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January 2

The Covenant (2006) Steven Strait, Sebastian Stan Laura Ramsey, Taylor Kitsch, Wendy Crewson. Extras: Commentary, behind-the-scenes featurette. Blu-Ray day-and-date. (Sony).
The Darkroom (2006) Reed Diamond, Greg Grunberg, Shawn Pyfrom, Lucy Lawless. Horrifying journey into the mind of an escaped mental patient who, after taking some experimental medication, finds himself discovering that certain things about his past are better left in the dark. Extras: Commentary by writer-director Michael Hurst and producer Mark A. Altman; "The Darkroom Exposed" featurette. (Anchor Bay).

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Love's Abiding Joy (2006) Logan Bartholomew, Drew Tyler Bell, Stephen Bridgewater, Brianna Brown, Brett Coker, Erin Cottrell. A Young woman creates a home and family in the West. Adaptation of the fourth novel in the "Love Comes Softly" inspirational book series. (Fox Faith).
Luminarias (2000) Evelina Fernández, Scott Bakula, Cheech Marin, Robert Beltran. When a separated, Latina divorce attorney falls for her Jewish opposing counsel, her three single friends choose sides in a lively, often uproarious debate about race and sex. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).
Martin: The Complete First Season Four-disc set with 27 episodes, $29.98. Extras: Commentary by Lawrence on select episodes, bloopers. (HBO Video).
Shottas (2002) Wyclef Jean, Kymani Marley, Spragga Benz. Two-disc set. Cult Jamaican gangster thriller. Extras: Commentary by director Cess Silvera and the cast, multi-part documentary, "Shottas for Life" featurette, Shottas dictionary, introduction by Kymani Marley, more. (Sony).
Snakes on a Plane (2006) Samuel L. Jackson, Nathan Phillips, Byron Lawson, Julianna Margulies, Rachel Blanchard, Bobby Cannavale, Kenan Thompson, David Koechner. Extras: Commentary by Jackson and director David R. Ellis, gag reel, 10 deleted scenes, music video, "Pure Venom" behind-the-scenes documentary, "Snakes on a Blog" Internet fan featurette, "Meet the Reptiles" featurette, Easter egg, more. (New Line).
Sparkle (1976) Irene Cara, Lonette McKee, Phillip Michael Thomas, Dorian Harewood. Extras: Bonus soundtrack CD featuring the music of Curtis Mayfield and Aretha Franklin. (Warner).

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January 9

Bandidas (2006) Penelope Cruz, Salma Hayek, Steve Zahn, Dwight Yoakam, Sam Shepard. Comic Western about two women who become outlaws to avenge the deaths of their fathers at the hands of a robber baron. Extras: Commentary by Cruz and hayek, "Burning Up the Set With Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz" featurette. (Fox).
Broken Bridges (2006 -- TV) Toby Keith, Kelly Preston, Tess Harper, Willie Nelson, Lindsey Haun, Burt Reynolds. CMT telefilm about pair of high school sweethearts who return home after the deaths of their brothers, forcing them to deal with ghosts from the past. Extras: Four featurettes, Toby Keith "Alien" music video. (Paramount).
Color of the Cross (2006) Jean Claude LaMarre, Debbi Morgan. Controversial look at the last 48 hours of Jesus Christ, depicting him as black and the Crucifixion as being racially motivated. (Fox).
Crank (2006) Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Efren Ramirez, Jose Cantillo, Jay Xcala, Carlos Sanz, Keone Young. Extras: Crank'd Out Mode: Context-sensitive behind-the-scenes footage, making-of insights, interviews, running commentary and more; family friendly audio (without the usual expletives). Also available on Blue-ray. (Lionsgate).
Everybody Says I'm Fine (2001 -- India) Rehaan Engineer, Koel Purie, Rahul Bose. Telepathic hairdresser hears his clients' inner turmoil and while he tries to help them with their desperate lives he ironically can't help himself in his solitary, lonely life. (BFS Entertainment & Multimedia Limited).
Extras: The Complete First Season Two-disc set with six episodes, $29.98. Extras: Outtakes, deleted scenes. (HBO Video).
Final Move (2006) Matt Schulze, Lochlyn Munro, Daniel Baldwin, David Carradine, Amanda Detmer. Cop comes out of retirement to hunt down the "Chess Piece Murderer." (MTI Home Video).
Idiocracy (2006) Dir.: Mike Judge; Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, David Herman, Sara Rue, Stephen Root, Justin Long. Extras: Theatrical and unrated versions, deleted scenes. (Fox).
The Illusionist (2006) Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, Jessica Biel, Rufus Sewell, Eddie Marsan, James Babson, Brian Caspe, Tom Fisher, Aaron Johnson, Erich Redman, Ellen Savaria, Jake Wood. Extras: Commentary by writer-director Neil Burger, two featurettes. (Fox).
