MGM in September
MGM have announced their September Region 2 DVD line-up. Details direct from the press release are as follows:
PERSONAL VELOCITY (01/09/03)
A small gem of a movie, beautifully acted and filmed, Personal Velocity is an insightful and meaningful film about three women who each seek freedom in their lives. Written and directed by Rebecca Miller, daughter of the playwright Arthur Miller and wife of Daniel Day-Lewis, Personal Velocity won the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and is released to buy on DVD (RRP £19.99) and VHS (£12.99) on 1 September 2003.
Beautifully shot on Digital Video, Personal Velocity is an original and unique picture starring acclaimed actresses Kyra Sedgewick, Parker Posey and Fairuza Balk who all deliver career-best performances as three quite different women each struggling at the crossroads in their lives.
Delia (Sedgwick) is an abused wife and mother who finally escapes her abusive husband and then finds her own personal dignity and power by rediscovering her sexuality.
Greta (Posey) is a long-suffering wife and daughter who for many years has been caught in the middle in a struggle between her parents and then ended up trapped in a passionless marriage in which she has suppressed her own personal ambitions.
Paula (Balk) is a pregnant young woman whom after a terrible accident starts out on a journey to try and make sense of what is happening to her. When she then meets an abused runaway she reassesses her own situation and discovers her ability to care about others besides her self.
The cast's excellent dramatic performances and Miller's brilliant direction in her filmmaking debut make this a beautifully thoughtful and absorbing film.
- In Conversation featurette with the stars and director
- On The Set documentary
- Audio commentary by Rebecca Miller
- Theatrical trailer
Season 6 of top sci-fi series Stargate SG-1 comes to a stunning close on DVD and VHS on 1 September 2003.
And fans will be will be transporting themselves into shops to buy these new releases as the last Season 6 DVD features an amazing 1 hour behind-the-scenes feature previewing the exciting adventures to come in Season 7. There's also the final chance to win a VIP visit to the set of the show in Vancouver, Canada, thanks to an amazing on pack competition.
The final two exciting Season 6 episodes are guaranteed to be a firm favourite with fans as one features a guest star appearance from heartthrob character Daniel Jackson, played by actor Michael Shanks.
His reappearance also marks the return of the character to the SG-1 team in the forthcoming, eagerly awaited Season 7 adventures - to be released by MGM on DVD and VHS soon.
The DVD release also has a host of added extras including:
- A video diary from Richard Dean Anderson
- Audio commentaries
- Stills gallery for Season 6
- Promo trailers
- Fan spot.
In Prophecy SG-1 visits a world enslaved by the evil Goa'uld during which strange psychic premonitions begin to happen to team member Jonas. These psychic flashes begin to damage his brain and threaten his life.
In the final Season 6 adventure, Full Circle, former DSG-1 recruit Daniel Jackson returns to ask leader Colonel Jack O'Neill, played by Richard Dean Anderson who portrayed the cult TV character Macgyver, and the other members of SG-1 to help defend the people of Abydos (originally from the movie and the pilot episode, "Children of the Gods") from the deadly Goa'uld Anubis, who is about to attack the planet in order to gain control of an ancient and powerful device cached there.
Exciting News! After just completing filming of the eagerly awaited Season 7, all regular cast members have confirmed their commitment to Season 8.
ANGELS & INSECTS (22/09/03)
The beautiful Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient), Patsy Kensit (The Great Gatsby, Lethal Weapon 2) and Mark Rylance (Hearts of Fire) star in this powerful period drama about a scientist who marries the woman of his dreams - only to find himself entangled in a web of dark intrigue and shocking secrets. Capture Angels & Insects on DVD from 22 September (RRP £12.99).
Set in Victorian England, biologist Adamson (Rylance) is introduced to a wealthy Victorian family and falls in love with his benefactor's daughter (Kensit). But as the truth unfolds about his new family he finds himself cocooned in a life full of erotic decadence and illicit passion beyond his darkest fears.
With stunning performances and breathtaking sets and costumes - which received an Oscar nomination - Angels & Insects is a rich and romantic period drama with a real sting in its tail.
LORD OF THE FLIES (22/09/03)
Based on William Golding's iconic novel, Lord of the Flies is a harrowing adventure about a group of boys stranded on a desert island and the rules of survival quickly turn from innocence to savagery. Catch this 1990 adaptation on DVD from 22 September for £12.99 (RRP).
A plane crash leaves a group of young American military cadets stranded with no parents, no teachers, no rules... no mercy. Harsh power struggles split them into packs and a war ensues of good versus evil where only the fittest will survive.
With sharply expressive performances by its young cast including Balthazar Getty (White Squall, Deuces Wild), this film explores the dark side of the human soul as they quickly revert to their primal instincts, which turns these innocent kids into killers.
Hollywood legends Tony Curtis (Some Like It Hot) and Burt Lancaster (Sweet Smell of Success, Birdman of Alcatraz) and the beautiful Gina Lollobrigida (Solomon and Sheba, Notre Dame de Paris) spring into action as trapeze flyers in this wonderful classic about life under the big top. Trapeze will keep you on the edge of your seat and is out on DVD on 22 Sept for £12.99 (RRP).
Legendary trapeze artist Mike Ribble (Lancaster), famous for his unique triple somersault, has a fatal fall leaving him crippled for life. But Tino (Curtis) joins the circus and persuades Ribble to teach him his spectacular act. But their trusting relationship becomes strained when stunning Lola (Lollobrigida) sweeps them both off their feet.
