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New DVDs: ‘The Wild,’ ‘Lucky Number Slevin’

Also new: Seasons two of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘The Office’
/ Source: The Associated Press

“The Wild”Adorable New York City zoo animals make a break for it, have a night on the town and then head for — well, Madagascar already was taken, by last year’s better animated romp, “Madagascar.” Featuring the voices of Kiefer Sutherland as a lion, Janeane Garofalo as a giraffe, Jim Belushi as a squirrel, Eddie Izzard as a koala and William Shatner as a wildebeest, “The Wild” is blandly cute as it covers the same ground as its predecessor. DVD extras are highlighted by five deleted scenes with commentary from the filmmakers, a music video and a blooper reel featuring Izzard, whose vocals are the most engaging in the movie. DVD, $29.99. (Disney) Read the review

“Lucky Number Slevin”

Josh Hartnett is Slevin and Morgan Freeman is The Boss in Paul McGuigan's Lucky Number Slevin.
Josh Hartnett is Slevin and Morgan Freeman is The Boss in Paul McGuigan's Lucky Number Slevin.Attila Dory

A wily cast and an impressive bag of twists by the filmmakers make this an engaging crime romp, even if it does have a clunky title and belabors its conclusion to explain to audiences precisely how all the pieces fit together. Josh Hartnett stars as a man drawn by mistaken identity into a feud between two former partners who now are rival crime lords (Morgan Freeman and Ben Kingsley), with Lucy Liu as our hero’s new accomplice, Bruce Willis as an icy hit man and Stanley Tucci as a cop on everyone’s trail. The DVD has deleted scenes including a different ending, a making-of featurette and two commentaries featuring Hartnett, Liu, director Paul McGuigan and screenwriter Jason Smilovic. DVD, $29.95. (Genius) Read the review

“Beavis and Butt-head Do America”Ten years after they hit the big-screen with their own road-trip flick, the cartoon dopes are back with an anniversary edition that replaces a previous bare-bones DVD release. Faithful in tone and imbecility to the animated TV show, Beavis and Butt-head’s movie adventure centers on their cross-country quest to retrieve their beloved television set. Mike Judge, who created the show and directed the movie, teams with animation director Yvette Kaplan for commentary. Featurettes include a making-of segment and a conversation with Judge and composer John Frizzell discussing the music in the movie. A nice added touch: A montage of the movie’s characters getting slapped around. DVD, $19.99. (Paramount)

“The Laurel and Hardy Collection: Volume Two”Three lame later comedies from Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy make their DVD debuts in a three-disc boxed set. The 1940s movies are highlighted by “The Bullfighters,” with Laurel and Hardy as detectives tracking a thief to Mexico, where Stan finds himself impersonating a lookalike matador. Also included are “A-Haunting We Will Go,” the duo joining a magic show as they try to transport a corpse that won’t stay dead, and “The Dancing Masters,” the boys hoofing it up as dance instructors and Robert Mitchum co-starring as a hoodlum. Each movie is accompanied by commentary from Laurel and Hardy experts, and the discs feature movie shorts and vintage newsreels. DVD set, $34.98. (20th Century Fox)

TV on DVD:

“The Office: Season Two” — Steve Carell wins the prize for biggest boob on the planet as the hilariously insensitive boss in this wonderful workplace satire, which just won an Emmy for best comedy series. The four-disc set has 22 episodes, each augmented by lengthy deleted scenes, along with commentary and 10 Internet shorts featuring the office’s accounting staff. DVD set, $49.98. (Universal)

“Grey’s Anatomy: The Complete Second Season” — The hip medical saga following doctors and interns at a Seattle hospital features an ensemble led by Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, Patrick Dempsey, Katherine Heigl and Chandra Wilson. A six-disc set has year two’s 27 episodes, four of them incorporating new footage, plus deleted scenes and commentary. DVD set, $59.99. (Disney)

“Black. White.” — A reality show with a serious twist: Through meticulous makeovers, a black family masquerades as white and a white family masquerades as black for a six-week racial experiment. All six episodes come in a two-disc set, with commentary from the families and the show’s creators and a slide show on the makeup process. DVD set, $26.98. (20th Century Fox)

“Smallville: The Complete Fifth Season” — Clark Kent (Tom Welling) starts looking less like a hick farm boy and more like the Man of Steel as Superman’s early adventures continue. A six-disc set has all 22 episodes from year six, with deleted scenes and commentary on two episodes. DVD set, $59.98. (Warner Bros.)

“SpongeBob SquarePants: Season 4 — Volume 1” — The absorbent cartoon hero returns in a two-disc set with the first part of season four, featuring 18 animated episodes and a behind-the-scenes featurette. DVD set, $36.99. (Paramount)

“Diagnosis Murder: The Complete 1st Season” — Premiering in 1993, the detective series stars Dick Van Dyke as an offbeat doctor who solves crimes on the side. The first 19 episodes come in a five-disc set, which also has an episode of “Jake & the Fatman,” the crime series from which “Diagnosis Murder” was spun off. DVD set, $49.99. (Paramount)

“Las Vegas: Season Three” — James Caan leads the cast as a security guru keeping tabs on the winners and losers at a Vegas casino. A five-disc set has year three’s 23 episodes, featuring such guest stars as Dennis Rodman and Lara Flynn Boyle. DVD set, $59.98. (Universal)

“The Dick Cavett Show: Hollywood Greats” — A four-disc set packages 12 of the talk-show host’s episodes featuring such guests as Alfred Hitchcock, Katharine Hepburn, Marlon Brando, Fred Astaire, Bette Davis, Orson Welles, Frank Capra and Groucho Marx. Cavett provides new introductions to the episodes. DVD set, $39.98. (Shout)