This week on DVD

A box set for Truffaut lovers, Richard Harris in his greatest roles, John Wayne turns director, "Babylon 5," "Xena" and Japanese swordplay.

Published April 29, 2003 8:00PM (EDT)


"The Adventures of Antoine Doinel" François Truffaut box set including "The 400 Blows," "Stolen Kisses," "Bed and Board," "Love on the Run" and the 1962 short subject "Antoine and Colette," in a special edition five-disc collection. Extras: New digital transfers of all films, enhanced for widescreen TV; new and improved subtitle translation for all films; Truffaut's early short film "Les Mistons"; audio commentary for "Les Mistons" by assistant director and future co-writer Claude de Givray; audio/visual "primer" for "Les Mistons" by film historian Serge Toubiana; "Working With François Truffaut: Claude de Givray and Bernard Revon," an exclusive re-edited version of a 1986 interview with Truffaut co-writers Givray and Revon and much, much more (Criterion Collection/Home Vision).

"American Family" Season 1 (2002). Set with all 22 episodes of the PBS series starring Edward James Olmos, Raquel Welch and Sonia Braga. Extras: Select scene commentary, home movies, interviews, "Behind the Scenes of American Family" featurette (Fox).

"Atlantis" (1991). Directed by Luc Besson. Documentary of oceanic wildlife, featuring underwater footage from all over the world (Columbia TriStar).

"Babylon 5" Season 2 (1995). Starring Bruce Boxleitner, Michael O'Hare, Mira Furlan. Extras: Introduction by series creator-producer J. Michael Straczynski and various cast members, episode commentaries, "Building Babylon: Blueprint of an Episode" featurette, "Shadows and Dreams: Honors of Babylon" featurette, "The Universe of Babylon 5" data/tech/personnel files, gag reel, "Babylon 5" timeline, original episode promos (Warner).

"Big Jake" (1971). Directed by George Sherman and John Wayne. Starring John Wayne, Richard Boone, Patrick Wayne, Christopher Mitchum (Paramount).

"Drôle de Drame" (1937). Directed by Marcel Carné. Starring Michel Simon, Francoise Rosay, Louis Jouvet, Jean-Louis Barrault. New digital transfer with liner notes by film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum. (Home Vision Entertainment).

"Excess Baggage" (1997). Directed by Marco Brambilla. Starring Alicia Silverstone and Benicio Del Toro (Columbia TriStar).

"Five Wives, Three Secretaries and Me" (1999). Directed by Tessa Blake. Documentary about Houston oilman, Hollywood playboy, hotshot lawyer and serial monogamist Tommy Blake by his daughter (Anchor Bay).

"George Carlin: George's Best Stuff" (1996). HBO special (MPI Home Video).

"A Girl Called Rosemarie" ("Das Maedchen Rosemarie," 1996). Directed by Bernd Eichinger. Starring Nina Hoss, Til Schweiger (Anchor Bay).

"Le Mans" (1971). Directed by Lee H. Katzin. Starring Steve McQueen, Siegfried Rauch, Elga Andersen (Paramount).

"Little Big Man" (1970). Directed by Arthur Penn. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Martin Balsam, Richard Mulligan (Paramount).

"Lockdown" (2000). Directed by John Luessenhop. Starring Master P, Richard T. Jones, Gabriel Casseus, De'aundre Bonds, Clifton Powell (Columbia TriStar).

"A Man Called Horse" (1970). Directed by Elliot Silverstein. Starring Richard Harris, Judith Anderson (Paramount).

"Mr. Bean -- The Whole Bean." Collection of 14 episodes from Rowan Atkinson's comedy series. Extras: "The Story of Bean" documentary; never-before-seen-on-TV sketches: "Bus Stop" and "Library"; skits "Blind Date" and "Torvill & Bean" (A&E Home Video).

"Rio Lobo" (1970). Directed by Howard Hawks. Starring John Wayne, Christopher Mitchum, Jack Elam (Paramount).

"The Swimmer" (1968). Directed by Frank Perry and Sydney Pollack. Starring Burt Lancaster, Janet Landgard, Kim Hunter (Columbia TriStar).

"Treasure Island" (1950). Directed by Byron Haskin. Starring Bobby Driscoll, Robert Newton. Restored and remastered (Disney).

"Treasure Planet" (2002). Voices of Joseph-Gordon Levitt, Emma Thompson, Brian Murray, Martin Short. Extras: Commentary by directors John Musker and Ron Clements, behind-the-scenes specials, deleted scenes (including alternate ending), animation featurette (Disney).

"Two Weeks Notice" (2002). Written and directed by Marc Lawrence. Starring Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, David Haig, Alicia Witt, Dana Ivey. Extras: Fullscreen and widescreen editions. Commentary by director-writer Lawrence, Grant and Bullock; additional scenes; gag reel; "The Making of Two Weeks Notice: HBO First Look Special" (Warner).

"Walk, Don't Run" (1966). Directed by Charles Walters. Starring Cary Grant, Samantha Eggar, Jim Hutton (Columbia TriStar).

"White Sheik" (1952). Directed by Federico Fellini. Starring Alberto Sordi, Brunella Bovo, Leopoldo Trieste, Giulietta Masina, Lilia Landi. Extras: New digital transfer; new video interviews with actors Brunella Bovo and Leopoldo Trieste, and Fellini friend Moraldo Rossi; essay by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum; new and improved English subtitle translation (The Criterion Collection/Home Vision).

"Xena: Warrior Princess" Season 1 (1995). 24 episodes on seven-disc set starring Lucy Lawless, Renee O'Connor. Extras: Series trivia, "Xena Chronicles," photo gallery (Anchor Bay).

"Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman" (1964). Volumes 6-8 from the series directed by Kazuo Ikehiro. "Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold," "Zatoichi's Flashing Sword" and "Fight, Zatoichi, Fight." With newly translated electronic subtitles, digitally mastered from newly created film elements, enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions, original theatrical trailers, collectible Zatoichi poster (Home Vision Entertainment).

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