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Aces N' Eights (2008 -- TV) Westerner about ranchers who refuse to sell to the railroad. Ernest Borgnine, Casper Van Dien, Deirdre Quinn, Bruce Boxleitner. (Genius Products).

The Adams Chronicles (1976) Four-disc set with all 13 episodes of the miniseries that traces 150 years of history through the eyes of John Adams and his heirs. Featured 1,100 actors and 250 studio and location sets, and won four Emmys and a Peabody. $59.99.Extras: Twelve-page program guide. (Acorn Media).

Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers -- The Collection: Volume 1 Re-Mastered four-disc set with the animated series' first 32 episodes (available for the first time ever in their proper chronological order), $39.98. Extras: Never-before-seen pilot/demo reel, interview with series creator Robert Mandell, commentary with Robert Mandell (and special guests), original music tracks, new "No Guts, No Glory" music video, slideshow of the vintage talking storybook "Tortuna the Outlaw Planet," 32-page collectible booklet featuring character profiles and illustrations. (Koch Vision).

American Idol: Season 6 Finale Performance Show -- The Top 2 Two-disc set of the May 22, 2007 showdown between Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis; $19.99. Extras: Two featurettes, an American Idol audition guide, bloopers. (Koch Vision).

Bet Your Life (2004) Sean Carrigan, Corinne Van Ryck de Groot, Billy Zane. A gambling addict bets his life against a sadistic millionaire's money. (Warner).

The Big Trail: Fox Grandeur Special Edition (1930) Dir.: Raoul Walsh; John Wayne, Marguerite Churchill, El Brendel, Tully Marshall. Two-disc set, with original 70mm widescreen version along with standard full screen version. Extras: Commentary by film historian/author Richard Schickel on the 70mm widescreen presentation, "The Creation of John Wayne," "Raoul Walsh: A Man in His Time," "The Big Vision: The Grandeur Process," "The Making of The Big Trail," publicity gallery, original posters gallery, pressbook gallery. (Fox).

Blind Eye (2006) Nick Mancuso, Levi Oliver, Roddy Piper. An ex-cop is called by his estranged wife to help find their missing daughter, only to discover that there's more to the disappearance than his "friends" are letting on. (MTI Home Video).

Bob the Builder: The Three Musketruck Bob the Builder and his Can-Do Crew welcome friends Meg MacDonald, a Scottish dairy farmer, her assistant Piper and their dairy truck Dodger to Sunflower Valley in five new adventures for preschoolers, $14.98. Extras: "Meet New Members of the Can-Do Crew." (HIT/Fox).

Bon Cop, Bad Cop (2006) Colm Feore, Patrick Huard. Comedy thriller about an unlikely pair of cops - one from Montreal who only speaks French and one from Toronto who only speaks English - who team up to investigate a serial murderer who drapes a dead body over the border sign dividing Ontario and Quebec. (BFS Entertainment).

Botched (2007) Alan Smyth, Stephen Dorff. During a heist in Russia, a professional thief (Stephen Dorff) finds himself dealing with twin serial killers, insane hostages, double-crossing psycho Russian hardmen and the real possibility of a horrible death. (Warner).

The Care Bears: Ups & Downs Two episodes from the CBS Saturday morning cartoons, $14.98. Extras: "Surprise Party for Surprise Bear!" interactive game. (Fox).

The Care Bears: Share N' Summertime Four episodes from the CBS Saturday morning cartoons, $14.98. (Fox).

The Chase Two-disc set with eight episodes from the first season of the top-rated British series centered around the goings-on inside a struggling Yorkshire veterinary hospital, $29.98. (Koch Vision).

The Cottage (2008) Andy Serkis, Jennifer Ellison, Reece Shearsmith. Forced into hiding after their kidnapping plan goes awry, two rival siblings, David (Andy Serkis) and Peter (Reece Shearsmith) find themselves fighting for their sanity while they hole up in a secluded country cottage and come face-to-face with their psychotic axe-wielding neighbor -- a demented farmer with a dark, nasty secret. Extras: Deleted scenes, outtakes, digital copy of the film. (Sony).

