(2009) Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Peter Gallagher, Amy Irving, Frankie Faison. Romantic comedy about a charming, handsome autistic guy who falls in love with a brainy, beautiful teacher. Extras: Commentary by writer-director Max Mayer and producer Leslie Urdang, alternate ending, deleted scenes, cast and crew favorite scenes, "Fox Movie Channel Presents: Life After Film School With Rose Byrne." Blu-ray Disc adds alternate scenes. Previously released to rental only on January 5. (Paramount).
Air Bud: Golden Receiver Special Edition
(1998) Tim Conway, Dick Martin, Kevin Zegers, Cynthia Stevenson. Extras: "The Buddies Sports Channel," exclusive on-pack toy: an Air Bud Sport Whistle Necklace. (Disney).
(2009) Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston, Mia Wasikowska. Read more about "Amelia" in the February Calendar.Extras: "The Power of Amelia Earhart" featurette, deleted scenes, Movietone News, "Making Amelia" featurette. Blu-ray Disc adds "The Plane Behind the Legend," "Re-constructing the Planes of Amelia," digital copy. (Fox).
Amelia Earhart: Queen of the Air
(2009) Bio Channel documentary just in time for the DVD release of "Amelia," starring Hilary Swank. $12.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).
Batman: The Brave and the Bold Vol. 3
(2008) Single-disc swith five episodes, $14.98. (Warner).
Beverly Hills 90210: The Ninth Season
(1998-99) Six-disc set with 26 episodes, $59.98. (Paramount).
Dr. Who: The Complete Specials
(2009) Four action-packed specials -- "The Next Doctor," "Planet of the Dead," "Waters of Mars" and "The End of Time, Parts 1 and 2" -- serve as a farewell to David Tennant. Extras: Commentary, deleted scenes, video diary, more. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
Doc Martin, Series 3
(2007) Seven episodes of the British (and PBS) series about the surly, tactless, self-centered, and uptight doctor living amid eccentric townsfolk and spectacular scenery, kind of "Northern Exposure" meets "House." $39.99. (Acorn Media).
Dynasty: Season Four, Vol. 2
(1984) Three-disc set with 12 episodes, $36.98. (Paramount).
Elmo's World: Let's Play Music
(2010) Elmo teaches pre-schoolers about violins, bells and drums. Extras: Downloadable activity book. $12.99. (Sesame Street/Warner).
The Evelyn Waugh Collection
Collection dramatizing two of Evelyn Waugh's darkly humorous novels. With a keen eye for the absurd, Waugh ("Brideshead Revisited") took unerring aim at the foibles of British society. This collection brings together faithful adaptations of two of his most brilliant and biting satires, "A Handful of Dust" (1988) and "Scoop" (1988). Casts include Kristin Scott Thomas in her breakthrough role, Alec Guinness, Rupert Graves, Stephen Fry, Michael Maloney, Anjelica Huston, and Judi Dench in a BAFTA-winning role. $39.99. (Acorn Media).
Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $79.99, examines how Adolf Hitler managed to survive more than 40 assassination attempts, explaining how Hitler cultivated rivalries among his security services to ensure his safety, and how his purposefully unpredictable behavior saved his life several times. Extras: 20-page viewer's guide with highlights, questions to consider, avenues for further learning, a guide to Hitler's security units; "Killing Hitler in the Movies" filmography; photo galleries. (Acorn Media).
The House of the Devil
(2009) Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov, Jocelin Donahue, Greta Gerwig, AJ Bowen. A creaky Victorian mansion, a graveyard, a lunar eclipse and a pretty college girl: all the elements of classic '80s horror are back with an old-school atmosphere of dread and "satanic panic" and a less-is-more approach -- with a modern twist. College sophomore Samantha accepts a babysitting job from Mr. Ulman, a creepy man who lives in a gloomy old house located next to a cemetery in the woods. Samantha soon learns that Ulman and his wife don't even have a child, but Samantha instead must keep an eye on his elderly mother-in-law while he and his wife go out to celebrate the lunar eclipse. As the night goes on, noises in the big house begin to unnerve her. What is really going on with the unseen old woman upstairs? What are the Ulmans really up to out in the woods in the dead of night? And who's lurking around the old house with mysterious intentions? The only thing that becomes clear to the increasingly terrified Samantha is that she may not make it to the sunrise alive. Extras: Commentary by writer-director-editor Ti West and actress Jocelin Donahue; commentary by West, producers Larry Fessenden and Peter Phok, and sound designer Graham Reznick; "In The House of the Devil" and "Behind the House of the Devil" featurettes, deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Dark Sky Films/MPI Media Group).
Liza's at the Palace
(2009) Captures Liza Minnelli's midnight performance at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2009, where she re-created her Broadway show at the Palace Theater, which, just a few months earlier, had won the Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event. The concert features songs written by such greats as George and Ira Gershwin, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Sammy Cahn and the team most associated with Minnelli, John Kander and Fred Ebb, composers of the showstoppers "Cabaret," "Maybe This Time," "But the World Goes 'Round" and "New York, New York." $24.98. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (MPI Home Video).
(2009) Jennifer Aniston, Aaron Eckhart, Dan Fogler, Judy Greer, Martin Sheen, Joe Anderson, John Carroll Lynch. Read more about "Love Happens" in the February Calendar.Extras: "Giving Romance a New Look" featurette; commentary by director/co-writer Brandon Camp, producer/co-writer Mike Thompson and Executive producer Richard Solomon. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Season Six
(1975-76) Three-disc set with 24 episodes, $29.98. (Fox).
A Mind to Kill: The Complete First Series
(1994-95) Six episodes of the British series about an old-school Welsh cop tackling disturbing modern crimes. $59.99. (Acorn Media).
More Than a Game
(2009) LeBron James, Dru Joyce III, Sian Cotton, Dru Joyce II, Willie McGee. Five talented young basketball players from Akron, Ohio star in this remarkable true-life coming of age story about friendship and loyalty in the face of great adversity. Coached by a charismatic but inexperienced player's father, and led by future NBA superstar LeBron James, the "Fab Five's" improbable seven-year journey leads them from a decrepit inner-city gym to the doorstep of a national high school championship. (Lionsgate).
Murder, She Wrote: The Complete Eleventh Season
(1994-95) Five-disc set with 21 episodes, $49.98. (Universal).
New York, I Love You
(2009) Directors: Fatih Akin, Yvan Attal, Allen Hughes, Shunji Iwai, Wen Jiang, Joshua Marston, Mira Nair, Brett Ratner, Shekhar Kapur, Natalie Portman. Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Bradley Cooper, Natalie Portman, Blake Lively, Orlando Bloom, Robin Wright Penn, Hayden Christensen, Rachel Bilson, Drea de Matteo, Christina Ricci, Ethan Hawke, James Caan, Anton Yelchin, Justin Bartha, Chris Cooper, Andy Garcia, Julie Christie, Cloris Leachman,, Eli Wallach, John Hurt, Olivia Thirlby, Eva Amurri, Maggie Q. An anthology film joining several love stories set in New York: A kaleidoscope of the spontaneous, surprising, electrifying human connections that pump the city's heartbeat. Sexy, funny, haunting and revealing encounters unfold beneath the Manhattan skyline, from Tribeca to Central Park to Brooklyn.Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Vivendi Entertainment).
Ong Bak 2: The Beginning
(2009 -- Thailand) Tony Jaa stars in and directs this epic tale and prequel to "Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior." Jaa returns in this story of revenge set hundreds of years in the past. An orphan boy raised by bandits, he's trained to be a killer and prophesied to be the conqueror of an empire. Trained in countless styles of weaponry and martial arts, he is a one-man-army hell bent on avenging the murder of his parents. Also available on Blu-ray Disc.
