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Volume 68, Issue 109, Wedenesday, March 12, 2003

Arts & Entertainment

Chilling 'Ring' DVD offers extra footage

By Udochi Igbowke
The Daily Cougar

DVD releases this week and last range from tearjerker to wanna-be horror to suspense. 

White Oleander, which was released last week, chronicles the life of Astrid, played by Alison Lohman, a young teenager who journeys through a series of foster homes after her mother, academy award winner Michelle Pfeiffer, goes to prison for committing a crime of passion.



Investigative reporter Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) tracks down and watches a videotape that is rumored to doom anyone who sees it to death within seven days in the horror DVD The Ring.

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White Oleander is based on Janet Fitchis book, which is also a selection in Oprahis Book Club. The movie covers the strange mother-daughter relationship that Lohman and Pfeiffer share and shows the flaws in the American foster care system. 

The next release this week, Swimfan, is a teen-obsession version of Fatal Attraction, like all others weive seen.

In Swimfan, Ben Cronin has it all ­ the admiration of his many friends, a devoted sweetheart and a great shot at a university swimming scholarship. But a chance encounter with the sexy new girl in school turns Croninis dream life into the ultimate nightmare as the crush quickly escalates to obsession, madness and attempted murder. Rolling Stone magazine called Swimfan a garishly entertaining movie.

The movie stars Erika Christensen, John Polson and Jesse Bradford.

Two words: The Ring (Wide Screen Edition). Well, actually, five words. This movie had to be the biggest suspense/horror movie of Fall 2002. 

The Ring was released last week on DVD with extra footage from the actors and director. 

The Ring is directoris Gore Verbinski's remake of Hideo Nakata's chilling horror film Ringu, where a group of teenagers all die suddenly and inexplicably exactly one week after watching a mysterious videotape at a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest.

And weive saved the best for last. TVis favorite -- and sometimes least favorite -- family, the Osbournes, release their entire first season on DVD, appropriately titled, Osbournes: The First Season.

If you havenit heard of or seen the madness, love and shock within the Osbourne family, youive been missing out on a weird thing. The tremendous success of this show may have a lot to do with the number of censor bleeps you hear. 

The Osbournes is a phenomenal critical and popular success. It chronicles the lives of ex Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne, his wife Sharon, their kids, Jack and Kelly and their dogs. Oh, and lets not forget the lovely houseguest Jason Dill. 

This DVD is completely uncensored ­ meaning you wonit hear the bleeped-out cuss words. This means you might actually understand what Jack, Kelly and Sharon are saying. Even without constant censoring, Ozzy is still a little hard to understand. Thankfully, a DVD option called the "Ozzy Translator" helps out with this. 

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