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Tuesday, September 3 -- Monday, September 9

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  • Stories We Tell

    photo from stories we tell In this inspired film, Oscar-nominated actor-writer-director Sarah Polley investigates the secrets kept by her family of "storytellers" -- an investigation mounted after she discovers that her mother had had several extramarital affairs and that her dad was not her biological father. To uncover the truth of her mom's life -- and her family -- she interviews her relatives (including her four siblings) and friends of her parents and discovers differing versions of the family mythology. Present-day recollections shift into nostalgia-tinged glimpses of her mother (who died when Sarah was 11). Though "Stories We Tell" attempts to explore the elusive nature of truth and memory, and how our narratives shape and define us as individuals and families, the film gets tedious after awhile, with too many repetitive clips, and interviews that sorely needed to be edited down. And as the narrative unfolds, it becomes difficult to determine who is being interviewed and who is acting: While Polley uses actual home movie footage, she also uses reconstructions (with actors) on Super-8 film. Interesting but disappointing. Vitals: Director: Sarah Polley. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 108 min., Documentary, Box office gross: $1.243 million, Lionsgate. 3 stars


  • Now You See Me

    photo for now you see me A sleeper hit with fine acting and a fast-moving story line with plenty of twists and turns. "The Four Horsemen" (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco) are a super-team of the world's greatest illusionists, brought together by a mysterious "patron" and booked into Las Vegas, where they put on astonishing shows of magic. They first amaze audiences by remotely robbing a Paris bank, and then expose a white-collar criminal and funnel his millions into the audience members' bank accounts. But FBI Special Agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) is hot on their trail, desperately trying to catch the magicians and make them pay for their crimes -- ­and to stop them before they pull off what promises to be an even more audacious heist. Add in an Interpol detective (Melanie Laurent) about whom he is instantly suspicious, and a famed magic debunker (Morgan Freeman), who claims the Paris bank trick was actually a meticulously planned illusion, and reality begins to change faster than you can say "Abracadabra." A fun outing. Extras include commentary with producer Bobby Cohen and director Louis Leterrier and a "Now You See Me Revealed" featurette. The Blu-ray includes the extended director's cut featuring 16 minutes of never-before-seen footage, "A Brief History of Magic" featurette, and deleted scenes. Vitals: Director: Louis Leterrier. Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo, Melanie Laurent. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 115 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $113.283 million, Lionsgate. 3 stars

  • From Up on Poppy Hill

    photo From the legendary and highly celebrated Studio Ghibli comes a pleasant coming-of-age story from Goro Miyazaki and Hayao Miyazaki. Set in Yokohama in 1963, as Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the 1964 Olympics, the hand-drawn film centers on Umi (voiced by Sarah Bolger) and Shun (voiced by Anton Yelchin) and the budding romance that develops as they join forces to save their high school's ramshackle clubhouse from demolition. A warm, loving film for kids of all ages -- but definitely not as edgy as previous Studio Ghibli outings. Vitals: Director: Goro Miyazaki. Stars: Voices of Sarah Bolger, Anton Yelchin. Extras include a celebrity cast recording featurette with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews, an interview with Goro Miyazaki, and a featurette about Yokohama, exploring the history of the seaside setting where the film takes place. The Blu-ray adds a staff speech and press conference by Hayao Miyazaki days after the Fukushima earthquake; and a 20-page booklet containing the original project proposal by Hayao Miyazaki. 2011, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 91 min., Animated, Box office gross: $1.000 million, Studio Ghibli. 3 stars

  • The Iceman

    photo Inspired by actual events, "The Iceman" follows notorious contract killer Richard Kuklinski (Michael Shannon) from his early days in the mob until his arrest for the murder of more than 100 men. Appearing to be living the American dream as a devoted husband and father, in reality Kuklinski was a ruthless killer-for-hire. When finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters had any clue about his real profession. Based on the book, "The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer," by Anthony Bruno. Extras include a couple behind-the-scenes featurettes. Vitals: Director: Ariel Vromen. Stars: Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta, David Schwimmer, Robert Davi, Danny Abeckaser, Stephen Dorff, James Franco. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 105 min., Crime Thriller, Box office gross: $1.902 million, Millennium Films. 2 stars

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    Ancient Aliens: Season 5 -- Volume 1 (2012) Three-disc set with 12 episodes, $19.98. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).

