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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, November 5 -- Monday, November 11

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  • White House Down

    photo for White House Down Every once in awhile a high concept idea bubbles up in Hollywood that's so good that, in the same year -- sometimes only a few months apart -- two "copycat" movies on the same or similar themes get made. Such was the case in 1998 with "Deep Impact" and "Armageddon" and "Antz" and "A Bug's Life," and in 2006 with "The Illusionist" and "The Prestige." This year the hot idea floating through Hollywood was "Die Hard in the White House," and so in March we got Antoine Fuqua's "Olympus Has Fallen," in which an ex-Secret Service agent (Gerard Butler) single-handedly fights off North Korean terrorists who have taken over the White House, and then in June we got Roland Emmerich's "White House Down," in which a wannabe Secret Service agent (Channing Tatum) single-handedly fights off U.S. terrorists who have taken over the White House. Both films scored about the same with critics and audiences, with "Olympus" taking in about $25 million more than its counterpoint (probably because it was first out of the gate). Both films have likeable (if not overly talented) leads; both films sport strong support by their co-stars (Morgan Freeman in "Olympus" and Jamie Foxx in "White House"); both films have great special effects and destruction sequences (Emmerich is used to destroying things; he wiped out the White House once before, in "Independence Day," and wiped out the world in "2012")); both films have despicable villains you can root against; both films vindicate the hero and freedom-loving people everywhere (I added that last part in just for the heck of it). If you liked ""Olympus," pop "White House" into your DVD player and enjoy the excitement. The synopsis: Capitol Policeman John Cale has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service. Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, and, coincidentally, during their visit, the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation's government falling into chaos and time running out, it's up to Cale to save the president, his daughter ... and the country. Extras: Four Featurettes: "A Dynamic Duo," a look at the chemistry between Tatum and Foxx and their on-screen presence; "Men of Action" featurette on Tatum's willingness and desire to perform his own stunts, as well as the extensive training required; "Roland Emmerich -- Upping the Ante," a look at Emmerich's vision for the film; "Meet the Insiders" on the supporting cast. Blu-ray adds a gag reel and nine more featurettes: "The Beast," a look at the film's presidential limo; "The Full Arsenal: Guns, Grenades, Tanks and Choppers"; "VFX Boundaries Down"; "The Inside Story" about the film's fast-moving rise from concept to the big screen; "Presidential Treatment," a look at the size and scope of the massive production; "Lights, Camera, Heart-Pumping Action"; "Crashing the Oval Office," a look at how the filmmakers constructed a stunt set, then drove an SUV at full speed into the Oval Office; "Drowning the Beast" presidential limo escape from the White House pool; "Recreating the White House," about the meticulous detail that went into replicating the White House. Vitals: Director: Roland Emmerich. Stars: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Richard Jenkins. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 131 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $72.425 million, Sony. 3 stars


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  • Girl Most Likely

    photo for Girl Most Likely "Girl Most Likely" is a pretty dull outing for talented actress Kristen Wiig, who's been trying to step out from her supporting roles as everyman's wife and girlfriend and hold down a film by herself. Coming off 2011's "Bridesmaids," in which she almost lost the film to an overpowering Melissa McCarthy, Wiig took on the lead in this boxoffice flop about a failed New York playwright -- dumped by her high-society boyfriend -- who has to move back home with her younger brother, her gambling-addicted mother (Annette Bening), and her mom's oddball new boyfriend (Matt Dillon). It's a worked to death premise not made any better by lackluster direction, slow pacing, and laughs that are far and few between. Extras: "Making Most Likely" featurette, "Life in the Human Shell" featurette, deleted scenes, gag reel. Vitals: Director: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini. Stars: Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Matt Dillon, Darren Criss, Christopher Fitzgerald, June Diane Raphael, Natasha Lyonne, Bob Balaban. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 104 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $1.370 million, Lionsgate. 2 stars

  • Lovelace

    photo for Lovelace Who would have thought that a movie about a porn star -- a movie about sex, drugs and the adult film industry -- would be boring. Well, that's just the case with "Lovelace," a bio-drama about unlikely porn star Linda Lovelace and "Deep Throat," the first scripted adult theatrical feature film (in 1972) that was a phenomenal success and pretty much legitimized adult films for the American middle class. Linda Susan Boreman (Amanda Seyfried) escaped a strict religious family and discovered freedom and the high-life when she fell for and married charismatic hustler Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard), who coerced her into the biz as the "girl-next-door" with an impressive capacity for fellatio, then fell prey to his abuse, eventually leaving "Hollywood" for a mid-West, suburban life, where she fought violence against women. It's really not much of a story; aside from the few sexual hijinks highlighted in the film, both Lovelace, Traynor and their friends and entourage are pretty uninteresting -- which just goes to show that show biz can be just as dull as any other biz. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. Vitals: Director: Bob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Hank Azaria, Wes Bentley , Adam Brody, Bobby Cannavale, James Franco, Debi Mazar, Chris Noth, Robert Patrick, Eric Roberts, Chloe Sevigny, Sharon Stone, Juno Temple. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 93 min., Drama, Box office gross: $.354 million, RADiUS-TWC/Anchor Bay. 2 stars

