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DVD Roundup: 1.8.08

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
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Joshua
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Rating: R

Starring:
Sam Rockwell as Brad Cairn
Vera Farmiga as Abby Cairn
Celia Weston as Hazel Cairn
Dallas Roberts as Ned Davidoff
Michael McKean as Chester Jenkins
Jacob Kogan as Joshua Cairn
Nancy Giles as Betsy Polsheck
Linda Larkin as Ms. Danforth
Alex Draper as Stewart Slocum
Stephanie Roth Haberle as Pediatrician
Ezra Barnes as Fred Solomon
Jodie Markell as Ruth Solomon
Rufus Collins as Henry Abernathy
Haviland Morris as Monique Abernathy
Tom Bloom as Joe Cairn

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
DTS 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Language
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 106 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Evil has a new name in ;Joshua,; a terrifying suspense-thriller! The Cairn's (Sam Rockwell and Vera Farmiga) have it all: good marriage, nice apartment, a gifted nine-year-old son, Joshua, and a baby on the way. When their second child arrives, the young boy begins to resent his parents constant doting on his new sister. Suddenly, a series of tragic events fill the Cairn household with utter despair and unspeakable horror. The events leave the family questioning if it's all a series of eerie coincidences...or the calculated agenda of a sinister sibling with the perfect plan for revenge?"

"Joshua" is rated R.

CS Comment:
Can Sam Rockwell save this horror story about an evil kid? Find out!

Available Tuesday, January 8




Death Sentence
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Kevin Bacon as Nick Hume
Garrett Hedlund as Billy Darley
Kelly Preston as Helen Hume
Jordan Garrett as Lucas Hume
Stuart Lafferty as Brendan Hume
Aisha Tyler as Detective Wallis
John Goodman as Bones Darley
Matt O'Leary as Joe Darley
Edi Gathegi as Bodie
Hector Atreyu Ruiz as Heco
Kanin J. Howell as Baggy
Dennis Keiffer as Jamie
Freddy Bouciegues as Tommy
Leigh Whannell as Spink
Casey Pieretti as Dog

Special Features:
Fox Movie Channel Presents: Making A Scene
Fox Movie Channel Presents Life After Film School with Kevin Bacon
Behind-the-Scenes Webisodes

Other Info:
Widescreen (2.40:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Language
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 111 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Nick Hume (Kevin Bacon) is a mild-mannered executive with a loving family and a perfect life, until one gruesome night when his teenage son is senselessly murdered during a gas station holdup. Transformed by grief and not satisfied with courtroom justice, Nick takes the law into his own hands - and wages and all-out war against a gang of vicious street thugs. Directed by James Wan ('Saw'), 'Death Sentence' is a gripping revenge thriller loaded with in-your-face action, bone-snapping violence and nail-biting suspense!"

"Death Sentence" was originally rated R for strong bloody brutal violence and pervasive language.

CS Comment:
CS's Edward Douglas gave this one a resounding 5 out of 10 in his review. Take that as you will.

Available Tuesday, January 8




Golden Door
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Rating: PG-13

Starring:
Charlotte Gainsbourg as Lucy Reed
Vincenzo Amato as Salvatore Mancuso
Aurora Quattrocchi as Fortunata Mancuso
Francesco Casisa as Angelo Mancuso
Filippo Pucillo as Pietro Mancuso
Federica De Cola as Rita D'Agostini
Isabella Ragonese as Rosa Napolitano
Vincent Schiavelli as Don Luigi
Massimo Laguardia as Mangiapane
Filippo Luna as Don Ercole
Andrea Prodan as Del Fiore
Ernesto Mahieux as Dr. Zampino

Special Features:
Introduction By Martin Scorsese
Making of Golden Door

Other Info:
Widescreen (2.35:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Original Italian Language Track
Spanish Language Track
English, French, and Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 118 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Miramax Films and Martin Scorsese present 'Golden Door.' At once epic and intimate, it's the stunning romantic drama about two very different people yearning for a better life in America at the turn of the 20th century. Sacrificing everything, Salvatore Mancuso, an innocent Sicilian peasant, begins his transatlantic odyssey to the land of promise. During the perilous and grueling journey, he meets a beautiful and worldly Englishwoman, Lucy, and an unexpected romance blossoms. Looking forward to their new life together, neither is prepared for the realities of Ellis Island, where they'll stop at nothing to make it through the golden door into the America of their dreams."

