My DVD Collection

October 1, 2004

Blade RunnerWalsh, M. EmmetThompson, KevinThompson, KaoFord, HarrisonHong, JamesCassidy, JoannaHauer, RutgerTurkel, JosephOlmos, Edward JamesJames, BrionScott, Ridley Peoples, DavidCronenweth, JordanVangelisRawlings, Terry 085391268222DVDWarner Home Video 9/14/2004R (MPAA)YYDigital StereoColor1171  Science-Fiction/FantasyN$9.99Director Ridley Scott's hauntingly prescient vision of the not-too-distant future stars Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, a retired police assassin, or "blade runner." The Los Angeles of 2019 is a dark, polluted, overcrowded dystopia dominated by cloud-piercing buildings and looming neon billboards, the air dense with acid rain and flying traffic. World-weary Deckard has been called out of retirement to liquidate four escaped "replicants"--genetically derived androids of great strength, intelligence, and nearly-human emotion who serve as slaves and prostitutes in the off-planet colonies. Led by Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer), they've come to Los Angeles to confront their designer, Eldon Tyrell (Joe Turkel), with their unhappiness about the brevity of their four-year life span. In the course of his search, Deckard becomes romantically entwined with Tyrell's lovely assistant, Rachael (Sean Young), and must eventually confront Batty in an unforgettable rain-soaked sequence. A highly influential fusion of the science fiction and noir genres based on the novel DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? by Philip K. Dick, this postmodern film boasts astonishingly rich art direction, juxtaposing ingenious technological gadgetry with yellowing photographs and fetishistic objets d'art as it touches on questions of time, memory, identity, and mortality. Scott's 1992 director's cut edition contains notable alterations, including the absence of Ford's narration, which significantly heightens the ambiguity of key moments in this stunning cinematic landmark. Theatrical release: June 25, 1982. BLADE RUNNER - THE DIRECTOR'S CUT is a reedited version of the film that received a limited theatrical rerelease in 1992. BLADE RUNNER was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1993. In 21st-century Los Angeles, a semi-retired cop, known as a "blade runner," is assigned to hunt down and eliminate four "replicants"--genetically created humanoid robots. Ridley Scott's bleak masterpiece has influenced hundreds of films and ranks as one of the finest sci-fi films ever made.Tower Records
Cyberscape:Computer Animation Vision          Tchaicovsky, Beny   Bernstein, Peter  074644992595DVDSony Music Distribution 1/14/2002Not RatedNNMonoColor451   N$21.99Acclaimed computer animator Tchaicovsky's surrealistic, fantastical "recreation" of the milestones of human history, spanning from primordial proto-humans to the idiosyncrasies of modern living. With original music by Peter Bernstein.Tower Records
Fantasia 2000 (WS/DD/DTS/5.1/THX)Duck, DonaldMouse, MickeyOrchestra, Chicago Symphony       Butoy, Hendel   Shostakovich, DmitriPaulsen, Craig 717951008374DVDBuena Vista Home Entertainment 11/14/2000G (MPAA)YNDigital StereoColor751   N$22.49Following in the footsteps of the 1940 Disney classic, FANTASIA 2000 features seven animated short films set to classical compositions, along with the original version of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," starring Mickey Mouse. (This 2000 version also includes hosts such as Steve Martin, Quincy Jones, and Bette Midler introducing each segment.) The film opens with abstract butterfly-like creatures of light and darkness fluttering about to Beethoven's "Fifth Symphony" but quickly moves to the second sequence, featuring an adventurous baby whale and its elders floating along to "The Pines of Rome." Next is the "Rhapsody In Blue" segment, a tribute to 1930s New York City, based on the line drawings of illustrator Al Hirschfeld. The fourth piece is Hans Christian Andersen's tale of "The Steadfast Soldier" set to "Piano Concerto No. 2," followed by "The Carnival of Animals" which stars a yo-yo-wielding pink flamingo. The next two segments feature classic Disney characters; first, Mickey Mouse in the original version of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," then Donald Duck in a retelling of the Noah's Ark story set to "Pomp and Circumstance." Finally, "The Firebird" closes out the film, with a sweeping woodland story of nature's death and rebirth. With its brilliant animation, well-paced stories, and immediately engaging music, FANTASIA 2000 easily matches the wondrous spectacle of the original. This updated FANTASIA stands as a worthy successor to the original Walt Disney classic, with a broad range of animation styles that employ both traditional and computer-based techniques. With a running time of only 75 minutes (dictated by the original IMAX format), the film flies by. Each segment is magical and fun in its own right--most notably, the scene of majestically floating whales set to Respighi's "Pines of Rome" and Donald Duck doing his best in the Noah's Ark segment. Best of all, FANTASIA 2000 allows the Disney animators to stretch their muscles and experiment with fresh new material. Theatrical release: December 31, 1999 (IMAX). June 16, 2000 (35mm). FANTASIA 2000 is the 38th full-length animated feature from Walt Disney Pictures.Tower Records
