Monday, January 21, 2013

DVD Guide 9 All-Star Action to American Movie

ALL-STAR ACTION
VERSION: St. Clair Vision; Fullscreen
GENRE: Action
LANGUAGES: English (spoken); no subtitles
Disc One
Scandal Sheet
AKA: The Devil’s Bed
CAST: Burt Lancaster, Robert Urich, Lauren Hutton, Pamela Reed
DIRECTOR: David Lowell Rich
WRITER: Howard Rodman
NOTES: A tabloid publisher finds a new target.
DATE/TIME/RATING: 1985, 93/1h33, PG US
Kill Cruise
AKA: Der Skipper, Adrift – Murder at Sea, The Skipper
CAST: Elizabeth Hurley, Patsy Kensit, Jürgen Prochnow
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Peter Keglevic
NOTES: Two women get a ride to the Caribbean which goes awry.
DATE/TIME/RATING: 1989, 98/1h38, R US
Gold
CAST: Roger Moore, John Gielfud, Ray Milland, Simon Sabela
DIRECTOR: Peter Hunt
WRITERS: Wilbur Smith (novel/screenplay), Stanley Price (screenplay)
NOTES: A hero tries to save a gold mine from saboteurs.
DATE/TIME/RATING: 1974, 119/1h59, PG US
Features: All-Star Action Poster Gallery
Disc Two:
Rogue Male
CAST: Peter O’Toole, John Standing, Alastair Sim, Harold Pinter
DIRECTOR: Clive Donner
WRITERS: Frederic Raphael; Geoffrey Household (novel)
NOTES: An aristocrat is on the run after failing to kill Hitler.
DATE/TIME/RATING: 1976, 102/1h42, about PG
A Real American Hero
CAST: Brian Dennehy, Forrest Tucker, Brian Kerwin, Ken Howard
DIRECTOR: Lou Antonio
WRITERS: Samuel A. Peeples; Mort Briskin (characters)
NOTES: A sheriff turned vigilante tackles an illegal booze trade.
DATE/TIME/RATING: 1978, 100/1h40, about PG
Deadly Drifter
AKA: Out
CAST: Danny Glover, Peter Coyote
DIRECTOR: Eli Hollander
WRITERS: Ronald Sukenick (novel/screenplay); Eli Hollander (screenplay)
NOTES: A hit man has a talent for philosophy.
DATE/TIME/RATING: 1982, 82/1h22, R US
FEATURES: Escape (radio)
Disc 3:
The Sellout
CAST: Oliver Reed, Richard Widmark, Gayle Hunnicutt, Sam Wanamaker
DIRECTOR: Peter Collinson
WRITERS: Murray Smith (story/screenplay); Judson Kinberg (screenplay)
NOTES: A retired CIA agents returns during the Cold War.
DATE/TIME/RATING: 1976, 101/1h41, PG US
Hurricane
CAST: Larry Hagman, Martin Milner, Jessica Walter, Barry Sullivan, Michael Learned
DIRECTOR: Jerry Jameson
WRITERS: Jack Turley (story/teleplay); William C. Anderson (novel)
NOTES: People fight for survival during a hurricane.
DATE/TIME/RATING: 1974, 74/1h14, about PG
Bail Out
AKA: W.B., Blue and the Bean
CAST: Linda Blair, David Hasslehoff, Tony Brubaker, Thomas Rosales Jr., John Vernon
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Max Kleven
NOTES: A murder witness is kidnapped.
DATE/TIME/RATING: 1988, 88/1h28, R US
FEATURES: Trailers

