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DVD Extras

April 07, 2002

A sampling of the kinds of extra material that is or will be available on DVDs:

* Later this year, "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" will offer the PG-13-rated theatrical version and an R-rated cut expanded by about 30 minutes. Director Peter Jackson has been intimately involved in the new version, which will include a special disc with hours of background material and commentary.

* The special edition of "Memento" will reflect director Christopher Nolan's interest in "changing the way you look at the film over multiple viewings," he said. "The DVD allows you random access to a movie, so you can pick it up at any point, go back and revisit things, like on a CD or in a book."

* "Unbreakable" includes a documentary and commentary that clarifies writer-director M. Night Shyamalan's attempt to create a live-action superhero comic book.

* "Shrek" has an extended ending as well as games and elaborate karaoke-style features that allow viewers to voice or sing along with characters from the film.

* "Terminator 2" includes a disc that lets viewers watch the movie while reading the script and looking at storyboards.

* Oliver Stone's "JFK" and "Nixon" include Internet links to sites about both presidents that offer historical perspectives and a panoply of conspiracy theories.

* "Into the Arms of Strangers," a documentary about the rescue of Jewish children during World War II, has a study guide and Internet links to related historical topics.

* The "Pearl Harbor" special edition, arriving July 2, offers a longer version of the film and several different reenactments of Dec. 7, 1941. It also includes commentaries from survivors as well as the filmmakers. The film footage can be compared with the "animatrics" version (an animated moving storyboard used to plan the sequence) and a digital video diary shot while the movie was being made. It also has a comprehensive bibliography of Pearl Harbor Web sites.

* "Clue," based on the board game, offers multiple endings and related games.

* "The 39 Steps," the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock thriller, features the "Lux Radio Theatre" radio version of the murder-mystery.

* "A Star Is Born," the 1954 version starring Judy Garland and James Mason, has footage of the live telecast of the Hollywood premiere at the Pantages.

* "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" has an interactive game for kids, "Dopey's Wild Mine Ride," and artwork dealing with the making of the film.

* "The Godfather" set features the Academy Award acceptance speeches of Francis Ford Coppola; his father, composer Carmine Coppola; and producer Al Ruddy.

* "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" double disc features stars Michael Palin and Terry Jones revisiting the locations used in the 1975 comedy.

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