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July 2004
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Compiled by Wilson Morales

The month of July offers a slew of special editons as The Manchurian Candidate, the original film, comes with commentaries and interviews from Frank Sinatra, George Axelrod, and John Frankenheimer. Later this month, a remake starring Denzel Washington will hit the big screen. With the sequel, The Bourne Supremacy, coming out in a few weeks, a special edition of the first film, The Bourne Identity, is being released with a new beginning and ending featurette as well as deleted scenes. Charles Dutton's film on Boxing Trainer Jackie Kallen comes to the small screen with Against The Ropes. The film stas Meg Ryan as Jackie and Omar Epps as one of the boxers. DMX's star vehicle as a ruthless drug dealer hits the video market with Never Die Alone. Directed by Ernest Dickerson, the film also stars David Arquette, Jennifer Sky, Drew Sidora, Michael Ealy, Reagan Preston-Gomez.

The Bourne Identity (Widescreen Extended Edition)

  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 2004
  • Summary: Set against dramatic European backdrops, THE BOURNE IDENTITY is the story of a man (Matt Damon), salvaged, near death, from the ocean by the crew of an Italian fishing boat. When he recuperates, the man suffers from total amnesisa. He is completely without identity or background, but possesses a range of extraordinary talents in fighting, linguistic skills and self-defense that speak of a dangerous past. He sets out on a desperate search—assisted by the initially rebellious Marie (Franka Potente) to discover who he really is, and why he is being pursued by assassins.
  • DVD Features:
    • New to this edition:
    • New beginning and ending featurette
    • "The Bourne Mastermind" - a look at the author
    • Matt Damon interviews about both films
    • "The Bourne Diagnosis" - a look at amnesia
    • "Cloak & Dagger: Covert Ops" - a look at the CIA
    • "Inside a Fight Scene" - scene breakdown
    • Deleted scenes
    • Free Movie Ticket to the sequel
    • Widescreen anamorphic format

Never Die Alone
  • Starring: DMX, David Arquette, Jennifer Sky, Drew Sidora, Michael Ealy, Reagan Preston-Gomez
  • Director: Ernest R. Dickerson
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, Dolby
  • Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.
  • Studio: Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 2004
  • Summary: Based on cult novelist Donald Goines’ novel of the same name, NEVER DIE ALONE is a richly literate film noir about King David (DMX), a hard-boiled, stylish criminal who returns to his hometown seeking redemption but finding only violent death. But he did not die alone...King David’s final moments are spent with Paul (David Arquette) an aspiring journalist who knew him just a few minutes but upon whose life he would forever have an impact. King David – half preacher, half Satan, and all street smarts – had recorded the story of his recent exploits on audiotape, leaving behind an often-poetic sermon on villainy and its consequences. The tapes reveal that the cycle of violence and retribution his actions have spawned has come back on him full circle, as he suspected it might all along...
  • DVD Features:
    • Commentary by DMX, director Ernest Dickerson, and screenwriter James Gibson
    • Theatrical trailer(s)
    • 11 deleted scenes with optional commentary by director Ernest Dickerson
    • Making-of featurette
    • Full-screen and widescreen anamorphic formats

  • Interview: DMX
  • Interview: Ernest Dickerson
  • Review by Wilson Morales

Against the Ropes (Widescreen Edition)

  • Starring: Meg Ryan, Omar Epps, Joe Cortese, Timothy Daly, Kerry Washington
  • Director: Charles S. Dutton
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby
  • Rated:
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 2004
  • Summary: The daughter of a trainer, Jackie Kallen (Meg Ryan) grew up skipping rope in a downtown Detroit gym alongside her uncle, a fighter himself. Now, at 36, Jackie's ready to carry on the family tradition. Trying to make her mark in the boxing world, Jackie spends a lot of her free time working the room at D'Agostino's, a pugs and thugs hangout known for its stiff drinks and bloody steaks. After drinks with Cleveland's local hotshot TV sportscaster, Gavin Reese (Tim Daly), Jackie ends up in a verbal sparring match with the Midwest's boxing kingpin, Sam LaRocca (Tony Shalhoub). Just to belittle her, he sells her the contract of one of his fighters for a dollar... and that's just about what Devon Greene (Tory Kittles) is worth. It turns out Devon's more interested in smoking crack than boxing. But Jackie's dollar ends up being well spent anyway. When she goes to Devon's apartment to introduce herself as his new manager, she arrives just as his drug dealer's enforcer, Luther Shaw (Omar Epps), is beating him up. Instantly, she recognizes that it is Luther, not Devon, who has the potential to be her champion. Bailing Luther out of jail, Jackie convinces him to pursue boxing and to let her be his manager. Then, with the help of Felix Reynolds (Charles S. Dutton), a veteran trainer whom she coaxes out of retirement, Jackie turns Luther from a jail-bound punk into a streamlined prizefighter... and at the same time, turns herself into one of the most successful female managers in boxing history.
  • DVD Features:
    • A Ringside Seat featurette
    • Queen of the Ring: Jackie Kallen Then and Now featurette
    • Widescreen anamorphic format

