The Awkward Comedy Show
(2010) Showcases the talents of five groundbreaking black comedians: Comic Marina Franklin interviews the Awkward Comics, whose ranks include alternative stand-up artists Victor Varnado, Hannibal Buress, Eric Andre and Baron Vaughn. $19.95. Extras: Commentary by producer-director-comedian Victor Varnado, producer Jay Stern and comedian Hannibal Buress; backstage footage with the comics; bonus interviews; bonus jokes. (New Video).
The Best of Elmo 2
(2010) Includes guest stars Jason Mraz, Adam Sandler, The Goo-Goo Dolls, David Beckham, more. $14.98. (Sesame Street/Warner).
Bound by a Secret
(2009) Meredith Baxter, Lesley Ann Warren. A famous actress reveals to her best friend that she's dying, and the pair must reveal a shattering secret to the latter's grown daughter about the reality of her natural, and secret, parentage. (Vivendi Entertainment/Genius Products).
(2007) Armand Assante, Jamie Elman, Razvan Vasilescu, Maria Dinulescu, Alexandru Margineanu, Ion Sapdaru. The fact-based story proves that truth is stranger -- and more absurd -- than fiction. In 1999, during the bloody civil war in Yugoslavia, a train with a platoon of American Marines is stopped in Constanta, Romania, with a shipment of military radar meant to be deployed near the Serbian border in support of NATO air raids. The Marines become the "guests" of a poor village filled with a frustrating bureaucracy, sexy young women on the make, black marketeers, arms dealers, and odd pop culture celebrations. Can Americans really bring order and hope to this chaotic part of the world, or is that just California dreamin'? First film by Romanian new wave filmmaker Cristian Nemescu, 27, who was killed in a car crash while the film was being edited. (IFC Films/MPI Media).
Dirty Dancing: Limited Keepsake Edition
(1987) Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes, Kelly Bishop. Two-disc set. Extras: "Kellerman's: Reliving the Locations of the Film" featurette; "Patrick Swayze Tribute" featurette; "Dirty Dancing: The Phenomenon" featurette; "In Memoriam: Fan Reel"; "The Rhythm of the Dancing" featurette; commentaries; vintage featurette; Jennifer Grey screen test; cast and crew interviews; Emile Ardolino tribute; "Hungry Eyes" video; "She's Like the Wind" video; "I've Had the Time of My Life" video; trivia track; original screen tests (Patrick & Jennifer); "Dirty Dancing With Patrick" featurette; tribute to Jerry Orbach; deleted scenes; alternate scenes; extended scenes; outtakes; multi-angle dance sequence; "The Classic Story On Stage" featurette; interactive photo gallery. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds "Dancing to the Music" featurette; never-before-seen stills gallery; Eleanor's Personal shooting script; "Dirty Dancing: Live in Concert." (Lionsgate).
Doctor Who: Dreamland
(2010) New animated adventure voiced by David Tennant. The Doctor hooks up with two new companions -- Cassie and Jimmy -- as he's pitted against a new alien race, the monstrous Viperox, in Area 51 in 1958. Two-disc set, $24.98. Extras: "Doctor Who Greatest Moments," a three-part retrospective on the series since 2005 with hour-long pieces on The Doctor, The Companions and The Enemies. (Warner)
Doctor Who: The Masque of Mandragora
Three digitally remastered Doctor Who classics: The Masque of Mandragora, The Curse of Peladon and The Monster of Peladon, $24.98. (Warner).
Doctor Zhivago 45th Anniversary Edition
(1965) Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger, Alec Guinness, Ralph Richardson, Tom Courtenay. Restored and remastered. Two-disc DVD plus one CD. Extras: New documentary: "Doctor Zhivago: A Celebration Part 1 & 2." Also includes bonus features from the 2001 DVD edition: Commentary by Omar Sharif, Rod Steiger and Lady Sandra Lean (wife of David Lean); an introduction by Omar Sharif; "Doctor Zhivago: The Making of a Russian Epic"; and 11 vintage featurettes: "Zhivago: Behind the Camera With David Lean," "David Lean's Film of Doctor Zhivago," "Moscow in Madrid," "Pasternak," "New York Press Interviews Omar Sharif," "New York Press Interviews Julie Christie," "Geraldine Chaplin Screen Test," "This Is Omar Sharif," "This Is Julie Christie," "This Is Geraldine Chaplin," "Chaplin in New York." CD soundtrack sampler of the Oscar-winning score. Also available in a premium Blu-ray Book. (Warner)
(2007) Robert Davi, Chazz Palminteri, Peter Bogdanovich, Miriam Margolyes, Melora Hardin, Frank D'Amico, Elya Baskin, Eloise DeJoria, Alphonse Mouzon, Dominic Scott Key. Wry comic tale of a down-and-out Doo Wop band -- once hit-makers in the 1960s but barely making ends meet in 2007 -- who take a bumbling detour into burglary on their endless quest to make good on their dreams. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (E1 Entertainment).
The Facts of Life: The Complete Fourth Season
(1982-83) Four-disc set with 24 episodes, $39.97. Extras: "The Facts of Life Goes to Paris," "Know The Facts: Trivia Game." (Shout! Factory).
(2006) Paul Wesley, Fernanda Andrade, Bryan Cranston, Tom Skerritt, Ivana Milicevic, Rade Serbedzija, Monique Ganderton. Three-part ABC Family fantasy drama about Aaron, an Earth-bound nephilim -- half human, half angel -- caught up in the everyday problems of growing up, just as he is trapped in a celestial maelstrom between good and evil. As a biblical "Redeemer" who can return fallen angels to Heaven, Aaron holds the world's destiny in his hands as he battles warrior seraphs and ultimately confronts the diabolically proud angel that has tormented his dreams. Available as the entire series ($27.98), "Parts 1 and 2: The Beginning" ($19.98) and "Part 3: Destiny" ($19.98).(Image Entertainment).
(2010) Patrick Warburton, Tammin Sursok, Emily Tennant, Clint Black. Extras: A "Conversation With Clint Black," "Running Wild: The North American Mustang," "Making Flicka 2," "Horsin' Around." (Fox).
(1984) Two-disc set with the six-part BBC mini-series about the great psychoanalyst starring David Suchet, Michael Kitchen, Suzanne Bertish, Michael Pennington, Miriam Margolyes, Anton Lesser, David Swift. $34.98. (Warner).
