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All the Mornings of the World (Tous les matins du monde) (NR) Jean-Pierre Marielle, Gerard Depardieu, Anne Brochet, Guillaume Depardieu. From 1991. In the tradition of Amadeus, Tous les Matins du Monde is a tale of music and passion set in 17th century France. Gérard Depardieu stars in a story filled with romance, lust, desire, devotion, revenge and intrigue. A reclusive composer and his two beautiful daughters’ lives are forever changed by a flamboyant young student who enters their lives. The film is the result of the collaboration between novelist Pascal Quignard, director Alain Corneau and musician Jordi Savall, who wanted to do a film on music. Quignard wrote and adapted the book to a screenplay. Winner of seven César Awards including Best Picture. 105 minutes. DVD INFO: The two-disc edition includes the documentary feature “Jordi Savall: In Search of the Perfect Sound”; interviews with director Alain Corneau, actor Jean-Pierre Marielle and composer/conductor Jordi Savall; making-of featurette; Cesar Awards footage; plus a commemorative eight-page booklet.
Buster Keaton: 65th Anniversary Collection (NR) Buster Keaton, Dorothy Appleby, Elsie Ames. From the 1940s. Ten comedic shorts from the Great Stone Face himself, Buster Keaton, arrive on DVD for the first time ever in a two-disc set. Teamed with the brilliant comediennes Dorothy Appleby and Elsie Ames, Keaton (past his prime but still game) bumbles from one comic mishap to another, always maintaining his famously blank expression. DVD INFO: Includes audio commentary; plus a 25-minute documentary on Keaton.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (PG-13) Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes. The fourth entry in the Harry Potter film series is an entertaining film on its own face, but something of a failure as an adaptation of the fourth novel. The plot concerns Harry’s unexpected entry into the Triwizard Tournament, with a face-to-face showdown at last with ultravillain Voldemort (played with slimy panache by Ralph Fiennes). Fans have long wondered how the film would handle cutting the thick, exposition-heavy book into a movie, and the answer is: awkwardly. This Cliff’s Notes version of the tale is heavy on the atmosphere and action, but if you haven’t read the book, you’ll be missing out on at least another hour’s worth of backstory that ties it all together. Most of the adult cast members are relegated to the sidelines here, though Michael Gambon’s hardass-masquerading-as-hippie rendition of Dumbledore remains the heart of the series. But it’s Brendan Gleeson as paranoid professor Mad-Eye Moody who runs away with the show and steals every scene he’s in. 150 minutes. DVD INFO: Three separately packaged DVDs are available: Of the two regular editions, one preserves the film in the anamorphic widescreen format, while the other hacks off nearly a third of the picture for the fullscreen (aka pan & scan) version. Shop carefully. The deluxe widescreen edition includes additional scenes and loads of bonus materials. —PFPP
Howl’s Moving Castle (PG) Emily Mortimer, Christian Bale, Jean Simmons, Lauren Bacall, Billy Crystal. The latest animated adventure from director Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away). Sophie (Mortimer), an average teen-age girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome-but-mysterious wizard named Howl (Bale), and is subsequently turned into a 90-year-old woman (Simmons) by the vain and conniving Wicked Witch of the Waste (Bacall). Embarking on an incredible odyssey to lift the curse, she finds refuge in Howl’s magical moving castle where she becomes acquainted with Markl, Howl’s apprentice, and a hot-headed fire demon named Calcifer (Crystal). 119 minutes. DVD INFO: The two-disc special edition features both the original Japanese soundtrack and an English language soundtrack; “Behind the Microphone” featurette with the English language voice cast and footage from the dubbing sessions; interview with Pixar Animation Studios Director Pete Docter; “Hayao Miyazaki Visits Pixar Animation Studios” with Pixar director John Lasseter; plus the complete storyboards set to the movie soundtrack.
