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Across the Universe (2007) Dir.: Julie Taymor; Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs, Martin Luther, T.V. Carpio, Eddie Izzard, Bono. Extras: Eight extended musical performances, deleted scene, commentary by director Taymor and composer Elliot Goldenthal, five featurettes: "Creating the Universe," "Stars of Tomorrow," "All About the Music," "FX on the Universe" and "Moving Across the Universe" (on the choreography, including an interview with choreographer Daniel Ezralow). Aslo available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony)


All In (2006) Dominique Swain, Michael Madsen, Louis Gossett Jr., Colleen Porch, James Russo. Six medical students with unique talents pool their resources to try to win the World Series of Poker. (MTI Home Video).
Americanizing Shelley (2005) Namrata Singh Gujral, Beau Bridges, Brad Raider. A wannabe Hollywood player sets out to Americanize an Indian girl from the Himalayas. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes. (Warner).
The Apartment Collector's Edition (1960) Dir.: Billy Wilder; Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston, Jack Kruschen. Extras: Commentary by film historian Bruce Block, "Inside the Apartment" documentary, "Tribute to Jack Lemmon." (MGM).
The Aristocats Special Edition (1970) Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, Sterling Holloway, Scatman Crothers, Paul Winchell. Digitally enhanced picture and sound. (Disney).
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeremy Renner, Paul Schneider, Sam Rockwell, Zooey Deschanel. Extras: "The Assassination of Jesse James: Death of an Outlaw" featurette. Extras: Available on Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD. (Warner)
Beauty and the Beast: The Third Season (1989-90) Three-disc set with 12 episodes, $49.99. (Paramount).
The Best of Comedy Central Presents: Uncensored Original stand-up specials from Lewis Black, Dane Cook, Jeff Dunham, Mitch Hedberg, Demetri Martin, Carlos Mencia and Brian Regan, $19.99. (Paramount).
Black August (2005) Gary Dourdan. Traces George Lester Jackson's spiritual journey and violent fate, from being sent up on a one-year-to-life sentence for robbing a gas station of $71, to galvanizing the Black Guerrilla Family with his incendiary book of letters, "Soledad Brother," to the fierce August day when his younger brother Jonathan shocked the world by taking a California courtroom hostage to protest Jackson's upcoming trial. (Warner).
Black Woman's Guide to Getting Married (2007) Jean-Claude La Marre. Explores the relationships between four women and the men they love. (Warner).
Blackout (2007) Jeffrey Wright, Zoe Saldana, Melvin Van Peebles, Michael B. Jordan, LaTanya Richardson, Saul Rubinek. In summer 2003, America experienced the largest blackout in its history -- widely reported as peaceful. But in Brooklyn's forgotten East Flatbush neighborhood, mayhem unfolded when the power shut down. This is the untold story of the blackout --a place where, as night fell, looters emerged, violence surfaced and residents feared for their lives. Extras: Interview with director Jerry LaMothe, behind-the-scenes featurette, meet the cast, "2003 Blackout True Stories," deleted scenes. (Paramount).
Blind Dating (2006) Chris Pine, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Anjali Jay, Jane Seymour. A blind young man (Chris Pine) -- who's good looks drive women wild -- thinks he finds love with an Indian woman (Anjali Jay), though their relationship is fraught with cultural differences. Extras: Deleted footage, bloopers, behind-the-scenes featurette, cast interviews. (Fox).
Bob the Builder On-Site: Roads & Bridges (2007) Young viewers get an exciting behind-the-scenes look at how the impressive machines do their big jobs; $19.98. (HIT/Fox).
The Brave One (2007) Dir.: Neil Jordan; Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, Nicky Katt, Naveen Andrews, Mary Steenburgen. Extras: "I Walk the City" featurette, additional scenes. Available on HD DVD and Blu-ray disc.
Croc (2007 -- TV) Peter Tuinstra, Michael Madsen. A large man-eating crocodile terrorizes tourists and locals in Thailand. (Genius Products).
Dresden (2006) German miniseries about a romance between a British pilot hiding in Germany and a German nurse, set against the background of the massive allied bombing of Dresden toward the end of World War II. Two-disc set, $29.98. (Koch Vision).
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Clive Owen, Samantha Morton, Abbie Cornish. Extras: Deleted scenes, "The Reign Continues: Making Elizabeth: The Golden Age," "Inside Elizabeth's World" featurette, "Commanding the Winds: Creating the Armada," "Towers, Courts and Cathedral" locations and sets featurette, commentary by director Shekhar Kapur. Also available on HD DVD. (Universal).
Elmo's World: Opposites (2007) Preschoolers join with Sesame Street's Elmo to learn about the ins and outs of the amazing concept of "opposites." Features three episodes with Elmo and his friends -- Mr. Noodle, Super Grover and Dorothy the Goldfisn; $12.93. (Seasame Workshop/Genius).
Feast of Love (2007) Dir,: Robert Benton; Morgan Freeman, Greg Kinnear, Radha Mitchell, Jane Alexander, Alexa Davalos, Toby Hemingway, Selma Blair, Stana Katic, Billy Burke, Fred Ward, Erika MarozsanExtras: Commentary by Benton, "What Fools These Mortals Be" featurette, "A Merry Feast" featurette, "The Players" featurette, The Cary Brothers "Honestly" music video. (MGM).
Flogging Margaret (2006) Nicholas Wilder, Jeb Kreager, Brenda Logan, Sex comedy in which boy loses girl, boy meets girl, ex interferes, boy drowns his sorrows in comic books and booze until, with the help of his friends and a couple of German dominatrix, everything works out in the end. (Warner).
