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May 5

Best of Elmo's World Volume 2 (2008) Three-disc set with episodes filled with answers to life's pressing questions: What is the Noodle's family dance? What does Cookie Monster get in the mail? Why are food, water and exercise essential parts of life? And can going to school actually be fun? $29.93. Extras: Interactive activities. (Sesame Workshop/Genius Products).


Bleak House Special Edition (2005) Gillian Anderson, Charles Dance, Denis Lawson. Eight-hour PBS/Masterpiece miniseries directed by Andrew Davis. Extras: Commentary, interviews. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
Boston Legal: Season Five (2008) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $49.98. Extras:
Chandni Chowk to China (2009 -- India) Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Gordon Liu. Bollywood action-comedy about a simple cook from Chandni Chowk mistaken for the reincarnation of an ancient peasant warrior Liu Shengh by residents of an oppressed Chinese village. Extras: Additional scenes. (Warner).
Crusoe: The Complete Series (2008) Three-disc set with 13 episodes, $29.98. (Universal).
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) Dir.: David Fincher; Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Taraji P. Henson, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas, Julia Ormond.Available as a single-disc DVD and two-disc DVD and Blu-ray sets. Two-disc extras: Commentary by David Fincher' "The Curious Birth of Benjamin Button" four-part documentary: Director David Fincher introduces the surprising beginnings of the film including the casting of Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, the decision to change the location of the story to New Orleans and more; behind-the-production; visual effects techniques created specifically for the film that allowed Brad Pitt to play the title character at virtually every age; the film's premiere in New Orleans, with final thoughts from cast and crew. (Paramount).
Doctor Who: The E-Space Trilogy and Doctor Who: Battlefield Three-disc set with 12 episodes of "The E-Space Trilogy" and four episodes of "Battlefield," $34.98. (Warner).
Earth: Final Conflict Season One (1997-98) Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $39.98. Extras: Commentaries. (Universal)
Enchanted April (1982) Dir.: Mike Newell; Josie Lawrence, Miranda Richardson, Joan Plowright, Polly Walker, Alfred Molina. Two proper Englishwomen find romance, hope and renewal in the Italian countryside when they go on vacation to temporarily escape their drab lives and inattentive husbands. Extras: Commentary with director Mike Newell and producer Ann Scott. (Disney).
Flirting With Forty (2008) Heather Locklear, Robert Buckley, Vanessa A. Williams, Cameron Bancroft. Lifetime Television movie about a divorced mother of two, on the brink of her 40th birthday, who decides to treat herself to a tropical getaway, where she has a sizzling romance with a much younger man. (Sony).
Florence Nightingale (1985) Jaclyn Smith, Timothy Dalton, Brian Cox. TV miniseries based on the real life British nursing pioneer. (Sony).
Gavin & Stacey Season One (2008) Six episodes of the BBC America romantic comedy series, $24.98. (Warner).
Gigantor: The Collection Volume 1 (1964) Four-disc set with 26 episodes. Never fear, the great Gigantor returns this spring to save the world from evil criminals, enemy robots and hostile aliens. The influential cartoon series about a giant heroic robot and the young boy that controls him blazed a new trail for Japanese animation in America. Long unavailable on home video. $39.98. Extras: Interviews, commentary, four Gigantor comics, collectible booklet. (E1 Entertainment).
A Grin Without a Cat (Le Fond de l'Air est Rouge) (1977/1993) "A Grin Without a Cat" (the English release title refers to Lewis Carroll's Cheshire Cat) is Chris Marker's magnum opus: a three-hour overview of the success and failure of the left during the Sixties and Seventies. It was originally produced in 1977 and then updated in 1993, following the demise of the Soviet Union. Marker interweaves footage from the Vietnam War and the antiwar protests, May '68 in Paris, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, Salvador Allende and the coup in Chile, Che Guevara and Regis Debray in Bolivia, the Shah of Iran, Fidel Castro, more. With the voices of Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Cornewell, Cyril Cusack, Laurence Cuviillier, Davos Hanich, Vilma Hollingbury, Robert Kramer, John Laurenson, Alfred Lynch, François Maspero, Yves Montand, Francois Perrier, Sandra Scarnati, Jorge Semprun, Simone Signoret and Charlotte Trench. $29.98. Extras: Booklet featuring a new essay by Chris Marker. (Icarus Films Home Video).
HIT Favorites: Playtime Pals Six episodes each from Thomas & Friends, Barney, Fifi and the Flowertots, Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam and Kipper; $14.98. (HIT/Lionsgate).
Imagination Movers Warehouse Mouse Edition (2008) Four episodes from Playhouse Disney's series starring New Orleans' favorite alternative rock band for preschoolers, the Imagination Movers, who identify an "idea emergency" and then brainstorm problem-solving techniques, test out possible solutions and by the end of each episode, have used teamwork to solve the problem. $19.99. (Disney).
Incendiary (2008) Michelle Williams, Ewan McGregor. An adulterous woman's life is torn apart when her husband and infant son are killed in a suicide bombing at a soccer match. (Image Entertainment).
Ivanhoe (1982) James Mason, Sam Neill, Olivia Hussey. CBS miniseries based on the classic story by Sir Walter Scott. (Sony).
Jon & Kate Plus Ei8ht Season 4, Volume 1: The Wedding (2008-09) Three-disc set with 23 episodes, $27.95. Extras: "Jon & Kate's Hawaiian Wedding Album." (TLC/Genius Products).
Last Chance Harvey (2008) Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Eileen Atkins, Liane Balaban, James Brolin, Kathy Baker, Richard Schiff. Extras: Commentary by writer-director Joel Hopkins and Hoffman and Thompson, "An Unconventional Love Story: The Making of Last Chance Harvey" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc.
Lipstick Jungle: Season Two (2008-09) Three-disc set with 13 episodes, $29.98. <(Universal).
A Little Princess (1967) Maureen Lipman. British miniseries that aired on PBS in 1967, adapted from Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic children's novel. (E1 Entertainment).
Living Proof (2008) Harry Connick Jr., Amanda Bynes, Regina King, Jennifer Coolidge, Angie Harmon, Swoosie Kurtz, Bernadette Peters, Amy Madigan. Lifetime movie docudrama about the UCLA oncologist who helped develop the revolutionary breast cancer drug Herceptin. (Sony).
