Monday, August 28, 2006

DVD Tuesday: Arrested Development S3, Lonesome Jim, Romancing the Stone & More! - Xoanon @ 11:49 PST
9/11 Commemorative Box Set: No description available

The Abs Diet Workout, Vol. 2: David Zinczenko, Editor in Chief of Men's Health Magazine, with Ted Spiker reveal how to reshape your body in The Abs Diet Workout 2, as based on the new, best selling book The Abs Diet Get Fit, Stay Fit plan. The Abs Diet Workout 2 introduces a new workout system -ABS3- based on simple, highly effective principles to help you lose weight and tone your body.

Agatha Christie: A Life in Pictures: Olivia Williams plays Agatha Christie in this TV-movie biographical drama based around her real-life 11-day disappearance in 1962, with flashbacks to her earlier life. Anna Massey plays the aged Christie and Raymond Coulthard and Anthony O'Donnell co-star. Previously available in the box set Agatha Christie's Romantic Detectives. Details: Color, 90 mins, Acorn, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.78:1. Supplements: Agatha Christie archival photo gallery; Cast filmographies. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional subtitles.

Akeelah and the Bee: Doug Atchison's heartwarming odyssey of a diminutive girl (the adorable Keke Palmer) from South Central L.A. who spells her way to the National Spelling Bee finals is a celebratory drama engineered to leave you choked up and cheering. Laurence Fishburne, who is also the producer, plays the resistant college professor who becomes her coach and mentor and Angela Basset is her overworked mother. The inspirational drama celebrates pride in intelligence and scholastic achievement, an idea worth spelling out to a young audience. Available in separate widescreen and full frame editions. Details: Color, 112 mins, Lionsgate, Widescreen anamorphic, 2.35:1. Supplements: "The Making of Akeelah and the Bee" featurette; "Two Peas in a Pod" featurette; "Inside the Mind of Akeelah" featurette; Deleted scenes; Gag reel; Music video. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional Spanish and English subtitles.

American Gun: Linda Cardellini, Tony Goldwyn, Donald Sutherland, Forest Whitaker, and Marcia Gay Harden are among the disparate people whose lives are impacted by gun violence and its ricochets in the American indie drama co-written and directed by Aric Avelino. Forest Whitaker also produces. Details: Color, 95 mins, IFC/Genius, Widescreen anamorphic. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional Spanish and English subtitles.

The Best Of The Awful Truth: (1999-2000) 6 handpicked episodes of Michael Moore's Emmy-nominated, hell-raising documentary series, a satirical skew on American politics and policy. Details: Color, 180 mins, Docurama, Academy Ratio. Supplements: Commentary on 2 episodes by Michael Moore; Michael Moore bio. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional subtitles.

The Andy Griffith Show - The Complete Seventh Season: It was a colorful season seven for The Andy Griffith Show, 30 more fun-filled visits to the familiar streets of Mayberry, and to the warm-hearted folks who brought the town to life. By all accounts, this was the most successful season yet for the critically acclaimed family show. It was the top-rated half-hour of the 1966-’67 season and earned two Emmy® Awards for the supporting work of Don Knotts (as fumbling Barney Fife) and Frances Bavier (as beloved Aunt Bee). Relive your favorite Mayberry moments and join Andy (Andy Griffith), Opie (Ron Howard), Floyd (Howard McNear, in his final season) and the rest of the town for this five-disc odyssey to a time and place when mistakes, misadventures, and even disagreements eventually would work out just fine.

An Image: (Germany, 1983) Noted documentary filmmaker Harun Farocki chronicles the shooting of a Playboy centerfold. Details: Color, 25 mins, Facets, Academy Ratio. Supplements: Cine-Notes Collectible Booklet. Audio: German. Optional English subtitles.

Arrested Development: Season 3: Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman), a widower with a 13-year-old son, named George-Michael (Michael Cera), is forced to keep his large and dysfunctional family together after his father (Jeffery Tambor) is arrested for shifty accounting practices at the family-owned conglomerate and the Bluth family assets are frozen, making each member of the eccentric family panicing. Michael's snobbish mother, Lucille (Jessica Walter), finds herself living alone in a penthouse without the financial means to maintain it, while Michael's two brothers, GOB (Will Arnett) and Buster (Tony Hale), and his sister Lindsay (Portia DeRossi) with her husband Tobias (David Cross) and her daughter Mae (Alia Shawkat) also find themselves having to recreate their lifestyles to fit their new financial status.

Baghdad ER: A camera crew captures the day-to-day lives of the doctors, nurses, medics, chaplains, and soldiers in the 86th Combat Support Hospital in documentary originally made for HBO. Details: Color, 64 mins, HBO, widescreen, 1.78:1. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional subtitles.