  • Grown Ups 2

    photo for Grown Ups 2 Adam Sandler keeps making the same junky films over and over again -- and keeps making tons of money. "Grown Ups 2" is no exception. Here we have the same characters, the same stupid bits, the same sloppy jokes, the same bathroom humor -- from "Grown Ups" and almost every previous Sandler film -- with a different locale and slightly different situations. After reuniting with his high school classmates three summers before (in 2010's "Grown Ups"), Lenny (Adam Sandler) decides he wants to move his family back to his hometown and have them grow up with his gang of childhood friends and their kids. It's boring, disgusting and stupid. Nuff said. The should-be-ashamed co-stars include Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph and Maria Bello. Extras: Eight deleted scenes, "Shaq and Dante: Police Force" featurette. Blu-ray adds three featurettes: "Look Who Stopped By" look at the cameos throughout the film, "Mr. Spade's Wild Ride" with Spade as he prepares to be rolled down the hill in a tire, and "The Feder House" look at the construction of the sound stage where the Feder house was built. Vitals: Director:. Stars: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph, Maria Bello, Shaquille O'Neal, Nick Swardson, Alexander Ludwig, Milo Ventimglia. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 101 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $130.188 million, Sony. 2 stars


    Blu-ray Debuts

  • The Best Man (1999)
  • The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
  • The Bishop's Wife (1947)
  • Doctor Who: The Complete Series 1-7 Limited Edition
  • Intolerance (1916)
  • James Dean Ultimate Collector's Edition
  • Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)
  • My Name Is Nobody: 40th Anniversary Edition (1973)
  • The Right Stuff (1983)
  • The Three Faces of Eve (1957)
  • Winnie The Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year (2002)

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All DVD Releases

Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely All of It Ten-disc set contains every episode and special from the award-winning five-season series, spanning over 20 years of misguided adventures with fashionista best friends Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) -- all tucked away in a superr-luxe limited edition faux (totally PC, sweetie) iguana skin clutch bag. Formats: DVD, $158.72. (BBC Home Entertainment).

photo for Angelina Ballerina: Twirling Tales Angelina Ballerina: Twirling Tales (2013) Angelina and her friends stay on their toes in these twirling, whirling tales of friendship and fun for the little ones: "Angelina's Dance Like a Cake Day," "Angelina's Noisy, Messy Lunchtime," "Angelina and the Musical Plant," "Angelina and Her Parents' Dance Lessons" and "Angelina's Mother's Day." Formats: DVD, $14.98. Extras: "A Dance a Day" Dance Club, "1, 2, 3, 4, 5" karaoke music video, "Swing Thing" karaoke music video.(Lionsgate).

Ben 10 Omniverse: Aliens at War (2012-13) Two-disc set with 10 episodes from the second and third season of the Cartoon Network series, $19.97. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Alien Database." (Warner).

The Best Man BLU-RAY DEBUT (1999) Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Monica Calhoun, Terrence Howard, Harold Perrineau, Nia Long. Extras: "Spotlight on Location," Columbia/Sony music soundtracks presentation, theatrical trailer. (Universal).

photo for The Best Years of Our Lives BLU-RAY DEBUT (1946) Dir.: William Wyler; Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, Cathy O'Donnell, Hoagy Carmichael, Harold Russell, Gladys George, Roman Bohnen, Ray Collins. One of the greatest films of all time encapsulates the dreams, desires and realities of mid-20th century America. The Academy Award-winning film (seven Oscars, including Best Film and Best Director) follows three WWII veterans who return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed. Capt. Fred Derry (Andrews), a soda jerk before the war, returns to a loveless marriage; Sgt. Al Stephenson (March), a banker, returns a stranger to a family that's grown up without him; and sailor Homer Parrish, a machinist, returns home, tormented by the loss of his hands, to his loving and understanding girlfriend. Extras: Introduction by Virginia Mayo, interview with Mayo and Teresa Wright, theatrical trailer. (Samuel Goldwyn/Warner).

The Bishop's Wife BLU-RAY DEBUT (1947) Dir.: Henry Koster; Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven, Monty Woolley, James Gleason, Gladys Cooper, Elsa Lanchester. (Samuel Goldwyn/Warner).

Bonnie & Clyde: Justified (2013) Eric Roberts, Dee Wallace, Ashley Hayes, Jim Poole. A&E miniseries uses the poems and letters of Bonnie Parker to bring to life the love that brought Bonnie and Clyde together, the crimes that made them infamous, and the deaths that made them legendary. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Stills gallery. (Lionsgate).