Great World of Sound (2007) Pat Healy, Kene Holliday. When a young man answers an ad to train as a record producer, he's excited by the prospect of signing undiscovered artists only to discover his new job isn't all it's cracked up to be and he fears that he's being scammed to become a scam artist. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Imitation of Life Two Movie Special Edition Two-disc set with the 1934 "Imitation of Life" directed by John M. Stahl and starring Claudette Colbert and the 1959 version directed by Douglas Sirk and starring Lana Turner and Sandra Dee. Extras: Commentary, "Lasting Legacy: An Imitation of Life" retrospective look at both versions. (Universal).
The Jane Austen Book Club (2007) Kathy Baker, Maria Bello, Emily Blunt, Amy Brenneman, Maggie Grace, Hugh Dancy, Jimmy Smits. Extras: Cast and crew commentary, "Making of The Jane Austen Book Club," "The Life of Jane Austen" featurette, "Character Deconstruction" featurette, deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
The Jewish Americans (2008) Six-hour PBS documentary that focuses on individual personalities and stories to chronicle the 350-year saga of immigrants who gradually wove themselves into the fabric of American life. Extras: Deleted scenes. Two-disc set, $34.99. (Paramount).
Legion of Super Heroes V2 Four episodes of the animated super hero series, $14.97. (Warner).
Love & Basketball (2005) Dennis Haysbert, Sanaa Lathan, Omar Epps, Boris Kodjoe, Chris Warren Jr. Two-disc set includes CD soundtrack. (New Line).
McLeod's Daughters: The Complete Fifth Season Eight-disc set with 32 episodes of the Australian series about two half-sisters separated as children and reunited when they inherit Drover's Run, a large Australian cattle ranch that had been passed down for generations; $79.98. (Koch Vision).
Madeline: Meet Me In Paris (2008) Three animated episodes based on Ludwig Bemelmans' classic Madeline children's books. Includes "Madeline at the Louvre" "Madeline at the Eiffel Tower," "Madeline in Cannes"; $14.98. (Fox).
Maggie and the Ferocious Beast: Rain Showers & Spring Flowers Five episodes from the Noggin kids series, $14.99. (Shout! Factory).
Maggie and The Ferocious Beast: Recipes For Trouble Five episodes from the Noggin kids series, $14.99. (Shout! Factory).
Midnight Express 30th Anniversary Edition (1978) Dir.: Alan Parker; Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli, Paul L. Smith, Randy Quaid, Norbert Weisser, Peter Jeffrey, John Hurt. Extras: "The Producers' Featurette," "The Production Featurette," "The Finished Film Featurette," commentary by Parker, photo gallery, original theatrical trailer, photo booklet and essay from Parker's on-set experiences. (Sony).
9 Star Hotel (2007 -- Israel) Documentary about Palestinians who work illegally as construction workers, eking out a simple and meager existence: During the day, they sneak into Israel to build luxury Israeli apartment complexes; at night, in stark contrast, they return to nearly invisible shanty communities where they retire to improvised huts and claustrophobic sleeping cubicles. $26.98. (Koch Lorber).
The Prince and the Pauper (2007) Modern re-telling of the Mark Twain classic with teen throbs twins Cole and Dylan Sprouse; co-stars Kay Panabaker and Vincent Spano. Extras: "Life on the Set With Cole, Dylan and Kay." (Sony).
Romance & Cigarettes (2007) Dir.: John Turturro; James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Steve Buscemi, Bobby Cannavale, Mandy Moore, Mary-Louise Parker, Aida Turturro, Christopher Walken, Barbara Sukowa, Elaine Stritch, Eddie Izzard, Amy Sedaris, P.J. Brown. A down-and-dirty musical set in the world of working-class New York that tells the story of a husband's journey into infidelity and redemption when he must choose between his seductive mistress and his beleaguered wife. Extras: "Behind the Scenes of Romance & Cigarettes," deleted scenes, introduction by director John Turturro, commentary by Turturro. (Sony).
Romeo & Juliet: A Monkey's Tale (2007) Animal Planet feature. In the mountains of Thailand, two young monkeys from rival factions are falling in love. This is the story of their lives, as the two groups of the local simian population declare war to keep them apart. It's a familiar story with a wild twist. (Animal Planet/Genius Products).
Rosemary & Thyme: The Complete Collection Nine-disc set with 22 episodes of the British mystery series, $99.99. (Acorn Media).
Route 66: Season One, Volume Two (1960-61) Four-disc set with 15 episodes, $29.98. Restored and digitally transferred from the original masters. (Infinity Entertainment).
Showstoppers (2008) Faune A. Chambers, Angell Conwell, Robin Wilson. Story about a group of young college girls whose friendships and dreams are challenged and celebrated as they compete in the vibrant discipline that is known as "stepping." (Warner).
Slings & Arrows: The Complete Collection Seven-disc set with all 18 episodes of the series about a dysfunctional Canadian theater troupe; $59.99. Extras: Bloopers, deleted and extended scenes, interviews, photo galleries, bonus disc with "A Look Behind the Scenes" featurette, on-set footage, more. (Acorn media).
Snow Buddies (2008) James Belushi, Kris Kristofferson, Molly Shannon. The five lovable talking pups are back in a new adventure as they get stuck on a plane to Alaska and join in a daring dogsled race. Extras: Bloopers, "Lean on Me" music video, behind-the-scenes featurette, commentary by the Buddies, visual effects featurette. (Disney).
Soul Food the Series: The Third Season (2002-03) Five-disc set with 10 episodes, $49.99. (Paramount).
Storm Warning (2007) Robert Taylor, Mathew Wilkinson, Nadia Fares. A weekend boating excursion takes a bad turn when a severe storm strands a married couple on a remote island; they stumble upon what appears to be a vacant house only to learn that the sadistic inhabitants are home and have heinous plans for the unexpected houseguests. (Dimension Extreme/Weinstein Co./Genius Products).