Look (2007) Rhys Coiro, Hayes MacArthur, Giuseppe Andrews, Spencer Redford, Jennifer Fontaine, Heather Hogan, Jamie McShane. There are now about 30 million surveillance cameras generating more than 4 billion hours of footage every week in the United States. And the numbers are only growing. The average American is captured more than 200 times a day -- in department stores, gas stations, changing rooms, and even public bathrooms. No one is spared from the relentless, unblinking eye of cameras hidden in every nook and cranny of day-to-day life. Shot entirely from the point of view of the security cameras, Adam Rifkin's "Look" follows several interweaving, storylines over the course of a random week in a random city: A high school English teacher tries his best to be a decent husband; a department store floor manager uses the warehouse for more than just storage; a Mini-Mart clerk has big dreams; a lawyer struggles with a sexual dilemma; and two sociopaths thrive on ruining the lives of random strangers. Extras: "Look at Look" featurette, deleted scenes, outtakes. (Anchor Bay).
Love Takes Wing (2008) Directed by and starring Lou Diamond Phillips, Cloris Leachman, Sarah Jones, Haylie Duff, Kevin Scott Richardson, Patrick Duffy. The seventh installment of "The Love Comes Softly" Western romance series. (Fox).
McCelod's Daughters: The Complete Eighth Season (2008) Six-disc set with 22 episodes of the hit Australian series about the strong-willed women of Dover's Run; this is the final season; $59.98. (E1 Entertainment).
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey's Big Splash (2009) Four episodes of the Playhouse Disney animated series for kids 2 to 5, $19.99. Extras: "Fun in the Sun With Mickey and the Gang" game. (Disney).
The Note II: Taking a Chance on Love (2008) Genie Francis, Ted McGinley, Katie Boland, John Bregar, Genelle Williams. Hallmark Channel original movie sequel to 2007's successful "The Note." Extras: "How It All Started" featurette, interviews. (Sony).
October Road: The Complete Second Season (2007) Three-disc set with 13 episodes, $34.99. Extras: "Road's End: The Final Chapter" featurette, "Bumps in the Road" bloopers, "The Scenic Route: A Behind-the-Scenes Tour." (Disney).
The Old Curiosity Shop (2007) Sir Derek Jacobi, Toby Jones, Sophie Vavasseur, Gina McKee, Martin Freeman, Zoe Wanamaker. PBS/Masterpiece Theatre adaptation of the Dickens classic; $19.98. (Warner).
A Plumm Summer (2007) William Baldwin, Henry Winkler, Lisa Guerrero, Chris Massoglia, Owen Pearce. Family-friendly film about two young brothers, Elliott and Rocky Plumm, who embark on an adventure to find out who frog-napped the famous TV marionette Froggy Doo. Based on a true story. Extras: Commentary by writer-director Caroline Zelder and writer-producer Frank Antonelli, gag reel, deleted scenes, more. (Paramount).
Ralphie May: Austin-Tatious (2008) Comedy Central special starring the comedian who debuted on Season One of "Last Comic Standing", $14.98. (Image Entertainment).
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Volume 2 Four episodes (No. 5-8) from the first season of the CBS Saturday morning animated series; $14.97. (Warner).
Smother (2008) Diane Keaton, Dax Shepard, Liv Tyler. When Noah Cooper is fired from his job as a therapist, he thinks his day can't possibly get worse, but when he arrives home to his wife, he discovers his overbearing mother has moved in with her five dogs in tow. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Universal).
photo TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection Wave 2 Six four-title sets, $27.92 each from Warner:
TCM Greatest Classics: Musicals "Singin' in the Rain," "Easter Parade," "The Band Wagon," "Meet Me in St. Louis."
TCM Greatest Classics: Musicals 2
"Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," "Annie Get Your Gun," "Show Boat," "Kiss Me Kate."
TCM Greatest Classics: Westerns "Jeremiah Johnson," "Train Robbers," "The Wild Bunch," "McCabe & Mrs. Miller."
TCM Greatest Classics: Westerns 2 "The Searchers," "Stagecoach," "Rio Bravo," "Cowboys."
TCM Greatest Classics: War 1 "Kelly's Heroes," "The Dirty Dozen," "Where Eagles Dare," "Battleground."
TCM Greatest Classics: War 2
"The Green Berets," "Destination Tokyo," "Battan," "Back to Battan."
That Girl Season Five (1970-71) Four-disc set with all 24 episodes of the final season, $39.99. Extras: Commentary by Marlo Thomas and series co-creator Bill Persky. (Shout! Factory).
The Ultimate Charles Dickens Collection Ten-disc set with five PBS/Masterpiece Theatre Dickens telefilms: "Bleak House," "Great expectations," "Oliver Twist," "The Old Curiosity Shop" and "Little Dorritt," $119.98. Packaged in a vintage-style book. (Warner).

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May 12

The Best of Star Trek: The Original Series Single disc with "The Trouble with Tribbles," "Amok Time," "The City on the Edge of Forever" and "Balance of Terror," $14.99. Just in time for the big-screen debut of the remake of "Star Trek." (Paramount).
The Best of Star Trek: The Next Generation Single disc with the two-part "The Best of Both Worlds," "Yesterday's Enterprise" and "The Measure of a Man," $14.99. Just in me for the big-screen debut of the remake of "Star Trek." (Paramount).
Bombs, Bullets & Fraud (2009) Documentary on the little-known but important U.S. Postal Inspectors Unit (founded in 1772) that inspects packages that contain items that are downright bizarre and occasionally lethal. $14.98. (Smithsonian Networks/Infinity Entertainment).
B.T.K. (2008) Kane Hodder, Amy Lyndon. Real-life Dennis L. Rader lived an apparently normal life in Wichita, Kansas. An upstanding citizen, he was a husband, father of two, worked a good job and was president of his church. But he lead a gruesome double life, managing to keep his Jekyll and Hyde personality a secret for more than 30 years (killing from 1974-91) and evading capture until 2005. He was dubbed the B.T.K killer because he bound, tortured and killed his victims. Extras: Commentary, stills gallery. (Barnholtz Entertainment/Lionsgate).
Crips and Bloods: Made in America (2008) Documentary investigates why the streets of South Central Los Angeles have seen more than 15,000 people murdered in an ongoing cycle of gang violence over the past 30 years. Narrated by Forest Whitaker. Directed by Stacy Peralta, acclaimed director of "Dogtown and Z-Boys" and "Riding Giants." $19.95. (Docurama).
