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Albert Schweitzer: Called to Africa (2006) Docu-drama of the Nobel Laureate Dr. Albert Schweitzer, a humanitarian healer and jungle doctor, pastor, philosopher, and musician who believed in a "Reverence for Life." Filmed in West Africa, where the hospital Schweitzer founded continues to treat people today, and in Strasbourg, France, where the young Schweitzer gave organ recitals and preached. (First Run Features).

The Beast: Season 1 (2009) Three-disc set with 13 episodes, $39.95. Extras: Thirteen behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Sony).

Dexter: The Complete Third Season (2008) Four-disc set with 12 episodes, $42.99. Also
available on Blu-ray Disc.

Gossip Girl: The Complete Second Season (2008-09) Seven-disc set with 25 episodes, $59.98. Extras: "5th Ave. Meets Gossip Girl" interactive graphic map of the Gossip Girl crowd's favorite haunts; "Faces Behind the Design"; "Chasing Dorota" webisodes; gag reel; downloadable audio book of the bestselling novel "Gossip Girl: You Know You Love Me" by Cecily von Ziegesar, read by Christina Ricci; unaired scenes. (Warner).

Hannah Montana the Movie (2009) Miley Cyrus, Lucas Till, Emily Osment, Moises Arias, Mitchel Musso, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jason Earles, Vanessa Williams. Available as a three-disc Blu-Ray Combo Pack, two-disc DVD set and single-disc DVD. Extras: New music video, "Find Your Way Back Home" featurette, "Production 101: Jackson Style," bloopers, deleted scenes. The Blu-ray Disc adds "The HoeDown ThrowDown Home Experience"; "The Hannah Montana Store" interactive experience that allows viewers to create a wish list of items displayed in the film, move the items onto the internet via BD-Live capabilities, obtain information and purchase the merchandise; seven music videos. (Disney).

The Helen West Casebook (2002) British crime dramas based on Frances Fyfield's bestselling thrillers about a workaholic prosecutor with a messy personal life. Aired on A&E Network. Three-disc set, $49.99. (Acorn Media).

High Noon (2009) Emilie de Ravin, Ivan Sergei, Cybill Sheperd. Lifetime TV movie based on the novel by best-selling author Nora Roberts. (Sony)

Husbands (1970) Dir.: John Cassavetes; John Cassavetes, Peter Falk, Ben Gazzara. Billed as "A Comedy About Life, Death, and Freedom," independent cinema pioneer John Cassavetes' "Husbands" was originally released to preview audiences at a length of 139 minutes but subsequently cut by 11 minutes. This DVD presents the film in its full-length, original version, largely unseen by audiences since 1969. Follows three middle-aged friends (Gazzara, Falk and Cassavetes), with wives and houses in the New York suburbs, who go on a wild spree after a close friend dies of a heart attack. Ending up in London, the three must confront their own mortality and decide how to spend the rest of their lives. (Sony).

Icons of Sci-Fi: Toho Collection Three-disc set with "H-Man" (1958), "Battle in Outer Space" (1959) and "Mothra" (1961). Each film has been digitally re-mastered, and includes the original Japanese versions and the U.S. versions, and two commentaries. $24.96. (Sony).

Kissing Cousins (2008) Samrat Chakrabarti, Rebecca Hazlewood, Gerry Bednob,, David Alan Grier, Jaleel White. As a "relationship termination specialist," providing "dumping services" for disgruntled daters, Amir spends his days delivering bad news to unsuspecting lovers across Los Angeles - a job that has made him hard-hearted and the last bachelor in his social circle. Disgruntled and alone, Amir returns to Britain for a short vacation, and returns to the States with his charming and beautiful cousin, who pretends to be his "girlfriend" to prove that Amir is capable of having a relationship. Extras: Interviews with the cast, behind-the-scenes featurette. (Cinema Libre Studio).

The Last House on the Left (2009) Tony Goldwyn, Monica Potter, Sara Paxton, Garret Dillahunt, Martha MacIsaac, Riki Lindhome. Unrated cut and R-rated theatrical version. Two-disc set. Extras: Deleted scenes, "A Look Inside" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).

The Last Starfighter 25th Anniversary Edition (1984) Lance Guest, Robert Preston, Dan O'Herlihy, Catherine Mary Stewart. Extras: "Heroes of the Screen," "Crossing the Frontier: Making The Last Starfighter," commentary by director Nick Castle and production designer Ron Cobb, image gallery. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).

Midnight Bayou (2009) Jerry O'Connell, Lauren Stamile, Faye Dunaway. Lifetime TV movie based on the novel by best-selling author Nora Roberts. (Sony).