She-Wolf of London: The Complete Series
(1990) Four-disc set with all 20 episodes, $39.98. (Universal).
TCM Greatest Classic Films
Here's another wave of three releases in the TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection, a collaboration between Turner Classic Movies and Warner Home Video to present low-priced collections of some of the greatest films of all to serve both serious film buffs and a new generation of movie lovers. Each four-disc set sells for $27.92.
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Marx Brothers: "A Day at the Races," "A Night in Casablanca," "Room Service" and "At the Circus."
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Romances:"Love in the Afternoon," "Splendor in the Grass," "Mogambo" and "Now, Voyager."
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Sci-Fi Adventures: "Them!" "The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms," "World Without End" and "Satellite in the Sky."
Tom and Jerry's Greatest Chases Volume 4
Single-disc with 14 episodes, $14.97. (Warner).
Universal Soldier: Regeneration
(2010) Dir.: John Hyams; Stars Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Andrei "The Pitbul;" Arlovski. Van Damme and Lundgren reteam for another Universal Soldier chapter. With stolen top-secret technology, terrorists have created a next-generation Universal Soldier -- an elite fighter genetically altered into a programmable killing machine. With this "UniSol" (Arlovski) leading the way, they seize the crippled Chernobyl nuclear reactor, threatening to unleash a lethal radioactive cloud.
Naturally the only one who can stop them is Van Damme, who also meets up with his vicious UniSol enemy from the original film, Lundgren, has been secretly reanimated and upgraded inside the fortress. Extras: Commentary, "Behind the Lines" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony)
Wanda Sykes: I'ma Be Me
(2009) Sykes' second solo HBO comedy special, $19.97.(Warner).
The Wolf Man Special Edition
(1941) Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi, Claude Rains, Warren William, Ralph Bellamy, Maria Ouspenskaya, Patric Knowles. Two-Disc special edition, with a digitally remastered picture and new bonus features ... just in time for the February 12 theatrical release of director Joe Johnston's remake starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Hugo Weaving and Anthony Hopkins. Extras: "Monster by Moonlight," "The Wolf Man Archives," trailer gallery, commentary by film historian Tom Weaver, "The Wolf Man: From Ancient Curse to Modern Myth," "Pure in Heart: The Life and Legacy of Lon Chaney Jr.," "He Who Made Monsters: The Life and Art of Jack Pierce," "Universal Horror." (Universal).
Zane's Sex Chronicles: The Complete First Season
(2008) Two-disc set with 12 episodes of the Cinemax urban adult series that follows five sexy friends as they take on hot issues of life, love and liberation in the big city, $29.98. (Warner).
(2009) Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Amber Heard, Bill Murray. Read more about "Zombieland" in the February Calendar.Extras: Deleted scenes; commentary by Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg, director Ruben Fleischer, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick; "In Search of Zombieland" behind-the-scenes featurette; "Zombieland is Your Land" featurette; visual effects progression scenes. Blu-ray Disc adds "Beyond the Graveyard" Picture-in-Picture Track with behind-the-scenes footage, storyboards, animatics and more; digital copy. (Sony).
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Alice Through the Looking Glass
(1966) NBC musical production of Lewis Carroll's book "Through the Looking Glass" features Judi Rolin as Alice, Robert Coote as the Red King, Agnes Moorehead as the Red Queen, Nanette Fabray as the White King, Ricardo Montalban as the White King and Jack Palance as the evil Jabberwock. Just in time for the March 5 release of Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" extravaganza. $19.98. Extras: Behind-the-scenes with producer Bob Wynn. (Infinity Entertainment).
Army Wives: The Complete Third
(2009) Five-disc set with 18 episodes, $45.99. Extras: Bloopers, Deleted Scenes, Six Webisodes, "Stationed In The South," "Army Wives Gives Back." (Disney).
Bad Girls of Film Noir: Volume 1
In the '40s and '50s, the juiciest roles for actresses in Hollywood were often in B-pictures that explored the dark side of life and offered them starring roles as cool, calculating gals who could stick a knife in a man's back and make him like it. This two-disc set features four classics from the Columbia Pictures vault: "The Killer That Stalked New York" (1953), "Two of a Kind" (1951), "Bad for Each Other" (1953) and "The Glass Wall" (1953). Restored and remastered. Read more about "Bad Girls of Film Noir: Volume 1." $24.96 (Sony).
Bad Girls of Film Noir: Volume 2
In the '40s and '50s, the juiciest roles for actresses in Hollywood were often in B-pictures that explored the dark side of life and offered them starring roles as cool, calculating gals who could stick a knife in a man's back and make him like it. This two-disc set features four classics from the Columbia Pictures vault:
"Night Editor" (1946), "One Girl's Confession" (1953), "Women's Prison" (1955) and "Over-Exposed" (1956). Restored and remastered. Read more about "Bad Girls of Film Noir: Volume 2." $24.96 (Sony).
Best of Television Game Shows
Five television game show compilations: "The Best of Match Game," "The Best of All-Star Family Feud," "The Best of The Price Is Right," "The Best of Password" ($14.98 each) and "Game Show Moments Gone Bananas" ($9.98). (Mill Creek Entertainment).
The Brotherhood V: Alumni
(2009) Maria Aceve, Preston Davis, Lindsay Landers, Nathan Parsons. Latest installment in the horror franchise: A year after a mean-spirited prom prank turned deadly, the most popular students of Sunnydale High are summoned back for a surprise reunion only to find themselves at the mercy of a relentless killer. (E1 Entertainment).
Colors Are Fun!
(2010) A colorful palette of stories featuring pre-school favorites in adventures featuring colors, fun and imagination: "Barney: Colors," "Bob the Builder: Scrambler and the Colorful Cave," "Thomas & friends: Smoke and Mirrors," "Fireman Sam: Seeing red" and "Kipper: Rainbow Puddle."Extras: Bonus episodes: "Fifi and the Flowertots: Blueberry Surprise." $14.98. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).
(2009) Kristen Bell, Kristin Davis, Malin Akerman, Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Jason Bateman, Faizon Love, Jean Reno, Peter Serafinowicz, Kali Hawk, Tasha Smith. Read more about "Couples Retreat" in the February Calendar.Extras: Alternate ending, gag reel, deleted and extended scenes, "Therapy's Greatest Hits," "Paradise Found: Filming in Bora Bora," "Behind the Yoga," commentary by director Peter Billingsley and Vince Vaughn. Also available on Blu-ray Disc with digital copy, additional deleted scenes, U-control video commentary, BD-Live, and a Pocket BLU app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. (Universal).
A Dangerous Man
(2010) Steven Seagal. Seagal stars as a man released from prison after serving six years for a crime he didn't commit. Just hours after regaining his freedom, he witnesses the murder of a State Trooper by two members of the Chinese mafia and rescues a terrified girl holding a bag of money. Now he must fight his way through a corrupt town in order to take the girl to safety. (Paramount).
Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic
(2010) A new telling of the classic story, this animated feature is released day-and-date with the video game. By employing a range of animation studios steeped in the anime tradition, Film Roman and Electronic Arts created a completely unique vision of Dante Alighieri's 14th century masterwork "The Divine Comedy," with each circle of hell having a distinct look and tone. While this gives it a modern twist, the feature still stays true to the original elements of the poem that is known to most as "Dante's Inferno." This amazing journey takes viewers along with the warrior Dante, and his spectral guide Virgil, into the legendary and frightening nine circles of Hell -- Limbo, Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Anger, Heresy, Violence, Fraud, and Treachery -- all in search of his one true love, Beatrice. Voice-overs by Mark Hamill, Victoria Tennant, Vanessa Branch and Graham McTavish. $26.97. (Anchor Bay Entertainment).
Disney Little Einsteins: Animal Expedition
(2009) New release from the hit Playhouse Disney series features four episodes and an interactive bonus feature: "The Animal Crane Game," $19.99.
