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Disc and That: Recent and upcoming DVDs
Spcial to the Online Edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis

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—Gods of Football ( pictured ) : The Making of the 2009 Calendar ( already out; $24.95 ) : Buff bodies are all over the place in this DVD that traces how the 2009 Gods of Football calendar was made and how rugby players became nude calendar models. You can also feel good about buying this for another reason—proceeds from sales go to a breast-cancer charity. Extras include outtakes and bloopers. The official Web site is .

—American Dad: Volume Four ( already out; $39.98 ) : From the minds of Family Guy producers Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman, American Dad follows the outrageous animated adventures of ultra-conservative CIA agent Stan Smith. Volume Four features 14 episodes from seasons three and four, along with commentaries from cast and crew members, deleted scenes and more.

—Bad Lieutenant: Special Edition ( already out; $19.98 ) : Harvey Keitel goes all out ( literally, thanks to the full-frontal nudity ) in this 1992 cult classic as a nameless New York City cop who is addicted to gambling, drugs and sex. Eventually, a graphic crime involving a nun leads to the police officer's redemption. Extras include an audio commentary and a documentary.

—Cambridge Spies ( already out; $24.98 ) : This 2003 BBC dramatization deals with the true story of a ring of four spies in Great Britain who passed information to the Soviet Union during World War II and into the early 1950s. ( They got the name after becoming Communists while attending Cambridge University. ) A plus for LGBT individuals is that there are loads of same-sex interludes, thanks to two of the spies being gay. Special features include the featurette "A Cambridge Spies Historical Scrapbook," the "Great Spy Stories of the Twentieth Century: The Cambridge Spies" documentary and audio commentary.

—Dollhouse: Season One ( already out; $49.98 ) : This four-disc set unveils all the episodes in season one of Josh Whedon's show that stars Eliza Dushku as Echo, an operative in an underground organization that provides hired personas for various missions. Extras include episode commentary, an original unaired pilot, deleted scenes and various featurettes such as "Making Dollhouse."

—Finding Me ( already out; $19.99 ) : Fans of the Logo show Noah's Arc should like this DVD. The movie focuses on Faybien Allan, who seems to have it all; however, he actually has his own hurdles to deal with, including budding relationships and his father's homophobia. There is a featurette that includes interviews with the cast and crew of the Roger S. Omeus, Jr.-directed film.

—Horsemen ( already out; $27.98 ) : Dennis Quaid, Ziyi Zhang, Patrick Fugit and the Eric Balfour co-star in this serial-killer thriller that involves a plot related to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The usually sultry Balfour is involved in a subplot involving murder and homophobia. Extras include deleted scenes and audio commentary.

—The Informers ( Aug. 25; $24.96 ) : The Informers—which stars Kim Basinger, Billy Bob Thornton, Brad Renfro ( in his last role ) , Chris Isaak and Winona Ryder, among others—details the lives of the haves and the have-nots in 1980s Los Angeles. Since the movie is based on a Bret Easton Ellis novel, expect sex, drugs and rock 'n roll. Back in April, Windy City Times movie critic Richard Knight, Jr., said of The Informers, "The Informers takes on the air of ancient, decadent Rome just before the fall. It's a chilling end to a chilling, brutal film that is a lot more than the sum of its one-dimensional parts would suggest."

—James Dean: The Fast Lane ( Aug. 11; $14.98 ) : This documentary focuses on the actor who starred in just three movies—Rebel Without a Cause ( 1955 ) , East of Eden ( 1955 ) and Giant ( 1956 ) —before his untimely death at age 24 in a car crash. It includes rare footage of his on-air debut at just 19, a 1950 commercial for Pepsi, as well as—ironically—a 1955 highway safety public-service announcement filmed just 13 days before he died behind the wheel of his Porsche 550 Spyder. Bonus material includes personal interviews with Dean's family and friends.

—Karl Rove, I Love You ( already out; $29.95 ) : Openly gay actor Dan Butler ( best known as Bulldog on TV's Frasier ) stars as an actor who reluctantly agrees to participate in a documentary when he becomes smitten with the role of a lifetime: Bush advisor Karl Rove. Eventurally, Butler sets out to discover the Karl Rove inside us all. But the more he sees the world through Rove's eyes, the more Butler's friends and associates find themselves worried about his well-being. Extras include a commentary and deleted scenes.

—Labor Pains ( Aug. 4; $28.98 ) : Labor Pains stars Lindsay Lohan as much-abused secretary Thea Dixon, who claims to be pregnant when she's about to be fired. Of course, she has to keep up her story—which leads to comedic mix-ups, etc. Janeane Garofalo has a cameo as a talk-show host in this 89-minute feature.

—Mad Men: Season Two ( already out; $49.98 ) : The acclaimed '60s series ( which just received another slew of Emmy nominations ) is out on a four-disc set—and, if you loved the first season, you'll love this one even more. The employees of advertising firm Sterling Cooper ( and their families ) get involved in more drama as their lives evolve. Also, keep an eye out for closeted exec Sal—a major development happens in his life. Extras include loads of documentaries and audio commentaries.

—Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy ( already out; $22.97 ) : His Family Guy series is one thing—but this outing is something else entirely. This collection of approximately 50 shorts features some extremely controversial material—including a game show involving animal penises, Wile E. Coyote ( after finally killing the Road Runner ) and a segment about AIDS' patient zero.

—Watchmen: Director's Cut ( already out; $34.98 ) : The acclaimed graphic novel is now out on DVD as a two-disc set complete with a director's ( read: even more graphic ) cut. Watchmen is set in the mid-1980s, as Richard Nixon is in his fifth term as president and superheroes have been made to retire. When the Comedian ( Jeffrey Dean Morgan ) is murdered, other avengers come out of hiding, including Dr. Manhattan—a giant, blue-skinned, naked characters who's the only one with actual super powers. Special features include webisodes, a featurette and the theatrical version of the movie.

—Wolverine and the X-Men: Heroes Return Trilogy and Wolverine And The X-Men: Deadly Enemies ( already out; $14.98 ) : Capitalizing on the Wolverine-mania ( or is the Hugh Jackson-mania ) that started earlier this year, Marvel Animation and Lionsgate are co-releasing this new animated series. In Heroes Return, various superheroes—led by guess-who—pick up the pieces after Professor Xavier's school is destroyed. Deadly enemies include an episode where Wolverine squares off against the Hulk, among others. Special features include character profiles, a featurette and audio commentaries.

—Wrecked ( Nov. 10; $19.99 ) : Although this gay movie won't be out until mid-autumn, it is already generating serious buzz—no doubt because of its story about a teen who becomes involved in a life of drugs and anonymous sex. And, as stated on, " [ h ] andheld cameras, an attractive young cast and a boldly upfront approach to sex combine to make Wrecked a uniquely intimate and sexually mesmerizing film experience."

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