Dads and grads gift guide

Dads and grads gift guide

HOT HITS

Aquamarine
Teenage girls will want to dive into this romantic comedy about two 13-year-old best friends who conjure up a real life mermaid, and in their attempt to help their new finned friend, end up making their own dreams come true. Sara Paxton creates quite a splash as Aquamarine, on the swim from an arranged marriage, looking for true love. Deleted scenes, commentary and featurettes surface on the DVD. (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)

The Big White
Outstanding cast, quirky characters, oddball situations, all combine to deliver a delicious dark comedy. Robin Williams is excellent as an Alaskan travel agent desperately in need of financial assistance. When two absent-minded hit men deposit a body in his trash, the travel agent uses it to file an insurance claim for his missing brother. Holly Hunter and Woody Harrelson are engaging as Williams’ foul-mouthed wife and low-life brother. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment)

Failure To Launch
Matthew McConaughey is perfectly cast as Tripp, a 35-year-old perpetual bachelor living in his parent’s basement. When his parents (Kathy Bates, Terry Bradshaw) hire a professional to lure their son out of his stunted maturity and their basement, they’re shocked when Paula (Sarah Jessica Parker) falls under Tripp’s spell. Plenty of laughs as Paula tries to maintain her composure, dodging romantic land mines to do her job. (Paramount Home Entertainment)

Glory Road
Josh Lucas stars as hall-of-fame coach Don Haskins, who rocked convention in the 1960s after he recruited an all African-American lineup for his tiny Texas Western University basketball team. The film touches on all relevant issues, but the emphasis is on the court, where Haskins molds a group of good players into a great team. Excellent DVD extras open the dossier on Haskins and the real players, plus include deleted scenes, music videos and commentaries. (Buena Vista Home Entertainment)

The Hills Have Eyes
Sidetracked through Death Valley while on vacation, a family find themselves at the mercy of a family of mutants who prey on unsuspecting tourists. Remake of Wes Craven’s low-budget yet extremely effective shocker works on many levels, dragging the audience down the rabbit hole into a dark, blood-soaked world inhabited by uncaring and unfeeling monsters. The unrated DVD pushes the envelope even further, adding scenes which literally force you to view the movie through the safety of the fingers covering your eyes. (Fox)

Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang
Escaping a robbery, thief Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr.) accidentally stumbles into a movie audition and blows the producers away with his intensity. Flown to Hollywood for a screen test, Harry encounters a shooting gallery of oddball characters who make him look like a saint. Teamed with a gay private eye (Val Kilmer), Harry reunites with a childhood friend, an actress involved in a murder mystery. What sounds like a routine stab at film noir is actually a goofy tribute to the genre, with creative asides that constantly catch the viewer off guard. Gag reel and feisty commentary add to the fun. (Warner)

Neil Young: Heart of Gold
Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme was on hand to capture rock legend Neil Young’s powerful performance at the Grand Ole Opry, where the troubadour celebrated his expansive career and new album, Prairie Wind, with a concert of old and new favorites. Two-disc collection includes the complete concert, seamlessly captured by Demme and his crew, plus additional songs, featurettes and historical footage. (Paramount)

The Pink Panther
Steve Martin inherits the bumbling Inspector Clouseau role from Peter Sellers, turning this modern-day remake into a laugh-filled romp. When the priceless Pink Panther diamond is stolen, French Inspector Dreyfus (Kevin Kline) recruits out-of-his-league Clouseau to divert the media as he attempts to solve the case. Clouseau constantly rises to the challenge, endearing the public and his colleagues along the way. Tons of deleted scenes, alternate opening, music videos, commentaries and featurettes make this gem sparkle. Get animated with The Pink Panther Classic Cartoon Collection, over 120 classic Pink Panther cartoons, unleashed in a handsome five-disc case. Packed with bonus features, including the feature film animated titles. (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

Underworld: Evolution
Here’s a movie that’s much better than it has any right to be, a spot-on combination of horror and mythology pumped up with jaw-dropping visual effects and sympathetic performances. Writer-director Len Wiseman returns for more of the same, but since the back story has been dealt with, he’s allowed to barrel forward like an out-of-control locomotive. Kate Beckinsale kicks ass as Selene, the vampire heroine trying to keep the werewolf population at bay. DVD bleeds numerous extras, including commentary, eye-opening featurettes, music video and more. (Sony)

