Naked City: The Complete Series (1958-63) is a 29-nine disc set with all 138 classic episodes of the acclaimed Emmy Award-winning police drama series filmed entirely in New York City and starring Paul Burke, Horace McMahon, Harry Bellaver, James Franciscus, John McIntire and Nancy Malone. “Naked City’s” first season featured half-hour episodes while the remainder of its four season run was comprised of hour-long episodes. The classic TV series (based on the 1948 Jules Dassin film of the same name) — which focused on the lives of the detectives of New York’s 65th Precinct, but wasn’t shy on vivid chases and gun fights — was famous for the signature closing line of every episode, “There are eight million stories in the Naked City. This has been one of them.” The show featured an amazing list of guest stars including Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, William Shatner, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Rip Torn, Alan Alda, George C. Scott, Telly Savalas, Leslie Nielsen, Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, James Caan, Jack Klugman, Jean Stapleton, Walter Matthau, Jon Voight, Gene Hackman, Christopher Walken, Carroll O’Connor, Jean Stapleton, Peter Falk, George Segal, Jack Warden, Ed Asner, Doris Roberts, Suzanne Pleshette, Diane Ladd, Vic Morrow, James Coburn, Mickey Rooney and Burgess Meredith, to name just a few. Formats: DVD, $179.98 but available for preorder at Amazon for $99.99. From Image Entertainment.
MAVERICK IS THEIR NAME
MAVERICK: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON (1959-60) James Garner and Jack Kelly are back for another round of high stakes wild west poker in the third season of this beloved TV classic. Bret (Garner) and Bart (Kelly) Maverick scheme and dream across the plains, always with a weathered eye out for way to line their coats with silver, both separately and together. The boys start the third season facing their most fearsome foe of all: their own, very quotable Pappy who is credited by being played by “???” – so tune in to find out who it is! Adding to the fun are a passel of special guest stars including Virginia Gregg, Henry Daniell, Adam West and Troy Donahue! Also among the psychotic sheriffs, lovely lady thieves, dangerous desperadoes featured in season three’s 26 off-the-beaten-path adventures can be found the likes of Buddy Ebsen, Joel Grey, and a very young Robert Redford.
SPACE STARS: THE COMPLETE SERIES (1981) As the entire world went “space crazy” at the end of the 70s, Hanna-Barbera remustered its Sci-Fi superstars Space Ghost and the Herculoids for an all-new round of adventures. Joining the 60s sci-fi faves in their interstellar battles against evil were newcomers Teen Force and Astro and the Space Mutts yes, that Astro! This collection of Space Stars comes complete with the recently discovered, never-before-seen “Space Science” segments, restored in all their educational glory. In each episode you can learn Space Magic tricks with Blip, Space Facts from Space Ace, or crack the Space Code with the Herculoids. There’s also a challenge to solve a Space Mystery (Hint: learn your Space Facts!) or you can just rock out to laser light show music video, “Space Mix”! They’re back for the first time ever! Newly Remastered
PARAMOUNTS BACK IN PRINT: Intrigue & Romance
THE COUNTERFEIT TRAITOR (1962) William Holden stars in this biopic portrait of real-life espionage ace Eric Erickson. American born Swedish oil trader Erickson (Holden) gets suborned into service by an oily and unctuous freelance operative (an excellent Hugh Griffith). As cynical as they come, Erickson thinks its possible to pass through the holocaust of World War II without taking sides. Teamed with a German freedom fighter (Lilli Palmer), Erickson travels a most dangerous “Road to Damascus” – inspecting and reporting on the Nazi oil industry to OSS – before the scales fall from his eyes at great personal cost. Directed by George Seaton. 16 x 9 Widescreen
FUNERAL IN BERLIN (1966) Michael Caine plays working class espionage agent Harry Palmer in the second film in the series based on the books by Len Deighton. Facing a prison stay for his extra-legal activities, Palmer makes a most unwilling agent for Her Majesty’s Secret Service. This installment sees Harry sent back to Berlin to facilitate the extraction of a defecting Russian general. But nothing in Harry’s world goes according to plan, and no one is who they appear to be. Directed by James Bond mainstay Guy Hamilton. 16 x 9 Widescreen
