New Paramount DVD Cover Art and Info

     January 3, 2007

Paramount has released a bunch of new DVD
cover art and I figured you all might want to see it. While they don’t do a
great job of releasing what the extras are going to be, at this point does it
even matter? Does anyone really base their decision on buying a DVD on what
extras it comes with? I’m lucky if I even have the time to watch the movie, let
alone the eighteen hours of extras that most DVDs come with.

Also most
extras nowadays are so meaningless that you really don’t get anything of
substance to watch. Unless it is a special edition DVD made by one of the great
DVD producers, I just don’t care. I want to see the real behind the scenes footage, not the bullshit “everything was
great” speeches that most studios put out.

Now that
I’m done venting…. here is the recent Paramount Home Video stuff.


Flushed Away DVD
Street
Date: February 20, 2007


Actors:
Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Bill Nighy, Jean Reno, Shane Richie,
Andy Serkis

Synopsis:

Set on
and beneath the streets of London, “Flushed
Away” is the story of Roddy, an upper-crust “society mouse,” who is rather
rudely evicted from his Kensington flat when he is flushed down into
Ratropolis, the bustling sewer world found under London’s streets. There, he meets Rita, an
enterprising scavenger who works the sewers in her faithful boat, the Jammy
Dodger. Together they must navigate their way through a busy city filled with
dangers for any mouse, including terrifying rapids, treacherous whirlpools and,
most of all, the villainous Toad and his hench-rats Spike and Whitey. Though completely
out of his element at first, the privileged Roddy finds himself an unlikely
hero when he learns that Ratropolis is in danger from the world above.

DVD
Features:



Commentary: Filmmaker Commentary (Directors David Bowers and Sam Fell)


Other: 2 Animated Slug Songs (‘Pump It’, and ‘I Don’t Feel Like Dancing’.)


Other: From Clay to CG: A Technical Journey


Other: Jammy Dodger Fly-Thru


Featurette: Meet the Cast


Other: Animator’s Gallery


Other: Behind the Scenes Interactive Tour (Name TBD


Other: DWA Jukebox


Trailers: Menu Based Trailers:


Trailers: Main Menu – Bee Movie (1:49), Shrek The Third (2:07)


Trailers: Other Menu Trailers (DW) – Wallace & Gromit

• Trailers:
Other Menu Trailers (PARA)


Other: DREAMWORKS KIDS:


Other: Flushed Away Juke Box


Other: Build-A-Slug


Other: Learn to Draw Roddy


Other: The Music of Flushed Away


Other: Set Top Games: A Maze of Pipes


Other: A Maze of Pipes

• DVD
Rom: Flushed Away Underground Adventure (n/a)

• DVD
Rom: Printables (50 MB)

• DVD
Rom: Weblinks (n/a)

Payback Straight Up: The
Director’s Cut DVD

Street
Date: April 10, 2007

Actors:
Mel Gibson, Maria Bello, William Devane, John Glover, Gregg Henry, Kris
Kristofferson, Lucy Liu, David Paymer

Synopsis:

Mel
Gibson portrays Porter, a career criminal bent on revenge after his partners in
a street heist pump metal into him and take off with his $70,000 cut. Bad move,
thugs. Because if you plan to double-cross Porter, you’d better make sure he’s
dead. Porter resurfaces, wading into a lurid urban underworld of syndicate
kingpins, cops on the take, sniveling informants and deadly gangs. Porter wants
his money back. And the way he sets out to get is assures that, from beginning
to heartpounding end, Payback pays off big.


Twin Peaks: The Second Season DVD
Street
Date: April 10, 2007

Actors:
Lara Flynn Boyle, Kyle MacLachian, Michael Ontkean, Maedchen Amick, Dana
Ashbrook, Richard Beymer, Sherilyn Fenn, Warren Frost, Piper Laurie, Peggy
Lipton, James Marshall, Everett McGill, Jack Nance, Ray Wise

Synopsis:

Twin Peaks was created by David Lynch and Mark Frost. The show was
set in the fictional town of Twin Peaks in
northeast Washington
state and tells the story of FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper and his
investigation of the murder of a popular local teenage schoolgirl, Laura
Palmer.