The World’s Fastest Indian
Anthony Hopkins is excellent as Kiwi cycle enthusiast Burt Munro, whose dream of breaking the land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah with his home-built Indian motorcycle takes him on a road trip filled with memorable moments and characters. Writer-director Ronald Donaldson honors the man with a positive portrait, focusing on Munro’s indomitable spirit and commitment to live life. Deleted scenes, original documentary, featurette and commentary complete the package. (Magnolia Home Entertainment)

CLASSIC COLLECTIONS

The Cecil B. DeMille Collection
Universal Studios Home Entertainment honors celebrated director Cecil B. DeMille with a grand 5-film boxed set which includes some of his best films. Frederic March and Claudette Colbert star in the religious epic, The Sign of the Cross; Colbert co-stars with Herbert Marshall in Four Frightened People, and returns as the legendary Cleopatra. The Crusades stars Loretta Young as the princess who steals the heart of Richard the Lion-Hearted of England, while Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea and Robert Preston attempt to forge a transcontinental railroad in Union Pacific. All films have been restored and remastered.

A couple of Johns
Warner Home Video honors legendary film star John Wayne and director John Ford with impressive boxed sets. The John Wayne/John Ford Film Collection holds eight collaborations, including an awesome two-disc Collector’s Edition of The Searchers, handsomely packaged with archival documents, comic book, behind-the-scenes photos, documentaries, featurettes and commentaries. A newly remastered two-disc Special Edition of Stagecoach is included with The Long Voyage Home, The Wings of Eagles, Fort Apache, 3 Godfathers, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and They Were Expendable. The John Ford Film Collection features five films on DVD for the first time: The Lost Patrol, The Informer, Mary of Scotland, Sergeant Rutledge, and Cheyenne Autumn. Universal adds five Wayne titles to the mix with John Wayne: The Franchise Collection, five films also making their DVD debut: Jet Pilot, The Conqueror, Pittsburgh, The Shepherd of the Hills, and Seven Sinners.

Battle zone
Leading the pack is the 20th Anniversary edition of Oliver Stone’s Oscar-winning Best Picture, Platoon, a two-disc collector’s set with incisive filmmaker commentary, deleted scenes, documentaries and trailers. Brian DePalma’s Casualties of War is presented as an extended cut with additional footage with an interview with star Michael J. Fox, plus featurette. Mel Gibson rides high in the extended cut of The Patriot, with more than 10 minutes of restored footage, filmmaking and historical featurettes, and photo galleries. The Director’s Cut of John Woo’s Windtalkers includes three separate commentary tracks, including stars Nicolas Cage and Christian Slater. The perfect complement is the stunning documentary, Why We Fight, by Eugene Jarecki, providing a nonpartisan look at the war machine and our need to feed it. DVD opens up the experience with extra scenes, commentaries and more. (Sony)

Stalag 17
William Holden took home a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Army Sergeant J.J. Sefton, being held in a German prisoner of war camp. It doesn’t take long for the schemer to create the illusion of control, but when two prisoners are killed while escaping, control becomes chaos as the remaining prisoners look for a spy in their midst. Co-written and directed by Billy Wilder. DVD escapes with commentary track, featurettes and photo gallery. (Paramount)

Cinema classic collection
George C. Scott delivers an Oscar-winning performance as General George S. Patton Jr. in director Franklin J. Schaffner’s Best Picture winner. The two-disc collector’s edition comes with audio commentary by screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola, extensive feature-length documentaries, featurettes, historical facts and more. Forty-eight international stars flesh out the Oscar-winning The Longest Day, director Ken Annakin’s 1962 epic focusing on D-Day. Annakin sits down for a reflective audio commentary, and is featured in the two-disc collection of featurettes, documentaries, photo galleries and trailers. The bombing of Pearl Harbor as told from three different perspectives made Tora! Tora! Tora! one of 1970\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s most popular films. Amazing recreations, detailed character development and a true sense of heroism fill every frame. Two-disc collection includes commentaries, documentaries, AMC Back Story, news features and more. (Fox)

Battle of the Bulge
One of the most crucial battles of World War II is recreated in director Annakin’s epic tale of soldiers trying to win two battles: against the reinforced Germans and a killer winter. Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw and Robert Ryan head up an all-star cast. DVD features new digital transfer, plus vintage featurettes. (Warner)

