OnVideo April 1996 Releases
This heartwarming animated film, set against the breathtaking landscape of the Alaskan territory and based on a true story, follows the heroic journey of a sled dog whose courageous efforts to deliver a shipment of serum saves the children of Nome from a diphtheria epidemic in 1925. Features the voices of Kevin Bacon, Bridget Fonda, Bob Hoskins and Phil Collins.
Director: Simon Wells. Stars: Voices of Kevin Bacon, Bridget Fonda, Bob Hoskins, Phil Collins. CC (G 78 min.) Animated Family 1995 (MCA/Universal 82593) $19.98 SRP Available: 4/5
BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, THE
Clint Eastwood directs and stars with Meryl Streep in this romantic story based on the popular novel by Robert James Waller. Eastwood plays a roaming, misfit photojournalist on assignment for the National Geographic, shooting landscapes in Iowa; Streep plays a farm wife whose humdrum life is set ablaze by the vagabond when her husband and sons go off to the state fair for four days. A many-hankie tearjerker.
Director: Clint Eastwood. Stars: Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep. CC (PG-13 135 min.) Romance 1995 (Warner Home Video 13772) No SRP Available: 4/23
Geena Davis plays a pirate queen who buys a well-educated slave (Matthew Modine) at a slave auction to help her unravel the secrets of a buried treasure. Together, they battle another, sinister pirate (Frank Langella) in a fast and furious race to procure three pieces of a map that leads to a wealth of jewels and coins. A bomb!
Director: Renny Harlin. Stars: Geena Davis, Matthew Modine. CC (PG-13 118 min.) Action/Adventure 1995 (LIVE 60228) $99.98 SRP Available: 4/16
DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS
This steamy mystery features Denzel Washington as Easy Rawlins, an out-of-work WWII vet in 1948 Los Angeles who quickly becomes a detective to make a fast $100. His job, to find a mysterious lady, turns nasty as he gets involved in scandal, blackmail, hypocrisy, racial intrigue, underworld competition and cutthroat big city politics. Jennifer Beals plays the missing woman, the title character around which the action swirls.
Director: Carl Franklin. Stars: Denzel Washington, Jennifer Beals. CC (R 101 min.) Mystery Thriller 1995 (Columbia TriStar 51343) No SRP Available: 4/2
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Jody Foster directed this eccentric ensemble comedy about the foils and foibles of a wacky family who reunite for their annual Thanksgiving outing. This year there's Claudia (Holly Hunter), whose life is on a downward spiral, her 15-year-old daughter who's determined to lose her virginity, her weird brother (Robert Downey, Jr. and his mysterious friend Dylan McDermott. Also stars the inimitable Anne Bancroft.
Director: Jodie Foster. Stars: Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft, Dylan McDermott. CC (PG-13 103 min.) Comedy 1995 (PolyGram 800-634-471-3) $96.99 SRP Available: 4/2
HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN QUILT
This star-studded romantic comedy features Winona Ryder as a Berkeley grad student who spends the summer at the home of her grandmother (Ellen Burstyn) and great aunt (Anne Bancroft). While working on her thesis and mulling over a marriage proposal, she gets involved with a sensual local man. As she wrestles with her thoughts, the women in her grandmother's quilting bee confide to her the stories of the loves that shaped their own lives. Also stars Maya Angelou, Kate Nelligan, Jean Simmons and Alfre Woodard.
Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse. Stars: Winona Ryder, Dermot Mulroney, Ellen Burstyn, Anne Bancroft, Maya Angelou, Alfre Woodard. CC (PG-13 117 min.) Romantic Comedy 1995 (MCA/Universal 82595) No SRP Available: 4/30
MONEY TRAIN, THE
Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson reteam from "White Men Can't Jump" to play foster brothers who both work as transit cops on the New York subway system. They're loaded with attitude and take no guff from anyone. Their biggest fantasy is to rob the "money train," the subway train that transports the system's daily take of $3 million to $4 million -- that is, until they have to stop a real heist.
Director: Joseph Ruben. Stars: Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson. CC (R 110 min.) Action/Thriller 1995 (Columbia TriStar 11073) No SRP Available: 4/30
Diane Ladd's directing and screenwriting debut also has her star as a woman who has to care for her ailing, bitter father-in-law (Bruce Dern). Convinced that she's trying to kill him, the man protests but her unorthodox nurturing methods actually begin to revive the old man. In retaliation, she begins a bizarre campaign to force him into reliving their forgotten past, which results in an all-out war of wits-and-wills in an unpredictable story of love and revenge.
Director: Diane Ladd. Stars: Diane Ladd, Bruce Dern. CC (R 99 min.) Drama 1995 (Republic 6168) No SRP Available: 4/2
NOW AND THEN
This coming-of-age comedy about friendship and summer fun features Demi Moore, Melanie Griffith, Rosie O'Donnell and Rita Wilson as four childhood friends who get together after 20 years to reminisce and journey back to one magical summer in the past. Christina Ricci, Thora Birch, Gaby Hoffman and Ashleigh Aston Moore play the young girls, with brief appearances by Brendan Fraser, Bonnie Hunt, Lolita Davidovich and Janeane Garofolo.
