March 06, 2006 12:00 PM

>Walk the Line ($39.98) In the wrong hands, a biopic chronicling Johnny Cash’s alternately soaring and spiraling career would have withered as standard Behind the Music fare. But transcendent turns from Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon—who eschew mere impersonation to actually inhabit the tortured souls of Cash and June Carter—led Walk to five deserved Oscar nods. Extras: The two-disc collector’s edition, rushed out in time for Oscars, includes extended sequences of Phoenix and Witherspoon’s crackling musical performances and three limp documentaries about Cash, none of which comes close to illuminating the Man in Black the way Phoenix does. (PG-13) Movie: [] Extras: []

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