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Aliens in the Attic (2009) Ashley Tisdale, Robert Hoffman, Carter Jenkins, Austin Butler, Ashley Boettcher, Henri Young, Regan Young, Tim Meadows, Gillian Vigman, Kevin Nealon Extras: Introduction with Ashley Tisdale, "The Ashley Encounters," deleted scenes, gag reel, "Behind the Zirkonians," "Meet the Zirkonians." Also available on Blu-ray Disc with a digital copy. (Fox).

Ancient Lives (2008) Four-part documentary reveals the daily lives of ancient Egyptians. Focusing on a village of royal tomb makers outside Thebes, archaeologist John Romer introduces the memorable personalities of scribes, high priests, and stonemasons through their 3,000-year-old manuscripts, artwork, and other relics. Extras: "Pharaohs' Liquid Gold," the quest to recreate ancient Egyptian beer documentary; 16-page viewer's guide with maps, "The Life of a Scribe," a history of Egyptian script, "The Making of Ancient Lives" by John Romer, more; Who’s Who among Egyptian Deities; "Real-Life Indiana Joneses: Archaeologists of Ancient Egypt." Two-disc set, $49.99. (Athena).

The Botany of Desire (2009) Based on Michael Pollan's best-selling book, showing how human desires are an essential, intricate part of natural history. Explores the natural history of four plants - the apple, the tulip, marijuana,and the potato - and the corresponding human desires - "sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and controlling nature" - that link the plants' destinies to our own. One of the great conceits of human civilization is to put ourselves outside nature - sovereign, constantly shaping and reshaping the wild for our own purposes; people as subjects and plants as objects. Taking these plants' perspectives of the world restores human activity to its proper place in the matrix of nature. $24.99. Extras: Deleted scenes,panel discussion, additional interviews. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (PBS).

The Christians Five-disc set of the 13-part documentary that examines Christianity not as a religious faith, but as a historical and cultural force that has inspired benevolence and conquest, sublime art and barbaric warfare through the centuries. Written and presented by noted author and British TV host Bamber Gascoigne, the series was syndicated on PBS in the 1980s. Extras: New introductory segment by Gascoigne; 16-page viewer's guide includes highlights, questions to consider, avenues for further learning, timeline, and more; "The Cultures of the Cross and Christ in Art" photo galleries; "Architects of the Faith" select bios of people influential to Christianity. $99.99. (Athena).

The Claudette Colbert Collection Six-disc set with "Three-Cornered Moon," "Maid of Salem," "I Met Him in Paris," "Bluebeard's Eighth Wife," "No Time for Love" and "The Egg and I"; $49.98. (Universal).

Dark Mirror (2007) Lisa Vidal, David Chisum, Joshua Pelegrin. A former photographer turned stay-at-home mom moves her family into a strange house filled with cut-glass windows and beveled mirrors that reflect to infinity. As she attempts to restart her photography career, she discovers to her utter horror that those she photographs die -- reflected in the chilling visions she sees in the house's mirrors. (IFC Films).

Dora the Explorer: Dora's Christmas Carol (2009) Animated Christmas adventure has Dora's friend Swiper getting on Santa's naughty list when he tries to swipe the Christmas Star from Dora's Nochebuena Party. To get back on the nice list, Dora must help Swiper travel to the past, the present, and the future to discover the true spirit of Christmas. $19.99. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).

Earth 2100 (2009) Powerful documentary that addresses head-on what most of us would prefer not to think about: that by the end of this century, life as we know it could come to an end. Emmy-winning broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff hosts this special that examines how, due to man-made climate change and other factors, civilization could crumble, leaving only faint traces of human existence behind. Unlikely as that seems, the film details the cutting-edge scientific research that makes our disappearance a genuine possibility. Woodruff's report also examines some of the strong preemptive measures that man must make now in order to undo the damage to the planet and secure the future. $14.98. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (MPI Home Video).

Food, Inc. (2009) Documentary lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing how our food supply is controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

Forrest Gump Box of Chocolates (1994) Dir.: Robert Zemeckis; Tom Hanks, Robin Wright Penn, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, Sally Field. Special edition of the film packaged in a "chocolate box" with chocolate scent, a commemorative booklet and a replica "Forrest Gump" feather bookmark. Extras: Commentary, "The Magic of Make-Up" featurette, "Through the Ears of Forrest Gump" sound design featurette; "Building the World of Gump" production design featurette; "Seeing Is Believing -- The Visual Effects of Forrest Gump," screen tests. (Paramount).

