting "Follow the Killer Rabbit" feature; a glorious extra 24 seconds absolutely free; three mindless sing-alongs; "How to Use Your Coconuts" (an educational film); "On Location With the Pythons," genuine 18-minute location report made in 1974 by BBC Film Night (broadcast December 19, 1974); behind-the-scenes photos: Hitherto unseen by human eyes; unused locations"; and much, much more. All for a delicious $29.95. (Posted August 27, 2001)

Trekkies can take solace in Paramount's digital restoration of "Star Trek -- The Motion Picture: Director's Edition," a two-disc set with commentary by director Robert Wise, special photographics director Douglas Trumbull, special photographics effects supervisor John Dykstra, music composer Jerry Goldsmith, actor Stephen Collins; three new retrospective documentaries; five additional scenes; outtakes and deleted scenes; $29.99 on November 6. (Posted August 27, 2001)

He came back: "The Terminator Special Edition," that is. The Arnold Schwarzenegger-Linda Hamilton-Michael Biehn 1984 starrer has gotten a digital transfer from high-def master and 5.1 stereo remix from MGM; the DVD features deleted scenes with commentary by director James Cameron; documentary "Other Voices" with new interviews with Cameron, Biehn, producer Gale Anne Hurd; retrospective interviews with Schwarzenegger and Hamilton; the original mono soundtrack; all packaged with hologram cover image; $26.95 on October 2. (Posted August 27, 2001)

New release announcements: Columbia TriStar will release digital animation "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within" on October 23. The company has set an October 30 release for Rob Schneider's "The Animal." Tentative dates have been bandied about for "Osmosis Jones" (November 13) and -- hold on to your hats -- "Rush Hour 2" (December 11). (Posted August 20, 2001)

Confirmed: Warner Home Video will release computer thriller "Swordfish" on October 30 at the VHS sell-through price of $22.98 ... Disney has announced a dizzying array of versions of "Pearl Harbor": On December 4 the company will release a two-cassette (and two-disc) 60th Anniversary Commemorative Edition with a bonus documentary on Pearl Harbor, and a two-cassette (and two-disc) 60th Anniversary Commemorative Gift Set with the bonus documentary and a 53-minute "National Geographic: Beyond the Movie: Pearl Harbor" documentary. On January 15 Disney will release a three-disc Vista Series DVD edition, with the director's cut of the film, the bonus documentary, the "National Geographic: Beyond the Movie: Pearl Harbor" documentary, commentaries, making-of featurettes, and more. (Posted August 20, 2001)

DVD special edition: On September 25, Warner will release "Citizen Kane Special Edition," (1941), starring Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton, Agnes Moorehead, Everett Sloan, Dorothy Comingore and Ray Collins. The two-disc set's extras include storyboards; two commentaries, one by critic Roger Ebert and one by Welles biographer and writer-director Peter Bogdanovich; and the documentary "The Battle Over Citizen Kane" (on the second disc). The company spent three years restoring the 60-year-old classic. (Posted August 20, 2001)

New VHS Sell-through Announcements: Columbia TriStar has set a September 4 release date for the priced-to-own releases of "Cruel Intentions 2," "Girlfight" and "One Day in September," at $14.95 each. Also on September 4 Warner will release "Space Cowboys Collector's Edition," with bonus footage, for a minimum advertised price of $13.95; and Fox will release "Men of Honor," "Tigerland," "Bedazzled" and "Woman on Top" for $14.95 each. On October 20 Paramount will release "What Women Want Special Edition," with cast and crew interviews and a behind-the-scenes featurette, for $14.95. (Posted August 13, 2001)

New DVD Announcements: Columbia TriStar will release on September 11 the by-now camp horror classic "13 Ghosts," (1960), directed by the legendary William Castle and starring Charles Herbert, Jo Morrow, Martin Milner, Rosemary DeCamp and Margaret Hamilton; features include "Illusion-O" special effects enhanced for viewing with a special Illusion-O viewer included in the DVD, and "13 Ghosts: The Magic of Illusion-O" featurette. On September 18 MGM will release "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," (1963), directed by Stanley Kramer with a cast that includes Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, Edie Adams, Ethel Merman, Dick Shawn, Phil Silvers, Dorothy Provine, Jonathan Winters, Peter Falk, Jimmy Durante and Terry-Thomas; features include "Something a Little Less Serious" documentary offering interviews with Kramer, Berle, Caesar, Rooney, Carl Reiner, Jerry Lewis and others; and outtakes. Also on that day Universal will release "An American Werewolf in London Collector's Edition" (1981), directed by John Landis and starring David Naughton and Griffin Dunne; extras include interviews with Landis and make-up artist Rick Baker, a featurette, and storyboards to final scene comparisons. (Posted August 13, 2001)

Webmaster notes: "Shrek" will be released on a special day, Friday, November 2 (regular release day for that week is December 6). And "Dr. Dolittle 2" will be released October 23. (Posted August 13, 2001)