"Golden Door" is rated PG-13 for brief graphic nudity.

CS Comment:
Martin Scorsese presents it, so it must be worth checking out, right?

Available Tuesday, January 8




Rob & Big – Complete Seasons 1 & 2 Uncensored
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Rob Dyrdek
Chris Boykin

Special Features:
Commentary by: Rob Dyrdek, Big Black, Jeff Tremaine, and Ruben Fleischer
All 16 episodes from the 2006-2007 season
Deleted scenes
Rob & Big: The Real Deal
Special Meaty Puppy footage
Skate tutorials
Music video: "Dirty Girl"
Bonus mini footage
Bonus Uncle Jerry footage
Option to play episodes with censored audio

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 320 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"In this reality buddy comedy, professional street skater Rob Dyrdek and his best friend and bodyguard, Christopher 'Big' Boykin, share a house in the Hollywood Hills, bouncing from one ridiculous moment to the next. Along with their mischievous little Bulldog, 'Meaty,' the unlikely trio make the world their playground and hit the streets on a constant quest for adventure and laughs."

"Rob & Big" is not rated.

CS Comment:
I would have loved to have heard the pitch for this show.

Available Tuesday, January 8




The Riches: Season 1
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Eddie Izzard as Wayne Malloy
Minnie Driver as Dahlia Malloy
Shannon Marie Woodward as Di Di Malloy
Noel Fisher as Cael Malloy
Aidan Mitchell as Sam Malloy
Todd Stashwick as Dale Malloy
Gregg Henry as Hugh Panetta
Margo Martindale as Nina
Teresa Huang as Kimmie
Deidrie Henry as Aubrey McDonald
Nichole Hiltz as Ginny Dannegan
Stephen Sowan as Erick
Bruce French as Jim Burns
Johanna E. Braddy as Tammy Simms

Special Features:
Audio Commentary With Eddie Izzard And Creator Dmitry Lipkin – "Pilot"
Casting Session
World Premiere
Gag Reel
7 Webisodes

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French and Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 628 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Since Wayne Malloy can't buy the American dream, he's going to steal it! The Malloys are Travelers, con artists living one step ahead of the law, and now, together with his wife and children, Wayne is pulling his biggest scam ever. They assume the identities of a family living a privileged life in an exclusive suburban development. But, with nosy neighbors, vengeful fellow Travelers and the authorities hot on their trail, can they possibly pull it off? 'The Riches' Season One is an engaging and offbeat drama infused with wickedly dark humor so original and captivating that to miss it would be a crime!"

"The Riches" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Eddie Izzard is pretty funny so I'm sure "The Riches" is worth checking out.

Available Tuesday, January 8




Zodiac (2-Disc Director's Cut)
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Rating: R

Starring:
Jake Gyllenhaal as Robert Graysmith
Mark Ruffalo as Inspector David Toschi
Anthony Edwards as Inspector William Armstrong
Robert Downey Jr. as Paul Avery
Brian Cox as Melvin Belli
John Carroll Lynch as Arthur Leigh Allen
Richmond Arquette as Zodiac 1 & 2
Bob Stephenson as Zodiac 3
John Lacy as Zodiac 4
Chloë Sevigny as Melanie
Ed Setrakian as Al Hyman
John Getz as Templeton Peck
John Terry as Charles Thieriot
Candy Clark as Carol Fisher
Elias Koteas as Sgt. Jack Mulanax

Special Features:
Commentary by Director David Fincher
Commentary by Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Brad Fischer, James Vanderbilt and James Ellroy
Zodiac Deciphered: An Exhaustive Behind-the-Scenes Documentary on the Making of Zodiac
The Visual Effects of Zodiac
Previsualization: Split-Screen Comparisons Between Animatics and Finished Film for the Three Murder Sequences
This Is The Zodiac Speaking: An All-New, Feature-Length Documentary (Produced and Directed by David Prior) Covering Every Aspect of the Investigation, Including New Interviews with the Original Investigators and Surviving Victims
His Name Was Arthur Leigh Allen: The Truth About the Prime Suspect in the Zodiac Case from People Who Knew Him and the Police Who Investigated Him.

