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“Casablanca Ultimate Collector’s Edition”


Just the gift for your favorite cinephile, this “ultimate collector’s edition” has everything a fan of the 1942 classic film would want. The fact is, the film, which stars a who’s who of Hollywood greats – from Humphrey Bogart to Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains to Paul Henreid – is enough. The DVD’s special features constitute a bonus bonanza. DVD, which is available in Blu-ray, includes a commentary by critic Roger Ebert, an interview with Bogart’s widow Lauren Bacall, making-of featurettes, additional scenes and outtakes and even a cartoon (“Carrotblanca”). (1:42; rated PG for mild violence)

“The Day the Earth Stood Still Special Edition”


In any rundown of great science-fiction films, this little gem from 1951 would rank among the top 10. Directed by a first-rank filmmaker, Robert Wise (“West Side Story,” “The Sound of Music”), it stars the urbane Michael Rennie as Klaatu, an interstellar visitor who has come to Earth to with a warning. He befriends a woman (Patricia Neal) and her son, and they convince him that, against all other evidence, there is hope for humankind. Look for the remake, which opens next Friday and stars Keanu Reeves – Keanu Reeves? – in the Rennie role. And remember the following phrase: Gort! Klaatu barada nikto! Your life depends on it. DVD, which is available in Blu-ray, includes commentary by director Wise, making-of featurettes, photo gallery. (1:32; rated G)

“Step Brothers”


Hi, my name’s Will Ferrell. You know who I am, what I do. In this minor-league comedy, John C. Reilly and I play a pair of seriously post-adolescent child-men who have trouble coping when our parents (Richard Jenkins, Mary Steenburgen) meet, get married and dump us from our pampered positions. John and I are really funny, especially when we improvise, which is, like, most of the time. But our director, Adam McKay, never really makes our film much more than a mere concept. Loser. DVD includes commentary by stars Ferrell and Reilly, making-of featurettes, extended versions, alternate scenes, gag reel. (1:35; rated R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language)

“The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”


It’s always been a given that English children, like their elders, can act. Whoever coined that cliché, though, clearly hasn’t seen this second in a series based on the C.S. Lewis novels. A mere year has passed since the events portrayed in the 2005 film “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” yet time has advanced more than a millennium in Narnia itself. Some things, though, never change: When called to help young Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes) regain his throne, the precocious Pevensie children (all four of them) prove more boring than ever. DVD, which is available in Blu-ray, includes cast and crew commentaries. (2:24; rated PG for epic battle action/violence)

Also available: “Fly Me to the Moon,” “The Longshots,” “Lower Learning,” “Rise of the Footsoldier,” “Wisegal,” “White Dog”

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