Special Releases: Artisan Home Entertainment has set a September 18 release date for two interesting special editions. The "Basic Instinct Special Edition" (1992), starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone, will be available in rated and unrated versions, with the unrated version containing audio commentary by director Paul Verhoeven and director of photography Jan de Bont as well as explicit footage deemed too controversial for domestic theatrical release. Both the unrated and rated versions contain the making-of documentary "Blonde Poison," a "Cleaning up Basic Instinct" montage comparing the TV version to the theatrical version. Housed in a clear plastic "ice" case with an ice-pick pen with red ink. The "Total Recall Special Edition" (1990), directed by Verhoeven and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone, will be packaged in a round metal "Mars" container and contains audio commentary by Schwarzenegger and Verhoeven, an "Imagining Total Recall" documentary, "Rekall's Virtual Vacations," a "Visions of Mars" featurette, visual storyboard comparisons, conceptual art, photo gallery and more. (Posted August 6, 2001)

Paramount will release on August 28 a "Forrest Gump Special Edition" (1994), starring Tom Hanks, Robin Wright Penn, Gary Sinise, Sally Field and Mykelti Williamson. The two-disc set will have the film and commentary by director Robert Zemeckis, producer Steve Starkey and production designer Rick Carter on one disc. The second disc, "Behind the Magic of Forrest Gump," contains "Through the Eyes of Forrest Gump" "making-of" featurette; featurettes on sound, production design, make-up and effects; screen tests; and more. (Posted August 6, 2001)

Warner Home Video is cashing in on the upcoming theatrical release of "The Lord of the Rings" with a September 11 release of three animated Rings features: the Ralph Bakshi-directed "The Lord of the Rings" (1978), "The Hobbit" (1978) and "The Return of the King" (1980), on both VHS and DVD. (Posted August 6, 2001)

New DVD Announcements: The fabulously kinky 1988 "Killer Klowns From Outer Space" (1988), featuring commentary by director Stephen Chiodo, deleted scenes, storyboards, photo gallery, "making-of" documentary, visual effects commentary, and more, will arrive August 28 from MGM as part of their Midnite Movies collection. Also on that day Paramount will release "Marathon Man" (1976), starring Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider and Marthe Keller. The DVD features new cast and crew interviews with Hoffman, Scheider, Keller, William Goldman and producer Robert Evans; the original "Making of Marathon Man" featurette; and rehearsal footage from the set of the film. (Posted August 6, 2001)

After shattering weekend boxoffice records by taking in close to $70 million, "Planet of the Apes" may be set to conquer the holiday home video season: there's a tentative release date bouncing around of November 27 for DVD and VHS versions. And Steven Spielberg's "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" may be coming to home video on December 18. Stay tuned. (Posted July 30, 2001)

Special Releases: Anchor Bay has set an August 21 release date for the long-awaited "The Wicker Man" (1973), starring Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland and Diane Cilento. Two DVDs will be available: the theatrical version, with "The Wicker Man Enigma" featurette, for $19.98; and a Limited Edition two-disc set in a wooden "wicker" box in an edition of 50,000, with the theatrical version, an extended version that contains 11 minutes of additional footage, and "The Wicker Man Enigma" featurette; $39.98. Two VHS versions will also be available: the theatrical version, widescreen, $9.99 and the extended version , widescreen, $14.98. ... Warner Home Video will release new VHS and DVD editions of candy classic "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" (1971), starring Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum and Roy Kinnear. The VHS includes a new documentary "Pure Imagination: The Making of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" $22.96; the DVD includes the "Pure Imagination" documentary as well as commentary by the now-grown-up Wonka kids, sing-along Wonka songs, and the original theatrical featurette; both due August 24. (Posted July 30, 2001)

VHS Sell-through: The wonderful "Wonder Boys," starring Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire, Katie Holmes, Frances McDormand and Robert Downey Jr., will be priced to own on August 7 for $14.95 ... "The Contender," starring Joan Allen and Gary Oldman, and "The Legend of Bagger Vance," starring Will Smith and Matt Damon, will come to sell-through on August 28 at $9.98 each ... On October 2, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" will surface at $19.96, while thriller "Anatomy," starring Franka Potente, will arrive for $14.95. (Posted July 30, 2001)

New release announcements: Hot on the heels of "Jurassic Park III's" $80 million five-day opening, Universal Studios Home Entertainment has set a December 11 release date for the home video versions of the dino adventure, according to a reliable source. No info about DVD extras or VHS pricing was available. A release date of November 6 has been bandied about for another popular summertime film, "Cats & Dogs," from Warner. USA Films has set September 25 for the release of the very dark comedy "One Night at McCool's," starring Matt Dillon, Liv Tyler, Paul Reiser and John Goodman. And Tom Green's earthy comedy "Freddy Got Fingered" is scheduled for an October 23 release, from Fox. (Posted July 23, 2001)

