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Against the Dark (2009) Steven Seagal, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Tanoai Reed, Keith David. Latest direct-to-video outing for Steven Seagal. Here he plays the leader of a special ops squad of ex-military vigilantes who goes after flesh-eating vampires in a post apocalyptic world. Extras: "Fighting the Shadows: Behind the Scenes of Against the Dark." (Sony).

Blindness (2008) Mark Ruffalo, Julianne Moore, Gael Garcia Bernal, Danny Glover, Alice Braga. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Miramax).

Daniel's Daughter (2008 -- TV) Laura Leighton, Sebastian Spence, Brandon Firla, Martin Doyle. A successful New York magazine editor puts her impending marriage and job on hold to return to her Massachusetts home to tend to her father's funeral, where she must confront the town and past she left behind. (Genius Entertainment).

December Bride (1991) Donal McCann, Saskia Reeves, Ciaran Hinds. At the beginning of the 20th century a young servant provokes an independent Irish farm community by her relationship with two brothers. (BFS Entertainment).

Dennis Potter: 3 to Remember Three-disc set with three feature-length drams by Dennis Potter, considered one of the most important and influential creative figures in the history of British television. Often powerful and controversial, his groundbreaking works continue to enthrall audiences worldwide. Here are three exquisite but rarely-seen teleplays shot on location and specifically produced for London Weekend Television. "Cream In My Coffee" (1980), which tells the story of an elderly couple who return to the hotel where they began their affair in the early '30s. "Blade on the Feather" (1980) stars Donald Pleasance as a reclusive, elderly author living a quiet life with his wife and daughter. The household is soon turned upside down when a young man (Tom Conti) proclaiming to be a long-time admirer shows up for a visit. Neither the author nor the admirer, are really who they say they are, and a covert world of British espionage and ulterior motives is revealed. In "Rain on the Roof" (1980), a bored and sexually frustrated housewife begins reading lessons with an illiterate, mentally challenged older boy who's trying to come to terms with the death of his father. $39.98. (Koch Vision).

The Exterminating Angel (1962) Dir.: Luis Bunuel; Silvia Pinal, Claudio Brook. Double-disc set with a new, restored high-definition digital transfer. Extras:"The Last Script: Remembering Luis Bunuel," a 2008 documentary featuring Jean-Claude Carriere and Jean Luis Bunuel; interviews with filmmaker Arturo Ripstein and actress Silvia Pinal; booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Marsha Kinder and a reprinted interview with Bunuel (The Criterion Collection).

Faerie Tale Theatre: Tales From the Brothers Grimm Updated versions of the best-loved Grimm stories "Hansel & Gretel," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Rapunzel" and "Rumplestiltskin," from the acclaimed series "Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre"; $14.98. (Koch Vision).

Faerie Tale Theatre: Funny Tales Four funny tales, "The Frog Prince," "Pinocchio," "The Princess Who Never Laughed" and "The Three Little Pigs," from the acclaimed series "Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre"; $14.98. (Koch Vision).

Friday the 13th The Series: Season Two (1988-89) Six-disc set with 26 episodes, $54.99. (Paramount).

Frozen River (2008) Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Charlie McDermott, Mark Boone Junior. Extras: Commentary by writer-director Courtney Hunt and producer Heather Rae. (Sony).

Gospel Hill (2008) Angela Bassett, Danny Glover, Julia Stiles, Adam Baldwin, Giancarlo Esposito. Set in the tightly knit but impoverished neighborhood of Gospel Hill, where the residents are making preparations to honor the 40th anniversary of the assassination of the civil rights activist Paul Malcolm, a case that had never been resolved. The town struggles with the realization that the issues of the past blend seamlessly with those of the present and the knowledge that the fight for equality didn't die decades ago -- it's in every breath the town takes. (Fox).

