It's easy to become ensnared in this sequel's web. Spider-Man 2, again directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire as teen-turned-superhero Peter Parker, is funny, character-driven and blessed with a swell villain in Dr. Octavius (Alfred Molina). (PG-13) Extras: Chockablock. This two-disc set includes chatty, informative commentary by Raimi and Maguire, pop-up windows filled with nifty trivia (that scooter Peter rides is a 1977 Puch Newport), an amusing blooper reel and multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes, including particularly fascinating ones on the costumes (35 Spidey suits were needed) and the Spydercam (a camera rigged to cables so that it could swoop down 50 stories in mere seconds).
Maria Full of Grace($27.95)
Catalina Sandino Moreno, the Colombian actress who was so incandescent in this compelling film about a 17-year-old who becomes a; drug smuggler, recently scored an Independent Spirit Awards nomination for Best Actress—and she could be a contender come Oscar time. (R)Extras: An illuminating commentary by director Joshua Marston, but otherwise paltry.
The Complete Pluto (Volume 1) ($32.99)
Pluto's loveable antics—did any canine ever get into more trouble pursuing a bone?—are on display in a two-disc set. The 28 animated shorts, made between 1930 and 1947, include his 1941 Oscar-winner, Lend a Paw. (Not rated)Extras: Plentiful, featuring a helpful intra by Leonard Maltin and interviews with Pluto's animators.