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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, October 15 -- Monday, October 21

All DVD Releases

  • The Heat

    photo for The Heat Even in this enlightened era, female buddy movies are far and few in between -- so it's a pleasure to have two top comediennes join forces to tear up the big screen with outrageous bits and wild shtick. It's a great concept picture: Take sassy, foul-mouthed Melissa McCarthy and slapstick-savvy Sandra Bullock and cast them as a boundary-busting Boston cop (McCarthy) and a straight-laced FBI agent (Bullock), throw them on a typical crime case (they join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord), and watch the sparks -- and laughs -- fly. Needless to say, Bullock's by-the-book procedures clash with McCarthy's nasty and violent style of police work, but the pair eventually learn to work together and bring down the bad guys. Think "Rush Hour" with women. This is one funny movie. Sequel anyone? (Actually, there are rumors of a "Heat 2" in the works). Extras: Commentary, bloopers, alternate scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes. Vitals: Director: Paul Feig. Stars: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demian Bichir, Michael Rapaport, Marlon Wayans, Kaitlin Olson. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 117 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $156.392 million, Fox. 3 stars


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  • Pacific Rim

    photo for Guillermo del Toro has come a long way since "Mimic" (1997) and "The Devil's Backbone" (2001). His horror instinct led him to direct "Hellboy" (2004) and the award-winning "Pan's Labyrinth" (2006) and write "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" as well as the "Hobbit" outings (and produce a host of horror and dark dramas). He's certainly produced and written more films than he's helmed. So fans who have been eagerly awaiting a new directorial effort on his part (it's been five years since "Hellboy II: The Golden Army") won't be disappointed with "Pacific Rim," a solid modern CGI-driven monster flick that can only be described as Godzilla meets the Transformers. The plot is simple -- Legions of gigantic, monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, rise from another "world" through a breech in the Pacific Ocean, bent on destroying mankind and consuming the Earth's resources. To combat them, the world's armies cooperate to build massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But it's a losing battle until a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Though the story line is a bit silly and full of holes, one easily suspends disbelief to savor del Toro's style and flourish and his fantastic images. It's a slam-bam action-adventure that doesn't ask you to think too much -- you just need to crank up the volume and allow the images to wash over you. Extras: Commentary by director Guillermo del Toro, "Drift Space," "The Digital Artistry of Pacific Rim," "The Shatterdome," "Focus Points," deleted scenes, blooper reel. Blu-ray adds "The Directors Notebook." Vitals: Director: Guillermo del Toro. Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Rob Kazinsky, Max Martini, Clifton Collins Jr., Burn Gorman, Ron Perlman. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 131 min., Sci Fi Action, Box office gross: $100.366 million, Warner. 2 stars


    Blu-ray Debuts

  • The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
  • Eyes Without a Face (1960)
  • High Plains Drifter (1973)

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Abducted (2013) Trevor Morgan, Tessa Ferrer, Ross Thomas, Jelly How. Four couples are kidnapped by masked abductors in Griffith Park, locked in a dark cell, sedated by gas, subjected to bizarre medical experiments and horrific physiological torture, and escape only to discover the world will never be the same. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Entertainment One).

photo for >Anger Management: Volume Two Anger Management: Volume Two (2013) 22 episodes of the series that follows Charlie Goodman (Charlie Sheen), a non-traditional therapist specializing in anger management whose life is complicated by his relationships with his own therapist and best friend, his ex-wife whose positive outlook but poor life-choices frustrate Charlie, their 15 year-old daughter who has OCD, and of course, his interfering and meddlesome father. Formats: Three-disc DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Gag reel. (Lionsgate).

Barney: 3-Movie Pack (2013) Three super-dee-duper Barney feature-length movies: "Barney: The Land of Make Believe," "Barney: Let's make Music" and "Barney: Night Before Christmas -- The Movie." Formats: DVD, $19.98. Extras: "Barney's Island Tour," music videos, games, sing-alongs, "Barney's Juke Box," read-a-longs, more. (Lionsgate).

Bewitched: The Complete Series All eight, colorized seasons on 33-discs. Formats: DVD. (Sony).

