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Aria (1987) Ten short films directed by 10 acclaimed directors; each piece is a visual riff on a musical aria. Directors: Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford, Bill Bryden, Jean-Luc Godard, Derek Jarman, Franc Roddam, Nicolas Roeg, Ken Russell, Charles Sturridge, Julien Temple. Stars: Bridget Fonda, Theresa Russell, Tilda Swinton, Elizabeth Hurley, John Hurt, Buck Henry, Beverly D'Angelo, more. Extras: Photo gallery of 200 on-set shots. (Warner).

My Blueberry Nights (2005) Dir.: Wong Kar Wail; Norah Jones, Jude Law, David Strathairn, Rachel Weisz, Natalie Portman. Extras: Deleted scenes, Q&A with director Wong Kar Wai, "The Making of My Blueberry Nights," stills gallery. (The Weinstein Co./Genius Products).

City of Men (2008 -- Brazil) Douglas Silva, Darlan Cunha, Rodrigo dos Santos (Miramax)

The Closer: Season Three Four-disc set with 14 episodes, $39.98. Extras: "The Art of Interrogation" featurette, gag reel, unaired scenes. (Warner).

Dogtown: Second Chance (National Geographic teams up with the top-notch veterinarians and trainers at Best Friend's Sanctuary to learn what it takes to rehabilitate abandoned, abused and problem pets and find them loving homes; $19.98. (Warner).

Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd Out of Control (2008) Masi Oka, Jayma Mays, Nate Torrence. Maxwell Smart's techie friends have their own comedy adventure in this direct-to-video feature timed to exploit the big-screen adaptation of "Get Smart." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

Heathers 20th High School Reunion Edition (1989) Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker. Two-disc set. Newly remastered. Extras: "Return To Westerburg High" documentary that revisits the high school where "Heathers" was filmed, includes new interviews with director Michael Lehmann, writer Daniel Waters, and producer Denise Di Novi; commentary by Lehmann, Waters and Di Novi; "Swatch Dogs and Diet Coke Heads" featurette; original ending screenplay excerpt (DVD-ROM). (Anchor Bay).

Heaven (1987) Dir.: Diane Keaton. Created and directed by the multi-talented Diane Keaton, "Heaven" takes a wonderfully lighthearted look at the Great Beyond. (Warner).

Meet the Browns (2008) Dir.: Tyler Perry; Tyler Perry, David Mann, Tamela Mann, Lance Gross, Chloe Bailey, Mariana Talbert, Angela Bassett, Rick Fox, Sofia Vergara, Irma P. Hall. Available as a single-disc with the feature only, a two-disc standard DVD set and a two-disc Blu-ray set, both with extras. Extras: Commentary by Tyler Perry, six featurettes, digital copy. (Lionsgate).

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985) Dir.: Paul Schrader; Ken Ogata, Masayuki Shionoya. Music by Philip Glass. New, restored high-definition digital transfer of the director's cut, supervised and approved by director Paul Schrader and cinematographer John Bailey in a two-disc set. Extras: Optional English and Japanese voice-over narrations, the former by Roy Scheider, the latter by Ken Ogata; new audio commentary featuring Schrader and producer Alan Poul; "The Strange Case of Yukio Mishima," a 55-minute BBC documentary about the author; new interviews with Donald Richie and John Nathan, collaborators and friends of Yukio Mishima; new interviews with Bailey, producers Tom Luddy and Mata Yamamoto, composer Philip Glass, and production designer Eiko Ishioka; new audio interview with co-screenwriter Chieko Schrader; video interview excerpt featuring Mishima talking about writing; booklet featuring a new essay by critic Kevin Jackson and a piece on the film's censorship in Japan. (The Criterion Collection).

Patriotism (1966) Written and directed by Yukio Mishima. New, restored high-definition digital transfer of the Japanese and English versions of the short film, with optional Japanese or English intertitles. Extras: A 45-minute audio recording of Yukio Mishima speaking to the Foreign Correspondents' Association of Japan; a 45-minute making-of documentary, featuring crew from the film's production; interview excerpts featuring Mishima discussing war and death; new essay by renowned critic and historian Tony Rayns, Mishima's original novella, and Mishima's extensive notes on the film's production. (The Criterion Collection).

