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Brute Force (1947) Dir.: Jules Dassin; Burt Lancaster, Hume Cronyn, Charles Bickford, Yvonne De Carlo, Ann Blyth. Prison melodrama that takes a critical look at American society. New, restored high-definition digital transfer Extras: Commentary by film noir specialists Alain Silver and James Ursini; new interview with Paul Mason, author of "Capturing the Media: Prison Discourse in Popular Culture"; stills gallery; new essay by film critic Michael Atkinson. (The Criterion Collection).

Bye Bye Brazil (1979 -- Brazil) Dir.: Carlos Diegues; Jose Wilker, Betty Faria. (New Yorker Video).

Freedom Writers (2007) Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Glenn, Imelda Staunton. Extras: Commentary by director-writer Richard LaGravenese and Hilary Swank, deleted scenes, "Making 'A Dream'" featurette, "Freedom Writers Family" featurette, "Freedom Writers: The Story Behind The Story," photo gallery. (Paramount).

George and the Dragon (2004) James Purefoy, Piper Perabo, Patrick Swayze, Michael Clarke Duncan. Family adventure about an English knight who returns from the Crusades to battle a dragon to save a damsel in distress; originally aired on Sci Fi Channel. (First look Home Entertainment).

George Lopez: The Complete First and Second Seasons Four-disc set with 28 episodes, $39.98. Extras: "Inside the Mind of George Lopez" featurette, gag reel. (Warner).

History Boys, The (2006) Richard Griffiths, Clive Merrison, Frances de la Tour, Stephen Campbell Moore, Sacha Dhawan, Samuel Anderson, Dominic Cooper, Andrew Knott, Samuel Barnett, Russell Tovey, Jamie Parker, James Corden. Extras: Commentary by director Nicolas Hytner and writer Alan Bennett, "History Boys Around the World: The Tour Diaries," "Pass It On: The History Boys on the Screen" behind-the-scenes featurette. (Fox).

Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep (2006 - TV) Victoria Pratt, Jack Scalia, Charlie O'Connell. Marine expedition to find a legendary Greek opal is threatened by an undersea creature. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).

La Haine (1995) Vincent Cassel, Hubert Kounde, Said Taghmaoui. Gritty, unsettling, and visually explosive look at the racial and cultural volatility in modern-day France. New, restored high-definition digital transfer. Extras: New English-language audio commentary by writer-director Mathieu Kassovitz; new introduction by Jodie Foster; "Social Dynamite," a new documentary featuring interviews with Sophie Body-Gendrot, William Kornblum and Jeffrey Fagan; stills gallery of behind-the-scenes photos; new essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau; a statement by Costa-Gavras; more. (The Criterion Collection).

Larry King Live: The Greatest Interviews Three-disc set features more than 300 of Larry King's greatest interviews; part of CNN's celebration of Larry King's 50th anniversary in broadcasting; $34.98. (Warner).

Last King of Scotland, The (2006) Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy, Kerry Washington, Gillian Anderson, Simon McBurney. Extras: Commentary by director Kevin MacDonald, deleted scenes, "Capturing Idi Amin" documentary, fetaurette about Forest Whitaker portraying Idi Amin, "Fox Movie Channel Presents: Casting Session - The Last King of Scotland. (Fox).

The Marsh (2006) Forest Whitaker, Gabrielle Anwar, Justin Louis, Niamh Wilson. Children's book author on retreat at a farmhouse experiences paranormal episodes. Extras: "Behind the Scenes of The Marsh." (Sony).

Masters of Horror: Family (2005) George Wendt, John B. Scott, Meredith Monroe, Matt Keeslar. John Landis' contribution to the Showtime series: a mild-mannered bachelor in suburbia builds a family from the bodies of his murdered neighbors. Extras: Commentary by writer Brent Hanley, "Skin and Bones: The Making of Family," "Terror Tracks: Mastering the Family Score," storyboards, still gallery, John Landis bio. (Anchor Bay).

National Lampoon's Pucked (2006) Dir.: Arthur Hiller; Bon Jovi, Estella Warren, David Faustino, Curtis Armstrong, Nora Dunn, Cary Elwes. Extras: "PooNanny" and "Dirty Old Man" featurettes. (Sony).