Bonnie & Clyde: The Real Story (2013) Compilation of two History Channel specials "Bonnie & Clyde: The Story of Love and Death" and "Man, Moment, Machine: Hunting Bonnie and Clyde." The story of Bonnie and Clyde -- and their infamous tale of love and violence -- has fascinated people for nearly 80 years. This release is timed for the "Bonnie & Clyde" miniseries airing on three networks: A&E, History and Lifetime. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).

Boy Meets World: The Complete Collection (1993-2000) Twenty-two-disc set with all seven seasons and all previously released bonus material plus newly created featurettes which include brand new interviews with the cast, $99.98. Formats: DVD. New Extras: "Boy Meets World: Back to the Beginning" featurette, "Boy Meets ... World Fandom" featurette explores fan favorite moments, characters and lines. (Lionsgate).

Bratz Babyz Save Christmas: The Movie (2013) When a trip to the mall with Gran leads to the shocking discovery that Santa won't be able to "deliver" this Christmas, things aren't so merry and bright for Cloe, Sasha, Jade and Yasmin. Now it's up to the girlz to find the North Pole, train to be elves and stop a trio of bumbling bandits from stealing a very special Christmas gift. Formats: DVD, $14.98; VOD; Digital. (Lionsgate).

Care Bears: The Great Giving Holiday (2013) New CGI holiday special with Great Giving Bear, Harmony and all their cuddly Bear friends. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Extra episode. (Lionsgate).

Clear History (2013) Larry David, Jon Hamm, Kate Hudson, Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Bill Hader, Phillip Baker Hall, Danny McBride, Amy Ryan, J.B. Smoove. HBO Original Film about a marketing executive (David) at a start-up electric car company who gives up his 10 percent of the business after a petty argument with his boss (Hamm). The company subsequently makes billions of dollars, destroying his life and leaving him publicly humiliated. Ten years later, after changing his name and moving to a small island off the Massachusetts coast, all is well -- until something from the past threatens his new life. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. (HBO).



Doctor Who: The Complete Series 1-7 Limited Edition Blu-Ray Gift Set Twenty-nine-disc set celebrating Doctor Who's 50th anniversary. The set includes the complete adventures of the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and Tenth Doctor (David Tennant), available in newly remastered Blu-ray versions at full 1080p resolution for the first time ever, sitting alongside those of the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith). Also includes fully remastered complete Tenth Doctor Specials as well as The Complete Fifth and Sixth Series (previously available on Blu-ray), photo for Doctor Who: The Complete Series 1-7 Limited Edition Blu-Ray Gift Set to full 1080p resolution, and the new "Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series Blu-ray." Extras include hours and hours of bonus features from the past collections plus 120 minutes of bonus material that has never previously been available on disc. Add in a Doctor Who Universal Remote Control Sonic Screwdriver, a gesture-based remote control replica of the Eleventh Doctor's trusty tool, crafted from real metals and featuring sound effects from the show; now you can control your television with a wave of your hand and feel like a Time Lord yourself. There's also three exclusive original art cards and an exclusive Doctor Who comic book. $349.98. (BBC Home Entertainment).

Dora the Explorer: Dora's Ice Skating Spectacular! (2013) Three episodes: Dora and Boots skate to the rescue of the Snow Princess, Snow Fairy, and all their Snowy Forest friends!; Dora catches a runaway train; Dora races to rescue Boots with her puppy and Scooter. Formats: DVD, $14.98. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).

Duck Dynasty: I'm Dreaming of a Redneck Christmas (2013) A double-length Christmas special, $9.98. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).

East End Babylon: The Story of the Cockney Rejects (2013) There were only three ways out of the East End -- football, boxing and rock 'n' roll. This documentary tells the unvarnished story of the Cockney Rejects through interviews, archive material and thunderous live footage: It's a no frills look at the career of a band which probably had more punk attitude than almost anyone else. Formats: DVD. (MVD Visual).