DVD special editions: On September 25 Fox will release "The French Connection Five Star Collection, directed by William Friedkin and starring Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey and Tony LoBianco. The 30th anniversary special edition two-disc set features a director-supervised 5.1 Dolby transfer, with commentary by Friedkin, Hackman and Scheider, "Making the Connection: Untold Stories of the French Connection" documentary, BBC documentary "Poughkeepsie Shuffle," seven deleted scenes, deleted scenes documentary hosted by Friedkin, behind-the-scenes stills gallery; $26.98. Fox will also release "French Connection II" for the first time to DVD, but only as part of "The French Collection DVD Box Set," which contains the two-disc "The French Connection Five Star" edition plus the one-disc "French Connection II" (1975), directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Bernard Fresson, Jean-Pierre Castaldi and Cathleen Nesbit, with commentary by Frankenheimer, Hackman and producer Robert Rosen, wardrobe and storyboard galleries, behind-the-scenes gallery; $39.98. Meanwhile, Warner has announced a November 6 release for a special edition of "Doctor Zhivago," David Lean's 1965 romantic epic starring Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Tom Courtenay, Alec Guiness, Ralph Richardson, Rod Steiger and Rita Tushingham. The two-disc set will feature six hours of additional content, including commentary by Sharif, Steiger and David Lean's wife, Sandra Lean. (Posted July 23, 2001)

New release announcements:Barry Levinson's Irish-set political comedy "An Everlasting Piece" will arrive August 7 from DreamWorks; hairdressing comedy "Blow Dry" will be released August 14 by Miramax; Mike Nichols' HBO telefilm melodrama "Wit" comes to home video September 4; HBO will release on September 11 Billy Crystal's homage to 1961's homerun race "61*"; rock 'n' roll actioner "A Knight's Tale" and vampire thriller "The Forsaken" will be released September 25 by Columbia TriStar; also on that date Fox will release the ensemble melodrama "Kingdom Come"; on October 9 Miramax will release the delightful comedy "Bridget Jone's Diary"; techno-cyber-action-thriller "Swordfish" will arrive November 6 from Warner; and "Dr, Dolittle 2" will talk its way on to home video December 4, from Fox. (Posted July 16, 2001)

New DVD announcements: Anchor Bay has scheduled a July 24 release date for a special Silver Anniversary Edition of "The Stepford Wives," starring Katharine Ross, Paula Prentiss, Patrick O'Neal and Tina Louise. On August 21, Fox will re-release "Planet of the Apes," starring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter, as a single DVD, and "Planet of the Apes Evolution," a six-disc set containing all five "Planet of the Apes" films plus a bonus disc of supplementary material. Also on that day Fox will release "Batman: The Movie 35th Anniversary Special Edition," starring Adam West, Burt Ward, Burgess Meredith, Cesar Romero, Frank Gorshim, Lee Merriweather, with commentary by West and Ward and other extras. On August 28 MGM will release special editions of two Brian De Palma films: "Carrie 25th Anniversary Special Edition," starring Sissy Spacek, Nancy Allen, John Travolta, Amy Irving, Piper Laurie, and featuring a "Visualizing Carrie" documentary, "Acting Carrie" actor's perspective documentary with De Palma, Spacek, Irving and others, a Stephen King biography, an animated photo gallery and "Carrie" the musical featurette with Betty Buckley; and "Dressed to Kill Special Edition," starring Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Dennis Franz, Nancy Allen and featuring the unrated version with a "making-of" documentary (with new interviews with De Palma, Dickinson, Franz, Allen and Keith Gordon), "Slashing Dressed to Kill" featurette (which depicts the censorship and controversy surrounding the film), "Dressed to Kill: An Appreciation by Keith Gordon," "The X, R and G of Dressed to Kill" (which compares the different versions of the film), and an animated photo gallery with never-before-seen behind-the-scenes photos. (Posted July 9, 2001)

New release announcements: John Le Carre's "The Tailor of Panama" with Pierce Brosnan and Geoffrey Rush (September 11), "Just Visiting" starring Jean Reno (September 11), "'Crocodile' Dundee in Los Angeles" (September 18), and "Kiss the Girls" sequel "Along Came a Spider" starring Morgan Freeman (September 25). New DVD releases: Fox is going all out for a July 10 release of all three Bruce Willis "Die Hard" films with the "Die Hard Five Star Collection," a two-disc set with commentary by director John McTiernan, production designer Jackson DeGovia, and scene specific commentary by special effects supervisor Richard Edlund; two extended scenes (airplane sequence and power shutdown scene); deleted scenes; outtakes reel; gag reel; newscasts; featurette; Cutting Room and Mixing Studio: Puts viewers in the editor's chair by cutting and mixing sequences; full-length screenplay; interactive articles from American Cinematographer and Cinefex Magazine; DTS; DVD-ROM features for $29.98. The company is also releasing two-disc sets of "Die Hard 2: Die Harder" and "Die Hard With a Vengeance" for $29.98 each as well as the "Die Hard Ultimate Collection," a six-disc box set with all three films for $79.98. Meanwhile, Universal will release on July 31 "American Pie Ultimate Edition," a two-disc set with widescreen and full screen versions; DTS; sneak peaks of "American Pie 2"; deleted scenes; original poster concepts; photographic montage; Potty Game; music videos; outtakes; spotlight on location; commentary by director Paul Weitz, producer Chris Weitz, writer Adam Herz, stars Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott and Eddie Kaye Thomas; music highlights; classic quotes; in rated and unrated editions, for $29.98. (Posted July 2, 2001)

New to own VHS: Columbia TriStar will release "The Patriot," "Whipped," "Beautiful," "The Tao of Steve" and "A Better Way to Die" on August 28 for $14.95 each.

