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Inside the mind of a `Shooter'

Mark Wahlberg release features commentary from director Antoine Fuqua and a look at the Philadelphia setting.

June 26, 2007|Susan King | Times Staff Writer

"Shooter," which arrives today on DVD (Paramount, $30), is a fast-paced, R-rated action-thriller about a former Marine sniper (Mark Wahlberg) who is framed by some oily government operatives as the shooter behind an assassination attempt on the president.

Extras on the DVD include decent commentary from director Antoine Fuqua, deleted scenes and production documentaries -- the most interesting revolving around Wahlberg's training with a military sniper and a historical tour of Philadelphia's Independence Hall, which features prominently in the film.

Writer-director Craig Brewer follows up his 2005 hit "Hustle & Flow" with the tawdry but compelling exploitation flick "Black Snake Moan" (Paramount, $30).

Christina Ricci, wearing the barest minimum of clothing, plays a nymphet in a small Tennessee town who forms an unlikely relationship with a divorced ex-musician (Samuel L. Jackson). Justin Timberlake also stars in the film, which features a great down-and-dirty blues score.

Included on the DVD are deleted scenes, a "making of" featurette, a fascinating mini-documentary on the music heard in the movie, and astute commentary from Brewer.

Terrence Howard, who received a best actor Oscar nomination for his groundbreaking turn as a pimp in "Hustle & Flow," stars in the underdog sports movie "Pride" (Lionsgate, $29).

Well acted but formulaic, "Pride" focuses on the true-life story of Jim Ellis, who strove to receive respect for his all-black swim team in 1970s Philadelphia. Not only did Ellis succeed, he's still coaching his championship team in the City of Brotherly Love. Bernie Mac also stars.

Extras include musical montages, deleted and extended scenes and audio commentary from first-time feature director Sunu Gonera.

Also new

"Psyche: The Complete First Season" (Universal, $60): USA's lighthearted detective series certainly doesn't break any new ground but is eminently watchable thanks to the engagingly wacky performance by James Roday as an ultra-observant slacker who opens a detective agency with his reluctant friend (Dule Hill).

The four-disc sets includes several audio commentaries, a truly funny gag reel and mini-documentaries

"Porterhouse Blue" (Acorn, $40): The late great British actor Ian Richardson ("House of Cards") headlines this nifty 1987 British miniseries based on the novel by Tom Sharpe. The satire is set at a British college known more for its extravaganza and outmoded traditions than academic excellence. When the new headmaster (Richardson) announces he's going to reform Porterhouse, he finds himself embroiled in a battle with college's veteran butler (David Jason) who doesn't want any change in tradition.

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