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April 3

Alien Opponent Uncut Edition (2011) Jeremy London, Roddy Piper, Cuyle Carvin, Adrienne LaValley, Ashley Bates, Hilma Falkowski, Tasia Jones, Kevin Shea. What do you do when you've just killed your redneck husband but your plans of collecting his junkyard estate are thwarted by the arrival of a spacecraft that crash lands into the barn where his body lies? Well, blame his death on the spaceman and then offer $100,000 cash reward to whoever can kill the uninvited, space-suited alien guest. Soon the town is overrun with every weirdo imaginable armed with every weapon imaginable, all intent on killing the alien and winning the prize. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary, deleted scenes, outtakes. (Shout! Factory).


Angels Crest (2011) Jeremy Piven, Mira Sorvino, Elizabeth McGovern, Thomas Dekker. The disappearance of a 3-year-old boy divides a tightly knit community and culls out its secrets. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Being Elmo (2011) Beloved by millions of children around the world, "Sesame Street's" Elmo is an international icon. However, few people know the soft-spoken man behind the furry red monster: Kevin Clash. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, "Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey" follows Clash's remarkable career, while also offering a behind-the-scenes look at "Sesame Street" and the Jim Henson Workshop. Formats: DVD. $29.95. (Docurama).
Chasing Madoff (2012) The suspenseful true story of Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme and the financial executive who made it his mission to bring him down. Based on Boston-based securities analyst Harry Markopolos' New York Times best seller, "No One Would Listen," this is the compelling story of how Markopolos and his team of investigators pieced together a chain of white-collar predators and revealed some of the most frightening truths behind the infamous scandal. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Cohen Media Group).
Chinatown BLU-RAY DEBUT photo (1974) Dir.: Roman Polanski; Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, John Hillerman, Diane Ladd. New high definition transfer. Includes a collectible booklet. Named by the AFI as one of the top 25 American films ever made. Set in 1930s Los Angeles. Private investigator Jake Gittes (Nicholson) unravels a mystery involving water rights that are critical to the development of Los Angeles after taking on what appears to be a simple adultery case. Along the way to the Chinatown denouement, Gittes uncovers corruption, murder, fraud, and unspeakable family secrets among the well-to-do ruling class in the city. There's always more than meets the eye in this thriller about people who aren't who they seem to be ("She's my daughter. She's my sister."). Extras: Commentary by screenwriter Robert Towne and filmmaker David Fincher; five behind-the-scenes featurettes: "Water and Power," "The Aqueduct," "The Aftermath," "The River and Beyond" and "Chinatown: The Beginning and the End"; "Chinatown: An Appreciation," in which prominent filmmakers express their personal admiration for the film, including Steven Soderbergh, composer James Newton Howard, writer-director Kimberly Peirce and cinematographer Roger Deakins.(Paramount).
The Commander, Set 2 (2007-08) Compelling new mysteries from the creator of" Prime Suspect." Amanda Burton stars as the ambitious and exacting Commander Clare Blake in these four feature-length crime dramas from Lynda La Plante. Supported by an outstanding ensemble cast, Burton delivers a powerhouse performance as the complex and driven Blake. (Acorn Media).
The Double Hour (2009 -- Italy) Kseniya Rappoport, Filippo Timi. A chambermaid and an ex-cop meet at a speed dating event in the Italian city of Turin and a romance develops. But during a romantic getaway things suddenly take a dark turn. Formats: DVD. (Flatiron Films/New Video).
Dysfunctional Friends (2011) Meagan Good, Stacey Dash, Terrell Owens, Reagan Gomez-Preston, Jason Weaver, Hosea Chanchez, Tatyana Ali, Essence Atkins. The death of a larger-than-life friend has reunited a group of now-estranged college friends who soon learn that their eccentric acquaintance has left behind an unconventional will: Each of the remaining friends will receive a large sum of money, but only if they can remain -- together -- in his mansion for one week, without leaving. If one leaves, all will forfeit their inheritance. Formats: DVD. (Image Entertainment).
Enter Nowhere (2011) Katherine Waterston, Scott Eastwood, Shaun Sipos, Sara Paxton. Three strangers arrive one by one at a cabin in the middle of the woods. Searching for a way out while fighting the elements and hunger, the trio realizes they have been brought together intentionally. Their connection to one another may be their only chance to get out of the woods alive. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital Download. (Lionsgate).
Girls Just Want To Have Fun BLU-RAY DEBUT (1985) Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt, Shannen Doherty, Jonathan Silverman, Lee Montgomery. (Image Entertainment).
Madonna: Truth or Dare BLU-RAY DEBUT (1991) Documentary following Madonna on her controversial Blond Ambition tour in 1990. (Lionsgate).
Masterpiece Classic: Great Expectations (2011) Gillian Anderson, David Suchet, Ray Winstone, Douglas Booth. $24.99. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (PBS Distribution).
Titanic BLU-RAY DEBUT (1953) Clifton Webb, Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Wagner, Audrey Dalton. Extras: Commentary by film critic Richard Schickel; commentary by cinematographer Michael D. Lonzo, actors Audrey Dalton and Robert Wagner, and historian Sylvia Stoddard; MovieTone News: "Titanic Premiere Thrills South," "CinemaScope and The Robe Win Oscars"; "Titanic Aftermath": audio essay by Silvia Stoddard; theatrical trailer; still gallery. (Fox).
Torchwood: Miracle Day (2011) The Torchwood team heads to the U.S. for 10 episodes via Starz in this four-disc set, $49.99. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary, character profiles, behind-the-scenes featurette, special effects featurette, "Web of Lies" motion comic. (Warner).
Tyrannosaur (2011) Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman, Eddie Marsan. Follows the story of two lonely, damaged people brought together by circumstance: Joseph (Peter Mullan), an unemployed widower, drinker, and a man crippled by his own volatile temperament and furious anger; and Hannah (Olivia Colman), a Christian worker at a charity shop, a respectable married woman who appears wholesome and happy, but whose relationship with husband James (Eddie Marsan) is violent and abusive. As events spiral out of control, Joseph becomes her source of succor and comfort. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary by director and producer, "Dog Altogether" (Award-winning short film by Paddy Considine that inspired the feature), deleted scenes. (Strand Releasing).
