America Goes to War
(2011) Journalist Eric Sevareid relives the war-torn years on the American home front during World War II in this 10 episode series: "While the Storm Clouds Gather," "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition," "Thanks for the Memories," "Accentuating the Positive," "Sacrifices and Shortages," "A String of Pearls," "On the Shady Side of the Street," "Right in the Fuerher's Face," "Mood Indigo: Blacks & Whites," and "It’s Been a Long, Long Time." Two-disc set, $29.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: (PBS Distribution).
Blade of Kings
(2004 -- Hong Kong) Edison Chen, Donnie Yen, Jackie Chan, Bing Bing Fan. In the mythical land of Huadu, Charcoal Head, a humble boy born to rule an empire, must undertake his journey to claim his throne. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Well Go USA).
(2010) Selma Blair, Amy Smart, Jason Lee, Giovanni Ribisi, Kevin Pollak, Beau Bridges. An heiress who's been shut inside her apartment building for nearly two decades is forced to confront her fears after one of her neighbors is killed and a detective arrives to begin the investigation. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital Download. (Universal).
(2011) Natalie Grant, Billy Dean, Michael Rosenbaum, Rusty Whitener. Inspirational drama about a mother who struggles to make ends meet after the tragic death of her firefighter husband. When she begins to lose control of her heartbroken teenage son Jackson, she reaches out to her estranged father, a farmer, to take in the troubled boy. Formats: DVD. (Image Entertainment).
Disclosure BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1994) Dir.: Barry Levinson; Michael Douglas, Demi Moore, Donald Sutherland. (Warner).
(2011) Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell. Read more about "Footloose" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary by director Craig Brewer, deleted scenes, "Fake ID" music video by Big & Ric. Blu-ray adds "Jump Back: Re-Imagining Footloose," "Everybody Cut: The Stars of Footloose," "Dancing With the Footloose Stars," "Footloose" music video by Blake Shelton, "Holding Out for a Hero" music video by Ella Mae Bowen, "Footloose Rap." (Paramount).
Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season
(2011) Five-disc set, $59.99. Extras: Seven audio commentaries with cast and crew; "Complete Guide to Westeros" an interactive compendium of the noble houses and lands featured in Season One; "Making Game of Thrones"; "Character Profiles"; "Creating the Show Open"; "From the Book to the Screen": "The Night's Watch" featurette; "Creating the Dothraki Language." Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds "In-Episode Guides," an in-feature resource that provides background information about on-screen characters, locations, and relevant histories while each episode plays; "Anatomy of an Episode"; hidden dragon eggs. $79.98. (HBO).
Happily Divorced Season One
(2011) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $21.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Director's cut of the series premiere, interviews with the cast and creators, behind-the-scenes featurettes with the wardrobe designer and theme song composers. (Paramount Home Entertainment).
(2011) Lizzy Caplan, James F. Pumphrey, Abby Elliot, Dylan O'Brien, Ed Helms, Rob Riggle, Horatio Sanz, Zach Woods. Totally improvised script has ex-rocker Glenn "Fitz" Fitzgerald dealing pot out of his garage and bonding with 16-year-old neighborhood kid Jimmy. As his former band mates begin finding success and one of his drug deals goes awry, Fitz hits the road with Jimmy and, amid car chases, guns, broken bones, sassy cabbies and a suspicious doctor, he has to navigate their way to safe harbor. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital Download. Extras: (Millennium Entertainment).
(2011) Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, Stephen Dorff, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, John Hurt.
Read more about "Immortals" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 3D Blu-ray. Extras: Deleted scenes, "It's No Myth" behind-the-scenes featurette. Blu-ray adds alternate opening, two alternate endings, "Caravaggio Meets Fight Club: Tarsem's Vision" featurette, "Immortals: Gods & Heroes" graphic novel. (Fox).
Jack & Jill
(2011) Adam Sandler, Al Pacino, Katie Holmes, Elodie Tougne, Rohan Chand, David Spade.
Read more about "Jack & Jill" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, blooper reel: "Laughter Is Contagious," featurettes: "Look Who Stopped By" and "Boys Will Be Girls." Blu-ray adds two more featurettes: "Stomach Ache" and "Don't Call It a Boat -- Royal Caribbean." (Sony).
(2011) Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones, Jennifer Lawrence, Alex Kingston, Finola Hughes, Chris Messina. Read more about "Like Crazy" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary by director Drake Doremus, editor Jonathan Alberts and cinematographer John Guleserian. Blu-ray adds deleted and alternate scenes. (Paramount).
The Lion King 1.5 Special Edition
(2004) Animated sequel with the cast of voices from the original. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: Bonus feature: "Timon & Pumbaa's Vacation Safari," deleted scenes, featurettes. (Disney).
The Lion King 2.0 Special Edition
(1998) Animated sequel with the cast of voices from the original. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Bonus feature: "Timon & Pumbaa's Insectapedia," featurettes. (Disney).
MI-5: Volume 10
(2011) Two-disc set with six episodes, $29.98. Formats: DVD. Extras:" Harry's Game" featurette, "Top Ten MI-5 Moments.> (BBC Home Entertainment).
(2011) Billy Zane, Geoff Bell, Stewart Scudamore. When the Prime Minister of Serbia is assassinated and a military coup arises, an elite special ops team is called in to repair the damage. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital Download. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Lionsgate).
Monty Python and the Holy Grail BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1974) Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin. With UltraViolet (cloud) version. Extras: "The Holy Book of Days Second Screen Experience"; lost animations with introduction by Terry Gilliam; outtakes & extended scenes; commentaries by Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones and even more revealing commentaries by John Cleese, Eric Idle & Michael Palin; "Quest for the Holy Grail Locations" with Michael Palin & Terry Jones; "Lego Knights: The Knights of the Round Table in Lego"; special Japanese version; "How to Use Your Coconuts" (an educational film); "BBC Film Night" on location; three songs to sing-along; cast directory photo gallery. (Sony).
9 1/2 Weeks Original Uncut Version BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1986) Dir.: Adrian Lyne; Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger. (Warner).
(2011) Documentary highlights the many spectacular animals that call the great sea their home. Among these are the mysterious yet beautiful dolphins and whales, which have enticed and mesmerized children and adults alike. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. $24.99. (BBC Home Entertainment).
