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DVD Releases: January 23

  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: A Chipmunk Valentine (1983) Four Valentine-themed episodes from the "Alvin and the Chipmunks" TV series; $14.99. (Paramount).
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender -- Book 2: Earth -- Volume 1 Five episodes of the Nickelodeon Home Entertainment series. Extras: Original uncut animatic of the season's premiere episode, "The Avatar State." (Paramount).
  • Brokeback Mountain (2005) Dir.: Ang Lee; Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Linda Cardellini, Anna Faris, Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams, Randy Quaid. Two-disc collector's edition. Extras: "On Being a Cowboy" behind-the-scenes featurette, "Directing From the Heart: Ang Lee" featurette, "From Script to Screen: Interviews With (writers) Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana," "Sharing the Story: The Making of Brokeback Mountain," collectible postcards, more. (Universal).
  • The Chatterley Affair (2006) BBC drama inspired by D.H. Lawrence's banned novel. (Acorn Media).
  • Cocaine Cowboys (2005) Documentary on the cultural explosion sparked by the drug trade in 1980s Miami that still echoes as Hollywood myth today, $26.98. Extras: Commentary by director-producer Billy Corben and producer David Cypkin, "Hustlin' With the Godmother: The Charles Cosby Story," deleted scenes. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
  • Cowboy Del Amor (2006) Comic documentary that follows self-proclaimed "Cowboy Cupid" Ivan Thompson as he finds Mexican brides for disillusioned American men searching for the perfect wife. Extras: Cowboy Cupid "Ivanisms," deleted scenes, commentary. (Genius Products).
  • Cousin Bette (1971) BBC miniseries based on Honore de Balzac's novel; two-disc set $39.99. (Acorn Media).
  • Don't Knock the Rock/Rock Around the Clock Double Feature "Don't Knock the Rock" (1956) starring Alan Dale, Patricia Hardy, Alan Freed, Fay Baker, Little Richard and Bill Haley & His Comets; "Rock Around the Clock" (1956) starring Alan Freed, Bill Haley & His Comets, The Platters, Johnny Johnston, Tony Martinez and Frankie Bell and the Bellboys; $19.94. (Sony).
  • Fiddler on the Roof (2005) Dir.: Norman Jewison; Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Molly Picon, Paul Mann, Rosalind Harris, Michele Marsh, Neva Small, Paul Michael Glaser. Two-disc set. Extras: Commentary by director Norman Jewison and Topol , "The Songs of Fiddler on the Roof" featurette, "Interview With John Williams: Creating a Musical Tradition," "Interview With Tevye's Daughters" (with cast members), "Set in Reality" production design featurette, deleted scene: deleted song "Any Day Now," documentary: "Norman Jewison, Filmmaker," Easter egg: "Tale of the Beggar," featurette: "Historical Background" read by Norman Jewison with photographs by Ann Weiss, featurette: "Norman Jewison Looks Back," featurette: "Tevye's Dream in Full Colour," featurette: "The Stories of Sholam Aleichem" read by Norman Jewison, photo galleries, original production notes, production design and storyboards. (MGM).
  • The Guardian (2006) Director: Andrew Davis. Stars: Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher, Sela Ward, Melissa Sagemiller, Clancy Brown, Omari Hardwick. Extras: Commentary, alternate ending, "Making Waves" behind-the-scenes featurette, "Unsung Heroes" featurette, deleted scenes. (Buena Vista).
  • Hopeless Pictures -- Season One (2005) Two-disc set of the animated satire from IFC; $26.95. Extras: Commentary with director Bob Balaban, deleted scenes, storyboard gallery. (Genius Products and IFC Television).
  • The Invincible Iron Man (2006) Third movie in the Marvel animated feature series, $19.98. Extras: Alternate opening sequence, "The Original Iron Man" featurette, "The Hall of Iron Man Armor," Iron Man concept art, "A Look at Doctor Strange." (Lionsgate).
  • Jesus Camp (2006) Documentary. Extras: Commentary by directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, deleted scenes. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
  • La Moustache (2006) Vincent Lindon, Emmanuelle Devos, Mathieu Amalric. Extras: Making-of featurette, interview with director Emmanuel Carrere and editor Camille Cotte. (Koch Lorber Films).
  • Marvel Animated Features Collector's Gift Set: Three-disc set with the three Marvel animated features: "Ultimate Avengers: The Movie," "Ultimate Avengers 2" and "The Invincible Iron Man," $59.98. Extras: Iron Man "Marvel Icons" bust. (Lionsgate).
  • Monsters and Madmen Four-disc box set with two "drive-in" double-bills that take us from a grave past to a space-age future, spinning classic tales of hair-raising homicidal mania and intrepid, death-defying exploration: "The Haunted Strangler" (1958) starring Boris Karloff, "Corridors of Blood" (1958) starring Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee, "First Man Into Space" (1959) starring Marshall Thompson, and "The Atomic Submarine" (1959) starring Arthur Franz and Dick Foran. All new, restored high-definition digital transfers. $79.95. Extras: Commentaries by producers Alex and Richard Gordon and writer Tom Weaver; new interviews with actors, directors, and screenwriters who worked on the films; original trailers; radio spots; stills galleries; publicity and production photos; booklets featuring Fangoria's 1984 interview with producer John Croydon about Boris Karloff; new essays by Bruce Eder, Michael Lennick, and Maitland McDonagh. (The Criterion Collection).
  • Night Skies (2006) Jason Connery, A.J. Cook, George Stults. On March 13, 1997, several thousand people witnessed an unidentified flying object in Phoenix. On one desolate road, six strangers had a particularly harrowing experience with what became known as the "Phoenix Lights." Inspired by real events. (Sony).
