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Tuesday, December 17 -- Monday, December 23

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  • Elysium

    photo for "Elysium" is director Neill Blomkamp's follow-up to his innovative sci-fi morality tale "District 9" and, not surprisingly, he here covers some of the same ground -- the exploitation of "outsiders" by the priviledged elite. But instead of the outsiders being aliens, here they're the entire population of the Earth, who toil on an overpopulated, ruined planet in the year 2154 for the benefit of the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium. Crime, poverty and diseease are the order of the day on Earth; above, on Elysium, it's all sweetness and light and state-of-the-art medical care that can cure any disease or bodily injury. When factory worker Max (Matt Damon) is exposed to a fatal dose of radiation, his only chance for survival is to illegally travel to Elysium for medical treatments, and to do so he has to reluctantly take on a dangerous mission -- one that pits him against Elysium's nasty, dictator-in-the-making Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces. "Elysium" outstripse "District 9" with its onslaught of spectacular special effects and brutal, bloody violence, but falls short in its story line -- a pretty traditional "us vs. them" scenario -- and its weak characterizations. Still, it's a pure fun ouitng that gets it's intelligent message about "illegal immigration" across with zest. Extras: "Collaboration: Crafting the Performances in Elysium" behind-the-scenes cast featurette; "Engineering Utopia: Creating a Society in the Sky" featurette on designing and creating the utopian space station. Blu-ray adds an extended scene; "Visions of 2154," an interactive exploration of the art and design of Elysium; "The Journey to Elysium," a three-part documentary with "Envisioning Elysium," a pre-production diary, "Capturing Elysium" location featurette, and "Enhancing Elysium," a post-production diary that explores the editing process; "In Support of Story: The Visual Effects of Elysium," an in-depth look at the process of shooting visual effects scenes and incorporating CGI environments and vehicles into those scenes in post-production; "The Technology of 2154," a featurette that offers insights into the film's depiction of the technology of Elysium, from independently functioning Droids to next-generation military tech that gives humans machine-enhanced power. Vitals: Director: Neill Blomkamp. Stars: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, William Fichtner, Michael Shanks, Alice Braga, Talisa Soto, Diego Luna, Carly Pope. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 109 min., Science Fiction Action, Box office gross: $90.790 million, Sony. 3 stars

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  • The Lone Ranger

    photo for The Lone Ranger Director Gore Verbinski and actor Johnny Depp's deconstruction of the "legend" of "The Lone Ranger" came in for some heavy bashing by a majority of film critics who all seemed to jump on the bandwagon after initial reports circulated about problems with the film. Well, the film isn't all as bad as the critics -- many of whom seem to have it in for Verbinski and Depp -- would have you believe. In this two-and-a-half-hour opus, the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes, that of Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Depp), who recounts the untold tale that transformed idealistic lawyer John Reid (Armie Hammer) into a legend of justice. The story line: Shortly after the Civil War, Reid rides with his Texas Ranger brother to apprehend notorious bandit Bruce Cavendish (a very, very nasty William Fichtner) and his gang. The Rangers are ambushed and the only survivor, Reid, is rescued by the renegade Comanche, Tonto (Depp), and brought back to life as the masked man. The pair pursue Cavendish and get involved in other adventures, including a Comanche uprising, fights with the U.S. cavalry, a blown-up silver mine, and an attempted takeover of the transcontinental railroad. The film abounds with equal amounts of odd-couple comedy, explosive special effects action and Western shoot-em ups. All the irreverence, cockiness and cheekiness that made "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" such a pleasant surprise are here, though with more wild shifts in tone. As many other critics have pointed out, the film is too long, with extraneous, almost silly comedic bits (overdoing the conceit of Reid as a bumbler and Tonto as a wild-eyed, crazy mystic) that could easily have been cut. Nevertheless, the film is exciting, darkly funny and full of ideas as it surveys mid-19th century Manifest Destiny, genocide, greed, and the myth of the Wild West. And when the William Tell Overture kicks in during the final sequence, it'll bring tears of joy to your face. It's well-worth watching -- just stock up on the popcorn. Co-stars Helena Bonham Carter (as a madam with a shooting ivory leg), Tom Wilkinson (as a corrupt business tycoon) and Ruth Wilson (as the Lone Ranger's love interest). Extras: Blooper reel; deleted scene; "Riding the Rails of The Lone Ranger" behind-the-scenes featurette on the train sequences; "Armies's Western Road Trip" location tour; "Becoming a Cowboy" featurette that follows the cowboy (and cowgirl) cast to boot camp, where they got a chance to experience what their characters would really be living like in the Wild West. Vitals: Director: Gore Verbinski. Stars: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Wilkinson, Ruth Wilson, William Fichtner. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 149 min., Western Action, Box office gross: $88.559, million, Warner. 3 stars