Bubble Guppies and Team Umizoomi: Into the Snow We Go! (2013) Holiday season compilation with three holiday episodes: "Bubble Guppies: Happy Holidays, Mr. Grumpfish!", "Team Umizoomi: A Sledding Snow Day" and "Team Umizoomi: City of Lost Penguins." Formats: DVD, $14.99. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).

The Colony (2013) Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton, Kevin Zegers. Forced underground by the next ice age, a struggling outpost of survivors must fight to preserve humanity against a threat even more savage than nature. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. (Image Entertainment).

Come Dance With Me (2012) Andrew McCarthy, Michelle Nolden, Stephanie Mills, Mary Long, Zachary Bennett, Chris Gillett, Jane Moffat. A rising financial executive who is dating the fabulously rich and elegant daughter of his boss signs up for dance lessons to prove himself at their lavish annual Christmas dance. Yet sparks start to fly between Jack and his dance instructor, and he's forced to make some important life decisions before it's too late. Hallmark Channel movie. Formats: DVD. (Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).

Counting Cars: Season 2, Volume 1 (2013) Two-disc set with 12 episodes of the series that rolls into Sin City to bet on vintage wheels with the legendary Danny "The Count" Koker, the man with an insatiable appetite for classic cars, which he buys, restores and flips. This time around he gets sidetracked by a curious lady in a hot pink Beetle while trying to score a classic Ford Galaxie, among other outings. Formats: DVD, $14.98. Extras: Bonus footage. (Lionsgate).

photo for Defiance: Season One Defiance: Season One (2013) Three-disc set with 13 episodes of the sci-fi series from the producers of "Battlestar Galactica," "Caprica" and "Farscape." It's 2046 and over 30 years have passed since aliens arrived, changing life on Earth forever. In the frontier town of Defiance, a drifter-turned-lawkeeper (Grant Bowler) and the newly-appointed mayor (Julie Benz) attempt to lead the human and alien residents through the prejudices and politics that threaten the fragile peace they've fought for. Formats: DVD, $59.98; Blu-ray Disc, $69.98. Extras: Gag reel, deleted scenes, "Defiance: A Transmedia Revolution," "Making Defiance," "Behind the Scenes With Jesse Rath." (Universal).

Dirty Wars (2013) Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars. It's the dirty little secret of the War on Terror: All bets are off, and almost anything goes. The rules of the game and of engagement have fundamentally changed. Today drone strikes, night raids and U.S. government targeted killings occur in corners across the globe, killing untold numbers of civilians. This documentary traces the rise of the Joint Special Operations Command, the most secretive fighting force in U.S. history, exposing operations carried out by people who do not exist on paper and will never appear before Congress. No target is off-limits for the JSOC "kill list," not even U.S. citizens. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).

Dracula: The Dark Prince (2013) Luke Roberts, Kelly Wenham, Stephen Hogan, Jon Voight. When Dracula kidnaps a woman he believes is the reincarnation of his dead wife, vampire hunter Van Helsing and his companions photo for Drug War must rescue her before time runs out. Formats: DVD (available at Walmart), VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with director Pearry Teo, cast interviews, behind-the-scenes featurette. (Lionsgate).

Drug War (2012 -- Hong Kong) Dir.: Johnnie To; Louis Koo, Sun Honglei, Michelle Ye. Manufacturing just 50 grams of meth in China will earn you a death sentence. Timmy Choi (Louis Koo) just got caught making tons. Now he's in the custody of Captain Zhang (Sun Honglei), and has one chance to avoid execution -- turn informant and help the cops bring down the powerful cartel he's been cooking for. Over the next 72 sleepless hours, the sting spins out of control, the line between duty and recklessness is blurred, and it becomes unclear who actually has the upper hand. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Well Go USA).

photo for The Eagle Has Landed The Eagle Has Landed Collector's Edition (1976) Dir.: John Sturges; Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, Robert Duvall, Jenny Agutter, Donald Pleasence, Anthony Quayle. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "The Eagle Has Landed Revisited: Invading Mapledurham"; "Tom Mankiewicz: Looking Back"; "Film Night Location Report"; "On Location in Norfolk"; on location interviews with Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland and John Sturges; "ATV Today On Location"; theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory).