New to DVD: Fox will release on July 10 the "Die Hard Five Star Collection," a two-disc set with commentary by director John McTiernan, production designer Jackson DeGovia, and scene specific commentary by special effects supervisor Richard Edlund; two extended scenes (airplane sequence and power shutdown scene); deleted scenes; outtakes reel; gag reel; newscasts; featurette; a "Cutting Room and Mixing Studio" function that puts viewers in the editor's chair by cutting and mixing sequences; full-length screenplay; interactive articles from American Cinematographer and Cinefex Magazine; DTS sound; and DVD-ROM features; $29.98 ... No way. Way! Paramount will release on July 10 "Wayne's World" and Wayne's World 2" for $24.99 each ... Another DVD collection hitting video stores is "The John Singleton Collection," containing "Higher Learning," "Boyz N the Hood" and "Poetic Justice," for $50.00 on July 3. ... Fox will deconstruct its "Bruce Lee Collection," making the four films of that set available as singles for the first time: "The Chinese Connection," "Fists of Fury," "Game of Death" and "Return of the Dragon"; $19.98 each. (Posted June 25, 2001)

Coming soon to DVD: "Gandhi," due August 28, from Columbia TriStar; a two-disc "Forrest Gump Special Edition," due August 28 from Paramount; "The Princess Bride Special Edition," from MGM on September 4; and "The Sopranos" second season, from HBO, on November 13. And, if rumors come true, look for "Star Trek -- The Motion Picture" to arrive on DVD in October.

New releases: "Get Over It," "Josie and the Pussycats" and "Enemy at the Gates" (August 14); "Pokemon 3: The Movie" (August 21); "The Adventures of Joe Dirt," "See Spot Run" and "Exit Wounds" (August 28); "Memento" (September 4); "Blow" (September 11); "Someone Like You" and "Driven" (September 18); "The Mummy Returns" (as first reported here last month, on October 2); "Angel Eyes" (October 9); "Town & Country" (October 16). Want some tentative dates? "Shrek" on October 30 and "Pearl Harbor" on either December 7 or 11. And the rumor mill is going full-steam ahead with December release dates for "Tomb Raider," "Final Fantasy," and the yet-to-be-released theatrically "Jurassic Park III," "American Pie 2" and "A.I. Artificial Intelligence." (Posted June 18, 2001)

To tie-in with the June 26 Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment double-disc DVD release of the special edition of "Dogma," director Kevin Smith will make a special appearance in Southern California to promote the film. The event will take place at Dave's Video -- The Laser Place at 12144 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. For more information, call 818-760-3472. New Release Announcements: Due August 7 is the Brad Pitt-Julia Roberts comedy "The Mexican," from DreamWorks; on August 14 New Line will release Robert De Niro- Edward Burns suspenser "15 Minutes," with the infinifilm DVD version packed with all sorts of seamless extras; that same day will bring silly comedy "Tomcats," from Columbia TriStar; On August 21 Fox will release brother-sister comedy "Say It Isn't So," starring Heather Graham and Chris Klein. (Posted June 11, 2001)

New releases: Controversial religious film "The Body," starring Antonio Banderas, will be released July 3 by Columbia TriStar. "Down to Earth," starring Chris Rock, arrives July 10, from Paramount. Wong Kar-Wei's "In the Mood for Love," from USA Films, will arrive on home video July 17. On July 24 Ed Harris' biodrama of art legend Jackson Pollock, "Pollock," will be framed on home video from Columbia TriStar. On July 31 animated family film "The Trumpet of the Swan" and romantic comedy "The Brothers" will settle into video stores, both from Columbia TriStar. The Julia Roberts-Brad Pitt starrer "The Mexican" shoots up the small screen on August 7, from DreamWorks. And cop thriller "15 Minutes" finds time on home video on August 14, from New Line. VHS Sell- through: Chiller "Bless the Child," starring Kim Bassinger, Jimmy Smits and Christina Ricci, will be released for $14.95 in a special edition that includes cast and crew interviews; from Paramount on June 26. "The Original Kings of Comedy" will arrive in a VHS special edition for $14.95, with bonus scenes, on June 5, also from Paramount. (Posted June 3, 2001)

Fans of the Sci Fi Channel's "Lexx" -- the wild and woolly worldwide cult hit about three outcasts and a robot head who roam two universes in a bioengineered bug the size of Manhattan -- have cause to celebrate: Acorn Media is bringing to VHS and DVD on May 29 eight episodes from Season 2. The "Lexx S2*V1 (Series 2, Video set 1)" and "Lexx S2*V2 (Series 2, Video set 2)" DVDs each contain four episodes with such goodies as behind-the-scenes "making of" segments, interviews with cast and crew, "Rated Lexx" segments not seen on American TV and trivia; $29.95 each. The "Lexx S2*V1" and "Lexx S2*V2" VHS versions are two-cassette sets with four episodes each set, and features interviews with cast and crew; $29.95 per set. Acorn can be reached at www.acornmedia.com or 800-999-0212 ... MGM Home Entertainment continues to release new DVDs of classic films at a record pace. Scheduled for a June 19 release are "The Apartment," "Moby Dick," "The Entertainer," "Marty," "Sweet Smell of Success," "The Misfits," "Tom Jones" and "The Lion in Winter," $19.98 suggested retail price each. (Posted May 28, 2001)

