Aliens in the Attic
(2009) Ashley Tisdale, Robert Hoffman, Carter Jenkins, Austin Butler, Ashley Boettcher, Henri Young, Regan Young, Tim Meadows, Gillian Vigman, Kevin NealonExtras: Introduction with Ashley Tisdale, "The Ashley Encounters," deleted scenes, gag reel, "Behind the Zirkonians," "Meet the Zirkonians." Also available on Blu-ray Disc with a digital copy. (Fox).
(2008) Four-part documentary reveals the daily lives of ancient Egyptians. Focusing on a village of royal tomb makers outside Thebes, archaeologist John Romer introduces the memorable personalities of scribes, high priests, and stonemasons through their 3,000-year-old manuscripts, artwork, and other relics. Extras: "Pharaohs' Liquid Gold," the quest to recreate ancient Egyptian beer documentary; 16-page viewer's guide with maps, "The Life of a Scribe," a history of Egyptian script, "The Making of Ancient Lives" by John Romer, more; Who's Who among Egyptian Deities; "Real-Life Indiana Joneses: Archaeologists of Ancient Egypt." Two-disc set, $49.99. (Athena).
The Answer Man
(2009) Jeff Daniels, Lauren Graham. A reclusive author of spiritual books is pursued for advice by a single mother and a man fresh out of rehab. (Magnolia).
Beast Within (aka Virus Undead)
(2008 -- Germany) Philipp Danne, Birthe Wolter. A group of friends at a dinner party at an isolated mansion must fend off a hoard of contagiously infected birds. Barnholtz Entertainment/Lionsgate).
Before the Fall
(2008 -- Spain) Victor Clavijo, Mariana Cordero, Eduard Fernandez, Juan Galvan.
With just 72 hours left before the Earth is destroyed by a giant meteorite, the world's people erupt in chaos and despair. But one lone Spanish villager, Alejandro, calmly decides to get drunk and listen to music while awaiting the end. But all won't go so quietly for the slacker handyman: A notorious, brutal serial killer has escaped from prison and vowed revenge on Alejandro's family. With only three days left until Armageddon, Alejandro must now get his mind back in focus to protect the people he loves from a horrible fate even worse than instant obliteration. (IFC Films).
The Botany of Desire
(2009) Based on Michael Pollan's best-selling book, showing how human desires are an essential, intricate part of natural history. Explores the natural history of four plants -- the apple, the tulip, marijuana,and the potato -- and the corresponding human desires -- "sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and controlling nature" -- that link the plants' destinies to our own. One of the great conceits of human civilization is to put ourselves outside nature-sovereign, constantly shaping and reshaping the wild for our own purposes; people as subjects and plants as objects. Taking these plants' perspectives of the world restores human activity to its proper place in the matrix of nature. $24.99. Extras: Deleted scenes,panel discussion, additional interviews. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (PBS).
Five-disc set of the 13-part documentary that examines Christianity not as a religious faith, but as a historical and cultural force that has inspired benevolence and conquest, sublime art and barbaric warfare through the centuries. Written and presented by noted author and British TV host Bamber Gascoigne, the series was syndicated on PBS in the 1980s. Extras: New introductory segment by Gascoigne; 16-page viewer's guide includes highlights, questions to consider, avenues for further learning, timeline, and more; "The Cultures of the Cross and Christ in Art" photo galleries; "Architects of the Faith" select bios of people influential to Christianity. $99.99. (Athena).
(2007 -- Finland) Hannu-Pekka Bjorkman. A charming family tale about how Nikolas became Santa Claus. $19.97. Extras: Making-of featurette. (Lightning Media/Anchor Bay Entertainment).
The Claudette Colbert Collection
Six-disc set with "Three-Cornered Moon," "Maid of Salem," "I Met Him in Paris," "Bluebeard's Eighth Wife," "No Time for Love" and "The Egg and I"; $49.98. (Universal).
Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics Volume I
Five-disc set of five restored and digitally re-mastered Film Noir classics. This collection marks the fourth release under the partnership between Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Martin Scorsese's non-profit film preservation organization, The Film Foundation. $59.95. (Sony).
(1952)Filmed in San Francisco, this Stanley Kramer production is one of the earliest studies of a murderous psychopath who kills randomly and without motive, making it almost impossible for the police to track him down. This noir pits the rationalism of law and psychiatry against the irrationality of post-traumatic stress and compulsive homicide. Adolphe Menjou, Arthur Franz and Marie Windsor star under the taut direction of Edward Dmytryk.
The Big Heat
(1953)Fritz Lang's policier stars Glenn Ford as a loving husband and father driven by grief to conduct a relentless vendetta against mobster Alexander Scourby and his brutal henchman, Lee Marvin. Once dedicated to protect and serve, Ford sacrifices everything -- principles, career, and even the woman who comes to him for protection -- in a rage to destroy his gangland foes. With Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando and a young Carolyn Jones.
5 Against the House
(1955) A quartet of Korean war vets -- aided by a sizzling Kim Novak -- plan a "perfect" crime -- robbing a casino in Reno, Nevada. What starts out as a prank becomes deadly serious, especially for the one vet with psychopathic tendencies. Noir specialist Phil Karlson directs Novak, Guy Madison, Brian Keith, Kerwin Matthews, Alvy Moore and William Conrad.
Murder by Contract
(1958)Vince Edwards stars as a hired assassin whose latest "assignment" is about to testify against the mob. But this particular target is not so easy to get at. So he waits ... and waiting gives the assassin what he needs least: time to think.
(1958) This double narrative follows two criminals involved in a dope smuggling scheme and the police who follow their trail of violence and death across the city of San Francisco. Making brilliant use of space and architecture, the film features a wildly disorienting car chase that culminates on the then-unfinished Embarcadero Freeway -- literally, a road going nowhere. Don Siegel directs Eli Wallach as the cold-blooded hit man, with Warner Anderson and Emile Meyer as the cops hunting him down. Richard Jaeckel and Robert Keith co-star.
Extras: Commentary by authors Eddie Muller and James Ellroy on "The Lineup," commentary by author Eddie Muller on "The Sniper," featurettes: "Martin Scorsese on Murder by Contract," "Martin Scorsese on The Sniper," "Martin Scorsese on The Big Heat," "Michael Mann on The Big Heat" and "The Influence of Noir With Christopher Nolan" on "The Lineup."
(2007) Lisa Vidal, David Chisum, Joshua Pelegrin. A former photographer turned stay-at-home mom moves her family into a strange house filled with cut-glass windows and beveled mirrors that reflect to infinity. As she attempts to restart her photography career, she discovers to her utter horror that those she photographs die -- reflected in the chilling visions she sees in the house's mirrors. (IFC Films).
Dora the Explorer: Dora's Christmas Carol
(2009) Animated Christmas adventure has Dora's friend Swiper getting on Santa's naughty list when he tries to swipe the Christmas Star from Dora's Nochebuena Party. To get back on the nice list, Dora must help Swiper travel to the past, the present, and the future to discover the true spirit of Christmas. $19.99. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).
(2009) Powerful documentary that addresses head-on what most of us would prefer not to think about: that by the end of this century, life as we know it could come to an end. Emmy-winning broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff hosts this special that examines how, due to man-made climate change and other factors, civilization could crumble, leaving only faint traces of human existence behind. Unlikely as that seems, the film details the cutting-edge scientific research that makes our disappearance a genuine possibility. Woodruff's report also examines some of the strong preemptive measures that man must make now in order to undo the damage to the planet and secure the future. $14.98. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (MPI Home Video).
(2009) Documentary lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing how our food supply is controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Forrest Gump Box of Chocolates
(1994) Dir.: Robert Zemeckis; Tom Hanks, Robin Wright Penn, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, Sally Field. Special edition of the film packaged in a "chocolate box" with chocolate scent, a commemorative booklet and a replica "Forrest Gump" feather bookmark. Extras: Commentary, "The Magic of Make-Up" featurette, "Through the Ears of Forrest Gump" sound design featurette; "Building the World of Gump" production design featurette; "Seeing Is Believing -- The Visual Effects of Forrest Gump," screen tests. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Paramount).
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
(2009) Dir.: Stephen Sommers; Stars: Dennis Quaid, Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller, Ray Park, Rachel Nichols, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Said Taghmaoui, Marlon Wayans, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Arnold Vosloo, Christopher Eccleston.
