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New DVDs: ‘Cars,’ ‘Little Man’

Also new: ‘Beverly Hills 90210,’ ‘Melrose Place,’ ‘The West Wing’ and more
/ Source: The Associated Press

“Cars”Man’s real best friend — his automobile — stars in the year’s biggest animated hit, the story of one brash car that gets a tuneup on life. Owen Wilson provides the voice of a hotshot rookie race car stranded in a town that the highways forgot. He finds romance and learns that speed isn’t everything as he’s schooled by a crusty elder vehicle (Paul Newman) on the value of stopping to smell the fumes now and then. The DVD release for the latest comedy from the Disney-Pixar partnership is a compact car compared to the souped-up two-disc sets of their earlier hits, including “Finding Nemo” and “The Incredibles.” The single-disc release includes the wonderful animated short “One Man Band” that preceded the movie in theaters, plus a new short cartoon featuring the rusty old tow truck of “Cars.” The disc also has deleted scenes and fond recollections from director John Lasseter, who discusses his lifelong passion for cars and a family road trip that helped inspire the film. The DVD is available in widescreen or full-screen versions. DVD, $29.99. (Disney) Read the review

“Little Man”

Columbia

Wayans brothers’ comedies are an acquired taste — or maybe, acquired tastelessness. The guys are back with loads of gross-out sight gags in this comedy written by co-stars Marlon and Shawn Wayans and their brother, Keenen Ivory Wayans, who also directed. Marlon Wayans plays a half-size jewel thief posing as an abandoned baby to retrieve a misplaced stolen gem from the wife of a man (Shawn Wayans) who’s aching to become a dad. The DVD features deleted and extended scenes, along with featurettes spoofing the acting game and examining the visual effects that went into shrinking Marlon Wayans down to size. The three brothers team up for audio commentary. DVD, $28.95; Blu-Ray high-definition disc, $38.95. (Sony) Read the review

“Wordplay”

In this photo provided by ThinkFilm, Will Shortz, NY Times Crossword Editor, in IFC Films' Wordplay,' an in-depth look at The New York Times' long-time crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz and his loyal fan base (AP Photo/ThinkFilm) Thinkfilm

Who would have thought the crossword puzzle could make for such an exciting spectator sport? Director Patrick Creadon presents a lively, riveting documentary about the lure of the crossword, featuring a suspenseful tournament among master puzzlers, a portrait of New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz, and interviews with such crossword enthusiasts as Bill Clinton, Jon Stewart and the Indigo Girls. Shortz, Creadon and crossword designer Merl Reagle team for commentary, and the DVD has deleted scenes, a segment on the documentary’s trip to the Sundance Film Festival and five New York Times puzzles. DVD, $24.95. (IFC Films) Read the review

“James Bond Ultimate Edition”With Daniel Craig about to debut as the new agent 007 in “Casino Royale,” 10 earlier James Bond flicks return to DVD in two terrific boxed sets packed with new extras. Each set has two-disc editions of five movies. “Volume 1” has the Sean Connery tales “Goldfinger” and “Diamonds Are Forever,” the Roger Moore installment “The Man With the Golden Gun,” the Timothy Dalton film “The Living Daylights” and the Pierce Brosnan adventure “The World Is Not Enough.” “Volume 2” offers Connery in “Thunderball,” Moore in “The Spy Who Loved Me” and “A View to a Kill,” Dalton in “License to Kill” and Brosnan in “Die Another Day.” Extras include new commentary by Moore, deleted scenes, archival behind-the-scenes segments and an interview with one of fans’ favorite Bond girls, Honor Blackman, who played Pussy Galore in “Goldfinger.” Two more sets with the remaining 10 Bond movies are due out Dec. 12. DVD sets, $89.98 each. (MGM)