(2010) Romola Garai, Louise Dylan, Rupert Evans, Dan Fredenburgh, Michael Gambon. Two-disc set of the new BBC/Masterpiece Theatre Jane Austen drama. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes on music, costumes, locations, interview with Michael Gambon. (BBC/Warner).
(2009) Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jonny Lee Miller, William Hurt, Mark Strong, Derek Jacobi, Clarke Peters. Story based on the covert discussions that brought down the Apartheid regime in South Africa. (Monterey Video)
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots
(2010) Documentary about the untold saga of African-Americans' centuries-long service to their country, brought powerfully to life by a who's who of entertainers. Uses letters, diaries, speeches, journalistic accounts, historical text and military records to document the accomplishments of black men and women since the earliest days of the republic, from the Revolutionary War whose first casualty was a Black man, Crispus Attucks, to the
current battle against global terrorism. Hosted by Halle Berry, narrated by Avery Brooks, and featuring an introduction by Colin Powell and choral arrangements by Andrae Crouch, with voiceovers by Morgan Freeman, Mel Gibson, Susan Sarandon, Louis Gossett Jr., Ossie Davis,
Robert Duvall, Danny Glover, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Elliot, Delroy Lindo, Isaac Hayes, John Goodman, Jesse L. Martin, Peter Coyote, Ice- T, James Garner, Robert Townsend, Alan Rickman, Roscoe Lee Browne, Ruby Dee, John Amos, Eriq La Salle, Angela Bassett, Chris Cooper, Alfre Woodard, Cliff Robertson, Blair Underwood, Charles Dutton, Kris Kristofferson, Michael Clarke Duncan, Donald Sutherland, Isaiah Washington and many others. Extras: Deleted scenes, archival footage dating back to 1898, music video "Was My Brother in the Battle?" (Melee Entertainment/Eleventh Day Entertainment/Vivendi Entertainment).
(2008) Corbin Bleu, Penelope Ann Mille, Madison Pettis, Sandra Echeverria.
Family motocross adventure about a young man determined to win a coveted spot on the Grand National racing team without compromising his devotion to his friends and family. (Fox).
Gabriel Amor Immortal
(2009) Box-set with all the episodes of the Megaseries that captivated viewers on the Spanish Broadcasting System, $29.99. Stars popular Latin star Chayanne as the modern day vampire "Gabriel," a tortured being whose only hope of salvation lies in reuniting with his reincarnated soulmate, Eva, played by the Mexican starlet Angelica Celaya. Eva was killed over 300 years ago when Gabriel was still mortal and his village was attacked by the bloodthirsty, conquistador-turned-nightstalker, Pizarro, portrayed by Jose Luis "El Puma" Rodriguez. Doomed to roam eternal darkness after being cursed by an Inca princess as revenge for the destruction of her village, Pizarro threatens to once again rob Gabriel of his long-lost love. Extras: Behind-the-scenes footage, deleted scenes including the famous love scene between Chayanne and Angelica Celaya that was too hot to show on television, music videos featuring songs by Chayanne and Jose Luis "El Puma" Rodriguez. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).
Gary Unmarried: The Complete First
(2008) Three-disc set with 20 episodes, $39.99. Extras: "Gary Unhinged: Bloopers From Season One," "The Chemistry Of Comedy" all-access tour of "Gary Unmarried," "Planet Begley," "Tuesday on the Set With Jay." (Disney).
(2009) Seven-story anthology -- told across eight episodes -- that explores the origin and historical events of the Halo universe and its characters. Two-disc set. Extras: "The Making of Halo Legends," "Halo: Gaming Evolved," commentary by directors Frank O'Connor and Joseph Chou. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
(2009) Rick Jordan, Christian Mendez, Erik David, Dana Fares, Tim Aslin, C'nyle. Two brothers concoct an armored truck robbery to pay off a debt to a drug lord, resulting in greed, betrayal, honor and bond between brothers and thieves. (Echo Bridge Entertainment).
(2009) Forest Whitaker, Bow Wow, Isaiah Washington, Lil Wayne, Taraji P. Henson, Bonnie Hunt. Whitaker stars as Louisiana high school basketball coach Al Collins who, a year after Hurricane Katrina, assembles a team of kids from previously rival schools and leads them on a path to the state championship. Based on true events. (Vivendi Entertainment).
I Can't Think Straight
(2007) Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth. Two women from different worlds and cultures (one a London-based Jordanian of Palestinian origin, the other a British Indian woman) meet and form a powerful bond. (E1 Entertainment).
(2009-- TV ) Taylor Firth, Rob Mayes. Remake of the 1978 tearjerker about a young skater with Olympic dreams who is blinded in an accident and attempts to overcome the tragedy with the help of her loving boyfriend. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Landing the Jump" behind-the-scenes featurette. (Sony).
JAG: The Final Season
(2004-05) Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $55.98. (Paramount).
The Life & Times of Tim: The Complete First Season
(2008) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $29.98. (Warner).
(2009) Sarah Chalke, Judy Greer, Gregory Harrison, Maria Conchita Alonso. Lifetime miniseries about an enterprising young woman who navigates the professional waters of Beverly Hills in order to land the hottest producer in town, fully unaware that she is about to get in way over her head. $24.96. (Sony).
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie's Bow-Tique
(2009) Features four Minnie-themed stories including a never-before-seen episode and a Minnie magnet bow frame. Two episodes, "Minnie's Pajama Party" and "Minnie's Bee Story" include Disney's Adventure Mode -- an interactive game using the remote control with multiple play levels. $19.99. (Disney).
Omnibus: King Lear
Shot live for the prestigious OMNIBUS Series, Orson Welles made his dramatic television debut as the beleaguered king betrayed by the greed of his daughters. This legendary performance is presented newly restored and re-mastered in the first authorized release since its original CBS live telecast on October 11, 1953. $29.98. (E1 Entertainment).
Peter and Vandy
(2009) Jason Ritter, Jess Weixler, Jesse L. Martin, Tracie Thoms, Noah Bean. A love story told out of order: Set in Manhattan, the story shifts back and forth in time, juxtaposing Peter and Vandy's romantic beginnings with the twisted, manipulative, regular couple they become. The film explores the question many couples ask themselves ... "How the hell did we get this way?" (Strand Releasing).
The Penguins of Madagascar Operation: DVD Premiere
(2010) Features never-before-seen "missions" that continue the penguins' MAD-tastic adventure, plus escapades from the Nickelodeon series "The Penguins of Madagascar." (Paramount).
The Pleasure of Being Robbed
(2008) Eleonore Hendricks, Joshua Safdie. From the hipster bars of New York City's Lower East Side to the cages of Central Park Zoo, Eleonore steals her way through life: She'll pilfer your purse, your car, a handful of grapes or a litter of kittens. She robs out of need, curiosity or maybe just for the hell of it in this offbeat comedy. Extras: Two short films, commentary. (MPI Media/IFC Films).
Pride & Prejudice Collector's Edition
(2005) Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Jena Malone, Donald Sutherland. Two-disc DVD and single-disc Blu-ray. Extras: Commentary by director Joe Wright, conversations with the cast, "Jane Austen, Ahead of Her Time" featurette, "A Bennet Family Portrait," "HBO First Look: Pride & Prejudice," "The Politics of Dating," "The Stately Homes of Pride & Prejudice," "Galleries of the 19th Century," "Pride & Prejudice Family Tree." (Universal).
(2007) Two-disc set with eight episodes of the series that's dead-set on proving that"Jackass"-style humor isn't just for boys. $19.98. (E1 Entertainment).
The Sarah Silverman Program: Season Two Volume Two
(2008) Two-disc set, $26.98. Extras: Additional scenes. (Paramount).
