Monday, September 04, 2006

DVD Tuesday: Lost S2, United 93, Old School Doctor Who & More! - Xoanon @ 14:54 PST
The Abbott & Costello Show: 100th Anniversary Collection Season 1 Who's on first? You'll be on Cloud 9 with this rare and riotous collection honoring the 100th birthday of Lou Costello and featuring the landmark Abbott & Costello Show that Jerry Seinfeld calls the inspiration for his own hit series! This remarkable 5-disc collection contains all 26 episodes of the first season (1952-1953), complete and unedited, digitally remastered and looking better than ever. In addition to Bud and Lou, there's the unforgettable supporting cast: Sid Fields, Hillary Brooke, Joe "Stinky" Besser and Gordon "Mike the Cop" Jones. PLUS: Never-before-seen home movies of Lou Costello and his family from the 1940s and '50s - many in full color with sound! (Even Bud manages to make a few "guest appearances.") And, for the first time anywhere, the recently restored short 10,000 Kids and a Cop made in 1948, featuring Bud and Lou, as well as Jimmy Stewart and William Bendix. To round things out, Lou's daughters, Paddy and Chris, share warm and wonderful anecdotes about their father in exclusive interviews. A treasure for Abbott & Costello fans everywhere! The Drugstore The Dentist Office Jail The Vacation The Birthday Party Alaska The Vacuum Cleaner Salesman The Army Story Pots & Pans The Charity Bazaar The Western Story The Haunted House Peace & Quiet Hungry The Music Lovers The Politician The Wrestling Match Getting a Job Bingo Hillary's Birthday Television Las Vegas Little Old Lady The Actors' Home Police Rookies Safari

Ace Ventura: Deluxe Double Feature Jim Carrey scored his first hit in the goofball comedy Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) and was quickly signed up for a sequel, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995), before his career went through the roof. This 3-disc box set features both films (including the first widescreen DVD release of Pet Detective) and a bonus disc with 3 episodes of Ace Ventura: The Animated Series. Details: Color, Warner, Widescreen anamorphic, Academy Ratio, 1.85:1. Supplements: Includes; Ace Ventura: Pet Detective in widescreen for the first time; Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls; Selected cartoons from Ace Ventura: The Animated Series; Commentary by director Tom Shadyac on Ace Ventura: Pet Detective; New digital transfers; Theatrical trailers and TV spots. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional Spanish, French and English subtitles.

All the King's Men(1949) Just in time for the Sean Penn remake is a re-release of Robert Rossen's Oscar winning drama, based on Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and inspired by real life Louisiana Governor Huey Long. Broderick Crawford (who also won an Oscar for this portrayal) brings blustery charm and oversized performance to charismatic populist politician Willie Stark who turns his back on ideals when he discovers the real currency of political power. Mercedes McCambridge took home an Oscar in her film debut as the cool mistress come calculating assistant and John Ireland as the newsman turned political flack turn this film into an American classic. Details: Black and White, 110 mins, Sony Pictures, Academy Ratio, 1.33:1. Supplements: Sneak peek of the new theatrical film of All the King's Men, including interviews with James Gandolfini, Jude Law, and Anthony Hopkins; Theatrical trailer. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0). Optional English subtitles.

Almost Strangers (2001) BAFTA award-winning British mini-series from writer/director Stephen Poliakoff (who won an Emmy for his telefilm The Lost Prince), starring Matthew Macfadyen as a member of powerful family who gets seduced by the glamour of their world at a family reunion. Michael Gambon, Lindsay Duncan, Claire Skinner, Toby Stephens, and Timothy Spall co-star. 2 discs. Details: Color, 237 mins, BBC/Warner, Widescreen anamorphic. Supplements: Commentary by writer/director Stephen Poliakoff, producer John Chapman, and composer Adrian Johnston; Interviews with Stephen Poliakoff and the cast; Photo montage. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0). Optional English subtitles.

Angry Harvest In the winter of 1942-43, a Jewish family leaps from a train going through Silesia. They are separated in the woods, and Leon, a local peasant who's now a farmer of some wealth, discovers the woman, Rosa, and hides her in his cellar. Leon's a middle-aged Catholic bachelor, tormented by his sexual drive. He doesn't tell Rosa he's seen signs her husband is alive, and he begs her to love him. Rosa offers herself to Leon if he'll help a local Jew in hiding who needs money. Leon pays, and love between Rosa and him does develop, but then Leon's peasant subservience and his limited empathy lead to tragedy. At the war's end, a ray of sunshine comes from an unexpected place.

Anne of Avonlea (1975) Kim Braden plays the spunky orphan in this 6-part miniseries adaptation of L.M. Montgomery's beloved novel, originally made for the BBC. David Garfield, Barbara Hamilton, Madge Ryan, and David Garfield co-star. 2 discs. Details: Color, 312 mins, Koch Vision, Academy Ratio. Optional subtitles.

Amarcord (Italy, 1973) Criterion remasters Fellini's carnivalesque portrait of provincial Italy during the Fascist period, one of the label's initial DVD releases, for this new 2-disc special edition. It's considered Fellini's most personal film and features a classic, nostalgia-tinged score by Nina Rota. Details: Color, 123 mins, Criterion, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.85:1. Supplements: Commentary by scholars Peter Brunette and Frank Burke; A deleted scene; "Fellini's Homecoming," a new 45-minute documentary on the complicated relationship between Fellini, his hometown, and his past; Video interview with star Magali Noël; Fellini's drawings; "Felliniana," a presentation of Amarcord ephemera ; Audio interviews with Fellini, his friends, and family by Gideon Bachmann; Trailers; A booklet featuring a new essay by Sam Rohdie and Fellini's 1968 memoir, "La mia Rimini". Audio: Italian (Dolby Digital 1.0). Optional English subtitles.

The Assassination of Trotsky After having been forced to leave the Soviet Union 1929 Trotsky has ended up in Mexico 1940. He is still busy with the politics. Stalin has sent out an assassin, Frank Jacson. Jacson befriends a young communist and gets an invitation to Trotsky's house.

