DVD re­leases sched­uled for next week

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TORONTO — A look at some DVDs sched­uled to be re­leased next week.


Aliens in the At­tic The An­swer Man Bad Cop Beast Within (aka Virus Un­dead) Be­fore the Fall The Botany of De­sire The Chris­tians Christ­mas Story The Claudette Col­bert Col­lec­tion Clint East­wood Star Col­lec­tion Columbia Pic­tures Film Noir Clas­sics Vol­ume I Com­mand Per­for­mance Crim­i­nal Jus­tice The Big Heat 5 Against the House Mur­der by Con­tract The Lineup Dark Mir­ror Death of Evil Dr. Who: Black Guardian Tril­ogy Dr. Who: War Games Frag­gle Rock: A Merry Frag­gle Hol­i­day

Frag­gle Rock: The Com­plete Fi­nal Sea­son Frank Si­na­tra Star Col­lec­tion G.I. Joe: The Rise of Co­bra G.I. Joe: Res­o­lute G.I. Joe Real Amer­i­can Hero: Sea­son 1.2 The Gary Cooper Star Col­lec­tion The Ge­nius of Charles Dar­win Hap­pi­ness 101 With Tal Ben-Sha­har Hard­wired Here’s Lucy: Sea­son Two If I Die Tonight Irv­ing Berlin’s White Christ­mas An­niver­sary Edi­tion I Love You, Beth Cooper It’s a Won­der­ful Life (DVD Gift Set) The Jack Lem­mon Col­lec­tion Lemon Tree The Marc Pease Ex­pe­ri­ence

March of the Pen­guins (Lim­ited Edi­tion Gift­set) The Mickey Rourke Col­lec­tion Mickey’s Mag­i­cal Christ­mas: Snowed In at the House of Mouse

Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble — The Fi­nal TV Sea­son

Na­tional Lam­poon’s Christ­mas Va­ca­tion (Ul­ti­mate Col­lec­tor’s Edi­tion) Ni­cholas Cage Star Col­lec­tion Nir­vana: Live at Read­ing North by North­west (50th An­niver­sary Edi­tions) Not For­got­ten Reese Wither­spoon Star Col­lec­tion

Robert Downey Jr. Star Col­lec­tion

The Rock­ford Files: Movie Col­lec­tion — Vol­ume 1 Ruby-Spears Su­per­man Say Any­thing (20th An­niver­sary Edi­tion) Sean Con­nery Star Col­lec­tion The Shield: The Com­plete Se­ries Col­lec­tion Spin City: Sea­son Three Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Com­plete Sea­son One Su­san Saran­don Star Col­lec­tion TCM Great­est Clas­sic Films Col­lec­tion: Hitch­cock Thrillers The Tak­ing of Pel­ham 1 2 3 Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tles: Sea­son 7

Ter­mi­na­tor Sal­va­tion: The Ma­chin­ima Se­ries

Thomas and Friends: Hol­i­day Ex­press UFC 101: Penn vs. Flo­rian Walt Dis­ney Trea­sures Wave IX: Zorro: The Com­plete First and Sec­ond Sea­son Watch­men ( The Ul­ti­mate Cut) Where God Left His Shoes Will Fer­rell: You’re Wel­come Amer­ica. The Wi­nona Ry­der Col­lec­tion WWE Sur­vivor Se­ries An­thol­ogy 1987-1991

WWE Sur­vivor Se­ries An­thol­ogy 1992-1996 TORONTO — Anne Mur­ray says she de­cided to write her tell-all mem­oir be­cause it was the last item re­main­ing on her ca­reer to-do list.

She had no idea how dif­fi­cult it was go­ing to be.

“All of Me,” which hit stores this week, in­deed cov­ers ev­ery­thing — her dizzy­ingly swift as­cent to be­com­ing Amer­ica’s Cana­dian sweet­heart, her lengthy af­fair with a mar­ried man, her di­vorce from that same man and the se­ries of per­sonal hard­ships that have marked the past two decades of her life.

And the 64-year-old says she wouldn’t go through this painful process of re­liv­ing the past again.

“ You have no choice but to go through it, but to write about it was aw­ful,” Mur­ray told The Cana­dian Press over the line from her Toronto-area home.

“It was just very painful for me and I had no idea. I had no idea how I would be af­fected. And so, you know, to be truth­ful, there was a point where I didn’t know whether I could get through the book be­cause it hurt so much.”

She did com­plete the project — “I have to do ev­ery­thing 100 per cent, and I have to fin­ish,” she said — and fans have ac­cord­ingly been af­forded an oth­er­wise un­seen look at the Cana­dian song­bird’s en­dur­ing ca­reer.

Beginning with her “mostly un­trou­bled” child­hood in Springhill, N.S., Mur­ray and writer Michael Posner track the twists and turns of a 45-year mu­sic ca­reer.

Mur­ray — she of the squeaky­clean, freshly scrubbed im­age — shares plenty of eye­brow-rais­ing anec­dotes, in­clud­ing the de­tails of her years-long af­fair with Bill Langstroth, a tele­vi­sion pro­ducer who was mar­ried with chil­dren when he and Mur­ray be­gan an af­fair while work­ing to­gether on CBC-TV’s “Sin­ga­long Ju­bilee.”