Farscape: Complete Series (1999-2003) 15th Anniversary Edition with all 88 complete and unedited episodes from the four-season run. Includes a 16-page mini comic book created by the same team that made Jim Henson's acclaimed graphic novel "Tale of Sand." Based on the prequel "Peacekeeper Wars," the comic includes select images from The Jim Henson Company's archive and an exclusive interview with Brian Henson revealing never-before-shared facts about the Farscape Legacy. In 20-disc Blu-ray ($149.95) and 27-disc DVD ($129.95) sets. DVD Extras: "Memories of Moya: An photo for Farscape: Complete Series Epic Journey" documentary; "Farscape Undressed," the home-video premiere of the rarely seen, long-sought-after never before released behind-the-scenes special; three archival documentaries: "In the Beginning: A Look Back With Brian Henson," "Making of a Space Opera" and "Season Three: A Look Back With Executive Producer David Kemper"; three "Inside Farscape" featurettes: "Villains," "Visual Effects" and "Inside Farscape: Save Farscape," in which fans, cast and crew discuss the fate of the series; 31 audio commentaries; deleted scenes, director's cut scenes, and an alternate version of the Season 2 premiere; behind-the-scenes interviews with the characters, cast, and creative team of "Farscape"; "Listening in With Composer Guy Gross" featurettes for 12 episodes; original TV promos. Blu-ray Extras: 29 episode commentaries; "Memories of Moya: An Epic Journey" documentary; three archival documentaries: "In the Beginning: A Look Back With Brian Henson," "Making of a Space Opera" and "Inside Farscape: Save Farscape," in which fans, cast and crew discuss the fate of the series; multiple video profiles featuring archival clips and cast/crew discussing their characters and roles on "Farscape"; more than 90 minutes of deleted scenes; slideshows and archival photo galleries, including character concepts and promo photos; production design galleries featuring screenshots, rough drafts and concept slide shows; behind-the-scenes interviews with Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe, Virginia Hey, Gigi Edgley, Paul Goddard (Stark), Wayne Pygram (Scorpius) and more; original TV promos and trailers. (Cinedigm).

photo for The Fitzgerald Family Christmas The Fitzgerald Family Christmas (2012) Kerry Bishe, Connie Britton, Edward Burns, Heather Burns, Dara Coleman, Brian d'Arcy James. The adult siblings of the Fitzgerald family prepare for their estranged father to return home for Christmas for the first time since he walked out on his family 20 years earlier. Functioning as the head of a family of seven brothers and sisters, Gerry is used to being the go-to guy to get family matters handled. When estranged father Jim shows up with a request to spend the holidays with the family, it's no easy feat for Gerry to address. Faced with old resentments, hurt feelings and anger, this is a family decision that won't be made easily, especially when his mother Rosie is adamant that Jim is never to set foot back into her home. Trying not to choose sides, Gerry must find a way for them to reach a decision on whether or not to forgive and allow the holiday family reunion. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "The Making of The Fitzgerald Family Christmas"; commentary with writer-director-producer-actor Edward Burns; theatrical trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

Girl Most Likely (2013) Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Matt Dillon, Darren Criss, Christopher Fitzgerald, June Diane Raphael, Natasha Lyonne, Bob Balaban. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc,VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Making Most Likely" featurette, "Life in the Human Shell" featurette, deleted scenes, gag reel. (Lionsgate).

Grown Ups 2 (2013) Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph, Maria Bello, Shaquille O'Neal, Nick Swardson, Alexander Ludwig, Milo Ventimglia. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Eight deleted scenes, "Shaq and Dante: Police Force" featurette. Blu-ray adds three featurettes: "Look Who Stopped By" look at the cameos throughout the film, "Mr. Spade's Wild Ride" with Spade as he prepares to be rolled down the hill in a tire, and "The Feder House" look at the construction of the sound stage where the Feder house was built. (Sony).

photo for Guess How Much I Love You: Hidden Treasure Guess How Much I Love You: Hidden Treasure (2013) Six animated episodes from the Disney Junior TV series inspired by the "Adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare" books by Sam McBratney. Formats: DVD, $12.98. (Entertainment One).

The Hive (2013) Three 88-minute long DVDs of episodes from the new Disney pre-school series about the Bee family: "A Very Buzzbee Christmas," "Buzzbee's Family Adventures" and "Party in the Honeybee Hive." $12.95. each. Formats: DVD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Cinedigm).

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition (2012) Dir.: Peter Jackson; Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Lee Pace, Ian Holm, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lilly, Christopher Lee, Benedict Cumberbatch. Formats: Five-disc Blu-ray 3D set ($54.98), three-disc Blu-ray ($35.99), five-disc DVD ($34.99), VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Features a 13-minute longer cut and nine hours of new special features, including commentary with director-producer-screenwriter Peter Jackson and co-producer/screenwriter Philippa Boyens, and "The Appendices," a multi-part documentary focusing on various aspects of the film and the Trilogy. (New Line).

I Love Lucy: Colorized Christmas Both colorized and black-and-white versions of "The Lucy Christmas Special," "Lucy Goes to Scotland" and "Lucy's Italian Movie." Formats: DVD, $16.99. (CBS/Paramount).

photo for Ice Road Truckers: Season 7 Ice Road Truckers: Season 7 (2013) Four-disc set with 12 episodes, $24.98. The truckers battle more than treacherous winter roads in Season 7 of the hit History series. Hugh Rowland is back, this time as the boss, with his own trucking company. Bound and determined to reclaim his crown as "King of the Road" and take down well-established rival Polar Industries, he's confronted by an arsenal of heavy haulers, including Alex Debogorski and Lisa Kelly, who return to the icy roads with a goal and a grudge. With families to support, a no-nonsense work ethic and an against-all-odds determination, each trucker continues to race against the elements -- and each other -- keeping their eyes on the road ... and the big prize. Formats: DVD. Extras: Bonus footage. (Lionsgate).