August in the Empire State Using the tumultuous 2004 Republican Convention and the animated reaction of New Yorkers as its backdrop, August in the Empire State takes the viewer behind the scenes during one of the most intense moments in recent American history. By following a homeless rights activist, a journalist, and a congressional candidate before and during the convention, the film exposes the people and the very personal stakes behind what divides us as a country.

The Bela Lugosi Box Set: 15 Frightful Films In this creepy collection of 15 feature films, Bela Lugosi's villainous versatility is shown off to its best advantage with powerful performances that span more than four decades - from the silent cinema through the Ed Wood years. Most are outright horror films, but some are melodramas, detective stories, and even a few borderline comedies. Lugosi was, of course, the definitive Dracula - a role he created on the Broadway stage in 1927 and immortalized on film in 1931. But Bela was so much more than the caped count. Classically trained on the Hungarian stage, he played everyone from Romeo to Jesus before becoming Hollywood's most recognizable vampire. Bela Lugosi had such a strong presence, he's always memorable - even if some of his films are forgettable. As a bonus, horror great Christopher Lee hosts an affectionate salute to Bela. This 5-disc collection is truly a treat for fans of horror and classic cinema!

Blade Runner:Director's Cut In a cyberpunk vision of the future, man has developed the technology to create replicants, human clones used to serve in the colonies outside Earth but with fixed lifespans. In Los Angeles, 2019, Deckard is a Blade Runner, a cop who specialises in terminating replicants. Originally in retirement, he is forced to re-enter the force when five replicants escape from an offworld colony to Earth.

Blazing Saddles  (Blu-ray) The Ultimate Western Spoof. A town where everyone seems to be named Johnson is in the way of the railroad. In order to grab their land, Hedley Lemar, a politically connected nasty person, sends in his henchmen to make the town unlivable. After the sheriff is killed, the town demands a new sheriff from the Governor. Hedley convinces him to send the town the first Black sheriff in the west. Bart is a sophisticated urbanite who will have some difficulty winning over the townspeople.

Brazil - The Criterion Collection (1985) Previously released by Criterion in a deluxe 3-disc special edition, Terry Gilliam's dark, dense science fiction fantasy gets a stripped-down single-disc edition. An absurdist nightmare of Kafka-esque dimensions, it's like "1984" rewritten by Monty Python, and this features Gilliam's definitive version of the film, culled from materials in numerous different release cuts, in a newly restored high-definition master and a remastered soundtrack. Details: Color, 142 mins, Criterion, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.78:1. Supplements: Commentary by Terry Gilliam; Booklet with an essay by Jack Mathews. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.1 Surround). Optional subtitles.

Broken Trail The best TV western since Lonesome Dove stars Robert Duvall as an aging small rancher who teams up with his estranged nephew (Thomas Haden Church) to drive a herd of horses from Oregon to Wyoming, and winds up a fatherly guardian to five abused Chinese girls sold into prostitution. Walter Hill directs the laconic drama, drawing understated performances from both stars and bringing a hard, unforgiving edge to their world. Greta Scacchi, Chris Mulkey, Rusty Schwimmer , and Gwendoline Yeo co-star in the mini-series originally made for American Movie Classics. Details: Color, 184 mins, Sony Pictures, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.85:1. Supplements: "Broken Trail: The Making of a Legendary Western" featurette; Bonus Previews. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional English subtitles.

Charlie and Lola, Vol. 1 Charlie has this little sister Lola. She is small and very funny. Lola will NEVER eat a tomato! She is also not sleepy and will not go to bed. And how will she cope when she is not well and may never smile again? It falls to Charlie to win her around, and he uses every trick in the book ? logic, humor, but mostly, the power of his imagination. Using 2D cel animation, paper cutout, fabric design, photomontage and archive footage, all the distinctive style and exuberance of Lauren Childs award-winning picture books come to life. Glorious music and sound effects help to conjure up fantastical worlds that only a child could invent, while realistic dialogue, voiced by children, ensures these magical adventures really resonate with kids.

Commander in Chief - The Inaugural Edition, Part 2 Episodes 11-18 of the 2005 series starring Geena Davis as President Mackenzie "Mac" Allen, the first female President of the United States. Donald Sutherland is the grasping, scheming, oily Speaker of the House who feels the office is his due and does his best to sabotage her, Kyle Secor is Allen's former Chief of Staff and husband who bristles as he's shifted into the First Gentleman role and Harry Lennix is her new Chief of Staff. Created by Rod Lurie, the show premiered to huge ratings, then faltered when it fell behind schedule and cycled through three different executive producers. Davis won a Golden Globe for her performance. Details: Color, 390 mins, Buena Vista, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.78:1. Supplements: Episodes 11-18 from 2005-2006 season on two discs; "A conversation with Madame President" - One-on-one with Geena Davis; Deleted Scenes; "White House Umor" - Bloopers and Outtakes. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1). Commentary by writer/Producer Dee Johnson ("The Elephant in the Room") (Dolby Digital 2.0). Optional English subtitles.

Dead Man's Shoes Paddy Considine is a hard-bitten former soldier returns to his rural village to take violent revenge on the local drug dealer (Gary Stretch) and his gang who tormented and killed his simple-minded little brother. Shane Meadows directs from a script he wrote with Considine. Details: Color, 90 mins, Magnolia, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.78:1. Supplements: Commentary by director Shane Meadows, co-writer/star Paddy Considine, and producer Mark Herbert; "In Shane's Shoes" featurette; Deleted scene; Alternate ending. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional Spanish subtitles.

