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New On Home Video: March 16, 2004

by Randy Muselman

The topic of discussion this week will be large, furry and rather stupid. It also wears a large red and white striped multifunction hat. It's the release that everyone knows and in my opinion, made more money that it should have. This film is a total waste of time, its Crap In The Hat...oh, sorry, Cat In The Hat.

I grew up on Dr. Seuss, you name it, I read it as a kid. I had this vision of what Cat In The Hat should have been, but after watching this film, it just simply sucks. I really tried to like this film, but it just wasn't to be. This film should have been made strictly for kids, but they kept trying to toss in the odd joke that crossed over to the adults in the audience. The one that stands out is the "dirty hoe" joke. Does this really belong in a kid movie? Not in my opinion, but hey, opinions are like ass.., uh never mind, you get the drift.

This film had so much potential but it just never got off the ground. I have to compare it to How The Grinch Stole Christmas which was a much better film in my opinion. While How The Grinch Stole Christmas truly got the essence of what Dr. Seuss was trying to emanate from his work, the Cat In The Hat appears to make no effort at all. Mike Meyers just couldn't pull the role off. I wanted to feel like I was entering the world of Dr. Seuss, but apparently, they didn't have the budget or the writers to make this work.

Regardless, Cat In The Hat hits rental shelves this Tuesday and I expect it to do rather well during it's rental run simply because it has Dr. Seuss's name on it. My suggestion is to steer clear of it, but hey, if you're a fan, and you have kids, chances are you'll either have to rent or own this video.

21 Grams hits video shelves this week as well. It features Oscar winner Sean Penn (Best Actor Mystic River). I found this film to be very complex. It was a tough film for me to watch because the way the film was directed. Skipping from one scene to another, it wasn't easy for me to keep up. But hey, I'm an old fart and my mind doesn't work as well as it used to. Our staffers were a bit mixed on this title, but overall, it appears to our staff to be of the garden variety average film. If you're curious as to the title 21 Grams, that's due to the old story that when you die, you lose 21 grams of weight, possibly the weight of the soul? Either way, if you rent this title, be sure and use the pause button if you get up to grab a snack, because when you return from whatever you're doing, well, you going to go "What the hell?"

Michael Keaton is featured in a title from 2001. Quicksand is the story of a workaholic (Keaton) who is the head of a compliance section of a New York bank. After flying to Monaco to investigate some unusual banking activity, he meets a down-on-his-luck film star who has turned to criminal activities.

Keaton hasn't done much in the last few years. I'd really like to see him get back into the groove. I must admit, he is my favorite lead for the series Batman. Keaton is currently filming White Noise in which he plays a man who is contacted beyond the grave by his murdered wife.

The only other title I found rather interesting this week is Veronica Guerin. This film is based on the true story of a journalist who exposed some of Ireland's most powerful crime figures and drug lords in 1996. Starring Cate Blanchett, you can pick this title up to rent or own on Tuesday, March 16.

Quite a few other titles are hitting home video this week with just a little something for everyone out there. They include the following:

And God Created Woman (1988)
Baby The Rain Must Fall
Belles On Their Toes
Beyond The Stars
The Boys Of 2nd Street Park
Cheaper By The Dozen (1950)
The Commitments: Special Edition
December
Endless Summer Collection
Girls Will Be Girls
The Hitchhiker
The Last Unicorn
Lizzie McGuire: Star Struck
Lizzie McGuire: Totally Crushed
Roman Spring Of Mrs. Stone
The Running Man: Special Edition
Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines
Uncovered
Wrong Is Right

Television series seem to be a bit more generous this week.

Absolutely Fabulous: Season 5
The Flintstones: Season 1
Kung Fu: The Complete First Season
Married With Children: Season 2
Scooby Doo: Seasons 1 and 2

Looking back at the last week in video rentals around the country, here are your top 10 favorites.

1. Runaway Jury
2. The Missing
3. Matchstick Men
4. Radio
5. Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star
6. Secondhand Lions
7. Intolerable Cruelty
8. Spy Kids 3: Game Over
9. Under The Tuscan Sun
10. Lost In Translation


For complete information on all DVD releases, please be sure to check out the DVD Release Schedule in our public Forums. It's updated often and is one of the most comprehensive listings you will find.

That's going to round it up for this week gang, I hope you find something in the releases we've mentioned to help you get your video fix. Until next week.....


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