Paramount in June

Paramount Home Entertainment have revealed their R2 DVD line-up for June 2004 which includes the second seasons of Frasier and Cheers, a special edition release for The Ten Commandments and new comedy from David Spade with Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star...

7th June 2004:

The Michael Caine Collection: The Italian Job, Zulu, Alfie - £29.99 - British screen icon Michael Caine features in three of his best films in this special DVD boxset. Containing memorable characters like Charlie Crocker, the chipper cockney thief with the master plan and Alfie, the ultimate ladykiller and man-about-town, The Michael Caine Collection is a piece of vintage British cinema. Caine is on top form and his performances capture the true essence of '60s' cool. With one-liners that have become part of the culture and fantastic scenarios that capture the imagination of audiences of all ages, The Michael Caine Collection is an essential part of British cinema history that can be enjoyed over and again.

Hud - £15.99 - Based on a Larry McMurty novel, this Martin Ritt film was a testament to the sex appeal of the young Paul Newman. Newman plays the title character - a scoundrel who, by the end of the film has double crossed everyone he knows, including his hard working father and brother. Nevertheless, Newman somehow manages to turn the character into an intriguing antihero. The film won three Oscars(tm), including Best Cinematography, Best Actress for Patricia Neal and Best Supporting Actor for Melvyn Douglas.

The DVD presents the film in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround audio.

Nevada Smith - £15.99 - This classic Western, adapted from the novel by Harold Robbins and starring Steve Mcqueen in the title role, is an edgy and gripping story of revenge that interweaves a number of different stories together in one mans quest to track down the killers of his parents. Nevada Smith sees a return to form for McQueen in a genre that he excelled in and with a supporting cast including Karl Malden, Martin Landau and Arthur Kennedy, the film sparkles with great performances and breathtaking scenery.

The DVD presents the film in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround audio.

Big Jake - £15.99 - 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 DVD presents the film in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround audio.

Little Big Man - £15.99 - Oscar winners Dustin Hoffman (in the title role) and Faye Dunaway (Mrs Pendrake) star in this Paramount Home Entertainment classic. Taken from the Native American perspective, the movie represented a new genre of westerns. The story 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. Renowned as one of the biggest liars who roamed the West, the tale of Little Big Man is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround audio.

Rio Lobo - £15.99 - 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.

The final instalment of the Howard Hawks trilogy (Rio Bravo and El Dorado) Rio Lobo is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround audio.

A Man Called Horse - £15.99 - 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. Another ground breaking movie from the Native American perspective, A Man Called Horse is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround audio.

In Harm's Way - £15.99 - Widely considered to be one of John Wayne's finest performances and co-starring Kirk Douglas, In Harm's Way is the story of a troubled naval officer coming to terms with the aftermath of the Pearl Harbour bombing. Otto Preminger's direction avoids big battle scenes and instead focuses on the effects of war on the individual. The humanising approach is delicately captured by the cast which also includes Henry Fonda.

The DVD presents the film in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround audio.

Golden Classics: The Ten Commandments Special Edition - £19.99 - Cecil B. DeMille's Biblical epic starring Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner is a vintage product of the old Hollywood studio system, complete with sweeping scenery and breathtaking effects including the crossing of the Red Sea by thousands of Hebrew slaves. With a dramatic and gripping plot superbly acted by heston as the Hebrew saviour Moses, The Ten Commandments has lost none of the impact and power it held over audiences on its initial release back in1956.

Features include:

  • Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English DD5.1 Surround
  • French and German Mono
  • 9 minute featurette - Cecil B DeMille's Making of the Ten Commandments
  • Newsreel: The Ten Commandments - Premiere in New York
  • Brand new 6-part / 37 min documentary
  • Commentary by historian Katherine Orrison, author of "Written in Stone - Making Cecil B. DeMille;s Epic, The Ten Commandments"
  • Trailers (1956 "Making of" Trailer, 1966 Trailer, 1989 Trailer)
Cheers Season 2 - £34.99 - The second outing for Diane (Shelly Long), Sam (Ted Danson), Carla (Rhea Perlman) and the rest of the Cheers gang builds on the humorous and touching relationships established in the first season and brilliantly maintains the show's reputation as arguably one of the greatest sitcoms ever written. The development of key relationships, including the on-off, screwball romance between Diane and Sam, create great gags and with plenty of DVD extras including bloopers reels and character histories, Cheers Season 2 will provide fans of the show with hours of laughter and good, old-fashioned entertainment.

Frasier Season 2 - £34.99 - The second season of Frasier brings more wit and wisdom from the addictively entertaining cast of this much loved Seattle-based sitcom. With pithy and cutting one-liners, Frasier (Kelsey Grammer), continues to cast his scathing views over contemporary life, supported by a cast of colourful characters including uptight brother Niles and offbeat English carer Daphne. A superb collection of the entire second season containing some of the sharpest and funniest episodes to date, you will also find the following bonus features on the set:
  • Commentary by director David Lees
  • 'Marching on to season 2' - features interviews with the producers
  • The Mystery of Maris Continues
  • Roz's dating Tips
  • The Niles and Daphne attraction
  • And then there was Eddie
  • Celebrity voices
28th June 2004:

The Little Prince - £15.99 - Adapted from the poetic, touching and much-loved allegory by the French pilot and explorer Antoine de Saint-Exupery, is a feature-length tale of a pilot who crashes in the Sahara Desert and meets an enchanting young boy who comes from an Asteroid somewhere in outer-space. This ultimately sad but touching observation on life features some beautiful desert landscapes, intergalactic flashbacks and great cameos from Gene Wilder and Bob Fosse.

The DVD presents the film in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround audio.

Best Defense - £15.99 - Dudley Moore and Eddie Murphy star in this anti-establishment comedy about a disenchanted military scientist whose shortcomings have a knock-on affect on a hapless soldier caught-up in a war he has no place being in. With some classic Murphy dialogue and screwball antics, Best Defense is an alternative look at the dynamics of modern warfare.

Features TBA.

Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star - £19.99 - Starring Saturday Night Live favourite David Spade, Dickie Roberts is the hilarious story of a former child star, who after his hit TV series is axed, falls on hard times and tries to re-create the lost childhood he yearns for. With great visual gags straight out of the 'Saturday Night Live' academy of slapstick, Dickie Roberts is an enjoyable and light-hearted take on the pitfalls of stardom.

Features TBA.

And Now Ladies and Gentlemen - £15.99 - Claude Lelouche (A Man And A Woman) continues to examine the more surreal and often dream-like aspects of love in his latest film And Now Ladies And Gentleman. Starring Jeremy Irons as a jewel thief who falls in love with a jazz singer after arriving in Morocco in an attempt to evade the police, the story blurs reality and fantasy and is set against the exotic and mysterious backdrop of North Africa. The dream-like quality of the film lends an engaging and sensuous atmosphere and Irons and Patricia Kaas are sensitive and provoking as the lovers struggling to maintain a seemingly doomed relationship.

Features TBA.

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