Monkey Monkey Music: The Videos With Meredith Levande
(2010) A collection of 15 delightfully bright-eyed videos based on songs from award-winning children's musician Meredith Levande's first album, "Monkey Monkey Music With Meredith LeVande." The DVD inspires kids to "get up off the sofa," dance and sing along to an array of fun, rockin', energizing tunes that encourage movement and imagination. From jumping high, to exploring Chinatown, to flying around the country, LeVande's upbeat, educational music comes to life through a highly creative blending of live action videos and colorful animation. For ages 2-5. $19.99, available online at amazon.com, cdbaby.com, filmbaby.com, and monkeymonkeymusic.com.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
(2010) Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Billy Burke, Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, Gil Birgmingham, Christian Serratos. Read more about "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" in the December Calendar. Available as a single-disc DVD, a single-disc Blu-ray, a double-disc DVD special edition, and a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. The single-disc editions are movie only. Two-disc special edition extras: Deleted and extended scenes, commentary with Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, commentary with Stephenie Meyer and Wyck Godfrey, photo gallery, six-part "making of" documentary, music videos, "Edward Fast-Forward": Jump to all your favorite Edward scenes, "Jacob Fast-Forward": Jump to all your favorite Jacob scenes. Blu-ray/DVD combo adds "Fast-Forward: Love Triangle," "Fast-Forward: The Cullens," "Fast-Forward: The Wolfpack," "Fast-Forward: The Humans," "Fast-Forward: Victoria's Army." (Summit Entertainment).
Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright
(2010) Aidan Quinn, Mario Van Peebles, Danny Pino, Luke Goss, Bokeem Woodbine, Gina Gershon, Andy Garcia. Billionaire criminal Charlie Wright is living in self-imposed exile in Tijuana after his Ponzi scheme came crashing down. But Charlie soon finds that redemption has its price as he is pursued by a Mexican gangster, a U.S. federal agent and a former client looking to settle a score -- and grab his $2 billion stash. The chase is on as they all race to be the first to capture him. Extras: Deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes interview with the cast, short feature "Baines." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Maya Entertainment).
(2010) Patrick Wilson, Judy Greer. Based on the novel "Life is a Strange Place" by critically acclaimed author, Frank Turner Hollon, "Barry Munday" follows a suburban wanna-be ladies man named Barry Munday, who wakes up in the hospital after being attacked in a movie theater only to realize that he is missing one of his most prized possessions ... his "family jewels." To make matters worse, Barry learns he's facing a paternity lawsuit filed by a woman he doesn't even remember sleeping with. Extras:Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Big Bad Mama/Big Bad Mama II Double-Feature Collector's Edition
"Big Bad Mama" (1974) stars Angie Dickinson, William Shatner, Sally Kirkland, Robbie Lee and Susan Sennett. Extras: Commentary by director Steve Carver and director of photography Bruce Logan, Leonard Maltin interviews Roger Corman, theatrical trailer and TV spots, "Mama Knows Best" retrospective featuring interviews with Roger Corman, filmmaker Steve Carver, writer Frances Doel and actress Angie Dickinson. "Big Bad Mama II" (1987) stars Angie Dickinson, Danielle Brisbois, Julie McCullough, Robert Culp, Bruce Glover. Extras: Commentary by director Jim Wynorski, Leonard Maltin interviews Roger Corman, theatrical trailer. (Roger Corman's Cult Classics/Shout! Factory).
The Bob Hope Collection
Three-disc set with five Hope films, remastered from brand-new, stunning high-definition transfers. The films include "Road to Rio "(1947), "Road to Bali" (1952), "The Lemon Drop Kid" (1951), "My Favorite Brunette" (1947 and "The Seven Little Foys" (1955). $34.93. (Shout Factory).
Bonanza: The Official Second Season -- Volume One
(1960-61) Five-disc set, $42.99. Extras: Commentary by Julie Adams and Ben Cooper; David Dortort Archival Footage (1992: Cartwright Family Inspirations: The Pitch to Prevent Cancellation; Photo gallery: RCA party, NYC, Colortown Cincinnati, Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, cast members
at "Home," Ponderosa Ranch interiors. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount Home Entertainment).
Boy Meets World: The Complete Fourth Season
(1996-97) Three-disc set with 22 episodes, $29.98. (Lionsgate).
(1993) Guillermo del Toro made an auspicious, audacious feature debut with "Cronos," a highly unorthodox tale about the seductiveness of the idea of immortality. Kindly antiques dealer Jesus Gris (Federico Luppi) happens upon an ancient golden device in the shape of a scarab, and soon finds himself possessor and victim of its sinister, addictive powers, as well as the target of a mysterious, crude American named Angel (a delightfully deranged Ron Perlman). Featuring marvelous special makeup effects and the unforgettably haunting imagery for which del Toro has become world-renowned, "Cronos" is a visually rich and emotionally captivating dark fantasy. New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Guillermo del Toro and cinematographer Guillermo Navarro, including optional audio with the film's original Spanish-language voice-over introduction as well as DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: Two audio commentaries, one featuring del Toro and the other producers Arthur H. Gorson and Bertha Navarro and co-producer Alejandro Springall; "Geometria," an unreleased 1987 short horror film by del Toro, finished by the director in 2010, plus a new video interview with him; "Welcome to Bleak House," a video tour by del Toro of his office, featuring his collectibles and personal work; new video interviews with del Toro, Navarro and actor Ron Perlman; video interview with actor Federico Luppi; stills gallery; trailer; a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Maitland McDonagh and excerpts from del Toro's notes for the film. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).