War Horse (2011) Jeremy Irvine, Peter Mullan, Emily Watson, Niels Arestrup, David Thewlis, Tom Hiddleston. Read more about "War Horse" in the April Calendar. Formats: Four-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, two-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, single-disc DVD, VOD, Digital Download. Extras: DVD: "War Horse”: The Look." Two-disc Blu-ray/DVD adds "War Horse: The Journey Home," "An Extra's Point of View." Four-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo adds "Filmmaking Journey" featurette, "Editing & Scoring," "The Sounds of “War Horse," "Through The Producer's Lens." (DreamWorks/Disney).
We Bought a Zoo (2011) Dir.: Cameron Crowe; Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Colin Ford, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, Angus Macfadyen, Elle Fanning.Read more about "We Bought a Zoo" in the April Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital Download. Extras: Commentary by director Cameron Crowe, star J.B. Smoove and editor Mark Livolsi; 20 deleted and extended scenes, gag reel, three featurettes: "The Real Mee<" "We Shot a Zoo" and "Their Happy Is Too Loud." (Fox).

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April 10

Astonishing X-Men: Dangerous (2012) Original Marvel animated comic book feature. The tragic death of a student at the Xavier Institute reveals that a powerful enemy is working from inside the mansion to destroy the X-Men. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
Car 54, Where Are You? The Complete Second Season (1962-63) Four-disc set with 30 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. (Shanachie Entertainment).
The Conquest (2011 -- France) Denis Podalydes, Florence Pernel, Bernard Le Coq. A dramatized look at French president Nicolas Sarkozy's rise to power. Examines the private life behind the public headlines, as it follows the thrilling journey of an ambitious political leader who discovers what happens when you get everything you ever wanted. On the day Nicolas Sarkozy won the greatest feat of his political career, he realized he lost the woman who cultivated his pursuit, for another man. Gives viewers a first-hand look inside the political arena through the scandals, headlines, power struggles, and controversy all the while under the watchful eyes of the press. Formats: DVD. Extras: "The Making of The Conquest." (Music Box Films).
Conversation Piece BLU-RAY DEBUT (1974 -- Italy) Dir.: Luchino Visconti; Burt Lancaster, Helmut Berger, Silvana Mangano, Claudia Marsani, Stefano Patrizi. Visconti's award-winning classic examines the solitary life of a retired American professor (Burt Lancaster) who lives alone in a luxurious palazzo in Rome. When he is confronted by a vulgar Italian marchesa and her companions -- her lover, her daughter and daughter's boyfriend -- he is forced to rent them an apartment on the upper floor of his palazzo. Before long his quiet routine is turned upside down and the introverted professor becomes entangled in his tenants' machinations. Visconti's penultimate film. Extras: Original trailer, interview with film critic and screenwriter Alessandro Bencivenni, fully illustrated booklet by Mark Reynolds. (RaroVideo).
The Darkest Hour (2011) Emile Hirsch, Max Minghella, Olivia Thirlby, Rachael Taylor. Read more about "The Darkest Hour" in the April Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 3D Blu-ray. Extras: "The Darkest Hour: Survivors" short film follows the rebel resistance, picking up after the film ends; deleted and extended scenes; "The Darkest Hour: Visualizing an Invasion"; commentary by director Chris Gorak. (Summit Entertainment).
Doctor Who: Carnival of Monsters Special Edition Two-disc set. Freed from his exile on Earth, the third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) takes Jo (Katy Manning) on a test flight in the TARDIS, landing aboard SS Bernice, a cargo ship that appears to be crossing the Indian Ocean in 1926. As events take a dangerous and unexpected twist, it seems that their fate lies in the hands of a traveling showman named Vorg and his assistant Shirna, who have just arrived on the distant planet of Inter Minor with an amazing intergalactic peepshow called the Miniscope. Digitally remastered. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary, making-of featurette, more. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Doctor Who: The Daemons Two-disc set. In the peaceful village of Devil's End something very strange is happening. A professor is preparing to open a nearby burial mound, and a local white witch foresees death and disaster. Meanwhile, the new vicar looks suspiciously like the Master, and he is using black magic to conjure up an ancient Demon. Can the third Doctor (Jon Pertwee), Jo (Katy Manning) and UNIT stop their old enemy before he succeeds? Digitally remastered. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary with actors Katy Manning, Richard Franklin, Damaris Hayman and director Christopher Barry, more. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Don Juan DeMarco BLU-RAY DEBUT (1994) Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando, Faye Dunaway. (Warner).
Dougie in Disguise (2012) First titles in a series of animated stories from Spain designed to encourage imaginative play: Dougie is a curious kid who loves to play with sticker albums and who loves to dress up in disguise and have various adventures; children help Dougie choose stickers that help him in his travels. Volume 1 includes 13 adventures, such as Dougie "as a cloud," "as a glassmaker," "as Peter Pan"; Volume 2 includes 14 episodes, such as "as a blacksmith," "as a film director," "as a toadstool." For ages 2 to 5; $19.95 each. Formats: DVD. (Organa Kids).
