Monday, October 02, 2006

DVD Tuesday: X-Men 3, 21 Grams, Scarface & More! - Xoanon @ 23:07 PST
21 Grams: Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu's dark, jagged drama about three strangers (Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro, and Naomi Watts) brought together by a life-shattering accident explores issues of life, death, vengeance, and guilt with a jigsaw structure that flows back and forth through time and a rawness that bleeds its emotions as though the characters were stripped of their skins. Sean Penn walked away with the Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festival for his haunting performance. The new edition features a new featurette. Details: Color, 125 mins, Universal, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.85:1. Supplements: " 21 Grams: In Fragments" - An Insightful Look at the Making of the Film. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and French (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional Spanish, French and English subtitles.

Abbott & Costello Show 100th Annivers: Is Who still on first if it's the second season? You'll find out 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 second - and final - season (1953-1954), complete and unedited, digitally remastered, looking and sounding better than ever. 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.") 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!

Abominable: Matt McCoy and Haley Joel star in this made-for-cable horror about a Sasquatch on a killing spree in a remote forest community. Jeffrey Combs, Paul Gleason, Dee Wallace Stone, and Lance Henriksen co-star. Details: Color, 94 mins, Anchor Bay. Supplements: "Back to genre: Making Abominable" featurette; Audio Commentary with writer/director Ryan Schifrin, Actors Matt McCoy and Jeffrey Combs; Deleted and Extended Scenes; Outtakes and Bloopers; Shadows: Director Ryan Schifrin's USC Student Film; Trailers; Poster & Still Gallery; Storyboard Gallery; Screenplay (DVD-ROM). Audio: (Dolby Digital 5.1) and (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional subtitles.

American Blackout: Chronicles the recurring patterns of disenfranchisement witnessed from 2000 to 2004 while following the story of Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who not only took an active role in investigating these election debacles but also found herself in the middle of one after publicly questioning the Bush Administration about the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Some call Cynthia McKinney a civil rights leader among the ranks of Shirley Chisholm and Malcolm X. Others call her a conspiracy theorist and a 'looney.' American Blackout gains unprecedented access to one of the most controversial and dangerous politicians in America and examines the contemporary tactics used to control our democratic process and silence political dissent. The film features interviews with: US Congressional Representatives, John Lewis, Cynthia McKinney, John Conyers, Bernie Sanders, and Stephanie Tubbs-Jones; former US Civil Rights Commissioner & Dean of UC Berkeley's School of Law, Christopher Edley; BBC journalist Greg Palast; and, Van Jones, Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center.

Andromeda Season 5 Collection: Dylan Hunt is the captain of the Andromeda Ascendant, a ship which serves in the military force of the Systems Commonwealth, a monarchy which spans several galaxies. Hunt and his ship are subsequently frozen for several centuries. Revived by a passing salvage ship, Hunt is horrified to find that the Commonwealth has collapsed and all known galaxies have descended into barbarism. Hunt decides to take his ship and crew on a trip around the cosmos to attempt to restore order to the known galaxies.

Andromeda: Slipstream Collection: Dylan Hunt is the captain of the Andromeda Ascendant, a ship which serves in the military force of the Systems Commonwealth, a monarchy which spans several galaxies. Hunt and his ship are subsequently frozen for several centuries. Revived by a passing salvage ship, Hunt is horrified to find that the Commonwealth has collapsed and all known galaxies have descended into barbarism. Hunt decides to take his ship and crew on a trip around the cosmos to attempt to restore order to the known galaxies.

Body Double: (1984) Brian De Palma borrows liberally from Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window and Vertigo for his thriller about a claustrophobic, self-doubting actor (Craig Wasson) lured into voyeuristic situation that turns him into a murder witness. Melanie Griffith is the body double who, when she turns up alive, spurs Wasson to turn detective dive into a seedy erotic labyrinth of skin flicks. Forget logic here; De Palma is all about the illogic of emotion and the beyond-logic of the breathless cinematic image. Gregg Henry, Deborah Shelton, and Dennis Franz co-star. Details: Color, 114 mins, Sony Pictures, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.85:1. Supplements: "The Seduction" featurette; "The Setup" featurette; "The Mystery" featurette; "The Controversy" featurette. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and French. Optional French and English subtitles.