Exploding Sun (2013) David James Elliott, Anthony Lemke, Natalie Brown, Julia Ormond. A solar flare four times larger than the Earth is heading towards the planet and only one man, a renegade ad-hoc scientist, can possibly reverse the cataclysm -- but he cynically warns that the countdown to the end of humanity has begun. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Gaiam Vivendi).

Eyes Without a Face BLU-RAY DEBUT (1960) At his secluded chateau in the French countryside, a brilliant, obsessive doctor ("Children of Paradise's" Pierre Brasseur) attempts a radical plastic surgery to restore the beauty of his daughter's disfigured countenance -- ­at a horrifying price. "Eyes Without a Face," directed by the supremely talented Georges Franju, is rare in horror cinema for its odd mixture of the ghastly and the lyrical, and it has been a major influence on the genre in the decades since its release. There are images here -- ­of terror, of gore, of inexplicable beauty -- that once seen are never forgotten. In French with English subtitles. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: New high-definition digital restoration of "Blood of the Beasts," Franju's 1949 documentary about the slaughterhouses of Paris; archival interviews with Franju on horror, cinema, and the making of "Blood of the Beasts"; new interview with actor Edith Scob; excerpts from "Les grand-peres du crime," a 1985 documentary about "Eyes Without a Face" writers Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac; trailers; booklet featuring essays by novelist Patrick McGrath and film historian David Kalat. (The Criterion Collection).



The Fall, Series 1 makes its North American DVD debut. The series follows DSI Stella Gibson, a steely detective on the trail of a serial killer stalking the streets of Belfast. Over five engrossing episodes, this psychological thriller follows both the hunter and the hunted as they attempt to outmaneuver each other. When it debuted on the BBC in May 2013, "The Fall" was the highest-rated drama premiere in eight years for BBC Two. Formats: Two-disc DVD, $39.99. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Acorn Media).

photo for Gentle Ben -- Season One Gentle Ben -- Season One (1967-68) Four-disc set with 28 episodes of the family-friendly series about a boy and his 650-pound best friend, Ben the bear. Starred a young Clint Howard and Dennis Weaver. Based on the children's novel that follows the adventures in the Florida Everglades of a game warden, his wife, their son Mark and Mark's tame bear Ben. Formats: DVD, $29.98. Extras: Four commentaries by father and son Rance and Clint Howard, photo gallery. (CBS/Paramount).

The Halloween Stories Collection, Volume 2 Includes 14 stories perfect for early and pre-readers on All Hallows Eve. Though filled with skeletons, witches and more seasonal spooks, families can encourage creativity and music appreciation with the classic sing-along "Dem Bones," learn about Latin American holidays with "The Day of the Dead," and delight in the not so spooky-ooky stories of "Teeny-Tiny and the Witch-Woman." Three DVDs: "The Day of the Dead ... And More Halloween Tales" (also includes "The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything," "Kitten's First Full Moon" and "Fletcher and the Falling Leaves"); "Dem Bones ... And More Sing-Along Stories" (also includes "Dinosaur Bones," "Hush Little Baby," "The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night" and "The Erie Canal"); "Teeny-Tiny and the Witch-Woman ... And More Spooky Stories" (also include "The Boy with Two Shadows," "Los Gatos Black on Halloween," "What's Under My Bed?" and "King of the Cats." Formats: Three DVD set. Extras: Read-along function; author interviews, including Kevin Henkes, Bob Barner and Linda Williams. (Scholastic Storybook Treasures).

photo for Hart of Dixie: The Complete Second Season Hart of Dixie: The Complete Second Season (2012-13) Five-disc set with 22 episodes of the series that stars Rachel Bilson as New York surgeon Dr. Zoe Hart, who is just starting to adjust to life as a general practitioner in BlueBell, Alabama. This season Zoe captures two hearts and has to choose between bad boy Wade Kinsella and good guy George Tucker while Zoe's best friend and the mayor of BlueBell is surprised by a familiar face and an unexpected twist in the mayoral race, and newly jilted Lemon Breeland tries to deal with fresh beginnings the best way she knows how. Zoe learns to be a better doctor, a better person, and maybe even fall in love. Formats: DVD, $59.98. (Warner).

