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Region 1 DVD Releases for February 28th, 2006

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Two of this year’s Best Actress Oscar-nominated performances are submitted this week for your approval.

Walk the Line (2-Disc Collector’s Edition)
Here’s your chance to see why Reese Witherspoon should and will win Best Actress honors this year. Her performance as June Carter is nuanced and compelling and it doesn’t hurt that she can sing like a mofo. You can also see why in a year without Philip Seymour Hoffman knocking one out of the park as Truman Capote, Joaquin Phoenix’s Johnny Cash would be the performance to beat. James Magnold’s direction, lost in the shuffle of kudos, is stronger than ever and ties these great portrayals together in a film that is as much love story as biopic.

The special edition adds two featurettes and three music videos to the regular edition features, which include director’s commentary and 10 deleted scenes.

Pride & Prejudice
Truth be told, this has nothing on the five-hour BBC version (except for not being five hours long). That having been said, Best Actress nominee Keira Knightley gives a strong performance and all involved (including director Joe Wright and adapters Deborah Moggach and Emma Thompson) acquit themselves admirably. Still, for my money, if you’re gonna do the P&P thing, do it like a man. Five hours straight strapped in with Colin Firth, yo.

Lots and lots of featurettes, including one on Jane Austen herself, plus director’s commentary.

Lady and the Tramp (50th Anniversary Edition)
If all you remember about this classic is two dogs eating one strand of spaghetti, here’s your chance to see that there were actually other scenes in the movie. This being a Disney special edition, it’s tricked out to the gills. However, some of the features let us know that it really has been fifty years. There’s a virtual pet you can take care of and a personality profile called “Your Inner Bark.”

The Ice Harvest
It seemed everything was going so well. John Cusack was returning to the dark comedy in which he thrived with such films as Grosse Pointe Blank. Harold Ramis was going to do his first really funny comedy since Groundhog Day. Oliver Platt was going to be in a movie. Unfortunately, none of these elements congealed the way they were supposed to, paralleling the plot of this heist-gone-wrong comedy.

Extras include director’s commentary and featurettes, plus outtakes with Billy Bob Thornton.

Yours, Mine & Ours
When the Steve Martin headlined remake of Cheaper by the Dozen grossed over $138 million at the box office, someone, somewhere stumbled across the 1968 comedy Yours, Mine and Ours, decided that the modern day equivalent of Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda was Renee Russo and Dennis Quaid, and set this movie in motion. That may not be exactly how this film came to be, but it makes about as much sense as any other causal chain that could result in this rather unfortunate outcome.

Lots of featurettes with names like “Your Big Break! – Advice for Aspiring Young Actors” and “Setting Sail with the Coast Guard.”

Take your pick of the following adjectives to describe a couple of this week’s long list releases:

Lumet-astic!
Lumet-errific!
Lume-licious!

Ponder as you browse…

2006 Rose Bowl: Texas Vs Usc

21 Eyes

Adolfo Urias/Su Lobo Norteno: En Vivo y a Todo Color

Adventure Classics, Vol. 2

Adventure Classics, Vol. 3

Adventure Classics, Vol. 6

Adventures of Robin Hood, Vol. 10

Adventures of Robin Hood, Vol. 9

Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple: Classic Mysteries Collection

Al Kooper & The Rekooperators

America’s Toughest Sheriff (Joe Arpaio)

American Experience: One Woman, One Vote

Angel Heart

The Avengers – The Complete Emma Peel Megaset (Collector’s Edition)

The Avengers: The Complete Emma Peel Megaset Collector’s Edition, Vol. 17

The Avenging Quartet

Axe

Banda Lamento Show: En Vivo y a Todo Color

Battle’s Poison Cloud

Beast Machines Transformers: The Complete Series

Beat the Odds

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9/Wagner: Siegfried Idyll

Bellflower Bunnies Friends & Holidays

Bellflower Bunnies Tales & Adventures

Belly Dancing with Jacqueline Chapman

The Best of Airline, Vol. 1

The Best of Airline, Vol. 2

The Best of Art Linkletter’s Kids Say the Darndest Things, Vol. 2

The Beverly Hillbillies – Ultimate Collection, Vol. 2

Binge & Purge

Binion’s Poker Series

Bleak House
So you’ve seen all five hours of Pride & Prejudice and think you’re hot stuff? Try eight hours of this Dickens classic adapted by the same writer. Gillian Anderson’s up in here, too. Enjoy.