Calvaire: The Ordeal: (Belgium) Laurent Lucas is a lounge musician whose car breaks down near a backwoods inn and winds up the prisoner of an unbalanced innkeeper (Jackie Berroyer) who sabotages his car and puts him through a grueling ordeal of torture and torment. Philippe Nahon, Jean-Luc Couchard, and erotic-horror icon Brigitte Lahaie co-star in the debut film from Fabrice du Welz. Details: Color, 88 mins, Palm, widescreen. Supplements: "Making of" featurette; U.S. theatrical trailer; Weblinks. Audio: French (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional English subtitles.

Changing Times: (France) French cinema legends Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu star in André Téchiné's romantic drama of a businessman who travels to Tangiers to rekindle a romance from 30 year ago with his first love and finds that she has married a younger man (Gilbert Melki). Details: Color, 100 mins, Koch Lorber, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.66:1. Supplements: Interview with Gilbert Melki; Trailer. Audio: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional subtitles.

Chiefs: Documentary on the Wyoming Indian High School Chiefs, the basketball team of the Wind River Indian Reservation, and its importance to the reservation. Details: Color, 87 mins, LifeSize, Academy Ratio. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional subtitles.

CSI:First Season Disc 1: This show follows the nights of the detectives working at the Las Vegas Police Department Crime Scene Investigations bureau. Being the second busiest crime lab in America, CSI officers use the best scientific and technical methods to solve puzzles and catch criminals.

Frasier:First Season Disc 1: Eminent Boston Psychiatrist, Frasier Crane, last seen gracing the bars of Cheers has left his life there to start afresh in Seattle. He now has a spot as a popular radio Psychiatrist, giving him the chance to spread words of wit and wisdom to the masses. He shares his apartment with his retired cop father, Martin, and his father's physical care assistant, Daphne Moon. Add in brother Niles, Eddie the dog, some bizarre situations and plenty of humour and you've got all the ingredients for an excellent show and worthy successor to Cheers.

Ganja & Hess: Dr. Hess Green, an archaeologist overseeing an excavation at the ancient civilization of Myrthia, is stabbed by his research assistant, who then commits suicide. When Hess wakes up, he finds that his wounds have healed, but he now has an insatiable thirst for blood. It turns out that the knife he was stabbed with carried ancient germs that have turned him into a vampire. Soon after, Hess meets his former assistant's wife, Ganja. Though Ganja is initially concerned about her missing husband, she soon falls for Hess. Though they are initially happy together, Ganja will eventually learn the truth about Hess, and about her husband. Will she survive the revelation? Will Hess?

Glass House 2: The Good Mother: Angie Harmon and Joel Gretsch are adoptive parents who turn the lives of a pair of orphans into a nightmare when they turn out to be cruel and abusive. Jordan Hinson, Bobby Coleman, and Jason London co-star. Details: Color, 94 mins, Sony Pictures, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.85:1. Supplements: Filmmaker commentary; 6 deleted scenes. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX) and French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround). Optional French and English subtitles.

Greatest American Hero: A pair of strangers, liberal high-school teacher Ralph Hinkley and right-wing FBI agent Bill Maxwell, have a close encounter in the Southern California desert one night with "little green men", who give our heroes a red superhero suit. The suit works only for Ralph, and the two, accompanied by Ralph's cute lawyer girlfriend Pam, reluctantly team up to battle criminals. Problems ensue when Ralph loses the suit's instruction book, so he had to master the suit's powers on his own.

High Sierra: Roy 'Mad Dog' Earle is broken out of prison by an old associate who wants him to help with an upcoming robbery. When the robbery goes wrong and a man is shot and killed Earle is forced to go on the run, and with the police and an angry press hot on his tail he eventually takes refuge among the peaks of the Sierra Nevadas, where a tense siege ensues. But will the Police make him regret the attachments he formed with two women during the brief planning of the robbery.