Bill's Dirty Shorts: A Collection of Bill Plympton's Newest Naughty Shorts: No description available

Black Cat: No description available

Black Pit of Dr. M. (Misterios de ultratumba): AKA Misterios de Ultratumba. By day, Dr. Mazali (Rafael Bertrand) runs an insane asylum. By night, he lashes out at the veil between this life and the next, desperate to contact his former partner, Dr. Harrison Aldeman (Jacinto Aldama), who was executed for a crime he did not commit. What follows is madness, tragedy, agonizing violence and the unrelenting horror of infinite damnation.

Brainiac AKA El Baron Del Terror: In 1661 Mexico, the Baron Vitelius of Astara is sentenced to be burned alive by the Holy Inquisition of Mexico for witchcraft, necromancy, and other crimes. As he dies, the Baron swears vengeance against the descendants of the Inquisitors. 300 years later, a comet that was passing overhead on the night of the Baron’s execution returns to earth, bringing with it the Baron in the form of a horrible, brain-eating monster that terrorizes the Inquisitor’s descendants.

Brother Bear 2: The direct-to-DVD sequel to the animated Disney adventure follows the odyssey of brother bears Kenai and Koda as they go on a great journey with Nita. Features the voices of Mandy Moore, Patrick Dempsey, Jeremy Suarez, Michael Clarke Duncan, Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas, Andrea Martin, Catherine O'Hara, Kathy Najimy, and Wanda Sykes, plus new songs by Melissa Etheridge. Details: Color, 70 mins, Disney, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.78:1. Supplements: Behind The Music Of Brother Bear 2; Game: Trample Off, Eh?. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0) and English (DTS 5.1). Optional subtitles.

The Castle of Cagliostro (Lupin the III) - Special Edition: Reknowned international thief Lupin III (known as "Wolf" in the English dub) comes to the small European duchy of Cagliostro to investigate some excellently-forged money and stumbles across a national conspiracy going back some hundreds of years. Lupin and his friends must rescue the beautiful Clarice from the hands of the evil Count Cagliostro and solve the mystery of a hidden treasure dating back to the 15th century.

Charles Bukowski Tapes: When Barbet Schroeder (More, General Idi Amin Dada, Single White Female) began work on the movie Barfly, he had no idea that it would be such a struggle. During the seven years it took him to complete the film, he turned his cameras on its screenwriter, poet and novelist Charles Bukowski.

Criss Angel: Mindfreak - Halloween: Halloween special with 21st century magician Criss Angel. Details: Color, 96 mins, A&E, Academy Ratio. Supplements: Two "best of" episodes from the first season of Criss Angel: Mindfreak. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional subtitles.

Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry: Black comedy, based on the cult novel by B.S. Johnson, about a working-class bank clerk (Nick Moran) who avenges the imagined and real slights against him with acts of revenge that spiral out of control. Paul Tickell directs. Details: Color, 91 mins, Image, Academy Ratio, 1.33:1. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround). Optional subtitles.

Criterion Coll: Seduced & Abandoned: Agnese a 15-year-old Sicilian girl is seduced and impregnated by Peppino, her sister's Matilde fiancé;. Soon Vincenzo, Agnese's father, discovers everything and after had hit like hell his daughter run to Peppino house and did the same. He also oblige Peppino to marry the `dishonored' Agnese instead than Matilde.Peppino run away and Vincenzo send his son Antonio to kill him!! At this point Agnese go to the police to try to stop the events. They all are taken to the court. But the events couldn't be stop, there is still space for a fake kidnapping! An happy end is still possible.

Colossal Sensation: (Hungary) Political satire of circus twins in 1950s Hungary separated when joke upsets local Communist Party officials, sending one to the gulag and another into the crucible of the 1956 Budapest revolution. Robert Koltai directs. Details: Color, 95 mins, Bunyik/Facets, widescreen. Supplements: "Making of" featurette; Trailer. Audio: Hungarian. Optional English subtitles.

Colossal Sensation: Documentary mini-series profiling the comedy legends that came from Canada, from Rich Little, Tommy Chong and the SCTV stars to Michael J. Fox, Mike Myers, and the Kids in the Hall, with directors Norman Jewison and Ivan Reitman and producer Lorne Michaels tossed in for good measure. 180 minutes in all. Details: Color, 180 mins, SRO/Kultur, widescreen, 1.78:1. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional subtitles.

Curse of Lizzy Borden: No description available

Darkwing Duck-V01: In the city of St. Canard, they are plagued by the most bizarre criminals, but they have a protector as well, Darkwing Duck. This bumbling and egotistical superhero battles evil in that fair city with the help of his dumb pilot sidekick, Launchpad McQuack and his rambuctious adopted daughter, Gosalyn.