The re­la­tion­ship be­gan dur­ing a trip to Char­lot­te­town, when Mur­ray and Langstroth smoked mar­i­juana to­gether and kissed. Mur­ray wrote that the early years of their af­fair were dif­fi­cult.

“How­ever un­happy he might have been in his mar­riage, he was still mar­ried (with two young chil­dren), al­most 15 years my se­nior and also my boss,” Mur­ray writes.

“But I was fall­ing in love, fast, and pow­er­less to do any­thing about it.”

For years and years, they had to keep their re­la­tion­ship hid­den while Langstroth re­mained mar­ried. That Mur­ray had to be se­cre­tive about her re­la­tion­ship fu­elled spec­u­la­tion about her own sex­u­al­ity, she says, and might have con­trib­uted to the “ le­gion of gay fans” she writes about. By 1975, af­ter Langstroth had fi­nally di­vorced his wife, he mar­ried Mur­ray.

Writ­ing about the af­fair, Mu r r a y said, was easy. It w a s an­cient h i s t o r y. But delv­ing into her 1998 di­vorce from Langstroth and a re­cent on­slaught of tragic de­vel­op­ments — her daugh­ter Dawn’s strug­gles with anorexia, the down­turn in her ca­reer that be­gan in the mid-80s, the guilt she felt over be­ing away from her fam­ily for ex­tended pe­ri­ods of time and the deaths of her mother, her close friend Cyn­thia McReynolds and her long­time man­ager Leonard Ram­beau, to whom the book is ded­i­cated — was much more try­ing.

“It’s the di­vorce and all of that that’s un­com­fort­able,” she said. “Go­ing through all of that again . . . that was hard to re-live that. It’s typ­i­cal. Ev­ery­body’s lives are full of good things, some tragic things, and no­body es­capes th­ese things.”

Of course, there’s also plenty of more breezy ma­te­rial cov­ered in the book.

Mur­ray writes of brushes with John Len­non, Frank Si­na­tra and the Queen, whom Mur­ray ac­ci­den­tally of­fended fol­low­ing a per­for­mance at Canada’s 125th birth­day party in 1992. In the early ’80s, she gave co­me­dian Jerry Se­in­feld — then a lit­tle-known comic work­ing the club cir­cuit — an open­ing spot on a se­ries of high­pro­file shows.

She earned praise from a list of lu­mi­nar­ies as long as it was di­verse, in­clud­ing for­mer U.S. pres­i­dents Richard Nixon and Ge­orge Bush, Sammy Davis Jr., and Wayne Gret­zky (and yet Kiss bassist Gene Sim­mons, when he stum­bled into her back­stage at the Gram­mys one year, said: “Oh, my God, it’s Ann-Mar­gret.”)

She also writes of late Bri­tish soul singer Dusty Spring­field, who made a clumsy, drunken pass at Mur­ray and af­ter be­ing re­buffed, at­tacked her hus­band with her fin­ger­nails (“Dusty was a lovely per­son — when she was sober, she was great,” Mur­ray says now).

Mur­ray also en­gaged in an “ex­tended flir­ta­tion” with Amer­i­can ac­tor Burt Reynolds. He sent her flow­ers, turned up at sev­eral of her per­for­mances and ar­ranged for Mur­ray to be his mu­si­cal guest in an episode of “Satur­day Night Live.”

“Noth­ing ever came of it,” she says now with a laugh. “He just loved the mu­sic, he loved my voice.”

Mur­ray also writes about her brushes with drugs — while seem­ingly every­one around her in mu­sic spent the ’ 70s in drug­in­duced delir­ium, Mur­ray more or less stayed away from us­ing any­thing.

“I was never much in­ter­ested in the drugs,” Mur­ray said. “I cer­tainly smoked dope like ev­ery­body else the odd time, but you know, I did very lit­tle of it . . . . I had to have my wits about me. I was the one out on stage, I was the one do­ing th­ese shows, so I couldn’t get in­volved in that stuff.

“I took my job se­ri­ously. I wanted to do it well.”

And Mur­ray, judg­ing by her record-set­ting sales and end­less award tally, cer­tainly did.

She was the first Cana­dian fe­male solo singer to reach No. 1 on the U.S. charts, and the first to earn a gold record.

She has sold 54 mil­lion records and has won four Grammy Awards, 24 Juno Awards, three Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards and three CMA Awards.

Yet she says she has per­ma­nently closed that chap­ter of her life. She has re­tired from mu­sic and says she “doesn’t par­tic­u­larly want to” sing in pub­lic again.

“I haven’t sung in a year and a half,” she said. “I don’t miss it.”

But what about her afore­men­tioned list?

“I don’t have any­thing more on the list,” she said. “So maybe that’s the per­fect time to re­tire, what do you think?”

And yet, Mur­ray says that looking back on her life for “All of Me,” tor­ment­ing as it was, did ul­ti­mately yield a pos­i­tive re­sult.

“Maybe once and for all, I’ll be able to put this stuff to bed and not have to deal with it again,” she said.

“Be­cause boy, some of it is tough.”

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