Being Human: The Complete Second Season
(2012) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Making-of" featurette, behind-the-scenes Vlog, footage of the stars at San Diego Comic Con 2012. (Entertainment One).
(2012) Dir.: David Cronenberg; Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Sarah Gadon, Mathieu Amalric, Jay Baruchel, Kevin Durand, K'Naan, Emily Hampshire, Samantha Morton, Paul Giamatti, Philip Nozuka, Abdul Ayoola. Read more about "Cosmopolis" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Citizens of Cosmopolis" featurette,commentary with Cronenberg, interviews with the cast and crew. (Entertainment One).
(2003) Keira Knightley, Hans Matheson, Sam Neill. Two-disc set features the complete U.K. broadcast edition. Formats: DVD. Extras: Cast and crew interviews. (Acorn Media).
Frontline: Climate of Doubt
(2012) Four years ago, the presidential candidates agreed that climate change was a critical issue demanding urgent attention. But that national call to action has disappeared and in the past four years public opinion on the climate issue has cooled. This election cycle, the presidential candidates barely discussed climate change. And new studies find that only about half of Americans believe global warming is caused by human activity. What's behind this dramatic reversal? This documentary describes the individuals and groups behind an organized effort to attack science by undermining scientists, and to unseat politicians who say they believe there is current climate change caused by human activity. Formats: DVD, $24.99. (PBS Distribution).
(1979) Four-disc set with all 13 episodes of the British period miniseries that vividly captures the complex woman who became one of the most infamous figures of the Victorian age.
Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
(2012) Corey Knauf, Samuel Child, Joseph McKelheer, Mackenzie Firgens, Ryan Hartwig, Elizabeth Henstridge, Sean Browne, Tim Holloway. On the run with the law on their trail, America's most anguished vampire family heads to England to find an ancient vampire clan. What they find instead could tear their family, and their throats, apart forever. |
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (XLrator Media).
Trial & Retribution, Set 6
Two-disc set with the last four feature-length mysteries of the gripping British crime series. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
The Trouble With Bliss
(2011) Michael C. Hall, Brie Larson, Sarah Shahi, Rhea Perlman, Chris Messina, Peter Fonda, Lucy Liu. 35-year-old Morris Bliss is clamped firmly in the jaws of New York City inertia: He wants to travel but has no money; he needs a job but has no prospects; he still shares an apartment with his widowed father; and perhaps worst of all, the premature death of his mother still lingers and has left him emotionally walled up. When he finds himself wrapped up in an awkward relationship with the sexually precocious, 18-year-old daughter of a former classmate and the advances of his very forward neighbor, Morris quickly discovers his static life unraveling and opening up in ways that are long overdue. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).
War of the Dead
(2011 -- USA-Lithuania-Italy) Andrew Tiernan, Mark Wingett, Mikko Leppilampi, Jouko Ahola. A platoon of American and Finnish soldiers is driven deep into a Russian forest where its captain discovers a terrifying secret: They're fighting an army of undead Nazi soldiers who can't be killed. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Entertainment One).
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Angelina Ballerina: Dance Around the World
(2013) Five new episodes of the preschool favorite dancing mouse as she dances around the world: "Angelina and the Irish Jig," "Angelina and the Cheddar Cheese Slide," "Angelina and the Windy Children's Day," "Angelina and the Smelly Cheese" and "Angelina and the Dragon Dance." Formats: DVD, $14.98, VOD, Digital. Extras: Two karaoke music videos, "Create Your Own Dream Routine" game. (Lionsgate).
Anger Management: Season One
(2012) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $29.97. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "Charlie's Baby" new interviews with Charlie Sheen, the cast and the series' creator; "Behind The Couch: Meet Charlie's Patients"; "Anger Mismanagement" gag reel. (Lionsgate).
(2012 -- China) Chow Yun-Fat, Yifei Liu, Hiroshi Tamaki. Historical action drama is set in the Three Kingdoms period of Chinese history and focuses on Han Dynasty warlord Cao Cao (Chow Yun-Fat) in his latter years, as he explores the areas of military tactics, love, and the relationship between father and son. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Well Go USA).
Barney: Let's Go to the Moon
(2013) Barney and his friends discover that the sky's not the limit when you use your imagination in three "space" adventures: "Dream Big," "The Misbegotten Moon" and "The Amazing Captain Pickles." Formats: DVD, $14.98, VOD, Digital. Extras:"Barney's Space Adventure" game, "What's Different?" game, "I Love You" karaoke music video. (Lionsgate).
Best of Widget!
(2012) Six episodes -- plus a special bonus show -- featuring Wubbzy's pal Widget as he modifies a road racer for the Wuzzleburg Derby, tries to become a ballerina, and invents a solar-powered super-robot. "Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!" has been a hit with young viewers and families since its 2006 premiere on Nickelodeon, and this DVD is the second in the "Best of Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!" series. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).
Bloody Flesh (aka Flesh of Your Flesh)
(1983 -- Mexico) Adriana Herrain, David Guerrero, Santiago Garcia, Vicky Hernandez. Horror tale about an innocent American girl, visiting relatives in Columbia in 1956, who gets drawn into the unholy tales hidden for centuries by its inhabitants. Formats: DVD. (One 7 Movies/CAV Distributing).
(2012) Dreama Walker, Ann Dowd, Pat Healy. When a prank caller convinces a fast food restaurant manager to interrogate an innocent young employee for theft, she commences the investigation, following step-by-step instructions from the "officer" at the other end of the line, no matter how invasive they become. Based on true events. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Director commentary, AXS TV: "A Look at Compliance." (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Dallas: The Complete First Season
(2011) Three-disc set with 10 episodes of the new series inspired by the original, $39.98. The saga of the Ewing family dynasty continues with the children of J.R., Sue Ellen and Bobby battling each other for the coveted Southfork family estate. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Back in Production" behind-the-scenes featurette, "Dressing Dallas" costume featurette, "Who Shot J.R.?" featurette, "Ewing Family Love Oak" featurette, "Southfork Legacy: Making Dallas Season One" featurette, "Oil and Water: A Family Tradition" featurette, commentary, deleted scenes. (Warner).
Dance Moms Season 2: Volume 1
(2011) Three-disc set with 12 episodes, $24.98.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Bonus episode from the new reality competition series "Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition." (Lionsgate).
Dance Moms Season 2: Volume 2
(2012) Three-disc set with 13 episodes, $24.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Two-part reunion show. (Lionsgate).
Doctor Who: Shada
(2012) The Doctor (Fourth Doctor -- Tom Baker), Romana and K-9 receive a message from an old friend, a retired Time Lord living as a college professor in Cambridge. He's misplaced an ancient Gallifreyan artifact that could unlock the dark secrets of Shada -- lost prison planet of the Time Lords -- and unless they find it before the crazed scientist Skagra, every sentient being in the universe is doomed. This digitally re-mastered edition of the legendary unfinished Doctor Who classic story by Douglas Adams ("The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy") includes the 1993 Anniversary Special "More Than 30 Years in the TARDIS," making-of featurette "Taken Out of Time," "Remembering Nicholas Courtney," more. Three-disc set, $39.98. Formats: DVD. (BBC Entertainment).
(2012) Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Wood Harris, Rakie Ayola, Jason Cope. Read more about "Dredd" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray Combo, Digital. Extras: "Mega-City Masters": 35 Years of Judge Dredd" featurette, "Day of Chaos: The Visual Effects of Dredd 3D" featurette, "Dredd" featurette, "Dredd's Gear" featurette, "The 3rd Dimension" featurette, "Welcome to Peachtrees" featurette, Dredd motion comic prequel. (Lionsgate).
Driving Miss Daisy BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1989) Dir.: Bruce Beresford; Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti LuPone, Esther Rolle. Packed in a 32-page Blu-ray book with behind-the-scenes insights, production notes, photos, more. Extras: Featurettes, commentary, documentaries. (Warner).
Enlightened: The Complete First Season
(2011) Two-disc set with 10 episodes. Formats: DVD, $39.98; Blu-ray Disc, $49.99; Digital Download. Extras: Commentary. (HBO).
Episodes: The Complete First and Second Seasons
(2011-12) Two-disc set with 16 episodes, $41.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Biographies," photo galleries. (CBS/Paramount).
(2012) Dir.: Tim Burton.; Voices of Winona Ryder, Robert Capron, Charlie Tahan, Martin Short, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Landau, Conchata Ferrell, Christopher Lee.
Read more about "Frankenweenie" in the January Calendar.Formats: Four-Disc Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Frankenweenie" touring exhibit, "Pet Sematary" music video performed by Plain White T's. Blu-ray adds new original short "Captain Sparky vs The Flying Saucers," "Miniatures In Motion: Bringing Frankenweenie to Life," "Frankenweenie" original live action short. (Disney).