    The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Thrillers Warner Home Video will release another new DVD box set as part of their 90th Anniversary celebration. Check out the complete list of films here. Formats: DVD, $98.92. (Warner).

    Beyond the Walls (2012 -- Belgium) Matila Malliarakis, Guillaume Gouix. When Paulo, a young pianist, meets Ilir, a lone bass player, it's love at first sight. Confronted by his girlfriend, Paulo finds himself out on the streets and soon living with Ilir. After Paulo promises Ilir that he will love him forever, Ilir leaves town for a concert and never comes back. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).

    Cockneys vs. Zombies (2012 -- UK) Rasmus Hardiker, Harry Treadaway, Michelle Ryan, Georgia King , Richard Brier, Honor Blackman, Alan Ford. When some down-on-their-luck old-timers are at risk of losing their home to developers, a group of young, inept criminals decide to take matters into their own hands. The only thing standing in their way? A zombie outbreak in London. Now, it's up to a bunch of east-enders to fight their way out of the zombie-infested city, led by an unlikely gang of amateur bank robbers and foul-mouthed, plucky pensioners. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Commentary with director Matthias Hoene, commentary with writer James Moran, behind-the-scenes, deleted scenes, trailer. (Shout! Factory).

    photo for Criminal Minds -- The Eighth Season (2012) Six-disc set with 23 episodes of the series that revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country's most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit's most prominent agent is David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), a founding member of the BAU, who returns to help the team solve new cases, while pursuing some unfinished business of his own. Each member brings his or her own area of expertise to the table as they pinpoint predators' motivations and identify their emotional triggers in the attempt to stop them. $64.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: "The Killing Season" writer's roundtable; six featurettes: "The Profiler's Handbook: Cooperative Vigilantism," "The Profiler's Handbook: God Complex," "The Profiler's Handbook: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder," "The Profiler's Handbook: Peter Pan Syndrome," "The Profiler's Handbook: Dissociative Identity Disorder," "The Profiler's Handbook: Obsessive Imitation"; "Alex and Jeanne" featurette on the new series regulars; "New Directions" featurette on the episode "The Fallen"; "Beautiful Minds" featurette. (CBS/Paramount).

    Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest (2013) As the annual Halloween Boo Festival approaches, George the inquisitive monkey and his friends hear about a legendary scarecrow who steals hats, and they set out to find him. Formats: DVD, $14.98. (Universal).

    photo for Da Vinci's Demons -- The Complete First Season (2013) Three-disc set with all eight episodes of the Starz Original series that follows the "untold" story of Leonardo Da Vinci during his early years in Renaissance Florence, using only his genius to fight against those who use history, religion and politics to suppress the truth. Formats: DVD, $44.98; Blu-ray Disc, $54.99. Extras: Commentaries with writer-creator-executive producer-director David S. Goyer and the cast, three featurettes: "Mastering Da Vinci," "Constructing Da Vinci" and "Dressing Da Vinci," and deleted scenes. (Anchor Bay).

    DCI Banks: Aftermath (2010) Stephen Tompkinson and Andrea Lowe star as the tenacious and stubborn Chief Inspector Alan Banks and the feisty and headstrong Detective Sergeant Annie Cabbot in this chilling crime story based on the hugely successful novel from award-winning international crime writer Peter Robinson. A young woman is unconscious, bleeding from a head wound. Her husband is hiding in the cellar, ready to wield a knife at anyone who tries to enter and desperate to protect his secret. What happens next leaves one of the officers dead, the other fighting for her career and Banks with a chilling murder investigation that will test him to the limit. Formats: DVD, $19.98. (BBC Home Entertainment).

