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Alpha Dog (2007) Dir.: Nick Cassavetes; Ben Foster, Shawn Hatosy, Emile Hirsch, Christopher Marquette, Sharon Stone, Justin Timberlake, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Willis. (Universal).

The Best of Barbara Mandrell & The Mandrell Sisters Two-disc set with over 44 musical performances by Johnny and June Carter Cash, Dolly Parton, Ray Charles, Alabama, Glenn Campbell, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, the Statler Brothers, the Charlie Daniels Band, Ray Stevens and many more from the show that ran from 1980-82; $24.98. (Time Life).

Best of the Tony Awards: The Plays (2005) Compilation of amazing dramatic performances from the archives of the Tony Awards broadcasts in which legendary stars perform key scenes from 19 shows; hosted by Harvey Fierstein. $19.99. Extras: Original "Playbill" cover art for the featured plays. (Acorn Media).

Beverly Hills 90210: The Second Season Eight-disc set with 28 episodes, $61.99. Extras: "Meet the Walshes" featurette, "Our Favorite Valentine" featurette, "Everything You Need to Know About Beverly Hills 90212 Season 2" featurette. (Paramount).

Caillou the Creative Twelve new animated adventures from the PBS Kids series, $14.99. (Paramount).

Camelot (1982) Acclaimed production of the Lerner and Loewe musical, mounted for Broadway at New York's historic Winter Garden Theatre and filmed for TV by HBO. Stars Richard Harris, Meg Bussert, Richard Muenz, Barrie Ingham, James Valentine; $29.99. Extras: Production notes insert, DVD-ROM with original Broadway "Playbill" cover art, bios. (Acorn media).

A Collection of 2006 Academy Award Nominated Short Films (2006) Included in the collection are this year's Oscar-winners: "The Danish Poet" (animated) and "West Bank Story" (live-action) -- as well as a diverse assortment of shorts from around the globe; $29.98. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

Diggers (2006) Paul Rudd, Ken Marino, Ron Eldard, Josh Hamilton, Sarah Paulson, Maura Tierney, Lauren Ambrose. Story of two generations of hard-living blue collar workers, clam diggers, trying to maintain their way of life in the face of change during the 1970s. Extras: Commentary by director Katherine Dieckmann and writer-actor Ken Marino; "Baymen," an insightful film about Long Island clam diggers; outtakes/deleted scenes, HDNet's "Higher Definition: Diggers Episode." (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

Dreamgirls (2006) Dir.: Bill Condon; Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover, Anika Noni Rose, Jennifer Hudson, Keith Robinson, Bobby Slayton. In single-disc and two-disc Showstopper Editon. Extras: Single-disc DVD includes extended and alternate scenes as well as a Beyonce Knowles "Listen" music video. The Showstopper Edition includes extended and alternate scenes, Beyonce Knowles "Listen" music video, "Building the Dream" nine-chapter full-length documentary, "Dream Logic: Film Editing" featurette, "Dressing the Dreams: Costume Design" featurette, "Center Stage: Theatrical Lighting" featurette, auditions and screen tests, previsualization sequences, image gallery with more than 1,100 images. Available on Blu-ray and HD DVD. (Paramount).

El Topo, The Holy Mountain and Fando Y Lis Alejandro Jodorowsky's trio of mind-bending surrealist classics, restored and remastered, in a collector's box set; $49.98. Box set extras: two audio cds: "El Topo" and "The Holy Mountain" soundtracks; "La Cravate," Jodorowsky's first film, never-before released. (ABKCO Films/Anchor Bay).
  • El Topo (1970) Alejandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, Mara Lorenzio. Classic Americana and avant-garde European sensibilities collide with Zen Buddhism and the Bible as master gunfighter and mystic El Topo (played by writer-director Jodorowsky) tries to defeat four sharp-shooting rivals on a bizarre path to allegorical self-awareness and resurrection. Extras: Original theatrical trailer, 2006 on camera interview with Jodorowsky, photo gallery/original script excerpts, exclusive interview with Jodorowsky; available separately for $24.98.
  • The Holy Mountain (1973) Alejandro Jodorowsky, Horacio Salinas, Zamira Saunders. Jodorowsky's high budget follow up effort, "The Holy Mountain," takes his psychedelic allegorical mastery to another level. Grotesque, mystical and sacrilegious, it is an excursion into the meaning of earthly wealth and immortality. Extras: Deleted scenes with director commentary, original theatrical trailer, "The Tarot" short with director commentary, restoration process short, photo gallery/original script excerpts, restoration credits; available separately for $24.98.
  • Fando Y Lis (1967) Sergio Kleiner, Diana Mariscal, Mar’a Teresa Rivas. Jodorowsky's first full-length feature film. Based on Jodorowsky's memories of a play by surrealist Fernando Arrabal, it caused an uproar in the avant-garde community when it premiered in Acapulco. Extras: "La Constellation" Jodorowsky documentary.

Finding Oprah's Roots: Finding Your Own (2007) Follows Oprah Winfrey as she discovers unsung heroes among her ancestors; hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr., who guides viewers through the process of creating their own family histories; $24.99. (Paramount).

Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006) Nicole Kidman, Robert Downey Jr., Ty Burrell, Harris Yulin, Jane Alexander. Fictitious portrait of the visionary and influential photographer. Extras: Commentary by director Steven Shainberg, deleted scenes. (New Line).

The Girls Next Door Season Two Three-disc set with nine episodes from the reality series, $29.98. Extras: Commentary, deleted scenes, Easter eggs, extended episode of "Girls Will Be Ghouls," "Happy Birthday, Hef! Special premiere version of the first two episodes. (Fox).

