OnVideo March 1996 Releases
ACE VENTURA: WHEN NATURE CALLS
Jim Carrey is back as that nutty Ace Ventura, pet detective who, this time around, along with his sidekick Spike the monkey, travel to Africa to find a kidnapped sacred bat. Of course, nothing much has changed for the dippy dick: his hair still defies gravity, his attitude defies sanity, and the laughs still keep rolling off the screen.
Director: Steve Oedekerk. Stars: Jim Carrey. CC (PG-13 94 min.) Comedy 1995 (Warner 23500) $22.98 SRP Available: 3/12
He doesn't fit in. He's a terror on the football field. He's Angus, a totally lost teen-ager facing growing pains and peer pressure. With the help of his geeky but faithful friend he tackles the trials and tribulations of looking for an identity. For teens and eternal teens.
Director: Patrick Read Johnson. Stars: Chris Owen, Ariana Richards, Kathy Bates. CC (PG-13 87 min.) Comedy 1995 (Turner Home Entertainment 6361) No SRP Available: 3/19
This thoroughly enjoyable and wonderful film is a fanciful fable about a pig who defies destiny by daring to be different by daring to be, of all things, a sheepdog. The stars of this live- action family film are the animals, and they're animals who talk to each other much more intelligently and compassionately than humans talk to other humans. A must for everyone.
Director: Chris Noonan. Stars: James Cromwell and the animals. CC (G 92 min.) Family 1995 (MCA/Universal 82453) No SRP Available: 3/22
BABYSITTERS CLUB, THE
Based on the best selling book series about seven friends whose babysitting business leads to a series of heartwarming adventures. In this movie version, the girls are turning 13 and, with the summer upon them, they hope to devise a brilliant plan to make some money, have some fun and keep their remarkable friendships intact. But parents, boy friends and rival girls test the fabric of their relationships.
Director: Melanie Mayron. Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Bruce Davison, Peter Horton. CC (PG 92 min.) Family 1995 (Columbia TriStar 11633) $19.95 SRP Available: 3/12
Mel Gibson stars in and directed this epic drama set in 13th century Scotland. It was a time when the populace was exploited by warring clans and tyrannized by a brutal English monarch, and it was a time that called for a hero to rise to the fore: William Wallace, who was transformed into the fearsome warrior Braveheart to wage war against the English to gain his people's freedom.
Director: Mel Gibson. Stars: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Catherine McCormack. CC (R 177 min.) Action-Adventure 1995 (Paramount 33118) No SRP Available: 3/12
BROTHERS MCMULLEN, THE
This low-budget romantic comedy is a straight-forward attempt to look at the comic side of commitments, sibling camaraderie, sex, love, religion and family -- all through the lives of a trio of young Irish Catholic working class brothers in contemporary New York. One brother is married but is tempted to have an affair, another is afraid of commitment and the third is a hopeless romantic.
Director: Edward Burns. Stars: Jack Mulcahy, Mike McGlone, Edward Burns, Connie Britton. CC (R 97 min.) Romantic comedy 1995 (FoxVideo 8934) No SRP Available: 3/5
Based on Richard Price's novel, this harrowing urban drama follows the lives of two brothers -- one a drug dealer, the other a family man with two jobs -- caught up in a murder investigation undertaken by a disillusioned homicide detective. Director Spike Lee returns to his roots exploring in detail the harsh realities faced by an entire generation of African-American males.
Director: Spike Lee. Stars: Harvey Keitel, John Turturro. CC (R 129 min.) Action-Drama 1995 (MCA/Universal 82459) No SRP Available: 3/12
This is the amusing story of what happens when an old man and his beautiful young wife return to his small home town for a vacation. Spring fever hits the town as all the men in the neighborhood fall under the spell of her beauty, including the handsome young doctor. The plot thickens, twists and turns as the young wife finds herself returning the man's affections. Inspired by Anton Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya."