ALL*STAR FAMILY FEUD
VERSION: BCI Eclipse/Fremantle; Fullscreen as Aired
CAST: Richard Dawson
GENRE: Game Show
NOTES: Celebrities try to match their answers with a survey during charity competitions.
BOOKLET: 4 pages
LANGUAGES: English (spoken); no subtitles
FEATURES: None
Disc One
EPISODES: Adventure Heroines vs. Adventure Heroes 1-2, Petticoat Junction vs. The Brady Bunch 1, Your Hit Parade vs. Leave it to Beaver, Your Hit Parade vs. The Brady Bunch, Petticoat Junction vs. Leave It to Beaver, Petticoat Junction vs. The Brady Bunch 2, Love Boat vs. WKRP, Soap vs. Real People, Reap People vs. WKRP
Disc Two:
EPISODES: Hollywood Walk of Fame Special 1-2, Love Boat vs. Eight is Enough, Family vs. What’s Happening, Family vs. Eight is Enough, Heroes vs. Villains 1-3, One Day at a Time vs. Benson, Dallas vs. Eight is Enough, Dallas vs. One Day at a Time
Disc Three:
EPISODES: Soap vs. All My Children, Eight is Enough vs. General Hospital, Eight is Enough vs. Soap, Dallas vs. It’s a Living, The Jeffersons vs. Dukes of Hazzard, The Jeffersons vs. Dallas, The Ropers vs. Angie, Dukes of Hazzard vs. The Waltons, Dukes of Hazzard vs. Angie, Love Boat vs. Eight is Enough, Soap vs. Three’s Company, Three’s Company vs. Love Boat
Disc Four:
EPISODES: Barney Miller vs. Eight is Enough, Welcome Back Kotter vs. Soap, Welcome Back Kotter vs. Barney Miller, Eight is Enough vs. Family, Welcome Back Kotter vs. Love Boat, Family vs. Welcome Back Kotter, Gilligan’s Island vs. Hawaiian Eye, Wilt’s Wows vs. Debbie’s Dudes, Richard’s Rosebuds vs. Phyllis’ Fighters, Richard’s Rosebuds vs. Debbie’s Dudes
DATE/TIME/RATING: c1976-85, 720/12h total, TV-G US
SPECIAL NOTE: In the hopefully near future, expanded coverage of this set will occur in its own entry, with special focus on the specific players.

“ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN”
VERSION: WB; Two-Disc Special Edition; Widescreen
CAST: Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam, Hal Holbrook, Jason Robards
DIRECTOR: Alan J. Pakula
WRITER: William Goldman (screenplay); Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward (book)
GENRE: Thriller
NOTES: Two reporters break the Watergate story.
LANGUAGES: English (spoken); English, French, Spanish (subtitles; feature only)
Disc One
COMMENTARY: Actor Robert Redford
OTHER FEATURES: Trailers (this, Klute, Rollover, Presumed Innocent, The Pelican Brief)
DATE/TIME/RATING: 1976, 138/2h18, PG US
Disc Two:
FEATURES: Telling The Truth About Lies: The Making of All the President's Men, Woodward and Bernstein: Lighting the Fire, Out of the Shadows: The Man Who Was Deep Throat, Pressure and the Press: The Making of All the President's Men, Interview (Jason Robards on Dinah!)
Telling the Truth About Lies: The Making of All the President's Men
CAST: Hal Holbrook, Robert Redford, William Goldman, Dustin Hoffman, Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, Ben Bradlee, Gordon Willis, Jane Alexander
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Gary Leva
DATE/TIME: 2006, 28
Woodward and Bernstein: Lighting the Fire
CAST: Hal Holbrook, Greg Krikorian, Linda Ellerbee, Walter Cronkite, Matthew Felling, Peter Schweizer, Ben Bradlee, Carl Bernstein, Jonathan Atler, Oliver Stone, Robert Redford, Bob Woodward
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Gary Leva
DATE/TIME: 2006, 18
Out of the Shadows: The Man Who Was Deep Throat
CAST: Hal Holbrook, Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, William Goldman, Richard Ben-Veniste, Linda Ellerbee, Oliver Stone, Ben Bradlee, Peter Schweizer, Jonathan Atler, Greg Krikorian, Walter Cronkite, Matthew Felling
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Gary Leva
DATE/TIME: 2006, 16
Pressure and the Press: The Making of All the President's Men
CAST: Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Pakula, Benjamin C. Bradlee
DATE/TIME: 1976, 10