Crazy Mama/The Lady in Red Double-Feature Collector's Edition
"Crazy Mama" (1975) stars Cloris Leachman, Ann Sothern, Linda Purl, Stuart Whitman, Jim Backus. Extras: Commentary by director Jonathan Demme and producer Roger Corman, interview with Jonathan Demme and Roger Corman, theatrical trailer and TV spots. "The Lady in Red" (1979) stars Pamela Sue Martin, Robert Conrad, Louise Fletcher, Christopher Lloyd, Robert Forster. Extras: Commentary by director Lewis Teague and actor Robert Forster, commentary by producer Julie Corman and screenwriter John Sayles, theatrical trailers. (Roger Corman's Cult Classics/Shout! Factory).
Curious George: Sweet Dreams
(2010) Eight shows from the Daytime Emmy-winning PBS KIDS TV Series. (Universal).
Disciples of the 36th Chamber
(1985) Gordon Liu, Hsiao Ho. Classic Shaw Brothers martial arts film. Fong Sai Yuk, an incorrigible teenager whose troublesome antics constantly anger the Manchu officials, is sent by his mother to join the master of the Shaolin Temple, monk San Te, to learn the ways of the Shaolin. Yet Yuk's rebellious behavior soon leads the temple into a villainous trap and its up to monk San Te to save his temple and protect his troublesome new apprentice. (Vivendi Entertainment/The Weinstein Company/Dragon Dynasty Collection).
The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation
(2010) Gary Valentine, Elisa Donovan, Casper Van Dien, Dean Cain and the voices of Mario Lopez and Paris Hilton, ABC Family original live-action/animated movie sequel to last year's "The Dog Who Saved Christmas." The Bannister family and Zeus (voiced by Mario Lopez) travel to a beautiful Rocky Mountain ski lodge for their long-awaited holiday vacation but get bothered by obnoxious relatives and their prissy poodle Bella (voiced by Paris Hilton), who are also staying at the house.(Anchor Bay Entertainment).
The Dolphin: Story of a Dreamer
(2009) Animated adventures of a dolphin who decides to leave the safety of his pod and explore the ocean to discover the true purpose of his life. (Fox).
A Dog Year
(2010 -- TV) Jeff Bridges, Lauren Ambrose, Lois Smith. Based on the real-life memoir by best-selling author Jon Katz, "A Dog Year" tells the story of a 50-something writer (Jeff Bridges) in mid- existential crisis, who impulsively agrees to adopt a high-strung border collie named Devon. At first, the dog wreaks chaos on the household Jon shares with two older, mellower Labs. But as Jon learns to let go of the hostility in his own personality, he finds his ability to train and communicate with Devon much easier. Ultimately, the experience transforms both man and dog in meaningful, unexpected ways. (HBO).
Harpoon: Whale Watching Massacre
(2009 -- Iceland) Gunnar Hansen. A boatload of whale-watching tourists gets hijacked by a family of deranged killers. Available in rated and unrated versions. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).
Hot Wheels Battle Force 5: Season 1 Part 2
(2009) Fourteen episodes of the Cartoon Network series; Vert and his gang of elite drivers face off against The Vandals and The Sark in a race through interdimensional Battle Zones for the BattleKeys that unlock portals to Earth. $19.97. (Warner).
(2010) Isaac C. Singleton Jr., Clark Bartram, Damion Poitier, Simon Potter. A group of elite intergalactic commandos must capture their escaped alien prisoner after their spaceship crash-lands on an unknown planet. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, commentary by director Sandy Collora. (Maya Entertainment).
(2010) Director: Christopher Nolan. Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Dileep Rao, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Marion Cotillard, Pete Postlethwaite, Michael Caine, Lukas Haas. Read more about "Inception" in the December Calendar. Available as a standard DVD with bonus featurettes and as a Blu-ray Combo Pack with Blu-ray Disc, DVD and digital copy; the Blu-ray version includes Extraction Mode with more than 90 minutes of bonus content featuring director Christopher Nolan and Leonardo DiCaprio. (Warner).
Kings of the Evening
(2008) Tyson Beckford, Lynn Whitfield, Reginald T. Dorsey, Linara Washington, Bruce McGill, Glynn Turman, James Russo, Steven Williams. Homer Hobbs, home after two years in jail, discovers that life on the outside can be crueler than the back-breaking injustice of the chain gang. He returns to a bleak urban town caught in the depths of the Great Depression -- no jobs, no prospects, no hope -- where he is thrown together with four strangers, each struggling to survive as they scratch and scheme to dig their way out of poverty. But on Sunday nights, in a dingy hall in a forlorn neighborhood, the men of the ghetto piece together the finest attire their meager lives can beg, borrow or steal to compete in an underground contest like no other. (Indican Pictures).
Law & Order: The Eighth Year
(1997-98) Five-disc set with 24 episodes, $59.98. (Universal).
(2010) The recent documentary on the years John Lennon spent living in new York City; aired on American Masters as part of the celebration of Lennon's 70th birthday. Following the breakup of the Beatles, the film follows Lennon and Yoko Ono as they moved to Manhattan in 1971, where he sought to escape the mayhem of the Beatles era and focus on his family and private life. At the same time, he created some of the most acclaimed songs and albums of his career. He also remained highly active in the anti-war movement as well as numerous other progressive political causes. With unprecedented and exclusive cooperation from Yoko Ono, access to never-before seen material from the Lennon archives, conversations with his closest confidants -- Ono, Elton John, David Geffen, the photographer Bob Gruen -- and rare recordings of Lennon's greatest solo hits. $24.95. Moved from November 23. (A&E Home Entertainment).
Mystery of the Hope Diamond
Traces the epic journey of this most famous and coveted gem, from its origins to its journey across three continents -- passing from monarchs to thieves to millionaires – to its final home at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. (Infinity/Smithsonian).
