BEN 10 Season Four
Two-disc set with 12 episodes, $19.98.Extras: Deleted scenes. (Warner).
Biography: Barack Obama
(2008) $12.95. (A&E Home Video).
Biography: John McCain
(2008) $12.95. (A&E Home Video).
(2008) One-hour comedy special by stand-up Jimmy Dore, featuring his topical takes on all the ills of the country, from George W. Bush's well-hidden genius, to health care, gas prices, Dick Cheney, and Christian Preachers who rail against gay marriage before getting caught in an Airport restroom. (Image).
Clash of the Cavemen
History Channel documentary that reconstructs prehistoric life circa 25,000 B.C.; $24.95. (A&E Home Video).
(2008 -- German) Karl Markovics, August Diehl, Devid Striesow, Martin Brambach, August Zirner. On DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with director Stefan Ruzowitzky, "Making of The Counterfeiters" featurette, Adolf Burger's Artifacts" featurette, Q & A with Ruzowitzky, interviews with Ruzowitzky, interview with real-life counterfeiter and Holocaust survivor Adolf Burger, interview with actor Karl Markovics, deleted scenes, rehearsal footage. (Sony).
Squatting Monkeys Tell No Lies
Sixty-minute HBO stand-up special, $19.97. (HBO Video).
The Executioner's Song: Director's Cut
(1982 -- TV) Tommy Lee Jones, Christine Lahti, Rosanna Arquette, Eli Wallach. (Paramount).
Family Ties: The Fourth Season
(1985-86) Four-disc set with 24 episodes, $42.99. (Paramount).
The Five Doctors: 25th Anniversary Edition
Two-disc set of Dr. Who classics. includes both the 1983 and 1995 versions of "The Five Doctors" as well as "The Black Orchid" and "The Time Meddler." $34.98. (Warner).
Foyle's War, Set 6
Three new feature-length episodes of the British series that combines mystery and real history, set during World War II; aired on "PBS Mystery!"; $49.99 (Complete U.K. broadcast edition). Extras: Making-of documentary, cast member reflections, filmographies, more. (Acorn Media).
Garfield's Fun Fest
(2008) New Garfield feature-length movie; $19.98. Extras: Exclusive comic booklet by Garfield creator Jim Davis. (Fox).
Get Smart: Season 1
Four-disc set with 30 episodes, $24.98. (HBO Home Video).
He-Man and the
Masters of the Universe: Volume Three
Three-disc set with 13 episodes of the final battle of good vs. evil in the 2002 revival of the classic '80s cartoon series; $26.98. Extras: The original "Morals" segment for episodes 27 through 39, never-before-seen Episode 40, five commentaries, extended video commentary, interviews with toy line designers and marketers from Mattel and The Four Horsemen, three image galleries (character profiles, backgrounds, and unseen production sketches), complete animatics of three episodes, two "Masters of the Universe" collectible art cards. (BCI Entertainment).
(2007) Kal Weber, Tom Wopat, Elizabeth Healey. When a mass of flesh-eating, super-intelligent army ants -- 200 million strong -- make their way through the jungles of Brazil devouring every living thing in their path, a scientist and an entomologist are called in to stave off the deadly attack -- and save the world. Ninth installment in the Sci Fi Channel "Maneater" series. (Genius Products).
Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers Special 20th Anniversary Edition
(1988) Gunnar Hansen, Linnea Quigley, Jay Richardson, Dawn Wildsmith. Cult classic about a private detective tracking down a runaway Samantha who crosses paths with a sect of Egyptian chainsaw-worshipping prostitutes. (Infinity Entertainment).
Hotel Babylon: Season 2
Three-disc set, $39.98. (Warner).
I Got The Feelin': James Brown in the '60s
Three-disc set with director's cut of "The Night James Brown Saved Boston" and the full-length concert performances "James Brown Live at The Boston Garden From April 1968" and "Man to Man -- James Brown Live at The Apollo Theater 1968." Extras: James Brown's legendary performance of "Out of Sight" from The T.A.M.I. Show, interviews with James Brown's band members, friends and colleagues, additional audio from the radio simulcast of his 1968 Boston Garden Live performanc, rare performance footage culled from the archives, deluxe booklet. (Shout! Factory).
(1964 -- French) Dir.: Rene Clement; Jane Fonda, Alain Delon, Lola Albright. Digitally remastered. A notorious playboy and con man (Delon) has an affair with the wife of a mobster and quickly finds himself a marked man. While on the lam, he meets a beautiful American widower and philanthropist who hires him as a live-in chauffeur. With this new job, he figures he's found the perfect refuge, but, unfortunately, there's much more to the posh villa than he initially suspects. While his new employer makes blatant advances, and her curvaceous niece (Fonda) also attempts to seduce him, the small-time criminal discovers he's traded one deadly mistake for another. (Koch Lorber Films).
The Killing of John Lennon
(2008) Jonas Ball. Mark David Chapman, a 25 year old security guard in Hawaii, bought a plane ticket to New York with the intention of killing The Beatles' John Lennon. Camping outside Lennon's apartment in New York waiting for an autograph, Chapman's childlike obsession descends into madness and murder. Writer-director Andrew Piddington explores Chapman's obsession with Lennon, basing his script on Chapman's own words from interviews and court transcripts. Retracing the events leading up to the shooting in December 1980, the film was shot in a quasi-documentary style at the actual locations where the events took place, including the sidewalk
outside the Dakota. (Genius Products).
Lonesome Dove Collector's Edition
(1989) Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Angelica Huston, Diane Lane, Chris Cooper, Danny Glover, Frederic Forrest, D.B. Sweeney, Rick Schroder, Steve Buscemi, Robert Urich. Two-disc set, $19.95. Remastered. Extras: "The Making of an Epic" documentary; "Lonesome Dove" montage; new interview with Emmy Award-winning Director Simon Wincer; original interviews from the set with stars Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, and author Larry McMurtry; original call sheets, casting notes, and concept drawings; a postcard of the original TV poster; hand-written letter by Wincer. The "Lonesome Dove Limited Edition Gift Set' includes the Collector's Edition's two discs in a collectible wooden box along with a branded flask, deck of playing cards, more; $39.99. Available on Blu-ray Disc. (Genius Products).
Morella's Blood Vision
The Ghost Hostess with the Mostess Morella unravels three horror tales: "Zombies," "The Blood Seekers" and "Blood Stalkers." (Infinity Entertainment).
My Brother Is an Only Child
(2008 -- Italy) Elio Germano, Riccardo Scamarcio, Angela Finocchiaro, Luca Zingaretti, Diane Fleri, Anna Bonaiuto, Massimo Popolizio. Set in a small Italian town in the 60's and 70's, the film tells the story of two brothers who want to change the world -- but in completely different ways. The elder, Manrico (Riccardo Scarmaccio,) is a handsome, charismatic firebrand who becomes the prime mover in the local Communist party. Accio (Elio Germano,) the younger, more rebellious brother, finds his own contrarian voice by joining the reactionary Fascists. What starts as a typical tale of sibling rivalry becomes the story of the polarizing and paralyzing politics of those turbulent times, and the rift between the brothers is further intensified when Accio realizes that he loves his brother's girlfriend, Francesca who, like everyone else, is blind to Manrico's increasingly dangerous ideas. (ThinkFilm/Image Entertainment).
