What's New On DVD?

December 14, 2007 By:
What's New On DVD?

"The Simpsons Movie"

The first family of Springfield leaps to the big screen with this hit adaptation of the long-running animated TV comedy. Lovable moron Homer does what he does best — cause an uproar for his family and fellow townsfolk, this time creating a pollution hazard that results in "President Schwarzenegger" quarantining Springfield behind glass, with the Simpsons going into exile in Alaska. Along with five deleted scenes, the DVD and Blu-ray high-definition disc come with an alternate ending and two commentary tracks featuring key Simpsons overseers, among them creator Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, the movie's director, David Silverman, and the voice of Homer, Dan Castellaneta.

"Halloween"

Rob Zombie puts his own gory spin on one of the forebears of modern slasher flicks, examining the tormented formative years of psycho killer Michael Myers, who breaks out of the nuthouse and returns to his hometown wielding a big, fat knife. The movie is available in the R-rated theatrical cut or an unrated version that adds 11 minutes of footage. Zombie offers commentary, and the movie is accompanied by an alternate ending, deleted scenes, bloopers and a big batch of behind-the-scenes featurettes.

"Underdog"

Jason Lee provides the voice of a mutt mutated into a canine superhero in this live-action adaptation of the TV cartoon. Featuring Jim Belushi, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Warburton and Amy Adams, the movie follows the adventures of the heroic dog as he tries to foil the schemes of an archvillain. Among the DVD and Blu-ray extras are deleted scenes, a segment on canine actors, a music video and the first-ever cartoon episode of "Underdog."

"Blade Runner"

Ridley Scott never seems to tire of tinkering with some of his films, but what's billed as the final cut of his visionary sci-fi tale arrives in a variety of sets ranging from affordably mainstream to pricey completist package for the serious fan. Starring Harrison Ford as a future cop tracking and snuffing renegade superhuman "replicants," the film marks its 25th anniversary with a new version featuring added and extended scenes and enhanced visual effects. The film comes in a two-disc set with commentary from Scott and a making-of-documentary, a four-disc set that also includes the 1982 U.S. theatrical version, the overseas version and the 1992 director's cut, or a five-disc set in briefcase packaging that also has Scott's early "workprint" version of the film.