Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchette, Alan Alda, John C. Reilly, Alec Baldwin, Kate Becikinsale
Director: Martin Scorsese
Summary: The critically acclaimed and visually spectacular epic, The Aviator, debuts on DVD. Recognized on 32 Critics’ Top Ten Film lists, The Aviator was the most recognized film of the year with 11 Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor, and 5 Academy Award wins including Best Supporting Actress. The film was also honored with three Golden Globe Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Score and is one of the AFI and National Board of Review’s Top Ten Movies of the Year.
One of the 20th century’s most compelling figures, Howard Hughes was a wily industrialist, glamorous movie producer and unstoppable American innovator but he thought of himself first and foremost as an aviator. In this spectacular epic, director Martin Scorsese focuses on the most prolific period in the life of Hughes, the mid-1920s through the 1940s. It was a time of brilliant aeronautical invention, turbulent love affairs (including one with Katharine Hepburn, played by Cate Blanchett) and savage corporate battles. Prepare yourself for the ride of the lifetime of this billionaire, genius, madman.
DVD Extras: Two-Disc DVD Loaded With Stunning Bonus Features Including: Commentary with Director Martin Scorsese; Deleted scene: Howard Tells Ava About His Car; A Life Without Limits: The Making of The Aviator ; The Role of Howard Hughes in Aviation History; Modern Marvels: Howard Hughes, A Documentary by the History Channel; The Visual Effects of The Aviator; The Affliction of Howard Hughes: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; The Age of Glamour: The Hair And Makeup of The Aviator; Costuming The Aviator: The Work of Sandy Powell; Constructing The Aviator: The Work of Dante Ferretti; An evening with Leonardo DiCaprio and Alan Alda; OCD Panel Discussion With Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, and Howard Hughes' Widow Terry Moore; Still Gallery; Scoring The Aviator: The Work Of Howard Shore; The Wainwright Family - Loudon, Rufus and Martha.
Info: Languages: English, French; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; Running time: 166 min; Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual content, nudity, language and a crash sequence.
STAR TREK INSURRECTION
Genre: Sci Fi Adventure/Fantasy
Summary: Enraged captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and his Next Generation crew are back and so is the excitement and fun this polished film that shines like a crown jewel in the Star Trek firmament. From the beginning of the Federation, the Prime Directive was clear: no Starfleet expedition may interfere with the natural development of other civilizations. But now Picard is confronted with orders that undermine that decree. If he disobeys 600 peaceful residents of Ba’Ku will be forcibly removed from their unusual world for the reportedly good of millions who will benefit from the Ba’k’s fount-of-youth like powers. If he disobeys he will risk his starship, his career, his life. But for Picard there is a really only one choice. He must rebel against Starfleet . . . and lead the insurrection to preserve paradise.
Special added attractions: $15 coupon off Star Trek The Experience Duel Mission Tickets featuring Borg Invasion 4D. Plus 2 hours of brand new special features. Two disc sets also includes archives, The Star Trek Universe, Advertising, Creating the Illusion.
THE FAR HORIZONS
Stars: Fred MacMurray, Charlton Heston, Donna Reed, Barbara Hale
Summary: An ambitious, historic attempt to explore and document an untamed American frontier unfolds in this rousing adventure drama. In 1803, Meriwether Lewis (MacMurray) and William Clark (Heston) with President Thomas Jefferson’s blessing, embarked on the government-sponsored Lewis and Clark Expedition an attempt to discover a water route connecting St. Louis, Missouri, with the Pacific Ocean. Their trek takes them through the magnificent, danger-filled territory of the Pacific Northwest with guidance from the Native American maiden, Sacajawea (Reed). It’s an adventurous journey into country that at the time, had yet to be seen by anyone except native tribes. With panoramic vistas around every bend and treacherous conditions awaiting at every turn, this account of Lewis and Clark's thrilling quest, directed by Rudolph Mate mixed rugged ation and tender romance with spectacular scenery.
Info: Widescreen enhanced for HDTV; Dolby digital, English mono; English subtitles.
FRAZIER - THE COMPLETE 5TH SEASON
Stars: Kelsey Grammer
Sumamry: Emmy Award winner Kelsey Grammer is Frasier the hilarious psychiatrist first seen on TV’s Cheers and subsequently the star of this smash hit comedy series. Sibling rivalry between Frasier and
(David Hyde Pierce) leads to some riotous cases of one upmanship in Season Five. Which of the two will find their father Martin (John Mahoney) the better birthday gift? Have an actual day named after them? And come out the winner as they vie for the same attractive woman? Meanwhile, Daphne (Jane Leeves) finds her favorite pub invaded by a familiar and unwelcome interloper; Roz (Peri Gilpin) is expecting a visit from the stork; and KACL’s abrasive Bob “Bulldog” Briscoe becomes the hero of the day to all all except Fraier, who knows the untold story.
