(2008) Jason Mewes, Erica Cox. A lovelorn paramedic rescues a woman left for dead after a deadly assault and takes her home to mend after she refuses to go to the hospital. As he begins to fall for her, one thing gets in the way: she appears to be a vampire. Syfy channel thriller. (Vivendi Entertainment/RHI Entertainment).
(2010) Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, Will Patton, Lili Taylor, Brian F. O'Byrne, Shannon Kane, Ellen Barkin. Read more about "Brooklyn's Finest," in the July Calendar.Extras: Commentary by director Antoine Fuqua; "Chaos & Conflict: The Life of a New York Cop"; "Boyz N the Real Hood"; "An Eye for Detail" director featurette; "From the MTA to the WGA" writer featurette; deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds "Three Cops and a Dealer" character profile, digital copy. (Anchor Bay).
Classic Doctor Who
Five classic Doctor Who adventures: "The Time Monster" (the Jon Pertwee years 1970-1974), "The Space Museum/The Chase" (the William Hartnell years 1963-66), "Underworld" and "The Horns of Nimon" (the Tom Baker years 1974-1981); $24.98 each. (BBC/Warner).
Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics II
Sony and Martin Scorsese's non-profit film preservation organization, The Film Foundation, partner once again to bring five more noir films to DVD for the first time, fully-restored and re-mastered. In this second volume, renowned directors Fritz Lang, Phil Karlson and Irving Lerner are joined by Jacques Tourneur and Richard Quine to take viewers on a dark journey among low-lifes and mobsters, cops and gun molls, and the dim-witted, hapless pawns who forever changed the landscape of cinema, and whose doomed paths are as disturbing today as when they were first committed to film. Fritz Lang's "Human Desire" (1954), starring Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame and Broderick Crawford; "Pushover" (1954), starring Fred MacMurray, Kim Novak, E.G. Marshall, Philip Carey and Dorothy Malone; Jacques Tourneur's "Nightfall" (1957), starring Brian Keith, Aldo Ray and Anne Bancroft; "The Brothers Rico" (1957), starring Richard Conti, Dianne Foster and James Darren; and "City of Fear" (1958), starring Vince Edwards. Extras: Featurettes: "Martin Scorsese on The Brothers Rico," "Pulp Paranoia" with Christopher Nolan, "Terror and Desire" with Emily Mortimer, original theatrical trailers. Five-disc set, $59.95. Read more about "Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics II." (Sony).
Dark Blue: The Complete First Season
(2009) All 10 episodes available via disc-on-demand only at WBshop.com (www.wbshop) and the TNT store (http://shop.tnt.tv/) for $29.95 SRP. (Warner).
Dragnet 1968: Season 2
(1968) Six-disc set with 28 episodes, $44.99. Extras: "Jack Webb -- The Man Behind Badge 714": A discussion with Peggy Webber, Tom Williams, Jackie Loughery, Herb Ellis and more; "Dragnet 1966" pilot movie; vintage "Dragnet" 1969 trailer; commemorative booklet. (Shout! Factory).
ER: The Complete Thirteenth Season
(2006-07) Six-disc set with 23 episodes, $49.98. Extras: "Outpatient Outtakes": Unaired scenes. (Warner).
Everybody Loves Raymond: Seasons 8 & 9
(2003-05) Nine-disc set with 38 episodes, $27.98. (HBO)
(2009) Adrian Paul, Megan Blake, Luke Eberl. In the near future, robotic cameras -- Eyeborgs -- created to protect citizens from terrorism instead seemingly are involved in a series of odd murders, leading an agent for the Department of Homeland Security to investigate links between the Eyeborg computer network and a presidential assassination plot. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).
Gamera vs. Barugon -- Special Edition
(1966) Second film in the original series. Widescreen presentation of the original movie from an all-new HD master. Extras: Collectible reversible cover, booklet featuring an essay by actor Kojiro Hongo, commentary, publicity galleries, more. (Shout! Factory).
Get Smart: Seasons 3-4
(1967-69) Eight-disc set with 52 episodes, $27.98. (HBO).
Have Gun Will Travel: The Fourth Season, Volume 2
(1961) Three-disc set with 19 episodes, $39.99. (Paramount).
Life on Mars: The Complete UK Collection
(2006-07) Eight-disc set with all 18 episodes, $79.99. Extras: Commentaries, two documentaries, three featurettes, outtakes, more. (Acorn Media).
Return to Lonesome Dove
(1993) Jon Voight, Barbara Hershey, Reese Witherspoon, Rick Schroder, Louis Gossett Jr. Two-disc set of Larry McMurtry's adventure that follows three ex-Texas Rangers through riotous battles, deadly gunfights, soaring triumphs and shattered dreams. (Vivendi Entertainment).
Rhoda: Season 3
(1976-77) Four-disc set with 24 episodes, $29.93. (Vivendi).
A Single Man
(2009) Stars: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode,, Ginnifer Goodwin,, Nicholas Hoult, Lee Pace. Read more about "A Single Man" in the July Calendar.Extras: Commentary by writer-director Tom Ford, making-of featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds movieIQ+sync and BD-Live that connects to real-time information on the cast, music, trivia and more while watching the movie. (Sony).
Touching Evil: The Complete Collection
(1997-99) Five-disc set with all 16 episodes of the U.K. series that inspired the 2004 U.S. series starring Jeffrey Donovan, Vera Farmiga and Bradley Cooper. $79.99. (Acorn Media).
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The Backyardigans: Operation Elephant Drop
(2010) Four new-to-DVD episode of The Backyardigans, in which five high-spirited neighbors meet in their adjoining backyards and use their imaginations to transform themselves into different locations for epic adventures; $16.98. (Nick/Paramount).