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) Dir.: Stephen Sommers; Stars: Dennis Quaid, Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller, Ray Park, Rachel Nichols, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Said Taghmaoui, Marlon Wayans, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Arnold Vosloo, Christopher Eccleston. Available as a two-disc DVD, single-disc DVD and two-disc Blu-ray. Extras: Commentary by director Stephen Sommers and producer Bob Ducsay, digital copy, "The Big Bang Theory: The Making of G.I. JOE," "Next-Gen Action: The Amazing Visual FX and Design of G.I. JOE." The two-disc DVD and Blu-ray packages will also feature augmented reality technology that will allow viewers to participate in an exclusive 3D holographic G.I. JOE combat experience, using their webcams and a special website. Fans will be able to choose between Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow, two of the most popular G.I. JOE and COBRA characters, and battle against their enemies one-on-one in an immersive 3D video game. (Paramount).

G.I. Joe: Resolute (2009) Eleven-part series features a more sophisticated animation style and story than prior G.I. Joe outings and intended for the adult fan that grew up with the brand in the 80s; it's an intense vision of the raging battle between the G.I. Joe team and the menacing COBRA organization. Extras: Interviews, "Joe Files", storyboards. (Paramount).

Happiness 101 With Tal Ben-Shahar (2009) Author and lecturer Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar brings one of Harvard University's most popular classes to PBS. Grounded in the positive psychology movement, Dr. Ben-Shahar combines scientific studies, scholarly research, self-help advice, and spiritual enlightenment to teach people how to become happier. Extras: Bonus video: Thirteen-minute Mindfulness Meditation class, printable guided exploration of the program and bonus video, including discussion questions and easy-to-follow exercises. $24.99. (PBS Distribution).

Hardwired (2009) Cuba Gooding Jr., Michael Ironside, Val Kilmer. Futuristic thriller has Cuba Gooding Jr. become the unwitting target of a dangerous corporation hell-bent on controlling mankind through brain implants and mind manipulation. Extras: "Connecting the Circuits" making-of featurette. (Sony).

Here's Lucy: Season Two (1969-70) Four-disc set with 24 episodes, $29.98. Extras: New episode introductions by Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr.; the featurette "Here's Lucy: On Location"; "Let's Talk to Lucy," a lost interview with Carol Burnett; "Treasures From Lucy's Vault," including home movies, "Lucy the Model" and "Golfing With Gleason"; photo gallery; production files; original CBS-TV promos. (MPI Home Video).

If I Die Tonight (2006) An intense look at the criminal justice system today and the way it treats blacks. The docu began in response to the shooting of Amadou Diallo by four members of the N.Y. Police Department Street Crimes Unit. Filmmaker Seyi quickly realized there are two sides to every story and that the truth is often found where you least expect it. From Diallo's sorrowful father lamenting that he is now the victim of police brutality to Maureen King, the widow of slain N.Y.P.D. sergeant Patrick King musing how life changes in a split second, the film tackles its subject through the lives and stories of those who live on both sides of an impenetrable divide. (Indican Pictures).

Irving Berlin's White Christmas Anniversary Edition (1954) Dir.: Michael Curtiz' Stars: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger, Mary Wickes. Two-disc set. Extras: Commentary by Rosemary Clooney, "White Christmas: A Look Back With Rosemary Clooney," original theatrical trailer, theatrical re-release trailer, "Bing Crosby: Christmas Crooner" featurette, "Danny Kaye: Joy to the World" tribute featurette, "Rosemary's Old Kentucky Home" tour featurette, "Backstage Stories from White Christmas," "Irving Berlin's White Christmas" featurette on the song itself, "White Christmas: From Page to Stage" featurette. (Paramount).

I Love You, Beth Cooper (2009) Dir.: Chris Columbus; Stars: Hayden Panettiere, Paul Rust, Jack Carpenter, Lauren Storm, Lauren London. Extras: Alternate ending, deleted scenes, "I Love You, Larry Doyle," "We Are All Different But That's A Good Thing" behind the scenes with the cast, "Peanut Butter Toast" improvised song by Paul Rust, "Fox Movie Channel Presents in Character With Hayden Panettie, "Fox Movie Channel Presents in Character With Paul Rust." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).

It's a Wonderful Life DVD Gift Set (1946) Dir.: Frank Capra; Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi, Frank Faylen, Ward Bond, Gloria Grahame, H.B. Warner. New two-disc DVD Shadow Box Gift Set. Extras: "The Making of It's a Wonderful Life" featurette hosted by Tom Bosley, "A Personal Remembrance" special tribute to Frank Capra narrated by his son Frank Capra Jr. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Paramount).

