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The Bible Stories: Jeremiah (1998) Patrick Dempsey, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Oliver Reed. $14.94. (Sony).

The Bible Stories: Solomon (1997) Ben Cross, Vivica A. Fox, Anouk Aimee. $14.94. (Sony).

Curious George: Goes to a Birthday Party! (2010) Eight episodes of the PBS KIDS TV series featuring Curious George as he takes a crack at a pinata, plans a surprise party, bakes a birthday treat, and more. $16.98. (Universal).

Defamation (2009) Intent on shaking up the ultimate "sacred cow" for Jews, Israeli director Yoav Shamir embarks on a provocative and at times irreverent quest to answer the question, "What is anti-Semitism today?" Does it remain a dangerous and immediate threat? Or is it a scare tactic used by right-wing Zionists to discredit their critics? Speaking with an array of people from across the political spectrum and traveling to places like Auschwitz and Brooklyn, Shamir discovers the realities of anti-Semitism today. His findings are shocking, enlightening and surprisingly often wryly funny. $24.95. (First Run Features).

The Disappeared (2008) Harry Treadaway, Greg Wise, Alex Jennings, Tom Felton. A young man responsible for the disappearance of his little brother at a playground years before is haunted by visions and voices that may or may not be his brother beckoning him. (IFC Films/MPI Media).

Dogora (2004) Acclaimed French filmmaker Patrice Leconte's ("Ridicule," "Girl on the Bridge," "Man On the Train" and "Monsieur Hire") documentary about Cambodia. During a visit there the director was inspired by the country and he created a sound and image voyage through the land and its people. From the city streets to rural villages, from factories to farmlands and beyond, Leconte explores the men, women and children of this ever-surprising Southeast Asia nation at work, play and peace, all moving at the speed of life. Features a symphony/choir score by French composer Etienne Perruchon. (Severin Films).

Everyman's War (2009) Cole Carson, Lauren Bair. Directed by Thad Smith, this poignant film follows the story of his father, Staff Sgt. Don Smith, of the 94th Infantry Division, during the Battle of the Bulge in 1945. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Virgil Films and Entertainment).

Extraordinary Measures (2010) Harrison Ford, Brendan Fraser, Keri Russell, Courtney B. Vance. Extras: "Extraordinary Measures: The Power to Overcome" featurette, "Meet John Crowley" featurette, deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds movieIQ+sync and BD-Live. (Sony).

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: The Complete Fifth Season (1994-95) Three-disc set with 25 episodes, $29.98. (Warner).

Gamera, the Giant Monster - Special Edition (1965) Eiji Funakoshi, Harumi Kiritachi, Junichiro Yamashiko, Jutaro Hojo. The original Japanese version of the first Gamera movie, the unedited original version, with English subtitles, presented in anamorphic widescreen from a newly restored HD master. Extras: 12-page booklet with an essay by director Noriaki Yuasa,photo gallery, trailers, more. $19.93. (Shout! Factory).

The Greatest American Hero: Season One (1981) Two-disc set with 8 episodes, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).

The Greatest American Hero: The Complete Series (1981-83) Nine-disc set with all 43 episodes, $29.98.

Hunter: Season Two (1985-86) Four-disc set with 23 episodes, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).

Invictus (2009) Dir.: Clint Eastwood; Stars: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge, Julian Lewis Jones, Marguerite Wheatley. Available as a standard DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo. Extras: "Matt Damon Plays Rugby," "Invictus" music trailer. Blu-ray adds "Vision, Courage and Honor: Clint Eastwood and the Power of a True Story" featurette, PIP: Clint Eastwood explains in-depth what attracted him to this important story and how he brought it to life on film, "Mandela Meets Morgan" featurette, a shortened version of the Richard Schickel documentary "The Eastwood Factor." (Warner).

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - The Fifth Year (2005-06) Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $59.98. (Universal).

The Louis L'Amour Collection Three American Frontier classics: The Sacketts" (starring Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott and Jeff Osterhage), "Conagher" (starring Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross) and "Catlow" (Yul Brynner, Richard Crenna and Leonard Nimoy), $19.97. (Warner).

The Messenger (2009) Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton, Jena Malone, Eamonn Walker. Extras: Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Oscilloscope Pictures).

Michael Jackson History: The King of Pop 1958-2009 (2009) This feature-length tribute includes contributions from Janet Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Paul Gambaccini and more. Jackson's story is told through news reports, including never-before-seen footage. $6.99. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).