Humphrey Bogart - The Signature Collection, Vol. 1: No description available

Humphrey Bogart - The Signature Collection, Vol. 2: Five early-1940s features starring Humphrey Bogart -- recently voted the #1 male movie star of all time in an AFI poll -- back when he broke out as a Hollywood star, including four exclusive to this set. Across the Pacific (1942) reunites Bogie with his Maltese Falcon co-stars Mary Astor and Sydney Greenstreet and director John Huston for a lightweight of World War II espionage on the Panama Canal. Even more lighthearted is the comedy thriller All Through the Night (1942), with Bogart as a gambler and petty crook who rouses the New York underworld to battle Nazi spies in the big apple. William Demarest, Jackie Gleason and Phil Silvers co-star in the Damon Runyon-esque production. Bogart is a Merchant Marine who matches tactics with U-boats and the Luftwaffe in Action in the North Atlantic (1943), co-starring Raymond Massey and Alan Hale, and he reunites with his Casablanca director Michael Curtiz and co-stars Claude Rains, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet in Passage to Marseille (1944), starring Bogie as a World War II French patriot who escapes Devil's Island and joins the Free French Air Corps. Also features the newly remastered The Maltese Falcon: Three-Disc Special Edition (1941), John Huston's directorial debut and the film that made Bogie a leading man star, which is also available separately; see Cult and Classic for more details. Details: Black and White, Warner, Academy Ratio, 1.33:1. Supplements: The Maltese Falcon (1941); New digital transfer of 1941 movie from restored elements; Commentary by Bogart biographer Eric Lax; Warner Night at the Movies 1941 Short Subjects Gallery; 2 Previous Movie Versions of the classic Hammet caper:; The Maltese Falcon (1931) with Bebe Daniels and Recardo Cortez; Satan Met a Lady (1936) with Bette Davis and Warren William; Theatrical Trailers; New Documentary "The Maltese Falcon: One Magnificent Bird"; The Trailers of Humphrey Bogart; Breakdowns of 1941: Studio Blooper Reel; Audio-only bonus: 3 radio show adaptations including a version starring Edward G. Robinson; Across the Pacific (1942); Warner Night at the Movies, 1942; New featurette "Hollywood Helps the Cause"; Breakdowns of 1942: Studio Blooper Reel; Action in the North Atlantic (1943); Warner Night at the Movies 1943 Short Subjects Gallery; New featurette "Credit Where Credit is Due"; Audio-only bonus: radio show with George Raft and Raymond Massey; All Through the Night (1942); Commentary by director Vincent Sherman and Bogart biographer Eric Lax; Warner Night at the Movies 1942 Short Subjects Gallery; New featurette "Call the Usual Subjects: The Craft of the Character Actor"; Passage to Marseille (1944); Warner Night at the Movies 1944 Short Subjects Gallery; New Featurette "The Free French: Forgotten Unsung Victors"; Breakdowns of 1944: Studio Blooper reel. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono). Optional Spanish, French and English subtitles.

I Was a Teenage Movie Maker:Amateur F: From 1953 to 1969, Don Glut (best known today for writing the best-selling novelization of the movie The Empire Strikes Back) made amateur movies, most of them in the horror and science fiction genres. Shot on 16mm, these films, thanks to coverage in such magazines as Famous Monsters of Filmland, became "legendary" throughout the world. I Was a Teenage Movie Maker is a feature-length DVD about the making of those films, including interviews with Forrest J Ackerman, Randal Kleiser, Bob Burns, Jim Harmon, Scott Shaw!, Paul Davids, Bill Warren and others. Also, as a "gigantic extra" (and for the first time ever), all 41 of Glut’s movies – plus hours of bonus film footage – can be enjoyed on this Special 2-Disc Collector's Edition DVD.

Lewis Black - Red, White and Screwed: Comedian/author/playwright/pundit Lewis Black stars in his second HBO solo special, an all-new hour of frenetic, take-no-prisoners stand-up comedy, taped before a live audience at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC. Lewis Black: Red, White & Screwed features Black?s opinions and insights into such issues as the State of the Union, abortion, frozen embryos, defecation habits, fossils, bad language, FEMA and, of course, Dick Cheney's aim.

