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Jones and Del Toro in lukewarm pursuit

August 14, 2003|Susan King

The Hunted

Tommy Lee Jones,

Benicio Del Toro

Paramount, $30


Oscar winners Jones, Del Toro and director William Friedkin team for this uneven thriller that becomes bloodier and bloodier as the film progresses. The action revolves around the manhunt of a military assassin (Del Toro), who became psychotic after his brutal experiences in Kosovo, by the man who trained him to kill.

Jones and Del Toro do their best to breathe life into this hackneyed thriller, and Friedkin keeps things moving at a breakneck pace, but "The Hunted" is a washout.

The DVD includes the obligatory deleted scenes, four mini-documentaries on the making of the film and thoughtful commentary by Friedkin.


The Lizzie McGuire Movie

Hilary Duff, Adam Lamberg

Disney, $30

This frothy little comedy based on the Disney Channel series recalls those TV movies in which "Facts of Life" went to Paris or "Family Ties" headed for London. Duff is all charm and smiles as the sweetly goofy, klutzy Lizzie who, upon graduating from eighth grade, sets out with several students and her high school principal for a trip to Rome. Quicker than you can say "pizza," she is discovered to be the exact twin of an Italian pop star named Isabella. Isabella's hunky former partner wants Lizzie to pretend to be Isabella at a TV awards show. The soundtrack is filled with Duff performing light pop tunes.

The DVD is meager on the extras with a slick making-of feature, a few deleted scenes, including an alternate ending, some Duff music videos and a look at Duff in the recording studio, which turns out to be a promo for her coming album.


Cradle 2 the Grave

Jet Li, DMX

Warner Home Video, $28

Li is a tremendously talented martial arts superstar from Hong Kong, but save for his scene-stealing performance in "Lethal Weapon 4," he seems stymied in American movies. Whereas Jackie Chan has found success teaming in comedies with Chris Tucker and Owen Wilson, Li can't seem to find the right partner or project. It's especially true with this draggy, pedestrian thriller about a diamond theft and a kidnapping, which teams Li with rapper DMX. The equally snoozy digital edition has some deleted scenes, a music video and a look at how Li works on his fight sequences.


House of 1000 Corpses

Sid Haig, Karen Black

Lions Gate, $27

Rocker Rob Zombie wrote and directed this gruesome horror flick that was dropped by Universal because of the violent content and then picked up and dropped by MGM. This year, Lions Gate acquired and released the film, and it did well enough at the box office for the studio to green light a sequel.

A tribute to such '70s horror flicks as "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Last House on the Left," the chiller is actually stylishly done; it's just sick, twisted and very gory. The DVD features cast interviews, behind-the-scene raw footage and wry commentary from Zombie, who talks frankly about all the problems he encountered during and after production.


Also this week

Chris Rock stars in and directs the comedy "Head of State" (Dream

Works: $26.99); suspense thriller "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not" (Columbia Tristar: $29.95); "P.S. Your Cat Is Dead" (TLA: $29.99)

Top VHS rentals

1. Daredevil

2. Final Destination 2

3. Phone Booth

4. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

5. Solaris

Top DVD rentals

1. Daredevil

2. Final Destination 2

3. Phone Booth

4. Shanghai Knights

5. The Life of David Gale

What's coming

Tuesday: "Chicago," "Bowling for Columbine," "The Good Thief," "The Kid Stays in the Picture," "Sonny," "All the Real Girls" and "The Trial of Henry Kissinger"

-- Susan King

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