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Above Suspicion Set 2 (2009) Kelly Reilly stars as a detective trying to prove herself and Ciaran Hinds co-stars as her hard-boiled, flawed, and charismatic boss in this British detective series from the creators of "Prime Suspect." U.S. debut. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
Alex Cross (2012) Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Edward Burns, Rachel Nichols, Jean Reno, Giancarlo Esposito, Cicely Tyson. Read more about "Alex Cross" in the February Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Rob Cohen, "The Psychologist and the Butcher: Adapting and Filming Alex Cross" featurette, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
Animaniacs Volume 4 (1993-98) Three-disc set with 24 cartoons, $29.99. Formats: DVD. (Warner).


Baby Geniuses and the Mystery of the Crown Jewels (2012) Jon Voight, Skyler Shaye, Casey Graf. Third title in the Baby Geniuses movie series has the little ones traveling to Europe to help recover the Queen of England's stolen crown jewels. Formats: DVD, $19.98.(Anchor Bay).
Back Then (2012) Aaron D. Speares, Tae Heckard, Malinda Williams. Urban rom-com about a dapper, well-dressed "Man of the Year" who relives his high school days as a poorly dressed social outcast when the high school girl who broke his heart walks back into his life. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
The Battle of Narayama (1958 -- Japan) This haunting, kabuki-inflected version of a Japanese folk legend is set in a remote mountain village, where food is scarce and tradition dictates that citizens who have reached their 70th year must be carried to the summit of Mount Narayama and left there to die. The sacrificial elder at the center of the tale is Orin (Kinuyo Tanaka), a dignified and dutiful woman who spends her dwindling days securing the happiness of her loyal widowed son with a respectable new wife. Filmed almost entirely on cunningly designed studio sets, in brilliant color and widescreen, "The Ballad of Narayama" is a stylish and vividly formal work from Japan's cinematic golden age, directed by the dynamic Keisuke Kinoshita. New 4K digital master from the 2011 restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Trailer and teaser, booklet featuring an essay by critic Philip Kemp. (The Criterion Collection).
Beast Beneath (2011) Kristina Morales, Phillip Agresta, Gloria Castaneda. Based on the true story of a cursed thousands-acre ranch, now known as L.A.'s Griffith Park, that was stolen by the greedy best friend of Mexican landowner Don Antonio Feliz. The land was then cursed by the Don's blind sister, and ever since a bloodthirsty netherworld beast guards a supposed fortune in gold hidden under the park. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
Ben 10 Omniverse: A New Beginning -- Vol. 1 (2012) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $19.97. Formats: DVD. Extras: Alien reveals, alien database. (Warner).
Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes (2012) Drew Rausch, Rich McDonald, Ashley Wood, Noah Weisberg, Frank Ashmore. After a "Bigfoot Hunter" claims to possess the body of a dead Sasquatch, a disgraced investigative journalist stakes his comeback -- and the lives of his documentary film crew -- on proving the find to be a hoax. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (XLrator Media).
The Bouquet (2012) Kristy Swanson, Danny Glover, Michael Shanks, Alberta Mayne. Two estranged sisters are brought back together by a sudden tragedy. Once home, they are given shocking news about the state of the family's floral business, which throws their mother into a tailspin. Understanding that the shop is in trouble, the sisters agree to put their hostility aside and join together to save their legacy and mend their mother's broken heart. In doing so, they're also able to strengthen their sisterly bond. Formats: DVD. Extras: Five free music downloads of love songs, plus a special offer from Teleflora.com. (Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment/Nasser Entertainment).
Cabaret BLU-RAY DEBUT (1972) Dir.: Bob Fosse; Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Joel Grey, Helmut Griem, Marisa Berenson. Remastered with new and vintage special features, in a Blu-ray book that contains 40 pages of photos and text. A DVD version will also be available. Extras: A new documentary, "Cabaret: The Musical That Changed Musicals"; vintage documentaries "Cabaret: A Legend in the Making" and "The Recreation of an Era"; a multi-part memory gallery; more. (Warner).
Caught on Tape (2012) Cedric the Entertainer, Vivica A. Fox, David Marciano, Kel Mitchell, Erik Palladino, Ian Somerhalder, Sticky Fingaz. After a young boy catches a failed bank heist on tape, it's up to two detectives to figure out how the crime went down -- but as the story unravels, it becomes obvious that not everything is what it seems. Told entirely through rap music, and featuring over 30 original songs. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Still gallery. (Lionsgate).
Celebrate With Clifford (2013) Delight in 50 years of big fun and big friendships in seven party-packed Clifford tales. Formats: DVD. Extras: Five bonus Speckle stories and a bonus disc: "Happy Birthday Clifford." $14.98. (Lionsgate).
Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012) Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Elijah Wood, Emma Roberts, Chris Messina, Ari Graynor, Eric Christian Olsen, Will McCormack, Rebecca Dayan. Read more about "Celeste and Jesse Forever" in the February Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg, commentary with Jones, Will McCormack and Lee Toland Krieger, deleted scenes, "The Making of Celeste & Jesse Forever" featurette, "On the Red Carpet: Premiere and Q&A." (Sony).
The Coalition (2013) Adrienne Bailon, Denyce Lawton, Jackee Harry, Nadine Ellis, Shanti Lowry, J.R. Ramirez. Four women form an unlikely alliance to get revenge on a superstar professional athlete and his friends for playing them. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Cougar Town: The Complete Third Season (2012) Two-disc set with 15 episodes, $19.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, bloopers. (Lionsgate).
Deadfall (2012) Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam, Sissy Spacek, Kris Kristofferson. A thriller that follows two siblings who decide to fend for themselves in the wake of a botched casino heist, and their unlikely reunion during another family's Thanksgiving celebration. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes; production interviews with Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde and director Stefan Ruzowitzky; extended interview with director Stefan Ruzowitzky; behind-the-scenes footage; AXS TV: "A Look at Deadfall." (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2011) Documentary about one of the most influential women of the 20th century. During Diana Vreeland's 50-year reign as the "Empress of Fashion," she launched Twiggy, advised Jackie Onassis, and established countless trends that have withstood the test of time. She was the fashion editor of Harper's Bazaar, where she worked for 25 years before becoming editor-in-chief of Vogue, followed by a remarkable stint at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, where she helped popularize its historical collections. The documentary mixes period interviews, revelations from private papers, and intimate conversations with family, friends, and colleagues. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
Flight (2012) Dir.: Robert Zemeckis; Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly, James Badge Dale, Melissa Leo, Bruce Greenwood. Read more about "Flight" in the February Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray Extras: "Origins of Flight" behind-the-scenes featurette, "The Making of Flight," "Anatomy of a Plane Crash," cast Q&A highlights. (Paramount).
Gunsmoke: The Seventh Season, Vol. 2 (1962) Five-disc set with 17 episodes, $39.95. Matt Dillon maintains law and order -- and solves human problems -- in the wild west of Dodge City in the longest-running TV drama series of all time (tied with "Law & Order" at 20 seasons). Formats: DVD.(CBS/Paramount).
Here Comes the Boom (2012) Kevin James, Salma Hayek, Henry Winkler, Joe Rogan, Greg Germann, Reggie Lee, Charice. Read more about "Here Comes the Boom" in the February Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, UltraViolet. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, "Here Comes the Cast" featurette. Blu-ray adds five more featurettes: "The Pros," "Three Amigos." "Back to School," "Learning How to Fight" and "Gino Vs. Richie." (Sony).
House of Cards Trilogy (1990) The original UK series about political intrigue remastered for its Blu-ray debut and return to DVD. Formats: DVD, $39.98; Blu-ray $49.99. Extras: Commentary with Ian Richardson and screenwriter Andrew Davies, an interview with Andrew Davis, tour of Parliament featurette. (BBC Home Entertainment).
In Our Nature (2012) Zach Gilford, Jena Malone, John Slattery, Gabrielle Union. When Brooklynite Seth takes his girlfriend to his family's weekend house in upstate New York for a romantic getaway, they are unexpectedly joined by Seth's estranged father, Gil and his new, younger girlfriend. The women negotiate emotional minefields to persuade father and son to share the house for the first time since summer vacations of Seth's childhood, causing unspoken grudges to bubble to the surface. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary with director Brian Savelson and producer Anish Savjani. (Flatiron Films/Cinedigm).
Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth With Bill Moyers -- 25th Anniversary Edition (1988) Three-disc set with new and expanded bonus features, including Moyers' initial interviews with Campbell that were the precursor to the iconic series; expanded selections with George Lucas, who credits Campbell with helping to inspire his creation of "Star Wars"; and new introductions for each episode from Moyers. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
A Late Quartet (2012) Philip Seymour Hoffman, Imogen Poots, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener, Wallace Shawn, Mark Ivanir. Read more about "A Late Quartet" in the February Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Discord and Harmony" featurette. (Fox).
Little White Lies (2012 -- France) Francois Cluzet, Marion Cotillard, Benoit Magimel, Gilles Lellouche, Jean Dujardin. A close-knit circle of thirty- and fortysomething friends embark on their annual summer getaway to Cap Ferrat in southeastern France despite a motorcycle accident that leaves a charismatic member of their group in an intensive care unit. Staying at the spacious vacation home of a wealthy family man, the friends' sunny beachside idyll quickly becomes the backdrop of heated tensions and outbursts among the old acquaintances as the little white lies just beneath the surface of their relationships reach a boiling point. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (MPI Media Group).
