REVIEWS BY NETTA GILBOA
ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN, THE (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., 91 minutes) Peter Cushing and Forrest Tucker star in this Hammer Collection title about an expedition to the Himalayas to search for the legendary Yeti. The group is attacked by a large beast which they shoot and then store in a cave, hoping to attract a live specimen. As time passes, the men realize there may be an entire race of giant monsters nearby who are capable of invading the thoughts of human beings. The DVD contains a widescreen presentation of the film (2.35:1) which has been enhanced for 16x9 TVs, audio commentary track with director Val Guest and writer Nigel Kneale, theatrical trailer, Dolby Digital mono audio, a "World of Hammer" episode which stars Peter Cushing, and chapter search. A classic from the days of black and white horror films, this is a must for those who enjoy monster films and creatures attacking humans.
ADVANCED POKEMON MASTER'S GUIDE, THE (Brentwood Home Video, 140 minutes) Pokemon is an animated cartoon involving a boy who captures and trains various creatures in a quest to become the world's greatest Pokemon master. Recently a card game has been released which has captured the hearts of many children and some adults, and has become so popular that, like Magic, is played in tournaments. If you are curious to know more, or seek an edge against other players this documentary and instructional title can help. Included are four parts which trace the history of the cards, have you meet with an expert named Ztorm who provides tips, shows an actual match between two top players, and provides the latest news on which Pokemon cards are newest and hottest. The DVD contains stereo surround sound, interactive menus, Ztorm performing the "Pokemon Combat" rap song, and chapter search. This has a limited audience, but is highly recommended to those interested in Pokemon who haven't started collecting cards yet, and to those who are beginners interested in pointers and help.
ALIENS: THE COMPLETE TRUTH (Madacy Entertainment Group, Inc., 240 minutes) This five-disc boxed set is a comprehensive documentary about UFOs. Included are segments titled "Aliens Among Us," "The Cover Up," "Alien Interventions," "Startling New Evidence," and "We Are Not Alone." Featuring interviews, eyewitness accounts from all over the world, and lots of footage that is otherwise hard to explain, this is arguably the best exploration of the topic to date. The series covers sightings in Mexico, Belgium, France, Russia, Italy, Switzerland, Japan, the United States and the UK, and combines expert testimony with new photographs and documents to make a strong case for itself. The DVD includes Dolby Digital audio, trivia questions and answers, information on suspected alien races, and chapter search. This has never been shown or released before, so the material is new even for die-hard UFO fans, who will no doubt delight in having so many hours of material in one box. It's also an excellent resource which is highly recommended to anyone even marginally interested in the topic.
AMERICAN GIGOLO (Paramount Home Video, 116 minutes) Richard Gere and Lauren Hutton star in this film directed by Paul Schrader about a man who earns his living by sleeping with wealthy female clients. While such men surely exist, they are rarely discussed or noticed in society and this film had a major impact on its release. Released long before AIDS scared people away from casual sex, Gere's character is an upscale, savvy man who has an enviable, enjoyable job until he finds himself a suspect in the murder of a client. He discovers that clients won't always be truthful about having spent time with him, and realizes someone close to him is setting him up. The DVD contains a widescreen presentation of the film which has been enhanced for 16x9 TVs, 5.1 Dolby Digital audio, interactive menus, theatrical trailer, English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing, and chapter search. Inside the box is a paper catalog of other Paramount titles available. One of Gere's best films, this is highly recommended to those who enjoy thrillers, and/or are interested in prostitution.
ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW, THE (Madacy Entertainment Group, Inc., 250 minutes) This budget-priced boxed set contains five discs and ten episodes of this classic B&W TV show which starred Ron Howard, Andy Griffith and Don Knotts. Episodes included are: "High Noon At Mayberry," "The Loaded Goat," "The Big House," "A Wife For Andy," "Andy Discovers America," "Andy's English Valet," "The Mountain Wedding," "Opie And The Spoiled Child," "Rafe Hollister Sings" and "Class Reunion." Airing from 1960 to 1968, the show focused on law enforcement in Mayberry, North Carolina. There was almost no crime there, so the show mainly focused on the personal relationships of the sheriff, deputy, and town citizens. The DVDs also contain Dolby Digital audio, cast bios, bloopers, famous quotes, trivia questions and answers, and chapter search. This is an ideal collection for those who remember the show, as well as those who admire Ron Howard's directing and are curious about his own childhood acting. It will also appeal to those looking for titles the whole family can watch together, and program content which had strong family values.
AUTOPSY (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., 100 minutes) Mimsy Farmer, Barry Primus and Ray Lovelock star in this gruesome Italian horror film which is presented uncut for the first time in America after having over 15 minutes of violent, gory footage restored. Known by many other names as well, such as Tarot, Tension and The Victim, the film is based in Rome, Italy and the plot involves a sharp, sudden increase in violent suicides. A priest and a forensic pathologist team up to find out why this is happening. The DVD contains a widescreen presentation of the film (1.85:1) which has been enhanced for 16x9 widescreen TVs, Dolby Digital mono audio, both the U.S. and the International theatrical trailers, Italian soundtrack, and chapter search. A well-done horror film which is one of the best of the Italian genre, this is a must for fans of director Armando Crispino as well as those interested in uncensored gore.
BACHELOR, THE (New Line Home Video, 102 minutes) Chris O'Donnell and Renee Zellweger star in comedy about a man desperate to get married after he learns he will inherit $100 million dollars if he is married within 24 hours. His girlfriend isn't interested, so he has to revisit his past and try to get every woman he has ever been close with to say yes. When even that doesn't work an ad is placed and 1000 women in wedding gowns appear, all eager to say yes. Which one will he choose? It's harder than you think to get married, especially in a hurry, and this plot provides for many amusing scenes. The DVD contains choice of widescreen (1.85:1, enhanced for widescreen TVs) and standard presentations of the film, 5.1 Dolby Digital audio, theatrical trailer, interactive menus, and chapter search. Those with PCs equipped with DVD players inside them can also enjoy screenplay access, up-to-the-minute cast and crew information, and a web site link with email postcards and wedding resources. This would make a great double bill with Brewster's Millions, another comedy with a similar theme except in that one the star has to get rid of his money by a specified time in order to inherit far more. This will appeal to anyone who has ever thought about who to marry, or who has dreamed of inheriting large amounts of money. It's a superb romantic comedy which will appeal to both sexes and will let you forget your troubles as you become absorbed in the film. Well done.
