Alice in Wonderland
(2010) Director: Tim Burton. Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Alan Rickman, Barbara Windsor.
Read more about "Alice in Wonderland" in the June Calendar. Available as a three-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy), single-disc Blu-ray and single-disc DVD Extras: DVD "Finding Alice" featurette includes Tim Burton's vision for the characters, differences from the book and Disney's version of Alice and how she evolves as both a character and actor as she takes an adventure through Wonderland; "The Mad Hatter" is a deeper look into the world of the Mad Hatter, with Johnny Depp's early sketches, make-up, costumes and how they digitally enhanced his eyes; "Effecting Wonderland" is a behind-the-scenes piece on the different technologies used to create some of the characters in the film -- Stayne, Tweedledee, Tweedledum, Bandersnatch and the Red Queen. Extras: Blu-ray Everything on the standard DVD plus: "The Futterwacken Dance -- Futterwhat?" about the making of the timeless dance called the Futterwacken; "The Red Queen" featurette on the creation of the Red Queen from start to finish, including early Tim Burton sketches showcasing costume designs, make-up and digital effects; "Time-Lapse: Sculpting the Red Queen," a short time-lapse piece showing Helena Bonham Carter as she gets her make-up done (A three-hour process can be watched in just a few short minutes); "The White Queen" interview with Anne Hathaway, who plays Wonderland's good queen, about her character's journey throughout the process of the film; "Scoring Wonderland"; "Stunts of Wonderland"; "Making the Proper Size" inside look at the visual effects process of growing and shrinking Alice; "Cakes of Wonderland" with the "Cake Divas" in which the creators of the EAT ME cakes provide viewers with details about how they made the smallest crumb to the largest cake in scale; "Tea Party Props": Tea cups, saucers, cakes and more; prop master Doug Harlocker gives an overview of all the props used to bring the famous tea party scene together visually. (Disney).
The Barbara Stanwyck Show: Volume 2
Two-disc set with 12 of the 1960-61 series' most memorable half-hour dramas, previously unavailable, and restored and re-mastered for optimal viewing. The dramas include "Adventure on Happiness Street" starring Robert Culp and "Assassin" with Peter Falk. The set also includes the un-aired episode "Hong Kong and Joe" and a 16-page booklet. $29.98. (E1 Entertainment).
(2009) Jeanette Roxborough, Teya Roxborough, Chris Mulkey, Martin Kove. A single mother enters the world of Mixed Martial Arts -- specifically, the highly lucrative, extremely dangerous and completely illegal world of high-stakes all-female bare knuckle fighting -- to take her and her daughter out of their dead-end existence. (Image Entertainment).
Burn Notice: Season Three
(2009-10) Four-disc set with 16 episodes, $49.98. Extras: "Smash, Crash, Boom: Inside the Burn Notice Stunt Unit," 2009 Comic-con International Panel. (Fox).
The Cleaner: The Final Season
(2009) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $39.99. Extras: "Coming Clean" featurette, "Warren Boyd: The Real Cleaner," gag reel, cast and crew commentary on selected episodes, deleted scenes. (CBS/Paramount).
(2009) Steve Guttenberg, James Duval, Ellia English. During their nightly poker game, a group of lowlifes are terrorized in their own convenience store by a masked killer, and players begin to disappear one by one. (Phase 4 Films).
Drop Dead Diva: Season One
(2009) Single-disc with 13 episodes, $39.95. Extras: Deleted scenes, three "Dreamisodes" (short films), "Rosie's Rap" (short film), eight behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Sony).
The Eastwood Factor Extended Version.
(2010) Documentary, written and directed by critic and film historian Richard Schickel, presents the director-star in a way he's rarely seen -- visiting film locations or sites where his movies were created, and on the Warner lot visiting the costume department and Eastwood Scoring Stage, as well as his hometown of Carmel, Calif. Eastwood's candid, intelligent and often humorous interviews about his body of work and the choices he made, along with Schickel's selection of scenes from his movies, results in a rare view of one of our era's great icons. Narrated by Morgan Freeman. This is an expanded version of the 22-minute documentary included in "Clint Eastwood: 35 Films, 35 Years at Warner Bros"; consumers who purchased that set can trade up to this new feature-length version at no cost by visiting www.wbshop.com/Eastwood. $14.97. (Warner).
Elvis 75th Birthday Collection
Seven-disc Elvis Presley film set with "Clambake," "Frankie and Johnny," "Follow That Dream," "Kid Galahad," "Love Me Tender," "Wild in the Country" and "Flaming Star," $39.99. (MGM).
Essential Eastwood: Director's Collection
"Letters From Iwo Jima," "Million Dollar Baby," "Mystic River" and "Unforgiven." $34.92.(Warner).
Firefly Fun and Buggy Buddies
(2010) Three episodes that will educate children about insects with celebrity appearances by Jenny McCarthy and Molly Shannon, $14.97. (Sesame Street/Warner).
Foyle's War, Set 6
(2010) Three-disc set with three new mysteries set in England in the immediate aftermath of WWII: "The Russian Hose," "Killing Time" and "Hide," which aired on PBS Masterpiece Mystery! in May; $49.99. (Acorn Media).
Ghost Hunters International Season 1: Part 1,
(2008) Three-disc set with 11 episodes, $24.98. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Image Entertainment).
(2010) Documentary narrated by Oprah Winfrey. Four-disc set of the Discovery Channel series that explores life on Earth. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
MLB Bloopers: Baseball's Best Blunders
(2010) The game's finest athletes brought to their knees by gravity, brain cramps, killer kittens and anything else that can disrupt the symmetry of the game. $14.97. Extras: "Orioles Magic Music Video," "Ryan Dempster's Wheel Heist," "Mitch Williams Gives Larry Andersen Some Much Needed Hair," "Mascot Mayhem," "Tim Hudson Scares Eddie Perez," "Fun With Gum," "Fan-mania," "Drive to the Park." (Shout! Factory).
Midsomer Murders Set 15
(2008) Three contemporary, stand-alone mysteries, available to U.S. audiences for the first time: "Blood Wedding," "Shot at Dawn" and "Left for Dead" (the first half of Series Eleven). Extras: Behind-the-scenes documentary on the show's first decade. (Acorn Media).
Mister Ed: The Complete Third Season
(2009) Four-disc set with 26 episodes, $39.97. Extras: Interview with Alan Young from Shokus Internet Radio's "Stu's Show." (Shout! Factory).
Peanuts 1970s Collection: Volume 2
(2009) Six remastered TV specials: "Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown," "You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown," "It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown," "It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown," "You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown" and "What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown." Extras: "Your Groovy, Charlie Brown: A Look at Peanuts in the '70s. $29.98. (Warner).
