Act of Valor
(2012) Roselyn Sanchez, Nestor Serrano, Emilio Rivera, Gonzalo Menendez, Ailsa Marshall, Drea Castro, Alex Veadov. Read more about "Act of Valor" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary, deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds interviews with the Navy SEALs, eight featurettes. (Fox).
Act of Vengeance (aka Five Minarets in New York)
(2010) Haluk Bilginer, Danny Glover, Gina Gershon, Robert Patrick. After an unsuccessful and bloody raid in Istanbul, two Turkish anti-terrorist agents are sent to New York City on a mission to capture a notorious terrorist known only as "Dejjal" (Arabic for Antichrist). Working with the FBI and NYPD, the agents orchestrate the arrest of a suspect who may or not be the notorious Dejjal, but when events escalate, the foreign agents must take things in their own hands to avert disaster. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Millennium Entertainment).
American Pickers: Volume Three
(2011) Two-disc set with 18 episodes, $19.95. Formats: DVD. (A&E).
Arn: The Complete Series
(2010) Swedish miniseries set in Sweden and the Middle East, a sweeping and epic tale of war and intrigue, friendship and betrayal -- as well as an unforgettable love story -- portrayed through a rich gallery of brave knights, powerful queens and treacherous kings during the Crusades. Stars Stellan Skarsgard. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Entertainment One).
Babar: The Classic Series: The Complete First Season
(1989) Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $19.98. First appearing in "Histoire de Babar," Jean de Brunhoff's 1931 storybook classic based on a tale that his wife Cecile had invented for their children, Babar the Elephant has, for 80 years, captivated millions around the globe. The story of the little elephant who leaves the jungle, visits a big city and returns to bring the benefits of civilization to his fellow elephants has been captured in a multitude of best-selling books (over 12 million sold worldwide, and more than 1000 titles in print) and several animated series, including "Classic Babar," and a new series, "Babar & the Adventures of Badou," which airs daily on Disney Junior. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
(2012) Danny Trejo, Ron Perlma, Charles S. Dutton. A Vietnam veteran who becomes a local hero after saving a man from attackers on a city bus decides to take action when his best friend is murdered and the police show little interest in solving the crime. Inspired by the "Epic Beard Man" video that captured two men's highly charged verbal and brutal physical altercation on a public bus in Oakland, California. Posted to YouTube, the video spread like wildfire and the heroic elder bearded man was anointed Epic Beard Man. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary, "Birth of Bad Ass" featurette. (Fox).
Breaking Bad: The Complete Fourth Season
(2011) Four-disc set with 13 episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Uncensored episodes, deleted and extended scenes, cast & crew commentaries on all 13 episodes, gag reel, 30 featurettes, "Better Call Saul" commercials, karaoke video featuring Gale Boetticher, more. (Sony).
Burn Notice Season 5
(2011) Four-disc set with 18 episodes, $49.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Extended episode, deleted scenes, gag reel, featurette on the villains of "Burn Notice." (Fox).
Civilization: The West and the Rest With Niall Ferguson
(2012) Niall Ferguson, internationally acclaimed author and historian, brings you the highly anticipated documentary series, in which he investigates the influence of the West and its hold over the rest of the world since 1500 A.D. Two-disc set, $34.98. Formats: DVD. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Cocktail BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1988) Tom Cruise, Bryan Brown. (Disney).
The Color of Money BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1986) Dir.: Martin Scorsese; Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. (Disney).
Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Complete Eighth Season
(2011) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD, Digital Download. Extras: "Leon's Guide to NYC," roundtable discussion with Larry David and cast. (HBO).
Desire (aka Q)
(2011 -- France) Deborah Revy, Helene Zimmer, Gowan Didi, Johnny Amaro. Stories of love and desire form the emotional and sensual epicenter of this controversial film: When the enigmatic 20-year-old Cecile walks into the lives of a group of conflicted teenagers, their deepest-felt sexual urges are unleashed and their worlds changed forever. After the death of her father, Cecile looks for support from her friends, but it's only through random sexual encounters that she finds solace. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
Doc Martin, Series 5
(2011) Smash-hit British dramedy currently airs on public television. BAFTA Winner Martin Clunes stars in the series as a misanthropic, socially maladjusted doctor forced to relocate to a rustic seaside village, where he immediately clashes with the town's eccentric citizens. Two-disc set includes eight episodes, plus 62-minutes of behind-the-scenes segments. Formats: DVD. (Acorn media).
Erin Brockovich Universal 100th Anniversary Edition
(2000) Dir.: Steven Soderbergh; Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, Conchata Ferrell. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital Download. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Spotlight on Location," "Erin Brockovich: A Look at a Real-Life Experience," "!00 Years of Universal: Academy Award Winners," "100 Years of Universal: The Lot." (Universal).
Falling Skies: The Complete First Season
(2011) Three-disc set with 10 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Animating a Skitter, 2011 Comic-Con panel, commentary, behind-the-scenes featurettes, character profiles. Blu-ray adds "Falling Skies: The Comic Book Revealed" and a collectible trading card. (Warner).
(2009) Sybil Temtchine, H.M. Wynant, Pippa Scott. An amnesiac young woman (Sybil Temtchine) wakes up, face down on the footprints of Graumans Chinese Theatre, and spends one day, from sunrise to sunset, entirely on Hollywood Boulevard, piecing together her identity through her interaction with a host of disparate characters and famous locales.
Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: American Cinematheque Q&A with cast, director and film critic F.X. Feeney. (Available via Amazon).
G.I. Joe: Renegades Season One, Volume 1
(2011) Two-disc set with the first 13 Episodes from the first season of popular animated series. Formats: DVD. $19.93. (Shout! Factory).
The Grapes of Wrath BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1940) Dir.: John Ford; Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin, Russell Simpson. (Fox).
Hatfields & McCoys: Bad Blood
(2012) Jeff Fahey, Perry King, Priscilla Barnes, Christian Slater. The Hatfields and McCoys fight for justice and vengeance in a feud that spans decades. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital Download. Extras: Commentary, stills gallery. (Lionsgate).
Hondo BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1953) John Wayne, Geraldine Page, Ward Bond, Michael Pate, James Arness. Presented in widescreen for the first time. The preserved and previously restored 3D 35mm negative, as well as secondary elements, were scanned in 4K to remaster the film for this 2D release. Restoration tools were used to deflicker and stabilize the image, as well as address the "halo" effect created by original optical effects. Extras: Introduction by Leonard Maltin; commentary by Maltin, Western historian Frank Thompson and actor Lee Aaker; "The Making of Hondo" four-part featurette; "The Apache"; photo gallery. (Paramount).
How to Live Forever
(2009) A cell lives an average of 5 minutes. A hummingbird for 5 years. Right now, humans live for about 75 years. What might it mean to live forever? Director Mark Wexler embarks on a worldwide trek to investigate just what it means to grow old and what it could mean to really live forever. The film documents his journey as he seeks to learn if eternal life is possible or even desirable. Exploring these issues with a fascinating array of people -- from futurist Ray Kurzweil to comedian Phyllis Diller to a 101-year-old chain-smoking marathon runner -- Wexler presents a riveting series of stories and insights about youth, aging and longevity. Formats: DVD. (Docurama).