Goodnight for Justice: Measure of a Man (2012) Luke Perry, Cameron Bright, Teach Grant. In the sequel to "Goodnight for Justice," the highest rated original production on the Hallmark Movie Channel, Luke Perry returns to the lawless frontier to once again star as honorable Circuit Judge John Goodnight. Two-discs set, $19.98. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
The Hidden (2011 -- Italy) Sean Clement, Simonetta Solder, Jordan Hayes, Jason Blicker. When Brian Karter's mother dies, he's surprised to learn that he has inherited "The Sanctuary," home to her controversial experimental addiction treatment center. But during a tour of the decrepit building, he soon realizes that something sinister lies beneath the surface; something so evil it is better left concealed. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
A Hollis Frampton Odyssey (1966-1979) Icon of the American avant-garde Hollis Frampton made rigorous, audacious, brainy, and downright thrilling films, leaving behind a body of work that remains unparalleled. In the 1960s, having started out as a poet and photographer, Frampton became fascinated with the possibilities of 16mm filmmaking. In such radically playful, visually and sonically arresting works as "Surface Tension," "Zorns Lemma," "(nostalgia)," "Critical Mass," and the enormous, unfinished Magellan cycle (cut short by his death at age 48), Frampton repurposes cinema itself, making it into something by turns literary, mathematical, sculptural, and simply beautiful -- ­and always captivating. This collection of works by the essential artist -- ­the first home video release of its kind -- ­includes 24 films, dating from 1966 to 1979. New high-definition digital restorations of all 24 films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: Audio commentary and remarks by filmmaker Hollis Frampton on selected works; excerpted interview with Frampton from 1978; "A Lecture," a performance piece by Frampton, recorded in 1968 with the voice of artist Michael Snow; gallery of works from Frampton's xerographic series "By Any Other Name"; booklet with an introduction by film critic Ed Halter and essays and capsules on the films by Frampton scholars Ken Eisenstein, Bruce Jenkins and Michael Zryd. (The Criterion Collection).
Into the Abyss (2011) Taking as his starting point an exploration of a triple homicide case in Conroe, Texas, master filmmaker Werner Herzog probes the human psyche to explore why people kill -- and why the state kills in return. Through intimate conversations with those involved, including 28-year-old Death Row inmate Michael Perry (scheduled to die within eight days of appearing on screen), Herzog achieves what he describes as "a gaze into the abyss of the human soul." Herzog's inquiries also extend to the families of the victims and perpetrators as well as a state executioner and pastor who've been with Death Row prisoners as they've taken their final breaths. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC).
The Iron Lady (2011) Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Olivia Colman, Alexandra Roach, Harry Lloyd, Richard E. Grant. Read more about "The Iron Lady" in the April Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "The Making of The Iron Lady" featurette and four mini-featurettes: "Recreating the Young Margaret Thatcher," "Battle in the House of Commons," "Costume Design: Pearls and Power Suits" and "Denis: The Man Behind the Woman." (The Weinstein Co./Anchor Bay).
Logan's Run: The Complete Series (1977-78) Three-disc set with 14 episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). (Warner)
Night Gallery: Season Three (1972-73) Two-disc set with 17 episodes, $29.98. Formats: DVD. (Universal).
Nova: Ice Age Death Trap (2012) During construction at a Colorado ski resort, a bulldozer dug up something strange: a tooth so huge it had to be held in two hands. Racing to the scene, scientists from the local Denver museum could scarcely believe what they found: a vast trove of fossils from the depths of the Ice Age 100,000 years ago, when North America teemed with incredible beasts: massive mastodons, saber tooth cats and camels, giant bison with six-foot horns, and ground sloths as big as elephants with huge claws. $24.99. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).
Nuns on the Run (1990) Eric Idle, Robbie Coltrane, Camille Coduri, Janet Suzman. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).
One Tree Hill: The Complete Ninth and Final Season (2012) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Five featurettes, commentary, unaired scenes, gag reel. (Warner).
Secrets of the Titanic Anniversary Collection (2011) National Geographic video pairs a new special "Save the Titanic with Bob Ballard," premiering Monday, April 9, on the National Geographic Channel, with the classic film "Secrets of the Titanic." Formats: DVD. $19.97. Extras: "Last Hours of the Titanic, Behind-the-Scenes," photo gallery, a Titanic route map, a profile of Ballard, trivia quiz. (National Geographic Home Entertainment).
Sleeping Beauty (2011) Emily Browning, Rachael Blake. A haunting portrait of a young university student drawn into a mysterious hidden world of unspoken desires. Formats: DVD. (IFC).
A Streetcar Named Desire: The Original Restored Version BLU-RAY DEBUT (1951) Dir.: Elia Kazan; Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden. Restores three minutes of lost footage cut at the request of the Legion of Decency censorship group. Housed in a 40-page Blu-ray book with photos, film history trivia and more. Extras: Five documentaries; commentary by Karl Malden, film historian Rudy Behlmer and Jeff Young; "Elia Kazan: A Director's Journey" documentary; outtakes; Marlon Brando screen test. (Warner).
Surviving Hitler: A Love Story (2011) Documentary. A shocking true life love story in the midst of humankind's darkest horror, a harrowing tale of war, resistance, and survival. As a teenager in Nazi Germany, Jutta is shocked to discover she is Jewish. She joins the German resistance and meets Helmuth, an injured soldier. The two become sweethearts and soon co-conspirators in the daring final plot to assassinate Hitler. At the center of the documentary is a love story for the ages, with riveting narration by Jutta herself, original 8mm footage (shot by Helmuth) and, miraculously, a happy ending. Formats: DVD, $24.98. (Osiris Entertainment).
The Witches of Oz (2011) Paulie Rojas, Billy Boyd, Sean Astin, Lance Henriksen, Christopher Lloyd, Jeffrey Combs, Ethan Embry, Mia Sara. TV miniseries is kind of a sequel to "The Wizard of Oz": a modern Dorothy Gale discovers that her best selling novels are actually based on suppressed childhood memories of her time in Oz, and that she may be in danger of experiencing it all over again. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).

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April 17

¡Alambrista! (1977) In "¡Alambrista!," a farm worker sneaks across the border from Mexico into California in an effort to make money to send to his family back home. It is a story that happens every day, told here in an uncompromising, groundbreaking work of realism from American independent filmmaker Robert M. Young. Vivid and spare where other films about illegal immigration might sentimentalize, Young's take on the subject is equal parts intimate character study and gripping road movie, a political work that never loses sight of the complex man at its center. New high-definition digital restoration, with 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: Audio commentary featuring director Robert M. Young and co-producer Michael Hausman; new interview with actor Edward James Olmos; "Children of the Fields," a 1973 short documentary by Young, accompanied by a new interview with the director; booklet featuring an essay by film historian Charles Ramirez-Berg. (The Criterion Collection).
American Dad Volume 7 (2010-11) Uncensored. Three-disc set with 19 episodes. Formats: DVD. (Fox).
