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DVD Roundup: 10.16.07

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
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The Reaping
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Rating: R

Hilary Swank as Katherine Winter
David Morrissey as Doug
Idris Elba as Ben
AnnaSophia Robb as Loren McConnell
Stephen Rea as Father Costigan
William Ragsdale as Sheriff Cade
John McConnell as Mayor Brooks
David Jensen as Jim Wakeman
Yvonne Landry as Brynn Wakeman
Samuel Garland as William Wakeman
Myles Cleveland as Kyle Wakeman
Andrea Frankle as Maddie McConnell
Mark Lynch as Brody McConnell
Stuart Greer as Gordon
Lara Grice as Isabelle

Special Features:
Science of the 10 Plagues: The search for scientific explanations
The Characters: cast members reflect
A Place Called Haven: Explore this exotic landscape
The Reaping: The Seventh Plague: those creepy bugs

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

The following is from the DVD description:

"Investigative scholar Katherine Winter (Hilary Swank) is a debunker of modern 'miracles,' bringing scientific light to superstition and fraud. But events in tiny Haven, Louisiana, defy even her expertise. There, the 10 Biblical Plagues seem to be reoccurring. And the more she seeks answers, the more she questions her own beliefs. Two-time Academy Award (R) winner Swank headlines this electrifying Dark Castle Entertainment production that reaps locusts, frogs, a river of blood and more - all to eye-filling, fear-inducing, heart-probing, must-see effect."

"The Reaping" is rated R for violence, disturbing images, and some sexuality.

CS Comment:
Our Ryan Rotten gave this film 4 out of 10 at, so he obviously wasn't impressed with it. You can check it out for yourself this week.

Available Tuesday, October 16

Medium: The Third Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Patricia Arquette as Allison Dubois
Miguel Sandoval as D.A. Manuel Devalos
Sofia Vassilieva as Ariel Dubois
Maria Lark as Bridgette Dubois
Jake Weber as Joe Dubois
David Cubitt as Detective Lee Scanlon
Miranda Carabello as Marie Dubois

Special Features:
Cast and Crew Commentaries on Select Episodes
Drawing on Dreams
Directing with David Arquette
Acting in my "Racquet"
The Story of Medium, Season 3
Gag Reel
The Making of Medium, Season 3

Other Info:
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 15 Hours 38 Minutes

The following is from the DVD description:

"From Emmy Award-winning executive producer, creator and director Glenn Gordon Caron ('Moonlighting') comes Medium a chilling drama series inspired by the real-life story of research medium Allison DuBois. Emmy winner Patricia Arquette ('Stigmata,' 'Flirting with Disaster') stars as a young wife and mother who, since childhood, has been struggling to make sense of her dreams and visions of dead people. Arquette received the Emmy in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category after the telecast of the initial 16 episodes of the critically acclaimed series. Allison DuBois (Arquette) is a strong-willed young mother of three, a devoted wife and law student who begins to suspect that she can talk to dead people, see the future in her dreams and read people's thoughts. Fearing for her mental health, she turns for support to her husband Joe (Jake Weber, 'U-571'), an aerospace engineer, who slowly comes to believe that what his wife is telling him just might be true. The real challenge is convincing her boss, D.A. Devalos (Miguel Sandoval) -- and the other doubters in the criminal justice system -- that her psychic abilities can give them the upper hand when it comes to solving violent and horrifying crimes whose mysteries often reside with those who live beyond the grave. Sofia Vassilieva and Maria Lark also star as Ariel and Bridgette, the two eldest DuBois children."

"Medium: The Third Season" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Here's another season of "Medium" for your collection and more bonus features to accompany it.

Available Tuesday, October 16

The House Without a Christmas Tree
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Rating: Not Rated

Jason Robards as Jamie Mills
Mildred Natwick as Grandma Mills
Lisa Lucas as Addie Mills
Kathryn Walker as Miss Thompson
Alexa Kenin as Carla Mae
Murray Westgate as Mr. Brady, the druggist
Maya Kenin as Mrs. Cott
Brady McNamara as Billy Wild
Gail Dunsome as Gloria Cott

Special Features:

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Mono Sound
Running Time: 75 Minutes

The following is from the DVD description:

"Jason Robards Stars In An Award-Winning, Heart-Warming Tale Of Christmas. Brighten up the holiday season with a tender, uplifting story of a father and daughter who discover that love and understanding are the greatest gifts of all. Ten year-old Addie Mills (Lisa Lucas) wants only one thing for the holidays - a Christmas tree that will bring good cheer to the house. But her father (Jason Robards), an embittered widower, absolutely refuses. Even Addie's gentle and loving grandmother (Mildred Natwick) can't get him to change his mind. As Christmas approaches, it seems as if Addie will never get a Christmas tree...until an act of generosity touches her father's heart and teaches him an important lesson about the spirit of Christmas. Set in Nebraska during 1946, 'The House Without a Christmas Tree' captures the warmth and joy of the holiday season."

"The House Without a Christmas Tree" is not rated.

CS Comment:
I can't say this film from the '70s was high on my list of Christmas movies to watch, but it's reissued for fans who want to experience it again.

