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June 2004
DVD Releases

Compiled by Wilson Morales

June hits a home run with the number of releases coming out month. If you want comedy, there's the teaming of Eddie Griffin and Anthony Anderson in MY BABY'S DADDY. Directed by Cheryl Duyne, the film also stars Sopranos star Michael Imperioli and Method Man. There's also the reteaming of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in 50 FIRST DATES. There are several director's cut being released and it doesn't get any better than seeing what Michael Mann had installed for ALI, which got Will Smith an Oscar nomination. PITCH BLACK is the film that greenlit "The Chronicles of Riddick", which is coming out this month. The star of the film is of course, Vin Diesel. Diesel's character, Riddick" will also be animated in DARK FURY. The films that garnered Charlize Theron and Sean Penn Oscars for Best Actress and Actor, MONSTER & MYSTIC RIVER, hits the home video this month as well as AILEEN - THE DEATH OF A SERIAL KILLER, the documentary that features the real life killer. As for those who loved CARY GRANT, five of his best films hits the home video circuit including "My Favorite Wife". The legend keeps growning as TUPAC: RESURRECTION comes to the small screen and ignites the rumors that he may be still alive. The acclaimed international film, CITY OF GOD finally comes to home video after spending nearly a year in theaters.


My Baby's Daddy
  • Starring: Eddie Griffin, Anthony Anderson, Michael Imperioli, Method Man
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, Dolby, Surround Sound
  • Rated:
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Summary: Lonnie (Griffin), G (Anderson) and Dominic (Imperioli) are three bachelor buddies from the hood who, after a lifetime of hard partying, are in for a rude awakening when their respective girlfriends all get pregnant at the same time. The fathers-to-be embark on an always hilarious and often touching journey while learning as much about themselves as they do about love and fatherhood.
  • DVD Features:
    • Behind-the-scenes special
    • Deleted and extended scenes
    • Gag reel
    • Widescreen anamorphic format
  • Interview: Anthony Anderson
  • Review by Julian Roman

Ali - The Director's Cut (2001)
  • Starring: Will Smith, Giancarlo Esposito, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jon Voight
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby, Director's Cut
  • Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Summary: With wit and athletic genius, with defiant rage and inner grace, Muhammad Ali forever changed the American landscape. Fighting all comers, Ali took on the law, conventions, the status quo and the war - as well as the fists in front of him. Ali both ignited and mirrored the conflicts of his time and ours to become one of the most admired fighters in the world. Forget what you think you know. Behind Ali's seismic accomplishments, actor Will Smith and director/writer Michael Mann will take you into the heart and life of the boxer, the legend, and more importantly, the man.
  • DVD Features:
    • Includes revised scenes and never-before-seen footage
    • Commentary by director Michael Mann
    • Exclusive new making-of documentary
    • Widescreen anamorphic format
  • Interview: Will Smith

Pitch Black (Widescreen Unrated Director's Cut) (2000)
  • Starring: Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby
  • Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.
  • Studio: Umvd
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Summary: The further adventures of Riddick (Vin Diesel) continue five years later, as the escaped convict with the ability to see in the dark finds himself caught in the middle of a galactic war between two opposing forces, with the key figure being the Lord Marshal (Colm Feore), the leader of a sect called the Necromongers waging the "10th Crusade" in the 26th century. Helping Riddick is Aereon (Judi Dench), the Ambassador of the "Elemental" race, who helps Riddick unearth the secrets of his origin and Kyra (Alexa Davalos), who has grown up since Riddick knew her as a preteen girl in the first movie. Attempting to free himself and Kyra from a subterranean prison, Riddick ends up on board the Necromonger flagship, where he gets his chance to face off against the Lord Marshal in a battle over the future of all beings in the galaxy, both living... and dead.
  • DVD Features:
    • Commentary with Director David Twohy and Actors Vin Diesel and Cole Hauser
    • Commentary with Director David Twohy, Producer Tom Engleman and Visual Effects Supervisor Peter Chiang
    • A View Into The Dark
    • New to this edition:
    • An Introduction by David Twohy
    • "The Chronicles of Riddick" Visual Encyclopedia
    • The Game Is On
    • Johns' Chase Log
    • "Dark Fury: Advancing the Arc"
    • Widescreen anamorphic format

Monster
  • Starring: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Lee Tergesen, Bubba Baker
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, Dolby
  • Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Summary: Aileen Wuornos (Theron) had a difficult and cruel childhood plagued by abuse and drug use in Michigan, becoming a prostitute (and pregnant) by the age of 13. Wuornos eventually moved to Florida where she became a highway prostitute, servicing the desires of semi-truck drivers. This movie focuses on the nine month period in 1989 and 1990 during which she had a lesbian relationship with a woman named Selby (Ricci), and during which she also began murdering any of her clientele who tried to rape her.
  • DVD Features:
    • Theatrical trailer(s)
    • Featurette
    • Filmmaking demo featurette
    • Interview with Patty Jenkins and BT
    • Widescreen anamorphic format

Aileen - Life and Death of a Serial Killer

  • Starring: Nick Broomfield & Aileen Wuornos
  • Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Summary: Documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield gets a full scope interview with Aileen Wuornos shortly before her execution.

