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DVD New Releases: January 25, 2011

Bread Crumbs (2009) Amy Crowdis, Marianne Hagan, Dan Shaked, Steve Carey. Bizarre take on "Hansel & Gretel": A group of filmmakers are systematically attacked by two children on the set of a remote shoot. (Green Apple Entertainment).

Broadcast News (1987) In the 1970s, the name James L. Brooks ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Taxi," "Terms of Endearment," "The Simpsons") was synonymous with intelligent television comedy - his shows were insightful about work and love and always tapped into the zeitgeist. With his transition to film in the 1980s, he became a master Hollywood storyteller, and none of his films was more quintessentially Brooks than "Broadcast News." This caustic inside look at the Washington news media stars Holly Hunter, in her breakout role, as a feisty television producer torn between an ambitious yet dim anchorman (William Hurt) and her closest confidant, a cynical veteran reporter (Albert Brooks). Brooks's witty, gently prophetic entertainment is a captivating transmission from an era in which ideas on love and media were rapidly changing. Two-disc special edition with a new, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director James L. Brooks and editor Richard Marks. Extras: Commentary featuring Brooks and Marks; documentary on Brooks's career in television and film, featuring actors Marilu Henner ("Taxi") and Julie Kavner ("Rhoda," "The Simpsons") and several other of Brooks' collaborators; deleted scenes and an alternate ending, with commentary by Brooks; video interview with veteran CBS news producer Susan Zirinsky, one of the models for actress Holly Hunter's character and an associate producer on the film; featurette containing on-set footage and interviews with Brooks, Hunter, and actor Albert Brooks; original theatrical trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Carrie Rickey. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

Feed the Fish (2009) Tony Shalhoub, Ross Partridge, Katie Aselton. Joe Peterson is a burned-out children's book writer who's on the brink of a mid-life crisis. With his career at a standstill and his relationship in shambles, he leaves town with his best friend to do the Polar Bear Plunge in the dead of winter in Northern Wisconsin. On his quest for inspiration, Joe encounters three generations of a dysfunctional family that includes an obsessed law enforcement professional, a wise old fisherman and a muse with a pair of hockey skates. With the crew's help, Joe finds his lost passion, survives an assault by a tyrannical ex-girlfriend, and stays out of the way of the law. (Strand Releasing).

John Wayne: Bigger Than Life Three-disc set includes "McLintock!" (1963), "Bigger Than Life" (1990) documtenary covering the legend's life and films; "The American West of John Ford" (1971); and "No Substitute for Victory" (1970), hosted by Wayne, about the communist threat and its zenith in Vietnam. Extras: Rare TV appearances by Wayne on Art Linkletter's "People Are Funny" (1958); "The Colgate Comedy Hour" (October 11, 1953); "Wide Wide World" (1958) in a segment called "The Western"; and "The Lucy Show" (1966), in which Wayne plays himself. $24.95. (Synergy Entertainmnt).

Like Dandelion Dust (2009) Mira Sorvino, Barry Pepper, Cole Hauser, Kate Levering, Maxwell Perry Cotton. Based on the novel by New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury. Drama about the intertwined lives of two families and the struggles of parenthood. Joey has had a picture-perfect life with the privileged Campbell family until the day they receive a startling phone call telling them that Joey's birth parents want him back. (Fox).

Nowhere Boy (2010) Aaron Johnson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Anne Marie Duff, Thomas Brodie Sangster Extras: "Nowhere Boy: The Untold Story of John Lennon and the Creation of The Beatles" featurette, deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).

Of Boys and Men (2008) Robert Townsend, Angela Bassett, Victoria Rowell. A family is devastated when the wife and mother is killed in a senseless auto accident. Reeling with grief, each family member must find courage and vision to carry on, ultimately eager to do the mother proud. (Warner).

Open Season 3 (2010) Voices of Steve Schirrip, Crispin Glover, Ciara Bravo, Dana Snyder, Karley Scott Collins. Direct-to-video sequel. Boog, Elliot and all their forest friends return with an all-new adventure that takes them to the circus. Extras: Progression reel, "Runaway RV" game. Also available as a DVD/Blu-ray Disc. Combo Pack, which adds "Boog's Cannon Blast" game and "Rabbit Splat Mode." (Sony)

Road Reps (2009) Romantic comedy about a pharmaceutical sales rep who has to travel to Northern California to win over a reluctant client, only to find out that his competition is his estranged wife. (Vanguard Cinema).

