Originally created 09/09/04

New on DVD



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.

Coming attractions

Tuesday:

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