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‘Bewitched’ pops up on DVD

Also new this week: new editions of ‘Wizard of Oz’ and ‘Titanic’
/ Source: The Associated Press

“Bewitched”Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell star in an update with a clever premise but listless execution. Ferrell plays a prima donna actor trying to revive his flagging career with a new version of the TV sitcom “Bewitched,” only to find himself in a real land of enchantment when an actual witch (Kidman) is cast opposite him. DVD extras include six deleted scenes, commentary with director Nora Ephron, a trivia feature offering “Bewitched” background and 10 making-of featurettes. Also debuting in a five-disc set is “Bewitched: The Complete Second Season,” with 38 episodes of the series starring Elizabeth Montgomery and Dick York. DVD, $28.95; TV DVD set, $39.95. (Sony) Original theatrical review

“Herbie: Fully Loaded”

The queen of the Disney updates, Lindsay Lohan, scored another solid family success with this new adventure of Herbie the Love Bug, the Volkswagen Beetle that’s an unlikely race car as well as romantic matchmaker. Lohan stars as the daughter of a former auto-racing ace (Michael Keaton) who continues her family’s tradition by turning the rusty, rickety Herbie into the newest sensation on the NASCAR circuit. The DVD has seven deleted scenes, plus a blooper reel, commentary with director Angela Robinson and behind-the-scenes featurettes that include a segment on how the filmmakers brought Herbie’s personality to life. There’s also a Lohan music video. DVD, $29.99. (Disney) Original theatrical review

“Titanic”The king of the modern box-office world gets a DVD makeover in a three-disc set whose extra materials were overseen by director James Cameron. Highlighting the new features are 45 minutes of deleted footage from the 1997 blockbuster about the doomed ocean liner and a fictional romance between misfit lovers (Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet) who meet on board. There also is a nine-minute sequence presenting an alternate ending, commentary by Cameron and a separate commentary track featuring Winslet, co-star Gloria Stuart and the film’s producers. The set includes a good mix of featurettes examining the film’s colossal production and elaborate visual effects. And, of course, there’s Celine Dion’s music video for the theme song. DVD set, $29.99. (Paramount)

“The Wizard of Oz”The 1939 musical fantasy returns in grand style in a two-disc set or a terrific three-disc edition. The adventures of farm girl Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) in the land of Oz has been lovingly restored and is accompanied by hours of background material and other extras chronicling the film’s production and legacy. “Oz” film historian John Fricke offers commentary interspersed with archival remarks from co-stars Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Margaret Hamilton and others. The three-disc set also packs a portrait of “Oz” creator L. Frank Baum and four silent-film variations on the “Oz” stories, including a 1925 version featuring Oliver Hardy. Also included in the three-disc version are reproductions of the 1939 premiere program and other vintage literature on the film. Three-disc set, $39.92; two-disc set, $26.99. (Warner Bros.)

“WWII 60th Anniversary Collection”Eight films set in World War II get new treatment from the Sony and MGM vaults. A pair of four-disc “WWII: 60th Anniversary Collection” sets contain three films each, one set with “Das Boot,” “The Caine Mutiny” and “Anzio,” the other with “The Guns of Navarone, “From Here to Eternity” and “The Bridge on the River Kwai.” Each set has a bonus disc with a World War II documentary. Available in two-disc sets are new DVD editions of “A Bridge Too Far” and “Battle of Britain,” both featuring commentary, behind-the-scenes features and historical segments. “Battle of Britain” and “A Bridge Too Far” sets, $24.96 each; “WWII” boxed sets, $35.95 each. (Sony)

TV on DVD:

“Alias: The Complete Fourth Season” — Jennifer Garner and pals cloak-and-dagger their way through another year of deception and betrayal, with the gang reuniting as a new CIA black-ops unit. The six-disc set has 22 episodes, plus deleted scenes and a conversation with Garner. DVD set, $59.99. (Disney)

“The L Word: Season Two” — Jennifer Beals, Laurel Holloman, Erin Daniels, Mia Kirshner and Pam Grier star in this series centered on a group of lesbian friends and lovers. Year two’s 13 episodes come in a four-disc set, with deleted footage and commentary by cast members. DVD set, $69.99. (Showtime)

“Upstairs Downstairs: The Complete Series” — One of the ultimate boxed sets for Anglophiles, this 24-disc package includes all 68 episodes of the series about British aristocrats and their faithful servants, along with the 13-episode spinoff series “Thomas & Sarah,” following the further adventures of two former “Downstairs” characters. DVD set, $249.95. (A&E)

“Hart to Hart: The Complete First Season” — Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers are a rich couple dabbling in crime-solving in the series that debuted in 1979. The six-disc set has the first 23 episodes, with commentary on the pilot and interviews from Wagner, Powers and the show’s creators. DVD set, $49.95. (Sony)

“3rd Rock From the Sun: Season 2” — John Lithgow leads the gang of alien weirdoes masquerading as a family of earthlings. A four-disc set contains 26 episodes, with two presented in 3-D, viewable with an enclosed set of 3-D glasses. DVD set, $39.98. (Anchor Bay)

“In Living Color: Season Four” — The sketch comedy show returns with more manic humor from Jim Carrey, the Wayans brothers, Jamie Foxx and David Alan Grier. The three-disc set packs a whopping 33 episodes. DVD set, $39.98. (20th Century Fox)

Other new releases:
“House of Wax”
— Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray and Paris Hilton lead a band of college saps returning from a football game who stumble onto a creepy town’s corpse museum in this lame horror remake. The DVD has an alternate opening and a handful of making-of featurettes. DVD, $28.98. (Warner Bros.) Original theatrical review

“Melinda and Melinda” — Woody Allen’s comedy-drama hybrid stars Radha Mitchell in dual roles as the title character, a troubled woman whose story is told in a dark version and a humorous variation. The cast includes Will Ferrell, Chloe Sevigny and Amanda Peet. As usual with Allen, who prefers to let his movies speak for themselves, the DVD has no extras. DVD, $27.98. (20th Century Fox) Original theatrical review

“Last Days” — Gus Van Sant spins a dreamlike reverie inspired by the death of Kurt Cobain, exploring the odd preoccupations of a rock icon (Michael Pitt) spinning toward an early demise amid the pressures of stardom. The DVD has a deleted scene and two behind-the-scenes segments. DVD, $27.95. (HBO) Original theatrical review

“Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist” — Shelved after the producers decided it wasn’t scary enough, Paul Schrader’s prequel to the 1970s horror classic is nothing special but still far better than the Renny Harlin version released in theaters last year. Stellan Skarsgard, who also starred in Harlin’s movie, plays the priest of the original “Exorcist” in his first encounter with Satan. DVD, $24.98. (Warner Bros.)