(2009) Caterina Scorsone, Andrew Lee Potts, Matt Frewer, Philip Winchester, Tim Curry, Harry Dean Stanton, Timothy Webber, Zak Santiago, Charlotte Sullivan, Colm Meaney, Kathy Bates. Three-hour Syfy miniseries that aired in december, 2009. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Lionsgate).
Alice in Wonderland
(1933) Charlotte Henry, Leon Errol, Louise Fazenda, Ford Sterling. Directed by Norman McLeod with a screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and William Cameron Menzies. (Universal).
Alice in Wonderland
(1999) Gene Wilder, Whoopi Goldberg, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Lloyd, Miranda Richardson, Martin Short, George Wendt, Robbie Coltrane, Tina Majorino. Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass" are combined in this three-hour TV special. (Vivendi Entertainment).
Barney: Egg-Cellent Adventures
(2010) Three Easter and egg-themed episodes of the adventures of the purple dinosaur and his friends, a favorite of kids 1 to 5: "Rabbits," "Mother Goose" and "Ducks and Fish," $14.98. Extras: "Barney's Easter Egg Hunt," "Gumdrops Marching Game." (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).
The Beaches of Agnes
(2009) A reflection on art, life and the movies, this is a magnificent film from the great Agnes Varda ("Cleo from 5 to 7"), a richly cinematic self portrait that touches on everything from the feminist movement and the Black Panthers to the films of husband Jacques Demy ("The Umbrellas of Cherbourg") and the birth of the French New Wave. (The Cinema Guild).
The Bible Stories: Esther
(1999 -- TV) Louise Lombard, F. Murray Abraham, Jurgen Prochnow, Thomas Kretschmann. $14.94. (Sony).
The Bible Stories: Jesus
(1999 -- TV) Jeremy Sisto, Debra Messing, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Jacqueline Bisset, Gary Oldman. $14.94. (Sony).
(2009) Julia Voth, Erin Cummings, America Olivo. Trixie, Hel and Camero may look good on the outside, but they're nothing but badass on the inside. When the tempting trio arrive in the desert to retrieve stolen jewels at a ruthless gangster's hideout, they find themselves competing against an assortment of bizarre criminals -- and each other. A modern throwback to the 'B' movie film genre. Extras: "Building a Better B-Movie" documentary; commentary by the writers, director and producers, commentary by the principal cast. (Fox).
Castle in the Sky
(1986) Two-disc special edition of Hayao Miyazaki's classic animated feature. (Disney).
(2009) Paul Giamatti, Emily Watson, David Strathairn. In this quirky comedy, an actor puts his soul in cold storage for the duration of an agonizing versions of Checkov's "Uncle Vanya" only to have it hijacked by a soap-opera actress. Extras: "Soul Extractor" slide show, deleted scenes. Four-week rental window before sell-through. (Fox).
Designing Women: Season Three
(1988-89) Four-disc set with 22 episodes, $44.99 (Shout! Factory).
(1979) Dir.: John Carpenter; Kurt Russell, Shelley Winters, Season Hubley, Bing Russell, Pat Hingle, Robert Gray, Joe Mantegna, Ed Begley Jr. The long-awaited DVD debut of the classic bio of the King of Rock 'n' Roll, timed closely to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Presley's birth, restored from the original film elements. Originally broadcast February 11, 1979, on ABC. Extras: "Bringing a Legend to Life" featurette with archival interviews of Kurt Russell and John Carpenter (1979); commentary by "The Voice of Elvis" in the film, Ronnie McDowell, and author Edie Hand; rare clips from "American Bandstand"; photo gallery. (Shout! Factory).
(2009) Jemaine Clement, Michael Angarano, Jennifer Coolidge, Sam Rockwell, Mike White. A lovable loner's life is turned upside down when a pretentious fantasy author steals his story at a writers camp. Extras: "Outtakes Reel: A Buttload of Keepsakes," five deleted scenes, commentary by director Jared Hess ("Napoleon Dynamite") and Jerusha Hess, "One Nutty Movie: Behind the Scenes of Gentlemen Broncos." (Fox).
Have Gun -- Will Travel: Season 4, Volume 1
(1960) Three-disc set with 19 episodes, $39.98. (Paramount).
Matlock: The Fourth Season
(1989-90) Six-disc set with 24 episodes, $49.99. (Paramount).
Kiki's Delivery Service
(1989) Two-disc special edition of Hayao Miyazaki's classic animated feature.
My Neighbor Totoro
(1988) Two-disc special edition of Hayao Miyazaki's classic animated feature. (Disney).
Olivia ... Takes Ballet
(2009) The second Olivia DVD, with four episodes of the Nick Jr. character based on acclaimed author/illustrator Ian Falconer's award-winning titles about a 6-year-old dynamo who believes she can do anything and sees every day as an opportunity to try new things. Her vivid imagination takes her on grand adventures, both real and fantasy, and like all children, her antics occasionally result in endearing misadventures. $16.99. (Paramount)
(2009) Dir.: Hayao Miyazaki; Voices of Cate Blanchet, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Liam Neeson, Cloris Leachman, Betty White, Lily Tomlin, Noah Lindsey Cyrus, Frankie Jonas. Read more about "Ponyo" in the March Calendar.Extras: "The World of Ghibli" allows viewers to immerse themselves in the amazing worlds from each film created by legendary filmmaker, Hayao Miyazaki in a multi-layered interactive experience. Lands to explore include: Ponyo's Land, Kiki's Land, Castle's Land and Totoro's Land; "Behind the Studio" includes all new interviews with Hayao Miyazaki and composer Joe Hisaishi as well as chapters on "Creating Ponyo," "Ponyo & Fujimoto," "The Nursery," "Behind the Microphone: The Voice of Ponyo," "Producers Perspective: Telling the Story," "Scoring Miyazaki," "The Scenery in Ghibli": original Japanese trailer. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Disney).
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
(2009) Robin Wright, Mike Binder, Alan Arkin, Winona Ryder, Ryan McDonald, Cornelius West, Maria Bello, Blake Lively. After her much older husband forces a move to a suburban retirement community, Pippa Lee engages in a period of reflection and finds herself heading toward a quiet nervous breakdown. Extras: Commentary by Robin Wrightand writer-director Rebecca Miller, interviews with Wright, Miller, Arkin and Lively. (Screen Media Films).
Return to the 36th Chamber
(1980 -- Hong Kong) Gordon Liu, Kara Hui, Hsiao Ho. The action-packed sequel to one of the best martial arts films of all time reunites kung fu superstar Gordon Liu and legendary director Lau Kar-leung for another unforgettable adventure. This time, Liu stars as a con man who impersonates his own character from "The 36th Chamber of Shaolin," along the way to becoming an unstoppable fighting force. "The 36th Chamber of Shaolin" is being released on Blu-ray this week. (Vivendi Entertainment/The Weinstein Co.)
Sesame Street's Abby in Wonderland
(2009) Sesame Street take on "Alice in Wonderland," timed for the release of Tim Burton's big-screen version, $14.98. Extras: Audio CD with five Sesame Street songs. (Sesame Street/Warner).
Strawberry Shortcake: The Berryfest Princess Movie
(2010) In this new CGI animated feature, Berry Bitty City is preparing for the annual spring festival, and Strawberry Shortcake has been appointed Berryfest Princess to ensure the festival and parade are the sweetest events the town has ever seen. $19.98. Extras: "A Berry Royal" sing-a-long, printable coloring pages. (Fox).
Super Why! Peter Rabbit & Other Fairytale Adventures
(2009) Fun new interpretations of the classic stories "Peter Rabbit," "Tom Thumb," "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" and "Rapunzel," as Super Why and his friends practice spelling, use the power to read and investigate rhyming words. Extras: Interactive games, music videos,coloring pages. $14.99. (Paramount).
