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Arn: The Knight Templar (2007) Stellan Skarsgard, Simon Callow, Vincent Perez, Michael Nyqvist. Follows Arn's 12th century crusade as a Knight Templar from Sweden to the Holly Land, and away from his life's love, in pursuit of his mission to unite Sweden into one kingdom. Based on the best-selling novels featuring the Swedish crusader Arn Magnusson. Extras: Two behind-the-scenes featurettes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Entertainment One).

Astaire & Rogers Ultimate Collector's Edition Eleven-disc set with all 10 Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers movies restored and remastered: "Flying Down to Rio," "The Gay Divorcee," "Roberta," "Top Hat," "Follow the Fleet," "Swing Time," "Shall We Dance," "Carefree," "The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle" and "The Barkleys of Broadway"; plus a bonus disc documentary profile: "Astaire and Rogers Partners in Rhythm." $69.92. (Warner).

The Busby Berkeley Collection Ten-disc set with nine magical musicals showcasing the Berkeley touch of all-singing, all-dancing amazements: "42nd Street," "Gold Diggers of 1933," "Footlight Parade," "Dames," "Gold Diggers of 1935," "Gold Diggers of 1937," "Varsity Show," "Hollywood Hotel," "Gold Diggers in Paris," plus a bonus Busby Berkeley compilation disc with 21 astonishing musical sequences. $69.92. (Warner).

The Darjeeling Limited (2007) Director Wes Anderson; stars Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Anjelica Huston. Three estranged American brothers reunite for a meticulously planned, soul-searching train voyage across India, one year after the death of their father. For reasons involving over-the-counter painkillers, Indian cough syrup, and pepper spray, the brothers eventually find themselves stranded alone in the middle of the desert -- where a new, unplanned chapter of their journey begins. New high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Wes Anderson. Extras: Anderson's short film "Hotel Chevalier" (part one of "The Darjeeling Limited"), starring Natalie Portman, with commentary by Anderson; commentary featuring Anderson and co-writers Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola; behind-the-scenes documentary by Barry Braverman; Anderson and filmmaker James Ivory discuss the film's music; Anderson's American Express commercial; on-set footage shot by Coppola and actor Waris Ahluwalia; audition footage, deleted and alternate scenes, and stills galleries; booklet featuring an essay by critic Richard Brody and original illustrations by Eric Anderson. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

Dollhouse Season 2 (2009-10) Four-disc set with all 13 episodes, $49.98. Extras: Commentary by Joss Whedon and series writers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen; 28-page exclusive limited edition comic book by Dark Horse Comics. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).

Dynasty Collector's Edition (2009) Skiing and snowboarding documentary, featuring Narration by Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley, mind-blowing cinematography and an explosive soundtrack with True HD Audio on Blu-ray and 5.1 Surround Sound on DVD. (Shout! Factory).

The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter (1984) Gordon Liu, Kara Hui, Alexander Fu Sheng. Shaw Brothers kung-fu classic. After his family is ambushed and slaughtered, one surviving brother escapes to a monastery, where he masters bone-crushing pole-fighting techniques and plots his revenge. (Vivendi Entertainment/The Weinstein Company).

The Essential Bugs Bunny Two-disc set with 12 cartoons, TV specials, shorts, rare appearances, "Bugs Bunny: Ain't He a Stinker?" documentary. $26.99. (Warner).

The Extreme Hangover Edition (2009) Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Heather Graham, Sasha Barrese, Jeffrey Tambor, Ken Jeong, Rachael Harris, Mike Tyson, Mike Epps. Includes both the unrated and theatrical versions of the film. Extras: Contains an exclusive never before seen 28-page wedding album featuring missing photos from the ill-fated Vegas wedding and more incriminating photos from the lost camera that you couldn't see in theaters; commentary by Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Todd Phillips; "The Madness of Ken Jeong" non-stop improv; "The Dan Band!" performs "Fame"; gag reel; "Three Best Friends Song"; Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis "freestyle" their own song; "Map of Destruction"; "Action Mash-Up" compilation of all the physical comedy from the film. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds picture-in-picture commentary and BD-LIVE content: "Iron Mike Online Teaser" and "Cursing Mash-Up." (Warner).

Four Boxes (2009) Justin Kirk, Terryn Westbrook, Sam Rosen. Nothing is what it seems when three friends stumble upon the bizarre surveillance-cam website fourboxes.tv, where a man named Havoc (who sleeps in a cage and builds bombs in the basement of a dead man's destroyed suburban house) is seemingly hatching a plot to wipe out America. (Entertainment One).

I Am Love (2010) Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti, Edoardo Gabbriellini, Alba Rohrwacher, Pippo Delbono.
(Magnolia Home Entertainment).

It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002) Tis the night before Christmas and the Muppet Theater is in danger of being torn down. When bad goes to worse, Kermit begins to believe that the world would be a better place if he had never been born. With heavenly help and hilarious send-ups of just about every holiday movie ever made, Kermit and the Muppets discover what matters most is their love for each other. Features guest appearances by David Arquette, Joan Cusack and Whoopi Goldberg. (Universal).

Jonah Hex (2010) Josh Brolin, John Malkovich, Megan Fox, Michael Fassbender, Will Arnett, Tom Wopat, Wes Bentley. Available as a single DVD and DVD/Blu-ray Disc Combo Pack. Blu-ray Disc extras: which adds "The Weird Western Tales of Jonah Hex," "The Inside Story of Jonah Hex," additional scenes. (Warner).

The Lost Boys: The Thirst (2010) Corey Feldman, Tanit Phoenix, Jamison Newlander. Direct-to-video sequel. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

The Magician (1958) Director Ingmar Bergman; stars Max von Sydow, Gunnar Bjornstrand. An engaging, brilliantly conceived tale of deceit from one of cinema's premier illusionists. Von Sydow stars as Dr. Vogler, a mid-19th-century traveling mesmerist and peddler of potions whose magic is put to the test by a small town's cruel, eminently rational minister of health, Dr. Vergerus. The result is a diabolically clever battle of wits that's both frightening and funny, shot in rich, gorgeously gothic black and white. New, restored high-definition digital transfer. Extras: New visual essay by Bergman scholar Peter Cowie; brief 1967 video interview with director Ingmar Bergman about the film; booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoff Andrew, a reprinted essay by Assayas, and an excerpt from Bergman's autobiography "Images: My Life in Film." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

Saturday Night Live: Presents A Very Gilly Christmas Mischievous Gilly Kristen Wiig takes a look back at some of SNL's most memorable holiday sketches. $19.98. (Universal).

Seven Deadly Sins (2010) Dreama Walker, Jared Keeso, Rachel Melvin, Reila Aphrodite. Eric Close. Short-lived TV series based on Robin Wasserman's seven novels that follow a group of teens living in the town of Grace, California. (Vivendi Entertainment/RHI Entertainment).

Smokey and the Bandit: The 7-Movie Outlaw Collection The three original movies that turned Burt Reynolds and CB radios into national obsessions and the four television movies, $26.98. (Universal).

Strikeforce MMA (2009) Two-disc set of mixed martial arts fights from Showtime. (Showtime/CBS/Paramount).

You Might as Well Live (2009) Josh Peace, Michael Madsen, Stephen McHattie, Kristen Hager. On the advice of his childhood hero, Robert R. Mutt embarks on a madcap adventure to attain the three keys to being a "somebody" -- a girl, some money and a championship ring.Extras: Extras: Commentary, deleted scenes. (Entertainment One).

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