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BlackAdder Remastered: The Ultimate Edition (1983) Six-disc set of the BBC series starring Rowan Atkinson as the comic villain Edmund Blackadder in the enormously popular comedy series that follows Blackadder in send-ups of the Middle Ages, the Elizabethan age, the Regency period, and World War I. $79.98. Extras: Commentaries, interviews. (Warner).

Blood: The Last Vampire
(2009) Gianna Jun, Allison Miller, Koyuki, Michael Byrne, Colin Salmon. Based on the cult Japanese anime feature of the same name and the hit "Blood +" television series, this live-action version tells the story of Saya, a female warrior on a centuries old quest to rid the world of blood sucking vampires. Extras: "The Making of Blood: The Last Vampire" featurette, "Battling Demons: Behind the Stunts" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).

Blood +: Part 2
(2007-08) Five-disc set with 25 episodes, $119.95. Extras: "Inside Blood +" featurette. (Sony).

Blood, Sweat + Gears
(2009) Inspirational story of America's only ProTour cycling team, a team devoted not only to cleaning up the sport of cycling but to winning the Tour de France. Setting off from the frozen roads of a Colorado winter, racing over the dangerous cobblestones of the Spring classic Paris-Roubaix, and finally arriving to the Champs-Elysees, the grand Parisian boulevard which marks the end of the Tour de France, this documentary takes viewers on an incredible emotional journey, following the ups and downs of an underdog cycling team as they try, against all odds, to ride triumphantly into Paris. $29.95. (First Run Features).

Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary
(2009) Featuring interviews with 38 directors and 163 film clips from classics such as "Grey Gardens" and "The Thin Blue Line," as well as recent work like "Darwin's Nightmare" and "Touching the Void," this documentary on documentaries explores the complex creative process that goes into making non-fiction films. Deftly charting the documentarian's journey, it poses the question: can film capture reality? From cinema-verite pioneers Albert Maysles and Joan Churchill to maverick moviemakers like Errol Morris, Werner Herzog and Nick Broomfield, the worldís best documentarians reflect upon the unique power of their genre. Two-disc set, $29.99. Extras: Additional interviews. (First Run Features).

(2009) Dir.: Stephen Frears; Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathy Bates, Rupert Friend, Iben Hjejle, Felicity Jones. Extras: "The Making of Cheri," deleted scenes. (Miramax).

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Complete Series
Forty-two discs with all 159 episodes and two feature-length movies, $149.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).

The Elephant King
(2008) Ellen Burstyn, Tate Oliver, Josef Sommer. Provocative story of two American brothers, Oliver and Jake Hunt, adrift in an exotic world they don't fully understand. Ellen Burstyn stars as a domineering mother who dispatches her young, introverted son Oliver off to Thailand to do anything he can to lure his reckless, older brother Jake back home to face fraud charges. But Oliver finds the intoxication of Thailand hard to resist. (E1 Entertainment).

Faerie Tale Theatre: Bedtime Tales
(Features updated versions of the timeless tales "Jack and the Beanstalk," "Sleeping Beauty," "Rip Van Winkle" and "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" from "Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre" series which ran on Showtime from 1982-1987. Highlights: Vanessa Redgrave portrays Sleeping Beauty's evil stepmother, while her magical mirror is played by Vincent Price and Francis Ford Coppola takes on the story of Rip Van Wrinkle. $14.98. (E1 Entertainment).

Faerie Tale Theatre: Magical Tales
(Features updated versions of the timeless tales "Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp," "Beauty and the Beast," "Puss in Boots" and "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" from "Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre" series which ran on Showtime from 1982-1987. Highlights: Susan Sarandon stars as Beauty and Tim Burton directs James Earl Jones, Leonard Nimoy and Valerie Bertinelli in "Alladin." $14.98. (E1 Entertainment).

Fawlty Towers Remastered Special Edition
(1975) Three-disc set of the entire BBC series starring John Cleese as Basil Fawlty, the much put-upon, hard-working hotel manager whose life is plagued by dead guests, hotel inspectors, and riff-raff. With his nagging wife Sibyl, he runs their hotel, Fawlty Towers, with a little help from the unflappable Polly and the trainee waiter from Barcelona with marginally more intelligence than a monkey. $49.09. Extras: Commentary by John Cleese, featurette, interviews, outtakes. (Warner).

Hawaii Five-O: The Seventh Season
(1974-75) Six-disc set with 24 episodes, $49.99. (Paramount).