Lightspeed (2006 -- TV) Jason Connery, Nicole Eggert, Daniel Goddard, Lee Majors. Sci Fi channel telefilm from the mind of Stan Lee: An agent discovers that, as a result of a near lethal mishap, he has developed the ability to run at the speed of light; without warning, he acquires a dangerous nemesis in the form of "The Python," a man transformed into part man -- part snake after a botched experiment. (Starz Home Entertainment).
Murder Set Pieces (2004) Sven Garrett, Tony Todd, Cerina Vincent, Gunnar Hansen. A fashion photographer exposes his demented childhood and zooms his evil lens on the oldest profession under the moon. (Lionsgate).
The Night Listener (2006) Toni Collette, Robin Williams, Joe Morton, Bobby Cannavale, Rory Culkin, Sandra Oh. (Miramax).
A Pup Named Scooby-Doo Volume 5 (2006) Four episodes from the pre-school TV series, $14.97. (Warner).
Quinceanera (2006) Emily Rios, Chalo Gonzalez, Jesse Garcia. Extras: Commentary by directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland; commentary by Emily Rios, Jesse Garcia and Chalo Gonzalez; behind-the-scenes featurette; "On the Red Carpet" featurette. (Sony).
Shadow Run (1998) Michael Caine, James Fox. A master thief assembles an expert team to hijack an armored truck in broad daylight. (BFS Entertainment & Multimedia Limited).
Street Fight (2005) Documentary chronicles the bare-knuckles race for Mayor of Newark, N.J., between Cory Booker, a 32-year-old Rhodes Scholar/Yale Law School grad, and Sharpe James, the four-term incumbent and undisputed champion of New Jersey politics. (Genius Products).
Van Gogh (1991 -- French) Jacques Dutronc, Alexandra London, Bernard Le Coq. (Sony).
The Veteran (2006) Dir.: Sidney J. Furie; Ally Sheedy, Bobby Hosea, Michael Ironside. A vet returns to Vietnam to face his past and his demons. (Union Station Media).

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January 16

The Animation Show Box Set (2007) 32 of the world's best animated short films selected by renowned creator and animator Mike Judge ("Beavis and Butt-Head," "King of the Hill") and Academy Award nominated animator Don Hertzfeldt. Two-disc set, $26.99. Extras: A deleted pencil test by Mike Judge; commentaries by animators Bill Plympton and Corky Quakenbush; special effects commentary and production art galleries by Don Hertzfeldt; "Mt. Head" galleries of concept art and character design; "The Cathedral" motion tests, animatics and production art; "The Rocks" production photo album; "La Course a L'Abime" storyboard to scene comparison; Animation Show featurette: "100 Years of Animated Short Films"; trailer for Don Hertzfeldt's new short film "Everything Will Be OK"; "The F.E.D.S. Recipe for Animating "; "World of Chel White" short film and production gallery; "Fallen Art" motion tests, animatics and production art; new film by Pes, "Kaboom!" and "The Making of Kaboom!". (MTV/Paramount).
Border Radio (1987) Dir.: Allison Anders, Kurt Voss and Dean Lent; Chris D., Luanna Anders, John Doe, Chris Shearer, Dave Alvin. New, restored high-definition digital transfer supervised and approved by Lent and Voss. Extras: Commentary by Anders and Voss; commentary by Luanna Anders, Dave Alvin, Chris D., John Doe, and Chris Shearer; "The Making of Border Radio," a 2002 documentary featuring interviews with Anders, Lent, Voss, Doe, and Chris D.; nine deleted scenes; music video of the Flesh Eaters' "The Wedding Dice"; stills gallery featuring rare behind-the-scenes photos; new essay by music journalist and critic Chris Morris. (The Criterion Collection).
The Couple (The Aryan Couple) (2004) Dir.: John Daly; Martin Landau, Judy Parfitt, Kenny Doughty. Based on the true story of a Jewish Hungarian's desperate attempts to save his family from the Nazi death camps. Extras: "Making of The Couple." (First Look Home Entertainment).
Employee of the Month (2006) Dane Cook, Jessica Simpson, Dax Shepard, Efren Ramirez, Andy Dick. (Lionsgate).
Father Brown, Set 1 (1982) Two-disc set with seven episodes of the PBS Mystery! series based on the G.K. Chesterton clergyman-detective; $39.99. (Acorn Media).
Gridiron Gang (2006) Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Xzibit, L. Scott Caldwell, Leon Rippy, Kevin Dunn, Jade Yorker. Extras: "Profile on Director Phil Joanou: From Real Life to Big Screen," "The Rock Takes the Field" featurette, deleted scenes, multi-angle football scene, "Gridiron Gang: Football Training." (Sony).