The Heat (2013) Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demian Bichir, Michael Rapaport, Marlon Wayans, Kaitlin Olson. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary, bloopers, alternate scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Fox).

photo for High Plains Drifter BLU-RAY DEBUT High Plains Drifter BLU-RAY DEBUT (1973) Dir.: Clint Eastwood; Clint Eastwood, Verna Bloom, Marianna Hill, Mitch Ryan, Jack Ging, Morgan Allen, Stefan Gierasch. One of Eastwood's signature Westerns, and his second film as a director, it's a variation on the "man with no name" theme. Eastwood stars as the drifter known only as "the Stranger," who mysteriously appears out of the heat waves of the desert and rides into the lawless, sin-ridden town of Lago. After making a name for himself with a string of blazing gun battles, The Stranger is hired by the townspeople to provide protection from three ruthless gunmen. A prime example of Eastwood's emphasis on justice, redemption, revenge and morality. Extras: Production notes, cast and filmmakers info, trailer. (Universal).

A Hijacking (2012 -- Denmark) Pilou Asbaek, Soren Malling, Dar Salim. The crew of a Danish cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates, who proceed to engage in escalating negotiations with the authorities in Copenhagen. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Making of A Hijacking," Extended Scenes, AXS TV: "A Look at A Hijacking," trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

Hitched for the Holidays (2012) Joseph Lawrence, Emily Hampshire, Linda Darlow, Marilu Henner. An attractive pair agrees to be each other's supposed significant other throughout the holidays to keep their meddling families at bay. Hallmark Channel movie. Formats: DVD.(Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).

Home For Christmas: A Golden Christmas 3 (2012) Shantel VanSanten, Rob Mayes. Dove-approved family film about two unlucky Golden Retriever owners who -- with the help of some Christmas spirit and their furry friends -- fall in love during the most wonderful time of the year. Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment has partnered with The Petfinder Foundation via a donation on behalf of the film. A top destination for dog lovers, Petfinder Foundation helps homeless pets by saving lives through adoptions and helping shelters across the nation (Petfinderfoundation.com). Formats: DVD. (MarVista Entertainment and Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).

I Dream of Jeannie: The Complete Series Twenty-disc box set featuring all 139 episodes. Repriced and repackaged. Formats: DVD.(Sony).

photo for Ingenious Ingenious (aka Lightbulb) (2009) Dallas Roberts, Jeremy Renner, Ayelet Zurer, Marguerite Moreau. A rags-to-riches story of two friends, a small-time inventor and a sharky salesman, who hit rock bottom before coming up with a gizmo that becomes a worldwide phenomenon. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Behind the Scenes With Cast & Crew Interviews." (Lionsgate).

It's a SpongeBob Christmas! (2013) A new SpongeBob feature has Plankton vow to get his Christmas wish -- the Krabby Patty formula -- by turning everyone in Bikini Bottom bad by feeding them his special jerktonium-laced fruitcake. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Behind the Scenes" featurette, animatic, "Yule Log," two MP3-compatible songs: "Santa's Eyes" and "Hot Fruitcake." Blu-ray adds 10 fan favorite episodes from SpongeBob's first season. $21.99.(Nickelodeon/Paramount).

photo for Jug Face Jug Face (2013) Sean Bridgers, Sean Young, Lauren Ashley Carter, Larry Fessenden. A pregnant teen trying to escape a backwoods community discovers that she may be sacrificed to a creature in a pit, an entity that requires the bloodshed to keep the community safe. "The Pit Wants What It Wants." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "The Story of Jug Face," "Organ Grinder" short film, trailer. (Modern Distributors/MVD Entertainment).

Jumper 3D Blu-ray (2008) Dir.: Doug Liman; Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Rachel Bilson, Jamie Bell, Max Thieriot, Shawn Roberts, AnnaSophia Robb. Formats: 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray Combo. (Fox).

Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness: The Scorpion Sting (2011) Seven episodes from the Nickelodeon TV series, $14.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Scorpion Maze" game app (available for download on iOS and Android devices). (Fox).

Last Will & Testament (2013) Explores one of the greatest literary mysteries of all time: who wrote the works of William Shakespeare? Although the official story of a Stratford merchant writing for the London box office has held sway for centuries, questions over the authorship of the plays and poems have persisted. Mark Twain, Sigmund Freud, Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles are among the many famous figures who doubt that a grain-dealer from Stratford-Upon-Avon was England's "Star of Poets." Derek Jacobi leads an impressive cast featuring Vanessa Redgrave and Mark Rylance on a quest to uncover the truth behind the elusive author. The first part of the film explores the orthodox story of William Shakespeare of Stratford and the longstanding views held by academia. The second part is a testament to an alternative Shakespeare -- one presented to the world in the literary works themselves and in the testimony of his most insightful doubters. Formats: DVD, $24.99. (PBS Distribution).

Lifetime Holiday 4-Film Collection (2012) Four Christmas-themed Lifetime Original movies from 2012: "The Christmas Consultant," starring David Hasselhoff; "Holiday Spin," starring Ralph Macchio; "The March Sisters at Christmas," starring Julie Marie Berman; and "Holly's Holiday," starring Claire Coffee. Formats: DVD, $19.98. (Lionsgate).

photo for Lost and Found Lost and Found (2008) CGI animated family film explores the true meaning of friendship when a young boy finds a penguin on his doorstep and decides to take his unexpected visitor all the way back home to the South Pole. Based on a best-selling children's book by acclaimed author Oliver Jeffers (inspired by the real-life story of a little boy in Belfast who somehow managed to sneak a penguin out of the zoo during a class trip and all the way home to his bathtub before anyone noticed). Narrated by Jim Broadbent. Winner of more than 60 international awards. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Making-of featurette. (Entertainment One).

Love Actually -- 10th Anniversary Edition (2003) Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Sienna Guillory, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Laura Linney, Keira Knightley, Martin Freeman, Andrew Lincoln, January Jones, Thomas Sangster, Kris Marshall, Heike Makatsch, Gregor Fisher, Joanna Page, Chiwetel Ejiofor. This delightful romantic comedy -- and perennial holiday season favorite -- follows eight couples whose lives intersect shortly before Christmas. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, "The Music of Love Actually," "The Storytellers," Kelly Clarkson "The Trouble With Love Is" music video, Billy Mack "Christmas is All Around" music video, commentary. (Universal).

photo for Maniac Maniac (2012) A remake of William Lustig and Joe Spinell's 1980 cult classic of the same name, the film is an intimate, visually daring, psychologically complex and profoundly horrific trip into the downward spiraling nightmare of a killer and his victims. In this 21st century Jack the Ripper story set in present-day Los Angeles, Frank (Elijah Wood, in an acting change of pace) leads a deceptively peaceful life: To the outside world, he's a withdrawn and somewhat eccentric owner of a mannequin store. But his quiet facade masks an inner rage that forces him to brutally kill and scalp the women who get too close to him. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary, making-of featurette, deleted scenes, alternate poster gallery. (IFC Midnight Films).

The March (2013) New documentary honoring the 50th anniversary of the original March on Washington, a watershed moment in the Civil Rights Movement. Unprecedented in size, the August 28, 1963 massive demonstration for racial and economic equality issued a clarion call for racial justice that would help usher in sweeping civil rights legislation and a sea change in public opinion. The event will forever be remembered for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s stirring "I Have a Dream" speech. Narrated by Denzel Washington and features interviews with Harry Belafonte, Julian Bond, Diahann Carroll, Clarence B. Jones, Oprah Winfrey, Andrew Young, Joan Baez and others. Formats: DVD, $24.99. (PBS Distribution).

Merry In-Laws (2012) Kassia Warshawski, Lucas Bryan, George Wendt, Shelley Long. When Alex accepts her boyfriend Peter's marriage proposal she has no idea her future in-laws are none other than Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, who decide to stay for a pre-Christmas visit that ends up complicating the wedding plans. A Lifetime movie. Formats: DVD. (Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).