(2011) Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Dominic West, Samantha Morton, Thomas Haden Church, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds. Read more about "John Carter" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, 3D Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download. Extras: "100 Years in the Making": follow the journey of Edgar Rice Burroughs' story from its origins as a pulp novel to its arrival onscreen; commentary with the filmmakers. Blu-ray adds Disney Second Screen that explores John Carter's journal; "360 Degrees of John Carter" production featurette; deleted scenes; Barsoom Bloopers. (Disney).
(1959) Dir.: Anatole Litvak; Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Jason Robards, Robert Morley, E.G. Marshall, Anne Jackson, Ron Howard. A group of Westerners attempting to leave Budapest in 1956 after Soviet troops occupy the country are detained at the border by a Russian major who suspects a rebel may be among them. Formats: DVD. (Warner Archive).
Knockdown (aka The Bad Penny)
(2010) Casey T. Evans, Bai Ling, Tom Arnold, Nick Faltas. A former American boxer, now exiled in Bangkok after attacking a bookie who tried to fix one of his fights, is forced to confront his violent past in the city's notorious underground fight clubs after meeting a mysterious fan from his hometown. Formats: DVD. (ARC Entertainment).
Machine Gun Preacher
(2011) Director: Marc Forster. Stars: Gerard Butler, Michelle Monagha, Kathy Baker, Madeline Carroll, Michael Shannon, Souleymane Sy Savane. Read more about "Machine Gun Preacher" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). (Fox).
New Tricks, Season 7
The long-running, award-winning series stars Amanda Redman, Dennis Waterman, Alun Armstrong and James Bolam as a team of semi-retired and somewhat curmudgeonly detectives investigating cold cases. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
Normandy (aka Red Rose of Normandy)
(2011) Tino Struckmann, Damian Chap, Jack Dimich, Claudia Crawford, Leslie Mills, Cole Schaeffer, John Courtney. Caught in the middle of the advancing Allies and the fanatical Gestapo during World War II, Klaus -- a battle-hardened soldier -- and Klaudia must fight their way out and away, only to make one last stand together surrounded in the middle of D-Day -- the biggest invasion in world history. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital Download. (MTI Home Video).
Pawn Stars: Volume 4
(2011) Two-disc set with 16 episodes, $19.95. Formats: DVD. (A&E).
Pretty Little Liars: The Complete Second Season
(2011) Six-disc set with 25 episodes, $59.98. Formats: DVD, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Fashion's Guilty Pleasure" featurette, "Men of Mystery" featurette, deleted scenes. (Warner).
(2011) Seth Numrich, Matt Doyle. Updates Shakespeare's classic tragedy by setting it in an all-male military school,incorporating the original text of "Romeo and Juliet," YouTube videos, and lip-synced indie rock music. Formats: DVD. (Wolfe Video).
Ransom BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1996) Dir: Ron Howard; Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, Gary Sinise. (Disney).
(2012) Bill Moseley, Michelle Page, Lucinda Jenney, Michael Cudlitz. A young woman travels to the isolated wilderness of Oregon to spread her father's ashes and gets abducted by a nasty old man. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital Download. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Lionsgate).
(2012) Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga, Brendan Gleeson, Sam Shepard, Ruben Blades, Nora Arnezeder, Robert Patrick.
Read more about "Safe House" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Making Safe House" featurette, "Hand-to-Hand Action" featurette, "Building the Rooftop Chase" featurette, " Inside The CIA" featurette. Blu-ray adds Behind The Action" featurette, "Safe Harbor: Cape Town" featurette, "Shooting the Safe House Attack" featurette. (Universal).
Sea of Love BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1989) Al Pacino, Ellen Barkin, John Goodman. Extras: "The Creation of Sea of Love," deleted scenes, commentary by director Harold Becker. (Universal).
Seven Days in Utopia BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2011) Robert Duvall, Lucas Black, Melissa Leo, Deborah Ann Woll, Madison Burge, Jerry Ferrara, KJ Choi. (ARC Entertainment).
Smokey and the Bandit Universal 100th Anniversary Edition
(1997) Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital Download. Extras: "Loaded Up and Truckin'" making-of featurette, "Snowman, What's Your 20?" CB tutorial,"!00 Years of Universal: The '70s," "100 Years of Universal: The Lot." (Universal).
The Sting Universal 100th Anniversary Edition
(1973) Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning, Ray Walston, Eileen Brennan, Harold Gould. Includes a 48-page book with director George Roy Hill's script pages, personal letters, Edith Head's costume sketches, more. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital Download. Extras: "The Art of The Sting," "100 Years of Universal: Restoring the Classics," "100 Years of Universal: The '70s," "100 Years of Universal: The Lot." (Universal).
The Three Stooges Ultimate Collection
All 190 short films, plus 11 hours of movies, shorts and never-before-released material on 20 discs. The entire Three Stooges Columbia shorts catalog spans three decades of slapstick silliness, featuring 190 shorts, plus three discs of rare and unreleased content. Fans will revel in this chance to see several of the Stooges work separately in solo shorts, developing the comic skills that would lead them to their roles as successors to Curly in the comedy trio. The collection includes 28 never-before-released short films starring Stooges actors Shemp Howard, Joe Besser, and Joe DeRita, as well as the feature length films "Have Rocket, Will Travel" and "Rockin' in the Rockies," available for the first time on DVD. Formats: DVD. Read more. (Sony).
ThunderCats: Season 1, Book 2
(1985) Two-disc set with eight episodes, $19.97. Formats: DVD, UltraViolet (cloud). (Warner).
Titanic at 100: Mystery Solved
(2012) The most thorough and exhaustive study of the wreck ever made, yielding unprecedented new discoveries and the first comprehensive map of Titanic's watery grave, helping specialists solve the century-old puzzle of what went wrong on April 15, 1912,— and determine who or what was responsible. In the 25 years since the wreck was located, no one had ever explored and mapped the entire site -- nearly half the area remained unseen and unknown, and significant portions of the ship, which could reveal how it broke, were missing. Now, after 100 years, every inch of the entire site is finally known, and every piece of the ship documented exactly where it landed on the ocean floor a century ago. Formats: DVD. $19.95. (A&E).
(2011 -- France) Zoe Heran, Malonn Levana, Sophie Cattani, Mathieu Demy. Ten-year-old Laure (played by Zoe Heran) moves to the suburbs and decides to pass as a boy amongst the pack of neighborhood kids. As "Mikael" she catches the attention of leader of the pack Lisa, who becomes smitten with her. Finding resourceful ways to hide her true self, Laure takes advantage of her new identity, as if the end of the summer would never reveal her unsettling secret. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes documentary. (Wolfe Video).
Washington: Behind Closed Doors
(1977) Star-studded, Emmy-winning political drama. Showcasing high-stakes political intrigue at its best, the miniseries -- inspired by the Nixon presidency -- makes its long-awaited home video debut. Based on the post-Watergate novel, "The Company," by former Nixon advisor John Ehrlichman, the Emmy-nominated program stars Cliff Robertson, Jason Robards,
Stefanie Powers, Robert Vaughn, Andy Griffith. John Houseman. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
White Collar Season 3
(2011-12) Four-disc set with 16 episodes, $49.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, commentary on "Judgment Day," a "White Collar" trivia challenge. (Fox).
