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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, November 12 -- Monday, November 18

All DVD Releases

  • Frances Ha

    photo for Frances Ha Director Noah Baumbach has a knack for taking the mundane detritus of everyday life and weaving it into fascinating cinematic journeys, beginning with the all-too-talky "Kicking and Screaming" (1995) through the depressing but intensely honest and real "The Squid and the Whale" (2005) through "Greenberg" (2010) and now "Frances Ha," the director's ode to life and love in modern New York City. Developed with and starring Greta Gerwig, the director's real-life girlfriend, this charming black and white tale follows a woman in her late twenties who's trying to sort out her ambitions, her dreams, her finances, and, above all, her changing bond with her best friend, Sophie (Mickey Sumner). As Frances, Gerwig is light and joyful and a pleasure to watch. But, therein lies the rub: the film is all too light and joyful, leaving the viewer hungering for more. Still, in a year that has brought us noisy and meaningless outings such as "After Earth," "Bullet to the Head," "A Good Day to Die Hard," "R.I.P.D." and "The Wolverine," too light is a virtue. Extras: Conversation between filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich and the film's co-writer and director, Noah Baumbach; conversation between actor and filmmaker Sarah Polley and the film's co-writer and star, Greta Gerwig; conversation about the look of the film between Baumbach, director of photography Sam Levy, and creative director Pascal Dangin; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by playwright Annie Baker. Vitals: Director: Noah Baumbach. Stars: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Michael Esper, Adam Driver, Michael Zegen. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 86 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $4.001 million, The Criterion Collection. 3 stars

  • The Attack

    photo for Palestinian surgeon Amin Jaafari (Ali Suliman) is fully assimilated into Tel Aviv society, has a loving wife, an exemplary career and many Jewish friends. But his picture-perfect life is turned upside down when a suicide bombing leaves 17 dead, and the Israeli police inform him that his wife Sihem (Reymonde Amsellem) not only died in the explosion, but was responsible for it. Initially interrogated -- but cleared -- as a possible accomplice, Amin is shaken further when he receives a posthumous letter from Sihem confirming her role in the carnage. Shattered by this revelation, Amin abandons the relative security of his adopted homeland to enter the Palestinian territories in pursuit of the zealots who recruited his wife. Based on Yasmina Khadra's prize-winning and bestselling novel. It's at once a fascinating mystery, thriller and cultural study of the forces tearing people and families apart in the Middle East -- and it's all the more powerful since the film doesn't take any sides, preferring to key in on the personal rather than the political. In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles.Extras: Interview with director Ziad Doueiri, theatrical trailer, photo gallery. Vitals: Director: Ziad Doueiri. Stars: Ali Suliman, Reymonde Amsellem, Evgenia Dodena, Dvir Benedek, Uri Gavriel. 2013 -- Lebanon/France/Qatar/Belgium, CC, MPAA rating: R, 95 min., Drama, Box office gross: $1.714 million, Cohen Media Group. 3 stars

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  • Blackfish

    photo for Blackfish You don't have to be an animal activist to be moved by "Blackfish," a documentary that explores the world of the "killer whales," the 8,000-pound orcas that grace sea parks with their stunning beauty and ability to soar out of the water and fly through the air, as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. But behind this facade is a world of cruelty and mistreatment of the massive mammals by park operators exploiting them -- and park workers -- for dangerous profits. Using the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum, who -- unlike any orca in the wild -- has taken the lives of several people while in captivity -- the film explores man's inhumanity to these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals. Extras: A note from the director; "Death by Mosquito in Marine Parks"; "Recollections of a Former SeaWorld Trainer"; "The Truth About Wild Whales"; "Alternatives to Captivity"; more. Vitals: Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 83 min., Documentary, Box office gross: $2.043 million, Magnolia Home Entertainment. 3 stars

