'National Treasure 2' golden on DVD

Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2008

'National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets'

Nicolas Cage takes the current president hostage in his quest to clear an ancestor in the assassination of another. Cage scored his latest blockbuster hit with this "National Treasure" follow-up, reprising his role as a historian and treasure-hunter who traipses around the world sorting out clues that will help exonerate one of his forebears of conspiracy in the death of Abraham Lincoln. And of course, along the way, he stumbles on another hidden trove of vast riches, accompanied by his mom and dad (Helen Mirren and Jon Voight), his estranged girlfriend (Diane Kruger) and an adversary (Ed Harris) with his own dark family history. A two-disc DVD set and the Blu-ray high-definition release pile on the extras, including deleted and extended scenes featuring introductions from director Jon Turteltaub, who is joined by Voight for commentary on the full movie. DVD set, $29.99; "National Treasure" and "National Treasure 2" Blu-ray releases, $34.99 each.

'George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead'

King of the zombies Romero goes back to his indie-film roots with a "Blair Witch Project" documentary style to his fifth movie about reanimated corpses with a hankering for live human flesh. This chapter follows a group of film students whose low-budget horror flick turns into an impromptu documentary as their camera chronicles the rise of zombies that feed on the living. The DVD has a feature-length making-of documentary and a couple of behind-the-scenes segments, plus commentary with Romero and his cinematographer and editor. Also out is a 40th anniversary edition of Romero's "Night of the Living Dead," the low-budget horror classic that turned zombie tales into their own subgenre. The film is accompanied by a feature-length documentary and commentary with Romero and cast and crew members. "Diary of the Dead" DVD, $24.95; "Night of the Living Dead" DVD, $19.97.

'The Delirious Fictions of William Klein'

American photographer, documentary filmmaker and satirist Klein offers up three wild tales he created in the 1960s and '70s, set in his adopted country, France. "Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?" tears apart the haughtiness and artificiality of the fashion world as it follows the adventures of a Brooklyn model in snooty Paris. "Mr. Freedom" features an arrogantly uncompromising U.S. superhero who comes to Paris to fight the Communist menace. "The Model Couple" is centered on a man and woman chosen for their dreary commonness as subjects who are put under surveillance for a series of strange, intrusive tests to better society. DVD set, $44.95.

TV on DVD:

"24: Season One" - DVD set, $59.98.

"Cranford" - DVD set, $34.98.

"Square Pegs: The Complete Series" - DVD set, $29.95.

"The Muppet Show: Season Three" - DVD set, $39.99.

"JAG: The Sixth Season" - DVD set, $64.99.

"Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. The Fourth Season" - DVD set, $42.99.



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