Monday, September 11, 2006

DVD Tuesday: Original Star Wars, Smallville, Lucky Number Slevin & More! - Xoanon @ 13:20 PST
The Adventures of Chico & Guapo - The Complete First Season The animated series co-created by Orlando Jones about best friends who work as interns in the music industry. Originally created as a series of shorts on The Orlando Jones Show, it was spun off as a series for MTV 2. Details: Color, Paramount, Academy Ratio. Supplements: 16 shorts from The Orlando Jones Show; Animated storyboards; "The Gift" - Director's cut version; Orlando Jones' TAL appearance; Early sketches; Original scripts. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional subtitles.

Agatha Christie Classic Mystery Collection Helen Hayes stars in this box set of three made-for-TV features. She plays Christie's Miss Jane Marple in A Caribbean Mystery (1983), co-starring Maurice Evans, Swoosie Kurtz, and Barnard Hughes (with a script co-written by Sue Grafton), and Murder with Mirrors (1985), where she teams up with a crafty inspector (Leo McKern) to solve a murder in a country-house. Bette Davis and John Mills co-star. Hayes is Lavinia Fullerton, an armchair detective who teams up with a computer wiz (Bill Bixby), in Murder Is Easy (1982), and Lesley-Anne Down, Olivia de Havilland, and Jonathan Pryce co-star as the suspect gallery. Also available in the eight-disc Agatha Christie Classic Mystery Collection. Details: Color, Warner, Academy Ratio, 1.33:1. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 1.0). Optional Spanish, Korean and English subtitles.

America's Funniest Home Videos: Nincompoops and Boneheads (1990) Two episodes from the long-running family series, hosted by Tom Bergeron and Bob Saget. Details: Color, 80 mins, Shout! Factory, Academy Ratio. Optional subtitles.

America's Funniest Home Videos: Sports Spectacular (1990) Two episodes from the long-running family series, hosted by Tom Bergeron. Details: Color, 80 mins, Shout! Factory, Academy Ratio. Optional subtitles.

Backdraft A rookie firefighter tries to earn the respect of his older brother and other firefighters while taking part in an investigation of a string of arson/murders. This detailed look into the duties and private lives of firemen naturally features widespread pyrotechnics and special effects.

Ballets Russes Acclaimed documentary on the revolutionary twentieth-century dance troupe known as the Ballets Russes, which was born in turn-of-the-century Paris and spawned rival dance troupes who fought legendary "ballet battles" on pre-World War II London before shutting down in the 1960s due to rocketing egos, outside competition, and internal mismanagement. Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine direct. Details: Color/Black and White, 118 mins, Zeitgeist, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.85:1. Supplements: "Encores": a 55-minute, four-part series of additional behind-the-scenes, rehearsal and interview footage with Ballets Russes dancers and collaborators; Rare archival footage, including Ballets Russes performances not in the film; Extensive photo galleries of Ballets Russes staris, additional dancers and vintage Playbill Covers; Original Theatrical Trailers. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional English subtitles.

The Batman - The Complete Second Season The second season of the revised animated superhero series about the young Batman in the early years of his crime-fighting career, battling such criminal masterminds as the Joker, Mr. Freeze, Penguin, and the Riddler with the support of police detective Jim Gordon. Part of the "DC Comics Kids Collection" featured on the Cartoon Network. Details: Color, Warner, Academy Ratio. Supplements: 13 episodes on 2 discs; "Catching up With… The Batman: Inside Season 2" featurette. Optional subtitles.

Beavis & Butt-Head Do America Our intrepid adolescent heroes wake up to find their beloved television stolen, and embark on an epic journey across America to recover it, and, who knows, maybe even score. On the way they encounter a murderous smuggler of a deadly virus and his treacherous wife, an FBI agent with a predilection for cavity searches, a couple of rather familiar looking ex-Motley Crue roadies, Mr. Van Dreesen singing "Lesbian Seagull", a little old lady and of course Mr. Anderson and his trailer. Can the Great Cornholio save the day? Uh-huh. Huh-huh.

Black Magic A magician makes money by charging people to cast love spells on the objects of their affection. Complications arise when he decides that he wants a customer's bride for himself.

Black. White. What's it like to live in someone else's skin? Find out by watching this fascinating documentary series in which the African-American Sparks family (Brian, Renee and 16-year-old Nick) trades places with the Caucasian Wurgel family (Bruno, Carmen and 17-year-old Rose) thanks to an incredible visual transformation created by Hollywood make-up artists. The two families agree to share a home for the duration of a six-week social experiment that will challenge their beliefs and core values in ways they could have never imagined. Their unscripted experiences are often explosive, always intriguing and ultimately insightful...resulting in a totally unique cultural perspective that's anything but black-and-white!

Bloodz vs Wolvez No description available

Bottoms Up Kevin Smith regular Jason Mewes stars as a Midwest bartender and heads to Hollywood, where he hooks up with a pampered starlet (Paris Hilton), in the romantic comedy from Erik MacArthur. Details: Color, 89 mins, Sony Pictures, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.85:1. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional French and English subtitles.