A Stranger's Heart (2007 -- TV) Samantha Mathis, June Squibb, Peter Dobson, Thomas Kopache. A N.Y. writer meets a gentle hunk of a man while both are waiting for heart transplants; miraculously, they both get receive donated hearts, and the two fall in love. (Genius Products).
Strictly Confidential Two-disc set with six episodes from the sexually explosive British TV murder-mystery series about a bisexual ex-police officer-turned-sex therapist; $29.98. (Koch Vision).
The Ten Commandments (2007) CGI-animated feature with the voices of Ben Kingsley, Christian Slater, Alfred Molina, Elliott Gould. Extras: "I Am Willing" music video performed by Jeremy Camp, behind-the-scenes featurette, interviews with Slater and Molina, "Ten Commandments Challenge." (Genius Products).
Third Watch: The Complete First Season Six-disc set with 22 episodes, $59.98. Extras: "The Nights of Camelot" retrospective featurette, unaired scenes, gag reel. (Warner).
Tootsie 25th Anniversary Edition (1982) Dir.: Sydney Pollack; Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning, Bill Murray, Geena Davis. Extras: "A Better Man: The Making of Tootsie," deleted scenes, original Dustin Hoffman as Tootsie screen test. (Sony).
Turok: Son of Stone (2007) Animated adventures of the comic book Stone Age warrior. Voices of Adam Beach, Robert Knepper, Cree Summer, Irene Bedar. (Weinstein Co./Genius Products).
2 Days In Paris (2007) Julie Delpy, Adam Goldberg. Extras: Extended scenes, interview with Julie Delpy. (Fox).
The Ugly Duckling and Me: Vol. 3 Love Is in the Air (2005) Third volume of the animated series based on Hans Christian Andersen's character. Includes three episodes; $14.98. (Allumination FilmWorks).
Weirdsville (2007) Wes Bentley, Raoul Bhaneja, Greg Bryk. A pair of slackers get in way over their heads when they try to dump the body of a dead girlfriend in the basement of a drive-in movie theater where a satanic cult performs ritual sacrifices. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
The Whitest Kids U' Know: Season 1 Two-disc set with 10 uncensored episodes of the five-man sketch comedy troupe from New York; originally aired on FUSE; $26.95. Extras: Commentary, uncensored featurette. (Genius Products).
Wire In the Blood: The Complete Fourth Season Four-disc set with all four episodes of the British TV series about a crime-solving psychologist; $59.98. (Koch Vision).
The Wiz 30th Anniversary Edition (1978) Dir.: Sidney Lumet; Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross, Mabel King, Theresa Merritt, Thelma Carpenter, Lena Horne, Richard Pryor. Digitally remastered. Extras: Bonus eight-track CD, "Wiz on Down the Road" vintage featurette. (Universal).
You've Got Mail Deluxe Edition (1998) Dir.: Nora Ephron; Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Parker Posey, Jean Stapleton, Steve Zahn. Extras: Commentary by Ephron and producer Lauren Shuler Donner, "Delivering You've Got Mail" featurette, "You've Got Chemistry" featurette, "HBO First Look: A Convcersation With Nora Ephron." (Warner).

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February 12

Academy Award Animation Collection 15 Winners -- 26 Nominees Three-disc set with 26 Academy Award nominated cartoons and the 15 winners, restored and remastered. The winning shorts: "The Milky Way" (1940), "Yankee Doodle Mouse" (1943), "Mouse Trouble" (1944), "Quiet Please" (1945), "The Cat Concerto" (1947), "Tweetie Pie" (1947), "The Little Orphan" (1949), "For Scent-Imental Reasons" (1949), "So Much for So Little" (1949), "Two Mouseketeers" (1952), "Johann Mouse" (1953), "Speedy Gonzales" (1955), "Birds Anonymous" (1957), "Knighty-Knight Bugs" (1958) and "The Dot and The Line" (1965); $44.98. Extras: Commentaries, and a retrospective documentary "Drawn for Glory: Animation's Triumph at the Oscars." (Warner).
Academy Award Animation Collection 15 Winners Single disc containing only the winning cartoon shorts, $19.98. (Warner).
Africa Unite (2008) Politically driven music documentary follows three generations of the Marley family on their historic journey to Ethiopia to take part in a 2005 concert in commemoration of Bob Marley's 60th birthday. (Palm Pictures).
The Amateurs (2007) Jeff Bridges, Ted Danson, Lauren Graham, Joe Pantoliano, Jeanne Tripplehorn, William Fichtner, Patrick Fugit, Tim Blake Nelson, Glenne Headly, Isaiah Washington. A small town is brought together by a motley crew of five friends who attempt to make an amateur adult film. Extras: Commentary by Jeff Bridges, director Michael Traeger, producer Aaron Ryder; "The Amateurs Photography Book": photos by Jeff Bridges; making-of featurette, outtakes. (First Look Studios).
Batman Double Feature (2008) Two animated made-for-video Batman features: "Batman and Mr. Freeze: Sub Zero" and "Batman Mask of Phantasm"; $14.97. (Warner).
The Beatrix Potter Collection Three-disc set with nine animated adventures, $29.98. (Warner).
Becoming Jane (2007) Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters. (Miramax).
Blade: The Series Four-disc set with all 13 episodes, with unrated and extended scenes, $39.98. Extras: "Turning Blade" documentary, commentaries. (New Line).
Blue State (2007) Breckin Meyer, Anna Paquin. Vowing to move to Canada if John Kerry loses the 2004 election, fervent liberal John Logue (Breckin Meyer) suddenly finds himself with no job, no girlfriend -- and no country! Making good on his "campaign promise," Logue finds a traveling companion--a sexy, mysterious woman named Chloe (Anna Paquin)--and heads north. But Chloe is not all that she seems. (MGM).