Homicide: Life on the Street: The Complete Series
Thirty-five disc set with all 122 episodes, $149.95. Extras: Three "Law & Order" crossover episodes, "Homicide: The Movie," more. (A&E Home Entertainment).

The Hunger: The Complete Second Season
(2009) Four-disc set with 22 uncut episodes, $39.98. Demons, vampires, and fantasy run wild in a mesmerizing cross between "The Twilight Zone" and "Tales from the Crypt" in this half-hour series hosted by music and film icon David Bowie and produced by Tony and Ridley Scott; $39.98. (E1 Entertainment).

I Am Because We Are
(2009) Produced, written, and narrated by Madonna. Profiles her journey exploring the lives and suffering of children who have been orphaned by AIDS. Set in Malawi, Africa, a country with more than 1 million orphans, Madonna spotlights heart-wrenching stories that ultimately remind us how interconnected we all are. Trying to find out as much as possible about the children of one of the poorest countries on the planet, Madonna highlights her own experiences and defines her own personal discoveries. Features former President Bill Clinton, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Professor Jeffrey Sachs and Dr. Paul Farmer. Extras: Deleted scenes, interviews, photo gallery. (Virgil Films & Entertainment).

In Search of Santa Claus
(2009) A revealing pop history look at the amazing transformation of a holy man into a treasured icon of Christmas joy, $9.98. (Smithsonian Networks/Infinity Entertainment Group).

Iron Man: Armored Adventures
(2009) Six episodes from the Nicktoons Network series for boys aged 6-11, $16.95. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Marvel Entertainment/Genius Products).

It's Garry Shandling's Show: The Complete Series DVD Box Set
(1986-90) Anxiously awaited DVD box set will be comprised of 16-DVDs featuring the complete 72 episodes from the entire four seasons, a payload of bonus content and much more -- all collected in a lavish package. Garry Shandling and Shout! Factory are currently developing a wide range of in-depth bonus content, including extensive featurettes, commentaries, outtakes and much more. (Shout! Factory).

The L Word: The Complete Final Season
(2009) Four-disc set with eight episodes, $59.99. (Paramount).

Last of the Living
(2008) Morgan Williams, Ashleigh Southam, Robert Faith, Emily Paddon-Brown, Mark Hadlow, Carl Voss, Mark Hamilton. After a deadly virus has turned humankind into flesh-eating zombies, three slackers spend their days lounging in their skivvies, drifting from one vacant house to another, until they meet a girl who may have a cure for the outbreak. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).

Night of the Creeps
(1986) Tom Atkins, Jason Lively, Steve Marshall, David Paymer, Jill Whitlow. Director's cut of the camp classic about a small college town ravaged by killer slugs from outer space, with the original ending. The feature directorial debut of cult horror director Fred Dekker. A college couple in 1959 see an object plummet to Earth and when they investigate it, the boy accidentally swallows a space-slug that shoots into his mouth. Seventeen years later, two freshmen roam the campus and stumble across the frozen corpse of the boy; once thawed out, the corpse comes to life, unleashing the killer slugs. Extras: Cast commentary; commentary by writer-director Fred Dekker; deleted scenes; alternate ending for the theatrical version; trivia track; six behind-the-scenes featurettes: "Birth of the Creeps," "Cast of the Creeps," "Creating the Creeps" effects, "Escape of the Creeps" post-production; "Legend of the Creeps" cult popularity; and "Tom Atkins: Man of Action; footage from the June 2009 cast reunion screening at The Original Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. (Sony).

Numbers: The Fifth Season (2008-09) Six-disc set with 23 episodes, $60.90. (Paramount).

One Fast Move or Iím Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur
A journey through the locations that inspired Jack Kerouac's soul-searching memoir "Big Sur," including the Beat haunts of New York's Greenwich Village, San Francisco's North Beach, and an isolated cabin in a fog-banked Big Sur canyon. More than 30 musicians, actors, writers, and poets tell the story of Big Sur and help unearth what made the book a classic work. Featured are writer Sam Shepard, singer Patti Smith, singer Tom Waits, actress Amber Tamblyn, actor Donal Logue, actor John Ventimiglia, poet Lawrence Ferlinghette, poet Aram Saroyan, and many more. F-stop/Atlantic Records will release a limited edition box set of the album and DVD of "One Fast Move or Iím Gone: Kerouacís Big Sur," a day before the anniversary of the legendary author's death. Included will be the album, a DVD of the film, an excerpt of unpublished manuscript from Kerouac, never before seen photos, a copy of "Big Sur," and much more, for $49.99. A CD of the album will also be available individually ($12.99) or as part of a package with a DVD of the film ($19.99). The album will additionally be released on 180 gram vinyl with the DVD included ($24.99).