Jarhead (R) Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, Peter Sarsgaard, Laz Alonso, Matthew Atherton. Jarhead (the self-imposed moniker of the Marines) follows “Swoff” (Gyllenhaal), a third-generation enlistee, from a sobering stint in boot camp to active duty, sporting a sniper’s rifle and a hundred-pound ruck on his back through Middle East deserts with no cover from intolerable heat or from Iraqi soldiers, always potentially just over the next horizon. Swoff and his fellow Marines sustain themselves with sardonic humanity and wicked comedy on blazing desert fields in a country they don’t understand against an enemy they can’t see for a cause they don’t fully fathom. 115 minutes. DVD INFO: Three separately packaged DVDs are available: Of the two regular editions, one preserves the film in the anamorphic widescreen format, while the other hacks off nearly a third of the picture for the fullscreen (aka pan & scan) version. Shop carefully. Both versions include “Swoff’s Fantasies”; audio commentary; interviews; and deleted scenes. The deluxe edition includes all that, plus additional features.
Just Friends (PG-13) Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart, Anna Faris, Christopher Marquette, Chris Klein. Comedy. When Chris, a likable, high school loser, finally gathers the courage to reveal his love to Jamie — the girl of his dreams — she rejects him, saying she just wants to be friends. So, he moves across the country and transforms himself into a selfish, womanizing and successful music executive. Ten years later, circumstances bring him back to his home town and fate reconnects him with Jamie. Can one escape the clutches of the “friend zone”? Is it possible to go from “just friend” to boyfriend? 88 minutes. DVD INFO: Includes audio commentary; deleted scenes; nine featurettes; bloopers; plus a music video.
Prime (PG-13) Meryl Streep, Uma Thurman, Bryan Greenberg, Annie Parisse, Ato Essandoh. Romantic comedy about mismatched lovers set in contemporary Manhattan. Thurman stars as Rafi, a 37-year-old photography producer reeling from a recent divorce, who meets David (Greenberg), a 23-year-old painter recently out of college. The film explores what happens when love at first sight meets the day-to-day realities of an adult relationship. Meryl Streep plays Rafi’s therapist, Dr. Lisa Metzger. Lisa, who is working to help Rafi overcome her fears of intimacy, finds out that Rafi’s new lover is — unfortunately for Lisa — her only son, David. Yikes. 106 minutes. DVD INFO: Two separately packaged DVDs are available: One preserves the film in the anamorphic widescreen format, while the other hacks off nearly a third of the picture for the fullscreen (aka pan & scan) version. Shop carefully. Both versions include audio commentary; deleted scenes, outtakes; plus “Prime-Time Players.”
The Spike Lee Joint Collection (R) Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Danny Aiello, Delroy Lindo, Alfre Woodard and many more. Five films from the gifted director on a three-disc set: Do the Right Thing, Mo’ Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Crooklyn and Clockers. DVD INFO: The box set includes a coupon for savings on a theatrical admission to the new Spike Lee film, Inside Man.
Zu Warriors (PG-13) Ekin Cheng, Cecilia Cheung, Louis Koo, Patrick Tam, Kelly Lin. Among the heaven and the earth exists Zu’s mountain range, where the immortals of Omei live on the highest mountain. But the kingdom is in danger from Amnesia, a renegade immortal that wants to rule Zu and all the world. White Eyebrows, Zu’s leader, calls to his most expert fighters to defeat Amnesia and destroy him, but Amnesia is hidden in Blood Cavern to strengthen his power. While Red watches the entrance of Blood Cavern, King Sky and the others will try to find a way to exterminate Amnesia with an ancient and powerful sword. 80 minutes. DVD INFO: Includes the original Hong Kong version in Cantonese with optional English subtitles; a dubbed English version; plus a making-of featurette.
ALSO ON DVD TRAFFIC: CRITERION COLLECTION with lots of extras, plus the original THE SHAGGY DOG and THE SHAGGY D.A.
TV on DVD THE BRADY BUNCH: FINAL SEASON, THE COSBY SHOW: SEASON 2, THE FLINTSTONES: SEASON 5, LAWLESS YEARS: SEASON 1, NICK CANNON PRESENTS WILD N OUT: SEASON 1, POLICE WOMAN: SEASON 1, STAR TREK FAN COLLECTIVE: BORG, THREE’S COMPANY: SEASON 6, HOGAN’S HEROES: SEASON 3 and WALKING TALL: COMPLETE SERIES. NOTE: Some studios have the nerve to market box sets of TV series containing episodes that were trimmed down by several minutes each for airing in syndication. Before laying down your money, make sure the box set includes the words “original and uncut.”