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DVD Roundup: 12.5.06

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
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New Year's Day
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Rating: R

Starring:
Maggie Wheeler as Lucy
Gwen Welles as Annie
Melanie Winter as Winona
Henry Jaglom as Drew
David Duchovny as Billy
Milos Forman as Lazlo
Michael Emil as Dr. Stadthagen

Special Features:
Commentary by director/writer Henry Jaglom, David Duchovny, and Maggie Wheeler

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital Mono
Running Time: 88 Minutes

Synopsis:
This film was originally released in 1989. The following is from the official DVD synopsis:

"At a critical mid-life moment. Drew (Henry Jaglom) leaves L.A. and flies to Manhattan in hopes of starting his life anew. He has sublet an apartment beginning January 1, but finds that it is still occupied by three young women who insist that their lease runs through the first. The next 24 hours will have a lifetime's impact on Drew and the women: Annie (Gwen Welles), Winona (Melanie Winters) and most especially Lucy (Maggie Jakobson), as the film explores modern life, love... and New Year's resolutions!"

"New Year's Day" is rated R.

CS Comment:
David Duchovny fans will want to check out this film from his early career.

Available Tuesday, December 5



Henry Jaglom's Someone to Love
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Rating: R

Starring:
Orson Welles as Danny's Friend
Henry Jaglom as Danny Sapir
Andrea Marcovicci as Helen Eugene
Michael Emil as Mickey Sapir
Sally Kellerman as Edith Helm
Oja Kodar as Yelena
Stephen Bishop as Blue
David Frishberg as Harry

Special Features:
Commentary by director/writer Henry Jaglom and Andrea Marcovicci

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital Mono
Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese Subtitles
Running Time: 108 Minutes

Synopsis:
This film was originally released in 1987. The following is from the official DVD synopsis:

"Henry Jaglom's moving exploration of the contemporary heart, 'Someone to Love' is a wonderful comedy which centers around a movie director's puzzled search for romance and his attempt to find out why life hasn't worked out quite like anyone expected it to.

"Someone to Love" is rated R.

CS Comment:
Orson Welles is someone for you to love. Check it out.

Available Tuesday, December 5



Henry Jaglom's Tracks
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Rating: R

Starring:
Dennis Hopper as 1st Sgt. Jack Falen
Taryn Power as Stephanie
Dean Stockwell as Mark
Topo Swope as Chloe
Alfred Ryder as The Man
Zack Norman as Gene
Michael Emil as Emile
Barbara Flood as The Lady

Special Features:
Commentary by director/writer Henry Jaglom and Dennis Hopper

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital English Mono
Running Time: 91 Minutes

Synopsis:
This film was originally released in 1976. The following is from the DVD cover:

"Wherever Jack Falen goes, the war goes with him. Acclaimed actor Dennis Hopper stars in this searing psychological drama as Falen, a burnt-out Vietnam vet escorting the body of a fallen pal on a train trip home, or is he? Written and directed by Henry Jaglom ("Someone to Love," "New Year's Day"), Tracks is a powerful showcase for Hopper's dynamic talents. His Falen is paranoid, bent with rage - the kind of character that's been the Oscar.-nominated actor's forte in Easy Rider, River's Edge, Blue Velvet and more. Journey with him across America... and into one man's private hell"

"Tracks" is rated R.

CS Comment:
It's Dennis Hopper, man! How can ya go wrong?

Available Tuesday, December 5



1900 (Special Collector's Edition)
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Robert De Niro as Alfredo Berlinghieri
Gérard Depardieu as Olmo Dalco (as Gerard Depardieu)
Dominique Sanda as Ada Fiastri Paulhan
Francesca Bertini as Sister Desolata
Laura Betti as Regina
Werner Bruhns as Ottavio Berlinghieri
Stefania Casini as Neve
Sterling Hayden as Leo Dalco
Anna Henkel as Anita
Ellen Schwiers as Amelia
Alida Valli as Ida Cantarelli Pioppi
Romolo Valli as Giovanni
Giacomo Rizzo as Rigoletto
Pippo Campanini as Don Tarcisio

