Monday, October 16, 2006

DVD Tuesday: Over the Hedge, The Omen, C.S.I. New York & More! - Xoanon @ 16:08 PST
1915: (1982) Scott Burgess and Scott McGregor star as best mates in rural Australia who enlist in the army to fight in World War I in the Australian miniseries based on the novel by Roger McDonald. Sigrid Thornton and Bill Hunter co-star in the drama of innocence lost in the forge of war. Details: Color, 300 mins, Acorn Media, Academy Ratio, 1.33:1. Optional subtitles.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents-Season Two: With dramatic flourish, Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock used these simple words to introduce all of his 39 timeless episodes of horror, mystery and intrigue in Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season Two, now available in a 5-disc collection. Not only loved by millions of TV viewers around the world, this legendary season also received three Emmy awards as well as a Golden Globe for Television Achievement. Loaded with twists, turns, and things that go "bump" in the night, these classic half-hour tales of menace and mayhem feature such iconic stars as Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Rip Torn, Vic Morrow, and many more. It's time to tune in once more to the master storyteller as he delights viewers with some of the most deliciously wicked and chilling television ever aired. Details: Color. Optional subtitles.

American Dreamz: Paul Weitz's bright and funny social satire of American political culture and social triviality features a second term American President (Dennis Quaid as a likable boob) who signs on a guest judge on TV's most popular reality competition. Hugh Grant is the show's self-loathing producer and host and Mandy Moore the sweet-faced but devious karaoke queen contestant he engineers to become the breakout star, if she can beat a showtune-loving Iraqi terrorist school washout in Orange County (Sam Golzari). "Network" it's not. Weitz doesn't have the killer instinct for merciless satire but he knows how to stage a gag and deliver a punchline. And if the political lampoon is toothless, his portrait of a media that fabricates celebrity and contrives drama out of artificial competition while elevating and celebrating mediocrity is merciless and all the funnier for it. Willem Dafoe play the White House Chief of Staff, Marcia Gay Harden is the First Lady, and Jennifer Coolidge and Chris Klein co-star. Available in separate widescreen and full screen editions. Details: Color, 108 mins, Universal, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.85:1. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional Spanish, French and English subtitles.

Behind Enemy Lines: A team of Navy SEALS is stranded in enemy territory during a covert operation to destroy a North Korean missile site. The made-for-DVD sequel stars Nicholas Gonzalez, Keith David, Peter Coyote, and Bruce McGill. James Dodson directs. Widescreen and full screen editions on the same disc. Details: Color, 95 mins, 20th Century Fox, Widescreen anamorphic. Supplements: Commentary by director James Dodson; "Communicating Behind Enemy Lines: A Look On the Set" featurette; "Exploring Enemy Lines: Decision and Perception" featurette; Trailer. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround). Optional Spanish, French and English subtitles.

Big Love: The Complete First Season: You've got to have big love when you're juggling three wives -- and keeping it a secret from the neighbors. Bill Pullman is Mormon businessman Bill Henrickson, a practicing polygamist with three willing wives (elder wife Jeanne Tripplehorn, problem middle wife Chloe Sevigny, and youngest Ginnifer Goodwin) and seven surprisingly well-adjusted children in adjoining houses in a suburban Salt Lake City neighborhood. They're just trying to keep a low profile while keeping their faith and values, but it's hard with Bill busy expanding his hardware store empire and declaring war on Roman (Harry Dean Stanton), a scheming, self-proclaimed prophet who manages his sect's fortune while his followers live in poverty in the compound he rules like a dictator. It's in the made-for-HBO tradition to taking a fresh look at family and relationships from an unexpected perspective, taking a sympathetic look at the loving support and family bond of polygamy at its most ideal, and casting a critical eye at the illegal institution in its most unhealthy and abusive incarnation. Amanda Seyfried, Douglas Smith, and Daveigh Chase are among the children and Grace Zabriskie, Bruce Dern, Shawn Doyle, Melora Walters, and Mary Kay Place co-star. Details: Color, 693 mins, HBO, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.78:1. Supplements: 12 episodes on five discs; Commentary by cast and creators on three episodes; "Big Love: A Balancing Act on Ice" -- the making of the opening title sequence; Episodic Previews; Episodic Recaps. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround). Optional Spanish, French and English subtitles.

Billy Wilder Speaks: (Germany) Oscar-winning director Volker Schlondorff filmed a series of interviews with legendary Hollywood director and screenwriter Billy Wilder for this documentary, a lesson in filmmaking and film history filled with anecdotes and advice. Details: Color/Black and White, 71 mins, Kino, Academy Ratio. Supplements: 70 minutes of additional interview footage and on-camera commentary by Volker Schlondorff; Gallery of Billy Wilder trailers; Billy Wilder filmography; Essay by Volker Schlondorff. Optional English subtitles.