Go, Diego, Go!: The Great Panda Adventure
(2010) Nickelodeon's Diego and Baby Jaguar rescue animals all over the world in four new-to-DVD episodes: "All Aboard The Giant Panda Express," "Koala's Birthday Hug," "Leaping Lemurs" and "Diego Saves the Beavers"; $16.99. (Paramount).
(2010) David Tennant, Patrick Stewart, The Royal Shakespeare Company. Premieres April 28 on PBS' Great Performances. Extras:
Commentary, behind-the-scenes featurette. (BBC/Warner).
The Honeymooners Second Honeymoon
(1976) In 1976, Jackie Gleason, Audrey Meadows and Art Carney reunited for four ABC specials representing the final performances of their classic "Honeymooners" characters. This is a new digital transfer of one of those specials. $14.98. (MPI Media Group).
The Honeymooners Valentine Special
(1976) In 1976, Jackie Gleason, Audrey Meadows and Art Carney reunited for four ABC specials representing the final performances of their classic "Honeymooners" characters. This is a new digital transfer of one of those specials. $14.98. (MPI Media Group).
(2010) Live performance in London's West End of the compelling original musical that is a personal journey through one of the most devastating periods of world history: the events that took place at the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland in 1942. A group of actors struggles to keep the dream of freedom and the will to resist alive among the prisoners of the ghetto by performing the epic tale of "Masada," the ancient Judean mountain where, over 2,000 years ago, a small band of courageous rebels held 10,000 Roman soldiers at bay. It's a story of hope, where laughter rises above tears, where freedom and resistance are found through imagination, and where love knows no boundaries. $24.99. (PBS).
Iron Man Armored Adventures Season One
(2009) Four-disc set with 26 episodes from the Nicktoons Network animated series, $29.93. Extras: Storyboards, original sketches of characters and vehicles, more. (Marvel Animation, Method Films, Genius Products, Vivendi Entertainment).
Iron Man: The Complete 1994 Animated Television Series
(1994) Three-disc set with 26 episodes, $29.99. (Disney).
Ladies of the House
(2008) Florence Henderson, Donna Mills, Pam Grier, Lance Henricksen, Richard Roundtree. Three women take on the daunting task of renovating a run-down house in order to raise funds for their church, and the project helps them examine challenges they are facing in their own lives. (Vivendi Entertainment/Genius Products).
(2009) Amy Adams, Matthew Goode, Adam Scott, Bill Nighy, Kaitlin Olson, John Lithgow.
Read more about "Leap Year" in the May Calendar.Extras: Deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds BD-LIVE and pocketBLU mobile device connectivity. (Universal).
Marcus Welby, M.D.: Season One
(1969-70) Seven-disc set with 27 episodes, $49.97. Extras: Rare episode, "The Daredevil Gesture," directed by Steven Spielberg; original two-hour pilot movie: "A Matter Of Humanities." (Shout! Factory).
(2007) Six part documentary series explores the challenges behind a potential manned mission to Mars; narrated by William Shatner; $24.98. (E1 Entertainment).
(2009) Dir.: Joe Dante; John Goodman, Cathy Moriarty, Simon Fenton, Omri Katz, Lisa Jakub, Kellie Martin. (Universal).
The Moment After 2: The Awakening
(2006) David A.R. White, Brad Heller, Monte Perlin, Kevin Downes, Lonnie Colon. An apocalyptic suspense thriller in the tradition of the best-selling "Left Behind" series. This sequel picks up after the New World Order assumes control of all nations and a small band of Christians dedicated to keeping the word of God alive prepare to clash against the Global Alliance in the ultimate showdown of good versus evil. Extras: Filmmaker and cast commentary, "The Making of The Moment After 2: The Awakening," music video "Life Light" by Two Empty Chairs. (Affirm Films/Sony).
Murdoch Mysteries Season Two
(2009) Four-disc set with 13 episodes of the Canadian series that follows Detective William Murdoch as he uses cutting-edge techniques like ballistics and profiling to solve crimes in Victorian-era Toronto. $59.99. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, photo gallery, cast filmographies, character bios. (Acorn Media).
The Nanny Express
(2008) Vanessa Marcil, Dean Stockwell, Stacy Keach. A young woman goes to work as a nanny for a widower whose two kids have already run off six other nannies, and she slowly wins over the entire family. (Vivendi Entertainment/Genius Products).
(2009) Dir.: Rob Marshall; Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren, Kate Hudson, Fergie.
Read more about "Nine" in the May Calendar.Extras: Commentary by director Rob Marshall and producer John DeLuca, "The Incomparable Daniel Day Lewis" featurette, "The Women of Nine" featurette, "Director Rob Marshall" featurette, "Behind the Look of Nine" featurette, "The Dancers of Nine" featurette, "The Choreography of 'Be Italian'" featurette, "Making of 'Cinema Italiano'" featurette, "The Choreography of 'Cinema Italiano'" featurette, "Cinema Italiano" music video, "Take It All" music video, "Unusual Way" music video. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds "Sophia Loren Remembers Cinecitta Studios" featurette, Screen Actor's Guild Q&A Session, movieIQ?+sync featuring the "Nine" playlist. (Sony).
9 to 5: Days in Porn
(2008) Portrait of the people who work in adult entertainment, a business bigger than the music industry. Filmed over a period of more than a year, 10 different stories unfold, delivering insight into the personal lives of people in the adult movie business, their hopes and their dreams. (Strand Releasing).
No Time for Sergeants
(1958) Dir. Mervyn LeRoy; Andy Griffith, Myron McCormick, Nick Adams, Murray Hamilton, Don Knotts. First time on DVD, remastered and restored. (Warner).
On the Road With Charles Kuralt, Set 2
Award-winning journalist Charles Kuralt has been a household name for decades with his "On the Road" segments, first airing on the "CBS Evening News" with Walter Cronkite, and then as the first host of the "CBS News Sunday Morning." For 20 years beginning in 1967, Kuralt wandered America's byways in search of the unusual and the overlooked. He and his small crew logged more than a million miles and wore out six motor homes. For his homespun vignettes of everyday life, Kuralt won an Emmy and three Peabody Awards. Curious, generous, and always warm, Kuralt found everyone fascinating. The pieces here include segments on cowboys, traffic cops, short-order cooks, makers of corncob pipes, the 87-year-old college professor turned janitor who proclaimed "No honest work is undignified." He reported on a man who fixed toys, a farmer who carved slingshots, a Russian who waited 43 years to thank the American soldiers who saved his life. No story was too small, no person too ordinary. This three-disc set contains 18 episodes with a total of 86 classic "On the Road" pieces. $39.99. Extras: "About On the Road," "Road Updates," biography of Charles Kuralt. (Acorn Media).
