Ally McBeal: The Complete Series
(1997-2002) Thirty-two disc set, $199.98. Extras: "Bygone Days an Ally McBeal Retrospective" with cast and creators including Calista Flockhart, Jane Krakowski, Lucy Liu, Peter MacNicol, Gil Bellows, Greg Germann, and David E. Kelley; "The Best of Ally McBeal" soundtrack with never before released songs; Season 2 TV special "Life and Trials of Ally McBeal"; Season 5 "Goodbye, Ally"; behind-the-scenes featurette; more. (Fox).
Ally McBeal Season One
(1997-98) Six-disc set with 23 episodes, $39.98. (Fox).
Assassination of a High School President
(2008) Mischa Barton, Reece Thompson, Aaron Himelstein, Luke Grimes, Bruce Willis. Dark high school comedy. Sophomore newspaper reporter Bobby Funke is assigned to write a cover story on the popular class president and top athlete. After a stack of SAT tests is stolen, Funke publishes an expose that names the jock as the prime suspect and suddenly, Bobby is BMOC. But when the jock's girlfriend makes a move on him and even his former bullies play nice, Bobby begins to doubt the boy's guilt, mounting an investigation that uncovers a campus-wide conspiracy that threatens to take down students and teachers alike. Extras: Commentary, alternate opening sequences, extended and alternate scenes, deleted scenes. (Sony).
(1999) When director Takashi Miike released this creepy (and acclaimed) film 10 years ago, Miike created a stir around the world that he will forever be associated with. Recently snaring the No. 1 slot on EW.com's 20 Top Horror Films of the Past 20 Years, "Audition" is a cautionary tale of romance gone awry, making men worldwide squirm at its horrific climax. Deceptively innocent at first, Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi), a middle-aged widower of many years, is urged by his teenage son and his film producer friend Yasuhisa Yoshikawa (Jun Kunimura) to get out and start dating again. To help Aoyama meet women, Yoshikawa devises a plan to hold a fake audition for a leading lady. Reluctantly agreeing, Aoyama auditions 30 young hopefuls and falls for the silent beauty of Asami (Eihi Shiina), a former ballerina with a dark past. Their courtship veers from quiet romance to psycho nightmare. Available as a two-disc Collector's Edition Blu-ray edition featuring a 1080P high definition transfer from the inter-negative, with a new 5.0 digital soundtack mixed from the original audio elements. A two-disc Collector's Edition DVD is also available to own on the same day. The discs include 75 minutes of new interviews with the cast and filmmaker along with a new commentary by director Takashi Miike and screenwriter Daisuke Tengan. Blu-ray: $29.99; DVD: $24.99. Extras: Introduction with director Takashi Miike and star Eihi Shiina; commentary by Miike and screenwriter Daisuke Tengan; new interviews with cast members Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Renji Ishibashi and En Osugi; international trailers; booklet essay by Tom Mes (author of "Agitator: The Cinema Of Takashi Miike"). (Shout! Factory).
Bones Season Four
(2008-09) Six-disc set with 22 episodes, $59.98. Extras: Three extended episodes, deleted scenes, gag reel, featurettes: "Androgeny: Playing Haru Tanaka" and "Squints In Training." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
Chop Socky Chooks Volume One
(2008) Two-disc set with 13 episodes of the Cartoon Network series about a crack team of kung-fu chickens who battle their evil arch-nemesis, Dr. Wasabi -- a mutant piranha -- and attempt to foil his diabolical plots to become a one-man global superpower. $19.98. (Fox).
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Power Squad Bod!
(2009) Three workout DVDs based on the Cheerleaders' CMT series: "Calorie Blasting Dance," "Hard Body Boot Camp" and "Body Slimming Yoga," $16.99 each. (CMT/Paramount).
(2009) Directed by and starring Thomas Jane; co-stars Lauren German, Ron Perlman. Two honeymooners rescue a mysterious car crash survivor in the Las Vegas desert but they come to regret that decision when the man makes their ride a hellish one. Extras: Commentary, making-of featurette. (Sony).
(2007) Documentary created in IMAX 2D and 3D follows preeminent paleontologists as they uncover some of history's most astonishing dinosaur finds. Travel across the exotic dunes of the Gobi Desert and along the sandstone buttes of New Mexico as scientists make brand-new discoveries about dinosaur behavior, their environments and find what could be the oldest dinosaur ever unearthed in North America. Features stunningly realistic and scientifically accurate CGI mixed with intriguing 1920s documentary footage. Narrated by Michael Douglas. $19.98. Extras: Making-of featurette, "Meet the Creatures" educational series, dinosaur quiz. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).
Elmo's Animal Adventures
(2009) Sesame Street's Elmo and his friends embark on three new fun-filled adventures for pre-schoolers. Kids can help Elmo and Telly find Little Bo Peep's missing cow by following clues and working together as a team; use animal facts to help Elmo and Abby succeed in the "Find The Amphibian Game" and join Elmo in a camping adventure as he learns that sharing is fun and discovers the different types of food that animals eat. Includes special appearances by Cameron Diaz and Patricia Arquette. $14.93. (Sesame Workshop/Genius Products).
From the East (D'est)
(1993) Noted Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman ("Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles"; "Je, tu, il, elle"; "From the Other Side") retraces a journey from the end of summer to deepest winter, from East Germany, across Poland and the Baltics, to Moscow. It's a voyage Akerman wanted to make shortly after the collapse of the Soviet bloc "before it was too late," reconstructing her impressions in the manner of a documentary on the border of fiction. By filming "everything that touched me," Akerman sifts through and fixes upon sounds and images as she follows the thread of this subjective crossing. Without dialogue or commentary, but with a soundtrack rich in the tones, noises and voices of these lands, the film is a cinematographic elegy. Extras: Booklet with an essay by Chantal Akerman. (Icarus Home Video).
Get Smart: Season 4
(1968-69) Four-disc set with 26 episodes, $24.98. (HBO Home Entertainment).
The Hills: Season Five -- Part One
(2009) Two-disc set, $26.98. Features Lauren Conrad's final episodes as well as the surprise return of "Laguna Beach's" Kristin Cavallari on MTV's pop culture sensation. Extras: "Speidi'Wedding Unveiled," "Lauren's Last After Show," deleted scenes, photo shoot, interviews, more. (MTV/Paramount).
HIT Favorites: Frosty Friends
(2009) Five winter episodes for the pre-school set: Thomas and Friends' "Percy's New Whistle," Barney's "Gift of the Dinos," Bob the Builder's "Snowman Scoop," Pingu's "Pingu and the Hose" and Kipper's "The Big Freeze"; $14.98. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).
Holiday Comedy Collection
Three-disc set with "Elf," "Fred Claus" and :National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation," $39.92. (Warner).
Holiday Family Collection
Three-disc set with "The Polar Express," "Happy Feet" and "A Christmas Story," $39.92. (Warner).
I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown
(2003) Animated Peanuts feature centering on Rerun, Linus and Lucy's lovable and wise-beyond-his-years little brother who wants a dog for Christmas after he sees what a great relationship Charlie Brown and Snoopy share; $19.98. Extras: Bonus episode: "Happy New Year, Charlie Brown." (Warner).
(2009) Eddie Murphy, Thomas Haden Church, Nicole Ari Parker, James Patrick Stuart, Vanessa Williams, Larramie Doc Shaw, Robb Derringer. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Paramount).
Karloff & Lugosi Horror Classics
Four frightfully fun horror classics in one collection and on DVD for the first time. Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, iconic horror actors best known for creating the screen's original Frankenstein and Dracula characters, star here in other roles that take the horror genre to new camp heights. Two-disc set with "The Walking Dead" (1936) (directed by Michael Curtiz), "Frankenstein-1970" (1958), "You'll Find Out" (1940) and "Zombies on Broadway" (1945); $26.98. Extras: Commentary. (Warner). Read the "Karloff & Lugosi Horror Classics" press release.
(2008) Each year, thousands of new species are discovered and classified -- but there are some creatures that science still refuses to recognize. Inspired by the myths and lore that make blood curdle, this thrilling docu-fiction television series depicts traumatic stories featuring a diversity of cryptozoological oddities such as Bigfoot, Megaconda and Chupacabra. Fourteen episodes, $19.99. (Animal Planet/Genius Products).
Mr. Ed: Season One
(1961) Four-disc set with 26 episodes, $34.99. Extras: Interview with Alan Young and Connie Hines. (Shout! Factory).
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Season Five
(1974-75) Three-disc set with 24 episodes, $29.98. (Fox).
Medium: The Fifth Season
(2009) Four-disc set with 18 episodes, $60.90. (Paramount).
A Miser Brothers' Christmas
(2008) Original holiday animated musical movie features the bickering Miser brothers as they get in Santa's way at Christmas; $19.98. Originally aired as part of ABC Family's "25 Days of Christmas." Extras: "What Makes Stop Motion Go" featurette. (Warner).