HIT Favorites: Here Comes Spring (2009) Collection of six spring-themed episodes from HIT preschool series: "Barney," "Bob the Builder," "Thomas & Friends," "Fireman Sam," "Kipper" and "Fifi," $14.98. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).

Imprint (2007) Tonantzin Carmelo, Michael Spears. Thriller about a Native American attorney who returns to her reservation and begins to hear ghostly voices and sees strange visions that cause her to re-examine beliefs she thought she left behind. (MTI Home Video).

Iowa (2005) Matt Farnsworth, Diane Foster, Mickey Jones, Muse Watson, Rosanna Arquette. Tale of love and addiction set against the (real-life) Midwestern crystal meth epidemic: Following the suspicious death of his father, Esper and his love Donna have been made recent beneficiaries to a large sum of insurance money. Hoping to escape their small town existence, they plunge into the dangerous world of crystal meth production and soon become addicts themselves. Now on the run from a dirty parole office in cahoots with a gold-digging mother, Esper finally snaps out of his drug-crazed delusion and decides he's not going down without a fight. (Koch Vision).

Joni Mitchell's the Fiddle and the Drum (2009) Blends Joni Mitchell's music and art with Alberta (Canada) Ballet Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maitre's choreography. Their resulting collaboration yields a ballet exploring the human spirit's potential to create and destroy, its ability to love and hate, its capacity for war and peace: a re-imagining of career-spanning songs that explores Mitchell's life-long concerns about environmental neglect and the warring nature of mankind. The soundtrack includes re-mastered versions of 10 songs from Mitchell's extraordinary catalog. Recorded in High Definition for Bravo! Television in Canada. Extras: Interviews, isolated version of Mitchell's own video installation from the production. $19.98. (Koch Vision).

Kennedy: The Complete Series (1983) Two-disc set of the miniseries chronicling the presidency of John F. Kennedy; starring Martin Sheen (as Kennedy), John Shea, E.G. Marshall, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Vincent Gardenia, Blair Brown; $19.98. (MPI Home Video).

Life With Derek: Let the Games Begin Four fan-favorite episodes from the Disney series that is a modern-day twist on the Brady Bunch; for kids ages 6-14; $14.98. (Koch Vision).

Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie (1993 -- TV) Lucie Arnaz hosts this emotional and honest glimpse at the extraordinary lives of her world-famous parents, highlighted by never-before-seen color family movies along with insightful interviews from family members, business associates and celebrity friends such as Bob Hope; $19.98. (MPI Home Video).

Melrose Place: The Fifth Season, Volume One (1996-97) Four-disc set with 19 episodes, $42.99. (Paramount).

Miracle at St. Anna (2008) Dir.: Spike Lee; Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso, Omar Benson Miller, Matteo Sciabordi, Valentina Cervi, Pierfrancesco Favino, John Leguizamo, Joseph Gordon Levitt. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Disney).

Nights in Rodanthe (2008) Richard Gere, Diane Lane, Scott Glenn, James Franco, Christopher Meloni, Viola Davis, Mae Whitman, Pablo Schreiber. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

Ode to Billy Joe (1976) Dir.: Max Baer Jr.; Robby Benson, Glynnis O'Connor. Extras: Vintage featurette. (Warner).

Relative Strangers (1999) Brenda mooer, Robin Laing. British miniseries about a recently widowed wife and mother who discovers that her late husband had another wife -- and child. (BFS Entertainment).

Rona Barrett's Hollywood: Nothing But the Truth Rona Barrett is arguably the first TV gossip columnist, beginning in 1966 on Los Angeles' KABC-TV. This single disc contains 10 star interviews culled from her personal archives: Cher, Priscilla Presley, Raquel Welch, Robin Williams, John Travolta, John Wayne, Donna Summer, Burt Reynolds, Richard Dreyfuss and Carol Burnett; $19.98.$1 from each DVD will be donated to the Rona Barrett Foundation for the Elderly Poor. (Infinity Entertainment).