Thomas & Friends: Thomas & the Runaway Kite
(2010) Four episodes featuring the animated locomotives of the Island of Sodor, including the title episode in which Thomas and his railroad friends must catch a runaway kite; the other episodes are "Buzzy Bees," "Toby's New Whistle" and "The Biggest Present of All"; $14.98. Extras: Two games. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).
(2009) Dir.: Roland Emmerich. Stars: John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Oliver Plat, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover, Liam James.
Available in two-disc Blu-ray, one-disc Blu-ray and DVD. Read more about "2012" in the March Calendar.DVD Extras: Commentary by writer-director Roland Emmerich and co-writer Harald Kloser, "Roland Emmerich: Master of the Modern Epic" featurette, alternate ending, deleted scenes, "Time For Miracles" music video by Adam Lambert. Blu-ray adds: movieQ and Picture in Picture behind-the-scenes material. Two-disc Blu-ray Extras: Interactive Mayan calendar, "Mysteries of the Mayan Calendar featurette, "Designing the End of the World" featurette, "Science Behind the Destruction" featurette, "The End of the World: The Actor's Perspective" featurette, "Countdown to the Future," "Making the Music Video Time For Miracles" with Adam Lambert, digital copy. (Sony).
VeggieTales: Pistachio -- The Little Boy That Woodn't
(2010) In a creative parody of the beloved story of Pinocchio, this all-new family adventure features a helpful lesson in listening to your parents, a new Silly Song, and more. "Pistachio" has a clever VeggieTales twist that incorporates elements of truth from the classic tale, while emphasizing the father-son relationship and the strength of family. Extras: "Obscure Broadway Showtunes With Larry (Silly Song):" "Where Have All The Staplers Gone?" art gallery, commentary, discussion guide, "Larry Visits a Marionette Theater," Staplers sing-along. $14.99. (Big Idea).
We Live in Public
(2009) On the 40th anniversary of the Internet, this Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Documentary winner tells the story of the effect the Web is having on our society as seen through the eyes of "the greatest Internet pioneer you've never heard of," visionary Josh Harris. Award-winning director Ondi Timoner documented Harris' tumultuous life for more than a decade to create a riveting, cautionary tale of what to expect as the virtual world inevitably takes control of our lives. Harris, often called the "Warhol of the Web," rose to prominence during the dot.com boom of the 1990s. He founded Pseudo.com, the first Internet television network, and created his vision of the future, an underground bunker in NYC where 100 people lived together on camera for 30 days over the millennium. He proved how in the not-so-distant future of life online, people will willingly trade privacy for the connection and recognition they desire. Through his experiments, including a six-month stint living under 24-hour live surveillance online -- which led him to mental collapse -- he demonstrated the price we will all pay for living in public. Extras: Commentary, more. (IndiePix Films).
Where the Wild Things Are
(2009) Dir.: Spike Jonze; Stars: Max Records, Catherine Keener, Benicio Del Toro, Forest Whitaker, Lauren Ambrose, Catherine O'Hara, Tom Noonan, Michael Berry, James Gandolfini. Read more about "Where the Wild Things Are" in the March Calendar.Extras: New short: "Higglety Piggletty Pop" featuring the voices of Meryl Street and Forest Whitaker, Webisodes. Also available in DVD Blu-ray Combo Pack. (Warner).
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Amazing War Machines
Three-disc set of the 13-part series, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
America: The Birth of Freedom
Two-disc set of the 10-part documentary series, from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
The Art of Being Straight
(2008) Jesse Rosen, Jared Grey, Johnny Ray Rodriguez, Rachel Castillo. A sexy, comedic drama about two college friends questioning their careers and sexuality in east Los Angeles. Winner of the Audience Award at the Dublin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and an Official Selection at the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. (E1 Entertainment).
The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day
(2009) Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, David Della Rocco, Billy Connolly, Clifton Collins Jr., Julie Benz, Peter Fonda, Judd Nelson. Read more about "The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day" in the March Calendar.Extras: Filmmaker and cast commentaries, deleted Scenes, "Unprecedented Access: Behind the Scenes" featurette, "Billy Connolly and Troy Duffy: Unedited" featurette. Blu-ray Disc adds movieIQ, BD Live, three featurettes: "Inside the Vault: The Weapons," "The Cast Confesses: Secrets From the Set," "The Boondock Saints Hit Comic-Con." (Sony).
The Brothers Warner
(2009) An intimate portrait and saga of four film pioneers -- Harry, Albert, Sam and Jack Warner who rose from immigrant poverty through personal tragedies persevering to create a major studio with a social conscience. Written and directed by Cass Werner Sperling, granddaughter of Harry Warner. $19.98. (Warner).
Capitalism: A Love Story
(2009) Michael Moore documentary about the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans (and by default, the rest of the world). Read more about "Capitalism: A Love Story" in the March Calendar.Extras: Featurettes and deleted scenes: "The Man Who Might Save Flint"; U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings on "Why We Should Consider Discarding Capitalism"; Pulitzer Prize-winning N.Y. Times reporter Chris Hedges on "Capitalism: the Killer"; Father Dick Preston on "Why the Rich Man Can't Buy His Way Into Heaven"; "What if We Had Listened to Jimmy Carter?"; Michael Pollan ("The Omnivore's Dilemma") on "People Who Grow Food Without Capitalism"; "You Talkin' to Me? -- Taxi Drivers in Wisconsin Go All Crazy for Democracy"; "The Ideas Behind a Worker-Owned Business"; "Here's an Idea: The People's Bank of North Dakota" and "Miami Max Has a House for You." Blu-ray Disc adds Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren on "How Wall Street Got Away With Murder." (Anchor Bay Entertainment).
Charlie and Lola
(2009) Nine episodes from the animated Playhouse Disney pre-school series. (Warner).
Chronicles of War
Three-disc set of documentary features brings viewers to the front lines of war with captivating interviews, rare video footage and stunning images creating a 13-hour journey into the history of the American soldier, $24.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
The Commish -- Season 1
(1991-92) Six-disc set with 22 episodes, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
Edgar Allan Poe's The Pit and the Pendulum
(2009) Lorielle New, Stephen Hansen, Bart Voitila, Danielle Demski. Campy modern update of the classic horror tale; seven students arrive at a secluded mansion to participate in a scientific experiment conducted by a bizarre hypnotist with a dark past. Naturally the students start disappearing. (E1 Entertainment).
Elmo's Rainbow and Other Springtime Stories
(2009) Three episodes in which Elmo and friends explore the seasons, bumble bees and rainbows. $14.98. (Sesame Workshop/Warner).
Three-disc set with all 26 episodes of the Japanese Kung-Fu TV show, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
(2009) Olivia Wilde, Tao Ruspoli, Shawn Andrews. Bolting across Los Angeles, documentary filmmakers Bella and Milo dash from Beverly Hills to Watts -- and everywhere in between -- in a race-against time to get Milo's brother Leo from jail to rehab before 8 p.m., or Leo goes to prison for three years. Inspired by true events. Extras: Making-of featurette, video shorts from the premiere. (E1 Entertainment).
Greek: Chapter Four
(2009) Three-disc set with 12 episodes, $29.99. Extras: Bloopers; "Greek" recap; "At World's End" behind-the-scenes look at the filming of the final episode of Chapter Four with the cast members, writers, and show's creator; "How Do You Sleep?" music video by Jesse McCartney, commentaries. (Disney).
Hachi: A Dog's Tale
(2009) Dir.: Lasse Hallstrom; Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Jason Alexander, Sarah Roemer. Based on one of the most treasured and heartwarming true stories in Japanese culture. Richard Gere stars as Professor Parker Wilson, a distinguished scholar who discovers a lost Akita puppy on his way home from work. Despite initial objections from Wilson's wife, Hachi endears himself into the Wilson family and grows to be Parker's loyal companion. As their bond grows deeper, a beautiful relationship unfolds embodying the true spirit of family and loyalty, while inspiring the hearts of an entire town. Extras: "Stay: The Tale of Making Hachi" behind-the-scenes featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
Hannah Montana: Miley Says Goodbye?
