Ayn Rand: In Her Own Words
(2011) Documentary on the acclaimed author of "Atlas Shrugged" and "The Fountainhead," $29.98. (Entertainment One).
Barney Playdate Pack
(2011) Three-disc gift set with three Barney DVDs: "Let's Pretend With Barney," "Can You Sing That Song" and "Come on Over to Barney's House," $19.98. strong>Extras: "Barney's Jukebox," "Barney's Loop de Loop Counting Game," two read-alongs, behind-the-scenes featurette, "The Barney Boogie" music video, more. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).
Beauty and the Beast: A Dark Tale
(2010) Estella Warren, Rhett Giles. Syfy Channel movie. (Entertainment One).
(2011) Ed Quinn, William B. Davis, Pascale Hutton, Cindy Busby, Jessica Parker Kennedy. An earthquake and a volcano in a small town unleash a colossal, mythical beast from the depths of the Earth in this Syfy Channel "Maneater" series movie. (RHI Entertainment/Vivendi Entertainment).
The Best of Ask This Old House
(2011) Six-hour special commemorating the 200th episode of "Ask This Old House" tackles some 44 home projects, $34.99. Extras: Printable photo gallery with more than 180 before and after images, 14 home improvement articles from "This Old House Magazine," complete resource and product information for all projects. (PBS Distribution).
(2010) Kevin Spacey, Barry Pepper, Kelly Preston, Jon Lovitz, Ruth Marshall, Graham Greene, Rachelle Lefevr.e Read more about "Casino Jack" in the April Calendar.Extras: "Casino Jack: A Director's Photo Diary," gag reel, deleted scenes Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
Chuggers to the Rescue
(2011) Six episodes of the animated pre-school train series, $16.98. (Anchor Bay).
Friday Night Lights: The Fifth Season
(2010) Three-disc set with 13 episodes, $29.98. Extras: "The Lights Go Out" featurette, commentary. (Universal).
iCarly: Season 2, Volume 3
(2010) Three-disc set with 15 episodes and two hour-long TV movies, $19.99. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).
KJB: The Book That Changed the World
(2011) Docudrama about the King James Bible, one of the most important manuscripts in history. Visits landmarks, explains relics and dramatizes the events surrounding the book. Hosted by John Rhys-Davies. This year is the 400th anniversary of the KJB. Extras: Commentary, "Words From the Wise" featurette, interview with Rhys-Davies. (Lionsgate).
I Love You Phillip Morris
(2010) Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Antoni Corone. Read more about "I Love You Phillip Morris" in the April Calendar.Extras: Commentary by producer Andrew Lazar and writers-directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra; "The Making of I Love You Phillip Morris" featurette; deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Lionsgate).
Life Unexpected: The Complete First and Second Seasons
(2010-11) Six-disc set with 26 episodes, $59.98. Extras: "Life in Portland: The Making of Life Unexpected," "Lux, Cate, Baze, Ryan & Math: The Casting of Life Unexpected." (Warner).
(2010) Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Owen Wilson, Teri Polo, Blythe Danner, Jessica Alba, Laura Dern, Harvey Keitel. Read more about "Little Fockers" in the April Calendar.Extras: Gag reel; deleted scenes; alternate opening and ending, two behind the scenes featurettes: "Making of a Godfocker" and "Bout Time," look at the climatic fight scene where Greg and Jack finally throw down the gloves; "The Focker Foot Locker" string of clips from the film of every time someone utters a version of "Focker." Also available on Blu-ray Disc, whcih adds "Bob and Ben" featurette with De Niro and Stiller on the three "Focker" films; "Ben and Owen," a featurette on Owen Wilson" marks their 10th movie together; BD-LIVE. (Universal).
Nova: Deadliest Earthquakes
(2011) Follows teams of scientists in Haiti and Chile after the deadly 2010 quakes as they try to gather data to aid in preventing future disasters, $24.99. (PBS Distribution).
The Real Cannibal Holocaust
(1976 -- Italy) In 1975, Papua New Guinea obtained its long desired independence from the British Empire. A movie crew traveled to the island in order to shoot a film that would allow the Queen to better understand the laws and traditions of the natives. Looking for reality and truth, the cinematographers eventually got a lot more than they had bargained for: extreme violence and depravity. (One 7 Movies).
Roger Corman Cult Classics: Action-Packed Collection
Three Roger Corman produced features: "The Georgia Peaches" (1980: Tanya Tucker, Dirk Benedict), "The Great Texas Dynamite Chase" (1976: Claudia Jennings, Jocelyn Jones, Johnny Crawford) and "Smokey Bites the Dust" (1981: Jimmy McNichol, Janet Julian, William Forsythe). (Shout! Factory).
Sesame Street's Wild Words and Outdoor Adventures
(2011) Elmo and celebrity guests Jimmy Fallon, Debra Messing and Meredith Viera help pre-schoolers learn vocabulary words and counting skills while exploring nature, $14.98. Extras: "Alphabet Jungle Song." (Sesame Street/Warner).
Sex and Black Magic
(1980 -- Italy) An aging couple travels to an exotic island in order to give their fading sexual life a boost, but little do they know that they will get far more than they are ready to ask for when black magic, cannibalism, tons of perversions and lustful natives enter the picture. (One 7 Movies).
TCM Greatest Classic Legends: Bette Davis
Four-title set spotlighting Hollywood's most legendary actors and actresses in classic cinema. "Now, Voyager," "Dark Victory," "Old Acquaintance" and "Jezebel." $27.92. (Warner).
TCM Greatest Classic Legends: Marlon Brando
Four-title set spotlighting Hollywood's most legendary actors and actresses in classic cinema. "A Street Car Named Desire: The Original Director's Version," "Julius Caesar," "The Teahouse of The August Moon" and "Reflections in a Golden Eye." $27.92. (Warner).
TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan, Volume One
"Tarzan the Ape Man," "Tarzan Escapes," "Tarzan and His Mate" and "Tarzan Finds a Son!" $27.92. (Warner).
TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan, Volume Two
"Tarzan's Secret Treasure," "Tarzan's New York Adventure," "Tarzan and the Amazons" and "Tarzan and the Leopard Woman." $27.92. (Warner).
Thomas & Friends Playdate Pack
(2011) Three-disc gift set with three Thomas & Friends DVDs: "Thomas and the Really Brave Engine," "Thomas and the Jet Engine" and "On-Site With Thomas," $19.98. Extras: Four sing-along songs, games, read-alongs, Thomas character gallery, more. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).
TRON: The Original Classic Special Edition
(1982) Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan. Available as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and as a two-disc DVD. Extras: "The TRON Phenomenon"; commentary; "The Making of TRON"; deleted scenes; galleries; featurettes on development, digital imagery, music, publicity, design, storyboarding. Blu-ray adds "Photo Tronology." (Disney).
(2010) Jeff Bridges, Olivia Wilde, Garrett Hedlund, Michael Sheen, Bruce Boxleitner, James Frain. Available in four configurations: As a single-disc DVD, a two-disc Blu-ray combo pack (Blu-ray plus DVD), a four-disc Blu-ray combo pack (with Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray 2D, DVD plus digital copy) and a five-disc, two movie set (with Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray 2D, DVD, digital copy of "TRON: Legacy and a Blu-ray of "TRON: The Original Classic Special Edition"). Read more about "TRON: Legacy" in the April Calendar.Extras: "Visualizing TRON," "Installing the Cast," first Look at "TRON: Uprising," the Disney XD animated series. The two-disc combo pack adds "The Next Day: Flynn Lives Revealed," "Disney Second Screen" (allows viewers to explore the story behind the film perfectly synched on a second device, like an iPad or laptop, without interrupting their enjoyment of the movie), "Launching the Legacy," "Disc Roars," music video "Derezzed" written, produced and performed by Daft Punk. The five-disc set adds all the bonus features from "TRON: The Original Classic Special Edition." (Disney).
Wallenberg: A Hero's Story
(1985 -- TV) Richard Chamberlain, Kenneth Colley. Raoul Wallenberg, scion
of a wealthy, Christian "Aryan" family of Swedish bankers, aided the
escape of 100,000 Hungarian Jews from the hands of the Nazi during
WWII. Extras: Behind-the-scenes
Wild Kratts: Creature Adventures
(2011) Two-disc set with 10 episodes of the PBS Kids series, $24.99. (PBS Distribution).
Year of the Carnivore
(2009) Cristin Milioti, Mark Rendall. Quirky coming-of-age comedy
about a tomboy store detective who has a disastrous one-night stand
and then goes on the hunt for a slew of sexual encounters to learn
more about sex and love. Also
available on Blu-ray Disc. (Maya Entertainment).
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
(2010) Director: Michael Apted. Stars: Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Ben Barnes, Will Poulter, Gary Sweet, voices of Liam Neeson and Simon Pegg. Read more about "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" in the April Calendar.Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary by director Michael Apted and producer Mark Johnson. Also available as a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack, which adds "The Untold Adventures of The Dawn Treader" animated short, "King Caspian's Guide to the Dawn Treader: Legends and Lore of the Great Ship," deleted scenes, five "Islands Explorations," "Narnian Discoveries: Friends and Foes of Narnia" (seven featurettes), three behind-the-scenes featurettes including "Battle on the Sea Sword" game, four Fox Movie Channel Presents behind-the-scenes featurettes, digital copy. (Fox).
The BBC Tudors Collection
Twelve-disc set with all 25 episodes of the three "Tudors" series, $149.98.(Warner).
Behind the Burly Q
(2010) Known for being America's most popular form of live entertainment during the first half of the 20th century, the art of burlesque has experienced a new renaissance, but for years it was vilified and misunderstood, and for the most part left out of our cultural history. This documentary pays tribute to these performers and reveals the true story of burlesque by telling the intimate and surprising stories from its golden age through the women and men who lived it. Features interviews with famous performers, musicians and authors, including Alan Alda, whose father was a straight man at burlesque performances; journalist Nat Bodian, who wrote about the shows in the 1930s; Lorraine Lee, who danced for the likes of Bonnie & Clyde and Pretty Boy Floyd; Abbot & Costello; Tempest Storm, who still performs today and claims to have had relationships with Elvis Presley and John F. Kennedy; the notorious Blaze Starr who escaped a life of poverty and rose to the heights of fame; and many more who lived during the heyday of burlesque in the U.S. (First Run Features).
(2010 -- France) Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet, Louise Bourgoin. A breakout selection of the midnight section of Cannes in 2010, "Black Heaven" is directed by new French filmmaker Gilles Marchand. The story follows an innocent young kid, Gaspar, who, becoming enamored of a mysterious, gorgeous girl, is lured into "Black Hole," a dark, obscure video game world of avatars with deadly serious intentions -- they seduce players to commit suicide in the real world. (IFC Films).
The Bob Hope Collection: Volume 2
Three-disc set with six Hope films: "The Great Lover" (1949), "How to Commit Marriage" (1969), "Son of Paleface" (1952), "Paris Holiday" (1958), "The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell" (1968) and "Cancel My Reservation" (1972), in new transfers. DVD debut for "Cancel My Reservation." $34.93. (Shout! Factory).