Starship Troopers 2 - Hero of the Federation

  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound
  • Cast: Richard Burgi, Ed Lauter, Kelly Carlson, Sandrine Holt, Lawrence Monoson
  • Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Summary: In this sequel to Paul Verhoeven's 1997 film, a squadron of troopers are trapped at an abandoned outpost on a remote, bug-infested planet, while they wait for another team to come and rescue them. Unfortunately for them, the giant insects have a deadly weapon on their side. Directed by Phil Tippet, the stop-motion animation expert responsible the creatures in both STAR WARS and JURASSIC PARK.
  • DVD Features:
    • Commentary by director, writer, and producer
    • "From Green Screen to Silver Screen" featurette
    • "Inside the Federation" featurette
    • Photo gallery
    • DVD-ROM link to Starship troopers PC game
    • Widescreen anamorphic format

The Cary Grant Signature Collection  (1948)

  • Starring: Cary Grant
  • Format: Box set
  • Rated: NR
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Summary: This stellar multi-pack contains five classic films from screen legend Cary Grant. Includes THE BACHELOR AND THE BOBBY SOXER, DESTINATION TOKYO, MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE, MY FAVORITE WIFE, and NIGHT AND DAY.

Das Boot - The Original Uncut Version (1982)

  • Starring: Jurgen Prochnow, Herbert Gronemeyer
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Dolby
  • Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Summary: In the midst of World War II, as the tide turns against the Axis, a German U-boat crew is sent out to patrol the Atlantic and fire at Allied ships bringing supplies to England. The submarine also carries a press correspondent, there to report from the front lines of nautical warfare. Meanwhile, the crew's captain (Jürgen Prochnow) is becoming disillusioned with the Nazi regime and with war in general. What starts out as a routine mission is soon livened up beyond the crew's expectations when their boat's surprise attack on a convoy is thwarted by a fast-moving destroyer. Battered by depth charges, the crew must pull together to survive the attacks of their unseen enemy. Widely considered to be director Wolfgang Petersen's best film and one of the finest German films ever made, DAS BOOT is stunningly realistic in its portrayal of the cramped conditions aboard a German submarine. Based on a novel by Lothar G. Buchheim, it is a striking example of an intelligent antiwar film clothed in the guise of a military thriller.
  • DVD Features:
    • Original five-hour extended version
    • Includes restored original stereo audio and newly created 5.1 audio from the original stereo
    • Making-of featurette and the director's cut
    • Widescreen anamorphic format
    • Number of discs: 2

Mystic River - Special 3-Disc Edition

  • Starring: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, Laura Linney
  • Director :Clint Eastwood
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen
  • Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 8, 2004
  • DVD Features:
    • Commentary by actors Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon
    • "Beneath the Surface" - featurette with cast and crew interviews
    • "From Page to Screen" - making of the film featurette
    • Selections from "The Charlie Rose Show" - full-length interviews with Clint Eastwood, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon
    • Two trailers
    • Complete CD soundtrack
    • Widescreen anamorphic format
    • Number of discs: 3

City of God

  • Starring: Alexandre Rodrigues, Matheus Nachtergaele, Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Leandro Firmino da Hora
  • Director: Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lund
  • Format: Color
  • Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.
  • Studio: Miramax Films
  • DVD Release Date: June 8, 2004
  • Summary: Set on the mean streets of a Rio de Janeiro slum (in the "Cidade de Deus" housing project), this film follows two boys who grow up down differing paths (stretched across over 15 years, from the late 1960s to the early 1980s). One, Buscape (Rodrigues), becomes a photographer, the other becomes a drug dealer. The film follows their paths through a series of short stories, as we learn about the violent, often short lives of those wrapped up in the dangerous world of drugs and crime on Brazil's cruelest area.
  • DVD Features:

Spartan

  • Starring: Val Kilmer, Derek Luke, William H. Macy, Johnny Messner, Alexandra Kerry, Tia Texada, Kristen Bell
  • Director: David Mamet
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen
  • Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 15, 2004
  • Summary: This is the story of special ops officer Robert Scott (Val Kilmer) and his protégé Curtis (Derek Luke) who are recruited to find the missing daughter of a high-ranking government official. Their mission seems to come to an abrupt conclusion when the media reports the girl’s death – but Curtis believes the girl is in fact alive. If she is, there’s a dangerous conspiracy at the highest levels.
  • DVD Features:

50 First Dates (Widescreen Edition)

  • Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Sean Astin, Missi Pyle, Rob Schneider

  • Director: Peter Segal

  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby

  • Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.

