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Indie 'Stone,' 'Welcome to the Rileys'
Two underachieving indie movies have been announced for late January and early February release dates: "Stone," a drama about three lives that become dangerously intertwined: a seasoned corrections official (Robert De Niro), a scheming inmate (Edward Norton) elgible for parole and his wife (Milla Jovovich), who he attempts to use to get an early release; and "Welcome to the Rileys," another drama about three intersecting lives: James Gandolfini and Meliss Leo as a married couple whose teenage daughter's death has thrown heir lives into a vacumn, and Kristen Stewart as an angry runaway living a dangerous life as a stripper. "Stone," wich took in $1.7 million, will arive
January 25 from Anchor Bay Entertainment; "Welcome to the Rileys," which grossed a meager $116,000, is due February 1 from Sony.
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This Week's Releases (November 30)
From the Big Screen:
"Going the Distance," "Knight and Day," "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" and "Vampires Suck." For more releases this week, see the "Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases."
DVD Collectibles: (11/30)
For the first post-Black Friday, Cyber-Monday, after-Thanksgiving pre-holiday season week there's little on the collectible front. Holding forth, however, is Disney's "Fantasia & Fantasia 2000: 2-Movie Collection Special Edition" (1940, 1999), a four-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (with both films, in DVD and Blu-ray versions) and a two-disc DVD with both films. Though both films have been released on DVD before, they're coming to Blu-ray for the first time -- and loaded with extras. Here's a partial list: "Musicana," Walt Disney's late 1970's project intended as a "Fantasia" sequel with a focus on exploring other cultures via their greatest musical compositions; "The Schultheis Notebook: A Disney Treasure," an in-depth look at the recently discovered Schultheis Notebook, a detailed log created by Herman Schultheis, an effects man on "Fantasia," that intricately breaks down the film from a technical view (many of the special effects used in Fantasia were a mystery to modern day animators until this notebook was recovered); an interactive art gallery and screensavers; "Dali & Disney: A Date With Destino" documentary that explores the collaborative relationship between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali, revealing how and why the "Destino" short came to fruition under the lead of Roy E. Disney in 2003 so many years after its inception in 1946. Four-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack: $45.99; two-disc DVD: $39.99.
From TV to Video: (11/30)
"Have Gun -- Will Travel: Season Five, Volume One"
(1961-62) is a three-disc set, $42.99 from Paramount ... "The Lucy Show: The Third Season" (1964-65) is a four-disc set with 26 episodes, loaded with such extras as CBS Opening Materials (Whip 'n' Chill, LUX Liquid, Lux Beauty Soap, Dream Whip, Wisk, Log Cabin Syrup), "Lucy at the World's Fair," "Lucy and Jack Benny" (Intro), "The Danny Kaye Show," cast bios, production notes and a photo gallery; $42.99 from Paramount ... "Parks and Recreation: Season Two"
(2009), a four-disc set with 24 episodes, $39.98 from Universal ...
"The Special Relationship" (2010), starring Michael Sheen, Dennis Quaid, Hope Davis and Helen McCrory in a dramatization of the political relationship between Great Britain's Tony Blair and President Bill Clinton that endured through triumph, conflict and personal scandal; from HBO.
Buzzin' the 'B's: (11/30)
In "Alarm" (2008), starring Emmet Bergin and Ruth Bradley, a grieving woman, fed up with crime, leaves Dublin for the Irish countryside for a fresh start, but her new life is disturbed by a vendetta and her own suspicion towards her new neighbors and her old friends; from IFC Films ... "Valhalla Rising" (2009 -- U.K.), starring Mads Mikkelsen, Jamie Sives, Gary Lewis and Ewan Stewart, is a brutal Viking film that centers on One Eye, a chained prisoner forced to fight to the death for the entertainment of his captors, who then escapes first to fight in the Crusades, then travels to the New World where he fends off savage natives; also from IFC Films.
On the Indie Front: (11/30)
In "Life in Flight" (2008), starring Patrick Wilson, Amy Smart and Lynn Collins, a well-respected architect -- happily married with a beautiful wife and an adoring son -- begins to question his life when he collaborates with a quirky young female urban designer on a huge development; from IFC Films.
"The Sicilian Girl" (2010 -- Italy) is based on the true story of how 17-year-old Rita Atria broke the Sicilian Mafia's code of silence when she provided testimony about "The Family" after the murder of her father and brother, who were Mafia members as well. The prosecution was based on Rita's first-hand account of life within the Cosa Nostra (which she had scrupulously recorded in the diaries she kept since she was a child), and the trial that resulted in the conviction of a group of powerful Sicilian syndicate members. The event marked the first time a woman born into a mob-affiliated household would defy "The Family" and offer testimony about their nefarious activities. From Music Box Films Home Entertainment.
For the Family: (11/30)
"Samantha: An American Girl Holiday Deluxe Edition" (2004) stars AnnaSophia Robb, Mia Farrow and Jordan Bridges in a live-action film based on the popular line of American Girl books and 18-inch dolls that depict important times in America's past. This one is based on the books about Samantha Parkington, a 9-year-old orphan being raised by her wealthy and proper grandmother in 1904 New York. From Warner ... "Iron Man -- Extremis" (2010) features six episodes from the multi-part series, housed in a unique replica of comic book-style packaging that bridges the comic book to DVD concept; $14.97 from Shout! Factory ... "Monkey Monkey Music: The Videos With Meredith Levande" (2010) is a collection of 15 delightfully bright-eyed videos based on songs from award-winning children's musician Meredith Levande's first album, "Monkey Monkey Music With Meredith LeVande." The DVD inspires kids to "get up off the sofa," dance and sing along to an array of fun, rockin', energizing tunes that encourage movement and imagination. $19.99, available online at amazon.com, cdbaby.com, filmbaby.com, and monkeymonkeymusic.com. Due December 1.
Special Interest: (11/30)
"The Price of Pleasure" (2008) is a provocative documentary by Chyng Sun and XYZ that explores commercial pornography as it increasingly becomes a part of American pop culture and how it has impacted our daily lives. A scholarly take, the film asks what happens when pleasure and pain, commerce and power, liberty and responsibility are intertwined with our human responsibility. From Cinema Libre Studio.
• News: November 29: 'Harry Potter' Tops Box Office Second Weekend in a Row. Read the story at Moviefone.
