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DVD Releases: August 5

BEN 10 Season Four Two-disc set with 12 episodes, $19.98.Extras: Deleted scenes. (Warner).

Biography: Barack Obama (2008) $12.95. (A&E Home Video).

Biography: John McCain (2008) $12.95. (A&E Home Video).

Citizen Jimmy (2008) One-hour comedy special by stand-up Jimmy Dore, featuring his topical takes on all the ills of the country, from George W. Bush's well-hidden genius, to health care, gas prices, Dick Cheney, and Christian Preachers who rail against gay marriage before getting caught in an Airport restroom. (Image).

Clash of the Cavemen History Channel documentary that reconstructs prehistoric life circa 25,000 B.C.; $24.95. (A&E Home Video).

The Counterfeiters (2008 -- German) Karl Markovics, August Diehl, Devid Striesow, Martin Brambach, August Zirner. On DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with director Stefan Ruzowitzky, "Making of The Counterfeiters" featurette, Adolf Burger's Artifacts" featurette, Q & A with Ruzowitzky, interviews with Ruzowitzky, interview with real-life counterfeiter and Holocaust survivor Adolf Burger, interview with actor Karl Markovics, deleted scenes, rehearsal footage. (Sony).

Dana Carvey: Squatting Monkeys Tell No Lies Sixty-minute HBO stand-up special, $19.97. (HBO Video).

The Executioner's Song: Director's Cut (1982 -- TV) Tommy Lee Jones, Christine Lahti, Rosanna Arquette, Eli Wallach. (Paramount).

Family Ties: The Fourth Season (1985-86) Four-disc set with 24 episodes, $42.99. (Paramount).

The Five Doctors: 25th Anniversary Edition Two-disc set of Dr. Who classics. includes both the 1983 and 1995 versions of "The Five Doctors" as well as "The Black Orchid" and "The Time Meddler." $34.98. (Warner).

Foyle's War, Set 6 Three new feature-length episodes of the British series that combines mystery and real history, set during World War II; aired on "PBS Mystery!"; $49.99 (Complete U.K. broadcast edition). Extras: Making-of documentary, cast member reflections, filmographies, more. (Acorn Media).

Garfield's Fun Fest (2008) New Garfield feature-length movie; $19.98. Extras: Exclusive comic booklet by Garfield creator Jim Davis. (Fox).

Get Smart: Season 1 Four-disc set with 30 episodes, $24.98. (HBO Home Video).

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: Volume Three Three-disc set with 13 episodes of the final battle of good vs. evil in the 2002 revival of the classic '80s cartoon series; $26.98.Extras: The original "Morals" segment for episodes 27 through 39, never-before-seen Episode 40, five commentaries, extended video commentary, interviews with toy line designers and marketers from Mattel and The Four Horsemen, three image galleries (character profiles, backgrounds, and unseen production sketches), complete animatics of three episodes, two "Masters of the Universe" collectible art cards, (BCI Entertainment).

The Hive (2007) Kal Weber, Tom Wopat, Elizabeth Healey. When a mass of flesh-eating, super-intelligent army ants -- 200 million strong -- make their way through the jungles of Brazil devouring every living thing in their path, a scientist and an entomologist are called in to stave off the deadly attack -- and save the world. Ninth installment in the Sci Fi Channel "Maneater" series. (Genius Products).

Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers Special 20th Anniversary Edition) (1988) Gunnar Hansen, Linnea Quigley, Jay Richardson, Dawn Wildsmith. Cult classic about a private detective tracking down a runaway Samantha who crosses paths with a sect of Egyptian chainsaw-worshipping prostitutes. (Infinity Entertainment).

Hotel Babylon: Season 2 Three-disc set with $39.98. (Warner).

I Got The Feelin': James Brown in the '60s Three-disc set with director's cut of "The Night James Brown Saved Boston" and the full-length concert performances "James Brown Live at The Boston Garden From April 1968" and "Man to Man -- James Brown Live at The Apollo Theater 1968." Extras: James Brown's legendary performance of "Out of Sight" from The T.A.M.I. Show, interviews with James Brown's band members, friends and colleagues, additional audio from the radio simulcast of his 1968 Boston Garden Live performanc, rare performance footage culled from the archives, deluxe booklet. (Shout! Factory).

Joy House (1964 -- French) Dir.: Rene Clement; Jane Fonda, Alain Delon, Lola Albright. Digitally remastered. A notorious playboy and con man (Delon) has an affair with the wife of a mobster and quickly finds himself a marked man. While on the lam, he meets a beautiful American widower and philanthropist who hires him as a live-in chauffeur. With this new job, he figures he's found the perfect refuge, but, unfortunately, there's much more to the posh villa than he initially suspects. While his new employer makes blatant advances, and her curvaceous niece (Fonda) also attempts to seduce him, the small-time criminal discovers he's traded one deadly mistake for another. (Koch Lorber Films).

The Killing of John Lennon (2008) Jonas Ball. Mark David Chapman, a 25 year old security guard in Hawaii, bought a plane ticket to New York with the intention of killing The Beatles' John Lennon. Camping outside Lennon's apartment in New York waiting for an autograph, Chapman's childlike obsession descends into madness and murder. Writer-director Andrew Piddington explores Chapman's obsession with Lennon, basing his script on Chapman's own words from interviews and court transcripts. Retracing the events leading up to the shooting in December 1980, the film was shot in a quasi-documentary style at the actual locations where the events took place, including the sidewalk outside the Dakota. (Genius Products).

