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Audrey Hepburn descends a staircase inside Paris' Louvre in the film "Funny Face."
A better-than-usual mix of movies has come to DVD this week, led by the reissue of a Fred Astaire-Audrey Hepburn classic, as well as two of the best film adaptations of Stephen King's scary stories.

DVD reissues

"Funny Face: 50th Anniversary Edition" (Paramount, 1957, $14.99). If you wondered where they got that clip of Audrey Hepburn dancing for those Gap ads, wonder no more. This is that delightful film, a sprightly musical with fabulous Gershwin songs, which casts Hepburn as a bookstore clerk whom fashion photographer Fred Astaire turns into a top model, as they turn Paris on its ear. Glamorous, colorful, tuneful.

Extras: Widescreen, featurettes, photo gallery, trailer

"The Jungle Book: Platinum Edition" (Disney, 1967, G, two discs, $29.99). The last animated feature personally supervised by Walt Disney, this fanciful musical-comedy adaptation of Kipling's tale has the boy Mowgli being raised by wolves in the Indian jungle, then encountering a variety of animal friends — chiefly the scene-stealing bear Baloo (energetically voiced by Phil Harris). Nice bonus features, including a deleted character.

Extras: Widescreen, deleted music, deleted character, featurettes, music video, interactive games, trailers

"Misery: Collector's Edition" (MGM, 1990; R for violence, language; $19.98). Directed by Rob Reiner ("The Princess Bride," "A Few Good Men") and scripted by William Goldman ("The Princess Bride," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"), this King story stars Kathy Bates (who won a well-deserved Oscar) as the looney No. 1 fan of a writer (James Caan), who rescues him from a car crash and then holds him hostage. Alternately hilarious and terrifying.

Extras: Widescreen, audio commentaries (one by Reiner, another by Goldman, featurettes; six-page booklet

"Bram Stoker's Dracula: Collector's Edition" (Columbia, 1992; R for violence, sex, nudity, language; two discs, $24.96). Despite the title, this is very much Francis Ford Coppola's "Dracula," which, despite being faithful to the book, is an over-the-top camp revision that becomes too wild-eyed and gratuitously sexual. Gary Oldman, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder and Anthony Hopkins star. Includes more than 30 minutes of deleted scenes.

Extras: Widescreen, deleted scenes, new introduction and audio commentary by Coppola, featurettes, trailers

"Species: Collector's Edition" (MGM, 1995; R for violence, sex, nudity, language; $19.98). Partly filmed (and set) in Utah, this sleazy horror yarn has the splicing of human and alien DNA resulting in a gorgeous monster (Natasha Henstridge) who kills while she mates. The slumming A-list cast is led by Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina, Forest Whitaker and Marg Helgenberger.

Extras: Widescreen, alternate ending, audio commentaries, featurettes, trailers

Straight to DVD

"Species IV: The Awakening" (MGM, 2007, $26.98). Third disgusting "Species" sequel has the usual R-level sex, nudity, language and violence, as Ben Cross ("Chariots of Fire") tries to cure his niece of the murderous alien DNA he used to create her.

Extras: Widescreen, trailers

Recent films

"1408: Collector's Edition" (Genius, 2007, PG-13, two discs, $32.95). This recent King adaptation is really terrific, with a great performance by John Cusack in what is virtually a one-man show, as he has a supernatural meltdown in the title hotel room. Samuel L. Jackson lends a lot of heft in his few scenes.

Extras: Widescreen, extended version with alternate ending, deleted scenes, audio commentary, featurettes, trailer; five postcards (also available in single-disc version with two featurettes, $29.95)

"Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer" (Fox, 2007, PG, two discs, $34.98). OK sequel to the OK initial film about the title superheroes encountering the subtitle character, who seems intent on destroying the world. The film's sense of humor helps.

Extras: Widescreen, deleted/extended scenes, audio commentaries, featurettes, images/photo/art galleries, trailers (also available in single-disc version, $29.98)

"Jindabyne" (Sony Classics, 2006; R for language, nudity violence, sex; $24.96). Gabriel Byrne and Laura Linney star in this Australian drama (based on a Raymond Carver story) about a group of fisherman who discover a dead Aboriginal woman but do nothing about it. Well-played but inert.

Extras: Widescreen, deleted scenes, featurette

"Day Night Day Night" (IFC, 2007, $19.95). Minimalist observation of a young woman suicide bomber headed for Times Square is perhaps a bit too minimalist.

Extras: Widescreen, audio commentary, trailer

Vintage film

"Jonathan Livingston Seagull" (Paramount, 1973, G, $14.99). Goofy but beautifully photographed misfire, a live-action adaptation of the best-selling allegory about a seagull who wants to break out the pack, with unbilled voices provided by Richard Crenna, James Franciscus, Hal Holbrook, Dorothy McGuire and Juliet Mills, and music by Neil Diamond.

Extras: Widescreen


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