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'Christmas Carol' Haunts Top Spot
From our friends at Home Media Magazine: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment's "A Christmas Carol" topped the national home video sales charts its first week in stores, a year after a theatrical run that generated a U.S. box office gross of nearly $139 million. The film, starring Jim Carrey, narrowly won the top spot on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart over 20th Century Fox's "Avatar," which was boosted by the release of a new extended collector's edition. Avatar sold 82.6 percent as many units as "A Christmas Carol" even though the release marked the film's second disc appearance this year. A third major theatrical release, Paramount's "The Last Airbender," Read the complete report at Home Media Magazine.
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This Week's Releases (November 23)
From the Big Screen:
"The Expendables," "Eat Pray Love" and "I'm Still Here." For more releases this week, see the "Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases."
DVD Collectibles: (11/23)
"America Lost and Found: The BBS Story" is a deluxe collector's set that pays tribute to one of the most important eras in Hollywood history. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider formed the production company BBS, which gave a voice to rebel artists like Dennis Hopper, Peter Bogdanovich, Jack Nicholson, and Henry Jaglom. This box set -- featuring iconic, groundbreaking works "Easy Rider," "Five Easy Pieces," "Head," "Drive, He Said," "A Safe Place," "The King of Marvin Gardens" and "The Last Picture Show" -- will be available in Blu-ray and DVD editions. The Blu-ray Disc set is available Nov. 23 ($124.95); the DVD set will arrive Dec. 14 ($99.95). From The Criterion Collection ... "Presenting Roger Corman's ... Best of the B's Collection 3: Escape From Prison!" is a three-disc set with five digitally remastered, full-length women-in-prison feature films: "Swamp Women" (1955)," Women in Cages" (1971), "The Big Bust Out" (1973) "The Hot Box" (1972), "High School Big Shot" (1959). $29.98. Extras: Classic Corman film trailer. From Infinity Entertainment Group.
"The Six Million Dollar Man: The Complete Collection" is an impressive 40-disc set with all 100 digitally-preserved hour-long episodes -- including three presented in their original two-hour broadcast versions, all remastered from the original, uncut broadcast versions. The set also contains more than 17 hours of all-new bonus material, highlighted by new, in-depth interviews with Lee Majors (Col. Steve Austin) and Richard Anderson (Oscar Goldman) among others. Also included are the three pilot TV movies ("The Six Million Dollar Man," "Wine, Women and War" and "Solid Gold Kidnapping"), the three reunion TV movies ("The Return of the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman," "Bionic Showdown" [featuring Sandra Bullock] and "Bionic Ever After?"), the never-before-released cross-over episodes of "The Bionic Woman," 17 original featurettes, audio commentaries and more. $239.95 from Time-Life. Orders: 6mdm.com.
From TV to Video: (11/23)
"Ancient Aliens: The Complete Season One" (2010) is a tree-disc set with five episodes, $29.95 from A&E Home Entertainment ... "Murder, She Wrote: The Complete Twelfth Season" (1995-96) is a five-disc set with all 24 episodes of the final season, $49.98. from Universal ... "The Pillars of the Earth" (2009) is a three-disc uncut set of the eight-part Starz miniseries based on Ken Follett's best-selling novel about an idealistic mason who sets out on a quest to erect a glorious Cathedral bathed in light during England's Dark Ages -- and runs up against a conspiracy of secrets. Stars Donald Sutherland, Ian McShane, Matthew Macfadyen, Rufus Sewell. $59.95 from Sony ... "7th Heaven: The Final Season" (2006-07) is a five-disc set with 22 episodes, $49.99 from CBS/Paramount ... "Space Precinct: The Complete Series " (1994-95) is a five-disc set with 24 episodes of the live-action/animated series about the extraterrestrial adventures of two NYPD detectives who are transferred to the Demeter City police force on the planet Altor. Created by animation genius Gerry Anderson. $49.98 from Image Entertainment ... "The Tudors: The Complete Series" (2007-10) is a 15-disc set, $129.98 from CBS/Paramount.
Buzzin' the 'B's: (11/23)
In "The Winning Season" (2009), starring Sam Rockwell, Emma Roberts, Margo Martindale and Rob Corddry, a has-been coach is given a shot at redemption when he's asked to run his local high school's girls basketball team; from Lionsgate ... In "The Disappearance of Alice Creed" (2009), starring Martin Compston, Eddie Marsan and Gemma Arterton, two masked men kidnap the daughter of a millionaire but their plan goes awry when she fights back and turns the tables on them; from Anchor Bay Entertainment ... "Love Shack" (2010), starring Mark Feuerstein, Michael B. Silver, Pete Gardner, Molly Hagan and Diora Baird, is a porn industry spoof that centers on a dysfunctional "family" of adult film stars who gather for a memorial porn shoot following the death of a legendary producer; from Strand Releasing ... In "Journal of a Contract Killer" (2008), starring Justine Powell, Jake Canuso, Marco Gambino and Adam Leese, a high-class hooker and assassin for the Italian Mob, now a single mother working in London as a waitress, is forced by the mob to do one last job; from Vanguard Cinema ... In "Fire & Ice: The Dragon Chronicles" (2008), starring Amy Acker, Tom Wisdom, John Rhys-Davies and Arnold Vosloo, a peaceful kingdom is invaded by a fire dragon; from Entertainment One ... "Not Since You" (2009), starring Desmond Harrington, Kathleen Robertson, Christian Kane, Jon Abrahams and Sunny Mabrey, is a romantic drama about a tight-knit group of college friends who graduated from NYU the year of 9/11 and reunite years later for a weekend wedding in Georgia, where unresolved conflicts and love affairs come to the fore, from Monarch Home Video ... "A Nanny for Christmas" (2010), starring Emmanuelle Vaugier, Dean Cain, Cynthia Gibb and Richard Ruccolo, is a romantic comedy about a smart and sassy business woman searching for a new job who gets a gig as a nanny at Christmas time, and receives a gift she never expected; from Anchor Bay Entertainment ... When a die-hard New Yorker and publicist loses both her high-powered Manhattan job and her lawyer-fiance, she winds up taking a job in Montana, where she creates a calendar of naked male rescue workers to help the local search-and-rescue station raise desperately needed funds in "12 Men of Christmas" (2009), starring Kristin Chenoweth, Anna Chlumsky and Josh Hopkins; from Fox.
