Beverly Hills, 90210: The Final Season
(1999-2000) Six-disc set with 27 episodes, $61.99. Extras: "The Final Goodbye." (Paramount).
The Bing Crosby Collection (Universal Backlot Series)
One of the most popular entertainers of all-time, Bing Crosby was a superstar of movies, music, radio and television during a spectacular career that lasted over 50 years. He remains beloved around the world for his easygoing charm, mesmerizing voice and on-screen charisma. This set showcase six rare films including "College Humor" (1933). "We're Not Dressing" (1934), "Here is My Heart" (1934), "Mississippi" (1935), "Sing You Sinners" (1938) and "Welcome Stranger" (1947). Featuring Bing in top-form singing some of his most memorable songs such as "June in January," "Swanee River" and "I've Got a Pocketful of Dreams." $49.98. (Universal).
The Bridge on the River Kwai Blu-ray Collector's Edition
(1957) William Holden, Alec Guinness, Sessue Hayakawa, Jack Hawkins. The Columbia Pictures classic has received an extensive 4K restoration from the original negative, with newly remastered 5.1 audio. Available in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. Extras: William Holden and Alec Guinness on "The Steve Allen Show"; "The Bridge on the River Kwai Premiere," narrated by William Holden; "Crossing the Bridge Picture-in-Graphics Track" includes information on the progression of the bridge's construction, the challenges of creating a bridge in the jungle during wartime, the real POW experience, and a book-to-screen comparison; four featurettes; "Making of The Bridge on the River Kwai"; USC short film introduced by William Holden; "An Appreciation" by filmmaker John Milius; "Rise and Fall of a Jungle Giant"; photo gallery; replicas of the original theatrical lobby cards and a 32-page book of on-set and behind the scenes photography. (Sony).
Building the Great Cathedrals
(2010) NOVA documentary on Gothic cathedrals. $24.99. (PBS).
Cher: The Film Collection
Six-film collection time to the release of "Burlesque":"Chastity," "Silkwood," "Moonstruck," "Mermaids" and "Tea With Mussolini"; $49.98. (MGM).
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
(1968) Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Gert Frobe. Remastered with upgraded 7.1 DTS-HD master audio and new interactive games. Available as a Blu-ray/DVD combo. Extras: "Toot Sweet Symphony" melody maker, "Chitty's Bang Bang Driving Game," "Remembering Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" with Dick Van Dyke, "A Fantasmagorical Motorcar" featurette, Sherman Brothers' rare demos of the film's most popular songs, vintage featurettes, photo gallery, vintage advertising gallery including English and French versions of the theatrical trailer and several television spots, sing-a-long version of the film, "Music Machine." (MGM).
(2010) Michael Fassbender, Dominic West. Sword and sandal actioner about a splinter group of Roman soldiers who fight for their lives behind enemy lines after their legion is decimated in a devastating guerrilla attack. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Classic Doctor Who
Two digitally remastered Doctor Who classics: "Revenge of the Cybermen" (Story 79 from the Tom Baker years, 1974-81) and "Silver Nemesis" (Story 154 from the Sylvester McCoy years, 1987-89), $24.98 each. (BBC/Warner).
Cold Feet (The Wedding Tale)
(2006 -- Israel) Comedy about a reluctant bride-to be who keeps her groom and guests waiting while she ponders her future and commitment in a small cafe. (SISU Home Entertainment).
Crash of Flight 447
(2010) On June 1, 2009, Flight AF447, an Air France Airbus A330 flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean with the loss of all 228 lives. NOVA documentary examines what lead to Flight 447's crew to fly straight into a towering thunderstorm ... and crash. $24.99. (PBS).
Detroit Metal City
(2008 -- Japanese) This live-action Japanese box office success, based on a popular manga series with over 3 million copies sold in Japan, centers on a shy young man who dreams of becoming a trendy singer songwriter but, for some reason, is forced into joining the devil worshipping death metal band "Detroit Metal City," who go on to become superstars. (Warner)
(2009) Heather Graham, Jennifer Coolidge, Amber Heard, Joey Lauren Adams. Three women who meet in an anger-management class decide to form an extermination business to wreak havoc on the men of Texas. Extras: Gag reel. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).
The Facts of Life: The Complete Fifth Season
(1983-84) Four-disc set with 24 episodes, $39.97. (Shout! Factory).
Families of Afghanistan and Families of Kenya
(2010) Part of the Families of the World Series in which youngsters are offered the opportunity to travel -- by video -- to countries around the world. Each DVD always focuses on two children from differing backgrounds -- one urban, one rural -- and are narrated by children. Kids get to follow each family's daily routines and learn to understand other cultures. $29.95 each. (Master Communications).
Frank Sinatra: Concert Collection
Seven-disc box set that contains over 14 hours of television and concert performances from the '50s through the '80s, including four previously unreleased specials, a box-set exclusive compilation of vintage performances, and a 44-page book featuring rare photographs and notes by Sinatra scholar Bill Zehme. "A Man and His Music: The Collection" (Discs 1 and 2) includes
"A Man and His Music" (1965), "A Man and His Music Part II" (1966), "A Man and His Music + Ella + Jobim"(1967) and "Sinatra: The Man and His Music" (1981); "Around the World" (Discs 3 and 4) includes "Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back" (1973), "Sinatra: The Main Event" (1974)," Sinatra in Concert at Royal Festival Hall" (1970) and the very rare "Sinatra in Japan: Live at the Budokhan Hall," Tokyo (1985); "Primetime" (Disc 5) includes "Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing" (1968), "Sinatra" (1969) and "Sinatra and Friends" (1977); "Concert for the Americas" (1982) (Disc 6); Bonus Disc (Disc 7) includes "Happy Holidays With Bing and Frank" (1957), "Vintage Sinatra," a 2003 PBS special that features classic performances from his 1957-58 ABC television series, and 10 previously unreleased television performances. $79.98. (Shout! Factory).
The Fugitive: The Fourth and Final Season: Volume 1
(1966-67) Four-disc set, $42.99. (Paramount).
The Goonies 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition
(1985) Dir.: Richard Donner; Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, Martha Plimpton, Ke Huy-Quan, Joe Pantoliano. Extras: Cast commentary with director Richard Donner and the actors, "The Making of The Goonies" documentary, Cyndi Lauper music video "The Goonies 'R Good Enough," deleted scenes. Also comes with a new board game, collectible storyboard prints, a 1985 souvenir magazine with behind-the-scenes stories about the filming in Astoria, Oregon (including the production design that transformed Astoria into the "Goon Docks"), and a reprint of a 2009 article with updates on the cast and crew. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
Hannah Montana Forever: Who Is Hannah Montana?
(2010) Eight episode collection of the series' best moments, including the pilot and the episode in which she reveals her true identity; $19.99. (Disney).
The Hungry Ghosts
(2010) Michael Imperioli's directing debut. Stars Steve Schirripa, Aunjanue Ellis, Nick Sandow, Sharon Angela, Emory Cohen. Intertwining stories of five struggling New Yorkers overpowered by their thirst for mental, physical or spiritual fulfillment. Revolves around Schirripa, who plays the lead role of "Frank," a gambling, drug addicted father who is unable to connect with his son. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Virgil Films & Entertainment).
(2010) Kate Bishop, Tomas Boykin, Christinna Chauncey. A faith-based 'Crash,' follows a desperate heiress, a beautiful reporter, a vengeful detective and a charismatic district attorney in modern-day Los Angeles as their lives intersect, leading to profound choices that will test each character's morality and faith. (Fox).
(2009 -- Brazil) Lilia Cabral, Jose Mayer, Reynaldo Gianecchini Caua, Reymond Alexandra, Richter Eduardo Lago. Comedy about a fortysomething married mother of two who suddenly, and without explanation, decides to visit a psychiatrist, causing her to reevaluate her life, divorce her husband and have affairs with younger men. (Maya Entertainment).
Lady Gaga: One Sequin at a Time
(2010) Documentary on Stefani Germanotta, better known by her stage name, Lady Gaga, from her early years as an aspiring pianist and songwriter, to her time as a Catholic-school outcast, to her first record deal, to the growth of her career following the release of two major albums and critically acclaimed tours. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).
