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The Edukators (R) Daniel Bruhl, Burghart Klaussner, Stipe Erceg, Julia Jentsch. Jule is a waitress who can’t make ends meet. She moves in with her boyfriend Peter and his friend Jan, two young men united by their passion to change the world. But Jule has a secret: An auto accident in the past has burdened her with lifetime payments to a successful businessman named Hardenberg. Peter and Jan also have a secret: They are the notorious “Edukators,” mysterious perpetrators who break into the expensive homes of local yacht club members as an act of political rebellion. They wreak havoc and leave notes that read, “Your days of plenty are numbered.” The same might be said for the threesome’s alliance. 127 minutes. DVD INFO: The DVD presents the film in the widescreen format.
Madagascar (PG) Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith. Computer-animated cartoon from the Shark Tale people. Alex the Lion (Stiller) is the main attraction at Central Park Zoo in NYC, where his best friends are Marty the Zebra (Rock), Melman the Giraffe (Schwimmer) and Gloria the Hippo (Pinkett Smith). Curious about the outside world, Marty makes his escape, with the help of some prodigious penguins. Alex, Melman and Gloria go after him, but they all get captured, crated and put on a ship to Africa … to be set free in the wild. 86 minutes. DVD INFO: Two separately packaged two-disc sets 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 the very first-ever Penguin Commentary; untamed games and jungle activities for the whole family; the inside scoop with “Behind the Crates,” “The Tech of Madagascar” and “Mad Mishaps”; plus, help the penguins “Crack the Code” for a special surprise!
The Oprah Winfrey Show — 20th Anniversary DVD Collection (NR) The Stars. The Stories. The Moments (The Press Release Copy!). An unprecedented six-disc collection celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Oprah Winfrey Show, one-on-one with Oprah Winfrey herself. See exclusive never-before-seen footage, never-before-heard thoughts and personal revelations, as Oprah takes a candid look back at all the most memorable moments of 20 years of history-making television. Get the inside story on Oprah’s all-time favorite guests, surprises, celebrities and the people that have touched Oprah’s heart forever. Share Oprah’s personal perspective on the stories that made headlines, the interviews she’ll never forget and more! Plus, go on a personal tour of Oprah’s home, watch never-before-seen footage from the beginning years of The Oprah Winfrey Show and take an exclusive look behind the scenes of A Day in the Life of The Oprah Winfrey Show! Twenty extraordinary years ... from Oprah to you. Oprah Winfrey will donate 100 percent of Harpo’s profits from the sale of this DVD Collection to Oprah’s Angel Network. 1,034 minutes. DVD INFO: The six-disc set includes exclusive behind-the-scenes footage at Harpo Studios.
The Skeleton Key (PG-13) Kate Hudson, Gena Rowlands, Peter Saarsgard, Joy Bryant, John Hurt. Set largely in the dark atmospheric backwoods just outside of New Orleans, the supernatural thriller stars Hudson as Caroline, a live-in nurse hired to care for an elderly woman’s (Rowlands) ailing husband (Hurt) in their home ... a foreboding and decrepit mansion in the Louisiana delta. Intrigued by the enigmatic couple, their mysterious and secretive ways and their rambling house, Caroline begins to explore the old mansion. Armed with a skeleton key that unlocks every door, she discovers a hidden attic room that holds a deadly and terrifying secret. 105 minutes. DVD INFO: Two separately packaged two-disc sets 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 by director Iain Softley; deleted scenes with audio commentary by the director; behind-the-scenes feature with cast interviews; “Exploring Voodoo/Hoodoo,” explore the symbols, chants and history of hoodoo, and the religion of voodoo; “Kate Hudson’s Ghost Story”: Kate Hudson tells a chilling true ghost story from her past; “Recipe & Ritual: Making the Perfect Gumbo!”; “Blues in the Bayou,” the roots and history of blues music and how its spirituality adds suspense to the film; “Plantation Life,” learn the true history of plantation life through interviews with plantation owners; casting The Skeleton Key; “John Hurt’s Story”: John Hurt reads a disturbing excerpt from the book Voices from Slavery; how the film’s locations were chosen; “Gena’s Love Spell”: Gena Rowlands shows the viewer a voodoo spell that will create love and friendship.
Stealth (PG-13) Josh Lucas, Jessica Biel, Jamie Foxx, Sam Shepard. Stealth is an aerial action dispos-a-flick that takes elements from Top Gun, WarGames, The Mod Squad, Pensacola: Wings of Gold and coughs up a splashy mess that only a 15-year-old boy could appreciate. Luckily, the spirit of a 15-year-old boy still lives within me, so I had a fairly good time. Lucas, Biel and a pre-Ray Foxx are U.S. Navy test pilots flying highly classified stealth fighter jets. Their new wingman is an artificial intelligence-based unmanned jet named EDI (called Eddie) that soon goes nuts, of course. After downloading all the songs from the Internet (!), it starts pumping out dreadful ’80s rock and questioning authority. How cool. 121 minutes. DVD INFO: Two separately packaged two-disc sets 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 behind-the-scenes featurettes; a music video; and some interactive features. —EJO
Stillwater (NR) Bill Akin, Speedy Arnold, V. Kim Blish, Janice Bryan. Set in a small and melancholy Georgia town, Stillwater is Adrian Keys’ atmospheric debut film. Andy Morrison (V. Kim Blish) is a recent college graduate who, shocked to discover that he is adopted, sets out to find his birth mother. However, he uncovers some disturbing things that might have been better left alone. 90 minutes. DVD INFO: Includes audio commentary; director biography; plus still galleries.
TV on DVD CHARMED: SEASON 3, CHEERS: SEASON 7, FANTASY ISLAND: SEASON 1, THE FLINTSONES: SEASON 4, FRASIER: SEASON 7, FRIENDS: SEASON 10, THE GOLDEN GIRLS: LIFETIME INTIMATE PORTRAITS, HOME MOVIES: SEASON 3, THE HUCKLEBERRY HOUND SHOW: VOLUME 1, MURDER ONE: SEASON 2, SCRUBS: SEASON 2, THAT ’70s SHOW: SEASON 3, THREE’S COMPANY: SEASON 5, TRU CALLING: SEASON 2 and THE YOGI BEAR SHOW: THE COMPLETE SERIES. NOTE: Some studios are marketing 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.”