(2010) Steve Austin, Adam Beach, Erica Cerra. Wrestling star Steve Austin is The Stranger, a man with no name, no memory and absolutely nothing left to lose who finds himself hunted by both the FBI and the Russian mob and decides to fight back. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
The Three Stooges: Volume Eight 1955-1959
Three-disc set, $24.96. Contains 32 digitally remastered shorts from 1955-1959 and includes both Shemp Howard and Joe Besser. (Besser, a long-time friend of Howard, replaced him after Howard's death in 1955.) Disc 1: "Bedlam in Paradise," "Blunder Boys," "Creeps," "Flagpole Jitters," "Gypped in the Penthouse," "Hot Ice," "Husbands Beware," "Of Cash and Hash," "Stone Age Romeos," "Fling in the Ring," "Wham-Bam-Slam!" Disc 2: "Commotion on the Ocean" "Guns a Poppin!" "Hoofs and Goofs," "Horsing Around," "Hot Stuff," "A Merry Mix-Up," "Muscle Up a Little Closer," "Rumpus in the Harem", "Scheming Schemers," "Space Ship Sappy." Disc 3: "Outer Space," "Jitters," "Rusty Romeos," "Quiz Whizz," "Fifi Blows Her Top," "Pies and Guys," "Sweet and Hot," "Flying Saucer Daffy," "Oil's Well That Ends Well," "Triple Crossed," "Sappy Bullfighters." (Sony).
The Undisputed III: Redemption
(2010) Scott Adkins, Mykel Shannon Jenkins. More martial arts action. <(New Line).
Wild Things: Foursome
(2010) John Schneider, Ashley Parker Angel, Jillian Murray, Marnette Patterson. Next film in the "Wild Things" series about hot blooded sex and cold blooded murder. A murdered hotel millionaire's son finds himself tangled up in a game of seduction and murder after a raunchy night with three beautiful women. Unrated. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
The A-Team: The Complete Series -- Limited Edition Box Set
(1983-87) Twenty-five disc set, in an A-Team Truck package, $149.98. (Universal).
American Pickers: The Complete First Season
(2010) Two-disc set with 12 episodes, $29.95. Extras: Featurettes. (A&E Home Entertainment).
Before and After Stonewall 25th Anniversary Edition
Two-disc set with documentaries "Before Stonewall" (1984) and "After Stonewall" (1999). On June 28, 1969, the NYPD raided the Stonewall Inn, a mafia-run gay bar in New York's Greenwich Village, leading to three nights of rioting by the city's gay community, which lead to organizations that helped create the gay pride movement. "Before" explores the fascinating and unforgettable history of homosexuality in America (narrated by Rita Mae Brown); "After" chronicles lesbian and gay life from the 1969 Stonewall riots to the new century (narrated by Melissa Etheridge). $39.95. (First Run Features).
(1980) Dir.: Harold Ramis; Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Ted Knight, Rodney Dangerfield, Cindy Morgan, Michael O'Keefe. Extras: "Caddyshack: The 19th Hole" retrospective documentary. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
The Cry of the Owl
(2009) Paddy Considine, Julia Stiles Based on the novel by acclaimed author and suspense master Patricia Highsmith ("The Talented Mr. Ripley," "Strangers on a Train"), this psychological thriller tells the story of a man trying to recover from a messy divorce by seeking solace in a small town, where he becomes fascinated by the apparent domestic bliss of a young woman, who he ends up having a relationship with. When the woman's boyfriend goes missing, he becomes the number one suspect in a murder investigation, leaving him to wonder if she may not be all that she seems. (Paramount).
Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Complete Seventh Season
(2009) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $39.98. (HBO)
Family Matters: The Complete First Season
(1989-90) Three-disc set with 22 episodes, $29.98. (Warner).
The 41-Year-Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It
(2010) "MADtv" cast alumnus Bryan Callen and Noureen DeWulf star in a raunchy farce featuring favorite characters from Judd Apatow's hit films. Extras: "The Making of The 41-Year-Old-Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It," "The Business of Gags," "Being Jonah Hill," "Bryan Callen: Internet Sex Deity," "The Teaser: How They Got the Movie Made." (Fox).
Ghostwriter: Season One
(2009) Five-disc set with 34 episodes of the PBS/Sesame Street kids series, $39.97. Extras: Twelve-page casebook with blank notebook area for clues, "Ghostwriter" interactive trivia game. (Shout! Factory).
Hot Wheels Battle Force 5: Season 1 Volume 2
(2009) Six episodes, $14.97. (Warner).
iCarly: iSaved Your Life
(2010) Features two iCarly TV specials plus three additional episodes: "iSaved Your Life," "iQuit iCarly," "iThink They Kissed," "iTwins" and "iMove Out." For kids 2-11, $16.99. Extras: Behind-the-scenes vignettes. (Nickelodeon/Paramount)
(2006) Ed Norton, Jessica Biel, Paul Giamatti, Rufus Sewell. Blu-ray + DVD combo. Extras: Commentary by writer-director Neil Burger, "The Making of The Illusionist" featurette, "Jessica Biel on The Illusionist" featurette. (Fox).
(2010) American Experience returns to 1968 and the Vietnamese village of My Lai, where the blood of nearly 500 civilians was spilled at the hands of American soldiers. The infamous massacre is revisited, featuring new footage, uncovered documentation and compelling and exclusive interviews from soldiers who were on the ground during the event. $24.99. (PBS).
Nip/Tuck: The Sixth and Final Season
(2009-10) Five-disc set with 19 episodes, $59.98. Extras: "Tell Me What You Don't Like About Yourself -- The Psychology" featurette that examines new trends in plastic surgery and explores why people become addicts to it. (Warner).
Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy)
(2009) Historic performance by members of the Monty Python troupe celebrating their 40th Anniversary with a song oratorio inspired by the cult film "The Life of Brian" at London's Royal Albert Hall. The performance features a rare on-stage reunion of Python troupe members Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam. $24.96. Extras: "The Road to the Albert Hall" behind-the-scenes-documentary; "Showtime!" backstage featurette; "The Bright Side" featurette on the surprisingly upbeat comedy classic song; six sing-a-long songs including "You're the One," "Take Us Home" and "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
The Pluto Files
(2010) Details the efforts of astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson, who is at the head of the team behind the recent uproar over Pluto's status. Since its discovery in 1930, Pluto has held a warm place in the public imagination. So, when the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium stopped calling Pluto a planet, director Neil deGrasse Tyson found himself at the center of a firestorm -- led by angry, Pluto-loving elementary school students. $24.99. (PBS).
(2009 -- Thailand) Nantawooti Boonrapsap, Sasisa Jindamanee, Johnny Nguyen. Five friends who hang out at a Muay Thai training school have to band together to help one of their own, who needs a heart transplant. One becomes available, but it's locked inside a hospital overrun by terrorists, so the friends go after the bad guys to rescue the heart. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2009) PBS Frontline documentary that looks at the effects of the January 12, 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti. $24.99. (PBS).
Shaun the Sheep: One Giant Leap for Lambkind
(2010) Six-episode collection features Unidentified Farm Objects and paranormal sightings. $14.98. Extras: Sing-along, game. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).
(2009 -- Hong Kong) Jackie Chan. A Chinese laborer comes to Japan for a better life and gets involved with the Japanese mob. Extras: Commentary, "Say Hello to the Bad Guy: Up Close with Jackie Chan" featurette. (Sony).