The Charlie Chan Collection: Volume 4 The first four Sidney Toler-starring Charlie Chan mysteries: "Charlie Chan In Honolulu" (1938), "Charlie Chan In Reno" (1939), "Charlie Chan at Treasure Island" (1939) and "Charlie Chan In the City of Darkness" (1939), $49.98. Extras: Commentaries, featurettes, restoration comparisons, still galleries, more. (Fox).
Columbus: The Lost Voyage (2007) History Channel documentary on Columbus' checkered history after the initial glory and fame from the discovery of the New World had faded. Humiliated, imprisoned and in abject poverty, the explorer plotted an escape from jail, and a final voyage he hoped would restore his reputation. Still obsessed with finding the Westward Passage, he soon embarked on his ill-fated journey; $24.95. (A&E Home Video).
Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav: Uncensored! (2005) Roast of Flavor Flav hosted by Katt Williams. Extras: Red carpet Interviews, back stage pass pre-show, back stage pass post-show, Flavor Flav gives a tour, Flav-cam. (Paramount).
Dallas: The Complete Eighth Season Five-disc set with 30 episodes, $39.98. Extras: "Dallas Makeover: Travilla Styl" featurette. (Warner).
Dirty Laundry (2006) Rockmond Dunbar, Loretta Devine, Jenifer Lewis. A big-city magazine writer comes face-to-face with the traditional Southern family he hasn't seen in more than 10 years. (Fox).
The Equalizer: Season One Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $49.98. Extras: Commentary. (Universal).
ESL: English as a Second Language (2005) Kuno Becker, Danielle Camastra, John Michael Higgins, Maria Conchita Alonso, Treva Etienne, Efrain Figueroa, Harold Gould. Bolivar De La Cruz, with a baby on the way, has just made the treacherous journey over the border from Mexico to Los Angeles, home of the beautiful and restless Lola Sara, whose parents made the same journey some 20 years before. Now two people from very different sides of the same culture find themselves on a collision course with the events that will change their lives forever. (Allumination FilmWorks).
Family Ties: The Third Season (1984-85) Four-disc set with 23 episodes, $42.99. (Paramount).
The Front Line (2006) Eriq Ebouaney, James Frain. An African immigrant bank security guard turns the tables on Dublin's nastiest criminals when they force him to be the "inside man" on a bank robbery. Extras: Deleted scenes. (BFS Entertainment).
General Hospital: Night Shift Season 1 Three-disc set with 13 episodes, $29.99. Extras: "On the Set at Night Shift" featurette. (Disney).
George of the Jungle: The Complete Original Series (2005) Two-disc set with all 17 episodes, $19.98. Extras: Never-before-seen pilot episodes of "George of the Jungle" and "Super Chicken." (Classic Media/Genius Products).
Girlfriends: The Third Season (2002-03) Four-disc set with 24 episodes, $39.99. (Paramount).
Gone Baby Gone (2007) Dir.: Ben Affleck; Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris. (Miramax).
Hotel Babylon: Season 1 Three-disc set with eight episodes of the BBC/AMC series, $39.98. Extras: Commentary, making-of featurette. (Warner).
I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007) Dir.: Amy Heckerling; Michelle Pfeiffer, Paul Rudd, Tracey Ullman, Jon Lovitz, Graham Norton, Fred Willard, Henry Winkler. An aging television producer (Michelle Pfeiffer) with little luck in love falls in love with a much younger man (Paul Rudd) while her adolescent daughter discovers first love. Meanwhile, Mother Nature (Tracey Ullman) messes with all their fates. (Weinstein Company/Genius Products).
In the Shadow of the Moon (2007) Stirring documentary about the 12 American men who walked on the moon. (ThinkFilm).
Introducing the Dwights (2007) Brenda Blethyn, Rebecca Gibney, Khan Chittenden, Richard Wilson, Russell Dykstra. The shy son (Khan Chittenden) of an aging comedienne (Brenda Blethyn) tries to find a balance between his demanding home life, his new girlfriend, and his mother's second chance at fame. (Warner).
Joan Crawford Collection, Volume 2 Five-disc set with "Sadie McKee (1934), "Strange Cargo" (1941), "A Woman's Face" (1941), "Flamingo Road" (1949) and "Torch Song" (1953); $49.92. Extras: Featurettes,radio shows, vintage short subjetcs, trailers, more. (Warner).
Lost Book of Nostradamus (2007) History Channel documentary on the book "Prophecy of the Roman Popes", which lay hidden for over 400 years on the shelves of the Italian National Library; the book may well contain new, cryptic predictions from the master psychic himself -- including the crisis in the Middle East and the Apocalypse; $24.95. Extras: Feature-length documentary "Nostradamus: 500 Years Later," deleted scenes. (A&E Home Video).
Love or Money (2001-- TV) Steven Duffy, Emma Cunniffe. U.K. telefilm about a reality show in which a couple is selected by the audience to be married on TV; if they stay together six months, they'll win a cool million. (BFS Entertainment).
Lubitsch Musicals: Eclipse Series #8 Four-disc set with "The Love Parade" (1929), "Monte Carlo" (1930), "The Smiling Lieutenant" (1931) and "One Hour With You" (1932); $59.95. (The Criterion Collection).
Martian Child (2007) John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Bobby Coleman, Sophie Okonedo, Joan Cusack, Oliver Platt, Bobby Coleman. Extras: Commentary by producers Corey Sienega and David Kirschner and writers Seth Bass and Jonathan Tolins; "Handle With Care: Working with The Martian Child" documentary; "The Real Martian Child" featurette; deleted scenes. (New Line).