Available as a two-disc DVD, single-disc DVD and two-disc Blu-ray.Extras: Commentary by director Stephen Sommers and producer Bob Ducsay, digital copy, "The Big Bang Theory: The Making of G.I. JOE," "Next-Gen Action: The Amazing Visual FX and Design of G.I. JOE." The two-disc DVD and Blu-ray packages will also feature augmented reality technology that will allow viewers to participate in an exclusive 3D holographic G.I. JOE combat experience, using their webcams and a special website. Fans will be able to choose between Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow, two of the most popular G.I. JOE and COBRA characters, and battle against their enemies one-on-one in an immersive 3D video game. (Paramount).
G.I. Joe: Resolute
(2009) Eleven-part series features a more sophisticated animation style and story than prior G.I. Joe outings and intended for the adult fan that grew up with the brand in the 80s; it's an intense vision of the raging battle between the G.I. Joe team and the menacing COBRA organization. Extras: Interviews, "Joe Files", storyboards. (Paramount).
The Genius of Charles Darwin
(2009) Coinciding with the 150th anniversary of "On the Origin of Species's" publication and the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth, this three-part series examines evolution and its legacy. Extras: Bonus disc with four hours of expert interviews, three "Tales from the Galapagos Islands" bonus specials, a 16-page viewer's guide, more. $49.99. (Athena).
Happiness 101 With Tal Ben-Shahar
(2009) Author and lecturer Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar brings one of Harvard University's most popular classes to PBS. Grounded in the positive psychology movement, Dr. Ben-Shahar combines scientific studies, scholarly research, self-help advice, and spiritual enlightenment to teach people how to become happier.
Extras: Bonus video: Thirteen-minute Mindfulness Meditation class, printable guided exploration of the program and bonus video, including discussion questions and easy-to-follow exercises. $24.99. (PBS Distribution).
(2009) Cuba Gooding Jr., Michael Ironside, Val Kilmer. Futuristic thriller has Cuba Gooding Jr. become the unwitting target of a dangerous corporation hell-bent on controlling mankind through brain implants and mind manipulation. Extras: "Connecting the Circuits" making-of featurette. (Sony).
Here's Lucy: Season Two
(1969-70) Four-disc set with 24 episodes, $29.98. Extras: New episode introductions by Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr.; the featurette "Here's Lucy: On Location"; "Let's Talk to Lucy," a lost interview with Carol Burnett; "Treasures From Lucy's Vault," including home movies, "Lucy the Model" and "Golfing With Gleason"; photo gallery; production files; original CBS-TV promos. (MPI Home Video).
If I Die Tonight
(2006) An intense look at the criminal justice system today and the way it treats blacks. The docu began in response to the shooting of Amadou Diallo by four members of the N.Y. Police Department Street Crimes Unit. Filmmaker Seyi quickly realized there are two sides to every story and that the truth is often found where you least expect it. From Diallo's sorrowful father lamenting that he is now the victim of police brutality to Maureen King, the widow of slain N.Y.P.D. sergeant Patrick King musing how life changes in a split second, the film tackles its subject through the lives and stories of those who live on both sides of an impenetrable divide. (Indican Pictures).
Irving Berlin's White Christmas Anniversary Edition
(1954) Dir.: Michael Curtiz' Stars: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger, Mary Wickes. Two-disc set. Extras: Commentary by Rosemary Clooney, "White Christmas: A Look Back With Rosemary Clooney," original theatrical trailer, theatrical re-release trailer, "Bing Crosby: Christmas Crooner" featurette, "Danny Kaye: Joy to the World" tribute featurette, "Rosemary's Old Kentucky Home" tour featurette, "Backstage Stories from White Christmas," "Irving Berlin's White Christmas" featurette on the song itself, "White Christmas: From Page to Stage" featurette. (Paramount).
I Love You, Beth Cooper
(2009) Dir.: Chris Columbus; Stars: Hayden Panettiere, Paul Rust, Jack Carpenter, Lauren Storm, Lauren London. Extras: Alternate ending, deleted scenes, "I Love You, Larry Doyle," "We Are All Different But That's A Good Thing" behind the scenes with the cast, "Peanut Butter Toast" improvised song by Paul Rust, "Fox Movie Channel Presents in Character With Hayden Panettie, "Fox Movie Channel Presents in Character With Paul Rust." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
It's a Wonderful Life DVD Gift Set
(1946) Dir.: Frank Capra; Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi, Frank Faylen, Ward Bond, Gloria Grahame, H.B. Warner. New two-disc DVD Shadow Box Gift Set. Extras: "The Making of It's a Wonderful Life" featurette hosted by Tom Bosley, "A Personal Remembrance" special tribute to Frank Capra narrated by his son Frank Capra Jr. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Paramount).
(2008 -- Israel-Germany-France) Hiam Abbass, Ali Suliman, Rona Lipaz-Michael. The story of a Palestinian widow who must defend her lemon tree field when a new Israeli Defense Minister moves next to her and threatens to have her lemon grove torn down for security reasons. A unique, personal look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (IFC Films).
March of the Penguins Limited Edition Giftset
(2005) Academy Award winning documentary. Narrated by Morgan Freeman. Chronicles the lives of the emperor penguins and their remarkable journey to find a mate and start a family. The film is an all-age, true-life adventure touched with humor, with breathtaking photography that puts you in the middle of the drama of devoted parent penguins who, in the face of fierce polar winters, take turns guarding their eggs and trekking to the ocean in search of food. Extras: Boxed set includes "On the Wings of a Penguin" new documentary revealing the lives and adventures of the African penguin, National Geographic's "Crittercam: Emporer Penguins," "Of Penguins and Men" behond-the-scenes featurette, "8 Ball Bunny" Looney Tunes classic cartoon, a plush African penguin toy, collectible postcards; $39.92. (Warner).
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed In
at the House Of Mouse
(2001) Mickey and friends get snowed in at the house of mouse and learn about the true meaning of Christmas in this full-length adventure. A huge snowstorm leaves Mickey, Minnie and many other friends stranded, leading Mickey and his guests at the House of Mouse to whip up an impromptu party that includes instilling a "Humbug"-quacking Donald Duck with the holiday spirit. Everyone shares their home movies and even grumpy Donald starts to smile when they realize the "Best Christmas of All" is the one you share with friends and
family. $26.99. Extras: Episode of animated series "House of Mouse," "The Sounds of Christmas" movie sound effects featurette, sing-along songs. (Disney).
Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs
(2007) Uses sophisticated computer graphics and dramatic reconstructions to tell the story of one of the greatest archaeological finds: the late-19th century discovery of a cache of 40 mummies, including 12 kings of Egypt, among them the legendary Rameses the Great. Narrated by Christopher Lee. Created in the IMAX format and transferred at 8K. $19.98. Extras: Making-of featurette, "Meet the Mummies" featurette, mummies quiz. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).
(2008) Michael Ironside, Steven Bauer. A company's plan to create the most addictive food additive goes awry and the substance transforms humans into savage, bloodthirsty creatures. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (North American Motion Pictures).
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Ultimate Collector's Edition
(1989) Chevy Chase, Randy Quaid, Beverly D'Angelo, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Juliette Lewis, Doris Roberts, Johnny Galecki, Miriam Flynn. 20th anniversary edition. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. Collectibles gift tin include a replica of Clark Griswold's holiday Santa hat, a set of holiday themed drink coasters with memorable quotes from the film, a box of faux snow, and an "I survived a Griswold Family Christmas" button. Exclusive to the Blu-Ray gift set is a collectible Moose figurine. Extras: Commentary by Randy Quaid, Beverly D'Angelo, Johnny Galecki, Miriam Flynn, director Jerimiah Chechnik and producer Matty Simmons. (Warner).
North by Northwest 50th Anniversary Editions
(1959) Dir.: Alfred Hitchcock; Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis, Leo G. Carroll, Martin Landau. For its 50th anniversary, the film has received a meticulous restoration and remastering especially for this occasion with Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging scanning the original VistaVision production elements in 8K resolution.
Available for the first time in premium Blu-ray DigiBook packaging, selling for $34.99, and as a Special Edition DVD, retailing for $24.98. Extras: "The Master's Touch: Hitchcock's Signature Style" featurette consists of interviews, clips, and behind-the-scenes footage to reveal what defines the unmistakable Hitchcock style; "North by Northwest: One for the Ages" features Guillermo del Toro, William Friedkin, Curtis Hanson and Francis Lawrence sharing their interpretations on the film's importance and its influence on their own work. The Blu-ray Book also contains 44 pages full of photos, film facts and "insider information." (Warner).
(2009) Simon Baker, Paz Vega, Michael DeLorenzo, Chlore Moretz, Ken Davitian, Claire Forlani, Benito Martinez. A man and his wife must face their tortured pasts in order to save their kidnapped daughter in a Texas border town hell of barrios and bordellos controlled by the mysterious religion of La Santa Muerte. Extras: Commentary, behind-the-scenes featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay Entertainment).
