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Visit ‘Sin City’ on DVD

Also new, Astaire and Rogers collection and season six of ‘The Simpsons’
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“Sin City”One of the year’s most visually dazzling films arrives in a surprisingly skimpy DVD, considering co-director Robert Rodriguez’s boyishly enthusiastic manner of chatting up the process of moviemaking — which in this case involved transplanting the starkly stylized world of Frank Miller’s graphic novels to the screen. The only DVD extra is an eight-minute featurette with cast and crew interviews about adapting Miller’s noirish tales into this anthology of loosely linked stories about tough guys on missions (Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen) that center on some shady ladies (Jessica Biel, Jaime King, Brittany Murphy, Rosario Dawson). Co-director Miller notes that he was a hard sell on a movie adaptation, saying there was “no need to let anybody have my baby, and I held to that ... until this Rodriguez guy started bugging my attorney and then my editor and hunting me down like a dog. Essentially, I were seduced.” DVD, $29.99. (Dimension) Original theatrical review

“The Wedding Date”

Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney in Universal's The Wedding Date - 2005

What gives with Hollywood, casting a knockout like Debra Messing as a woman who has to shell out cash to find a date (runner-up in this year’s Miss Lonelyhearts derby was Heather Locklear in “The Perfect Man,” starring Hilary Duff as her daughter, who concocts a fictional beau to keep her gorgeous mom’s pangs of the heart in check). “The Wedding Date” stars Messing as a woman who hires a handsome, charming male escort (Dermot Mulroney) to show up her ex-fiance, who’s the best man at her sister’s wedding. Romantic predictability ensues. The DVD has deleted scenes and a chat with Messing, who also provides commentary. DVD, $29.98. (Universal) Original theatrical review

“My Left Foot,” “The Glass Shield”Two dramas get DVD updates, led by a new release of 1989’s “My Left Foot,” which earned a best-actor Academy Award for Daniel Day-Lewis as Irish writer and artist Christy Brown in his struggle with cerebral palsy, and a supporting-actress Oscar for Brenda Fricker as his mother. The DVD has a behind-the-scenes featurette and a segment on the real Brown. The 1995 police tale “The Glass Shield” features Ice Cube, Michael Boatman and Lori Petty in the story of two cops dealing with corruption in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department. The DVD has commentary and an interview with writer-director Charles Burnett. DVDs, $19.99 each. (Miramax)

“Astaire & Rogers Collection: Volume 1”A nice boxed set collects five of the 10 films that paired dancing fools Fred and Ginger hoofing their way through madcap romantic misadventures. Debuting on DVD are 1935’s “Top Hat,” with Astaire and Rogers’ sumptuous “Cheek to Cheek” dance number a highlight among the Irving Berlin tunes; two flicks from 1936, “Swing Time,” which introduced the Oscar-winning song “The Way You Look Tonight,” and the Navy romp “Follow the Fleet,” also featuring Berlin songs; 1937’s “Shall We Dance,” with music by George and Ira Gershwin; and 1949’s “The Barkleys of Broadway,” the pair’s last film together. DVD extras include background featurettes, vintage cartoons and short films and commentary on some films, including Astaire’s daughter, Ava, on “Top Hat.” DVD set, $59.92; single DVDs, $19.97 each. (Warner Bros.)

TV on DVD:

“The Office: Season One” — As Steve Carell makes his big-screen leading man debut in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” the first six episodes of his sitcom hit DVD. Carell stars as a hapless boss in this satiric look at workplace culture that was adapted from the hit British show. The DVD has deleted scenes and commentary with Carell and collaborators. DVD, $29.98. (Universal)

“Will & Grace: Season Four” — Gay guy Will (Eric McCormack) and straight gal Grace (Debra Messing) carry on as best buddies with help from their goofy friends and associates (Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally). The four-disc set has 25 episodes, including the season-ending twist in which Will and Grace consider having a baby. DVD set, $44.98. (Lions Gate)

“I Love Lucy: The Complete Fifth Season” — The Ricardos (Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz) and Mertzes (Vivian Vance and William Frawley) continue their world-traveling shenanigans as Lucy encounters John Wayne in Hollywood and has her infamous rumble with a local in an Italian grape-stomping vat. The four-disc set has 26 episodes, plus deleted scenes and five episodes of Ball’s radio show “My Favorite Husband.” DVD set, $54.99. (Paramount)

“The Simpsons: The Complete Sixth Season” — Year six highlights include the animated dysfunctional family’s visit to “Itchy & Scratchy Land,” the return of Sideshow Bob (voiced by Kelsey Grammer) and the season-ending “Who Shot Mr. Burns?” cliffhanger. The four-disc set has 25 episodes, with commentary on each from cast and crew. DVD set, $49.99. (20th Century Fox)

“The Andy Griffith Show: The Complete Third Season” — Sheriff Andy Taylor (Griffith), deputy Barney (Don Knotts), adorable kid Opie (Ron Howard) and feisty Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier) are joined by Jim Nabors in his debut as Gomer Pyle. Year three’s 32 episodes are packed on five discs. DVD set, $39.99. (Paramount)

“Undeclared: The Complete Series” — Judd Apatow, who makes his big-screen directing debut with “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” suffered TV heartbreak a second time with the cancellation of his terrific campus comic drama after less than a full season (it followed Apatow’s equally short-lived high school series “Freaks and Geeks”). The four-disc set has all 17 episodes, commentaries, deleted scenes and a concert by co-star Loudon Wainwright III. DVD set, $49.98. (Shout)

“The Dick Cavett Show: Rock Icons” — Cavett’s late-night talk show that aired from 1969 to ’75 featured candid appearances with many top rockers. Among those featured in this three-disc set: the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, George Harrison, Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon. Cavett provides a new interview and episode introductions. DVD set, $39.98. (Shout)

“Little Britain: The Complete First Series” — The hilarious British sketch-comedy series focuses on a parade of deranged kooks who offer a maniacal portrait of contemporary life. The two-disc set has eight episodes, plus commentary and an interview by creators Matt Lucas and David Walliams and deleted scenes. DVD set, $29.98. (BBC)