Final FantasySutherland, DonaldRhames, VingBuscemi, SteveGilpin, PeriBaldwin, AlecMing-NaDavid, KeithWoods, JamesSimmons, Jean Sakaguchi, Hironobu Reinert, Al Goldenthal, ElliotCapp, Christopher S. 043396062498DVDColumbia TriStar Home Entertainment 10/23/2001PG-13 (MPAA)YNMonoColor1061  Action/AdventureN$22.49Directed by Hironobu Sakaguchi (who also created the best-selling series of video games that inspired the film), the groundbreaking FINAL FANTASY, which stars a startlingly lifelike cast of animated characters, is the first photo-realistic computer-generated feature film ever made. In the year 2065, Earth has been taken over by a race of alien phantoms and transformed into a barren wasteland sprinkled with dome-enclosed barrier cities--the last remaining bastions of human civilization. Dr. Aki Ross (voiced by actress Ming-Na) has teamed up with Captain Gray Edwards (Alec Baldwin) to search for the "eighth spirit," a powerful entity dwelling in an unknown life form somewhere on the planet. It holds the key to perfecting a system of energy waves that will neutralize the phantoms. Ross's opponent is the reckless General Hein (James Woods), who is determined to put a stop to the alien invasion by firing a satellite cannon directly into a nest of phantoms located deep within the Earth, even though this could mean obliterating the planet itself and all life upon it. Theatrical Release: JULY 11, 2001Tower Records
Graveyard of the Fireflies                  DVDGhibli   NN   1   N   
Inspired By Bach 01Ma, Yo-YoMesservy, Julie Moir        Girard, Francois      696998929791DVDSony Classical 10/24/2000Not RatedNYDigital StereoColor1261  Musical & Performing ArtsN$11.99The first two installments in the six-part YO-YO MA INSPIRED BY BACH series are two very different, totally innovative works. THE MUSIC GARDEN is a touching meeting of the journey narrative and classical music. Director Kevin McMahon films internationally renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma as he and brilliant landscape gardener Julie Moir Messervy travel America's East Coast in search of a garden "inspired by Bach." This takes place to the soundtrack of Yo-Yo Ma playing Bach's "Suite No.1 for Unaccompanied Cello." Part Two, THE SOUND OF CARCERI, features Bach's "Suite No. 2 for Unaccompanied Cello." Experimental director Francois Girard (who undertook another classical subject for his acclaimed 32 SHORT FILMS ABOUT GLENN GOULD) creates a visually stunning world inspired by the imaginative, dreamlike prison drawings of 1700's Italian architect Piranesi. Meant to match the sounds of the Suite, this short music-art film received a 1998 Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects.Tower Records
Love For Three Oranges:Prokofiev                 014381579628DVDImage Entertainment, Inc. 8/15/2000Not RatedYNMonoColor1051  Musical & Performing ArtsN$26.99The Lyon Opera Orchestra and Chrous, conducted by Kent Nagano, presents Prokofiev's piece, highlighted by Helene Peraguin, Jean-Luc Viaia, Vincent Le Texier and Gabriel Bacquier.Tower Records
Luminous Visions              Dream, Tangerine  074644948493DVDSony Music Distribution 1/14/2002Not RatedNNStereoColor451   N$18.74Intoxicating free-form computer animation from Yoichiro Kawaguchi combines with an original soundtrack by Tangerine Dream to create an otherworldly sensory experience.Tower Records
Men In BlackSmith, WillFiorentino, LindaD'Onofrio, VincentTorn, RipShalhoub, TonyFallon, SiobhanNussbaum, MikeCalderon, SergioStruycken, CarelAlexander, JohnSonnenfeld, Barry Solomon, EdPeterman, DonaldElfman, DannyMiller, Jim 043396054981 Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment 9/5/2000 1PG-13 (MPAA)YYStereoColor981   N In the 1950s a super-secret government agency was formed to monitor and police the activities of extraterrestrial aliens on the planet Earth. Some 40 years later a founding father of the agency, Agent Kay (Tommy Lee Jones), finds himself with a new smart-mouthed partner fresh from the NYPD who is soon dubbed Agent Jay (Will Smith). Their first mission is to save the Earth from destruction by a giant insectlike alien (Vincent D’Onfrio) that, incidentally, drives an exterminator’s truck. Armed with their matching Ray-Bans, skinny ties, and space-age weapons that Jay barely understands--he calls the Neuralyzer the "flashy thing"--the new duo begin another average day of fighting intergalactic terrorists. An amazingly hip and terribly clever movie that riffs on everything from E.T.--THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL to CASABLANCA, this Barry Sonnenfeld film is based on the equally savvy comic book by Lowell Cunningham. Filmed in New York City and in studio (Culver City, CA). Estimated budget: $90 million. The film grossed more than $250 million at the domestic box office and nearly $600 million worldwide. A hilariously stoic top-secret federal agent (Tommy Lee Jones) and his wisecracking partner (Will Smith) don their matching Ray-Bans and skinny black ties and proceed to use all their considerable weaponry and wit to save the world from an undocumented and extremely unfriendly mantislike alien. MEN IN BLACK is a successful, tongue-in-cheek spoof of summer blockbuster alien invasion flicks, based on the comic book by Lowell Cunningham.Tower Records
Monty Python & The Holy GrailBooth, ConnieCleveland, CarolDuffell, BeeCast, Monty PythonYoung, JohnGilliam, TerryChapman, GrahamIdle, EricCleese, JohnJones, TerryGilliam, Terry Jones, Terry Innes, NeilHackney, John 043396052765DVDColumbia TriStar Home Entertainment 10/23/2001PG (MPAA)YNMonoColor891  ComediesN$22.49This classic Monty Python comedy, directed by Pythons Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, is a hilarious send-up of the grim circumstances of the Middle Ages as told through the story of King Arthur and framed by a modern-day murder investigation. When the mythical king of the Britons leads his knights on a quest for the Holy Grail, they face a wide array of horrors, including a persistent Black Knight, a three-headed giant, a cadre of shrubbery-challenged knights, the perilous Castle Anthrax, a killer rabbit, a house of virgins, and a handful of rude Frenchmen. In addition to the set pieces, the film also includes the same kind of surreal animation that Gilliam contributed to the television series. Throughout the irreverent adventures, the Python crew eschews realism in favor of anachronistic social satire, a recipe it later returned to in the 1979 biblical farce MONTY PYTHON'S LIFE OF BRIAN. Melding the ridiculous with the sublime, the film quickly inspired a cult following, generated a host of quotes, and even inspired a computer game 20 years after its release. The numerous songs and hysterical vignettes are sidesplittingly unforgettable. Theatrical release: March 1975 (L.A.) Filmed on location in Scotland. MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL was the British comedy troupe's second feature and their first film with a somewhat more traditional plot. Their previous effort, AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT, was a collection of sketches from the BBC television series MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS. In the opening credits, "Ralph the Wonder Llama" is credited as one of the executive producers; various other llamas are credited with assisting the producers and directors. Novelist Douglas Adams contributed to the film's soundtrack album. Connie Booth and John Cleese were once husband and wife. Terry Gilliam's wife, Maggie Weston, is uncredited as the page turner; only her hand is seen. Terry Gilliam did all the animation for the film. Production designer Roy Smith, also known as Roy Forge Smith, played several small parts in the film. Neil Innes, who wrote the songs for the film, also appears in several bit parts. King Arthur and his knights venture into medieval England in search of the elusive Holy Grail in this riotous parody that takes on the Arthurian legend, chivalry, movie epics, and bunny rabbits. Terry Gilliam's irreverent comedy, featuring the Monty Python troupe in many memorable roles, is very simply one of the funniest films ever made. Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Eric Idle, and Gilliam successfully transfer their television success to the big screen, laying the groundwork for a series of hysterical farces that would follow. "It's just a flesh wound."--The Black Knight (John Cleese) to King Arthur (Graham Chapman), after Arthur has cut off his arms "I don't wanna talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food trough wiper! I fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!"--French Guard (John Cleese) to Arthur "Sir Launcelot had saved Sir Galahad from almost certain temptation."--Narrator (Michael Palin), upon Sir Galahad (Michael Palin) having been "rescued" from the castle of virgins "We are the Knights Who Say...'Ni'!" --Head Knight (Michael Palin) to Arthur "One day, lad, all this will be yours!"--Father (Michael Palin) "What, the curtains?"--Prince Herbert (Terry Jones) "We are longer the Knights Who Say 'Ni.'"--Head Knight "Ni! Shh!"--Knights of Ni "Shh! We are now the Knights Who Say 'Ecky-ecky-ecky-ecky-pikang-zoop-boing-goodem-zoo-owli-zhiv.'"--Head Knight "Look, that rabbit's got a vicious streak a mile wide! It's a killer!"--Tim the Enchanter (John Cleese) "And the Lord spake, saying, 'First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin. Then, shalt thou count to three. No more. No less. Three shalt be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, nor either count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the numbeTower Records
