Slither and Other New Releases

Space slugs and zombies make for wholesome home video alternative to Saw III.

Reservoir Dogs: 15th Anniversary Edition

Lionsgate, $19.98

Quentin Tarantino's first film shows its age these days, mostly because we've seen all of its tricks done far better by now. From the nonlinear storytelling to the pop-culture gabfests to the shameless cribbing from obscure films, everything that once seemed so shockingly fresh has since become Tarantino's formula. Fortunately, it's one hell of a formula—he's yet to make a single stinker. (And the Internet trailer for his next flick, Grindhouse, is more fun than most full-length movies.) But a rerelease like this is all in the extras, and this one's pretty well loaded. There are plenty of deleted scenes and docs, from making-ofs to psychological profiles of the characters. There's even an audio interview from a (purportedly) real-life stickup man who pokes holes in the movie's plot with vivid detail. Conspicuously absent is a full director's commentary, a little shocking from a guy who's this gabby. JORDAN HARPER


Universal, $29.98

Slither is about space slugs that turn people into zombies. So it's not for everyone. It's also B-movie bliss, a smart mixture of gross-outs and laughs that stands head and shoulders above most horror flicks these days. Written and directed by James Gunn, who co-wrote the classic Tromeo & Juliet, the movie walks a fine line between genuine creepiness and comedy. Slither works because, unlike Saw and its spawn (part two of which also comes to DVD this week), it allows you to have stupid fun without insulting your intelligence. Also, y'know, there are space slugs and zombies, both of which come in a variety of shapes and gross factors. The extras are worth a peek, too—especially the docs about making monsters and fake blood. JORDAN HARPER

That's My Bush! The Definitive Collection

Paramount, $26.99

By "definitive," it means all eight episodes of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's Bush-bashin' sitcom parody are here, with a few minutes of commentary. The South Park–ers discuss how this show made their real franchise better without explaining why this one wasn't what it could have been. Perhaps it just felt too prophetic, or maybe it was too arch—Three's Company starring a guy who looked like Dubya (Timothy Bottoms) surrounded by familiar sitcom faces playing broader than a billboard. Or perhaps on the network of Jon Stewart, who was coming into his own as America's fake newsman, it felt redundant; the phony version's just never as funny as the real GWB, who says things no scriptwriter could conjure. ROBERT WILONSKY

Other Releases

Well worth renting is the bar mitzvah farce Keeping Up With the Steins, with Jeremy Piven essentially recycling his Entourage character—but what's wrong with that? From TV, HBO is dusting off volume three of The Hitchhiker and releasing a Roseanne Barr comedy special. Even more special is Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible III, which got its very own release date, Oct. 30 (DVDs are traditionally assigned a Tuesday "street date" for reasons nobody understands). Vera Farmiga got her role in The Departed on the strength of her drug addict turn in Down to the Bone, delivering what many critics considered the best female performance of 2005. Only hot rod enthusiasts need bother with Tales of the Rat Fink (a documentary profile of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth). For comedy fans, there's no better holiday gift than a 20 (!) disc set of the complete Kids in the Hall series.

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