Paper Covers Rock
(2008) Jeannine Kaspar, Sayra Player, Clint Jordan. A troubled young woman fights for custody of her six year-old daughter. (IFC Films/MPI Media).
Penn & Teller B.S!: The Seventh Season
(2009) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $29.99. (Paramount).
(2010) Letoya Luckett, Gregory Alan Williams, Clifton Powell. Coming-of-age story about a small-town girl who leaves family and faith behind to pursue a dream of singing stardom. Available as a standard DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack, which contains deleted scenes, "Music of Preacher's Kid," "The Prodigal Experience: Reflections on a Story," "LeToya Luckett: A Rising Star," "On Location in Atlanta," digital copy. (Warner Premiere).
Race to Mars
(2007) Six extraordinary individuals from around the world are selected for a grueling two-year mission to Mars, where they must rise above their fears and sacrifice their lives in the face of overwhelming danger in this Canadian miniseries. (E1 Entertainment).
A Ripple of Hope
(2008) Documentary about the aftermath of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968, including the riots and, in particular, the response of Robert Kennedy, who ventured into the heart of the Indianapolis inner city to give a scheduled speech to a potentially volatile crowd gathered in a park. Companion to PBS' "Roads to Memphis." (PBS).
Roads to Memphis
(2009) Documentary examines the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968; $24.99. Companion to PBS' "A Ripple of Hope." (PBS).
Rock 'n' Roll High School 30th Anniversary Special Edition
(1979) Executive produced by Roger Corman and directed by Allan Arkush, with explosive musical performances from the Ramones, T.S.O.L., The Vandals and D.I. Boasts performances by P.J. Soles in the lead role of Riff Randell, Vince Van Patten, Clint Howard , Dey Young, Mary Woronov, Dick Miller and Paul Bartel. Based on Arkush's own high school fantasy, this cult classic takes place at Vince Lombardi High School, the wildest, most rockin' high school around. That is, until a thug of a principal, Miss Togar, comes along and tries to make the school a totalitarian state. With the help of the Ramones, the students of Vince Lombardi battle Miss Togar's iron-fisted rule and take their battle to a truly rockin' conclusion. Bonus features: Special introduction and "Thank You" from director Allan Arkush; commentary by Arkush, producer Mike Finnell and screenwriter Richard Whitley; commentary by Roger Corman and Dey Young; commentary by Arkush, P.J. Soles and Clint Howard; "Back to School" retrospective with new interviews with Arkush, Corman, Joe Dante, Marky Ramone and More; "Staying After Class" roundtable interview with Soles, Van Patten and Young; interview with Corman conducted by Leonard Maltin; new interview with Arkush including a look at rare, behind-the-scenes stills from his personal collection; audio outtakes from The Roxy of The Ramones; "The Final Scene"; original radio ads and TV spots; additional Roger Corman trailers; more. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Shout! Factory: Roger Corman's Cult Classics).
Saturday Morning Cartoons 1980s: Volume 1
Two-disc set, $29.99. A diverse collection of 11 different shows. Disc One showcases such favorites as "Goldie Gold & Action Jack," "Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos," "The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley," "The Flintstone Kids" and "Mister T." Disc Two features such memorable shows as "The Biskitts," "Monchhichis," "Galtar and the Golden Lance," "Dragon's Lair," "Thundarr the Barbarian" and "Kwicky Koala Show." (Warner).
Suburbia Collector's Edition
(1984) Written and directed by Penelope Spheeris featuring live performances by T.S.O.L., The Vandals and D.I., and starring Bill Coyne, Chris Pederson, Jennifer Clay and Christina Beck, "Suburbia" deftly explores the punk rock generation and follows the unforgettable journey of two teenage boys who escape their unhappy home and join a group of runaways, punks who have banded together to form their own family. Commentary by Spheeris. (Shout! Factory: Roger Corman's Cult Classics).
TCM Greatest Classic Films
Here's another wave of two releases in the TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection, a collaboration between Turner Classic Movies and Warner Home Video to present low-priced collections of some of the greatest films of all to serve both serious film buffs and a new generation of movie lovers. Each four-disc set sells for $27.92. (Warner).
TCM Greatest Classic Films: War: "Battle of the Bulge," "The Dawn Patrol," "Gunga Din" and "Operation Pacific."
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Westerns: "Chisum," "Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid," "The Stalking Moon," "Ride The High Country."
(2009 -- Japan) Teruyuki Kagawa, Kyoko Koizumi, Yu Koyanagi, Inowaki Kai. An ordinary Japanese family slowly disintegrates after its patriarch loses his job at a prominent company. Facing completely unfamiliar circumstances, he decides not to tell his family and begins his lonely sojourn into the world of the secretly unemployed. Best known in the United States for unsettling horror films like "Pulse" and "Cure," director Kiyoshi Kurosawa ventures away from the genre with this drama. Probing the dark side of human nature and the social problems that confront contemporary Japan, this highly acclaimed film was awarded the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Extras: Making-of featurette, Cannes Festival footage and panel interviews, interviews with the cast and crew. (E1 Entertainment).
(2010) Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd, Julie Andrews, Chase Ellison, Billy Crystal. Available as a three-disc combo pack (DVD, Blue-ray and digital copy) and a single-disc stanbdard DVD. Extras: DVD: "Train to be a Tooth Fairy" interactive feature, Fairy-oke. Blu-ray adds gag reel, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurette, "Behind the Scenes With Lem and Jake," "Lem and Jake Talk About VFX: Before and After," "1st Assignment" with Storyboards, "Wings and Fairy Things: Costume Design," "Flights, Tights and Fairy FX: How the Magic Was Brought to Life," "Creating Fairyland: Production Design." (Fox).
(2009 -- TV) Clea DuVall, Joy Bryant, Sienna Guillory, Ritchie Coster, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Twelve extremely talented men and women have been chosen to be part of the Phaeton mission, a 10-year trek to explore a distant planetary system, but as the ship approaches a critical phase of the journey, a deadly flaw is discovered in the virtual system, forcing the crew to question if someone onboard might be a killer. (Universal).