Pulling John (2009) Feature-length verite shot over four years that follows legendary armwrestler John Brzenk, a living legend in a sport he helped popularize and who has enjoyed a 25 year run as the undefeated arm wrestling champion of the world. Brzenk works as an airline mechanic by day and now must decide whether to leave the sport he was raised on. Taking a journey to the far corners of the world where men define themselves by trying to beat the undisputed champ, the film visits with 23 year old Alexy Voevoda from Sochi, Russia, and Charlestown, West Virginia's 26 year old Travis Bagent, colorful characters who have been raised on the legend of Brzenk. And, in a philosophical and thrilling ride through human nature, the film culminates at the Zloty Tur Championship in Warsaw, where Bagent and Voevoda have the chance of their life to dethrone the conflicted champion. $24.95. (IndiePix Films).

Southern Gothic (2007) Yul Vazquez, Nicole DuPort, William Forsythe, Dani Englander, Jonathan Sachar, Emily Catherine Young. In the appropriately named town of Redemption, a burnt-out, suicidal strip club bouncer trying to atone for the death of his daughter sees a glimmer of hope when a new stripper arrives looking for work, and he bonds with the woman and her daughter, giving him new meaning in life. Meanwhile, a fire and brimstone preacher who makes it his crusade to "save" the new stripper is attacked by a band of wandering vampires and turned into a bloodsucker, and now aims his blood lust at the young girl. Kooky. (IFC Films/MPI Media).

The Spy Next Door (2010) Jackie Chan, Madeline Carroll, Alina Foley, George Lopez, Billy Ray Cyrus, Amber Valletta, Katherine Boecher Extras: Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Lionsgate).

30 Days: The Complete Series (2005-07) Six-disc set with all 18 episodes of the Morgan Spurlock TV series that features a diverse group of participants, each given the opportunity to experience first-hand a world antithetical to their own comfortable existence. $29.99. Extras: Commentary on "Minimum Wage," "Anti-Aging," "Muslims and America," "Straight Man in a Gay World," "Immigration," "Jail," "Working on a Coal Mine," and "Life on an Indian Reservation"episodes; Diary Cam for Season 1 episodes. (Virgil Films & Entertainment).

21 Jump Street: Season Two (1987-88) Four-disc set with 22 episodes, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).

Valentine's Day (2010) Dir.: Garry Marshall; Stars: Jessica Alba, Kathy Bates, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Eric Dane, Patrick Dempsey, Hector Elizondo, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Topher Grace, Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher, Queen Latifah, Taylor Lautner, George Lopez, Shirley MacLaine, Emma Roberts, Julia Roberts, Taylor Swift. Available as a Blu-ray combo pack with Blu-ray, DVD and Digital copy; also available as a standard DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds "The Stars Confess Their Valentine's Day Stories," gag reel, Jewel's "Stay Here Forever" Music Video, "The Garry Factor," commentary. (New Line).

Waiting for Armageddon (2009) America's 50-million strong Evangelical community is convinced that the world's future is foretold in Biblical prophecy, from the Rapture to the Battle of Armageddon. "Waiting for Armageddon" explores this apocalyptic worldview, from the homefront in America to the future battlefield of Israel. By weaving Christian, Zionist and Jewish perspectives along with telling archival materials, this eye-opening film also probes the potentially explosive alliance between Evangelical Christians and Israel - an alliance that may set the stage for what one Evangelical leader calls "World War III." $24.95. (First Run features).

Walkabout (1971) Dir.: Nicolas Roeg; Stars Jenny Agutter, Luc Roeg, David Gulpilil. A young sister and brother are abandoned in the harsh Australian outback and must learn to exist in the natural world, without their usual comforts. Along the way, they meet a young aborigine on his "walkabout," a rite of passage in which adolescent boys are initiated into manhood by journeying into the wilderness alone. "Walkabout" is a thrilling adventure as well as a provocative rumination on time and civilization. New, restored high-definition digital transfer, from a newly manufactured restoration element, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: commentary featuring director Nicolas Roeg and actress Jenny Agutter; interviews with Agutter and actor Luc Roeg; "Gulpilil: One Red Blood" (2002), an hour-long documentary on the life and career of actor David Gulpilil; booklet featuring an essay by author Paul Ryan. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

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