Director: Lesli Linka Glatter. Stars: Demi Moore, Melanie Griffith, Rosie O'Donnell, Rita Wilson. CC (PG-13 102 min.) Comedy 1995 (New Line N4386) No SRP Available: 4/16
A beautiful adaptation of the Jane Austen classic love story about a young couple's stormy romance and the scandal it stirred up in English society.
Director: Roger Michell. Stars: Corin Redgrave, Fiona Shaw, John Woodvine. CC (PG 104 min.) Drama 1995 (Columbia TriStar 80073) No SRP Available: 4/2
SCARLET LETTER, THE
Roland Joffe directs this revisionist version of the Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel about a free-thinking woman in Puritanical times. Demi Moore plays Hester Prynne, branded with a scarlet letter for her adultery, and Gary Oldman plays Reverend Dimmesdale, who risks his God to consecrate his love.
Director: Roland Joffe. Stars: Demi Moore, Gary Oldman, Robert Duvall, Joan Plowright. CC (R 135 min.) Drama 1995 (Hollywood 5959) SRP Available: 4/16
Wayne Wang's acclaimed film features Harvey Keitel, William Hurt, Forest Whitaker, Stockard Channing and Ashley Judd as part of a group of strangers whose lives are inexplicably intertwined around a cigar shop. The offbeat customers include a novelist with a bad case of writer's block, a teen-ager with $5000 in stolen cash, a one-armed man running from his past, and the store manager's ex-girlfriend who returns after 18 years with shocking news.
Director: Wayne Wang. Stars: William Hurt, Harvey Keitel, Stockard Channing. CC (R 112 min.) Drama 1995 (Miramax 6315) No SRP Available: 4/9
STEAL BIG, STEAL LITTLE
Andy Garcia plays twin brothers adopted by one of the wealthiest women in Santa Barbara whose death sets off a battle between brothers that leads to madness and mayhem. A slim comedy of unsavory characters.
Director: Andrew davis. Stars: Andy Garcia, Alan Arkin, Joe Pantoliano, David Ogden Stiers, Rachel Ticotin. CC (PG-13 135 min.) Comedy 1995 (HBO Home Video) No SRP Available: 4/23
It's the eve of the millennium in Los Angeles, December 30, 1999: Is it the end of the world or the beginning of a new one? An ex- cop (Ralph Fiennes) turned street hustler and black marketeer who preys on human nature falls into a maze filled with intrigue, betrayal, murder and conspiracy when he peddles the drug of the future: a virtual-reality artifice that lets users live the experiences of others.
Director: Kathryn Bigelow. Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis. CC (R 145 min.) Science Fiction 1995 (FoxVideo 8939) No SRP Available: 4/2
TO DIE FOR
Gus Van Sant's black comedy explores the seedy underside of success on TV. Nicole Kidman plays Suzanne Stone, a small town girl from New Hampshire with a dream to become a famous TV personality, a dream that turns into a nightmare when her ambition turns into obsession. Disillusioned with her husband (Matt Dillon), she immerses herself in her career and talks her way into a job at a local station where she'll do anything to get ahead.
Director: Gus Van Sant. Stars: Nicole Kidman, Matt Dillon. CC (R 106 min.) Drama 1995 (Columbia TriStar 73433) No SRP Available: 4/16
Diane Keaton directed this screwball comedy-drama about a young boy and his creative attempts to deal with his mother's illness. Twelve-year-old Steven is overwhelmed by his ailing mother and emotionally distant father and runs off to live with his two eccentric uncles, finding solace in their strange and wonderful world. Here he begins his journey from boyhood innocence to a young man's understanding of life.
Director: Diane Keaton. Stars: Andie McDowell, John Turturro, Michael Richards, Maury Chaykin. CC (PG 94 min.) Comedy-Drama 1995 (Hollywood 5776) SRP Available: 4/16
VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN
Horrormeister Wes ("Nightmare on Elm Street") Craven tried a change of pace with this one: Eddie Murphy plays Maximillian, a member of the legendary "undead" who leaves his Caribbean homeland in search of his eternal mate in New York City. It turns out, though, that the object of his desire is Rita Veder (Angela Bassett), an NYPD detective, who's nevertheless protected by her devoted partner, Justice (played by Allen Payne). Mainly for Murphy fans.
Director: Wes Craven. Stars: Eddie Murphy, Angela Bassett, Allen Payne, Kadeem Hardison. CC (R 102 min.) Comedy Horror 1995 (Paramount 32982) No SRP Available: 4/16
WAITING TO EXHALE
Surprise hit of a woman's film about four modern-day black women searching for a decent man among the variety of losers, smooth- talkers, dope-heads, two-timers and hustlers they encounter in their world. The film, directed by Forest Whitaker and starring Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine and Lela Rochon, and featuring a smash soundtrack, follows the four women through one year in their lives.
Director: Forest Whitaker. Stars: Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Lela Rochon, Gregory Hines. CC (R 124 min.) Drama 1995 (FoxVideo 8946) $19.99 SRP Available: 4/23
WHITE MAN'S BURDEN
John Travolta plays a hard working man struggling to provide for his family. But the cards are stacked against him: In the world of this movie, roles are reversed and racial barriers exist to keep him down. So he fights in the only way he knows how -- he takes on the factory owner, Harry Belafonte.
Director: Desmond Nakano. Stars: John Travolta, Harry Belafonte, Kelly Lynch. CC (R 90 min.) Drama 1995 (HBO Home Video 91289) No SRP Available: 4/30
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