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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, October 8 -- Monday, October 14

All DVD Releases

  • The Purge

    photo for The Purge "The Purge" combines the best of several thriller genres all in one fairly tightly directed and acted outing: there's the near-futuristic "Clockwork Orange" violence-for-violence's- sake scenario, a home-invasion-by-strangers attack, and a "Straw Dogs's" fight-back retaliation. In the near future, in order to reduce crime in America, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity -- including murder -- is legal. Supposedly this quells bad behavior the other 364 days of the year. Ethan Hawke's family -- wife (Lena Headey), daughter and son -- hunker down in their secure home in a gated community to wait out the night. But when they allow a homeless man to find safety in their house, a gang of yuppie murderers mount an all-out assault on them -- and the family has to learn to defend themselves. It's all very exciting and edge-of-your seat, with several neat twists and a predictable ending that you wait for since it's been foreshadowed about 30 minutes into the film. "The Purge" didn't fare well at the box office or with the critics but it definitely deserves a better chance on DVD -- it's much better than you suspect. Co-stars Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane and Edwin Hodge. Extras: "Surviving the Night: The Making of The Purge." Vitals: Director: James DeMonaco. Stars: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 85 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $64.423 million, Universal. 2 stars


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  • The Hangover Part III

    photo for For "The Hangover Part III," director Todd Phillips and stars Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha and Ken Jeong reunited for a little "hair of the dog" to pad their checking accounts one last time. In this nasty sequel, the guys of the Wolfpack are happily married and content with their lives -- except for Alan (Galifianakis), who's rudderless and off his meds. The boys decide to stage an intervention and take him to a retreat in Arizona -- but get waylaid and double-crossed by murderers, thieves, drug dealers, and their old Bangkok buddy, Leslie Chow (Jeong). The first "Hangover" was lewd and rude and a surprise hit; No. 2 upped the ante by transporting the first's Las Vegas shenanigans into Thailand, amping up the violence and stupidity. For No. 3, the only way to outdo the previous editions was by killing people -- which they do. Without the shock of the new, this "Hangover" just flounders around, gasping for air. And, to make matters worse, the film ends a full 12 minutes before the credits roll. I needed a stiff drink after this one. Extras: "Replacing Zach: The Secret Auditions," outtakes, "The Wolfpack's Wildest Stunts," "Zach Galifianakis in His Own Words," "Pushing the Limits," action mash-up, "Inside Focus: The Real Chow," extended scenes. Vitals: Director: Todd Phillips. Stars: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Melissa McCarthy, Gillian Vigman, Sasha Barrese, Jamie Chung, John Goodman. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 100 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $112.142 million, Warner. 1 stars

  • After Earth

    photo for After Earth In "After Earth," Jaden Smith stars as Kitai Raige, the failed cadet son of the zen-like general of the United Ranger Corps (Will Smith in a god-like role as Cypher Raige), the military arm of a human race transplanted onto a new world after destroying the Earth 1,000 years earlier. But the kid gets a chance to prove his mettle when the space ship he's traveling on -- with his dad -- crash lands on, of all places, Earth, and he must travel 100km over rough land to retrieve a beacon to signal for help. The movie starts off with some weak narration to introduce the action, then segues into a contrived storyline with weak acting by the young Smith (the kid just can't take command of a scene, though he plays scared really well). It's goofy and ludicrous and a vanity project for kid Smith by pop Smith's production company. The best part of the film is one of its extras: "The Nature of the Future" featurette that explores the beautiful landscapes in which the film was shot (Costa Rica, Utah and Northern California), set to lush music.Extras: "A Father's Legacy" featurette with Will and Jaden Smith on- and off-screen; "1,000 Years in 300 Seconds" on-location featurette; "The Nature of the Future" featurette that explores the beautiful landscapes in which the film was shot (Costa Rica, Utah and Northern California), set to lush music. Blu-ray adds alternate opening sequence; "Building a World" featurette; "Pre-Visualizing the Future" featurette; "The Animatics of After Earth" featurette. Vitals: Director: M. Night Shyamalan. Stars: Jaden Smith, Will Smith, Isabelle Fuhrman, Zoe Kravitz, David Denman, Sophie Okonedo. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 100 min., Science Fiction, Box office gross: $60.047 million, Sony. 2 stars

