`Fockers' DVD includes 65 blooper scenes

New on DVD

April 28, 2005|By Susan King | Susan King,LOS ANGELES TIMES

Meet the Fockers has proved critic-proof. Despite mixed notices, the sequel to Meet the Parents has become the most successful live-action comedy ever made. Since its Christmas release, the film has raked in more than $507 million worldwide.

The digital edition of Fockers (Universal, $30) may have set a record for the greatest amount of bloopers -- 65 -- featured on a DVD. The disc also offers 20 deleted scenes, including one with star Ben Stiller in a funny dual role. There are also brief interviews with Stiller, Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand.

Rounding out the disc are lighthearted featurettes on the film's baby wrangler, the prop master and feline co-star Jinx the cat and commentary with director Jay Roach and editor/co-producer Jon Poll.

Also new

House of Flying Daggers (Sony, $29): Though it received only one Oscar nomination, for Xiaoding Zhao's vibrant cinematography, Zhang Yimou's acclaimed martial arts/love story was a critics' darling. The Boston Society of Film Critics named Zhang best director of 2004, as did the National Society of Film Critics. Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Zhang Ziyi are the three attractive stars. The digital edition includes a lengthy making-of documentary -- subtitled in English -- a look at the special effects, film-to-storyboard comparisons and subtitled commentary from the director and Zhang Ziyi.

Primer (Sony, $28): This dense Rubik's Cube of a suspense thriller picked up the Grand Jury Prize last year at the Sundance Film Festival. Shot on 16-millimeter for a mere $7,000, Primer stars writer/director/composer Shane Carruth as an inventor who teams up with his best friend (David Sullivan) to create a time machine. The DVD features technical and creative commentary from Carruth, his cast and crew.

A Love Song for Bobby Long (Lions Gate, $27): John Travolta goes the character-actor route with mixed results in this drama set in New Orleans. The digital edition is predictable -- deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes featurette and passable audio commentary from director Shainee Gable and cinematographer Elliot Davis.

Dynasty -- Season 1 (Fox, $40) The prime-time soaps Dallas and Dynasty ruled the airwaves during the Reagan era. Though ABC's Dynasty didn't have quite the longevity of CBS' Dallas, it had a healthy run on the network from 1981 to 1989. And for good reason -- it was a delicious wallow filled with rich, beautiful, highly dysfunctional people, lots of sex and substantial shoulder pads. John Forsythe stars as the ultra-rich Denver oil tycoon Blake Carrington; Linda Evans as his wife, Krystle; Pamela Sue Martin as his hot-headed daughter, Fallon; and Al Corley as his bisexual son, Steven. The four-disc set features commentary with co-creator Esther Shapiro and Corley, and "profiles" of Fallon and Steven.

The Errol Flynn Signature Collection (Warner Home Video, $60 for the set; $20): One of the most popular and athletic stars of the 1930s and 1940s, Flynn excelled in a series of well-crafted swashbucklers and action dramas. This five-movie set packages five of his best from 1935 to 1942: Captain Blood, The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, Dodge City, The Sea Hawk and They Died With Their Boots On. Each disc includes a new documentary on the respective film, trailers, shorts, newsreels and cartoons.

Coming Tuesday

National Treasure, The Phantom of the Opera, The Chorus, Enduring Love

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