THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH, BAD TIMING (criterion, $39.95, $29.95 for Bad Timing): Two disturbing, insightful films from cult director Nicholas Roeg arrive. The prize is a terrific new DVD edition of 1976's The Man Who Fell to Earth, starring David Bowie as an alien who comes to Earth to borrow water for his dying home world, only to tumble into a stupor of physical gratification and alienation among humanity. The two-disc set has commentary with Mr. Roeg, Mr. Bowie and co-star Buck Henry, new interviews with co-stars Candy Clark and Rip Torn, and a 1984 interview with Walter Tevis, whose book was the basis for the film. The set also has a copy of the novel. Bad Timing, from 1980, stars Art Garfunkel, Theresa Russell and Harvey Keitel in a dark, stark exploration of sexual obsession.
OLIVER! (SONY, $19.94): Timed to Roman Polanski's new big-screen adaptation of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, this new DVD-CD combo features the 1968 musical Oliver! and the film's soundtrack. Winner of the best-picture prize at the Academy Awards, along with the directing Oscar for Carol Reed, Oliver! features Ron Moody as the sinister father figure Fagin, Oliver Reed as the villainous Bill Sykes, Mark Lester as plucky urchin Oliver and Jack Wild as pickpocket the Artful Dodger. The DVD is a straight reissue of an earlier version, the movie accompanied by only a making-of feature, but the soundtrack is a nice addition.
THE AMAZING RACE: THE FIRST SEASON (PARAMOUNT, $39.98): The first year of one of television's most acclaimed reality shows - featuring two-person teams on a dash around the globe - debuts in a four-disc set with 13 episodes. Extras include commentary from some of the contestants and 90 minutes of deleted footage.
THE COMPLETE MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS: 16-TON MEGASET (A&E, $199.95): A dead parrot, the Ministry of Silly Walks, the Spanish Inquisition and more Spam than you can shake a remote control at. This 16-disc set repackages previous Python releases into a space-saving set containing all 45 episodes of the show plus the two-disc Monty Python Live compilation.
STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE - THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON (PARAMOUNT, $129.99): In the next-to-last season, the makers of the Trek prequel sought to inject new life with a seasonlong crisis: A sneak attack on Earth and the Enterprise crew's desperate mission to foil an alien race's attempt to eradicate humanity with a doomsday weapon. The seven-disc set has 24 episodes, plus deleted scenes.
THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES: VOLUME 1 (MPI, $34.98): Think how rich Jed Clampett would be with today's gasoline prices. Buddy Ebsen heads the clan of backwoods folk whose oil strike sends them packing to Beverly Hills. The four-disc set has 26 episodes from the sitcom that debuted in 1962.
- David Germain,
Just out: Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D and Silver Hawk
Coming Tuesday: The Amityville Horror, The Interpreter, Benji: Off the Leash!, The Actors, Private Parts, A Stranger is Watching and Jiminy Glick in LaLaWood
Oct. 11: Kingdom of Heaven, Unleashed, The Bridge of San Luis Rey and 11:14
Oct. 25: House of Wax, King of the Corner and Noel
Nov. 1: Aliens of the Deep
Nov. 8: Margaret Cho: Assassin
Nov. 22: The Polar Express
Nov. 29: Empire and Their Eyes Were Watching God