The Big Black Comedy Show Box Set: Box set of five stand-up comedy specials. Details: Color, 20th Century Fox, Academy Ratio. Optional subtitles.

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Boris Karloff Horror Flicks Collection: Four of the lesser-known vintage thrillers and chillers starring Boris Karloff are collected in this set. The standout, however, is a rare comedy from the master of horror. The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942), a low-budget Arsenic and Old lace knock-off, stars Karloff as a dotty scientist working to turn ordinary men into supermen (for the war effort, of course), only his experiments leave his test subjects dead. Peter Lorre lends comic support as the town entrepreneur and one-man local government who gets pulled into his schemes. Larry Parks, Jeff Donnell, and "Slapsie Maxie" Rosenbloom co-star in the offbeat and underrated black comedy. The set also features The Black Room (1935), a gothic drama directed by Roy William Neill and co-starring Marian Marsh, Robert Allen, and Thurston Hall; The Man They Could Not Hang (1939), which drops him back into the mad scientist role, and co-stars Lorna Gray, Robert Wilcox, and Roger Pryor; and Before I Hang (1940), another mad doctor film, co-starring Evelyn Keyes, Bruce Bennett, and Edward Van Sloan. Nick Grinde directs the latter two films. Details: Black and White, Sony Pictures, Academy Ratio. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 1.0). Optional French subtitles.

The Booze Cruise: (aka Cheers & Tears) Martin Clunes leads an eccentric group of friends and neighbors on a cruise across the English Channel to stock up on cheap booze from France, a journey that quickly degenerates into a comic disaster. Neil Pearson, Mark Benton, Brian Murphy, Anne Reid, and Claire Skinner co-star in the comedy made for British TV. Details: Color, 98 mins, Acorn Media. Optional subtitles.

The Break-Up: Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston star in the war of the exes comedy as a couple whose break-up is complicated by the fight over their jointly owned condo. The war of wills and mind games in the self-described "anti-romantic comedy" become increasingly nasty as their contentious cohabitation as hostile roommates drags on and advice pours in from friends, confidantes, and total strangers. Peyton Reed directs and Joey Lauren Adams, Ann-Margret, Jason Bateman, Judy Davis, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jon Favreau, John Michael Higgins and Justin Long co-star. Available in separate widescreen and full screen editions. Details: Color, 107 mins, Universal, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.85:1. Supplements: Commentary by stars Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston; Commentary with director Peyton Reed; Alternate Ending; Over 20 minutes of Deleted Scenes, Extended Scenes and Outtakes; "The Making of The Break-Up" featurette; "In Perfect Harmony: The Tone Rangers" featurette with John Michael Higgins; "Improv with Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau". Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional Spanish, French and English subtitles.

The Brothers Grimm(Blu-ray) Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm, travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. They are put to the test, however, when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted forest with real magical beings, requiring genuine courage.

C.S.I. New York - The Complete Second Season: Gary Sinise is Detective Mac Taylor and Melina Kanakaredes is his partner Detective Stella Bonasera in the second spin-off of the crime procedural franchise. This one takes a very different stylistic approach from is color-blasted, visually intense predecessors. Set in the Big Apple in the shadow of 9/11 (where Mac lost his wife), this is a more somber show in a color scheme of dress blues and shadowy gray. True the series style, however, the theme song is once again take from the Who's album "Who's Next." The crack team of this series is comprised of Detectives Danny Messer (Carmine Giovinazzo) and Don Flack (Eddie Cahill), junior investigator Aiden Burn (Vanessa Ferlito), and Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Sheldon Hawkes (Hill Harper). Details: Color, Paramount, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.78:1. Supplements: 24 episodes on seven discs; Audio commentaries with David Von Ancken, Bill Zabala, Scott Lautanen, Zachary Reiter, Anthony E. Zuiker, Elizabeth Devine, Duane Clark, Peter M. Lenkov and James Whitmore Jr. on select episodes; "Top of the Heap: The Cast and Crew Look at Season 2" featurette; "Rolling with Jamalot" featurette; "A New Look from the 35th Floor" - CSI NY set tour ; "Heroes" featurette; Season 2 Ends with a Bang. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround). Optional English subtitles.

Casanova: Peter O'Toole plays the legendary lover Giacomo Casanova as an elderly librarian in exile who enthrall pretty young servant girl (Rose Byrne) with the stories of his youth (played in flashback by David Tennant). Originally made for British TV and shown in the U.S. on the public TV showcase Masterpiece Theatre. Details: Color, WGBH, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.78:1. Optional subtitles.