BACK TO SCHOOL (MGM Home Entertainment, 96 minutes) Rodney Dangerfield, Sally Kellerman, Adrienne Barbeau, Robert Downey, Jr. Ned Beatty and Sam Kinison star in this comedy about a wealthy man who returns to school. Although he never finished high school, the owner of the "Tall and Fat" clothing empire buys his way into college, and then assumes once admitted he can do anything he pleases. After he angers his professor, and steals his girlfriend, he is left with no choice but to learn the material himself if he wishes to pass. The DVD contains choice of widescreen and standard presentations of the film, Dolby Digital Surround sound, French and Spanish subtitles, theatrical trailer, and chapter search. Inside the box is a paper booklet with production notes and photos. This will appeal to fans of any of the actors, as well as those who enjoy seeing education made fun of, and/or those who enjoy comedy in general. With a well-written script and superbly delivered lines, this is amusing even on repeated viewings. Well done.
BIKE BLAST U.S.A. (Madacy Entertainment Group, Inc., 165 minutes) This budget-priced three-disc set contains coverage of the largest annual biker events in such as the Black Hills Motorcycle event held in Sturgis, South Dakota, Bike Week held in Daytona Beach, Florida and the Love Ride and Hollister Bike Festivals held in Hollywood, California. Each disc contains lots of footage of what it would be like to walk around there, interviews with attendees, footage of various events going on including contests, nude girls, hanging out and bike races. The DVDs contain Dolby Digital audio, slideshows of custom bikes and tattoos, information on the Harley-Davidson Motorcycles Co., interactive menus, and chapter search. Bikers come across very well here, and the documentary footage is ample. Some of the unusual custom bikes people have built are truly amazing to behold. This is a must for bikers who have attended these gatherings as well as anyone who has considered going but isn't sure if they would be welcome, or what to expect. Well done.
BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE, THE (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., 101 minutes) Presented uncut and uncensored for the first time ever in America, this 1972 Italian horror film is based on the vampire tale of Carmila. Starring Alexandra Bastedo, Maribel Martin, Simon Andreu and Dean Selmier, the confusing plot involves rape, vampirism and lesbianism. A woman marries into a family with a secret, and becomes confused by her husband's sexual needs. She starts to have dreams about a mysterious woman, who turns out to exist and to be Carmila. They become lovers and Carmila forces her to commit gory acts of violence to properly join the family. The DVD contains a widescreen presentation of the film (1.85:1, enhanced for 16x9 TVs), Dolby Digital mono audio, theatrical trailer and chapter search. While not the best vampire film ever made, this has historical value to collectors, many of whom have probably never had the chance to see this in its entirety, or at all, before. It will also appeal to those who enjoy gore, as well as those interested in media portrayals of lesbians and homosexuality.
BLUE HAWAII (Paramount Pictures, 101 minutes) Elvis Presley, Joan Blackman, and Angela Lansbury star in this 1961 musical about an ex-G.I. who returns home and makes it clear he would rather party all the time than grow up and accept responsibility. Including songs such as "Blue Hawaii," "Rock-A-Hula-Baby," "Hawaiian Wedding Song," "Aloha Oe" and "Can't Help Falling In Love," this features Elvis working as a tour guide at his girlfriend's company and taking a personal interest in all his female customers. Unlike most other musicals, the songs have a purpose and aren't just belted out nonstop for no reason. Also, even those who could care less for Elvis will be impressed by the lush scenery shots of Hawaii. The DVD contains a widescreen print of the film which has been enhanced for 16x9 TVs, 5.1 Dolby Digital audio, Dolby Digital mono audio for purists, interactive menus, theatrical trailer, English subtitles for those hard of hearing, and chapter search. This is a must for anyone who has ever visited Hawaii, enjoys musicals, is curious to see Lansbury decades before she starred in Murder, She Wrote, or enjoys Elvis.
BRINGING OUT THE DEAD (Paramount Pictures, 121 minutes) Nicholas Cage, Patricia Arquette and John Goodman star in this film directed by Martin Scorsese about the realities of being a paramedic. An absolutely unforgettable film, which tackles the hardships of a job rarely talked about, this will haunt you and make you uncomfortable but it will also make you think and gain deep respect for those that try to save the lives of others day in and day out. Cage's character explores a world in which overdoses are the norm, people who you save often try to kill themselves again a few hours later, and violence is an everyday occurance on the job. The DVD contains a widescreen presentation of the film which has been enhanced for 16x9 TVs, 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround sound, interactive menus, two theatrical trailers, exclusive cast and crew interviews, english subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing, and chapter search. While the plot has some weaknesses, and certainly no magical, happy endings, this is not a film you will ever forget seeing and not many films fall into that category. Scorsese has explored several other gray careers in his earlier films Taxi Driver and Casino, and this one is equally as compelling if not more so.
BROWN'S REQUIEM (Sterling Home Entertainment, 97 minutes) Michael Rooker and Selma Blair star in this film based in Los Angeles from the creator of L.A. Confidential. Based on the novel by James Ellroy, this is a thriller about a private detective who is hired to rescue someone's younger sister. In the process he discovers that the guy she is staying with is involved with the mob, and that the head of the L.A. Police Department is corrupt and of no help. Since he is an ex-cop himself, colliding with the L.A.P.D. stirs up his past but he is determined to save the girl at all costs. The DVD contains a digitally remastered print of the film which is presented in a letterboxed format with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. It features 2.0 Dolby Surround sound, an audio commentary track with director Jason Freeland and actor Michael Rooker, Spanish subtitles, interactive menus, cast and crew biographies and filmographies, theatrical trailer and chapter search. Clearly stocked with extras, this is a good translation of the book it was based on, and should appeal to anyone who likes Ellroy's writing, likes either of the actors or enjoys thrillers about corrupt cops.