Route 66: Producer's Picks Two-disc set with 11 episodes, $19.98. (Infinity Entertainment).

Sam Elliott Western Collection Three-disc set with "The Desperate Trail," "Rough Riders" and "You Know My Name," $19.97. (Warner).

Shaun the Sheep: Back in the Ba-a-ath (2009) Eight episodes featuring Shaun the Sheep and his barnyard friends; created by Aardman Animations of "Wallace & Gromit" fame; $14.98. Extras: "Sing-along With Shaun." (Lionsgate).

She Stoops to Conquer (2008) Tim Bell, Simon Butteriss, Judi Daykin, Mark Dexter. Oliver Goldsmith's funniest and most famous play finds new life in this scrupulously faithful film adaptation, filmed entirely at a 17th-century English manor house.(Acorn Media).

Simon of the Desert (1965) Dir.: Luis Bunuel; Silvia Pinal, Claudio Brook. new, restored high-definition digital transfer. Extras: "A Mexican Bunuel" (1995), a 50-minute documentary by Emilio Maille; interview with actress Silvia Pinal; booklet featuring a new essay by critic Michael Wood and a reprinted interview with Bunuel. (The Criterion Collection).

Soul Men (2008)Samuel L. Jackson, Bernie Mac, Sean Hayes, Sharon Leal, Jennifer Coolidge, Isaac Hayes, Affion Crockett, John Legend, Adam Herschman, Fatso Fasano, Jackie Long Extras: Commentary by director Malcolm Lee, "The Soul Men: Bernie Mac & Samuel L. Jackson," "The Cast Of Soul Men," "Director: Malcolm Lee," "A Tribute to Bernie Mac," "A Tribute to Isaac Hayes," "Boogie Ain't Nothin': Behind-the-Scenes," "Bernie Mac at the Apollo" Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Weinstein Co./Genius Products).

Thomas & Friends: Railway Friends (2009) Six new adventures with Thomas and his engine friends on the Island of Sodor, enhanced with CGI animation; $14.98. Extras: "Laying Down the Track" puzzler, "Name That Train" game, bonus episode. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).

VeggieTales: Abe and the Amazing Promise (2009) Veggie-spun Bible classic that tells the story of Abraham and Sarah and their wait for a promised child. Bob the Tomato tries to bring the Bible story to life, but when spitting camels and a film crew of zany French peas get involved, everyone's patience is tested. $14.99. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, game, sing-along, trivia. (Big Idea Inc.).

Way of War (2008) Cuba Gooding Jr., J.K. Simmons, John Terry. A paramilitary operative on a mission to kill a terrorist in the Middle East stumbles upon a government conspiracy and goes on the run to expose the villains. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (First Look Studios).

What Makes Sammy Run? (1959) Based on the best-selling 1941 novel by author and screenwriter Budd Schulberg, "What Makes Sammy Run" caused a sensation when the "NBC Sunday Showcase" production originally aired in two parts in 1959. Audiences were enthralled with the character Sammy Glick (Tony award-winning Broadway actor Larry Blyden), a Jewish boy born in the ghetto of New York's Lower East Side who decides to climb the ladder of success by any means necessary. In Sammy's world, "convictions are for sale" and through backstabbing and double-crossing, Sammy fights to become the industry's top screenwriter in this rags to riches story of a hustler navigating the "dog eat dog" world of 1930's Hollywood. Also stars John Forsythe, Norman Fell, Dina Merril, Barbara Rush. Released as part of The Archive of American Television Presents line, a product of the newly formed collaboration between KOCH Vision and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. $24.98. Extras: Commentary by Dina Merrill and Barbara Rush, as well as a bonus interview with Budd Schulberg. (Koch Vision).

Wild at Heart, Series 1 (2008) Heartwarming British series combines the family drama of "The Brady Bunch" with the pastoral appeal of "All Creatures Great and Small" in a fascinating African bush setting. (Acorn Media).

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