  • Man of Steel

    photo for Man of Steel Rebooting of the Superman franchise, with Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as the Kents, Russell Crowe as Jor-El and Michael Shannon as the evil General Zod from Krypton, who comes to Earth to wreak revenge on Kal-El (Superman). Extras: "Strong Characters, Legendary Roles" featurette explores the legendary characters of the Superman mythology and how they have evolved in this new iteration of the Superman story; "All-Out Action" goes inside the intense training regimen that sculpted Henry Cavill into the Man of Steel and Michael Shannon and Antje Traue into his Kyptonian nemeses; "Krypton Decoded" lowdown on all the amazing Krypton tech, weapons and spaceships. Blu-ray adds "Journey of Discovery: Creating Man of Steel" immersive feature-length experience that allows viewers to watch the movie with director Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane and others as they share the incredible journey to re-imagine Superman; "Planet Krypton" exploration of Krypton and its lost society. Vitals: Director: Zack Snyder. Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe, Julia Ormond, Antje Traue, Harry Lennix, Christopher Meloni, Laurence Fishburne. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 143 min., Action-Adventure, Box office gross: $113.080 million, Warner. 2 stars

  • Turbo

    photo for 3D comedy about a freak accident that gives an everyday garden snail the power of super-speed and allows him to pursue his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500. Vitals: Director: David Soren. Stars: Voices of Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Maya Rudolph, Snoop Dogg, Ken Jeong, Ben Schwartz, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 96 min., Animated, Box office gross: $81.637 million, DreamWorks/Fox. 2 stars


    Blu-ray Debuts

  • All the President's Men 2-Disc Special Edition (1976))
  • City Lights (1931)
  • JFK 50th Commemorative Ultimate Collector's Edition
  • John Carpenter Presents Body Bags Collector's Edition (1993)
  • The Lion of the Desert (1981)
  • The Message (1977)
  • Nosferatu (1922)

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All DVD Releases

photo for Action Packed Movie Marathon, Vol. 2 Action Packed Movie Marathon, Vol. 2 Two-disc set with four action flicks. "Bulletproof" (1988): Los Angeles cop/ex-CIA agent Frank "Bulletproof" McBain (Gary Busey) travels across the border to retrieve a top-secret attack vehicle which was hijacked by Russian-backed Libyan terrorists. Darlanne Fluegel and Henry Silva also star. "Bamboo Gods and Iron Men" (1974): An attempt is made by an underworld organization to recover a carved Buddha in which is hidden a substance powerful enough to control the world. "Trackdown" (1976): A Montana rancher (Jim Mitchum) comes to Los Angeles, searching for his runaway sister (Karen Lamm), who has become entangled in a world of crime, drugs, and prostitution. Erik Estrada, Anne Archer and Cathy Lee Crosby also star. "Scorchy" (1976): Scorchy (Connie Stevens) is a female undercover agent who will stop at nothing to bust a drug-smuggling ring. Cesare Danova, William Smith and Greg Evigan also star. Formats: DVD, $9.99. (Shout! Factory).

All the President's Men 2-Disc Special Edition BLU-RAY (1976) Dir.: Alan J. Pakula; Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam, Hal Holbrook, Jason Robards, Jane Alexander, Meredith Baxter, Ned Beatty, Stephen Collins. New Blu-ray version commemorates the 40th anniversary of Watergate. Extras: New documentary "All the President's Men Revisited" plus vintage special features: "Telling the Truth About Lies: The Making of All the President's Men"; "Woodward and Bernstein: Lighting the Fire"; "Out of the Shadows: The Man Who Was Deep Throat"; commentary by Redford; "Pressure and the Press: The Making of All the President's Men"; Jason Robards Interview excerpt from Dinah!, hosted by Dinah Shore; trailer. (Warner).

Ambushed (2013) Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Vinnie Jones, Carly Pope, Gianni Capaldi, Daniel Bonjour. A pair of mid-level drug pushers want a chance to hit the big time and decide to achieve their goal by ripping off their middleman in a murderous bid for greatness, setting off a dangerous chain of events involving a ruthless crime boss, a dirty cop and the Federal agent chasing them all. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Anchor Bay).

Animals (2012 -- Spain) Oriol Pla, Augustus Prew, Martin Freeman. An unconventional coming-of-age tale, "Animals" is an intoxicating blend of fantasy and cold reality. Seventeen-year-old high-schooler Pol has stubbornly extended his childhood, aided in no small measure by his opinionated, drums-playing, English-speaking pet Teddy bear, Deerhoof. But when he meets alluring new student Icari, the safety of Pol's innocent imagination crumbles as he experiences his first pangs of love and sexual longing. Catalan helmer Marcal Fores' debut feature. Extras: Making of featurette, "The Bear Truth" short film, "Animals," a short film by Marcal Fores, audio commentary with Fores, eight-page collectible booklet, official "Animals" trailer. (Artsploitation Films).