    Duane Allman -- Song of the South: Duane Allman and the Rise of The Allman Brothers photo for >Duane Allman -- Song of the South: Duane Allman and the Rise of The Allman Brothers (2013) In the early to mid 1970s a handful of bands from the Deep South reinvigorated American popular music by fusing blues, country, and rock 'n' roll styles into a new and unique form. But the man who had sparked this renaissance and who had struggled to gain acceptance in an industry firmly established in the North and out West, was by then just a memory. Duane Allman, the lead guitarist and driving force behind Southern Rock pioneers The Allman Brothers Band, lived a tragically short life, but during his brief career he changed music forever. This documentary looks at Allman's life, work and musical output, from his early days in Florida to his influential session work in Muscle Shoals, his monumental collaboration with Eric Clapton in Derek & The Dominos and the inimitable virtuosity with which he set The Allman Brothers Band alight. Formats: DVD. (MVD Visual).

    Empire State (2012) Liam Hemsworth, Emma Roberts, Dwayne Johnson, Nikki Reed. A security guard job with the Empire State Armored Truck Company is unwittingly drawn into an elaborate scheme to rob the company, resulting in the largest cash heist in U.S. history. Hot on their trail is a veteran NYPD Detective, as well as the local crime bosses who want to know who pulled a job on their turf. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Dito Montiel, deleted scenes, "Creating an Empire" behind-the-scenes featurette, "Anatomy of a Heist: Interview with Chris Potamitis -- The Mastermind Behind the Robbery" featurette. (Lionsgate).

    Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie (2012) Morton Downey Jr. earned his name as "Father of Trash Television" by tearing apart the traditional TV talk format and turning the debate of current issues into a gladiator pit. His blow-smoke-in-your-face style drew a rabid cult following in the late 1980s. The documentary includes archival footage of Downey (who also was a successful songwriter, penning such tunes as "Because We're Young" and "Hearts Are Wild") and bizarre animation. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Memorable Moments"; "Behind the Animation"; "An Evening With Kellie Everts"; commentary with directors Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger; trailer (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

    From Up on Poppy Hill (2011 -- Japan) From the legendary and highly celebrated Studio Ghibli comes this uniquely inspired and highly anticipated coming-of-age story from Goro Miyazaki and Hayao Miyazaki. Set in Yokohama in 1963, two youngsters join forces to save their high school's ramshackle clubhouse from demolition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Original Japanese language and English language versions with subtitles and dubtitles; feature-length storyboards; celebrity cast recording featurette with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews; an interview with Goro Miyazaki; original Japanese trailer and TV spots; the music video for the theme song by Aoi Teshima; a featurette about Yokohama, exploring the history of the seaside setting where the film takes place. Blu-ray adds a staff speech and press conference by Hayao Miyazaki days after the Fukushima earthquake; and a 20-page booklet containing the original project proposal by Hayao Miyazaki and a letter from Goro Miyazaki. (Studio Ghibli/Cinedigm).

    The Fugitive 20th Anniversary Blu-ray (1993) Dir.: Andrew Davis; Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Ward, Julianne Moore, Joe Pantoliano, Andreas Katsulas, Jeroen Krabbe. Extras: New featurette "The Fugitive: Thrill of the Chase" featuring Andrew Davis, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones and more; introduction by Andrew Davis and Harrison Ford; commentary by Andrew Davis and Tommy Lee Jones; "On the Run With the Fugitive" behind-the-scenes featurette; "Derailed: Anatomy of a Train Wreck" behind-the-scenes featurette; "The Fugitive" (2000 WB Pilot); theatrical trailer. (Warner).

    Haven: The Complete Third Season photo for (2012) Four-disc set with 13 episodes. When FBI Agent Audrey Parker arrives in Haven, Maine on a routine case, she quickly finds herself involved in the return of the Troubles, a series of supernatural afflictions that have long cursed the seaside town and its residents. Joining the Haven Police Department, Audrey began to realize that it was fate -- not luck -- that brought her to this place and that she is inexplicably linked to the mysteries of Haven. This season picks up immediately after the end of Season 2, with Audrey having been brutally kidnapped, Nathan warned against pursuing a relationship with Audrey, and Duke seemingly engaged in a fight to death with Nathan after he discover his family lineage is to kill Haven citizens with Troubles. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "The Haunting truth About Haven: A Documentary," "Escape to Haven" webisode series, deleted and alternate scenes, commentaries on select episodes, vast and crew interviews, Haven panel from the New York Comic Co, behind-the-scenes footage, blooper reel, 16-page comic book "Haven: After the Storm." (Entertainment One).

