As always, the summer heavyweights will garner most of the Q4 sales, but classic gems and eclectic fare will vie for holiday coin, too. Here’s a look at 10 upcoming titles.
Sony, Oct. 10
This film’s comic conceit — a magical remote that can fast forward through life’s aggravating moments — plays especially well on homevid, practically goading viewers to match their electronic prowess against Adam Sandler. Extras include deleted scenes and good-natured featurettes on the makeup and f/x.
Paramount, Oct. 17
Warren Beatty’s romantic epic about Bolshevism gone sour finally debuts on DVD for its 25th anniversary. Besides the normally skittish star, who wrote, directed and produced the pic, the docus feature co-star Jack Nicholson, former Par exec Barry Diller and nearly every other major co-star save Beatty’s former galpal, Diane Keaton.
Mission: Impossible III
Paramount, Oct. 30
Whatever Sumner Redstone’s issues are with Tom Cruise, Parmount doesn’t cut corners on the “MI3” DVD. Cruise and helmer J.J. Abrams joke through the director’s commentary and are omnipresent through the rest of the extras, from deleted scenes to high-voltage featurettes.
Buena Vista, Nov. 7
Pixar’s stock-car toon gained traction when the star car veered off the main highway, and the extras accordingly extol life in the slow lane. There’s a new short with the goofy pickup character, Mater, a docu with wholesome footage from John Lasseter’s family road trips, plus the requisite Pixar short.
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
Zeitgeist, Nov. 14
Engrossing look at the latter-day life of Sophie Scholl, a student executed for distributing pamphlets against Hitler in 1943. Nominated for an Oscar last year, this disc boasts interview footage with real-life figures, including a surviving sister and a video snippet from an actual trial of the era.
Criterion Collection, Nov. 21
Criterion has restored Georg Wilhelm Pabst’s 1929 Jazz Age classic, a silent pic starring Louise Brooks as Lulu — the showgirl with the trademark bob. Criterion applies its usual high level of loving care. The double-disc release comes with a 1998 docu on Brooks, a rare 1971 interview with her, commentary by film scholars and a series of essays.
Preston Sturges: The Filmmaker Collection
U, Nov. 21
“Sullivan’s Travels” and “Palm Beach Story” alone make this seven-disc set worth the price, but Universal is also throwing in comic gems like “The Lady Eve” and “Hail the Conquering Hero.” Any comedian itching to get serious should be required to watch “Sullivan’s Travels” to be reminded how much Americans love — and need — to laugh.
Superman Ultimate Collector’s Edition
Warner, Nov. 28
The 14-disc set comes with recently released summer tentpole “Superman Returns,” as well as all earlier theatrical incarnations, plus plenty of docus. But if that isn’t enough, Warner is also releasing a separate Richard Donner cut of “Superman II,” which restores work abandoned almost 30 years ago, as well as a Christopher Reeves box set.
“Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Rcky Bobby”
Sony, Dec. 12
Sony’s fast-tracking of Will Ferrell’s NASCAR laffer comes in an PG-13-rated theatrical version and an unrated one with 13 extra minutes. Both are packaged with a gag reel footage and faux “25 years later” commentary with director Adam McKay, Ferrell and co-star John C. Reilly. The unrated version adds more deleted scenes and “interviews.”
“The Devil Wears Prada”
Fox, Dec. 12
Fox has popped this femme pleaser — which bedeviled B.O. forecast, taking in nearly $124 million — into the holiday shopping homestretch. That’s great for anyone with a difficult boss who forces them to work on Christmas, or knows someone who does. The disc comes with a director’s commentary, deleted scenes and featurettes..