Odyssey Into The Minds Eye                 074644987799DVDSony Music Distribution 1/14/2002Not RatedNNMonoColor621   N$21.99A mind-bending computer animated journey, with music by former Kansas guitarist Kerry Livgren.Tower Records
Odyssey:Turbulence          McCormack, Jon      074644992298DVDSony Music Distribution 1/14/2002Not RatedNNMonoColor301   N$21.99Cutting-edge computer animator McCormack crafts a fantastic artificial universe populated by shape-shifting creatures and other breathtaking images. Includes two bonus shorts, "ENS" and "TISA."Tower Records
Planetary Traveler          Nickman, Jan C.   Haslinger, Paul  720917300122DVDWellspring 10/7/2003Not RatedNNDigitally MasteredColor401   N$12.99This computer-animated interstellar adventure from the creator of "The Mind's Eye" examines the visual flight logs of an advanced alien race, the Phleigs, chronicling their probes' visits to eight unique, visually arresting planets. Music by Paul Haslinger, formerly of Tangerine Dream. This is the first full-length video production created entirely on desktop computers.Tower Records
Shrek          Adamson, Andrew      667068901221DVDUniversal Studios Home Video 11/2/2001PG (MPAA)YNDigitally MasteredColor931   N$20.24Set in a strange, colorful land populated by fairy tale characters, SHREK is a hilarious comedy that will win over audiences of children and adults alike. Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) is a fearsome green ogre living in isolation in his own cozy little swamp. He is not receptive to visitors, and fends off the occasional party of torch-wielding villagers with ease. But when the power-hungry Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) turns Shrek's swamp into a relocation camp for dozens of banished fairy-tale characters (including some pesky dwarves, wolves, and fairies) Shrek's quiet, introverted life is ruined. Joined by the talkative Donkey (Eddie Murphy), Shrek makes his way to Farquaad's realm of Duloc, where the Lord promises makes Shrek and offer: He will rid Shrek's land of the unwanted visitors if Shrek will go on a simple quest to free Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) from her remote, dragon-guarded castle and convince her to marry Farquaad. On their quest, Shrek and Donkey run into a number of bizarre situations, and Shrek finds himself realizing that he isn't quite the fearsome monster he has always made himself out to be. Reinventing the traditional fairy tale adventure, SHREK features gorgeous computer animation, a unique sense of humor, and compelling characters--especially Eddie Murphy's lovable Donkey. Theatrical release: May 18, 2001Tower Records
Star Trek Original Series 08Shatner, WilliamNimoy, Leonard               097366000843DVDParamount Home Entertainment 2/22/2000Not RatedNYDigitally Re-MasteredColor991   N$17.99Original episodes from the classic television series. This volume includes "The Menagerie" (ep. 16) Parts 1 and 2.Tower Records
Star Trek Original Series 09Shatner, WilliamNimoy, Leonard               097366000942DVDParamount Home Entertainment 3/21/2000Not RatedNYMonoColor1001   N$17.99Original Episodes from the classic television series. This volume includes "Shore Leave" (ep. 17) and "The Squire of Gothos" (ep. 18).Tower Records
Star Wars 02:Attack Of The ClonesCarson, SilasDavies, Oliver FordBaker, KennyLee, ChristopherMcGregor, EwanPortman, NatalieChristensen, HaydenMcDiarmid, IanAugust, PernillaBest, AhmedLucas, George Lucas, GeorgeTattersall, DavidWilliams, JohnBurtt, Ben 024543055396 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment 11/12/2002PG (MPAA)YYDigitally ProcessedColor1421  Science-Fiction/FantasyN In the second installment of the Star Wars series, EPISODE II--ATTACK OF THE CLONES, Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) is now a teenage Jedi apprentice to Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor). Together they must protect Senator Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman) from a militant group of political activists that is trying to assassinate her. This group is led by the evil Count Dooku (Christopher Lee). Among other troubles, Anakin faces some hard choices as he begins to fall for Padme, knowing this love is forbidden by the Jedi knights' creed. In addition, Anakin begins to show his rebellious attraction to the dark side--which will eventually conquer him, when he becomes the future Darth Vader. The story is set 10 years after STAR WARS EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE, and there are appearances by some of PHANTOM's characters, including Jar Jar Binks. CLONES also brings back familiar faces from the original STAR WARS: the lovable droids R2D2 and C3PO, and Yoda, who plays a key role in this film. Lucas creates an impressive array of beautifully rendered alien planets and beings, sleek spaceships, and dazzling effects; he remains at the head of the class in terms of technical ability and visual imagination. The film's climactic final sequences show the magic with which CLONES' earns its place as part of the beloved STAR WARS series. Theatrical Release Date: May 16, 2002 (Wide)Tower Records