My Life in Ruins
(2009) Dir.: Donald Petrie; Stars: Nia Vardalos, Richard Dreyfuss, Alexis Georgoulis, Rachel Dratch, Harland Williams, Maria Adanez, Maria Botto, Alistair McGowan. Extras: Deleted Scenes, Alternate ending, "Everybody Loves Poupi" featurette about Greek star Alexis Georgoulis, commentary by Nia Vardalos, director Donald Petrie and writer Mike Reiss. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
Nip/Tuck: Season Five Part Two
(2008-09) Three-disc set with eight episodes, $39.98. Extras: "Skin Deep? The Science of Beauty" featurette. (Warner).
Scare Tactics: Season Three Part One
(2008) Two-disc set with 13 uncensored episodes, $29.98. Extras: Host Tracy Morgan blooper reel, outtakes, uncensored "too hot for TV" deleted scenes. (Warner).
(2009) Allie Platt, Lance Henriksen, Kailin See, Lara Gilchrist, David Kopp. An ancient curse returns with a vengeance when the Seamstress, a local legend who terrorizes the community after her brutal death at the hands of bloodthirsty locals years before, attacks a group of kids. Her favorite weapon: sharp sewing needles. (Image Entertainment).
The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter
(2009) Documentary takes a look at the "Manson Family" murders in August, 1969, using original Manson Family music recordings, rare vintage photos and never-before-seen autopsy reports. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs:
(1937) High definition debut of the most acclaimed animated movie ever made. Walt Disney's original classic "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," which made history in 1937 as the first full-length animated feature, is the premiere entry in Disney's new Diamond Collection. The
release will make its bow on Disney Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack (two Blu-ray discs + DVD) a full seven weeks before the Deluxe Two-Disc Classic standard definition DVD becomes available on
Blu-ray Bonus Features: "Magic Mirror": Using the latest in Blu-ray technology, the iconic magic Mirror guides the audience through the "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Diamond Edition" features; "DisneyView": Disney's animated feature is brought to the modern era of widescreen high definition viewing by allowing the user to expand their viewing experience beyond the original aspect ratio of the film. Disney artist Toby Bluth was able to draw beyond the borders of the classic full frame cinema and fill the otherwise dark edges of the screen with beautiful custom imagery, giving audiences a new view of the film; "About Toby Bluth"; commentary with Walt Disney, hosted by John Canemaker; 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio; Backstage Disney: Diamond Edition: "Snow White Returns": Newly discovered storyboards suggest a brand new "Snow White" featurette that never got made; "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall": Through BD-Live, the mirror can find the secret princess inside each viewer, then create for them a personal message from their favorite princess who will call them on the telephone; "Hyperion Studios": Audiences are digitally transported to 1937 to discover first-hand the Hyperion Studios, the original studio Walt Disney built where "Snow White" was conceived and developed; "The One That Started It All" featurette; Music & More: "Someday My Prince Will Come" music video by Tiffany Thornton; Family Play (Games & Activities) "What Do You See?" and "Jewel Jumble" games.
DVD Bonus Features: Commentary with Walt Disney, hosted by John Canemaker; "Snow White Returns" storyboards; "The One That Started It All" featurette; "Someday My Prince Will Come" music video by Tiffany Thornton; "Dopey's Wild Mine Ride" interactive set-top game; animation voice talent; "Disney Through the Decades" video segments with celebrity hosts; "Heigh-Ho" Karaoke Sing-Along; "Learn How to Take Your Favorite Movies on the Go." $39.99. (Disney). Order now
(2009) Kathy Lamkin, Cristen Coppen, Kiko Ellsworth, Cooper Huckabee. When a group of hikers take off for a weekend of fun and adventure in a remote mountain region, they unwittingly stumble across the Staunton family and find themselves at the mercy of a depraved, diabolical brood that will stop at nothing to rid their property of "trespassers." Directed by Cameron Romero, son of cult filmmaker George A. Romero. (Anchor Bay Entertainment).
Extras:Also available on Blu-ray Disc.
TCM Spotlight: Esther Williams Volume 2
Six new-to-DVD "Aqua-Musicals" from America's favorite mermaid: "Million Dollar Mermaid" (1952), "Thrill of a Romance" (1945), "Easy to Love" (1953), "This Time for Keeps (1947) "Fiesta" (1947) and "Pagan Love Song" (1950); $59.92. (Warner).
Trick 'r Treat
(2009) Quinn Lord, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker, Leslie Bibb, Rochelle Aytes, Anna Paquin, Tahmoh Penikett, Lauren Lee Smith, Britt Mckillip, Jean-Luc Bilodeau. Four interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the one guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband. Extras: "Trick 'R Treat: Season's Greetings" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
(2009) Dir.: Harold Ramis; Stars: Jack Black, Michael Cera, Hank Azaria, David Cross, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Oliver Platt, Paul Rudd.
Available as a theatrical DVD, unrated DVD and unrated Blu-ray Disc.Extras: All versions: Two deleted scenes; commentary by director Harold Ramis, Jack Black and Michael Cera; extended and alternate scenes; "Line-o-Rama"; gag reel; "Year One: The Journey Begins" featurette. Unrated versions add "Alternate Ending: Sodom's Destruction"; "Sodom's Got'em" featurette; "Leeroy Jenkins: The Gates of Sodom" featurette. Blu-ray adds "Year One Cutting Room" to create your own video and share it via BD-Live; "cinechat" on-screen instant messages to friends around the world while watching the movie together; "movieIQ" real-time in-movie information about the cast, crew, music and production via BD-Live; digital copy of the film. (Sony).
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(2009) Dir.: Atom Egoyan; Stars: Arsinee Khanjian, Scott Speedman, Rachel Blanchard, Devon Bostick. Extras: Deleted scenes, interview with Atom Egoyan, featurettes: "Making Of," "The Violin Shop," "Take Three" and "Passengers." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
The American Brew: The Rich and Surprising History of Beer
(2009) Documentary explores the rich and surprising history of beer making, from colonial settlers to the struggle of Prohibition, through the rise of microbrews and the unending success of national breweries. Extras: "Cheese Wars," a battle between wine and beer to determine cheese's perfect match; conversations with restaurateur Danny Meyer, premier beer critic Michael Jackson, and the editors of "All About Beer"; a look inside the hidden cellar of New York City’s Prohibition-era 21 Club; Paul Brady’s breweriana collection. (PBS Distribution).
The American Soldier: The Complete History of U.S. Wars
(2009) George Kennedy hosts an ambitious four-volume documentary series that explores every major conflict in America's history. $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
Drag Me to Hell
(2009) Dir.: Sam Raimi; Stars: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Jessica Lucas, Lorna Raver, David Paymer, Adriana Barraza, Fernanda Romero, Reggie Lee.
Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).
Every Little Step
(2009) Documentary captures the magic of Broadway snash hit "A Chorus Line" by following auditions and casting of the successful 2006 stage revival, while at the same time exploring the history the musical, from late director-choreographer Michael Bennett's ground-breaking concept of inviting Broadway chorus performers to tell their real stories, to the show becoming an international phenomenon from the 1970s through the 1990s. Extras: Commentary by directors Adam Del Deo & James D. Stern, and composer Marvin Hamlisch; deleted scenes; "Donna McKechnie: In Conversation"; "An Interview with John Breglio, Bob Avian and Baayork Lee." (Sony).
(2007 -- Denmark) Semra Turan, Cyron Melville. A high-school student in Copenhagen who dreams of becoming a mixed martial arts champion defies her parents -- conservative immigrants from Turkey -- and secretly joins a kung fu club, where she trains – and falls in love – with a sympathetic instructor. (IFC Films).
Futurama The Complete Collection 1999-2009
Nineteen-disc set with all 72 episodes from the animated cult series, as well as the four feature length adventures: "Bender's Big Score," "The Beast With a Billion Backs," "Bender's Game" and "Into the Wild Green Yonder," $199.98. Extras: Featurettes, commentary, deleted scenes, interactive still gallery, blooper reels, more. (Fox).
Girlfriends: The Seventh Season
(2006-07) Three-disc set with 22 episodes, $36.98. (Paramount).
(2008) Sara Dylan, Gary Faulkner, Rachel Mitchem, Hiram Bleetman, Nigel Croft-Adams, Oliver Squires, Julian Vandoorne, Jennifer Wren, Carrie Cohen. Six twentysomething friends go on a weekend break to the English countryside and find a seemingly perfect place to rest and relax: a charming and idyllic farmhouse hosted by kindly Mrs. Obadiah, who lovingly prepares mouth watering meals for her young visitors. But trouble is brewing in the country kitchen and the carefree kids come to the realization that a really big meal is planned -- and they're the main course. (Dark Sky Films).
A Good Life: The Joe Grushecky Story
(2009) Pittsburgh native, Joe Grushecky has been creating hard-driving rock 'n' roll music for 30 years, collaborated with rock legend Bruce Springsteen, and toured the world, all while maintaining his day job. His tenacious career has surpassed his expectations and received critical appraise worldwide, yet he remains the most famous musician few have ever heard of. This documentary presents the heartwarming story of an acclaimed musician who has stayed true to himself and proved that it's not always about the prize, but about the creative process. Extras: Deleted Scenes, Live Performances. Bonus CD with seven never-before-released live songs from Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers with special guest Bruce Springsteen. (Virgil Films & Entertainment).