On the Indie Front: (11/23)
Based on E.L. Doctorow's acclaimed short story, "Jolene" (2010), starring Jessica Chastain, Dermot Mulroney, Theresa Russell, Chazz Palminteri, Rupert Friend, Michael Vartan, Denise Richards and Donald Sutherland, follows the adventures of a free-spirited teen who embarks on a decade-long cross-country adventure that finds her crossing the paths of everyone from a firebrand Texan who steals her heart, to a wealthy fundamentalist, to an ex-mobster attempting to make good in Las Vegas; from Entertainment One ... In "Exhibit A" (2007 -- U.K.), starring Brittany Ashworth, Bradley Cole, Angela Forrest and Oliver Lee, a young girl's video camera documents her family's financial and emotional deterioration ... and then the unimaginable; from IndiePix ... In "If You Could Say It With Words" (2009), starring Marin Ireland and Gerry Lehanea, a painter with undiagnosed Asperger's Syndrome challenges a young woman's conventional idea of romance and his own understanding of love; from Vanguard Cinema ... A tough-as-nails biker and a na´ve young poet search for love in bohemian L.A. in "Leather Jacket Love Story" (1997), starring Sean Tataryn and Christopher Bradley; from Entertainment One.
For the Family: (11/23)
"Batman Beyond: The Complete Series" is a nine-disc set with all 52 episodes from Seasons 1-3, $99.98 from Warner ... "Animal Tales" (2010) is an animal-themed collection of episodes from Barney ("Pets"), Bob the Builder ("Scruffty on Guard"), Thomas & Friends ("Thomas and the Golden Eagle"), Fireman Sam ("Baa Baa Baby") and Kipper ("Cakes and Tails"), $14.98 from HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate.
Special Interest: (11/23)
"LennonNYC" (2010) is the recent documentary on the years John Lennon spent living in new York City; aired on American Masters as part of the celebration of Lennon's 70th birthday. Following the breakup of the Beatles, the film follows Lennon and Yoko Ono as they moved to Manhattan in 1971, where he sought to escape the mayhem of the Beatles era and focus on his family and private life. At the same time, he created some of the most acclaimed songs and albums of his career. He also remained highly active in the anti-war movement as well as numerous other progressive political causes. With unprecedented and exclusive cooperation from Yoko Ono, access to never-before seen material from the Lennon archives, conversations with his closest confidants -- Ono, Elton John, David Geffen, the photographer Bob Gruen -- and rare recordings of Lennon's greatest solo hits. $24.95 from A&E Home Entertainment ... "Countdown to Zero" (2010) traces the history of the atomic bomb from its origins to the present state of global affairs: Nine nations possessing nuclear weapons capabilities with others racing to join them, with the world held in a delicate balance that could be shattered by an act of terrorism, failed diplomacy, or a simple accident. From Magnolia Home Entertainment ... "David Bowie: Rare and Unseen" (2009) is a look at the British actor, musician and producer who has lead the pop music scene for five decades. Most famous for his alter-ego, the ostentatious, androgynous "Ziggy Stardust" during the glam-rock era of the early 1970s, Bowie has continually reinvented his music and image and is regarded as an influential innovator. Uses missing-believed-wiped archive interviews and rare and unseen footage. $14.95 from MVD Entertainment.
• News: November 21: "Harry Potter" Sets Box Office Records. Read the story at Moviefone.
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Fox Invests in 'Wall Street' on Dec. 21
Fox is bullish on "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," the sequel to 1987's "Wall Street" that took a quite unflattering look at capitalism. So much so that they're putting out the Blu-ray and DVD release of the film, which stars Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, Carey Mulligan, Eli Wallach, Susan Sarandon and Frank Langella, on December 21, in the midst of a rather busy month for new movies (already announced blockbusters: "Inception," "Shrek Forever After," "Despicable Me," "The Other Guys," "The A-Team," "The Town," "Salt" and "Resident Evil: Afterlife"). Bonus features on the DVD include commentary by Oliver Stone, "A Conversation With Oliver Stone and the Cast of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps"; the Blu-ray adds "Money, Money, Money: The Rise and Fall of Wall Street," a five-part look at the real Wall Street during the last two decades, and deleted and extended scenes.
'Toy Story 3' Outplays 'Grown Ups'
From our friends at Home Media Magazine: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment's "Toy Story 3" remained the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray Disc the week ended Nov. 14, while the Sony Pictures comedy "Grown Ups" was the week's top rental during its first week in stores. "Toy Story 3" was an easy winner on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart and the research house's dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, although "Grown Ups" -- with $162 million in box office earnings and an all-star cast headed by Adam Sandler, Salma Hayek and David Spade -- made a respectable showing on the sales front as well. The film sold nearly 80 percent as many discs as "Toy Story 3" during the week. Read the complete report.
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This Week's Releases (November 16)
From the Big Screen:
"A Christmas Carol," "Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," "The Kids Are All Right" and "The Last Airbender." For more releases this week, see the "Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases."
DVD Collectibles: (11/16)
Two incredible films get The Criterion Collection treatment this week. "Modern Times" (1936), Charlie Chaplin's last outing as the Little Tramp, puts the iconic character to work as a giddily inept factory employee who becomes smitten with a gorgeous gamine (Paulette Goddard). With its barrage of unforgettable gags and sly commentary on class struggle during the Great Depression, "Modern Times" -- though made almost a decade into the talkie era and containing moments of sound (even song!) -- is a timeless showcase of Chaplin's untouchable genius as a director of silent comedy. In a new, restored high-definition digital transfer. Also available on Blu-ray Disc ... "The Night of the Hunter" (1955) -- incredibly, the only film the great actor Charles Laughton ever directed -- is truly a standalone masterwork. A horror movie with qualities of a Grimm fairy tale, it stars a sublimely sinister Robert Mitchum as a traveling preacher named Harry Powell (he of the tattooed knuckles), whose nefarious motives for marrying a fragile widow, played by Shelley Winters are uncovered by her terrified young children. Graced by images of eerie beauty and a sneaky sense of humor, this ethereal, expressionistic American classic -- also featuring the contributions of actress Lillian Gish and writer James Agee -- is one of cinema's quirkiest rendering of the battle between good and evil. In a new, restored high-definition digital transfer. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. Both films get the superb Criterion touch with impressive bonus features and intelligently written booklets.
"Tonight: 4 Decades of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson"
is a gorgeous 15-disc boxed set from Carson Entertainment Group and Respond2 Entertainment. This deluxe collection features more than 30 hours of entertainment from four decades of "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" that has never before been released to DVD. Featuring 56 shows spanning the '60s, 70s, '80s and '90s, selected as the best episodes from the most popular late night show in history. DVD bonus features include more than an hour of rescued footage from shows originally airing in the 1960s plus all-new interviews with some of the most celebrated and regular guest stars that appeared on the show. $199.99. Read a complete list of episodes included in "Tonight: 4 Decades of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson."
