Nick Rogers: DVD releases
Following “How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days,” Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson reunited for this action-comedy from director Andy Tennant. A couple on the verge of finalizing their divorce reunites when they land on a trail of long-sunken loot, with a cavalcade of bad guys on their tail.
The idea proved neither a creative buried treasure nor box-office gold, as it came nowhere close to matching “Lose’s” grosses. But a shirtless McConaughey and scantily clad Hudson should stir up home-video success. DVD (available in widescreen or fullscreen) and Blu-ray extras include a featurette and gag reel.
“Jericho: Season Two”
In a season it wasn’t supposed to have, this CBS drama took a far-darker tone, cranking up conspiracy and criminal aspects of a story about a small town reeling from nationwide nuclear attacks. CBS canceled the show after its 2006-07 freshman season, only to revive it after fans besieged executive offices with tons of nuts, in reference to a line of dialogue.
The resultant seven-episode second season is a tense, terse package — who’d have thought D.B. Sweeney could ever again seem so menacing after “The Cutting Edge”? — but it wasn’t viewed enough to give the show’s fans anything more than promised closure.
Season two of “Jericho” includes all seven episodes (with commentary on five), featurettes and an alternate unaired ending. “Jericho: The Complete Series” packages both seasons with a bonus disc of featurettes.
Also next week
Martin Lawrence plays a selfish self-help guru reluctant to return to his Georgia roots for a reunion with his brash family (including James Earl Jones, Mo’Nique and Cedric the Entertainer) in “Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins.” No word on extra material was available at press time. When a freak accident erases every last VHS tape in a faltering movie store, its owner (Mos Def) and his pal (Jack Black) re-create films like “Ghostbusters” and “Robocop” for the store’s one customer in “Be Kind Rewind.” The DVD includes widescreen or fullscreen presentations and a featurette.
A 9-year-old Mexican boy treks to Los Angeles, where his illegal alien mother works several jobs while hiding from the cops in “Under the Same Moon,” presented in Spanish with subtitles. Ryan Reynolds plays an efficiency expert whose life unravels in a day in “Chaos Theory,” co-starring Emily Mortimer and including additional scenes. An FBI agent (Colin Hanks) finds that his mother (Meg Ryan) is dating a suspected art thief (Antonio Banderas) in “My Mom’s New Boyfriend,” co-starring Selma Blair and including deleted scenes and more.
In “Rails & Ties,” a train engineer and young boy bond after a deadly train-versus-car collision. Kevin Bacon and Marcia Gay Harden star for director Alison Eastwood (Clint’s daughter). After stopping to help a girl aboard a broken-down school bus, a woman becomes the target of a bizarre killer in “Alive or Dead.” Dylan Walsh (“nip/tuck”) plays a parking lot attendant going nowhere until a stranger (Danny DeVito) helps him in “Just Add Water,” co-starring Jonah Hill.
A flirty matchmaker (Brittany Murphy) meets her own Mr. Right, but will she let her guard down in “Love and Other Disasters”? Elton John’s production company makes its own body-swapping movie in “It’s A Boy Girl Thing,” in which high-school enemies swap bods and fall in love. Comedian Doug Benson documents what it’s like to stay high all the time for a month straight in “Super High Me,” which includes deleted scenes. Five women in Beirut discuss men, sex and motherhood at a beauty salon in “Caramel.” Freddie Prinze Jr. and Taryn Manning star in the romantic comedy “Jack and Jill Vs. the World.” And “National Lampoon’s Bag Boy” takes a look at the (faux) competitive sport of grocery bagging.
On the heels of the big-budget “Get Smart” film comes “The Nude Bomb,” 1980’s original attempt to bring secret agent Maxwell Smart to the big screen. Don Adams reprises his TV role as Maxwell, flying solo to defend a bomb that will destroy clothing, but not the people wearing it. It’s available for the first time on DVD.
Other catalog titles include Blu-ray editions of “Men in Black” and “So I Married An Axe Murderer” (the latter dubiously dubbed “deluxe,” though it had no extra material as of press time).
“The Sword in the Stone,” Disney’s take on the Camelot legend, celebrates its 45th anniversary with a special edition that includes featurettes, still frames, short films, games and more. Other kids’ titles include: a special edition of “The Jungle Book 2”; “Popeye & Friends: Vol. 1” and “Popeye the Sailor: 1938-1940 Volume Two”; “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody: Lip Synchin’ in the Rain”; and “Transformers: Animated: Transform and Roll Out.”
USA’s acclaimed spy drama-comedy, “Burn Notice,” sees its inaugural season come to DVD. Other TV titles include: the first season of “Californication”; volume two of the anime “Blood +”; volume one of the third season of “Dynasty”; the third season of “Meerkat Manor”; the fourth season of “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”; and the ninth season of “ER.”
All DVDs are scheduled for release Tuesday, but release dates are subject to change.
— Nick Rogers