Selected home-video releases:
‘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.
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.
‘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.” The first two films in Coppola's epic crime saga underwent a frame-by-frame reconstruction, which is chronicled in a documentary segment that is among the extras in the five-disc DVD and four-disc Blu-ray sets. 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.
TV on DVD
“Samantha Who? The Complete First Season”: “Married With Children” co-star 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. The first 15 episodes come in a two-disc set, accompanied by deleted scenes and bloopers.
“Friday the 13th: The Series – The First Season”: Sharing a name and nothing else with the big-screen slasher franchise, the show that debuted in the late 1980s centers on the proprietors of a cursed antique shop who must retrieve all the evil curios people bought there. The first 26 episodes are included in a six-disc package.
“Boston Legal: Season Four”: Lurid legal affairs continue as new co-star John Larroquette joins a cast that includes James Spader, William Shatner and Candice Bergen. The five-disc set has year four's 20 episodes and a featurette.
“Brothers and Sisters: The Complete Second Season”: Siblings bond and squabble in the family drama whose ensemble cast includes Sally Field, Calista Flockhart, Rachel Griffiths and Rob Lowe. A five-disc set packs year two's 16 episodes, along with deleted scenes, a couple of featurettes and commentary.
“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. Season four's 21 episodes come in a six-disc set, which also has commentary on one episode and behind-the-scenes featurettes.
“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.” The set includes six TV films about artists: composers Claude Debussy, Edward Elgar and Frederick Delius, painters Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Henri Rousseau, and dancer Isadora Duncan.
Other new releases
“Deception”: Hugh Jackman, Ewan McGregor and Michelle Williams star in this thriller about an accountant enticed into an underground sex club and later implicated in a heist and a woman's disappearance. DVD extras include deleted scenes and commentary from director Marcel Langenegger.
“Run, Fatboy, Run”: David Schwimmer makes his directing debut with this comedy about a slacker (Simon Pegg) trying to win back the respect of his former fiance (Thandie Newton) and son by running a marathon — the same one his ex's obnoxious new man (Hank Azaria) is competing in. Schwimmer, Pegg and Newton provide commentary, and the DVD has deleted scenes.