The Ant Bully -- One of only 612 animated movies to be released this year in which animals talk and do silly things, TAB hits DVD packing a bunch of new animated shorts, a few deleted scenes and some family-friendly featurettes. Plus, admit it: You're curious about seeing a cartoon flick in which the voices are contributed by Julia Roberts, Paul Giamatti, Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep. Or maybe you aren't.

Clerks 2 -- Raunchy and funny I fully expected ... but kinda sweet, too? That I didn't really see coming. As is always the case with Kevin Smith's DVD, the C2 dual-platter promises 37 styles of supplemental goodness: Three commentaries, a bunch of deleted scenes, a feature-length documentary, a handful of featurettes, outtakes, internet shorts, and of course a bunch of vulgar little surprises.

See No Evil
-- I surely didn't expect anything resembling "quality filmmaking" from the combined efforts of "WWE Films" and porn director Gregory Dark -- but I really wasn't expecting a low-rent slasher flick that was this outrageously unwatchable. Horror fans may delight in the few icky killings, but they're couched between a plot / cast / screenplay that's the absolute pinnacle of banality. Plus the killer is a big doofy dork who's not scary in the least. I'm not sure what extras Lionsgate is tossing onto this disc, but they could throw the entire collected works of Gregory Dark on there, and it still couldn't salvage this movie. (And just so you know, Greg once directed a movie called Hootermania.)

Supergirl -- Kal-El's hot little cousin makes her way to Earth and tangles with evil in the form of Faye Dunaway. Peter O'Toole, Peter Cook and Mia Farrow are somehow involved, if you can believe it. Director Jeannot Szwarc provides an audio commentary, should you just want to enjoy Helen Slater's Supertights without all that pesky dialogue.

Superman (4-disc Special Edition) -- One of the finest superhero flicks ever made gets a really fancy re-release that'll put the previous Special Edition (which is pretty damn solid) to Supershame. Choose between the original 1978 version or the re-jiggered 2000 cut, and when you're done with both of those you can pick through filmmaker commentaries, score-only audio tracks, documentaries, screen tests, deleted scenes, 1951's Superman and the Mole Men, and a whole bunch of classic Fleischer cartoons. (Someone please buy me this DVD for Christmas even though I'm Jewish.) a href="">Superman 2 (2-disc Special Edition) -- Here's the original theatrical cut of the generally well-admired sequel, only it's been spruced up with a whole bunch of new goodies, including a producer's commentary, several featurettes both new and old, and another big batch of vintage Supercartoons.

Superman 2 (The Richard Donner Cut) -- It's been widely discussed for the past several decades that, despite the overwhelming success of the first Superman, the series producers canned director Richard Donner before he could finish his sequel -- which means that the Superman 2 you know and love was actually half-directed by Donner and half-directed by Richard Lester. And now, at long last, we can finally see what Donner's version would have looked like ... or pretty close to it, anyway. This fanboy Holy Grail comes complete with director's commentary, a new featurette on the restoration, and some additional scenes that weren't among the 15 minutes wedged back into the movie.

Superman 3 (Deluxe Edition) -- I'm sorry, but it makes me really angry that this DVD cover shows off Christopher Reeve, Robert Vaughn and Pamela Stephenson (!?!?) but not Richard Pryor -- which is not only a huge slap in the face to the legendary comedian, but also really bizarre when you consider that Pryor is the guy who helped keep this deteriorating series afloat for a third venture. Meh, I don't like this movie anyway, but those who do will appreciate the new producer's commentary, old-school featurette and deleted scenes.

Superman 4: The Quest for Peace (Deluxe Edition) -- The Superseries crashed and burned when it was sold off to the Golan/Globus hacks, and anyone who can say (with a straight face) that this is a good sequel should be forced to watch Superman 4 (and Batman & Robin and Catwoman) on an endless loop for all eternity. Not even Gene Hackman's return can salvage this chintzy little chore of a movie. Extras include a screenwriter commentary and some deleted scenes.

Superman Returns
-- The world's most popular superhero gets retrofitted for a whole new generation, complete with relationship angst, a decided lack of action and a strange little subplot involving ... paternity issues. Still, it's a handsomely mounted and perfectly entertaining concoction -- even if the thing needs about 20 more minutes of actual, y'know, action. The 2-disc edition comes with a three-hour documentary, several deleted scenes and a few featurettes. And if you suspect that this flick's going to get the "double-dip" treatment some time in the near future, I'd say you couldn't possibly be more right.

Ultimate Collector's Edition -- Includes all of the Superflicks mentioned above, although Supergirl wasn't invited to the party. Dummies. Exclusive to this set are a few choice goodies that you won't find on the stand-alone releases, so if you're a hardcore Kal-El-aholic, this is the package you want. Fair warning though: Some sort of production glitch has occurred, and here's what it means: If you purchase the Ultimate Collector's Set, you'll be getting the original DVD of Superman 3, and that platter is lacking all the new extras. (Monika covers that story for us right here.) Oh, and there's also a "Christopher Reeve Collection," which offers the 4-disc Superman, the 2-disc (theatrical) Superman 2, and the new single-disc editions of Superman 3 and 4, should you need your Superfix but are beholden to a tight budget.

The Usual Suspects
(Collector's Edition) -- Superman battles Keyser Soze... Whoops, this isn't a Superman movie. It's an all-new special edition of the flick that made Bryan Singer so damn popular in the first place. Well, I already own a pretty well-stocked DVD for this very fine film, but here's what the new edition is offering: Three commentaries, a whole bunch of featurettes, deleted scenes, TV spots, trailers and a gag reel. Plus it's a movie that gets better on repeat viewings -- after you already know the big twist.
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