Fury -- The Lost Episodes
(1955-1960) 23 episodes, $9.98. Includes 18 episodes never before on home video. The show, starring Peter Graves, aired for five seasons, then aired in syndication throughout the mid-1960s and 1970s under the name "Brave Stallion." Formats: DVD. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
(2012) Dir.: Jay Roach; Julianne Moore, Ed Harris, Woody Harrelson, Alex Hyde-White, Brittany Underwood, Kevin Bigley, Peter MacNicol, Jamey Sheridan, Sarah Paulson, Ron Livingston. Revisits a defining moment in U.S. politics with a searing, behind-the scenes look at John McCain's beleaguered 2008 presidential campaign -- from the decision to select Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as a running mate to the ticket's ultimate defeat in the general elections. Winner of five 2012 Emmy Awards. Based on the best-selling book of the same name, the film examines the chain of events that determines the leadership of the country, ultimately offering a unique glimpse into the inner workings of how we choose our leaders. It pulls back the curtain on the intense human drama surrounding the McCain team, the critical decisions made behind closed doors and how the choice was made to bring Palin on the ticket. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "Creating the Candidate": political experts Ed Rollins, Gloria Borger, Karen Tumulty, Dana Bash and Jessica Yellin analyze the unique combination of charisma, endurance and attraction to power needed by those who run for president; "Game Change: The Phenomenon": the creators of the film, authors of the book and political experts discuss the controversy, incredible campaign drama and page-to-screen process of "Game Change." (HBO).
George Lopez: It's Not Me, It's You
(2012) George Lopez returns to HBO for his third live solo stand-up special, direct from the 7,000-seat Nokia Theatre in L.A. In the special, Lopez discusses the state of Latinos in the U.S. and covers topics such as dating and marriage, alcohol and drugs, parenting, irritating pets, Latino environmental firsts, getting old, the behavior of children, politics and more. Formats: DVD, $19.97. Extras: "The Road to It's Not Me, It's You" featurette. (HBO).
(2013) When a school project goes terribly wrong in this family friendly mystery, Cynthia Carter finds herself doing community service at mean, old Mrs. Gotham's house, rumored to be haunted. But it takes more than gossip to scare this scientist-in-training and she's determined to get to the bottom of the eerie happenings. Formats: DVD. (Inception Media Group).
The Goode Family: The Complete Series
(2009) Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $22.97. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentaries and interviews with cast and crew, unaired scripts, original promos. (Shout! Factory).
Grand Hotel BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1932) Dir.: Edmund Goulding; Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone, Jean Hersholt. (Warner).
Guns, Girls and Gambling
(2011) Gary Oldman, Christian Slater, Dane Cook, Powers Boothe, Jeff Fahey, Megan Park, Chris Kattan. A priceless Apache war mask has been stolen from an Indian casino causing criminals, frat boys, tomahawk-wielding hit men, modern-day cowboys, Elvis impersonators and a six-foot-tall blonde assassin to rampage through a small desert Nevada town in hopes of claiming the treasure first. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).
Hansel & Gretel
(2013) Brent Lydic, Stephanie Greco, Dee Wallace. In this modern retelling of the classic horror tale, Dee Wallace, the kind-hearted mother in "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" transforms into a cannibalistic monster who enslaves teen siblings in her house of terror deep in the forest. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD. Extras: "The Making of Hansel & Gretel." (The Asylum).
Hearts Afire -- The Complete Series
(1992) John Ritter and Markie Post starred in this romantic comedy series about a strict Washington conservative and a liberal journalist who fall in love. Includes all 54 episodes. Formats: DVD, $9.98. Extras: Bloopers, outtakes, unaired final episode. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
Hit & Run
(2012) Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper, Tom Arnold, Beau Bridges, Kristin Chenoweth, Joy Bryant, Michael Rosenbaum, Ryan Hansen. Read more about "Hit & Run" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Street Legal" behind-the-scenes featurette, "Run and Gun" behind-the-scenes featurette that explains the plot, with director Dax Shepard and star Kristen Bell, "Love on the Run" featurette on the romantic aspects of the film. (Universal).
Hollywood: Streets of Gold
An anthology of five documentaries on Hollywood: 1961's "Hollywood: The Golden Years" takes a look at the Golden Age Of Cinema from its beginnings to the advent of sound, narrated by Gene Kelly; Henry Fonda narrates and looks at the lives, performances and mystique of the iconic personalities that made Hollywood the glamor capital of the world in 1963's "Hollywood: The Great Stars"; 1966's "The Legend of Marilyn Monroe" is a documentary on the life and career of the iconic sex symbol, narrated by director John Huston; Henry Fonda interviews Ingrid Bergman, Katharine Hepburn, Alfred Hitchcock, Rock Hudson and many more Hollywood insiders in 1969's "Hollywood: The Selznick Years"; 1982's "Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter" is a retrospective look at 60 years of great moments in film comedy, from the 1920s to the present. An incredible bargain at $9.98. Formats: DVD. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
The Hour 2
(2011) Second season of the acclaimed BBC America behind-the-scenes drama and espionage miniseries set in Cold War-era England that centers on a journalist, a producer, and an anchorman for an investigative news program. Two-disc set with six episodes. Formats: DVD, $34.98; Blu-ray Disc, $39.98. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (BBC Home Entertainment).
An Idiot Abroad 2: The Bucket List
(2012) Second season of the show in which Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, co-creators of "The Office" and" Extras," help their friend and reluctant traveler Karl Pilkington complete tasks from his bucket list. Two-disc set with eight episodes, $34.98. Formats: DVD. (BBC Home Entertainment).
The Inbetweeners Movie
(2012) James Buckley, Joe Thomas, Simon Bird, Blake Harrison. Smash U.K. series makes it way to the big screen. After high school graduation, best friends Will, Jay, Neil and Simon jet off on an all-expenses paid, no-holds-barred, totally mental trip to an exotic Greek isle. Buoyed by dreams of endless sun-drenched days, booze-fueled evenings and booty-filled nights, the young lads are on the loose in virgin territory but soon discover that they're in way over their heads. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes; "Making The Inbetweeners" with cast and crew interviews; bloopers; "Joe Thomas: Dangerman!" commentary with cast members James Buckley, Joe Thomas, Simon Bird and Blake Harrison. (Lionsgate).
Jack and Diane
(2012) Juno Temple, Riley Keough, Cara Seymour, Kylie Minogue. Diane's feelings for Jack -- the girl she met over the summer -- begin to manifest themselves in terrifying ways when she learns that her friend will soon be moving away. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, AXS TV: "A Look at Jack & Diane." (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
The Jazz Singer BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1927) Al Jolson, Warner Oland, May McAvoy, Eugenie Besserer. Available as a 3-Disc Blu-Ray Book package with behind-the-scenes collector’s cards, lobby cards, souvenir program, a booklet with reproductions of vintage documents and post premiere telegram from Al Jolson. $35.99. Extras: Commentary by film historians Ron Hutchinson (founder of The Vitaphone Project) and Vince Giordano; collection of vintage cartoons and shorts ("Al Jolson in 'A Plantation Act'" - 1926 Vitaphone short; "An Intimate Dinner in Celebration of Warner Bros. Silver Jubilee" – 1930 short; "I Love to Singa" - Classic 1936 WB parody cartoon directed by Tex Avery; "Hollywood Handicap" – Classic 1938 M-G-M short with Al Jolson appearance; "A Day at Santa Anita" - Classic Technicolor WB 1939 short with Al Jolson & Ruby Keeler cameo appearance; 1947 Lux Radio Theater Broadcast starring Al Jolson audio only); theatrical trailer. The Early Sound Era: Feature-length historical documentary "The Dawn of Sound: How Movies Learned to Talk"; two rarely-seen Technicolor excerpts from "Gold Diggers of Broadway "(1929 WB film, most of which is considered lost); studio shorts celebrating the early sound era: "Finding His Voice" (1929 Western Electric animated promotional short, produced by Max Fleischer), "The Voice That Thrilled The World" - Warner Bros. short about sound, "Okay for Sound" 1946 WB short celebrating the 20th anniversary of Vitaphone, "When Talkies Were Young" 1955 WB short looking back at the early talkies, "The Voice From the Screen" -- 1926 WB 'demonstration' film explores the Vitaphone technology and looks at th“e making of a Vitaphone short. Vitaphone Shorts: In the 1920’s Warner Bros. began producing a series of short films which utilized the Vitaphone process. These films ran the gamut from musical theater legends and vaudeville acts, to dramatic vignettes and classical music performances from the most prestigious artists of the era. Most of these were shorts considered lost for decades, until a consortium of archivists and historians joined forces with a goal to restore these magnificent time capsules of entertainment history. Up until now, contemporary audiences have only been able to see these shorts via rare retrospective showings in a few large cities, or through the limited release of a restored handful of the earliest subjects, which were part of a 1996 laserdisc set. More than 3 1/2 hours worth of rare, historic Vitaphone comedy and music shorts: Elsie Janis in a Vaudeville Act "Behind the Lines," Bernado Depace: "Wizard of the Mandolin," Van and Schneck: "The Pennant Winning Battery of Songland," Blossom Seeley and Benny Fields, Hazel Green and Company, The Night Court, The Police Quartette, Ray Mayer & Edith Evans: "When East Meets West," Adele Rowland: "Stories in Song," Stoll, Flynn and Company: "The Jazzmania Quintet," The Ingenues in "The Band Beautiful," The Foy Family in "Chips off the Old Block," Dick Rich and His Melodious Monarchs, Gus Arnheim and His Ambassadors, Shaw and Lee: "The Beau Brummels," Larry Ceballos' Roof Garden Revue, Trixie Friganza in "My Bag O' Tricks," Green's Twentieth Century Faydetts, Sol Violinsky: "The Eccentric Entertainer," Ethel Sinclair and Marge La Marr in "At the Seashore," Paul Tremaine and His Aristocrats,Baby Rose Marie: "The Child Wonder," Burns & Allen in "Lambchops," Joe Frisco in "The Happy Hottentots." (Warner).