The Monastery: Mr. Vig and the Nun (2006 -- Denmark) Worlds collide, tempers flare and dreams come true when Mr. Vig, an elderly Danish eccentric and Sister Amvrosija, a strong-willed Russian nun, join forces to transform a run-down castle into a Russian Orthodox monastery in this internationally acclaimed documentary. (Koch Lorber).
No Reservations (2007) Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, Abigail Breslin, Patricia Clarkson, Jenny Wade, Bob Balaban. Extras: "Unwrapped": Host marc Summers visits the set; more. Available on HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
Perfect Strangers: The Complete First & Second Seasons Four-disc set with 28 episodes, $29.98. (Warner).
Peter's Friends (1992) Dir.: Kenneth Branagh; Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie. (MGM)
Prehistoric Predators (2007) National Geographic Channel documentary about the animal giants who ruled the world 10,000 years ago. (Warner).
Royal Tramp 1 & 2 (1992) Two-disc set of the Hong Kong action-comedies starring Stephen Chow as a fast-talking conman who manages to avoid death and score hot women, all while trying to save the Ming Dynasty from falling. Extras: Commentary by Hong Kong cinema expert Bey Logan. (Dragon Dynasty/Weinstein Co./Genius Products).
Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders/Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island Two full-length Scooby-Doo adventures, $14.97. (Warner).
Some Girls (1988) Patrick Dempsey, Jennifer Connelly. (MGM).
The Stanley Kramer Film Collection Five-disc set with "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," "Ship of Fools," "The Wild One," "The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T" and "The Member of the Wedding"; 59.95. (Sony).
Tell Me You Love Me: The Complete First Season (2005) $69.98. (HBO Video).
Touch (1997) Skeet Ulrich, Bridget Fonda, Christopher Walken, Tom Arnold. (MGM).
We Own the Night (2007) Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Duvall, Eva Mendes, Tony Musante. Extras: Commentary by writer-director James Gray, "Tension: Creating We Own The Night," "Police Action: Filming Cops, Cars and Chaos," "A Moment In Crime: Creating Late 80's Brooklyn." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
Why Did I Get Married? (2007) Dir.: Tyler Perry; Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson, Sharon Leal, Jill Scott, Tasha Smith, Malik Yoba, Richard T. Jones, Michael Jai White. (Lionsgate).
Zapped! (1982) Scott Baio, Willie Aames. (MGM).

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February 19

American Gangster (2007) Dir.: Ridley Scott; Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Josh Brolin, Ted Levine, Armand Assante, John Ortiz, John Hawkes, RZA, Lymari Nadal, Yul Vasquez, Ruby Dee, Idris Elba, Carla Gugino, Joe Morton, Common, Tip "T.I." Harris. Two-disc set with unrated extended version with 18 additional minutes of footage, and the original theatrical version. Extras: Commentary with director Ridley Scott and writer Steven Zaillian, alternate ending, "Fallen Empire: Making American Gangster" featurette (includes "Tru Blu: The Real Story," "Killer Threads," "Crime War," "Rhythm of the Streets," and "Into the Arena: Ali vs. Frazier"), "Case Files" (including "Setting Up the Takedown," "Script Meeting," and "Drug Test"). A three-disc collector's addition adds "Hip Hop Infusion," music videos, "BET Special: The Making of American Gangster," "Dateline NBC: American Gangster First Look," digital copy of the unrated extended movie for PCs and a 32-page collectible book. (Universal).
Black Water (2007) Maeve Dermody, Diana Glenn, Ben Oxenbould. A leisurely boat tour by a group of friends down the rivers of Northern Australia turns horrific when the boat suddenly capsizes and the group is attacked by one of the most dangerous reptiles in the world: the Salt Water crocodile. Extras: Deleted scenes, making-of featurette, commentary by writer-directors Andrew Traucki and David Nerlich. (Sony).
Coach: The Third Season Three-disc set with 22 episodes, $26.98. (Universal).
Cops: 20th Season Anniversary (2007) Two-disc set celebrates 20 seasons of the reality show. Includes "20th Season Special," "Pilot" episode, "Las Vegas Heat" episode, "Lost Episode," " Cops in the Movies and on TV: Spoofs and Tributes" featurette, "Fan Favorites" featurette, "First 10 Years" (10 "Cops" segments, one from each year), "Second 10 Years" (10 "Cops" segments, one from each year), "behind-the-scenes" featurette, "Cops on Cops" featurette. (Fox).
The Easter Bunny Is Coming to Town (1977) Restored and remastered stop-motion TV feature, $14.98. (Warner).
The Final Inquiry (2006) F. Murray Abraham, Dolph Lundgren, Max von Sydow, Daniele Liotti, Monica Cru. After a harrowing but victorious campaign against the barbarian hordes, Rome's greatest general Titos Valerius Tauros receives a special assignment from the emperor: travel in secret to the city of Jerusalem to investigate the recent death and possible resurrection of a crucified man. Unwilling to believe the alleged miracle, Tauros sets out to discredit the rumors and put an end to the spreading cult of Jesus. Extras: "The Making of The Final Inquiry." (Fox).
Gabriel (2007) Andy Whitfield, Samantha Noble. Typical struggle between Arc and Fallen angels for control of Purgatory and its population of re-born souls. Extras: Deleted scenes, making-of featurettes. (Sony).
The Good Humor Man (2005) Nathan Stevens, Cameron Richardson, Jorge Garcia, Kelsey Grammer, Jason Segel. A mischievous high school sophomore faces a conflict of conscience vs. character when his best friend becomes linked to the death of a youth from another clique in suburban Middle America circa 1976. (Monarch Home Video).
Gorillas on the Brink (2007) Observes firsthand the urgent crisis of endangered gorillas in Rwanda with world-renowned animal expert Jack Hanna and actress Natalie Portman. The 2007 mysterious killings of four critically endangered gorillas in the Virunga National Park sent shockwaves through the international conservationist community. Animal Planet was there to film the television special documenting gorillas from this region and their desperate struggle to survive. (Animal Planet/Genius Products).