American Translation (2011 -- France) Pierre Perrier, Lizzie Brochere. The film follows a sexually alluring Frenchman as he tours his native countryside with his naive American lover in pursuit of the ultimate thrill. From the moment they meet, brooding Chris and the beautiful Aurore fall instantly and passionately in love, but it's not long before their intense connection is consumed by Chris's dark and murderous obsession, and they embark on a violent and sexual journey filled with seduction and destruction of young gay hustlers. Formats: DVD. (TLA Releasing).
Bill Moyers: Capitol Crimes (2012) Hard-hitting examination of the Abramoff lobbying scandal, as seen on PBS. Features more than three hours of bonus materials including 83-minute "Buying the War" bonus. A tale of politics, greed, and the buying and selling of influence at the highest levels of power. Moyers explores how "super lobbyist" Jack Abramoff rode a wave of corruption to enrich himself and promote his causes -- from Indian casinos in Louisiana to the Moscow offices of Russia's new oligarchs -- taking down other Washington heavyweights in the process. (Acorn Media).
Bob's Burgers Season One (2011) Thirteen episodes. Formats: DVD. Extras: Audio outtakes, "Louise and the Burger Menu" (Story extension), "Bob's Burgers" original demo story pitch, commentaries. (Fox).
Born to Be Wild (2011) Documentary about orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them -- saving endangered species one life at a time. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, Read more about "Born to Be Wild" in the April Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 3D Blu-ray/DVD Combo,UltraViolet (cloud). (Warner).
Buck Privates: Universal 100th Anniversary Collector's Series (1941) Comedy legends Bud Abbott and Lou Costello cemented their place in film history with this hilarious wartime comedy classic. After spending years on stage in burlesque and on radio perfecting classic routines such as "Who's on First?," the duo transitioned to motion pictures at Universal in 1940. In their first leading roles, Bud and Lou play con artists who accidentally enlist in the U.S. Army to avoid going to jail. Making matters worse, their no-nonsense drill sergeant turns out to be the cop who tried to arrest them. Featuring classic routines such as "Drill," "Dice Game" and "You’re Forty, She's Ten," the film also starred the popular singing group The Andrews Sisters performing the Academy Award-nominated song "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." Following the success of "Buck Privates," Bud and Lou made an astounding 26 more movies at Universal. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "Abbott and Costello Meet Jerry Seinfeld." (Universal).
Conan the Adventurer: Season Two: Part 2 (1992) Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $19.93. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
Crew 2 Crew (2012) Jordan Bridges, Brooklyn Sudano. Hip-Hop dance drama. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download. Extras: Alternate ending, behind-the-scenes featurette. (Lionsgate).
The Divide (2011) Lauren German, Michael Biehn, Milo Ventimiglia, Courtney B. Vance, Ivan Gonzalez, Michael Eklund, Ashton Holmes, Rosanna Arquette. A sudden nuclear attack forces nine strangers into a small, decrepit apartment building basement for shelter. Trapped for days underground with no hope of rescue, and unknown horrors awaiting them outside, the group begins to descend into madness, acting out vicious bouts of psychological and physical torture upon one another. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary by director Xavier Gens and actors Michael Biehn, Milo Ventimiglia and Michael Eklun. (Anchor Bay).
Domain (2009 -- France) Beatrice Dalle, Isaie Sultan. On the threshold of adulthood, 17-year-old Pierre becomes obsessed with his aunt Nadia. A flamboyant mathematician whose intellect clashes with her alcoholism and fatalistic view of life, Nadia is on a path to self-destruction. As Pierre discovers his budding sexuality, he attempts to rescue his beloved aunt from herself. A dark, sexy mediation on the intersection of two lives with very different trajectories. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
Eight Is Enough: The Complete First Season (1980-81) Two-disc set with nine episodes, $24.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Cast reunion special. (Warner).
Ernie Kovacs: The ABC Specials photo (2011) Single-disc DVD featuring most of the prime time ABC Specials that helped cement Ernie Kovacs' legacy as a comic artist who broke the rules of television before they were made. The ABC Specials is broken out from the critically acclaimed six-DVD box set "Ernie Kovacs Collection," released by Shout! Factory in 2011. This new DVD is designed to appeal to a broader audience not already familiar with Kovacs’ work. Before his untimely death at the age of 42, television pioneer Kovacs left us with a sublime body of comedy work whose influence can be seen on everything from Monty Python to SNL and David Letterman. He made eight TV specials for ABC in 1961, the final year of his life, and these show Kovacs at the peak of his creative experimentation with the medium, featuring many of his comic masterpieces and iconic set pieces. Five of these programs are presented here in complete uncut form, along with many of his celebrated — and delightfully offbeat — commercials for Dutch Masters cigars. Included here: Kovacs Special #4 September 21, 1961, Kovacs Special #5 October 28, 1961, Kovacs Special #6 November 24, 1961, Kovacs Special #7 December 12, 1961, Kovacs Special #8 January 23, 1962. $14.97. Formats: DVD. Extras: Dutch Masters commercials. (Shout! Factory).
The Flaw (2011) Today, a question haunts America: what exactly caused the world's greatest economy to crash and burn in 2008? And why is it so slow to recover? From award-winning documentarian David Sington, this documentary tells the story of the credit bubble that caused the financial crash through interviews with some of the world's leading economists, including housing expert Robert Shiller, Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz, and economic historian Louis Hyman, as well as Wall Street insiders and victims of the crash. More topical than ever, the film presents an original and compelling account of the toxic combination of forces that nearly destroyed the world economy, demonstrating how excessive income inequality leads to economic instability. Formats: DVD. (Docurama).
