Adventures of Bailey: Christmas Hero
(2012) Rick Shew, Trey Bumpass, Christine Galyean, Liz Franke. Worried that he won't get any presents from Santa because he's been a bad doggie, Bailey learns of a mysterious Native American Indian brave who may be able to make his Christmas wishes come true. With visions of tennis balls, squeaky toys and dog bones dancing in his head, Bailey sets out to find this legend in the woods. But his misguided actions threaten the Baker family's Christmas plans. Dove-approved family film. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
Aim High: The Complete First Season
(2011) All six webisodes of the series about a 16-year-old undercover CIA agent who fights terrorists in-between homework and dates with his crush Amanda, the most popular girl in high school. Formats: DVD, $14.97. Extras: "Meet Nick Green" featurette, "All Better Now" music video, "Video Yearbook" featurette. (Warner).
American Restoration: Volume Two
(2012) Two-disc set with 17 episodes, $19.95. Formats: DVD. (A&E).
(2011) Voices of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton, Ashley Jensen. Read more about "Arthur Christmas" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo Disc, 3D Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Un-wrapping Arthur Christmas" featurette, five progression reels, "Elf Recruitment Video." (Sony).
Astonishing X-Men 2-Disc Blu-ray Collection
(2012) Two-disc set with "Astonishing X-Men: Gifted," "Astonishing X-Men: Dangerous," "Astonishing X-Men: Torn," "Astonishing X-Men: Unstoppable," bonus content, and original cover art illustration by John Cassaday. Also available on DVD. (Shout! factory).
Bonfire of the Vanities BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1990) Dir.: Brian De Palma; Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Melanie Griffith. (Warner).
Call the Midwife
(2012) Based on the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth, the critically acclaimed BAFTA nominated drama is a moving, intimate, funny and, above all, true-to-life look at the colorful stories of midwifery and families in East London in the 1950s. Two-disc set. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Celebrity Trials in the Media
(2012) A fascinating look at the media's fascination with celebrity trials, centering on the rape trial of Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant and the child molestation trial of singer Michael Jackson. Director Brian Malone examines the ethical shortcomings of the press when they drop their guard to cover celebrities; if a celebrity is involved, an otherwise unnoticed case of drunk driving, insider trading, rape or even murder gets more national and local coverage than the real news of the day. This documentary examines Americans' fascination with celebrity scandals, from Fatty Arbuckle to Patty Hearst and Tonya Harding to Winona Rider and, of course, O.J. Simpson. Formats: DVD, $19.95; Digital. (Cinema Libre Studio).
(2012) Bryson Sams, C. Thomas Howell, Brooke Langton and Tom Arnold. An 11-year-old boy -- unhappy because he's moving with his detective dad from California to Manhattan -- tries to train his dog Chilly to live in an apartment (including using the toilet and a treadmill) while fending off dognappers. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).
The Client BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1994) Dir.: Joel Schumacher; Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Anthony La Paglia, Brad Renfro. (Warner).
Cut to the Chase: Charley Chase Comedy Collection
Charles Joseph Parrott of Baltimore, Maryland started out in vaudeville during the rough and tumble days in the first decade of the 20th century. Exactly 100 years ago this year, this young man fresh off the stage, started working at the Christie Film Company as a juvenile lead, a gag writer and a comedy director. When he changed his name to Charley Chase and found himself featured in the Hal Roach short comedies, he became one of the great geniuses and stars of Hollywood's golden era of silent comedy. As renowned as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd at the time, Chase easily matched them laugh for laugh. The always-dapper Chase specialized in portraying the pleasant common man with very common skills placed in the most uncommon of circumstances. Included in this two-disc set are "April Fool," "The 'Fraidy Cat," "Bad Boy," "The Caretaker's Daughter," "Be Your Age," "Bromo and Juliet," "Dog Shy," "Charley My Boy," "The Uneasy Three," "Innocent Husbands," "Isn't Life Terrible?," "What Price Goofy?," "Long Fliv the King," "Mama Behave," "Mighty Like A Moose," "Mum's the Word." Formats: DVD. (Milestone Films).
Digimon Adventure: Volume 1
(2011) Three-disc set with 21 episodes, $19.95. Formats: DVD. (Flatiron Film Company).
(2012) One of our favorite natural history subjects, the good old dinosaur, gets a makeover and then some in this fantastically ambitious and groundbreaking documentary. Based on cutting-edge paleontology and the latest fossil records, "Dinotasia" presents a series of vignettes about dinosaurs -- both familiar faces and some we have only found out about in the past 10 years. The film uses CGI to bring the stories to life, but draws on animation's birth in silent film and early Disney to create proper, traditional visual storytelling. It's more than a documentary, it's a love letter to fans of graphic novel-style film vignettes and classic film animation. Werner Herzog narrates. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Cinedign Entertainment/Flatiron Film Company).
Elvira's Movie Macabre: Mega Movie Marathon
Six-disc set with 12 B-movie classics from Elvira's nationally syndicated series, including:" Night of the Living Dead," "I Eat Your Skin," "The Satanic Rites of Dracula," "The Werewolf of Washington," "The Terror," "Eegah!," "Scared to Death," "Tormented", "The Brain that Wouldn't Die," "The Manster," "Lady Frankenstein," "Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter"; $34.98. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
Entourage: The Complete Series
Eighteen-disc set with all eight seasons and more than six hours of bonus content, boxed in a stylishly cool, black casing. Formats: DVD, $249.99; Blu-ray Disc, $299.99. Extended "Anatomy of Entourage" behind-the-scenes featurette, 17 commentaries, "The Mark Wahlberg Sessions," "Making of Medellin" featurette, "The Celebrity Factor," "Life at the Top," ONE X ONE PSA, "Inside the Hollywood Life," "The Shades of Sasha Grey," "Entourage On Location," "Entourage Exposed," "Anatomy of an Episode," "Into the Jungle," "Hollywood Minutes." (HBO).
Even the Rain
(2010 -- Spain) Gael Garcia Bernal, Luis Tosar, Juan Carlos Aduviri, Karra Elejalde. Idealistic filmmaker Sebastian and his cynical producer Costa arrive in Bolivia to make a revisionist film about Christopher Columbus' conquest of the Americas. But as filming commences, the local citizens begin to riot in protest against a multi-national corporation that is taking control of their water supply. With the film shoot in jeopardy, both men find their convictions shaken. Weaves together history, politics, religion and the emotional art of movie making. Formats: DVD. (Image Entertainment).
Fire With Fire
(2012) Josh Duhamel, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Vincent D'Onofrio, 50 Cent, Richard Schiff, Vinnie Jones. Thriller follows a fireman's unexpected course of action when he's threatened by a white supremacist that he's testifying against in a murder case. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary, behind-the-scenes interviews. (Lionsgate).
Guys and Dolls BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1955) Dir.: Joseph L. Mankiewicz; Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine, Stubby Kaye, Sheldon Leonard. Blu-ray book with production notes, bios, photos, trivia. (Warner).
(2012) Documentary follows a team of veterans of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq as they set out to climb a towering Himalayan peak to overcome challenges and heal the mental and emotional ravages of war. The 11 wounded U.S veterans, each dealing with unique issues and looking to move on with their lives, join an expedition to climb the 20,000-foot Himalayan giant Mount Lobuche. Led by blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer and a team of Mount Everest summiteers as their guides, they embark on an emotional and gripping climb to reach the top and heal their psychic wounds. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Virgil Films).
