MGM's July Schedule

MGM Home Entertainment have announced their UK Region 2 DVD release schedule for July that encompasses a range of genres from Westerns to Soul Cinema! Below is a quick rundown of what is heading your way and following that is the full text from the Press Release...

July 7th 2003: Soul Cinema catalogue titles - £12.99 each

  • Coffy
  • Black Mama, White Mama
  • Black Ceaser
  • Truck Turner
  • Foxy Brown *£15.99 RRP
July 14th 2003: Comedy catalogue titles - £12.99 each
  • Undercover Blues
  • The Couch Trip
  • Fatal Instinct
  • Sibling Rivalry
  • U.H.F
July 21st 2003: Western and Crime catalogue titles - £12.99 each
  • Quigley Down Under
  • A Fistful Of Dynamite
  • At Close Range
  • Thief
  • Harley Davidson & The Marlboro Man
  • Killer Elite
  • Thunderbolt & Lightfoot
  • True Confessions
July 28th 2003: Stargate SG-1 Season 6
  • Stargate SG-1 Volume 30 - £19.99 RRP
The only title with any bonus features is the latest Stargate SG-1 DVD. Details on that and a synopsis for all of the above can be found below...

July 7th 2003: Soul Cinema - Comin' Atcha!

Have a soulful summer! MGM Home Entertainment is releasing the best of blaxploitation: FOXY BROWN; COFFY; BLACK MAMA, WHITE MAMA; BLACK CAESAR and TRUCK TURNER to buy on DVD from 7 July 2003. FOXY BROWN. will be available to buy for the funky price of £15.99 - all the others for £12.99 each (RRP).

With great performances from 70's sex goddess PAM GRIER and directed by JACK HILL among others, these eagerly awaited blaxploitation titles are now hailed as cult classics having influenced a host of filmmakers including Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction.

FOXY BROWN is one of the ultimate Grier/ Hill team-ups as it made the halter-topped, Capri-panted Grier queen of the genre. She's brown sugar and spice but if you don't treat her nice she'll put you on ice! Also stars ANTONIO FARGAS (Starsky & Hutch's Huggy Bear).

“They call her Coffy and she'll cream you!” In classic COFFY avenging angel Grier masquerades as a junkie to infiltrate a drugs cartel and take revenge on the mob who turned her little sister into a catatonic addict. One of the highlights is the show-stopping all-female brawl in which Coffy single-handedly fights some prostitutes - ripping the tops off of each one who comes within range and even hiding razor blades in her hair for the unlucky girl who dares to pull it.

All hail BLACK CAESAR… which boasts a funky disco soundtrack by the Godfather of Soul JAMES BROWN. Grier stars with the coolest male Afro American actor of the 70’s, FRED WILLIAMSON, last seen in Tarantino’s hit horror, From Dusk Till Dawn.

Shaft Oscar-winner and South Park chef ISAAC HAYES stars and supplies the storming soundtrack in TRUCK TURNER and finally there’s BLACK MAMA AND WHITE MAMA, a chicks in chains adventure in which hooker Grier and guerilla fighter Margaret Markov escape from prison and, disguised as nuns, flee from police, counter revolutionaries and criminals. Complete with catfights, shower scenes and gun battles, this story was co-written by Philadelphia and The Silence of the Lambs director JONATHAN DEMME.

July 14th 2003: Comedy DVDs - Hilarious classic 80’s comedies are good for a laugh this month including Undercover Blues, The Couch Trip, Fatal Instinct, Sibling Rivalry and U.H.F.

Undercover Blues - DENNIS QUAID (Far From Heaven, Traffic) and KATHLEEN TURNER (Serial Mom, The Virgin Suicides, The Accidental Tourist) are hilarious as wise-cracking secret agents, Jeff and Jane Blue, who get roped into a job while on maternity leave in MGM Home Entertainment’s spy spoof UNDERCOVER BLUES out to buy on DVD from 14 July for £12.99.

Quaid and Turner have great chemistry in this fun-filled comedy, but it’s the supporting cast of STANLEY TUCCI (Road To Perdition, The Core, Maid In Manhattan), as the bumbling crook who torments the agents, and British actress FIONA SHAW, now perfect as Aunt Petunia Dursley in the HARRY POTTER series, who steal the show.

Jeff and Jane Blue are former FBI and CIA spies on maternity leave and vacationing in New Orleans with their adorable 6-month-old daughter. Despite their desire to enjoy a sabbatical, they get drawn into a case against an old nemesis in this enjoyable fun-packed film.