Flags of our Fathers DVD
Street
Date: February 6, 2007

Actors:
Adam Beach, Jesse Bradford, Barry Pepper, Ryan Phillippe, Paul Walker
Director: Clint Eastwood

Synopsis:

February
1945. Even as victory in Europe was finally
within reach, the war in the Pacific raged on. One of the most crucial and
bloodiest battles of the war was the struggle for the island
of Iwo Jima, which culminated with
what would become one of the most iconic images in history: five Marines and a
Navy corpsman raising the American flag on Mount Suribachi.
The inspiring photo capturing that moment became a symbol of victory to a
nation that had grown weary of war and made instant heroes of the six American
soldiers at the base of the flag, some of whom would die soon after, never
knowing that they had been immortalized. But the surviving flag raisers had no
interest in being held up as symbols and did not consider themselves heroes;
they wanted only to stay on the front with their brothers in arms who were
fighting and dying without fanfare or glory. ‘Flags of Our Fathers’ is based on
the bestselling book by James Bradley with Ron Powers, which chronicled the
battle of Iwo Jima and the fates of the flag
raisers and some of their brothers in Easy Company. Bradley’s father, John
“Doc” Bradley, was one of the soldiers pictured raising the flag, although
James never knew the full extent of his father’s experiences until after the
elder Bradley’s death in 1994. The ensemble cast of “Flags of Our Fathers”
includes Ryan Phillippe (“Crash”), Jesse Bradford (“Happy Endings”), Adam Beach
(“Windtalkers”), Paul Walker (“Into the Blue”), Jamie Bell (“Billy Elliot”),
Barry Pepper (“Saving Private Ryan”) and John Benjamin Hickey (“Flightplan”).
Clint Eastwood directed “Flags of Our Fathers” from a screenplay adapted by
William Broyles, Jr. (“Cast Away”) and Oscar winner Paul Haggis (“Million Dollar
Baby,” “Crash”).



Love Story DVD
Street
Date: April 13, 2007

Actors:
Tommy Lee Jones, Ali MacGraw, Ryan O’Neal

Synopsis:

Love
means never having to say you’re sorry… Love Story. Everyone loves Love
Story! One of the most romantic movies ever made also remains one of the most
enduringly popular. This heartfelt 1970 tale of the love of a lifetime-the most
successful Paramount movie up to that time-received seven Academy Award.
nominations (including Best Picture) and won one for Francis Lai’s magnificent
score. As filming was underway on Love Story, the filmmakers knew they had
something special-so special that Erich Segal was simultaneously shaping his
best-selling novel from his own screenplay. Stars Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw
each received Academy Award. nominations and became overnight movie sensations
for their poignant portrayals of a young couple who cross social barriers,
marry and ultimately face the greatest crisis of all.

The Streets of San Francisco: The First Season, Volume One
DVD

Street
Date: April 3, 2007

Actors:
Karl Malden, Michael Douglas

Synopsis:

Twenty
year veteran Detective Lt. Mike Stone is partnered with young, college educated
Inspector Steve Keller who has a lot to learn about being a police detective on
the Streets of San Francisco.


The Untouchables Season One,
Volume One DVD

Street
Date: April 3, 2007

Actors:
Robert Stack, Abel Fernandez, Anthony George, Nicholas Georgiade, Bruce Gordon,
Paul Picerni

Synopsis:

The
Untouchables chronicles the campaign of Eliot Ness (Robert Stack), the young
U.S. Prohibition Bureau agent, to smash the beer and booze empire of Al Capone
in 1920s Chicago.