A Serious Man
(2009) Dir.: Joel and Ethan Coen; Stars: Michael Stuhlbarg, Fred Melamed, Richard Kind, Aaron Wolf, Sari Wagner, Jessica McManus, Adam Arkin. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.Read more about "A Serious Man" in the February Calendar.Extras: "Becoming Serious," "Creating 1967," "Hebrew and Yiddish for Goys." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).
(2009) Meg Ryan, Timothy Hutton, Justin Long, Kristen Bell. (Magnolia).
So You Want to Be President? ...And More Stories to Celebrate American History
(2010) An all-new animated adaptation of Judith St. George's Caldecott Medal-winning book, "So You Want to Be President?" narrated by Stockard Channing, and other stories about America's vibrant political life, for young citizens ages 5 and up. The lead tale, "So You Want to be President?" -- one of four animated stories on the DVD -- is a lighthearted roundup of anecdotes and trivia cast as a guide to aspiring presidential candidates: for example, it might boost your odds of being elected if your name is James (the moniker of six former presidents) or if your place of birth was a humble dwelling ("You probably weren't born in a log cabin. That's too bad. People are crazy about log-cabin Presidents. They elected eight."). $14.95. (Scholastic Storybook Treasures)
The Song of Sparrows
(2009 -- Iran) Mohammad Amir Naji. An ostrich farmer, whose family leads a simple, content life in the country, is fired from his job and travels to Tehran in order to repair his elder daughter's hearing aid. There he's mistaken for a motorcycle taxi driver and he takes on a new urban persona, much to the chagrin of his wife and daughters, who want him to restore the values that he had once cherished. (E1 Entertainment).
Stargate Universe 1.0
(2009) Three-disc DVD and two-disc Blu-ray with all 10 episodes of the first season, $49.98 and $69.98. Extras: Extended pilot, cast and crew commentary on all episodes, "Stargate 101: Presented by Dr. Daniel Jackson," "Kino Video Diaries," "Destiny SML," more. Blu-ray Disc adds "A Brand New 'Universe',' "Designing Destiny," "Inside Destiny," "Kawoosh 2.0," "Director's Minutes," "Setting the (Alien) Mood," "Helmet-Cam 101," "Future/Past: The New Stargate," "A New Look for SG: U," more. (MGM).
(2009) Dylan Walsh, Sela Ward, Penn Badgley, Amber Heard, Sherry Stringfield. Read more about "The Stepfather" in the February Calendar.Extras: Gag reel; commentary by director Nelson McCormick, Penn Badgley and Dylan Walsh; "Open House: Making the Film" featurette; "Visualizing the Stunts" featurette. (Sony). Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
Studio One: Twelve Angry Men
From the Golden Age of Television comes the Emmy Award-winning "Twelve Angry Men," featuring Norman Fell, Robert Cummings and Franchot Tone in the 1954 Studio One production that follows the machinations of a jury forced to come to terms with their prejudices and personal grudges after a teenage boy is accused of murder. Extras: Booklet with written contributions from The Archive of American Television. $19.98. (E1 Entertainment).
Studio One: Rod Serling Studio One Dramas
Feature two of Rod Serling's classic contributions to the anthology series with "The Arena," called a mesmerizing exploration of political machinations and personal ambitions, and "The Strike," about a life or death situation during the Korean War. Extras: Booklet with written contributions from The Archive of American Television. $19.98. (E1 Entertainment).
The Time Traveler's Wife
(2009) Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, Ron Livingston, Jane McLean. Read more about "The Time Traveler's Wife" in the February Calendar.Extras: "Love Beyond Words" featurette. Blu-ray Disc. adds "Unconventional Love Story" featurette with Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana, who explore defining moments in their character's relationship. (New Line).
The Trial Begins
(2007 - Italy) Michele Lastella, Fanny Ardant. An ambitious young man stops at nothing, including bribery, to move up in the ranks of the Financial Guard, an arm of the Italian military police. (MPI Media/IFC Films).
Vega$: The First Season, Volume 2
(1979) Three-disc set, $36.09. (Paramount).
Welcome to Nollywood
(2009) Documentary take a look at the emerging Nigerian film industry. Just behind the U.S. and India, rampant consumers have made "Nollywood" the third largest film industry in the world, generating a staggering $286 million yearly for the Nigerian economy. $19.95. (Indiepix).
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Barnaby Jones: The First Season
(1973) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $39.98. (Paramount).
(2009) Michael Jai White, Tommy Davidson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Arsenio Hall. Action comedy blaxploitation film spoof following the exploits of an ex-CIA agent and full-time ladies man out to avenge the death of his brother against kung-fu masters, drug-dealing pimps and The Man. Extras: Commentary, deleted and alternate scenes, "Lighting the Fuse" featurette, "The Comic-Con Experience" featurette. Blu-ray Disc adds "The '70s: Back in Action" featurette. (Sony).
Bugs Bunny's Easter Funnies
(1977) Animated Easter special that features a star-studded lineup of all-time favorite Looney Tunes characters -- including Bugs Bunny, Sylvester, Granny, Pepe Le Pew, Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam and Daffy Duck -- auditioning to see who will help deliver Easter baskets. Extras: Three puzzle games. $14.97. (Warner).
Cannon: Season Two, Volume Two
(1973) Three-disc set with 12 episodes, $36.98. (Paramount).
Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros.
A massive 19-disc collection of 34 films Eastwood has made at warner Bros., the 35th film is "The Eastwood Factor," an all-new intimate short film from film critic Richard Schickel offering a rare personal look at Eastwood. Hours of special features including commentaries and featurettes in an elegantly boxed double-wide DVD album giftset package. Includes a 24-page sampler booklet with an extract from "Clint: A Retrospective" by Richard Schickel, published by Sterling Publishing Co. Inc., as well as rare and one-of-a-kind correspondence and photos. $179.98. (Warner). The Films:
1. "Where Eagles Dare" (1968) 2. "Kelly's Heroes" (1970) 3. "Dirty Harry" (1971) 4. "Magnum Force" (1973) 5. "The Enforcer" (1975) 6. "The Outlaw Josey Wales" (1976) 7. "The Gauntlet" (1977) 8. "Every Which Way but Loose" (1978) 9. "Bronco Billy" (1980) 10. "Any Which Way You Can" (1980) 11. "Honkytonk Man" (1982) 12. "Firefox" (1982) 13. "Sudden Impact (1983) 14. "City Heat" (1984) 15. "Tightrope" (1984) 16. "Pale Rider" (1985) 17. "Heartbreak Ridge" (1986) 18. "Bird" (1988)
19. "The Dead Pool" (1988) 20. "Pink Cadillac" (1989) 21. "White Hunter, Black Heart" (1990) 22. "The Rookie" (1990) 23. "Unforgiven" (1992) 24. A Perfect World" (1993) 25. "The Bridges of Madison County" (1995) 26. "Absolute Power" (1997) 27. "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" (1997) 28. "True Crime" (1999) 29. "Space Cowboys" (2000) 30. "Blood Work" (2002) 31. "Mystic River" (2003) 32. "Million Dollar Baby" (2004) 33. "Letters From Iwo Jima" (2006) 34. "Gran Torino" (2008) 35. "The Eastwood Factor" short film
Coco Before Chanel
(2009) Audrey Tautou, Alessandro Nivola, Marie Gillain, Benoît Poelvoorde, Emmanuelle Devos, Roch Leibovici. Read more about "Coco Before Chanel" in the February Calendar.Extras: Commentary by writer-director Anne Fontaine; "The Making of Coco Before Chanel" seven-part documentary; "Coco Before Chanel: La Rencontre (The Meeting)" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
The First Easter Rabbit: Deluxe Edition
(1976) Narrated by Academy Award winner Burl Ives, this animated classic tells the story of the origin of the first Easter Bunny. Remastered. Extras: Interactive puzzle game. $14.97. (Warner).
