home video digest


Potter game for DVD

On Tuesday, Warner Home Video will release its first interactive DVD game, "Harry Potter: Hogwarts Challenge," on the same day as the DVD of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." Up to four people can play the game on a DVD player. Amit Desai, the Warner video unit's vp kids and sports marketing, said that more interactive DVDs will be released in the future as part of the company's "goal … to (bring) more family-friendly characters to life in a hands-on interactive way that is fun for all."

'Bonnie' reloads

"Bonnie & Clyde," the 1967 gangster movie with Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, finally will get the DVD VIP treatment March 25 when Warner Home Video releases the film in a two-disc special edition and an ultimate collector's edition. "Bonnie & Clyde" was part of Warner's initial batch of DVDs when the format launched in 1997, but it has never been reissued. The new editions include such extras as a History Channel documentary on the real Bonnie and Clyde and a making-of feature.

Brand-new meeting

Also getting special treatment, this time from MGM Home Entertainment, is a new "When Harry Met Sally …" collector's edition DVD, coming Jan. 15. Extras include commentaries from director Rob Reiner, Nora Ephron and Billy Crystal; eight deleted scenes; and several features.

'Shadows' alights

One of the most acclaimed works of Soviet sound cinema, Sergei Paradjanov's "Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors" (1964), will make its DVD debut from Kino International on Feb. 5, three months after a critically lauded theatrical rerelease in New York.