DVD Roundup: 11.6.07

Wings: The Fifth Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Tim Daly as Joe Montgomery Hackett
Steven Weber as Brian Michael Hackett
Crystal Bernard as Helen Chapel
David Schramm as Roy Biggins
Rebecca Schull as Fay Evelyn Schlob Dumbly DeVay Cochran
Tony Shalhoub as Antonio Scarpacci
Thomas Haden Church as Lowell Mather
Amy Yasbeck as Casey Chapel Davenport

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 8 Hours 53 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“Created by the same production team responsible for the hugely popular series Cheers, Wings has a similarly homey, familiar feel. Replacing the Boston bar is a small airport on Nantucket Island. The denizens of the bar are replaced with pilots and airport personnel. What the viewers are left with is a delightful show revolving around Sandpiper Air Service, a tiny charter airline co owned by two handsome, charming brothers, a rival airline, Aeromass, and a lunch counter run the brothers’ life-long friend, Helen.”

“Wings: The Fifth Season” is not rated.

CS Comment:
No bonus features? Too bad for “Wings” fans!

Available Tuesday, November 6


Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Roger Daltrey as Himself
Pete Townshend as Himself
John Entwistle as Himself (archive footage)
Keith Moon as Himself (archive footage)
Richard Barnes as Himself
Jeffrey Baxter as Himself
John Bundrick as Himself
Dougal Butler as Himself
The Edge as Himself
Noel Gallagher as Himself
Glyn Johns as Himself
Steve Jones as Himself
Rob Ladd as Himself
Greg Lake as Himself
Kathleen Moon as Herself

Special Features:
See below

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 2 Hours and 1 Hour 57 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who and Amazing Journey: Six Quick Ones are two exhilarating feature films about one of the greatest rock bands in the world!

Spanning four decades, this authorized and definitive anthology of The Who relives their journey from humble beginnings to their meteoric rise to rock legend status in a 2-film DVD set. Filled with all-new interviews with band members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend and music icons Sting, The Edge of U2, Eddie Vedder and more, this must-have collection also features electrifying rare and unreleased concert footage in mind-blowing 5.1 surround sound. For music that spoke to generations of fans, and refused to be classified, the answer is – and always will be – The Who.

‘Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who’
For the first time in their own words, see and hear the amazing story of The Who, in this feature-length film.

Featuring:
Exclusive footage of the band
Insightful interviews with rock icons!
And more!

Amazing Journey: Six Quick Ones
This in-depth film, in six fascinating parts, explores the musical brilliance of each musician through rare historic footage!

Featuring:
Roger, John, Pete, Keith
Who Art You?
Who’s Back
And more!”

“Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who” is not rated.

CS Comment:
This looks like required viewing for fans of The Who. If you enjoy rockumentaries, this is for you.

Available Tuesday, November 6


Chinatown
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Rating: R

Starring:
Jack Nicholson as J.J. ‘Jake’ Gittes
Faye Dunaway as Evelyn Cross Mulwray
John Huston as Noah Cross
Perry Lopez as Lieutenant Lou Escobar
John Hillerman as Russ Yelburton
Darrell Zwerling as Hollis I. Mulwray
Diane Ladd as Ida Sessions
Roy Jenson as Claude Mulvihill
Roman Polanski as Man with Knife
Richard Bakalyan as Detective Loach
Joe Mantell as Lawrence Walsh
Bruce Glover as Duffy
Nandu Hinds as Sophie
James O’Rear as Lawyer
James Hong as Kahn

Special Features:
Chinatown: The Beginning and the End
Chinatown – Style
Acting Chinatown
Chinatown: The Classic
Theatrical Trailer

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French, Spanish, and Portuguese Language
French, Spanish, and Portuguese Subtitles
Running Time: 130 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“Landmark movie in the film noir tradition, Roman Polanski’s ‘Chinatown’ stands as a true screen classic. Jack Nicholson is private eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite (Faye Dunaway) to investigate her husband’s extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together for one, unforgettable night in…Chinatown. Co-starring film legend John Huston and featuring an Academy Award®-winning script by Robert Towne, ‘Chinatown’ captures a lost era in a masterfully woven movie that remains a timeless gem.”

“Chinatown” is rated R.

CS Comment:
Fans of Jack Nicholson and “Chinatown” will want to check out this DVD for the all new bonus features!

Available Tuesday, November 6


The Two Jakes
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Rating: R

Starring:
Jack Nicholson as J.J. ‘Jake’ Gittes
Harvey Keitel as Julius ‘Jake’ Berman
Meg Tilly as Kitty Berman
Madeleine Stowe as Lillian Bodine
Eli Wallach as Cotton Weinberger
Rubén Blades as Michael ‘Mickey Nice’ Weisskopf
Frederic Forrest as Chuck Newty
David Keith as Det. Lt. Loach
Richard Farnsworth as Earl Rawley
Tracey Walter as Tyrone Otley
Joe Mantell as Lawrence Walsh
James Hong as Kahn
Perry Lopez as Captain Lou Escobar
Jeff Morris as Ralph Tilton
Rebecca Broussard as Gladys

Special Features:
Featurette: Jack on Jakes
Theatrical Trailer

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French, Spanish, and Portuguese Language
French, Spanish, and Portuguese Subtitles
Running Time: 137 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“Jack Nicholson returns as private eye Jake Gittes in this atmospheric ‘Chinatown’ follow-up that’s hit upon “the elusive sequel formula for somehow enhancing a great original” (Mike Clark, USA Today).Much has changed since we last saw Jake. The war has come and gone; 1948 Los Angeles teems with optimism and fast bucks. But there’s one thing Jake knows hasn’t changed: “Nine times out of ten, if you follow the money you will get to the truth.” And that’s the trail he follows when a routine case of marital hanky panky explodes into a murder that’s tied to a grab for oil–and to Jake’s own past.”