THE ASSASSINATION BUREAU (1969) Oliver Reed, Diana Rigg and Telly Savalas topline this tongue-in-cheek adaptation of Jack London’s posthumously finished pot-boiler. Reed plays Ivan Dragoff, the supremely confident head of The Assassination Bureau, Ltd, the largest and most effective organization of killers-for-hire in the world. So confident, in fact, that he accepts a reporter’s challenge of taking out a contract with the bureau — on himself! Basil Dearden directs. 16 x 9 Widescreen
POSSE (1975) Kirk Douglas produced and directed this revisionist Western that’s aimed squarely between the eyes of modern American politics. Douglas plays Howard Nightingale, a publicity-hungry U.S. Marshal who doesn’t just hunt down and capture fugitives, he makes sure a photographer is around to record his crime-fighting exploits and bolster his political aspirations. But after setting his sights on badman Jack Strawman (Bruce Dern at his damned Derniest), Howard finds the tables turned. Bo Hopkins, James Stacy, and Alfonso Arau costar. 16 x 9 Widescreen
ELEPHANT WALK (1954) Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Finch and Dana Andrews star in this action fused costume drama set in Ceylon. Taylor plays a newlywed who accompanies Finch to his sprawling tea plantation called Elephant Walk… and falls for the overseer played by Andrews. But this love triangle is dwarfed by bigger events including cholera, drought, and a massive elephant stampede straight through their house.
THE WORLD OF SUZIE WONG (1960) One of the film’s that helped pave the way for the end of the Production Code, The World of Suzie Wong is a frank portrayal of the burgeoning brothel business found in the heart of colonial Hong Kong. William Holden plays an architect turned artist who falls for a beautiful Chinese prostitute (Nancy Kwan). Uncovering her world proves as enriching as it is eye-opening for the artist and the audience. 16 x 9 Widescreen
THE CARPETBAGGERS (1964) Harold Robbins’ best-seller about 30s Hollywood comes to the screen in a torrent of frank, controversial and (for the times) sensational scenes that helped further send the Code packing. George Peppard is the ruthless and troubled Howard Hughes-like tycoon who builds a multi-million-dollar empire. Carroll Baker plays the platinum, while Alan Ladd delivers a terrific final screen performance as the cowboy star Nevada Smith. 16 x 9 Widescreen
“Europa Report” is one of the new breed of thrillers (using any combination of “documentary” story-telling, video camera footage, talking heads and real-time action) that has brought us “The Blair Witch Project,” the “Paranormal Activity” outings, “Cloverfield,” “Apollo 18” and “Troll Hunter.” Though this science fiction actioner puts a lot of emphasis on science fact, it never shortchanges the fiction, stylishly delivering its thrills and chills, much like Danny Boyle’s highly underrated “Sunshine,” to which “Europa Report” has a striking kinship. When unmanned probes suggest that a hidden ocean could exist underneath Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons, Europa Ventures, a privately funded space exploration company, sends six of the best astronauts from around the world to confirm the data and explore the revolutionary possibility that life may exist there. It’s a doomed mission, and we’re given privy to the failures of the venture: the loss of communications, equipment breakdowns, the tragic death of a crew member, the psychological and physical toll of deep space travel and, after arriving on Europa, a discovery more frightening than the crew could ever have imagined. It’s well-acted, directed, and the CGI is incredible — with utmost detail to scientific realities. Sci-fi fans need to put this on their short list. Extras: “Exploring the Visual Effects of Europa Report,” “The Musical Journey of Europa Report,” behind-the-scenes photo gallery, theatrical trailer. Vitals: Director: Sebastian Cordero. Stars: Christian Camargo, Embeth Davidtz, Anamaria Marinca, Michael Nyqvist, Daniel Wu, Karolina Wydra, Sharlto Copley. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 90 min., Science Fiction, Box office gross: $.123 million, Magnolia Home Entertainment.