The Little Mermaid: (1989) Disney heads back under the sea for a 2-disc special edition of the Academy Award winning animated musical fairy tale that renewed the studio's animated legacy and set the standard for contemporary animated features. Swimming in color and driven by a musical score that puts Broadway to shame, it's a classic fairy tale for the modern era. Take the fins from Ariel and she's every smitten teenage girl who wants to grow up too fast. John Musker and Ron Clements direct, Alan Menken and Howard Ashman wrote the Oscar-winning score, and Jodi Benson, Pat Carroll, Samuel E. Wright, Kenneth Mars, Buddy Hackett, and Rene Auberjonois provide the voices. DVD will be available for only a limited time. Details: Color, 83 mins, Disney, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.78:1. Supplements: Commentary by co-writers/directors John Musker and Ron Clements and composer Alan Menken; Song selection; Little Mermaid III musical sneak peek; Deleted scenes and alternate ending with filmmaker introduction; New "Kiss The Girl" music video performed by Ashley Tisdale; Treasures Untold: The Making of The Little Mermaid; Storm Warning: The Little Mermaid Special Effects Unit; The Story Behind the Story: featurette on author Hans Christian Anderson; Exclusive short: The Little Match Girl; Art galleries; Early presentation reel; "Silent is Golden" song demo; Under The Sea Adventure: A Virtual Ride (based on an actual Disney Imagineering concept); Ride With Disney Imagineers; Behind the Ride that Almost Was; DisneyPedia: Life Under the Sea. Audio: Enhanced Home Theater Surround Sound (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0). Optional English subtitles.

Live Feed: Unrated: A group of young tourists in Asia are captured by the local crime boss and tortured for the amusement of his audience in this horror film with echoes of Hostel. Ryan Nicholson directs. Available in separate R and unrated editions. The unrated DVD features exclusive commentary and other supplements. Details: Color, MTI, Widescreen anamorphic. Supplements: "Behind the Blood: The Making of Live Feed" featurette; Deleted scenes, alternate scenes and alternate ending; Promo spot; Trailers; Director and cast commentary (exclusive to "Unrated" version); "Womb Service" - the movie within the movie (exclusive to "Unrated" version). Optional Spanish subtitles.

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels - Locked 'N Loaded: Guy Ritchie's entree in the world of self referential Quentin Tarantino-esque crime cinema is done up with style and humor, peopled with a rogues gallery of colorful Cockneys and presided over by a chummy narrator who fills in the backstory like a mate over pints at the pub. Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham, Steven Mackintosh, Vinnie Jones, and Sting star in the snaky story of a dozen or so gangsters, drug dealers, and card sharps who wind into a desperate heist hatched by four wiseacre lads. The new edition features 12 additional minutes of footage previously unseen in the U.S. Details: Color, 120 mins, Universal, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.85:1. Supplements: "One Smoking Camera" - A featurette on the film's cinematography; "Lock, Stock and Two F**king Barrels" - A compilation of all of the film's expletives. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional Spanish, French and English subtitles.

The Maltese Falcon: (1941) The directorial debut of screenwriter John Huston isn't the first film to promote former studio stalwart supporting actor Humphrey Bogart to leading man, but it did make him a star. It was the third screen adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's detective novel classic but the first to capture the hardboiled toughness of the novel and the vivid vipers nest of double-dealing thugs and con artists on the trail of a treasure like junkies chasing the ultimate fix. One-time Hollywood nice girl Mary Astor goes blonde, brazen, and absolutely ruthless as hard-hearted treasure hunter Brigid O'Shaughnessy who lies as easily as most people breathe, Sydney Greenstreet is the garrulous Kasper Gutman, keeper of the Falcon's lore, Peter Lorre is the weaselly Joel Cairo, and Elisha Cook Jr. became a cult figure as the rat-faced gunsel and small-time thug Wilmer Cook. Like Bogie's Sam Spade says by way of epitaph, this film is the stuff dreams are made of: one of the first films in the noir tradition and a template for hardboiled private eye films to come. Gladys George, Barton MacLane, and Ward Bond co-star. The new 3-disc special edition also features the first two screen adaptations of the novel: the 1931 pre-code The Maltese Falcon directed by Roy Del Ruth, with Ricardo Cortez as a smiling Sam Spade, Bebe Daniels as Ruth Wonderly (the Brigid O'Shaughnessy role), and Dwight Frye (of Frankenstein and Dracula fame) as Wilmer Cook; and the 1936 Bette Davis vehicle Satan Met a Lady, with the suave Warren William as the renamed detective, Ted Shayne. Details: Black and White, 100 mins, Warner, Academy Ratio, 1.33:1. Supplements: New digital transfer of 1941 movie from restored elements; Commentary by Bogart biographer Eric Lax; Warner Night at the Movies 1941 Short Subjects Gallery; 2 Previous Movie Versions of the classic Hammett caper:; The Maltese Falcon (1931) with Bebe Daniels and Recardo Cortez; Satan Met a Lady (1936) with Bette Davis and Warren William; Theatrical Trailers; New Documentary "The Maltese Falcon: One Magnificent Bird"; The Trailers of Humphrey Bogart; Breakdowns of 1941: Studio Blooper Reel; Audio-only bonus: 3 radio show adaptations including a version starring Edward G. Robinson. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) and French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono). Optional Spanish, French and English subtitles.

