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Fun with Dick and Jane (PG-13) Jim Carrey, Téa Leoni, Angie Harmon, Jeff Garlin, Alec Baldwin. When upscale married couple Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni find themselves in financial ruin due to the collapse on an Enron-style company, they decide the best way to maintain their quality of life is to become armed robbers. A remake of the 1977 Jane Fonda/George Segal comedy, which was based on a novel by Gerald Gaiser. 85 minutes. DVD INFO: Includes audio commentary by the director and writers; a gag reel; deleted scenes; plus publicity junket comedy outtakes (Carrey and Leoni get wacky during publicity interviews).
The Greatest Game Ever Played (PG) Shia LaBeouf, Stephen Dillane, Josh Flitter, Peyton List. You’ve seen the basic story a million times before, but it’s still nice to see it done well. Bill Paxton directs the inspirational based-on-fact sports film, about Francis Ouimet (LeBeouf), an amateur player from a working-class family who shocked the golf world when, at the 1913 U.S. Open, flanked by his 10-year-old caddie, he faced off against his idol, the defending British champion Harry Vardon (Dillane). 115 minutes. DVD INFO: Includes audio commentary by director Bill Paxton and writer Mark Frost; plus the featurettes “A View From the Gallery: On the Set,” “Two Legends and the Greatest Game” and “From Caddy to Champion: Francis Ouimet.” —EJO
The Merv Griffin Show: 40 of the Most Interesting People of Our Time (NR) Three discs culled from the long-running talk show. Disc One guests: Ingrid Bergman, Richard Burton, Tom Cruise, John Wayne, Sophia Loren, Orson Welles, David Niven, Grace Kelly, Joan Collins, Sammy Davis Jr., Janet Leigh, Lee Marvin, Jane Fonda, Tom Hanks, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Roy Rogers, Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve and Denzel Washington. Disc Two: Jack Benny, George Carlin, Jerry Seinfeld, Jackie Mason, Phyllis Diller, Don Rickles, George Burns, Richard Pryor, Jay Leno, Carl Reiner, Totie Fields, Monti Rock III, Billy Crystal, Danny DeVito, Tony Danza and Clarence Nash (voice of Donald Duck). Disc Three: Barbara Walters, Walter Cronkite, Rose F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Harry Belafonte, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon. 530 minutes. DVD INFO: The box set includes a photo scrapbook and new interview introductions and behind-the-scenes recollections from Griffin.
Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin (G) Voices of Jim Cummings, Paul Winchell, Ken Sansom, John Fiedler, Brady Bluhm, Peter Cullen. Sequel from 1977. Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin are best friends who wish they could be together forever. But Christopher Robin needs to go to school. Christopher Robin has trouble telling Pooh that they will be separated, so he leaves him a note. Pooh, misunderstanding and believing that Christopher Robin has gone to Skull and needs his help, launches a rescue mission with the help of Rabbit, Tigger and Piglet. 70 minutes. DVD INFO: Includes the bonus short “Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day”; the set top game “Adventures in 100 Acre Wood”; plus “Pooh’s Symphony.”
The Scorned (NR) Steven Hill, Jenna Lewis, Bob Guiney, Trish Schneider, Trishelle Cannatella, Reichen Lehmkuhl, Jon Dalton, Ethan Zohn. Here’s the deal. Some “reality” show veterans (from Survivor and Big Brother) decided to make a horror movie cast entirely with other reality show veterans. Then they made an awful reality show called Kill Reality that documented the making of the movie (the series ran on the E! channel and I’m the only person in this state who watched it). The movie, about a vengeful ghost, is cheap, ugly and mostly terribly acted (Survivor: Africa winner Ethan Zohn isn’t bad, though). At first the crap-o-rama is bad enough to be entertaining, then the novelty wears off and it’s just bad. 87 minutes. DVD INFO: The two-disc set includes audio commentary by the filmmaker; an interview with director Robert Kubilos; “History of Reality TV”; auditions; uncensored outtakes, bloopers and on-set fights; an episode of the E! channel show Kill Reality on the movie; VIP set tour; Thefishbowl.com Radio Show; plus Easter eggs. —EJO
An Unfinished Life (PG-13) Robert Redford, Jennifer Lopez, Morgan Freeman, Camryn Manheim. The story of a modern-day Western family, as stoic as they are divided. Redford stars as Einar Gilkyson, a tough-skinned, retired rancher who long ago turned his back on memories. Still in shock from his only son’s death a decade ago, Einar has let his ranch fall into ruin along with his marriage. Now, Einar spends his days caring only for his hired hand, and last trusted friend, Mitch (Freeman), who was gravely injured in an encounter with a grizzly bear. Einar intends to live out his days in this heartbroken solitude … until the very person he blames for his son’s accident comes to town: his daughter-in-law Jean (Lopez). Jean shows up broke, on the run and with a girl named Griff (newcomer Becca Gardner), who she swears is the granddaughter Einar never knew he had. 108 minutes. DVD INFO: Includes audio commentary by the director, producer and editor; the featurettes “The Making of An Unfinished Life” and “Training Bart the Bear” featurette; plus a still gallery.
Wolf Creek: Unrated Widescreen Edition (R) John Jarrett, Cassandra Magrath, Andy McPhee, Kestie Morassi, Guy Peterson. It was supposed to be the vacation of a lifetime in the Australian Outback for a trio of 20-something backpackers — until they took a wrenching detour into the depths of unrelenting terror. Based on true events. College-aged pals Liz, Kristy and Ben head out for a hike in stunning Wolf Creek National Park to see its mysterious meteor crater. When they return, their car won’t start. Trapped in the vast emptiness of the wilderness, all they can do is wait for rescue. As night falls, along comes colorful local bushman Mick and his massive truck, offering a tow to safety. So everything must be fine, right? 98 minutes. DVD INFO: Includes audio commentary by director/writer Greg McLean, the executive producer and actors Magrath and Morassi; the featurette “Making of Wolf Creek”; plus a deleted scene.
Woman, Thou Art Loosed: Special Edition (R) Kimberly Elise, Loretta Devine, Debbi Morgan, Michael Boatman, Clifton Powell. Melodrama adapted from evangelist Bishop T.D. Jakes’ best-selling novel and stage play of the same name. Abused as a child, Elise is now a fallen woman. Can the ministry of Jakes (playing himself) show her the way to redemption? The production is blunt, crude and overwrought, which gives it power, but teeters towards caricature. The cast commits fully to the story, though, and their collective performances elevate the story just enough. 94 minutes. DVD INFO: Includes never before seen footage, deleted scenes and related sermon material. —EJO
TV on DVD THE BOB NEWHART SHOW: SEASON 3, IN LIVING COLOR: SEASON 5 and NEWSROOM: SEASON 3. NOTE: Some studios have the nerve to market 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.”