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‘Be Cool’ comes to DVD

Also, seasons five of ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Frasier.’ By David Germain
/ Source: The Associated Press

“Be Cool”
John Travolta’s “Get Shorty” follow-up reunited him with “Pulp Fiction” co-star Uma Thurman, the two of them mixing it up on the dance floor again. This time, Travolta’s loan-shark-turned-filmmaker Chili Palmer, bored with Hollywood, decides to shift into music producing and finds himself at odds with a singer’s manager (Harvey Keitel) and a bigwig producer (Cedric the Entertainer). Along with 14 deleted scenes, the DVD has a making-of segment, a featurette on Travolta and Thurman’s dance number, and mini-profiles on Cedric and co-stars The Rock, Andre Benjamin and Christina Milian. DVD, $27.98. (MGM) Original theatrical review

“Sling Blade,” “Gone in 60 Seconds,” “Coyote Ugly”Three flicks get the extended treatment. Billy Bob Thornton’s “Sling Blade,” in which the writer-director stars as a man-child with a violent past who becomes an unlikely protector for a boy and his mother, is reissued in a two-disc set. The director’s cut runs nearly two and a half hours and is accompanied by commentary from Thornton, along with interviews and conversations with the director and such co-stars as Robert Duvall and Dwight Yoakam. “Gone in 60 Seconds,” the car-heist remake starring Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie and Duvall, comes in a single-disc package with Dominic Sena’s director’s cut. “Coyote Ugly,” reissued in a single-disc extended version, features Piper Perabo as a newcomer at a club whose sexy barmaids do double duty with lusty dancing atop the bar. DVDs, $19.99 each. (Disney)

“Star Trek: Insurrection”
The latest reissue from Gene Roddenberry’s “Trek” universe arrives with the familiar extras of the previous two-disc editions. No. 9 of the 10 “Star Trek” films, “Insurrection” pits Capt. Picard (Patrick Stewart) and the Enterprise crew against their own government and a villain (F. Murray Abraham) with a terrible skin condition in an effort to save an idyllic planet whose inhabitants live in a literal fountain of youth. The movie is accompanied by making-of tidbits and trivia from “Trek” experts Michael and Denise Okuda, along with a dozen behind-the-scenes featurettes on stunts, visuals, alien makeup and other topics. DVD set, $19.99. (Paramount)

TV on DVD:

Actors Edie Falco, who plays Carmela Soprano and James Gandolfini, who plays Tony Soprano, were both nominated for Emmy Awards for their performances in the HBO SeriesHBO / X80001

“Frasier: The Complete Fifth Season” — Year five of Kelsey Grammer’s “Cheers” spinoff brings sibling and romantic rivalry for radio shrink Frasier and brother Niles (David Hyde Pierce) and pregnancy for Roz (Peri Gilpin). The four-disc set packs 24 episodes. DVD set, $38.99. (Paramount)

“Home Improvement: The Complete Second Season” — Tim Allen makes with the power tools again in year two of his sitcom about an overzealous handyman who hosts a TV fix-it-yourself show. The three-disc set has 25 episodes, plus a gag reel. DVD set, $49.99. (Disney)

“Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica: Complete Seasons 2 & 3” — The honeymoon’s over in the second and third seasons of Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey’s reality show that follows the downs and ups and downs of their married life. Twenty episodes are gathered on three discs, with deleted scenes among the extras. DVD set, $38.99. (Paramount)

“The Dead Zone: The Complete Third Season” — Anthony Michael Hall continues his quest to build a better future in the series based on Stephen King’s novel about a man who emerges from a coma with the ability to peek ahead in time. The three-disc set has 12 episodes, with cast-and-crew commentary on each. DVD set, $34.98. (Lions Gate)

“Sanford and Son: The Sixth Season” — Redd Foxx stars as the blustery junkman and Demond Wilson is his son in the last season of the 1970s sitcom. The final year’s 24 episodes come in a three-disc set and feature such guest stars as B.B. King and Chuck Barris. DVD set, $29.95. (Sony)

“MacGyver: The Complete Second Season” — The action series about the wily spy (Richard Dean Anderson) who relies on brains and gadgets instead of guns continues its DVD afterlife with a six-disc set that has season two’s 22 episodes. DVD set, $38.99. (Paramount)

“Quincy, M.E.: Seasons 1 & 2,” “Dragnet 1967: Season 1” — Jack Klugman’s “Quincy,” about a coroner who hits the streets to crack cases, and Jack Webb’s late-1960s incarnation of his L.A. cop drama “Dragnet” debut on DVD. The three-disc “Quincy” set has 16 episodes, while the two-disc “Dragnet” set has 17 episodes plus a CD with a 1950s radio episode of “Dragnet.” DVD sets, $39.98 each. (Universal)

“Lois & Clark: The Complete First Season,” “Wonder Woman: The Complete Third Season” — With “Batman Begins” hitting the big screen, a couple of TV superheroes rise again. Year one of Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher’s “Superman” series “Lois & Clark” comes in a six-disc set with the first 21 episodes. The final season of Lynda Carter’s “Wonder Woman” is packed on four discs with 24 episodes. “Lois & Clark” DVD set, $59.98; “Wonder Woman” DVD set, $39.98. (Warner Bros.)

“Wanted: Dead or Alive — Season One” — A banner year for Steve McQueen DVD releases continues with this four-disc set that has the first 36 episodes of the Western series that put him on the road to stardom in the late 1950s. McQueen plays a charitable bounty hunter tracking bad guys. DVD set, $39.98. (New Line)

“Davey and Goliath: Volume 1” — The boy made out of clay and his dubious dog are back to spread the lessons they learn about right and wrong in the stop-motion animation series that debuted in the 1960s. The two-disc set has four episodes, plus Davey and Goliath’s “summer camp” special and a documentary on the show. DVD set, $19.99. (Starlight)

Other new releases:

“Seed of Chucky” — The “Child’s Play” horror franchise is resurrected as the killer doll goes on a bloody spree in Hollywood. The movie is available in the R-rated theatrical version or an unrated extended cut. Director Don Mancini and co-star Jennifer Tilly provide commentary for the theatrical cut, while Mancini offers commentary on the unrated version. DVD, $29.98. (Universal) Original theatrical review

“Beyond the Sea” — Kevin Spacey sings and swings in this film biography of pop crooner Bobby Darin (“Splish Splash,” “Mack the Knife”), whose short life brought him stardom on stage and screen. Spacey, who directed and co-wrote, offers audio commentary, and the DVD has interviews with cast and crew. DVD, $27.98. (Lions Gate) Original theatrical review

“The Machinist” — Before catching the bulked-up Christian Bale in the title role of “Batman Begins,” check out the actor in starvation mode. Bale lost 63 pounds for his role as a man who has gone a year without sleep and is in the delusional throes of physical and emotional trauma. DVD, $29.99. (Paramount)