Cars Unlocked: The Live Performances: Founded in 1977 by Ric Ocasek and Benjamin Orr, The Cars shook up the music scene with their distinctive sound and modern aesthetic, both of which continue to influence musical style today. A dominant presence on the charts throughout the 1980s, the band released six multi-platinum albums that spawned over a dozen top twnty hits and led to sold out tours worldwide. Now you can experience the thrill of seeing The Cars live with THE CARS UNLOCKED. Featuring over twenty never-before-seen live performances from their sold-out U.S. tours plus interview footage, sound checks, slide shows, backstage antics, and home video shot by the band, this limited edition set is your key to unlock The Cars. Live performances include: MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL - LETS GO - GIMME SOME SLACK - UP AND DOWN - JUST WHAT I NEEDED - DON’T YOU STOP - MOVING IN STEREO - CANDY-O - YOU MIGHT THINK - DRIVE - TONIGHT SHE COMES - MAGIC - SHAKE IT UP - GOOD TIMES ROLL - THIS IS THE KEY TO UNLOCK THE CARS. DVD Features: 20 Songs +6 Bonus Performances; 28-Page Photo Lyric Book; Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound; Trailer INCLUDES A BRAND-NEW FULL LENGTH CD: THE CARS UNLOCKED--THE LIVE PERFORMANCES - This first-ever live album from The Cars features 10 digitally-remastered live performances of Cars hits including: MAGIC - TOUCH AND GO - DRIVE - JUST WHAT I NEEDED - MOVING IN STEREO - YOU MIGHT THINK - Plus Four Never-Before-Released Songs!

Charmed:Complete Sixth Season: (2003-2004) Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs and Rose McGowan are the Charmed Ones, the three most powerful good witches to ever exist, in the supernatural TV series about spellcasting sisters in San Francisco united by magical powers and the all-powerful Book of Shadows. The show aspires to be a mainstream Buffy the Vampire Slayer knock-off with a trio of babes at the center, but lacks the cleverness. The charm of this show strictly comes from the fetching leading ladies and their wardrobe. Brian Krause and Dorian Gregory co-star and Julian McMahon has a recurring role. Details: Color, 989 mins, Paramount, Academy Ratio. Supplements: 21 episodes from the 2003-2004 season on 6 discs. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround) and French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround). Optional English subtitles.

Cynara: (1996) Erotic Sapphic romance of a Parisian writer (Melissa Hellman) who travels to an isolated English village on the Irish Sea in 1883 and falls in love with a beautiful sculptor (Johanna Nemeth) who becomes her muse and lover. Directed by Nicole Conn (Claire of the Moon). Details: Color, 40 mins, Wolfe, Academy Ratio. Optional subtitles.

Clean, Shaven: (1994) Peter Greene, his eyes lost and rabbit-scared, stars as a self-mutilating schizophrenic out-patient whose head buzzes with static like a radio between stations in Lodge Kerrigan's directorial debut. The strange, unsettling, uniquely off-center psychodrama puts us in the head of the tormented man as he journeys to see his daughter. Meanwhile a relentless detective follows a trail of clues that point to him as a serial killer. Kerrigan nestles us so firmly in Greene's psyche that we find ourselves disconnected from reality, floating in the hallucinatory subjectivity of a man battered by the visual and aural noise. Details: Color, 79 mins, Criterion, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.66:1. Supplements: New, restored high-definition digital transfer; Commentary featuring Steven Soderbergh interviewing director Lodge Kerrigan; "A Subjective Assault: Lodge Kerrigan's Clean, Shaven" - A new video essay, written and narrated by critic Michael Atkinson; The film's soundtrack and selections from the film's final sound design (MP3 downloads); Trailer; Booklet with a new essay by Dennis Lim. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 1.0). Optional English subtitles.

Dark Reality: In a cold, bare and non-descript basement, a different kind of journey begins for her. One filled with drugs, physical torture and psychological terror. It's about what really goes on, behind those haunting photographs of "missing girls".

Dark Water(Blu-ray) Dahlia Williams is starting a new life; newly separated with a new job and a new apartment, she's determined to put her relationship with her estranged husband behind her and devote herself to raising her daughter, Ceci. But when the strained separation disintegrates into a bitter custody battle, her situation takes a turn for the worse. Her new apartment--dilapidated, cramped, and worn--seems to take on a life of its own. Mysterious noises, persistent leaks of dark water, and strange happenings cause her imagination to run wild, sending her on a puzzling and mystifying pursuit to find out who is behind the endless mind games. As Dahlia frantically searches for the links between the riddles, the dark water seems to close around her. But one thing trumps all others in Dahlia's world: no matter what it is that's out there, she'll stop at nothing to find it.

Deadfall: (1968) Michael Caine is a jewel thief pulled into a bizarre love triangle with an eccentric rich couple (Giovanna Ralli and Eric Portman) who decide to become his accomplices on a huge jewelry heist. Bryan Forbes directs and John Barry provides the memorable score. Details: Color, 120 mins, 20th Century Fox, widescreen. Supplements: New featurette; Trailer. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional Spanish subtitles.

Die Hard: Tough New York cop John McClane finds himself in a tight situation when an office building in Los Angeles is taken over by terrorists. Apart from himself, everyone else in the building - including his wife - is held at gunpoint while their captors spell out their demands. The F.B.I. are called in to survey the situation, but John McClane has other plans for the terrorists...

