Dvd Check


June 29, 2006|By LOS ANGELES TIMES


[Warner] $29

George Clooney won the Academy Award and Golden Globe for best supporting actor for his performance as a world-weary CIA operative in Stephen Gaghan's dense thriller about the tangled workings of the global oil industry. Matt Damon and Jeffrey Wright also star.

Extras include a thoughtful interview with Clooney and a making-of featurette.

The Cult of the Suicide Bomber

[Ryko] $20

Former CIA spy Robert Baer -- the operative on which Clooney's Syriana character is based -- explores the genesis of suicide bombers in this chilling documentary.

Eight Below

[Disney] $30

Paul Walker is the human star of this Disney family film, but the scene-stealers are the gorgeous Siberian huskies and Alaskan Malamutes that comprise a dog team left to fend for themselves when humans abandon their post in Antarctica.

Extras include an informative documentary on how the dogs were chosen and trained.

The Hills Have Eyes

[Fox] $30

Viscerally bloody remake of the 1977 Wes Craven classic horror flick about a family traveling through the Southwest on their way to California who are stalked by a group of cannibalistic mutants.

Ted Levine, Kathleen Quinlan and Emilie de Ravin of Lost head the cast.

Extras include enthusiastic commentary from French director Alexandre Aja and his collaborator, art director-co-screenwriter Grigory Levasseur and producer Marianne Maddalena, and a track with self-effacing producers Craven and Peter Locke; a behind-the-scenes documentary and passable production diaries.

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