Info: Full Screen. It’s the fifth side splitting season of Frazier yours to enjoy in this 24 episode, four disc collection.
MACGYVER - THE COMPLETE 2ND SEASON
Stars: Richard Dean Anderson
Summary: MacGyver is no ordinary secret agent. He never carries a gun. His drinks aren’t shaken or stirred. And he fights for justice using the most dangerous weapon of all: his intelligence. Richard Dean Anderson stars as television’s favorite boy scout-turned-action hero: Angus MacGyver. When an American pilot is shot down over
or a top-secret missile is stolen, the authorities call on MacGyver, a former Special Forces agent, to save the day. When all other means of solving problems are exhausted, a call goes out for MacGyver!
Info: Full screen. Dolby digital. Includes a $15 coupon for other Paramount Television boxed sets. Six disc boxed set contained 22 original episodes.
Studio: Warner Home Video
Stars: The Voices of Frankie Muniz, Jeff Foxworthy, Snoop Dogg, Steve Harvey, David Spade, Dustin Hoffman, Mandy
and Whoopi Goldberg
Summary: A zebra raised on a farm in
dreams of becoming a racehorse in this heartwarming tale that combines live action and computer animation.
Features: Never-Before-Seen Alternate Ending; Barnyard Outtakes Reel; How to Make Animals Talk Featurette.; Acting Class With the Animals and Their Trainers; Deleted Scenes; Buzz and Scuzz’s Flying Fiasco Challenge; Virtual Comic Book The Racing Stripes Prequel; The Music of Racing Stripes with Sting and Bryan Adams; Full-Length Director’s Commentary; Theatrical Trailer.
Languages: English ; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; Running time: 102 minutes; Rating: PG (mild crude humor and some language; Dolby stereo.
THE GODFATHER II
Stars: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Robert DeNiro, Andy Garcia
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Summary: Winner of six Academy Awards, including Best Picture of 1974, THE GODFATHER PART II tells the story of a young Vito Corleone growing up in Sicily and in 1910s New York and follows Michael Corleone in the 1950s as he attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood, and Cuba. The DVD is presented in a 2-disc set.
This brilliant companion piece to the original film continues the saga of two generations of successive power within the Corleone family. Coppola tells two stories in Part II: the roots and rise of a young Don Vito, played with uncanny ability by Robert De Niro, and the ascension of Michael (Pacino) as the new Don.
Info: Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 televisions; Dolby Digital English 5.1 and French 2.0 Surround; sub-titled in English and closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired. Run time 200 minutes, Rated R.
Extras: Commentary by Francis Ford Coppola.
THE GODFATHER III
Stars: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert DeNiro, Talia Shire, Andy Garcia, Sofia Coppola
Summary: In the final installment of the Godfather trilogy, an aging Don Michael Corleone seeks to legitimize his crime family's interests and remove himself from the violent underworld.
In this third film in the epic Corleone trilogy, Al Pacino reprises the role of powerful family leader Michael Corleone. Now in his 60's, Michael is dominated by two passions: freeing his family from crime and finding a suitable successor. That successor could be fiery Vincent (Andy Garcia)... but he may also be the spark that turns Michael's hope of business legitimacy into an inferno of mob violence.
Info: Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 televisions; Dolby Digital English 5.1 and French 2.0 Surround; sub-titled in English and closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired. Rated R for violence and language. Running Time 170 minutes.
Extras: Commentary by Francis Ford Coppola.
TNE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW - THE COMPLETE 2ND SEASON - 1961-1962
Stars: Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts
This is a boxed set that features all 31 episodes form the second season in a 5-disc set. It includes the episode that is often considered the series favorite: “The Pickle Story.”
The loveable comedy about a
widower named Andy Taylor who divides his time between raising his son, Opie (Ron Howard) and being sheriff of the small and virtually crime-free town of
. With next to no crimes to solve, Andy spends time philosophizing and trying to calm down his cousin, Deputy Barney, played by Don Knotts.
Info: Full screen format; Dolby Digital English Mono; closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired. Rated G in
. Run time 13 hours, 2 minutes.
Extras: Original Sponsor Spots.
THE PHAMNTOM OF THE OPERA
Studio: Warner Bros.
Genre(s): Drama, Musical, Romance
Stars: Patrick Wilson, Emmy Rossum, James Fleet, Victor Mcguire, Jennifer Ellison
Director: Joel Schumacher
Synopsis: Musical Drama based on Andrew Lloyd Webber's celebrated musical phenomenon. The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a disfigured musical genius (Gerard Butler) who haunts the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera, waging a reign of terror over its occupants. When he falls fatally in love with the lovely Christine (Emmy Rossum), the Phantom devotes himself to creating a new star for the Opera, exerting a strange sense of control over the young soprano as he nurtures her extraordinary talents.
