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March 1

Angelina Ballerina: Ballet Dreams (2011) Five episodes of the PBS KIDS series has Angelina finding her way in a new school, putting together her own show and trying to land a role in the Mouskinov Ballet: "Angelina's New Home," "Angelina's New Ballet Teacher," "Angelina En Point," "Angelina's Ballet School" and "Angelina and the New Music Store"; $14.98. Extras: "Create Your Own Dream Routine" game. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).
Beyblade: Metal Fusion Vol. 3 (2011) Seven episodes from Season 1, $14.97. (Nelvana Enterprises/Vivendi Entertainment).
Burlesque (2010) Christina Aguilera, Cher, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell, Cam Gigandet, Julianne Hough, Eric Dane. Read more about "Burlesque" in the March Calendar. Extras: "The Burlesque Lounge": Six full musical performances, blooper reel, Alternate Opening, commentary by writer-director Steven Antin, "Burlesque Jukebox." Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds movieIQ+sync featuring the "Burlesque" playlist, "Burlesque is Back!" featurette, "The Performers: The Cast of Burlesque" featurette, "Setting the Stage: Production Design & Photography" featurette, "Inside the Dressing Room: Creating the Burlesque Look" featurette, "The Set List: The Music & Choreography of Burlesque" featurette. (Sony).

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Elmo's World: Penguins and Animal Friends (2010) Elmo and his friends learn about penguins, horses and frogs in this three episode compilation, $12.99. (Sesame Street/Warner).
Faster (2010) George Tillman Jr. Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Maggie Grace, Carla Gugino, Moon Bloodgood. Read more about "Faster" in the March Calendar. Extras: Extras: Alternate ending, deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds "Weapons and Wheels: The Guns, Cars and Stunts of Faster" featurette, "Criminal and Cops: The Cast of Faster" featurette, animatics, MovieIQ. (Sony).
Leave It to Beaver: Season Six (1962-63) Six-disc set with 39 episodes, $39.97. (Shout! Factory).
Love & Other Drugs (2010) Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Oliver Platt, Hank Azaria, Josh Gad, Gabriel Macht, Judy Greer, George Segal, Jill Clayburgh. Read more about "Love & Other Drugs" in the March Calendar. Extras: Extended and Deleted Scenes, "An Actor's Discussion": Relationship between Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway, "Beautifully Complex": Anne Hathaway describes Maggie, "Reformed Womanizer": Jake Gyllenhaal is Jamie, "Selling Love & Other Drugs," digital copy. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
My Girlfriend's Back (2010) Mailik Yoba, Tangi Miller, CCH Pounder. Urban romantic drama about one young man's detour along the road to success. (Barnholtz Entertainment/Lionsgate).
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Vol. XX Four more episodes of the classic "Mystery Science Theater 3000": "Project Moonbase," "Master Ninja I," "Master Ninja II" and "The Magic Voyage of Sinbad"; $59.97. Extras: New introduction by Trace Beaulieu, new interview with "Master Ninja" star Bill McKinney, Tom Servo vs. Tom Servo 2010 Dragon*Con panel, "Exploring the Look of MST3K with director of photography Jeff Stonehouse, "Mystery Science Theater" hour wraps, four limited-edition mini-posters. (Shout! Factory).
127 Hours (2010) Dir.: Danny Boyle; James Franco, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn, Sean Bott, Treat Williams, John Lawrence, Kate Burton, Clemence Poesy. Read more about "127 Hours" in the March Calendar. Extras: Commentary by Danny Boyle, Christian Colson and Simon Beaufoy, deleted scenes. Also available on two-disc Blu-ray, which adds "Search & Rescue" featurette about the events that aided the search and rescue of Aron Ralston, "127 Hours: An Extraordinary View," "God of Love": short film by Luke Matheny, digital copy. (Fox).
Pioneers of Television: Season 2 (2011) PBS miniseries that looks at the formative years of TV via four genres: Western, Science Fiction, Crime and Local Kids TV, $24.99. Narrated by Kelsey Grammer. (PBS).
ReBoot Seasons 1& 2 (1994-96) Four-disc set with all 23 episodes from the first and second seasons, $29.93. Extras: Commentary by producer Christopher Brough, designer and storyboard artist Blair Peters and animator Zeke Norton. (Shout! Factory).
Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster (2011) Robbie Amell, Kate Melton, Hayley Kiyoko, Nick Palatas, Ted McGinley, Richard Moll, Nichelle Nichols, Marion Ross. New live-action CGI Scooby-Doo feature has the Mystery Inc. gang heading toward summer jobs at a country club owned by Daphne's uncle, only to stumble onto strange happenings around the local lake -- including an enormous Frog Monster terrorizing the locals. Extended cut of the Cartoon Network film with never-before-seen music sequences. Extras: "Jeepers! Jinkies! Zoinks -- A Tribute to the Classic Gags of Scooby-Doo" featurette, "Scooby-Doo: Rock, Rap and Rollerskates" featurette, gag reel. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
S.W.A.T.: Firefight (2011) Gabriel Macht, Kristanna Loken, Robert Patrick, Carly Pope, Giancarlo Esposito. An insidious and unstoppable villain is determined to exact his revenge on the new, hot-shot instructor of Detroit's most elite crime fighting team. Extras: "Sharp Shooting: On the Set" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
Thomas & Friends: Pop Goes Thomas (2011) Thomas and his friends enjoy a picnic extravaganza on Sodor with these four episodes: "Pop Goes Thomas," "Jitters and Japers," "Thomas' Crazy Day" and "Pingy-Pongy Pick Up"; $14.98. Extras: "Sodor Hide and Seek" game. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).
Walking on Water (2007) Bryan Jennings (Founder/director of Walking on Water) takes two teenagers on the surfing trip of a lifetime. In this inspiring film, the world becomes the classroom for two teens as they travel to Hawaii, Peru, Australia, Indonesia, South Africa, and France on the pro surfer circuit. Extras: "The Hamilton Family: A Soul Surfer Journey," "Bethany Hamilton and Friends in Indonesia" featurette. (Sony).

