Aaahh!! Real Monsters: Season One
(2011) Two-disc set with 14 episodes, $19.93. (Shout! Factory).
(2011) Disneynature documentary takes viewers deep into the breathtaking African savanna to witness the heart-stopping rivalry between two lion prides and the epic journey of one brave cheetah family. Extras: "Disney & Nature," "Save the Savanna"; Blu-ray adds filmmaker annotations, music video. Available as a two-disc Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack. (Disney).
Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection
Five-disc set with "Vertigo," "Psycho," "The Birds," "North by Northwest" and "Rear Window," $49.98. (Universal).
American Experience: Houdini
(2011) Documentary on Harry Houdini, the greatest illusionist of all timer. $24.99. (PBS Distribution).
Anaheim Angels 2002 World Series Collector's Edition and Angels Memories: The Greatest Moments in Angeles Baseball History
(2011) Two releases to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The World Series collection is a seven-disc set that contains every hit, pitch and clutch home run in the Angels first ever World Series championship, $69.95. "Angels Memories" is a single disc that highlights the Angels growth from lowly expansion team to World Champion, $19.95. (A&E).
The Best of Antiques Roadshow
(2011) Three episodes, $19.99. (PBS Distribution).
Beauty and the Beast: Diamond Edition 3D
(1991) Voices of Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers, Angela Lansbury, Bradley Pierce. Available as a five-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (1 Blu-ray 3D Disc + 1 standard Blu-ray Disc + 1 Blu-ray Disc of Bonus Features + 1 DVD Disc of the film + Digital Copy Disc of the film) for the suggested retail price of $49.99. Includes three versions of the film: original theatrical release , special extended edition and original storyboard version. Bonus features: Deleted scenes, alternate opening and ending, "Backstage Disney" behind-the-scenes featurettes, "Music & More" featurettes, "Family Games & Activities." Read more about the release. (Disney).
Beavis and Butt-Head: Mike Judge's Most Wanted
(2011) Essential collection of 20 cartoons plus a behind-the-scenes look at the original series and the uncut, animated short that started it all. $14.99. (Paramount).
Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On
(2011) This Emmy-nominated 70-minute special was taped before thousands in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Joining Bette Midler on the gargantuan stage are the staggering Harlettes, 20 dazzling dancers she calls The Caesar Salad Girls and a 13-piece band. Included in the act -- part of the $10 million extravaganza that played over 300 performances in a nearly three-year run at Caesar's Palace -- are renditions of "The Rose," "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "From a Distance," "Hello in There" and "Wind Beneath My Wings." $19.98. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).
The Bionic Woman: Season 3
(1977-78) Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $39.98. (Universal).
Bored to Death: The Complete Second Season
(2010) Two-disc set with eight episodes, $39.98.Extras: Outtakes and deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (HBO).
(2011) Documentary on Buck Brannaman (the man who inspired "The Horse Whisperer"), a true American cowboy and sage on horseback who travels the country for nine grueling months a year helping horses with people problems. (IFC Entertainment/MPI Media Group).
(2011) Stephen Moyer, Rachelle Lefevre, Luis Guzman. A troubled divorcee is tormented by a series of sinister phone calls from a mysterious woman who claims she's calling from the past. Extras: Deleted scenes, alternate ending, interview with director Matthew Parkhill. (Fox).
The Cider House Rules BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1999) Dir.: Lasse Hallstrom; Tobey Maguire, Michael Caine, Paul Rudd, Charlize Theron, Delroy Lindo, Jane Alexander, Kathy Baker, Erykah Badu.Extras: Commentary, featurette, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
Cinema Paradiso BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1988 -- Italy) Dir.: Giuseppe Tornatore; Jacques Perrin, Philippe Noiret. (Lionsgate).
Dead Alive BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1992) Dir.: Peter Jackson; Timothy Balme, Diana Penalver, Elizabeth Moody, Ian Watkin. (Lionsgate).
Drinking Made Easy: The First Season
(2011) Four-disc set with 24 episodes, $29.98. Three friends travel around the U.S. to various watering holes, pubs, bars, restaurants, breweries, wineries and distilleries in an attempt to find the most unique and interesting beers, wines and spirits, and cocktails. Extras: "Drinking Made Easy" comedy tour performance, deleted scenes, commentary. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Elvira's Haunted Hills
(2001) Cassandra Peterson, Richard O'Brien, Mary Scheer, Scott Atkinson, Heather Hopper, Mary Jo Smith. On her way to Paris to perform in a Can-Can revue in 1851, Elvira and her maidservant must spend the night at a mysterious castle in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania. Extras: Commentary, "Transylvania or Bust: Elvira & Company Tell All" featurette, outtakes, making-of featurette, photo gallery. (Entertainment One).
(2011) Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Sung Kang, Tego Calderon, Don Omar, Elsa Pataky, Gal Gadot, Matt Schulze. Available as Blu-ray and DVD Combo Packs and DVD. Read more about "Fast Five" in the October Calendar.Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, "Dom's Journey: Track Vin Diesel's Legendary Character From the Beginning," "Brian O’Conner: From Fed to Con: Follow Paul Walker's Character as He Goes From Lawman to Outlaw," "Enter Federal Agent Hobbs: Meet Dom & Brian's Toughest Nemesis Yet," commentary by director Justin Lin. Blu-ray adds "Dom vs. Hobbs:" Watch how the action-packed showdown was shot; "On Set With Director Justin Lin"; "Inside the Vault Chase"; Tyrese TV: Go behind the scenes of "Fast Five" with Tyrese Gibson; pocket BLU versions for tablets and computers, featuring Universal's second screen; "Take Control 2.0": Step inside the movie with director Justin Lin as he takes control of your Blu-ray player and gives you an all-access, in-depth look at how the movie was made; "Virtual Car Garage": Get an up-close inspection of the hot cars, moving models of the cars in a 360 degree view, check out tech specs and more; "Scene Explorer": Select various progressions of the same scene from storyboards to daily cuts; "Picture in Picture": The cast and crew share stories about the movie in synchronization to the scene being played; "The Music of Fast Five": Find out what song is playing, create your own playlist, and even purchase the songs right from your device. (Universal).
Friday Night Lights: The Complete Series
Nineteen-disc set $129.99. (Universal).
Friday the 13th: The Ultimate Collection
Eight-disc set with "Friday the 13th-Uncut" "Friday the 13th, Part 2," "Friday the 13th, Part 3-3D," "Friday the 13th, The Final Chapter," "Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning," "Friday the 13th, Part VI: Jason Lives," "Friday the 13th, Part VII: The New Blood" and "Friday the 13th, Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan." Includes hours of bonus material, a replica of Jason's hockey mask, an eight-page collector's booklet. $39.99. (Paramount)
(1984) Jamie Lee Curtis, C. Thomas Howell, Patrick Swayze, Troy Donahue, Jennifer Jason Leigh, William Windom. Middle America coming-of-age story about a love triangle between an idealistic young man (Howell), the owner of a demolition derby (Curtis) and the derby's hotshot driver (Swayze). First time on DVD. (Paramount).
The High Cost of Living
(2010) Zach Braff, Isabelle Blais. The story of a young, pregnant woman whose world falls apart when she loses her child in a hit and run accident. Henry is not a particularly nice guy. He's a drug dealer because he is good at it. Nathalie is married and about to have her first child. One night, Henry makes a wrong turn and their lives tragically collide. As Natalie s life unravels, Henry becomes her unlikely guardian angel. (New Video/Tribeca Film).