McLeod's Daughters - Season 1: (2001-2002) Independent country girl Claire (Lisa Chappell) and vivacious urban woman Tess (Bridie Carter) are half-sisters who were separated as children and reunited when they inherit Drover's Run, a large Australian cattle ranch passed down for generations in the Australian drama recently imported for the American cable channel WE: Women's Entertainment Television. The women put aside their differences and assemble an all female workforce to take on the challenges of the land. The 6-disc set also features the 100 minute original 1996 TV movie McLeod's Daughters starring Jack Thompson as Jack McLeod and Kym Wilson and Tammy McIntosh as Tess and Claire. Details: Color, Koch Vision, Widescreen anamorphic. Supplements: 22 episodes on six discs; Original 1996 TV movie McLeod's Daughters; "Inside Story" behind-the-scenes featurette; Interviews with producer/creator Posie Graeme-Evans, co-producer Andrew Blaxland and director Karl Zwicky. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo) and French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional subtitles.

Medium: The Complete Second Season: Patricia Arquette returns as Allison Dubois, an otherwise normal middle class wife and mother of three who just happens to have second sight. As she helps out the Phoenix police, she earns the respect and confidence of the DA (Miguel Sandoval) and the grudging trust of a skeptical detective (David Cubitt) and becomes a special consultant on tough cases. The show follows her efforts to come to grips with her gifts but the drama at home is where it comes alive. Her loving and somewhat frustrated rocket scientist husband Joe (Jake Weber, who never allows his exasperation to swamp his love) attempts to understand and comfort as her visions drive her to the point of obsession to the neglect of her family, in particular two daughters who show signs of her mother's gifts. The set also features the season's special 3D episode. Details: Color, 960 mins, Paramount, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.78:1. Supplements: 22 episodes from the 2005-2006 season on six discs; Collectible 3-D glasses included; The Story Of Medium, Season Two; Medium In Another Dimension: a special on the making of the 3D episode; A Day In The Life Of The DuBois Daughters; The Museum of Television and Radio Q & A with Cast and Creative Team; Gag Reel. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround). Commentary by Cast and crew (select episodes) (Dolby Digital 2.0). Optional English subtitles.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail: (1975) The wacky minds of Monty Python took on the legend of King Arthur for the their first "real" feature film, banging coconut shells across the misty English countryside as Arthur and a band of dotty knights run afoul of abusive Frenchmen ("Your mother was a hamster and your father smelled of elderberries!"), sex-crazed nuns, a killer rabbit, the mysterious Knights Who Say "Nih!," and other typical medieval threats while discussing philosophy, logic, and the average speed velocity of the swallow (African or European?). The cheapest Arthurian epic ever made, and easily the funniest. How many times can Sony rework this irreverent comedy classic? As long as there are more things to include in bigger and better special editions. This one includes a niggling few bonus DVD supplements, but the real selling point is the CD "The Album of the Soundtrack of the Trailer of the Film of Monty Python and the Holy Grail," their audio album tie-in which has as much original material as snippets from the soundtrack. Details: Color, 92 mins, Sony Pictures, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.66:1. Supplements: Commentaries by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones and general complaints and back-biting from John Cleese, Eric Idle and Michael Palin; Optional on-screen script; Alternate "Subtitles for People Who Don't Like the Film" taken from "Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part II"; "Follow the Killer Rabbit" feature; New "A Taste of Spamelot" animated medley of songs from the Broadway cast album; New "Holy Grail Challenge"; New "Secrets of the Holy Grail"; "The Quest for the Holy Grail Locations" featurette hosted by Michael Palin and Terry Jones; 18 minute BBC report "On Location with The Pythons" from 1974; "How To Use Your Coconuts" (Government educational film); Three sing-alongs; "Monty Python and the Holy Grail In Lego"; Clips from the film in Japanese with English subtitles; Interactive cast directory (aka "Spot the Python"); Gallery of Terry Gilliam's original sketches and posters; Gallery of behind-the-scenes photos; "A Load of Old Rubbish" surprise package of mystery items; Unused locations; Unused ideas; Trailers; Bonus soundtrack CD "The Album of the Soundtrack of the Trailer of the Film of Monty Python and the Holy Grail". Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround) and Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional Chinese (Simplified), Portuguese, French, English and Thai subtitles.