(2008) Abigail Breslin, Jodie Foster, Gerard Butler. Extras: Nim's Friends" featurette, "Abigail's Journey" featurette, "Working on Water" featurette, deleted scenes, commentary by Foster and Breslin, commentary by directors Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
(2007) Documentary chronicles folk singer Pete Seeger's impact on music and social activism that is still being felt today. Includes interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, Peter, Paul & Mary and the inconvenient artist himself, Seeger, along with never-before-seen archival footage and Seeger's personal home movies. A patriot, gentleman and an American original, Seeger was the architect of the folk revival, writing some of its best known songs including "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," "Turn, Turn, Turn" and "If I Had a Hammer." Largely misunderstood by his critics, including the U.S. government, Seeger was picketed, protested, blacklisted and banned in spite of his enormous popularity; $24.95. Extras: Extended interviews, Seeger family films. (The Weinstein Co./Genius Products/Miriam Collection).
Route 66: Complete First Season Television Series
Eight-disc set with 30 episodes, $49.98. Extras: Original TV commercials, filmographies of the stars and special guests, classic Corvette photo gallery and specs. (Infinity Entertainment).
Salvador Dali -- The Dali Dimension: Decoding the Mind of a Genius
Award-winning film delves into the psyche of the most important Surrealist artist who ever lived, Salvador Dali. Through a series of rare film clips and interviews with the artist, "Dali Dimension" explores the many inspirations that resulted in Dali's unforgettable masterpieces. $24.95. (MVD Visual).
Sensitive Skin: Complete First and Second Seasons
Two-disc set with 12 episodes of the British dark comedy series about aging and marriage, starring Joanna Lumley, Denis Lawson, Anthony Stewart Head; $29.98. (Warner).
The Original Series: Season Two
Eight-disc set with 26 episodes, $99.99. Remastered from the original camera negative, presented in pristine condition with new state-of-the-art digital visual effects and a new 5.1 soundtrack. Extras: Preview trailers for each episode; "Billy Blackburn's Treasure Chest: Rare Home Movies and Special Memories"; featurettes: ""To Boldly Go Season Two," "Designing the Final Frontier," "Writer's Notebook: D.C. Fontana," "Star Trek's Favorite Moments," "The Trouble With Tribbles preview trailer," "More Tribbles, More Troubles," "Trials and Tribble-ations," "Trials and Tribble-ations: Uniting Two Legends," "Trials and Tribble-ations: An Historic Endeavor," "Life Beyond Trek: Leonard Nimoy," "Kirk, Spock & Bones: Star Trek's Great Trio," "Star Trek's Divine Diva: Nichelle Nichols." (Paramount).
Starship Troopers 3: Marauder
(2008) Casper Van Dien, Jolene Blalock. Direct-to-video sequel reprises humanity's fight against the bugs. Available on Blu-ray Disc and in a DVD and Blu-ray Disc set of all three films. Extras: "Evolution: The Bugs of Starship Troopers 3: Marauder" featurette; "Enlist: Marauder's Mobile Infantry" featurette; commentary by writer-director Ed Neumeier, producer David Lancaster, and visual effects supervisor Robert Skotak; commentary by writer-director Ed Neumeier and actors Casper Van Dien and Jolene Blalock; extended version of the music video "It's a Good Day to Die"; digital copy of the film. (Sony).
Three-disc set with all 10 episodes of the Sundance Channel series about a 43-year-old mother of three who's diagnosed with breast cancer and recruited to host a reality hospital show; the groundbreaking drama looks at the modern family through twin lenses of cancer and reality television; $36.08. (Koch Vision).
(2005) Eddie Kaye Thomas, Kip Pardue, Josh Cooke. Three twenty-something high school buddies return to their hometown following the untimely death of their friend Bender. As a tribute to their fallen comrade, the threesome attempt to relive some of their crazy high school antics, unexpectedly forcing them to confront some important issues about growing up. Extras: Commentary by director/co-writer Matt Oates, co-writer Jeremiah Lowder and actor Josh Cooke; deleted scenes, still gallery. Available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Weinstein Company/Genius Products).
Wire in the Blood: Prayer of the Bone
Feature-length mystery from the popular BBC frnachise series; $24.98. (Koch Vision).
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Adventures From the Book of Virtues
Three DVDs of animated stories from the PBS kids animated series based on William J. Bennett's "The Book of Virtues": "Adventures in Faith," "Adventures in Honesty" and "Adventures in Courage"; $12.98 each or available in a box set for $29.98. (PorchLight Home Entertainment).
Aftermath: Population Zero
(2008) National Geographic look at what Earth would be like if humans vanished from existence, $19.98. (Warner).
The American Mall
(2008) Nina Dobrev, Rob Mayes, Autumn Reese, Yassmin Alers, Al Sapienza. MTV musical romantic comedy set in a mall and focused on the relationship between two young musicians who fall for each other and their respective personal and professional struggles. Extras: Extended edition, cast commentary, director commentary, deleted scenes, extended performances, music videos, learn to dance with Bonnie, "Eraser Moments." (Paramount).
The Art of War II: Betrayal
(2008) Wesley Snipes. Agent Neil Shaw (Snipes) is called out of retirement and finds himself in the midst of a plot to assassinate several leading Senators -- especially when he discovers that he's been set up as bait. Extras: Alternate fight scenes, digital copy. (Sony).
The Berenstain Bears: Family and Friendship
(2008) Sharing, caring and growing up lessons with the animated bears based on the best-selling children's book series; six episodes, $12.99. (Sony).
Blue Murder, Set 3
Two-disc set with three BBC gritty police procedurals featuring single-mom Detective Chief Inspector Janine Lewis, $39.99. (Acorn Media).
Brand Upon the Brain!
(2006) Gretchen Krich, Sullivan Brown, Maya Lawson, Katherine E. Scharhon, Todd Moore. In the weird and wonderful super-cinematic world of Canadian cult filmmaker Guy Maddin, personal memory collides with movie lore for a radical sensory overload. This eerie excursion into the gothic recesses of Maddin's mad, imaginary childhood is a silent, black-and-white comic science-fiction nightmare set in a lighthouse on grim Notch Island, where fictional protagonist Guy Maddin was raised by an ironfisted, puritanical mother. Originally mounted as a theatrical event (accompanied by live orchestra, foley artists, and assorted narrators), the film is an irreverent, delirious trip into the mind of one of current cinema's true eccentrics. Extras: Optional narration tracks by Isabella Rossellini, Laurie Anderson, John Ashbery, Crispin Glover, Guy Maddin, Louis Negrin, and Eli Wallach; "The Making of Brand upon the Brain!; two new short films directed by Maddin: "It's My Mother's Birthday Today" and "Footsteps"; deleted scene, new essay by film critic Dennis Lim. (The Criterion Collection).