(2010 -- Finland) Set in the frozen landscape of northern Finland, this comedy follows a raucous road trip that begins when slacker Janne is sent out into the night by his beautiful and frustrated girlfriend Inari to purchase a cable box for their home. But the quest is not as simple as it sounds. Janne, accompanied by his two hapless and troublemaking friends, is propelled along a bizarre journey filled with such obstacles as naked, gun-toting Russians, some very hostile reindeer, a Jacuzzi of bikini-clad beauties, barroom brawls, Inari's creepy ex-boyfriend, and much more. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Artsploitation Films).
Lost Films of Herschell Gordon Lewis
Three previously thought lost sexploitation features from Herschell Gordon Lewis, the acclaimed master of exploitation cinema: "Ecstasies of Women" (1969) is a torrid comedy/drama set in the swinging world of late 60s Los Angeles; "Linda and Abilene" (1969) combines the savagery of a classic Hollywood Western with sequences of intense eroticism; "Black Love" (1971) exposes the lovemaking habits of a contemporary black couple through a series of amusing and creative vignettes. All three films have been restored in 2K from their original camera negatives and are being released on home video for the first time. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Original theatrical trailers for each film, extensive historical liner notes, special edition lab cards for each film. (Vinegar Syndrome/CAV Distributing).
(2007) Laura Leighton, Antonio Cupo. Lifetime Original Movie about a classical music critic who gets pregnant after a brief encounter with a sexy country music star, deeming it an ideal situation for her best friend, who has struggled with fertility, to finally have a baby -- until the husband leaves and the pregnant critic has to track down the country star to get him to sign off on putting the child up for adoption. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
Midsomer Murders Set 21
Four new, contemporary stand-alone murder mysteries in the regional community of Midsomer; there's a new DCI and a new partner. Formats: Four-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray. (Acorn Media).
(2012) The first DVD collection based on the highly popular Nicktoons animated series; five episodes, $14.97. Formats: DVD. Extras: Character bios, behind-the-scenes videos. (Shout! Factory Kids).
Mrs. Miniver BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1942) Dir.: William Wyler; Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright, Dame May Whitty, Reginald Owen, Henry Travers, Richard Ney. (Warner).
Now Is Good
(2012) Dakota Fanning, Jeremy Irvine. A young woman (Fanning), after being told she has only a few months to live, decides to fill her remaining days with unexpected adventure, laughter and romance. Based on the romantic best-seller. Formats: DVD, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Making Moments: Creating Now Is Good" featurette, deleted scenes. (Sony).
Pathfinders: In the Company of Strangers
(2011) Michael Conner Humphreys, Christopher Serrone. The true story of the American Pathfinders, volunteer paratroopers whose deadly mission was to land 30 minutes before the Normandy invasion, locate and mark strategic "drop zones" and set up the top-secret navigation equipment needed to guide the main airborne assault on D-Day. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Inception Media Group).
Red Dwarf X
(2012) The most inept band of space travelers ever to roam the interstellar highway return with an all-new season of misadventures. Two-disc set with six episodes. Formats: DVD, $34.98; Blu-ray Disc, $39.98. Extras: Commentary, documentary, outtakes, deleted scenes, more. (BBC Entertainment).
(2012) The world of nature, and mankind's place in, is at the center of "Samsara" (a Sanskrit word meaning "continuous flow," referring to the cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth), the new feature shot on five continents over five years and created by Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, the makers of the critically acclaimed "Chronos" and "Baraka." This one-of-a-kind look at our world, from the peaks of the Himalayas to the depths of Yosemite Valley and 25 countries in between (photographed in 70mm and transferred to 4K digital projection format), offers mesmerizing images of unprecedented clarity that illuminate the links between humanity and the rest of nature, showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (MPI Media Group).
Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden
(2012) Cam Gigandet, Anson Mount, Freddy Rodriguez, Xzibit, Kathleen Robertson, Eddie Kay Thomas, Kenneth Miller. Based on true events and framed by real-time footage, this National Geographic Channel feature recounts the dramatic behind-the-scenes decisions that brought the world's most wanted man to justice. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Making-of featurette. (The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay).
(2011 -- Spain) Luis Tosar, Marta Etura. Toiling silently among the residents of an everyday Barcelona apartment building, doorman Cesar harbors a dark secret: His sole desire in life is to make others unhappy. When he sets his sights on Clara, one of his building's cheeriest residents, his sick need blossoms into a full-fledged obsession. Latest film from the director of "Fragile" and the horror-thrillers "[Rec]" and "[Rec] 2." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Dark Sky Films).
Smash: Season One
(2012) Four-disc set with 15 episodes, $59.98.
Formats: DVD, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, "A Dream Come True" cast featurette, "Song & Dance" music featurette, gag reel. (Universal).
(2011) Martin Sheen, Stephen Rea. A small town cinema in rural Ireland becomes the setting for a dramatic struggle between faith and passion, Rome and Hollywood and a man and his conscience in the 1950s. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Tribeca Film).
Stone of Destiny
(2008) Charlie Cox, Kate Mara, Ian Hamilton. The story of Ian Hamilton, a dedicated nationalist who re-ignited Scottish national pride in the 1950s with his daring raid on the heart of England to bring the Stone of Scone back to Scotland. Formats: DVD. (Green Apple Entertainment).
3rd Rock From the Sun -- Season 5
(1999-2000) Three-disc set with 22 episodes, $9.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Bloopers, previews for every episode. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
3rd Rock From the Sun -- Season 6
(2000-01) Three-disc set with 20 episodes, $9.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Two alternate show endings with introductions by French Stewart. (Mill Creek Entertainment).
Tiny Toon Adventures Crazy Crew Rescues!
(2013) Two-disc set with 17 episodes with the new generation of Looney Tunes characters at Acme Looniversity, $19.97. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
Two-Lane Black Top BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1971) Drag racing east from L.A. in a souped-up '55 Chevy are the wayward Driver and Mechanic (singer-songwriter James Taylor and the Beach Boys' Dennis Wilson, in their only acting roles), accompanied by a tagalong Girl (Cockfighter's Laurie Bird). Along the way, they meet Warren Oates's Pontiac GTO–driving wanderer and challenge him to a cross-country race -- the prize: their cars' pink slips. But no summary can do justice to the existential punch of "Two-Lane Blacktop." With its gorgeous widescreen compositions and sophisticated look at American male obsession, this stripped-down narrative from maverick director Monte Hellman ("The Shooting") is one of the artistic high points of 1970s cinema, and possibly the greatest road movie ever made. Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Monte Hellman, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, supervised by Hellman and presented in DTS-HD Master Audio; two audio commentaries: one by Hellman and filmmaker Allison Anders and one by screenwriter Rudolph Wurlitzer and author David N. Meyer; interviews with Hellman, actor James Taylor, musician Kris Kristofferson, producer Michael Laughlin, and production manager Walter Coblenz; screen test outtakes; "Performance and Image," a look at the restoration of a '55 Chevy used in the movie and the film's locations today; "Color Me Gone," photos and publicity from "Two-Lane Blacktop"; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones, appreciations by director Richard Linklater and musician Tom Waits, and a reprint of the 1970 Rolling Stone article "On Route 66, Filming Two-Lane Blacktop" by Michael Goodwin. (The Criterion Collection).
Who Did I Marry?
(2012) Terri J. Vaughn, Thomas Ford. Filmed stage play explores the boundaries of love and marriage when a young wife discovers her husband's infidelity. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
The Wise Kids
(2012) Tyler Ross, Molly Kunz, Allison Torem. Three teenage friends contemplate their next stage of life following graduation: Brea, an introspective pastor's daughter experiencing debilitating doubt, the hyperactive Laura, Brea's best friend and a devout believer, and gay teen Tim, who draws strength from the support of his PFLAG Dad as he copes with the twists and turns of late adolescence. Formats: DVD. Extras: Two behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Wolfe Video).