  • Much Ado About Nothing

    photo for Much Ado About Nothing Speaking of vanity projects, here's one that works: director Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing," a delightful Shakespearean romp gussied up in 21st century garb and surroundings with 21st century sensuality and looks. The film was shot in just 12 days (using the original text), in secret, while Whedon was working on "Marvel's The Avengers," at Whedon's Santa Monica home. It's amazing that after seven centuries, ol' William's words and insights about relationships, lust, revenge and the game of love -- here epitomized by sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick -- still hold true. Lighthearted and thoroughly entertaining, mostly because the actors here strut their stuff, working with a director whose passion for the project drove him to forgo a vacation for his 20th wedding anniversary (suggested by his wife, Kai Cole.) Subtitled "Shakespeare Knew How to Throw a Party." Extras: "Much Ado About Making Nothing" featurette, "Bus Ado About Nothing" featurette, commentary with screenwriter-director Joss Whedon, commentary with screenwriter-director Joss Whedon and cast, "Sigh No More" music video. Vitals: Director: Joss Whedon. Stars: Reed Diamond, Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Tom Lenk, Fran Kranz, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Jillian Morgese, Sean Maher, Riki Lindhome, Spencer Treat Clark. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 109 min., Comedy-Romance-Drama, Box office gross: $4.096 million, Lionsgate. 3 stars

  • Europa Report

    photo for Europa Report "Europa Report" (2013) is one of the new breed of thrillers (using any combination of "documentary" story-telling, video camera footage, talking heads and real-time action) that has brought us "The Blair Witch Project," the "Paranormal Activity" outings, "Cloverfield," "Apollo 18" and "Troll Hunter." Though this science fiction actioner puts a lot of emphasis on science fact, it never shortchanges the fiction, stylishly delivering its thrills and chills, much like Danny Boyle's highly underrated "Sunshine," to which "Europa Report" has a striking kinship. When unmanned probes suggest that a hidden ocean could exist underneath Europa, one of Jupiter's moons, Europa Ventures, a privately funded space exploration company, sends six of the best astronauts from around the world to confirm the data and explore the revolutionary possibility that life may exist there. It's a doomed mission, and we're given privy to the failures of the venture: the loss of communications, equipment breakdowns, the tragic death of a crew member, the psychological and physical toll of deep space travel and, after arriving on Europa, a discovery more frightening than the crew could ever have imagined. It's well-acted, directed, and the CGI is incredible -- with utmost detail to scientific realities. Sci-fi fans need to put this on their short list. Extras: "Exploring the Visual Effects of Europa Report," "The Musical Journey of Europa Report," behind-the-scenes photo gallery, theatrical trailer. Vitals: Director: Sebastian Cordero. Stars: Christian Camargo, Embeth Davidtz, Anamaria Marinca, Michael Nyqvist, Daniel Wu, Karolina Wydra, Sharlto Copley. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 90 min., Science Fiction, Box office gross: $.123 million, Magnolia Home Entertainment. 3 stars


    Blu-ray Debuts

  • Chucky: The Complete Collection -- Limited Edition
  • The Exorcist 40th Anniversary Extended Director's Cut (1973)
  • Fantastic Voyage (1966)
  • I Married a Witch (1942) (Criterion)
  • Monty Python's The Meaning of Life -- 30th Anniversary Edition (1983)
  • Night Train to Terror (1985)
  • On the Riviera (1951)
  • Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)

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All DVD Releases

Adam Chaplin: Violent Avenger (2013) Emanuele De Santi, Valeria Sannino, Paolo Luciani, Alessandro Gramanti, Wilmar Zimosa. A young man makes a pact with a demon to give him superhuman strength and dark powers to wreak bloody revenge on the local mafia and corrupt police for the death of his wife. Formats: DVD). Extras: "H.A.B.S (Hyper-realistic Anime Blood Simulation)" featurette, "Mechanisms of Gore," "From Idea to Screen,"" Building Up Adam," "Scene Autopsy," trailer. (Autonomy Pictures).

After Earth (2013) Dir.: M. Night Shyamalan; Jaden Smith, Will Smith, Isabelle Fuhrman, Zoe Kravitz, David Denman, Sophie Okonedo. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "A Father's Legacy" featurette with Will and Jaden Smith on- and off-screen; "1,000 Years in 300 Seconds" on-location featurette; "The Nature of the Future" featurette that explores the beautiful landscapes in which the film was shot (Costa Rica, Utah and Northern California), set to lush music. Blu-ray adds alternate opening sequence; "Building a World" featurette; "Pre-Visualizing the Future" featurette; "The Animatics of After Earth" featurette. (Sony).

Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure (2013) Holiday-themed sequel to the 2010 animated family film. Here Alpha and Omega's youngest cub disappears just before the holiday festivities and the pair set off to track him down. Formats: DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo available exclusively at Walmart, VOD, Digital. Extras: Behind the scenes featurette, wolf trivia, "Are you an Alpha or an Omega?" quiz. (Lionsgate).

American Horror Story: Asylum: The Complete Second Season (2012-13) Thirteen episodes. Formats: Four-disc DVD, three-disc Blu-ray. Extras: Deleted scenes, "The Orderly," "What is American Horror Story: Asylum?", "Welcome to Briarcliff Manor," "The Creatures." (Fox).

photo for The Avengers -- The Complete Emma Peel Megaset (1965-1968) A 16-disc set, including all three seasons and 51 episodes that featured Emma Peel's (Diana Rigg) undercover roles, from her unforgettable debut in her famous leather cat suit, to her thrilling last spy adventure. Available on DVD for the first time in four years, the collection spans all of Peel's time on the hit series with star Patrick Macnee. Formats: DVD, $49.98. (Lionsgate).