Caroline in the City: The First Season
(1995-96) Three-disc set with 24 episodes, $42.99. (Paramount).
(2008) Directed by and starring Stephen Chow. Family comedy about a poor Chinese laborer who learns important lessons after his son gets a strange new toy from the junkyard: a mysterious orb that is really a bizarre "pet" with extraordinary powers. Extras: "The Story of CJ7, " "Anatomy of a Scene," "How to Bully a Bully," "Make Your Own Giant Lollipop" how-to on making your very own lollipop prop, "The Making of CJ7" international television special, CJ7 Mission Control Game, CJ7 character profiles, cast and crew commentary. Available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
Comedy Central's Kenny vs. Spenny:
Volume One -- Uncensored
Two-disc set of the comedy/reality show series that pits childhood friends against each other in outrageous competitions; $26.99. Extras: Commentary, featurettes, additional scenes. (Comedy Central/Paramount).
Dave's World: The First Season
(1993-94) Three-disc set with 23 episodes, $42.99. (Paramount).
The Dick Francis Thriller: The Racing Game
Two-disc set with all six episodes from the inaugural season of the PBS Mystery! series about a steeplechase rider who suffers a career-ending injury and returns to the track as a private investigator; based on the fiction of champion-jockey-turned writer Dick Francis; $39.99. (Acorn Media).
Eclipse Series 11: Larisa Shepitko
The career of Larisa Shepitko, an icon of sixties and seventies Soviet cinema, was tragically cut short when she was killed in a car crash at age 39, just as she was emerging on the international scene. This two-disc set includes: "Wings" (1966), her first feature after graduating from the State Institute for Cinematography, about a once heroic female Russian bomber pilot now living in quiet, disappointingly ordinary life as a school principal; and "The Ascent," (1977)
her emotionally overwhelming final film that won the Golden Bear at the 1977 Berlin Film Festival. Set during the darkest days of World War II, the film follows the path of two peasant soldiers, cut off from their troop, who trudge through the snowy backwoods of Belarus evading the Nazis and seeking refuge from villagers. (The Criterion Collection).
Eon Kid: Season One, Volume One
(2005) Five episodes of the Kids WB! series, $16.98. Extras: Photo gallery, extended trailer, downloadable mini poster. (Anchor Bay).
(2008) Val Kilmer, Stephen Dorff, Harold Perrineau, Sam Shepard, Anne Archer. A family man convicted of killing a burglar must cope with life afterward in the violent penal system. Extras: "The Shark Tank: An Inside Look at Felon" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
Flying in the Secret Sky
(2008) In 1940, Nazi air strikes had Britain on her knees. The RAF was desperate for planes and their supply of U.S. aircraft, sent on ship convoys, had been sunk in the icy Atlantic by German U-boats. In response, a remarkable decision was made -- to fly the planes across the ocean. Because of U.S. neutrality, a message went out through the "aviation grapevine" only -- that a secret operation in Montreal needed experienced civilian pilots ... to pilot the planes to Great Britain. These "cowboys of the air" are the forgotten heroes of WWII, men who embodied the improvisational spirit that was key to the Allied victory. (WGBH Boston Video).
The Game: Life After the Math
(2008) Documentary of the West Coast rap artist. (Warner).
(2007) Kristine Blacport, Jeff Nicholson, John Hutton. A young woman with a brain tumor and only three months to live becomes a vigilante to hunt down the criminal miscreants who have slipped through the cracks in the criminal justice system. Extras: Commentary by director James Seale, behind-the-scenes featurette. (MTI Home Video).
The Killing Gene (aka Waz)
(2007) Stellan Skarsgard, Melissa George, Selma Blair, Ashley Walters. Sadistic tale follows two detectives as they investigate a string of double murder crime scenes left with the mathematical equation "w delta z" carved into each victim's body. As the detectives begin to unearth the meaning of the equation, they realize that each victim is being offered a gruesome choice -- kill their loved one or be killed themselves. Extras: Deleted scenes, "The Making of The Killing Gene," torture featurette. "The Killing Gene" in-depth chat with the director, producer and screenwriter. (The Weinstein Co./Genius Products).
(2008) Haylie Duff, Madeline Zima, Brett Claywell, Margo Harshman, Jane Sibbett, Kate Albrecht, Tom Green. When a geeky, overweight rushee is found dead in the hottest sorority house on campus, three popular sorority sisters become suspects. When their sexy antics fail to impress the police, the girls must pull out every trick in the book to protect their sisterhood. (The Weinstein Co./Genius Products).
The Legend of the Shadowless Sword
(2005 -- South Korean) Seo-jin Lee, So-yi Yoon. Beautiful and deadly warrior sets out to find an exiled prince to restore him to his throne. (New Line).
The Love Boat: Season One, Volume Two
(1978) Four-disc set, $39.99. (Paramount).
Martin Lawrence Presents First Amendment Stand-Up: Season 2
Two-disc set with 12 episodes from the Starz Comedy Hour showcase stand-up series hosted by comic Doug Williams, featuring young talents such as Donnell Rawlings, Sheryl Underwood, Finesse Mitchell, Joey Diaz and Alonzo Bodden; $29.97. (Anchor Bay).
Muhammad Ali: Made In Miami
PBS documentary examines the champion's years in the Magic city as some of his most formative; the crucial time of transformation that rendered the talented Cassius Clay into the larger-than-life legendary Ali; $19.99. (PBS Home Video/Paramount).
The Orange Thief
(2007) Andrea Calabrese, Salvo Dazzo. Living on the outer boundaries of society, an eponymous orange thief and some other country-wise ruffians steal fruit for sustenance, sale, and the sheer excitement of courting danger. After the thief ends up in a Sicilian jail, his life takes an unexpected turn when his bunkmate promises him a deal. (Warner).
(2006) Tricia O'Kelley, Lucas Fleischer, Danny Strong, Christopher John Fields. Comedy about a depressed salesman coping with a cheating wife, his sadistic boss and the beautiful sales rep hired to replace him. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).
P.D. James: The Essential Collection
Fifteen-disc set featuring all nine PBS Mystery productions featuring James' indefatigable Scotland Yard Commander Adam Dalgliesh; $149.98. (Koch Vision). Extras:
P.D. James: Devices and Desires
Latest PBS Mystery adventure has Scotland Yard Commander Adam Dalgliesh tracking down a serial killer; $29.98. (Koch Vision).
Play With Me Sesame: Furry, Fun and Healthy Too
Grover, Frazzle Monster and Bert engage in interactive fun while teaching healthy habits such as exercise, good oral hygiene, healthy eating and getting plenty of rest; $14.93. (Genius Products).
Prison Break: Season Three
Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $49.98. Available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Orientation" and "Breakout Episode" featurettes, directors' takes, behind-the-scenes with the cast. (Fox).
