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DVD New Releases: October 19, 2010

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Ultimate Edition (2004) Three-disc set, $39.92. Extras: New features: "Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 3: Creatures" and "Tour Nick Dudman's Creature Shop"; additional featurettes: "Creating the Vision" interview with J.K. Rowling and the filmmakers, "Conjuring a Scene: Creating Buckbeak and the Dementors for the Screen," additional scenes, more; 48-page creatures photo book; two collectible character cards: Hermione Granger, Sirius Black; Year 3 lenticular card; bonus digital copy of the theatrical film. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Ultimate Edition (2005) Three-disc set, $39.92. Extras: New feature: "Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 4: Sound & Music"; additional featurettes: "Preparing for the Yule Ball," conversations with the cast, reflections on the fourth film, more; 44-Page sound & music photo book, two collectible character cards: Ronald Weasley, Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody, Year 4 lenticular card, digital copy of the theatrical film. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

Holy Rollers (2010) Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Bartha A Rabbinical student gets involved in the gritty drug smuggling scene in Manhattan and Amsterdam. Based on a true story of how nearly one million ecstasy pills were imported into the country in the 1990s using orthodox Hasidic Jews as carriers, their strict religious dress making them less likely to have their bags searched in customs. (First Independent Pictures/Vivendi Entertainment).

Mirrors 2 (2010) Nick Stahl, William Katt, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Christy Carlson Romano. When Max, a recovering addict, takes a job as a nighttime security guard, he begins to see visions of a young mysterious woman in the store's mirror: It turns out the woman was brutally murdered in front of the mirror - a portal to the world of the undead - and she has embarked on a murderous rampage to get the men and women responsible for her horrific death. Extras: "The Other Side: Making Mirrors 2," "Keeping It Real: The Visual and Special Effects of Mirrors 2," deleted scenes, "Into the Mirror" (original Korean film). Also available on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, which adds Picture in Picture: Watch "Mirrors 2" with the Woman in the Mirror. (Fox).

Monster A-Go Go: Special Collector's Edition (1965) June Travis, Peter Thompson, Phil Morton. Directed by Bill Rebane and Herschell Gordon Lewis. Billed as "The picture that could set our space program back at least 50 years" and voted "The Worst Movie Ever" by Mystery Science Theater 3000. An astronaut about to be launched into space is being prepped for his galactic voyage with doses of "radiation repellent," but the doctor really gives him doses previously tested only on animals. As the mission ends and the space capsule parachutes back to earth, it crash-lands in a field and the astronaut disappears, replaced by a monster who begins wreaking havoc in the area. Extras: Commentary by director Bill Rebane; two short films not seen since their original theatrical release, "Twist Craze" (produced as a short subject/added attraction for the 1961 premiere of Frank Capra's "Pocket Full of Miracles" at Chicago's Oriental Theatre) and "Dance Craze" (1962, released internationally); original theatrical trailer; 24-page booklet with a reprint of a 1965 Scary Monsters magazine article about the making of the film. (Synergy Entertainment).

Oceans (2009) Directed by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud (both of "Winged Migration"). The two filmmakers venture in, on and around our seas to discover photogenic oddities and endangered wonders, diving deep into the very waters that sustain all of mankind - exploring the playful splendor and the harsh reality of the weird and wonderful creatures that live there. A breathtaking and unprecedented high-definition journey to discover nature's mysteries, showcasing creatures captured on film for the first time and highlighting the colorful symphony of animals that live under the sea. Narrated by Pierce Brosnan. Available as a standard DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD). For every Blu-ray Combo Pack or DVD purchased between October 19 and 25, Disney will contribute a portion of sales to The Nature Conservancy. (Disney).

Please Give (2010) Director: Nicole Holofcener. Stars: Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Sarah Steele, Ann Morgan Guilbert, Rebecca Hall, Amanda Peet. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featuette, outtakes, Nicole Holofcener Q&A clips. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).

Predators (2010) Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Walton Goggins, Oleg Taktarov, Laurence Fishburne, Danny Trejo, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali. Extras: Commentary by Robert Rodriguez and director Nimrod Antal; Motion Comics: "Moments of Extraction" (two prequel vignettes voiced by the cast) and "Crucified"; "De-cloaking the Invisible: Alien Terrain" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds an expanded "Moments of Extraction" motion comic with six vignettes, "Evolution of the Species: Predators Reborn" six-part featurette ("Bloodline," "De-cloaking the Invisible: Alien Terrain," "Intelligent Design: The Hunting Camp," "Predators as Prey," "Yuatja Transformed," "Rite of Passage"); "The Chosen" featurette; Fox Movie Channel presents "Making a Scene"; deleted and extended scenes; BD-Live extras: Exclusive "Predators" features; "Live Lookup" powered by IMDB. (Fox).

The Psycho Legacy (2010) Two-Disc special edition DVD set that explores the history, impact and mystique of "Psycho" and the films that it spawned. Interweaving rare and never-before-seen interview footage with Anthony Perkins and dozens of interviews with the "Psycho" films' cast, crew, writers and directors including Robert Loggia, Olivia Hussey, Henry Thomas, Diana Scarwid, Tom Holland, Hilton Green, Mick Garris, Richard Franklin, as well as other writers and directors in the horror genre, including Stuart Gordon ("Re-Animator"), Adam Green ("Frozen"), Joe Lynch ("Wrong Turn 2"), Michael Gingold and Tony Timpone from Fangoria, and many more. $19.93. Extras: Extended and deleted scenes, panel discussion with Anthony Perkins, the "Psycho" reunion panel, a tour of the Bates Motel, "Revisiting Psycho II," "Shooting Psycho II," a visit with "Psycho" memorabilia collector Guy Thorpe, "Psycho" on the Web, the Hyaena Gallery presents serial-killer-inspired art. (Shout! Factory).

Shoot the Hero! (2010) Jason Mewes, Samantha Lockwood, Danny Trejo, Nic Nac, Nicholas Turturro, Paul Sloan, Fred Williamson. A thirtysomething couple unintentionally become involved in a botched jewel heist while shopping for wedding rings. Extras: Video production diaries, video director's diaries, photo gallery. (Virgil Films & Entertainment).

Wallander (2010) Two-disc set with three 90-minute features starring Kenneth Branaugh as Kurt Wallander, a police inspector in the Swedish town of Ystad: "Faceless Killers," "The Man Who Smiled" and "The Fifth Woman," $34.98. Extras: "Wallander Country" location featurette, "Being Kurt Wallander" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (BBC/Warner).

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