  • Studio: Columbia Tristar Home Video

  • DVD Release Date: June 15, 2004

  • Summary: Henry Roth (Sandler), a veterinarian at an aquarium in Hawaii, falls in love with a girl, Lucy (Barrymore), with short-term memory loss, but he has to keep getting her to fall in love with him every time they meet in order for them to have a relationship, since she never remembers the last time she met him.

  • DVD Features:

    • Commentary by Drew Barrymore and director Peter Segal
    • Theatrical trailer(s)
    • Five deleted scenes with optional director commentary
    • The Dating Scene: The Making of 50 First Dates
    • Music videos: "Hold Me Now" by Wayne Wonder, live performance of "Amber" by 311, "Love Song" by 311
    • Comedy Central Reel Comedy special
    • Gag reel
    • Talkin' Pidgin featurette
    • Widescreen anamorphic format
    • Review by Julian Roman

Dark Fury - The Chronicles of Riddick (Animated)

  • Director: Peter Chung

  • Format: Animated, Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby, Surround Sound

  • Rated: NR

  • Studio: Umvd

  • DVD Release Date: June 15, 2004

  • Summary: In this animated sequel to the hit sci-fi action thriller PITCH BLACK that serves as a story bridge between PITCH BLACK and its sequel feature film CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK - PITCH BLACK , Vin Diesel again stars as Riddick, an escaped convict with special abilities. Here, Riddick, Jack, and Imam face off with a formidable bounty hunter!

 


Tupac - Resurrection (Widescreen Edition)

  • Starring: Tupac Shakur

  • Director: Lauren Lazin

  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, DTS Surround Sound

  • Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.

  • Studio: Paramount Home Video

  • DVD Release Date: June 15, 2004

  • Summary: A documentary about the pivotal hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur that is narrated entirely in the words of the deceased artist himself. Through a variety of interviews, journal readings, poetry performances, private home movies, and never-before-seen concert footage, the film serves as a "self-portrait" of a cultural icon whose career and persona, both, continue to grow from beyond the grave.

  • DVD Features:
    • Commentary by Tupac's mom, Afeni Shakur, director Lauren Lazin and surpirse guests
    • 4 deleted scenes
    • Exclusive interviews
    • Malcolm X dinner speech
    • Deposition
    • About the soundtrack
    • Music videos
    • "Remembering Tupac"
    • Mutulu Shakur interview
    • Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts
    • Trailers
    • Bootleg This!
    • Widescreen anamorphic format
    • Interviews: Afeni Shakur
    • Review by Wilson Morales

       

 

 


Badder Santa (Unrated Widescreen Edition)
  • Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham, John Ritter, Brett Kelly
  • Director: Terry Zwigoff
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, Dolby
  • Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.
  • Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 22, 2004
  • Summary: This is the story of two criminals who disguise themselves as Santa Claus (Thornton) and his elf, traveling across the country to major malls, using the good will people have towards Santa to rob the stores blind. The plan is going great until the two baddies meet an introverted 8-year-old boy who reminds them of the true meaning of Christmas.
  • DVD Features:
    • 5 minutes of extra footage incorporated into the film
    • "Badder Santa" gag reel
    • Behind-the-scenes feature
    • Deleted & alternate scenes
    • Outtakes
    • Widescreen anamorphic format
    • Interview: Bernie Mac

 

 

 


Wonder Woman - The Complete First Season
  • Starring: Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Richard Eastham
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned
  • Rated: NR
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2004
  • Summary: Lynda Carter became an immediate superstar in 1976 when she stepped into the costume of comic book superhero Wonder Woman. The live-action adventure, based on the original comic book series, is set during the tumultuous World War II period. A former princess-turned-superhero, Wonder Woman will do whatever it takes from stopping the evil Nazis from taking over the world. With the help of her magic belt, bulletproof bracelets, and magical lasso, Wonder Woman does her part to make the world a better, safer place. This release contains the pilot movie and all thirteen episodes from the show's first season.
  • DVD Features:
    • All 14 episodes from 1976-77 season including the pilot with commentary by Lynda Carter and producer Douglas S. Cramer
    • New documentary retrospective
    • Number of discs: 3