Boy of the Street

Boys Be…, Vol. 1 – Spring

Boys Be…, Vol. 1 – Spring (Limited Edition)

Bubbles

By Way of the Stars/The Pathfinder

C.O.P.S.

Camara Oscura

Camp River Dubois

Cantaclaro

Carlos the Terrorist (Ws Dol)

Chacal De Nahueltoro (Spanish) (Full Sub)

Charmed – The Complete Fourth Season

Chinese Brush Painting

Chiseen

Christi Taylor: Totally Cool Step

Christi Taylor: Totally Hot Cardio

Code of the Saddle

The Color of War

Combat!: The Best of Hanley

Combat!: The Best of Saunders

Comedy Central Presents:Southern Gent

Computer Generated Anime

The Confessional

Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death

CONSERVING AMERICA: Champions of Wildlife

CONSERVING AMERICA: The Challenge on the Coast

CONSERVING AMERICA: The Rivers

CONSERVING AMERICA: The Wetlands

Controversial Classics, Vol. 2 – The Power of Media (All the President’s Men / Network / Dog Day Afternoon) (Two-Disc Special Edition)

Coppelia

Cops, Vol. 2: Lock Up

Cops, Vol. 3: Lock Up

Cops, Vol. 4: Lock Up

Country in the City: How to Cook Soul Food

Country Legends Live, Vol. 3

Crime Inc: The True Story of the Mafia, Part 1

Crime Inc: The True Story of the Mafia, Part 2

The Cutting Edge – Gold Medal Edition

Dan Doh: The Super Shot, Vol. 2

David Oistrakh: Live at Alice Tully Hall New York 1970

Death Tunnel

Delusions of Grandeur

Demonstone

Denishawn Dances On!

Denishawn: The Birth of Modern Dance

Desert Punk, Vol. 1 – Into the Desert

Desert Punk, Vol. 1 – Into the Desert (Limited Edition)

Diecovery

DisinfoTV on DVD

Divergence Eve: Misaki Chronicles, Vol. 2: Revelations

Dog Day Afternoon (Two-Disc Special Edition)
This version has audio commentary from director Sidney Lumet and a new four-part documentary about the making of the film.

Dog Eat Dog!

Dolores Gray – Bell Telephone Hour Appearances 1959-1965

Donnie Munroe

Dos Pesos Dejada

Dr. Otto & the Riddle of the Gloom Beam

The Dress

The Drew Carey Show (Television Favorites Compilation)

Drew’s Famous Mobile Music

Drew’s Famous Murder Mystery

Edge of America

The Elaine Petrone Method

Ellen – The Complete Season Three

Evening Dreams

Evils of the Night

Fantasia Ranchera

Fear of Clowns
You can learn things by reading the synopses of straight-to-DVD horror flicks. For example, coulrophobia is the fear of clowns.

Female Fugitive

The Firm/Elephant

First Emperor of China

Frank Patterson – Ireland In Song

The Fuccons vol. 1 Oh Mikey!

Gabriela Spanic: Mejorando Tu Vida Con Gabriela Spanic, Vol. 1

The Galaxy Railways, Vol. 5: Manabu’s Decision

The Gardener (AKA The Seeds of Evil)

Gene Autry – Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride

Gene Autry/Rancho Grande

German Military Vehicles

Giordano – Andrea Chenier / Jose Carreras, Eva Marton, Piero Cappuccilli, Silvana Mazzieri, Riccardo Chailly, La Scala Opera

Going By

Going Hollywood-30s

Going Home

The Gospel Road

Goto, Island of Love

Grapplers Quest “2005 North American Grappling Championships”