(2010) Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, the critically acclaimed documentary, directed by Tim Hetherington and award-winning journalist and best-selling author, Sebastian Junger is an intense study on modern warfare. Without political agenda, Hetherington and Junger capture the daily activities of American soldiers deployed at "Outpost Restrepo," a location named after a fellow soldier who was killed during battle. Set in one of Afghanistan's most dangerous valleys, viewers are presented with a raw portrait interspersed with up-close encounters between the comrades. Extras: Extended/deleted scenes; extended interviews; update on the soldiers of 2nd Platoon, Battle Company, 173rd Airborne; collection of YouTube/Restrepo.com videos; photo gallery. $19.99. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Virgil Films & Entertainment).
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead
(2009) Jake Hoffman, Devon Aoki, John Ventimiglia, Ralph Macchio, Kris Lemche, Jeremy Sisto, Joey Kern. Quirky twist on the Tom Stoppard classic. Living in the back room of his father's doctors office, broke and frustrated ladies man Julian scores his big break when he lands the job directing an off-Broadway version of "Hamlet." Except it's a bizarre adaptation written by a pale Romanian impresario named Theo who is actually a master vampire. Theo hopes to lure the real Hamlet out of hiding so the two can end a centuries long feud over Shakespeare's "Ophelia." Meanwhile, Julian pines for his ex-girlfriend, Anna, who is dating a mobster intent on creating the next great invention -- "Whack a Germ." Added into the mix is a dimwitted detective, the Holy Grail, the Rosicrucian Society, a bunch of sexy vamps, God, and a score by Sean Lennon. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Indican Pictures).
Shrek Forever After
(2010) Voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, Jon Hamm, John Cleese, Craig Robinson, Walt Dohrn, Jane Lynch, Lake Bell, Kathy Griffin, Mary Kay Place, Kristen Schaal, Meredith Vieira. Read more about "Shrek Forever After" in the December Calendar.Available as a single Blu-ray, Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, single DVD, a Double DVD pack with "Donkey's Christmas Shrektacular," and "Shrek the Whole Story Quadrilogy" four-movie packs on DVD and Blu-ray.Extras: Deleted scenes; three featurettes: "Spotlight On Shrek," "Secrets of Shrek Forever After" and "From Swamp to Stage: The Making of Shrek the Musical." Blu-ray adds commentary, "The Tech of Shrek Forever After" featurette, music video for "Shrek, Rattle & Roll" and "Conversation With the Cast." The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack adds "Deck the Swamp" game and DreamWorks Animation Music Video Jukebox. (DreamWorks/Paramount).
SpongeBob SquarePants: Season 6, Volume 2
(2008-09) Two-disc set with 23 episodes, including the double-episode "SpongeBob and the Clash of Triton" that guest stars Victoria Beckham and Sebastian Bach. $26.99. Extras: "Bollywood Bob," "How to Make SpongeBob SquarePants," "The Clash of Triton" shorts. (Nick/Paramount).
Thomas & Friends: The Lion of Sodor
(2010) Thomas the Tank Engine roars down the tracks with his most special delivery yet: The Lion of Sodor statue ... but Thomas thinks it's a real lion. Includes three other episodes: "Thomas and the Pigs," "Time for a Story" and "Hiro Helps Out." Extras: "Party Train" match game, "Determination" karaoke song. $14.98. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs ... And More Animal Adventures!
(2010) The tale of Three Little Pigs -- from the Wolf's perspective; three other animated stories: "The Pig's Wedding," "Wallace's List" and "Henry Builds a Cabin" (narrated by Mandy Patinkin). $14.95. Moved from November 16. (Scholastic Storybook Treasures).
Vega$: The Second Season -- Volume 1
(1979-80) Three-disc set, $39.99. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount Home Entertainment).
The Year of Getting to Know Us
(2007) Jimmy Fallon, Sharon Stone, Tom Arnold, Lucy Liu, Illeana Douglas. New York-based writer Chris Rocket (Fallon) is a man devoted to his work but unable to commit to his beautiful, intelligent girlfriend (Liu) -- or anything else in his personal life. After his estranged, golf-obsessed father Tom (Arnold) suffers a debilitating stroke, Chris heads to his childhood home in Florida where, laying in wait, is his eccentric mother (Stone) and a litany of childhood issues that must be reconciled before he's able to move on with his life. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Entertainment One).
Yogi Bear's All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper
(1982) Yogi poses as a department store Santa and helps a little girl restore her faith in Christmas. New, re-mastered version available for the first time on DVD -- just in time for the theatrical debut of "Yogi Bear," the new live-action/computer animated big screen adventure in 3-D. $14.97. (Warner). Back to top
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, ground-breaking 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 arrived Nov. 23. Read more about the titles and their bonus features. $99.95. (The Criterion Collection).
Army Wives: The Complete Fourth Season
(2009) Four-disc set with 18 episodes, $39.99. Extras: Bloopers, outtakes and gags; deleted scenes; "Safety First: From Script to Screen" featurette; "Southern Cooking Army Wives Style" featurette; "Military Jargon" featurette. (Disney).
(2010) Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Sharlto Copley, Jessica Biel. Read more about "The A-Team" in the December Calendar.Also available as a two-disc Blu-ray set.Blu-ray extras: Extended cut, "The Devil Is in the Details: Inside the Action with Joe Carnahan," "deleted scenes," gag Reel, "A-Team" theme mash-up montage, "Plan of Attack," "Character Chronicles," visual effects commentary with visual effects supervisor James E. Price, digital copy. (Fox).