ALL THE LOVE YOU CANNES!
VERSION: Troma; Fullscreen
CAST: Lloyd Kaufman, Scott McCaffrey, Doug Sakmann, Yaniv Sharon, Heidi Sorenson, Quentin Tarantino, Claude Chabrol, Roger Ebert
DIRECTORS/ WRITERS: Gabriel Friedman, Lloyd Kaufman, Sean McGrath
GENRE: Documentary
NOTES: Troma Studio’s misadventures at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.
LANGUAGES: English (spoken/subtitles)
CHAPTERS: 9
FEATURES: Avignon Film Festival, This/Other Film Trailers, Radiation March, All the Love We Could: Cannes 1993, DVD Credits, Book/Web Ad
DATE/TIME/RATING: 2002, 85/1h25, about R

ALL THE REAL GIRLS
VERSION: Sony; Widescreen
CAST: Paul Schneider, Zooey Deschanel, Patricia Clarkson, Shea Whigham, Danny McBride, Maurice Compte, Heather McComb, Benjamin Mouton, John Kirlkand, James Marshall Case, Maya Ling Pruitt, Eddie Rouse, Karey Williams, Matt Chapman, Amanda Chaney
DIRECTOR: David Gordon Green
WRITER: David Gordon Green (story/written); Paul Schneider (story)
GENRE: Drama
NOTES: A womanizer trying to change his ways has an awkward relationship with his best friend’s sister.
LANGUAGES: English (spoken); French, Portueguese, Spanish (subtitles)
CHAPTERS: 28
COMMENTARY: Co-Writer/Director David Gordon Green, Actor/Co-Writer Paul Schneider
OTHER FEATURES: Improv and Ensemble: The Evolution of a Film (18m51s), Deleted Scenes, Theatrical Trailer (this, Love Liza)
DATE/TIME/RATING: 2002, 108/1h48, R US/14A Can

ALL THE RIGHT MOVES
AKA: All Right
VERSION: Fox; Widescreen
CAST: Tom Cruise, Craig T. Nelson, Lea Thompson, Christopher Penn, Charles Cioffi, Gary Graham, Paul Carafotes, Sandy Fiason, James A. Baffico, Mel Winkler, Walter Briggs, George Betor, Leon, Jonas C. Miller, Keith Ford
DIRECTOR: Michael Chapman
WRITER: Michael Kane
GENRE: Drama
NOTES: A high school football star tries to win a scholarship to avoid working in blast furnaces.
BOOKLET: 2 pages
LANGUAGES: English/2 types, French (spoken); English, Spanish (subtitles)
CHAPTERS: 26
FEATURES: Theatrical Trailers (English, Spanish), Other Film Trailers
DATE/TIME/RATING: 1983, 90/1h30, R US

ALMIGHTY THOR
VERSION: VSC/Asylum; Widescreen
CAST: Cody Deal, Richard Grieco, Patricia Velasquez, Kevin Nash, Jess Allen
DIRECTOR: Christopher Ray
WRITER: Erik Estenberg
NOTES: The thunder god fights his half-brother Loki to save the Earth. This movie should not to be confused with the Marvel Comics-based movie Thor released the same year.
LANGUAGES: English (spoken); no subtitles
FEATURES: Making of, Bloopers, Trailers
DATE/TIME/RATING: 2011, 90/1h30, TV-14 US

ALONE WITH HER
VERSION: Alliance Atlantis; Widescreen
CAST: Colin Hanks, Ana Claudia Talancón, Jordana Spiro
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Eric Nicholas
GENRE: Thriller
NOTES: A young man becomes obsessed with a young woman, to the point of installing spy cameras in her place.
LANGUAGES: English French (spoken); English, Spanish (subtitles)
COMMENTARY: Writer.Director Eric Nicholas
OTHER FEATURES: Alternate Ending, Deleted Scenes, Stalker Facts
DATE/TIME/RATING: 2006, 81/1h21, 14A Can