Intolerance BLU-RAY DEBUT and DVD (1916) D.W. Griffith changed the course of film history with his 1915 Civil War blockbuster "The Birth of a Nation," and, spurred on by its colossal success, he went even bigger on his next epic, the ambitious and still awe-inspiring "Intolerance," in which he masterfully links four centuries-apart stories of universal suffering. Stung by charges of glorifying racism in "The Birth of a Nation," Griffith decided to make his next film a plea for tolerance, acceptance and understanding. An epic like nothing that came before , the monumental film remains as powerful today as it was almost a century ago; the major innovation in screen narrative tells four stories in parallel about social injustice and the effects of intolerance through the ages. "The photo for Modern Story," about a working man wrongly accused of a crime, was later issued as a separate film ("The Mother and the Law," 1919). "The Judean Story" tells of Jesus' conflicts with the Pharisees and Rome. "The Medieval Story" is about the effects of the massacre of 16th-century French Huguenots. "The Babylonian Story," about the conquest of Babylon by Persia, also was issued later as a separate film ("The Fall of Babylon," 1919). Skillful cross-cutting and linking shots of a figure representing Eternal Motherhood rocking a cradle, bring all four stories to a tense climax. With the profits from "The Birth of a Nation," Griffith spared no expense on "Intolerance," constructing huge sets and hiring thousands of extras for spectacular crowd scenes; the most iconic representation of this lavishness remains the sequence set at the immense walls of Babylon. Many of the leading stars of the silent screen appear in the film, including Griffith regular Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Elmo Lincoln, Robert Harron and Constance Talmadge. Remastered in 2K. The musical soundtrack is in mono for the DVD and 2.0 LPCM for the Blu-ray. Carl Davis' orchestral score is in 5.1 Dolby Digital. Extras: The two full-length features drawn from "Intolerance": "The Fall of Babylon" and "The Mother and the Law," accompanied by new scores by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra; a 2013 featurette with film historian Kevin Brownlow; new essays by Cineaste magazine editor Richard Porton and historian William M. Drew; and a theatrical rerelease trailer. (Cohen Film Collection).

James Dean Ultimate Collector's Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT A beautifully designed and packaged limited and numbered seven-disc Blu-ray set celebrating James Dean. When he died in 1955 at the age of 24 in a car crash, Dean -- a talented "method" actor, rebel and risk taker -- was mourned by millions of fans throughout the world. Despite only making three films -- all of them for Warner Bros. -- Dean became one of Hollywood's most spectacular stars, and 50 years later still remains an internationally compelling force, an iconic image, and a cult favorite of timeless fascination. The core of the set are his three films: "East of Eden," "Rebel Without a Cause" and "Giant," each in a 4k restoration from original camera negatives remastered at Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging. For "Rebel Without a Cause," the stereo soundtrack was reconstructed from the magnetic photo for James Dean Ultimate Collector's Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT soundtrack stripes of Cinemascope release prints. Also included are three full-length documentaries: "James Dean Forever Young," narrated by Martin Sheen; "American Masters: James Dean -- Sense Memories" and "George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey" (Stevens directed "Giant"). The collection also contains a 48-page photo book with behind-the-scene images and rare insight into each film, three mini reproductions of the original theatrical movie posters, and reproductions of production memos from "East of Eden" and "Rebel Without a Cause." The "Ultimate Collector's Edition" will sell for $99.98; each film will also be available as a stand-alone Blu-ray book for $27.98 each. Extras: New featurette: "Dennis Hopper: Memories from the Warner Lot"; vintage documentaries: "James Dean Remembered," "Forever James Dean," "George Stevens: Filmmakers Who Knew Him," "Return to Giant, "Memories of Giant,"" East of Eden: Art in Search of Life," "Rebel Without a Cause: Defiant Innocents"; commentaries on all three films; premiere footage for "East of Eden" and "Giant"; wardrobe tests; screen tests; deleted scenes for "East of Eden" and "Rebel Without a Cause"; and much, much more. (Warner).

Journey to the Christmas Star (2012 -- Norway) Agnes Kittelsen, Jakob Oftebro. A courageous girl sets out on a hazardous journey to find the Christmas Star in order to free the kingdom from a curse and bring back a long lost princess, against all odds and a mighty foe. Formats: DVD, $14.99. (Vertical Entertainment).