From the Other Side (2002) This critically acclaimed documentary from legendary Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman -- referred to by J. Hoberman in the Village Voice as "Comparable in force and originality to Godard or Fassbinder, Chantal Akerman is arguably the most important European director of her generation" -- examines the risks taken by undocumented immigrants from Mexico crossing over to Arizona. Exploring Agua Prieta, Mexico, Douglas, Arizona, and the desert in between, she mixes beautiful and evocative landscapes with interviews with the families of immigrants, American sheriffs, fearful locals, and advocates. A bonus disc will include another film by Chantal Akerman, "South" (1999) a documentary that was originally planned as a meditation on the American south, inspired by Akerman's love of William Faulkner and James Baldwin; the focus of the film was dramatically altered following a brutal murder that took place during its development. In Jasper, Texas, James Byrd Jr., a black man, was severely beaten by three white men, then chained to their truck and dragged three miles through the county. Akerman situates this hate crime within the context of the surrounding community and landscape, exploring the reactions of the citizens in Jasper and allowing the story to unfold on its own in a pensive and respectful fashion. Two-disc set. Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films Home Video).
Frozen Planet (2012) Astonishing and breathtaking seven-part series narrated by David Attenborough. A BBC/Discovery Channel co-production four years in the making," Frozen Planet" is ambitious photo and epic in scale and provides the ultimate portrait of our Earth's Polar Regions, capturing the power of natural elements and the fragile, jaw-dropping beauty of scenery unlike anywhere else in the world. This landmark high definition series brings to the screen the frozen wilderness of the polar region for what could be the last time before they change forever. Featuring the incredible wildlife cinematography that made "Planet Earth" a worldwide success, viewers encounter spectacles that few of us will ever witness first hand. Go deep under the sea-ice into a magical world of giants, plunge into the heart of an erupting polar volcano and fly to the South Pole across the Antarctic icecap -- the largest concentration of ice on earth -- retracing the steps of the great Polar explorers. Get closer than ever before to the lives of polar bears, penguins, wolves and orcas, and witness the most extraordinary examples of survival against the odds that can be found anywhere on the planet. Three-disc set. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (BBC Worldwide Americas).
Garbo: The Spy (2009) The Allies called him Garbo. The Nazis dubbed him Alaric. Both sides in World War II were sure Juan Pujol Garcia was their man. In reality, Pujol was a double agent -- and his final allegiance was to the Allies. From the comfort of Lisbon, Garbo fed false information to the Nazis and fabricated a network of phantom agents across Europe. Although he never fired a single shot, Garbo helped to save thousands of lives, most notably by misinforming the Germans about the timing and location of D-Day. In his inexhaustible imagination he even went so far as to secure death benefits from the Nazis for an imaginary agent's nonexistent widow. Documentary in English, Spanish & German w/English subtitles. Formats: DVD. Extras: Interview with intelligence & espionage expert Nigel West, "Sonic Deception" WWII Training Film. (First Run Features).
Hell's Labyrinth (aka Carnivorous) (2007) Leah Rose, Ryan Schaufler, Tom Lodewyck, Matt Ukena. A group of 20 captives find themselves in a hellish chamber, hunted by demonic creatures. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital Download. (MTI Home Video).
The Hitler Chronicles Four documentaries in a four-disc box set: "The Architecture of Doom," "Dear Uncle Adolf," "Hitler: A Career" and "The Top Secret Trial of the Third Reich." In English & German w/English subtitles. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
Ice Road Truckers: Season Five (2011) Four-disc set with 16 episodes, $29.95. Formats: DVD. (A&E).
The Last Rites of Joe May (2011) Dennis Farina, Jamie Anne Allman. Short-money hustler Joe May (Dennis Farina) returns from the hospital after a long battle with pneumonia to confront the harsh reality of his legacy: Everyone he knew had assumed he was dead, and life had gone on around him without missing a beat. Returning to his old Chicago neighborhood, he finds his car gone, all his worldly possessions pawned by his landlord, and the apartment he’s lived in his entire adult life rented out to a single mother named Jenny and her 8-year-old daughter. Formats: DVD. (TriBeca Film/New Video).
Late Spring BLU-RAY DEBUT (1949) One of the most powerful of the family portraits by Yasujiro Ozu ("Tokyo Story"), "Late Spring" tells the story of a widowed father who feels compelled to marry off his beloved only daughter. Eminent Ozu players Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara command this poignant tale of love and loss in postwar Japan, which remains as potent today as ever -- ­and as strong a justification for its maker's inclusion in the pantheon of cinema's greatest directors. High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Audio commentary by Richard Pena, program director of New York's Film Society of Lincoln Center; "Tokyo-ga" (1985), filmmaker Wim Wenders's 92-minute documentary about director Yasujiro Ozu; booklet featuring essays by critic Michael Atkinson and Japanese-film historian Donald Richie. (The Criterion Collection).
The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby (2011) As powerful and riveting as a John Le Carre thriller, "The Man Nobody Knew" uncovers the hidden life of legendary CIA spymaster William Colby. The consummate American soldier-spy, Colby took on the government's dirtiest assignments without question -- until the day he defied presidential orders and revealed to Congress the CIA's "family jewels" -- their darkest, deepest secrets. Told by his son Carl Colby and featuring a who's who of the intelligence community as well as top journalists and writers, Colby's story unmasks the lies, myths, truths, sacrifices and casualties of a covert spy. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
The Man on the Train (2011) Donald Sutherland, Larry Mullen Jr. English-language remake of Patrice Leconte's acclaimed French drama about a quiet professor who wants to trade places with the bank thief who has arrived in his small town. Formats: DVD. (TriBeca Film/New Video).
Mission Impossible -- Ghost Protocol (2011) om Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Vladimir Mashkov, Josh Holloway, Anil Kapoor, Lea Seydoux. Read more about "Mission Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" in the April Calendar. Formats: DVD, Limited Edition 3-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, Two-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download. UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: DVD: Behind-the-scenes production featurettes: Impossible Missions: The Sandstorm, Props; deleted scenes. Two-disc Blu-ray adds Mission Accepted: Heating Up In Dubai, Vancouver Fisticuffs featurettes; alternate opening. Three-disc Blu-ray adds Mission Accepted: Suiting Up In Prague; Impossible Missions: The Russian Prison, Shooting in IMAX, Art Department, A Roll of Film, Life Masks, Stepping into the Storm, Dubai Car Crash, Lens on the Burj, Composer featurettes. (Paramount).
