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Carrie and her pals are out on DVD

Posted: Thursday, September 25, 2008

"Sex and the City"

Carrie and her gal pals make a triumphant return as they leap from the small screen to theaters and settle into monogamous ways after years of bed-hopping on the TV show. The movie update reunites Sarah Jessica Parker as writer Carrie with her buddies Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon, the foursome joined by old associates including Chris Noth as Carrie's man Big and new co-stars, among them Jennifer Hudson. Two-disc DVD and Blu-ray sets have an extended cut of the movie, plus deleted scenes, a segment on the film's fashion sense and chats with Parker and writer-director Michael Patrick King. The theatrical version of the movie is available in a single-disc DVD release. The two-disc DVD and Blu-ray sets also have a digital copy of the theatrical version for portable video players. Single-disc DVD, $28.98; two-disc DVD set, $34.99; two-disc Blu-ray set, $35.99.

"Leatherheads"

George Clooney returns to directing with this modern take on the screwball comedy, which failed to find much of an audience despite crossing his own star power with that of Renee Zellweger and John Krasinski. Clooney stars as a veteran grunt in the thankless world of pro football in the 1920s, an era when the college sport got all the glory. Krasinski's a war hero and college star recruited by Clooney to dress up the pro league, while Zellweger's a reporter who comes between them as she snoops around for a good story. Among extras on the DVD and Blu-ray releases are deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, a segment on staging the football action and another on practical jokes Clooney carried out on set. Clooney and producer Grant Heslov also provide commentary. DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.98.

"The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration"

An offer true cinema fans will find hard to refuse: A boxed set with digital restorations of "The Godfather" and "The Godfather Part II" overseen by director Francis Ford Coppola, plus a remastered version of "The Godfather Part III." Coppola provides commentary for all three films, which are accompanied by such new DVD bonuses as a segment examining the hard road the filmmaker took to get the cameras rolling for the original masterpiece. There's also a featurette on how the trilogy has influenced pop culture, plus previously available extras that include deleted footage. Each film also is available separately in single-disc releases. Single DVDs, $19.99 each; DVD set, $72.99; Blu-ray set, $119.99.

TV on DVD:

"Samantha Who? The Complete First Season" - Christina Applegate returns to series television with this comedy about a nasty woman who wakes from a coma minus her memories and has to rediscover who she is and how she wants to live.

"CSI: NY - The Fourth Season" - Gary Sinise and his crackerjack team of forensics investigators sift through more evidence in this third incarnation of the crime franchise.

"Ken Russell at the BBC" - A three-disc anthology collects early TV works from the director behind such big-screen flicks as "Altered States" and "Crimes of Passion."



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