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Columbia in November

Time for our monthly look at Columbia Tristar's upcoming releases. It is getting close to Christmas and things should now be starting to hot up for the festive season, so let's see what Columbia have to offer in November.

First up is the critically acclaimed The Crimson Rivers. This French language film has won plenty of acclaim - not least for the excellent French DVD, and now English-only speakers/readers will get the chance to see what all the fuss is about. Starring Jean Reno (Leon) and Vincent Cassel (Le Pacte Des Loups), The Crimson Rivers (Les Rivières Pourpres) is very much in the mould of films such as Se7en. The same day, 300km apart two policemen are given two very distinctive cases - Pierre Niemans (Reno) is assigned to investigate a brutal murder while Max Kerkerian (Cassel) is investigating a desicated graveyard and in particular the grave of a child who disappeared 20 years previously. Soon both cases clash and the murder count grows. The DVD is surprisingly feature packed given the film's fairly low profile in the UK (it was a huge hit in France). We can expect a 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer and a number of extras totalling 2.5 hourse spread over two discs. While we don't have all the details we can expect ten featurettes covering the making of the film which include multiple angles and a Director and cast audio commentary. This two disc set will retail for £22.99 and is due on 26 November.

Timothy Olyphant, Matt McGrath, Dean Cain, John Mahoney and Andrew Keegan star in The Broken Hearts Club. The DVD is looks like it could be fairly good and will feature:

  • 7 Deleted Scenes
  • Director's commentary
  • Trailers
  • Filmographies
The retail price for The Broken Hearts Club is £19.99 and the release date is 5 November.

Summer 'comedy', Evolution starring David Duchovny, Julianne Moore, Seann William Scott and Orlando Jones is due on 10 December. Directed by Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters), the film tackles the theory of evolution. When a meteor bearing millions of single-celled organisms hits the Arizona desert, they begin to multiply and evolve at an alarming rate. The only people to stand between these new creatures and impending world domination are Ira (Duchovny), his eccentric geologist friend (Jones), a government scientist (Moore) and a wannabe fireman (Scott). The DVD will include:
  • HBO Making-Of featurette
  • Tech TV special featurette
  • Deleted scenes
  • Director's commentary
  • Talent files
  • Trailers
As usual, the retail price will be £19.99.

Another feature packed release is Joe Dirt, the story of a garbage man (David Spade) and his search for the family that abandoned him as a child. This road trip sees him encounter many wierd and wonderful people including the 'babe next door' (Brittany Daniel), a janitor (Christopher Walken) and a psychotic cannibal. The DVD will include:
  • Director's commentary
  • Outtakes and bloopers
  • Seven deleted and alternate scenes
  • Weblink
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Cross-promotional trailers
  • Filmographies
Joe Dirt is due for release on 19 November.

The rest of the month's releases look like this:

Cape Fear Boxset, £24.99, 5 November
Cape Fear (1991) Features: Featurette, 79 minute making-of documentary, deleted scenes, 3 behind-the-scenes segments, photo gallery, matt painting montage, production notes, filmographies
Cape Fear (1962) Features: 28 minute documentary, photos, theatrical trailer, production notes, filmographies

From Here To Eternity, £19.99, 5 November
Features: Theatrical trailer, making-of, Excerpt from "Fred Zinnemann: As I See It", feature-length commentary by the director's son, filmographies

Head Over Heels, £19.99, 26 November
Features: Spotlight on location, theatrical trailer, production notes, filmographies

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