(1990) Dylan McDermott, Stacey Travis, John Lynch, William Hootkins, Iggy Pop. This cult classic was the infamous feature film debut of music video visionary turned writer-director Richard Stanley. Originally rated X by the MPAA and subsequently edited by distributor Miramax, this version will be presented uncut and uncensored for the first time from a print supplied by Stanley himself. Dylan McDermott stars as a post-apocalyptic scavenger who brings home a battered cyborg skull for his metal-sculptor girlfriend. But this steel scrap contains the brain of the M.A.R.K. 13, the military’s most ferocious bio-mechanical combat droid programmed to kill all humans. It's cunning, cruel and knows how to reassemble itself and when it does, no human flesh will be spared. A thrilling, breathtaking tour-de-force of science fiction horror. Two-disc set. Extras: Commentary, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes footage, and Stanley's never-before-seen hour-long Super 8 version of the film. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Severin Films).
The Haunted Airman
(2006) Robert Pattinson, Julian Sands, Rachael Stirling. Spine-tingling BBC WWII-era ghost story based on the 1948 novel "The Haunting of Toby Jugg" by Dennis Wheatley. Flight Lieutenant Toby Jugg, confined to a wheelchair after being wounded in combat, arrives at a remote mansion in Wales to recuperate. Suffering terrible nightmares and visions, he suspects the methods of his psychiatrist, trusting only his beautiful aunt, But circumstances arise that cause him to doubt even her intentions. Is the lieutenant the victim of an eerie paranormal haunting or a cruel conspiracy tied to his past? (E1 Entertainment).
Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry
(2008) Documentary explores the roots of American tattooing through the life of its most iconoclastic figure, Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins. Considered by many as the foremost tattoo artist of all time, Collins' uncompromising lifestyle and larger-than-life persona made him an American legend. Collins' work would come to symbolize a new style of American folk art: tattoos that blended traditional elements of continental motifs with the finesse, shading, and artistic nuance of the Japanese tattoo masters, known as horis. $24.95. Extras: Deleted scenes, outtakes, director's commentary. (IndiePix).
The Hunger: The Complete Second Season
(2009) Four-disc set with 22 uncut episodes, $39.98. Demons, vampires, and fantasy run wild in a mesmerizing cross between "The Twilight Zone" and "Tales from the Crypt" in this half-hour series hosted by music and film icon David Bowie and produced by Tony and Ridley Scott. (E1 Entertainment).
Inspector Lewis 2
(2008) Second season of the Masterpiece Mystery! series with seven thrillers, $49.99. (WGBH Boston Video).
Inventing L.A.: The Chandlers and Their Times
(2009) While Boston had the Kennedys, Los Angeles was ruled by the Chandlers. One of the City of the Angel's most influential families, the Chandlers used their power and their newspaper, the Los Angeles Times, to shape public opinion throughout the 20th century and captain the city's economic, social and cultural growth. Their reign ended when a longtime family feud brought down one of the country's great newspaper dynasties. A fascinating, in-depth historical portrait of this legendary reign. $24.99. (PBS).
Jack Brown Genius
(1994 -- New Zealand) Stuart Devenie, Timothy Balme, Nicola Murphy, Marton Csokas. A thousand years after he died while trying to discover a way to fly, a monk's spirit enters the mind of Jack Brown, a modern-day inventor with problems of his own, in the hopes of completing his winged machine so his soul will be set free. (Barnholtz Entertainment/Lionsgate).
Jackass: The Lost Tapes
(2009) Unaired and new-to-DVD footage from the MTV series. Includes "The Self-Defense test," "Stun Collar," "Unicycle Poo Barf," "Fast Food Football," "Roller Jump," more. $22.99. Extras: "Hi, I'm Johnny Knoxville" show opening montage, credit montages, more. (MTV/Paramount).
(2009) Rockmond Dunbar, Clifton Powell, Jason Weaver, Siena Goines. Gospel Music Channel feature about a woman whose faith in God saves her family and herself during a tumultuous time. Jada (Siena Goines) is a young, single mother struggling to raise her two children in a time of personal difficulty when she receives help from a local pastor (Clifton Powell) who hears her struggles. (Vivendi Entertainment).
Land of the Lost
(2009) Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Anna Friel, Jorma Taccone. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).
Land of the Lost: Seasons 1, 2 and 3
(1974-1977) Season 1: Three-disc set with 17 episodes, Season 2: Two-disc set with 13 episodes and Season 3: Two-disc sets with 13 episodes, $26.98 each. (Universal).
(2008 -- Belgium) Eline Kuppens, Matthias Schoenaerts. Horror thriller has a 22-year-old world-class runner who's training for a major European race drop out because of exhaustion and a weakened immune system, which eventually leads to a grotesque knee infection. She impulsively moves into an apartment in the Left Bank area of Antwerp, Belgium, with a young archer she met, and soon discovers that the neighbors are utterly weird, there’s something strange and dark going on in the basement, and a previous young female tenant has mysteriously disappeared. (IFC Films).
Legend of the Seeker: The Complete First Season
(2009) Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $45.99. Extras: Behind-the-scenes interviews, "Forging the Sword: Crafting a Legend," deleted scenes, commentaries.. (Disney).
Little Spirit: Christmas in New York
(2008) Holiday special featuring the voices of Danny DeVito, Lucy Liu and Brenda Song, with music by Faith Hill and Duncan Sheik. A young boy embarks on the holiday journey of a lifetime in the city that never sleeps in this animated feature. Moving to a new house in a new city is never easy, but when Leo's dog (and best friend) Romona is accidently lost in Central Park, Leo is determined to find his furry little friend in time for Christmas. Feeling lost and alone, a magical spirit takes him on an incredible adventure and Leo soon learns that this new city isn't as scary as it seemed -- and that the true meaning of Christmas may just be found in the people he meets along the way. $16.95. (Genius Products).
Lovejoy: The Complete Season 6
(1994) Three-disc set with 10 episodes of the British TV series about the crime-solving antiques dealer, starring Ian McShane; $49.98. (Warner).
Mr. Art Critic
(2007) Bronson Pinchot, Toni Trucks, John Lepard. A heartless art critic retreats to his cottage on a lake where, after a drunken outburst "that any idiot can make art," he finds himself entered in the town's art festival competition. Extras: Behind the scenes footage. (MTI Home Video).
Married ... With Children: The Complete Eleventh Season
(1996-97) Three-disc set with 24 Episodes, $39.95. (Sony).
The Mighty Boosh Special Edition
(2003-07) Seven-disc set with all 20 episodes of the cult BBC/Adult Swim live-action series, plus bonus features, $79.98. (Warner).
My Little Pony Twinkle Wish Adventure
(2009) Features six sing-alongs, two new animated shorts, and four fun activities. Pinkie Pie and all her pony friends can’t wait for the Winter Wishes festival where the Wishing Star grants each pony one special wish. But when the Wishing Star disappears, they go on a journey to find it. Will they make it back in time for the festival? $14.99. (Shout! Factory).
NASCAR: Greatest Dominators & Greatest Finishes
(2009) Single DVD with two documentaries: "Greatest Finishes" features 10 of the most heart-pounding races throughout four decades of NASCAR racing; "Greatest Dominators" focuses on the drivers and teams who have consistently ruled the NASCAR world including Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty, Bill Elliott and more. $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
Natural Born Killers Director's Cut
(1994) Dir.: Oliver Stone; Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey Jr., Tommy Lee Jones. The original unrated version. Prior to the theatrical release, Oliver Stone reworked the film, made more than 150 cuts, and removed approximately four minutes in order to get an R rating. Extras: New introduction by Stone; commentary by Stone; "NBK Evolution: How Would It All Go Down Now?" a new featurette from six-time Emmy Award-nominated producer Woody Thompson illustrating how current communication technology would impact the film if it were made today, examining the issues and changes in the context of current media and even creating a timeline of the killers' activities in cell phone videos, blogs, tweets and Facebook updates (How would Stone portray today's instantaneous user-generated media society and its reaction to the exploits of Mickey and Mallory? How would the social networks and the blogs cover, discuss and rate each of their killing sprees? How many views and comments would their home-made videos generate on YouTube?); "Chaos Rising: The Storm Around Natural Born Killers" making-of documentary about the storm of controversy surrounding the film; deleted scenes; alternate ending; Charlie Rose interview; 44-page booklet on the film's production. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
New World Order
(2009) Documentary offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at a small, but very vocal movement seeking to expose "global elitists" whom they claim are masterminding the breakdown of the world's economy and society. These conspiracy theorists believe that the attack on the World Trade Center was an "inside job," that the military-industrial complex killed Kennedy, and that an international cabal is plotting to enslave us all. While elaborating on many of the underground movement's views, the film doesn't attempt to prove or disprove any of their theories. And, though the film may compel viewers to question their beliefs about the world at large, at its core it's about the power of ideas, and how that power can affect one's life and define one's actions. $19.98. (The Disinformation Company).