Peanuts 1970s Collection, Volume 1 Two-disc set with six "Peanuts" TV features: "You're Not Elected, Charlie Brow," "There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown," "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving," "It's a Mystery, Charlie Brown," "Play It Again, Charlie Brown," "It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown." $29.98. Extras: "Woodstock: Creating Snoopy's Sidekick," digital download of two songs. (Warner).

Planes, Trains and Automobiles Those Aren't Pillows Edition
(1987) Dir.: John Hughes' Stars: Steve Martin, John Candy. Extras: "Getting There is Half the Fun: The Story of Planes, Trains and Automobiles"; "John Hughes for Adults"; "A Tribute to John Candy"; deleted scene "Airplane Food." (Paramount).

Plastic Man: The Complete Collection
(2008) Four-disc set with 36 classic cartoons, $44.98. Produced by Ruby-Spears Productions and Hanna-Barbera Productions, "The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show" first aired in 1979 Saturday mornings on ABC, right after "Super Friends." (Warner).

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live
(2009) Time Life commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a comprehensive collection of performances compiled from a quarter century of induction celebrations. The collection boasts 125 remarkable performances by the most influential and significant figures in rock music history, as well as the speeches, toasts and roasts by which these members of rock royalty salute each others' accomplishments. History is made when legendary artists such as Mick Jagger and Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen and Bono, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Tom Petty, take the stage for once-in-a-lifetime collaborations. The set includes nine DVDs, eight of them featuring an assortment of performances spanning more than two decades of ceremonies, as well as induction and acceptance speeches, and never-before-seen backstage and rehearsal footage. A ninth DVD features "The Concert for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," a star-studded concert event which opened the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland in 1995. Available exclusively online for $119.96 via www.RockHallDVDs.com or www.TimeLife.com. The deluxe collector's package also includes nine essays from award winning music journalists and historians Rob Bowman, Holly George-Warren, Michael Hill, Dave Marsh, Charlie McCardell and Andy Schwartz. (Time Life).

Route 66: Season Three, Volume Two
(1963) Four-disc set with 15 episodes, $29.98. (Infinity Entertainment).

Saturday Night Live: The Best of Amy Poehler
(2009) Single-disc, $19.99. Extras: Dress Sketch 1, Dress Sketch 2, "Update" outtakes, photo gallery, commentary by Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers. (Universal).

That Was the GDR
(1993) A four-part DEFA documentary, this astonishing chronicle of the German Democratic Republic (or as we called it, East Germany) features illuminating interviews complemented by rare archival materials from film, photographs, posters, caricatures, popular songs and speeches. Former citizens both prominent and unknown reflect on cultural, economic and political developments from the founding of the GDR in 1949 to German unification in 1990. This is the ultimate film history of events such as the suppression of the Prague Spring in 1968, the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, economic stagnation, Stasi activity, and the popular upheavals that finally brought down the state. Two-disc set, $29.95. (First Run Features),

They Killed Sister Dorothy
(2008) Documentary. Sister Dorothy Stang, a 73-year-old Catholic nun from Dayton, Ohio, was shot six times at point blank range at the mouth of the Amazon River. The events that led to her death, and the trials that follow, reveal the larger battle being fought for the future of the rainforest. Narrated by Martin Sheen. $24.95. (First Run Features).

Top Chef: New York: The Complete Season Five
(2008-09) Four-disc set, $29.95. Extras: Never-before-aired Stew Room footage, extended interviews, cooking demonstrations, an exclusive mini cookbook and a free game demo. (A&E Home Entertainment).

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
(2009) Dir.: Michael Bay; Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro, Isabel Lucas, Rainn Wilson. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary by Michael Bay, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman; "The Human Factor: Exacting Revenge of the Fallen" featurette; "Seeds of Vengeance - Development and Design" featurette; "Domestic Destruction - Production: United States" featurette; "Joint Operations - Production: Military" featurette; "Wonders of the World - Production: Middle East" featurette; "Start Making Sense - Editing" featurette; "Under the Gun - Visual Effects" featurette; "Running the Gauntlet - Post-Production and Release" featurette; "A Day with Bay: Tokyo" featurette; "25 Years of Transformers" Hasbro featurette; "NEST: Transformer Data-Hub" conceptual artwork created by the production for 12 of the most popular Autobots and Decepticons from the film; "Deconstructing Visual Bayhem" multi-angle pre-visualization sequences; extended scenes; Linkin Park's "New Divide" music video. The Blu-ray and two-disc DVD packages also will feature augmented reality technology that will allow owners to interact with a holographic image of Optimus Prime utilizing their webcams and a special website. Fans will be asked to piece together the Matrix of Leadership to bring Optimus Prime back to life, help repair his armor and calibrate his weapons by actually controlling his aim during target practice. (Paramount).

