Sunday, January 28, 2007

DVD Releases - Jan. 30

“Catch a Fire” (PG-13) - Largely overlooked in theaters, this fact-based thriller is set in 1980s South Africa, as Patrick Chamusso (Derek Luke) is wrongly accused of sabotaging an oil refinery where he works. The government’s treatment of him and his family leads to Chamusso becoming a guerilla working to fight apartheid. Tim Robbins co-stars in this film directed by Philip Noyce (“Clear and Present Danger”).
Extras: Commentary including Luke, Robbins, Noyce and Chamusso himself, and deleted scenes.
Official Web site

“Flyboys: Collector’s Edition” (PG-13) - This action flick follows the exploits of the Lafayette Escadrille, a group of young Americans who volunteered to fly with the French military prior to the United States entering World War I. James Franco, Philip Winchester and Jean Reno are among the stars in this special effects-filled movie.
Extras: This two-disc collection includes audio commentary from director Tony Bill and producer Dean Devlin, numerous featurettes on various aspects of the production and deleted scenes.
Official Web site

“I Dream of Jeannie: Season 3” - Jeannie (Barbara Eden) and Major Nelson (Larry Hagman) are back for the third season, which consisted of 26 episodes, including several shot on location in Hawaii and the debut of Jeanie’s evil twin sister.
Extras: Well, no, unless “bonus previews” count.
No official Web site.

“Law and Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 3” - The third season of the “Law and Order” spin-off series that has become the most popular of them all at this point, makes it DVD debut. Oddly enough, “Law and Order” seems to like releasing their DVDs out of order, as season five has actually been out for more than two years. Well, that makes sense. Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T and Richard Belzer star.
Extras: Nothing. Cha-chung!
Official Web site

“Open Season” (PG) - Yes, it’s another animated talking animal movie, but this one’s got Ashton Kutcher! He voices a deer who teams up with a giant domesticated grizzly bear (voiced by Martin Lawrence) as they try to outsmart hunters, just as open season begins.
Extras: Filmmakers commentary, deleted scenes, a music video, a “Wheel of Fortune” Forest Edition game, and much more.
Official Web site

“The Silence of the Lambs: Collector’s Edition” (R) - The Oscar-winning thriller gets a new release in what is at least its third incarnation on DVD. I’m not sure, but could this have anything to do with the pending release of “Hannibal Rising” in movie theaters Feb. 9? Crass cross-promotion? Perish the thought!
Extras: A making-of documentary, multiple featurettes, lots of deleted scenes, an outtakes reel and an Anthony Hopkins phone message.
No official Web site.

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