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March 8

Alien From the Deep (1989 -- Italy) Daniel Bosch, Marina Giulia Cavalli, Robert Marius, Luciano Pigozzi, Charles Napier. Toxic waste from a chemical company deep in a jungle spawns a deadly monster that sets out to get revenge on the humans who unwittingly created it. (One 7 Movies/CAV Distributing).
The Backyardigans: We Arrrr Pirates (2010) Four Backyardigan pirate adventures for pre-schoolers: "Pirate Camp," "Pirate Treasure," "Sinbad Sails Alone" and "The Tale of the Not-So-Nice Dragon," $16.99. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).
Birds of the Gods (2011) Narrated by respected naturalist and broadcaster David Attenborough, this documentary follows a team of young scientists on their challenging journey through the New Guinean rain forest to study and film the avian life hidden in the forbidding terrain -- birds so beautiful that the local people believe they have supernatural powers. $19.99. (PBS).
Can We Live Forever? -- New Technology for a Longer Life (2011) NOVA documentary explores whether we can slow down the aging process, while also looking at the latest developments regarding human hibernation, and checking in with those inventing ways to keep us "going forever." $24.99. (PBS).
Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Two Man Group (2010) Stand-up comedy by improvisation duo of Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood: Having starred for over 10 years on the popular Emmy-winning improv show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" Colin and Brad create pandemonium on the spot in their own one-of-a-kind interactive show using audience volunteers and their own comedic cunning. $14.98. (Image Entertainment).
Emergency Mine Rescue (2011) NOVA documentary about the rescue of the 33 miners buried alive under nearly a half-mile of solid rock in a collapsed mine in Chile's remote Atacama desert in August of 2010. $24.99. (PBS).
Every Day (2010) Liev Schreiber, Helen Hunt, Ezra Miller, Brian Dennehy, Carla Gugino, Eddie Izzard. A family goes through a mid-life crisis: Ned has a stressed-out wife, an independent teenage son, an embittered father-in-law who's turning his home upside down, his job writing a scandalous TV series for a demanding boss is unfulfilling, and late night rewrites with a sexy co-worker might just push him over the deep end. Extras: Cast interviews, deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).
A Film Unfinished (2010) At the end of WWII, 60 minutes of raw film, having sat undisturbed in an East German archive, was discovered. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May 1942, and labeled simply "Ghetto," this footage quickly became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto. However, the later discovery of a long-missing reel, with multiple takes and cameraman staging scenes, complicated earlier readings of the footage. This film presents the raw footage in its entirety, carefully noting fictionalized sequences (including a staged dinner party) falsely showing "the good life" enjoyed by Jewish urbanites, and probes deep into the making of a now-infamous Nazi propaganda film. "A Film Unfinished" is a film of enormous import, documenting some of the worst horrors of our time and exposing the efforts of its perpetrators to propel their agenda and cast it in a favorable light. Extras: "Death Mills" (1945), a documentary shot from within concentration camps, post liberation, by Billy Wilder; interview with author and film researcher Adrian Wood; more. (Oscilloscope Laboratories).
Four Lions (2010 -- U.K.) Riz Ahmed, Kayvan Novak, Nigel Lindsay, Adeel Akhtar, Arsher Ali. Satire on the war on terror follows a quintet of British would-be suicide bombers whose story shows how terrorism may be about ideology but it is also about idiots. Extras: Cast and director interview, behind the scenes segments, deleted scenes, documentaries about Muslim life in Britain. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music: The Collection Two-disc set with all four of Frank Sinatra's renowned "A Man and His Music" TV Specials.
  • "A Man and His Music": The first-ever Sinatra television special, this 1965 performance showcases the Chairman in peak form.Aired November 24, 1965 and includes 14 performances.
  • "A Man And His Music Part II": With special guest Nancy Sinatra. The second annual TV special thrills from start to finish, with unforgettable performances of signature songs "Fly Me To the Moon," "Luck Be a Lady" and "Thatís Life." This special aired December 7, 1966 and includes 14 performances.
  • "A Man And His Music + Ella + Jobim": With special guests Ella Fitzgerald and Antonio Carlos Jobim. The third annual special finds Sinatra joined by the dazzling Ella Fitzgerald in an historic pairing of the two preeminent vocal talents of the era. As if that weren't enough, Antonio Carlos Jobim accompanies Frank for an intimate medley of classics, including "The Girl From Ipanema." This phenomenal special aired November 13, 1967 and features 12 outstanding performances.
  • "Sinatra: The Man and His Music With The Count Basie Orchestra": Taped 16 years after the first "A Man and His Music" special, this final installment upholds the high standards of the series. Performances include "Pennies From Heaven," "Something," "The Best Is Yet to Come" and "Theme From New York, New York." This final special aired November 22, 1981 and showcased the Chairman at his most memorable with 15 performances. $24.98. (Shout! Factory).
Hannah Montana Forever: Final Season (2010-11) Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $29.99. Extras: Alternate ending to the series finale, "From Auditions to Wrap: The Cast Looks Back," "Cast Goodbyes," a 28-page commemorative Hannah Montana memory book that includes show history/trivia, a Hannah Montana photograph with signature and more. (Disney).
Inside Job (2010) Documentary chronicles the events that led to the $20 trillion global financial crisis. Read more about "Inside Job" in the March Calendar. Extras: Commentary by director Charles Ferguson and producer Audrey Marrs, "The Making of Inside Job" featurette, deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
Jackass 3 (2010) Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Ryan Dunn, Preston Lacy. Read more about "Jackass 3" in the March Calendar. Extras: MTV making-of special, deleted scenes, outtakes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Paramount).
The Man From Nowhere (2010 -- South Korea) Bin Won, Sae-Ron Kim. South Korea's highest-grossing film of 2010. Tae-sik, a former special agent who has become a loner after losing his wife in a miserable "accident," lives a solitary life running a pawnshop. His only connection to the rest of the world is So-mi, a little girl whose mother, Hyo-jeong, is a dope addict and stripper. After Hyo-jeong steals drugs from the local mob, mother and daughter are kidnapped, forcing Tae-sik to get involved: He becomes an immovable, killing machine as he tracks down and eliminates the bad guys -- one step ahead of the police -- to save the little girl. Extras: "The Making of the Man From Nowhere," more. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Well Go USA).