UFC 100: Making History
(2009)High-octane showcase of the biggest names in the world of mixed martial arts: UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar defends his title against Interim Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir and UFC Welterweight champion Georges "Rush" St-Pierre fights the number one contender Thiago "Pitbull" Alves. $19.97. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (About Anchor Bay Entertainment).

Vega$: The First Season, Volume 1
(1978) Three-disc set with 11 episodes, $36.98. (Paramount).

William Castle Film Collection
The master of ballyhoo who became a brand name in movie horror with his outrageous audience participation gimmicks and promotions (including wiring theater seats to vibrate in key scenes of "The Tingler" and providing nurses offering blood-pressure tests in the lobby of theaters screening "Homicidal") will be remembered by Sony with a five-disc set featuring eight of the legendary producer-director's most notable films, including "The Tingler" (1959), "13 Ghosts" (1960), "Homicidal" (1961), "Mr. Sardonicus" (1961) and "Strait-Jacket" (1964). Also included in the collection are "Zotz!" (1962), "The Old Dark House" (1963) and "13 Frightened Girls" (1963), each making their DVD debuts. Extras: Commentaries; original theatrical openings; alternate sequences; vintage footage; original theatrical trailers; two episodes of the television series "Ghost Story," produced by Castle; "Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story" (2007), an acclaimed documentary on Castle by director Jeffrey Schwarz that won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2007 AFI Film Festival; featurettes: "The Magic of Illusion-O," "Psychette: William Castle and Homicidal," "Homicidal Youngstown, Ohio Premiere," "Battleaxe: The Making of Strait-Jacket," "How to Plan a Movie Murder," "Scream For Your Lives: William Castle and The Tingler," Joan Crawford wardrobe and axe tests for "Strait-Jacket." $80.95. (Sony).

Wings of Desire
(1987) Dir.: Wim Wenders; Bruno Ganz, Peter Falk, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Curt Bois. New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Wim Wenders. "Wings of Desire (Der Himmel uber Berlin)" is one of cinema's loveliest city symphonies. Bruno Ganz is Damiel, an angel perched atop buildings high over Berlin who can hear the thoughts, fears, hopes, and dreams of all the people living below. But when he falls in love with a beautiful trapeze artist, he is willing to give up his immortality to come back to earth to be with her. Made not long before the fall of the Berlin Wall, this stunning tapestry of sounds and images, shot in black and white and color by the legendary Henri Alekan, is movie poetry. Extras: Commentary by Wenders and Falk; "The Angels Among Us" (2003), a documentary featuring interviews with Wenders, Falk, Ganz and Otto Sander, writer Peter Handke, and composer Jurgen Knieper; excerpt from "Wim Wenders Berlin Jan. 87," an episode of the French television program Cinema cinemas, including on-set footage; interview with director of photography Henri Alekan; deleted scenes and outtakes; excerpts from the films "Alekan la lumiere" (1985) and "Remembrance: Film for Curt Bois" (about the actor who plays Homer in "Wings of Desire"); notes and photos by production designer Heidi Ludi and art director Toni Ludi; booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Atkinson and writings by Wenders and Handke. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead
(2009) Janet Montgomery, Tom Frederic, Tamer Hassan, Gil Kolirin. Direct-to-video sequel has Three Finger and his mutant family overrun with trouble when some of the most vicious killers in the country escape into the woods from a bus transporting them to prison. Extras: "Action, Gore and Chaos!" featurette, "Brothers in Blood" featurette, "Three Finger's Fight Night" featurette, deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).

Wrong Turn Trilogy
Three-disc set with "Wrong Turn," "Wrong Turn 2: Dead Ahead" and "Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead ," $39.98. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).

You Must Remember This - The Warner Bros. Story
(2008) Clint Eastwood narrates Richard Schickel's perceptive five-episode, 85th-anniversary salute to the studio that gained a four-footed hold with an unlikely star (Rin Tin Tin), championed tough guys and dames who gave the Depression and the Nazis the raspberry, countered the boxoffice onslaught of TV and emerged as a 21st-century giant. $29.98. (Warner).

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