Speaking of vanity projects, here’s one that works: director Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” a delightful Shakespearean romp gussied up in 21st century garb and surroundings with 21st century sensuality and looks. The film was shot in just 12 days (using the original text), in secret, while Whedon was working on “Marvel’s The Avengers,” at Whedon’s Santa Monica home. It’s amazing that after seven centuries, ol’ William’s words and insights about relationships, lust, revenge and the game of love — here epitomized by sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick — still hold true. Lighthearted and thoroughly entertaining, mostly because the actors here strut their stuff, working with a director whose passion for the project drove him to forgo a vacation for his 20th wedding anniversary (suggested by his wife, Kai Cole.) Subtitled “Shakespeare Knew How to Throw a Party.” Extras: “Much Ado About Making Nothing” featurette, “Bus Ado About Nothing” featurette, commentary with screenwriter-director Joss Whedon, commentary with screenwriter-director Joss Whedon and cast, “Sigh No More” music video. Vitals: Director: Joss Whedon. Stars: Reed Diamond, Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Tom Lenk, Fran Kranz, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Jillian Morgese, Sean Maher, Riki Lindhome, Spencer Treat Clark. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 109 min., Comedy-Romance-Drama, Box office gross: $4.096 million, Lionsgate.
In “After Earth,” Jaden Smith stars as Kitai Raige, the failed cadet son of the zen-like general of the United Ranger Corps (Will Smith in a god-like role as Cypher Raige), the military arm of a human race transplanted onto a new world after destroying the Earth 1,000 years earlier. But the kid gets a chance to prove his mettle when the space ship he’s traveling on — with his dad — crash lands on, of all places, Earth, and he must travel 100km over rough land to retrieve a beacon to signal for help. The movie starts off with some weak narration to introduce the action, then segues into a contrived storyline with weak acting by the young Smith (the kid just can’t take command of a scene, though he plays scared really well). It’s goofy and ludicrous and a vanity project for kid Smith by pop Smith’s production company. The best part of the film is one of its extras: “The Nature of the Future” featurette that explores the beautiful landscapes in which the film was shot (Costa Rica, Utah and Northern California), set to lush music.Extras: “A Father’s Legacy” featurette with Will and Jaden Smith on- and off-screen; “1,000 Years in 300 Seconds” on-location featurette; “The Nature of the Future” featurette that explores the beautiful landscapes in which the film was shot (Costa Rica, Utah and Northern California), set to lush music. Blu-ray adds alternate opening sequence; “Building a World” featurette; “Pre-Visualizing the Future” featurette; “The Animatics of After Earth” featurette. Vitals: Director: M. Night Shyamalan. Stars: Jaden Smith, Will Smith, Isabelle Fuhrman, Zoe Kravitz, David Denman, Sophie Okonedo. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 100 min., Science Fiction, Box office gross: $60.047 million, Sony.
For “The Hangover Part III,” director Todd Phillips and stars Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha and Ken Jeong reunited for a little “hair of the dog” to pad their checking accounts one last time. In this nasty sequel, the guys of the Wolfpack are happily married and content with their lives — except for Alan (Galifianakis), who’s rudderless and off his meds. The boys decide to stage an intervention and take him to a retreat in Arizona — but get waylaid and double-crossed by murderers, thieves, drug dealers, and their old Bangkok buddy, Leslie Chow (Jeong). The first “Hangover” was lewd and rude and a surprise hit; No. 2 upped the ante by transporting the first’s Las Vegas shenanigans into Thailand, amping up the violence and stupidity. For No. 3, the only way to outdo the previous editions was by killing people — which they do. Without the shock of the new, this “Hangover” just flounders around, gasping for air. And, to make matters worse, the film ends a full 12 minutes before the credits roll. I needed a stiff drink after this one. Extras: “Replacing Zach: The Secret Auditions,” outtakes, “The Wolfpack’s Wildest Stunts,” “Zach Galifianakis in His Own Words,” “Pushing the Limits,” action mash-up, “Inside Focus: The Real Chow,” extended scenes. Vitals: Director: Todd Phillips. Stars: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Melissa McCarthy, Gillian Vigman, Sasha Barrese, Jamie Chung, John Goodman. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 100 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $112.142 million, Warner.