  • Kick-Ass 2

    photo for Kick-Ass 2 Though "Kick-Ass 2" falls short as a worthy sequel to the 2010 original film that pitted costumed high-school heroes against criminals and all-around bad guys, it still stands up as a fun thrill ride laced with outrageously gory violence and ironic humor. Self-made superhero Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and sweet-faced, foul-mouthed Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) try to return to life as "normal" teenagers, but soon find themselves back on the street fighting crime -- this time joined by a new wave of masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), and a new crime boss, Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), who has re-invented himself as The Mother F%&*^r and who has assembled an evil league of super-villains (including a gigantic Amazon called Mother Russia). The nice thing about the Kick Ass series -- it just doesn't take itself as seriously as the other movies derived from comic book characters. Rated R for much-too-filthy language and bloody body parts. Extras: Extended scenes; "Upping the Game" featurette; "Going Ballistic: Weapons & Stunts" featurette; "Creating a Badass World" featurette; commentary with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Grace Moretz and writer-director Jeff Wadlow. Blu-ray adds alternate opening; "Big Daddy Returns: The Unshot Scene"; "An Ass-Kicking Cast" featurette; "Street Rules: Showdown at the Evil Lair"; "Hit Girl Attacks: Creating the Van Sequence." Vitals: Director: Jeff Wadlow. Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jim Carrey, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Clark Duke, Lyndsy Fonseca, Morris Chestnut, John Leguizamo, Donald Faison, Lindy Booth, Yancy Butler. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 103 min., Action Comedy, Box office gross: $28.751 million, Universal. 23 stars

  • Prisoners

    photo for A revenge thriller that has pretensions to be more than it is -- a pulp police procedural that borrows from "Silence of the Lambs" and "Taken" but without those films' attention to solid plotting and characterization. Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) plays a survivalist-type working man in rural Pennsylvania whose daughter is kidnapped; when the local police, headed up by out-of-his-league Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) dismisses the only suspect, a weird young man (Paul Dano) driving a dilapidated RV near the scene of the abduction, for lack of evidence, Keller takes the law into his own hands -- with dire consequences (and a double twist of an ending). Extras: Two featurettes: "Prisoners -- Every Moment Matters," "Prisoners -- Powerful Performances." Vitals: Director: Dennis Villeneuve. Stars: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 153 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $59.127 million, Warner. 3 stars

  • Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

    photo for Percy Jackson The magical, mythical adventures of teenager Percy Jackson -- son of the Greek god Poseidon -- continue in this sequel. Out to prove he's not just a "one-quest wonder," Percy and his demigod friends embark on a cross-country journey into the treacherous Sea of Monsters, where they battle terrifying creatures, an army of zombies, and the ultimate evil. Their mission: to bring home the fabled Golden Fleece and save their dying safe haven, Camp Half-Blood. Based on the teen fiction book series by Rick Riordan. Extras: "Back to Camp Half-Blood" featurette, "It's All in the Eye" featurette. Blu-ray adds Motion comic, collectible character cards, "Deconstructing a Demigod" featurette. Vitals: Director: Thor Freudenthal. Stars: Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Douglas Smith, Leven Rambin, Brandon T. Jackson, Jake Abel, Anthony Head, Stanley Tucci, Sean Bean, Nathan Fillion. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 107 min., Action, Box office gross: $65.380 million, Fox. 2 stars