MXC - Most Extreme Elimination Challenge Season One: A silly Japanese game show on which contestants are painfully eliminated through barely possible stunts and events, most taking place above pools of mud.

Mxc: Most Extreme Elimin Challenge Season 1 Disc 1: No description available

Mxc: Most Extreme Elimin Challenge Season 1 Disc 2: No description available

My Little Pony Gift Set + Pinkie Pie Tote Bag: As the Ponyville spring parade draws near, Wysteria's elaborate plans for the floral festivities are threatened by the awakening of a 1,000-year-old dragon and the coming crowning of a new princess. With her gardens in bloom and her friends all preparing for the upcoming spring parade, Wysteria is devastated when she inadvertently awakens Spike the dragon from his millennium-long slumber. Legend has it that when a dragon is awakened, a new princess is to be crowned -- but who could it be? As the inhabitants of Ponyville eagerly await the announcement of the new crowned head, they are about to learn important lessons in both what it takes to be a princess, and what it means to be a true friend.

New Orleans Concert - The Music Of America's Soul (HD DVD): No description available

Penn & Teller: Bullshit - Complete Third Season: Another season of the magician pranksters exposing taboo topics and debunking pop mythology with muckraking glee. These guys have never been accused of being PC, and this show isn't going to change that, but they take shots at both conservative and liberal sacred cows. Using their bag of magic tricks, hidden cameras, and a snarky sense of humor, they take on everything from divine intervention and family values to gun control and endangered species. Details: Color, 376 mins, Showtime, Academy Ratio. Supplements: 13 episodes from the 2005 season on three discs ; Filmographies; Photo Gallery. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional subtitles.

Planet of the Apes: TV Series: Television series about a group of astronauts who travel in time and become marooned on a planet. Unbeknownst to them, they are actually on future Earth. The astronauts encounter an advanced civilization run by apes, but supported by enslaved human workers.

Point Break: Pure Adrenaline Edition: (1991) On the one hand, this one of the most ridiculous action films of the 90s. On the other, it's male bonding overdrive and pure action ecstasy from Kathryn Bigelow. Rookie FBI agent Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) goes undercover as a surf bum to infiltrate a clique of bad boys who just may be a ring of ruthlessly efficient bank robbers. Leave it to a woman to get under the skin of male bonding, even through the metaphysical rap of Zen-surfer and danger junkie Patrick Swayze and the breathy California dude-speak of Reeves, who goes undercover as a surf bum to infiltrate a clique of bad boys who just may be a ring of ruthlessy efficient bank robbers. Gary Busey at least gives it some grounding as Reeves' FBI mentor, and at times, the sheer exhilaration and adrenaline make you forget just how silly it is. Lori Petty co-stars. Details: Color, 122 mins, 20th Century Fox, Widescreen anamorphic, 2.35:1. Supplements: 8 deleted scenes; "It's Make Or Break" featurette; "Ride The Wave" featurette; "Adrenaline Junkies" featurette; "On Location: Malibu" featurette; Still Gallery ; Trailers. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 4.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.1 Surround) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0). Optional Spanish and English subtitles.

