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All the Days Before Tomorrow (2008) Joey Kern, Alexandra Holden, Richard Roundtree. Quirky episodic tale about a friendship that's almost something more: Wes and Alison are two friends who ought to be lovers but their timing has never been right. (Vanguard Cinema).

American Originals Megaset (2008) Fourteen-disc adrenaline-pumping collection from History Channel featuring 37 hours of action from "Ax Men," "Tougher In Alaska," "Dangerous Mission"s and "Ice Road Truckers," $99.95.Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes, additional scenes, biographies, more. (A&E Home Video).

Brother's War (2009) Tino Struckmann, Michael Berryman, Olivier Gruner, Hayley Carr, Hugh Daly. Thriller set in the closing days of World War II; two officers, one German and the other British, discover that they share a common bond in Freemasonry, empowering them to work together to prevent the USSR from taking over Eastern Europe. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (MTI Home Video).

Carnivorous (aka Lockjaw: Rise of the Kulev Serpent) (2008) DMX, Wes Brown, Louis Herthum. An ancient voodoo artifact conjures up a killer snake that is used to seek revenge on a group of reckless teenagers. (North American Motion Pictures).

The Closer: The Complete Fourth Season (2008) Four-disc set with 15 episodes, $39.98. Extras: "Ride Along" featurette, "Catching a Lie" featurette, gag reel, unaired scenes. (Warner).

Designing Women: The Complete First Season (2008) Four-disc set with 21 episodes, $44.99. Extras: "Designing Women: A Reunion," featuring Delta Burke, Dixie Carter, Annie Potts, Jean Smart and series creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, and a booklet with introduction written by show creator. (Shout! Factory).

The Devil's Tomb (2009) Cuba Gooding Jr., Ron Perlman,, Tayrn Manning,, Ray Winstone, Henry Rollins. When a scientist leading a top-secret Middle Eastern archeological site goes missing, an elite military unit is sent on a search and rescue mission. Descending under the cradle of civilization, the team soon find themselves face-to-face with an ancient evil lying beneath the desert. Extras: Commentary with Cuba Gooding Jr. and director Jason Connery, alternate scenes, outtakes, blooper reel, "Beneath the Sand: Behind the Scenes of The Devil's Tomb" featurette. (Sony).

Director's Showcase: Take Four Five new-to-DVD releases, all remastered: "Revolution Revisited," "Beyond Rangoon," "M. Butterfly," "Zabriskie Point" and "Looking to Get Out Director's Cut," $19.97 each. (Warner).
  • Lookin' to Get Out (1982) Dir.: Hal Ashby; Jon Voight, Burt Young, Ann-Margret. Hal Ashby's ("Being There," "Coming Home," "In the Heat of the Night") comedy will debut in a never-before-seen cut that represents the director's original vision. The new version was recently uncovered with the help of its star, Jon Voight, Ashby-biographer Nick Dawson and Ashby's daughter, Leigh MacManus, who found that, unbeknownst to anyone, the director had re-edited the film after its release, then donated it to the UCLA archives prior to his death. Extras: All new interview with Jon Voight, Burt Young and Ann-Margret.
  • Zabriskie Point (1970) Dir.: Michelangelo Antonioni; Mark Frechette, Daria Halprin, Bill Garaway, Kathleen Cleaver, Rod Taylor. Antonioni's his first American film; a surreal view of late '60s America. The soundtrack features music from Pink Floyd, The Youngbloods, The Kaleidoscope, Jerry Garcia, Patti Page and the Grateful Dead. Extras: Also available on Blu-ray Disc.
  • M. Butterfly (1993) Dir.: David Cronenberg; Jeremy Irons, John Lone, Barbara Sukowa, Ian Richardson. Extras: New interview with director Cronenberg, featurette.
  • Revolution Revisited Director's Cut (1985) Dir.: Hugh Hudson; Al Pacino, Donald Sutherland, Natassia Kinski, Joan Plowright. Features Hudson's newly remastered and re-edited version with new narration throughout the film by Pacino. Extras: New introduction with director Hugh Hudson and Al Pacino, narration track.
  • Beyond Rangoon (1995) Dir.: John Boorman; Patricia Arquette, Frances McDormand, Spalding Gray. Extras: Introduction, vintage EPK (Electronic Press Kit).

Divergence (2006) Two wounded people come together and grapple with the ramifications of war and loss, set in a picturesque seaside town on the Jersey shores in the midst of a cold and bitter winter: a helicopter pilot wounded in Iraq and a woman who has lost her husband and child to a drunk driver. (Vanguard Cinema).