Raw Spice: The Unofficial Story of the Making of the Spice Girls
(2005) Documentary charting the formation of the Spice Girls in 1994, highlighted with never-before-seen footage of the girls candidly discussing their ambitions and fears, as well as their trademark outrageous behavior and some titanic blowouts; $19.98. (Shout! Factory).
(2007) David Duchovny, Lili Taylor, Olivia Thirlby. The love of a happily married couple is tested in an unimaginable way when the wife dies and returns to haunt the body of their daughter. (Image Entertainment).
(2008) Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church, Ellen Page, Ashton Holmes, Christine Lahti.
Extras: Interviews, outtakes, deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Miramax).
Soundstage: Heart -- Live
PBS Soundstage concert recorded in 2005, in high-def video and 5.1 Surround sound; $19.98. Extras: Interviews. (Koch Vision).
Soundstage: Reo Speedwagon -- Live:
Up Close and Musical
Sixteen-song set from upcoming July 3 PBS Soundstage concert, recorded in high-def video and 5.1 Surround sound; $19.98. Extras: Interviews. (Koch Vision).
South Park: The Complete Eleventh Season
Three-disc set with 14 episodes, $49.99. (Comedy Central/Paramount).
Special Forces Volume 1
War documentaries "The British SAS: Attack in the Desert" and "The Green Berets: Vietnam -- The Battle of Lang Ve"; $6.99. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).
Special Forces Volume 2
War documentaries "The Royal Dutch Marines: Terror Strikes Twice" and "Germany's GSG-9: Jihad in the Fatherland"; $6.99. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).
Strawberry Shortcake: Rockaberry Roll
New Strawberry Shortcake animated adventure has Strawberry and her pals forming their own band, Strawberry Jam, and entering the Strawberryland Talent Show; $14.98. (Fox).
Superheroes: The Filmation Adventures
Two-disc set with 18 classic cartoon shorts, $24.98. (Warner).
Tom and Jerry Tales Volume 5
Twelve cartoons from the Kids' WB series, $14.97. (Warner).
Wall Street Warriors: Season 2
Two-disc set with 10 episodes of MOJO HD's reality series about Wall Street, $24.98. (Infinity Entertainment).
Watching the Detectives
(2007) Lucy Liu, Cillian Murphy. Comedy about a film noir buff whose life is turned on end by a femme fatale with a big adventure in mind. (Peace Arch Entertainment/Genius Products).
(2007 - South Korea) Yu-seok Jeong , Myeong-min Kim. A young boy is improperly anesthetized during heart surgery and feels the entire procedure; from the scalpel slicing through his chest to the saw cutting through his rib cage, he remains completely aware and unable to cry for mercy. Decades later when a series of killings occur, a doctor and his wife wonder if their stalker is that same young boy, now grown up and hell-bent on revenge. Extras: Deleted scenes, "The Making of Wide Awake," production design featurette, cast interviews, "Anesthesia Awareness" featurette. (Genius Products).
The Wire: The Complete Fifth Season
Four-disc set with all 10 episodes from the final season, $59.99. Extras: "The Wire: The Last Word" featurette, "The Wire Odyssey" retrospective, commentaries. (HBO Video).
Wire in the Blood: Prayer of he Bone
Sixth season premiere of the critically acclaimed British crime series, $19.98. (Koch Vision).
Yes to Running! Bill Harley Live
(2008) Songs and stories for kids by the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter; includes "Mom and the Radio," "Mrs. Ammons and the Boys' Room," "You're in Trouble," "The Ballad of Dirty Joe," more; $14.99. Extras: Documentary, behind-the-scenes interview. (Round River Records).
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Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers -- The Collection: Volume 2
Four-disc set with the final 33 episodes, $39.98. Extras: On-camera interviews with series creator Robert Mandell and writers Dan Fiorella and John Rawlins; select commentary; original music backing tracks; memories of Jerry Orbach and "show and tell" segments; slideshow of Galaxy Rangers character art by Justin Norman; 28-page collectible booklet with original illustrations. (Koch Vision).
Chronicle of an Escape
(2006 -- Argentina) Rodrigo De la Serna, Pablo Echarri, Nazareno Casero. Suspenseful thriller based on the horrifying true story of one man's dangerous journey to escape imprisonment after the military coup in Argentina in the late 1970s. Extras: "The Making of Chronicle of an Escape," "A Trip to Stockholm: Visiting Exiled Former Captives Claudio Tamburrini & Guillermo Fernandez," deleted scenes, cast and crew biographies. (Genius Products).
Dana Carvey: Squatting Monkeys Tell No Lies
(2008) HBO comedy special taped before a live audience at the Wells Fargo Center of the Arts in Santa Rosa, Calif.; $19.97. (HBO Video).
(2008) Burt Reynolds, Bret Harrison, Shannon Elizabeth. A retired gambler (Reynolds) itching to get back in the game teams up with a hotshot college senior (Harrison) to take the poker world by storm. But a beautiful Vegas call girl (Elizabeth) complicates the plan, and soon the teacher and student find themselves in a heads-up battle for the championship. Features an all-star lineup of Texas hold-em players. Extras: "Pokerstars Presents: Winning Big at Texas Hold-Em With Isabelle Mercier and Greg Raymer." (MGM).
Dexter: The Complete Second Season
(2007) Four-disc set with 12 episodes, $42.99. (Paramount).
George of the Jungle Swingin' 1st Season
Three-disc set with 19 episodes from the Cartoon Network series, $23.98. (Classic Media/Genius Products).
Gossip Girl: The Complete First Season
Five-disc set with 18 episodes, $59.98. Extras: Unaired scenes, three featurettes, music videos, gag reel, free download of the original best-selling book read by Christina Ricci. (Warner).
Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds 3-D Concert
(2008) Sold-out concert event captured live and in 3-D. (Disney)
Her Best Move
(2007) Leah Pipes, Scott Patterson, Lisa Darr, Drew Tyler Bell. Soccer prodigy Sara Davis is on her way to becoming the youngest player ever selected to join the U.S. National Team, but her biggest challenge is balancing the demands of high school, a new boyfriend, a part-time job and her overbearing, sports obsessed father. (MGM).
House: Season Four
Four-disc set with 16 episodes, $59.98. Extras: Commentaries, "House's Soap: Prescription Passion," "New Beginnings" behind-the-scenes featurette, "Meet the Writers," "The Visual Effects of House," "Anatomy of a Scene: The Bus Crash," "My Favorite Episode So Far." (Universal).
Jane and the Dragon: A Dragon's Tale
First five episodes from the animated series adapted from Martin Baynton's popular children's books, as seen on NBC, ION, Telemundo and qubo. Translates the wonderful stories and whimsical illustrations of Baynton's books into an astonishing world of 3-D computer-generated animation, using the latest in motion-capture technology, follows the adventures of Jane and Dragon as they search the world for other elusive dragons, play bandyball and rock, parchment and sword, and get into trouble throughout the kingdom. $14.99. Extras: "The Art of Jane and the Dragon" featurette, original concept art, character profiles, printable coloring page. (Shout! Factory).