Kingdom of Heaven: Director’s Cut
Four-disc collection presents director Ridley Scott’s original 194-minute edit of the epic starring Orlando Bloom as a Jerusalem blacksmith destined for greatness. Presented on two discs, the film includes more back story and character arcs, heroic battles, an overture and intermission. The film presentation comes with an exhaustive collection of audio and text commentaries. Two additional discs contain tons of bonus material, including feature-length documentaries, deleted and additional scenes, rehearsals, screenplay and treatments, production design and execution. (Fox)

STRAIGHT SHOOTERS

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Paul Newman and Robert Redford team up for the Ultimate Collector’s Edition of the classic 1969 Oscar-nominated revisionist western. Directed by George Roy Hill from a screenplay by William Goldman, the two chime in on separate audio commentaries on the two-disc edition, which features historical and cinematic featurettes, documentaries, cast and crew interviews, a deleted scene, alternate title crawl and more. (Fox)

SPECIAL EDITIONS

Dumbo: Big Top Edition
Walt Disney’s Dumbo gets the royal treatment for its DVD release, every frame of its 1941 release remastered for the best possible picture and sound. Now the timeless classic can be viewed in all its original splendor, with enough extras to fill a big top. Kids of all ages will enjoy fascinating and fun games and activities, sing-along songs, music videos, bonus cartoon shorts and a read-along storybook. (Buena Vista Home Entertainment)

Napoleon Dynamite
The underrated Idaho high school nerd returns, more endearing than ever in Napoleon Dynamite: Like The Best Special Edition Ever! two-disc collection. New cast and filmmaker commentaries mix it up with deleted and extended scenes, outtakes, audition scenes, featurettes and documentaries, MTV spots and much more. (Fox)

The Wedding Singer
Adam Sandler’s best film gets even better in this extended Totally Awesome Edition which gives us more of Sandler and co-star Drew Barrymore. Aside from the additional scenes, jump to your favorite song in the film, plus get a backstage look at the new Broadway musical based on the film. (New Line Home Entertainment)

Fried Green Tomatoes
Heartwarming, endearing drama about female empowerment celebrates with an anniversary edition featuring a new digitally remastered extended version in 5.1 Dolby Surround. Now fans can enjoy more Fried Green Tomatoes in their DVD diet, with deleted scenes, outtakes, featurette, director commentary, recipes and photo gallery. (Universal)

Doll Factory
Valley of the Dolls and its infamous sequel, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, make their debut as two-disc collectors editions. Jacqueline Susann’s infamous novel set the stage for the original 1967 soap opera about three New York career girls getting involved in sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Film critic Roger Ebert penned the screenplay for Russ Meyer’s notorious follow-up, an X-rated 1970 melodrama about female rock singers and the men who want to have sex with them. Both collections include rare historical documentaries, featurettes, screen tests, gossip, commentaries, photo galleries and super-cool lobby card reproductions.

Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State, Con Air
Unrated, extended editions of three of Jerry Bruckheimer’s biggest hits for the studio. Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman square off in the submarine thriller Crimson Tide, which includes two additional featurettes, while Hackman helps confused attorney Will Smith outrun the feds in the political thriller, Enemy of the State. Finally, Nicolas Cage takes over the controls of Con Air, on his way home and is thrust into a midair hostage situation. (Buena Vista)

Master of disaster
Master of Disaster Irwin Allen’s trendsetting 1970s disaster films, The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno, top-heavy with Oscar-winning ensembles, melodrama and nail-biting peril, arrive as two-disc special editions, including deleted scenes, featurettes, informative commentaries and vintage, behind-the-scenes documentaries. For more Allen, toss in The Time Tunnel: Season 2, the cult 1960s science-fiction series. (Fox)

It’s good to be king
The Mel Brooks Collection
Fox has packaged eight of Mel Brooks’ films into a handsome gift set with something for everyone. All of Brooks’ Fox films are here, including special editions of Young Frankenstein, To Be Or Not To Be, Robin Hood: Men in Tights and, in conjunction with Warner Home Entertainment, Blazing Saddles. The set also includes the spoofs High Anxiety, Silent Movie, The History of the World, Part I, and his first film, The Twelve Chairs. A must for all Brooks fans.