Mo Willems' Pigeon and Pals: Complete Cartoon Collection, Vol. 1 & 2 (2012) Two-disc set with six animated stories by Emmy Award-winner and Sesame Street veteran Mo Willems, who authored the family favorites "Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!" and "The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!" included here. The set also includes "Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale" (in both English and Spanish) and "Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity," "Leonardo the Terrible Monster" and "Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed." Formats: DVD. Extras: Three featurettes: "Getting to Know Mo Willems," "Animating Pigeon" and "Mo and Pigeon Visit a School. (Scholastic Storybook Treasures).
The Nurses Collection Two-disc set with four Roger Corman-produced films: "Candy Stripe Nurses" (1974), "Night Call Nurses" (1972), "Private Duty Nurses" (1971) and "The Young Nurses" (1973). Formats: DVD. Extras: New interviews with Roger Corman, Julie Corman, Jonathan Kaplan and Allan Holleb. (Shout! Factory).
Only in America With Larry The Cable Guy: Volume 2 (2011 Eleven new-to-DVD episodes, $19.95. Formats: DVD. (A&E).
Planet Egypt (2011) Fascinating, four-hour HISTORY miniseries explores the technology, culture, religion, wars and peace that unified Egypt for 3,000 years. Two-disc set, $24.95. Formats: DVD. (A&E).
The Presidents (2005) as the election year heats up, this best-selling series -- the most comprehensive ever filmed about the presidency -- provides a rare, inside look at the lives and legacies of every POTUS in a beautifully repackaged set including a bonus DVD. Four-disc set, $29.95. Formats: DVD. (A&E).
Robotropolis (2011) Zoe Naylor, Graham Sibley. The unveiling of a state-of-the-art city called New Town, fully serviced by robots fulfilling all of the functions previously held by humans, turns deadly when the robots revolt and attack the humans. Formats: DVD. (Image Entertainment).
Secret War (2012) From the producers of "Churchill's Bodyguard" and "Hitler's Bodyguard," this riveting 13-part series tells the story of the spies who went behind enemy lines to conduct intelligence-gathering, sabotage, and assassination during World War II. The series premiered on Discovery's Military Channel in January 2012. "Secret War" includes a 20-page viewer’s guide with a chronology of World War II, articles on Winston Churchill, Fortress Europe, resistance movements, the SAS, and MI6. (Acorn Media).
7 Below (2011) Ving Rhames, Luke Goss, Rebecca Da Costa, Bonnie Somerville, Matt Barr, Val Kilmer. In the midst of a hurricane in 1910, a 10 year-old boy brutally murdered his mother, father, aunt and two little sisters. Now, 100 years later, after a tour bus accident has left them stranded, a group of people find themselves trapped in the same home where the murders occurred. Their host, a mysterious loner named Jack, has his own personal reasons for wanting the group to remain in his home. As the storm rages outside, strange and horrifying things begin to happen inside. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (ARC Entertainment).
Shame (2011) Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale, Nicole Beharie, Hannah Ware. Read more about "Shame" in the April Calendar. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "Focus on Michael Fassbender," "Director Steve McQueen," "The Story of Shame," "A Shared Vision," "Fox Movie Channel Presents: In Character With Michael Fassbender." (Fox).
Suspicion (2011) Brad Blaisdell, Suzanne May, Aidan Bristow). A retired member of the Mafia, dying of lung cancer, roams the city, frequenting his favorite cafe, where he meets a waitress/college girl and unwittingly puts her life in jeopardy. Formats: DVD. (Osiris Entertainment).
Top Shot: The Gauntlet: The Complete Season Three (2011) Four-disc set with 12 episodes, $29.95. Formats: DVD. Extras: Additional footage, character bios, elimination interviews. (A&E).
Treme: The Complete Second Season (2011) Four-disc set with 11 episode. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Interactive, in-episode Blu-ray viewing modes, four featurettes that explore the music and traditions of New Orlean, commentaries. (HBO).
Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns: Season 5 (2011) Three-disc set with 20 episodes, $29.98. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
Yo Gabba Gabba: Super Spies (2012) Four episodes, including "Super Spies" guest-starring Jason Bateman, $16.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Interactive spy game. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).

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Albatross (2011) Jessica Brown Findlay, Felicity Jones, Julia Ormond, Sebastian Koch. Emelia Conan-Doyle, the 17-year-old heir to the legacy of Arthur Conan Doyle, pursues a writing career while working at a stuffy seaside hotel run by blocked novelist Jonathan , his bitter wife and their daughter Beth. Emelia first befriends the bookish daughter and then begins an affair with her father, pulling the family apart. Formats: DVD. (IFC).
Billy the Exterminator: The Complete Season Four (2011) Two-disc set with 12 episodes, $19.95. Formats: DVD. (A&E).
Chasing Happiness (2011) Elisa Donovan, Claude Duhamel, Kashmera Shah, Cerina Vincent. Comedy follows the decidedly deceptive lives of four young people trying desperately to make a living in Southern California -- all revolving around sex -- including a skilled sex surrogate, a sultry dancer who's making a living in disguise as a no-nonsense guru/yoga instructor and a poker hustler whose beauty can only take her so far, depending on how the cards are played. Formats: DVD. (Stonelock Media Group/Tripod Entertainment).
Cinema Verite (2011) Diane Lane, Tim Robbins, James Gandolfini. Compelling behind-the-scenes story of the revolutionary 1973 PBS documentary series "An American Family," which catapulted an ordinary family to notoriety and captivated audiences with the launch of a new television genre - reality TV. Believing that the lives of an everyday family would be relatable to Americans in a way that existing TV shows were not, filmmakers set out to chronicle the life of the Louds, a seemingly "perfect family." Once filming began though, the strain in the Loud's marriage, the ups and downs of raising five children, as well as the criticism Pat Loud received for asking for a divorce and openly supporting her gay son, came sharply into focus. A complete departure from television shows of the time, An American Family gripped the nation, making the Louds a television sensation while leaving them unprepared for the consequences. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Commentary, "The Making of Cinema Verite." (HBO).
