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DVD New Releases: September 28, 2010

Astonishing X-Men -Gifted (2010) The first arc in the three-part "Astonishing X-Men" home entertainment series of Marvel Motion Comics by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday. Deluxe DVD is featured with a graphic rich cover and a unique replica of comic book-style plastic sleeve packaging that bridges the comic book to DVD concept. $14.97. Extras: Visual history of the characters, behind-the-scenes: Marvel Knights Animation, "Marvel Super Heroes: What the ?, artists gallery. (Shout! Factory).

Babies (2010) Documentary look at one year in the life of four babies from around the world, from Mongolia to Namibia to San Francisco to Tokyo. Extras: "The Babies: Three Years Later," "Everybody Loves ... Your Babies" sweepstakes winners. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).

Dark Woods (2009) James Russo, Tracy Coogan, John Muscarnero, Mary Kate Wilesa. Critically acclaimed psychological thriller; tells the story of a young couple who move to a secluded cabin to cope with the wife's terminal illness. After the husband rescues a young girl from the abusive hands of her psychotic uncle, he is coerced by local law enforcement to allow her to stay with them. As the illness consumes the wife and the husband struggles with his own human connections, the young girl attempts to claim her place in this strange new family dynamic. (Vanguard Cinema).

Ellery Queen Mysteries: The Complete Series (1975-76) Six-disc set with 22 episodes, 59.98. (E1 Entertainment).

Family Guy: Partial Terms of Endearment (2010) The most infamous "Family Guy" episode, here uncensored: a ' poignant tale of what happens when Lois agrees to become a surrogate mother for an infertile couple against Peter's wishes. Extras: Live table read with the cast of "Partial Terms of Endearment," nine original songs including three never-before-released songs, "The Seth and Alex Almost Live Comedy Show," digital copy. (Fox).

Frozen (2010) Kevin Zegers, Shawn Ashmore, Emma Bell. Three skiers are stranded on a chair lift and forced to make life-or-death choices that prove more perilous than staying put and freezing to death. Extras: Commentary with the stars and filmmakers, four behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes.< B>Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds extra commentary with commentary with writer-director Adam Green, cinematographer Will Barratt and editor Ed Marx. (Anchor Bay).

Get Him to the Greek (2010) Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Rose Byrne, Sean Combs, Elisabeth Moss, Colm Meany, Nick Kroll, Aziz Ansari, T. J. Miller. Includes both rated and unrated versions. Available as a single DVD and two-disc Blu-ray and two-disc DVD sets. DVD Extras: Gag reel; Line-O-Rama; "Blind Medicine" promo for Sarah Marshall's new TV series; commentary by director Nicholas Stoller, cast members Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Rose Byrne, Elisabeth Moss, and producer Rodney Rothman; "Getting to Get Him to the Greek" documentary; "Getting In Tune With the Greek" documentary; "The Making of 'African Child'" documentary; five complete music videos featuring Aldous Snow, Infant Sorrow and Jackie Q; musical performances from Infant Sorrow's 1999 Greek Theater Concert and 2009 Comeback Concert, plus a peek at their infamous World Tour and the 2002 London Concert; deleted, extended and alternate scenes, including an alternate intro and ending; digital copy. Blu-ray adds: Additional and extended scenes; musical performances from "The Today Show" and VH-1 "Storytellers"; Karaoke: Sing-along to 15 outrageous songs; The actual auditions that landed Rose Byrne, Elisabeth Moss, Nick Kroll, Aziz Ansari and T.J. Miller their roles; instant access to stream a bonus movie by choosing one of three comedies: "Uncle Buck," "Dazed and Confused" or "Life" via BD-Live or a smartphone; BD-LIVE; MY SCENES bookmarks; Pocket BLU app; socialBLU. (Universal).

Helen (2008) Annie Townsend, Sandie Malia, Dennis Jobling, Sonia Savill. When an 18-year-old girl, Joy, goes missing, the police ask another girl, Helen - a few weeks away from leaving her care home - to "play" Joy in a police reconstruction that will retrace Joy's last known movements. Whereas Joy had everything, parent-less Helen has lived in institutions all her life and gradually begins to immerse herself into the role, visiting the people and places that Joy knew; quietly and carefully insinuating her way into the lost girl's life. (Vanguard Cinema).