  • One Direction: This Is Us

    photo for A look at hit pop group One Direction and its meteoric rise to fame, from humble hometown beginnings and competing on the "X-Factor" to conquering the world and performing at London's famed O2 Arena. A captivating and intimate all-access look at life on the road for the global music phenomenon, interspersed with live concert footage. Available as a DVD, an Ultimate Fan Edition DVD/Blu-ray Combo, and an Ultimate Fan Edition DVD/Blu-ray/3D Blu-ray. Extras: "Best Song Ever" music video; five "Going Home" featurettes in which each member of the group visits their home town, family and friends offering fans a glimpse at their life off the road; "Before the Show" featurette with the boys hanging out, playing games, exercising/training, and getting ready for one of their performances; "1D Family" featurette on the fans of One Direction; extended scenes. Blu-ray adds Extended cut with 20 minutes of new footage and four additional songs; three featurettes: "I Didn't Do It" in which the boys try to complete on-air promotions at a Japanese radio station, "Hold That Pose" in which the boys visit the famed Madam Tussauds wax museum to experience their own sculptures being created; and "Up All Night!," two mini movies previously only shown during the live concert. Vitals: Director: Morgan Spurlock. Stars: Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 92 min., Documentary, Box office gross: $28.818 million, Sony. 2 stars

  • The Family

    photo for Off-beat action comedy about a mafia boss and his family who are relocated to a sleepy town in France under the witness protection program after snitching on the mob. Despite the best efforts of Agent Stansfield (Tommy Lee Jones) to keep them in line, Fred Manzoni (Robert De Niro), his wife Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer) and their children Belle (Dianna Agron) and Warren (John D'Leo) can't help but revert to old habits and blow their cover by handling their problems the "family" way, enabling their former mafia cronies to track them down. Vitals: Director: Luc Besson. Stars: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron, John D'Leo, Dominic Chianese, Vincent Pastore. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 111 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $36.578 million, Fox. 2 stars



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    All DVD Releases

    Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Keith Carradine. The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Films).

    Burn Notice: Season Seven (2013) Four-disc set with all 13 episodes from the final season, $49.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, "Exit Strategy: Ending the Series" featurette. (Fox).

    Burn Notice: The Complete Series (2013) Twenty-nine disc set with all seven seasons. Formats: DVD, $149.98. (Fox).

    photo for Children of a Darker Dawn Children of a Darker Dawn (2013) Catherine Wrigglesworth, Emily Forster. A doomsday virus has destroyed the world's adult population, leaving only the young to fight for life in a bleak wasteland. Gangs of teens and outlaw children roam the scarred landscape; into this scenario comes sisters Evie and Fran, who keep to themselves, moving from town to town ... until they meet up with a strange group of kids trying to rebuild civilization. Formats: DVD. (Pop Twist/MVD Entertainment).

    Contest (2013) Kenton Duty, Danny Flaherty, Katherine McNamara, Mary Beth Peil, Kyle Dean Massey. A bullied high school student is suddenly befriended by his chief tormentor and together they face challenges that will change their lives forever. Premiered on Cartoon Network on October 6 in conjunction with National Bullying Prevention Month in order to inspire an open discussion between kids, parents and educators about the issue of bullying. Formats: DVD. (ARC Entertainment).

    Devil's Pass (aka The Dyatlov Pass Incident) (2013) Dir.: Renny Harlin; Holly Goss, Matt Stokoe, Luke Albright. Five young American filmmakers retrace the steps of a doomed group of experienced Russian hikers who mysteriously disappeared in a remote area of the Ural Mountains in 1959 -- and what they find is more shocking than anything they could have imagined. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).

