Fashions in `Prada' offer a devilish good time

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Critics' picks: New DVDs

December 10, 2006|By Sarah Kickler Kelber | Sarah Kickler Kelber,Sun reporter

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA -- 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment -- $29.98

"A million girls would kill for your job."

This is what Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway) hears about a million times after taking on a particularly ill-fitting first job after college. She's hired as an assistant to Meryl Streep's Miranda Priestly, the storied editor of fashion bible Runway (think Vogue) and the titular demon in the movie version of Lauren Weisberger's best-selling novel The Devil Wears Prada.

Miranda is demanding, cold, impossible to please and totally connected in the publishing world, which is why Andy decides to stick it out in the job. Soon she's ensnared in a world that she neither understands nor cares about. To fit in, she starts taking advice from fashion editor Nigel (Stanley Tucci), and the outfits become almost more engrossing than the story.

It's a trifle of a film but amusing to watch, if only to see what outlandish thing Miranda will ask Andy to do next or what beautiful coat Andy will be rushing through the streets of New York wearing. (Not to mention the venomously fun performance from Emily Blunt, who plays Miranda's main assistant and Andy's reluctant guide to the fashion mag world.)

Special features

This film screams for fashion-centric extras, but what's here is pretty basic and not that entertaining. There's a commentary track with director David Frankel, producer Wendy Finerman, costume designer Patricia Field and others. The yawner featurette "Trip to the Big Screen" explains how the book was turned into a film; "NYC and Fashion" has all the filmmakers stating the obvious (that the city and the clothes were each integral to the film); "Fashion Visionary Patricia Field" gives a biography of the designer; and "Getting Valentino" is a way-too-in-depth look at how Field and Finerman landed designer Valentino Garavani's cameo.

Field and others refer to the rigamarole of creating the characters' wardrobes but offer few details. Why not show who donated or lent different garments or have Field explain how she created some of the more outlandish looks?

As always, the blooper reel is good for some laughs (crazy pointy heels lead to some spectacular falls). A featurette called "The Boss From Hell," with people on the street telling their horror stories, is passably entertaining.

ALSO ANTICIPATED

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: EXTENDED EDITION --Buena Vista Home Entertainment -- $42.99

Director Andrew Adamson took on the challenge of adapting C.S. Lewis' beloved novel The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to film, using a mixture of live action and CGI animation. The movie tells the story of the Pevensie children -- Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter -- who stumble into an enchanted world while playing hide-and-seek in a wardrobe in World War II-era England. The original DVD edition was released in April, so this special edition (which is also available as a gift set for $79.99) is all about the extras. Both new editions go on sale Tuesday.

Special features

Disc 1 offers an extended version of the film with enhanced effects, fun facts about Narnia, bloopers and two commentary tracks. Disc 2 contains the featurettes from the first DVD edition of the film.

C.S. Lewis -- The Dreamer of Narnia, a new feature-length film about the creator of the Narnia series, makes up the third disc. The fourth disc offers further exploration of the world of Narnia: a featurette on how the book was adapted into a film, a detailed look at the battle scene and a gallery of film images.

SARAH KICKLER KELBER

sarah.kelber@baltsun.com

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