From TV to Video: (11/16)
"Gangland: The Complete Season Six (2010) is a three-disc set with 11 episodes, $34.95 from A&E Home Entertainment ... "Monk: Season One, Two and Three" is a four-disc set from Universal ... "Perry Mason: Season Five, Volume Two" (1962) is a four-disc set, $54.99 from Paramount.
Buzzin' the 'B's: (11/16)
In "The Hunting Party" (2007), starring Terrence Howard, Richard Gere, Gordana Vukres and James Brolin, a young journalist, a seasoned cameraman and a discredited war correspondent embark on an unauthorized mission to find the No. 1 war criminal in Bosnia; they find themselves in serious jeopardy when they are mistaken as a CIA hit squad and their target decides to come after them. From The Weinstein Co./Vivendi Entertainment ... "Metropia" (2009), with the voices of Vincent Gallo, Juliette Lewis, Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgard and Alexander Skarsgard, is an animated feature set in 2024, when oil reserves are nearly depleted and Europe is connected by series of underground tunnels. One man begins to hear a voice inside his head near the tunnels; seeking a way to rid himself of the voice only leads Roger deep into a bizarre conspiracy of mind and body control. From Tribeca Film/New Video ... In "Exam" (2009 -- U.K.), starring Adar Beck, Gemma Chan, Nathalie Cox and John Lloyd Fillingham, eight talented candidates have reached the final stage of selection to join the ranks of a mysterious and powerful corporation -- but the windowless room they enter contains tests of blank sheets of papers. From IFC/MPI Media Group ... "Mrs. Miracle" (2009) stars James Van Der Beek, Doris Roberts, Erin Karpluk and Chelah Horsdal in a Hallmark Channel feature about an overwhelmed widower whose search for a housekeeper to help him with his rambunctious 6-year-old twin sons ends when Mrs. Merkle -- whom the boys call "Mrs. Miracle" -- mysteriously appears and quickly becomes an irreplaceable nanny, chef, friend and matchmaker. From Sony ... "The Possession of David O'Reilly" (2010 -- U.K.), starring Giles Alderson, Francesca Fowler, Zoe Richards and Nicholas Shaw, is a supernatural shockumentary about a demonic presence in a young couple's home in London. From IFC/MPI Media Group ... In "Vengeance" (2009 -- Hong Kong), starring Johnny Hallyday, Sylvie Testud, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang and Ka Tung Lam, a French chef swears revenge after a violent attack on his daughter's family in Hong Kong kills her husband and her two children. To help him find the killers, he hires three local hit-men working for the mafia. From IFC/MPI Media Group ... In "Coopers' Christmas (aka Coopers' Camera)" (2008), starring Jason Jones, Samantha Bee, Mike Beaver, Dave Foley, Peter Keleghan, Dylan Everett and Nick McKinlay, a dysfunctional family records their Christmas Day in 1985, which descends into total chaos. From Anchor Bay Entertainment ... In "The Lightkeepers"
(2009), starring Richard Dreyfuss, Bruce Dern, Blythe Danner, Mamie Gummer, Tom Wisdom and Julie Harris, set in 1912 on Cape Cod, a lighthouse keeper and his friend -- who have disavowed any association with females -- must deal with the appearance of two attractive women who move into a nearby cottage for the summer. From Image Entertainment.
On the Indie Front: (11/16)
In "The Extra Man" (2010), starring Katie Holmes, John C. Reilly, Paul Dano, Kevin Kline, Dan Hedaya, Patti D'Arbanville and Marian Seldes, a man who escorts wealthy widows in New York's Upper East Side takes a young aspiring playwright under his wing. From Magnolia Home Entertainment.
"Don't Look Back" (2009 -- France), starring Sophie Marceau, Monica Bellucci and Andrea Di Stefano, is a psychological thrilling about shifting identities. Jeanne (Sophie Marceau) is a successful biographer, who, against the advice of her publisher, decides to write a novel based on her own life experiences. As she becomes consumed by her work, she starts to uncover a series of disturbing changes happening to her life. The world around her -- her home, her family, her life -- are beginning to transform into something beyond her recognition. Then she realizes that she too is changing ... her body is beginning to change, and her physical features are slowly morphing into that of another woman (Monica Bellucci). From IFC/MPI Media Group ... In "Fear Me Not" (2008 -- Denmark), starring Ulrich Thomsen and Paprika Steen, a man signs up for a test trial of a new anti-depressant as a way to change his life. When the trial is called off, he continues taking the medication with violent results. From IFC/MPI Media Group.
For the Family: (11/16)
There's three animated Scholastic Storybook Treasures due this week:
"The True Story of the Three Little Pigs ... And More Animal Adventures!"
is the tale of "The Three Little Pigs" -- from the Wolf's perspective; includes three other animated stories: "The Pig's Wedding," "Wallace's List" and "Henry Builds a Cabin" (narrated by Mandy Patinkin); $14.95. Next up is "The Boy Who Cried Wolf ... And More Children's Fables," which includes the title story plus "Charlie Needs a Cloak," "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi," "Seven Blind Mice," narrated by B.D. Wong, and "Stone Soup"; $14.95. lastly there's "Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type .... and More Fun on the Farm," a three-disc set with 17 stories, $24.95 ... When a child's wish collides with a strange science experiment, adults and kids unwittingly swap places, resulting in a chaotic and comical world with no bedtimes, bullies or rules in "Opposite Day" (2009), starring Billy Unger, Ariel Winter, Pauly Shore, Colleen Crabtree, Dylan Cash, Dick Van Patten, Renee Taylor and French Stewart; from Anchor Bay Entertainment ... In "16 Wishes" (2010), starring Debby Ryan and Jean-Luc Bilodeau, a girl gets 16 wishes on the day of her 16th birthday -- and they all start to come true. But wish No. 9 goes wrong and the girl must spend her last wishes rectifying things. From Image Entertainment ... "Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Fly Us to the Moon"
features five episodes for the pre-schoolers as Wubbzy, Widget, Walden and Daizy skyrocket into outer space to help wake The Man in the Moon, prepare for a special encounter with "alien" visitors and embark on kooky space-age adventures; $16.98 from Anchor Bay Entertainment.
Special Interest: (11/16)
"Best Worst Movie" (2009) is a documentary on the film that some people consider to be the worst of all time: "Troll 2," and its journey to cult classic; from Tribeca Film/New Video ... "Great Migrations" (2010) is a three-disc set of the National Geographic series that premiered Nov. 7. Narrated by Alec Baldwin, the series takes viewers around the world on the arduous journeys that millions of animals undertake to ensure the survival of their species.