Cover (2008) Vivica A. Fox, Aunjanue Ellis, Razaaq Adoti, Paula Jay Parker, Louis Gossett Jr., Leon, Patti LaBelle, Mya. A passionate murder leaves a devoted wife and mother as the primary suspect. (Fox).

Crash and Burn: Unrated (2008 -- TV) Erik Palladino, Michael Madsen. An undercover FBI agent who agrees to infiltrate the ruthless underground world of "choppers" is quickly thrown into a world of fast cars and high stakes. (Genius Products).

DNA Two-disc set with five episodes of the British forensics series starring Tom Conti, $39.99. (Acorn Media).

Drawn Together: Season Three -- Uncensored! Two-disc set with all 14 episodes from the third and final season, $26.99. Extras: Commentary, karaoke sing along. (Paramount).

The Fire Within (1963) Dir.: Louis Malle; Maurice Ronet, Jeanne Moreau. New, restored high-definition digital transfer. Extras: Archival interviews with director Louis Malle and actor Maurice Ronet; "Malle's Fire Within," a new video program featuring interviews with actor Alexandra Stewart and filmmakers Philippe Collin and Volker Schlondorff; "Jusqu'au 23 Juillet," a 2005 documentary short about Pierre Drieu la Rochelle's novel "Le feu follet" and dadaist writer Jacques Rigaut (the inspiration for the main character), featuring actor Mathieu Amalric, writer Didier Daeninckx, and Cannes festival curator Pierre-Henri Deleau; booklet featuring new essays by critic Michel Ciment and historian Peter Cowie. (The Criterion Collection).

Fox Western Classic Collection Three-disc set with "Garden of Evil," "Rawhide" and "The Gunfighter," $25.98.
  • Garden of Evil (1954) Dir.: Henry Hathaway; Gary Cooper, Richard Widmark, Cameron Mitchell, Susan Hayward. Extras: Commentary by Nick Redman, Steven Smith, John Morgan and William Stromberg; "Travels of a Gunslinger: The Making of Garden Of Evil," "Henry Hathaway: When The Going Gets Tough ...," restoration comparisons.
  • Rawhide (1951) Dir.: Henry Hathaway; Tyrone Power, Susan Hayward, Edgar Buchanan, Hugh Marlowe, Dean Jagger. Extras: "Susan Hayward: Hollywood's Straight Shooter," "Shot It in Lone Pine!" restoration comparisons, still gallery.
  • The Gunfighter (1950) Dir.: henry King; Gregory Peck, Helen Westcott, Millard Mitchell.

Frank Sinatra 10th Anniversary Promotion:
Frank Sinatra is widely held to be the greatest singer in American pop history and one of the most successful entertainers of the last century. Beginning May 13, Warner Home Video will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the passing of "The Chairman of the Board" by releasing a total of 22 of his films in five new collections, with 11 titles brand new to DVD. Reprise Records, Turner Classic Movies, MGM Home Entertainment and the United States Postal Service are also joining Warner Home Video for what will be an unprecedented month-long tribute to the man who left an everlasting impact on popular culture. Also available beginning May 13 will be an all-new CD collection; a television film festival and other specials and a commemorative postage stamp. The initiative is the first from the newly established Frank Sinatra Enterprises.

Frank Sinatra Collection: The Rat Pack Ultimate Collector's Edition Four-disc set commemorating the 10th anniversary of the passing of "The Chairman of the Board" on May 14, 1998. $59.92 for the collection; $12.97 individual titles (except "Sergeant's 3," which is only available as part of the collection). (Warner).
  • Ocean's Eleven (1960) Dir.: Lewis Milestone; Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Angie Dickinson, Richard Conte, Cesar Romero, Patrice Wymore, Joey Bishop, Akim Tamiroff, Henry Silva, Ilka Chase, Buddy Lester. Extras: Commentary by Frank Sinatra Jr. and Angie Dickinson, interactive "Las Vegas Then and Now" map and casino vignettes, "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson excerpt featuring guest host Frank Sinatra and guest Angie Dickinson, cast/filmmaker profiles.
  • 4 For Texas (1963) Dir.: Robert Aldrich; Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Anita Ekberg, Ursula Andress, Charles Bronson, Victor Buono. Extras: Vintage making-of featurette, cast/filmmaker profiles.
  • Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964) Dir.: Gordon Douglas; Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Bing Crosby, Peter Falk, Barbara Rush, Victor Buono. Extras: Commentary by Frank Sinatra Jr., vintage featurette "What They Did to Robin Hood," cast/filmmaker profiles.
  • Sergeant's 3 (1962) Dir.: John Sturges; Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. , Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, Henry Silva, Ruta Lee, Buddy Lester. Extras: Commentary by Frank Sinatra Jr.