(2010) Eddie Cibrian, Patrick Duffy. After an accident, an ordinary man finds that he has the ability to heal others, but each time he does so he depletes his own life energy. (Vivendi Entertainment/Genius Products).
X-Men: Vol. 5
(1996-97) Two-disc set with the final 14 episodes, $23.99. (Disney).
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Billy Owens and the Secret of the Runes
(2010) Dalton Mugridge, Ciara O'Hanlon, Christopher Fazio, Mikayla Ottonello, Roddy Piper. Three students have to find a way to free their teacher's soul from an enchanted amulet. (MTI Home Video).
Four classic slapstick comedies featuring the Mexican comedian, first time on DVD: "El Gendarme Desconocido" (The Undercover Policeman) 1941; "Los Tres Mosqueteros" (The Three Musketeers) 1942, "El Circo" (The Circus) 1943, "A Volar Joven" (1947); $14.94. (Sony).
Daria: The Complete Animated Series
(1997-2001) Eight-disc set with all five seasons of the MTV animated series. Extras: Both movies, cast & crew interviews, the pilot "Sealed With a Kick," Daria Day intros, more. (Paramount).
Edge of Darkness
(2009) Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, Shawn Roberts, Bojana Novakovic, Frank Grillo, Gbenga Akinnagbe. Read more about "Edge of Darkness" in the May Calendar. Available as a standard DVD and a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. Extras: Additional/alternate scenes. Blu-ray Combo Pack adds "The Past and Present of Edge of Darkness," with nine "Focus Point" video pods: "Scoring the Film," "Revisiting the Edge of Darkness Mini-series," "Edge of Your Seat," "Making a Ghost Character Real," "Adapting the Edge of Darkness Mini-series," "Director Profile Martin Campbell," "Boston as a Character," "Mel's Back" and "Craven's War of Attrition"; digital copy. (Warner).
Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense
(2009) Jazz is a living thing, a conversation between musicians and each other, as well as the audience, and the genre today is undergoing changes of monumental magnitude and importance. This highly-acclaimed documentary captures the metamorphosis of jazz by showcasing the words, music, and spirit of the artists that are paving the way for an unprecedented musical revolution. Through interviews with 75 jazz artists culled from over seven years and over 25 hours of live performance footage and concerts, the film explores the thoughts and lives of the musicians at the forefront of today's jazz front lines. Focuses the spotlight on many current jazz icons including Terence Blanchard, Jason Moran, Ravi Coltrane, Dave Douglas and Brass Ecstasy, Robert Glasper, Nicholas Payton, Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Medeski Martin and Wood. It also features the legendary predecessors and influences of today's contemporary jazz stars, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Wynton Marsalis. $24.95. Extras: "Jazz and the Grateful Dead" featurette, "Jazz and Pearl Jam" featurette, additional performances. (IndiePix Films).
Larry McMurtry's Dead Man's Walk
(1996) F. Murray Abraham, Keith Carradine, Brian Dennehy, Edward James Olmos, Jennifer Garner, Jonny Lee Miller, David Arquette. A miniseries prequel to the "Lonesome Dove" miniseries franchise: Young Texas Rangers Augustus McCrae and Woodrow F. Call face hostile Indian territories and brutal landscapes in a dangerous adventure across the untamed West. (Vivendi Entertainment and RHI Entertainment).
Larry McMurtry's Streets of Laredo
(1995) James Garner, Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard, Ned Beatty. Last story of the "Lonesome Dove" miniseries franchise. When a wealthy railroad president hires wizened bounty hunter Woodrow F. Call to track down a cold-blooded bandit, he travels south to seek out the fugitive and encounters an array of old acquaintances along the way. (Vivendi Entertainment and RHI Entertainment).
The Legend of the Tsunami Warrior
(2008 -- Thailand) A rebel prince, Black Raven Pirates, a Queen and a village orphan gypsy battle on the high seas for coveted ocean treasures, with plenty of sorcery, swordplay and a touch of romance. Extras: Making of documentary, deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2010) Paul Bettany, Dennis Quaid, Tyrese Gibson, Doug Jones, Jon Tenney, Charles S. Dutton, Lucas Black, Kate Walsh, Adrianne Palicki, Kevin Durand, Willa Holland. Extras: "Creating the Apocalypse," "Humanity's Last Line of Defense," "From Pixels to Picture. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds "Bringing Angels To Earth: Picture-in-Picture," movieIQ+sync, BD-Live, digital copy. (Sony).
Malice in Wonderland
(2009) Maggie Grace, Danny Dyer, Matt King, Nathaniel Parker. Twisted thriller take on "Alice in Wonderland" follows American law student Alice (Maggie Grace), who after being knocked down by a London taxi, finds herself in a strange underworld called Wonderland, where she's joined by the cabbie on a dark and dangerous journey home, attempting to dodge gangsters, pimps and prostitutes, and avoiding a shadowy group determined to take her captive. Extras: "Making of Malice in Wonderland," behind-the-scenes photo gallery. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2010 -- German) Benno Fuermann, Florian Lukas, Johanna Wokalek, Ulrich Tukur. The North Face side of the Swiss Alps' Eiger Mountain, also referred to as the "murder wall," was once one of the most deadliest walls to scale, and in 1936, a small group of German mountain climbers decided to face the incredible challenge head-on without ever looking back. Based on a true story, this is a gripping adventure drama about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps. In 1936, Nazi propaganda urges German Alpinists to conquer the mountain, bringing two reluctant climbers to begin their daring ascent and attempt to scale the infamous rock face. Closely followed by two Austrians, all goes well at first as both rope teams make good headway ... but then the climbers lose their advantage over the mountain, and the race against time and the forces of nature begins. (Music Box Films Home Entertainment).
Four Robin Hood films new to DVD just in time for the May 14 release of the Ridley Scott/Russell Crowe version. The Bandit of Sherwood Forest (1946), starring Cornel Wilde; Prince of Thieves (1948), starring Jon Hall; Rogues of Sherwood Forest (1950), starring John Derek and Alan Hale; Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960), starring Richard Greene and Peter Cushing; $14.94 each. (Sony).
thirtysomething: The Complete Third Season
(1989-90) Six-disc set with 24 episodes, $59.97. Extras: New introduction by Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz; commentaries by Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, writer Liberty Godshall, actors Peter Horton, Patricia Wettig and Melanie Mayron and writer Joseph Dougherty. (Shout! Factory).