(2009) Six episodes, including the season finale with Miley's pivotal decision-making moment about staying in Hollywood or returning home to Tennessee. $19.99. Extras: "Sister Secrets," "Hannah Moments." (Disney).
(2008) David Starzyk, Sean Young, M. Emmet Walsh. After suffering a parent's worst nightmare -- the abduction and murder of their 8-year-old daughter -- a married couple move to a charming old house in need of repair -- but soon a presence that may or may not be the spirit of their murdered daughter starts to haunt them. (E1 Entertainment).
Hell on Earth
Two-disc documentary collection with 25 features chronicling some of the most epic disasters humankind has faced throughout the 20th century, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
In Plain Sight: Season Two
(2009) Three-disc set with 15 episodes, $39.98. (Universal).
(1972-72) Three-disc set with all 26 episodes of the gloriously loopy Tokusastu Japanese superhero television shows, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
(2009) Chris Laird, Shareece Pfeiffer, Michael Flynn, Matthew Reese, Danny Trejo. A young Shoshoni Indian comes into possession of an ancient stone amulet and calendar disc that has the power to stop time; he chooses to use the power to make the world a better place. Unfortunately, a power-seeking financier goes after the stone to indulge in the riches of the world.(MTI Home Video).
Matt Houston: The First Season
(1982) Six-disc set with 23 episodes, $49.99. (Paramount).
(2009) John Travolta, Robin Williams, Kelly Preston, Conner Rayburn, Seth Green, Matt Dillon, Ella Bleu Travolta.
Read more about "Old Dogs" in the March Calendar. Available on standard DVD, Blu-ray, and as a three-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack. Extras: DVD: Deleted scenes; bloopers; commentary by director Walt Becker, producer Andrew Panay and writers David Diamond and David Weissman. Blu-ray adds "Every Little Step" new music video performed by John Travolta and Ella Bleu Travolta. Combo Pack adds "You've Been a Friend to Me" Bryan Adams music video, "Young Dogs Learn Old Tricks," digital copy. (Disney).
(2009 -- Spain) Voices of Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin Long, Seann William Scott, Gary Oldman, John Cleese. Available as a standard DVD and in Blu-ray Disc Combo Pack.Extras: Extended scenes, Short Film: "The World of Planet 51," "Life on Planet 51" featurette, "Planetarium -- The Voice Stars of Planet 51" featurette, "Planet 51" music video montage, animation progression reels. (Sony).
(2009) Sarah Michelle Gellar, Lee Pace, Michael Landes. Newlyweds Jess (Gellar) and Ryan (Landes) seem to have it all until a car accident renders both Ryan and his brother Roman (Pace) comatose; things spin eerily out of control when Roman wakes up and tries to convince Jess that he is her husband. Extras: Featurette, deleted and alternate scenes, alternate ending. (Fox).
Rampage: Killing Without Reason
Two-disc set of the 10-part documentary series on rage-murders, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
Scarecrow & Mrs. King: The Complete First Season
(2009) Five-disc set with 21 episodes, $39.98. (Warner).
(2010) Diana Lee Inosanto, Michael O'Laskey II, Keith David, Louis Mandylor. A lonely gay teenager struggles to fit in with his classmates in a small, conservative Colorado town. After he's severely beaten at school, a female martial arts Sensei secretly trains him to defend himself. This is a martial arts film with a heart -- and a cause -- and even ends up being a tearjerker. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).
(2008 -- Philippines/France) Gina Pareno, Jacyln Jose, Julio Diaz, Coco Martin, Kristofer King. A drama that follows the travails of the Pineda family in the Filipino city of Angeles. Bigamy, unwanted pregnancy, possible incest and bothersome skin irritations are all part of their daily challenges, but the real "star" of the show is an enormous, dilapidated movie theater that doubles as the family business and living space. At one time a prestige establishment, the theater now runs porn double bills and serves as a meeting ground for hustlers of every conceivable persuasion. The film captures the sordid, fetid atmosphere, interweaving various family subplots with the comings and goings of customers, thieves and even a runaway goat while enveloping the viewer in a maelstrom of sound, noise and continuous motion. (E1 Entertainment).
Silk Stalkings -- Season 1
(1991-92) Six-disc set with 20 episodes, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
The Stoning of Soraya M.
(2009) Mozhan Marno, James Caviezel, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Navid Negahban, Ali Pourtash, David Diaan. A drama set in 1986 Iran and centered on a man, Sahebjam (Caviezel), whose car breaks down in a remote village and enters into a conversation with Zahra (Aghdashloo), who relays to him the story about her niece, Soraya (Marno), whose arranged marriage to an abusive tyrant had a tragic ending. (Lionsgate).
Tenspeed and Brown Shoe
(1980) Three-disc set with 14 episodes, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
Trail Of Tears: A Native American Documentary Collection
Two-disc set with four documentary programs that chronicle the struggles of the Native American culture from the forced relocation known as the Trail of Tears to current issues today, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
Tremors: The Complete Series
(2003) Three-disc set with 13 episodes, $29.98. (Universal).
Turn the Beat Around
(2010) Romina D'Ugo, Adam Taylor Brooks, David Giuntoli, Brooklyn Sudano. MTV feature-length dance film that combines cutting-edge hip-hop with stylized classic disco. Set in the competitive L.A. dance scene, the film tells the story of Zoe, a struggling young dancer who gets the opportunity to fulfill her dreams when she convinces a wealthy nightclub owner to open a new club with a disco theme. However, as Zoe gets closer to realizing her professional ambitions, her personal and professional lives collide and she finds herself caught between the club's young owner, her dancer boyfriend and the sexy, overly ambitious choreographer she might be about to replace. Extras: Making-of "Turn the Beat Around," deleted scenes. MTV/Paramount).
Up in the Air
(2009) Dir.: Jason Reitman; Stars: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Tamala Jones, Chris Lowell. Read more about "Up in the Air" in the March Calendar.Extras: Commentary by writer-director Jason Reitman, director of photography Eric Steelberg and first assistant director Jason Blumenfeld; "Shadowplay: Before The Story"; deleted scenes. Blu-ray Disc adds more deleted scenes, "Help Yourself" music video by Sad Brad, storyboards, American Airlines prank. (Paramount).
Walker, Texas Ranger: The Seventh Season
(1998-99) Five-disc set with 23 episodes, $49.98. (Paramount).
Wanted: Dead or Alive -- Season Two
(1959-60) Four-disc set with 32 episodes, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
The Wedding Song
(2008 -- France) Lizzie Brochere, Olympe Borval, Najib Oudghiri, Simon Abkarian, Karin Albou. The Nazi occupation of Tunisia strains the bonds of friendship between a Muslim woman and a Sephardic Jewess who are both preparing for their marriages. (Strand Releasing).
Wiseguy -- The Collector's Set
(1987-90) Thirteen-disc set with 67 episodes, $44.98. Extras: Three unaired, never-before seen episodes from the show's final season. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
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Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog: Volume 3
(1993) Four-disc, $39.98. A Shout! Factory online exclusive, available at Shout!Factory.com.
(2009) Matt Dillon, Jean Reno, Laurence Fishburne, Skeet Ulrich, Amaury Nolasco, Andre Jamal Kinney, Milo Ventimiglia, Fred Ward, Columbus Short. Read more about "Armored" in the March Calendar.Extras: Producer and cast commentary, "Planning the Heist," "Crash Course: Stunts," "Armed and Underground: Production Design." Blu-ray Disc. adds a digital copy of the film plus movieIQ+sync and BD-Live. (Sony).
(2009) Voices of Nicolas Cage, Charlize Theron, Donald Sutherland, Bill Nighy, Nathan Lane, Eugene Levy, Freddie Highmore, Kristen Bell, Matt Lucas. Also available on Blu-ray Disc.Read more about "Astro Boy" in the March Calendar. (Summit Entertainment).