Frank Sinatra Collection: The Golden Years Five-disc set commemorating the 10th anniversary of the passing of "The Chairman of the Board" on May 14, 1998. $39.92 the collection; $12.97 individual titles. (Warner).
  • None but the Brave (1965) Dir.: Frank Sinatra; Frank Sinatra, Clint Walker, Tommy Sands, Brad Dexter.
  • The Man With the Golden Arm (1955) Dir.: Otto Preminger; Frank Sinatra, Eleanor Parker, Kim Novak, Arnold Stang, Darren McGavin. Extras: New Featurette: "Shoot Up/Shoot Out: The Story Behind The Man With the Golden Arm."
  • Some Came Running (1958) Dir.: Vincente Minnelli; Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine, Martha Hyer, Arthur Kennedy. Extras: New Featurette: "The Story of Some Came Running" 'making-of' retrospective.
  • The Tender Trap (1955) Frank Sinatra, Debbie Reynolds, David Wayne, Celeste Holm, Lola Albright, Carolyn Jones. Extras: New Featurette: "Frank's Way," soundtrack remastered in 5.1 audio.
  • Marriage on the Rocks (1965) Frank Sinatra, Deborah Kerr, Dean Martin, Cesar Romero.

Frank Sinatra Collection: The Early Years Five-disc set commemorating the 10th anniversary of the passing of "The Chairman of the Board" on May 14, 1998. $39.92 the collection; $12.97 individual titles. (Warner).
  • Double Dynamite (1951) Jane Russell, Groucho Marx, Frank Sinatra.
  • It Happened in Brooklyn (1947) Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, Peter Lawford, Jimmy Durante, Gloria Grahame.
  • Step Lively (1944 ) Frank Sinatra, George Murphy, Adolphe Menjou, Gloria DeHaven, Walter Slezak.
  • Higher and Higher (1943) Michele Morgan, Jack Haley, Frank Sinatra.
  • The Kissing Bandit (1948) Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, J. Carrol Naish.

Frank Sinatra & Gene Kelly Collection Three-disc set commemorating the 10th anniversary of the passing of "The Chairman of the Board" on May 14, 1998. $24.98 the collection; $12.97 individual titles. (Warner).
  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949) Dir.: Busby Berkeley; Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams, Gene Kelly, Betty Garrett, Edward Arnold. Extras: Deleted musical numbers Baby Doll and Boys and Girls Like You and Me, notes on Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly.
  • On the Town (1949) Dir.: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly; Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garrett, Ann Miller, Jules Munshin, Vera-Ellen.
  • Anchors Aweigh (1945) Dir.: George Sidney; Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, Gene Kelly, Jose Iturbi, Dean Stockwell.

Sinatra (1992) Two-disc set of the Emmy-winning CBS-TV mini-series about Sinatra's remarkable life, with over two-dozen Sinatra standards. Stars Philip Casnoff, Olympia Dukakis, Joe Santos, Gina Gershon, Nina Siemaszko, Marcia Gay Harden, Bob Gunton, David Raynr. $19.98. (Warner).

Garfield and Friends: A Cat and His Hero Single-disc with15 episodes of "Garfield & Friends" series picked by creator Jim Davis, $14.98. (Fox).