    The Iceman (2013) Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta, David Schwimmer, Robert Davi, Danny Abeckaser, Stephen Dorff, James Franco. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD. Extras: "The Making of The Iceman" featurette, "The Iceman Behind the Scenes" featurette. (Millennium Films).

    The Jesse Stone Collection Eight-disc set with all the installments of the Tom Selleck-starring crime drama. Formats: DVD. Extras: Collectable Paradise Police Department baseball hat. $95.99. (Sony).

    Mama's Family: The Complete Series (1983-1990) From the first time the wildly-popular sketch "The Family" aired on "The Carol Burnett Show" in 1974, Vicki Lawrence has been followed by a buxom, blue-haired, purse-lipped, 65-year-old widow. This is, of course, Thelma Mae Crowley Harper, Lawrence's indelible, abrasive and smart alecky alter ego who would eventually be spun-off into her own delightfully offbeat sitcom "Mama's Family," which debuted on NBC on January 22, 1983 and ran for six seasons. Set in the fictional city of Raytown, "Mama's Family" revolves around the eye-opening escapades of the Harper clan, headed by formidable photo for Mama's Family: The Complete Series matriarch, Mama Harper, a fiery-tempered no-nonsense woman who does not suffer fools gladly. In fact, she makes everybody suffer a little with her patented snappy retorts that truly put the "diss" in dysfunction. Across 130 30-minute episodes spanning six seasons, viewers were treated to hilarious -- and sometimes heart-warming -- family comedy. Adding to the mix were Mama's journalist sister, Fran (Rue McClanahan), who lives with her; her youngest son, Vint (Ken Berry), who moves in with his two teenagers after he's evicted; and Naomi (Dorothy Lyman), who marries Vint by Episode 4. Mama's extended family includes her two daughters, highfalutin' Ellen (Betty White) and high-strung Eunice (Carol Burnett), as well as Eunice's husband, Ed (Harvey Korman). The set is comprised of 130 episodes across 24 DVDs in a collector's set with an introductory note from Vicki Lawrence, $199.95 from Formats: DVD. Extras: Collectible "Mama's Family" album featuring character bios, a "Mama's Family" tree, and interviews and anecdotes from cast members; 10 hours of specially-created bonus material including interviews, featurettes and more, including: a cast reunion roundtable with Vicki Lawrence, Ken Berry, Dorothy Lyman, Beverly Archer, Betty White and Allan Kayser (Bubba); a special interview featuring Vicki "interviewing" Mama through the magic of split-screen technology; an exclusive, new interview featuring Lawrence and Carol Burnett; crew interviews with executive producer Rick Hawkins, costumers Ret Turner and Bob Mackie and show writers Jim Evering and Manny Basanese; the 1982 CBS-TV original movie "Eunice" -- the precursor to the "Mama's Family" -- which takes the Harpers on a 23-year journey; Key "Family" sketches from "The Carol Burnett Show." (StarVista Entertainment/Time Life).