Iron Man 2 (2010) Director: Jon Favreau. Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Mickey Rourke, Samuel L. Jackson, Sam Rockwell, Kate Mara, Clark Gregg, Garry Shandling, Jon Favreau, John SLattery. Available as a single-disc DVD, a two-disc DVD Special Edition, and a three-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. (Paramount).

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983) In this captivating, exhilaratingly skewed World War II drama from Nagisa Oshima, David Bowie regally embodies the character Celliers, a high-ranking British officer interned by the Japanese as a POW. Music star Ryuichi Sakamoto (who also composed this film's hypnotic score) plays the camp commander, who becomes obsessed with the mysterious blond major, while Tom Conti is British lieutenant colonel Mr. Lawrence, who tries to bridge the emotional and language divides between his captors and fellow prisoners. "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence" is a multilayered, brutal, at times erotic tale of culture clash that was one of Oshima's greatest successes. New, restored high-definition master. Extras: "The Oshima Gang," an original making-of featurette; video interviews with producer Jeremy Thomas, screenwriter Paul Mayersberg, actor Tom Conti, and actor-composer Ryuichi Sakamoto; "Hasten Slowly," an hour-long documentary about author and adventurer Laurens van der Post, whose autobiographical novel is the basis for the film; original theatrical trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film writer Chuck Stephens and a 1983 interview with director Nagisa Oshima by Japanese film writer Tadao Sato. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

Paranormal State: The Complete Season Four (2010) Two-disc set with 12 episodes, $24.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).

Rich Man, Poor Man: The Complete Collection (1976) Nine-disc set with all 34 episodes, $79.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).

Scrubs: The Complete Ninth Season (2009-10) Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $29.99. (Disney).

Scrubs: The Complete Series (Disney).

Secret Agent Aka Danger Man The Complete Collection (1964-67) Eighteen-disc set with all 86 episodes, $99.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010) Ninth entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe animated original PG-13 Movies. The Man of Steel and the Dark Knight unite once again, this time to battle the powerful forces of Darkseid. Two-disc set. Extras: "DC Showcase: Green Arrow" short, featurette: "Supergirl: The Last Daughter of Krypton," two bonus episodes from the animated television series. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

Super Size Me: Special Edition (2002) Six and one-half anniversary edition of the documentary following Morgan Spurlock's quest to expose the obesity problem facing America and to show how fast food restaurants - the McDonald's chain, in particular - have played their part in this epidemic. Extras: The 10 most asked questions about the film, Morgan Spurlock speaking engagement and Q&A with students of New Jersey's Rider College. (Virgil Films & Entertainment)

The Thin Red Line (1998) After directing two of the most extraordinary movies of the 1970s, "Badlands" and "Days of Heaven," American artist Terrence Malick disappeared from the film world for 20 years, only to resurface in 1998 with this visionary adaptation of James Jones's 1962 novel about the World War II battle for Guadalcanal. A big-budget, spectacularly mounted epic, "The Thin Red Line" is a deeply philosophical films, a thought-provoking meditation on man, nature, and violence. Featuring a cast of contemporary cinema's finest actors, the film is a kaleidoscopic evocation of the experience of combat. New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Terrence Malick and cinematographer John Toll. Extras: Commentary featuring Toll, production designer Jack Fisk, and producer Grant Hill; outtakes; video interviews with several of the film's actors, (including Jim Caviezel, Elias Koteas, and Sean Penn), composer Hans Zimmer, the film's editors (Billy Weber, Leslie Jones and Saar Klein), and writer James Jones's daughter Kaylie Jones; video interview with casting director Dianne Crittenden, featuring original audition footage; World War II newsreels featuring footage from Guadalcanal; original theatrical trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Sterritt and a 1963 essay by James Jones on war films. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

Top Gear Season 13 (1985) Four-disc set with 18 episodes, $39.98. (BBC/Warner).

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