Nick Swardson: Seriously, Who Farted?
(2009) Comedy Central stand-up special with the writer of "Grandma's Boy" and "Benchwarmers"; $16.99. Extras: "Beardo & Dirt Nasty Performance," "8 Drinks Later Trailer," "Timeless Comedian," "A Very Terry Christmas. (Comedy Central/Paramount).
(2008) Jonas Ball, Matthew R. Anderson, Jon Huertas. A CIA operative and a U.S. Special Forces squad on a secret mission in Afghanistan find themselves lost in a Middle Eastern "Bermuda Triangle" of ancient evil, fighting an enemy they cannot decipher or comprehend. (IFC Films).
An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving
(2008 -- TV) Helene Joy, Jacqueline Bisset, Tatiana Maslany. Hallmark Channel melodrama. Recently widowed Mary Bassett (Helene Joy) and her three children have hit difficult times on their farm -- they can't even afford a turkey for their Thanksgiving dinner. Suddenly, Mary's wealthy and estranged mother Isabella (Jacqueline Bisset) has come to visit. Mary resents her mother's attempts to help them out of their financial difficulties and, in the end, more than money will be needed to heal the emotional wounds that exist between mother and daughter. (Sony).
(2009) Emily Parker, Kerry Aissa, Chris Keis. A young woman obsessed with her dentist heads for a breakdown when he rejects her continued sexual advances, and she sets out to make herself a part of his life by any means necessary -- even if it means murder. (Lifesize Entertainment ).
Paranormal State: The Complete Season Three
(2009) Three-disc set with 20 episodes, $29.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).
Pat Paulsen's Half a Comedy Hour
(1970) Two-disc set with all 13 episodes of Paulsen's ABC Show. After winning an Emmy and running for President in the 1968 election -- the first of six unserious attempts to gain the White House (one of his slogans was "If elected, I will win") -- the great Pat Paulsen branched out with his own ABC series, featuring the funnyman's famous deadpan delivery in a variety of skits and settings, co-starring a stellar roster of guests such as Don Rickles, Angie Dickinson, Tom Smothers, Debbie Reynolds, Andy Williams, Don Adams, Henry Fonda, Mike Connors, Wilt Chamberlain and JoAnn Worley. $24.98. (MPI Home Video).
Playmobil: The Secret of Pirate Island
(2009) CGI animated DVD premiere brings the characters and sets from the Playmobil Pirate playsets to life. The DVD will include a special interactive
feature that will allow viewers to participate in the action by choosing from various options as the story progresses -- with 28 different possible story combinations. Seven-year-old Jack and his big sister Amelia stow away on a
pirate ship headed for the mysterious Skull Island -- a place filled with treasure and curious creatures. Can Jack and Amelia stay one step ahead of a bunch of wacky skeletons and get to the treasure before the pirates do?
Extras: "Captain Gruff's Favorite Movie," "Pirate Sing-Along." (Sony).
(2009) Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Malin Akerman, Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson, Oscar Nunez, Betty White, Dennis O'Hare. Available in two-disc Blu-ray and DVD editions as well as single-disc DVD and Blu-ray editions. Extras: Outtakes, bloopers, deleted scenes, commentary by director Anne Fletcher and writer Peter Chiarelli, alternate ending. (Disney).
Red Roses and Petrol
(2003) Malcolm McDowell, Olivia Tracey, Heather Juergensen, Max Beesley, Greg Ellis, Susan Lynch. Based on the Irish play by acclaimed writer Joseph O'Connor, the darkly comedic drama offers a tour-de-force showcase for Malcolm McDowell as Enda Doyle, a university librarian, poet, and rascal who is the flawed patriarch of a dysfunctional family struggling to come to terms with his death and with one another. Unfolding during a haze of cigarette smoke and uneaten food as Enda's family gathers in Dublin for his wake, the story explores the emotional dynamics of familial relationships with sharp humor and surprising turns.
A "Collector's Edition" set of authentic 35mm film frames cut directly from an official theatrical release print of "Red Roses and Petrol" will be included as an exclusive gift with each online order of the film (at www.redrosesandpetrol.com) prior to September 8, 2009, while supplies last. The film's soundtrack features music from Irish American band Flogging Molly and Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles. Selected music from the film, including bonus tracks by the Rainmakers, Joe Puerta of Ambrosia, and the Elders, is also being released on CD, iTunes and other outlets. (World Wide Motion Pictures Corp.)
(1996) Dir.: Michael Cimino; Stars Woody Harrelson, Jon Seda, Anne Bancroft, Alexandra Tydings, Matt Mulhern, Talisa Soto. Woody Harrelson plays Michael Reynolds, a wealthy L.A. doctor who's going places. But Michael's fast-track life detours when a desperately ill patient (Jon Seda) kidnaps him at gunpoint and takes him on a road trip to find an alternate form of treatment for his illness. Across highways and backroads, kidnapper and hostage seek a legendary Navajo healing place while a manhunt closes in on them. (Warner).
TV Western Treasures
(2009) Strike gold with this treasure trove of Western Television classics" More than 60 hours (150 episodes) of tough-talkin' cowboys, pistols, petticoats and miles of trails with the legends of the Old West, featuring such classic stars as Roy Rogers, Edgar Buchanan, Jock Mahoney, Dickie Jones, Scott Forbes, Duncan Renaldo, Bill Williams and many more. Twelve-disc set, $29.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
Tom and Jerry's Greatest Chases Volume 3
Fourteen cartoons directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and originally released between 1941 and 1956. Includes "The Two Mousketeers," which was released in 1952 and won an Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons, "Touche Pussycat" (1954), "Smitten Kitten" (952), "In Designs on Jerry" (1952), "The Pecos Pest" (1955), "The Flying Sorceress" (1956), "Blue Cat Blues" (1956), "Puttin' on the Dog" (1944), "Fine Feathered Friend" (1942), "The Bowling Alley Cat" (1942), "The Night Before Christmas" (1941), "Cat Napping (1951)," "The Flying Cat" (1952) and "Baby Butch" (1954). $14.97. (Warner).
WWII Remembered -- A Complete History
(2009) Ten-part documentary series features compelling interviews with veterans of WWII, capturing the heart and spirit of the 20th century's greatest conflict. Two-disc set, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
WWE: Breaking Point 2009
(2009) World Wrestling Entertainment's Unforgiven is now an all new rebranded and reformatted event -- WWE Breaking Point, featuring the biggest stars in the WWE battling it out in a series of submission matches. This edition includes CM Punks vs. Undertaker, D Generation X vs. Legacy, Kane vs. Great Khali, four more. $25.00. (WWE Entertainment).
WWE: Summerslam 2009
(2009) For the 22nd consecutive year, the Superstars of WWE come together for the biggest party of the summer at SummerSlam. This year intense rivalries come to a head: Randy Orton vs. John Cena, Chris Jericho & Big Show vs. Cryme Tyme, MVP vs. Jack Swagger, five more. $25.00. (WWE Entertainment).
Where the Day Takes You
(1992) Will Smith, Sean Astin, Adam Baldwin, Lara Flynn Boyle, Balthazar Getty, Robert Knepper, Ricki Lake, James Le Gros, Nancy McKeon, Alyssa Milano, Dermot Mulroney, Christian Slater. Groundbreaking teen drama about the dark side of Tinseltown, boasting a stellar ensemble cast in some of the most startling performances of their young careers, including superstar Will Smith (Seven Pounds) in his film debut. Shot as if a documentary in the now popular reality style, the film captures the grim, unpleasant underbelly of Hollywood's runaway teens living on the street: A group of teenage runaways live each day lost in a spiral of drugs, sex, crime and violence. Led by King (Mulroney), the tribe includes tweaker Greg (Astin), legless Manny (Smith), unstable Little J (Getty), prostitute Kimmy (Milano) and just-off-the-bus Heather (Boyle). (Anchor Bay Entertainment).
Where's Amelia Earhart?
(2009) History Channel National Geographic biography of the aviator, timed for the Oct. 23 theatrical release of "Amelia," starring Hilary Swank. $19.98. (Warner).
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Black Adder Remastered: The Ultimate Edition
(1983) Six-disc set of the BBC series starring Rowan Atkinson as the comic villain Edmund Blackadder in the enormously popular comedy series that follows Blackadder in send-ups of the Middle Ages, the Elizabethan age, the Regency period, and World War I. $79.98. Extras: Commentaries, interviews. (Warner).
Blood: The Last Vampire
(2009) Gianna Jun, Allison Miller, Koyuki, Michael Byrne, Colin Salmon. Based on the cult Japanese anime feature of the same name and the hit "Blood +" television series, this live-action version tells the story of Saya, a female warrior on a centuries old quest to rid the world of blood sucking vampires. Extras: "The Making of Blood: The Last Vampire" featurette, "Battling Demons: Behind the Stunts" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
Blood +: Part 2
(2007-08) Five-disc set with 25 episodes, $119.95. Extras: "Inside Blood +" featurette. (Sony).