District B13 (France) Pierre Morel's twist on "Escape From New York" set in 2010 Paris is a lean, clean, adrenaline and indignation-fueled B-movie. Urban athlete David Belle is a ghetto hero arrested for rocking the boat and former stunt man Cyril Raffaelli is the kick-ass undercover cop who reluctantly team-up to stop a drug king from detonating a hijacked nuclear weapon in Paris. Behind the action is an overheated socio-political commentary on the ghettoization of neighborhoods into impoverished prisons, abandoned by civil authority. It's not subtle and the straight-faced outrageousness is as essential to the film's charge as the speed, stunts, and human special effects. Details: Color, 84 mins, Magnolia, Widescreen anamorphic, 2.35:1. Supplements: "The Making of District B13" featurette; Extended Fight Sequence; Outtakes. Audio: French (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX) and English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX). Optional Spanish and English subtitles.

Doctor Who: Inferno - Episode 54 An experiment gone awry sends the Doctor (Jon Pertwee) to a parallel universe where his friends and companions are members of a fascist regime in this thrilling and popular episode from the long-running British science fiction series Doctor Who. Inferno is the name of a project designed to drill into the Earth's core and release a powerful energy source called Stahlman's Gas; what's yielded instead is an insidious substance that transforms men into monsters. The resulting chaos interrupts the Doctor's travel in the TARDIS and knocks him into an alternate Earth run by a military dictatorship, and where Project Inferno's progress threatens to bring about an apocalypse. This seven-part story arc from 1970 is a high-water mark for the already superb Pertwee-era Doctor, a tense, imaginative adventure that evokes the U.K.'s chilling Quatermass TV productions and movies in its mix of science fiction and horror. Fans will particularly appreciate the opportunities afforded to longtime Who supporting players Nicholas Courtney (as the Brigadier) and Caroline John (as the Doctor's companion Liz) to step outside their usual roles and essay memorably villainous turns as their parallel-Earth selves. The double-disc presentation of Inferno offers the by-now-standard wealth of extras, including commentary by Courtney, script editor Terrance Dicks, producer/director Barry Letts, and co-star John Levene (Sgt. Benton) and lengthy featurettes on the making of the story and the UNIT brigade during Pertwee's tenure (the latter featuring interviews with much of the supporting cast and crew). A short deleted scene from the episode (featuring Pertwee in a rare second turn as the voice of a radio announcer), a promo film for the BBC Visual Effects Department (which features clips from the Who stories Ambassadors of Death, Caves of Steel, and a missing episode from Doomwatch), and PDF files of the 1971 Doctor Who Annual and Radio Times round out the supplemental features.

Doctor Who: Web Planet - Episode 13 "Somewhere, somehow we are being slowly dragged down!" When Doctor and his friends stray from their astral plane and the Tardis materializes in eerie alien surroundings, a mysterious force prevents them from leaving. Is it a natural phenomenon or some malevolent intelligence? Uncanny occurrences are followed by encounters with the deadly Zarbis and their unknown leader, to whom the travellers fall prey. With their allies, the Menoptra, the travellers must discover how to immobilize the Zarbis, save the Menoptra from massacre and rid the planet of this powerful and horrifying evil. As a growing web begins to envelop the planet, imprisoning the travellers in its mesh, the Doctor must consult all of his wisdom to escape its hypnotic power. But what is at the center of the web and from where does it draw its power?

Escape to Witch Mountain / Return From Witch Mountain Tia (Kim Richards) and Tony (Ike Eisenmann) are two orphaned youngsters with extraordinary powers. Lucas Deranian (Donald Pleasence) poses as their uncle in order to get the kids into the clutches of Deranian's megalomaniacal boss, evil millionaire Aristotle Bolt (Ray Milland), who wants to exploit them. Jason (Eddie Albert), a cynical widower, helps Tia and Tony "escape to witch mountain," while at the same time Tia and Tony help Jason escape the pain of the loss of his wife.

Family - The Complete First and Second Seasons (1976-1977) Sada Thompson and James Broderick are the parents of a modern seventies family in the acclaimed drama series that charted the trials and tribulations of the Lawrence family: attorney father Doug (Broderick), housewife, student and musician Kate (Thompson), eldest daughter and divorced mother Nancy (Elayne Heilveil in the initial 6 episodes, taken over by Meredith Baxter Birney in the second season), teenage son Willie (Gary Frank) and adolescent daughter Buddy (Kristy McNichol). The show, which tacked such issues as child and spousal abuse, teenage drinking and extramarital affairs, began with a 6-season midseason replacement run and went on for four full seasons. Produced by Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg. It won Emmy Awards for supporting performers Gary Frank and Kristy McNichol in its second season. Details: Color, 1328 mins, Sony Pictures, Academy Ratio. Supplements: 28 episodes on six discs. Optional subtitles.

Fantastic Four After exposure to cosmic radiation, four astronauts become the most remarkable, if dysfunctional, superheroes of all time. Unfortunately, the mission's sponsor has also been transformed ? into the world's most lethal supervillain ? setting the stage for a confrontation of epic proportions. Packed with nonstop action, big laughs and awesome special effects, Fantastic 4 is "powerful fun" (The Baltimore Sun) from start to finish!

Firewall  (Blu-ray) With his family held for ransom, the head security executive for a global bank is commanded to loot his own business for millions in order to ensure his wife and children's safety. He then faces the demanding task of thwarting the kidnapper's grand scheme, which makes him look guilty of embezzlement.

Flintstones: Complete Sixth Season (1965-1966) Yaba-daba-doo! The sixth and final season of the first and longest running animated prime time series (until The Simpsons decades later). Think of them as middle class Honeymooners in a prehistoric suburbia full of crazy sight gags, with Fred as Ralph Kramden by way of Sgt. Bilko and Barney a happy-go-lucky, somewhat smarter Ed Norton, always scheming to pull one over on wives Wilma and Betty and, invariably, getting caught. Features guest voices Tony Curtis (The Return of Stony Curtis), Elizabeth Montgomery and Dick York (Samantha), and Harvery Korman as The Great Gazoo in multiple episodes. Details: Color, 690 mins, Warner, Academy Ratio, 1.33:1. Supplements: 26 episodes on four discs; The Flintstones Meet Pop Culture: Stephen Baldwin hosts a look at the effect of pop culture on the show, and vice versa; The Great Gazoo: From A to Zetox. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0) and French (Dolby Digital 1.0). Optional subtitles.