Mafia (2011) Ving Rhames, Pam Greer, Robert Patrick. When a ruthless crime boss crosses a cynical, jaded cop bent on revenge, she becomes obsessed with bringing him down and is willing to do anything to get to him -- including breaking the law she swore to protect. Formats: DVD. (Ketchup Entertainment).
Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Avenging Spider-Man (2012) Two-disc set with 12 episodes of the new animated Spider-Man adventures, $26.99. Formats: DVD. (Disney).
Michael Schenker -- Temple of Rock: Live In Europe (2012) A live concert recorded in Tilburg in the Netherlands, to support the release of metal rock guitar legend Schenker's "Temple of Rock" album. The lineup includes Schenker (lead guitar), Doogie White (vocals), Herman Rarebell (drums), Francis Buchholz (bass) and Wayne Findley (rhythm guitar, keyboards). Also includes bonus tracks from the 2011 High Voltage Festival with Michael Voss (vocals), plus guest appearances from Schenker's friends and musical companions including his brother Rudolf Schenker (The Scorpions), ex-Journey singer Jeff Scott Soto and UFO bassist Pete Way. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (MVD Entertainment).
Monster High: Double Feature -- Friday Night Frights/Why Do Ghouls Fall In Love? (2013) Two animated adventures with the Monster High classmates. Formats: DVD. (Universal).
My Worst Nightmare (2011 -- French) Isabelle Huppert, Andre Dussollier, Benoit Poelvoorde, Virginie Efira. An uptight, impatient art dealer who lives in an expensive Parisian apartment with her wealthy publisher husband crosses paths with a skirt-chasing, unemployed single father who lives in his van with his son when her husband hires the man to remodel their apartment; the odd couple relationship turns into the woman's worst -- but comedic -- nightmare. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
Night of the Tentacles (2013) Brandon Salkil, Nicole Gerity, Jackie McKown. In this obscene Faustian tale a young artists sells his soul to Satan for the new heart he so desperately needs. The only catch is that the heart is a tentacled monstrosity with a hunger for human flesh. Formats: DVD. (MVD Entertainment).
Paul Williams: Still Alive (2012) Paul Williams was everywhere in the 1970s -- on records, the radio, TV and movies --but he suddenly walked away from it all, and a new generation of pop music lovers has no idea who he is. Director Stephen Kessler sets out to remedy that situation. Even if you don't know songwriter Paul Williams, you know his timeless classics, such as the Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun" and "Rainy Days and Mondays," Barbra Streisand's "Evergreen," Three Dog Night's "Just an Old Fashioned Love Song" and the Muppets' "Rainbow Connection." Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and David Bowie, among other giants, have recorded his songs. He has won Grammys and an Oscar, made his own hit records, had a busy acting career, including starring in "Smokey and the Bandit" and Brian DePalma's "The Phantom of the Paradise," and made 50 appearances on Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show." But where has he been for the last 20 years? Director Stephen Kessler wanted to know, so he set out to find Williams. The result is an exhilarating film about a fan finally meeting his hero and getting him to open up about his career and why he seemed to simply give it all up. Formats: DVD. (Virgil Films).
A Perfect Ending (2012) Barbara Niven, Jessica Clark, John Heard, Morgan Fairchild, Rebecca Staab. What starts as a comedy of errors ends up as a uniquely erotic journey when a straight, married woman -- dissatisfied with her joyless love life -- seeks out the sexual services of a high-priced call girl. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scene featurettes, photo gallery. (Wolfe Video).
Peter Pan BLU-RAY DEBUT (1953) 60th Anniversary release of Walt Disney's classic with a new digital restoration and high definition picture and sound in a Three-disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy & Storybook App), $44.99; two-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (BD & DVD), $39.99. Extras: DisneyIntermission, "Growing up With Nine Old Men," Disney View, introduction by Diane Disney Miller, deleted songs & scenes, "You Can Fly: The Making of Peter Pan," "Tinker Bell: A Fairy's Tale," Disney song selections, commentary hosted by Roy Disney, music videos, more. (Disney).
Side By Side (2013) Keanu Reeves hosts this tour of the past and the future of filmmaking that takes a look at the impact of digital on the art of filmmaking. Since the invention of cinema, the standard format for recording moving images has been film. Over the past two decades, a new form of digital filmmaking has emerged, creating a groundbreaking evolution in the medium. Digital has now supplanted filmstock as the medium for showing movies: According to a recent story in the Los Angeles Times, "Hollywood is expected to stop distributing 35-millimeter film prints to all U.S. theaters later this year. The vast majority of indoor theaters ... have already converted to digital projectors." Reeves explores the development of cinema and the impact of digital filmmaking via in-depth interviews with Hollywood masters such as James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Robert Rodriguez, Steven Soderbergh and many more. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Tribeca Films/Cinedigm).
So Undercover (2012) Miley Cyrus, Autumn Reeser, Alexis Knapp, Joshua Bowman, Kelly Osbourne, Jeremy Piven. When a street-smart private investigator (Cyrus) is drafted by the FBI to go undercover in a college sorority to protect the daughter of a key witness in a case against the mob, she quickly discovers she's way out of her element amongst a sisterhood of snooty, high maintenance, materialistic college girls. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Millennium Entertainment).
The Solomon Bunch (2012) Craig Crumpton, Audray McCroskey, Todd Maynor, Randall Franks, Abbey Kochman. Dove-approved film follows five spirited, well-meaning kids as they create hilarious havoc in their peaceful small town: When they see a stranger and overhear something they don't understand, they jump to the conclusion that he is up to no good and they devise secret missions and elaborate schemes to warn the town about this "bizarre" new resident. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Slingshot Pictures/Image Entertainment).
Somewhere Between (2011) Since 1989, over 80,000 Chinese children have been adopted by Americans as a result of China's old "One Child Policy." This documentary profiles four adoptees -- now teenaged girls -- living in different parts of the U.S. but sharing a desire to uncover their shared heritages and answer the uniquely human question, “Who am I?” Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, interviews with Adoption Professionals. (Docurama/Cinedigm).
Spirit of the Church: A Celebration of Black Gospel Music (Vol. 1) First release in a 12-volume set of performances culled from "TV Gospel Time" (1962-65), which aired Sunday mornings on NBC. This Chicago-based show merged song and God's word, attracting a primarily black audience and sponsors, but introducing the genre to a broader audience. Includes four shows in their entirety, transferred from the original kinescopes and rarely, if ever, seen since their original broadcast, with performances by such iconic artists as Brother Joe May, Marie Knight, Robert Anderson, The Caravans, The Soul Stirrers, Inez Andrews, Paul Foster, Madame Edna Gallmon Cooke, Rev. Milton Brunson & the Thompson Community Singers, and others. Formats: DVD, $14.98. Extras: Two command performances by "The Gospel Queen," Mahalia Jackson and original 60s commercials. (Green Apple Entertainment).
A Star Is Born BLU-RAY DEBUT (1976) Dir.: Frank Pierson; Barbra Streisand, Kris Kristofferson, Gary Busey. Forty-page Blu-ray book. Soundtrack remastered in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. Extras: Commentary by Streisand, additional scenes, wardrobe tests, trailer gallery. (Warner).
Southland: The Complete Second, Third and Fourth Seasons (2010-12) Includes all 26 episodes from Seasons 2, 3 and 4 plus an hour of bonus content, $59.98. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
Testimony of Two Men (1977 -- TV) Ambitious, post-Civil War costume drama miniseries spanning 36 years that intertwines several stories of lust, power, greed and murder. Stars David Birney, Barbara Parkins, Steve Forrest, William Shatner, Linda Purl, Ralph Bellamy, Tom Bosley, Joan Van Ark. Formats: Three-disc DVD set. (Acorn Media).
Tyler Perry's Madea Gets a Job (2013) Tyler Perry, Patrice Lovely, Cheryl Pepsii Riley, Chandra Currelley-Young. The newest musical stage play from director, writer and producer Tyler Perry, taped before a live audience. When a judge orders Madea to do community service at a local retirement home, the residents and staff are not ready for Madea's brand of "the truth," but all's well that ends well when Madea helps the residents of Easy Rest Retirement Home realize the importance of family, love and forgiveness. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Lionsgate).
The Whole Truth (2009) Elisabeth Rohm, Sean Patrick Flanery, Eric Roberts. Comedy about an acting coach who teaches criminal defendants how to work the system and win jury acquittals who now finds that her technique is used against her when one of her clients tries to have her killed. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: (Green Apple Entertainment).
Yelling to the Sky (2011) Zoe Kravitz, Jason Clarke, Antonique Smith, Gabourey Sidibe, Tim Blake Nelson. Sweetness O'Hara, the nice, quiet 17-year-old daughter of mixed-race parents, is struggling to find her place in the rough Queens neighborhood she calls home. Her alcoholic white father is either absent or abusive, her black mother is emotionally unstable, and her racial background makes her an outsider in a community where drugs and violence abound. When their mother abruptly leaves home, Sweetness and her pregnant older sister Ola look after each other, but Sweetness nevertheless finds herself in a downward spiral of dealing, shoplifting and fighting. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (MPI Home Video).