Morning Glory (2010) Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, 50 Cent. Read more about "Morning Glory" in the March Calendar. Extras: Commentary by director Roger Michell and writer Aline Brosh McKenna, deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Paramount).
The Next Three Days (2010) Dir.: Paul Haggis; Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde, Liam Neeson, Jonathan Tucker, Brian Dennehy, RZA. Read more about "The Next Three Days" in the March Calendar. Extras: "The Making of The Next Three Days" featurette, "The Men of The Next Three Days" featurette, "True Escapes for Love" featurette, cast moments, deleted scenes, extended scenes.Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Lionsgate).
Rage (Rabia) (2009 -- Mexico) Gustavo Sanchez Parra, Martina Garcia. A romantic thriller about a construction worker in hiding for killing his foreman; he sneaks into the mansion where his girlfriend works as a maid and there, hidden even from her, he watches as she is mistreated by her boss, yearning for the day they can be together. (Strand Releasing).
The Reef (aka Shark Bait) (2007) Animated feature with the voices of Freddie Prinze Jr., Evan Rachel Wood, Rob Schneider, Donal Logue, Andy Dick, Fran Drescher Available as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (The Weinstein Co./Vivendi Entertainment).
Shalom Sesame: Be Happy, It's Purim! (2011) Sixth of a 12-part series that sees the Sesame Street characters travel to Israel to introduce Jewish holidays, traditions and cultures to viewers of all ages. $14.95. (SISU Home Entertainment).
Shalom Sesame: It's Passover, Grover! (2011) Seventh of a 12-part series that sees the Sesame Street characters travel to Israel to introduce Jewish holidays, traditions and cultures to viewers of all ages. $14.95. (SISU Home Entertainment).
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Great Patty Caper (2010) The title episodes plus six more SpongeBob capers, $16.99. (Nickelodeon/Paramount)
Vampire Boys (2011) Jason Lockhart, Christian Ferrer, Dylan Vox, Ryan Adames. Time is running out for Jasin and his vampire brood, who need to find "The One" to turn into a vampire and live all eternity with. Jasin first has his eyes on Tara, a stunning blonde, but his gaze is diverted by a bewitching young man instead. (Ariztical Entertainment).
The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season (2010) Two-disc set with six episodes, $39.99. Extras: "The Making of The Walking Dead," "Inside The Walking Dead: Episode 1-6," "A Sneak Peek With Robert Kirkman," "Behind the Scenes Zombie Make-Up Tips," "Convention Panel With Producers," deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
WUSA (1970) Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Perkins, Laurence Harvey, Wayne Rogers. Mastered in high def from a 35mm archive print. (Olive Films).
The Zombie Farm (2009) Khotan, Adriana Catano, Roberto Montesinos, Monika Munoz. Desperate to end her husband's domestic abuse, a young woman visits a local voodoo priestess and is given some potion to "change" the man ... but waking up in bed next to a zombie isn't exactly the transformation she was hoping for. (Maya Entertainment).

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March 15

Barbie: A Fairy Secret (2010) Barbie discovers that there are fairies living secretly all around us. (Universal)
Barney: Mother Goose Collection (2011) DVD, 64-page activity book and music CD features more than 35 classic nursery rhymes, $14.98. Extras: "Behind the Scenes With Cast and Crew," "What Can It Be" read-along, 15 sing-alongs, 17 Mother Goose rhyme-alongs, "Mother Goose Live on Stage." (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).
Batman: The Brave and the Bold Season 1 Part 2 (2008-09) Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $19.97. (Warner).
Battle of the Warriors (2006) Andy Lau. Extras: Commentary by Hong Kong cinema expert Bey Logan, "The Making of Battle of the Warriors." Available as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (The Weinstein Co./Vivendi Entertainment).
Coach: The Fourth Year (1991-92) Three-disc set with 21 episodes. (Universal).
The Fighter (2010) Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo. Read more about "The Fighter" in the March Calendar. Extras: "The Warrior's Code: Filming The Fighter," commentary by director David O. Russell. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds "Keeping the Faith," deleted scenes. (Paramount).
Gamera Double Feature The final two films in the illustrious Gamera franchise: "Gamera vs. Zigra" and "Gamera: The Super Monster," featuring newly restored anamorphic widescreen transfers, English dubs, publicity gallery. (Shout! Factory).
Hereafter (2010) Dir.: Clint Eastwood; Matt Damon, Cecile de France, Frankie and George McLaren, Jay Mohr, Bryce Dallas Howard, Marthe Keller, Thierry Neuvic, Derek Jacobi. Read more about "Hereafter" in the March Calendar. Extras: "Tsunami! Recreating a Disaster," "Hereafter's Locations: Casting the Silent Characters," "The Eastwood Factor -- Extended Edition" documentary. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds "Is There Life After Death?," "Clint on Casting," "Delving Into the Hereafter," "Twin Bonding," "French Speaking French," "Why the White Light?" (Warner).
Hemingway's Garden of Eden (2008) Mena Suvari, Jack Huston, Caterina Murino. Adaptation of Hemingway's last novel about a young American writer who completes his service in WWI and travels across Europe with his wife and her attractive Italian girlfriend. (Lionsgate).
No One Knows About Persian Cats (2009 -- Iran) Indictment of artistic repression in Iran's exciting underground music scene and a funny and moving celebration of an entire generation of Iranians striving for personal and creative freedom. Follows a pair of young musicians (Negar Shaghaghi, Ashkan Koshanejad), recently released from prison, on a mission to take their rock band to Europe. Forbidden by the authorities to play in Iran, they plan their escape abroad with a fast-talking promoter. Vowing to play one last show before leaving Tehran, their dangerous mission takes them on a free-wheeling journey through the city's vibrant and diverse underground scene, home to an estimated 2,000 illegal independent bands. (IFC Films).
Peanuts Double Feature Two classic peanuts features: "A Boy Named Charlie Brown" and "Snoopy Come Home," $16.99. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).
Shadow (2009) Jake Muxworthy, Karina Testa. A young American soldier returning from a tour of duty in Iraq and a female traveler are stalked by two goons while on a mountain-biking adventure in Europe; soon, however, all four are captured by a strange and vile mountain dweller who aims to torture them. (IFC Films).