Bounty Hunter, The
(2010) Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler, Christine Baranski, Jeff Garlin, Gio Perez, Joel Garland, Jason Kolotouros. Extras: Three featurettes: "Making of The Bounty Hunter." "Stops Along the Road: Hunting Locations" and "Rules for Outwitting a Bounty Hunter." Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds movieIQ+sync, BD-Live and a digital copy. (Sony).
Caillou: Caillou's Fun Outside
(2010) Four new-to-DVD episodes featuring 14 fun-filled outdoor adventures; $14.99. Extras: Interactive games, music videos, parents' information, coloring pages. (Paramount/PBS Kids).
Caught in the Crossfire
(2010) Chris Klein, Adam Rodriguez, 50 Cent, Christine Lakin, Michael Matthias. Two detectives investigating a gang-related crime find themselves targeted by both gang members and crooked cops. Extras: Outtakes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Lionsgate).
(2010) Director: Atom Egoyan; Stars: Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Max Thieriot. Read more about "Chloe" in the July Calendar.Extras: Commentary by Amanda Seyfried, director Atom Egoyan and writer Erin Cressida Wilson ; deleted scenes; "Introducing Chloe: The Making of Chloe directed by Atom Egoyan." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
Diary of a Nymphomaniac
(2008 -- Spanish) Belen Fabra, Geraldine Chaplin. A young woman's quest for sexual fulfillment brings her to unimagined heights, as she beds countless strangers, becomes mistress to a man in a committed relationship, then the kept woman of a rich businessman, and ultimately a high-priced prostitute who may have found true love at last. (IFC Films).
The Film Noir Classic Collection Volume 5
Legendary Hollywood tough guys and femme fatales collide in eight smoldering suspense classics, all new to DVD in the latest Film Noir four-disc set. Titles include "Cornered" (1945) with Dick Powell; "Desperate" (1947), directed by Anthony Mann and starring Steve Brodie; "The Phenix City Story" (1955); "Dial 1119" (1950); "Armored Car Robbery" (1950), directed by Richard Fleischer; "Crime in the Streets" (1956), directed by Don Siegel and starring John Cassavetes; "Deadline at Dawn" (1946) and "Backfire "(1950), directed by Vincent Sherman and starring Gordon MacRae, Edmond O'Brien and Virginia Mayo. $49.92. Read more about "The Film Noir Classic Collection Volume 5." (Warner).
Girl by the Lake
(2007 -- Italy) Toni Servillo, Denis Fasolo, Nello Mascia. The body of a young woman is found in a small and quiet town in North Italy and a detective from the nearby main city is called upon to solve the mystery. Based on Karin Fossum's series of award-winning mystery novels. (IFC Films).
(2009) Carey Mulligan, Aaron Johnson, Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon, Johnny Simmons. A grief-stricken couple whose family has been pushed to the breaking point by the accidental death of their oldest son, Bennett, are forced to explore the depths of their empathy when a young woman shows up a few months later announcing that she's pregnant with Bennett's child. Extras: Interviews with director Shana Feste and actors Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon and Johnny Simmons. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (National Entertainment Media).
(2010)Director: Noah Baumbach; Stars: Ben Stiller, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rhys Ifans, Greta Gerwig, Chris Messina. Read more about "Greenberg" in the July Calendar.Extras: "A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Greenberg" featurette, "Greenberg Loves Los Angeles" featurette, "Noah Baumbach Takes a Novel Approach" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds BD-LIVE, pocket BLU and Socal BLU. (Universal).
How to Make Love to a Woman
(2010) Josh Meyers, Krysten Ritter, Ian Somerhalder. After sex one night, Andy, a music executive with no idea how to satisfy his girlfriend, turns to advice from his fellow musician pals as well as adult film legend Jenna Jameson (playing herself), but finds time running out when his girl's handsome childhood friend appears. But even with the help of his friends, a bombshell porn star and tantric experts, Andy continues to stumble in the bedroom ... until he discovers the L word. (E1 Entertainment).
Middle of Nowhere
(2008) Susan Sarandon, Anton Yelchin, Eva Amurri, Justin Chatwin, Scott A. Martin, Willa Holland. Melodrama about two teenage girls, trapped in a small town and under the thumb of their dysfunctional mother (who squanders one of the daughters' chances to go to college by running up credit cards in the girl's name, wrecking her credit) who enter into dysfunctional relationships with two rich boys. Extras: Making of "Middle of Nowhere" featurette, cast and crew interviews, deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XVIII
Collectible four-disc box set with "Lost Continent," "Crash of the Moons," "The Beast of Yucca Flats" and "Jack Frost." $59.97. Extras: Four limited-edition mini-posters by artist Steve Vance, "Mystery Science Theater Hour" wraps, "No Dialogue Necessary: Making an 'Off-Camera Masterpiece'," "Coleman Francis: The Cinematic Poet of Parking," stills gallery, more. (Shout! Factory).
My Year Without Sex
(2009 -- Australia) Sacha Horler, Matt Day, Jonathan Segat, Portia Bradley. Facing tight finances, uncertain jobs and wild kids, a married couple find themselves in a strange predicament when the wife's doctors advise her that a medical condition will prevent them from having sex for an entire year. (Strand Releasing).
Nickelodeon: First Day of School
(2010) Five episodes from Nick series: "Dora the Explorer: First Day of School," "Go, Diego, Go!: Linda the Librarian," "Blue's Clues: Blue Takes You to School," "The Wonder Pets!: Off to School/Save the Pangaroo" and "Ni Hao, Kai-lan: Lulu Day"; $16.99. (Paramount).