(2011) Steve Austin, Danny Trejo, Serina Swan. A cop turns vigilante after his family is murdered, exacting vengeance on the killers -- and then on all criminals who have slipped through the system. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes, cast interviews. (Nasser Entertainment/Vivendi Entertainment).
Reindeer Games: The Director's Cut BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2000) Dir.: John Frankenheimer; Ben Affleck, Isaac Hayes, Charlize Theron, Gary Sinese. Bonus features: behind-the-scenes featurette, audio commentary with Frankenheimer, scenes cut from the original theatrical film. (Lionsgate).
The Skin I Live In
(2011 -- Spain) Dir.: Pedro Almodovar; Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes, Blanca Suarez, Jan Cornet. Read more about "The Skin I Live In" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD/Blu-ray Combo. Extras: "The Making of The Skin I Live In" seven-part featurette, Q&A with director Pedro Almodovar, "On the Red Carpet: New York Premiere." (Sony).
Striptease: Uncut International Version BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1996) Dir.: Andrew Bergman; Demi Moore, Burt Reynolds, Armand Assante, Ving Rhames. (Warner).
Screwball: The Ted Whitfield Story
(2010) Ross Patterson, Joey Kern, Christine Lakin, Richard Riehle. Mockumentary that takes place during the Major League Baseball strike in 1994, when the nation turned its eyes from baseball -- the Great American pastime -- to professional wiffleball. The story chronicles the meteoric rise and tragic fall of Ted Whitfield, the greatest wiffleball player of all time, his attempt to break the home run record, and his descent into substance abuse. Extras:Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
To Catch a Thief BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1955) Dir.: Alfred Hitchcock; Cary Grant, Grace Kelly. Bonus features: "A Night With The Hitchcocks," in which Alfred Hitchcock's daughter and granddaughter discuss the prolific director; "Unacceptable Under the Code: Film Censorship in America" look's at censorship during the time and its impact on the film; an exploration of the writing and casting; a "making-of" featurette; "Behind the Gates: Cary Grant and Grace Kelly" profiles; an interactive travelogue; "Alfred Hitchcock and To Catch A Thief: An Appreciation"; commentary by Hitchcock film historian Dr. Drew Casper; photo galleries; the original theatrical trailer, "Edith Head: The Paramount Years." (Paramount).
Tom & Jerry in the Doghouse
(2011) Collection of 22 "Tom and Jerry Tales" cartoons from the 2006 series, $19.97: "24 Karat Kat," "Destruction Junction," "Beefcake Tom," "Bend it Like Thomas," "Tom's Photo Finish," "Game Set Match," "Cat Napping," "Cat Fishin'," "The Bodyguard," "Quiet Please!," "Solid Serenade," "Slicked-up Pup," "Puttin' on the Dog," "The Framed the Cat," "Tot Watchers," "The Invisible Mouse," "Pet Peeve," "Feeding Time," "DJ Jerry," "Beach Bully Bingo," "A Life Less Guarded," "The Dog House." (Warner).
Tooth Fairy 2
(2012) Larry the Cable Guy, David Mackey, Erin Beute, Brady Reiter, Lucius Baston, Noah Kronenberger. Sequel has tooth fairy doubter Larry the Cable Guy sentenced to become a Tooth Fairy or face having his memories erased -- as well as losing his true love. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Why Do I Lose My Baby Teeth?" "Return to Fairyland -- Making Tooth Fairy 2," "Larry the Hairy Fairy," "Tooth Fairy 2 Introduces -- Crusher the Pig," "A Memory to Remember." (Fox).
The Town Ultimate Collector's Edition
(2010) Ben Affleck's thriller about a Boston bank robbery and its aftermath gets an alternate ending; available as a three-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (with UltraViolet digital Copy) in a collectible set that includes the theatrical version of the film and extended cut with alternate ending. $49.99. Extras: "The Town: A Director's Journey" new 30-minute documentary; director commentary on the theatrical version and extended cut; "Pulling Off the Perfect Heist," "The Town," "Nuns With Guns: Filming in the North End," "The Real People of The Town," "Ben Affleck: Actor and Director," "The Cathedral of Boston." Collectible memorabilia includes a letter from Ben Affleck; 48-page photo book with behind the scenes photos, filmmaking and script notes; poster-size map of Charlestown with details on crime scenes from the film; film prop reproductions: rub-on tattoo sheet with the tattoo from Jem's neck; Desmond Elden's Vericom Employee File that the FBI obtained after the first robbery; four mug shot cards (from the FBI office); 15-page FBI report (as held by FBI Special Agent Adam Frawley in the film). (Warner).
Transformers Prime: The Complete First Season
(2010) Four-disc set with 26 episodes, $29.93. Also available in a Limited Edition Blu-ray Disc, which is packed with a Transformers Prime graphic novel and bonus content, $64.99. (Shout! Factory).
Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales: The Complete Collection
(1963-65) Six-disc set with all 70 episodes, $49.97. Formats: DVD. Extras: Featurette, commentaries. (Shout! Factory).
Universal 100th Anniversary Editions
New editions of "Charade" (1963), "The Deer Hunter" (1978), "The Egg And I" (1947), "Francis The Talking Mule" (1950), "The Last Temptation Of Christ" (1988), "My Man Godfrey" (1936), "The Nutty Professor" (1996), "Parenthood" (1989), "Sullivan's Travels" (1942)
Formats: DVD. Extras: "100 Years of Universal: The Carl Laemmle Era," "100 Years of Universal: The Lew Wasserman Era." (Universal).
Wyatt Earp's Revenge
(2012) Shawn Roberts, Trace Adkins, Matt Dallas, Val Kilmer. Based on the true story of the legendary lawman, Earp recounts how he brought together the "Best of the West" to avenge the vicious murder of his beloved Dora. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Riding Along With Wyatt Earp" featurette. (Sony).