The Larry Sanders Show: The Complete Series
(1992-98) Seventeen-disc box set featuring all 89 original episodes of the hit series, available for the first time, with extensive bonus features and a special commemorative 60-page color book ("The Larry Sanders Show: The Complete Guide"), $149.98. Extras: Video introduction by Garry Shandling; deleted scenes; outtakes; Garry Shandling lectures at University of Southern California; commentaries by Garry Shandling, Todd Holland, Judd Apatow and Peter Tolan; "The Making of The Larry Sanders Show" feature-length documentary; Garry Shandling and Judd Apatow on "The Writer's Process"; interviews with cast and crew: Garry Shandling, Jeremy Piven, Bob Odenkirk, Linda Doucett, Penny Johnson, Janeane Garofalo, Scott Thompson, Wallace Langham, Sarah Silverman, and Mary Lynn Rajskub; Garry Shandling's personal visits with guest stars: Alec Baldwin, Sharon Stone, David Duchovny, Tom Petty, Jon Stewart, Ellen DeGeneres, Jerry Seinfeld, Carol Burnett and more; Rip and Jeffrey visit with Garry in his living room; Emmy print campaign gallery (Season 6); "The Journey Continues ..." $149.99. (Shout! Factory). Read the press release here.
The Larry Sanders Show: Season Two
(1993) Three-disc set with 18 episodes, $34.93. (Shout! Factory).
Mad About You: Season Five
(1996-97) Four-disc set with 24 episodes, $29.93. (Shout! Factory)
Men of a Certain Age: The Complete First Season
(2009-10) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $39.98. Extras: Commentary. (Warner).
Metalocalypse: Season III
(2009-10) Two-disc set, $29.98. Extras: Extended scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
Nip/Tuck: The Complete Series Gift Set
(2009) Thirty-five disc set with all 100 episodes plus 11 featurettes, $198.70. (Warner).
Not of This Earth Special Edition
(1988) Traci Lords, Arthur Roberts. Remake of executive producer Corman's 1957 sci-fi horror classic, which he had himself produced and directed. New anamorphic widescreen transfer (1.78:1). A vampire alien arrives on Earth to test human blood for an invasion. Extras: "Nadine's Story," a new interview with Traci Lords; audio commentary by Traci Lords and director Jim Wynorski; original DVD audio commentary with director Jim Wynorski; original theatrical trailer; New World trailers. (Roger Corman's Cult Classics/Shout! Factory).
Ocean Adventures With Jean Michel Cousteau
Seven episodes, $49.98. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (PBS).
Takes viewers on an undersea journey to remote and magical places. Feodor Pitcairn, a pioneer in underwater HD cinematography, explores the marine ecosystems of the Galapagos Islands, Raja Ampat in Indonesia, the Maldives, the Azores, Hawaii, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, the Channel Islands, British Columbia, the Gulf of Mexico, French Polynesia and Belize. $24.99. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (PBS).
(2010) The 10-part miniseries, $79.99. Extras: Interviews, profiles, more. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds two companion interactive features across all 10 episodes. (HBO Video).
The Sound of Music 45th Anniversary Edition
(1965) Dir.: Robert Wise; Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer. Available as a three-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack ($34.99) and a Limited Edition Collector's Set ($89.99). Restored and remastered in 1080p Hi-Def with 7.1 DTS-HD Sound. Blu-ray Extras:
"Your Favorite Things": An interactive celebration immersive viewing experience with behind-the-scenes images, on-screen lyrics, trivia track and location quiz; "Music Machine Sing-Along"; commentaries by Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and director Robert Wise; BD-LIVE: Live Lookup Powered by IMDb; "Musical Stages: Creating The Sound of Music" interactive "backlot tour" with in-depth featurettes on the songs, the stage show and movie, the film and sound restoration and the real-life Von Trapp family; "A City of Song": Virtual map of filming locations in Salzburg, Austria; vintage Rodgers & Hammerstein and "The Sound of Music Programs"; screen tests, rare treasures, interviews, photo galleries, more. The Limited Edition Collector's Set includes a 45th anniversary soundtrack, a 100-page "My Favorite Things" scrapbook, snapshots from Salzburg, reproduction of the original 1965 souvenir program, and an exclusive "My Favorite Things" music box with a letter of authenticity. (Fox).
TCM Greatest Classic Films
Here's another wave of two releases in the TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection, a collaboration between Turner Classic Movies and Warner Home Video to present low-priced collections of some of the greatest films of all to serve both serious film buffs and a new generation of movie lovers. Each four-disc set sells for $27.92. (Warner).
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Astaire and Rogers: "The Gay Divorcee" (1934), "Shall We Dance" (1937), "Swing Time" (1936), "Top Hat" (1935).
The Terror Within/Dead Space Double BillThe Terror Within (1989): George Kennedy, Andrew Stevens, Terri Treas, Starr Andreeff. New anamorphic widescreen Transfer (1.78:1). In the aftermath of a chemically-induced plague that has decimated most of the world, the only survivors are a small group of scientists trapped in a hi-tech laboratory located 500 feet beneath the surface of the Mohave Desert. But they're not alone. Extras: commentary by co-producer Rodman Flender. Dead Spacee (1991): Marc Singer, Bryan Cranston. Loose remake of Roger Corman's "Forbidden World" about a space cop and his robot sidekick who fight to save a planet from a spreading virus and an odd, growing alien cocoon. Extras: Commentary by director Fred Gallo. (Roger Corman's Cult Classics/Shout! Factory).
Toy Story 3
(2010) Voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, John Ratzenberger, Michael Keaton, Estelle Harris, Jodi Benson, Ned Beatty, Wallace Shawn. Read more about "Toy Story 3" in the November Calendar.Available as a single-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray (with digital copy), and a four-disc Blu-ray Disc/DVD Combo Pack (with digital copy).DVD Extras: "Day and Night" theatrical short, "The Gang's All Here, Toys!" epilogue, "Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: The Science of Adventure," "Paths to Pixar: Editorial," "Studio Stories: 'Where's Gordon,' 'Cereal Bar,' 'Clean Start'," "A Toy's Eye View: Creating a Whole New Land," Alex Syntek. Blu-ray Extras add: "Cine-explore" by director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla Anderson, "Beyond the Toybox" commentary track, "Beginnings With Michael Arndt," "Bonnie's Playtime" story roundtable, "Roundin' Up a Western Opening," "Goodbye Andy," "The Accidental Toymakers of Pixar," "Life of a Short," "Making of Day and Night," "Ken's Dating tips," "Lotso commercials," "Dancing With the Stars at Pixar," "Toy Story Trivia Dash" game, Alex Syntek music video. (Disney).
TV Sets: Christmas Treats
Holiday-themed episodes from eight TV comedies, including "Cheers," "Happy Days," "The Lucy Show" and "The Beverly Hillbillies." $14.99. (Paramount).
V: The Complete First Season
(2009-10) Three-disc set with 12 episodes, $39.98. Extras: " The Actor's Journey from Human to V" featurette, "An Alien in Human Skin: The Makeup FX of V" featurette, " Breaking Story: The World of V: featurette, "The Visual FX of V" featurette, commentary with executive producers Scott Rosenbaum and Steve Pearlman, bloopers, deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
(1954) Dir.: Michael Curtiz; Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger. Extras: Commentary by Rosemary Clooney, "Backstage Stories From White Christmas," "Rosemary's Old Kentucky Home," "Bing Crosby: Christmas Crooner," "Danny Kaye: Joy to the World," more. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Paramount).
(1999 -- Israel) Danny Steg, Orly Ben-Garti, Albert Lluz, Dafna Rechter. Three small-time crooks and one dreamy-eyed girl go on a wild ride in search of the fabled village of Zur Hadasim. (SISU Home Entertainment).
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(2009) Lars von Trier ("Europa," "Breaking the Waves," "Dancer in the Dark") shook up the film world when he premiered "Antichrist" at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. In this graphic psychodrama, a grief-stricken man and woman -- Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg -- retreat to a cabin deep in the woods after the accidental death of their infant son, only to find terror and violence at the hands of nature and, ultimately, each other. But this most confrontational work yet from one of contemporary cinema's most controversial artists is no mere provocation. It is a visually sublime, emotionally ravaging journey to the darkest corners of the possessed human mind; a disturbing battle of the sexes that pits rational psychology against age-old superstition; and a profoundly effective horror film. New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Lars von Trier and supervised by director of photography Anthony Dod Mantle. Extras: Commentary by von Trier and professor Murray Smith; video interviews with von Trier and actors Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg; collection of video pieces delving into the production of "Antichrist," including interviews with von Trier and key members of his filmmaking team as well as behind-the-scenes footage; "Chaos Reigns at the Cannes Film Festival 2009," a documentary on the film's world premiere, plus press interviews with Dafoe and Gainsbourg; booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Ian Christie. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).
Barney: Best Fairy Tales
(2010) Nine classic fairy tales as only Barney could tell them: "Jack and the Beanstalk," "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," "Three Billy Goats Gruff," "Shoemaker & Elves," "The Sharing Hen," "Little Boy Blue," "Three Little Kittens," "Tortoise and the Hare" and "Girl Who Cried Wolf." $14.98. Extras: "Super-Dee-Duper Shape" game. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).