A Shine of Rainbows (2009) Connie Nielsen, Aidan Quinn, John Bell. A lonely orphan's life is transformed by an extraordinary woman who teaches him to conquer grief and discover the magic in nature and himself. Extras: "So Many Colours: The Making of A Shine of Rainbows." (Fox).
Spooner (2009) Matthew Lillar, Nora Zehetner, Christopher McDonald. Quirky romantic comedy about a 30-year-old used car salesman who faces eviction from his parent's house and meets the girl of his dreams, all on the same day. (Maya Entertainment).
Sugar Boxx (2009) Geneviere Anderson, Ellie Arket, Rainbow Borden. Southern-fried women-behind-bars actioner in which a reporter goes undercover and gets a scoop on the corruption and abuse at the Sugar State Women's Prison. (Entertainment One).
The Switch (2010) Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Jeff Goldblum, Juliette Lewis, Patrick Wilson. Read more about "The Switch" in the March Calendar. Extras: Deleted scenes, "The Switch Conceived" behind-the-scenes featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds alternate ending, additional deleted scenes, bloopers. (Miramax Films/Lionsgate).
Who Do You Think You Are? Season 1 (2010) TV series follows seven celebrities as they journey through ancestral history and share their life-altering discoveries about their ancestors and their past. Sarah Jessica Parker, Dallas Cowboys' Emmitt Smith, Susan Sarandon, Spike Lee, Matthew Broderick, Brooke Shield, Lisa Kudrow. Two-disc set with seven episodes, $39.99. (Acorn Media).
The Wildest Dream (2010) Re-enactments, photos and astonishing visuals tell the intersecting stories of George Mallory, the first man to attempt a summit of Mount Everest, and Conrad Anker, the mountaineer who finds Mallory's frozen remains 75 years later. Voiceover by Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and the late Natasha Richardson. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Virgil Film & Entertainment).


March 20

How I Won the War (1967) Dir.: Richard Lester; Michael Crawford, John Lennon, Jack MacGowran, Roy Kinnear, Lee Montague. Richard Lester's surreal collage of battle footage and one-liners lampooning the absurdity of war. This DVD release debuts on the anniversary of John and Yoko Ono's highly publicized "Bed-In" protesting the Vietnam War, and John and Yoko's actual wedding. Under the supervision of Lester, the DVD has been fully remastered. For a limited time, a commemorative Booklet will be included with each purchase featuring an introductory Letter from Yoko Ono and behind the scenes stills from the film. (MGM Limited Edition Collection).

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March 22

Alien 2 On Earth (1980) Belinda Mayne, Mark Bodin, Roberto Barrese, Benny Aldrich, Michele Soavi, Judy Perrin. The uncut, English language, 1.85 widescreen release of the 1980 Italian Horror/Sci-Fi film directed by Ciro Ippolito (Sam Cromwell); never released in the U.S. A group of cave explorers discover a mysterious living rock that bears home to deadly, flesh-eating creatures intent on wiping out the entire human population. Extras: The only surviving trailer from the mega rare Dutch VHS, effects outtakes transferred directly from the negative B-roll in full HD. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (MVD/Midnight Legacy).
Arthur and the Invisibles 2 & 3 The New Minimoy Adventures (2011) Voices of Freddie Highmore, Selena Gomez, Mia Farrow, Snoop Dogg, Lou Reed, will.i.a.m, Fergie. The heroes from "Arthur and the Invisibles" are back for two new, full-length animated adventures. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. Available exclusively at Wal-Mart stores. (Fox).
The Big I Am (2010) Leo Gregory, Michael Madsen, Vincent Regan, Beatrice Rosen, Steven Berkoff. A cruel twist of fate catapults a small time crook into the big league as temporary head of a brutal London gang poised on the brink of a lucrative human-trafficking deal. (Entertainment One).
Consinsual (2010) Terrance Moore, Keena Ferguson. A faithful husband compromises his own moral principles to satisfy his wife's perverse sexual appetite only to be falsely accused of rape, setting into motion a dangerous sequence of events fueled by lies, lust, and betrayal. (Entertainment One).
Dark Fields (aka The Rain) (2009) David Carradine, Richard Lynch, Dee Wallace Stone, Ellen Sandweiss. When the remote, drought-stricken farming community of Perseverance resorts to child sacrifice to bring healing rains to their land, a terrible curse is unleashed that haunts their bloodlines for generations. (Entertainment One).
Eclipse Series 26: Silent Naruse Mikio Naruse ("Floating Clouds," "When a Woman Ascends the Stairs") was one of the most popular directors in Japan, a crafter of exquisite melodramas, mostly about women confined by their social and domestic circumstances. Though often compared with Yasujiro Ozu and Kenji Mizoguchi for his style and treatment of characters, Naruse was a unique artist, making heartrending, brilliantly photographed and edited films about the impossible pursuit of happiness. From the outset of his career, with his silent films of the early '30S, Naruse zeroed in on the lives of the kinds of peoplE -- Geisha, housewives, waitresses -- who would continue to fascinate him for the next three decades. Though he made two dozen silent films, only five remain in existence; these works -- poignant, dazzlingly made dramas all -- are collected here, newly restored and on DVD for the first time, and featuring optional new scores by noted musicians Robin Holcomb and Wayne Horvitz. The five-disc set includes "Flunky, Work Hard (Koshiben ganbare)" (1931), "No Blood Relation (Nasanu naka)"(1932), "Apart from You (Kimi to wakarete)" (1933), "Every-Night Dreams (Yogoto no yume)" (1933) and "Street Without End (Kagirinaki hodo)" (1934). $44.95. (The Criterion Collection).
The Father of My Children (2009 -- France) Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Chiara Caselli. A film producer struggles with despair as he juggles his latest over-budget production with the demands of family life. (IFC Films).
How Do You Know (2010) Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Jack Nicholson, Kathryn Hahn, Molly Price, Mark Linn-Baker, Lenny Venito, Shelley Conn, Tony Shalhoub. Read more about "How Do You Know" in the March Calendar. Extras: Deleted scenes, blooper reel, "Extra Innings" featurette, commentary by the filmmakers, select scenes commentary with James L. Brooks and Owen Wilson. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds an interactive script gallery, "The George" featurette, "A Conversation With James L. Brooks and Hans Zimmer" featurette, additional deleted scenes. (Sony).