    Now You See Me (2013) Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo, Melanie Laurent. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with producer Bobby Cohen and director Louis Leterrier, "Now You See Me Revealed" featurette. Blu-ray adds extended director's cut featuring 16 minutes of never-before-seen footage, "A Brief History of Magic" featurette, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).

    photo for The Office Season Nine (2012-13) Five-disc set with 23 episodes. Join the Scranton gang for the ninth and final season of the groundbreaking Emmy Award-winning hit series. Andy's back in charge as regional manager at Dunder Mifflin, but a journey of self-discovery leads to unexpected consequences. Jim lands the job of his dreams, but he and Pam must now adjust to a long-distance relationship. Meanwhile, Dwight steps up on the family farm; Darrel looks at new career opportunities; and Erin struggles with matters of the heart. And ... everyone is excited to finally see the long awaited documentary about their lives in the office, an event nine years in the making. Formats: DVD, $49.99; Blu-ray Disc, $59.98; Digital; UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "2003 Casting": Never before seen audition tapes featuring the cast of the show, plus a few surprise auditions from future comedy stars including Seth Rogen, Eric Stonestreet, Jon Cho and more; deleted scenes (two hours worth); "The Office: A Look Back" retrospective with the cast and their memories of the show; "Finale Table Read"; blooper reel; "Autotune Andy" autotune music video. Blu-ray adds "The Office: Behind-the-Scenes Panel Discussion." (Universal).

    Parks and Recreation: Season Five (2012-13) Three-disc set with 22 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. (Universal).

    Person of Interest: The Complete Second Season (2012-13) All 22 episodes of the series about investigators who save potential criminal targets and prevent violent crimes before they happen. Formats: Five-disc DVD, $59.98; Blu-ray/DVD Combo with five DVDs, five Blu-rays, $69.97; Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "View From the Machine: 24 Hours Behind Person of Interest" featurette; commentary on Episode 22, "God Mode" season finale; gag reel. (Warner).

    Petunia (2012) Thora Birch, Brittany Snow, Tobias Segal, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Christine Lahti, Michael Urie. An off-beat family of New Yorkers must come to terms with their own misgivings about life, relationships and the sheer unpredictability of love itself. The comedy weaves together the lives of three brothers as they unlearn everything their psychoanalyst parents have taught them; it's is a film about a dysfunctional family unit on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Commentary by director Ash Christian, featurette featuring Christine Lahti. (Wolfe Video).

    Power Rangers Megaforce: Ultimate Team Power -- Volume 1 (2012) Includes the first four episodes of Power Rangers Megaforce with five new Power Rangers protecting the Earth from the evil Warstar aliens and their massive invasion, $14.98. Formats: DVD, Digital, UltraViolet. Extras: "Power Rangers Morph Through 20 Years" featurette. (Lionsgate).

    Regular Show: Fright Pack (2013) Cartoon Network's Emmy Award-winning hit animated comedy series "Regular Show" is back with its fifth and most frightening DVD ever, just in time for Halloween. Features 14 scary stories, $19.82. Formats: DVD. (Warner).

    Revolution: The Complete First Season (2012-13) Five-disc set with 20 episodes, $59.98. Also available as a nine-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo with UltraViolet digital copies, $69.97. Extras: An in-depth look at the "Revolution" pilot featurette, "Creating a Revolution" featurette, deleted scenes, webisodes, gag reel. Blu-ray adds "Revolution Cast & Creative Team at the 2013 Paley Festival." (Warner).

    Scandal: The Complete Second Season (2012-13) Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $45.99. Formats: DVD. Extras: "A Closer Look: President Grant's Assassination Attempt," "Hanging With Huck" featurette, deleted scenes, outtakes. (Disney).

    The Shield: The Complete Series Collection Boxset contains all 88 episodes on 28 discs plus a bonus disc, with previously released special features including cast auditions, behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, cast and crew commentary, and more. Repackaged and repriced. Formats: DVD. (Sony).

    Sinbad: The Complete First Season (2012) Three-disc set with 12 episodes of the SyFy series. Formats: DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray Disc, $34.98. Extras: Three featurettes: "The Magic of Sinbad," "The Magic of Malta" and "The Magical Costumes of Sinbad." (BBC Home Entertainment).

