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Archive for October 2000

October 31, 2000

For those of you that live in the United States, Happy Halloween!  (Is Halloween celebrated or observed outside of the United States?  We're not sure, so let us know.)


Well, we're working on our review of the Mission: Impossible 2 DVD, which comes out Tuesday, November 7.  There seems to be a lot of bonus material on this DVD, but we should have it ready for you before this Friday.  Until then, be sure to take a moment to sign up for our free e-Newsletter, and you may be our lucky e-Newsletter subscriber who will win a copy of the Mission: Impossible 2 DVD.  What do you have to lose?


Since we're talking about giveaways, we have added the Recommend-It feature as part of our Tell A Friend page.  Just click on the Tell A Friend link in the menu or here, enter your friend's e-mail address, and an e-mail will be automatically sent to your friend on your behalf introducing them to our site.  In return for each time you use this service, Recommend-It is giving away $10,000 and a Sony DVD player.  So be sure to take advantage of this great opportunity to spread the word and may be win a prize!


October 30, 2000

We've got two more DVD movie reviews for you today, both are from New Line Home Video.  The first is Frequency: Platinum Series DVD, which comes out tomorrow.  This is a great edge-of-your-seat thriller.  Its DVD is jam-packed with cool extra material.  Even if you only buy a few DVD movie titles each year, Frequency is worthy of your consideration.  Be sure to check out our review


Next, we have a review of Body Shots, which comes out next Tuesday, November 7.  Just think of this movie as the single, yuppie lifestyle counterpart of American Beauty, which is a depiction of suburban family life (albeit dysfunctional).


October 29, 2000

We hope you've remembered to set back the clock one hour to Standard Time this morning.  That is, for our readers who were on Daylight Savings Time.  It was nice getting up this morning and realizing hey(!) we've got an extra hour today.  Yessss!


Well, we've got three DVD movie reviews for you today.  There's just about something for everyone.  First off, we have a review of Thomas and the Magic Railroad.  The younger set who watch the TV series Thomas the Tank Engine are sure to enjoy the first feature film of Thomas and his friends.  Be sure to read our review if you're interested in picking out something for the beloved little ones this holiday season.  This DVD comes out on Tuesday, October 31.


Next, we've got a great romantic comedy for you, MGM's Return To Me, staring David Duchovny (of "The X-Files") and Minnie Driver.  This title is also coming out Tuesday, October 31.  Be sure to enjoy this funny, loving, and heart-felt movie with the one you love and those who are most dearest to you.  And don't forget keep a box of Kleenex tissues nearby.  


Finally, we have a review of a great mobster movie that is based on a true story.  No kidding!  Unlike many gangster movies that seem to "glamorize" the mafia lifestyle and the gangster shootouts, Donnie Brasco is about loyalty between an established gangster and his new "apprentice", who is actually an undercover FBI special agent.  The movie features excellent character studies of the principal characters, played by Al Pacino (who else?) and Johnny Depp.  Be sure to check out our review of this DVD, which comes out next Tuesday, November 7.


Oh yeah, those of you looking for some good DVD movies to enjoy the spirit of Halloween, be sure to check out Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, The Ninth Gate, and The Haunting.  Be sure to check our reviews of those titles by clicking on the links.  We don't know about you, but we were scare stiff when watching The Haunting.  What a difference DTS makes when the the volume is turned up.


And one last thing.. we added the following DVD titles to our list of Upcoming Releases during the last few days: The Art of War (12/26), Race Against Time (12/26), The Siege (12/26, re-release with anamorphic widescreen transfer and both Dolby Digital and DTS), Courage Under Fire (12/26, re-release with anamorphic widescreen transfer and both Dolby Digital and DTS), Predator (12/26, re-release with anamorphic widescreen transfer and both Dolby Digital and DTS), and Coyote Ugly (1/16/01).  Also, do note that The X-Files: Season Two Gift Set release date has changed from 11/7 to 11/28.