(2010) Dir.: Martin Scorsese; Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Max von Sydow, Michelle Williams, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson, Jackie Earle Haley, Ted Levine, John Carroll Lynch. Read more about "Shutter Island" in the June Calendar.Blu-ray Disc extras: "Behind the Shutters" making-of featurette, "Into the Lighthouse" featurette that discusses the historical landscape of psychiatric therapies during the 1950s through interviews with cast and crew. (Paramount).
Sorority Girls 3D
(2010) Beverly Lynne, Jassie James, Penny Flame, Angela Stone. Exploitation film about the shenanigans that go on at a sorority house as pledges will do just about anyone to get accepted. In 3D and standard versions, with 3D glasses. (Infinity Entertainment).
(2010) Sterling Knight, Danielle Campbell, Maggie Castle, Brandon Mychal Smith, Chelsea Staub. Disney Channel Original Movie about two sisters sightseeing in L.A. whose chance meeting with a hot young pop star sets off a series of comic adventures. Available as a single-disc DVD and two-disc extended edition that includes a soundtrack CD as well as three music videos. (Disney).
Tales of the Gold Monkey: The Complete Series
(1982-83) Six-disc collector's box set with all 20 action-packed episodes of the TV series that became a hit following the success of the Indiana Jones films: Set in 1938, the adventure series chronicled a young American adventurer and his ragtag group of friends as they become involved in death-defying hi-jinx, transporting people-on-the-run in a well-worn Grumman Goose seaplane. Stars Stephen Collins, Caitlin O'Heaney, Roddy McDowall and Jeff Mackay.
Extras: Pilot episode, new 36 Minute "making-of" documentary, commentaries, photo gallery, series synopsis and biographies, artifacts gallery, 24-page collector's booklet. $49.97. (Fabulous Films/Shout! Factory).
TCM Spotlight: Charlie Chan Collection
Four-disc set with four inscrutable mysteries with one of the world's greatest sleuths, Charlie Chan: "Dark Alibi" (1946), "Dangerous Money" (1946) and "The Trap" (1946), starring Sidney Toler; and "The Chinese Ring" (1947), starring Roland Winters; $39.92.
Thomas & Friends: The Greatest Stories
(2010) Two-disc set with 20 of the best "Thomas & Friends" episodes, including the first-ever episode; spans the years with conductors George Carlin, Ringo Starr, Alec Baldwin and Michael Brandon. $16.98. Extras: "Create Your Own Thomas Story," "How Did Thomas Meets His friends?" trivia game, storybook adventure game, "Thomas Saves the Day" enhanced read-along, four sing-along karaoke videos, four music videos. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).
Toe to Toe
(2009) Louisa Krause, Sonequa Martin. The story of the friendship and rivalry between lacrosse mates Tosha and Jesse, two senior girls at a competitive Washington, D.C. prep school with different backgrounds: Tosha is a black scholarship student from Anacostia, one of Washington's poorest areas, while Jesse is a troubled and promiscuous white girl from the ritzy suburbs of Maryland. The two forge a close and genuine bond on the field, but their friendship unravels as they navigate through race and class related obstacles. When Jesse and Tosha discover that they've both been dating the same boy, the conflict becomes explosive. (Strand Releasing).
Word Is Out
(2009) "Word Is Out" debuted in 1977 as the first feature-length documentary about lesbian and gay identity made by gay filmmakers (The Mariposa Film Group). After conducting 140 interviews, the filmmakers selected 26 people of various lifestyles, races, ages and backgrounds. What they achieved was a cornerstone in Gay Rights. The film quickly became a landmark in cinema, but time had taken its toll on the existing prints and the film was rarely seen. The Outfest Legacy Project and UCLA Film & Television Archive restored "Word Is Out" with the generous contribution of the David Bohnett Foundation, creating a high-definition video for this DVD premiere. The release celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first Gay Pride Marches and follows its premiere at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival and the theatrical tour around the world earlier this year. Extras: "Word Is Out, Then and Now: Thirty Years Later"; "Afterthoughts" by the filmmakers and participants;, history of The Mariposa Film Group; "Remembering Peter Adair," the film's producer and main force behind the collective; "DVD Executive Producer: David Bohnett," the man behind the film's restoration and DVD release;
Outfest Legacy Project PSA.(Milliarium Zero/Milestone Film).
Z Rock: Season 2
(2009) Single-disc with 10 episodes, $19.97. (Anchor Bay). Back to top
Air Bud: World Pup: Special Edition
(2000) Kevin Zegers, Dale Midkiff, David Glyn-Jones, Caitlin Wachs. After meeting Molly and having puppies, the hotshot hound is in for an all-new challenge as he joins his teenage owner Josh on the field in pursuit of the state soccer championship. Extras: "The Buddies Sports Channel: Soccer Edition," "Making of Air Bud World Pup" featurette, in-pack "Air Bud" sport cinch bag. (Disney).
American Dad! Volume 5
(2009-10) Three-disc set with 14 episodes, $39.98. Extras: Cast and crew commentary on each episode, uncensored audio on select episodes, deleted scenes, "Power Hour Drinking Game." (Fox).
(2009 -- Israel) Tomer Ilan. A gay young man searches for love in Tel Aviv, hoping to find someone who will spark his imagination -- as well as his libido. (E1 Entertainment).
Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Volume 7
(2009-10) Single disc with 11 episodes of the hit animated Adult Swim series, $29.98. (Warner).
The Best Years: The Complete Second Season
(2009) Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $24.98. (E1 Entertainment).
Big Bird, Little Bird
(2010) Features 13 soothing songs by singer-songwriter Sara Hickman for children ages newborn to five, brought to life through bright, bold computer animation. Based on her award-winning CD, "Newborn." $14.95. Extras: Fourteen short parenting tips from Hickman, a former certified parenting instructor. (Sleeveless; more info at www.sarahickman.com).
The Book of Eli
(2010) Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Jennifer Beals, Evan Jones. Read more about "The Book of Eli" in the June Calendar.Extras: "The Lost Tales," "Starting Over," "Eli's Journey," deleted scenes. Also available in a Blu-ray Combo Pack. (Warner).
Cartoon Network Hall of Fame Johnny Bravo: Season One
(1997) Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $24.98. Extras: "Bringing Up Bravo" documentary, commentary, Johnny Bravo original pencil tests, Seth McFarlane audio track. (Warner).
(2009) Documentary on Michael Ruppert, a police officer turned independent reporter who predicted the current financial crisis in his self-published newsletter five years ago when he was a cry in the wilderness about peak oil, the real estate and credit bubbles. Now, Ruppert warns of a new meltdown, one rooted in economics, covert U.S. policies and a seemingly inevitable oil shortage that may lead us all toward unprecedented global disaster. Is he a prophet who can clearly see America's terrifying future, or a conspiracy theorist fueled by fear and paranoia? "It's not that Bernie Madoff is a pyramid scheme. The whole economy is a pyramid scheme" -- Ruppert. $19.98. (MPI Media).