The Back Nine
(2009) Documentary. Upon turning 40, a man chases his dream of becoming a professional golfer at any cost. What he finds along the way changes his life forever. Features interviews with PGA instructor Tim Suzor, golf yoga instructor Katherine Roberts and mental game expert Dr. Joe Parent. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Chabrol: Two Classic Thrillers
In celebration of the life and career of French maestro Claude Chabrol, who recently passed away at the age of 80, First Run features presents two of the legendary director's classic thrillers in a two-disc Special Edition. Hailed as the French master of the Hitchcockian thriller, Chabrol directed more than 60 films in a career spanning over half a century. Two of his most delightfully macabre are included here: "La Demoiselle d'Honneur" (The Bridesmaid) and "Merci Pour le Chocolat" (Thank You for the Chocolate). Extras: Director interviews, biographies, photo galleries, documentary: "Chabrol Directs the Bridesmaid," more. (First Run Features).
Concert for the Americas
(1982) Recorded at the Altos de Chavon Amphitheater, a 5,000-seat open-air Greek-style amphitheater in the Dominican Republic. This 90-minute performance features the legendary Buddy Rich on drums and a special guest appearance by guitarist Tony Mottola on a memorable rendition of "Send in the Clowns." This single disc is part of the "Frank Sinatra: Concert Collection" Nov. 2 seven-disc release. (Shout! Factory).
(2010) Director: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass. Stars: John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei, Catherine Keener, Matt Walsh. Read more about "Cyrus" in the December Calendar.Extras: Two alternate scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
Dear Mr. Gacy
(2009) William Forsythe, Jesse Moss, Emma Lahana. A chronicle of the interaction between college student Jason Moss and the object of his obsession, serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Extras: "The Gacy Files: Portrait of a Serial Killer" behind-the-scenes featurette. (Anchor Bay).
(2010) Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Miranda Cosgrove, Julie Andrews, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig, Will Arnett, Danny McBride, Jack McBrayer, Jemaine Clement. Read more about "Despicable Me" in the December Calendar.Available in a single-disc DVD, a DVD Double Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Blue-ray 3D Combo Pack.Extras: "The World of Despicable Me" featurette, "Gru's Rocket Builder" game, 'A Global Effort' featurette about the international team behind the film, commentary by directors Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin, featuring the Minions. DVD Double Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Blue-ray 3D Combo Pack adds Three new mini-movies starring the Minions: "Home Makeover," "Orientation Day" and "Banana"; "The Voices of Despicable Me" featurette; "Super Silly Fun Land" game; digital copy. Blu-ray Combo Pack and Blue-ray 3D Combo Pack adds Gru-Control picture-in-picture behind-the-scenes footage and cast/filmmaker interviews, "Miss Hattie's Top Secret Cookie Recipes"; BD-Live; My Scenes; pocket BLU app (now available on iPad; Minion Me for iPhone and iPad that personalize photos into Minions; Minion Dominion App for iPhone
and iPad to control a Minion on your phone; Advanced Remote Control; Video Timeline; Mobile-to-Go. (Universal).
(2007 -- Germany/Italy/Israel/France) Juliette Binoche, Liron Levo, Jeanne Moreau, Barbara Hendricks, Dana Ivgy, Hiam Abbass. A political drama centered around Israel's pullout from the occupied Gaza strip, in which a French woman returns to Israel and the Gaza Strip to find the daughter she abandoned at birth. (IFC Films).
Exit Through the Gift Shop
(2010) Documentary. The story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur filmmaker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner with spectacular results. Billed as "the world's first street art disaster movie" the film contains exclusive footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world's most infamous graffitti artists at work. Read more about "Exit Through the Gift Shop" in the December Calendar.Extras: "B Movie," an exclusive film about the "art" of Banksy; "Life Remote Control (Lawyer's Edit)," the movie that started it all released for the first time; deleted scenes; limited edition inserts designed by Banksy. (Oscilloscope Laboratories).
Frenemy (aka Little Fish, Strange Pond)
(2010) Matthew Modine, Callum Blue, Paul Adelstein, Adam Baldwin, Lisa Brenner, Zach Galifianakis. Mr. Jack and Sweet Stephen cruise aimlessly through the streets of LA speculating about life, death, divine will and the force of power that predetermines their existence. (Lionsgate).
(2010) Documentary about the perils of domestic natural gas drilling. The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of "fracking" (hydraulic fracturing) has unlocked a "Saudia Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us. When filmmaker Josh Fox was asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarked on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A nearby Pennsylvania town that had recently been drilled reported that its residents were able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called Gasland. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, and part showdown, the film premiered on HBO in June 2010. (New Video).
Gunsmoke: The Fourth Season, Volume Two
(1959) Three-disc set, $39.99. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount Home Entertainment).
Hawaii Five-O: The Tenth Season
(1977-78) Six-disc set with 24 episodes, $54.99. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount Home Entertainment).
Hoarders: Season 2, Part 1
(2010) Two-disc set with seven episodes, $19.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
(2010) Documentary. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Films).
The Last International Playboy
(2009) Jason Behr, Krysten Ritter, Lucy Gordon, Monet Mazur, India Ennenga, Lydia Hearst, Mike Landry. A New York City playboy's life is rocked when he learns that his childhood love is engaged, and he plunges into whiskey and self-destruction. Extras: Commentary, deleted scenes, slide show. (MTI Home Video).