The Honeymooners Lost Episodes: The Complete Restored Series
Fifteen-disc collectible set of rare sketches and full-length shows -- many not seen since their original broadcast. The original "The Honeymooners" ran as a series from 1953-1956; between 1952 and 1957, "The Honeymooners" was also a regular feature of "The Jackie Gleason Show" on CBS. These classic episodes were broadcast live and never seen again until Jackie Gleason opened his private film vault in 1985 and announced that he had kinescopes -- films made from a television monitor -- of these thought-to-be-lost live shows. Among the highlights and firsts of this more-than-50-hour collection: 30 episodes and sketches never before on DVD, including the eight highly sought-after 1957 "Honeymooners" musical hours, which have not been seen anywhere since their original broadcasts; two previously unknown "Honeymooners" radio shows; rare color home movie footage of a 1957 "Honeymooners" rehearsal; the first home video release of the nine known surviving "Honeymooners" sketches from the DuMont Cavalcade of Stars variety show, featuring the original Alice Kramden, Pert Kelton; and new bonus features including an interview with Joyce Randolph. Included among the 107 "Honeymooners" live broadcasts in the collection are 14 full-length shows and four sketches not seen since their original airings in the 1950s. The collection has been digitally restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive and includes a deluxe 42-page booklet containing the full "Honeymooners" history and rare photos, compiled by "Honeymooners" expert Robert S. Bader. $129.98. (MPI Home Video).
In Treatment: The Complete Third Season
(2010-11) Four-disc set with 28 episodes, $59.99. (HBO).
Jackie Brown BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1997) Dir.: Quentin Tarantino; Pam Grier, Robert Forster, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert DeNiro, Michael Keaton, Bridget Fonda. "Breaking Down Jackie Brown" critic's retrospective new featurette, "Jackie Brown: How It Went Down" featurette, "A Look Back at Jackie Brown" interview with Quentin Tarantino, deleted and alternate scenes, "Chicks With Guns" video, "Siskel & Ebert 'At the Movies' -- Jackie Brown Review," Jackie Brown on MTV, theatrical trailer, TV spots & poster gallery, enhanced trivia track, stills galleries, Robert Forster trailers, Pam Grier trailers, Pam Grier radio spots, soundtrack chapters. (Lionsgate).
(2011) Feature-length documentary about the 40th Irish Dancing World Championships, held in Glasgow, Scotland. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Screen Media Films).
The League Complete Second Season
(2011) Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $19.99. Extras: Unrated extended episodes, deleted scenes, gag reel, featurettes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
Legend of the Millennium Dragon (Onigamiden)
(2011 -- Japan) Animated, with the voices of Kensho Ono, Satomi Ishihara, Shido Nakamura, Takashi Kondo. A teenage boy travels 1,200 years back in time into an epic and ancient battle: Jun, a shy middle school boy, is transformed into a hero destined to battle evil and ensure harmony and tranquility in the world. Available as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. (Sony).
Lie to Me: The Complete Third and Final Season
(2010-11) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $49.98. (Fox).
The Lion King Diamond Edition Blu-ray
(1994) First-time Blu-ray release for the award-winning movie. Simba, Mufasa, Nala, Timon and Pumbaa are back and better than ever when "The Lion King" roars into theaters and homes in 3D. A special two-week theatrical extravaganza kicks off Sept. 16 showcasing the Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning film on the big screen in Disney Digital 3D, and its highly anticipated home entertainment debut kicks off Oct. 4 in high-definition Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D. The Blu-ray debut marks the first time "The Lion King" has been available in any form since 2004. The Blu-ray features a host of picture and sound enhancements, interactive features and bonus content, including a new set of animated bloopers. Available as a four-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray 2D + DVD + Digital Copy for $49.99), two-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray 2D + DVD for $39.99) and in an eight-disc Trilogy (for the suggested retail price of $100.00: "The Lion King" Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray 2D + DVD + Digital Copy, "The Lion King 1 1/2" Blu-ray 2D + DVD and "The Lion King II: Simba's Pride" Blu-ray 2D + DVD). The one-disc DVD Edition will be available on November 15. (Disney).
Melissa & Joey: Season One, Part Two
(2011) Two-disc set with 18 episodes, $24.97. (Shout! Factory).
(2011) Charlie Cox, William Hurt, Donald Sutherland, Ethan Hawke, Gillian Anderson, Eddie Marsan, Billy Boyd. Miniseries of Herman Melville's classic. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (RHI Entertainment/Vivendi Entertainment).
The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway
(2011) HBO special based on Paul Reubens' original Broadway stage show "The Pee-wee Herman Show" and the multiple Emmy-winning Saturday morning television show "Pee-wee's Playhouse." Extras: Commentary with Paul Reubens and the cast. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).
Perry Mason: The Sixth Season, Volume One
(1962) Four-disc set with 14 episodes, $54.99. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount Home Entertainment).
Planet Earth Six-Disc Special Edition
Six Planet Earth DVDs ($59.98) or Blu-ray Discs ($79.98). A Limited Collector's Edition, packed in a collectible, numbered globe package with four art cards, will also be available: $79.98 DVD, $99.98 Blu-ray. Extras: Four new specials, producer commentaries, music only viewing options, 11 production video diaries, "Planet earth: The Future." (BBC/Warner).
(2010) Mira Sorvino, Shane West, Justin Kirk, Tony Curran. In this darkly romantic ghost story, a woman (Mira Sorvino) travels to an isolated cabin where she finds herself stalked by an apparition (Shane West) who has come to inhabit her space as his own. With the unexpected arrival of the woman's boyfriend (Justin Kirk), the dark spirit's haunting grows more obsessive. Extras: Commentary by writer-director Tom Provost, making-of featurette, storyboards. (Lionsgate).
(2011) A six-disc set of the recent Ken Burns' six-hour, three-part PBS series on Prohibition; includes two hours of bonus content. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (PBS).
Pulp Fiction BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1994) Dir.: Quentin Tarantino; John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Ving Rhames, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Eric Stoltz, Rosanna Arquette, Christopher Walken.Extras: "Not the Usual Mindless Boring Getting to Know You Chit Chat" cast interviews new featurette, "Here Are Some Facts on the Fiction" critic's retrospective new featurette, "Pulp Fiction: The Facts" documentary, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes montages, production design featurette, "Siskel and Ebert 'At the Movies': The Tarantino Generation," Independent Spirit Awards interviews, Cannes Film Festival Palm d'Or acceptance speech, "Charlie Rose Show" interview with Quentin Tarantino, theatrical trailers and TV spots, enhanced trivia track, stills gallery, soundtrack chapters. (Lionsgate).
(2011) Dir.: Wes Craven. Stars: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Anthony Anderson, Adam Brody, Rory Culkin, Marielle Jaffe, Mary McDonnell, Marley Shelton, Nico Tortorella, Lucy Hale, Shenae Grimes, Aimee Teegarden, Brittany Robertson. Read more about "Scream 4" in the October Calendar. Available on DVD and as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. Extras: "The Making of Scream 4" featurette, alternate opening, extended ending, deleted and extended scenes, gag reel. (Weinstein Co./Dimension Films/Anchor Bay).
Silent Night, Zombie Night
(2009) Jack Forcinito, Andy Hopper, Nadine Stenovitch. A viral outbreak the week before Christmas turns the citizens of Los Angeles into the walking dead. Extras: Commentary by director Sean Cain, producer Wes Laurie and director of photography Jim Wright; blooper reel, deleted scenes. (Pacific Entertainment Corporation).
The Smurfs Holiday Celebration
(2011) Two holiday features: "The Smurfs' Christmas Special" and "'Tis the Season to Be Smurfy," 14.97. (Warner).
Soapdish 20th Anniversary Edition
(1991) Sally Field, Kevin Kline, Robert Downey Jr., Cathy Moriarty, Elisabeth Shue, Whoopi Goldberg, Teri Hatcher, Garry Marshall, Kathy Najimy. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Paramount).