Not Just the Best of the Larry Sanders Show Four-disc set with 23 prime Larry Sanders Show episodes and more than eight hours of newly produced material, including recordings of personal and intimate visits with Shandling's friends that were originally meant only for Shandling to see. These scenarios are the ultimate in DVD verite, in that they are uncensored, real-life dialogues between Shandling and stars who appear in the featured episodes, candid tete-a-tetes that take place in the homes, offices and special haunts of the stars. Extras: Documentary: "The Making of The Larry Sanders Show"; "Trio" featurette; "Personal, Intimate, Indulgent Meetings With My Friends That Are Meant Only for Me to See": interviews with Alec Baldwin, Ellen DeGeneres, David Duchovny, Tom Petty, Jerry Seinfeld, Sharon Stone, Jon Stewart and Carol Burnett; interviews with Penny Johnson, Wallace Langham, Scott Thompson, Janeane Garofalo, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Sarah Silverman, Jeremy Piven, Bob Odenkirk and Linda Doucett; deleted and extended scenes; alternate takes; commentary and documentary introduction on "What Have You Done for Me Lately" with Garry Shandling and Peter Tolan; commentary and documentary introduction on "Hank's Night in the Sun" with Garry Shandling and Todd Holland; commentary and documentary introduction on "Putting the 'Gay' Back in Litigation" with Garry Shandling and Judd Apatow; commentary on "Flip" with Garry Shandling and Peter Tolan. (Sony).

Notes on a Scandal (2006) Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Bill Nighy, Andrew Simpson, Tom Georgeson, Michael Maloney, Joanna Scanlan. Extras: Commentary by director Richard Eyre, "Notes on a Scandal: The Story of Two Obsessions" featurette, "Notes on a Scandal: Behind the Scenes" featurette, "In Character: Cate Blanchett" featurette, exclusive webisodes. (Fox).

Overlord (1975) Dir.: Stuart Coope; Brian Stirner, Davyd Harries, Nicholas Ball. New, restored high-definition digital transfer . Seamlessly interweaving archival war footage and a fictional narrative, Stuart Cooper's immersive account of one 20-year-old's journey from basic training to the battle front lines at D-day brings all the terrors and isolation of war to its viewers with jolting authenticity. Extras: Commentary by director Stuart Cooper and actor Brian Stirner; "Mining the Archive": Imperial War Museum film archivists detail the archival war footage used in "Overlord"; "Capa Influences Cooper" (2006), a photo essay in which Cooper describes how photographer Robert Capa influenced his work; "Cameramen at War" (1943), the British Ministry of Information's film tribute to the newsreel and service film unit cameramen; the 1941 propaganda film "Germany Calling," clips of which appear in "Overlord"; Journals from two D-day soldiers, read by Brian Stirner; new essay by Kent Jones and excerpts from "Overlord" novelization by Cooper and co-writer Christopher Hudson. (The Criterion Collection).

Smokin' Aces (2007) Ben Affleck, Andy Garcia, Alicia Keys, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven, Ryan Reynolds, Peter Berg, Martin Henderson, Taraji Henson, Common. Extras: Commentary by writer-director Joe Carnahan and editor Robert Farazen; commentary by Carnahan and actors Common, Christopher Holley and Zach Cumer; "Cowboy Ending" alternate ending; deleted/extended scenes and outtakes; "Shoot 'em Up: Stunts and Effects" featurette, "The Line Up" rogues' gallery of lethal ladies, degenerate psychopaths, bounty hunters and eager assassins; "The Big Gun: Smokin' Aces" featurette on Carnahan. Also available on HD DVD Combo Disc: Features exclusive to the HD DVD: "U-Control Assassin Tracker" uses Google Maps to track the assassins to Reno; "U-Control Picture In Picture" accesses interactive bonus features, including cast interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, all without interruption to the movie experience. (Universal).

Spider-Man 2.1: Extended Cut (2004) Dir.: Sam Raimi; Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Alfred Molina, Rosemary Harris, Willem Dafoe, Cliff Robertson. Two-disc set (in time for the release of "Spider-Man 3") with eight minutes of never-before-seen footage as well as new bonus materials. Extras: Introduction by producers Grant Curtis and Avi Arad, "Inside 2.1" featurette, commentary by producer Laura Ziskin and screenwriter Alvin Sargent, sneak peak at "Spider-Man 3." (Sony).

The Third Wish (2005) Jenna Mattison, Sean Maguire, Armand Assante, Jennifer Blanc, Betty White. A bookshop clerk is seemingly granted three wishes after she finds a first-edition copy of Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations." (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).

The Venture Brothers: Season Two Two-disc set with13 episodes featuring Adult Swim's dim-witted duo Hank and Dean Venture, $29.98. Extras: Commentaries, deleted scenes. (Warner).

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