(2010 -- France) Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet; Stars: Dany Boon, Andre Dussollier, Omar Sy, Dominique Pinon, Julie Ferrier, Nicolas Marie, Marie-Julie Baup. Read more about "Micmacs" in the December Calendar.Extras: Commentary by director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Q & A with Jeunet and actress Julie Ferrier, "The Making of Micmacs," "Animations: Absurd Deaths." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
Mother and Child
(2010) Annette Bening, Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington, Jimmy Smits, Samuel L. Jackson, David Morse, Elpidia Carrillo. Read more about "Mother and Child" in the December Calendar.Extras: Commentary by writer-director Rodrigo Garcia, behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast, deleted scenes, "Creating the Family Tree" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
Mugabe and the White African
(2009) Short-listed as one of the 15 best documentaries of the year, "Mugabe and the White African" is the story of one family's astonishing bravery as they fight to protect their property, their livelihood and their country. Mike Campbell is one of the few white farmers left in Zimbabwe since its leader, Robert Mugabe, enacted his disastrous land redistribution program. Once the breadbasket of Africa, Zimbabwe has since spiraled into chaos, the economy decimated as farms given to Mugabe cronies are run into ruin. After enduring years of intimidation and threats, Campbell decides to take action. Unable to call upon help from his country's authorities, he challenges Mugabe before an international court. Extras: Directors' Q&A, biographies, photo gallery. (First Run Features).
Nanny McPhee Returns
(2010) Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes, Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maggie Smith, Rhys Ifans, Daniel Mays. Read more about "Nanny McPhee Returns" in the December Calendar.Extras: Commentary by director Susanna White, deleted scenes, featurettes: "New Film, New Story," "Magical Moves," "Mr. Edelweiss," "Emma Thompson Becomes Nanny Mcphee," "The Pigs," "The Mud," "A Look Inside." Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds BD Live, My Scenes, pocket Blu. (Universal).
The Other Guys
(2010) Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Daman Wayans Jr., Rob Riggle, Bobby Cannavale, Steve Coogan, Anne Heche, Lindsay Sloane. Read more about "The Other Guys" in the December Calendar. Available in four configurations: on unrated Blu-ray Combo Pack, unrated single disc Blu-ray, unrated DVD and theatrical cut DVD. Extras: Theatrical DVD: Deleted and extended scenes, two featurettes: "Crash and Burn!" and "Bed Bath and Way Beyond." The unrated DVD includes both the theatrical and unrated film versions. The Blu-ray versions add: The first-ever all-mom commentary, "The 'Mom'-mentary," an audio track in which the mothers of Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and writer Chris Henchy serve up their hilarious and uncensored reactions to the film; additional deleted and extended scenes; Line-O-Rama; gag reel; "Pimps Don't Cry" music video; alternate action; more featurettes: "Extreme Close Up," "Everyone Hates the DVD Guy," "Wasn't That???" "Why Are There Brits on This Movie?" "Rob Riggle Likes to Party," We Shouldn't Kiss a Chicken, "Mark Walberg's Eating Contest Entourage," "Lendl Global Commercial"; movieIQ+sync and BD-Live. The Combo Pack includes a digital copy of the film. (Sony).
Prayers for Bobby
(2009) Sigourney Weaver, Ryan Kelley. Captivating and emotional true story about a deeply religious suburban housewife and mother who struggles to accept her son's homosexuality. (A&E Home Entertainment).
Resonances (aka Oddzwiek)
(2009 -- Poland) A documentary about a young woman who, until her 17th birthday, wanted to become a nun. The film uncovers the reasons why the woman became a feminist against the grain of modern Catholic Poland. (CAV Distributing).
Robert Klein: Unfair & Unbalanced
(2010) Comedian/actor Robert Klein stars in his ninth HBO stand-up special, an hour of all new insights into society's foibles and follies, plus several memorable musical interludes, in front of a live audience at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts' Amaturo Theatre in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. $19.97. (HBO).
Straight to Hell Returns
(1987) Surreal gangster/Western by maverick filmmaker Alex Cox, here re-edited by the director. Three hit men bungle a job and head to the desert to hide out, along the way robbing a bank and then hiding the loot. They travel to a lonely town, where they encounter a clan of bandits (played by The Pogues), wild women, gun fights, death and destruction. Stars Sy Richardson, Joe Strummer, Dick Rude, Ed Tudor-Pole, Shane MacGowan, Spider Stacey, Biff Yeager, Jennifer Balgobin, Michele Winstanley, Jem Finer, Dennis Hopper, Grace Jones, Miguel Sandoval. Extras: Making-of documentary "Back To Hell," commentary by director Alex Cox and Dick Rude, "Black Hills" short tour of the "Straight to Hell" locations shot by Alex Cox in 1977. (Microcinema International).
(2009) Jay Baruchel, Saul Rubinek, Colm Feore, Michael Murphy, Emily Hampshire.
When Montreal West high school student Leon Bronstein (Jay Baruchel) discovers that his birth name is the same as Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky, he comes to believe that he is the reincarnation of his namesake and -- though he leads a privileged upper middle class life, decides to embark on his own Bolshevik mission.Extras: Commentary with director Jacob Tierney and editor Arthur Tarnowski, bloopers, deleted scenes, "The Making of The Trotsky." (Tribeca Film/New Video).
Trouble in Mind
(1985) Dir.: Alan Rudolph; Kris Kristofferson, Keith Carradine, Lori Singer, Genevieve Bujold, Divine. Extras: "In Conversation With Alan Rudolph and Mark Isham";
new cast interviews, collectors booklet featuring liner notes by Rudolph. (Shout! Factory).
24: The Complete Series
Fifty-seven-disc set, $349.98. (Fox).
An Ultimate Collection of Gulliver's Travels
Includes two animated features, "Gulliver's Travels" (1939) (produced by the legendary Max Fleisher and directed by his brother David) and "Gulliver's Travels Beyond the Moon" (1965), as well as seven Max Fleischer cartoons starring "Gabby" from "Gulliver's Travels" and a 1902 film by special effects pioneer Georges Melies. $15.95. (Film Chest/Virgil Films and Entertainment).