Blood, Sweat + Gears
(2009) Inspirational story of America's only ProTour cycling team, a team devoted not only to cleaning up the sport of cycling but to winning the Tour de France. Setting off from the frozen roads of a Colorado winter, racing over the dangerous cobblestones of the Spring classic Paris-Roubaix, and finally arriving to the Champs-Elysees, the grand Parisian boulevard which marks the end of the Tour de France, this documentary takes viewers on an incredible emotional journey, following the ups and downs of an underdog cycling team as they try, against all odds, to ride triumphantly into Paris. $29.95. (First Run Features).
Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary
(2009) Featuring interviews with 38 directors and 163 film clips from classics such as "Grey Gardens" and "The Thin Blue Line," as well as recent work like "Darwin's Nightmare" and "Touching the Void," this documentary on documentaries explores the complex creative process that goes into making non-fiction films. Deftly charting the documentarian's journey, it poses the question: can film capture reality? From cinema-verite pioneers Albert Maysles and Joan Churchill to maverick moviemakers like Errol Morris, Werner Herzog and Nick Broomfield, the world’s best documentarians reflect upon the unique power of their genre. Two-disc set, $29.99. Extras: Additional interviews. (First Run Features).
(2009) Dir.: Stephen Frears; Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathy Bates, Rupert Friend, Iben Hjejle, Felicity Jones. Extras: "The Making of Cheri," deleted scenes. (Miramax).
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Complete Series
Forty-two discs with all 159 episodes and two feature-length movies, $149.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).
The Elephant King
(2008) Ellen Burstyn, Tate Oliver, Josef Sommer. Provocative story of two American brothers, Oliver and Jake Hunt, adrift in an exotic world they don't fully understand. Ellen Burstyn stars as a domineering mother who dispatches her young, introverted son Oliver off to Thailand to do anything he can to lure his reckless, older brother Jake back home to face fraud charges. But Oliver finds the intoxication of Thailand hard to resist. (E1 Entertainment).
Faerie Tale Theatre: Bedtime Tales
Features updated versions of the timeless tales "Jack and the Beanstalk," "Sleeping Beauty," "Rip Van Winkle" and "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" from "Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre" series which ran on Showtime from 1982-1987. Highlights: Vanessa Redgrave portrays Sleeping Beauty's evil stepmother, while her magical mirror is played by Vincent Price and Francis Ford Coppola takes on the story of Rip Van Wrinkle. $14.98. (E1 Entertainment).
Faerie Tale Theatre: Magical Tales
Features updated versions of the timeless tales "Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp," "Beauty and the Beast," "Puss in Boots" and "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" from "Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre" series which ran on Showtime from 1982-1987. Highlights: Susan Sarandon stars as Beauty and Tim Burton directs James Earl Jones, Leonard Nimoy and Valerie Bertinelli in "Alladin." $14.98. (E1 Entertainment).
Fawlty Towers Remastered Special Edition
(1975) Three-disc set of the entire BBC series starring John Cleese as Basil Fawlty, the much put-upon, hard-working hotel manager whose life is plagued by dead guests, hotel inspectors, and riff-raff. With his nagging wife Sibyl, he runs their hotel, Fawlty Towers, with a little help from the unflappable Polly and the trainee waiter from Barcelona with marginally more intelligence than a monkey. $49.09. Extras: Commentary by John Cleese, featurette, interviews, outtakes. (Warner).
Greg Giraldo: Midlife Vices
(2009) Comedy Central stand-up special by the sardonic social commentator. Uncensored, extended and includes the never-before-seen pilot “Adult Content”; $16.99. (Paramount).
Hawaii Five-O: The Seventh Season
(1974-75) Six-disc set with 24 episodes, $49.99. (Paramount).
Homicide: Life on the Street: The Complete Series
Thirty-five disc set with all 122 episodes, $149.95. Extras: Three "Law & Order" crossover episodes, "Homicide: The Movie," more. (A&E Home Entertainment).
I Am Because We Are
(2009) Produced, written, and narrated by Madonna. Profiles her journey exploring the lives and suffering of children who have been orphaned by AIDS. Set in Malawi, Africa, a country with more than 1 million orphans, Madonna spotlights heart-wrenching stories that ultimately remind us how interconnected we all are. Trying to find out as much as possible about the children of one of the poorest countries on the planet, Madonna highlights her own experiences and defines her own personal discoveries. Features former President Bill Clinton, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Professor Jeffrey Sachs and Dr. Paul Farmer. Extras: Deleted scenes, interviews, photo gallery. (Virgil Films & Entertainment).
In Search of Santa Claus
(2009) A revealing pop history look at the amazing transformation of a holy man into a treasured icon of Christmas joy, $9.98. (Smithsonian Networks/Infinity Entertainment Group).
It's Garry Shandling's Show: The Complete Series DVD Box Set
(1986-90) Anxiously awaited DVD box set will be comprised of 16-DVDs featuring the complete 72 episodes from the entire four seasons, a payload of bonus content and much more -- all collected in a lavish package. Garry Shandling and Shout! Factory are currently developing a wide range of in-depth bonus content, including extensive featurettes, commentaries, outtakes and much more. (Shout! Factory). Read the complete press release.
The L Word: The Complete Final Season
(2009) Four-disc set with eight episodes, $59.99. (Paramount).
Last of the Living
(2008) Morgan Williams, Ashleigh Southam, Robert Faith, Emily Paddon-Brown, Mark Hadlow, Carl Voss, Mark Hamilton. After a deadly virus has turned humankind into flesh-eating zombies, three slackers spend their days lounging in their skivvies, drifting from one vacant house to another, until they meet a girl who may have a cure for the outbreak. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).
Lime Salted Love
(2006) Kate Del Castillo, Billy Drago, Kathleen Kinmont, Kristanna Loken. An erotic melodrama about brothers living the fast life in Los Angeles' hipster enclave. (Indican Pictures).
(2008) Dan Eberle, Maya Ferrara, Karl Herlinger, Beau Allulli. A wealthy out-of-towner hires an indigent man to abduct an estranged family member. (Vanguard Cinema).
Moon in the Gutter
(1983 -- French) First time on DVD in the U.S. as part of the Jean-Jacques Beineix Collection. Atmospheric and vastly underrated adaptation of David Goodis' noir classic stars Gerard Depardieu as a raffish longshoreman who mourns his dead sister, who was raped before committing suicide, amongst the bars and sleazy dives of the seedy Marseilles waterfront. When mystery girl Nastassja Kinski goes slumming in his neighborhood, Depardieu is bewitched by her beauty and soon learns she may know something about the identity of his sibling's attacker.Extras: Photo gallery, interview with Beineix. (Cinema Libre Studio).
Numbers: The Fifth Season
(2008-09) Six-disc set with 23 episodes, $60.90. (Paramount).
One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur
A journey through the locations that inspired Jack Kerouac's soul-searching memoir "Big Sur," including the Beat haunts of New York's Greenwich Village, San Francisco's North Beach, and an isolated cabin in a fog-banked Big Sur canyon. More than 30 musicians, actors, writers, and poets tell the story of Big Sur and help unearth what made the book a classic work. Featured are writer Sam Shepard, singer Patti Smith, singer Tom Waits, actress Amber Tamblyn, actor Donal Logue, actor John Ventimiglia, poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet Aram Saroyan, and many more. F-stop/Atlantic Records will release a limited edition box set of the album and DVD of "One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur," a day before the anniversary of the legendary author's death. Included will be the album, a DVD of the film, an excerpt of unpublished manuscript from Kerouac, never before seen photos, a copy of "Big Sur," and much more, for $49.99. A CD of the album will also be available individually ($12.99) or as part of a package with a DVD of the film ($19.99). The album will additionally be released on 180 gram vinyl with the DVD included ($24.99). (Order information.).
Painful Secrets (aka Secret Cutting)
(2000) Sean Young, Kimberlee Peterson, Robert Wisden, Rhea Perlman. TV drama about teenage girls who resort to cutting themselves because they are unable to express their feelings. (Vanguard Cinema).
Peanuts 1970s Collection, Volume 1
Two-disc set with six "Peanuts" TV features: "You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown," "There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown," "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving," "It's a Mystery, Charlie Brown," "Play It Again, Charlie Brown," "It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown." $29.98. Extras: "Woodstock: Creating Snoopy's Sidekick," digital download of two songs. (Warner).
Planes, Trains and Automobiles Those Aren't Pillows Edition
(1987) Dir.: John Hughes' Stars: Steve Martin, John Candy. Extras: "Getting There is Half the Fun: The Story of Planes, Trains and Automobiles"; "John Hughes for Adults"; "A Tribute to John Candy"; deleted scene "Airplane Food." (Paramount).
Plastic Man: The Complete Collection
(2008) Four-disc set with 36 classic cartoons, $44.98. Produced by Ruby-Spears Productions and Hanna-Barbera Productions, "The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show" first aired in 1979 Saturday mornings on ABC, right after "Super Friends." (Warner).
