Originally created 09/30/03

New home-video releases

Selected home-video releases:

"2 Fast 2 Furious"

With "The Fast and the Furious" star Vin Diesel a scratch for the follow-up, his co-star Paul Walker steps up as an ex-cop teamed with a speedster pal (Tyrese Gibson) on an undercover drug assignment among street racers in Florida. DVD extras include a thin batch of deleted and extended scenes introduced by director John Singleton and film editor Bruce Cannon (the intros are generally longer than the actual footage). Singleton provides audio commentary, and the disc features background on tricking out hot rods and the movie's racing stunts. The disc also provides a glimpse of behind-the-wheel training for Walker and the other actors; the fastest thing co-star Devon Aoki ever drove had been a golf cart, but within days, she was taking fast corners in a supercharged Mustang. DVD, $26.98. (Universal)

"The Adventures of Robin Hood," "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre," "Yankee Doodle Dandy"

Three big DVD debuts from the Warner vaults. Errol Flynn stars in the 1938 Technicolor classic "The Adventures of Robin Hood," the definitive tale of Sherwood Forest. James Cagney hoofs his way through the life story of George M. Cohan in 1942's "Yankee Doodle Dandy." And Humphrey Bogart is truly scary as a decent-enough guy consumed by greed in John Huston's 1948 gold-digging adventure, "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre." Each comes in a two-disc set featuring Leonard Maltin as host for a package of trailers, newsreels, short films and cartoons intended to simulate old-time theater extras that ran between main features. The sets include making-of documentaries and commentary by film historians. The three films also are available in a boxed set that offers an extra disc with a historical documentary on Warner Bros. DVD two-disc sets, $26.99 each; DVD boxed set, $69.92. (Warner Bros.)

"Nowhere in Africa"

Last year's Academy Award winner for foreign-language film is an electrifying portrait of an uprooted family coping with an exotic new environment. Based on a true story, the German-language family film traces the exodus of a Jewish lawyer, his wife and their young daughter from Nazi Germany to Kenya in 1938. Director Caroline Link, co-star Juliane Kohler and a couple of their collaborators provide DVD commentary. The two-disc set also includes deleted scenes with commentary, cast and crew interviews and a making-of featurette. DVD, $28.96. (Columbia TriStar)


With his usual bombast, bullets and buckets of blood, Brian DePalma updates the 1932 gangster classic, with Al Pacino taking on the lead as a Cuban refugee who ruthlessly rises to power as a Miami drug lord. This new two-disc DVD version includes interviews with DePalma, Pacino and screenwriter Oliver Stone on the history of the story, from the original movie through script development on the remake. The set also offers a background featurette on the filmmakers' delicate balance between nauseating violence and maintaining an R rating. There's also an amusing montage contrasting the grisly theatrical version with the way the movie played on television. Also available in a deluxe boxed set that includes the 1932 version starring Paul Muni. DVD set, $26.98; deluxe boxed set, $59.98. (Universal)

"Bend It Like Beckham"

The British mini-hit stars Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley in a cross-cultural crowd-pleaser about an Indian teen in England who defies her family's expectations and stars on a girls' soccer squad. Director Gurinder Chadha provides audio commentary and is co-host with some of her bit players for a featurette on cooking aloo gobi, the Indian dish featured in the film. The DVD also has 10 deleted or extended scenes, out-takes, two music videos and a behind-the-scenes featurette. DVD, $27.98. (20th Century Fox)

TV on DVD:

"Victory at Sea" - Fifty years after its initial TV run, the 26-part World War II documentary chronicling the Allied naval campaign debuts on DVD in a tremendous four-disc set. Each half-hour episode of the series, which established the potential of the documentary form on television, features an introduction by Peter Graves. DVD set, $79.95. (A&E)

"The Osbournes: The 2nd Season" - Continuing in the spirit of "Ozzie and Harriet," rocker Ozzy Osbourne rants and raves through everyday life with wife, Sharon, and kids Kelly and Jack. The two-disc set includes season two's 10 episodes, with deleted footage, audio commentary by the family and a "translator" feature for Ozzy's indecipherable speeches. DVD set, $29.99. (Miramax)

"Mr. Bean: The Animated Series" - Rowan Atkinson goes the cartoon comedy route with this animated adaptation of his live-action TV series and movie about a troublesome man-child. The two-disc set features nine episodes, a making-of featurette and a biography on Atkinson. DVD set, $29.95. (A&E)

"The Tick: The Entire Series" - This goofy, short-lived sit-com adapted from the comic book and animated series stars Patrick Warburton as a superhero in a blue suit and antennae, crusading for justice with three strangely costumed pals. All nine episodes are included on two discs, and producer Barry Sonnenfeld offers audio commentary. DVD set, $29.95. (Columbia TriStar)


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