From Mexico With Love
(2009) Kuno Becker, Steven Bauer, Stephen Lang, Alex Nesic, Danay Garcia, Bruce McGill. Struggling migrant farm worker Hector spends his days in the fields and his nights as a part-time prizefighter but a brawl with the boss' thugs earns him a one-way ticket back over the Mexican border. Beaten up, broke and jobless, he joins forces with an old-school trainer and sets his sights on the rancher's boxer son for the ultimate David-and-Goliath face off.
(2009) Chris Rock visits beauty salons, scientific laboratories and Indian temples to explore the way hairstyles impact the activities, pocketbooks, sexual relationships, and self-esteem of the black community to answer a question posed by Rock's daughter: "Daddy, how come I don't have good hair?" Rock engages in frank, funny conversations with hair-care professionals, beauty shop and barbershop patrons, and celebrities -- including Ice-T, Nia Long, Paul Mooney, Raven Symone, Dr. Maya Angelou, Salt-N-Pepa, Eve and Reverend Al Sharpton -- while he struggles with the task of figuring out how to respond to his daughter's question. (Lionsgate).
Head Case: Season 2
(2008) Single disc with 10 episodes, $19.97. (Anchor Bay).
(2009) Scott Elrod, James A. Woods, Amanda Brooks. A Greek warrior delves into the trenches of hell and battles ravenous hellhounds in order to save his love from the evil clutches of Hades. Nineteenth installment in the fan-favorite "Maneater Series." (RHI Entertainment/Vivendi Entertainment)
Hot Wheels Battle Force 5: Season 1 Volume 1,
(2009) Single-disc with six episodes of the animated series in which an elite team of teen drivers and their ultra-fast vehicles save the planet, $14.97. (Warner).
(2008) Michael Fassbender, Liam Cunningham. With "Hunger," British filmmaker and artist Steve McQueen has turned one of history's most controversial acts of political defiance into a jarring, unforgettable cinematic experience. In Northern Ireland's Maze prison in 1981, 27-year-old Irish Republican Army member Bobby Sands went on a hunger strike to protest the British government's refusal to recognize him and his fellow IRA inmates as political prisoners, rather than as ordinary criminals. McQueen dramatizes prison existence and Sands's final days in a way that is purely experiential, even abstract, a succession of images full of both beauty and horror. Featuring an intense performance by Michael Fassbender, "Hunger" is an unflinching, transcendent depiction of what a human being is willing to endure to be heard.
Also available on Blu-ray Disc.Extras: New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Steve McQueen, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition; video interviews with McQueen and actor Michael Fassbender; short documentary on the making of "Hunger," including interviews with McQueen, Fassbender, actors Liam Cunningham, Stuart Graham, and Brian Milligan, writer Enda Walsh, and producer Robin Gutch; "The Provo's Last Card?" a 1981 episode of the BBC program Panorama, about the causes and effects of the IRA hunger strikes at the Maze prison and the political and civilian reactions across Northern Ireland; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Chris Dark. (The Criterion Collection).
(2006) Voices of Hank Azaria, Dan Castellaneta. Directed by Gabor Csupo ("The Rugrats"). Animated adventures of two recent immigrants to the U.S. -- roommates Vladislav (Russian) and Joska (Hungarian) as they get into all kinds of troubles and comical situations while adapting to life in America with their neighbors: Flaco, a friend from Mexico; Mr. Chea, a Chinese restaurant owner; Nazim, a former Pakistani scientist turned tour bus driver; and Mr. Splits, an old black pimp. (Echo Bridge Entertainment).
Law Abiding Citizen
(2009) Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Viola Davis, Bruce McGill, Leslie Bibb, Colm Meaney, Regina Hall, Michael Irby Read more about "Law Abiding Citizen" in the February Calendar.Extras: Commentary by producers Lucas Foster and Alan Siegel, "The Justice of Law Abiding Citizen," "Law in Black and White: Behind the Scenes," "Preliminary Arguments: Visual Effects of Law Abiding Citizen," "The Verdict: Winning Trailer Mashup." Also available on two-disc Blu-ray with unrated director's cut. (Anchor Bay).
Lincoln Heights: The Complete First Season
(2009) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $34.99. Extras: Booklet written by series executive producer Kathleen McGhee-Anderson. (Shout! Factory).
Lives That Changed the World: Nelson Mandela
(2009) Documentary about Nelson Mandela, who became president of South Africa after being imprisoned for 27 years. Includes interviews with former Prime Minister F.W. de Klerk, Mandela's daughter Zindzi, Christo Brand, a former racist and prison guard who watched over Mandela, more. $9.98. (Smithsonian Networks/Infinity Entertainment).
(1955) Dir.: Max Ophuls; Martine Carol, Peter Ustinov, Anton Walbrook. "Lola Montes" is a visually ravishing, narratively daring dramatization of the life of the notorious courtesan and showgirl, played by Martine Carol. With his customary cinematographic flourish and, for the first time, vibrant color, Max Ophuls charts Montes' scandalous past through the bombastic ringmaster (Peter Ustinov) of the American circus where she ends up performing. Ophuls's final film, "Lola Montes" is at once a magnificent romantic melodrama, a meditation on the lurid fascination with celebrity, and a meticulous, one-of-a-kind movie spectacle. Also available on Blu-ray Disc.Extras: New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition; commentary featuring Max Ophuls scholar Susan White; "Max Ophuls ou le plaisir de tourner," a 1965 episode of the French television program "Cineastes de notre temps," featuring interviews with many of Ophuls's collaborators; "Max by Marcel," a new documentary by Marcel Ophuls about his father and the making of "Lola Montes"; silent footage of actress Martine Carol demonstrating the various glamorous hairstyles in "Lola Montes"; theatrical rerelease trailer from Rialto Pictures; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Gary Giddins. (The Criterion Collection).
(2009) Nicole Eggert, Greg Evigan, Brenna O'Brien. Seventeen years after NASCAR racer Cutter McCullough died in a fiery crash, he and his car return from the grave to settle a score with his old girlfriend Tammy and his rival JJ Sawyer, who hit the road with the Phantom Racer on their tail. Syfy Channel movie. (Vivendi Entertainment).
(2008) Kevin Nealon, Tom Arnold, Kip Pardue, Nora Zehetner, Dule Hill, Christopher Titus, Evan Peters, Whitney Able. With the plug about to be pulled on his late night talk show and his wife engaged in a steamy affair with a pro baseball star, a TV host concocts the mother of all media stunts to salvage his life -- which results in comedy, mystery, murder and mayhem. Extras: Commentary, deleted scenes. (MTI Home Video).
(2008) Johannes Krisch. A gripping thriller and a tragic drama of nearly Greek proportions, "Revanche" is the Oscar-nominated international breakthrough of Austrian filmmaker Gotz Spielmann. In a ragged section of Vienna, hardened ex-con Alex (the mesmerizing Johannes Krisch) works as an assistant in a brothel, where he falls for Ukrainian hooker Tamara. Their desperate plans for escape unexpectedly intersect with the lives of a rural cop and his seemingly content wife. With meticulous, elegant direction, Spielmann creates a tense, existential, and surprising portrait of vengeance and redemption, and a journey into the darkest forest of human nature, in which violence and beauty exist side by side. Also available on Blu-ray Disc.Extras: New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Gotz Spielmann, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition; video interview with Spielmann; "The Making of Revanche," a half-hour documentary shot on the film's set; "Foreign Land," Spielmann's award-winning student short film, with an introduction by the director; booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Wood. (The Criterion Collection).