Hirokin: The Last Samurai
(2011) Wes Bentley, Jessica Szohr, Angus Macfadyen, Laura Ramsey. On a planet where humans must scavenge the post-apocalyptic barren wasteland, Hirokin, a reluctant samurai with a dark past, sets off on a mission to fulfill his destiny. Armed with his samurai blade, Hirokin is forced to choose between avenging the murder of his family by the planet's evil dictator and his elite army of warriors, and fighting for the freedom of his people. Formats: DVD. Extras: Making-of, special effects, visual effects and editing featurettes; deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
(2011 -- Japan) Koki Maeda, Ohshiro Maeda, Ryōga Hayashi. Twelve-year-old Koichi lives with his mother and retired grandparents in the southern region of Japan; his younger brother Ryunosuke lives with their father in the northern region of Japan. The brothers have been separated by their parents' divorce, and Koichi's only wish is for his family to be reunited. When he learns that a new bullet train line will soon open linking the two towns, he starts to believe that a miracle will take place -- that a wish made at the moment these new trains first pass each other at top speed will come true. With help from the adults around him, Koichi sets out on a journey with a group of friends, each hoping to witness a miracle. Formats: DVD. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Javier Bardem 3-Film Collection
Three Bardem films in time for his villainous role in the new Bond film, "Skyfall": "No Country for Old Men," "Biutiful" and Mondays in the Sun," $19.98. Extras: Includes all the featurettes, deleted scens and commentaries from the original DVD releases. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
(2011 -- Sweden) Ruth Vega Fernandez, Joakim Natterqvist, Liv Mjones. A thirtysomething upper middle-class woman, Mia, finds her life turned upside down when she unexpectedly falls in love with the free-spirited Frida when the two meet at an engagement party in the country -- Frida's mother is about to marry Mia's father -- calling into question Mia's engagement to her longtime boyfriend Tim. Formats: DVD. (Wolfe Video).
Law & Order: The Eleventh Year
(2000-01) Five-disc set with 24 episodes, $36.98. Formats: DVD. (Universal).
Lifetime Gold Collection
Two-disc set with four of Lifetime's most popular Original Movies: "Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story," "Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy," "Ambulance Girl" and "We Were the Mulvaneys," $14.95. Formats: DVD. (A&E).
The Love You Save
(2011 -- TV) Robin Givens, Christopher Williams, Kierra "Kiki" Sheard. A successful single real estate mogul, with a seemingly perfect life finds things coming apart at the seams when her children discover a secret from their past that shakes the family to its core. Dove-approved family film. Formats: DVD. (Image Entertainment).
(2012) Steven Seagal, Steve Austin, Michael Pare, Aliya O'Brien. When former black ops operative Tom Steele (Seagal) and his partner Manning (Austin) are assigned to decommission an old prison, they must oversee the arrival of two mysterious female prisoners. Before long, an elite force of mercenaries assault the prison in search of the new arrivals. As the true identities of the women are revealed, Steele realizes he's caught in the middle of something far bigger than he had imagined. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: (Anchor Bay).
Moms to the Rescue Collection
Four compelling and entertaining Original Lifetime Movies on two discs: "Honeymoon With Mom," "Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story," "Mom, Dad and Her" and "Mom at Sixteen," $19.95. Formats: DVD. (A&E).
Outpost: Black Sun
(2012) Catherine Steadman, Richard Coyle, Julian Wadham, Daniel Caltagirone. A NATO Special Forces Unit in Eastern Europe must battle a zombie army of Nazi Storm-Troopers created by a war-criminal German scientist. This sequel to 2008's Nazi zombie film "Outpost" is a straight-ahead action-horror-thriller that doesn't get bogged down in talk despite an emphasis on science (the Nazis are transformed into monsters by a quantum force field). Fun. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Xlrator).
(2012) Caity Lotz, Casper Van Dien, Agnes Bruckner, Mark Steger, Haley Hudson. As a woman struggles to come to grips with her past in the wake of her mother's death, an unsettling presence emerges in her childhood home. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Midnight Films).
The Paradise Lost Trilogy Collector's Edition
(2012) The landmark documentary that sparked an international movement to "Free the West Memphis Three." "Paradise Lost" investigates the gruesome 1993 murder of three 8-year-old boys and the three teenagers accused of killing them as part of a Satanic ritual. From real-life courtroom drama and clandestine jailhouse interviews to behind-the-scenes strategy meetings and intimate moments with grief-stricken families, filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky were granted unprecedented access to all the players involved, capturing the events as they unfolded. "Paradise Lost: Revelations" delves deeply into the shocking aftermath of the trials, updating the story seven years after the murders. With Echols on death row and Baldwin and Misskelley serving life sentences, "Paradise Lost: Purgatory" picks up the story and reexamines the horrifying crime with fresh insights that only the passage of time can provide. Facts are reexamined, new evidence is revealed and new suspects are scrutinized. (Just before the third documentary was completed, the three men were exonerated). Formats: DVD. Extras: 20-page booklet of never-before-seen photography and reminiscences from the filmmakers, never-before-seen interview with Jason Baldwin on the morning of his release from prison, lost footage, deleted scenes and bonus footage, press day panel discussion with the West Memphis Three, filmmaker interviews. (Docurama).
Planes, Trains and Automobiles 25th Anniversary Blu-ray
(1987) Dir.: John Hughes; Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins, Michael McKean, Kevin Bacon, Dylan Baker. Extras: "John Hughes: Life Moves Pretty Fast," an in-depth look at the work and legacy of John Hughes, including "John Hughes: The Voice of a Generation" and "Heartbreak and Triumph: The Legacy of John Hughes"; "Getting There Is Half the Fun: The Story of Planes, Trains And Automobiles"; "John Hughes for Adults"; "A Tribute to John Candy"; deleted scene: "Airplane Food." (Paramount).
RVBX: Ten Years of Red vs. Blue
(2012) On April 1, 2003, the first episode of "Red vs. Blue" took the Internet by storm, heralding the dawn of a new era of online viral video. Based on the explosively popular video game franchise Halo and created with a new form of animation called "machinima," "Red vs. Blue" was unlike anything online audiences had ever seen before. From tank romances to alien offspring, buddy clubs, "knock knock" jokes, laser faces and more, this is the sci-fi comedy that paved the way for an entire generation of online video. This 14-disc boxed set collects the full first 10 seasons of "Red vs. Blue" episodes with newly remastered surround sound audio, plus additional videos and miniseries, hours of special features, interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and much more. Formats: DVD, $139.95; Blu-ray Disc, $179.95. (Cinedign Entertainment/Flatiron Film Company).
Rags and Riches
Mary Pickford is known today as the first film actress to achieve international super stardom. Funny, feisty and diminutive, she was also the first actor to have complete artistic control of her films. And because Pickford chose to work with the best directors, writers, craftsmen and editors, what incredible films they are. These three titles, newly mastered with full orchestral scores, demonstrate the star's commitment to excellence and the brilliant range of her acting: "The Poor Little Rich Girl" (1917), "The Hoodlum" (1919) and "Sparrows" (1926). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Milestone Films).
(1950) A riveting psychological thriller that investigates the nature of truth and the meaning of justice, "Rashomon" is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made. Four people recount different versions of the story of a man's murder and the rape of his wife, which director Akira Kurosawa presents with striking imagery and an ingenious use of flashbacks. This eloquent masterwork and international sensation revolutionized film language and introduced Japanese cinema -- and a commanding new star by the name of Toshiro Mifune -- to the Western world. New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary by Japanese-film historian Donald Richie; video introduction by director Robert Altman; excerpts from "The World of Kazuo Miyagawa," a documentary on "Rashomon's" cinematographer; "A Testimony as an Image," a 68-minute documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew; archival audio interview with actor Takashi Shimura; original and rerelease trailers; a booklet featuring an essay by film historian Stephen Prince, an excerpt from director Akira Kurosawa's "Something Like an Autobiography," and reprints of "Rashomon's" two source stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, "Rashomon" and "In a Grove." (The Criterion Collection).
REC 3: Genesis
(2012 -- Spain) Javier Bote, Leticia Dolera, Diego Martin. Third chapter in the REC "recorded" series follows one young couple's wedding day in the country that turns into one big nightmare when a viral outbreak transforms their guests into blood-thirsty zombies. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, blooper reel. (Sony).
Red vs. Blue: Season 10
(2012) Finale to the Project Freelancer saga, complete with newly animated battle sequences. Formats: DVD, $19.95; Blu-ray Disc, $24.95; Digital. Extras: PSAs, Special videos, audio commentary, trailers, outtakes, deleted scenes. (Cinedign Entertainment/Flatiron Film Company).
Regular Show: The Best DVD in the World* At This Moment in Time
(2011-12) Features 16 episodes from the second and third seasons of the popular animated series about Mordecai and Rigby -- a bluebird and a racoon who are the groundskeepers at a park and whose attempts to escape their everyday boredom take them to fantastical extremes; $19.82. Formats: DVD. (Cartoon Network).
(2011) IMAX documentary plunges audiences into the grueling, highly technical work of saving lives in the face of a natural disaster, following first responders as they train at sea, in the air and on the ground preparing for the worst that can happen. And then it does ... when a magnitude 7.0 earthquake strikes the Caribbean nation of Haiti. Formats: DVD, 3D Blu-ray Disc (compatible with 2D players). (Image Entertainment).