October 25, 2000

Well, tomorrow is the official U.S. launch of the new Sony PlayStation 2 game console.  So what, you say?  Well, besides potentially repeating the tremendous success of the original PlayStation, the PlayStation 2 game console has DVD-Video playback capability.  At approximately $300, you get both a state-of-the-art game console and DVD playback capability.  Sounds like a bargain, to us.  However, the news report that PlayStation 2 deliveries to U.S. retailers have been cut by half of original plans.  Only about 500,000 units will be available on the October 26 launch date, with only another 500,000 units delivered to retailers in time for the holiday shopping season.  It seems that even if you were seriously buying the PlayStation 2, you'll probably have some difficulty locating a unit.


In DVD movie news, we just added these DVD titles to our Upcoming Releases page: Home Alone 3 (10/31), Donnie Brasco: SE (11/7), Boys and Girls (11/14), and Running Free (11/14).  Speaking of upcoming releases, we got word that DreamWorks may be releasing the What Lies Beneath DVD some time in December.  Exact date is to be announced.  Also, The Doors: SE DVD is postponed until February 2001.  We'll keep you posted.

October 23, 2000

We hope you've had a nice and restful weekend.  This week is the first of what we call holiday season 2000 DVD release "Super Week".  Tomorrow will see the DVD releases for the following titles: The Patriot: Special Edition, American Beauty: The Awards Edition, U-571, and Pitch Black.  Of course, this is all occurring on the heels of last week's releases of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 2-disc and 3-disc sets, Keeping The Faith, and James Bond Collection: Volume 3.  Volume 3 is the last installment of the James Bond episodes on DVD.  That's right, all nineteen James Bond movies are now available on DVD-Video.  Yes, it's a good time to be fans of both 007 and DVD.


Speaking of James Bond, we just completed two more reviews from Volume 3: The Living Daylights and A View To A Kill.  Be sure to check out these reviews and our earlier review of Octopussy if you're interested in buying the box set or individual titles.  MGM has succeeded in producing value-added Special Editions for these James Bond DVDs.  As Timothy Dalton says in The Living Daylights, "I've had a few optional extras installed".  Good job, MGM!  


For those of you who are fans of Mel Gibson and his movie The Patriot, be sure to join in the chat with Mel Gibson tomorrow night (Tuesday, October 24) at 9:30 PM Eastern.  Mel Gibson is kicking off the DVD release of "The Patriot" (which releases tomorrow) with a chat session at Yahoo! Chat (  Check out the full press release or this page for more details on this exciting event.  If you haven't check out our review of The Patriot Special Edition DVD, check it out here.


And finally, we added a number of new titles to our Upcoming Releases page: The Cell (12/19), Saving Grace (12/19), Wonder Boys (1/9/01), and The Kid (1/16/01).


October 20, 2000

We recently added the following DVD movies to our Upcoming Releases page: Body Shots (11/7), Price of Glory (11/21), Seven (12/19), Hollow Man (1/2/01), and Pelle The Conqueror (1/16/01).


October 17, 2000
We just completed our review of the Mitsubishi DD-6000 DVD player.  It is a solid performer with progressive scan output and HDCD compatibility.  Be sure to read our review if you're in the market for a progressive scan DVD player.


Next, we've got a number of new upcoming MGM DVD movies on our Upcoming Releases page, all slated for release on January 9th: Love Field, Camille Claudel, Jean De Florette, Manon of the Spring, Mississippi Mermaid, and The Bride Wore Black.


October 15, 2000

We've got some good news for most of you today... we are going to give away the upcoming DVD release of Mission: Impossible 2 to one of our lucky e-Newsletter subscribers on or about December 19, 2000.  If you want to enter this giveaway, simply subscribe to our free e-Newsletter and remain an active subscriber on the date of the drawing.  Be sure to stay subscribed to automatically qualify for other giveaways in the future.  You can read more about this giveaway, including our tentative rules, or more on our free e-Newsletter.


