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DVD New Releases: August 2, 2011

Curious George: A Day at the Library (2011) (Universal).

Diana Rigg at the BBC (2010) Collection of classic performances by BAFTA and Emmy-winner Diana Rigg: "Three Piece Suite," "Little Eyolf," "Unexplained Laughter", "Genghis Cohn," "Mrs. Bradley Mysteries." $49.98. (BBC/Warner).

Eastbound & Down: The Complete Second Season (2010) Two-disc set with seven episodes, $29.98. Extras: "Invitation to the Set" behind-the-scenes footage, "Big Red Cockfighting" featurette, deleted scenes, outtakes, commentaries. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (HBO)

Everwood: The Complete Fourth Season (2005-06) Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $39.98. (Warner).

Exporting Raymond (2011) Phil Rosenthal, the Emmy Award-winning creator of "Everybody Loves Raymond," takes a journey halfway around the world to detail his struggle to make one of America's favorite sitcoms a successful Russian TV series. Extras: Commentary by writer-director Phil Rosenthal, deleted scenes, Max Rosenthal's "Restaurant" Joke on OldJewsTellingJokes.com, two full episodes of "Everybody Loves Raymond," two full episodes of "Everybody Loves Kostya." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).

Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost (2011 - TV) Seventh installment of the franchise based on the Robert B. Parker novels, with Tom Selleck starring as Paradise, Mass., Chief of Police Stone. After his involuntary retirement, Stone investigates the suspicious death of a young friend while the Paradise police force deals with the arrogant new chief, who is the son-in-law of a town councilman. (Sony).

John Pinette: Still Hungry (2011) Live, sold-out concert event taped at Chicago's famed Vic Theater. The food-obsessed, storytelling Broadway and television star delivers his smart, original, Bill Cosby-influenced observations on everyday life. Extras: Featurettes: "Tour of Chicago," "Looking for John Pinette," "Worst Snowstorm," "In the Make-up Chair," "Fans," "Photo Shoot,"" #1 Fan"; $19.98. (Entertainment One).

MST3K Vs. Gamera: Mystery Science Theater 3000, Vol. XXI (Deluxe Edition) Five-disc set is housed in a limited-edition tin, with five mini-posters, and includes the titles "Gamera," "Gamera Vs. Barugon," "Gamera Vs. Gaos," "Gamera Vs. Guiron" and "Gamera Vs. Zigra"; $64.99. Extras: "So Happy Together: A Look Back At MST3K & Gamera," "Gamera Obscura: A History" by August Ragone (author of "Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters"), "Gamera Vs. The Chiodo Brothers," MST Hour host segments, original Japanese trailers. (Shout! Factory).

The Music Never Stopped (2011) J.K. Simmons, Lou Taylor Pucci, Cara Seymour, Julia Ormond. Once close, Gabriel and his father Henry have spent the last 20 years estranged from each other. But when Gabriel is diagnosed with a brain tumor that doesn't allow his mind to create new memories, he returns home, where Henry hires a music therapist to help engage the young man; eventually the two men forge a common bound trough classic rock music. Soundtrack with music by The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Extras: Commentary by director Jim Kohlberg, interviews with neurologist Oliver Sacks ("Awakenings"), cast interviews, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).

The Perfect Game (2009) Clifton Collins Jr., Moises Arias, Ryan Ochoa, Jake T. Austin. They were called "los pequenos gigantes": the little giants. In 1957, a team of impoverished baseball-loving kids from Mexico achieved the impossible. Standing tall against hardships no child should face - poverty, intolerance - they crossed the border to achieve a dream: Compete in and win the Little League World Series. Cheech Marin, Lou Gossett Jr., Bruce McGill, Emilie de Ravin snd David Koechner make guest appearances. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).

Rio (2011) Voices of Leslie Mann, Kelly Keaton, Jesse Eisenberg, Wanda Sykes, Jane Lynch, Jamie Foxx, will.i.am, Anne Hathaway. Available in a three-disc Party Edition, featuring the Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy; as well as in a two-Disc DVD Party Edition. Extras: "Explore the World of Rio," "Blu Shows the Way"(Introduction), "Boom-Boom Tish Tish: The Sounds of Rio," "The Making of Hot Wings." "Saving the Species: One Voice at a Time," "The Real Rio," "Welcome to Rio" music video, deleted scene:"Fruit Stand," "Carnival Dance O Rama," "Rio de JAM-eiro Jukebox," "Taio Cruz -- Telling the World" music video, "Angry Birds Rio" trailer, "Angry Birds Rio Nigel Mash Up," "Angry Birds Rio" instructional video, "Live Lookup" powered by IMDB. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).

Soul Surfer (2011) AnnaSophia Robb, Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid, Carrie Underwood, Kevin Sorbo, Lorraine Nicholson. Extras: Deleted scenes, the documentary "Heart of a Soul Surfer," three behind-the-scenes featurettes: "The Making of Soul Surfer," which explores the making of the film from the filmmaker's perspective; "Becoming Bethany," which shows how AnnaSophia Robb brought her character to life with the help of Bethany Hamilton; and "Surfing for the Screen: Inside the Action." Also available an a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. (Sony).

Stake Land (2010) Connor Paolo, Nick Damici, Kelly McGillis , Danielle Harris. Survivors of a devastated America fight off vampires and religious fanatics as they travel across the land in search of the rumored safe haven of New Eden. Extras: Two feature-length cast and crew commentaries. Also available as a two-disc special edition and Blu-ray Disc, which adds "Going for the Throat: The Making of Stake Land"; "Character Prequels": Seven short films From Directors Larry Fessenden, Danielle Harris, Glenn McQuaid, JT Petty, Graham Reznick; video diaries by Jim Mickle; Toronto International Film Festival premiere and Q&A. (Dark Sky Films/MPI Media Group).

Streetwalkin' (1985) Melissa Leo, Dale Midkiff, Leon Robinson, Antonio Fargas, Julie Newmar, Randall Batinkoff, Khandi Alexander, Deborah Offner, Greg Germann. Melissa Leo stars as Cookie, a teen runaway who escapes her abusive stepfather and heads for the Big Apple along with her younger brother. When she arrives at the Port Authority bus terminal, she meets a charming but psychopathically violent pimp named Duke . With nowhere to go, Cookie is soon working for Duke, who introduces her to the harsh, brutal life of a prostitute. Extras: Commentary with director-writer Joan Freeman and producer-writer Robert Alden, reversible DVD cover with original '80s theatrical poster key art on the other side, trailers. (Shout! Factory).

Tracy Morgan: Black and Blue (2010) Morgan's first-ever stand-up special, filmed at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, $19.97. Extras: Deleted scenes. (HBO).

United States of Tara: The Third Season (2011) Two-disc set with 12 episodes, $46.99. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).

Zen: Vendetta, Cabal, Ratking (2011) Two-disc set with three feature-length episodes of the new (debuting July) BBC/PBS adaptation of the best-selling novels by Michael Dibdin about detective Aurelio Zen (Rufus Sewell) and his criminal investigations in Rome. Co-stars Caterina Murino and Callum Blue. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (BBC/Warner).

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