Forensic Investigators Series One You've seen it fictionalized on today's most popular television shows; now watch as the true horror and heroism unfold right before your eyes in this chilling journey into the crimes and minds of actual murderers and serial killers in this six episode series.

Fraggle Rock: The Complete Second Season (1984) Join the Fraggle gang - Red, Gobo, Wembley, Boober, Mokey and Uncle Traveling Matt - in Jim Henson musical Muppet series about a fun-loving group of furry subterranean creatures. Created to entertain kids while also encourage an understanding and embracing of diversity, it found an eager audience among kids and even some adults during its 5 season run on HBO, and its subsequent showings all over the world. Details: Color, 720 mins, 20th Century Fox, Academy Ratio. Supplements: 24 episodes on 5 discs; Jerry Juhl Special Tribute; Exclusive Interviews with the cast. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional subtitles.

Frankenstein Unbound The ultimate weapon which was meant to be safe for the mankind produces global side effects including time slides and disappearances. The scientist behind the project and his car are zapped from the year 2031 to 1817's Switzerland where he finds Dr Victor Frankenstein and his contemporaries.

Full Metal Jacket  (Blu-ray) A two-segment look at the effect of the military mindset and war itself on Vietnam era Marines. The first half follows a group of recruits in basic training under the command of the punishing Sgt. Hartman. The second half shows one of those recruits, Joker, covering the war as a correspondent for Stars and Stripes, focusing on the Tet offensive.

Gatchaman Collection 7 (Japan, 1972) The classic animated space opera, about the 5 member superhero team called G-Force that protects planet Earth from the invaders of the planet Spectra, was retitled Battle of the Planets when it played stateside in 1978. This box set feature the original, uncut Japanese editions of episodes 73-84 of the landmark anime series on 2 discs with 5 episodes apiece, plus a bonus disc of supplements, in a box set in a chipboard box with original art by Alex Ross. Details: Color, 300 mins, ADV, Academy Ratio. Supplements: Gatchaman 13, Ghost Water & the Jungle of Death: episodes 73-78; "Minions & Mayhem" commentary with Josh Grelle, Glenn Fraser, and Chris Ayres; New "Gatchaman Karaoke" ; Gatchaman 14, Iron Spiders & Delirium Beams: episodes 79-84; Episode commentary track with Marty Fleck (Director Anderson) and ADR Director Charles Campbell; Clean opening animation; Clean closing animation; Dr. Nambu profile; Character sketches of Dr. Nambu; Interview with voice actor Andy McAvin (Dr. Nambu); Dr. Nambu audition footage; Episode sketches; Gatchaman music; Installment of the Gatchaman Manga: Mortal Blow! Gatchaman Fire; Chipboard box with art by Alex Ross. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional English subtitles.

Gang Wars Two documentaries about the culture of gangs and street violence in Little Rock, Arkansas, originally made for HBO by Marc Levin. Gang War: Bangin' in Little Rock (1994) profiles members of rival gangs to illustrate the migration of big city gangs to middle America. Back in the Hood: Gang War 2 (2004) follows one of the former gang-leaders after he's released from a ten year prison term. 2 discs. Details: Color, 120 mins, HBO, Academy Ratio, 1.33:1. Supplements: Commentary by producer/director Marc Levin and others; "One Decade Later" interviews; "Notes From the Coroner" interview with county coroner Steve Nawojczyk. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo) and Spanish. Optional subtitles.

Godzilla: Gojira Deluxe Collector's Edition (Japan, 1954) The mother of all Japanese monster movies created an entire industry, spawned over 20 sequels, and opened the door for a whole host of oversized brethern: Mothra, Rodan, Gamera, and more. But none of them ever matched the righteous anger or terrifying ferocity of the Big G in his first film, who descends upon Tokyo like some biblical retribution. But you've really seen the film until you've watched the the original, uncut, Japanese version of the original atomic monster. Gojira, available for the first time in the U.S., is a much darker film than the American version, with an anti-Atomic Bomb message and references to surviving Hiroshima along with a much slower, moodier build-up in the first act before Godzilla's first appearance. This set also features American version Godzilla: King of the Monsters (1956), which features new footage featuring Raymond Burr and is still 20 minutes shorter than the original version. Details: Black and White, 98 mins, Classic Media, Academy Ratio, 1.33:1. Audio: Japanese (Dolby Digital 1.0). Optional English subtitles.

Heart of Darkness: Vietnam War Chronicles 1945-75 7-part documentary series on the longest military conflict in U.S. history, produced and directed by Edward Feuerherd. 3-disc digipak. Details: Color, 321 mins, Koch Vision, Academy Ratio. Supplements: 4 bonus episodes. Optional subtitles.

House of the Damned An architect and his wife are staying in an empty castle in California. They are joined by an unhappily married lawyer and his wife. Things start getting strange when they spot a half man/half beast prowling around the house and keep seeing a headless woman wandering the grounds.

Hustle - Complete Season One (2004) The con artists are the good guys -- sort of -- in this smooth, sleek, sexy and funny series, a British/American co-production about a team of grifters who team-up to score big scams on some sleazy marks. Yes, these guys have a code, of sorts -- they only target marks that deserve a fleecing -- but who cares. These guys are fun, they're smart, their stylish, and they have a way with spinning a spell that can distract the audience as well as it does their mark. Adrian Lester leads the team as Mickey Bricks, the GQ cover model of the London com game, Marc Warren is Danny Blue, the street-con with attitude who signs on a junior member, Jaime Murray is Stacie Monroe, "the bird" who provides most of the distraction, Robert Glenister is tech expert and forger Ash Morgan, and Robert Vaughn is team mentor and sly father figure Albert Stroller. Details: Color, 356 mins, BBC/Warner, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.78:1. Supplements: "Assembling the Team" featurette; Cast bios; 6 episodes on 2 discs. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional subtitles.

