from Video Business.com (7/3/02): Warner has special plans for September By Scott Hettrick JULY 3 | When you've already put out DVD special editions of classics in your film library such as Citizen Kane and The Wizard of Oz, what do you do for an encore? You present double-disc special editions on the same day of five more classics, three of them Academy Award winners. Warner Home Video will release Amadeus Director's Cut, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Unforgiven (10th Anniversary Edition), Singin' in the Rain (50th Anniversary Edition) and True Romance Unrated Director's Cut on Sept. 24 at a suggested retail price of $26.99 each ($19.95 MAP). All the titles in the new line feature new digitally remastered transfers and multiple extra features. Merchandiser orders are due Aug. 20; single orders, Aug. 27. The double-disc special editions, which continue the packaging and production approach started last year with Citizen Kane and Doctor Zhivago, will be supported by a multimillion-dollar national ad campaign reaching more than 80% of its target audience five times. The studio is putting more marketing dollars into the campaign than any other catalog release, according to Michael Radiloff, VP of DVD marketing. A new group of special editions from Warner's enormous library that encompasses most of the historic films made at MGM in its heyday will be introduced next year, some of which have never been released on DVD. Radiloff said the Sept. 24 release date was chosen to ensure that the movies get attention before the anticipated crush of fourth-quarter blockbusters. "We didn't want to take a chance that they would get missed with all the big holiday titles coming out," he said. In addition to the extra 20 minutes of footage added for the recent theatrical rerelease, the special edition of Amadeus includes commentary by director Milos Forman and writer Peter Shaffer and a 37-minute behind-the-scenes documentary. Forman also provides an audio commentary on One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest with producers Michael Douglas and Saul Zaentz. The special edition includes additional scenes and the 48-minute documentary released previously on laserdisc focusing on the actors, moviemakers and writer Ken Kesey recounting the history of the original novel to its stage and movie adaptations. Modern musical director Baz Luhrmann weighs in with commentary on one of his favorite films, Singin' in the Rain. The title also includes a new 30-minute documentary, What a Glorious Feeling; soundstage sessions; the deleted musical number You Are My Lucky Star; separately recorded commentaries by Donald O'Connor, Cyd Charisse, Rita Moreno, Luhrmann and Kathleen Freeman; commentary from screenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Rudy Behlmer and Stanley Donen, woven together and introduced by Debbie Reynolds; a 96-minute documentary about the career of producer/songwriter Arthur Freed; and excerpts from movies inspired by Freed/Brown songs. Perhaps one of the most unique extra features is included on Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven. It's Duel at Sundown, an episode of the classic TV Western series Maverick from Feb. 1, 1959, featuring Eastwood in a role similar to the character he played in Unforgiven decades later. The DVD also includes commentary by Time film critic and Eastwood biographer Richard Schickel; Schickel's career retrospective Eastwood on Eastwood; a featurette hosted by Morgan Freeman called All on Account of Pullin' a Trigger; a behind-the-scenes documentary Eastwood & Co. Making Unforgiven; and interviews with Eastwood, Gene Hackman and Richard Harris. Radiloff said True Romance, written by Quentin Tarantino, directed by Tony Scott and starring Christian Slater, Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, Patricia Arquette and Gary Oldman, is one of the studio's most requested titles. True Romance Unrated Director's Cut includes three separate audio commentaries by Slater and Arquette, Scott and Tarantino; more than 30 minutes of deleted or extended scenes with optional director commentary; an alternate ending with optional director and writer commentaries; selective commentaries with Hopper, Kilmer, Pitt and Michael Rapaport; and a behind-the-scenes multiangle featurette.