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DVD Releases: October 14

Alfred Hitchcock Premiere Collection Eight-disc set with eight restored and remastered Hitchcock films: "Rebecca," "The Lodger," "The Paradine Case," "Spellbound," "Notorious," "Young and Innocent," "Sabotage" and "Lifeboat"; $119.98. (MGM).

Back to You Season 1 Three-disc set with 14 episodes, $39.98. Extras: Three unaired episodes, "Behind the Headlines: The Making of Back to You'" featurette, "This Just In" featurette, gag reel. (Fox).

Chaplin 15th Anniversary Edition (1992) Dir.: Richard Attenborough; Robert Downey Jr., Geraldine Chaplin, Paul Rhys, Moira Kelly, Anthony Hopkins, Dan Aykroyd, Marisa Tomei, Penelope Ann Miller, Kevin Kline, Maria Pitillo, Milla Jovovich, Kevin Dunn, Diane Lane. Extras: "Strolling Into the Sunset" retrospective with director Attenborough, "All at Sea" Chaplin home movie, "Chaplin the Hero" featurette on Chaplin's contribution to film, "The Most Famous Man in the World" featurette. (Lionsgate).

Chris Isaak Christmas - Live (2007) Recorded live in Chicago and captured in hi-def and mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound, $19.98. (Koch Vision).

The Edwardians (1972) Four-disc set with all eight episodes of the BBC miniseries, $49.98. (Warner).

Elmo's Christmas Countdown (2007) Star-studded holiday Sesame Street special with guest appearances by Sheryl Crow, Jamie Foxx, Charles Gibson, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Hudson, more. $14.93.(Genius Products).

Holiday Inn Three Disc Collector's Set(1942) Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale. Original black and white version, new color version, and CD of the film's soundtrack. Extras: "A Couple of Song and Dance Men" Bing Crosby/Fred Astaire featurette, "All Singing, All Dancing" featurette, commentary, "Coloring a Classic" featurette. (Universal).

Holmes on Holmes: Let's Make It Right Seasons 3, 4, 5 (2007) Two-disc set of Season 3, $29.98, four-disc set of Season 4, $36.98 and four-disc set of Season 5, $36.98, of the Discovery Channel show featuring Canadian contractor Mike Holmes, who has helped more than 50 million viewers around the world protect themselves against sloppy, dangerous and illegal renovations, as well as shoddy rip-off contractors who take the money and run. (BFS Entertainment).

Holmes for the Holidays (2008) Another victory for crusading contractor Mike Holmes. A young couple's bungalow is left high and dry by a contractor who grossly underestimated the quote for renovating their basement. With Christmas just around the corner and with all their money and hope drained, they asked Holmes to take on the monumental task of giving their horror story a happy ending; $19.98. (BFS Entertainment).

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) Dir.: Steven Spielberg; Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen, Ray Winstone, John Hurt, Jim Broadbent, Shia LaBeouf. Available as a single-disc DVD, a two-disc Special Edition DVD and a two-disc Special Edition Blu-ray Disc. Special Edition Extras: "The Return of a Legend" (The evolution of the new film and a tribute to the legendary hero and his creators); pre-production featurette; "Production Diary: Making Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" featurette; "Warrior Makeup," "The Crystal Skulls," "Iconic Props," "The Cultural Effects of Indy," "Adventures in Post Production" and "Closing: Team Indy" featurette; pre-visualization sequences; art, production, behind-the-scenes and photo galleries; "Stan Winston Studio" featurette. (Lucasfilm/Paramount).

Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventure Collection Includes the first three Indy films plus the two-disc Special Edition DVD of "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." (Paramount).

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) Dir.: John Cassavetes; Ben Gazzara, Seymour Cassel, Timothy Carey. Restored high-definition digital transfer of Cassavetes' original 1976, 135-minute edit of the film; restored high-definition digital transfer of Cassavetes' 108-minute edit from the 1978 theatrical rerelease. Available for the first time as a stand-alone release, from the box set "John Cassavetes: Five Films." Extras: Video interviews with Gazzara and producer Al Ruban; audio interview with Cassavetes by film historians Michel Ciment and Michael Wilson, conducted after the film's release; stills gallery featuring rare, behind-the-scenes production photos; booklet featuring an essay by Phillip Lopate and interviews with Cassavetes. (The Criterion Collection).

