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"Over the Hedge" (2006)
These days it takes a lot more than an all-star cast of vocal talent to lure grown-ups to see an animated film. Luckily, DreamWorks' "Over the Hedge" follows Pixar's well-established formula by focusing on characters and story first. Featuring the voices of Bruce Willis, Steve Carrell, William Shatner, Wanda Sykes and Avril Lavigne, "Over the Hedge" follows RJ the raccoon (Willis) as he tricks a group of suburban animals into raiding a new housing development for food.
DreamWorks has included the following extras:
- Commentary by directors Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick and producer Bonnie Arnold
- All-new animated short "Hammy's Boomerang Adventure" with commentary
- "Verm-Tech Institute Infomercial" with Dwayne LaFontant
- "Behind the Hedge" featurette
- "Meet the Cast" featurette with the voice cast
- "The Tech of 'Over the Hedge' " featurette
- "DreamWorks Kids: This Way to Play" virtual playground
"The Break-Up" (2006)
For director Peyton Reed's follow-up to his criminally overlooked film "Down With Love," he cast tabloid faves Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston, who herself had very publicly broken up with her husband, Brad Pitt. While "The Break-Up" never reaches the depths of relationship decomposition achieved by 1989's "The War of the Roses," Reed excels in displaying those petty, bitter feelings that they hold against each another in their battle of wills. After a promising start, Gary (Vaughn) and Brooke (Aniston) realize that their relationship just isn't working out, but they still share a spacious Chicago condo that neither wants to part with, causing even more harm to their relationship.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment has included the following extras:
- Commentary by Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Aniston and director Peyton Reed
- Alternate ending
- Deleted scenes
- Extended scenes
- Improv with Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau
- "Three Brothers" tour of Chicago
The Weinsteins' departure from Miramax not only marked the end of the company, but also their series "Project Greenlight." The brainchild of best buds Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, the show itself was great, while its finished films floundered. John Gulager, winner of the third and final season of "Greenlight," came the closest to making an actual movie with his honky-tonk, horror-humor hybrid "Feast," in which the denizens of a roadhouse must battle hungry, flesh-eating monsters.
The Weinstein Company has included the following extras:
- Commentary by the filmmakers
- "Horror Under the Spotlight: Making 'Feast' " featurette
- "The Blood and Guts of Gary Tunnicliffe" featurette
- Deleted scenes
"The Omen Collection" (1976-2006)
Horror films have the unique ability to spawn whole franchises based solely on the strength of their initial concept. "Halloween," "Child's Play" and "The Omen" are all examples of stellar first films followed up with some mixed results. Building on the terror of classic '70s flicks like "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Exorcist," Richard Donner made an innocent, albeit creepy, child the living embodiment of pure evil and forever ruined the name Damien for future generations to come. This collection features Donner's original film, followed by two theatrical sequels and a made-for-TV movie, "The Omen IV: The Awakening," which introduces audiences to Delia, the Devil's daughter, as well as the recent remake of the original.
Fox Home Entertainment has included the following extras in this six-disc box set:
"The Omen" (1976)
- Introduction by Richard Donner
- Commentary by Donner, editor Stuart Baird and writer/director Brian Helgeland
- "666: 'The Omen' Revealed"
- "An Appreciation: Wes Craven on 'The Omen' "
- Jerry Goldsmith on "The Omen" score
- Deleted scene
- Theatrical trailer
- Still gallery
"The Omen" (2006)
- Commentary by director John Moore, producer Glenn Williamson and editor Dan Zimmerman
- "Revelation 666" featurette
- Unrated extended sequences
- Unrated alternate ending
- "Abby Road Sessions"
"Damien: Omen II" (1978)
- Commentary by producer Harvey Bernhard
"Omen III: The Final Conflict" (1981)
- Commentary by director Graham Baker
"Omen IV: The Awakening" (1991)
French action maven Luc Besson's groundbreaking film "Nikita" has been a fertile subject for several remakes, including 1991's "Black Cat" from Hong Kong and 1993's "Point of No Return," as well as a TV series here in the States. The show expands greatly on the mythos of the original film in which a young woman convicted for murder is recruited by the mysterious government organization Section One, which trains her to become the perfect espionage agent and assassin. Starring Peta Wilson, "La Femme Nikita" ran a full four seasons with an abbreviated fifth season added to appease the show's fans.
In addition to all eight episodes of the fifth season, Warner Home Video has included the following extras in this three-disc set:
- "Season 5: Declassified" featurette
- Unaired scenes
- Season five teaser
In the late '70s, producer Sandy Frank bought the rights to the Japanese anime "Science Ninja Team Gatchaman," toned it down for the kids and aired it in the U.S. as "Battle of the Planets," trying to cash in on the "Star Wars" phenomenon. The series popped up a couple of times during the '80s as both "G-Force" and "Eagle Riders," and while these suffered from weak dubs and even weaker story lines, the show inspired Saturday-morning stalwarts like "Power Rangers" for years to come. This is ADV Films' final volume of the uncut, Japanese "Gatchaman" series on DVD, including the series' final four episodes available for the first time ever in the U.S., complete with a new dub based on the original shooting scripts and extras.
In addition to episodes 96-105 of the series, ADV Films has also included the following extras in this three-disc box set:
- Cast and crew commentary on select episodes
- Clean opening and closing animation
- "Voice Actor Round Table Discussion"
- "Leader X Auditions"
- "Gatchaman at the Alamo" short film
- "Gatchaman Karaoke"
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