Workaholics Season Two
(2011) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $19.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Behind the Scenes in the Writers' Room," bloopers, alternate takes, deleted scenes, "Drunkmentary" on all episodes. (Comedy Central/Paramount Home Entertainment).
Workaholics Season 1 and 2 Combo Doggy Blu-Ray
(2011) Two-disc set with 20 episodes, $29.99. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "New Season 1 Behind-the-Scenes: Countdown to V-Town: Lead-Up to the Series Premiere"; "Behind-the-Scenes in the Writers' Room"; cast interviews; bloopers; alternate takes and deleted scenes; "Live at Bonnaroo"; "Drunkmentary" on all episodes. (Comedy Central/Paramount Home Entertainment).
(2009) Don Most, Bart Johnson, Brian Wimmer. A washed up, ex-major league ballplayer who needs to meet his community service hours as a coach gets a second chance at life and love by managing a Jewish, orthodox yeshiva baseball team. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Zorba the Greek BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1964) Anthony Quinn, Alan Bates, Irene Papas, Lila Kedrova. (Fox).
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(2009 -- Hong Kong) Louis Koo, Richie Jen, Feng Tsui Fan, Michelle Ye, Lam Suet, Han Yuqin, Monica Mok. A self-styled accident choreographer, Brain is a professional hit man who kills his victims by trapping them in well crafted accidents that look like unfortunate mishaps but are in fact perfectly staged acts of crime. He is perennially plagued with guilt, as the avalanche of memories of his lost wife does not make things any easier. After one mission inexplicably goes wrong, costing the life of one of his men, Brain becomes convinced that this accident has been choreographed: someone is out there plotting to terminate him and his team. He becomes increasingly paranoid, not knowing whether or not to trust his friends and accomplices. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Making-of" featurette. (Shout! Factory).
(2010) Mandy Levin, Suzy Cote, Brice Williams. Feeling afraid and isolated living in the over-populated, concrete-filled Los Angeles, a young woman joins a group of dysfunctional friends on a camping trip that ends up in violence. Formats: DVD. (Osiris Entertainment).
Brad Meltzer's Decoded: Season Two
(2011) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $29.95. Formats: DVD. Extras: Additional footage. (A&E).
(2011) Matt Medrano, Yeniffer Behrens, Corey Haim, Anthony Vitale. When a group of friends decide to pull a bank heist to get out from underneath their money troubles, they run afoul of a corrupt LAPD Detective on the take with a crime syndicate figure; the bank was the depository for the cop's dirty money and he'll do anything to get it back. Corey Haim's last movie. Formats: DVD. Extras: Tribute to Corey Haim, behind-the-scenes featurette. (Inception Media Group).
(2011) Michael Vartan, Sean Astin, David Cross. What goes around comes around for a pair of prank-playing tire salesmen (Astin and Vartan) who find themselves placed in secretarial jobs by their put-upon boss (Cross). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay Film).
Doctor Who: The Seeds of Death Special Edition
By the late 21st century, mankind has become totally dependent on T-Mat to transport people, food and medicines around the world. When the system breaks down, Earth is soon crippled by global shortages. Traveling to the relay station on the moon, the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) and his companions discover the horrific truth: the Ice Warriors have hijacked T-Mat, and intend to claim the planet for themselves. Two-disc set, $34.98. Digitally remastered. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary with actors Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury, director Michael Ferguson and script editor Terrance Dicks; "Lords of the Red Planet" history of the Ice Warriors featurette; "Sssowing the Ssseedsss" behind the scenes featurette. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Doctor Who: Resurrection of the Daleks
The TARDIS is dragged down a time corridor, forcing the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison), Tegan (Janet Fielding) and Turlough (Mark Strickson) to materialize in a disused part of London in 1984. The corridor links Earth with a battle cruiser in the future that contains the Doctor's oldest enemy -- the Daleks. Having lost the war with the Movellans, only one person can now help the evil race. Two-disc set, $34.98. Digitally remastered. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary with actor Terry Malloy, writer Eric Saward and visual effects designer Peter Wragg; additional audio commentary with actors Peter Davison, Janet Fielding and director Matthew Robinson; alternate four-part version of the story; "Come In Number Five" retrospective of the Fifth Doctor presented by David Tennant. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Dog the Bounty Hunter: Taking It to the Streets
(2011) Four episodes, $19.95. Formats: DVD. (A&E).
Don't Go in the Woods
(2010) Bo Boddie, Eric Bogosian. First-time director Vincent D'Onofrio explores love, greed and ruthlessness in this twisted musical/horror hybrid, telling the story of a young band who heads to the woods to get away from their everyday lives and focus on writing new songs. Hoping to walk away from the trip with new tunes that will score them their big break, they instead find themselves in the middle of a nightmare beyond comprehension. Formats: DVD, Digital Download. (New Video).
Entourage: The Complete Eighth Season
(2011) Two-disc set with eight episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (HBO).
Episodes: The First Season
(2011) Single disc with seven episodes, $29.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Biographies. (Showtime/Paramount).
(2011) Narrated by Ewan McGregor, the sequel to the hit extreme motocross documentary, "Faster." Shot around the world in 2010 and 2011, the film distills the thrilling, terrifying reality of the MotoGP world championship into a maximum-speed, full-length documentary feature film. Formats: DVD, Digital Download. (Docurama).
GCB: The Complete First Season
(2012) Three-disc set with 10 episodes, $39.99. Formats: DVD. (ABC/Disney).
Gene Simmons Family Jewels: Season 6, Part 1
(2011) Two-disc set with nine episodes, $19.95. Formats: DVD. Extras: Bonus disc with seven unreleased episodes from Season 5. (A&E).
Gene Simmons Family Jewels: Season 6, Part 2
(2010-11) Two-disc set with four episodes, $19.95. Formats: DVD. Extras: Additional footage. (A&E).
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
(2011) Nicolas Cage, Ciarán Hinds, Violante Placido, Johnny Whitworth, Christopher Lamber, Idris Elba. Read more about "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 3D Blu-ray, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds directors' expanded video commentary, "The Path to Vengeance: Making Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" six-part documentary. 3D Blu-ray adds 3D featurette: "Riding Into Another Dimension." (Sony).
The Gold Rush
(1925, 1942) The first feature-length comedy by Charlie Chaplin -- which charts a hapless prospector's search for fortune in the Klondike and his discovery of romance (with the beautiful Georgia Hale) -- forever cemented the iconic status of Chaplin and his Little Tramp character. Shot partly on location in the Sierra Nevadas and featuring such timeless gags as Chaplin's dance of the dinner rolls and meal of boiled shoe leather, "The Gold Rush" is an indelible work of nonstop hilarity. This special edition features both Chaplin's definitive 1942 version, for which the director added new music and narration, and a new restoration of the original silent 1925 film. New high-definition digital restoration of the 1942 sound version, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. New 2K digital transfer of the reconstructed original 1925 silent film, restored in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, with a newly recorded version of director Charlie Chaplin's score, presented in 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New audio commentary for the 1925 version by Chaplin biographer and archivist Jeffrey Vance; three new programs: "Presenting The Gold Rush," which traces the film's history from original release to re-release to 2003 reconstruction and features film historian Kevin Brownlow and Vancece, "Music by Charles Chaplin," featuring conductor and composer Timothy Brock, and "Visual Effects in The Gold Rush," featuring effects specialist Craig Barron and Chaplin cinematographer Roland Totheroh; "Chaplin Today: The Gold Rush" (2002), a short documentary featuring filmmaker Idrissa Ouedraogo; four theatrical trailers; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Luc Sante and James Agee's review of the 1942 version. (The Criterion Collection).
