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DVD New Releases: January 18, 2011

Animal Kingdom (2010) Jacki Weaver, Guy Pearce, James Frecheville. When his mother dies from a heroin overdose, 17-year-old Josh Cody is taken in by his grandmother (W and uncles, the most notorious criminal gang in the city. So when tensions between the Codys and a squad of renegade cops land him at the center of a cold-blooded murder plot, Josh is forced to choose between his treacherous family and the lawless police. Extras: Commentary with writer-director David Michod, "The Making of Animal Kingdom," Q&A with David Michod and actors Jacki Weaver and James Frecheville. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).

Dallas: The Complete Fourteenth Season (1990-91) Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $39.98. (Warner).

Dark Skies: The Declassified Complete Series (1996) Six-disc set with all 19 episodes, Extras: International pilot, cast and creator commentaries, "Signal To Noise: Uncovering Dark Skies," network promos, "The Dark Skies Glossary," original sales presentation, EPK, never-before-seen Season Two proposal, special commemorative booklet, more. (Shout! Factory).

Death Race 2 (2010) Luke Goss, Fred Koehler, Tanit Phoenix, Robin Shou, Lauren Cohan, Patrick Lyster, Deobia Oparei, Hennie Bosman, Joe Vaz, Danny Keogh, Sean Higgs, Warrick Grier, Danny Trejo, Ving Rhames, Sean Bean. Direct-to-DVD prequel to Paul W.S. Anderson's 2008 "Death Race." Extras: Deleted scenes, Deleted Shots Montage, "The Race Begins: The Evolution of the Death Race" featurette, "Cheating Death: The Stunts of Death Race 2," "Fast Cars and Firearms: The Cars of Death Race 2," commentary by director Roel Reine. Also available on Blu-ray Combo Pack with digital copy, which adds BD-Live, MyScenes, pocketBlu. (Universal).

The Dogfather (2010) Chris Parnell, William Cuddy, Brandi Ward, Gerry Mendicino. Family comedy. When Sonny, a mobster's bulldog, swallows his master's precious ring and runs away, he soon has two harried henchmen on his tail. Finding a new home in the suburbs, Sonny is taken in by the Franks family but is soon dognapped by the bad guys, leading the family on an adventure to get their new pet back. (Image Entertainment).

Fire on the Amazon (1993) Craig Sheffer, Sandra Bullock, Juan Fernandez, Judith Chapman. A well-known environmental activist is killed while investigating the industrial greed that has led to the massive deforestation of Bolivia's Amazon jungle, and his assistant and a American photojournalist join forces to find out who committed this crime. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay Entertainment).

Jack Goes Boating (2010) Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Ortiz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Amy Ryan. A limo driver's blind date sparks a tale of love, betrayal, friendship, and grace centered around two working-class New York City couples. Extras: "Jack's New York" featurette, "From the Stage to the Big Screen" featurette, deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay Entertainment).

Justified: The Complete First Season (2010) Three-disc set with 13 episodes of the series based on the short story "Fire in the Hole" by crime novelist Elmore Leonard, $49.95. Extras: Cast and crew commentaries featuring Timothy Olyphant, Natalie Zea and executive producer Graham Yost; "What Would Elmore Do?" featurette; "The Story of Justified"; "Justified: Meet the Characters"; "Long Hard Times to Come" Shooting for Kentucky music video; "The Marshals"; "Season 2: A Look Back"; "The Story of Justified." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).

Marvel Knights Animation: Black Panther (2009) Marvel Knights Animation presents the highly anticipated domestic premiere of Reginald Hudlin and John Romita Jr's groundbreaking take on the first black super hero. Based on the hero introduced in 1966. Voices of Djimon Hounsou, Jill Scott, Kerry Washington, Alfre Woodard, Carl Lumbly, Stan Lee. Includes a graphic rich cover, plus a unique replica of comic book-style plastic sleeve packaging that bridges the comic book to DVD concept. Extras: "Looking Back at Black Panther With Reginald Hudlin" featurette, music video. (Shout! Factory).

Merlin: The Complete Second Season (2009) Five-disc set with 13 episodes, $49.98. Extras: Commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes, photo gallery, more. (BBC/Warner).

