DVD Roundup: 3.18.08

The Seeker
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Rating: PG

Starring:
Alexander Ludwig as Will Stanton
Christopher Eccleston as The Rider
Ian McShane as Merriman Lyon
Frances Conroy as Miss Greythorne
James Cosmo as Dawson
Jim Piddock as Old George
Amelia Warner as Maggie Barnes
John Benjamin Hickey as John Stanton
Wendy Crewson as Mary Stanton
Emma Lockhart as Gwen Stanton
Drew Tyler Bell as James Stanton
Edmund Entin as Robin Stanton
Gary Entin as Paul Stanton
Gregory Smith as Max Stanton
Jordan J. Dale as Stephen Stanton

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Widescreen (2.35:1) and Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French and Spanish Language
French and Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 99 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“Filled with magical characters, thrilling action and spectacular visual effects, ‘The Seeker’ is an epic fantasy adventure the whole family will love! During Christmas break from school, a seemingly typical teenager discovers he’s anything but ordinary. As the seventh son of a seventh son, Will Stanton is The Seeker – a chosen warrior destined to restore the delicate earthly balance between Light and Dark. Guided by ancient protectors of the Light, young Will must travel through time to gather the hidden signs that hold the ultimate power to protect the world.”

“The Seeker” is rated PG for fantasy action and some scary images.

CS Comment:
Yet another film tries to follow the success of young adult books like “Harry Potter” and “The Chronicles of Narnia.” Unfortunately, this one isn’t nearly as good.

Available Tuesday, March 18


Conspiracy
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Rating: R

Starring:
Val Kilmer as MacPherson
Gary Cole as Rhodes
Jennifer Esposito as Joanna
Jay Jablonski as Deputy Foster
Greg Serano as Miguel Silva
Stacy Marie Warden as Carly
Christopher Gehrman as E.B.
Bob Rumnock as Sherrif Bock

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“Hell Hath No Fury Like Revenge…

Val Kilmer stars with Jennifer Esposito (‘Crash’) and Gary Cole (‘Office Space’) in this explosive, action-packed film about a former Marine who brings some justice to a small border town. After he’s wounded during combat in Iraq, MacPherson (Kilmer) reluctantly agrees to join a fellow soldier at his Arizona ranch. But when MacPherson arrives, his friend has mysteriously disappeared and no one will admit to knowing him. When he discovers that a corporate entity is running illegal aliens out of town by any means possible, MacPherson becomes determined to find out the truth and he will not be stopped until all of those who were involved have been punished.”

“Conspiracy” is rated R for violence, language, and some sexual content.

CS Comment:
So this is what Val Kilmer’s been up to lately! Too bad it’s more or less straight to video.

Available Tuesday, March 18


The Lost
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Marc Senter as Ray Pye
Shay Astar as Jennifer Fitch
Alex Frost as Tim Bess
Megan Henning as Sally Richmond
Robin Sydney as Katherine Wallace
Michael Bowen as Detective Charlie Schilling
Ed Lauter as Ed Anderson
Dee Wallace as Barbara Hanlon
Erin Brown as Lisa Steiner
Ruby Larocca as Elise Hanlon

Special Features:
Audio Commentary with Novelists Jack Ketchum and Monica O’Rourke
Audition Footage
Outtakes
Storyboard Sequences

Other Info:
Widescreen (2.35:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 119 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“Once upon a time, a boy named Ray Pye put crushed beer cans in his boots to make himself taller. But this is no fairy tale: For suburban sociopath Ray (Marc Senter) and his friends, small-town life is a dead-end road of sex, drugs, liars and losers. And what begins with a sudden act of senseless violence will climax in a mind-blowing frenzy of depravity with the worst still yet to come. Michael Bowen (‘Kill Bill’), Dee Wallace-Stone (‘The Hills Have Eyes’), Ed Lauter (‘True Romance’), Megan Henning (’7th Heaven’), Katie Cassidy (‘Black Christmas’) and Erin Brown (aka Misty Mundae) co-star in this controversial shocker adapted from the infamous novel by Jack Ketchum and based on the true story that stunned America.”

“The Lost” is not rated.

CS Comment:
“The Lost” came out in 2005, but it’s just now hitting DVD. I don’t know what kind of commentary that is on the quality of the film, but there you have it.