Control Alt Delete
(2009) Tyler Labine, Sonja Bennett, Alisen Down, Laura Bertram. A young man develops a sexual fetish for his computer. (E1 Entertainment).
(1964 -- German) Based on Christa Wolf's internationally acclaimed novel and criticized in the GDR (East Germany) for questioning the construction of the Wall, "Divided Heaven" was made during a brief cultural thaw in the early 1960s. Strongly influenced by French Nouvelle Vague cinema, this classic film directed by the legendary Konrad Wolf was praised by critics as one of Germany's 100 most important films. After a breakdown, Rita returns to her childhood village and, as she recovers, she remembers the past two years: her love for the chemist Manfred, 10 years her senior; his enthusiasm about his new chemical process, which turned to bitter disappointment in the face of rejection; his escape to West Berlin a few weeks before the Wall was built; and his hope that she would follow him. (First Run features).
Everwood: The Complete Third Season
(2004-05) Five-disc set with 22 episodes,$39.98. Extras: Unaired scenes, bloopers. (Warner).
Family Guy: Volume 8
(2008-10) Three--disc set with 15 episodes from the seventh and eighth seasons, $49.98. Extras: Commentary on every episode, uncensored audio on select episodes, deleted scenes, "Family Guy Karaoke," more. (Fox).
HawthoRNe: The Complete First Season
(2009) Three-disc set with 10 episodes, $34.95. Extras: Seven featurettes: "All in a Day's Work: A Conversation With Jada Pinkett Smith," "Inside Richmond Trinity," "Get to Know the Cast of HawthoRNe," "HawthoRNe Medical School," "Male Nurses," "Shooting a Scene: Visual Effects," "HawthoRNe's Heroes." (Sony).
Leave It to Beaver: Season Three
(2009) Six-disc set with 39 episodes, $39.97. Extras: Interview with Jerry Mathers and Frank Bank from Shokus Internet Radio's "Stu's Show." (Shout! Factory)
Lewis Black: Stark Raving Black
(2010) New comedy special taped in Detroit in August 2009, featuring the inimitable rantings and ravings from the king of the grumpy old men. $16.99. Extras: "Basic Black" documentary. (Paramount).
MacGyver: The TV Movies
Richard Dean Anderson, Sophie Ward, Brian Blessed, Beatie Edney, Peter Egan. Two TV movies that followed the series finale: "MacGyver -- The Lost Treasure of Atlantis" and "MacGyver -- Trail to Doomsday." $19.95. (CBS/Paramount).
Mary and Max
(2009) Voices of Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bana, Barry Humphries, Bethany Whitmore. Writer-director Adam Elliot brings the unique stop-motion style he forged in his Academy Award-winning short "Harvie Krumpet" to a feature about the unlikeliest of friendships. In 1970s suburban Melbourne, lonely 8-year-old Mary Daisy Dinkle, the only child of an alcoholic mother and a distant father, picks a name at random out of a Manhattan phone book and writes to him. The recipient is Max Jerry Horovitz, an obese 44-year-old single man who, despite
suffering from Asperger's syndrome, responds in kind. Thus begins a strange yet mutually supportive -- and at times strained -- pen-pal relationship that spans 20 years and two continents and touches on issues and concerns ranging from autism and alcoholism to taxidermy, kleptomania, religion, agoraphobia and where babies corne from. Extras: "Harvie Krumpet." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (IFC/MPI Media Group).
Max & Ruby: A Visit With Grandma
(2010) Four new episodes of the Nick series, in which Max & Ruby go on an awesome treasure hunt, make "mudpies" and perform their very own recital in the backyard. The animated comedy series is based on the children's books by Rosemary Wells, and each episode centers on Max, a determined 3-year-old bunny, and his big sister, Ruby, a smart, goal-oriented 7-year-old. The show offers an empowering message for children by showing Max and Ruby playing together and resolving their differences in ways that are respectful and supportive. $16.99. (Paramount).
(1989) Dir.: Jim Jarmusch; Masatoshi Nagase, Youki Kudoh, Nicoletta Braschi, Elizabeth Bracco, Joe Strummer, Rick Aviles, Steve Buscemi, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Royale Johnson, Winston Hoffman. Aloof teenage Japanese tourists, a frazzled Italian widow, and a disgruntled British immigrant all converge in the city of dreams -- which, in "Mystery Train," from Jim Jarmusch, is Memphis. Made with its director's customary precision and wit, "Mystery Train" is a triptych of stories that pay playful tribute to the home of Stax Records, Sun Studio, Graceland, Carl Perkins, and, of course, the King himself, who presides over the film like a spirit. "Mystery Train" is one of Jarmusch's very best movies, a boozy and beautiful pilgrimage to an iconic American ghost town and a paean to the music it gave the world. New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Jim Jarmusch. Extras: Q&A with Jarmusch, in which he responds to questions sent in by fans; original documentary on "Mystery Train's" locations and Memphis's rich social and musical history; on-set photos by Masayoshi Sukita, and behind-the-scenes photos; a booklet featuring essays by writers Peter Guralnick and Dennis Lim, as well as a collectible poster. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).
The Real Story: Escape From Alcatraz
(2009) Explores the fascinating true tale behind one of history's most infamous prison breaks, in which three inmates escaped the island prison at Alcatraz. Features interviews with key individuals, including Darwin Coon, the inmate who assisted them, the wardens who discovered them missing and the FBI agents who tried to track them down. $12.98. (Infinity Entertainment Group).
Sanctuary: The Complete Second Season
(2009-10) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $44.98. Extras: Commentaries on all 13 episodes with cast and crew including Amanda Tapping, creator Damian Kindler, director Martin Wood; multiple making-of featurettes; a "Robin Dunne Video Diary"; outtakes/bloopers reel; international promos/trailers. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds an interactive green screen on select episodes. (E1 Entertainment).
The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Volume 4
(2010) Three-disc set with 12 episodes, $39.99. (Disney).
(2008) Documentary explores the life of Richard Berkowitz, a revolutionary gay sex worker turned AIDS activist in the 1980s, whose incomparable contribution to safe sex has never been aptly credited. (E1 Entertainment).
Showgirls: 15th Anniversary Sinsational Edition
(1995) Dir.: Paul Verhoven; Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, Gina Gershon, Glenn Plummer, Robert Davi, Alan Rachins. Two-disc set includes Blu-ray and standard DVD. Extras: "Pole Dancing: Finding Your Inner Stripper," "Lap Dance Tutorial Featuring the World-Famous Girls of Scores," "The Greatest Movie Ever Made: A Commentary by David Schmader," "Showgirls Fact-Up Trivia," "A Showgirls Diary." (MGM).
(2007) Kent Faulcon, Denise Boutte, Eric Roberts. A hit man sent to a small Southern town to eliminate a beautiful English teacher is mistaken for her long-lost brother, and he finds himself drawn into her frank and colorful family, causing him to have to choose between executing what should be an easy murder-for-hire and trying to solve the mystery of who would want the innocent woman dead. (MTI Home Video).
