Tuesday, February 13, 2007

DVD Releases - Feb. 13

“All in the Family: Season 6” - Archie Bunker (Carroll O’Connor) and the rest of his family are back in the sixth season of the landmark sitcom, featuring 24 episodes on three discs.
Extras: Unfortunately, no.
No official Web site.

“The Departed: Special Edition” (R) - Nominated for five Academy Awards, a great cast (Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin and more) have been assembled for director Martin Scorsese’s examination of cops versus the mob with moles in place on both sides.
Extras: Deleted scenes, a “Scorsese on Scorsese” profile, a look at the real-life gangster Nicholson’s character is based on, and a featurette about Little Italy’s influence on Scorsese’s films.
Official Web site

“Half Nelson” (R) - Flying under the radar at the box office, director Ryan Fleck’s drama about a drug addicted eighth grade history teacher (Ryan Gosling) at an inner-city Brooklyn school, received lots of critical praise and even an Oscar nomination for its star. Shareeka Epps co-stars as a student who discovers his secret, and strikes up a friendship with him.
Extras: Filmmakers commentary, a music video, outtakes, deleted and extended scenes.
Official Web site

“Infamous” (R) - This drama had the misfortune of following in the wake of “Capote,” the great movie that starred Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, as it came and went in theaters with very little notice. But “Infamous” was well liked by critics and while sharing many of the same characters and story elements of “Capote,” its supposed to be a film that can stand on its own merits. Toby Jones, Sandra Bullock, Daniel Craig and Sigourney Weaver star.
Extras: Commentary with writer/director Douglas McGrath.
Official Web site

“Marie Antoinette” (PG-13) - As her follow-up to the acclaimed “Lost in Translation,” writer/director Sofia Coppola went in a bit of a surprising direction, choosing to put her own spin on a period piece about France’s ill-fated queen (Kirsten Dunst). The movie’s visual flair got the eye of the Academy Awards, garnering a couple a nod for costume design.
Extras: A making-of featurette, deleted scenes and “Cribs” with Louis XVI (a spoof on the MTV show).
Official Web site

“School for Scoundrels” (PG-13/Unrated) - Jon Heder stars as a nerdy parking meter reader who has confidence issues, thus enrolling in a top-secret class that is run by a possibly sadistic and definitely ultra-competitive teacher (Billy Bob Thornton). With a cast featuring David Cross, Horatio Sanz and Sarah Silverman, this movie from director Todd Phillips (“Old School”) should have been better.
Extras: Commentary from Phillips and writer Scott Armstrong, a gag reel, an alternate ending, and a “Making-Of You Didn’t See on TV” featurette (whatever that is).
Official Web site

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