The Attack (2013 -- Lebanon/France/Qatar/Belgium) Ziad Doueiri. Stars: Ali Suliman, Reymonde Amsellem, Evgenia Dodena, Dvir Benedek, Uri Gavriel. In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Interview with director Ziad Doueiri, theatrical trailer, photo gallery. (Cohen Media Group).

Barney: Perfectly Purple photo for Barney: Perfectly Purple (2013) More of the very very popular kids show trusted by moms and adored by children. Here's three episodes with rainbows of sharing, caring and imagination with the purple dinosaur: "A Perfectly Purple Day," "Arts" and "Neighborhood." Formats: DVD, $14.98. Extras: Animal sounds match game, "Barney's Color Train" read-along, "Clean Up, Clean Up" karaoke music video. (Lionsgate).

The Best of Dance Moms:The Championship Dances (2012) Three-disc set is a collection of episodes that feature the hottest dance routines from Seasons 1 and 2, including full-length choreographed dances never before-seen-on TV. Formats: DVD, $14.98. (Lionsgate).

Blackfish (2013) Killer whales are beloved as majestic, friendly giants yet infamous for their capacity to kill viciously. "Blackfish" unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of the notorious performing whale Tilikum, who -- unlike any orca in the wild -- has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. This documentary expands on the discussion of keeping such intelligent creatures in captivity. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: A note from the director; "Death by Mosquito in Marine Parks"; "Recollections of a Former SeaWorld Trainer"; "The Truth About Wild Whales"; "Alternatives to Captivity"; more. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

Blood on the Docks (2011) Four episodes of the gritty French TV series -- adapted from the best-selling crime photo for The Carol Burnett Show: Christmas With Carol novels by Graham Hurley -- about the war on the streets in the port city of Le Havre. Formats: Three-disc DVD, $39.95. (MHz Home Entertainment).

The Carol Burnett Show: Christmas With Carol Features two complete holiday episodes from "The Carol Burnett Show": December 21, 1974 and December 18, 1977, as well as an additional hour of bonus sketches such as "Christmas Night Quarrel" with Sid Caesar, "Charwoman: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" with Jonathan Winters and "The Twelve Days After Christmas." Formats: DVD, $12.95. (StarVista Entertainment).

The Capture of Grizzly Adams (1982) Dan Haggerty, Chuck Connors, June Lockhart, G.W. Bailey. Dove Foundation approved made- for-TV family film follows the wilderness-loving mountain man Grizzly Adams as he seeks to clear himself of a wrongful murder charge and rescue his daughter, who may be sent to an orphanage. Formats: DVD. (CBS/Paramount).

Chief Wilson photo for Chief Wilson (2013) The latest title in the popular pre-school "Chuggington" animated train series. Features the episodes "Chief Wilson" and "Stop Koko Stop" from the new television season, as well as "Magnetic Wilson," "Wilson's Wacky Tour," "Chugger of the Year" and "Undercover Action Chugger," plus a bonus Badge Quest episode, "Chug Patrol." Formats: DVD, $14.98. (Anchor Bay).

City Lights (1931) The most cherished film by Charlie Chaplin is also his ultimate Little Tramp chronicle. The writer-director-star achieved new levels of grace, in both physical comedy and dramatic poignancy, with this silent tale of a lovable vagrant falling for a young blind woman who sells flowers on the street (a magical Virginia Cherrill) and mistakes him for a millionaire. Though this Depression-era smash was made after the advent of sound, Chaplin remained steadfast in his love for the expressive beauty of the pre-talkie form. The result was the epitome of his art and the crowning achievement of silent comedy. New, restored 4K digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary by Charlie Chaplin biographer Jeffrey Vance; "Chaplin Today: City Lights," a 2003 documentary on the film's production, featuring Aardman Animations cofounder Peter Lord; "Chaplin Studios: Creative Freedom by Design," a new interview program featuring visual effects expert Craig Barron, archival footage from the production of "City Lights," including film from the set, with audio commentary by Chaplin historian Hooman Mehran, a costume test, a rehearsal and a complete scene not used in the film; excerpt from Chaplin's short film "The Champion" (1915), along with footage of the director with boxing stars at Chaplin Studios in 1918; trailers; booklet featuring an essay by critic Gary Giddins and a 1966 interview with Chaplin. (The Criterion Collection).