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live
(2009) Time Life commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a comprehensive collection of performances compiled from a quarter century of induction celebrations. The collection boasts 125 remarkable performances by the most influential and significant figures in rock music history, as well as the speeches, toasts and roasts by which these members of rock royalty salute each others' accomplishments. History is made when legendary artists such as Mick Jagger and Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen and Bono, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Tom Petty, take the stage for once-in-a-lifetime collaborations. The set includes nine DVDs, eight of them featuring an assortment of performances spanning more than two decades of ceremonies, as well as induction and acceptance speeches, and never-before-seen backstage and rehearsal footage. A ninth DVD features "The Concert for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," a star-studded concert event which opened the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland in 1995. Available exclusively online for $119.96 via www.RockHallDVDs.com or www.TimeLife.com. The deluxe collector's package also includes nine essays from award winning music journalists and historians Rob Bowman, Holly George-Warren, Michael Hill, Dave Marsh, Charlie McCardell and Andy Schwartz. (Time Life).
Route 66: Season Three, Volume Two
(1963) Four-disc set with 15 episodes, $29.98. (Infinity Entertainment).
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Amy Poehler
(2009) Single-disc, $19.99. Extras: Dress Sketch 1, Dress Sketch 2, "Update" outtakes, photo gallery, commentary by Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers. (Universal).
That Was the GDR
(1993) A four-part DEFA documentary, this astonishing chronicle of the German Democratic Republic (or as we called it, East Germany) features illuminating interviews complemented by rare archival materials from film, photographs, posters, caricatures, popular songs and speeches. Former citizens both prominent and unknown reflect on cultural, economic and political developments from the founding of the GDR in 1949 to German unification in 1990. This is the ultimate film history of events such as the suppression of the Prague Spring in 1968, the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, economic stagnation, Stasi activity, and the popular upheavals that finally brought down the state. Two-disc set, $29.95. (First Run Features).
They Killed Sister Dorothy
(2008) Documentary. Sister Dorothy Stang, a 73-year-old Catholic nun from Dayton, Ohio, was shot six times at point blank range at the mouth of the Amazon River. The events that led to her death, and the trials that follow, reveal the larger battle being fought for the future of the rainforest. Narrated by Martin Sheen. $24.95. (First Run Features).
Top Chef: New York: The Complete Season Five
(2008-09) Four-disc set, $29.95. Extras: Never-before-aired Stew Room footage, extended interviews, cooking demonstrations, an exclusive mini cookbook and a free game demo. (A&E Home Entertainment).
The Transformers: 25th Anniversary "Matrix of Leadership" Edition Collector's Set
(1983) Sixteen-disc set with 98 restored episodes, a collectible 60-page book, Autobots and Decepticon Magnets, more. Extras: Retrospective featurettes, concept art, voice cast reunion, archival Hasbro Toy commercials, printable scripts, rare PSAs, "From the Files of Teletraan-2," Fan art gallery, animated fan film. $140.00. (Shout! Factory).
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
(2009) Dir.: Michael Bay; Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro, Isabel Lucas, Rainn Wilson. Also available on Blu-ray Disc.Extras: Commentary by Michael Bay, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman; "The Human Factor: Exacting Revenge of the Fallen" featurette; "Seeds of Vengeance -- Development and Design" featurette; "Domestic Destruction -- Production: United States" featurette; "Joint Operations -- Production: Military" featurette; "Wonders of the World -- Production: Middle East" featurette; "Start Making Sense -- Editing" featurette; "Under the Gun -- Visual Effects" featurette; "Running the Gauntlet -- Post-Production and Release" featurette; "A Day with Bay: Tokyo" featurette; "25 Years of Transformers" Hasbro featurette; "NEST: Transformer Data-Hub" conceptual artwork created by the production for 12 of the most popular Autobots and Decepticons from the film; "Deconstructing Visual Bayhem" multi-angle pre-visualization sequences; extended scenes; Linkin Park's "New Divide" music video. The Blu-ray and two-disc DVD packages also will feature augmented reality technology that will allow owners to interact with a holographic image of Optimus Prime utilizing their webcams and a special website. Fans will be asked to piece together the Matrix of Leadership to bring Optimus Prime back to life, help repair his armor and calibrate his weapons by actually controlling his aim during target practice. (Paramount).
UFC 100: Making History
(2009) High-octane showcase of the biggest names in the world of mixed martial arts: UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar defends his title against Interim Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir and UFC Welterweight champion Georges "Rush" St-Pierre fights the number one contender Thiago "Pitbull" Alves. $19.97. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay Entertainment).
Vega$: The First Season, Volume 1
(1978) Three-disc set with 11 episodes, $36.98. (Paramount).
WWE: Batista -- I Walk Alone
(2009) Three-disc set takes a look at favorite wrestling superstar Batista, nicknamed the Animal. Includes a biography of his life both inside the ring and out and features dozens of his greatest matches and moments from his career. $35.00. (WWE Entertainment).
William Castle Film Collection
The master of ballyhoo who became a brand name in movie horror with his outrageous audience participation gimmicks and promotions (including wiring theater seats to vibrate in key scenes of "The Tingler" and providing nurses offering blood-pressure tests in the lobby of theaters screening "Homicidal") will be remembered by Sony with a five-disc set featuring eight of the legendary producer-director's most notable films, including "The Tingler" (1959), "13 Ghosts" (1960), "Homicidal" (1961), "Mr. Sardonicus" (1961) and "Strait-Jacket" (1964). Also included in the collection are "Zotz!" (1962), "The Old Dark House" (1963) and "13 Frightened Girls" (1963), each making their DVD debuts. Extras: Commentaries; original theatrical openings; alternate sequences; vintage footage; original theatrical trailers; two episodes of the television series "Ghost Story," produced by Castle; "Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story" (2007), an acclaimed documentary on Castle by director Jeffrey Schwarz that won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2007 AFI Film Festival; featurettes: "The Magic of Illusion-O," "Psychette: William Castle and Homicidal," "Homicidal Youngstown, Ohio Premiere," "Battleaxe: The Making of Strait-Jacket," "How to Plan a Movie Murder," "Scream For Your Lives: William Castle and The Tingler," Joan Crawford wardrobe and axe tests for "Strait-Jacket." $80.95. (Sony). Check here for more information on Castle and the films.
Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead
(2009) Janet Montgomery, Tom Frederic, Tamer Hassan, Gil Kolirin. Direct-to-video sequel has Three Finger and his mutant family overrun with trouble when some of the most vicious killers in the country escape into the woods from a bus transporting them to prison. Extras: "Action, Gore and Chaos!" featurette, "Brothers in Blood" featurette, "Three Finger's Fight Night" featurette, deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
Wrong Turn Trilogy
Three-disc set with "Wrong Turn," "Wrong Turn 2: Dead Ahead" and "Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead ," $39.98. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
You Must Remember This -- The Warner Bros. Story
(2008) Clint Eastwood narrates Richard Schickel's perceptive five-episode, 85th-anniversary salute to the studio that gained a four-footed hold with an unlikely star (Rin Tin Tin), championed tough guys and dames who gave the Depression and the Nazis the raspberry, countered the boxoffice onslaught of TV and emerged as a 21st-century giant. $29.98. (Warner).
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Adult Swim in a Box
Seven-disc set with 20 hours of the best of Adult Swim: "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Volume 2," "Space Ghost Season 3," "Moral Oral Season 1," "Robot Chicken Season 2," "Metalocalypse Season 1" and "Sealab Season 2"; $69.98. (Warner).
Angel and the Badman
(2009 -- TV) Lou Diamond Phillips, Deborah Kara Unger. Remake of the 1947 John Wayne-Gail Russell Western about a notorious gunfighter who's transformed into a man of peace by a good woman. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Barnholtz Entertainment/Lionsgate).
The Barbara Stanwyck Show Volume 1
(1960) The NBC drama anthology series from the Golden Age of Television originally aired 50 years ago, and starred multi-talented actress Barbara Stanwyck, the American Film Institute's "11th Greatest Female Star of All Time." The three-DVD set features 15 of the series' most memorable half-hour dramas, including "The Key to a Killer" with Vic Morrow, "Dear Charlie" with Milton Berle and "Confession" with Lee Marvin. As a bonus, the set also includes the never-before-seen pilot episode "Sponsor's Table." $39.98. (Archive of American Television/E1 Entertainment).
Battlestar Galactica: The Plan
(2009) Uncensored 90-minute feature (reuniting the series' original TV cast)follows the evolution of the Cylons (built to serve humanity) from metal robots to humanoids, their attempt (and failure) to destroy the human race, and the flight of humanity to survive; told from the Cylon point of view. Tells the story of two powerful Cylon leaders, working separately, and their determination to finish the task. Extras: Deleted scenes; "From Admiral to Director: Edward James Olmos and The Plan"; "The Cylons of The Plan" featurette;
"The Cylon Attack" featurette; "Behind The Plan" featurette; filmmaker commentary. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Chicka Chicka 123
Two-disc set includes the title stories as well as "Blueberries for Sal" and "Emily's First 100 Days of School," stories aimed at helping kids learn about letters and numbers; $19.95. (Scholastic Storybook Treasures).
