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The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet: Christmas With the Nelsons Five Christmas episodes: "The Boy's Christmas Money" (Season 1), "Late Christmas Gift" (Season 2), "The Fruitcake" (Season 3), "The Day After Christmas" (Season 4) and "The Christmas Tree Lot" (Season 5);
$9.99. (Shout! Factory).

Alvin & the Chipmunks: The ALVINNN!!! Edition A two-disc set celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Chipmunks in December. Fourteen cartoons, $26.99. (Paramount).

An American in Paris (1951) Dir.: Vincente Minnelli; Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Nina Foch. Two-disc set, restored and remastered. Extras: "'S Wonderful" making-of documentary, "Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer," more. (Warner).

Another Cinderella Story (2008) Selena Gomez, Andrew Seeley. Sequel to 2004's "A Cinderella Story," with a new cast. (Warner).

The Babysitters (2007) Katherine Waterston, John Leguizamo , Cynthia Nixon. A teenager turns her babysitting service into a call-girl service for married guys after fooling around with one of her customers. Extras: "Making The Babysitters" featurette, filmmaker and actor commentary. (Peace Arch Entertainment).

Beetlejuice 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (1988) Dir.: Tim Burton; Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Winona Ryder, Sylvia Sidney, Jeffrey Jones, Catherine O'Hara, Robert Goulet. Remastered. Extras: Three Beetlejuice cartoons. Also available on Blu-ray Disc on October 7. (Warner).

Breaking the Maya Code (2007) For almost 2000 years, the ancient Maya of Central America recorded their history and ideas in an intricate and beautiful hieroglyphic script. Then, in the 16th century, Spanish invaders burned their books and ruthlessly extinguished hieroglyphic literacy. By the 18th century, when stone inscriptions were discovered buried in the jungles of Central America, no one on earth could read them. This documentary chronicles the 200-year struggle to unlock the lost secrets of this ancient civilization. $24.95. (First Run Features).

Busby Berkeley Collection Volume 2 Four-disc set with four musical extravaganzas, $39.92; single titles will be available for $19.97. (Warner).
  • Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936) Dick Powell, Joan Blondell. Extras: 1997 documentary "Busby Berkeley: Going Through the Roof," Technicolor historical short "The Romance of Louisiana," classic cartoons "Plenty of Money" and "You and Speaking of the Weather," two excerpts from 1929's "Gold Diggers of Broadway."
  • Gold Diggers in Paris (1938) Rudy Vallee. Extras: Two Broadway Brevities musical shorts: "The Candid Kid" and "Little Me," classic cartoon "Love and Curses."
  • Hollywood Hotel (1937) Dick Powell, Lola Lane, Rosemary Lane. Extras: Technicolor historical short "The Romance of Robert Burns," Edgar Bergen/Charlie McCarthy comedy short "Double Talk," classic cartoon "Porky's Five & Ten."
  • Varsity Show (1937) Dick Powell, Priscilla Lane, Rosemary Lane, Sterling Holloway. Extras: Musical short "Flowers From the Sky," Edgar Bergen/Charlie McCarthy comedy short "A Neckin' Party," classic cartoon "Have You Got any Castles."

Charlie Chan Collection -- Volume Five Four-disc set with the final seven Charlie Chan films (from the early 1940s): "Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum," "Murder Over New York," "Dead Men Tell," "Charlie Chan in Rio," "Charlie Chan in Panama," "Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise" and "Castle in the Desert," as well as the retrospective featurette "The Era of Chan"; $49.98. (Fox).

Chuck: The Complete First Season Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $39.98. Extras: Declassified scenes, "Chuck's World" inside look at character development and casting Sessions, "Chuck on Chuck" featurette, "Chuck vs. the Chuckles" gag reel, "Chuck's Online World" gallery of Web originated mini-featurettes. (Warner).

Constantine's Sword (2008) Exploration of the dark side of Christianity. Based on the best-selling book by James Carroll, a National Book Award winner and columnist for the Boston Globe. Carroll discovers a terrible legacy that reverberates across the centuries: from the Emperor Constantine's vision of the cross as a sword and symbol of power, to the rise of genocidal anti-Semitism, to modern day wars sparked by religious extremism. $24.95. Extras: Introduction by Gabriel Byrne, extended scene and outtake, director's notes, filmmaker bios. (First Run Featues).