World Wrestling Entertainment DVD Roundup WWE: Top 50 Superstars of All Time (2010) It's a timeless debate for sports entertainment fans everywhere. Who is the greatest of all time? Better yet, what superstars make up your top 10. The debates and cross-generational comparisons can go on forever, as fans compare Stone Cold to the Hulkster, Ric Flair to Shawn Michaels, this generation's giant (Big Show) to the all-time Giant (Andre), or ask whether John Cena and Randy Orton have already done enough to cement a permanent legacy in this industry. Now, with the "50 Greatest Superstars in WWE History" three-disc giftset, fans can enjoy the first-ever countdown of the biggest superstars in history, complete with highlights of the top 50, commentary from today's WWE Superstars explaining their choices, and more. $34.95. Smackdown: The Best of 2009-2010 (2010) It has been quite a year for SmackDown. The popular show celebrated its 10th anniversary and the season featured a number of outlandish moments, outstanding matches, and bitter rivalries. Now fans can relive their favorite matches and moments with this three-disc release will includes more than 8 hours of the best of SmackDown. $34.95. WWE: Bragging Rights 2010 (2010) Pits the biggest superstars of the SmackDown brand vs the best of Raw in a series of matches for bragging rights. $24.95. WWE: Hell in a Cell 2010 (2010) It's sadistic and demonic. It's structure can make a career or end it. Some of the most iconic WWE moments of the last decade have happened in the Hell in a Cell and this DVD includes all the matches from this spectacular event with the stars of Raw and SmackDown battling each other. $24.95.
(2010) Director: Ben Affleck. Stars: Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renne, Blake Lively, Pete Postlethwaite, Chris Cooper.
Read more about "The Town" in the December Calendar.Also available in a Blu-ray Combo Pack, which includes the DVD, Blu-ray with extended cut, and digital copy. (Warner)
Legend of the Guardians
(2010) Read more about "Legend of the Guardians" in the December Calendar.Also available as a 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack with a DVD and digital copy; and a 2D Blu-ray Combo Pack with a DVD and digital copy, with bonus features: Maximum Kid Mode to explore the world of Ga'Hoole, "To the Sky" music video by Owl City, new looney Tunes cartoon"Fur of Flying." (Warner).
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The Andy Griffith Show 50th Anniversary: Best of Mayberry
Three-disc set with 17 "best-of" episodes, including the Danny Thomas Show episode that introduced Sheriff Andy Taylor, the television reunion movie "Return to Mayberry," more. Extras: "Fishin' Hole" montage, episode intros, "Celebrating Fifty Years of Mayberry." $24.99. (Paramount).
(2007 -- UK/Belgium/France) Romola Garai, Sam Neill, Michael Fassbender, Charlotte Rampling. In early 20th-century England Angelica Deverell (Romola Garai), the headstrong daughter of a grocer, writes an over-the-top melodramatic novel, which becomes a bestseller, making her the talk of London. (IFC Films).
The Big Shot-Caller
(2009) David Rhein, Marlene Rhein. An inspiring New York City story about a lonely outsider who rediscovers his self-esteem through salsa dancing. (Vanguard Cinema).
Billy The Exterminator: The Complete Seasons One and Two
Season 1 two-disc set contains 13 episodes, $19.95; Season 2 Three-disc set contains 21 episodes, $24.95. Extras: behind-the-scenes footage, never-before-seen footage, featurettes. (A&E Home Entertainment).
Caprica: Season 1.5
(2010) Three-disc set. Includes the series' final five episodes, yet-to-be aired in the U.S. Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary on select episodes, "Re-Caprica" episode recaps, seven videoblogs. (Universal).
(2010) Chris Messina, Logan Marshall-Green, Jenny O'Hara, Jacob Vargas, Matt Craven, Bokeem Woodbine. Extras: Deleted scenes, "The Story" featurette, "Devil's Meeting" featurette, "The Night Chronicles." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).
(2010) Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Lisa Kudrow, Alyson Machalka, Thomas Haden Church, Stanley Tucci, Cam Gigandet, Penn Badgley, Patricia Clarkson, Malcolm McDowell, Dan Byrd, Chyna.
Read more about "Easy A" in the December Calendar.Extras: Commentary by director Will Gluck and Emma Stone, gag reel, Emma Stone's audition footage. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds movieIQ+sync and BD-Live, "Extra Credit" pop-up trivia track, "The Making of Easy A," "The School of Pop Culture: Movies of the Eighties," "Vocabulary of Hilarity." (Sony)
Family Guy: It's A Trap!
(2010) Third installment of the hilarious Star Wars satire -- following 2005's "Family Guy: Blue Harvest" and last year's "Family Guy: Something, Something, Something Dark Side" -- the Griffins reprise their intergalactic roles in an outrageous retelling of "Star Wars: Episode VI -- Return of the Jedi." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
The Films of Rita Hayworth
Sony and The Film Foundation present five of Rita Hayworth's finest films -- three of them for the first time -- fully restored and remastered. Read more.
"Cover Girl" (1944), "Tonight and Every Night" (1945) (DVD debut), "Gilda" (1946), "Salome" (1953) (DVD debut) and "Miss Sadie Thompson" (1953) (DVD debut). $59.95. Extras: Special introductory featurettes: Baz Luhrman on "Cover Girl," Patricia Clarkson on "Tonight and Every Night," Martin Scorsese and Baz Luhrman on "Gilda," "Introducing Miss Sadie Thompson With Patricia Clarkson," commentary by Richard Schickel on "Gilda." (Sony).