 


Cold Mountain
  • Starring: Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger, Natalie Portman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Giovanni Ribisi, Donald Sutherland, Jena Malone, Melora Walters, Taryn Manning
  • Director: Anthony Minghella
  • Starring: Color, Widescreen
  • Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.
  • Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2004
  • Summary: Set during the height of the Civil War, Law plays a wounded confederate soldier named Inman, who goes on a dangerous journey back home to Cold Mountain, North Carolina, where he hopes to reunite with his sweetheart, Ada. Based on the novel by Charles Frazier.
  • DVD Features:
    • Commentary by writer/Director Anthony Minghella and editor Walter Murch
    • "Climbing Cold Mountain" - documentary (70 minutes)
    • "A Journey to Cold Mountain" - making-of featurette (28 minutes)
    • 11 deleted scenes
    • "Words & Music of Cold Mountain" Royce Hall Special concert (90 minutes)
    • "Scared Harp History" - musical influences and roots
    • Storyboard comparisons (3 scenes)
    • Widescreen anamorphic Starring
    • Number of discs: 2
    • Review by Julian Roman

 


Barbershop 2 - Back in Business
  • Starring: Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Garcelle Beauvais, Queen Latifah, Eve
  • Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan
  • Starring: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen
  • Rated:
  • Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2004
  • Summary: Calvin, Eddie, Terri, Jimmy, Isaac, Ricky, and Dinka are open for business again at Calvin's Barbershop. Gina, a stylist at the beauty shop next door, is now trying to cut in on his business. Calvin is again struggling to keep his father's shop and traditions alive--this time against urban developers looking to replace "mom & pop" establishments with name-brand chains. The world changes, but some things never go out of style--from current events and politics to relationships and love, you can still say anything you want at the barbershop.
  • DVD Features:
    • Commentary by Cedric the Entertainer, Sean Patrick Thomas, Troy Garity, and Jazsmin Lewis
    • Commentary by Director Kevin Rodney Sullivan and producers Robert Teitel and George Tillman Jr.
    • Theatrical trailer(s)
    • Deleted scenes
    • Outtakes
    • Extended music video: Mary J. Blige featuring Eve, "Not Today"
    • Music video: Sleepy Brown featuring Outkast, "I Can't Wait"
    • Behind-the-scenes photo gallery
    • Widescreen anamorphic Starring
    • Interview: Eve
    • Interview: Ice Cube
    • Interview: Jazsmine Lewis
    • Review by Julian Roman

 

 


The Perfect Score (Widescreen Edition)

  • Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Erika Christensen, Chris Evans, Darius Miles, Leonardo Nam
  • Director: Brian Robbins
  • Starring: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen
  • Rated:
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2004
  • Summary: A group of seven high school seniors, made up of two girls (Johansson and Christensen) and five boys (Evans, Nam and three others), decide to break into the Princeton Testing Center, so they can steal the answers to their upcoming SAT tests and all get perfect scores.
  • DVD Features:

 

 


Spider-Man vs. Doc Ock (Animated Series)

  • Starring: Color
  • Rated: NR
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2004
  • Summary: SPIDER-MAN VS. DOC OCK features everyone' favorite arachnid superhero in action as he fights the devious Doctor Octopus, along with a other dreaded enemies.
  • DVD Features:
    • Contains five episodes from 1994-'98 animated television series with introductions by Stan Lee
    • Contains two bonus 1967 episodes featuring Doc Ock
    • Stan Lee's soapbox

 

 


C.S.I. Miami - The Complete First Season
  • Starring: David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez, Khandi Alexander, Rory Cochrane
  • Starring: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Box set, Dolby
  • Rated: NR
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2004
  • Summary: This spinoff to the successful television series CSI introduces a new cast of crime fighters operating from a forensics lab unit in the tropical climes of Miami, Florida. Former homicide detective Horatio Caine (David Caruso) leads an investigative team that includes a DNA specialist (Kim Delaney), a ballistics expert (Emily Procter), a streetsmart investigator (Rory Cochrane), an underwater recovery expert (Adam Rodriguez), and a tough, no-nonsense coroner (Khandi Alexander). This 7-volume box set includes all 25 original broadcast episodes from the first season.
  • DVD Features:
    • All 25 episodes from the 2002-03 season
    • Audio commentaries
    • Five new featurettes:
      • "CSI: Miami Uncovered"
      • "Creating CSI: Miami"
      • "Production of Handling Evidence"
      • "The Autopsy Theater Tour"
      • "The Gun Lab Tour"
    • Widescreen anamorphic Starring
    • Number of discs: 7

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