The Great Diamond Robbery
(1954) Red Skelton, Cara Williams, James Whitmore. Skelton plays diamond cutter Ambrose C. Park (the middle initials stands for "Central"), who's eager to demonstrate his talent to his employer by working on the rare Blue Goddess diamond ... accompanied by criminals who have convinced him they're his long-lost family and who secretly aim to steal the diamond after it's cut. Formats: DVD. (Warner Archive).
Half a Hero
(1953) Red Skelton, Jean Hagen, Charles Dingle, Willard Waterman, Mary Wickes, Polly Bergen. Red Skelton plays Ben Dobson, a magazine writer whose boss approves of Ben because he lives in a cramped Manhattan apartment instead of "the slums of tomorrow": the 'burbs. So, of course, when Ben movies his family to a sprawling housing development, he struggles to keep the fact a secret. Formats: DVD. (Warner Archive).
Harold and Maude
(1971) With the idiosyncratic American fable "Harold and Maude," countercultural director Hal Ashby fashioned what would become the cult classic of its era. Working from a script by Colin Higgins ("9 to 5"), Ashby tells the story of the emotional and romantic bond between a death-obsessed young man (Bud Cort) from a wealthy family and a devil-may-care, bohemian octogenarian (Ruth Gordon). Equal parts gallows humor and romantic innocence, "Harold and Maude" dissolves the line between darkness and light along with the ones that separate people by class, gender, and age, and it features indelible performances and a remarkable soundtrack by Cat Stevens. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: Optional remastered stereo soundtrack; audio commentary by Hal Ashby biographer Nick Dawson and producer Charles B. Mulvehill; illustrated audio excerpts of seminars by Ashby and writer-producer Colin Higgins; new interview with songwriter Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens); booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Wood; a 1971 New York Times profile of star Ruth Gordon; and excerpted transcripts of two interviews, one from 1997 with star Bud Cort and director of photography John Alonzo and one from 2001 with executive producer Mildred Lewis. (The Criterion Collection).
(2011 -- Poland/Germany) Dir.: Agnieszka Holland.; Robert Wieckiewicz, Benno Furmann, Agnieszka Grochowska, Maria Schrader. Read more about "In Darkness" in the June Calendar.Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "An Evening With Agnieszka Holland" featurette, "In Light: A Conversation With Agnieszka Holland and Krystyna Chiger (the youngest survivor of this extraordinary story, chronicled in her book, "The Girl in the Green Sweater") featurette. (Sony).
Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance
(2011) The story behind one of the most famous ballet companies in America
Formats: DVD, Digital Download. (Docurama).
(2010) Andrew Keegan, Brandon Quinn, Natalia Cigliuti, Nick Carter, Tom Arnold. Thrill seeking party boy Sean Strayger and his friends support a lavish lifestyle by running drugs across the Mexican border in private planes, but when he meets the beautiful and mysterious Rosanna, high-flying fun takes a dangerous turn. Formats: DVD. (Epic Pictures).
Meatballs BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1979) Bill Murray, Harvey Atkin. Extras: New commentary by director Ivan Reitman. (Lionsgate Studio).
(2001 -- Netherlands) Carice van Houten, Theo Maasen. Meet Miss Minoes, a charming young woman in the Dutch town of Killendoorn who until recently was ... a cat! Based on the classic 1970 book by Dutch children's author Annie M.G. Schmidt and starring award-winning Dutch star Carice van Houten (who's currently taking the U.S. by storm as the magical priestess Melisandre in HBO's "Game of Thrones") in the title role of the cat-turned-woman Miss Minoes. Just because she's magically changed into a lady doesn't mean all her feline tendencies have fallen to the wayside: Miss Minoes still enjoys purring, rubbing her face against other people's faces, sleeping in a box, and, of course, communicating with her fellow cats -- all of whom still recognize her from her days as a local feline. In her new human form, she meets Tibbe, a shy but talented journalist, who Miss Minoes gives journalistic assistance to in the form of her team of news-gathering kitties, who pass on local gossip to Tibbe and turn him into a star reporter before they uncover the nefarious plans of a scheming nearby factory owner. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Music Box Films).
(2011) David Foley, Robert Maillet, Kevin Nash, Jimmy Hart. Eight classic horror monsters -- supported by their colorful and eccentric managers -- compete in visceral bloody combat to determine who will be the most feared and powerful fiend of all time in this action-comedy. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).
My First Collection, Volume 3 Featuring Chicken Little
Three-disc set is part of the line that supports early literacy skills for the pre- and early reader; sports Scholastic's innovative read-along function and features narrators such as Sean Hayes, John Lithgow and Randy Travis: "Chicken Little ... and More Zany Animal Stories," "Katie Loves the Kittens ... and More Funny Stories" and "Bark George ... and More Doggie Tales." Formats: DVD, $24.95. (Scholastic Storybook Treasures).
The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Fifth Season
(2011) The last season (six episodes) of the Doctor Who spinoff. Formats: DVD. $19.98. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Scandal: The Complete First Season
(2012) Two-disc set with seven episodes, $29.99. Formats: DVD. Deleted scenes.Extras: (ABC/Disney).
(1994) This diabolical thriller was the first film from director Danny Boyle, producer Andrew MacDonald, and screenwriter John Hodge (the smashing team behind "Trainspotting"). In "Shallow Grave," three self-involved Edinburgh roommates -- played by Kerry Fox, Christopher Eccleston and Ewan McGregor, in his first starring role -- take in a brooding boarder. When he dies of an overdose, leaving a suitcase full of money, the trio embark on a series of very bad decisions, with extraordinarily grim consequences for all. Macabre but with a streak of offbeat humor, this stylistically influential tale of guilt and derangement is a full-throttle bit of Hitchcockian nastiness. New, restored digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Brian Tufano, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Two audio commentaries: one by director Danny Boyle and the other by screenwriter John Hodge and producer Andrew Macdonald; new interviews with stars Christopher Eccleston, Kerry Fox, and Ewan McGregor; "Digging Your Own Grave," a 1993 documentary by Kevin Macdonald on the making of the film; Andrew Macdonald and Kevin Macdonald's video diary from the 1992 Edinburgh Film Festival, where they shopped around the script for "Shallow Grave"; "Shallow Grave" trailer and "Trainspotting" teaser trailer; booklet featuring an essay by critic Philip Kemp. (The Criterion Collection).
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
(2011) Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris, Rachel McAdams, Eddie Marsan, Stephen Fry. Read more about "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Maximum Movie Mode: Inside the Mind of Sherlock Holmes," hosted by Downey Jr., "Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: A Perfect Chemistry," "Holmes Without Borders," "Moriarty’s Master Plan Unleashed," "Holmesavision on Steroids," "Sherlock Holmes: Under the Gypsy Spell," "Meet Mycroft Holmes," "Guy Ritchie's Well-Oiled Machine." (Warner).