(2009 -- South Korea) Seismic activity detects an impending mega-tsunami is barreling towards the picturesque shores of a tourist-packed beach resort, and as a marine geologist races to alert the authorities, he encounters his ex-wife and the daughter he never knew he had, just as the massive wave heads their way at 500 mph. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, 'making of' featurette, more. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
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(2010) Peter Fonda, George Stults, Tim Abell, Jeffrey Combs, Anthony Tyler Quinn. Saga of Frank and Jesse James. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (E1 Entertainment).
Barney: Let's Play Outside
(2010) Barney and the gang celebrate warm weather and let their imaginations soar. Extras: "Which Bug Lives Here?" matching game. $14.98.(HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).
Being a Friend
(2009) Four adventures exploring the theme of friendship with Thomas & Friends, Bob the Builder, Barney, and Fireman Sam. $14.98. Extras: Bonus Angelina Ballerina episode. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).
The Bible Stories: Jeremiah
(1998) Patrick Dempsey, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Oliver Reed. $14.94. (Sony).
The Bible Stories: Solomon
(1997) Ben Cross, Vivica A. Fox, Anouk Aimee. $14.94. (Sony).
Curious George: Goes to a Birthday Party!
(2010) Eight episodes of the PBS KIDS TV series featuring Curious George as he takes a crack at a pinata, plans a surprise party, bakes a birthday treat, and more. $16.98. (Universal).
(2009) Intent on shaking up the ultimate "sacred cow" for Jews, Israeli director Yoav Shamir embarks on a provocative -- and at times irreverent -- quest to answer the question, "What is anti-Semitism today?" Does it remain a dangerous and immediate threat? Or is it a scare tactic used by right-wing Zionists to discredit their critics? Speaking with an array of people from across the political spectrum and traveling to places like Auschwitz and Brooklyn, Shamir discovers the realities of anti-Semitism today. His findings are shocking, enlightening and -- surprisingly -- often wryly funny. $24.95. (First Run Features).
(2008) Harry Treadaway, Greg Wise, Alex Jennings, Tom Felton. A young man -- responsible for the disappearance of his little brother at a playground years before -- is haunted by visions and voices that may or may not be his brother beckoning him. (IFC Films/MPI Media).
(2004) Acclaimed French filmmaker Patrice Leconte's ("Ridicule," "Girl on the Bridge," "Man On the Train" and "Monsieur Hire") documentary about Cambodia. During a visit there the director was inspired by the country and he created a sound and image voyage through the land and its people. From the city streets to rural villages, from factories to farmlands and beyond, Leconte explores the men, women and children of this ever-surprising Southeast Asia nation at work, play and peace, all moving at the speed of life. Features a symphony/choir score by French composer Etienne Perruchon. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Severin Films).
Eclipse Series 21: Oshima's Outlaw Sixties
Often called the Godard of the East, Japanese director Nagisa Oshima was one of the most provocative film artists of the 20th century, and his works challenged and shocked the cinematic world for decades. Following his rise to prominence at Shochiku, Oshima struck out to form his own production company, Sozosha, in 1961. That move ushered in the prolific period of his career that gave birth to the five films collected here. Unsurprisingly, this studio renegade was fascinated by stories of outsiders -- serial killers, rabid hedonists, and stowaway misfits are just some of the social castoffs you'll meet in these audacious, cerebral entries in the New Wave surge that made Japan a hub of truly daredevil moviemaking. The five film: "Pleasures of the Flesh" (Etsuraku) (1965), "Violence at Noon" (Hakuchu no torima) (1966), "Sing a Song of Sex" (Nihon shunka-ko) (1967), "Japanese Summer: Double Suicide" (Muri shinju: Nihon no natsu) (1967) and "Three Resurrected Drunkards" (Kaette kita yopparai) (1968); $69.95. The Eclipse Series brings together the best of world cinema in bare bones editions. (The Criterion Collection).
(2009) Cole Carson, Lauren Bair. Directed by Thad Smith, this poignant film follows the story of his father, Staff Sgt. Don Smith, of the 94th Infantry Division, during the Battle of the Bulge in 1945. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Virgil Films and Entertainment).
(2010) Harrison Ford, Brendan Fraser, Keri Russell, Courtney B. Vance. Read more about "Extraordinary Measures" in the May Calendar.Extras: "Extraordinary Measures: The Power to Overcome" featurette, "Meet John Crowley" featurette, deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds movieIQ+sync and BD-Live. (Sony).
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: The Complete Fifth Season
(1994-95) Three-disc set with 25 episodes, $29.98. (Warner).
Gamera, the Giant Monster -- Special Edition
(1965) Eiji Funakoshi, Harumi Kiritachi, Junichiro Yamashiko, Jutaro Hojo. The original Japanese version of the first Gamera movie, the unedited original version, with English subtitles, presented in anamorphic widescreen from a newly restored HD master. Extras: 12-page booklet with an essay by director Noriaki Yuasa, photo gallery, trailers, more. $19.93. (Shout! Factory).
The Girl on the Train
(2009 -- France) Dir.: Andre Techine; Catherine Deneuve, Emilie Dequenne, Michel Blanc. A drama centered on a young woman who claims she was the target of an anti-Semetic attack and the subsequent media sensation it creates. (Strand Releasing).
The Greatest American Hero: Season One
(1981) Two-disc set with eight episodes, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
The Greatest American Hero: The Complete Series
(1981-83) Nine-disc set with all 43 episodes, $29.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
Hunter: Season Two
(1985-86) Four-disc set with 23 episodes, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
(2009) Dir.: Clint Eastwood; Stars: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge, Julian Lewis Jones, Marguerite Wheatley. Read more about "Invictus" in the May Calendar. Available as a standard DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo. Extras: "Matt Damon Plays Rugby," "Invictus" music trailer. Blu-ray adds "Vision, Courage and Honor: Clint Eastwood and the Power of a True Story" featurette, PIP: Clint Eastwood explains in-depth what attracted him to this important story and how he brought it to life on film, "Mandela Meets Morgan" featurette, a shortened version of the Richard Schickel documentary "The Eastwood Factor." (Warner).
Law & Order: Criminal Intent -- The Fifth Year
(2005-06) Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $59.98. (Universal).