Clifford: Clifford's Big Halloween Kooky ghosts, spooky costumes and leaf piles are all part of the fun when Clifford and friends share in fall festivities on Birdwell island. DVD includes the episode Boo! where on Halloween night, Clifford gets tangled up in a white sheet, and the whole town gets a great big scare from the mysterious ghost dog of Birdwell Island. In these eight great episodes, Clifford and friends learn about doing your job, keeping a promise and making a new friend. Get ready to dig for Dinosaurs and meet a true superhero!

Code Lyoko: First Season "Code Lyoko" tells the story of a group of students who uncover a parallel universe called Lyoko inside a super-computer that is threatened by a renegade program named XANA that could destroy the world. It's up to four boarding school students named Jeremy, Yumi, Ulrich, and Odd to help a humanoid being inside Lyoko named Aelita to stop the rogue program X.A.N.A and his plans to attack their world. Jeremy, who is in love with Aelita, struggles through season 1 to find a way to "materialize" aelita, so she can become human by exiting the scanners that connect Odd, Ulrich, and Yumi to Lyoko. If Jeremy accomplishes this, he will be able to shut down Lyoko and defeat XANA. In the episode "Code: EARTH", we witness Jeremy finally materializes Aelita, and accomplishes his dream. The group deactivate Lyoko, but the didn't guess what would happened. XANA apparently infected Aelita with a virus before she was materialized so that if XANA goes, she does too! After being distraught by this dilemma, Aelita and Jeremy spend time together. After returning Aelita to her temporary home, Yumi's house, Jeremy heads back home. In the beginning of season 2, we witness the dawn of new technology. Jeremy programs vehicles into Lyoko, for faster travel, and he also makes a better scan program to detect "activated towers", so Aelita can live on earth, without having to stay in Lyoko to look out for XANA's attacks on earth! ALong with that, Jeremy announces that he is working on an anti-virus good enough to save Aelita from XANA! Franz Hopper, a brilliant scientist, seems related to Aelita after some research. After discovering the Lyoko gang discovers the truth, we learn that Aelita was created on Lyoko as the guardian of it by Franz Hopper. Lyoko and even XANA were made by him, although XANA became evil by himself. With Jeremy, Odd, Ulrich, Yumi, and Aelita against XANA, we're sure to experience a great adventure!

Crypt of the Vampire Count Karnstein sends for a doctor to help his sick daughter Laura. Her nurse believes she is possessed by the spirit of a dead ancestor;Carmilla. A young woman becomes intrigued by the mysterious deaths surrounding Laura after a carriage accident outside the castle forces her to stay. They become close friends until Laura becomes convinced the spirit of Carmilla is forcing her to kill.

Death of Mr Lazarescu (Romania) Cristi Puiu's dark, barbed social satire, set in the bureaucratic nightmare of Romanian socialized medicine, stars Ion Fiscuteanu as a flinty pensioner who starts off the film complaining of headaches and stomach cramps and ends up bounced from hospital to hospital, deteriorating to a state of numb incoherence while doctors and admitting nurses scold him like a naughty child. The scathing dark comedy cuts like a scalpel and won the Prix de Certain Regard at Cannes in 2005. Details: Color, 153 mins, Tartan, Widescreen anamorphic. Supplements: Interview with the director; Perspective on the U.S. Healthcare System by Dr. Fred Berlin. Audio: Romanian (Dolby Digital 5.1) and Romanian (DTS 5.1). Optional English subtitles.

Diagnosis Murder - Complete 1st Season (1993-1994) Decades after starring in one of the landmark sitcoms on American TV, Dick Van Dyke returned to the small screen as the jovial Dr. Mark Sloan, a Los Angeles city hospital intern with a sideline as a consultant for the police, notably his Police Detective son (played by Van Dyke's real life son Barry Van Dyke), and a nose for mysteries. Along with Angela Lansbury in Murder, She Wrote and Andy Griffith in Matlock (who participated in a cross-over episode with Van Dyke), he was part of the last wave of geriatric detective stars. Victoria Rowell co-stars as pathologist Amanda Bentley, Scott Baio is fellow doctor Jack Stewart, and Michael Tucci is the hospital administrator. Van Dyke's comic talents brought a light touch and no small amount of humor to the mystery drama and kept the show alive for a healthy eight seasons. Details: Color, Paramount, Academy Ratio, 1.33:1. Supplements: 19 episodes on 5 discs. Optional subtitles.