New DVD announcements: Warner Home Video will release on June 5 "The Fugitive Special Edition," featuring a new digital master of the 1993 Harrison Ford-Tommy Lee Jones starrer along with commentary by director Andrew Davis and co-producer Peter MacGregor-Scott, an introduction by Harrison Ford, "Derailed: Anatomy of a Train Wreck" documentary and an "On the Run With the Fugitive" documentary (with cast and crew interviews, unseen footage). On June 19 Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will release Vittorio De Sica's "The Garden of the Finzi Continis," starring Dominique Sanda and Helmut Berger. And from MGM on June 5 comes a whole host of new releases: a five-disc Woody Allen collection featuring "Alice," "Another Woman," "Crimes and Misdemeanors," "September" and "Shadows and Fog"; special editions of Oliver Stone's "Platoon" and "Salvador," with commentary by the director and a slew of documentaries and special features; and DVD editions of John Boorman's "Hope and Glory" and Jonathan Demme's "Something Wild." VHS sell-through: The aforementioned "Fugitive Special Edition" will also be released on VHS on June 5, featuring an introduction with the film's stars and creators and the "Derailed: Anatomy of a Train Wreck" and "On the Run With the Fugitive" documentaries, for $14.95. On June 26 Universal will release "Bring It On Special Edition," the cheerleading Kirsten Dunst starrer, with the added features of the film's car wash home movie, a cheer-along scene, Blaque "As If" music video, deleted and extended scenes and more, $14.98. And lastly, Columbia TriStar will release on June 26 "Charlie's Angels" for $19.96 and "Urban Legends: Final Cut" for $14.95. (Posted May 21, 2001)

Rumors are already circulating about the home video release of Universal's blockbuster "The Mummy Returns," which has already passed $110 million at the box office in one week of theatrical release. A tentative release date of October 2 has been posted on at least one industry-related Web site, which would fit in with the industry norm of a five-month "window" between theatrical and home video release. No price has yet been suggested, though it would make sense that, for a hit of this magnitude, a low sell-through price would maximize sales out of the gate for the studio. Stay tuned ... right now the release date has not been verified. Other release news: A massive nine-disc Stanley Kubrick Collection will be available from Warner on June 12, with all-new digital transfers of eight Kubrick films ("Dr. Strangelove," "Barry Lyndon," "A Clockwork Orange," "Full Metal Jacket," "The Shining," "2001: A Space Odyssey" (new widescreen edition), "Lolita," "Eyes Wide Shut Collector's Edition"); the ninth disc is a new documentary, "Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures"; $199.92. Disney has announced an October 9 release date for a special two-disc DVD edition of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," with a $29.99 suggested retail price, with unannounced bonus features; on October 23 the company will release to DVD "Dumbo Special 60th Anniversary Edition," with behind-the-scenes features, production materials, and more, with a $29.99 suggested retail price. (Posted May 14, 2001)

New release announcements: Paramount will release the much overlooked "You Can Count on Me" on June 26; weird comedy "Monkeybone," starring Brendan Fraser, arrives July 10 from Fox; "The Family Man," starring Nicolas Cage and Tea Leoni, will spend time on home video starting July 17, from Universal; Academy Award nominated "Chocolat" dishes up its sweets on August 7, from Miramax; also on that day Disney will release the animated "Recess: School's Out"; on September 4 spring blockbuster "Spy Kids" will home in on video, from Miramax; and on September 25 MGM will release "Heartbreakers," starring Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ray Liotta and Jason Lee. (Posted May 7, 2001)

Universal has announced a November 20 release date for its smash Christmas 2000 release, "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas," starring Jim Carrey, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, Taylor Momsen, Molly Shannon and Anthony Hopkins. The film will be available in a VHS sell-through edition ($24.98) and a Collector's Edition DVD featuring a "Spotlight on Location" making-of featurette, sing-alongs and read-alongs, deleted scenes, Faith Hill music video, featurettes on Whoville, Grinch makeup application and special effects, outtakes and DVD-ROM features ($26.98). Columbia TriStar has announced three hot DVD releases for June and July: Brian De Palma's "Obsession" (1976), starring Cliff Robertson, Genevieve Bujold and John Lithgow, with an "Obsession Revisited" documentary, June 26; the on-again, off-again, now on DVD release of "Dogma Special Edition" (1999), starring Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Linda Fiorentino, in a two-disc set featuring cast and crew commentary (director Kevin Smith, Affleck, Jason Lee, producers Scott Mosier and Vincent Pereira), technical audio commentary by Smith, Mosier and Pereira, "Judge Not in Defense of Dogma" documentary, complete set of storyboards from three major scenes, 100 minutes of deleted scenes, cast and crew outtakes, Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash Spot, Saints and Sinners talent files, and more, due June 26; and the much requested "The Indian in the Cupboard" (1995), starring Hal Scardino, Lindsay Crouse, Litefoot and David Keith, with commentary by director Frank Oz and a photo gallery, due July 3. (Posted April 30, 2001)

