Picks and Pans Review: Now on DVD

updated 11/15/2004 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/15/2004 01:00AM

Shrek 2 (DreamWorks, $19.99)

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In an exceedingly clever sequel (the box office champ so far this year), the green ogre and bride Fiona journey to her home kingdom of Far Far Away. There they hit a few bumps on the road to happily ever after.

Extras: Loaded. There's an amusing parody of TV's American Idol, including feisty Puss in Boots singing—what else?—"These Boots Are Made for Walking." Also, a self-congratulatory audio commentary by the codirectors, oodles of activities for kids (games, a sing-along) and bloopers. (PG)

Gone with the Wind (Warner, $39.92)

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No matter how many times you've seen the 1939 classic about Scarlett O'Hara, the ur-southern belle, it still knocks your bonnet off, especially in this luscious digital restoration. Extras: Fabulously comprehensive. There's an exhaustive making-of feature; lively reminiscing by an impish Olivia de Havilland, 88, who played Melanie; and samples of scenes dubbed into French, Italian and German. (G)

The Stepford Wives (Paramount, $19.95)

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In a muddled, milquetoast comic remake of the 1975 sci-fi thriller, an ex-Manhattan career gal (Nicole Kidman) slowly discovers that her ultra-perfect housewife neighbors in a suburban paradise are really robots. Glenn Close, playing a manicured-to-the-tips-of-her-ears matron, steals the film, especially in her final scene. Extras: Unexceptional. Director Frank Oz offers an amiable audio commentary, and there are deleted and extended versions of scenes (including a funny one with Bette Midler). (PG-13)

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