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New DVDs: ‘Wild Hogs,’ ‘Fracture’

Also being released this week: ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force’ movie, ‘Vacancy’
/ Source: The Associated Press

“Wild Hogs”
Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy head out on the highway for a comedy hit following the adventures of four buddies aiming to ease their mid-life crises with a cross-country motorcycle trip. The four play suburbanites whose taste of the easy rider life sours when they find themselves in a blood feud with a real hardcore biker gang led by Ray Liotta. The DVD and Blu-ray releases include an alternate ending and deleted scenes, plus commentary with director Walt Becker and screenwriter Brad Copeland. There’s also a making-of featurette and a handy advice segment titled “How to Get Your Wife to Let You Buy a Motorcycle.” DVD, $29.99; Blu-ray, $34.99. (Disney) Read the review

“Fracture”Anthony Hopkins tries to get away with murder — or rather, attempted murder — in this courtroom thriller. Hopkins stars as a husband on trial for what looks like an easy conviction in the shooting of his wife, but the defendant proves an unexpectedly cagy adversary for the young prosecutor (Ryan Gosling) handling the case. The DVD comes with two alternate endings and deleted scenes. DVD, $28.98. (New Line) Read the review

“Vacancy”Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale check in, but they might not check out in this fright flick set at a desolate motel. The two play a couple stuck for the night after their car breaks down, passing the time watching cheap slasher videos in their room — only to realize the flicks actually are snuff films shot in the same room where they’re spending the night. The DVD features deleted scenes, extended versions of the snuff films shown in the movie and a making-of featurette. DVD, $28.95; Blu-ray, $38.96. (Sony) Read the review

“Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters for DVD”
The strange world of three articles of fast-food — a shake, a bunch of fries and a wad of meat — gets movie treatment in an adaptation of the cult cartoon TV show. What plot there is centers on the trio’s participation in a galactic battle over a piece of immortal exercise equipment. The two-disc set packs the theatrical release plus a feature-length alternate movie, plus deleted scenes, commentary with the filmmakers and voice cast, alternate endings and a behind-the-scenes segment. DVD set, $29.98. (Warner Bros.) Read the review

“David Lynch’s Inland Empire”
Filmmaker Lynch weaves another twisting, twisted dreamscape with this three-hour marathon of circuitous, surreal scenes that center on an actress (Lynch regular Laura Dern) whose movie comeback turns sinister as the adulterous off-camera affair she carries on with her co-star (Justin Theroux) seems to bleed and blur into the film itself. Lynch, who began the movie as a series of disconnected scenes that gradually coalesced into the finished film, includes 75 minutes of additional scenes on the two-disc set. DVD set, $29.95. (Rhino)

“Taxi Driver”
Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro’s modern classic from 1976 returns in an elaborate two-disc set packed with extras. De Niro stars as Travis Bickle, a Vietnam vet turned cabbie and all-around nutcase who embarks on an explosive bloodbath to save a child prostitute (Jodie Foster) from her sleazy pimp (Harvey Keitel). DVD extras include comments from Scorsese on the film, tribute remarks to the director by De Niro and other filmmakers, and segments comparing Bickle’s New York with the city today. Screenwriter Paul Schrader also provides commentary. DVD set, $24.96. (Sony)

“Shakespeare Collection”Four Shakespeare adaptations from the 1930s, ’60s and ’90s make their DVD debuts, led by a two-disc set of Kenneth Branagh’s 1996 full-text rendition of “Hamlet,” updated to the 19th century and featuring such co-stars as Jack Lemmon, Julie Christie, Robin Williams and Charlton Heston. Also available are single-disc DVDs of 1935’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” with James Cagney, Olivia de Havilland and Mickey Rooney; 1965’s “Othello,” with Laurence Olivier and Maggie Smith; and 1936’s “Romeo and Juliet,” starring Norma Shearer and Leslie Howard. The titles come separately or in a five-disc set. DVD boxed set, $59.92; two-disc “Hamlet” set, $26.99; single DVDs, $19.97. (Warner Bros.)

“Labyrinth,” “The Dark Crystal”
Two 1980s fantasies from Muppets creator Jim Henson are back in lavish two-disc sets. “Labyrinth” stars David Bowie as a mythical Goblin King who has abducted a boy, forcing his stepsister (Jennifer Connelly) to brave the fantasy land on a rescue mission. “The Dark Crystal” features a Muppet-like hero on a quest to overthrow a race of evil tyrants. Each movie comes with commentary and interviews with Henson collaborators, along with deleted footage and behind-the-scenes segments. DVD sets, $24.96. (Sony)

TV on DVD“The Fugitive: Season One, Volume One” — David Janssen stars in the vintage action series that debuted in 1963, playing a doctor on the run to clear his name after he’s wrongly accused of killing his wife. The first 15 episodes come in a four-disc set. DVD set, $42.99. (Paramount)

“Dynasty: The Second Season” — Scheming among the wealthy Carrington clan hits a new high as Joan Collins joins the cast as the devious ex-wife of the family patriarch (John Forsythe). A six-disc set packs year two’s 22 episodes. DVD set, $42.99. (Paramount)