CTHV Press Release: Columbia releases single disc versions of major titles

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE
    SINGLE DISC VERSIONS OF "LAWRENCE OF ARABIA," "CLOSE
    ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND: THE COLLECTOR'S EDITION"
    AND "FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRITS WITHIN" ON AUGUST 27, 2002
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    Culver City, CA (06/13/02) - Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will
    release single disc
    versions of three "must own" classic films at a new low price. Repacked
    with new key art,
    Lawrence of Arabia, Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Collector's
    Edition and Final
    Fantasy: The Spirits Within are a DVD collector's dream and will be
    available on August 27,
    2002 for a new low price of $19.95 SLP each.

    LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
    Winner of seven Academy Awardsr including Best Picture of 1962, Best
    Director (David Lean),
    Best Sound, Best Music Score, Best Film Editing, Best Cinematography,
    Best Art Direction,
    Lawrence of Arabia also garnered three additional nominations, Best
    Actor (Peter O'Toole), Best
    Supporting Actor (Omar Sharif) and Best Screenplay.

    David Lean follows the heroic true-life odyssey of T.E. Lawrence
    (O'Toole) in this dramatic
    portrait of the famed British officer's journey to the Middle East.
    Assigned to Arabia during
    World War I, Lawrence courageously unites the warring Arab factions into
    a strong guerrilla
    front and leads them to brilliant victories in treacherous desert
    battlefields where they eventually
    defeat the ruling Turkish Empire.

    Digitally Mastered Audio and Anamorphic Video
    Widescreen Presentation
    Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital
    Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean and
    Thai
    Animated and Interactive Menus
    Scene Selections

    MPAA Rating: PG
    Price: $19.95 SLP
    Original Theatrical Release: December 21, 1962
    Color
    217 Minutes (Approximately 227 Minutes Including Overture, Entr'acte and
    exit Music)
    DVD #09431/ UPC Code: 0-43396-09431-4

    CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND: THE COLLECTOR'S EDITION
    Directed by two time Academy Awardr-winner Stephen Spielberg, (Saving
    Private Ryan and
    Schindler's List), Close Encounters of the Third Kind won two Academy
    Awardsr; Best
    Cinematography and a special achievement Academy Award for Sound Effects
    Editing. The
    film also garnered an astonishing seven additional nominations including
    Best Director, Best Art
    Direction, Best Visual Effects, Best Editing, Best Original Score, Best
    Sound and Best
    Supporting Actress (Melinda Dillon). The all star cast includes Academy
    Awardr-Winner
    Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl), Academy Awardr-Nominee Teri Garr
    (Tootsie), Melinda
    Dillon in an Academy Awardr-Nominated Performance, Academy
    Awardr-Nominee Francois
    Truffaut (La Nuit Americaine), Bob Balaban (The Mexican) and Cary
    Guffey.

    In the night skies near his Muncie, Indiana home, power repairman Roy
    Neary (Richard
    Dreyfuss) experiences something out of this world. His close encounter
    sets into action an
    amazing chain of events that leads to contact with benevolent aliens and
    their Mothership.
    Spectacular special effects, John Williams' outstanding score and
    winning performances
    from Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon and legendary director Francois
    Truffaut in the role of
    Lacombe make CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND movie magic of the best
    kind.

    Digitally Mastered Audio and Anamorphic Video
    Remastered in High Definition
    Widescreen Presentation
    Audio: English 5.1 (DTS and Dolby Digital), English 2-Channel (Dolby
    Surround),
    French and Spanish
    Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean and
    Thai
    Animated Menus
    Scene Selections with Motion Images

    MPAA Rating: PG
    Price: $19.95 SLP
    Original Theatrical Release: November 16, 1977
    Color
    137 Minutes
    DVD #09430/ UPC Code: 0-43396-09430-7


    FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRITS WITHIN
    The year is 2065 AD. The Earth is infested with alien spirits, and
    mankind faces total extinction.
    Led by a strange dream and guided by her mentor, Dr. Sid, scientist Aki
    Ross struggles to collect
    the eight spirits in the hope of creating a force powerful enough to
    protect the planet. With the
    aid of Deep Eyes Squadron, Aki must save the Earth from its darkest hate
    and unleash the spirits
    within.

    Digitally Mastered Audio and Anamorphic Video
    Digitally Mastered in High Definition Using the Filmless Digital
    Files
    Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation
    Audio: English 5.1 (DTS and Dolby Digital), English 2-Channel (Dolby
    Surround),
    French
    Subtitles: English and French
    Two Feature Length Commentaries
    Isolated Score with Commentary by Composer Elliot Goldenthal
    Storyboards/Playblast Selects with Optional Filmmaker Commentary
    Interactive Animated Menus
    Production Notes
    Theatrical Trailers
    Scene Selections with Motion Images

    MPAA Rating: PG-13
    Price: $19.95 SLP
    Original Theatrical Release: July 11, 2001
    Color
    106 Minutes
    DVD #09429/ UPC Code: 0-43396-09429-1
     
  2. oscar_merkx

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    I think it is a disgrace to release Lawrence of Arabia on a single disc
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    FINAL FANTASY single disc with DTS surr...?Did i see wrongly?
     
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    So... are the current releases now going OOP? Better hurry up and get Close Encounters... and Lawrence... then.
     
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    The only one of the three I don't have is the Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within disc. I did rent it and watched *some* of the supplementals and they frankly didn't interest me all that much. I rented it because I didn't want to buy it unseen and now, with a pre-order discount, it would be worth buying.
    Bruce
     
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    What- no pan and scan versions? [​IMG]
     
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    Jesse, they'll sneak those out just before and not tell anyone.. this IS Col-Tristar afterall!

    Chris.
     
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    Anyone else think it's really amusing to see a film like Final Fantasy stood alongside Lawrence Of Arabia and Close Encounters, much less being called a "classic" [​IMG]?
     
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    It's weird, but the front and especially the back of Final Fantasy doesn't mention anywhere that it has a DTS track on this one. Go figure. [​IMG]
     
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    The covers aren't bad. Heck, Close Encounters leaves a bit more mystery that was ruined and spoiled for ya with the orignal 2-disc SE. It's nice to see that CTS is releasing them with new art so we can further distinguish them from their SEs.

    Though Lawrence of Arabia's is a bit too blue...
     
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    Hip-hip-hooray! Great to see Columbia/TriStar back on track after those Fullscreen releases. I can't wait for these pared down DVDs!
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    Personally, I think the only re-release that CTS could do right now to get a good response would be some of their MAR-only titles such as The Karate Kid in 16/9 enhanced widescreen format.

    And those two classics are great enrollment selections for the (aptly named) Columbia House DVD club.

    That's how I got them....
     
  17. Morgan Jolley

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    FF was a bomb, both in theaters and on DVD. Why are they releasing it again? Wouldn't the people who actually planned on buying have preferred the other version over the new one?
     

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