CANNIBAL MAN (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., 98 minutes) Also known as The Apartment On The 13th Floor, this often banned film is about a slaughterhouse worker who ends up becoming a murderer. Starring Vicente Parra, Emma Cohen and Eusebio Poncela, the plot involves an accidental killing during a fight that must be covered up. As people find out, the man kills them too and we watch his descent into madness. In order to hide the bodies, he grinds them up to destroy the evidence. Clearly full of graphic violence, this also shows how crimes can escalate, and has a simple but well-written plot that is fairly realistic. The DVD contains a widescreen presentation of the film (1.85:1) which has been enhanced for 16x9 TVs, Dolby Digital mono audio, theatrical trailer and chapter search. This is a must for those interested in murderers and serial killers, as well as those who enjoy graphic violence in general. If you have seen the film before, a lot has been readded for this release and this is the first time it has been seen in America in an uncut and uncensored version. Well done.
CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL (Troma Team Video) Written and directed by Trey Parker, and starring Matt Stone of South Park fame, this purposely absurd musical is about the only man ever prosecuted and convicted for cannibalism. As he sits waiting to be executed, he tells his side of the story to a reporter, complete with songs to accompany the tale. Certainly a cult movie even if it didn't have the midas touch of being a rare, early work by the minds behind South Park, this is a musical like none other. The box compares it to "Oklahoma meets Bloodsucking Freaks" which is a very accurate description, and there is an audio commentary track with Trey and Matt which is equally unique. The DVD contains a digitally mastered presentation of the film, audio commentary track with Trey, Matt, and three other actors, Soul of Troma, behind-the-scenes footage, Troma Intelligence Test II, tour of Troma studios, public service announcements, and more. A must for those who love cult films, South Park>/I>, and/or are curious to see a great tongue-in-cheek spoof of the musical genre.
CHEATING LAS VEGAS (Brentwood Home Video, 90 minutes) Narrated by actor James Woods, this documentary explores high-tech casino fraud with the cooperation of the Nevada Gaming Commission. You will see many of the classic and latest techniques criminals use in an attempt to defraud the house using tools such as microwave transmitters, satellite dishes, mini-surveillance cameras and lasers. There are interviews with members of law enforcement, those who attempted to cheat casinos and got caught, and experts in the field. Highly organized cheaters who attempt to earn a living via crime have to employ mathematicians to calculate probabilities, computer programmers to write strategies and/or hack into systems, and engineers to design equipment. Originally broadcast on TV, the DVD includes 30 minutes of never-before-seen footage, and chapter search. This is a must for gamblers, those in law enforcement, hackers, and/or those who study crime, criminal justice and deviance. It will certainly hold your attention and make you think about casinos in a new light.
CIRCUIT ISSUE #2 (Quickband Networks, distributed by Warner Brothers, 117 minutes) This is the second issue of this unique DVD-only music magazine. This issue features a live performance by The Roots, watching XTC members get a shave and a haircut, a visit to the home of Sebadoh's Lou Barlow, a walk in the park with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, a segment on Rufus Wainwright, and an interview with SLC Punk director James Merendino. Also included are music videos from Natacha Atlas, an interview with DJ Spooky, rare footage from Silver Apples, and more. The DVD contains 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital audio, alternate audio and video tracks, and chapter search. Needless to say this can accomplish things a print music magazine could never hope to, and it's easier to relate to an artist while watching them than just reading their quotes. If you haven't heard of some of these bands, no matter. This is an inexpensive way to learn about new music, and see acts that have already been predetermined to have merit. Well done.
DEEP RED (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., 126 minutes) Dario Argento directed this Italian horror film, considered to be his best work, which stars David Hemmings and Daria Nicolodi. This unrated director's cut of the film, released to celebrate its 25th anniversary, makes a lot more sense than any version previously shown in America which was heavily edited by censors. Also known as Deep Red Hatchet Murders, Dripping Deep Red, The Hatchet Murders and The Sabre Tooth Tiger, the film is so unique it has spawned a host of imitators over the years. The plot involves a man who witnesses the brutal murder of a local psychic. He teams up with a reporter to try to find the killer, but all of their leads end up dead one after another. He begins to wonder how the murderer can be watching his progress so closely, and the film has a shocking ending that you will never forget. One of the few horror films so good it holds up to repeated viewings, this alas never had portions of its English soundtrack recorded, or they were lost over the years. As a result, portions of the film are presented in Italian with English subtitles, but don't let this deter you as it's quite clear what's happening throughout. The DVD contains a widescreen presentation of the film (2.35:1, enhanced for 16x9 TVs), 5.1 Dolby Digital audio, a featurette called "25th Anniversary" which includes interviews with Argento, Goblin, and Bernardino Zapponi who co-wrote the script, two theatrical trailers, talents bios, English and Italian language tracks, and chapter search. Highly recommended to horror fans and those who appreciate strong endings.
EXPERIENCE THE WILD: THE ULTIMATE SAFARI (Madacy Entertainment Group, Inc., 55 minutes) If you have ever dreamed about going on an African safari, but can't afford the time or expense, here is your chance to see animals in their natural habitats. This well-photographed documentary will take you to over two dozen natural parks, preserves and wild sanctuaries. Among the animals shown are cheetah, buffalo, gorilla, bear, wolf, crocodile, wild boar, impala, hyena, baboon, lion, python, antelope, zebra, waterbuck, vulture, giraffe, rhino, and hippopotamus. This is a wonderful tape to relax to if you love animals, and allows to see much more than one can at a local zoo. The DVD contains Dolby Digital audio, trivia questions and answers, a segment of animal facts, and chapter search. This is a budget-priced title which is worth its weight in gold. Highly recommended to those who enjoy travel titles, animals and/or relaxation tapes.
EXTREME BLOOPERS: SPORTS GONE WRONG!! (Madacy Entertainment Group, Inc., 50 minutes) This budget-priced disc contains music by Cigar, War Called Peace, Unleaded, Out Of Order, Astro-Sounds, and Custom Made Scare. Featuring both funny and tragic moments, this is a collection of crash landings and botched stunts which includes mountain bikes, water-skiing, surfing and other extreme sports. You will see, among other things, a snowboarder free-fall from a 100-foot cliff, a motorcycle jump across a 300-foot sand rune and a skateboarder riding a 20-foot long hand-rail. This is full of intense, nonstop action, and holds up well to repeated viewings. The DVD contains Dolby Digital audio, chapter search and spotlighted music. This is a must for those who engage in these sports, those who enjoy watching bloopers and those who are fascinated by tragedy. Well done.