photo for Combat! The Complete Series Combat! The Complete Series (1962-67) The groundbreaking "Combat!" offered a gritty, unflinching look at American soldiers battling on the front lines in Europe during World War II, confronting imposing odds and demonstrating remarkable levels of ingenuity and courage. Vic Morrow and Rick Jason headed a stellar cast in the long-running war drama featuring an incomparable list of guest stars (including Eddie Albert, James Caan, James Coburn, Lee Marvin, Leonard Nimoy, Mickey Rooney, Rip Torn, Robert Duvall, Roddy McDowall, Sal Mineo, Telly Savalas, Bill Bixby, Claude Akins, Dennis Hopper, Ricardo Montalban and Wayne Rogers) as well as top directorial talent. This collection includes all 152 episodes, including the final season in color. Formats: DVD, $229.98. (Image Entertainment).

Dealin' With Idiots (2013) Jeff Garlin, Max Wright, Nia Vardalos, Bob Odenkirk, Gina Gershon, Timothy Olyphant, J.B. Smoove, Jami Gertz. Faced with the absurd competitiveness surrounding his son's youth league baseball team, a famous comedian decides to get to know the colorful parents and coaches better in an attempt to find the inspiration for his next movie. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).

Dexter: The Complete Final Seasonphoto for Dexter: The Complete Series Collection (2013) Final 12 episodes of the bone-chilling series. Formats: Four-disc DVD, $57.99; three-disc Blu-ray, $68.99. (Paramount).

Dexter: The Complete Series Collection (2006-13) Includes all eight seasons in an collectible recreation of the actual blood slide box used by Dexter Morgan to catalog his victims on the show. Also designed and included specifically for this collection is "Grafix: The Art of Dexter," a collection of photography, fan artwork and iconography and images used in the series' cutting edge promotional campaigns. Finally, fans will enjoy an all-new bonus disc with over three hours of behind-the-scene interviews, featurettes and photo more. This bonus material delves deep into the series and is highlighted by the new documentaries "The Evolution of Dexter Morgan" and "The Code." Amazon.com will also be offering an exclusive complete collection, showcased in sleek, collectible "bust/head" packaging representing an anonymous Dexter kill. Formats: 33-disc DVD, $352.99; 25-disc Blu-ray, $427.99. (Paramount).

East West 101: Series 2 & 3 (2009-11) Australian series about a young detective -- a Muslim in a post-9/11 world where such an identity automatically arouses suspicion and fear -- at the Major Crime Squad in Sydney. The detective and his team work together to solve cases involving people who represent a cross-section of modern Australia while exploring the fear and mistrust that exist between East and West, between Muslim and non-Muslim, whose lives and cultures are irrevocably intertwined. Formats: Three-disc DVD, $39.95. (MHz Home Entertainment).

Fascination Coral Reef: Hunters and the Hunted 3D BLU-RAY (2013) Eat or be eaten ... it's all about survival. This undersea adventure explores the brightly colored reefs, teeming with life and hungry attackers in a struggle between the hunters and the hunted. Surprisingly, the diverse fish confuse some of the attackers -- sharks -- with their vast display of shapes and colors. Also plays in 2D on any Blu-ray player. (Universal).

Frances Ha (2013) Dir.: Noah Baumbach; Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Michael Esper, Adam Driver, Michael Zegen. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Conversation between filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich and the film's co-writer and director, Noah Baumbach; conversation between actor and filmmaker Sarah Polley and the film's co-writer and star, Greta Gerwig; conversation about the look of the film between Baumbach, director of photography Sam Levy, and creative director Pascal Dangin; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by playwright Annie Baker. (The Criterion Collection).

Gettysburg and the Civil War (2013) Box set to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address (November 19, 2013). Includes the documentary "Gettysburg: The Boys in Blue & Gray," which presents the crucial battle of the war as described by the soldiers who took part in it; a 24-page illustrated history of the conflict; and a selection of recreated replica memorabilia, including a map of the Battle of Gettysburg, a map of America which illustrates the extent to which the nation was divided, and an 1863 "call to arms" by Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Formats: DVD, $19.99. (PBS Distribution).

