Picks and Pans Review: New on DVD

UPDATED 08/22/2005 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/22/2005 at 01:00 AM EDT

The Upside Of Anger ($27.95)
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A smart, superbly acted romantic comedy aimed at grown-ups. When her husband disappears, presumably having vamoosed with his Scandinavian assistant, an abandoned wife (Joan Allen, doing Oscar-nomination-worthy work) lashes out and starts swigging booze. But time, and a romance with a mangy neighbor (Kevin Costner, also terrific), help heal the wound. Extras: Snappy deleted scenes, a making-of feature and lively audio commentary by Allen and director-writer-costar Mike Binder, in which he reveals that he wrote the script expressly for Allen and had to finance the film independently after Hollywood studios all nixed her as the lead. (R)

Kung Fu Hustle ($28.95)
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Enjoyably wacky, this inventive martial arts extravaganza from cowriter-director-star Stephen Chow (Shaolin Soccer) features dancing gangsters and cartoonish violence. Extras: An infectiously convivial commentary by Chow and several cast members (in Cantonese, with English subtitles), an amusing blooper reel, an interview in English with Chow and a behind-the-scenes feature. (R)

Layer Cake ($26.96)
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Daniel Craig, the English actor touted as a possible new James Bond, struts his impressive stuff as a coolly efficient drug dealer in a stylish British crime thriller. Sienna Miller, Colm Meaney and Michael Gambon costar. Extras: Deleted scenes and moderately informative commentary by director Matthew Vaughn (the husband of model Claudia Schiffer) and writer J.J. Connolly, who mumbles inaudibly half the time. (R)

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