(2009) New feature-length animated Scooby-Doo movie. Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang set out on a trip to visit Daphne's sister Madelyn, who has been studying magic at the Whirlen Merlin Magic Academy. When the gang arrives, they learn that the school has been troubled with strange disturbances and they set out to investigate. $19.98. Extras: "Scooby-Doo and Puppets Too" introduction to the art of puppet making for kids 6-11. (Warner).
Shaun the Sheep: A Woolly Good Time
(2010) Six five-minute shorts featuring another ba-a-a-th of adventures of Shaun the Sheep and friends Bitzer, Shirley, Timmy and more. $14.98. Extras: "Sing-Along With Shaun," "The Mini-Making of Shaun." (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).
Shooter Series Volume Two: F. Gary Gray
(2010) The second release in the innovative DVD series dedicated to pioneers behind the camera, this compilation of visual, musical and artistic works from the director of "Law Abiding Citizen" includes "Doing the Impossible" documentary; trailers from "Be Cool," "A Man Apart," "The Negotiator," "Set It Off" and "Law Abiding Citizen"; a "Law Abiding Citizen: Behind the Scenes" featurette; and music videos from Cypress Hill, Ice Cube, R Kelly, Mary J. Blige, TLC, Queen Latifah and others. $24.95. Extras: Collectable booklet featuring insight into Gray's directorial growth and personal, rarely seen photos. (Genius Products/Vivendi Entertainment).
Small Wonder: The Complete First Season
(1985) Four-disc set with all 24 episodes of the series about a cybernetics engineer who brings home his top-secret invention, a robot built to resemble a 10-year-old girl; the scientist tries to integrate her into his community -- without anyone outside of the family knowing their secret. $34.97. Extras: Cast and crew commentary, unique fan art, original episode promos. (Shout! Factory).
The Spectacular Spider-Man Volumes 6 and 7
(2009) Episodes from the second season of the hit TV series that was recently re-launched on Disney's XD network. $19.94 each. (Sony).
(2009) Lea Thompson, Rachael Taylot, Thomas Middleton. A twentysomething slacker who has decided that his "thing" is that he has no "thing" at all meets a gorgeous con artist who has more "things" going for her than anyone he has ever met in this indie comedy. Extras: Gag reel, two shorts. (Monarch Home Video).
13teen (aka For Sale by Owner)
(2005) Amanda Brown, John Lansch, Marc Hustvedt. Thriller about a serial killer who stalks a small town, carving the number 13 into his victim's chests. (North American Motion Pictures).
Women in Trouble
(2009) Carla Gugino, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Adrianne Palicki, Simon Baker, Elizabeth Berkeley, Connie Britton, Marley Shelton, Cameron Richardson, Garcelle Beauvais, Caitlin Keats, Paul Cassell. A day in the life of seemingly disparate Los Angeles women, including a porn star, a flight attendant, a psychiatrist, a masseuse, a bartender and a pair of call girls. All of them with one crucial thing in common: Trouble. Extras: Deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Screen Media Films).
World Wrestling Entertainment Titles
WWE has five ruthless DVDs out this month: "TLC: Tables, Ladders, Chairs," "Survivor Series 2009" (featuring the Triple Threat Match of John Cena vs. Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels), "Bragging Rights 2009" (featuring the Fatal Four Way Match for the World Heavyweight Championship with Undertaker vs. CM Punk vs. Batista vs. Rey Mysterio), "John Morrison: Rock Star" (a behind-the-scenes look inside and outside the ring with the upcoming WWE star), and "Raw: The Best of 2009," a three-disc set with the highs and lows of the year in wrestling, featuring 20 complete matches). (WWE Home Video). Back to top
Adam 12: Season 4
(1971-72) Four-disc set with 24 episodes, $34.97. (Shout! Factory).
Alexander the Last
(2009) Jess Weixler, Justin Rice, Barlow Jacobs, Amy Seimetz. A seriously sensual story of a married theater actress, her musician husband, her on-stage lover and her impulsive sister, all caught in their own sexual and creative tangle of commitments, temptations and performance. ((MPI Media/IFC Films).
Amanecer de un Sueno (Awakening From a Dream)
(2009 -- Spain/Poland) Alberto Ferreiro, Hector Alterio, Monica Lopez. A young man comes to terms with his dying grandfather, who raised him, and his mother, who abandoned him.(Vanguard Cinema).
Beyond Sherwood Forest
(2009) Robin Dunne, Erica Durance. Syfy Channel movie has the Sheriff of Nottingham unleashing a hideous winged monster -- a tortured forest spirit -- to destroy the gentle towns and woods of England, massacre Robin Hood's men and capture Maid Marian in 12th century England. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Anchor Bay).
(1980) Richard Hell, Carole Bouquet, Ulli Lommel, Andy Warhol. Classic punk rock movie illustrating the end of the first wave of New York City punk rock better than any documentary. Nada (Carole Bouquet), a beautiful French journalist on assignment in New York, records the life and work of an up and coming punk rock star, Billy (Richard Hell). Soon she enters into a volatile relationship with him and must decide whether to continue with it, or return to her lover, a fellow journalist trying to track down the elusive Andy Warhol (playing himself). Featuring members of the Voidoids and the Ramones. This long-lost film is like a time capsule from pre-Disneynification New York City: sleazy, dirty and most importantly, real. Extras: Interview with Richard Hell by Luc Sante about the making of and stories behind "Blank Generation" (2009). (MVD Entertainment).
(2007 -- Turkey) Ozgu Namal, Talat Bulut, Murat Han, Mustafa Avkiran. A tale about love, honor, freedom and redemption, set amidst Turkey's natural wonders. When a 17-year-old Meryem is found unconscious and disheveled by the side of a lake, her family believes the worst -- that her chastity has been lost. To uphold the family honor they turn to an ancient moral code that condemns her to death, and a distant cousin, Cemal, is ordered to carry out the task. Instead, Meryem and Cemal embark on a surprising journey across traditional and modern-day Turkey. (First Run features).
Blood on the Flat Track: The Rise of the Rat City Rollergirls
(2007) Documentary tells the story of the resurgence of roller derby in the U.S. (with more than 30 leagues nationwide forming the Women's Flat Track Derby Association), focusing on Seattle's own DIY league, The Rat City Rollergirls. The league is populated by 80 plus players who are known to the world almost exclusively by their clever sobriquets. Explosive trackside action punctuates the conversation with many of the fan favorites, including Miss Fortune, Basket Casey, Shovey Chase, Burnett Down, Betty Ford Galaxy, and Dirty Little Secret. (Strand Releasing).
(2009) Cameron Diaz, Frank Langella, James Marsden, James Rebhorn. Available as a standard DVD and in a Blu-ray Combo Pack. Read more about "The Box" in the February Calendar.Extras: "Richard Matheson: In His Own Words," an intimate interview with the sci-fi legend. Blu-ray adds commentary by director Richard Kelly, "The Box: Grounded in Reality" featurette, "Music Video Prequels: Exhibits A-B-C" featurette goes behind the story with short surveillance montages that expand beyond the story into a secretive world where you are the experiment, "Visual Effects Revealed" with visual effects editor Dylan Highsmith, digital copy. (Warner.)
Breakfast With Scot
(2007) Tom Cavanagh, Ben Shenkman, Noah Bernett. The dream life of an ex-hockey player and his partner, a lawyer, is disrupted when they take over raising Scot, a flamboyant 11-year-old -- not exactly the sports-loving "boy" they expected -- who becomes their charge and whose genuine, true-to-himself behavior forces them to examine their own issues with being gay. (E1 Entertainment).
(2008) Jennifer Tilly, Judd Nelson, Jennifer Freeman, Jonathan Breck. A group of teenage boys out to give their girlfriends a good scare on Homecoming night -- which lands on Halloween -- head to an abandoned house where they uncover the story of a real life urban legend. (MTI Home Video).