Our Family Wedding
(2010) Forest Whitaker, Carlos Mencia, Lance Gross, America Ferrera, Regina King, Diana-Maria Riva, Shannyn Sossamon, Charlie Murphy. Read more about "Our Family Wedding" in the July Calendar.Extras: Deleted scenes, the director's cut ending, extended scene, "Til Dads Do Us Part" featurette, gag reel. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
Ozu: The Only Son/There Was a Father: Two Films by Yasujiro Ozu
These rare early films from Yasujiro Ozu ("Tokyo Story") are considered by many to be two of the Japanese director's finest works, paving the way for a career among the most sensitive and significant in film history. "The Only Son" (1936) and "There Was a Father" (1942) make a graceful pair, bookending a crucial period in Japanese history. In the former, Ozu's first sound film, made during a time of intense economic crisis, a mother sacrifices her own happiness for her son's education; the latter, released in the midst of World War II, stars Ozu stalwart Chishu Ryu as a widowed schoolteacher trying to raise a son despite financial hardship. Extras: New video interviews with Japanese film scholar Tadao Sato and film scholars David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson, authors of "Film Art"; booklets featuring essays by film scholar Tony Rayns and reprints of pieces by actor Chishu Ryu and scholar Donald Richie. (The Criterion Collection).
(2008) Cherilyn Wilson, Dylan Purcell, Jeffrey Combs. Laura Baxter suffers from a bizarre medical condition that keeps her in an almost constant dream state, literally sleeping her life away. While confined to her hospital bed, art student Danny Sloan falls in love with her, unaware that a terrifying mass murderer is attempting to take possession of her mind. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (E1 Entertainment).
Psych: The Complete Fourth Season
(2009-10) Four-disc set with 16 episodes, $59.98. (Universal).
Saint John of Las Vegas
(2009) Steve Buscemi, Sarah Silverman, Romany Malco, Peter Dinklage, John Cho, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Tim Blake Nelson. A compulsive gambler (Steve Buscemi) has finally beaten the habit, started a new life, and said farewell to Las Vegas for good ..or so he thought ... until his new boss sends him back to Sin City to investigate a shady insurance claim, putting all the chips back on the table in this indie comedy. (Vivendi Entertainment).
Saving Grace The Final Season
(2009) Five-disc set with 19 episodes, $49.98. (Fox).
(2006) Documentary about the struggle to legalize same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. $24.98. (E1 Entertainment).
SpongeBob SquarePants: Triton's Revenge
(2010) Seven SpongeBob episodes, featuring "The Clash of Triton," in which SpongeBob's attempt to humor King Neptune at his 5,000th birthday celebration at the Krusty Krab goes awry. $16.99. (Nick/Paramount).
Street Hawk: The Complete Series
(1985) Four-disc set with all 12 episodes, plus the pilot episode, $39.97. Extras: Never-before-aired pilot featuring different Street Hawk firepower; "Street Hawk, The Making of a Legend" new documentary featuring Rex Smith, Joe Regalbuto and Jeannie Wilson; stills galleries; episode synopsis; eight-page collectors booklet. (Shout! Factory).
The Super Hero Squad Show: Quest for the Infinity Sword! Volume 1
(2009) First six episodes from the first season of this action-packed animated series featuring super-stylized versions of Marvel Comic's popular characters (including Captain America, Silver Surfer, Thor, Hulk, Wolverine and Iron Man) with a comedic twist. $14.93. Extras: A new interview with Stan Lee , hero and villain character profiles. (Shout! Factory).
Thomas & Friends: Creaky Cranky
(2010) Four new episodes featuring the railroad gang from Sodor: "Creaky Cranky," "Tickled Pink," "Steamy Sodor" and "Early Bird," $14.98. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).
(2006 -- Australia) Teresa Palmer, Frank Sweet, Sam Harris. Moving back and forth in time to present repeated scenes from various characters' points of view, this drama covers one awful day at an Australian high school: An unidentified student has been found dead in a restroom, an apparent suicide, and the movie then unfolds to reveal what led up to the tragedy, focusing on six students who each harbor a secret, including a popular jock, an awkward outcast, a fragile beauty, an academic overachiever and a closet homosexual. (IFC Films).
(2007 -- Germany) Esther Zimmering, Kim Schnitzer, Hannelore Elsner. A romantic drama about three women on the run, saving each other, and, ultimately, saving themselves. On Christmas Eve, Francesca sets out for Rotterdam in order to find her little sister, who has run off with her musician boyfriend. On the way, she picks up Gerlinde, a heartbroken older woman at the end of her rope. (E1 Entertainment).
White Collar Season One
(2009-10) Four-disc set with 14 episodes, $69.99. Extras: Cast and writer commentary, gag reel, deleted scenes, three behind-the-scenes featurettes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
(2008 -- Bulgaria) Zahary Baharov, Tanya Ilieva , Vladimir Penev. Bulgarian film noir. It's the 1960s and a Bulgarian man known as Moth has been paroled after serving time for a murder he didn't commit. Shortly after Moth was sent to prison, Bulgaria fell under Communist rule, and now, as this hard-luck brawler emerges from captivity, he no longer recognizes his hometown. Sofia is a city in decay, brought low by 20 years of totalitarianism. Moth, a sort of 20th-century Eastern European Rip Van Winkle, must make his way in a strange and disorienting land, a shadow world of killers, con men, agents, outcasts, old partners and a former lover turned femme fatale. (IFC Films). Back to top
The Bannen Way
(2010) Mark Gantt, Michael ironside, Robert Forster. Feature-length movie from Crackle's online series. Neal Bannen is a charming con-man and thief, with a father who's a police chief and an uncle who's a mob boss. His girlfriend wants him to reform but all he wants to do is complete one more job to pay off his debt to a notorious gangster ... but that just doesn't work out as easily as he hopes. Extras: Six featurettes. (Sony).