  • Interview: Omar Epps
  • Interview: Charles S. Dutton

The Dreamers (NC-17 Edition)
  • Starring: Michael Pitt, Louis Garrel, Eva Green, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Anna Chancellor
  • Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, Dolby
  • Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.
  • Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 2004
  • Summary: An American college student, Matthew (Pitt), pursuing his education abroad in Paris in 1968 becomes friends with a French brother, Guillaume (Garrel), and sister, Danielle (Green), through a shared love of the cinema, while the May, 1968 Paris student riots (which eventually shut down most of the French government) are happening in the background.
  • DVD Features:
    • NC-17 version
    • Commentary by director Bernardo Bertolucci, writer Gilbert Adair, and producer Jeremy Thomas
    • "Events of May '68" featurette
    • "The Making of The Dreamers" featurette
    • Michael Pitt "Hey Joe" music video
    • Theatrical trailer(s)
    • Widescreen anamorphic format

  • Interview: Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Review by Julian Roman

The Manchurian Candidate (Special Edition)
  • Starring: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh, James Gregory
  • Director: John Frankenheimer
  • Format: Black & White, Widescreen
  • Rated:
  • Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 2004
  • Summary: A US Army hero returns to New York from Korea, but has been mysteriously programmed by Communists to assasinate a presidential nominee, but when his Army buddy becomes suspicious of the goings on, he is on the trail to stop him.
  • DVD Features:
    • Commentary by director John Frankenheimer
    • Theatrical trailer(s)
    • Interview with Frank Sinatra, George Axelrod, and John Frankenheimer
    • New to this edition:
    • Featurette with William Friedkin
    • Featurette with Angela Lansbury
    • Photo gallery
    • Anamorphic widescreen transfer and remastered 5.1 Dolby soundtrack
    • Widescreen anamorphic format



Hellboy (Two-Disc Special Edition)

  • Starring: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, John Hurt, Rupert Evans
  • Director: Guillermo del Toro
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby
  • Rated:
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2004
  • Summary: In the final days of World War II, the Nazis attempt to use black magic to aid their dying cause. The Allies raid the camp where the ceremony is taking place, but not before a demon - Hellboy - has already been conjured. Joining the Allied forces, Hellboy eventually grows to adulthood, serving the cause of good rather than evil.
  • DVD Features:
    • Commentary by director Guillermo del Toro and co-executive producer Mike Mignola
    • Commentary by Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Rupert Evans, and Jeffrey Tambor
    • Theatrical trailer(s)
    • All-new DVD comics: eight branching DVD comics by Mike Mignola
    • "Hellboy: The Seeds of Creation": 27 documentaries
    • "Right Hand of Doom: Set Visits": behind-the-scenes branching feature
    • Four short films featuring the cartoons Hellboy himself recommends
    • Feature-length storyboard track
    • Four computer-generated animated scene breakdowns.
    • Five Board-a-Matics: side-by-side comparison of scenes with the animated storyboards
    • Three deleted scenes with optional commentary
    • Scene deconstruction
    • DVD-ROM: director's notebook, printable script, script supervisor's book
    • Widescreen anamorphic format
    • Number of discs: 2

The Whole Ten Yards (Widescreen Edition)

  • Starring: Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Kevin Pollack, Amanda Peet, Natasha Henstridge
  • Director: Howard Deutch
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby
  • Rated:
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2004
  • Summary: Thanks to falsified dental records supplied by his former neighbor Nicholas “Oz” Oseransky (Matthew Perry), retired hitman Jimmy “The Tulip” Tudeski (Bruce Willis) now spends his days compulsively cleaning his house and perfecting his culinary skills with his wife Jill (Amanda Peet), a purported assassin who has yet to pull off a clean hit. Suddenly, an uninvited and unwelcome connection to their past unexpectedly shows up on Jimmy and Jill’s doorstep: it’s Oz, and he’s begging them to help him rescue his wife from a Hungarian mob. Together, they’ll have to go the whole nine yards – and then some – to manage the mounting Mafioso mayhem.

Ned Kelly

  • Starring:  Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom, Rachel Griffiths, Geoffrey Rush, Naomi Watts
  • Director: Gregor Jordan
  • Format: Color, Widescreen
  • Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.
  • Studio: Umvd
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2004
  • Summary: Ned Kelly (Ledger) and his brother Dan, sons of an Irish pig thief exiled to the Australian penal colony in 1843, formed the core of the Kelly Gang (with two other men), an outlaw gang (they were called "bushrangers", not "cowboys") that roamed across Australia for over two wild years. Kelly was a clever bandit, making his own homemade armor, including steel chest plates and helmets, to stop bullets from stopping him. Kelly was first arrested at 16 for horse stealing, but he became an outlaw when he killed a police officer who was harrassing his brother.

The Celebration

  • Starring: Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Paprika Steen, Birthe Neumann
  • Director: Thomas Vinterberg
  • Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.
  • Studio: Universal

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