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DVD New Releases: June 14, 2011

Battle: Los Angeles (2011) Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Ramon Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Ne-Yo, Michael Pena. Available on DVD, Blu-ray and in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack.Extras: Four featurettes: "Behind the Battle," "Aliens in LA," "Preparing for Battle," "Creating L.A. in LA." Blu-ray includes a "Command Control" interactive viewing mode, allowing audiences to experience the film with picture-in-picture featurettes, storyboard comparisons and "Battle Points" within the context of the movie. (Sony).

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011) Martin Lawrence, Brandon T. Jackson, Jessica Lucas, Michelle Ang, Portia Doubleday, Emily Rios, Faizon Love. Available as a Motherload Eition Combo Pack (Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy) and as a single-disc DVD; both include extended versions of the film. Extras: Commentary, gag reel, deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds "Big Momma's: Bigger Busts Countdown," "Making the Music" featurette, "Baby You Know" music video, "Lyrical Miracle" music video. (Fox).

Camille 2000 (1969) Daniele Gaubert, Nino Castelnuovo, Eleonora Rossi Drago. From director Radley Metzger, the essential director of elegant erotic arthouse, comes this erotic version of Alexandre Dumas' "The Lady of the Camellias." A child of the sixties sexual revolution, addicted to sex and money and kept by a wealthy man, falls in love with the handsome bachelor Armand, triggering a tragic turn of events. Extended version, new restored high-definition transfer. Extras: "On the Set of Camille 2000," "Restoration of Camille 2000," "Syviane's Bare Striptease," "Cube Love Scene," commentary. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (CAV Distributing).

The Con Artist (2010) Rossif Sutherland, Donald Sutherland, Rebecca Romijn, Sarah Roemer. When Vince is paroled after serving time for a heist gone wrong, he's forced back into a life of crime as a car thief, where he finds solace welding sculptures out of metal and old car parts. But when his raw and evocative sculptures are discovered by a calculating art dealer, he gets a chance for a new life as an artist. (Entertainment One).

Everwood: The Complete Fourth Season (2005) Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $39.98. (Warner).

Eyes of the Chameleon (2005) Lawrence Bucher, Robert Scott Howard, Garvin Lee. A young woman's world spins out of control when she's attracted to an occult sexual group in Las Vegas -- and her friends mysteriously begin to die gruesome deaths. (Troma/CAV Distributing).

The Glades: The Complete First Season (2010) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $39.98. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, behind-the-scenes footage, featurettes, director and cast commentaries. (Fox).

Hall Pass (2011) Dir.: Farrelly brothers; Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate, Nicky Whelan, Richard Jenkins. Extras: Gag reel. Also available as a Blu-ray Combo, which includes an extended cut of the film. (Warner).

Happiness Is ... Peanuts: Snoopy's Adventures, (2011) New DVD collection that features themed compilations of favorite Peanuts television programs. This first entry in the series pairs TV special "Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown" with an episode from "The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show" on one disc, $14.97. (Warner).

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Ultimate Edition More than four hours of special features and collectibles including a photo book featuring 44 pages of rare photos of the cast and crew, concept sketches and paintings, and behind-the-scenes insight. Also features limited edition character cards, a lenticular card and a bonus digital copy of the film. Includes all new documentary "Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 5: Evolution." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Ultimate Edition More than four hours of special features and collectibles including a photo book featuring 44 pages of rare photos of the cast and crew, concept sketches and paintings, and behind-the-scenes insight. Also features limited edition character cards, a lenticular card and a bonus digital copy of the film. Includes all new documentary "Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 6: Magical Effects." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

Have a Laugh Volume 3 Restored short "Mickey's Delayed Date," edited shorts "The Whalers," "Chef Donald," "How to Play Baseball" and "Pluto and the Gopher," and BLAMS! (repurposed cartoons) #7: "Golf," #8: "Cooking" and #9: "Glider." $19.99. Extras: Mash-up music video of crazy cartoon clips remixed to the hit song, "I Gotta Feeling" from the Black Eyed Peas. (Disney).

Have a Laugh Volume 4 Restored short "Mickey Down Under," edited shorts "Hawaiian Holiday," "Horn," "How to Swim" and "Pluto's Surprise Package," and BLAMS! (repurposed cartoons) #10: "Beach," #11: "Fox Hunt" and #12: "Hockey." $19.99. Extras: Mash-up music video of crazy cartoon clips remixed to the hit song "Play My Music" from "Camp Rock." (Disney).

Haven: The Complete First Season (2010) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $44.98. Extras: "Welcome to Haven," "VFX of Haven" and "Mythology of Haven,", audio commentary on select episodes, podcasts with cast and crew. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Entertainment One).

