DVD Releases For May 6, 2008

A Bollywood musical extravaganza, a SPEED RACER treat and an old "twist" arrive on DVD today.

TWISTER SPECIAL EDITION

The 1996 summer blockbuster TWISTER arrives back on home video, on DVD, HD DVD and Blu-ray (Warner Home Video), with vfx by ILM under the supervision of Stefen Fangmeier.

A mile-wide, 300 miles-per-hour force of total devastation is coming at you. In this adventure swirling with cliffhanging excitement and awesome special effects, Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton play scientists pursuing the most destructive weatherfront to sweep through mid-America’s Tornado Alley in 50 years. By launching electronic sensors into the funnel, the storm chasers hope to obtain data to create an improved warning system. But to do so, they must intercept the twisters' deadly path. The chase is on.

Special Features:--Commentary by Director Jan DeBont and VFX Supervisor Stefan Fangmeier--Chasing the Storm: Twister Revisited featurette--The History Channel Documentary Nature Tech: Tornadoes--Anatomy of a Twister--HBO First Look: The Making of Twister--Van Halen HUMANS BEING Music Video--Theatrical Trailers

A COLLECTION OF 2007 ACADEMY AWARD: NOMINATED SHORT FILMS

From Magnolia, this collection includes a sampling of the Oscar nominated animated and live action shorts from 2007.

Animation:--EVEN PIGEONS GO TO HEAVEN--MADAME TUTLI-PUTLI--PETER & THE WOLF

Live Action:--AT NIGHT--THE MOZART OF PICKPOCKETS--THE SUBSTITUTE--TANGHI ARGENTINI--THE TONTO WOMAN

SPEED RACER THE NEXT GENERATION: THE BEGINNING

Lionsgate releases the all-new 2D animated movie SPEED RACER: THE NEXT GENERATION on DVD. Following the footsteps of the classic series, SPEED RACER: THE NEXT GENERATION explores the passion of a teenage racer with the most powerful and stylish car on the planet. Speed arrives at The Racing Academy only to find himself immediately intimidated by his fast-paced classmates, but armed with his new friends Conor, Lucy and Conor's robot monkey Chim Chim, Speed quickly lives up to his name and becomes the new one to beat in the driver's seat. Along with action-packed adventure on the racetrack, Speed and his pals work together to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance and build the ultimate racing machine -- the Mach 6.

Special Features:--Interactive Racing Game--Creating the next Speed Racer featurette

AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER BOOK 3: FIRE VOLUME 3

From Nickelodeon Home Video comes the third release of AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER. The eclipse has come but where is the Firelord? Aang searches frantically for him, but finds trouble instead. The kids are forced to flee the Fire Nation Palace with Azula and her war ships hot on their heels. At the Western Air Temple, a surprise mentor joins them and offers to be Aang's Firebending teacher and together the new team must figure out a way to get Aang back in the fight.

Episode Titles:

Chapter 11: The Day of Black Sun, Part 2: The EclipseChapter 12: The Western Air TempleChapter 13: The Firebending MastersChapter 14: The Boiling Rock, Part 1Chapter 15: The Boiling Rock, Part 2

Bonus Materials:--Free exclusive AVATAR comic book inside--Audio Commentary by creators and crew

SAAWARIYA

Bollywood and Hollywood entwine for this mix of romance singing comedy dancing and melodrama directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali (DEVDAS) and produced in tandem with Sony/Columbia, on DVD and Blu-ray May 6 with vfx by Prime Focus. The achingly beautiful Rani Mukherjee narrates and appears as Gulab a streetcorner princess haunting the red light district in an expressionistic melange of Venice Vegas and Amsterdam.

The irrepressibly callow musician Raj (Ranbir Kapoor) catches her eye but Raj thinks he's in love with Sakina (Sonam Kapoor) who prefers to pine away for her absent lover Imaan (Salman Kahn). All this longing (it's based on Dostoyevsky's WHITE NIGHTS) is stunningly captured through bizarre and elaborate backdrops winding staircases torrents of rain and a color scheme heavy on the blues. Fans of Baz Luhrman's MOULIN ROUGE will want to live inside this film: there may not a whole lot of weight to all the tomfoolery but the pain of youthful romantic idealism is part of the message. The music is always the thing with Bollywood films and SAAWARIYA packs in its share of rousing numbers. Western viewers entering the realm of Bollywood for the first time will find SAAWARIYA ("beloved" in Hindi) to be a crossover film that's ready to welcome them with open arms into a jubilant world of high-spirited song and dance over-the-top goofiness anguished melodrama gyrating hips (with very sexy exposed belly buttons) and PG-rated romance.

Special Features:--Two featurettes detail the creation of the movie's music with historical shots of 80 years of Bollywood posters and footage from the premiere.--Sony trailers

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