Desperate Housewives - The Complete Second Season: In its first season, the show reveals the mystery of why Mary Alice took her own life and the quest by a mysterious "plumber" named Mike Delfino (James Denton) to find out the fate of his former lover, drug addict Dierdre. By the end of the season, the show resolves the mystery with the revelation that 15 years ago, when Mary Alice's name was Angela Forrest, she buys the heroin-addicted Dierdre's only son Dana, and then flees with her husband Todd (now Paul) to Fairview (the town Housewives is set in) to keep the child (now named Zach) from being taken away from them. When Dierdre finds them, Mary Alice refuses to give up the child. Upon being accused of being back on drugs, Dierdre hits Paul (Mary Alice's husband) and goes to get her son. Mary Alice, shocked, murders her, checks her arm for signs of drug use (she was not), and has her horrified husband dismember the body, put it in Zach's toy-chest, and bury it where the family is building a new pool in their backyard. All this happens while a 4-year-old Zach is watching them from the staircase. What Mary Alice does not count on is that one of her neighbors, Martha Huber, learns of Mary Alice's secret from her sister, Felicia, (with whom Mary Alice had worked before coming to Fairview). After learning the secret, Martha attempts to blackmail Mary Alice. Rather than face the blackmail, Mary Alice kills herself. Later, when Paul finds this out, he kills Martha after she tells him she does not have any regrets about her blackmailing and its result. Mike (Dierdre's former lover) learns of this information from Paul whom Mike leaves in the desert (rather than killing) after Mike realizes that Zach is his son.

Duck Season: (Mexico) A breezy slacker comedy about a couple of school chums (Diego Cataño and Daniel Miranda) on a lazy Sunday afternoon, a flirtatious neighbor girl who commandeers their kitchen, and a nerdy pizza delivery guy who refuses to leave. Shot in black-and-white and directed at the lolling pace of an all-night bull session, it's a low key, underplayed comedy of day tripping captured with a deadpan appreciation of the quirky absurdity of it all. Fernando Eimbcke directs. Details: Color, 91 mins, Warner, Widescreen anamorphic. Supplements: Trailer. Audio: Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional Spanish, French and English subtitles.

Epitafios - The Complete First Season: A teacher took as hostage 4 students so the school authorities would listen to his demands. Due to an accident, the 4 students died that night. 5 years later, the corpse of that teacher is found, along with 2 graves that bears the names of 3 people who were directly involved with the incident that night; focusing particulary on Laura Santini (a psychologist) and Renzo Marquez (a policeman that retired after the incident and now works as a taxi driver). Following the clues left in the crime scene, soon they realize that the person behind it has been planning a series of murders for the last 5 years, and that he intends to kill everyone who was involved with the school incident; leaving Laura and Renzo for the end.

Flavor of Love - The Complete First Season: In "Flavor of Love," 20 single women from all walks of life, selected for their expressed love for Flav, move into a "phat crib" in Los Angeles and vie for his affection. With help and advice from Big Rick, Flav's gigantic body-guard and chauffeur, Flavor Flav will date all of the women, weed out the ones who are only after his fame and fortune...and in the end will choose his one true love.

Fourteen Hours: A young man, morally destroyed by his parents not loving him and by the fear of being not capable to make his girlfriend happy, rises on the ledge of a building with the intention of committing suicide. A policeman makes every effort to argue him out of that.

Friends with Money: Frances McDormand, Joan Cusack, and Catherine Keener are the friends referred to in the title, women with husbands, money, and a bump in status from their previous lives, and Jennifer Aniston is their free-and-easy, unmarried college friend who gave up her teaching career (and much of her ambition) to become a housekeeper, in Nicole Holofcener's comic drama set in the spendy suburbs of Los Angeles. The ensemble piece about class, career, money, and degrees of happiness also features Simon McBurney, Jason Isaacs, Scott Caan, and Greg Germann. Details: Color, 90 mins, Sony Pictures, Widescreen anamorphic, Academy Ratio, 2.35:1. Supplements: Commentary by writer/director Nicole Holofcener and producer Anthony Bregman; Behind-the-scenes featurette; Los Angeles Premiere featurette; Sundance Film Festival featurette; DVD contains both widescreen and full screen formats. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround). Optional French and English subtitles.

Galaxina: Crew of interstellar police ship is sent to recover a mysterious crystal, the blue star. Sub Plots: The ships female android and a crew member fall in love. Alien is spoofed as as the captain gives birth to an alien who grows up on the ship thinking the captain is its mother

Golub/Spero: Collection of art documentaries from Chicago's Kartemquin Film collective. Golub: Late Works Are the Catastrophes (1988) profiles the work of Leon Golubm, whose work confronts nightmarish images of war, torture, death squads and mercenaries. Also features two short documentaries on his wife and studio partner, feminist and anti-war artist Nancy Spero: Woman As Protagonist: The Art Of Nancy Spero and Nancy Spero in the NYC Subway. Details: Color, Kartemquin/Facets, Academy Ratio. Supplements: Galleries spanning five decades of both artists' work; Interview with the director of Golub: Late Works Are the Catastrophes; Outtakes. Optional subtitles.

The Hard Corps: Another Jean-Claude Van Damme action movie ends up going direct to video. Viviva A. Fox co-stars in this one, an urban thriller set in the world of rap and revenge. Sheldon Lettich directs. Details: Color, 110 mins, Sony Pictures, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.85:1. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional English subtitles.