Dadnapped and Hatching Pete Double feature of Disney Channel Original Movies. In "Dadnapped," 14-year-old Melissa (Emily Osment) is struggling with a unique kind of sibling rivalry: she has to compete with teenage spy Tripp Zoome, the main character in her father's best-selling novels. But when he's abducted by overzealous fanboys and falls into the clutches of a pair of sinister brothers, Melissa has to rescue her dad. In "Hatching Pete," a bashful high school student finds fame as a high-flying poultry impersonator. $29.99. (Disney).
The Dana Carvey Show (1996) Two-disc set with all seven episodes of the show that was ahead of it's time, highlighting the talents of Carvey, Steve Carrell and Stephen Colbert. $24.99. Extras: Unaired eighth episode, new Interviews with Dana Carvey and executive producer Robert Smigel, deleted scenes. (Shout! Factory).
Disney Animation Collection Volume 4: The Tortoise and the Hare Classic Disney film restored; includes five bonus shorts; $19.99. (Disney).
Disney Animation Collection Volume 5: Wind in the Willows Classic Disney film restored; includes five bonus shorts; $19.99. (Disney).
Disney Animation Collection Volume 6: The Reluctant Dragon Classic Disney film restored; includes three bonus shorts; $19.99. (Disney).
Eclipse Series 16: Alexander Korda's Private Lives No frills four-disc box set with "The Private Life of Henry VIII" (1933), "The Rise of Catherine the Great" (1934), "The Private Life of Don Juan" (1934), and "Rembrandt (1936); $59.95. (The Criterion Collection).
Galaxy Quest Deluxe Edition (1999) Tim Allen Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Enrico Colantoni, Daryl Mitchell, Justin Long. Tenth anniversary edition. Extras: "Historical Documents: The Story of Galaxy Quest," "Never Give Up, Never Surrender: The Intrepid Crew of the NSEA Protector," "By Grabthar's Hammer, What Amazing Effects," "Alien School -- Creating the Thermian Race," "Actors in Space," "Sigourney Weaver Raps," deleted scenes, Thermian audio track. (Paramount).
Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts (2009) Academy Award nominated filmmaker Scott Hicks' documentary about the composer Philip Glass to celebrate his 70th birthday in 2007. Features performance footage of Glass' seminal collaboration with avant-guard stage director Robert Wilson, interviews with former partners JoAnne Akalaitis and Holly Critchlow, artist Chuck Close, musician Nico Muhly and film directors Woody Allen, Errol Morris, Godfrey Reggio and Martin Scorsese. $29.98. (Koch Lorber).
Gothkill (2009) Features a willing cast of New York underground and avant guard music and fetish performers, including Flambeaux, Eve Blackwater, and Mistress Juliya. When Catholic Priest and Inquisitor Nicholas Dread finds out that innocents are being burned as witches he decides to do something about it. Unfortunately for him, his superiors don't agree and he's burned at the stake alongside two women he forced confessions from. While dying, Nick curses god and makes a pact with Satan to reign over his own kingdom someday at any cost. Now, in 21st century New York City, Dread has returned to finish the deal. Can a group of Goths and wanna-be vampires hold their own when the real thing arrives? $19.95. (MVD Visual/Wild Eye Releasing).
The Grudge 3 (2009) Shawnee Smith, Marina Sirtis. Third installment in the "Grudge" series. Kayako and Toshio's curse continues by haunting "The Grudge 2's" only survivor, Jake, who's now confined to a psychiatric hospital after his family's alleged suicide. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Tokyagoaria" featurette, "The Curse Continues" featurette. (Sony).
How It All Went Down (2003) Silvio Pollio, Daniella Evangelista, Alistair Abel, David Lewis. A reformed criminal decides to try his hand at filmmaking but the closed doors in Hollywood forces him to return to the world of illegal drugs, guns and prostitution to raise the money to bring his story to the screen. Extras: Deleted scenes. (E1 Entertainment).
The Jeff Foxworthy Show: The Complete Second Season (1996-97) Two-disc set with 23 episodes, $19.94. (Sony).
Just Another Love Story (2007 -- Danish) Anders W. Berthelsen, Charlotte Fich, Rebecka Hemse, Nikolaj Lie Kaas. Far from a typical love story. A crime scene photographer's subjects are corpses -- a fitting occupation for a man who leads a deadening suburban existence with his wife and family. When a car accident he witnesses brings the possibility of change, Jonas takes a special interest in the victim, Julia and visits the comatose young woman at the hospital. When mistaken by Julia's family for her boyfriend Sebastian -- whom they've never met -- Jonas readily steps into the role and helps to nurse the amnesia-afflicted Julia back to health, falling in love in the process. What had been a light-hearted tale of mistaken identity turns deadly serious when the real Sebastian shows up, Julia begins to remember and hard questions start being asked. (Koch Lorber).
Loose at the Zoo (2009) Kids can meet the babies at Washington D.C.'s National Zoo with these three episodes of "Loose at the Zoo": "Baby New at the Zoo," "Loose at the Zoo: Golden Lion Tamarins" and "Tiger Tales"; $14.98. (Smithsonian Networks/Infinity Entertainment).
Lying (2006) Chloe Sevigny, Leelee Sobieski, Jena Malone, Halley Wegryn Gross, Maya Goldsmith. Explores the interaction of four women -- strangers -- spending a long weekend together in the countryside. Extras: Commentary by Jena Malone, Chloe Sevigny, director M. Blash, and producer David Guy Levy. (Virgil Films & Entertainment and Arthouse Films).
Lovejoy: The Complete Season 5 (1993) Four-disc set with 14 episodes of the crime-solving antiques dealer, starring Ian McShane, $69.98 (Warner).
Operation Valkyrie (AKA Stauffenberg) (2004 -- Germany) Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tuku, Hardy Krüger Jr., Christopher Buchholz. A group of German high command officers plot a 1944 assassination attempt against Adolf Hitler. The remarkable true story inspired the 2008 United Artists film "Valkyrie," starring Tom Cruise. Extras: "The Making of Operation Valkyrie" featurette. (The Weinstein Co./Genius Products).