Berlin Job (aka St George's Day) (2012) Charles Dance, Sean Pertwee, Dexter Fletcher, Vincent Regan, Luke Treadaway, William Bishop, Craig Fairbrass. Follows two infamous London gangsters who are on top of the food chain until their world is turned upside down when they lose a shipment of the Russian Mafia's cocaine. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Cinedigm).

The Best of (The Original) An Evening at the Improv (2013) Four-disc set with 12 hours of invaluable archival footage of more than 100 iconic comedians who performed at the famous venue (and which was aired as hour programs on A&E as "An Evening at the Improv"), including Milton Berle, Shecky Greene, Shelley Berman, Paul Reiser, Jackie Mason, Mort Sahl, Jerry Seinfeld, Howie Mandel, Jim Carrey, Richard Lewis, Bob Saget, Arsenio Hall, Billy Crystal, Bill Maher, Phyllis Diller, Sandra Bernhard, Elayne Boosler, Paula Poundstone, Carol Leifer, Steven Wright, Father Guido Sarducci, Fred Willard, John Byner and Pee-wee Herman. Formats: DVD. (Somerville House).

Bob and the Monster photo for Bob and the Monster (2011) This award winning documentary follows outspoken indie-rock hero Bob Forrest (lead vocalist and lyricist for Los Angeles bands Thelonious Monster and The Bicycle Thief) through his life-threatening struggle with addiction, to his transformation into one of the most influential and controversial drug counselors in the U.S. today. The film crafts contemporary footage and compelling interviews with archival performances to reveal the complex layers of this troubled, but hopeful soul. Testimony from his peers, including Courtney Love, Anthony Kiedis and Flea, add texture, but it's the depth of Bob's music, interwoven throughout the film, that illuminates this unforgettable and inspirational story. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Shaker Films/MVD Entertainment).

Bones Season Eight (2012-13) 26 episodes. Formats: Six-disc DVD, $59.98; five-disc Blu-ray, $69.99. Extras: Commentary on "The Future in the Past," deleted scenes, "Dying to Know: Bones Answers Your Questions," "Bare Bones: Total Fandom-onium," gag reel. (Fox).

The Borrowers (2011 -- TV) Aisling Loftus, Christopher Eccleston, Sharon Horgan, Stephen Fry, Robert Sheehan. Based on Mary Norton's novels, "The Borrowers" (also a 1997 feature film starring Jim Broadbent and John Goodman and the 2012 Studio Ghibli "The Secret World of Arrietty") follows the adventures of a secret family of four-inch people living inside the walls of a house. Arrietty Clock is a head-strong teenage Borrower whose parents, Pod and Homily, are terrified of the "Human Beans" who live above them. Desperate for freedom and adventure, Arrietty sneaks out one night and befriends a lonely boy who lives upstairs. But Arrietty's adventure inadvertently reveals her family's existence to the scheming scientist Professor Mildeye, forcing them to go on the run into the big bad world. Formats: DVD. Extras: "The Making of The Borrowers." (Universal).

Bratz Go to Paris The Movie (2013) When someone starts mysteriously poisoning the most popular models in Paris, Cloe, Yasmin, Jade and Sasha are recruited to go undercover in the City of Lights as supermodels to find the evil mastermind! But will the girls be able to discover the secret before one of them is the next target? Formats: DVD, $14.98. Extras: Five Bratzillaz bonus webisodes. (Lionsgate).

Caillou: Let's Go Sledding (2013) Nine adventures in which Caillou teaches kids about patience, recognizing limits and the benefits of practice. Formats: DVD, $9.99. Extras: Printable coloring pages and activities. (PBS Distribution).

photo for Chucky: The Complete Collection -- Limited Edition Chucky: The Complete Collection -- Limited Edition Set a play date with Chucky as all six movies come together for the first time in this chilling collection: "Child's Play," "Child's Play 2," "Child's Play 3," "Bride of Chucky," "Seed of Chucky" and "Curse of Chucky." Formats: DVD, $59.98; Blu-ray Disc, $84.98. Extras: Includes all the extras from the original releases. (Universal).

Complicity (2012) Shoshana Bush, Heather Hemmens, Sean Young, Jenna Boyd, Haley Ramm. When a seemingly fun party goes horribly awry with the rape of a girl and the murder of the perpetrator, a group of teenagers decide to cover up the crime ... only to unearth a shocking truth that leads them down an even more sinister path that forces them to make hard decisions about their fates. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Inception Media Group).