Something's Gonna Live
(2011) Academy Award-nominated director Daniel Raim captures the late-in-life coming together of renowned art directors (and life long friends) Robert "Bob" Boyle ("North by Northwest," "The Birds"), Henry "Bummy" Bumstead ("To Kill a Mockingbird," "The Sting") and Albert Nozaki ("The War of the Worlds," "The Ten Commandments"), storyboard artist Harold Michelson ("The Graduate," "Star Trek: The Motion Picture"), and master cinematographers Haskell Wexler ("Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" "Medium Cool") and Conrad Hall ("In Cold Blood," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"). From snapshots, sketches and vintage footage interwoven with interviews, we get a behind-the-scenes look at movie-making in the golden age of cinema. As we watch iconic scenes of our collective imaginations emerge from their drawings, models, matte paintings and sets, we hear tales of Mae West, "Hitch" and DeMille in this celebration of the human stories behind the glamorous edifice of Hollywood. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Oscar-nominated bonus film, "The Man on Lincoln's Nose"; deleted scenes; featured artists' biographies; DVD-ROM content: PDF of Robert Boyle's original production design checklist. (Docurama).
Superman vs. the Elite
(2012) The Man Of Steel comes face-to-face with powerful villains, daunting rivals and a society more interested in retribution than justice when a new, less-ethical breed of super hero arrives in Metropolis in Superman vs. The Elite, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Elite Unbound: No Rules, No Mercy," "Superman and the Moral Debate" featurette, commentary, photo gallery, more. (Warner).
Too Big to Fail
(2011) Dir.: Curtis Hanson; James Woods, John Heard, William Hurt, Topher Grace, Cynthia Nixon, Kathy Baker, Edward Asner, Paul Giamatti. HBO drama chronicles the financial meltdown of 2008. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Timeline of a Crisis." Blu-ray adds "The Making of Too Big to Fail," "Opening the Vault on the Financial Crisis." (HBO).
Top Gear 18
(2011) Three-disc set, $24.98. Formats: DVD. (BBC Home Entertainment).
The Tribe: Series 1 Part 2
(1999) Four-disc set with the second 25 episodes from the first season, $29.93.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Making-of featurette. (Shout! Factory).
And Everything Is Going Fine
(2010) After the death in 2004 of American theater actor and monologist Spalding Gray, director Steven Soderbergh pieced together a narrative of Gray's life to create the documentary "And Everything Is Going Fine." Brilliantly and sensitively assembled entirely from footage of Gray, taken from interviews and one-man shows from throughout his career, it is a rich, full portrait -- an autobiography of sorts -- of a figure who was never less than candid but retained an air of mystery. In essence, this hilarious, moving, and revealing film has become Gray's final monologue. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Making of And Everything Is Going Fine," featuring director Steven Soderbergh, producer Kathie Russo, and editor Susan Littenberg; "Sex and Death to the Age 14," Spalding Gray's first monologue, created in 1979 and filmed in 1982; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by writer Nell Casey, editor of "The Journals of Spalding Gray." (The Criterion Collection).
(2010 -- Greece) Ariane Labed, Vangelis Mourikis, Evangelia Randou, Yorgos Lanthimos. Greece's official entry for the Academy Awards, "Attenberg" is a deadpan, surprisingly touching coming-of-age story. Twenty-three-year-old Marina lives in a small, factory town by the sea where she passes her time watching Sir David Attenborough's nature programs, listening to the proto-punk songs of Suicide, goofing with her only friend Bella, and tending to her ailing father. When a visiting engineer comes to town, the two form a tentative relationship that pushes Marina into contact with the strange and complex world of adulthood.
Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
A Bag of Hammers
(2011) Jason Ritter, Jake Sandvig, Rebecca Hall, Chandler Canterbury. A comedy about two misfit best friends incapable of growing up, whose direction is tested by a street-smart 12-year-old boy who moves next door with his stressed-out single mom; together they invent the family they've always needed. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (MPI Home Video).
The Best of Person to Person
From 1953 to 1959, journalistic icon and television legend Edward R. Murrow informally welcomed television viewers into the homes of the 20th century's most well-known stars and celebrities on "Person to Person." Using perhaps the simplest set in television -- a chair, a table, an ashtray and a picture window -- Murrow greeted two guests per week in remote interviews that candidly revealed the private lives of such notable figures as John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Sammy Davis Jr., Milton Berle, Sophia Loren and many more. Now, while CBS has revived and revitalized the classic program with interviews by Charlie Rose and Lara Logan, home audiences can revisit the classic program with three specially-priced single disc releases. "The Best of Person to Person: American Icons": Murrow presents 11 at-home celebrity interviews featuring Dick Clark, Billy Graham, Andy Griffith, Oscar Hammerstein, Robert Kennedy, John & Jacqueline Kennedy, Norman Rockwell, Eleanor Roosevelt, Danny Thomas, Art Linkletter and Esther Williams. "The Best of Person to Person: Hollywood Legends": Eleven of Tinseltown's most legendary stars are featured in this fascinating compilation, including Bogart & Bacall, Marlon Brando, Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, Gene Kelly, Bette Davis, Kirk Douglas, Charlton Heston, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, and Elizabeth Taylor and Mike Todd. "The Best of Person to Person: Legendary Entertainers": Murrow sits down with 10 of the 20th century's most entertaining, larger-than-life performers, including Milton Berle, Jonathan Winters, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sid Caesar, Liberace, Carol Channing, Helen Hayes and Jerry Lewis. Formats: DVD, $9.98.(Entertainment One).
The Big Fix
(2011) Documentary recounts the events surrounding the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico and paints a disturbing picture of the aftermath of the largest oil spill in America's history. "We never intended to make this movie," director Josh Tickell said. "It was only after going home, to my native Louisiana, and being dumbstruck by the true level of destruction and the downplaying of the situation, that we picked up our cameras and began to document this unparalleled man-made disaster." The film reveals the powerful political and corporate system that put profits over the health and long-term sustainability of people and the environment: No matter what the petroleum and government officials say, the oil is still coming ashore, the seafood industry has been wiped out, and many local people have become sick. Executive produced by Tim Robbins, Maggie Wachsberger and Peter Fonda. Associate producer Jason Mraz contributed a new song, "Collapsible Plans," to the film. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital Download,. Extras: Commentary, deleted scenes, updates. (Green Planet Productions).
(2012) Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Kristen Bell, Dermot Mulroney, Ted Danson. Read more about "Big Miracle" in the June Calendar.Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted Scenes, "A Big Miracle in Alaska" featurette, "Truth is Stranger Than Fiction" featurette, commentary by director Ken Kwapis. (Universal).
(2011) Paz Vega, Janet McTeer, Alphonso McAuley, Scott Mechlowicz, Christopher McDonald, Karel Roden, D.L. Hughley. When a sexy, high-end escort holds the key evidence to a scandalous government cover-up, two bumbling young detectives become her unlikely protectors from a ruthless assassin hired to silence her. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).
