New DVD Releases: 'Running Scared,' 'Underworld: Evolution,' 'Entourage Season 2' And More

Seminal slacker flick 'Dazed And Confused' gets added to the Criterion Collection.

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"Running Scared"

Directed by "The Cooler" helmer Wayne Kramer, this ultra-violent mob flick stars Paul Walker as Joey Gazelle, a low-level gangster whose job consists entirely of disposing of guns used in mafia killings. Instead of tossing the firearms in the river like any good gangster, Walker has been storing the pistols behind the drywall in his house. When one of these guns gets stolen, Walker embarks on a saga that has him navigating encounters with Russian mobsters, a dirty cop (Chazz Palminteri), botched drug deals, gasoline scams, freaks, pimps, hookers and pedophiles. Good times.

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New Line Home Entertainment has included the following extras:

  • Commentary with writer/director Wayne Kramer
  • Behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Wayne Kramer's storyboards

"Underworld: Evolution" (2006)

Directed by star Kate Beckinsale's husband Len Wiseman, this sequel to the 2003 vampires vs. werewolves flick picks up where the first one left off, with a war raging between the Death Dealers (vampires) and the Lycans (werewolves). Leather-clad vamp Seline (Beckinsale) and her half-vampire, half-werewolf lover Michael (Scott Speedman), meanwhile, try to solve the ancient mysteries of their lineage. A mix of classic horror and explosive effects-driven action, the film chronicles both the beginnings of the Death Dealer/Lycan war and what might be the final conflict between the two battling bloodlines.

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has included the following extras:

  • Commentary with the cast and crew
  • "The Hybrid Theory" visual effects featurette
  • "The War Rages On" stunts featurette
  • "Making Monsters Roar" creature featurette
  • "Building a Saga" production design featurette
  • Atreyu's "Her Portrait in Black" music video

"Glory Road" (2006)

Josh Lucas plays Texas Western basketball coach Don Haskins, who set out to recruit the nation's best players, regardless of race, resulting in a 1966 team comprised entirely of black starters at a time when integration was hardly accepted in the South (or in the North, for that matter). Haskins' team ultimately found itself competing for the NCAA championship against the University of Kentucky's all-white team, coached by Adolph Rupp (Jon Voight). Director James Gartner's debut co-stars "Antwone Fisher" and "Friday Night Lights" star Derek Luke.

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Buena Vista Home Entertainment has included the following extras:

  • Producer, director and screenwriters commentaries
  • "The Real Coach Haskins" featurette
  • "Coach Haskins' Practice Schedule"
  • Former players' interviews
  • Deleted scenes

"Firewall" (2006)

Whether he's hanging out in space, cracking a whip or blending in with the Amish, Harrison Ford has always kicked ass. Here he plays a bank security chief forced to break into the computer system he designed when his family is taken hostage by a pack of Eurotrash crooks led by Paul Bettany. Directed by Richard Loncraine, the film co-stars Oscar-nominated Virginia Madsen ("Sideways") as Ford's wife and also features a trio of memorable character actors: Robert Patrick, Robert Forester and Alan Arkin.

Warner Bros. has included the following bonus features:

  • "Firewall Decoded": A conversation with Harrison Ford and Richard Loncraine
  • "Firewall: Writing a Thriller" featurette

"The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things" (2004)

Before alleged literary prodigy JT LeRoy was unmasked as nothing more than the fraudulent creation of writer Laura Albert, actress Asia Argento had already decided to make a movie of his notorious "memoir," "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things." True to its source — however fictional that source might be — Argento's film, which she directed and in which she stars, delivers a harrowing tale of a young boy's journey through physical and psychological abuse, sexual molestation and drug addiction.

Palm Pictures has included the following extras:

  • 24-page book of exclusive never-seen-before photos by legendary rock and roll photographer Mick Rock
  • Commentary with director Asia Argento and producer Chris Hanley
  • "JT Under Cover" featurette
  • "New York Film Premiere and Party"
  • Theatrical trailer

"Dazed And Confused" Criterion Collection (1993)

Richard Linklater and his brilliant film "Slacker" were at the forefront of the indie film movement of the '90s, and his follow-up, "Dazed and Confused," cemented his reputation as a cinematic voice of a generation. Employing the same disjointed structure and passive narrative as "Slacker," "Dazed and Confused" so successfully captures the teenage experience circa 1976 — the cars, clothes, music and attitudes — that at times it feels almost documentary-like. It also stars numerous actors before they hit the big time, including Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Parker Posey and Matthew McConaughey who, as the creepy-cool Wooderson, delivers the movie's best line: "That's what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age."