(2009) Vanessa Hudgens, Aly Michalka, Gaelan Connell, Scott Porte, Lisa Kudrow. Teen rock musical. When ultra-popular, gifted singer-songwriter Charlotte Banks (Michalka) asks the new kid in town and music know-it-all Will Burton (Connell) to manage her fledgling rock band, she appears to have just one goal in mind: go head-to-head against her egotistical musician ex-boyfriend, Ben (Porter), at the biggest event of the year, a battle of the bands called Bandslam. Though set in New Jersey, the film was primarily filmed in Austin, Texas during the South by Southwest Music Festival, and features real bands that performed, as well as energetic festival attendees as audience members. Extras: "Bandslam: Making the Band" featurette; commentary by Hudgens, Michalka, Connell and director Todd Graff; deleted/extended scenes; "Honor Society" "Bandslam" music video; Vanessa Hudgens musical performance. (Summit Entertainment).
Breaking Bad: The Complete Second Season
(2009) Four-disc DVD and three-disc Blu-ray with 13 episodes, $39.95/$49.95. Extras: Cast and crew commentaries, deleted scenes, "Inside Breaking Bad": 13 Featurettes about the making of each episode, Season 1 recap, "Negro y Azul" music video, "Better Call Saul" commercial, 11 behind-the-scenes featurettes, "Cop Talk With Dean Norris," gag reel, "Walt's Warning" featurette, six "Breaking Bad" original Webisodes, Vince Gilligan's photo gallery. Blu-ray adds "Writers' Lab -- An Interactive Guide to the Elements of an Episode." (Sony).
Brief Interviews With Hideous Men
(2009) Dir.: John Krasinski; Based on the short story collection by David Foster Wallace. First-time director Krasinski ("The Office") brings the late Wallace's famous -- and allegedly unfilmable -- cascades of words to glorious life in a dark comedy about man's inhumanity to ... women. Wallace, whose sweeping novel "Infinite Jest" ranks as one of the greatest novels of the late 20th century, presented his short stories as transcripts of interviews conducted by an unseen and unheard moderator. To help bring these engrossing tales to the screen, Krasinski cast Julianne Nicholson as the interviewer, Sara Quinn, a young woman who has been dumped by her boyfriend with little explanation. Sara, a doctoral candidate in anthropology, decides to put her training in scientific examination to work by interviewing random men about why they have mistreated the women in their lives. Timothy Hutton, Bobby Cannavale, Christopher Meloni, Chris Messina, Will Arnett, Frankie Faison and Krasinski himself play the interviewees, whose responses range from savagely funny to disturbing to poignant as the men confess their desires, failures, frustrations and resentments. In the process, Sara learns more about men, and herself, than she bargained for. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Films).
(2009 -- Spanish) Dir.: Pedro Almodovar; Stars: Penelope Cruz, Lluis Homar, Blanco Portillo, Jose Luis Gomez, Ruben Ochandiano, Tamar Novas.
Read more about "Broken Embraces" in the March Calendar.Extras: Deleted scenes, "Pedro Directs Penelope" featurette, "On the Red Carpet: The New York Film Festival Closing Night" featurette, "Variety Q & A With Penelope Cruz," "The Cannibalistic Councillor" (La Concejala Antropofaga) original short film by Almodovar. Also available on Blu-ray Disc with BD-Live. (Sony).
C.O.P.S: Volume Two
(1988) Four-disc set, $39.98. A Shout! Factory online exclusive, available at Shout!Factory.com.
Christianity: The First Two Thousand Years
(2001) Panoramic journey through 20 centuries of belief and conflict. Two-disc set, $24.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).
(2010) Christopher Kriesa, Ken Foree, Tory N. Thompson. Dramatization of the 2002 three-week sniper murder spree that terrorized the Washington, D.C. area. (North American Motion Pictures).
Destination Truth: Season 1
(2007) Two-disc set with six episodes, $26.98. (Universal).
Did You Hear About the Morgans?
(2009) Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mary Steenburgen, Elisabeth Moss, Natalia Klimas, Sam Elliot, Michael Kelly, Kim Shaw, Wilford Brimley Read more about "Did You Hear About the Morgans?" in the March Calendar.Extras: Deleted scenes; outtakes; commentary by director Marc Lawrence, Hugh Grant,Sarah Jessica Parker; five featurettes: "Location, Location, Location: The Making Of Did You Hear About the Morgans?" "Cowboys and Cosmopolitans: The Stars of Did You Hear About the Morgans?" "Park Avenue Meets Prairie: The Fashions of Did You Hear About the Morgans?" "A Bear of a Scene: Behind the Scenes with the Bear Trainer"; "International Making-of Special." Blu-ray Disc adds MovieIQ and BD-Live. (Sony).
Dillinger Is Dead
(1969) Dir.: Marco Ferreri; Michel Piccoli, Anita Pallenberg, Gino Lavagetto, Carla Petrillo, Mario Jannilli, Annie Girardot. In this magnificently inscrutable late-sixties masterpiece, Marco Ferreri, one of European cinema's most idiosyncratic auteurs, takes us through the looking glass to one seemingly routine night in the life of an Italian gas mask designer, played, in a tour de force performance, by New Wave icon Michel Piccoli. In his claustrophobic, mod home, he pampers his pill-popping wife, seduces his maid, and uncovers a gun that may have once been owned by John Dillinger -- and then things get even stranger. A surreal political missive about social malaise, "Dillinger Is Dead" finds absurdity in the mundane. It is a singular experience, both illogical and grandly existential. New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director of photography Mario Vulpiani. Extras: Video interviews with actor Michel Piccoli and Italian film historian Adriano Apra; excerpts from a 1997 roundtable discussion about director Marco Ferreri, with filmmakers Bernardo Bertolucci and Francesco Rosi and film historian Aldo Tassone, including clips of interviews with Ferreri; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Michael Joshua Rowin and a selection of reprinted interviews with Ferreri. (The Criterion Collection).
Expecting a Miracle
(2009) Jason Priestley, Teri Polo, Cheech Marin, Shalim Ortiz, Rebeka Montoya. A married couple unable to have a baby travel to Mexico for a much-needed vacation to mend their marriage, and get stranded in a small Mexican village where the less-complicated lifestyle of the residents enthralls the pair. (Genius/Vivendi Entertainment).
The Fourth Kind
(2009) Milla Jovovich, Corey Johnson, Alisha Seaton, Daphne Alexander Read more about "The Fourth Kind" in the March Calendar.Extras: Deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds BD-Live featurettes "The Four Kinds" and "Marie D. Jines Discussess The Fourth Kind," My Scenes, pocketBLU iPhone/iTouch apps. (Universal).
The Goldbergs: The Ultimate Goldbergs
(1949) Six-disc set. A Shout! Factory online exclusive, available at Shout!Factory.com.
Hawaii Five-O: The Eighth Season
(1975-76) Six-disc set with 23 episodes, $49.98.(Paramount).
Holy Grail in America
(2009) History documentary. The legions of fans for Dan's Brown's blockbusters "The Da Vinci Code" and "The Lost Symbol" are in for a fascinating debate surrounding the location of the most famous religious relic in history. Long thought to be guarded by the Knights Templar until their 14th century massacre, startling new evidence suggests that the Holy Grail may, in fact, be right under our feet. $19.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).
Miles From Nowhere
(2009) Andrew Lawrence, Jake McLaughlin. A high school runner tries to run a sub-four minute mile to achieve his dead friend's dream, who was killed in a car accident. (Genius/Vivendi Entertainment).
Monk: Season Eight
(2009) Four-disc set with 16 episodes, $59.98. (Universal).