The Disco Exorcist
(2010) Michael Reed, Sarah Nicklin, Ruth Sullivan. Homage to 70s sex and horror films, featuring supernatural sex, disco dancing deaths, roller skating sinners -- and beautiful women possessed and perverted by evil. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary, deleted scene. (MVD Entertainment Group).
Down for the Count
(2009 -- Thailand) Somruk Khamsing, Kaoklai Kannorasing. Muay Thai boxing saga about a stranger in an unfamiliar country who ends up challenging the country's champion. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital Download,. Extras: (Lionsgate).
Evita BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1996) Dir.: Alan Parker; Madonna, Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce. (Disney).
(2011) Jason Trost, Lee Valmassy, Art Hsu, Caitlyn Folley. In a dystopian future, a relentless turf war rages. Two rival gangs feud for control of rural wasteland Frazier Park ('The FP') in the deadly arena of competitive dance-fight video game "Beat-Beat Revelation." After hometown hero BTRO is slain on the dance platform by thug leader L Dubba E, his younger brother JTRO goes into isolation, vowing never to duel again. One year later, The FP is in ruins, and JTRO must find the courage to return and restore order in a ruthless battle for revenge that can only leave one man dancing. Featuring narration by James Remar. Off-beat comedy mixing competitive dance video gaming and gang culture was a midnight movie sensation at film festivals around the world. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital Download. Extras: Behind-the-scenes, scoring, costuming featurettes; commentary; special collector's edition booklet with introduction by directors Rob Zombie and Brian Taylor & Mark Neveldine. (Image Entertainment/Drafthouse Films).
Franklin & Bash: The Complete First Season
(2011) Three-disc set with 10 episodes,
Formats: DVD. Extras: Blooper reel; three "Franklin & Bash" commercials, advertising the duo's services; seven behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Warner).
(1997) One of the great raconteurs of stage and screen, Spalding Gray, came together with one of cinema's boldest image-makers, Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh, for "Gray's Anatomy," a spellbinding adaptation of Gray's 1993 monologue of the same name (co-written with Renee Shafransky). In it, Gray, with typical sardonic relish, chronicles his arduous journey through the diagnosis and treatment of a rare and alarming ocular condition. For the monologist, this experience occasioned a meditation on illness and mortality, medicine and metaphysics; for the filmmaker, it was a chance to experiment with ways of bringing his subject's words to brilliant, eye-opening life. New high definition digital transfer, supervised by director Steven Soderbergh, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interviews with Soderbergh and co-writer Renee Shafransky; "A Personal History of the American Theater," a monologue by Spalding Gray, filmed in 1982; theatrical trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Amy Taubin. (The Criterion Collection).
Hey Dude: Season 3
(1990) Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $19.93. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
The Jerk Theory
(2009) Josh Henderson, Jenna Dewan, Tom Arnold. An aspiring recording artist is burned by a bad relationship experience and decides that if women won't respond to the "nice guy" then he'll be "the jerk" ... until he meets a woman who really likes "nice guys."
Formats: DVD. (ARC Entertainment).
The Legend of Hell's Gate
(2011) Eric Balfour, Henry Thomas. Inspired by a true story, this Texas-based tale uncovers the mystery of the events surrounding the legendary Hell's Gate, a cliff formation that rises out of Possum Kingdom Lake in Texas. According to legend, a curious errand boy catches wind of one of America's most infamous crimes -- the assassination of Abraham Lincoln -- and falls in with two desperate men on the wrong side of the law. Crossing paths with some of the West's most notorious figures, these three outlaws fight for their lives in the pursuit of fame and riches. Formats: DVD, Digital Download. (Lionsgate).
Louie Season 2
(2011) Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $29.99. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).
My Afternoons With Margueritte
(2010 -- France) Gerard Depardieu, Gisele Casadesus. Germain, an illiterate and lonely man bonds with an older and well-read woman. As Margueritte broadens his mind via reading excerpts from her novel, Germain realizes that he is more of an intellectual than he has ever allowed himself to be. Afternoons spent reading aloud on their favorite bench transform their lives and start them both on a new journey -- to literacy and respect for Germain, and to the deepest friendship for Margueritte. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital Download. (New Video).
Power Rangers Samurai: The Team Unites (Vol. 1)
(2012) Four episodes, $14.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Auditions, "Train Like a Ranger" featurette, character gallery, "Power Ranger Swarm Video." (Lionsgate).
Power Rangers Samurai: A New Enemy (Vol. 2)
(2012) Four episodes, $14.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Bloopers, "Ask a Ranger" featurette, weapons gallery. (Lionsgate).
(2012) Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Dax Flame, Kirby Bliss Blanton. Read more about "Project X" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Extended cut. (Warner).
(2012 -- TV) Debby Ryan, Sarena Parmar, Adam DiMarco, Merritt Patterson. A shy high school girl has a secret identity: She's actually Radio Rebel, the most popular DJ in Seattle. Disney Channel movie. Formats: DVD, Digital Download. Extras: Five featurettes, Debby Ryan's music video "We Got the Beat." (Image Entertainment).
(2011) LeAnn Rimes, Shawn Roberts, Christian Potenza, Burt Reynolds. A successful, big city girl returns to her small town roots after a family emergency; once there she goes on a soulful journey to reconnect with family and friends and finds romance along the way. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
Roger Corman's Cult Classics -- Black Oak Conspiracy
(1976) Jesse Vint, Karen Carlson, Albert Salmi, Seymour Cassel. An average Joe is pitted against a crooked sheriff and unscrupulous land grabbers in this tale of small town corruption and revenge. (Shout! Factory).
Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1976) Sarah Miles, Kris Kristofferson. (Shout! Factory).
The Sarah Silverman Program: The Complete Series
(2007-10) Seven-disc set with all 32 episodes. Formats: DVD. Extras: Conversation with the writers and producers, digital and animated shorts, behind-the-scenes videos, commentaries with cast and crew, the cast and creators at 2007's Comic-Con, the original pilot, audition videos, more. (Shout! Factory).
Sister Act/Sister Act II BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1992/1993) Whoopi Goldberg, Harvey Keitel, Kathy Najimy. (Disney).
(2012) An OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network documentary. An unflinching look into the lives of Eva Markvoort and her two online friends who are all battling cystic fibrosis -- a fatal genetic disease affecting the lungs and digestive system. Unable to meet in person because of the spread of infections and super bugs, the girls have become each other's lifelines through the Internet, providing unconditional love, support and understanding long after visiting hours are over. Formats: DVD. Extras: Introduction from Oprah Winfrey and Rosie O'Donnell, director interviews, character intros, transplants/organ donations/campaign, "Remembering Eva." (Virgil Films & Entertainment).
Tent City, U.S.A.
(2012) An OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network documentary. Due primarily to the economic recession, a growing number of people are finding themselves in a position they never imagined: homeless. Nashville, TN, is home to a fast rising tent city population. With a shelter system that cannot support even 1 out of 5 of the city's homeless population, most people have nowhere to go. Nearly 100 homeless individuals have come together to form Nashville's Tent City, which is located under a bridge close to the city's center. "Tent City, U.S.A." explores this community, which is self-sustained and self-governed. Formats: DVD. (Virgil Films & Entertainment).