Being Human: Season One
(2009) Two-disc set with six episodes of the BBC series about a vampire, werewolf and ghost who share a flat in Totterdown, Bristol. Extras: Video diaries, deleted scenes, character profiles, behind-the-scene featurettes, Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (BBC/Warner).
(1947) This explosive work about the conflict between the spirit and the flesh is the epitome of the sensuous style of filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. A group of nuns -- played by some of Britain's best actresses, including Deborah Kerr, Flora Robson and Jean Simmons -- struggles to establish a convent in the snowcapped Himalayas; isolation, extreme weather, altitude, and culture clashes all conspire to drive the well-intentioned missionaries mad. A darkly grand film that won Oscars for its set design and for its cinematography by Jack Cardiff, "Black Narcissus" is one of the greatest achievements by two of cinema's true visionaries. New, restored high-definition digital transfer. Extras: Video introduction by French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier; commentary featuring the late director Michael Powell and filmmaker Martin Scorsese; "The Audacious Adventurer," a 2006 video piece in which Tavernier discusses "Black Narcissus" and Powell; "Profile of Black Narcissus" (2000), a 25-minute documentary; "Painting with Light," a 27-minute documentary about Jack Cardiff's Oscar-winning cinematography on "Black Narcissus"; original theatrical trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Kent Jones. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).
The Bong Joon-Ho Collection
Three-film set of director Bong Joon-Ho's films: "The Host" (two-disc Collector's Edition), "Mother" and "Barking Dogs Never Bite." (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Cartoon Network Hall of Fame: Courage the Cowardly Dog: Season One
(1999-2000) Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $24.98. (Warner).
Cats & Dogs
(2001) Jeff Goldblum, Elizabeth Perkins. Reissue of the family film about the secret war between dogs and cats; timed for the July 30 theatrical release of "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
(2008) Kelly Overton, Laura Allen, Shane McRae. A young woman's hunt for her missing sister takes her to a strange cult -- known as The Collective -- living in a deconsecrated cathedral in New York City. (Vanguard Cinema).
(2010) Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Jason Lee, Michelle Trachtenberg, Seann William Scott, Fred Armisen, Kevin Pollak, Adam Brody, Rashida Jones, and Susie Essman, Juan Carlos Hernandez, Cory Fernandez, Ana de la Reguera. Read more about "Cop Out" in the July Calendar.Also available as Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack with Maximum Comedy Mode and a digital copy. (New Line).
Degrassi: The Next Generation, Season 9
(2009-10) Four-disc set with 19 episodes, $26.98. Extras: Bonus movie: "Degrassi Takes Manhattan," bloopers, deleted scenes, featurettes, music videos. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).
Elvis & Annabelle
(2007) Blake Lively, Max Minghella, Joe Mantegna, Keith Carradine, Mary Steenburgen. Romance about a beauty pageant candidate who dies on the runway and comes back to life -- mysteriously -- at the mortuary owned by the family of an embittered young man; the pair fall in love but the question remains: after death has brought them together, will life tear them apart? (The Weinstein Co./Vivendi Entertainment).
(2009 -- Spanish) Paola Mendoza, Sebastian Villada, Laura Montana, Anthony Chisholm. Mariana leaves her impoverished hometown in Bogota, Colombia, with her two young children, Gabriel and Andrea, and heads to the U.S. to be reunited with her husband. Soon after her arrival her husband abandons the family and, with all her options closing in on her, Mariana turns to the city's trash in order to put food on the table. With Gabriel and Andrea working beside her collecting cans, the family finds the most stability they have known since their arrival. And it is during these heartbreaking moments that the family triumphs. (IndiePix Films).
Forbidden World (Mutant)
(1982) Jesse Vint, June Chadwick, Dawn Dunlap, Linden Chiles,, Fox Harris, Michael Bowen, Scott Paulin. On the remote planet of Xarbia, a scientific experiment has gone horrifically wrong, mutating into a man-eating organism. With plenty of gratuitous gore, unexpected nudity, surprising bits of black comedy, and an assortment of inspired and inventive special effects. Two-disc set with the remastered theatrical version and the never-before-seen, unrated director's cut. Extras: Commentary by director Allan Holzman, interview with producer Roger Corman, interviews with cast and crew, special effects featurette, poster and still Gallery, original theatrical trailer, additional New World trailers. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Shout! Factory Roger Corman's Cult Classics). Watch a trailer for Roger Corman's Cult Classics.
The Fragility of Seconds
(2008) Matthew Tomkin, Michael Crabtree, Julio Cedillo. Three men, strangers to each other, arrive on the eve of the annual parade in honor of Mexico's Pancho Villa, in the dusty border town of Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico; one to collect his sister Elena and her child to give them a chance for a better life in Texas; an FBI agent turned reclusive burnout, looking to disappear from his professional life of violence and despair; and a grifter just released from the Ojinaga prison days before the parade. A horrific even shatter everything in this suspense drama set against a backdrop of random drug war outbursts along the U.S. border with Mexico. (Vanguard Cinema).
Galaxy of Terror
(1981) Edward Albert, Zalman King, Ray Walston, Robert Englund, Sid Haig, Taaffe O'Connell, Grace Zabriskie. A rescue space ship crew meets up with horrors projected by their own imaginations. Extras: Commentary with cast and crew; "New Worlds" featurette in which producer Roger Corman, screenwriter Marc Siegler and director Bruce D. Clark discuss the origins of the film; "The Crew of The Quest"; "Planet of Horrors" featurette on sets and alien landscapes; "Future King": memories of co-production designer (and future visionary filmmaker) James Cameron from members of the cast and crew; "Old School" mechanical and makeup effects with artists Allan A. Apone, Douglas J. White, Alec Gillis and others; "Launch Sequence" postproduction featurette; theatrical trailers; extensive photo galleries including posters, production sketches and designs; original screenplay. (Shout! Factory Roger Corman's Cult Classics). Watch a trailer for Roger Corman's Cult Classics.
