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DVD New Releases: March 29, 2011

All Good Things (2010) Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, Frank Langella, Lily Rabe, Philip Baker Hall, Diane Venora, Kristen Wiig. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Weinstein Co./Magnolia Home Entertainment).

Anything Goes 1954 Colgate Comedy Hour production of the famed Cole Porter musical comedy in which Frank Sinatra and Ethel Merman made their television debuts; from The Archive of American Television; $29.98. (Entertainment One).

Antony and Cleopatra (1962) Dir.: Charlton Heston; Charlton Heston, Hildegarde Neil, John Castle, Fernando Rey. Extras: "The Making of Antony and Cleopatra" featurette. (Warner).

Apocalypse: World War II (2011) Three-disc set documentary series takes an in-depth and uncensored examination of the Second World War through the eyes of those who lived through it. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Entertainment One).

Big Time Rush: Season One, Volume One (2010) Two-disc set with 12 episodes, $16.99. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).

Black Swan (2010) Director: Darren Aronofsky. Stars: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder. Extras: "Metamorphosis: A Three-Part Series" of behind-the-scenes featurettes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds "Behind the Curtain," an inside look at the film's costume and production design; "Ten Years in the Making," in which Natalie Portman and Darren Aronofsky discuss their creative journey, from "preparing for the role" to "dancing with the camera"; cast profiles. (Fox).

Capone (1975) Ben Gazzara, Sylvester Stallone, Harry Guardino, Susan Blakely, John Cassavetes. Extras: Commentary by director Steve Carver, original theatrical trailers. (Shout! Factory).

The Capture of the Green River Killer (2010) Tom Cavanagh, Currie Graham, Amy Davidson. Lifetime Movie dramatization about the hunt for the notorious Washington state serial killer. (A&E Home Entertainment).

Charlton Heston Presents The Bible Four films featured on single DVDs: "Genesis," "The Story of Moses," "Jesus of Nazareth" and "The Passion," each narrated by the late Charlton Heston and each with a 28-minute behind-the-scenes featurette. Filmed entirely on location in the Holy Land, from Beit She'an, Jericho, Jerusalem, the Negev Desert, the Red Sea to the Sea of Galilee, the documentaries combine dramatic readings by Heston of passages from the Old and New Testaments with historical commentaries in the land where the stories took place. First aired on A&E in the early 1990s. $12.97 each.

Dennis the Menace: Season One (1959-60) Five-disc set with 32 episodes, $29.93. Extras: New interviews with cast members Jeannie Russell and Gloria Henry; radio interviews with Jeannie Russell and Gloria Henry; bonus episode: "The Donna Reed Show" featuring Jay North as Dennis Mitchell and Joseph Kearns as Mr. Wilson; original promos. (Shout! Factory).

Emergency! The Final Rescues (1978-79) Two-disc set with all nine Season 7 episodes, $39.98. (Universal).

Fair Game (2010) Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Ty Burrell, Michael Kelly, Bruce McGill. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Summit Entertainment).

Gangland: The Final Season (2010) Four-disc set with 15 episodes, $39.95. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (A&E Home Entertainment).

Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown (2011) New animated Peanuts feature. Extras: "Deconstructing Schulz: From Comic Strip to Screenplay," "Happiness Is... Finding the Right Voice" voice talent featurette, "24 Frames a Second: Drawing and Animating a Peanuts Movie," deleted scene. $19.98. (Warner).

Heaven Ain't Hard to Find (2010) Clifton Powell, Kym Whitley, Andre Pitre, Tasha Taylor. A troubled young man on the run from the law stumbles upon a beautiful young woman and three eccentric sanctified spirits trying to save their Baptist church from a land developer. (Entertainment One).

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys - Season Two (1995-96) Five-disc set with 24 episodes, $26.98. (Universal).

In Plain Sight: Season Three (2010) Three-disc set with 13 episodes, $39.98. (Universal).

