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Volume 68, Issue 1, Monday, August 26, 2002

Arts & Entertainment

While 'Sopranos' pay a visit, 'E.T.' phones home this fall

The advent of the DVD has changed the way we develop our home entertainment. Gone are the analog visuals displayed on videotape; digital
images, extra features and custom setups are slowly becoming the norm. Wide-screen display, clear color, crisp audio ... there's nothing better
in home entertainment than achieving the feel of a real movie theater in your own living room.

And with that, here are more goodies to add to your DVD collection:
 



Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Home Video


UH alumnus Dennis Quaid stars in The Rookie, a film based on the true story of Major League pitcher Jim Morris. It will be available for DVD
Tuesday.

Tuesday —What are you gonna do? You're gonna get The Sopranos Complete Third Season and watch Tony deal with the ups and downs of
family. Also being released this week are High Crimes, The Rookie an Queen of the Damned.

Finally, the hilarious British series Are You Being Served? will be released in its entirety, as will the 10th anniversary edition of the classic
Reservoir Dogs.

Sept. 7 — The second full season of the popular sitcom Friends will be released this week, as will the Wesley Snipes sequel Blade II. Also,
Janet Jackson Live in Hawaii, a DVD worth buying just for its cover, will be released.

Sept. 10 — To commemorate the one-year anniversary of Sept. 11, a new documentary, 9/11—The Filmmakers Commemorative Edition, will be
released on this date.

Sept. 17 — Disney's latest hilarious triumph Monsters Inc., along with Panic Room and Frailty, will be released this week. Two collections will be
released as well: 24—Season 1 and the five-disc documentary The Civil War.

Sept. 24 — A handful of subtle classics will find their way to DVD shelves on the 24th, including the Eddie Murphy-Dan Akroyd comedy Trading
Places, the John Vavreau-Vince Vaughn comedy Swingers (Special Edition), the Beatles' first film A Hard Day's Night, directed by Richard Lester,
and (finally) Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

Oct. 1 — The Rock will be cookin' up some DVD sales as The Scorpion King will be released this week. Also being released is a collection of
classic I Love Lucy episodes.

Oct. 8 — Shoppers will be dancing down the DVD aisles to pick up such classics as Flashdance, Footloose and Saturday Night Fever.

Oct. 22 — E.T. Extra-Terrestrial will be released for the first time on DVD in two separate packages: a two-disc limited edition and a three-disc
ultimate edition. Also available on the 22nd will be a James Bond collection featuring The Spy Who Loved Me, The Man With The Golden Gun,
Dr. No, Tomorrow Never Dies, Goldeneye, License To Kill and Goldfinger.

Nov. 12 — The most successful DVD to be released so far has been George Lucas' Star Wars—Episode I: The Phantom Menace. That record
could be broken with the release of Star Wars—Episode II: Attack of the Clones; the latest prequel will be released on the 12th, as will two new
special-edition packages of Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.

Dec. 17 — One of the most highly anticipated DVD releases will hit stores just in time for Christmas. 

The Back To The Future trilogy, starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson, will be released as a three-disc package,
complete with wide-screen format, commentary, original trailers, featurettes, deleted scenes and a photo gallery.

The delay of this release was blamed on the desire to make it a major DVD event.

 Send comments to dcshobiz@mail.uh.edu

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