Dvd Check

DVD CHECK

May 10, 2007|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

Dreamgirls

[Paramount] $35

The two-disc DVD set lives up to its "Showstopper Edition" moniker. It doesn't include any commentary from writer-director Bill Condon, but it's overflowing with extras, including a comprehensive making-of documentary, "Building the Dream," as well as numerous mini-docs that explore the complicated shooting and editing process for the musical numbers, the evocative costume design and even the theatrical lighting.

Also featured are Beyonce Knowles' and Anika Noni Rose's auditions, 12 extended and alternate musical numbers and Knowles' music video of the Oscar-nominated tune, "Listen."

Tyrone Power: Swashbuckler Set

[Fox] $50

Handsome, charming and athletic, Tyrone Power starred in a series of period pieces and swashbucklers for 20th Century Fox from the 1930s through the 1950s.

And this boxed set features five of the actor's most dashing vehicles: 1941's Blood and Sand, in which Power's character woos Linda Darnell's and Rita Hayworth's; 1942's Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake, which features a young Gene Tierney and Frances Farmer; 1947's Captain From Castile, which also stars Jean Peters and Lee J. Cobb; 1949's lumberingPrince of Foxes, which also features Orson Welles and a wan Wanda Hendrix; and 1950's The Black Rose, which finds Power a bit long-in-the-tooth as a Saxon during the Crusades who is forced to flee England and ends up in China

The set features well-produced documentaries -- including one with his children and another with his leading ladies -- commentaries and newsreels.

Michael Palin's Around the World in 80 Days

[BBC Warner] $50

The first and best of the Monty Python funnyman's delightful travelogues. Michael Palin attempts to emulate the feat of Jules Verne's fictional Phileas Fogg by traveling the globe in 80 days without using a plane. The series originally aired in 1990. Extras include a retrospective interview with Palin.

Alpha Dog

[Universal] $30

Nick Cassavetes directed this film based on the case of Jesse James Hollywood, a rug dealer who became the youngest man to make the FBI's most-wanted list after the kidnapping and murder of the teenage brother of one of his clients. Emile Hirsch, Anton Yelchin, Justin Timberlake and Bruce Willis star. Sparse extras include a standard making-of featurette.

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