Graveyard Series, Episode 1: Terror in the Crypt

Graveyard Series, Episode 2: Disciple of Death

Great Composers

Great Expectations

The Great Mike

Great Tales in Asian Art

Gregorio and His Angel

Grupo Bryndis: Super Exitos

Guerilla Maab: Real N**** Real Life

Guitian Music Presents Hip Hop and Reggaeton Latino – The Tour

Harmonia Do Samba: Ao Vivo Em Salvador

The Harmonium in My Memory

Hasta El Viento Tiene Miedo

HBO on Location with Redd Foxx

Headline Woman

Highlights from La Scala

Highlights From The Royal Opera / Puccini, Strauss, Te Kanawa, Domingo

Hijacked

The Hobart Shakespereans

Hollywood Ghost Stories

Hollywood Uncensored

Hormigas en la Boca

Horror Classics, Vol. 18

Horror Classics, Vol. 9

House of Fury
Zany kung fu comedy, so you’ll probably want to skip to the Yuen Wo Ping-choreographed fights because the “funny” in these films is rarely that.

How Hitler Lost the War

How to Kill a Judge

How to Murder a Millionaire

Hummel – Mobile Heavy Artillery

Hurricane at Pilgrim Hill

I Love You Like Crazy Cakes… and More Stories About Families

Ice Harvest (Full Screen Edition)

The Impressionists Box Set

The Impressionists: Degas

The Impressionists: Manet

The Impressionists: Monet

The Impressionists: Pissarro

The Impressionists: Renoir

The Impressionists: Seurat

In His Father’s Shoes/Gathering of Old Men

Insatiability

Inu Yasha, Vol. 39 – The Black, Impure Light

The Irish Tenors – In Concert With the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra

Island of Lost Souls (Ws Dol)

Iwa: Championship Wrestling 2 (Full Dol)

J. Edgar Hoover and the Great American Inquisitions

Jardim De Cactus: Mtv Apresenta

Jazz in Paris Remixed

JDM Mischief

Joe Maphis: At Town Hall Party

Joshua

Juan Nadie

Just a Little Bit Crazy

KatieBird*Certifiable Crazy Person

Keep Your Distance

Kevin McDermott

Kind Hearts and Coronets – Criterion Collection
Classic comedy with Alec Guiness playing eight different family members, all of whom are targeted by one commoner with his eye on a dukedom. The Criterion treatment here involves a restored print, a doc on Ealing studios, a rare Guiness talk show appearance, and the Criterion standby – an essay by a film critic.

Kings & Queens of England, Vol. 1: Dark Days of Anglo-Saxon Times to the Reign of Elizabeth I

Kings and Queens of England Box Set

Kings and Queens of England, Vol. 2: From the Stuarts to the House of Windsor

Kiss Forever: Bruce Kulick, Bob Kulick, Learn how to play Kiss guitar songs instructional DVD

Kofi Annan: Center of the Storm

La Ausente

La Clave 7, Vol. 1 and 2

La Escondida

La Estrella Vacia

La Perdicion de los Hombres

La Scorta

La Tumba del Mojado

La Ultima Noche

Laughing in the Wind, Volume 2

Law of the West

Leonard Bernstein: Bernstein in Japan – Schumann Symphony No. 1 and Shostokovich Symphony No. 5

Leonard Bernstein: Bernstein in London – Verdi Requiem

Leonard Bernstein: Bernstein on Beethoven – A Celebration in Vienna

Liberacion: Super Exitos

The Life and Legacy of Spike Milligan

The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo

Life in Anglo-Saxon Times

Life in Medieval Times

Life in Victorian Times

Lighnting Strikes West

Lines of Influence

Little Tony

Living in the Past Box Set

Lone Rider and the Bandit

The Lords of Discipline

Los Bandidos De Rio Frio

Los Cardenales de Nuevo Leon: Super Exitos

The Losers

Love Me Tender
Elvis’ film debut in which he plays the brother who stays home while his Confederate brethren go out and fight the Civil War. Needless to say people are presumed dead when they shouldn’t be and romantic complications ensue. Yes, they find a way for him to sing his songs back in 1865 and he has one of his best character names ever – Clint Reno. Extras in this 50th Anniversary Edition include commentary by an Elvis historian and featurettes galore.

Luciano Ercoli’s The Death Box Set (Death Walks on High Heels/ Death Walks at Midnight)

Luella Miller

Lupin the 3rd – Strange Psychokinetic Strategy

Madame Claude

Made in Britain
Kind of like Romper Stomper with proto-Tim Roth instead of proto-Russell Crowe.