Hard Scrambled (2006) Kurtwood Smith, Richard Edson, Beth Grant, Alanna Ubach, Eyal Podell. Indie film about cutthroat players who dream and scheme for control of a diner after the owner has an "accident." Extras: Interviews with filmmakers and actors; cast and crew bios; first and last draft of the script; "Anatomy of a Failed Scene"; dozen modules on the essential topics of producing and directing, from financing to screenplay structure to continuity to working with actors to editing to publicity and distribution. (New Visions Fellowship).
Her Minor Thing (2005) Dir.: Charles Matthau; Estella Warren, Christian Kane, Michael Weatherly, Rachel Dratch, Flex Alexander, Kathy Griffin, Ivana Milicevic. The life of a 25-year-old professional woman turns chaotic when her boyfriend accidentally reveals on TV that she's a virgin. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (First Look Home Entertainment).
Here! Comedy Presents Kate Clinton (2005 -- TV) Lesbian comedienne performs stand-up from her one-woman show "Talking A Blue Streak"; originally aired on here! (Genius Products).
In Her Line of Fire (2006) Mariel Hemingway, David Keith, David Millbern, Jill Bennett. A tough but beautiful Secret Service agent (Mariel Hemingway) protecting a U.S. vice president has her hands full when their plane goes down in a storm near a remote island used for training local rebels; she must fight hard to save the lives of the vp as well as her love interest, rookie reporter Sharon Serrano (Jill Bennett). Originally aired on here! in April of 2006. (Genius Products).
The King of Queens: The Complete Seventh Season (2004-05) Three-disc set with 22 episodes, $39.95. (Sony).
May 6th (2004 -- Netherlands) Thijs Romer, Tara Elders, Cahit Olmez, Jack Wouterse. The final film from acclaimed Director Theo Van Gogh before his 2004 murder by a radical Islamist. A fictional version of the events that led to the assassination of the Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn on May 6, 2002; based on the book "The Sixth of May" by Tomas Ross. (Koch Lorber Films).
Mouchette (1967) Dir.: Robert Bresson; Nadine Nortier, Jean-Claude Guilbert, Maria Cardinal, Paul Hebert. New, restored high-definition digital transfer. Extras: Commentary by film scholar, critic, and festival programmer Tony Rayns; "Au hasard Bresson," a half-hour documentary about the director, including behind-the-scenes footage of Bresson directing "Mouchette"; "Travelling," a segment from the cine-magazine TV series Cinema, featuring on-set interviews with Bresson and actors Nortier and Guilbert; original theatrical trailer, cut by Jean-Luc Godard; new essay by essayist Robert Polito. (The Criterion Collection).
Proof (2005) Crime drama miniseries that offers a glimpse into a shady relationship between European high finance, human trafficking and Irish politics, $29.98. (Koch Vision).
The Protector (2006 -- Thailand) Tony Jaa, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Bongkoj Khongmalai, Xing Jing, Nathan Jones, Johnny Nguyen. Two-disc set. Extras: Commentary by Asian film expert Bey Logan, "No Wires Attached: Making The Protector" featurette, "Making Tony Jaa" featurette, "The Director's Guided Tour," Tony Jaa martial arts demonstration, "Making Tom Yum Goong" featurette. (The Weinstein Co./Genius Products).
Purgatory House (2004) Written by and starring then 14-year old Celeste Davis; co-stars Jim Hanks, Devin Witt, Johnny Pacar, Rhiannon Main. A lonely teen abandons her life of turmoil and drug addiction, only to find herself caught somewhere between heaven and hell. Extras: "The Making of Purgatory House" and "Putting It all Together" featurettes; "Claire's Prayer" music video by Larisa Stow; Los Angeles premiere footage and cast and crew Q&A; two deleted scenes; teen crisis help information. (Image Entertainment).
Puzzling Mind (2005) Boxed set of three NOVA documentaries: "Mind of a Serial Killer," "Secret of the Wild Child" and "Secrets of the Mind," $39.95. (WGBH Boston Video).
Read It and Weep (2006 -- TV) Kay and Danielle Panabaker. Disney Channel Original Movie about a teenager's private journal that is accidentally turned into a best-selling book, turning the author from regular girl to media darling; $19.99. Extras: Interview with the Panabaker sisters, "making-of" featurette, Jordan Pruitt "Outside Looking In" music video. (Disney).
Rising Damp: Series 3 Seven episodes from the 1974-78 British comedy series about a miserly, mean-spirited landlord of a run-down boarding house, starring Leonard Rossiter; $24.99. (Acorn Media).
Seven Swords (2005 -- Chinese) Dir.: Hark Tsui; Donnie Yen, Leon Lai, Charlie Yeung, Liwu Dai, Chia-Liang Liu. Fantasy epic about seven master swordsmen who denounce the brutality of the newly formed government and band together to prevent the slaughter of innocent villages by an evil warlord. Two-disc set. Extras: Commentary by director Tsui Hark and Hong Kong cinema expert Bey Logan, deleted/extended scenes, making-of featurette, four behind-the-scene featurettes, storyboard gallery, interviews. (The Weinstein Co./Genius Products).