The Rockford Files: Movie Collection -- Volume 1
Two-disc set with four Rockford TV movies, $26.98. (Universal).
(2008) Two-disc set with all 13 episodes of the animated Superman episodes created by veteran writers Joe Ruby and Ken Spears. In addition to Superman's weekly adventures, each episode also includes a mini-segment of a continuing series called Superman Family Album. $26.99. Extras: "Corruption of the Corrupt: The Rise of LexCorp" featurette. (Warner).
Say Anything 20th Anniversary Edition
(1989) John Cusack, Ione Skye, John Mahoney, Lili Taylor, Joan Cusack, Jeremy Piven. DVD Extras: "A Conversation With Cameron Crowe" featurette; "I Love Say Anything ...! featurette; intro and commentary by Cameron Crowe, John Cusack and Ione Skye; alternate scenes; deleted scenes; extended scenes; vintage featurette; TV spots; photo gallery. Blu-ray Disc. Extras: All of the above plus "To Know Say Anything ... Is to Love It!" Trivia Track (over 200 questions) and "Say Anything ... 20 Years Later" retrospective featurette. (Fox).
The Shield: The Complete Series Collection
(2002-08)Twenty-eight disc set with 88 episodes presented in a collectible 34-page bound anthology book, $159.95. Extras: Commentary, "Rampart" documentary about the Los Angeles Rampart division police scandal that inspired the series, "The Barn" behind-the-scenes set tour of "The Barn" where series was shot. (Sony).
Spin City: Season Three
(1998-99) Four-disc set with 26 episodes, $39.99. (Shout! Factory).
Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Complete Season One
(2008) Four-disc set with 22 episodes. Extras: Packaged with an exclusive 64 page production journal. Includes seven extended director's cuts with companion featurettes for each episode. $44.98. Also available on Blu-ray Disc with "The Jedi Temple Archives," an extensive database exploring test footage, early concept art, 3-D character and object turnarounds and early animation. (Warner).
TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Hitchcock Thrillers
Two-disc set with "I Confess," "Strangers on a Train," "Suspicion" and "The Wrong Man"; $27.92. (Warner).
TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection
Last four four-disc sets in the TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection series: Holiday: A Christmas Carol, Christmas in Connecticut, The Shop Around the Corner, It Happened on 5th Avenue; Comedy: Arsenic and Old Lace, A Night at the Opera, The Long, Long Trailer, Father of the Bride; Family: National Velvet, Lassie Come Home, Flipper, The Incredible Mr. Limpet; Hitchcock Thrillers: Suspicion, Strangers on a Train, I Confess, The Wrong Man. $27.92 per set. (Warner).
Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, The
(2009) Dir.: Tony Scott; Stars: Denzel Washington, John Travolta, John Turturro, Luis Guzman, Michael Rispoli, James Gandolfini. Extras: Commentary by director Tony Scott, writer Brian Helgeland and producer Todd Black; "No Time to Lose: The making of Pelham 1 2 3"; "The Third Rail: The NYC Subway System"; "Marketing Pelham"; "From the Top Down: Stylizing Character." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
Terminator Salvation The Machinima Series
(2009) All six episodes of the animated series, $12.97. (Warner).
WWE: Hell in a Cell 2009
WWE champs face off in a caged in ring; features United States Championship Triple Threat Match
Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger vs. The Miz, World Heavyweight Championship Hell in a Cell Match
CM Punk vs. Undertaker, Triple H and Shawn Michaels vs. Cody Rhodes and Ted Dibias, five more. $24.95. (WWE Entertainment).
WWE: Survivor Series Anthology, Vol. 1 -- 1987-1991
(2009) The Superstars of Raw, SmackDown and ECW battle to be the ultimate survivors each year in the Survivor events; the unique 5-on-5 elimination matches have always been favorites with WWE fans. This five-disc set features five years of the event, highlighting such stars as Andre the Giant, King Kong Bundy, George Gray, Bruce Reed and Rick Rude, among others. $59.95. (WWE Entertainment).
WWE: Survivor Series Anthology, Vol. 2 -- 1992-1996
(2009) The Superstars of Raw, SmackDown and ECW battle to be the ultimate survivors each year in the Survivor events; the unique 5-on-5 elimination matches have always been favorites with WWE fans. This five-disc set features 30 matches including Bret "Hitman" Hart, Shawn Michaels, Randy "Macho Man" Savage, "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, and Chuck Norris, among others. $59.95. (WWE Entertainment).
Walt Disney Treasures Wave IX: Zorro: The Complete First and Second Season
(1957-59) Two six-disc sets housed in numbered, collectible black tin cases with all 78 episodes, $59.99 each. Each limited edition, individually numbered volume includes a Zorro pin, an authenticity certificate and exclusive lithograph. Features an introduction by Leonard Maltin. Extras: Four one-hour features that continued the Zorro storyline, originally airing in 1960-61 as part of "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color." (Disney).
Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut
(2009) Five-disc set. Weaves together the "Tales of the Black Freighter" with the "Watchmen: Director's Cut." Extras: Commentary by director Zack Snyder and Dave Gibbons; "The Phenomenon: The Comic That Changed Comics"; "Real Super Heroes, Real Vigilantes"; "Mechanics: Technologies of a Fantastic World"; "Watchmen: Video Journals"; "My Chemical Romance Desolation Row"; "Under the Hood"; "Story Within a Story: The Books of Watchmen"; digital copy; "Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comic" (all 12 episodes). $43.87. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
Where God Left His Shoes
(2007) John Leguizamo, Leonor Varela, David Castro, Samantha M. Rose. Leguizamo stars as Gulf War veteran and washed-up prizefighter who finds himself and his family evicted from their New York City home. But after months spent working as a day laborer and living in a homeless shelter, he finally receives good news on Christmas Eve: There's an apartment available in a nearby housing project if he can prove he's legally employed. As the rest of the city prepares for the holiday, he hits the cold streets in a desperate search to find a job -- and some hope -- by Christmas morning. (IFC Films).
Who Is KK Downey?
(2008) Darren Curtis, Matt Silver, Pat Kiely, Kristin Adams. Feature-length debut from Canada's Kidnapper Films comedy troupe, poking fun at recent literary hoaxes in the media. Follows the story of two wannabes who decide they're sick and tired of trying to make a name for themselves the old-fashioned way. Terrance is trying to make it as a rock star, while Theo dreams of getting his first book published: "Truck Stop Hustler." After a string of humiliations, the two hatch a plan to turn Theo's fictional book into an autobiography by having Terrance dress up as the story's protagonist, KK Downey, and claim all the events as having happened to him. All of a sudden the book nobody wanted becomes an overnight literary sensation, and the duo realize their dreams of fame and fortune. But at what price? (IndiePix Films).
Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America. A Final Night with George W Bush
(2009) In his first-ever HBO special, comedian-actor Will Ferrell takes viewers on a sentimental journey through the life, legend, and legacy of the 43rd U.S President, portraying George W. Bush in this live performance from Broadway's Cort Theater; $19.97. (HBO Home Entertainment).
Wings of Desire
(1987) Dir.: Wim Wenders; Bruno Ganz, Peter Falk, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Curt Bois. New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Wim Wenders. "Wings of Desire (Der Himmel uber Berlin)" is one of cinema's loveliest city symphonies. Bruno Ganz is Damiel, an angel perched atop buildings high over Berlin who can hear the thoughts, fears, hopes, and dreams of all the people living below. But when he falls in love with a beautiful trapeze artist, he is willing to give up his immortality to come back to earth to be with her. Made not long before the fall of the Berlin Wall, this stunning tapestry of sounds and images, shot in black and white and color by the legendary Henri Alekan, is movie poetry. Extras: Commentary by Wenders and Falk; "The Angels Among Us" (2003), a documentary featuring interviews with Wenders, Falk, Ganz and Otto Sander, writer Peter Handke, and composer Jurgen Knieper; excerpt from "Wim Wenders Berlin Jan. 87," an episode of the French television program Cinema cinemas, including on-set footage; interview with director of photography Henri Alekan; deleted scenes and outtakes; excerpts from the films "Alekan la lumiere" (1985) and "Remembrance: Film for Curt Bois" (about the actor who plays Homer in "Wings of Desire"); notes and photos by production designer Heidi Ludi and art director Toni Ludi; booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Atkinson and writings by Wenders and Handke. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).