    Slightly Single in L.A. (2013) Lacey Chabert, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Kip Pardue, Haylie Duff, Jonathan Bennett, Simon Rex, Mircea Monroe, Chris Kattan. A hip, quirky, independent single gal living in the glossy city of Los Angeles can't seem to make things work -- at her job, with her friends, and definitely not with men. In a city where hype, hookups, and heartbreak are as common as reality shows, it's hard for her to find something real ... until she gets caught in the middle of a love triangle with her best friend and a guy from her past. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Trailer. (Well Go USA ).

    photo for Spartacus: War of the Damned -- The Complete Third Season (2013) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes. Following the defeat of Roman commander Gaius Claudius Glaber, Spartacus and his men have amassed major victories against the Romans after the battle of Vesuvius. These victories have not only forged the legend of Spartacus, they have greatly increased the ranks of the rebellion slaves to more than 30,000. The Roman Senate turns to Marcus Crassus, a wealthy, strategic politician, for aid. He respects his opponent and refuses to make the same mistakes Glaber and his predecessors have. With a young and fiercely competitive Julius Caesar as an ally, Crassus is determined to crush Spartacus and his rebellion. Formats: DVD, $49.98; Blu-ray Disc, $59.99. Extras: Featurettes: "Spartacus: The Legend Retold," "The Price of Being a Gladiator," "A Bloody Farewell," "The Spoils of War," "Revealed: Visual Effects," "Adorning the Damned," "The Mind Behind Spartacus." Blu-ray adds extended episodes,commentaries. (Anchor Bay).

    Stories We Tell (2013) A documentary by Oscar-nominated actor-writer-director Sarah Polley that discovers that the truth depends on who's telling it. Polley investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers, playfully interviewing and interrogating a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions. As each family member relates their version of the family mythology, present-day recollections shift into nostalgia-tinged glimpses of their mother, who departed too soon, leaving a trail of unanswered questions. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). (Lionsgate).

    The Stranger Within (2012) Billy Baldwin, Estella Warren, Sarah Butler. A psychological thriller about a young married couple whose vacation on a remote Mediterranean island becomes a living nightmare when they meet a mysterious woman with blood on her hands and a penchant for mind games. Formats: DVD. (Sony).

    The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Fourth Season photo for (2012-13) Five-disc set with 23 episodes, $59.98. This season starts off with everything in transition. Senior year is finally here, and Elena should be having the time of her life. Instead, she faces her worst nightmare, struggling with the painful transformation from human to vampire. As Damon mentors Elena into a supernatural life, their repressed passions explode, causing Stefan to undertake a desperate quest to restore humanity to the girl he adores. But as Elena ruthlessly quenches her newfound thirst for blood, and her friends race to find a vampire cure based on clues inked onto Jeremy's flesh, the world around them falls prey to a host of sinister forces. Also available as a nine-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo with UltraViolet digital copies, $69.97. Extras: "The Evolution of Elena Gilbert," "Blood, Boys, and Bad Behavior: Becoming a Vampire," "The Vampire Diaries: The Ultimate Prop Master," "Creating Silas's Island," "The Impact of a Single Show: The Vampire Diaries" heartfelt fan video, fan gallery of fan-created artwork, "Second Bite" gag reel, deleted scenes. (Warner).

    Wild Kratts: Wildest Animal Adventures (2013) Five-disc set with 20 episodes of the kids series that transforms Martin and Chris Kratt into animated versions of themselves, allowing the real-life zoologists to visit wild animals in their little-seen habitats and to showcase key science concepts along the way. Formats: DVD, $39.99. (PBS Distribution).

    What If...? (Notre univers impitoyable) (2007 -- France) Alice Taglioni, Jocelyn Quivrin, Thierry Lhermitte. Victor and Margot are two lawyers on the fast track to success at a major law firm ... and also a loving couple. After a senior partner at the firm dies unexpectedly, it's decided that either Margot or Victor will be promoted to the important position. The other will have to settle for a supporting role. The romantic comedy cleverly delves into both scenarios: Margot as the new senior partner, breaking down gender barriers and becoming the glamorous new star of the firm, while Victor labors in her shadow; or Victor as the gung-ho, hard-driving new partner, with Margot relegated to serving coffee at the office and caring for their children. In both scenarios, the couple's relationship is rocked by infidelity, family versus career conflicts, and questions about true values. Formats: DVD. (First Run features).

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