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Everyday at 9:00AM PST we compile a list of titles which have been recently announced by the studios and have been given or rumored with a release date. Click a title below to see the full press release info attached to the release.

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November 15thO.C. and Stiggs

O.C. (Daniel H. Jenkins) and Stiggs (Neill Barry) are two Arizona teenagers who are intent on making life miserable for their nerdy neighbors, the Schwabs--Randall (Paul Dooley), Elinore (Jane Curtain), Randall Jr. (Jon Cryer), and Lenora (Laura Urstein). The pair idolize musician King Sunny Ade, and when they find out he's playing a show in Mexico, they travel to see him with their dimwitted friend Barney (James Gilsenan). As the summer progresses, O.C. and Stiggs continue to torment the Schwabs--at Lenora's wedding, and the opening night of the local theatre group's play, to which they invite King Sunny Ade and his African Beats to perform.

Technical Specs

Rating: R

Run Time: 110


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Dead Poets Society: Special Edition

Academy Award(R)-winner Robin Williams delivers a brilliant performance in one of Hollywood's most compelling and thought-provoking motion pictures. Williams portrays passionate English professor John Keating who, in an age of crew cuts, sports coats, and cheerless conformity, inspires his students to live life to the fullest, exclaiming ... "Carpe Diem, lads! Seize the day. Make your lives extraordinary!" This charistmatic teacher's emotionally charged challenge is met by his students with irrepressible enthusiasm -- changing their lives forever. Magnificently directed by Peter Weir (THE TRUMAN SHOW), DEAD POETS SOCIETY earned unparalleled praise among audiences and critics alike. Discover for yourself what all the cheering's about!

Technical Specs

Rating: PG

Runtime: 129

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Fantasy Adventure. Acclaimed director Tim Burton brings his vividly imaginative style to the beloved Roald Dahl classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, about eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka (Depp) and Charlie, a good-hearted boy from a poor family who lives in the shadow of Wonka's extraordinary factory. Long isolated from his own family, Wonka launches a worldwide contest to select an heir to his candy empire. Five lucky children, including Charlie, draw golden tickets from Wonka chocolate bars and win a guided tour of the legendary candy-making facility that no outsider has seen in 15 years. Dazzled by one amazing sight after another, Charlie is drawn into Wonka's fantastic world in this astonishing and enduring story.

DVD Features

- Oomp-Loompa Dance Machine

- Documentary: Becoming Oompa-Loompa: How Did They Turn One Man into Thousands of Oompa-Loompas?!?

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Come and enjoy a tour of the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world when "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" arrives on DVD and video on November 8 from Warner Home Video. Based on the beloved, classic novel by Roald Dahl, the DVD is a must-own family fantasy, perfect for children of all ages! Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Tim Burton (Big Fish, Planet of the Apes, Batman Returns, Edward Scissorhands, Batman, Beetlejuice), this visually spectacular masterpiece stars two time Academy Award® nominee Johnny Depp (Finding Neverland, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Edward Scissorhands), Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland, 5 Children and It) and Helena Bonham Carter (Big Fish, Planet of the Apes). Available in a 2-disc Deluxe Edition with delectable special features including five making-of featurettes, menu challenges and a pack of five exclusive limited edition trading cards!

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" will be available in a 2-disc Deluxe Edition at $30.97 SRP in widescreen format. A single disc edition (including two special features) will be available for $28.98 SRP in both full frame and widescreen formats.


The 2-disc Deluxe Edition "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" DVD will include a pack of

FIVE Limited Edition "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" Trading Cards plus the following special features:

Making-of Featurettes:

- Chocolate Dreams: Learn about Tim Burton's vision for the film and how he adapted the story.

- Different Faces, Different Flavors: Meet the actors and learn about the characters they play.

- Designer Chocolate: Learn about the film's production design.

- Under the Wrapper: Go behind the scenes to see how the film's special effects were created.

- Sweet Sounds: Watch the creation of the 4 Oompa-Loompa songs by composer Danny Elfman.

- Attack of the Squirrels: See how real squirrels were trained to perform in the film.

- Fantastic Mr. Dahl: Learn about author Roald Dahl's life story and extraordinary body of work.

- Becoming Oompa-Loompa: See how one actor, Deep Roy, was turned into a multi talented army of Oompas.

DVD Menu Challenges:

- Oompa-Loompa Dance

- The Inventing Machine

- The Bad Nut

- Search For the Golden Ticket

- DVD-ROM ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" PC game demo and web links)

The single disc contains the following special features:

- Becoming Oompa-Loompa - see how one man became hundreds of Oompa-Loompas.

- Menu Challenge – Oompa-Loompa Dance.


2-Disc Special Edition DVD: $30.97 SRP

Single Disc DVD: $28.98 SRP

VHS: $22.99

Street Date: November 8, 2005

Languages: English, Spanish, French (Q)

Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Running time: 115 mins

MPAA Rating: PG (for quirky situations, action and mild language)


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Meet the Evangelistas. Not Actors. Just characters.

Technical Specs

No. of Discs: 2

CC: Yes

Language: English

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This poignant and powerful documentary takes a shocking, first-hand look at the culture of hate that permeates the West Bank and Gaza, and which continues to escalate the perennial violence pitting Palestinians against Israelis. Starting out in the city of Nablus (where as many as 80 percent of suicide bombing plots are planned), James Miller and Saira Shah ended up in the Gaza town of Rafah, one of the most dangerous cities in this volatile region. There they spent several weeks focusing on the activities of three Palestinian children - two 12-year-old boys and a 16-year-old girl - who have grown up surrounded by messages of hate against Israel (whose military presence in their town is a constant), and taught that the greatest glory is to die a martyr. The film ends on a day like many other days in Rafah, with death - except that on this day, the fallen victim happens to be the man making this film.

Technical Specs

MPAA: Not Rated

No. of Discs: 1

Packaging Type: Amaray Case

Sound Track Language: English

Aspect Ratio:

Widescreen [16:9 Transfer]

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HBO presents a fascinating portrait of two charismatic Oscar?-winners who share, along with a last name, a passion for movies, women, family, and taking risks. An extraordinary glimpse into the private side of a Hollywood dynasty, the film includes exclusive recent conversations with Kirk Douglas (who speaks candidly about the challenges he's faced since suffering a stroke in 1996) and Michael Douglas, as well as other family members and friends, drawing upon dozens of film clips to illustrate how the public and private lives of each actor often intersected.

Technical Specs

MPAA: Not Rated

No. of Discs: 1

Language: English

Aspect Ratio: Widescreen [16:9 Transfer]

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This America Undercover documentary charts the long-anticipated rise, scandalous near-fall, and subsequent salvation of Air America Radio, a liberal radio network geared towards those whose opinions skew a bit more to the "Left of the Dial." Told through verite footage shot at the New York-based station over a nine-month period, the 90-minute film begins with a frenetic pace and never lets up from the network's evolution twelve days before and up to its March, 2004 launch, through a much-publicized scandal involving bounced checks that nearly ended the dream, it concludes with a disappointing 2004 election that spawned new resolve among the talent, staff and management of the station.

Technical Specs

MPAA: Not Rated

No. of Discs: 1

Packaging Type: Ammary Case

Language: English

Aspect Ratio: Widescreen [16:9 Transfer]

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