Futurama Volume 5
Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $39.98. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes; commentaries; featurettes including "Bend it Like Bender," "Previously On ...," "Fry's Crudely-Drawn Comic Book -- The Crudely Animated Edition," "Behind the Fungus: Makin' a Hit Song," more. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
Gene Simmons: Family Jewels: The Complete Seasons 4 and 5
Season 4 (2008-09) three-disc set contain 17 episodes, Season 5 (2010)three-disc set contain 20 episodes,$19.99 each. (A&E Home Entertainment).
(2010) Gary Stretch, Vinnie Jones, Shannyn Sossamon, Stephen Rea, Christopher Lee. During a routine hit, a hired killer learns a hit has been placed on his own life when a crooked cop, tries to kill him. While he seeks his revenge, secrets kept hidden are exposed and no innocent bystander is safe as bullets fly. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Lionsgate).
(2009 -- France) Jean-Pierre Martins, Eriq Ebouaney, Aurelien Recoing. Cops and gangsters team up to battle a horde of zombies. (IFC Films).
(2008) Matthew Wolfe, Caitlin Mulhern. A coming-of-age comedy that follows D. Ray Morton, a small-town have-not who has grown up to be a conspicuous, big-city socialite. But after a human resource audit reveals an overstated educational background, Ray loses his job, his gaudy paycheck, and in turn, his identity. (Vanguard Cinema).
Map of the Sounds of Tokyo
(2009 -- Japan, Spain) Rinko Kikuchi, Sergi Lopez. Two lost souls make an unexpected connection in this sexy thriller. Ryu (Rinko Kikuchi is a fish-market employee by day, contract killer by night. David is a Spaniard who runs a Tokyo wine shop. David's girlfriend has recently committed suicide, and her powerful businessman father, blaming David, hires a hit man to kill him. Guess who? (IFC Films).
(2009 -- U.K.) Rachael Blake, Laura Greenwood, Ervin Nagy. A teenage girl hides a criminal inside her bedroom closet, striking up an innocent relationship, trading stories, making up rules, and goofing around, but slowly the man becomes bored with her girly ways and begins to spy on her lonely mother. One day after a jealous fight with the girl the man leaves the closet and makes his way into the mother's life -- without her knowing who he really is. (Vanguard Cinema).
(2010) Director: Phillip Noyce. Stars: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Zoe Lister Jones, Yara Shahidi, Cassidy Hinkle, Gaius Charles, Corey Stoll, Kevin O'Donnell, Hunt Block, James Cronin, Gary Wilmes. Read more about "Salt" in the December Calendar.Available on DVD, unrated DVD and unrated Blu-ray Disc.Extras: Commentary, "The Ultimate Female Action Hero" featurette, "Spy Disguise: The Looks of Evelyn Salt," "The Treatment" radio interview with Phillip Noyce. Blu-ray adds movieIQ, "The Real Agents," "The Modern Master of the Political Thriller: Phillip Noyce," "False Identity: Creating A New Reality," "Salt: Declassified," "Spy Cam: Picture-in-Picture." (Sony).
The Secret Life of the American Teenager:
(2010) Three-disc set with the first 14 installments of the third season, $39.99. Extras: "On Set With Director Anson Williams," "On Set Fist Bumps With Joey and Matthew," "On Set With Shailene," "On Set With Luke." (Disney).
(2010 -- Germany) Dir.: Fatih Akin; Adam Bousdoukos, Moritz Bleibtreu, Pheline Roggan. When Zinos hires a gourmet chef for his struggling Hamburg restaurant, Soul Kitchen, it only serves to drive away his low-life regulars. Meanwhile, Zinos' girlfriend, Nadine has moved to Shanghai to take a reporting job. A new hip clientele helps bring the restaurant back from the brink, but Zinos' heart still needs fixing, so he flies to China, leaving Soul Kitchen in the hands of his criminal brother, Illias. Bad move on both counts: Illias gambles the eatery away and Nadine has a new lover. But the brothers have a chance to repair the damage if they can just stop arguing and work as a team. (IFC Films).
Step Up 3
(2010) Adam G. Sevani, Alyson Stoner, Rick Malambri, Sharni Vinson. The story centers on a pair of gritty street dance squads facing off in the World Jam, a high-stakes showdown that is the hip-hop Olympics. Revolves around two couples -- Moose and Camille , from 'Step Up 2' and 'Step Up' respectively, and new characters Luke and Natalie, who find themselves pitted against the world's best hip hop dancers in a gravity defying dance exhibition battle.
Available as a three-disc Combo Pack featuring the film on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD with Digital Copy; a two-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray and DVD) and single disc DVD. Extras: "Extra Moves" music montage featuring the dancers with alternate angles and extra footage, seven music videos, "Making of the Music Videos." Blu-ray adds "Born From a Boom Box: A Luke Katcher Film," deleted scenes. (Disney).
(2005) Timothy Hutton, Alessandro Nivola, Colm Meaney, Donal Gallery. Set in the late 1970s, 16-year-old James Powers and his younger brother is forced to leave America for Ireland to live with his three aunts after his mother dies. Displaced and depressed, he longs for a way to make it back to America. One lucky weekend in London, he discovers pornography and, desperate for cash, he decides to sell them back in Ireland. His success spreads wildly. But after finding a possible way home, he must decide where home really is. (Image Entertainment).
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
(2010) Director: Oliver Stone. Stars: Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, Carey Mulligan, Eli Wallach, Susan Sarandon, Frank Langella. Read more about "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" in the December Calendar.Extras: Commentary by Stone, "A Conversation With Oliver Stone and the Cast of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps." Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds "Money, Money, Money: The Rise and Fall of Wall Street," a five-part look at the real Wall Street during the last two decades; deleted and extended scenes; "Fox Movie Channel Presents: In Character With Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan, Josh Brolin and Frank Langella." (Fox).