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
(2009) Dir.: Paul Weitz; Stars: John C. Reilly, Ken Watanabe, Chris Massoglia, Josh Hutcherson, Patrick Fugit, Ray Stevenson, Michael Cerveris, Frankie Faison, Jane Krakowski, Orlando Jones, Kristen Schaal, Salma Hayek, Willem Dafoe. Read more about "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant" in the February Calendar.Extras: Deleted scenes, "Guide to Becoming a Vampire" behind-the-scenes featurette, "Tour du Freak" of the movie sets. Blu-ray Disc adds more deleted scenes, pocketBLU (which allows users with iPod Touch and iPhones to access features with network connected disc players), SocialBLU networking, U-Control pop-up information and picture-in-picture, BD-LIVE. (Universal).
Colour From the Dark
(2009) Debbie Rochon, Michael Segal, Marysia Kay, Gerry Shanahan, Eleanor James, Emmett Scanlan. Based on the "The Colour Out of Space" novel by H.P. Lovecraft, about a couple who find something incredibly sinister stirring at the bottom of the well on their farm, which seeps into their minds and triggers off inexplicable events around them. (Vanguard Cinema).
(2009) The epic story of one of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet: the infamous $27 billion "Amazon Chernobyl" lawsuit pitting 30,000 rainforest dwellers in Ecuador against the U.S. oil giant Chevron. Winner of 19 international awards, "Crude" takes viewers inside a riveting, high stakes drama steeped in global politics, the environmental movement, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, multinational corporate power, and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures. $24.95. Extras: Interview with director Joe Berlinger, deleted scenes, photo gallery, resource guide. (First Run Features).
The Damned United
(2009) Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, Jim Broadbent. The bittersweet story of Brian Clough and his disastrous 44-day tenure as manager of reigning football champions Leeds United. Extras: Four behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, commentary, "Cloughisms." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
(2009 -- Norway) Orjan Gamst, Vegar Hoel, Charlotte Frogner. When a group of medical students take a sex-and-booze-fueled ski vacation to a remote cabin in the scenic Norwegian Alps, they uncover a dark secret from World War II: a battalion of uncontrollable, unstoppable and extremely undead Nazis have thawed out and are on a rampage. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (MPI Media/IFC Films).
Eclipse Series 20: George Bernard Shaw On Film
No-frills three-disc set "With Major Barbara" (1941), "Caesar and Cleopatra" (1945) and "Androcles and the Lion" (1952); $44.95. (The Criterion Collection).
(2009) Documentary examines the struggles of black rock musicians and the industry's ambivalence towards them by combining scintillating performance footage and provocative interview clips. Director Raymond Gayle spent the better part of a year traveling around the U.S. interviewing many of black rock's elite including Fishbone, Vernon Reid, Adam Falcon, Jimi Hazel and Cody Chesnutt. The film also attempts to dissect the stigma black rock musicians face in the black community and more importantly how to bring black audiences back into the fold. Extras: "A Conversation With HR of Bad Brains," deleted scenes, "Outlets for Change," "The New Breed." (Microcinema DVD).
The End of the Line
(2009) Documentary on the impact of over-fishing in the world's oceans. Narrated by Ted Danson. Extras: Ocean-Friendly Seafood Guide: A wallet-sized sustainable fish guide insert; six webisodes with more than 50 minutes of in-depth behind-the-scenes featurettes; video message from Ted Danson; Short film: "The Coral Triangle: Nursery of the Seas." $26.95. (Docurama).
(2009) Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell. Extras: "The Making of Paul McCartney's "(I Want To) Come Home," deleted and extended Scenes. (Miramax).
Flame and Citron
(2008 -- Denmark) Thure Lindhardt, Mads Mikkelsen. In 1944 Copenhagen, as the Nazi occupation of Denmark deepens, two Resistance fighters -- a young idealist code-named Flame and tense family man Citron, become, despite their own misgivings about committing violent acts, the underground's most proficient killers of Nazis, collaborators and sympathizers. (MPI Media/IFC Films).
FlashForward, Part 1, Season 1
(2009) Two-disc set with first 10 episodes of the series, $29.99. Extras: "Creating a Catastrophe: The Effects of a Global Blackout" featurette, "Flashforward: A Look Ahead" teaser, "COULD," a look at the second half of FlashForward Season 1, narrated by Dominic Monaghan. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Disney).
(1991) Seven episodes of the Award-winning British political miniseries starring Michael Palin (Monty Python) and Robert Lindsay in a BAFTA-winning role. The celebrated British satire follows the epic power struggle between an unassuming schoolteacher and a corrupt, ambitious politician. $59.99. (Acorn Media).
(1992) Emma Thompson, Vanessa Redgrave, Anthony Hopkins, Helena Bonham Carter. The pinnacle of the decades-long collaboration between director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant, "Howards End" is a thought-provoking, luminous vision of E. M. Forster's cutting 1910 novel about class divisions in Edwardian England. Emma Thompson won an Academy Award for her dynamic portrayal of Margaret Schlegel, a flighty yet compassionate middle-class intellectual whose friendship with the dying wife (Vanessa Redgrave) of rich capitalist Henry Wilcox (Anthony Hopkins) commences an intricately woven tale of money, love, and death that encompasses the country's highest and lowest social echelons. With a brilliant, layered script by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (who also won an Oscar) and a roster of gripping performances, "Howards End" is a work of both great beauty and vivid darkness, and one of cinema's greatest literary adaptations. Extras: High-definition digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Tony Pierce-Roberts; new appreciation of the late Ismail Merchant by director James Ivory; "Building 'Howards End,' a documentary featuring interviews with Ivory, Merchant, Helena Bonham Carter, costume designer Jenny Beavan, and Academy Award-winning production designer Luciana Arrighi;
"The Design of 'Howards End,' a detailed look at the costume and production designs for the film, including original sketches; "The Wandering Company" (1984), a 50-minute documentary about the history of Merchant Ivory Productions; original 1992 behind-the-scenes featurette; booklet featuring an essay by critic Kenneth Turan. (The Criterion Collection).
(2009) Dir.: Steven Soderbergh; Matt Damon, Joel McHale, Scott Bakula, Mike O'Malley, Andrew Daly, Adam Paul, Melanie Lynskey, Tom Wilson, Rick Overton, Tom Papa, Candy Clark. Read more about "The Informant" in the February Calendar. Available as a standard DVD and in a Blu-ray Combo Pack. Extras: Deleted scenes. Blu-ray Disc adds commentary by director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Burns, digital copy. (Warner).
The James Dean Story: Racing With Destiny
(1997) Casper Van Dien, Carrie Mitchum, Diane Ladd, Mike Connors, Robert Mitchum, Connie Stevens, Casey Kasem, Joseph Campanella. Telefilm biodrama bout the movie legend who burst onto the screen in 1955 with "East of Eden" and then died in September of that year in a car crash; one month later "Rebel Without a Cause" was released, followed by "Giant" in 1956; sealing Dean's reputation forever. (MPI Home Video).
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
(2010) Seventh entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated original PG-13 movies. Here a "good" Lex Luthor arrives from an alternate universe to recruit the Justice League to help save his Earth from the Crime Syndicate, a gang of villainous characters with virtually identical super powers to the Justice League. What ensues is the ultimate battle of good versus evil in a war that threatens both planets and, through a diabolical plan launched by Owlman, puts the balance of all existence in peril. Available as a two-disc special edition and Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
Lock N' Load With R. Lee Ermey: The Complete Season One
(2009) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $34.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).