Northern Lights (2009) LeAnn Rimes, Eddie Cibrian, Rosanna Arquette. Lifetime TV movie based on the novel by best-selling author Nora Roberts. (Sony).

Pete's Dragon: High Flying Edition (1977) Sean Marshall, Helen Reddy, Mickey Rooney, Jeff Conaway, Shelley Winters, Jim Dale, Red Buttons, Charlie Callas. Animation and live-action combine to bring the magical friendship between a young orphan and his unusual best friend to life. Extras: "Brazzle Dazzle Effects: Disney's Movie Magic" featurette, deleted storyboard sequence: "Terminus & Hoagy Hunt Elliot," original song concept: "Boo Bop Bopbop Bop (I Love You, Too)," original demo recordings (audio only) with early demo versions of "Brazzle Dazzle Day" and "Every Little Piece," "Where's Elliot?" disappearing dragon game, "Pete's Dragon" art galleries, publicity, "About Pete's Dragon," Disney Family Album, "The Plausible Impossible," "Lighthouse Keeping." (Disney).

Simon & Simon: Season Three (1983-84) Six-disc set with 23 episodes, $49.99. (Shout! Factory).

The Simpsons: The Complete Twelfth Season (2000-01) Four-disc set with 21 episodes, $49.98. Extras: Introduction by Matt Groening; commentaries on every episode with Groening and executive producers,writers, actors and directors; deleted scenes; animation showcases; original sketches; special language feature; and more. (Fox).

The Smurfs: Smurfy Tales Five uncut episodes of the hugely popular 1980's television series; $14.97. (Warner).

Sons of Anarchy Season One (2008) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $49.98. Extras: Behind-the-scenes making-of featurettes, cast and crew commentary on select episodes, deleted scenes, gag reel. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).

Surveillance (2009) Dir.: Jennifer Lynch; Julia Ormond, Bill Pullman, Pell James, Ryan Simpkins, French Stewart, Kent Harper, Michael Ironside. Somewhere deep inside the Santa Fe desert there's been a number of blood-curdling murders. The local police station apprehends three witnesses: Officer Jack Bennet, one of their own, tough, but affected by recent events; Bobby, high as a kite on cocaine; and Stephanie, an eight-years-old who has just witnessed her family being brutally murdered by two figures dressed in jumpsuits, gloves, boots, and horrifyingly disfiguring blue latex masks. FBI agents Elizabeth Anderson (Julia Ormond) and Sam Hallaway (Bill Pullman) arrive at the police station, and have three sets of stories to figure out. As the witnesses tell their stories one by one, the gruesome, murderous events unravel. But as the Feds begin to expose the fragile little details each witness conceals so carefully with a well practiced lie, they soon discover that uncovering "the truth" can come at a very big cost. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

The Swan Princess 2: The Secret of the Castle (2009) Direct-to-DVD animated adventure re-unites Princess Odette and Prince Derek with their old friends Jean-Bob, the fabulously French Frog; Speed, the patient Turtle; and Puffin, the eccentric bird, as they attempt to recover the Magic Orb from the evil Clavius; $14.94. (Sony).

Total Drama Island: The Complete Season (2008) Four-disc set with 28 episodes of the Cartoon Network animated "reality show," $34.99.(Warner).

Tribute (2009) Brittany Murphy, Jason Lewis, Tippi Hedren, Diana Scarwid. Lifetime TV movie based on the novel by best-selling author Nora Roberts. (Sony).

Tyson (2008) No-holds-barred documentary portrait of legendary and controversial former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. Directed by James Toback and narrated by Tyson.Extras: "A Day in the Life" featurette with Toback, red carpet premiere footage, commentary. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony),

Wedding Bros (Aka The Marconi Bros.) (2008) Direct-to-video comedy. Anthony and Carmine Marconi have been dutifully serving out life sentences in the family carpet business, but a chance run-in with the king of the Long Island wedding video business leads the brothers to unexpectedly join the outrageously zany world of wedding videography. Extras: Commentary, extended scene. (Universal).

Wyvern (2009) Barry Corbin, Nick Chinlund, Erin Karpluk. When global warming melts a prehistoric winged creature's icy tomb - the wyvern - no one in the town of Beaver Mills, Alaska is prepared for the nightmare to follow. Turning the small community into its new feeding ground, the wyvern unleashes a bloody killing spree forcing the helpless residents into a fight for their lives. Desperate to end the town's destruction, one resident sees only one option left -- steal the creature's egg from its nest and use it as bait. 15th installment in the "Maneater" series. (RHI Entertainment/Genius Products).

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