“The Marlon Brando Collection,” “The Gary Cooper Signature Collection”Two Hollywood legends get boxed-set treatment in a pair of six-disc collections. The Brando set is anchored by a two-disc edition of 1962’s “Mutiny on the Bounty,” in which he plays an 18th century ship’s mate squaring off against a ruthless captain (Trevor Howard). The set also has single-disc releases of four other Brando films: “Julius Caesar,” “The Formula,” “Reflections in a Golden Eye” and “Teahouse of the August Moon.” A two-disc version of “Sergeant York,” the saga of a Tennessee farm boy who became a hero during World War I, leads the Cooper collection. Also included are single-disc editions of “The Fountainhead,” “Springfield Rifle,” “The Wreck of the Mary Deare” and “Dallas.” “Mutiny on the Bounty,” “Julius Caesar,” “Sergeant York” and “The Fountainhead” also are sold separately; the rest of the titles are available only in the boxed sets. Brando DVD set, $59.92; Cooper DVD set, $49.92; “Mutiny on the Bounty” and “Sergeant York” two-disc sets, $26.99 each; “Julius Caesar” and “The Fountainhead” DVDs, $19.97 each. (Warner Bros.)

TV on DVD:

“The West Wing: The Complete Series” — Along with a six-disc set packing season seven’s final 22 episodes of the White House drama, a beautifully packaged 45-disc set arrives with the entire 154-episode run. The “Complete Series” set comes with commentary on about two-dozen episodes, a huge range of featurettes and a copy of the pilot script with a foreword by series creator Aaron Sorkin. “Complete Series” DVD set, $299.98; Season seven DVD set, $59.98. (Warner Bros.)

“M*A*S*H: The Martinis & Medicine Collection” — The 11th and final season of the venerable war sitcom comes in a three-disc set with all 16 episodes, including the epic series finale. The gorgeous 36-disc “Martinis & Medicine” set has all 11 seasons, plus the 1970 Robert Altman film that inspired the show, along with an A&E “Biography” segment about the series and cast interviews. “Martinis & Medicine” DVD set, $199.98; Season 11 DVD set, $39.98. (20th Century Fox)

“Beverly Hills 90210,” “Melrose Place” — L.A.’s hip, beautiful and fashionably clothed ride again in DVD sets packing the first seasons of “Beverly Hills 90210” and its spinoff, “Melrose Place,” whose casts included Shannen Doherty, Jason Priestley, Tori Spelling, Luke Perry and Heather Locklear. The six-disc “Beverly Hills 90210” set has the first 22 episodes. The eight-disc “Melrose Place” package has the first 32 episodes. DVD sets, $61.99 each. (Paramount)

“The Sopranos: Season Six, Part 1” — Jersey mobster Tony Soprano has more troubles with his kids, new threats from his crime counterparts in New York City and a nasty encounter with his faltering uncle in the first half of year six. A four-disc set has 12 episodes, with cast and crew commentary on four. DVD set, $99.98. (HBO)

“Police Squad: The Complete Series” — The makers of “Airplane!” created this often hilarious but short-lived spoof of TV cop dramas starring Leslie Nielsen, the 1982 series eventually finding new life as it was adapted for the big screen in “The Naked Gun” movies. The DVD has all six episodes, with commentary on two by creators Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker. DVD, $19.99. (Paramount)

“The Best of Carson: Volume 1” — A three-disc set gathers prime moments from Johnny Carson’s 30 years on “The Tonight Show,” including appearances by Bob Hope, Dean Martin, Don Rickles, Ellen DeGeneres and Rodney Dangerfield. Also available is the single-disc “Carson Country,” with guest spots from Johnny Cash, John Wayne and other stars of country music and Hollywood Westerns. “Best of” DVD set, $39.99; “Carson Country” DVD, $14.99. (R2 Entertainment)

“JAG: The Complete Second Season” — The military legal drama returns in a four-disc set packing season two’s 15 episodes, with cast and crew commentary and two featurettes. DVD set, $64.99. (Paramount)