Rated: PG-13 for brief violent images.
Info: Language: English; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; Widescreen HDTV enhanced; Dolby Surround.
LEMONY SNICKET'S: A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS
Stars: Jim Carrey, Meryl Streep, Liam Aiken, Emily Browning, Jude Law
Summary: Based on books by Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS tells the story of the three young Baudelaire children who receive terrible news that their parents have died in a fire and have left them an enormous fortune not to be used until the eldest child is of age. They are placed in the care of their uncle, Count Olaf (Jim Carrey), an evil fiend who is plotting to kill them and seize their fortune. The orphans travel from guardian to guardian, including herpetologist Montgomery Montgomery (Billy Connolly) and grammar-wise Aunt Josephine Anwhistle (Streep), but the worst guardian of all is Count Olaf. Plotting to steal the children’s fortune, Olaf disguises himself as his assistant Stephano and ship captain Julio Sham and keeps popping up in the strangest places. Just when the Baudelaires think things are getting better, something unfortunate happens!
Info: The single disc is available in separate Full screen and widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 televisions; both are in Dolby Digital English, Spanish and French 5.1; sub-titled in English and closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired.
Specials: Director Brad Silberling Commentary; Brad Silberling and the Real Lemony Snicket Commentary; Bad Beginnings: “Building a Bad Actor,” “Making the Baudelaire Children Miserable,” “Interactive Olaf”; Orphaned Scenes: 11 “Dismal Deletions” and 5 “Obnoxious Outtakes”
The double-disc Special Collector’s Edition includes all of the above PLUS the following on a second disc: A Terrible Tragedy: Alarming Evidence from the Making of the Film: “A Woeful World,” “Costumes and Other Suspicious Disguises,” “Violet’s Functional Designs,” “CAUTION! Incredibly Deadly Vipers,” “The Sad Score”; Volume. Frequency. Decibels: “The Unsound Sound Designer,” “You Probably Shouldn’t Listen to These”; Sinister Special Effects: “An Alarming Conspiracy Involving Sunny,” “An Even More Alarming Conspiracy Involving Sunny” “The Terrible Fire,” “Trains, Leeches and Hurricanes” ; Gruesome Galleries: “Shadowy Stills,” “A Woeful World”
Rated: PG for thematic elements, scary situations and brief language; PG in
; Running Time: 107 minutes; Single disc: $19.95 - around C$29 in
Double-disc: priced at retail for around $30 - C$40 in Canada.
JOAN OF ARCADIA - THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON 2003-2004
Stars: Amber Tamblyn, Joe Mantegna, Mary Steenburgen, Jason Ritter, Christopher Marquette
Summary: JOAN OF
THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON includes all 23 episodes from the first season of the Emmy nominated series in a 6-disc box set. After patriarch Will gets a job as the chief of police, the Girardi family moves to the small town of Arcadia from the big city. Middle child Joan isn't happy, and her family, consisting of science nerd Luke, paralyzed former jock Kevin, and their perpetually flustered mother Helen, isn't helping. Joan finds herself talking to God, in the form of random people who give her assignments to help the people around her. Joan keeps following God's assignments, never sure if she's really speaking to him, or just going crazy!
Features: Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 televisions; Dolby Digital English 2.0 Surround; closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired Includes deleted scenes; Audio commentaries on 5 episodes variously by the filmmakers and cast
Featurettes: “The Creation of Joan of
,” “A Look at Season One,” “God Gallery”.
Not Rated (PG in Canada); Running Time: 17 hours 8 minutes. Priced at around $45 (around C$50 in Canada).
CHEERS - THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON
Stars: Ted Danson, Shelly Long, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberge, George Wendt, Nocholas Colasanto, Woody Harrelson, Kelsey Grammer.
Summary: CHEERS takes viewers back to the Boston bar where everybody knows your name. This 4-disc set contains all 26 episodes from the fifth season and includes Shelley Long’s final episodes. CHEERS THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON focuses on the colorful staff and offbeat patrons of a friendly Boston bar where “everybody knows your name.” Starring Shelley Long as Diane Chambers and Ted Danson as Sam Malone, Cheers co-stars Nick Colasanto as “Coach,” Rhea Perlman as Carla Tortelli, John Ratzenberger as Cliff and George Wendt as Norm. Guest appearances by John Cleese, Bob Costas, Dan Hedaya, Bebe Neuwirth and Brent Spiner.
Features: Full screen format; Dolby Digital English 2.0 Surround; closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired. Not Rated (PG in Canada). Running Time: 10 hours 35 minutes. Priced at around $30 (around C$40 in Canada).
