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Alice in Wonderland (2010) Director: Tim Burton. Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Alan Rickman, Barbara Windsor. Available as a three-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy), single-disc Blu-ray and single-disc DVD Extras: DVD "Finding Alice" featurette includes Tim Burton's vision for the characters, differences from the book and Disney's version of Alice and how she evolves as both a character and actor as she takes an adventure through Wonderland; "The Mad Hatter" is a deeper look into the world of the Mad Hatter, with Johnny Depp's early sketches, make-up, costumes and how they digitally enhanced his eyes; "Effecting Wonderland" is a behind-the-scenes piece on the different technologies used to create some of the characters in the film - Stayne, Tweedledee, Tweedledum, Bandersnatch and the Red Queen. Extras: Blu-ray Everything on the standard DVD plus: "The Futterwacken Dance - Futterwhat?" about the making of the timeless dance called the Futterwacken; "The Red Queen" featurette on the creation of the Red Queen from start to finish, including early Tim Burton sketches showcasing costume designs, make-up and digital effects; "Time-Lapse: Sculpting the Red Queen," a short time-lapse piece showing Helena Bonham Carter as she gets her make-up done (A three-hour process can be watched in just a few short minutes); "The White Queen" interview with Anne Hathaway, who plays Wonderland's good queen, about her character's journey throughout the process of the film; "Scoring Wonderland"; "Stunts of Wonderland"; "Making the Proper Size" inside look at the visual effects process of growing and shrinking Alice; "Cakes of Wonderland" with the "Cake Divas" in which the creators of the EAT ME cakes provide viewers with details about how they made the smallest crumb to the largest cake in scale; "Tea Party Props": Tea cups, saucers, cakes and more; prop master Doug Harlocker gives an overview of all the props used to bring the famous tea party scene together visually. (Disney).

The Barbara Stanwyck Show: Volume 2 Two-disc set with 12 of the 1960-61 series' most memorable half-hour dramas, previously unavailable, and restored and re-mastered for optimal viewing. The dramas include "Adventure on Happiness Street" starring Robert Culp and "Assassin" with Peter Falk. The set also includes the un-aired episode "Hong Kong and Joe" and a 16-page booklet. $29.98. (E1 Entertainment).

Bare Knuckles (2009) Jeanette Roxborough, Teya Roxborough, Chris Mulkey, Martin Kove. A single mother enters the world of Mixed Martial Arts -- specifically, the highly lucrative, extremely dangerous and completely illegal world of high-stakes all-female bare knuckle fighting - to take her and her daughter out of their dead-end existence. (Image Entertainment).

Burn Notice: Season Three (2009-10) Four-disc set with 16 episodes, $49.98. Extras: "Smash, Crash, Boom: Inside the Burn Notice Stunt Unit," 2009 Comic-con International Panel. (Fox).

The Cleaner: The Final Season (2009) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $39.99. Extras: "Coming Clean" featurette, "Warren Boyd: The Real Cleaner," gag reel, cast and crew commentary on selected episodes, deleted scenes. (CBS/Paramount).

Cornered! (2009) Steve Guttenberg, James Duval, Ellia English. During their nightly poker game, a group of lowlifes are terrorized in their own convenience store by a masked killer, and players begin to disappear one by one. (Phase 4 Films)

The Eastwood Factor Extended Version. (2010) Documentary, written and directed by critic and film historian Richard Schickel, presents the director-star in a way he's rarely seen - visiting film locations or sites where his movies were created, and on the Warner lot visiting the costume department and Eastwood Scoring Stage, as well as his hometown of Carmel, Calif. Eastwood's candid, intelligent and often humorous interviews about his body of work and the choices he made, along with Schickel's selection of scenes from his movies, results in a rare view of one of our era's great icons. Narrated by Morgan Freeman. This is an expanded version of the 22-minute documentary included in "Clint Eastwood: 35 Films, 35 Years at Warner Bros"; consumers who purchased that set can trade up to this new feature-length version at no cost by visiting www.wbshop.com/Eastwood. $14.97. (Warner).

Elvis 75th Birthday Collection Seven-disc Elvis Presley film set with "Clambake," "Frankie and Johnny," "Follow That Dream," "Kid Galahad," "Love Me Tender," "Wild in the Country" and "Flaming Star," $39.99. (MGM).