Scarface: Platinum Edition: (1983) Brian DePalma's operatic, violent rise and fall of a ruthless drug lord epic is a remake of the Howard Hawks gangster classic transplanted from the Italian immigrant culture of old Chicago to the Cuban immigrant street culture of 1980s Miami. Al Pacino's overwrought Cuban accent and DePalma's gorgeous excess drew almost universally negative reviews when it was released, but it has become a cult film in the years since, as much for its excess as its bravura style. Oliver Stone scripts and Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robert Loggia, and F. Murray Abraham co-star. The film has been digitally remastered for this new edition. Details: Color, 170 mins, Universal, Widescreen anamorphic, 2.35:1. Supplements: SCARFACE SCOREBOARD: Watch Scarface like never before...keep track of the number of times the "F" word is used and the number of bullets fired.; DELETED SCENES: Over 20 minutes of deleted scenes; MAKING OF SCARFACE: THE VIDEO GAME: Immerse yourself in the world of Scarface in this behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the video game. ; THE WORLD OF TONY MONTANA: Experience the decadent world of the ultimate gangster in this all-new feature. Revel in Tony's luxurious and extravagant life in the underworld. ; SCARFACE: THE REBIRTH: Actor Al Pacino, director Brian De Palma, producer Martin Bregman, and screenwriter Oliver Stone examine the history of Scarface, from the original 1932 classic to shooting the script. ; SCARFACE: CREATING: A fascinating look at the controversial making of Scarface and the triumphs and struggles experienced by its filmmakers, including the filming of the unforgettable chainsaw scene, location changes, the producer's battles to gain an "R" rating and more.; SCARFACE: ACTING: Al Pacino and other cast members offer insider stories and revealing insights into how these legendary characters were created. ; SCARFACE: TV VERSION MONTAGE: A revealing and hilarious montage of film clips that compare and contrast the theatrical release to the network version of Scarface.. Audio: English (DTS 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) and French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono). Optional Spanish, French and English subtitles.

South Park:Hits Vol 1 Matt and Trey's: South Park is an animated series featuring four foul-mouthed 3rd graders, Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman. The show is set in the Colorado town of South Park where weird things keep happening, whether its being abducted by aliens or avoiding Kyle's little brother Ike. The show is based on the short film by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, "The Spirit of Christmas".

Stargate Sg-1 Season 9: Farscape star Ben Browder jumps universes and takes over from Richard Dean Anderson as commander of the space-hopping military unit that braves a new universe with a unique form of travel, jumping across vast distances of space through the alien technology of the Stargate, in this TV sequel to the hit film Stargate. The series began on Showtime, but was picked up by the Sci-Fi channel, where it went on to become the longest running science fiction TV series of all time. Amanda Tapping co-stars as Maj. Samantha Carter, Christopher Judge is the alien Teal'c, Michael Shanks is Dr. Daniel Jackson, and two other new cast members jump on board this season: Browder's fellow Farscape veteran Claudia Black as Vala Mal Doran and Beau Bridges as Major General Hank Landry. Details: Color, 872 mins, MGM/20th Century Fox, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.78:1. Supplements: 20 episodes on five discs; Commentary on each episode; "SG-1 Director's Series" featurettes on the episodes "Avalon," "The Powers That Be," "Prototype," "Ethon," and "Crusade"; "SG-1 Beyond the Gate" featurettes "It Takes a Crew to raise a Village," "Inside the Stargate Props Department," "Inside the Stargate Special Effects Department," "An Introduction to Ben Browder," and "Profile on Brad Wright"; Photo and production galleries. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and French (Dolby Digital 2.1 Surround). Optional Spanish and English subtitles.

Super Inframan/Shaw Brothers: The ten million year-old Princess Dragon Mom (Terry Liu) attempts to conquer the earth with her legion of mutant monsters. In response, Professor Chang (Wang Hsieh) creates Inframan, turning a young volunteer into a bionic superhero to save the world. However, the Princess kidnaps Chang's daughter. Can Inframan save her and the planet before it's too late?

Thank You for Smoking: Aaron Eckhart is manipulative, glib and charming as tobacco lobbyist Nick Naylor in Jason Reitman's wickedly witty adaptation of Christopher Buckley's novel "Thank You For Smoking." This glib, proudly obfuscating "Yuppie Mephistopheles" zealously defends the right of "defenseless" corporate giants to market products that, when used as directed, will likely kill their clientele. His nemesis is a social nanny of an anti-tobacco Senator (William H. Macy), an amateur in the art spin compared to spinmaster Naylor. Reitman's witty adaptation keeps the satirical jabs coming fast and furious in the decidedly non-PC slash-and-burn satire, skewering the spin machine with such wicked wit that you can't help but laugh at the whole perverse, corrupt culture. Katie Holmes, Maria Bello, Sam Elliot, Adam Brody, Rob Lowe, and Robert Duvall co-star. Available in separate widescreen and full screen editions. Details: Color, 91 mins, 20th Century Fox, Widescreen anamorphic, 2.40:1. Supplements: Commentary by director Jason Reitman and the cast; Deleted scenes; The Charlie Rose Show interview with Jason Reitman, Aaron Eckhart, Christopher Buckley and David O. Sacks; "The Making of Thank You For Smoking" featurette; "America: Living in Spin" featurette. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.1 Surround). Optional Spanish, French and English subtitles.