(2010) Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige, Sally Hawkins, Noah Taylor, Paddy Considine. Young Oliver Tate’s coming-of-age is coming even sooner than expected. At 15, Oliver is prone to daydreaming, listening to French crooners and concocting various self-absorbed fantasies but he suddenly finds himself submerged in dual, real-life challenges: plotting to lose his virginity with a quirky new girlfriend and struggling to salvage his parents' marriage and keep his mom from taking up with the self-help guru next door. Extras: "The Making of Submarine" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Weinstein Co./Anchor Bay).
Transformers: Beast Wars Seasons 2 & 3
(1997-99) Four-disc set with 26 episodes, $29.93. Extras: "Remembering the Spark" featurette, original "Making of Beast Wars," art gallery, original character models. (Shout! factory).
Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns: Season 2
(2009) Three-disc set with 20 episodes, $29.98. (Lionsgate).
The Walking Dead: Season 1 -- Special Edition
(2010) Available in three versions: Special Edition DVD ($49.98), Special Edition Blu-ray ($59.99) and Limited Edition Blu-ray Collector's Tin ($89.99). Each set contains all six episodes of the first season and is loaded with new behind-the-scenes featurettes, commentaries, extra footage and the fan-requested black and white version of the pilot episode, as well as all the bonus features in the first DVD and Blu-ray release. The Limited Edition Collector's Tin contains an exclusive wearable zombie mask from NECA designed by the series make-up artist Greg Nicotero. The first 100,000 units of the Blu-ray and Limited Edition Collector's Tin include an exclusive Cryptozoic "The Walking Dead" trading card. The new season begins October 16. (Anchor Bay). Back to top
Adventures in Pornoland
(2008) A Canadian couple head to Hollywood to get work in the film industry but reluctantly get involved in the porn biz. (Walking Shadows/Virgil Films & Entertainment).
Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1
(2011) Two-disc set with 17 episodes of the rebranded Aqua teen Hunger Force, $29.98. (Warner).
(2011) Samuel L. Jackson, Kellan Lutz, Nina Dobrev, Daniel Dae Kim. A man kidnapped from his ordinary life is thrust into the savage world of a modern day gladiatorial arena where men fight to the death for the entertainment of the online masses. Sony).
The Bad Seed BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1956) Dir.: Mervyn LeRoy; Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Henry Jones, Eileen Heckart. (Warner).
(2010) Michael Sheen, Maria Bello. A married couple on the verge of separation are leveled by the news their 18-year-old son committed a mass shooting at his college, then took his own life. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
Bonanza: The Official Second Season, Volume Two
(1960) Four-disc set with 16 episodes, $42.99. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount Home Entertainment).
Bones: The Complete Sixth Season
(2010-11) Six-disc set with 23 episodes, $39.99. Extras: Extended episodes, gag reel, featurettes, commentaries. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
(2010) Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jamie Kennedy, Daniel Eric Gold, Alex Vega. A week in the life of a group of West Philadelphia residents -- who congregate in the local coffee house -- dealing with life's challenges and trying to get things right. (Maya Entertainment).
Call Me Mrs. Miracle
(2011) Doris Roberts, Jewel Staite, Eric Johnson, Lauren Holly. Inspirational film about Mrs. Miracle, who makes dreams come true for hard-working people in a New York City department store. (Sony)
Casper the Friendly Ghost Collection
(2011) Three-disc set includes all 81 cartoons (55 original theatrical cartoons and 26 new "Casper Cartoon Show" episodes) created between 1945-1963. $29.93. Extras: Commentaries, interviews, gallery of comic book covers, more. (Shout! Factory).
Chuck: The Complete Fourth Season
(2010-11) Five-disc set with 24 episodes, $59.98. Extras: "Chuck Versus Directing" featurette; "Operation Gomez: Spying on the Cast" featurette; webisodes; declassified scenes; gag reel. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds "The Top Secret Chuckapedia Interactive Experience." (Warner).
The Chugger Championship
(2011) Six adventures featuring the three train trainees as they prepare for a test, invent a new contest and pick up a fun hobby -- all the while learning about the importance of accountability and responsibility, $16.98. (Anchor Bay).
Doctor Who: The Complete David Tennant Years
Twenty-six disc set with 39 hours of programming, including every episode, every special, two animated spin-offs, 27 hours of bonus features, $199.00. (BBC/Warner).
The Four Feathers
(1939) This spectacular Technicolor epic, directed by Zoltan Korda, is considered the finest of the many adaptations of A.E.W. Mason's classic 1902 adventure novel about the British Empire's exploits in Africa, and a crowning achievement of Alexander Korda's legendary production company, London Films. Set at the end of the 19th century, "The Four Feathers" follows the travails of a young officer (John Clements) accused of cowardice after he resigns his post on the eve of a major deployment to Khartoum; he must fight to redeem himself in the eyes of his fellow officers (including Ralph Richardson) and fiancee (June Duprez). Featuring music by Miklos Rozsa and Oscar-nominated cinematography by Georges Perinal, "The Four Feathers" is a thrilling, thunderous epic. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: Commentary by film historian Charles Drazin; new video interview with David Korda, son of director Zoltan Korda; "A Day at Denham," a short film from 1939 featuring footage of Zoltan Korda on the set of "The Four Feathers"; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Sragow. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).
Gunsmoke: The Fifth Season, Volume One
(1959) Three-disc set with 20 episodes, $36.99. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount Home Entertainment).
Horrible Bosses Totally Inappropriate Edition
(2011) Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jamie Foxx, Donald Sutherland. Read more about "Horrible Bosses" in the October Calendar. Includes extended cut with eight minutes of new footage as well as the theatrical cut. Extras: "My Least Favorite Career," "Surviving a Horrible Boss," "Being Mean Is So Much Fun," deleted scenes, "Making of the Horrible Bosses Soundtrack. Available on DVD and as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (New Line).
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
(2011) Jordana Beatty, Heather Graham,, Jaleel White,, Preston Bailey, Parris Mosteller.
Read more about "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer" in the October Calendar.Extras: Behind-the-scenes cast vignette, "10 Things You Didn't Know About Judy Moody," exclusive Camryn Summer Music Video, Judy Moody Activity Book complete with extrathrilladelic games, puzzles, activities and more. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
Last Exit to Brooklyn DVD and BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1989) Jennifer Jason Leigh, Stephen Baldwin, Stephen Lang, Sam Rockwell, Jerry Orbach, Ricki Lake, Burt Young. Based on the controversial cult-classic novel by Hubert Selby Jr. about the underbelly of the working class in Brooklyn in the 1950s. Follows a canvas of disillusioned characters as they play out their dead-end existences of drugs, crime and violence. Set against a backdrop of union corruption, they must overcome or be defeated by their surroundings and, ultimately, themselves: a union strike leader (Lang) discovers he is gay; a prostitute (Leigh) falls in love with one of her clients; a family cannot cope with their daughter's (Lake) illegitimate pregnancy. Extras: Commentary by director Uli Edel, "The Making of Last Exit to Brooklyn." (Summit Entertainment).
Leap Year (Ano Bisiesto)
(2010 -- Mexico) Monica del Carmen, Gustavo Sanchez Parra. Laura, a young journalist living an isolated life in a cramped Mexico City flat, is not lucky in love. The banality of her daily life stands in stark contrast to her nightly pursuit of sex and love. These short-lived affairs barely take the edge off her isolation, but then she meets the brooding, would-be actor Arturo and their chemistry ignites feelings in Laura that leave her deeply troubled. The two embark on an increasingly dangerous sadomasochistic relationship in which pleasure, pain and love merge. (Strand Releasing).
(2009) Matthew Avant, Hal Maynor. Two documentarians accidentally uncover proof of a hidden city on the moon inhabited by people from the future controlling life on Earth. (Walking Shadows/Virgil Films & Entertainment).
