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Backwoods (2008) Haylie Duff, Ryan Merriman, Danny Nucci, Jonathan Chase. Maniacal lunatics threaten a group of office workers on a survival/paint-ball company retreat in the wilderness. (RHI Entertainment/Genius Products).

The Bible Unearthed
(2006) The Bible is both a religious and historical work, but how much is myth and how much is history? This investigation into the origins of the Bible visits archaeological digs in Egypt, Jordan and Israel –- including Megiddo, the cradle of biblical archaeology. Rare archival footage, ancient maps, biblical illustrations and computer simulations are put into context by world-famous archaeologists and biblical scholars, including experts from the Louvre, the museums of Cairo and Jerusalem, and the British Museum. $29.95. (First Run Features).

Bob Funk
(2009) Rachael Leigh Cook, Grace Zabriskie, Amy Ryan, Eddie Jemison, Stephen Root, Michael Leydon Campbell, Lucy Davis, Khleo Thomas. Bob Funk (Michael Leydon Campbell) is in a major funk. He's outspoken and crass, has serious family issues, heavy baggage from a bitter divorce, seemingly no professional ambitions, and uses alcohol to help the cause. He works for his disapproving mother Mrs. Funk (Grace Zabriskie) at the family business "Funk Foam and Futon," Bob's life takes a turn however, when the attractive, yet charmingly clumsy, young executive Miss Thorne (Rachael Leigh Cook) joins the family-run futon business and becomes the object of his affection. And then mom fires him. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

Catlow (1971) Dir.: Sam Wanamaker; Yul Brynner, Richard Crenna, Leonard Nimoy, Daliah Lavi, Jo Ann Pflug, Jeff Corey. (Warner).

Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) Isla Fisher, Joan Cusack, John Goodman, Hugh Dancy, Krysten Ritter, John Lithgow, Kristin Scott Thomas, Leslie Bibb, Lynn Redgrave, Julie Hagerty, Fred Armisen, Robert Stanton, Christine Ebersole, Clea Lewis, Wendie Malick, Stephanie March. Available in single-disc DVD, two-disc DVD and Blu-ray editions. Extras: Bloopers, deleted scenes, music video, digital copy. (Disney).

FEMA City (2007) Documentary on the trailer park city set up in Charlotte County, Florida after Hurricane Charley destroyed buildings and homes. Nearly 1,500 people moved into the more than 1,000 trailers and it took on the nickname FEMA City. $19.95. (Vanguard Cinema).

The Garth Method (2004) Gregory Pakis. In 2001 unemployed actor Garth Petridis was imprisoned for one of the most unusual crimes in Australian history: Desperate for success he kidnapped members of the public and forced them to perform in a bizarre movie intended to make "Garth" a household name. This is his story. (Vanguard Cinema).

Girls Next Door Season Five (2008-09) Three-disc set with 15 episodes, $29.98. (Fox).

He's On My Mind (2009) Sherial Mckinney. An elementary school teacher falls in love and gets married only to find out that her husband's a bigamist. Devastated, she vows to figure out "Why Men Do What They Do", and is spontaneously imbued with the ability to intercept men's thoughts. (Vanguard Cinema).

Inkheart (2009) Brendan Fraser, Paul Bettany, Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren, Andy Serkis, Eliza Bennett, Rafi Gavron, Sienna Guillory. Combo release with both standard DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Extras: DVD: "Eliza Reads to Us" in which Eliza Bennett shares one of her favorite passages from the book that didn't end up in the film; Blu-ray adds "A Story From the Cast and Crew" game, "From Imagination to the Page: How Writers Write" featurette, additional scenes, BD-Live, digital copy. (Warner).