The Couch Trip - DAN ACKROYD (The Blues Brothers, Ghostbusters) delivers some cracking one-liners as a mental patient turned radio talkshow shrink in THE COUCH TRIP, a wonderfully anarchic comedy also starting WALTER MATTHAU (Grumpy Old Men) and CHARLES GRODIN (Midnight Express, Beethoven). This hilarious DVD is out to buy from 14 July (RRP £12.99).

When asylum inmate Jeff Burns (Ackroyd) intercepts a call to his psychiatrist he blags his way in to taking over the job of a celebrity psychologist of a call-in radio advice show.

It’s only a matter of time before his offbeat psychobabble begins to rule the radio airwaves.

Fatal Instinct - Directed by comedy veteran CARL REINER (The Jerk, Sibling Rivalry), FATAL INSTINCT is a brilliant spoof of 80’s sexy suspense thrillers such as Basic Instinct and Fatal Attraction. Featuring an all-star cast including ARMAND ASSANTE (The Mambo Kings, Striptease), this fun film with loads of laughs and visual gags will be out to own on 14 July (£12.99).

Ned Ravine works hard as both a detective and lawyer, but fails to notice that his adulterous wife, played by KATE NELLIGAN (The Cider House Rules, The Prince of Tides) wants to kill him, and that his sex-crazed client, played by SEAN YOUNG (Blade Runner, Ace Ventura:Pet Detective) is harbouring a fatal attraction for him.

All of the cast, including SHERILYN FENN (“Twin Peaks”, Of Mice And Men), throw themselves into the lunacy with great relish to make this brilliant spoof comedy, which also features a crazed kamikaze Kama Sutra scene inspired by the classic Body Heat., a must-have DVD for fans of 80’s films.

Sibling Rivalry - Screwball comedy SIBLING RIVALRY stars KIRSTIE ALLEY (Drop Dead Gorgeous, Look Who’s Talking series) as a suffocated house wife who suddenly snaps while food shopping and beds a mysterious man who ends up dying during the moment of passion – and then things get really complicated!

Also starring BILL PULLMAN (Lake Placid, Independence Day), CARRIE FISHER (Star Wars, When Harry Met Sally) and the heartthrob star of TV series Quantum Leap and Enterprise, SCOTT BAKULA, this fun film is out to buy on 14 July (RRP £12.99).

Directed by CARL REINER (Fatal Instinct) it’s an excellent comedy of errors.

U.H.F - WEIRD AL YANKOVIC, the man responsible for "Eat it" the famous 80’s parody of Michael Jackson's "Beat it", co-wrote and stars in MGM Home Entertainment’s cult comedy U.H.F – out to buy on DVD for £12.99 on 14 July 2003.

Aside from Yankovic playing most of the characters in the film, DAVID BOWIE, MICHAEL RICHARDS, (Kramer from TV’s Seinfeld), FRAN DRESCHER, (the star of The Nanny TV series), and KEVIN MCCARTHY (The Howling, The Invasion of the Bodysnatchers) also appear in this inspired comedy which is packed full of gags, film parodies, music satire and tons of laughs.

Opening with an hilarious parody of the starting sequence of Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark, Yankovic spoofs films and television from Rambo to Conan, Gone With The Wind to The Beverly Hillbillies and Blazing Saddles and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Yankovic plays a loser who is fired from his job and starts a TV station called UHF in which they make fun of some of shows and movies.

Very zany, very funny, and very unpredictable, U.H.F is guaranteed to appeal to fans of offbeat, cult releases.

July 21st 2003: Crime Time - Crime is top of the agenda this month with some arresting DVD releases: At Close Range, Thief, Harley Davidson & The Marlboro Man, Killer Elite, Thunderbolt & Lightfoot and True Confessions.

Harley Davidson & The Marlboro Man - Roll up for two cool renegades – catch HARLEY DAVIDSON AND THE MARLBORO MAN on DVD from 21 July (RRP £12.99).

MICKEY ROURKE (The Pledge, 9 1/2 Weeks) is Harley Davidson - one tough biker who along with his friend, the cowboy Marlboro played by DON JOHNSON (TV’s Miami Vice and Nash Bridges) - take on a corrupt bank and a vicious drugs ring to save a friend’s bar from closure.

Featuring songs by Bon Jovi and Vanessa Williams, this is a fun romp complete with plenty of action sequences and a great sparring relationship between ‘Harley’ and ‘Marley’.