Tangerine Dream: OasisDream, TangerineWarriner, Gray               014381575729 Image Entertainment, Inc. 12/7/1999Not RatedNNMonoColor441  Musical & Performing ArtsN 70's electronic refugees Tangerine Dream provide the sound track for this foray across the landscape and through the natural phenomena that occur in the American Southwest. Sweep through mirages, over desert sands and across ancient Anasazi ruins as your mind convinces you that Tangerine Dream is somehow in synch with this psychedelic landscape.Tower Records
The City Of Lost ChildrenMosse, MireilleEmilfork, DanielPinon, DominiqueTrintignant, Jean-LouisLucien, JosephPerlman, RonVittet, Judith   Jeunet, Jean-Pierre      043396400191DVDColumbia TriStar Home Entertainment 10/19/1999R (MPAA)YYStereoColor1141  Science-Fiction/FantasyN$20.99In THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN, an imaginative fantasy from the creators of DELICATESSEN, a prematurely aging mad scientist named Krank (Daniel Emilfork) kidnaps children so he can steal their dreams. However, Krank runs into trouble when his henchmen grab Denrée (Joseph Lucien), a little boy whose adopted brother, One (Ron Perelman), is a circus strongman. One desperately tries to find Denrée and begs for help from Miette (Judith Vittet), a 9-year-old girl who heads up a gang of orphans. Together, One and Miette finally find Krank's castle, meeting along the way the lost identical brother--the original--of the three clones (each played by Dominique Pinon) who serve as Krank's assistants. French directors Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet once again prove their technical prowess with this dark fairy tale, which features outstanding performances from its youthful cast (most notably Vittet). As is the case with DELICATESSEN, however, their genius in constructing a highly artificial, beautiful, believable world threatens to overshadow the story. But even the fantastic sets cannot compare to the bizarre spectacles that Jeunet and Caro dream up. In one unforgettable scene, a pair of evil Siamese twin sisters prepare dinner, their four arms working perfectly in sync--one holding vegetables for another to chop while a third stirs the soup and a fourth scratches their collective itches. Frequent David Lynch collaborator Angelo Badalamenti creates the chilling, circusy musical score that adds to the film's magic. Theatrical release: December 15, 1995 (in New York City). Additional credits include: Jean-Marc Tostivint, Gregoire Barachin, Christophe Douchand (assistant directors); Pierre-Jacques Benichou (casting); Patrick Cauderlier (stunt coordinator). This film was acclaimed fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier's first foray into costume design in movies. He later designed the costumes for Luc Besson's THE PROFESSIONAL. Additional credits: Jean-Marc Tostivint, Gregoire Barachin, Christophe Douchand (assistant directors); Pierre-Jacques Benichou (casting); Patrick Cauderlier (stunt coordinator). Additional cast: Genevieve Brunet/Odile Mallet (The Octopus), Mireille Mosse (Miss Bismuth), Serge Merlin (Cyclops Leader), Francois Hadji-Lazaro (The Killer -- Cyclops), Ticky Holgado (The Ex-Acrobat), Dominique Bettenfeld (Bogdan), Lotfi Yahyajedidi (Melchior), Thierry Gibault (Brutus), Mapi Galan (Lune), Briac Barthelemy (Bottle), Alexis Pivot (Tadpole), Leo Rubion (Jeannot), Pierre Quentin-Faesch (Pipo), Frankie Pain (The Barmaid), Guillaume Billod-Morel (First Child), Ham-Chau Luong (The Tattoo Artist), Hong-Mai Thomas (The Tattoo Artist's Wife), Daniel Adric (A Cyclops), Enrique Villanueva (The Spaniard) and Chris Huerta (Father Christmas). In this imaginative fantasy from the creators of "Delicatessen," a mad scientist named Krank kidnaps children so he can steal their dreams. However, Krank runs into trouble carrying out his evil schemes after his Cyclops henchmen capture Denree, a bright little boy whose adopted brother works as a circus strongman. The brother, One, desperately tries to find Denree, and receives help from Miette, a nine-year-old girl who's the leader of a gang of orphans. Together, One and Miette take part in a series of fantastic adventures.Tower Records