ALPHAVILLE
AKA: Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution; Agente Lemmy Caution, missione Alphaville; Alphaville, a Strange Adventure of Lemmy Caution; Alphaville, a Strange Case of Lemmy Caution; Tarzan Vs. IBM
VERSION: Criterion; Fullscreen
CAST: Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Akim Tamiroff, Valérie Boisgel
DIRECTOR: Jean-Luc Godard
WRITER:  Jean-Luc Godard; Paul Éluard (novel)
GENRE: Science Fiction
NOTES: In a world controlled by a computer, a secret agent goes after the computer’s inventor.
LANGUAGES: French (spoken); English (subtitles)
FEATURES: None
DATE/TIME/RATING: 1965, 99/1h39, about PG

ALTERED STATES
VERSION: WB; Fullscreen/Widescreen flip disc
CAST: William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban, Charles Haid, Thaao Penghlis, Miguel Godreau, Dori Brenner, Peter Brandon, Charles White-Eagle, Drew Barrymore, Megan Jeffers, Jack Murdock, Frank McCarthy, Deborah Baltzell, Evan Richards
DIRECTOR: Ken Russell
WRITER: Sidney Aaron (screenplay); Paddy Chayefsky (novel)
GENRE: Drama
NOTES: A scientist experiments with sensory deprivation and hallucinatory drugs.
LANGUAGES: English, French (spoken, subtitles)
CHAPTERS: 31
FEATURES: Production Notes (text), 2 TV & 5 Theatrical Trailers
DATE/TIME/RATING: 1980, 103/1h43, R US/14A Can

THE AMAZING 300 CLASSICS CARTOON COLLECTION
VERSION: Mill Creek; Fullscreen; slipcased
SPECIAL NOTE: Due to the sheer number of shorts, this set will get expanded coverage in its own blog entry at a much later date. If you do not wish to wait for the expanded coverage, a complete list of shorts can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-150-Cartoon-Festival-Stooges/dp/B000VQYDHY and here: http://www.amazon.ca/150-Cartoon-Classics-Harry-Bailey/dp/B000EMHWUA
GENRE: Comedy mainly
NOTES: Numerous cartoon shorts featuring various characters; includes two sets of three discs each.
LANGUAGES: English (spoken); no sub-titles
FEATURES: None
TIME/RATING: About 35h, about G
Ultimate 150 Cartoon Festival
NOTES: Shorts from Three Stooges, Betty Boop, Felix the Cat, Popeye, Tom and Jerry.
150 Cartoon Classics
NOTES: Shorts from Betty Boop, Popeye the Sailor, The New 3 Stooges, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Superman.

AN AMERICAN AFFAIR
VERSION: Screen Media/Astrakan; Widescreen
CAST: Gretchen Mol, James Rebhorn, Camer Bridge, Noah Wyle
DIRECTOR: William Sten Olsson
WRITER: Alex Metcalf
GENRE: Drama
NOTES: A teen is witness to JFK having an affair and events leading to JFK’s death.
LANGUAGES: English (spoken); no sub-titles
FEATURES: None
DATE/TIME/RATING:  2008, 93/1h33, R US

AMERICAN BEAUTY
VERSION: DreamWorks, Awards Edition
CAST: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Mena Suvari, Allison Janney, Peter Gallagher, Wes Bentley, Chris Cooper, Scott Bakula, Sam Robards, Barry Del Sherman, Ara Celi, John Cho, Ford Atkinson, Sue Casey
DIRECTOR: Sam Mendes
WRITER: Alan Ball
GENRE: Drama
NOTES: An unhappy husband finds himself attracted to his daughter’s best friend.
BOOKLET: 4 pages including 1 page ad
LANGUAGES: English (spoken/3 types, subtitles)
CHAPTERS: 28
COMMENTARY: Director Sam Mendes, Screenwriter Alan Ball
OTHER FEATURES: Look Closer, Storyboard Presentation, Theatrical Trailers (2), Cast & Crew (text), Production Notes (text), Script and Screen (DVD-ROM), Web Link (DVD-ROM)
DATE/TIME/RATING: 2000, 122/2h2, R US/14A Can
American Beauty: Look Closer…
CAST: Scott Bakula, Alan Ball, Annette Bening, Wes Bentley, Thora Birch, Bruce Cohen, Chris Cooper, Peter Gallagher, Conrad L. Hall, Dan Jinks, Sam Mendes, Kevin Spacey, Steven Spielberg, Mena Suvari
DIRECTOR: Barbara Toennies
DATE/TIME: 2000, 21
              
