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Director, stars come for the `Transamerica' ride

Felicity Huffman, an Oscar nominee for her role, and filmmaker Duncan Tucker talk about the indie project.

May 23, 2006|Susan King | Times Staff Writer

"Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman received a Golden Globe award and a best actress Oscar nomination for her bravura -- and brave -- performance in "Transamerica," which makes its debut on DVD today (Weinstein Co., $29).

An uneven comedy-drama, the film features Huffman as a conservative transgender woman who discovers she has a 17-year-old son (Kevin Zegers).

Extras include interviews with writer-director Duncan Tucker and his two stars, a blooper reel and commentary from Tucker.

Also new this week:

"Cheaper by the Dozen 2" (Fox, $30): Sequel to the popular 2003 family comedy about a dysfunctional but loving family of 12 children. Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt play the parents of the brood. In this outing, Eugene Levy and Carmen Electra join the cast. Director Adam Shankman supplies the entertaining commentary.

"The Cecil B. DeMille Collection" (Universal, $6): Five films from the 1930s by the legendary director: 1934's "Cleopatra" is a dazzling over-the-top spectacle about the Queen of the Nile (Claudette Colbert); 1932's "The Sign of the Cross" is an epic about the Christians and the Romans set during the reign of Nero (Charles Laughton); in 1934's "Four Frightened People," Colbert and Herbert Marshall star in a rarely seen drama about four passengers who land on the coast of a treacherous jungle after escaping from their plague-infested ship; 1935's "The Crusades" is an uneven historical adventure starring Henry Wilcoxon as Richard I; and 1939's "Union Pacific," which was DeMille's final black-and-white film.

"Wings -- The Complete First and Second Seasons" (Paramount, $39): Though never a critics' darling, this pleasant NBC sitcom about two brothers (Steven Weber and Tim Daly) operating a small airline in Nantucket ran from 1990 to 1997. With Crystal Bernard, Thomas Haden Church and Tony Shalhoub.

"Brilliant But Canceled: EZ Streets" (Universal, $20): Three episodes of the short-lived CBS urban crime drama from "Crash" writer-director Paul Haggis. Ken Olin, Joe Pantoliano and Jason Gedrick star. Universal is also releasing "Brilliant But Canceled: Crime Dramas," which features episodes from four short-lived series: 1959-60's "Johnny Staccato," starring John Cassavetes as a jazz pianist detective; Steven Bochco's 1976-77 CBS detective drama "Delvecchio," starring Judd Hirsch; 1989's crime drama "Gideon Oliver," with Lou Gossett Jr. as a anthropology professor-detective; and 2004's "Touching Evil," starring Jeffrey Donovan as a renegade government agent.

Also: "High School Musical -- Encore Edition" (Disney, $27); "One Last Thing" (Magnolia, $30); "Bloodrayne" (Uwe Boll, $27); "Boston Legal-Season 1" (Fox, $50); "Boondock Saints -- Special Edition" (Fox, $27); "The Closer -- First Complete Season" (Warner, $40); "Harlan County, U.S.A." (Criterion, $40): "The Devil's Miner" (First Run, $25); "The Dog Whisperer -- The Complete First Season" (Universal, $70); and "Hollow Man 2" (Sony, $25).

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