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    December 4
  • Brazil

    (1985) In this dystopic masterpiece, Jonathan Pryce plays a daydreaming everyman who finds himself caught in the soul-crushing gears of a nightmarish bureaucracy. This cautionary tale by Terry Gilliam, one of the great films of the 1980s, now ranks alongside antitotalitarian works by the likes of George Orwell, Aldous Huxley and Kurt Vonnegut Jr. And in terms of set design, cinematography, music, and effects, this nonstop dazzler stands alone. Co-stars Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins, Michael Palin, Ian Richardson, Kim Greist, Jim Broadbent. Restored high-definition digital transfer of Gilliam's 142-minute director's cut, supervised by Gilliam, with DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 surround soundtrack. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary by Gilliam; "What Is Brazil?," a 30-minute on-set documentary by Rob Hedden; "The Battle of Brazil: A Video History," a 60-minute documentary by author and film writer Jack Mathews about the controversy surrounding the film's release; the "Love Conquers All" version of Brazil, a 94-minute cut of the film produced by the studio in an attempt to make it more commercial, with commentary by "Brazil" expert David Morgan; "The Production Notebook," a collection of supplements featuring a trove of Brazil-iana from Gilliam's personal collection: a short documentary on the screenplay, featuring interviews with screenwriters Gilliam, Charles McKeown, and Tom Stoppard; Gilliam's storyboards for unfilmed dream sequences, animated and narrated by Morgan; visual essays on the film's production design and special effects; a visual essay on "Brazil's" costumes, narrated by costume designer James Acheson; and interviews with Gilliam and composer Michael Kamen on the score; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Sterritt. (The Criterion Collection).
  • Catch Me If You Can

    (2002) Dir.: Steven Spielberg; Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Nathalie Baye, Martin Sheen, Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner. Extras: "Catch Me If You Can: Behind the Camera," "Catch Me If You Can: The Casting of the Film," "The FBI Perspective," "Catch Me If You Can: In Closing," photo galleries. (Paramount).
  • Finding Nemo

    (2003) Voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe, Brad Garrett, Allison Janney, Austin Pendleton, Stephen Root, Vicki Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Elizabeth Perkins, Eric Bana and director Andrew Stanton. Available in a five-Disc Blu-ray 3D Ultimate Collector's Edition (2 Blu-ray 2D + 1 Blu-ray 3D + 1 DVD + 1 Digital Copy) and three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (2 Blu-ray 2D + 1 DVD). Extras: "Cine-Explore": Director Andrew Stanton, co-director Lee Unkrich and co-writer Bob Peterson sit down to dissect the film in this extensive Picture-in- Picture commentary; "Finding Nemo: A Filmmakers' Roundtable"; "Reinventing the Submarine Voyage" at Disneyland; deleted scenes; "Knick Knack" pre-"Toy Story" short; "Art Review" of pre-production artwork; "Making Nemo" featurette; "Exploring the Reef" look at the beauty of the world's endangered coral reefs with host Jean-Michel Cousteau; Pixar Studio Tour; "Old School" quick-hit extras: "El Capitan Pitch Selects," "School Progression," "MA Reference," "Whale Mouth," International Mine," "Pelican Animation," "Glenn McQueen Tribute" and "Aquascum 2003"; outtakes; publicity pieces; "Mr. Ray's Encyclopedia" of real undersea creatures; "Aquariums" collection of short-loop ocean floor screensavers. (Disney).
  • Francis Ford Coppola 5-Film Collection

    "Apocalypse Now," "Apocalypse Now Redux," "The Conversation," "One From the Heart" (Blu-ray debut) and "Tetro." (Lionsgate).
  • Oklahoma!

