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American Dad: Volume 4 Four-disc set with 14 episodes, $39.98. Extras: Commentaries, uncensored audio. (Fox).

Bride Wars (2009) Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson, Candice Bergen, Kristen Johnston, Bryan Greenberg, Steve Howey, Chris Pratt, Michael Arden, John Pankow, Paul ScheerExtras: Deleted scenes, "The Perfect White Dress -- Vera Wang" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc with more extras, digital copy. (Fox).

Cargo 2000 (2007) Agniya Kuznetsova, Aleksei Poluyan, Leonid Gromov, Aleksei Serebryakov, Leonid Bichevin, Natalya Akimova, Yuri Stepanov. Black comedy allegory about the fall of the Soviet Union revolving around a rural farmhouse, scientific atheism, corruption and a gruesome serial killer. (The Disinformation Co.).

The Centerfold Girls (2008) Aldo Ray, Andrew Prine, Francine York, Jennifer Ashley. A depraved religious fanatic sets out to punish all the "immoral" women who have posed for the centerfold of a men's magazine. Extras: Retrospective featurette with producer Arthur Marks and actors Andrew Prine, Francine York and Jennifer Ashley. (Dark Sky Films/MPI Home Video).

Empire of Passion (1978) With an arresting mix of eroticism and horror, director Nagisa Oshima plunges the viewer into a nightmarish tale of guilt and retribution. Set in a Japanese village at the end of the 19th century, the film details the emotional and physical downfall of a married woman (Kazuko Yoshiyuki) and her younger lover (Tatsuya Fuji) following their decision to murder her husband and dump his body in a well. "Empire of Passion" was Oshima's only true kaidan (Japanese ghost story), and the film, a savage, unrelenting experience, earned him the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival. New, restored high-definition digital transfer. Extras: New video essay by film historian and critic Catherine Russell, new interview with actors Kazuo Yoshiyuki and Tatsuya Fuji, interview program from 2003 featuring production consultant Koji Wakamatsu and assistant directors Yusuke Narita and Yoici Sai, booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Tony Rayns and a reprinted interview with Nagisa Oshima. (The Criterion Collection).

Gangland: The Complete Season Three Three-disc set with 12 episodes that delve deep into the real stories behind 12 of America's most dangerous gangs, $34.95. (A&E Home Video).

The Hit (1984) Dir.: Stephen Frears; Terence Stamp, John Hurt, Tim Roth. New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director of photography Mike Molloy. Extras: Commentary by Frears, Hurt and Roth; "Parkinson One-to-One: "Terence Stamp," a 1988 television interview with the actor; booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Graham Fuller. (The Criterion Collection).

Johnny Got His Gun (1971) Timothy Bottoms, Jason Robards, Donald Sutherland, Kathy Fields, Marsha Hunt, Diane Varsi. Dalton Trumbo's landmark film finally makes its way to DVD in the States. Academy Award-winner Dalton Trumbo was one of Hollywood's most celebrated screenwriters and was one of the blacklisted "Hollywood Ten." After four decades writing such monumental Hollywood films as "Spartacus," "Kitty Foyle," "Exodus," "Roman Holiday" and "The Brave One," Trumbo made his directorial debut on "Johnny Got His Gun," from his own adaptation of his award-winning novel. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the novel's publication, but its pacifist themes and message are as relevant today as ever: A young American soldier, Joe Bonham (Timothy Bottoms), is wounded by a mortar shell on the last day of World War I. He lies in an army hospital bed, a blind, deaf and mute quadruple amputee, searching for meaning with only his memories and fantasies to distract him from the grim reality of his situation. Extras: "Dalton Trumbo: Rebel In Hollywood" hour-long documentary, interview with Timothy Bottoms, music video for Metallica's "One," rare behind-the-scenes footage with commentary by Timothy Bottoms and director of photography Jules Brenner, 1940 radio adaptation of "Johnny Got His Gun" starring James Cagney, "Johnny Got His Gun" feature article from "American Cinematographer" (August 1971), includes replica of the original poster. (Shout! Factory).

Legally Blondes (2009) Becky Rosso, Milly Rosso. Third film in the series follows adventures of Izzy and Annie Woods, twin sisters from England who have inherited the same confidence, charm, perfect hair and fabulous fashion senses as their cousin Elle Woods, and whose move to Los Angeles sets off another round of blonde vs. brunette. Extras: Four featurettes: "Thinking Pink," "Double Trouble," "Fashion Frenzy" and "Pacific Preparatory Yearbook." (MGM).