Egar G Ulmer: The Man Off Screen: Documentary on Hollywood's true King of the Bs: director Edgar Ulmer, former set designer and assistant to F.W. Murnau at Germany's UFA studio who came to Hollywood with Murnau and stayed to direct dozens of films, most on starvation budgets and rapid shooting schedules and brought to life by imaginative visual design and dramatic ingenuity. Michael Palm directs. The DVD also features one of those one-week wonders, the PRC-produced Isle of Forgotten Sins (aka Monsoon, 1943) with John Carradine as a South Seas con man with a partner he can't trust and a plot to steal $3 million from someone more corrupt than he is. It's a sea adventure done on the cheap -- the cheesy models stand-in for diving boats, tropical lagoons and the obligatory hurricane in a goldfish bowl -- but the double-crossing cast of conniving characters would make The Usual Suspects check their wallets. Details: Color/Black and White, 77 mins, Kino, Academy Ratio. Supplements: Bonus feature Isle of Forgotten Sins (1943), directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. Optional subtitles.

Everyday Food Volume 1: Fast, Family-Friendly Ideas: Five episodes from the weekly half-hour cooking series featuring expert chefs John Barricelli, Sarah Carey, Allie Lewis, Margot Olshan and Lucinda Scala Quinn. Details: Color, Warner. Supplements: 24 recipes and useful extras including tips, tools and techniques; Kitchen Tips (Choosing Baking Pans, Flavored Goat Cheese, Tofu Glossary); Everyday Food "Meet the Cast" Video; Cast Bios; Tools and Techniques. Optional subtitles.

Family Stone: The Stone family unites in common cause when their favorite son brings his uptight girlfriend home for the Christmas holiday, with plans of proposing. Overwhelmed by the hostile reception, she begs her sister to join her for emotional support, triggering further complications.

Feast: Unrated: The third feature created from "Project Greenlight," the reality series created by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck to give first-time filmmakers the opportunity to direct a professional indie film, is the project's first genre movie. A motley crew of strangers find themselves trapped in an isolated tavern and must band together to survive the onslaught of flesh-hungry creatures, the result of military genetic experiments gone bad. John Gulager is the director and the cast includes Balthazar Getty, Henry Rollins, Navi Rawat, Josh Zuckerman, Judah Friedlander, Jason Mewes, Jenny Wade, Krista Allen, and Hollywood veteran (and the filmmaker's father) Clu Gulager. Horror veteran Wes Craven is also on board as a producer, along with Chris Moore. Details: Color, 92 mins, Dimension/Genius, Widescreen anamorphic, 2.40:1. Supplements: Commentary by the filmmakers; "Horror Under the Spotlight: Making Feast" featurette; "The Blood and Guts of Gary Tunnicliffe" featurette; Deleted scenes; Outtakes. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional Spanish and English subtitles.

Final Days of Planet Earth: TV micro-series about a an alien conspiracy that threatens the human race. Gil Bellows is the archeologist who stumbles across the secret and leads the fight to save the human race from an insect-like race of intergalactic slavers. Daryl Hannah, Campbell Scott, and Suleka Mathew star. Details: Color, 170 mins, Echo Bridge, widescreen. Supplements: "Do You Believe in Aliens?" featurette; Behind-the-scenes interviews. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional subtitles.

Glory Road(Blu-ray) 40 years ago, Don Haskins went on the recruiting trail to find the best talent in the land, black or white. 7 blacks and 5 whites made up the legendary 1965-66 Texas Western Miners. They were mocked and ridiculed for their showboating and flaunting of black players on the court. Yet, in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, Haskins and his Miners came together as a team united to reach the National Championship game against powerhouse Kentucky.

Gone in 60 Seconds(Blu-ray) Car theft in Long Beach went down 47% when Randall "Memphis" Raines walked away from the life. He gets dragged back into it by assuming the job his brother Kip screwed up for stolen-car broker Raymond Calitri: steal 50 exotic cars and have them on a container ship by 8 AM Friday morning, and he got this news on a Monday. With Calitri threatening to kill him and Kip, and the police GRAB unit breathing down his neck, Memphis reassembles his old crew and attempts to pull off the logistically impossible.

Gypo: The first British film certified as Dogme 95 is the story of a young Czech refugee (Chloe Sirene) who falls in love with a working class British woman (Pauline McLynn) married to a bigoted husband (Paul McGann). Rula Lenska co-stars as the refugee mother who endures pervasive immigrant-bashing while awaiting her British passport. Directed by Jan Dunn. Details: Color, 98 mins, Wolfe, widescreen. Supplements: Commentary by director Jan Dunn and actor Pauline McLynn; Behind-the-scenes featurette; Trailer. Optional subtitles.

