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In this romantic comedy, a journalist who's become too much the life of the party finds a new lease on life in a drug and alcohol treatment center. New York newspaper columnist Gwen Cummings (Sandra Bullock) has a fondness for liquor, a boyfriend (Dominic West) with a similar taste for the bottle, and a party girl image that camouflages plenty of emotional baggage. At the wedding of her sister (Elizabeth Perkins), Gwen's pursuit of a good time goes a bit too far when she topples the wedding cake and steals the bridal party's limousine. The result is a court-ordered, 28-day stay in a rehabilitation facility for drug and alcohol abusers. Gwen's failure to get with the program causes her to butt heads with the clinic's director (Steve Buscemi), but her attitude begins to change when she meets Eddie Boone (Viggo Mortensen), a baseball player trying to deal with his substance abuse problems. Diane Ladd, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Azura Skye play Gwen's fellow rehab inmates, and legendary roots rock band NRBQ performs at the wedding reception.

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Betty Thomas' surprisingly enjoyable rehab romance 28 Days is translated into a just as surprisingly full-fledged DVD. Along with a widescreen, anamorphic transfer and Dolby Digital Surround Sound, the disc boasts a wide array of supplements that match the film's quirky, amiable tone. These range from traditional extras like HBO's "making of" special, trailers, and biographies to truly unique bonuses like the recovery testimonials of some of the film's main characters. Every aspect of Gwen's (Sandra Bullock) life at the clinic is explored with a special feature: lost songs from the Guitar Guy (aka Loudon Wainwright III), lost episodes of "Santa Cruz" -- the soap opera that bonds the patients together, and instructions for making gum wrapper chains elevate the disc into a detailed and entertaining experience. Thomas also provides an enjoyable commentary, along with contributions from the film's editor, producer, and composer, Richard Gibbs. Gibbs' score is also given a separate audio track, emphasizing the personal, intricate approach taken throughout the entire disc. Though the DVD's embarrassment of riches comes as something of a shock, it's nice to see popular favorites such as 28 Days receive the treatment lavished upon critical faves such as Magnolia and Fight Club. Features * Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video * Widescreen presentation * Audio: English 5.1 [Dolby Digital] and 2-channel [Dolby Surround] * Subtitles: English * Director, editor, composer, and producer audio commentary * HBO making-of special * Character testimonials * "Santa Cruz" Soap Opera: The Lost Episodes * How to make a gun wrapper chain * Isolated music score * Theatrical trailers * Talent files * Interactive menus * Production notes * Scene selections * Guitar Guys lost songs

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CO05064 Eight Days DVD (2000/Sandra Bullock) $9.95