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The Commander, Set 1 Gritty new British crime drama introduces Clare Blake, the steely head of the elite Murder Review Team and the highest-ranking woman officer in New Scotland Yard. (Acorn Media).

Garbage Warrior (2007) What do beer cans, car tires and water bottles have in common? Not much unless you're renegade architect Michael Reynolds, in which case they are the tools of choice for producing thermal mass and energy-independent housing. For 30 years New Mexico-based Reynolds and his green disciples have devoted their time to advancing the art of "Earthship Biotecture" by building self-sufficient, off-the-grid communities where design and function converge in eco-harmony. However, these experimental structures that defy state building standards create conflict between Reynolds and the authorities, who are backed by big business. $24.98. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Morningstar Entertainment).

George Gently, Series 1 A new mystery series based on the long-running series of detective novels by Alan Hunter. Martin Shaw stars as Commander George Gently, an incorruptible, uncompromising cop transplanted from London's Scotland Yard to England's North Country in the mid-1960s. (Acorn Media).

The Hanoi Hilton (1987) Michael Moriarty, John Edwin Shaw, Ken Wright, Paul Le Mat, David Soul. (Warner).

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) Dir.: Guillermo del Toro; Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, Jeffrey Tambor, Luke Goss, John Hurt, John Alexander, Seth MacFarlane, Anna Walton, Brian Steele. Available in single-disc DVD, three-disc Special Edition DVD and two-disc Blu-ray Disc versions. Extras: Commentary by Guillermo del Toro; commentary by Jeffrey Tambor, Selma Blair and Luke Goss; "Set Visits": Seven minidocumentaries; "Troll Market Tour With Guillermo del Toro" behind-the-scenes documentary; animated Zinco Epilogue Comic; deleted scenes. Special Edition and Blu-ray add: "Prologue," a special introduction to the DVD from del Toro; "Pre-Production Vault": "Director's Notebook" and "Concept Art Gallery"; "Hellboy: In Service of the Demon" featurette; "Production Workshop: Professor Broom's Puppet Theatre"; image gallery featuring teaser banners, one-sheets and poster explorations; DVD-ROM: "Hellboy II: The Golden Army Script." (Universal).

I Dream of Jeannie: The Complete Series (1965-69) Twenty-disc set with 139 episodes, $174.95. (Sony).

JFK Ultimate Collector's Edition (1991) Dir.: Oliver Stone; Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Bacon, Gary Oldman, Michael Rooker, Jack Lemmon, Laurie Metcalf, Sissy Spacek, Joe Pesci, John Candy, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Jay O. Sanders, Walter Matthau, Sally Kirkland, Donald Sutherland. Two-disc special edition. Extras: Seventeen minutes of additional footage, commentary by Stone, "Beyond JFK: A Question of Conspiracy" documentary, "The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings" documentary, hardcover book of rare production photos, five photo cards profiling the film's major characetsr, collection of letters and photos of the Kennedy family including JFK's Inaugural address, more. Available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

Love Songs (1984 -- French) Catherine Deneuve, Christopher Lambert. Heart-warming tale of a woman torn between her family, career, and marriage, on the verge of an alluring affair with a handsome stranger. (Somerville House/Koch Entertainment).

M Squad: The Complete Series Fifteen-disc set with all 117 episodes of one of the groundbreaking programs from the golden age of television. The police drama, staring Lee Marvin, debuted on NBC in 1957 and aired for three seasons. $119.98. Extras: CD of the 1959 soundtrack, "The Music From M Squad," featuring music by John Williams, Benny carter and Count Basie. (Timeless Media).

Mind of Mencia: Uncensored Season 4 Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $26.99. Extras: "Between the Breaks," boopers, deleted and extended scenes . (Paramount).

The Perfect Holiday (2007) Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut, Queen Latifah, Terrence Howard, Malik Hammond, Charlie Murphy, Faizon Love, Jeremy Gumbs, Jill Marie Jones, Rachel True, Khail Bryant, Katt Williams. Extras: Filmmakers' commentary. "Wish List: A Perfect Holiday in the Making," "Video Diaries: 7 Days on the Set of Perfect Holiday." (Sony).

Quo Vadis (1951) Dir.: Mervyn LeRoy Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Peter Ustinov, Elizabeth Taylor. Two-disc set, restored and remastered. Extras: Commentary by filmmaker/writer F. X. Feeney, "In the Beginning: Quo Vadis and the Genesis of the Biblical Epic" documentary. (Warner).

Raw Feed Horror Collection Three thrillers from the Raw Feed filmmaking team: "Rest Stop," "Sublime" and "Believers," $23.97. (Warner).

Scooby-Doo: Funland of Freak Frights (2008) Scooby-Doo game can be played on a standard DVD console, includes six activities and can accommodate up to four players. The game is set in the Funland theme park as different areas of the park serve as stages for each of the game challenges. Help crime-solvers Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Velma and the rest of the squad find clues as they investigate strange goings-on at the fascinating and freaky park; $19.98. (Warner).

Scrubs: The Complete Seventh Season Two-disc set with 11 episodes, $29.99. Extras: "My Making of II: My Princess," "One-On-One With Ken Jenkins," deleted scenes, alternate lines bloopers, commentaries, Easter Egg: "Just a Other Typical Day In the Scrubs Elevator." (Disney).