Helen Mirren at the BBC Five-disc set with BBC performances by the award-winning actress Extras: Made-for-DVD interview, 20-page collectible booklet.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002) Three-disc set with the first 13 episodes of the revival of the animated "He-Man" saga; $26,98. (BCI Entertainment).
In the Valley of Elah (2007) Dir.: Paul Haggis; Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, Susan Sarandon, James Franco, Frances Fisher, Tim McGraw, Jason Patric, Mehcad Brooks, Wes Chatham. Extras: "In the Valley of Elah: Documentary" behind-the-scenes featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD. (Warner).
It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (1974) Remastered. Bonus episode, "It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown," "In Full Bloom: The Peanuts at Easter" documentary. (Warner).
Justice League: The New Frontier Special Edition (2007) New animated feature in single-disc ($19.98) and two-disc ($24.98) versions. Based on the graphic novel by Darwyn Cooke, tells the epic tale of the founding of the Justice League, comprised of DC Comics legends Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter and The Flash. Features the voices of David Boreanaz, Brooke Shields, Lucy Lawless, Neil Patrick Harris, Miguel Ferrer, Kyra Sedgwick, Jeremy Sisto and Kyle MacLachlan. Extras: "Super Heroes United!: The Complete Justice League History" documentary, "Sneak Peak: Batman: Gotham Knight, " commentary. The special edition adds "The Legion of Doom: The Pathology of the Super Villain" documentary, "Comic Book Commentary: Homage to the New Frontier" documentary, and three bonus "Justice League" episodes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
Les Miserables (1995) Colm Wilkinson, Michael Ball. A performance of "Les Miserables" by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, for a 10th anniversary concert celebration. Two-disc set. Extras: "Stage by Stage: The making of Les Miserables" featuring interviews with producer Cameron Mackintosh, writer Alain Boublil, and musician Claude-Michel Schonberg; special commemorative booklet. (BBC Video/Warner).
Lillie Classic from the golden age of the British miniseries. Follows the true-life, late-19th century story of Lillie Langtry from churchman's daughter to an independent - and infamous - actress and woman of the world, at once smart, stunning and scandalous. Debuted on PBS Masterpiece Theatre in 1979. Four-disc set with all 13 episodes, $59.99. (Acorn Media).
Lust, Caution (2007) Dir.: Ang Lee; Joan Chen, Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Tang Wei, Leehom Wang. Extras: "Titles of Deception, Lurid Affection" behind-the-scenes featurette. (Universal).
Margot at the Wedding (2007) Dir.: Noah Baumbach; Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jack Black, Zane Pais, Ciaran Hinds, Flora Cross. Extras: A Conversation with Noah Baumbach and Jennifer Jason Leigh. (Paramount).
Michael Clayton (2007) George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton, Sydney Pollack, Pamela Gray. Available on Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD. (Warner).
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (2007) Two-disc set of the HBO documentary directed by John Landis. Features appearances by Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Whoopi Goldberg, Jay Leno, Bob Newhart, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman and Robin Williams, among others, as well as rare footage of Rickles' performances and outtakes; $26.99. Extras: Extended footage and interviews. (Salient Media).
Nightmare Detective (2006 -- Japan) Ryuhei Matsuda, Shinya Tsukamoto, Hitomi. Unrated. Seeking to uncover the truth behind a series of apparent suicides, a young detective investigates a mysterious man who invades his victims' dreams, convincing them to kill themselves in real life. (Dimension Extreme/Weinstein Co./Genius Products).
Pierrot Le Fou (1965) Dir.: Jean-Luc Godard; Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina. Two-disc set with a new, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by cinematographer Raoul Coutard. Extras: New video interview with Anna Karina; "Pierrot Primer," a new video program with audio commentary by filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin; "Godard, l'amour, la poesie," a 50-minute French documentary about Godard and his collaborative life and films with Anna Karina; archival interview excerpts with Godard, Belmondo and Karina; plus a booklet featuring a new essay by critic Richard Brody, an review by Andrew Sarris, and an interview with Godard. (The Criterion Collection).
Pinochet's Last Stand (2006) Derek Jacobi, Phyllida Law, Peter Capaldi. In 1973, General Augusto Pinochet overtook Chile in a violent military coup. During his 17-year rule, he ruthlessly repressed all opposition to his regime, leading to the deaths of 3,000 civilians and the torture of another 30,000. This biodrama tells the fascinating true story of the former dictator's surprise 1998 arrest for crimes against humanity while undergoing back surgery during a vacation in London. (HBO).
Redacted (2007) Dir.: Brian De Palma; Kel O'Neill, Ty Jones, Daniel Stewart Sherman, Izzy Diaz, Rob Devaney, Patrick Carroll. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Rendition (2007) Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep, Alan Arkin, Peter Sarsgaard, Christian Martin. Extras: Commentary by director Gavin Hood, "Intersections: The Making of Rendition," "Outlawed" featurette, deleted scenes, alternate scenes. (New Line).
Revamped (2007) Jeff Rector, Christa Campbell, Martin Kove, Billy Drago, Fred Williamson, Tane McClure. A successful businessman is bitten by a beautiful vampire and is plunged into the dark world of the supernatural; he quickly realizes that being undead isn't all that it's cracked up to be and must fight for survival when a militaristic team of Vampire Hunters discover his existence. (MTI Home Video).
Riverdance (1996) Jean Butler, Colin Dunne. Recorded live at Radio City Music Hall. Two-disc set. Extras: "Riverdance in China," a behind the scenes look at the historic performance in the Great Hall of the People in China; "Riverdance on BBC's Pebble Mill," featuring interviews and performances. (BBC Video/Warner).