Grabbers (2012 -- UK/Ireland) Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley, Russell Tovey. When an island off the coast of Ireland is invaded by bloodsucking aliens, the townspeople discover that the tentacled creatures are allergic to alcohol -- so getting drunk is the only way to survive. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).

photo for The Great Hip Hop Hoax The Great Hip Hop Hoax (2013) Californian hip-hop duo Silibil n' Brains were going to be massive. No one knew the pair were really Scottish, with fake American accents and made-up identities. When their promising Scottish rap act was branded "the rapping Proclaimers" by scornful A&Rs, friends Billy and Gavin reinvented themselves as L.A. homeboys, the real deal. The lie was their golden ticket to a dream life. With confessions from the scammers, insight from the music execs they duped and doodle reconstructions, the film charts the roller-coaster story of the highs of the scam and the lows of madness and the personal toll the deception took. A film about truth, lies and the legacy of faking everything in the desperate pursuit of fame. Formats: DVD, $16.95. Extras: (MVD Visual).

Half Brother (2013) Eight episodes of the Swedish TV series that revolves around the life of a family spanning the last half of the 20th century as an un-produced screenwriter searches for his elusive half-brother. Formats: Four-disc DVD, $49.95. (MHz Home Entertainment).

Home Again (2012) Tatyana Ali, Stephan James, Lyriq Bent. Three strangers -- -- a single mother from Toronto, an irresponsible British teen, and a New Yorker trying to escape his criminal past -- are deported to a home they've never known and are forced to start their lives over on the unforgiving streets of Jamaica. Formats: DVD, Digital Extras: (One Village Entertainment).

I Declare War (2012) Gage Munroe, Michael Friend, Aidan Gouveia, Andy Reid, Spencer Howes, Alex Cardillo, Dyson Fyke, Eric Hanson. Armed with nothing more than twigs, their imaginations and a simple set of rules, a group of 12-year-olds engaged in a lively game of "Capture the Flag" in the neighborhood woods start dangerously blurring the lines between make-believe and reality. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with directors Robert Wilson, Jason Lapeyre and producer Lewin Webb; commentary with Wilson, Lapeyre and the cast; "Building a Battle" featurette; "Soldiers and Actors" featurette; "The Ultimate I Declare War Capture The Flag Paintball Challenge"; trailer; 16-page booklet. (Drafthouse Films).

In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey (2013) Known as the father of American Primitive Guitar, John Fahey is considered to be a foundational figure in American folk music. As both musician and musicologist, Fahey made an important contribution to our understanding and appreciation of such music genres as Delta blues, Appalachian bluegrass and New Orleans jazz. This documentary combines interviews, performances and archival footage with animation in a musically charged tribute to a tremendously influential composer, guitarist and provocateur. Interviewees include The Who's Pete Townshend, Chris Funk of The Decemberists and renowned radio personality Dr. Demento. Formats: DVD. Extras: Rare John Fahey performance footage; "John Fahey Speaks: Woodburn Inn, 1999"; performances by Chris Funk, Jimmy Crosthwait, George Winston and others; extended interviews with Pete Townshend, Dean Blackwood and Joe Bussard. (First Run Features).

photo for Ip Man: The Final Fight (2013 -- Hong Kong) Anthony Wong, Eric Tsang, Jordan Chan, Gillian Chung,Marvel Chow, Anita Yuen, Xiong Xin-xin, Wong Cho-lam. Legendary Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man's later life in Hong Kong as he struggles against the vicissitudes of life: His pursuit of a romance with a young singer after his wife's death (against the wishes of his disciples); his relationship with his elder son; his thoughts on Bruce Lee, who would become his most celebrated student; and a challenges from a rival kung fu school that draws him into the dark and dangerous underworld of the Triads. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Making-of featurette, interviews with cast and crew, trailer. (Well Go USA).