Disney Princess Stories, Vol. 1 - A Gift From the Heart No description available

Film Noir: The Dark Side of Hollywood Box set of five previously released discs, repackaged in thinpak cases. Fritz Lang directs the World War II resistance thriller Hangmen Also Die (1943) with Brian Donlevy, Henry Fonda stars in The Long Night (1947), the remake of the French poetic realist drama Le Jour se leve by Anatole Litvak, Anthony Mann directs the low-budget Railroaded (1947), a marvelously tawdry thriller starring John Ireland as a cop-killing thug, Budd Boetticher directs Behind Locked Doors (1948), a B-movie thriller starring Richard Carlson as a reporter undercover in a mental hospital to find a wanted man in hiding, and Joan Crawford stars in the Oscar nominated Sudden Fear (1952) as a target in a murder plot by seductive Jack Palance and his scheming lover Gloria Grahame. Details: Black and White, Kino, Academy Ratio, 1.33:1. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 1.0). Optional subtitles.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shamballa Edward Elric and his younger brother Alphonse were living quite happily with their mother... until she died. So Edward and Alphonse decided to try to raise her from the dead. The resurrection failed, leaving Edward without an arm and a leg and Alphonse's soul attached to a suit of armor. Now they roam around the country trying to find a way to restore their bodies.

Gloomy Sunday Budapest in the thirties. The restaurant owner Laszlo hires the pianist András to play in his restaurant. Both men fall in love with the beautiful waitress Ilona who inspires András to his only composition. His song of Gloomy Sunday is, at first, loved and then feared, for its melancholic melody triggers off a chain of suicides. The fragile balance of the erotic ménage à trois is sent off kilter when the German Hans goes and falls in love with Ilona as well.

Goal: The Dream Begins Santiago Munez is the soccer-mad immigrant in Los Angeles whose dream of playing on a world class squad comes true when he's scouted for one of England's premiere clubs, Newcastle United, and lands in a culture where soccer is a religion and the star players are gods. The rousing sports drama directed by Danny Cannon co-stars Alessandro Nivola as the team's troubled star player, Anna Friel as the local girl who falls for the new recruit, Marcel Lures as the coach, and Stephen Dillane as the talent scout who makes it all happen. The game scenes feature footage from pro matches. Details: Color, 118 mins, Touchstone, Widescreen anamorphic, 2.40:1. Supplements: Extended PG-13 version; The Beautiful Game: Featurette about the fast-paced, exciting worldwide phenomenon of soccer; Behind the Pitch: Making-of featurette about how the film's intense soccer action was integrated with real matches played by superstar athletes; Happy Mondays music video: "Playground Superstar"; Golden Moments of the FIFA World Cup featurette. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0). Commentary by filmmakers Danny Cannon, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais (Dolby Digital 2.0). Optional Spanish subtitles.

Golgo 13: Kowloon Assignment No description available

The Great New Wonderful The Great New Wonderful weaves five stories against the backdrop of an anxious and uncertain post-9-11 New York City.

The Great Yokai War A young boy with a troubled home life becomes "chosen," and he stumbles into the middle of a great spirit war, where he meets a group of friendly spirits who become his companions through his journey. Now he must fight to protect his friends and free the world of the spirits from oppression. The creatures and ghosts are taken directly from Japanese folklore and range from the cute and silly to the disturbing.

Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Second Season doctor following in the footsteps of her mother (Kate Burton), discovered that her Dr. McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey) was married. In her second year the wife (Kate Walsh) moves to Seattle and joins the staff of Seattle Grace Hospital, just one of the complications in the hectic lives of Grey and her fellow interns (Sandra Oh, Katherine Heigl, Justin Chambers and T.R. Knight) in the second season. A cross between E.R. and Scrubs, it's an addictive but light soap opera of a medical show, with plenty of energy and style, a pop soundtrack, and the usual romantic complications among the life-and-death crises that face the young doctors every day. Chandra Wilson is "The Nazi" (aka their attending physician Dr. Miranda Bailey), James Pickens Jr. the head of surgery, and Isaiah Washington is the talented surgeon who pairs off with the intense and aggressive Sandra Oh. Details: Color, 1180 mins, Buena Vista Uncut, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.78:1. Supplements: 27 episodes from the 2005-2006 season on six discs; Four extended episodes; "The softer side of Dr. Bailey" interview with Chandra Wilson; "The Doctors Are In" - Favorite characters answer fans' burning questions; Deleted scenes; Exclusive set tour; Creating "Pink Mist": Anatomy of a special effect; Grey's Anatomy on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1). Commentary by director Jeff Melman and writer Krista Vernoff ("Into You Like a Train") (Dolby Digital 2.0), Commentary by Creator Shonda Rimes and editor Susan Vaill ("Thanks for the Memories") (Dolby Digital 2.0), Commentary by Sandra Oh and director Peter Horton ("Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer") (Dolby Digital 2.0) and Commentary by Creator Shonda Rimes, director Peter Horton and editor Edward Ornelas ("It's the End of the World" and "As We Know It") (Dolby Digital 2.0). Optional English subtitles.

Headspace Horror film about a young man (Christopher Denham) whose intellect suddenly grows out of his control, with deadly side-effects, after a chance encounter with a stranger. Andrew van den Houten directs and Olivia Hussey, William Atherton, Sean Young, Larry Fessenden, Dee Wallace, and Udo Kier co-star. Details: Color, 89 mins, Freestyle/Visual Entertainment, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.78:1. Supplements: Filmmaker commentary; Deleted, extended, and alternate scenes; "Fractured Skulls: The Making of Headspace" featurette; FX Journal; Isolated music score; Photo gallery; Talent bios; Trailer; Easter Eggs. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional Spanish subtitles.