The Boondocks: The Complete Third Season
(2010) Three-disc set with 15 uncensored episodes of the Adult Swim series, $49.95. Extras: Commentaries, "Slink on the Street: Who is Your Favorite Character?", animatic to screen comparisons, Seung Eun Kim sketch photo gallery. (Sony).
The Brazen Bull
(2010) Michael Madsen, Jennifer Tisdale, Rachel Hunter, David Frank Fletcher Jr. Trapped in an abandoned warehouse, a woman and her real-estate investing fiance inadvertently fall prey to a terrorizing killer on the loose. Extras: Making-of featurette, interviews. (Virgil Films & Entertainment).
Californication: The Third Season
(2009) Two-disc set with 12 episodes, $42.99 (Showtime/CBS/Paramount).
Californication: Three Season Pack
(2007-09) All three seasons, $117.98. (Showtime/CBS/Paramount).
(2008) Forget about nuclear missiles; the decisive weapon of the 21st century is the car bomb. With just a trunk load of home-made explosives and a battered old car, terrorists can intimidate a goverernment and a population. Featuring footage of car bomb attacks and interviews with car bombers, ex-CIA agent Robert Baer reveals how the century of the car turned into the century of the car bomb. And, surprisingly, he starts the story with what may be the first "car" bombing of them all: a horse drawn wagon laden with dynamite that was detonated outside the J.P. Morgan bank on Wall Street on Sept. 16, 1920. $19.98. (The Disinformation Co.)
Charlie St. Cloud
(2010) Zac Efron, Charlie Tahan, Kim Basinger, Amanda Crew, Augustus Prew, Donal Logue. Read more about "Charlie St. Cloud" in the November Calendar.Extras: Deleted scenes, "On Location With Zac Efron." "Zac Efron: Leading Man," "The In-Between World," commentary by director Burr Steers. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Universal),
DC Showcase Original Shorts Collection
Four animated shorts featuring characters from the celebrated DC Comics vault: "Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam," "The Spectre," "Jonah Hex" and "Green Arrow." Extras: Four additional bonus TV series episodes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds commentaries. (Warner).
Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series
(2010) Six-disc set with 13 episodes, $79.98. Matt Smith and Karen Gillan star as the new Doctor (the 11th) and his companion Amy Pond. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (BBC/Warner).
Don't Look Back
(2009 -- France) Sophie Marceau, Monica Bellucci, Andrea Di Stefano. Jeanne (Sophie Marceau) is a successful biographer, who, against the advice of her publisher, decides to write a novel based on her own life experiences. As she becomes consumed by her work, she starts to uncover a series of disturbing changes happening to her life. The world around her -- her home, her family, her life -- are beginning to transform into something beyond her recognition. Then she realizes that she too is changing ... her body is beginning to change, and her physical features are slowly morphing into that of another woman (Monica Bellucci). Yet, no one around her seems to notice. (IFC/MPI Media Group).
The Dry Land
(2010) Ryan O'Nan, America Ferrera, Melissa Leo, Jason Ritter, Wilmer Valderrama. A U.S. soldier returning home from war struggles to reconcile his experiences with the life and family he left in Texas. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Maya Entertainment).
Elia Kazan Film Collection
Eighteen-disc DVD gift set of Elia Kazan films, including "A Letter to Elia," Martin Scorsese's new documentary exploring the life and talent of the director, which will air on PBS' "American Masters" On October 4. The full collection, in addition to the documentary, includes: " A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (1945), "Boomerang!" (1947)," Gentleman's Agreement" (1947), "Pinky" (1949), "Panic in the Streets" (1950), "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951), "Viva Zapata!" (1952), "Man on a Tightrope" (1953), On the Waterfront (1954), East of Eden (1955), "Baby Doll" (1956), "A Face in the Crowd"(1957), "Wild River" (1960), "Splendor in the Grass" (1961), and "America, America" (1963). Of the collection, 5 films have never before been released on DVD: "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," "Viva Zapata!", "Man on a Tightrope," "Wild River" and "America, America." $199.98. Includes a commemorative book.(Fox).
Elmo and Friends: The Letter Quest
(2010) Three magical adventures, $12.96. (Warner).
The Golden Girls: 25th Anniversary Complete Collection
(1985-92) Twenty-one disc set with 180 episodes, $149.99. Extras: "Thank You for Being a Friend" featurette; "Go for the Gold" trivia challenge; "Golden Moments" compilation of the biggest laughs; "The Golden Girls" scrapbook of each Golden Girl's funniest moments; exclusive insights and commentaries with Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Betty White; fashion commentary. (Disney).
(2010) Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph. Read more about "Grown Ups" in the November Calendar. Available as a single disc Blu-ray and DVD and a Blu-Ray/DVD Combo pack. Extras: Bloopers, gag reel, "Laughing is Contagious" and "The Cast of Grown Ups" featurettes. Blu-ray adds Deleted scenes, "Riff-O-Rama" blooper reel, commentary by director Dennis Dugan, "Dennis Dugan: Hands on Director" featurette, "The Lost Tapes of Norm MacDonald" featurette, "Busey and the Monkey" featurette, movieIQ+sync and BD-Live. Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack includes a digital copy. (Sony).
Hunt to Kill
(2010) Steve Austin, Marie Avgeropoulos, Gil Bellows, Emilie Ullerup, Eric Roberts, Michael Eklund. Steve Austin stars as U.S. Border Patrol agent Jim Rhodes, a tough divorcee mourning the loss of his murdered partner while struggling to raise his rebellious daughter in the mountains of Montana. When a crew of trigger-happy fugitives takes Rhodes' daughter hostage and leave him for dead, all hell breaks loose. Extras: Commentary with director Keoni Waxman and actor Michael Eklund, "Behind-the-Scenes of Hunt to Kill" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay Entertainment).
Ice Blues: A Donald Strachey Mystery
(2008) Fourth installment in the critically-acclaimed series featuring America's best-known gay private investigator, based on the best-selling novels by Richard Stevenson. (Entertainment One).
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
(2010) In his short life, Jean-Michel Basquiat was an international superstar in the art scene and pop-culture, creating thousands of paintings, dating Madonna, befriending and collaborating with Andy Warhol, walking on the runway for Comme des Garcons, and appearing in a Debbie Harry video. He became notorious for his graffiti art under the moniker Samo in the late 1970s on the Lower East Side scene. Appreciated by both the art cognoscenti and the public at large, Basquiat was an international star. Directed by Basquiat's friend, filmmaker Tamra Davis ("Billy Madison"), this is the definitive documentary on one of the most captivating figures of the contemporary art world. Containing one of the only full-length interviews on film or video Basquiat ever made, the film captures the legendary artist at the height of his career -- which was cut short when he died due to a heroin overdose on August 12, 1988, at the age of 27. Extras: Interview with the director. (Arthouse Films/New Video).
Lie to Me: Season Two
(2009-10) Six-disc set with 22 episodes, $59.99. Extras: Deleted scenes, Dr. Ekman's blog, "Dr. Ekman/Dr. Lightman -- Lie Detection Tutorial,"
"Eli Loker-- An Honest Man." (Fox).
(2009 -- Germany) Sebastian Schlecht, Eric Golub. A young gay couple travel to the countryside to get to know each other better, and find paradise -- or so they think. (Strand Releasing).
(2010) Dir.: Taylor Hackford; Helen Mirren, Joe Pesci, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Gina Gershon, Scout Taylor-Compton, Bai Ling, Taryn Manning. Fictionalized account of the incredible true story of the proprietors of Nevada's first legalized brothel in the late 1970s. Extras: Commentary by Mirren and Hackford, deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (National Entertainment Media).
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XIX
(2010) Four-disc set featuring never-before-released MST3K Episodes "Robot Monster," "Bride of the Monster," "Devil Doll" and "Devil Fish," $69.97. Extras: New introduction by J. Elvis Weinstein; cult filmmaker Larry Blamir's full-fledged geek-out on "Robot Monster," new featurettes on "Bride of the Monster" and "Devil Doll," "MST3K: Origins and Beyond from CONvergence 2009," original movie trailers, four exclusive MST3K mini-posters by artist Steve Vance, figurine of Gypsy, the perfect companion to the Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo figurines included in previous year-end Mystery Science Theater 3000 box sets. (Shout! Factory).
Ramona and Beezus
(2010) Selena Gomez, Joey King, John Corbett, Bridget Moynahan, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Duhamel, Jason Spevack, Sandra Oh. Coming-of-age comedy -- based on the best-selling books by Beverly Cleary -- follows the misadventures of grade-schooler Ramona and her older sister Beezus. Available as a single-disc standard DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. Extras: Gag reel, deleted Scenes, "My Ramona" with author Beverly Cleary, "Show & Tell Film School" with tips and tricks on how kids can make their own movie. Blu-ray adds "A Day in the Life of Joey King," Selena and Joey audition footage, "Fox Movie Channel Presents Life After Film School" with director Elizabeth Allen, digital copy. (Fox).