A Monsterous Holiday (2013) Voices of Brooke Shields, Jon Heder, Sean Astin, Matthew Lillard, Drake Bell, Kyle Chandler. A teenager teams up with a teenage Frankenstein's monster to win a science fair, but inadvertently creates a new monster that threatens the town and Halloween. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Arc Entertainment).

Monsters vs Aliens: Cloning Around (2013) Eight episodes form Nickelodeon TV series, $14.98. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Fox).

photo for Murder University Murder University (2012) Samantha Acampora, David Adams Murphy. A small New England college is plagued by a series of brutal, cult-like murders that share a similar pattern to killings some 20 years earlier. The lone survivor of a recent attack must team up with a veteran police detective and his daughter in order to uncover the secret behind the killings, revealing a legacy of murder and the occult that has been kept buried for decades on campus. Formats: DVD. (Wild Eye Releasing/MVD Entertainment).

The New Three Stooges Complete Cartoon Collection Premiering on television in 1965, the "The New Three Stooges" featured animated cartoons with the voices of the Three Stooges -- Larry, Moe and Curly Joe -- as well as real footage "wraparounds" of the three comedy greats performing short skits to accompany the cartoons. This five-disc set contains all 156 cartoons and 40 live action shorts. Also included in this collector's edition package is a CD featuring 12 sing-along and 11 Christmas songs performed by the Stooges. Formats: DVD. (Image/Madacy Entertainment).

Notting Hill (1999) Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts, Rhys Ifans. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Seasonal Walk on Portobello Road," "Hugh Grant's Movie Tips," "Spotlight on Location," Elvis Costello "She" music video, Shania Twain "You've Got a Way" music video, photograph montage, U.S. theatrical trailer, international theatrical trailer, commentary. (Universal).

Pacific Rim (2013) Dir.: Guillermo del Toro; Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Rob Kazinsky, Max Martini, Clifton Collins Jr., Burn Gorman, Ron Perlman. Formats: Two-disc DVD, 3D Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary by Guillermo del Toro, "Drift Space," "The Digital Artistry of Pacific Rim," "The Shatterdome," "Focus Points," deleted scenes, blooper reel. Blu-ray adds "The Directors Notebook." (Warner).

The Pallisers: 40th Anniversary Edition (1974) Featuring all 26 episodes of the addictive British drama, the sprawling BBC saga of wealth, passion, and power that chronicles 20 years in the life of an aristocratic dynasty moving through high society in the heyday of Queen Victoria's reign. Based on Anthony Trollope's six "political" novels. Formats: Eight-disc DVD, $99.99. Extras: Interview with star Susan Hampshire, 32-page booklet, more. (Acorn Media).

photo for Paranormal Apparition: Revenge From Beyond the Grave (2012) Lulu Brud, CJ Baker, Elissa Dowling. When the Myers move into their Beverly Hills home, they wonder why the price tag is too good to be true. Their daughter discovers the truth when a neighbor tells her one of the previous owners was murdered there years earlier and she then falls prey to the attacks of the ghostly victim who lived there, turning the dream house into the house from hell. Formats: DVD. (MVD Entertainment).

The Partridge Family: The Complete Series Twelve-disc set spanning four seasons. Formats: DVD. (Sony).

Prayers for Bobby (2009 -- TV) Sigourney Weaver, Henry Czerny, Ryan Kelley, Austin Nichols, Carly Schroeder, Shannon Eagen. True story of Mary Griffith (now a gay rights crusader), whose teenage son committed suicide due to her past religious intolerance of gays and lesbians. Based on the book of the same title by Leroy Aarons. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes with the producers; "Meet the Stars" featurette; interviews with the real-life Mary Griffith, Weaver and other cast members; "Road to the GLADD Awards" featurette; Trevor Project PSA starring Daniel Radcliffe; PFLAG PSA starring Weaver. (Lionsgate).