Special Features:
"1900: The Story, The Cast" featurette

"1900: Creating an Epic" featurette

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Italian and French Mono Sound
Running Time: 315 Minutes

Synopsis:
This film was originally released in 1977. The following is from the DVD synopsis:

"'1900' is an epic film of massive scope, power and controversy. It is both a vast history of 20th century Italy and an intimate portrait of two families. It is the story of the conflicts between two boys, both born on January 1, 1900. A peasant (Gerard Depardieu) and a landowner (Robert De Niro) pass through the upheavals of the modern world, and their personal conflicts become an allegory of the political turmoil of Italy. An astonishing international cast gives a magnificent ensemble performance as the people who lives affect, and are affected by, the rise of Fascism and Socialism."

"1900 (Special Collector's Edition) is not rated.

CS Comment:
Here's one for fans of Robert De Niro and Gerard Depardieu.

Available Tuesday, December 5



The Conformist (Special Collector's Edition)
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Jean-Louis Trintignant as Marcello Clerici
Stefania Sandrelli as Giulia
Gastone Moschin as Manganiello
Enzo Tarascio as Professor Quadri
Fosco Giachetti as Il colonnello
José Quaglio as Italo
Dominique Sanda as Anna Quadri
Pierre Clémenti as Lino
Yvonne Sanson as Madre di Giulia
Milly as Madre di Marcello
Giuseppe Addobbati as Padre di Marcello
Christian Aligny as Raoul

Special Features:
Original theatrical version

"The Rise of The Conformist: The Story, The Cast" featurette

"Shadow and Light: Filming The Conformist" featurette

"The Conformist: Breaking New Ground" featurette

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish, French, Italian, and Brazilian Portuguese Language
Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese Subtitles
Running Time: 111 Minutes

Synopsis:
This film was originally released in 1970. The following is from the DVD synopsis:

"This story opens in 1938 in Rome, where Marcello has just taken a job working for Mussollini and is courting a beautiful young woman who will make him even more of a conformist. Marcello is going to Paris on his honeymoon and his bosses have an assignment for him there. Look up an old professor who fled Italy when the fascists came into power. At the border of Italy and France, where Marcello and his bride have to change trains, his bosses give him a gun with a silencer. In a flashback to 1917, we learn why sex and violence are linked in Marcello's mind."

"The Conformist (Special Collector's Edition)" is not rated.

CS Comment:
If you speak Brazilian Portuguese, this is your lucky day.

Available Tuesday, December 5



Walt Disney Legacy Collection: True-Life Adventures: Wonders of the World (Vol.1)
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Rating: Not Rated

Special Features:
Introduction by Roy E. Disney
Mysteries of the Deep
Wonders of the Water Worlds
The Crisler Story
Backstage with Roy Disney at Disney's Animal Kingdom: Birds
Tribute to James Algar
Filmmakers' Journal
Collectors' Corner
Theatrical Trailers

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
English Dolby Digital Mono Sound
Running Time: 169 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Experience the wonder of Walt Disney's groundbreaking nature series for the first time on DVD! These acclaimed stories, fully restored to their original beauty, offer previously unseen looks into the magical world of our animal friends. Enjoy a collection of Disney's award-winning True-Life Adventures, including "White Wilderness," "Water Birds," "Mysteries of the Deep," and many more. It's a marvelous compilation of animal-packed adventures that your whole family will adore!"

"Walt Disney Legacy Collection: True-Life Adventures: Wonders Of the World (Vol.1)" is not rated.

CS Comment:
A Disney classic, now on DVD!

Available Tuesday, December 5



Walt Disney Legacy Collection: True-Life Adventures: Lands of Exploration (Vol. 2)
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Rating: Not Rated

Special Features:
Introduction by Roy E. Disney
Islands of the Sea
Nature's Strangest Creatures
Prairie
Behind The True-Life Cameras
Backstage with Roy Disney at Disney's Animal Kingdom: Desert Insects
Backstage with Roy Disney at Disney's Animal Kingdom: Snakes
Filmmakers' Journal
Collectors' Corner
Trailers & Promos

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
English Dolby Digital Mono Sound
Running Time: 169 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Experience the wonder of Walt Disney's groundbreaking nature series for the first time on DVD! These acclaimed stories, fully restored to their original beauty, offer previously unssen looks into the magical world of our animal friends. Enjoy a collection of Disney's award-winning True-Life Adventures, including "The Living Desert," and the very first film, "Seal Island." It's a classic collection of animal adventures your whole family will treasure."