(2009) PBS takes viewers on a thousand year journey through the history of warfare -- from trebuchets that once broke down walls to missiles that wipe out buildings. From the gladius to the AK-47, from the chariot to the tank, from the trebuchet to the howitzer, and from the battle ramp to the star fort, "Ground War" follows the fascinating punch and counterpunch of battle tactics and new technologies. With meticulous research and intriguing facts, "Ground War" explores the key technological advances that have defined ground warfare through the ages. $24.98. (PBS Distribution).
Jersey Shore: Season One
(2009-10) Three-disc set with 11 episodes, $19.98. Extras: Deleted scenes, reunion special, tips from The Situation and Snooki, commentary by The Situation, Snooki & Pauly D, "Before The Shore," Jersey Shore makeover with Michael Cera. (MTV/Paramount).
Just Another Day
(2010) Wood Harris, Jamie Hector, Ja Rule, Clifton Powell, Big Daddy Kane, Lil Scrappy, Trick Daddy. A rapper who dreams of getting his first record deal is willing to do almost anything to get his signature on a contract, and is thrown into a harsh business that accepts and destroys on a whim ... and that is dazzling, dishonest, irresistible. Extras: "A Hip Hop Hustle: The Making of Just Another Day," "Just Another Day Making Music," deleted scenes. (Image Entertainment).
Look Around You: Season One
(2009-10) BAFTA-nominated hit UK comedy series that first premiered on BBC America and aired on Adult Swim in the U.S. this past winter; follows presenters Jack Morgan (Robert Popper) and Peter Packard (Peter Serafinowicz) as they guide viewers through a series of gloriously deadpan experiments. $24.98. Extras: Advanced double length module: "Calcium," "Little Mouse" full length pop video, commentary, "Pages From Ceefax," play-at-home quiz, additional music by Gelg, test card. (BBC).
Martha Speaks: Martha Goes to School
(2010) Eight new-to-DVD episodes has beloved family dog Martha and her family discover hundreds of new words to teach children; $14.99. Extras: Printable coloring pages, resources for parents, descriptive video service for the visually impaired. (Paramount/PBS Kids).
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
(2009) In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a high-level Pentagon official and Vietnam War strategist, concluded that the war was based on decades of lies, and leaked 7,000 pages of top secret documents to The New York Times, making headlines around the world. Hailed as a hero, vilified as a traitor, and ostracized by even his closest colleagues, Ellsberg risked life in prison to stop a war he helped plan. This is the riveting story of one man's profound crisis of conscience that shook a nation, its courts, its free press and its presidency to the core. It is also an acutely timely and piercing look at the world of government secrecy in wartime as revealed by the ultimate insider. Marked by a landmark Supreme Court battle between America's greatest newspapers and its president, this political thriller of a documentary unravels a saga that leads directly to Watergate, Nixon's resignation and the end of the Vietnam War. Extras: Interviews with actor Woody Harrelson and best-selling author Naomi Wolf, The Nixon Tapes (audio highlights from the Oval Office), Ellsberg today, filmmaker biographies. (First Run Features).
Mt. St. Helens: Back From the Dead
(2010) It was just 30 years ago that Mount St. Helens revealed her earthly glory, causing colossal devastation to everything in her path. Today, the seemingly dormant mountain and the uninhabited landscape that surrounds it are coming back to life, and scientists are trying to determine the reason. NOVA takes audiences on an intriguing exploration deep into Mount St. Helens for a better understanding of what's causing the new volcanic activity and how to track future eruptions. $24.99. (PBS Distribution).
Music, Music Everywhere
(2010) Five musical episodes for the pre-school set: "Barney: Play Piano With Me," "Bob the Builder: Roley's Important Job," "Thomas & Friends: Tuneful Toots," "Kipper: Arnold's rum," and "Angelina Ballerina: Angelina's Musical Day." $14.98, includes a bonus music CD. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).
My Boys: Seasons 2 & 3
(2008-09) Three-disc set with 18 episodes, $34.95. (Sony).
(2009) Michael Graziadei, Nicky Whelan, Nia Peeples, Rob Moran, plus cameos by some of today's best surfers. A young surfer finds himself at the center of the pro surf circuit where he encounters an unscrupulous sports agent, major endorsements and wild parties -- but he also finds that the life of celebrity comes with a price. (Monarch Home Video).
The Red Shoes
(1948) "The Red Shoes," the singular fantasia from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is cinema's quintessential backstage drama, as well as one of the most glorious Technicolor visual feasts ever concocted for the screen. Moira Shearer is a rising star ballerina romantically torn between an idealistic composer and a ruthless impresario intent on perfection. Featuring outstanding performances, blazingly beautiful cinematography by Jack Cardiff, Oscar-winning sets and music, and an unforgettable, hallucinatory central dance sequence, this beloved classic, now dazzlingly restored, stands as an enthralling tribute to the life of the artist. New, restored high-definition digital transfer. Extras: Commentary by film historian Ian Christie, featuring interviews with stars Marius Goring and Moira Shearer, cinematographer Jack Cardiff, composer Brian Easdale, and filmmaker Martin Scorsese; introductory restoration demonstration with Scorsese; "Profile of The Red Shoes" (2000), a 25-minute documentary; video interview with Thelma Schoonmaker Powell, Michael Powell's widow; gallery from Scorsese's collection of "The Red Shoes" memorabilia; "The 'Red Shoes' Sketches," an animated film made from Hein Heckroth's painted storyboards; readings by actor Jeremy Irons of excerpts from Powell and Pressburger's novelization of "The Red Shoes" and the original Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale; theatrical trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film historian Ian Christie. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).