Sunset Boulevard BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1950) Dir.: Billy Wilder; William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson, Fred Clark, Lloyd Gough, Jack Webb. Newly restored. Not only a cinematic masterpiece, "Sunset Boulevard" also captures some extraordinary moments in Hollywood history, including Cecil B. DeMille on the set of "Samson and Delilah," which was erected in a soundstage still in use on the Paramount lot. Director Erich von Stroheim, who had directed Swanson previously in real life, appears as Norma Desmond's butler and former director. Various notable figures make appearances in the film as themselves, including actors Buster Keaton, Hedda Hopper, Anna Q. Nilsson and H.B. Warner. And, of course, there are the iconic images of Hollywood itself, including the well-known shot of Paramount's legendary gates.
The main objective of the restoration effort was to remain faithful to the distinctive look created by the director and cinematographer. Stark shadows and darkness occasionally cut by the bright light of a film projector are themselves essential in telling the disturbing story of madness and obsession. The restoration team secured a vintage print made at the time of release from the Library of Congress to view and study the tones and extensively researched documentation from the production to accurately present the director's original vision. Although none of the original nitrate materials survive, the restoration team conducted a worldwide search for the earliest generation elements, ultimately using an acetate 35mm duplicate negative as a primary source for scanning at 4K to create the highest picture quality possible. In addition, work done on the film's original mono soundtrack back in 2001-2002 was expanded upon. As with the picture, no original sound materials survive, but a variety of source elements were analyzed, transferred, digitally cleaned and incorporated into the final restoration -- including optical soundtrack negatives, music and effects tracks and partial music master materials.
The Blu-ray boasts over two hours of in-depth bonus material that sheds light on the film, its origins and its path to becoming a classic. Also includes a never-before-released deleted scene entitled "The Paramount-Don't-Want-Me Blues," which was obtained from the Academy Film Archive and features Academy Award-winning songwriters Jay Livingston and Ray Evans performing a comedic song that was cut for fear of being too Hollywood insider in 1950. Extras: Commentary by Ed Sikov, author of "On Sunset Blvd: The Life and Times of
Billy Wilder"; featurettes: "Sunset Boulevard: The Beginning," "Sunset Boulevard: A Look Back," "The Noir Side of Sunset Boulevard," "Sunset Boulevard Becomes a Classic," "Two Sides of Ms. Swanson," "Stories of Sunset Boulevard," "Mad About the Boy: A Portrait of William Holden," "Recording Sunset Boulevard," "The City of Sunset Boulevard," "Franz Waxman and the Music of Sunset Boulevard," "Behind the Gates: The Lot," "Edith Head: The Paramount Years ," "Paramount in the '50s": "Morgue Prologue" script pages, deleted scene "The Paramount-Don't-Want-Me Blues"; Hollywood location map; production, movie and publicity galleries; theatrical trailer. (Paramount).
(2012) Joey Oglesby, Donny Boaz, Andrew Pozza, Devin Bonnee, Lizabeth Waters. A send-up of "found footage" films by the creators of "Scary Movie" in which a team of myth-debunking ghost hunters on television take off on their most frightening assignment just in time for the last episode of the season. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Well Go USA).
The Swan Princess Christmas
(2012) The all-new CGI musical follows the return of Princess Odette, Prince Derek, and their trusted woodland friends as they celebrate their first Christmas together, and face the villainous and evil sorcerer, Rothbart. Extras: Storybook read-along, sing-along videos, "Season of Love" music video by Anna Graceman. Formats: DVD. (Sony).
They Live Collector's Edition
(1988) Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster. Horror master John Carpenter directs this heart-pounding thriller in which aliens are systematically gaining control of the Earth by masquerading as humans and lulling the public into submission. Humanity's last chance lies with a lone drifter who stumbles upon a harrowing discovery -- a unique pair of sunglasses that reveals the terrifying and deadly truth. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with writer-director John Carpenter and Roddy Piper; "Independent Thoughts": An interview with Carpenter; "Man vs. Aliens": an interview with Keith David; "Woman of Mystery": an interview with Meg Foster; "Watch, Look, Listen: The Sights & Sounds of They Live"; 2012 cast reunion Q&A with Piper, David and Foster; original EPK: T"he Making of They Live"; never-before-seen footage from the commercials created for the film; original theatrical trailer; TV spots; still gallery. (Shout! Factory/Scream Factory).
(2012) Dir.: Fernando Meirelles; Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz and Ben Foster. A sexy, dramatic thriller about interconnected romantic life in the 21st century. "360" starts
in Vienna, weaving stories set in Paris, London, Bratislava, Rio, Denver and Phoenix into a single, mesmerizing narrative. A businessman tempted to be unfaithful to his wife, sets into motion a series of events that ripple around the globe with dramatic consequences. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Coming Full Circle: The Making of 360," "Behind the Scenes Picture-in-Picture Comparisons," "AXS TV: A Look at 360." (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Top Shot: Season Four
(2012) Four-disc set with nine episodes, $29.95. Formats: DVD. (A&E).
Universal 100th Anniversary Collection
Features a selection of 25 unforgettable films that helped shape the legacy of one of the most successful movie studios of all time. The Universal 100th Anniversary Collection includes an exclusive "100 Years of Universal" 72-Page collector's book with rare photos and memorabilia from the studio's archives. The collection also includes an exclusive 15-track music CD containing a selection of the most popular music scores from Universal films, including "Psycho," "The Sting," "Jaws," "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" and "Out of Africa." Extra features include an exclusive bonus disc, with eight "100 Years of Universal" featurettes, vintage cartoons and rarely seen shorts from the Universal archives. The titles: "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930), "Dracula" (1931), "Dracula Spanish" (1931)" (Blu-ray Collection only), "Buck Privates" (1941), "Pillow Talk" (1959), "Spartacus" (1960), "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962), "The Birds" (1963), "American Graffiti" (1973), "The Sting" (1973), "Jaws" (1975), "National Lampoon's Animal House" (1978), "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" (1982), "Scarface" (1983), "The Breakfast Club" (1985), "Back to the Future" (1985), "Out of Africa" (1985), "Field of Dreams" (1989), "Do the Right Thing" (1989), "Jurassic Park" (1993), "Schindler's List " (1993)" (DVD Collection only), "Apollo 13" (1995), "The Fast and the Furious" (2001), "The Bourne Identity" (2002), "Mamma Mia! The Movie" (2008), "Despicable Me" (2010). Formats: DVD, $299.98; Blu-ray Disc, $349.98. (Universal).
A Very Mary Christmas (aka Expecting Mary)
(2010) Elliott Gould, Linda Gray, Lainie Kazan, Cloris Leachman, Della Reese, Olesya Rulin, Cybill Shepherd, Gene Simmon, Fred Willard. A pregnant teen, on the run from her unsupportive mother, hitchhikes to L.A. to see her rock star father, along the way meeting up with a group of eccentric characters in a trailer park where she finds the true meaning of family. Formats: DVD. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).
Warren Miller's ... Like There's No Tomorrow
(2011) Narrated by Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley and filmed on five continents, documentary tours the world's most inspiring snowy landscapes, from the rugged peaks of New Hampshire's Mount Washington to the legendary powder of Squaw Valley, California; from the striking Himalayas in Gulmarg, India, to the southern hemisphere's highest peak in Portillo, Chile. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Shout! Factory).
What She Wants for Christmas
(2012) Denise Boutte, Christian Keyes, Jackie Long. Ten-year-old Abigail has written to the North Pole and asked for something very special this year -- something she's kept secret even from her mother. But when Abigail discovers that Santa won't be bringing her special "gift," she activates her back-up plan to capture jolly St. Nick ... and gets Christmas all tied up. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
Wolf Lake: The Complete Series
(2001-02) Three-disc set with all nine episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Un-aired pilot, "Wolf Lake: The Original Werewolf Saga" featurette. (Entertainment One).
The Yummy Gummy Search for Santa
(2012) When Santa vanishes on Christmas Eve, Gummibar and his band of wacky, misfit friends shake their booties from the North Pole to the tropics on a madcap search ... only to find Santa was abducted by a dance-crazed alien. Now the fate of Christmas morning rests in the hands -- and feet -- of the YouTube sensation dancing green gummy bear. Formats: DVD, $14.98. Extras: Six music videos. (Lionsgate).