FANATIC (Troma Team Video, 90 minutes) David Winters directed this superb Troma film which stars Caroline Munro and Joe Spinell. Filmed at the Cannes film festival, the plot involves a fan who works as a cab driver but longs to direct films instead. He travels to Cannes to talk a specific actress into appearing in his first film and becomes obsessed with her. Her entourage starts to disappear after being murdered and given the location of the stalking people wonder if she is not merely seeking publicity when she complains. The DVD contains a digitally remastered print of the film, previews of other Troma titles, interactive menus, web site link, theatrical trailers, a public service announcement, and chapter search. Definitely a must for fans of the actors, those that love horror and gore, and those that have always wanted to attend Cannes, this is one of Troma's best films and is very well done. Highly recommended.
FIRM, THE (Paramount Home Video, 154 minutes) Sydney Pollack directed this thriller which stars Tom Cruise and is based on a book by John Grisham. Cruise plays a Harvard Law School graduate who has his choice of any law firm in the country. He decides to go work at a small firm in Memphis and begins enjoying a luxurious lifestyle and challenging work. Soon FBI agents confront him and claim the firm is involved in corruption and murders. It turns out his firm represents the Mob, and Cruise's character has gotten himself involved in something he no longer wishes to be a part of but has no clue how to stop. The DVD contains a widescreen presentation of the film which has been enhanced for 16x9 TVs, 5.1 Dolby Digital audio, interactive menus, theatrical trailers, English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing, and chapter search. This is a superb film, and arguably one of the better roles Cruise has played. This will appeal to those interested in Cruise, law, justice, Mob films, and/or those who are fans of Grisham's excellent books. Highly recommended.
FOUR SIDED TRIANGLE (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., 81 minutes) Barbara Payton, James Hayter, Stephen Murray, and John Van Eyssen star in this black and white, 1950s horror film which is part of the Hammer Collection. The plot involves two college students who have long been in love with the same woman. She finally chooses one of them and after they become engaged the rejected suitor sets out to build a clone of the woman with her help. He is successful, but alas his clone loves the other man too! To solve the problem, he decides to carry on another experiment using electro-shock therapy to burn out the memory of the other man from the clone's brain. The DVD contains a standard presentation of the film (1.37:1), Dolby Digital mono sound, a World of Hammer episode entitled "The Curse of Frankenstein," and chapter search. One of the best Hammer films released on DVD to date, this has a solid plot and is recommended to those curious to try out this collection but unsure where to start. The film will appeal to those interested in mad scientists, cloning, unrequited love and/or early horror films in general. Well done.
GOOD TIMES (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., 92 minutes) Sonny and Cher star in this fascinating comedy film which was directed by William Friedkin. Made in 1967, Sonny and Cher play themselves, and spoof lots of famous films as well as performing together. The plot involves Sonny accepting a movie offer and then finding himself unhappy he has done so when the director offers him a poor script, Cher is mad at him for agreeing to do the film, and he realizes his own limitations as an actor. A series of vignettes follows, presented as daydreams, in which he imagines himself as different people. Eventually he succeeds in being released from the contract so he and Cher can continue singing as they do best. The DVD features a widescreen presentation of the film (1.85:1), Dolby Digital audio, and chapter search. Made at the height of Sonny and Cher's popularity, this features songs such as "I Got You Babe," "It's The Little Things" and "Don't Talk To Strangers." This is highly recommended to Cher's many fans, most of whom have probably never had the chance to see this before, as well as to anyone who enjoys vignettes, takeoffs on classic films, or who collects Friedkin films.
HIDDEN, THE (New Line Home Video, 98 minutes) Michael Nouri and Kyle MacLachlan star in this sci-fi thriller from the makers of A Nightmare On Elm Street which involves a series of robberies and murders which have the L.A. police department baffled. Normal, ordinary people appear to go mad for no reason and begin stealing, killing, driving red Ferraris, and listening to heavy-metal music. Along comes an FBI agent who tells them that the culprit is an extraterrestrial creature invading human bodies and changing them into killers. It turns out the FBI agent is also an alien who has borrowed a dead agent's body, and he is chasing the other alien. Needless to say, lots of people die as the film progresses and the two aliens battle it out using human bodies to do so. The DVD contains choice of widescreen (1.85:1, enhanced for widescreen TVs) and standard presentations of the film. 5.1 Dolby Digital audio, audio commentary track, threatrical trailer, special effects production footage narrated by the director, cast and crew filmographies, interactive menus, English subtitles for the deaf or hard of hearing, and chapter search. Inside the box is an offer for a free DVD with the purchase of five. This is a must for those who love cult movies, to watch violence and death, enjoy police films and/or for those interested in aliens. This has something for everyone and brilliantly combines the horror, sci-fi, action and thriller genres. Well done and bound to hold your interest as it unravels.
HIDE AND SEEK (Trimark Home Video, 100 minutes) Darryl Hannah, Jennifer Tilly, Bruce Greenwood and Vincent Gallo star in this thriller about a happily married couple whose world is shattered when the wife gets kidnapped. Also known as Cord, the plot here involves a childless couple who kidnap a pregnant woman and try to convince her husband that she is dead so that they can keep the child. While this may sound like a formula plot, it's not, and this is well-written, well-acted and will hold your interest from start to finish. The DVD contains a letterboxed presentation of the film, Dolby Stereo sound, interactive menus, cast and crew interviews, theatrical trailer, French, Spanish and English subtitles, and chapter search. Inside the box is a paper catalog of other titles available. This is a must to see if you enjoy suspense, enjoy any of the actors, or enjoy seeing sleeper films which you can be pleasantly surprised by when they turn out to be way better than expected.
H.O.T.S. (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., 98 minutes) Playboy Playmates Susan Kiger, Lisa London, Pamela Jean Bryant, Kimberley Cameron and former Partridge Family member Danny Bonaduce star in this sexy comedy about the H.O.T.S. sorority who is being harassed by members of the competing Pi sorority. The thin plot provides an excuse to hold a topless football game, watch women who are dressed to thrill, and show lots of T&A 1970s style. The DVD contains a widescreen presentation of the film (1.85:1, enhanced for 16x9 TVs), Dolby Digital mono sound, theatrical trailer and chapter search. Inside the box is a paper reproduction of the original theatrical poster. This will appeal to those who enjoy sexploitation films, remember those centerfold stars and are curious to see Danny Bonaduce all grown up.
