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New On Home Video: March 9, 2004

by Randy Muselman

We're back! After a short absence due to some medical issues in the family, the old fuzzy guy is back with the weekly news on what's hitting home video shelves. Things are very thin this week compared to most weeks, so sit back, relax and let's get this ball rolling.

The first thing I wanted to mention this week are some tentative street dates that have been recently announced for upcoming home video release.
April 20th
Kings Of New York: Special Edition
Master And Commander: Far Side Of The World
Haunted Mansion

April 27th
Big Fish
Stuck On You

May 4th
Chasing Liberty
Girl With A Pearl Earring
The Triplets Of Belleville

May 11th
The Fog Of War

Those titles listed above contain some darn good viewing time (well some of them) so make note of when they are due out.

This week on home video we have somewhat of a confusing situation. I've had quite a few people tell me that Mel Gibson's Passion Of The Christ is slated for home video on March 9th. This just simply isn't the case. Remember, the film just opened in theaters on February 25th so far raking in 212 Million dollars. What I think folks are talking about is the interview that Diane Sawyer did with Mel Gibson on ABC Primetime which will be available for purchase on March 9th. This film has generated much controversy and as of yet, I haven't been able to see it. The theater in my area has been sold out every single showing since it opened.

A title that I myself am rather excited about this week is The Ten Commandments: Collectors Edition. This film is a staple in my house around Easter, and I've only had the VHS format, which is about worn out. This special edition is available Tuesday, March 9th.

The scope of this film just never ceases to amaze me. At the time it was made, it was one of the biggest productions ever filmed. No computer graphics were available so the amount of extras in this film were just astounding. A film of this magnitude couldn't be made today without special effects, the cost would be astronomical.

DVD extras in the collectors edition include a commentary by author/historian Katherine Orrison, a new 6-part documentary, photo gallery and theatrical trailers. This will be a two disc set and is properly distributed in wide-screen anamorphic format only. Sorry, but for those of you out there who only like full screen, you are truly missing part of the film.

Other releases this week include Mona Lisa Smile. I found this to be an enjoyable film. While the film itself is nothing special, Julia Roberts and cast provided me with a couple of hours of entertainment that I felt was quite worth a watch. While most guys would dub this a "Chick Flick" I myself highly suggest you pick up a copy to rent. You gents won't have a problem at all sitting through this one. Look at it this way, you'll score bonus points with the ladies, and that's worth something, isn't it?

Another classic out this week on home video is Mother, Jugs and Speed. While this film certainly, in my book, doesn't rate way up there on the "gotta have it/gotta watch it" scale, it's a helluva lot of fun for now and then viewing. When you put together a cast that includes Raquel Welch (Jugs baby, Jugs!), Bill Cosby and Harvey Keitel, you're bound to have a good time. Pick it up, it's worth a rent. As for the Jugs comment? Call me sexist, I never said I was politically correct. You tell me. When you think of Raquel Welch, what's the first thing(s) that pop into your mind? Yeah, I thought so....

Another Raquel Welch classic is out this week as well. One Million Years B.C. This classic from 1966 sure leaves much to be desired in all aspects of the film. Dialog? not much. Acting? Even less to be desired. The film more or less is simply playing on a scantily clad Raquel Welch to carry it. If you are a Raquel Welch fan, then you most likely have seen this, now you can own it too.

The remaining list of titles this week includes the following, including yet another Raquel Welch classic.:

Ann Frank Remembered
Broken Silence
Brother Sun, Sister Moon
Dawn Of The Dead
Myra Breckinridge
Prey For Rock And Roll
Red Water
Schindler's List
The Skulls III (Wasn't Skulls II bad enough?)
The Sluggers Wife
Spongebob Squarepants Goes Prehistoric
Winnie The Pooh: Springtime With Roo

For you fans of the almighty television series, there are a couple out there for you, including one of my favorites.

Futurama Volume 3
Mystery Science Theater Three Thousand (MST3K) Volume 5
Transformers, Season's 2 and 3

The weekly roundup at the rental counter looks like this:

1. Runaway Jury
2. Radio
3. Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star
4. Intolerable Cruelty
5. Secondhand Lions
6. Under The Tuscan Sun
7. Lost In Translation
8. Open Range
9. My Boss's Daughter
10. Once Upon A Time In Mexico

If you have comments or questions, feel free do drop me a line. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

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