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‘Poseidon’ sails on to DVD

Also new: ‘Silent Hill,’ seasons two of ‘Veronica Mars’ and ‘House’
/ Source: The Associated Press

“Poseidon”The new year gets off to a bad start for a boat load of passengers on a doomed luxury liner, but at least the pain’s over quicker for them than for the castaways stuck watching this bilge-filled remake of 1972’s “The Poseidon Adventure.” Director Wolfgang Petersen emphasizes repetitive action and special effects over character, making it hard to care much for the little knot of survivors struggling upward deck by deck after a 150-foot wave overturns their vessel. Kurt Russell, Richard Dreyfuss and Josh Lucas lead the cast. The movie comes as a bare-bones single DVD or in a two-disc set with featurettes on the upside-down set design and the rigors of shooting an ocean flick in a studio soundstage, plus a History Channel documentary on giant rogue waves. DVD set, $34.99; single DVD, $28.98. (Warner Bros.) Read the review

And what’s a bad remake without a bad sequel? Also debuting on DVD is “Beyond the Poseidon Adventure,” a laughable 1979 follow-up starring Michael Caine, Sally Field and Telly Savalas in the story of salvagers trying to loot treasures from the overturned ship before it sinks. DVD, $14.97. (Warner Bros.)

“Silent Hill”

Another dumb horror movie that debuted as the No. 1 weekend flick at theaters lands on DVD. Clocking in at an excessive two-hour running time, director Christophe Gans’ tale set in a bizarre ghost town offers some fairly creepy images but devolves into a shrill blood fest. Radha Mitchell and Sean Bean star as the adoptive parents of a weird little girl who goes missing in the title town, mom tracking her daughter through an eerie burgh of fog and doomed souls while dad is in a parallel-universe version that’s sunny and calm. The DVD comes with behind-the-scenes segments examining set design, casting, stunts and creature effects. DVD, $28.95. (Sony) Read the review

“From the Big Apple to the Big Easy: The Concert for New Orleans”Marking the upcoming one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the devastation of New Orleans, a two-disc set chronicles the eclectic benefit concert held at Madison Square Garden three weeks after the disaster. The lineup of both musicians and those introducing the acts is remarkable, and the choice of songs is a testament to the performers’ love of New Orleans, their grief over the tragedy and their conviction that the city can endure and recover. Among the selections: Simon and Garfunkel singing “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Homeward Bound”; Bette Midler doing “I Think It’s Going to Rain Today”; and John Fogerty, introduced by former President Clinton,” rocking through “Born on the Bayou.” DVD set, $24.99. (Rhino)

“Double Indemnity”One of Hollywood’s greatest film-noir thrillers gets a nice makeover from a previous DVD release that featured only the movie. Directed by Billy Wilder, who co-wrote the screenplay with Raymond Chandler, the film stars Fred MacMurray as an insurance man lured by his siren of a lover (Barbara Stanwyck) into a plot to do away with her husband, with Edward G. Robinson as a snoopy claims investigator on their track. The two-disc set has an introduction by film historian Robert Osborne, two commentary tracks featuring critic Richard Schickel and other film experts and a making-of documentary. The set also includes a 1973 TV remake of “Double Indemnity” starring Richard Crenna. DVD set, $26.98. (Universal)

“Kicking and Screaming,” “Seduced and Abandoned”Two social comedies three decades and a continent apart come to DVD. Writer-director Noah Baumbach, who made last year’s excellent family-divorce saga “The Squid and the Whale,” made his film debut with 1995’s “Kicking and Screaming,” an insightful tale of college chums who maintain their old school ways after graduation, not knowing what to do with their lives. The DVD has deleted scenes and interviews with Baumbach and members of the cast, which includes Eric Stoltz, Josh Hamilton, Chris Eigenman and Parker Posey. Pietro Germi’s 1964 farce “Seduced and Abandoned” satirizes Italian society with the story of a teenager wooed and won by her sister’s lecherous fiance. Among DVD extras are interviews with cast members and the screenwriters. DVDs, $29.95 each. (Criterion)

TV on DVD:

“The Bill Cosby Show: Season One” — Before he became America’s favorite TV dad in the 1980s, Bill Cosby played an inspiring high school teacher in this sitcom that debuted in 1969. The first 26 episodes come in a four-disc set, along with a new interview from Cosby. DVD set, $39.98. (Shout)

“House: Season Two” — Hugh Laurie returns as the doctor with the unsociable bedside manner, who leads a team of medical detectives taking on cases and seeking to cure ailments that leave other physicians baffled. A six-disc set has year two’s 24 episodes, with DVD extras that include a panel chat with cast and producers. DVD set, 59.98. (Universal)

“Veronica Mars: The Complete Second Season” — The teen detective (Kristen Bell) and her dad take on more strange mysteries in a California coastal town. Season two’s 22 episodes are packed in a six-disc set, which includes deleted scenes and two featurettes. DVD set, $59.98. (Warner Bros.)

“Invasion: The Complete Series” — A brutal hurricane is only the beginning of the abnormal goings-on for a small Florida town, whose residents must cope with strange creatures and creepy incidents in the storm’s aftermath. All 22 episodes come in a six-disc set. DVD set, 59.98. (Warner Bros.)

“Threshold: The Complete Series” — After an alien craft lands in the Atlantic Ocean, the U.S. government mobilizes a crackerjack science and surveillance team to find out what the visitors want. A four-disc set has all 12 episodes, including four that never aired. DVD set, $56.99. (Paramount)

“Conviction: The Complete Series” — From “Law & Order” producer Dick Wolf, this series follows five young prosecutors as they try to put bad guys behind bars. All 13 episodes are included in a three-disc set. DVD set, $59.98. (Universal)

“Blue Thunder: The Complete Series” — A spinoff of the big-screen flick about an LAPD helicopter team, the series that debuted in 1984 featured James Farentino, Bubba Smith, Dick Butkus and Dana Carvey. All 11 episodes come in a three-disc set. DVD set, $39.95. (Sony)

“Elizabeth I” — The miniseries that earned 13 nominations for the upcoming Emmys stars Helen Mirren as the 16th and 17th century British monarch, with Jeremy Irons and Hugh Dancy co-starring as the main men in the spinster queen’s life. The two-disc set includes two featurettes. DVD set, $29.98. (HBO)

Other new releases:

“Just My Luck” — Lindsay Lohan proves unlucky in script choices with this dud about a woman who kisses a stranger at a costume party and magically swaps her boundless good fortune for his consistently rotten luck. The DVD includes deleted scenes. DVD, $29.98. (20th Century Fox) Read the review

“Phat Girlz” — Comedian Mo’Nique does a belly flop in this bomb about a woman aiming to find the man of her dreams and snare financiers willing to back her line of sexy designer clothes for hefty women. The DVD has deleted scenes and commentary with director Nnegest Likke. DVD, $27.98. (20th Century Fox)

“Sketches of Frank Gehry” — Sydney Pollack directs this documentary portrait of his pal, architect Gehry, whose work includes the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. The DVD features an interview with Pollack. DVD, $24.96. (Sony)