Liberty Kids: The Complete Series Six-disc set with all 40 episodes of the animated series that explores the American Revolution. With the voices of Walter Cronkite, Annette Bening, Whoopi Goldberg, Dustin Hoffman, Billy Crystal, Ben Stiller, Liam Neeson, Michael York, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and General Norman Schwarzkopf. $59.99. Extras: Behind-the-scenes footage, "Now and Then": Sarah makes comparisons between the past and present, "Mystery Guest": James gives clues to help guess the name of the historical figure, "NewsBytes" from Ben Franklin. (Shout! Factory).

Life With Derek: The Complete First Season Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $29.98. Extras: Interviews with the stars, behind-the-scenes b-roll footage, full-color 8" x 20" locker poster. (Koch Vision).

Lovejoy: Christmas Specials Ian McShane stars as the irresistible rogue with a keen eye for antiques and intrigue, an antiques dealer and part-time detective who scours the murky sales rooms, auction halls and stately homes of Britain, always on the lookout for a find. And if the antiques business isnt exciting enough, Lovejoy has a particular weakness for a good sob story or a pretty face, either of which is enough to send him off in pursuit of villains and help victims recover their property; two specials, $24.98. (BBC/Warner).

Ludwig (1972) Dir.: Luchino Visconti; Helmut Berger, Trevor Howard, Silvana Mangano, Gert Frobe Digitally remastered, restored to its 238-minute length. Two-disc set. Extras: Documentaries about director Visconti, writer Susan Cecchi D'Amico, costume designer Petro Tosi, more. (Koch Lorber).

New World Extended Cut (2007)Dir.: Terrence Malick; Colin Farrell, Q'Orianka Kilcher, Christian Bale, Christopher Plummer. Thirty minutes of new footage and extended scenes. Extras: Digital copy. (Warner).

NFL Greatest Games Series: Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowls Five-disc set features Super Bowl IX, Super Bowl X, Super Bowl XIII, Super Bowl XIV and Super Bowl XL; $39.92. (Warner).

NFL History of the Cleveland Browns More than 60 seasons' worth of moments and memories on a two-disc set, $26.95. (Warner).

The Partridge Family: The Complete Third Season Three-disc set with 25 episodes, $29.95.(Sony).

The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A Veggietales Movie (2008) Animated. Voices of Mike Nawrocki, Phil Vischer. Extras: Extended ending, family activities, "What Makes a Hero" behind-the-scenes featurette, family treasure adventure, computer DVD features, sing-alongs, games, trvia, interactive storybook, more. (Universal).

The Private Life of a Masterpiece Behind beautiful canvases and sculptures lie tales of political revolution, wartime escapes, massive ego clashes, social scandal, financial wrangling and shocking violence. In these fascinating programs, the truth behind many seminal works of art is uncovered, illuminating little known facts and surprising revelations. Series Six focuses on The Annunciation by Jan van Eyck,; The Census at Bethlehem by Brueghel; and God's Child by Gauguin. (BBC/Warner).

Quark: The Complete Series (1977-78) Cult sci-fi spoof created by Buck Henry and starring Richard Benjamin, $19.94. (Sony).

The Real Tomb Hunters: Snakes, Curses and Booby Traps History Channel documentary follows some of the most intrepid archaeologists from around the world, detailing the dangers they face; $19.95. (A&E Home Video).

Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Tribute Show Thirty-five years ago, Richard O'Brien wrote the book, music and lyrics for the hit musical "Rocky Horror." It was first staged at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs. Rocky Horror fans will now be able to re-live the genesis of the cult-classic phenomenon from its original London stage this release, narrated and re-written by O'Brien himself, featuring performances by original members; $19.99. (Kultur International Films)

Roxy Hunter and the Myth of the Mermaid (2008) Mermaids, mysteries and a cool outfit are all in a day's work for super sleuth Roxy Hunter in her third Nickelodeon mystery movie, Extras: "It Starts With You" music video from Aria Wallace, blooper reel, behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Sony).

The Rules of Engagement: The Complete Second Season Two-disc set with 15 episodes, $29.95. Extras: Bloopers. (Sony).

Saving God (2008) Ving Rhames, Dean McDermott, Ricardo Chavira. Convicted felon Rev. Armstrong returns back to his neighborhood a changed man looking to take over his father's old church, with hopes of also changing the crime-riddled community. Available on Blu-ray Disc. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).

