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Part 1: This Week's New Releases on Video/DVD

by Ivana Redwine

There are some interesting video/DVD releases slated for July 13, 2004, including "Against the Ropes," "Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London," "The Barbarian Invasions," "The Dreamers," and "Never Die Alone." In addition, we'll take a sneak peek at next week's movies on video/DVD.

July 13, 2004 - Video and DVD Releases


"Against the Ropes"

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Tagline: "She gave the boxing world the one-two punch they never saw coming."

Length: 111 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for crude language, violence, brief sensuality and some drug material

Meg Ryan stars in this sports drama, playing a character inspired by real-life boxing promoter Jackie Kallen. Although Kallen's first boxer turns out to be a junkie, she then takes on green middleweight Luther Shaw (Omar Epps). She brings a trainer out of retirement to handle Shaw, and he starts winning. But Kallen faces an uphill battle as the lone woman in a male-dominated world, and things get worse when the publicity goes to her head.

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.

    "Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London"

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    Tagline: "Adventure is an attitude."

    Length: 100 minutes
    MPAA Rating: PG for action violence and some crude humor

    Frankie Muniz returns as the star of this kids' action-adventure movie, the sequel to "Agent Cody Banks" (2003). This time around, Cody is a 16-year-old C.I.A. agent assigned to travel to London. There he poses as a musical prodigy while trying to stop villains from gaining possession of a mind-control device that fits inside a tooth. Hilary Duff, costar of the earlier film, is absent from the sequel, where Anthony Anderson has an important role.

    Selected Special DVD Features:

  • Full-Screen and Widescreen Anamorphic Formats

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

    "The Barbarian Invasions"

     DVD








    Tagline: "A provocative new comedy about sex, friendship, and all other things that invade our lives."

    Length: 99 minutes
    MPAA Rating: R for language, sexual dialogue and drug content

    Written and directed by Denys Arcand, this French-language drama is about the death from illness of a Montreal history professor named Rémy. But Rémy's son Sébastien has gotten rich in the London financial arena, and he uses his wealth to make his father's passing as pleasant as possible. Using heroin to ease his pain, Rémy is surrounded by old friends, and they look back over the years at lives fully lived, suffusing the movie with wit and joy.

    Selected Special DVD Features:

  • Region 1

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

    "The Dreamers"

     DVD








    Length: 115 minutes
    MPAA Rating: NC-17 for explicit sexual content (uncut version of this movie). There is also cut version of this movie that is rated "R."

    Bernardo Bertolucci directed this English-language drama, which is available for home viewing in two versions, one rated NC-17, the other R. The movie chronicles the quirky relationship that develops among three young adults in Paris during the 1968 civil unrest. There's lots of nudity as the trio explore their sexuality against the political backdrop. But cinephiles will delight in the many references in "The Dreamers" to old films.

    Selected Special DVD Features:

  • Available in R-Rated and NC-17 Rated Editions

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

    "Never Die Alone"

     DVD








    Tagline: "No king rules forever."

    Length: 88 minutes
    MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, drug use, sexuality and language

    DMX and David Arquette star in this crime drama. DMX plays a drug dealer known as King David, who dies, leaving behind a diary on audiotape. When aspiring journalist Paul (Arquette) comes into possession of King David's tapes, he begins an investigation into the drug dealer's life and death. Via the audiotapes, King David narrates his own story from beyond the grave, and Paul learns a lot, putting the journalist in grave danger.

    Selected Special DVD Features:

  • Deleted Scenes With Optional Director's Commentary

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

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