Make Way for Tomorrow
(1937) Victor Moore, Beulah Bondi, Fay Bainter, Thomas Mitchell. Leo McCarey's "Make Way for Tomorrow" is one of the great unsung Hollywood masterpieces, an enormously moving Depression-era depiction of the frustrations of family, aging, and the generation gap. Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi headline a cast of incomparable character actors, starring as an elderly couple who must move in with their grown children after the bank takes their home, yet end up separated and subject to their offspring's selfish whims. An inspiration for Ozu's "Tokyo Story," "Make Way for Tomorrow" is among American cinema's purest tearjerkers, all the way to its unflinching ending, which McCarey refused to change despite studio pressure. Extras: "Tomorrow, Yesterday, and Today," a new video interview featuring filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich discussing the career of Leo McCarey and his thoughts on "Make Way for Tomorrow"; video interview with critic Gary Giddins in which he talks about McCarey's artistry and the political and social context of the film; booklet featuring new essays by critic Tag Gallagher and filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier, as well as an excerpt from film scholar Robin Wood's 1998 piece "Leo McCarey and 'Family Values.'" (The Criterion Collection).
(2009 -- South Korea) Kim Yoon Sung, Jang See Yoon, Yang Im Ho. Two young people meet at the re-enactment of a South Korean historic event -- the brutal repression of a peaceful demonstration during the early days of the South Korean democracy -- and their attraction and participation mirrors the love story of her parents 25 years earlier. (Vanguard Cinema).
Midsomer Murders, Set 14
(2007) Four contemporary, stand-alone British mysteries from the top-selling series. The feature-length mysteries -- the second half of Series Ten -- have not aired in the U.S. and are available to U.S. audiences for the first time. $49.99. (Acorn Media).
(2009) Uma Thurman, Minnie Driver, Anthony Edwards. Uma Thurman stars as a harried mother of two preparing for her daughter's sixth birthday party as myriad urban challenges confront her. Read more about "Motherhood" in the February Calendar.Extras: Interviews with Thurman, Edwards, Driver and director Katherine Dieckmann; commentary by Dieckmann and producer Rachel Cohen. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (National Entertainment Media).
My Three Sons: Season Two Volume One
(1972) Three-disc set with 18 episodes, $39.98. (Paramount).
(2008) Voices of Samuel Johnson, Geoffrey Rush, Anthony Lapaglia, Joel Edgerton, Claudia Karvan. Stop-motion animated feature based on the short stories of Etgar Keret. Dave -- who still lives at home and has neither goals nor aspirations -- finds an ad for a small, yet amazing booklet promising the meaning of life for a bargain price. Wishing to share his discovery, his path crosses with those of his unusual apartment block neighbors, who are all on their own searches for hope and redemption. (E1 Entertainment).
(2009) The glamor of the fashion industry often blinds the public to the common reality behind the scenes: dark and dingy factories -- modern-day sweatshops -- where undocumented workers toil under the radar of labor laws for substandard wages, without breaks or benefits. And in an era in which big-name labels are frequently accused of resorting to sweatshop tactics as a means of keeping rising production costs in check, filmmaker Amie Williams turns her lens on the Los Angeles garment industry to investigate trendy clothing manufacturers American Apparel and SweatX's fervently vocal commitment of to creating "sweat-free" threads. $19.95. (Indiepix).
(2008) Four episodes of the National Geographic Channel series that explores the world of the Hell's Angeles, $14.98. (E1 Entertainment).
Project Runway Season 6
(2009) Four-disc set with 14 episodes, $27.99. (Vivendi Entertainment).
The September Issue
(2009) The September 2007 issue of Vogue magazine weighed nearly five pounds, and was the single largest issue of a magazine ever published. With unprecedented access, this documentary tells the story of legendary Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and her larger-than-life team of editors creating the issue and ruling the world of fashion. (Roadside Attractions).
Shall We Kiss?
(2009 -- French) Virginie Ledoyen, Emmanuel Mouret, Julie Gayet, Michael Cohen, Frederique Bel, Stefano Accorsi. Wry, observant and touching contemporary meditation on the myriad implications of a simple kiss. When Gabriel and Emilie meet by chance, he offers her a ride and they spend the evening talking, laughing and getting along famously. At the end of the night, Emilie declines Gabriel's offer of "a kiss without consequences." Emilie admonishes him that the kiss could have unexpected consequences, and tells him a story, unfolding in flashbacks, about the impossibility of indulging your desires without affecting someone else's life. (Music Box Films).
(2009) Briana Evigan, Rumer Willis, Audrina Patridge, Carrie Fisher, Julian Morris, Jamie Chung, Leah Pipes, Margo Harshman, Caroline D'Amore. A group of sorority sisters try to cover up the death of their house-sister after a prank gone wrong, only to be stalked by a serial killer. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Summit Entertainment).
(2009) Janis DeLucia Allen, Melissa Leo, Chirs Butler. A documentary filmmaker investigates the murder of a former model and finds that everything she's been told about her death is false. (Vanguard Cinema).
(2006) Lukas Haas, January Jones. The secret lives of a shy auto mechanic locked into his daily work routine -- who furtively follows a local girl he admires and stands under her bedroom window listening to her play violin -- and a pretty waitress at the local diner -- who hides a deep personal wound -- intersect in this melodrama. (MPI Media/IFC Films).
Taggart, Set 2
(2009) Eight episodes from the world's longest continually running police drama. The complete 20th season is available to U.S. audiences for the first time. The smash hit series follows a team of Glasgow detectives taking on the city's worst crimes. $59.99. (Acorn Media).
Three Blind Mice
(2008 -- Australia) Ewan Leslie, Toby Schmitz, Matthew Newton. Three naval officers on shore leave in Sydney, Australia, after six months at sea spend a final night of women, poker, family dinners and a dark secrets before shipping out for Iraq the next morning. (MPI Media/IFC Films).
(2003) Eddie Mills, Elizabeth Banks, Sascha Knopf, Judah Friedlander, Victor Slezak, James Rebhorn. A young, ambitious Wall Street exec discovers that it's never business as usual when he gets involved with a beautiful, carefree woman with an adventurous spirit, and a high-stakes business deal -- one that involves him firing his best friend. (Echo Bridge Entertainment).
(2006) Gordon Michaels, Nicole Dehuff, Henry Winkler, Gladys Knight, Taryn Manning, Charles Durning, Lin Shaye, Robert Peters, Phyllis Diller, Dylan McDermott. Romantic comedy about Elvis-wannabe loser Harold James Clark, proud assistant manager of the Wagontrain Steakhouse, who hits it big when he meets Wanda Livingston, who just left her 80's rocker boyfriend. Harold wants Wanda's love, her boyfriend wants her back ... and Wanda just wants to run. (Echo Bridge Entertainment).
The Universe: The Complete Season Four
(2009) Four-disc DVD and three-disc Blu-ray with 12 episodes, $39.95/$54.95. Features amazing new discoveries about our universe -- some just uncovered in the past year. Uses stunning CGI graphics to explore death stars, ringed planets, star clusters, wormholes and more. (A&E Home Entertainment).
Wrong Side of Town
(2010) David Bautista, Rob Van Dam, Nelson Frazier Jr., Ja Rule, Omarion, Ava Santana. An ex-Marine is forced to take on a gang of murderers after he accidentally kills a crooked nightclub owner who attacked his wife. Extras: "Behind Wrong Side of Town" featurettes: "Set Life With Ron Van Dam," interviews with the stars, stunts with Ron Van Dam; Kali training video with David Bautista, Marrese Crump and Oscar Lugo. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Lionsgate).
The Wiggles: Hot Poppin' Popcorn
(2010) Join the ringmasters of the pre-school circus in their latest fun-filled adventure, featuring a slew of 18 brand-new songs to wiggle and sing along to including a special performance by legendary Australian singer Jamie Redfern. Extras: E-Storybook: "Circus Practice," "The Kingdom of Paramithi" theme song, photo gallery. $14.97. (Warner).
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