    Elysium (2013) Dir.: Neill Blomkamp; Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, William Fichtner, Michael Shanks, Alice Braga, Talisa Soto, Diego Luna, Carly Pope. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Collaboration: Crafting the Performances in Elysium" behind-the-scenes cast featurette; "Engineering Utopia: Creating a Society in the Sky" featurette on designing and creating the utopian space station. Blu-ray adds an extended scene; "Visions of 2154," an interactive exploration of the art and design of Elysium; "The Journey to Elysium," a three-part documentary with "Envisioning Elysium," a pre-production diary, "Capturing Elysium" location featurette, and "Enhancing Elysium," a post-production diary that explores the editing process; "In Support of Story: The Visual Effects of Elysium," an in-depth look at the process of shooting visual effects scenes and incorporating CGI environments and vehicles into those scenes in post-production; "The Technology of 2154," a featurette that offers insights into the film's depiction of the technology of Elysium, from independently functioning Droids to next-generation military tech that gives humans machine-enhanced power. (Sony).

    The Family (2013) Dir.: Luc Besson; Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron, John D'Leo, Dominic Chianese, Vincent Pastore. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Fox).

    Family Guy, Volume 12 (2013) Three-disc set with 22 uncensored episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. (Fox).



    Force of Execution (2013) Steven Seagal, Ving Rhames, Bren Foster, Danny Trejo. The enforcer and protege for an old-school boss who rules his criminal empire with both nobility and brutality is banished after a failed hit and joins forces with an ex-con restaurant owner to wreak vengeance on those who have wronged him. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Anchor Bay).

    Ghost Team One (2013) Carlos Santos, J.R. Villarreal, Tony Cavalero, Fernanda Romero, Meghan Falcone. Comedy about two friends who are both trying to impress a girl who believes the spirit of a vengeful photo for Greek Gods, Heroes and Monsters madam is haunting their home. They set out to make a documentary about a murder that took place in their house decades ago and, much to their surprise, soon capture some terrifying -- and uproarious -- supernatural activity that leads them to believe that the ghost is not only real ... she's also into them. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted/extended scenes, Chuck's video diary, bloopers, behind-the-scenes. (Paramount).

    Greek Gods, Heroes and Monsters (2013) Three-disc set featuring eight History Channel specials that explore the fascinating characters from the classic and enduring myths of ancient Greece. Uses CGI and over seven hours of footage to tell the stories of Hercules, Zeus, Hades, Medusa, Odysseus and more. Formats: DVD, $19.98. (Lionsgate).

    Havana 57 (2012) Juan Riedinger, Elisabetta Fantone. Havana in 1957 was the sin capital of the world. The Mafia and the corrupt Cuban government ran the nightclubs, the sex trade, drugs and gambling. photo for Havana 57 When a young cop witnesses the murder of an innocent student by a fellow cop, he must decide -- with the help of a beautiful Tropicana dancer -- if he wants to play the corrupt game or go against the shady cops and the mob. Formats: DVD. (Monarch Home Video).

    Indiana Jones Blu-rays The first three films in the Indiana Jones saga ("Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" and "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade") will be available individually for the first time on Blu-ray (they were part of the "Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures" Blu-ray set, which was released in September, 2012). $26.98 each. (Paramount).

    Justified: The Complete Fourth Season (2013) Three-disc set with 13 episodes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Ten cast and crew commentaries, outtakes, deleted scenes, three new featurettes: "Deadly Serious: Constable Bob" in which Patton Oswalt discusses his character, Constable Bob; "Anatomy of an Episode," which combines interviews with the cast, crew and writers, as well as in-scene audio commentary and behind-the-scenes footage using picture-in-picture style; and "The Veteran's Experience" that examines the highlighting the U.S. war veterans' experiences in the series. Blu-ray adds two additional new featurettes: "Becoming Boyd," in which Walton Goggins discusses the evolution of Boyd Crowder throughout the seasons; and "Script to Screen: The Finale," that tracks the script as the writers develop and revise the story, and then goes on set for a behind-the-scenes look at the production of the final episode. (Sony).