The Sopranos: The Complete Series Thirty-three disc boxed set with all 86 episodes, $399.99. Extras: 56-page book; two soundtracks; 3 1/2 hours of features including Alec Baldwin conducting two revealing interviews with executive producer/creator David Chase, two never-before-seen roundtable discussions with David Chase and the cast and crew; panel discussion with some of the famous 'whacked' Sopranos; lost scenes; "Sopranos Spoofs"; 16-page episode guide. (HBO Video).

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) Voices of Matt Lanter, Ashley Eckstein, James Arnold Taylor, Dee Bradley Baker, Nika Futterman, Ian Abercrombie, Corey Burton, Catherine Taber. Extras: "The Clone Wars: The Untold Stories," "Hologram Memeory Challenge," commentary, more. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

Still Life (2008 -- China) Shen Hong, Sanming Han. Citizens return to a flooded town to salvage what they can and say good-bye to things they lost - both material and spiritual. An empathetic portrait of those left behind by a modernizing society and, as in director Jia Zhang-ke's earlier films, it is a unique hybrid of documentary and fiction. Extras: Interview with Jia Zhang-ke, Jia Zhang-ke's 68-minute feature "Dong." (New Yorker Video).

Storm Hawks: Showdown in the Skies Two-disc set with 13 episodes of the Cartoon Network's kids 3-D animated series, $24.94. Extras: "Storm Hawks Fleet": 360 degree vehicle transformations. (Sony).

Studio One Anthology KOCH Vision and The Archive of American Television launch a new partnership with the DVD release of the distinguished television series, "Studio One." The inaugural release under the new banner, The Archive of American Television Presents, "Studio One Anthology" includes 17 hand-picked episodes from the anthology drama series which ran on CBS from 1948-1958, and featured a weekly, one-hour live televised play. Five-disc set with a 52-page booklet, $99.98. Extras: Archival interviews and footage, excerpts from the Paley Center's "Studio One Seminar" and "Studio One Video History," original commercials, more. (Koch Vision). For a complete list of titles in this set, Click here.

This Christmas (2007) Laz Alonso, Chris Brown, Loretta Devine, Idris Elba, Regina King, Delroy Lindo, Mekhi Phifer, Columbus Short. Extras: Commentary by Regina King, Sharon Leal and Lauren London; deleted scenes, "Making of This Christmas" featurette, "This Christmas" music video featuring Chris Brown. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).

Walt Disney Treasures Wave VIII Three new two-disc sets, hosted by Leonard Maltin: "Destino," "Dr Syn, Alias the Scarecrow" and "Chronological Donald, Volume 4." Each limited edition, individually numbered volume includes an authenticity certificate, exclusive lithograph and comes in a unique, collectible tin.
  • "Destino" began in 1946 as a collaboration between Walt Disney and the famed surrealist painter Salvador Dali. A first-hand example of Disney's interest in avant garde and experimental work in animation, "Destino" was to be awash with Dali's iconic melting clocks, marching ants and floating eyeballs. However, "Destino" was never completed. In 2003 it was rediscovered by Walt's nephew, Roy E. Disney, who took on the challenge of bringing the creation to fruition. In addition to the completed "Destino", this Walt Disney Treasure also includes an all-new feature-length documentary that examines the surprising partnership between Dali and Disney plus two new featurettes: "The Disney That Almost Was," an examination of the studio's unfinished projects; and "Encounters With Walt," which addresses the surprisingly diverse group of celebrities and artists who were attracted to Walt Disney's early work.
  • "Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow," which first aired as three separate episodes on Disney's weekly TV show under the title "The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh," was edited for theatrical releases in England and the U.S. This set includes all three of the original TV episodes plus the theatrical version of the film that was released in England.
  • Disney fans will delight in "Chronological Donald, Volume 4," which includes 31 classic shorts starring Donald Duck. Each of these meticulously animated adventures was created between 1951 and 1961 and has rarely been seen. All of Donald's CinemaScope shorts will be presented in their original widescreen aspect ratio for the first time on video. (Disney).

Warner Brothers and the Homefront Three-disc set with three new-to-DVD films: "Hollywood Canteen" (1944) starring a bevy of Hollywood stars in a "documentary" look at Hollywood's effort to support the war effort in its own home town; "Thank Your Lucky Stars" (1943) starring Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn, and Dinah Shore in a breezy, behind-the-Hollywood-scenes story about young talents hoping for a big break; and "This Is the Army" (1943), directed by Michael Curtiz and starring George Murphy, Joan Leslie and Alan Hale in an Irving Berlin World War II spirit-lifter; $39.92. Extras: WB shorts and cartoons from the 1940's, theatrical trailers, newsreels, commentaries, "Warner at War" new documentary narrated by Steven Spielberg. (Warner).

Warner Bros. Holiday Collection Vol. 1 Four-disc set with "Boys Town" (1938). "A Christmas Carol" (1938), "A Christmas in Connecticut" (1945) and "The Singing Nun" (1966); $29.98. (Warer).

Warner Bros. Holiday Collection Vol. 2 Four-disc set with "All Mine to Give" (19xx), "Blossoms in the Dust" (19xx), "Holiday Affair" (19xx) and "It Happened on 5th Avenue" (19xx). Extras: Warner Brothers musical/comedy shorts, vintage newsreels and classic cartoons, plus the original theatrical trailers for each selection. Also available as singles at $19.97. (Warner).

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