Hard Luck: Mario Van Peebles directs, co-writes, and co-stars in this crime thriller starring Wesley Snipes as an infamous ex-con trying to go straight while the universe seems to scheme against him by tossing him into path of a band of dirty cops, a hot-tempered pole dancer, a hitman, and a pair of serial killers. Aubrey Dollar, Luiz Guzman, and Cybill Shepherd co-star. Details: Color, 101 mins, Sony Pictures, Widescreen anamorphic, 2.35:1. Supplements: Deleted scenes; Behind the scenes with Mario Van Peebles. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional Spanish, Chinese (Unspecified), Korean, Portuguese, French and English subtitles.

Infamy: Documentary filmmaker Doug Pray teams up with writer, publisher, and graffiti guru Roger Gastman to explore the dangerous lives and obsessed minds of six of America's most prolific graffiti artists: Saber, Toomer, Jase, Claw, Earsnot and Enem. Details: Color, 90 mins, Paladin/Image. Supplements: Stereotypes and the State of Graffiti Culture; Joe Connolly's Program; Train Yard Dangers; No Guts No Glory; The Legacy of TIE; Looking Back at "Conquest"; Graff Photos From The Film; Photo Gallery; Trailer. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional subtitles.

Innocent: Drama of a teenage Chinese boy (Timothy Lee) who faces culture shock when his family moves from Hong Kong to suburban Toronto and tries to deal with his emerging gay sexual identity while his family falls apart around him. Simon Chung writes and directs. Details: Color, 80 mins, Picture This!, Widescreen anamorphic. Supplements: Interview with Director Simon Chung; Interview with actor Timothy Lee; Life is Elsewhere - A short film by Simon Chung; Photo Gallery; Coming Attractions. Audio: with some Mandarin and Cantonese dialogue (Dolby Digital 5.1) and with some Mandarin and Cantonese dialogue (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional Spanish and English subtitles.

Julia Child: The French Chef: This tribute to America's favorite chef features the documentary Julia Child: America's Favorite Chef, originally made for the PBS documentary showcase American Masters, plus 12 episodes of her PBS cooking show The French Chef!. Details: Color, 420 mins, WGBH, Academy Ratio. Optional subtitles.

La Femme Nikita - The Complete Fifth Season: (2001) The final season of the cult cable series spin-off of the sleek Luc Besson movie, starring lanky blonde Australian Peta Wilson as a sexy super spy in a covert government anti-terrorist organization. Created (or rather, recreated) by Robert Cochran and Joel Surnow (who later co-created 24), this version turns her into a wrongly accused innocent "executed" for a murder she didn't commit and resurrected as a killer by her French-Canadian handler and mentor Michael (the theatrically pensive Roy Dupuis) in the covert agency known as Section One. Alberta Watson and Eugene Robert Glazer co-star. One of the first major hits on cable TV, this Canadian/American series (set, apparently, in some vague continental space between the two countries) was kept alive for 5 seasons by a loyal fan base. Details: Color, 325 mins, Warner, Academy Ratio, 1.33:1. Supplements: Eight episodes on three discs; Unaired scenes from select episodes; Season 5 Internet teaser; "Declassified" - a lowdown on Season 5 as the creative minds behind the series and select cast members discuss the show's last 8 episodes. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround). Optional Spanish and French subtitles.

The Magus: (1968) Michael Caine plays a schoolteacher who accepts a position on a small Greek island and winds up in a web of mind games spun by a rich eccentric known as "The Magus" (Anthony Quinn) in the adaptation of the John Fowles novel, adapted by the author himself. Candice Bergen and Anna Karina co-star and Guy Green directs. Details: Color, 117 mins, 20th Century Fox, widescreen. Supplements: New featurette; Trailer. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional Spanish subtitles.

Masters of Horror: Larry Cohen - Pick Me Up: Cult director Larry Cohen directs past collaborator Michael Moriarty in his contribution to the horror anthology series originally made for Showtime. Moriarty is a serial killer who preys on hitchhikers who picks up a psychopathic passenger (Warren Kole) who kills anyone that picks him up, and Fairuza Balk is the innocent caught in the battle of the road killers. Details: Color, 58 mins, Anchor Bay, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.77:1. Supplements: Commentary by director Larry Cohen; "Working With a Master: Larry Cohen " featurette on the director and his work; "Death on the Highway: An Interview with Larry Cohen"; "Behind The Scenes: The Making of Pick Me Up" featurette; "Fantasy Film Festival: Mick Garris Interviews Larry Cohen"; "On Set: An Interview with Michael Moriarty"; "On Set: An Interview with Fairuza Balk"; "On Set: An Interview with Warren Cole"; Script To Screen: "Pick Me Up"; Larry Cohen Bio; Still Gallery; DVD-ROM: Original Screenplay and screen saver. Optional subtitles.