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February 12

Babar: The Movie (1989) The lovable pachyderm, star of Jean de Brunhoff's charming and best-loved children's books, makes the leap from page to film in this Dove-approved, feature-length animated movie originally theatrically released by New Line Cinema. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collections: Musicals A 20-film collection commemorating the studio's 90th anniversary. Check out the complete list of films here. Formats: DVD, $98.92. (Warner).
Bible Stories From the Old Testament (2013) Compilation of History specials that retell stories from the Bible in new and unexpected ways. Three-disc set: Disc One: "Mysteries of the Bible: The Story of Creation," "Adam and Eve: Lost Innocence," "History's Mysteries: Sodom and Gomorrah." Disc Two: "Mega Disasters: Noah's Great Flood," "Moses and the Ten Commandments," "Battles BC: Joshua's Epic Slaughter." Disc Three: "Samson and Delilah: Love and Betrayal," "Battles BC: David, Giant Slayer," "Solomon." Formats: DVD, $19.98. (Lionsgate).
Bible Stories From the New Testament (2013) Compilation of History specials that retell stories from the Bible in new and unexpected ways. Three-disc set: Disc One: "Lost Worlds: Herod the Great," "Mary of Nazareth," "Joseph: Silent Saint." Disc Two: "Jesus: His Life," "Mary Magdelane," "Peter." Disc Three: "Pontius Pilate," "Judas," "Paul the Apostle." Formats: DVD, $19.98. (Lionsgate).
Black's Game (2012 -- Iceland) Thor Kristjansson, Vignir Rafnlborsson Val, Johannes Haukur Johannesson, Damon Younger, Maria Birta. A student is sucked into the dangerous and alluring world of Iceland's drug trade, where he becomes the drug lord's right hand pusher, rolling in cash, drugs and girls. Based on the best-selling novel, "Svartur a leik," by Stefan Mani. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes interviews. (Lionsgate).
Bonanza: The Official Fifth Season (1963-64) Nine-disc set with 34 episodes of the long-running Western series that follows the High-Sierra adventures of the Cartwright family's wise patriarch Ben Cartwright and his three dissimilar sons, Adam, Hoss and "Little Joe," as they attempt to maintain and operate their sprawling timberland ranch, the Ponderosa, in an era of violence and lawlessness in mid-1800's Nevada. Formats: DVD, $58.98. Extras: Photo galleries, commentaries. (CBS/Paramount).
Bully (2012) Critically-acclaimed documentary film that sparked a national movement that rallied people to stand up to bullying, hate, and intolerance. Read more about "Bully" in the February Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Filmmaker Q&A, featurettes, celebrity PSAs, deleted scenes. (The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay).
Chuggington: Safari Adventures (2013) Six jungle-inspired episodes has the Chuggington crew embark on a trainload of escapades -- with non-stop adventure and positive messages -- with a variety of exotic animals at the Safari Park. For ages 2 to 7. Formats: DVD, $14.98; DVD with a collectible Mtambo toy engine, $16.98. (Anchor Bay).
Dangerous Liaisons (2012 -- China) Zhang Ziyi, Jang Dong-Gun, Cecilia Cheung. Director Jin-ho Hur re-imagines the classic 18th-century French novel, here set in 1930s Shanghai, the glamorous, tumultuous "Paris of the East." Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes and making-of featurettes. (Well Go USA).
Doctor Who: The Reign of Terror (1964) This digitally remastered edition of the Doctor Who classic includes the original episodes 1, 2, 3 and 6 plus brand new animated versions of episodes 4 and 5, currently missing from the BBC Archives. The Tardis and First Doctor William Hartnell arrive near Paris during the French Revolution, a time of great upheaval, bloodshed and terror. Formats: DVD, $24.98. Extras: Commentary with actors Carole Ann Ford, Neville Smith, Jeffry Wickham, Caroline Hunt and Patrick Marley and production assistant Tim Combe, Ronald Pickup, Philip Morris and Paul Vanezis; "Don't Lose Your Head" featurette; more. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Doomsday County (2012) Tara Lightfoot, Paul Alessi, Mike Santi. In a town overrun with zombies, vampires, and a melting mad scientist with plans for an impending alien invasion, it's up to a select few to try and keep order. Formats: DVD. Extras: Outtakes. (Troma Entertainment).
Dora the Explorer: Dora's Butterfly Ball (2012) Three new-to-DVD episodes from the current season: "The Butterfly Ball," "¡Vamos a Pintar!" and "¡Feliz Día de los Padres!" Formats: DVD, $14.99. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).
Duck Dodgers: Dark Side of the Duck: Season 1 (2003) Stars Daffy Duck as the heroic Captain Duck Edgar Dumas Aloysius Dodgers and Porky Pig as his trusted companion, as they blast off into outer space to protect the Earth from menacing Martian invaders. Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $19.97. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century" classic Merrie Melodies theatrical short directed by animation legend Chuck Jones. (Warner).
The Euro-Sleaze Collection Three depraved European films on three discs. "The Sister of Ursula" (1978): In the wake of their father's death, two beautiful sisters -- sensitive Ursula (Barbara Magnolfi) and promiscuous Dagmar (Stefania D'Amario) -- go to a seaside resort for a relaxing vacation that soon becomes a depraved nightmare of kinky exhibitionists, dope-sick lotharios, lust-crazed lesbians and a psychotic killer who tears women to pieces with -- no kidding -- a phallus of massive proportion. Fully restored from original vault elements and presented uncut and uncensored for the first time ever in America. "The Sinful Dwarf" (1974): First-time ever in America DVD release of what may be the sleaziest film in EuroCult history: Diminutive former kiddie-show host Torben Bille -- who looks disturbingly like Jack Black in a trash compactor -- stars as a pint-sized pervert who imprisons drugged teenage sex slaves in the attic of his drunken mother's decrepit rooming house -- and that's just the first 10 minutes. Fully restored from a 35mm print discovered hidden in a janitor's closet at the Danish Film Institute. "Hanna D: The Girl From Vondel Park" (1982): Dutch schoolgirl Hanna D (Ann-Gisel Glass) delivers an eye-popping performance that takes her from coy teenage tease to depraved junkie whore, complete with a parade of perversion that includes voyeurism, mutilation, sleazy pimps, cheezy love songs and drunk nude mothers. Filmed in Amsterdam, rescued from a bankruptcy auction in Rome, and presented uncut. Formats: DVD, $29.95. (Severin Films).
Fairfield Road (2012) Jesse Metcalfe, Natalie Lisinska. After losing his high-powered political job and his fiance on the same day, a young man escapes to the small New England town of Harpswell in Cape Cod, where he falls in love with a bookstore owner as well as the quaint town itself, giving him new purpose and a sense of belonging in life. Hallmark Channel movie. Formats: DVD. (Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).
Family Matters: The Complete Third Season (1991-92) Three-disc set with 25 episodes, $29.98. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
Girl Model (2012) Documentary explores how young girls are discovered in obscure corners of the globe and initiated into the high stakes modeling industry. The film follows two protagonists: Ashley, a former model and now scout who scours Siberia looking for fresh faces; and one of her discoveries, Nadya, a 13-year-old plucked from her rustic home and dropped into the center of bustling Tokyo with promises of a profitable career. Formats: DVD. Extras: Bonus scenes. (First Run Features).
Gossip Girl: The Complete Sixth and Final Season (2012) Three-disc set with 10 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: "A Big Farewell and XOXO to the Upper East Siders" featurette, "Gossip Girl Prequel: It Had To Be You" (Audiobook), deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).
Gossip Girl: The Complete Series (2007-12) Twenty-nine disc set with all 121 episodes in an eye-catching collector's box, $199.70. Formats: DVD. Extras: Featurettes, deleted scenes, gag reels, more. (Warner).
Jedi Junkies (2010) A film about the world's most dedicated "Star Wars" fans, from lightsaber wielding martial arts academies to a filmmaker who built the world's only life-size Millennium Falcon, from a Monster Garage-esque sculptor whose professional livelihood is building custom lightsabers to metal-bikini wearing dancers who embody Slave Leia. This documentary offers a rare glimpse into the lives of rabid fans' whose personal and professional self expression via "Star Wars" borders on obsession and a way of life. Formats: DVD, $19.95. Extras: Filmmaker commentary, deleted and extended scenes, trailer. (Cinedigm/Docurama).
The Kid With a Bike (2011 -- Belgium) Twelve-year-old Cyril (Thomas Doret), all coiled anger and furious motion, is living in a group home but refuses to believe he has been rejected by his single father (Jeremie Renier). He spends his days frantically trying to reach the man, over the phone or on his beloved bicycle. It is only the patience and compassion of Samantha (Cecile de France), the stranger who agrees to care for him, that offers the boy the chance to move on. Spare and unsentimental but deeply imbued with a heart-rending tenderness, "The Kid with a Bike" is an arresting work from the great Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, masters of the empathetic action film. New digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Alain Marcoen, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Conversation between film critic Kent Jones and directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne; interviews with actors Cecile de France and Thomas Doret; "Return to Seraing," a half-hour documentary in which the Dardennes revisit five locations from the film; booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoff Andrew. (The Criterion Collection).
