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DVDs In Brief

Did embarrassed people look any different in the '60s than they do now? The 10-disc set Candid Camera: 5 Decades Of Smiles (WEA) offers plenty of chances to find out, during sample episodes and best-of compilations dating back to the show's 1948 TV debut…

According to the Internet Movie Database, Sony reportedly had to pay around $100,000 to digitally remove the Kabbalah bracelet of noted Talmudic scholar Ashton Kutcher from Guess Who (Sony), the limp color-reversed remake of Guess Who's Coming To Dinner. That curious bit of trivia is infinitely funnier than anything in the film, a bland mediocrity that trades in the original's ham-fisted liberal sermonizing for labored slapstick and sticky sentimentality…

Bruno Ganz's powerful, uncanny portrayal of Adolf Hitler as paranoid, psychotic, and hateful, but still painfully human earned Downfall (Sony) scads of controversy and attention upon its release, but the film's meticulous, darkly funny depiction of the horrific last days of the Third Reich is what makes it worth a look…

Just what the world needs: A director's cut of the most lugubrious sword-and-sandals epic to slog onto the screen since Cleopatra nearly ruined 20th Century Fox in 1963. But wait, the two-disc edition of Oliver Stone's Alexander (Warner Bros.) is actually shorter than the theatrical version by six minutes. And in Stone's film, six minutes can feel like a lifetime.


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