At Close Range - Based on a real life series of murders in 1970’s Pennsylvania, AT CLOSE RANGE is a chilling portrayal of a family’s life of crime. Starring CHRISTOPHER WALKEN (Catch Me If You Can, True Romance) and SEAN PENN (The Thin Red Line, Dead Man Walking), this critically acclaimed move will be available to own on DVD from 21 July 2003 (RRP £12.99).

When young Brad Whitewood Jr’s (PENN) wayward father wanders back into his life, he is attracted by his dangerous dad’s criminal activities. Soon Brad Jr and his half brother (played by Penn’s real life brother CHRIS PENN) attempt to join the crime syndicate to make big money. But their crimes soon turn from theft to murder..

Walken and Penn are stunning in this savage movie, directed by JAMES FOLEY (Glengarry Glen Ross) that features the stirring and beautiful track by, Penn’s then wife MADONNA, Live To Tell. There are also brilliant performances from MARY STUART MASTERSON (Benny & Joon) and KIEFER SUTHERLAND (TV’s 24).

The Killer Elite - Sometimes controversial action director SAM PECKINPAH (Straw Dogs, The Wild Bunch) directs JAMES CAAN (Misery, A Bridge Too Far) and ROBERT DUVALL (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now) in this explosive movie of betrayal and revenge. THE KILLER ELITE will be available to own on DVD from 21 July (RRP £12.99).

Mike Locken (CAAN) is a freelance agent for a secret section of the CIA specialising in underground cases. During a dangerous assignment, one of his partners – George Hansen (DUVALL) – double crosses him and shoots him. While he is not expected to walk again, Locken is determined to take a bloody revenge on those that turned against him.

This is classic Peckinpah – full of thrilling set pieces in atmospheric locations including a Chinatown shoot out, a dockland siege and the climax in a ship’s graveyard.

True Confessions - Oscar winners ROBERT DE NIRO (Ronin, Raging Bull) and ROBERT DUVALL (Apocalypse Now, Colors) play brothers, the Reverend Desmond Spellacy and Tommy Spellacy, who are drawn together after many years apart in this tale of murder and sibling rivalry. TRUE CONFESSIONS is out to buy on DVD from 21 July (RRP £12.99)

Based on the 70’s novel by John Gregory Dunne, the story is set in 1940’s Los Angeles, Desmond (De Niro) has worked his way up the establishment in the Catholic Church and now holds a position of power. His brother on the other hand is an immoral veteran cop.

When a highly publicised murder case leads Tommy to Desmond and the church, he is forced to find out the truth - whatever it takes.

Thief - Acclaimed director MICHAEL MANN’s (Manhunter, Ali, The Insider, The Last of The Mohicans, Heat) first feature film, THIEF, is a brutal expose of the world of big time robbery. This tense crime thriller will be available to buy on DVD for the first time from 21 July (RRP £12.99).

JAMES CAAN (The Godfather, Misery) stars as Frank – a professional thief specialising in high profile jewel jobs. Desperate for one last glorious high paying job so that he can settle down for good with his girlfriend, Frank gets involved with vicious gangland bosses. But his final job turns into a nightmare when he finds that getting away from the mob is harder than he thought…

Widely considered to be MANN’s best film and nominated for the Palm D’Or in 1981, THIEF is a tense and brutally realistic film. JAMES BELUSHI (Return to Me), DENNIS FARINA (Snatch), ROBERT PROSKY (Dead Man Walking) and WILLIE NELSON (Wag The Dog) also star.

Thunderbolt & Lightfoot - Seminal filmmaker MICHAEL CIMINO directed his first feature with CLINT EASTWOOD (In The Line of Fire, Unforgiven) and JEFF BRIDGES (The Big Lebowski, Arlington Road) – THUNDERBOLT & LIGHTFOOT - before going on to direct such classics as The Deer Hunter and Heaven’s Gate. Experience this early example of his work on DVD from the 21 July (RRP £12.99).

Bridges was nominated for an Oscar for his role in this action-filled crime caper in which he plays Lightfoot, the naïve sidekick to the veteran bank robber Thunderbolt (Eastwood). The two revisit an old crime site after losing the loot the first time and decide to retrieve the stash. But some of the original robbers have different plans and it soon becomes every man for himself.

This heroic, buddy movie features fine performances from the two leads and should be revisited by any fans of Eastwood, Bridges or Cimino.

July 21st 2003: Westerns on DVD - Go West with these rip roaring adventures on DVD: Quigley Down Under and A Fistful Of Dynamite.