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(2012) Seth Gabel, Bow Wow, Aidan Quinn, Malik Yoba, Pablo Schreiber, Reshma Shetty. After being granted a questionable transfer that will keep him stateside as his National Guard unit deploys for Iraq, Lieutenant Danny Sefton (Seth Gabel) becomes embroiled in a last minute AWOL attempt by one of his soldiers (Bow Wow) -- forcing him to choose between his loyalties to the fleeing soldier, his unit and his fiancé. Based on the director’s own personal experiences while serving in the military, the film pays tribute to the 21 million veterans living in the United States today. It was written, directed, produced and financed almost entirely by veterans. Former Navy SEALS and Army Green Berets were enlisted to train the actors and extras. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (XLrator Media).
The Amazing World of Gumball: The Mystery
(2011) Twelve episodes from the first season of the Cartoon Network series, $14.97.
Formats: DVD. (Warner).
Anthony Jeselnik: Caligula
(2013) Extended and uncensored one-hour stand-up Comedy Central performances from "Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump," "Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen" and "Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne." (Comedy Central/Paramount).
Battle for Brooklyn
(2012) Since the start of this NBA season, the cheers of major league sports fans are being heard in Brooklyn for the first time since baseball's Dodgers went West 55 years ago. But not everyone is cheering. The story of the construction of the Barclays Center, a tale of citizens forced out of their homes by wealthy developers and politicians, is now told in this urgent documentary, an intimate look at the very public and passionate fight waged by residents and business owners of Brooklyn's historic and densely populated Prospect Heights neighborhood as they face condemnation of their property to make way for the polarizing Atlantic Yards project, a massive plan to build 16 skyscrapers and a basketball arena for the New Jersey Nets. $19.99. Formats: DVD. (Virgil Films).
Being Human: Season 4
(2012) Three-disc set with eight episodes. Formats: DVD, $49.98; Blu-ray Disc, $59.98. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, interviews with the cast and crew, deleted scenes, more. (BBC Entertainment).
The Best Years of Our Lives
(1946) Dir.: William Wyler; Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, Cathy O'Donnell, Hoagy Carmichael, Harold Russell. Formats: DVD. (Warner).
Bill Moyers: Becoming American
(2003) PBS documentary traces the history of Chinese Americans. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Becoming American: Personal Journeys." (Acorn Media).
The Bishop's Wife
(1947) Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven, Monty Woolley, James Gleason, Gladys Cooper, Elsa Lanchester. Formats: DVD. (MGM).
(2012) Ed Stoppard, Leelee Sobieski, Jeffrey Tambor, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Max Von Sydow. Set in a dystopian future where corporate brands have created a disillusioned population, one man's effort to unlock the truth behind the conspiracy leads to an epic battle with the hidden forces that control the world. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with directors Jamie Bradshaw and Alexander Doulerain. (Lionsgate).
Captain Cornelius' Cartoon Lagoon
(2013) Brand new animated/puppet show has animated characters Wet Willy Jones and Axel Rodd Mcgee going on an undersea quest aboard the Manta Ray, a cartoon-retrieving vessel commanded by Captain Cornelius Cartoon as they collect and comment on some of the classic cartoons -- the best and the worst ever made -- in Cartoon Lagoon. The spirit of the show harkens back to a time when kids would wake up before their parents on a Saturday morning with a big bowl of cereal and watch cartoons because that was the only time they were on. In this debut voyage, the crew finds classics like Casper the Friendly Ghost, Popeye, Gumby, Felix the Cat, Superman, Woody Woodpecker, Little Lulu, Captain Nemo and more. Formats: DVD, $12.99, available at Amazon. (Cartoon Lagoon Studios).
(2013) Danny Trejo, Steven Bauer, Alvaro Orlando, Oscar Torre, Camila Banus. Based on a true story, about a young boxer from the wrong side of the tracks with big dreams of winning the Golden Gloves boxing championship, who gets a second shot at the championship after running afoul of the law. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Lionsgate).
Crime Story/The Protector Double Feature
(1993/1985) Here's twice the action and twice the adrenaline rush with an action-packed double feature starring world renowned martial arts sensation Jackie Chan.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Crime Story": Deleted scenes, trailers; "The Protector": "From New York to Hong Kong" interview with director James Glickenhaus, trailers. Blu-ray adds "Crime Story": Interview with director Kirk Wong, deleted scenes, trailers; The Protector: behind-the-scenes featurette, the Jackie Chan cut with additional scenes directed by Chan. (Shout! Factory).
(2012) Joely Fisher, Jamie Kennedy, Roark Critchlow, Rebecca McFarland. A workaholic longing to find her perfect match gets an unexpected visitor at her workplace who tells her that if she can help one couple fall in love before Valentine's Day, her own true love will be revealed. Hallmark Channel original movie. Formats: DVD. (Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).
(2012) A documentary on the city of Detroit and its woes, which are emblematic of the collapse of the U.S. manufacturing base. Detroit was the birthplace of the middle class, an industrial utopia where anyone who worked hard enough could experience the American Dream. Today, Detroit is on the brink of bankruptcy. In the past 10 years this iconic Midwestern city has lost 25% of its population and 50% of its manufacturing jobs. Local officials are in the midst of the most dramatic "downsizing" of an American city ever seen -- demolishing thousands of homes, reconsolidating massive tracts of excess land, cutting basic services and even encouraging Detroiters in the most marginal neighborhoods to move. Detroiters who have stuck with the city are at the breaking point. Despite these desperate conditions, artists and curious outsiders flock to the city in search of inspiration and opportunity.
Formats: DVD, $29.95. (Docurama).
Ghost Hunters Academy
(2011) Features a group of aspiring ghost hunters fresh from college exploring some of the world's most haunted locations. Four-disc set with 12 episodes, $24.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Bonus footage. (Image Entertainment).
Hannah and Her Sisters BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1986) Dir.: Woody Allen; Woody Allen, Barbara Hershey, Carrie Fisher, Michael Caine, Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, Maureen O'Sullivan, Lloyd Nolan, Max von Sydow. (Orion/MGM).
Harland Williams: A Force of Nature
(2012) On the fringe of genius, on the outer edge of bizarre, on the far horizon of fall-down funny, Harland Williams takes comedy to whole new frontier. On a mountaintop deep in the Mojave Desert, away from the plush safety of the typical comedy club filled with his adoring fans, Harland courageously takes on Mother Nature in a stand-up set on the world's biggest stage. Formats: DVD, $14.98; Digital. (Image Entertainment).
I Am Bruce Lee
(2011) Despite his sudden death in 1973 at the age of 32, legendary icon Bruce Lee continues to influence the world of martial arts, popular culture and entertainment to this day. This acclaimed documentary delves deeper into the compelling saga behind Bruce Lee than ever before and deftly unravels Lee's fascinating life through his own words and visually stunning actions, as well as through the eyes of his family, close friends and luminaries from the world of sports and entertainment. The film also examines Lee's connections to the modern field of Mixed Martial Arts. Among the notable people featured in this film are NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, renowned boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, actor Mickey Rourke, actor Ed O'Neill, actress and MMA fighter Gina Carano, multiplatinum recording artist Taboo (Black Eyed Peas), UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, UFC President Dana White, writer and director Reginald Hudlin, boxer Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, MMA fighters Cung Le and Stephan Bonnar, Lee's daughter Shannon Lee and wife Linda Lee Cadwell, legendary martial artists Dan Inosanto, Bob Wall and Gene LeBell. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Backyard Training": Bruce Lee's personal films, "Inspiration": Bruce Lee's global impact, "Bruce Lee in Action," theatrical trailer, Bruce Lee's Hollywood audition. (Shout! Factory).
Joan Rivers: Don't Start With Me
(2012) Everything and everybody is fair game, from Asian women, gays, Mexicans, animals, pop stars, and her own domain of reality television, as Joan Rivers goes to great lengths to insult everyone in this, her first stand-up DVD. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).
The Last Fall
(2012) Lance Gross, Matthew A. Cherry, Nicole Beharie, Vanessa Bell Calloway. An NFL journeyman struggles to deal with life's complexities after his professional career is over. Formats: DVD, Digital. (One Village Entertainment/Image Entertainment).
Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 1997
(1997) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $34.98. Formats: DVD. (BBC Entertainment).
Life's Too Short: The Complete First Season
(2011) Two-disc set with seven episodes, $29.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Making of Life's Too Short," deleted scenes and outtakes, behind the scenes featurette. (HBO).
Lightning Bug BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2004) Bret Harrison, Laura Prepon, Ashley Laurence, Kevin Gage, Hal Sparks, Josh Todd. Includes an all-new, never-before-seen Extended Cut. Extras: "Afterglow: A Look Back at Lightning Bug" featurette, making-of featurette, commentary with writer-director Robert Hall and cast, deleted scenes. (Image Entertainment).
