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Part 3: A Sneak Peek at Next Week's Releases on Video/DVD

There are some interesting video/DVD releases slated for next week, including "The Bourne Identity," "Harrison's Flowers," "One Week," "S1M0ne," and "Tadpole." Let's take a look at these movies on DVD and video, along with some additional releases of interest.

January 21 - Video and DVD Releases

"The Bourne Identity" (2002)

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Tagline: "He was the perfect weapon until he became the target."

Length: 119 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence and some language

Matt Damon stars in this slick action movie about spies. Damon plays a man with two bullet wounds who is pulled out of the Mediterranean Sea. He suffers from amnesia, but there's a Swiss bank account number on him. In Zurich, he accesses a safe deposit box containing money and a passport in the name of Jason Bourne, a Paris resident. Using the Bourne identity, he hires an adventurous woman named Marie (Franka Potente) to drive him to Paris, and they start to fall for each other. Meanwhile, at CIA headquarters in Virginia, agents work up a plan to deal with Bourne, who is one of their trained assassins. As Bourne and Marie try to figure out what is going on, the CIA dispatches a team to kill him. Bourne must avoid the killers any way he can, resulting in martial arts and chase sequences.

Selected Special DVD Features:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Ending
  • Music Video

    Formats Available: The above information on special features refers to the DVD. Check for availability on VHS.

    "Harrison's Flowers" (2000)

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    Tagline: "Sometimes love is the only proof you need."

    Length: 130 minutes
    MPAA Rating: R for strong war violence and gruesome images, pervasive language and brief drug use

    Set in the war-torn Balkans in 1991, this drama stars Andie MacDowell. MacDowell plays Sarah Lloyd, mother of two and wife of photojournalist Harrison Lloyd (David Strathairn). Harrison enjoys caring for his flowers when he's home in the United States, but his work requires him to spend a lot of time in overseas hotspots. After Harrison goes on assignment to Yugoslavia, Sarah is notified that he has been killed there, although his body has not been recovered. Seeking closure, she goes to Yugoslavia to investigate for herself. With the help of three other photojournalists (Elias Koteas, Brendan Gleeson, Adrien Brody), Sarah sets out to find out what happened to her husband. The movie is perhaps at its best when it depicts the brutal violence Sarah witnesses as she pursues her quest in the Balkans.

    Selected Special DVD Features:

  • Widescreen
  • Closed-Captioned

    Formats Available: The above information on special features refers to the DVD. Check for availability on VHS.

    "One Week" (2000)

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    Tagline: "Before you have sex again see ... "

    Length: 97 minutes
    MPAA Rating: R for strong language, some drug use, sexual content and brief violence

    Set in Chicago, this low-budget indie drama tells a cautionary tale about young African Americans and AIDS. Varon Thomas (Kenny Young) is a few days away from marrying Kiya (Saadiqa Muhammad) when he is told that someone who tested positive for HIV has listed him as a recent sex partner. Varon's blood is taken for an HIV test, but his results won't be available until a couple of days after his wedding is scheduled to take place. It turns out that Varon's close friend Tyco (Eric Lane) is on the same partner notification list, and the two young men try to figure out which woman exposed them to HIV. Meanwhile, Varon wrestles with the problem of how to discuss the situation with his bride-to-be. "One Week" is earnest, offers good dialogue, and manages to leaven its seriousness with humor.

    Selected Special DVD Features:

  • Widescreen Anamorphic Format

    Formats Available: The above information on special features refers to the DVD. Check for availability on VHS.

    "S1M0ne" (2002)

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    Tagline: "A star is ... created."

    Length: 117 minutes
    MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sensuality

    Al Pacino stars in this comedy about a Hollywood director who uses a computer-generated actress in one of his movies. Viktor Taransky (Pacino) has directed a string of flops, and the studio head (Catherine Keener), who is also his ex-wife, is about to give up on him. His current production runs into big problems when the temperamental star (Winona Ryder) quits. Then Taransky comes into possession of computer software that allows the use of a realistic-looking computer-generated performer in a movie, and he creates Simone (played by Rachel Roberts, a human). The name Simone is derived from the first three letters in each word in the name of the software: Simulation One. When Taransky's movie is a hit, the media and the public clamor for the new star Simone, but he tries to keep everything secret.

    Selected Special DVD Features:

  • Widescreen Anamorphic Format

    Formats Available: The above information on special features refers to the DVD. Check for availability on VHS.

    "Tadpole" (2002)

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    Tagline: "Everyone says he should date girls his own age. Oscar respectfully disagrees."

    Length: 78 minutes
    MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, mature thematic elements and language

    This low-budget comedy was an audience favorite at Sundance. The story centers around Oscar (Aaron Stanford), a precocious 15-year-old who attends prep school and quotes Voltaire a lot. Over Thanksgiving break, Oscar returns to his home on Manhattan's Upper East Side. It turns out that Oscar is infatuated with his forty-something stepmother Eve (Sigourney Weaver), yet he seems to be on good terms with his father (John Ritter). Then Oscar gets drunk and has sex with Eve's best friend Diane (Bebe Neuwirth), who is also in her forties. Far from being happy about having made love with the good-looking older woman, the sensitive Oscar feels terrible because it's his stepmother he's smitten with. The humor in the film revolves around how Oscar, his dad, Eve, and Diane deal with the situation.

    Selected Special DVD Features:

  • Widescreen Anamorphic Format

    Formats Available: The above information on special features refers to the DVD. Check for availability on VHS.

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