“The Purge” combines the best of several thriller genres all in one fairly tightly directed and acted outing: there’s the near-futuristic “Clockwork Orange” violence-for-violence’s- sake scenario, a home-invasion-by-strangers attack, and a “Straw Dogs’s” fight-back retaliation. In the near future, in order to reduce crime in America, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity — including murder — is legal. Supposedly this quells bad behavior the other 364 days of the year. Ethan Hawke’s family — wife (Lena Headey), daughter and son — hunker down in their secure home in a gated community to wait out the night. But when they allow a homeless man to find safety in their house, a gang of yuppie murderers mount an all-out assault on them — and the family has to learn to defend themselves. It’s all very exciting and edge-of-your seat, with several neat twists and a predictable ending that you wait for since it’s been foreshadowed about 30 minutes into the film. “The Purge” didn’t fare well at the box office or with the critics but it definitely deserves a better chance on DVD — it’s much better than you suspect. Co-stars Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane and Edwin Hodge. Extras: “Surviving the Night: The Making of The Purge.” Vitals: Director: James DeMonaco. Stars: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 85 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $64.423 million, Universal.
Action feature inspired by the life and times of the legendary kung fu master, Ip Man, who survived the turmoil of 1930s China to change the world of martial arts forever (he was Bruce Lee’s teacher). The story spans the tumultuous Republican era that followed the fall of China’s last dynasty, a time of chaos, division and war that was also the golden age of Chinese martial arts. In Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles. Extras: “The Grandmaster: From Ip Man to Bruce Lee,” “A Conversation With Shannon Lee (daughter of Bruce Lee), “The Grandmaster: According to RZA,” behind-the-scenes footage. Vitals: Director: Wong Kar Wai. Stars: Tony Leung, Ziyi Zhang, Chang Chen. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 108 min., Action, Box office gross: $6.505 million, The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay.
Sony’s October Manufactured-on-Demand Releases:
Air Hostess (1933)
Kitty King (Evalyn Knapp, “His Private Secretary”) is an air hostess for TWA. She falls for rugged and rakish stunt pilot Ted Hunter (James Murray, “Bachelor Mother”), and the two get married despite protests from Kitty’s friends. They move away to Albuquerque, and soon Kitty finds Ted canoodling with a socialite. As Kitty travels home on a train, Ted realizes the train is heading for a collapsing bridge. It is up to Ted to use his skillful flying to save the day.
Unwelcome Stranger (1935)
Howard Chamberlain (Jack Holt, “They Were Expendable”) is a renowned but superstitious horse breeder. When an orphan, Gimpy (Jackie Searl, “The Paleface”), shows up at his house looking for a place to stay, Howard resists, thinking that orphans are a jinx. Howard’s wife, Madeline (Mona Barrie, “Something to Sing About”), doesn’t listen to Howard, however, and lets Gimpy into their home to work in the barn. Suddenly, Howard’s superstitious ways are put to the test.
Babies for Sale (1940)
Ruth Williams (Rochelle Hudson, “Rebel Without a Cause”), a recently widowed pregnant woman, shows up at the charitable foundation of Dr. Wallace Rankin (Miles Mander, “Wuthering Heights”) to find help with her pregnancy. But Rankin is running an illegal adoption agency, tricking women into giving up their babies. When Ruth refuses to sign the release that gives up her child, she is told the baby died at birth. But Ruth doesn’t believe Rankin, and intrepid reporter Steve Burton (Glenn Ford,) is on the case to bring down Rankin and others who profit from those who can’t fight for themselves.
Made in Italy (1965)
“Made in Italy” is a loving and satirical look at Italy during the 1960s. Featuring dozens of Italian stars (Aldo Fabrizi, “The Teacher and the Miracle”; Anna Magnani, “Rome, Open City”; and Nino Manfredi, “Bread and Chocolate”; to name a few), the film is an anthology of five stories woven together with affection. Tourists, restaurateurs, car lovers, philanderers and a variety of other crazy characters come together in this lively comedy.
The Comic (1969)
Silent film star Billy Bright (Dick Van Dyke) was a legend on the silver screen, but he also had a legendary ego, one that ruined his career. Dealing with womanizing, alcoholism and professional squabbles, Billy is unable to see the real source of his problems — himself. From director Carl Reiner comes a film mixed with slapstick laughs and great performances from Michele Lee, Mickey Rooney and Cornel Wilde.
In 1981, in the middle of the “Just Say No” era, Anna (Liza Weil, TV’s “Gilmore Girls”) uses her time in high school as an opportunity to experiment with boys, drugs and alcohol. Still a virgin, Anna finds herself hanging out with the party crowd, which affects her grades and may hurt her opportunity to go to an art school her instructor (Frederic Forrest) champions. A story about rebelliousness and lost innocence. An assured, compelling drama.