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XVII
Four-disc set with "The Crawling Eye," "The Final Sacrifice," "The Beatniks" and "Blood Waters of Dr. Z," $59.97. Extras: "The Crawling Eye" special introduction by Joel Hodgson, Mystery Science Theater Hours wraps on "The Beatniks," The Main Event: Crow vs. Crow at DragonCon '09, new interview with "The Final Sacrifice" star Bruce J. Mitchell, "Blood Waters of Dr. Z" photo gallery, original theatrical trailers, more. (Shout! Factory).
My Two Dads: The Complete Second Season
(1989) Three-disc set with 16 episodes, $34.98. A Shout! Factory online exclusive, available at Shout!Factory.com.
(2009) Rain, Naomie Harris, Ben Miles, Rick Yune. Read more about "Ninja Assassin" in the March Calendar. Available as a standard DVD and a Blu-ray Combo Pack. Extras: Deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds: three featurettes, "The Myth and the Legend of Ninjas," "The Extreme Sport of a Ninja" and "Training Rain," plus a digital copy. (Warner).
The Princess and the Frog
(2009) Voices of Anika Noni Rose, Terrence Howard, John Goodman, Keith David, Jim Cummings, Jenifer Lewis, Oprah Winfrey. Read more about "The Princess and the Frog" in the March Calendar. Available as a single-disc standard DVD and a Blu-ray Combo Pack. Extras: "Never Knew I Needed" music video by Ne-Yo, commentary, deleted scenes, "What Do You See?" princess portrait game, more. Blu-ray adds "Backstage Disney," "Disney's Newest Princess," "The Princess and the Animator," "Magic in the Bayou: The Making of a Princess," "The Return to Hand-Drawn Animation," "The Disney Legacy," "Bringing Life to Animation," art galleries, " Return to the Animated Musical," "Conjuring the Villain," art galleries. (Disney).
The Real Wolfman
(2009)In the mid 1700s, a mysterious beast viciously attacked and killed 102 villagers in the French village of Gevaudan. The victims, mostly women and children, were mauled and decapitated, their naked bodies all bearing the bite marks of a non-human creature. This History special uncovers the truths behind the mythic and toothsome creatures. $19.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).
(2009) Eriq La Salle, Cicely Tyson, Michael Michele, Michael Beach. Six years after abandoning his family, a former football star returns home for the reading of his late father's will, braving an emotional standoff with the family he deserted, including his wife and children, his brother, and his hard-loving and resilient mother. (Genius/Vivendi Entertainment).
Soldier Love Story
(2010) Lori Loughlin, Johnny Messner, Amy Grabow. A young boy's letters to a soldier overseas sets into motion a love affair between the man and the boy's divorced mom. (Genius/Vivendi Entertainment).
South Park: The Complete Thirteenth Season
(2009) Three-disc set with 14 episodes, $49.99. (Paramount).
SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob's Last Stand
(2010) Single disc with seven episodes, $16.99. Extras: "Neptune's Party" sneak peek, Bollywood Bob, "How to Make SpongeBob SquarePants," Karaoke music videos, Jellyfishing song, "Save Jellyfish Fields." (Paramount).
(2009) Matthew Broderick, Sanaa Lathan, Michael K. Williams, Jodelle Ferland, Philip Baker Hall, Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Ben Singer (Broderick) is a failed children's folk singer, a career proofreader, a compulsive marijuana smoker and a less-than-extraordinary weekend dad. He's also the most negative man alive. Ben's only comfort comes from regular chess games and friendly debates with his Senegalese roommate Ibou (Williams). When Ibou is suddenly struck ill, and an insensitive municipal employee exacerbates the emergency situation, Ben's pessimistic worldview seems unequivocally confirmed. His only recourse is to pour his energies into a frivolous lawsuit against the city for depraved indifference. Ben's life slowly begins to turn around with his newfound purpose and the arrival of Ibou's beautiful and engaging sister Khadi (Lathan). Extras: "As Soon as Fish Fall Out of the Sky: Character and Story of Wonderful World" featurette, "Behind the Scenes: Working with Writer/Director Josh Goldin and Actor Matthew Broderick," behind-the-scenes montage, "HDNet: A Look at Wonderful World." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
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The Twilight Saga: New Moon
(2009) Dir.: Chris Weitz; Stars: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen, Anna Kendrick, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz. Two-Disc Special Edition DVD and Special Edition Blu-ray.Read more about "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" in the March Calendar.Extras: Commentary by director Chris Weitz and editor Peter Lambert; six-part behind-the-scenes documentary; rehearsal footage with Muse, who is featured on the hit soundtrack; three music videos from Death Cab for Cutie, Anya Marina and Mute Math, more. (Summit Entertainment).
Twilight in Forks: The Saga of the Real Town
(2010) Located four hours northwest of Seattle, Forks, Wash., is both a real town and the fictional home of "The Twilight Saga's" characters. This documentary brings fans of the books and movies to the heart of the town that's now experiencing new-found fame since it became central to the tales written by Stephenie Meyer. $19.99. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Summit Entertainment).
(1951) Dir.: John Huston; Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn. Restored using state-of-the-art 4K digital technology. The restoration process began at the source: Romulus Films, one of the film's original production companies, provided access to the original three-strip negative at a London facility where the film was carefully scanned and digitized. The separate elements were then transferred to Los Angeles and painstakingly recombined and inspected frame by frame to ensure that every detail aligned and that any dirt and scratches were removed. To ensure that the restored picture matched the filmmakers' original vision, Paramount arranged a screening of an MPAA archive print for the film's original cinematographer, Academy Award-winner Jack Cardiff, whose comments were recorded live during the screening. That same archival print was later screened alongside the newly restored version so that the restoration team could ensure that all of Cardiff's notes had been addressed. The result is a vibrant, warm picture that reverentially recreates the film as it was originally meant to be seen. A Commemorative box set will also be available that includes the DVD plus an audio disc with a recording of the Lux Radio Theater broadcast of "The African Queen," a reproduction of Katharine Hepburn's out-of-print memoir "The Making of The African Queen or How I Went to Africa with Bogart, Bacall and Huston and Almost Lost My Mind," a Senitype film frame collectible reproduction, and postcards featuring reproductions of images related to the film. Extras: "Embracing Chaos: Making The African Queen" comprehensive documentary. DVD: $19.99. Box set: $34.99. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Paramount).
(2008 -- Iceland) Ragnhildur Jonsdottir, Snorri Engilbertsson, David Thor Jonsson, Sverrir Thor Sverrisson. When a beautiful high society girl, who's also a regular guest in the national celebrity press, finds herself on her own she takes a job selling role-playing books and accessories at the local popular fantasy-shop Astropia, fantastically transforming her life. (Vanguard Cinema).
(2008) A group of college friends on a spring break camping trip are stalked and slashed by an unknown creature with the ability to make them hallucinate through sound waves. The survivors hold up refuge in an isolated farmhouse, cut off from all communication, trying to come up with a plan to kill this unrelenting creature before it kills them. Extras: Deleted scenes, bloopers & outtakes, commentary. (MVD Entertainment Group).
Bedford: The Town They Left Behind
(2008) Explores war and the home front through the eyes of one small Virginia town and the "boys" of its National Guard unit who "laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom" as the first to land on D-Day in 1944. Sixty years later, echoes of the past travel with the young, fresh-faced members of that same unit, from the same families and from the same town, as they are deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. This timely cross-generational story is a thought-provoking, emotional look at those who go to the battlefronts and those they leave behind. (Vanguard Cinema).
Bigger Than Life
(1956) Dir.: Nicholas Ray; James Mason, Barbara Rush, Walter Matthau. Though ignored at the time of its release, Nicholas Ray's "Bigger Than Life" is now recognized as one of the great American films of the 1950s. When a friendly, successful suburban teacher and father (James Mason) is prescribed cortisone for a painful, possibly fatal affliction, he grows dangerously addicted to the experimental drug, resulting in his transformation into a psychotic and ultimately violent household despot. This Eisenhower-era throat-grabber, shot in expressive CinemaScope, is an excoriating take on the nuclear family. That it came in the day of "Father Knows Best" makes it all the more shocking -- and wildly entertaining. New, restored high-definition digital transfer. Extras: Commentary featuring critic Geoff Andrew ("The Films of Nicholas Ray"); "Profile of Nicholas Ray" (1977), a half-hour television interview with the director; new video appreciation of "Bigger Than Life" with author Jonathan Lethem ("Chronic City"); new video interview with Susan Ray, widow of the director and editor of "I Was Interrupted: Nicholas Ray on Making Movies"; booklet featuring an essay by critic and video maker B. Kite. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
(The Criterion Collection).