Lonesome Dove Collector's Edition (1989) Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Angelica Huston, Diane Lane, Chris Cooper, Danny Glover, Frederic Forrest, D.B. Sweeney, Rick Schroder, Steve Buscemi, Robert Urich. Two-disc set, $19.95. Remastered. Extras: "The Making of an Epic" documentary; "Lonesome Dove" montage; new interview with Emmy Award-winning Director Simon Wincer; original interviews from the set with stars Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, and author Larry McMurtry; original call sheets, casting notes, and concept drawings; a postcard of the original TV poster; hand-written letter by Wincer. The "Lonesome Dove Limited Edition Gift Set' includes the Collector's Edition's two discs in a collectible wooden box along with a branded flask, deck of playing cards, more; $39.99. Available on Blu-ray Disc. (Genius Products).

Morella's Blood Vision The Ghost Hostess with the Mostess Morella unravels three horror tales: "Zombies," "The Blood Seekers" and "Blood Stalkers." (Infinity Entertainment).

My Brother Is an Only Child (2008 -- Italy) Elio Germano, Riccardo Scamarcio, Angela Finocchiaro, Luca Zingaretti, Diane Fleri, Anna Bonaiuto, Massimo Popolizio. Set in a small Italian town in the 60's and 70's, the film tells the story of two brothers who want to change the world -- but in completely different ways. The elder, Manrico (Riccardo Scarmaccio,) is a handsome, charismatic firebrand who becomes the prime mover in the local Communist party. Accio (Elio Germano,) the younger, more rebellious brother, finds his own contrarian voice by joining the reactionary Fascists. What starts as a typical tale of sibling rivalry becomes the story of the polarizing and paralyzing politics of those turbulent times, and the rift between the brothers is further intensified when Accio realizes that he loves his brother's girlfriend, Francesca who, like everyone else, is blind to Manrico's increasingly dangerous ideas. (ThinkFilm/Image Entertainment).

Nim's Island (2008) Abigail Breslin, Jodie Foster, Gerard Butler. Extras: Nim's Friends" featurette, "Abigail's Journey" featurette, "Working on Water" featurette, deleted scenes, commentary by Foster and Breslin, commentary by directors Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).

Pete Seeger: The Power of Song (2007) Documentary chronicles folk singer Pete Seeger's impact on music and social activism that is still being felt today. Includes interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, Peter, Paul & Mary and the inconvenient artist himself, Seeger, along with never-before-seen archival footage and Seeger's personal home movies. A patriot, gentleman and an American original, Seeger was the architect of the folk revival, writing some of its best known songs including "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," "Turn, Turn, Turn" and "If I Had a Hammer." Largely misunderstood by his critics, including the U.S. government, Seeger was picketed, protested, blacklisted and banned in spite of his enormous popularity; $24.95. Extras: Extended interviews, Seeger family films. (The Weinstein Co./Genius Products/Miriam Collection).

Route 66: Complete First Season Television Series Eight-disc set with 30 episodes, $49.98. Extras: Original TV commercials, filmographies of the stars and special guests, classic Corvette photo gallery and specs. (Infinity Entertainment).

Salvador Dali -- The Dali Dimension: Decoding the Mind of a Genius Award-winning film delves into the psyche of the most important Surrealist artist who ever lived, Salvador Dali. Through a series of rare film clips and interviews with the artist, "Dali Dimension" explores the many inspirations that resulted in Dali's unforgettable masterpieces. $24.95. (MVD Visual).

Sensitive Skin: Complete First and Second Seasons Two-disc set with 12 episodes of the British dark comedy series about aging and marriage, starring Joanna Lumley, Denis Lawson, Anthony Stewart Head; $29.98. (Warner).

Star Trek: The Original Series: Season Two Eight-disc set with 26 episodes, $99.99. Remastered from the original camera negative, presented in pristine condition with new state-of-the-art digital visual effects and a new 5.1 soundtrack. Extras: Preview trailers for each episode; "Billy Blackburn's Treasure Chest: Rare Home Movies and Special Memories"; featurettes: ""To Boldly Go Season Two," "Designing the Final Frontier," "Writer's Notebook: D.C. Fontana," "Star Trek's Favorite Moments," "The Trouble With Tribbles preview trailer," "More Tribbles, More Troubles," "Trials and Tribble-ations," "Trials and Tribble-ations: Uniting Two Legends," "Trials and Tribble-ations: An Historic Endeavor," "Life Beyond Trek: Leonard Nimoy," "Kirk, Spock & Bones: Star Trek's Great Trio," "Star Trek's Divine Diva: Nichelle Nichols." (Paramount).

Starship Troopers 3: Marauder (2008) Casper Van Dien, Jolene Blalock. Direct-to-video sequel reprises humanity's fight against the bugs. Available on Blu-ray Disc and in a DVD and Blu-ray Disc set of all three films. Extras: "Evolution: The Bugs of Starship Troopers 3: Marauder" featurette; "Enlist: Marauder's Mobile Infantry" featurette; commentary by writer-director Ed Neumeier, producer David Lancaster, and visual effects supervisor Robert Skotak; commentary by writer-director Ed Neumeier and actors Casper Van Dien and Jolene Blalock; extended version of the music video "It's a Good Day to Die"; digital copy of the film. (Sony).

Terminal City Three-disc set with all 10 episodes of the Sundance Channel series about a 43-year-old mother of three who's diagnosed with breast cancer and recruited to host a reality hospital show; the groundbreaking drama looks at the modern family through twin lenses of cancer and reality television; $36.08. (Koch Vision).

Wasted (2005) Eddie Kaye Thomas, Kip Pardue, Josh Cooke. Three twenty-something high school buddies return to their hometown following the untimely death of their friend Bender. As a tribute to their fallen comrade, the threesome attempt to relive some of their crazy high school antics, unexpectedly forcing them to confront some important issues about growing up. Extras: Commentary by director/co-writer Matt Oates, co-writer Jeremiah Lowder and actor Josh Cooke; deleted scenes, still gallery. Available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Weinstein Company And Genius Products).

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