Extra! Extra! See more about it. The wonderful thing — well, one of the wonderful things — about movies on DVD is the goodies that come in addition to the film. Three theatrical films being released Tuesday are excellent examples.
“Bedtime Stories” stars Adam Sandler as a man whose elaborate fantasy tales, created for his niece and nephew, begin to come true. Its best extra is a behind-the-scenes special-effects featurette, “Until Gravity Do Us Part.” Bloopers and deleted scenes also are included.
“The Day the Earth Stood Still” is a remake of the 1951 classic science fiction film. It stars Keanu Reeves as Klaatu, an alien who comes to Earth with his giant robot, Gort, to deliver a doomsday message. Extras include commentary by screenwriter David Scarpa, concept art and deleted scenes in addition to featurettes on “Unleashing Gort” and “Watching the Skies: In Search of Extraterrestrial Life.”
“Doubt” stars Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis in a story about a nun who confronts a priest after suspecting him of abusing an African-American student. Its extras include a “From Stage to Screen” featurette about turning John Patrick Shanley’s play into a movie and a fascinating discussion between Streep and Shanley about the background interviews he did with real nuns to make sure his depiction of them was accurate.
Also worth checking out:
“The IT Crowd: The Complete First Season.” If you don’t get cable or satellite TV, you may not know about this hilarious sitcom from Graham Linehan, the guy who wrote “Father Ted.” It’s about the information support team for a major British business, and it may remind you of “The Office” except that these nerds are computer geeks. Six episodes of the series are collected here, along with a “Behind the IT Crowd” documentary, deleted scenes — and English subtitles. Just in case.
— McClatchy Tribune