Shadow of the Sword (2005) Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter McDonald, Eddie Marsan, Julie Cox, Steven Berkoff. Actioner that takes place at the end of the Middle Ages, on the threshold of the inquisition, when two friends find themselves at the mercy of the powerful church and at each other's throats. (MTI Home Video).
The Street: The Complete First Season Two-disc set with six episodes, $29.98. (Koch Vision).
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006) Jordana Brewster, Taylor Handley, Diora Baird, Matthew Bomer, Lee Tergesen, R. Lee Ermey, Andrew Bryniarski. Rated and unrated versions. Extras: Commentary by director Jonathan Liebesman and producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, deleted/extended scenes, "Down to the Bone" behind-the-scenes featurette. (New Line).
That's So Suite Life of Hannah Montana (2006 -- TV) Stars from Disney Channel series "That's So Raven," "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody" and "Hannah Montana" get together and guest star in each other's shows; $19.99. Extras: "So You Think You Know Raven" game, "Hannah Montana" music video, never-before-seen episode of "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody." (Disney).
Undisputed II: Last Man Standing (2006) Michael Jai White, Scott Adkins, Eli Danker, Ben Cross. Martial arts expert must fight to save himself in a Russian prison. Extras: Commentary by director Isaac Florentine and actors Michael Jai White and Scott Adkins, behind-the-scenes featurette, storyboard comparisons. (New Line).

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January 23

Alvin and the Chipmunks: A Chipmunk Valentine (1983) Four Valentine-themed episodes from the "Alvin and the Chipmunks" TV series; $14.99. (Paramount).
Avatar: The Last Airbender -- Book 2: Earth -- Volume 1 Five episodes of the Nickelodeon Home Entertainment series. Extras: Original uncut animatic of the season's premiere episode, "The Avatar State." (Paramount).
Brokeback Mountain (2005) Dir.: Ang Lee; Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Linda Cardellini, Anna Faris, Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams, Randy Quaid. Two-disc collector's edition. Extras: "On Being a Cowboy" behind-the-scenes featurette, "Directing From the Heart: Ang Lee" featurette, "From Script to Screen: Interviews With (writers) Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana," "Sharing the Story: The Making of Brokeback Mountain," collectible postcards, more. (Universal).
Cocaine Cowboys (2005) Documentary on the cultural explosion sparked by the drug trade in 1980s Miami that still echoes as Hollywood myth today, $26.98. Extras: Commentary by director-producer Billy Corben and producer David Cypkin, "Hustlin' With the Godmother: The Charles Cosby Story," deleted scenes. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Cowboy Del Amor (2006) Comic documentary that follows self-proclaimed "Cowboy Cupid" Ivan Thompson as he finds Mexican brides for disillusioned American men searching for the perfect wife. Extras: Cowboy Cupid "Ivanisms," deleted scenes, commentary. (Genius Products).
Don't Knock the Rock/Rock Around the Clock Double Feature "Don't Knock the Rock" (1956) starring Alan Dale, Patricia Hardy, Alan Freed, Fay Baker, Little Richard and Bill Haley & His Comets; "Rock Around the Clock" (1956) starring Alan Freed, Bill Haley & His Comets, The Platters, Johnny Johnston, Tony Martinez and Frankie Bell and the Bellboys; $19.94. (Sony).
Fiddler on the Roof (1971) Dir.: Norman Jewison; Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Molly Picon, Paul Mann, Rosalind Harris, Michele Marsh, Neva Small, Paul Michael Glaser. Two-disc set. Extras: Commentary by director Norman Jewison and Topol , "The Songs of Fiddler on the Roof" featurette, "Interview With John Williams: Creating a Musical Tradition," "Interview With Tevye's Daughters" (with cast members), "Set in Reality" production design featurette, deleted scene: deleted song "Any Day Now," documentary: "Norman Jewison, Filmmaker," Easter egg: "Tale of the Beggar," featurette: "Historical Background" read by Norman Jewison with photographs by Ann Weiss, featurette: "Norman Jewison Looks Back," featurette: "Tevye's Dream in Full Colour," featurette: "The Stories of Sholam Aleichem" read by Norman Jewison, photo galleries, original production notes, production design and storyboards. (MGM).
The Guardian (2006) Director: Andrew Davis. Stars: Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher, Sela Ward, Melissa Sagemiller, Clancy Brown, Omari Hardwick. Extras: Commentary, alternate ending, "Making Waves" behind-the-scenes featurette, "Unsung Heroes" featurette, deleted scenes. (Buena Vista).
Hopeless Pictures -- Season One (2005) Two-disc set of the animated satire from IFC; $26.95. Extras: Commentary with director Bob Balaban, deleted scenes, storyboard gallery. (Genius Products and IFC Television).
