DVD reviews: ‘I’m Not There,’ ‘Over Her Dead Body,’ ‘Romance Collection,’ ‘Teeth’

Another reason to worship at the altar of Cate Blanchett: She nails Bob Dylan with her Oscar-nominated portrayal of the icon in “I’m Not There,” Todd Haynes’ impressionistic portrait of the artist as a self-indulgent enigma.
In all, Haynes casts six actors, including Heath Ledger, Christian Bale and Richard Gere, as Dylan, each representing a different aspect of the performer; outlaw, poet, dreamer/liar, iconoclast, egotistical brat. Some (Ledger’s and Blanchett’s) work is better than others. All are edgy. Blanchett’s, shot in black and white, also serves as a kind of homage to Fellini, with its stylistic, black-and-white cinematography and Fellini-esque portraits. Which is fine, except that the style often distracts from the substance, such as it is.
The film comes in at a few lyrics over two hours but it feels longer. Suggestion: Watch the segments that work for you and fast-forward through the rest. On the plus side, the soundtrack’s packed with great Dylan songs.
Extras: Filmmaker’s commentary; song selections and on-screen song lyrics; deleted scenes; alternate/extended scenes (worth a look); auditions; chat with Haynes; shorts on soundtrack, premiere; Ledger tribute; more.

Supernaturally bad
Just realized I made a typo: Meant to type “Over Her Dead Body”; instead I typed, “Over Her Dead Comedy.” Gotta love that subconscious. Eva Longoria Parker is an expressionless stunner as the ghost of Paul Rudd’s fiancée, killed by an ice angel on their wedding day (morbid but amusing) in this comedy wannabe. Longoria Parker acts bitchy and looks good, but that’s all there is. Rudd again plays a nice guy well, which may be the limit of his range. He’s quick with a quip, though, and he does seem like a nice guy.
Lake Bell gives her all as a psychic/caterer who tries to help Rudd move on with his life, falls for him, then must deal with his interfering ex – the psychic’s the only one who can see her. Other than animals. Did I mention the writing’s terrible? Jason Biggs plays the psychic’s ostensibly gay best pal.
Extras: Nothing. Just as well.

Mom’s Day special
OK, some moms would probably prefer the “Die Hard” set. But more most likely mirror my friend, who would go nuts over “The Romance Collection: Special Edition.” Among the titles is Colin Firth version of “Pride and Prejudice,” which my friend says she’s seen it 17 times (not an exaggeration). She has a thing for Firth. Two other female friends also claim Firth’s their heart’s desire. I don’t get it. But then, that film and this collection don’t target my gender (although “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” an adventure classic with Richard E. Grant, and the lusty “Tom Jones,” with Max Beesley and Samantha Morton, can be seen as cross-gender).
The rest of the set consists of “Emma” with Kate Beckinsale; “Victoria & Albert” with Nigel Hawthorn; “Jane Eyre” with Deborah Findlay and Ciaran Hinds; “Ivanhoe” with Steven Waddington and Hinds; and “Lorna Doone” with Martin Clunes and Amelia Warner.
Extras: Cast bios and filmographies; author bios and biblios; making-of short on Firth’s “Pride.”

Sex is dangerous
A young woman is born with mutated teeth between her legs in “Teeth,” a darkly humorous horror film that can be construed as a women’s-empowerment metaphor, a pro-celibacy parable or a men-are-cads reminder.
Inspired by the vagina dentata myth, the film stars Jess Weixler as an innocent teen cursed with, and frightened by, the teeth thing. The film’s compelling between the gory snap-bite-and-sever sequences, but could use some sharpening.
Extras: Thoughtful commentary by writer-director Mitchell Lichtenstein; making-of short; deleted scenes.

Also on DVD
“Ace of Hearts”: A detective (Dean Cain) and his teenage daughter (Britt McKillip) try to prove his German Shepherd partner in the K-9 unit is a good dog ­— yes you are — and innocent of hurting a suspect.
“Bella”: After his career comes crashing down, a hotshot soccer star (Eduardo Verastegui) and a struggling waitress (Tammy Blanchard) connect via the daily special: an act of kindness.
“The Business of Being Born”: Rikki Lake documentary offers insights into childbirth.
“Dans Paris”: After a bad breakup, a man sulks back to Paris, moves in with his divorced dad and testosterone-driven brother, and, with help from women, gets happy again; in French with subtitles.
“David Beckham: Life of an Icon”: Gooaaaaallllll!
“Delirious”: Comedy with Steve Buscemi as an ambitious, low-rent celeb photographer who becomes jealous of a homeless man (Michael Pitt) he hires as an apprentice when the latter sparks with a female pop star.
“First Sunday”: Caper comedy with Ice Cube and Tracy Morgan as petty crooks out to rob a church to pay a debt so one (Cube) can keep his son.
“Frontier(s) Unrated Director’s Cut: Four young fugitives hide out in an inn that harbors an evil family cult and tunnels filled with subhuman cannibals; in French; buy it now.
“Gamers”: Comedy about four slackers who deal with life by trying to break the world record for playing a role-playing game; with John Heard, Beverly D’Angelo, William Katt, Kelly LeBrock.
“Hiya, Kids!! A ‘50s Saturday Morning”: Complete episodes of 21 pioneer, black-and-white kids shows on two discs inclue “Howdy Doody,” “Andy’s Gang,” “Kukla, Fran and Ollie,” “The Cisco Kid.”
“The Hottie & the Nottie”: Paris Hilton stars (not a misprint) is a comedy about a hottie (guess who) who refuses to give her suitor a tumble until he finds a beau for her not-hot girlfriend (Christine Lakin).
“P.S. I Love You”: Letters from her late husband (Gerard Butler) help a woman (Hilary Swank) cope with his death and get on with her life.
“Senior Skip Day”: Geek throws bash at his house to make up for ruining high school senior’s skip day; raunchy comedy with Tara Reid.
“Shiva Rea: Flow Yoga for Beginners”: Tips your mom never gave you on movement and breathing.
“Steel City”: Two brothers react differently to their father’s incarceration; with America Ferrera.
Reach Barry Caine at bcaine@bayareanewsgroup.com.

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