Available Tuesday, October 16

That '70s Show: Season Seven
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Rating: Not Rated

Mila Kunis as Jackie Burkhart
Danny Masterson as Steven Hyde
Laura Prepon as Donna Pinciotti
Wilmer Valderrama as Fez
Debra Jo Rupp as Kitty Forman
Kurtwood Smith as Reginald "Red" Forman
Ashton Kutcher as Michael Kelso
Topher Grace as Eric Forman
Don Stark as Bob Pinciotti

Special Features:
All 25 Season Seven Episodes
Audio Commentary on Selected Episodes
Promo Spots on All Episodes
"Behind the Polyester: Writing That '70s Show" Featurette
"That Seventh '70s Season" Featurette
"A '70s Show Flashback: Don Stark" Featurette

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Surround Sound
Running Time: 650 Minutes

The following is from the DVD description:

"The gang is still grooving after all these years, but it's time for the residents of Point Place to do some semi-serious thinking about their future. This season, Eric and Donna pick up the pieces of their broken engagement and decide to just hang out and have fun. Hyde gets to know his father and foxy half-sister. Jackie gets her own public access TV show, while Kelso struggles to treat women with more respect after the birth of his daughter. And Fez finds his true calling as the shampoo boy at a beauty salon. It doesn't get any cooler than this!"

"That '70s Show: Season Seven" is not rated.

CS Comment:
I'm personally amazed "That '70s Show" ran as long as it did. Here's the seventh season for you to enjoy!

Available Tuesday, October 16

Warren Miller's No Boundaries
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Rating: Not Rated

Special Features:
Off The Grid
Epic Conditions: Steamboat Springs
Epic Conditions Sneak Peeks

Higher Ground
Warren Miller Trailers
Glen Plake Through The Ages: From the '50s to the Present

Featurette - Behind The Scenes In Bulgaria
Deleted Scenes
Video Fireplace

Other Info:
Fullscreen and Widescreen
Dolby Digital Sound
Running Time: 6.5 Hours

The following is from the DVD description:

"Warren Miller films have set the bar for winter sport films for nearly 60 years. Widely known for their amazing locations, athletic excellence, stunning camerawork, killer music and humor, these films have taken us around the globe portraying the challenges and joys of skiing and all snow sports.

'No Boundaries' includes the three most recent and most spectacular of the films, plus a bonus disc on the making of the first high definition ski film.

'Off The Grid'
Demonstrating the true 'Off The Grid' experience, this film exposes the undiscovered side of winter, from Kashmir, India, to Kicking Horse, Canada. Olympic 2006 medalist Toby Dawson and X-Games Gold Medalists Zach and Reggie Crist pack the notable cast of this heart-pounding thrill-ride, lifting viewers out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary.

'Higher Ground'
Warren Miller's 'Higher Ground' chronicles a dedicated band of the world's most acclaimed winter sports athletes as they crisscross the globe in search of new and more thrilling ways to experience the ride.

Watch as Jeremy Nobis, aka 'Psycho Nobi,' tackles the classic steeps of Chamonix, France. Check out sexy skiers Ingrid Backstrom, Charlotte Moats and Jenn Berg float through deep powder after a megastorm in Utah. See gold-medalist snowboarder Kelly Clark log major air time heli-boarding in Blue River, Canada. And Glen Plake waterski in a Speedo. From daring first descents to hilarious misadventures, it's all here and more in the best footage shot around the world. Impact is the inspirational blockbuster of the season. It just wouldn't be winter without it."

"No Boundaries" is not rated.

CS Comment:
If you like snow sports or sports documentaries, this is required viewing for you. Perfect for the winter season!

Available Tuesday, October 16

The Invisible
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Rating: PG-13

Justin Chatwin as Nick Powell
Margarita Levieva as Annie Newton
Marcia Gay Harden as Diane Powell
Chris Marquette as Pete
Alex O'Loughlin as Marcus Bohem
Callum Keith Rennie as Detective Brian Larson
Michelle Harrison as Detective Kate Tunney
Ryan Kennedy as Matty
Andrew Francis as Dean
P. Lynn Johnson as Sharon Egan
Serge Houde as Martin Egan
Desiree Zurowski as Lindy Newton
Mark Houghton as Jack Newton
Alex Ferris as Victor Newton
Tania Saulnier as Suzie

Special Features:
Commentary by: Director David S. Goyer and writer Christine Roum
Commentary by: Writer Mick Davis
Over 13 minutes of deleted scenes
30 Seconds to Mars: "The Kill" music video
Sparta: "Taking Back Control" music video

Other Info:
Widescreen (2.35:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French and Spanish Language
French and Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 102 Minutes

The following is from the DVD description:

"From the producers of 'The Sixth Sense' comes the gripping suspense-filled mystery, 'The Invisible.' Nick Powell is a handsome young writer with a future as bright as he is. Then one tragic night he's brutally attacked and left for dead except he's not. He's trapped in a ghostly limbo where no one can see or hear him. Except for Annie, the one person who must get closer to Nick in order to save him from beyond his worst nightmare. If together they can quickly solve the mystery of his murder before it is too late, there's a chance he'll live again."