They Drive By Night: Brothers Paul and Joe Fabrini run a trucking business in California mainly shipping fruit from farms to the markets in Los Angeles. They struggle to make ends meet in the face of corrupt businessmen and intense competition. They are forced into driving long hours and one night pick-up waitress Cassie Hartley who's just quit her job at a truck stop. The three of them witness the death of a mutual acquaintance when he falls asleep at the wheel. This has a profound effect on Paul and Joe and they become determined to find a way to make the business pay so they can quit.

Three Stooges: Stooges on the Run: Four classic short comedies starring Larry, Moe, and Curly: Pop Goes the Easel, Disorder in the Court, Dizzy Doctors, and Calling All Curs, in the original B&W and newly colorized versions. Details: Color/Black and White, 70 mins, Sony Pictures, Academy Ratio. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 1.0). Optional subtitles.

Three's Company: Season 8: (1983-1984) Come and knock on their door for one last season. John Ritter is Jack, the gourmet chef and pratfalling bachelor who lives with single women Janet and Terri (sensible Joyce DeWitt and blonde beauty Priscilla Barnes, taking the room from Suzanne Somers), posing as a gay man to fool his landlord (Don Knotts as would-be swinger Mr. Furley). Based on the Brit-com Man About the House, this mixture of slapstick and sex comedy lays claim to launching the term "jiggle humor." Richard Kline is their swinging bachelor neighbor Larry. The series bids farewell with a two-part finale "Friends and Lovers," which also launched a spin-off starring John Ritter. Details: Color, Anchor Bay, Academy Ratio. Supplements: 21 episodes on four discs; "John Ritter: Working With A Master" featurette; "Usted Habla Three's Company?" featurette; Best Of Jack, Janet, Terry, Larry, Furley; Bloopers. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional subtitles.

Trail of Blood: (1972) Samurai revenge thriller about a wandering Yakuza whose family is murdered by his old gang when he tries to go straight and he has only one thing left to live for: vengeance against all of those responsible. Starring Harada Yoshio and Nakamura Katsuo and directed by Zatoichi veteran Ikehiro Zazuo. Details: Color, 88 mins, AnimEigo, Widescreen anamorphic, 2.35:1. Supplements: Interactive program notes; Interactive image gallery; Trailers. Audio: Japanese. Optional English subtitles.

X-3: X-Men - The Last Stand: The final film in the superhero team trilogy sets the students of Professor X (Patrick Stewart) against an army of angry mutants under the leadership of Magneto (Ian McKellan), who plot war against the human race and a new drug cocktail that can take away mutant powers. Hugh Jackman once again dominates as the feral Wolverine, a reluctant leader who steps in as the team is whittled down by Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), who is back from the dead and newly powered up into a walking nuclear weapon. The supersized cast also features Halle Berry as weather wizard Storm and the addition of Kelsey Grammar as Hank McCoy, a hirsuit scientist with acrobatic gifts and blue fur. Also stars Anna Paquin (as the aliented Rogue), Rebecca Romijn (Mystique), James Marsden (Cyclops), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman), Aaron Stanford (Pyro), Vinnie Jones (Juggernaut), and Ben Foster (with a magnificent set of snow-white wings). The Special Collector's Edition also features an exclusive original mini-comic written by Stan Lee. Details: Color, 104 mins, 20th Century Fox Collector's Edition, Widescreen anamorphic, 2.40:1. Supplements: Commentary by director Brett Ratner and writers Zak Penn and Simon Kinberg; Commentary by producers Avi Arad, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Ralph Winter; Deletes scenes with optional commentary; 3 alternate endings with optional commentary; Trailers; Special Collector's Edition also features an exclusive original mini-comic written by Stan Lee. Audio: English (DTS 6.1 ES), English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), French (Dolby Digital 2.1 Surround) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.1 Surround). Optional Spanish and English subtitles.