Car 54, Where Are You? The Complete First Season
(1961-62) Four-disc set with 30 episodes, $39.98. Moved from Feb. 22. Extras: Round table conversation between Bronx-raised comedian Robert Klein and two of the regular cast members -- Charlotte Rae, who played Sylvia Schnauser, and Hank Garrett, who played Officer Ed Nicholson. (Shanachie Entertainment).
(2010) Garrett Hedlund, Gwyneth Paltrow, Leighton Meester, Tim McGraw. Read more about "Country Strong" in the April Calendar.Extras: Original ending, music video: "A Little Bit Stronger" by Sara Evans, music video: "Country Strong" by Gwyneth Paltrow, extended performance of "Shake That Thing" by Gwyneth Paltrow, deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds three featurettes: "A Little Bit Country: The Costumes," "Friends in High Places: The Cast of Country Strong," "Putting the Words in Their Mouths: The Songwriters"; movieIQ+sync featuring the "Country Strong" playlist. (Sony).
Dallas: The Movie Collection
Two-disc collectors set includes a prequel, two cast reunion telefilms and a retrospective TV special: "The Early Years," "J. R. Returns," "The War of the Ewings" and "Dallas Reunion: Return to Southfork"; $29.98. Extras: Clips, outtakes and reminiscences. (Warner).
Dirty Mary Crazy Larry/Race With the Devil Double Feature"Dirty Mary Crazy Larry" (1974) Peter Fonda, Susan George. Extras: Commentary by Director John Hough, "Ride the Wild Side" featurette, theatrical trailers, TV spots and radio spots. "Race With the Devil" (1975) Peter Fonda, Lara Parker, Warren Oates. Extras: Commentary by executive producer Paul Maslansky and actress Lara Parker, "Hell On Wheels" interview with Peter Fonda, theatrical trailers, TV spot and radio spots. (Shout! Factory).
Doctor Who Classics
"Doctor Who: Kinda," Ep.119 (2009) and "Doctor Who: Snakedance," Ep.125 (1983), $24.98 each. (Warner).
Dragnet 1970: Season Four
(1969-70) Four-disc set with 26 episodes of "Dragnet 1970," $34.93. (Shout! Factory).
The Garfield Show: Private-Eye Ventures
(2011) Six episodes with adventurous detective themes from the popular Cartoon Network show, $14.93. (Vivendi Entertainment).
Go, Diego, Go!: Diego Saves The World
(2011) Six-episodes of the Nick series, $16.99. (Paramount).
Goodnight for Justice
(2011) Dir.: Jason Priestley; Luke Perry, Lara Gilchrist, Melanie Papalia, Michael Teigen. A circuit judge in the Western territories seeks revenge on the outlaws who killed his family. Hallmark Channel movie. Extras: New interviews with Perry and Priestley. (Entertainment One).
Guy Martin: Portrait of a Grand Chef
(2008) Documentary looks at Guy Martin, the chef of Le Grand Vefour, the legendary Michelin three-star Parisian restaurant, revealing his philosophy of cooking, which ranges from resolutely traditional to savagely creative, and bringing to life the sources of his inspiration. (First Run Features).
(2009 -- U.K.) Jim Sturgess, Clemence Poesy, Noel Clarke, Joseph Mawle, Eddie Marsan, Luke Treadawa. British psychological thriller from cult U.K. director Philip Ridley. The film follows Jamie Morgan (Jim Sturgess), born with a disfiguring birthmark across his face, which leaves him an outcast in rough East London. While wandering abandoned yards taking photographs, he comes across a gang of thugs and soon discovers that they are something other than human. He then is led into a Faustian deal that will see him become a party to the terrifying chaos around him. (IFC Films).
(2009) Documentary. Every winter, when breakers the size of office buildings topple onto the North Shore of Oahu, the world’s top-ranked extreme surfers risk injury and worse to win surfing's fabled Triple Crown. It's the ultimate, adrenaline-fuelled battle of surfing's mega-stars ,captured by acclaimed director Dana Brown. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).
I'm Dangerous With Love
(2010) Documentary by Michel Negroponte. An underground adventure that traces one man's risky journey into the world of shamanic ritual. Dimitri Mugianis had been addicted to heroin for 20 years when a single dose of ibogaine, a powerful hallucinogen derived from the root of a West African plant, stopped his addiction cold. Extras: Interview with Ibogaine expert Howard Lotsof, "The Science of Ibogaine," photo gallery, director biography. (First Run Features).
(2011) Golden Brooks, Keith David, DB Woodside, Darrin Dewitt Henson, Rochelle Aytes, Shawn Michael Howard. Five ambitious cousins are summoned by the family patriarch to learn about their inheritance -- but one by one they disappear. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).
The Last Continent/Antarctic Mission
(2008) Two-disc set. Two documentaries on the group of scientists who braved a year in the coldest, most isolated continent on the planet to document the changes taking place due to environmental warming. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Entertainment One).
Let's Talk About Sex
(2011) Every day in America 10,000 teenagers catch a sexually transmitted disease, 2,400 young girls get pregnant and 55 young people are infected with HIV. This documentary takes a revealing look at how American attitudes toward adolescent sexuality impact today's teenagers. Director James Houston takes us on a journey to examine trends in American society as personified by a cast of diverse characters. At a high school for pregnant teens in Los Angeles, young girls are contemplating teen parenthood. In Washington, D.C., where HIV infection rates rival several African countries, community outreach workers are trying to save lives. The film also travels to the Netherlands, where Houston compares European attitudes with those in America, then concludes in Oregon, where the lessons learned in Western Europe are helping to create practical solutions. (Docurama Films).