Her Majesty: (2001) Family drama from New Zealand about a 13-year-old girl who befriends an elderly Maori woman (Vicky Haughton) on the eve of a visit from the Queen of England, and is changed by the old woman's stories of her tribe's history and culture. Details: Color, 105 mins, Image, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.78:1. Supplements: "Making of" featurette; Trailer. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional subtitles.

Joan Rivers - Live at the London Palladium: Stand-up comedy concert featuring Joan Rivers in her first annual farewell tour. Details: Color, 63 mins, SRO/Kultur, Academy Ratio. Optional subtitles.

Iron Island: (Iran) Mohammad Rasoulof's lyrical drama of a cast-off population living on an abandoned oil tanker and the patriarch/landlord/benign dictator (Ali Nasirian) who connives to keep his makeshift society afloat and functioning is part utopian fairy tale and part cautionary drama. Details: Color, 90 mins, Kino, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.85:1. Supplements: Still gallery; Trailer. Audio: Persian. Optional English subtitles.

The Jewel of the Nile: SE: This is the sequel to "Romancing the Stone" where Jack and Joan have their yacht and easy life, but are gradually getting bored with each other and this way of life. Joan accepts an invitation to go to some middle eastern country as a guest of the sheik, but there she is abducted and finds her- self involved with the "jewel". Jack decides to rescue her with his new partner Ralph. They all go from one adventure to another... What is the story of this "jewel"?

Kill Your Idols: Documentary on the history of the New York art-punk scene from the late 1970s to the 1980s, featuring Lydia Lunch, Sonic Youth, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and more. Scott Crary directs. Details: Color, 71 mins, Palm. Supplements: Bonus interviews and performances; Live clips; Photo galleries; Trailers. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional subtitles.

The Kingston Trio Story - Wherever We May Go: In 1958 three young men known as The Kingston Trio recorded a simple folk tune called "Tom Dooley." In less than a year, they were major stars with the best-selling album in the country. The Kingston Trio Story: Wherever We May Go celebrates the group’s musical hits and sheds light on their fascinating and largely unknown 50-year history through rare performance footage and revealing interviews with band members and friends.

Kissing on the Mouth: Raw. Honest. Naked. "Kissing on the Mouth" is post-college life in close-up. Ellen is sleeping with her ex-boyfriend while trying to ignore the fact that he's looking for more than just sex. Her roommate, Patrick, isn't helping matters with his secretive and jealous behavior. The small cast served as the only crew on this intimate and humorous film featuring real interviews with recent college graduates and a documentary approach to the graphic sex and conversations.

Let's Scare Jessica to Death: Jessica (Zohra Lampert) has just been released from a mental hospital. Wanting to "start over", she moves into an old New England farmhouse with her husband (Barton Heyman) and a friend (Kevin O'Connor). Before they even arrive Jess starts having strange encounters, and after they find a young transient in their new home (Mariclaire Costello), things start getting rather nasty. Seems this redheaded hippie chick is in fact a vampire, a onetime resident of the house who drowned on her wedding day, and all the old guys in town are her harpies (they all have scarred necks and arms). Or is Jess really having another breakdown? Who knows...

Life After Death Row: No description available

Lonesome Jim: Steve Buscemi's third film as a director is a shaggy independent comedy about a would-be writer (Casey Affleck) who moves back to his small town home and dysfunctional family. Liv Tyler is his single mom girlfriend (who, apparently, find gloom, defeatism and depression endearing), Kevin Corrigan his suicidal older brother, and Mary Kay Place and Seymour Cassel his parents. Details: Color, 91 mins, IFC/Genius, widescreen. Supplements: Commentary by director Steve Buscemi and writer James C. Strouse; "Making of" featurette. Optional Spanish and English subtitles.

The Best Of Mr. Bean: (1990-1995) 5 favorite episodes of the original British comedy series starring Rowan Atkinson as the bumbling goofball in (mostly) silent movie skits of modern life, including the pilot episode and the Christmas episode. Details: Color, 125 mins, A&E, Academy Ratio, 1.33:1. Supplements: Five fan-selected sketches, including "Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean"; "The Story of Bean": 40-minute documentary; Rowan Atkinson biography and filmography. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional subtitles.

Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World: Albert Brooks always seems to be playing exaggerated versions of himself, but this time he is Albert Brooks, comedian, sent by the government on a mission to find what makes the Muslim world laugh. John Carroll Lynch and Jon Tenney play the two state department handlers who accompany his combination research mission and stand-up comedy tour, and Sheetal Sheth and Fred Dalton Thompson co-star. Details: Color, 98 mins, Warner, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.85:1. Supplements: Additional scenes; Theatrical trailer. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional Spanish, French and English subtitles.

Mountain Patrol: Kekelixi: (China) Drama about a Beijing journalist (Zhang Lei) who arrives in a remote Tibetan village and ends up as part of a vigilante posse on the trail of poachers decimating the sacred antelope population of the area. Lu Chian directs. Details: Color, 89 mins, Sony Pictures, Widescreen anamorphic, 2.40:1. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and French (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional French and English subtitles.