Criminal Minds: The Third Season (2007-08) Five-disc set with 20 episodes, $64.99. (Paramount).

Cybill: The Collector's Edition Volume 1 Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $24.98. Extras: Interview with Cybill Shepherd, Cybill's Favorite Episodes. (First Look Studios).

Duckman: Seasons One and Two Three-disc set with 22 episodes of the adult animated series, $49.99. Extras: Commentary, "Six Degrees of Duckman" featurette, "What Are You Starin At?" featurette, "Designing Duckman," more. (Paramount),

88 Minutes (2008) Al Pacino, Alicia Witt, Amy Brenneman, Leelee Sobieski, Benjamin McKenzie, Deborah Kara Unger, William Forsythe, Neal McDonough, Stephen Moyer, Michael Eklund, Michal Yannai, Brendan Fletcher. Extras: Commentary by drector Jon Avnet, alternate ending, "Director's Point of View" featurette, "The Character Within" featurette with Al Pacino. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).

Finding Amanda (2008) Matthew Broderick, Brittany Snow, Moira Tierney, Steve Coogan. A television producer with a penchant for drinking and gambling tries to redeem himself by going to Las Vegas to convince his troubled niece, a prostitute, to enter rehab. Extras: Interviews, commentary. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

First Among Equals (1986) Ten-part BBC adaptation of Jeffrey Archer's international best-seller about sex, money and power in the halls of parliament. Stars Tom Wilkinson, James Faulkner, David Robb and Jeremy Child. Three-disc set, $49.99. (Acorn Media).

Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal (2007) Heavy metal documentary featuring Metallica, Megadeath, Slayer, Anthrax, Pantera, Exodus and many, many more; $19.97. Extras: Extra scenes and band footage, "Thrash Worldwide" guide and map, director's commentary. (Warner).

Gigi 50th Anniversary Special Edition (1958) Dir.: Vincente Minnelli; Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan, Hermione Gingold, Eva Gabor. Two-disc set, restored and remastered. Extras: Commentary by Leslie Caron and film historian Jeanine Basinger, "Thank Heaven! The Making of Gigi" documentary, original 1949 nonmusical "Gigi." (Warner).

Goosebumps Three compilations from the "Goosebumps" TV series, based on the best-selling series by R.L. Stine: "One Day at HorrorLand" (with the episodes "One Day at Horrorland" and "Welcome To Camp Nightmare"), "A Night in Terror Tower" (with the episodes "A Night in Terror Tower" and "Stay Out of the Basement") and "Monster Blood" (with the episodes "Monster Blood I," "More Monster Blood," "How to Kill a Monster" and "The Girl Who Cried Monster"); $14.98 each. (Fox).

Harold (2008) Spencer Breslin, Ally Sheedy, Nikki Blonsky, Cuba Gooding Jr. Life is tough for 14-year-old Harold: not only has he moved to a new school, but he's bald. (City Lights Entertainment).

I-See-You.Com (2006) Beau Bridges, Rosanna Arquette, Mathew Botuchis, Shiri Appleby, Dan Castellaneta. A 17-year-old wires his house with cameras and broadcasts his family live to the Internet on a site called I-See-You.Com, upsetting his home life but making a financial killing. (Warner).

Kabluey (2007) Lisa Kudrow, Scott Prendergast, Teri Garr, Christine Taylor, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Parnell, Conchata Ferrell, Angela Sarafyan, Patricia Buckley, Landon Henninger, Cameron Wofford. Lisa Kudrow stars as Leslie, a struggling army wife trying to balance work, two out-of-control kids, and a never-ending pile of bills on her own. At her wit's end, she begrudgingly asks her out-of-work brother-in-law, Salman (Scott Prendergast), to move in and lend a hand until her husband comes home. But if dealing with his two rowdy nephews isn't hard enough, Salman also takes a part-time job as the faceless blue corporate mascot for a dying Internet company. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Sony).

