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‘When a Stranger Calls’ dials up on DVD

Also new: ‘The Producer,’ and seasons one of ‘Big Valley’ and ‘That Girl’
/ Source: The Associated Press

“When a Stranger Calls”Next to bratty kids that lock you in the closet and sick babies that throw up on your new sweater, a baby sitter’s worst nightmare is the psycho killer stalking you by phone. Hollywood’s incessant parade of bad horror remakes continued with this update of the 1979 thriller, Camilla Belle starring this time as the teen terrorized by a nutcase who phones to ask, “Have you checked the children?” — the calls originating from inside the house. The DVD includes deleted footage and a making-of featurette. Director Simon West joins cast members for commentary, while screenwriter Jake Wade Wall provides separate commentary. DVD, $28.95. (Sony) Read the review

“The Producers”

This publicity photo released by Universal Studios shows actors Nathan Lane as Max Bialystock, left, and Matthew Broderick as Leo Bloom in a scene from the movie musical version of Mel Brooks' Broadway hit, \"The Producers.\" The film garnered four Golden Globe nominations Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005, which tied it with two other films for the second most nominations. Lane was nominated as best actor in a movie, musical or comedy.Andrew Schwartz / UNIVERSAL STUDIOS

Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick were the toast of Broadway when they originated their roles in the musical stage adaptation of Mel Brooks’ classic film comedy of outrageous show business fortune. They received a lukewarm critical reception in their reprise of the roles for the Hollywood remake. Lane plays a down-and-out Broadway producer who teams with Broderick’s nerdy accountant to produce a surefire flop — a musical comedy about Adolf Hitler — so they can walk away with unspent money put up by investors. Uma Thurman and Will Ferrell co-star. DVD deleted scenes include a musical number cut from the film, while director Susan Stroman offers commentary. The disc also has a featurette examining one of the central production numbers. DVD, $29.98. (Universal) Read the review

“The Ringer”

Fox Searchlight

It sounds so dreadful: Johnny Knoxville, a clown of the moronic and grotesque on TV’s “Jackass,” as a regular guy pretending to be mentally disabled so he can run circles around the competition in the Special Olympics. While far from a masterpiece, Knoxville’s comedy turns out better than expected, offering some laughs and inspiration mixed with its politically incorrect story. The Special Olympics gave its blessing, with the organization’s chairman offering an introduction to the movie on the DVD. The disc also has a featurette on the Special Olympics, 16 deleted scenes and commentary with Knoxville, producer Peter Farrelly, director Barry W. Blaustein and other collaborators. DVD, $29.98. (20th Century Fox) Read the review

“Napoleon Dynamite”

Billed as “Like, the best special edition ever!” This new two-disc set of the 2004 independent hit is loaded with extras for the “Vote for Pedro” crowd. Starring Jon Heder as the title character, the coolest, wildest-haired geek in Idaho, the film follows the bizarrely comic exploits of his wallflower romantic interest, his lunatic family and budding school politician Pedro. The set has two commentaries, one with Heder and director Jared Hess, the other with fellow cast members. Heder and Hess also team for commentary on deleted scenes, and the set has new documentary segments and clips from the actors’ auditions. DVD set, $26.98. (20th Century Fox) Read the review

“Enemy of the State,” “Con Air,” “Crimson Tide”Three action tales from blockbuster producer Jerry Bruckheimer get new DVD treatment. Will Smith and Gene Hackman star in the conspiracy thriller “Enemy of the State,” about an attorney targeted by government thugs after he’s handed incriminating evidence about a top official. “Con Air” features Nicolas Cage, John Cusack and John Malkovich in the tale of a transport plane hijacked by prison inmates. “Crimson Tide” casts Denzel Washington as an executive officer at odds with his submarine commander (Hackman) during a nuclear crisis. All three movies come in extended editions offering a few extra minutes of footage. DVDs, $19.99 each. (Disney)

TV on DVD:

“Supernanny: Season 1” — Real-life Mary Poppins Jo Frost offers insights and advice on raising kids right and bringing rotten behavior under control. A three-disc set includes 10 episodes, plus a collection of outtakes and a “Top 10 Supernanny Techniques” segment on curbing problem behavior. DVD set, $29.99. (Ventura)

“That Girl: Season One” — In 1966, Marlo Thomas scored TV’s first notable sitcom about a single woman in the city, playing a hopeful young actress with big dreams and a sturdy boyfriend (Ted Bessell). A five-disc set has the first 30 episodes, accompanied by an interview with Thomas, who also provides commentary with series co-creator Bill Persky. DVD set, $39.98. (Shout)

“The Big Valley: Season One” — Barbara Stanwyck and Lee Majors led the cast of the Western series that debuted in 1965, focusing on a California family building a cattle, mining and logging empire in the 1870s. The first 30 episodes come in a five-disc set. DVD set, $39.98. (20th Century Fox)

“Here Come the Brides: The Complete First Season” — In another 1960s show set in the Old West, David Soul, Bobby Sherman and Robert Brown star as brothers who bring 100 prospective brides from back East to boost morale among the men in their logging camp. The six-disc set packs 26 episodes. DVD set, $49.95. (Sony)

“Hill Street Blues: Season Two” — The show that put authentic street grit into TV cop drama returns with a three-disc set containing the second season’s 18 episodes. The set has commentary and featurettes, including one on Bruce Weitz’s mad-dog undercover detective. DVD set, $39.98. (20th Century Fox)

“Grounded for Life: Season 2” — Donal Logue and Megyn Price star as laid-back, slacker parents trying to maintain the ways of their youth while raising three kids. Year two’s 17 episodes come in a three-disc set, with extras that include an interview with guest star Ashton Kutcher. DVD set, $29.98. (Anchor Bay)

“The George Bernard Shaw Collection” — British television productions of 10 George Bernard Shaw plays are gathered in a six-disc set, including “Arms and the Man,” “Pygmalion” and “Androcles and the Lion,” featuring such stars as Helena Bonham Carter. Lynn Redgrave, Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith and Patrick Stewart. DVD set, $59.98. (BBC)

Other new releases:

“The White Countess” — The final collaboration between director James Ivory and the late producer Ismail Merchant, who died last year, stars Ralph Fiennes and Natasha Richardson in a genteel romance between a blind diplomat and an exiled Russian aristocrat in 1930s Shanghai. Ivory and Richardson offer commentary, and the disc has a tribute segment on Merchant. DVD, $26.96. (Sony) Read the review

“Something New” — Sanaa Lathan, Simon Baker and Blair Underwood star in a love-triangle romance with an interracial twist, centered on a black woman pursued by a white landscape architect and a black attorney. Underwood provides an introduction on the DVD, which also has a dating-tips segment. DVD, $29.98. (Universal) Read the review

“Doogal” — From the department of lame cartoons comes this dreary tale whose annoying characters include a dog, a snail and an evil wizard trying to deep-freeze the planet. The voice cast includes Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Stewart, William H. Macy, Jimmy Fallon and Kylie Minogue. DVD, $28.95. (Genius) Read the review