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The Adventures of Tintin
(2011) Dir.; Steven Spielberg; Voices of Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Toby Jones. Read more about "The Adventures Of Tintin" in the March Calendar.Formats: Three-disc Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD combo pack; two-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, DVD, VOD, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Journey of Tintin and Snowy: From Beginning to End." Blu-ray adds "Toasting Tintin: Part 1," "The World of Tintin," "The Who's Who of Tintin," "Tintin: Conceptual Design," "Tintin: In the Volume," "Snowy: From Beginning to End," "Animating Tintin", "Tintin: The Score," "Collecting Tintin," "Toasting Tintin: Part 2." (Paramount).
(2011 -- Poland) An official selection at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival and a box office hit in Poland, the film depicts a spoiled Warsaw teen (Jakub Giersza³) who seeks solace in the sinister virtual world of the "Suicide Room" after being humiliated at school. Animated sequences draw the viewer into the virtual world portrayed in the psychological drama of a teenager trying to escape the torment of bullying. Formats: DVD. (Wolfe Video).
(2011) Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes that are then throw away. But where is "away"? Where do the bags and other plastics end up, and at what cost to our environment, marine life, and human health? This documentary follows everyman Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic world. Jeb is not a radical environmentalist, but an average American who decides to take a closer look at our cultural love affair with plastics. Some of the key facts highlighted in the film include:
The average American uses about 500 plastic bags each year, for an average of 12 minutes before they are discarded.
Two million plastic bottles are consumed in the U.S. every five minutes; less than 25% are recycled.
14 million pounds of trash end up in the ocean each year.
An estimated 100,00 marine mammals and sea birds die each year from becoming entangled in or ingesting plastic debris.
Plastic bags are made of fossil fuels such as petroleum and natural gas, which are non-renewable resources.
Ireland and China significantly reduced their use of plastic bags:
Ireland reduced its plastic bag use by 90% after instituting a fee on single-use disposable
China banned "ultra thin" plastic bags in 2008. They reduced their use by 40 billion bags in the
Formats: DVD. $29.95. (Docurama).
(1951 -- Italy) Dir.: Luchino Visconti; Anna Magnani, Walter Chiari. A screenstruck mother, convinced that her daughter's star potential is her ticket to a better life, invests everything into the dream that she will be discovered at an open casting in Visconti's "powerful, lyrical neorealist classic" which is being released for the first time on DVD. Newly restored and re-mastered. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
(2010 -- TV) Mahogany Monae, Richard Gallion, Sheree Bynum, Tiffany J. Curtis. A strong-willed high school student with dreams of making the U.S. swim team has her life shattered when she's brutally raped. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
Breakout Kings Season 1
(2011) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, "Good Cons, Bad Cons," "Bullpin Sessions," "T:Bag Dealt a Bad Hand." (Fox).
Call Me Fitz: The Complete Second Season
(2011) Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $19.98. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
(2011) Dir.: Alexander Payne; George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Nick Krause, Robert Forster, Beau Bridges, Matt Corboy. Read more about "The Descendants" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital Download. Extras: "Everybody Loves George," "Working With Alexander," "Hawaiian Style." Blu-ray adds Deleted scenes, "The Real Descendants," "Casting," "Working With Water," music videos, "Waiting for the Light," "The World Parade -- Hawaii (Silent Film)," "A Conversation With George Clooney and Alexander Payne." (Fox).
Doctor Who: The Tomb of the Cybermen Special Edition
Two-disc set features the second Doctor (Patrick Troughton). Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Doctor Who: The Three Doctors Special Edition
Two-disc set features the first three doctors facing the wrath of Omega, a fallen Time Lord trapped in a universe of anti-matter, with one thing on his mind: revenge. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Doctor Who: The Face Of Evil
The fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) encounters two warring tribes on a jungle planet. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Doctor Who: The Robots of Death Special Edition
The fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) and his new companion Leela, arrive aboard a huge sandminer on a deserted world, where the human miners begin to disappear one-by-one. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary. (BBC Home Entertainment).
(2009) A documentary that celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system by coming up with healthier and sustainable alternatives. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital Download. (Docurama).
Ghost Hunters International Season 2: Part 1
(2011) Three-disc set with 13 episodes, $24.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Image Entertainment).
Happy Feet Two
(2011) Voices of Carlos Alazraqui, Lombardo Boyar, Jeffrey Garcia, Johnny A. Sanchez, Sofía Vergara, Robin Williams, Elijah Wood, Pink, Ava Acres, Benjamin Flores Jr, Common, Magda Szubanski, Hugo Weaving, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon. Read more about "Happy Feet Two" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D Blu-ray/DVD Combo, UltraViolet (cloud). (Warner).
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys -- Season Three
(1996-97) Five-disc set with 22 episodes. (Universal).
The History of the World in Two Hours
(2011) A 14-billion year tale, from the beginning of time to the present day, in 120 minutes. $19.95. Formats: DVD. (A&E).
House of Pleasures
(2011 -- France) Hafsia Herzi, Celine Sallette, Alice Barnole. For his fifth film, Bertrand Bonello depicts a highly cinematic and atmospheric look at the final days of a turn of the century brothel when much of the Parisian sex trade was confined to grand maisons, populated by elegant madams and vetted clientele. Using a bag of cinematic techniques that include split screen, time shifts and a modern soundtrack, Bonello has made a provocative and beautiful film on not only the world's oldest profession but also a commentary on history as remembered by art and literature. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films/MPI Media).
The Killing: The Complete First Season
(2011) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $49.98. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary on the pilot with showrunner Veena Sud, "An Autopsy of The Killing," deleted scenes, gag reel, "Orpheus Descending" extended season finale, commentary on "Orpheus Descending." (Fox).
La Terra Trema
(1948 -- Italy) Dir.: Luchino Visconti. A haunting film that uses the early neorealism format developed by Roberto Rossellini and Vittorio De Sica to trace the doom and disintegration of one Sicilian fishing family. Presenting a wrenching study of one family's struggle to find happiness, the neorealist classic uses a cast and a coastal village of non-professional Sicilians, whose lives undergo dramatic changes when they plot to overthrow the greedy wholesalers depriving them of a decent living. However, against the odds, they still enjoy love, laughter and friendship within their close-knit community in this re-mastered must-see from a legendary auteur at the height of his powers. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
The Last Temptation of Christ BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1988) Though it initially engendered enormous controversy, the film can now be viewed as the remarkable, profoundly personal work of faith that it is. This 15-year labor of love, an adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis's landmark novel that imagines an alternate fate for Jesus Christ, features outstanding performances by Willem Dafoe, Barbara Hershey, Harvey Keitel, Harry Dean Stanton and David Bowie; bold cinematography by the great Michael Ballhaus; and a transcendent score by Peter Gabriel. Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and editor Thelma Schoonmaker, with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack by supervising sound editor Skip Lievsay. Bonus features: Commentary featuring Scorsese, Dafoe, and writers Paul Schrader and Jay Cocks; galleries of production stills, research materials, and costume designs; location production footage shot by Scorsese; interview with composer Peter Gabriel, with a stills gallery of traditional instruments used in the score; an essay by film critic David Ehrenstein. (The Criterion Collection).