New DVD announcements: Anchor Bay Entertainment will release three Paul Verhoeven films to DVD on April 24: "Soldier of Orange," "The Fourth Man" and "Turkish Delight," all with commentary by the director. On May 22 Paramount will release five war-themed films: "Catch 22" (1970), directed by Mike Nichols and starring Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, Buck Henry, Art Garfunkel and Martin Sheen, and featuring commentary by Nichols and filmmaker Steven Soderbergh; "Hell Is for Heroes"; "In Harm's Way"; "Uncommon Valor" and "The Bridges at Toko-Ri." On May 29, 20th Century Fox will release the Marilyn Monroe Diamond Collection, consisting of "The Seven Year Itch," "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," "How to Marry a Millionaire," "There's No Business Like Show Business" and "Bus Stop," available separately or in a boxed set for $99.98. On June 5 Columbia TriStar will release Robert Rossen's "All the King's Men" (1949), which won Academy Awards for best picture, best actor (Broderick Crawford) and best supporting actress (Mercedes McCambridge). Also on that day Paramount will release John Ford's 1962 classic "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," starring John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Lee Marvin and Vera Miles. (Posted April 23, 2001)

Winstar's Fox Lorber Centrestage label will release on May 8 "The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack," a documentary about the great folksinger Ramblin' Jack Elliott, a cult favorite who started out at the side of Woody Guthrie and went on to befriend and influence such cultural icons as Jack Kerouac and Bob Dylan. The film was put together by Elliott's daughter, Aiyana, as an homage to the father whom she had little contact with as he rambled around the country. Also on that day, Fox Lorber will release to DVD two classic foreign films: Michelangelo Antonioni's "La Notte" (1960), starring Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau; and "Love and the French Woman" (1960), an anthology of short pieces by seven directors, including Henri Decoin, Rene Clair and Michel Boisrond. The folks at Anchor Bay Entertainment have released -- for the first time ever -- VHS and DVD versions of "Candy" (1968), the ribald film (based on Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg's novel) starring Marlon Brando, Richard Burton, James Coburn, John Huston, Walter Matthau, John Astin, Ringo Star and Ewa Aulin as Candy. (Posted April 16, 2001)

New releases: Tentative dates have been set for "Cast Away" (June 12); "Save the Last Dance" (June 19); "Dude, Where's My Car?" (June 26); "Dracula 2000," "The Wedding Planner," "Snatch," "Sweet November," "3000 Miles to Graceland" and "Valentine" (all July 3); "Double Take" and "Head Over Heels" (July 10); "The Gift" (July 17) and "Hannibal" (August 21). New DVD: On May 29, Columbia TriStar will release "Close Encounters of the Third Kind Collectors Edition," a two-disc set director's cut with 101-minute "The Making of Close Encounters" documentary, 1977 "Watching the Skies" featurette, and 11 deleted scenes. VHS sell-through: "Me, Myself and Irene" will be available in a special edition, with deleted scenes, for $14.98 on June 5; also on that day "The Cell," starring Jennifer Lopez, will be repriced from rental to $14.98. (Posted April 9, 2001)

Universal Studios Home Video is re-releasing the video versions of "The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps" as an Uncensored Director's Cut (unrated) edition on both VHS and DVD. Both versions contain uncut scenes that would have caused the MPAA's censors to squirm a little more in their seats. The DVD adds a behind-the-scenes featurette, a making-of featurette, commentary by director Peter Segal, a conversation with Segal and producer Brian Grazer, storyboard to film comparisons, the original Sherman Klump makeup test, Janet Jackson wardrobe and screen tests, four music videos, and DVD-ROM extras; due May 22. Also on that day comes "Sex and the City: The Complete Second Season," a four-tape VHS box set and a three-disc DVD set for just under $50.00. In addition to all 18 episodes, the DVD adds interviews and never-before-seen footage with stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, and creator Darren Star. (Posted April 2, 2001)

Look! Up on the shelf! It's Superman! On May 1, Warner Home Entertainment will release all four Superman films, starring Christopher Reeve in the title role, on DVD, as individual titles and as a boxed set. "Superman -- The Movie Special Edition" (1978), features commentary with director Richard Donner and creative consultant Tom Mankiewicz; four documentaries: "The Magic Behind the Cape" (special effects), "Making Superman: Filming the Legend" (production), "Screen Tests" (casting), "Taking Flight: The Development of Superman (preproduction); unseen footage added in by Donner; Superman and Lois Lane screen tests; audio outtakes with alternate scoring for eight sequences; music only audio track; and two deleted scenes. "Superman II" (1981), "Superman III" (1983) and "Superman IV -- The Quest for Peace" (1987) will be standard edition DVDs. "The Complete Superman Collection" boxed set with all four Superman films will sell for $70.02. (Posted March 25, 2001)

New release: New Line Cinema will release "Dungeons & Dragons," starring Jeremy Irons and Thora Birch, on May 22. Tentative: Buena Vista will release the Coen brothers' "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" on June 12. DVD coming attractions: Paramount will release "Terms of Endearment" on April 10 and "Love Story" and "Ghost" on April 24. Fox will release a seven-disc collector's edition of the complete third season of "The X-Files" on May 8 for $149.98. Sell-through coming attractions: Warner will release "Miss Congeniality: straight to VHS sell-through on May 1 at $22.98. "M:I-2 Special Edition" will arrive for $14.95, from Paramount, also on May 1. Universal will release "U-571 Special Edition" on May 15 for $19.98. And on May 22 comes "Gone in 60 Seconds," from Buena Vista, for $19.99, and six titles from Universal for $14.99 each: "Road Trip," "Pitch Black," "The Skulls Special Edition," "Small Time Crooks," "Screwed" and "Beyond the Mat." (Posted March 18, 2001)