The Two Jakes is rated R.

CS Comment:
This doesn’t have all the bonus features of the new Chinatown DVD, but it’s better than nothing.

Available Tuesday, November 6


Danny Roane: First Time Director
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Rating: R

Starring:
Andy Dick as Danny Roane
Eddie Alfano as Vinnie Carbonarra
Bob Bancroft as Allen Roane
Jack Black as Jack Black
Jamie Brown as Candice Sauvigne
Mo Collins as Deidra Fennigan
Marshall Cook as Nathan West
Catherine DePrima as Business Woman
Jacob Dick as Evan Wetzle
Lucas Dick as Adam
Kevin P. Farley as K.C.
Kate Flannery as Marla
Derrel Furutani as Japanese Auditioner
John Garret as Frank
Scott Haze as Rehab Patient
Paul Henderson as Paul Gunderson
Michael Hitchcock as John Imbagliado

Special Features:
Outtakes and Extended Scenes

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital 2.0 Sound
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 84 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“From the creative mind of Andy Dick comes an untamed and hilarious new mockumentary about a washed-up television star trying to stage a comeback by sobering up and directing his own feature film.”

“Danny Roane: First Time Director” is rated R for drug content, crude and sexual humor and some language.

CS Comment:
Andy Dick certainly called in a lot of favors from friends to get this movie made. Is it worth it? Probably not.

Available Tuesday, November 6


Stalking Santa

Rating: PG

Starring:
Jonathan Baty as Crazy Supermarket Guy
Jimmy Chunga as Radio D.J. / Himself
Chris Clark as Dr. Lloyd Darrow
Lisa Clark as Barbara Darrow
Travis Eberhard as Dallin
Bern Kubiak as Robert Walters
William Shatner as Narrator
Daryn Tufts as Clarence
Mister West as Radio D.J. / Himself

Special Features:
Official Santa Artifacts
Deleted Scenes
Trailer

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital Sound
Running Time: 86 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“Children everywhere defend his existence, and one man will stop at nothing to discover the truth. This Christmas, Dr. Lloyd Darrow, with the emotional (and financial) support of his wife Barbara, and their children Keith (naughty) and Kiely (nice), will conduct an experiment so ambitious that it could very well capture THE visit from Santa Claus himself!

In preparation for the big night, Dr. Darrow and his intern Clarence (self-proclaimed ‘Santologists’), gather extraordinary evidence of the jolly gift-giver from the North). Their research takes you from the pyramids of Egypt, to the Town Center Shopping Plaza in Polka City, Ohio, and even to the UFO fields of Roswell, New Mexico.

The Darrows’ adventure is full of laughs, tender moments, and a Christmas message for Santa skeptics and supporters everywhere: Prepare to Believe!”

“Stalking Santa: is rated PG for brief mild language.

CS Comment:
A Shatner-narrated mockumentary on Santa? Sounds like fun!

Available Tuesday, November 6


Sicko
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Rating: PG-13

Starring:
Michael Moore as Himself
George W. Bush as Himself (archive footage)
Reggie Cervantes as Herself
John Graham as Himself
William Maher as Himself
Richard Nixon as Himself (archive footage)
Linda Peeno as Herself

Special Features:
Sicko Goes To Washington
This Country Beats France
Uniquely American
What If You Worked For G.E. In France?
Sister Mary Fidel
Who Would Jesus Deny?
More With Mike & Tony Benn
A Different Kind Of Hollywood Premiere
“Alone Without You” Music Video Performed By The Nightwatchman
Interview Gallery
Theatrical Trailer

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 123 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore (‘Fahrenheit 9/11′) returns with this hilariously scathing indictment of America’s failing health system. Combining powerful personal testimonies with shocking statistics, Moore pulls the curtain back on the greedy HMOs, drug companies and congressmen who keep us ill. Traveling to Canada, England, France and Cuba – where free universal health care is the norm – he forces the question: Why can’t this happen in the U.S.?

“Sicko” is rated PG-13 for brief strong language.

CS Comment:
Can’t get enough of Michael Moore? Then “Sicko” is for you. I’ve had my quota for the year, though.

Available Tuesday, November 6


The Best of the Colbert Report
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Stephen Colbert as Himself – Host

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 175 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“In this age of skepticism and not getting it, Americans want the truth…iness. And no one has more truthiness than it-getter, flagophile, and four-star American hero, Stephen Colbert. Now, with this collection of ‘The Colbert Report’s’ finest moments, you can watch as Stephen shows the nation how he better feels the facts, better justifies injustices, and better knows the districts. So, look up in the sky, above the fruited plain, across the purple mountain majesties. This…is ‘The Colbert Report.’”

“The Best of the Colbert Report” is not rated.

CS Comment:
My personal favorite is the Colbert “Star Wars Kid” challenge. “Star Wars” fans will have to check it out for themselves, too.

Available Tuesday, November 6

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