Mystery Science Theater 3000: 10: When zany mad scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester (Trace Beaulieu) and his loopy assistant Frank (Frank Conniff) get bored with their work at the Deep Thirteen research center, they kidnap Joel the janitor (Joel Hodgson) and shoot him into orbit on the Satellite of Love. While in space Joel builds wacky robot sidekicks Tom Servo (Kevin Murphy) and Crow T. Robot (also Trace Beaulieu) to help him withstand an onslaught of grade 'Z' movies that the mad scientists force him to watch.

NASCAR Driven to Win - Season 1: Documentary series that takes viewers behind the scenes of the NASCAR circuit with 13 up-and-coming drivers on and off the track. 2 discs. Details: Color, The Biography Channel, Widescreen letterbox, 1.78:1. Supplements: All Access: NASCAR behind the scenes; Hot Laps: Driver Q&A; Driver bios; 1.78 widescreen letterbox format. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional subtitles.

Nip/Tuck - The Complete Third Season: Sean McNamara and Christian Troy are two plastic surgeons running a partnership in Miami, Florida with different issues to life. Sean is a wishy-washy, weak-kneed, family man who distances himself with work to avoid his dysfunctional home life which includes his needy and spiteful wife Julia, his rebellious teenage son Matt and young daughter Annie. The more slicker Christian is an arrogant, narcissistic, unethical, ladies man who worships wine, women, and the all mighty dollar, and will do just about anything to get what he wants (lie, cheat, steal, blackmail and seduce)and has no qualms about practically anything.

Nobelity: A look at the future through the eyes of nine Nobel Laureates (Wangari Maathai, Joseph Rotblat, Amartya Sen, Richard Smalley, Desmond Tutu, Harold Varmus, Steven Weinberg, Jody Williams, and Ahmed Zewail), who discuss the world's most pressing problems and offer insights into their solutions. Turk Pipkin directs. Details: Color, 84 mins, Monterey Video, Widescreen letterbox. Supplements: Profiles of the Nobel Laureates; Director's statement; Call to Action; Slide show; Trailer. Optional subtitles.

Old Grey Whistle Test 3: (1971-1987) 28 more performance highlights from the live BBC rock and roll music showcase featuring Jackson Browne, Fairport Convention, Supertramp, Janis Ian, The Jam, B.B. King, Joe Jackson, Simple Minds, Lone Justice, The Bangles and others. Details: Color, 145 mins, BBC/Warner, Academy Ratio, 1.33:1. Supplements: Commentary by presenters Mark Ellen, David Hepworth, and Andy Kershaw; Reminiscences by Roger Daltrey, Jools Holland, Rick Wakeman, Bob Geldof, Roddy Frame and others; Artists' gallery. Optional English subtitles.

Portrait: This unusually touching memoir, released in 1994, finds John Denver speaking directly to his longtime fans as well as fellow environmentalists, peace advocates, and die-hard romantics. Seated comfortably on a rustic fence or rock wall, his beloved Rocky Mountains in the background, the middle-aged Denver recalls highlights from his life and career: a youth spent in Oklahoma, Arizona, and Alabama before Colorado won his heart; the way a camping trip and the Perseids meteor shower led to composing "Rocky Mountain High"; his adventures with Jacques Cousteau while writing "Calypso." There's plenty of video accompaniment, including old performance footage, deep-sea imagery, documentary material on the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska, and even custom-made music videos to dress up the sexy "Don't Close Your Eyes Tonight" and Jimmy Webb's haunting composition, "Postcards from Paris (Wish You Were Here)." Most of all, there's John Denver's striking if low-key humanity, his finest asset as an artist.

Pretty in Pink: Everything's Duckie Edition: Young Andie is one of the not-so-popular girls in high school. She usually hangs out with her friends Iona or Duckie. Duckie has always had a crush on her, but now she has met a new guy from school, Blane. He's one of the rich and popular guys but can the two worlds meet?

Private: (Italy) Tinto Brass's erotic comedy follows the sexy adventures of six young couples in six different stories. Available in separate English language and a longer Italian language versions. Details: Color, 87 mins, Cult Epics, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.85:1. Supplements: "Making of" featurette; Photo gallery; Bonus XXX rated photo gallery; Tinto Brass trailers. Audio: Italian. Optional English subtitles.

Romancing the Stone: The writer of romantic novels Joan Wilder travels to south America to look for and rescue her kidnapped sister. She finds herself stranded in the jungles and finds help in the form of the soldier of fortune Jack Colton. The two go through a number of adventures, deal with the bad villains Ralph and company, and end up falling in love.

Roseanne: Halloween Special: (1988-1997) Seven Halloween episodes from the hit sitcom collected on a single disc. Details: Color, 186 mins, Anchor Bay, Academy Ratio. Supplements: Commentary by Roseanne. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional subtitles.