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The Accidental Husband
(2009) Dir.: Griffin Dunne; Stars: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Uma Thurman, Colin Firth, Sam Shepard, Isabella Rossellini, Justina Machado. Romantic comedy about a firefighter, Patrick Sullivan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), who finds his life turned upside-down when his fiancee suddenly calls off their pending nuptials per the recommendation of radio love guru Dr. Emma Lloyd (Uma Thurman). Determined to get back at the "love doctor," Sullivan forges a fake marriage license, "accidentally" marrying him to Emma, who's already engaged to Richard (Colin Firth). Extras: "Matters of the Heart" making-of featurette. (Sony).
(2009) Jenna Dewan, Rob Schneider, Brianne Davis. A virginal college freshman on scholarship from an abstinence group embarks on a cross-country trip after she ruins her squeaky-clean reputation in front of the "Chicks Go Crazy" cameras. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).
The Christmas Clause (aka The Mrs. Clause)
(2008) Lea Thompson, Andrew Airlie, Laura Mennell. A stressed-out lawyer and mother of three gets her yuletide wish when she asks a department store Santa to see what her life would be like if she were single. (MTI Home Video).
Christmas in Wonderland
(2007) Patrick Swayze, Carmen Electra, Tim Curry, Chris Kattan, Cameron Bright. Two kids find a hoard of cash at the local mall and launch a Yuletide shopping spree until the crooks who counterfeited the money start chasing them down. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).
Dawson's Creek: The Complete Series
(1998-2007) Collectible book-style packaging with all 127 episodes, $119.95. Extras: "Creek Daze" interview with creator Kevin Williamson, "Final Exams" trivia game, deleted scenes from pilot episode, CD with select songs from the soundtrack, original DVD extras. (Sony).
(2008) History Channel documentary that cuts through the myths and offers a fact-based examination of the doomsday prophecy that the world will end December 21, 2012. Released to coincide with Roland Emmerich's mega-budget, mega-disaster movie "2012" opening November 13. $19.95. Extras: Bonus documentary: "Mayan Doomsday Prophecy." (A&E Home Entertainment).
The Gambler, the Girl and the Gunslinger
(2009) Dean Cain, James Tupper, Allison Hossach. Hallmark Channel Western has two rivals -- co-owners of a ranch and feuding over a local beauty -- team up to fend off a gang of bandits. Extras: Behind-the-scenes footage, cast and crew interviews, photo gallery, (E1 Entertainment).
Heartland: Season 1, Part 2
(2008) Two-disc set with six episodes, $24.98. Extras: Cast and crew interviews. (E1 Entertainment).
JAG: The Ninth Season
(2003-04) Five-disc set with 23 episodes, $55.98. (Paramount).
Justice League: The Complete Series
(2001-06) Fifteen-disc set with 91 animated episodes, $99.98. (Warner).
Mamma Mia! The Movie Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! More Gift Set
(2008) Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper. Includes two-disc Special Edition with the complete CD soundtrack and an exclusive 32-page book (with photos and details about the making of the film) in collectible packaging. Extras: "Sing-Along" On-screen lyrics for 22 musical numbers; deleted musical number "The Name of the Game"; commentary by director Phyllida Lloyd; "The Making of Mamma Mia! The Movie"; "Anatomy of a Musical Number: 'Lay All Your Love on Me'": "Becoming a Singer" featurette; "Behind the Scenes With Amanda"; "On Location in Greece"; "A Look Inside Mamma Mia! The Movie"; "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! Music Video; Bjorn Ulvaeus cameo; deleted scenes and outtakes.
Blu-ray Disc. adds BD-Live (My Chat, My Scenes, My Commentary) and U-Control (Picture in Picture and Behind the Hits) functions. (Universal).
The Merry Gentleman
(2008) Dir.: Michael Keaton; Stars: Michael Keaton, Kelly Macdonald, Tom Bastounes. A young woman gets involved with a hit man who hates himself and is bent on committing suicide. (Genius Entertainment).
Michael Jackson: Life of a Superstar
(2009) A never-before-released documentary featuring candid contributions from Janet, Jermaine and Katherine Jackson, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross and more. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).
MoveOn: The Movie
(2009) Documentary on MoveOn. org, the political group born out of a single email that has spread through the Net to become one of the most powerful progressive players in American politics. With no central office and a small staff working from their homes, MoveOn.org has grown to an organization with over 5 million members. This documentary was created from years of intimate behind-the-scenes footage with MoveOn staff and members, members' home movies, archival footage, and interviews with political figures and celebrities both in support and opposition to the group. Extras: Extended interviews with Senator John Kerry and vice president Al Gore. (The Disinformation Company).
My One and Only
(2009) Renee Zellweger, Eric McCormack, Steven Weber, Nick Stahl, Kevin Bacon. Delightful and well-acted comedy loosely based on the true life events of Hollywood screen legend George Hamilton when he was a lad. Available exclusively at Target stores and target.com. (Fox).
Nash Bridges: The Third Season
(1997-98) Five-disc set with 23 episodes, $49.99. (Paramount).
(2009) Tracy Pollan, Grant Show, Catherine Dent. Lifetime movie based on the disappearance of Alabama high school student Natalee Holloway during a graduation trip to Aruba. Extras: "Remembering Natalee" featurette. (Sony).
The Official Major League Baseball World Series Film Collection
(2009) Preserving more than six decades of iconic moments, featuring 65 World Series films (covering the years 1943 to 2008) in 50 hours across 20 discs -- with a 58-page commemorative book spanning baseball's 105 year history. $229.00 (MLB/A&E Home Video).
(2009) Hard-hitting, feature-length documentary about the United States' escalating military involvement in Afghanistan; raises hard questions about the war. Investigates the main issues surrounding Afghanistan -- Troops, Pakistan, Cost of War, Civilian Casualties, Women in Afghanistan, and Terrorism -- through the eyes of experts and the people of Afghanistan. $19.98. (The Disinformation Company).
Sesame Street: 40 Years Of Sunny Days
(2009) Two-disc set spans the renowned show's four decades, including never-before-seen archival footage and a limited-edition hard covered commemorative book. Features a wide selection of iconic segments of past and present from Ernie's bath-time song "Rubber Duckie" (Season One), which topped the Top-40 charts for seven weeks; to Kevin Clash's first episode as Elmo (Season 17); to Maria and Luis' wedding (Season 19); to Abby Cadabby's arrival on Sesame Street (Season 37), and much more. Extras: Behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage of several songs; archival footage featuring incredible behind-the-scenes studio rehearsals with cast, puppeteers and crew; interview with Kevin Clash about the origin of Elmo; "Bert and Ernie String Tied" segment, voted the fan favorite on Amazon; trivia on-screen pop-up's feature with fun facts about Sesame Street; special peek into how everyone's favorite characters came to life. $29.93. (Sesame Workshop/Genius Products).
Show Me Yours: The Complete Series
(2004-05) Two-disc set with all 16 episodes, unedited and uncensored, of the racy Canadian dramedy about a reserved psychologist turned sex expert; $24.98. (E1 Entertainment).
SpongeBob SquarePants: Truth or Square
(2009) features the Special Extended Director's Cut of the "Truth or Square" TV Movie with celebrity appearances. Extras: Behind-the-scenes of the SpongeBob opening, karaoke music videos. (Paramount/Nickelodeon).
(2009) Ashton Kutcher, Anne Heche, Margarita Levieva, Sonia Rockwell, Maria Conchita Alonso, Hart Bochner. Kutcher stars as a sexual grifter, a fun-loving, freeloading hipster who understands that his greatest assets are his looks and sexual prowess, both of which he uses to charm his way into the hearts of Los Angeles' richest women and enjoy their lifestyle. Nikki gets a free place to live, fantastic gifts, A-list access, and plenty of sex ... until one day he's forced to decide between love and money in the hopes of finding something real. Extras: Commentary by Kutcher, Anne Heche, Margarita Levieva; "Living the Dream: The Making of Spread"; "Behind the Scenes With Ashton Kutcher"; "The World According to Nikki." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
The Three Stooges Collection Volume Seven: 1952-1954
Two-disc set with 22 digitally remastered shorts that continue the Stooges legacy with the return of the original Stooge, Shemp. Included are such classics as the Stooges' 3D shorts: "Spooks" and Pardon My Backfire," presented for the first time in both 3D and 2D, as well as "Shot in the Frontier," a parody of "High Noon." This compilation also marks the first time many of the shorts will be available in widescreen versions since their original theatrical presentations. $24.96. Click here for complete list of episodes. (Sony).