Hollywood Greats Daytime, primetime, then late-night talk and variety show. Often there was only one guest (GA Gov. Lester Maddox walked out angrily during one interview). Cavett was intelligent and witty, perhaps too much so for television.

House of Wax (HD DVD) A group of friends on their way to a college football game falls prey to a pair of murderous brothers in an abandoned small town. They discover that the brothers have expanded upon the area's main attraction.. the House of Wax. And created an entire town filled with the wax-coated corpses of unlucky visitors. Now the group must find a way out before they too become permanent exhibits in the House of Wax...

I Am a Sex Addict Director Caveh Zahedi's I Am A Sex Addict may be Zahedi's most autobiographical and, consequently, narcissistic film to date. Previously, when Tripping With Caveh featured Zahedi and musician Will Oldham wandering through meadows high on LSD, some viewers wondered what the point was. Now, "Caveh" relays his history of sex addiction, in nauseating detail, before taking wedding vows with his third wife to-be. Beginning the tale in Paris, 1984, Zahedi narrates the story of Anna, his first true love, Caroline, his second love played by actress Rebecca Lord, and the destruction of both relationships due to his insatiable desire for prostitutes. Speaking directly towards the camera or acting out dramatized scenes, Zahedi explains his deep-seated psychological needs to gawk at women. When his girlfriends repeatedly dump him, he hits rock bottom and begins attending Sex Addicts Anonymous meetings. Besides a frankly disgusting plot, Zahedi's experimentalism seems pretentious, as he explains, for example, why he casts actors before showing them on-screen. Perhaps the unsavory topic explored in I Am A Sex Addict is suitable for other fellow sex addicts, in a therapeutic sense. Otherwise, the question arises throughout: Why should I care?

Inspector Lewis Inspector Morse is dead, but his old partner Inspector Robert Lewis (Kevin Whately) returns in this British TV mystery, returning from a two-year assignment in the British Virgin Islands and landing in the midst of a murder in Oxford, England that has ties to an old Morse case. This time, Lewis is the senior partner to a former divinity student turned DI (Kevin Whately). Originally seen in the U.S. on the PBS anthology series Mystery!. Details: Color, 95 mins, WGBH, widescreen, 1.78:1. Optional subtitles.

International Cinema Collection A Very Long Engagement: The filmmaker and star of Amelie! Jean-Pierre Jeunet directs Audrey Tautou (The Da Vinci Code) in a spellbinding and widely honored tale of lovers separated by WWI. Day for Night: Anything that can go wrong on the set does in Francois Truffaut's giddy, glorious valentine to movies. "The best movie ever made about the movies" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times). The Damned: Luchino Visconti brings flamboyant style to a tale of a corrupt German industrialist family giving way to greater corruption: the rise of the Nazis. With Dirk Bogard, Charlotte Rampling and more. Gloomy Sunday: The art-house favorite about entangled romance, the Holocaust and a song that swept the world is "a stirring and provocative affirmation of the power and resilience of love" (Philip Wuntch, The Dallas Morning News). Death in Venice: Thomas Mann's meditation on beauty, age and obsession is "splendidly brought to the screen" (Leaonard Maltin's Movie Guide) by Luchino Visconti, Dirk Bogard stars.

Jan Svankmajer: The Ossuary & Other Tales No description available

Kill the Poor When a marriage of convenience becomes the real thing, Joe (David Krumholtz) moves his pregnant French wife (Clara Bellar) to a tenement building on New York's Lower East Side. The street is like a war zone with none of the nostalgic appeal that Joe remembers from tales of his immigrant grandparents arriving in the same neighborhood with a new life. This is the urban frontier filled with a wildly funny mixture of gentrifies, homeboys, dealers and local residents simply bent on staying a float.

La Petite Jerusalem (France) Karin Albou's drama about a family of Sephardic Orthodox Jews in a shabby Paris suburb, tackles touchy issues -- namely desire and sexual pleasure within the laws of religion -- with a respectful frankness. Fanny Valette and Elsa Zylberstein star as sisters whose opposing philosophies find common ground and Bruno Todeschini and Aurore Clément co-star. Details: Color, 94 mins, Kino, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.85:1. Supplements: Interview with writer/director Karin Albou; Still gallery; Trailer. Audio: and Hebrew. Optional English subtitles.

