Dvd Check

DVD CHECK

June 15, 2006|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

Dazed & Confused

The Criterion Collection

[Criterion] $40

Absolutely too cool for school two-disc DVD of Richard Linklater's 1993 teen comedy -- sort of an American Graffiti filtered through a marijuana haze. Dazed features numerous actors at the beginning of their careers, including Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Rory Cochrane, Parker Posey, Adam Goldberg, Cole Hauser, Joey Lauren Adams and Anthony Rapp.

The Criterion edition features a laid-back commentary track with Linklater; Kahana Corn's documentary Making Dazed, which premiered last year on AMC; audition footage; deleted scenes; clips from the 10-year anniversary celebration; interviews; and behind-the-scenes footage.

Glory Road

[Disney] $40

Josh Lucas plays Texas Western college basketball coach Don Haskins, who, in 1966, made history when he put in an all-black starting lineup in the NCAA national championship.

Well-produced extras include interviews with players and colleagues of Haskins, highlights of his career, a look at his training regimen and serviceable commentary with director James Gartner.

House of Strangers

[Fox] $15

Gripping 1949 noir from writer-director Joseph Mankiewicz starring Richard Conte, Edward G. Robinson and Susan Hayward. Film historian Foster Hirsch supplies commentary.

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

[Sony] $27

Tommy Lee Jones made his feature directorial debut with this elegiac modern-day Western drama. Jones also won best actor at the Cannes Film Festival last year for his multilayered turn as a Texas ranch hand who is determined to bury his murdered friend (Julio Cedillo) in his Mexican hometown.

Unfortunately, commentary supplied by Jones and co-stars Dwight Yoakam and January Jones is a snooze.

Mommie Dearest

Hollywood Royalty Edition

[Paramount] $15

The unintentionally campy 1981 film is an adaptation of Christina Crawford's controversial memoir about the abuse she endured as the adopted daughter of Joan Crawford.

Extras on the DVD include production featurettes as well as naughty commentary from John Waters.

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