INFERNO (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., 106 minutes) Dario Argento directed this superb horror film, which is presented uncut and uncensored. Full of suspense and gore, this features music by Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and stars Irene Miracle, Daria Nicolodi, and Leigh McCloskey. The plot involves a woman who buys a diary from an antique dealer. Written in Latin, the diary reveals the secrets of "The Three Mothers" who were witches, and the houses they inhabited which are now haunted. The woman believes her house is one of their former residences, and she writes to her brother in Rome to come help her. By the time he arrives she is dead and he is drawn into the conspiracy. Considered among the best of Argento's films, this has been transferred from the original vault negative materials and appears uncut, as it was intended, for the first time. The DVD contains a widescreen presentation of the film (1.85:1, enhanced for 16x9 TVs), 5.1 Dolby Digital audio, an interview with Dario Argento, still gallery, talent bios, theatrical trailer and chapter search. Highly recommended to those interested in horror, gore, Argento's films and/or haunted houses.
INFERNO (Trimark Home Video, 94 minutes) A different film from the one above with the same title, this is also known as Pilgrim and stars Ray Liotta, Gloria Reuben, Armin Mueller-Stahl and Daniel Kash. The plot involves a man who wakes up in the middle of a desert with amnesia and has no idea who he is or how he got there. He meets an artist who helps him piece his life back together after he begins to suffer from violent flashbacks. Eventually he realizes he once had a large sum of money which is probably the cause of the attack on him. As his past begins to catch up to and find him, he realizes that those he encounters who were once his associates seem to want not only the missing money, but also his life. The DVD contains a letterboxed presentation of the film, Dolby Digital Surround sound, interactive menus, theatrical trailer, Spanish language track, English and Spanish subtitles, and chapter search. This is a must for those interested in amnesia, fans of Ray Liotta, and anyone who enjoys seeing footage of the desert. It's a formula film, with few surprises, but it does what it sets out to do, and is extremely well photographed.
KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., 83 minutes) This is a collection of comedy skits which was directed by John Landis and which features appearances by such diverse actors as Donald Sutherland, Bill Bixby, George Lazenby. Written by the creators of Airplane and The Naked Gun, this was the first film to use this format and it launched a genre. Included in this cult classic are racy spoofs of adult films, a Kung-Fu parody, and "Catholic School Girls In Trouble." The DVD contains a widescreen presentation of the film (1.85:1) which has been enhanced for 16x9 TVs, Dolby Digital mono sound, a recent audio commentary track which reunites the director, producer and all three writers, theatrical trailer, behind-the-scenes photo gallery, talent bios, on-set home movies and chapter search. This will delight those who love humor, comedy, cult films and/or parody. With an excellent commentary track to enhance it, this is highly recommended to anyone who considers themselves open-minded and who is in the mood to smile and laugh.
KING OF THE CAGE (Brentwood Home Video, 120 minutes) Hosted by Don "The Dragon" Wilson, this sports title is the first in a series. Profiling fighting champs such as Bas Rutten, Ted Williams, Vernon "Tiger" White and Pete Williams, this offers exclusive interviews as well as demonstrating their fighting styles. Among the fighting styles covered are Shark Tank, Gracie Ju Jitsu, Combat Grappling, and Millenium Grappling. The DVD contains stereo surround sound, interactive menus and chapter search. The DVD format allows one to skip from fight to fight or to watch blows in crystal clear slow motion with twice the clarity of VHS. This will make fans happy whether they are more interested in seeing one battle after another, or learning exactly how something was done by watching it happen frame-by-frame. If you enjoy wrestling, ultimate fighting and/or other hand-to-hand combat, don't miss this unique title.
KORN UNAUTHORIZED (Music Video Distributors, 48 minutes) Containing explicit content, this traces the success of Nu-metal band Korn. Featuring lots of never seen before footage, this explores their roots in Bakersfield, CA, their rise to fame and their position at the top of the charts in music today. The DVD also contains a trivia game, no regional coding, and chapter search. This was not made with the band's cooperation, which is made clear by the title, but it is highly recommended for die-hard Korn fans and those eager to learn more about band members personal lives and backgrounds.
LUCY SHOW, THE (Madacy Entertainment Group, Inc., 250 minutes) This budget-priced boxed set contains five discs with a total of ten episodes from this classic television comedy show which starred Lucille Ball. Airing from 1962-1968, the series had several cast changes and many guest stars who appeared. Included here are: "Lucy Gets A Roomate," "Lucy and Carol In Palm Springs," "Lucy and Paul Winchell," "Lucy Flies To London," "Lucy Gets Trapped," "Lucy Gets Jack Benny's Bank Account," "Lucy, The Babysitter," "Little Old Lady," "Lucy, The Start Maker," and "Lucy Meets Robert Goulet." While I am unsure how many more episodes exist besides these, these are clearly some of the best episodes of the series. Lucy appears here doing slapstick comedy with Jack Benny, Frankie Avalon, Carol Burnett, Robert Goulet, and Mary Wickes. The DVDs contain Dolby Digital audio, trivia questions and answers, informational segments titled "Lucy's World," and "Paper Dolls," and chapter search. These seem to air less often on TV than the classic Ball episodes with Desi from her earlier hit show, I Love Lucy, so it's possible younger viewers have never even seen all of these. Definitely a must for Lucy fans, those that enjoy slapstick comedy and/or fans of any of the guest stars who appear.
MACON COUNTY LINE (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., 88 minutes) Alan Vint, Jesse Vint, Cheryl Waters and Max Baer star in this true story about two brothers who pass through a town and get mistaken for murderers when the sheriff's wife is brutally murdered by a pair of drifters. A cult drive-in classic, this sleeper is especially good at provoking sympathy for the men as they are hunted by local law enforcement out for revenge. The DVD contains choice of widescreen (1.85:1, which has been enhanced for 16x9 TVs) and standard presentations of the film, audio commentary track with director Richard Compton, theatrical trailer, talent bios, Dolby Digital mono audio, featurette called "Macon County Line: 25 Years Down The Road," and chapter search. This will appeal to anyone who has ever travelled through small towns, fans of The Beverly Hillbillies curious to see "Jethro" tackle a serious role, and/or those who love cult films. Well done.