Short Cuts (1993) Dir.: Robert Altman; Tim Robbins, Lily Tomlin, Julianne Moore, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Lemmon, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Davison, Andie MacDowell, Matthew Modine, Anne Archer, Fred Ward, Chris Penn, Lili Taylor, Madeleine Stowe. Special edition double-disc set with restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by editor Geraldine Peroni and approved by Altman. Extras: Video conversation between Altman and Robbins; "Luck, Trust and Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country" feature-length documentary on the making of "Short Cuts"; "To Write and Keep Kind," a PBS documentary on the life of Raymond Carver; segment from BBC Television's "Moving Pictures" tracing the development of the screenplay; one-hour 1983 audio interview with Carver, conducted for the American Audio Prose Library; original demo recordings of the Doc Pomus-Mac Rebennack songs, performed by Dr. John; deleted scenes; a look inside the marketing of "Short Cuts"; Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack mix, plus isolated music track; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Michael Wilmington. (The Criterion Collection).

Silverhawks Four-disc set with 32 classic cartoons, $44.98. Extras: Retrospective featurette. (Warner).

Standard Operating Procedure (2008) Director Errol Morris' documentary look at the horrors of U.S. military torture at Abu Ghraib Extras: Commentary by Morris, additional scenes. Available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).

The Strangers (2008) Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman, Gemma Ward, Glenn Howerton, Kip Weeks, Laura Margolis. Unrated. Also available on unrated Blu-ray Disc.

Stuck (2008) Dir: Stuart Gordon; Mena Suvari, Stephen Rea, Russell Hornsby. Brandi (Suvari), a hard-partying, overworked nursing assistant, accidentally steers her car into a homeless man (Rea), sending him flying through the windshield. Not wanting to jeopardize a possible job promotion, she chooses not to get him medical help, leaving him clinging to life in her garage. But soon her psyche begins to unravel as captor and captive are pitted against each other in a bloody, even outrageous battle for survival. Extras: Commentary by Gordon, writer John Strysik and Suvari; three featurettes: "Chante's Inferno" behind-the-scenes featurette with actual news footage of the incident the film is based on; "The Gory Details" on special effects and make-up; "Driving Forces," a video interview with Gordon and Strysik. Available on Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).

That 70s Show: Complete Series Stash Box Thirty-two discs with all 200 episodes from the show's eight seasons, $199.98. Packaged in a retro 1970s record box with all-new DVD sleeves designed like classic LP covers. Extras: Commentaries, featurettes, keepsake "yearbook" containing a director's letter, cast interviews and photos, character timelines and the final episode script signed by the entire cast. (Fox).

The Unit: Season Three Three-disc set with 11 episodes, $39.98. Extras: Deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurette. (Fox).

Universe: The Complete Season Two Five-disc set with 18 episodes, $44.98. (A&E Home Video).

Waltzing Anna (2006) Robert Capelli Jr., Emmanuelle Chriqui, Pat Hingle, Artie Lange. A doctor ordered to serve six months as the staff doctor at a second-rate retirement home after accusations of swindling elderly patients has his world turned around by wacky residents and a beautiful nurse. Extras: Cast interviews, deleted scenes. (Peace Arch Entertainment).

Warren Miller's Playground (2008) From an indoor ski park in Dubai and the mystical elevations of the Japanese mountains to the frigid northern reaches of Sweden, Warren Miller follows the planet's leading skiers of the freeride movement. Available on Blu-ray Disc. (Shout! Factory).

War, Inc. (2008) John Cusack, Hilary Duff, Marisa Tomei, Joan Cusack, Ben Kingsley, Dan Aykroyd. Extras: "Making-of" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (First Look Studios).

Witness to the Mob(1998) Nicholas Turturro, Phillip Baker Hall, Frankie Valli, Vincent Pastore, Frank Vincent, Michael Imperioli. Two-disc set of the NBC miniseries, $29.98. (Koch Vision).

A Woman Under the Influence (1974) Dir.: John Cassavetes; Gena Rowlands; Peter Falk. Restored high-definition digital transfer; available for the first time as a stand-alone release, from the box set "John Cassavetes: Five Films." Extras: Commentary by longtime John Cassavetes collaborators Mike Ferris (camera operator) and Bo Harwood (sound recordist/composer); video conversation between Rowlands and Falk; audio interview with Cassavetes by film historians Michel Ciment and Michael Wilson, conducted in 1975; stills gallery featuring rare behind-the-scenes production photos; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Kent Jones and an interview with Cassavetes. (The Criterion Collection).

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