The Invincible Iron Man (2006) Third movie in the Marvel animated feature series, $19.98. Extras: Alternate opening sequence, "The Original Iron Man" featurette, "The Hall of Iron Man Armor," Iron Man concept art, "A Look at Doctor Strange." (Lionsgate).
Jesus Camp (2006) Documentary. Extras: Commentary by directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, deleted scenes. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
La Moustache (2006) Vincent Lindon, Emmanuelle Devos, Mathieu Amalric. Extras: Making-of featurette, interview with director Emmanuel Carrere and editor Camille Cotte. (Koch Lorber Films).
Marvel Animated Features Collector's Gift Set Three-disc set with the three Marvel animated features: "Ultimate Avengers: The Movie," "Ultimate Avengers 2" and "The Invincible Iron Man," $59.98. Extras: Iron Man "Marvel Icons" bust. (Lionsgate).
Monsters and Madmen Four-disc box set with two "drive-in" double-bills that take us from a grave past to a space-age future, spinning classic tales of hair-raising homicidal mania and intrepid, death-defying exploration: "The Haunted Strangler" (1958) starring Boris Karloff, "Corridors of Blood" (1958) starring Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee, "First Man Into Space" (1959) starring Marshall Thompson, and "The Atomic Submarine" (1959) starring Arthur Franz and Dick Foran. All new, restored high-definition digital transfers. $79.95. Extras: Commentaries by producers Alex and Richard Gordon and writer Tom Weaver; new interviews with actors, directors, and screenwriters who worked on the films; original trailers; radio spots; stills galleries; publicity and production photos; booklets featuring Fangoria's 1984 interview with producer John Croydon about Boris Karloff; new essays by Bruce Eder, Michael Lennick, and Maitland McDonagh. (The Criterion Collection).
Night Skies (2006) Jason Connery, A.J. Cook, George Stults. On March 13, 1997, several thousand people witnessed an unidentified flying object in Phoenix. On one desolate road, six strangers had a particularly harrowing experience with what became known as the "Phoenix Lights." Inspired by real events. (Sony).
The Puffy Chair (2005) Mark Duplass, Kathryn Aselton, Rhett Wilkins. Indie comedy about a cross-country mission by a young man who wants to deliver to his father a perfect birthday gift -- a giant purple LazyBoy. Extras: Commentary by director Jay Duplass and writer Mark Duplass, outtakes, deleted scenes, short films, Duplass brothers skits, interview with the Duplass brothers. (Genius Products).
Relative Strangers (2006) Danny DeVito, Kathy Bates, Ron Livingston, Neve Campbell. On a mission to locate his biological parents, a tightly wound professional finds that the couple who conceived him aren't exactly upper-class. (First Look Home Entertainment).
Robert Mitchum: The Signature Collection Six-disc set with "Angel Face," "Macao," "Home From the Hill," "The Sundowners," "The Good Guys and the Bad Guys" and "The Yazuka"; $59.92; $19.97 each. (Warner).
  • Angel Face (1952) Dir.: Otto Preminger; Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Herbert Marshall, Leon Ames. Extras: Commentary by author and historian Eddie Muller.
  • Macao (1952) Dir.: Josef von Sternberg; Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, William Bendix, Gloria Grahame. Extras: Commentary by author and historian Eddie Muller, screenwriter Stanley Rubin and actress Jane Russell; TCM Private Screenings with Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell, hosted by Robert Osborne.
  • Home From the Hill (1960) Dir.: Vincente Minnelli; Robert Mitchum, George Peppard, George Hamilton, Eleanor Parker.
  • The Sundowners (1960) Dir.: Fred Zinnemann; Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr, Peter Ustinov, Glynis Johns, Dina Merrill, Michael Anderson Jr. Extras: Vintage featurette "On Location With The Sundowners."
  • The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969) Robert Mitchum, George Kennedy, David Carradine, Tina Louise, Martin Balsum. Extras: Vintage featurette: "The Good Guy From Chama."
  • The Yakuza (1975) Dir.: Sydney Pollack; Robert Mitchum, Ken Takakura, Brian Keith Extras: Commentary by Pollack, vintage featurette "Promises to Keep."
Saw III (2006) Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Angus Macfadyen, Bahar Soomekh, Dina Meyer, Donnie Wahlberg. In rated and unrated versions. Extras: Commentary by director Darren Lynn Bousman and writer Leigh Whannell, commentary by editor Kevin Greutert and Bousman, commentary by the producers, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
Sherrybaby (2006) Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ryan Simpkins, Brad William Henke, Bridget Barkan, Sam Bottoms, Kate Burton, Danny Trejo, Giancarlo Esposito. (IFC/Universal).