The Ugly Truth
(2009) Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler, Eric Winter, John Michael Higgins, Nick Searcy, Kevin Connolly, Cheryl Hines. Extras: Deleted scenes, alternate endings, gag reel, commentary, featurettes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony)
The Untouchables: Season Three, Volume Two
(1961-62) Three-disc set, $39.98. (Paramount).
(2009) Voices of Ed Asner, Jordan Nagai, Christopher Plummer, Bob Peterson, Delroy Lindo, John Ratzenberger. Extras: Commentary by director Pete Docter and co-director Bob Peterson; "Dug's Special Mission" new original short film that follows the misadventures of Dug as he attempts to complete his "special mission"; "The Many Endings of Muntz" alternate endings"; "Partly Cloudy" short film; "Adventure is Out There" documentary tells the story of the filmmakers' own trek to the tepuis mountains of South America to research the design and story of the film; DisneyFile digital copy. Available as a single-disc DVD, a two-disc DVD set, and a four-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. (Walt Disney/Pixar).
A Woman in Berlin
(2009 -- Germany) Nina Hoss, Yevgeni Sidikhin, Irm Hermann, Rudiger Vogler. A woman tries to survive the invasion of Berlin by the Soviet troops during the last days of World War II. (Strand).
Would Be Kings
(2008) Robert Forster, Patrick Lahane, Natasha Henstridge, Jaimie Collins. Canadian TV miniseries about two drug-squad cops who are both cousins and best friends whose relationships and families are threatened by police corruption within their force. (E1 Entertainment). Back to top
(2007) Rebecca De Mornay, Jane McGregor. De Mornay plays an irrational mother pushing her figure-skating daughter toward an Olympic gold medal. But when the girl gets fed up and runs away to Vancouver, mom straps on a pistol and goes looking for her. (IFC Films).
Andy Barker, P.I.: The Complete Series
(2007) Two-disc set with all six episodes of the series about an accountant (Andy Richter) turned accidental; $24.99, Extras: Retrospective feature "Going Where the Numbers Take You" containing interviews with Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter and other members of the cast and creative team; the "Writers Class 101" feature, with co-creator Jonathan Groff and writers Josh Bycel, Jane Espenson and Jon Ross; cast and crew commentaries; gag reel. (Shout! Factory).
Best of Monk
Two-disc set with eight episodes, $19.98. (Universal).
Betty Blue: Director's Cut
(1986 -- French) A shocking and offbeat story of two French lovers, Zorg (Jean-Hugues Anglade) and Betty (Beatrice Dalle), who fall into a deeply erotic and all-encompassing relationship. Zorg is a simple repairman in his mid-thirties who lives a relatively dull life in a remote, weathered shack until he meets Betty, a sexy, mercurial younger woman who challenges his way of thinking and forces him to change his life. As the film progresses, Betty's mental illness becomes more apparent, she lives in a fitful manic world of passionate highs and lows while Zorg desperately attempts to coddle and comfort her. Finally, the lovers start over in a dreamy rural town, hoping to live a normal life, but Betty's fantasy world encroaches on her reality as she slowly spirals out of control. Part of the Jean-Jacques Beineix Collection. Photo gallery, interview with Beineix. (Cinema Libre Studio).
The Battle of Chile
(1976-78 -- Spanish) One of the classics of Latin American cinema, an epic documentary that chronicles Chile's peaceful socialist revolution, led by Salvador Allende, and the violent counterrevolution and military coup against it, led by Augusto Pinochet. The film was hailed on its original release. The three-part film will be released on a special edition three-disc DVD, including "Part I: The Insurrection of the Bourgeoisie" (96 mins.), "Part II; The Coup d'Etat" (88 mins.) and "Part III: The Power of the People" (78 mins.) $39.98. (Icarus Films Home Video).
(2009) Sacha Baron Cohen, Alice Evans, Candice Cunningham, Trishelle, Sandra Seeling, Ben Youcef, Emerson Brooks, David Hill, Alexander von Roon. Extras: Alternative, deleted and extended scenes, commentary by Sacha Baron Cohen and director Larry Charles, "An Interview With Hollywood Agent Lloyd Robinson" provides the story behind Bruno's real Hollywood agent. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Universal)
Darwin's Darkest Hour
(2009) In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin's seminal work "On the Origin of Species" and the 200th anniversary of his birth, National Geographic Home Entertainment will
release this NOVA feature, its first scripted made-for-television drama. The feature depicts the professional and personal trauma Darwin endured the year before the publication of his work that became the foundation for evolutionary biology and changed the way the world thought about the origin of mankind. $19.98. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (National Geographic Home Entertainment).
(1969) Dir.: by Michael Ritchie; Stars Robert Redford, Gene Hackman. Astonishing Alpine location photography and a young Robert Redford in one of his earliest starring roles are just two of the visual splendors of Michael Ritchie's visceral debut feature. In a beautifully understated performance, Redford is David Chappellet, a ruthlessly ambitious skier competing with an underdog American team in Europe for Olympic gold, and Gene Hackman provides tough support as the coach who tries to temper the upstart's narcissistic drive for glory. With a subtle screenplay by acclaimed novelist James Salter, "Downhill Racer" is a vivid character portrait buoyed by breathtakingly fast and furious imagery that brings the viewer directly into the mind of the competitor. New, restored high-definition digital transfer. Extras: New video interviews with screenwriter James Salter, film editor Richard Harris, production manager Walter Coblenz, and former downhill skier Joe Jay Jalbert, who served as technical adviser, a ski double, and a cameraman; audio excerpts from a 1979 American Film Institute seminar with director Michael Ritchie; booklet featuring an essay by critic Todd McCarthy. The Criterion Collection).
Elvis Costello -- Spectacle: Season 1
(2009) Four-disc set with all 13 episodes of the show that features intimate one-on-one conversations and live performances with legendary artists and notable newcomers. Conceived to provide a forum for in-depth discussion and performance with the most interesting artists and personalities of our time, "Spectacle: Elvis Costello With ..." fuses the best of talk and music television. Each of the thirteen one-hour episodes exposes the essence of iconic and influential figures who are given the rare opportunity to speak intelligently and in-depth about music and their careers -- how their classic songs were written and why; their experiences; their influences and the creative process overall, revealing new insights about their extraordinary work and lives. Guests include Elton John, president Bill Clinton, Tony Bennett, Lou Reed, Julian Schnabel The Police, Smokey Robinson, Rufus Wainwright, Jakob Dylan, Diana Krall, Herbie Hancock, Kris Kristofferson, Roseanne Cash, Norah Jones, John Mellencamp, James Taylor and more. $49.95. Extras: Extended episodes, behind-the-scenes interviews, outtakes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (MVD Entertainment Group).
(2002) Eishy Hayata, Eva Hayata, Juan Pablo Shuk. True story of the rise of a Japanese businessman from Los Angeles named Eishy Hayata who transformed himself from an Airline engineer into a legend in the world of emeralds by moving to Columbia in the 70's and -- with six guns at his side -- becoming the czar of emeralds in that country -- the Emerald Cowboy. (Indican Pictures).
Chronicles one night in the lives of young Native American men and women living in the Bunker Hill district of Los Angeles. Based entirely on interviews with the participants and their friends, the film follows a group of exiles -- transplants from Southwest reservations -- as they flirt, drink, party, fight, and dance. "The Exiles" was completed in 1961 and though well received at a few festivals, it was never theatrically release and rarely seen for nearly 50 years. With UCLA Film & Television Archive's magnificent restoration and Milestone's 2008 release, the film stunned the film world. It introduced a filmmaker of incredible talent and insight. Gritty, realistic, beautifully photographed, energized by the brilliant rock 'n' roll score by Norman Knowles and The Revels, "The Exiles" is a cinematic miracle. Directed by Kent Mackenzie, who died in 1980 at age 50. Two-disc set. Disc One: "The Exiles" from the restored fine grain; "Bunker Hill 1956" by Mackenzie; "Los Angeles Plays Itself," clips from Thom Andersen's masterpiece; Disc Two: "A Skill for Molina" by Mackenzie; "Story of a Rodeo Cowboy" by Mackenzie; "Ivan and His Father" by Mackenzie; "Last Day of Angels Flight," directed by Robert Kirste; "Bunker Hill: A Tale of Urban Renewal," directed by Greg Kimble; "White Fawn's Devotion: The First Native American Film," directed by James Youngdeer in 1910;stills gallery; DVD-ROM material: The Mackenzie Files. (Milestone Film & Video).