(2012) Lindsey Shaw, Jamie Johnston, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Kaitlyn Leeb. Teen thriller about a missing 16-year-old high school girl, the rich new boy in town, and a young girl desperately wanting to fall in love. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, "Stories From the Set." (Anchor Bay).
The Man Who Knew Too Much
(1934) An ordinary British couple vacationing in Switzerland suddenly find themselves embroiled in a case of international intrigue when their daughter is kidnapped by spies plotting a political assassination. This fleet and gripping early thriller from the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, was the first film the director made after signing to the Gaumont-British Picture Corporation. Besides affirming Hitchcock's brilliance, it gave the brilliant Peter Lorre his first English-speaking role, as a slithery villain. With its tension and gallows humor, it's pure Hitchcock, and it set the tone for films like "The 39 Steps" and "The Lady Vanishes." New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New audio commentary featuring film historian Philip Kemp; new interview with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro; "The Illustrated Hitchcock," an extensive interview with director Alfred Hitchcock from 1972, conducted by journalist Pia Lindstrom and film historian William Everson; audio excerpts from filmmaker Francois Truffaut's legendary 1962 interviews with Hitchcock; restoration demonstration; booklet featuring an essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme. (The Criterion Collection).
Men of a Certain Age: The Complete Second Season
(2012) Three-disc set with 12 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary by Ray Romano and series co-creator Mike Royce, deleted scenes, interviews, "Bitter/Sweet 50" featurette, gag reel, Scarpulla rap video, behind-the-scenes footage. (TNT/Warner).
Merlin: The Complete Fourth Season
(2011) Four-disc set with 13 episodes. Formats: DVD, $49.98; Blu-ray Disc, $59.98. Extras: Commentaries, deleted scenes, outtakes, more. (BBC Entertainment).
The Other Dream Team
(2012) The incredible story of the 1992 Lithuanian basketball team, whose athletes struggled under Soviet rule, became symbols of Lithuania's independence movement, and -- with help from the Grateful Dead -- triumphed at the Barcelona Olympics. Documents the Lithuanians' experiences behind the Iron Curtain for 50 years, where elite athletes were subjected to the brutalities of Communist rule. As they hid from KGB agents and feared for their lives, Lithuania's basketball stars always shared a common goal -- to utilize their athletic gifts to help free their country. The film features the original members of the 1992 basketball team as well as interviews with American sports figures Bill Walton, Bob Costas and Jim Lampley. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Q&A with co-writer/producer/director Marius A. Markevicius and co-writer/producer Jon Weinbach; commentary with Markevicius and Weinbach. (Lionsgate).
Perry Mason: The Eighth Season, Volume 2
(1965) Four-disc set with the final 15 episodes of Season Eight, $57.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: Law Day promo with Raymond Burr. (CBS/Paramount).
(2012) Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Grant Show, Madison Davenport, Quinn Lord, Rob LaBelle. Read more about "The Possession" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital Download, UltraViolet. Extras: Commentary with director Ole Bornedal, commentary with writers Juliet Snowden and Stiles White, "The Real History of the Dibbuk Box" featurette. (Lionsgate).
Power Rangers Samurai: A Team Divided Volume 3
(2012) Four episodes, $14.97. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Cast interviews, Power Rangers Dubstep, character gallery. (Lionsgate).
Power Rangers Super Samurai: Rise of the BullZooka Volume 3
(2012) Four episodes, $14.98. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "Behind the Scenes of Power Rangers Super Samurai," Power Rangers MEGA Flash Mob, weapons gallery. (Lionsgate).
The Pride of the Yankees
(1942) Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Babe Ruth, Walter Brennan, Dan Duryea. Formats: DVD. (MGM).
(2011 -- France) Louise Grinberg, Juliette Darche, Roxane Duran. Inspired by events that took place in Massachusetts, Delphine and Muriel Coulin's provocative debut focuses on a group of bored teenage girls who all make an irrevocable pact. When Camille accidentally becomes pregnant, she encourages her friends and fellow high school classmates to follow suit. It's only a matter of time before 17 girls in the high school are pregnant and the town is thrown into a world of chaos. Set in the writer-directors' small, seaside hometown of Lorient in Brittany. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
SpongeBob SquarePants: Extreme Kah-Rah-Tay!
(2012) Eight episodes of the kids and adults fav, $14.99. Formats: DVD. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).
(2012) Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, Rade Serbedzija, Leland Orser, Luke Grimes, Jon Gries, D.B. Sweeney. Read more about "Taken 2" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). The Blu-ray includes the unrated and the theatrical cut. Extras: Alternative Ending (20 additional minutes), FX behind-the-scenes featurette. Blu-ray adds "Black Ops Field Manual and Kill Counter," "Tools of the Trade," deleted and extended scenes. (Fox).
30 Nights of Paranormal Activity With The Devil Inside the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
(2012) Kathryn Flore, Flip Schultz, French Stewart. Found footage parody: Dana's father was sent to a psychiatric hospital after he killed the entire cast of "The Artist" while an exorcism was being performed on him. She continues on with her life -- gets married, has kids and moves into the same (haunted) house she grew up in. But now she must battle the demons that haunted her father before her. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Fox).
Thomas & Friends: Muddy Matters
(2013) Thomas and his engine friends handle some dirty jobs in five episodes: "Muddy Matters," "Thomas and the Garbage Train," "Don't Bother Victor," "Whiff's Wish" and "Thomas Toots the Crows." Formats: DVD, $14.98 VOD, Digital. Extras: "Go Go Thomas!" karaoke music video, "Guess Who?" puzzles, "Muddy Sheep Roundup" game. (Lionsgate).
Thor: Legend of the Magical Hammer
(2013) Voices of Justin Gregg, Pail Tylak, Nicola Coughlan. Animated adventure about an over-confident teen, Thor, the Norse god of thunder and lightning, who join forces with other gods against an evil queen and her army of giants. Formats: DVD. (ARC Entertainment).
(2010) Focuses on 10 world-class chefs, showing the everyday drama of life in gourmet restaurants. Includes exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes access to these multi-talented culinary artisans as they explore new creations in their gastronomic laboratories, hunt for exquisite ingredients in local markets, and gather rare edible plants along rough coastlines. Featuring chefs Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Rene Redzepi, Yannick Alleno, Nadia Santini, Olivier Roellinger, Sergio Herman, Sven Elverfeld, Hideki Ishikawa, Juan Mari and Elena Arzak. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).
The Tin Drum
(1979) Restored director's cut never before seen in the United States. Oskar is born in Germany in 1924 with an advanced intellect. Repulsed by the hypocrisy of adults and the irresponsibility of society, he refuses to grow older after his third birthday. While the chaotic world around him careers toward the madness and folly of World War II, Oskar pounds incessantly on his beloved tin drum and perfects his uncannily piercing shrieks. "The Tin Drum," which earned the Palme d'Or at Cannes and the Academy Award for Best Foreign-language film, is a visionary adaptation from Volker Schlondorff of Nobel laureate Gunter Grass's acclaimed novel, characterized by surreal imagery, arresting eroticism, and clear-eyed satire. Newly remastered 5.1 surround soundtrack, approved by Schlondorff and presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interview with Schlondorff about the making of "The Tin Drum" and the creation of the 2010 restored, complete version; new interview with film scholar Timothy Corrigan; German audio recording from 1987 of author Gunter Grass reading an excerpt from his novel "The Tin Drum" with musical accompaniment, illustrated with the corresponding scene from the film; television interview excerpts featuring Schlondorff, Grass, actors David Bennent and Mario Adorf, and co-writer Jean-Claude Carriere reflecting on their experiences making the film; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Atkinson and 1978 statements by Grass about the adaptation of his novel. (The Criterion Collection).
To Rome With Love
(2012) Dir.: Woody Allen; Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, Ellen Page. Read more about "To Rome With Love" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Con Amore: A Passion for Rome" featurette provides a first time glimpse into the secretive world of Woody Allen's filmmaking process, featuring exclusive cast and crew interviews with Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz and Greta Gerwig. (Sony).
Twenty-Twelve: The Complete Series
(2011-12) A satirical look at the bureaucratic team responsible for delivering the biggest show on earth: the 2012 London Games. Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Cast and crew interviews. (BBC Entertainment).
(2012) Brooke Burns, Nicole Paggi, Justin Baldoni, Gregory Harrison. When a reluctant bodyguard is hired to protect a bride-to-be from frightening death threats, she must blend in during the ceremony and reception to uncover the truth behind the suspicious guest list. Hallmark Channel original movie. Formats: DVD. (Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).
