Paramount in February

Paramount Home Entertainment have announced the following UK Region 2 catalogue titles for release in February 2004. All will be presented in their original aspect ratio with Anamorphic Enhancement and DD5.1 Surround audio. Retail is £15.99 each and there are no bonus features unless noted otherwise...

2nd February 2004:

Lara Croft Tomb Raider Collection
A fantastic double DVD box set featuring both of Angelina Jolie’s big screen outings to date as Lara Croft, Tomb Raider. The first movie sees Lara in a race to prevent the key for the control of time from falling in to the wrong hands while the second – The Cradle of Life - sees our heroine trying to recover Pandora’s Box. Retail is £26.99

Till Human Voices Wake Us
Guy Pearce gives a wonderful performance as a man struggling to come to terms with his past in this thoroughly immersive emotional tale. Unable to overcome a tragic childhood event, it is not until a chance meeting with Helena Bonham Carter that he finds the courage and strength to deal with his repressed emotions and haunting memories.

Jimmy Neutron: Confusion Fusion
A compilation of nine stories from the animated television series, telling the tale of a large headed boy genius continually wreaking havoc with his ‘brilliant’ inventions. Suitable for children and parents alike, this is an amusing and educational series which follows the adventuring and mishaps of Jimmy and co and will captivate the hearts of all. Retail is £12.99.

Big Jake
Set in the latter days of the Wild West, John Wayne leads a family affair in this amusing and dramatic Western, which follows the story of a hardened frontiersman called on by his estranged wife to perform one last life-and death job: to rescue his kidnapped grandson from a roving bunch of outlaws. Coupled with an insight into the early modernisation of the West, the film is also memorable for the humorous touches injected by Wayne & Co.

The Beautician And The Beast
Fran Drescher and Timothy Dalton star in this heart warming comedy, featuring the unlikely pairing of a powerful dictator with a New York hairdresser. Following a case of mistaken identity, Drescher is unwittingly commissioned to educate the children of widowed eastern dictator Dalton. Hilariously bumbling her way through the task, she sets about teaching the children and their father things about life they have never before fathomed. This disc will offer an audio commentary by Fran Drescher.

Little Big Man
Oscar winners Dustin Hoffman (in the title role) and Faye Dunaway (Mrs Pendrake) star in this Paramount Home Entertainment classic. The film takes us through the life of the 121 year old sole survivor of Custer’s last stand, from his adoption by Cheyenne Indians to his marriages and friendship with Wild Bill Hickock.

Rio Lobo
John Wayne is perfectly cast in this classic action-filled Western which focuses around the robbery of a Union pay train by Confederate Guerrillas. Wayne plays the good guy, the train’s colonel, who jails the enemy leaders (Chris Mitchum, Jorge Rivero). After the war ends the three men become friends and join forces to bring justice to the town of Rio Lobo. The film, which culminates in a classic shoot-out finale, was the fifth collaboration over a 22-year period between Wayne and renowned director Howard Hawks.

A Man Called Horse
An obvious pre-cursor to Dances with Wolves, based on the true story of the American Sioux in the early 19th Century, A Man Called Horse stars Richard Harris as an English Lord who is captured by a Sioux Indian tribe, and given to the chief’s aging mother (Dame Judith Anderson) as a servant. A love story evolves when he falls in love with the Chief’s sister, but not before he has to endure the Sun Vow – a savage Sioux ritual.

Better Off Dead
Likeable characters and hilarious situations make Better Off Dead a big winner. As you would expect John Cusack is perfectly cast as the angst ridden main character, while Kim Derby is excellent as the aspiring quintessential mother and Vincent Schiavelli will have you holding your sides as a merciless high school teacher.

Buffalo Girls
Wild and untamed, Angelica Huston and Melanie Griffith star in this amusing ‘alternative’ Western. The film is based on Larry McMurty’s best-selling novel, and celebrates the bold escapades of tough-talking Calamity Jane Canary (Huston) and her illustrious cohorts. It’s the waning days of the Wild West and Jane, a rough and ready cowgirl, is searching for her long lost daughter and the Wild West she once knew.

Young Sherlock Holmes
Nicholas Rowe and Alan Cox star in this 1985 adventure, produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Barry Levinson (Rain Man) and Chris Columbus (Gremlins). It has little to do with the Sherlock Holmes of Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation, but is a delightful and somewhat unexpected combination of exciting elements: Victorian-era, foggy London mystique, Gothic horror, and Indiana Jones-like exotica.

Sex And The City Season 5 Valentines Day Gift Set
Fans of the fab four will love this gift set released in time for Valentines Day. Featuring every minute of Sex And the City Season 5 on DVD and a limited edition Sex And the City vest top and shorts this gift set is presented in a unique handbag style plastic gift box. As we catch up with the girls Miranda has a baby, Charlotte is newly single and Carrie and Samantha are not getting any younger. Retail is £34.99.

The Parallax View - HMV Exclusive
The Parallax View is a superb conspiracy thriller featuring Warren Beatty as Joe Frady, a determined news reporter who, along with seven others, witnesses the assassination of a political candidate. When the other seven die in ‘accidents’ the newsman begins to doubt the official position: that a lone madman was responsible for the crime. Frady imagines a sophisticated network of highly trained murderers, but these nightmares pale against the bizarre truth he uncovers.

16th February 2004:

Crocodile Dundee 2
Paul Hogan is hilarious in this second tale about the native Aussie trying life in The Big Apple. Just as the eccentric Mick Dundee is beginning to adjust to life in New York City, he and his beautiful girlfriend (Linda Kazlowski) are targeted for death by a gang of ruthless drug dealers. Dundee evens the odds by leading the big-city heads into the treacherous Australian outback.

Summer Rental
Hilarious comedy sensation John Candy stars in this tale of a family man who takes a vacation from Sanity when he leases a Florida summer house. Candy plays a stressed-out air traffic controller whose much-needed family holiday turns into one amusing mishap after another - from settling into his own hovel to settling the score with a nut at sea. Directed by Carl Reiner, this is a farce with a moral: taking it easy is never easy!

Let It Ride
Richard Dreyfuss plays Jay Trotter, a man who has waited a whole lifetime for one day to come. Trotter has received a hot tip on a horse everyone else thinks is ready for the glue factory. Luckily for Trotter he agrees with the term ‘Even when you know, you never know’ and backs the horse anyway. Hilarious and endearing, the characters in this film bring new meaning to the phrase ‘the odds!’

True Colours
John Cusack and James Spader star in this dramatic and absorbing tale of two best friends who become enemies after moving together from law school into Washington’s corridor of power. Cusack plays Peter, a lower-class go-getter who climbs to the position of congressman by betraying everyone who ever trusted him, including Spader.

Daisy Miller
Starring Cybill Shepherd and Barry Brown, and directed by Peter Bogdanovich, Daisy Miller is a beautiful adaptation of the Henry James novella of the same name. Shepherd stars in the title role, a beautiful American girl whose headstrong ways create quite a stir in European society during the 1800’s.

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