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1981) Diane Lane, Laura Dern, Ray Winstone, Christine Lahti, Peter Donat, Cynthia Sikes. Rarely seen film about a trio of misfit teenage girls who start a punk band. Directed by Lou Adler, the film also stars Steve Jones and Paul Cook of The Sex Pistols, Clash bassist Paul Simonon, Fee Waybill of the Tubes, Black Randy from Black Randy and Metrosquad. Surly and sexy in one of her earliest starring roles, Lane is the archetype riot grrl; sporting a memorable skunk hairdo, she sings songs like "I'm a Waste of Time," verbally assaults the audience and leads her legion of adoring female fans in the chant, "We don't put out!" Extras: Commentary by Lane, Dern and Lou Adler. (Rhino Rock 'N' Roll Cinema Series).

The Love Guru (2008) Mike Myers, Jessica Alba, Justin Timberlake, Romany Malco, Meagan Good, Omid Djalili, Ben Kingsley. Extras: "Mike Myers and The Love Guru - An Inside Look," "One Hellava Elephant," hockey training for actors, deleted and extended scenes, bloopers, outtakes, digital copy, more. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Paramount).

Lone Riders (2008) Lou Diamond Phillips, Vincent Spano, Stacy Keach. American West tale about a man who returns home from the war and finds himself engaged in a life-and-death struggle to protect himself and his family from a corrupt landowner. (Genius Products).

Made of Honor (2008) Patrick Dempsey, Michelle Monaghan, Sydney Pollack, Kadeem Hardison, Beau Garrett, Richmond Arquette. DVD Extras: Commentary by director Paul Weiland. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary by director Paul Weiland, deleted scenes, "Save the Date" making-of featurette, "Three Weddings and a Skyline" behind-the-scenes featurette. (Sony).

My Little Pony Live! The World's Biggest Tea Party (2008) A Little Pony adventure recorded live on stage for preschoolers, $16.99. Extras: Sing-alongs. (Paramount).

The NFL's Funniest Players - Hosted by Michael Strahan Uses sound, action and exclusive interviews to profile hilarious moments from the National Football League, $19.98. (Warner).

Never Cry Werewolf (2008) Kevin Sorbo, Nina Dobrev. When 16-year-old Loren and her family greet a new neighbor -- a good-looking single guy and his dog - she senses something mysterious and dangerous about him. Her suspicions become further aroused when some of the locals begin disappearing one by one. (Genius Products).

101 Dalmatians (1996) Reissue of the live-action version starring Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels and Joely Richardson. (Disney).

101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Special Edition (2003) Reissue of the animated sequel. (Disney)

102 Dalmatians (2000) Reissue of the live-action sequel to the 1996 film. (Disney).

Private Practice -- The Complete First Season: Extended Edition Three-disc set with nine episodes, $39.99. Extras: "Kate Walsh: Practice Makes Perfect," "Alternative Ensemble: Behind the Scenes of Private Practice," two extended episodes, deleted scenes, bloopers, commentaries. (Disney).

Pushing Daisies: The Complete First Season Three-disc set with nine episodes, $39.99. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

Risky Business 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (1983) Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, Joe Pantoliano, Richard Masur, Bronson Pinchot, Curtis Armstrong. Restored and remastered. Extras: Commentary by Cruise, director Paul Brickman and producer Jon Avnet; "The Dream Is Alays the Same: The Story of Risky Business" retrospective documentary; Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay screen tests; director's cut of the final scene. Available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

The Search for Mengele (1985) Josef Mengele, the "Angel of Death," was the most notorious SS doctor at Auschwitz. He sent hundreds of thousands of Jews to their deaths and performed appalling experiments on adults and children. After the end of World War II, Mengele was one of the world's most wanted war criminals -- yet for the next 40 years he escaped justice. Narrated and co-written by TV legend David Frost, the documentary traces Mengele's escape through Germany to Italy, then to Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil, where he finally met his end. $24.95. Extras: Production notes, Third Reich film gallery. (First Run Features).

