Originally created 11/04/04

New on DVD



Here's a look at what's new in DVD and video cassette releases, along with a release date calendar:

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (DISNEY, $29.99): A big, noisy flop with Jackie Chan and Steve Coogan taking on Jules Verne's global trek. The DVD has nine deleted scenes and a version with an alternate opening.

FESTIVAL EXPRESS (NEW LINE, $24.98): Rock fans, rejoice. After 34 years in deep storage, this chronicle of a 1970 concert tour highlighted by Janis Joplin, The Band and the Grateful Dead has finally arrived.

The two-disc set features a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the documentary and 50 minutes of extra concert footage from the bands' Canadian road trip.

FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH, DAZED AND CONFUSED (UNIVERSAL, $27.98 SET, $19.98 EACH): A party pack for stoners. Amy Heckerling's 1982 flick Fast Times, based on Cameron Crowe's book about his undercover observations of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll at a San Diego high school, helped put Sean Penn and Jennifer Jason Leigh on the map. Dazed and Confused, the 1993 cult hit from writer-director Richard Linklater, features Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Milla Jovovich and Parker Posey among its cast of 1970s teens on the last day of school.

Dazed and Confused is accompanied by deleted footage, while the Fast Times disc recycles previous DVD bonus materials, including commentary by Ms. Heckerling and Mr. Crowe. The movies are available separately or in a two-pack and come in widescreen or full-screen formats.

PHILADELPHIA (COLUMBIA TRISTAR, $24.96): Tom Hanks won the first of his back-to-back best-actor Academy Awards for his daring turn as a lawyer dying of AIDS who sues his former firm, claiming he was fired because of the disease's stigma. The two-disc DVD update of the 1993 drama includes six deleted scenes, commentary by director Jonathan Demme and screenwriter Ron Nyswaner, a retrospective documentary looking back on the production, and a faux TV commercial for Denzel Washington's ambulance-chasing attorney, who takes on the case. The set also includes Bruce Springsteen's music video for his Oscar-winning theme song.

THE WEST WING: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON (WARNER BROS., $59.98): Martin Sheen campaigns for re-election and battles terrorism in year three of the White House drama. The four-disc set has 22 episodes, with commentary on three, and a documentary featuring interviews with ex-presidents Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford.

STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON (PARAMOUNT, $139.99): The 26 episodes of year two set Kirk and Spock against the Greek god Apollo, a planet-killing machine and each other in a fight to the death brought on by less-than-logical Vulcan mating rituals. The seven-disc set includes six background features, among them a look at the dynamics of William Shatner's Kirk, Leonard Nimoy's Spock and DeForest Kelley's McCoy.

A HOME AT THE END OF THE WORLD (WARNER BROS., $27.95): Colin Farrell, Robin Wright Penn and Dallas Roberts lead the cast in a fitfully engaging but generally unsatisfying portrait of misfits struggling to build and maintain an unconventional family unit.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

JUST OUT: Around the World in 80 Days and Festival Express

FRIDAY: Shrek 2

TUESDAY: The Stepford Wives and Witness to a Kill

NOV. 16: Elf