    Kick-Ass 2 (2013) Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jim Carrey, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Clark Duke, Lyndsy Fonseca, Morris Chestnut, John Leguizamo, Donald Faison, Lindy Booth, Yancy Butler. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Extended scenes; "Upping the Game" featurette; "Going Ballistic: Weapons & Stunts" featurette; "Creating a Badass World" featurette; commentary with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Grace Moretz and writer-director Jeff Wadlow. Blu-ray adds alternate opening; "Big Daddy Returns: The Unshot Scene"; "An Ass-Kicking Cast" featurette; "Street Rules: Showdown at the Evil Lair"; "Hit Girl Attacks: Creating the Van Sequence." (Universal).

    The Last Letter (2013) Sharon Leal, Omari Hardwick, Lynn Whitfield, Gary Dourdan, Richard T. Jones, Tatyana Ali. A newlywed couple's marriage is challenged by the husband's disapproving mother and the wife's own terrifying secret: a crippling sleep disorder that blurs nightmares and reality. Formats: DVD. (One Village Entertainment).

    Linda Lovelace -- Loose Lips: Her Last Interview (2013) Before Linda Lovelace's ("Deep Throat") death in 2002, the sex superstar sat for a no-holds barred interview with pop-culture historian Legs McNeil for his book, "The Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry." Lovelace recounts the making of "Deep Throat," the most successful X-rated film in history, her turbulent relationship with manager-husband Chuck Traynor, her role (and exploitation by) the anti-porn movement that she helped launch with her bestselling book, "Ordeal," in 1980, and her subsequent return to pornography in 2001. With additional comments by Marilyn Chambers, FBI Agent Bill Kelly, Chuck Traynor. Formats: DVD. (MVD Visual).

    photo for Line of Duty Line of Duty (2013) Will Rothhaar, Will Estes, Jesse Borrego, Vivica A. Fox, Sean Patrick Flanery. Two undercover agents come face to face with their past when they must infiltrate and destroy a drug kingpin's operation. Torn apart over time, the ambitions of four childhood friends place them on different sides of the law when two of them become FBI agents and are forced to go undercover to infiltrate an illegal drug organization, run by an untouchable drug lord and his right-hand man. Once they're immersed in their friends' drug-filled world, the agents find that the rules of honoring the badge don't exist, because loyalty is a lie and deception has no friends when vengeance must be served. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).

    The Lone Ranger (2013) Dir.: Gore Verbinski; Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Wilkinson, Ruth Wilson, William Fichtner. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Blooper reel; deleted scene; "Riding the Rails of The Lone Ranger" behind-the-scenes featurette on the train sequences; "Armies's Western Road Trip" location tour; "Becoming a Cowboy" featurette that follows the cowboy (and cowgirl) cast to boot camp, where they got a chance to experience what their characters would really be living like in the Wild West. (Warner).

    Night Train to Lisbon (2013) Dir.: Bille August; Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston, Melanie Laurent, Martina Gedeck, Tom Courtenay, August Diehl, Bruno Ganz, Christopher Lee, Charlotte Rampling. Raimund is a Latin teacher and an ancient languages expert. His life is transformed by a young woman on a bridge in the Swiss city of Bern, whom he saves from jumping to her death in the waters below. Raimund is intrigued but the woman disappears, leaving her coat. Inside it is a book by a Portuguese doctor which contains a train ticket. He uses it, setting off on a journey to Lisbon. While looking for the author, Raimund revisits a dark chapter in the country's history and unveils a tragic love triangle and is drawn into a high-stakes puzzle. Ultimately his journey transcends time and space, touching on matters of history, philosophy, and medicine, encountering love and evolving into a liberating search for the true meaning of life. Based on the worldwide best-selling novel by Pascal Mercier. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).