The Louis L'Amour Collection
Three American Frontier classics: "The Sacketts" (starring Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott and Jeff Osterhage), "Conagher" (starring Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross) and "Catlow" (Yul Brynner, Richard Crenna and Leonard Nimoy), $19.97. (Warner).
Michael Jackson History: The King of Pop 1958-2009
(2009) This feature-length tribute includes contributions from Janet Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Paul Gambaccini and more. Jackson's story is told through news reports, including never-before-seen footage. $6.99. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).
(2010) Orlando Jones, A.J. Cook, David Moscow, David Sutcliffe. The story centers on a religiously conservative, married southern woman who receives a message from God instructing her to act as a surrogate mother and carry a child for two married gay men who live in Boston -- a Jewish doctor and African-American dance choreographer. (E1 Entertainment).
Mr. Bump Presents: Planes, Trains and Dillymobiles!
(2010) Six episodes from "The Mr. Men Show": "Car Wash," "Flying," "Trains," "Cars," "Boats" and "Inventions," $14.94. Extras: "Meet the Character" montage of character highlights, "Learn to Draw the Character," "Find the Character" game to find the character hidden in a picture, "Dance Sequenc"montage of musical segments. (Sony).
Murder in Fashion
(2010) Jonathan Trent, Robert Miano, Stacey Dash, Cerina Vincent. True story of the murderous cross-country journey of gay party regular and aging boy toy Andrew Cunanan, who ended up in Miami and killed fashion designer Versace before taking his own life. (E1 Entertainment).
The New Daughter
(2009) Kevin Costner, Ivan Baquero, Samantha Mathis, Gattlin Griffith, Erik Palladino, Noah Taylor. Thriller about a newly divorced father who moves into a rural South Carolina home with his adolescent daughter and young son, where the girl seemingly becomes possessed by an evil entity. (Anchor Bay).
(2009)Feature-length verite shot over four years that follows legendary armwrestler John Brzenk, a living legend in a sport he helped popularize and who has enjoyed a 25 year run as the undefeated arm wrestling champion of the world. Brzenk works as an airline mechanic by day and now must decide whether to leave the sport he was raised on. Taking a journey to the far corners of the world where men define themselves by trying to beat the undisputed champ, the film visits with 23 year old Alexy Voevoda from Sochi, Russia, and Charlestown, West Virginia's 26 year old Travis Bagent, colorful characters who have been raised on the legend of Brzenk. And, in a philosophical and thrilling ride through human nature, the film culminates at the Zloty Tur Championship in Warsaw, where Bagent and Voevoda have the chance of their life -- to dethrone the conflicted champion. $24.95. (IndiePix Films).
(2007) Yul Vazquez, Nicole DuPort, William Forsythe, Dani Englander, Jonathan Sachar, Emily Catherine Young. In the appropriately named town of Redemption, a burnt-out, suicidal strip club bouncer trying to atone for the death of his daughter sees a glimmer of hope when a new stripper arrives looking for work, and he bonds with the woman and her daughter, giving him new meaning in life. Meanwhile, a fire and brimstone preacher -- who makes it his crusade to "save" the new stripper -- is attacked by a band of wandering vampires and turned into a bloodsucker, and now aims his blood lust at the young girl. Kooky. (IFC Films/MPI Media).
The Spy Next Door
(2010) Jackie Chan, Madeline Carroll, Alina Foley, George Lopez, Billy Ray Cyrus, Amber Valletta, Katherine Boecher. Available on DVD and in a Combo pack with DVD and Blu-ray Disc.Extras: "Jackie Chan: Stunt Master and Mentor" featurette, "Adventures in Acting With the Kids From The Spy Next Door" featurette, blooper reel.(Lionsgate).
30 Days: The Complete Series
(2005-07) Six-disc set with all 18 episodes of the Morgan Spurlock TV series that features a diverse group of participants, each given the opportunity to experience first-hand a world antithetical to their own comfortable existence. $29.99. Extras: Commentary on "Minimum Wage," "Anti-Aging," "Muslims and America," "Straight Man in a Gay World," "Immigration," "Jail," "Working on a Coal Mine," and "Life on an Indian Reservation"episodes; Diary Cam for Season 1 episodes. (Virgil Films & Entertainment).
21 Jump Street: Season Two
(1987-88) Four-disc set with 22 episodes, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
(2010) Dir.: Garry Marshall; Stars: Jessica Alba, Kathy Bates, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Eric Dane, Patrick Dempsey, Hector Elizondo, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Topher Grace, Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher, Queen Latifah, Taylor Lautner, George Lopez, Shirley MacLaine, Emma Roberts, Julia Roberts, Taylor Swift. Available as a Blu-ray combo pack with Blu-ray, DVD and Digital copy; also available as a standard DVD.Extras: Deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds "The Stars Confess Their Valentine's Day Stories," gag reel, Jewel's "Stay Here Forever" Music Video, "The Garry Factor," commentary. (New Line).
Waiting for Armageddon
(2009) America's 50-million strong Evangelical community is convinced that the world's future is foretold in Biblical prophecy, from the Rapture to the Battle of Armageddon. "Waiting for Armageddon" explores this apocalyptic worldview, from the homefront in America to the future battlefield of Israel. By weaving Christian, Zionist and Jewish perspectives along with telling archival materials, this eye-opening film also probes the potentially explosive alliance between Evangelical Christians and Israel ... an alliance that may set the stage for what one Evangelical leader calls "World War III." $24.95. (First Run features).
(1971) Dir.: Nicolas Roeg; Stars Jenny Agutter, Luc Roeg, David Gulpilil. A young sister and brother are abandoned in the harsh Australian outback and must learn to exist in the natural world, without their usual comforts. Along the way, they meet a young aborigine on his "walkabout," a rite of passage in which adolescent boys are initiated into manhood by journeying into the wilderness alone. "Walkabout" is a thrilling adventure as well as a provocative rumination on time and civilization. New, restored high-definition digital transfer, from a newly manufactured restoration element, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: commentary featuring director Nicolas Roeg and actress Jenny Agutter; interviews with Agutter and actor Luc Roeg; "Gulpilil: One Red Blood" (2002), an hour-long documentary on the life and career of actor David Gulpilil; booklet featuring an essay by author Paul Ryan.
Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).
(2008) Tye Olson, Karen Black, Greg Louganis, Kyle Clare. Aided by three very different women, a gifted artist transcends the grief of losing his first lover. (E1 Entertainment).
