Shall We Dance? (1997) -- Street Date: 2/1/05 (Rated: PG) The original, beloved Japanese film SHALL WE DANCE? is available for the first time ever on DVD. This truly outstanding comedy about a bored businessman and the dance teacher who changes his life became a fan favorite upon its Theatrical release. So good that it inspired the Hollywood version starring Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez, SHALL WE DANCE? can now be enjoyed in its original version in a superb DVD format, with the original soundtrack and English subtitles. Written and directed by Masayuki Suo.
Shall We Dance? (2004) (Rated: PG-13)
For longer than he can remember, a middle-aged workaholic named John Clark (Richard Gere) has led an incredibly dull existence - the mundane accounting job, the mind-numbing commute, the family he rarely sees. But one night he catches a glimpse of a beautiful dance instructor (Jennifer Lopez) in the window of a shabby ball room dancing school. When finally the painfully shy and awkward man muscles up the nerve to sign up for dance lessons, he is assigned to an eccentric group class taught by an older woman. Nevertheless, the seemingly predictable man sticks with his new hobby hoping to catch the attention of the young beauty, while avoiding the ridicule of his co-workers and family. On DVD this wonderful film features all-new bonus material including deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes featurette, director audio commentary, film music featurette and more.
CAROLINA -- Street Date: 2/1/05 (Rated: PG-13) Julia Stiles, Academy Award® winner Shirley MacLaine and Alessandro Nivola star in an endearing story of a young woman (Stiles) trying to escape the eccentric ways of her wacky Southern family to meet the man of her dreams a nice, normal, available guy. Finding him appears easier said than done until she meets a handsome and debonair Englishman but complications hilariously arise when she introduces her perfect guy to her less-than perfect family. And that doesn’t even start to mention what her best friend Albert has to say about the situation. As funny and charming as “Sweet Home Alabama,” CAROLINA is a southern belle whom is sure to sweep you off your ever-loving feet.
3 Steps to Heaven (Rated: TBD) 2/2/05 In 3 STEPS TO HEAVEN, a young woman becomes obsessed with the death of her boyfriend and decides to do her own detective work to find out what really happened. The authorities write off his death as a drowning but she knows there’s something more to it. When she discovers that her boyfriend’s trail leads to three celebrities, she confronts them and their secrets. 3 STEPS TO HEAVEN is a riveting drama of one woman’s relentless search for the truth... no matter the cost. Written and directed by Constantine Giannaris.
GROWING UP WITH WINNIE THE POOH: A GREAT DAY FOR DISCOVERY -- Street Date: 2/08/05 (Not Rated)
DISNEY PRINCESS COLLECTION 2005 (Not Rated) When Disney’s fairest stars come together, the magic begins! Presenting three new titles in the delightful DISNEY PRINCESS COLLECTION: Disney Princess Stories Volume Two: Tales of Friendship; Disney Princess Party Volume Two; and Disney Princess Sing Along Songs: Volume Two. Disney brings together the beloved Princesses from Disney’s classic animated films in a collection of DVDs and videos that will be a must-have for every little princess. These delightful titles join little Princesses everywhere with Disney heroines including Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Cinderella, Mulan, Snow White, and more.
NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND -- Street Date: 2/22/05 (Rated: PG) Hayao Miyazaki’s epic masterpiece! A thousand years after a great war, a seaside kingdom known as the Valley of the Wind is one of the only areas that remains populated. Led by the courageous Princess Nausicaä, the people of the Valley are engaged in a constant struggle with powerful insects called ohmu, who guard a poisonous jungle that is spreading across the Earth. Nausicaä and her brave companions, together with the people of the Valley, strive to restore the bond between humanity and the earth. The English language version of the film includes the voice talents of Alison Lohman (“Matchstick Men”), Patrick Stewart (“X-Men;” “Star Trek: The Next Generation”), Uma Thurman (“Kill Bill” series) and Edward James Olmos (TV’s “American Family”).
PORCO ROSSO -- Street Date: 2/22/05 (Rated: PG) Take flight with “Porco Rosso,” a valiant World War I flying ace! From tropical Adriatic settings to dazzling aerial maneuvers, this action-adventure from world-renowned animator Hayao Miyazaki is full of humor, courage and chivalry. When “Porco” whose face has been transformed into that of a pig by a mysterious spell infuriates a band of sky pirates with his aerial heroics, the pirates hire Curtis, a comical rival pilot, to “get rid” of him. On the ground, the two pilots compete over the affections of Gina, a beautiful cabaret singer. But it is in the air, with Fio, a young and talented airplane engineer/designer, where Porco’s true battles are waged. From its Mediterranean Sea settings to its dazzling aerial dogfights of amazing sweep and grace, PORCO ROSSO is an exhilarating ride you’ll never forget.
The Cat Returns (PG) 2/1/05 Haru, a schoolgirl bored by her ordinary routine, saves the life of an unusual cat, and suddenly her world is transformed beyond anything she’s ever imagined. Her good deed is rewarded with a flurry of presents, including gift-wrapped mice, and one very shocking proposal of marriage - to the Cat’s King’s son! Haru embarks on an unexpected journey to the Kingdom of Cats where her eyes are opened to a whole other world and her destiny is uncertain. To change her fate she’ll need to learn to believe in herself, and in the process she will learn to appreciate her everyday life. THE CAT RETURNS is a magical animated adventure that will delight and inspire everyone.
BAMBI: PLATINUM EDITION -- Street Date: 3/1/05 (Rated: G) One of Walt Disney’s greatest triumphs and all-time most requested Disney classics, BAMBI is one of the most celebrated and endearing films of all time. Telling the coming-of-age story of life in the forest, BAMBI is a film experience so strong that neither heart nor mind can ever forget it. Not available in any form for over eight years, this exciting addition to Disney’s celebrated PLATINUM Series is the perfect Easter gift and will be available for a limited time only.
THE LAST SHOT -- Street Date: 2005 (Rated: R)
LADDER 49 -- Street Date: 2005 (Rated: PG-13)