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DVD Roundup: 12.18.07

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
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National Treasure – 2-Disc Collector’s Edition
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Rating: PG

Starring:
Nicolas Cage as Ben Gates
Diane Kruger as Abigail Chase
Justin Bartha as Riley Poole
Sean Bean as Ian Howe
Jon Voight as Patrick Gates
Harvey Keitel as Sadusky
Christopher Plummer as John Adams Gates
David Dayan Fisher as Shaw
Stewart Finlay-McLennan as Powell
Oleg Taktarov as Shippen
Stephen A. Pope as Phil
Annie Parisse as Agent Dawes
Mark Pellegrino as Agent Johnson
Armando Riesco as Agent Hendricks
Erik King as Agent Colfax

Special Features:
Multilevel Treasure Hunt -- The More Bonus Material You Find And Watch, The More You Uncover

Alternate Ending With Optional Director's Audio Commentary

Deleted Scenes With Optional Director's Audio Commentary

Opening Scene Animatic With Optional Director's Audio Commentary

Four Featurette Gems: "NATIONAL TREASURE On Location"; "The Knights Templar"; "Treasure Hunters Revealed"; "Riley's Decode This!" -- Plus Three Puzzling Challenges

NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS Sneak Peek

Additional Deleted Scenes With Intros By Director Jon Turteltaub

A Treasure Trove Of Featurettes: "Ciphers, Codes and Codebreakers"; "On The Set Of American History"; "To Steal A National Treasure"; "Exploding CHARLOTTE"

Other Info:
Widescreen (2.35:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish and French Language
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 131 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“From Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, comes the definitive NATIONAL TREASURE. Get closer to the edge of your seat with the 2-Disc Collector's Edition DVD of this thrilling adventure starring Academy Award® Winner Nicolas Cage (Best Actor, LEAVING LAS VEGAS, 1995) as Benjamin Franklin Gates. With heart-pounding chases and close calls, this high-stakes crime caper is the most exciting treasure hunt you've ever experienced -- now with a treasure trove of new special features.”

National Treasure is rated PG for action violence and some scary images.

CS Comment:
In preparation for National Treasure 2, Disney re-releases its predecessor on DVD. This time around you’ll find some new deleted scenes and four new featurettes on ciphers, American History, blowing up the Charlottle, and more.

Available Tuesday, December 18




Bring It On – In It To Win It
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Rating: PG-13

Starring:
Ashley Benson as Carson
Michael Copon as Penn
Cassie Scerbo as Brooke
Jennifer Tisdale as Chelsea
Kierstin Koppel as Sarah
Noel Areizaga as Ruben
Adam Vernier as Vance Voorhees
Rich Freeman as Bellman
Wesley Tsukazan as Bellman
Lisa Glaze as Pepper Driscoll
Jane Park as Reporter

Special Features:
-Deleted Scenes

-Lights, Camera, Bring it!: Your all-access pass to behind-the-scenes fun!

-The Rumble With Tony G: Get in on the action as Tony G leads the East Coast and West Coast teams in a showdown!

-Cheer Off! Learn How To Cheer With Tony G

-And More!

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish and French Language
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“High-flyin' fun, hot music and no-holds-barred competition go to new heights in this all-new comedy! The feisty East Coast Jets have ruled the Cheer Camp Championships with spunk and attitude for the past few years. Now the spirited West Coast Sharks think they have the right moves and grooves to be crowned top squad. But when cheertastrophe strikes and their dreams of taking home the top prize are in jeopardy, the leaders of both squads realize they'll have to work together and bring it on like never before!”

Bring It On – In It To Win It rated PG-13 for language, suggestive content and rude humor.

CS Comment:
Who would have ever thought Bring It On would have generated three sequels?!

Available Tuesday, December 18




Rawhide – Volume 2, The Second Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Clint Eastwood as Rowdy Yates
Paul Brinegar as Wishbone
Steve Raines as Jim Quince
Eric Fleming as Gil Favor
James Murdock as Mushy
Rocky Shahan as Joe Scarlett
Robert Cabal as Hey Soos
Sheb Wooley as Pete Nolan

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Mono Sound
Running Time: 13 Hours 42 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“The tale of Gil Favor, the trail boss, as he drives cattle across the old west. Along the way they meet up with adventure and drama.”

Rawhide – The Second Season, Volume 2 is not rated.

CS Comment:
Complete your Rawhide second season DVD with this new set!