(2009) Samuel L. Jackson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Michael Sheen, Brandon Routh, Benito Martinez. Jackson plays a top-notch interrogator whose sole purpose is to safeguard the United States from terrorist threats; he has two days to get a captured terrorist to disclose the whereabouts of three nuclear bombs he claims to have planted in three major American cities. Extras: Commentary by director Gregor Jordan; alternate, extended ending. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds movieIQ+sync BD-LIVE. (Sony).
When in Rome
(2010) Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Anjelica Huston, Will Arnett, Jon Heder, Dax Shepard, Alexis Dziena, Kate Micucci, Peggy Lipton, Luca Calvani Read more about "When in Rome" in the June Calendar.Extras: "Kerplunk! Bloopers From Rome," deleted scenes, music videos. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds alternate opening and ending, "Crazy Casanovas: Mischief From the Set," extended scenes, additional deleted scenes. (Disney).
Yo Gabba Gabba!: Clubhouse
(2010) Join Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee and Plex as they build an awesome clubhouse; travel through the jungle on a wild adventure and play with silly animals in the all-new Nickelodeon release featuring four episodes. Includes performances by musical guests Erykah Badu, The Killers, Jimmy Eat World and more. $16.99. (Paramount).
Youth in Revolt
(2010) Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Jean Smart, Zach Galifianakis, Erik Knudsen, Adhir Kalyan, Steve Buscemi, Fred Willard, Ari Graynor, Ray Liotta, M. Emmet Walsh. Read more about "Youth in Revolt" in the June Calendar.Extras: Commentary by director Miguel Arteta and Michael Cera, deleted scenes, deleted and extended animated sequences, audition footage. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds movieIQ+sync BD-LIVE. (The Weinstein Co./Sony).
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Avatar: The Last Airbender The Complete Book 1 Collector's Edition
(2009) Seven-disc set, $57.99. Extras: Behind-the-scenes with the "Avatar" cast and crew, "Avatar" pilot episode, "The Making of Avatar -- Inside the Sound Studios," "The Making of Avatar -- Inside the Korean Animation Studios," "Avatar" documentary. (Paramount).
(2009 -- French) Dominique Thomas, Lola Creton. Based on Charles Perrault's grisly fairy tale, "Bluebeard" tells the story of young Marie-Catherine, child bride to an aristocratic ogre with a reputation for murdering his wives, who must employ all her cunning to outwit her husband and escape the most unpleasant of fates. Controversial director Catherine Breillat ("The Last Mistress," "Fat Girl") brings her personal touch to this classic tale, a favorite of good little French girls since the 1950s. (Strand Releasing).
The Children's War
(2009) Documentary on the lost generation of Ugandan youth, the result of a 21-year civil war where a vicious rebel army leads a massive and coldly systematic child abduction machine. (Cinema Libre).
Circle of Pain
(2010) Tony Schiena, Dean Cain, Ling Bai, Heath Herring. After an unfortunate mishap at the top of his game, mixed martials arts fighter Matt Chase retires for a life without glory, until he is forced back into the ring against the current undefeated champion, to kill or be killed. Extras: Behind the scenes interviews with the cast and crew; interviews with MMA fighters Heath Herring, Frank Mir and Roger Huerta; fight choreography on the set. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Lionsgate).
(1990) Internationally revered Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has created some of the most inventive and transcendent cinema of the past 30 years, and "Close-up" is his most radical, brilliant work. This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event -- the arrest of a young man on charges that he fraudulently impersonated well-known filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf -- as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation, and existence, in which the real people from the case play themselves. With its universal themes and fascinating narrative knots, "Close-up" continues to resonate with viewers around the world. Two-disc set with new, restored high-definition digital transfer. Extras: Commentary by Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa and Jonathan Rosenbaum, authors of "Abbas Kiarostami"; "The Traveler," a notable early feature by director Abbas Kiarostami; "Close-up Long Shot," a 45-minute documentary on "Close-up's" central figure, Hossein Sabzian, five years after Kiarostami's film; "A Walk With Kiarostami"(2003), a 32-minute documentary portrait of the director by Iranian film professor Jamsheed Akram; new video interview with Kiarostami; a booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Godfrey Cheshire. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).
Death Race 2000 Special Edition
(1975) David Carradine, Simone Griffeth, Sylvester Stallone, Mary Woronov, Roberta Collins, Martin Kove. Extras: "David on Death Race": A brief look back from star David Carradine recorded in 2008; commentary by Roger Corman and Mary Woronov; commentary by assistant director Lewis Teague and editor Tina Hirsch; "Playing the Game: Looking Back at Death Race 2000"; "Ready to Wear": In-depth interview with costume designer Jane Ruhm on her inventive work for this film and other Roger Corman classics; "Designing Dystopia!": A detailed look at the film's futuristic landscapes and now-classic race cars with co-art director B.B. Neel, car designer James Powers and car constructor Dean Jeffries; "Start Your Engine!": How the world of "Death Race 2000" came to life, interview with original story creator Ib Melchior; "Killer Score": An all-new interview with composer Paul Chihara on the creation of the film's eclectic score, which was also his first feature film composition; Leonard Maltin interviews Roger Corman about "Death Race 2000"; collectible 12-page booklet. (Shout! Factory: Roger Corman's Cult Classics)
Entourage: The Complete Sixth Season
(2009) Three-disc set with 12 episodes, $39.98. Also available on Blu-ray Disc.
(2009) Ian Somerhalder, Lexa Doig, Aleks Paunovic. Former football star turned convict, Tyler "The Fuse" Draven, discovers in jail that he has the ability to create fire by mere thought alone, and he uses his new-found power to wreak havoc and get revenge on everyone that's ever done him wrong ... which means the entire world. (MTI Home Video).
(2009) Award-winning documentary film about alternative energy, a comprehensive and entertaining look at energy in America: a history of where we have been, our present predicament and a solution to our dependence on foreign oil. The film flows seamlessly through scientific data, facts, history and personal narrative, and like any good narrative, it has intrigue, conspiracy, greed ... and murder. Directed by Josh Tickell and featuring Barbara Boxer, Richard Branson, Sheryl Crow, Larry David, John Paul DeJoria, Larry Hagman, Woody Harrelson, Jim Hightower, Robert Kennedy Jr., Vinod Khosla, Willie Nelson, Julia Roberts and Neil Young. $24.95. Extras: "Sustainable Biodiesel Extra With HERObx (How agricultural waste can be turned into biofuels)"; "Building a Green Bottom Line With John Paul Dejoria (The greening of Paul Mitchell Systems and Patron Spirits Company)"; "How to Get 150MPG from Your Prius"; "How to Save Thousands Through Energy Efficiency"; director and creative team commentary; DVD-ROM content. (Cinema Libre: EarthNOW!)