MARS: THE RED PLANET COLLECTION (Brentwood Home Video, 156 minutes) Those interested in outer space will enjoy this collection of two documentaries which originally aired on the Discovery Network and are now offered on the same disc. Narrated by John Lithgow, Life On Mars focuses on man's fascination with Mars, and gives an inside view into NASA briefings with the President. The documentary also explores Meteorite ALH84001 which travelled from Mars to Earth and introduces commentary from scientists who study meteorites and outer space. The second documentary, Destination: Mars, discusses plans to land a man on Mars by 2017, and how close NASA is to accomplishing this goal. The DVD also contains a Martian photo gallery, list of Martian web sites, a Martian chronology and update section and chapter search. This is a high-quality production which will certainly appeal to those who saw these documentaries when they first aired as well as to those who are interested in accurate information about outer space, aliens, and life on other planets. Well done.
MOLLY (MGM Home Video, 87 minutes) Elisabeth Shue, Aaron Eckhart, Jill Hennessy, and D.W. Moffet star in this drama about a woman with a mental disability which makes her autistic. The facility she lives at closes down and her brother gets stuck caring for her. She drives him crazy, but then changes completely after a new medical procedure they decide to try reverses the disease and gives her a new quality of life. The two bond, but just when everything is going well she starts to regress again and is once again handicapped. Yet both brother and sister are profoundly changed, and improved, for having had the experience. The DVD contains a widescreen print of the film which has been enhanced for widescreen TVs, 5.1 Dolby Digital audio, theatrical trailer and chapter search. If you enjoyed At First Sight, this has a similar theme. It's equally hopeful, celebrates life, and makes one reconsider handicaps. You will thoroughly forget your own troubles as you become absorbed in the ones shown here. Well done.
NAUGHTY GIRL (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., 83 minutes) Brigitte Bardot stars in this romantic comedy which was co-written by Roger Vadim and which also stars Michel Serrault. Restored from the original negatives and presented uncut and uncensored, this contains some of Bardot's classic dance sequences and is one of her naughtiest roles. The plot involves Bardot playing a schoolgirl whose father is a Parisian nightclub owner. He flees the city after being suspected of forgery, and her safety is entrusted to a playboy lounge singer. Bardot's character then turns his life upside down. The DVD contains a widescreen presentation of the film (2.35:1) which is enhanced for 16x9 TVs, theatrical trailer, talent bios, Dolby Digital mono audio, and chapter search. It is presented in French with optional English subtitles. This is a must for Bardot fans and is an excellent choice for those who have heard of her but have never actually seen one of her films.
NEXT FRIDAY (New Line Home Video, 98 minutes) Ice Cube, Mike Epps, John Witherspoon, and Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Jr. star in this sequel to the most popular of the hood/urban genre of films. Picking up where the last film left off, Ice Cube's character, Craig, gets moved to the suburbs by his father to hide out safely with his uncle and cousin. Unfortunately, the uncle is quite sex-crazed, the cousin has a crazy ex-girlfriend, the neighbors wield guns, and Craig gets in a rumble with a local record store owner. Can South Central actually be safer? The Platinum Series DVD has every possible extra including a widescreen presentation of the film (1.85:1, enhanced for widescreen TVs), 5.1 Dolby Digital audio, storyboards, audio commentary track, behind-the-scenes featurette, alternate ending, blooper reel, music videos, audition tape, theatrical trailers, interactive menus, parental lock and chapter search. Those with DVD players inside their PCs can access the screenplay and storyboards while watching the film, and can access the web site link provided. Inside the box is a paper catalog of other titles available. This is highly recommended to those who enjoyed the original film, fans of Ice Cube, and/or anyone who hates the suburbs.
PLEASE NOW NOW! (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., 89 minutes) Briditte Bardot stars in this black and white screwball comedy which was directed by Roger Vadim. One of Bardot's most popular comedies, this contains a nude scene which was censored in many countries and the film has been restored from the original negatives and is now presented uncut and uncensored. The plot involves a model who is shaken when her boyfriend takes off for a ski resort with an American heiress. As she recovers, she finds love where she least expects to and finds that one can have fun and adventures wherever there are at the time. The DVD contains a widescreen presentation of the film (2.35:1) which has been enhanced for 16x9 TVs, Dolby Digital mono audio, theatrical trailer, talent bios, and is presented in French with optional English subtitles. Named one of the "top five sexiest stars of the Century" by Playboy magazine, Bardot lives up to the reputation here and this is a must for her fans, those who enjoy sex in Hollywood films, those curious to see why she became such a big star, as well as those collecting Vadim films.
QUATERMASS II (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., 85 minutes) Brian Donlevy stars in this sci-fi films which is part of the Hammer Collection and also known as Enemy From Space. Part of the Quatermass collection of films, along with Quatermass and the Pit and Quatermass Experiment, this 1950s film series was based on a popular BBC serial and had great special effects for its time. These films also paved the way for many sci-fi concepts still heavily relied on today. In this film, Professor Quatermass investigates a large number of meteors in an area near a government facility and determines that the meteors are being caused by alien invaders who must be stopped at all costs. The DVD contains a standard presentation of the film (1.37:1), audio commentary track by the writer and director, Dolby Digital mono sound, theatrical trailer, World of Hammer episode entitled "Sci-Fi" and chapter search. This is highly recommended to those familiar with the Quatermass series, Hammer Collection fans, and especially to those who enjoy modern sci-fi such as The X-Files and are curious to see the genre's early influences.
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE: REVOLUTION USA? (Music Video Distributors, www.musicvideodist.com) This unauthorized documentary contains never before seen footage of the band members and traces their rise to fame, popularity and personal lives. Rage Against The Machine has always been a politically active and outspoken band, and this film shows them being teargassed, boycotted, trashed by the media and places their songs in proper context. The DVD also contains a trivia game, no regional coding, and chapter search. This is highly recommended for fans of the band, those who would like to learn more about them and those interested in rock stars who are activists.