Available Tuesday, December 18




Cinderella II – Dreams Come True Special Edition
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Rating: G

Starring:
Jennifer Hale as Cinderella (voice)
Tress MacNeille as Anastasia (voice)
Rob Paulsen as Jaq / Baker / Sir Hugh (voice)
Corey Burton as Gus (voice)
Holland Taylor as Prudence (voice)
Susan Blakeslee as Lady Madonna Tremaine (voice)
Frank Welker as Pom Pom / Lucifer (voice)
Christopher Daniel Barnes as Prince Charming (voice)
Andre Stojka as The King (voice)

Special Features:
Race To The Royal Banquet Game

Cinderella DVD Storybook: "A Little Misunderstanding"

Cinderella's Enchanted Castle Set-Top Game

Musical Magic Featurette

"Put It Together" Music Video Performed By Brooke Allison

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.66:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
DTS 5.1 Digital Surrund Sound
French and Spanish Language
Running Time: 73 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“Cinderella's enchanting story continues with three tales brimming with irresistible music, a palace full of fun and all your favorite characters from the original Disney classic. Cinderella, in her new role as Princess and Royal Hostess, discovers that life in the Royal Court is more challenging than she expected. With the help of everyone's favorite Fairy Godmother and mischievous mice Jaq and Gus, Cinderella finds that the only way to make your dreams come true is to be true to yourself. Now this Special Edition DVD includes "Race To The Royal Banquet," an exciting all-new game! In multi-level play, you'll be part of the action as you help Jaq and Gus dash through mazes, slip past obstacles, and outwit Lucifer and Pom-Pom on their way to Cinderella's big event.”

Cinderella II – Dreams Come True Special Edition is rated G.

CS Comment:
I’m not sure why Disney thought we needed a new version of Cinderella II, but here ya go.

Available Tuesday, December 18




Mod Squad – Season 1, Volume 1
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Michael Cole as Pete Cochran
Clarence Williams III as Linc Hayes
Peggy Lipton as Julie Barnes
Tige Andrews as Capt. Adam Greer
Ross Elliott as Charlie Tyson
Brooke Bundy as Sutton
Linda Marsh as Louise Semple
Norman Alden as Parker
Arthur Franz as Arthur Westphal
Harry Basch as Eddie

Special Features:
Forming The Squad

Inside ”The Teeth of the Barracuda:” 1968

Friends of The Mod Squad

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Sound
Running Time: 11 Hours 33 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“Meet Pete, Linc and Julie: The Mod Squad. This trio consisted of rich, long-haired Pete Cochran, Lincoln "Linc" Hayes from the tough streets of inner city Los Angeles, and beautiful flower child Julie Barnes, a runaway from San Francisco. They’re recruited by police captain Adam Greer (Tiger Andrews) for a covert unit that will help bridge the generation gap. Each week these three cops with love beads wrestled with criminals – and their own consciences. They may have been the "fuzz," but they were determined to never compromise their values. They were The Mod Squad!”

Mod Squad – Season 1, Volume 1.

CS Comment:
Here’s another classic TV series hitting DVD for the first time. But how will it be received by today’s audiences?

Available Tuesday, December 18




Walt Disney Treasures - The Adventures of Oswald The Lucky Rabbit
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Leonard Maltin

Special Features:
Oswald Comes Home

Audio Commentaries

Sagebrush Sadie

Still Frame Galleries

The Hand Behind The Mouse

The Work Of Ub Iwerks

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 234 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“Before Mickey there was Oswald, the floppy-eared star of Walt Disney's first cartoon series, THE ADVENTURES OF OSWALD THE LUCKY RABBIT. Fun and mischievous, the cheerful rabbit's popularity quickly multiplied, and so did his shorts. Between 1927 and 1928, Disney created a bounty of legendary and rarely seen Oswald cartoons. Now for the first time ever on DVD, we present the premiere collection of Disney's Oswald shorts -- all featuring new scores composed especially for this release. The long-lost rabbit's life story, from his birth to his long-awaited return to Disney, and a documentary on the legendary Ub Iwerks set the stage for the comeback of one of the most important stars in Disney's menagerie. Featuring exclusive introductions by film historian Leonard Maltin, this is a timeless collection from generations past for generations to come.”

Walt Disney Treasures - The Adventures of Oswald The Lucky Rabbit is not rated.

CS Comment:
Here’s yet another entry into the impressive Walt Disney Treasures DVD series. This is certainly required viewing for any Disney fan.