AMERICAN COWSLIP: A REDNECK COMEDY
VERSION: E1; Widescreen
CAST: Diane Ladd, Rip Torn, Cloris Leachman, Bruce Dern, Hanna Hall, Val Kilmer, Peter Falk, Ronnie Gene Blevins
DIRECTOR: Mark David
WRITER: Mark David, Ronnie Gene Blevins (screenplay)
GENRE: Comedy
NOTES: A slacker has to win the Garden of the Year contest to keep his home.
LANGUAGES: English (spoken/sub-titles)
COMMENTARY: Director/Producer/Co-Writer/Original Score Mark David, Producer Tony Hewett, Actor/Co-Writer Ronnie Gene Blevins
OTHER FEATURES: Behind the Scenes
DATE/TIME/RATING: 2010, 107/1h47, R US

AMERICAN GOTHIC: THE COMPLETE SERIES
VERSION: Universal; Fullscreen as Aired; slipcased
CAST: Gary Cole, Lucas Black, Paige Turco, Sarah Paulson, Jake Weber, Brenda Bakke, Nick Searcy, John Mese
GENRE: Horror
NOTES: A small town is ruled over by a demonic sheriff.  Episodes on discs are in order aired, then the unaired episodes, not in the actual story order; the recommended viewing order is noted below.
LANGUAGES: English (spoken); English, Spanish (subtitles)
Disc 1 Side A:
EPISODES/DIRECTOR/WRITER/VIEWING ORDER:
·        Pilot/Peter O’Fallon/Shaun Cassidy/1; COMMENTARY: Writer/Co-Producer Shaun Cassidy, Co-Producer David Eick; OTHER FEATURES: Deleted Scene
·        A Tree Grows in Trinity/Michael Katleman/Shaun Cassidy/2
·        Eye of the Beholder/Jim Charleston/Judi Ann Mason (story/teleplay), Shaun Cassidy (story)/3
Disc 1 Side B:
EPISODES/DIRECTOR/WRITER/VIEWING ORDER:
·        Damned if You Don’t/Lou Antonio/Michael R. Perry, Stephen Gaghan/4
·        Dead to the World/James A. Contner/Robin Green, Mitchell Burgess, Shaun Cassidy, Michael R. Perry, Stephen Gaghan/6
·        Meet the Beetles/Michael Nankin/Victor Bumbalo, David Chisholm/ 7
·        Strong Arm of the Law/Mike Binder/Michael R. Perry, Stephen R. Gaghan/8
Disc 2 Side A:
EPISODES/DIRECTOR/WRITER/VIEWING ORDER:
·        Rebirth/James Frawley/Victor Bumbalo/11
·        Resurrector/Elodie Keene/Shaun Cassidy, Michael R. Perry, Stephan Gaghan/13
·        Inhumanitas/Stephen Gaghan, Michael R. Perry/14
·        The Plague Sower/Mel Damski/?/15
Disc 2 Side B:
EPISODES/DIRECTOR/WRITER/VIEWING ORDER:
·        Doctor Death Takes a Holiday/Doug Lefler/Victor Bumbalo/16; FEATURE: Deleted Scene
·        The Beast Within/Michael Lange/Shaun Cassidy/10
·        To Hell and Back/Oz Scott/Judi Ann Mason/9; FEATURE: Deleted Scene
·        Learning to Crawl/David Kemper/Michael Lange/17 FEATURE: Deleted Scene
Disc 3 Side A:
EPISODES/DIRECTOR/WRITER/VIEWING ORDER:
·        Triangle/James Frawley/Jeff F. King/20; FEATURE: Deleted Scene
·        The Buck Stops Here/Lou Antonio/Steve JeJarnatt/21; FEATURE: Deleted Scene
·        Requiem/Lou Antonio/Shaun Cassidy/22; FEATURE: Deleted Scene
·        Potato BoyNick Marck/Michael Nankin/5
Disc 3 Side B:
EPISODES/DIRECTOR/WRITER/VIEWING ORDER:
·        Ring of Fire/Lou Antonio/Michael R. Perry, Stephen Gaghan/12; FEATURE: Deleted Scene
·        Echo of Your Last Goodbye/Oz Scott/John Cork/18; FEATURE: Deleted Scene
·        Strangler/Michael R. Perry, Stephen Gaghan/19
DATE/TIME/RATING: 1995-96, 1002/16h42 total, 14A Can