    (1999) Hugh Jackman and Maureen Lipman star in the multi-award-winning Royal National Theatre production of the Broadway favorite. Extras: "The Making of Oklahoma!" (Image Entertainment).
  • One From the Heart

    (1982) Frederic Forrest, Teri Garr, Raul Julia, Nastassja Kinski, Lainie Kazan, Harry Dean Stanton, Allen Garfield. Part of "Francis Ford Coppola 5-Film Collection," which also includes "Apocalypse Now," "Apocalypse Now Redux," "The Conversation" and "Tetro." (Lionsgate).
  • Purple Noon

    (1960) Alain Delon was at his most impossibly beautiful when "Purple Noon (Plein soleil)" was released and made him an instant star. This ripe, colorful adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's vicious novel, "The Talented Mr. Ripley," directed by the versatile Rene Clement, stars Delon as Tom Ripley, a duplicitous American charmer in Rome on a mission to bring his privileged, devil-may-care acquaintance Philippe Greenleaf back to the United States; what initially seems a carefree tale of friendship soon morphs into a thrilling saga of seduction, identity theft, and murder. Featuring gorgeous on-location photography in coastal Italy, "Purple Noon" is crafted with a light touch that allows it to be suspenseful and erotic at once, while giving Delon the role of a lifetime. New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New video interview with Rene Clement scholar Denitza Bantcheva; archival interviews with actor Alain Delon and novelist Patricia Highsmith; original English-language trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Geoffrey O'Brien and a reprinted interview with Clement. (The Criterion Collection).
  • Suddenly

    (1954) Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, James Gleason, Nancy Gates. Transferred from the original 35mm studio fine grain master print. Extras: Commentaries by Frank Sinatra Jr. and USC film professor Dr. Drew Casper. (Image Entertainment).
  • Up 3D

    (2009) Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, John Ratzenberger, Bob Peterson, Jordan Nagai, Delroy Lindo. Formats: Five-Disc Combo: 1 Blu-ray 3D + 2 Blu-ray +1 DVD + Digital Copy). Extras: Commentary by director Pete Docter and co-director Bob Peterson; "Dug's Special Mission" original short; "The Many Endings of Muntz" featurette; "Partly Cloudy" short film; "Adventure is Out There" documentary tells the story of the filmmakers' visit to the Tepuis Mountains of South America to research the design and story of the film. Blu-ray adds "Cine-Explore" commentary/featurette; "Geriatric Hero" character study of Carl and Muntz; "Canine Companions" introduction to the design, behavior and language of dogs; "Russell: Wilderness Explorer" character study; "Our Giant Flightless Friend, Kevin"; "Homemakers of Pixar," which follows the development of the house from story to art to its ultimate realization in the computer; "Balloons and Flight" featurette; "Composing for Characters" featurette; "Married Life" alternate scene and expanded character backstory; "Global Guardian Badge" game. (Disney).


    December 11
  • Babes in Toyland

    (1961) Ray Bolger, Annette Funicello, Tommy Sands, Ed Wynn. (Disney).
  • Dick Tracy

    (1990) Warren Beatty, Madonna, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, James Caan, Charlie Korsmo, William Forsythe, Glenne Headly, Seymour Cassel. (Disney).
  • Following

    (1999) Before he became a sensation with the twisty revenge story "Memento," Christopher Nolan fashioned this low-budget, black-and-white, 16mm neonoir with comparable precision and cunning. Supplying irrefutable evidence of Nolan's directorial bravura, "Following" is the fragmented tale of an unemployed young writer who trails strangers through London, hoping that they will provide inspiration for his first novel. He gets more than he bargained for with one of his unwitting subjects, who leads him down a dark, criminal path. With gritty aesthetics and a made-on-the-fly vibe (many shots were simply stolen on the streets, unbeknownst to passersby), "Following" is a mind-bending psychological journey that shows the remarkable beginnings of one of today's most acclaimed filmmakers. New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Christopher Nolan, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. New 5.1 surround sound mix by sound editor Gary Rizzo, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary by Nolan, new interview with Nolan, chronological rendering of the story, side-by-side comparison of three scenes in the film with the shooting script, "Doodlebug" (1997), a three-minute film by Nolan, starring Jeremy Theobald; trailers; booklet featuring an essay by film critic and programmer Scott Foundas. (The Criterion Collection).
  • Heavyweights