The Dark Crystal          Henson, Jim Henson, Jim    043396028494DVDColumbia TriStar Home Entertainment 2/5/2002 1PG (MPAA)YYMonoColor941   N$14.99Featuring fantastical puppet flora and fauna from Muppet man Jim Henson, this dark but wonderful children’s movie follows Jen and Kira, two young Gelflings who are the last of their kind, as they try to fulfill the prophecy of the Dark Crystal. Jen’s wise master reveals on his deathbed that only a Gelfling will mend the crystal that cracked 1,000 years ago and placed the land under the dark rule of the evil, selfish Skeksis. To break the prophecy, the Skeksis killed all the Gelflings, and only Jen and Kira escaped their wrath. Now, though, Jen and Kira must journey into the heart of the Skeksis castle to reach the crystal and return the land to its former goodness. Like all good children’s movies, THE DARK CRYSTAL contains enough scary elements to keep the tension tight and the kids enthralled, while the puppet mastery will impress and tickle adults. THE DARK CRYSTAL was the first co-directorial effort of Frank Oz, who went on to direct THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, IN & OUT, and BOWFINGER, among many other comedies. A fantastical, puppet-filled adventure, this tale co-directed by Muppet creator Jim Henson and Frank Oz reveals the story of Jen, a young Gelfling boy chosen by prophecy to mend the Dark Crystal, which broke 1,000 years ago and plunged the land under the dominion of the evil, quarrelsome Skeksis. Fearing the prophecy, whose fulfillment would mean the end of their reign, the Skeksis exterminated the Gelflings--all but Jen and Kira, a girl he meets on his journey to the crystal. Pursued by the Skeksis and their dark creatures, Jen and Kira race to the crystal, even as their time runs out. THE DARK CRYSTAL was co-director Frank Oz's first directorial effort. Co-directors Frank Oz and Jim Henson were famous for playing Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog, respectively, in Muppet performances. Jim Henson and his Creature Shop based the film's characters on designs by fantasy artist Brian Froud.Tower Records
The HauntingNeeson, LiamZeta-Jones, CatherineTaylor, LiliWilson, Owen      Bont, Jan de  Lindenlaub, Karl WalterGoldsmith, JerryKahn, Michael 667068482126DVDUniversal Studios Home Video 3/5/2002 1PG-13 (MPAA)YNMonoColor1131  Horror/SuspenseN$12.95Jan DeBont (SPEED, TWISTER) remakes Robert Wise's subtle and terrifying 1963 haunted house tale as a computer-effects laden thrill ride. A professor (Neeson) and three subjects (Zeta-Jones and indie heroes Taylor and Wilson) spend an night in an old house with sinister secrets for the sake of a sleep disorder study...but no one gets much sleep. Based on Shirley Jackson's novel.Tower Records
The Lord Of The Rings:Return Of The KingBoyd, BillyMonaghan, DominicAstin, SeanMcKellen, IanBlanchett, CateBloom, OrlandoHill, BernardMortensen, ViggoNoble, JohnOtto, MirandaJackson, Peter Jackson, PeterLesnie, AndrewShore, Howard  794043692925DVDWarner Home Video 5/25/2004PG-13 (MPAA)NYMonoColor2011  Science-Fiction/FantasyN$22.99THE RETURN OF THE KING, the third and final film in Peter Jackson's THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, finds Middle-earth on the cusp of great change. Weary hobbits Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) venture further into the dark realm of Mordor, guided by the increasingly desperate Gollum (Andy Serkis), the two-faced former owner of the Ring that Frodo must destroy in the fires of Mount Doom. Meanwhile Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) contend with the deranged ruler Denethor (John Noble) at the once-mighty city of Minas Tirith, as Merry (Dominic Monaghan) joins Éowyn (Miranda Otto) and the Riders of Rohan to hold back the forces of Sauron. Amidst the chaos, Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) must rise to his destiny, aided by Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) in assembling allies for a massive battle that will decide the fate of Middle-earth. With RETURN, Jackson brings J.R.R. Tolkien's world-renowned tale to a stunning conclusion. As with THE TWO TOWERS, the director deftly weaves various storylines together in one remarkable scene after another. Spectacular visuals complement Jackson's sharp focus on the characters and their emotional battles. While the special effects help to create huge battles and frightening creatures on a previously unseen scale, they never outshine the excellent ensemble of actors who bring the heart of the story home. A truly astounding work of filmmaking, THE RETURN OF THE KING skillfully concludes one of the greatest trilogies in cinema history. Theatrical Release Date: December 17, 2003Tower Records