RAPMANIA: THE ROOTS OF RAP (Brentwood Home Video, 140 minutes) Filmed at two concerts held simultaneously at the Apollo Theater in New York and The Palace in Los Angeles, this brings together old and new hip-hop and rap artists to celebrate the genre. Included are performances by Sugarhill Gang, Def Jef, Tone Loc, Run DMC, LL Cool J, Ice-T, Slick Rick, Biz Markie, Wanda D, Kool Moe Dee, Kurtis Blow, 3rd Bass, Everlast, Grandmaster Kaz, Young MC and others as well as the song "Winds Of Change" which is performed by multiple artists. Originally broadcast as a pay-per-view special, this will delight those who missed it as well as those who saw it but didn't tape a copy. The DVD contains digital picture and sound, so even if you have a taped copy this is an upgrade. Also included are behind-the-scenes concert footage, interactive menus, interviews with some of the artists who appeared, and chapter search. Absolutely a must for fans of this type of music, this is also an excellent collection to introduce those new to the genre who may be familiar with only a few of the artists or songs included here. Well done.
RENT-A-COP (Trimark Home Video, 97 minutes) Burt Reynolds and Liza Minelli star in this action comedy about a detective (played by Burt) who has been kicked off the force after a routine drug bust goes very wrong. A robber interrupts the drug buy/bust and steals two million dollars, as well as killing policemen. He leaves one witness, a call girl (played by Liza), whom he takes hostage when she shows up to meet a client. Burt's character saves her, and in the process gets blamed for having staged the robbery. Now the robber needs to kill her before she can identify him, while she wants her name cleared, and to stay alive. The dealer turns out to be in cahoots with corrupt vice cops and top brass. The detective just wants his job back, and to arrest the robber and the dealer. Will anyone get what they want? The DVD contains a standard presentation of the film, Dolby Digital stereo sound, theatrical trailer, interactive menus, foreign subtitles (English, French, Spanish) and chapter search. Reynolds is superb here, in a film which attempts to be suspenseful but ends up being comical. This is a must for fans of the actors and those who enjoy police films, although one is warned it's much sillier than it is suspenseful.
ROWDY GIRLS, THE (Troma Team Video) Shannon Tweed, Julie Strain and Deanna Brooks star in this film set in 1886 about females on the frontier who are fighting for fortune and freedom. The plot involves two women on the way to San Francisco who get kidnapped by a third woman and her gang of outlaws. Produced by Playboy Playmate of the Year India Allen, this stars other former centerfold models and is a Western film like no other. The DVD contains a digitally remastered print of the film, audio commentary track, introduction and Q&A session featuring India Allen and Julie Strain, production stills, tour of Troma Studios, Troma Intelligence Test II, previews of other titles, no regional coding, web site link and chapter search. Inside the box is a paper catalog of other titles available. If you enjoy cult movies, watching sexy women wield guns, spoofs of the Western genre, and/or have enjoyed other Troma titles, this is a must to own.
SAILOR MOON S: THE MOVIE (Pioneer Entertainment (USA) L.P., 60 minutes) Ideal for teenage girls, those who love anime, and anyone who has enjoyed TV episodes of this series, this is an uncut theatrical movie. The plot involves Serena and her friends getting hit with an unusual snow storm while enjoying their Christmas vacation. They discover its cause was the return of the evil Snow Queen Kaguya who once again threatens Earth should she manage to find a crystal she disguised as a comet and sent to Earth. The legendary Sailor Scouts' power appears and they must try to defeat the Snow Queen before she can cover the Earth with ice which would suck away life energy and, of course, make it Winter all year round. The DVD contains 2.0 Dolby Digital audio, bilingual versions of the film in English and Japanese, image gallery, character information, English subtitles, and chapter search. Recommended for children ages 13 and up, this is a must for those looking for strong female leads that children can identify with, and those who love the anime genre but find that most of the heroes are men.
SHOCK (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., 92 minutes) Mario Bava directed this Italian horror film about a haunted house. His last film, this was also known as Suspense and was released in America as Beyond The Door II. Aiming for a mainstream audience, this has less violence than Bava's other films and relys more on psychological terror such as doors slamming shut and things falling. The film stars Daria Nicolodi and John Steiner, with original music by Goblin. The plot involves a family who moves into a haunted house where their son begins to communicate with spirits of the dead who are still living in the house. Similar to films such as The Exorcist and The Omen, this will appeal to those who enjoy ghosts, haunted houses, and things that go bump in the night. The DVD contains a widescreen presentation of the film (1.85:1, enhanced for 16x9 TVs), Dolby Digital mono audio, interview with the assistant director, talent bios, international trailer, U.S. TV spots, French and Italian soundtracks, and chapter search. Restored from the original negative materials, this film has never looked better. It's not Bava's best film, but it will delight those who enjoy films such as The Amityville Horror, Poltergeist, and The Bad Seed.
TERROR IN THE SKIES: MILITARY AIR DISASTERS (Madacy Entertainment Group, Inc., 50 minutes) This budget-priced documentary puts you in the pilot seat of an airplane just before it has an unexpected emergency. The disc is full of nonstop mishaps, crashes, deadly explosions and the narrowest of escapes. Containing real, never before seen, footage of military planes, this is a must for pilots, those learning to fly, and those who enjoy watching tragedy. The DVD contains Dolby Digital audio, slideshow, an informational segment called "Death From Above" and chapter search. This is not a title one easily forgets seeing, and it holds up to repeated viewings as well. If this topic interests you at all, do not miss this very well made special interest title.
TORSO (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., 92 minutes) Suzy Kendall, Tina Aumont, Luc Merenda and John Richardson star in this memorable Italian horror film which is also known as Bodies Bear Traces of Carnal Violence. The plot involves a series of sex murders at a college and four students who leave campus to seek safety and relax at a country villa owned by a relative of one of the girls. One by one they too start to fall victim to the killer who has followed them there. The DVD contains an uncut presentation of the film from the original negative materials, including much footage never before seen in America as the censors hacked away at this before allowing it to be released. Alas, some of the English soundtrack on the film was either never recorded, or has been lost and consequently some parts of the disc are in Italian with English subtitles. The DVD contains a widescreen presentation of the film (1.85:1, enhanced for 16x9 TVs), Dolby Digital mono audio, two theatrical trailers, Italian soundtrack and chapter search. Despite the missing English dialogue, it's not hard to follow this plot, and the violence shown speaks for itself. Not to be missed by those who enjoy gore, this is one of the best examples of the gore genre and is full of violent scenes that will not disappoint those who enjoy watching slashings, dismemberment, stabbing, eye poking and so on.
