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Coming Soon to Video and DVD
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 "25th Hour," "Adaptation," "Antwone Fisher," and "Star Trek: Nemesis." Let's take a look at these movies on DVD and video, along with some additional releases of interest.

May 20, 2003 - Video and DVD Releases

“25th Hour” (2002)

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Tagline: "Can you change your whole life in a day?"

Length: 135 minutes
MPAA Rating: R for strong language and some violence

Spike Lee directed this drama that stars Edward Norton. Set in New York, the film chronicles the last day of freedom of drug dealer Monty Brogan (Norton) before he begins serving a seven-year prison term. Monty spends much of the time with his best friends, high school teacher Jacob Elinsky (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and investment banker Frank Slaughtery (Barry Pepper). In addition, he spends some time with his father (Brian Cox), a retired fireman who runs a bar. Along the way, Monty tries to figure out if his girlfriend (Rosario Dawson) turned him in. He also must wrap things up with some Russian mobsters and find a home for a dog he rescued. Meanwhile, Elinsky must deal with his attraction to one of his students (Anna Paquin). There's not much of a plot—this is more of a mood piece.

Selected Special DVD Features:

  • Widescreen

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

    “Adaptation” (2002) Superbit Collection

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    Tagline: "Charlie Kaufman writes the way he lives ... with great difficulty. His twin brother Donald lives the way he writes ... with foolish abandon. Susan writes about life ... but can't live it. John's life is a book ... waiting to be adapted. One story ... four lives ... a million ways it can end."

    Length: 114 minutes
    MPAA Rating: R for language, sexuality, some drug use and violent images

    "Adaptation" was nominated for four Academy Awards and won for Best Supporting Actor (Chris Cooper). The film stars Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep, was directed by Spike Jonze, and written by Charlie Kaufman. This is an offbeat comedy about adapting a book into a movie, and it freely mixes fact with fiction. In "Adaptation," Charlie Kaufman (Cage) is a neurotic screenwriter who is hired to write a screenplay based on a book by Susan Orlean (Streep). The book, titled "The Orchid Thief," is about a colorful man named John Laroche (Cooper). Charlie's frustration drives him close to madness as he tries to adapt the book, which he comes to believe to be unfilmable. Meanwhile, Charlie's twin brother Donald (also played by Nicolas Cage) makes big bucks by churning out a formulaic screenplay.

    Selected Special DVD Features:

  • High Definition
  • Widescreen Anamorphic Format

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

    “Antwone Fisher” (2002)

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    Tagline: "Inspired by a true story."

    Length: 120 minutes
    MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, language and mature thematic material involving child abuse

    Based on a true story, this emotional drama was directed by and stars Denzel Washington. However, the central role is played by newcomer Derek Luke, who gives a fine performance. Antwone Fisher (Luke) is a troubled young African-American sailor in the U.S. Navy who frequently gets into fights. He is ordered to see psychiatrist Dr. Jerome Davenport (Washington), and the result of his sessions will determine whether or not he will be discharged. Davenport and Fisher gradually make progress, and along the way, Fisher begins to date a nice woman named Cheryl (Joy Bryant). Eventually, Davenport advises Fisher he must come to terms with his past, and Fisher sets off on a journey to do just that. But Davenport has some problems, too, and his working with Fisher is good for both men.

    Selected Special DVD Features:

  • Available in Widescreen and Full-Screen Editions

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

    “Star Trek: Nemesis” (2002)

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    Tagline: "A generation's final journey ... begins."

    Length: 116 minutes
    MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and peril and a scene of sexual content

    This is the tenth "Star Trek" film, and the fourth movie starring the cast from "The Next Generation" TV series. Appearing in this film are Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard, Jonathan Frakes as Riker, Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi, Brent Spiner as Data, LeVar Burton as Geordi, Michael Dorn as Worf, and Gates McFadden as Dr. Crusher. After Commander William T. Riker and Counselor Deanna Troi get married, Captain Picard and his crew head out on the starship Enterprise. They soon stumble across parts of an android that is apparently a prototype for Data. Then the Enterprise crew goes on a mission to talk peace with a Romulan Empire leader called Shinzon. But Shinzon turns out to be an evil clone of Picard, and he has a seemingly invincible weapon capable of destroying Earth.

    Selected Special DVD Features:

  • Available in Widescreen and Full-Screen Editions
  • Director's Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes

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

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