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Another edition of the DOWNLOAD is upon us and before we get into it I should mention that I have added artwork for three of the Warner Home Video HD DVD releases, click the following titles to check ’em out: The Last Samurai, Million Dollar Baby and The Phantom of the Opera.

Now, with that out of the way let’s get to the rest…

THE LATEST DVDS

ER (Season Five)
June 6th

Added just today is the fifth season of the hit television show “ER”. To be honest this is around the time I quit watching this show as cast members began to leave the production and we all knew that once Clooney left it was never going to be the same.

Big Momma’s House 2
May 9th

Less than four months after its release the $68 million grossing Big Momma’s House 2 will come home to DVD and this is one reviewer that couldn’t care less. This film falls right in line with the numerous like it that I just don’t have any interest in. This is not to say they aren’t any good, there is an audience for films like this or they wouldn’t be made, take The Shaggy Dog for instance, not my cup o’ tea, but it still managed $37 million since its March 10 release date. Okay, maybe that wasn’t the best example, but I expect it to make about $20 million more before it is out of theaters.

SPECIAL FEATURES
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Running Time: 1 hr. 39 mins.
Features:
Side A:
· Full Screen Feature
· Feature commentary by director John Whitesell, producer David Friendly and actor Zachary Levi
· 12 deleted/extended scenes with optional Director’s commentary
· Fox Family Trailer (Forced)

Side B:
· Widescreen Feature
· Feature commentary by director John Whitesell, producer David Friendly and actor Zachary Levi
· Big Momma’s Secrets Featurette
· Theatrical Trailer
· Trailer: Phat Girlz, Little Manhattan
· PSA

Running Scared
June 6th

The first time someone told me their opinion on this feature it was nothing but bad news, but since then I have heard a lot of good things so I will be throwing my name into the review hat on Running Scared as I hope it lives up to its reputation as a hard-R action feature.

SPECIAL FEATURES
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Running Time: 2 hrs. 2 mins.
Features:
· Commentary by writer-director Wayne Kramer
· “Running Scared: Through the Looking Glass” featurette
· Storyboard comparisons
· Theatrical trailer

Brokeback Mountain
April 4th

Winner of three Oscars, Brokeback Mountain is foregoing the chance at more box-office dollars as it makes ready for a DVD release on April 4, but based on the features listed I think we can certainly count on a 2-disc special edition later this year.

Platoon (20th Anniversary Collector’s Edition)
May 30th

I will admit that I don’t think Platoon is all that it is made out to be, but I welcome the chance to revist it as Sony Pictures Home Entertainment makes ready a 20th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of the flick with a special features galore.

SPECIAL FEATURES
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: English, French
Running Time: 2 hrs.
Features:
· Deleted Scenes and Extended Scenes with Commentary by Oliver Stone
· New Interviews with Oliver Stone
· New Interviews with Vietnam Veterans
· “Creating the ‘Nam” Documentary
· “One War, Many Stories” Documentary
· “Raw Wounds: The Legacy of Platoon” Documentary
· “Snapshot in Time: 1967-1968” Documentary
· “Preparing for ‘Nam” Featurette
· “Tour of the Inferno” Documentary, featuring Interviews with the Director, Cast and Crew
· Audio Commentary by Director/Writer Oliver Stone
· Audio Commentary by Military Supervisor Captain Dale Dye
· Behind the Scenes & Poster Galleries
· Eight-Page Journal Pamphlet
· Original Theatrical Trailer & TV Spots
· Previews

Riddick Trilogy
May 30th

Oh yeah, a mediocre set of films in a cool looking collection as Universal may be trying to test the waters on just how much audiences adore the shiny-eyed anti-hero of the Riddick trilogy. There has been talk of a third and fourth Riddick film and good sales on this set would certainly help move those along.

SPECIAL FEATURES
Features:
· Pitch Black (Unrated Director’s Cut)
· The Chronicles of Riddick (Unrated Director’s Cut)
· The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury

Home Improvement (Season Four)
June 6th

Sorry folks, I am a sucker for this show and considering the show seems to be making the syndication rounds I am not the only one. Therefore, sink your teeth into this fourth season set on DVD and join the Tool Man for another 26 episodes.

SPECIAL FEATURES
Features:
· 26 episodes
· Never-before-seen bloopers

Dumbo (Big Top Edition)
June 6th

I am trying to remember the last time I watched Dumbo and for the life of me I can’t do it. You know what that means, I am going to have to take some time to review this latest edition of the timeless Disney classic. After all, who would I be to pass up the opportunity to revist good Disney animation considering all the crap they have been churning out lately.

SPECIAL FEATURES
Running Time: 1 hr. 4 mins.
Features:
· DisneyPedia: “My First Circus” game
· “Baby Mine” Music Video
· “Dumbo’s Big Discovery” DVD Storybook
· sing-along songs
· retrospective making of featurette with commentary by Roy E. Disney and Don Hahn
· Walt’s Original TV Introduction
· Dumbo art gallery with rare concept artwork

Bonus shorts
· “Elmer Elephant”
· “The Flying Mouse”

Nine to Five – Sexist, Egotistical, Lying Hypocritical Bigot Edition
April 4th

I have nothing to say for this one. I just added it to the database and I also just received a review copy in the mail along with a “9 to 5” mug and an odd bit of packaging having to do with rat poison. I am sure that has something to do with the movie, but considering I have never seen it I can’t tell you. Maybe I will have to subject myself to some old school Dolly Parton, I guess it couldn’t hurt to stare at her breasts for a couple hours eh?

SPECIAL FEATURES
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Running Time: 1 hr. 50 mins.
Features:
· Commentary by Producer Bruce Gilbert and actors Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton and Dabney Coleman
· “Nine @ 25” Featurette
· 10 Deleted Scenes
· Remembering Collin Higgins
· Gag Reel
· Singing Nine to Five Karaoke
· Original Theatrical Trailer

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