Savage Sinema from Down Under: From revered Australian filmmaker Mark Savage (Best Director, Melbourne Underground Film Festival 2000), SAVAGE SINEMA FROM DOWN UNDER is a collection of the most erotic, violent and controversial films ever made, including DEFENCELESS (Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Actress; Melbourne Underground Film Festival 2005), SENSITIVE NEW AGE KILLER (the most successful independent release ever in Australia) and MARAUDERS. A bonus fourth disc includes Savage¹s poignant cable TV drama STAINED (based on true events; shot on HD) plus a collection of his early super-8 horror and fantasy shorts. Exclusive commentaries, featurettes and still galleries as well as production diary booklets round out this impressive set.

Sentinel: Michael Douglas is a veteran Secret Service agent framed in a conspiracy to assassinate the American President and Kiefer Sutherland is the investigator on his trail, a former friend turned rival and a relentless agent, in the slickly executed thriller. Adapted from a novel by Secret Service veteran turned author Gerald Petievich and directed by Clark Johnson, it co-stars Eva Longoria, Martin Donovan, and Kim Basinger. Available in separate widescreen and fullscreen versions. Details: Color, 108 mins, 20th Century Fox, Widescreen anamorphic, 2.40:1. Supplements: Commentary by director Clark Johnson and screenwriter George Nolfi; Alternate ending and deleted scenes with optional commentary by screenwriter George Nolfi; "The Secret Service: Building on a Tradition of Excellence" featurette; "In the President's Shadow: Protecting the President" featurette. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.1 Surround) and French (Dolby Digital 2.1 Surround). Optional Spanish and English subtitles.

Sentinel: Michael Douglas is a veteran Secret Service agent framed in a conspiracy to assassinate the American President and Kiefer Sutherland is the investigator on his trail, a former friend turned rival and a relentless agent, in the slickly executed thriller. Adapted from a novel by Secret Service veteran turned author Gerald Petievich and directed by Clark Johnson, it co-stars Eva Longoria, Martin Donovan, and Kim Basinger. Available in separate widescreen and fullscreen versions. Details: Color, 108 mins, 20th Century Fox, Widescreen anamorphic, 2.40:1. Supplements: Commentary by director Clark Johnson and screenwriter George Nolfi; Alternate ending and deleted scenes with optional commentary by screenwriter George Nolfi; "The Secret Service: Building on a Tradition of Excellence" featurette; "In the President's Shadow: Protecting the President" featurette. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.1 Surround) and French (Dolby Digital 2.1 Surround). Optional Spanish and English subtitles.

Some Kind of Wonderful (Special Collector's Edition): A young tomboy, Watts, finds her feelings for her best friend, Keith, run deeper than just friendship when he gets a date with the most popular girl in school. Unfortunately, the girl's old boyfriend, who is from the rich section of town, is unable to let go of her, and plans to get back at Keith.

Smut: (1999) Lee Holmes plays a man on a spiritual journey that lands him working in an adult bookstore and turning his video interviews into a community controversy in the indie production from David Wendell. Jenette Goldstein, Maxwell Caulfield, Mark Boone Junior, and Melvin Van Peebles co-star. Details: Color, 89 mins, Future Farmers.Ryko, widescreen. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional subtitles.

South Park: Season 8: South Park is an animated series featuring four foul-mouthed 3rd graders, Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman. The show is set in the Colorado town of South Park where weird things keep happening, whether its being abducted by aliens or avoiding Kyle's little brother Ike. The show is based on the short film by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, "The Spirit of Christmas".

Stargate: Egyptologist Daniel Jackson is brought to an underground military base where he decodes the symbols on Egyptian cover stones as star constellations. That allows a alien device known as the Stargate to be opened and a team led by Air Force Colonel Jack' O' Neil and Jackson to travel across the known universe to a distant planet. Arriving on the planet, they find a culture ruled by someone pretending to be the Egyptian sun god Ra. Soon, Ra captures the team and takes control of a nuclear weapon brought to the planet in case of the discovery of hostile aliens. Jackson and O'Neil escape and must fight Ra and his army of warriors to save Earth from being destroyed by Ra.

Stephen King's Desperation: En route to Lake Tahoe for a much anticipated vacation, the Carver family is arrested for blowing out all four tires on their camper. Collie Entragian is the arresting officer, the self-made sheriff of a town called Desperation, Nevada, and the quintessential bad cop. Unbeknownst to the Carvers, Entragian regularly sniffs out passerbys on this stretch of road, and in fact has done in nearly every resident of his hometown. He can also change form and summon the help of creepy creatures, including scorpions, snakes and spiders.

Stir of Echoes: Tom's a regular guy, a utilities lineman, married, with a young son, his wife is pregnant; he hangs out with long-time pals in a Chicago neighborhood. At a party, his sister-in-law hypnotizes him, and he goes into a deep trance. Before waking him, she suggests that he keep his mind open. That night he sees flashes of violence and the ghost of a young woman. His young son, too, is "a receiver," but while the boy is calm and coherent in his conversations with spirits, Tom is confused and agitated. Over time, the young woman's story comes to the surface, and Tom begins a hunt for her body that puts him and his usually understanding wife, Maggie, in grave danger.