The Little Engine That Could (2011) New, feature-length animated film with the voices of Whoopi Goldberg, Jamie Lee Curtis, Corbin Bleu, Brenda Song, Alyson Stoner. (Universal).
Meskada (2010) Nick Stahl, Rachel Nichols, Kellan Lutz, Grace Gummer, Michael Cerveris, Norman Reedus. Small-town detective Noah Cordin is called to solve a juvenile homicide that occurred during a home burglary in his affluent town of Hilliard. (Anchor Bay).
The People I've Slept With (2009) Karin Anna Cheung, Wilson Cruz, Archie Kao. A promiscuous young woman with a zealously active sex life, who makes keepsake "baseball cards" of each of her male conquests, races to uncover the identity of her "baby-daddy" after unexpectedly becoming pregnant. (Maya Entertainment).
Roger Corman's Cult Classics: Jackson County Jail/Caged Heat! Double-Feature Collector's Edition "Jackson County Jail" (1976), starring Yvette Mimieux, Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Carradine, Howard Hesseman and Mary Woronov. Extras: Commentary by director Michael Miller, producer Jeff Begun and director of photography Bruce Logan; Leonard Maltin interviews Roger Corman; theatrical trailer; New World trailers. "Caged Heat!"(1974), starring Juanita Brown, Roberta Collins, Erica Gavin, Ella Reid, Rainbeaux Smith and Barbara Steele. Extras: Commentary by writer-director Jonathan Demme, director of photography Tak Fujimoto and actress Erica Gavin; Leonard Maltin interviews Roger Corman; poster and stills gallery; theatrical trailer; New World trailers. (Shout! Factory).
Scarecrow & Mrs. King: The Complete Second Season (1984-85) Five-disc set with 25 episodes, $39.98. (Warner).
Scary Movie 4 (2006) Anna Faris, Regina Hall, Craig Bierko. Unrated. Extras: "The Scary Truth: A Conversation With the Filmmakers," "The Man Behind the Laugh: David Zucker," "Zany, Spoof Humor -- Zucker Style," "The Visual Effects of Scary Movie 4," "The Youngbloodz," "Rappers ... Actors," "The Cast," "Improvisation of Craig Bierko," bloopers, deleted and extended scenes. Available as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (The Weinstein Co./Vivendi Entertainment).
Skyline (2010) Eric Balfour, Scottie Thompson, Donald Faison, David Zayas, Brittany Daniel, Crystal Reed, Neil Hopkins. Read more about "Skyline" in the March Calendar. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, alternate scenes, pre-visualization, commentary with directors Greg and Colin Strause, commentary with co-writer/producer Liam O'Donnell and co-writer Joshua Cordes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Universal)
Strawberry Shortcake: Puttin' on the Glitz (2011) Strawberry and her friends play with fashion, $14.98. Extras: Printable coloring pages. (Fox).
The Times of Harvey Milk (1984) A true 20th century trailblazer, Harvey Milk was an outspoken human rights activist and the first openly gay U.S. politician elected to public office; even after his assassination, in 1978, he continues to inspire disenfranchised people around the world. The Oscar-winning "The Times of Harvey Milk," directed by Robert Epstein and produced by Richard Schmiechen, was, like its subject, groundbreaking. One of the first feature documentaries to address gay life in America, it's a work of advocacy itself, bringing Milk's message of hope and equality to a wider audience. This exhilarating trove of archival footage and heartfelt interviews is as much a vivid portrait of a time and place (San Francisco's historic Castro District in the '70s) as a testament to the legacy of a political visionary. Director-approved digital transfer, from the meticulous UCLA Film and Television Archive restoration, with DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: Commentary featuring director Robert Epstein, co-editor Deborah Hoffmann, and photographer Daniel Nicoletta; new interview with documentary filmmaker and UC Berkeley professor Jon Else; new program about "The Times of Harvey Milk" and Gus Van Sant's "Milk," featuring Epstein, Van Sant, actor James Franco, and Milk friends Cleve Jones, Anne Kronenberg, and Nicoletta; postscript containing interview clips not used in the film; rare collection of audio and video recordings of Harvey Milk; interview excerpts from Epstein's research tapes; footage from the film's Castro Theatre premiere and the 1984 Academy Awards ceremony ; panel discussion on San Francisco Supervisor Dan White's controversial trial; excerpts from the 25th anniversary commemoration of Milk's and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone's assassinations; original theatrical trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film critic B. Ruby Rich, a tribute by Milk's nephew Stuart Milk, and a piece on the film's restoration by the UCLA Film and Television Archive's Ross Lipman. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).
The Tourist (2010)Director: Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck. Stars: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton, Steven Berkoff. Read more about "The Tourist" in the March Calendar. Available on Blu-ray, Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and DVD. Extras: "A Gala Affair" featurette, "Bringing Glamour Back" featurette, alternate animated title sequence, commentary by director Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck, outtake reel. Blu-ray Disc adds three more featurettes: "Action in Venice," "Canal Chats" and "Tourist Destination Travel the Canals of Venice" and MovieIQ. (Sony).
Vanquisher (2010) Sophita Sribanchean. Rising martial arts action star Sribanchean stars as a CIA agent who is betrayed by her own agency and forced into hiding after a covert mission goes awry. Having narrowly escaped an attempt on her life, she comes out of hiding and resurfaces in Bangkok with a vengeance to find out who wants her dead and to help stop another fatal crime from happening. Extras: Deleted scenes, making-of featurette." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Magnolia Home Entertainment/Under the Magnet).
The Venture Bros. Season 4 Volume 2 (2010) Two-disc set, $19.99. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
World Wrestling Entertainment DVD Roundup
The True Story of WrestleMania (2011) The story of WrestleMania from its early beginnings through the week-long spectacular it has become, routinely drawing fans from all 50 states and around the world. This documentary feature includes new and insightful interviews from the Superstars and creative forces behind the event. Two-disc set, $39.95. Also available on Blu-ray Disc.