The Amazing Spider-Man
(2012) Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, C. Thomas Howell, Chris Zylka, Embeth Davidtz, Stan Lee. Read more about "The Amazing Spider-Man" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, three-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo, four-disc 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Also available as a Limited Edition Gift Set (four-disc 3D/Blu-ray version) with collectible Spider-Man and Lizard figurines. Extras: "The Amazing Spider-Man Second Screen App," including interviews, storyboards, alternate takes, costume tests, pre-visualization sequences and more; behind-the-scenes documentaries; deleted scenes; commentary; "The Oscorp Archives": Production art gallery; stunt rehearsals. 3D set adds "3D 101" with Marc Webb and 3D scene progression reel. (Sony).
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The Astonishing X-Men Blu-Ray Collection
(2011) All four Astonishing X-Men adventures from Joss Whedon: "Astonishing X-Men: Gifted,"
"Astonishing X-Men: Dangerous," "Astonishing X-Men: Torn," Astonishing X-Men: Unstoppable." Also available on DVD. Extras: Special bonus content and original cover art illustration by John Cassaday. (Shout! Factory).
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1989) Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin. Extras: Air guitar tutorial with Bjorn Turoque & The Rockness Monster, "One Sweet and Sour Chinese Adventure to Go," radio spots, theatrical trailer. (MGM).
(2012) Voices of Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Kevin McKidd, Robbie Coltrane, Craig Ferguson. Read more about "Brave" in the November Calendar.Formats: Five-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition (1 Blu-ray 3D + 2 Blu-ray Discs + 1 DVD + 1 Digital Copy); three-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD. Extras: "La Luna" theatrical short and "The Legend of Mor'du" short film; commentary. Blu-ray adds production, behind-the-scenes and location featurettes; extended scenes; promo clips; "wee gaffes"; art gallery; more. (Disney).
A Burning Hot Summer
(2012 -- Canada) Louis Garrel, Monica Bellucci, Jerome Robart, Celine Sallette. The once-happy marriage between brooding painter Frederic and his movie-star wife Angele hits the rocks when another couple joins them on a Roman holiday. Features an evocative score from the Velvet Underground's legendary John Cale. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
Comes a Bright Day
(2012) Craig Roberts, Imogen Poots, Kevin McKidd, Timothy Spall. Offbeat love story set during the armed robbery of one of London's most exclusive jewelers. Sam is a bright, ambitious and handsome bellboy at a five star hotel who, while running an errand at one of London's most exclusive jewelers, suddenly finds himself in a life or death hostage situation with the radiantly beautiful Mary and her belligerent elderly boss Charlie. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
Company in Concert
(2011) Live performance of the hit Stephen Sondheim musical comedy, starring Craig Bierko, Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, Katie Finneran, Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Lazar, Patti LuPone, Jill Paice, Martha Plimpton, Anika Noni Rose, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Jim Walton and Chryssie Whitehead. Winner of the 1971 Tony Award for Best Musical, "Company" follows five married, once married, or soon-to-be-married couples and their mutual friend, Robert, a 35-year-old bachelor who has been unable to connect in a long-term relationship. The relationships are presented in a series of vignettes. Performed for four sold-out evenings with the New York Philharmonic and filmed for theatrical exhibition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).
Culinary Masterpieces: Four Great Foodie Films
Four culinary masterpieces in a special edition box set: "Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven," "Kings of Pastry" (by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus), "Guy Martin: Portrait of a Grand Chef" and "A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt," $59.95. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
(2012) Dir.: Todd Solondz; Jordan Gelber, Christopher Walken, Mia Farrow, Selma Blair, Justin Bartha. Romance blooms between two thirtysomethings in arrested development: an avid toy collector who is the dark horse of his family and a depressed woman on the rebound. Jordan Gelber plays Abe, a spoiled Long Island 35-year-old who still lives with his parents, collects action figures, takes money from his mom, has a do-nothing job with his dad's little real estate company, wears a rhinestone name necklace and drives a bright yellow Hummer. But the perpetually angry Abe's life suddenly perks up when he attends a wedding and meets the equally miserable (but beautiful) Miranda. Abe proposes on their first date, but the events that follow suggest Abe may have a very weak grasp of reality; plus, there's the sneaking suspicion that Miranda may really be after Abe's more successful and better-looking brother. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Virgil Films).
The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Complete Series BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1961-66) Fifteen-disc set with all five seasons, $349.98. Extras: TV Academy Tribute to Carl Reiner featuring Dick Van Dyke, George Clooney, Garry Shandling, Ray Romano, Brad Garrett, Paul Reiser, Rose Marie, Larry Mathews, and more, 50th Anniversary Q & A with Dick Van Dyke, Carl Reiner and Garry Marshall; "It May Look Like a Walnut" color test; Dick Van Dyke Appearance on "The Danny Kaye Show"; Mary Tyler Moore appearance on "The Danny Kaye Show"; Mary Tyler Moore appearance on "The Danny Thomas Show"; "Kick the Habit" radio spot featuring Dick Van Dyke; Safety Council reel; network promos. Also includes all the extras from the DVD set. (Image Entertainment).
Doctor Who Classic: The Claws of Axos Special Edition
When a damaged spaceship containing beautiful humanoid creatures called Axons lands on Earth, the Doctor (Third Doctor Jon Pertwee), Jo and UNIT are sent to investigate. In return for their help, the Axons offer the gift of Axonite, which would end world famine. It all appears too good to be true. Formats: DVD. Extras: Re-mastered edition includes commentary, Axon Stations making-of featurette, the earliest surviving Doctor Who studio recording; more. Two-disc set, $34.98 (BBC Home Entertainment).
Doctor Who: Series Seven, Part One
(2012) Two-disc set with five episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "The Science of Doctor Who," "Doctor Who at Comic-Con," Pond Life featurettes, more. (BBC Home Entertainment).
Duck Dynasty: Season One
(2012) Three-disc set with 15 episodes, $19.95. Formats: DVD. (A&E).
Empire of the Sun BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1987) Dir.: Steven Spielberg; Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, Nigel Havers, Joe Pantoliano, Ben Stiller. Based on J. G. Ballard's autobiographical novel. In a premium Blu-ray book featuring a collectible 36-page book with rare images, cast bios, facts about the film, essays and more. $34.99. Extras: "The China Odyssey: Empire of the Sun: Behind the scenes" documentary; "Warner at War." (Warner).
Friends: The Complete Series BLU-RAY DEBUT
All 236 original broadcast episodes on 21 discs plus 20 hours of bonus features including over three hours of newly-added material. New content includes a retrospective documentary with new interviews looking back at the 10 years of the series, never-before-released cast appearances, unaired footage, a new gag reel and more. $279.98. (Warner).
(2011) Aaron Dean Eisenberg, J. Walter Holland, Liz Fenning, Jared Grey. A group of friends use an ancient coffin to experience the world as ghosts. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Mauro Borrelli and producers Ed Polgardy and Scott Rudolph; behind-the-scenes featurette, interviews. (Lionsgate).
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
(2012) Inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's groundbreaking book, this documentary takes on one of the central moral challenges of the 21st century: the oppression of women and girls worldwide. The film is an unforgettable journey with actress/advocates Eva Mendes, America Ferrera, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Uniuon, Diane Lane and New York Times journalist Kristof to meet some of the most courageous individuals of our time, who are doing extraordinary work to empower women and girls everywhere. These are stories of heartbreaking challenge, dramatic transformation and enduring hope. The two-disc set features episodes on Gender-Based Violence/Sierra Leone, Sex Trafficking/Cambodia, Education/Vietnam, Maternal Mortality/Somaliland, Forced Prostitution/India. Formats: DVD. Extras: Extended and deleted scenes and interviews, PSAs, trailers, mini-campaign videos, bonus content for Facebook game, Take Action Next Steps. (Docurama).
Harold & Kumar Blu-ray Ultimate Collector's Edition
All three Harold and Kumar films: "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle," "Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay" and "A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas" plus bonus features.$49.99. (Warner).
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Parts 1 and 2: Ultimate Edition
(2010-11) Includes more than six hours of special features (including "Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 7 and Part 8") and collectibles including a photo booklet with 48 pages of rare photos of the cast and crew, concept sketches and behind-the-scenes insights; four limited edition character cards and a lenticular card. Formats: Six-disc Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet Combo pack, $64.99. (Warner).