Little Dorritt (2009) Tom Courtenay, Matthew Macfadyen, Ruth Jones, Andy Serkis, James Fleet, Freema Agyeman, Claire Foy. PBS/Masterpiece Theatre adaptation of the Dickens classic; four-disc set, $49.98. (Warner).

Muhammad: The Last Prophet (2002) First animated feature length film about Islam's Prophet; $19.96. (MPI Home Video).

Nothing But the Truth (2008) Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Alan Alda, Angela Bassett, David Schwimmer, Noah Wyle, Vera Farmiga. Inspired by true events, Nothing But The Truth follows a Washington, D.C. reporter who writes an explosive story about a government scandal in which she reveals the name of a covert CIA agent. Unexpectedly finding herself behind bars she struggles to maintain her principles and relationship with her family when she refuses to divulge her source. Extras: Commentary by writer-director Rod Lurie, deleted scenes, "The Truth Hurts: The Making of Nothing But the Truth" featurette. (Sony).

The Price of Sugar (2007) In the Dominican Republic, a tropical island-nation, tourists flock to pristine beaches unaware that a few miles away thousands of dispossessed Haitians have toiled under armed-guard on plantations harvesting sugarcane, much of which ends up in U.S. kitchens. They work grueling hours and frequently lack decent housing, clean water, electricity, education or healthcare. Narrated by Paul Newman, "The Price of Sugar" follows Father Christopher Hartley, a charismatic Spanish priest, as he organizes some of this hemisphere's poorest people to fight for their basic human rights. This film raises key questions about where the products we consume originate and at what human cost they are produced. (New Yorker Video).

Pulling: The Complete First Season (2008) Six episodes from the BBC dark comedy series currently airing on the Sundance Channel; $24.98 (MPI Home Video).

Rookies: The Complete Season One Two-disc set with 16 episodes, $19.95. (A&E Home Video).

7 Signs of the Apocalypse History Channel documentary that goes beyond the boundaries between faith and science to explore how the catastrophes foretold in the Bible may be unfolding before our very eyes -- from asteroids, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions to red tides, global warming and plagues; $19.95. (A&E Home Video).

Sex & Lies in Sin City (2008) Mena Suvari, Matthew Modine, Marcia Gay Harden, Johnathon Schaech, Mark Sivertson, Chris Ashworth. Lifetime TV thriller tells the story of reckless casino executive Ted Binion who seemed to have it all: money, power and a beauty queen turned stripper as girlfriend. That all changed when the girlfriend found him dead from an apparent overdose in his Las Vegas home. But when Ted's estranged sister informs police she believes Ted was murdered, a closer investigation reveals Binion's death was no accident.(Sony).

The She-Beast (2008) Barbara Steele, John Karlsen, Ian Ogilvy. Italian-made horror thriller about a modern-day woman possessed by the spirit of an 18th century witch drowned in a "dunking chair." Extras: Commentary. (Dark Sky Films/MPI Home Video).

The Spectacular Spider-Man: Volume 4 (2008) Four final Season One episodes, No. 10-13; $19.99. (Sony).

The Templar Code, In-depth History Channel investigation into the Knights Templar, those fabled guardians of the Holy Grail, just in time for the theatrical release of "The DaVinci Code's" sequel "Angels and Demons." (A&E Home Video).

The Uninvited (2009) Elizabeth Banks, David Strathairn, Arielle Kebbel, Emily Browning. Extras: "Unlocking The Uninvited," deleted scenes, alternate ending. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Paramount).

The Waltons: The Complete Ninth Season (1980-81) Three-disc set with 22 episodes, $39.98. (Warner).

While She Was Out (2008) Kim Basinger, Lukas Haas. A suburban housewife is caught in a nightmare of violence as she is mercilessly stalked by a group of malicious thugs; armed with only a toolbox and the will to survive, she fights for her life to make it through the night. Extras:Commentary by writer-director Susan Montford and producer Don Murphy "Making of While She Was Out" featurette. (Anchor Bay).

Women in the White House Two-disc set with two History Channel documentaries: "All the Presidents' Wives" and "First Mothers," $29.99. (A&E Home Video).

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