The four-part series includes "Great Migrations: Born to Move," "Great Migrations: Need to Breed," "Great Migrations: Feast or Famine," "Great Migrations: Race to Survive." $44.99 from National Geographic ... David Hyde Pierce hosted
"Sondheim! The Birthday Concert" (2010), in which musical theater's brightest stars gathered to perform more than two dozen sensational numbers from master composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim's unsurpassed canon in honor of his 80th birthday; from Image Entertainment ... "Elsewhere" (2001 -- Austria) is a documentary journey to 12 remote and rarely glimpsed locales and communities around the world. The filmmakers travel expansive vistas of desert, snow, jungle, ice, and rain forest, visiting a scooter-riding Finnish reindeer herdsman, the home of a Namibian couple with relational problems, a Sardinian fisherman and more. $34.98 from Icarus Films ... "The John Cena Experience" (2010) is a three-disc set with a revealing documentary on Cena's life and music and movie careers; $34.95 from World Wrestling Entertainment.
• News: November 14: "Megamind" Stops "Unstoppable" at Weekend Box Office; "Skyline," "Morning Glory" Open as Expected
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'Toy Story 3' Takes Over DVD, Blu-ray Worlds
Disney's animated champ 'Toy Story 3' was the No. 1 DVD seller, No. 1 renter and No. 1 Blu-ray seller for the week ending November 7, smashing all competition, including the debut of HBO's 'The Pacific' and Fox's 45th anniversary edition of 'The Sound of Music,' according to Home Media Magazine. Disney reported that the 'Toy Story 3' combo pack, which includes two Blu-ray discs, a standard DVD and digital copy, represented 80 percent of the title's high-definition sales. The combo pack had a $6.00 premium over the two-disc Blu-ray only retail price of $39.99, meaning consumers were willing to pop a little extra for a standard copy (for the kids, perhaps) and a digital copy (for their teens' computers?).
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'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest,'
The phenomenon of the internationally celebrated works of Stieg Larsson continues this January with the release of "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" to the home entertainment market on January 25 in DVD and Blu-ray versions. Directed by Daniel Alfredson, the film stars the inimitable Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist, both of whom reprise their roles from the previous two films adapted from Larsson's best-selling Millennium Trilogy. In this last installment, Lisbeth Salander (Rapace), with the aid of crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Nyqvist), must prove her innocence in the case of three murders she did not commit, and identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable -- like herself -- to suffer abuse and violence, and expose the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life. Also coming to DVD and Blu-ray on that day is "Stieg Larsson's Dragon Tattoo Trilogy," a boxed set of all three films -- "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," "The Girl Who Played With Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest." The collection will include nearly two hours of new bonus feature, including a documentary detailing the remarkable reign of Larsson's novels and the movies they inspired, and all-new interviews with the series' creators and stars. $59.95 DVD, $79.95 Blu-ray from Music Box Films. Read more about "Hornet's Nest" and the Trilogy.
Dragon Tattoo Trilogy Arrive Jan. 25
This Week's Releases (November 9)
From the Big Screen:
"Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," "Charlie St. Cloud" and "Grown Ups." For more releases this week, see the "Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases."
DVD Collectibles: (11-9)
The "Elia Kazan Film Collection"
is an 18-disc DVD gift set of Elia Kazan films that also includes "A Letter to Elia," Martin Scorsese's new documentary exploring the life and talent of the director, which aired on PBS' "American Masters" On October 4. The full collection, in addition to the documentary, includes: " A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (1945), "Boomerang!" (1947)," Gentleman's Agreement" (1947), "Pinky" (1949), "Panic in the Streets" (1950), "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951), "Viva Zapata!" (1952), "Man on a Tightrope" (1953), On the Waterfront (1954), East of Eden (1955), "Baby Doll" (1956), "A Face in the Crowd"(1957), "Wild River" (1960), "Splendor in the Grass" (1961), and "America, America" (1963). Of the collection, 5 films have never before been released on DVD: "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," "Viva Zapata!", "Man on a Tightrope," "Wild River" and "America, America." $199.98. Includes a commemorative book. From Fox.
From TV to Video: (11-9)
"The Boondocks: The Complete Third Season" (2010) is a three-disc set with 15 uncensored episodes of the Adult Swim series, $49.95 from Sony ... "Californication: The Third Season" (2009) is a two-disc set with 12 episodes, $42.99 from Showtime/CBS/Paramount ... "Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series" (2010) is a six-disc set with 13 episodes, $79.98. Matt Smith and Karen Gillan star as the new Doctor (the 11th) and his companion Amy Pond. From BBC/Warner ... "The Golden Girls: 25th Anniversary Complete Collection" (1985-92) is a 21-disc set with 180 episodes, $149.99 from Disney ... "Lie to Me: Season Two" (2009-10) is a six-disc set with 22 episodes, $59.99 from Fox ... "Sherlock" (2010) stars Benedict Cumberbatchand Martin Freeman in this BBC modern-day update of the famous sleuth; from BBC/Warner ... "thirtysomething: The Complete Final Season" (1990-91) is a six-disc set with 23 episodes, $59.97 from Shout! Factory ... "You Lucky Dog" (2010) stars Natasha Henstridge and Harry Hamlin in a Hallmark Channel original movie that follows a working woman as she returns to her hometown of White Tail Creek to pay respect to her late mother, where she sticks around to help the struggling community; from Vivendi Entertainment.
