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WHV Press Release: SHOWTIME

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#1 of 3 Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 12 2002 - 02:47 AM

“One-word review: funny. Two-word review: real funny!”
–Joel Siegel, Good Morning America

Superstars De Niro and Murphy Together for First Time on
DVD, Set for August 13th Release from Warner Home Video

Burbank, Calif., June 4, 2002 – Robert De Niro and Eddie Murphy star as two cops who team up whether they like it or not in the $38 million action-comedy Showtime, coming to VHS and DVD August 13th from Warner Home Video. The VHS will sell for $22.98 SRP and the DVD for $26.98 SRP.
Together, De Niro and Murphy have sold more than 69 million videos to date. De Niro was nominated for six Academy Awards and has taken home two Oscars – one for his work in Raging Bull and another forThe Godfather, Part II. His films, which have grossed a total $1.4 billion at the box-office, also include Cape Fear, Awakenings, The Deer Hunter, Taxi Driver and GoodFellas. More recently, he’s appeared in The Score, Meet the Parents, and Analyze This.
Since his days as a breakout young star on “Saturday Night Live,” Eddie Murphy has been one of his generation’s brightest talents, with a $2.2 billion motion picture box-office career that includes classics like 48 Hours, the Beverly Hills Cop series, The Nutty Professor, Dr. Dolittle, Shrek and the upcoming I Spy.
Showtime also stars Rene Russo (Lethal Weapon 3 & 4, Thomas Crown Affair) and William Shatner (Star Trek, Miss Congeniality), and was directed by Tom Dey, who previously helmed the Jackie Chan/Owen Wilson comedy hit Shanghai Noon.

Special features include:
•Uproarious additional scenes, including hilarious improvised Eddie Murphy Showtime booth confessionals and 3 extended scenes
•Commentary by director Tom Dey, producer Jorge Saralegui
•Visit the set with HBO First Look: The Making of Showtime
•Theatrical trailer

The DVD also includes Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, cast and crew film highlights, English and French languages (dubbed in Quebec), and subtitles in English, French and Spanish. The DVD is available in both Widescreen and Full-Screen versions.
The VHS edition of Showtime will also feature hilarious additional footage with Eddie Murphy.

No-nonsense LAPD detective Mitch Preston (De Niro) is a man of few words, little patience and even less style. All he wants is to be left alone to do his job the way he's been doing it for more than 20 years. Patrol Officer Trey Sellars (Murphy) is a different story. Instead of being a cop, he would much rather play one on TV. Things rev up in this mile-a-minute romp when the mismatched LAPD partners team up and become stars of a reality-TV cop series. For Mitch, it’s a living hell. For Trey, it’s his dream come true. It’s Showtime!

$26.98 SRP DVD; $22.98 SRP VHS
STREET DATE: August 13
RATING: PG-13 for action violence, language and some drug content
RUN TIME: 95 minutes

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#2 of 3 Dan Hitchman

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Posted June 12 2002 - 03:35 AM

Anyone notice Warner Brothers is increasing their DVD prices??


#3 of 3 Matthew Chmiel

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Posted June 12 2002 - 05:08 AM

Anyone notice Warner Brothers is increasing their DVD prices??

New releases from WB are usually $26.99 while new catalog releases will usually be priced at $19.99. I'm sure in a few months that Warner will price drop DVDs like Showtime to $19.99.