Wake in Fright
(1971) Directed by Ted Kotcheff ("First Blood," "North Dallas Forty," "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz)", the movie tells the story of a British schoolteacher's descent into personal demoralization at the hands of the deranged, hard-drinking residents of a remote Australian town. John Grant (Gary Bond) teaches at a tiny school in the outback. On his way to Sydney to catch a vacation flight, he stops in a rural mining town, where he is reluctantly drawn into the macho antics of the local men. After losing his money in the gambling game two-up, he is taken on a drunken and brutal kangaroo hunt with three of the beer-guzzling louts -- a horrifying ordeal that culminates in a shattering sexual assault. The film had its world premiere at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival, where it was nominated for a Palme d'Or. Retitled "Outback" and hurried into a few theaters across the U.S. with minimal advertising support, the movie lasted barely a week before it was pulled from circulation and vanished into obscurity. For over three decades the film materials were thought to be lost, until the movie's persistent cinematographer unearthed the original negative elements in Pennsylvania in canisters marked for imminent destruction. The materials were painstakingly restored frame by frame and the new restoration was invited back to Cannes in 2009. Guest curator Martin Scorsese said: "Wake in Fright is a deeply -- and I mean deeply -- unsettling and disturbing movie. I saw it when it premiered at Cannes in 1971, and it left me speechless. Visually, dramatically, atmospherically and psychologically, it's beautifully calibrated and it gets under your skin one encounter at a time, right along with the protagonist played by Gary Bond. I'm excited that 'Wake in Fright' has been preserved and restored and that it is finally getting the exposure it deserves." Co-stars Donald Pleasence, Jack Thompson and Chips Rafferty. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary by director Ted Kotcheff and editor Anthony Buckley, making-of featurette "To the Yabba and Back," Q&A with Kotcheff from the 2009 Toronto Film Festival, a look at the movie's restoration, "Who Needs Art?" vintage segment on "Wake in Fright," theatrical trailers, 28-page booklet. (Drafthouse Films/Image Entertainment).
Waking the Dead: Season Seven
(2008) Three-disc set with 12 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. (BBC Entertainment).
Won't Back Down
(2012) Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Rosie Perez, Holly Hunter, Ving Rhames, Oscar Isaac.
Read more about "Won't Back Down" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, "A Tribute to Teachers," "The Importance of Education," commentary with director Daniel Barnz. (Fox).
(1939) Dir.: William Wyler; Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, David Niven, Flora Robson, Donald Crisp, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Hugh Williams, Leo G. Carroll. Formats: DVD. (MGM).
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(2012) Kevin Sorbo, Samuel Davis, Richard Dillard. Left motherless by tragedy and abandoned by his father, high school senior Seth McArdle has been put under enormous pressure to support his little sisters. At school, he endures the daily bullying of the football team. When he fights back, he's singled out for punishment and assigned to an after-school work detail under the supervision of a reserved groundskeeper, Abel. Much to his surprise, Seth discovers that Abel may be the only one who truly understands his struggles.
Formats: DVD. Extras: "From the Sidelines: The Making of Abel's Field." (Sony).
American Experience: The Abolitionists
(2013) Documentary on the abolitionists, who tore the nation apart in the 19th century in order to create a more perfect union. Men and women, black and white, Northerners and Southerners, poor and wealthy, these passionate anti-slavery activists fought body and soul in the most important civil rights crusade in American history. What began as a pacifist movement fueled by persuasion and prayer became a fiery and furious struggle that forever changed the nation. Brings to life the intertwined stories of Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimke, Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Brown. Formats: DVD, $24.99. (PBS Distribution).
Beauty Is Embarrassing
(2012) For more than 30 years, Wayne White has made an indelible mark on the creative world. As a designer, painter, puppeteer, sculptor and musician, White created images and ideas that are an integral -- yet sometimes subconscious -- part of the pop-culture lexicon. Part biography, part live performance, the documentary tells the irreverent and inspiring story of this one-of-a-kind visual artist and raconteur. The film traces White's career from his stint as an underground cartoonist in New York's East Village to his big break as a designer, puppeteer and voice-over actor on "Pee-wee's Playhouse" (for which he won three Emmys), as well as his work animating music videos for The Smashing Pumpkins and Peter Gabriel.
Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Slide show featuring original Wayne White art; White's complete one-man show; White performing "Blue Ridge Mountain Blues"; deleted scenes. (Docurama).
Birders: The Central Park Effect
(2012) A diverse group of full-of-attitude New Yorkers reveals how a hidden world of beautiful wild birds in the middle of Manhattan has upended and magically transformed their lives. The film reveals the extraordinary array of wild birds -- more than 200 avian species, from hummingbirds and herons to owls and hawks -- that make regular layovers in Manhattan's grandest park and the equally colorful New Yorkers -- among them best-selling author Jonathan Franzen -- who schedule their lives around the rhythms of the birds' migration patterns. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Birdwatching field guide booklet, extended interview with Jonathan Franzen, "The Birds of Central park" video guide, additional interviews. (Music Box Films).
(2012 -- Japan) Rina Takeda, Shigeru Matsuzaki, Takamasa Suga. The daughter of a legendary sushi chef finds work at a rural hot springs inn, where a pharmaceutical firm is holding a work retreat. When a disgruntled former researcher uses a serum to awaken the murderous instincts of ordinary sushi, turning them into bloodthirsty monsters, Keiko must use both her sushi training and her martial arts skills to save the others and defeat the flying killers.
Formats: DVD. Blu-ray available exclusively at Best Buy only until March 26. (Millennium Entertainment/Action Slate).
Deadly Blessing Collector's Edition
(1981) Dir.: Wes Craven; Maren Jensen, Susan Buckner, Sharon Stone, Jeff East, Lisa Hartman, Lois Nettleton, Ernest Borgnine. When a former member of a religious cult dies in a mysterious accident in Amish Country, his wife begins to fear for her life and the lives of her friends at the hands of the evil cult and its fanatical leader. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New commentary with Wes Craven, cast interviews, "So It Was Written" screenplay featurette, original trailer and TV spots. (Scream Factory/Shout! Factory).
Death Race 3: Inferno
(2013) Luke Goss, Danny Trejo, Ving Rhames, Dougray Scott, Tanit Phoenix, Fred Koehler, Robin Shou. The legendary Frankenstein partakes in an unimaginably vicious new competition that pits teams of hardened convicts against each other in a blood-spattered, winner-take-all race through South Africa. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, deleted shots montage, "The Making of Death Race 3: Inferno," feature commentary with director Roel Reine. Blu-ray adds Alternate opening, "Racing for Death" look under the hood and behind the wheel of the mechanical stars, "Art Imitating Life: Goldberg." (Universal).
Dirty Energy: The Deepwater Horizon Diaster
(2013) Award-winning documentary shares first hand stories from the fishermen, local environmentalists, scientists and members of the cleanup crew who were hardest hit by the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon accident. On April 20th, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded off the Gulf of Mexico, taking the lives of 11 workers and pouring millions of barrels of oil into the ocean, creating one of the worst environmental disasters in history. The fate of the Gulf is still largely unknown. This documentary tells the personal story of those directly affected by the spill and are now struggling to rebuild their lives amidst the economic devastation and long-term health risks. Formats: DVD. (Cinema Libre Studio).
End of Watch
(2012) Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick, America Ferrera, Cody Horn, Natalie Martinez, Frank Grillo. Read more about "End of Watch" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Fate with a Badge," "In the Streets," "Women on Watch," "Watch Your Six," "Honors," deleted scenes, commentary with writer/director David Ayer. (Universal).
Fat Kid Rules the World
(2012) Dir.: Matthew Lillard; Billy Campbell, Matt O'Leary. A dropout comes to the aid of a chubby and suicidal high-school kid by recruiting him as the drummer for his upstart punk-rock band. Formats: DVD. (ARC Entertainment).
Hansel & Gretel: Warriors of Witchcraft
(2012) Fivel Stewart, Booboo Stewart, Eric Roberts, Vanessa Angel. Fairy tale update has modern-day Hansel and Gretel entering an elite boarding school where they meet up with a coven of witches. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with director David DeCoteau and actors Booboo and Fivel Stewart, stills gallery. (Lionsgate).
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
(2011 -- Japan) From visionary auteur Takashi Miike comes the story of a mysterious samurai who arrives at the doorstep of his feudal lord, requesting an honorable death by ritual suicide in his courtyard. The lord threatens him with the brutal tale of Motome, a desperate young ronin who made a similar request with ulterior motives, only to meet a grisly end. Undaunted, the samurai begins to tell a story of his own, with an ending no one could see coming. With stunning cinematography and gripping performances, "Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai" is a thrilling exploration of revenge, honor and individuality in the face of oppressive power. A remake of Masaki Kobayashi's 1962 classic samurai film, "Harakiri." Nominated for the prestigious Palme d'Or Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Tribeca Films).