Quigley Down Under - Combining romance, drama and comedy, this Australian Western stars TOM SELLECK (“Magnum PI”, Three Men and a Baby) and ALAN RICKMAN (Truly Madly Deeply, January Man). Boasting stunning performances and scenery, QUIGLEY DOWN UNDER is available to own on DVD from 21 July for (RRP £12.99).

Master rifle sharpshooter Matt Quigley (Selleck) moves from the U.S. to Australia as a hired hand on an Australian ranch. He thinks his job will be to get rid of the dingoes plaguing the ranch, but instead the ranch owner, Elliot Marston (Rickman), wants him to kill the Aborigines.

When Quigley refuses and turns the job down, Elliot is incensed and tries to kill him. Quigley, however, manages to escape into the bush and takes the beautiful Cora (Laura San Giacomo) into the wilderness with him. Helped by the local aborigines Quigley takes it upon himself to wreak revenge on the evil rancher.

A Fistful of Dynamite - From the legendary director and master of the Spaghetti western, SERGIO LEONE (Once Upon a Time in America, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly), and starring Oscar winners JAMES COBURN (The Great Escape, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid) and ROD STEIGER (End of Days, F.I.S.T.), A FISTFUL OF DYNAMITE is an explosive western packed with action. Available to own on DVD from 21 July (RRP £12.99).

On the run from the British government in Mexico, Sean Mallory (Coburn), an IRA explosives expert, is befriended by Juan Miranda (Steiger) the leader of a bandit family. Upon witnessing Mallory’s skills with explosives, Juan asks Sean to join his gang to raid the bank of Mesa Verde but before long he’s caught up in the Mexican revolution.

Action packed and with great performances, A FISTFUL OF DYNAMITE is a must for all western fans.

July 28th 2003: Stargate SG-1 Season 6

With the most exciting intergalactic adventures and featuring amazing special effects, sci-fi TV series STARGATE SG-1 really makes for an out-of-this-world experience. The ever-popular hit movie spin-off continues to be released on DVD and VHS throughout 2003. There’s also the chance to win a VIP visit to the set of the show in Vancouver, Canada, thanks to an amazing in pack loyalty scheme.

The ever-growing franchise has proved to be a smash hit with massive TV viewing figures on both Channel 4 and Sky. STARGATE SG-1 is now one of the most popular sci-fi action shows for all the family and to prove its vitality, the spin-off show already has its own spin-off animated series and a second feature film in its early stages of production.

Boasting big budget special effects and thrilling adventures, STARGATE SG-1 SEASON 6 continues with new exciting DVD extras and intriguing plots. Released on 28 July is VOLUME 30 on DVD (RRP £19.99) which features four fantastic adventures in anamorphic wide screen picture and surround sound: Disclosure; Forsaken; The Changeling; and Memento.

The DVD release, which also features a guest appearance from heartthrob character Dr Daniel Jackson played by MICHAEL SHANKS in The Changeling which is sure to have his fans screaming for more. There is also has a host of exciting added extras including the all-new behind-the-scenes Director Series features. On VOLUME 30, the director series focuses on the two episodes The Changeling and Memento, plus audio commentaries, the next in a series of stills gallery for Season 6, promo trailers, a fan spot and the next exciting step of the in pack loyalty scheme to win a fabulous VIP visit to the set of the show in Vancouver, Canada.

Starring popular RICHARD DEAN ANDERSON as leader Colonel Jack O’Neill, the intrepid team is AMANDA TAPPING as Major Samantha Carter and CHRISTOPHER JUDGE as Teal’c, MICHAEL SHANKS as Dr. Daniel Jackson and new recruit Jonas Quinn played by CORIN NEMEC.

In Disclosure General Hammond and the Pentagon must reveal the existence of the Stargate portal to other World governments - the question is, will the other governments allow the U.S government to keep control of it?

In Forsaken, whilst exploring an off-world planet, the team discovers a crashed ship and three human survivors. As the team helps to repair the ship, they realise that the survivors are hiding a secret.

Teal’c becomes haunted by visions and begins to lose a grip on reality in The Changeling. It is down to his old friend Dr. Daniel Jackson to help him realise what is fiction and reality.

The SG-1 team accompanies the X-303 ship on its maiden voyage in Memento, but when the ship drops out of hyperspace the team must make some important decisions or face never getting back to earth.

From 28 July fans can also buy these eagerly awaited adventures on retail video, STARGATE SG-1 VOLUMES 6.9 and 6.10, for £12.99 (RRP) each.

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