This week on DVD

Starring Billy Bob on the way to a monster truck rally, Kim Basinger as a gangster's gal, and Lars von Trier before Dogme.


Salon Staff
April 8, 2003 11:07PM (UTC)

"Beyond Silence" (1996). Starring: Sylvie Testud, Tatjana Trieb (Buena Vista).

"Dream for an Insomniac" (1998). Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Ione Skye, MacKenzie Astin (Columbia TriStar). Filmed in 1995, when Aniston was going to be a big film star.

"For Da Love of Money" (2002). Starring: Pierre Edwards, Ralphie May, Reynaldo Rey, Christian Keiber, Sacha Kemp, Tanya Boyd (Columbia TriStar).

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"Four Days in September" (1997). Starring: Alan Arkin, Fernanda Torres. (Buena Vista). Lefties take Brazil! Made long before Lula won the presidency.

"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" (2002) Directed by Chris Columbus. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Kenneth Branagh, John Cleese, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Richard Griffiths, Richard Harris, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters. Extras: Two-disc set with 19 additional/extended scenes, including more Dobby mischief, more flying car adventure, a frightening encounter with the Malfoys in Borgin and Burkes, and more; self-guided tours that let viewers have an up-close experience, allowing them to linger on the details of the Chamber of Secrets, Dumbledore's office and Diagon Alley -- including places never shown in the film, such as more Diagon Alley shops, the sitting room in Dumbledore's office, and more; interviews with Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Rupert Grint (Ron), Emma Watson (Hermione) and other cast members who talk about making the film, their favorite scenes, what their friends think, and more; exclusive interview with author J.K. Rowling and screenwriter Steve Kloves about rendering the adventure to the screen; fun-filled activities that allow viewers to escape the Forbidden Forest, sneak into the Chamber, and more; a visit to Lockhart's class to get a closer look at his photos and memorabilia through the use of still galleries; DVD-ROM has 15 special features, including the One VoiceDVD technology, which will allow users to navigate through the DVD-ROM features and access set top features using only their voices, giving kids the illusion of a magical experience interacting with the DVD; animated, interactive Hogwarts timeline; slider puzzle challenge featuring motion video; printable magic trading cards; jigsaw puzzles, matching challenges, downloadable screensavers, and more. (Warner). DVD version includes a ton of stuff to distract you from the fact that the movie version of Rowling's delightful second Potter book just isn't that good.

"The Inkwell" (1994). Starring: Larenz Tate, Joe Morton. (Buena Vista).

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"An Innocent Man" (1989). Starring: Tom Selleck, F. Murray Abraham. (Buena Vista).

"Last Dance" (1996). Directed by Bruce Beresford. Starring: Sharon Stone, Rob Morrow, Randy Quaid, Peter Gallagher. (Buena Vista). Stone on death row, with Morrow trying to save her. Aka "Dead Woman Walking."

"Life With Mikey" (1993). Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christina Vidal, Nathan Lane, Cyndi Lauper (Buena Vista). Could this be the first instance of the '80s revival?

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"The Marrying Man" (1991). Starring: Kim Basinger, Alec Baldwin, Robert Loggia, Elisabeth Shue, Armand Assante, Paul Reiser, Fisher Stevens (Buena Vista). Neil Simon's gangster story about Bugsy building Las Vegas.

"My Father the Hero" (1994). Starring: Gerard Depardieu, Katherine Heigl (Buena Vista).

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"New York Stories" (1989). Three short films by Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese. Starring: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Nick Nolte, Rosanna Arquette (Buena Vista). Great concept executed poorly, with three stories that have nothing in common except that they were made by three great directors who did their best work 10 years earlier.

"Paid in Full" (2002). Starring: Mekhi Phifer, Wood Harris, Cam'ron. Extras: Commentary by director Charles Stone II. (Dimension). Undeserving use of the title of one of the all-time great rap records.

"Pastime" (1991). Starring: John Achorn, Ernie Lee Banks (Buena Vista).

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"Scenes From a Mall" (1991). Directed by Paul Mazursky. Starring: Bette Midler, Woody Allen (Buena Vista). In 1991, Allen could still get away with being nebish and unlikable.

"Stella" (1990). Starring: Bette Midler, John Goodman, Trini Alvarado, Stephen Collins, Marsha Mason (Buena Vista). A big week for Bette Midler fans. (See above.)

"Tom & Viv" (1994). Starring: Willem Dafoe, Miranda Richardson, Rosemary Harris (Buena Vista). The story of T.S. Eliot and his crazy wife, loosely.

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"Two Much" (1996). Starring: Melanie Griffith, Daryl Hannah, Danny Aiello, Joan Cusack, Eli Wallach (Buena Vista). A young guitarist invents his own twin in order to date two sisters.

"Waking Up in Reno" (2002). Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Charlize Theron, Patrick Swayze, Natasha Richardson. Extras: Commentary by director Jordan Brady and screenwriters Brent Briscoe and Mark Fauser, "Making of Walking Up in Reno," deleted scenes (Miramax). A Miramax movie about two married couples on their way to a monster truck show.

"Walking With Cavemen" (2003). BBC sequel to CGI "Walking With Dinosaurs." Extras: On-location conversations with the actors, movement director and effects supervisor; post-production interviews with the producer, director, key actor and animatronics expert; storyboards and animatics with picture-in-picture comparisons (BBC Video/Warner).

"Zentropa (Europa)" (1991). Directed by Lars von Trier. Starring: Jean-Marc Barr, Barbara Sukowa, Udo Kier (Buena Vista). The Danish director before Dogme. Still, will be plenty experimental even for fans of foreign cinema.

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