Shrek the Musical (2013) The Broadway production based on the smash-hit movie, featuring a score of 17 all-new songs, filmed on stage to capture the magic of a Broadway performance. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "Shrek the Musical Songbook with Sing-Along." Blu-ray adds "From Swamp to Stage: The Making of Shrek the Musical." (DreamWorks/Fox).

photo for Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle (2013) Documentary examines the comic book genre and its powerful legacy, as well as the evolution of the characters that leapt from the pages over the last 75 years and their ongoing worldwide cultural impact. It chronicles how these "disposable diversions" were created in large part by the children of immigrants whose fierce loyalty to a new homeland laid the foundation for a multi-billion-dollar industry. In the next generation, comic books were subject to intense government scrutiny for their influence on American children, and superheroes triumphed over that challenge to become an influential part of our national identity. Among the notable on-camera talents in the film are Stan Lee, Adam West, Lynda Carter, Pulitzer Prize-winners Michael Chabon and Jules Feiffer, and interviews with the late greats Joe Simon (co-creator of Captain America) and Jerry Robinson (who helped create the Joker). In three parts: "Truth, Justice, and the American Way" (1938-1958), "Great Power, Great Responsibility" (1959-1977) and "A Hero Can Be Anyone" (1978-Present). Airs on PBS Tuesday Nights, October 8–October 22. Formats: DVD $24.99; Blu-ray $29.99. (PBS Distribution).

Super Stars Super Series Vol. 1 (2013) Three hours of mat action with eight different wrestling promotions: Southwest, South Atlantic, WWA, Hawaii, Big Time, IWA, ICW, TWF, featuring some of the greatest talent ever to grace the square circle: Terry Funk, Andre the Giant, Tommy Rich, Bruiser Brody, Junkyard Dog, Jerry Lawler, Ric Rude, Lanny Poffo, Ivan Koloff, The Shiek, Gino Hernandez, Ivan Putski, The Kangeroos, Manny Fernandez, Mike Graham, Ox Baker, The Mongols, Mark Lewin, Lars Anderson, Tully Blanchard, David Von Erich, Jim Niedhardt, Eddie Gilbert, The Sheepherders and Others. Formats: DVD, $7.95. (Jadat Sports/MVD Entertainment).

TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends -- Ronald Reagan "Knute Rockne All American" (1940), "Kings Row" (1942), "Storm Warning" (1951), "The Winning Team" (1952). Formats: DVD, $27.9. (Warner).

"TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends -- Barbara Stanwyck Baby Face" (1933), "Annie Oakley" (1935), "My Reputation" (1946), "East Side, West Side" (1949). Formats: DVD, $27.9. (Warner).

TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends -- Gary Cooper "Sergeant York" (1941), "The Fountainhead" (1949), "Friendly Persuasion" (1956), "Love in the Afternoon" (1957). Formats: DVD, $27.9. (Warner).

TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends -- Val Lewton "Cat People" (1942), "I Walked With a Zombie" (1943), "The Curse of the Cat People" (1944), "The Body Snatcher" (1945).Formats: DVD, $27.9. (Warner).

ThanksKilling 3 photo for ThanksKilling 3 (2012) Dan Usaj, Joe Hartzler, with an appearance by porn star Wanda Lust. The "Raunchiest Puppet Movie Ever Made," this comedy-horror spoof sees the return of original creators Jordan Downey and Kevin Stewart with Turkie, the fowl-mouthed Thanksgiving villain. The original "ThanksKilling" was made for the minuscule budget of $3,500 while Downey and Stewart were still in college. After years of marketing it themselves, and with the help of distributor Gravitas Ventures, the film went on to gain a massive cult following for its purposeful "so bad it's good" vibe. Using the fan base to their advantage, Downey and Stewart were able to raise over $100,000 on Kickstarter to make their ambitious follow up, "ThanksKilling 3," the first movie ever to skip it's own sequel. "ThanksKilling 3" follows the feathered villain Turkie as he carves through the likes of a rapping grandma, a mindless puppet, a wig-wearing inventor, a bisexual space worm, and their equally ridiculous friends on his quest to recover the last copy of "ThanksKilling 2." Formats: DVD. Extras: Seven behind-the-scenes featurettes, two commentaries with creators Jordan Downey and Kevin Stewart, interactive drinking game, "Flowis' Sprinkle of Wrinkle" music video, PluckMaster 3000 infomercial, trailers and stills galleries, hidden easter eggs. (MVD Entertainment Group/ Gravitas Ventures).

