American Splendor Tops Splendid DVD Slate

Fresh off its Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, Fine Line Features’ American Splendor makes its way to video shelves today. The HBO-produced biographic look at life of file clerk-turned-cult cartoonist Harvey Pekar has made many critics’ top ten lists for 2003 and earned Hope Davis a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe nomination.

Written and directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, American Splendor stars Paul Giamatti as Pekar, creator of the autobiographical underground comic book American Splendor. The film features brief pieces of animation mixed in with the live-action to comically illustrate Pekar’s inner conflicts.

DVD bonus materials include group audio commentary with the directors, the cast and Harvey Pekar; the Sundance Channel’s featurette Anatomy of a Scene; a music track; the “My Movie Year” 12-page comic insert that appeared in Entertainment Weekly; easter eggs and DVD ROM features including a screen saver. The HBO Video release lists for $27.95 on DVD.

Also packaged to purchase today is Jimmy Neutron: Jet Fusion, featuring all four parts of the Rescue Jet Fusion series and six bonus episodes. The Paramount Home Ent. release has Jimmy enlisted as a spy on a mission to rescue Agent X, who turns out to be the boy genius’ movie hero, Jet Fusion. The DVD retails for $16.99 and includes the bonus episodes "My Son, the Hamster," "See Jimmy Run," "Krunch Time," "Safety First," "The Retroville 9," and "Grumpy Young Men."

Paramount Home Ent. also released today The Fairly OddParents: Superhero Spectacle, including five adventures chronicling Timmy’s quest to become a superhero. It features five bonus episodes and retails for $16.99 DVD.

For younger tykes, Anchor Bay offers Best of Gordon from HIT Ent.’s popular Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends series. The release includes nine adventures starring express engine Gordon and featuring storytellers Alec Baldwin and George Carlin. This fourth release in the fast-selling "Best of" DVD series includes three set-top games, bios, web links and a 12-page booklet. It lists for $19.98 DVD and $12.98 VHS. Also available is a special limited edition VHS version which includes an on-pack promotion featuring Learning Curve’s Wooden Railway Bertie the Bus for the suggested retail price of $14.98.