Contraband (2012) Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Giovanni Ribisi, Ben Foster, Lukas Haas, Caleb Landry Jones, Diego Luna, J.K. Simmons. Read more about "Contraband" in the April Calendar. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, "Under the Radar -- The Making of Contraband," "Reality Factor -- The Stunts and Action of Contraband," commentary by director-producer Baltasar Kormakur and producer Evan Hayes. (Universal).
Contradictions of the Heart (2011) Vanessa Williams, Wendy Raquel Robinson, LisaRaye, Michael DeLorenzo, Cedric the Entertainer. When a bartender and a party girl, a group of girlfriends out on the town, and four buddies all end up at the same nightclub, their interwoven stories unfold, setting them on a collision course that changes their relationships forever. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
Crime After Crime (2011) The award-winning documentary, which has inspired an upcoming feature-length film adaptation, chronicles the dramatic legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, a woman sentenced to life behind bars for her connection to the murder of her abuser. The inspiring film received critical acclaim nationwide, and more importantly, sparked global attention to the broken legal system between domestic violence and criminal justice. Formats: DVD. Extras: Special introduction from Oprah Winfrey and Rosie O'Donnell, extended scenes, "Crime After Crime in Context" featurette, Q&A at the Sundance Film Festival, film crew bios, musician bios, Debbie's Campaign, OWN Doc Club "Sizzle reel." (Virgil Films & Entertainment).
Dark Tide (2012) Halle Berry, Olivier Martinez. A professional diver -- nine years after a near fatal encounter with a shark -- confronts her fears when she takes a thrill-seeking millionaire on a journey to the dangerous South African waters known as Shark Alley. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc,Digital Download. (Lionsgate).
Death and Cremation (2011) Brad Dourif, Jeremy Sumpter, Scott Elrod, Debbon Ayer. A 59-year-old recluse who offers cremation services from the basement of his funeral home is in fact a deranged sociopath who eliminates anyone he perceives to be a bully. When he takes a fatherless, 17-year-old high school outcast under his wing, thee pair develop a demented relationship. Formats: DVD. (Green Apple Entertainment).
Eclipse Series 32: Pearls Of The Czech New Wave Of all the cinematic New Waves that broke over the world in the 1960s, the one in Czechoslovakia was among the most fruitful, fascinating, and radical. With a wicked sense of humor and a healthy streak of surrealism, a group of fearless directors -- ­including eventual Oscar winners Milos Forman and Jan Kadar -- ­began to use film to speak out about the hypocrisy and absurdity of the Communist state. A defining work was the 1966 omnibus five-part anthology film "Pearls of the Deep," which introduced five of the movement's greatest voices: Vera Chytilova ("Daisies," 1966), Jaromil Jires ("The Joke ," 1969), Jiri Menzel ("Capricious Summer," 1968), Jan Nemec ("A Report on the Party and Guests," 1966) and Evald Schorm ("Return of the Prodigal Son," 1967). This series presents that title, along with five other crucial works that followed close on its heels, one from each of those filmmakers -- ­some dazzlingly experimental, some arrestingly realistic, all singular expressions from a remarkable time and place. (The Criterion Collection).
11-11-11: The Prophecy (2011) Timothy Gibbs, Michael Landes, Wendy Glenn. After the tragic death of his wife and child, American author Joseph Crone travels from the United States to Barcelona, Spain, to reunite with his estranged brother, Samuel, and dying father, Richard. But fate has a different plan for Joseph as his life becomes plagued with strange happenings and the constant sightings of the number 11. Curiosity quickly turns to obsession, and Joseph soon realizes that this number holds a horrific meaning not only to himself but possibly to all of religion. Formats: DVD,). Extras: Commentary, "making-of" featurette, deleted scenes. (Big Air Studios).
The Fields (2011) Cloris Leachman, Tara Reid,Joshua Ormond, Faust Checho. A young boy -- fascinated with the notorious Manson Family and their gruesome killing spree -- discovers a terrifying secret lurking in the fields outside his Pennsylvania countryside home. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Fabrication Films).
The Innkeepers (2011) Sara Paxton, Pat Healy. During the final days at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, two employees determined to reveal the hotel's haunted past begin to experience disturbing events as old guests check in for a "last" stay. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "The Innkeepers: Behind the Scenes," commentaries. (Dark Sky Films/MPI Media Group).
Let the Bullets Fly (2010 -- China) Chow Yun-Fan, Ge You, Jiang Wen. In China in the warring 1920s, notorious bandit chief Zhang (Jiang Wen) descends on a remote town posing as its new mayor, an identity that he hijacked. Hell-bent on making a fast buck, he soon meets his match, the tyrannical crazy local Huang (Chow Yun-Fat) as a deadly battle of wit and brutality ensues. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Making-of featurette, interviews, deleted scenes. (Well Go USA).
Masterpiece Classic: Birdsong (2011) Eddie Redmayne and Clemence Poesy star as two lovers whose fiery affair precedes World War I in this adaptation by screenwriter Abi Morgan of Sebastian Faulks' impassioned novel. Dreamlike, the film weaves together the stories of the past and present -- each tempestuous in its own way and fated to intersect. Also stars Matthew Goode, Anthony Andrews, Marie-Josee Croze, Joseph Mawle, Laurent Lafitte, Richard Madden. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (PBS Distribution).
Marvel Animated Features 3-Movie Collection Three-disc set includes "Planet Hulk," "The Invincible Iron Man" and "Doctor Strange," $19.99. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Lionsgate).
A Mother's Love (2011) Rolonda Watts, Vanessa A. Williams. Inspirational drama about a strong, independent woman whose taste for the good life doesn't necessarily include her husband or her daughter, until "a mother's love" prays her down to earth. Formats: DVD. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Night Wolf (2012) Isabella Calthorp, Tom Felton, Joshua Bowman, Gemma Atkinson. On a long-postponed trip back home, a young woman's family is visited by a terrifying creature. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital Download. (Lionsgate).
