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Mad Hot Ballroom

Director: Marilyn Agrelo
Format: Color
Rated:
Studio: Paramount Home Video
DVD Release Date: October 18, 2005
Run Time: 105
Synopsis:  Written by Amy Sewell, "Mad Hot Ballroom" follows Eleven-year-old New York City public school kids journey into the world of ballroom dancing and reveal pieces of themselves and their world along the way. Told from their candid, sometimes hilarious perspectives, these kids are transformed, from reluctant participants to determined competitors, from typical urban kids to "ladies and gentlemen", on their way to try to compete in the final city-wide competition. Providing unique insight into the incredible cultural diversity that is New York City, this film profiles several kids from three schools (out of 60) at this dynamic age, when becoming that "cool" teenager vies for position with familiar innocence, while they learn the Merengue, Rumba, Tango, Foxtrot and Swing.
 
 

George A. Romero's Land of the Dead


• Actors: Simon Baker, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper, Asia Argento, Robert Joy
• Directors: George A. Romero
• Format: color, widescreen, dolby
• Rated: Rated R for pervasive strong violence and gore, language, brief sexuality and some drug use.
• Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
• DVD Release Date: October 18, 2005
• Run Time: 93 min
• Synopsis : George A. Romero's Land of the Dead is the acclaimed director's long-awaited return to the horror genre he invented, beginning with the seminal Night of the Living Dead and continuing with Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead. In this new tale, Romero creates a harrowing vision of a modern-day world where the walking dead roam an uninhabited wasteland and the living try to lead "normal" lives behind the walls of a fortified city. A new society has been built by a handful of enterprising, ruthless opportunists, who live in the towers of a skyscraper, high above the hard-scrabble existence on the streets below. But outside the city walls, an army of the dead is evolving. Inside, anarchy is on the rise. With the very survival of the city at stake, a group of hardened mercenaries is called into action to protect the living from an army of the dead.
• Bonus features on Unrated Edition DVDs include :
- Feature commentary with George A. Romero, Producer Peter Grunwald and Editor Michael Doherty
- Undead Again: The Making of Land of the Dead
- A Day with the Living Dead
- The Remaining Bits
- When Shaun Met George
- Bringing the Dead to Life
- Scenes of Carnage
- Zombie Effects: From Green Screen to Finished Scene
- Bringing the Storyboards to Life
- Scream Tests: Zombie Casting Call


Batman Begins (Two-Disc Deluxe Edition)
 
Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Ken Watanabe, Katie Holmes, Cillian Murphy, Tom Wilkinson, Rutger Hauer
Director: Christopher Nolan
Format: Color, Special Edition, Widescreen
Rated:
Studio: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: October 18, 2005
Synopsis:
Batman Begins will explore the early career of The Dark Knight. The film stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman; Michael Caine as his trusted butler Alfred; Katie Holmes as Rachel, a childhood friend of Wayne's; Liam Neeson as Wayne's mentor, Henri Ducard; Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, a former board member and sidelined employee of Wayne Enterprises; and Ken Watanabe as the villainous Ra's Al Ghul. Wilkinson plays Falcone, one of the leading crime figures in Gotham City, while Hauer portrays Earle, a business contemporary of Bruce Wayne's murdered father who has designs on the Wayne corporate empire and Gary Oldman as Lieutenant James Gordon, a detective on the Gotham police force.
DVD Features:
• Available subtitles: English, Spanish, French
• Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
• MTV's Tankman Begins: a spoof
• Inner Demons comic: Explore the special features through an exclusive interactive comic book
• The Journey Begins: creative concepts, story development and casting
• Shaping Mind and Body: Christian Bale's transformation into Batman
• The Tumbler: reinvention of the Batmobile
• Gotham City Rises: production design of Gotham City, the Batcave, Wayne Manor, and more
• Saving Gotham City: the development of miniatures, CGI, and effects for the monorail chase scene
• Genesis of the Bat: A look at the Dark Knight's incarnation and influences on the film
• Confidential files: Go beyond the movie and discover facts and story points not in the film
• Theatrical trailer
• Cape and Cowl: the new batsuit
• Path to Discovery: filming in Iceland
• Confidential files
• Character/weaponry gallery
• Photo gallery
• DVD-ROM features: Batman Begins mobile game demo & Web links
• Exclusive collectible 72-page comic book containing: Detective Comics #27 (the very first Batman story), Batman: The Man Who Falls (a classic story that inspired Batman Begins), and an excerpt from Batman: The Long Halloween (a chilling story that also inspired the film)
• © 2005 Warner Bros. Ent. All rights reserved. TM & © DC Comics.
• Number of discs: 2