Farscape: The Complete Series Megaset
(1999-2003) Twenty-five disc set with all 88 episodes of the cult Sci-Fi Channel favorite, $149.95. Extras: 29 Episode commentaries; multiple featurettes and documentaries including "In the Beginning: A Look Back With Brian Henson," "Making of a Space Opera" and "Inside Farscape: Save Farscape"; multiple video profiles featuring archival clips and cast and crew discussing their characters and roles; more than 90 minutes of deleted scenes; sideshows and archival photo galleries, including character concepts and promo photos; production design galleries featuring screenshots, rough drafts and concept slide shows; behind-the-scenes interviews with Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe, Virginia Hey, Gigi Edgley, Paul Goddard, Wayne Pygram; original TV promos and trailers. In addition to the complete set, "Farscape" will also be available in four single season sets, re-packaged as "Farscape: The Complete Seasons 1-4," with 22 episodes on six discs filled with hours of revealing bonus materials, $44.95 each set. (A&E Home Entertainment).
Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution
(2008) For the first time ever, our children are growing up less healthy than we are. As the rate of cancer, infertility and other illnesses linked to environmental factors climbs ever upward each year, we must ask ourselves: why is this happening? This documentary begins with a visit to a small village in France, where the town's mayor has decided to make the school lunch menu organic and locally grown. It then talks to a wide variety of people with differing perspectives to find common ground -- children, parents, teachers, health care workers, farmers, elected officials, scientists, researchers and the victims of illnesses themselves. Revealed in these moving and often surprising conversations are the abuses of the food industry, the competing interests of agribusiness and public health, the challenges and rewards of safe food production, and the practical solutions that we all can take part in. (First Run Features).
Three-disc set with 13 documentaries that examine The Battle of Gettysburg and its lasting legacy. Uses rare photographs, stunning and convincing reenactments and revealing interviews with experts to separate fact from legend and put the event in the context of the war and American history at large. $29.98. (MPI Home Video).
Gone With the Wind
(1939) Three 50th Anniversary editions: A two-disc standard DVD set, a five-disc standard DVD Ultimate Collector's Edition (with 12 hours of bonus features) and a two-disc Blu-ray Ultimate Collector's Edition with 18 hours of bonus features. The Ultimate Collector's Editions will also contain collectible memorabilia. Extras: Two Disc DVD: Commentary by historian Rudy Behlmer. DVD & Blu-ray Ultimate Collector's Editions: Disc 1 and 2: The movie with commentary by historian Rudy Behlmer. Disc 3:About The Movie:
The Making of a Legend documentary (1989 TV Special) (Narrated by Christopher Plummer)
Restoring a Legend - Chronicles the film/video restoration process
Dixie Hails Gone with the Wind -1939 Premiere newsreel
1940 MGM historical short - The Old South
Atlanta Civil War Centennial 1961 premiere newsreel
Foreign language version sample scenes
Theatrical Trailers Disc 4: About the Cast:
Melanie Remembers: Reflections by Olivia de Havilland - Exclusive 2004 Documentary
Cast profile - Gable: The King Remembered
Cast profile - Vivien Leigh: Scarlett and Beyond
The Supporting Players - Cameo portraits of an unforgettable ensemble Disc 5: New Bonus Disc:
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment presents 1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year -
New documentary about Hollywood's watershed year narrated by Kenneth Branagh
Gone with the Wind: The Legend Lives On -- Exploring the legacy of the most beloved film through illuminating interviews, footage and visits to historical sites, events and museums
Moviola: The Scarlett O'Hara Wars 1980 WBTV Special never before on home video
(Blu-ray will have all discs above combined onto two discs) Also: 20-page reproduction of the original and complete 1939 Souvenir Program; 40-page Production History Book with photos and production notes; eight Frameable 5x7 Art Prints; CD soundtrack sampler featuring eight tracks (Main Title, Tara, The Barbecue, Escape From Atlanta, I'll Never Be Hungry Again! Paddock Scene, Scarlett In The Mist/Rhett Leaves, Flashback/Finale) Exclusive to Blu-ray: MGM: When The Lion Roars Documentary
Two-disc special edition: $24.98; Standard DVD: $69.92; Blu-ray: $84.99.
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
(2009) Jeremy Piven, Ed Helms, David Koechner, Kathryn Hahn, Alan Thicke, James Brolin, Rob Riggle, Ving Rhames. For rental only; sell-through date Dec. 15. (Paramount),
The Greatest Battles of the Civil War
Three-disc set with eight documentaries that give an in-depth look at the hugely important clashes of the Civil War, from the Confederates' surprise attack on Grant's troops at Shiloh in Tennessee, to Chickamauga in Georgia, where the Union suffered one of its most significant defeats, to the two horrible battles on Northern soil: Antietam, in Maryland, and Gettysburg, in southern Pennsylvania. $29.98. (MPI Home Video).
How to Be
(2008) Robert Pattinson, Rebecca Pidgeon, Jeremy Hardy. A struggling young musician having an existential crisis convinces a Canadian self-help guru to come to London and live with his parents as his personal life coach. (IFC Films).
(2008) Documentary captures the classic wilderness experience of skiing Tuckerman Ravine, the legendary birthplace of backcountry skiing. Nestled just below the summit of Mount Washington, the tallest peak in New England (and home to some of the most extreme weather on Earth), the Ravine, with its near-vertical slopes of rock, ice and snow, has been home to triumph and tragedy since the early 1920's. Today, it remains a mecca for skiers and adventurers from all over the world. Extras: Photo gallery, directors' notes, biographies, a visit to the New England Ski Museum. (First Run Features).
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia: A Very Sunny Christmas
(2009) Christmas-themed special with the cast of the FX series. 'Tis the season to be ill-suited as the most deviant, offensive and unwholesome bar owners in "Philly" celebrate the holidays in the raunchiest way possible. Extras: "Young Charlie & Young Mac: Deleted Scenes," behind the scenes featurette, "Sunny Sing-A-Long." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
The Limits of Control
(2009) Dir.: Jim Jarmusch; Stars: Isaach de Bankole, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Gael Garcia Bernal, Bill Murray. Stylish and sexy thriller about a mysterious loner (De Bankole) and hit man who arrives in Spain with instructions to meet various strangers, each one a part of his dangerous mission. (Universal).
(2006 -- Chinese) Tian Yuan. In this award-winning drama, an old schoolteacher travels from his small village to the city of Wuhan in search of his missing son, who his dying wife wants to see one last time. But instead of finding their son, he discovers his daughter working as a karaoke bar escort, and her mobster boyfriend might be linked to his son's disappearance. (First Run Features).
(2009) History Channel documentary relives the breathtaking story of Apollo 11 and the first manned landing on the Moon; takes viewers aboard the rocket and on its eight-day round trip to outer space for a close-up look at one of the most stunning and courageous personal and technological achievements of humankind; $19.95. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (A&E Home Entertainment).
My Sister's Keeper
(2009) Cameron Diaz, Alec Baldwin, Abigail Breslin, Jason Patric, Thomas Dekker, Sofia Vassilieva, Joan Cusack. Extras: Additional scenes, digital copy. Blu-ray Disc. adds "From Picoult to Screen" with the author of the book. (New Line)
The Open Road
(2009) Justin Timberlake, Jeff Bridges, Mary Steenburgen, Kate Mara. The adult son of a baseball legend embarks on a road trip with his girlfriend and his estranged father. Extras: Commentary by writer-director Michael Meredith and actor Jeff Bridges, "Behind the Scenes of The Open Road." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
Penance (aka The Devil's Dungeon)
(2008) Marieh Delfino, Graham McTavish, Eve Mauro, Tracy Coogan, Garrett Jones, Jason Connery, Allison Lange, James Duval. A single-mother-turned stripper falls into the hands of a sadistic surgeon intent on purifying her -- as well as other women he has incarcerated. (IMD Films and MVD Visual).
(2007) Julian McMahon, Elias Koteas. An egotistical Hollywood director -- whose take-no-prisoners philosophy of life and work has earned him countless enemies in Hollywood -- picks a violent prison drama as his next production. But while scouting locations at an abandoned prison, he's taken captive by a mysterious jailer. (IFC Films).
(2005-2007) Ten-disc set of the HBO series that follows the lives of two soldiers during the "fall of the Roman Empire," $99.98; Also available on Blu-ray Disc for $139.99. (HBO Home Entertainment).
(2008) David DeLuise, Dana Delany. Three comedic stories intertwine on Pennsylvania's Route 30. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).
7th Heaven: The Ninth Season
(2004-05) Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $34.99 (Paramount).
The Sopranos: The Complete Series
Thirty-disk set with all 86 episodes, $299.95. Extras: David Chase featurette, "Secrets From the Writers Room," featurette on props stolen from the set, cast auditions, music featurette, lost scenes, 16-page episode guide. A Collector's Edition adds two CD soundtracks on three discs, more. (HBO Home Video).