The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour: The Best of Season Three (1968-69) Four-disc set with 11 uncensored episodes from the third and final season, with guests George Harrison, Harry Belafonte, Bob Newhart, Steve Martin, George Carlin, The Doors, Donovan, Ray Charles, Jackie Mason, Cass Elliot, Jonathan Winters, Joan Baez, Ike and Tina Turner, Judy Collins, David Steinberg, more. $49.95. Extras: "Pat Paulsen for President" television special, narrated by Henry Fonda, with bonus footage of Paulsen's trip to the White House and 1968 Democratic Convention; recently uncovered, never-before-seen appearance by Robert F. Kennedy, cut from the "Pat Paulsen for President" special; Pat Paulsen "On the Campaign Trail" featurette, comedy act footage, and photo gallery; a look back at the '60s with a "New Fable for Our Time" featurette; exclusive interviews with Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte, Allan Blye (producer), Chuck Braverman (filmmaker), Judy Collins, John Densmore (The Doors), Bob Einstein (Super Dave Osborne), Jackie Mason, Bob Newhart, Pat Paulsen and Rob Reiner; interview outtakes with Woody Allen, David Frye, Eddie Fisher, Paul Hornung, Robert Morse, Nancy Ames, and Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara; Dr. Benjamin Spock interview, censored from Season 3 opening show; backstage and rehearsal footage including footage shot for a 1969 "60 Minutes" segment, alternate show opening, audience Q&A, Jackie Mason dress rehearsal, Joan Baez dress rehearsal; 1968 press conference following CBS's termination of the Smothers' Brothers contract; the complete Aspen Comedy Festival 2000 Smothers Brothers Reunion hosted by Bill Maher, with Tom and Dick Smothers, Steve Martin and Mason Williams; "Pat Paulsen's Malignant Humor," Paulsen's personal notes from his fight with cancer; memorabilia from Tom and Dick's personal archives, including a letter from President Lyndon Johnson praising "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour," and a note from Congressman Donald Rumsfeld; more than 100 letters, memos, carbons, wires, telexes, telegrams and internal correspondence between CBS and the production company, chronicling the censorship ordeal the show faced; footage from 1969 Emmy award win for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy, Variety or Music; promotional TV spots; photo galleries. (Time Warner).

Snow Angels (2007) Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell, Michael Angarano, Griffin Dunne, Amy Sedaris, Olivia Thirlby. A drama that interweaves the life of a teenager, with his old baby sitter, her estranged husband, and their daughter. Based on the novel by Stewart O'Nan. (Warner).

Speed Racer (2008) Dir.: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski; Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon, Matthew Fox, Hiroyuki Sanada, Richard Roundtree, Rain, Benno Fuermann, Kirk Gurry, Paulie Litt, Roger Allam. Extras: "Spritle in the Big Leagues" featurette, CG cars featurette. Also available in a three-disc Blu-ray Disc: Includes a full-disc DVD game "Speed Racer Crucible Challenge" and a bonus digital copy disc. (Warner).

Star Trek: Alternate Realities Collective Five-disc set of 20 episodes selected from all five Star Trek franchises that focus on mirror universes, parallel dimensions, twisted realities and alternate lives. $42.99. (Paramount).

Stalag Luft (1993) Stephen Fry, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Geoffrey Palmer. British spoof of World War II escape films. (BFS Entertainment).

Torchwood: The Complete Second Season Five-disc set with 13 episodes, $79.98. (BBC Video/Warner).

Tortured (2008) Cole Hauser, James Cromwell, Laurence Fishburne, Emmanuelle Chriqui, James Denton. Crime thriller about an FBI agent working undercover for a mysterious and unseen crime lord and the moral dilemmas he must face: he must inflict severe physical and psychological torture on the boss' accountant to prove himself. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Sony).

The Unforeseen (2007) The American dream of owning a house with a white picket fence goes head-to-head with environmental sustainability in this urgent, beautifully crafted documentary. When an ambitious real estate developer sets out to transform thousands of acres of pristine hill country around Austin, Texas into a suburban development - threatening a nearby natural spring and local treasure - the community fights back. In the conflict that ensues, we see in miniature the struggle between development and preservation that today plays out in cities and towns across the country. A work of stunning visual beauty and epic scope, "The Unforeseen" is a grand meditation on the destruction of the natural world in pursuit of an often fleeting dream. Extras: Commentary by director Laura Dunn; commentary by producer and motion graphics designer Jef Sewell, cinematographer Lee Daniel and sound designer Tom Hammond; essay by film critic Dennis Lim. (New Yorker Video).

Young@Heart (2008) A documentary on a chorus of senior citizens from Massachusetts who cover songs by Jimi Hendrix, Coldplay, Sonic Youth, and other unexpected musicians. Extras: "Young@Heart Goes to Hollywood" featurette, deleted scenes. (Fox).

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