(2006 -- Hong Kong) Jackie Chan, Michael Hui, Louis Koo, Charlene Choi, Biao Yuen. Jackie Chan plays a gambler who turns to burglary to pay his debts. But when his buddies try to score a big payout by kidnapping a baby, he finds himself in an entirely new mess. (Vivendi Entertainment).
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Machine Limited Edition Collection
Seven-disc set with 41 episodes, plus an eighth disc of bonus features, housed in a molded-plastic Mystery Machine case, $79.95. (Warner).
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
(2010) Michael Cera, Alison Pill, Mark Webber, Johnny Simmons, Ellen Wong, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick, Jason Schwartzman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Brandon Routh. Read more about "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" in the November Calendar.Extras: Commentary with director/producer/co-writer Edgar Wright, co-writer Michael Bacall and author Bryan Lee O'Malley; technical commentary with director/producer/co-writer Edgar Wright and director of photography Bill Pope; cast commentary with Michael Cera, Jason Schwartzman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong and Brandon Routh; cast commentary with Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Kieran Culkin and Mark Webber; trivia track; deleted and alternate scenes; "Scott Pilgrim vs. the Bloopers"; behind-the-scenes photo galleries including Edgar Wright's photo blog; production photos, art galleries and marketing concepts. Also available as a Blu-ray Disc/DVD Combo Pack, which adds U-Control: storyboard picture-in-picture; insider documentaries; alternate footage and alternative edits to the film; pre-production featurette that takes a look inside the film's pre-production process including storyboards, pre-visualizations, animatics, motion capture tests, rehearsal footage, casting tapes, hair/make-up tests and more; "The Music of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,": including four complete music videos and video remixes from DJ Osymyso; visual effects; sound work; Adult Swim: "Scott Pilgrim vs. The Animation"; "Scott Pilgrim vs the Censors": TV-safe version; behind-the-scenes production blogs by Edgar Wright from the set trailers and TV spots; Pocket Blu; and BD-Live. (Universal).
Secret Origins: The Story of DC Comics
(2010) A look at the history of the comic book publication that launched such legendary characters as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman; $24.98. (Warner).
(2010) Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman. BBC modern-day update of the famous sleuth. Extras: Commentaries, making-of featurette, pilot episode. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (BBC/Warner).
(2009) Starina Johnson, Karen Black, Jane Wiedlin, Susan Traylor, Mink Stole, Stacy Cunningham. Homage to film noir women-in-prison films, faithfully re-producing the genre with a modern, tongue-in-cheek twist, with all the hallmarks of a classic prison movie complete with a wrongly accused heroine, hard boiled dames, diabolical alliances, forbidden love, cat-fighting cuties, a sadistic warden, and corrupt prison guards. The film centers on Daisy, an innocent young woman framed for killing her mother, who's sent to death row. (MTI Home Video).
The Super Hero Squad Show: Quest for the Infinity Sword! Volume 2
(2009-10) Six episodes. Iron Man, Wolverine, Hulk, Silver Surfer, Thor, Falcon and their friends protect Super Hero City from the wild, weird and even wacky villainy of VillainVille's most infamous baddies, led by the sinister Dr. Doom. $14.93. Extras: Interview with Tom Kenny, hero profiles, concept art gallery. (Shout! Factory).
thirtysomething: The Complete Final Season
(1990-91) Six-disc set with 23 episodes, $59.97. Mastered from new high defintion transfers. Extras: New introduction by Edwrad Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz. (Shout! Factory).
Three and Out (aka A Deal Is a Deal)
(2008 -- U.K.) Mackenzie Crook, Colm Meaney, Imelda Staunton, Gemma Arterton. Following two accidental deaths under the wheels of his train, a London subway driver discovers a loophole: a third accidental death will result in his early retirement with gigantic benefits. To make it happen, he finds a young man with a death wish and persuades him to jump under his train -- after a weekend to remember. Dark comedy. (Entertainment One).
(2010) Matthew Modine, Randy Wayn, Rance Howard, Robert Forster, Bob Gunton. A small-town attorney who is left devastated and purposeless by the horrific death of his wife and two sons in a tragic accident agrees to take on one final case before committing suicide. Defending accused murderer Peter Thomason against capital punishment, the lawyer begins a trial that transforms his life and the lives of those around him. (Fox).
You Lucky Dog
(2010) Natasha Henstridge, Harry Hamlin. Hallmark Channel original movie follows a working woman as she returns to her hometown of White Tail Creek to pay respect to her late mother, where she sticks around to help the struggling community, which has fallen on hard economic times. (Vivendi Entertainment).
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Avatar Extended Collector's Edition
(2009) Three-disc set with three versions of the film, including the original theatrical release, a special edition re-release, and new collector's extended cut with sixteen more minutes including an exclusive alternate opening Earth scene. Also includes eight hours of never-before seen material with over 45 minutes of deleted scenes. Extras: Family audio track with all objectionable language removed, "Capturing Avatar" in-depth feature-length documentary with James Cameron, Jon Landau and cast and crew; deleted scenes. Blu-ray Disc adds: Production materials; "Pandora's Box," which allows viewers to delve deeper into the filmmaking process; "Interactive Scene Deconstruction" that explores the various stages of production through three different viewing modes; "Production Shorts": 17 featurettes covering performance capture, scoring the film, 3-D fusion camera, stunts and more; "Avatar Archives" including original script treatment, 300-page screenplay and the extensive Pandorapedia; BD-live Portal with additional bonus materials. (Fox).
Barbie as Rapunzel
(2010) Loosely based on the fairy tale. Extras: "The Artist in Me" featurette, "Rapunzel's Art Gallery," "Dress Up Rapunzel." (Universal).
Best Worst Movie
(2009) Documentary on the film that some people consider to be the worst of all time: "Troll 2," and its journey to cult classic. (Tribeca Film/New Video).
The Boy Who Cried Wolf ... And More Children's Fables
(2010) Includes the title story plus "Charlie Needs a Cloak," "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi," "Seven Blind Mice," narrated by B.D. Wong, and "Stone Soup." $14.95. (Scholastic Storybook Treasures).
Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
(2010) Chris O'Donnell and Jack McBrayer; Voices of Christina Applegate, Michael Clarke Duncan, Neil Patrick Harris, Sean Hayes, James Marsden, Bette Midler, Nick Nolte, Wallace Shawn, Roger Moore, Paul Rodriguez, Joe Pantoliano.
Read more about "Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore" in the November Calendar.Extras: Looney Toons "Coyote Falls" cartoon. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds "Dog Dishing: Tails From the Bark Side of Hollywood," "The Best of the Best Cat vs Dog Animated Showdowns," "Meow-Takes: Outtakes and Gag Reel." (Warner).
A Christmas Carol
(2009) Dir.: Robert Zemeckis; Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Bob Hoskins, Sammi Hanratty Available in Blu-ray 3-D 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D Disc, Blu-ray Disc, DVD and Digital Copy), single-disc Blu-ray and single-disc DVD.Extras: "Capturing A Christmas Carol" featurette, "On Set With Sammi Hanratty," deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds "Behind the Carol: The Full Motion Capture Experience," "Countdown to Christmas Interactive Calendar," more deleted scenes. 3-D Blu-ray adds "Mr. Scrooge's Wild Ride" 3-D featurette. (Disney).
Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type .... and More Fun on the Farm
Three-disc set with 17 stories, $24.95. (Scholastic Storybook Treasures).
Coopers' Christmas (aka Coopers' Camera)
(2008) Jason Jones, Samantha Bee, Mike Beaver, Dave Foley, Peter Keleghan, Dylan Everett, Nick McKinlay. Using a professional grade video camera, a dysfunctional family records their Christmas Day in 1985, which descends into total chaos. $26.98. Extras: Commentary with director Warren P. Sonoda and producer Sean Buckley; "Coopers' Christmas: When Genius Collides With Inspiration" featurette. (Anchor Bay Entertainment).
Don't Look back
(2009 -- France) Sophie Marceau, Monica Bellucci, Andrea Di Stefano. Jeanne (Sophie Marceau) is a successful biographer, who, against the advice of her publisher, decides to write a novel based on her own life experiences. As she becomes consumed by her work, she starts to uncover a series of disturbing changes happening to her life. The world around her -- her home, her family, her life -- are beginning to transform into something beyond her recognition. Then she realizes that she too is changing ... her body is beginning to change, and her physical features are slowly morphing into that of another woman (Monica Bellucci). Yet, no one around her seems to notice. (IFC/MPI Media Group).