Last Year At Marienbad (2008) Dir.: Alain Resnais; Giorgio Albertazzi, Delphine Seyrig. Not just a defining work of the French New Wave but one of the great, lasting mysteries of modern art, Alain Resnais' epochal visual poem has been puzzling appreciative viewers for decades. A surreal fever dream, or perhaps a nightmare, "Last Year at Marienbad" (L'année dernière à Marienbad), written by the radical master of the New Novel, Alain Robbe-Grillet, gorgeously fuses the past with the present in telling its ambiguous tale of a man and a woman who may or may not have met a year ago, perhaps at the very same cathedral-like, mirror-bedecked chateau they now find themselves wandering. Unforgettable in both its confounding details (gilded ceilings, diabolical parlor games, a loaded gun) and haunting scope, Resnais' investigation into the nature of memory is disturbing, romantic, and maybe even a ghost story. New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by Resnais. Extras: Audio interview with Resnais; new documentary on the making of "Last Year at Marienbad," featuring interviews with many of Resnais' collaborators; new video interview with film scholar Ginette Vincendeau on the history of the film and its many mysteries; two short documentaries by Resnais: "Toute la memoire du monde" (1956) and "Le chant du styrene" (1958); booklet featuring essays by critic Mark Polizzotti and film scholar François Thomas, and Alain Robbe-Grillet's introduction to the published screenplay and comments on the film. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

Mr. Troop Mom (2009) George Lopez, Daniela Bobadilla, Jane Lynch, Julia Anderson, Elizabeth Thai. George Lopez stars as a widower trying to be both dad and mom for his 9-year-old daughter. Desperate to connect with her, he volunteers to chaperone her troop at the Go Girls Jamboree at Running Pines Camp -- unaware he'll be the only guy in a world of girls. Also available on Blu-ray Disc.

My Dinner With Andre (2008) Dir.: Louis Malle; Wallace Shawn, Andre Gregory. In Louis Malle's captivating and philosophical "My Dinner with Andre," actor and playwright Wallace Shawn sits down with friend and theater director Andre Gregory at a Manhattan restaurant, and the two proceed into an alternately whimsical and despairing confessional on love, death, money, and all the superstition in between. New, restored high-definition digital transfer. Extras: New video interviews with Gregory and Shawn by filmmaker and friend Noah Baumbach; "My Dinner with Louis," an episode from the BBC program "Arena," in which Shawn interviews director Louis Malle; booklet featuring an essay by critic Amy Taubin and the prefaces written for the printed screenplay by Gregory and Shawn. (The Criterion Collection).

Phoebe in Wonderland (2008) Felicity Huffman, Elle Fanning, Patricia Clarkson, Bill Pullman, Campbell Scot. Heartfelt, fantastical story of a troubled, imaginative girl (Elle Fanning) devoted to "Alice in Wonderland" explores the agonies of growing up as an outsider and the complexities of parenting. Phoebe longs to be in the school production of "Alice in Wonderland" and after her peculiar drama teacher (Patricia Clarkson) casts her, Phoebe struggles to control her behavior. But as Phoebe's stress mounts, her behavior grows worse, creating intense pressure on her parents (Felicity Huffman and Bill Pullman), especially when Phoebe begins retreating to an imaginary fantasy world peopled by characters from "Alice." (Image Entertainment).

The Pink Panther 2 (2009) Steve Martin, Jean Reno, Emily Mortimer, Andy Garcia, John Cleese, Alfred Molina, Molly Sims, Aishwarya Rai, Yuki Matsuzaki. Available as a three-disc Blu-ray set and two-disc standard DVD set. Standard extras: 27 Pink Panther cartoons; Blu-ray extras: Gag reel, three featurettes, digital copy, 27 Pink Panther cartoons. (MGM)

Tom & Jerry; The Chuck Jones Collection Two-disc set with all 34 shorts produced by Chuck Jones, remastered; $26.99. (Warner). For a complete list of titles, Click here.

Waltz With Bashir (2008) Animated film that follows one man's personal experience with the 1982 invasion of Lebanon. Extras: Making-of featurette, "Animatics: Building the Scenes," Q & A with director Ari Folman, commentary. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).

War Wolves (2009) John Saxon, Michael Worth, Tim Thomerson, Adrienne Barbeau, Natasha Alam. A special-forces unit returns to the United States from the Middle East to hunt down a soldier who has been infected with a werewolf virus. Little do they know that three of the female soldiers serving in the unit have also been infected and have already transformed into she-wolves. The she-wolf forces of evil and the special op forces of good are pitted against each other in a race to save humankind from turning into wolves. (Monarch Home Video).

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