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Transamerica - Felicity Huffman delivers one of last year's best performances and one of the finest gender-bending turns ever as a man about to become a woman. The character's final preparations for sex-change surgery are sidetracked when a previously unknown son appears on the scene. Writer-director Duncan Tucker offers DVD commentary and joins with Huffman and co-star Kevin Zegers in two separate conversations about the film. The disc also has Dolly Parton's music video for her Academy Award-nominated song Travelin' Through. The clever cover has one of those morphing three-dimensional surfaces whose images change when you turn it, but it reflects the beauty obsession of Hollywood and the culture at large: You only see Huffman in her dowdy, masculine mode of the film when you stare at the cover sideways, but looked at straight-on, you see Huffman glamorously dolled up, like a publicity still for Desperate Housewives. DVD, $28.95. (Genius)

Cheaper by the Dozen 2 - It was bad enough that Hollywood had to defame the name of a nice, old comic drama - 1950's Cheaper by the Dozen - with the 2003 update that borrowed the title but replaced the original's heart with bad slapstick and cloying kids. Now we get another dose of Steve Martin in his lamest big-studio mode, returning as patriarch of a brood of 12 children, including Hilary Duff and Tom Welling of Smallville. This painful sequel has father Martin and his wife (Bonnie Hunt) taking the clan to a lake resort, where they square off against a rival family led by Eugene Levy, who has never been less funny on screen. The DVD has a couple of featurettes and commentary by director Adam Shankman. DVD, $29.98. (20th Century Fox)

Kingdom of Heaven - As if we really needed a three-hour-plus version of Ridley Scott's historical snoozer that tanked last year. This new four-disc set pads the Crusades epic starring Orlando Bloom with about 50 minutes of extra footage. Bloom stars as a grieving blacksmith whisked away from his personal troubles by his knightly dad (Liam Neeson) who launches his boy toward a new destiny as defender of Jerusalem during the medieval Christian-Muslim conflicts. Scott offers an introduction and teams with Bloom and many of his behind-the-scenes collaborators for commentary. The set also has two full discs of background material documenting the movie from conception through its release. DVD set, $34.98. (20th Century Fox)


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