(2001 -- Austria) Documentary journey to 12 remote and rarely glimpsed locales and communities around the world. The filmmakers travel expansive vistas of desert, snow, jungle, ice, and rain forest, visiting a scooter-riding Finnish reindeer herdsman, the home of a Namibian couple with relational problems, a Sardinian fisherman and more. With observational and striking visual portraits, impressions of modernization's influence on traditional societies emerge. Two-disc set with a booklet, $34.98. (Icarus Films).
(2009 -- U.K.) Adar Beck, Gemma Chan, Nathalie Cox, John Lloyd Fillingham. Eight talented candidates have reached the final stage of selection to join the ranks of a mysterious and powerful corporation -- but the windowless room they enter contains tests of blank sheets of papers. (IFC/MPI Media Group).
The Extra Man
(2010) Katie Holmes, John C. Reilly, Paul Dano, Kevin Kline, Dan Hedaya, Patti D'Arbanville, Marian Seldes. A man who escorts wealthy widows in New York's Upper East Side takes a young aspiring playwright under his wing. Extras: Deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes score footage, commentary, more. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Fear Me Not
(2008 -- Denmark) Ulrich Thomsen, Paprika Steen. A man signs up for a test trial of a new anti-depressant as a way to change his life. When the trial is called off, he continues taking the medication with violent results. (IFC/MPI Media Group).
Gangland: The Complete Season Six
(2010) Three-disc set with 11 episodes, $34.95. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (A&E Home Entertainment).
(2010) Three-disc set of the National Geographic series that premiered Nov. 7. Narrated by Alec Baldwin, the series takes viewers around the world on the arduous journeys that millions of animals undertake to ensure the survival of their species. The four-part series includes "Great Migrations: Born to Move," "Great Migrations: Need to Breed," "Great Migrations: Feast or Famine," "Great Migrations: Race to Survive." Extras: "Science of Great Migrations," "Great Migrations: Behind the Scenes." $44.99. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (National Geographic).
The Hunting Party
(2007) Terrence Howard, Richard Gere, Gordana Vukres, James Brolin. A young journalist, a seasoned cameraman and a discredited war correspondent embark on an unauthorized mission to find the No. 1 war criminal in Bosnia; they find themselves in serious jeopardy when they are mistaken as a CIA hit squad and their target decides to come after them. Extras: Commentary by director Richard Shepard, deleted scenes, making-of featurette, "The Real Hunting Party" featurette, "What I Did on My Summer Vacation" original Esquire article by Scott Anderson. (The Weinstein Co./Vivendi Entertainment).
The John Cena Experience
(2010) Three-disc set with a revealing documentary on Cena's life and music and movie careers. $34.95. Extras: Fifteen bonus matches. (World Wrestling Entertainment).
The Kids Are All Right
(2010) Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson.Read more about "The Kids Are All Right" in the November Calendar.Extras: "The Journey to Forming a Family" featurette with director/co-writer Lisa Cholodenko; The Making of the Kids Are All Right"; "The Writers' Process" with Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg; commentary by Cholodenko. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds BD-Live, pocket Blu, My Scenes.(Universal).
The Last Airbender
(2010) Noah Ringer, Dev Patel, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Shaun Toub, Aasif Mandvi, Cliff Curtis, Seychelle Gabriel. Read more about "The Last Airbender" in the November Calendar.Extras: Deleted scenes, "Origins of the Avatar" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds "Discovering The Last Airbender" nine-part documentary, "Siege of the North" location featurette, "Katara for a Day" on-set featurette, gag reel, "Avatar Annotations" (Picture-in-picture on select scenes), digital copy. (Paramount).
(2009) Richard Dreyfuss, Bruce Dern, Blythe Danner, Mamie Gummer, Tom Wisdom, Julie Harris. Set in 1912 on Cape Cod, a lighthouse keeper and his friend -- who have disavowed any association with females -- must deal with the appearance of two attractive women who move into a nearby cottage for the summer. Extras: Cast and crew interviews. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).
(2010) Boo-Woo, Brandon T. Jackson, Naturi Naughton, Loretta Devine, Ice Cube, Keith David, Terry Crews, Mike Epps. Kevin Carson (Bow Wow) has just won $370 million in the Mondo Millions Lottery. But the Lottery Claim Office is closed for a long holiday weekend, so before he can collect, Kevin must figure out how to keep a lid on his good fortune and survive the next three days. As his prize news spreads, Kevin quickly discovers the good, the bad and the ugly in his friends and neighbors. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
(2009) Voices of Vincent Gallo, Juliette Lewis, Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgard, Alexander Skarsgard. Animated feature set in 2024 when oil reserves are nearly depleted and Europe is connected by series of underground tunnels. One man begins to hear a voice inside his head near the tunnels; seeking a way to rid himself of the voice only leads Roger deep into a bizarre conspiracy of mind and body control. (Tribeca Film/New Video).
Mister Ed: Season Four
(1963-64) Factory-direct set, 26 episodes. (Shout! Factory).
(1936) "Modern Times," Charlie Chaplin's last outing as the Little Tramp, puts the iconic character to work as a giddily inept factory employee who becomes smitten with a gorgeous gamine (Paulette Goddard). With its barrage of unforgettable gags and sly commentary on class struggle during the Great Depression, "Modern Times" -- though made almost a decade into the talkie era and containing moments of sound (even song!) -- is a timeless showcase of Chaplin's untouchable genius as a director of silent comedy. New, restored high-definition digital transfer. Extras: Commentary by Chaplin biographer David Robinson; two new visual essays, by Chaplin historians John Bengtson and Jeffrey Vance; new program on the film's visual and sound effects, with experts Craig Barron and Ben Burtt; interview from 1992 with "Modern Times" music arranger David Raksin; "Chaplin Today: Modern Times" (2004), a half-hour program with filmmakers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne; two segments removed from the film; three theatrical trailersl "All at Sea" (1933), a home movie by Alistair Cooke featuring Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, and Cooke, plus a new score by Donald Sosin and a new interview with Cooke's daughter, Susan Cooke Kittredge; "The Rink" (1916), a Chaplin two-reeler highlighting his skill on wheels; "For the First Time" (1967), a Cuban documentary short about a projectionist who shows "Modern Times" to first-time moviegoers; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Saul Austerlitz and a piece by film scholar Lisa Stein that includes excerpts from Chaplin's writing about his travels in 1931 and 1932. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).
Monk: Season One, Two and Three
Four-disc set. Extras: "Mr. Monk and His Origins," "Mr. Monk and His O.C.D.," "Mr. Monk and His Fellow Sufferers," :Mr. Monk and His Emmy Award Winning Performance," "Mr. Monk and His Partners in Crime." (Universal).
(1970) Lee Marvin, Jeanne Moreau, Jack Palance, Mitch Ryan. An aging cowboy realizes that the West he knew and loved will soon be no more -- and that there will be no room for him, either. Based on the Jack Schaffer novel, which was turned into a 2003 telefilm with Tom Selleck. (Paramount).
(2009) James Van Der Beek, Doris Roberts, Erin Karpluk, Chelah Horsdal. Hallmark Channel feature about an overwhelmed widower whose search for a housekeeper to help him with his rambunctious 6-year-old twin sons ends when Mrs. Merkle -- whom the boys call "Mrs. Miracle" -- mysteriously appears and quickly becomes an irreplaceable nanny, chef, friend ... and matchmaker. (Sony).
The Night of the Hunter
(1955) "The Night of the Hunter -- incredibly, the only film the great actor Charles Laughton ever directed -- is truly a standalone masterwork. A horror movie with qualities of a Grimm fairy tale, it stars a sublimely sinister Robert Mitchum as a traveling preacher named Harry Powell (he of the tattooed knuckles), whose nefarious motives for marrying a fragile widow, played by Shelley Winters are uncovered by her terrified young children. Graced by images of eerie beauty and a sneaky sense of humor, this ethereal, expressionistic American classic -- also featuring the contributions of actress Lillian Gish and writer James Agee -- is one of cinema's quirkiest rendering of the battle between good and evil. New, restored high-definition digital transfer. Extras: Commentary featuring assistant director Terry Sanders, film critic F. X. Feeney, archivist Robert Gitt, and author Preston Neal Jones; "Charles Laughton Directs The Night of the Hunter," a two-and-a-half-hour archival treasure trove of outtakes from the film; new documentary featuring interviews with producer Paul Gregory, Sanders, Jones, and author Jeffrey Couchman; new video interview with Simon Callow, author of "Charles Laughton: A Difficult Actor"; clip from the "The Ed Sullivan Show," in which cast members perform live a scene that was deleted from the film; 15-minute episode of the BBC show "Moving Pictures" about the film; archival interview with cinematographer Stanley Cortezl gallery of sketches by author Davis Grubb; new video conversation between Gitt and film critic Leonard Maltin about "Charles Laughton Directs The Night of the Hunter"; original theatrical trailer; booklet featuring essays by critics Terrence Rafferty and Michael Sragow. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).