This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006) Dir.: Kirby Dick; interviews with John Waters, Kevin Smith, Matt Stone, Darren Aronofsky, Kimberly Peirce, Allison Anders, David Ansen, Atom Egoyan, Steven Farber, more. Investigation into the MPAA film ratings system and its profound impact on American culture. Extras: Deleted scenes, Q&A with Kirby Dick, filmmaker's commentary. (Genius Products).
Troubled Waters (2006) Jennifer Beals, Shauna Black, Stewart Arnott, Olivia Ballantyne. Thriller with twists and turns about an FBI investigation into a kidnapping. (Genius Products).
Twist Around the Clock/Don't Knock the Twist Double Feature "Twist Around the Clock " (1961) starring Chubby Checker, Dion DiMucci, Vicki Spencer; "Don't Knock the Twist" (1962) starring Chubby Checker, Gene Chandler, Vic Dana, Linda Scott; $19.94. (Sony).
The 2006 FIFA World Cup Film: The Grand Finale (2006) Official FIFA sanctioned documentary provides an overview of all the tournament's action and drama. Also includes behind-the-scenes, off-the-field footage of the teams and fans, and exclusive interviews with key World Cup players; $24.96. (Sony).
Walker, Texas Ranger: The Complete Second Season (1994-95) Seven-disc set with 23 episodes, $54.99. (Paramount).
The Waltons: The Complete Fourth Season Five-disc set with 25 episodes, $39.98. (Warner).
The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss: The Cat's Family and Friends Three episodes from the Nickelodeon TV series, $9.95. (Sony).
Yojimbo/Sanjuro: Two Films by Akira Kurosawa Available as a two-disc set ($69.95) and individually ($39.95 each). (The Criterion Collection).
  • Yojimbo (1961) Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai. All-new, restored high-definition digital transfer. Optional Dolby Digital 3.0 soundtrack preserving the original Perspecta Stereophonic simulated-stereo effects. Extras: Commentary by noted film historian Stephen Prince ("The Warrior's Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa"); 45-minute documentary on the making of "Yojimbo," created as part of the Toho Masterworks series "Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create," featuring director Akira Kurosawa, actor Tatsuya Nakadai, production designer Yoshiro Muraki, and longtime Kurosawa collaborator Teruyo Nogami; notes and statements by Kurosawa, actor Tatsuya Nakadai, cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa, and longtime Kurosawa associate Teruyo Nogami, and an essay by film scholar Alexander Sesonske.
  • Sanjuro (1962) Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai. All-new, restored high-definition digital transfer. Optional Dolby Digital 3.0 soundtrack preserving the original Perspecta Stereophonic simulated-stereo effects. Extras: Commentary by Stephen Prince, noted film historian and author of "The Warrior's Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa"; 35-minute documentary on the making of "Sanjuro," created as part of the Toho Masterworks series "Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create," featuring Kurosawa, actor Tatsuya Nakadai, production designer Yoshiro Muraki, and longtime Kurosawa collaborator Teruyo Nogami; notes and statements by Kurosawa, art director Yoshiro Muraki, actor Keiju Kobayashi, and longtime Kurosawa collaborator Teruyo Nogami, and an essay by film critic Michael Sragow.

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January 30

The Arrangement (1969) Dir.: Elia Kazan; Kirk Douglas, Faye Dunaway, Deborah Kerr, Richard Boone, Hume Cronyn. Extras: Vintage behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of "The Arrangement." (Warner).
Band of Angels (1957) Dir.: Raoul Walsh; Clark Gable, Yvonne De Carlo, Sidney Poitier, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Rex Reason. (Warner).
Benny Hill Complete & Unadulterated Set 6 (1986-89) Three-disc set with eight episodes never before seen in their entirety in the States, $49.95. Extras: "Hill's Angels: In Conversation," "The Benny Hill Cheeky Challenge Trivia Quiz #6." (A&E Home Video).
The Big Valley: Season Two, Volume One Three-disc set with the first 15 episodes from the second season, $39.98. (Fox).
Caprice (1967) Dir.: Frank Tashlin; Doris Day, Richard Harris, Ray Walston, Jack Kruschen. (Fox).
Catch a Fire (2006) Dir.: Phillip Noyce; Tim Robbins, Derek Luke, Bonnie Mbuli, Mncedisi Shabangu, Tumisho Masha, Sithembiso Khumalo, Terry Pheto. (Universal),
The Chatterley Affair (2006) BBC drama inspired by D.H. Lawrence's banned novel. (Acorn Media).
Cousin Bette (1971) BBC miniseries based on Honore de Balzac's novel; two-disc set $39.99. (Acorn Media).
Dallas: The Complete Sixth Season Five-disc set with 28 episodes, $39.98. Extras: "Power and Influence: The Dallas Legacy, Exploring the Show's Pop-Culture Influence Then and Now" featurette. (Warner).
