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Valentine’s Day VB Purchasing Guide December 2008-February 2009

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Dec. 16

Poor Little Rich Girl A&E/NEW VIDEO prebook 11-18; DVD $29.95 Romance: Farrah Fawcett stars in this miniseries about an heiress who goes around the world seeking lasting love.

Dec. 30

The Tudors: The Complete Second Season CBS/PARAMOUNT prebook 11-18; DVD $42.99 Drama: The Showtime series, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, dramatizes King Henry VIII’s romance with Anne Boleyn.

Jan. 13

Brideshead Revisited DISNEY prebook 12-2; DVD $29.99 Drama: Based on the Evelyn Waugh novel, this story of love, power and betrayal grossed $6.4 million in theaters.

I Do: How to Get Married and Stay Single LIONSGATE prebook 12-17; DVD $19.98 Romantic comedy: A man hires a woman to pose as his fiancée to charm his family and then arranges for her to jilt him.

My Best Friend’s Girl LIONSGATE prebook 12-17; DVD $29.95, BD $39.99 Romantic comedy: Kate Hudson stars in this $19.2 million-grossing film about a jilted lover who hires his best friend to drive his ex back into his arms.

My Bloody Valentine: Special Edition LIONSGATE prebook 12-17; DVD $19.98 Horror: The 1981 cult classic returns with new bonus features.

Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys LIONSGATE prebook 12-17; DVD $29.95 Drama: Kathy Bates and Alfre Woodard star as matriarchs of two families torn apart by greed and scandal.

Tyler Perry’s The Marriage Counselor: The Play LIONSGATE prebook 12-17; DVD $19.98 Comedy/drama: Perry’s latest play transforms marriage, life and family into a stage experience.

Jan. 20

The Notebook Limited Edition Gift Set WARNER prebook 12-16; DVD $29.98, BD $39.98 Drama: Based on Nicholas Sparks’ novel, this 2004 movie stars Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling.

Center Stage: Turn It Up SONY prebook 12-18; DVD $24.96 Drama: In this sequel to Center Stage, a dancer who wants to perform with the American Ballet Academy gets help from a former hockey player.

Jan. 27

The Love Boat: Season Two, Vol. One CBS/PARAMOUNT prebook 12-16; DVD $42.99 Romantic comedy: Passengers looking for romance board the Pacific Princess Cruise ship as it sails to tropical and exotic lands.

Closing the Ring GENIUS prebook 12-16; DVD $19.97 Romance: After finding a ring that belonged to an American World War II pilot, a young man travels to America to uncover its rightful owner.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona GENIUS prebook 12-16; DVD $28.95, BD $34.99 Romance: Two American women on a Spanish holiday become enamored with a charming local painter in this $22 million-grossing film starring Scarlett Johansson and Javier Bardem.

The Girls Next Door: Season 4 FOX prebook 12-31; DVD $29.98 Reality: This E! series takes a behind-the-scenes look at the Playboy Mansion, where girls live in luxury.

Feb. 3

Thug Love LIGHTYEAR/VIVENDI prebook 1-6; DVD $19.99 Urban romance: A successful advertising executive finds herself in a relationship with a streetwise man half her age.

The Good Student SCREEN MEDIA/UNIVERSAL prebook 1-6; DVD $24.98 Thriller: After a popular student disappears, a teacher (Tim Daly) becomes the prime suspect.


Fox, MGM promote romance

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and MGM Home Entertainment are combining their resources to deliver a variety of low-priced DVDs for Valentine’s Day. The selection includes such classics as An Affair to Remember, recent films such as The Devil Wears Prada and Valentine treats for kids, including titles from the Care Bears. —Cindy Spielvogel

Jan. 13

2009 Valentine’s Day Promotion MGM/FOX prebook 12-17; DVD $9.98 to $19.98 Romance: Fox and MGM are promoting a variety of low-priced titles for Valentine’s Day, including An Affair to Remember 50th Anniversary, Blind Dating, Care Bears: Care-a-Lot Collection, Care Bears: Oopsy Does It, Date Movie, The Devil Wears Prada, Down With Love, Ever After, The Family Stone, Fever Pitch, French Kiss, A Good Year, Gray Matters, Great Expectations, Hope Floats, I Heart Huckabees, The Illusionist, In Her Shoes, Just Married, Just My Luck, Life or Something Like It, Love Potion #9, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Moulin Rouge, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, My Sassy Girl, Never Been Kissed, One Fine Day, Pushing Tin, Romeo + Juliet Music Edition, Say Anything, She’s the One, Shining Through, Simpsons: Kiss & Tell, Someone Like You, Strawberry Shortcake: Let’s Dance, Strawberry Shortcake: Rockaberry Roll, Tristan & Isolde, The Truth About Cats & Dogs, 27 Dresses, Two Days in Paris, Unfaithful, Waitress and A Walk in the Clouds.

Barney, Elmo send Valentines

Kids like Valentine’s Day as much as anyone, especially when they get something special. Among Valentine’s-themed titles available for young children by Feb. 14 will be Sesame Workshop’s Elmo Loves You, Hit Entertainment’s Barney: Be My Valentine and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s The Berenstain Bears: Kindness, Caring and Sharing. —C.S.

Jan. 6

Elmo Loves You SESAME/GENIUS prebook 11-25; DVD $14.93 Children’s: Before he can give his Valentine to the person he likes, the wind blows Elmo’s card away.

Barney: Be My Valentine HIT/LIONSGATE prebook 12-10; DVD $14.98 Children’s: With its newly redesigned packaging, this DVD premiere holiday special with the purple dinosaur has not aired on TV.

Jan. 20

The Berenstain Bears: Kindness, Caring and Sharing SONY prebook 12-18; DVD $12.99 Children’s: Features five episodes, including “Comic Valentine.”

Love for the classics

Warner Home Video has a pair of special collections for Valentine’s Day. One is a group of romance-themed films available individually; the other is a collection of classic romances packaged only in a set. The All-Star Romance group of individual titles consists of five films available on DVD for the first time. The Warner Bros. Romance Classics Collection features the DVD debuts of four romances from the ’60s, all starring that decade’s teen heartthrob, Troy Donahue. —C.S.

Jan. 27

All-Star Romance WARNER prebook 12-23; DVD $19.97 each Romance: Goodbye Mr. Chips (1969), Far From the Madding Crowd (1967), The Yellow Rolls Royce (1965), Waterloo Bridge (1940) and Cannery Row (1982) debut on disc.

Warner Bros. Romance Classics Collection WARNER prebook 12-23; DVD $39.92 Romance: Troy Donahue stars in Palm Springs Weekend, Parrish, Rome Adventure and Susan Slade.


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