Magnus

Major Crime

The Man Who Walked Alone

Married People Single Sex

Martin and Lewis Colgate Comedy Hour, Vol. 1

Martin and Lewis Colgate Comedy Hour, Vol. 2

Martin and Lewis Colgate Hour, Vol. 1

Master Key (Full B&W Dol)

Masterpiece Theatre: Elizabeth I – The Virgin Queen

Masters of Poker: Annie Duke’s Conquering Online Poker

Medic, Vol. 1

Medic, Vol. 2

The Melody of Oblivion – Refrain (Vol. 5)

Menotti – The Telephone / Poulenc – La Voix Humaine

Milking And Scratching

Millie

Mind Your Language, Vol. 1

Mind Your Language, Vol. 2

Mind Your Language, Vol. 3

Mind Your Language, Vol. 4

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: Chapter 5

Monty Python’s Flying Circus: Graham Chapman’s Personal Best

Monty Python’s Flying Circus: John Cleese’s Personal Best

Monty Python’s Flying Circus: Terry Gilliam’s Personal Best

Monty Python’s Flying Circus: Terry Jones’ Personal Best

Most Deadly Family

Most Famous Hits: The Ratpack

Mozart: Symphony No. 41: Jupiter

The Murder of JFK: A Revisionist History

Myron Cohen Revisited

Mystery Classics, Vol. 2

Mystery Classics, Vol. 4

Mystery Classics, Vol. 5

Mystery Classics, Vol. 6

Mystery of the Maya

Nardwuar the Human Serviette: Doot Doola Doot Doo…Doot Doo

NBA Hardwood Classics: Below the Rim

NBA Hardwood Classics: Dazzling Dunks and Basketball Bloopers

Nba Hardwood Classics: Hardwood Heroes (Std)

NBA Hardwood Classics: In the Paint

NBA Hardwood Classics: NBA Live 2001

NBA Hardwood Classics: NBA Super Slams Collection

Network (Two-Disc Special Edition)
The most prescient film ever made, at least about our times. A must-have, and the two-disc extras make it even more tempting. Commentary from director Sidney Lumet, a six-part doc on the making of, screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky on Dinah!, and some TCM special.

Newsradio – The Complete Third Season

The Next Man

NFL Super Bowl XL – Pittsburgh Steelers Championship DVD

Night Court (Television Favorites Compilation)

Nitti: The Enforcer

No Man’s Range

NOVA – Hurricane Katrina – The Storm That Drowned a City

NOVA – Secrets of Lost Empires Set

NOVA: Newton’s Dark Secrets

NOVA: Physics – The Elegant Universe and Beyond

NOVA: Secrets of Lost Empires – Inca

NOVA: Secrets of Lost Empires – Pyramid/Obelisk

NOVA: Secrets of Lost Empires – Stonehenge and Colosseum

NRBQ

Old School Soul Party Live

On Tour

One Nite in Mongkok

One Piece Vol 1:King of the Pirates

One Piece Vol 2

Oro Norteno: En Vivo y a Todo Color

Orpheistes Festival Orchestra Live

Outlaws of Sonora

Ozzfest 10th Anniversary

The Panther’s Claw

Panzer – Germany’s Ultimate War Machine

Peep “TV” Show

Perception
Piper Perabo does the straight-to-DVD thing in this dark comedy.

The Perfect Stranger

Perils of Pauline: Chapters 1-12

Phantom

Phantom – The Animation Double Pack

Piano Player

Pierrot Le Fou

Pink

Playground of Power, Vol. 2

Poison: Seven Days Live

Pride & Prejudice (Widescreen Edition/Full Screen Edition)