(2011) Devin the Dude, Lil Duval, Gary Owen, Erik Estrada, Eddie Griffin, Elle Capone, Kelly Coffield, Keith David. Two marijuana-loving brothers embark on a journey in search of a mythical highway in Kentucky, which they believe will lead them to "marijuana nirvana." Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
The Incredible Mel Brooks: An Irresistible Collection of Unhinged Comedy
(2012) 5-DVD/1-CD set pays tribute to America's national treasure, Mel Brooks. Included here are gems such as "Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again," an evening with Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett that aired on HBO in September 2011 and was recently nominated for the Outstanding Variety Special Emmy Award; the 1981 BBC documentary "I Thought I Was Taller: A Short History of Mel Brooks"; "Excavating The 2000 Year Old Man," a PBS special on the story behind the iconic 2000 Year Old Man and the partnership between its two extraordinary creators, Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner; "Mel and His Movies," a new five-part exploration of his incomparable film career; vintage appearances on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" and "The Dick Cavett Show"; episodes of the unforgettable TV series "Get Smart," as well as "When Things Were Rotten" and his Emmy-award winning turn as unpredictable Uncle Phil on "Mad About You"; and, of course, "The Critic"; short films, tributes, and rare footage; a CD with long-lost comedy bits and songs from Brooks' movies; and a 60-page book featuring vintage photos, program notes and essays by Leonard Maltin, Robert Brustein, Gene Wilder and Bruce Jay Friedman. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
The Island President
(2011) A film about one man's mission to save his nation and perhaps the planet. President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives is confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced -- the survival of his country and everyone in it. Nasheed, who brought democracy to the Maldives after decades of despotic rule, now faces an even greater challenge: As one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1,200 islands of the Maldives and make them uninhabitable. A classic David and Goliath tale, this documentary captures Nasheed's battle to stop global warming -- and save his country. Music by Radiohead. Formats: DVD. Extras: Interview with director Jon Shenk, photos, bios. (First Run Features).
Lawrence of Arabia 50th Anniversary BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1962) Dir.: David Lean; Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Omar Sharif, Jose Ferrer, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains, Arthur Kennedy. Digitally restored director's cut. Available as a two-disc Blu-ray set with UltraViolet, $26.99; and as a three-disc boxed Gift Set, $95.99. Extras: "Secrets of Arabia" picture-in-graphic track; "Peter O'Toole revisits Lawrence of Arabia" new interview; "The Making of Lawrence of Arabia" documentary; conversation with Steven Spielberg; "Maan, Jordan: The Camels Are Cast"; "In Search of Lawrence"; "Romance of Arabia"; "Wind, Sand and Star: The Making of a Classic";
original newsreel footage of the New York premiere; advertising campaigns. The Gift Set adds a soundtrack CD; 88-page coffee table book; individually numbered 70mm film frame; a never-before-seen deleted scene; "The Lure of the Desert: Martin Scorsese on Lawrence of Arabia"; "In Love With the Desert" featurette; "King Hussein Visits Lawrence of Arabia Scene"; archival interviews with William Friedkin, Sydney Pollack, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg; trailers and TV spots. (Sony).
(2011) John Schneider, Jeremy Jones, Nicole Gale Anderson, Jason Burkey, Jenna von Oy, Bill Cobbs. Inspiring tale of temptation, faith and redemption, about a young man who realizes he can only move forward after facing his past and reconcile with his estranged father. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Image Entertainment).
A MusiCares Tribute to Barbra Streisand
(2012) Actress, singer, director, writer, composer, producer, designer, author, photographer and activist. On February 11, 2011, Streisand was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year (MusiCares was established in 1989 by The Recording Academy to provide a safety net of assistance to music people in times of need by way of a wide range of financial, medical and personal assistance). At a gala fund-raising event in Los Angeles, Streisand and an all-star cast of guests, including Tony Bennett, Faith Hill, Diana Krall, Barry Manilow, Seal, Stevie Wonder and more, performed many of the songs she made famous throughout her illustrious career. Proceeds from the sale of the DVD and Blu-ray -- which contain 13 performances from that evening -- will provide support for MusiCares. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Shout! Factory).
My Big Fat Greek Wedding: 10th Anniversary Special Edition
(2002) Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Michael Constantine, Lainie Kazan. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo with Digital. Extras: New 30-Minute retrospective on the making of the film; deleted scenes; coomentary with Vardalos, Corbett, and director Joel Swick. (HBO Select).
Nitro Circus The Movie
(2012) Travis Pastrana, Tommy Passemante, Jolene Van Vugt, Jeremy Rawle, Gregg Godfrey, Greg Powell, Jim DeChamp, Erik Roner. Travis Pastrana and his tight-knit, highly-skilled, adrenaline-addicted friends bring their impossibly insane adventures to the big screen with the most dangerous stunts in the world of action sports -- from back-flipping a bike between two 60-story buildings to going air-born to destroy their friends in a life size, high-speed game of Freedom Flyers. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 3D Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (ARC Entertainment).
Painted Skin: The Resurrection
(2012 -- China) Xun Zhou, Kun Chen, Wei Zhao. According to ancient lore, if a human freely offers their heart to a demon, that monster can become mortal, experiencing the true pains and passions of existence. Xiaowei, a millennia-old fox spirit, is freed from her frozen prison and transforms into a dangerous seductress who must consume living hearts to maintain her youthful beauty. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "The Making of Painted Skin: The Resurrection." (Well Go USA).
Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 2
(2012) A new collection of 12 Pixar short films: "BURN•E," "Dug's Special Mission," "George & AJ," "Air Mater," "Time Travel Mater," "Your Friend the Rat," "Partly Cloudy," "Presto," "Day & Night," "Hawaiian Vacation," "Small Fry," "La Luna." Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. (Disney).
The Postman Always Rings Twice BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1946) Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway, Hume Cronyn, Leon Ames, Audrey Totter. Extras: Introduction by Richard Jewell, "Lana Turner ... A Daughter's Memoir," "The John Garfield Story," "Phantoms, Inc.," "Red Hot Riding Hood," Screen Guild Theater broadcast, trailer. (Warner).
The Postman Always Rings Twice BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1981) Dir.: Bob Rafelson; Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, John Colicos, Michael Lerner, John P. Ryan, Anjelica Huston. (Warner).
The Predator Collection
(2012) Four Smithsonian Channel programs: "Big Cats of the Savannah," "Cheetah: Price of Speed," "Lions in Battle" and "Diving with Crocodiles," $24.98. Formats: DVD.(Inception Media Group).
The Queen of Versailles
(2012) A documentary that follows a billionaire couple as they begin construction on a mansion inspired by Versailles. During the next two years, their empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis. Read more about "The Queen of Versailles" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
The Raw and the Cooked
(2012) Taiwan is known around the world as having one of the most diverse cuisines in Asia, and food is the foremost passion of its 23 million inhabitants. This documentary is a sumptuous exploration of the island's rich culinary traditions, and their relationship to the Taiwan's unique mix of cultures. Formats: DVD. Extras: Recipes, culinary film gallery, biographies. (First Run Features).
Savages Unrated Edition
(2012) Dir.: Oliver Stone; Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, Emile Hirsch, Demian Bichir, John Travolta, Salma Hayek, Benicio Del Toro. Read more about "Savages" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with Oliver Stone; commentary with producers Moritz Borman, Eric Kopeloff, co-screenwriter/novelist Don Winslow, executive producer/co-screenwriter Shane Salerno and production designer Tomas Vothd. Blu-ray adds "Stone Cold Savages," a five-part profile of the film; deleted scenes. (Universal).
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Season 2 Part 1: Danger in the Deep
(2012) The gang returns to their hometown, Crystal Cove, to solve a series of baffling mysteries in 13 new episodes, $19.97.Formats: DVD. (Warner).
(2011) James D'Arcy, Noel Clarke, Frank Harper, Kate Magowan. When a soldier returns from Iraq and takes a job as a prison guard, he quickly realizes that the only thing distinguishing the prisoners from the "screws" (British slang for guard) is who holds the key. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Inception Media Group).
