Picks and Pans Review: DVD View
Movie sequels arrived fast and furiously last summer, resulting in box office gridlock. Some you might have missed are now out on DVD—including one with a bonus feature that delivers more laughs than the big-screen version.
Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (Columbia TriStar, $27.94)
Drew, Cameron and Lucy, along with Angel-gone-bad Demi Moore, manage to over-the-top the first Angels flick while jettisoning much of its giddy fun. Also available in an unrated version, with extra violence and blood-spitting.
Extras: Fun, quirky trivia that runs as a subtitle track; revealing commentary from the three writers, who admit that even they can’t follow the plot. (Unrated and PG-13)
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (MGM, $27.98)
Reese Witherspoon‘s return as Elle Woods, battling animal testing in D.C., lacks the original’s style and wit.
Extras: Uproarious commentary from Jennifer Coolidge and the supporting cast, who substitute new dialogue and lampoon the movie’s frequent silly plot twists, transforms this bland Blonde into one of the year’s funniest films. (PG-13)
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (Warner, $29.95)
Arnold Schwarzenegger is back—this time facing off against a female Terminator—for a fast-paced, suspenseful sequel that proves a worthy addition to the groundbreaking Terminator series.
Extras: Commentary in which the future Governor of California frets about his nude scene; a funny deleted scene in which Schwarzenegger speaks in a dubbed Southern accent; a second disc containing informative documentaries about T3‘s amazing stunts and visual effects. (R)