Corruption (1968) Peter Cushing, Sue Lloyd, Kate O'Mara, Billy Murray, Wendy Varnals, Jan Waters, David Lodge. First-ever U.S. home video release of arguably the wildest, sickest and sleaziest swinging-sixties British horror thriller. The legendary Peter Cushing stars as a surgeon driven to murder and madness as he attempts to restore the beauty of his hideously disfigured fashion model wife. This special edition contains shocking scenes of gore and nudity previously deemed too strong for American audiences. Released to coincide with Cushing's 100th birthday (1913-1994). Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New hi-def digital restoration of the original uncensored version; "International Version" of the movie with bloody violence and nudity presented for the very first time in America; interviews with stars Wendy Varnals, Billy Murray, Jan Waters and Peter Cushing; commentary by acclaimed UK horror journalist Jonathan Rigby and Peter Cushing biographer David Miller; isolated music and effects track; liner notes by Allan Bryce, editor of the celebrated British horror magazine "The Dark Side"; extensive still galleries, trailers, TV spots and radio spots; original annotated director's shooting script and production notes; more. (Grindhouse Releasing).



photo for Curse of Chucky< Curse of Chucky (2013) Fiona Dourif, A Martinez, Danielle Bisutti, Brennan Elliott, with Brad Dourif once again providing the voice of Chucky. It's been a quarter of a century since fans were first petrified by Toyland's most lethal serial killer, and now Chucky is back to finish off the job he started so long ago. When a mysterious package arrives at the house of Nica (Fiona Dourif), she doesn't give it much thought. However, after her mother's mysterious death, Nica begins to suspect that the talking, red-haired doll her visiting niece has been playing with may be the key to the ensuing bloodshed and chaos. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, "Playing With Dolls: The Making of Curse of Chucky." Blu-ray adds "Living Doll: Bringing Chucky to Life," "Voodoo Doll: The Chucky Legacy," storyboard comparisons. (Universal).

Dancing Ninja (2010) Lucas Grabeel, David Hasselhoff, Patrick Gallagher, Bree Turner, Gary Hudson. A Caucasian boy -- adopted by an Asian family -- who dreams of being a ninja travels to Hollywood to avenge the death of the Dancing Ninja school's beloved sensei at the hands of a vicious ex-student, an American action movie star. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Inception Media Group).

A Day in the Life Seasons 1 and 2 (2011-12) Two-disc set with 16 episodes of Morgan Spurlock's series that takes a look at the most innovative and intriguing individuals in our cultural and business landscape. Each episode of the series -- the Hulu web service's first original production -- goes behind the scenes for a day with celebrities, musicians, comedians, dancers and entrepreneurs, including Richard Branson, will.i.am, Mario Batali, Joel McHale, Marc Maron and Questlove. Formats: DVD, $24.89. (Virgil Films).

Dinosaur Train: We Are a Dinosaur Family (2013) Eight prehistoric family adventures that embrace and celebrate the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains, while encouraging basic scientific thinking skills. Formats: DVD, $9.99. Extras: Printable coloring pages and activities. (PBS Distribution).

Drawing With Mark (2013) Hosted by Mark Marderosian, a professional cartoonist and illustrator with more than 25 years of experience, this Parents' Choice and Creative Child Magazine award-winning television series teaches children of all ages the fundamentals of drawing. There are two separate DVDs, each containing two episodes: "Reach for the Stars and A Day With the Dinosaurs" and "We All Scream for Ice Cream and Happy Tails." Formats: DVD, $14.98 each. Extras: A draw-along-booklet with coloring page insert, downloadable coloring pages. (Shelter Island).

Enchanted Tales Six new DVDs each featuring two animated retellings of the most beloved classic tales, originally airing on Comcast and Hulu: "The Night Before Christmas & The Christmas Elves," "Snow White & The Princess Castle," "The Jungle King & The Prince and the Pauper," "A Tale of Egypt & Noah's Ark," "Beauty and the Beast & Pocahontas" and "Camelot & Hercules." $9.95 each. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).

photo for Europa Report (2013) Christian Camargo, Embeth Davidtz, Anamaria Marinca, Michael Nyqvist, Daniel Wu, Karolina Wydra, Sharlto Copley. When unmanned probes suggest that a hidden ocean could exist underneath Jupiter's moon Europa's icy surface and may contain single-celled life, Europa Ventures, a privately funded space exploration company, sends six of the best astronauts from around the world to confirm the data and explore the revolutionary discovery. After a near-catastrophic technical failure that leads to loss of communication with Earth and the tragic death of a crew member, the surviving astronauts must overcome the psychological and physical toll of deep space travel, and survive a discovery on Europa more profound than they had ever imagined. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Exploring the Visual Effects of Europa Report," "The Musical Journey of Europa Report," behind-the-scenes photo gallery, theatrical trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