Passengers (2008) Anne Hathaway, Patrick, Andre Braugher, Clea DuVall, Dianne Wiest. After a plane crash, a young therapist, Claire, is assigned by her mentor to counsel the flight's five survivors. When they share their recollections of the incident -- which some say include an explosion that the airline claims never happened -- Claire is intrigued by Eric, the most secretive of the passengers. Just as Claire's professional relationship with Eric -- despite her better judgment -- blossoms into a romance, the survivors begin to disappear mysteriously, one by one. Extras: Commentary by director Rodrigo Garcia and Patrick Wilson, deleted scenes, "The Manifest & Making of Passengers," "Analysis of the Plane Crash." (Sony).
Pie in the Sky Series 1 (1994) British detective series stars Richard Griffiths as cop-cum-chef Henry Crabbe with Maggie Steed as his non-foodie and long-suffering wife. "Pie in the Sky" debuted on BBC1 in the U.K. in March 1994 and aired for five series. Three-disc set with 10 episodes, $49.99. (Acorn Media)
Plague Town (2008) Josslyn DeCrosta, Erica Rhodes, David Lombard. An American family visiting their Irish roots accidentally stumbles on a horde of bloodthirsty mutant children. Extras: Commentary, "A Visit to Plague Town" and "The Sounds of Plague Town" featurettes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Dark Sky Films/MPI Media Group).
S. Darko (2008) Daveigh Chase, Ed Westwick, Briana Evigan, Jackson Rathbone. Sequel of sorts to "Donnie Darko." Seven years after her brother's death, Samantha Darko is on the run ... from her shattered home, from her bizarre past, and even from herself. But when she and her friend Corey are stranded in a desert town, they witness a meteorite crash that fractures time ... and begins a countdown to the end of the world. Extras: Commentary, deleted scenes, "The Making of S. Darko," "Utah Too Much." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy (2009) Creator MacFarlane takes "Family Guy" and "American Dad" to the next, inappropriate, laugh-out-loud level with 50 shorts highlighting all-new classic characters, "Family Guy" voice talent and hilarious pop culture parodies of Jesus Christ, Bob Dylan, Ted Nugent, Quentin Tarantino, Super Mario, Jeff Goldblum and more. The irreverent animated shorts that originally aired on YouTube and SethComedy.com are also included but now completely unedited and uncensored. $22.98. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
Taken (2009) Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, Goran Kostic, Katie Cassidy. Extras: Commentary by director Pierre Morel, writer Robert Mark Kamen, and cinematographers Michel Abramowicz and Michel Julienne; making-of featurette; "Inside Action" featurette; "Avant Premeire"; digital copy. Available as a single-disc standard DVD, a two-disc extended cut edition, and a two-disc extended cut Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
3 Mo' Divas (2008) In this live performance from their widely popular, ongoing tour, there's nothing the three divas -- sopranos Nova Y. Payton and Jamet Pittman and mezzo-soprano Laurice Lanieran -- can't sing, from soaring opera to show tunes, jubilant gospel, jazz, blues, and more. "3 Mo' Divas" was broadcast on HDNet in fall 2008 and as a PBS special in March 2009; $24.99. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Acorn Media).
Train Master (2008) Michael Biesanz, Jonathan Hall, Mercedes Rose, Elijah Nelson. Family adventure about a railroad magnate and the train master he fired who must team up to save their grandchildren on a runaway train. Extras: Commentary, bloopers,behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes. (MTI Home Video).
Two and a Half Men: The Complete Fifth Season (2007-08) Three-disc set with 19 episodes, $44.98. Extras: "Two and a Half Men at 100" featurette, "The Lore of Chuck Lorre: Must Pause TV -- The Genesis and Evolution of His Vanity Cards at the End of Each Episode." (Warner).
Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans (2008) Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy, Rhona Mitra "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans -- From Script to Screen" featurette, "The Origin of the Feud" featurette, music video: "Deathclub" by William Control, filmmakers' commentary. Extras: "From Script to Screen" featurette, "The Origin of the Feud" featurette, "Re-Creating the Dark Ages -- The Look of Underworld: Rise of the Lycans" featurette, music video "Deathclub" by William Control, commentary. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
Wise Blood (1979) Dir.: John Huston; Brad Dourif, Harry Dean Stanton, Ned Beatty, William Hickey. New, restored high-definition digital transfer. In this acclaimed adaptation of the first novel by legendary Southern writer Flannery O'Connor, John Huston brings to life a world of vivid, poetic American eccentricity. Brad Dourif is Hazel Motes, who, fresh out of the army, attempts to open the first Church Without Christ in the small town of Taulkinham. Populated with inspired performances that seem to spring right from O'Connor's pages, Huston's "Wise Blood" is an incisive portrait of spirituality and evangelicalism, as well as a faithful, loving evocation of one writer's vision. Extras: New interviews with actor Brad Dourif, writer Benedict Fitzgerald, and writer-producer Michael Fitzgerald; rare archival audio recording of author Flannery O'Connor reading her short story "A Good Man Is Hard to Find"; "Creativity With Bill Moyers: "John Huston," a 28-minute television program from 1982 in which the director discusses his life and work; booklet featuring an essay by author Francine Prose. (The Criterion Collection).
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Wubbzy's Big Movie! (2008) Feature-length animated adventures of everyone's favorite resident of Wuzzleburg, spotlighting seven episodes stitched together with original footage; from the Nick Jr. pre-school series; $16.98. Extras: DVD-Rom game, coloring pages, printable activities. (Anchor Bay).

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May 19

Billy Jack (1971) Tom Laughlin. (Warner).
Bunny Chow (2006 -- South Africa) Shot in a cinema verite style and using the street food "bunny chow" as a metaphor for contemporary Johannesburg's mix of races, cultures and attitudes, this edgy, urban comedy envisions a nation through the eyes of its future, rather than the tragedy of its past. (First Run Features).
Deflating the Elephant: Framed Messages Behind Conservative Dialogue (2008) Provides an insightful look at the last 35 years of political discourse: the scare tactics and use of Orwellian language to embed conservative principles into the minds of America. New York Times best-selling author George Lakoff's theories on language and "framing" presents a thesis on "how conservatives have monopolized the national dialogue, through the use of repetition and reinforcement of deceptive terminology. Concepts such as 'free market,' 'tax relief,' and 'war on terror,' which dominate the right-wing ideology, have made once independent thinkers susceptible to false arguments and non-existent myths." Narrated by Sean Penn. $19.95. (Cinema Libre Studio).
Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts (2009) Kyla Pratt. Animal-whisperer Maya Dolittle and Lucky the Dog are off on a new adventure, taking them inside the world of Hollywood glitz and glamor in this third direct-to-video sequel in the Dolittle franchise. Extras: "Tiffany's Tricked Out Cell Phone" featurette, "No Business Like Show Business" featurette, "Star Tours: Dolittle Style" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
Driven to Kill (2009) Latest Steven Seagal direct-to-video outing. Reformed Russian "Mafioso" turned crime novelist Ruslan (Seagal) returns home to discover his estranged daughter is marrying the son of his age-old nemesis -- East Coast Russian mafia leader Mikhail Arban. Ruslan's dark criminal past takes him to the wedding celebration where he finds his ex-wife is gunned down in cold blood and his daughter fighting for her life. Enraged and hungry for justice, Ruslan returns to his criminal past and the life he once knew to get the ultimate revenge. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
El Dorado (1966) Dir.: Howard Hawks; John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, James Caan. Paramount Centennial Collection two-disc set. Extras: Commentary by Peter Bogdanovich; commentary by critic and film historian Richard Schickel featuring actor Ed Asner and author Todd McCarthy; 10 featurettes: "Ride, Boldly Ride: The Journey of El Dorado," "The Paradigm of an Entertainer," "Stealing from Himself," "A Taciturn Man," "Professional Courtesy," "Spotlight: James Caan," "The Duke, the Grey Fox and Pappy," "An Old-Age Masterpiece," The Artist and the American West" (1967), "Behind the Gates: A.C. Lyles Remembers John Wayne"; production and lobby card galleries. (Paramount).
Fanboys (2009) Sam Huntington, Chris Marquette, Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel, Kristen Bell with cameo appearances by Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Ray Park, Seth Rogen, Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Justin Long, Christopher MacDonald, Danny Trejo, Jamie King, Ethan Suplee, and William Shatner. Comedy about a group of Star Wars fans' attempt to break into George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch to see "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace" a full six months before its worldwide release. Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary by cast and crew, "The Truth about Fanboys," "Star Wars Parallel," "Four Fanboys & One Fangirl," "Disturbances in the Force: A Series of Webisodes," "The Ultimate Fanboy Contest Winner." (The Weinstein Co./Genius Products).
Friday Night Lights: The Third Season (2008-09) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $29.98. (Universal).
The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) Dir.: Peter Yates; Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle, Alex Rocco, Richard Jordan. New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Yates. In one of the best performances of his legendary career, Robert Mitchum plays small-time gunrunner Eddie "Fingers" Coyle in Peter Yates's adaptation of George V. Higgins's acclaimed novel. World-weary and living hand to mouth, Coyle works on the sidelines of the seedy Boston underworld just to make ends meet. But when he finds himself facing a second stretch of hard time, he's forced to weigh loyalty to his criminal colleagues against snitching to stay free. Directed with a sharp eye for its gritty locales and an open heart for its less-than-heroic characters, this is one of the true treasures of 1970s Hollywood filmmaking -- a suspenseful crime drama in stark, unforgiving daylight. Extras: Commentary featuring Yates, stills gallery, booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Kent Jones and a 1973 on-set profile of Robert Mitchum from Rolling Stone. (The Criterion Collection).
The Great Bank Robbery Collection Single-disc with two new-to-DVD films: "The Great Bank Hoax" (1978) with Richard Basehart, Ned Beatty and Burgess Meredith; and "The Great Bank Robbery" (1969) with Akim Tamiroff, Zero Mostel. Clint Walker, Kim Novak, Larry Storch. $14.97. (Warner).
Infected (2008) Gil Bellows, Judd Nelson, Isabella Rossellini, Maxim Roy. Two Boston reporters uncover the scoop of their lives: Aliens from outer space are infecting high-echelon government officials. (Image Entertainment).
The Invisibles (2008) British actors Anthony Head and Warren Clarke star as a pair of aging, big-hearted retired thieves who decide to take another crack at crime. Filled with heists, hijinks, and humor about being over the hill, the series aired on BBC1 in the U.K. in the summer of 2008 and is available to U.S. audiences for the first time. Two-disc set with six episodes, $39.99. (Acorn Media).
Jo Koy: Don't Make Him Angry (2009) Comedy Central stand-up special; $16.99. (Paramount).
Kept and Dreamless (2005 -- Argentina) Set during Argentina's economic crisis of the '90s, "Kept and Dreamless" follows 9-year-old Eugenia and her mother, Florencia, who live a seemingly colorful life surrounded by eclectic neighbors and an offbeat collection of family. But for Eugenia, who must deal with her mother's dysfunctional and drug-addled lifestyle, life is anything but pleasant in this darkly inspiring story of expectation, acceptance and nontraditional family. (First Run Features).
Labou (2008) Family-friendly feature about three kids go in search of a ghost pirate and his long lost treasure in the Louisiana swamps. Lost in the bayou after being chased by the ghost of Captain LeRouge, the kids stumble across a lovable little creature named Labou whose home is about to be destroyed by two money hungry oil tycoons. Determined to save the swamps and their new found friend, they devise a plan and enlist the help of the legendary ghost pirate to rid the wetlands of its imposters once and for all. Extras: Commentary by director and writer Greg Aronowitz, producer Sheri Bryant and actor Chris Violette; six featurettes: "Building Labou," "The Casting Process," "The Making of Labou: Part One and Part Two," "The Music of Labou," "Special Effects" and "New Orleans: Points of Interest." (MGM).
Limited Edition T2 Complete Collector's Set Six-disc set packaged with a 14-inch T-800 Endoskull bust that plays sound effects from the film while its eyes light up. Features the "Terminator 2 Skynet Edition" on Blu-ray plus both the Extreme Edition DVD and Ultimate Edition DVDs which, combined, include every T2 special feature ever released on DVD. As a bonus, the Limited Edition T2 Complete Collector's Set comes with a digital copy of the film for iTunes or Windows Media. The release coincides with the theatrical release of "Terminator: Salvation." Extras: Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Lionsgate).
Man Hunt (1941) Dir.: Fritz Lang; Walter Pidgeon, George Sanders, Joan Benett. A classic restored. Walter Pidgeon stars as Captain Thorndike, an English big-game hunter who conceives the fantastic notion of stalking Adolph Hitler for sport. With The Fuhrer in his sight, Thorndike hesitates and debates with himself whether or not to pull the trigger, ultimately being apprehended by the Gestapo during this brief moment of reflection. Thorndike is interrogated and tortured by Nazi officer Major Quive-Smith (George Sanders). Left for dead, his body thrown over a cliff, Thorndike survives and makes his way back to the safety of England. But Quive-Smith pursues Thorndike back to London, where he goes into hiding with a young prostitute (Joan Benett) who has the Nazi spies close in on him. Extras: Commentary by author Patrick McGilligan, "Rogue Male: The Making of Man Hunt," restoration comparison, interactive pressbook, still gallery. (Fox).