The Criterion Collection has included the following extras in this two-disc set:

  • Commentary by Linklater
  • "Making Dazed" documentary by filmmaker Kahane Corn
  • On-set interviews and behind-the-scenes footage
  • Footage from the 10-year anniversary celebration
  • Audition footage
  • Deleted scenes
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Original film poster by Frank Kozik

"John Wayne/John Ford Collection" ("Stagecoach: Special Edition," "The Long Voyage Home," "They Were Expendable," "3 Godfathers," "Fort Apache," "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon," "The Searchers: Ultimate Edition," "The Wings of Eagles") (1939-1957)

Long-lived, intense relationships between individual directors and actors are hardly unknown in the movies, with legends like Kurosawa and Mifune, Scorsese and De Niro and, of course, John Ford and John Wayne at the top of the list. Ford and Marion Morrison (the Hollywood nobody who would become "John Wayne") made a dozen films together, including undisputed Western classics like "Fort Apache" and "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" and, of course, their monumental, career-defining epic, "The Searchers," and this whopping 10-disc collection covers 20 years of the two men's stormy, unparalleled and hugely influential five-decade collaboration.

Warner Home Video has included the following extras in this impressive collection:

"The Searchers: Ultimate Edition"

  • Introduction by Patrick Wayne
  • Commentary by director Peter Bogdanovich
  • "The Searchers: An Appreciation"
  • "A Turning of the Earth: John Ford, John Wayne, and The Searchers"
  • Theatrical trailer

"Stagecoach: Special Edition"

  • "John Ford/John Wayne: The Filmmaker and the Legend"
  • "Stagecoach: A Story of Redemption"
  • Radio adaptation of "Stagecoach" with Claire Trevor and Randolph Scott
  • Theatrical trailer

"Fort Apache"

  • "Monument Valley: John Ford Country" featurette
  • Theatrical trailer

"The Long Voyage Home"

  • "Serenity at Sea: John Ford and the Araner" featurette

"She Wore a Yellow Ribbon"

  • John Ford's home movies
  • Theatrical trailer

"Entourage" The Complete Second Season (2005)

In 2005, Jeremy Piven went from "What's that guy's name again?" status to Golden Globe nominee for his performance as Ari Gold, a Hollywood super agent trying to watch over the career of his newest client, Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier). Vincent is constantly forced to choose between the guidance of Ari and advice from his posse of boys from Queens (including Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara and Kevin Connolly). Created and executive-produced by Mark Wahlberg, the show is said to be based on Wahlberg's own experiences when he first came out to Hollywood.

In addition to all 14 episodes of the sceond season, HBO Home Video has also included the following extras in this three-disc set:

  • "The Mark Wahlberg Sessions": Exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews with cast and crew, conducted by Wahlberg

"He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" Season 2, Volume 1 (1984)

This release should finally settle any remeining debate as to the lasting impact of the "He-Man" series. While it began as a brilliant stroke of mid-'80s marketing by Mattell (the manufacturers of the He-Man action figure line), the animated TV adventure has proven over the years to be more than just a thinly veiled toy-"infomercial." The series follows the adventures of Prince Adam who, along with his loyal friends — including the wise warrior, Man-At-Arms; his daughter Teela; and the wizard Orko — protects the planet Eternia from the forces of the evil Skeletor. Adam's weapons in this battle are his "Sword of Power," which when he holds it aloft and cries "By the power of Grayskull," transforms him into the all-powerful warrior He-Man.

In addition to episodes 66-98, BCI Home Entertainment has included the following extras on this six-disc set:

  • Two documentary features: "The Stories of 'He-Man and the Masters of the Universe' Season 2" and "The Magic of Filmation"
  • Commentaries by the cast and crew on select episodes
  • Animated storyboard with interactive episode comparison for the episode "Trouble's Middle Name"
  • Collectible "art cards" by artists Frank Cho and Emiliano Santalucia
  • Fifty detailed profiles of various characters, creatures and artifacts
  • Commercial spots

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