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Caprica (2009) The highly anticipated prequel to "Battlestar Galactica" will enjoy its world premiere exclusively on DVD in a groundbreaking move sure to delight fans of the long-running television phenomenon. This feature-length prequel will be available on DVD as a limited-edition uncut and unrated version before the series' broadcast premiere on the Sci Fi Channel in 2010. Set 50 years before "Battlestar Galactica," "Caprica" follows two rival families and their patriarchs -- Daniel Graystone (Eric Stoltz) and Joseph Adama (Esai Morales) -- as they compete and thrive in the vibrant world of the 12 Colonies, a society recognizably close to our own. Enmeshed in the burgeoning technology of artificial intelligence and robotics that will eventually lead to the creation of the Cylons, the two houses go toe-to-toe blending action with corporate conspiracy and sexual politics. $26.98. Extras: Commentary by director Jeffrey Reiner, executive producer/writer Ronald D. Moore and executive producer David Eick; deleted scenes; video blogs; "What the Frak is Caprica?" featurette; "The Director's Process" featurette; "The V Club" featurette; "The Birth of a Cylon" featurette. (Universal).

Dallas: The Complete Eleventh Season (1987-88) Three-disc set with 30 episodes, $39.98. (Warner).

Forever (2006) Critically-acclaimed documentary from award-winning filmmaker Heddy Honigmann on the world-famous Pere-Lachaise cemetery in Paris, the final resting place for legendary writers, composers, painters and other artists. Poignant, emotionally powerful meditation on relations between the living and the dead, and the immortal power of art. During its visits to many famous graves -- including those of Frederic Chopin, Marcel Proust, Guillaume Apollinaire, Amadeo Modigliani, Oscar Wilde, Jean-Auguste Ingres, Maria Callas, Georges Melies, Jim Morrison, Yves Montand and Simone Signoret, "Forever" introduces us to both Parisians and tourists who make pilgrimages to these tombs, whether to pay their respects, leave flowers or personal messages, or even to tend to the upkeep of the tombstones. $29.98. (Icarus Films Home Video).

Freakazoid Season 2 (1996-97) Two-disc set with 11 animated episodes, $26.99. Extras: Commentaries, a look back at creating the final episode, "Richard Stone - Original Bonjour Lobey Demo Tape." (Warner).

Into the Blue 2: The Reef (2008) Chris Carmack, Laura Vandervoort. Direct-to-video sequel has a pair of scuba divers entering precarious waters when they are promised big money in exchange for leading dives along a treacherous Hawaiian reef. Extras: Two featurettes, music video. (MGM).

Laid to Rest (2009) Bobbi Sue Luther, Lena Headey, Kevin Gage, Sean Whalen. Thriller about a young girl who wakes up in a casket in an isolated rural town with a traumatic head injury and no memory of her identity. She quickly realizes she was abducted by a metal-masked serial killer and she must survive the night and outsmart the technologically inclined killer who videos his vicious killings and is determined to finish his masterpiece tape featuring the girl. Extras: Commentary by writer-director Robert Hall and actor-producer Bobbi Sue Luther, "Postmortem: The Making of Laid to Rest," "The SFX of Laid to Rest," deleted scenes, bloopers. (Anchor Bay).

Nickelodeon/The Last Picture Show Two-disc set with "Nickelodeon" (1976), director Peter Bogdanovich's heartfelt valentine to the early days of moviemaking, starring Burt Reynolds, Ryan O'Neal, John Ritter and Tatum O'Neal; "The Last Picture Show" (1971) is Bogdanovich's frank and bittersweet drama of social and sexual mores in small-town Texas, starring Timothy Bottoms, Cybill Shepherd, Jeff Bridges, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman, Randy Quaid, Eileen Brennan, Ellen Burstyn, Clu Gulager, Sam Bottoms. $24.96. Extras: Both the color and B&W director's cut of "Nickelodeon," director's cut of "The Last Picture Show," new commentary by Bogdanovich on both films, new interview with Bogdanovich for "The Last Picture Show," "The Last Picture Show" theatrical re-release featurette, "The Last Picture Show: A Look Back" documentary. (Sony).

Notorious (2009) Jamal Woolard, Angela Bassett, Derek Luke, Anthony Mackie, Antonique Smith, Naturi Naughton, Dennis White, Julia Pace Mitchell. Available as a single-disc theatrical edition, and two-disc Blu-ray and three-disc DVD collector's editions with both the rated and unrated versions. Extras: Commentary by director George Tillman Jr., co-screenwriter Reggie Rock Bythewood, co-screenwriter Cheo Hodari Coker and editor Dirk Westervelt; commentary by producer/Biggie's mom Voletta Wallace, producer/Biggie's co-manager Wayne Barrow and producer/Biggie's co-manager Mark Pitts: "Behind the Scenes: Making of Notorious" featurette; "I Got a Story to Tell: The Lyrics of Biggie Smalls" featurette; "Notorious Thugs: Casting the Film"; "Biggie Boot Camp"; "Anatomy of a B.I.G. Performance"; "Party & Bulls**t" (never-before-seen footage of the real B.I.G.); more. (Fox)

The Poker Club (2008) Johnathon Schaech, Johnny Messner, Judy Reyes, Lori Heuring, Loren Dean, Jana Kramer. Four poker buddies kill an intruder, hide his body, then discover that someone knows what they've done and is playing a murderous game of revenge with them.Extras: Commentary by director Tim McCann and Johnathon Schaech. (Sony)

Rhoda: Season One (1974-75) Four-disc set with 25 episodes. Extras: "Remembering Rhoda" featurette. (Shout! Factory).

Science Is Fiction: 23 Films by Jean Painleve Jean Painleve was a film director, critic, theorist, and animator, yet his interests and studies also extended to mathematics, medicine, and zoology. Amazingly, all these disparate strands came together in a ground breaking, decades-spanning artistic career. Operating under the credo "Science is fiction," Painleve forged his own unique cinematic path, creating countless short films for both the viewing public and the scientific community. He was also one of the first filmmakers to take his camera underwater. Surreal, otherworldly documents of marine life, these films transformed sea horses, octopi and mollusks into delicate dancers in their own floating ballets. This anthology features 23 of Painleve's shorts in their original form, as well as Yo La Tengo's 90-minute original score "The Sounds of Science," written in 2001 to accompany eight of the director's films. A three-disc set. Extras: Interviews, booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Scott MacDonald and notes on all the films by Painleve. (The Criterion Collection).

Stuart Little: The Animated Series Two new volumes of the HBO Family series: "Going For the Gold!" with four episodes and "A Little Family Fun!" with three episodes, $12.99 each. (Sony).

Tiny Toon Adventures S1 V2 (1990) Four-disc set with 30 animated episodes, Extras: Also available on Blu-ray Disc.

Top Gear 10 (2008) BBC America automotive realty show; $39.98. (Warner).

The Wrestler (2008) Dir.: Darren Aronofsky; Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis, Todd Barry, Wass Stevens, Judah Friedlander, Ernest Miller. Extras: "Within the Ring" featurette, "The Wrestler" music video written and performed by Bruce Springsteen. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).

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