I, Vampire - Trilogy of Blood Three short films with vampire themes: Spawn of Hell and Undead Evil (from director Ted Nicolaou) and From the Grave. Each have been edited down from a previously released feature film. Details: Color, 85 mins, Koch Vision, Academy Ratio, 1.33:1. Optional subtitles.

Jackass - The Movie (Unrated) What do Johnny Knoxville and his gang of Jackasses consider too much for TV? It's all here in this mix of performance art, freak-show exhibitionism, and documentary, a series of stupid human tricks designed to make you laugh, gawk, gasp, and possibly throw up. Details: Color, 88 mins, MTV/Paramount Unrated Special Collector's Edition, Widescreen anamorphic. Supplements: Over 4 minutes of extended scenes added to the original film; Commentary by star Johnny Knoxville with director Jeff Tremaine and cinematographer Dimitry Elyashkevich; Commentary by the cast of Jackasses; The Making of Jackass The Movie MTV special; Outtakes; 27 minutes of additional footage ; "Too Hot for MTV" additional footage; Inside look at Jackass Number Two. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround). Optional English subtitles.

Japan's Longest Day (Japan, 1967) Kihachi Okamoto directs Japan's own story of the end of World War II and the events of August 15th, 1945, the day the Emperor announced Japan's surrender. Toshiro Mifune stars as War Minister Anami and Chishu Ryu is the Prime Minister. Also known as The Emperor and the General. Details: Black and White, 158 mins, AnimEigo, Widescreen anamorphic, 2.35:1. Supplements: Interactive program notes; Image gallery; Trailers. Audio: Japanese. Optional English subtitles.

Jesse James The railroads are squeezing farmers off their land. When a railroad agent kills their mother, Frank and Jesse James take up robbing banks and trains. The public regard them as heroes. When Jesse retires his erstwhile friend Robert Ford shoots him in the back to get the reward.

Kinky Boots A conservative family shoe business on the verge of bankruptcy takes a radical turn when the young heir (Joel Edgerton) hires a cross dressing cabaret singer (Chiwetel Ejiofor) as their new creative consultant and turns to radical new designs for a new market: drag queens. Sarah-Jane Potts, Linda Bassett, and Nick Frost co-star in the British comedy, inspired by a true story. Details: Color, 107 mins, Miramax, Widescreen anamorphic, 2.40:1. Supplements: Deleted scenes with optional commentary by director Julian Jarrold; "The Real Kinky Boots Factory" featurette; "Journey of a Brogue" featurette. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and French. Commentary by director Julian Jarrold and stars Joel Edgerton, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Sarah-Jane Potts (Dolby Digital 2.0). Optional Spanish and English subtitles.

Lethal Weapon  (Blu-ray) Martin Riggs is an L.A. cop with suicidal tendencies and Roger Murtaugh is the unlucky police officer with whom Riggs is assigned. Together they uncover a huge drug-smuggling operation, and as their success rate grows so does their friendship.

Lost: Complete Second Season The mysteries just get more complicated on J.J. Abrams' addictive high concept survival series, about the survivors of a plane crash stranded on a tropical island honeycombed with secret government facilities and already inhabited by an aggressive tribe with a secret agenda. The season begins with the opening of the hatch and the introduction of a whole new mythology involving "The Dharma Initiative," but that's just the beginning of the complications. The rescue mission scuttled at sea washes ashore and discovers more crash survivors on the other side of the island, barely alive after being picked off by "the Others," who continue their raids and infiltrations. Creator Abrams uses these supernatural echoes and conspiratorial hints to keep the show shrouded in a tantalizing mystery, but he finds the most interesting mysteries among the marvelously sculpted characters themselves and the complications to throws in through their flashbacks. It's almost as addictive the second time around. Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Josh Holloway, Naveen Andrews, Terry O'Quinn, Emilie de Ravin, Dominic Monaghan, Daniel Dae Kim, Yoon-jin Kim, Harold Perrineau Jr., and Jorge Garcia are joined this season by Michelle Rodriguez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Cynthia Watros, Sam Anderson, among others. Details: Color, 1056 mins, Buena Vista, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.78:1. Supplements: 24 episodes from the 2005-2006 season on 7 discs; Exclusive unaired flashbacks; LOST connections: interactive experience that plants seeds for season three; Conspiracy theories with creators, writers, fans; Fire and Water: Anatomy of an Episode; Secrets From the Hatch; Deleted Scenes; Bloopers; Channel UK promo directed by David LaChapelle; The World According to Sawyer. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Commentary by Executive producers Damon Lindelof, Carleton Cuse, Bryan Burk and Jack Bender on "Man of Science, Man of Faith" (Dolby Digital 2.0), Commentary by director Paul Edwards, Director of Photography Michael Bonvillain, and co-star Evangeline Lilly on "What Kate Did" (Dolby Digital 2.0), Commentary by Executive producers Damon Lindelof, Carleton Cuse and Bryan Burk on "The 23rd Psalm" (Dolby Digital 2.0), Commentary by director Jack Bender, co-stars Jorge Garcia & Cynthia Watros on "Dave" (Dolby Digital 2.0) and Commentary by Co-stars Yunjin Kim and Daniel Dae Kim, writers Elizabeth Sarnoff and Christina M. Kim on "The Whole Truth" (Dolby Digital 2.0). Optional English subtitles.

Mrs. Parker & the Vicious Circle Dorothy Parker remembers the heyday of the Algonquin Round Table, a circle of friends whose barbed wit, like hers, was fueled by alcohol and flirted with despair.

National Lampoon's Dorm Daze 2 (Unrated) This time, the turf hits the surf as the students of Billingsley U. ditch campus life for fun, sun and high times on the high seas. When the good ship Surveyor leaves port for romantic Mexico, rules, inhibitions and school clothes are quickly cast off as the salty air and the skimpy swimwear get everyone in the mood to mate. All aboard for laughs as these college hotties put the motion in the ocean in this wet 'n' wild romantic comedy.