The Spectacular Spider-Man: Volume 5
(2009) Season 2 of the animated TV series that was recently re-launched on Disney's XD network; pits the super hero against super villains Kraven, Mysterio and The Sinister Six. $19.94. (Sony).
(2009) Dir.: J.J. Abrams; Stars: John Cho, Ben Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Winona Ryder, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Eric Bana, Leonard Nimoy, Marlene Forte, Jimmy Bennett. Available as a three-disc Blu-ray set with digital copy, two-disc DVD with digital copy and a single-disc DVD. Extras: Commentary by director J.J. Abrams, writers Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman, producer Damon Lindelof and executive producer Bryan Burk; "A New Vision" behind-the-scenes featurette; Gag Reel; bloopers featuring the entire principal cast; digital copy, deleted scenes with optional commentary ("Spock Birth," "Klingons Take Over Narada," "Young Kirk, Johnny and Uncle Frank," "Amanda and Sarek Argue After Spock Fights," "Prison Interrogation and Breakout," "Sarek Gets Amanda," "Dorm Room and Kobayashi Maru (original version)," "Kirk Apologizes to the Green Girl," "Sarek Sees Spock"); "To Boldly Go" featurette on the many challenges re-imagining the "Star Trek" franchise; casting featurette; "Aliens Designers" featurette; featurette on the score; "Starfleet Vessel Simulator" that allows viewers to explore extensive data on the U.S.S. Enterprise and the Romulan ship, the Narada, with 360-degree views, close-ups and detailed tech information (by holding their disc packaging up to a webcam, a Star Trek visual cue will morph into a 3D holographic tour on the screen), more. The Blu-ray version adds "NASA News," branching pods, a starship featurette, featurettes on the locations and props, "Gene Roddenberry's Vision" featurette, more. (Paramount).
(2009 -- South Korea) Dir.: Chan-wook Park; Stars: Kang-ho Song, Ok-vin Kim, Hae-sook Kim. From the acclaimed director of the global hit "Old Boy" comes this original vampire story with a chilling, erotic style. A blood transfusion saves the life of a priest, but also transforms him into a vampire. He struggles to control his insatiable thirst for blood until a love affair unleashes his darkest desires in deadly new ways. (Universal).
(2008 -- France) Patrick Mille, Frederique Bel, Julie Fournier, Tcheky Karyo. Three hardcore partiers get more than they bargained for when they join a wild party hosted by an elite race of lusty vampires. (Dark Sky Films).
WWE: Hulk Hogan's Unreleased Collector's Series
(2009) Hulk Hogan is an enduring name in sports entertainment, crossing over from the world of wrestling to pop culture. Hogan headlined the first nine Wrestlemania events, becoming a global icon. Hulkmaniacs can add to their collection this three-disc set featuring 27 never-before-released-to-DVD matches. $34.95. (WWE Entertainment).
A Wink and a Smile
(2009) Documentary follows 10 "ordinary" women -- among them a homemaker, a doctor, an opera singer, a taxidermist, a college student -- who do something extraordinary: They learn the art of burlesque dancing and striptease. Features burlesque star Indigo Blue. Extras: Director interview, bonus scenes, burlesque photo gallery. (First Run Features).
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Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season Four
(1958-58) Four-disc set with 36 episodes, $39.98. (Universal).
Angels & Demons
(2009) Dir.: Ron Howard; Stars: Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgard, Pierfrancesco Favino, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Armin Mueller-Stahl. Available as a single-disc DVD, two-disc DVD and two-disc Blu-ray edition.Extras: Single-disc theatrical includes "Rome Was Not Built in a Day" behind-the-scenes featurette; "Writing Angels & Demons" featurette with Dan Brown and the screenwriters; "Characters in Search of the True Story" featurette; "CERN: Pushing the Frontiers of Knowledge" featurette. Two-Disc extended DVD: All special features included on the single-disc DVD, plus "Handling Props"; "Angels & Demons: The Full Story" behind-the-scenes featurette; "This is an Ambigram" featurette introduces ambigram artist John Langdon, the inspiration for Dan Brown's leading character; "Hans Zimmer Music Studio Powered by Sequel 2." The two-disc Blu-ray includes all special features on the two-disc extended DVD plus both theatrical and extended film versions; 5.1 DTS-HD MA Audio; movieIQ feature allows fans to immediately access continuously updated information on the cast and crew and explore relevant trivia such as production facts, music and soundtrack information, all tied to scenes within the movie; "The Path of Illumination" in which viewers can follow Robert Langdon's journey through Rome, exploring architecture, discovering new facts, seeing additional behind-the-scenes footage and interviews from each location, and discovering more about the four altars of science; cinechat that allows for on-screen instant messages to friends around the world while watching the movie together; a digital copy of the film. (Sony). Order Now
Angels & Demons Decoded
(2009) Timed for the DVD release of Ron Howard's "Angels & Demons." History Channel documentary examines religious conspiracies, secret "codes" hidden in Roman architecture and artwork, and controversial theories that pit science against faith -- with life or death consequences. Renowned symbologists, art historians, religious scholars, scientists and other experts help unravel the mysteries and expose any diabolical plots to destroy the Church. $19.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).
Extras:Also available on Blu-ray Disc.
Beverly Hills 90210: The Eighth Season
(1997-98) Seven-disc set with 32 episodes, $45.99. (Paramount).
David & Layla
(2005) David Moscow, Shiva Rose. Inspired by a true story, sparks fly when a Jew and a Muslim fall in love in New York. David, a TV host of "Sex & Happiness," becomes smitten with the voluptuous Layla -- a mysterious, sensual dancer. Layla turns out to be a Muslim refugee. Teased by specious tips from his ironic French cameraman, David madly pursues Layla, setting off a veiling and unveiling of the similarities -- and contrasts -- of their ancient cultures. (Vanguard Cinema).
(2009) Cara Seymour, Addie Land, Mary Kay Place, Noah Fleiss, Gary Farmer, Lynn Cohen, Bruce Davison. A young girl seduced by a boy's affluent, seemingly idyllic family, goes to extremes to gain acceptance and escape her poverty-stricken homelife. (IndiePix Films).
(2008) Til Schwiger, Udo Kier, Emmanuelle Vaugier. A retired special forces officer and an journalist investigate a mysterious island off the Pacific Northwest where they meet a mad scientist and inadvertently unleash the genetically engineered beasts that he's created.
Based on the best-selling video game franchise. Extras: Two featurettes: a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film and a look at the CGI effects; deleted scenes; commentary by director Uwe Boll.(Vivendi Entertainment).
(2006) Fastwalker is a code word created by NORAD (North American Air Defense Command) to classify unidentified flying objects which approach our Earth from space and enter our atmosphere. It has been reported that from its subterranean facility deep inside Cheyenne Mountain Colorado, USA, the Air Force NORAD facility tracks a rough average of 500 of these Fastwalkers each year. This documentary provides astounding revelations by some of the world's foremost authorities on the subject of UFOs. (Vanguard Cinema).
(2009) Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Jon Favreau, Tim McGraw, Dwight Yoakam, Skyler Gisondo, Jon Voight. Extras: Additional scenes, gag reel, "Seven Layer Holiday Meals in a Flash," featurettes, more, digital copy. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
(2009) Dir.: Judd Apatow; Stars: Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Jason Schwartzman, Jonah Hill, Aubrey Plaza, RZA, Aziz Ansari, Sarah Silverman, Norm MacDonald, Andy Dick. Available as a single-disc DVD, a two-disc DVD set and on Blu-ray.
Read more about "Funny People" in the November Calendar. (Universal).
The Golden Age of Television
(1953-58) The hugely popular live American television plays of the 1950s have become the stuff of legend. Combining elements of theater, radio, and filmmaking, they were produced at a moment when TV technology was advancing and making art accessible to a newly suburban postwar demographic. These astonishingly choreographed, brilliantly acted, and socially progressive "teleplays" constituted an artistic high for the medium, bringing Broadway-quality drama to homes across the country. The following award-winning programs -- curated for PBS in the early 1980s as the series "The Golden Age of Television," with recollections from key cast and crew members -- were conceived by such up-and-comers as Rod Serling and John Frankenheimer, and star the likes of Paul Newman, Mickey Rooney, Rod Steiger, Julie Harris, and Piper Laurie. The three-disc set includes live kinescope broadcasts of "Marty" (1953), "Patterns" (1955), "No Time for Sergeants" (1955)," A Wind From the South"" (1955), Requiem for a Heavyweight" (1956), "Bang the Drum Slowly" (1956), "The Comedian" (1957) and "Days of Wine and Roses" (1958). Extras: Commentaries by directors John Frankenheimer, Delbert Mann, Ralph Nelson, and Daniel Petrie; interviews with select cast and crew, including Frankenheimer, Andy Griffith, Julie Harris, Kim Hunter, Richard Kiley, Piper Laurie, Nancy Marchand, Jack Palance, Cliff Robertson, Mickey Rooney, Carol Serling, Rod Steiger, and Mel Torme; booklet featuring an essay by curator Ron Simon and his extensive liner notes on each program. (The Criterion Collection).