Keeping Up Appearances: Collector's Edition Ten-disc set of the perennial hit sitcom includes every episode, newly remastered and gathered together in a limited edition "Gardeners Vest" package with collectible seeds and plant tags. Features more than 200 minutes of bonus content, including the brand new featurette "Hyacinth Revealed." Formats: DVD, $158.72. (BBC Home Entertainment).

photo for Killer Holiday Killer Holiday (2013) Michael Copon, Rachel Lara, Julia Beth Stern, Alex Mandel. Psychotic killer Melvin "Spider" Holiday stalks eight unsuspecting teenage victims lured to an abandoned amusement park off old Route 66. They soon discover that the park comes complete with broken down carnival rides, the smell of death and a killer ready to give them one ticket to hell. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, gag reel. (Lionsgate).

Law & Order: The Thirteenth Year (2002-3) Five-disc set with 24 episodes. Formats: DVD. (Universal).

Lovelace (2013) Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Hank Azaria, Wes Bentley , Adam Brody, Bobby Cannavale, James Franco, Debi Mazar, Chris Noth, Robert Patrick, Eric Roberts, Chloe Sevigny, Sharon Stone, Juno Temple. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (RADiUS-TWC/Anchor Bay).

Mad Men: Season 6 (2013) All 13 episodes, $49.98. Don Draper (Golden Globe-winner Jon Hamm) and the rest of the award-winning cast deal with the after effects of adultery, divorce, a merger, and an ever changing social climate in the sixth season of the Emmy-winning series that explores the glamorous and ego-driven "Golden Age" of advertising in late 1960s New York City. Formats: Four-disc DVD, $47.98; three-disc Blu-ray, $49.98; Digital; UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Recreating an Era" featurette, "Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out" featurette, "Summer of Love Archives" featurette. (Lionsgate).

photo for Magic City: The Complete Second Season Magic City: The Complete Second Season (2013) Three-disc set with eight episodes of the hot Starz Miami mob series, set in the late 1950s. In this season, Ike Evans risks everything in a life and death battle to rid his Miramar Playa Hotel of the mob and Ben "The Butcher" Diamond. Ike's dangerous plan to defeat Diamond takes Ike from Havana's glamorous casinos to dealings with a new devil -- Diamond's boss in the Chicago Outfit. Ike's wife Vera gets a second chance at her former dancing glory, while sons Stevie and Danny drift farther from Ike -- Stevie toward the power and rewards of Diamond's dark world, Danny into the moral righteousness of State's Attorney Jack Klein. Changes in Castro's Cuba ripple to the shores of Miami Beach, and a new world order begins to tear the Evans family apart. Formats: DVD, $44.98; Blu-ray Disc, $54.99. Extras: "The Gamble for Havana," "The Criminal Element," "Tales From the Underbelly," "Magic City Style," "The Music That Makes Magic." (Anchor Bay).

Mickey's Christmas Carol BLU-RAY DEBUT (1983) 30th anniversary edition. Classic Disney characters play the roles in this animated retelling of the Charles Dickens masterpiece. Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. (Disney).

My Name Is Nobody: 40th Anniversary Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT (1973) Dir.: Tonino Valerii, Sergio Leone (uncredited). Terence Hill, Henry Fonda, Jean Martin, R.G. Armstrong. Sergio Leone wrote and produced this Spaghetti Western, with music by Ennio Morricone. (Image Entertainment).

photo for Naked City: The Complete Series (1958-63) Twenty-nine disc set with all 138 classic episodes of the acclaimed Emmy Award-winning police drama series filmed entirely in New York City and starring Paul Burke, Horace McMahon, Harry Bellaver, James Franciscus, John McIntire and Nancy Malone. "Naked City's" first season featured half-hour episodes while the remainder of its four season run was comprised of hour-long episodes. The classic TV series -- which focused on the lives of the detectives of New York's 65th Precinct, but wasn't shy on vivid chases and gun fights -- was famous for the signature closing line of every episode, "There are eight million stories in the Naked City. This has been one of them." The show featured an amazing list of guest stars including Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, William Shatner, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Rip Torn, Alan Alda, George C. Scott, Telly Savalas, Leslie Nielsen, Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, James Caan, Jack Klugman, Jean Stapleton, Walter Matthau, Jon Voight, Gene Hackman, Christopher Walken, Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Peter Falk, George Segal, Jack Warden, Ed Asner, Doris Roberts, Suzanne Pleshette, Diane Ladd, Vic Morrow, James Coburn, Mickey Rooney and Burgess Meredith, to name just a few. Formats: DVD, $179.98 but available for preorder at Amazon for $99.99. (Image Entertainment).