The Good Guy
(2010) Alexis Bledel, Anna Chlumsky, Andrew McCarthy, Bryan Greenberg, Scott Porter. Ambitious young Manhattanite and urban conservationist Beth (Bledel) wants it all: a good job, good friends, and a good guy to share the city with. Of course that last one is often the trickiest of all. Beth falls for Tommy (Porter), a sexy, young Wall Street hot-shot. But just as everything seems to be falling into place, complications arise in the form of Tommy's sensitive and handsome co-worker Daniel (Greenberg). Beth soon learns that the game of love in the big city is a lot like Wall Street -- high risk, high reward and everybody has an angle. Extras: Commentary by writer-director-actor Alexis Bledel. (Lionsgate).
(2010) Dir.: Paul Greengrass. Stars: Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear, Brendan Gleeson, Jason Isaacs, Amy Ryan, Khalid Abdalla. Read more about "Green Zone" in the June Calendar.Extras: "Matt Damon: Ready for Action" featurette, "Inside the Green Zone" behind-the-scenes featurette, commentary by Matt Damon and Director Paul Greengrass, deleted scenes, digital copy. Also available on two-disc Blu-ray, which adds BD-Live, pocket BLU app, social Blu and U-Control interactive features. (Universal).
Hung: The Complete First Season
(2009) Three-disc set with 10 episodes, $39.98. Extras: Commentary, featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (HBO).
The Last Station
(2009) : Christopher Plummer, Helen Mirren, James McAvoy, Paul Giamatti, Kerry Condon. Read more about "The Last Station" in the June Calendar.Extras: Deleted scenes, "A Tribute to Christopher Plummer" featurette; commentary by Christopher Plummer, Helen Mirren and director Michael Hoffman; outtake. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
Night Train to Munich
(1940) A twisting, turning, cloak-and-dagger delight, "Night Train to Munich" is a gripping, occasionally comic confection from writers Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat (Hitchcock's "The Lady Vanishes") and director Carol Reed ("The Fallen Idol," "The Third Man"). Paced like an out-of-control locomotive, "Night Train" takes viewers on a World War II-era journey from Prague to England to the Swiss Alps, as Nazis pursue a Czech scientist and his daughter (Margaret Lockwood), who are being aided by a debonair British undercover agent, played by Rex Harrison. This captivating, long-overlooked adventure -- which also features "Casablanca's" Paul Henreid -- mixes comedy, romance, and thrills with enough skill and cleverness to give the master of suspense himself pause. New, restored high-definition digital transfer. Extras: New video conversation between film scholars Peter Evans and Bruce Babington about director Carol Reed, screenwriters Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat, and the social and political climate in which "Night Train to Munich" was made; a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Philip Kemp. (The Criterion Collection).
(1964) Michelangelo Antonioni's 1960s panoramas of contemporary alienation were decade-defining artistic events, and "Red Desert," his first color film, remains one of his greatest. This provocative look at the spiritual desolation of the technological age -- about a disaffected woman, brilliantly portrayed by Antonioni muse Monica Vitti ("L'avventura"), wandering through a bleak industrial landscape beset by power plants and environmental toxins, and tentatively flirting with her husband's co-worker, played by Richard Harris ("This Sporting Life") -- continues to exert force over viewers. With one startling, painterly composition after another -- of abandoned fishing cottages, electrical towers, overwhelming docked ships -- "Red Desert" creates a nearly apocalyptic image of its time, and confirms Antonioni as cinema's preeminent poet of the modern age. New, restored high-definition digital transfer. Extras: Commentary by Italian film scholar David Forgacs; archival video interviews with Antonioni and actress Monica Vitti; outtakes from the film's production; original theatrical trailer; a booklet featuring an essay by film historian Mark Le Fanu, an interview with Antonioni by Jean-Luc Godard, and a reprinted essay by Antonioni on his use of color. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).
(2010) Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin. A romantic drama about two new lovers: Tyler, whose parents have split in the wake of his brother's suicide, and Ally, who lives each day to the fullest since witnessing her mother's murder. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Summit Entertainment).
(2010) Alan Cumming, Tahmoh Penikett, Laura Vandervoort, Peter Wingfield, Jeananne Goossen. Four-hour Syfy channel original movie. Matt, an American journalist, and his fiancee Jessie are killed in an explosion, but reawaken in a very unusual afterlife -- a mysterious planet with an endless river terrain. Everyone who has ever lived on Earth has been resurrected simultaneously in this strange new world. Separated from Jessie, Matt joins forces with an intrepid crew including a 13th century female warrior and riverboat captain Mark Twain to find her, all the while tracked by the watchful eye of a mysterious alien force. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (RHI Entertainment/Vivendi Entertainment).
She's Out of My League
(2010) Jay Baruchel, Alice Eve, Mike Vogel, Nate Torrence, T.J. Miller Extras: Deleted scenes, extended ending, Blooper Reel, "Devon's Dating Show" do's & don'ts guide to dating for guys, commentary by director Jim Field Smith. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Paramount).
A Star Is Born
(1954) Dir.: George Cukor; Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson, Charles Bickford. Available as a two-disc book format with 40 pages of photographs, film history and more. Also available as a standard two-disc Deluxe Special Edition. Extras: Introduction; additional takes: "The Man That Got Away" -- Pink Dress, "The Man that Got Away" --Brown Dress #1, "The Man that Got Away" -- Brown Dress #2, "The Man that Got Away"-- Brown Dress #3, "The Man That Got Away" -- Brown Dress #4, "Here's What I'm Here For," "Lose That Long Face," "Trinidad Coconut Oil Shampoo," "When My Sugar Walks Down the Street," suicide scene; film effects reel; "A Report by Jack L. Warner" vintage featurette; "Huge Premiere Hails 'A Star Is Born' Newsreel Montage" vintage featurette; "'A Star Is Born" premiere in Cinemascope; Pantages premiere TV special vintage featurette; "A Star Is Bored" (1956 WB Cartoon); A Star Is Born trailers from 1937, 1954, 1976; Audio Vault: Oliver on the phone with the director discussing Norman -- Outtakes; Audio Vault: Norman and Esther on the roof of the Hotel Lancaster -- Outtakes; Audio Vault: 12/28/1942 Lux Radio Theater Broadcast with Judy Garland and Walter Pidgeon; Audio Vault: Judy Garland radio interview; Audio Vault: "Born in a Trunk"; Audio Vault: "Someone at Last" rehearsal; Audio Vault: "Someone at Last"; Audio Vault: "My Melancholy Baby"; Audio Vault: "Black Bottom"; Audio Vault: "Swanee." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
Tom & Jerry Deluxe Anniversary Collection
Two-disc set with 30 classic cartoons, $26.99. Features seven shorts that became Oscar winners for Best Short Subject, Cartoons: "Yankee Doodle Mouse," "Mouse Trouble," "Quiet Please!," "The Cat Concerto," "The Little Orphan," "Johann Mouse" and "Two Mousketeers." Also included is an excerpt from the 1945 live-action film "Anchors Aweigh," in which Jerry performs a dance routine with Gene Kelly. Another featured excerpt is from the 1953 musical film" Dangerous When Wet," in which Tom and Jerry appear with Esther Williams in a dream sequence where they perform a synchronized swimming routine. (Warner).