New releases: Academy Award nominated "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," by DGA and Golden Globe best director Ang Lee, is tentatively scheduled for a June 5 release by Columbia TriStar. Wim Wender's thriller "The Million Dollar Hotel," starring Mel Gibson and Milla Jovovich, will arrive April 3 from Studio Home Entertainment. Patrice Leconte's lovely romance "Girl on the Bridge," starring Daniel Auteuil and Vanessa Paradis, will come to home video on April 24, from Paramount. Computer thriller "Antitrust," starring Ryan Phillippe and Rachael Leigh Cook, is due to arrive May 15, from MGM. Also on that day Paramount will release Istvan Szabo's "Sunshine," starring Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz; and Fox will release the Marquis de Sade saga "Quills," starring Geoffrey Rush and Kate Winslet. Tentative dates: "Vertical Limit," on May 22; "Shadow of the Vampire," on May 29; "Valentine," "3000 Miles to Graceland" and "Sweet November" on July 3; and "Head Over Heels" on July 17. (Posted March 11, 2001)

Walt Disney has announced that four more Disney family films will be released on DVD in coming weeks: "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" (1971) and "The Sword in the Stone" (1963) due on March 20, "The Emperor's New Groove" (2000) day and date with a VHS sell-through release on May 1, and "Oliver & Company" (1988) due June 5 ... 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has pulled out all the stops for a DVD release of "Cleopatra" (1963), the most expensive film of all time (the equivalent of $200 million today) and one of the longest U.S. films ever released (clocking in at 243 minutes, slightly longer than "Gone With the Wind"). The lavish, opulent Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton-Rex Harrison starrer will encompass three discs and will be filled with special specials that include a two-hour documentary, commentary, newsreels and more; due April 3 for $29.98. (Posted March 4, 2001)

The big announcement for the week: Academy Award nominated "Traffic," directed by Steven Soderbergh and featuring an all-star cast that includes Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Don Cheadle and Benicio Del Toro, will come to home video May 29, from USA films. Other new releases: "The Legend of Bagger Vance," starring Will Smith, Matt Damon and Charlize Theron, will arrive April 3 from DreamWorks. Fox will release the military drama "Men of Honor," starring Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr., on April 10. On May 1, Warner will release the Sandra Bullock-starrer "Miss Congeniality"; also on that day Columbia TriStar will release Billy Bob Thornton's "All the Pretty Horses," starring Matt Damon. May 8 brings the Mel Gibson-starrer "What Women Want," from Paramount. Also on that day comes karaoke comedy "Duets," from Buena Vista. June brings ensemble comedy "State and Main" (6/19) from New Line; M. Night Shyamalian's "Unbreakable" (6/26) starring Bruce Willis, from Touchstone; "The Pledge" (6/26) starring Jack Nicholson, from Warner; and "Proof of Life" (6/26), starring Russell Crowe and Meg Ryan, also from Warner. July's gifts include two New Line releases: "Thirteen Days" (7/10) "Sugar & Spice" (7/17). (Posted February 26, 2001)

Three cult science fiction films are making their way to DVD from Fox on March 27: "Alien Nation," starring James Caan and Mandy Patinkin; "Enemy Mine," starring Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett Jr.; and John Boorman's "Zardoz," starring Sean Connery. New to VHS sell-through: "Big Momma's House Special Edition," featuring a bloopers and outtakes reel, and a 12-minute featurette not available on the DVD, for $14.98, from Fox; Mel Gibson's "The Patriot," from Columbia TriStar for $19.96; "Frequency," starring Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel, for $14.98 from New Line; and "Stuart Little," starring Geena Davis and Jonathan Lipnicki, $19.96 from Columbia TriStar; all available April 3. (Posted February 19, 2001)

Warner Bros. has just announced the release to DVD of yet another blockbuster film, William Wyler's "Ben Hur" (1959), starring Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Hugh Griffith and Martha Scott, with commentary by Heston, a "Ben-Hur: The Making of an Epic" documentary, screen tests, and a stills gallery; available March 13. Meanwhile, Universal has scheduled an April 24 release date for "The Mummy Ultimate Edition" DVD, just in time for the spring release of "The Mummy Returns." To refresh your memory, "The Mummy" (1999) starred Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, Arnold Vosloo and John Hannah, and was an incredible surprise hit for the studio ($450 million worldwide). This edition is basically a re-issue of the original DVD (which featured the "Building a Better Mummy" documentary, commentary by director Stephen Sommers, visual and special effects formations, "Egyptology 101" timeline, and deleted scenes) with added goodies such as a "Spotlight on Location" featurette highlighting "The Mummy Returns" sequel with Sommers, cast interviews and behind-the-scenes footage; "The Mummy Returns" theatrical trailer; "The Mummy" storyboards and final feature comparisons; a script to scene feature; a Pharaoh lineage; an interactive PC game and more. (Posted February 12, 2001)

