Originally created 10/06/04

New home-video releases



Selected home-video releases:

"Fahrenheit 9/11"

Michael Moore roasts President Bush in the most prominent film project yet that deals with the Sept. 11 attacks. Moore's assault, the first documentary ever to top $100 million at the domestic box office, accuses Bush of sleeping on the job in the months before Sept. 11 then manufacturing fear of more terrorism to secure public support for the war in Iraq. The DVD includes a featurette on the movie's release, from its top honors at the Cannes Film Festival through its opening weekend playing to packed houses. Among other extras are a sequence with Arab-American comedians discussing the tightrope they had to walk after Sept. 11 and a heartfelt moment with Lila Lipscomb, the mother Moore features who lost her son in the Iraq war, speaking at the film's Washington premiere. DVD, $28.95. (Columbia TriStar)

More on Politics:

"Michael Moore: DVD Collector's Set" - If you crave more Moore, this set includes his Academy Award-winning gun-control documentary "Bowling for Columbine" and his corporate-bashing road trip "The Big One," plus an extra disc with a featurette, "39 Cities in 23 Days," following Moore during an outspoken book tour for "Dude, Where's My Country?" DVD set, $29.98. (MGM)

"Horns and Halos" - J.H. Hatfield's George W. Bush biography "Fortunate Son," which alleged a Bush cover-up of a 1972 arrest for cocaine possession, was recalled amid a revelation Hatfield had concealed his conviction for trying to have a co-worker killed. Filmmakers Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky spin an absorbing chronicle of Hatfield and a small underground publisher as they struggle to get the book back on the shelves. The two-disc includes commentary and expanded interviews. DVD set, $24.98. (Go Kart Films)

"The War Room" - The making of a president. With great humor and insight, D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus' 1993 documentary lays open the behind-the-scenes machinations that went into Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign, the film centering on combustible campaign manager James Carville and steadfast communications director George Stephanopoulos. The DVD includes a new introduction by the filmmakers. DVD, $14.98. (Universal)

"Deadline" - Katy Chevigny and Kirsten Johnson follow the fierce capital-punishment debate as Republican Illinois Gov. George Ryan commuted the sentences of 167 death row inmates in his last days in office after Northwestern University journalism students uncovered information that innocent men had been condemned to die. DVD, $29.95. (Home Vision)

"Aladdin"

Disney's 1992 animated hit features the manic voice of Robin Williams for the Genie who grants three wishes to everyday guy Aladdin after he frees the mischievous lamp-dweller. The two-disc set outlines two deleted scenes and a deleted song, "Proud of Your Boy," which is performed in a music video by Clay Aiken. Other extras include a making-of featurette and a new music video of the Academy Award-winning song "A Whole New World" by Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey. "Aladdin" also is available in a collector's gift set that comes with character sketches, a frame of film from the movie and a companion book. DVD set, $29.99; collector's set, $49.99. (Disney)

"Friday the 13th: From Crystal Lake to Manhattan"

The first eight of the "Friday the 13th" horror tales are gathered in a five-disc set, from unstoppable slasher Jason Voorhees' early career as a meat cutter around Camp Crystal Lake, through his many resurrections, to his trip to the big city in "Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan." The set offers deleted scenes, an eight-part featurette on the movies featuring cast members and directors, background on props used in the flicks and an examination of the gory makeup effects in some of the films. DVD set, $79.99. (Paramount)

"The Shawshank Redemption"

For its 10th anniversary, Frank Darabont's tale of camaraderie and reclamation involving two prison pals gets a DVD makeover in a two-disc set. Adapted from a Stephen King novella, the film stars Tim Robbins as a banker framed for murder, who perseveres with plans for escape and forges an unlikely friendship with a fellow inmate (Morgan Freeman). Darabont offers commentary, and the set features a reunion with Darabont, Robbins and Freeman in an interview on "The Charlie Rose Show." Also included is a spoof short film, "The Sharktank Redemption," starring Freeman's son. The set also comes in deluxe edition that includes a book about the film and a compact disc of Thomas Newman's musical score. DVD set, $26.99; Deluxe DVD set, $44.99. (Warner Bros.)

TV on DVD:

"Dawson's Creek: The Complete Fourth Season" - A four-disc set packs all 23 episodes from season four of the teen soap opera as stars Katie Holmes, James Van Der Beek and pals head into senior year. Producer Paul Stupin provides commentary on some episodes. DVD set, $49.95. (Columbia TriStar)

"What's Happening! The Complete Second Season" - Teen buddies Raj, Dwayne and Rerun return in a three-disc set with 22 episodes from year two of the 1970s sitcom about a troublesome trio whose hijinks always leave them with important lessons to be learned. DVD set, 29.95. (Columbia TriStar)

Other new releases:

"Saved!" - A thoughtful, funny teen tale about a good girl (Jena Malone) at a Christian school who gets an education in hypocrisy when she deals with peers' self-righteousness over her pregnancy. Co-starring Mandy Moore and Macaulay Culkin, the film is accompanied by commentary with director Brian Dannelly and deleted scenes. DVD, $26.98. (MGM)

"The Untouchables" - Brian De Palma's 1987 gangster epic stars Kevin Costner as G-Man Elliot Ness and Sean Connery as his mentor as they set out to take down Chicago kingpin Al Capone (Robert De Niro). The new DVD version has five background featurettes. DVD, $19.99. (Paramount)

"Deep Impact" - Robert Duvall, Morgan Freeman, Tea Leoni and Elijah Wood star in the first of 1998's dueling asteroid disaster flicks. The DVD reissue features commentary with director Mimi Leder and four background featurettes. DVD, $14.99. (Paramount)

"The Decline of the American Empire" - The DVD debut for Denys Arcand's predecessor to last year's Oscar-winning foreign-language flick "The Barbarian Invasions." The wickedly funny 1986 tale centers on a gaggle of randy intellectuals as they consider their sexual conquests and their place in the world. DVD, $24.98. (Koch Lorber)

"The Five Obstructions" - Lars von Trier ("Dogville," "Dancer in the Dark") puts filmmaker Jorgen Leth through his creative paces, challenging him to do five remakes of his 1967 short film "The Perfect Human." Each time, von Trier creates a roadblock forcing Leth to reimagine the essence of the original. DVD extras include Leth's original short film. DVD, $24.98. (Koch Lorber)