Nazi Mega Weapons (2013) In a quest for world domination, the Nazis built some of the biggest and deadliest pieces of military hardware and malevolent technology in history. This six-part series recounts Germany's engagement in World War II from a unique perspective, uncovering the engineering secrets of iconic megastructures, telling the stories of the engineers who designed them and revealing how they sparked a technological revolution that changed warfare forever: "Atlantic Wall," "U-Boat Base," "V2 Rocket," "Super Tanks," "Jet Fighter Me262," and "Fortress Berlin." Formats: Two-disc DVD, $34.99. (PBS Distribution).

photo for Oil City Confidential Oil City Confidential (2009) Julien Temple's "Oil City Confidential" is the last film in his trilogy on British music of the 1970s, a prequel to his landmark films about punk figureheads the Sex Pistols in "The Filth & the Fury" and Joe Strummer in "The Future Is Unwritten." Rather than being standard "rockumentaries," Temple uses the music as a prism through which he examines the social and cultural conditions of the times. The films share his characteristic cinematic language -- an irreverent and anarchic style of montage of archive and fictive footage, which he pioneered in "The Great Rock & Roll Swindle." "Oil City Confidential" is a film noir feature length documentary about Dr Feelgood; it's the story of four men in cheap suits who crashed out of Canvey Island in the early '70s, sandpapered the face of rock 'n' roll and left all that came before a burnt-out ruin. Formats: DVD. (MVD Entertainment).

Out in the Dark (2012 -- Israel-USA-Occupied Palestinian Territory) Nicholas Jacob, Michael Aloni. A drama centered on the love affair between two men on opposite sites of the Mid-East conflict: Palestinian student Nimer and Roy, an Israeli lawyer. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind the scenes featurette, deleted scenes. (Breaking Glass Pictures).

photo for Parkland (2013) Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver, Paul Giamatt, James Badge Dale, Jackie Earle Haley, Colin Hanks, David Harbour, Ron Livingston, Jeremy Strong, Tom Welling. Recounts the chaotic events that occurred in Dallas on November 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Weaves together the perspectives of a handful of ordinary individuals suddenly thrust into extraordinary circumstances: the young doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital; Dallas' chief of the Secret Service; an unwitting cameraman who captured what became the most watched and examined film in history; the FBI agents who nearly had the gunman within their grasp; the brother of Lee Harvey Oswald, left to deal with his shattered family; and JFK's security team, witnesses to both the president's death and Vice President Lyndon Johnson's rise to power over a nation whose innocence was forever altered. Released to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the assassination. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Millennium Entertainment).

photo for Passion Passion (2013) Dir.: Brian De Palma; Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace. Brian De Palma returns to the sleek, sly, seductive territory of the erotic thriller with this lurid trashy melodrama. The rivalry between the manipulative boss of an advertising agency and her talented protege escalates from stealing credit to public humiliation to murder. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Interviews with De Palma, McAdams and Rapace. (Entertainment One).

Renoir (2013 -- France) Michel Bouquet, Christa Theret, Vincent Rottiers. A lushly atmospheric drama about the relationship between the giant of impressionism, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and the future giant of cinema, his director son, Jean Renoir ("Grand Illusion," "Rules of the Game"). Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Jean returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. At his side is Andree, a young woman who rejuvenates, enchants, and inspires both father and son. France's entry for the Best Foreign-language Oscar for 2013. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Cinedigm).

The Right Stuff BLU-RAY DEBUT (1983) Dir.: Philip Kaufman; Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Quaid, Fred Ward, Jeff Goldblum. The 30th Anniversary Blu-ray Book includes rare photos, production notes and more. Extras: "The Journey and the Mission" scene specific commentary, "John Glenn: American Hero" [1998 PBS Documentary], "Realizing the Right Stuff," "T-20 Years and Counting," "The Real Men With The Right Stuff." (Warner).

photo for Robotech: The Complete Set Robotech: The Complete Set For the first time ever, the entire Robotech saga is collected in one, massive 20-disc gift set, with all 85 episodes of the original series, three feature films and over 12 hours of bonus material, including a new bonus disc never released with any previous Robotech set, $89.98. "Robotech" -- a sweeping science-fiction anime epic of humans defending their home world against alien domination -- was instrumental in introducing anime to American audiences when it first appeared on television in 1985. The saga is told through the eyes of characters caught up in a series of wars that erupts when a mysterious spacecraft crash-lands on Earth at the turn of the millennium. The secrets of alien knowledge aboard this vessel were unlocked, leading to the development of "Robotechnology" and the creation of a vast arsenal of robotic "mecha" to defend the Earth against the alien threats that would eventually strike to lay claim to the mysterious power source known as "protoculture." Formats: DVD. Extras: "Robotech: The Inside Story," featuring the original 1985 production crew; "The Making of Robotech: Love Live Alive"; animatics from "Love Live Alive"; deleted scenes from "Love Live Alive"; rare promotional reels, the original Japanese version of "Love Live Alive"; never-before-released animatics; alternate versions of episodes; deleted scenes; trailers; and all the special features from the previously released DVDs. (Lionsgate).

