Discs Are Rated
June 19th, 2001
"Tomb" Raids Number One Spot, Star Wars...
nothing but Star Wars
The weekend's box office was big. While games going to
movies still have to be perfected in the story department,
it seems Lara Croft: Tomb Raider has lifted the "game
going to movie then boming" curse. Critics bashed this one
(and every other video game movie), but it racked in an
impressive 47.7 million dollars in it's opening weekend.
In second was another new entry. Atlantis: The Lost
Empire went wide over the weekend from its New York and
Los Angeles engagments the previous week and made a decent
20.3 million. Not bad considering this is Disney's second PG
rated film (filled with a lot of violence) and a lot of
tickets were half price.
Shrek will pass the 200 million mark this week
(first film this year to do so) as it came in third making
13.1 million. Swordfish dropped to fourth and made
12.7 while Pearl Harbor lost more audience with 9.9
million. Evolution continued to bomb with 6.6 million
for sixth place and the The Animal started to lose
steam in seventh with 5.8 million. In eighth was Moulin
Rouge with five million, ninth What's The Worst That
Could Happen? with three million and The Mummy
Returns in tenth with 2.7 million (that should cross 200
million shortly as well).
And finally... big release news! Star Wars Episode 1:
The Phantom Menace will be coming to DVD October 16th
for a retail price of 29.98 (that has been confirmed). I
guess when fans group and complain together it pays off.
Anywho, the two-disc THX-certified disc is packed. While
there's no DTS, there's a Dolby Digital 5.1 EX track as well
as a commentary with George Lucas, producer Rick McCallum
and soft of the effects/sound crew. On the second disc,
there are seven deleted scenes that are especially completed
for the DVD (and anamorphic!), the "Duel of the Fates" music
video, an hour long documentary cut from 600 hours of
footage taped from on the set, multi-angle storyboard
feature, the great trailers, TV spots, the Lynn Diaries as
shown on the web, five featurettes, promo campaign and a lot
more... sounds like a great set. It's sure to make a mint.
But I have a feeling this is just to shut fans up, and the
first trilogy won't be out for a long time. I could always
be wrong though.
- Zach B.