Princess Sydney: The Legend of the Blue Rabbit

Proposition

Psychoderelict

Quick & the Dead/Silverado

Ranma 1/2: OVA Series Box Set

The Real Ghostbusters – Creatures of the Night

The Real Ghostbusters – Slimefighters

The Real Ghostbusters – Spooky Spirits

Reggaeton Video Girls 1 – Gatas Sandungueras Greatest Hits

Reggaeton Video Girls 2 – Gatas Sandungueras Greatest Hits

Return of Rin Tin Tin

Robert Darroll Digital Animations 1990-2001

Rock N Roll London

The Rocker: A Portrait of Philip Lynott

Rosemary and Thyme – Series Two

Roy Orbison: In Dreams

Rumpole of the Bailey: The Complete Series

RX for Survival – A Global Health Challenge

Saiyuki Reload (Vol. 7)

Satan’s Blood

Saturday

Screaming for Sanity

Scum
From the same director as the aforementioned Made in Britain comes this banned tale of life in British juvie. The young British actor in question this time is Ray Winstone.

Seamless

Serafin: La Pelicula

Shape of the Future

Shapes of the Invisible

Simone: Ao Vivo

Sleeping Beauty

Soldier of Change

Something Like Flying

Son of Samson/Son of Cleopatra

Speed Reporter

The Staircase

Streets of Chaos

Striptease for Real Women

SUKISHO-CRUEL INTENTIONS ( 3 )

Super Exitos en DVD: Duranguense

Super Exitos en DVD: Nortenos

Super Exitos en DVD: Tropicales

Tapology with Marsha Pitt

Taxi, An Encounter

Tears in the Rain

Tennis Anyone?

Texas Lightning

Three… Extremes
Three Asian horror shorts from the likes of Chan-wook Park (Oldboy), Takashi Miike (Audition), and Fruit Chan (Made in Hong Kong).

Tim Tyler’s Luck (Full B&W Dol)

Tokyo Psycho

Trilogy of Addiction

TV Adventures Classics – Sky King/Ramar of the Jungle

TV Cartoon Classics

TV Classic Cartoons, Vol. 3

TV Classics: Love That Bob/Life with Elizabeth

TV Comedy Classics

TV Comedy Classics, Vol. 1: Love That Bob/Our Miss Brooks

TV Comedy Classics, Vol. 2: The Adventures of Topper

TV Gold

Twin Husbands

The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till

Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till Edu

Unwed Father

Valley of the Bees

Verdi – Giovanna d’Arco / Susan Dunn, Vincenzo La Scola, Renato Bruson, Pietro Spagnoli, Riccardo Chailly, Bologna Opera

Visions of France

The Visitation

Visual Music from Iota, Vol. 1

Wagner – Das Rheingold / Tomlinson, Clarke, Holle, Finnie, Johansson, von Kannen, Svenden, Barenboim, Bayreuth Opera

Wait ‘Til You’re Older

Walerian Borowczyk Collection (The Beast/ Goto Island of Love/ Love Rites)

Walk the Line (2-Disc Collector’s Edition/Full Screen Edition/Widescreen Edition)

War Classics, Vol. 1

War Classics, Vol. 10: Crusade in the Pacific

War Classics, Vol. 15

War Classics, Vol. 16

War Classics, Vol. 17

War Classics, Vol. 18

War Classics, Vol. 2: Crusade in the Pacific

War Classics, Vol. 4

War Classics, Vol. 4: Crusade in the Pacific

War Classics, Vol. 5: Crusade in the Pacific

War Classics, Vol. 6: The Big Battles of WWII

War Classics, Vol. 7: Crusade in the Pacific

War Classics, Vol. 7: The Big Battles of WWII

War Classics, Vol. 8

War Classics, Vol. 8: Crusade in the Pacific

War Classics, Vol. 9

War Classics, Vol. 9: Crusade in the Pacific

The War That Made America
In case you were wondering, it was The French and Indian War. Betcha didn’t see that one coming!

Weird U.S., Vol. 1

Weird U.S., Vol. 2

Weird U.S., Vol. 3

Welcome Back, Kotter (Television Favorites Compilation)

Werckmeister Harmonies

Werewolves on Wheels

What Iva Recorded

When a Killer Calls

Where the Truth Lies (Rated Edition/Unrated Theatrical Edition)
Atom Egoyan’s less-than-well-received story of Hollywood corruption and two washed up 50s’ entertainers (Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth).

The White Horse Is Dead

Who Wanna Battle

WWE: Royal Rumble 2006

Yours, Mine & Ours

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