C.S.I. New York - The Complete First Season

Starring: Gary Sinise, Melina Kanakaredes, Hill Harper, Eddie Cahill
Format: Color, Widescreen, Box set, Dolby
Rated: NR
Studio: Paramount Home Video
DVD Release Date: October 18, 2005
Run Time: 1011 min
DVD Features:
• Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
• 24 episodes on six discs, in order of their original air dates
• Commentary by Ann Donahue on Mia/NYC Non-Stop
• Commentary by Anthony E. Zuiker on Blink, Officer Blue, and Tanglewood
• Commentary by Pam Veasey on Creatures of the Night
• Commentary by Timothy J. Lea on Outside Man
• Commentary by Anthony E. Zuiker and Zachary Reiter on Recycling
• The cast examines the characters
• The science behind the scenes
• CSI: NY set tour
• The world's largest crime scene
• The zoo year
• Number of discs: 7

Bruce Lee Ultimate Collection


Starring: Bruce Lee
Film: (The Big Boss / Fist of Fury / Way of the Dragon / Game of Death / Game of Death II)
Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Box set
Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.
Studio: Fox Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: October 18, 2005
DVD Features:
• Number of discs: 5


Saw (Uncut Edition)

Starring: Carl Elwes, Danny Glover
Director: James Wan
Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen
Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.
Studio: Lions Gate
DVD Release Date: October 18, 2005
Run Time: 100 min
Synopsis: Adam (Leigh Whannell) and Dr. Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes) wake up chained to pipes at opposite ends of a dirty utility room. They soon learn that they have become the victims of the Jigsaw, a serial killer who devises intricate situations to get his victims to kill each other. Pitted against the clock and each other, the two must work to outwit their captor and save Gordon's family, who have been taken hostage by the killer
DVD Features:
• Available subtitles: English, Spanish
• Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 6.1 EX), English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX)
• 16:9 widescreen feature - newly remastered alternate cut
• On-set preview of Saw 2
• Hacking Away at Saw - Behind the Scenes
• Exclusive episode of "Full Disclosure Report" - Go inside the real Jigsaw investigation
• Alternate storyboard sequence
• Jigsaw's workshop (Build a puppet DVD-ROM)
• Saw Director's art gallery
• Trailers
• Saw: Director's original short film in 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio

Elektra (Unrated Director's Cut)
 
Starring: Jenner Garner, Goran Visnjic
Director: Rob Bowman
Format: Color, Color, Dolby
Rated: Unrated
Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
DVD Release Date: October 18, 2005
Run Time: 100 min
Synopsis: Jennifer Garner returns as Elektra, a lethal synthesis of grace and power with the mystical power known as Kimagure: a limited ability to see the future. She has purposefully severed all ties with the world and lives only for her next assignment. Elektra's latest job forces her to make a decision that can take her life in a whole new direction or destroy her.
DVD Features:
• Available subtitles: English, Spanish
• Available Audio Tracks: English (DTS 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
• Commentary by Rob Bowman and Kevin Stitt
• Relentless: The Making of Elektra: Production and Post-Production
• Showdown at the Well: Multi Angle Dailies: Take 3, Take 5, Take 7, & Take 9
• Deleted Scenes (with optional commentary by Rob Bowman and Kevin Stitt): Sai Approach, "Come Back To Me", Rounding Up The Troops
• Alternate/Extended Scenes: Alternate Opening (with optional commentary by Rob Bowman and Kevin Stitt):Young Elektra Throws Coin Into Wishing Well, Young Elektra Buries Sais, Sais Out Of Ground, Alternate Elektra & Abby, Go Game
• Galleries: Costumes, Production Design, Weapons, Unit Photography
• Storyboards: Elektra in Pool, Mark's House, Alley / Hawk, Abby in the Woods, In the Maze, Kirigi's Death, & Natchios Estate
• Theatrical teaser
• Theatrical trailer
• Number of discs: 2

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