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‘Lord of War’ set to reign on DVD

Also new: ‘Two for the Money,’ ‘Junebug,’ ‘Smartest Guys in the Room’
/ Source: The Associated Press

“Lord of War”Nicolas Cage nicely plays the heavy as hero, or anti-hero, or bad guy with a heart of gold-plating in writer-director Andrew Niccol’s taut thriller set in the underworld of international arms peddling. Cage plays a weapons dealer who rises to the top of the heap, struggling to take care of his own, keep ahead of the competition and outfox a tenacious Interpol agent (Ethan Hawke). The film is available in a movie-only single-disc edition or a two-disc version that includes deleted scenes, commentary by Niccol and a handful of featurettes examining the movie’s production and the world of arms trading. Single DVD, $28.98; two-disc set, $30.98. (Lionsgate) Read the review

“Two for the Money”

Universal Pictures

Al Pacino dives into his persona of manic intensity to the point of caricature with an over-the-top performance as a mogul in the high-stakes business of sports betting. Matthew McConaughey stars as a former college quarterback with an uncanny knack for picking winners, who becomes the fair-haired protege of gambling consultant Pacino — until the newcomer’s luck starts running out. The DVD comes with deleted scenes accompanied by commentary from director D.J. Caruso and screenwriter Dan Gilroy, who also provide commentary for the full movie. The disc also has a making-of featurette and a segment in which Gilroy interviews the former caddie who inspired McConaughey’s character. DVD, $29.98. (Universal) Read the review

“The Man”

In this photo provided by New Line Productions, a case of mistaken identity forces Federal agent Derrick Vann (Samuel L. Jackson,right) and dental supply salesman Andy Fidler ( Eugene Levy) to team up as they speed through the streets of Detroit to pull off a sting operation in "The Man." (AP Photo/New Line Productions/Ava Gerlitz)Ava Gerlitz / NEW LINE PRODUCTIONS

Samuel L. Jackson and Eugene Levy star in a mismatched-buddy action comedy not even the filmmakers’ best pals could like. The utterly uninspired tale of mistaken identity and tasteless gags features Jackson as a trash-talking federal agent who enlists a nice-guy dental-supplies salesman (Levy) in his sting to bring down a gang of weapons dealers that stole a cache of arms. Along with deleted scenes, the DVD offers a batch of featurettes examining one of the movie’s action scenes, the look of Jackson’s flashy wheels and the actor’s “guide to cursing.” DVD, $27.98. (New Line) Read the review


In this photo provided by Miramax Films, Captain Victor Delgado (Cheech Marin,left) helps Tracy Stokes ( Nick Cannon) go undercover in an elite private school in "Underclassman." (AP Photo/Miramax Films/Alan Markfield)Alan Markfield / Miramax Films

Another entry in the bad action-comedy genre is this dreary flick that plays like a cross between “Beverly Hills Cop” and “21 Jump Street,” minus the entertainment value. Nick Cannon stars as a detective who goes undercover as a student at a posh private school to hunt down a teen’s murderer and infiltrate a stolen-car ring. Director Marcos Siega and the movie’s two co-writers team for commentary, and the DVD has deleted footage, cast auditions and a behind-the-scenes featurette. DVD, $29.99. (Miramax) Read the review

“Junebug”This comic gem of clashing values features a breakout performance from fresh-faced actress Amy Adams. Embeth Davidtz stars as a classy British art dealer living in Chicago with her new husband (Alessandro Nivola), who travels to North Carolina to pursue a local folk artist and meet her hubby’s relations, including her impressionable, big-hearted sister-in-law (Adams). Davidtz and Adams collaborate for DVD commentary, and the DVD has deleted scenes and a making-of featurette. DVD, $26.96. (Sony)

“Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room”Director Alex Gibney provides an insider’s look into modern finance’s most-notorious corporate meltdown in a documentary that is both deeply informative and ferociously entertaining. The film relies on archival footage, corporate audio and videotapes and interviews with employees to spin a tale of greed and unbridled hubris by Enron executives that resulted in the collapse of the energy giant, leaving shareholders and workers out in the cold. The DVD features deleted scenes, commentary from Gibney and a segment with Fortune reporters Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, whose book was the basis for the documentary. Also included is a collection of political cartoons satirizing the Enron debacle, plus a “Where Are They Now?” segment on key players in the saga. DVD, $26.98. (Magnolia)

TV on DVD“Adventures of Superman: The Complete Second Season,” “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman — The Complete Second Season” — Warming up the audience for this summer’s “Superman Returns” on the big screen, these sets offer two of television’s takes on the superhero from Krypton. George Reeves stars as the Man of Steel in the 1950s show “Adventures of Superman,” whose second season comes in a five-disc set with 26 episodes, plus commentary on two by Noel Neill, who plays Lois Lane. Dean Cain is Supe and Teri Hatcher is Lois Lane in the 1990s incarnation “Lois & Clark,” whose 22 second-season episodes are packed in a six-disc set. “Superman” DVD set, $39.98; “Lois & Clark” DVD set, $59.98. (Warner Bros.)

“The Mary Tyler Moore Show: The Complete Third Season” — Moore’s Mary Richards returns with her TV news colleagues (Ed Asner, Ted Knight and Gavin MacLeod) and her neighbors (Valerie Harper and Cloris Leachman) in the classic ’70s sit-com. A three-disc set contains year three’s 24 episodes. DVD set, $29.98. (20th Century Fox)

“Mr. Show: The Complete Collection” — The four-season, 30-episode run of Bob Odenkirk and David Cross’ sketch-comedy series is packaged in a six-disc set, with commentary, bloopers and a handful of featurettes. DVD set, $79.98. (HBO)

Other new releases“Sueno” — John Leguizamo stars as a bright-eyed singer who travels from his Mexican border town to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of a career in music, finding romance with an aspiring doctor (Ana Claudia Talancon) and a musical partner in a single mom (Elizabeth Pena) who joins his band as singer. DVD, $24.96. (Sony)

“Asylum” — Natasha Richardson, Marton Csokas and Ian McKellen star in this stark drama about the bored wife of a psychiatric hospital’s deputy superintendent, who takes up with a patient, an artist who killed and mutilated his wife. DVD, $29.99. (Paramount)