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(2010) George Clooney, Irina Bjorklund, Thekla Reuten, Violante Placido, Paolo Bonacelli. Read more about "The American" in the December Calendar.Extras: Deleted scenes, "Journey to Redemption: The Making of the American," commentary by director Anton Corbijn. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (UniversaL).
And Soon the Darkness
(2009) Amber Heard, Odette Yustman, Karl Urban, Gia Mantegna, Adriana Barraza, Cesar Vianco. When two American girls on a bike trip in a remote part of Argentina split up and one of them goes missing, the other must find her before her worst fears are realized. Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary, behind-the-scenes footage. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
Archer: The Complete First Season
(2010) Two-disc set with 10 episodes of FX's original animated spy comedy series, $29.98. Extras: Unaired pilot, making-of production shorts, deleted scenes. (Fox).
Bob the Builder: The Golden Hammer -- The Movie
(2010) Bob the Builder and his Can-Do Crew embark on a swashbuckling adventure as they search for Pirate Brickbear's Golden Hammer, $9.98. Extras: "Build a Hosue With Bob" game. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).
A Charlie Brown Valentine
(2002) Extras: Bonus special" "Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown." $14.97. (Warner).
(2008 -- Argentina) James Horan, Lance Henrickson. The search for a brutal serial killer becomes other-worldly. When a series of bizarre and violent killings haunt a dark and decadent city, a corrupt cop must face his own demons to put an end to the brutal string of rape-murders. (Green Apple Entertainment).
Fireman Sam: Ready for Action
(2010) Five episodes of the CGI adventures of Fireman Sam and his Pontypandy crew, $9.98. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).
The Haunting of Amelia (aka The Other Side of the Tracks)
(2008) Brendan Fehr, Tania Raymonde, Sam Robards, Stephnie Weir, Chad Lindberg, Shirley Knight. Ten years after a tragic train accident killed his girlfriend, a young man finds himself haunted by disturbing visions from somewhere between the world of the living and the dead -- haunting memories that keep him from moving on. (MTI Home Video).
Jersey Shore Uncensored: Season Two
(2010) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $36.99. Extras: Two "After Hours" specials, the "reunion" special, extended scenes, cast interviews, more. (MTV/Paramount).
(2009) Idris Elba. Malcolm Gray is a decorated anti-terrorist black-ops soldier who is captured and tortured when a military effort to bring down an international arms dealer goes horribly awry. After barely surviving this traumatizing incident, Gray finds himself back in his Brooklyn apartment struggling to overcome the effects of severe paranoia and anxiety. Isolated and left alone to cope with his demons, Gray reflects on the inconsistencies of the assignment gone wrong -- and starts to question the loyalties of his own brother, a popular U.S. senator on the verge of launching a presidential campaign. (Codeblack Entertainment).
(2010) Inge Jaklin, Marcus Harwell, Tom Tangen, special appearance by Carla Laemmle. Entering a gay midlife crisis, David, a handsome urban professional, decides to hold a different kind of pool party this weekend in West Hollywood: he invites only his former boyfriends, not to do shots of Patron and play Lady Gaga, but to see if there really is a husband for him somewhere in his pool. (Ariztical Entertainment).
Resident Evil: Afterlife
(2010) Director: Paul W.S. Anderson. Stars: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Wentworth Miller, Shawn Roberts, Kim Coates, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Spencer Locke, Boris Kodjoe, Sienna Guillory. Read more about "Resident Evil: Afterlife" in the December Calendar.Available as a Blu-ray 3-D in 1080p high definition 3-D, optimized for the latest 3D playback devices and eyewear, but also including a backwards-compatible 2D version of the film that plays on all existing Blu-ray players; 2-D Blu-ray; and DVD.DVD Extras: Filmmaker commentary, two featurettes: "Band of Survivors: Casting Afterlife" and "Fighting Back: The Action of Afterlife. Blu-ray adds: "Undead Vision" picture-in-picture video; eight deleted scenes; outtakes; five more featurettes: "Back Under the Umbrella: Directing Afterlife," "Undead Dimension: Resident Evil in 3D," "Vision of the Apocalypse: The Design of Afterlife," "New Blood: The Undead of Afterlife," "Pwning the Undead: Gamers of the Afterlife": movieIQ+sync, which allows users to access real time information on the cast, music, trivia and more while watching the movie via BD-Live. (Sony).
(2010) Dir.: Joel Schumacher; Chace Crawford, Curtis Jackson, Emma Roberts, Rory Culkin, Ellen Barkin, Esti Ginzburg. A young Upper East Side Manhattan drug dealer -- who peddles an exotic new designer drug known as "Twelve" -- watches as his high-rolling life is dismantled in the wake of his cousin's murder, which sees his best friend arrested for the crime. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
United States of Tara: The Second Season
(2010) Two-disc set with 12 episodes, $46.99. Extras: Chats with the cast, cast bios. (CBS/Paramount).
WWE: Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
(2010) Fans loved to boo Bobby Heenan but despite their vocal displeasure with The Weasel, everyone acknowledges he's the greatest manager in the history of WWE sports entertainment. He guided members of the infamous Heenan Family to great heights in both the AWA and WWE, even occasionally stepping into the ring himself. He also further cemented his place in pro wrestling lore by becoming one of the great color commentators of all time, completely earning his 2004 induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. Now, for the first time ever, fans can relive his career in this two-disc set. $29.95. (WWE Home Video).
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