‘Scarface’ and Other New DVDs

Bend It Like Beckham also marks the first big role for Parminder K. Nagra, 25, and Kiera Knightley, 18. Knightly has since gone on to Pirates of the Caribbean, while Nagra has landed a role on E.R.. Soccer certainly paid off for these ladies, and you can see how hard they trained in an accompanying documentary.

Now they're both Hollywood players, and they're proving they've got game.

Nowhere In Africa An upper-class Jewish family escapes Nazi Germany by hiding in Kenya, where they toil on desolate farms, only to find, a decade later, that they're more African than they are German or Jewish. Where is their home? They don't know.

Nowhere in Africa, based on Stephanie Zweig's autobiographical novel, won the 2002 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The DVD adds the texture of Zweig's commentary, as she recounts her family's wartime saga showing photos of herself as a 5-year-old among Kenyan children.

Director Caroline Link shot the movie on location, with dialogue in German and Swahili, to capture the raw beauty of the land and frightening alienation of a story told largely through the eyes of Zweig as a child, giving it a perspective reminiscent to The Diary of Anne Frank.

Warner Legends Collection: Flynn, Cagney, & Bogart

Were the good old days really that good? Well, if Errol Flynn's swashbuckling wasn't worth grandma and grandpa's nickel ticket in 1938, at least they got to watch a newsreel and a Bugs Bunny cartoon at no extra cost.

Warner Legends is now recreating old time Hollywood with classic releases packaged just as they were when they were shown in the theaters.

Before you settle in for The Adventures of Robin Hood on Warner's "Night at the Movies" edition, you've already seen a performance by Freddie Rich and his Orchestra, as well as a black-and-white report on the latest in tank technology and the vintage cartoon "Katnip Kollege." By the time Flynn arrives in technicolor green tights, you might start wondering whether F.D.R. is going to run for a third term.

Warner has given similar treatment to James Cagney's Yankee Doodle Dandy and Humphrey Bogart's Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

Put in an original context, Olivia de Havilland as Maid Marian has extra oomph. Yankee Doodle Dandy, from 1942, includes a propaganda film starring Ronald Reagan narrating the derring-do of American servicemen.

Each film is available in two-disc sets, and you'll be happy to know, even as far back as 1938, there were blooper reels, outtakes and early screen tests, almost as if Cagney, Bogart and Flynn anticipated the future importance of home theater and the virtues of packing DVDs with extra goodies.

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