Originally created 12/01/05

New home-video releases

Here's a look at what's new in home video and DVD releases, and a calendar of what's coming:

DEUCE BIGALOW: EUROPEAN GIGOLO (SONY, $28.95): Rob Schneider's charm as a ladies man ran out with this flop sequel that sends his loverman-for-hire across the Atlantic to help a friend (Eddie Griffin) suspected of killing a top European gigolo. The DVD has deleted scenes and making-of features.

SKY HIGH (DISNEY, $29.99): High school's a drag when you have no superpowers. This cute family flick stars Michael Angarano as a teen who starts high school with colossal pressure to succeed because he's the son of the world's biggest superheroes (Kurt Russell and Kelly Preston). Only he's a late-bloomer with no apparent abilities, initially relegated to the geek squad as a sidekick until his powers assert themselves and he and his pals take on a super-villain. Along with an alternate opening and a blooper reel, the scant DVD extras include a behind-the-scenes feature, a segment on the movie's stunts and a music video.

THE FRIGHTENERS (UNIVERSAL, $26.98): Before he was the heavyweight behind The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the upcoming King Kong remake, Peter Jackson specialized mainly in cult horror tinged with black comedy. His 1996 fright flick stars Michael J. Fox as a con man of a ghostbuster who is partners with the paranormal pests he's supposedly exterminating - until he's forced to hunt down a deadly spirit carrying out a string of murders. The new DVD version has Mr. Jackson's director's cut, incorporating 14 extra minutes of footage. Mr. Jackson provides an introduction and audio commentary, and he, Mr. Fox and co-stars Trini Alvarado, Dee Wallace Stone, Jake Busey and others offer comments in interviews.

THE MUPPET MOVIE, THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER, THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL, MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND (DISNEY, $19.99): Marking the 50th anniversary of Kermit the Frog are these DVD reissues of four Muppets feature films. The Muppet Movie from 1979 stars Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo and their pals, along with such celebrities as Steve Martin, Mel Brooks and Orson Welles, in a swamp-to-riches tale of the frog's rise to stardom. The Great Muppet Caper puts the gang on the trail of a jewel thief (Charles Grodin), The Muppet Christmas Carol casts Kermit as Bob Cratchit and Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge, and Muppet Treasure Island pits Kermit and crew against Long John Silver (Tim Curry). DVD extras offer gag profiles of Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and Gonzo, while Brian Henson - son of Muppets creator Jim Henson - offers commentary on Muppet Christmas Carol, which he directed.

CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION - THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON (PARAMOUNT, $62.99): Year five of the show that launched the forensics franchise arrives in a seven-disc set with 25 episodes, including a season-ending two-parter directed by Quentin Tarantino. DVD extras include an engaging featurette on motormouth Tarantino (a big fan of the show), who talks at length about his participation.

AEON FLUX: THE COMPLETE ANIMATED COLLECTION (PARAMOUNT, $39.99): As Charlize Theron heads into theaters in a live-action version, a three-disc set offers the full 10 episodes of the animated series about the anti-hero in a post-apocalyptic future, along with the original Aeon Flux cartoon shorts. Series creator Peter Chung provides commentary.

- David Germain, Associated Press

Coming attractions

Just out: Deuce Bigalow: European Gigalow, Murderball, Empire, Havoc and Their Eyes Were Watching God

Coming Tuesday: Cinderella Man and Ladies in Lavender

Dec 13: The 40 Year-Old Virgin and Pretty Persuasion


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