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Affairs of the Heart, Series One (1974) Two-disc set with seven classic adaptations of Henry James's most popular stories" Episode 1: "Catherine," based on "Washington Square"; Episode 2: "Adela," based on "The Marriages"; Episode 3: "Miss Tita," based on "The Aspern Papers"; Episode 4: "Grace," based on "Covering End"; Episode 5: "Milly," based on "The Wings of the Dove"; Episode 6: "Flora," based on "Glasses" and Episode 7: "Mary and Louisa," based on "The Tone of Time" and "The Real Thing"; $39.99. (Acorn Media).

Agatha Christie: Mystery Lover's Collection Four-disc set with five Agatha Christie mysteries: "The Secret Adversary," "The Affair of the Pink Pearl," "The Body in the Library," "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" and "The Pale Horse"; $39.99. (Acorn Media).

Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens (2006) American Masters documentary traces the arc of Annie Leibovitz's photographic life, her aspirations to artistry and the trajectory of her career that has produced some of today's most recognizable and iconic photos. The film was directed by her sister, Barbara Leibovitz. $19.98. Extras: "Photo Stories": Interviews with Leibovitz's popular subjects as they reveal the details that brought about each famous picture, including Demi Moore, Patti Smith, Yoko Ono; "Process" Iterviews with Hillary Clinton, Anna Wintour on Leibovitz's process and how Vanity Fair's "Hollywood Issue" came about; "Commercial Work": Leibovitz and colleagues discuss the distinctions between her personal and professional endeavors; "Celebrity": Colleagues muse about Leibovitz as a celebrity herself; "Work Ethic": A look into Leibovitz's incredible work ethic; "Fashion": Leibovitz's imprint in creating some of history's most fashionable photos. (Warner).

Baraka (1992) Shot in breathtaking 70mm in 24 countries on six continents, "Baraka" is a transcendent global tour that explores the sights and sounds of the human condition with an emphasis on the environment. Fully restored from its original camera negative via state-of-the-art 8K UltraDigital mastering. (MPI Home Video).

The Berenstain Bears: Christmas Tree (Bear Country's most loveable family learns that the best Christmas gifts are not under the tree but in your heart. Includes the title episode, four more; $12.99. (Sony).

The Complete Inspector Lynley Mysteries Twelve-disc set with all 23 mysteries of British series on PBS, $199.95. Extras: Video interview with Elizabeth George, downloadable "Masterpiece Mystery! Book & Film Club" materials, virtual tour of the original "Mystery!" studio, Q&A. (WGBH Boston Video).

Dark Shadows: The Beginning #6 Early, pre-Barnabas episodes from the spooky soap opera, $59.98. (MPI Home Video).

Dead Space: Downfall (2007) An ancient religious artifact has been recovered by a deep-space mining ship, and for the crew of the USG Ishimura, life just became a living hell. Unearthed on a far-away planet during a mining operation, the relic is worshiped by some, even seen as proof of God. But when it's removed from its resting place and brought on the ship, the artifact unleashes a long-dormant alien race, one bent on ripping apart -- and taking over -- every human aboard. Extras: Deleted scene, Electronic Arts game cheat sheet codes. Available on Blu-ray Disc. . (Anchor Bay).

The Donna Reed Show, Season One Four-disc set with 37 episodes, $39.95. (Arts Alliance America).

Doris Day: Christmas Memories All three Christmas episodes from the five-year run of "The Doris Day Show," $14.98. (MPI Home Video).

Eight Miles High (2008) Natalia Avelon. True story of European wild-child and Rolling Stones companion Uschi Obermaier. The film tracks her restless life from a small town girl in rural Bavaria to a fast-living fashion icon in Munich; from free-loving groupie to ultimately becoming the embodiment of the 60's generation of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. (Dokument Films/MPI Home Video).

The Flight Before Christmas (2007) CGI-animated tale about an ambitious young reindeer named Niko who wants to fly with Santa. With the voices of Emma Roberts and Norm MacDonald; $19.97. (The Weinstein Co./Genius Products).

The Flintstones: The Complete Series Twenty-four discs with 166 episodes, in custom Bedrock-themed packaging, $129.72. (Warner).

Good Times: The Complete Series (1974-79) Seventeen discs with 133 episodes, $59.95. (Sony).

Houdini's Death Defying Acts (2008) Catherine Zeta-Jones, Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall, Saoirse Ronan. On a tour of Britain in 1926, Harry Houdini enters into a passionate affair with a psychic out to con the famous magician. (The Weinstein Company/Genius Products).

Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, Anita Briem. Two-D and 3-D versions included. Extras: Commentary, featurettes, "Adventure at the Center of the Earth" challenge." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008) Abigail Breslin, Stanley Tucci, Joan Cusack, Chris O'Donnell, Julia Ormond, Glenne Headly, Jane Krakowski, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Wallace Shawn, Josette Halpert, Max Thieriot, Madison Davenport, Zach Mills, Willow Smith Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

The Little Rascals: The Complete Collection Includes all 80 shorts created under the supervision of legendary film producer Hal Roach from the dawn of the talkies (1929) until the series was sold to MGM in 1938, an era generally conceded to be the series "golden age." In chronological release order. Each short has been remastered from the original camera negatives, restored using DVNR technology and available uncut for the first time in years. Extras: Introductions and commentaries by various film historians and authors; interviews with former "Little Rascals" members; the five-part featurette "Catching Up With the Rascals"; the featurette "The Story of Hal Roach and Our Gang"; the featurette "The Rascals and Racial Issues," a study of racism as part of the Rascals; three original silent shorts from the Hal Roach "Our Gang" library: "Dog Heaven" (1927), "Spook-Spoofing" (1928) and "Barnum & Ringling, Inc." (1928). Also included with the set is a collectible photo booklet containing classic images from the series, original movie posters, fun facts, and lobby cards. $89.95. (RHI/Genius Products).

Mother and Son: Season 2 Two-disc set with seven episodes of the Australian series about the relationship between a newly divorced man and his aging and very eccentric mother, $29.98. (BFS Entertainment).

Mystery Science Theater 3000: 20th Anniversary Edition Four-disc boxed set in a collectible tin, with "First Spaceship on Venus," "Laserblast," "Werewolf" and "Future War," $69.99. Extras: New interviews with the entire MST3K family, collectible Crow T. Robot figurine, lobby cards, more. (Shout! Factory).

NewsRadio: The Complete Series (1995-99) Fifteen discs with 97 episodes, $59.95. (Sony).

The Night Before Christmas and More Holiday Tales Includes the title story plus six additional colorfully animated holiday stories: In the "Month of Kislev" (narrated by Theodore Bikel), "Seven Candles for Kwanza" (narrated by Alfre Woodard), "Too Many Tamales" (presented both in English and Spanish), "The Little Drummer Boy" (with animated illustrations by Ezra Jack Keats) and two Rosemary Wells classics, "Max's Christmas" (narrated by Jenny Agutter and Rex Robbins) and "Morris' Disappearing Bag"; $14.95. (Scholastic Storybook Treasures).

On Trial: Lee Harvey Oswald (1986) Showtime special recalls all of the surviving witnesses to determine the guilt or innocence of the man believed to have murdered JFK; $24.98. (MPI Home Video).

The Polar express 3-D (2004) Dir.: Robert Zemeckis; Tom Hanks, Leslie Zemeckis, Eddie Deezen, Nona Gaye, Peter Scolari. Presented in 2-D and 3-D versions; includes four sets of 3-D glasses. Extras: "Smokey and Steamer" song not seen in theaters, "You Look Familiar: The Many Polar Faces of Tom Hanks," "A Genuine Ticket to Ride" five featurettes, "True Inspirations: Profiling Author Chris Van Allsburg," "Believe": Josh Groban performance and behind the scenes featurette, "Flurry of Effects": five motion-capture sessions, "Snow Angels": the moviemakers' Christmas memories. Available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

Sanford and Son: The Complete Series (1972-77) Eighteen-disc set includes all six seasons, $59.95. (Sony).

Shiver (2008 -- Spain) Junio Valverde. Santi, a lonely teenager, suffers from photophobia and moves with his mother to a far-off village in the mountains to avoid sunlight, but soon after they arrive, locals and livestock start turning up butchered and Santi becomes the main suspect. (Dark Sky Films/MPI Home Media).

The Speeches Collection Volume 2: Republicans vs. Democrats Two disc set features excerpts and entire speeches spanning the political careers of former U.S. Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard M. Nixon; $19.98. (MPI Home Video).

10 Years of Rialto Pictures Since 1997, Rialto Pictures has been helping to keep classic cinema alive and invigorated by bringing the world's greatest films to theaters across the United States, in phenomenal restored 35mm prints. This special gift box set, in celebration of Rialto's 10th anniversary, features 10 films that display the breadth of its collection, including works by Rialto favorites Jean-Luc Godard, Robert Bresson, Luis Bunuel, and Jean-Pierre Melville: "Army of Shadows" (1969), "Au hasard Balthazar" (1966), "Band of Outsiders" (1964), "Billy Liar" (1963), "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie" (1972), "Mafioso" (1962), "Murderous Maids" (2000), "Rififi" (1955), "The Third Man" (1949) and "Touchez pas au grisbi" (1954). $149.95. (The Criterion Collection).

Tinker Bell (2008) New CG-animated feature starring Peter Pan's Tinker Bell, from Pixar Animation and John Lasseter. And Tinker Bell speaks! On DVD and Blu-ray Disc. (Disney).

Together Again for the First Time (2008) Julia Duffy, David Ogden Stiers. Story of a blended family reuniting on Christmas Eve, the first time they've all been in the same house at the same time since the parent's marriage seven years before, which wouldn't be a problem except that they can't stand each other. (PorchLight Home Entertainment).

War and Remembrance: The Complete Series (1988) Thirteen-disc set with all 14-parts of the miniseries based on Herman Wouk's classic novel $129.98. (MPI Home Video).

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