Director: Michael Blakemore. Stars: Sam Neill, Greta Scacchi. CC (107 min.) Comedy 1995 (Miramax ) SRP Available: 3/19
This is the acclaimed documentary look into the psyche of one of America's foremost artists, the creator of the "Keep on Truckin'" panel, "Fritz the Cat" and Zap comics.
Director: Terry Zwigoff. CC (R 119 min.) Documentary 1995 (Columbia TriStar 10693) No SRP Available: 3/26
Traces a single tumultuous day in the lives of record store staffers at Empire records, a hip store run by slackers but soon to be bought out by a super-chain. Soundtrack features The Cranberries, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Better Than Ezra, Cracker.
Director: Allan Moyle. Stars: Anthony LaPaglia, Maxwell Caulfield, Debi Mazur. CC (PG-13 91 min.) Comedy 1995 (Warner 14169) No SRP Available: 3/05
Cindy Crawford stars as a dedicated Miami attorney and William Baldwin plays a cop in this action-thriller loaded with crashes, explosions and high-tech devices. When Crawford is targeted by ruthless international embezzlers, an ex-KGB operative and his commandos, Baldwin becomes her only protector when the assassins close in. On the run, the pair discover romantic feelings for each other in the midst of trying to survive.
Director: Joel Silver. Stars: Cindy Crawford, William Baldwin. CC (R 91 min.) Action 1995 (Warner 14072) No SRP Available: 3/5
When two loafers get dumped by their girlfriends, they retreat to the mall, the perfect place to do something while really doing nothing. Between visits to the food court and brooding, the unmotivated twosome decide to win their girlfriends back. From the director of "Clerks."
Director: Kevin Smith. Stars: Shannen Doherty, Jeremy London, Jason Lee, Claire Forlani. CC (R 96 min.) Comedy 1995 (MCA/Universal 82619) No SRP Available: 3/26
MANY ADVENTURES OF WINNIE THE POOH
Disney's 22nd animated film, restored to its original brilliance.
(G 73 min.) Animated 1977 (Walt Disney) $26.99 SRP Available: 3/27
MOONLIGHT AND VALENTINO
Four unique women share their innermost secrets and moments, confront their sexual feelings and return to the true essence of womanhood in this emotional rollercoaster ride of a film.
Director: David Anspaugh. Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Elizabeth Perkins, Kathleen Turner, Jon Bon Jovi. CC (R 104 min.) Comedy 1995 (PolyGram 800-630-229-3) $96.99 SRP Available: 3/05
This quirky comedy from Australia is a story of dreams and triumphs, a modern fable about the mundane and how it can be transformed by perseverance. Muriel is an overweight lover of '70s pop music whose humdrum life is transformed when she meets a new friend, moves to Sydney, and falls for the "man of her dreams." But the road to the altar takes some surprising twists.
Director: P. J. Hogan. Stars: Toni Collette, Bill Hunter, Rachel Griffiths. CC (R 105 min.) Comedy 1995 (Miramax 4701) No SRP Available: 3/12
NEVER TALK TO STRANGERS
A brilliant criminal psychologist (Rebecca DeMornay) dissects the fabrications of an accused serial murderer (Harry Dean Stanton) who is pleading insanity. While working on the case, she meets and gets involved with a mysterious stranger (Antonio Banderas). Suddenly bad things start to happen to her. Is it her new lover? The serial murderer, let off due to lack of evidence? Or her strange next door neighbor (Dennis Miller)? Only the screenwriters know for sure.
Director: Peter Hall. Stars: Rebecca DeMornay, Antonio Banderas, Harry Dean Stanton, Dennis Miller. CC (R 86 min.) Thriller 1995 (Columbia TriStar 11803) No SRP Available: 3/12
OPERATION DUMBO DROP
This "jumbo-sized" comedy stars Danny Glover, Ray Liotta and Denis Leary as Green Berets in Vietnam in 1968 who grudgingly undertake the mission of a lifetime -- to secretly transport an 8,000 pound elephant through 200 miles of jungle terrain to help Montagnard villagers who need the pachyderm for an upcoming ceremonial ritual. The highlight of the maneuver: the parachuting of the beast into the village.