Tyler Perry's House of Payne: Volume Nine
(2012) Three-disc set with 24 episodes, $29.98. Formats: DVD, Digital Download,. (Lionsgate).
Web Therapy: The Complete First Season
(2008) Two-disc set with 15 episodes of the Showtime series about Dr. Fiona Wallice (Lisa Kudrow), a therapist sick of hearing about "dreams" and "feelings" who decides that three minutes over a web cam is better than 50 minutes of patients rambling on. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary with Lisa Kudrow, behind-the-scenes featurette, outtakes, Season 2 preview trailer. (Entertainment One).
Wilfred Season 1
(2011) Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $29.98. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: extra footage. (Fox).
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Agatha Christi's Poirot: Series 5
David Suchet returns as Agatha Christie's peerless Poirot in these eight mysteries from the hit series, newly remastered and restored to their original U.K. broadcast order. Formats: DVD, two-disc set, $39.99; Blu-ray Disc, two-disc set, $49.99. (Acorn Media).
(2010) Alex Russell, Billy Campbell, Lorenzo James Henrie, Alex Frost, Haley Ramm, Kelsey Grammer. Wanting a closer connection with the older brother he idolizes, high school freshman Ted Wheeler seeks initiation into a group called "The Kings," along the way uncovering unpleasant information about his brother and his friends. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette; interviews with the director, producer, and actors; deleted scenes; commentary with the director and Alex Russell, Haley Ramm, and Lorenzo James Henrie. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
(2011) Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Missi Pyle, Ed Lauter, Malcolm McDowell, Uggie. Read more about "The Artist" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Artist: The Making of a Hollywood Love Story," "Hollywood as a Character: The Locations of the Artist," Q&A with the filmmakers and cast; blooper reel. (The Weinstein Co./Sony).
Best Laid Plans
(2011) Stephen Graham, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Urban reworking of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men." Set in Nottingham, England, the film revolves around the relationship between the thuggish Danny and Joseph, a giant of a man with a mental age of seven. When Danny finds himself in debt to a local crime boss, he feels he is left with no choice but to manipulate Joseph into participating in a series of underground cage fights from which Danny can pay his debts. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Well Go USA ).
The Best of Foyle's War
Specially selected by star Michael Kitchen, these six feature-length episodes feature his favorite episodes from the first four years of playing detective chief inspector Christopher Foyle. Featuring fan favorites Honeysuckle Weeks and Anthony Howell, these episodes also include guest stars Rosamund Pike, Edward Fox, Robert Hardy,, Ronald Pickup and James McAvoy.
Formats: DVD, six-disc set, $49.99. Extras: Interviews, behind-the-scenes featurette. (Acorn Media).
(2011 -- Belgium) Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen Perceval, Jeanne Dandoy, Barbara Sarafian. After he initiates a shady deal with a notorious Mafioso meat trader, circumstances lead cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille down a twisted road of vengeance and torment. When an investigating federal agent is assassinated and a woman from his horrid past resurfaces, he must confront far-reaching consequences and whether the real meaning of manhood is hormonal or emotional.Academy-Award nominee for Best Foreign-language Film. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital Download. Extras: "The Making of Bullhead," interviews, special collector's edition booklet with introduction by director Michael Mann. (Drafthouse Films/Image Entertainment).
C'mon Man (aka The Last Laugh
(2012) Tony Rock, Rodney Perry, Faune Chambers Watkins. A comedian, fresh out of rehab, struggles to make it to the top. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital Download. Extras: Deleted scenes, outtakes. (Lionsgate).
Damages: The Complete Fourth Season
(2011) Three-disc set with 10 episodes, $45.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, "A Case for War: The Cast and Crew Discuss the Fourth Season," "The Evolution of Patty Hewes," blooper reel. (Sony).
The Decoy Bride
(2011) Alice Eve, David Tennant, Kelly Macdonald. When the world's media descend on the remote Scottish island where a Hollywood actress is attempting to get married, a local girl is hired as a decoy bride to put the paparazzi off the scent.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC/MPI).
Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham and Other Stories
(1973) Remastered TV feature; includes "The Sneetches" and "The Zax," $19.98.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, UltraViolet (cloud). (Warner).
Deliverance BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1972) Dir.: John Boorman; Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox. In premium Blu-ray book packaging, including a new featurette and a 42-page commemorative book with behind-the-scenes photos and rare insights. Extras: New: "Deliverance: The Cast Remembers," commentary by John Boorman, "Deliverance: Betraying the River," "Deliverance: The Journey," "Deliverance: The Beginning," "Deliverance: Delivered," T"he Dangerous World of Deliverance." (Warner).
Dora the Explorer: Dora's Rescue in Mermaid Kingdom
(2012) Three episodes from Dora the Explorer's current seventh season: the title episode plus "Benny the Castaway" and "Dora's Moonlight Adventure," $16.99. Formats: DVD. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).
Earth From Above
The first two installments in the "Earth From Above" travelogue series: "Food and Wildlife Conservation" and "Preservation of Water and Forest" are hosted by world-famous photographer and best-selling author Yann Arthus Bertrand, and each contain three hours of visually compelling and environmentally conscious programming. Formats: Blu-ray Disc, $9.98 each. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
The Hedgehog (Le Herisson)
(2009 -- France) Garance Le Guillemic, Josiane Balasko. Touching coming-of-age story about Paloma, a gifted young girl bent on ending it all on her upcoming 12th birthday. Using her father's old camcorder to chronicle the hypocrisy she sees in adults, Paloma begins to learn about life from her stuffy building "concierge," Renee. When Paloma's camera reveals an extensive secret library in Renee's back room, and that the usually gruff matron reads Tolstoy to her cat, Paloma begins to understand that there are allies to be found beneath the prickliest of exteriors. As an unlikely friendship deepens, her own coming of age becomes a much less pessimistic prospect. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Deleted scenes, photo gallery. Blu-ray includes a behind-the-scenes documentary. (NeoClassics Films).
(2012) Ana Villafane, Jeremy Sumpter, Tyler Blackburn. After a teenager witnesses the murder of her parents and testifies against the son of a notorious crime boss, she's placed in the Witness Protection Program in Montana. Life is good as a normal, small-town teen -- until her parents' murderer sets his hit men after her. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
(2011) Jonathan Togo, Pascal Yen-Pfister, Emily Foxler, Kelly Baugher, Ed Asner. Identical twins -- one good, one evil -- fall for the same woman, setting off a nasty love triangle. Formats: DVD. (Green Apple Entertainment).
Law & Order: Criminal Intent: The Seventh Year
(2011) Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $49.97. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
Love in a Cold Climate
Period romance and social satire set against a backdrop of the English nobility's golden age -- and a looming world war. Long-awaited debut of the eight-part series originally broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre in the 1980s. Stars Judi Dench, Michael Williams, Lucy Gutteridge, Rosalyn Landor, Michael Aldridge, Vivian Pickles and Anthony Stewart Head.
Formats: DVD. Three-disc set, $59.99. (Acorn Media).
(2012) Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane, Robert Emms, Sean Bean, Mare Winningham, Robert Emms, Michael Lerner. Read more about "Mirror, Mirror" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital Download. Extras: TBA. (Relativity Media).
