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Dream shaker Added features help reduce confusion of high-concept thriller

Ever have a bad dream so vivid you swear it was real? What if it really was real?

That's the predicament facing Linda Hanson, the housewife played by Sandra Bullock in "Premonition" ($28.95, DVD; $38.96, Blu-ray).

The day after learning her husband ("Nip/Tuck's" Julian McMahon) has been killed in an auto accident, Linda wakes up to find him eating breakfast. Thinking it was a bad dream, Linda still can't shake off the feeling that something's not right -- like the fact that she's living her days out of order.

What day is it? Is Jim dead or alive? Can she change fate? Those are all questions asked by Linda -- and the audience.

The original story by Billy Kelly is a fantastic idea on paper that doesn't quite translate to the screen. The movie is delightfully moody and creepy, but it's also confusing. Still, the idea is so good that you'll want to push the "do-over" button and see if they couldn't just tweak this film a bit. It's reassuring, for some strange reason, to know that the confusion you'll feel as a viewer was also felt by the cast and crew.

"It was insanity. There was a state of chaos," Bullock says about filming in one of the interviews on the DVD. "There was always a time during the day when we asked, 'What do we know, what do we not know?' "

Bonus features include a commentary with Bullock and director Mennan Yapo; deleted scenes with an optional director's commentary; a blooper reel; and a nicely done making-of feature that provides insight into the movie's ending. You may chuckle hearing Bullock impersonate German director Yapo as she shares stories such as the time Yapo took the camera off her during an emotional close-up to get a shot of crows that landed on a nearby tree.

"Bringing Order to Chaos" is an interesting featurette in which Yapo talks viewers through abbreviated versions of each day from the movie, but this time in order (Sunday through Saturday), instead of the scattered arrangement in the film.

> TV on DVD

* "The Rookies: The Complete First Season" ($49.95, Sony; Available now). Aaron Spelling may be known to younger viewers for "90210" and "Melrose Place," but he helped popularize police-crime dramas in the 1960s and 1970s with such shows as "Mod Squad," "Charlie's Angels" and "Starsky and Hutch."

"The Rookies" ran from 1972-76 and launched the career of lovely young Kate Jackson, who starred as the understanding nurse-wife of officer Mike Danko (played by Sam Melville). When "The Rookies" ended (and spawned the spinoff "S.W.A.T."), Jackson went off to find fame as one of "Charlie's Angels."

This five-disc boxed set has 23 episodes from the first season as it followed the lives of a group of rookie cops played by Melville, Michael Ontkean and Georg Stanford Brown. Guest stars included Brown's wife, Tyne Daly ("Cagney and Lacey"), Cheryl Ladd (another "Angel") and Martin Sheen.

* "The Incredible Hulk: The Complete Second Season" ($39.98, Universal; Available now). Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno return as Dr. Bruce Banner and his alter-ego, the original mean, green fighting machine called the Hulk. This five-disc set has 22 episodes.

* "Taxicab Confessions: New York, New York" ($14.97, HBO Video; Available now). The Emmy-winning documentary series travels to the Big Apple where passengers spill their secrets.

>Coming Tuesday

"Classic Musicals from the Dream Factory, Volume 2" (Warner), "MGM Movie Legends: Elvis Collection" (MGM), "Renaissance" (Buena Vista), "The Monster Squad: 20th Anniversary Edition" ("Lionsgate), "Todd McFarlane's Spawn: The Animated Collection" (HBO) and "Zodiac" (Paramount).

TV on DVD: "Benson: The First Season" (Sony), "Land of the Giants: The Complete Series" (Fox), "Stargate SG-1: Season 10" (MGM) and "Weeds: Season 2" (Lionsgate).

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>DVD Extra

GUNSMOKE: THE FIRST SEASON: The longest-running TV series makes its DVD debut. The six-disc set has 39 episodes featuring lawman Matt Dillon (James Arness) and saloonkeeper Miss Kitty (Amanda Blake). ($42.99, Paramount. Available now).

e-mail: truberto@buffnews.com

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