One Take Only (Thailand, 2001) Oxide Pang (of the Pang Brothers) makes his solo-directorial debut in this thriller about a hooker and a drug dealer who team up for a big score in the Bangkok underworld. Details: Color, 90 mins, Asia Extreme/Tartan, Widescreen anamorphic. Supplements: Film Notes by Justin Bower; "The Making of Oxide Pang's Ab-Normal Beauty" featurette; Trailers. Audio: Thai (Dolby Digital 5.1) and Thai (DTS 5.1). Optional English subtitles.

Our Brand Is Crisis Documentary about the strategists-for-hire who shape the messages of political candidates insides and outside of the United States. Director Rachel Boynton follows strategist James Carville, pollster Jeremy Rosner and a team of political consultants as they launch a campaign for Bolivian presidential candidate Gonzalo Sánchez de Loz. Details: Color, 87 mins, Koch Lorber, widescreen. Supplements: Commentary by director Rachel Boynton; Trailer. Audio: and Spanish with English subtitles (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional English subtitles.

Oz - The Complete Sixth Season The final season of the most violent and volatile show on cable, a testosterone and blood driven soap opera for men that races at a pace untouched by any other show on TV due to its unique structure, and the feuds, the power-plays, the operatic emotions, and the violence never lets up. It all comes to end here: Cyril O'Reilly (Scott Williams Winters) is on death row, the once peaceful Islamic leader Said (Eamonn Walker) seeks to recover his inner peace, and the toxic affair between Beecher (Lee Tergesen) and Keller (Christopher Meloni) takes dramatic and psychotic turns that pull the sadistic Aryan Nations leader Schillinger (J.K. Simmons) back into their lives. Details: Color, 520 mins, HBO, Academy Ratio, 1.33:1. Supplements: 8 episodes on 3 discs; Three audio commentaries ("Dead Man Talking," "A Day in the Death" and "Exeunt Omnes") with series creator Tom Fontana, cast members Terry Kinney, Eamonn Walker, Dean Winters, Scott Winters and writer Bradford Winters ; 30 minutes of deleted scenes ; Original cast audition tapes ; Exclusive extended cut of the series finale: "Exeunt Omne". Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0). Optional Spanish, French and English subtitles.

The Palgue Clive Barker is a producer on this apocalyptic horror thriller about a future where the children of the world are sent into a ten year coma and then awaken with a mission to kill all adults. James Van Der Beek, Ivana Milicevic, and Brad Hunt star and Hal Masonberg directs. Features both full screen and widescreen versions on the same disc. Details: Color, 88 mins, Sony Pictures, Widescreen anamorphic, Academy Ratio, 2.35:1. Supplements: Commentary by the cast and the editor; Deleted scenes. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround). Optional French and English subtitles.

Playtime - Criterion Collection (France, 1967) Jacques Tati's masterpiece gets a new special edition with an all-new high-definition transfer. His ever popular Mr. Hulot, the gangly pipe-smoking bachelor, goes to Paris as a tourist in a huge group of French sightseers, American tourists, and urban businesspeople whose paths criss-cross through a largely plotless film. Tati's humor graduates from the inspired to the sublime, his gags layered through every wide, deep focus shots his characters confronting the world on their own terms, and the cast uniting in a brilliant, inclusive third act that moves like a comic ballet. Details: Color, 124 mins, Criterion, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.85:1. Supplements: Video introduction by Terry Jones; Selected scene audio commentary by film historian Philip Kemp; Alternate international soundtrack; "Au-delŕ de Playtime," a short documentary featuring archival behind-the-scenes footage from the set; "Tati Story," a short biographical film about Tati; "Jacques Tati in Monsieur Hulot's Work," a 1976 BBC Omnibus program; Rare audio interview with Tati from the U.S. debut of Playtime; Video interview with script supervisor Sylvette Baudrot; Cours du soir, a 1967 short film written by and starring Tati; Booklet with a new essay by Jonathan Rosenbaum. Audio: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional English subtitles.

Pride Fighting Championships: Bushido, Vol. 5 No description available

Pride Fighting Championships: Final Conflict 2005 No description available

Running with the Hitman Comedy about a frustrated grandfather (Judd Hirsch), his underachieving son-in-law (Gil Bellows), a low-level mobster who wants to get "made" (Danny Aiello), and his bubbly wife (Mercedes Ruehl), who all collide in an ill-conceived murder plot. Details: Color, 88 mins, Echo Bridge, Academy Ratio. Optional subtitles.

Say Uncle Peter Paige directs and stars as a gay artist whose affection for the local children becomes a neighborhood controversy in this satirical black comedy. Kathy Najimy, Lisa Edelstein, Gabrielle Union, and Melanie Lynskey co-star. Details: Color, 91 mins, TLA, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.77:1. Supplements: Director commentary; Behind-the-scenes featurette; Storyboards; Trailer. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional English subtitles.

Secrets of Mary Magdalene Documentary on one of the world's most controversial religious figures, based on the non-fiction book of the same title by Dan Burstein and Arne de Keijzer, directed by award-winning filmmaker Rob Fruchtman, and narrated by Marisa Berenson. Also features the bonus program A Mary Magdalene Roundtable: The Experts Speak with six leading experts. Details: Color, 96 mins, Koch Vision, widescreen, 1.78:1. Supplements: "More Secrets of Mary Magdalene" featurette; Trailer. Optional subtitles.