Maniac Cop DVD and BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1987) Bruce Campbell, Tom Atkins, Robert Z'dar, William Smith, Richard Roundtree, Danny Hicks. Cult classic about a uniformed police officer brutally killing innocent people on the streets of New York. A young cop, Jack Forrest (Bruce Campbell) finds himself marked as the chief suspect after his wife is murdered. As Lieutenant Frank McCrae (Tom Atkins) investigates, the death toll rises and he suspects a mysterious police cover-up. High-definition transfer, featuring newly remixed DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound. Written and produced by the great Larry Cohen, directed by William Lustig. Extras: "Maniac Cop Memories" featurette, "Out the Window" interview with Tom Atkins, "Three Minutes With Danny Hicks" featurette, motion still gallery, additional Japanese TV scenes, theatrical trailer, TV spots. (Synapse Films).
Master Harold ... and the Boys
(2010) Freddie Highmore, Ving Rhames, Patrick Mofokeng. Coming-of age story about a young boy in apartheid-era South Africa who is torn between his intolerant father and his black caretakers. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).
(2010) Rhys Ifans, David Thewlis, Chloe Sevigny , Crispin Glover. The true story of Howard Marks (aka Mr. Nice, a cult figure who inspired books and songs), a middle-class Welsh boy and Oxford scholar who became one of Britain's biggest marijuana smugglers and hobnobbed with Hollywood hotshots, Arab millionaires and IRA honchos until his arrest and eventual 25-year prison sentence. (MPI Home Video).
The Princess of Montpensier
(2010 -- France) Dir.: Bertrand Tavernier; Melanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson, Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet, Gaspard Ulliel. Love and intrigue set against the savage Catholic/Protestant wars that ripped France apart in the 16th century. Based on a novella by the celebrated Madame de Lafayette. (IFC Films).
Scrooge BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1970) Dir.: Ronald Neame; Albert Finney, Edith Evans, Kenneth More, Laurence Naismith, Alec Guinness. (Paramount).
(2011) Michael Tully, Onur Tukel, Robert Longstreet, Rachel Korine. Comedy-drama about a reclusive sports hustler who returns home to his family farm after years of absence to reunite with his two eccentric, unhinged and emotionally damaged brothers. (IFC Films).
(2006) Six-disc set of the British cult-hit comedy series that follows professional hangmen Matt Berry and Rich Fulcher as they down whiskeys at the Hangmen's Club, experience awkward moments, charm women, navigate a long white hallway, and repeatedly attempt to acquire a pair of silver cowboy boots. Darkly hilarious, "Snuff Box" is a genre-bending hybrid of sitcom and sketch, known for its unforgettable musical numbers such as "Rapper With a Baby" and the legendary "The Empty Room." Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes, commentaries, bonus CD with the show's soundtrack. (Severin Films).
(2010 -- Denmark) Jakob Cedergren, Peter Plaugborg. Two siblings who grew up in a dysfunctional household -- and haunted by a dark secret -- pass their damage along to those around them, living separate and estranged lives from each other. One, a violent ex-con, tries to help out an old friend but falls quickly into his old habits. The other raises his son but is unable to escape the spectre of addiction. (Entertainment One).
(2011) John C. Reilly, Creed Bratton, Jacob Wysocki, Olivia Crocicchia. A school principal and a shy-but-pretty teen girl take an overweight social misfit, Terri Thompson (Wysocki) -- the lone caretaker and guardian for his elderly Uncle James -- under their wings to help him find acceptance in school ... and life. Extras: Making-of featurette, deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
The Tree of Life
(2011) Dir.: Terrence Malick; Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken, Laramie Eppler, Tye Sheridan. Read more about "The Tree of Life" in the October Calendar.Extras: "Exploring The Tree of Life" documentary, Available as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack with digital copy. (Fox).
(2011) Dir.: Michael Winterbottom; Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Claire Keelan, Margo Stilley. When a newspaper offers Steve Coogan the chance to review a series of fine restaurants in the English countryside, he thinks it will make for a lovely getaway with his girlfriend Mischa, but when Mischa backs out, Rob Brydon -- Coogan's best friend and source of eternal aggravation -- fills in as a less-than-ideal travel companion. In semi-fictional performances using largely improvised dialogue from these two real-life friends (the co-stars of Winterbottom's similar reality/fiction mashup "Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story"), Coogan and Brydon can't help but try to outdo each other in conversations about their careers, literature, family, good food, fame, geology and ABBA as they endure long car rides between meal after meal. (IFC Films/MPI Media Group).
(2011) Kevin James, Rosario Dawson, Leslie Bibb and the voice talents of Cher, Nick Nolte, Adam Sandler, Sylvester Stallone, Judd Apatow, Jim Breuer, Jon Favreau, Faison Love and Maya Rudolph. Read more about "Zookeeper" in the October Calendar.Extras: Deleted scenes, blooper reel, multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes including "Creating the Visual Effects," "Bernie the Gorilla" and "The Furry Co Stars." Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds more featurettes, including "The Cast of Zookeeper" (a look at the star voices), "Be the Bear" and "Behind the Stunts." (Sony).
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(2011) Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Angela Bassett, Tim Robbins, Temuera Morrison, Jay O. Sanders, Taika Waititi, Jon Tenney, Geoffrey Rush (voice), Michael Clarke Duncan (voice). Available on DVD, two-disc Blu-ray Combo pack with theatrical and extended versions, and 3D Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. Read more about "Green Lantern" in the October Calendar.Extras: Preview of the "Justice League #1" digital comic, preview of "Green Lantern: The Animated Series." Blu-ray adds extended cut, "Maximum Movie Mode" with picture-in-picture pods, "The Universe According to Green Lantern," "Ryan Reynolds Becomes Green Lantern," "Justice League #1" digital comic, additional scenes. Also includes Warner's Ultraviolet Digital Copy, which allows cloud streaming. (Warner).
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(2010 -- China) Fan Xu, Jingchu Zhang, Chen Li. The story of a family separated as a result of the Great Tangshan Earthquake of 1976 and the daughter -- who volunteers to help out in the Sichuan earthquake of 2008 -- who comes to grips with her mother's decision at the time to save her twin brother. China's highest-grossing domestic film. (New Video/China Lion).
American Pickers: Volume 2
(2011) Two-disc set with eight episodes, $19.95. (A&E).
Attack on Leningrad
(2009) Gabriel Byrne, Mira Sorvino. A British and an American journalist are trapped within the devastated city of Leningrad during the infamous Nazi siege in the winter of 1941. Extras: Making of featurette, interview with director Alexander Buravsky. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Entertainment One).
(2010 -- Italy) Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, director of the Oscar-winning "Cinema Paradiso," with a score by Academy Award-winning composer Ennio Morricone. Follows five decades in the life of a young man, his family -- as well as that of his country -- as Peppino takes work as a shepherd to support his family in the small Sicilian town of Bagheria, nicknamed "Baaria" by its residents. During the next 50 years he experiences a gamut of emotions and awakenings, as he finds the love of his life, is a witness to dramatic political change and intellectual upheaval, and discovers a destiny he could have never imagined. Extras: Commentary by Giuseppe Tornatore, behind-the-scenes featurette, red carpet coverage at the film's premiere, "A Conversation With Giuseppe Tornatore" by Mario Sesti, deleted scenes, photo gallery, poster gallery. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).
(2011) Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Jason Segel, Lucy Punch, Phyllis Smith, John Michael Higgins, Thomas Lennon, Molly Shannon. Available on DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, with all editions containing the theatrical and unrated versions. Read more about "Bad Teacher" in the October Calendar.Extras: Deleted scenes, outtakes, "Way Behind the Scenes With Jason and Justin" featurette, "Raising More Than Funds" featurette. Blu-ray adds gag reel, "JAMS Yearbook-Hidden Moments" interactive yearbook featuring outtakes with the cast, three additional behind-the-scenes featurettes: "A Very Odd Blacksmith Story," "Swimming With the Dolphins," "Good Teacher." (Sony).