    (1995) Ben Stiller, Kenan Thompson, David Goldman, Joseph Wayne Miller, Cody Burger, Allen Covert, Aaron Schwartz, Shaun Weiss, Tom Hodges, Paul Feig, Tom McGowan. Extras: "The Making of Heavyweights," commentary, 30 deleted and extended scenes, video chat with Judd Apatow and Kenan Thompson, Super 8 footage of the cast and crew, Judd's art project: his bizarre photos from the set, "Where Are They Now?" trailer. (Disney).
  • The Joy Luck Club

    (1993) Dir.: Wayne Wang; Tamlyn Tomita, Rosalind Chao, Kieu Chinh, Tsai Chin, France Nuyen, Lisa Lu, Ming-Na Wen. (Disney).
  • Les Miserables

    (1998) Dir.: Bille August; Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman, Claire Danes. Extras: "A First Look at Les Miserables" featurette. (Sony).
  • The Portrait of a Lady

    (1996) Dir.: Jane Campion; Nicole Kidman, Barbara Hershey, John Malkovich, John Gielgud, Shelley Winters, Christian Bale, Viggo Mortensen, Mary-Louise Parker. Extras: "Portrait: Jane Campion and the Portrait of a Lady" documentary. (Shout! Factory).
  • The Qatsi Trilogy

    A singular artist and activist, Godfrey Reggio is best known for his galvanizing trio of films "The Qatsi Trilogy." Astonishingly photographed, and featuring unforgettable, cascading scores by Philip Glass, these are immersive sensory experiences that meditate on the havoc humankind's fascination with technology has wreaked on our world. From 1983's "Koyaanisqatsi" (the title is a Hopi word that means "life out of balance") to 1988's "Powaqqatsi" ("life in transformation") to 2002's "Naqoyqatsi" ("life as war"), Reggio takes us on an edifying journey from the ancient to the contemporary, from nature to industry and back again, all the while keeping our eyes wide with wonder. New, restored high-definition digital transfers of all three films, approved by director Godfrey Reggio, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Essence of Life," an interview program with Reggio and composer Philip Glass on Koyaanisqatsi; new interview with cinematographer Ron Fricke about "Koyaanisqatsi"; early 40-minute demo version of "Koyaanisqatsi" with a scratch soundtrack by Allen Ginsberg, along with a new introduction by Reggio; new interview with Reggio about "Koyaanisqatsi's" original visual concept, with behind-the-scenes footage; "Impact of Progress," an interview program with Reggio and Glass on their collaboration; "Inspiration and Ideas," an interview with Reggio about his greatest influences and teachers; "Anima Mundi" (1992), Reggio's 28-minute montage of images of over 70 animal species, scored by Glass; video afterword by Reggio on the trilogy; "The Making of Naqoyqatsi," a brief documentary featuring interviews with the production crew; panel discussion on "Naqoyqatsi" from 2003, with Reggio, Glass, editor Jon Kane, and music critic John Rockwell; "Music of Naqoyqatsi," an interview with Glass and cellist Yo-Yo Ma; television spots and an interview with Reggio relating to his 1970s multimedia privacy campaign in New Mexico; trailers; booklet featuring essays on the trilogy by film scholar Scott MacDonald, Rockwell, and author and environmentalist Bill McKibben. (The Criterion Collection).

    December 18
  • Hans Christian Andersen

    (1952) Dir.: Charles Vidor; Danny Kaye, Farley Granger. Blu-ray book with production notes, bios, photos, trivia. (Warner).
  • Sometimes a Great Notion

    (1970) Dir.: Paul Newman; Paul Newman, Henry Fonda, Lee Remick, Michael Sarrazin, Richard Jaeckel, Linda Lawson, Cliff Potts, Sam Gilman. (Shout! Factory).


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