JFK 50 Year Commemorative Ultimate Collector's Edition Blu-ray Blu-ray edition of the 1991 film starring Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Bacon, Gary Oldman, Sissy Spacek, Jack Lemmon, Joe Pesci, Donald Sutherland, Laurie Metcalf, John Candy, Walter Matthau, Sally Kirkland and Edward Asner. Set includes three captivating documentaries: Oliver Stone's "JFK: To the Brink," the insightful look at the JFK presidency that was included in his photo for JFK 50th Commemorative Ultimate Collector's Edition Blu-ray 2012 Showtime Series, "The Untold History of the United States"; the brand-new "JFK Remembered: 50 Years Later" from filmmaker Robert Kline; and "John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums," a documentary produced by George Stevens Jr. and written and directed by Bruce Herschensohn, who also composed the music. In addition, the "JFK UCE" includes the feature film drama "PT 109" (1963, starring Cliff Robertson), about Kennedy's World War II experiences as a skipper in the South Pacific. The "JFK UCE" also contains commemorative items from the Kennedy Presidential Library: collectible reproductions of family and presidential photos, a campaign poster from the 1960 presidential campaign, and a copy of Kennedy's historic inaugural address. Lastly, there's a 32-page book of famous quotations, and a 44-page JFK movie photo book. "JFK" Extras: "Behind the Story," commentary by director Oliver Stone, "Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy," multimedia essays, "Assassination Update -- The New Documents," "Meet Mr. X: The Personality and Thoughts of Fletcher Prouty," deleted/extended scenes, theatrical trailer. $49.00. Order it now for $38.99 at Amazon. (Warner).

JFK Remembered: 50 Years Later (2013) Robert Kline documentary offers images and personalities frozen in time: From Kennedy's nomination at the 1960 Democratic Convention in Los Angeles to his election on November 8, 1960; from his inspiring inaugural address to the Bay of Pigs; from civil rights struggles to space exploration; from the Berlin Wall appearance to his leadership during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Part of the "JFK 50 Year Commemorative Ultimate Collector's Edition" Blu-ray set. Formats: DVD, $5.94. (Warner).

John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums The noted 1964 documentary -- produced by George Stevens Jr., written, directed and scored by Bruce Herschensohn, and narrated by Gregory Peck -- about the fallen president's thousand days in office has been meticulously restored and remastered as part of the "JFK 50 Year Commemorative Ultimate Collector's Edition" Blu-ray set; available separately on DVD. Formats: DVD, $11.97. (Warner).

photo for John Carpenter Presents Body Bags Collector's Edition John Carpenter Presents Body Bags Collector's Edition (1993) John Carpenter plays a creepy-looking coroner who introduces a trilogy of blood-curdling tales (directed by himself and Tobe Hooper): "The Gas Station" (starring Robert Carradine and Alex Datcher), "Hair" (starring Stacy Keach), and "Eye" (directed by Tobe Hooper, and starring Mark Hamill). Young college student Anne (Datcher) works the late shift at "The Gas Station" while a killer is on the loose. Middle-aged business man Richard Coberts (Keach) can't stand the thought of losing his "Hair" and he'll do anything to keep it. Brent Matthews (Hamill), a baseball player, submits to an "Eye" transplant after he loses an eye in a car accident. After going through the revolutionary eye surgery, he ends up getting more than just his eyesight back. With special appearances by Deborah Harry, Sheena Easton, Twiggy, David Naughton, John Agar, David Warner and cameos by notable horror film legends Wes Craven, Hooper, Sam Raimi, Roger Corman and Greg Nicotero. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary with Carpenter and actor Robert Carradine on "The Gas Station"; commentary with Carpenter and actor Stacy Keach on "Hair"; commentary with producer Sandy King on "Eye"; "Unzipping Body Bags" featurette with Carpenter, King, Keach and Carradine; trailer. (Scream factory/Shout! Factory).

The Lion of the Desert BLU-RAY DEBUT (1981) Anthony Quinn, Rod Steiger, Oliver Reed, John Gielgud, Raf Vallone, Irene Papas. (Anchor Bay).

photo for MADtv: Season Four MADtv: Season Four (1998-99) Four-disc set with 25 episodes, $29.93. Primetime Emmy-winning series "MADtv" -- a late night sketch-comedy show based on the humor of MAD magazine -- was one of the top-rated late-night comedy staples in the 1990s and ran on Fox for 14 seasons. This fast-paced and irreverent sketch comedy series is well-known for its outrageous movie and television parodies, cutting political satires, commercial and music video spoofs, social commentary and pop culture send-ups. In this season, guest hosts Vivica A. Fox, Shaquille O'Neal, Keri Russell, Jerry Springer and others joined in with the ensemble to mock some of the year's most popular movies, stars and politicians. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).