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) Dir.: John Ford; John Wayne, James Stewart, Vera Miles, Lee Marvin, Edmond O'Brien, Andy Devine, Ken Murray, John Carradine, Jeanette Nolan. Paramount Centennial Collection two-disc set. Extras: Commentary by Peter Bogdanovich along with his archival recordings with John Ford and James Stewart; eight featurettes: "The Size of Legends, The Soul of Myth," "Changing of the Guard," "The Irascible Poet," "The Hero Doesn't Win," "The Winner Isn't Heroic." "Most Things Happen by Accident," "The Great Protector," "Spotlight: Lee Marvin," "Print the Legend"; galleries: lobby cards, production, John Ford, Publicity. (Paramount).
My Bloody Valentine 3D (2009)Jaime King, Jensen Ackles, Kerr Smith, Edi Gathegi, Kevin Tighe, Megan Boone, Betsey Rue. (Lionsgate).
Outlander (2009) Jim Caviezel, Ron Perlman, John Hurt. Action-packed, sci-fi adventure about an extra-terrestrial who crash lands on Earth in the time of the Vikings. Extras: Deleted scenes; commentary by writer-director Howard McCain, writer Dirk Blackman and producer Chris Roberts and John Schimmel; Visual effects tests, animatics, production design galleries. (The Weinstein Co./Genius Products).
Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)Kevin James, Jayma Mays, Shirley Knight, Raini Rodriguez, Stephen Rannazzisi, Adam Ferrara Extras: Deleted scenes, "Fun on Set" featurette with outtakes, commentary by Kevin James and producer Todd Garner, "Kevin James: Not Your Average Mall Cop" featurette, stunts featurette, behind-the-scenes at the Mall, "On Set With Mike 'Rooftop' Escamilla": behind-the-scenes footage from a pro BMX biker, "Action Sports Junkies" look at the film's extreme sports actors, "Mall Cop Response": A mall security guard takes on a pro skater, "Thoughts With Kevin James" featurette, "Sugar" featurette that follows a free runner through the mall as he races to get Kevin James sugar for his coffee, more. Also available on Blu-ray Disc.
Peyton Place: Part One (1964) Five-disc set with the first 31 episodes of the twice-weekly series, starring Dorothy Malone, Mia Farrow, Ed Nelson, Warner Anderson, Ryan O'Neal, Christopher Connelly, Barbara Parkins and Tim O'Connor; $39.99. (Shout! Factory).
Pigs, Pimps, and Prostitutes: 3 Films By Shohei Imamura (2008) Three-disc set with new, restored high-definition digital transfers of three films by acclaimed director Shohei Imamura: "Pigs and Battleships," "The Insect Woman" and "Intentions of Murder." With the three films in this set Imamura truly emerged as an auteur, bringing to his national cinema an anthropological eye and a heretofore unseen taste for the irreverent. Claiming his interests lay in "the relationship of the lower part of the human body and the lower part of the social structure," Imamura dotted the decade with earthy, juicy, idiosyncratic films featuring persevering, willful heroines. Extras: Introductions on all three films by critic Tony Rayns; conversations between Shohei Imamura and critic Tadao Sato about "The Insect Woman" and "Intentions of Murder"; "Imamura, the Free Thinker," a 1995 episode from the French television series Cineastes de notre temps; Booklets featuring essays by film critics Audie Bock, Dennis Lim, and James Quandt. (The Criterion Collection).
Rat Attack! (2009) Every 48 years, the inhabitants of the remote Indian state of Mizoram suffer a horrendous ordeal known locally as Mautam. An indigenous species of bamboo, blanketing 30 percent of Mizoram's 8,100 square miles, blooms once every half-century, spurring an explosion in the rat population that feeds off the bamboo's fruit. This NOVA-National Geographic Television special captures the massive rat population explosion in vivid detail as they run amok, destroying crops and precipitating a crippling famine throughout Mizoram. $24.99. (PBS Home Video).
Russell Brand in New York City: Extended & Uncensored (2009) Comedy Central stand-up special featuring the British pop icon. Extras: Bran's infamous 2008 MTV "Video Music Awards" monologue, "An Englishman in New York" featurette with man-on-the-street interviews, more. $16.99. (Paramount).
Saturday Morning Cartoons 1960s Volume 1 Two-disc set with episodes from Top Cat, Atom Ant/Precious Pup/Hillbilly Bears, The Peter Potamus Show, Secret Squirrel/Squiddly Diddly/Winsome Witch, The Porky Pig Show, The Quick Draw McGraw Show, The Jetsons, Marine Boy, Space Ghost/Dino Boy, Herculoids, Frankenstein Jr. & The Impossibles, The Magilla Gorilla Show, more. $26.99. (Warner).
Saturday Morning Cartoons 1970s Volume 1 Two-disc set with episodes from The Jetsons, The Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour, Hong Kong Phooey, Goober and the Ghost Chasers, Speed Buggy, Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch, Yogi's Gang, Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan, Roman Holidays, Josie & the Pussycats, The New Scooby-Doo Movies, Funky Phantom. $26.99. (Warner).
Suspense: Ultimate Collection Twelve-disc compilation of all 90 episodes of the anthology series featuring stories of mystery and the macabre, broadcast live from New York on CBS from 1949-1954. The show opened each week with the words "And now, a tale well calculated to keep you in ... suspense," accompanied by the familiar, ominous Bernard Herrmann theme; $49.98. (Infinity Entertainment).
The Top Secret Trial of the Third Reich (1979) In August 1944, the trial of the men who conspired to assassinate Adolf Hitler (the subject of the Tom Cruise film "Valkyrie") began. Under orders from Joseph Goebbels, cameras were hidden in the courtroom, and soon thereafter a propaganda film was released to the public. Unfortunately for the Nazis, the film only generated sympathy for the conspirators, who were sentenced to death by the judge. Realizing his miscalculation, Goebbels ordered the film destroyed. But one print has been found. Featuring footage and sound documentation never seen before in this country, "The Top Secret Trial of the Third Reich" finally reveals the secret history of Germany's home-grown resistance. $24.95. (First Run features).