Happily N'ever After (2007) Voices of Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr., Andy Dick, Wallace Shawn, Patrick Warburton, George Carlin, Sigourney Weaver.Extras: Commentary by director Paul J. Bolger; Happily N'Ever After? - alternate ending; "Deleted Scenes: Lost in Fairy Tale Land"; "Journey of the Characters in the Enchanted Forest" featurette; "Creating the Happily Story: Bringing N'Ever After to Life" featurette; "From Storyboard to Fairy Tale: A Comparison"; five "Games from the Department of Fairy Tale Security." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Lionsgate).

The Hitcher, (2007) Sean Bean, Sophia Bush, Zachary Knighton, Kyle Davis, Neal McDonough. (Universal).

Illegal Aliens (2007) Anna Nicole Smith, Joanie Laurer, Lenise Soren, Gladys Jimenez, Patrick Burleigh, Dennis Lemoine. Sci Fi satire about three aliens who morph into "super-hot babes" and arrive to protect the earth from the intergalactic forces of evil. Extras: Commentary, the making of "Illegal Aliens," deleted scenes, bloopers. (MTI Home Video).

Jay Jay the Jet Plane: Jay Jay's Big Mystery Six all-new high-flying animated episodes from the PBS Kids pre-school series, $12.99. (Paramount).

The King of Queens: 8th Season (2005-06) Three-disc set with 23 episodes, $39.95. (Sony).

Little Children (2006) Dir.: Todd Field; Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly, Patrick Wilson, Noah Emmerich, Jackie Earle Haley. (New Line).

Mahogany (1975) Dir.: Berry Gordy; Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Perkins, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Beah Richards, Nina Foch. Extras: Photo gallery. (Paramount).

Matthew Barney: No Restraint (2006) A look at the mastery and abstract vision of renowned artist Matthew Barney, as he and his collaborator, singer-songwriter Bjork, embark on an unbelievable filmmaking journey in Japan; $24.95. (Genius Products).

Melrose Place" The Second Season Eight-disc set with 31 episodes, $61.99. Extras: Commentary on select episodes, "Melrose Place: Meet the Neighbors" featurette, "Melrose Place: The Best of the Worst" Parts 1 and 2, three "Melrose Place: Complex Relationships" featurettes. (Paramount).

Motives 2: Retribution (2007) Vivica A. Fox, Brian J. White, Sean Blakemore, Drew Sidora. A wrongly accused man is murdered in prison and new evidence surfaces about his incarceration and an old murder, with all indications pointing to his best friend. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, commentary by cast and crew. (Sony).

An Officer and a Gentleman Special Collector's Edition (1982) Dir.: Taylor Hackford; Richard Gere, Debra Winger, David Keith, Robert Loggia, Lisa Blount, Lisa Eilbacher, Louis Gossett Jr. Extras: Commentary by director Taylor Hackford, "An Officer and a Gentleman: 25 Years Later" retrospective documentary, "Return to Port Townsend" featurette, "True Stories of Military Romance" featurette, "The Music of An Officer and a Gentleman," "Gere and Gossett: Hand to Hand Combat," photo gallery. (Paramount).

The Sandlot 3: Heading Home (2007) Luke Perry, Danny Nucci, Chauncey Leopardi. Second sequel. Extras: Blooper reel, deleted scene, director's video diary, more. (Fox).

Shirley Valentine (1989) Dir.: Lewis Gilbert; Pauline Collins, Tom Conti, Joanna Lumley, Sylvia Syms. (Paramount).

Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Blossom Festival (2007) Animated feature based on the kids TV series; $14.98. (Fox).

Teletubbies: Time to Play! Three new adventures available exclusively on DVD, $14.99. (Paramount).

Tom and Jerry Tales: Volume 2 12 cartoons from the Kids' WB series, $14.97. (Warner).

Tyrone Power: The Swashbuckler Box Set Five-disc set with "The Black Rose," "Blood and Sand," "Captain From Castile," "Prince of Foxes" and "Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake," $59.98 or $19.98 each. (Fox).
  • The Black Rose (1950) Dir.: Henry Hathaway; Tyrone Power, Orson Welles, Jack Hawkins, Michael Rennie. Extras: Power biography, photo gallery.
  • Blood and Sand (1941) Dir.: Rouben Mamoulian; Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Rita Hayworth. Extras: Commentary by cinematographer Richard Crudo, restoration comparison.
  • Captain From Castile (1947) Dir.: Henry King; Tyrone Power, Jean Peters, Cesar Romero, Lee J. Cobb. Extras: Commentary by film historians Rudy Behlmer, Jon Burlingame and Nick Redman; "The Leading Ladies" featurette; photo gallery.
  • Prince of Foxes (1949) Dir.: Henry King; Tyrone Power, Orson Welles, Wanda Hendrix. Extras: Isolated score and FX track, Movietone News: "Tyrone Power Weds Linda Christian in Rome Ceremony," photo gallery.
  • Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942) Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, George Sanders, Frances Farmer, Elsa Lanchester, John Carradine. Extras: Isolated score, photo gallery.

Wallis & Edward (2005 -- TV) Joely Richardson, David Westhead, Stephen Campbell Moore. BBC America sympathetic portrayal of the American divorcee for whom King Edward VIII abdicated his throne. Extras: Interview with writer Sarah Williams, production notes, production photo gallery, historical photo gallery, cast filmographies. (Acorn Media).

What I Like About You: The Complete First Season Three-disc set with 22 episodes, $39.98. Extras: Gag reel. (Warner).

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