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Show Me the Special Edition!

15 Feb, 2002 By: Stephanie Prange

As Oscar watchers get ready to track Nicole Kidman in the race for best actress honors for Moulin Rouge, ex-hubby Tom Cruise will grab some attention of his own with his first DVD commentary on a special edition release of the Oscar-lauded Jerry Maguire.

Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will bow the $150 million box office hit on special edition widescreen DVD April 30 (prebook April 2) at $27.95. It was first released in a plain vanilla version early in the DVD cycle. Directed by Academy Award winner Cameron Crowe, the film also garnered a best supporting actor Oscar for Cuba Gooding Jr. and four nominations for best picture, best actor (Cruise), best screenplay (Crowe) and best editing.

“It was largely Cameron Crowe” who lured Cruise into his first commentary, said Michael Stradford, Columbia TriStar's v.p. of DVD content programming. “It was a special film for both of them.”

In addition to Cruise and Crowe, the full-length video and audio commentary also features co-stars Renee Zellweger and Gooding Jr. “It took over a year to coordinate their schedules,” Stradford said.

This is the first full-length video commentary for Columbia TriStar (it's also available in an audio-only option), which appears with a small in-screen box of the film. The studio featured selected scenes with video commentary for the special edition DVD of Glory, Stradford said the video commentary makesit “clear that the four of them [Cruise, Crowe, Zellweger and Gooding Jr.] are really fond of each other.”

The two-disc DVD also includes two-channel Dolby Surround and Dolby Digital 5.1, an exclusive documentary, rehearsal footage and DVD-ROM features for more than 120 minutes of bonus footage.

Crowe had archived a lot of material used in the DVD, Stradford said, including a rehearsal during which Cruise and Gooding Jr. worked out the famous “Show me the money” scene. The DVD also includes a shoe commercial by Gooding Jr.'s character not in the original film.

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