Falling Down Deluxe Edition (1993) Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Barbara Hershey, Tuesday Weld, Rachel Ticotin, Frederic Forrest. Extras: Commentary by Michael Douglas and director Joel Schumacher; "Deconstructing D-FENS: A Conversation With Michael Douglas." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

Forever Strong (2008) Sean Faris, Gary Cole, Penn Badgley, Arielle Kebbel, Sean Astin, Julie Warner, Neal McDonough. Based on the true story of rugby coach Larry Gelwix who creates not only championship teams, but championship boys. Coach Gelwix, one of the top high school coaches in the country with a win/loss record of 379 wins to 9 losses (nearly 98% wins), doesn't recruit players from across the country, but takes local kids from "both sides of the tracks," encourages discipline on and off the field, and requires service, honesty, hard work, and dedication from all his players. Extras: Deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurette, "Living Forever Strong": a motivational presentation by Coach Gelwix on his philosophy of sports and life.(Crane Movie Co.)

Freezer Burn (2007) Robert Harriell, Michael Consiglio, Ivo Velon, C.C. Seymour, Ella Rae Peck. Sci-Fi comedy about a scientist working on preserving human organs for transplant who falls for his wife's 14-year-old art student. He decides to use his experimental technology to freeze himself in order to align his age with the young girl's, but his plan doesn't turn out the way he hopes (Vanguard Cinema).

Harlan Ellison: Dreams With Sharp Teeth (2009) Timed for release one day before the 75th birthday of the great man himself, this documentary pays homage to one of our most celebrated authors. Master of his craft, Ellison has produced more than 75 books and more than 1,700 pieces of fiction and non-fiction on one of his Olympia manual typewriters, including the single most popular Star Trek episode ("City on the Edge of Forever") and brilliant, award-winning short stories, some written in bookstore windows, on very public display. He also has been an outspoken champion of the New Wave of Science Fiction, having edited the influential "Dangerous Visions" anthologies. Director Erik Nelson captures the remarkable personal journey of this wildly imaginative writer, flame-tongued provocateur, and unholy fusion of Lenny Bruce and Mark Twain. $26.95. Extras: Six short story excerpts read and performed by Harlan Ellison, "Pizza with Mr. Ellison and Mr. Gaiman," "An Evening With Sharp Teeth." (Docurama).

Jeeves & Wooster: The Complete Series Eight-disc set with all 23 digitally-restored episodes, $59.95. (A&E Home Video).

Land Of the Lost: The Complete Series Seven-disc set, $59.98. (Universal).

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit -- The Ninth Year (2007-08) Five-disc set with 19 episodes, $59.98.(Universal).

The Legend of Fong Sai-Yuk (1993) Dir.: Corey Yuen-Kwai; Jet Li, Josephine Siao. Story of a local champion who becomes a folk hero as he faces off against a bevy of dangerous opponents in an attempt to win the hand of a beautiful maiden, rescue his family, and free his people. Extras: Commentary by Hong Kong cinema expert Bey Logan, "Hit Hard & Fly High" interview with director and legendary Hollywood fight choreographer Corey Yuen-Kwai, "The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword" interview with writer Jeff Lau. (The Weinstein Co./Dragon Dynasty/Genius Products).

Murder Most English (2008) Four classic BBC mysteries with a darkly comic, British touch: Clad in tweed and puffing on a pipe, Detective Inspector Purbright pursues the evildoers of Flaxborough with a doggedness that belies his polite conversation and mild manner. Three-disc set, $49.99. (Acorn Media).

New in Town (2009) Renee Zellweger, Harry Connick Jr., J.K. Simmons, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Frances Conroy, Mike O'Brien, Rashida Jones. (Universal).

Powder Blue (2009) Jessica Biel, Ray Liotta, Forest Whitaker, Eddie Redmayne, Kris Kristofferson, Lisa Kudrow, Patrick Swayze. A mosaic of people desperately searching for redemption, human connection, and restored faith within the underbelly of Los Angeles: On the eve of Christmas, four lives cross paths by past guilt, chance, coincidence, and divine intervention. (Image Entertainment).

The Prehistoric Collection Eight-disc set with "Jurassic Fight Club," "Prehistoric Megastorms," "Journey to 10,000 B.C." and "Clash of the Cavemen," $59.95. (A&E Home Video).

The Ramen Girl (2008) Brittany Murphy, Toshiyuki Nishida, Tammy Blanchard, Sohee Park, Kimiko Yo, Renji Ishibashi. An American woman stranded in Tokyo after breaking up with her boyfriend decides to train under a tyrannical Japanese master to be a ramen chef. (Image Entertainment).

The Sky Crawlers (2008) From Mamoru Oshii, the world-acclaimed director of "Ghost in the Shell." An award-winning story of an exciting but endless war with heroes too young to understand the meaning of their battles. A group of eternally young fighter pilots known as Kildren experience the sudden loss of innocence as they battle the enemy in astonishing dogfights above the clouds. With his only childhood memory consisting of intense flight training, the fearless teenage pilot Yuichi's dogfights coexist with his struggle to find his missing past. This visually stunning anime adventure brings to life the nail-biting dogfights from the epic air battles described in Hiroshi Mori's best-selling novel in Japan. Extras: "Sky's the Limit: An Interview with Director Mamoru Oshii." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

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