The Big Show: A Giant's World (2011) Three-DVD set chronicles the life and times of WWE wrestler Big Show with new candid interviews, details on his struggles growing up, and a look at some of his most epic ring battles. Includes matches with greats like Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Sting, Undertaker, Triple H, John Cena, and more. $34.95.
Royal Rumble 2011 (2011) Each year, the Royal Rumble pits 40 wrestlers against each other for a chance to earn a championship match at WrestleMania. Features all the action from the 2011 Royal Rumble Match, featuring Rey Mysterio, John Cena, Jack Swagger, Wade Barrett, Kane, Kofi Kingston, Sheamus, John Morrison, Mark Henry, the surprise return of Diesel and more. $24.95. Also available on Blu-ray Disc.
Elimination Chamber 2011 (2011) Six superstars vie for ultimate supremacy inside an unforgiving 18-foot-high steel structure made of two miles of chain and 10 tons of steel. At stake is a world championship and a date with the main event at WrestleMania. Six Raw superstars battle in the elimination chamber for the WWE Championship and six of Smack Down's best fight for the World Heavyweight Championship. $24.95.
Yogi Bear (2010) Dan Aykroyd (voice), Justin Timberlake (voice), Anna Faris, Tom Cavanagh, T.J. Miller, Nathan Corddry, Andrew Daly. Read more about "Yogi Bear" in the March Calendar. Extras: Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

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All Good Things (2010) Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, Frank Langella, Lily Rabe, Philip Baker Hall, Diane Venora, Kristen Wiig. Read more about "All Good Things" in the March Calendar. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes, commentary by director Andrew Jarecki and the real Robert Durst. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Weinstein Co./Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Anything Goes 1954 Colgate Comedy Hour production of the famed Cole Porter musical comedy in which Frank Sinatra and Ethel Merman made their television debuts; from The Archive of American Television. On an ocean liner, a nightclub singer tries to help a fellow American romance an English heiress who is being forced to return home to marry a man she doesn't love. The American must avoid his boss who is traveling on the same vessel and disguises himself as a gangster traveling with a minister who is, in fact, a disguised gangster on the lam. $29.98. Extras: Interview with musical director Buddy Bregman, 20-page booklet with contributions from musical theater writer Stephen Cole and the Archive of American television. (Entertainment One).
Antony and Cleopatra (1962) Dir.: Charlton Heston; Charlton Heston, Hildegarde Neil, John Castle, Fernando Rey. Extras: "The Making of Antony and Cleopatra" featurette. (Warner).
Apocalypse: World War II (2011) Three-disc set documentary series takes an in-depth and uncensored examination of the Second World War through the eyes of those who lived through it. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Entertainment One).
Beneath the Dark (2010) Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Josh Stewart. While driving from Texas to Los Angeles, a young couple takes refuge in a roadside motel in the desolate Mojave Desert, where they're plagued by mysterious apparitions, messages and visitations ... as well as a jukebox that plays the same song over and over. (IFC Films).
Big Time Rush: Season One, Volume One (2010) Two-disc set with 12 episodes, $16.99. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).
Black Swan (2010) Director: Darren Aronofsky. Stars: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder. Read more about "Black Swan" in the March Calendar. Extras: "Metamorphosis: A Three-Part Series" of behind-the-scenes featurettes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds "Behind the Curtain," an inside look at the film's costume and production design; "Ten Years in the Making," in which Natalie Portman and Darren Aronofsky discuss their creative journey, from "preparing for the role" to "dancing with the camera"; cast profiles. (Fox).
Capone (1975) Ben Gazzara, Sylvester Stallone, Harry Guardino, Susan Blakely, John Cassavetes. Extras: Commentary by director Steve Carver, original theatrical trailers. (Shout! Factory).
The Capture of the Green River Killer (2010) Tom Cavanagh, Currie Graham, Amy Davidson. Lifetime Movie dramatization about the hunt for the notorious Washington state serial killer. (A&E Home Entertainment).
Charlton Heston Presents The Bible Four films featured on single DVDs: "Genesis," "The Story of Moses," "Jesus of Nazareth" and "The Passion," each narrated by the late Charlton Heston and each with a 28-minute behind-the-scenes featurette. Filmed entirely on location in the Holy Land, from Beit She'an, Jericho, Jerusalem, the Negev Desert, the Red Sea to the Sea of Galilee, the documentaries combine dramatic readings by Heston of passages from the Old and New Testaments with historical commentaries in the land where the stories took place. First aired on A&E in the early 1990s. Released here to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. $12.97 each.
The Civil War: 150th Anniversary Edition (1990) Six-disc set of Ken Burn's epic nine-part documentary; the sixth disc includes interviews with author Shelby Foote and Burns. Marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. Extras: Battlefield maps, biographies.$99.99. (PBS/Paramount).
Colony (2009) Few people realize that honey bees pollinate one-third of our fruits and vegetables, and although honey bees are some of the most resilient, efficient and industrious insects, entire colonies are dying off. Why? This documentary investigates the circumstances and the impacts of "colony collapse disorder" by focusing on beekeepers dealing with the crisis. (Docurama Films).
Dennis the Menace: Season One (1959-60) Five-disc set with 32 episodes, $29.93. Extras: New interviews with cast members Jeannie Russell and Gloria Henry; radio interviews with Jeannie Russell and Gloria Henry; bonus episode: "The Donna Reed Show" featuring Jay North as Dennis Mitchell and Joseph Kearns as Mr. Wilson; original promos. (Shout! Factory).
Dinosaurs: Giant of Patagonia (2011) Documentary focuses on the history, evolution and extinction of the dinosaurs. Narrated by Donald Sutherland. IMAX 3D. (Image Entertainment).
Embodiment of Evil (2008 -- Brazil) Jose Mojica Marins. After serving a 40-year prison term, Coffin Joe is finally released from the Mental Heath wing of the Sao Paulo State Penitentiary and, back on the streets, the sadistic undertaker is set upon fulfilling the goal which sent him to jail in the first place: find a woman who can give him the perfect child. Extras: "Making-of" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Synapse Films/CAV Distributing).
Emergency! The Final Rescues (1978-79) Two-disc set with all nine Season 7 episodes, $39.98. (Universal).