The Whitest Kids U'know: The Complete Third Season: Uncut and Uncensored
(2008) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, 24.98. Extras: Commentary, "Best of Season 2" featurette. (E1 Entertainment).
The World Unseen
(2009) A drama centered on two women who engage in a dangerous relationship during South Africa's apartheid era. Shamim Sarif's motion picture adaptation of her critically acclaimed and award-winning debut novel, "The World Unseen," inspired by stories of her grandmother's life in 1950's South Africa. (E1 Entertainment).
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All My Friends Are Funeral Singers
(2010) Angela Bettis, Emily Candini, Reid Coker, Kevin Ford. Rather than rattling old chains, the spirits in this film play experimental music in the upstairs bedroom of a psychic adviser's home. Zel the psychic is very good at her chosen profession, but she also receives some unique assistance. For as long as she can remember she has shared her home with a group of ghosts -- a priest, a bride, a mute child, some washed up vaudevillians and a noisy group of sight-impaired musicians -- who pass on incredible knowledge and abilities from beyond the world of the living. The ghosts came with the building, inherited by Zel from her mystic-minded grandmother, but now they want out. (IndiePix Films).
Ancients Behaving Badly: The Complete Season One
(2009) Two-disc set with eight episodes, $24.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).
Bigger and Blackerer: David Cross
(2010) Comedy DVD by the actor-comedian-writer taped during two shows at Boston's Wilbur Theatre, $14.98. (Sub Pop Records).
(2008) Andrew Bowen, Missy Crider, James McDaniel. Anxious dreams, hallucinations, and paranoid reality torment a young math professor in the aftermath of his wife's death in a car accident. (Vanguard Cinema).
By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volume 2
(1955-2003) Criterion's first volume of the anthology "By Brakhage" brought 26 astonishing works by the avant-garde film pioneer Stan Brakhage to home video for the first time. In this second installment, Criterion presents 30 more of Brakhage's innovative creations, from 1950s films to his final work, from 2003. Highlights of this collection include the antiwar film "23rd Psalm Branch"; hand-painted films from the Persian Series; "The Wonder Ring," made for a commission by Joseph Cornell; the autobiographical "Scenes from Under Childhood, Section One"; his only found-footage film, "Murder Psalm"; and much more. New high-definition digital transfers of all 30 films. Extras: "Brakhage on Brakhage," a collection of video encounters with the filmmaker; "For Stan," a short film by Marilyn Brakhage; excerpts from a 1990 interview with Brakhage; footage from Brakhage's salon at the University of Colorado; audio recordings of two lectures by Brakhage; booklet featuring film program notes by Marilyn Brakhage and write-ups of the films by Brakhage expert Fred Camper. Volume 2 is available in a Blu-ray Disc set with Volume 1. (The Criterion Collection).
Call Me Madame
(2008) In a small village in France, a 55 year-old Communist activist, married and father of a teenage son, becomes a transsexual with the help of his/her wife. "Call Me Madame," shot in 1986, is Francoise Romand's second documentary, after her famous "Mix-Up." In French with English Subtitles. $25.00. (Microcinema International).
(2010) Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried, Richard Jenkins, Henry Thomas, D.J. Cotrona, Cullen Moss, Gavin McCulley, Jose Lucena Jr., Keith Robinson, Scott Porter. Read more about "Dear John" in the May Calendar.Extras: Deleted and alternate scenes; alternate ending; outtakes; "A Conversation With Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried and Lasse Hallstrom"; "Transforming Charleston"; "Military in Movies: Dear John's Military Advisors"; "Mr. Tyree, The Mule, and Benny Dietz"; "The Story of Braeden Reed." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
Dwizzle Dee -- Colors, Sizes, Songs & Imagination!
(2010) A new preschool educational DVD series approved and endorsed by The Dove Foundation and KIDS FIRST! The DVD series teaches fundamentals such as colors, sizes and shapes with the help of characters Lenny, Penny and Gifford, and their teacher, Ms. Ashley. Featuring colorful live-action puppet characters together with animation, the series encourages children to participate in all of the fun and stimulating adventures in Ms. Ashley's classroom, using repetition, imagination, songs and fun problem solving. $14.95. Extras: Sing-a-long songs,
printable coloring page, "El Gato," an animated video short of Frankie Corrigan's children's book "El Gato!" Visit www.dwizzledee.com for more information. (Cinema Werx).
Flashpoint: The Second Season
(2009) Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $42.99. Extras: Stunts and weapons featurettes. (Paramount).
Hard Ride to Hell
(2010) Miguel Ferrer, Laura Mennell, Katharine Isabelle. After accidently witnessing a cruel human sacrifice, a group of defenseless campers find themselves on the run from a savage gang of Demon-worshiping bikers on the hunt for their next human offering. Spike TV original movie. (Vivendi Entertainment).
(2009) Two-disc set with all seven Season 1 episodes, $19.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).
I Know What I Saw
(2009) Documentary featuring credible UFO witnesses from around the world telling stories that challenge reality. At the National Press Club in Washington D.C., director and host James Fox has assembled Air Force generals, astronauts, military and commercial pilots, government and FAA officials from seven countries to tell stories and share their experiences and observations about UFOs. $19.95. Extras: Out-takes and key witness interviews. (A&E Home Entertainment).
In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great
(1998) Two-disc set of the four-part miniseries. Combining popular history with adventure and travel, historian Michael Wood embarks on an Odyssey of discovery, following the ancient triumphal march of Alexander of Macedonia from Greece to India, to uncover the truth behind one of history's most famous and enigmatic heroes. $34.98. Extras: "Alexander's Greatest Battle," newly filmed interview with Wood. (Warner).
Leverage The Second Season
(2009-10) Four-disc set with 15 episodes, $39.99. Extras: Commentary, Q&A with the series' creators, set tour, spoof video, Season Two wrap party, gag reel, behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Paramount).
Marked: The Complete Season One
(2009) Two-disc set with six episodes, $19.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).
The Most Distant Course
(2007 -- Taiwan) This critically acclaimed, modern story portrays three broken hearts that converge by destiny. A heartbroken sound technician can't get over the girl who leaves him without a word and he collects sounds on tape and sends them to her. A girl name Ryo
receives the tapes by accident; she's involved with a married man, but temptation leads her to track down the tape's sender because the sounds continue to echo in her head. Meanwhile, a recently divorced psychiatrist embarks on a soul searching journey and meets the sound technician. Will these three lonely souls eventually find the place that is closest to their hearts? (Vanguard Cinema).