Buzzin' the 'B's: (11-9)
"Love Ranch" (2010), directed by Taylor Hackford and starring Helen Mirren, Joe Pesci, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Gina Gershon, Scout Taylor-Compton, Bai Ling and Taryn Manning, is a fictionalized account of the incredible true story of the proprietors of Nevada's first legalized brothel in the late 1970s; from National Entertainment Media ... "Three and Out (aka A Deal Is a Deal)" (2008), starring Mackenzie Crook, Colm Meaney, Imelda Staunton and Gemma Arterton, is an offbeat British comedy. Following two accidental deaths under the wheels of his train, a London subway driver discovers a loophole: a third accidental death will result in his early retirement with gigantic benefits. To make it happen, he finds a young man with a death wish and persuades him to jump under his train -- after a weekend to remember. From Entertainment One ... In "Robin-B-Hood" (2006 -- Hong Kong), Jackie Chan plays a gambler who turns to burglary to pay his debts. But when his buddies try to score a big payout by kidnapping a baby, he finds himself in an entirely new mess; from Vivendi Entertainment ... "Stuck!" (2009), starring Starina Johnson, Karen Black, Jane Wiedlin, Susan Traylor, Mink Stole and Stacy Cunningham, is an homage to film noir women-in-prison films, faithfully re-producing the genre with a modern, tongue-in-cheek twist, with all the hallmarks of a classic prison movie complete with a wrongly accused heroine, hard boiled dames, diabolical alliances, forbidden love, cat-fighting cuties, a sadistic warden, and corrupt prison guards. The film centers on Daisy, an innocent young woman framed for killing her mother, who's sent to death row. From MTI Home Video ... Trapped in an abandoned warehouse, a woman and her real-estate investing fiance inadvertently fall prey to a terrorizing killer on the loose in "The Brazen Bull" (2010), starring Michael Madsen, Jennifer Tisdale, Rachel Hunter and David Frank Fletcher Jr.; from Virgil Films & Entertainment ... In "Hunt to Kill" (2010), Steve Austin stars as U.S. Border Patrol agent Jim Rhodes, a tough divorcee mourning the loss of his murdered partner while struggling to raise his rebellious daughter in the mountains of Montana. When a crew of trigger-happy fugitives takes Rhodes' daughter hostage and leave him for dead, all hell breaks loose. From Anchor Bay Entertainment ... "Ice Blues: A Donald Strachey Mystery" (2008) is the fourth installment in the critically-acclaimed series featuring America's best-known gay private investigator, based on the best-selling novels by Richard Stevenson; from Entertainment One ... A small-town attorney who is left devastated and purposeless by the horrific death of his wife and two sons in a tragic accident agrees to take on one final case before committing suicide in "The Trial"
(2010), starring Matthew Modine, Randy Wayn, Rance Howard, Robert Forster and Bob Gunton; from Fox.
On the Indie Front: (11-9)
A U.S. soldier returning home from war struggles to reconcile his experiences with the life and family he left in Texas in "The Dry Land"
(2010), starring Ryan O'Nan, America Ferrera, Melissa Leo, Jason Ritter and Wilmer Valderrama; from Maya Entertainment.
For the Family: (11-9)
Barney: Best Fairy Tales (2010) features nine classic fairy tales as only Barney could tell them: "Jack and the Beanstalk," "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," "Three Billy Goats Gruff," "Shoemaker & Elves," "The Sharing Hen," "Little Boy Blue," "Three Little Kittens," "Tortoise and the Hare" and "Girl Who Cried Wolf." $14.98 from HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate ... "DC Showcase Original Shorts Collection" includes four animated shorts featuring characters from the celebrated DC Comics vault: "Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam," "The Spectre," "Jonah Hex" and "Green Arrow." From Warner ... "Scooby-Doo! Mystery Machine Limited Edition Collection" is a 17-disc set with 41 episodes, plus an eighth disc of bonus features, housed in a molded-plastic Mystery Machine case, $79.95 from Warner ... "Elmo and Friends: The Letter Quest" (2010) features three magical adventures, $12.96 from Warner ... "Ramona and Beezus" (2010), starring Selena Gomez, Joey King, John Corbett, Bridget Moynahan, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Duhamel, Jason Spevack and Sandra Oh, is a coming-of-age comedy -- based on the best-selling books by Beverly Cleary -- that follows the misadventures of grade-schooler Ramona and her older sister Beezus. From Fox ... "The Super Hero Squad Show: Quest for the Infinity Sword! Volume 2" (2009-10) has six episodes in which Iron Man, Wolverine, Hulk, Silver Surfer, Thor, Falcon and their friends protect Super Hero City from the wild, weird and even wacky villainy of VillainVille's most infamous baddies, led by the sinister Dr. Doom. $14.93 from Shout! Factory.
Special Interest: (11-9)
In his short life, Jean-Michel Basquiat was an international superstar in the art scene and pop-culture, creating thousands of paintings, dating Madonna, befriending and collaborating with Andy Warhol, walking on the runway for Comme des Garcons, and appearing in a Debbie Harry video. Directed by Basquiat's friend, filmmaker Tamra Davis ("Billy Madison"), "Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child" (2010) is the definitive documentary on one of the most captivating figures of the contemporary art world. From Arthouse Films/New Video ... "Car Bomb" (2008) is a documentary on the decisive weapon of the 21st century: the car bomb. With just a trunk load of home-made explosives and a battered old car, terrorists can intimidate a government and a population. Featuring footage of car bomb attacks and interviews with car bombers. From The Disinformation Co. ... "Secret Origins: The Story of DC Comics" (2010) is a look at the history of the comic book publication that launched such legendary characters as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman; $24.98 from Warner ... "Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XIX" (2010) is a four-disc set featuring never-before-released MST3K Episodes "Robot Monster," "Bride of the Monster," "Devil Doll" and "Devil Fish," $69.97 from Shout! Factory.
Just Announced: 'The Town,' 'Legend of the Guardians' and 'Machete'
There's exciting action -- for kids and adults -- coming to DVD in December and January. Warner Home Video has announced a December 17 (Friday) release dates for two popular films: Ben Affleck's "The Town," a bank heist thriller about a gang leader who falls for a hostage, and "Legend of the Guardians," director Zack Snyder's animated fantasy adventure based on the beloved books by Kathryn Lasky about the Guardians of Ga'Hoole, a mythic band of winged warriors. "The Town" will be available on DVD and Blu-way, the latter in an extended cut. "Legend of the Guardians" will be available in 2-D and 3-D Versions. On January 4 Fox is bringing to DVD and Blu-ray the ultra-violet "Machete," starring Danny Trejo is an ass-kicking ex-Federale who lays waste to anything that gets in his path, taking on hit men, vigilantes and a ruthless drug cartel. Extras include deleted scenes.
'Resident Evil: Afterlife' Infects
On December 28 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will unleash the deadly T-virus into homes when "Resident Evil: Afterlife" explodes onto Blu-ray 3-D, Blu-ray and DVD. The Blu-ray 3-D will is optimized for the latest 3-D playback devices and eyewear, but also including a backwards-compatible 2-D version of the film that plays on all existing Blu-ray players. For those who prefer their zombies safely in two dimensions, the film will also be offered on 2-D Blu-ray and DVD the same day. Based on one of the most successful video game franchises of all time, "Resident Evil: Afterlife" opens with Alice (Milla Jovovich) on a lonely and dangerous hunt for survivors in a decimated world crawling with the Undead. On her quest for the alleged safe-haven "Arcadia," she finds survivors Claire and Chris Redfield (Ali Larter, Wentworth Miller), and the trio heats up the screen as they ravenously set their sights on taking down the evil Chairman of the Umbrella Corporation and hordes of the Undead along the way. When the bloodshed is over and the credits roll, be warned that the Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3-D live on with horror-filled special features, including deleted scenes, featurettes, an "Undead Vision" picture-in-picture video, filmmaker and cast commentary, and a blooper reel. Read more about "Resident Evil: Afterlife."
