Pokémon Heroes, Stargate Warp to Home Vid

Among the many DVD releases coming to a video store near you this week are the fifth chapter in a successful kids’ anime franchise and the fifth season of a hit sci-fi TV series. Pokémon Heroes and Stargate SG1 join the list of the packaged to own.

Pokémon Heroes chronicles the latest adventure of trainer Ash Ketchum and his yellow pet, Pikachu. The action takes place in a Venice-like dream city, where the clan tries to stop a pair of thieves hiding out in the canals and alleyways in the water capital of the world. The film also introduces two new Pokémons, a brother and sister pair called Latias and Latios, who are protecting a treasure known as the Droplet of the Heart.

Alternately titled Guardian Spirits of the Water Capita: Latias and Latios, Pokémon Heroes is directed by Jim Malone and Kunihiko Yuyama, based on a script by Malone and Hideki Sonoda. The film is 72-minutes long, is rated G, and has some scenes of cartoon violence. The DVD, released by Buena Vista Home Entertainment contains a never-before-seen Pokémon short.

Based on the 1995 film Stargate (starring Kurt Russell and James Spader), the syndicated TV series Stargate SG1 has been a big success for MGM and can currently be seen in syndication, with new episodes appearing on the Sci Fi Channel. The new five-disc season five set contains 22 episodes of the adventures of Col. Jack O’Neill (Richard Dean Anderson) and his crew. As is de rigeur for any DVD release these days, the set includes cast, crew and directors’ commentaries on each episode, featurettes and photo galleries. The suggested retail price is $69.95.

Among other DVD/VHS releases this week are Fist of the Red Dragon (2000) from directors Yuen Woo Ping and Donnie Yen (Columbia TriStar), the teen horror flick Cabin Fever (Lions Gate), a two-disc set of MTV’s Punk’d: The Complete First Season (Paramount) and Once Upon a Time in Mexico from director/writer Robert Rodriguez with Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Johnny Depp and Willem Dafoe (Columbia TriStar). The two-disc release Rodriguez’s Sergio Leone homage will include, among other things, the director’s famous Ten-Minute Film School.