March of the Penguins Limited Edition Giftset (2005) Academy Award winning documentary. Narrated by Morgan Freeman. Chronicles the lives of the emperor penguins and their remarkable journey to find a mate and start a family. The film is an all-age, true-life adventure touched with humor, with breathtaking photography that puts you in the middle of the drama of devoted parent penguins who, in the face of fierce polar winters, take turns guarding their eggs and trekking to the ocean in search of food. Extras: Boxed set includes "On the Wings of a Penguin" new documentary revealing the lives and adventures of the African penguin, National Geographic's "Crittercam: Emporer Penguins," "Of Penguins and Men" behond-the-scenes featurette, "8 Ball Bunny" Looney Tunes classic cartoon, a plush African penguin toy, collectible postcards; $39.92. (Warner).

Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed In at the House Of Mouse (2001) Mickey and friends get snowed in at the house of mouse and learn about the true meaning of Christmas in this full-length adventure. A huge snowstorm leaves Mickey, Minnie and many other friends stranded, leading Mickey and his guests at the House of Mouse to whip up an impromptu party that includes instilling a "Humbug"-quacking Donald Duck with the holiday spirit. Everyone shares their home movies and even grumpy Donald starts to smile when they realize the "Best Christmas of All" is the one you share with friends and family. $26.99. Extras: Episode of animated series "House of Mouse," "The Sounds of Christmas" movie sound effects featurette, sing-along songs. (Disney).

Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs (2007) Uses sophisticated computer graphics and dramatic reconstructions to tell the story of one of the greatest archaeological finds: the late-19th century discovery of a cache of 40 mummies, including 12 kings of Egypt, among them the legendary Rameses the Great. Narrated by Christopher Lee. Created in the IMAX format and transferred at 8K. $19.98. Extras: Making-of featurette, "Meet the Mummies" featurette, mummies quiz. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).

Mutants (2008) Michael Ironside, Steven Bauer. A company's plan to create the most addictive food additive goes awry and the substance transforms humans into savage, bloodthirsty creatures. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (North American Motion Pictures).

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Ultimate Collector's Edition (1989) Chevy Chase, Randy Quaid, Beverly D'Angelo, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Juliette Lewis, Doris Roberts, Johnny Galecki, Miriam Flynn. 20th anniversary edition. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. Collectibles gift tin include a replica of Clark Griswold's holiday Santa hat, a set of holiday themed drink coasters with memorable quotes from the film, a box of faux snow, and an "I survived a Griswold Family Christmas" button. Exclusive to the Blu-Ray gift set is a collectible Moose figurine. Extras: Commentary by Randy Quaid, Beverly D'Angelo, Johnny Galecki, Miriam Flynn, director Jerimiah Chechnik and producer Matty Simmons. (Warner).

North by Northwest 50th Anniversary Editions (1959) Dir.: Alfred Hitchcock; Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis, Leo G. Carroll, Martin Landau. For its 50th anniversary, the film has received a meticulous restoration and remastering especially for this occasion with Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging scanning the original VistaVision production elements in 8K resolution. Available for the first time in premium Blu-ray DigiBook packaging, selling for $34.99, and as a Special Edition DVD, retailing for $24.98. Extras: "The Master's Touch: Hitchcock's Signature Style" featurette consists of interviews, clips, and behind-the-scenes footage to reveal what defines the unmistakable Hitchcock style; "North by Northwest: One for the Ages" features Guillermo del Toro, William Friedkin, Curtis Hanson and Francis Lawrence sharing their interpretations on the film's importance and its influence on their own work. The Blu-ray Book also contains 44 pages full of photos, film facts and "insider information." (Warner).

Not Forgotten (2009) Simon Baker, Paz Vega, Michael DeLorenzo, Chlore Moretz, Ken Davitian, Claire Forlani, Benito Martinez. A man and his wife must face their tortured pasts in order to save their kidnapped daughter in a Texas border town hell of barrios and bordellos controlled by the mysterious religion of La Santa Muerte. Extras: Commentary, behind-the-scenes featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay Entertainment).

The Rockford Files: Movie Collection - Volume 1 Two-disc set with four Rockford TV movies, $26.98. (Universal).

Ruby-Spears Superman (2008) Two-disc set with all 13 episodes of the animated Superman episodes created by veteran writers Joe Ruby and Ken Spears. In addition to Superman's weekly adventures, each episode also includes a mini-segment of a continuing series called Superman Family Album. $26.99. Extras: "Corruption of the Corrupt: The Rise of LexCorp" featurette. (Warner).

Say Anything 20th Anniversary Edition (1989) John Cusack, Ione Skye, John Mahoney, Lili Taylor, Joan Cusack, Jeremy Piven. DVD Extras: "A Conversation With Cameron Crowe" featurette; "I Love Say Anything ...! featurette; intro and commentary by Cameron Crowe, John Cusack and Ione Skye; alternate scenes; deleted scenes; extended scenes; vintage featurette; TV spots; photo gallery. Blu-ray Disc. Extras: All of the above plus "To Know Say Anything ... Is to Love It!" Trivia Track (over 200 questions) and "Say Anything ... 20 Years Later" retrospective featurette. (Fox).