(2010) Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon, Stella Maeve, Scout Taylor-Compton. Read more about "The Runaways" in the July Calendar.Extras: Commentary by Joan Jett, Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning; two featurettes: "Plugged In: Making the Film" and "The Runaways." Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds movieIQ+sync featuring "The Runaways" playlist,
Super Why! Attack of the Eraser
(2010) Four new educational adventures have Super Why and his super friends practice spelling, use the power to read and investigate rhyming words in order to change the outcome of the story and save the day. Extras: Music videos, resources for parents, printable activities, coloring pages. (Paramount/PBS Kids).
(2009) Andrew Prine, Jason London, Carlos Lauchu, Allison Lange, Kate French. A mercenary surgeon, a sociopathic business man and his demonic staff will stop at nothing to prevail in the sale of black market body parts. (MTI Home Video).
(2009) Kurt Yaeger, Charles Branklyn, Jack Indiana, Tina Huang. An angry and wounded Iraq War vet moves into San Francisco's seedy Tenderloin neighborhood to lose himself in drinking, but finds instead a closer relationship with his young son, a tenement hotel full of exquisitely odd characters, and a red-hot lady. (Vanguard Cinema).
(2007) Zooey Deschanel, Richard Dreyfuss, Neal McDonough, Alan Cumming, Raoul Trujillo, Kathleen Robertson. In this cyber-twisted update of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," a leather-clad, soul-sucking sorceress named Azkadellia has scorched the once-beautiful O.Z. into a desolate wasteland, and its only hope is with an "outsider" named DG, a young Midwestern woman whose troubling dreams have summoned her to the doomed paradise. Syfy Channel series. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Vivendi Entertainment).
Vampire Knight: Volume 1
(2008) Four original and uncut episodes of the anime series, $24.98. (Warner).
White House Revealed
(2009) The Smithsonian Networks takes you on an insider's tour -- where most visitors can't go -- to meet the people who make the world's most famous house a home, with fascinating, behind-the-scenes stories. Narrated by Martin Sheen. $14.98. (Infinity Entertainment Group).
The Wronged Man
(2009) Julia Ormond, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Lisa Arrindell Anderson. Lifetime telefilm tells the true story of Janet Gregory, a single mother and paralegal struggling to overcome doubts about Calvin Willis, an African-American husband and father wrongfully accused of raping a neighborhood girl; she takes Calvin's pro bono case and wages a dramatic and stormy 22-year battle with the justice system that ultimately redeems an unjustly accused man and cements a life-long friendship. Extras: "Discovering the Truth: The Making of The Wronged Man." (Sony).
X's and O's
(2007) Clayne Crawford, Judy Marte, Warren Christie, Sarah Wright. A tight-knit group of San Francisco friends navigate the real world, post-college dating scene. Extras: Commentary by writer-director Kedar Korde, trailers, deleted scenes, gag reel. (Rivercoast Films). Back to top
(2009) Mae Whitman, Joan Cusack , Brigid Brannagh, Deepti Daryanani. A bright, blue-haired young girl currently runs the gauntlet of college applications, admissions essays, advanced placement exams, and an insanely overly ambitious mother, as she awaits word on her acceptance at her dream college. A Lifetime Original Movie. (RHI Entertainment/Vivendi Entertainment).
(2009) Geena Davis, Harrison Gilbertson, Harry Cook, Joel Tobeck. A dysfunctional New England family relies on the son prone to witnessing horrible accidents to get them though the hard times in this wry period comedy drama set in the 1980s. Extras: Deleted scenes, featurettes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).
The Art of the Steal
(2009) It may be unknown to most people, but in the art world, the Barnes Foundation (in Merion, Penn.) is a legendary repository of some of the finest paintings ever produced. This documentary tells how the private museum's $25 billion of art holdings has become the focus of a bitter, decades-long battle involving artists, politicians and powerful philanthropists. The film reveals how this private collection of paintings became the envy of the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other major institutions -- and the prize in a battle between one man's vision and the forces of commerce and politics. (IFC Films).
Artois the Goat
(2009) Mark Scheibmeir, Sydney Andrews, Stephen Taylor Fry, Dan Braverman. Lab technician Virgil Gurdies struggles to choose between his true love, Angie, and his newfound quest to create the greatest goat cheese the world has ever known. (IndiePix Films).
Barney: Furry Friends
(2010) Kids join Barney, Baby Bop, BJ and their playground friends for some tail-wagging adventures as they learn about dogs and cats. $14.98. Extras: "Animal Tracks" matching game. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).
Batman: Under the Red Hood
(2010) Voices of Bruce Greenwood, Jensen Ackles, Neil Patrick Harris, John DiMaggio, Jason Issacs. Batman confronts new enemies, old foes and painful memories when a powerful vigilante with a penchant for violence comes to Gotham City in the intense graphic-novel-come-to-life. Latest entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe animated original PG-13 movies. Available as a single DVD, two-disc DVD and Blu-ray disc. Two-disc DVD extras: "Robin's Story" featurette; two title-themed episodes from Warner Bros. Animation's 20-year history of Batman television series, hand-picked by animation legend Bruce Timm. Blu-ray adds: "Death in the House of Batman" featurette, two additional bonus Batman-themed episodes personally selected by Bruce Timm, digital copy. (Warner).
Crime Inc.: History's Famed Offenders
(2010) The real stories behind notorious criminal masterminds, including those the Watergate villains, Al Capone, The Black Dahlia crime, Ted Bundy, O.J. Simpson, more. Two-disc set, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
The Dawn of War
(2010) Eleven-part series chronicles the first half of World War II in a masterfully scripted presentation filled with rare and authentic archive footage. Two-disc set, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
Deadly Shift (aka Polar Opposites)
(2008) Charles Shaughnessy, Tracy Nelson, Beth Grant, Ken Barnett. After rogue nuclear tests by Iran set off devastating earthquakes and a sudden spike in life-threatening solar radiation levels, a desperate U.S. government turns to the only scientist who may hold the key to survival. (E1 Entertainment).
