New DVD releases: ‘Hancock,' ‘Fred Claus'


Will Smith, in his latest summer hit, plays the title role, a boozy misanthrope with a strange connection to a woman (Charlize Theron) whose husband (Jason Bateman) tries to give the hero a makeover to improve his public image. The PG-13-rated theatrical release and an unrated version with extra footage are available in separate single-disc DVD releases, while a two-disc DVD set and the Blu-ray edition contain both cuts of the movie, and a digital copy for portable video players. Extras include a making-of segment and a batch of behind-the-scenes featurettes. Single DVD, $28.96; two-disc DVD set, $34.95; Blu-ray, $39.95. (Sony)

‘Fred Claus'

Santa's black-sheep brother (Vince Vaughn) is bailed out of his latest jam by his saintly sibling (Paul Giamatti) and forced to work off his debt at the North Pole, where he learns to re-evaluate his conniving ways as a heartless efficiency expert (Kevin Spacey) plots to put St. Nick out of a job. The comedy also stars Rachel Weisz, Kathy Bates and Elizabeth Banks. The DVD and Blu-ray releases come with deleted scenes and commentary from director David Dobkin. The Blu-ray disc also has a DVD game, featurettes and a music video by co-star Chris “Ludacris” Bridges. DVD, $28.98; Blu-ray, $35.99. (Warner Bros.)

‘The Spy Who Came in From the Cold'

Martin Ritt's chilling 1965 adaptation of John le Carre's Cold War thriller gets a DVD makeover in a two-disc set. Richard Burton stars as a burned-out veteran British agent who strikes up a relationship with a communist sympathizer (Claire Bloom) and is approached by operatives from behind the Iron Curtain to defect. The restored film is accompanied by an interview with le Carre and a BBC documentary about his career, a 1967 interview with Burton, a 1985 chat with Ritt and an essay on the production. $39.95. (Criterion)

Also: Space Chimps, Meet Dave.


‘24: Redemption'

Kiefer Sutherland's counterterrorism superagent works overtime with this feature-length movie that arrives on DVD just days after its TV premiere. The movie bridges the four-year gap between the action of season six and the upcoming season seven, with Sutherland's Jack Bauer doing missionary work in Africa, where he defends an orphanage from a dictator recruiting children for his Army. The DVD has an extended cut adding 10 minutes. $26.98. (20th Century Fox)

‘A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All'

Stephen Colbert gets his own holiday show with this comedy and music special that comes to DVD days after premiering on TV. Riding out a snowstorm in his cabin, Colbert celebrates the holiday with songs and silliness featuring Elvis Costello, Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, John Legend, Feist and Jon Stewart. $19.99. (Paramount)

Also: Freaks and Geeks: Yearbook Edition; Beverly Hills 90210: The Sixth Season; Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. The Final Season; The Mod Squad: Season 2, Volume 1.