Made in Dagenham (2010) Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Rosamund Pike, Miranda Richardson, Rupert Graves. Extras: Commentary by director Nigel Cole, deleted scenes, outtakes, "The Making of Made in Dagenham" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).

Mao's Last Dancer (2010) Chi Cao, Bruce Greenwood, Kyle MacLachlan, Joan Chen, Amanda Schull. Extras: "The Making of Mao's Last Dancer." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).

The Mikado (1939) The legendary Gilbert and Sullivan troupe the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company joined forces with Hollywood for this 1939 Technicolor version of the fabled comic opera, the first complete work by the famed duo to be adapted for the screen, directed by musician and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Victor Schertzinger. The result is a lavish cinematic retelling of the British political satire set in exotic Japan, with such enduringly popular numbers as "A Wandering Minstrel I" and "Three Little Maids from School Are We," and featuring performances by American singer Kenny Baker as well as a host of renowned D'Oyly Carte actors, including Martyn Green and Sydney Granville. Newly remastered digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: New video interview with "Topsy-Turvy" director Mike Leigh on "The Mikado" and its adaptation for the screen; new video interview with "Mikado" scholars Josephine Lee and Ralph MacPhail Jr., tracing the 1939 filmed version of the opera back to its 1885 stage debut; short silent film promoting the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company's 1926 stage performance of "The Mikado"; booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Company).

Mother Load (1982) Dir.: Charlton Heston; Charlton Heston, Nick Mancuso, Kim Basinger, John Marley. (Warner).

Our Planet: The Past, Present and Future of Earth (2011) Three-disc set with three History programs: "How the Earth Was Made," "A Global Warning?" and "Life After People," $19.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).

River of Darkness (2011) Kurt Angle, Kevin Nash, Psycho Sid Vicious. A small town sheriff battles the vile evil of the spirits of two old river squatters who have returned from hell to terrorize the community. (Green Apple Entertainment).

Tangled (2010) Voices of Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, Ron Perlman, M.C. Gainey, Jeffrey Tambor, Brad Garrett, Paul F. Tompkins, Richard Kiel. Available in a four-disc Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack (3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy), two-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD and a one-disc DVD. Extras: Two original storybook openings: Versions 1 & 2, 50th Animated Feature Countdown (A video montage celebrating "Tangled" as the 50th film to join The Walt Disney Studios' lineup of animated features). Blu-ray adds "Untangled: The Making of a Fairy Tale," deleted scenes, extended songs, "9 Tangled Teasers": A collection of the most unique and quirky commercials made for the film's theatrical release. (Disney).

Topsy-Turvy (1999) The world of Gilbert and Sullivan comes to vivid life in this extraordinary dramatization of the staging of their legendary 1885 comic opera "The Mikado" from Mike Leigh. Jim Broadbent and Allan Corduner brilliantly inhabit the roles of the world-famous Victorian librettist and composer, respectively, who, along with their troupe of temperamental actors, must battle personal and professional demons while mounting this major production. A lushly produced epic about the harsh realities of creative expression, featuring bravura performances and Oscar-winning costume design and makeup, "Topsy-Turvy" is an unexpected period delight from one of contemporary cinema's great artists. Director-approved digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Dick Pope, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: Commentary featuring director Mike Leigh; new video conversation between Leigh and the film's musical director, Gary Yershon; "A Sense of History," Leigh's 1992 short film written by and starring actor Jim Broadbent; deleted scenes; featurette from 1999 including interviews with Leigh, stars Broadbent an Corduner, and other cast members; theatrical trailer and TV spots; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Amy Taubin. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

Treme: The Complete First Season (2010) Four-disc set with 10 episodes, $59.99. Extras: Commentary, making-of featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (HBO).

VEGA$: The Second Season, Volume 2 (1980-81) Three-disc set with the second season's last 11 episodes, $39.99. (CBS/Paramount).

Xena: Warrior Princess - Season Two (1996-97) Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $26.98. (Universal).

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