Kill for Me (2012) Katie Cassidy, Tracy Spiridakos, Ryan Robbins, Donal Logue. Two roommates with abusive men in their pasts consider murder as an option to help settle each other's problems. Formats: DVD, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Sony).
The Man With the Iron Fists (2012) RZA, Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, Cung Le, Byron Mann, Rick Yune, Jamie Chung, David Bautista, Osric Chau, Zhu Zhu, Celina Jade, Dennis Chan. Read more about "The Man with the Iron Fists" in the February Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, unrated version of the film, "A Path to the East" featurette, "A Look Inside The Man With the Iron Fists," "On the Set With RZA." (Universal).
Martha's Magnificent Egg (2013) Martha Stewart's animated series celebrates Easter with this episode in which 10-year-old Martha and her friends create and craft their Easter baskets to enter an Easter contest. Formats: DVD, $6.95. Extras: Bonus webisodes, downloadable craft projects, recipes. (Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment/A Squared Entertainment).
Matlock: The Eighth Season (1993-94) Six-disc set with 20 episodes of the courtroom/crime drama starring Andy Griffith as the high-priced but successful Atlanta defense attorney Ben Matlock. Formats: DVD, $54.99. (CBS/Paramount).
Nurse Jackie: Season Four (2012) Three-disc set with 10 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Cast and crew commentaries, "Cruz Control" featurette, "On the Floor at All Saints" featurette, gag reel. (Lionsgate).
The Origins of Oz (2013) Smithsonian Channel documentary pulls the curtain back on L. Frank Baum and reveals the inspiration behind his books: Discover who Dorothy was modeled after, why a scarecrow and a tin man served as main characters, how the 1893 Chicago World's Fair sparked the conception of Emerald City and much more. Formats: DVD, $14.98. (Inception Media).
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd, Nina Dobrev, Dylan McDermott, Johnny Simmons, Nicholas Braun, Mae Whitman. Read more about "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" in the February Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with screenwriter-director Stephen Chbosky, commentary with Chbosky and the cast, "Best Summer Ever" featurette, deleted scenes, dailies (Summit/Lionsgate).
Photographic Memory (2012) Filmmaker Ross McElwee ("Sherman's March", "Bright Leaves") finds himself in frequent conflict with his son, a young adult who seems addicted to and distracted by the virtual worlds of the Internet. To understand his fractured love for his son, McElwee travels back to St. Quay-Portrieux in Brittany for the first time in decades to retrace his own journey into adulthood. A meditation on the passing of time, the praxis of photography and film, and the digital versus analog divide. Formats: DVD. Extras: Archival photo gallery. (First Run Features).
Purge (2010) Sarah Breen, Michael F. Cahill, Mark Doggett. In a genetically-engineered world, a BDSM mistress wants to fit in and be happy but her nemesis won't let her. Formats: DVD. Extras: Interviews. (Troma).
The Red Hen ... and More Cooking Stories (2013) Four delectable tales about food: the title story plus "Bread Comes to Life," a live action film narrated by Lily Tomlin; "How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?"; and "Arnie the Doughnut," the hilarious tale of pastry run amok. Formats: DVD, $14.95. Extras: Easy-to-follow recipe for baking your own splendid cake. (Scholastic Storybook Treasures).
Robot & Frank (2012) Frank Langella, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Susan Sarandon, Peter Sarsgaard, Jeremy Strong. Read more about "Robot & Frank" in the February Calendar. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary with director Jake Schreier and writer Christopher Ford, robot poster campaign gallery. (Sony).
The Sessions (2012) John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood, Annika Marks, Rhea Perlman. Read more about "The Sessions" in the February Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, UltraViolet. Extras: "John Hawkes Becomes Mark O'Brien, "Helent Hunt as the Sex Surrogate," "The Women Who Loved Mark O'Brien," deleted scenes, "Writer-director Ben Lewin Finds Inspiration," "Session With the Cast." (Fox).
Silent Hill: Revelation (2012) Sean Bean, Deborah Kara Unger, Radha Mitchell, Adelaide Clemens, Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Malcolm McDowell. Read more about "Silent Hill: Revelation" in the February Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. (Universal).
Skyfall (2012) Dir.: Sam Mendes; Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw, Helen McCrory, Rory Kinnear. Read more about "Skyfall" in the February Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Shooting Bond" four-part documentary. Blu-ray adds eight additional segments to "Shooting Bond;" commentary with director Sam Mendes; commentary with producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and production designer Dennis Gassner; "Skyfall" rremiere. (MGM).
Slugterra: Return of the Shane Gang (2012) Five episodes of the Nerd Corp's popular animated action series, $14.97. Formats: DVD. Extras: "An Intro to Slugterra" with creator Asaph Fipke and story editor Rob Hoegee, three bonus animated Slugisodes. (Shout! Factory Kids).
Smiley (2012) Caitlin Gerard, Melanie Papalia, Michael Bart, Keith David, Shane Dawson. A troubled teen goes online to test an urban legend and mistakenly summons a devious murderer named Smiley (so called because he has nothing but a carved "smiley" on his face) to kill a stranger online. When she begins to see him near her, she doesn't know whether she's going insane or is marked as Smiley's next victim. Formats: DVD. (ARC Entertainment).
Storage Wars: Volume 4 (2012) Two-disc set with 16 episodes, $19.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Bonus footage. (Lionsgate).
The Thieves (2012 -- South Korea) Gianna Jun, Kim Hae-suk, Kim Hye-su, Kim Soo Hyun, Kim Yun-seok, Angelica Lee, Simon Yam. A group of five thieves go after the score of a lifetime: a 318-carat diamond, worth $20 million, locked away in a casino. The film made boxoffice history as Korea's highest-grossing movie to date with more than a half-million tickets sold on the first day of release and over 10 million sold in the first three weeks. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "Meet The Thieves" featurette, "The Making of The Thieves" featurette. (Well Go USA ).
Top Gear: 50 Years of Bond Cars (2012) "Top Gear" presenter Richard Hammond celebrates 50 years of Bond films in this special episode, revealing the engaging behind-the-scenes stories of Bond's most iconic cars, including the "Goldfinger" Aston Martin DB5 and the Lotus Esprit submarine car. Additionally, Roger Moore hosts a segment on the era of Bond's greatest car stunts. Formats: DVD, $9.95. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Undersea Edens (2013) Smithsonian Channel documentary journeys through New Guinea, Australia, South Georgia Island and beyond to explore the breathtaking underwater empires of the southern oceans. Formats: DVD, $24.98. (Inception Media).
Weeds: Season Eight, The Final Season (2012) Three-disc set with 13 episodes, $35.98. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "Weeds Season Eight: The Wrap Up!" featurette: Roundtable Discussion with creator Jenji Kohan and producers Roberto Benabib and Matthew Salsberg; "Clippin' the Buds" featurette with interviews by cast and experts in an educational piece that looks into the world of medical marijuana and the creation of the marijuana pill; "Everyday Advice from Guru Doug" featurette; commentaries with cast and crew; gag reel; deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).

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Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake (2012) What time is it? Time for the release of more episodes from Cartoon Network's smash hit animated "Adventure Time," here with 16 episodes from Seasons Two, Three and Four of the Emmy Award-nominated series (with the voice talent of Neil Patrick Harris as Prince Gumball) featuring Fionna and Cake -- a human girl and her cat -- as they battle the Ice Queen to save Prince Gumball and the Candy Kingdom. Formats: DVD, $19.82. (Cartoon Network/Warner).
American Experience: Henry Ford (2013) A fascinating portrait of the farm boy who rose from obscurity to become one of the most influential American innovators of the 20th century. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).
An American Girl: Mckenna Shoots for the Stars (2013) Jade Pettyjohn, Nia Vardalos, Ian Ziering, Cathy Rigby. Teen melodrama about a high school gymnast on track to make the regional championships who has troubles keeping up with her studies -- until a bad fall sidelines her from the team, doubly causing her to doubt herself. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Universal).
Anna Karenina (2012) Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Kelly Macdonald, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Matthew MacFadyen, Olivia Williams, Emily Watson, Domhnall Gleeson). Read more about "Anna Karenina" in the February Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, "Anna Karenina: An Epic Story About Love," "Adapting Tolstoy," "Keira as Anna," "On the Set With Director Joe Wright," "Dressing Anna," "Anna Karenina: Time-Lapse Photography," commentary with Wright. (Universal).
Argo (2012) Dir.: Ben Affleck; Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Kyle Chandler, Scoot McNairy, Clea DuVall, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Kerry Bishe, Michael Parks, Tate Donovan. Read more about "Argo" in the February Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Rescued from Tehran: We Were There" featurette. Blu-ray adds Picture in Picture: "Eye Witness Account," commentary with director Ben Affleck, "Argo: Absolute Authenticity," "Argo: The CIA & Hollywood Connection," "Escape From Iran: The Hollywood Option." (Warner).
Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike (2012) Samantha Mathis, Jason Beghe, Esai Morales, Richard T. Jones, Kim Rhodes, Patrick Fabian, D.B. Sweeney, Paul McCrane, Arye Gross Read more about "Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike" in the February Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc). Extras: "Behind The Scenes of Atlas Shrugged Part II," Sean Hannity Extended segment, deleted scenes. (Fox).
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Volume 6 (2013) Two-disc set. Formats: DVD. (Disney).
Bath Salt Zombies (2012) Brandon Salkil, Josh Eal, Ethan Holey, Dave Parker, Jackie McKown. In order to keep one step ahead of the competition, a young aspiring chemist develops the most powerful batch of the violence-inducing drug Bath Salt (a combination of amphetamine-like chemicals, mainly mephedrone, MDPV and methylone) ... but something has gone horribly wrong. The new ultra potent bath salt batch has revealed a major side effect ... It turns users into violent flesh seeking "zombies." Formats: DVD. (MVD Entertainment Group).
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome -- Unrated Edition (2013) Luke Pasqualino, Ben Cotton, Lili Bordan. This all-new chapter in the "Battlestar Galactica" saga takes place in the midst of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, the sentient robotic Cylons, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, a young, talented fighter pilot, William Adama, finds himself assigned to one of the most powerful battlestars in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica. Though Adama quickly finds himself at odds with his co-pilot, the battle weary officer Coker, the two men must set their differences aside when a routine escort mission with an enigmatic passenger turns dangerous and becomes a pivotal one for the desperate fleet. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Six deleted scenes, "Blood & Chrome Visual Effects" featurettes. Blu-ray adds more deleted scenes. (Universal).
Best in Show BLU-RAY DEBUT (2000) Parker Posey, Michael Hitchcock, Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Bob Balaban, Will Sasso. (Warner).
Bullet Collector (2011 -- Russia) Yuliya Aug, Ivan Basov, Pyotr Fyodorov, Vitaliy Gerasimov, Aleksandr Gubin. An intense drama of an adolescent adrift in an uncaring world. A unique and visually striking work, the edgy film examines the traumas of a wide-eyed 14-year-old boy, struggling to cope with a terrible home life -- dominated by an angry mother and a stepfather who can't stand the sight of him -- and a school routine plagued by brutal attacks from bullies. His life becomes even more nightmarish after he is sent to a hellish reform school cum prison cum work camp, where he has to lose himself in an elaborate fantasy world where he is loved by a beautiful girlfriend and able to defeat his oppressors. It's kind of a Russian version of Truffaut's "The 400 Blows" -- but much more viscerally brutal. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Deleted scene, cast interviews, 12-page collectible booklet. (Artsploitation Films).
Closure (2012) Victor Browne, Stephanie Drapeau, Marc Raymond. A man comes home from work to find his wife and daughter murdered, and when detectives tell him there are no leads, he enlists his step-brother and sister-in-law to search for justice, navigating a web of political intrigue that involves a cop and a district attorney ... all during one roller-coaster night. Shot in a mere five days, the film is one of the first ever entirely crowd-sourced and financed feature films; it was conceived, written, cast and filmed in just 30 days as part of the 30 Day Film Challenge, a no-budget, Internet-based project created by the producers. Gaining the support of over 600,000 online followers in the first 12 days alone, filmmakers Marcin Teodoru, Tom Cole and Aaron Grasso were able to complete the feature-film in record time. Formats: DVD. (Osiris Entertainment).
The Cyclist (2012) K.C. Clyde, Jennifer Klekas, K. Danor Gerald, Frank Gerrish, Renny Grames. An aimless young man, coasting along as a bike messenger, loses his job, apartment, and his girlfriend and decides to "grow up" by pursuing his dream of becoming a professional bike racer. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Image Entertainment).
Dora's Easter Collection Two-disc collection, featuring eight "egg-citing" springtime adventures from the "Dora's Easter Adventure" and "Dora Egg Hunt" DVDs. Formats: DVD, $19.99. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).
Easter Parade BLU-RAY DEBUT (1948) Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford, Ann Miller. 65th Anniversary Edition. Extras: Commentary by Ava Astaire McKenzie and John Fricke; "Easter Parade: On the Avenue"; "American masters -- Judy Garland: By Myself"; "Mr. Monotony" outtake; "Mr. Monotony" dailies; radio promo; "Screen Guild Theatre" radio broadcast (March 11, 1951); trailer. (Warner).
The Factory (2011) John Cusack, Jennifer Carpenter, Mae Whitman, Dallas Roberts, Sonya Walger, Mageina Tovah. An obsessed cop is on the trail of a serial killer prowling the streets of Buffalo, N.Y., but when his teenage daughter disappears, he drops any professional restraint to get the killer. Formats: DVD, Digital, UltraViolet. (Warner).
4 Assassins (2012 -- Hong Kong) Will Yun Le, Miguel Ferrer, Emilie Guillot, Mercedes Renard. Four assassins meet in a hotel suite in the cosmopolitan world of Hong Kong to resolve unfinished business, resulting in a dangerous face-off. Formats: DVD. (Inception Media Group).
Fun Size (2012) Victoria Justice, Jane Levy, Chelsea Handler, Jackson Nicoll, Thomas Mann, Osric Chau, Thomas McDonell, Johnny Knoxville, Riki Lindholme, Josh Pence, Kerri Kenney, Ana Gasteyer. Read more about "Fun Size" in the February Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet. Blu-ray Extras: "Unwrapped: The Making of Fun Size," "Jackson Nicoll: Trouble Sized!" featurette on the young star, gag reel, deleted scenes, "This Kiss" music video by Carly Rae Jepsen, "Carly Rae Jepsen: Making of This Kiss." (Nickelodeon/Paramount).
Game of Thrones: The Complete Second Season (2012) Based on George R.R. Martin's best-selling series "A Song of Ice and Fire." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "Creating the Battle of Blackwater Bay"; "Game of Thrones: Inner Circle" roundtable discussion with actors Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Michelle Fairley and Liam Cunningham; "The Religions of Westeros"; character profiles; 12 commentaries. Blu-ray adds "War of the Five Kings" interactive guide that tracks the claims, strategies and key players involved in the battle for the Iron Throne; "Histories & Lore" with 19 animated histories detailing the mythology of Westeros and Essos; In-Episode Guide; hidden Dragon Eggs. (HBO).
The Garfield Show: Spring Fun Collection (2013) Garfield and his friends embark on a series of adventures in this animated series. Formats: DVD, $14.93. (Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).
Ghost Hunters: Season 8 Part 1 (2012) Four-disc set with 12 episodes, $24.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Bonus footage, deleted scenes. (Image Entertainment).
Hats Off to Dr. Seuss Collector's Edition Five animated TV classics, fully re-mastered and available together for the first time: "The Lorax," "Green Eggs and Ham and Other Stories," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!," "The Cat in the Hat" and "Horton Hears a Who!" Formats: DVD, $44.98; Blu-ray, $59.99. Extras: Collectible booklet that showcases rare artwork from Dr. Seuss and a peak at photos showcasing some of his hats from his secret hat collection. (Warner).
The Insider BLU-RAY DEBUT (1999) Dir.: Michael Mann; Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora, Philip Baker Hall, Lindsay Crouse, Debi Mazar, Stephen Tobolowsky, Colm Feore, Bruce McGill, Gina Gershon, Michael Gambon, Rip Torn. (Disney).
Junior High Spy (2012) When his FBI agent father is abducted, a young boy whose concerns are dismissed as child's play by the agency arms himself with an array of his dad's high-tech spy gadgets and, with the aid of his quick-thinking, computer-genius best friend, goes on the hunt for the missing man. Formats: DVD. (Inception Media Group).
Lake Placid: The Final Chapter (2012) Robert Englund, Yancy Butler, Elisabeth Rohm. A rogue game warden breaks out her guns after the schemes of an obsessed poacher lands a group of high school students into the midst of the man-eating crocodile "nature preserve." Third sequel. Formats: DVD. (Sony).
Missions That Changed the War: The Doolittle Raid (2011) Documentary recounts one of WWII's most daring missions, tracing the plan for an airstrike on Japan led by famed aviator Jimmy Doolittle. Two-disc set with four episodes, plus a bonus interview with Doolittle Raider Edward Saylor. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
Monsters, Inc. Blu-ray 3D Ultimate Collector's Edition (2001) Voices of John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Mary Gibbs, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn, Jennifer Tilly, Bob Peterson, John Ratzenberger, Frank Oz. Formats: 5-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D + 2 Blu-ray Discs + DVD + Digital Copy), 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (2 Blu-ray Discs + DVD), Blu-ray, DVD. Extras: DVD: Commentary. Blu-ray adds "Toy Story Toons: Partysaurus Rex," "For the Birds" short, "Mike's New Car" short, filmmakers round table, "Roz's 100 Door" challenge game, "Pixar Fun Factory Tower," banished concepts, "Monsters University" sneak peek. (Disney).
