Jack Black is up to no good ... again

Posted: Thursday, June 19, 2008

"Be Kind Rewind"

In a clever premise, Jack Black stars as an inept video-store clerk whose encounter with an electromagnetic field results in the erasure of all the movies at the shop where he works, prompting him to enlist his buddy (Mos Def) to reshoot all the films and foist off their amateur efforts on unsuspecting customers. The DVD has both widescreen and full-screen versions but only a featurette on Passaic, N.J., the setting for the story, as an extra. The Blu-ray version adds more, including a segment on Fats Waller, whom co-star Danny Glover's character idolizes, plus a conversation with Black and director Michel Gondry. DVD, $27.95; Blu-ray, $35.99.

"Fool's Gold"

"How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" stars Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson, who team up for another romance, this one a lame tale that sends them on a treasure hunt in the Caribbean. McConaughey and Hudson play a recently divorced couple tossed back together as they find clues to the whereabouts of a Spanish ship that went down at sea with a trove of riches. Fittingly for this thin comedy, the DVD and Blu-ray high-definition disc come with skimpy extras, including just a gag reel and a featurette on the two stars discussing their on-screen chemistry, which they describe as an ability to "fight and flirt well." DVD, $28.98; Blu-ray, $35.99.

"Under the Same Moon"

Not many dramas centered on illegal immigration come off as inspirational, but this one about a boy trying to reunite with his mom on the other side of the border proves to be a feel-good story. The film follows a 9-year-old (Adrian Alonso) as he sets out from Mexico to find his mother (Kate del Castillo), who has left her son with his grandmother and crossed over to the United States to build a better life for them. The DVD includes a making-of featurette and a segment on the colorful murals created for the film. DVD, $29.98.

"Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins"

Martin Lawrence stars in a family reunion comedy that seems to have misplaced the comedy part. Loaded with gross gags, bad dialogue and unfunny quarrels among relations, the movie features Lawrence as a successful author and TV personality who comes home to Georgia for the 50th-anniversary bash of his parents (James Earl Jones and Margaret Avery, whose talents go utterly wasted) and ends up back in an old rivalry with his brazen cousin (Cedric the Entertainer). If you like Lawrence, Cedric or co-stars such as Mo'Nique or Mike Epps, the DVD is loaded with 45 minutes of extra footage, including an alternate opening. Writer-director Malcolm D. Lee provides commentary. DVD, $29.98.

TV on DVD:

"Burn Notice: Season One" - DVD set, $49.98.

"Californication: The First Season" - DVD set, $42.99.

"Jericho: The Second Season" - DVD set, $29.99.

"ER: The Complete Ninth Season" - DVD set, $49.98.

"Dynasty: The Third Season, Volume One" - DVD set, $36.99.

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