John Oliver: Terrifying Times
Original stand-up special featuring John Oliver from "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart." From Symphony Space Theatre in New York City; $19.99. (Comedy Central/Paramount).
Keepin' the Faith: Lookin' for Mr. Right
(2008) Angell Conwell, Marcello Thedford. A young woman patiently waiting for the Lord to send her the right man struggles with her friends, who want to hook her up with the main of their dreams. First in a new series of urban faith-based romantic comedies. (Warner).
The Life Before Her Eyes
(2008) Uma Thurman, Evan Rachel Wood, Eva Amurri. Uma Thurman plays a suburban wife and mother who begins to question her seemingly perfect life and perhaps her sanity on the 15th anniversary of a tragic high school shooting that took the life of her best friend. Extras: Deleted scenes, alternate ending, Eva Amurri casting tape, "Flashback: Behind The Life Before Her Eyes,"
commentary by director Fadim Perelman and production designer Maia Javan. Available on Blu-ray Disc. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Love and Mary
(2007) Lauren German, Gabriel Mann, Whitney Able. A sophisticated pastry chef who's struggling to keep the doors of her bakery open decides to return back home with her fiance to collect a sizeable engagement gift from her eccentric Texan family. But when he's felled by allergies and unable to travel, she bails his identical twin brother out of jail and travels back home passing him off as her fiance. (MTI Home Video).
Maneater Series Collection: Volume 2
Three titles from the Sci Fi Channel "Maneater" series: "Croc," "Eye of the Beast" and "Grizzly Rage"; $26.95. (Genius Products).
Marco Ferreri Collection
For 40 years, Italian filmmaker Marco Ferreri has stunned and shocked filmgoers with his confrontational and daring works. Politics, impossible relationships, alienation, madness and sexual frankness mark the eight films in this boxed set: "El Cochecito" (The Wheelchair) (1960) in which a man wants a motorized wheelchair so he can join in the races for the handicapped; "The Seed of Man" (1969) in which a global plague wipes out most of Earth's population and a young couple argue about having a child; "La Grande Bouffe" (The Big Feast) (1973), Ferreri's greatest international success about four friends who hire prostitutes and hole up in a Parisian villa for group sex and to eat themselves to death, starring screen giants Marcello Mastroianni, Philippe Noiret, Michel Piccoli and Ugo Tognazzi; "Don't Touch the White Woman" (1974) stars Catherine Deneuve and Marcello Mastroianni in this re-creation of General Custer's last stand, filmed in the midst of modern Paris; "Bye Bye Monkey" (1978) , in which Gerard Depardieu and Marcello Mastroianni star as two foreign eccentrics decaying in a rat-infested NYC apartment; "Seeking Asylum" (1979) , a rare "family film" focusing on unorthodox schoolteacher Roberto Benigni as he takes over a fortress-like pre-school; "Tales of Ordinary Madness" (1981), in which Ben Gazzara plays a drunken poet dealing with the elusive possibility of love, based on the writings of Charles Bukowski; "The House of Smiles" (1988), in which Ingrid Thulin stars as an elderly woman struggling to survive inside an asylum. $39.98. (Koch Lorber Films).
Married ... With Children: The Complete Ninth Season
Three-disc set with 28 episodes, $39.95. (Sony).
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
(2008) Frances McDormand, Amy Adams, Lee Pace, Ciaran Hinds, Shirley Henderson. Extras: Commentary by director Bharat Nalluri, "Miss Pettigrew's Long Trip to Hollywood," deleted scenes, "Making an Unforgettable Day" behind-the-scenes featurette. (Universal).
Nixon: The Election Year Edition
(1995) Dir.: Oliver Stone; Anthony Hopkins, Joan Allen, Powers Boothe, Ed Harris, Bob Hoskins, E.G. Marshall, David Paymer, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Sorvino, Mary Steenburgen, J.T. Walsh, James Woods. Extras: "Beyond Nixon" documentary, commentaries, deleted scenes, more. (Disney). Available on Blu-ray Disc.
Orangutan Island: Season 1
Animal Planet series that takes an up-close and personal look at rescued orangutans. (Genius Products).
Perry Mason: Season Three, Volume One
(1959-60) Three-disc set with 12 episodes, $54.99. (Paramount).
Primo Levi's Journey
(2007 -- Italy) In the winter of 1945, Primo Levi, one of the century's great writers, was liberated from the Auschwitz concentration camp. With the war still underway, he embarked on a thousand-mile journey to his home in Turin, Italy -- a strange, beguiling odyssey memorialized in his book, "The Reawakening." Sixty years later, director Davide Ferrario set out to follow in Levi's footsteps. Retracing his historic trip, the film weaves a path through a modern Europe that has both changed and remained eerily the same -- from democratic rallies in the East to neo-Nazi demonstrations in the West. Narrated by Academy Award- winning actor Chris Cooper. Extras: "Making of Primo Levi's Journey." (New Yorker Video).
(2008) Brittany Snow, Dana Davis, Jessica Troup, Scott Porter, Collins Pennie, Kelly Blatz, Idris Elba, Jonathan Schaech, Jessalyn Gilsig, Kellan Lutz, Craig Susser. Available in rated and unrated DVD versions and unrated Blu-ray Disc. Extras:Deleted scenes, alternate ending, gag reel, "A Night to Remember: The Making of Prom Night" featurette, "Profile of a Killer" featurette, "Gothic Spaces: Creating the Pacific Grand Hotel" featurette, "Prom Night Photo Album: Real Prom Stories From the Cast," commentary. (Sony).
Quid Pro Quo
(2008) Nick Stahl, Vera Farmiga, Ashlie Atkinson, Rachel Black, Dylan Bruno, Kate Burton, Anna Chlumsky. A semi-paralyzed reporter sets out to investigate a story that leads him into a disturbing sub-culture where wheelchairs and braces are worshipped and people opt to have perfectly healthy limbs amputated to join the cult world of the "handicapped." Extras: Nick Stahl and Vera Farmiga audition tapes, footage from the documentary "Whole," storyboards, deleted scenes. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2008) Kevin Spacey, Bob Balaban, Ed Begley Jr., Laura Dern, John Hurt, Denis Leary, Tom Wilkinson. Recent HBO telefilm that chronicles the turbulent weeks in Florida after the 2000 presidential election. Extras: Commentary by director Jay Roach and writer Danny Strong, "The True Inside Story of the 2000 Presidential Election," conversation between Kevin Spacey and Ron Klain, conversation between Bob Balaban and Ben Ginsberg. (HBO).
The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior
(2008) Randy Couture. Direct-to-DVD sequel. Available on Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).
The Small Back Room
(1949) Dir.: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger; Cyril Cusack, Jack Hawkins, Michael Gough. Post-World War II gem about a troubled, alcoholic research scientist and military bomb-disposal expert who, while struggling with a complex relationship with his secretary-girlfriend Susan, is hired by the government to advise on a dangerous new German weapon. New, restored high-definition digital transfer. Extras: Commentary featuring film scholar Charles Barr, new video interview with cinematographer Chris Challis, excerpts from Michael Powell's audio dictations for his autobiography, new essay by film scholar Nick James. (The Criterion Collection).