"Walt Disney Legacy Collection: True-Life Adventures: Lands of Exploration (Vol. 2)" is not rated.

CS Comment:
If you love nature documentaries, you have to add this to your collection.

Available Tuesday, December 5



Walt Disney Legacy Collection: True-Life Adventures: Creatures of the World (Vol. 3)
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Rating: Not Rated

Special Features:
Introduction by Roy E. Disney
Cameras in Africa
The Yellowstone Story
Tribute to the Milottes
Backstage with Roy Disney at Disney's Animal Kingdom: Elephants
Backstage with Roy Disney at Disney's Animal Kingdom: Cheetah Medical Exam
Filmmakers' Journal
Collectors' Corner
Trailers & Promos

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
English Dolby Digital Mono Sound
Running Time: 204 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Experience the wonder of Walt Disney's groundbreaking nature series for the first time on DVD! These acclaimed stories, fully restored to their original beauty, offer previously unseen looks into the magical world of our animal friends. Enjoy 'Creatures of the Wild,' the third volume of Disney's award-winning True-Life Adventures. Journey inside the worlds of some of nature's most magnificent creatures with "The African Lion," "Jungle Cat," "Bear Country" and much more. It's an unforgettable collection of animal stories that the entire family will love."

"Walt Disney Legacy Collection: True-Life Adventures: Creatures of the World (Vol. 3)" is not rated.

CS Comment:
More goodness from the Disney vaults.

Available Tuesday, December 5



Walt Disney Legacy Collection: True-Life Adventures: Nature's Mysteries (Vol. 4)
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Rating: Not Rated

Special Features:
Introduction by Roy E. Disney
Nature's Half Acre
Searching for Nature's Mysteries
Adventure in Wildwood Heart
Backstage with Roy Disney at Disney's Animal Kingdom: Butterflies
Tribute to Winston Hibler
Filmmakers' Journal
Collectors' Corner
Original Theatrical Trailers

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
English Dolby Digital Mono Sound
Running Time: 146 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Experience the wonder of Walt Disney's groundbreaking nature series for the first time on DVD! These acclaimed stories, fully restored to their original beauty, offer previously unseen looks into the magical world of our animal friends. Enjoy 'Nature's Mysteries,' the fourth volume of Disney's award-winning True-Life Adventures. Explore some of the world's most fascinating natural phenomena in the amazing films "Secrets of Life," "Perri" and many more. It's classic Disney live-action shorts at their finest!"

"Walt Disney Legacy Collection: True-Life Adventures: Nature's Mysteries (Vol. 4)" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Complete your collection with Volume 4.

Available Tuesday, December 5



High School Musical: Remix Edition
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Rating: TV-G

Special Features:
Learning the Moves Featurette Led by Director/Choreographer Kenny Ortega
Music Video: "I Can't Take My Eyes Off of You"
Dance Alongs
"Breaking Free Remix" Music Video
"We're All in This Together Remix" Music Video
"Eres Tu" Music Video
High School Reunion: Exclusive Interviews with the Cast
Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Hollywood Premiere Event
"We're All in This Together" Music Video
Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Language
Running Time: 98 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"The power of music explodes in this spectacular, show-stopping, two-disc Remix Edition of the Emmy® Award-winning 'High School Musical'! The smash-hit Disney Channel Original Movie everyone is talking about now features hours of awesome new bonus features that will rock your world. Take a front-row seat on the red carpet for the star-studded Hollywood premiere, and join the High School Reunion, where the cast reunites in an exclusive interview where they talk about how their lives have changed dramatically since being a part of this movie phenomenon. Plus, stand up and experience the Dance Along (as seen on Disney Channel), where Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, and Ryan give step-by-step instructions to popular dance sequences "Get'cha Head In The Game" and "We're All in This Together." Hear two exclusive remix versions of your favorite songs and watch three new music videos. High School Musical: Remix Edition is everything you've been looking for -- and more!"