BATMAN AND ROBIN - THE COMPLETE 1949 MOVIE SERIAL COLLECTION
Columbia Pictures/ Sony
Stars: Robert Lowery, John Duncan, Lyle Talbot, Jane Adams
Summary: This is a real collector's item. 2 Disc set includes all 15 original series of the complete 1949 movie serial collection. Join Batman (Robert Lovwery) and Robin (John Duncan) as they help Commissioner Gordon (Lyle Talbot) battle the Wizard, a villanious madman who steals a top secrete remote device allowing him to control all the moving vehicles in Gotham. Between the Wizard tryng to destroy them and Bruce Wayne's love interest Vicky Vale (Jane Adams) working to uncover their identities, the Dyynamic Duo careen from one nail biting cliffhanger to the next as they set out to save Gotham and foil the Wizard's plan for world dominance. About 261 minutes. English and Japenese subtitles.
Studio: Warner Brothers
Genre: Crime Drama
Stars: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, and Bernie Mac!
Summary: Another all star heist. A Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures production from Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven, Traffic). They’re back. And then some. Twelve is the new eleven when
and pals return in a sequel to the cool caper that saw them pull off a $160 million heist. But 160 million doesn’t go as far as it used to. Not with everyone spending like sailors on leave. Not with a mysterious someone stalking Danny and crew. It’s time to pull off another stunner of a planor plans. With locations including
, the direction of Steven Soderbergh and the original cast plus Catherine Zeta-Jones and others.
Info: Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; Running time: 125 min; Rating: PG-13 (for language); Dolby; Widescreen; Pricing: ($27.95 SRP/$19.95 MAP) in widescreen format.
AROUND THE BEND
Studio: Warner Brothers
Stars: Michael Caine, Christopher Walken
Summary: Warner Independent Pictures Film starring Academy Award-Winner Michael Caine And
Award-Winner Christopher Walken. Four generations of Lair-family men are sharing a reunion of sorts at a fast-food restaurant. "Nice, happy, normal family," great-grandpa Henry says between bites of fried chicken. But Henry really knows "normal" missed the off ramp a long way back. Henry also knows that a life of bad choices can be made right - one joy, one sorrow, one forgiveness at a time - and he has a quirky plan to make it happen. Christopher Walken, Josh Lucas, Michael Caine and Jonah Bobo are the Lairs in this funny, heartwarming road-trip movie that hopscotches the Southwestern U.S. Laughs, understanding, redemption: the Lairs find them off the beaten path...and Around the Bend.
Bonus Features: Commentary by Director / Writer Jordan Roberts · "It's A Good Day" The Making of Around the Bend · Deleted Scenes
Pricing $27.95 SRP/ $19.95 MAP VHS Languages: English Subtitles: English, French, Spanish Running time: 83 minutes Rating: R Dolby.
STAR TREK ENTERPRISE - THE COMPLETE 1ST SEASON
Studio: Paramount Television
Genre: Science Fiction
THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON comes to DVD in a 7-disc set that features all 25 episodes from the first season of the epic science fiction
Summary: Set in the 22nd century, a hundred years before James T. Kirk helmed the famous starship of the same name,
takes place in an era when interstellar travel is still in its infancy. Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) has assembled a crew of brave explorers to chart the galaxy on a revolutionary spacecraft: Enterprise NX-01. As the first human beings to venture into deep space, these pioneers will experience the wonder and mystery of the final frontier as they seek out new life and new civilizations.
Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 televisions; Dolby Digital English 5.1 and 2.0 Surround; sub-titled in English The pilot episode, “Broken Bow,” has an audio commentary by Brannon Braga and Rick Berman; three episodes, “Broken Bow,” “The Andorian Incident” and “Vox Sola” have text commentary by Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda. 7 Featurettes: “Creating
”; “O Captain! My Captain! A Profile of Scott Bakula”; “Cast Impressions: Season One”; “Inside Shuttlepod One”; “Star Trek Tine Travel: Temporal Cold Wars and Beyond”; “
Stage.” Deleted scenes; outtakes; Running Time: 19 hours
I LOVE LUCY - THE COMPLETE 4TH SEASON
Studio: CBS DVD
Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley
I LOVE LUCY: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON features all 30 sidesplitting episodes from season four in a 5-disc DVD collection. I LOVE LUCY: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON continues to follow the wild and wacky comical adventures of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo and their infamous neighbors Fred and Ethel as they embark on even more madness in season four. Episodes include such classics as: “Ricky’s Movie Offer,” “Mr. & Mrs. TV Show” and “Lucy Gets in Pictures.”
Special features: Full screen format; Dolby Digital English and Spanish Stereo; sub-titled in Spanish and closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired. Flubs, Lost Scenes; Restored Music; “Behind-the-Scenes” Audio Featurette; Original Series Openings; Original Animated Sequences; Production Notes Running Time: 13 hours 7 minutes.