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September 2004
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Man on Fire

Starring: Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Christopher Walken, Radha Mitchell
Director
: Tony Scott
Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound
Aspect Ratio(s): 2.40:1
Audio Encoding: DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.
Studio: Fox Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: September 14, 2004
Summary: Oscar winner Denzel Washington stars as a government operative / soldier of fortune, who has pretty much given up on life. In Mexico City, he reluctantly agrees to take a job to protect a child (Dakota Fanning) whose parents are threatened by a wave of kidnappings. He eventually becomes close to the child and their relationship reawakens and rekindles his spirit. When she is abducted, his fiery rage is unleashed on those he feels responsible, and he stops at nothing to save her.
Interview: Denzel Washington
Review by Julian Roman


Home on the Range

Starring: Judi Dench, Cuba Gooding Jr., Randy Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Roseanne
Director: John Sanford
Format: Color, Closed-captioned
Aspect Ratio(s): 1.66:1
Audio Encoding: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rated:
Studio: Buena Vista Home Video
DVD Release Date: September 14, 2004
Summary: Set in the wild west, this is the story of a herd of cows who band together to save their farm. The widow owes $1000 mortgage on the farm and has no way to pay for it, and the cows get wind of the trouble. Fearing that they'll be sold to the local meat-packing plant, the cows, led by Dame Judi Dench, seek to find a way to earn the money. Enter the family horse, played by Cuba Gooding, Jr. He used to belong to a bounty hunter, and knows a great way to save the farm. He's heard that in the nearby town, there's a bandit afoot (Randy Quaid), with a $1000 bounty on his head.
Interview: Roseanne


Scooby-Doo 2 - Monsters Unleashed

Starring:Matthew Lillard, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Linda Cardellini, Freddie Prinze Jr., Alicia Silverstone
Director: Raja Gosnell
Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen
Rated:
Studio: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: September 14, 2004
Summary: The sequel to the 2002 hit that translated the lives of Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby to the big screen as a live-action comic adventure.
Review by Julian Roman


Baadasssss

Starring: Mario Van Peebles, Ossie Davis, David Alan Grier, Nia Long, Paul Rodriguez
Director: Mario Van Peebles
Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby
Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.
Studio: Columbia Tristar Home Video
DVD Release Date: September 14, 2004
Summary: After his comedy WATERMELON MAN, Melvin Van Peebles was determined to push the Hollywood boundaries with the even more controversial, SWEET SWEETBACK'S BAADASSSSS SONG. Turned down by every major Studio, Melvin was forced to self-finance. Risking everything he had, Melvin delivered to the world the first Black Ghetto hero on the big screen. Despite the fact that initially two theatres in the whole United States would play his film, SWEETBACK became the top grossing independent hit of 1971 ' Melvin had brought the hood to Hollywood. More than 30 years later, Mario Van Peebles, Melvin's son, directs a revealing portrait of his pioneering father. Following in his dad's footsteps, and documenting his exceptional journey towards political defiance through cinema, Mario directs and stars as Melvin in BAADASSSSS based on his father's best selling book Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, a current standard in University film classes internationally.
Interview: Mario Van Peebles
Review by Wilson Morales


THX 1138 (1971)

Starring: Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Marshall Efron, Sid Haig, John Pearce, Irene Forrest, Gary Alan Marsh, John Seaton, Eugene I. Stillman, Raymond Walsh, Mark Lawhead, Robert Feero, Don Pedro Colley, Maggie McOmie, Ian Wolfe
Director: George Lucas
Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, THX
Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.
Studio: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: September 14, 2004
Summary: THX 1138, LUH 3417, and SEN 5241 attempt to escape from a futuristic society located beneath the surface of the Earth. The society has outlawed sex, with drugs used to control the people. THX 1138 stops taking the drugs, and gets LUH 3417 pregnant. They are both thrown in jail where they meet SEN 5241 and start to plan their escape.


Star Wars Trilogy (Widescreen Edition)

Starring: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamil, Carrie Fisher
Director: George Lucas
Format: Color, Widescreen, Dolby
Aspect Ratio(s): 2.35:1
Audio Encoding: Dolby Digital 5.1 EX, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Rated:
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video
DVD Release Date: September 21, 2004
• Run Time: 387
• DVD Features:
- Number of discs: 4


Mean Girls

Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey, Lacey Chabert, Jonathan Bennett, Tim Meadows, Amy Poehler
Director: Mark Waters
Format: Color, Widescreen, Dolby
Aspect Ratio(s): 1.85:1
Audio Encoding: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Rated:
Studio: Paramount Home Video
DVD Release Date: September 21, 2004
Summary: A girl from overseas enrolls in a public high school in Illinois. She finds out just how cruel American girls can be when she falls in love with the most popular guy in school.
• Interview: Tina Fey - http://www.blackfilm.com/20040423/features/tinafey.shtml
Review by Tonisha Johnson


Coffee and Cigarettes

Starring: Roberto Benigni, Cate Blanchett, Steve Buscemi, Steve Coogan, Alfred Molina
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Format: Color, Closed-captioned
Aspect Ratio(s): 1.85:1
Audio Encoding: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.
Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
DVD Release Date: September 21, 2004
Summary: A comic series of short vignettes that build on one another to create a cumulative effect as the characters discuss things as diverse as caffeine popsicles, Paris in the twenties and the use of nicotine as an insecticide all the while sitting around sipping coffee and smoking cigarettes. As Jarmusch delves into the normal pace of our world from an extraordinary angle, he shows just how absorbing the obsessions, joys and addictions of life can be.
• Interview: Rza - http://www.blackfilm.com/20040514/features/rza.shtml
Review by Julian Roman


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