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Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment is marking their territory by announcing a DVD date for MAID IN MANHATTAN, which has only been in theatres for a few weeks. A surprise Holiday hit, MAID will arrive on DVD March 25, in both Anamorphic Widescreen and Fullscreen transfers. Other details have yet to be announced, but stay tuned for the deets.

In the Catalogue arena, CTHE has I’M WITH LUCY, the Cary Grant classic THE HOWARDS OF VIRGINIA, and 80’s kid-comedy TROOP BEVERLY HILLS in prep for a spring release. Watch this space for more info.

Our pals at Fox Home Entertainment have a few announcements on some previously announced releases… The March 4 release of QUEST FOR FIRE will include commentary by Producer Michael Gruskoff, Director Jean Jaques Arnaud and actors Rae Dawn Chong and Ron Perlman. Other extras will include trailers, 15 photo galleries with commentary and the “Quest For Fire Adventure” featurette.

Also being released on March 4, JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH will include trailers for this film and many other FOX SciFi releases, as well as a restoration comparison and production notes.

Fox has also announced that ONE HOUR PHOTO is scheduled for a day and date release on VHS and DVD on February 18. Previous press releases had differing dates.

Warner Home Video has announced a March 28 release date for the recent spooker GHOST SHIP. The film will see release in separate 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen and Fullscreen transfers with holographic packaging, 5.1 DDS sound and a ‘full boat’ of extras. The “Secrets Of Antonia Graza” feature allows you to solve a puzzle game to access unreleased footage that shows bits of backstory that lead in to different characters parts in the finished film. Other featurettes include “Max On Set: Ghost Ship – Behind The Scenes”, “A Closer Look At The Gore”, “Designing The Ghost Ship” and “Visual Effects”. Also included are a music video, trailers and filmographies.

Also into clearing up confusion about February 18 from previous press releases, WB has re-announced deets on the February 18 release of THE COLOR PURPLE. This will be a 2-disc “Special Edition” set featuring a newly remastered 1.85:1 AW transfer and 5.1 DDS sound. Extras include four new do*censored*entary items – “Conversations With Ancestors: The Color Purple From Book To Screen”, “A Collaboration Of Spirits: Casting And Acting The Color Purple”, “Cultivating A Classic: The Making Of The Color Purple” and “The Color Purple: The Musical” (?!?!?). Also look for trailers and filmographies, but no commentary tracks.

Good news for all of us fans of Movie Musicals… WB is backing up their well-deserved rep for releasing catalogue Musicals by continuing the trend with BROADWAY MELODY OF 1940, KISS ME KATE, SILK STOCKINGS, THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK, LES GIRLS and HIGH SOCIETY, all due on April 22 in their original aspect ratios, in the fashion of WB’s other great Musical releases.

Buena Vista Home Video has announced a March 11 release for their critically acclaimed drama MOONLIGHT MILE. No details have been announced for the Dustin Hoffman / Susan Sarandon film, but look for news as it comes available.

Artisan Home Entertainment has their recent arthouse hit ROGER DODGER on the calendar for a March 18 release. The film will be packaged in an Anamorphic Widescreen transfer with 5.1 DDS sound, 2 commentary tracks, filmographies, trailers and deleted scenes.

Universal Home Video has Peter Gabriel’s SECRET WORLD LIVE on deck for February 11, featuring the concert in it’s original fullframe aspect ratio with audio in 2.0, 5.1 DDS and 5.1 DTS, as well as extras including interviews, photo gallery and a time lapse look at the stage set-up. Songs range through all of Gabriel’s classics from SALSBURY HILL to SECRET WORLD.

Finally for today, MTI Home Video and Delta Entertainment have announced the DTV gem COME AND TAKE IT DAY for a March 18 release. DAY is a “Fast-paced, stylish Tejano noir” starring such young Latino stars as Jesse Borrego, Maria Candeleria, Rick Delgado and the always great Jacob Vargas. Directed by Jim Mendiola, clips from the film made a big splash as part of a PBS special in September, and the unreleased indie was given a life on Home Video. Widescreen with optional Spanish subtitles.

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