Other Info:
Widescreen (2.35:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French and Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 162 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Based on the true story of the notorious serial killer and the intense manhunt he inspired, 'Zodiac' is a superbly crafted and critically acclaimed thriller from director David Fincher, featuring an ensemble cast led by Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., and Mark Ruffalo."

"Zodiac" is rated R for some strong killings, language, drug material and brief sexual images.

CS Comment:
Is it worth buying "Zodiac" again for 7 minutes of extra footage and some new bonus features? You'll have to answer that for yourself!

Available Tuesday, January 8




The Killing Floor
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Rating: R

Starring:
Marc Blucas as David Lamont
Joel Leffert as Goodman
Shiri Appleby as Rebecca Fay
Jeffrey Carlson as Jared Thurber
Reiko Aylesworth as Audrey Levine
Bethany Butler as Female Caterer
Andrew Weems as Bobby Reed
Alison McAtee as Kathy Mahoni
Derek Cecil as Garret Rankin
John Bedford Lloyd as Detective Martin Soll
John Di Benedetto as Deputy

Special Features:
The Killing Floor Trailer
Trailer Gallery

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 98 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Horror novel agent David Lamont (Marc Blucas) moves into a lavish penthouse apartment to celebrate his new-found success. But as he settles in, mysterious events occur; violent and bloody crime scene photos taken in his apartment show up at the front door, videotapes of him sleeping arrive in his mail and the strange sensation that he is being followed haunt his every step. No longer able to work or sleep, paranoia distorts his mind and takes over his life, yet he refuses to move out. Obsessed with tracking down his stalker, David unravels, falling prey to a deadly game. The only question that remains is: How far will he go to end this real life horror story?"

"The Killing Floor" is rated R for violent and disturbing content, language, & sexuality.

CS Comment:
If you like crime dramas, you might find this worth checking out.

Available Tuesday, January 8




Gunsmoke: The Second Season, Volume 1
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
James Arness as Marshal Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone as Dr. Galen 'Doc' Adams
Amanda Blake as Kitty Russell
Dennis Weaver as Chester Goode
James Nusser as Louie Pheeters
Howard Culver as Howie Uzzell
Budd Buster as Moss Grimmick
Dabbs Greer as Wilbur Jonas
George Walsh as Announcer

Special Features:
Sponsor Spots

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Mono Sound
Running Time: 8 Hours 46 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Marshall Matt Dillon is responsible for keeping the law and respectability in Dodge City in this western action-drama. Gunsmoke captured the courage, character and spirit of the Western Frontier."

"Gunsmoke" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Add to your "Gunsmoke" collection!

Available Tuesday, January 8




Maneater
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Gary Busey as Grady Barnes
Ty Wood as Roy Satterly
Jessica Burleson as Eleanor
Ian D. Clark as Colonel Graham
Sarah Constible as Deputy Sharon Weinman
Kristen Harris as Kathy Kurick
Aaron Hughes as Sargeant Howe
Adriana O'Neil as Mayor's mistress
Aleks Paunovic as Sargent Winshiser
Dianna Reese as Mary Barnes
Brittany Scobie as Sarah
Dan Skene as Cpl. Timmons
Rick Skene as Tiger truck driver
Blake Taylor as Mayor Earl Hunt
Ryland Thiessen as Georgie Willet
Will Woytowich as Guardsman Vance
Jon Ted Wynne as Wolf the Paparazzi

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 88 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"The hunter becomes the hunted when the forested shadows of the Appalachian Trail are stalked by a wild animal out of its element, hungry and born to ravage. After Sheriff Grady (Gary Busey, 'The Firm') finds a dismembered body in the area, he quickly discovers a print near the scene that identifies the predator as a Bengal tiger. Six hundred pounds, twelve feet from nose to tail, it's one of the most powerful cats on Earth. Now it's loose—and there's no man on the Appalachian Trail with the skill, or the courage, to take it down. Maneater is the third installment in the Genius-branded 'Maneater Series' and its now available for the first time on DVD!"

"Maneater" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Oh oh, here she comes! Watch out boy, she'll chew you up!

Available Tuesday, January 8

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