Scorsese's rock documentary on DVD

Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2008

'Shine a Light'

It sounds like a match made in rock 'n' roll heaven: The Rolling Stones and Martin Scorsese, who blazed trails when he loaded his early film "Mean Streets" with a hip rock soundtrack and made the great rock documentary "The Last Waltz." Yet Scorsese's rock documentary on the Stones seems 20 years too late, catching Mick Jagger energetically but predictably going through the motions in concert alongside Keith Richards, Ron Wood and Charlie Watts. The DVD and Blu-ray disc come with four extra performances, among them "Paint It Black," plus a behind-the-scenes segment. DVD, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99.

'Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay'

John Cho and Kal Penn return for another road-trip adventure in this follow-up to their cult comedy "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle." The sequel picks up moments where the first flick left off, with the bright, resourceful pot-smoking duo having satisfied their munchies and preparing for a trip to Amsterdam. Mistakenly branded as terrorists en route, they end up on the run from Guantanamo. The movie comes in a bare-bones single-disc DVD or Blu-ray and two-disc DVD releases. Single-disc DVD, $28.98; two-disc DVD set, $34.99; Blu-ray, $35.99.

'Never Back Down'

It's the old story: Teen moves to a new school, meets a babe, gets beaten silly by her boyfriend then learns mixed martial arts to avoid another thrashing. Sean Faris stars as the new kid, who finds a mentor in a martial-arts trainer (Djimon Hounsou), his lessons preparing him for a rematch and inevitably imparting wisdom on when to refrain from fighting. The movie arrives in an unrated extended cut in the Blu-ray release and two-disc DVD set, both containing deleted scenes, commentary with the cast and director Jeff Wadlow, plus a couple of featurettes. The theatrical version is available on a single-disc DVD, with commentary and deleted footage. Single-disc DVD, $26.99; two-disc DVD set, $32.99; Blu-ray, $34.99.

'The Band's Visit'

Adult band geeks from Egypt show up in dorky uniforms in a sleepy Israeli town. So begins this little marvel from writer-director Eran Kolirin, who spins a quiet charmer about cultural chasms narrowed through the power of music. The simple story follows the misadventures of a police band with a stoic yet supremely compassionate leader (Sasson Gabai), the group traveling far off course for their performance at an Arab Cultural Center in Israel, where they get stranded in the wrong town among curious locals - including a vivacious diner owner (Ronit Elkabetz). The DVD includes a making-of featurette. DVD, $28.96. (Sony)

TV on DVD:

'Stargate: Continuum' - DVD, $26.98; Blu-ray, $39.98.

'Witchblade: The Complete Series' - DVD set, $69.98.

"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Year Seven" - DVD set, $59.98.

"Beverly Hills 90210: The Fifth Season" - DVD Set, $61.99.

"The Hills: The Complete Third Season" - DVD set, $39.99.

"Baldwin Hills: The Complete First Season" - DVD set, $26.99.

"Girlfriends: The Fourth Season" - DVD set, $39.99.

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