Desperate Crossing: The Untold Story of the Mayflower (2006 --TV) Paul Drinan, Erin Raftery, Sam Redford. $24.95. Extras: Behind-the-scenes documentary, deleted scenes, outtakes. (A&E Home Video).
Diary of a Worm ... And More Great Animal Tales The title story and three more animal tales in the series of titles that offer careful adaptations of children's books; $14.95. (Scholastic Video Collection).
The Doctor, the Tornado & the Kentucky Kid (2006) Documentary about the biggest motorcycle race in American history, the 2005 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Laguna Seca, California; $29.95. Extras: Additional scenes, interactive racing. (Docurama).
Do Not Disturb (1965) Doris Day, Rod Taylor. (Fox).
Drive-In Double Feature: Assassination in Rome/Espionage in Tangiers "Assassination in Rome" (1965) Cyd Charisse, Hugh O'Brian; "Espionage in Tangiers" (1965) Luis Davila, Jose Greci;; $14.98. (Dark Sky Films/MPI Home Video).
ER: The Complete Sixth Season Six-disc set with 22 episodes, $49.98. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).
The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) Dir.: Steven Kloves; Jeff Bridges, Michelle Pfeiffer, Beau Bridges. (MGM).
Facing the Giants (2006) James Blackwell, Bailey Cave, Shannen Fields, Tracy Goode, Alex Kendrick, Jim McBride. A losing coach with an underdog football team faces their giants of fear and failure on and off the field to surprising results. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Behind the Scenes of Facing the Giants," filmmaker commentary, "Fumbles, Funnies, and Other Fun Stuff," interview with Mark Richt, University of Georgia Bulldogs Football Coach. (Sony).
The Festival (2005 -- TV) Six-part mocumentary series about a filmmaker who hitchhikes his way to the impossibly pretentious Mountain United Film Festival (M.U.F.F), clutching the only copy of his first feature, "The Unreasonable Truth of Butterflies"; $24.95. (Docurama).
Flyboys (2006) James Franco, Martin Henderson, Jennifer Decker, Jean Reno, David Ellison, Mac McDonald, Tcheky Karyo, Ian Rose. Single-disc and two-disc Collector's Edition. Extras: Commentary by director Tony Bill and producer Dean Devlin. Collector's edition adds "Real Heroes: The Lafayette Escadrille" featurette, "The Diary of a Miniature Stunt Pilot" spoof featurette, "Whiskey and Soda: The Lion Mascots" featurette, "Taking Flight: The Making of Aerial Battle Sequences" featurette, "The Real Planes of Flyboys" featurette, deleted scenes, "The Flyboys Ride With the Air Force Thunderbirds & the Navy Blue Angels" featurette, DVD-ROM game. (MGM).
The Gathering (2002) Christina Ricci, Ioan Gruffudd, Stephen Dillane. Thriller about a backpacking American girl hit by a car in the English countryside who recovers in a small village that holds a horrific secret. (The Weinstein Co./Genius Products).
Glow Ropes: The Rise and Fall of a Bar Mitzvah Emcee (2005) Mocumentary about the cutthroat world of ambitious event planners and performers. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).
Gymkata (1985) Kurt Thomas, Tetchie Agbayani, Richard Norton, Edward Bell, John Barrett. (Warner).
Lives of the Saints (2004 -- TV ) Sophia Loren, Fab Filippo, Jessica Pare, Sabrina Ferilli, Kris Kristofferson, Nick Mancuso, Michael A. Miranda. Hallmark Channel miniseries; a tale of betrayal, suicide and forgiveness, spanning 30 years in the life of a young Italian man.(MTI Home Video).
Looker (1981) Dir.: Michael Crichton; Albert Finney, James Coburn, Susan Dey, Leigh Taylor-Young, Dorian Harewood, Tim Rossovich, Darryl Hickman. (Warner).
Lucky Louie: The Complete First Season Two-disc set with 12 episodes, $29.98. Extras: "A Week in the Life of Louie" behind-the-scenes featurette, unaired episode. (HBO Video).
Madame Curie (1943) Dir.: Mervyn LeRoy; Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Reginald Owen, Henry Travers, Van Johnson, Margaret O'Brien. Extras: 1937 MGM short "The Romance of Radium," Greer Garson trailer gallery. (Warner).
The Marine (2006) John Cena, Kelly Carlson, Jeff Chase, Jon Bennett, Abigail Bianca, Troy Brenna, Ashley Lyons, Anthony Ray Parker, Robert Patrick, Drew Powell, Kelly Steves. In rated and unrated editions. Extras: Both versions include "Declassified: The Making of The Marine" featurette; the unrated version includes "World Premiere at Camp Pendleton" featurette, four featurettes on WWE champion John Cena, 11 WWE promotional features, "Stuck in the Elevator" Easter egg.(Fox).