The Collector's Choice: Samuel Fuller Collection
The third release under the creative partnership between Sony and Martin Scorsese's non-profit film preservation organization, The Film Foundation. This seven-disc collection features two of acclaimed auteur Samuel Fuller's notable films making their DVD debuts: "The Crimson Kimono" (1959) and "Underworld U.S.A." (1961), both directed by Fuller, in addition to five films written by Fuller: "It Happened in Hollywood" (1937, directed by Harry Lachman), "Adventure in Sahara" (1938, directed by D. Ross Lederman), "Power of the Press" (1943, directed by Lew Landers), "Shockproof" (1949, directed by Douglas Sirk) and "Scandal Sheet" (1952, directed by Phil Karlson). All seven films have been restored and remastered and are being released on DVD for the first time ever. Extras: "Martin Scorsese on Underworld U.S.A," "Curtis Hanson: The Culture of The Crimson Kimono," "Sam Fuller's Search for Truth With Tim Robbins,” "Sam Fuller Storyteller" (which explores Fuller's life and filmmaking through the eyes of his family -- wife Christa and daughter Samantha Fuller, and filmmakers Scorsese, Wim Wenders, Robbins and Hanson). $79.95. (Sony). Check here for more information on the films.
(2003) Nick Giannopoulos, Russell Dykstra, Isla Fisher, Michael Carman, Lena Cruz. A no-talent teacher at a performing arts school is hired to turn a clan of shady crooks into a children's theater group in order to infiltrate a child's birthday party and steal a multi-million dollar diamond necklace. (Barnholtz Entertainment/Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Dr. G: Medical Examiner, Season 1
(2004-05) Two-disc set with 12 episodes of the Discovery Health series. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).
Death in the Garden (La mort en ce jardin)
(1956) A long-unseen Luis Bunuel masterpiece, available for the first time on DVD, in a new, restored print. Amid a revolution in a South American mining outpost, a band of fugitives -- a roguish adventurer (Georges Marchal), a local hooker (Simone Signoret), a priest (Michel Piccoli), an aging diamond miner (Charles Vanel) and his deaf-mute daughter -- are forced to flee for their lives into the jungle. Starving, exhausted and stripped of their old identities, they wander desperately, lured by one deceptive promise of salvation after another. Shot in brilliant Eastmancolor and featuring a star-studded cast, "Death in the Garden" is a pulsating film, alive with Surrealist gestures, making it classic Luis Bunuel. In French with English subtitles.Extras: Commentary by film scholar Ernesto R. Acevedo-Munoz, interviews with actor Michael Piccoli and film scholar Victor Fuentes, booklet featuring essays by Javier Espada, Juan-Luis Bunuel and Susan Hayward. (Microcinema International).
(2003) Katherine Heigl, Jeremy London, Nick Stabile, Whitney Dylan, Matt Farnsworth, Margot Hartman Tenny, Arie Verveen, William Katt. Two indirect, distant descendants of Edgar Allan Poe, exploring the famous author's past, begin a romance, causing the dark and deadly secrets of Poe's legacy to emerge. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).
The Different Cinema Volume 3
(2009) This DVD is witness to the inexhaustible range of possibilities of contemporary filmmaking. The nine films selected for the 10th anniversary of the Festival des Cinemas Differents de Paris are linked to the heritage of experimental film and the eternal quest for renewal, causes espoused by the festival. From the historical film "Cesaree" by Marguerite Duras to more contemporary creations, this ensemble of films showcases work using various formats (super 8, 16mm, digital video) within the fields of traditional cinema and contemporary art from which the filmmakers have emerged. (Microcinema International).
DogTown: Friends in Need
(2009) Three-disc set with 10 episodes from the National Geographic series featuring the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and its resilient canine wards; $29.98. Extras: "Where Are They Now?" recaps; bonus programs "Archie and Electra's New Run" and "Rescue Dogs"; primer on Best Friends Animal
Sanctuary. (National Geographic Home Entertainment).
Fear(s) of the Dark
(2007 -- French) Anthology brings together some of the world's leading graphic artists and cartoonists -- Blutch (Christian Hincker), Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Richard McGuire, Pierre di Sciullo and Lorenzo Mattotti -- to breathe life into nightmares, using stark light and the pitch black of shadows. This is their stark and naked world of phobias, nightmares and shadows, of strange noises, slimy bugs and dead things. It's a creepy, kinky, sometimes funny and always scary ride inside what makes our skin crawl and keeps us awake all night.Extras:Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (MPI Home Video).
For Sale by Owner
(2009) Scott Cooper, Skeet Ulrich, Tom Skerritt, Rachel Nichols, Kris Kristofferson. A young preservation architect embarks on a project that takes him from the hallways of the esteemed University of Virginia to the banks of the Chesapeake Bay on a dark search for answers to one of America's oldest and most lasting legends: the legend of the Lost Colony. Extras:Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Monarch Home Video).
The Fugitive: Season Three, Volume One
(1965) Four-disc set, $39.98. (Paramount).
The Guardian -- The Complete First Season
(2001-02) Six-disc set with 22 episodes, $49.98. (CBS/Paramount).
Ice Age 3 Dawn of the Dinosaurs
(2009) Voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch, Simon Pegg. Available as a Three-Disc Combo Pack (Blu-ray, DVD and a Digital Copy), a "Scrat Pack" Double DVD Pack, and a standard single DVD. Three-Disc bonus features: Disc One: Blu-ray Disc feature film, "Ice Age Story Maker," commentary, "Evolution Expedition," "Buck ... Easel to Weasel," "Falling for Scratte," "Unearthing the Lost World," two unfinished deleted scenes, "Walk the Dinosaur" music video, two Scrat shorts, "The Sabre-Toothed Squirrel: Natures Nutty Buddy," "Scrat: From Head To Toe" how to draw Scrat tutorial, "Scrat: Breaking Story," "Scrat: News Report," Fox Movie Channel Presents featurettes. Disc Two: Digital copy. Disc Three: Standard DVD feature. "Scrat Pack" Double DVD bonus features: Disc One: Commentary. Disc Two: Two Scrat shorts, "•The Sabre-Toothed Squirrel: Natures Nutty Buddy," "Scrat: From Head To Toe" how to draw Scrat tutorial, "Scrat: "Breaking Story," "Scrat: News Report," "Fox Movie Channel Presents: Making a Scene," "Buck ... Easel to Weasel," "Falling for Scratte," "Unearthing the Lost World," "Walk the Dinosaur" music video, activities. Standard DVD bonus features: Commentary. (Fox).
(2009 -- Italy) He has been called the Prince of Darkness, the Black Pope, the Fox, the Sphinx and the Hunchback, but the nickname Il Divo -- the God -- perhaps best fits the persona of Italy's seven-time prime minister and "senator for life," Giulio Andreotti, a figure who held sway over the entire Italian political landscape for decades. The scandals that plagued Andreotti's career -- charges of Mafia ties, bribery and deadly violence -- would seem too appalling to be true, but viewers can decide for themselves in this award-winning documentary.Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (MPI Home Video).
Iron Man: Armored Adventures
(2009) Six episodes from the Nicktoons Network series for boys aged 6-11, $16.95. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Marvel Entertainment/Genius Products).
Life After People: The Complete Season One
(2008) Three-disc set with 10 episodes, $34.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).
The Maiden Heist
(2009) Morgan Freeman, Christopher Walken, William H. Macy, Marcia Gay Harden. When three honest security guards learn that their favorite artworks are being sent to another museum, they concoct a plan to switch the real masterpieces with fakes. All goes well until a mistake forces the first-time thieves into a last-minute escapade. Extras: Commentary, "In the Presence of Art: Making The Maiden Heist" featurette, deleted scenes, bloopers reel. (Sony).
Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force: The Complete Season One
(2008-09) Three-disc set with 18 episodes, $24.95. Extras: Featurettes "Meet the Task Force" and "Fugitive Task Force: Additional Footage and Interviews." (A&E Home Entertainment).
Mannix: The Third Season
(1969-70) Six-disc set with 25 episodes, $49.99. (Paramount).
Medicine for Melancholy
(2008) Wyatt Cenac, Tracey Heggins. Sex, race, bicycles and urban demographics are the diverse elements that come together in this first feature from writer-director Barry Jenkins that follows two young black hipster San Franciscans on the day after their one-night stand. (IFC Films).
Night of the Creeps
(1986) Tom Atkins, Jason Lively, Steve Marshall, David Paymer, Jill Whitlow. Director's cut of the camp classic about a small college town ravaged by killer slugs from outer space, with the original ending. The feature directorial debut of cult horror director Fred Dekker. A college couple in 1959 see an object plummet to Earth and when they investigate it, the boy accidentally swallows a space-slug that shoots into his mouth. Seventeen years later, two freshmen roam the campus and stumble across the frozen corpse of the boy; once thawed out, the corpse comes to life, unleashing the killer slugs. Extras: Cast commentary; commentary by writer-director Fred Dekker; deleted scenes; alternate ending for the theatrical version; trivia track; six behind-the-scenes featurettes: "Birth of the Creeps," "Cast of the Creeps," "Creating the Creeps" effects, "Escape of the Creeps" post-production; "Legend of the Creeps" cult popularity; and "Tom Atkins: Man of Action; footage from the June 2009 cast reunion screening at The Original Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. (Sony).