Sputnik Revealed NOVA documentary that delves into the true story behind the start of the Space Race in 1957; $24.95. (WGBH Boston Video).
Terror's Advocate (2007) Documentary. Acclaimed director Barbet Schroeder takes audiences down history's darkest paths in his attempt to illuminate the mystery behind the enigmatic Jacques Verges, a successful lawyer who defended unpopular figures from all political fronts, including monsters like Nazi criminal Klaus Barbie and Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Walker (1987) Dir.: Alex Cox; Ed Harris, Richard Masur, Rene Assa , Rene Auberjonois. New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by Cox. Extras: Commentary by Cox and screenwriter Rudy Wurlitzer, "Dispatches From Nicaragua," an original documentary about the filming of "Walker"; "On Moviemaking and the Revolution," an audio reminiscence by actor and writer Linda Sandoval about the shoot; rare behind-the-scenes photos; plus a booklet featuring writings by film critic Graham Fuller, Wurlitzer and Sandoval. (The Criterion Collection).
Walker, Texas Ranger: The Fourth Season (1996-97) Seven-disc set with 26 episodes, $54.99. (Paramount).

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America at War Megaset Fourteen-disc set with 35 documentaries that presents more than 200 years of combat history, from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror; $124.95. (A&E Home Video).
Beowulf Director's Cut (2007) Robert Zemeckis; Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Winstone, John Malkovich, Brendan Gleeson, Dominic Keating, Alison Lohman, Robin Wright Penn, Ray Winstone. Two-disc set. Extras: "Heroes Journey: The Making of Beowulf," "Beowulf's Beasts of Burden -- Designing the Creatures of Beowulf," "The Origins of Beowulf," "Creating the Beowulf," "The Art of Beowulf," deleted scenes. Also available on HD DVD. (Paramount).
Caillou's Family Favorites (2008) Kids join animated Caillou as he explores everyday life, where ordinary daily events spark the imagination; $14.99. Extras: Interactrive games, more. (Paramount).
Color Honeymooners Collection 2 From Miami Beach, the sun and fun capitol of the world, it's "The Jackie Gleason Show!" Aired on Saturday night from 1966-70. (MPI Home Video).
Comanche Moon -- The Second Chapter in the Lonesome Dove Saga (2008) Val Kilmer, Steve Zahn, Rachel Griffiths, Karl Urban, Linda Cardellini, Wes Studi. Prequel to the hugely popular and award-winning series. Two-disc set, extended cut. Extras: "Behind the Scenes of Comanche Moon," "Riding Into the Sunset -- Cowboy & Riding Training," "A Look at the Comanche Heritage." (Sony).
The Darjeeling Limited (2007) Director: Wes Anderson. Stars: Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Amara Karan, Wallace Wolodarsky, Waris Ahluwalia, Barbet Schroeder, Camilla Rutherford, Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston. Extras: Commentary, four featurettes including the "Hotel Chevalier" prequel. (Fox).
Dark Shadows: The Beginning #3 Thirty-five episodes (#71-105). (MPI Home Video).
Darkon (2006) Documentary on live-action role-playing gamers who suit up their armor in Baltimore to create a make-believe medieval world named Darkon. Extras: Director's commentary, outtakes and deleted scenes, more. (Porchlight Home Entertainment).
Day Zero (2007) Elijah Wood, Jon Bernthal, Chris Klein, and Ginnifer Goodwin. Three best friends are drafted and given 30 days to report for duty; in that time they're forced to confront everything they believe about courage, duty, love, friendship and honor. (First Look Studios).
Death at a Funeral (2007) Dir.: Frank Oz; Matthew Macfayden, Rupert Graves, Peter Dinklage, Alan Tudyk, Daisy Donovan, Kris Marshall, Andy Nyman, Jane Asher. Extras: Commentary by director Oz, commentary by writer Dean Craig and actors Alan Tudyk and Andy Nyman, gag reel. (MGM).
Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale Finale of the Emmy Award-winning comedy series, $19.97. (HBO Video).
Family Affair Season 5 Five-disc set with 24 episodes, $39.98. (MPI Home Video).
The Fugitive: The First Season, Volume Two (1963-64) Four-disc set, $42.99. (Paramount).
A Global Warning? (2007) Documentary investigates the most dramatic climatic events in Earth's past and considers the future trends that will decide the fate of our species; $24.95. (A&E Home Video).
Goya's Ghosts (2007) Dir.: Milos Forman; Javier Bardem, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgard, Randy Quaid.Extras: making-of fetaurette. (Sony).
Holigans (2004) Shaun Elebert. A slightly demented English gangster decides that he wants a bigger piece of the underworld pie and devises a scheme involving the takeover of a family tavern in a sleepy seaside community in Ireland. Problems occur when the rightful owners of the pub put up more of a fight than he bargained for. Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary, photo gallery, posters. (Warner).
Inside (2006) Nicholas D'Agosto, Leighton Meester. Friends Alex and Josie have a disturbing hobby -- they like to follow strangers. Intrigued by other people's lives, Alex breaks into their homes, listens to their conversations and watches their every move. But his obsession backfires when he's caught in the home of a tormented couple who become fascinated by his resemblance to their dead son, and now Alex finds himself trapped in a horrifying existence of shifting identities and realities. Extras: Commentary. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).
The Invisible Man Collection (1958) 26 remastered episodes of the British TV series; $39.98. (Dark Sky Films).
Jake's Booty Call (2008) Animated feature version of the popular Internet game for college students. From National Lampoon. (Arts Alliance America).
