It’s The Big Bang, hitting DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:
With time running out, Cruz discovers the trail leads to reclusive billionaire (Sam Elliott, Thank You for Smoking, Tombstone), and his physicist (Jimmi Simpson, Date Night, “Breakout Kings”), intent on recreating The Big Bang underneath the New Mexico desert. Tailed by a trio of cops also looking to find the missing diamonds, and with the body count piling up, Cruz soon realizes that what appeared to be a standard missing person’s case is anything but, and could quite possibly bring about the end of the world as we know it.
Written by: Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman, Chris Miller & Aron Warner, based on the book by William Steig
Directed by: Chris Miller & Raman Hui
Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Rupert Everett, Julie Andrews, Justin Timberlake
- Worcestershire Academy yearbook
- Big Green Goofs
- Lost Scenes
- Donkey Dance
- Meet the Cast
- Shrek’s Guide to Parenthood
- Tech of Shrek
Released by: Paramount Home Video
My Advice: Catch it on cable.
Written and Directed by Robert Rodriguez
Starring Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe, Cheech Marin, Mickey Rourke, Eva Mendes, Danny Trejo, Enrique Iglesias, and Gerardo Vigil
- Running audio commentary with writer/director Rodriguez
- “Ten Minute Flick School”
- Inside Troublemaker Studios featurette
- Deleted scenes
- “Ten Minute Cooking School”
- The Anti-Hero’s Journey
- Film is Dead: An Evening with Robert Rodriguez
- The Good, the Bad, and the Bloody: special effects featurette
- DVD-ROM: Test your Wits in the Shooting Gallery and the Loteria
Released by: Columbia/Tri-Star Home Entertainment
My Advice: Own it.
Written by: Michael Cristofer, based on the novel by Cornell Woolrich
Directed by: Michael Cristofer
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Antonio Banderas, Thomas Jane, Jack Thompson, Gregory Itzin
- Running audio commentary by director/writer Cristofer
- Music Video "You Can’t Walk Away from Love" by Gloria Estefan
- Animated Photo Gallery
- Original Theatrical Trailer
Released by: MGM
My Advice: Borrow it.
Written by: Ted Elliott, John Eskow and Terry Rossio, based on a story by Elliott, Randall Jahnson and Rossio, which was in turn based on the character created by Johnston McCulley
Directed by: Martin Campbell
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stuart Wilson, and Matt Letscher
- “Unmasking Zorro” Featurette
- Deleted Scenes
- Music Video by Marc Anthony and Tina Arena
- Photo Galleries
- Direct Weblink DVD-ROM feature
Released by: Columbia-Tristar
My Advice: Own it
Written & Directed by: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alan Cumming
My Advice: Matinee.
Gregorio and Ingrid Cortez (Banderas and Gugino) are the world’s greatest spies. No, really. They just look like entrenched suburbanites, minivan and all. They have two very intelligent, energetic kids (Vega and Sabara). Everything’s just peachy. But when the past comes calling, and they get pulled out of retirement, they get more than they bargained for. Captured–because they’re just a little rusty–that leaves “Uncle Felix” (Cheech Marin) to get the children to safety. Alone and outgunned, the children decide that they’re going to have to claim their spy heritage–and get their parents back themselves.
The problem with movies for kids these days is that there’s very little in them for the adults that inevitably must chaperone the tykes. Hollywood, for the most part–there are exceptions, has forgotten how to give things levels. The best example, of course, are the Looney Tunes. You watch them when you’re a munchkin, and you love them. You come back to them as an adult and go: “Whoa–I had no idea–!” Such is the fun of Spy Kids, not to mention the mind-blowing concept of the man who brought us From Dusk Till Dawn doing a family movie. And doing a family movie that actually works as outlined above. Who knew?