photo for The Exorcist 40th Anniversary Extended Director's Cut Blu-ray (1973) Dir.: William Friedkin; Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Jack MacGowran, Jason Miller, Linda Blair, Mercedes McCambridge. Includes the extended director's cut and the theatrical version. Formats: Extras: New featurette, "Beyond Comprehension: William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist," in which author Blatty returns to some of the locations that figure in the novel and film; "Talk of the Devil," in which Blatty talks with Father Eugene Gallagher about the true story behind the exorcism; two commentaries by Friedkin; commentary by Blatty; introduction by Friedkin; 1998 BBC documentary "The Fear of God: 25 Years of the Exorcist"; "Raising Hell: Filming the Exorcist" set footage; "The Exorcist Locations: Georgetown Then and Now"; "Faces of Evil: The Different Versions of The Exorcist," with Friedkin and Blatty discussing the different versions of the film and featuring outtakes from the film; original ending; interviews; sketches and storyboards; radio spots; TV spots; trailers. (Warner).

Fantastic Voyage BLU-RAY DEBUT (1966) Dir.: Richard Fleischer; Stephen Boyd, Donald Pleasence, Raquel Welch, Edmond O'Brien, Arthur O'Connell, Arthur Kennedy. Extras: Commentary by film and music historian Jeff Bond; isolated score track with commentary by film and music historians Jeff Bond, Jon Burlingame and Nick Redman; "Lava Lamps & Celluloid: A Tribute to the Visual Effects of Fantastic Voyage"; Storyboard-to-scene comparison: Whirlpool Scene; original theatrical trailer. (Fox).

Frat Brothers (2013) Romeo Miller, Darrin Henson, Mishon Ratliff, Denyce Lawton. Two brothers, Kyle and Quentin "Q" Cooper, raised to carry on their family's proud legacy in the Delta Gamma fraternity, become rivals when Kyle pledges another fraternity, causing a huge family rift and disappointing his over-bearing father. Formats: DVD. (One Village Entertainment).

photo for The Guild: Season Six The Guild: Season Six (2012) The final season of the web series created by geek goddess Felicia Day. Codex (Day) thinks she has found her calling working for Floyd Petrovski at the headquarters of "The Game." Instead, she finds that her new job is less a dream and more of a nightmare when Floyd's insecurities prevent him from releasing the much-anticipated underwater expansion. Vork, Zaboo and Tink complicate her life even more when they invade her workplace to advance their own gaming agendas. Meanwhile, Bladezz gets kicked out of the house and ropes Clara into the addictive world of video blogging. Formats: DVD, $14.95. Extras: Commentary with the cast, commentary with the creator and director, never-before-seen footage, "I'm the One That's Cool" music video. (Cinedigm).

The Guild Complete Megaset (2007-2012) Six disc set of the pioneering and award-winning web series, $59.95. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentaries, gag reels, cast and crew interviews, more. (Cinedigm).

The Hangover Part III (2013) Dir.: Todd Phillips.; Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Melissa McCarthy, Gillian Vigman, Sasha Barrese, Jamie Chung, John Goodman. Formats: Two-disc DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Replacing Zach: The Secret Auditions," outtakes, "The Wolfpack's Wildest Stunts," "Zach Galifianakis in His Own Words," "Pushing the Limits," action mash-up, "Inside Focus: The Real Chow," extended scenes. (Warner).

The Horses of McBride (2013) Aidan Quinn, MacKenzie Porter, Kari Matchett. Formats: DVD. When a young woman discovers two horses stranded deep in the Rocky Mountain snow, she makes it her mission to find a way to get them to safety: With no other options, she picks up a shovel and starts to dig out the mile long path, inspiring her father and the entire community to band together to save the horses in the spirit of Christmas. Inspired by a true story. (Entertainment One).

House on Straw Hill (1976) Banned in Britain for 30 years, this is a shockingly violent and erotic tale of seduction, brutality and revenge. Cult movie icon Udo Kier stars as a successful novelist suffering from writer's block, who rents a country cottage in the hope of finding inspiration. But the arrival of a sensual secretary (Linda Haydena) sets in motion a chain of events that culminate in an unrestrained explosion of sex and savagery. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary with director James Kenelm Clarke and producer Brian Smedley-Aston; new interviews with director Clarke and star Linda Hayden; trailer. (Severin Films).

I Married a Witch (1942) Veronica Lake casts a seductive spell as a charmingly vengeful sorceress in this supernatural screwball classic. Many centuries after cursing the male descendants of the Salem puritan who sent her to the stake, this blonde bombshell with a broomstick finds herself drawn to one of them -- a prospective governor (Fredric March) about to marry a spoiled socialite (Susan Hayward). This most delightful of the films the innovative French director Rene Clair made in Hollywood is a comic confection bursting with playful special effects and sparkling witticisms. New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio interview with director Rene Clair, trailer, booklet featuring an essay by filmmaker Guy Maddin and a 1970 interview with Clair. (The Criterion Collection).