Raw Spice: The Unofficial Story of the Making of the Spice Girls (2005) Documentary charting the formation of the Spice Girls in 1994, highlighted with never-before-seen footage of the girls candidly discussing their ambitions and fears, as well as their trademark outrageous behavior and some titanic blowouts; $19.98. (Shout! Factory).

Rebus, Set 3 Four-disc set with four mysteries centering on maverick detective John Rebus, from Ian Rankin's best-selling detective novels. Haunted by his own failings and the human tragedies he faces every day, Detective Inspector Rebus pursues truth beneath the leaden skies of modern-day Edinburgh, $49.99. (Acorn media).

Shotgun Stories (2007) Michael Shannon, Douglas Ligon, Barlow Jacobs, Natalie Canerday, Glenda Pannell, Lynnsee Provence. Follows a blood feud between two sets of half brothers in the cotton fields and back roads of Arkansas. (Liberation/Genius Products).

Stonehenge Decoded National Geographic special transports viewers back in time to decipher the most enduring archaeological mystery of all time -- who built Stonehenge and why. Through a collaboration of groundbreaking new discoveries, recreations and engineering-inspired CGI, Stonehenge comes alive again in ways never before possible, precisely as it stood the day after it was completed. Narrated by Donald Sutherland; $19.98. (Warner).

30 days: Season Two Two-disc set with six episodes, $29.95. Extras: Commentary. (Arts Alliance America).

'Til Death Do Us Part Three-disc set with 13 episodes of the TV series that let director John Waters run amok with a campy marriage of madcap melodrama and macabre humor. Waters is the host of this wickedly amusing anthology series about what happens after the honeymoon. Known to the viewer simply as "The Groom Reaper," Waters leads us through slyly sinful stories of vindictive and vicious husbands and wives with each cautionary tale ending in one spouse pushing up the daisies -- always to the delight of our naughty narrator. $29.98. Extras: Bonus footage. (BCI).

The 2007 Newport Music Festival Connoisseur's Collection. Every year since 1969, music lovers have flocked to the opulent Gilded Age mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, for an international festival of chamber music. Filmed live at the 2007 festival, this special collection of concerts and highlights includes the Newport debut of 20-year-old American pianist Adam Golka, music by Chopin, Lizst, and Mozart, and an all-Schumann program. Approximately 15 hours on 10 DVDs, $124.99. Extras: Bonus performances and commentary clips featuring festival director Dr. mark P. Malkovich. (Acorn media).

Vantage Point (2008) Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, Forest Whitaker, Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt. Available in single-disc, two-disc and Blu-ray Disc editions. Two-disc set extras: Commentary by director Pete Travis, bonus digital copy of the film, deleted scene, "An Inside Perspective" interviews with cast and crew, "Plotting an Assassination" Interview with first-time screenwriter Barry Levy. (Sony).

Wild China (2005) BBC documentary, just in time for the Beijing Summer Olympics. Two-disc set; $29.98. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

Yankee Stadium: Baseball's Cathedral (2005) MLB official DVD documentary commemorating the most storied ballpark in America. Attending a Yankees game in the Bronx has been called a spiritual experience. Fans and ballplayers have congregated in Yankee Stadium for more than 80 years to witness history -- they cheer their hearts out, realize their dreams and heal their souls in the ultimate baseball cathedral. Since Opening Day in 1923, Yankee Stadium has gracefully grown through the years in stature as part of the American cultural fabric. Narrated by Chazz Palminteri. $26.99. Extras: Exclusive Yankee Stadium commemorative ticket with coin, Lou Gehrig speech, Mickey Mantle's 1964 World Series Game 3 walk-off home run, Chris Chambliss' 1976 ALCS Game 5 walk-off HR, Yankees return after Thurman Munson's funeral, George Brett and the Pine Tar Game, highlights from Jim Abbott's no hitter, Don Mattingly's HR in 1995 ALDS Game 2, highlights from 1999 World Series Game 4, Derek Jeter's 2001 ALDS dive, Hideki Matsui's First Major League grand slam, Aaron Boone's 2003 ALCS Game 7 HR, tour of Yankee Stadium from "Cathedrals of the Game" (Shout Factory).

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