(2012) Peter Facinelli, Michael Madsen, Christy Romano, Jaimie Alexander, Joe Pantoliano, William Forsythe, Vincent Gallo. A young pickpocket in the New York subways, living a fast, free, lifestyle is confronted by a woman with whom he had a one night affair and who is now carrying his child. Suddenly faced with the responsibilities of parenthood, Bobby must reevaluate his life of crime and decide if he can ever settle down.
Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
(2011) Dir.: Lars von Trier; Kirsten Dunst, Alexander Skarsgard, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Stellan Skarsgard, Brady Corbet, Udo Kier. Read more about "Melancholia" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Cast interviews, behind the scenes featurette, making-of featurette. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
My Week With Marilyn
(2011) Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Julia Ormond, Kenneth Branagh, Pip Torrens, Emma Watson. Read more about "My Week With Marilyn" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary with director Simon Curtis, "The Untold Story of an American Icon" featurette. (The Weinstein Co./Anchor Bay).
(2011) SyFy miniseries transports a young pickpocket and his gang to a land where time stands still and where they meet the gorgeous but deadly pirate Elizabeth Bonny, who has ruled the seas of Neverland for nearly two centuries, Smee, and a courageous Tree Spirit named Tinker Bell (voiced by Knightley). Rhys Ifans, Anna Friel, Charles Dance, Q'orianka Kilcher, Charlie Rowe, Bob Hoskins, Keira Knightley. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc,Digital Download. (RHI Entertainment/Vivendi Entertainment).
Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire
(2012) Animated movie. The Scooby-Doo gang travels to the super spooky parts of the Deep South for the Vampire-Palooza Festival. The event kicks off with good fun and lots of tasty Southern snacks, but it's not long before the festivities are interrupted by a real vampire who threatens the townsfolk and tries to take Daphne for his vampire bride. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, UltraViolet (cloud). (Warner).
Stuck Between Stations
(2011) Sam Rosen, Zoe Lister Jones, Josh Hartnett, Michael Imperioli. Former high school classmates reunite by chance during a chaotic party-filled evening. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
The Swell Season
(2011) Documentary on Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, whose songwriting collaboration in the film "Once" (2006) culminated in a jubilant Oscar win. $29.95. Formats: DVD. (Docurama).
TCM Greatest Classic Films Legends: Doris Day
Calamity Jane, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, Love Me or Leave Me, Romance on the High Seas. $27.92 (Warner).
TCM Greatest Classic Films Legends: Katharine Hepburn
The Philadelphia Story, Little Women, Stage Door, Morning Glory. $27.92 (Warner).
TCM Greatest Classic Films Gangsters: Edward G. Robinson
Bullets or Ballots, Kid Galahad, Larceny, Inc., The Little Giant. $27.92 (Warner).
The Three Musketeers
(2011) Dir.: Paul W.S. Anderson; Logan Lerman, Luke Evans, Ray Stevenson, Matthew Macfadyen, Christoph Waltz, Orlando Bloom, Mads Mikkelsen, Milla Jovovich, Juno Temple, James Corden, Til Schweiger, Gabriella Wilde. Read more about "The Three Musketeers" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 3-D Blu-ray. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, cast and crew stories, "17th Century Action," commentary Anderson, more. (Summit).
The Tribe: Series 1, Part 1
(1999-2000) Four-disc set with 26 episodes, $29.93. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
Titanic: The Complete Story
Three feature-length programs to celebrate the 100th anniversary (April 15, 1912) of the ship's sinking: "Death of a Dream," "The Legend Lives" and "Titanic's Achilles Heel," $19.95. Formats: DVD. (A&E).
Wallace & Gromit's World of Invention
(2010) Contains the complete six-part BBC1 TV series featuring Wallace as host introducing viewers to a number of amazing, real-world contraptions.< B>Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Your World of Invention," which details how to build six of your own cracking contraptions. $14.99. (Lionsgate).
The Women on the 6th Floor
(2010 -- France) Fabrice Luchini, Sandrine Kiberlain, Natalia Verbeke, Carmen Maura. An upstairs/downstairs comedy set in Paris in 1960. A bourgeois couple's world is turned upside-down when they hire Maria, a Spanish maid. Through Maria, husband Jean-Louis is introduced to an alternative reality just a few floors up on the building's sixth floor, the servants' quarters, where he befriends a group of sassy Spanish maids, refugees of the Franco regime, who teach him there's more to life than stocks and bonds, and whose influence on the house will ultimately transform everyone's life.
Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
Xena: Warrior Princess -- Season Three
(1997-98) Five-disc set with 22 episodes. (Universal).
(2011) Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson, Elizabeth Reaser, Collette Wolfe, Jill Eikenberry, Richard Bekins, Mary Beth Hurt. Read more about "Young Adult" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, UltraViolet (cloud); VOD and Digital available March 9. Extras: Commentary by director Jason Reitman, director of photography Eric Steelberg and first assistant director/associate producer Jason A. Blumenfeld; "The Awful Truth: Deconstructing a Scene"; deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds "Misery Loves Company: The Making of Young Adult," Q&A featuring Janet Maslin & Jason Reitman at the Jacob Burns Film Center. (Paramount).