Graduation (2006) Shannon Lucio, Riley Smith, Chris Marquette, Chris Lowell, Adam Arkin, Aimee Garcia. Four high school friends -- just short of graduation -- plan a bank robbery to help one of their friends in need of financial assistance. Extras: Commentary, alternate opening, deleted scenes, blooper reel, storyboards. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

The Great Debaters (2007) Dir.: Denzel Washington; Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Kimberly Elise, Jumee Smollett, Nate Parker. Availabe as a single disc and in a two-disc special edition. Extras: Commentary by actor-director Denzel Washington (both versions), deleted scenes (both versions), documentary with original debaters, "Music of The Great Debaters," "Original Score With James Newton Howard," "Making of The Great Debaters," Wardrobe of The Great Debaters," "A Visit to Wiley College," "Poetry of Melvin Tolson (still gallery). (Weinstein Company/Genius Products).

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Special Edition (1981) Dir.: Steven Spielberg; Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott, Alfred Molina. Timed for the release of "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." Extras: Raiders of the Lost Ark: An Introduction by Steven Spielberg & George Lucas"; "Indiana Jones: An Appreciation" by the cast and crew of "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"; "The Melting Face" recreation of the amazing physical effect of the villain's melting face in "Raiders"; "Storyboard Sequence -- The Well of Souls"; Galleries: llustrations & props, production photographs & portraits, effects/ILM, marketing; "Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures" Game demo and trailer. (Paramount).

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Special Edition (1984) Dir.: Steven Spielberg; Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Jonathan Ke Quan, Amrish Puri. Timed for the release of "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." Extras: "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: An Introduction by Steven Spielberg & George Lucas"; "Creepy Crawlies"; "Locations" featurette, "Storyboard Sequence -- The Mine Cart Chase" Galleries: llustrations & props, production photographs & portraits, effects/ILM, marketing; "Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures" Game demo and trailer. (Paramount).

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Special Edition (1989) Dir.: Steven Spielberg; Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Denholm Elliott, Alison Doody, John Rhys-Davies, Julian Glover, River Phoenix.Timed for the release of "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." Extras: "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: An Introduction by Steven Spielberg & George Lucas"; "The Women: The American Film Institute Tribute" with the three Indiana Jones women (Karen Allen, Kate Capshaw and Alison Doody); "Friends and Enemies" discussion with Spielberg, Lucas and Indiana Jones writers; "Storyboard Sequence -- The Opening Sequence"; Galleries: llustrations & props, production photographs & portraits, effects/ILM, marketing; "Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures" Game demo and trailer. (Paramount).

La Chinoise (1968) Dir.: Jean-Luc Godard; Anne Wiazemsky, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Juliet Berto, Michel Semeniako. Restored and re-mastered. Extras: Never-before-released vintage footage such as a Godard editing table interview, Venice Film Festival press conference coverage, interview with Anne Wiazemsky, introduction by Colin McCabe (author of "Godard: A Portrait of the Artist at Seventy") and the original trailer. (Koch Lorber Films).

Le Gai Savoir (The Joy of Knowledge) (1968) Dir.: Jean-Luc Godard; Juliet Berto, Jean-Pierre Leaud. (Koch Lorber Films).

Little Devil (2007 - U.K. TV) Alex Caan, Robson Green, Maggie O'Neill, Maimie McCoy. When a 10-year-rold boy's good deeds can't keep his mother and father from planning a divorce, he decides that being bad is better. (BFS Entertainment).

The Lovers (1958) Dir.: Louis Malle; Jeanne Moreau, Jean-Marc Bory, Alain Cuny, Jose Luis de Villalonga. New, restored high-definition digital transfer of the complete, uncensored version. Extras: Selection of archival interviews with Louis Malle, actors Jeanne Moreau and Jose Luis de Villalonga, and writer Louise de Vilmorin; gallery of promotional material from the U.S. theatrical release; new essay by film historian Ginette Vincendeau. (The Criterion Collection).

Mad Money (2008) Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, Katie Holmes, Ted Danson, Roger Cross, Adam Rothenberg, Finesse Mitchell. Extras: Commentary by director Callie Khouri, ÒMakin' Money: Behind the Scenes of Mad Money.Ó (Anchor Bay).

The Magnificent Seven Complete Series Giftset Five-disc set with 17 episodes from the series' two seasons, plus four never-aired episodes, $49.98. (MGM).