The Naked Kiss (1964) The setup is pure pulp: A former prostitute (a crackerjack Constance Towers) relocates to a buttoned-down suburb, determined to fit in with mainstream society. But in the strange, hallucinatory territory of writer-director-producer Samuel Fuller, perverse secrets inevitably simmer beneath a seemingly wholesome surface. Featuring radical visual touches, full-throttle performances, brilliant cinematography by Stanley Cortez ("The Night of the Hunter"), and one bizarrely beautiful musical number, "The Naked Kiss" is among Fuller's greatest, boldest entertainments. New, restored high-definition digital transfer. Extras: New video interview with star Constance Towers by film historian and filmmaker Charles Dennis; excerpts from a 1983 episode of the BBC's "The South Bank Show" dedicated to director Samuel Fuller; interview with Fuller from a 1967 episode of the French television series "Cineastes de notre temps"; interview with Fuller from a 1987 episode of the French television series "Cinema cinemas; original theatrical trailer; illustrations by cartoonist Daniel Clowes ("Eightball," "Ghost World") and a booklet featuring an essay by critic and poet Robert Polito and excerpts from Fuller's autobiography, "A Third Face: My Tale of Writing, Fighting, and Filmmaking." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

Paper Man (2008) Jeff Daniels, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Lisa Kudrow. A coming-of-middle-age comedy that chronicles the unlikely friendship between a failed author and a Long Island teen who teaches him a thing or two about growing up, all under the disapproving eye of his long-suffering wife and his imaginary superhero friend. Extras: Making-of featurette, deleted scenes, alternate scenes, extended scenes. (MPI Video).

The Ricky Gervais Show: The Complete First Season (2010) Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $29.98. (Warner).

Roger Corman's SciFi Classics Tripled feature (on two DVDs) produced and directed and by Roger Corman, featuring all new film transfers from the negatives: Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957), Not of This Earth (1957) and War of the Satellites (1958). Extras: "A Salute to Roger Corman" featuring new interviews with Roger Corman, Peter Fonda, Peter Bogdanovich, Joe Dante and many more; commentaries on "Attack of the Crab Monsters" and "Not of This Earth" by Tom Weaver, John Brunas and Mike Brunas, authors of "Universal Horrors"; "The Roger Corman Trailer Collection" with over 25 trailers produced and directed by Roger Corman; new interview with Roger Corman looking back at all three films. (Shout! Factory).

Shock Corridor (1963) In "Shock Corridor," the great American writer-director-producer Samuel Fuller masterfully charts the uneasy terrain between sanity and dementia. Seeking a Pulitzer Prize, reporter Johnny Barrett (Peter Breck) has himself committed to a mental hospital to investigate a murder. As he closes in on the killer, madness closes in on him. Constance Towers co-stars as Johnny's cool-headed stripper girlfriend. With its startling commentary on race in 60s America and daring photography by Stanley Cortez ("The Night of the Hunter"), "Shock Corridor" is now recognized for its far-reaching influence. New, restored high-definition digital transfer. Extras: New video interview with star Constance Towers by film historian and filmmaker Charles Dennis; excerpts from "The Typewriter, the Rifle and the Movie Camera," Adam Simon's 1996 documentary on director Samuel Fuller; original theatrical trailer; illustrations by cartoonist Daniel Clowes ("Eightball," "Ghost World") and a booklet featuring an essay by critic and poet Robert Polito and excerpts from Fuller's autobiography, "A Third Face: My Tale of Writing, Fighting, and Filmmaking." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

Stone (2010) Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Milla Jovovich. Extras: "The Making of Stone" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bat Entertainment).

Takers (2010) Matt Dillon, Idris Elba, Paul Walker, Chris Brown, Michael Ealy, Tip "T.I." Harris, Hayden Christensen, Jay Hernandez. Extras: Commentary by director John Luessenhop, producer Will Packer, producer Jason Geter and Tip "T.I." Harris; "Yeah Ya Know (Takers)" music promo by T.I. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds "Executing the Heist: The Making of Takers," "Take Action!" stunts featurette, movieIQ+sync and BD-Live. (Sony).

Up From the Depths/Demon of Paradise Double-Feature Collector's Edition Two Roger Corman-produced cult thrillers on one disc. (Shout! Factory).

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