The Last Emperor (1987) Dir.: Bernardo Bertolucci; John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole. Four-disc set with an all-new restored, high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro as well as an all-new restored, high-definition digital transfer of the extended television version. Extras: Commentary by director Bertolucci, producer Jeremy Thomas, composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, and screenwriter Mark Peploe; "Bernardo Bertolucci," a 60-minute documentary exploring the director's creative process and the making of "The Last Emperor"; "The Italian Traveler," a documentary by Fernand Mozskowicz, exploring Bertolucci's journey from Parma to China; "The Making of The Last Emperor," a new documentary featuring Storaro, editor Gabriella Cristiana, costume designer James Acheson and art director Gianni Silvestre; "Postcards From China," video images taken by Bertolucci while on preproduction in China; "The Late Show: Face to Face," a 30-minute BBC interview with Bertolucci from 1989; new video interviews with composers David Byrne and Sakamoto; plus a booklet featuring essays by David Thomson and an extract from script supervisor Fabien Gerard's journals from the production. (The Criterion Collection).
Legend of the Black Scorpion (2006 - Hong Kong) Ziyi Zhang, Daniel Wu, Xun Zhou, You Ge. Set in 10th century China, scheming royals and other officials seek to conquer empires and consolidate power to form a single omnipotent dynasty. Against this backdrop enters a legendary empress with unparalleled fighting skills. The score combines Western classical with Chinese classical music. Two-disc ultimate edition. Extras: Commentary by Hong Kong cinema expert Bey Logan, interview gallery, production gallery. (Dragon Dynasty).
Life After Tomorrow (2005) Highly acclaimed documentary exploring the life-changing repercussions of child performers in the long-running Broadway musical "Annie," revealing the highs and lows of their experiences as child actresses in a cultural phenomenon; $19.95. (Arts Alliance America).
Lonesome Dove: The Ultimate Collection Ten-disc set with all 43 episodes of "Lonesome Dove: The Series" and "Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years," $39.99. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).
Newhart: The Complete First Season Three-disc set with 22 episodes, $39,98. Extras: Three featurettes: "Guess Who's Coming to the (Bed and) Breakfast?" Stratford's Inn-spiration, "You Really Should Wear More Sweaters" Newhart style, "Say Goodnight Emily" getting to the heart of Newhart; TV Land Bob Newhart celebration. (Fox).
1968 With Tom Brokaw (2007) Feature-length, multidisciplinary documentary that examines the year that changed America. Animated timelines and telling archival footage illuminate the events and their influences. Major figures and minor players speak out about their personal experiences. And Brokaw himself ponders the era that shaped him as a young reporter as much as it did our nation; $24.95. (A&E Home Video).
Robyn Hitchcock: Sex, Food, Death ... And Insects (2007) Documentary chronicles the origins of Hitchcock's album "OleTarantula", the formation of his band Venus 3, and their U.S. tour; $24.95. (A&E Home Video).
Rough Diamond (2005) Light-hearted British crime caper series about an aging criminal mastermind. Original title was "Diamond Geezer." Two-disc set with four episodes, $39.99. (Acorn Media).
Silk (2007) Michael Pitt, Keira Knightley, Sei Ashina, Toni Bertorelli, Kenneth Welsh, Martha Burns, Alfred Molina. A married silkworm merchant-turned-smuggler in 19th century France travels to Japan for his town's supply of silkworms after a disease wipes out their African supply. During his stay, he becomes obsessed with the concubine of a local baron. (New Line).
Slipstream (2007) Dir.: Anthony Hopkins; Anthony Hopkins, Stella Arroyave, Michael Clarke Duncan, Fionnula Flanagan, Camryn Manheim, S. Epatha Merkerson, Christian Slater, Jeffrey Tambor, Gavin Grazer, John Turturro. Aging screenwriter Felix Bonhoeffer has lived his life in two states of existence -- the world of reality and the world inside his head. Hired to rewrite a murder mystery set in a desert diner and unaware that his brain is on the verge of implosion, Felix is politely baffled when the characters from his movie start showing up in his life and vice versa. Extras: "Fractured Narrative: The Making of Slipstream" featurette, commentary by Hopkins, deleted scenes. (Sony).
The Smurfs: Season 1, Volume 1 Two-disc set with 19 remastered cartoons from the 1981 premiere season; $26.99. Extras: "The Smurfs Springtime Special," "Smurfs: The Music Video," a music video featuring the famous title soundtrack, cut to the rhythm of the best moments from the first season. (Warner).
State of Play (2003) BBC America miniseries, set in London, in which a politician's life becomes increasingly complex as his research assistant is found dead on the London Underground and, in a seemingly unrelated incident, a teenage drug dealer is shot dead. (Warner).
30 Days of Night (2007) Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston, Ben Foster, Manu Bennett. Extras: Commentary by Josh Hartnett, Melissa George and producer Rob Tapert; eight behind-the-scenes featurettes on pre-production, casting, stunts, night shoots, "Building Barrow," "Blood, Guts and the Nasty #@$&!" more. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
To Kill a King (2003) Tim Roth, Dougray Scott, Olivia Williams, Rupert Everett, Steven Webb. Story of the relationship between General Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell, as they try to cope with the consequences of deposing King Charles I. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Union Station Media).
Travel With Kids: Paris (2008) Viewers of all ages will learn about the city's history, culture and beauty in this innovative, engaging program which also features money-saving tips, topical pop-up facts, advice for traveling with children and fun segments filled with all things great about the City of Lights. $14.98. (PorchLight Home Entertainment).
TV Guide Presents: B.L. Stryker: The Complete First Season (1989) Three-disc set with five episodes of the Burt Reynolds private detective series; $29.95. (Arts Alliance America).
The 2008 Rose Bowl Game (2008) Features the complete ABC broadcast. In this Pac-10/Big Ten match-up, sixth-ranked USC tied a Rose Bowl record with 49 points and set the total offensive record with 633 yards in their 49-17 rout of #13 Illinois; $19.95. (ESPN/Genius Products)

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