(2008) Toni Servillo, Gianfelice Imparato, Salvatore Cantalupo. Matteo Garrone's "Gomorrah" is a stark, shocking vision of contemporary gangsterdom, and one of cinema's most authentic depictions of organized crime. In this tour-de-force adaptation of undercover Italian reporter Roberto Saviano's best-selling expose of Naples; Mafia underworld (known as the Camorra), Garrone links five disparate tales in which men and children are caught up in a corrupt system that extends from the housing projects to the world of haute couture. Filmed with an exquisite detachment interrupted by bursts of violence, :Gomorrah" is a shattering, socially engaged true-crime story from a major new voice in Italian cinema. Extras: "Five Stories," a 60-minute documentary on the making of "Gomorrah," new video interviews with Garrone and actor Toni Servillo, interviews with writer Roberto Saviano and actors Gianfelice Imparato and Salvatore Cantalupo, deleted scenes, booklet featuring an essay by critic Chuck Stephens. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).
Gotta Dance -- The Movie
(2009) Award-winning documentary captures the adventures of the New Jersey NETSationals, the first-ever, seniors hip-hop dance team. Despite swollen ankles, challenges from their 20-something Nets Dancer coaches, exhausting rehearsals, fashion crises, radical personality transformations and seemingly impossible dance steps, the NETSational Seniors spread joy, inspiration and cool dance moves as they hip-hop their way into the hearts of Nets fans and beyond.(Dramatic Forces).
(2007 -- Taiwan) Ming-hsiang Tung. A beautifully photographed coming-of-age road movie tells the story of a handsome young, hearing-impaired man, who before graduating from college, decides to carry his guitar on his back and ride a bike along the Taiwanese coastline, embarking on a seven-day round-island trip. Along the way he makes new friends, falls in love, and pays a surprise visit to his grandparent's village, where he rediscovers his roots as he joins a ritualistic procession for the Goddess Matsu. (Vanguard Cinema).
The Jerry Lewis Show Collection
Two-disc set with 13 episodes of the NBC series that ran from 1967-69, $29.98. Extras: Photo gallery with 97 classic photos of Lewis. (Infinity Entertainment).
Law & Order: Criminal Intent -- The Fourth Year
(2004-05) Five-disc set with 23 episodes, $59.98. (Universal).
Life on Mars, Series 2
(2007) Four-disc set with eight episodes of the original BBC series, concluding the brilliant time-warping detective series starring John Simm and Philip Glenister, $59.99. Extras: "The Return of Life on Mars" documentary, behind-the-scenes footage and tour of the set, "The End of Life on Mars" featurette. (Acorn Media).
The Magic of Illusion
(2009) Documentary about how we see, what we see, or what it is we think we see. Al Roker guides viewers on a journey into the secrets of illusion, using special effects to illustrate the artistic and visionary discoveries of the Renaissance. While Copernicus and Columbus were changing our understanding of the world, the Renaissance masters were dramatically changing the way we see that world. The film uses new technology to look at old masters in new ways. $19.99. (Microcinema International).
(2009) Brittany Murphy, Eriq LaSalle, Justin Hartley, Bruce Davison. SyFy Channel thriller about a massive global earthquake that triggers a potentially catastrophic crack in the Earth's crust. Director's cut with extra footage.Extras: "A Crack in the World: The Making of Megafault," cast and crew commentaries. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Asylum).
Melrose Place: The Fifth Season, Volume Two
(1996-97) Three-disc set with 34 episodes, $36.99. (Paramount).
Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws
(2009)The lovable "Buddies," B-Dawg, Budderball, Buddha, Mudbud, and Rosebud embark on a journey to the magical world of Santa's Workshop. When Puppy Paws, the fun-loving son of Santa Paws, gets tired of the North Pole, he checks out Santa's "naughty" list and finds Budderball's name right on top. Puppy Paws heads south to meet the Buddies and find out how 'ordinary' pups spend their days. But when the world begins to forget the true meaning of the holidays and the magic of the season begins to literally melt away, it's up to Puppy Paws and his newfound Buddies to save the day. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Disney).
A Secret Affair
(1999) Janine Turner, Fionnula Flanagan, Paudge Behan, Robert Mailhouse, Gia Carides. A young woman on vacation in Venice -- engaged to be married -- has an affair with a war correspondent that causes her to rethink her upcoming nuptials. The correspondent returns to cover the war, and she returns to the states to break things off with her financee, only to learn that a lost news reporter, presumed dead, is her lover. Based on the best-selling novel by Barbara Taylor Bradford. (Vanguard Cinema).
(2009) Dir.: Robert Rodriguez; Stars: Jon Cryer, William H. Macy, Leslie Mann, Kat Dennings, Jimmy Bennett, Devon Gearhart, Leo Howard, Trevor Gagnon, Rebel Rodriguez, Jake Short, Jolie Vanier, James Spader. Read more about "Shorts" in the November Calendar.Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Diamond Edition
(1937) Remastered edition 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 Diamond
release made its bow on Disney Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack (two Blu-ray discs + DVD) on October 6.
Extras: 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).
Superman: The Complete Animated Series
(1996-2000) Seven-disc set with all 54 episodes, $53.82. Follow the entire history of Superman from start to finish in this long-awaited set. Extras:
Commentary by Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Alan Burnett, Dan Riba, Glen Murakami, Curt Geda, Jason Hillhouse, James Tucker and Butch Lukic; selectable pop-up trivia tracks; "Superman: Learning to Fly" featurette; "Building the Mythology: Superman's Supporting Cast"; "Menaces of Metropolis: Behind the Villains of Superman"; "Superman: Behind the Cape" with David Kaufman (the Voice of Jimmy Olsen); "Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman" excerpt from the new documentary produced by Bryan Singer and Kevin Burns; bonus disc featuring the new documentary "The Despot Darkseid: A Villain Worthy of Superman." (Warner).
Toi & Moi
(2006 -- French) Marion Cotillard, Julie Depardieu, Tomer Sisley, Eric Berger, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Jonathan Zaccai. Romantic comedy about two love-struck sisters -- one a demure cellist, the other who uses her love life for inspiration for the cheesy romantic photo-novels she writes -- and their commitment-phobic boyfriends. (Koch Lorber Films).
The 2000 Year Old Man: The Complete History
(2009) Newly remastered for the 50th anniversary of the birth of Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks' "The 2000 Year Old Man," this three-CD/one-DVD box set contains all five legendary comedy albums released by the duo, including "The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000," for which they received a Grammy Award in 1998. The DVD features a new exclusive interview with Reiner and Brooks discussing the history of the routine, the 1975 animated "2000 Year Old Man" TV special, and vintage clips of the two appearing on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "The New Steve Allen Show." Also includes extensive liner notes, rare photos and tributes from some of the biggest names in comedy. (Shout! Factory).
Valley of the Heart's Delight
(2006) Pete Postlethwaite, Diana Scarwid, Gabriel Mann. When a wealthy California family's son is kidnapped it ignites a firestorm of suspicion and rage in idyllic 1933 San Jose, California. As the local sheriff rounds up suspects on flimsy evidence a young, hard-nosed and principled reporter investigates the town's actions and takes on the powers that-be to prevent the lynching of two innocent men. Based on the true story of the last lynch mob in California. (Indican Pictures).
The Witches Hammer
(2006) Claudia Coulter, Stephanie Beacham, Jason Tompkins. A secret government agency brings a young woman back from the brink of death, transforms her into a genetically engineered vampire and sends her on a mission to stop the Souls of the Damned being unleashed into our dimension. Extras: "Making of The Witches Hammer," sound and music documentaries, outtakes. (MTI Home Video).
Wrong Turn at Tahoe
(2009) Cuba Gooding Jr., Miguel Ferrer, Harvey Keitel. A tough-as-nails collector for a mob boss one fateful day gets caught in the middle of a double-cross involving the biggest drug lord in the business. When revenge becomes the collector's sole purpose, his life takes a series of very wrong turns. Extras: Making-of featurette. For rental only. (Paramount).
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