Director: Simon Wincer. Stars: Danny Glover, Ray Liotta, Denis Leary. CC (PG 108 min.) Comedy 1995 (Walt Disney 5743) No SRP Available: 3/19
Life in the fast lane in New York as a party girl finds meaning at the library and love at a falafel cart.
Director: Daisy Von Scherler Mayer. Stars: Parker Posey, Anthony DeSando, Donna Mitchell. CC (R 94 min.) Comedy 1995 (Columbia TriStar 79723) No SRP Available: 3/5
This otherworldly horror thriller stars Elias Koteas as a Los Angeles cop assigned to investigate the unexplainable events surrounding a recent homicide. He uncovers a prophecy of a heavenly war being raged on Earth and teams up with an elementary school teacher (Virginia Madsen) to combat the forces of evil being lead by a powerful, dark angel (Christopher Walken in a malevolent role).
Director: Gregory Widen. Stars: Elias Koteas, Christopher Walken, Virginia Madsen, Eric Stoltz. CC (R 97 min.) Horror 1995 (Miramax 5961) No SRP Available: 3/12
RUN OF THE COUNTRY, THE
Set in a village of County Cavan south of the Northern Irish border, the film focuses on 18-year-old Danny, lost and upset after the death of his mother. He runs away from his stern father (Albert Finney) and teams up with a wild local, Prunty, and the pair have "the run of the country." Soon Danny meets and falls in love with a young woman, but reality sets in: she gets pregnant and has a miscarriage; Prunty accidently gets killed. Danny finally reconciles with his father and heads off for Dublin and the university.
Director: Peter Yates. Stars: Matt Keeslar, Albert Finney, Anthony Brophy. CC (R 110 min.) Drama 1995 (Columbia TriStar 80023) No SRP Available: 3/5
This chilling suspense thriller stars Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt as a pair of detectives who are drawn deeper and deeper into the twisted world of a cunning, creative and meticulous criminal when they track down a vicious serial killer who fashions his murders after the seven deadly sins. Not for the faint of heart: there's plenty of grisly murders and gore.
Director: David Fincher. Stars: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow. CC (R 127 min.) Thriller 1995 (New Line N4381) No SRP Available: 3/26
THEREMIN--AN ELECTRIC ODYSSEY
Describes the work and life of Professor Leon Theremin, the Russian electronics genius who virtually created the entire field of electronic music in 1920 with the introduction of the world's first electronic musical instrument, the Theremin, which is played without being touched. Some of the most famous science fiction classics of all time feature the instrument's eerie music.
Director: Steven M. Martin. CC (PG 84 min.) Documentary 1995 (Orion OHV-5080) N0 SRP Available: 3/26
TIE THAT BINDS, THE
In the tradition of "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle": A successful young couple (Vincent Spano and Moira Kelley) who are unable to conceive a child of their adopt an adorable daughter. But, look out, the child's biological parents -- a pair of ruthless criminals (Daryl Hannah and Keith Carradine) -- show up to reclaim their daughter and they'll do anything to get her back.
Director: Wesley Strick. Stars: Vincent Spano, Moira Kelley, Daryl Hannah, Keith Carradine. CC (R 99 min.) Suspense 1995 (Hollywood Pictures) SRP Available: 3/19
WALK IN THE CLOUDS, A
This romantic drama stars Keanu Reeves as a G.I. returning from World War II who finds he now has little in common with the wife he left behind. Disillusioned, he becomes a traveling salesman and meets the unmarried and pregnant daughter of a wealthy vineyard owner. When he comes to her aid to pose as her husband for one night, his gallant deed changes forever both of their lives.
Director: Alfonso Arau. Stars: Keanu Reeves, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, Anthony Quinn, Giancarlo Giannini. CC (R 102 min.) Drama 1995 (FoxVideo 8900) No SRP Available: 3/5
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