DVD Releases for May 8th

There are some very nice titles coming out this week, including the long overdue release of Cagney & Lacey, as well as special editions of some true classics.

As always, be sure to check the DVD Calendar for more dates all the way into November.

Big Extended Edition (1988) Dir.: Penny Marshall; Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, Mercedes Ruehl. Two-disc set with extended cut with 25 additional minutes. Extras: Commentary by writers Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg; deleted scenes; extended scenes; “Backstory: Big” featurette; “Carnival Party Newswrap” vignette; “Big Beginnings” featurette; “Chemistry of a Classic” documentary; “The Work of Play” featurette. (Fox).
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Cagney & Lacey Season One $39.98 Four-disc set featuring 22 episodes Extras: Two part featurette entitled Breaking the Laws of TV. (Fox/MGM)
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The Caine Muntiny: Collector’s Edition (1954) Humphrey Bogart, Fred MacMurray, $24.95 Extras: Commentary by Richard Pena and Ken Bowser, Behind “The Caine Mutiny” Part I, Behind “The Caine Mutiny” Part II(Sony)
Click here to order The Caine Mutiny: Collector’s Edition from Amazon.

Donnie Brasco: Extended Cut Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby Extras: Commentary by director Mike Newell, “Donnie Brasco: Out From the Shadows” featurette(Sony)
Click here to order Donnie Brasco: Extended Cut from Amazon.

Mr. Lee’s review will be up mid week for this one.

Guns of Navarone: Collector’s Edition David Niven, Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, $24.95 Extras: New Audio Commentary from Film Historian Stephen J. Rubin, Audio Commentary from Director J. Lee Thompson, New “Forging the Guns of Navarone” Documentary, New “Iconic Epic of Heroism” Documentary, New “A Heroic Score” Featurette, New “Epic Restoration” Featurette, New Narration-Free Prologue, New Roadshow Intermission, “Memories of Navarone” Retrospective Documentary, “A Message from Carl Foreman”, “Great Guns” Original Featurette, “No Visitors” Original Featurette, “Honeymoon On Rhodes” Original Featurette, “Two Girls On The Town” Original Featurette, Talent Files, Production Notes and more (Sony)
Click here to order The The Guns of Navarone: Collector’s Edition from Amazon.

One of the all-time great WWII films gets a nice treatment here with oodles of extras. We should have a full review in the next week or so.

Revenge: Director’s Cut Dir: Tony Scott; Kevin Costner, Anthony Quinn, Madeline Stowe. Extras: Commentary with Director Tony Scott, “Obsession”: The Sex and Violence of Revenge (Sony)
Click here to order Revenge: Director’s Cut from Amazon.

When this first came out, it was met with disdain from critics and audiences alike. Director Scott has now gone back and retooled Revenge so as to be closer to his own artisic vision.

That Thing You Do Tom Hanks’ Extended Cut (1996) Dir.: Tom Hanks; Tom Everett Scott, Liv Tyler, Johnathon Schaech, Steve Zahn, Ethan Embry, Tom Hanks. Two-disc set with extended cut with 39 additional minutes. Extras: “Making That Thing You Do” featurette, “The Story of the Wonders” featurette, “That Thing You Do” reunion, “The Wonders – Big in Japan” featurette, HBO First Look “The Making of That Thing You Do,” “That Thing You Do” title song submission featurette. (Fox).
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I have to say I really love this film. Can anyone tell me just what happened to Tom Everett Scott? The guy seemed to have so much charisma in this film.

To Catch a Thief (1955) Dir.: Alfred Hitchcock; Cary Grant, Grace Kelly. Extras: Commentary by Peter Bogdanovich and DVD producer Laurent Bouzereau, “Writing and Casting To Catch a Thief,” The Making of To Catch a Thief,” “Alfred Hitchcock and To Catch a Thief: An Appreciation,” “Edith Head: The Paramount Years.” (Paramount).
Click here to order To Catch a Thief – Special Collector’s Edition from Amazon.

A light, fun caper flick from the Master featuring two of Hollywoods biggest stars. I will have a review of this package up later today.