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‘Benchwarmers’ steps up to the DVD plate

Also new: ‘Final Destination 3’ and first seasons of ‘JAG’ and ‘Rawhide’
/ Source: The Associated Press

“The Benchwarmers”The geeks shall inherit the turf in this painful sports comedy about three grown men getting revenge on the bullies of their youth by taking down Little Leaguers on the ballfield. Adam Sandler’s production company produces this very dumb, very crude tale featuring former “Saturday Night Live” pals Rob Schneider, David Spade and Jon Lovitz. Schneider, Spade and Jon Heder, star of “Napoleon Dynamite,” play men who form a three-player baseball team and win a following of young nerds as they square off against young Little League jocks. Along with deleted scenes, the DVD has four featurettes, including one with Reggie Jackson, who offers the stars some unorthodox coaching in the movie. The disc also has two commentary tracks, one with Spade and Heder, the other with director Dennis Dugan. DVD, $28.95. (Sony) Read the review

“Final Destination 3”

In this photo provided by New Line, Kevin (Ryan Merriman,left) and Wendy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) learn that roller coasters are not all fun and games in 'Final Destination 3.' (AP Photo/New Line/ Shane Harvey)Shane Harvey / NEW LINE

The horror franchise that declares that Death doesn’t like to be kept waiting is back for a third go-round. This time out, a group of teens is slated to die in a roller-coaster disaster, only to be saved when one has a premonition of the accident, prompting the Reaper to stalk the group and pick them off one by one in nasty ways. Viewers can watch the movie in its theatrical version or activate a “choose-their-fate” option that incorporates alternate footage, allowing fans to insert different outcomes for some of the characters. The two-disc set also has a deleted scene, commentary with director James Wong and his co-writer, Glen Morgan, and a range of featurettes including one on the teen-horror genre. DVD set, $29.98. (New Line) Read the review

“A Canterbury Tale”The films of the directing duo of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger might remain in the vaults if not for the good people at Criterion. The DVD label continues its series of releases for Powell and Pressberger’s small but devoted audience with the filmmakers’ dreamy 1944 tale that spins a simple, evocative story of three people — a British woman, an English soldier and an American G.I. — whose paths cross in England’s countryside during World War II. The two-disc set has a restored edition of the film, plus excerpts from the version released theatrically in the United States that featured Kim Hunter. The package also has a new interview with co-star Sheila Sim and four documentaries, including one on the rural locations and another on co-star John Sweet. DVD set, $39.95. (Criterion)

“Will Rogers Collection: Volume 1”The last four films from the 1920s and ’30s star make their DVD debut in a four-disc set. Rogers, the lovable wit who died in a plane crash in 1935, stars as an upright newsman battling the town banker in “Life Begins at 40”; as a racehorse trainer caught in a feud between two owners in “In Old Kentucky”; as a hubby trying to quell his wife’s sudden urge to become a stage star in “Doubting Thomas”; and as a riverboat captain racing a rival and trying to find a witness to exonerate his nephew in “Steamboat ’Round the Bend,” directed by John Ford. Each film is accompanied by commentary from cinema historian Anthony Slide, and the set has an “A&E Biography” segment on Rogers. DVD set, $59.98. (20th Century Fox)

“New York Yankees: Vintage World Series Films”A five-disc set encapsulating 17 of the Yankees’ championship seasons from 1943 to 2000 leads a wave of baseball releases covering World Series triumphs by half a dozen teams. The Yankees set includes the team’s record span of five straight World Series titles from 1949 to ’53 and the team’s dominance starting in the mid-1990s, when New York won championships four years out of five, ending with the 2000 subway series against the Mets. A two-disc set covers five Los Angeles Dodgers’ championships, while single-disc releases chronicle World Series seasons for the Oakland Athletics, the New York Giants, the Minnesota Twins and the Baltimore Orioles. Yankees DVD set, $49.95; Dodgers DVD set, $24.95; single-DVD titles, $19.95. (A&E)

TV on DVD:

“Rawhide: The Complete First Season” — Clint Eastwood’s big break came with this Western that debuted in 1959, in which he plays cowpoke Rowdy Yates, whose trail boss (Eric Fleming) is leading cattle across the land. The seven-disc set has the first 22 episodes, plus a bonus episode from season two. DVD set, $54.99. (Paramount)

“JAG: The Complete First Season” — Premiering in 1995, the military courtroom drama stars David James Elliott as a former fighter pilot and Tracey Needham as his lieutenant, the pair handling criminal cases for the Navy and Marines. The first 21 episodes come in a six-disc set, with commentary from the show’s creator on the pilot, plus three featurettes. DVD set, $64.99. (Paramount)

“The Prisoner” — A 40th anniversary edition packs all 17 episodes of Patrick McGoohan’s Orwellian series from the 1960s. McGoohan stars as a secret agent who resigns and is kidnapped by mysterious forces that hold him in a strange village whose denizens are known only by numbers. The 10-disc set features the same DVD extras available in previous releases, plus a 60-page booklet with episode guides and series background. DVD set, $139.95. (A&E)

“Animaniacs,” “Pinky and the Brain” — Steven Spielberg presents two cartoon series from the 1990s. Volume one of “Animaniacs,” featuring a gang of animated rowdies going berserk on the Warner Bros. studio lot, packs 25 episodes in a five-disc set. Volume one of “Pinky and the Brain,” centering on two genetically altered mice scheming for global domination, has 22 episodes on four discs. DVD sets, $44.98 each. (Warner Bros.)

“Three’s Company: Season Seven” — John Ritter and his two female roommates are back for another season of shenanigans and sexual innuendo. The four-disc set has year seven’s 22 episodes, plus a tribute to co-star Don Knotts. DVD set, $29.98. (Anchor Bay)

“Tales From the Crypt: The Complete Fourth Season” — The guest cast for year four of this horror anthology series includes Brad Pitt, Timothy Dalton, Christopher Reeve and Blythe Danner. The three-disc set has 14 episodes, with commentary by the scriptwriter on one. DVD set, $39.98. (Warner Bros.)