Originally created 01/20/05

New home-video releases

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

CATWOMAN ($27.98, WARNER BROS.): Halle Berry had better hope her career has nine lives after this action flop, a loose spinoff from the DC Comics Batman series. Ms. Berry plays a mousy commercial artist who stumbles on dark secrets at the cosmetics company where she works, is killed for her troubles, then brought back to life with super strength, agility and attitude through the intervention of a posse of pussycats. DVD extras include a dull alternate ending and five equally dull deleted scenes and a couple of background features, one showcasing Catwoman's various styles over the decades, culminating in Ms. Berry's hardly there cat suit.

CELLULAR ($27.95, NEW LINE): Great, another thriller about a kidnap victim who randomly dials a surfer dude's cell phone and pleads for help. Kim Basinger stars as an abductee who gets a stranger (Chris Evans) on the line and persuades him to chase around in a search before the kidnappers disconnect her from the land of the living. Director David Ellis offers commentary on deleted and alternate scenes. The DVD also has three behind-the-scenes features.

ALADDIN II & III COLLECTION ($34.99, DISNEY): For Disney completists, the two straight-to-video sequels to the 1992 animated hit arrive on DVD. Aladdin: The Return of Jafar pits our hero and his pals against vengeful genie Jafar, while Aladdin and the King of Thieves has the title character, his lady love and his blue genie buddy searching for Aladdin's long-lost dad. The movies are available only in a two-pack, with extras that include games and a making-of feature with some of the voice talent.

CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON ($39.98, HBO): Larry David wreaks his usual mayhem in such far-ranging situations as an Alanis Morissette benefit, a Martin Scorsese movie set and a Christmas Nativity scene. The three-disc set has 10 episodes, with guest stars that include Ted Danson, Martin Short and Michael York. The set features a discussion from cast and crew at a comedy festival.

KUNG FU: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON ($39.98, WARNER BROS.): Fresh off David Carradine's comeback in the Kill Bill saga, year two of his 1970s action series hits DVD. The four-disc set has 23 episodes, with Mr. Carradine offering commentary on two. Mr. Carradine also sits down for a dinner chat with friends, including Kill Bill co-stars Michael Madsen and Vivica A. Fox, to discuss the legacy of Kung Fu.

THE COOKOUT ($26.98, LIONS GATE): This underdone comedy features Ja Rule, Danny Glover and Queen Latifah in the tale of a newly signed NBA multimillionaire juggling a critical interview on the same weekend as a barbecue with dysfunctional family and friends. The DVD has deleted scenes and commentary with co-stars Jenifer Lewis and Storm P.

- By David Germain

Associated Press


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