Columbia Pictures
Tobey Maguire stars in "Spider-Man 3," now available on DVD.
A wide variety of movies has landed on DVD this week, led by the year's No. 1 box-office hit.

"Spider-Man 3: Special Edition" (Columbia, 2007, PG-13, two discs, $36.95). Too many villains, too long — it's the second sequel syndrome (see "Batman & Robin"). But "Spidey 3" is also wildly entertaining, with humor and heart to spare. True, it's far from the year's best, but it's an enjoyable ride. With bonus features galore, of course.

Extras: widescreen, audio commentaries, featurettes, music video, bloopers, trailers/international ad spots, photo galleries (also available as a single disc, $28.97)

"Talk to Me" (Focus/Universal, 2007; R for language, sex, nudity, violence, drugs; $29.98). Loosely based on a true story, this biographical film is somewhat routine in the telling, but Don Cheadle lights up the screen as a '60s ex-con who becomes a radio star in Washington, D.C., against the backdrop of the civil-rights movement. The supporting cast is also quite good, especially Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Extras: widescreen, deleted scenes, featurettes

"In the Land of Women" (Warner, 2007, PG-13, $27.98). This mediocre comedy-drama eventually deteriorates into bathos as a Hollywood soft-core porn writer (Adam Brady, of TV's "The O.C.") returns to his hometown to care for his grandmother (Olympia Dukakis) and gets involved with an ill-fated neighbor (Meg Ryan) and her rebellious daughter (Kristen Stewart).

Extras: widescreen/full-frame options

"Home of the Brave" (MGM, 2006; R for violence, language; $27.98). Real-life soldiers adjusting to civilian life after fighting in Iraq are done a major disservice by this poorly constructed film. Samuel L. Jackson, Jessica Biel, Christina Ricci and 50 Cent — yes, 50 Cent — lead the bewildered cast.

Extras: widescreen/full-frame options, deleted scenes, audio commentary

"Mr. Brooks" (MGM, 2007; R for violence, sex, nudity, language; $29.98). Kevin Costner as a serial killer who is otherwise a nice, well-to-do family man. Yeah, right. With Demi Moore, William Hurt, Marg Helgenberger and Dane Cook.

Extras: widescreen, deleted scenes, audio commentary, featurettes

"License to Wed" (Warner, 2007, PG-13, $28.98). Truly awful, surprisingly sleazy comedy about a minister (Robin Williams) who goes way overboard in guiding a young couple (Mandy Moore and John Krasinski) to a church wedding.

Extras: widescreen/full-frame options, deleted scenes, featurette

"The Tripper" (Fox, 2007; R for violence, language, nudity, sex; $27.98). Gory slasher spoof isn't as funny as it thinks it is. Directed and co-written by David Arquette, who includes his wife, Courtney Cox Arquette, in the cast.

Extras: widescreen, deleted scenes, audio commentary, featurettes, bloopers

Vintage films

"The Three Stooges Collection, Volume One: 1934-1936" (Sony, b/w, two discs, $24.96). Chronological Stooges shorts, beginning with their first. Excellent prints will entice fans who are weary of lousy public-domain copies of the eye-poking, face-slapping trio's antics. Look for Lucille Ball in "Three Little Pigskins" and note how Curly's name is spelled "Curley" with an "e" until "Disorder in the Court."

Extras: full frame, 19 shorts

Foreign films

"Pierrepoint — The Last Hangman" (IFC, 2005; R for violence, nudity, sex; $19.95). Fascinating, sad but true story of a hangman in England during World War II, who works in anonymity and lives in denial — until he becomes a celebrity after participating in the execution of Nazis following the Nuremberg trials. Tragic and thought-provoking.

Extras: widescreen, deleted scenes, audio commentary

"Day Watch: Unrated" (Fox, 2007, $27.98). "Unrated" just means more violence, language, sex, nudity and drugs than the R-rated version of this dark horror fantasy from Russia, a sequel to the equally bizarre "Day Watch."

Extras: widescreen, in Russian with English subtitles, audio commentary, featurette, trailers

TV movie

"The Initiation of Sarah" (MGM, 2006, $22.98). Inferior remake of the 1978 TV movie about witchcraft infiltrating a college sorority.

Extras: widescreen

Straight to DVD

• "DogBiteDog" (Weinstein/Genius, 2006, two discs, $24.95)

• "Buried Alive" (Dimension/Genius, 2006, $19.95)

• "Karas: The Revelation" (Manga, 2007, $19.97)


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