Batman: Year One
(2011) A DC Universe Animated Original Movie with the voices of Bryan Cranston, Ben McKenzie, Eliza Dushku, Katee Sackhoff. Based on the 1987 Frank Miller DC Comics titles in which young Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham City in his first attempts to fight injustice as a costumed vigilante. Available as a Blu-ray DVD/Combo and DVD. Blu-ray Extras: DC Showcase Animated Original Short "Catwoman," "Heart of Vengeance: Returning Batman to His Roots" featurette, "Conversations with DC Comics" featurette, commentary, "Batman: Year One, Chapter 1" digital comic book, two bonus episodes from "Batman: The Animated Series," digital copy. (Warner).
(2010) Adam Leadbeater, Alex Livinalli, Brandy Whitford, Cecilia Huete. Five unsuspecting kids discover that the urban myth -- about a boy tortured and chained to a tree who now wanders the woods in search of revenge -- is gruesomely true. (Maya Entertainment).
Cape Fear BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1991) Dir.: Martin Scorsese; Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Juliette Lewis, Joe Don Baker, Robert Mitchum, Gregory Peck, Martin Balsam, Illeana Douglas, Fred Dalton Thompson. Extras: "The Making of Cape Fear," "Behind the Scenes of the Fourth of July Parade," "On the Set of the Houseboat," photograph montage, matte painting, opening credits. (Universal).
Captain America and Captain America: Death Too Soon
(1979) Reb Brown, Len Birman, Christopher Lee. Two live-action Captain America TV movies. (Shout! Factory).
(2011) A feature-length documentary written and directed by William Shatner that "boldly goes where no man has gone before," giving viewers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at one of the most durable and profitable franchises in entertainment history, as well as the men and women who have made the Star Trek brand an international phenomenon since 1966. Features vintage Star Trek footage and in-depth interviews with actors Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard), Kate Mulgrew (Captain Kathryn Janeway), Avery Brooks (Captain Benjamin Sisko), Scott Bakula (Captain Jonathan Archer), and Chris Pine (Captain James T. Kirk, Star Trek). (Entertainment One).
CatDog: Season One -- Part One
(1998) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $19.93. (Shout! Factory).
The Clowns BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1970 -- Italy) Dir.: Federico Fellini. An affectionate memoir by Fellini in which the director eulogizes his lost fantasy world and exposes his great attraction for the clowns and the world of the circus. The film melds memoir and documentary into a circus of fiction and reality where Fellini delights in the role of ringmaster. The carnival-sounding score composed by Nino Rota, and an appearance by Anita Ekberg, enhances the Fellini-esque experience. Extras: A rare and exclusive short film by Fellini, a video essay on the genesis of the film and a 50 page booklet with exclusive Fellini drawings. (RaroVideo).
Dr. Seuss's Holidays on the Loose!
Three Dr. Seuss TV specials: "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "The Grinch Grinches The Cat in the Hat" and "Halloween is Grinch Night"; $26.99. (Warner).
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1966 -- TV) Narrated by Boris Karloff. (Warner).
Eclipse Series 29: Aki Kaurismaki's Leningrad Cowboys
In the late '80s and early '90s, Aki Kaurismaki ("The Match Factory Girl"), the master of the deadpan, fashioned a waggish fish-out-of-water tale about a U.S. tour by "the worst rock-and-roll band in the world." "Leningrad Cowboys Go America's" posse of fur-coated, outrageously pompadoured hipsters struck such a chord with international audiences that the fictional band became a genuine attraction, touring the world. Later, Kaurismaki created a sequel, "Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses," and filmed a gigantic stadium show the band put on in Helsinki for the rollicking documentary "Total Balalaika Show." This Eclipse series three-disc set presents these crackpot musical and comic odysseys, along with five Leningrad Cowboys music videos directed by Kaurismäki. (The Criterion Collection).
(2011) Sean Faris, Tamer Hassan, Danny Dyer. Urban acrobatic freerunning combines athleticism with audacity and imagination as runners weave through their environment by vaulting, running, climbing and jumping (as seen in the French film "District B13" and "Casino Royale"). Ryan is a freerunner desperately trying to break free from Reese, a mobster who controls a stable of street runners for the sport of it; with exploding collars locked around their necks, the freerunners have one hour to make it across town ... or lose the race and their lives. Extras: Outtakes, bloopers, "Over the Rooftops and Behind the Scenes" featurette, "Freerunner Stunts, Fights and Effects," "Playing Ninja," "Parkour/Freerunning."Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).
Gift of the Magi
(2010) Mark Webber, Maria Sokoloff. Hallmark Channel modernized version of the O'Henry classic. (RHI Entertainment/Vivendi Entertainment).
Gigolos: The First Season
(2011) Single disc with eight episodes, $26.99. (Showtime/Paramount).
The Guns of Navarone 50th Anniversary BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1961) 50th anniversary edition, remastered following an extensive 4K digital restoration from the original camera negative. Dir.: J. Lee Thompson; stars Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn, Stanley Baker, Anthony Quayle, James Darren, Irene Papas, Gia Scala, James Robertson Justice, Richard Harris, Bryan Forbes. Extras: "The Resistance Dossier of Navarone": interactive dossier gives the viewer all new access to detailed information on the film, the real world history that inspired the film, and insights from film and military historians on the continuing effect the film has on popular culture; commentary by film historian Stephen J. Rubin; commentary by director J. Lee Thompson; "Forging the Guns of Navarone: Notes from the Set"; "Iconic Epic of Heroism"; "Epic Restoration"; "A Heroic Score"; narration-free prologue; "Memories of Navarone" retrospective documentary; message from blacklisted screenwriter Carl Foreman; "Great Guns" original featurette; "No Visitors" featurette; "Honeymoon on Rhodes"; "Two Girls on the Town" original featurette; original trailer, exhibitor's trailer. (Sony).
Happiness Is ... Peanuts: Snow Days
Includes remastered TV special "She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown" as well as an episode from "The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show," $14.97. (Warner).
The Howling: Reborn
(2011) Lindsey Shaw, Landon Liboiron, Ivana Milicevic. Direct-to-video sequel has a high school student discovering that he is heir to a powerful line of werewolves. Extras: Commentary, behind-the-scenes featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
Jean Arthur Comedy Collection
Four-disc set featuring the winsome leading lady includes "The Public Menace" (1935), "Adventure in Manhattan" (1936), "More Than a Secretary" (1936) and "The Impatient Years" (1944). (TCM Vault Collection).
(1968) In this poetic and atmospheric horror fable, set in a village in war-torn medieval Japan, a malevolent spirit has been ripping out the throats of itinerant samurai. When a military hero is sent to dispatch the unseen force, he finds that he must struggle with his own personal demons as well. From Kaneto Shindo, director of the terror classic "Onibaba," "Kuroneko" (Black Cat) is a spectacularly eerie twilight tale with a shocking feminist angle, evoked through ghostly special effects and exquisite cinematography. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: Video interview with director Kaneto Shindo from the Directors Guild of Japan; new video interview with critic Tadao Sato; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Maitland McDonagh and an excerpt from film scholar Joan Mellen's 1972 interview with Shindo. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).
The Last Circus
(2010 -- Spain) Antonio de la Torre, Carlos Areces, Carolina Bang. Set at the tail end of the fascist Franco regime in Spain, the film follows Javier, a second generation clown who dreams to follow in his father's footsteps as a Happy Clown but has seen too much tragedy and suffering to be anything but its counterpart. He finds work in a circus where he befriends an outlandish cast of characters, but as the Sad Clown, he must take the abuse of the brutish Happy Clown, Sergio, who humiliates Javier daily in the name of entertainment. There he meets Natalia, a gorgeous acrobat and the abused wife of Sergio, and he quickly falls deeply in love with her and attempts to rescue her from her tyrannical Happy Clown husband. But Natalia is torn between her affection for Javier and her violent lust for Sergio, leading to a shocking and bizarre end. Extras: "Making of The Last Circus" featurette, behind the scenes segments, visual effects featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Magnolia Home Entertainment/Magnet label).