(2008) Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Jay Mohr, John Corbett, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans, Cedric the Entertainer, Naomi Harris, Amaury Nolasco, Common and The Game. Available in single and two-disc DVD versions and on Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary by director David Ayer, deleted scenes, alternate scenes, 10 vignettes, "Street Rules: Rolling With David Ayer and Jaime FitzSimons" featurette, "HBO First Look -- City of Fallen Angels: Making Street Kings." (Fox).
Television Under the Swastika
(1999) Nazi leaders, determined to beat Great Britain and the U.S. to be the world's first television broadcaster, began Greater German Television in March 1935. Making use of 285 reels of film discovered in the catacombs of the Berlin Federal Film Archive, filmmaker Michael Kloft creates a fascinating look at the world's first television broadcast network. It explores both the technology behind this new medium, and the programming the Nazis chose to put on it. $24.95. Extras: WWII film gallery, filmmaker biography . (First Run Features).
Terminator -- The Sarah Connor Chronicles: The Complete First Season
Three-disc set with nine episodes, $29.98. Extras: "Creating the Chronicles" featurette; commentaries by executive producers Josh Freidman and John Wirth, cast members Summer Glau and Thomas Dekker, and more; "Terminated Scenes" (i.e. deleted scenes); gag reel; cast audition tapes; storyboard animatic; Summer Glau dance rehearsal; extended director's cut of "The Demon Hand" episode. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
Transformers Animated: Season One
Two-disc set with 16 episodes, $26.99. (Paramount).
(1954 -- Japan) Dir.: Keisuke Kinoshita; Hideko Takamine, Chishu Ryu. Elegant, emotional chronicle of a teacher's unwavering commitment to her students, her profession, and her sense of morality, set in a remote, rural island community and spanning decades of Japanese history, from 1928 through World War II and beyond. New, restored high-definition digital transfer. Extras: Television interview with director Keisuke Kinoshita, new video interview with Japanese cinema historian and critic Tadao Sato about the film and its director, booklet featuring a new essay be renowned film scholar Audie Bock and excerpts from an interview with Kinoshita. (The Criterion Collection).
Wayside School: Season One
Two-disc set with 13 episodes of the comically absurd tales of students on the top floor of Wayside, a quirky grammar school that was accidentally built 30-stories high; $19.99. (Paramount).
The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd
(1976) Zoe Wanamaker, Colin Firth. BBC adaptation of D.H. Lawrence story about Lizzie Holroyd and her boorish husband Charles who scream their lives away until Lizzie falls in love with another man and wishes her husband dead -- a wish that comes horribly true. Extras: Includes bonus program "The Rainbow," also by D.H. Lawrence, starring Imogene Stubbs. (BBC Video/Warner).
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(2008) Dynamic portrait of comedy legend Tommy Chong of Cheech and Chong set against the unfolding political horror story of post 9/11 America. Follows the tragic and absurd tale of Chong as he travels down the rabbit hole of America's war on drugs and the federal prison system after becoming the primary target in a government sting, code named "Operation Pipe Dreams." In February of 2003, the U.S. government spent $12 million to take down Chong for selling art glass water pipes, a/k/a bongs, over the internet. What emerges is an intimate portrait of a cosmic character, caught in the crosshairs of a surreal Cheech and Chong fantasy come to life. $24.98. (Infinity Entertainment).
Two-disc set with 13 episodes of the British sketch comedy series from the 1980s; launched the careers of Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie, Robbie Coltrane, Stephen Fry, Ben Elton, others; $39.99. Extras: "There's Nothing to Worry About" three-episode pilot series; story of alternative comedy boom in 1980s Britain. (Acorm Media).
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Trick or Treason
Animated feature, $14.99. (Paramount).
(2008) Josh Hartnett, Naomie Harris, Adam Scott, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Robin Tunney, Rip Torn, David Bowie. Story of two brothers fighting to keep their start-up dot-com company afloat as the bottom falls out of the stock market during August 2001, a month before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. (First Look Studios).
Bakugan Chapter 1: Battle Brawlers
Five episodes of the international anime success now airing on the Cartoon Network. Young warriors battle evil to save a parallel universe, $14.98. (Warner).
Battle 360: The Complete Season One
Four-disc set of all 10 episodes of the History Channel series that follows the USS Enterprise and its crew through some of World War II's most intensive battles. Packed in a collectible SteelBook case, $39.95. (A&E Home Video).
Best of Comedy Central Presents -- II
Uncensored routines by Dave Attell, Mike Birbiglia, Frank Caliendo, Zach Galifianakis, Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Stephen Lynch, and Nick Swardson; $19.99. (Comedy Central/Paramount).
Bob the Builder On Site: Houses & Playgrounds
In this animated/live-action episode, Bob the Builder and his crew show kids what it takes to build a hardy house and a safe playground; $19.98. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).
(2004 -- Thailand) Martial arts comedy starring Tony Jaa, Petchtai Wongkamlao,
Pumwaree Yodalmo. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2007 -- Thailand) Martial arts comedy sequel starring Tony Jaa, Petchtai Wongkamlao. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Brotherhood of the Wolf: Director's Cut
(2001 -- French) Samuel Le Bihan, Vincent Cassel, Emilie Dequenne, Monica Bellucci, Jeremie Renier, Mark Dacascos. Two-disc set. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Making of Brotherhood of the Wolf: The Guts of the Beast," behind-the-scenes documentary, "The Legend," storyboards. (Universal).
The Care Bears: Care-A-Lot Collection
Two-disc set with 22 episodes, $22.98. Extras: Activity booklet filled with fun activities and games. (Fox).
Casper and Friends: Trick or Treat
Twelve Casper cartoons, $9.93. (Classic Media).
Casper & Wendy: Scare Up Some Fun
Twelve Casper cartoons, $9.93. (Classic Media).
(2008) Voices of Hank Azaria, Dylan Baker, Nick Nolte, Mark Ruffalo, Roy Scheider, Liev Schreiber, Jeffrey Wright. Highly-stylized and wildly original documentary film, chronicling the real-life events surrounding the anti-war protest of the 1968 Democratic National Convention held in Chicago and the charismatic protest organizers brought to trial by the city. Told through a visually-arresting animation style and a bold use of archival footage and music. (Paramount).
The Color Honeymooners Collection #4
Three-disc set with 12 episodes of the Jackie Gleason show that aired from Miami Beach in 1966-70; $39.98. (MPI Home Video).
Curious George: Sails With the Pirates and Other Curious Capers
Eight episodes of the animated series, $16.98. Extras: George's Boat game. (Universal).
Dog the Bounty Hunter: The Best of Season 4
The seven best episodes of Season 4, $19.95. (A&E Home Video).
The Duchess of Duke Street: The Complete Collection
Ten-disc set with all 31 episodes of the BBC/PBS Masterpiece Theatre series, $99.99. (Acorn Media).