The Blind Side
(2009) Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron, Jae Head, Lily Collins, Ray McKinnon, Kim Dickens, Adriane Lenox, Kathy Bates. Read more about "The Blind Side" in the March Calendar.Available as a standard DVD and in a Blu-ray Combo Pack.Extras: Deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds digital copy, "Acting Coaches: Behind the Blind Side" featurette, "The Story of Big Quinton" featurette, "Sidelines: Conversations on the Blind Side -- Sandra Bullock and Leigh Anne Tuohy," "Sidelines: Conversations on the Blind Side -- John Lee Hancock and Athor Michael Lewis," Michael Oher interview. (Warner).
Bob the Builder: Heavy Duty Diggers
(2010) Five new episodes of Bob the Builder and his Can-Do Crew: "Scratch's Hidden Treasures," "Scrambler's Best Ideas," "High Tide for Lofty," "Scoop the Artist" and "Lofty and the Monster," for kids 2-5; $14.98. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).
(2009) Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire, Clifton Collins Jr. When a Marine is presumed missing in action in Afghanistan, his wife finds solace with his troubled brother -- until the Marine returns home. Extras: Commentary, featurettes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Lionsgate).
(2008) Documentary about the business of war. The darkly humorous story of Fidelis Cloer, a self-confessed war profiteer. In a career spanning two decades of global turmoil, Fidelis has supplied kings, presidents and dictators with the finest armored vehicles that money can buy. In his world, where security is a commodity, violence (and war) presents sales opportunities just as rain sells umbrellas. Fidelis found the perfect business opportunity when the U.S. invaded Iraq -- selling thousands of his hand-crafted vehicles. But as the war evolved, and armor-defeating Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) proliferated, Fidelis found himself engaged in an arms race with insurgents who upped their explosive ante to defeat his increasingly higher (and more expensive) levels of armor. (First Run Features).
(2009) Lou Diamond Phillips, Alan C. Peterson, Vlasta Vrana. When a travelling carnival makes a stop in the small town of Reliance, Nebraska, the local townspeople eagerly await the debut of the rarely seen unimaginable Jersey Devil. When the beast is unveiled and goes wild, tearing through the panic-stricken patrons in a violent, feral rampage, the local sheriff joins the carnival's lovely clairvoyant and sets out to capture the carnivorous fugitive. Another installment in the Syfy Channel "Maneater Series." (Vivendi Entertainment).
(2008) Adam Neal Smith, Alessandro Calza. After his best friend Mark dies, Jeff decides to meet Andrea, the Italian man Mark had been Internet-dating, and the two strike up a strong relationship that changes their lives forever. (E1 Entertainment).
(2009) Steve Austin, Walton Goggins, Laura Vandervoort, William B. Davis. Slugfest actioner about an ex-con (six-time WWF Champion "Stone Cold" Steve Austin) who's ready to leave violence behind him until he learns that the young daughter of the man he killed can't afford the heart transplant she needs to save her life; he joins an underground fighting community to win enough prize money to pay for her procedure. (Fox).
(2009) Laura Harring, Jill Marie Jones, Oded Fehr. An abused wife's plan to escape her husband goes awry when she accidentally kills him, causing her to split on a cross-country drive with her kids, her best friend and his corpse in tow. (Strand Releasing).
Fantastic Mr. Fox
(2009) Dir: Wes Anderson. Stars: Voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson, Jarvis Cocker. Read more about "Fantastic Mr. Fox" in the March Calendar.Available as a standard DVD and Blu-ray Disc Combo pack .Extras: "From Script to Screen," "Still Life" (Puppet Animation), "A Beginner's Guide to Whack-Bat." Blue-ray adds "Making Mr. Fox" fantastic, "The Look of Fantastic Mr. Fox," "The Puppet Makers," "The Cast," "Bill and His Badger," "Fantastic Mr. Fox: The World of Roald Dahl," digital copy. (Fox)
Four Corners of Suburbia
(2005) Paul Blackthorne, Madchen Amick, Alec Newman, Alice Evans. Four young adults -- including a schoolteacher and his wife, a painter and a single woman -- spend a chaotic weekend together on a secluded Maine island, where everyone must decide what they really want in life and what they're really willing to do to get it. (Vanguard Cinema).
Free Willy: Escape From Pirate's Cove
(2010) Bindi Irwin (the Crocodile Hunter's daughter), Beau Bridges, Falkow, Bongolethu Mbutuma, Siyabulela Ramba. A young girl (Irwin) summering with her grandfather (Bridges) in South Africa discovers a baby orca stranded in the lagoon near her grandfather's rundown seaside amusement park and embarks on a quest to lead the little guy back to his anxious pod before her grandfather's greedy rival turns the whale into a captive, moneymaking attraction at his slick theme park. Available as a standard DVD and in a two-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack. (Warner).
Heinrich Himmler: Anatomy of a Mass Murderer
(2008 -- Germany) Documentary about the man who became the driving force behind the indescribable crimes of the Nazi regime. (First Run Features).
The Lair: The Complete Third Season
(2009) Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $29.98. (E1 Entertainment).
Life With Derek: The Complete Third Season
(2007-08) Three-disc set with 26 episodes, $29.98. Extras: Interviews. (E1 Entertainment).
Mad Men: Season Three
(2009) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $49.98. Extras: Commentaries, featurettes. (Lionsgate).
The Men Who Stare at Goats
(2009) George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Rebecca Mader, Terry Serpico Read more about "The Men Who Stare at Goats" in the March Calendar.Extras: "Goats Declassified: The Real Men of the First Earth Battalion"; "Project 'Hollywood': A Classified Report From The Set"; commentary by director Grant Heslov; commentary by book author Jon Ronson; character bios; deleted scenes. Blu-ray Disc adds digital copy. (Anchor Bay Entertainment).
The Night of Broken Glass
(2009 -- Germany) Through rare footage, photographs and documents, this documentary reveals the background to the November 1938 orgy of anti-Semitic violence in which German soldiers set on fire some 400 synagogues and destroyed 7,000 Jewish stores and businesses. More than 90 people were killed, 600 committed suicide, and over 26,000 men were deported to concentration camps. The event became known as Kristallnacht: the night of broken glass, and though it was masterminded by the Nazi regime, it was largely accepted by the German public. (First Run Features).
(2009) Three-disc set with all six episodes of the minseries starring Ian McKellen and Jim Caviezel, $29.98. Extras: Six-part "Inside The Prisoner" featurette, commentaries, unaired scenes, "The Prisoner" Comic-Con panel, McKellen interview, production and story behind-the-scenes featurette. (Warner).
(2008-09) Director John Woo's epic drama about two second century Chinese warlords -- sworn enemies -- who team up to fight an aggressive Han Dynasty Emperor who wants to pulverize them; one of the most expensive film productions in Chinese cinema and the highest grossing box office. Reunites the director with Tony Leung for the first time since 1992's "Hard Boiled." Available as a standard DVD theatrical version, a Blu-ray theatrical version, the original international version containing Part I and Part II (with a combined runtime of almost five hours) on two-disc DVD and Blu-ray. Theatrical DVD extras: "The Making of an Epic: Red Cliff," "Interview With John Woo: The Carrier's Flight From Concept to Creation," "HDNet: A Look at Red Cliff," stopryboards. Theatrical Blu-ray extras: "The Making of Red Cliff: The Long Road," "A Conversation With John Woo: The Heroism and History of Red Cliff," "HDNet: A Look at Red Cliff," story boards. International DVD extras adds: "Making Red Cliff: Trials and Tribulations." International Blu-ray extras adds: Storyboarding Red Cliff From Script to Screen With John Woo," "A Conversation With John Woo: The Journey of Red Cliff." (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Sabrina, The Teenage Witch: The Sixth Season
(2001-02) Three-disc set with 22 episodes, $39.98. (Paramount).