(2009) Billy Unger, Ariel Winter, Pauly Shore, Colleen Crabtree, Dylan Cash, Dick Van Patten, Renee Taylor, French Stewart. When a child's wish collides with a strange science experiment, adults and kids unwittingly swap places, resulting in a chaotic and comical world with no bedtimes, bullies or rules. (Anchor Bay Entertainment).
Peanuts Holiday Collection Ultimate Collectors Edition
Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack with three beloved specials: "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving," "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and It's a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown." Bonus features: "The Mayflower Voyagers," "It's Magic, Charlie Brown" and "It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown." Includes collectible Peanuts memorabilia. $69.97. (Warner).
Perry Mason: Season Five, Volume Two
(1962) Four-disc set, $54.99. (Paramount).
The Possession of David O'Reilly
(2010 -- U.K.) Giles Alderson, Francesca Fowler, Zoe Richards, Nicholas Shaw. A supernatural shockumentary about a demonic presence in a young couple's home in London. (IFC/MPI Media Group).
Rains of Injustice (Tropico De Sangre)
(2010 -- Dominican Republic) Michelle Rodriguez, Juan Fernandez, Sergio Carlo. Minerva Mirabal and her sisters, raised in a privileged, well-to-do family, dare to stand up against the brutal dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo, who ruled the Dominican Republic with an iron fist 1930 to 1961. (Maya Entertainment).
(2010) Debby Ryan, Jean-Luc Bilodeau. A girl gets 16 wishes on the day of her 16th birthday -- and they all start to come true (gain the attention of her crush, get the Ford Mustang she's always dreamed of, and become the most fashionable and popular girl in school). But wish No. 9 goes wrong and the girl must spend her last wishes rectifying things. Extras: Cast interviews, "A Wish Comes True Everyday" music video. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).
Sondheim! The Birthday Concert
(2010) For the master composer and lyricist's 80th birthday, scores of the musical theater's brightest stars gathered to perform more than two dozen sensational numbers from Sondheim's unsurpassed canon. Many of these enduring songs are rarely heard and several are performed by the original Broadway cast members. David Hyde Pierce hosts the event with Sondheim's longtime collaborator Paul Gemignani conducting the New York Philharmonic. Filmed live March 15-16, 2010 at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).
SpongeBob SquarePants: Legends of Bikini Bottom
(2010) Six episodes, $19.99. Extras: "Behind-the-Scenes: Legends of Bikini Bottom," three animated shorts. (Paramount).
31 North 62 East
(2009) John Rhys-Davies, Marina Sirtis, Heather Peace, Craig Fairbrass, Mimi Ferrer, and Aurelie Bargeme. A psychological thriller about how an elite SAS unit's position is revealed by the British Prime Minister to ensure an arms deal goes ahead and to secure his re-election. Everyone in the unit is thought to be dead, until two months later when a female SAS captain is found by Italian Special Forces and returns to the U.K. to investigate matters. (MTI Home Video).
Tonight: 4 Decades of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
(2010) A gorgeous 15-disc boxed set from Carson Entertainment Group and Respond2 Entertainment. This deluxe collection features more than 30 hours of entertainment from four decades of "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" that has never before been released to DVD. Featuring 56 shows spanning the '60s, 70s, '80s and '90s, selected as the best episodes from the most popular late night show in history. DVD bonus features include more than an hour of rescued footage from shows originally airing in the 1960s plus all-new interviews with some of the most celebrated and regular guest stars that appeared on the show. $199.99. Read more about the release and see a complete list of episodes included in "Tonight: 4 Decades of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson."
Vampire Knight, Vol. 3
(2010) Manga TV series, $19.98. (Warner).
(2009 -- Hong Kong) Johnny Hallyday, Sylvie Testud, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Ka Tung Lam. A French chef swears revenge after a violent attack on his daughter's family in Hong Kong, during which her husband and her two children are murdered. To help him find the killers, he hires three local hit-men working for the mafia. (IFC/MPI Media Group).
Walking Vengeance (Solo Quiero Caminar)
(2008 -- Spain/Mexico) Diego Luna, Elena Anaya, Adriana Gil, Victoria Abril, Pilar Lopez de Ayala. Femme-driven thriller about four women -- motivated by revenge -- who plan a dangerous strike against a band of Mexican drug traffickers. (Maya Entertainment).
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Fly Us to the Moon
(2010) Five episodes for the pre-schoolers as Wubbzy, Widget, Walden and Daizy skyrocket into outer space to help wake The Man in the Moon, prepare for a special encounter with "alien" visitors and embark on kooky space-age adventures; $16.98. (Anchor Bay Entertainment).
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America Lost and Found: The BBS Story
A deluxe collector's set that pays tribute to one of the most important eras in Hollywood history. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider formed the production company BBS, which gave a voice to rebel artists like Dennis Hopper, Peter Bogdanovich, Jack Nicholson, and Henry Jaglom. This box set -- featuring iconic, groundbreaking works "Easy Rider," "Five Easy Pieces," "Head," "Drive, He Said," "A Safe Place," "The King of Marvin Gardens" and "The Last Picture Show" -- will be available in Blu-ray and DVD editions. The Blu-ray Disc set is available Nov. 23 ($124.95); the DVD set will arrive Dec. 14 ($99.95). Read more about the titles and their bonus features. (The Criterion Collection).
Ancient Aliens: The Complete Season One
(2010) Three-disc set with 5 episodes, $29.95. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (A&E Home Entertainment).
(2010) An animal-themed collection of episodes from Barney ("Pets"), Bob the Builder ("Scruffty on Guard"), Thomas & Friends ("Thomas and the Golden Eagle"), Fireman Sam ("Baa Baa Baby") and Kipper ("Cakes and Tails"), $14.98. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).
Batman Beyond: The Complete Series
Nine-disc set with all 52 episodes from Seasons 1-3, $99.98. Extras: Commentaries; season retrospectives; featurettes: "Tomorrow Knight: The Batman Reborn," "Gotham: City of the Future," "The High Tech Hero"; four-page, 8"x 12" collectible booklet. (Warner).
Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder
(2000, 2002) Lindsay Crouse, Meredith Monroe, Richard Thomas, Skye Bartusiak, Walton Goggins, Tess Harper. Parts 1 and 2. (Paramount)
Countdown to Zero
(2010) Traces the history of the atomic bomb from its origins to the present state of global affairs: nine nations possessing nuclear weapons capabilities with others racing to join them, with the world held in a delicate balance that could be shattered by an act of terrorism, failed diplomacy, or a simple accident. Extras: Deleted scenes, additional interviews, archival footage, Ploughshares Fund PSA. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
David Bowie: Rare and Unseen
(2009) A look at the British actor, musician and producer who has lead the pop music scene for five decades. Most famous for his alter-ego, the ostentatious, androgynous "Ziggy Stardust" during the glam-rock era of the early 1970s, Bowie has continually reinvented his music and image and is regarded as an influential innovator. Uses missing-believed-wiped archive interviews and rare and unseen footage. $14.95. (MVD Entertainment).
The Disappearance of Alice Creed
(2009) Martin Compston, Eddie Marsan, Gemma Arterton. Two masked men kidnap the daughter of a millionaire but their plan goes awry when she fights back and turns the tables on them. Extras: Commentary by director J. Blakeson, storyboard featurettes, extended scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay Entertainment).
Eat Pray Love
(2009) Julia Roberts, James Franco, Richard Jenkins, Viola Davis, Billy Crudup, Javier Bardem. Includes both theatrical and director's cut. Read more about "Eat Pray Love" in the November Calendar.Extras: "Ryan Murphy's Journey With Eat Pray Love" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds "Eat Pray Love: The Beginning of the Journey" featurette, "Finding Balance" featurette, "Praying in India" featurette. (Sony).
(2007 -- U.K.) Brittany Ashworth, Bradley Cole, Angela Forrest, Oliver Lee. A young girl's video camera documentation of her family's financial and emotional deterioration ... and then the unimaginable. Extras: "Making of" featurette, behind-the-scenes footage, bonus teaser trailers, more. (IndiePix).
(2010) Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Giselle Itie, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews, Dolph Lundgren, Charisma Carpenter, David Zayas, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Eric Roberts. Read more about "The Expendables" in the November Calendar.Available on DVD and Blu-Ray/DVD Combo with digital copy. (Lionsgate)
Fire & Ice: The Dragon Chronicles
(2008 -- TV) Amy Acker, Tom Wisdom, John Rhys-Davies, Arnold Vosloo. A peaceful kingdom is invaded by a fire dragon. (Entertainment One).