Murder, She Wrote - The Complete Fourth Season: (1987-1988) Oscar nominated actress and Broadway legend Angela Lansbury found her most famous role as mystery writer-turned-super-sleuth Jessica Fletcher in the long-running TV mystery series created by powerhouse writer/producer team Richard Levinson and William Link with longtime TV-crime show scribe Peter S. Fischer. She's something of a modern American cousin to Agatha Christie's Miss Marple and spent 12 busy seasons of sleuthing, which she slips in between writing and promoting her best-selling novels. Series regulars include William Windom, Tom Bosley (as a jovial small-town sheriff), Claude Akins, and Jerry Orbach, and guest stars this season include Janet Leigh, Dean Jones, Frank Gorshin, Eli Wallach, Dean Stockwell, and Shirley Jones. Details: Color, Paramount, Academy Ratio. Supplements: 22 episodes on five discs; Bonus episode from Season 5: "Snow White, Blood Red". Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono). Optional subtitles.

Nick Picks Boxed Set: 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.

Norman McLaren: Masters Edition: Influenced by surrealism and his passion for music and dance, controversial abstract filmmaker Norman McLaren is heralded as a ground-breaking visionary. From his early cinematic experiments in Scotland in 1933 to his final film for the National Film Board of Canada in 1983, McLaren's work is remarkable for its inventiveness, research and humanism. This carefully restored collection of 58 of his films includes the Oscar-winning "Neighbors" (1952) and several unfinished and formerly lost efforts. This seven-DVD set of his complete works also provides an illuminating booklet insert, filmed interviews with McLaren himself and 14 new short documentaries that guide the viewer to the heart of McLaren's art, each offering a distinct perspective of his work.

Off to War: From Rural Arkansas to Iraq: The complete ten part documentary series that follows a unit of soldiers from the Arkansas National Guard from the beginning of their tour of duty in April 2004 to the end of their deployment. Filmed, edited, and directed by Brent and Craig Renaud. Details: Color, 452 mins, Kino, Academy Ratio, 1.33:1. Supplements: 10 episodes on four discs; Commentary by the directors and soldiers on select episodes; Soldier's photo album; Memorial film; Extra scenes; Cast and crew bios; Trailers. Optional subtitles.

The Omen: The 2006 remake of the seventies horror film about the devil spawn takes a younger approach, casting Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles as the parents of a boy who acts out in strange ways that leaves a body count in his wake. Mia Farrow (who knows a little something about devil children from Rosemary's Baby) is the child's satanic governess, Pete Postlethwaite a priest on a mission to prevent the apocalypse, and David Thewlis a photographer who takes on the mission. John Moore directs. Available in separate widescreen and full screen editions. Details: Color, 110 mins, 20th Century Fox, Widescreen anamorphic. Supplements: Commentary by director John Moore, producer Glenn Williamson and editor Dan Zimmerman; "Revelation 666" featurette; Unrated extended sequences; Unrated alternate ending; Omenisms; Abby Road Sessions; Trailers. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional subtitles.

The Omen Collection: Five film set features the entire franchise, from the 2-disc collector's edition of the original 1976 The Omen, starring Gregory Peck and Lee Remick as the parents of the anti-Christ and directed by Richard Donner, to the 2006 remake The Omen directed by John Moore and starring Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles. The original film spawned a trilogy that followed the path of Damien through Damien: Omen II (1978), with William Holden and Lee Grant as the parents of the unruly 13-year-old devil-spawn, and Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981), with Sam Neill as the grown Damien ready to fulfill his devilish legacy. Omen IV: The Awakening (1991) is an afterthought TV movie with Faye Grant and featuring Asia Vieira as the female reincarnation of Damien. Details: Color, 20th Century Fox. Optional subtitles.

The Other: (1972) A family on a farm in depression-era Connecticut is beset by accidents and haunted by the ghost of their dead son, who appears to his twin brother as the accidents escalate. Robert Mulligan directs the spooky ghost story starring Uta Hagen and Diana Muldar. Details: Color, 100 mins, 20th Century Fox, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.85:1. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 1.0) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0). Optional Spanish and English subtitles.

Over the Hedge: It's nature versus prefab culture in the animated adaptation of the Michael Fry and T Lewis newspaper comic strip of woodland buddies confronting the foibles of 21st century life and the absurdities of suburbia. A wound up Bruce Willis voices the streetwise raccoon RJ, whose schemes collide with the implacable caution of Vern the turtle (Garry Shandling), the paternal leader of a homey clan of woodland creatures who wake up from hibernation to find themselves surrounded by suburbia. The story is slim but the script is snappy and the films moves with a fluid rhythm that charges up to a rollercoaster pace, driven by RJ's patter and junk food high. Directors Tim Johnson (Antz) and Karey Kirkpatrick have fun with the colorful activity and cartoon slapstick, which they execute with energetic zing. The voice cast also includes Steve Carell, Wanda Sykes, William Shatner (who gets to overplay more than one death scene as he plays possum), Nick Nolte, Thomas Haden Church, Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara. Details: Color, 83 mins, DreamWorks, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.85:1. Supplements: Commentary by directors Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick and producer Bonnie Arnold; All-new animated short "Hammy's Boomerang Adventure"; Optional commentary on "Hammy's Boomerang Adventure" by director Will Finn; "Verm-Tech Institute Infomercial" with Dwayne LaFontant; "Behind The Hedge" featurette; "Meet The Cast" featurette with the voice cast; "The Tech of Over The Hedge" featurette; "DreamWorks Kids (DWK): This Way To Play" virtual playground of programming and creative activities for kids, including "Animal Fun Facts: Critter 411," "Animator 101: Learn To Draw Hammy," "Favorite Scenes," and "Set-Top Games"; DVD-ROM Activities; Galleries. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional Spanish, French and English subtitles.

