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DVD Playhouse--July 2009

DVD Playhouse—July 2009

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Allen Gardner

Do The Right Thing: 20th Anniversary Edition (Universal) Spike Lee’s groundbreaking fable about race relations in an ethnically mixed Brooklyn neighborhood during a sweltering New York summer remains as potent, timely and prescient as it was in 1989. Lee is among the cast, which also includes John Turturro, Danny Aiello, Samuel L. Jackson, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, and Rosie Perez (to name a few), that provide the tableaux-like framework for this stunning work. Criminally ignored by Oscar (it wasn't even nominated for Best Picture, but did garner nods for Supporting Actor Danny Aiello and Lee’s screenplay), it endures as a timeless classic. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Commentary by Lee, Ernest Dickerson, Wynn Thomas, Joie Lee; Documentary; Deleted and extended scenes; Featurettes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS 5.1 surround.

Coraline (Universal) A young girl moves into an old Victorian house with her parents
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Talk Show Host Tom Snyder Dies at 71

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Talk Show Host Tom Snyder Dies at 71
Talk show host Tom Snyder, who gained fame as the host of the late-night talk show The Tomorrow Show in the 1970s, died Sunday in San Francisco after a battle with leukemia; he was 71. A casual, smart and gregarious interviewer who wouldn't hesitate to grill his guests, Snyder's interviews on his talk show were a staple of the 70s, airing after Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show on NBC. His interview subjects were wide and varied, ranging from John Lennon to Ayn Rand to Charles Manson, as well as a number of rock stars, including Johnny Rotten, The Clash, and KISS, who made a notorious Halloween appearance on his show in 1979. Snyder was also the memorable target of a legendary impersonation by Dan Aykroyd on Saturday Night Live. In 1982, The Tomorrow Show was canceled to make room for the fledgling Late Night with David Letterman, though Snyder returned to the late night format in 1995 with The Late, Late Show on CBS, which he hosted until 1998. In 2005, Snyder announced on his Web site that he was battling chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

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