"You Don't Mess With the Zohan" (PG-13) The Adam Sandler hit machine continues with his comedy about an Israeli commando who fakes his death to live the life he's dreamed about -- being a hairdresser in New York City and romancing his elderly clientele. On DVD, the movie comes in three varieties: single-disc releases (Sony, $29 each) with the theatrical version or an extended cut, or a two-disc set ($36) with the extended edition and a digital copy of the movie. Extras include deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes and commentary by Sandler and his collaborators. The Blu-ray release ($39) includes the theatrical and extended versions.
"The Happening" (R) Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel go on the run -- along with just about everyone else in the Northeast -- to stay ahead of a bizarre mental contagion that prompts people to kill themselves in grisly ways. The horror tale from writer/director M. Night Shyamalan arrives in a single-disc DVD (Fox, $30) and two-disc Blu-ray set ($40) accompanied by making-of segments on the special effects, makeup and prosthetics tricks that went into creating the gnarly visuals. The Blu-ray set also has a digital copy of the movie and a featurette on how Shyamalan crafted the eerie breeze that signals the movement of the contagion.
"The Visitor" (PG-13) Richard Jenkins delivers one of the year's finest performances with this drama about a lonely widower who forges an unlikely bond with the immigrant couple (Haaz Sleiman and Danai Gurira) illegally occupying his rarely used Manhattan apartment. Writer-director Tom McCarthy fills the story with vibrant music as Jenkins' sad-sack revitalizes his dreary life by joining one of his new friend's drum circles, battling the U.S. immigration bureaucracy and making fitful, touching stabs at romance. Among the extras on DVD (Anchot Bay, $30) and Blu-ray ($40) are deleted scenes, commentary by Jenkins and McCarthy, a making-of featurette and a segment on the African djembe drum featured in the film.
DAVID GERMAIN, ASSOCIATED PRESS