The Hollywood Reporter has reported a March 13 release date for the sell-through edition of the Russell Crowe blockbuster "Gladiator"; minumum suggested retail price is $13.95. And the Los Angeles Times has reported an October 9 release date for the DVD version of Disney's classic "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." (Posted February 5, 2001)

Big films coming to DVD: The major studios are prepping a host of major films and big blockbusters for release to DVD this winter and spring. Coming soon: Stanley Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove: Or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Special Edition" (February 27), George Stevens' "The Greatest Story Ever Told" (March 6), 10 Alfred Hitchcock classics ("Family Plot," "Frenzy," "The Man Who Knew Too Much," "Rear Window Collector's Edition," "Rope," "Saboteur," "Shadow of a Doubt," "Topaz," "Torn Curtain" and "The Trouble With Harry," all due March 6), David Lean's "A Passage to India" (March 20) and "Lawrence of Arabia" (March 27), "The Magnificent Seven" (May 8) and Billy Wilder's "Some Like It Hot" (May 22). All come with featurettes, documentaries, commentaries and all sorts of extra DVD goodies. (Posted February 5, 2001)

New releases: Scheduled for March 27 is "Rugrats in Paris," with a sell-through price to be announced; on April 3 Disney will release "102 Dalmatians," also at sell-through. On April 10 Miramax will release the romantic drama "Bounce," starring Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow, while Universal will send to home video art house darling "Billy Elliot" on April 17. Also on April 17 New Line will release Spike Lee's "Bamboozled," starring Damon Wayans and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Paramount will release "The Ladies Man," starring Saturday Night Live's Tim Meadows, and Miramax will release "The Yards," starring Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Joaquin Phoenix and James Caan, And, on April 24, Columbia TriStar has scheduled "Finding Forrester," starring Sean Connery and Rob Brown. (Posted January 29, 2001)

The folks at Anchor Bay Entertainment have done their wonders with four new editions of the highly respected action-thriller "Manhunter," directed by Michael Mann and starring William Petersen as the FBI agent responsible for tracking down infamous criminal Hannibal Lector (whom "Silence of the Lambs" brought to cinematic fame). The company will release the film on DVD in two versions: on a single disc theatrical version with two new featurettes ("Inside Manhunter" and "The Manhunter Look") and in a Limited Edition two-disc DVD set with the theatrical version and director's cut and the two featurettes, individually numbered up to 100,000 copies. Two VHS editions will also be available: the full-frame theatrical version and the widescreen director's cut, both at $9.99. Another highly anticipated DVD release, the Special Edition of "Dogma," has been postponed by Columbia TriStar to an undisclosed date. (Posted January 22, 2001)

New releases: Urban drama "Turn It Up," featuring Fugee's Prakazrel Michel and rap artist Ja Rule, pops to home video March 20. Adam Sandler comedy "Little Nicky" arrives April 24. Releases due May 8: "Space Cowboys," starring Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and James Garner. May 15: "Pay It Forward," starring Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt and Haley Joel Osment; and dog show mockumentary "Best in Show," starring Christopher Guest and Parker Posey. Date change: the Brendan Fraser-Elizabeth Hurley starrer "Bedazzled" arrives April 17 instead of February 27. (Posted January 15, 2001)

New February release: Harold Ramis' remake of 1967's "Bedazzled" arrives February 27. The film stars Brendan Fraser and Elizabeth Hurley. New March releases: Due March 13 is Cameron Crowe's fabulous ode to rock 'n' roll (and much more) "Almost Famous"; due March 20: "Remember the Titans," starring Denzel Washington; Lars von Trier's "Dancer in the Dark," starring Bjork; John Travolta starrer "Lucky Numbers"; due March 27:sci-fier "Red Planet," starring Val Kilmer and Carrie-Anne Moss; and indie "Girlfight." Due on May 22: director Darren Aronofsky's "Requiem for a Dream," his first effort since "Pi." "Rocky" fans rejoice: MGM Home Entertainment is releasing on April 24 the "Rocky Gift Set" (all five "Rocky" films) to DVD for $89.96. The set includes the "Rocky Special Edition" DVD, which will be made available separately for $24.98, and which features a 33-minute video commentary by Sylvester Stallone; feature-length commentary by director John Avildsen, producers Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler, and Talia Shire and Burt Young; a behind-the-scenes featurette; plus never-before-seen rehearsal footage. A VHS Gift Set will be available for $39.96. (Posted January 8, 2001)

Universal has announced a March 6 release date for smash box office hit "Meet the Parents," in sell-through VHS ($22.98) and DVD versions. Paramount has scheduled three football-film DVD releases on January 30: "Necessary Roughness," "The Longest Yard" and "North Dallas Forty." Columbia TriStar DVD releases this month include "... And Justice for All" and "Sleepwalkers" on January 16; a two- disc "Dogma Special Edition" on January 23; and a two-disc "Glory Special Edition" on January 30. In the VHS sell-through arena, Universal has scheduled a January 30 release for "The Hurricane" ($14.98) and MGM has scheduled a February 6 release for "Supernova" and "Three Strikes" ($9.94 each). (Posted January 1, 2001)

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