Available Tuesday, March 18


Greek: Chapter One
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Rating: TV-14

Starring:
Greg G. Curtis as Kappa Tau Pledge
Thomas Kijas as Omega Chi Pledge
Joshua Ray James as Kappa Tau Active
Jacob Zachar as Rusty Cartwright
Spencer Grammer as Casey Cartwright
Scott M. Foster as Cappie
Jake McDorman as Evan
Dilshad Vadsaria as Rebecca
Paul James as Calvin
Amber Stevens as Ashleigh
Aaron Hill as The Beaver
Clark Duke as Dale

Special Features:
Deleted Scenes
Greek: The Initiation
Chapter Two Sneak Peek
Extended Music Sequence
Audio Commentaries

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French and Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 445 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“Take an unforgettable journey with the students of Cyprus-Rhodes University as they navigate the social minefield of college life in the hilarious ABC Family original series, ‘Greek.’

Join Casey, a sorority social climber, as she vies for president of Zeta Beta Zeta. Her world gets more complicated when her nerdy little brother Rusty arrives on campus and risks her reputation by joining a fraternity and trying to go from geek to Greek. On top of it all, she finds herself in the middle of a love triangle between her slouchy ex-boyfriend Cappie, and Evan, the handsome president of the top fraternity on campus. Pledge with the hippest young cast on TV. Experience every moment of ‘Greek: Chapter One,’ complete with chart-topping music and never-before-seen bonus features in a three-disc box set. Get initiated into an entertaining world full of characters and relationships that you won’t want to miss.”

“Greek: Chapter One” is rated TV-14.

CS Comment:
I could barely stand frat daddies and sorority chicks in college. I can’t imagine someone wanting to endure a full series about them. But here it is if you’re interested.

Available Tuesday, March 18


The Sick House (Unrated)
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Gina Philips as Anna
Alex Hassell as Nick
Kellie Shirley as Joolz
Andrew Knott as Steve
Jack Bailey as Clive
John Lebar as Plague Doctor
Romla Walker as Professor Joan Holland
Tom Wontner as Frank
Gregg Harris as Dave
Finlay Carr as Baby
Gillian MacGregor as Jo

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Widescreen (2.35:1) and Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“While excavating the site of a 17th century plague hospital, archaeologist Anna (Gina Philips) accidentally unleashes the malevolent spirit of a plague doctor responsible for a series of gruesome murders 350 years earlier and he’s ready to practice again! Trapped inside the hospital with four trespassing teens and hunted by the murderous spirit, Anna must find a way for the living to escape the building before history repeats itself and one by one they become permanent patients.”

“The Sick House” is not rated.

CS Comment:
Throwing in a 17th century hospital is an interesting twist for a horror film. Does it pan out? Buy the DVD and find out!

Available Tuesday, March 18


Poor Boy’s Game
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Rating: R

Starring:
Danny Glover as George
Rossif Sutherland as Donnie Rose
Flex Alexander as Ossie Paris
Greg Bryk as Keith Rose
Laura Regan as Emma
Tonya Lee Williams as Ruth Carvery
Stephen McHattie as Uncle Joe
K.C. Collins as Charles Carvery
Dwain Murphy as Flipper
Wes Williams as Nathan

Special Features:
Music Video – ‘Africville’ – Black Union feat. Maestro
Photo Galllery featuring the song ‘Breathe’ by Luke Nicholson
Poor Boy’s Game Trailer
Trailer Gallery

Other Info:
Widescreen (2.35:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 105 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“Divided by Hate. United by Violence. Driven by Honor.

Beyond the rage, there is a man.

Beyond the ring, there is a second chance.

Donnie Rose (Sutherland) has been in prison for the past nine years for beating a black teen so brutally that it left him handicapped for life. Now, Donnie is out. He’s a different man with only one place to go: back home to the same violent and racist place that created him. George Carvery (Glover) has waited nine years to avenge his son’s fate at the hands of Donnie. The instrument of justice will be Ossie Paris (Alexander), a devastatingly talented boxer who challenges Donnie to a match. But when George and Donnie meet face to face, the need for revenge subsides, and they form the unlikeliest of bonds as Donnie prepares for the fight of his life.”

“Poor Boy’s Game” is rated R for pervasive language, strong sexual content and some violent images.

CS Comment:
This is an interesting take on the classic race relations story and boxing story. You may find it worth checkingout.

