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Agatha Christie: Poirot & Marple Seventeen-disc set with 21 spine-tingling murder mysteries, $134.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).

Ancient Aliens (2009) Is it possible that intelligent life forms visited Earth thousands of years ago, bringing with them technology that drastically affected the course of history and man's own development? This top-rated History Channel special explores evidence of super-human influences on ancient man and embarks on a round-the-world search for answers. $19.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).

Angel of Death (2009) Zoe Bell, Lucy Lawless, Doug Jones, Ted Raimi. Uncut feature-length movie of Crackle.com's dark and gritty internet series about a cold-blooded assassin, employed by a ruthless crime family, who suffers severe head trauma on the job, begins to hallucinate, and becomes haunted by her victims. She's driven to seek revenge on those who originally ordered the hits -- her mob employers. The film makes its broadcast debut on Spike TV July 25. Extras: Commentary by creator Ed Brubaker and star Zoe Bell, making-of featurette, "Casting an Angel: Zoe Bell as Eve," "Writing, Ed Brubaker Style," "Behind the Stunts," Zoe Bell's screen test, "Eve's Tips for Killing." (Sony).

Battlestar Galactica Season 4.5 And They Have a Plan (2009) Four-disc set with the last 10 episodes, Extras: Three extended episodes of the series finale; "Evolution Of A Cue": Composer Bear McCreary goes step-by-step through his process of creating the music of "Battlestar Galactica"; "What the Frak is Going On With Battlestar Galactica?" recap of "Battlestar Galactica's" first three thrilling seasons -- in only eight minutes; "And They Have a Plan": What do they mean every episode when the opening sequence on the Cylons states "And They Have a Plan?"; "The Journey Ends: The Arrival" featurette; "A Look Back" six-part retrospective with filmmakers, cast and crew; commentaries by Ronald D. Moore, David Eick, And Edward James Olmos; Ronald d. Moore's podcast commentaries; David Eick's video blogs; deleted scenes. DVD: $49.98, Blu-ray Disc: $69.98.

Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series Twenty-five disc set for the completist. DVD: $279.98; Blu-ray Disc: $349.98.

Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead (2009) When a London bus travels through a worm-hole to an alien world, the Doctor (David Tennant) must join forces with the extraordinary Lady Christina to help the unfortunate passengers, and themselves, get back home. But the mysterious planet holds terrifying secrets. $14.98. Extras: "Dr. Who Confidential." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (BBC Video/Warner).

Dollhouse Season One (2009) Three-disc set with all 12 episodes, $49.98. Extras: Never-before-seen standalone episode "Epitaph One," the original unaired pilot "Echo," deleted scenes, seven making-of featurettes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).

Dragonball Evolution Z Edition (2009) Justin Chatwin, James Marsters, Jamie Chung, Emmy Rossum, Eriko Tamura, Joon Park, Chow Yun-Fat, Texas Battle, Ernie Hudson Extras: Digital copy, eight deleted scenes, featurettes, gag reels, scavenger hunt game, music video, more. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).

Green Lantern: First Flight (2008) Voices of Christopher Meloni, Victor Garber, Tricia Helfer, Michael Madsen. Animated feature of the DC Comics hero. Available as a single-disc DVD, two-disc special edition, and Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Bonus features, digital copy. (Warner)

The Fifth Commandment (2008) Rick Yune, Keith David, Bokeem Woodbine, Dania Ramirez. An elite assassin is contracted to eliminate a gorgeous pop star, whom his long-lost brother is assigned to protect. Refusing the job, the assassin joins forces with his sibling to battle a ferocious cartel that will use any means necessary to destroy them. Extras: "Creating The Fifth Commandment" featurette, "The Stunts of The Fifth Commandment" featurette. (Sony).