(2011) David Cubitt, Magda Apanowicz, Michael Hogan. A story about a mystical snow globe that makes very bad things happen in the real world when it is shaken. A Syfy Channel movie. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Classic Series Collection
(1987-1996) Twenty-three disc set with all 193 episodes from 10 seasons, packaged in an exclusive, collectible TMNT Party Van, $99.98. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain
(2012) Shot clandestinely over a two-year period, this film provides a rare look at the second-most isolated country on the planet, lifting the curtain to expose everyday life in a country that has been held in the iron grip of a brutal military regime for 48 years. Culled from over 120 hours of striking images, the film is an impressionistic journey. Interviews and interactions with more than 100 people throughout Burma, including an interview with the recently released Aung San Suu Kyi -- an opposition politician who had been imprisoned for 15 of the past 21 years -- are interwoven with spectacular footage of this little-seen nation and its people. Formats: DVD. (Docurama).
Trilogy of Life
In the early 1970s, the great Italian poet, philosopher, and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini ("Salo, or The 120 Days of Sodom") brought to the screen a trio of masterpieces of premodern world literature: Giovanni Boccaccio's "The Decameron" (1971), Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales" (1972) and "The Thousand and One Nights" (often known as "The Arabian Nights") (1974) and in doing so created his most uninhibited and extravagant work, which he titled his "Trilogy of Life." In this brazen and bawdy triptych, the director set out to challenge consumer capitalism and celebrate the uncorrupted human body while commenting on contemporary sexual and religious mores and hypocrisies. His scatological humor and rough-hewn sensuality leave all modern standards of decency behind; these are physical, provocative, and wildly entertaining films, all extraordinarily designed by Dante Ferretti and featuring evocative music by Ennio Morricone. New high-definition digital restorations of all three films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-ray editions. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New visual essays by film scholars Patrick Rumble and Tony Rayns on "The Decameron" and "Arabian Nights," respectively; new interviews with art director Dante Ferretti and composer Ennio Morricone about their work with Pasolini, and with film scholar Sam Rohdie on "The Canterbury Tales"; "The Lost Body of Alibech" (2005), a 45-minute documentary by Roberto Chiesi about a lost sequence from "The Decameron"; "The Secret Humiliation of Chaucer" (2006), a 47-minute documentary by Chiesi about "The Canterbury Tales"; "Via Pasoli; "Pier Paolo Pasolini and the Form of the City" (1974), a 16-minute documentary by Pasolini and Paolo Burnatto about the ancient Italian cities Orte and Sabaudia; deleted scenes from "Arabian Nights," with transcriptions of pages from the original script; Pasolini-approved English-dubbed track for "The Canterbury Tales"; trailers; a booklet featuring essays by critic Colin MacCabe; Pasolini's 1975 article "Trilogy of Life Rejected," excerpts from Pasolini's Berlin Film Festival press conference for "The Canterbury Tales," and a report from the set of "Arabian Nights" by critic Gideon Bachmann. (The Criterion Collection).
Twilight's Last Gleaming
(1977) Dir.: Robert Aldrich; Richard Widmark, Paul Winfield, Melvin Douglas, Joseph Cotten, Charles Durning, Burt Young, Burt Lancaster. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Olive Films).
2 Days in New York
(2012) Starring, co-written and directed by Julie Delpy. Co-stars Chris Rock, Albert Delpy,
Alexia Landeau, Alexandre Nahon, Kate Burton, Dylan Baker. Read more about "2 Days in New York" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: -Interview with Julie Delpy, interview with Chris Rock, Sundance interviews, "AXS TV: A Look at 2 Days in New York." (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2012) Dir.: Amy Heckerling; Alicia Silverstone, Krysten Ritter, Sigourney Weaver, Richard Lewis, Dan Stevens, Justin Kirk, Wallace Shawn, Marilu Henner, Kristin Johnson. Cheeky, fresh comedy about two eternally young party girls navigating the dating world in the Big City. Goody (Silverstone) and Stacy (Ritter) are addicted to the night life, clubbing, hooking up and always looking for the next thrill, all the while keeping a big a secret -- they happen to be modern-day vampires. But even with lifetimes of dating experience behind them, the duo realizes they still have a lot to learn about love when Stacy unexpectedly falls for the son of a vampire hunter, and Goody runs into the man of her dreams from decades earlier. With their destinies at stake, the girls are faced with a difficult choice; give up their eternal youth for a chance at love, or continue to live their uncomplicated fabulously single lives forever. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
(2012) Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade, Billy Crudup, Rosemarie DeWitt, Doug Jones, Will Forte. Read more about "The Watch" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, "Alien Invasions & You," "Casting the Alien." Blu-ray adds Jonah alternate takes, "Watchmakers." (Fox).
Watchmen Collector's Edition
Massive set with "Watchmen the Ultimate Cut" (which weaves together the director's cut of "Watchmen" with "Tales of the Black freighter"), two hours of bonus features, "Watchmen the Complete Motion Comics" -- all on three Blu-ray discs; the original theatrical cut on DVD; the first DC Comics hard cover edition of the graphic novel; lenticular packaging; $74.98. (Warner).
(1967) This scathing late-sixties satire from Jean-Luc Godard is one of cinema's great anarchic works. Determined to collect an inheritance from a dying relative, a bourgeois couple travel across the French countryside while civilization crashes and burns around them. Featuring a justly famous centerpiece sequence in which the camera tracks along a seemingly endless traffic jam, and rich with historical and literary references, "Weekend" is a surreally funny and disturbing call for revolution, a depiction of society retreating to savagery, and -- according to the credits -- the end of cinema itself. New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New video essay by film critic Kent Jones; archival interviews with actors Mireille Darc and Jean Yanne and assistant director Claude Miller; excerpt from a French television program on director Jean-Luc Godard, featuring on-set footage of "Weekend" shot by filmmaker Philippe Garrel; trailers; a booklet featuring an essay by critic and novelist Gary Indiana. (The Criterion Collection).
Ancient Aliens: Season Four
(2012) Four-disc set with 12 episodes. Formats: DVD, $29.95; Blu-ray Disc, $39.95. (A&E).
Big Tits Zombie (aka The Big Tits Dragon)
(2010 -- Japan) Directed by Japanese goremeister Takao Nakano. In this high-voltage Japanese gore-comedy, a medieval Book of the Dead is discovered in the catacombs that run under a small town strip club. When one of the desperate strippers unwittingly raises an army of the undead, the rest of the girls are forced to kick some zombie ass to save the world. Campy spectacle pits brassy strippers against a horde of the undead, including one of their own when goth stripper Maria hatches her own ambitious plans to become Queen of the Dead. Includes both 2D and 3D versions, plus two pairs of 3D glasses. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Combo. Extras: Making-of featurette. (Entertainment One).
(2012) Nico Stone, Adam DuPaul, Seymour Cassel, Kristin Dougherty. When a petty criminal's brother is arrested for armed robbery, he's asked to commit a string of similar crimes in an attempt to get his brother acquitted. Formats: DVD. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).
Christmas With Danny Kaye
From 1963 to 1967, Danny Kaye hosted the Emmy Award-winning, top-rated television variety series on CBS, "The Danny Kaye Show." This holiday DVD collection brings together two memorable Christmas episodes in their entirety, unseen since their original 1960s network TV broadcast: The first (aired Christmas day, 1963) features the legendary Nat King Cole and Mary Tyler-Moore; and the second (Dec. 21, 1966) features Peggy Lee and Wayne Newton.
Formats: DVD, $14.98. (Inception Media Group).
Color Me Obsessed
(2012) The first documentary about famed 80's indie-rock band The Replacements, told through the eyes of fans, friends, and contemporaries, combining over 140 interviews with rockers (Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, Craig Finn of The Hold Steady, Tommy Ramone, Grant Hart and Greg Norton of Husker Du, all three members of Goo Goo Dolls), journalists (Robert Christgau, Legs McNeil, Ira Robbins, Greg Kot, Jim DeRogatis), and fans both famous (Tom Arnold, Dave Foley, George Wendt) and not. Formats: Two-disc DVD. (MVD Entertainment Group).
Deathtrap BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1982) Dir: Sidney Lumet; Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, Dyan Cannon. Extras: (Warner Archive Collection).
Doctor Who: Limited Edition Gift Set
(2011) Forty-one DVDs with the complete seasons 1-6 covering the 9th, 10th and 11th Doctors (Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith), $249.95. Formats: DVD. Extras: Three new Doctor specials coming to DVD for the first time, collectible 11th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver, three original art cards, and the comic book "Doctor Who at Comic Con." (BBC/Warner).