The Mooring (2012) Hallie Todd, Thomas Wilson Brown, Karli Blalock, Anna Goodwin. The houseboat with a group of teenage girls attending a summer camp is stranded in the middle of a river in Idaho, where they find find themselves on the run, being pursued by a brutal and determined killer. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette with cast interview. (Lionsgate).
Naked City: 20 Star-Filled Episodes The hard-boiled classic TV series that aired from 1958 to 1963 on ABC was a groundbreaking drama in style and substance with a "semi-documentary" format that told gripping stories of real life in the big city ("There are eight million stories in the naked city"). Starring Paul Burke, the show featured many great guest stars including Gene Hackman, Robert Redford, Leslie Nielsen, Peter Fonda, William Shatner, Dustin Hoffman, Telly Savalas, James Caan, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Jack Klugman and many more. Formats: DVD, $24.98. (RLJ/Image Entertainment).
The Nest BLU-RAY DEBUT (1988) Robert Lansing, Lisa Langlois. Meat-eating mutant roaches invade an island community after a biological experiment goes haywire. In a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. Extras: Commentary with director Terence Winkless. (Scream Factory/Shout! Factory).
North Sea Texas (2011 -- Belgium) A teenage boy's search for love finds him fixated on the boy next door. Pim and his ex-beauty queen, single mother live in a small town on the Belgian coast. Trapped, geographically and emotionally, they both yearn for unattainable things. Pim fantasizes about his older neighbor friend, Gino,and when things at home take a turn for the worse, Pim finds comfort and solace in Gino's family, who receive him with open arms -- and for the first time in his life he understands what it means to be loved. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
NOVA: Ultimate Mars Challenge (2013) Documentary on Curiosity's trip to Mars. NOVA obtained footage and interviews with the massive team of scientists and engineers responsible for Curiosity's inception and with those running the on-the-ground experiments to prepare the rover for dealing with harsh Martian conditions and equipment emergencies. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (PBS Distribution).
On the Waterfront (1954) Marlon Brando gives the performance of his career as the tough prizefighter-turned-longshoreman Terry Malloy in this masterpiece of urban poetry, a raggedly emotional tale of individual failure and institutional corruption. "On the Waterfront" charts Terry's deepening moral crisis as he must choose whether to remain loyal to the mob-connected union boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) and Johnny's right-hand man, Terry's brother, Charley (Rod Steiger), as the authorities close in on them. Driven by the vivid, naturalistic direction of Elia Kazan and savory, streetwise dialogue by Budd Schulberg, "On the Waterfront" was an instant sensation, winning eight Oscars, including for best picture, director, actor, supporting actress (Eva Marie Saint), and screenplay. New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Alternate presentations of the feature restoration in two additional aspect ratios: 1.85:1 (widescreen) and 1.33:1 (full-screen); alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition; commentary featuring authors Richard Schickel and Jeff Young; new conversation between filmmaker Martin Scorsese and critic Kent Jones; "Elia Kazan: Outsider" (1982), an hour-long documentary; new documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with scholar Leo Braudy, critic David Thomson, and others; new interview with actress Eva Marie Saint; interview with director Elia Kazan from 2001; "Contender," a 2001 documentary on the film's most famous scene; new interview with longshoreman Thomas Hanley, an actor in the film; new interview with author James T. Fisher ("On the Irish Waterfront") about the real-life people and places behind the film; visual essay on Leonard Bernstein's score; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Almereyda and reprints of Kazan's 1952 ad in the New York Times defending his testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee, one of the 1948 New York Sun articles by Malcolm Johnson on which the film was based, and a 1953 Commonweal piece by screenwriter Budd Schulberg. (The Criterion Collection).
The Package (2012) Steve Austin, Eric Keenleyside, Dolph Lundgren, Michael Daingerfield. A courier (Austin) for a local crime lord must deliver a mysterious package to a mysterious German (Lundgren) while being chased by a horde of unusual gangsters. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: (Studio).
Prison Collector's Edition (1988) Lane Smith, Viggo Mortensen, Chelsea Field, Lincoln Kilpatrick, Andre De Shields. Creedmore Prison becomes a supernatural battleground when the specter of Charlie Forsythe, a man executed for murder, returns seeking vengeance from the brutal guard, Ethan Sharpe, who was aware of his innocence. The lives of the inmates hang in the balance as Forsythe and Sharpe lock in demonic combat. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary with director Renny Harlin, "Hard Time: The Making of Prison" retrospective featurette, U.S. theatrical trailer, poster and still gallery, original first-draft screenplay (PDF format). (Scream Factory/Shout! Factory).
Puppy Love (2012 -- TV) Candace Cameron Bure, Victor Webster, Katie L. Hawkins. When a single mom moves to a new town, she feels guilty for uprooting her 10-year-old daughter, so they adopt a dog from the pound -- which turns out to be the wayward pet of a handsome ballplayer -- and love ensues. Formats: DVD. (Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).
Riddle (2013) Elisabeth Harnois, Val Kilmer, Diora Baird, William Sadler. When a college student travels to Riddle, Pennsylvania in search of her missing brother, she unravels a mystery connected to an abandoned psychiatric hospital on the edge of town, uncovering a terrifying past the town in determined to keep hidden Formats: DVD. (XLrator Media).
Seeds of Destruction (2011) Adrian Pasdar, Jesse Moss, James Morrison, Stefanie von Pfetten. When a fringe scientist releases a prehistoric seed, it unleashes a horrific root system that rips through Nevada like an earthquake and devastates everything in its path. Now a hard-nosed government agent, a desperate plant expert and a pair of young environmentalists must find a way to stop its destructive growth. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
Sinister (2012) Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, James Ransome, Fred Dalton Thompson, Michael Hall D'Addario, Clare Foley (voice). Read more about "Sinister" in the February Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with director Scott Derrickson, commentary with writers Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill, "Living in a House of Death" featurette, "True Crime Authors" featurette, deleted scenes.(Summit Entertainment).
The Six Million Dollar Man: Season 3 (1975-76) Six-disc set with 21 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary on select episodes. (Universal).
Small Apartments (2012) Matt Lucas, Billy Crystal, Juno Temple, James Marsden, Peter Stormare, Amanda Plummer, Dolph Lundgren, Rosie Perez, Rebel Wilson, James Caan, Johnny Knoxville. A clumsy recluse embarks on a hapless cover-up after accidentally killing his landlord. Trapped in a seedy L.A. apartment, Franklin Franklin (Lucas) has a dead landlord on the kitchen floor and is surrounded by eccentric neighbors: the stoner (Knoxville) and girlfriend (Wilson), the wanna-be stripper (Temple) and the artist (Caan). To add to his chaos, a drunk investigator (Crystal) is questioning him about his landlord. But none of this fazes Franklin. He dreams of Switzerland, and waits each day for an envelope from his institutionalized brother (Marsden). Then, one day the envelope doesn't come and Franklin becomes unhinged. Little does he know ... his crazy brother has the secret that will set him free. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: "How to Build a Gravity Bong" and "Small Apartments: Behind the Scenes" featurettes. (Sony).
Special Forces (2012) Diane Kruger, Djimon Hounsou, Benoit Magimel, Denis Menochet, Raphael Personnaz. When war correspondent Elsa Casanova (Kruger) is taken hostage in Afghanistan by the Taliban, the French government dispatches an elite Special Forces unit to bring her home alive. But after liberating the captive, the commandos' radio is destroyed in a firefight, and the group quickly finds themselves in a desperate fight for survival as they try to outrun their pursuers through the treacherous mountains of the Hindu Kush. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Real Life Special Forces." Blu-ray adds making-of featurette. (Entertainment One).
Sushi Girl (2012) Tony Todd, Mark Hamill, Noah Hathaway, James Duval, Andy Mackenzie. Centers on a man called "Fish," just released after six years in jail after not ratting on those involved in the robbery that sent him to prison. The night he is released, the men he protected with silence celebrate his freedom with a congratulatory dinner, a lavish array of sushi, served off the naked body of a beautiful young woman. The sushi girl seems catatonic, trained to ignore everything in the room, even if things become dangerous. Sure enough, the unwieldy thieves can't help but open old wounds in an attempt to find their missing loot, with violent results. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary, "Sushi Girl: A Documentary," alternate scenes, outtakes, fake TV commercials, poster and promotional image gallery, behind the scenes photo gallery, storyboards. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Swamp People: Season 3 (2011) Six-disc set with 22 episodes, $24.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Additional footage. (Lionsgate).
The Terminator: The Remastered Blu-ray (1984) Dir.: James Cameron; Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton, Paul Winfield, Lance Henriksen. Bonus features: Seven deleted scenes, "Creating the Terminator": visual effects and music, "Terminator: A Retrospective." (Fox).
TerrorVision/The Video Dead Double Feature (1986/1987) In "TerrorVision," Stanley Putterman installs a state-of-the-art satellite dish in his backyard but, through a cosmic accident, a wayward monster's energy is beamed across galaxies, into the satellite and onto the Puttermans' television set, where he leaps off the screen and into the Puttermans' living room. Stars Diane Franklin, Gerrit Graham, Mary Woronov, Chad Allen, Jonathan Gries, Jennifer Richards, Alejandro Rey, Bert Remsen. In "The Video Dead," an old television set receives a single channel, one that not only shows the same film over and over -- a horror film where zombies rise from the grave to kill -- but also frees the gnarled, evil monsters into the neighborhood where they go after the new family on the block. Stars Roxanna Augesen, Rocky Duvall, Michael St. Michaels. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Both include retrospective featurettes and commentaries. (Scream Factory/Shout! Factory).
