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April 2005
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Compiled by Wilson Morales


• Director: Alexander Payne
• Cast: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh
• Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby
• Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.
• Studio: Fox Home Entertainment
• DVD Release Date: April 5, 2005
• Run Time: 123 min
• Summary: A wine tasting road trip to salute Jack’s (Thomas Haden Church) final days as a bachelor careens woefully sideways as he and Miles (Paul Giamatti) hit the gas en route to mid-life crises. The comically mismatched pair, who share little more than their history and a heady blend of failed potential and fading youth, soon find themselves drowning in wine and women (Sandra Oh and Virginia Madsen). Emerging from a haze of pinot noir, wistful yearnings and trepidation about the future, the two inevitably collide with reality.

• DVD Features:
- Available subtitles: English, Spanish, French
- Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
- Commentary by Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church
- 7 deleted scenes
- Behind-the-scenes featurette
- 3 Easter eggs
- Theatrical trailer

Jay Z - Fade to Black

• Director: Patrick Paulson • Cast: Jay-Z, Beyonce Knowles, Foxy Brown, Mary J. Blige, Damon Dash
• Format: Color, Widescreen, Dolby
• Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.
• Studio: Paramount Home Video
• DVD Release Date: April 5, 2005
• Summary: With the release of his career-defining THE BLACK ALBUM in 2003, Jay-Z shocked his fans and the industry by announcing he was quitting the business. Having honed his rhyming skills in the tough Marcy Projects of Brooklyn, Jay-Z's story is a classic rags-to-riches tale. Although best known for his multi-million-dollar selling albums, the rap impresario has also dipped his toe into corporate waters. His record label, Roc-a-Fella, has proved highly lucrative, as has his clothing line, and an excursion into movie production. So when he relinquished his position at the top of the rap game, the inimitable performer decided to stage a flamboyant farewell gesture in the form of a special guest-laden concert at New York's prestigious Madison Square Garden. Directors Michael John Warren and Paul Paulson were given the task of catching the festivities on camera, and also managed to capture some candid snippets of the star as he prepared for the show. But it's when he hits the stage that the astonishing breadths of his talents are revealed. Making the cavernous venue seem intimate via some touching interplay with the audience, Jay-Z beckons a breathtaking list of hip-hop and R&B glitterati onto the stage. Among them are Missy Elliott, Lil' Kim, P. Diddy, R. Kelly, and Beyonce Knowles. The ecstatic crowd laps up the onstage action throughout, and are clearly delighted to be invited to one of the grandest parting shots in history. Since the film's completion, Jay-Z has reneged on his retirement, and the music world is a much better place for it.


Director: Rob Bowman • Cast: Jennifer Garner, Goran Vijsnic, Terence Stamp, Will Yun Lee, Kirsten Prout, Natassia Malthe, Jason Isaacs
• Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby
• Rated:
• Studio: Fox Home Entertainment
• DVD Release Date: April 5, 2005
• Run Time: 104 min
• Summary: A spin-off movie from "Daredevil" that will feature Jennifer Garner's character as the tough-kicking Elektra, looking to avenge her father's death. The film will be heavily based on the comics "The Elektra Assassin" and "The Elektra Saga," as she battles the Hand, an organization of killers that trained her and then betrayed her.
• DVD Features:
- Available subtitles: English, Spanish
- Available Audio Tracks: English (DTS 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
- 3 deleted scenes
- The Making of Elektra, including interviews with Rob Bowman and Jennifer Garner
- Jennifer Garner's Comic-Con Presentation
- Inside the Editing Room featurettes
- Trailer


• Starring: Adam Sandler, Tea Leoni, Paz Vega, Cloris Leachman, Victoria Luna
• Director: James L Brooks
• Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby
• Rated:
• Studio: Columbia Tristar Home Video
• DVD Release Date: April 5, 2005
• Run Time: 130 min
• Summary: From acclaimed multiple Oscar-winning writer/director/producer James L. Brooks comes the comedy/drama "Spanglish" - a look at cultures colliding as a beautiful native Mexican woman Flor (Paz Vega), the mother of an equally stunning twelve-year old girl, a golden child, becomes the housekeeper for an affluent Los Angeles family (Adam Sandler and Téa Leoni). Of all the horrifying pitfalls she worried about in this new culture, Flor had never fathomed the peril of being truly embraced by an upscale American family.


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