(2010) Madeline Carroll, Callan McAuliffe, Rebecca De Mornay, Anthony Edwards, John Mahoney, Penelope Ann Miller, Aidan Quinn, Kevin Weisman, Morgan Lily, Ryan Ketzner, Gillian Pfaff. Read more about "Flipped" in the November Calendar.Extras: "Anatomy of a near Kiss" featurette. Also available as a Blu-ray/Combo Pack with digital copy. (Warner).
If You Could Say It With Words
(2009) Marin Ireland, Gerry Lehanea. A painter with undiagnosed Asperger's Syndrome challenges a young woman's conventional idea of romance and his own understanding of love. (Vanguard Cinema).
I'm Still Here
(2010) Casey Affleck's documentary about Joaquin Phoenix's transition from the acting world to a career as an aspiring rapper. Is it truth or fiction? Read more about "I'm Still Here" in the November Calendar.Extras: Commentary, deleted scenes, alternate ending outtakes, more. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2010) Jessica Chastain, Dermot Mulroney, Theresa Russell, Chazz Palminteri, Rupert Friend, Michael Vartan, Denise Richards, Donald Sutherland. Jolene is a red-haired wanderer who isn't content to call one place home for any expended stretch of time. Setting off to explore the outside world at age 15, the free-spirited teen embarks on a decade-long cross-country adventure that finds her crossing the paths of everyone from a firebrand Texan who steals her heart, to a wealthy fundamentalist, to an ex-mobster attempting to make good in Las Vegas. Based on E.L. Doctorow's acclaimed short story. (Entertainment One).
Journal of a Contract Killer
(2008) Justine Powell, Jake Canuso, Marco Gambino, Adam Leese. A high-class hooker and assassin for the Italian Mob, now a single mother working in London as a waitress, is forced by the mob to do one last job. The hit goes wrong and her daughter is kidnapped ... but the mob didn't figure on her capacity for revenge. (Vanguard Cinema).
Leather Jacket Love Story
(1997) Sean Tataryn, Christopher Bradley. A tough-as-nails biker and a naive young poet search for love in bohemian L.A. (Entertainment One).
(2010) Mark Feuerstein, Michael B. Silver, Pete Gardner, Molly Hagan, Diora Baird. Porn industry spoof centers on a dysfunctional "family" of adult film stars for a memorial porn shoot following the death of a legendary producer. Along the way, the film's hapless director must contend with dueling Divas, bickering couples, emotionally-scarred tag-team brothers, and a dominatrix with low self-esteem. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Strand Releasing).
Murder, She Wrote: The Complete Twelfth Season
(1995-96) Five-disc set with all 24 episodes of the final season, $49.98. (Universal).
A Nanny for Christmas
(2010) Emmanuelle Vaugier, Dean Cain, Cynthia Gibb, Richard Ruccolo. Romantic comedy about a smart and sassy business woman searching for a new job who gets a gig as a nanny at Christmas time, and receives a gift she never expected. (Anchor Bay Entertainment).
Not Since You
(2009) Desmond Harrington, Kathleen Robertson, Christian Kane, Jon Abrahams, Sunny Mabrey.
A romantic drama about a tight-knit group of college friends who graduated from NYU the year of 9/11 and reunite years later for a weekend wedding in Georgia, where unresolved conflicts and love affairs come to the fore. (Monarch Home Video).
The Pillars of the Earth
(2009) Donald Sutherland, Ian McShane, Matthew Macfadyen, Rufus Sewell. Three-disc uncut set of the eight-part Starz miniseries based on Ken Follett's best-selling novel about an idealistic mason who sets out on a quest to erect a glorious Cathedral bathed in light during England's Dark Ages -- and runs up against a conspiracy of secrets. $59.95 Extras: "The Making of The Pillars of the Earth," "Visual Effects Progression," "Main Titles Progression." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
Presenting Roger Corman's ... Best of the B's Collection 3: Escape From Prison!
Three-disc set with five digitally remastered, full-length women-in-prison feature films: "Swamp Women" (1955)," Women in Cages" (1971), "The Big Bust Out" (1973) "The Hot Box" (1972), "High School Big Shot" (1959). $29.98. Extras: Classic Corman film trailer. (Infinity Entertainment Group).
7th Heaven: The Final Season
(2006-07) Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $49.99. (CBS/Paramount).
(1978 -- Hong Kong) A young scholar recruited by the Emperor to infiltrate the Tien Clan in order to get evidence of the clan's connection to Ming loyalists and anti-Ching activities. If Wei fails in his mission, his own well-connected family will be punished. As the plot thickens, the young man goes into the wild to observe a praying mantis to develop the mantis style of fighting to save the day. (Weinstein/Vivendi Entertainment).
The Six Million Dollar Man: The Complete Collection
Forty-DVD set with all 100 digitally-preserved hour-long episodes -- including three presented in their original two-hour broadcast versions, all remastered from the original, uncut broadcast versions. The set also contains more than 17 hours of all-new bonus material, highlighted by new, in-depth interviews with Lee Majors (Col. Steve Austin) and Richard Anderson (Oscar Goldman) among others. Also included will be the three pilot TV movies ("The Six Million Dollar Man," "Wine, Women and War" and "Solid Gold Kidnapping"), the three reunion TV movies ("The Return of the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman," "Bionic Showdown" [featuring Sandra Bullock] and "Bionic Ever After?"), the never-before-released cross-over episodes of "The Bionic Woman," 17 original featurettes, audio commentaries and more. $239.95 from Time-Life. Preorders: 6mdm.com.
Space Precinct: The Complete Series
(1994-95) Five-disc set with 24 episodes of the live-action/animated series about the extraterrestrial adventures of two NYPD detectives who are transferred to the Demeter City police force on the planet Altor. Created by animation genius Gerry Anderson. $49.98. (Image Entertainment).
Strictly Ballroom Special Edition
(1992) Dir.: Baz Luhrmann; Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice, Bill Hunter, Pat Thomson, Gia Carides. Extras: New mini documentary "Strictly Ballroom: From Stage to Screen," "Samba to Slow Fox" featurette, commentary by Baz Luhrmann, Catheriine Martin and John O'Connell, photo gallery. (Disney).
The Tudors: The Complete Series
(2007-10) Sixteen-disc set, $129.98. Extras: "Hirst's Castle" interview with Michael Hirst discussing the creation and writing process of "The Tudors" series; "Reviving History" featurette on the adaptation of the Tudors story to modern audiences; "Royal Manners" etiquette featurette; "Poetic License" interactive quiz; "Henry's Wives Club"; "History of the Tudor Rose"; "Medieval Arms"; "Tracking the Tudor Dynasty"; "Wheel of Misfortune"; deleted scenes; blooper reel; "Tudors 500th Anniversary: Hampton Court"; "Tudors 500th Anniversary: Tower of London"; "Tudors 500th Anniversary: British Library." (CBS/Paramount).
12 Men of Christmas
(2009) Kristin Chenoweth, Anna Chlumsky, Josh Hopkins. When die-hard New Yorker and publicist E.J. Baxter (Chenoweth) loses both her high-powered Manhattan job and her lawyer-fiance at her office Christmas party, she winds up taking a job and moving to Montana. To help the local search-and-rescue station raise desperately needed funds, she convinces the male rescue workers to pose for a naked calendar, winning the heart of one of the pin-ups. Extras: Interactive calendar using images from the film. (Fox).
The Winning Season
(2009) Sam Rockwell, Emma Roberts, Margo Martindale, Rob Corddry. A has-been coach is given a shot at redemption when he's asked to run his local high school's girls basketball team.Extras: Commentary by director James C. Strouse. (Lionsgate).
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(2008) Emmet Bergin, Ruth Bradley. A grieving woman, fed up with crime, leaves Dublin for the Irish countryside for a fresh start, but her new life is disturbed by a vendetta and her own suspicion towards her new neighbors and her old friends. (IFC Films).