Peeper: (1975) Michael Caine is a Los Angeles private eye hired to find the long lost daughter of a wealthy man (Michael Constantine) in the comic mystery directed by Peter Hyams. He tracks his way through a collection of colorful characters until he finds two likely candidates (Natalie Wood and Kitty Winn), he's just not sure which is the right girl. Details: Color, 87 mins, 20th Century Fox, widescreen. Supplements: New featurette; Trailer. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional Spanish subtitles.

Predator: The Boxset: Dutch and his group of commandos are hired by the CIA to rescue downed airmen from guerillas in a Central American jungle. The mission goes well but as they return they find that something is hunting them. Nearly invisible, it blends in with the forest, taking trophies from the bodies of it's victims as it goes along. Occasionally seeing through it's eyes, the audience sees it is an intelligent alien hunter, hunting them for sport, killing them off one at a time. Predetor 2: Lt. Harrigan (Danny Glover) is a cop fighting the good war against drugs. But recently, the major drug lords have been killed off in a very brutal fashion. His superiors tell him to stay out of it, but Harrigan knows that something is wrong. His instincts are right when he discovers that the person behind the murders is none other than the Predator, the human-hunting alien who likes to make trophies out of his victims' skulls. But how can Harrigan stop the Predator when it can turn invisible and kill him without him knowing it?

Reds(HD DVD) Writing has been the only escape of Louise Bryant until she goes to a lecture one night in 1912 and is mesmerized by a radical journalist, John Reed. She leaves her husband and goes to Greenwich Village with Reed where she keeps writing, covering the 1913 Armory Show of post-impressionist paintings from Europe. Reed is so wrapped up in changing the world that Louise leaves him for awhile and stays with a playwright, Eugene O'Neill. She returns to Reed. He goes to Russia and covers the 1917 Revolution. She never forgets Reed. the only American to be buried next to the Kremlin wall.

Rest Stop: Unrated: A young photogenic couple (Jaimie Alexander and Joey Mendicino) on a road trip from Texas to Hollywood are stalked by a psycho who abducts the boyfriend at a secluded rest stop and torments the girl in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. X-Files producer and Supernatural creator John Shiban writes and directs the direct-to-DVD thriller film, the first in the new "Raw Feed" series of genre films for the video market. Available in separate R and unrated versions, the latter featuring bonus supplements. Details: Color, 85 mins, Warner, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.85:1. Supplements: Three alternate endings ; Scotty's Home Movies: a unique family album from one of the oddest characters in Rest Stop ; On The Bus: a view of the activities that happen on the old yellow bus ; Trailer . Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional Spanish, French and English subtitles.

The Scattering (Cheers and Tears): (aka The Booze Cruise III) The "Matey-Boys" ride again as the eccentric group of friends and neighbors head out to the Yorkshire moors to spread the ashes of a loved one, with the usual comically disastrous results. Neil Pearson, Mark Benton, Brian Murphy, Anne Reid, and Ian Richardson star in the comedy made for British TV. Details: Color, 93 mins, BFS, Academy Ratio. Optional subtitles.

Salvage: A college student (Lauren Currie Lewis) is brutally murdered, and then awakens to find herself back to where it all began to relive the harrowing ordeal all over again in the horror thriller from Joshua and Jeffrey Crook. Details: Color, 79 mins, Echo Bridge, widescreen. Supplements: Director's commentary; Trailer. Optional subtitles.

Solo Con Tu Pareja: (Mexico, 1991) The feature debut of Alfonso Cuarón, before he arrived stateside to make A Little Princess, is a ribald and stylish social satire of contemporary urban sexual mores about a Don Juan-ish yuppie (Daniel Giménez Cacho) who spends his nights juggling so many beautiful women that he can't keep their names straight, until the tables are turned. Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki. Details: Color, 94 mins, Criterion, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.78:1. Supplements: New, restored high-definition digital transfer; "Making Solo con tu pareja" interview featurette; Alfonso Cuaron's 1983 short film Quartet for the End of Time; Co-screenwriter Carlos Cuaron's 2000 short film Wedding Night; Original theatrical trailer; Booklet with a new essay by film scholar Ryan Long, and a biographical sketch of the main character written by Carlos Cuarón. Audio: Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional English subtitles.