Las Vegas: Season Three James Caan playing "Big Ed" Deline, a tough but amiable President of Operations and a father figure to his protégé and right-hand man Danny McCoy (Josh Duhamel) in the splashy, sexy TV series set in lavish trappings of the (fictional) high rolling Montecito Casino. The third season opens with the rebuilding the Monticello (after the fire that ended season two), a new owner (Lara Flynn Boyle), and a whole bunch of episodes devoted to pulling the old crew back together, and ends with yet another new owner (Dean Cain), a wedding, and a murder. In between are card sharks, high stakes heists, and bodacious babes in low-cut fashions and bikinis. Nikki Cox, Molly Sims, Vanessa Marcil, and James Lesure co-star, Cheryl Ladd has a recurring role as Big Ed's wife, and guest stars this season include Jill Hennesy and Jerry O'Connell (as their Crossing Jordan characters) and Rachel Leigh Cook. Details: Color, Universal, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.78:1. Supplements: 23 Episodes on 5 discs; "In With the New" time-lapse photography featurette of the construction of the new hotel; Gag reel. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional Spanish and English subtitles.

Laurel and Hardy Collection 2 Episode Description: The Laurel & Hardy Collection Volume 2 contains 3 classic comedies A-Haunting We Will Go, Dancing Masters, and Bullfighters. These titles are all available for the first time on DVD in a slipcase for $34.98 & $46.98. Disk 1: A-HAUNTING WE WILL GO (1942) *Full Frame Feature **Commentary by Randy Skretvedt **Movietone News **Theatrical Trailer Disk 2: THE DANCING MASTERS (1943) *Full Frame Feature **Commentary by Scott MacGillivray **A Ship's Reporter **Grand Hotel: The 1932 Laurel & Hardy Tour **Trailers Disk 3: BULLFIGHTERS (1945) *Full Frame Feature **Commentary by Scott MacGillivray **Laurel & Hardy: The Fox Years **Trailers

Lethal Weapon 2 (HD DVD) Riggs and Murtaugh are at it again in this sequel to the original Lethal Weapon in 1987. When a red BMW crashes while they are chasing it, they discover the trunk is full of South African Krugerands. Their boss assigns them to protect a federal witness named Leo Getz to try and keep them out of trouble. When the witness reveals he has been doing business with South Africans, the story evolves into a fast moving chase.

Love & Marriage "America's Funniest Home Videos" was inspired by a series of successful TV specials, where home viewers were invited to send in videotapes of their "funniest" moments. In "AFHV," host Saget provided commentary to the home videos which often showed wedding and sports bloopers, children and pets either being themselves or getting into trouble, furniture or other objects giving way (usually contributing to someone's fall) and "comical" reactions to getting inadvertently hit (usually in the groin). Sometimes, certain videos were grouped into themes, such as Christmas or a summer vacation, or had sentimental value to them, such as a marriage proposal; other times, videos were set to classic rock tunes. The top three videos of the week as selected by the producers were eligible for each week's $10,000 top prize; the audience would electronically vote for their one favorite video. Weekly winners got to compete in a later special for a $100,000 top prize.

Lower City (Brazil) Lázaro Ramos, Alice Braga, and Wagner Moura are three points in an erotic triangle playing out in the "lower city" of tropical Salvador da Bahia in the directorial debut of Sergio Machado. Details: Color, 98 mins, Palm, Widescreen anamorphic. Supplements: Behind-the-scenes featurette; Deleted scenes; Cast rehearsal; U.S. theatrical trailer. Audio: Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional Spanish and English subtitles.

Lucky Number Slevin Josh Hartnett as a seemingly innocent bystander caught up in an absurdly convoluted plot about a scheming hitman and criss-crossing assassination conspiracies in this Tarantino-esque crime pastiche from director Paul McGuigan and screenwriter Jason Smilovic. Bruce Willis, Lucy Liu, Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley, and Stanley Tucci fill out the cast of quirky characters in the twisting story. Available in separate widescreen and full screen editions. Details: Color, 110 mins, The Weinstein Company/Genius, widescreen. Supplements: Commentary by actors Josh Hartnett and Lucy Liu and writer Jason Smilovic; Commentary by director Paul McGuigan; "Making Lucky Number Slevin" featurette; Deleted scenes and alternate ending. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional Spanish subtitles.

The Maid (Singapore) Singapore's first homegrown horror movie (which broke domestic box office records on its theatrical release) follows the ordeal of a young Filipino maid in Singapore who breaks the "rules" of the seventh month and faces the supernatural consequences. Kelvin Tong writes and directs. Details: Color, 89 mins, Asia Extreme/Tartan, Widescreen anamorphic. Supplements: "The Making of The Maid" featurette; Trailer. Audio: with some English and Tagalog (Dolby Digital 5.1) and with some English and Tagalog (DTS 5.1). Optional English subtitles.

Masters of Horror: Tobe Hooper - Dance of the Dead Showtime has amassed some of the greatest horror film writers and directors to bring to you the anthology series, "Masters of Horror". For the first time the foremost names in the horror film genre have joined forces for the series consisting of 13 one-hour films each season.

The Miracle of Life A new DVD edition of the Emmy Award-winning documentary The Miracle of Life (1996), featuring microscopic photography by Swedish photographer Lennart Nilsson. Also features the bonus documentary Life's First Feelings, originally made for Nova. Details: Color, 112 mins, WGBH, Academy Ratio. Optional subtitles.