The Town That Was (2007) Documentary about Centralia, Pennsylvania, once a thriving mining town of over 3,000, turned modern-day ghost town following a trash fire in 1962 that ignited a seam of anthracite coal and has been burning ever since. Visit the infamous place that inspired the 2006 horror film "Silent Hill"; $22.95. (Cinevolve Studios).
Treasury of 25 Storybook Classics: Dinosaurs, Trucks, Monsters ... And More Action-packed collection, filled with rousing tales of prehistoric creatures, roaring vehicles and daredevil rodents. Scholastic Storybook Treasures four-disc set includes "How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight ... and More Great Dino Tales"; "I Stink ... And More Great Stories on Wheels"; "Pete's a Pizza ... And More Great Kids' Stories"; and "The Mouse and the Motorcycle." $29.95. (Scholastic Storybook Treasures).
Treasury of 25 Storybook Classics: Fairytales, Magic ... And More Imaginative and magical collection of stories, from new adaptations of classic tales like James Marshall's hilarious version of "Cinderella" and "Red Riding Hood" to beloved Hans Christian Anderson stories "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Emperor's New Clothes." This Scholastic Storybook Treasures four-disc set includes "The James Marshall Collection," "The Hans Christian Anderson Collection," "Fairytale Classics Collection" and "Strega Nona ... And More Stories About Magic." $29.95. (Scholastic Storybook Treasures).
True Blood: The Complete First Season (2008) Five-disc set with 12 episodes, $59.99. Extras: Vampire documentary, True Blood commercials, commentaries, more. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (HBO Video).
24 Season Seven (2008) Six-disc set with 24 episodes, $49.98. Extras: Commentary, deleted scenes, "24-7: The Untold Story" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
Valkyrie (2008)Dir.: Bryan Singer; Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Carice van Houten, Eddie Izzard, Halina Reijn, Kevin McNally, Christian Berkel, Terence Stamp, David Schofield. Available as a single-disc standard DVD, two-disc Special Edition DVD and two-disc Blu-ray. Special Edition Extras: Commentary by Tom Cruise, Bryan Singer, and Christopher McQuarrie; commentary by Christopher McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander; Featurettes: "The Journey to Valkyrie"; "The Valkyrie Legacy"; digital copy. Also available on Blu-ray Disc with more extras. (MGM).
Viva Pinata: Lights Camera Action (2009) Ten episodes of the animated series about a group of pinatas whose goal is to fill themselves with candy, $14.99. (Shout! Factory).
Who Sank the Titanic? National Geographic special, $19.98. (Warner).

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All the Days Before Tomorrow (2008) Joey Kern, Alexandra Holden, Richard Roundtree. Quirky episodic tale about a friendship that's almost something more: Wes and Alison are two friends who ought to be lovers but their timing has never been right. (Vanguard Cinema).
American Originals Megaset (2008) Fourteen-disc adrenaline-pumping collection from History Channel featuring 37 hours of action from "Ax Men," "Tougher In Alaska," "Dangerous Mission"s and "Ice Road Truckers," $99.95.Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes, additional scenes, biographies, more. (A&E Home Video).
Brother's War (2009) Tino Struckmann, Michael Berryman, Olivier Gruner, Hayley Carr, Hugh Daly. Thriller set in the closing days of World War II; two officers, one German and the other British, discover that they share a common bond in Freemasonry, empowering them to work together to prevent the USSR from taking over Eastern Europe. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (MTI Home Video).
Carnivorous (aka Lockjaw: Rise of the Kulev Serpent) (2008) DMX, Wes Brown, Louis Herthum. An ancient voodoo artifact conjures up a killer snake that is used to seek revenge on a group of reckless teenagers. (North American Motion Pictures).
The Closer: The Complete Fourth Season (2008) Four-disc set with 15 episodes, $39.98. Extras: "Ride Along" featurette, "Catching a Lie" featurette, gag reel, unaired scenes. (Warner).
Crazy Girls Undercover (2008) Clive Richardson, Nikki Ziering, Simon Fusco. A Las Vegas gentleman club owner and former CIA agent enlists his glamorous showgirls to stop a terrorist who wants to bomb Vegas. (Monarch Home Video).
Designing Women: The Complete First Season (2008) Four-disc set with 21 episodes, $44.99. Extras: "Designing Women: A Reunion," featuring Delta Burke, Dixie Carter, Annie Potts, Jean Smart and series creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, and a booklet with introduction written by show creator. (Shout! Factory).
The Devil's Tomb (2009) Cuba Gooding Jr., Ron Perlman,, Tayrn Manning,, Ray Winstone, Henry Rollins. When a scientist leading a top-secret Middle Eastern archeological site goes missing, an elite military unit is sent on a search and rescue mission. Descending under the cradle of civilization, the team soon find themselves face-to-face with an ancient evil lying beneath the desert. Extras: Commentary with Cuba Gooding Jr. and director Jason Connery, alternate scenes, outtakes, blooper reel, "Beneath the Sand: Behind the Scenes of The Devil's Tomb" featurette. (Sony).
Director's Showcase: Take Four Four new-to-DVD releases, all remastered: "Revolution Revisited," "Beyond Rangoon," "M. Butterfly" and "Zabriskie Point," $19.97 each. (Warner).
  • Zabriskie Point (1970) Dir.: Michelangelo Antonioni; Mark Frechette, Daria Halprin, Bill Garaway, Kathleen Cleaver, Rod Taylor. Antonioni's his first American film; a surreal view of late '60s America. The soundtrack features music from Pink Floyd, The Youngbloods, The Kaleidoscope, Jerry Garcia, Patti Page and the Grateful Dead. Extras: Also available on Blu-ray Disc.
  • M. Butterfly (1993) Dir.: David Cronenberg; Jeremy Irons, John Lone, Barbara Sukowa, Ian Richardson. Extras: New interview with director Cronenberg, featurette.
  • Revolution Revisited Director's Cut (1985) Dir.: Hugh Hudson; Al Pacino, Donald Sutherland, Natassia Kinski, Joan Plowright. Features Hudson's newly remastered and re-edited version with new narration throughout the film by Pacino. Extras: New introduction with director Hugh Hudson and Al Pacino, narration track.