Seven Samurai - Criterion Collection (Japan, 1954) How can you go wrong with the most rousing samurai saga ever made? Americans are constantly remaking this classic (most notably as The Magnificent Seven) but nothing beats the original, starring Kurosawa favorite actors Takashi Shimura as the humble group leader who puts together a fighting force to protect a poor village from bandits and a young, fiery Toshiro Mifune as an angry maverick who invites along on the adventure. At over three hours the film never flags; it ebbs and flows like a tide as each of the hired swords reveals his character during and between battles. As a purely visual display it's astounding, a samurai ballet in the dust and mud. The Seven Samurai is Kurosawa's masterpiece, which (in a career is rich as Kurosawa's) places it in the pantheon. The new 3-disc edition features a new high-definition master and new supplements unavailable on Criterion's first release. Details: Black and White, 207 mins, Criterion, Academy Ratio, 1.33:1. Supplements: All-new, restored high-definition digital transfer ; Two audio commentaries: one by film scholars David Desser, Joan Mellen, Stephen Prince, Tony Rayns, and Donald Richie; the other by Japanese-film expert Michael Jeck ; A 50-minute documentary on the making of Seven Samurai, part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create ; My Life in Cinema, a two-hour video conversation between Akira Kurosawa and Nagisa Oshima produced by the Directors Guild of Japan ; Seven Samurai: Origins and Influences, a new documentary lookimg at the samurai traditions and films that impacted Kurosawa's masterpiece ; Theatrical trailers and teaser ; Gallery of rare posters and behind-the scenes and production stills ; New and improved English subtitle translation ; A booklet featuring essays by Peter Cowie, Philip Kemp, Peggy Chiao, Alain Silver, Kenneth Turan, Stuart Galbraith, Arthur Penn, and Sidney Lumet and an interview with Toshiro Mifune . Audio: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.1 Surround) and Japanese (Dolby Digital 1.0). Optional English subtitles.

Shock-O-Rama Direct-to-video tribute to the gruesome horror comics of the fifties and the seventies from director Brett Piper. Stars Misty Mundae, Julian Wells, and AJ Kahn. Details: Color, E.I Independent Cinema, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.78:1. Supplements: Commentary; Interviews; Behind-the-scenes featurette; New York City premiere. Optional subtitles.

Shock Treatment (1981) Following on from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", this musical is set several years later in Brad and Janet Majors' hometown - which has become a giant TV station; residents are either participants or viewers. They are married now, but their romance has fallen on the rocks. Ostensibly to fix their marriage, Brad is imprisoned on the program "Dentonvale" (the local mental hospital) while Janet is conscripted to become a new star. As Janet is entranced by the high life, she forgets Brad. Who is trying to woo her away?

Shooting the Past (1999) British TV mini-series from writer/director Stephen Poliakoff, about a corporate representative trying to turn a country house into a modern business school while the staff, which curates a unique photographic collection at the home, resists his efforts. Lindsay Duncan, Timothy Spall, Liam Cunningham, Billie Whitelaw, and Emilia Fox star. 2 discs. Details: Color, 183 mins, BBC/Warner, Widescreen anamorphic. Supplements: Commentary by writer/director Stephen Poliakoff, composer Adrian Johnston, and production designer JP Kelly; Interviews with Stephen Poliakoff and the cast; Photo montage. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0). Optional English subtitles.

Silent Partner Murder mystery starring Nick Moran as a young CIA analyst investigating the apparent suicide of an international businessman and Tara Reid as a mysterious woman whose link to the dead man puts her own life in peril. Gregg Henry co-stars. Details: Color, Ventura. Optional subtitles.

Silk Stalkings: Complete Fifth Season Cassandra "Cassy" St. John and Tom Ryan are the new duo in town. It is now their job to catch the killers of Palm Beach. They are ex-partners, who got married, and then divorced. Now they are partnered together again. Rita left the show to care for her and Chris's unborn child.

Sister Street Fighter Collection No description available

Stupidity What is America's fascination with stupidity? This documentary looks at the "dumbing down" of contemporary culture through television news, reality shows, internet sites and popular films and the comments of John Cleese, Noam Chomsky, Salma Hayek and Bill Maher. Details: Color, 77 mins, Disinformation, widescreen, 1.78:1. Supplements: Commentary by director Albert Nerenberg; Extended interviews with Noam Chomsky, Bill Maher, Joel Schumacher, and others; Documentary Channel interview with director Albert Nerenberg. Optional subtitles.

Supernatural - The Complete First Season The youth take on Kolchak: The Night Stalker by way of X-Files style drops two estranged brothers (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) into a '67 Chevy Impala and on the road to find their missing father, who has been obsessed with unexplained phenomenon and supernatural lore ever since his wife -- their mother -- died in one of the freakiest spectacles you've seen on network TV. Their a pair of junior Mulders without a badge but plenty of fake ID and smooth lines, and a trunk full of equipment bought from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer fire sale. It's shot in Vancouver and features the same dark forests and foggy backroads that defined the look of X-Files and pilot director David Nutter (an X-Files veteran) pushes that resemblance as far as he can. Details: Color, 968 mins, Warner, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.77:1. Supplements: 22 episodes on six discs; Commentary on "Pilot" by creator Eric Kripke, director David Nutter, and producer Peter Johnson; Commentary on "Phantom Traveler" by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles ; "Supernatural: Tales from the Edge of Darkness" - 15 minute never-before-seen making of documentary ; "Day in the Life of Jared and Jensen" - Never-before-seen featurette focusing on Jared and Jensen on the set of Supernatural ; Gag reel ; Unaired scenes ; Still gallery; DVD-ROM capabilities with link to exclusive website content featuring a sneak-peek into season 2, original pilot script, access to Dean's computer and much more. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional Spanish, Portuguese and French subtitles.

Tales from the Grave Trilogy of horror tales about the dead rising up for revenge, from executive producer Charles Band: Beyond Death, Brides of the Dead, and The Rotting Dead. Each have been edited down from a previously released feature film. Details: Color, 85 mins, Koch Vision, Academy Ratio, 1.33:1. Optional subtitles.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Volume 5 12 episodes from the third season of the animated series about four pet store turtles flushed into the sewers and mutated into a pizza-munching fighting force. Details: Color, 289 mins, Lionsgate, Academy Ratio. Supplements: 12 episodes on 1 disc. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional subtitles.