The Miracle Match Sports movie veteran David Anspaugh turns to soccer for this "based on a true story" drama about the rag-tag team put together to represent America in the 1950 World Cup that pulled off one of the all-time great upsets in sports history. Gerard Butler, Wes Bentley, Jay Rodan, Gavin Rossdale, Costas Mandylor, Bill Smitrovich, John Rhys-Davies, and Patrick Stewart star. Originally titled The Game of Their Lives and renamed for DVD. Details: Color, 101 mins, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Widescreen anamorphic, 2.40:1. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional Spanish, French and English subtitles.

Moonlighting: Season 4 The top model Maddie Hayes was betrayed by her investment adviser who flew with all her money to South-America and began the hard life of a Casino owner. All the unfaithful manager has left Maddie is her house, her unbelievable beauty and intelligence and the run-down detective-agency "City Angels" (renamed by Maddie into "Blue Moon"). Because of her lack of money, she wants to sell the agency, but the houses only detective David Addison tries to convince her to join the agency as the new boss. So Maddie Hayes becomes involved in the work of a real private detective, which means so hard work as to spy upon unfaithful husbands, find missing people or murderers, foil attempts on VIP's lives, stop killers, help lovers and by the way save the world`s peace and existence. While doing this Maddie and David try to get used to each other and this way they recognize their complete difference in life-style, humour, amusement and of course in the way how to run a detective agency. Maybe this is why they always seem to us as the perfect couple. Will they become lovers or not? The real thrill of the series you get, hearing the fantastic confusing, charming, frightening and senseless dialogues, seeing Maddie Hayes` eyes and David Addison`s smile. Real cracks will be really amazed by Miss Dipesto`s rhymes to the telephone.

My Little Pony - The Runaway Rainbow If it’s all about rainbows it must be about RAINBOW DASH. And it is. She loves this time of year when Ponyville and Breezie Blossom are all about celebrating rainbows. Meanwhile in a new magical place called Unicornia, RARITY is being taught how to be a Unicorn Princess and the importance of making the first rainbow of the season. But RARITY is quite a little rascal and embarks on an incredible ride that includes a MAGIC WAND, falling through the clouds right into the middle of Breezie Blossom, a visit to Ponyville, meeting SPIKE THE DRAGON and a huge adventure (with lots of mishaps) as she tries to get back to Unicornia. RARITY soon realizes that getting home in time to create the first rainbow of season is not an easy thing to do --- but it is fun! Come on, won’t you join RARITY and all her friends in the most colorful My Little Pony adventure ever?

The Nugget 'The Nugget' is a tale about a group of three roadworkers who stumble upon the world's biggest nugget, and become instant millionaires - or so they think. The roadworkers are mates from way back, and each weekend they go out to an old goldmining site hoping to strike it rich. Each weekend they come back with nothing but a hangover. But then everything changes when they discover the world's biggest nugget - worth many millions of dollars.

The Office: Season Two The American incarnation of the acclaimed British comedy series is a rare transplant that keeps both the attitude and the spirit of the original (a masterpiece created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant) while finding its own direction, which finds firm ground in the second season. Steve Carell carves out his own take as the attention-starved Michael Scott, an insensitive, blithely sexist, cluelessly racist (in a harmless way), and utterly ineffectual office manager who is convinced that he's the epitome of managerial efficiency and understanding. Rainn Wilson is the geeky, brown-nosing assistant manager Dwight ("No, that's assistant to the manager") who loses the long-running battle of wits with smart-alecky salesman Jim Halpert (John Krasinski), a prank-loving guy smitten with secretary Pam (Jenna Fischer), his unhappily engaged partner in pranks. It's a slyer, more squirrelly kind of comedy than you usually find on network TV, but behind the awkward silences and embarrassed stares is an often unexpected compassion and generosity. Details: Color, 477 mins, Universal, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.78:1. Supplements: 22 episodes on four discs; Commentary on 10 episodes by the actors, writes, directors, and producers; Deleted Scenes; "Faces of Scranton" video (from the episode "Valentine's Day"); Fake PSAs; Webisodes from; Blooper Reel; Olympics promo; Steve on Steve. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional Spanish subtitles.

On The Buses: The Ultimate Collection “This double-decker Britcom classic stars Reg Varney as jack-the-lad bus driver Stan, Bob Grant as his chirpy conductor and best mate Jack, and Stephen "I'll have you Butler!" Lewis as the long-suffering, dim-witted Inspector Blakey, who does his best to get the buses out on time while making Stan and Jack’s lives as miserable as possible. One of the most successful TV series ever made, running from 1969 to 1973, On The Buses is British comedy at its best delivering laughter from beginning to end!”

Phantom Flicker Alley, in partnership with the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Foundation is proud to present, Phantom, which marked a major turning point in the influential career and the groundbreaking style of cinema poet F.W. Murnau. In this beautifully reconstructed and restored edition from an amazingly detailed, original 1922 negative, Alfred Abel (Metropolis, Dr. Mabuse) plays Lorenz Lubota, a man obsessed with his own desires to achieve fame and wealth, who must confront the barriers of class keeping him from a woman (Lya de Putti)with whom he has had a fateful encounter. Featuring a magnificent new orchestral score by Robert Israel, this powerfully expressive and surprisingly insightful film is a triumph of German Weimar cinema and a wonderful collaboration of many of its most skilled artisans and recognizable performers. Through dazzling visuals and memorable characters, Phantom paints a portrait of the corrupting influence of money, the conformity of societal norms, and the redemptive power of family.