The Thief of Bagdad BLU-RAY DEBUT (1924) Dir.: Raoul Walsh; Douglas Fairbanks, Anna May Wong. Hollywood's first great action hero was Douglas Fairbanks, and one of his most iconic movies is returning in a pristine new version. Newly restored from two 35mm negatives and incorporating the color tints and tones of the original release prints, this definitive edition features silent film score maestro Carl Davis("Napoleon") conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra, performing a magnificent score that intermingles Davis' own music with the famous Orientalia of Rimsky-Korsakov. The soundtrack is in 5.1 Dolby Digital for DVD and DTS-HD Master Audio for Blu-ray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary by Douglas Fairbanks biographer Jeffrey Vance and a featurette about the making of the film and its impact, including rare behind-the-scenes photographs. (Cohen Media Group's Cohen Film Collection).
Top Gear: The Complete Second Season (2012) Four-disc set with 16 episodes of the History Channel's adrenaline-fueled action entertainment show. Formats: DVD, $29.98. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes, extended scenes, studio chats with the hosts. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Top Gun 3D Blu-ray (1986) Dir.: Tony Scott; Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt, Michael Ironside. Re-mastered from high resolution original negative scans and painstakingly converted to 3D by Legend3D under the supervision of director, Tony Scott. Formats: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray 2D two-disc set. Extras: Commentary by producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott, co-screenwriter Jack Epps, Jr. and naval experts; "Danger Zone: The Making of Top Gun" (six-part documentary); multi-angle storyboards; "Best of the Best: Inside the Real Top Gun"; music videos; TV spots. (Paramount).
Undefeated (2012) Documentary follows the Manassas Tigers -- a severely underfunded and underprivileged high school football team -- as they endeavor to reverse their fortunes with the help of a volunteer coach, Bill Courtney. Read more about "Undefeated" in the February Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with directors Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin, deleted scenes, a black and white teaser trailer, "The Making of Undefeated" featurette. (The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay).
Your American Teen (2012) Documentary about the sexual exploitation of teenage girls in the Pacific Northwest follows three teenage girls over three years. All had suffered severe trauma as children and throughout their adolescence; all had parents who were unable or unwilling to care for them. Their stories are horrifying and tragic and yet, in them, we see hope, innocence and beauty. Filmed in association with the Jennifer A. Lynch Committee Against Domestic Violence. Formats: DVD. (MVD Entertainment Group).

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February 26

Barbie in the Pink Shoes (2013) A ballerina with big dreams tries on a pair of sparkling pink shoes and is whisked away to a fantastical ballet world where she must dance in her favorite ballets ("Giselle" and "Swan Lake") in order to defeat an evil Snow Queen. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Outtakes, music video, "Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse" episode and music video. (Universal).
Border Run (2012) Sharon Stone, Billy Zane, Manolo Cardona, Miguel Rodarte, Rosemberg Salgado. A gritty and gripping drama that follows an American reporter as she searches for her missing brother against the backdrop of violence and human smuggling across the U.S./Mexican Border. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
Chasing Mavericks (2012) Dir.: Michael Apted, Curtis Hanson; Gerard Butler, Jonny Weston, Elisabeth Shue, Abigail Spencer. Read more about "Chasing Mavericks" in the February Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes; "Surf City," "Shooting Waves," "Live Like Jay" and "Surfer Zen" featurettes; commentary by director Michael Apted and writers Brandon Hooper and Jim Meenaghan. (Fox).
Chicken With Plums (2011) The latest film from Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, the Academy Award-nominated filmmakers of "Persepolis." Like "Persepolis," this is an adaptation of a graphic novel by Satrapi that pushes the boundaries of filmmaking by combining live-action sequences reflecting a mixture of genres (expressionism, fantasy, melodrama) with a clever animated sequence of the classic tale "Appointment in Samarra." Tehran, 1958. Since his beloved violin was broken, Nasser Ali Khan, one of the most renowned musicians of his day, has lost all taste for life. Finding no instrument worthy of replacing it, he decides to confine himself to bed to await death. As he hopes for its arrival, he plunges into deep reveries, with dreams as melancholic as they are joyous, taking him back to his youth and even to a conversation with Azrael, the Angel of Death, who reveals the future of his children. As pieces of the puzzle gradually fit together, the poignant secret of his life comes to light: a wonderful story of love, which inspired his genius and his music. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary with Satrapi and Paronnaud, Tribeca Q&A with Paronnaud and Satrapi. (Sony).
Chronicle of a Summer (1961 -- France) Few films can claim to be as influential to the course of cinema history as "Chronicle of a Summer." The fascinating result of a collaboration between filmmaker-anthropologist Jean Rouch and sociologist Edgar Morin, this vanguard work of what Morin would term cinema verite is a brilliantly conceived and realized sociopolitical diagnosis of the early 60s in France. By simply interviewing a group of Paris residents in the summer of 1960 -- ­beginning with the provocative and eternal question "Are you happy?" and expanding to political issues, including the ongoing Algerian War -- ­Rouch and Morin reveal the hopes and dreams of a wide array of people, from artists to factory workers, from an Italian emigre to an African student. "Chronicle of a Summer's" penetrative approach gives us a document of a time and place with extraordinary emotional depth. New high-definition digital transfer of the Cineteca di Bologna restoration of the film, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Un ete + 50" (2011), a 73-minute documentary featuring outtakes and new interviews with co-director Edgar Morin and some of the film's subjects; archival interviews with co-director Jean Rouch and Marceline Loridan, one of the film's subjects; new interview with anthropology professor Faye Ginsburg, organizer of several Rouch retrospectives; booklet featuring an essay by scholar Sam Di Iorio. (The Criterion Collection).
The Client List: The Complete First Season (2012) Three-disc set with 10 episodes, $45.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Outtakes, deleted scenes. (Sony).
Company of Heroes (2013) Tom Sizemore, Chad Collins, Vinnie Jones, Neal McDonough, Jurgen Prochnow. An unlikely brotherhood of soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge makes a daring raid into the heart of Nazi Germany to stop Hitler from developing an atomic super weapon. Based on the video game. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "In the Trenches: Filming Company of Heroes" featurette, "Fabricating World War II" featurette. (Sony).
Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (2012) Documentary tackles one of the most pressing issues of our time: How can we save our badly broken healthcare system? The powerful and thought-provoking film examines the American healthcare system, exposing its triumphs and failures through dramatic, interspersed scenes of personal stories of those affected and interviews with industry leaders fighting to change the system. Formats: DVD, $27.98; Digital Download. Extras: Commentary with the directors, a "making of" featurette, deleted and extended scenes, updates on some of the main stories, and clips from the film's Sundance World Premiere. (Lionsgate).
Fast Girls (2012) Lenora Crichlow, Lily James, Bradley James, Rubert Graves. Set in the world of competitive women's track and field, a street smart runner develops an intense rivalry with an equally ambitious wealthy young athlete. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Six featurettes: "Cast Training,"The Relay" "Costume Design," "Night Shoot," "The Fast Girls Championship," "Fun With the Fast Girls." (RLJ/Image Entertainment).
Freaky Deaky (2012) Christian Slater, Crispin Glover, Michael Jai White, Billy Burke, Roger Bart, Andy Dick, Bill Duke, Gloria Hendry, Sabina Gadecki. Set in the 1970s and based on Elmore Leonard's best-seller, this trippy comedy follows an ex-bomb squad cop who gets involved with the seedy side of Los Angeles when he's transferred to the vice squad. Formats: DVD. Extras: Making-of featurette. (Entertainment One).
Garrow's Law: The Complete Collection (2009-11) All three series of the absorbing legal drama featuring Andrew Buchan as William Garrow, a revolutionary legal mind determined to defend the downtrodden in 18th-century England. Based on a true story, the series follows Garrow as he advocates for prisoners' rights and pioneers the idea of innocence until proven guilty. Six-disc set with 12 episodes, $79.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, "William Garrow: Fact and Fiction" featurette, "Garrow's Law: From Dawn to Dusk" featurette, photo galleries, biography of William Garrow, cast filmographies. (Acorn Media).
Girls Against Boys (2012) Danielle Panabaker, Nicole LaLiberte, Liam Aiken, Michael Stahl-David. After a series of bad experiences with men, a college girl teams up with a co-worker who has a simple, deadly way of dealing with the opposite sex: The two embark on a gruesome killing spree, terrorizing and brutally murdering not just their attackers, but any man who gets in their way. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with Danielle Panabaker and writer-director Austin Chick. (Anchor Bay).
Hey Japanese (2009 -- Japan) Dark erotic comedy that takes a wild ride through Tokyo nightlife as a group of 58 small town suburbanites, from teenagers to retirees, take to the night in search of all sorts of sensual excitement. Formats: DVD. (Vanguard Cinema).