Dads and grads gift guide

Dads and grads gift guide

HOT HITS

Aquamarine
Teenage girls will want to dive into this romantic comedy about two 13-year-old best friends who conjure up a real life mermaid, and in their attempt to help their new finned friend, end up making their own dreams come true. Sara Paxton creates quite a splash as Aquamarine, on the swim from an arranged marriage, looking for true love. Deleted scenes, commentary and featurettes surface on the DVD. (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)

The Big White
Outstanding cast, quirky characters, oddball situations, all combine to deliver a delicious dark comedy. Robin Williams is excellent as an Alaskan travel agent desperately in need of financial assistance. When two absent-minded hit men deposit a body in his trash, the travel agent uses it to file an insurance claim for his missing brother. Holly Hunter and Woody Harrelson are engaging as Williams’ foul-mouthed wife and low-life brother. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment)

Failure To Launch
Matthew McConaughey is perfectly cast as Tripp, a 35-year-old perpetual bachelor living in his parent’s basement. When his parents (Kathy Bates, Terry Bradshaw) hire a professional to lure their son out of his stunted maturity and their basement, they’re shocked when Paula (Sarah Jessica Parker) falls under Tripp’s spell. Plenty of laughs as Paula tries to maintain her composure, dodging romantic land mines to do her job. (Paramount Home Entertainment)

Glory Road
Josh Lucas stars as hall-of-fame coach Don Haskins, who rocked convention in the 1960s after he recruited an all African-American lineup for his tiny Texas Western University basketball team. The film touches on all relevant issues, but the emphasis is on the court, where Haskins molds a group of good players into a great team. Excellent DVD extras open the dossier on Haskins and the real players, plus include deleted scenes, music videos and commentaries. (Buena Vista Home Entertainment)

The Hills Have Eyes
Sidetracked through Death Valley while on vacation, a family find themselves at the mercy of a family of mutants who prey on unsuspecting tourists. Remake of Wes Craven’s low-budget yet extremely effective shocker works on many levels, dragging the audience down the rabbit hole into a dark, blood-soaked world inhabited by uncaring and unfeeling monsters. The unrated DVD pushes the envelope even further, adding scenes which literally force you to view the movie through the safety of the fingers covering your eyes. (Fox)

Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang
Escaping a robbery, thief Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr.) accidentally stumbles into a movie audition and blows the producers away with his intensity. Flown to Hollywood for a screen test, Harry encounters a shooting gallery of oddball characters who make him look like a saint. Teamed with a gay private eye (Val Kilmer), Harry reunites with a childhood friend, an actress involved in a murder mystery. What sounds like a routine stab at film noir is actually a goofy tribute to the genre, with creative asides that constantly catch the viewer off guard. Gag reel and feisty commentary add to the fun. (Warner)

Neil Young: Heart of Gold
Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme was on hand to capture rock legend Neil Young’s powerful performance at the Grand Ole Opry, where the troubadour celebrated his expansive career and new album, Prairie Wind, with a concert of old and new favorites. Two-disc collection includes the complete concert, seamlessly captured by Demme and his crew, plus additional songs, featurettes and historical footage. (Paramount)

The Pink Panther
Steve Martin inherits the bumbling Inspector Clouseau role from Peter Sellers, turning this modern-day remake into a laugh-filled romp. When the priceless Pink Panther diamond is stolen, French Inspector Dreyfus (Kevin Kline) recruits out-of-his-league Clouseau to divert the media as he attempts to solve the case. Clouseau constantly rises to the challenge, endearing the public and his colleagues along the way. Tons of deleted scenes, alternate opening, music videos, commentaries and featurettes make this gem sparkle. Get animated with The Pink Panther Classic Cartoon Collection, over 120 classic Pink Panther cartoons, unleashed in a handsome five-disc case. Packed with bonus features, including the feature film animated titles. (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

Underworld: Evolution
Here’s a movie that’s much better than it has any right to be, a spot-on combination of horror and mythology pumped up with jaw-dropping visual effects and sympathetic performances. Writer-director Len Wiseman returns for more of the same, but since the back story has been dealt with, he’s allowed to barrel forward like an out-of-control locomotive. Kate Beckinsale kicks ass as Selene, the vampire heroine trying to keep the werewolf population at bay. DVD bleeds numerous extras, including commentary, eye-opening featurettes, music video and more. (Sony)