Dog The Bounty Hunter: Crime Is on the Run
(2009-10) Eight episodes, $19.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).
Don't Look Up
(2009) Henry Thomas, Kevin Corrigan, Reshad Strik, Lothaire Bluteau. In this supernatural thriller, paranormal visionary Marcus Reed sets out to remake a cursed horror film in Transylvania. But while on set, a fierce supernatural force is released from the celluloid and rips open a window of terror, summoning the wrath of evil spirits. Remake of horror master Hideo Nakata's 1996 "Joyu-rei" (the creator of "The Ring" and "Dark Water"). Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (E1 Entertainment).
Eclipse Series 22: Presenting Sacha Guitry
Sacha Guitry was once a household name. Something of a Gallic counterpart to Noel Coward, this disarming, multitalented artist served up some of 1930s French cinema's tastiest dishes. The son of a beloved theater actor, Guitry was devoted to the footlights, first turning to the silver screen as a way of bringing his plays to a wider audience. His films were anything but stage-bound, however: often the director, writer, and star of his popular movies, Guitry brought a witty inventiveness to the cinema and deployed radical tactics with such aplomb and control that he's considered one of the medium's first "complete auteurs." With these four films, American audiences can finally sample Guitry's creative, comic confections. Includes no-frills editions of "The Story of a Cheat" (Le roman d'un tricheur) (1936), "The Pearls of the Crown" (Les perles de la couronne) (1937), "Desire" (1937) and "Quadrille." (The Criterion Collection).
Everything You Wanted to Know About Gay Porn Stars But Were Afraid to Ask
(2010) Behind-the-scenes look at the lives of some of gay adult cinema's hottest talents. Two-disc set with seven episodes,$24.98. (E1 Entertainment).
G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero -- The Movie Special Collectors Edition
(1983) Animated feature with the voice talent of Don Johnson, Burgess Meredith, Bill Ratner, Michael Bell and Chris Latta. Available as a single-disc DVD and two-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. Extras: Commentary by story consultant Buzz Dixon; the final 8 "Knowing Is Half the Battle" PSAs that were not on the "G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero -- The Complete Series" DVD box set; original printable screenplay; art gallery. (Shout! Factory).
Hunter: The Complete Series
(1984-91) Twenty-eight disc set with 152 episodes (including those from Seasons 4-7, which have never been on DVD), $99.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
Huxley on Huxley
(2009) Compelling glimpse of Laura Huxley's life with Aldous Huxley (literary giant, author of "Brave New World"), as well as Huxley's revolutionary and provocative work that had a major influence on American and contemporary cultural history and such key figures as The Beatles, The Doors and Timothy Leary. Narrated by Peter Coyote and featuring interviews with such luminaries as John Densmore, Michael Murphy, Nick Nolte and Ram Dass. $29.95. (Docurama Films).
(2008 -- Hong Kong) Donnie Yen, Simon Yam. The trio behind the cult hit "Kill Zone" -- director Wilson Yip, star Donnie Yen, and action choreographer Sammo Hung -- reteam for this Hong Kong action smash hit. Wing Chun grandmaster Ip (Donnie Yen) cements his reputation after defeating a roving band of kung fu masters who have come to his village to challenge him and the other marshal arts masters, but when the Japanese occupy his hometown during the Sino-Japan war (1937), he is forced to work as a coolie in a factory and participate in brutal sparring matches for the enemy's amusement. He demonstrates his superior fighting skills by defeating his opponents despite being heavily outnumbered and wins the admiration of the Japanese Colonel, Mr. Miura (Hiroyuki Ikeuchi), who challenges Ip to a championship fight. The outcome of the match inspires the Chinese villagers to rise up and defeat their oppressors. Also Available on Blu-ray Disc. Collector's Editions in both formats will also be available, with such extras as interviews with director and actors, including 20 minutes with Donnie Yen; "The Making of Ip Man" featurette; deleted scenes; teaser and regular trailer; two 30 second TV spots; photo gallery; sneak preview of "Ip Man 2." (Well Go USA).
Jesse Stone: No Remorse
(2010) Latest telefilm starring Tom Selleck as Police Chief Jesse Stone. Suspended by the Paradise, Mass., town council, Stone begins moonlighting for his friend, State Homicide Commander Healy, by investigating a series of murders in Boston. (Sony).
(2009) Patrick Flueger, Ron Perlman, Joe Pantoliano, Taryn Manning. A guy looking to find employment and marry the love of his life gets in over his head when a fast-talking temp agent lands him a job that may require some killer instincts. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(1983 -- French) Claudia Udy. Erotic classic became an international sensation in the early 1980s thanks to its daring depiction of sexuality, seductive tone and stylish, sensuous settings. Explores one woman's voyage of sexual discovery. Based on the scandalous 1981 memoir of an international supermodel whose passion for men, women and strangers -- in any combination -- shatters every sexual taboo. Restored from the original negatives and contain footage previously unreleased in the U.S. Fittingly, "Joy" was restored using a print discovered in the screening room of a Paris brothel. Includes additional 12 minutes of footage, including the complete "secret orgy dungeon" sequence. (Severin Films).
Joy and Joan
(1985 -- French) Brigitte Lahaie, Isabelle Solar. Sequel to "Joy." Restored from a print seized in a Marseilles vice raid. Includes five minutes of film never before released in America, including the complete "Philippine sex grotto" sequence. (Severin Films).
Life After People: The Complete Season Two
(2009) Three-disc set with 10 episodes, $29.95. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (A&E Home Entertainment).
