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LOOP Screen emailer 16-03-01


to the debut e-mailer for 2001 by the Loop Screen Team.

Here's the plan: no pigeonholes, no format distinctions - the movie comes first. (Then we'll tell you how, where and when you can check it out, be it on the Big Screen, DVD, VHS, SKY or TV.)

A quick run-down, one-time-only:

THIS WEEK previews all the week's Big Screen releases, along with the pick of new Videos, DVDs and Sky Movies.

NOW PLAYING peddles the latest Big Screen, DVD and Video reviews at from reviewers Noel Meek, Simon Sweetman, Emma Philpott and Mark Cubey, with handy links provided for your surfing pleasure.

AROUND THE WEB is a digest of the weird, interesting and helpful, with links to news items at the web's best movie sites ('cause you guys can't be expected to surf them all, every day, right?). Remember, movie news on the net should often be seasoned with a hefty pinch of salt. Look for this section to expand in the coming weeks.

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TRAFFIC (BIG SCREEN, DVD (R1 29/5)): Steven Soderbergh's epic tale of the drug trade. Following three stories shot using different techniques, featuring an all-star cast and with the biggest buzz since Crouching Tiger, this one should be huge (and at the very least, long). Bet Harrison Ford's wishing he'd accepted the lead; Michael Douglas is raking in the kudos.
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THE EXORCIST - THE VERSION YOU'VE NEVER SEEN (BIG SCREEN, DVD (R1)): The spinning head, that pea-soup spew and history's least titillating masturbation scene get a new lease of life with added scenes, new effects and digital sound. See it again if only to ask yourself: why, despite the gallery of horrors on show, is the hospital scene still the most upsetting in the movie?
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MALENA (BIG SCREEN): Latest from the director of Cinema Paradiso.
Official site:

THE TERMINATOR - SPECIAL EDITION (DVD (R4)): At last, the DVD to go with that Terminator 2: The Ultimate Edition DVD you ordered in from Region 1. What? You didn't? Well, what are you waiting for?

SUMMER OF SAM (SKY MOVIES, DVD (R1), VHS): Spike Lee's smouldering saga of the summer of 1977, when the Son of Sam stalked New York's streets. Adrien Brody and Mira Sorvino topline. Purists will want to pick up the Region 1 DVD from United Video or Real Groovy, but for everyone else, there's Sky Movies, Sunday, 8:30pm.



NURSE BETTY (Big Screen, DVD (R1)): Neil LaBute's follow-up to the thoroughly detestable yet perversely compelling Your Friends & Neighbours seems a more mainstream affair. Simon has the low-down:

MISS CONGENIALITY (Big Screen, DVD (R1 1/5)): She's a man, man... What do you get when you put a feisty Bullock comes up against a charismatic Bratt? Simon checked out the mostly congenial Miss Congeniality:

THE ART OF WAR (BIG SCREEN, DVD (R1)): Meanwhile, The Art of War didn't fare so well with Simon. Is it just me, or was One Night Stand the final nail in the coffin that once was Wesley Snipes' career?

PAY IT FORWARD (BIG SCREEN): Anyone else wondering just what kind of freaky-looking adult Haley Joel Osment's going to sprout into? In the meantime, Noel endured the sprightly tyke's latest opus:


CROUCHING PIRATES: Wondering where all those tantalising copies of the Crouching Tiger Region 3 DVD went?

FELLOWSHIP OF THE ONE-SHEET: Want to purchase your very own theatrical teaser One-Sheet for The Fellowship of the Ring, available both single and double-sided light-box friendly versions? New Line Cinema would like to help you do so:

'HARRY' POTTY: Hot on the heels of the Lord of the Rings teaser comes the first trailer for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (which will be retitled 'Sorcerer's Stone' in the U.S.). Surprisingly bleak-looking, and gotta love that John Williams score. Get it in a vast plethora of formats at:

BE AFRAID: The big-screen version of Scooby-Doo currently shooting across the Tasman won't hit NZ for over a year. But if this hideous first cast photo from the film - posted by the folks at Coming Attractions ( - is anything to go by, this one's gonna bite the big Scooby-snack. Scroll down to the latest updates for the image:


For Hoyts session times, check out:

For Embassy and Paramount session times, check out:

For Rialto session times, check out:

For Region 1 DVDs with free worldwide shipping, we think Canadian site DVD Box Office kicks arse. They have free worldwide shipping, and they even display prices in NZ$. Did I mention free worldwide shipping?

For new and second-hand Region 1 and 4 DVDs, the Overlords of Upper Cuba and Queen Streets, Real Groovy, are just that.

For the rental of Region 1 and 4 DVDs, Amalgamated Video on Taranaki St is your friend. Repeat after me: Amalgamated Video on Taranaki St is your friend.

To buy second-hand Region 1 and 4 DVDs on-line from other New Zealanders, you can do worse than the DVDs For Sale section at:

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