New on DVD

New on DVD

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

As Constantine, Keanu Reeves plays a cynical (sound familiar?), chain-smoking antihero who roams dark and gritty Los Angeles (isn't it always?) hunting and eliminating demons who threaten to undo the balance of good and evil and unleash Satan from his realm into this unsuspecting world.

Extras on the two-disc "deluxe" set (Warner, $30) include amusing commentary by the director Francis Lawrence, a former music video director making his debut feature, producer Akiva Goldsman, and screenwriters Kevin Brodbin and Frank Cappello; 18 minutes of deleted scenes and an alternate ending; and a music video.

"Production from Hell" and "Imagining the Underworld" galleries feature, among other things, a "director's confessional" and information on the creation of relics and other props and effects for the film, which is based on the "Hellblazer" comic books.

Also new

Ice Princess (Disney, $30): Michelle Trachtenberg plays a high school physics geek who has a domineering mother (Joan Cusack) and discovers she has talent for ice skating while working on a science project involving the sport. Extras include deleted scenes, plus a weak alternate opening and giggling commentary from Trachtenberg and several of her co-stars.

Man of the House (Sony, $27): This crude comedy - one scene involves a cow and a cell phone - wasn't even shown to reviewers before it opened earlier this year. Tommy Lee Jones stars as a tough Texas Ranger assigned to protect a group of airhead college cheerleaders who witnessed a murder. The features are lame - a sub-par "making of" documentary and an uninspired look at the actresses' cheerleading training.

Michael Palin: Himalaya (BBC, $50): Palin has found his niche as an engaging, intelligent travel guide. His newest documentary series, which premiered last month on the Travel Channel, follows his fascinating 2,000-mile journey across the majestic Asian region. More than two hours of extra footage, plus a pretrip introduction and a lengthy post-trip interview with Palin round out the extras.

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