Tuesday, March 06, 2007

DVD Releases - March 6

Having taken off last week (sorry about that), the DVD releases are back this week...

“Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” (R) - Everybody’s favorite gypsy-hating Kazakh journalist (Borat Sagdiyev, played by the versatile Sacha Baron Cohen) can now come to your house on DVD, having taken theaters by storm this past fall. (Nice!) This outrageous comedy is certainly not for the easily offended, but Cohen’s fearlessness at pursuing a laugh is truly amazing. Cue the sequel!
Extras: Deleted scenes, a Kazakhstan spoof of “Baywatch,” a rodeo news report and a world promotions tour featurette.
Official Web site

“Fast Food Nation” (R) - Led by an ensemble cast including Greg Kinnear, Wilmer Valderrama, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ethan Hawke and Bruce Willis, writer-director Richard Linklater and co-writer Eric Scholsser collaborate on a fictional take of Schlosser’s bestselling nonfiction book of the same name. The movie spreads its focus on the fast food industry, following various characters on different levels of the corporate food chain, as it were.
Extras: Commentary with Linklater and Schlosser, a making of featurette and multiple animation shorts ominously titled “The Meatrix.”
Official Web site

“Hawaii Five-O: Season 1” - This show is just now making it debut on DVD? Well, anyway, the elite branch of the Hawaii State Police headed by Steve McGarrett (Jack Lord) is in action in 24 episodes this first season.
Extras: “Cocoon,” (no, not the Ron Howard film) the original pilot movie, as well as a retrospective with James McArthur (you know, Danno).
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“Peter Pan: Platinum Edition” (G) - OK, forget those other versions of the Disney animated adaptation of the J.M. Barrie book, as this is the one to own. And Disney really means it this time too. And just so you don’t sit on those wallets or purses, this two-disc edition will only be out of Disney’s vaults for a limited time. Then they’ll seal it up to deprive future generations from a classic. Real nice, Disney.
Extras: Quite a bit, actually. An all-new digital restoration, deleted songs, a DVD storybook, several multi-level games, an “In Walt’s Words” featurette and a never-before-seen alternate opening.
Official Web site

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