Michael Bolton: My Secret Passion (2007) The pop singer-songwriter sings songs from his secret passion, recorded live from the beautiful stage of the Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, Italy, May 5, 1998; $24.99. (Kultur International).
Motel (2005) Sung Kang, Samantha Futerman, Jeffrey Chyau, Jade Wu. Indie film about the trials and tribulations of a 13-year-old boy who works at his parents' sleazy motel. Extras: Commentary by director Michael Kang and actors Sung Kang and Jeffrey Chyau, behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes. (Palm Pictures).
Move Over, Darling (1963) Doris Day, James Garner, Polly Bergen, Thelma Ritter, Fred Clark, Don Knotts. (Fox).
One Night With the King (2006) Tiffany Dupont, Luke Goss, John Noble, Omar Sharif, John Rhys-Davies, Peter O'Toole. (Fox Faith).
Open Season (2006) Voices of Martin Lawrence, Ashton Kutcher, Debra Messing, Gary Sinise, Billy Connolly, Jon Favreau, Patrick Warburton, Jane Krakowski, Gordon Tootoosis, Georgia Engel. Extras: Filmmaker commentary; "Boog and Elliot's Midnight Bun Run" new animated short; "Wheel of Fortune Forest Edition Game" featuring Boog, Elliot and McSquizzy; "I Wanna Lose Control" music video of the Death Ray song from the soundtrack; "The Voices Inside the Stars" behind-the-scenes montage of the vocal talent set to music; "Inside the Animals Studio" commentary presented as if the characters were real actors discussing their experiences during the "shooting" of the movie; "Behind the Trees" behind-the-scenes featurette; "Swept Away" interactive multi-angle activity; photo gallery; storyboards; "Voice-a-Rama" activity in which the viewer can select from an array of different accents for the characters; ROM links. Also available on Blue-ray. (Sony).
The Pedro Almodovar Collection Eight-disc set with "All About My Mother" (1999), "Bad Education" (2004), "Talk to Her" (2002), "The Flower of My Secret" (1995), "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" (1988), "Live Flesh" (1997), "Law of Desire (1999) and "Matador" (1986); $117.95. (Sony).
Phyllis Diller: Not Just Another Pretty Face Spotlights Diller's brand of humor from the 1960s. Includes guest appearances by Frankie Avalon, Joe Besser, Annette Funicello, Phil Harris, The King Family, Kirk Kirkham, Dean Martin, Don Rickles, and Terry-Thomas. $14.98. (MPI Home Video).
Prey (2006) Conner Dowds, Bridget Moynahan, Carly Schroeder, Peter Weller. An American family on holiday in Africa becomes lost in a game reserve and stalked by lions. (The Weinstein Co./Genius Products).
Roots of Resistance: The Story Behind the Underground Railroad (1990) American Experience special tells the history of a clandestine network of black and whites willing to risk their lives to assist those slaves whose desperation drove them to escape, told through the narratives of escaped slaves and recollections of those descended from the Railroad's courageous "passengers." (WGBH Boston Video).
The Sensational 70s DVD Collection Video scrapbook of the events and people that shaped our views and culture during the "Me" decade. Four-disc set, $39.98. (MPI Home Video).
The Silence of the Lambs Collector's Edition (1991) Dir.: Jonathan Demme; Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Anthony Heald, Ted Levine. Two-disc set. Extras: "Inside the Labyrinth: Making of The Silence of the Lambs," "The Silence of the Lambs: Page to Screen (Two-part documentary), "Jonathan Demme & Jodie Foster" (Three-part documentary), "Scoring the Silence," original 1991 "making of" featurette, deleted scenes, outtakes reel, Anthony Hopkins phone message, photo gallery. (MGM).
Smokey Robinson: The Greatest Hits Live (2007) Smokey Robinson performs his greatest hits Including, "Tears of a Clown," "Shop Around," "I Second That Emotion," "Ooo Baby Baby" and more, before a live audience in Las Vegas in 1998; $14.99. (SRO Entertainment).
Suzanne's Diary For Nicholas (2005 -- TV) Christina Applegate, Johnathon Schaech, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Jenna Friedenberg. Tear-jerker about a New York book editor who falls for a man who breaks off their relationship and sends her a copy of a diary written by his wife to their son.(Anchor Bay).
Tim Conway: Timeless Comedy Collection of TV clips from the 1960s; $14.98. (MPI Home Video).
Unknown (2006) Jim Caviezel, Greg Kinnear, Bridget Moynahan, Joe Pantoliano, Barry Pepper, Jeremy Sisto, Peter Stormare. Five men wake up in a locked-down warehouse with no memory of who they are; they're forced to figure out who is good and who is bad to stay alive. Extras: Deleted scenes. (The Weinstein Co./Genius Products).
The Very Best of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Live In Concert 30th anniversary concert taped in 1992 in Atlantic City, $14.99. (SRO Entertainment).

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