Fair Game (2010) Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Ty Burrell, Michael Kelly, Bruce McGill. Read more about "Fair Game" in the March Calendar. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Summit Entertainment).
Fatal Secrets (2010) Dina Meyer, Vincent Spano, Lela Rochon, Lea Thompson, Ernie Hudson, Ed Begley Jr., Tess Harper. A woman enlists two friends to fend off an overly aggressive suitor with dire consequences. (MTI Home Video).
Gangland: The Final Season (2010) Four-disc set with 15 episodes, $39.95. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (A&E Home Entertainment).
The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It (2000) Narrated by Ed Asner, this important film tells the story of a previously ignored chapter of WWII -- the American conscientious objectors who refused to fight. It's a story of personal courage, idealism and nonconformity based on both ethical and religious beliefs -- about men whose love of country could not extend to killing their fellow man. Extras: "The Conscientious Objector Handbook," the up-to-date guide to the Draft; interviews with Daniel Ellsberg, Studs Terkel, James Farmer, Ambassador Max Kampleman, more; "WWII Poster Gallery: Propagandizing the Good War"; DVD-ROM features (documents and links to non-violence, draft, counter-recruitment and military resources). (First Run Features).
Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown (2011) New animated Peanuts feature. Extras: "Deconstructing Schulz: From Comic Strip to Screenplay," "Happiness Is .... Finding the Right Voice" voice talent featurette, "24 Frames a Second: Drawing and Animating a Peanuts Movie," deleted scene. $19.98. (Warner).
Heaven Ain't Hard to Find (2010) Clifton Powell, Kym Whitley, Andre Pitre, Tasha Taylor. A troubled young man on the run from the law stumbles upon a beautiful young woman and three eccentric sanctified spirits trying to save their Baptist church from a land developer. (Entertainment One).
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys -- Season Two (1995-96) Five-disc set with 24 episodes, $26.98. (Universal).
The Human Experience (2010) An altruistic group of young men endeavor to understand the true essence of the human spirit by visiting forgotten souls such as homeless New Yorkers, Peruvian orphans and isolated Ghanaian lepers. By spotlighting heartwarming stories from around the world, this uplifting documentary shows viewers that every single person, no matter his or her lot in life, is beautiful, and explores with depth and compassion what it means to be a human being. Features insight and commentary from spiritual leaders and philosophers including: Anna Halpine, Dr. William Hurlbut, Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Dr. Alveda King, and Rev. Richard Neuhaus. (Docurama Films).
Husk (2010) Devon Graye, Wes Chatham, CJ Thomason, Tammin Sursok, Ben Easter. A group of friends enters a supernatural game of cat and mouse when they're left stranded next to a desolate cornfield and farmhouse. Extras: Commentary by director Brett Simmons and Devon Graye, Wes Chatham and CJ Thomason; behind-the-scenes featurette, storyboards. An After Dark Original. (Lionsgate).
In Plain Sight: Season Three (2010) Three-disc set with 13 episodes, $39.98. (Universal).
Ingredients (2009) Documentary unearths the roots of the local food movement and digs into the stories of the chefs, farmers and activists transforming our broken food system. From innovative farm-to-table programs in Harlem to picturesque sheep farms in Oregonís Willamette Valley, "Ingredients" shows the heart of an alternative food system. (Docurama Films).
Mad Men: Season Four (2010) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $49.98. Extras: Commentaries, "Divorce Circa 1960s" three-part documentary, "How to Succeed in Business Draper Style," "Marketing the Mustang: An American Icon," "1964 Presidential Campaign." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Lionsgate).
Made in Dagenham (2010) Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Rosamund Pike, Miranda Richardson, Rupert Graves. Read more about "Made in Dagenham" in the March Calendar. Extras: Commentary by director Nigel Cole, deleted scenes, outtakes, "The Making of Made in Dagenham" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 (2010 -- France) Vincent Cassel, Cecile De France, Gerard Depardieu, Roy Dupuis, Gilles Lellouche, Elana Anaya, Ludivine Sagnier. Jacques Mesrine was the last of the great French gangsters, his criminal career spanning more than 20 years of kidnappings, robberies, murders and prison escapes in some half-dozen countries. Mesrine's criminal reign came to an end in a hail of bullets by police in the middle of Paris in 1979, a spectacular demise that put the crowning touch on his legend. Now, nearly 30 years after his death, the true story of Mesrine can be told. This is the second of an acclaimed two-part crime saga that's received recognition around the globe. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Music Box Films).
The Mikado (1939) The legendary Gilbert and Sullivan troupe the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company joined forces with Hollywood for this 1939 Technicolor version of the fabled comic opera, the first complete work by the famed duo to be adapted for the screen, directed by musician and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Victor Schertzinger. The result is a lavish cinematic retelling of the British political satire set in exotic Japan, with such enduringly popular numbers as "A Wandering Minstrel I" and "Three Little Maids from School Are We," and featuring performances by American singer Kenny Baker as well as a host of renowned D'Oyly Carte actors, including Martyn Green and Sydney Granville. Newly remastered digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: New video interview with "Topsy-Turvy" director Mike Leigh on "The Mikado" and its adaptation for the screen; new video interview with "Mikado" scholars Josephine Lee and Ralph MacPhail Jr., tracing the 1939 filmed version of the opera back to its 1885 stage debut; short silent film promoting the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company's 1926 stage performance of "The Mikado"; booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Company).
Mother Lode (1982) Dir.: Charlton Heston; Charlton Heston, Nick Mancuso, Kim Basinger, John Marley. (Warner).
Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs (2011) Documentary probes ancient tombs, follows forensic scientists as they unravel the mysteries of these enshrouded time capsules. IMAX 3D. (Image Entertainment).
One Week (2008) Joshua Jackson, Liane Balaban, Gord Downie. An aimless young elementary schoolteacher finds out that he has cancer and takes off on a trans-Canada road trip via motorcycle.(IFC Films/MPI Media).
Our Planet: The Past, Present and Future of Earth (2011) Three-disc set with three History programs: "How the Earth Was Made," "A Global Warning?" and "Life After People," $19.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).
The Owls (2010) V.S. Brodie, Skyler Cooper, Cheryl Dunye. Four aging lesbians -- members of a defunct band called The Screech -- dream of better times but a long-kept secret comes back to haunt them. (First Run Features).
