Welcome back. It’s been such a long time; I don’t even know what to say. So why not jump right into it, shall we?
A Reason to Believe
I don’t have one, so Lions Gate is going to give me A REASON TO BELIEVE. Jay Underwood is back from the dead in this fraternity shocker, which sees his girlfriend, Allison Smith, having sex with someone other dude. That bitch! The DVD will be priced at about $19.98. The movie will be presented in 4:3 full screen, with an English 2.0 Dolby Digital track. A ten-part Making Of is included.
Lions Gate, the awesome studio that they are, will also be releasing the Janeane Garofalo masterpiece from 1996 entitled SWEETHEARTS. It’s about classified ads, or some such drivel. Two people go on a blind date, it turns into a disaster, and that’s way before Bobcat Goldthwait and Margaret Cho show up. Priced at fifteen bucks, the disc will be presented in 4:3 full screen, with an English 2.0 Dolby Digital soundtrack. Sorry, fellows, no extra material included with this clunker.
Law and Order: The Third Year
Yes, folks, the wait is over. Finally, LAW & ORDER: THE THIRD YEAR is finally being released. God, it feels like it’s taken forever to get this sucker in my hands. Here we have the 1992-93 season; a three-disc set which includes all twenty-two episodes. The shows will be presented in 1.33:1 full frame, with English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo tracks. English, French and Spanish subtitles included. We’ll be treated to some deleted scenes, a Jerry Orbach profile and a Jerry Orbach tribute. The set will cost you a cool sixty bucks. Guaranteed.
The Brooke Ellison Story
In other Television news, Christopher Reeves’ last directorial feature, the made-for-TV biopic The Brooke Ellison Story, will also be made available for purchase on the 24th. It’ll cost about $24.96. The disc will be presented in anamorphic widescreen, with an English Dolby Digital 5.1 track. Extras include an interview with Brooke Ellison and family, and trailers. Chris would have wanted you to buy it.
Pooh's Heffalump Movie
If that stuff’s a little too serious for you, Disney will be releasing POOH’S HEFFALUMP MOVIE on the same day. At $29.99, the disc will be presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, with an English Dolby Digital 5.1 track. Extras include a Hide ‘N Seek set-top game with Roo and new character Lumpy, a featurette on the character entitled “Welcome To The Family, Lumpy”, Disney’s song selection and DVDRom printable coloring pages and a Rumbledoodles recipe. Sadly, no commentary explaining the true metaphor behind the Heffalump.
Diane Lane also has a movie being released on the 24th. It’s called THE BIG TOWN, and it’s a red-hot romantic thriller about gambling in 1950s Chicago. It’s based on the book “The Arm” by Clark Howard, and it also stars Matt Dillon and Tommy Lee Jones. The disc has been remastered in High Definition, and will be presented in widescreen. At $24.96, the only special features included are a couple of bonus trailers.
The X-Files: Abduction
Are there any X-Files fans still out there? Did they already release all of the seasons? Dunno. Well, Fox is going to be releasing a set that shows all of the Government Conspiracy episodes in their chronological order. These 16 shows have been plucked from seasons 1-3, starting with the debut pilot. We’ll get commentaries on selected episodes, and part one of Chris Carter’s all-new documentary “Threads Of Mythology,” which explains the meaning of “The X Files”. The whole package should run you about forty bucks.
In a similar vein comes Dragnet '67, also available on the 7th. This two-disc set will include all seventeen episodes from the first season. No extras, but the set comes with a bonus audio CD containing the original Dragnet Radio Show. It’ll cost about $40.
In movie related news, the 7th will usher in the 15th Anniversary Edition of FATHER OF THE BRIDE, that old Steve Martin classic. Christ, has it really been 15 years? I guess so. Priced at $19.99, the disc will be presented in anamorphic widescreen with an English Dolby Digital 5.1 track. Extras include an introduction to Father Of The Bride which takes a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Father Of The Bride, a Steve Martin and Martin Short interview with each other, and a director's audio commentary.
Rory O'Shea Was Here
What the Hell is this? I’m not sure I care. Its called RORY O’SHEA WAS HERE, and it was produced by the same limeys that made Bridget Jones’s Diary and Billy Elliot. Priced at about $30, the disc will be presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, with an English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround track. Extras include an alternate ending, an extended Party sequence, and deleted scenes.
Cinderella: 2 Disc Special Edition
Early news about a new Platinum Series release for Cinderella has been made available. For the first time ever, the film arrives fully restored and loaded with bonus features. No word on extras, but their will be two different sets, one running about twenty bucks and the other hitting at forty. The press release promises 'all-new bonus features, including music, games, features and fun for literally all ages.' It’s just another cartoon as far as I’m concerned.
That’s it for today. Check back periodically, as our Daily Spin days are anywhere from a week to a month long. And remember, “If we’re not givin’ it to you, you shouldn’t be getting’ it.”