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Red Dragon (HD DVD) FBI Agent Will Graham has been called out of early retirement to catch a serial killer, known by authorities as "The Tooth Fairy". He asks for the help of his arch-nemesis, Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter, so that he can be able to catch "The Tooth Fairy" and bring him to justice. The only problem is that "The Tooth Fairy" is getting inside information about Graham and his family from none other than Dr. Lecter.

Roseanne: Complete Fifth Season (1992-1993) Another season of the hit working class sitcom starring Roseanne Barr as a working mother trying to juggle a job with her domestic responsibilities and John Goodman as a loving husband and father, a contractor with an innate reluctance to pitch in with household chores. Laurie Metcalf is Roseanne's sister Jackie, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, and Michael Fishman plays the kids, and Johnny Galecki and Glenn Quinn join the cast as the brothers next door. It was a rarity on American TV, a portrait of blue collar family life in the suburbs, from family troubles to money troubles, and found an audience eager for such familiar realities in their comedy. Details: Color, Anchor Bay, Academy Ratio. Supplements: 25 episodes on 4 discs; Exclusive Interview with Roseanne; Roseanne Answers the Top 10 Questions by Her Fans. Optional subtitles.

Seabiscuit (HD DVD) A half-blind ex-prizefighter (Maguire) and mustang breaker (Cooper) team up with a millionaire (Bridges) and his rough-hewn, undersized horse, Seabiscuit. The men bring Seabiscuit incredible heights, helping him earn Horse of the Year honors in 1938. Based on a true story.

Serving In Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (1995) The acclaimed TV movie based on the true story of Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer, the highest-ranking military officer to ever be discharged from the service for being gay. Glenn Close and Judy Davis both won Emmy awards for their performances and Close produces with Barbra Streisand. Details: Color, 92 mins, Sony Pictures, Academy Ratio, 1.33:1. Supplements: "Silent No More: Behind the Scenes of Serving in Silence" featurette; "Hollywood Premiere: January 23, 1995" featurette; "1996 GLAAD Media Awards" featurette. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional English subtitles.

Smallville - The Complete First Five Seasons A meteor shower bursts from the heavens, raining destruction on the unsuspecting citizens of Smallville. Present day. Twelve years later and the healing process has left the town's inhabitants with scars and secrets. From the ashes of tragedy, a popular yet awkward teen attemptsto decipher the meaning of his life and his clouded past. As he struggleswith the transition from boyhood to adulthood, his strength and strangeabilities set him uncomfortably apart from his peers, and his name is Clark Kent.

Smallville: The Complete Fifth Season A meteor shower bursts from the heavens, raining destruction on the unsuspecting citizens of Smallville. Present day. Twelve years later and the healing process has left the town's inhabitants with scars and secrets. From the ashes of tragedy, a popular yet awkward teen attemptsto decipher the meaning of his life and his clouded past. As he struggleswith the transition from boyhood to adulthood, his strength and strangeabilities set him uncomfortably apart from his peers, and his name is Clark Kent.

Space Cowboys (HD DVD) In 1958, the members of Team Daedalus, a group of top Air Force test pilots, were ready to serve their country as the first Americans in space but were pushed aside. Now, as a Russian satellite fails and is about to crash into earth, Team Daedalus is back in action in a rescue mission.

SpongeBob SquarePants - Season 4, Vol. 1 The character-driven toon chronicles the nautical and sometimes nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob, an incurably optimistic and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea friends. Dwelling a few fathoms beneath the tropical isle of Bikini Atoll in the sub-surface city of Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob lives in a two-story pineapple. Instead of taking the logical approach to everyday challenges, SpongeBob approaches life in a wayward and unconventional way. Whether searching for the ultimate spatula to perfect his burger flipping technique at the Krusty Krab, or just hanging out with his best friend Patrick (an amiable starfish), SpongeBob's good intentions and overzealous approach to life usually create chaos in his underwater world.

Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope Part IV in a George Lucas epic, Star Wars: A New Hope opens with a rebel ship being boarded by the tyrannical Darth Vader. The plot then follows the life of a simple farmboy, Luke Skywalker, as he and his newly met allies (Han Solo, Chewbacca, Ben Kenobi, C-3PO, R2-D2) attempt to rescue a rebel leader, Princess Leia, from the clutches of the Empire. The conclusion is culminated as the Rebels, including Skywalker and flying ace Wedge Antilles make an attack on the Empires most powerful and ominous weapon, the Death Star.