  • Beyond Rangoon (1995) Dir.: John Boorman; Patricia Arquette, Frances McDormand, Spalding Gray. Extras: Introduction, vintage EPK (Electronic Press Kit).
Divergence (2006) Two wounded people come together and grapple with the ramifications of war and loss, set in a picturesque seaside town on the Jersey shores in the midst of a cold and bitter winter: a helicopter pilot wounded in Iraq and a woman who has lost her husband and child to a drunk driver. (Vanguard Cinema).
Falling Down Deluxe Edition (1993) Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Barbara Hershey, Tuesday Weld, Rachel Ticotin, Frederic Forrest. Extras: Commentary by Michael Douglas and director Joel Schumacher; "Deconstructing D-FENS: A Conversation With Michael Douglas." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
Forever Strong (2008) Sean Faris, Gary Cole, Penn Badgley, Arielle Kebbel, Sean Astin, Julie Warner, Neal McDonough. Based on the true story of rugby coach Larry Gelwix who creates not only championship teams, but championship boys. Coach Gelwix, one of the top high school coaches in the country with a win/loss record of 379 wins to 9 losses (nearly 98% wins), doesn't recruit players from across the country, but takes local kids from "both sides of the tracks," encourages discipline on and off the field, and requires service, honesty, hard work, and dedication from all his players. Extras: Deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurette, "Living Forever Strong": a motivational presentation by Coach Gelwix on his philosophy of sports and life.(Crane Movie Co.)
Freezer Burn (2007) Robert Harriell, Michael Consiglio, Ivo Velon, C.C. Seymour, Ella Rae Peck. Sci-Fi comedy about a scientist working on preserving human organs for transplant who falls for his wife's 14-year-old art student. He decides to use his experimental technology to freeze himself in order to align his age with the young girl's, but his plan doesn't turn out the way he hopes (Vanguard Cinema).
Harlan Ellison: Dreams With Sharp Teeth (2009) Timed for release one day before the 75th birthday of the great man himself, this documentary pays homage to one of our most celebrated authors. Master of his craft, Ellison has produced more than 75 books and more than 1,700 pieces of fiction and non-fiction on one of his Olympia manual typewriters, including the single most popular Star Trek episode ("City on the Edge of Forever") and brilliant, award-winning short stories, some written in bookstore windows, on very public display. He also has been an outspoken champion of the New Wave of Science Fiction, having edited the influential "Dangerous Visions" anthologies. Director Erik Nelson captures the remarkable personal journey of this wildly imaginative writer, flame-tongued provocateur, and unholy fusion of Lenny Bruce and Mark Twain. $26.95. Extras: Six short story excerpts read and performed by Harlan Ellison, "Pizza with Mr. Ellison and Mr. Gaiman," "An Evening With Sharp Teeth." (Docurama).
Jeeves & Wooster: The Complete Series Eight-disc set with all 23 digitally-restored episodes, $59.95. (A&E Home Video).
Johan (2005 -- Netherlands) Michiel Huisman, Caro Lenssen, Johnny de Mol. What happens when your whole family is crazy about soccer and you're not? Johan is the eleventh male child in a family of soccer players but all Johan wants is to be a singer. Instead of practicing dribbling and headers, Johan would rather listen to music. When he meets his neighborhood beauty Evy, it seems like he may have found a companion, until she falls for a soccer star, his brother Johnny. (Vanguard Cinema).
Land Of the Lost: The Complete Series Seven-disc set, $59.98. (Universal).
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit -- The Ninth Year (2007-08) Five-disc set with 19 episodes, $59.98.(Universal).
The Legend of Fong Sai-Yuk (1993) Dir.: Corey Yuen-Kwai; Jet Li, Josephine Siao. Story of a local champion who becomes a folk hero as he faces off against a bevy of dangerous opponents in an attempt to win the hand of a beautiful maiden, rescue his family, and free his people. Extras: Commentary by Hong Kong cinema expert Bey Logan, "Hit Hard & Fly High" interview with director and legendary Hollywood fight choreographer Corey Yuen-Kwai, "The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword" interview with writer Jeff Lau. (The Weinstein Co./Dragon Dynasty/Genius Products).
Murder Most English (2008) Four classic BBC mysteries with a darkly comic, British touch: Clad in tweed and puffing on a pipe, Detective Inspector Purbright pursues the evildoers of Flaxborough with a doggedness that belies his polite conversation and mild manner. Three-disc set, $49.99. (Acorn Media).
New in Town (2009) Renee Zellweger, Harry Connick Jr., J.K. Simmons, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Frances Conroy, Mike O'Brien, Rashida Jones. (Universal).
Powder Blue (2009) Jessica Biel, Ray Liotta, Forest Whitaker, Eddie Redmayne, Kris Kristofferson, Lisa Kudrow, Patrick Swayze. A mosaic of people desperately searching for redemption, human connection, and restored faith within the underbelly of Los Angeles: On the eve of Christmas, four lives cross paths by past guilt, chance, coincidence, and divine intervention. (Image Entertainment).
The Prehistoric Collection Eight-disc set with "Jurassic Fight Club," "Prehistoric Megastorms," "Journey to 10,000 B.C." and "Clash of the Cavemen," $59.95. (A&E Home Video).
The Ramen Girl (2008) Brittany Murphy, Toshiyuki Nishida, Tammy Blanchard, Sohee Park, Kimiko Yo, Renji Ishibashi. An American woman stranded in Tokyo after breaking up with her boyfriend decides to train under a tyrannical Japanese master to be a ramen chef. (Image Entertainment).
The Sky Crawlers (2008) From Mamoru Oshii, the world-acclaimed director of "Ghost in the Shell." An award-winning story of an exciting but endless war with heroes too young to understand the meaning of their battles. A group of eternally young fighter pilots known as Kildren experience the sudden loss of innocence as they battle the enemy in astonishing dogfights above the clouds. With his only childhood memory consisting of intense flight training, the fearless teenage pilot Yuichi's dogfights coexist with his struggle to find his missing past. This visually stunning anime adventure brings to life the nail-biting dogfights from the epic air battles described in Hiroshi Mori's best-selling novel in Japan. Extras: "Sky's the Limit: An Interview with Director Mamoru Oshii." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
A Village Affair (1994) Filmed on grand English estates and picturesque countryside, this lavish 1994 British production follows an illicit love affair that scandalizes a tranquil English town. $24.99. (Acorn Media).

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