Storm the Skies: (Argentina, 1996) Documentary about Ramón Mercader, one of Lenin's most loyal followers and the assassin of León Trotsky. José Luis López-Linares and Javier Rioyo write and direct. Details: Color, 96 mins, Cinemateca/Facets, widescreen. Supplements: Photo gallery; Trailer. Audio: Spanish. Optional English subtitles.

Story of a Cloistered Nun: A woman who was promised to a powerful family's son at birth falls in love with another man, refuses to renounce him, and is sent to a nunnery by her shocked parents. Once there, she first undergoes degradation to acclimatize her to convent life; then she experiences rampant lesbianism by the repressed nuns, and becomes pregnant by her lover. Finally, her refusal to accede to one nun's lascivious lesbian advances leads to plotting and treachery, and her lover being murdered out of jealousy. Her life now ruined, she further scandalises her family by refusing to take her vows, and leaves the convent, devoting her existence to those in need. Claims to be based on a true story !

Survivor Palau - The Complete Season: Over the spring of 2000, sixteen average Americans (divided into two tribes which eventually merge into one) were sequestered on the deserted island of Pulau Tiga for 39 days. For their stay, they must learn to live as a tribe, although eventually, it is everyone for themselves. They compete in challenges for "luxuries" (a barbecue, a phone call home, etc.) and immunity. Every three days, the losers of the latter challenges must face tribal council, where they will account for their actions by voting one person off of the island. At the end of day 39, there will be only one survivor left who will leave the island with one million dollars. Based on the Swedish game show, "Operation Robinson."

The Swindle: (France, 1997) Isabelle Huppert, Michel Serrault, and François Cluzet star in Claude Chabrol's lightfingered crime caper about a duo of small time con artists who wind up on opposite sides of a high stake scam. Details: Color, 105 mins, New Yorker, Widescreen anamorphic. Supplements: "Le Farfale" (dance excerpt from 1907 silent film); Foreign theatrical trailer. Audio: French. Optional English subtitles.

Take The Lead: Antonio Banderas is a ballroom dance instructor hired by an inner city high school principal (Alfre Woodard) to bring a new kind of attitude to her detention class of angry, aggressive students. He winds up soaking up a little of their attitude when he gets a lesson in hip-hop as they learn his classical moves and the fusion of styles drives them to the national championships. Directed by Liz Friedlander and inspired by a true story, the high school drama of inspiration, achievement, and self-respect co-stars Rob Brown and Dante Basco. Details: Color, 118 mins, New Line, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.85:1. Supplements: 7 deleted scenes; 3 Behind-the-Dance featurettes; "You Take the Lead" - Interactive Tango demonstration; 3 trailers remixed by internationally known DJs. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround). Commentary by director Liz Friedlander and editor Robert Ivison. Optional Spanish and English subtitles.

Talking to Heaven: Two-part TV mini-series about a man who begins seeing visions of the victims of a serial killer. Based on the novel "Talking to Heaven: A Medium's Message of Life After Death" by James Van Praagh and directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal, it stars Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Diane Ladd, Michael Moriarty, Queen Latifah, and Jack Palance. Details: Color, 175 mins, MTI, Academy Ratio. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional Spanish subtitles.

Talespins-V01: This casts key characters from the Jungle Book into a 1930's pacific setting where Baloo is a bush pilot who finds himself as part of a struggling courier company.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 5: This show tells the adventures of four turtles who were transformed into humanoids by a strange ooze and were trained as ninja by a human martial arts master, Hamato Yoshi, who was changed into a humanoid rat, Splinter, by the same substance. Together with the intrepid reporter, April O'Neil, they fight against the threats against the world, like Shredder and Krang.

The Thames Shakespeare Collection: Four of William Shakespeare's ageless tales of drama and passion come together in this stellar collection featuring award-winning actors and acclaimed directors. From royal family struggles and star-crossed lovers to a shipwreck romance and witches' prophecies, the productions in this collection represent the finest in Shakespearean stage adaptation. MACBETH: Witchcraft, manipulation, and murder mark Macbeth's ascension to power and his subsequent downfall. This classic production features the unsurpassed talent of Ian McKellen, Oscar® winner Judi Dench, and the Royal Shakespeare Company. KING LEAR: When King Lear renounces his throne to divide his kingdom among his daughters, treachery, madness, and murder follow. This compelling production stars Patrick Magee (A Clockwork Orange) and other mainstays of stage and television. ROMEO & JULIET: This moving interpretation of Shakespeare's ageless tale of family feuds, star-crossed lovers and tragic, untimely death features a first-rate cast, authentic sets and colorful costumes that will envelop you in world's most famous love story. TWELFTH NIGHT: Showcasing the directorial talents of Kenneth Branagh, this popular and enduring comedy revolves around unrequited love and mistaken identity. An insightful and witty performance by the Renaissance Theatre Company provides a humorous commentary about who and how we love. DVD Features: Interviews with Kenneth Branagh, Ian McKellen and Patrick Mower; "Romeo & Juliet - A Family Feud" Featurette; Cast and Director Biographies; Timeline of William Shakespeare's Life and Plays; Interactive Menus; Scene Selection