In the Flesh (2013) Three-part BBC America series about a zombie epidemic, a catastrophic war, and the rehabilitation and medication for those with PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome). Four years after the Rising, the government starts to bring the Undead back into society, including teenager photo for League of Super Evil MegasetKieren Walker, who returns home to his small Lancashire village to face a hostile reception as well as his own demons. Formats: DVD, $19.98. (BBC Home Entertainment).

League of Super Evil Megaset (2013) Eight-disc set with all 52 episodes of the animated TV series that follows four Super Villains (L.O.S.E.) who have set their sights on nothing less than total neighborhood domination, except they have no powers, no skills, no money ... and the worst thing they've done is irritate their neighbors. Led by self-proclaimed mastermind Voltar, L.O.S.E. includes muscle-bound nice-guy Red Menace, Mad Scientist Doktor Frogg and inter-dimensional hell-hound Doomageddon. Formats: DVD, $79.95. (Cinedigm).

Lifetime 12 Films of Christmas Six-disc set with 12 Lifetime Holiday films: "The Road to Christmas," "Recipe for a Perfect Christmas," "Home By Christmas," "A Christmas Wedding," "Holiday Switch," "A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride," "Under the Mistletoe," "Holiday Wishes," "Christmas in Paradise," "Deck the photo for Lifetime 12 Films of ChristmaHalls," "His & Her Christmas," "Will You Merry Me?" Formats: DVD, $24.98. (Lionsgate).

Marvel's Avengers Assemble: Assembly Required (2013 -- TV) Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow and the newest recruit Falcon, battle Red Skull and M.O.D.O.K. in this two-part animated adventure. Formats: DVD, $19.99. Extras: "Marvel Mash-Ups" and three bonus episodes. (Disney).

Masterpiece Mystery!: Inspector Lewis Pilot Through Series 6 (2012) Fourteen-disc set with 27 mysteries and a bonus video that features "The Making of..." and an interview with Kevin Whately (Inspector Lewis), $129.99. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (2012) Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney explores the charged issue of pedophilia in the Catholic Church, following a trail from the first known protest against clerical sexual abuse in the United States all the way to the Vatican. Voiceover talent includes John Slattery, Ethan Hawke, Chris Cooper and James Patrick Sheridan. Formats: DVD. (Cinedigm).

The Middle: The Complete Third Season (2011-12) Three-disc set with 24 episodes, $44.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).

photo for Monster High: 13 Wishes Monster High: 13 Wishes (2013) More animated adventures of the kids at Monster High: When the little sister of Clawdeen Wolf, Howleen, stumbles upon a genie who grants her not 3, but 13 wishes, the ghouls quickly learn to be scareful what you wish for, because each wish comes with a dark side, and soon the student disem-body of Monster High is turned upside-down. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life -- 30th Anniversary Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT (1983) Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin. To celebrate the 30th anniversary, re-live every side-splitting comedic moment, every outrageous vignette and every tasteless joke, as Monty Python commands your attention once again following their breakthrough "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" and "Life of Brian." "The Meaning of Life" brought all the loyal Pythonites back together, sharing writing responsibilities as they returned to their much loved sketch show format, with Terry Jones directing and John Goldstone producing, the group bringing to life roles ranging from The Grim Reaper to the legendary Mr. Creosote. Segments included "The Miracle of Birth," "Live Organ Transplants" and "The Autumn Years." photo for Monty Python's The Meaning of Life -- 30th Anniversary Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT Formats:Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Meaning of Monty Python: 30th Anniversary Reunion," in which the Pythons takes a funny, enlightening trip down memory lane. Thirty years after making "The Meaning of Life," Cleese, Gilliam, Idle, Jones and Palin reunite for a new hour-long conversation about the last movie they made together. From the beach in Jamaica where it was written to the hilarious ideas that didn't make the cut, the Pythons provoke laughter and thought with a wide-ranging discussion about comedy, society, the universe and the biggest mystery of all: "why are fish funny?" And there's a sing-along version of the film. Other bonus features: 2003 prologue by Eric Idle, "The Snipped Bits," "The School of Life" featurette ("The Meaning of Making The Meaning of Life," "Educational Tips to Prepare You for Life in the Real World," Un Film De John Cleese: A Trailer for the John Cleese Version of the Film," "Remastering a Masterpiece: How to Revive an Old Master"), a "Fish" featurette, a song-and-dance featurette, "Selling the Meaning of Life: In Your Face Promotional Material," "Soundtrack for the Lonely" (soundtrack for people watching at home alone), commentary with Jones and Gilliam. (Universal).

Much Ado About Nothing (2013) Dir.: Joss Whedon; Reed Diamond, Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Tom Lenk, Fran Kranz, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Jillian Morgese, Sean Maher, Riki Lindhome, Spencer Treat Clark. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Much Ado About Making Nothing" featurette, "Bus Ado About Nothing" featurette, commentary with screenwriter-director Joss Whedon, commentary with screenwriter-director Joss Whedon and cast, "Sigh No More" music video. (Lionsgate).