The World’s Fastest Indian
Anthony Hopkins is excellent as Kiwi cycle enthusiast Burt Munro, whose dream of breaking the land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah with his home-built Indian motorcycle takes him on a road trip filled with memorable moments and characters. Writer-director Ronald Donaldson honors the man with a positive portrait, focusing on Munro’s indomitable spirit and commitment to live life. Deleted scenes, original documentary, featurette and commentary complete the package. (Magnolia Home Entertainment)

CLASSIC COLLECTIONS

The Cecil B. DeMille Collection
Universal Studios Home Entertainment honors celebrated director Cecil B. DeMille with a grand 5-film boxed set which includes some of his best films. Frederic March and Claudette Colbert star in the religious epic, The Sign of the Cross; Colbert co-stars with Herbert Marshall in Four Frightened People, and returns as the legendary Cleopatra. The Crusades stars Loretta Young as the princess who steals the heart of Richard the Lion-Hearted of England, while Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea and Robert Preston attempt to forge a transcontinental railroad in Union Pacific. All films have been restored and remastered.

A couple of Johns
Warner Home Video honors legendary film star John Wayne and director John Ford with impressive boxed sets. The John Wayne/John Ford Film Collection holds eight collaborations, including an awesome two-disc Collector’s Edition of The Searchers, handsomely packaged with archival documents, comic book, behind-the-scenes photos, documentaries, featurettes and commentaries. A newly remastered two-disc Special Edition of Stagecoach is included with The Long Voyage Home, The Wings of Eagles, Fort Apache, 3 Godfathers, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and They Were Expendable. The John Ford Film Collection features five films on DVD for the first time: The Lost Patrol, The Informer, Mary of Scotland, Sergeant Rutledge, and Cheyenne Autumn. Universal adds five Wayne titles to the mix with John Wayne: The Franchise Collection, five films also making their DVD debut: Jet Pilot, The Conqueror, Pittsburgh, The Shepherd of the Hills, and Seven Sinners.

Battle zone
Leading the pack is the 20th Anniversary edition of Oliver Stone’s Oscar-winning Best Picture, Platoon, a two-disc collector’s set with incisive filmmaker commentary, deleted scenes, documentaries and trailers. Brian DePalma’s Casualties of War is presented as an extended cut with additional footage with an interview with star Michael J. Fox, plus featurette. Mel Gibson rides high in the extended cut of The Patriot, with more than 10 minutes of restored footage, filmmaking and historical featurettes, and photo galleries. The Director’s Cut of John Woo’s Windtalkers includes three separate commentary tracks, including stars Nicolas Cage and Christian Slater. The perfect complement is the stunning documentary, Why We Fight, by Eugene Jarecki, providing a nonpartisan look at the war machine and our need to feed it. DVD opens up the experience with extra scenes, commentaries and more. (Sony)

Stalag 17
William Holden took home a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Army Sergeant J.J. Sefton, being held in a German prisoner of war camp. It doesn’t take long for the schemer to create the illusion of control, but when two prisoners are killed while escaping, control becomes chaos as the remaining prisoners look for a spy in their midst. Co-written and directed by Billy Wilder. DVD escapes with commentary track, featurettes and photo gallery. (Paramount)

Cinema classic collection
George C. Scott delivers an Oscar-winning performance as General George S. Patton Jr. in director Franklin J. Schaffner’s Best Picture winner. The two-disc collector’s edition comes with audio commentary by screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola, extensive feature-length documentaries, featurettes, historical facts and more. Forty-eight international stars flesh out the Oscar-winning The Longest Day, director Ken Annakin’s 1962 epic focusing on D-Day. Annakin sits down for a reflective audio commentary, and is featured in the two-disc collection of featurettes, documentaries, photo galleries and trailers. The bombing of Pearl Harbor as told from three different perspectives made Tora! Tora! Tora! one of 1970\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s most popular films. Amazing recreations, detailed character development and a true sense of heroism fill every frame. Two-disc collection includes commentaries, documentaries, AMC Back Story, news features and more. (Fox)

Battle of the Bulge
One of the most crucial battles of World War II is recreated in director Annakin’s epic tale of soldiers trying to win two battles: against the reinforced Germans and a killer winter. Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw and Robert Ryan head up an all-star cast. DVD features new digital transfer, plus vintage featurettes. (Warner)