The Nostradamus Files
Two-disc set with two History Channel documentaries: "The Lost Book of Nostradamus" and "Nostradamus 2012", $19.95. Extras: Feature-length documentary "Nostradamus: 500 Years Later", and additional footage: "The Sun," "The Egyptians," "End of Time," "The Hopi" and "The Masons." (A&E Home Entertainment).
On the Road With Charles Kuralt Set 1
Award-winning journalist Charles Kuralt has been a household name for decades with his Emmy-winning "On the Road" segments, first airing on the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, and, then as the first host of the CBS News Sunday Morning. Beginning in 1967, he and his small CBS television crew crisscrossed the nation in a motor home, avoiding the interstates to meet the ordinary people on America's back roads. The resulting vignettes became a beloved touchstone of American culture for more than 20 years and remain deeply meaningful, touching, and truthful. This three-disc includes 18 episodes, each featuring multiple pieces, on DVD for the first time; $39.99. (Acorn media).
(2009) Peter Sarsgaard, Vera Farmiga, Isabelle Fuhrman, Jimmy Bennett, Lorry Ayers. Extras: Deleted scenes, alternate ending. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
(2009) Ray Wise, Graham McTavish, Peter Asle Holden, Alesha Clarke. A veterinarian finds herself in the midst of a horrible contagious disease that affects both humans and animals. Extras: Commentary. (MTI Home Video).
Three Animal Planet programs chronicle the world's most dangerous
and deadly animals: "After the Attack," "Up Close and Dangerous" and "Killer Crocs of Costa Rica"; $14.95. (Animal Planet and Genius Products).
The Rise of Monty Python: The Other British Invasion
Celebrates the 40th anniversary of Monty Python. Two-disc set featuring two never-aired documentaries. "Before the Flying Circus" features rare vintage footage and interviews that trace the pre-Monty Python influences that honed the wit of the future Pythons and shaped their destinies. "Monty Python Conquers America" is the story of the other British invasion -- the funny one. Monty Python's astonishing American success was due as much to the passion of well-placed fans as it was to a string of absurdly lucky breaks. Featuring interviews with the Pythons, Hank Azaria, Jimmy Fallon, David Hyde Pierce, and others. $19.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).
Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s Volume 2
Two-disc with 34 episodes taken from various cartoon series. Disc 1 includes "Quick Draw McGraw" (with its full original Kellogg's opening and closing title sequences, bumpers and bridges, seen for the first time in over 40 years), "Space Kidettes," "Young Samson and Goliath," "The Bugs Bunny Show," "The Porky Pig Show," "The Adventures of Gulliver," "The Wally Gator Show" (with Lippy the Lion and Touche Turtle) and "The Jetsons." Disc 2 includes "Quick Draw McGraw," "The Peter Potamus Show" (with Breezly and Sneezly and, Yippee, Yappee and Yahooey), "The Road Runner Show," "The Atom Ant Show" (with Precious Pupp and Hillbilly Bears), "The Tom and Jerry Show," "The Magilla Gorilla Show"(with Punkin' Puss & Mush Mouse and Ricochet Rabbit & Droop-A-Long). Also includes newly created enhanced content featuring Magilla Gorilla. $26.99. (Warner).
Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1970s Volume 2
Two-disc set with 21 episodes from various cartoons. Disc 1 features "Help! It's the Hair Bear Bunch," "The New Adventures of Gilligan," "Sea Lab 2020," "Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan," "Shazzan and Yogi's Gang." Disc 2 features "The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour," "Valley of the Dinosaurs," "The Tom and Jerry/Grape Ape Show," "The Banana Splits Adventure Hour," "Inch High Private Eye" and "The New Adventures of Batman and Robin "(featuring the voices of TV's original Batman and Robin, Adam West and Burt Ward). Also includes newly created enhanced content featuring Shazzan. $26.99. (Warner).
(2008 -- Finland/Czech Republic) Ville Virtanen, Tommi Eronen. Two men, part of a detachment commissioned to map a new border between after a 25-year struggle between Sweden and Russia that ended in 1595 and wreaked devastation on Finland, mistreat a family in the swampy terrain and pay the price when they seek relief in a village's ominous sauna. (IFC Films).
(2009) Steve Howey, Kenan Thompson, Leslie Nielsen. Horror film spoof follows the misadventures of hapless video store clerk Stan Helsing and his friends who find themselves stranded in the mysterious residential development of Stormy Night Estates, where they battle evil in the form of parodies of movie monster icons "Freddy," "Jason," "Leatherface," "Pinhead," "Michael Myers," and "Chucky." Along the way, Stan learns of his true destiny as a descendant of the legendary monster-hunter Van Helsing and learns to battle evil with immeasurable courage, grim determination -- and a flair for karaoke. Extras: Commentary by writer-producer-director Bo Zenga and actors Kenan Thompson and Desi Lydic; "Killer Parody: The Making of Stan Helsing"; extended, alternate and deleted scenes; outtakes; still and storyboard gallery. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay Entertainment).
Tales From the Darkside: The Second Season
(1985-86) Three-disc set with 23 episodes, $36.98. (Paramount).
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
(2009) Second film in the continuing Disney Fairies Franchise. Here Tinker Bell must venture out across the sea on a secret quest to set things right after accidentally putting Pixie Hollow in jeopardy during the Autumn Pixie Dust festival; $29.95. Extras: "Scenes You Never Saw" alternate scenes, "Magical Guide to Pixie Hollow," deleted scenes, "Pixie Hollow Comes To Florida" showing how the filmmakers helped transform Disney's Florida EPCOT into Pixie Hollow. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Disney).
Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics
Some of the best-loved tales in children's literature are assembled in this unprecedented collection of 100 classic, award-winning storybooks on 16 DVDs with nearly 20 hours of quality entertainment for kids and parents alike. From the Maurice Sendak classic "Where the Wild Things Are" to the beloved adventures of Curious George and Corduroy, the set features works by some of the most acclaimed children's authors and illustrators including: Ezra Jack Keats, H.A. Rey, Kevin Henkes, Doreen Cronin and Robert McCloskey, just to name a few. Celebrity narrators include Meryl Streep, Sarah Jessica Parker, Forest Whitaker, Cyndi Lauper, and many more. Also includes a full-color activity book and 15 additional stories in Spanish and the French version of "Where the Wild Things Are." $99.95. (Scholastic Storybook Treasures).
Trial & Retribution Set 3
(2005-07) Three more riveting crime dramas from the hit British series created by "Prime Suspect" creator Lynda La Plante. Akin to "Law & Order," these dramas follow a single case from crime to conclusion, using innovative direction and unflinching narratives to heighten the suspense and expose raw emotions. Three-disc set, $59.99. Extras: Behind-the-scenes documentary. (Acorn Media).
(2009) Dir.: Woody Allen;Stars: Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood, Patricia Clarkson, Ed Begley Jr., Henry Cavill, Michael McKean. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
William Wegman's Fay's Twelve Days of Christmas
(2006) How many Wegman weimaraners does it take to count the Twelve Days of Christmas? Famed artist William Wegman brings together his famous family of weimaraners to get ready for the holidays in a witty and delightful festival of decorating, crafts, cooking, gift wrapping, fruitcake, and more. Watch as Batty, Crooky, Chundo and Fay celebrate the season as only they can. Christmas stockings, popcorn chains, a dream sequence, a guest appearance by a Boston terrier, cookies in geometric shapes, Elves, Santa's workshop and those amazing dog numbers! William Wegman's version of the holiday classic is a wonderland dream come true for kids and fans alike. For ages 3 and up. $14.99. (Microcinema International).
(1969) Dir.: Costa-Gavras; Yves Montand, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Irene Papas. New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by cinematographer Raoul Coutard. A pulse-pounding political thriller, Greek expatriate director Costa-Gavras's "Z" was one of the cinematic sensations of the late 1960s, and remains among the most vital dispatches from that hallowed era of filmmaking. This Academy Award winner -- loosely based on the 1963 assassination of Greek left-wing activist Gregoris Lambrakis -- stars Yves Montand as a prominent politician and doctor whose public murder amid a violent demonstration is covered up by military and government officials; Jean-Louis Trintignant is the tenacious magistrate who's determined not to let them get away with it. Featuring kinetic, rhythmic editing, Raoul Coutard's expressive verite photography, and Mikis Theodorakis's unforgettable, propulsive score, "Z" is a technically audacious and emotionally gripping masterpiece. Extras: Commentary by film historian Peter Cowie; interviews with Costa-Gavras and Coutard; archival interviews with Costa-Gavras, producer-actor Jacques Perrin, actors Yves Montand, Irene Papas, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Vassilis Vassilikos, author of the book "Z"; booklet featuring an essay by critic Armond White. (The Criterion Collection).
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