Man of Steel (2013) Dir.: Zack Snyder; Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe, Julia Ormond, Antje Traue, Harry Lennix, Christopher Meloni, Laurence Fishburne. Formats:Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD 2-disc Special Edition, 3D Limited Collector's Edition (includes a limited release metal "S" glyph with lucite glass stand), Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Strong Characters, Legendary Roles" featurette explores the legendary characters of the Superman mythology and how they have evolved in this new iteration of the Superman story; "All-Out Action" goes inside the intense training regimen that sculpted Henry Cavill into the Man of Steel and Michael Shannon and Antje Traue into his Kyptonian nemeses; "Krypton Decoded" lowdown on all the amazing Krypton tech, weapons and spaceships. Blu-ray adds "Journey of Discovery: Creating Man of Steel" immersive feature-length experience that allows viewers to watch the movie with director Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane and others as they share the incredible journey to re-imagine Superman; "Planet Krypton" exploration of Krypton and its lost society. (Warner).

The Message BLU-RAY DEBUT (1977) Anthony Quinn, Irene Papas, Michael Ansara. (Anchor Bay).

photo for Mumfie's White Christmas Mumfie's White Christmas (1995) First release from the series "Britt Allcroft's Magic Adventures of Mumfie," about a special little elephant who sets off to find adventure, meeting new friends Scarecrow and Pinkey the flying pig along the way. Here Mumfie, Scarecrow and Pinkey mount a quest across sea and snow to ask Santa for a wintery white Christmas. (Britt Allcroft is creator of the award winning children's television shows "Thomas and Friends" and "Shining Time Station.") Formats: DVD, $9.98; VOD; Digital. (Lionsgate).

The Naughty List (2013) Voices of Matthew Lillard, Drake Bell, Sean Astin, Kyle Chandler, Naya Rivera. After two young elves give Santa and the North Pole food poisoning they must redeem their Naughty List status by finding a way to save Christmas. Formats: DVD, VOD. (ARC Entertainment).

Nosferatu BLU-RAY DEBUT (1922) F.W. Murnau's "Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror" is resurrected in an HD edition mastered from the acclaimed 35mm restoration by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, backed by an orchestral performance of Hans Erdmann's 1922 score. An unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's "Dracula," "Nosferatu" remains to many viewers the most unsettling vampire film ever made, and its bald, spidery vampire, personified by the diabolical Max Schreck, continues to spawn imitations in the realm of contemporary cinema. Extras: "The Language of Shadows" (2007), a 52-minute documentary on F.W. Murnau. (Kino Lorber).

Ocean Predators 3D BLU-RAY (2013) Documentary takes a look at an underwater world of dangerous predators with razor-sharp teeth and unveils the mysteries surrounding sharks, barracudas and moray eels. Also plays in 2D on any Blu-ray player. (Universal).

Paradise (2013) Dir.: Diablo Cody; Julianne Hough, Octavia Spencer, Russell Brand, Holly Hunter, Nick Offerman. After surviving a plane crash and coming into a big, fat insurance payout, a young conservative woman suffers a crisis of faith and heads out to Las Vegas with a checklist of untried sins for a comedic and oddball odyssey of lost souls, broken faith and cheap cocktails. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).

Polar Bears: Ice Bear 3D BLU-RAY (2013) The Polar Bear is the Arctic's biggest predator ... but what happens to the "Ice Bear" when there's no ice? This documentary features breathtaking 3D cinematography shot over 12 months in the Canadian Arctic, capturing rarely-seen behavior for an enthralling and captivating look at the bear's changing world. Also plays in 2D on any Blu-ray player. (Universal).

Prince Avalanche (2013) Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch. Offbeat buddy comedy about an odd couple of sorts, the introspective and stern Alvin and his girlfriend's brother, Lance, dopey and insecure, who leave the city behind to spend the summer of 1988 repainting traffic lines on a desolate country highway that's been ravaged by wildfire. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind, but eventually they develop an unlikely friendship. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: AXS TV: "A Look at Prince Avalanche," theatrical trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

photo for Stan Lee's Superhumans -- Season Two Stan Lee's Superhumans -- Season Two (2011) Four-disc set, $24.98. Co-hosted by comic book maven Stan Lee, the series scours the globe for the real-life counterparts of Lee's characters -- people with unique genetic traits that translate into remarkable powers. These include a Shaolin monk with an unbreakable body, a man who may be the greatest jumper in the world and another who can control sharks. Formats: DVD. Extras: Thirteen additional scenes. (Lionsgate).

Turbo (2013) Voices of Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Maya Rudolph, Snoop Dogg, Ken Jeong, Ben Schwartz, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (DreamWorks/Fox).


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