  • The Puffy Chair (2005) Mark Duplass, Kathryn Aselton, Rhett Wilkins. Indie comedy about a cross-country mission by a young man who wants to deliver to his father a perfect birthday gift -- a giant purple LazyBoy. Extras: Commentary by director Jay Duplass and writer Mark Duplass, outtakes, deleted scenes, short films, Duplass brothers skits, interview with the Duplass brothers. (Genius Products).
  • Relative Strangers (2006) Danny DeVito, Kathy Bates, Ron Livingston, Neve Campbell. On a mission to locate his biological parents, a tightly wound professional finds that the couple who conceived him aren't exactly upper-class. (First Look Home Entertainment).
  • Robert Mitchum: The Signature Collection Six-disc set with "Angel Face," "Macao," "Home From the Hill," "The Sundowners," "The Good Guys and the Bad Guys" and "The Yazuka"; $59.92; $19.97 each. (Warner).
    * Angel Face (1952) Dir.: Otto Preminger; Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Herbert Marshall, Leon Ames. Extras: Commentary by author and historian Eddie Muller.
    * Macao (1952) Dir.: Josef von Sternberg; Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, William Bendix, Gloria Grahame. Extras: Commentary by author and historian Eddie Muller, screenwriter Stanley Rubin and actress Jane Russell; TCM Private Screenings with Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell, hosted by Robert Osborne.
    * Home From the Hill (1960) Dir.: Vincente Minnelli; Robert Mitchum, George Peppard, George Hamilton, Eleanor Parker.
    * The Sundowners (1960) Dir.: Fred Zinnemann; Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr, Peter Ustinov, Glynis Johns, Dina Merrill, Michael Anderson Jr. Extras: Vintage featurette "On Location With The Sundowners."
    * The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969) Robert Mitchum, George Kennedy, David Carradine, Tina Louise, Martin Balsum. Extras: Vintage featurette: "The Good Guy From Chama."
    * The Yakuza (1975) Dir.: Sydney Pollack; Robert Mitchum, Ken Takakura, Brian Keith Extras: Commentary by Pollack, vintage featurette "Promises to Keep."
  • Saw III (2006) Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Angus Macfadyen, Bahar Soomekh, Dina Meyer, Donnie Wahlberg. In rated and unrated versions. Extras: Commentary by director Darren Lynn Bousman and writer Leigh Whannell, commentary by editor Kevin Greutert and Bousman, commentary by the producers, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
  • Sherrybaby (2006) Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ryan Simpkins, Brad William Henke, Bridget Barkan, Sam Bottoms, Kate Burton, Danny Trejo, Giancarlo Esposito. (IFC/Universal).
  • This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006) Dir.: Kirby Dick; interviews with John Waters, Kevin Smith, Matt Stone, Darren Aronofsky, Kimberly Peirce, Allison Anders, David Ansen, Atom Egoyan, Steven Farber, more. Investigation into the MPAA film ratings system and its profound impact on American culture. Extras: Deleted scenes, Q&A with Kirby Dick, filmmaker's commentary. (Genius Products).
  • Troubled Waters (2006) Jennifer Beals, Shauna Black, Stewart Arnott, Olivia Ballantyne. Thriller with twists and turns about an FBI investigation into a kidnapping. (Genius Products).
  • Twist Around the Clock/Don't Knock the Twist Double Feature "Twist Around the Clock " (1961) starring Chubby Checker, Dion DiMucci, Vicki Spencer; "Don't Knock the Twist" (1962) starring Chubby Checker, Gene Chandler, Vic Dana, Linda Scott; $19.94. (Sony).
  • The 2006 FIFA World Cup Film: The Grand Finale (2006) Official FIFA sanctioned documentary provides an overview of all the tournament's action and drama. Also includes behind-the-scenes, off-the-field footage of the teams and fans, and exclusive interviews with key World Cup players; $24.96. (Sony).
  • Walker, Texas Ranger: The Complete Second Season (1994-95) Seven-disc set with 23 episodes, $54.99. (Paramount).
  • The Waltons: The Complete Fourth Season Five-disc set with 25 episodes, $39.98.
  • The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss: The Cat's Family and Friends Three episodes from the Nickelodeon TV series, $9.95. (Sony).
  • Yojimbo/Sanjuro: Two Films by Akira Kurosawa Available as a two-disc set ($69.95) and individually ($39.95 each). (The Criterion Collection).
    * Yojimbo (1961) Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai. All-new, restored high-definition digital transfer. Optional Dolby Digital 3.0 soundtrack preserving the original Perspecta Stereophonic simulated-stereo effects. Extras: Commentary by noted film historian Stephen Prince ("The Warrior's Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa"); 45-minute documentary on the making of "Yojimbo," created as part of the Toho Masterworks series "Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create," featuring director Akira Kurosawa, actor Tatsuya Nakadai, production designer Yoshiro Muraki, and longtime Kurosawa collaborator Teruyo Nogami; notes and statements by Kurosawa, actor Tatsuya Nakadai, cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa, and longtime Kurosawa associate Teruyo Nogami, and an essay by film scholar Alexander Sesonske.
    * Sanjuro (1962) Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai. All-new, restored high-definition digital transfer. Optional Dolby Digital 3.0 soundtrack preserving the original Perspecta Stereophonic simulated-stereo effects. Extras: Commentary by Stephen Prince, noted film historian and author of "The Warrior's Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa"; 35-minute documentary on the making of "Sanjuro," created as part of the Toho Masterworks series "Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create," featuring Kurosawa, actor Tatsuya Nakadai, production designer Yoshiro Muraki, and longtime Kurosawa collaborator Teruyo Nogami; notes and statements by Kurosawa, art director Yoshiro Muraki, actor Keiju Kobayashi, and longtime Kurosawa collaborator Teruyo Nogami, and an essay by film critic Michael Sragow.

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