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Genius Bows Witty and Transgendered Women

14 Mar, 2006 By: Erik Gruenwedel

The Transamerica DVD features a 3-D lenticular cover that shows Felicity Huffman's makeup transformation.

Genius Products and The Weinstein Co. are unveiling two acclaimed actresses on DVD.

Santa Monica, Calif.-based Genius April 18 streets Mrs. Henderson Presents on DVD at $28.95. The film stars Judi Dench (Pride & Prejudice), whose performance as a sexy, eccentric English-society widow earned the veteran film and stage actress Oscar and Golden Globe nominations.

The titillating comedy also stars Bob Hoskins (Beyond the Sea), Christopher Guest (A Mighty Wind) and Kelly Reilly (Pride & Prejudice).

Available in both widescreen and full screen versions with Spanish subtitles, Henderson presents a making-of featurette, interviews with the notorious “Windmill Girls” and audio commentary from director Stephen Frears (High Fidelity).

Separately, Genius May 23 (prebook April 11) releases Transamerica on DVD at $28.95, starring Felicity Huffman of “Desperate Housewives.”

Huffman won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as a transsexual about to take the final step in the transformation from a man to a woman.

The DVD features special 3-D lenticular cover art that shows the makeup transformation of Huffman into her character.

The film, which co-stars Kevin Zegers (Dawn of the Dead), Fionnula Flanagan (Four Brothers), Graham Greene (Dances With Wolves) and Elizabeth Peña (Tortilla Soup), features the Golden Globe- and Oscar-nominated song “Travelin' Thru,” sung by Dolly Parton.

Additional features include a blooper reel, audio commentary from first-time director Duncan Tucker, music video with Parton and behind-the-scenes of the video.

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