Capsule reviews of ‘Narnia’ and other DVD releases


• “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe”: 2 ½ stars (Walt Disney Video, ’05) $34.99 DVD. 134 mins. Two discs. While this is a faithful adaptation of the first of C.S. Lewis’ seven books, this tale of schoolkids in a magical land looks great, but can’t quite deliver. Not up to snuff when compared to the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy or celluloid “Harry Potter” adventures. Rated: PG (violence, scares, adult themes, religious allegory)

• “Brokeback Mountain”: 3 ½ stars(Universal, ’05) $29.98 DVD. 134 mins. A serious, heartbreaking film from Ang Lee starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as two cowboys who fall in love. The portrayals of the confusion, anger and prejudice – from both 1960s society and between the men themselves – made this the biggest talker of Oscar season, although “Brokeback” lost the best picture prize to equally powerful “Crash.” Rated: R (nudity, sex)

Recent releases:

• “Bee Season”: (Twentieth Century Fox, ’05) $27.98 DVD. 104 mins. Flora Cross excels as a sixth-grader on a quest for God and family connection in a broken household.

With Richard Gere, Juliette Binoche and Max Minghella. Rated: PG-13 (profanity, intense family situations)

• “Dirty”: (Sony Pictures, ’05) $24.96 DVD. 97 mins. Cuba Gooding Jr. and B-movie staple Cole Hauser star in this yarn about a cop (Clifton Collins Jr.) torn between his duty and his gang-banger past. Rated: R (violence, profanity, sexual situations, drug use)

• “Little Manhattan”: Twentieth Century Fox, ’05) $27.98 DVD. 90 mins. A young boy and girl face each other in karate class and fall in love for the first time. Aww. Rated: PG (adult themes, profanity)