The Dust Bowl
(2012) Two-part, four-hour documentary by Ken Burns offers a dramatic depiction of how human blindness to the balance of nature destroyed the farmlands of the Great Plains throughout the 1930s as prairies were turned into deserts and massive deadly dust storms took the lives and hopes of many Americans. Yet amidst the heartbreaking tragedy, there are also tales of heroic perseverance as families found ways to survive and government agencies and farmers worked together to develop new farming and conservation methods. Filled with seldom-seen movie footage, unpublished photographs, the songs of Woody Guthrie and the observations of two remarkable women who left behind eloquent written accounts, the film explores this critical time in American history in all its complexities. The fascinating documentary also features compelling interviews with 26 survivors of those hard times and may well be the last recorded testimony of the generation that lived through the Dust Bowl. Narrated by Peter Coyote and features voiceovers by Carolyn McCormack, Patricia Clarkson, Kevin Conway, and Amy Madigan. The Blu-ray and DVD both feature over an hour of bonus material, including more eyewitness interviews, additional stories, revealing footage and a look at the legacy of the Dust Bowl.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (PBS Distribution/Paramount Home Media Distribution.).
Eclipse Series 37: When Horror Came to Shochiku
Following years of a certain radioactive rubber beast's domination of the box office, many Japanese studios tried to replicate the formula with their own brands of monster movies. One of the most fascinating dives into that fiendish deep end was the short-lived one from Shochiku, a studio better known for its elegant dramas by the likes of Kenji Mizoguchi and Yasujiro Ozu. In 1967 and 1968, the company created four certifiably batty, low-budget fantasies, tales haunted by watery ghosts, plagued by angry insects, and stalked by aliens -- including one in the form of a giant chicken-lizard. Shochiku's outrageous and oozy horror period shows a studio leaping into the unknown, even if only for one brief, bloody moment.
The X from Outer Space (1967): When a scientist crew returns from Mars with some space spores that contaminated their ship, they inadvertently bring about a nightmarish Earth invasion -- after the spores are analyzed in a lab, one escapes, eventually growing into an enormous, rampaging beaked beast.
Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell (1968): After an airplane is forced to crash-land in a remote area, its passengers find themselves face-to-face with an alien force that wants to possess their bodies and souls -- and perhaps take over the entire human race. Filled with creatively repulsive effects -- including a very invasive bloblike life-form.
The Living Skeleton (1968): In this atmospheric tale of revenge from beyond the watery grave, a pirate-ransacked freighter's violent past comes back to haunt a young woman living in a seaside town. Mixing elements of kaidan (ghost stories), doppelganger thrillers, and mad-scientist movies,this is a wild and eerie work, with beautiful widescreen, black-and-white cinematography.
Genocide (1968): The insects are taking over in this nasty piece of disaster horror. A group of military personnel transporting a hydrogen bomb are left to figure out how and why swarms of killer bugs took down their plane; the answer is more deliriously nihilistic -- and convoluted -- than you could imagine. Also known as "War of the Insects," "Genocide" enacts a cracked doomsday scenario like no other.
Formats: DVD. (The Criterion Collection).
The Expendables 2
(2012) Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, Liam Hemsworth, Scott Adkins, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Yu Nan. Read more about "The Expendables 2" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet. Extras: Commentary with director Simon West, "Gods of War: Assembling Earth's Mightiest Anti-Heroes" featurette, "Big Guns, Bigger Heroes: The 1980's and the Rise of the Action Film" featurette, "On the Assault: The Real-Life Weaponry of The Expendables" featurette, "Guns for Hire: The Real Expendables" featurette, deleted scenes, gag reel. (Lionsgate).
Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season Collector's Edition
(2012) Collector's 10-disc (five Blu-rays, five DVDs plus digital copies) box set designed with the sigils of the four main houses of the series' Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, and comes with a premium dragon egg paperweight, a Blu-ray bonus disc of Season Two, Episode One, as well as all of the bonus materials and interactive features from the original DVD and BD releases; $99.97. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (HBO).
Gypsy BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1962) Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, Ann Jillian, Karl Malden. (Warner Archive Collection).
Hard Core Logo BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1996) Hugh Dillon, Callum Keith Rennie, John Pyper-Ferguson, Bernie Coulson. Pseudo-documentary by Bruce Macdonald follows punk bank Hard Core Logo on a harrowing last-gasp reunion tour throughout Western Canada (MVD Entertainment).
(1980) A visionary critique of American expansionism, "Heaven's Gate," directed by Oscar winner Michael Cimino ("The Deer Hunter"), is among Hollywood's most ambitious and unorthodox epics. Kris Kristofferson brings his weathered sensuality to the role of a Harvard graduate who has relocated all the way to Wyoming as a federal marshal; there, he learns of a government-sanctioned plot by rich cattle barons to kill the area's European settlers for their land. The resulting skirmish is based on the real-life bloody Johnson County War of 1892. Also starring Isabelle Huppert and Christopher Walken, "Heaven's Gate" is a savage and ravishingly shot demystification of WSestern movie lore. This is the full director's cut, letting viewers today see Cimino's potent original vision. New, restored transfer of director Michael Cimino's cut of the film, supervised by Cimino. New restoration of the 5.1 surround soundtrack, supervised by Cimino, in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New illustrated audio interview with Cimino and producer Joann Carelli; new interviews with actor Kris Kristofferson, soundtrack arranger and performer David Mansfield, and second assistant director Michael Stevenson; "The Johnson County War," a video interview with historian Bill O'Neal about the real-life conflict that inspired the film, and its resonance in popular culture; trailer and TV spots; a booklet featuring an essay by critic and programmer Giulia D'Agnolo Vallan. (The Criterion Collection).
Ike & Tina: On the Road: 1971-72
(2012) By combining soul music with an explosive stage show, complete with the high energy dance choreography of Tina Turner and the Ikettes, and an ingredient sorely missed in today's soul -- gritty rock n' roll -- Ike & Tina Turner gained a reputation as one of the great live acts of all-time. In the early 70s, legendary rock photographer Bob Gruen and his wife Nadya toured with Ike & Tina, filming them performing, on the road, and behind the scenes. Now for the first time ever this footage is available to the public. Formats: DVD, $19.98 (MVD Entertainment Group).
Inside John Lennon (Unauthorized)
(2003) Intimate account of the life and career of the most controversial Beatle, originally released in 2004. Formats: DVD, $9.99. (Entertainment One).
Les Miserables: 10th Anniversary Concert Special Edition
Newly remastered. The top stars from the original London and Broadway productions, along with a 150-voice chorus and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, join together for the most magical gala performance of Les Miserables ever produced. The 10th Anniversary Concert was recorded at Royal Albert Hall in 1995. Formats: Two-disc DVD, $34.98. Extras: Newly discovered interview footage with the creators of Les Miserables, producer Cameron Mackintosh, composer Claude-Michel Schanberg and lyricist Alain Boublil; the one-hour documentary "Stage by Stage -- The Making of Les Mis"; 12-page commemorative booklet; replica ticket from the 1995 London after-party. (BBC Worldwide Americas).
Mark of the Devil: Yack Pack
(1970) Herbert Lom, Udo Kier. Witch hunters -- whose witch trials are a scam to seduce women and rob the people of their land and money -- go on a killing rampage until the townspeople revolt. Includes a vomit bag for gruesome violence. Formats: DVD. (MVD Entertainment).
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Complete Series
(1993-96) Nineteen-disc set with all 145 original episodes from "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" Seasons One, Two and Three, plus the 10-episode series "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Alien Rangers," $119.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Morphin Time!, a look back at Mighty Morphin Power Rangers with members of the cast, crew and creative team; "A Morphenomenal Cast" featurette; "The Fans Power Up" featurette; "Lord Zedd's Monster Heads"; "Alpha's Magical Christmas"; Rare "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" Fan Club video; "MMPR Karate Club: The White Ranger Kata"; "Power Rangers Live: The World Tour." (Shout! Factory).
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season One, Volume Two
(1993) Three-disc set with the final 30 original episodes of Season One, $19.93.
Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
The Rolling Stones Under Review 1975-1983: The Ronnie Wood Years Part 1
(2012) An in-depth documentary covering the career and music of the Rolling Stones between 1975 and 1983. By the end of 1974 all was not well with "the greatest rock n' roll band in the world." Their last two records had received little in the way of critical acclaim, the co-songwriters and main players had drifted far apart, and Mick Taylor handed in his resignation. But then Ronnie Wood, formerly of the Faces, plugged into the group, breathing new life into the band. This documentary covers the Stones' career and music between 1975 and 1983 and includes archive and exclusive interviews, contributions from music experts and writers, and rare and classic footage. Formats: DVD. (MVD Entertainment Group).
Shipping Wars: Season One
(2012) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $19.95. Formats: DVD. (A&E).
Storage Wars Texas: Season One
(2011-12) Two-disc set with six episodes, $19.95. Formats: DVD. (A&E).
Tarantino XX: 8-Film Blu-ray Collection
Contains eight films chosen by Quentin Tarantino to illustrate the first 20 years of his career, featuring the films that helped define his early success, including "Reservoir Dogs," "True Romance," "Pulp Fiction," "Jackie Brown," "Kill Bill Vol. 1," "Kill Bill Vol. 2," "Death Proof" and "Inglourious Basterds." To complete the stunning high definition 10-disc set, the Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection also features two discs with five hours of all-new bonus material, highlighted by a critics' retrospective on Tarantino's ground-breaking catalog of films and “20 Years of Filmmaking” that contains interviews with critics, stars and other masters of cinema. Read the complete press release. $119.99. (Lionsgate).
Transformers Prime: Season Two
(2012) Four-disc set with 26 episodes, $29.93. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Optimus Prime: Up Close and Personal Panel" from San Diego Comic-Con International 2012, interviews. Blu-ray streets Nov. 27. (Shout! Factory).
(1975 -- Italy/France) Alain Delon, Stanley Baker, Giampiero Albertini, Ottavia Piccolo. The official, complete English-language version of this 1975 international production, completely restored and remastered. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Original trailer, stills, radio and TV promo spots. (Somerville House).
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(2012) Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, Tom Felton, Suzanne Ford, Julianna Guill, Rick Gomez, Luke Pasqualino, Anna Clark. Read more about "The Apparition" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "The Apparition: A Cinematic Specter," "The Dark Realm of the Paranormal," "Haunted Ashville," "The Experiment of The Apparition." (Warner).
(2011 -- U.K./Australia) Matthew Goode, Bojana Novakovic, Rachel Griffiths, Essie Davis, Kerry Fox. An English chef with a chic restaurant on Sydney, Australia's Bondi Beach tries to put his life and his relationship with his son back on track while surrounded by affairs with various women. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
Christmas in Compton
(2012) Omar Gooding, Keith David, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Orlando Brown, Miguel A. Nunez Jr., Eric Roberts. Comedy centers around a father and son who run a Christmas tree lot in Compton. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Santa Better Do Me Right" short film, stills gallery. (Lionsgate).
(2012) Shawn Ashmore, Ashley Bell, Cory Hardrict, Dominic Monaghan, Shannyn Sossamon, Michael Eklund. A group of five people working to stay alive in a post-apocalyptic future discover what they think is a safe, abandoned farmhouse, but they soon find themselves fighting to stay alive as a gang of bloodthirsty predators attack. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary with executive producer-director Doug Aarniokoski, producer Guy A. Danella and writer Luke Passmore. (WWE Studios/Anchor Bay Films).
The Flying House
(2011) From acclaimed animator Bill Plympton, "The Flying House" is a "re-imagining" and restoration of Winsor McCay's 1921 short, "Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: The Flying House." Remastered in full color, it features the voice talents of Patricia Clarkson and Matthew Modine. Formats: DVD. (Microcinema International).
The Greatest Miracle
(2012 -- Mexico) Animated film about the unseen sense of going and participating in church, focusing on three characters and their guardians. Formats: DVD. (ARC Entertainment).
Heaven's Door (aka Doorway to Heaven)
(2012) Charisma Carpenter, Dean Cain, Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Edward Herrman. A single mother of two in a rural town must deal with a pending divorce, finding meaningful employment, and living with her mother's belief that angels -- and "heaven" -- are right there with them.
Formats: DVD. (ARC Entertainment).
Hot in Cleveland Season Three
(2011) Three-disc set with 23 episodes, $29.99. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Paramount).
(2012) Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Guy Pearce, Jason Clarke. Read more about "Lawless" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary with director John Hillcoat and author Matt Bondurant; two featurettes: "The True Story of the Wettest County in the World" and "Franklin County, VA: Then and Now"; Willie Nelson's "Midnight Run" music video; deleted scenes. (The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay).
LEGO Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu: Rise of the Green Ninja
(2012) Seven episodes from the second season of Cartoon Network's show for boys ages 6-11, $14.98. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
(2012) Voices of Casey Affleck, Tempestt Bledsoe, Jeff Garlin, John Goodman, Jodelle Ferland, Bernard Hill, Anna Kendrick, Leslie Mann, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Elaine Strit. Read more about "ParaNorman" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Preliminary animatic sequences, "Peering Through the Veil" behind-the-scenes glimpse into the creation of the weird and wonderful world of ParaNorman from building the characters to voicing them, seven short segments showcasing Norman and his extraordinarily unusual co-stars, commentary with director Sam Fell and writer-director Chris Butler. (Universal).
Perry Mason: Season Eight, Volume One
(1964-65) Four-disc set with 15 episodes, $55.98. Formats: DVD. (Paramount).
Rites of Spring
(2011) Anessa Ramsey, Katherine Randolph, Sonny Marinelli, AJ Bowen. Two horrifying plot threads become inextricably intertwined in this thriller. Two female office workers are taken captive by the Stranger, a mysterious farmer who must, at the start of every spring, present young women as a ritual sacrifice to a hideous supernatural creature living beneath his barn. One of the girls escapes and winds up seeking refuge in an abandoned schoolhouse -- where kidnappers happen to be holding the daughter of a wealthy socialite for ransom. The frightened intruder puts the kidnappers' entire plan in jeopardy, especially when their poorly chosen hideout becomes a hunting ground for the deadly monster. Formats: DVD. (IFC Midnight).
Step Up Revolution
(2012) Kathryn McCormick, Ryan Guzman, Stephen Boss, Chadd Smith, Megan Boone, Cleopatra Coleman, Misha Gabriel. Read more about "Step Up Revolution" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, 3D Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Scott Speer, choreographer Jamal Sims and cast members Kathryn McCormick and Ryan Guzman; "Becoming A Star" featurette; "Choreography" featurette; "Dancing On Their Own" featurette; "Making The Mob" featurette; "Goin' In" J Lo featuring Flo Rida & Lil Jon music video; "Hands In The Air" Timbaland featuring Ne-Yo music video; "Flash Mob Index" of all The Mob's dance sequences; deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
Transformers Prime: Season Two
(2012) Four-disc set with 26 episodes, $59.99. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: "Optimus Prime: Up Close and Personal Panel" from San Diego Comic-Con International 2012, interviews. (Shout! Factory).
12 Christmas Wishes For My Dog
(2011) Elisa Donovan, Gabrielle Carteris, Fred Willard. Trying to get her life back on track, a young woman sets up a session with a life coach, who tells her to make 12 wishes for a positive change to get her life and her dog back before Christmas -- but her wishes have unforeseen circumstances. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, still gallery. (Lionsgate).
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Men In Black 3
(2011) Dir.: Barry Sonnenfeld; Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Emma Thompson, Alice Eve, Jemaine Clement, Bill Hader, Rip Torn, Nicole Scherzinger, Mike Colter. Read more about "Men In Black 3" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Blu-ray 3D/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Gag reel, "Partners in Time: The Making of MIB 3," "Back in Time" music video by Pitbull. Blu-ray adds "Spot the Alien" Game, "The Evolution of Cool: MIB 1960's vs. Today" featurette, "Keeping It Surreal: The FX of MIB 3" featurette, four scene investigations, five progression reels. 3D Blu-ray adds "The Case Of Boris the Animal: The 3D Models of MIB 3," "Converting to 3D" featurette. (Sony).
(2012) Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Omari Hardwick, CeeLo Green. Read more about "Sparkle" in the November Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Director's commentary, two featurettes: "A Tribute to Whitney Houston" and "A Dream Come True." Blu-ray adds two additional featurettes: "A Sparkling Performance" and "Sparkle and Shine," "Hooked On Your Love" extended performance, music video for "Celebrate" by Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks. (Sony).
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