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Battle Royale: The Complete Collection
(2000, 2003) A title that has shocked, thrilled and unnerved audiences; a film whose fiendishly simple premise has inspired many imitations, including the upcoming "The Hunger Games" motion picture. Based on the 1999 global best-seller by Koushun Takami, the futuristic tale first came to the screen in 2000, directed by the legendary Kinju Fukasaku. Authors, filmmakers and film fans the world over consider the film and its 2003 sequel, "Battle Royale II: Requiem," sacred cinematic classics. In the near future, the economy has collapsed, unemployment has soared and juvenile crime has exploded. Fearful of their nation's youth, the Japanese government passes The BR Law: Each year, a 9th grade class is sent to a remote island where they will be locked into exploding neck collars, given a random weapon, and forced to hunt and kill each other until there is only one survivor left. Chiaki Kuriyama and screen legend Takeshi Kitano star in the movie that has been argued, acclaimed and banned around the world. More than a decade later, it remains one of the most savage, shocking and emotionally powerful films of all time. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Four-disc set: "Battle Royale Director's Cut" with both Japanese and English language tracks and English subtitles; "Battle Royale Theatrical Cut" with both Japanese and English language tracks and English subtitles; "Battle Royale II" with Japanese language and English subtitles; "Battle Royale Bonus Content" with Japanese language and English subtitles. Extras: "The Making Of Battle Royale," "Battle Royale press conference," "Instructional Video: Birthday Version," audition & rehearsal footage, special effects comparison featurette, Tokyo International Film Festival 2000, Battle Royale documentary, basketball scene rehearsals, behind-the-scenes featurette, filming on-set, original theatrical trailer, special edition TV spot, TV spot: Tarantino version. $44.98 DVD, $49.99 Blu-ray. A single-disc DVD and Blu-ray of "Battle Royale Director's Cut" will also be available for $24.98 and $29.99. (Anchor Bay).
Behind Your Eyes
(2011) Frida Farrell, Tom Sandoval, Daniel Fanaberia, Arthur Roberts. A weekend to meet the parents becomes a weekend of trying to stay alive for perfect couple Steven and Erika when they're kidnapped and tortured by unknown assailants .Formats: DVD. (Osiris Entertainment).
(2011) Dir.: Roman Polanski; Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly.
Read more about "Carnage" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Actors' Notes -- A Look at the Making of the Film," "An Evening with John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz," "On the Red Carpet." (Sony).
Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life
(2011) Eric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon, Laetitia Casta, Doug Jones, Anna Mouglalis, Orphee Silard. Read more about "Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital Download. Extras: Making-of documentary, collection of original storyboards and character sketches. (Music Box Films).
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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
(2011) Director: David Fincher. Stars: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Robin Wright, Stellan Skarsgard, Christopher Plummer, Joely Richardson. Read more about "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, three-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary by director David Fincher. Blu-ray adds the "Vangar Archives" featurettes: "Men Who Hate Women," character profiles, on location featurette, post-production and promotion featurettes. (Sony).
Hey Arnold! Season Two, Part 1
(2011) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $19.93. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
In the Garden of Sounds
(2010 -- Switzerland) Deprived of his sight at an early age, Wolfgang Fasser turned to his ears for access to a world he once feared would be closed off forever. Awed by the restorative powers of sound, Fasser established a physical therapy retreat for disabled children where they use music and noise to communicate with others and gain control of their bodies.
Formats: DVD. Extras: "Travels with Wolfgang," "Shalom Klezmer," resource guide, filmmaker biography. (First Run Features).
Jane By Design: Volume 1
(2011) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $29.99. Formats: DVD. (ABC Studios).
Jess + Moss
(2011) Sarah Hagan, Austin Vickers. Second cousins in the dark-fire tobacco fields of rural Western Kentucky -- without immediate families that they can relate to and lacking friends their own age -- venture out on a summer journey exploring deep secrets, identity and hopes of the future in the wilds of their world. Formats: DVD (Strand Releasing).
The Legend of Awesomest Maximus
(2011) Kristanna Loken, Rip Torn, Will Sasso, Ian Ziering, Sophie Monk. National Lampoon spoof of sword and sandal films, from "Troy" to "300." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital Download. (Image Entertainment).
Letter Never Sent
(1959) The great Soviet director Mikhail Kalatozov, known for his virtuosic, emotionally gripping films, perhaps never directed one more visually astonishing than "Letter Never Sent." This absorbing tale of exploration and survival concerns four members of a geological expedition who are stranded in the bleak and unforgiving Siberian wilderness while on a mission to find diamonds. Luxuriating in wide-angle beauty and featuring one daring shot after another (the brilliant cinematography is by Kalatozov's frequent collaborator Sergei Urusevsky), "Letter Never Sent" is a fascinating piece of cinematic history and a universal adventure of the highest order. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Dina Iordanova. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).
(2010 -- Italy) Bathed in the neorealist tradition of Roberto Rossellini and Vittorio De Sica, "Little Girl" ("La Pivellina") is a captivating tale of people at the margins of society who open their hearts to a stranger. In a run-down park on the outskirts of Rome, a 2-year-old girl is discovered and taken in by a family of hard-luck circus performers. A note in the child's pocket from a desperate mother reveals little about who she is or why she was left. As the bond grows between the girl and her surrogate family, this naturalistic drama becomes a revealing and soulful portrait of courage and discrimination, and of loss and togetherness. Formats: DVD. Extras: Filmmaker interview, biographies. (First Run Features).
A Lonely Place to Die
(2011) Melissa George, Ed Speleers, Eamonn Walker, Sean Harris, Alec Newman, Karel Roden. A group of mountaineers in the Scottish Highlands discover a kidnapped girl, terrified, dehydrated and unable to speak a word of English, and are pursued by her captors.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Films).
Mister Rogers & Me
(2010) An MTV producer's life is transformed when he meets the recently retired host of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," Fred Rogers. Friendship with the PBS icon sets the young producer on a quest to find depth and simplicity amidst a shallow and complex world through conversations with Susan Stamberg (NPR), Tim Russert ("Meet The Press"), Marc Brown ("Arthur") and more. $24.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary, bonus interviews. (PBS Distribution).