DVD, Blu-ray Dec. 28
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• News: November 5: Viewers crave "Sex" on DVD, Blu-ray. "Sex and the City 2," that is. Read the story at Home Media Magazine.
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This Week's Releases (November 2)
From the Big Screen:
"Toy Story 3." For more releases this week, see the "Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases."
DVD and Blu-ray Collectibles: (11/2)
There's so many exciting Blu-ray and collectible releases this week we almost don't know where to start -- so we'll start with one of the greatest films of all time and one of our favorites, 1957's "The Bridge on the River Kwai," which Sony is releasing in a Blu-ray Collector's Edition." The Columbia Pictures classic, directed by David Lean and starring William Holden, Alec Guinness, Sessue Hayakawa and Jack Hawkins, has received an extensive 4K restoration from the original negative, with newly remastered 5.1 audio. The film is available in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, has a long list of bonus features, includes replicas of the original theatrical lobby cards and a 32-page book of on-set and behind the scenes photography ... Next up is
"The Sound of Music 45th Anniversary Edition" (1965), directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film, restored and remastered in 1080p Hi-Def with 7.1 DTS-HD Sound, is available as a three-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack ($34.99) and a Limited Edition Collector's Set ($89.99). Extras include "Your Favorite Things," an interactive celebration immersive viewing experience with behind-the-scenes images, on-screen lyrics, trivia track and location quiz; a "Music Machine Sing-Along"; commentaries by Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and director Robert Wise; "A City of Song" virtual map of filming locations in Salzburg, Austria; vintage Rodgers & Hammerstein and "The Sound of Music Programs"; screen tests, rare treasures, interviews, photo galleries, more. The Limited Edition Collector's Set includes a 45th anniversary soundtrack, a 100-page "My Favorite Things" scrapbook, snapshots from Salzburg, reproduction of the original 1965 souvenir program, and an exclusive "My Favorite Things" music box with a letter of authenticity. From Fox.
The beloved Dick Van Dyke vehicle "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (1968), co-starring Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries and Gert Frobe, arrives remastered with upgraded 7.1 DTS-HD master audio and new interactive games. Available as a Blu-ray/DVD combo, extras include a "Toot Sweet Symphony" melody maker, "Chitty's Bang Bang Driving Game," "Remembering Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" with Dick Van Dyke, "A Fantasmagorical Motorcar" featurette, a sing-a-long version of the film, and more. From MGM ... The title says it all for "The Goonies 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition," the popular kids film about a group of youngsters from the "Goon Docks" neighborhood of Astoria, Oregon, who go on a wild adventure to find the buried treasure of One-Eyed Willie, a legendary 17th-century pirate, in an effort to save their homes from demolition. The film was directed by Richard Donner from a screenplay by Chris Columbus based on a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg. The cast included Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, Martha Plimpton, Ke Huy-Quan, Joe Pantoliano, Lupe Ontiveros and Robert Davi. The on-disc bonus features repeat those from earlier DVD editions: commentary, "The Making of The Goonies" documentary, Cyndi Lauper music video "The Goonies 'R Good Enough," deleted scenes. But it's the packaging that counts here: a gorgeous slip box with a board game, collectible storyboard prints, a 1985 souvenir magazine with behind-the-scenes stories about the filming in Astoria, Oregon (including the production design that transformed Astoria into the "Goon Docks"), and a reprint of a 2009 Empire Magazine article with updates on the cast and crew. Available as a standard DVD set or Blu-ray. From Warner ... Sony and The Film Foundation present five of Rita Hayworth's finest films -- three of them for the first time -- fully restored and remastered in "The Films of Rita Hayworth": "Cover Girl" (1944), "Tonight and Every Night" (1945) (DVD debut), "Gilda" (1946), "Salome" (1953) (DVD debut) and "Miss Sadie Thompson" (1953) (DVD debut); $59.95 ... Bing Crosby was one of the most popular entertainers of all-time, a superstar of movies, music, radio and television during a spectacular career that lasted over 50 years. He remains beloved around the world for his easygoing charm, mesmerizing voice and on-screen charisma. "The Bing Crosby Collection (Universal Backlot Series)" showcases six rare films including "College Humor" (1933). "We're Not Dressing" (1934), "Here is My Heart" (1934), "Mississippi" (1935), "Sing You Sinners" (1938) and "Welcome Stranger" (1947). $49.98 from Universal.
"Frank Sinatra: Concert Collection" is a seven-disc box set that contains over 14 hours of television and concert performances from the '50s through the '80s, including four previously unreleased specials, a box-set exclusive compilation of vintage performances, and a 44-page book featuring rare photographs and notes by Sinatra scholar Bill Zehme. "A Man and His Music: The Collection" (Discs 1 and 2) includes
"A Man and His Music" (1965), "A Man and His Music Part II" (1966), "A Man and His Music + Ella + Jobim"(1967) and "Sinatra: The Man and His Music" (1981); "Around the World" (Discs 3 and 4) includes "Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back" (1973), "Sinatra: The Main Event" (1974)," Sinatra in Concert at Royal Festival Hall" (1970) and the very rare "Sinatra in Japan: Live at the Budokhan Hall," Tokyo (1985); "Primetime" (Disc 5) includes "Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing" (1968), "Sinatra" (1969) and "Sinatra and Friends" (1977); "Concert for the Americas" (1982) (Disc 6); Bonus Disc (Disc 7) includes "Happy Holidays With Bing and Frank" (1957), "Vintage Sinatra," a 2003 PBS special that features classic performances from his 1957-58 ABC television series, and 10 previously unreleased television performances. $79.98 from Shout! Factory ... Also from the Shout! Factory comes "The Larry Sanders Show: The Complete Series" (1992-98), a 17-disc box set featuring all 89 original episodes of the hit series, available for the first time, with extensive bonus features and a special commemorative 60-page color book ("The Larry Sanders Show: The Complete Guide"), $149.98. Extras include a video introduction by Shandling; deleted scenes; outtakes; Shandling lectures at USC; commentaries by Shandling, Todd Holland, Judd Apatow and Peter Tolan; "The Making of The Larry Sanders Show" feature-length documentary; interviews with cast and crew; and much, much more.
