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DVD New Releases: February 22, 2011

Armless (2010) Janel Maloney, Daniel London. Armless tells the story of a man who suffers from Body Integrity Identity Disorder (B.I.I.D.), a real-life psychological condition in which an individual paradoxically doesn't feel "whole" unless he loses one or more major limbs. When he leaves his wife and goes to find a doctor willing to amputate his arms, it triggers a twisted romp filled with mistaken identities, missed chances, and tragic consequences. (Vanguard Cinema).

Car 54 Where Are You? The Complete First Season (2009) Four-disc set with 30 episodes, $39.98. Extras: Round table conversation between Bronx-raised comedian Robert Klein and two of the regular cast members -- Charlotte Rae, who played Sylvia Schnauser, and Hank Garrett, who played Officer
Ed Nicholson. (Shanachie Entertainment).

Clover (1997 - TV) Elizabeth McGovern, Ernie Hudson, Zelda Harris, Loretta Devine. Clover is a precocious 10-year-old black girl living with her widowed father, Gaten, on the family peach orchard in the Deep South. Shortly after remarrying, her father passes away leaving her in the sole custody of his new bride, a white woman whom she barely knows. (RHI Entertainment/Vivendi Entertainment).

Due Date (2010) Dir.: Todd Phillips; Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan, Juliette Lewis, Jamie Foxx. Extras: Complete "Two and a Half Men" scene, gag reel, more.Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

Fish Tank (2009) British director Andrea Arnold won the Cannes Jury Prize for the searing and invigorating "Fish Tank," about a 15-year-old girl, Mia (electrifying newcomer Katie Jarvis), who lives with her mother and sister in the depressed housing projects of Essex. Mia's adolescent conflicts and emerging sexuality reach boiling points when her mother's new boyfriend (a lethally attractive Michael Fassbender enters the picture. In her young career, Arnold has already proven herself to be a master of social realism (evoking the work of Mike Leigh and Ken Loach), investing her sympathetic portraits of dead-end lives with a poetic, earthy sensibility all her own. New high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Andrea Arnold, director of photography Robbie Ryan and editor Nicolas Chaudeurge, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Bonus features: All three of Arnold's short films: "Milk" (1998), "Dog "(2001) and the Oscar-winning "Wasp" (2003); video interview with actor Kierston Wareing; interview with actor Michael Fassbender from 2009; audition footage; stills gallery by on-set photographer Holly Horner; a booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Ian Christie. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

Get Low (2010) Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray, Lucas Black, Gerald McRaney, Bill Cobbs, Scott Cooper. Extras: Commentary by Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, director Aaron Schneider and producer Dean Zanuck; "The Deep South: Buried Secrets" featurette; "Getting Low: Getting Into Character" featurette; "A Screenwriter's Point of View" featurette; cast and crew Q&A, "On the Red Carpet." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony)

Have Gun Will Travel: Season Five, Volume 2 (1961-62) Three-disc set, $42.99. (CBS/Paramount).

Kennedy: Robert Kennedy and His Times (1985) Brad Davis, Veronica Cartwright, Ned Beatty, Cliff DeYoung, River Phoenix, Jason Bateman, Shannen Doherty. Miniseries based on the best-selling biography by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Kennedy family confidante Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Two-disc set, $19.94. (Sony).

Les Miserables (2010) 25th anniversary celebration of one of the most popular musicals ever written. Honoring 25 years of this incredible show, this momentous film captures the excitement of two magnificent sold-out performances that were watched live around the world. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).

Senso (1954) This lush, Technicolor tragic romance from Luchino Visconti stars Alida Valli as a 19th-century Italian countess who, amid the Austrian occupation of her country, puts her marriage and political principles on the line by engaging in a torrid affair with a dashing Austrian lieutenant, played by Farley Granger. Gilded with fearless performances, ornate costumes and sets, and a rich classical soundtrack, Visconti's operatic melodrama is an extraordinary evocation of reckless emotions and deranged lust from one of the cinema's great sensualists. In Italian with English subtitles. New, restored high-definition digital transfer, created in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna and Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation, supervised by director of photography Giuseppe Rotunno. Extras: "The Making of Senso," a new documentary featuring Rotunno, assistant director Francesco Rosi, costume designer Piero Tosi, and Caterina D'Amico, daughter of screenwriter Suso Cecchi D'Amico and author of "Life and Work of Luchino Visconti"; "Viva VERDI," a new documentary on Visconti, "Senso," and opera featuring Italian film scholar Peter Brunette, Italian historian Stefano Albertini, and author Wayne Koestenbaum; "The Wanton Countess," the rarely seen English-language version of the film; visual essay by film scholar Peter Cowie; "Man of Three Worlds: Luchino Visconti," a 1966 BBC special exploring Visconti's parallel masteries of cinema, theater, and opera direction; a booklet featuring an essay by filmmaker and author Mark Rappaport and an excerpt from actor Farley Granger's autobiography, "Include Me Out." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

Sunny & Share Love You (2007) Michele Mulroney, Micah Schraft, Mink Stole, Diedrich Bader, Chris Parnell, Martin Klebba. A washed up rock duo reinvents itself as a wildly inappropriate children's act. (Vanguard Cinema).

Sweet Smell of Success (1957) In the swift, cynical "Sweet Smell of Success," directed by Alexander Mackendrick ("The Ladykillers"), Burt Lancaster stars as barbaric Broadway gossip columnist J. J. Hunsecker, and Tony Curtis as Sidney Falco, the unprincipled press agent he ropes into smearing the up-and-coming jazz musician romancing his beloved sister. Featuring deliciously unsavory dialogue in an acid, brilliantly structured script by Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman and noirish neon cityscapes from Oscar-winning cinematographer James Wong Howe, "Sweet Smell of Success" is a cracklingly cruel dispatch from the kill-or-be-killed wilds of 1950s Manhattan. New, restored high-definition digital transfer. Extras: Commentary by film scholar James Naremore; "Mackendrick: The Man Who Walked Away," a 1986 documentary featuring interviews with director Alexander Mackendrick, actor Burt Lancaster, producer James Hill, and more; "James Wong Howe: Cinematographer," a 1973 documentary about the Oscar-winning director of photography, featuring lighting tutorials with Howe; video interview with film critic and historian Neil Gabler ("Winchell: Gossip, Power and the Culture of Celebrity") about legendary columnist Walter Winchell, inspiration for the character J. J. Hunsecker; video interview with filmmaker James Mangold about Mackendrick, his instructor and mentor; a booklet featuring an essay by critic Gary Giddins, two short stories by Ernest Lehman featuring the characters from the film, notes about the film by Lehman, and an excerpt from Mackendrick's book "On Film-making." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

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