(2011) Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones, Alan Arkin, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, with the voices of Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, David Rudman, Matt Vogel, Peter Linz. Read more about "The Muppets" in the March Calendar.Formats: 3-Disc Blu-ray/DVD/Digital with Soundtrack, 2-Disc Blu-ray/DVD, 1-Disc DVD with Soundtrack, 1-Disc DVD, VOD. Extras: "The Longest Blooper Reel Ever Made (In Muppet History -- We Think)," "Little Screen Test on the Way to the Read Through" featurette, "Disney Intermission," an all-new feature that allows viewers to press "pause" on their remote control and watch as the Muppets take over the screen and entertain until the movie resumes playing, "Explaining Evil: The Full Tex Richman Song," commentaries with screenwriter and star Jason Segel, director James Bobin and screenwriter Nicholas Stoller. (Disney).
People Are Funny
(1955) Highlights from the debut season of one of classic television's most popular game shows, "People Are Funny", in a special DVD collector's set, three-disc set with 16 episodes, $24.98.
Formats: DVD. (Film Chest).
(2011) Ron Eldard, Bobby Cannavale, Jill Hennessy, Lois Smith. After 20 years on the road with Blue Oyster Cult, Jimmy Testagros returns to his hometown in Queens to life with his ailing mother. Complications arise when he falls for an old friend, who is now married to his longtime nemesis. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary, behind-the-scenes featurette. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2008) Dayton Knoll, Adam Huss, Kathryn Michelle, Robert Miano, Rus Blackwell. When four suburbanite campers roll into the remote town of Enoch, they find southern hospitality still exists. But their weekend camping trip turns deadly when the locals serve up their own brand of "an eye for an eye" justice. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital Download. (MTI Home Video).
Scarecrow & Mrs. King: The Complete Third Season
(2011) Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $39.98. (Warner).
Secret Pleasures: Four Asian Films About Love, Longing and Fishhooks
(2011) New box set includes: "The Isle," an erotic arthouse thriller that tells the tale of a beautiful woman who lives on an eerie, remote lake selling food to fisherman by day, and her body by night; "Electric Shadows," a charming tale of a delivery man and a young girl's passion for the movies -- which re-ignites his own longing for the days when the cinema enchanted China's masses; "The Personals," in which an attractive, successful doctor places a personal ad in a newspaper to try to meet (and eventually marry) Mr. Right. A succession of blind dates ensues, with men who are lonely, desperate, dangerous, perverted or all of the above; and "Ghosted," a mysterious love story set in Taiwan and Germany in which an artist tries to come to terms with the unsolved murder of her Taiwanese lover. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
(2011 -- Argentina) Javier Drolas, Pilar Lopez de Ayala. Romantic comedy examining how the architecture of a city conditions the lives of two of its residents. Martin and Mariana live in the same apartment complex in bustling Buenos Aires, and they hurry about their lives unaware of each other. Both are young and beautiful -- and emotionally damaged, but when they encounter each other by chance, the end of loneliness may be at hand.
Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
The Sitter "Totally Irresponsible Edition"
(2011) Jonah Hill, Max Records, Ari Graynor, J.B. Smoove, Sam Rockwell, Landry Bender. Read more about The Sitter" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Blu-ray Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, alternate ending, gag reel, outtakes , "For Your Consideration" with Blythe featurette, "The Making of The Sitter" featurette, "Jonah the Producer" featurette. (Fox).
Snow White: A Deadly Summer
(2012) Shanley Caswell, Maureen McCormick, Eric Roberts. A new twist on the fairy tale has Snow being sent off to a summer camp with a murderous past. Formats: DVD, Digital, VOD. (Lionsgate).
(2010) Stephen Martin Walters, Holly Weston, Sacha Dhawan, Sadie Pickering, Jonathan Readwin, Sol Heras, Colin Tierney. Troubled teen Sophie drags her friends deep into a forest in search of a local legend -- a wild beast, half animal and half man, that uses its cunning ability and brutal strength to kill for pleasure. But when the beast leads Sophie and her friend, John, to an abandoned orphanage, the hunters become the hunted. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes. (Well Go USA).
(2008) Con O'Neill, Kevin Spacey, Pam Ferris. Set against the backdrop of hedonistic, swinging, early '60s London, this is the stranger-than-fiction true story of Joe Meek, an enormously talented but quirky maverick who blazed a unique path as the world's first independent music producer. He enjoyed enormous success early on with the biggest selling record of its time, "Telstar," the first British album to hit #1 on American charts. But the flamboyant, tone-deaf songwriter was also a deeply troubled soul -- dabbling in the occult and addicted to amphetamines -- and his decline was as meteoric and spectacular as his rise. Bad luck, depression, heartbreak and paranoia soon lead to violence and self-destruction.
Formats: DVD. (Inception Media Group).
That '70s Show -- Season 1 BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1998-99) Four-disc set with all 24 episodes, $24.98. Extras: "Groovy Green Screen" split screen comparison showing the progression from raw green screen video to the finished popular '70s inspired character transitions, "Hello Wisconsin!" "Promo Palooza." (Mill Creek Entertainment).
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
(2011) Gary Oldman, Mark Strong, John Hurt, Ciaran Hinds, Colin Firth, Toby Jones, David Dencik, Kathy Burke, Tom Hardy. Read more about "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Interviews with Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, director Tomas Alfredson and screenwriter Peter Straughan; commentary by Alfredson and Oldman. Blu-ray adds "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: First Look," deleted scenes, interview with John Le Carre. (Universal).
The War Room
(1993) The 1992 presidential election was a triumph not only for Bill Clinton but also for the new breed of strategists who guided him to the White House and changed the face of politics in the process. For this thrilling, behind-closed-doors account of that campaign, renowned cinema verite filmmakers D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus closely followed the brainstorming and bull sessions of Clinton's crack team of consultants -- especially the folksy James Carville and the preppy George Stephanopoulos, who became media stars in their own right as they injected a youthful spirit and spontaneity into the process of campaigning. Fleet-footed and entertaining, "The War Room" is a vivid document of a political moment whose truths ("It's the economy, stupid!") still ring in our ears. New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by directors D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: "Return of the War Room," a 2008 documentary in which advisers James Carville, George Stephanopoulos, Paul Begala and others reflect on the effect the Clinton war room had on the way campaigns are run; "Making The War Room," a conversation between the filmmakers about the difficulties of shooting in the campaign's fast-paced environment; panel discussion hosted by the William J. Clinton Foundation and featuring Carville, Clinton adviser Vernon Jordan, journalist Ron Brownstein, and surprise guest Bill Clinton; interview with strategist Stanley Greenberg on the increasing importance of polling; booklet featuring an essay by writer Louis Menand. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection). Back to top
(2011) Russell Brand, James Marsden, Hugh Laurie, Hank Azaria, Kaley Cuoco, Gary Cole, Elizabeth Perkins, David Hasselhoff, Chelsea Handler. Read more about "Hop" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Phil's Dance Party": An all-new mini-movie starring fan-favorite chicks Phil and Carlos; "The World of HOP" interactive map of Easter Island explores the making of "Hop"; "All Access with Cody Simpson," who performed the film's theme song, "I Want Candy"; "Russell Brand: Being the Bunny"; "Russell Brand's Kid Crack Ups"; three games; more. (Universal).