Masterpiece Mystery!: The Complete Inspector Lewis
Ten-disc set with all 20 mysteries, $129.99. (PBS Distribution).
(2011) Selena Gomez, Katie Cassidy, Leighton Meester, Andie McDowell, Cory Monteith.
Read more about "Monte Carlo" in the October Calendar.Extras: Deleted scenes, "Monte Carlo Match Up," "Ding-Dang Delicious: The Boys of Monte Carlo." Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds "Monte Carlo Couture," "Jet Setter's Dream," "Gossip With the Girls." (Fox).
Page One: Inside The New York Times
(2011) Documentary reveals the inner-workings of The New York Times newsroom. Follows the reporters for The New York Times Media Desk as they work through a tumultuous time in journalism and face new players and platforms such as WikiLeaks, Twitter, tablet computers and more. Editor David Carr offers unprecedented access to the inner workings of the newspaper as well as his personal life. New-media wunderkind Brian Stelter shows the importance of having the ability to straddle the worlds of both old and new media, while colleagues Bruce Headlam, Bill Keller and Tim Arango fight to hold onto the solid reputation of The New York Times. (Magnolia Home Entertainment/Magnet Label).
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
(2011) Director: Rob Marshall. Stars: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane, Kevin McNally, Sam Claflin, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Stephen Graham, Keith Richards, Richard Griffiths. Read more about "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" in the October Calendar. Available as a Limited Edition 5-Disc Combo Pack (1-Disc Blu-ray 3D + 2-Disc Blu-ray + 1-Disc DVD + 1-Disc Digital Copy ($49.99) and a 2-Disc Combo Pack (1-Disc Blu-ray + 1-Disc DVD) ($39.99), and for the ultimate fan a 15-Disc Four Movie Collection in Blu-ray only ($169.99).Extras: 2-Disc Combo Pack: "Disney Second Screen," "Bloopers of the Caribbean," commentary by director Rob Marshall, "LEGO Animated Shorts: Captain Jack's Brick Tales." Limited Edition 5-Disc Combo Pack adds "Legends of On Stranger Tides," "In Search of the Fountain," "Last Sail/First Voyage," "Under the Scene: Bringing Mermaids to Life," deleted and extended scenes. (Disney)
The Real L Word The Second Season
(2011) Three-disc set with nine episodes, $39.99. (Showtime/Paramount).
(2011) Dir.: Kevin Smith; Michael Parks, John Goodman, Melissa Leo, Michael Angarano, Anna Gunn, Kevin Pollak, Kyle Gallner, Nick Braun, Kerry Bishe, Stephen Root, Ralph Garman, Jennifer Schwalbach. Read more about "Red State" in the October Calendar.Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (SModcast Pictures/Lionsgate).
The Rise and Fall of Margaret Thatcher
Three-disc set of TV dramas about British Prime Minster Margaret Thatcher, in time for the Dec. 16 theatrical release of "The Iron Lady," starring Meryl Streep as Thatcher: "Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley" (2008), "The Falklands Play" (2002) and "Margaret" (2009). (Warner).
Robotech: The Complete Original Series
(2010) Seventeen-disc set with all 85 half-hour episodes of the original series (re-mastered from original elements for this release), $99.95. Extras: Ten hours of bonus programming. (A&E Networks Home Entertainment).
Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Complete Season Three
(2010-11) Four-disc set with 22 episodes, $44.98. Extras: "Creating Kamino," "Hutts and the Underworld," "Witches and Monsters," "Secrets of Mortis," "Chewbacca Returns." Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds "The Jedi Temple Archive." (Warner).
Thundercats: Season One, Book One
Eight episodes of the new animated series in a two-disc set, $19.97. (Warner).
V: The Complete Second Season
(2011) Three-disc set with 10 episodes, $39.98. Extras: Deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds gag reel; "The Arc of the Story: Mining the Human Emotion" featurette, in which the writers and actors comment on the journey of the second season; "A Visual Masterpiece for the Small Screen," in which the producers explain how they push the envelope to bring their cinematic style to your living room week after week. (Warner).
War Eagle, Arkansas
(2007) Brian Dennehy, Mary Kay Place, Mare Winningham, James McDaniel, Dan McCabe. Based on a true story, this is the inspiring story of a high school baseball star who must choose between pursuing a college sports career and staying near family and friends in his struggling rural Ozark Mountain community. Enoch Cass is charming in his wish to hold on to loved-ones, including lifelong best friend Samuel Macon whom he affectionately calls "Wheels" because of his confinement to a wheel chair. The two share an enduring spirit strengthened by Samuel's Cerebral Palsy and Enoch's debilitating stutter, both of which have kept them in need of each other for most of their lives. (Monarch Home Entertainment).
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition
(1971) Dir.: Mel Stuart; Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear, Julie Dawn Cole, Leonard Stone, Denise Nickerson.Extras: "Mel Stuart's Wonkavision"; "A World of Pure Imagination" featurette on author Roald Dahl; "Delicious Documentary: Pure Imagination: The Story of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory"; mouth-watering commentary with the Wonka Kids; sing a-longs; a 144-page production book reprint filled with production photos and notes, and archival letters; and sweet premiums like a retro Wonka Bar-shaped tin box with scented pencils and eraser and a limited time Golden Ticket Instant Win Game piece for a chance to enter and win a trip for two to Los Angeles,
Available as a three-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo ($64.99) and a single DVD ($12.97), the latter which includes some bonus content and scratch 'n sniff sticker sheets. (Warner).
Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption
(2011) Johnny Gel, Fred Williamson, Alicia Clark. Zombies and humans team up in a post-apocalyptic world to battle maniacal raiders who kill or kidnap everybody in sight. Extras: Commentary by Johnny Gel, screenwriter Matthew O'Day and director Ryan Thompson; "The Road to Redemption" making-of featurette; deleted scenes; still image gallery. (Pacific Entertainment Corporation).
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Anti-Nazi Classics Vol. 2
Four films about Nazi Germany. "Rotation" (1949): From the director of "The Murderers Are Among Us" and ranked as one of Germany's most important films ever, "Rotation" is the story of a German family that becomes divided over supporting the Nazis. "Council of the Gods" (1950): Based on testimony from Nuremberg, this classic was inspired by the collaboration between Nazi scientists and chemical giant I.G. Farben -- a collaboration that led to the death of millions. "The Axe of Wandsbek" (1951): In 1934, when the Nazis need a hangman to execute a group of political prisoners, the town butcher makes the biggest mistake of his life: facing bankruptcy, he agrees to do the dirty deed. "The Adventures of Werner Holt" (1964): Two 17 year-olds are pulled out of school and into Hitler's army; while one becomes a fanatical soldier, the other, Werner Holt, begins to understand the senselessness of war. $59.95. (First Run features).
The Art of Filmmaking
Five documentaries about filmmaking: "Tales From the Script" (featuring Shane Black, Frank Darabont, Paul Schrader, among others), "Directors: Life Behind the Camera" (featuring Robert Altman, Robert Benton, Tim Burton, James Cameron, Chris Columbus, Wes Craven, Cameron Crowe, Frank Darabont, Jonathan Demme, Richard Donner, Clint Eastwood, Nora Ephron, William Friedkin, Terry Gilliam, Ron Howard, Lawrence Kasdan, Spike Lee, Barry Levinson, George Lucas, David Lynch, Adrian Lyne, Garry Marshall, Penny Marshall, Sydney Pollack, Rob Reiner, Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Bryan Singer, Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone, Robert Zemeckis & David Zucker), "Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary," "Light Keeps Me Company" (about Sven Nykvist) and "Lavender Limelight: Lesbians in Film." $79.95. (First Run Features).
