Selected home-video releases:
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler team up for a Hollywood rarity, a female buddy flick that actually found an audience. Fey plays a business executive who can't have kids but decides she desperately wants a child, so she's paired with a surrogate mother (Poehler) who behaves like a juvenile herself. A stellar supporting cast is highlighted by Sigourney Weaver, Steve Martin, Greg Kinnear and Romany Malco. The DVD and Blu-ray release come with an alternate ending and other deleted scenes and a couple of behind-the-scenes featurettes with cast and crew interviews. Fey and Poehler also join writer-director Michael McCullers and producer Lorne Michaels for commentary.
‘The Forbidden Kingdom'
Martial-arts superstars Jackie Chan and Jet Li join forces for the first time with this fantasy adventure set in ancient China. The movie casts a modern teenager (Michael Angarano) back in time, where he is trained by Chan and Li to fulfill his destiny by stopping an evil warlord. The movie comes in a single-disc DVD with just the movie or two-disc DVD and Blu-ray sets that include deleted scenes with commentary from director Rob Minkoff, who also offers commentary for the full film. Other extras include a “Kung Fu Dream Team” featurette on the matchup of Chan and Li, along with segments on shooting in China.
‘The Big Lebowski: 10th Anniversary Edition'
A decade later, the Dude still abides. As a prelude to Joel and Ethan Coen's latest dark comedy, “Burn After Reading,” comes this anniversary edition of their 1998 tale that hurtles part-time bowler and full-time slacker Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) and his best buddy (John Goodman) into a kidnapping-and-ransom adventure that all started with a case of mistaken identity and a soiled scrap of carpet. The two-disc DVD upgrade has a nice range of background segments, including one examining the Dude's strange fantasy sequences. The set also comes with a selection of photos Bridges shot on the set. A limited-edition gift set comes in a bowling-ball shaped package.
TV on DVD
“Grey's Anatomy: Season Four”: Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh and Katherine Heigl return in the medical drama about the public practices and private lives of hospital residents. A five-disc set has the fourth year's 16 episodes, plus deleted scenes, commentary and making-of featurettes.
“Smallville: The Complete Seventh Season”: Young Clark Kent (Tom Welling) continues to grow into his destiny as Superman, joined this season by his cousin, Supergirl. Year 7's episodes (20 of them) come in a six-disc package, with commentary on two, deleted scenes and a couple of background segments.
“Ugly Betty: The Complete Second Season”: America Ferrera is back on the job as a bright, cheery but inelegant employee at a fashion magazine, where her co-workers are tall and trim with cover-girl looks. The five-disc set has the season's 18 episodes, accompanied by deleted scenes and a blooper reel with introductions by the actors as they explain what went wrong in the scenes.
“It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 3”: The schemers, plotters and other low-lifes at Paddy's Pub belly up to the bar for more indecorous laughs in the comedy whose cast includes Danny DeVito. All 15 episodes from Year 3 are packed in a three-disc set, which also has commentary and featurettes.
“CSI: Miami – The Sixth Season”: David Caruso and his ace forensics crew hunt up clues and sift through more evidence while battling with personal trauma. Year 6's episodes – 21 in all – are included in a six-disc set, along with commentary and cast and crew interviews.
“Medium: The Fourth Season”: Patricia Arquette continues to hear dead people and predict the future, handy skills as she helps prosecutors solve crimes. A four-disc package has the 16 episodes of Year 4, plus deleted scenes with commentary.