Originally created 05/06/04

Extras, extras

Here's a look at what's new in video and DVD:

PETER PAN (UNIVERSAL, $26.98) Last fall's box office underachiever about the boy who refused to grow up is a good one for the family to check out on video some weekend. Director P.J. Hogan crafts a visually splendid adventure about Peter (Jeremy Sumpter), gal pal Wendy (Rachel Hurd-Wood) and their pirate nemesis Capt. Hook (Jason Isaacs, who doubles as Wendy's meek father). The DVD packs a huge range of background features on design of the pirate ship and the Neverland forest, the back story of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan and other subjects. The disc also has deleted footage and an alternate ending that jumps ahead to Wendy's grown-up life.

CALENDAR GIRLS (DISNEY, $29.99) Helen Mirren and Julie Walters lead the cast in last year's comic drama inspired by the true story of women in their 40s, 50s and 60s from the prim British Women's Institute, who created an international stir by posing nude for a charity calendar. Along with deleted footage and a behind-the-scenes featurette, the DVD has a glimpse into the real calendar girls at the heart of the story, who became role models and heroes for aging women disenfranchised by a youth-obsessed culture.

THE MARX BROTHERS COLLECTION (WARNER BROS., $59.92 SET, $19.97 EACH) Seven Marx Brothers comedies debut on DVD in a five-disc set. Their classic 1935 adventure A Night at the Opera, featuring the legendary overcrowded stateroom scene, A Day at the Races and A Night in Casablanca come on individual DVDs available separately or in the boxed set. Room Service and At the Circus, and Go West and The Big Store, are packed on double-feature discs available only in the boxed set. Among the extras is commentary by Leonard Maltin on A Night at the Opera and Marx brothers expert Glenn Mitchell on A Day at the Races.

THE BERNIE MAC SHOW: SEASON 1 (UNIVERSAL, $49.98) Comedian Bernie Mac applies his distinct notions of parenting in his sitcom about raising his sister's three children. The four-disc set has the first season's 22 episodes, with commentary by the star and collaborators on the pilot.

GILMORE GIRLS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (WARNER BROS., $59.98) Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel star as a mother-daughter combo who also happen to be best buddies. The debut season's 21 episodes come in a six-disc set that includes interviews with cast and deleted scenes.

THE OSBOURNES 2 (MIRAMAX, $29.99) MTV's answer to Ozzie and Harriet returns in a two-disc set that features the final 10 episodes of the show's second season. Sharon and Jack Osbourne provide commentary, while the set includes an "Ozzy translator" that deciphers some of the language uttered by the man of the house.


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