    Omnibus: Gene Kelly -- Dancing: A Man's Game In 1958, "Omnibus," the Golden Age of Television's most distinguished series, commissioned Gene Kelly's first television special. Written, choreographed, co-directed and starring Kelly, this special enlisted some of the top names in sports to illustrate Kelly's message about the photo for Omnibus: Gene Kelly -- Dancing: A Man's Gamemasculine grace of dance (The legendary actor, dancer, director, and choreographer won renown for his athletic, masculine style and as the foremost proponent of filmed dance). Memorable sequences from this innovative broadcast include appearances by Olympic skater Dick Button, baseball star Mickey Mantle, basketball hero Bob Cousy, boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson, football quarterback Johnny Unitas, and other celebrated sports professionals, whose characteristic movements Kelly incorporates into a solo dance sequence. The program also includes a stunning performance by Edward Villella, and an extended tap routine by Kelly and Robinson. This historic production aired just once on December 21, 1958, over the NBC Television Network. It remained publicly unavailable thereafter, until now. Digitally remastered from the original 16mm kinescope prints preserved by the Library of Congress. The "Omnibus" cultural series was a multiple Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series delivering sophistication, refinement, and sparkling intelligence to a national audience. Its eight groundbreaking seasons -- broadcast live and nationwide from 1952 to 1961 over 164 episodes -- of live, commercial-network broadcasts featured host Alastair Cooke and the most accomplished luminaries of the day. Extras: Booklet by Patricia Ward Kelly. Formats: DVD, $29.98. (Entertainment One).

    One Direction: This Is Us (2013) A look at hit pop group One Direction and its meteoric rise to fame. Directed by Morgan Spurlock. Formats: DVD, Ultimate Fan Edition DVD/Blu-ray Combo, Ultimate Fan Edition 3D Blu-ray Disc/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Best Song Ever" music video; five "Going Home" featurettes in which each member of the group visits their home town, family and friends offering fans a glimpse at their life off the road; "Before the Show" featurette with the boys hanging out, playing games, exercising/training, and getting ready for one of their performances; "1D Family" featurette on the fans of One Direction; extended scenes. Blu-ray adds Extended cut with 20 minutes of new footage and four additional songs; three featurettes: "I Didn't Do It" in which the boys try to complete on-air promotions at a Japanese radio station, "Hold That Pose" in which the boys visit the famed Madam Tussauds wax museum to experience their own sculptures being created; and "Up All Night!," two mini movies previously only shown during the live concert. (Sony).

    Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Douglas Smith, Leven Rambin, Brandon T. Jackson, Jake Abel, Anthony Head, Stanley Tucci, Sean Bean, Nathan Fillion. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Back to Camp Half-Blood" featurette, "It's All in the Eye" featurette. Blu-ray adds Motion comic, collectible character cards, "Deconstructing a Demigod" featurette. (Fox).

    Prisoners (2013) Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Two featurettes: "Prisoners -- Every Moment Matters," "Prisoners -- Powerful Performances." (Warner).

    The Secret Village (2013) Ali Faulkner, Richard Riehle, Jonathan Bennett, Stelio Savante. An ambitious young journalist researches a mysterious outbreak of mass hysteria in a small village. Formats: DVD. (Vertical Entertainment).

    photo for Shadow on the Mesa Shadow on the Mesa (2013) Kevin Sorbo, Greg Evigan, Gail O'Grady, Meredith Baxter, Wes Brown. Hallmark Movie Channel original about one of the best bounty hunters in the West who mistakenly goes after his estranged father for the murder of his mother. Formats: DVD. (Sonar Entertainment/Cinedigm).

    Shameless: The Complete Third Season (2013) All 12 episodes of the series that stars William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher, the outspoken, alcoholic, single father of six clever and resourceful kids who live together on Chicago's South Side. Formats: Three-disc DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes and six featurettes: "Where the Streets Have No Shame," "The Many Sides of Sheila," "An Officer and a Gallagher," "A Lip Off the Old Block," "Being Mandy and Mickey Milkovich" and "A Messy Triangle: Lip, Karen and Mandy." (Warner).

    Tom & Jerry: Golden Collection Volume Two Two-disc collection of 42 remastered shorts. Formats: DVD, $26.99; Blu-ray Disc, $34.99. (Warner).


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