"High School Musical: Remix Edition" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Disney keeps raking in the dough with this steamrolling hit. My young daughter and her friends love it. So will yours!

Available Tuesday, December 5



Disney DVD Game World: Disney Dogs Edition: Blue Ribbon Challenge
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Rating: E

Special Features:
15 Different Types of Game Play
Over 1,200 Trivia Questions
Up to 4 Players
2 Modes of Play: Family Mode for Kids and Families; Collector's Mode for Disney Trivia Buffs

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Travel inside the world of Disney's favorite dogs as pups in the DVD game that transforms the traditional board game into an amazing entertainment experience that's 100% pure digital fun. Whether you're a young pup or a seasoned purebred, you can compete to win the prestigious Pup Cup and all the barking rights that go with it. Featuring immersive, 3-D environments from your favorite Disney dog movies, as well as hundreds of trivia questions and on-screen brain teasers, Disney Dog Edition is the ultimate game for dog lovers and Disney fans everywhere. Plus, there are no game pieces to lose -- everything you need is on the DVD. Your remote controls your destiny."

CS Comment:
This kicks off a new series of Disney DVD games. I'll be unleashing it (no pun intended) on my kids this holiday.

Available Tuesday, December 5



Disney DVD Game World: Disney Princess Edition
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Rating: E

Special Features:
Favorite Disney Princesses
Over 250 Games, Activities, and Trivia Questions
3-D Virtual Castle
Up to 4 Players

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Join Cinderella, Ariel, Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Jasmine, and Snow White inside an enchanted virtual castle, and become the ultimate Disney Princess. Be the first to collect all six of your royal items and you'll advance to the bonus round where you and your court will be honored at the Royal Ball. Disney Princess Edition adds a pinch of pixie dust to the traditional board game, transforming it into a wondrous and immersive entertainment experience filled with virtual 3-D environments, imaginative mini-games and activities, surprise character visits, and more. It's the perfect choice for your Family Game Night! Your remote controls your destiny."

CS Comment:
The Disney Princess onslaught continues with this DVD game. There can be only one…Ultimate Disney Princess!

Available Tuesday, December 5



Survivor: Vanuatu - The Complete Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Special Features:
15 episodes from the 2004 season on four discs
Commentary by host Jeff Probst and various castaways on 5 episodes
"Fire, Fire Everywhere" featurette
"On Shaky Ground" featurette
"Solitary Man" featurette
"A Taste of Home" featurette

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround Sound
Running Time: 11 Hours 32 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Thirty-nine days, eighteen Survivors, three tribes, dozens of lies, a gender war and, now, one sole survivor. Survivor: Vanuatu comes to DVD for the first time 4-disc set with so much more than you saw before, including all episodes, exclusive featurettes and audio commentaries. Replay and relive the most memorable and outrageous moments of the season as the competitors attempt to outwit, outplay and outlast each other for the one-million-dollar prize. Add The Complete Season to your Survivor collection today."

Survivor: Vanuatu - The Complete Season is not rated.

CS Comment:
Don't get voted off the island without this DVD!

Available Tuesday, December 5



Forbidden Planet (Two-Disc 50th Anniversary Special Edition)
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Rating: G

Satrring:
Walter Pidgeon as Dr. Edward Morbius
Anne Francis as Altaira Morbius
Leslie Nielsen as Commander John J. Adams
Warren Stevens as Lt. 'Doc' Ostrow
Jack Kelly as Lt. Jerry Farman
Richard Anderson as Chief Engineer Quinn
Earl Holliman as James Dirocco, the cook
Robby the Robot as Robby, The Robot
George Wallace as Bosun
Robert Dix as Grey (as Bob Dix)
Jimmy Thompson as Youngerford
James Drury as Joe Strong
Harry Harvey Jr. as Randall
Roger McGee as Lindstrom
Peter Miller as Moran