Fantasia & Fantasia 2000:
2-Movie Collection Special Edition
(1940, 1999) Available as a four-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (with both films, in DVD and Blu-ray versions) and a two-disc DVD with both films. Fantasia Extras: New audio commentary with Disney historian Brian Sibley; "Disney Family Museum" tour of the new Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, featuring a very large exhibit on Fantasia and most importantly, the Schultheis notebook with long lost Fantasia production notes found in the walls of a convent. Fantasia 2000 Extras: "Musicana," Walt Disney's late 1970's project intended as a "Fantasia" sequel with a focus on exploring other cultures via their greatest musical compositions. Fantasia Blu-ray adds: "Disney View" viewing mode maximizes the Blu-ray viewing experience with a 16 x 9 aspect ratio and original artwork created by a Disney artist, in a style that complements the beauty of the film; "The Schultheis Notebook: A Disney Treasure" in-depth look at the recently discovered Schultheis Notebook, a detailed log created by Herman Schultheis, an effects man on "Fantasia," that intricately breaks down the film from a technical view (many of the special effects used in Fantasia were a mystery to modern day animators until this notebook was recovered); interactive art gallery and screensavers; commentaries from the "Fantasia Legacy Collection," one with executive producer Roy E. Disney, conductor James Levine, animation historian John Canemaker, and Scott McQueen, manager of film restoration, and one with interviews and story note recreations by Walt Disney, hosted by John Canemaker. Fantasia 2000 Blu-ray adds: "Dali & Disney: A Date With Destino" documentary explores the collaborative relationship between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali, revealing how and why the "Destino" short came to fruition under the lead of Roy E. Disney in 2003 so many years after its inception in 1946; "Destino," the legacy of Walt Disney and Salvador Dali lives on in this highly anticipated short film; "Disney's Virtual Vault" BD-Live Feature; original DVD bonus features from Legacy Collection. Four-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack: $45.99; two-disc DVD: $39.99. (Disney).
Have Gun -- Will Travel: Season Five, Volume One
(1961-62) Three-disc set, $42.99. (Paramount).
Iron Man -- Extremis
(2010) Six episodes from the multi-part series, housed in a unique replica of comic book-style packaging that bridges the comic book to DVD concept. $14.97 Extras: A conversation with Adi Granov, behind-the-scenes look at Marvel Knights Animation, "Marvel Super Heroes: What The ? Starring Iron Man," "Visual History of Iron Man," music video. (Shout! Factory).
Knight and Day
(2010) Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard, Viola Davis, Paul Dano, Marc Blucas, Maggie Grace. Read more about "Knight and Day" in the November Calendar. Available as a single-disc DVD, a two-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and a three-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. Extras: "Wilder Knights and Crazier Days" featurette, "Knight and Someday" featuring the Black Eyed Peas and Tom Cruise, two viral videos: "Soccer" and "Kick." Two-disc combo adds:" Boston Days and Spanish Knights," "Knight and Day: Story," "Knight and Day: Scope," BD-Live extras: "What's New," Live LookUp, "Not Your Regular Spy," excerpt from "Wilder Knights and Crazier Days"; Three-disc combo adds digital copy. (Fox).
Life in Flight
(2008) Patrick Wilson, Amy Smart, Lynn Collins. A well-respected architect -- happily married with a beautiful wife and an adoring son -- begins to question his life when he collaborates with a quirky young female urban designer on a huge development. (IFC Films).
Looney Tunes Super Stars: Foghorn Leghorn & Friends Barnyard Bigmouth
Fifteen cartoon shorts, 14 of which are new to DVD, $19.98. Intended for the adult collector and may not be suitable for children. (Warner).
Looney Tunes Super Stars: Tweety & Sylvester Feline Fwenzy
Showcases 15 of some of the best and brightest shorts featuring the popular canary and cat. All featured cartoons were previously released on DVD. Included are two Academy Award- winning cartoons: "Birds Anonymous" and the seminal "Tweetie Pie." Directed by legendary animator Friz Freleng, "Tweetie Pie" united a duo that appears in more than 40 Warner Bros. cartoon shorts and would go on to earn several other Oscar nominations through the years. $19.98. (Warner).
The Lucy Show: The Third Season
(1964-65) Four-disc set with 26 episodes, $42.99. Extras: CBS Opening Materials: Whip 'n' Chill, LUX Liquid, Lux Beauty Soap, Dream Whip, Wisk, Log Cabin Syrup; "A Note About Color," "Lucy at the World's Fair," "Lucy and Jack Benny" (Intro), "The Danny Kaye Show," French clip, cast bios, production notes, photo gallery. (Paramount).
Meet the Fockers
(2004) Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Blythe Danner, Nicole DeHuff, Jon Abrahams, Owen Wilson, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand. Available on standard DVD and in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. Extras: "Inside the Lit," "The Adventures of a Baby Wrangler," "Matt Lauer Meets The Fockers," commentary by director Jay Roach and editor/co-producer Jon Poll. (Universal).
Meet the Parents
(2000) Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Blythe Danner, Nicole DeHuff, Jon Abrahams, Owen Wilson. Available on standard DVD and in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. Extras: Outtakes; deleted scenes; "De Niro Unplugged"; "The Truth About Lying"; "Silly Cat Tricks"; "Jay Roach: A Director's Profile"; commentary by director Jay Roach and editor Jon Poll; commentary by Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, director Jay Roach and producer Jane Rosenthal; "Take the Lie Detector Test" game; "The Forecaster" game. (Universal).
Parks and Recreation: Season Two
(2009) Four-disc set with 24 episodes, $39.98 Extras: Commentary on select episodes, blooper reel, "Pratt on Parks," "Mouse Rat Rocks the Wrap Party," "?uestlove on: Parks," "Parks and Recreation" theme song performed by Gabby Moreno, "Parks and Recreation" promos -- Winter Games. (Universal).
The Price of Pleasure
(2008) Provocative documentary by Chyng Sun and XYZ explores commercial pornography as it increasingly becomes a part of American pop culture and how it has impacted our daily lives. A scholarly take, the film asks what happens when pleasure and pain, commerce and power, liberty and responsibility are intertwined with our human responsibility. (Cinema Libre Studio).
Samantha: An American Girl Holiday Deluxe Edition
(2004) AnnaSophia Robb, Mia Farrow, Jordan Bridges. Live-action film based on the popular line of American Girl books and 18-inch dolls that depict important times in America's past. Based on the books about Samantha Parkington, a 9-year-old orphan being raised by her wealthy and proper grandmother in 1904 New York. Extras: "Votes For Women: An American Girl: Samantha," "Mount Bedford News: A Victorian Wedding" featurette. (Warner).
The Sicilian Girl
(2010 -- Italy) Veronica D'Agostino, Gerard Jugnot, Francesco Casisa, Marcello Mazzarella, Mario Pupella, Paolo Briguglia. Based on the true story of how 17-year-old Rita Atria broke the Sicilian Mafia's code of silence when she provided testimony about "The Family" after the murder of her father and brother, who were Mafia members as well. The prosecution was based on Rita's first-hand account of life within the Cosa Nostra (which she had scrupulously recorded in the diaries she kept since she was a child), and the trial that's depicted resulted in the conviction of a group of powerful Sicilian syndicate members. The event marked the first time a woman born into a mob-affiliated household would defy "The Family" and offer testimony about their nefarious activities. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Music Box Films Home Entertainment).
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
(2010) Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Teresa Palmer, Toby Kebbell, Omar Benson Miller, Monica Bellucci, Alice Krige. Read more about "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" in the December Calendar.Available as a three-disc combo pack with Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy; two-disc combo pack with DVD and Blu-ray, and single-disc DVD. Extras: "The Making of the Sorcerer's Apprentice," deleted scene. Blu-ray extras: Behind the scenes featurettes: "Magic in the City," "The Science of Sorcery," "Making Magic Real," "The Fashionable Drake Stone," "The Grimhold: An Evil Work of Art," "The Encantus," "Wolves & Puppies," "The World's Coolest Car"; deleted scenes, outtakes. (Disney).
The Special Relationship
(2010) Michael Sheen, Dennis Quaid, Hope Davis, Helen McCrory. In 1993, Tony Blair was a rising young star in British politics. Three years later he ran for Prime Minister -- and began a "special relationship" with U.S. President Bill Clinton that endured through triumph, conflict and personal scandal. (HBO).
(2009 -- U.K.) Mads Mikkelsen, Jamie Sives, Gary Lewis, Ewan Stewart. A brutal Viking film that centers on One Eye, a chained prisoner forced to fight to the death for the entertainment of his captors. When One Eye escapes, he stumbles upon a group of warriors headed to the Crusades. But fate has something else in store, as the men drift into the New World, where savages stalk them one by one in increasingly violent ways. Is One Eye an avenging angel or just the guiltiest of them all? (IFC Films).
(2010) Jenn Proske, Matt Lanter, Diedrich Bader, Chris Riggi, Ken Jeong, Anneliese van der Pol. Read more about "Vampires Suck" in the November Calendar. Available as a single-disc DVD with both theatrical and unrated extended versions, and as a two-disc Blu-ray Disc with both the theatrical and unrated extended versions. Extras: Five deleted scenes, gag reel. Blu-ray adds four more deleted scenes, BD Live and a digital copy. (Fox).
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