PBS Explorer Collection -- Wild West, Vol. 1
(2011) Six films from American Experience, a series that brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America's past and present, have been bundled together to create this set about the legends of the Old West: Annie Oakley, Buffalo Bill, Geronimo and the Apache Resistance, Jesse James, Kit Carson and Wyatt Earp. $49.99. (PBS Distribution).
(2009 -- Austria/Germany) Director Werner Boote takes us on a journey around the globe -- from the Moroccan Sahara to the middle of the Pacific Ocean, from a factory in China to the highest peaks of the Alps -- to reveal the far-flung reach of plastic. Interviews with the world's foremost experts in biology, pharmacology and genetics shed light on the perils of plastic to our environment and expose the truth of how plastic affects our bodies ... and the health of future generations. (First Run Features).
(2009 -- France) Alexandra Lamy, Sergi Lopez, Melusine Mayance, Arthur Peyret. When Katie, an ordinary woman, meets Paco, an ordinary man, they fall in love. After starting a life together, something truly extraordinary is added to the mix: a baby called Ricky. But the angelically beautiful baby soon develops bumps on his back that look suspiciously like ... something that gets the media in an uproar. This miraculous creature brings the young family challenges no parent could be prepared for. (IFC Films).
A Royal Romance: William & Kate
(2011) An intimate look at the British royal heir and his bride-to-be, going beyond the love affair to explore royal destiny. The wedding is April 29. $14.98. (Inception Media Group).
The Speed of Thought
(2011) Nick Stahl, Mía Maestro, Taryn Manning. Joshua Lazarus possesses a special gift that enables him to read people's minds, and the government has trained him to use his ability for deadly missions involving national defense, all while telling him that it will ultimately destroy him --- but will it? (Maya Entertainment).
A Summer in Genoa
(2010) Colin Firth, Hope Davis, Catherine Keener, Willa Holland. Director Michael Winterbottom's powerful tale of grief. Colin Firth is Joe, a professor at the University of Chicago who takes his two daughters to Italy after the accidental death of their mother. The mysteries of a seductive new country stimulates eldest daughter Kelly, who engages in sexual adventures with the local boys, and Firth's distracted professor is comforted by a friend with romantic longings. Younger daughter Mary, however, remains troubled by guilt over her mother's death, suffering from night terrors and haunting visions and the family soon finds themselves in peril. Extras: Behind-the-scenes footage, cast and crew interviews. (Entertainment One).
Tracy and Hepburn: The Definitive Collection
The first and only complete anthology of films starring Hollywood's dream team. The collection includes all nine remastered favorites: "Woman of the Year" (1942), "Keeper of the Flame" (1942), "Without Love" (1945), "Sea of Grass" (1947), "State of the Union" (1948), "Adam's Rib" (1949), "Pat and Mike" (1952), "Desk Set" (1957) and "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (1967), plus a bonus disc featuring an intimate tribute to Spencer Tracy moderated by Katharine Hepburn; $59.92. "Keeper of the Flame," directed by George Cukor, and "Sea of Grass," are DVD debuts, and are both available separately for $19.97 each. (Warner).
(2009 -- French) In "White Material," the great contemporary French filmmaker Claire Denis ("Chocolat," "Beau travail"), known for her restless, intimate dramas, introduces an unforgettably crazed character. Played ferociously by Isabelle Huppert ("Story of Women," "The Piano Teacher"), Maria is an entitled white woman living in Africa, desperately unwilling to give up her family's crumbling coffee plantation despite the civil war closing in on her. Created with Denis' signature full-throttle visual style, which places the viewer in the center of the maelstrom, "White Material" is a gripping evocation of the death throes of European colonialism and a fascinating look at a woman lost in her own mind. New digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Claire Denis and cinematographer Yves Cape, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interviews with Denis and actors Isabelle Huppert and Isaach de Bankole, short documentary by Denis on the film's premiere at the Ecrans Noirs Film Festival 2010 in Cameroon, deleted scene, a booklet featuring a new essay by film writer Amy Taubin. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).
Whitney Cummings: Money Shot
(2010) Stand-up sensation Whitney Cummings makes her DVD debut with this highly rated and acclaimed Comedy Central special. $14.98. (Image Entertainment). Back to top
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1
(2010) Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Brendan Gleeson, Richard Griffiths, John Hurt, Jason Isaacs, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton, David Thewlis, Julie Walters. Read more about "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1" in the April Calendar. Available as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack with a diital copy. Extras: Exclusive sneak peek of an opening scene from the final film. Maximum Movie Mode: Join host Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) and several walk-on cast and crew guests to unravel the mysteries of the Dark Lord's past and discover the keys to his defeat. Nine Focus Points: The Last Days of Privet Drive, Hagrid's Motorbike, Amazing (or) Magical Tents! Deatheaters Attack Cafe, Creating Dobby and Kreacher, Godric's Hollow, The Harry and Nagini Battle, The Frozen Lake, The Return of Griphook. "On the Green with Rupert, Tom, Oliver and James." "The Seven Harry's." "Dan, Rupert and Emma's Running Competition." Additional scenes. "WaterTower Music Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1: Behind the Soundtrack." (Warner).
Harry Potter Years 1-7: Part 1 Giftset
Single-discs of all seven films to date, $78.92. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
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American Dad Volume 6
(2008-09) Three-disc set with 18 episodes from Season 5, $39.98. (Fox).
Born to Raise Hell
(2010) Steven Seagal, Dan Badarau, Darren Shahlavi, D. Neil Mark, George Remes. Seagal stars as a hard-core Interpol Agent assigned to an Eastern European task force to target gun trafficking and dope running throughout the Balkans. When his team is ambushed, he goes on a revenge spree. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Paramount).