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(2010) A man coming off a disastrous affair with a married woman has a lyrical, strange and comedic cross-country journey in a modified VW bus. Extras: Commentary, "The Making of Bass Ackwards; deleted scenes; bloopers. (New Video/Flatiron Film Company).
(2009) Peta Wilson, Aaron Jeffery. After a third teenage girl disappears from their idyllic suburb, Suzy -- the girl-next-door of every boy's dreams -- persuades Daniel, a 14-year-old with an obsessive crush, to help her uncover the terrible truth. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (E1 Entertainment).
Blood on the Highway
(2008) Deva George, Nate Rubin, Robin Gierhart. Three maladjusted twentysomethings -- on their way to a rock concert -- accidentally wander into a town populated by bloodthirsty, dim-witted vampires. With no way to escape, they join the last remaining humans and prepare for an all-out, no-holds-barred battle with an army of the undead. (E1 Entertainment).
The Brotherhood VI: Initiation
(2009) Latest installment in the franchise has a group of pledges arriving at a secluded lake cabin for a fraternity initiation, where they're met by a blood-thirsty lumberjack who won't stop until he's killed them all. (E! Entertainment).
The Closer: The Complete Fifth Season
(2009) Four-disc set with 15 episodes, $39.98. Extras: Gag reel, unaired scenes, "Seen at the Crime Location Map" featurette. (Warner)
(2010) Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Joe Anderson, Danielle Panabaker Read more about "The Crazies" in the June Calendar.Extras: Commentary by director Breck Eisner; featurettes: "Behind the Scenes With Director Breck Eisner," "Paranormal Pandemics," "The George A. Romero Template," "Visual Effects in Motion" and "Make-up Mastermind: Rob Hall in Action"; "The Crazies Motion Comic Episodes 1 and 2"; "Storyboards: Building a Scene;behind the scenes photo gallery.
Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which includes a digital copy. (Anchor Bay).
The Dive From Clausen's Pier
(2004) Michelle Trachtenberg, Sean Maher, Will Estes. When an accident renders her fiance a quadriplegic, a young woman faces mounting pressures that ultimately cause her to start a new life in New York. A Lifetime Original Movie. (A&E Home Entertainment).
(2009) Thomas Haden Church, Rachel Harker, Elisabeth Shue, Stephen Benson. Don McKay, a high school janitor who leaves his hometown after a tragedy, returns 25 years later to rekindle a romance with his old flame, who is dying, but the homecoming brings McKay more than he bargained for. Extras:Commentary by director Jake Goldberger and producer Jim Young, deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).
(2009) Ciaran Hinds, Iben Hjele, Aidan Quinn. A teacher who believes his house is haunted meets up with a horror writer and a novelist in a quaint seaside Irish town. Extras: Behind the scenes featurette, deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Eureka: Season 3.5
(2009) Two-disc set with nine episodes, $29.98. (Universal).
(2008) Swedish master Jan Troell ("The Emigrants," "The New Land") returns triumphantly with "Everlasting Moments," a vivid, heartrending story of a woman liberated through art at the beginning of the 20th century. Though poor and abused by her alcoholic husband, Maria Larsson (Maria Heiskanen) finds an outlet in photography, which opens up her world for the first time. With a burnished bronze tint that evokes faded photographs, and a broad empathetic palette, "Everlasting Moments" -- based on a true story -- is a miraculous tribute to the power of image making. Two-disc set with new high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Jan Troell. Extras: "Jan Troell's Magic Mirror," an hour-long documentary about Troell's life and career; short documentary on the making of "Everlasting Moments"; documentary featuring photographs by the real Maria Larsson, accompanied by narration telling her story";
a booklet featuring an essay by critic Armond White. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).
(2009) Fran Kranz, Elize du Toit, Whip Hubley, Sue Cremin, John G. Conolly. Five peoples' fates become entwined when a Marine returns on furlough from Iraq. When no one greets him at the airport, he sets out to look for his father on the wild Northwest coast and his journey becomes harder and harder as it intersects with his un-met step-mother, a bitter First Gulf War veteran, and the British stewardess from his flight home. And then a body washes up on the beach. (Vanguard Cinema).
Hot Tub Time Machine
(2010) John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Crispin Glover.
Read more about "Hot Tub Time Machine" in the June Calendar.Extras: Deleted scenes. Also available as a two-disc Blu-ray edition, which adds four featurettes: "Production: Acting Like Idiots," "Chevy Chase: The Nicest Guy in Hollywood," "Totally Radical Outfits: Dayna Pink," "Crispin Glover: One Armed Bellhop"; digital copy. (MGM).
How the Earth Was Made: The Complete Season Two
(2009-10) Four-disc set with 12 episodes, $39.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).
It Came From Kuchar
(2009) Documentary. Long before YouTube, there were the brilliantly insane, no-budget movies of underground, filmmaking twins George and Mike Kuchar. Creating stars out of their friends and family with just consumer-grade cameras, the teenage Kuchar brothers went from the 1960s New York City underground film scene of Andy Warhol and Kenneth Anger to become the twin maestros of B-movie glamour and sleaze. In a mesmerizing stream-of-consciousness style, "It Came From Kuchar" effortlessly weaves nostalgic footage of 1950s New York, a "greatest hits" collection of Kuchar clips and present day interviews of an all-star lineup of fans including John Waters, Buck Henry, Atom Egoyan, Wayne Wang, Bill Griffith, Gerard Malanga, B. Ruby Rich and Guy Maddin. Both outrageous and lovable, George and Mike will inspire you to pick up a camera and start making movies. $24.95. Extras: Behind-the-scenes footage, additional interviews, footage, secrets from the Kuchar Brothers' fascinating and bizarre world. (IndiePix Films).
The Last Big Thing
(1996) Mark Ruffalo, Dan Zukovic, Susan Heimbinder. From a bland tract house on the outskirts of Los Angeles, Simon Geist (with occasional help from his platonic girlfriend Darla) wages war against all of modern American popular culture. Geist starts up a magazine called "The Next Big Thing," which he uses to confront and insult upcoming actors, comics, models and rock bands, but as his mysterious Underground Agenda escalates, will he become the "last big thing" or be co-opted by the very forces he is railing against? Extras: Sundance Festival Smash hit short "Conjurer of Monikers" by the film's director, Dan Zukovic. (Vanguard Cinema)
Leave It to Beaver: The Complete Series
(1957-63) Thirty-seven disc set with 234 episodes, $199.99. Extras: Special commemorative booklet, special "value-added" exclusive replica of the original "Leave It to Beaver Money Maker Board Game," a full-disc of exclusive bonus features offering a nostalgic look at the television series from the cast and crew: "It's A Small World" rare pilot episode that started it all, "Forever the Beaver: The Cleavers Look Back," "Ken Osmond and Frank Bank Remember," "The Drum Major of the Toy Parade" conversation with theme song composer Dave Kahn, six episodes of Shokus Radio's "Stu's Show" featuring members of the cast, special film for the U.S. Treasury featuring the Cleavers, original network promos. (Shout! Factory).