Holy Motors (2012 -- France) Denis Lavant, Eva Mendes, Edit Scob, Kylie Minogue, Elise Lhomeau, Michel Piccoli. Over the course of a single day, Monsieur Oscar travels by limousine around Paris to a series of nine appointments, transforming into new characters at each stop. He is a captain of industry, a gypsy beggar, a digitized ninja warrior (and reptilian sex god!), a gibberish-spewing troglodyte, the melancholy father of a teenage daughter, a shadowy assassin, a dying old man, and a thwarted lover reuniting with a past flame. Features new, original music performed by Kylie Minogue. Read more about "Holy Motors" in the February Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Drive In -- The Making of Holy Motors" behind-the-scenes featurette, interview with Kylie Minogue. (Indomina Films).
How to Survive a Plague (2012) Academy-award nominated documentary about the fight against AIDS. It's the story of two coalitions -- ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) -- whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Boasting a wealth of archival footage, this impassioned documentary follows the genesis of the protest groups that took to the streets during the height of the epidemic to push for more aggressive drug trials. Facing opposition from both within and without, the protestors made themselves and their cause known to the public at large, via a variety of nonviolent protests and canny media moves. Directed by David France. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
Iron Road (2008) Sam Neill, Peter O'Toole, Luke Macfarlane, Charlotte Sullivan, Betty Sun. TV miniseries tale of forbidden love set against the 19th century backdrop of the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad through the Canadian Rockies. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
Joshua Tree (1993) Dolph Lundgren, George Segal, Kristian Alfonso, Geoffrey Lewis, Michelle Phillips, Bert Remsen. A former race car driver who transports stolen exotic cars is framed for a cop's murder, escapes prison, takes a female hostage (who turns out to be a deputy sheriff) and heads for L.A. in a high-speed chase with the police. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary with director Vic Armstrong and producer Andy Armstrong; alternate ending; new interviews with Vic Armstrong, Andy Armstrong and actors Dolph Lundgren and Kristian Alfonso. (Shout! Factory).
Law & Order: The Twelfth Year (2001-02) Five-disc set with 24 episodes, $36.98. Formats: DVD. (Universal).
The Loneliest Planet (2011) Gael Garcia Bernal, Hani Furstenberg. An engaged couple's backpacking trip in the Caucasus Mountains is derailed by a single misstep -- when they encounter an armed man and his two sons -- that threatens to undo everything the pair believed about each other and about themselves. Formats: DVD. (IFC).
Maigret Complete Collection Michael Gambon stars in the acclaimed adaptations of Georges Simenon's classic detective novels. Broadcast on PBS's Masterpiece Mystery! in the early 1990s. Four-disc set with 12 episodes, $59.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Eight-page booklet with articles on Georges Simenon, Jules Maigret, and the television series. (Acorn Media).
Man From Shaolin (2011) Peng Zhang Li, Brian Ames, Linda Elena Tovar. A well-known Shaolin fighting monk must protect his New York City Kung-Fu school from a ruthless promoter. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Interview with filmmaker Li Zhang, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
The Master (2012) Dir.: Paul Thomas Anderson; Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jesse Plemons, Laura Dern, Barlow Jacobs, Ambyr Childers, Madisen Beaty, Lena Endre, Patty McCormack, Mimi Cozzens, Jillian Bell.Read more about "The Master" in the February Calendar. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "Back Beyond" outtakes and additional scenes edited to music by Johnny Greenwood; "Unguided Message," an eight-minute behind the scenes short; "Let Their Be Light (1946)," John Huston's landmark documentary about WW-II veterans. (The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay).
May I Be Frank (2010) Frank Ferrante is a 54 year-old Sicilian from Brooklyn living in San Francisco. A lover of life, great food, beautiful women and a good laugh, Frank is also a drug addict, morbidly obese, pre-diabetic, and fighting Hepatitis C. The film documents the transformation of Frank's life when he stumbles into a local raw and vegan restaurant, becomes friends with the staff, and strikes an agreement to turn his life over to three twentysomething young men to be coached physically, emotionally and spiritually, into a new person. Formats: DVD. (Cinema Libre Studio).
My Lucky Elephant (2013) First Khunchan, Somboon the elephant. A little orphan boy becomes best friends with an elephant named Lucky. Formats: DVD. (Arc Entertainment).
Nobody Gets Out Alive (2013) Shaun Paul Costello, Chelsey Garner, Brian Gallagher, Clint Howard. A group of partying college students escape their troubled lives only to find themselves fighting for their lives when they're attacked by a mad man seeking "revenge" for the death of his daughter years before at the hands of a drunk driver. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Image Entertainment).
NOVA scienceNOW: How Smart Can We Get? (2013) Four stories uncover what intelligence is and what scientists are learning about it: "Einstein's Brain," "What Is Intelligence?" "Mystery of the Savant Brain" and "Profile: Sian Beilock"; hosted by The New York Times and Scientific American columnist David Pogue. Formats: DVD, $24.99. (PBS Distribution).
Phineas and Ferb: Animal Agents (2013) Perry the Platypus -- a.k.a. Agent P -- and his fellow operatives team up to thwart Dr. Doofenshmirtz and his dastardly "Inators." Twelve animated adventures including the two-part "Phineas and Ferb" cliffhanger "Where's Perry?" Formats: DVD, $19.99. (Disney).
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1978) Geraldine McEwan stars in the classic adaptation of Muriel Spark's beloved novel in the DVD debut of the 1978 PBS series. Formats: Three-disc DVD set. (Acorn Media).
The Reagan Presidency (2013) New three-part series offers an in-depth study of President Reagan's work in the White House as he dealt with high unemployment, skyrocketing interest rates and the escalation of the Cold War as both Soviet and American leaders fired heated rhetoric from behind their podiums of power. Formats: Three-disc DVD, $24.98. (PBS Distribution).
Rolling Stones -- Mick vs. Keith: The Strange Case of Jagger & Richards (2012) Although the Rolling Stones have clocked 50 years together, Jagger and Richards have had to tolerate each other a fair bit longer than that. This two-disc set takes a unique and previously uncharted look at the relationship and music produced by Mick and Keith during this near lifetime of close association, and in so doing, reveals much about one of the most curious partnerships of the rock age. Formats: DVD, $26.95. (MVD Entertainment).
Sansho the Baliff BLU-RAY DEBUT (1954 -- Japan) When an idealistic governor disobeys the reigning feudal lord, he is cast into exile, his wife and children left to fend for themselves and eventually separated by vicious slave traders. Under the dazzling direction of Kenji Mizoguchi, this classic Japanese story became one of cinema's greatest masterpieces, a monumental, empathetic expression of human resilience in the face of evil. Restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Commentary by Japanese-literature professor Jeffrey Angles; video interviews with critic Tadao Sato, assistant director Tokuzo Tanaka, and legendary actress Kyoko Kagawa, on the making of the film and its lasting importance; booklet featuring an essay by film writer Mark Le Fanu and two versions of the story on which the film was based: Ogai Mori's 1915 "Sansho Dayu" and a written form of an earlier oral variation. (The Criterion Collection).
Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon (2013) An all-new Scooby-Doo! animated movie. The lovable Great Dane and his pals attend a popular comic book and media convention where they find themselves battling a legendary super villain -- the hideous Mr. Hyde, from the classic Blue Falcon television series -- who comes to life and terrorizes everyone at the convention. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, UltraViolet (cloud). (Warner).
A Simple Life (2011 -- Hong Kong) Andy Lau, Deanie Ip. Roger (Andy Lau) is a successful movie producer. Ah Tao (Deanie Ip) has worked for Roger's family as a nanny and maid over the course of four generations. When Roger comes home to find Ah Tao has suffered a severe stroke and is unable to care for herself, he agrees to help her relocate to a nursing home. He wants to help, but fears he'll fail her. She needs his kindness, but doesn't want to be a burden. As their roles reverse, he becomes her caregiver, and comes to understand how much she means to him. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital Download. (Well Go USA).
Sins (aka Sins Expiation) (2012 -- Italy) Giovanni Martorana, Danny Glover, Michael Madsen, Steven Bauer, John Savage, Anne Jeffreys. A New York mafiosa returns to his roots in Sicily to atone for his past sins, setting the stage for a bloody confrontation with his "family." Formats: DVD, VOD. (Green Apple Entertainment).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rise of the Turtles (2012) Nickelodeon's new, CGI-animated TMNT series with the voices of Jason Biggs, Sean Astin, Rob Paulsen and Greg Cipes. Five episodes, $14.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Six "making-of" animatics; theme song karaoke music video; exclusive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles poster for a limited time only. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).
Ultimate Zombie Feast Volume 1 Collection of cool zombie films from around the world, ranging from 5 min. to 62 min., including the exclusive 62-min Mormon zombie film "The Book of Zombie" and festival winners "It Came From the West" and "Dead Hungry," and India's first zombie film "Savages." Other titles: "Zombies and Cigarettes," "Plague," "Bitten," "Arise," "Not Even Death," "Fear of the Living Dead," "Kidz," "ZomBeer." Formats: DVD. (Vanguard Cinema).

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