Starsky & Hutch - The Complete Fourth Season: (1979-1980) Paul Michael Glaser is the short, dark, fast food-addicted wise-guy Starsky and David Soul is the tall, thoughtful, health food-loving Nordic Hutch (short for Hutchinson) in the hit cop show, the quintessential buddy cop series of the 1970s and one of the grittiest, at least for the most part. The shows have plenty of shoot-outs, fist-fights, squealing tires, and energetic foot chases and some delve into a different kind of tension but the chemistry and camaraderie between the characters set it apart from the rest of the shows. Antonio Fargas co-stars as their ever reliable informant Huggy Bear, a loose, slippery hep cat who hangs in the gray zone between the cops and the underworld and Bernie Hamilton is the gruff Captain Harold Dobey. Starsky's beloved red and white "striped tomato" Ford Gran Torino is as much a co-star. Details: Color, 1077 mins, Sony Pictures, Academy Ratio. Supplements: 22 episodes on five discs. Optional subtitles.

Taggart: Evil Eye Set: (1990) Episodes 13-15 in the long running, gritty crime drama set in Glasgow and starring Mark McManus as the sarcastic Detective Chief Inspector Jim Taggart. Features the feature-length episodes Love Knot, Hostile Witness and Evil Eye in a 3-disc set. Details: Color, BFS, Academy Ratio. Supplements: Cast profiles; Taggart facts. Optional subtitles.

That 70's Show: Season 5: (2002-2003) Hit the wayback machine for the seventies and another season of the 8-track flashback starring Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Wilmer Valderrama, and Danny Masterson as best friends who hang out in Grace's basement, their HQ for navigating the treacherous waters of friendship, high school romance, and the fine art of conversation under the influence of marijuana in the decade of smiley faces and disco. Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp play Grace's hot-to-trot parents. Think Happy Days in the wake of the sexual revolution. Details: Color, 550 mins, 20th Century Fox, Academy Ratio. Supplements: 25 episodes on 4 discs; Episode promos; "A 70s Flashback" with Wilmer Valderrama and Danny Masterson; "Season 5 in 5 Minutes" featurette. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.1 Surround). Optional English subtitles.

They All Laughed: (1981) Peter Bogdanovich directs and scripts (with co-star Blaine Novak) this snappy screwball romance with modern flair, about a pair of private detectives -- veteran Ben Gazzara and his younger partner John Ritter -- who are hired to shadow two women suspected of infidelity (elegant high society lady Audrey Hepburn and sexy young Dorothy Stratten, respectively) and wind up falling in love with their assignments. Patti Hansen, George Morfogen, and Colleen Camp co-star. Details: Color, 115 mins, HBO. Optional subtitles.

The Very Best Of Sabrina - The Animated Series: Melissa Joan Hart lends her voice to the animated spin-off of the family sitcom hit, something of a prequel that follows the adventures of a pre-teen Sabrina just exploring her witch powers. Details: Color, 308 mins, Shout! Factory, Academy Ratio. Supplements: 14 episodes on two discs. Optional subtitles.

When the Sea Rises: (France) Yolande Moreau is an actress with a one woman show she takes on the road through rural towns in Northern France who strikes up a friendship with an eccentric vagabond (Wim Willaert) in the offbeat comedy from the writer/director team of Yolande Moreau and Gilles Porte. Details: Color, 93 mins, New Yorker, Widescreen anamorphic. Supplements: Trailer. Audio: French. Optional English subtitles.

The Wilkie Collins Set: Box set of two British tele-film adaptations of the work of the famed 19th century author. Tara Fitzgerald and Justine Waddell are cousins caught up in the mystery involving an ethereal ghost in The Woman in White (1997), from Collins' classic Victorian mystery novel. Andrew Lincoln, Ian Richardson, and Simon Callow co-star. Greg Wise and Keeley Hawes star in The Moonstone (1996), an adaptation of what has been called the first detective novel ever written. Peter Vaughan, Patricia Hodge, and Antony Sher co-star. Both originally shown in the US on the Public Television showcase Masterpiece Theatre and previously available individually. Details: Color, WGBH, Academy Ratio. Optional subtitles.

WWE - Unforgiven 2006: Johnny Nitro (IC) vs Jeff Hardy. Umaga vs Kane. Lita (WC) vs Trish Stratus. The Spirit Squad (TC) vs The Highlanders. DX vs The Big Show and The McMahons (HIAC). Randy Orton vs Carlito. Edge (WWEC) vs John Cena (TLC). Key: IC = Intercontinental Championship, WC = Women's Championship, TC = Tag Team Championship, HIAC = Hell in a Cell, TLC = Tables, Ladders and Chairs, WWEC = WWE Championship