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More Spidey 'Extended cut' means 8 more minutes of the superhero

It's called "Spider-Man 2.1 Extended Cut" by way of having eight additional minutes of footage. Whether you should buy this new DVD ($19.94, Sony; available Tuesday) of the Spidey sequel is a relatively simple question to answer compared to other extended cuts.

If you need to have everything Spidey, go ahead and buy this two-disc set. If you don't already own the previously released "Spider-Man 2" DVD, this new set would be a good investment. If you're a casual fan who already owns "Spider-Man 2" on DVD, then you're probably fine with what you have.

The eight additional minutes here aren't earth-shattering and don't add anything to the story. In interviews included on the disc, you'll even hear the filmmakers say most of what was left out of the film was done so because it didn't work. Only one fight sequence in a law office between Doc Ock and Spider-Man was added.

Whatever you do, be sure to have at least one version "Spider-Man 2." It's a fun movie with lots of action -- plus romance -- and it sets the stage for the May 4 release of the darker "Spider-Man 3."

Among the bonus features on this new set: "Inside 2.1," a look at and explanation of the added footage that includes a scene with J. Jonah Jameson (as played by J.K. Simmons) in a Spidey costume and an expanded version of the elevator scene between Spider-Man and comic Hal Sparks; "With Great Effort Comes Great Recognition," a featurette that walks viewers through the Oscar nomination process ("For that one night, you feel like a rock star," FX supervisor Scott Stokdyk says of winning an Oscar); and a "Spidey-Sense" trivia pop-up feature.

A nearly three-minute preview of "Spider-Man 3" shares a glimpse of the Sandman, as well as comments by actors, including new addition Topher Grace, who sheds his goofy "That '70s Show" persona with a new blond haircut. "It's a continuation of the story of Peter Parker on his way to becoming the hero we all thought he would be," director Sam Raimi says of the movie that ultimately finds Spidey battling his dark side.

A really cool extra is a multiangle feature on Danny Elfman's score. Hit the "angle" button on your remote, and Elfman pops up on the bottom left of the screen talking as footage of the orchestra playing is shown on top. A movie scene is later added as a third element.

Click off that "angle" button and Elfman goes away, allowing you to hear his music played against the scene from the movie.

Valerie Bertinelli is currently making headlines by proclaiming "she's fat." Millions of us, however, would say she's as adorable as ever. Just check her out in the entertaining made-for-TV family movie "Wilderness Love" ($14.98, GT Media), in which she stars opposite Jeffrey Nordling ("Once and Again," "Dirt") as a divorced couple looking for love by dating others -- until their children intervene.

If you're interest is piqued about why directors Robert Rodriquez and Quentin Tarantino are so fond of the grindhouse movie genre, check out the "Midnight Movies Double Features," previously released by MGM Home Entertainment (each two-movie set is $14.98). "Invasion of the Star Creatures" is paired with "Invasion of the Bee Girls"; "The Mini-Skirt Mob" with "Chrome and Hot Leather." Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello star in the "Fireball 500"/"Thunder Alley" double feature.

Another set has one of my favorite B-horror flicks, "The Last Man on Earth," starring Vincent Price as the title character who is battling vampirelike zombies. It's a lot of fun, and it's paired with Ray Milland in "Panic in the Year Zero."

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Coming Tuesday

"Chocolate War" (MGM), "Freedom Writers" (Paramount), "George Eliot Collection" (BBC), "The Last King of Scotland" (Fox), "Notes on a Scandal" (Fox), "Pulp" (MGM), "THR3E" (Fox), "Thieves Like Us" (MGM) and "True Confessions" (MGM).

e-mail: truberto@buffnews.com

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DVD Extra

JUMP IN! FREESTYLE EDITION: Corbin Bleu stars as a teen with a passion for competitive jump roping in this popular Disney Channel original movie. Extras: A making-of featurette, music videos, plus Corbin hosts an instructional jump rope video. ($26.99, Disney. Available now.)

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