(2008 -- France) Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur, Anne Bennent, Genevieve Mnich. The true story of Séraphine Louis aka Séraphine de Senlis (Yolande Moreau), a simple and profoundly devout housekeeper who in 1905 at age 41 began painting brilliantly colorful canvases. In 1912 Wilhelm Uhde (Ulrich Tukur), a German art critic and collector (he was one of the first collectors of Picasso) discovered her paintings while she worked for him as a maid in his lodgings in Senlis outside Paris. Uhde became her patron and grouped her work with other painters, with acclaimed shows in Paris, elsewhere in Europe and eventually at New York's MOMA. The film revolves around the relationship between the avant-garde art dealer and the visionary cleaning lady. The internationally-praised film swept the 2009 Cesar Awards (The French Academy Awards) with seven wins, including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, and Best Music Written for a Film. (Music Box Films Home Entertainment).
7th Heaven: The Tenth Season
(2009) Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $49.98. (Paramount).
Stargate: Atlantis: The Complete Series
(2004-09) Twenty-six disc giftset with all 100 episodes from Seasons One through Five, including a bonus disc with never-before-seen special features; $199.98. Extras: Commentaries, set tour, photo galleries, featurettes on each disc; 26th disc includes "Mission 100: Atlantis Reaches a Milestone" and "Stargate Atlantis: A Retrospective" featurettes. (MGM).
The T.A.M.I. Show
(1964) One of the rarest rock events ever captured on film, the 1964 concert known as The T.A.M.I. Show, will be officially released to DVD for the first time. The T.A.M.I. Show was filmed live at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in 1964, a mere seven months after the Beatles appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show." This legendary film has never been seen in its entirety since it originally appeared in theaters, including its "world premiere" at 33 Los Angeles area theaters on Nov. 14, 1964. Mastered from a new High-Definition transfer and restored to its original length, this complete version features the Beach Boys performances that were removed shortly after the film's initial theatrical run. The T.A.M.I. Show is the first concert movie of the rock era, capturing such superstars as the Rolling Stones (with the late Brian Jones), James Brown, Chuck Berry, the Beach Boys, the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, the Miracles (featuring Smokey Robinson), Jan and Dean, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Lesley Gore, Gerry and the Pacemakers and many other acts in their early prime. Many of the performers were backed by a band that we've now come to know as "the Wrecking Crew," famed for playing on all the Phil Spector-produced hits, and including future stars Glen Campbell and Leon Russell among others. Fanita James, Jean King, and future solo star Darlene Love, billed as The Blossoms, provided backing vocals. Extras: new commentary by director Steve Binder, original T.A.M.I Show radio spots, and a 20-page booklet with liner notes and rare photos and memorabilia. $19.93. (Shout! Factory)
(2009) Documentary about a beautiful teenager who used Internet chat rooms to lure men into her cyberspace web. When the girl known by the screen name "tallhotblond" discovers that she's been lied to by one of her online beaus, she wants revenge and unleashes a fantasy online that escalates into real life murder. (Paramount).
(2008) Sacha Grunpeter, Megan C. Edwards. Road movie about a young Englishman -- obsessed with his hero John Wayne and intent on becoming a Country and Western singer -- who travels to Mexico during the festival of the Day of the Dead to find his missing girlfriend. The only map he has is contained within photographs Debi has taken during her journey, and no matter how far he travels the whereabouts of Debi remain elusive, until her photos point him toward the film's surprising and dramatic conclusion. (Vanguard Cinema).
(2008) Robert Diaz, Kazuya Wright, Lexie Symon, Margot Robbie. A successful businessman trains himself in the martial arts to avenge the rape and murder of his girlfriend. (MTI Home Video). Back to top
The Abbott and Costello Show: The Complete Series -- Collector's Edition
(1952-1953) Nine-disc custom-packaged set with all 52 Episodes, digitally restored and re-mastered, with a 44-page book, and more than three hours of bonus features including a TV retrospective hosted by Milton Berle, a classic routines reel, Lou Costello's rare home movies, more; $59.98. Beginning in 1952, the filmed half-hour series "The Abbott and Costello Show" appeared in syndication on local stations across the country. Loosely based on Abbott and Costello's popular radio series, the show cast the duo as unemployed actors, perpetually looking for work while struggling to pay back-rent to Sidney Fields, their often frustrated landlord. Other fan-favorites/recurring characters included the elegant Hillary Brooke, the belligerent Mike "The Cop" Kelly (Gordon Jones), the malevolent and child-like Oswald "Stinky" Davis (Joe Besser) and the ever-gainfully employed immigrant entrepreneur Mr. Bacciagalupe (Joe Kirk). Extras: "Hey Abbott!" 1978 TV retrospective, hosted by Milton Berle and featuring contributions by Steve Allen, Joe Besser and Phil Silvers; an "Abbott and Costello Show" Season One classic routines reel; rare home movies from the Lou Costello family archive (1942-1953); the restored 1948 short film "10,000 Kids and a Cop" (documenting the philanthropic work of the Lou Costello Jr. Youth Foundation); and interviews with daughters Chris and Paddy Costello. The book includes background essays by Abbott and Costello historian/expert Ron Palumbo, an introduction by Costello's daughters Chris and Paddy Costello and archival documents and photos, as well as a complete episode guide. Also supplementing the package is a set of four exclusive black & white photo postcards taken from the original publicity photography for the series. (E1 Entertainment).
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
(2009) Dir.: Betty Thomas; Stars: Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Anna Faris, Christina Applegate, Amy Poehler. Available as a single-disc DVD, a "Squeak-Along" Double DVD and a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. Extras: "Munk Music Machine," "Music Mania Featurette." "Squeak-Along" Double DVD "Munking History: 50 Years of Chipmunk Mischief, Mayhem & Music"; "Meet the Chipettes"; "Rockin' Rising Stars"; "Chipmunks: Behind the Squeaking"; "A-NUT-omy of a Scene"; "Meet the Stuffies"; "Shake Your Groove Thing! With Rosero"; music videos & sing-along. Combo Pack adds "A-l-v-i-n-n-n-n!!! Album Maker," "Live Lookup," "Music in A Nutshell: Song Trivia," digital copy. (Fox).
The Baader Meinhof Complex
(2009) Martina Gedeck, Moritz Bleibtreu, Johanna Wokalek, Nadja Uhl, Stipe Erceg, Bruno Ganz. Story of the Red Army faction, a group of young radicals that terrorized West Germany in the 1970s with shootings and bombings that targeted police, bankers and other establishment figures. Two-disc set. Extras: Behind-the-scene featurettes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (MPI Home Video).
Clash of the Gods: The Complete Season One
(2009) Brings ancient mythology to rich life with stunning modern-day CGI, just in time for the theatrical release of the remake of "Clash of the Titans." Extras: In three-disc DVD and two-disc Blu-ray sets, $29.95/$39.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).
The Crucifer of Blood
(1971 -- TV) Charleton Heston, Richard Johnson. Heston plays Sherlock Holmes. (Warner).
(2009) Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina, Emma Thompson, Dominic Cooper, Rosamund Pike, Cara Seymour. Read more about "An Education" in the March Calendar.Extras: Deleted scenes, "The Making of An Education," "Walking the Red Carpet," commentary by director Lone Scherfig and actors Carey Mulligan and Peter Sarsgaard. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
Giggle, Giggle, Quack ... And More Stories By Doreen Cronin
(2009) Five stories by Doreen Cronin brought to life for early readers ages 3 to 8: The title story plus "Dooby Dooby Moo," "Duck for President," "Diary of a Worm" and "Diary of a Fly." Narrated by Abigail Breslin, Alexander Gould and Randy Travis. Extras: Enhanced read-along function and "Talk About the Story" questions to enhance early literacy skills. $14.95. (Scholastic Storybook Treasures).