Saved By the Bell: The Complete Collection (1989-93) Thirteen-disc set with seasons 1-5 and all previously released bonus materials plus new special features, $49.98. Formats: DVD. New Extras: "Saturday Morning: From Toons to Teens" featurette, "It's Alright: Back to the Bell" documentary provides a comprehensive and personal account of the creation of the cultural icon. (Lionsgate).

photo for Scoot & Kassie's Christmas Adventure Scoot & Kassie's Christmas Adventure (2013) Luke Perry, Ariana Bagley, Taylor Negron, Anson Bagley. After a young girl, Kassie, rescues a wounded former police dog, Scoot, she organizes a charity concert to raise money for less fortunate kids. When two crooks show up and plot to steal the cash, Scoot leads the way as the unlikely group of heroes work together to catch the bad guys and save Christmas. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Universal).

Six Shooters (2010 -- Argentina/Spain) Pablo Cedron, Nazareno Casero, Claudio Rissi, Mariana Anghileri. Ten years after looking into the eyes of his father's killer, a young man is on the hunt for the gang of outlaws that left him homeless, traveling from town to town taking up odd jobs in exchange for shelter, hunting down each man, one by one, taking justice into his own hands. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).

Syrup (2013) Amber Heard, Shiloh Fernandez, Kellan Lutz, Brittany Snow. Based on the best-selling book about a young man who comes up with a sexy new soda drink, this comedy attempts to exposes the cut-throat world of advertising through the eyes of a young prodigy chasing fame, fortune, and the woman of his dreams. When fresh-out-of-school Scat comes up with a brilliant new product that gives new meaning to the old saying "sex sells," he's sure that it will send him right to the top. But first he has to convince his boss, the beautiful and mysterious "6," that it's an idea worth millions, and overcome betrayal by his best friend. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: AXS TV: "A Look at Syrup," trailer, interview with executive producer/costume designer Sophia Banks-Coloma. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

The Three Faces of Eve BLU-RAY DEBUT (1957) Joanne Woodward won a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of a woman with multiple personality disorder -- Eve White, a troubled housewife who begins seeing a psychiatrist and, under hypnosis, reveals her additional personalities: a vamp and an independent sophisticate. Extras: Commentary, Fox Movietone News: Academy Awards, theatrical trailer. (Fox).

Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga Celebrating the 5th anniversary of the theatrical debut of the first "Twilight" film, this boxed set features all five films, more than two hours of brand new bonus content and every special feature ever produced for the blockbuster franchise. The deluxe packaging arrives in a double-sided box that highlights the iconic characters, one side featuring Edward and Bella and the other side featuring Jacob; and the discs are held in a commemorative photo album highlighting the most iconic moments from the entire saga. Formats: 12-disc DVD, $64.98; 10-disc Blu-ray, $74.99; Digital; UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: The all-new material featured in this complete collection includes a cast retrospective with new interviews; "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Character" featurette that showcases previously unreleased behind-the-scenes moments on set; an exploration of the epic's "Twilight FAN-omenon"; "Twilight Forever: Edward's Saga" and "Twilight Forever: Jacob's Saga." These new features will be available alongside the more than 10 hours of bonus material released in previous home entertainment editions that includes multi-part "making of" documentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes, cast and crew interviews, deleted and extended scenes, photo galleries, red carpet footage, music videos and more. (Summit/Lionsgate).

Weeds: The Complete Collection Blu-ray (2005-12) Sixteen-disc set in a special "glowing" acrylic case package, $119.97. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Pot Circle: Weeds Cast Roundtable" featurette, "They Came, They Smoked, They Left" featurette, "Nancy's Sexcapades" featurette, "Suburban Black Widow" featurette. (Lionsgate).

White House Down (2013) Dir.: Roland Emmerich; Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Richard Jenkins. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Four Featurettes: "A Dynamic Duo," a look at the chemistry between Tatum and Foxx and their on-screen presence; "Men of Action" featurette on Tatum's willingness and desire to perform his own stunts, as well as the extensive training required; "Roland Emmerich -- Upping the Ante," a look at Emmerich's vision for the film; "Meet the Insiders" on the supporting cast. Blu-ray adds a gag reel and nine more featurettes: "The Beast," a look at the film's presidential limo; "The Full Arsenal: Guns, Grenades, Tanks and Choppers"; "VFX Boundaries Down"; "The Inside Story" about the film's fast-moving rise from concept to the big screen; "Presidential Treatment," a look at the size and scope of the massive production; "Lights, Camera, Heart-Pumping Action"; "Crashing the Oval Office," a look at how the filmmakers constructed a stunt set, then drove an SUV at full speed into the Oval Office; "Drowning the Beast" presidential limo escape from the White House pool; "Recreating the White House," about the meticulous detail that went into replicating the White House. (Sony).

Winnie The Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year BLU-RAY DEBUT (2002) Rabbit will only discover the true spirit of the season after his pals make misguided New Year's resolutions to change. Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. (Disney).

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