In Search of the Great Beast 666 (2009) Aleister Crowley, self proclaimed "The Great Beast" and known by the press as "The Wickedest Man in the World" was perhaps the most controversial and notorious individual in British history - if not the entire 20th century. This film dramatically documents the chilling life, impulses and journey of Crowley (1875-1947), a man who was voted in a BBC poll to be one of the most influential Britons of all time. This documentary unearths the barely believable and shocking facts surrounding this infamous occultist, spy, poet, dark magician, hedonist, writer and accomplished mountaineer. Under various guises and camouflaged by pseudonyms, Crowley traveled the world in his quest for supreme knowledge and ultimate power through the occult. He reveled in what some describe as acts of sexual decadence yet recognized by others as extreme depravity. And his influence on modern culture is evident yet his reputation remains shrouded in a veil of infamy. Was he related to U.S. President George Bush? And how was he connected to Scientology, Jack the Ripper, Winston Churchill, Hitler and Ian Fleming (creator of James Bond)? $19.95 (The Disinformation Company). Extras: Also available on Blu-ray Disc.

Life on Mars, Series 1 Award-winning, original U.K. police drama with a twist. Hot on a killer's trail in modern-day Manchester, police detective Sam Tyler gets struck by a passing car and wakes up in 1973. Is he mad, in a coma, or back in time? Whatever the answers, he still has crimes to solve, albeit with low-tech, highly aggressive 1970s methods. He finds himself working on a homicide squad where hard drinking replaces hard thinking; forensics takes weeks to analyze; and his boss, DCI Gene Hunt has no qualms about roughing up suspects - or Sam himself. The original U.K. series aired on BBC One for two series (2006-2007); ABC remade it for the 2008-2009 season starring Jason O'Mara and Harvey Keitel. Extras: Commentaries; "Take a Look at the Lawman," an hour-long documentary with cast and crew interviews and behind-the-scenes footage; interview clip with director Bharat Nalluri; "The Music of Life on Mars" featurette; "Get Sykes" featurette with the series' production designer Brian Sykes; outtakes reel. Four-disc set with eight episodes, $59.99. (Acorn Media).

The Mafia (2009) Four-disc set of the History Channel series that takes a cold-blooded look at organized crime in the 20th century, from prohibition to WWII and the Cold War, to JFK's presidency and John Gotti. $34.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).

The Middleman: The Complete Series (2008) Four-disc set with 12 episodes, $34.99. Extras: Commentaries by the cast and crew, alternate scenes, Web featurettes, gag reel, audition footage, The complete "The Palindrome Reversal Palindrome" table read, gallery of photography by Ralph King, more. (Shout! Factory).

Miss March (2009) Zach Cregger, Trevor Moore, Raquel Alessi, Molly Stanton, Holly Hindman, Craig Robinson, Alexis Raben, Tanjareen Martin. Theatrical and unrated version of the film. Extras: Viral videos, auditions, "Down & Dirty" music featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).

Repulsion (2008) Dir.: Roman Polanski; Catherine Deneuve. Roman Polanski followed up his international breakthrough "Knife in the Water" with this controversial, chilling tale of psychosis, starring Catherine Deneuve as Carole, a fragile, frigid young beauty cracking up over the course of a terrifying weekend. Left alone by her vacationing sister in their London flat, Carole is haunted by specters real and imagined, and her insanity grows to a violent pitch. Thanks to its unforgettable attention to disturbing detail and Polanski's unparalleled adeptness at turning claustrophobic space into an emotional minefield, "Repulsion" remains one of cinema's most shocking psychological thrillers. New, restored high-definition digital transfer. Extras: Commentary by Polanski and Deneuve; "A British Horror Film" (2003), a documentary on the making of "Repulsion," featuring interviews with Polanski, producer Gene Gutowski, and cinematographer Gil Taylor; a 1964 television documentary filmed on the set of "Repulsion," featuring rare footage of Polanski and Deneuve at work; booklet featuring an essay by film scholar and curator Bill Horrigan. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

Ripped Off: Madoff and the Scamming of America (2009) History Channel documentary looks at the monetary chaos brought about by Bernie Madoff, a popular and trusted investor from middle-class Queens, New York -- and alleged Ponzi schemer -- and his $65 billion scam, from its humble beginnings to its stunning downfall; $19.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).

The Spectacular Spider-Man: The Complete First Season (2008) Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $28.96. Extras: Two behind-the-scenes featurette. (Sony).

Streets of Blood (2009) Val Kilmer, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Sharon Stone, Michael Biehn. The devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina sparks an investigation into the criminal underworld in New Orleans, where crime and corruption are about to go to all new levels of depravity. (Anchor Bay Entertainment).

Torchwood: Children of Earth (2009) All-new five-part series, $29.98. (BBC Video/Warner).

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