Attack the Block
(2011) Nick Frost, Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Luke Treadaway. Funny, frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen street gang against an invasion of savage alien monsters. A London housing project is turned into a sci-fi battleground and the low-income apartment complex into a fortress under siege as a crazy mix of tough street kids become kick ass heroes fighting off an invasion from outer space. Extras: Five featurettes, three commentaries. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Volume 3 -- Iron Man Unleashed
(2011) Six episodes, $19.99. Extras: "The Avengers Unmasked: Masters of Evil" animated comic book. (Disney).
The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Volume 4 -- Thor's Last Stand
(2011) Seven episodes, $19.99. Extras: "The Avengers Unmasked: Hail Hydra!" animated comic book. (Disney).
Barney Miller: The Complete Series
Twenty-five disc set with all 168 episodes from the eight seasons of the series, $159.99.Extras: Includes a 40 page booklet, new cast interviews, commentaries, as well as Season One of the spin-off "Fish," starring Abe Vigoda, which has never before been released on DVD. (Shout! Factory).
Bill Moyers: Own Our Own Terms
(2000) Newest release from Bill Moyers' acclaimed library features insightful, practical discussions about death and dying in America. Moyers interviews dozens of terminally ill patients in this four-part exploration of end-of-life issues. (Acorn Media).
Captain America: The First Avenger
(2011) Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Hugo Weaving, Toby Jones, Stanley Tucci, Neal McDonough, Dominic Cooper, Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Armitage, Derek Luke. Read more about "Captain America: The First Avenger" in the October Calendar.Blu-ray only extras: Commentary by director Joe Johnston, director of photography Shelly Johnson and editor Jeff Ford; "Marvel One-Shot: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer; featurettes: "Outfitting a Hero," "Howling Commandos," "Heightened Technology," "The Transformation," "Behind the Skull," "Captain America Origins," "The Assembly Begins”; deleted scenes. Available as a 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy Combo, Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy Combo, Blu-ray and DVD. (Paramount).
The Conversation BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1974) Dir.: Francis Ford Coppola; Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Frederic Forrest, Cindy Williams, Teri Garr, Harrison Ford. Extras: New interviews with Coppola and composer David Shire, archival footage, commentaries, making-of featurette, retrospective featurette, short film, marketing gallery. (Lionsgate).
Father of Invention
(2011) Kevin Spacey, Camilla Belle, Heather Graham, Johnny Knoxville, John Stamos, Craig Robinson, Virginia Madsen. Once upon a time, Robert Axle (Spacey) was on top of the world. An eccentric inventor turned ego-driven infomercial guru, you couldn't turn on a channel without seeing the latest Robert Axle "fabrication" being touted. But when one of his inventions -- the "Ab-Clicker" -- maimed thousands of customers, a class-action lawsuit landed him in jail for the next 10 years. Newly released, Axle is now ready to redeem his name and hopefully rebuild his billion dollar empire. But first he must convince his estranged 22-year-old daughter (Belle) to let him live with her and her quirky, over protective roommates as well as find that one "fabrication" that will redeem him. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
Fire of Conscience
(2011 -- Hong Kong) Dir.: Dante Lam; Leon Lai, Richie Ren, Baoqiang Wang, Vivian Hsu, Kai Chi Liu, Michelle Ye. Another of the action director's cop vs. gangsters thrill rides with heart-racing action sequences, distinct character development and stunning visual imagery. Investigator Captain Manfred is at a crossroads in life when he's assigned to the case of a lethal car accident and the death of a prostitute and finds himself working with aggressive Inspector Kee, who is determined to rise in the fast-paced world of Hong Kong law enforcement. Manfred is soon swept up into a shadowy world of dirty politics, graphic murders and dangerous secrets when his squad is betrayed by someone within the department. Extras: Five featurettes. (Indomina Releasing).
(1977) Edward Asner, Maureen Stapleton, Bruce Davison, Veronica Hamel, Gregory Harrison. A dying father (Ed Asner) pulls his torn family together for a last Christmas. (Warner).
Hamlet at Elsinore
(1964) Christopher Plummer, Michael Caine, Robert Shaw, Donald Sutherland, Roy Kinnear. Historic production of "Hamlet" filmed on location at Elsinore, Denmark, the actual location where the play is set. This truly unique and thrilling production has not been seen in North America since its original premiere in 1964 on NET, the precursor to PBS, and is a must own for fans of the Bard. (BBC/Warner).
Warner Archive's inaugural box set collection spotlights the Platinum Bombshell, Jean Harlow. A true trend-setter, the first "Platinum Blonde" provided the template for an archetype that stretches from Marilyn to Madonna to Gwen Stefani and beyond. Not only was she a big-screen sex symbol, but Harlow was a gifted comedienne and a talented dramatic actress. This special collection celebrates her centennial year with seven of her films, three newly remastered. None ever
before available on DVD. Lovingly packaged in a striking, glamour filled slipcase filled with special features. "Bombshell" (1933) (remastered). Glamour queen Lola (Harlow) is quitting the movie biz -- something her manipulative press agent (Lee Tracy) can’t allow. "The Girl From Missouri" (1934) (remastered). Eadie’s not easy! A plucky bachelorette (Harlow) intends to bag a New York millionaire…without abandoning her virtue. "Reckless" (1935)(remastered). Harlow goes dramatic as a Broadway star accused of murder after the death of her high-living, high society hubby. With William Powell, the last real-life love of Harlow's short life. "Riffraff" (1935) She works in a cannery. He's a fisherman. But their playful romance is fated to give way to a tragedy surrounding union activism. She's Harlow, he’s Spencer Tracy. "Suzy" (1936) Harlow, Cary Grant, and Franchot Tone are involved in a World War I triangle of romance and spy intrigue. "Personal Property" (1937) Debt-ridden socialite Harlow puts on a show of wealth to impress a suitor who's also making a pretense of fortune. Robert Taylor is the butler who sees through the ruses. "Saratoga" (1937) In Harlow’s final film she plays the daughter of a horse breeder who is engaged to a millionaire, but drawn to a bookie played by Clark Gable. Extras: Trailers for six films, including newly
discovered trailers for "Bombshell," "The Girl From Missouri" and "Personal Property"; rare, never before heard "Reckless" pre-recording sessions including Harlow's unused vocals captured live on the MGM stage; portfolio of seven 5" x 7" MGM studio portraits of Harlow; Lux Radio Theater presentation "Madame
Sans-Gene" with Harlow and Taylor (audio only); two "Leo Is on the Air" radio air trailers. (Warner).
Identification of a Woman
(1982) "Identification of a Woman," directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, is a body-and soul-baring voyage into one man's artistic and erotic consciousness. After his wife leaves him, a film director finds himself drawn into affairs with two enigmatic women, while at the same time searching for the right subject (and actress) for his next film. This spellbinding anti-romance was a late-career coup for the legendary Italian filmmaker, and is renowned for its sexual explicitness and an extended scene on a fog-enshrouded highway that stands with the director's greatest set pieces. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: Booklet featuring an essay by critic John Powers and a reprinted 1982 interview with Michelangelo Antonioni by critic Gideon Bachmann. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).
Island of Lost Souls
(1932) A twisted treasure from Hollywood's pre-Code horror heyday, "Island of Lost Souls" is a cautionary tale of science run amok adapted from H. G. Wells's novel "The Island of Dr. Moreau." In one of his first major movie roles, Charles Laughton is a mad doctor conducting ghastly genetic experiments on a remote island in the South Seas, much to the fear and disgust of the shipwrecked sailor (Richard Arlen) who finds himself trapped there. This touchstone of movie terror, directed by Erle C. Kenton ("House of Frankenstein"), is elegantly shot by Karl Struss ("The Great Dictator"), features ground breaking makeup effects that inspired generations of monster-movie artists, and co-stars Bela Lugosi in one his most gruesome roles. New high-definition digital restoration of the uncut theatrical version, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: Commentary by film historian Gregory Mank, author of "Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff" and "Hollywood's Maddest Doctors"; new video conversation among filmmaker John Landis, Oscar-winning makeup artist Rick Baker and genre expert Bob Burns; new interviews with horror film historian David J. Skal ("The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror"), filmmaker Richard Stanley ("Hardware," original director of the ill-fated 1996 remake of "The Island of Dr. Moreau"); new interviews with Devo founding members Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh, whose manifesto is rooted in themes from "Island of Lost Souls"; booklet featuring a new essay by critic Christine Smallwood. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).