The Ten Commandments - The Complete Miniseries Dougray Scott is Moses and Omar Sharif is Jethro in the recent TV miniseries version of the bible story. Naveen Andrews, Linus Roache, Mia Maestro, Richard O'Brien, Paul Rhys, Susan Lynch, and Claire Bloom co-star and Robert Dornhelm directs. Details: Color, 176 mins, Echo Bridge, widescreen, 1.78:1. Supplements: "The Making of The Ten Commandments" featurette. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional subtitles.

Three Musketeers (1966) Jeremy Brett is D'Artagnan, Gary Watson is Aramis, and Brian Blessed is Porthos in the 10-part BBC mini-series, directed by Peter Hammond and broadcast 40 years ago. 2 discs. Details: Black and White, 243 mins, Koch Vision, Academy Ratio, 1.33:1. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 1.0). Optional subtitles.

The True Story of Jesse James Legendary fifties director Nicholas Ray (Rebel Without A Cause) retells the Jesse James saga, starring Robert Wagner as the legendary bank robber. As Jesse James attempts to evade the law, those who know him best -- his brother Frank (Jeffrey Hunter), wife (Hope Lange) and mother (Agnes Moorehead) -- ponder the question, "What turned this simple farmboy to a life of lawlessness?" And as Jesse continues his ride into notoriety, the key events in his life are scrutinized in a desperate attempt to close in on him for good.

Toshiro Mifune - The Ultimate Collection (Japan) Box set of 5 samurai classics starring Toshiro Mifune. In Samurai Assassin (1965), directed by Okamoto Kihachi, he's a scruffy swordsman who joins a secret sect plotting to assassinate the Emperor's advisor, who has built himself up to become the most powerful man in Japan. Samurai Banners (1969), from director Inagaki Hiroshi, is a sweeping story of two men attempting to build an empire in 16th century Japan. In Red Lion (1969), he plays a common stablehand who returns to his village impersonating a great military officer just as the corrupt governor has kidnapped a number of locals. And finally, Mifune revives his beloved rogue samurai character Yojimbo in Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970), his only showdown with Shintaru Katsu's legendary samurai character, and in Incident at Blood Pass (1970), hired for an assignment so mysterious that he isn't even told what it is. Details: Color/Black and White, 639 mins, AnimEigo, widescreen. Audio: Japanese. Optional English subtitles.

Twitches An original Disney Movie which is based on a best selling book series with the same name, starring one of the famous twins, Tia and Tamera Mowry as Alex Fielding and Camryn Barnes who was separated at birth. Taken each by their protectors, Karsh and Illeana to their safety to the next dimension, during in the peak of the war between Coventry and the Darkness, after it had taken the life of their father, Aron who had given them his every drop of powers to each of them.

United 93 The first theatrical feature to deal with the events of September 11 imagines the drama aboard United 93, the lone flight that never reached its objective. Upon getting cell phone messages about the attacks upon the Twin Towers, the passengers rose up against the hijackers and grounded the plane. Paul Greengrass, who knows something about recreating touchy human tragedies (see the powerful Bloody Sunday), casts unknowns in the passenger roles (some of the real life tower crew even play themselves) and shoots the drama like a real-time documentary. While no one will ever know the real drama that unfolded in the air, this portrait pays tribute to the ordinary Americans with a respectful dignity. Available in separate widescreen and fullscreen editions. Details: Color, 111 mins, Universal, Widescreen anamorphic, 2.35:1. Supplements: Feature Commentary with Director Paul Greengrass; "United 93: The Families and the Film" featurette; Memorial Pages. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 5.1) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional Spanish, French and English subtitles.

United 93 The first theatrical feature to deal with the events of September 11 imagines the drama aboard United 93, the lone flight that never reached its objective. Upon getting cell phone messages about the attacks upon the Twin Towers, the passengers rose up against the hijackers and grounded the plane. Paul Greengrass, who knows something about recreating touchy human tragedies (see the powerful Bloody Sunday), casts unknowns in the passenger roles (some of the real life tower crew even play themselves) and shoots the drama like a real-time documentary. While no one will ever know the real drama that unfolded in the air, this portrait pays tribute to the ordinary Americans with a respectful dignity. Available in separate widescreen and fullscreen editions. Details: Color, 111 mins, Universal, Widescreen anamorphic, 2.35:1. Supplements: Feature Commentary with Director Paul Greengrass; "United 93: The Families and the Film" featurette; Memorial Pages. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 5.1) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional Spanish, French and English subtitles.

Unknown White Male: A True Story Rupert Murray's documentary about Doug Bruce, a man who reportedly lost his memory sometime between July 1 and July 3, 2003, and found himself aboard a Coney Island subways with no idea of who was or where he came from. There's been some controversy about this film, which has come under scrutiny concerning Murray's relationship to Bruce (they were friends before the memory loss) and vague details surrounding Bruce's affliction. Details: Color, 88 mins, Wellspring/Genius, Widescreen anamorphic. Supplements: "Visualizing Memory: Making of…" featurette; "Where He Is Now" featurette; Interviews with friends; Extended interviews with experts; Q&A with the director and producer; Original Sand Dune sequence. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional subtitles.

Vermilion Pleasure Night Vol. 1 - Optical Erotica (Japan) The late-night variety show that spawned the surreal cult series The Fuccons (aka Oh! Mikey) plays like an avant-garde sketch comedy show by way of MTV on hallucinogens. Dancing girls perform strange routines between sexually charged English lessons, mannequin sitcom weirdness, and animated sequences. Features episodes 1 and 2. Details: Color, 100 mins, ADV, Academy Ratio, 1.33:1. Audio: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo) and English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional English subtitles.

Viva Zapatero No description available

Where There's a Will A loser con artist (Frank Whaley) thinks he has a sure thing when he's asked to take care of his ailing grandmother (Marion Ross), but getting the inheritance turns out to be trickier than he thought. Keith Carradine co-stars in the TV-movie comedy. Details: Color, 86 mins, Echo Bridge, widescreen. Optional subtitles.