Captain Planet and the Planeteers: Season One
(1990-91) Four-disc set with 26 episodes of the world's first environmentally-conscious superhero, $29.93. Extras: "Your Powers Combined: The Story of Captain Planet," original concept art gallery, animated storyboards. (Shout! Factory).
Cul De Sac: A Suburban War Story
(2002) Documentary explores the chilling true-life story of Shawn Nelson, a 35 year-old plumber from Claremont, California, who emerged from an 18-foot mine shaft he had dug beneath his backyard in search of gold, stole a tank from a nearby National Guard armory, and went on a rampage through the streets of his neighborhood, crushing cars and lampposts until the cops took him down. $24.98. (Icarus Films).
The Ernie Kovacs Collection
Six-disc set with more than 13 hours of Ernie Kovacs' original classic television content, unforgettable characters and a treasure trove of genuine rarities. Kovacs, whose offbeat humor graced the airwaves for just a decade in the 1950s and 60s, served healthy portions of the offbeat to his audiences, who had never seen anything quite like this cigar-wielding charmer. Wickedly funny but not offensive, Kovacs' unique humor and flair for improvisation would ripple across generations, influencing TV funnymen from Johnny Carson and Monty Python to David Letterman, Pee-wee Herman and "Saturday Night Live." Includes episodes From his local and national morning shows, episodes from his NBC primetime show, five ABC TV specials, the color version of his legendary silent show "Eugene," classic sketches, 44-page booklet featuring rare photos, program notes and essays by Jonathan Lethem and TV critic David Kronke. Read more about the lavish box set and the host of special features. $69.97. (Shout! Factory).
Falco: The Rise and Fall of an 80's Pop Icon
(2008 -- Germany) Manuel Rubey, Nicolas Ofczarek, Christian Tramitz, Patricia Aulitzky, Susi Stach. The true story of 80's pop star Falco, chronicling his meteoric rise from child prodigy to overnight music sensation. After worldwide success from hits like "Rock Me Amadeus" and "Vienna Calling," Falco tried to escape industry pressure by fleeing into a world of sex and drugs, bringing about his downfall. (Strand Releasing).
Farewell (L'Affaire Farewell)
(2010 -- France) Guillaume Canet, Emir Kusturica, Alexandra Maria Lara, Ingeborda Dapkunaite, Diane Kruger, Willem Dafoe, Fred Ward, David Soul. "Farewell" is the riveting true story of a KGB colonel who, disenchanted with what the Communist ideal has become under Leonid Brezhnev, gives top-secret documents to a French businessman working in Russia, helping to hasten the end of the Cold War. He didn't do this for money, but rather that a new world might dawn for his fellow Russians, but especially for his son. Based on the book "Bonjour Farewell" by Serguei Kostine. Extras:Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (NeoClassics Home Entertainment).
Father Knows Best: Season Six
(1959-60) Five-disc set with 31 episodes, $39.99. (Shout! Factory).
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: The Complete Sixth Season
(1995-96) Three-disc set with 24 episodes, $29.98. (Warner).
Fubar: Balls to the Wall
(2010 -- Canada) David Lawrence, Paul J. Spence, Andrew Sparacino, Tracey Lawrence. Comedy about the troubles that ensue when a pair of headbanger relics move up North to work on the pipeline and make some cash. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Screen Media).
(2010) Documentary illustrates how the oil companies have repeatedly squelched any viable alternatives to petroleum by killing patents, buying out the competition, manipulating supply and reaping record profits following a natural disaster. With the ongoing crises in the Middle East coupled with the tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan, oil prices are on the rise again after a short lull. Although this spike in oil pricing is being directly tied to the coalition-led attack on Libya, has the world's oil supply been affected by either of these crises? Or, is it really a result of the machinations by the oil companies, who have a long history of profiting from crises economics? Release is timed for the one year anniversary of Gulf of Mexico's Deepwater Horizon Deepwater Oil Spill, the worst environmental disaster in the U.S., which came to light on Earth Day in 2010. Narrated by Peter Gallagher. Extras: Filmmakers' commentary. $19.99. (Cinema Libre Studio).
(2011) Thirty back-to-back performances from Season 1. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
(2010) Jack Black, Amanda Peet, Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Chris O'Dowd, Billy Connolly. Two-disc DVD with "Gulliver's Fun Pack" and three-disc "Triple Play" with Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy. Read more about "Gulliver's Travels" in the April Calendar.Extras: Gag Reel, deleted scenes, "I Don't Know ... With Lemuel Gulliver" (exclusive Jack Black Piece), "Little and Large" (explores how the filmmakers made Gulliver so big), "Jack Black Thinks Big" (creating foosball, basketball and Time Square in Lilliput), "Gulliver's Foosball Challenge." Blu-ray Disc adds "War Song Dance," "Fox Movie Channel Presents: In Character Jack Black and In Character Jason Segel," "Fox Movie Channel Presents: In Character Jason Segel," "Life After Film School: Rob Letterman of Gulliver's Travels," BD Live Extras. (Fox).
If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise
(2010) A worthy companion piece to Spike Lee's Emmy- and Peabody-winning HBO documentary "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts." This documentary revisits New Orleans five years after Katrina to see how the ambitious plans to reinvent the city are playing out. Finding hope, heartache and hardship still, Lee's film is book-ended by two momentous events: the historic 2010 Super Bowl victory of the New Orleans Saints and the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico -- that changed the history of American's most unique city once again. Amidst all the enduring uncertainties, the film also captures the community's indomitable spirit and ability to celebrate life. More than 300 people share their stories, including former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu, former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin, historian Douglas Brinkley, activist actors Brad Pitt and Sean Penn and community organizer Tanya Harris. In addition, longtime New Orleans residents, whose compelling testimonies were a key part of "When the Levees Broke," provide updates on their lives. Two-part, four-hour film. Extras: Commentary be Lee, featurette. (HBO).
Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster
(2010) Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung. The film takes up where its predecessor left off, with Ip Man escaping the Japanese occupation of his home town and arriving in Hong Kong, where he opens a martial arts academy to teach his unique Wing Chun style. But Ip must first prove himself to the corrupt cabal of Hong Kong martial arts masters -- as well as to a Westerner who challenges him to an East versus West knock-down, drag-out fight to the finish. Features both the original uncut and un-dubbed subtitled version and a brand new English-language dub. Extras: "The Making of IP Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster" featurette, "Behind the Sets" featurette, deleted scenes, shooting diary. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Well Go USA).
Jews and Baseball
(2010) Documentary traces the Jewish involvement in the history of the sport from the game's earliest days, through the tumultuous war years to today's All-Star games. By bringing to life dramatic moments in this history, including how the legendary Sandy Koufax pioneered rights for players and Hank Greenberg's support of Jackie Robinson, the film demonstrates how Jews shaped baseball, and baseball shaped them. Narrated by Dustin Hoffman. Includes interviews with former player Al Rosen, sports historian Maury Allen, celebrity enthusiasts Larry King and Ron Howard, and all-stars Shawn Green and Kevin Youklis, as well as a rare interview with baseball legend Sandy Koufax. (Docurama Films).
(1969) Named by the British Film Institute as one of the 10 best British films of the century, Kes, from Ken Loach, is cinema's quintessential portrait of working-class Northern England. Billy (an astonishingly naturalistic David Bradley) is a 15-year-old miner's son whose close bond with a wild kestrel provides him with a spiritual escape from his dead-end life. "Kes" established the sociopolitical engagement and artistic brilliance of its filmmaker, and pushed the British "angry young man" film of the sixties into a new realm of authenticity, using real locations and nonprofessional actors. Loach's poignant coming-of-age drama remains its now legendary director's most beloved and influential film. New, restored digital transfer, approved by director Ken Loach and director of photography Chris Menges, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: "Making Kes," a new documentary featuring Loach, Menges, producer Tony Garnett, and actor David Bradley; "The Southbank Show: Ken Loach" (1993), a profile of the filmmaker, featuring Loach, Garnett, directors Stephen Frears and Alan Parker, and other Loach collaborators; "Cathy Come Home" (1967), a feature directed by Loach and produced by Garnett, with an introduction by film writer Graham Fuller; original theatrical trailer; booklet featuring an essay by Fuller. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).
The King's Speech
(2010) Director: Tom Hooper. Stars: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Derek Jacobi, Timothy Spall, Michael Gambon. Read more about "The King's Speech" in the April Calendar.Extras: Commentary by director Tom Hooper; "Making of The King's Speech," archival footage of the actual King George VI, more. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay Entertainment).
(1990) Clive Owen, Polly Walker, Sean Bean. Sumptuous adaptation of R.D. Blackmore's beloved tale of forbidden love and revenge in lawless 17th-century England. Extras: Biography of author R. D. Blackmore, cast filmographies. (Acorn Media).
A Mind to Kill, Series 3
(2010) Final series of the gritty, character-driven Welsh detective drama. Acclaimed actor Philip Madoc returns to the dark police drama as DCI Noel Bain, a worldly detective who uses insight and intelligence to solve monstrous crimes. Four-disc set with eight episodes, $69.99. Extras: "The Women of A Mind to Kill" featurette. (Acorn Media).
(2010) Dir." John Cameron Mitchell; Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest, Tammy Blanchard, Sandra Oh, Giancarlo Esposito, Jon Tenney, Miles Teller. Read more about "Rabbit Hole" in the April Calendar.Extras: Commentary by director John Cameron Mitchell, Writer David Lindsay-Abaire and DP Frank G. Demarco; deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Lionsgate).
Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure
(2011) Musical fish-out-of-water tale about a small town Diva and her dog's mis-adventures in New York City, staring Ashley Tisdale reprising her role as Disney Channel's "High School
Musical" drama queen character Sharpay Evans. Extras: Bloopers of Ashley Tisdale and cast; special footage shot on-set by actor Austin Butler; "The Evolution of the Sharpay," a look back at the famous High School Musical character Sharpay Evans. Available as a three-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD+ Digital Copy) that includes a limited edition pink clutch purse, a two-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD), and a one-Disc DVD. (Disney).
Shaun thew Sheep: The Big Chase
(2011) Seven episodes follow the wacky adventures of Shaun and his barnyard buddies. From the creators of "Wallace & Gromit." $14.98. Extras: "The Mini Making of Shaun" video, "Timmy's Tune #1." *HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).
(2010) Dir.: Sofia Coppola; Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning, Chris Pontius, Benicio Del Toro, Michelle Monaghan, Laura Ramsey. Read more about "Somewhere" in the April Calendar.Extras: "Making Somewhere." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).
(2011) Portrait of Miami's pot smuggling culture in the 1970s and 1980s through three of the city's most colorful stories. Extras: Deleted scenes, extended interviews.(Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Street Kings 2: Motor City
(2011) Ray Liotta, Shawn Hatosy, Clifton Powell, Zuliekha Robinson. A Detroit detective -- whose undercover narcotics team is being systematically murdered one by one -- joins forces with a cocky, young homicide detective to uncover shocking corruption all around them.Extras: Murder scene deconstructions, "Creating a Convincing Cop Story" featurette, "Motor City Setting," "An Explosive Opening," deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds "Interactive Weapons Check." (Fox).
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! Volume 1
(2011) Includes episodes 1-7, plus an exclusive look at the evolving characters and story line of Season 2, $19.99. (Disney).