"The Invisible" is rated PG-13 for violence, criminality, sensuality and language - all involving teens.

CS Comment:
"The Invisible" is from the producers of "The Sixth Sense" and director David Goyer. That alone should get a lot of fans interested in this film.

Available Tuesday, October 16

The Hoax
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Rating: R

Richard Gere as Clifford Irving
Alfred Molina as Dick Suskind
Hope Davis as Andrea Tate
Marcia Gay Harden as Edith Irving
Stanley Tucci as Shelton Fisher
Julie Delpy as Nina Van Pallandt
Eli Wallach as Noah Dietrich
John Carter as Harold McGraw
Christopher Evan Welch as Albert Vanderkamp
Zeljko Ivanek as Ralph Graves
David Aaron Baker as Brad Silber
Peter McRobbie as George Gordon Holmes
John Bedford Lloyd as Frank McCullough
Okwui Okpokwasili as Mailka Vanderkamps
Stuart Margolin as Marty Ackerman

Special Features:
Stranger Than Fiction Making-of Featurette
Mike Wallace: Reflections On A Con
Deleted Scenes With Commentary By Director Lasse Hallstrom And Writer William Wheeler
Extended Scene "Business As Pleasure"
Feature Commentary by Director Lasse Holleran And Joshua D. Maurer

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Language
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 115 Minutes

The following is from the DVD description:

"Golden Globe winner Richard Gere ('Shall We Dance?,' 'Chicago') leads a stellar cast in 'The Hoax,' the thrilling and unbelievably true story of the man who almost pulled off the biggest literary con of the 20th century. When the charismatic Clifford Irving (Gere) convinces a major publishing house that Howard Hughes, the bigger-than-life billionaire recluse, has asked Irving to pen his authorized autobiography, Irving must concoct an elaborate scheme to prove his fake manuscript is real. Inspired by Irving's tell-all book 'The Hoax,' and directed by Lasse Hallstrom ('Chocolat'), this tensely comedic story of deception, international intrigue, powerful corporate empires and beautiful women is a wild rid down the slippery slope of a lie run amuck."

"The Hoax" is rated R for language.

CS Comment:
A fantastic cast and an interesting true story make this film well worth checking out.

Available Tuesday, October 16

Jingle All the Way: Family Fun Edition
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Rating: PG

Arnold Schwarzenegger as Howard Langston
Sinbad as Myron Larabee
Phil Hartman as Ted Maltin
Rita Wilson as Liz Langston
Robert Conrad as Officer Hummell
Martin Mull as D.J.
Jake Lloyd as Jamie Langston
James Belushi as Mall Santa
E.J. De La Pena as Johnny
Laraine Newman as First Lady
Justin Chapman as Billy
Harvey Korman as President
Richard Moll as Dementor
Daniel Riordan as Turbo Man

Special Features:
Extended Director's Cut with Footage Not Shown in Theaters
Two Set-Top Games: Christmas Rush and Guess the Gift
The Making of a Hero, Super Kids, and Turbo Man Behind The Mask Featurettes

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish and French Language
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 122 Minutes

The following is from the DVD description:

"It's Christmas Eve, and Howard Langston (Schwarzenegger) is determined to get his son (Jake Lloyd) the year's most popular toy, the Turbo Man action figure. But everywhere he goes, it's sold out. Soon, Howard finds himself in a crazed battle against time, crowds and a maniacal postman (Sinbad) who's as determined as Howard to find Turbo Man!"

"Jingle All the Way" is rated PG for action violence, mild language and some thematic elements.

CS Comment:
"Star Wars" fans may be interested in this debut performance by Anakin himself, Jake Lloyd. If that's not interesting enough, you get to see the Governator acting like a goof.

Available Tuesday, October 16

Metalocalypse: Season One
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Rating: Not Rated

Tommy Blacha as Toki Wartooth
Brendon Small as Nathan Explosion
Mark Hamill as Senator Stampingston
Victor Brandt as General Krosier

Special Features:
Loaded with Exactly One Cubic Metal Ton of Hidden Murder Features. Hidden Murder Features Include Band Interviews, Top Secret Extended Dethtour of Mordhaus, Murder Reel and Many More...

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 230 Minutes

The following is from the DVD description:

"'Skwisgaar Skwigelf, Taller than a tree. Toki Wartooth, not a Bumble Bee. William Murderface murderface murderface. Pickles the Drummer, doodily doo, ding dong doodily doodily doo. Nathan Explosion...'

'Metalocalypse' is the chillingly brilliant and terrifyingly real story of Extreme Metal band Dethklok: the biggest entertainment act in the universe. Perhaps one of the most disgusting and disturbing pieces of art in the 21st century, 'Metalocalypse' may be the most important television show ever, offering a blistering critique of fascism and idealism that suggests moral redemption is not unlike our Nordic gods that we once prayed to, a myth."

"Metalocalypse" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Brendon Small and Mark Hamill in a TV cartoon about Norwegian death metal? I'm there!

Available Tuesday, October 2

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