(2010) Henri Cartier-Bresson may be considered the father of modern photojournalism, but he was not solely a photographer. Several documentaries he shot between the 1930s and the 1970s bear witness to his affection for the cinema, a medium that he sees as "an alternative to photography in the way it sees the world and captures its movement." This lavish two-disc collector's edition includes a series of documentaries about the artist, showing his powerful and rare photographic work; five major works directed by Cartier-Bresson himself; and a 24-page illustrated collectible book containing criticism of his work as well as reproductions of his legendary photographs. Timed for release before the first retrospective of Cartier-Bresson's works in the U.S. in three decades at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Extras: Montage of Bresson's photos. $49.95. (New Video).
I Sell the Dead
(2008) Dominic Monaghan, Ron Perlman, Larry Fessenden. Homage to the rich gothic style of Britain's Hammer Films, the popular pastime of grave-robbing, and the good old days of fright films. Dominic Monaghan stars as 19th century corpse snatcher Arthur Blake, who pilfered the cemeteries and coffins of England until his capture by police. But just before Blake is to meet the hangman's noose, he will confess to a peculiar priest his gruesome tale of vampires, zombies and cadaver-dealing that takes him from the savagery of the criminal underworld to the terrors of the undead. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Films).
iFight Shelby Marx
(2010) Two-disc set features two iCarly TV movie specials ("iFight Shelby Marx" and "iDate a Bad Boy") plus two bonus episodes ("iLook Alike" and "iCarly Awards"). "iCarly" ranks as Nickelodeon's No. 1 program with kids 2-11 and is the first scripted series to incorporate kid-created original content. Extras: "Behind-the-Scenes: Meet Lewbert & Message Board," pilot episode of "Big Time Rush." $16.99. (Paramount).
The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty
(2009) Two-disc set with all six episodes of the reality mini-series about the Jackson family that chronicles the turbulent personal and professional lives of the Jackson brothers -- Marlon, Jackie, Tito and Jermaine -- as they reunite in the aftermath of the death of Michael. $24.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).
Jesse James' Hidden Treasure
(2009) History channel investigation into the belief that the notorious criminal was a clandestine member of a powerful Confederate secret society determined to help the South rise again. The documentary follows a dedicated team of treasure hunters searching for both the hiding place of the notorious outlaw's riches and fascinating new truths about this legendary figure from American History. $19.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).
(1989) Chow Yun-Fat, Kenneth Tsang, Danny Lee. Two-disc Ultimate Edition reissue of (the now out-of-print) John Woo guns-blazing masterpiece about a hitman with a code of honor. Chow Yun-Fat plays an assassin who agrees to one last job before quitting for good, but when his bosses double-cross him, he must take on the mob and the police, resulting in one of the most explosive showdowns in cinematic history. Loaded with some of the most outrageously choreographed action sequences ever committed to film and an absolute hailstorm of bullets, making this one of the best action movies ever. Extras: Extensive behind-the-scenes bonus features, including an exclusive new interview with director John Woo. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Vivendi Entertainment/The Weinstein Co.)
Letters from Fontainhas: Three Films by Pedro Costa
One of the most important artists on the international film scene today, Portuguese director Pedro Costa has been steadily building an impressive body of work since the late 1980s. And these are the three films that put him on the map: spare, painterly portraits of battered, largely immigrant lives in the slums of Fontainhas, a neighborhood on the outskirts of Lisbon. Hypnotic, controlled works, "Ossos" (1997), "In Vanda's Room" (2000) and "Colossal Youth" (2006) confirm Costa as a provocative new cinematic poet, one who locates beauty in the most unlikely of places. Three-disc set. Extras: New video conversations between Costa and filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin; commentary featuring Costa and Gorin; selected-scene commentary by critic Cyril Neyrat and author-philosopher Jacques Ranciere; video interviews with critic Joao Benard da Costa and cinematographer Emmanuel Machuel; video essay by artist Jeff Wall; "All Blossoms Again" feature-length documentary; "Tarrafal" and "The Rabbit Hunters," two short films by Costa; photographs by Mariana Viegas and Richard Dumas; booklet featuring new essays by critics Cyril Neyrat, Luc Sante, Thom Andersen, and Mark Peranson, as well as a reprint by Bernard Eisenschitz. (The Criterion Collection).
Mysteryquest: The Complete Season One
(2009) Three-disc set with 10 episodes, $29.95. On-location shooting, high-tech gadgetry and visual and audio analysis unite with modern-day forensics in an attempt to bring us one step closer to the truth behind history's biggest unsolved puzzles. (A&E Home Entertainment).
Nostradamus Effect: The Complete Season One
(2009) Three-disc set with 12 episodes, $34.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).
The Phoenix Lights: Beyond Top Secret
(2010) The true story of the biggest and most important UFO sighting in modern history: the still-unexplained Arizona mass sighting of 1997. An updated version of the original documentary, adding enormous additional research by dozens of people associated with the film since its release in early 2008, and hundreds of more affiliated with the event. The result is an astounding expanded version of the original documentary, with a number of revelations -- such as the former governor of Arizona, Fyve Symington, coming forward stating he purposely debunked the sighting, when he actually witnessed it. $19.95. (Vanguard Cinema).
The Real Housewives of New Jersey: Season One
(2009) Three-disc set with 10 episodes, $29.95. Extras: "Watch What Happens" reunion episodes, lost footage, season finale director's cut, quiz: "Are You a Jersey Girl?" (A&E Home Video).
(1968) Set in 1960s swinging London, the film, starring Jane Arden, portrays the inner turmoil of a woman's breakdown -- both marital and mental. Her past and possible future are revealed through a fragmented and often humorous narrative. With original music by Procol Harum, Matthew Fisher and Stanley Myers. Extras: Commentary by director Jack Bond and Sam Dunn. (Microcinema).
(2009) Director: Guy Ritchie. Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, Kelly Reilly, Eddie Marsan. Read more about "Sherlock Holmes" in the March Calendar. Available as a standard DVD and a Blu-ray Combo with a digital copy of the film. Extras: "Sherlock Holmes: Reinvented" featurette. Blu-ray Disc adds deleted scenes; BD Live; "Maximum Movie Mode" that includes walk-ons by director Guy Ritchie, eight focus points, 60 minutes of Picture-in-Picture commentary with Ritchie. (Warner).
Sports Night: The Complete First Season
(1998-99) Four-disc set with 16 episodes, $29.97. Extras: "The Show" featurette (Interviews with creator Aaron Sorkin, director Thomas Schlamme and members of the cast and crew), "Face-Off: ESPN's SportsCenter vs. CSC's Sports Night" featurette (The real-life counterparts to "Sports Night's" fictional team tell us what the show got right), gag reel, five commentaries by the creators, cast and crew. (Shout! Factory).
Steven Seagal: Lawman: The Complete Season One
(2009) Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $19.95. Extras: Bonus footage. (A&E Home Entertainment).
Under the Sea (IMAX)
(2009) This new IMAX adventure transports viewers to some of the most exotic and isolated undersea locations on Earth, including Southern Australia, New Guinea and others in the Indo-Pacific region, allowing them to experience face-to-face encounters with some of the most mysterious and stunning creatures of the sea. It offers an entertaining way to explore the beauty and natural wonder of the oceans, as well as the impact of global climate change. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
Wordgirl Earth Day Girl
Eight episodes of the PBS animated series that follows the adventures of a superhero who fights crime and enriches vocabulary usage -- all in a day's work. Extras:Interactive games, video shorts, coloring pages. $14.99. (Paramount).
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