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! Volume 2
(2011) Includes episodes 8-13, plus another exclusive sneak peek at Season 2, $19.99. (Disney).
(2011) Val Kilmer, AnnaLynne McCord, Luke Goss, Vinnie Jones, 50 Cent. A small town cop goes undercover in the big city when his brother is murdered and detectives abandon the case. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featturette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Lionsgate).
(1981) In the enthralling "Blow Out," brilliantly crafted by Brian De Palma, John Travolta gives one of his greatest performances as Jack, a movie sound-effects man who believes he has accidentally recorded a political assassination. He enlists the help of Sally (played by "Carrie's" Nancy Allen), a possible eyewitness to the crime who may be in danger herself, to uncover the truth. With its jolting stylistic flourishes, intricate plot, profoundly felt characterizations, and gritty evocation of early-1980s Philadelphia, "Blow Out" is an American paranoia thriller unlike any other, as well as a devilish reflection on the act of moviemaking. New, restored digital transfer, supervised by director Brian De Palma, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: New hour-long interview with De Palma, conducted by filmmaker Noah Baumbach; new interview with star Nancy Allen; cameraman Garrett Brown on the Steadicam shots featured in the film-within-the-film; select on-set photos from photographer Louis Goldman; original theatrical trailer; booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Sragow and Pauline Kael's original New Yorker review. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).
Bunny and the Bull
(2009 -- UK) Edward Hogg, Simon Farnaby, Veronica Echegui. A road movie set entirely in a flat. A young shut-in takes an imaginary road trip inside his apartment, based on mementos and memories of a European trek from years before. (IFC Films/MPI Media Group).
(2009 -- South Korea) Josiah D. Lee. A wild, man-eating boar goes on a rampage in a small Korean village in this inventive black comedy horror romp; it's an affectionate tribute to classic monster movies that boasts fantastically gory special effects of the porcine beast attacking innocent tourists. Extras: Behind-the-scenes and making-of featurettes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(1963) Dir.: Francis Ford Coppola; Luana Anders, William Campbell, Bart Patton, Eithne Dunne, Patrick Magee. Produced by celebrated B movie icon Roger Corman, this is considered to be Coppola's first mainstream, "legitimate" directorial effort. The gothic psychological thriller -- based on a story idea Corman penned in one night -- was shot for a budget of $42,000. Although Coppola promised "lots of sex and violence," Corman later battled with Coppola and hired director Jack Hill to shoot additional scenes of carnage. For years, it was rumored that the film's print had mysteriously disappeared. Now, "Dementia 13" is available, restored and in HD for the first time. Available in a special DVD/Blu-ray combo pack. (Film Chest).
Doc Martin Collection: Series 1-4
BAFTA Winner Martin Clunes stars as a misanthropic, socially maladjusted doctor forced to relocate to a rustic seaside village, where he immediately clashes with the town's eccentric citizens. 'Doc Martin' is a huge hit in the U.K. with 9 million viewers and a fifth series commissioned, and is syndicated by American Public Television (APT) in the U.S. This nine-disc collection includes all 30 episodes from the first four series, in addition to a photo gallery, cast trivia, cast filmographies, and more, $99.99. (Acorn Media).
The Dorm That Dripped Blood
(1982) Laurie Lapinski, Stephen Sachs, David Snow, Pamela Holland. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (CAV Distributing).
(2011) Beth Broderick, Ashley Rickards, Greg Germann. Poignant yet humor filled story about a single mother of a teenager severely impacted by autism, forced to reckon with her daughter's future as she struggles to meet her own needs. As her child becomes an adult, what used to work, no longer does. What will sustain her daughter, and herself? A parent-child love story, when love means letting go. Extras: A conversation with the filmmakers, "Autism Speaks: It's Time to Listen" (Music Video), companion guide with information on autism spectrum disorders. (New Video/Flatiron Film Co.)
(2011) Documentary explores the act of forgiveness through a wide range of stories, from adultery and personal betrayal to the post-genocidal reconciliation of nations. In focusing on specific instances of affliction -- one family torn apart by abandonment, the post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation hearings in South Africa or the memories of '60s radicals coping with their violent acts of protest -- the film studies the psychological impetus and impacts of this crucial sentiment, illuminating its power, its limitations and, in some cases, its dangers. (Docurama).
Growing Pains: The Complete Second Season
(1986-87) Three-disc set with 22 episodes, $29.98. (Warner).
(2011) Three-disc set of the BBC series broadcast on the Discovery Channel, $39.98. Extras: Three hours of additional footage, making-of featurettes, more. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (BBC/Warner).
(2008) Jessica Chastain, Dermot Mulroney, Chazz Palminteri, Rupert Friend , Michael Vartan, Denise Richards. A teenage orphan spends 10 years traveling cross-country experiencing life, love and heartbreak. Based on E.L. Doctorow's story, "Jolene: A Life." Extras: Commentary by director Dan Ireland, Dan Ireland interviews Jessica Chastain, deleted scenes.
Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Entertainment One).
(2010) Documentary on the world of lottery winners. Doesn't matter how impossible the odds are -- the chances of actually hitting a Powerball jackpot are just one in almost 200 million -- almost everyone dreams of winning the lottery. Who hasn't found themselves daydreaming of an answer to the question, "What would I do with all that money?" This film offers a glimpse into the reality behind the fantasy of lottery winners. They come from an amazing range of backgrounds, but all of their lives are radically transformed by the same thing -- an enormous lottery jackpot. (Docurama).
The Lucy Show: The Official Fourth Season
(1965-66) Four-disc set with 26 episodes, $42.99. Extras: "Lucy: Behind the Scenes", photo galleries, cast biographies, original network openings, Gale Gordon holiday messages (audio), excerpts from "Wonderful World of Burlesque" and "Magic of Broadcasting," Beatrice Foods Presentation. (CBS/Paramount).
