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‘Ring Two’ creeps on to DVD

Also new, extended version of ‘Gladiator’ and ‘Beauty Shop’
/ Source: The Associated Press

“The Ring Two,” “Ringu: Anthology of Terror”Killer videos, Japanese and American style. Naomi Watts returns in “The Ring Two,” playing a reporter terrorized again by the vengeful videotape spirit that came after her and her son in the 2002 original. Also debuting is a four-disc set packing “Ringu,” the Japanese terror tale that inspired the U.S. franchise, and its prequel and two sequels. “The Ring Two” comes in the PG-13-rated theatrical version or an unrated edition that adds 10 minutes of footage. DVD extras include the short film “Rings,” which follows the path of the killer videotape to bridge the gap from the first movie to the sequel, deleted scenes and a broad range of featurettes examining cast, visual effects and makeup. “The Ring Two” DVD, $29.99; “Ringu” DVD set, $59.99. (DreamWorks) Original theatrical review

“Beauty Shop”Queen Latifah’s hit-and-miss comedy is a blatant bit of franchise exploitation, the studio sticking her into Ice Cube’s “Barbershop” sequel as a springboard to her own extended-family spinoff. Latifah’s hairstylist has moved from Chicago to Atlanta, where she strikes out on her own by opening a shop with an offbeat gang of clippers and customers. The ensemble cast includes Andie MacDowell, Alfre Woodard, Alicia Silverstone, Kevin Bacon and Djimon Hounsou. Director Bille Woodruff provides commentary, and the DVD has a gag reel and a making-of featurette. DVD, $28.95. (MGM) Original theatrical review

“A Lot Like Love”

Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet star in this “When Harry Met Sally ...” wannabe romance, playing two people who meet on a cross-country flight but part convinced they’re all wrong for each other, only to find themselves constantly thrown back together during their separate quests for love over the next seven years. The DVD includes deleted scenes, a blooper reel, a music video by Aqualung and commentary by director Nigel Cole and the movie’s producers. DVD, $29.99. (Disney) Original theatrical review

“Gladiator: Extended Edition”Ridley Scott struck out with his latest epic voyage to the ancient world, “Kingdom of Heaven,” but the director is back with a muscled-up version of his Academy Award best-picture winner from 2000. The three-disc set packs the original theatrical film plus an extended version, which Scott notes in an introduction is not a director’s cut (what you saw in theaters was the director’s cut) but a new take to offer fans a little something extra. Extended by 17 minutes, the new version clocks in at almost three hours and is accompanied by commentary with Scott and his star, Russell Crowe, who won the best-actor Oscar as a Roman general indentured to gladiatorial combat and vowing revenge on the emperor who killed his family. The set also has a behind-the-scenes documentary detailing weaponry, costumes and visual effects used to recreate the Roman world. DVD set, $39.99. (DreamWorks)

TV on DVD:

“The O.C.: The Complete Second Season” — The grand soap opera of life continues among the beautiful, the rich and the not-so-rich of California’s Orange County. The seven-disc set has 24 episodes, with an extended version of one and commentary by cast and crew on two. There’s also a featurette on the show’s fashion sense. DVD set, $69.98. (Warner Bros.)

“Six Feet Under: The Complete Fourth Season” — TV’s favorite dysfunctional family of undertakers returns with year four’s 12 episodes, featuring such guest stars as Ellen DeGeneres, Kathy Bates, Patricia Clarkson and Mena Suvari. The five-disc set has commentary with series creator Alan Ball and others on seven episodes along with a cast interview led by Bob Costas. DVD set, $99.98. (HBO)

“Adam-12,” “Emergency!” — Cops and rescuers are back on the job with the first seasons of two 1960s and ’70s action shows. “Adam-12,” starring Martin Milner and Kent McCord as L.A. beat cops, comes in a two-disc set with the first 26 episodes. “Emergency!”, with Kevin Tighe and Randolph Mantooth as paramedics on the go, debuts in a two-disc set with the first 11 episodes. DVD sets, $39.98 each. (Universal)

“Kung Fu: The Complete Third Season” — David Carradine completes his three-year run as a mild-mannered martial-arts hero in the Old West. The four-disc set contains the last 24 episodes, with an introduction and commentary on two episodes by Carradine. The set also chronicles a visit by Carradine to a monastery in China. DVD set, $39.98. (Warner Bros.)

“Once and Again: The Complete Second Season” — Sela Ward and Billy Campbell resume their second-marriage tribulations as the question is popped in year two and the couple prepares for a wedding that will turn their separate families into one. Series creators Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz offer commentary. DVD set, $59.99. (Disney)

“That’s My Mama,” Good Times,” “What’s Happening” — Two separate sets contain the entire two-year run of the 1970s sitcom “That’s My Mama,” starring Clifton Davis as a barber who lives with his loving but meddlesome mother. Season one’s 26 episodes come in a three-disc set, while a two-disc set has year two’s 13 episodes. Also debuting in three-disc sets are season five of “Good Times,” with 11-year-old Janet Jackson joining the cast, and season three of “What’s Happening.” DVD sets, $29.95 each. (Sony)

“Alf: Season Two” — The furry alien of the 1980s sitcom maintains his crass ways as an unlikely houseguest for a Los Angeles family. The four-disc set includes 26 episodes, along with two animated “Alf” adventures. DVD set, $39.98. (Lions Gate)

Other new releases:

“Layer Cake” — This twisting British crime romp stars Daniel Craig as a midlevel cog in London’s drug trade whose plans for quiet retirement are derailed when he’s tapped to broker a deal that could be the death of him. The DVD has deleted scenes, two alternate endings and commentary by director Matthew Vaughn. DVD, $26.96. (Sony) Original theatrical review

“The Transporter” — The 2002 action thriller starring Jason Statham gets a DVD makeover to herald the sequel due in theaters in September. Statham plays a courier of illicit goods who finds himself protector of a woman abducted by slave traders. The new DVD has commentary with Statham and extended action sequences. DVD, $19.98. (20th Century Fox)

“The Truman Show,” “Witness” — Two favorites featuring Jim Carrey and Harrison Ford get fresh DVD treatment. “The Truman Show” stars Carrey as a man unaware he’s the star of the ultimate reality TV series, and “Witness” casts Ford as a big-city detective hiding out among the Amish from bad cops. Both new DVD editions feature deleted footage and making-of segments. DVDs, $19.99 each. (Paramount)