This week on DVD

Classic Cole Porter and John Woo, Shane MacGowan and the Ramones, terror in Northern Ireland and the men behind the Motown hits.


Salon Staff
April 22, 2003 11:52PM (UTC)

"Bloody Sunday" (2002). The day British troops turned on civil-rights marchers in Northern Ireland. Written and directed by Paul Greengrass. Starring James Nesbitt, Tim Pigott-Smith, Nicholas Farrell, Gerald McSorley, Kiera Clarke. Extras: Commentary by Greengrass and Nesbitt; commentary by co-producer Don Mullan, writer of the original book "Eyewitness Bloody Sunday"; two featurettes. (Paramount).

"Broadway Melody of 1940" (1940). Starring Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell, George Murphy. Extras: All-new making-of documentary "Cole Porter in Hollywood: Begin the Beguine," hosted by Ann Miller, vintage 1940 Our Gang musical short "The Big Premiere," behind-the-scenes essay. (Cole Porter Classic Musicals Collection, Warner).

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"CBGB: Punk From the Bowery" (2003). Anthology of punk bands from the legendary birthplace of American punk in the 1970s. Groups include Cro-Mags, Madball, Harley's War, UK Subs, Chaos UK, the Vibrators, Even Worse, more (Music Video Distributors).

"The Carpetbaggers" (1964). Starring George Peppard, Alan Ladd, Robert Cummings, Martha Hyer. (Paramount).

"Copper Canyon" (1950). Starring Ray Milland, Hedy Lamarr, Macdonald Carey, Harry Carey Jr. (Paramount).

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"The Crime of Padre Amaro" (2002). Starring Sancho Gracia, Ana Claudia Talancón, Ernesto Gómez Cruz, Gael García Bernal. Extras: Photo gallery, poster exploration, director and actor commentary, making-of featurette (Columbia TriStar).

"Darkness Falls" (2003). Starring Chaney Kley, Emma Caulfield, Lee Cormie, Grant Piro, Sullivan Stapleton. Extras: Filmmaker commentaries, "The Making of Darkness Falls," deleted scenes, storyboard comparisons, more (Columbia TriStar).

"Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" (1957). Starring Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming, Jo Van Fleet, John Ireland, Dennis Hopper (Paramount).

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"High Society" (1956). Starring Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Celeste Holm. Extras: All-new making-of documentary "Cole Porter in Hollywood: True Love," hosted by Holm, digitally remastered from original VistaVision elements, Newsreel footage of "High Society's" gala Hollywood premiere, vintage MGM cartoon "Millionaire Droopy," audio-only radio ads, behind-the-scenes essay (Cole Porter Classic Musicals Collection, Warner).

"Ignition" (2001). Starring Bill Pullman, Lena Olin, Colm Feore, Nicholas Lea, Peter Kent, Barbara Eve Harris, Hrothgar Mathews (Columbia TriStar).

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"Immediate Family" (1989). Starring Glenn Close, James Woods, Mary Stuart Masterson, Kevin Dillon (Columbia TriStar).

"Kiss Me Kate" (1953). Starring Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson, Ann Miller, Keenan Wynn, Bobby Van. Extras: All-new making-of documentary "Cole Porter in Hollywood: Too Darn Hot," hosted by Miller, music-only audio track, vintage MGM short subject: "Mighty Manhattan; New York's Wonder City," behind-the-scenes essay. (Cole Porter Classic Musicals Collection, Warner).

"Les Girls" (1957). Directed by George Cukor. Starring Gene Kelly, Mitzi Gaynor, Kay Kendall, Taina Elg. Extras: All-new making-of documentary "Cole Porter in Hollywood: Ca C'est L'amour," hosted by Elg, vintage MGM Tex Avery cartoon "Flea Circus," behind-the-scenes essay. (Cole Porter Classic Musicals Collection, Warner).

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"The Lonely Man" (1957). Starring Jack Palance, Anthony Perkins, Neville Brand (Paramount).

"Merci Pour Le Chocolat" (2002). Directed by Claude Chabrol. Starring Isabelle Huppert, Jacques Dutronc. Extras: Introduction by Chabrol, photo gallery (First Run Features).

"Nevada Smith" (1966). Starring Steve McQueen, Karl Malden, Brian Keith, Suzanne Pleshette, Martin Landau (Paramount).

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"Once a Thief" ("Zong Heng Si Hai," 1990). Directed by John Woo. Starring Chow Yun-fat, Leslie Cheung, Cherie Chung (Columbia TriStar).

"Real Women Have Curves" (2002). Starring America Ferrera, Lupe Ontiveros, Ingrid Oliu, George Lopez, Brian Sites (Warner).

"Shane MacGowan: If I Should Fall From Grace" (2003). Documentary on the lead singer and songwriter for the Pogues (Music Video Distributors).

"Silk Stockings" (1957). Directed by Rouben Mamoulian. Starring Cyd Charisse, Fred Astaire, Janis Paige, Peter Lorre. Extras: All-new making-of documentary "Cole Porter in Hollywood: Satin and Silk," hosted by Charisse, vintage MGM concert hall series short "The Poet and Peasant Overture," vintage short "Paree, Paree," featuring Bob Hope and Cole Porter songs, behind-the-scenes essay (Cole Porter Classic Musicals Collection, Warner).

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"Standing in the Shadows of Motown" (2002). Starring the Funk Brothers, Bootsy Collins, Ben Harper, Montell Jordan, Chaka Khan, Tom Scott. Two-disc set. Extras: Commentary with director Paul Justman, DTS, trivia track, song and performance selections, "How It All Began" featurette, "Dinner With the Funk Brothers," multi-angle jam sessions, deleted scenes, "The Ones That Didn't Make It," "At Long Last Glory," Funk video bios, music video montage, selected discography, interactive virtual recording studio (Artisan).


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