AMERICAN GUN
VERSION: Alliance Atlantis; Widescreen
CAST: Linda Cardellini, Tony Goldwyn, Marcia Gay Harden, Donald Sutherland, Forest Whitaker
DIRECTOR: Aric Avelino
WRITERS: Steven Bagatourian, Aric Avelino
GENRE: Drama
NOTES: Various lives are affected by gun violence.
LANGUAGES: English (spoken); Spanish (sub-titles)
FEATURES: None
DATE/TIME/RATING: 2005, 95/1h35, R US/14A Can http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0416471/

AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL
VERSION: Anchor Bay; Widescreen
CAST: Talan Torriero, Aubrey O'Day, Jillian Murray, Martin Klebba, Nikki Ziering, Brian Drolet, Ashley Cook
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Sean Patrick Cannon
GENRE: Comedy
NOTES: Misadventures during final week of Senior Year.
LANGUAGES: English (spoken/subtitles)
COMMENTARY: Writer/Director Sean Patrick Cannon, Producer Raquel Tolmaire, Actors Jillian Murray, Brian Drolet, Ashley Cook, Nick Shakoor (all but Tolmaire also in Deleted Scenes)
OTHER FEATURES: Deleted Scenes, Trailer, TV Spot
DATE/TIME/RATING: 2008, 86/1h26, R US

AMERICAN HISTORY X
VERSION: Alliance Atlantis
CAST: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Fairuza Balk, Elliot Gould, Stacy Keach, Beverly D’Angelo, Jennifer Lien, Ethan Suplee, Avery Brooks, William Russ, Guy Torry, Joe Cortese, Jason Bose-Smith, Antonio David Lyons, Alex Sol
DIRECTOR: Tony Kaye
WRITER: David McKenna
GENRE: Drama
NOTES: A reformed racist tries to reform his brother.
BOOKLET: 2 pages
LANGUAGES: English, French (spoken); English (subtitles)
CHAPTERS: 33
FEATURES: 3 Deleted Scenes, Theatrical Trailer, Cast & Crew (text)
DATE/TIME/RATING: 1998, 119/1h59, R US/18A Can

AMERICAN MOVIE
AKA: American Movie: The Making of Northwestern
VERSION: Sony Pictures Classics, Special Edition
CAST: Mark Borchardt, Mike Schank, Bill Borchardt, Tom Schimmels, Monica Borchardt, Alex Borchardt, Chris Borchardt, Ken Keen, Matt Weisman, Cliff Borchardt, Tom Beach, Joan Petrie, Robert Richard Jorge, Dean Allen
DIRECTOR: Chris Smith
GENRE: Documentary, Comedy
NOTES: True misadventures of the making of the short film Coven and attempts to make another film (Northwestern).
BOOKLET: 2 pages
LANGUAGES: English (spoken); English, Spanish (subtitles)
CHAPTERS: 28
COMMENTARY: Cast Mark Borchardt & Mike Schank, Director Chris Smith, Producer Sarah Price
OTHER FEATURES: Coven, Deleted Scenes, Theatrical Trailers, Web Link (DVD-ROM)
DATE/TIME/RATING: 2000, 104/1h44, R US/18A Can
Coven
CAST: Mark Borchardt, Mike Schank, Bill Borchardt, Sherrie Beaupre, Tom Dallace, Miriam Frost, Robert Richard Jorge, Tom Schimmels
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Mark Borchardt
GENRE: Horror
NOTES: An alcoholic runs afoul of a cult; B&W.
DATE/TIME/RATING: 1997, 40, about R


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