Special Features:
Additional Scenes
Lost Footage
Excerpts from The MGM Parade TV Series
Two follow-up vehicles starring Robby the Robot: 1958 MGM feature film The Invisible Boy and The Thin Man TV Series Episode Robot Client
TCM original documentary "Watch the Skies!: Science Fiction, the 1950s and Us"
"All-new Amazing! Exploring the Far Reaches of Forbidden Planet" featurette
"Robby the Robot: Engineering a Sci-Fi Icon" featurette
Science-Fiction Movie Trailer Gallery

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.25:1)
Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround Sound
French and Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: Forbidden Planet - 98 Minutes, The Invisible Boy – 89 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"A dutiful robot named Robby speaks 188 languages. An underground lair offers evidence of an advanced civilization. But among Altair-4's many wonders, none is greater or more deadly than the human mind. Forbidden Planet is the granddaddy of tomorrow, a pioneering work whose ideas and style would be reverse-engineered into many cinematic space voyages to come. Leslie Nielsen plays the commander who brings his spacecruiser crew to the green-skied world that's home to Dr. Morbius (Walter Pidgeon), his daughter (Anne Francis)...and to a mysterious terror. Featuring sets of extraordinary scale and the first all-electronic musical soundscape in film history, Forbidden Planet is in a movie orbit all its own."

"Forbidden Planet (Two-Disc 50th Anniversary Special Edition)" is rated G.

CS Comment:
This sci-fi classic is well worth adding to your DVD collection and it's packed with bonus features.

Available Tuesday, November 14



The Marlon Brando Collection (Julius Caesar / Mutiny on the Bounty 1962 / Reflections in a Golden Eye / The Teahouse of the August Moon / The Formula)
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Special Features:
Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
Two-Disc Special Edition includes:
Alternate prologue and epilogue sequences not seen theatrically
Four vintage featurettes: Story of the HMS Bounty, Voyage of the Bounty to St. Petersburg, Tour of the Bounty, 1964 World's Fair promo
Marlon Brando movies trailer gallery
New featurette After the Cameras Stopped Rolling: The Journey of the Bounty

Julius Caesar (1953)
Introduction by TCM host Robert Osborne
New featurette: The Rise of Two Legends
Theatrical Trailers

The Formula (1980)
Commentary by director John G. Avildsen and screenwriter Steve Shagan
Theatrical trailer

Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)
Vintage behind-the-scenes footage
Theatrical trailers

The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)
Vintage featurette Operation Teahouse
Theatrical trailers

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"An all new collection honoring the man widely regarded as one of the greatest film actors of the 20th century. Highlighting the "Marlon Brando Collection" is a deluxe new 2-Disc Special Edition of "Mutiny on the Bounty," featuring a newly-remastered presentation of the 1962 spectacular that was nominated for seven Academy Awards(R), including Best Picture. This new deluxe set features hours of bonuses including five featurettes. Collection includes: "Mutiny on the Bounty" (1962) 2-Disc Special Edition - Idyllic locations and bold adventure combine in a powerful tale of the 1787 voyage. Brando portrays Fletcher Christian, the officer who defies the tyranny of Capt. Bligh. "Julius Caesar" (1953) - Brando sets aside his familiar T-shirt for a toga and plays imperial loyalist Antony in Shakespeare's towering tale of friendship and betrayal. With John Gielgud and James Mason. Recipient of 4 Oscar(R) Nominations, including Best Actor - Marlon Brando and a win for Best Art Direction. "The Teahouse of the August Moon" (1956) - Brando shows his comedy chops! In a delightful change of pace, he's an interpreter in post-World War II Okinawa who bucks U.S. military men Glenn Ford and Paul Ford in order to build a teahouse - complete with geishas. "Reflections in a Golden Eye" (1967) - Illicit passions play out against the hidebound decorum of a Georgia army base in a startling version of Carson McCuller's novel. John Huston directs Brando and Elizabeth Taylor. "The Formula" (1980) - A trail of deceit and death leads to a hush-hush formula for a fuel that would destroy the oil industry. Brando and George C. Scott star in a mazelike thriller of big oil and big conspiracy."

CS Comment:
This is the ultimate collection for Marlon Brando fans. Check it out!

Available Tuesday, November 7

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