TV on DVD: Manufactured on Demand:
Happy Endings: The Complete Third Season
Your favorite sextet of young, hip Chicagoans are back for another season of this critically-acclaimed comedy. Dave (Zachary Knighton, TV’s “FlashForward”) and Alex (Elisha Cuthbert, TV’s “24”) try to rekindle their old romance; Brad (Damon Wayans, Jr., TV’s “The Underground”) and Jane (Eliza Coupe, TV’s “Scrubs”) go through the trials of marriage; Penny (Casey Wilson, TV’s “Saturday Night Live”) manages a new relationship, a body cast and a prescriptive helmet; and Max (Adam Pally, “Iron Man 3”) deals with bar mitzvah DJing, unusual handshakes and figuring out to which gay subculture he belongs. Season Three of HAPPY ENDINGS reaffirms it is one of the funniest shows on TV!
Party of Five: The Complete Sixth Season
In the final season of this popular drama series, the Salinger family deals with the hardships of living after the loss of their parents. Charlie (Matthew Fox, TV’s “Lost”) and Kirsten (Paula Devicq, “The Breakup Artist”) get married and try to have a child; Bailey (Scott Wolf, “Go”) tries to find his life’s calling; Julia (Neve Campbell, “Scream”) has issues with her writing and dating life; Claudia (Lacey Chabert, “Mean Girls”) prepares for college and has some tough decisions to make. All of this, including a “What If” episode that shows what would have happened if the Salinger family’s parents didn’t die, make the final season a compelling one.
Gidget Gets Married (1972 – TV Movie)
Everyone’s favorite surfers, Gidget (Monie Ellis, TV’s “The Partridge Family”) and Jeff (Michael Burns, TV’s “Wagon Train”), have grown up and decided to get married. The couple moves to Florida, where Jeff’s job at World Wide Dynamics causes him to work late hours. The company’s strict rules and regulations also cause a strain in their marriage. But Gidget won’t stand still and let things be, and her free-spirited ways shake up the company and the town. Featuring Don Ameche and Paul Lynde.
Kiss Me, Kill Me (1976 – TV Movie)
A young, crippled schoolteacher is murdered, and Stella Stafford (Stella Stevens) is put on the case. Due to the teacher’s active and unusual sex life, there are several suspects, and it’s up to Stella to figure it out before the killer acts again. Also starring Michael Anderson, Jr. (“Logan’s Run”), Dabney Coleman (“Nine to Five”), Bruce Boxleitner (TV’s “Scarecrow and Mrs. King”) and Robert Vaughn (TV’s “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”), the film is a compelling crime drama.
From the Big Screen:
“The Purge,” “The Hangover Part III,” “After Earth” and “Much Ado About Nothing.” For more releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.
At the top of the list this week is the great French director Rene Clair’s second American film, the fantasy romantic comedy “I Married a Witch” (1942). Here Veronica Lake casts a seductive spell as a charmingly vengeful sorceress in this supernatural screwball classic. Many centuries after cursing the male descendants of the Salem Puritan who sent her to the stake, this blonde bombshell with a broomstick finds herself drawn to one of them — a prospective governor (Fredric March) about to marry a spoiled socialite (Susan Hayward). This most delightful of the films the innovative French director made in Hollywood is a comic confection bursting with playful special effects and sparkling witticisms. In a new 2K digital restoration, on Blu-ray and DVD. Extras include an audio interview with Clair, the trailer, and a booklet featuring an essay by filmmaker Guy Maddin and a 1970 interview with Clair. From the Criterion Collection.