Ronald Reagan Centennial Collection Eight-film set: "Dark Victory," starring Bette Davis; "Knute Rockne All-American," the actor's best remembered role ("win one for the Gipper!"); "Kings Row," an Academy Award nominee for Best Picture and arguably one of Reagan's best performances; "Desperate Journey" starring Errol Flynn; the Technicolor musical spectacular "Irving Berlin's This is the Army"; the wartime drama "The Hasty Heart;" the topical "Storm Warning" and "The Winning Team," with Reagan playing Hall-of-Fame baseball pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander. $59.92. (Warner).

Santa Sangre (1989) The term "cult director" applies to no one more than Chilean-born filmmaker and visionary shaman Alejandro Jodorowsky. Jodorowsky exploded onto the international scene with his notorious 1970s sensations "El Topo" and "Holy Mountain," films that redefined movies as both art and entertainment while single-handedly creating the midnight movie genre. Now Jodorowsky's long-unseen "Santa Sangre" will make its eagerly anticipated American Blu-ray and DVD debut. Legal frustrations with the films' owner (and Beatles manager) Allen Klein, as well as a failed attempt to direct a 14-hour movie adaptation of "Dune" starring Orson Welles and Salvador Dali, kept Jodorowsky from making movies for 16 years until his triumphant return with "Santa Sangre." Blanca Guerra, Guy Stockwell and the filmmaker's sons Axel and Adan Jodorowsky star in this surreal epic about a young circus performer, the crime of passion that shatters his soul and the macabre journey back to the world of his armless mother and deaf-mute lover. The internationally acclaimed tale of madness, passion and redemption will be fully restored and accompanied by a wealth of extras; $29.98 on DVD and $34.98 on Blu-Ray. Extras: Commentary by Jodorowsky and journalist Alan Jones; deleted scenes; theatrical trailer; Japanese trailer; "Forget Everything You Have Ever Seen: The World of Santa Sangre" feature length making-of documentary featuring all-new interviews with cast and crew; "For One Night Only: Alejandro Jodorowsky" Channel X U.K. 1990 documentary featuring interviews with Jodorowsky, Dennis Hopper, Marcel Marceau, Omar Sharif and others; "Goyo Cardenas Spree Killer": Documentary on the real life inspiration for "Santa Sangre"; on stage Q&A with Jodorowsky; Jodorowsky 2003 interview; composer Simon Boswell interviews Jodorowsky; "Blink Jodorowsky" short by Simon Boswell; "Close Your Eyes" music video by Simon Boswell; Adan Jodorowsky short film "Echeck." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Severin Films/MPI Media Group)

Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Season One Volume 1 (2010) The latest animated incarnation of Scooby-Doo, $14.97. (Warner).

Secretariat (2010) Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Dylan Walsh, James Cromwell, Kevin Connolly, Nelsan Ellis, Margo Martindale, Fred Thompson, AJ Michalka. Available as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and a single DVD. Extras: "Heart of a Champion" featurette, deleted scenes, AJ Michalka music video "It's Who You Are." Blu-ray Disc adds "Choreographing the Races" featurette, "A Director's Inspiration: A Conversation With The Real Penny Chenery," commentary by director Randall Wallace, more deleted scenes. (Disney).

Webster: The Complete First Season (1983-84) Three-disc set with 22 episodes, $29.93. Extras: Webster trivia game. (Shout! Factory).

What's the Matter With Kansas? (2009) Before the Tea Party movement had a name, author Thomas Frank's controversial New York Times bestselling book "What's the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America" explored the rise of conservatism in his home state of Kansas and exposed the contradictions of the movement. Based on Frank's book, director Joe Winston's critically acclaimed feature-length documentary similarly deals with the ascendancy of conservatism and how conservative political strategists won the hearts and minds of Americans, a movement now more visible and very much in effect all across America today. Extras: Extended and deleted scenes, commentary with the filmmakers, more. (Passion River Films).

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