Insignificance (1985) Four unnamed people who look and sound a lot like Albert Einstein, Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio and Joseph McCarthy converge in one New York City hotel room for this compelling, visually inventive adaptation of Terry Johnson's play, from director Nicolas Roeg. With a combination of whimsy and dread, Roeg creates a fun-house-mirror picture of Cold War America that questions the nature of celebrity and plays on a society's simmering nuclear fears. "Insignificance" is a delirious, intelligent drama, featuring magnetic performances by Michael Emil as "the professor," Theresa Russell as "the actress," Gary Busey as "the ballplayer" and Tony Curtis as "the senator." Newly restored digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Nicolas Roeg and producer Jeremy Thomas, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: New video interviews with Roeg, Thomas, and editor Tony Lawson; "Making Insignificance," a short documentary shot on the set of the film; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Chuck Stephens and a reprinted exchange between Roeg and screenwriter Terry Johnson. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

Kill the Irishman 2011) Ray Stevenson, Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken, Vincent D'Onofrio). Action-packed story about the rise and fall of real-life Irish-American mobster Danny Greene, who started out with the Italian Mafia then went on to create his own gangster empire, along the way surviving countless assassination attempts. Extras: Hour-long documentary, "Danny Greene: The Rise and Fall of the Irishman," featuring never-before-seen crime scene footage; interviews with the FBI agents and mobsters who worked with Danny Greene; interviews with family and friends. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay Entertainment).

Giant Robot Action Pack "Crash and Burn" (1990): In the year 2030 humankind's worst nightmares have become an oppressive reality: Big Brother has come to life in the form of Unicom, an all-powerful conglomerate that emerged in the wake of a devastating global economic collapse. A group of dissenters has surfaced to fight Unicom's autocracy and stop the murderous Synthoid - a humanlike robot programmed to kill all those who pose a threat to the organization. Starring Paul Ganus, Megan Ward, Bill Moseley and Ralph Waite, and directed by Charles Band. "Robot Wars "(1993): The ultimate battle between metallic giants begins when a malicious foreign dignitary hijacks the last mega-robot on Earth, the MRAS-2, and threatens to unleash its crushing powers against the people of the Eastern Alliance. Starring Don Michael Paul, Barbara Crampton and Lisa Rinna. (Shout! Factory).

The Makioka Sisters (1983) This lyrical adaptation of the beloved Japanese novel by Junichiro Tanizaki was a late-career triumph for world-class director Kon Ichikawa. Revolving around the changing of the seasons, "The Makioka Sisters (Sasame-yuki)" follows the lives of four sisters who have taken on their family's kimono manufacturing business, over the course of a number of years leading up to the Pacific War. The two oldest have been married for some time, but according to tradition, the rebellious youngest sister cannot wed until the third, conservative and terribly shy, finds a husband. This graceful study of a family at a turning point in history is a poignant evocation of changing times and fading customs, shot in rich, vivid colors. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: Booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Audie Bock.Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

Marvel Knights Animation: Spider-Woman - Agent of S.W.O.R.D. (2011) Ripped from the pages of "Secret Invasion" and "New Avengers," this animated feature follows the new adventures of Jessica Drew as she rediscovers her life in a world she did not make. Seeking revenge against those who destroyed her life, Jessica Drew must rise to become Spider-Woman again, even if it means her ultimate demise. Extras: Visual history of Spider-Woman, music video. (Shout! Factory).

N-Secure (2010) Cordell Moore, Essence Atkins, Denise Boutte, Lamman Rucker. A wealthy businessman who needs to control every aspect of his life, including his relationships with both his new and ex girlfriend, finds himself ensnared in a web of revenge and murder. <strong>Extras: "Inside N-Secure." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).

Red Riding Hood (2011) Dir.: Catherine Hardwicke; Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Lukas Haas, Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons, Billy Burke, Virginia Madsen, Julie Christie. Also available as a Blu-ray Combo Pack, which includes an extended cut and an alternate ending. (Warner).

Snoopy's Adventures (2011) First in a new series of "Happiness Is ... Peanuts" DVDs. Includes the TV special "Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown" plus an episode of "The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show"; $14.97. (Warner).

When They Were Young (2011) Documentary takes a look at rare high school and youth basketball footage of NBA superstars such as Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Shaquille O'Neal, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan, as well as up-and-comers LeBron James, Dwight Howard and Carmelo Anthon. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).

The Wild West Collection Two memorable classic films starring football great Jim Brown, "Rio Conchos," a film by Gordon Douglas and "Take a Hard Ride," a film by Antonio Margheriti. "Rio Conchos" (1964): In avenging himself against the Apache Indians who have massacred his family, ex-Confederate Army officer Lassiter (Richard Boone) recovers a stolen U.S. Army repeating rifle and finds himself arrested by the U.S. Army in connection with the stolen firearm. Lassiter is offered his freedom if he leads a small group into Mexico, consisting of an Army captain (Stuart Whitman), a Buffalo Soldier sergeant (Jim Brown, in his film debut), a knife-wielding Mexican prisoner (Tony Franciosa) and an Apache woman warrior. After blasting their way through bandits and Apaches, they discover a megalomaniacal Confederate soldier (Edmond O'Brien) selling guns to the Apaches. "Take a Hard Ride" (1975): Take a tough-as-nails trail boss (Jim Brown), a smooth gambler (Fred Williamson), a ruthless bounty hunter (Lee Van Cleef), a mute martial arts master (Jim Kelly), a desperate prostitute (Catherine Spaak) and hundreds of greed-crazed gunmen. Turn them all loose in a chase to the Mexican border for a fortune in gold, and you have the action-packed epic "Take a Hard Ride." Hollywood legends Dana Andrews (Laura), Barry Sullivan (The Bad And The Beautiful) and Harry Carey Jr. (The Searchers) costar. (Shout! Factory).

Yo Gabba Gabba!: Circus (2011) Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee and Plex star in four episodes: "Circus," "Treasure Hunt," "Flying" and "Fun"; $16.99. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).

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