(1985) Bryan Genesse, Lance Van Der Kolk, Alan Deveau, Jason Warren, Annie McAuley, Karen Wood. Canuxploitation-teen-sex-comedy sequel to "Screwballs." This mid-80s pubescent romp follows the horny high jinks of four boys forced to attend summer school at Cockswell Academy under the watchful eye of Principal Arsenault. Extras: Featurettes with production manager Ken Gord and producer Maurice Smith; commentary by director Rafael Zielinski; the international version in its entirety, which contains an extra 10 minutes of footage trimmed from the U.S. version. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Severin Films).
(2010) Zach Galifianakis, Emilie de Ravin, Maggie Q, Odette Yustman, Rob Corddry, Adam Scott, Ellen Barkin, Ving Rhames, Brandon T. Jackson, Jeffrey Tambor, Joe Anderson, Beth Grant, Bob Odenkirk. A dry action-comedy about two teams of government assassins working out of a top-secret underground facility using code names from the Tarot deck. When a new hire -- The Fool -- arrives for his first day at work to find that the boss has been killed under mysterious circumstances, he must find the killer before the whole place blows up. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, alternate opening and ending. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
Parting Ways: An Unauthorized Story on Life After The Beatles
(2010) Documentary explores John Lennon's work with Yoko Ono; Paul McCartney's solo career and decade as front man of Wings; George Harrison's music with The Traveling Wilburys and his work as a film producer; and Ringo Starr's solo albums as wells as his acting. $14.98. Extras: Four featurettes: "Stella," a look at McCartney's fashionista daughter; "Yogi," exploring the group's brief collaboration with the Indian transcendentalist Maharishi Mahesh Yogi; "Yoko," examining Ono's relationship with Lennon; and "Beatle-Mania," a look at fan hysteria. (Infinity Entertainment Group).
Railroads: Tracks Across America
(2010) Documentary collection of 36 fascinating features chronicling the development of the railroad industry from the first transcontinental line, freight and Pullman cars, to modern diesel engines. Two-disc set, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
(2008) Renel Brown, Nicki Micheaux, CCH Pounder. A spirited 14-year-old girl who, after the death of her grandmother, travels to the big city to find the mother who abandoned her, only to discover that she's now a drug-addicted prostitute living in the worst part of the city. (Image Entertainment).
Ray Bradbury's Chrysalis
(2008) John Klemantaski, Darren Kendrick, Glen Vaughan. Post-apocalyptic tale based on Ray Bradbury's 1946 story, "Chrysalis," first published in Amazing Stories Magazine. In a futuristic, post-Word War III devastated Earth, a scientist falls ill and mysteriously begins to mutate into something plant-like. Is it a new human evolution or something far more sinister? (E1 Entertainment).
(2010) Jude Law, Forrest Whitaker, Liev Schreiber, Alice Brava.
Read more about "Repo Men" in the July Calendar. Theatrical and unrated director's cut. Extras: Deleted scenes; complete "Union Commercials" used in the film; "Inside the Visual Effects"; commentary by director Miguel Sapochnik and writers Eric Garcia and Garrett Lerner. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds BD-LIVE, My Scenes bookmarking function, pocket BLU mobile apps, social BLU. (Universal).
The Secret of the Grain
(2007) Winner of four Cesar awards, including best picture and director, Abdellatif Kechiche's "The Secret of the Grain" is a stirring drama about the daily joys and struggles of a bustling French-Arab family. It has the texture of a documentary but a classic, almost Shakespearean structure: when patriarch Slimane acts on his wish to open a port-side restaurant specializing in his ex-wife's fish couscous, the extended clan's passions and problems explode in riveting drama, leading to an engrossing, suspenseful climax. With sensitivity and grit, "The Secret of the Grain" celebrates the role food plays in family life and gets to the core of contemporary immigrant experience. Extras: New video interview with Kechiche; "Sueur," Kechiche's captivating extended version of the film's climactic belly dancing sequence, featuring a new introduction by the director; new video interview with film scholar Ludovic Cortade; excerpt from a "20 heures" television interview with Kechiche and actress Hafsia Herzi; video interviews with Herzi, actress Bouraouia Marzouk, and the film's musicians; booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Wesley Morris. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).
Sergeant Bilko: The Phil Silvers Show -- The First Season
(1955-56) Five-disc set with 34 episodes, $42.99. Extras: "The Lost Audition Show," a rarely seen, live audition show that was never broadcast; original network opening;
original cast commercials; "Lucy and the Efficiency Expert," a classic episode from the fifth season of "The Lucy Show" where Phil Silvers guest stars as an efficiency expert who takes over Lucy's office. (CBS/Paramount).
Shine: An Unauthorized Story on Beyonce
(2010) Documentary on the singer, actress, dancer, designer, diva. $14.98. (Infinity Entertainment Group).
Stargate Universe (SGU 1.5)
(2009-10) Three-disc set with the final 10 episodes of season one, $29.98. Extras: Fifteen behind-the-scenes featurettes, video diaries, commentary on every episode. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (MGM).
21 Jump Street: The Complete Series
(1987-91) Eighteen-disc set with 103 episodes, $69.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
21 Jump Street: The Complete Third Season
(1988-89) Four-disc set with 20 episodes, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
(2009) Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, David Strathairn, Elizabeth Banks. A young woman moves to a remote house to try to get over her bizarre phobia but quickly discovers that her fears have followed her. (IFC Films).
Victory by Air
(2010) Compilation includes five documentary features providing a complete historical overview of combat aircrafts from 1900 to 1945. $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
(2009 -- Italian) Filippo Timi, Giovanna Mezzogiorno. Little-known story of the personal life and rise to power of Benito Mussolini, focusing on the woman he loved passionately, scorned, denounced and then wrote out of history. (IFC Films).
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