Tick: Season One: After "crashing" the super hero convention in Reno, the nigh invulnerable blue-clad super hero, the Tick, is deemed the protector of "The City." On his first patrol he runs (more like "falls") into Arthur, an accountant in a moth costume. They soon strike up a partnership. When the villainous and muffled idea men threaten to flood The City, the Tick and Arthur come to the rescue. Along the way we meet Die Fledermaus, American Maid, and the Caped Chameleon. The Human Bullet cameos.

Tokyo Rampage (aka Pornostar): (Japan, 1998) Toshiaki Toyoda directs this thriller about an angry, brutal young man hired by pimps to stand up against their Yakuza bosses, where he proves to be more unpredictable and psychopathic than anyone imaged. Details: Color, 98 mins, Image, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.78:1. Supplements: Still gallery; Trailer. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional English subtitles.

Trilogy of Terror: Three stories interwoven together in this Dan Curtis production starring Karen Black in each segment. The first, about a high school student infatuated with his teacher. The second, a paranoid tale of two sisters - one good, the other evil, and the third about an African tribal doll that comes to life and terrorizes a woman in her apartment.

Ultimate Crime Box Set All'italiana: A MAN CALLED MAGNUM: This time around, Merenda stomps the terra as Dario Mauri, a Milanese cop transferred to Naples, where his only clues to stopping a range war between an aging Mafiosi and a merciless independent operator are the strange, violent drawings of a child. Called Napoli si Ribella in Italy, this hopping poliziotteschi belongs to a subset of crime films associated with Naples, including Umberto Lenzi’s Napoli Violenta, Mario Caino’s Napoli Spara, Ciro Ippolito’s Lacrime Napulitane and Alfonso Brescia’s two-shot of Napoli… La Camorra Sfida, La Cittá Risponde and Napoli… Serenata Calibro 9.

Vabank: (Poland, 1981) Caper comedy set in the 1930s, about a loyal safecracker and thief who emerges from prison and plots his revenge on the former accomplice who framed him, now a bank president, is the debut film from Juliusz Machulski. Details: Color, 104 mins, Polart/Facets, Academy Ratio. Supplements: Director bio. Audio: Polish. Optional English subtitles.

Washington the Warrior: Documentary portrait of George Washington's early life in the military and his rise to leader, with dramatic re-enactments of historical events. Stacy Keach narrates. Details: Color, 92 mins, History Channel, Widescreen letterbox, 1.78:1. Supplements: Behind the scenes: "History in the Making". Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional subtitles.

Water: (India) Deepa Mehta's drama about an young girl widowed at the age of 8 and sent to a home for Hindu widows to live their lives in social isolation was an incendiary controversy in India even before it was finished. The final film in Deepa Mehta's elemental trilogy stars Seema Biswas, Lisa Ray, and John Abraham. Details: Color, 117 mins, 20th Century Fox, Widescreen anamorphic, 2.35:1. Supplements: Commentary by director Deepa Mehta; "The Story Behind the Making of Water" featurette; Behind-the-Scenes featurette. Audio: Hindi (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional Spanish and English subtitles.

White Nights: An expatriate Russian dancer is on a plane forced to land on Soviet territory. He is taken to an apartment in which a black American who has married a Russian woman lives with her. He is to become a dancer for the Bolshoi again, but he wishes to escape, but can he trust the American?

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Will & Grace: Season Five: Will & Grace are best friends. Will is a gay lawyer and Grace is a straight interior designer. They both live in New York. Grace is engaged to a real jerk, but when that relationship falls apart, she moves in with Will. This is only supposed to be until Grace finds a place of her own, but she and Will end up with each other as permanent roommates. Also in the cast are Jack, Will's flamboyant gay friend and Karen, Graces' secretary/assistant who doesn't really need to work because she married money several times.

Zatoichi, Vol. 5: The blind masseur Zatoichi (Shintaro Katsu) wanders through Japan looking to ply his trade. But wherever he goes, trouble follows and he must use his legendary, lightning sword skills to dispatch evildoers and defend justice.

The Zodiac: Serial killer thriller, based on actual events, about a killer in a small Northern California town. Justin Chambers, Robin Tunney, Rory Culkin, William Mapother, and Philip Baker Hall star. Details: Color, 96 mins, THINKFilm, Widescreen anamorphic. Supplements: Commentary by director Alexander Bulkley and co-writer Kelly Bulkley; "Behind the Zodiac" featurette; Chronology of the Zodiac killings; Trailers. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional Spanish subtitles.