My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas (2005) First in the My Little Pony Classic Movies reissue program. Formats: DVD, $9.99. Extras: Sing-alongs. (Shout! Factory Kids).

Night Train to Terror (1985) Cameron Mitchell, John Phillip Law, Merideth Haze, Richard Moll. Aboard a fast moving train bound for Hell, God and Satan decide the fates of three unfortunate mortals: Harry, a fiendish killer who keeps the horribly mutilated body parts of his countless victims in a diabolical torture chamber; Gretta, a young woman, obsessed with death, who takes part in an unspeakable ritual of Russian roulette; and Claire, a young woman and a Holocaust survivor who is terrorized by the son of Satan. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary, interviews, theatrical trailer. (Vinegar Syndrome).

90210 -- The Final Season (2012-13) Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $47.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Season in Review: The Last Chapter," "Script to Screen: Creatinan Episode," "Casting 9021," "90210 4Ever: Retrospective," set tours with Jessica Stroup (Erin Silver) and Matt Lanter (Liam Court), commentary. (CBS/Paramount).

On the Riviera BLU-RAY DEBUT (1951) Danny Kaye, Gene Tierney, Corinne Calvet. Danny Kaye in a dual performances in this musical farce about a womanizing French financier-aviator (Kaye) who, faced with a scheduling conflict, hires a nightclub performer (also Kaye) to temporarily impersonate him ... and romance two beautiful women who both think he's their lover. Released to celebrate Kaye's centennial. Extras: "The Riviera Story: A Remarkable Impersonation," "A Portrait of Danny Kaye," "The Jack of Clubs: Choreographer Jack Cole," theatrical trailer. (Fox).

photo for Power Rangers Super Samurai: A Christmas Wish Power Rangers Super Samurai: A Christmas Wish (2013) Three Christmas-themed episodes with the Samurai Rangers: "Super Samurai Stuck on Christmas," "Mighty Morphin Forever Friends" and "Mighty Morphin Alpha's Magical Christmas." Formats: DVD, $14.98; Digital. Extras: "Mega Bloks Holiday Toymation" video. (Lionsgate).

Psych: The Complete Seventh Season (2013) Three-disc set with 14 episodes, $59.98. It's business as unusual for "psychic" crime fighter Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and best pal Burton "Gus" Guster (Dule Hill) as they track down Bigfoot, go undercover as wacky radio DJs, anUniversalStudio).

The Purge (2013) Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Surviving the Night: The Making of The Purge." (Universal).

Resolution (2013) Peter Cilella, Vinny Curran. With the best of intentions, a man implements a plan to force his best friend to end his drug addiction before it leads to an early death, tying him up in an abandoned cabin. But events take an unexpected turn as the pair confront personal demons, the consequences of past actions, and forces beyond their control. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: (Cinedigm/Tribeca).

Robot Chicken Season 6 (2012-13) Twenty episodes of the top-rated, animated Adult Swim television series. Guest stars this season include Elizabeth Banks, Sarah Chalke, Kat Dennings, Sam Elliott, Ben Foster, Whoopi Goldberg, Lucas Grabeel, Megan Hilty, Gillian Jacobs, Zachary Levi, J.B. Smoove, Liev Schreiber, Jon Stewart, Patrick Stewart, Stanley Tucci, Olivia Wilde, and Alex Winter. Formats: Two-disc DVD, $29.98; single-disc Blu-ray, $39.98. Extras: Featurettes: "The Making of Robot Chicken Season 6," "They Came to Play," "Our First Ladies," "Kirkman on Kirkman," "My First Time," "The Dirt on Seth and Matt," "The Inside Joke," "The Wilson Identity: From People to Puppets," "The Benefits of Robot Chicken," "Who the F*** is Zeb," "Post-Apolcalyptic Future of Holidays," "Channel Flips," "Chicken Nuggets," deleted animatics, outtakes. (Warner).

The Secret of Crickley Hall (2012) A year after their 5-year-old son goes missing, a family moves to Crickley Hall, a seemingly perfect countryside house. But when supernatural events begin to take place, the family begins to feel that the house is somehow connected to their lost son. The story shifts beetween the present day and 1943, when the house was an orphanage for children who had been evacuated from London during the war and run by the frightening Augustus Cribben. BBC America miniseries. Formats: DVD, $19.98. (BBC Home Entertainment).

Shiver (2012) Danielle Harris, John Jarratt, Casper Van Dien. The latest victim of a serial killer -- who has claimed the lives of a number of other women -- escapes his assault, only to be tracked down by the murderer, who is now obsessed with and holds great affection for the woman. Formats: DVD. (Image Entertainment).

The Six Million Dollar Man: Season 4 (1976-77) Eight-disc set with 22 uncut episodes and three crossover episodes of "The Bionic Woman," $39.98. Formats: DVD. (Universal).