(2011 -- Japan) Based on director Gu Su-yeon's semi-autobiographical novel, "Hard Romanticker" is a violent gangster movie that delivers its story with equal amounts style and carnage. Dripping James Dean style cool, the bleach blond Gu (Shota Matsuda) is a young cocky-Korean Japanese hoodlum living in Tokyo. When someone accidently kills the grandmother of a ruthless rival thug, Gu soon finds himself on the receiving end as he becomes the target for bloody, even deadly revenge. And it doesn't help that the police are on his tail as well.Formats: DVD. Extras: Twelve-page collectors booklet that includes an essay on "Hard Romanticker," a study of Toei Studios Yakuza films by Japanese cinema expert Patrick Macias, and a gallery of original Toei movie posters. (Artsploitation Films).
Iron Man: Armored Adventures Season 2, Volume 3
(2012) Six episodes of the animated series, $14.93. Formats: DVD. (Marvel Animation/Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).
Ivan's Childhood BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1962) The debut feature by the great Andrei Tarkovsky ("Andrei Rublev"), "Ivan's Childhood" is a poetic journey through the shards and shadows of one boy's war-ravaged youth. Moving back and forth between the traumatic realities of World War II and serene moments of family life before the conflict began, Tarkovsky's film remains one of the most jarring and unforgettable depictions of the impact of war on children. High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Appreciation of filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky and "Ivan's Childhood" featuring Vida T. Johnson, co-author of "The Films of Andrei Tarkovsky: A Visual Fugue"; interviews with cinematographer Vadim Yusov and actor Nikolai Burlyaev; booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Dina Iordanova; "Between Two Films," Tarkovsky's essay on "Ivan's Childhood," and "Ivan's Willow," a poem by the director's father, Arseny Tarkovsky. (The Criterion Collection).
Keep the Lights On
(2012) Thure Lindhardt, Zachary Booth, Julianne Nicholson, Souleymane Sy Savane, Miguel Del Toro, Justin Reinsilber. Read more about "Keep the Lights On" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with director Ira Sachs, "Making of Keep the Lights On," deleted scenes, teaser trailer, "In Search of Avery Willard," cast audition tapes. (Music Box Films).
The Men Who Built America
Three-disc set tells the story of the men who played a significant role in the shaping of this country. From Carnegie, Morgan, Rockefeller, Vanderbilt and Ford, the miniseries looks at how these individuals took a nation decaying from the Civil War into the greatest economic and technological superpower the world has ever seen. Formats: DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray Disc, $39.99. Extras: "From Richer to Richer," "The American Dream," "Monopoly," "Competitive Nature," "The Every Man," "The Rise of Cornelius Vanderbilt," "Traits of a Titan" featurettes. (Lionsgate).
Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis
(2011) Encore channel documentary examines the career of one of the nuttiest and most innovative comedic minds of all time. From his early days on the road with vaudevillian parents, to his amazing rise to fame with partner Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis has lived an amazing life and has become one of the most influential people in the world of cinema and silliness. Formats: DVD, $19.98. (Anchor Bay).
(2012) Patton Oswalt, Johnny Knoxville, Rob Riggle. Polar-opposite brothers Randy and Kirk never saw eye-to-eye, but their rivalry is taken to a new level when Randy hijacks Kirk's son's sleepover, taking the boys on a Scout Trip to remember. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary. AXS TV: A Look at "Nature Calls." (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(1988) Robert Lansing, Lisa Langlois, Franc Luz, Terri Treas, Stephen Davies. Cockroaches overrun the quiet town of North Port when an innocent experiment conducted by the nearby INTEC Corporation goes terribly wrong, making ordinary roaches turn into creatures with a taste for blood. Worse, the roaches are genetically mutating ... literally becoming whatever they eat. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Scream Factory/Shout! Factory).
(2012) John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby, Rosemarie DeWitt. A hip Silver Lake (Los Angeles) family's relaxed dynamic is tested after they take in a young artist so she can complete her art film. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Making of Nobody Walks," AXS TV: A Look at "Nobody Walks." (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2012) Stephen Dorff, James Woods, Stephen Lang, Dominic Purcell, AnnaLynne McCord, Walton Goggins, David Boreanaz, Soulja Boy. A dirty cop, shot in a drug bust gone wrong and saved by a stranger, gets a second chance to clean up his life. When the stranger finally comes forward, seeking revenge against the men responsible for a string of assaults on young women at a local strip club, the cop must go rogue to find the attacker in an effort to hide how his own past played a part in these crimes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).
(2012) Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, John Cusack, Matthew McConaughey, Scott Glenn, Nikolette Noel, David Oyelowo, Ned Bellamy, Macy Gray. Read more about "The Paperboy" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: Featurette, director interview, cast and crew interviews. (Millennium Films).
(2011 -- Germany) Documentary tribute to the late German choreographer Pina Bausch by celebrated German filmmaker Wim Wenders. Read more about "Pina" in the January Calendar. High-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Wim Wenders, presented in two editions: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray combo, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack; and two-disc DVD. Extras: Commentary featuring Wenders; "The Making of Pina" (available in 3D); deleted scenes (available in 3D); behind-the-scenes footage; interview with Wenders; booklet featuring a piece by novelist and essayist Siri Hustvedt, reprinted pieces by Wenders and choreographer Pina Bausch, information on the dances featured in the film, and portraits of the dancers. (The Criterion Collection).
Scarecrow & Mrs. King: The Complete Fourth & Final Season
(1986-87) Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Warner).
Searching for Sugar Man
(2012) Documentary on the greatest 70s rock icon who never was. Read more about "Searching for Sugar Man" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with director Malik Bendjelloul and Rodriguez, two featurettes: "An Evening With Malik Bendjelloul and Rodriguez," which features the director and Rodriguez participating in fan Q&A; and "Making Sugar Man," which provides a deeper into the filmmakers' process. (Sony).
Tai Chi Zero
(2012 -- China) Yuan Xiaochao, Angelababy, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Eddie Peng. The first chapter in a planned trilogy by director Stephen Fung ("House of Fury," "Jump") is a steampunk-infused martial arts epic featuring martial arts choreography by the legendary Sammo Hung. The film follows Yang Lu Chan, a young genius who, tired of being picked on, travels to Chen Village to learn the art of Tai Chi. Luchan finds out the hard way that it is forbidden for a villager to teach an outsider when the villagers, from strong men to old women to little children, repeatedly challenge him to a series of fights, all of which he loses quite badly. But when a frightening army of steampunk soldiers bearing strange machines show up, the villagers realize that in order to save their home, they must trust this strange outsider with the knowledge of Tai Chi. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Behind the Zenes, MuZic VideoZ, TrailerZ. (Well Go USA).
Wild Kratts: Lost at Sea
(2012) Brothers and wildlife explorers Martin and Chris Kratt go under the sea in two new episodes filled with humor, excitement and a whole lot of science: The Kratts head to the most populated and diverse habitat on Earth -- the coral reef -- in "Blowfish Blowout." Then they decode the secret language of dolphins, among the smartest creatures on Earth, in "Speaking Dolphinese." Formats: DVD, $9.99. (PBS Distribution).
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Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime: The Tommy & Tuppence Mysteries
Three-disc set with 11 mysteries from PBS's "Mystery!." Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
Agatha Christie's Poirot & Marple Fan Favorites Collection
Six-disc collection brings together the detectives' 11 most popular mysteries, as voted by Agatha Christie's fans, from PBS's "Masterpiece Mystery!" Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
All Superheroes Must Die
(2011) Jason Trost, James Remar, Lucas Till, Lee Valmassy, Sophie Merkley. Four super heroes find themselves abducted by their arch nemesis and are forced to compete in a series of challenges in order to save an abandoned town full of kidnapped innocent civilians.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (RLJ Entertainment/Image Entertainment).
(2012) Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton, Lucy Cohu, John Shrapnel. Read more about "The Awakening" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Deleted scenes, "A Time for Ghosts" featurette, "Anatomy of a Scene: Florence and the Lake." Blu-ray adds "Anatomy of a Scream" featurette, behind-the-scenes, extended interview with director Nick Murphy. (Cohen Media Group/Universal).
(2011 -- Thailand) Arak Amornsupasiri, Athikit Pringprom, Visava Thaiyanont. Four young boys are kidnapped from their families, handicapped by their abductors, and forced to become beggars on the street. They soon find refuge with a skillful Shaolin Kung Fu master who teaches them the art of his craft but, when he's assassinated, they team to fight for justice to stop the man responsible for their master's death. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital.(Lionsgate).
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2
(2013) A DC Universe original animated movie. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Blu-ray Extras: featurettes, three bonus cartoons, digital comic. (Warner).
Best of Warner Bros. 100 Film DVD Collection
Warner Bros. celebrates its 90th anniversary with this limited and numbered collection of the studio's best films. With two new documentaries, "Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot" and "The Warner Bros. Lot Tour," on 55 discs presented in book style premium packaging. Formats: DVD, $597.92. Read the complete release here. (Warner).
