Company: Columbia/TriStar.
Date: 18th September  2000.
Subject: November 2000 Releases.


Utterly indulge yourself in the complete DVD experience this November with internationally-renowned box office dreams now released in their full cinematic glory on DVD. Blockbusters Erin Brockovich, Usual Suspects and The Bridge on the River Kwai are enough to keep even the most scathing film critic glued to their DVD player! Film greats such as these are fantastically enriched with the endless benefits that DVD has to offer this November – making this line up a collector’s delight.

Erin Brockovich (M15+)                     
Release date: November 15 Simultaneous VHS Rental Release

All-time top grossing female celebrity, Julia Roberts, stars in this US$250 million worldwide theatrical smash in a role acclaimed as the triumph of her career. And what makes this film so incredible? It’s based entirely on a true and awe-inspiring life story of a single and downtrodden mother who exposes one of the biggest environmental crimes in history. To celebrate such a spectacular film Columbia TriStar has introduced an absolute myriad of DVD features. Experience the in-depth analysis ‘Spotlight on Location: The Making of Erin Brockovich’ or ‘The Real Erin Brockovich’ - a personality profile. Have the exclusive chance to witness 30 minutes of scenes never viewed before, the director’s commentary and filmographies on Julia, Albert Finney and director Steven Soderbergh. Or immerse yourself in the DVD isolated music soundtrack and theatrical trailer. This DVD will change your life – showing you just how far you can go with sheer guts and determination alone – the real Erin Brockovich is today an award-winning director of environmental research at the Masry and Vititoe law firm.

Bridge on the River Kwai: Collector’s Edition (PG)                       
Release date: November 15 Two Disc Set

Winner of seven Academy Awards®, renowned worldwide classic . . . and now it’s out on DVD - making this two disc set the ultimate collector’s item. A world first exclusive to DVD and previously unavailable for the theatrical and video releases of the film, Bridge on the River Kwai has been digitally remastered and is now presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Starring all-time greats, Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins and Geoffrey Horne, The Bridge on the River Kwai is a relentless battle of wills; an unparalleled, gripping drama of British World War II POWs captured by the Japanese and enslaved to build a bridge for the Burma-Siam Railway. What’s more, the endless special features on this DVD have been built to match the supreme quality of this historical classic. There’s an hour long documentary on the making of the film, as well as a USC short film introduced by William Holden, with featurettes on ‘Rise & Fall of a Jungle Giant’ plus ‘An Appreciation’ by John Milius. Using your remote control see just how good you are in battle by testing your military tactics or trivia knowledge in the ‘Maps & Military Strategy’ control game or the ‘Building the Bridge’ trivia game. And if you thought that was enough value sample the isolated soundtrack, gallery of cast portraits, screensavers and weblinks or talent profiles. The film is wholly unforgettable – wrap it in the complete DVD digital experience and you’re left with a true masterpiece.

The Usual Suspects (MA15+)
Release date: November 15

This is a thriller of all time, likened to such greats as The Silence of the Lambs or Reservoir Dogs. Witness the supreme of suspense on DVD this month starring the uniquely talented Kevin Spacey best known for Seven and American Beauty. Alongside Kevin an incredible cast offer outstanding performances, including names like Stephen Baldwin (Threesome), Gabriel Byrne (The Assassin), Pete Postlethwaite and Chazz Palminteri. Usually when there’s a crime there’s a motive, usually, when there’s a line up, there’s only one real suspect. But this was not the usual crime, this was not the usual motive, and they are not the usual suspects. This DVD has a twist in its tale that will truly astound you, leaving you stunned and totally unprepared for the events that unfold. It’s the perfect film to keep on DVD because you’ll need to watch it over and over or jump instantly to certain clips just to unravel the intense mystery of this cunning thriller.

Steel Magnolias: Collector’s Edition (M15+)
Release date: November 15                           

A beautiful bittersweet comedy, with a star-studded line up of talent. Only on DVD can you go “behind the scenes” with six remarkable women: Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Olympia Dukakis, Shirley MacLaine and Daryl Hannah.  Steel Magnolias tells how these amazing characters survive the cycles of life, birth and death to emerge stronger, closer and still laughing in a friendship spanning the boundaries of age and status. The story is brought to life as the DVD special features knit together perfectly to offer the viewer an absolute favourite to cherish; with a 'Making of' featurette, audio commentary, deleted scenes, talent profiles, bonus trailers and so much more – this is truly a collector’s delight.

November’s classic DVD releases from Columbia TriStar Home Video can be picked up from major retailers nationwide.

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