Star Wars Trilogy Episodes I-III The three "Star Wars" prequels: "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace", "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" and "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith." Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, $59.99 ($39.96 and free shipping from Amazon). Blu-ray Extras: Audio commentary for each movie with George Lucas, the cast and crew; never-before-released audio commentary for each movie from archival interviews with cast and crew. (Fox).

Star Wars Trilogy Episodes IV-VI The original "Star Wars" trilogy: "A New Hope," "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi." Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, $59.99 ($39.96 and free shipping from Amazon). Blu-ray Extras: Audio commentary for each movie with George Lucas, the cast and crew; never-before-released audio commentary for each movie from archival interviews with cast and crew. (Fox).

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Static (2012) Milo Ventimiglia, Sarah Shahi, William Mapother, Sara Paxton. A couple facing marital problems after losing their child finds their lives turned upside down when a panicked girl appears at their home in the middle of the night, followed by masked intruders. Shot in full 3D. Formats: DVD, 3d Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary. (Cinedigm).

Tad: The Lost Explorer photo for (2012 -- Spain) CGI-animated family film. Construction worker Tad Stones often daydreams of an exciting life as an adventurer. One day, his dreams come true when he is mistaken for a famous archeologist and is whisked off to Peru while in possession of a sacred key; there he's caught up in a thrilling race against evil treasure hunters as he joins a professor and his beautiful daughter in their search for the Lost City of Paititi. Features music from One Direction and the voices of "Modern Family's" Ariel Winter and Cheech Marin. Formats: DVD, 3D Blu-ray Disc/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. (Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).

Thomas and Friends: Santa's Little Engine (2013) Five episodes: Thomas is full steam ahead as a Really Useful Reindeer, saving the day by guiding Santa's sleigh straight to the Sodor Christmas celebration. When snowfall transforms the island of Sodor into a winter wonderland, Thomas discovers that being safe is the best route to holiday fun, Percy makes everyone's Christmas wishes come true and Gordon discovers his friends' special skills are the gifts that keep on giving, all year long. Formats: DVD, $14.98. Extras: Sir Topham Hatt's Frosty friend game, Guess Who? puzzles. (Lionsgate).

Totally Spies Season 2: Volume 2: Fame & Fashion (2003-4) Two-disc set with 13 episodes of the Cartoon Network and ABC Family teen girl series about three typical high school girls -- best friends -- who work as undercover spies for the secret organization WOOHP. Formats: DVD, $19.95. (Cinedigm).

Totally Spies Season 2: Volume 1: Secret Agents (2003-4) Two-disc set with 13 episodes of the Cartoon Network and ABC Family teen girl series about three typical high school girls -- best friends -- who work as undercover spies for the secret organization WOOHP. Formats: DVD, $19.95. (Cinedigm).

Totally Spies Collection: Seasons 1-3 photo for Transformers Prime Beast Hunters -- Predacons Rising (2001-5) Twelve-disc set with the first three seasons of the Cartoon Network and ABC Family teen girl series about three typical high school girls -- best friends -- who work as undercover spies for the secret organization WOOHP. Formats: DVD, $99.95. (Cinedigm).

Transformers Prime Beast Hunters -- Predacons Rising (2013) Ninety-minute epilogue to the final season wraps up the series that chronicled the epic battle between the Decepticons and the Autobots: A resurrected Unicron has taken over the now-lifeless body of Megatron to seek vengeance on the Autobots and ultimately, the destruction of Cybertron. This formidable enemy forces an unlikely alliance between the Autobots, Decepticons, Predaking and two new Predacons, who come together in an epic battle to help protect their newly restored planet. Formats: DVD, $16.97; Blu-ray/DVD Combo, $24.97. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Shout! Factory).

White Collar Season Four (2012-13) Four-disc set with 16 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, "Tim DeKay -- In the Director's Chair," "In the Wind" commentary. (Fox).

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea BLU-RAY DEBUT (1961) Dir.: Irwin Allen; Walter Pidgeon, Barbara Eden, Peter Lorre, Joan Fontaine, Robert Sterling, Michael Ansara, Frankie Avalon, Regis Toomey. Extras: Commentary by author Tim Colliver, "Science Fiction: Fantasy to Reality" documentary, interview with Barbara Eden, isolated score track, original theatrical trailer. (Fox).

photo for Zombie Hunter Zombie Hunter (2013) Martin Copping, Danny Trejo, Claire Neiderpruem, Jason K. Wixom, Jade Regier. Set in a post-apocalyptic Zombie wasteland caused by the mysterious street drug "Natas," the film follows the Hunter (Copping), who has nothing left other than a beat up Camaro and a trunk full of guns and booze. He runs down Flesh Eaters, hunting for sport and redemption and, after crashing into a small group of survivors running low on resources led by an ass-kicking priest (Trejo), he decides to lend a hand. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Well Go USA).

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