Madeline's Great Adventures
(1993) Six episodes from the animated series based on the popular children's books. Madeline and friends encounter their very own Arabian lamp, a visit from the Prince of Monaco, a band of pirates and even track down 40 charitable thieves. $12.99. (Shout! Factory).
The Mermaid Chair
(2006) Kim Basinger, Alex Carter, Bruce Greenwood. A married woman (Basinger) falls in love with a Benedictine monk. A Lifetime Original Movie. (A&E Home Entertainment).
(2007) Jamie Luner, Jack Scalia, Erin Gray, Gil Gerard, Meredith McGeachie, Eriko Tamura. The world's most advanced nuclear reactor's core is in danger of a meltdown just as a gigantic hurricane bears down on it in this Syfy Channel disaster flick. (E1 Entertainment).
Once More With Feeling
(2009) Chazz Palminteri, Maria Tucci, Drea de Matteo. A successful middle-aged psychiatrist who always wanted to be a singer but followed his immigrant parents' wishes instead, finds that old dreams die hard. (IFC Films).
The Other Woman
(2008) Josie Bissett, Ted Whittall, MacKenzie Porter, Jason Priestley. A woman who stole her husband from his first wife now faces the same competition in the form of a younger woman who wants to steal him away from her. A Lifetime Original Movie. (A&E Home Entertainment).
(2009 -- Czech Republic) Winter Ave Zoli, Csaba Luca, Lea Mornar, Vera Filatova, Veronika Bellova. Based on the folklore eternalized in the story of "The Crown of Vysehrad," a love story between Libuse, the Slavic mythological heroine of 8th century Bohemia, and queen of the Slaivc tribes, and Premysl, a simple farmer. (Vanguard Cinema).
(2010) Two-disc set with six episodes, $19.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).
Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief
(2010) Dir.: Chris Columbus; Stars: Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Jake Abel, Sean Bean, Rosario Dawson, Steve Coogan, Uma Thurman, Pierce Brosnan, Catherine Keener, Joe Pantoliano, Kevin McKidd.
Read more about "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief" in the June Calendar.Extras: Five extended and deleted scenes, featurettes: "Discover Your Powers Quiz," "The Book Comes to Life." Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds five more deleted scenes, four featurettes: "Secrets of the Gods," "Inside Camp Half-Blood," "On Set With Brandon T. Jackson," "Meet the Demigods." (Fox).
(2004) Mariska Hargitay, Alison Pill. An unmarried 18 year-old Amish girl is charged with the murder of her infant child. A Lifetime Original Movie. (A&E Home Entertainment).
(2009) Dir.: Paul Schneider; stars Billy Crudup, Paul Giamatti, Kristen Wiig, David Hornsby, Anna Camp. Based on the outrageous true story of three would-be entrepreneurs who set out to invent and market a personal rocket belt. As personalities clash and individual agendas emerge, the partnership begins to unravel in shockingly unexpected ways. A humorous look at the folly of human ambition and a parable about the dark side of the American Dream. Adapted from the book "The Rocketball Caper: A True Tale of Invention, Obsession and Murder" by Paul Brown. (Paramount).
The Real McCoys: Complete Season 4
(1960-61) Four-disc set with 39 episodes, $29.98. (Infinity Entertainment).
Red vs. Blue: The Blood Gulch Chronicles
(2010) Six-disc set of the first five seasons of the Internet series that takes place in the distant future where 10 soldiers battle for control of the least desirable piece of real estate in the known universe -- a box canyon in the middle of nowhere. $59.95. Extras: Commentary, special videos, deleted scenes, outtakes, hidden tracks, character profiles, alternate endings, PSAs, Documentary footage, rare clips from the RvB Archives. (New Video/Flatiron Film Company).
Return of the One-Armed Swordsman
(1969 -- Hong Kong) Jimmy Wang Yu. When a marauding gang of swordsmen rampages a peaceful town, capturing every last sword master and demanding an unthinkable ransom, only one man will dare to fight back. (Vivendi/Weinstein/Dragon Dynasty).
St. Urbain's Horseman
(2007) David Julian Hirsch, Elliott Gould, Andrea Martin. Canadian miniseries based on Mordecai Richler's post-WWII novel about Jake, a film director of modest success, a faithful husband, and a man in disgrace. His alter ego is his cousin Joey, a legend in their childhood neighborhood in Montreal. Nazi-hunter, adventurer, and hero of the Spanish Civil War, Joey is the avenging horseman of Jake's impotent dreams. When Jake becomes embroiled in a scandalous trial in London, he puts his own unadventurous life on trial as well, finding it desperately wanting as he steadfastly longs for the Horseman's glorious return. (E1 Entertainment).
Soul of a People: Writing America's Story
(2009) The powerful story behind the controversial public assistance program the Federal Writers Project -- one of four arts programs in President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration, established during the height of the Great depression -- that hired unemployed men and women to document America in books, guides and interviews. $19.98. (Infinity Entertainment Group).
Stolen (aka Stolen Lives)
(2009) Josh Lucas, Jon Hamm, Jimmy Bennett, Rhona Mitra. A devoted cop haunted by the unsolved disappearance of his young son eight years earlier discovers the buried remains of a boy who was brutally murdered more than half a century ago in the same region, and he becomes obsessed with investigating the long-forgotten crime. (IFC Films).
(2009) Rico Anderson, Carmen Mormino, Janine Venable, Darion Basco, John Colton, Charles Cooper. This indie outing starts as a seemingly simple morality tale centered on the fate of a beat-up church in Santa Monica, but ends as a psychedelic meditation on the modern experience of God. The Altman-esque cast of characters who interact in the course of one day include a surfer strung-out on theoretical physics, a dissatisfied lawyer, a morally compromised TV minister, a homeless man, a twisted city councilman, a prostitute, two bookies and a mysterious mute boy. (Vanguard Cinema).
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo The Complete Series
(1985) Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $19.98. (Warner).
Warehouse 13: Season One
(2009) Three-disc set with 12 episodes, $49.98. (Universal).
(2007 -- Hong Kong) Jet Li, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Wu Jing-Le. Set in the midst of war and political upheaval during the Taiping Rebellion of the 1860s, a general joins two bandits to fight off evil warlords, taking an oath to become "blood brothers," pledging loyalty to one another until death ... but things quickly turn sour and the three men become embroiled in a web of political deceit, and a love triangle involving a beautiful courtesan. Extras: Behind the scenes interviews. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
What if God Were the Sun
(2007) Lacey Chabert, Gena Rowlands. A grieving nurse finds comfort and inspiration in her new assignment, where she meets a terminally ill woman with a quick with and strong faith. A Lifetime Original Movie. (A&E Home Entertainment).
The White Ribbon
(2009 -- German) Dir.: Michael Haneke; Stars: Ulrich Tukur, Burghart Klaussner, Rainer Bock. Blu-ray Disc extras: "Making of The White Ribbon," "My Life" look at Michael Haneke's career, Cannes Film Festival premiere featurette, "An Interview With Michael Haneke." (Sony).
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