Joseph Campbell: Mythos III
Third installment of Joseph Campbell's fascinating lecture series, seen on PBS. Offering five newly remastered and visually stunning lectures from one of the greatest storytellers of our time. Hosted by Susan Sarandon. (Acorn Media).
The long-awaited Blu-ray version will be available in two sets: "Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy," a three-disc set with hours of bonus features including a new "Return to Jurassic Park" six-part documentary that features new interviews with many of the cast members from all three films, the filmmakers and Steven Spielberg ("Dawn of a New Era," "Making Pre-history," "The Next Step in Evolution," "Finding The Lost World" and "Something Survived"); a "Limited Edition Blu-ray Trilogy Gift Set" that includes a custom T-rex dinosaur statue. There will also be a new three-disc DVD set. (Universal). Read more about the releases.
Laurel & Hardy: The Essential Collection
Ten-disc set with 58 of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy's talking shorts and feature films, produced under legendary movie mogul Hal Roach from 1929 through 1940, available for the first time in the U.S. all together in one magnificent collection, digitally remastered and digitally restored. Extras: Housed in collectible, book-style packaging with an extensive, detailed film guide. The set also boasts over two hours of special features including exclusive, never-before-seen interviews with comedy legends Dick Van Dyke, Jerry Lewis, Tim Conway and more, who discuss the enduring impact and influence of Laurel and Hardy. Additional features include commentaries by Laurel and Hardy aficionados, along with a virtual location map that allows viewers to take an interactive tour of the iconic places in and around Los Angeles where Laurel and Hardy filmed. $99.98. (Vivendi Entertainment and RHI Entertainment)
A Little Help
(2010) Jenna Fischer, Chris O'Donnell, Rob Benedict, Daniel Yelsky, Lesley Ann Warren, Ron Leibman, Brooke Smith. A woman, a Long Island dental hygienist who wants nothing more than to run her own life and who relies on guilty pleasures -- cigarettes and beer -- to help her cope with an unruly lifestyle in order to take care of herself and her 12 year old son, gets entangled in a series of bizarre lies when her unfaithful husband dies. Extras: Cast interviews, Jakob Dylan music video. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).
Mardi Gras: Spring Break
(2011) Danneel Ackles, Arielle Kebbel, Carmen Electra, Nicholas D'Agosto, Regina Hall, Josh Gad. A group of college buddies sow their wild oats in New Orleans. (Sony).
Pawn Stars: Volume 3
(2011) Two-disc set with 16 episodes, $19.95. (A&E).
The People vs. George Lucas
(2010) Few films have had the same influence on pop culture as "Star Wars." Even fewer have the same devoted fan base as the original trilogy. But since the release of George Lucas's "Star Wars" prequels -- more than 20 years after the original release -- some fans have found their ardor cooled into a complicated love-hate relationship with Luke and Leia's creator. This is a heartfelt documentary that delves deep into Lucas's cultural legacy and explores the issues of filmmaking and fanaticism around one of the industry's most famous franchises. Extras: Poetry slams selections, Gary Kurtz interview selections, "GL Raped Our Childhood" song and music video, "The People vs. Star wars 3D featurette. (Lionsgate).
The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog ... and More Stories By Mo Willems
(2011) In the lead story -- an animated adaptation of the sequel to the best-selling "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!" -- Pigeon finds a delicious hot dog, but a sly and hungry duckling comes along who also wants a bite. Also includes "Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity" and "Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed." $14.95. Extras: Read-along function, "Getting to Know ('Pigeon' author Mo Willems)" featurette, "Animating Pigeon" featurette, interview with Willems. (Scholastic Storybook Treasures).
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
(Finland -- 2010) Onni Tommila, Jorma Tommila, Ilmari Jarvenpaa, Per Christian Ellefsen. It's the eve of Christmas in northern Finland, and an American "archeological" dig has just unearthed the real Santa Claus. But this particular Santa isn't the one you want coming to town. When the local children begin mysteriously disappearing, young Pietari and his father Rauno, a reindeer hunter by trade, capture the mythological being and attempt to sell Santa to the misguided leader of the multinational corporation sponsoring the dig. Santa's elves, however, will stop at nothing to free their fearless leader from captivity. What ensues is a wildly humorous nightmare -- a fantastically bizarre polemic on modern day morality. Extras: Making-of featurette; "Rare Exports Inc." (2003), the original short film in which the Christmas tale was born; "Rare Exports -- The Official Safety Instructions" (2005), in which Santa returns in the second short film in the series; "Blood in the Snow" concept art featurette; behind-the-scenes stills photo gallery; original trailer from Finland. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" (1964), a cult classic featuring Pia Zadora in her first movie role. (Oscilloscope Laboratories).
Roger Corman's Cult Classics: Lethal Ladies Collection
Three Roger Corman New World 'B' films featuring hard-fighting women: "Firecracker" (1981), "T.N.T. Jackson" (1974) and "Too Hot to Handle" (1977). (Shout! Factory).
(2011 -- Hong Kong) Andy Lau, Nicolas Tse, Jackie Chan. In this remake of Jet Li's "Shaolin Temple" (1982), director Benny Chan tells an epic tale of sadistic warlords squaring off against noble monks in the early years of the Chinese republic. Available as a DVD/Blu-ray Combo, Blu-ray, DVD and in a Collector's Edition DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes interviews, deleted scenes, making-of featurette. (Well Go USA).
Teeny Tiny and the Witch-Woman ... and More Spooky Halloween Stories!
(2011) Five Halloween-themed tales: The lead story plus "The Boy With Two Shadows," "Los Gatos Black on Halloween," "What’s Under My Bed" and "King of the Cats"; $14.95. (Scholastic Storybook Treasures).
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
(1979) Coinciding with the Dec. 9 feature film adaptation starring Gary Oldman and Colin Firth, Acorn has re-released the classic Cold War spy drama. Alec Guinness delivers the performance of a lifetime in his BAFTA-winning role as George Smiley, a retired spymaster recruited to find a mole in the British intelligence service. Repackaged three-disc set includes six episodes, along with a 28-min. interview with John le Carre. $49.99. (Acorn Media).
Tom and Jerry: The Golden Collection V1
Two-disc set with 37 shorts, in chronological order, un-edited and un-censored. Extras: Commentary by animation experts on nine shorts, "Vaudeville, Slapstick and Tom and Jerry" retrospective featurette. $26.99. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).
Winnie the Pooh
(2011) Voices of John Cleese, Jim Cummings, Bud Luckey, Craig Ferguson, Jack Boulter, Travis Oates. Available as a DVD/Blu-ray Combo and a three-disc Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Combo. Blu-ray Combo Pack extras: Animated shorts "The Ballad of Nessie" and "Mini-Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Balloon"; a sing-along viewing option; behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes. Also available as a single-disc DVD. (Disney).
Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings
(2011) The unrated bloody beginnings of Three Finger and
his family of hillbilly cannibals. Extras: Commentary, bonus footage, director's "Die-aries," "Making Another Wrong Turn," "Lifestyles of the Sick and Infamous," music video featuring The Black Out City Kids. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
Young Justice Season 1 Volume 2
(2010-11) Single disc with nine episodes, $14.97. (Warner).
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