Essential Eastwood: Director's Collection "Letters From Iwo Jima," "Million Dollar Baby," "Mystic River" and "Unforgiven." $34.92.(Warner).

Essential Eastwood: Action Collection "Firefox," "Heartbreak Ridge," "Kelly's Heroes" and "Where Eagles Dare." $34.92. (Warner).

Firefly Fun and Buggy Buddies (2010) Three episodes that will educate children about insects with celebrity appearances by Jenny McCarthy and Molly Shannon, $14.97. (Sesame Street/Warner).

Foyle's War, Set 6 (2010) Three-disc set with three new mysteries set in England in the immediate aftermath of WWII: "The Russian Hose," "Killing Time" and "Hide," which aired on PBS Masterpiece Mystery! in May; $49.99. (Acorn Media).

Ghost Hunters International Season 1: Part 1, (2008) Three-disc set with 11 episodes, $24.98. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Image Entertainment).

Life (2010) Documentary narrated by Oprah Winfrey. Four-disc set of the Discovery Channel series that explores life on Earth. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

MLB Bloopers: Baseball's Best Blunders (2010) The game's finest athletes brought to their knees by gravity, brain cramps, killer kittens and anything else that can disrupt the symmetry of the game. $14.97. Extras: "Orioles Magic Music Video," "Ryan Dempster's Wheel Heist," "Mitch Williams Gives Larry Andersen Some Much Needed Hair," "Mascot Mayhem," "Tim Hudson Scares Eddie Perez," "Fun With Gum," "Fan-mania," "Drive to the Park." (Shout! Factory).

Midsomer Murders Set 15 (2008) Three contemporary, stand-alone mysteries, available to U.S. audiences for the first time: "Blood Wedding," "Shot at Dawn" and "Left for Dead" (the first half of Series Eleven). Extras: Behind-the-scenes documentary on the show's first decade. (Acorn Media).

Mister Ed: The Complete Third Season (2009) Four-disc set with 26 episodes, $39.97. Extras: Interview with Alan Young from Shokus Internet Radio's "Stu's Show." (Shout! Factory).

Peanuts 1970s Collection: Volume 2 (2009) Six remastered TV specials: "Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown," "You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown," "It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown," "It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown," "You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown" and "What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown." Extras: "Your Groovy, Charlie Brown: A Look at Peanuts in the '70s. $29.98. (Warner).

The Stranger (2010) Steve Austin, Adam Beach, Erica Cerra. Wrestling star Steve Austin is The Stranger, a man with no name, no memory and absolutely nothing left to lose who finds himself hunted by both the FBI and the Russian mob and decides to fight back. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).

The Three Stooges: Volume Eight 1955-1959 Three-disc set, $24.96. Contains 32 digitally remastered shorts from 1955-1959 and includes both Shemp Howard and Joe Besser. (Besser, a long-time friend of Howard, replaced him after Howard's death in 1955.) Disc 1: "Bedlam in Paradise," "Blunder Boys," "Creeps," "Flagpole Jitters," "Gypped in the Penthouse," "Hot Ice," "Husbands Beware," "Of Cash and Hash," "Stone Age Romeos," "Fling in the Ring," "Wham-Bam-Slam!" Disc 2: "Commotion on the Ocean" "Guns a Poppin!" "Hoofs and Goofs," "Horsing Around," "Hot Stuff," "A Merry Mix-Up," "Muscle Up a Little Closer," "Rumpus in the Harem", "Scheming Schemers," "Space Ship Sappy." Disc 3: "Outer Space," "Jitters," "Rusty Romeos," "Quiz Whizz," "Fifi Blows Her Top," "Pies and Guys," "Sweet and Hot," "Flying Saucer Daffy," "Oil's Well That Ends Well," "Triple Crossed," "Sappy Bullfighters." (Sony).

The Undisputed III: Redemption (2010) Scott Adkins, Mykel Shannon Jenkins. More martial arts action. (New Line).

The Wolfman (2010) Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt, Anthony Hopkins, Hugo Weaving, Simon Merrells, Gemma Whelan, Mario Marin-Borquez, Asa Butterfield, Cristina Contes, Art Malik, Malcolm Scates. Rated and unrated versions. (Universal).

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