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
(2011) Jason Lee, David Cross, Jenny Slate and the voices of Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris, Christina Applegate, Alan Tudyk. Read more about "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD/Digital combo "Island Adventure," two-disc DVD "Island Adventure." Extras: "Munk Music & Dance Machine," showcasing a variety of popular songs from Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" to LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem"; "Munking Movies in Paradise" featurette. Blu-ray and two-disc DVD "Island Adventure" editions add "Going Overboard with The Chipmunks," "Everybody Munk Now!" "Alan Tudyk, Chipmunk Appearance," music videos/sing-a-longs, extended scenes, "Promotional Fun" featurettes, "Chipwrecked: Coloring with Chipmunks" App (Blu-ray exclusive). (Fox).
BBC Natural History Collection With Planet Earth Special Edition
This is the ultimate "Natural History" collection, featuring the truly remarkable "Planet Earth Special Edition," now with over seven hours of extras, plus three additional landmark series: "The Blue Planet," "The Life of Mammals" and "The Life of Birds," all narrated by world renowned naturalist David Attenborough. More than 33 hours of programming and over 12 hours of bonus material on 18 discs, $179.98. Formats: DVD. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Betty White: Champion for Animals
(2012) Documentary about people working to understand and protect the world's precious animal populations. The award-winning actress and comedienne shares anecdotes about her own pets, as well as unforgettable experiences with the organizations that make the world of animals available to all. Featured are heroic stories of the military canine corps and the Humane Society, and journeys off the beaten path to America's national parks, world-class zoos and aquariums. Formats: DVD. $19.98. (Image Entertainment).
The Bodyguard BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1992) Whitney Houston, Kevin Costner. Extras: Houston's "I Will Always Love You" music video, "Memories of The Bodyguard" making-of documentary. (Warner).
Breaking Wind: Unrated Director's Cut
(2011) Heather Ann Davis, Eric Callero, Frank Pacheco. Spoof of the "Twilight" films.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
The Broken Tower
(2011) Writer-director-star James Franco's probing biodrama of the life of visionary American poet Hart Crane, who lived a life of beauty, passion, and tragedy. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary by Franco. (Entertainment One).
(2012) Brian Krause, C. Thomas Howell, Melissa Brasselle, Diana Terranova. Horror film about killer camel spiders -- based on the actual arachnids that for years have tormented our armed forces in the Middle East -- who travel with a wounded U.S. soldier back to the states, where they breed in the Southwest and can freely hunt for prey, unafraid of any predator -- including man. A small band of hearty fighters are forced to make one last stand against the creatures. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. From Roger Corman. (Anchor Bay).
Casablanca 70th Anniversary Edition
(1942) Dir.: Michael Curtiz; Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, S.Z. Sakall, Madeleine Lebeau, Dooley Wilson, Joy Page. Three-disc Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack: New limited numbered Blu-ray + DVDs boast all new 4k feature scan in a gift set with 14 Hours of bonus content, including two new documentaries and collectible memorabilia that includes reproduction of the original 1942 French film poster, a 60-page production art book and collectible drink coaster set. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Three comprehensive feature length documentaries: "The Brothers Warner," "You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story" and "Jack L. Warner: The Last Mogul"; Commentary by Roger Ebert, commentary by Rudy Behlmer, introduction by Lauren Bacall, two new documentaries: "Michael Curtiz: The Greatest Director You Never Heard Of" and "Casablanca: An Unlikely Classic," "Now Voyager" theatrical trailer: "Warner Night at the Movies"; Newsreel: "Warner Night at the Movies"; "Vaudeville Days": "Warner Night at the Movies";" The Bird Came C.O.D.": "Warner Night at the Movies"; "The Squawkin' Hawk": "Warner Night at the Movies"; "The Dover Boys at Pimento University or The Rivals of Roquefort Hall"; "Great Performances: Bacall on Bogart"; "You Must Remember This: A Tribute to Casablanca"; "As Time" Goes By: The Children Remember"; deleted scenes; outtakes; "Who Holds Tomorrow?" "Carrotblanca vintage cartoon; scoring stage sessions; 4/26/43 "Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater" radio broadcast; 11/19/47 "Vox Pop" radio broadcast. $64.99. (Warner).
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel
(2011) Tantalizing and star-studded tribute to Roger Corman, Hollywood's most prolific writer-director-producer, and seminal influencing force in modern independent moviemaking during the past 60 years. Directed by Alex Stapleton, "Corman's World's" interview roster boasts such modern Hollywood icons and cinematic luminaries as Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jonathan Demme, Ron Howard, Eli Roth, David Carradine, Peter Fonda, William Shatner, Pam Grier, John Sayles, Brett Ratner, Bruce Dern, Paul W.S. Anderson, Peter Bogdanovich (many who got their start in the Corman factory) and many more actors and filmmakers.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Extended interviews, special video messages to Roger from select interviewees. (Anchor Bay Films ).
A Dangerous Method
(2011) Dir.: David Cronenberg; Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, Vincent Cassel, Sarah Gadon. Read more about "A Dangerous Method" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with director David Cronenberg, "The Making of A Dangerous Method," AFI's Harold Lloyd Master Seminar with David Cronenberg. (Sony).