A few days ago, we completed our review of the Edward Scissorhands: 10th Anniversary Edition DVD.  Today, we completed our review of Octopussy, the thirteenth James Bond episode.  Octopussy is available as part of the James Bond Collection Volume 3 box set, available this Tuesday, October 17, or separately.  We will review A View To A Kill and The Living Daylights DVDs from this latest box set.  If you are a James Bond fan, be sure to check out our review.


In the recent days, we added a number of new January 2001 titles to our Upcoming Releases page: Autumn in New York (1/2/01), Animal Factory (1/9/01), When Harry Met Sally: SE (1/9/01), Moll Flanders (1/9/01), Untamed Heart (1/9/01), and The Cutting Edge (1/9/01).


0ctober 9, 2000

We've got reviews of three great DVD movies for you today.  First is The Patriot Special Edition DVD from Centropolis Entertainment and Columbia Pictures.  Mel Gibson gives another great performance, one of the best in his career.  We can't say enough good things about this movie.  One thing we will say is that the DVD comes out on October 24, just less than four months after its theatrical release on June 28.  That's great for DVD fans.


Next, we have Rules of Engagement from Paramount Pictures.  This is an intense, gut wrenching military drama about a U.S. Marines peace keeping mission in Yemen gone wrong.  Tommy Lee Jones stars as a military attorney who provides a court marshal defense for his long-time friend and highly decorated war hero played by Samuel L. Jackson.  Don't miss this powerful movie.


Finally, we reviewed a Special Edition re-release of Legends of the Fall from Columbia Pictures.  This is a touching, tender, romantic epic starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn, and Julia Ormond.  Be sure to check out this DVD, but don't forget the Kleenex tissues.  Check out these and other DVD movie reviews on this page.


We added a number of new titles to our Upcoming Releases page: Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (10/24), Wall Street (11/7), Cruel Intentions 2 (11/7), 9 1/2 Weeks Director's Cut (11/14), Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (11/14), The Replacements (11/28), The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire (12/5), Whipped (12/12), and Bat 21 (12/19).


Finally, Disney announced the DVD release of their latest animated feature film, Dinosaur, for January 30, 2001.  Read the full press release.


October 7, 2000

We just added the following DVD titles to our Upcoming Releases page: Bob Roberts (10/17), Six Days in Roswell (11/14), Hamlet 2000 (11/14), The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (12/5), The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (1/23/01), and Bring It On (1/23/01).  Be sure to check out our complete upcoming DVD releases list.


October 5, 2000

We've got a couple of new DVD movie reviews for you: The Haunting (in DTS-ES 6.1 discrete surround sound) and Snow Day.


There's some exciting news in the world of DVD... a press release from the DVD Entertainment Group states that ten million DVD-Video players have shipped to consumers in North America!  This amounts to about 10% household penetration rate for the U.S. and Canada, which is a threshold considered by many industry watchers as "mass market" acceptance.  Wow, and this just only 3 1/2 years after the debut of DVD players (in March 1997).  For comparison, CD players took seven years to reach the 10 million unit milestone, and VCRs took eight years.  The press release mentions that a factor driving this success is that the studios are releasing some 250 new DVD titles each month.


October 3, 2000

Welcome to October... my, how time flies.  We have two new DVD movie reviews for you today.  The first is Where The Heart Is.  This is a "must-see" movie for women of all ages.  It is a touching and heartwarming movie that is based on the Wal-Mart baby story.  The second is Blue's Big Musical Movie, a great DVD title for your favorite preschooler.  Check out these and other DVD movie reviews here.


We also added some new DVD titles to our Upcoming Releases page: Legend (11/21), The Conversation (12/12), An Officer an a Gentleman (12/12), and Children of a Lesser God (12/12).  It looks like Gone In 60 Seconds is delayed a week until 12/5, and the same goes for Scary Movie to 12/12.  The Road To El Dorado is delayed from 10/31 to 12/12.  Finally, we were able to confirm that Shaft 2000 is scheduled for 12/12, and The Virgin Suicides for 12/19.



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