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"The Fast and the Furious"

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Tagline: "If loyalties must be broken, if the lines must be crossed, do it fast, do it furious."

Length: 106 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, sexual content and language

Vin Diesel and Paul Walker star in this action film about urban street racing. Brian (Walker) is a Los Angeles policeman who goes undercover to investigate a series of truck hijackings. The police suspect that street racers are responsible for the hijackings and assign Brian to infiltrate a gang of them headed up by Dominic (Diesel). Soon Brian finds himself in a world where people eat, sleep, and breathe transforming ordinary Japanese cars into high-performance vehicles and drag racing them on the streets. Along the way Brian starts to fall for Dominic’s sister (Jordana Brewster), and he also meets a feisty female gang member (Michelle Rodriguez). All this leads to some exciting action sequences, and the film is generally visually arresting, featuring some great shots of customized cars and auto parts.

Selected Special DVD Features:

  • 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.

    "The Glass House"

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    Tagline: "Be careful who you trust."

    Length: 106 minutes
    MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sinister thematic elements, violence, drug content and language

    In this thriller, 16-year-old Ruby (Leelee Sobieski) and her younger brother Rhett (Trevor Morgan) are suddenly orphaned when their parents are killed in an automobile accident. The family attorney (Bruce Dern) tells the kids that their parents have left them a $4 million trust fund and that they will live with Terry and Erin Glass (Stellan Skarsgard and Diane Lane) in their large glass house in Malibu. But as Ruby and Rhett try to adapt to their new situation, we gradually become aware that the Glasses are up to some sort of diabolical scheme and the kids are in danger. There’s some creepily moody cinematography in "The Glass House," but 80 percent of the critics on the Rotten Tomatoes Web site found the movie to be rotten.

    Selected Special DVD Features:

  • Production Notes
  • Director's Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • 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.

    "Greenfingers"

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    Length: 91 minutes
    MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexuality

    "Greenfingers" is a good-natured, slight British comedy about convicts who learn enough about growing flowers that they have a shot at competing in a prestigious show. In an "open prison" in the Cotswolds, Colin Briggs (Clive Owen) is doing time for murder when he stumbles upon the fact that he seems to have a gift for growing flowers. Colin quickly becomes quite enthusiastic about his new-found interest, and when the warden furnishes him and some other convicts with tools and land, they become downright passionate about growing flowers. The prisoners cultivate such an impressive garden that it attracts the attention of Georgina Woodhouse (Helen Mirren), a famous writer and gardener, and she tries to arrange for the convicts to enter their flowers in a major competition, but complications arise.

    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.

    "What’s the Worst That Could Happen?"

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    Tagline: "It takes a thief to nail a crook."

    Length: 97 minutes
    MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language and sexual content

    Martin Lawrence and Danny DeVito star in this crime comedy. Kevin Caffery (Lawrence), a professional thief, becomes romantically involved with a beautiful young woman named Amber, who gives him a ring. Later, Kevin attempts to rob an unoccupied house belonging to a crooked millionaire named Max Fairbanks (DeVito), but Max unexpectedly turns out to be in the house with a girlfriend. When the police arrive, Max lies to them and winds up with the ring Amber gave to Kevin. Most of the rest of the movie involves Kevin trying to get the ring back from Max, and we also see Max embroiled in a number of legal problems resulting from his life of white-collar crime. Eighty-eight percent of the critics on the Rotten Tomatoes Web site found this movie to be rotten, but Martin Lawrence fans may not care.

    Selected Special DVD Features:

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

    Additional Releases of Interest:

    "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai" Special Edition (1984)

    Selected Special DVD Features:

  • Commentary by Director W.D. Richter
  • Making-Of Documentary
  • Easter Eggs
  • Widescreen Anamorphic Format
  • Formats Available: The above information on special features refers to the DVD; this film is also available on VHS.

    "American Beauty" The Awards Edition (1999)

    Selected Special DVD Features:

  • Commentary with Director Sam Mendes and Screenwriter Alan Ball
  • Storyboard Commentary by Director Mendes and Director of Photography Conrad Hall
  • Making-Of Featurette
  • Widescreen Anamorphic Format
  • Formats Available: The above information on special features refers to the DVD; this film is also available on VHS.

    "The Deer Hunter" (1978)

    Selected Special DVD Features:

  • Production Notes
  • Widescreen Letterbox Format
  • Formats Available: The above information on special features refers to the DVD; this film is also available on VHS.

    "Mad Max" Special Edition (1980)

    Selected Special DVD Features:

  • Digitally Remastered Transfer
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Photo Gallery
  • Full-Screen and Widescreen Anamorphic Formats
  • Trivia
  • Formats Available: The above information on special features refers to the DVD; this film is also available on VHS.

    "To Kill A Mockingbird" Collector's Edition (1962)

    Selected Special DVD Features:

  • Production Notes
  • Widescreen Letterbox Format
  • Formats Available: The above information on special features refers to the DVD; this film is also available on VHS.

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