Originally created 09/02/04

What's new on dvd

Here's a look at what's new in DVD and video this week, and a chart of release dates:


Trey Parker and Matt Stone's DVD features the animated show's episode spoofing Mr. Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, the movie inspiring Jew-baiting Cartman to organize a "final solution," shaming Kyle into loathing his Jewish heritage, and sending Stan and Kenny on a quest to get their money back from Mr. Gibson after they see the film and hate it. The disc includes two other South Park episodes with church themes.

THE LION KING 2: SIMBA'S PRIDE (disney, $29.99)

The straight-to-video follow-up of the Disney animated blockbuster reunites voice stars Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Robert Guillaume and Nathan Lane, with vocal additions from Neve Campbell, Suzanne Pleshette and Andy Dick. The tale picks up with boss cat Simba and his daughter facing a new coup attempt by their power-hungry kin. The two-disc set features a new animated short film, a making-of feature on the sequel, a music video, live-action background about real lions and set-top games to keep the children occupied between movies.


David Cronenberg's visceral, grisly 1983 cult film is both horror tale and satire whose exploration of our psychological dependence on visual technology has gained relevance in the two decades since its release. James Woods stars as a cable-TV producer obsessed with a brutally explicit mystery broadcast called Videodrome. Mr. Cronenberg and his cinematographer provide one audio commentary, while Mr. Woods and co-star Deborah Harry reunite for separate commentary. The two-disc set also has a feature about the movie's visual and makeup effects, Mr. Cronenberg's 2000 short film Camera and a 1981 roundtable talk featuring Mr. Cronenberg and directors John Carpenter and John Landis.


Gene Roddenberry's 1960s series boldly went to new heights in sci-fi with issues of the day - racism, the Cold War, the environment - cleverly couched in a futuristic context. An eight-disc set has the first 29 episodes of the starship Enterprise's space odyssey, accompanied by fresh interviews with William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy and a good documentary examining the struggle to put the show on the air. The set is a space-saver from the previous single DVDs, which carried two episodes each. Season two is due out Nov. 7 and season three in December.


Moose and squirrel are back with 52 episodes of Jay Ward's animated TV classic. Along with dopey moose Bullwinkle and flying squirrel Rocky, the show features their nemeses Boris and Natasha, plus brainy canine Mr. Peabody and Canadian Mountie Dudley Do-Right. The four-disc set includes an interview with June Foray, the voice of Rocky.


Yet another crime thriller with Ashley Judd, this time playing a homicide detective who becomes the prime suspect in a serial-killer case. Samuel L. Jackson and Andy Garcia co-star. The DVD has commentary from director Philip Kaufman and 10 deleted and extended scenes.


TUESDAY: DC 9/11: Time of Crisis, Jersey Girl, The Ladykillers, The Punisher, Soul Plane, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter ... and Spring, and The United States of Leland

SEPT. 14: Baadassss!, Close Your Eyes, Icemaker, Man on Fire, Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles: The Movie, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, and Young Adam

SEPT. 21: Carandiru, Coffee and Cigarettes, A Jersey Tale, and Mean Girls

SEPT. 28: The Alamo, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, My Best Friend's Wife, and Walking Tall

OCT. 5: Saved!

OCT. 12: Breakin' All the Rules, Bush's Brain, The Day After Tomorrow and The Mother, and Raising Helen

fileWilliam Shatner, at right, and Leonard Nimoy starred in the original Star Trek. The complete first season is now available on DVD.


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