Star Wars Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Fleeing the evil Galactic Empire, the rebels abandon their new base on Hoth. Princess Leia, Han Solo and the droids R2-D2 and C-3P0 escape in the damaged Millenium Falcon, but are later captured by Lord Darth Vader on Bespin. Skywalker, meanwhile, follows Ben Kenobi's posthumous command and receives Jedi training by Yoda on Dagobah. Will Skywalker manage to rescue his friends from the dark lord?

Star Wars Episode VI - Return of the Jedi Darth Vader and the Empire are building a new, indestructible Death Star. Meanwhile, Han Solo has been imprisoned, and Luke Skywalker has sent R2D2 and C3PO to try and free him. Princess Leia - disguised as a bounty hunter - and Chewbacca go along as well. The final battle takes place on the moon of Endor, with its natural inhabitants, the Ewoks, lending a hand to the rebels. Will Darth Vader and the dark side overcome the rebels and take over the universe ?

Stella - Season One Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, and David Wain play unemployed roommates in the offbeat comedy series they created for Comedy Central. The show plays like a surreal sitcom that sends them in and out of oddball skits with the flick of a comment. Guest stars include Josh Charles, Janeane Garofalo, Topher Grace, Tim Blake Nelson, Ed Norton, Sam Rockwell, Alan Ruck, and Paul Rudd. Details: Color, 215 mins, Comedy Central/Paramount, Academy Ratio. Supplements: 10 episodes on 2 discs. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional subtitles.

Taps: 25th Anniversary Special Edition An announcement that the venerable Bunker Hill Military Academy, a 141 year old institute, is to be torn down and replaced with condos sets off the young cadets led by their stodgy commander (George C. Scott). Under the command of a student cadet major (Timothy Hutton), the cadets seize the campus, refuse entry of the construction crews and ultimately confront the real military.

Teen Titans - The Complete Second Season Season two of the animated series about the teen superhero team led by Robin and featuring Cyborg, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy and new team member Terra. Part of the "DC Comics Kids Collection" superhero series featured on the Cartoon Network. Details: Color, Warner, Academy Ratio, 1.33:1. Supplements: 13 episodes on 2 discs; "Catching Up with… Teen Titans" featurette. Optional subtitles.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 4 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.

Too Hot Not to Handle Documentary on the effects of global warming in the United States, originally made for HBO. Details: Color, 54 mins, HBO, Academy Ratio. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional subtitles.

Traffic (HD DVD) A modern day look at America's war on drugs told through four separate stories that are connected in one way or another. A conservative politician who's just been appointed as the US drug czar learns that his daughter is a drug addict. A trophy wife struggles to save her husband's drug business, while two DEA agents protect a witness with inside knowledge of the spouse's business. In Mexico, a corrupt, yet dedicated cop struggles with his conscience when he learns that his new boss may not be the anti-drug official he made himself out to be.

Twitches Tia and Tamera Mowry star as "twin witches" who use their newfound magical powers to fight the evil force of Darkness in the Disney Channel Original Movie. Stuart Gillard directs. Details: Color, 86 mins, Disney, Academy Ratio, 1.33:1. Supplements: Alternate ending; The Magic Behind Coventry: Inside look with Tia and Tamera; Twitches' Crystal Ball Predictions. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional subtitles.

The Whore's Son (Austria) A 16-year-old boy (Stanislav Lisnic) discovers the secret of his mother's "working" nights -- and the reason everyone swears at him on the street -- in the debut feature film from director Michael Sturminger. Chulpan Khamatova, Ina Gogalova, and Miki Manojlovic co-star. Details: Color, 86 mins, Picture This!, widescreen. Audio: German (Dolby Digital 5.1) and German (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional Spanish, French and English subtitles.

The Wild Kiefer Sutherland provides the pleasantly rumbling voice of zoo lion Samson, who heads to Africa with a merry menagerie of critters to rescue his cub in this computer animated adventure. Resemblances to Madagascar are coincidental but no less obvious, but this gets downright weird when Samson's merry menagerie land on a volcanic island where a wildebeest cult is staging an evolutionary coup to transform from prey to predator. Other voice actors include Jim Belushi, Greg Cipes, Janeane Garofalo, and Eddie Izzard, who steals the show by quipping a hilarious barrage of ad-libs. Details: Color, 82 mins, Disney, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.78:1. Supplements: Deleted scenes; Blunders & bloopers: Eddie Izzard unleashed; Everlife music video: "Real Wild Child". Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0). Commentary by Film's creators (Dolby Digital 2.0). Optional subtitles.

Wildboyz - Complete Seasons 3 & 4 Uncensored Jackass stars Chris Pontius and Steve-O are back in their spin-off series, where they travel the globe to try their risky stunts and asinine antics in colorful cultures and wildlife settings with dangerous animals. Created for MTV by Jeff Tremaine and Dimitry Elyashkavich, who helped create the original Jackass. Details: Color, 350 mins, Paramount, Academy Ratio. Supplements: 16 episodes on 3 discs; Commentary by Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Johnny Knoxville, and others; Outtakes; Bonus segments; Top 10 Widlboyz moments; Still gallery. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional subtitles.