Sandler’s got the remote in latest comedy vehicle

  • By David Germain / Associated Press
  • Monday, October 9, 2006 9:00pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

Selected home-video releases:

“Click” – Adam Sandler has the world’s most powerful remote control in his latest comedy hit.

Sandler stars with Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken, Henry Winkler and David Hasselhoff in the story of a frazzled architect and family man who obtains a universal remote that initially gives him control over everything in his life – but soon sends his world spinning into chaos.

Along with deleted scenes, the DVD comes with a range of features, including two centered on the fat suit and makeup effects used to turn Sandler into an obese wreck. Behind-the-scenes segments also examine special effects and the cars created for the movie’s futuristic scenes. Sandler, director Frank Coraci and some of their colleagues provide commentary. $28.95. (Sony)

“A Prairie Home Companion” – Robert Altman assembles a stellar cast for this fanciful backstage look at Garrison Keillor’s venerable radio program.

Keillor stars as a variation of himself alongside Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Lily Tomlin, Tommy Lee Jones, Lindsay Lohan, Woody Harrelson, Virginia Madsen and John C. Reilly in a fictionalized tale about the radio show’s final broadcast.

The DVD features extended versions of the musical numbers and gag commercials that appear in the film, along with a making-of feature. Altman and Kline team up for commentary. $27.95. (New Line)

“Waist Deep” – Tyrese Gibson stars as an ex-hood trying to go straight who must return to his criminal ways to carry out a robbery spree and raise the ransom money to rescue his young son from a drug lord (played by rapper The Game). Meagan and Larenz Tate co-star in this dreary, dumb crime thriller. The DVD pretentiously comes with an “analysis of a scene” segment in which director Vondie Curtis Hall prepares cast and crew to shoot the pivotal carjacking sequence that sets the action in motion. Other extras include deleted scenes, a feature on the auto-chase scenes and a music video. $29.98. (Universal)

“The Exorcist: The Complete Anthology” – More demons from hell than you’ll ever need are gathered in this boxed set, which rounds up the entire franchise about Satan’s possessive relations with mortals. The six-disc set has director William Friedkin’s classic 1973 original about a young girl (Linda Blair) possessed by the devil and the priest (Max Von Sydow) determined to free her, along with the extended version released theatrically a few years ago. Also included are the forgettable sequels “Exorcist II: The Heretic” and “The Exorcist III” and the two equally forgettable attempts at prequels following the priest’s first encounter with Satan. $42.98. (Warner Bros.)


“Scrubs: The Complete Fourth Season” – The sparkling hospital sitcom about eager young doctors and their gruff mentors, starring Zach Braff, returns. The set includes commentary, deleted scenes, an interview with co-star Donald Faison and a feature on Neil Flynn’s mischievous janitor character. $39.99. (Disney)

“Numbers: The Complete Second Season” – Math and crime add up in Rob Morrow and David Krumholtz’s crime-busting series. $61.99. (Paramount)

“Simon &Simon: Season One” – Gerald McRaney plays a laid-back rogue working with his slick brother (Jameson Parker) in the 1980s private-detective series. $39.98. (Universal)

“Magnum, P.I.: The Complete Fifth Season,” “The A-Team: Season Five” – Tom Selleck’s lovable Hawaiian detective Magnum is back, as are George Peppard and his “A-Team” of mercenary do-gooders. $49.98 each. (Universal)

Other new releases

“Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties” – The comic-strip cat flopped in this live-action and computer-animated sequel, which reunites Bill Murray, as the voice of the fat feline, with Breckin Meyer and Jennifer Love Hewitt. The lame follow up sends Garfield on a London adventure, where he winds up switching places with a royal look-alike cat. $29.98. (20th Century Fox)

“Art School Confidential” – An ambitious artist (Max Minghella) finds his aspirations stymied in stuffy art school, where he gets caught up in the publicity mill surrounding a serial killer. The black comedy co-stars John Malkovich, Jim Broadbent and Anjelica Huston. $26.96. (Sony)

“The King” – William Hurt plays a Baptist preacher whose past returns to haunt him when an illegitimate son (Gael Garcia Bernal) turns up and takes disturbing steps to introduce himself into his father’s life. $27.98. (ThinkFilm)

“The Fox and the Hound” – Disney’s animated charmer is back in a 25th anniversary edition. The film follows the unlikely friendship between a fox and a dog whose bond is tested when he’s trained to hunt down his pal. $29.99. (Disney)

Adam Sandler stars in “Click,” out today on DVD.

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