DVD Releases for July 24th.

The Bourne Files: 3 Disc Collection Three-disc set with “The Bourne Identity” and “The Bourne Supremacy.” Extras: All of the bonus features available on the original releases as well as a Sneak peek of “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “The Ludlum Identity” featurette, “The Ludlum Supremacy” featurette, “The Ludlum Ultimatum” featurette. (Universal).
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The release of this set is timed to coincide with the release of the third flick The Bourne Ultimatum, this set features the first two films with all of the previous features, plus a third disc with a trio of featurettes that look at the author of the Bourne books, the legendary Robert Ludlum.

James Elroy: American Dog (2005) Stylish documentary, narrated by Ellroy himself; $29.95. (Facets).
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The Rainmaker Special Collector’s Edition (1997) Dir.: Francis Ford Coppola; Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, Jon Voight, Claire Danes, Mickey Rourke, Mary Kay Place, Andrew Shue. Extras: Commentary by Coppola and DeVito, “Watch the Rainmaker With Francis Ford Coppola” featurette, “Francis Ford Coppola Directs John Grisham’s The Rainmaker” featurette, deleted scenes, screen tests. (Paramount).
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Mr. Lee’s review of this will be online in the next few days.

The Number 23 (2006) Dir.: Joel Schumacher; Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen, Danny Huston, Logan Lerman, Rhona Mitra. Extras: Deleted scenes, “The Number 23 Enigma” featurette, “How to Do Your Numbers” featurette, behind-the-scenes featurette, more. (New Line).

“The psychological thriller “The Number 23” stars Jim Carrey as a man whose life unravels after he comes into contact with an obscure book titled The Number 23. As he reads the book, he becomes increasingly convinced that it is based on his own life. His obsession with the number 23 starts to consume him, and he begins to realize the book forecasts far graver consequences for his life than he could have ever imagined.”

Sadly, Mr. Schumacher has been unleashed once again on filmgoers. A decent cast does their best with what they are given, but this lackluster thriller fails to invoke any emotions except maybe irritation. Is irritation an emotion?

Good to see Rhona Mitra working again. I was sad to see her depart Boston Legal, she and Allen (James Spader) had nice chemistry.

Perfume — The Story of a Murderer (2006) Director: Tom Tykwer. Stars: Ben Whishaw, Alan Rickman, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Dustin Hoffman. (DreamWorks/Paramount)
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Tom Tykwer (Run Lola, Run) brings Patrick Süskind’s novel (Das Parfum) to the big screen. Perfume is a very stylish and very creepy film. It tells the story of a man whose acute sense of smell drives him to obsess with finding the perfect scent.

Todd McFarlane’s Spawn: The Animated Collection -The 10th Anniversary Edition Extras: audio commentary, documentaries, featurettes, interviews, production sketches, storyboards.(HBO/Warner)
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“Evil begets evil. Hell begets hellspawn. Exploding from the comic book page onto the screen, Spawn is a deadly tornado of untapped, unwrapped merciless power. He was once a man…now he’s a hellspawn, battling the forces of evil on earth…and in himself. Gradually discovering the terrifying power he possesses, Spawn fights to uncover the truth about his identity and fulfill his destiny.”

This is a real treat. Ten years ago, HBO delivered a very stylish, very cool animated series based on Todd McFarlane’s damned warrior Spawn. Forget the lackluster (and that is a kind description) live action version, this is the only true Spawn.

Zodiac (2007) Director: David Fincher. Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Edwards, Brian Cox, Elias Koteas, Donal Logue, John Carroll Lynch, Dermot Mulroney. (Warner).
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