Prowl (2009) Courtney Hope, John Bowman, Saxon Trainor, Bruce Payne. Hitching a ride on a cargo truck, a group of friends discover they're keeping company with hundreds of cartons of blood on the way to feed bloodthirsty vampires. Extras: Commentary by writer Tim Toro and Courtney Hope and John Bowman, behind-the-scenes featurette. An After Dark Original. (Lionsgate).
The Resident (2011) Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Christopher Lee, Lee Pace. A young doctor separates from her husband and moves into a spacious new apartment in Brooklyn, then finds that she's not alone: There are secrets behind every wall and terror in every room. From Hammer Films. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).
The Restaurateur (2010) This intimate documentary follows Danny Meyer, one of America's preeminent restaurant owners, over a 12 year span as he struggles to open not one but two ambitious restaurants next to New York's Madison Square Park. (First Run Features).
River of Darkness (2011) Kurt Angle, Kevin Nash, Psycho Sid Vicious. A small town sheriff battles the vile evil of the spirits of two old river squatters who have returned from hell to terrorize the community. (Green Apple Entertainment).
The Swimsuit Issue (2008 -- Sweden) Jonas Inde, Amanda Davin, Andreas Rothlin Svensson. Comedy about an unemployed and divorced man, estranged from his daughter, who gets the idea to mold his motley buddies into Sweden's only all-male synchronized-swimming team, with the World Cup finals in Berlin as the seemingly unattainable goal; what starts out as a lark turns into a quest to give their lives new meaning. (Tribeca Film/New Video).
Tangled (2010) Voices of Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, Ron Perlman, M.C. Gainey, Jeffrey Tambor, Brad Garrett, Paul F. Tompkins, Richard Kiel. Available in a four-disc Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack (3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy), two-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD and a one-disc DVD. Read more about "Tangled" in the March Calendar. Extras: Two original storybook openings: Versions 1 & 2, 50th Animated Feature Countdown (A video montage celebrating "Tangled" as the 50th film to join The Walt Disney Studios' lineup of animated features). Blu-ray adds "Untangled: The Making of a Fairy Tale," deleted scenes, extended songs, "9 Tangled Teasers": A collection of the most unique and quirky commercials made for the film's theatrical release. (Disney).
Teenage Paparazzo (2010) A firsthand look at the relationship between celebrities and the people who make a living selling their images. One night in Los Angeles, Adrian Grenier, star of the HBO series "Entourage," encountered 14-year-old paparazzo Austin Visschedyk. Astounded and inspired by the fast-talking, faster-snapping teen, Grenier decided to turn the cameras on Visschedyk in an effort to better understand this unique teenager's world and gain insight into what motivates people to stalk the famous. Extras: Deleted scenes. (HBO Home Entertainment).
The Ten Commandments (1956) Dir.: Cecil B. DeMille; Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo, Debra Paget, John Derek, Cedric Hardwicke, Nina Foch, Martha Scott, Judith Anderson, Vincent Price, John Carradine. Two-disc set. Extras: Commentary by Katherine Orrison, author of "Written in Stone: Making Cecil B. DeMille's Epic The Ten Commandments"; newsreel footage of the film's New York premiere. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Paramount).
The Ten Commandments Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Gift Set (1956) Dir.: Cecil B. DeMille; Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo, Debra Paget, John Derek, Cedric Hardwicke, Nina Foch, Martha Scott, Judith Anderson, Vincent Price, John Carradine. Six-disc set (three Blu-ray Discs, three DVDs) packaged in a limited edition box featuring an image of the Red Sea that parts when the box is opened to reveal two tablets holding all six discs. The box also will contain a photo and archive book. Extras on the DVDs: Commentary by Katherine Orrison, author of "Written in Stone: Making Cecil B. DeMille's Epic The Ten Commandments"; newsreel footage of the filmís New York premiere; "The Ten Commandments: Making Miracles" documentary. Extras on the Blu-ray Discs: Commentary by Katherine Orrison, author of "Written in Stone: Making Cecil B. DeMille's Epic The Ten Commandments"; newsreel footage of the filmís New York premiere; "The Ten Commandments: Making Miracles" documentary; DeMille's 1923 silent "The Ten Commandments," commentary by Katherine Orrison; hand-tinted footage of the Exodus and Parting of the Red Sea sequences from the 1923 film; 1923 photo gallery; 1956 photo gallery. $59.99. (Paramount).
Topsy-Turvy (1999) The world of Gilbert and Sullivan comes to vivid life in this extraordinary dramatization of the staging of their legendary 1885 comic opera "The Mikado" from Mike Leigh. Jim Broadbent and Allan Corduner brilliantly inhabit the roles of the world-famous Victorian librettist and composer, respectively, who, along with their troupe of temperamental actors, must battle personal and professional demons while mounting this major production. A lushly produced epic about the harsh realities of creative expression, featuring bravura performances and Oscar-winning costume design and makeup, "Topsy-Turvy" is an unexpected period delight from one of contemporary cinema's great artists. Director-approved digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Dick Pope, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: Commentary featuring director Mike Leigh; new video conversation between Leigh and the film's musical director, Gary Yershon; "A Sense of History," Leigh's 1992 short film written by and starring actor Jim Broadbent; deleted scenes; featurette from 1999 including interviews with Leigh, stars Broadbent an Corduner, and other cast members; theatrical trailer and TV spots; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Amy Taubin. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).
Treme: The Complete First Season (2010) Four-disc set with 10 episodes, $59.99. Extras: Commentary, making-of featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (HBO).
VEGA$: The Second Season, Volume 2 (1980-81) Three-disc set with the second season's last 11 episodes, $39.99. (CBS/Paramount).
Who's the Caboose? (1997) Sarah Silverman, Sam Seder, H. Jon Benjamin, Andy Dick, David Cross, Kathy Griffin. Mockumentary follows a New York stand-up comedian (Sarah Silverman) as she heads to L.A. to do a TV pilot, followed by her boyfriend, who ends up getting sucked into the Hollywood scene. (Flatiron Film Co./New Video).
Xena: Warrior Princess -- Season Two (1996-97) Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $26.98. (Universal).

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