Available Tuesday, December 18




Braveheart – Special Collector’s Edition
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Rating: R

Starring:
Mel Gibson as William Wallace
James Robinson as Young William Wallace
Sean Lawlor as Malcolm Wallace
Sandy Nelson as John Wallace
James Cosmo as Campbell
Sean McGinley as MacClannough
Alan Tall as Elder Stewart
Andrew Weir as Young Hamish Campbell
Gerda Stevenson as Mother MacClannough
Mhairi Calvey as Young Murron MacClannough
Brian Cox as Argyle Wallace
Patrick McGoohan as Longshanks, King Edward I
Peter Hanly as Edward, Prince of Wales
Sophie Marceau as Princess Isabelle

Special Features:
Commentary by Director Mel Gibson

A Writer's Journey

Alba gu Brath! The Making of Braveheart

Tales of William Wallace

Archival Interviews with the Cast of Braveheart

Photo Montage

2 Original Theatrical Trailers

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French and Spanish Language
French and Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 177 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“Mel Gibson directs and stars in this Academy Award-winning epic based on the life of legendary thirteenth century Scottish hero William Wallace. Returning to his homeland following the death of an heirless king, Wallace (Mel Gibson) finds the political landscape precarious. Edward the Longshanks, King of England (Patrick McGoohan), has captured Scotland's throne and threatens the freedom of all Scottish people, as tyrannical policies instituted by the English plague the Scots. Initially, Wallace is content to stand by the wayside, yearning for the simple life of building a home and raising a family. However, when the woman he loves (Catherine McCormack) suffers a cruel fate at the hands of English soldiers, Wallace takes a stand against the new rule. With his fierce patriotism and determination, he gathers an amateur but passionately rebellious army. Although this makeshift force may be outnumbered by the English troops, their desperation and love for their land surpass any military maneuvers, as evidenced in the film's breathtaking battle sequences.”

Braveheart – Special Collector’s Edition is rated R for brutal medieval warfare.

CS Comment:
Here’s another special edition that comes out of nowhere. It’s digitally remastered and has some new featurettes.

Available Tuesday, December 18




Illegal Tender
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Rating: R

Starring:
Michael Philip Del Rio as Lugo
Samuel Molina as Older Man
Rick Sepulveda as Joey
Manny Perez as Wilson DeLeon Sr.
D.C. Benny as Ceasar
Mercedes Mercado as Latina Killer #1
Carmen Perez as Latina Killer #2
Zulay Henao as Mora
Jessica Pimentel as Young Millie
Angelic Zambrana as Young Jessenia
Julie Carmen as Nilsa
Ronald Escobar as Javier's Man #1
Gary Perez as Javier Cordero
Rick Gonzalez as Wilson DeLeon, Jr.
Dania Ramirez as Ana

Special Features:
Deleted Scenes

The Making of Illegal Tender

Music Video

Making of Music Video

Other Info:
Widescreen (2.40:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Language
French and Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 1 Hour 48 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“From acclaimed producer John Singleton (Hustle & Flow, Four Brothers) comes an intense, action-packed thriller about a family's quest for honor and revenge. College student Wilson De Leon, Jr. (Rick Gonzalez, Coach Carter, TV's Reaper) never stood up for himself until the gangsters who killed his father came to settle a score. In a gripping, adrenaline-pumping showdown, Wilson and his mother (Wanda De Jesus, TV's CSI: Miami) decide to settle that score on their own terms in order to protect the people they love. Dania Ramirez (TV's Heroes, X-Men) and reggaeton star Tego Calderon co-star in this hard-hitting film loaded with gripping action and unbeatable suspense.”

Illegal Tender is rated R for violence, language and some sexuality.

CS Comment:
Heroes fans may get a kick out of seeing Dania Ramirez in this role.

Available Tuesday, December 18




Once
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Rating: R

Starring:
Glen Hansard as Guy
Markéta Irglová as Girl
Alaistair Foley as Bassist Dude
Geoff Minogue as Manage

Directed by John Carney

Special Features:
Music & Film Commentaries by Writer/Director John Carney and Actors/Musicians Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova

Making a Modern Day Musical Featurette

More Guy, More Girl Featurette

Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy Webisode (Animated)

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Language
Running Time: 86 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“Sometimes, you only get one chance to follow your dreams. So, when a brokenhearted street musician clicks with a beautiful and feisty keyboardist, the unlikely couple decides they have nothing - and everything - to lose. Over the course of one electric week, the duo writes, performs and records an incredible cycle of songs every bit as spontaneous and soulful as their improbable romance. This truly unforgettable blend of transcendent pop music and raw, naturalistic storytelling is absolutely mesmerizing, because something this passionate and original comes along only... Once.”

Once is rated R for language.

CS Comment:
Once has a lot of awards buzz. You may want to check it out for yourself to see if it’s worth the hype.

Available Tuesday, December 18



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