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All My Friends Are Funeral Singers (2010) Angela Bettis, Emily Candini, Reid Coker, Kevin Ford. Rather than rattling old chains, the spirits in this film play experimental music in the upstairs bedroom of a psychic adviser's home. Zel the psychic is very good at her chosen profession, but she also receives some unique assistance. For as long as she can remember she has shared her home with a group of ghosts, a priest, a bride, a mute child, some washed up vaudevillians and a noisy group of sight-impaired musicians who pass on incredible knowledge and abilities from beyond the world of the living. The ghosts came with the building, inherited by Zel from her mystic-minded grandmother, but now they want out. (IndiePix Films).

Butterfly Dreaming (2008) Andrew Bowen, Missy Crider, James McDaniel. Anxious dreams, hallucinations, and paranoid reality torment a young math professor in the aftermath of his wife's death in a car accident. (Vanguard Cinema).

By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volume 2 (1955-2003) Criterion's first volume of the anthology "By Brakhage" brought 26 astonishing works by the avant-garde film pioneer Stan Brakhage to home video for the first time. In this second installment, Criterion presents 30 more of Brakhage's innovative creations, from 1950s films to his final work, from 2003. Highlights of this collection include the antiwar film "23rd Psalm Branch"; hand-painted films from the Persian Series; "The Wonder Ring," made for a commission by Joseph Cornell; the autobiographical "Scenes from Under Childhood, Section One"; his only found-footage film, "Murder Psalm"; and much more. New high-definition digital transfers of all 30 films. Extras: "Brakhage on Brakhage," a collection of video encounters with the filmmaker; "For Stan," a short film by Marilyn Brakhage; excerpts from a 1990 interview with Brakhage; footage from Brakhage's salon at the University of Colorado; audio recordings of two lectures by Brakhage; booklet featuring film program notes by Marilyn Brakhage and write-ups of the films by Brakhage expert Fred Camper. Volume 2 is available in a Blu-ray Disc set with Volume 1. (The Criterion Collection).

Dwizzle Dee - Colors, Sizes, Songs & Imagination! (2010) A new preschool educational DVD series approved and endorsed by The Dove Foundation and KIDS FIRST! The DVD series teaches fundamentals such as colors, sizes and shapes with the help of characters Lenny, Penny and Gifford, and their teacher, Ms. Ashley. Featuring colorful live-action puppet characters together with animation, the series encourages children to participate in all of the fun and stimulating adventures in Ms. Ashley's classroom, using repetition, imagination, songs and fun problem solving. $14.95. Extras: Sing-a-long songs, printable coloring page, "El Gato," an animated video short of Frankie Corrigan's children's book "El Gato!" (Cinema Werx).

Flashpoint: The Second Season (2009) Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $42.99. Extras: Stunts and weapons featurettes. (Paramount).

Dear John (2010) Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried, Richard Jenkins, Henry Thomas, D.J. Cotrona, Cullen Moss, Gavin McCulley, Jose Lucena Jr., Keith Robinson, Scott Porter. Extras: Deleted and alternate scenes; alternate ending; outtakes; "A Conversation With Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried and Lasse Hallstrom"; "Transforming Charleston"; "Military in Movies: Dear John's Military Advisors"; "Mr. Tyree, The Mule, and Benny Dietz"; "The Story of Braeden Reed." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).

In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great (1998) Two-disc of the four-part miniseries. Combining popular history with adventure and travel, historian Michael Wood embarks on an Odyssey of discovery, following the ancient triumphal march of Alexander of Macedonia from Greece to India, to uncover the truth behind one of history's most famous and enigmatic heroes. $34.98. Extras: "Alexander's Greatest Battle," newly filmed interview with Wood. (Warner).

Leverage - The Second Season (2009-10) Four-disc set with 15 episodes, $39.99. Extras: Commentary, Q&A with the series' creators, set tour, spoof video, Season Two wrap party, gag reel, behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Paramount).

Royal Pains: Season One (2009) Three-disc set with 12 episodes, Extras: Commentary, "Dr. Irv Danesh: The Real Doctor of Royal Pains," Paulo's video blogs. $59.98.(Universal).

Stagecoach (1939) This is where it all started. John Ford's smash hit and enduring masterpiece revolutionized the Western, elevating it from B movie to the A-list. The quintessential tale of a group of strangers thrown together into extraordinary circumstances, nine passengers traveling a dangerous route from Arizona to New Mexico - "Stagecoach" features outstanding performances from Hollywood stalwarts Claire Trevor, John Carradine, Thomas Mitchell, and, of course, John Wayne, in his first starring role for Ford, as the daredevil outlaw the Ringo Kid. Superbly shot and tightly edited, Stagecoach (Ford's first trip to Monument Valley) is Hollywood storytelling at its finest. New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: Commentary by noted western authority Jim Kitses; "Bucking Broadway" (1917), a 54-minute silent western by John Ford, with new music by Donald Sosin; extensive video interview with Ford from 1968; video interview with Dan Ford, biographer and grandson of the director, about Ford's home movies; video interview with filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich; video essay by writer Tag Gallagher; video feature about Monument Valley; video interview with stunt coordinator Vic Armstrong about "Stagecoach's" stuntman Yakima Canutt; radio dramatization of "Stagecoach" from 1949; booklet featuring an essay by David Cairns and the short story that inspired the film. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

Tell Tale (2009) Josh Lucas, Lena Headey, Brian Cox. Inspired by the Edgar Allan Poe story "The Tell-Tale Heart," this modern adaptation follows a single father whose recently transplanted heart leads him on a frantic search to find the donor's killer before a similar fate befalls him. Extras: Also Available on Blu-ray Disc. (Genius Products/Vivendi Entertainment).

True Blood: The Complete Second Season (2009) Twelve episodes, $59.99. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (HBO Home Video).

The Unidentified (2008) Jay Sullivan, Lauren Shannon, Erin Ecklund. An aspiring journalist comes of age midst a struggle between apathy and idealism in today's youth culture. (Vanguard Cinema).

The Virginian: The Complete First Season (1962-63) Ten-disc collector's set in an embossed tin package with all 30 episodes, restored and remastered, $79.98. Extras: All-new interviews with actors James Drury, Gary Clark, Roberta Shore, Robert Fuller and Peter Brown. (Timeless Media Group/NBC Universal).

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