NEW YORK – "The Matrix Revolutions," "Cheaper by the Dozen," "The Pink Panther" and "Freaks and Geeks" are new on DVD.
Neo wasn't the one for me, so "The Matrix Revolutions" (search) won't be at the top of my must-rent list. But maybe with the ability to rewind a few times some of the scenes will make more sense. A whole extra disc of extras may help too. As Mark Caro from The Chicago Tribune put it, "If you weren't keen on the direction of 'Reloaded,' you're not likely to do an about-face as 'Revolutions' continues down the same road."
Next, Steve Martin's quality plummet continues with the modestly successful "Cheaper by the Dozen." (search) The always great Bonnie Hunt does what she can as Martin's wife, but this Mister Mom to 12 kids falls pretty flat -- and tries to get serious in the last 10 minutes. You've seen all the gags in the trailer. Cheaper still is to stay away.
Speaking of Martin, can he possibly live up to the original Inspector Clouseau? We get a reminder this week when five of the original "Pink Panther" (search) movies are released. I'm sure I'll be glued to the tube for all five this weekend. Peter Sellers owns this role -- and nothing Martin can do in the remake he's working on can change that.
Finally, I missed all the critical acclaim for the canceled series "Freaks and Geeks," (search) even though I was alternately a member of both groups in high school. For fans who want to introduce the defunct series to new fans, the show's only season is now on DVD. Lots of extras? That would be geeky, so I'm sure they're there.