From Out of the Vaults:
“The Avengers — The Complete Emma Peel Megaset” (1965-1968) is a 16-disc set, including all three seasons and 51 episodes that featured Emma Peel’s (Diana Rigg) undercover roles, from her unforgettable debut in her famous leather cat suit, to her thrilling last spy adventure. Available on DVD for the first time in four years, the collection spans all of Peel’s time on the hit series with star Patrick Macnee. $49.98 from Lionsgate … The Star Wars trilogies are back, this time in combo Blu-ray/DVD sets: “Star Wars Trilogy Episodes IV-VI” consists of the original “Star Wars” trilogy: “A New Hope,” “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.” “Star Wars Trilogy Episodes I-III” consists of the “Star Wars” prequels: “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace”, “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones” and “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.” Each set goes for $59.99 … “Night Train to Terror” (1985) makes its Blu-ray debut this week. It’s a trio of stories that takes place aboard a fast moving train bound for Hell, during which God and Satan decide the fates of three unfortunate mortals: Harry, a fiendish killer who keeps the horribly mutilated body parts of his countless victims in a diabolical torture chamber; Gretta, a young woman, obsessed with death, who takes part in an unspeakable ritual of Russian roulette; and Claire, a young woman and a Holocaust survivor who is terrorized by the son of Satan. Stars Cameron Mitchell, John Phillip Law, Merideth Haze and Richard Moll. From Vinegar Syndrome.
For Halloween Thrills:
Universal has “Chucky: The Complete Collection — Limited Edition” so you can set a play date with Chucky with all six movies together for the first time in a chilling collection: “Child’s Play,” “Child’s Play 2,” “Child’s Play 3,” “Bride of Chucky,” “Seed of Chucky” and “Curse of Chucky.” On Blu-ray and DVD.
“On the Riviera “ (1951), starring Danny Kaye, Gene Tierney and Corinne Calvet. Danny Kaye stars in dual performances in this musical farce about a womanizing French financier-aviator (Kaye) who, faced with a scheduling conflict, hires a nightclub performer (also Kaye) to temporarily impersonate him … and romance two beautiful women who both think he’s their lover. Released to celebrate Kaye’s centennial … “Fantastic Voyage” (1966), directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Stephen Boyd, Donald Pleasence, Raquel Welch, Edmond O’Brien, Arthur O’Connell and Arthur Kennedy … and “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” (1961), directed by Irwin Allen and starring Walter Pidgeon, Barbara Eden, Peter Lorre, Joan Fontaine, Robert Sterling, Michael Ansara, Frankie Avalon and Regis Toomey. All three from Fox.
Blu-ray Anniversary Editions:
Warner has released a 40th anniversary edition of what has to be one of the scariest movies of all time (due to great writing, directing, acting and verisimilitude): “The Exorcist 40th Anniversary Extended Director’s Cut” (1973), directed by William Friedkin and starring Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Jack MacGowran, Jason Miller, Linda Blair and Mercedes McCambridge (as the voice of the devil). The set includes the extended director’s cut and the theatrical version. Extras include a new featurette, “Beyond Comprehension: William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist,” in which author Blatty returns to some of the locations that figure in the novel and film; “Talk of the Devil,” in which Blatty talks with Father Eugene Gallagher about the true story behind the exorcism; two commentaries by Friedkin; commentary by Blatty; introduction by Friedkin; 1998 BBC documentary “The Fear of God: 25 Years of the Exorcist”; “Raising Hell: Filming the Exorcist” set footage; “The Exorcist Locations: Georgetown Then and Now”; “Faces of Evil: The Different Versions of The Exorcist,” with Friedkin and Blatty discussing the different versions of the film and featuring outtakes from the film; original ending; interviews; sketches and storyboards; radio spots; TV spots; and trailers … Universal has released “Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life — 30th Anniversary Edition” (1983), starring Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. Celebrate the 30th anniversary by re-living every side-splitting comedic moment, every outrageous vignette and every tasteless joke, as Monty Python commands your attention once again following their breakthrough “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “Life of Brian.” “The Meaning of Life” brought all the loyal Pythonites back together, sharing writing responsibilities as they returned to their much loved sketch show format, with Terry Jones directing and John Goldstone producing, the group bringing to life roles ranging from The Grim Reaper to the legendary Mr. Creosote. Segments included “The Miracle of Birth,” “Live Organ Transplants” and “The Autumn Years.” Extras include “The Meaning of Monty Python: 30th Anniversary Reunion,” in which the Pythons takes a funny, enlightening trip down memory lane. Thirty years after making “The Meaning of Life,” Cleese, Gilliam, Idle, Jones and Palin reunite for a new hour-long conversation about the last movie they made together. From the beach in Jamaica where it was written to the hilarious ideas that didn’t make the cut, the Pythons provoke laughter and thought with a wide-ranging discussion about comedy, society, the universe and the biggest mystery of all: “why are fish funny?” And there’s a sing-along version of the film.