My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story
(2009) Documentary explores the unique relationship between people and their beloved pets through candid interviews with notable dog lovers and intimate glimpses into the lives of actors and musicians, authors and designers, examining the profound connection they have with their dogs. Includes interviews with Glenn Close, Richard Gere and Carey Lowell, Edie Falco, Christopher Meloni, Isaac Mizrahi, Lynn Redgrave, Edward Albee, Greg Louganis, Richard Belzer, Cindy Adams, more. Twenty percent of every dollar earned by the film will be donated to nonprofit animal welfare charities designated by the participants. $26.95. Extras: Deleted scenes, additional interviews. (Docurama Films).
(2009) Donald Glover, D.C. Pierson, Dominic Dierkes, Aubrey Plaza, Matt Walsh. Follows the adventures of three high-school virgins who are stuck solving childish whodunit mysteries in their neighborhood. But when these bumbling boy detectives are tasked to investigate a real murder, they see the ultimate opportunity to prove themselves once and for all. Extras: Commentary from DERRICK Comedy members: Dan Eckman, Meggie McFadden, Dominic Dierkes, Donald Glover and DC Pierson; "The Making of Mystery Team"," deleted material reel of jokes and moments that were cut from the final film; preproduction test scene; "Sword Club" testament to some very special heroes who supported "Mystery Team" across America; "Who Is Wally Cummings?: The story of an enigmatic, creepy, and disputably talented character actor who visited the set of "Mystery Team." (Lionsgate),
NYC: Tornado Terror
(2008) Nicole De Boer, Sebastian Spence. Global warming has caused a rift in the Earth's atmosphere, causing powerful tornadoes and deadly electrical storms to descend on Manhattan; only a quarreling deputy mayor and his meteorologist wife can save the city in this Syfy Channel movie. (Monarch Home Video).
Owl and the Sparrow
(2007 -- Vietnamese) Cat Ly, Le The Lu, Pham Thi Han. In modern-day Saigon, three lonely strangers form a unique family as a 10-year old run-away plays matchmaker to a zoo keeper and a beautiful flight attendant. Extras: Commentary by writer-director Stephane Gauger, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurette, still galleries. (Image Entertainment).
(2009) Viggo Mortensen, Robert Duvall, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Kodi Smit-McPhee. Extras: "The Making of The Road," deleted scenes, commentary by director John Hillcoat Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Weinstein/Sony).
Royal Pains: Season One
(2009) Three-disc set with 12 episodes, $59.98. Extras: Commentary, "Dr. Irv Danesh: The Real Doctor of Royal Pains," Paulo's video blogs. (Universal).
(1939) This is where it all started. John Ford's smash hit and enduring masterpiece revolutionized the Western, elevating it from B movie to the A-list. The quintessential tale of a group of strangers thrown together into extraordinary circumstances -- nine passengers traveling a dangerous route from Arizona to New Mexico -- "Stagecoach" features outstanding performances from Hollywood stalwarts Claire Trevor, John Carradine, Thomas Mitchell, and, of course, John Wayne, in his first starring role for Ford, as the daredevil outlaw the Ringo Kid. Superbly shot and tightly edited, "Stagecoach" (Ford's first trip to Monument Valley) is Hollywood storytelling at its finest. New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: Commentary by noted western authority Jim Kitses; "Bucking Broadway" (1917), a 54-minute silent western by John Ford, with new music by Donald Sosin; extensive video interview with Ford from 1968; video interview with Dan Ford, biographer and grandson of the director, about Ford's home movies; video interview with filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich; video essay by writer Tag Gallagher; video feature about Monument Valley; video interview with stunt coordinator Vic Armstrong about "Stagecoach's" stuntman Yakima Canutt; radio dramatization of "Stagecoach" from 1949; booklet featuring an essay by David Cairns and the short story that inspired the film. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).
(2009) Josh Lucas, Lena Headey, Brian Cox. Inspired by the Edgar Allan Poe story "The Tell-Tale Heart," this modern adaptation follows a single father whose recently transplanted heart leads him on a frantic search to find the donor's killer before a similar fate befalls him. Extras:Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Genius Products/Vivendi Entertainment).
True Blood: The Complete Second Season
(2009) Twelve episodes, $59.99. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (HBO Home Video).
(2008) Jay Sullivan, Lauren Shannon, Erin Ecklund. An aspiring journalist comes of age midst a struggle between apathy and idealism in today's youth culture. (Vanguard Cinema).
The Virginian: The Complete First Season
(1962-63) Ten-disc collector's set in an embossed tin package with all 30 episodes, restored and remastered, $79.98. Extras: All-new interviews with actors James Drury, Gary Clark, Roberta Shore, Robert Fuller and Peter Brown. (Timeless Media Group/NBC Universal).
Visions and Miracles
(2010) Documentary that reveals modern day visions and miracles in Egypt never before seen in the Western world. (Vanguard Cinema).
Words of Advice: William S. Burroughs on the Road
(2007) In 1983, the counter-culture icon and author of the cult classic "Naked Lunch" (1959), William S. Burroughs (1914-1997), traveled throughout Scandinavia making a series of personal appearances. Twenty years later, filmmakers Lars Movin and Steen Moller Rasmussen found never-before-seen footage of his Copenhagen visit and set out on the road to record new material, telling the story of the acclaimed author's later work -- especially what is known as "The Last Trilogy" -- and his unique performance skills. Extras: A nearly complete documentation of Burroughs' reading in Copenhagen, Oct. 29th 1983; a statement by Ann Douglas, professor at Columbia University, New York; two short tribute films: "One Shot I + II." $24.95. (Microcinema International).
The World of Buckminster Fuller
(2007) Architect, engineer, geometrician, cartographer, philosopher, futurist, inventor of the famous geodesic dome and one of the most brilliant thinkers of his time, Buckminster Fuller was renowned for his comprehensive perspective on the world's problems. For more than five decades he developed pioneering solutions reflecting his commitment to the potential of innovative design to create technology that does "more with less" and thereby improves human lives. He spent much of his life traveling the world lecturing and discussing his ideas with thousands of audiences. Now more relevant than ever, this film by Robert Snyder captures Fuller's ideas and thinking told in his own words. $24.95. (Microcinema International).
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