photo for Thomas & Friends: 3-Movie Pack (2013) Three action-packed feature-length movies chug your way: "Thomas & Friends: Blue Mountain Mystery -- The Movie," "Thomas & Friends: Day of the Diesels -- The Movie" and "Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue -- The Movie." Formats: DVD, $19.98. Extras: Games, karaoke music videos, "Learn About Standard and Narrow Gauge Engines" video, "Steamies and Diesels: Learn How They Work" video, more. (Lionsgate).

The Untold History of the United States (2013) Ten-part Showtime Original Series from three-time Academy Award-winning writer and director Oliver Stone. The in-depth, surprising, and totally riveting series, co-written by Stone with Peter Kuznick and Matt Graham, was directed and narrated by Stone. Stone and Kuznick, esteemed American University Associate Professor of History, and director of the Nuclear Studies Institute, co-authored the companion book (Gallery Books) to the series, which presents our country's unlearned history, drawing on archival findings from around the world and recently declassified material. The documentary looks back at human events that at the time went under-reported, but that crucially shaped America's unique and complex history throughout the 20th photo for The Untold History of the United States century, covering the time period from the atomic bombing of Japan to the Cold War, through the fall of Communism to the events of today. Beside the 10 chapters, this four-disc Blu-ray release will boast more than three and a half hours of bonus material, including two unaired chapters and a new companion documentary featuring Stone and Tariq Ali -- author, philosopher, activist, writer, socialist leader, editor -- who worked with Stone on the documentary "South of the Border." Formats: Four-disc Blu-ray set, $49.99;, Digital. Extras: "Prologue - Chapter A: World War I, The Russian Revolution, & Woodrow Wilson: Roots of Empire," "Prologue - Chapter B: 1920-1940: Roosevelt, Hitler, and Stalin: The Battle of Ideas," bonus documentary:" A Conversation With History: Tariq Ali And Oliver Stone" about a wide range of topics, accompanied by archival footage not found in the series, in a probing, hard-hitting conversation on the politics of history. (Warner).

Vikings Season 1 (2013) Three-disc set with nine episodes of History's drama series. Formats: DVD, $49.98; Blu-ray Disc, $59.99. Extras: "Warrior Society: Viking Culture & Law" featurette, "Birth of the Vikings" featurette, "Forging the Viking Army: Warfare And Tactics" featurette, deleted scenes, commentary. Blu-ray adds "The Armory of Vikings" interactive feature, "Conquest and Discover: The Journey of the Vikings" interactive feature that allows viewers to learn more about the locations and places in Season 1. (Fox).

photo for Wild Style: 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition Wild Style: 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition (1983) The landmark New York film that introduced hip-hop, break dancing, freestyle rapping and graffitti art to the world. Legendary New York graffitti artist Lee Quinones stars in the role of Zoro, the city's hottest and most elusive graffitti writer as he makes his way from the bombed-out streets of the Bronx to the lively art world of downtown Manhattan, all the while working through his complicated feelings for fellow graffitti artist Rose (Sandra Fabara). Along his journey, Zoro encounters a number of other New York denizens -- ­on the streets, in subway trains and out in the nightclubs -- ­who revel in the passion and innovation of the burgeoning hip-hop culture. Two-disc set with a 48-page booklet written by director Charlie Ahearn, $29.95. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Commentary by Charlie Ahearn and Fab 5 Freddy; interviews with Busy Bee, Fab 5 Freddy, Lady Pink, Lee Quinones and Rodney; featurettes: "25th Anniversary Reunion," "Bongo Barbershop," "Brothers Fantastic," "Busy on the Beach," "Busy on the Auotobahn," "Wild Style 20th Anniversary Jam"; photo gallery. (Music Box Films).

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