Kingdom of Heaven: Director’s Cut
Four-disc collection presents director Ridley Scott’s original 194-minute edit of the epic starring Orlando Bloom as a Jerusalem blacksmith destined for greatness. Presented on two discs, the film includes more back story and character arcs, heroic battles, an overture and intermission. The film presentation comes with an exhaustive collection of audio and text commentaries. Two additional discs contain tons of bonus material, including feature-length documentaries, deleted and additional scenes, rehearsals, screenplay and treatments, production design and execution. (Fox)

STRAIGHT SHOOTERS

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Paul Newman and Robert Redford team up for the Ultimate Collector’s Edition of the classic 1969 Oscar-nominated revisionist western. Directed by George Roy Hill from a screenplay by William Goldman, the two chime in on separate audio commentaries on the two-disc edition, which features historical and cinematic featurettes, documentaries, cast and crew interviews, a deleted scene, alternate title crawl and more. (Fox)

SPECIAL EDITIONS

Dumbo: Big Top Edition
Walt Disney’s Dumbo gets the royal treatment for its DVD release, every frame of its 1941 release remastered for the best possible picture and sound. Now the timeless classic can be viewed in all its original splendor, with enough extras to fill a big top. Kids of all ages will enjoy fascinating and fun games and activities, sing-along songs, music videos, bonus cartoon shorts and a read-along storybook. (Buena Vista Home Entertainment)

Napoleon Dynamite
The underrated Idaho high school nerd returns, more endearing than ever in Napoleon Dynamite: Like The Best Special Edition Ever! two-disc collection. New cast and filmmaker commentaries mix it up with deleted and extended scenes, outtakes, audition scenes, featurettes and documentaries, MTV spots and much more. (Fox)

The Wedding Singer
Adam Sandler’s best film gets even better in this extended Totally Awesome Edition which gives us more of Sandler and co-star Drew Barrymore. Aside from the additional scenes, jump to your favorite song in the film, plus get a backstage look at the new Broadway musical based on the film. (New Line Home Entertainment)

Fried Green Tomatoes
Heartwarming, endearing drama about female empowerment celebrates with an anniversary edition featuring a new digitally remastered extended version in 5.1 Dolby Surround. Now fans can enjoy more Fried Green Tomatoes in their DVD diet, with deleted scenes, outtakes, featurette, director commentary, recipes and photo gallery. (Universal)

Doll Factory
Valley of the Dolls and its infamous sequel, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, make their debut as two-disc collectors editions. Jacqueline Susann’s infamous novel set the stage for the original 1967 soap opera about three New York career girls getting involved in sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Film critic Roger Ebert penned the screenplay for Russ Meyer’s notorious follow-up, an X-rated 1970 melodrama about female rock singers and the men who want to have sex with them. Both collections include rare historical documentaries, featurettes, screen tests, gossip, commentaries, photo galleries and super-cool lobby card reproductions.

Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State, Con Air
Unrated, extended editions of three of Jerry Bruckheimer’s biggest hits for the studio. Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman square off in the submarine thriller Crimson Tide, which includes two additional featurettes, while Hackman helps confused attorney Will Smith outrun the feds in the political thriller, Enemy of the State. Finally, Nicolas Cage takes over the controls of Con Air, on his way home and is thrust into a midair hostage situation. (Buena Vista)

Master of disaster
Master of Disaster Irwin Allen’s trendsetting 1970s disaster films, The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno, top-heavy with Oscar-winning ensembles, melodrama and nail-biting peril, arrive as two-disc special editions, including deleted scenes, featurettes, informative commentaries and vintage, behind-the-scenes documentaries. For more Allen, toss in The Time Tunnel: Season 2, the cult 1960s science-fiction series. (Fox)

It’s good to be king
The Mel Brooks Collection
Fox has packaged eight of Mel Brooks’ films into a handsome gift set with something for everyone. All of Brooks’ Fox films are here, including special editions of Young Frankenstein, To Be Or Not To Be, Robin Hood: Men in Tights and, in conjunction with Warner Home Entertainment, Blazing Saddles. The set also includes the spoofs High Anxiety, Silent Movie, The History of the World, Part I, and his first film, The Twelve Chairs. A must for all Brooks fans.

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