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Clone Hunter (2009) Ben Thomas, Angela Funk, David Ian Lee. In a future world where the wealthy can have their brains implanted in clones so they can be immortal, a bounty hunter is called in to track down a rogue clone. (Lifesize Entertainment).

Crumb (1995) Terry Zwigoff's landmark 1995 film is an intimate documentary portrait of underground artist Robert Crumb, whose unique drawing style and sexually and racially provocative subject matter have made him a household name in popular American art. Zwigoff candidly and colorfully delves into the details of Crumb's incredible career, as well as his past, including his family of reclusive eccentrics, some of the most remarkable people you'll ever see on-screen. At once a profound biographical portrait, a riotous examination of a man's controversial art, and a devastating look at a troubled family, "Crumb" is a genuine American original. New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Terry Zwigoff. Extras: Two audio commentaries, one from 2010 with Zwigoff, and one from 2006, featuring Zwigoff and critic Roger Ebert; outtakes and deleted scenes; stills gallery; booklet featuring an essay by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

Date Night (2010) Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Common, Taraji Henson, Leighton Meeste. Extended edition. Extras: Gag reel, extended car chase, "Directing Off Camera" featurette, "Date Night" PSAs (three versions), "Directing 301 With Shawn Levy," commentary by Levy. Also available on two-disc Blu-ray, which adds deleted scenes, extended scenes, disaster dates with the cast, Steve and Tina camera tests, live lookup digital copy. (Fox).

Death at a Funeral (2010) Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Chris Rock, Zoe Saldana, Loretta Devine, Danny Glover, Regina Hall, James Marsden, Columbus Short, Luke Wilson, Ron Glass, Keith David, Peter Dinklage. Extras: Commentary by director Neil LaBute and co-producer-star Chris Rock, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes "Family Album," "Death for Real" and "Death at a Funeral: Last Rites, Dark Secrets." Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds movieIQ+sync and BD-Live, digital copy of the film. (Sony).

The Diplomat (2009) Dougray Scott, Rachael Blake, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Richard Roxburgh, Claire Forlani, Don Hany. Scotland Yard Commander Julie Hales has discovered that British diplomat Ian Porter has dangerous ties to a notorious Russian trafficker in heroin. But the stakes are raised when an attempt on Porter's life leads Hales to a terrifying new discovery: a nuclear bomb previously belonging to the Soviet Union is missing and in the hands of the enemy. Now, with time running out, a life-and-death race is on to uncover Porter's true involvement in a global conspiracy and to prevent a nuclear annihilation. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Vivendi Entertainment).

Helen (2009) Ashley Judd, Lauren Lee Smith, Goran Visnjic. Judd shines as a talented music professor forced to come to terms with her debilitating depression; she finds solace through her friendship with Mathilda, a kindred spirit struggling with bipolar disorder. (E1 Entertainment).

The Joneses (2010) Demi Moore, David Duchovny, Gary Cole, Glenne Headly, Amber Heard. Extras: Deleted Scenes, Steve's job interview, Steve's post lifeimage career. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).

Just Say Love (2009) Robert Mammana, Matthew Jaeger. In this intelligent love story that journeys from bliss to devastation, gay Guy becomes involved with Doug, a construction worker, and believes he has found "the one" ... until their no-strings relationship comes to an agonizing end when Doug reveals he has a wife ... and baby on the way. (E1 Entertainment).

Looney Tunes Super Stars: Bugs Bunny Hare Extraordinaire Fifteen newly remastered shorts featuring everyone's favorite carrot-crunching,"wascally wabbit." Included is "Lumber Jack-Rabbit," which was directed by Chuck Jones and is the only Warner Bros. cartoon short produced in 3-D. Other shorts are directed by such legendary animators as Friz Freleng, Bob Clampett, Chuck Jones, Robert McKimson and Frank Tashlin. $19.98. (Warner).

Looney Tunes Super Stars: Daffy Duck Frustrated Fowl Fifteen newly remastered shorts devoted to that smart-aleck duck. Included is "People Are Bunny," which parodies Art Linkletter's show "People are Funny." Also featured is "This Is a Life?" which is a spoof the classic TV series "This is Your Life," where Elmer Fudd parodies host Ralph Edwards. A parody of Edward R. Murrow's TV series "Person to Person" is also featured on a short titled "Person to Bunny." Because the Daffy Duck shorts featured here are not edited for content, it is more suited for the adult collector than for young viewers. $19.98. (Warner).

Louie Bluie (1985) "Crumb" director Terry Zwigoff's first film is a treat: a documentary about the obscure country blues musician and idiosyncratic visual artist Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong, member of the last known black string band in America. As beguiling a raconteur as he is a performer, Louie makes for a wildly entertaining movie subject, and Zwigoff honors him with an unsentimental but endlessly affectionate tribute. New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Terry Zwigoff. Extras: Commentary featuring Zwigoff; outtakes and deleted scenes; illustrations by Howard Armstrong; stills gallery; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Michael Sragow. (The Criterion Collection).

Max Headroom: The Complete Series (1987-88) Five-disc set with all 14 episodes, $49.97. Extras: "Live on Network 23: The Story of Max Headroom" featurette; "Looking Back at the Future" roundtable discussion with stars Amanda Pays, Jeffrey Tambor, Concetta Tomei and Chris Young, moderated by Max Headroom superfan and creator of "The Middleman" Javier Grillo-Marxuach; "The Big-Time Blanks" featurette with Morgan Sheppard and Concetta Tomei; "The Science Behind The Fiction" featurette; "Producing Dystopia" featurette; "The Writers Remember"
featurette. (Shout! Factory).

Numb3rs: The Sixth Season (2009) Four-disc set with the last season's 16 episodes, $57.99. Extras: "Coming Full Circle: Numb3rs Season 6," "Pixel Perfect: The Digital Cinematography of Numb3rs," "The Women of Numb3rS," production photo gallery with Nicolas Falacci. (Paramount).

Say Goodnight (2008) Aaron Paul, Carly Pope, Shannon Lucio, Smith Cho, Rob Benedict, David Monahan, Christopher Gessner. Three guys tell the stories of how they met the loves of their lives, and how they managed to completely screw up the relationships. (MTI Home Video).

Tapped (2009) Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? From the producers of "Who Killed the Electric Car" comes this behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water. A couple of eye-opening facts about the business of water in our country: Each year, Americans buy 29 billion single-serve bottles of water. To transport that water we use over 18 million barrels of oil. And, in 2007, water was an $11.5 billion business. $19.98. Extras: Additional featurettes: "Central Valley and Agriculture," "Chemicals in the Water," "Infrastructure," "OC Water," "Oil and Water," "Privatization" and "World Water Crisis." (The Disinformation Company).

Trauma: Season 1 (2009-10) Four-disc set with 18 episodes, $39.98. (Universal).

Triage (2009) Colin Farrell, Juliet Stevenson, Paz Vega, Jamie Sives. Exploration of guilt, forgiveness and love that unravels the shocking tale of a battle-scarred war photographer who returns from covering the fighting in Kurdistan - without his colleagues - an entirely different person. (National Entertainment Media).

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