Oranges and Sunshine
(2010 -- U.K./Australia) Hugo Weaving, Emily Watson, David Wenham , Tara Morice. Tells the unforgettable true story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker who uncovered one of the most controversial scandals of recent times: the organized deportation of innocent children from the U.K. to Australia, where they were thought to be lost in the system forever. Against overwhelming odds, and with little regard for her own safety, Humphreys reunited thousands of families and brought worldwide attention to a corrupt system and an extraordinary miscarriage of justice. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital Download. (New Video).
The Perfect Family
(2011) Kathleen Turner, Emily Deschanel, Jason Ritter, Elizabeth Pena, Michael McGrady, Richard Chamberlain, Sharon Lawrence. When nominated for "Catholic Woman of The Year," Eileen (Kathleen Turner, in her first big-screen appearance in 19 years) and her family are placed under the microscope and put to the test by her parish, church members, and each other. While the competition heats up at church, Eileen realizes she must also find a way to keep her dysfunctional family away from their sinful ways. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary by Turner, photo gallery. (Virgil Films & Entertainment).
The Samurai Trilogy
(1954-56) "The Samurai Trilogy," directed by Hiroshi Inagaki and starring the inimitable Toshiro Mifune, was one of Japan's most successful exports of the 1950s, a rousing, emotionally gripping tale of combat and self-discovery. Based on a novel that's often called Japan's "Gone with the Wind," this sweeping saga fictionalizes the life of the legendary 17th-century swordsman (and writer and artist) Musashi Miyamoto, following him on his path from unruly youth to enlightened warrior. With these three films -- 1954's Oscar-winning "Musashi Miyamoto," 1955's "Duel at Ichijoji Temple," and 1956's "Duel at Ganryu Island" -- Inagaki created a passionate epic that’s equal parts tender love story and bloody action. New high-definition digital restorations of all three films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interviews with translator and historian William Scott Wilson about the real-life Musashi Miyamoto, the inspiration for the hero of the films; trailers; booklet featuring essays by film historian Stephen Prince and Wilson. (The Criterion Collection).
(2011) Christopher J. Domig, Zaira Crystal, Lindsay Goranson, Valerie Evering. When the female half of a pair of small-town stickup artists is killed by the bank's security guard, the man tries to balance being a good father to their 7-year-old daughter while planning his revenge against the man who killed his wife ... until he discovers that the guard has his own young daughter. Formats: DVD. (Osiris Entertainment).
(2011 -- South Korea) Ha Ji-Won, Ahn Sung-Ki, Oh Ji-Ho. South Korea’s first 3D sci-fi thriller. An underwater creature invades a deep sea drilling platform, growing to enormous size and feeding off the crew members. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 3D Blu-ray. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Shout! Factory).
Shark Divers -- Documentary Collection
(2011) This natural history television series captures the breathtaking beauty of the amazing creatures of the sea; includes "Shark Divers," "Shark Business," "Whale Sharks: Gentle Giants" and "Giants of San Benedicto." Formats: DVD, $9.98; Blu-ray Disc, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
Some Guy Who Kills People
(2011) Kevin Corrigan, Barry Bostwick, Karen Black, Leo Fitzpatrick, Ariel Gade, Lucy Davis. A lonely man, fresh out of the loony bin, sets out to kill those he deems responsible for his miserable life. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary by director/co-producer Jack Perez and writer-producer Ryan Levin; "The Fifth," the short film that inspired "Some Guy Who Kills People"; "The Making of Some Guy Who Kills People" featurette. (Anchor Bay).
Sound of Noise
(2010 -- Sweden) Bengt Nilsson, Sanna Persson, Magnus Borjeson. Musical comedy about a tone-deaf cop who works to track down a group of guerilla percussionists whose anarchic public performances are terrorizing the city. Follow-up to the short film Web sensation "Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers," which is included on the disc. Formats: DVD. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Springtime in the Sierras
(1942) Roy Rogers, Trigger, Jane Frazee, Andy Devine, Roy Barcroft. Roy Rogers and his faithful steed, Trigger, save the day with guts, gusto and song. When his best friend, a game warden, is murdered, Rogers is determined to find out what happened. Formats: DVD. (Film Chest/American Pop Classics).
TCM Greatest Classic Legends: Joan Crawford
Four classic films in one compact set: "Mildred Pierce" (1945), "Humoresque" (1946), "Possessed" (1947), "The Damned Don't Cry" (1950). Formats: DVD. $27.92. (Warner).
TCM Greatest Classic Legends: Humphrey Bogart
Four classic films in one compact set: "They Drive By Night" (1940), "Across the Pacific" (1942), "Action in the North Atlantic" (1943), "Passage to Marseille" (1944). Formats: DVD. $27.92. (Warner).
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends -- Kirk Douglas Drama
"Young Man With a Horn" (1950), "The Bad and the Beautiful" (1952), "Lust for Life" (1956), "Before I Forget." (2009)Formats: DVD, $27.92. (Warner).
TCM Greatest Gangster Films: Humphrey Bogart
Four classic films in one compact set: "The Petrified Forest" (1936), "The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse" (1938), "High Sierra" (1941), "All Through the Night" (1942). Formats: DVD. $27.92. (Warner).
The 39 Steps
(1935) "The 39 Steps" is a heart-racing spy story by Alfred Hitchcock, following Richard Hannay (Robert Donat), who stumbles into a conspiracy that thrusts him into a hectic chase across the Scottish moors -- a chase in which he is both the pursuer and the pursued -- as well as into an expected romance with the cool Pamela (Madeline Carroll). Adapted from a novel by John Buchan, this classic wrong-man thriller from the Master of Suspense anticipates the director's most famous works (especially "North by Northwest"), and remains one of his cleverest and most entertaining films. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by Alfred Hitchcock scholar Marian Keane; "Hitchcock: The Early Years" (2000), a British documentary covering Hitchcock’s prewar career; original footage from British broadcaster Mike Scott's 1966 television interview with Hitchcock; complete broadcast of the 1937 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation, performed by Ida Lupino and Robert Montgomery; visual essay by Hitchcock scholar Leonard Leff; excerpts from Francois Truffaut's 1962 audio interview with Hitchcock; original production design drawings; booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Cairns. (The Criterion Collection).
A Thousand Words
(2012) Eddie Murohy, Kerry Washington, Allison Janney, Clark Duke, Cliff Curtis, Jack McBrayer. Read more about "A Thousand Words" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Six deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds five more deleted scenes, alternate ending. (Paramount).
21 Jump Street
(2012) Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle, DeRay Davis, Ice Cube. Read more about "21 Jump Street" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Director and cast commentary, "Back to School" behind-the-scenes featurette, four deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds gag reel, Cube-O-Rama outtakes, four featurettes. (Sony).
Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns: Season 6
(2012) Three-disc set with 20 episodes, $29.98. Formats: DVD, Digital Download. Extras: (Lionsgate).
Wrath of the Titans
(2011) Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Edgar Ramirez, Toby Kebbell, Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy, Danny Huston. Read more about "Wrath of the Titans" in the June Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D Blu-ray Disc, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Ten featurettes. (Warner).
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