Best of Warner Bros. 50 Film Blu-ray Collection
Warner Bros. celebrates its 90th anniversary with this limited and numbered collection of the studio's best films. With two new documentaries,"Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot" and "The Warner Bros. Lot Tour," on 52 discs presented in book style premium packaging. Formats: Blu-ray, $597.92. Read the complete release here. (Warner).
Cherry Tree Lane
(2010) Rachael Blake, Tom Kane, Tom Butcher, Jumayn Hunter. A couple is terrorized by a gang who is hunting their son in this creepy home invasion horror-thriller.
Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: (Image Entertainment).
(2012) Aneurin Barnard, James Cosmo, Wunmi Mosaku, Jake Wilson, Amy Shiels. An agoraphobic father teams up with a renegade priest to save his daughter from the clutches of a gang of twisted feral children who committed an act of violence against his family years earlier. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (New Video).
Die Hard 25th Anniversary Collection Blu-ray
Five-disc set with "Die Hard," "Die Hard 2: Die Harder," "Die Hard With a Vengeance," "Live Free or Die Hard" and "Decoding Die Hard," a disc of special features: "Modern-Day Hero": Casting, evolution and legacy of John McClane; "Along for the Ride": Engaging sidekicks who have teamed up with McClane; "Bad to the Bone": McClane's well-armed and formidable foes; "Punishing Blows": Creating the intense action sequences, fistfights and stunts; "Explosive Effects": Role of groundbreaking visual and special effects including some of the biggest explosions on screen; "Reinventing the Action Genre": Development of the franchise from concept to character to story; "The Right Hero for the Right Time": Appeal and influence of "Die Hard" films on pop culture. (Fox).
Downton Abbey Season 3
(2012) Three-disc set with all eight episodes, in U.K. order, plus the 2012 Christmas Special finale. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: TBA. (PBS Distribution).
Femmes Fatales: Season One
(2011) Cinemax "After Dark" anthology series about powerful, sexy and dangerous women, inspired by and styled in the tradition of pulp stories, film noir and graphic novels. Three-disc set with 13 episodes, $29.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentaries, deleted and alternate scenes, "making of" featurette, more. (Entertainment One).
(2012) Voices of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Cee-Lo Green, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, Jon Lovitz.
Read more about "Hotel Transylvania" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D Blu-ray/DVD Combo, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Goodnight Mr. Foot" mini-movie; three Deleted scenes; "Problem (Monster Remix)" music video by Becky G featuring will.i.am; commentary with director Genndy Tartakovsky, producer Michelle Murdocca and visual effects supervisor Daniel Kramer. Blu-ray adds two featurettes: "Meet the Staff and Guests: Voicing Hotel Transylvania" and "Making the Hotel"; three progression reels. (Sony).
(2013) Tim Roth, Jack O'Connell, Talulah Riley, Kierston Wareing, Peter Mullan. When 19-year-old Adam agrees to do a day's driving for his mum's dodgy boyfriend Peter, it takes him on a 24-hour journey into a nightmarish world of murder, sex trafficking and revenge, in the company of aging hit man Roy. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Making-of featurette. (Lionsgate).
The Love Section
(2012) Mekhi Phifer, Brian Hooks, Tangi Miller, Omar Miller, Kellita Smith, Lawrence Adisa. A ladies man gets hooked into the "love section" by a hard-working single mom. Formats: DVD, VOD. (One Village Entertainment/Image Entertainment).
(2013) More animated adventures of the wild animals from Madagascar. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Hammy's Boomerang Adventure," "First Flight." (Fox).
The Mighty Mississippi With Trevor McDonald
(2013) British broadcast journalist Trevor McDonald takes an adventure along the historic and epic 2,320 mile-long Mississippi River. Starting at the Gulf of Mexico, McDonald's journey leads him to encounter a dazzling array of characters and stunning locations as he Examines the role this important river has played in American history. Formats: DVD, $24.99.(PBS Distribution).
Misfits: Season Two
(2012) Two-disc set with seven episodes, $24.98. Formats: DVD, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes for each episode, "Shooting Misfits" featurettes, bonus scenes. (BBC Entertainment).
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic -- Pinkie Pie Party
(2013) Five party-themed episodes, $14.97. Formats: DVD. Extras: Sing-along, party activity kit. (Shout! Factory Kids).
(2012) Jason Mewes, Blake Freeman, Matt Shively, Moises Arias, Casper Van Dien, Zelda Williams. Four friends embark on a wild journey to L.A. to compete in the Cyberbowl Video Game Championship. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Big Air Studios).
Paranormal Activity 4
(2012) Kathryn Newton, Katie Featherston, Matt Shively, Brady Allen, Alisha Boe, Tommy Miranda. Read more about "Paranormal Activity 4" in the January Calendar. Includes the theatrical and u rated versions.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray Extras: "The Recovered Files," nearly 30 minutes of found footage not shown in theaters. (Paramount).
(2012) Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Tom Waits, Abbie Cornish, Olga Kurylenko, Michael Pitt, Gabourey Sidibe, Harry Dean Stanton. Read more about "Seven Psychopaths" in the January Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Six featurettes: "Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths," "Crazy Locations," "Woody Harrelson is Charlie," "Colin Farrell is Marty," "Layersvideo mash-up of the film set to a rap beat, "Seven Psychocats" re-made trailer featuring a cast of seven "psycho-cats" in which the cast is replaced by cats. (Sony).
Stone Soup ... And Other Stories From the Asian Tradition
(2012) Highlighted by author/illustrator Jon J. Muth's award-winning take on "Stone Soup," this new DVD also features three other classic tales, as well as a Read-Along function which highlights the words as they are spoken, allowing young viewers to follow along with the narrators. The three other stories: "The Five Chinese Brothers," "Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China" and "Stonecutter." $14.95. Formats: DVD. (Scholastic Storybook Treasures).
Stories About African American Heritage Featuring March On!
(2012) In "March On: The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World," written by Dr. Christine King Farris, narrated by Lynn Whitfield, Martin Luther King Jr.'s sister travels back to 1963 to present a personal, stirring account of the remarkable day when Dr. King delivered his "I Have a Dream Speech." Additional stories -- narrated by celebrities such as Michael Clarke Duncan, James Earl Jones, Forest Whitaker, Phylicia Rashad, Samuel L. Jackson -- include: "Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears," "Duke Ellington," "Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of Vocal Virtuosa," "Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story From the Underground Railroad" and "Martin's Big Words." Three-disc set, $24.95. Formats: DVD. (Scholastic Storybook Treasures).
Tales of the Night
(2011 -- France) "Tales of the Night" extends the shadow puppet style of French filmmaker Michael Ocelot's earliest works, with black silhouetted characters set off against exquisitely detailed Day-Glo backgrounds bursting with color and kaleidoscopic patterns. The film weaves together six exotic fables, each unfolding in a unique locale, from Tibet, to medieval Europe, to the Land of the Dead: "The Werewolf," "Ti Jean and the Belle-Sans-Connaitre," "The Chosen One and the City of Gold," "Boy Tam-Tam," "The Boy Who Never Lied" and "The Doe-Girl and the Architect's Son." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (GKIDS/New Video).
That Obscure Object of Desire BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1977) Fernando Rey, Carole Bouquet, Angela Molina, Julien Bertheau. Luis Bunuel's political, erotic, romantic drama centers on an aging Frenchman who falls in love with a young woman who repeatedly frustrates his romantic and sexual desires. In pure Bunuelian fashion, the desired woman is played by two different actresses, each representing different sides of her personality. Remastered. Formats: Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Arbitrary Desire" (interview with Jean-Claude Carriere), interview with Carlos Saura, "Double Dames" (interview with Carole Bouquet and Angela Molina), "A Portrait of Luis Bunuel (interview with Pierre Lary and Edmond Richard). (StudioCanal Collection/Lionsgate).
Universal 3D Nature Documentaries
(2013) Three 3D/2D Blu-ray combo packs:
Amazing Ocean 3D: Be amazed by little schools of fish that swim right into your living room; see squid and the elusive octopus up close, along with the magnificent manta ray, dolphins and turtles. Shot in stereoscopic 3D, "Amazing Ocean 3D" is a breathtakingly beautiful 50-minute experience for the whole family.
Fascination Coral Reef:
Enter the fascinating world of the coral reefs and experience breathtaking flora and fauna up close and in 3D. Watch an entire ecosystem of marine species including blowfish, porcupine fish, goliath groupers, giant morays, sea turtles and whale sharks, as well as the play of colors of the many different coral and anemone species. 45-minutes.
Fascination Coral Reef: Mysterious Worlds Underwater:
Often referred to as "The Pearls in the Indian Ocean," the Maldives' true treasures are to be found beneath the waves: the coral reefs. Watch breathtaking colorful coral forests, turtles searching for food, huge swarms of colorful fish taking refuge in the numerous caves and crevices. And wonder at the incredible diversity of life on the coral reef in this 53-minute 3D experience.
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