David Lean Directs Noel Coward
In the 1940s, the wit of playwright Noel Coward and the craft of filmmaker David Lean melded harmoniously in one of cinema's greatest writer-director collaborations. With the wartime military drama sensation "In Which We Serve" (1932), Coward and Lean (along with producing partners Ronald Neame and Anthony Havelock-Allan) embarked on a series of literate, socially engaged, and enormously entertaining pictures that ranged from domestic epic ("This Happy Breed," 1944) to whimsical comedy ("Blithe Spirit," 1945) to poignant romance ("Brief Encounter," 1945). These films created a lasting testament to Coward's artistic legacy and introduced Lean's visionary talents to the world. New high-definition digital transfers of the BFI National Archive’s 2008 restorations, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-ray editions. Extras: Audio commentary on "Brief Encounter" by film historian Bruce Eder, new interviews with Noel Coward scholar Barry Day on all of the films; interview with cinematographer-screenwriter-producer Ronald Neame from 2010; short documentaries from 2000 on the making of "In Which We Serve" and "Brief Encounter"; "David Lean: A Self Portrait," a 1971 television documentary on Lean's career; episode of the British television series "The Southbank Show" from 1992 on the life and career of Coward; audio recording of a 1969 conversation between Richard Attenborough and Coward at London's National Film Theatre; booklet featuring essays by Ian Christie, Terrence Rafferty, Farran Nehne, Geoffrey O'Brien, and Kevin Brownlow. Four-disc set: $79.95; also available on Blu-ray Disc ($99.95). (The Criterion Collection.)
(2011) John Pyper-Ferguson, Elias Koteas, Stephen McHattie, Emily Hampshire, Caterina Murino. Another "Saw" clone has six people waking up in an unknown place, subjected to a sadistic experiment in which the unwilling participants will come to face disturbing truths about themselves and decide each other's fate in a nerve racking-- and deadly game of dice.
Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
Dragonheart BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1996) Dennis Quaid, David Thewlis, Pete Postlethwaite, Dina Meyer. Extras: "The Making of Dragonheart." (Universal).
Eureka: Season 4.5
(2010-11) Three-disc set. Extras: Includes a special extended version of the episode "Of Mites and Men," the holiday episode "O Little Town," as well as the Warehouse 13 crossover episode "Don't Hate the Player." (Universal).
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
(2011) Tom Hanks, Thomas Horn, Sandra Bullock, Zoe Caldwell, Max von Sydow. Read more about "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Featurettes: "Making Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," "Finding Oskar," "Ten Years Later," "Max Von Sydow: Dialogue With the Renter." (Warner).
The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch
(2008) Tomer Sisley, Kristin Scott Thomas, Miki Manojlovic, Melanie Thierry. After a powerful billionaire is murdered, his secret adoptive son must race to prove his legitimacy, find his father's killers and stop them from taking over his financial empire.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Digital comic book, making-of documentary. (Music Box Films).
I, Claudius: 35th Anniversary Edition
(1976) This epic BBC series spans the history of the Roman Empire from Augustus through Claudius, a stuttering scholar who learns early to play the fool and stay alive. Based on the novels by Robert Graves, it stars Derek Jacobi in a career-defining role. Formats: DVD. Extras: Extended original versions of episodes 1 and 2; "I, Claudius: A Television Epic" behind-the-scenes look at the series, new Derek Jacobi interview, more. (Acorn Media).
In the Land of Blood and Honey
(2011) Dir.: Angelina Jolie; Zana Marjanovic, Goran Kostic. Set against the backdrop of the Bosnian War that tore the Balkan region apart in the 1990s, the film tells the story of Danijel and Ajla, two people from different sides of a brutal ethnic conflict. Danijel, a soldier fighting for the Serbs, and Ajla, a Bosnian held captive in the camp he oversees, knew each other before the war, and could have found love with each other. But as the armed conflict takes hold of their lives, their relationship grows darker, their motives and connection to one another ambiguous, their allegiances uncertain. Includes the authentic language film with English subtitles on the Blu-ray and the English language version featured on the DVD disc. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download. Extras: "The Making of In the Land of Blood and Honey," deleted scenes, Q&A with writer-director Angelina Jolie and actress Vanesa Glodjo. (Sony).
(2010 -- Iceland) Atli Oskar Fjalarsson, Haraldur Ari Stefansson. Gay coming-of-age drama about a budding relationship between two teenage boys: the uptight Gabriel and free-spirited Marcus. Formats: DVD. (TLA Releasing).
The Kate Logan Affair
(2010 -- Canada) Alexis Bledel, Laurent Lucas, Noemie Godin-Vigneau. A psychologically unstable young police woman and a married Frenchman find themselves caught up in a dramatically twisted affair when she mistakenly detains the man, thinking he's a rape suspect; she seduces him to prevent him from talking to her superiors.
Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
A Night to Remember
(1958 )On April 14, 1912, just before midnight, the unsinkable Titanic struck an iceberg. In less than three hours, it had plunged to the bottom of the sea, taking with it more than 1,500 of its 2,200 passengers. In his unforgettable rendering of Walter Lord's book of the same name," A Night to Remember," the acclaimed British director Roy Ward Baker depicts with sensitivity, awe, and a fine sense of tragedy the ship's final hours. Featuring remarkably restrained performances, "A Night to Remember" is cinema's subtlest, finest dramatization of this monumental 20th-century catastrophe. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: Commentary by Don Lynch and Ken Marschall, author and illustrator of "Titanic: An Illustrated History"; "The Making of A Night to Remember" (1993), a 60-minute documentary featuring William MacQuitty's rare behind-the-scenes footage; archival interview with Titanic survivor Eva Hart; "En natt att minas," a 45-minute Swedish documentary from 1962 featuring interviews with Titanic survivors; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Michael Sragow. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).
South Park: The Complete Fifteenth Season
(2011) Three-disc set with 14 episodes, $49.99. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes, commentaries. (Paramount).
(2011) Erica Gluck, Eric Benet, Mark LaMura, Jennifer Van Horn, Karen Abercrombie, Willie Stratford. When a kind-hearted angel leaves a pendant for 12-year-old Trinity Goodheart, the precocious, street-wise youngster concludes that her long lost mother must be in danger and needs her help. Trinity's subsequent sojourn results in an effort to reunite her disjointed family; and in the process, Trinity teaches them the values of love, faith and forgiveness. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: (One Village Entertainment/Image Entertainment).
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