Marvel Heroes Collection Boxed set with "X-Men," "X2: X-Men United Special Edition," "X-Men 3: The Last Stand," "Fantastic Four," "Fantastic Four 2," "Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes Volume 1," "Elektra" and "Daredevil"; $69.98. Extras: Marvel exclusive flipbook and CD ROM comic "The Origin of the Silver Surfer." (Fox).

Mission Impossible: The Fourth TV Season (1969-70) Seven-disc set with 26 episodes, $54.99. (Paramount).

Numb (2007) Matthew Perry, Kevin Pollak, Mary Steenburgen. A chronically depressed screenwriter desperately tries to cure his condition when he meets the girl of his dreams. (Image Entertainment).

A Raisin in the Sun (2005) Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad, Audra McDonald, Sanaa Lathan, John Stamos. Telefilm adaptation of the Tony-award winning 2004 Broadway revival; premiered on ABC February 25, 2008. Extras: Commentary by director Kenny Leon, "Dreams Worth While: The Journey of A Raisin in the Sun" featurette. (Sony).

The Rat Patrol Complete Series Giftset Seven-disc set with all 58 episodes, $49.98. (MGM).

The Shadow Riders (1982) Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott, Ben Johnson, Geoffrey Lewis, Katharine Ross. CBS Western telefilm based on the best-selling novel by Louis L'Amour. At the close of the Civil War, two brothers, who battled on opposing sides, return home to discover that their family has been kidnapped by rebel guerrillas who refuse to accept the defeat of the Confederacy; the brothers set out to rescue the women, who are in danger of being sold as slaves to a Mexican brothel. (Sony).

Stargate Infinity: The Complete Series Four-disc set with all 26 animated episodes, $34.99. Extras: Animated Stargate effects test, never-before-seen animated character walking models, original concept art. (Shout! Factory).

Summertime Fun! Collection of five Summertime-themed episodes from "Barney," "Bob the Builder," "Thomas & Friends," "Angelina Ballerina" and "Fireman Sam," $14.98. HIT Entertainment/Fox).

They Filmed the War in Color: Victory In Europe (2000 -- France) French director Rene-Jean Bouyer painstakingly researched and collected rare color footage from World War II and compiled it into a remarkable full-color documentary. These color fragments stolen from the 1940s finally deliver an opportunity to see war and peace just as millions of citizens, civilians and combatants had lived it: in color. "Victory In Europe" spans the peaceful times before German occupation to the harrowing events of the war and finally to joyful liberation. Features extraordinary first-person archival footage that captures military maneuvers, daily life, GI's and citizens celebrating their victory, Ernest Hemingway and Clark Gable visiting Normandy, the discovery of bodies at the Dachau Concentration Camp and many other shocking images; $19.98. (Koch Vision).

They Filmed the War in Color Set (2000 -- France) Includes "Victory in Europe" and "The Pacific War." The second film (not released separately) documents U.S. military action in response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, an event that fully thrust the United States full force into World War II and turned it into a truly global conflict. American Marines and many of the great filmmakers of the day captured color footage of the events as they unfolded -- the Coral Sea in flames; Guadalcanal littered in corpses; rarely seen images of the deportation of U.S.; $34.98. (Koch Vision).

Twelfth Night (1969) Tommy Steele, Ralph Richardson, Alec Guinness and Joan Plowright star in this "ITV Saturday Night Theatre" version of the Bard's confection, $24.98. (Koch Vision).

Two and a Half Men: The Complete Third Season Four-disc set with 22 episodes, $44.98. Extras: Two featurettes, deleted scenes, gag reel. (Warner).

Untraceable (2008) Diane Lane, Colin Hanks, Erin Carufel, Billy Burke, Joseph Cross, Mary Beth Hurt. Extras: Commentary, four featurettes, Available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).

The Wager (2007) Randy Travis, Nancy Stafford, Jude Ciccolella, Candace Cameron Bure. When the life of a mega film star (Randy Travis) is destroyed right before the most important day of his life, his faith is put to the ultimate test. (Genius Products).

Youth Without Youth (2007) Dir.: Francis Ford Coppola; Tim Roth, Matt Damon, Alexandra Maria Lara, Bruno Ganz, AndrŽ Hennicke. Available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).

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