The Organizer (1963) In turn-of-the-20th-century Turin, an accident in a textile factory incites workers to stage a walkout. But it's not until they receive unexpected aid from a traveling professor (Marcello Mastroianni) that they find a voice, unite, and stand up for themselves. This historical drama by Mario Monicelli ("Big Deal on Madonna Street") is a beautiful and moving ode to the power of the people, brimming with humor and honesty. "The Organizer (I compagni)" features engaging, naturalistic performances; cinematography by the great Giuseppe Rotunno; and a multilayered, Oscar-nominated screenplay, by Monicelli, Agenore Incrocci ("The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly)", and Furio Scarpelli ("Il postino"). New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: Introduction by director Mario Monicelli from 2006, trailer, an essay by film critic J. Hoberman. (The Criterion Collection).
Paradise Recovered (2010) Heather Wallis, Dane Seth Hurlburt, Oliver Luke. A devout young woman learns about faith, living, and love from a surprising source when she takes a job at the local health food store and her beliefs collide with her more bohemian co-workers' views. Formats: DVD. (Monarch Home Entertainment).
Pariah (2011) Kim Wayans, Adepero Oduye, Aasha Davis, Charles Parnell. A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Dee Rees: A Director's Style," "A Walk in Brooklyn," "Trying Out Identity: Pariah's Wardrobe." (Universal).
The Red House (1947) Dir.: Delmer Daves; Edward G. Robinson, Lon McCallister, Judith Anderson, Rory Calhoun, Allene Roberts, Julie London. Based on the popular 1943 novel once serialized in the Saturday Evening Post. Disabled farmer Pete (Robinson) and his sister Ellen (Anderson) have raised young Meg (Roberts) from infancy on their reclusive homestead. Now a teen, Meg persuades her friend Nath (McCallister) to come by each day to help with her chores. When Nath insists on using a backwoods shortcut home one day, Pete cautions him against doing so, speaking of ominous screams in the night and terrors that lie within a mysterious, abandoned red house on the outskirts of his property. Curious, Nath and Meg -- who has growing feelings for Nath much to the chagrin of his girlfriend, Tibby (London) -- ignore Pete's warning and explore the secret of the red house. Features an eerie original score by Miklo Rozsa. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Original 35mm trailer, before-and-after restoration demo and an original movie art postcard. (Film Chest/HD Cinema Classics label).
Return (2011) Linda Cardellini, Michael Shannon, John Slattery, Talia Balsam. A soldier returns to her family, friends, and old job after a tour of duty, though she finds herself struggling to find her place in her everyday life. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary by director Liza Johnson, deleted scenes. (Entertainment One).
Some Days Are Better Than Others (2010) Carrie Brownstein, James Mercer, Renee Roman Nose. A sad valentine to the forgotten discards of a throwaway society, set in rainy Portland, Oregon. Katrina is a twentysomething reality TV enthusiast, video diarist and animal shelter worker whose world falls apart when she finds that those important to her are often not what she hopes they would be. Eli is a mid-30s slacker trying to get over a recent heartbreak. And Camille is a socially handicapped thrift store attendant. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Palisades Tartan).
Spot and His Grandparents Go to the Carnival (2012) Spot, the star of Eric Hill's beloved children’s books, joins his grandparents on a trip to the carnival; $9.97. Formats: DVD. Extras: Two additional 4-minute stories: "Spot's Grandpa" and "Spot Helps Grandma." (BBC Home Entertainment).
Stony Island (1977) Richie Davis, Edward "Stoney" Robinson, Gene "Daddy G" Barge. Director Andrew ("The Fugitive," "Under Siege") Davis' first film. Shot on the gritty streets of Chicago's south side, the film tells the story of Richie Bloom, the only white kid on the block, as he forms an R&B band with his best friend, Kevin. With the help of their mentor, aging sax legend Percy, they pull together a funky supergroup, stealing practice time at night in the local funeral home. Despite few resources and heavy losses, the resilient group of dedicated musicians -- armed only with wit, sleight of hand and outrageous Chicago bravado -- come together to finally make their smash debut. A tribute to Chicago's South Side with: saxophone legend Gene Barge, George Englund, Ronnie Barron, Rae Dawn Chong, Oscar Brown Jr. and many more of Chicago’s finest musicians and actors. Original score by David Matthews featuring David Sanborn. Formats: DVD, Digital Download. Extras: "The Making of Stony Island," including interviews with Quincy Jones, Susanna Hoffs and Chuck D., alternate ending. (Cinema Libre Studio).
The Theatre Bizarre (2012) Six stories of ancient evil, love, obsession, addiction, gluttony, sexual nightmares, pain, brutality and of course, death. A young woman enters a seedy theater in which an odd marionette-like man introduces her to six tales of the bizarre. Formats: DVD. (Image Entertainment).
The Time That Remains (2009) Ali Suliman, Saleh Bakri. Funny, heartwarming film that explores life among the Israeli Arab community, from 1948 to the present. In Arabic and Hebrew. Formats: DV. (IFC).
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy BLU-RAY DEBUT (1979) Alec Guiness, Ian Richardson, Michael Aldridge, Joss Ackland, Ian Bannen, Bernard Hepton, Terence Rigby, Michael Jayston, Hywel Bennett, Anthony Bate, Patrick Stewart. Two-disc set with all six episodes, $59.99. Extras: New interview with director John Irvin. (Acorn Media).
Ultimate Avengers Movie Collection 3-Movie Set Three-disc set with "Ultimate Avengers: The Movie," "Ultimate Avengers 2" and "Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow," $19.99. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Lionsgate).
The Wicker Tree (2011) Graham McTavish, Brittania Nicol, Henry Garrett. Sequel of sorts to 1973's "The Wicker Man," directed by Robin Hardy, who also helmed this outing (And the original's Christopher Lee makes a cameo appearance). Charmed by the residents of Tressock, Scotland, two young born-again Christian missionaries accept the invitation to participate in a local festival, fully unaware of the consequences of their decision. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes. (Anchor Bay).
Young Goethe In Love (2010 -- Germany) Alexander Fehling, Miriam Stein, Moritz Bleibtreu, Volker Bruch, Burghart Klaussner, Henry Hubchen. A beautifully innocent yet achingly insightful romantic drama about the 23-year-old Johann Goethe, his summer of self-discovery and unrequited love, and the birth of the first-ever literary superstar. Formats: DVD. (Music Box Films).

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