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood
(2010) Seven-episode original documentary on Hollywood from Turner Classic Movies, narrated by Christopher Plummer. The American movie business started as peepshows and grew into a near-mythical art form that used an exciting new technology to create drama, laughter and adventure literally bigger than life. Here is the whole story -- the glamour and the sweat, the collaborations and the conflicts, the careers that skyrocketed and the dreams that crashed. Each one-hour segment focuses on a different era of American movie history, from the invention of the first pictures to the cutting-edge films of the 1960s. Each installment features clips and interviews with historians and major Hollywood figures: "Peepshow Pioneers" (1889-1907), "The Birth of Hollywood" (1907-1920), "The Dream Merchants" (1920-1928), "Brother, Can You Spare a Dream?" (1929-1941), "Warriors and Peacemakers" (1941-1950), "Attack of the Small Screens" (1950-1960), "Fade Out, Fade In" (1960-1969). Extras: Limited edition book with 40 pages of vintage photographs and insight about the people, power, and periods that created Hollywood. Three-disc set, $39.92. (Warner).
Muay Thai Giant
(2008 -- Thailand) Nathan Jones. Action comedy about a gentle giant on vacation in Pattaya who's mugged and robbed of all his possessions, including his passport. Taken in by two sisters, the young man eats some somtum at the girls' mother's restaurant and turns into a martial arts monster; the girls decide to use him to bring down the local crime lord. Extras: Deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
One Way to Valhalla
(2009) Gabriel Macht, Kim Dickens, Alison Pill, Brad William Henke, Kate Walsh. A volatile, working-class gearhead, who sees himself trapped in a world with few possibilities -- his car is impounded and he has to ride a bicycle to work -- suffers a head injury in an accident, causing his personality to take some strange turns. (Monarch Home Entertainment).
The President's Book of Secrets
(2011) History Channel docu uncovers the fascinating truths behind some of the most confidential secrets in American history: Interviews with former intelligence operatives, renowned historians and archivists show how classified information is treated in the highest circles of political power, how it's preserved throughout history, and who ensures continuity when a new leader is elected. $19.95. (A&E).
(2011) Billy Zane, Chad Michael Collins, Richard Sammel. The son of U.S. military sniper Thomas Beckett from the original film goes on a deadly mission to stop a mysterious sniper targeting innocent civilians. (Sony).
South Park: The Complete Fourteenth Season
(2010)Three-disc set with 14 episodes, $49.99. Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Paramount).
Stan Lee's Superhumans: The Complete Season One
(2010) Two-disc set with eight episodes, $19.95. (A&E).
(2008) American Experience documentary examines the June, 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City that marked the beginning of the Gay Rights movement in the United States. $24.99. (PBS Distribution).
(2010 -- France) Deborah Francois, Mathieu Demy, Alain Cauchi. Erotic tale about a college co-ed who resorts to prostitution to make ends meet. Based on a notorious memoir that shocked the French public. (IFC Films/MPI Media Group).
(2010) Alice Ziolkoski, Meaghan Hughes, Sarah Butterworth, Sydney Fox. An inseparable group of four 11-year-old girls find themselves facing their last summer before middle school and the first onset of adulthood. Each faces a test: One is an aspiring actress ready for her first feature film, one tries to help her brother adjust to life at home after he returns from the war, one struggles to cope with her parents' separation, one hides a desperate secret. (Image Entertainment).
(1963) Boris Karloff, Jack Nicholson, Sandra Knight. A young officer in Napoleon's army pursues a mysterious woman to the castle of an elderly Baron, only to discover that she's the spirit of the Baron's late wife, being used as a pawn by a witch bent on driving the elderly man to suicide. Famous for being shot on leftover film sets from other productions, "The Terror," produced and directed by Roger Corman, has been released under several titles ("Lady of the Shadows," "The Castle of Terror" and "The Haunting") and more recently aired as episodes of the syndicated TV series "Cinema Insomnia With Mr. Lobo" and "Elvira's Movie Macabre." Extras:Available in a DVD/Blu-ray Combo pack. (Film Chest).
Testees: The Complete Series
(2010) Two-disc set with all 13 episodes of the FX series about two best friends and roommates in their early 30s who earn a living by being human guinea pigs for Testico, a drug testing facility. $24.98. (Entertainment One).
The Third Reich
(2011) History docu digs deep beneath the surface of our collective understanding of the Third Reich and unearths what we don't know about the individuals who comprised one of the most fascinating and complex regimes of recent history. Two-disc set, $24.95. (A&E).
Tikki Tikki Tembo ... And More Stories to Celebrate Asian Heritage
(2010) Collection of six best-selling, award-winning stories: "Tikki Tikki Tembo," "The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks," "Grandfather's Journey," "The Stonecutter," "Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story From China," "Sam and the Lucky Money." Narrators: B. D. Wong, Ming-Na Wen. $14.95. (Scholastic Storybook Treasures).
The Universe Mega Collection
Includes all 63 original episodes of all five seasons of the epic series, plus the feature-length documentary "Beyond the Big Bang," on 19 discs. Both the DVD and BD sets include the feature-length documentary "Beyond the Big Bang" and the featurettes "Meteors: Fire in the Sky," "Comets: Prophets of Doom," "Ask the Universe" and "Backyard Astronomers." The BD set also includes the "7 Wonders of the Solar System" episode in 3D. BD: $179.95/DVD: $149.95. (A&E).
(2010) Three episodes of the new series, $34.98. Extras: "Behind Closed Doors" making-of featurette. (BBC/Warner).
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