The Shield: The Complete Series Collection (2002-08) Twenty-eight disc set with 88 episodes presented in a collectible 34-page bound anthology book, $159.95. Extras: Commentary, "Rampart" documentary about the Los Angeles Rampart division police scandal that inspired the series, "The Barn" behind-the-scenes set tour of "The Barn" where series was shot. (Sony).

Spin City: Season Three (1998-99) Four-disc set with 26 episodes, $39.99. (Shout! Factory).

Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Complete Season One (2008) Four-disc set with 22 episodes. Extras: Packaged with an exclusive 64 page production journal. Includes seven extended director's cuts with companion featurettes for each episode. $44.98. Also available on Blu-ray Disc with "The Jedi Temple Archives," an extensive database exploring test footage, early concept art, 3-D character and object turnarounds and early animation. (Warner).

TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Hitchcock Thrillers Two-disc set with "I Confess," "Strangers on a Train," "Suspicion" and "The Wrong Man"; $27.92. (Warner).

TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection Last four four-disc sets in the TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection series: Holiday: A Christmas Carol, Christmas in Connecticut, The Shop Around the Corner, It Happened on 5th Avenue; Comedy: Arsenic and Old Lace, A Night at the Opera, The Long, Long Trailer, Father of the Bride; Family: National Velvet, Lassie Come Home, Flipper, The Incredible Mr. Limpet; Hitchcock Thrillers: Suspicion, Strangers on a Train, I Confess, The Wrong Man. $27.92 per set. (Warner).

Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, The (2009) Dir.: Tony Scott; Stars: Denzel Washington, John Travolta, John Turturro, Luis Guzman, Michael Rispoli, James Gandolfini. Extras: Commentary by director Tony Scott, writer Brian Helgeland and producer Todd Black; "No Time to Lose: The making of Pelham 1 2 3"; "The Third Rail: The NYC Subway System"; "Marketing Pelham"; "From the Top Down: Stylizing Character." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).

Terminator Salvation The Machinima Series (2009) All six episodes of the animated series, $12.97. (Warner).

Walt Disney Treasures Wave IX: Zorro: The Complete First and Second Season (1957-59) Two six-disc sets housed in numbered, collectible black tin cases with all 78 episodes, $59.99 each. Each limited edition, individually numbered volume includes a Zorro pin, an authenticity certificate and exclusive lithograph. Features an introduction by Leonard Maltin. Extras: Four one-hour features that continued the Zorro storyline, originally airing in 1960-61 as part of "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color." (Disney).

Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut (2009) Five-disc set. Weaves together the "Tales of the Black Freighter" with the "Watchmen: Director's Cut." Extras: Commentary by director Zack Snyder and Dave Gibbons; "The Phenomenon: The Comic That Changed Comics"; "Real Super Heroes, Real Vigilantes"; "Mechanics: Technologies of a Fantastic World"; "Watchmen: Video Journals"; "My Chemical Romance Desolation Row"; "Under the Hood"; "Story Within a Story: The Books of Watchmen"; digital copy; "Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comic" (all 12 episodes). $43.87. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

Where God Left His Shoes (2007) John Leguizamo, Leonor Varela, David Castro, Samantha M. Rose. Leguizamo stars as Gulf War veteran and washed-up prizefighter who finds himself and his family evicted from their New York City home. But after months spent working as a day laborer and living in a homeless shelter, he finally receives good news on Christmas Eve: There's an apartment available in a nearby housing project if he can prove he's legally employed. As the rest of the city prepares for the holiday, he hits the cold streets in a desperate search to find a job -- and some hope -- by Christmas morning. (IFC Films).

Who Is KK Downey? (2008) Darren Curtis, Matt Silver, Pat Kiely, Kristin Adams. Feature-length debut from Canada's Kidnapper Films comedy troupe, poking fun at recent literary hoaxes in the media. Follows the story of two wannabes who decide they're sick and tired of trying to make a name for themselves the old-fashioned way. Terrance is trying to make it as a rock star, while Theo dreams of getting his first book published: "Truck Stop Hustler." After a string of humiliations, the two hatch a plan to turn Theo's fictional book into an autobiography by having Terrance dress up as the story's protagonist, KK Downey, and claim all the events as having happened to him. All of a sudden the book nobody wanted becomes an overnight literary sensation, and the duo realize their dreams of fame and fortune. But at what price? (IndiePix Films).

Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America. A Final Night with George W Bush (2009) In his first-ever HBO special, comedian-actor Will Ferrell takes viewers on a sentimental journey through the life, legend, and legacy of the 43rd U.S President, portraying George W. Bush in this live performance from Broadway's Cort Theater; $19.97. (HBO Home Entertainment).

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).

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