Here's a look at what's new in video and DVD, and a schedule of releases:
JERSEY GIRL (MIRAMAX, $29.99)
Kevin Smith's latest stars Ben Affleck as a music publicist whose life goes into the toilet after his wife (Jennifer Lopez, in a cameo) dies in childbirth. Mr. Smith and Mr. Affleck team for commentary and a discussion of their many movie collaborations. Mr. Smith, producer Scott Mosier and pal Jason Mewes (Jay of Mr. Smith's Jay and Silent Bob duo) provide a second commentary track.
THE PUNISHER (LIONS GATE, $27.98)
Thomas Jane stars as the title character, Marvel Comics' vengeful anti-hero, who takes on the big-shot bad guy (John Travolta) responsible for wiping out his family. The DVD has features on the movie's stunts and the comic character's origins. DVD, $27.98.
THE LADYKILLERS (DISNEY, $29.99)
The Coen brothers' remake of the Alec Guinness caper stars Tom Hanks as mastermind of a casino heist orchestrated from the basement of plucky widow Irma P. Hall's home. The DVD has a collection of outtakes of Ms. Hall slapping the stuffing out of co-star Marlon Wayans, full performances by the film's gospel choir and a terrific feature on Danny Ferrington, the guitar maker who created the period instruments the thieves pretend to play. His philosophy is that the greatest honor one can lay on a piece of wood is to make a musical instrument out of it.
ALFRED HITCHCOCK: THE SIGNATURE COLLECTION (WARNER BROS., $99.92 SET, $19.97 INDIVIDUAL MOVIES, EXCEPT $26.99 STRANGERS ON A TRAIN)
Nine Hitchcock flicks, seven making their DVD debut, are gathered in this 10-disc set that's a candidate for boxed set of the year. An earlier single disc release of Strangers on a Train is upgraded to a two-disc set, while the previously released North by Northwest is joined on DVD by Dial M for Murder, Foreign Correspondent, Suspicion, The Wrong Man, I Confess, Stage Fright and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Each DVD features new interviews with Hitchcock scholars and associates, including his daughter and director Peter Bogdanovich. A nice segment accompanying Dial M for Murder will leave you wistfully wishing to see the movie in 3-D as Hitchcock experts discuss how the director turned the gimmicky 3-D process into an art form.
SOUL PLANE (MGM, $26.98)
Snoop Dogg, Method Man and Tom Arnold star in this in-flight movie about a man (Kevin Hart) who wins a court case against an airline and uses the proceeds to start his own funky air service. Available in R-rated or unrated versions, the DVD has cast and director commentary and seven deleted scenes.
MORE TREASURES FROM AMERICAN FILM ARCHIVES, 1894-1931 (NATIONAL FILM PRESERVATION FOUNDATION, $79.95)
Here's 9 hours of paradise for cinema geeks. This three-disc set, accompanied by a 208-page book, is packed with lovingly restored rarities and striking images. Highlights include Ernst Lubitch's 1925 adaptation of Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan; the 1909 D.W. Griffith short The Country Doctor; 1910's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; a five-minute Movietone visit with George Bernard Shaw in 1928; 1909's The Teddy Bears, a retelling of Goldilocks combining live action and meticulous stop-motion animation; and an early sound short that dates back a full century.
Lion's Gate Thomas Jane is the title character in The Punisher. John Travolta plays the bad guy in this action flick.
Baadasssss!, Close Your Eyes, Icemaker, Man on Fire, Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles: The Movie, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed and Young Adam
Sept. 21: Carandiru, Coffee and Cigarettes, A Jersey Tale and Mean Girls
Sept. 28: The Alamo, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, My Best Friend's Wife and Walking Tall
Oct. 5: Saved!
Oct. 12: Breakin' All the Rules, Bush's Brain, The Day After Tomorrow, The Mother and Raising Helen
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