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Talent for the Game DVD
Street
Date: April 6, 2007

Actors:
Edward James Olmos, Lorraine
Bracco, Jamey Sheridan, Jeff Corbett, Mark McKinney
Director:
Robert M. Young

Synopsis:

Sammy
Bodean is the newest, most promising recruit according to the advertisement of
the California Angels—and has to prove it come game time. Following the team’s
sale to young business whiz Gil Lawrence (Terry Kinney), ex-player Virgil Sweet
(Edward James Olmos) has to prove himself as the team’s talent scout to keep
his job. Via a car break-down near a small farm-town in Idaho, Virgil stumbles across young Sammy
Bodean (Jeff Corbett) who performs mean pitching skills in a rural sandlot.
After bringing Sammy to LA where he pitches out the team’s best, owner Gil
begins a massive media campaign in which he appears in a press conference and
not only brags of the boy’s talent but of his intention to feature him—without
warm-up or orientation—in the big game the following week. Virgil, though
promoted to assistant manager, is upset at Gil’s exploitative measures to save
the slagging Angels at the expense of Sammy. Game day arrives and the pressure
is on to keep the other team swinging, which causes young Sammy to choke. Or
not. Talent for the Game is an upbeat, all-American baseball story for the
family, though it contains a touch of profanity.

Nevada Smith DVD
Street
Date: April 13, 2007


Safe House DVD
Street
Date: January 19, 2007

Actors:
Hector Elizondo, Patrick Stewart, Kimberly Payne Williams
Director: Eric
Steven Stahl

Synopsis:

Patrick Stewart plays Mace Sowell, a retired government operative who possesses
damaging information about a presidential hopeful, and holes himself up inside
his secure compound because he fears reprisal. In order to protect himself, Sowell
has designed a system whereby the information will be released to the public if
he is not there to type in a password at regular intervals. This he believes
will keep him from being assassinated, but just in case, he stages elaborate
self-defense drills with unwitting servants, and tries to convince his family
that the explanation he gave them about his career was a cover story to hide
his true military affiliations. The problem is, Sowell is also suffering the
early stages of Alzheimer’s, so his daughter (Joy Kilpatrick) considers his
paranoid stories to be delusional ravings. She hires a psychiatrist (Kimberly
Williams) to analyze her father and watch over him, in the hopes of easing his
dementia. Sowell initially distrusts his new companion, but begins to lower his
guard and care for her deeply. Meanwhile, his disease is advancing, and if he
can’t remember the password, his critical information will be released
prematurely and he’ll be hunted down by his enemies.


Stealing Sinatra DVD
Street
Date: January 19, 2007

Actors: Thomas Ian Nicholas, James Russo, Ryan
Browning, David Arquette, Sam McMurray, William H. Macy
Director: Ron
Underwood

Synopsis:
Based on actual events, this
crime comedy from Adventures of Pluto Nash director Ron Underwood details the
farcical kidnapping of legendary singer Frank Sinatra’s eldest son (played by
Thomas Ian Nicholas). Desperate to gather the money needed to get their
fledgling business off the ground, three bumbling criminals hatch a scheme to abduct
the hapless Sinatra offspring and use the ransom money to fund their startup.
Though they’ve rented a house in Los
Angeles
for the big event and every detail seems to be
in place, the plan quickly devolves into an unbelievable fiasco that’s too
strange for fiction.

Sucker Free City DVD
Street
Date: January 19, 2007

Actors:
Laura Allen, Ben Crowley, Ken Leung, Anthony Mackie, Darris Love
Director: Spike Lee

Synopsis:
Acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee makes the leap from the big screen to the small
screen for this Showtime drama concerning the battle waged between black,
white, an Asian gangs for control of the San
Francisco
streets. A modern-day melting pot that has
become home to some of the vicious street-gangs in the country, San Francisco is a city
teeming with racial tension. When each gang lays claim to the streets in a
desperate bid to establish their turf, the simmering tensions soon boil to the
surface in a violent eruption of murder and chaos.

The Hills: The Complete First Season
DVD

Street
Date: February 13, 2007

Actors:
Lauren Conrad, Jason Wahler, Jennifer Howie, Lisa Love, Heidi Montag

Synopsis:

Laguna Beach’s Lauren (LC) Conrad is all grown
up and it’s time for her to leave “the bubble” and make a life of her own.
Follow Lauren to LA as she attempts to balance a demanding internship at Teen
Vogue and a full course load with a demanding nightlife and a full social
calendar. But at least she won’t have to do it alone. Along the way she meets
several friends who expose her to a different part of the city, each chasing
their own dreams. The Hills tells the story of four young women on their own
for the first time and the fun, laughter and drama that they all share.

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