DVD in Stores 11/30/2005 

NEW IN STORES Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (R) Rob Schneider, Eddie Griffin, Til Sc

NEW IN STORES

Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (R) Rob Schneider, Eddie Griffin, Til Schweiger, Jeroen Krabbe. Extremely crude sequel to the extremely crude 1999 comedy, with Schneider as a sweet loser who stumbles his way into the world of male prostitution. The funniest thing about both films is the jargon used by pimp T.J. Hicks (Eddie Griffin), who calls his employees “man-whores” and says things like, “Don’t make me he-bitch man-slap you!” The terms were ridiculous and cumbersome, and hearing T.J incorporate them so effortlessly into his normal speech is a riot. The rest of the movie mixes slapstick, sweet/stupid dates and gross-out gags that certainly live up to the term. Proceed with caution. 77 minutes. DVD INFO: Includes two deleted scenes; a Comedy Central “Reel Comedy” promo on the show; a short two-part making-of featurette; plus the featurettes “Man-Ho 101,” “A Burger and a Bentley” and “So You Want to Be a Man-Whore.” —EJO

March of the Penguins (G) Narrated by Morgan Freeman. Fascinating documentary about the lives of penguins in the Antarctic. Morgan Freeman narrates the amazing story of these creatures, who make an annual trek to their mating grounds, where an elaborate, and unbelievably demanding, process begins to bring new life to their kind. Charming, fascinating and informative. 80 minutes. DVD INFO: Two separately packaged DVDs are available: One preserves the film in the anamorphic widescreen format, while the other hacks off nearly a third of the picture for the fullscreen (aka pan & scan) version. Shop carefully. Both versions include “Crittercam: Emperor Penguins,” penguin diving and feeding; “Of Penguins and Men,” the incredible filmmaking process of the movie; plus “8 Ball Bunny,” a classic WB animated short with Bugs Bunny and a penguin. —EJO

Mr. and Mrs. Smith (PG-13) Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Kerry Washington, Adam Brody. Action/comedy. John and Jane Smith are a suburban couple with a bad case of the marital blahs. Turns out that each is hiding a huge secret: Mr. and Mrs. Smith are actually highly paid, highly skilled assassins working for competing organizations. Matters take a bizarre turn when they’re hired to assassinate each other. The film is choppy, the script is weak and the effects are uneven, but Pitt and Jolie have such incredible chemistry with each other that they make the film enjoyable anyway. 120 minutes. DVD INFO: Two separately packaged DVDs are available: One preserves the film in the anamorphic widescreen format, while the other hacks off nearly a third of the picture for the fullscreen (aka pan & scan) version. Shop carefully. Both versions include audio commentary by director Doug Liman and screenwriter Simon Kinberg; audio commentary by the crew; audio commentary by producer Lucas Foster and producer Akiva Goldsman; three deleted scenes; plus “making a scene.” —EJO

Murderball (R) Mark Zupan, Joe Sores. Acclaimed documentary. For the determined quadriplegic men who participate in the dangerous sport of “quad rugby,” it’s more than just a game: It’s a chance to prove themselves in a much bigger way. With armored wheelchairs and enough macho energy to overcome any challenge, the players engage in a violently physical game. The charming but intimidating Mark Zupan was angry and suicidal after a car accident relegated him to a wheelchair. He regained his confidence and spirit by becoming both a player and the spokesman for quad rugby’s Team USA. Zupan’s militaristic rival, Joe Soares, is a former star for Team USA who headed north to coach Team Canada when he was cut from the U.S. team in 2000. As the days build to the inevitable showdown between Team USA and Team Canada, Rubin and Shapiro fill the screen with story after story, prodding the audience to swallow their own individual stereotypes and appreciate the efforts of these extraordinary men. 86 minutes. DVD INFO: Includes “Murderball Special” featuring Johnny Knoxville and Steve-O from MTV’s “Jackass” and Mark Zupan; CNN “Larry King Live Exclusive Interview”; featurette “Murderball: Behind the Game”; Joe Soares interview update; deleted scenes; filmmaker commentary (featuring Dana Adam Shapiro, Henry-Alex Rubin and Jeff Mandel); player commentary (featuring Mark Zupan, Scott Hoggsett and Andy Cohn); NYC premiere “Keith Gets His Chair”; “THINK MTV Outreach Page.”

Sky High (R) Kurt Russell, Kelly Preston, Michael Angarano, Lynda Carter, Bruce Campbell. Dandy old-fashioned live-action Disney comedy with delightfully cheesy special effects (and lots of them, too) and slapstick gags all over the place. It starts slow, and the jokes are nothing you’d write home about, but those are minor quibbles. The movie is zippy, it feels great and the actors are terrific. The story, about a high school for superheroes, deals with all the cliques, the snobbery, the small-mindedness, the bullying, all the ugliness that typical kids face, but in a more explosive way. Man, every once in a while I love movies like this! So clean, so retro, so Disney. 102 minutes. DVD INFO: Two separately packaged DVDs are available: One preserves the film in the anamorphic widescreen format, while the other hacks off nearly a third of the picture for the fullscreen (aka pan & scan) version. Shop carefully. Both versions include an alternate opening; super bloopers; “Breaking Down the Walls: The Stunts of Sky High”; “Welcome to Sky High,” behind-the-scenes at making the movie with cast and crew; plus “Bowling for Soup” music video: “I Melt With You.” —EJO

World Series 2005 (NR) Narrated by Michael Clarke Duncan. From the press notes: The Official 2005 World Series DVD captures the best moments from the series including unique multi-camera action footage, exclusive sound via wireless microphones and compelling never-before-seen interviews with key players, coaches and managers. Fans will relive all the decisive moments of the World Series, including every clutch hit, catch, strikeout and more. The program also features highlights of the White Sox’s incredible season, Division Series and League Championship Series. Collectors will find this release irresistible due to its historic nature — from the White Sox capturing the crown for the first time since 1917 to the Astros’ first-ever World Series appearance to the record-setting longest game in World Series history. Running time: Unavailable. DVD INFO: Includes English and Spanish language audio tracks; plus a series highlight montage to the music of the White Sox World Series anthem, Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

TV on DVD CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION — SEASON 5, THE FAMILY GUY: VOLUME 3, MISSION HILL: COMPLETE SERIES, PROJECT RUNWAY: SEASON 1, ZATOICHI THE BLIND SWORDSMAN: VOLUME 1. NOTE: Some studios are marketing box sets of TV series containing episodes that were trimmed down by several minutes each for airing in syndication. Before laying down your money, make sure the box set includes the words “original and uncut.”

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