Directed by the masterful Carol Reed (The Third Man), this DVD is an enchanting classic from the golden age of Hollywood.
Written and directed by Academy Award winner Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons), Carrington is an emotionally complex and moving tale about a lifelong love with unorthodox compromises. Starring Oscar winner Emma Thompson (Sense And Sensibility) and Jonathan Pryce (Tomorrow Never Dies), this epic romance is out to buy on DVD for £12.99 (RRP).
Set in 1908 amid the trendy, bohemian scene of London's famed Bloomsbury set, Dora Carrington (Thompson), a talented young artist, who leaves a string of broken hearts and passionate flings in her wake, meets gay writer Lytton Strachey (Pryce). But love works in mysterious ways and their conflicting passions lead them to the climax of the film: will true love triumph or will Carrington lose her one and only soul mate forever?
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION (22/09/03)
The seemingly secure life of wealth and privilege of a rich New York couple is turned upside down when a mysterious young stranger turns up on their doorstep in the middle of the night. The classy Six Degrees of Separation is out to own on DVD from 22 September (RRP £12.99).
Stockard Channing - who was nominated for an Oscar for her role - and Donald Sutherland are the Kittredges, a pair of wealthy, married art dealers. Will Smith - in an early role - is Paul, the charming stranger claiming to be a stranded friend of their son's and the son of Sidney Poitier. Inviting him into their home they are completely convinced that this young man is everything he says he is, until they wake up in the morning to find their house ransacked. The mystery goes even deeper when they find out that all of their friends have also had a visit from the enigmatic Paul...
Based on a true story, and also starring Ian McKellen and Heather Graham and directed by Fred Schepisi (Cry In The dark, Roxanne), Six Degrees of Separation is an involving and fascinating story that forces the characters and the viewers to question what they believe to be true and safe.
Rock & Roll legend Elvis Presley stars in the fun musical about a millionaire playboy who decides to swap his high life with a water-ski instructor to see if girls like him for himself and not his money! Clambake is available to own on DVD from 15 September for £12.99 (RRP).
Scott Heyward (Presley) is the handsome heir to an oil fortune who is fed up with gold digging women. Fresh from Texas, Scott heads to Florida and decides to masquerade as a water-ski instructor at a hotel. Having fun Scott finds his charms work with the ladies but trading places turns out to be more complicated than he first imagined.
Directed by Arthur H. Nadel and also staring Shelley Fabares and Will Hutchins, Clambake is a great fun musical with some fantastic numbers.
FRANKIE & JOHNNY (15/09/03)
Elvis Presley stars as a riverboat singer in this light hearted comedy tale of a guy with a gambling addiction who will try anything to get lady luck on his side. Frankie & Johnny is available to buy on DVD from 15th September for £12.99 (RRP).
Set in 1800s upon a riverboat Johnny (Presley) and his singing partner and girlfriend Frankie (Donna Douglas) are trying to make ends meet. Johnny is addicted to games of chance and will bet on anything but never wins. He learns of a gypsy brings luck and decides to see if she can change his fortune. The gypsy woman tells Johnny a redhead will bring him success so when Johnny stumbles upon a redhead and starts courting her he hopes his luck will change but Frankie, a blonde understandably hits the roof!
With eleven cracking songs, this tongue in cheek comedy caper made in 1966 is great fun for all.
KID GALAHAD (15/09/03)
The 1962 musical remake Kid Galahad stars Elvis in the title role as the boxer heading for the top. Available to own on DVD from 15 September for £12.99 (RRP).
Fresh from the military, Walter Gulick (Elvis) takes a job at a boxing training camp and, thanks to an expert trainer, goes from being a punching bag to becoming the champ.
Gig Young (The Killer Elite) plays Willy Grogan, the boxing trainer who is trying to fight his way through the corrupted world of boxing.
Packed with love, romance, songs and rip-roaring action and co staring Hollywood legend Charles Bronson, Kid Galahad is one of Elvis's most popular films.
ALICE'S RESTAURANT (22/09/03)
A true portrayal of the 1960's penned by the classic singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie, Alice’s Restaurant is based on his famous autobiographical song of the same name. This far-out film will be out to buy on DVD from 22 September (RRP £12.99).
Arlo Guthrie's song about his friend's wonderful, bohemian restaurant and his brush with the law while trying to help the restaurant out is 60's folklore. And the film is a perfect portrayal of the 60's generation thanks to the faithful details of clothing, setting and even vocabulary.
Full of original music and songs Arlo Guthrie (son of the legendary Woody) sings and stars as himself and the director Arthur Penn (Bonnie And Clyde, Little Big Man) was nominated for an Oscar for this film.
BOUND FOR GLORY (15/09/03)
The biography of legendary folk singer and composer Woody Gutherie, Bound for Glory is a hypnotic and involving film about this fascinating musician's life. This winner of two Oscars for Best Music and Cinematography is available to own on DVD from 15 September (RRP £12.99).
David Carradine (Kill Bill, Bird on a Wire) stars as Woody in arguably his finest acting performance to date. The story charts the highs and lows of Woody's career, a folksinger-cum-hobo's life.
The wonderful cinematography and spellbinding musical score make this biography both visually stunning and musically compelling.