The Dish on VHS. Starring Sam Neill, Kevin Harrington, Tom Long, Patrick Warburton, Roy Billing, Bille Brown, Tayler Kane, Genevieve Mooy. Directed by Rob Sitch. 2000.
From the box:
The First Step On The Moon Nearly Stumbled On Earth.
It’s the biggest event since sheep invented wool! Apollo 11′s astronauts will walk on the moon — and the 1,000-ton satellite dish in tiny, sheep-farming Parkes, Australia, will beam that historic first step around the globe. But as giddy citizens prepare for the moment when the entire world will depend on them, the dish flatlines. And its unconventional Aussie crew and its by-the-book NASA supervisor from the U.S. have very different ideas about how to fix it.
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House of Sand and Fog on VHS. Starring Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley. With Ron Eldard, Frances Fisher, Kim Dickens. From the novel by Andre Dubus III. Directed by Vadim Perelman. 2003.
The VHS cover’s description:
Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly deliver stunning performances as two strangers whose conflicting pursuits of the American Dream lead to a fight for their hopes at any cost. What begins as a struggle over a rundown bungalow spirals into a clash that propels everyone involved toward a shocking resolution.
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Rock House a.k.a. Deadly Addiction on VHS. Starring Jack Vacek. With Trice Schubert, Joseph Jennings, Gregory Scott Cummins, Michael Robbin, Alan Shearer, Juan Carlos Muñoz. Written and directed by Jack Vacek. 1988.
From the box:
They Killed His Wife… And Pushed Him Beyond The Law. He’s About To Settle The Score!
He was the best cop in L.A.’s elite police narcotics division — until vengeful drug runners savagely murdered his beautiful young wife. Now, detective John Turner is out of control — a rogue cop on a search-and-destroy mission to wipe out the city’s sprawling cocaine empire. Aided by a ravishing photo-journalist and a savvy young street urchin, he’s out to hit the cocaine cartel where it hurts. From battering his way through the walls of inner city crack house fortresses, to unauthorized S.W.A.T. strikes against the drug lord’s fabulous Beverly Hills hideouts, Turner unleashes a devastating one-man war of retribution. A war that will break all the rules, pit him against the ruthless street soldiers of a private drug army — and make him the number one target of a merciless billion dollar cocaine conspiracy!
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Office Space on VHS. Starring Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman, Stephen Root. With Ajay Naidu, Diedrich Bader, Orlando Jones. Written and Directed by Mike Judge. 1999.
The box says:
Overwhelmed by stress on the job, Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) goes in for therapy and comes out with a life-changing career philosophy: work sucks. Eager to begin a new life of unemployment, he decides to spend more time with his sexy girlfriend (Jennifer Aniston) and less time at the office. When he does show up, it’s only to play computer games, destroy company property and tell his boss exactly where to stick those meaningless memos.
But rather than get fired, Peter’s “straight-shooting” attitude leads him to a promotion! Now the stage is set to carry out a high-tech embezzling scheme that’s sure to mean the end of his job… and a one-way ticket to easy street. Can he pull it off before all corporate hell breaks loose?
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on VHS. Starring Johnny Depp. With Deep Roy, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly, Helena Bonham Carter, Christopher Lee, Noah Taylor, Missi Pyle, James Fox. Based on the story by Roald Dahl. Directed by Tim Burton. 2005.
From the wrapper:
What wonders await you in Willy Wonka’s factory? Explore fields of soft minty sugar grass in the Chocolate Room… Sail along the Chocolate River in a pink sugar boat… Experiment with Everlasting Gobstoppers in the Inventing Room… Observe talented squirrels in the Nut Room and travel to the Television Room by a glass elevator… You’ll find a lot that’s funny, a little that’s mysterious… and an adventure as sweet and satisfying as a Wonka Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight bar.
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Better Than Chocolate on VHS. Starring Wendy Crewson, Karyn Dwyer, Christina Cox, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Marya Delver, Kevin Mundy, Peter Outerbridge. Directed by Anne Wheeler. 1999.
From the box:
“Better Than Chocolate” is a sexy romp of love and lust with surprising results. Maggie meets the woman of her dreams, Kim, just hours before her mother, Lila, and brother, Paul, move in with her. When the four end up sharing a loft, Maggie believe she must keep her affair a secret but it is Maggie’s clandestine romance that inadvertently introduces her family to a host of new experiences, all of which are potentially better than chocolate.
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The Death Kiss on VHS. Starring Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Adrienne Ames, John Wray. Directed by Edwin L. Marin. 1932.
From the box:
HOLLYWOOD AS THE HEADLINES SCREAM — WITH THE MYSTERY — THE ROMANCE AND ADVENTURE OF THE STUDIOS!!!
(Odd homemade box with newspaper clipping complete with official store-bought VHS cassette.)
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