The MatrixFishburne, LaurenceMoss, Carrie-AnneWeaving, HugoReeves, KeanuPantoliano, JoeArahanga, JulianFoster, GloriaChong, MarcusMcClory, BelindaParker, Anthony RayWachowski, Larry Wachowski, AndyPope, BillDavis, DonStaenberg, Zach 085391773726DVDWarner Home Video 4/22/2003R (MPAA)YYDigital StereoColor1441  Science-Fiction/FantasyN$14.99With THE MATRIX, the Wachowskis have established themselves as innovative filmmakers who push the boundaries of live-action films. Like the groundbreaking STAR WARS, THE MATRIX (also the first film of a trilogy) showcases a unique visual style, one the Wachowskis achieved through an array of techniques and digital effects, some never before seen in mainstream Hollywood films. Although computer morphing technology had been used before in films such as THE ABYSS and TERMINATOR 2, the Wachowskis were the first to use "bullet time," a time-bending digital effect that utilizes both computer-generated imagery and still photography. The film itself is a complex story that aspires to mythology, focusing on a computer hacker named Neo (Keanu Reeves) who searches for the truth behind the mysterious force known as the Matrix. He finds his answer with a group of strangers led by the charismatic Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne). What they encounter in confronting that truth makes for a lightning-paced, eye-popping thrill ride of a movie. Packed with stunning fight scenes (choreographed by accomplished Hong Kong director Yuen Wo-Ping), astonishing visual effects, quotable lines, and a terrific supporting cast (led by Carrie-Anne Moss, in her first major Hollywood film), THE MATRIX is a bold triumph that raises the bar for all science fiction films. An imaginative hybrid of action, kung fu, and science fiction, THE MATRIX is a hyperkinetic, mind-bending, and visionary spectacle. Keanu Reeves stars as Neo, a disaffected computer hacker seeking the answer to the question, "What is the Matrix?" His search leads him to the elusive Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), who begins to enlighten Neo about the illusions of his so-called reality. In accepting the answer Morpheus provides, Neo is hurled into a futuristic world where old realities are shattered, and he must fight for his life, and the future of humanity, against a dangerous group of inhuman government agents. Theatrical release date: April 2, 1999. THE MATRIX won three Academy Awards: Achievement in Film Editing, Sound, and Visual Effects (beating out STAR WARS EPISODE 1: THE PHANTOM MENACE). In each category, the winners quoted a line from the film. The Wachowski brothers got their start at Marvel Comics, where they wrote dialogue for Clive Barker's HELLRAISER. The official website,, features a revolving showcase of comic book writers. The actors initially thought combat training would take a few weeks. They eventually trained for more than five months (October 1997-March 1998), primarily because the actors and the Wachowskis wanted to limit the use of stunt doubles in the picture; the directors wanted the audience to see that the actual actors were performing the stunts. Each actor had their own kung fu master on the set. Neo is an anagram for "One." The Wachowskis named Neo’s alter ego Thomas, for the biblical Doubting Thomas. SIMULACRA AND SIMULATION, Jean Baudrillard’s theoretical text concerning culture, reality, and simulation, is the title of the book Neo uses to keep his contraband. Carrie-Anne Moss sprained her ankle during the filming of the federal lobby scene but told no one at the time, even though she was unable to walk the next day. Moss appeared in the 1993 television show MATRIX, about a hit man working for the underworld. A musical theater piece by the Live Bait Theater group in Chicago (the Wachowski brothers’ hometown) called NEO: A MATRIX MUSICAL ran in May 2000. Producer Joel Silver called THE MATRIX "the first film of the new millennium." Talking about the making of the film, Fishburne compared the brothers Wachowski to the Brothers Grimm in their ability to tell fairy tales. Weapons expert Rock Galotti taught the cast how to realistically hold and shoot all the weapons in the film. "What is the Matrix?"--Neo (Keanu Reeves) to Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) "Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself."--Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) to Neo "I know kung fu."--Neo to Morpheus and Tank (MTower Records
The Planets          Barrett, Don   Tomita, Isao  014381407624DVDImage Entertainment, Inc. 10/15/1997Not RatedNNStereoColor551  Education/General InterestN$18.74World-class musician, Isao Tomita's soundtrack, based on Gustav Holst's popular musical suite "The Planets" is the stunning backdrop for actual outer space photographs taken by U.S. and Soviet spacecraft, fantastic computer animation and dazzling special effects. Performing Artist(s): TomitaTower Records
The Red ViolinScacchi, GretaJackson, Samuel L.McKellar, Don       Girard, Francois   Corigliano, John  025192067624 Universal Studios Home Video 4/18/2000R (MPAA)YYDigitalColor1311  DramasN Following the unusual journey of an original and unique violin (painted red with the blood of his beloved and deceased wife), as it survives three centuries to a present-day auction in Montreal. The violin weaves a Svengali over all those who play it and becomes the subject of passion, deception and destruction. It passes through the hands of traveling Gypsies, a famous concert violinist in England to near-confiscation in Communist China, the violin manages to survive the different lives of those it touches.In present day it again becomes the subject of fascination for a violin historian, played by Samuel L. Jackson. On discovering that he has stumbled upon the much sought after 'Red Violin', he considers instigating a deception of his own kind.Tower Records