Entourage: The Complete Fourth Season
Three-disc set with 12 episodes, $39.98. Extras: Commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurette. (HBO Video).
Errol Flynn Westerns Collection
Four-disc set with "Montana," "Rocky Mountain," "San Antonio," "Virginia City," $49.92. (Warner).
Everybody Hates Chris: The Third Season
(2007-08) Four-disc set with 22 episodes, $39.99. (Paramount).
Fat Albert's Halloween Special
(1977) Animated/live-action feature from the popular TV series, $12.93. (Classic Media/Genius Products).
Funky Town, Volumes 1 and 2
Thirteen episodes each of the animated series, $9.98 each. (PorchLight Home Entertainment).
Games Girls Play
(1974) Christina Hart, Jane Anthony. Soft-core film about the young daughter of the American ambassador to England who gets into trouble when she and her friends compete at bedding foreign diplomats. (Dark Sky Films/MPI Home Video).
(2007) Documentary. Out of the 305 public high schools in New York City, 43 of them had football teams in 2003 -- but none of were in Harlem. That is until Doug Ferguson, a former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, organized the Harlem Hellfighters, a gritty, relentless team that found itself a long way from Friday night lights. The film follows the heroic trials and triumphs of this group of young men while fighting their way to success. (ESPN Entertainment/Genius Products).
Haunted Histories Collection: Volume 2
Five-disc set with five episodes of the History Channel spooky series, $24.95. (A&E Home Video).
How the West Was Won
(1962) John Ford (segment "The Civil War"), Henry Hathaway (segments "The Rivers," "The Plains" and "The Outlaws"), George Marshall (segment "The Railroad")
Richard Thorpe (uncredited: transitional historical sequences); Carroll Baker, Lee J. Cobb, Henry Fonda, Carolyn Jones, Karl Malden, Gregory Peck, George Peppard, Robert Preston, Debbie Reynolds, James Stewart, Eli Wallach, John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Walter Brennan, Andy Devine, Raymond Massey, Agnes Moorehead, Harry Morgan, Thelma Ritter, Mickey Shaughnessy, Russ Tamblyn, Spencer Tracy. Restored and remastered from original three-panel Cinerama release. Two-disc special edition, Ultimate Collector's Edition, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Cinerama Adventure" documentary, making-of featurette, film historian commentary. Collector's edition includes a 36-page souvenir book reproduction, 10 behind-the-scenes photos and 10 postcards, original theatrical release pressbook reproduction. Also available as a two-disc Blu-ray edition. (Warner).
Linda Lovelace for President
(1975) Linda Lovelace, Val Bisoglio, Micky Dolenz. An intentionally campy film designed to capitalize on Linda Lovelace's sudden fame following "Deep Throat." The Upright Party nominates Lovelace for president and she goes on a cross-country campaign trip. (Dark Sky Films/MPI Home Video).
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning
(2008) Direct-to-video animated prequel.Extras: "Teaching Mermaids to Dance," "Disney Song Selection," "The Little Mermaid: The Braodway Musical," deleted scenes. (Disney).
My Sassy Girl
(2008) Jesse Bradford, Elisha Cuthbert. Based on the graphic novel series, turned best-selling novel by Kim Ho-sik. A naive, buttoned-up Midwestern everyman meets a carefree, untamed girl after he rescues her from a near-drunken accident, and the two embark on a romantic roller coaster ride full of concussions, career sabotage, a few slaps in the face and, ultimately, love. (Fox).
NCIS: The Fifth Season
(2007-08) Five-disc set with 18 episodes, $64.99. Extras: Featurettes: "NCIS on Location," "From Pauley to Abby: Hairspray, Lipstick and Tattoos," "The Dressing Room: The Costumes and Wardrobe of NCIS," "NCIS Season 5: Stem to Stern and Requiem Revisited," commentaries. (Paramount).
No Blood No Tears
(2002-South Korea) Do-yeon Jeon, Hye-yeong Lee. A jaded female cab driver is in trouble with the mob and when she meets the sexy girlfriend of a vicious gangster, an unlikely friendship forces them to take drastic measures -- to steal a ruthless loan shark's loot. (Genius Products).
One Tree Hill: The Complete Fifth Season
Five-disc set with 18 episodes, $59.98. Extras: Unaired scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, commentaries, gag reel (Warner).
(1985) Dir,: Clint Eastwood; Clint Eastwood, Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress, Chris Penn, Richard Dysart, Charles Hallahan, Douglas Mc Grath, Marvin J. Mc Intyre, Sydney Penny, Billy Drago. (Warner).
The Passion of the Mao
(2006) Who knew that Communism could be so funny? This madcap documentary reexamines the Cultural Revolution and restores the once bright reputation of Mao Zedong; the changes evident in China today are directly traced back to his influence. (Indie-Pictures).
Phantasm IV: Oblivion
(1998) Dir.: Don Coscarelli; A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Bannister, Angus Scrimm. In this uncut sequel, the original cast returns to undertake a surreal journey through the dimensions of time and space to understand the terrifying birthright of the Tall Man, as well as the origins of the infamous and lethal Sphere, ending with the Tall Man's final assault with his dark army, putting the future of the human race on the line. Extras: Commentary by writer-producer-director Don Coscarelli, retrospective featurette. (Anchor Bay).
(2007) Phillip Vaden, Stephen Tobolowsky, Julie Hagerty, Marnette Patterson. Coming-of-age story about a directionless 19-year-old who works for his dad during the day and plays in a heavy metal band at night; his only clear goal is to get his ailing mother to meet the pope before she dies. Along the way he falls in love and gets discovered by two Broadway producers. (PorchLight Home Entertainment).
(2008) Zack Ward, Dave Foley, Larry Thomas, Verne Troyer. Uwe Boll's controversial comedy about a cult leader, his nephew and a gang of sexy commandos who face off against the Taliban in Middle America. Unrated. Extras: "Raging Boll": the director boxes his critics; deleted scenes; commentary by Boll; Verne Troyer as Indiana Jones; more. Available in rated, unrated and Blu-ray Disc editions. (Vivendi Entertainment).
The President's Collection Gift Set
Fourteen-disc set of the acclaimed American Experience series, comprised of 20th century presidential biographies profiling the lives and legacies of Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, John Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan,
and George H.W. Bush; $125.99. (Paramount).
(2005) Nadia Townsend, Bernard Curry, Susan Ellis. When her sister kicks her out, Liz -- a young woman out only for herself -- is rescued from the streets by Aiden, a delusional tow-truck driver who's convinced she's his runaway wife ... and he's intent on making sure she doesn't leave him again. (Dokument Films/MPI Home Video).
(2007) Dir.: Edward Burns; Selma Blair, Patrick Wilson, Edward Burns, Debra Messing, Dennis Farina. Infidelity, first loves and second chances are complexly intertwined in this comedy set in The Big Apple. A one-time promising writer saddled with a cheating husband, a successful crime novelist who lacks significant literary distinction, a tough-talking schoolteacher still smarting from a decade-old break-up and a smooth-talking lawyer determined to win back the one that got away, all seek to regain control of their lives. (The Weinstein Co./Genius Products).