TUMBLEWEEDS (New Line Home Video, 100 minutes) Janet McTeer, Kimberly J. Brown and Jay O. Sanders star in this film about a mother and daughter who go on the road and head out West after the mother has yet another failed relationship and is disgusted with the way things are going. The 12-year-old daughter isn't thrilled, but eventually things do get better for the two of them. The DVD contains choice of widescreen (1.85:1, enhanced for 16x9 TVs) and standard presentations of the film, Dolby Digital audio, commentary track by director Gavin O'Conner, theatrical trailer, cast and crew filmographies, English subtitles for the deaf or hard of hearing, and chapter search. Those with DVD players inside their PCs can also access the screenplay while watching the film and use a web site link. This is an excellent film for mother and daughter to watch together, will certainly appeal to those who like chick films, slice of life plots, and/or road films. Well done.
VAMPIRE HAPPENING, THE (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., 101 minutes) Pia Degermark and Ferdie Mayne star in this unrated 1970s sex comedy about a starlet who travels to Transylvania to sell her family castle. She accidentally unleashes her vampire ancestors which ends up turning the whole town into an orgy of bloodsuckers. Can the horror be stopped? The DVD contains a widescreen presentation of the film (1.66:1, enhanced for 16x9 TVs), theatrical trailer, Dolby Digital mono audio, and chapter search. Inside the box is a paper reproduction of the original theatrical poster, and the disc has a reproduction of the image used on the box cover of Pia baring fangs. Remastered from original vault materials, this uncut and uncensored, rarely seen German film is a must to own for those who love cult films and/or vampire films that don't take themselves too seriously.
VAMPYRES (Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc., 87 minutes) Named "the ultimate erotic movie" by The Psychotronic Encyclopedia Of Film, and also known as Daughters of Dracula, this uncut, unrated and uncensored vampire film stars Marianne Morris and Playboy centerfold Anulka. The plot involves two beautiful, bisexual women who lure men to their estate for orgies of sex and blood. Transferred from the original negative, this rare film has now had all of its original sex and violence restored. The DVD contains a widescreen presentation of the film (1.85:1, enhanced for 16x9 TVs), Dolby Digital mono audio, audio commentary track with director Joseph Larraz and producer Brian Smedley-Aston, theatrical trailers, photo gallery, talent bios and chapter search. This is full of suspense, sex, nudity and gore, and will delight those who enjoy cult films, and collecting films full of sex and/or violence.
WHEN DINOSAURS RULED (Madacy Entertainment Group, Inc., 260 minutes) This budget-priced, five-disc boxed set is narrated by actor Jeff Goldblum and contains all five segments of this series which originally aired on The Learning Channel. The five episodes are called "The Land That Time Forgot," "Birth Of The Giants," "The Real Jurassic Park," "Ground Zero," and "At The Ends Of The Earth." Made with the cooperation of top museums and universities, and covering many geographic regions including Australia, Africa, France and South America, this uses state-of-the-art superb 3D animation, as well as recent bone discoveries to recreate dinosaurs as well as to explore dinosaur footprints and sites with dinosaur remains. Whether you are primarily interested in seeing dinosaurs, or in learning more about them, there is something here for everyone and this offers an excellent combination of education and entertainment. The DVDs include Dolby Digital audio, trivia segments, information on spotlighted dinosaurs, and chapter search. Highly recommended as one of those rare titles that can be enjoyed by the whole family, and which holds up to repeated viewings.
WORLD'S MOST DEATH-DEFYING STUNTS (Madacy Entertainment Group, Inc., 52 minutes) Part of an incredible collection of documentaries which were produced for TV, this episode focuses on wild stunts such as the B.A.S.E. jump from the World Trade Center. Also included is footage of men in Japan who ride ten-ton logs down a mountainside, a woman flying on the wing of an aircraft without a safety line, and five friends who swing from a steel cable beneath a Florida bridge. The DVD includes previews of other titles in the series, Dolby Digital sound, trivia questions, a segment on professional procedures, and chapter search. If you enjoy taking risks for fun this will delight you, and if you prefer to watch rather than to participate this will satiate you. Highly recommended, as is the rest of the series as well, for the superb collection of footage used, technical quality, and sheer entertainment value.
WORLD'S MOST HEROIC FIRE-FIGHTERS (Madacy Entertainment Group, Inc., 52 minutes) Showing both successful and unsuccessful rescue attempts, this documentary captures everything from a massive firestorm in Yellowstone National Park to a woman trapped in her vehicle during a flash flood who is saved by the unconventional use of a fire truck ladder. Part of a budget-priced collection of documentaries originally produced for TV, this contains high-quality, rare footage which is ideal for those employed as fire-fighters, and/or those interested in educating people about fire safety tips. The DVD includes Dolby Digital sound, previews of other titles in the series, a segment on professional procedures, skill-testing questions, and chapter search. Well done.
WORLD'S MOST POWERFUL EXPLOSIONS (Madacy Entertainment Group, Inc., 50 minutes) Focusing on both planned and accidental explosions, this includes footage from a gas station erupting, a nuclear blast, a 20-story building being torn down, and a million-dollar rocket detonating mid-air. There is also footage of firefighters engulfed in a fireball caused by a backdraft, a fireworks show in Brazil which turn into a war zone. Originally produced for TV, this superb collection of DVDs is each more entertaining than the last. In addition to the titles reviewed here, check last month's reviews for others in the series. The DVD contains Dolby Digital sound, previews of other titles in the series, skill-testing questions, a segment on professional procedures and chapter search. This is high-quality, budget-priced entertainment which is thought-provoking, memorable and holds up to repeated viewings. Highly recommended.
WRECKING CREW, THE (Sterling Home Entertainment, 80 minutes) Ice-T and Snoop Dogg star in this action film set in Chicago. The plot involves a secret high-level government-sponsored hit squad which has been sent into the ghettos of Chicago to clean up the neighborhoods after street gangs have gone too far. The film pits gang members against hit squad members, and this contains lots of fights, bullets, martial arts and special effects. The DVD contains a digitally mastered letterbox presentation of the film (1.78:1), 5.1 Dolby Digital audio, two audio commentary tracks, isolated music soundtrack, interactive menus, behind-the-scenes featurette, photo gallery, rap artist trivia game, three theatrical trailers, previews of other titles, biographies and filmographies, Spanish subtitles, and chapter search. Those with DVD players inside their PCs can also enjoy a web site link and access to the screenplay. This is highly recommended for those interested in rap, fans of action movies, and those interested in media portrayals of the ghetto.