Titan A.E.          Bluth, Don August, John Revell, GraemeSmith, Paul Martin 024543009252DVD20th Century Fox Home Entertainment 12/18/2001PG (MPAA)YNDigital StereoColor941   N$9.95Spectacular animation, combining two- and three-dimensional techniques with stunning special effects, is TITAN A.E.'s mark of distinction. Directors Don Bluth and Gary Goldman (ANASTASIA) make their first foray into science fiction with this film, which is the first U.S.-produced animated science fiction film in more than 20 years. The story is a classic bildungsroman, following the journey of Cale, a young man who holds the destiny of humankind in his hand--literally. Opening with the stunning destruction of earth as seen from space, the film launches the audience into a seamlessly imagined universe in which the alien Drej have turned humans into homeless émigrés, searching desperately for a new world. Cale (voiced by Matt Damon) is haunted by the legacy of his father, who abandoned him but created the spaceship Titan, which holds the key to the new home of humankind. With the plan for Titan imprinted in his hand, Cale is swept from a life of lonely drudgery devoid of female companionship into the colorful crew of mysterious Captain Korso (voiced by Bill Pullman). On the Valkyrie ship, Cale enjoys Korso’s crew, including the kind, beautiful, and expert woman pilot Akima (voiced by Drew Barrymore) along with a strange but fascinating band of aliens. A science-fiction film that combines traditional animation with computer-generated images, TITAN A.E. takes place in the distant future, after earth has been obliterated by a mysterious alien race known as the Drej. Cale (Matt Damon) is a human teenager who has been given a mysterious map by his father, leading him on an unforgettable journey. The map just might help Cale unlock a secret that will save the rest of humankind, on the long-lost spaceship Titan. But will the Drej and their allies get there first? TITAN A.E. is exciting sci-fi fun with amazing animation sequences and a fast-moving rock soundtrack. Theatrical release: June 16, 2000. TITAN A.E. was shown on June 6, 2000, at an all-digital premiere in Atlanta, Georgia, via distribution over the Internet to a digital projector. Twentieth Century Fox became the first Hollywood studio to distribute a film in wholly digital format. TITAN A.E. is the second full-length animated film directed by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman. They had previously collaborated on the animated film ANASTASIA. Joss Whedon, creator of the TV series BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and ANGEL, worked on the TITAN A.E. screenplay at night, after BUFFY episodes finished shooting. Rapper Tone Loc contributed his voice to a character. Writers John August, Joss Whedon, Ben Edlund, and Randall McCormick are responsible for the screenplay, which is designed to appeal to both teen and adult moviegoers. The imaginative settings and thrilling action sequences are the creations of Fox's own animation studios, Blue Sky Studios, and Persistence of Vision Digital Entertainment.Tower Records
What Dreams May ComeChao, RosalindSydow, Max VonGooding, CubaSciorra, AnnabellaWilliams, Robin     Ward, Vincent Bass, RonaldSerra, EduardoKamen, MichaelHoy, Maysie 044005827521 USA Home Video 4/20/1999PG-13 (MPAA)YYDigitally MasteredColor1141  DramasN Four years after the tragic death of their children in a car accident, Dr. Chris Nielsen (Robin Williams) is estranged from his wife, Annie (Annabella Sciora), a painter who finds solace in deep and mystical expressionist landscapes. When flustered Annie calls him for support, he rushes out to help and is killed in a road accident. His ghost is greeted by an old mentor, Albert (Cuba Gooding Jr.), who leads him in Ghost-of-Christmas-Past-style to Annie's side. But when Chris realizes that his adherence to the corporeal world is torture to himself and the living Annie, he breaks free of his Earthly bonds and dives into the visual smorgasbord that is the afterlife. There he splashes though clouds and gobs of technicolor paint in breathtaking landscapes suggested to him by Annie's paintings. From there, to grandiose Romanesque cities of flying children, Chris and his old dog are met by a gorgeous stewardess, who reveals herself as a nearly forgotten face from his past. As Chris reconciles with his children in a world where imagination is his palette, in the real world Annie becomes sicker and sicker, and finally enters the afterlife herself. Due to the myriad rules of the Other Side, she is unable to join Chris or her children, and Chris begins a fight for his future with his soul mate.Tower Records