(2008) Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alice Braga, Tim Allen, Emily Mortimer, Rodrigo Santoro, Rebecca Pidgeon, Randy Couture. Extras: Commentary by director David Mamet and Randy Couture, "Behind-the-Scenes of Redbelt" featurette, "Inside Mixed Martial Arts" cast and crew featurette, Q & A with Mamet, conversation with UFC president Dana White, "Fighter Profiles," "The Magic of Cyril Takayama featurette on the magician-actor. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
The Real McCain
(2008) Maverick or flip-flopper? Robert Greenwald 's new documentary sheds light on John McCain's "straight talk," politics and policies. $9.95. (The Disinformation Company).
Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom
(1975 -- Italy) Pier Paolo Pasolini's notorious final film transposes the Marquis de Sade's 18th-century opus of torture and degradation to 1944 Fascist Italy. New, restored high-definition digital transfer. Extras: "The End of Salo," a 40-minute documentary about the film's final scene; "Salo: Yesterday and Today," a 35-minute documentary featuring interviews with Pier Paolo Pasolini, actor-filmmaker Jean-Claude Biette, and Pasolini's friend Nineto Davoli; new interviews with set designer Dante Ferretti and filmmaker/film scholar Jean-Pierre Gorin; booklet featuring new essays by Neil Bartlett, Roberto Chiesi, Naomi Greene, Gary Indiana, and Sam Rohdie, and excerpts from Gideon Bachman's on-set diary. (The Criterion Collection).
The Shield: The Complete Sixth Season
Four-disc set with 10 episodes, $59.95. Extras: Three featurettes: "Saturn's Sons," "Two Directors" and "Full Circle: Franka Potente," commentary on select episodes, deleted scenes. (Sony).
Terry Pratchett's Discworld Collection
(2007) Animated adaptations of two of Terry Pratchett's sci-fi fantasy books featuring a world of funny wizards, witches, dwarfs, trolls and giants: "Wyrd Sisters: and "Soul Music." A two-disc set, $39.99. Extras: Story boards, interview with Pratchett, bio, more. (Acorn Media).
The Three Stooges Collection: 1940-1942, Volume Three
Two-disc set with 23 digitally-restored shorts, arranged chronologically, $24.96. (Sony).
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas Collector's Edition
(1993) Dir.: Henry Selick; voices of Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix, Paul Reubens. Digitally restored, two-disc set. Extras: "What's This? Jack's Haunted Mansion Holiday Tour," Tim Burton's original poem (that inspired the creation of the film) narrated by Christopher Lee, commentary by Burton, Selick and composer Danny Elfman, uncut "Introduction to Frankenweenie!" by Burton, making-of featurette, "The Worlds of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas," deleted scenes, storyboard-to-film comparison, Burton's short film "Vincent," digital copy of the film; $32.99. Also available on Blu-ray Disc for $39.99. A limited edition of the set featuring an individually numbered hand-painted bust of Jack Skellington in all his gory glory equipped with a Jack's "Sandy Claws" hat and beard and a sound chip that plays memorable lines from the film, will also be available for $179.99. (Disney)
UFO Hunters: The Complete Season One
Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $39.95. (A&E Home Video).
(2008) The 2004 Presidential election gave America its first comprehensive look at electronic voting machines. Unfortunately, it seems that a paper ballot wasn't the only thing missing. Like many Americans, Emmy Award-winning director David Earnhardt was perplexed on election night '04 as the outcome clearly didn't match up with exit polls. This prompted the Nashville-based filmmaker to embark on a three-year journey to answer one fundamental question: was our most recent presidential election stolen and, if so, how? $19.95. (The Disinformation Company).
The Untouchables: Season Two, Volume Two
(1961) Four-disc set, $42.99. (Paramount).
(2007) Morven Macbeth, Anna Walton. Whie making a documentary on trendy neo-vampires, filmmaker Holly meets the highly enigmatic and beautiful Vicki who claims she is a real-life vampire and the two embark on a passionate affair. However Vicki's lust for blood is growing and when Holly discovers that Vicki is pregnant with a "vampire" baby, she's drawn into a spiral of death, deceit and betrayal. (Monrach Home Video).
(2007) Hayden Christensen, Mischa Barton, Tim Roth. Who said the "Black Plague" wasn't fun? As sickness and death ravage 14th century Florence, the city's lusty young men and chaste maidens flee to the countryside for a bit of ravaging of their own. Extras: "Visiting Virgin Territory" featurette, censored scenes. (Anchor Bay).
Warner Home Video Western Classics Collection
Six-disc set with "Escape From Fort Bravo," "Many Rivers to Cross," "Cimarron" "The Law and Jake Wade," "Saddle the Wind," "The Stalking Moon," $59.92. (Warner).
What Happens In Vegas
(2008) Cameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher, Rob Corddry, Lake Bell, Michelle Krusiec, Dennis Farina, Krysten Ritter, Jason Sudeikis, Queen Latifah, Zach Galifianakis, Treat Williams. Extras: Commentary by director Tom Vaughan, "Sitting Down With Cameron and Ashton" featurette, "From the Law Firm of Stephen J. Hader, Esq." featurette, "DVD Extra Time With Zach Galifianakis," gag reel, "An Inside Look at 'Marley and Me'," digital copy.
Available as a single DVD, in an Extended "Jackpot" Edition two-disc DVD set, and on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?
(2008) Tongue-in-cheek yet thought-provoking documentary by writer-director Morgan Spurlock. Amazed by Osama bin Laden's continued success at evading capture, a gung-ho Spurlock sets out with virtually no military experience or expertise to find the man that numerous government agencies and bounty hunters have been unable to locate. But before he can begin the hunt for bin Laden, Spurlock must first learn where the man came from, what makes him tick, and what historical forces made him the person he is today. Taking it to the streets and speaking one-on-one with people in Afghanistan, Egypt, Israel, Pakistan and international hotspots throughout the Middle East, Spurlock will stop at nothing in his effort to make the world a safer place for his family. Extras: Alternate ending: Western Showdown, "Three Girls Saudi," "Martin McGuinness," "Watergate," "Saad Ibrahim," "Shimon Peres," "Afghan Animation." (The Weinstein Co./Genius Products).
Where the Wild Things Are ... And Five More Stories by Maurice Sendak
The title tale -- originally published in 1963 -- is regarded as a landmark children's classic. It's the wildly imaginative story of Max, a young boy who misbehaves and is sent to his room without supper. There, he lets his imagination take him to a faraway place where, after donning a distinctive wolf costume, he befriends the strange, mythical creatures that inhabit the island. But, after a "wild rumpus" Max decides it's time to head back home, "where someone loved him best of all." The other tales: "Pierre," "One Was Johnnie," "Alligators All Around," "Chicken Soup With Rice," and "In the Night Kitchen." Extras: Rare, behind-the-scenes interview with the author entitled "Getting to Know Maurice Sendak." (Scholastic Storybook Treasure).
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