Available Tuesday, March 18


Alpha Male
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Rating: R

Starring:
Patrick Baladi as Clive Lamis
Arthur Duncan as Young Jack
Christopher Egan as Felix Methusulah
Jennifer Ehle as Alice Ferris
Stirling Gallacher as Dr. Bullmore
Mark Heap as Darwin
Ellis Hollins as Nathan
Danny Huston as Jim Ferris
Katie Ann Knight as Elyssa Ferris (8-10 yrs)
Jemma Powell as Maliika
Eugene Simon as Young Felix
Ewan Stewart as Hilary Benz
Trudie Styler as Brede Norton
Amelia Warner as Elyssa Ferris
Mark Wells as Jack Ferris

Special Features:
Alpha Male Trailer
Trailer Gallery

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 110 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“‘Alpha Male’ is a story of family life, great love and devastating loss. Jim Ferris is the alpha male warm, charismatic, and successful, he is the consummate provider for his wife Alice and children, Jack and Elyssa. It feels as though nothing can touch the idyllic world he has created. But when he dies suddenly, grief, jealousy and dysfunction fill the vacuum until the family s tensions surface a decade later at Jack s 21st birthday party.”

Alpha Male is rated R for some language.

CS Comment:
This thing has “chick flick” written all over. Not my cup of tea, but maybe it interests you.

Available Tuesday, March 18


The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show: The Complete Series
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Sally Struthers as Pebbles Flinstone
Mel Blanc as Barney Rubble
Carl Esser as Fabian
Gay Hartweg as Betty Rubble
Mitzi McCall as Penny
Don Messick as Schleprock
Jay North as Bamm-Bamm Rubble
Alan Reed as Fred Flintstone
Jean Vander Pyl as Wilma Flintstone
Lennie Weinrib as Moonrock

Special Features:
4 Bonus Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Episodes from The Flintstones Comedy Hour

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Mono Sound
Running Time: 319 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“Cartoon lovers everywhere anxiously awaited their arrivals on primetime TV, establishing high ratings for the legendary hit series ‘The Flintstones.’ As Pebbles Flintstone and Bamm-Bamm Rubble took their first baby steps millions adopted them. After the iconic show’s run ended, imagine the delight of diehard fans and a new generation when Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm shed diapers for schoolbooks at Bedrock High. Their famed parents are back in supporting roles, along with a new cast of stone-age teenagers – including the adventurous Bronto Bunch motorcycle gang. Moonrock the geeky inventor, Bad-luck Schleprock and many more – as Pebbles dreams up one rockamamy scheme after another in this delightful 2-disc collection of all 16 episodes!”

“The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show” is not rated.

CS Comment:
I remember watching this as a kid. I never had a clue that Sally Struthers was the voice of Pebbles. Who knew?

Available Tuesday, March 18


Johnny and the Sprites: Meet the Sprites
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Rating: TV-G

Starring:
John Tartaglia as Johnny
Heather Asch as Root
Leslie Carrara as Ginger
Tim Lagasse as Basil
Carmen Osbahr as Lily
James J. Kroupa as Seymour
Natalie Venetia Belcon as Gwen

Special Features:
Sing Along with Johnny & The Sprites

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Sound
Running Time: 57 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“Keep your eyes and ears open when you visit the enchanted woods of Grotto s Grove, cause you might just ‘Meet the Sprites’! Invisible to everyone except Johnny and now, YOU! the wondrous Sprites are on Disney DVD for the first time ever, so you can enjoy their magical, musical adventures whenever you wish. Join Johnny and his newfound pals, Basil, Lily, Ginger and little Root, as they laugh, play and learn important lessons that celebrate friendship, problem-solving and accepting others all accompanied by music so amazing, it s pure magic! Overflowing with lovable characters and unforgettable songs, ‘Johnny and the Sprites’ keep fantastic fun in full bloom.”

“Johnny and the Sprites: Meet the Sprites” is rated TV-G.

CS Comment:
My toddler watches a little of kiddie shows, but we haven’t seen this one. We’ll have to check it out!

Available Tuesday, March 18


BET Hip Hop Awards 2007
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
T.I.
Kayne West
Lil’ Wayne
Common
KRS-1
Nelly
Soulja Boy
Katt Williams

Special Features:
T.I.’s Rehearsal Performances

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 87 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“BET show pays homage to urban music artists at the top of their game. Hold on to your seats because BET is back in “hotlanta” with veteran host actor/comedian Katt Williams, who delivered a high energy show filled with hot performances by the best in the business! Performers include Nelly, Lil’ Wayne, Kanye West, Common, and more.”

“BET Hip Hop Awards 2007″ is not rated.

CS Comment:
Why are there no hip hop artists named ‘Brian’ or ‘Todd’?

Available Tuesday, March 18

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