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New Releases on Video/DVD

There are some interesting video/DVD releases slated for April 9, 2002, including "Mulholland Drive," "Serendipity," and "Spy Game." Let's take a look at these films, along with a few additional releases of interest, and take a sneak peek at next week's videos and DVDs.


"Mulholland Drive" (2001)

DVD release - Mulholland Drive - DVD - cover art





 

Tagline: "A love story in the city of dreams."

Length: 145 minutes
MPAA Rating: R for violence, language and some strong sexuality

Written and directed by David Lynch ("Blue Velvet," "Twin Peaks"), "Mulholland Drive" was a big hit at film festivals and much-admired by the art house crowd during its theatrical release. "Mulholland Drive" is a weird drama that tells a noirish tale of Hollywood, but be advised that it celebrates the irrational and seemingly defies logical explanation. Betty (Naomi Watts) is an aspiring movie actress who travels from Canada to Hollywood. There she encounters an amnesia victim (Laura Elena Hastings), who takes the name Rita from a poster for "Gilda." As Betty and Rita try to discover Rita's real identity, they become romantically involved. Meanwhile, film director Adam Kesher (Justin Theroux) is pressured to hire an actress named Camilla Rhodes to star in his upcoming movie. Four out of every five critics on Rotten Tomatoes liked "Mulholland Drive."

Selected Special DVD Features:

  • Widescreen Anamorphic Format
  • Production Notes
  • Dolby

Formats Available: The above information on special features refers to the DVD; this film is also available on VHS.


"Serendipity" (2001)

John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale in Serendipity - DVD Release - Serendipity - DVD - cover art





 

Tagline: "Can once in a lifetime happen twice?"

Length: 90 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for a scene of sexuality, and for brief language

This romantic comedy stars John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. While Christmas shopping at Bloomingdale's in Manhattan, Jon (Cusack) and Kate (Beckinsale) meet when they try to buy the same pair of gloves. Although each of them is already dating someone else, they are attracted to each other and spend a little time together. They set up a series of tests to see if they are fated to be together, but when the tests prove unsuccessful, they go their separate ways. A few years later Kate is living in San Francisco, where she is engaged to a Yanni-like musician, while Jon has remained in New York, where his wedding day is fast approaching. Independently, Kate and Jon conclude that they may be on the verge of missing out on the perfect mate, and each sets out to track down the other and find out if they were meant for each other.

Selected Special DVD Features:

  • Director's Production Diary
  • Deleted Scenes With Director's Commentary
  • Widescreen Anamorphic Format

Formats Available: The above information on special features refers to the DVD; this film is also available on VHS.


"Spy Game" (2001)

Robert Redford and Brad Pitt star in the thriller Spy Game - spy game DVD cover - DVD Release April 9





 

Tagline: "It's not how you play the game. It's how the game plays you."

Length: 126 minutes
MPAA Rating: R for language, some violence and brief sexuality

Robert Redford and Brad Pitt star in this spy thriller. Redford plays Nathan Muir, a veteran CIA officer who is about to retire. On his last day with the Agency, Muir learns that his former protégé Tom Bishop (Brad Pitt) is about to be executed in a Chinese prison. In flashback, the relationship between Muir and Bishop is sketched from Vietnam to Berlin to Beirut, where Bishop had a romantic relationship with a British woman named Elizabeth Hadley (Catherine McCormack). Muir desperately wants to save Bishop, but it quickly becomes clear to the veteran that the Agency brass would prefer to let his former protégé die than to risk having anything get in the way of a trade agreement between the United States and China. As Muir struggles to arrange a rescue for Bishop, he has to rely on everything he's learned over his long career.

Selected Special DVD Features:

  • Director's Commentary by Tony Scott
  • Deleted Scenes With Director's Commentary
  • Widescreen Anamorphic Format

Formats Available: The above information on special features refers to the DVD; this film is also available on VHS.



Additional Releases of Interest:

"Joseph Campbell - Mythos"

Selected Special DVD Features:

  • Three-Disc Set

Formats Available: The above information on special features refers to the DVD; this film is also available on VHS.


"No Man's Land" (2001)

Selected Special DVD Features:

  • Full-Screen and Widescreen Anamorphic Formats

Formats Available: The above information on special features refers to the DVD; this film is also available on VHS.

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