Why Marky Mark is now Mr. Wahlberg
"Shooter" (Paramount): Mark Wahlberg continues his decent run, following up on last year's solid sports hit "The Invincible" and his Academy...
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"Shooter" (Paramount): Mark Wahlberg continues his decent run, following up on last year's solid sports hit "The Invincible" and his Academy Award nomination for "The Departed" with this tale of an ace sharpshooter framed in a presidential-assassination attempt. Wahlberg plays a former military marksman who has become disillusioned with the government but is lured back into the fold to help scope out the people behind a plot to bump off the commander in chief, only to end up on the lam after he's fingered as the trigger man. The action-thriller DVD includes seven deleted scenes and a couple of behind-the-scenes featurettes.
"Black Snake Moan" (Paramount): Samuel L. Jackson singing the blues, Justin Timberlake playing a jittery lover, Christine Ricci chained to a radiator — what more could you want in a movie? Jackson plays a former bluesman who finds a Southern chick (Ricci) unconscious along the road and takes it on himself to heal her body, mind and soul by chaining her in his house until she mends her ways — and in the process helps him mend his own. The DVD includes deleted scenes and three behind-the-scenes featurettes.
"Pride" (Lionsgate): Terrence Howard stars in a standard-issue inspirational sports tale based on the true story of a black man in the 1970s who created a world-class swimming program for inner-city youths in Philadelphia. Bernie Mac co-stars as the facility's janitor who becomes Howard's assistant. The DVD includes deleted and extended scenes.
"Cult Camp Classics" (Warner Bros.): True cinematic milestones such as "The Giant Behemoth," "Hot Rods to Hell" and "Attack of the 50-Foot Woman" are gathered in four collections of cult flicks from Hollywood's schlock vaults. The three-disc, thematically arranged sets each contain three movies: The "Sci-Fi Thrillers" set has "The Giant Behemoth," "Queen of Outer Space" and "Attack of the 50-Foot Woman," the tale of a scorned wife who gets really big payback after an alien ray gun makes her the tallest girl in class. The "Women in Peril" set packs "The Big Cube," "Trog" and "Caged." The "Terrorized Travelers" set has "Skyjacked," "Hot Rods to Hell" and "Zero Hour!," a midair disaster flick whose plot was the basis for the spoof "Airplane!" The "Historical Epics" set offers "Land of the Pharaohs," "The Colossus of Rhodes" and "The Prodigal." Each movie also is available separately.
TV on DVD
"High School Musical: The Concert" (Disney):The enormously popular Disney Channel movie hits the concert stage as the teen stars perform songs from their big show. The DVD gives fans a chance to select different camera angles, while co-star Lucas Grabeel is host for a backstage visit with the cast.
"Psych: The Complete First Season" (Universal): A phony psychic (James Roday) sets up shop as a crime investigator, with his disbelieving buddy (Dulé Hill) on hand to help out and keep him honest. The first 15 episodes come in a four-disc set, along with commentary, deleted scenes, featurettes and Roday's audition reel.
"The New Adventures of Batman," "The New Adventures of Superman" (Warner Bros.): The DC Comics heroes are back in two animated series. The "Superman" show from the mid-1960s features the Man of Steel in 36 six-minute episodes on two discs, while the 1970s "Batman" series has 16 half-hour episodes on two discs, with Adam West and Burt Ward of the 1960s live-action series doing the voices of Batman and Robin.
Seattle Times transportation reporter Mike Lindblom describes some of the factors that may have led to the collapse of the I-5 bridge over the Skagit River in Mount Vernon on Thursday, May 23.