Here's another wave of two releases in the "TCM Greatest Classic Films," 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: TCM Greatest Classic Films: Busby Berkeley Musicals: "42nd Street" (1933), "Gold Diggers of 1937" (1936), "Footlight Parade" (1933), "Dames" (1934); TCM Greatest Classic Films: Astaire and Rogers: "The Gay Divorcee" (1934), "Shall We Dance" (1937), "Swing Time" (1936), "Top Hat" (1935) ... Irving Berlin's classic musical "White Christmas" (1954), directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen and Dean Jagger, gets spruced up by Paramount in a two-disc DVD and single-disc Blu-ray. Extras include commentary by Rosemary Clooney, "Backstage Stories From White Christmas," "Rosemary's Old Kentucky Home," "Bing Crosby: Christmas Crooner," "Danny Kaye: Joy to the World," more ... And, finally, Shout! factory has added three more outrageous cult films to its Roger Corman's Cult Classics collection: "Not of This Earth Special Edition," (1988), starring Traci Lords and Arthur Roberts in the remake of executive producer Corman's 1957 sci-fi horror classic, which he had himself produced and directed; and "The Terror Within" (1989)/"Dead Space" (1991) Double Bill, the first film starring
George Kennedy, Andrew Stevens, Terri Treas and Starr Andreeff; the latter starring Marc Singer, Bryan Cranston in a loose remake of Corman's "Forbidden World."
From TV to Video: (11/2)
"Beverly Hills, 90210: The Final Season" (1999-2000) is a six-disc set with 27 episodes, $61.99 from Paramount ... "Classic Doctor Who" includes two digitally remastered Doctor Who classics: "Revenge of the Cybermen" (Story 79 from the Tom Baker years, 1974-81) and "Silver Nemesis" (Story 154 from the Sylvester McCoy years, 1987-89), $24.98 each from BBC/Warner ... "The Facts of Life: The Complete Fifth Season" (1983-84) is a four-disc set with 24 episodes, $39.97 from Shout! Factory ... "The Fugitive: The Fourth and Final Season: Volume 1" (1966-67) is a four-disc set, $42.99 from Paramount ... "The Larry Sanders Show: Season Two" (1993) is a three-disc set with 18 episodes, $34.93 from Shout! Factory ... "Mad About You: Season Five" (1996-97) is a four-disc set with 24 episodes, $29.93 from Shout! Factory ... "Men of a Certain Age: The Complete First Season" (2009-10) is a two-disc set with 10 episodes, $39.98 from Warner ... "Nip/Tuck: The Complete Series Gift Set" is a 35-disc set with all 100 episodes plus 11 featurettes, $198.70 from Warner ... "The Pacific"
(2010) is the complete 10-part miniseries, $79.99 from HBO Video) ... "TV Sets: Christmas Treats" features holiday-themed episodes from eight TV comedies, including "Cheers," "Happy Days," "The Lucy Show" and "The Beverly Hillbillies," $14.99 from Paramount ... "V: The Complete First Season" (2009-10) is a three-disc set with 12 episodes, $39.98 from Warner.
Buzzin' the 'B's: (11/2)
"The Hungry Ghosts" (2010) is Michael Imperioli's directing debut. Steve Schirripa, Aunjanue Ellis, Nick Sandow, Sharon Angela and Emory Cohen in intertwining stories of five struggling New Yorkers overpowered by their thirst for mental, physical or spiritual fulfillment; from Virgil Films & Entertainment ... "Centurion" (2010), starring Michael Fassbender and Dominic West, is a sword and sandal actioner about a splinter group of Roman soldiers who fight for their lives behind enemy lines after their legion is decimated in a devastating guerrilla attack, from Magnolia Home Entertainment ... "Detroit Metal City" (2008) was a live-action Japanese box office success centering on a shy young man who dreams of becoming a trendy singer songwriter but, for some reason, is forced into joining the devil worshipping death metal band "Detroit Metal City," who go on to become superstars, from Warner ... In "ExTerminators" (2009), starring Heather Graham, Jennifer Coolidge, Amber Heard and Joey Lauren Adams, three women who meet in an anger-management class decide to form an extermination business to wreak havoc on the men of Texas. from Image Entertainment.
SISU Home Entertainment has two Israeli films due this week: "Zur Hadasim"
(1999), in which three small-time crooks and one dreamy-eyed girl go on a wild ride in search of the fabled village of Zur Hadasim; and "Cold Feet (The Wedding Tale)"
(2006), a comedy about a reluctant bride-to be who keeps her groom and guests waiting while she ponders her future and commitment in a small cafe.
For the Family: (11/2)
"Families of Afghanistan" and "Families of Kenya" (2010) are two new releases in the Families of the World Series in which youngsters are offered the opportunity to travel -- by video -- to countries around the world. Each DVD focuses on two children from differing backgrounds -- one urban, one rural -- and are narrated by children. Kids get to follow each family's daily routines and learn to understand other cultures; $29.95 each from Master Communications ... "Hannah Montana Forever: Who Is Hannah Montana?"
(2010) is an eight episode collection of the series' best moments, including the pilot and the episode in which Hannah Montana reveals her true identity; $19.99 from Disney.
Special Interest: (11/2)
"Lady Gaga: One Sequin at a Time" (2010) is a documentary on Stefani Germanotta, better known by her stage name, Lady Gaga, from her early years as an aspiring pianist and songwriter, to her time as a Catholic-school outcast, to her first record deal, to the growth of her career following the release of two major albums and critically acclaimed tours; $6.99 from Echo Bridge Home Entertainment ...
There's four documentaries due from PBS: "Building the Great Cathedrals" (2010), a NOVA look at Gothic cathedrals, $24.99; "Crash of Flight 447" (2010), a NOVA documentary on the ill-fated June 1, 2009 Flight AF447, an Air France Airbus A330 flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris that disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean with the loss of all 228 lives, $24.99; seven episodes of "Ocean Adventures With Jean Michel Cousteau," $49.98; and "Ocean Odyssey," which takes viewers on an undersea journey to remote and magical places to explore the marine ecosystems of the Galapagos Islands, Raja Ampat in Indonesia, the Maldives, the Azores, Hawaii, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, the Channel Islands, British Columbia, the Gulf of Mexico, French Polynesia and Belize, $24.99.
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