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DVD New Releases: September 20, 2011

Breaking the Press (2010) Drew Waters, Farah White, Tom Maden, Chad Halbrook. A contemporary retelling of the parable of the prodigal son set in the world of Texas high school basketball. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Fox).

Bridesmaids (2011) Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, End McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Jon Hamm. Available as a Blu-ray/DVD combo and a single DVD. All editions include the theatrical version and an unrated version of the film. Extras: Commentary by director Paul Feig, co-writer Annie Mumolo and cast members Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, End McClendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper; gag reel; line-o-rama; deleted scenes; extended & alternate scenes; "Cholodecki's Commercial": Check out what's new with Cholodecki's with the never-before-seen "commercial" from Annie's jewelry employer. Blu-ray adds "Made of Honor: Behind the Scenes of Bridesmaids"; "Drunk-O-Rama" featuring Kristen Wiig's greatest moments on the plane; "Pep Talk": featuring Kristen Wiig on the tennis court; "Annie Vs. Helen": montage of Bridesmaids frenemies best and worst moments together; "Hold On" full song performance of Wilson Phillips' hit "Hold On." (Universal).

Call Me Fitz: The Complete First Season (2010) Three-disc set with 13 episodes, Extras: Interviews with cast/crew, behind-the-scenes featurettes, bloopers reel, episode recaps.(Entertainment One).

The Dick Van Dyke Show 50th Anniversary Edition: Fan Favorites Five-disc set with 20 classic episodes, $24.98.Extras: Original pilot episode, interviews with cast and producers, behind-the -scenes featurette. (Image Entertainment). Rare rehearsal footage

Gettysburg (2011) History special strips away the romanticized veneer of the Civil War to present the pivotal Battle of Gettysburg in a new light -- a visceral, terrifying and deeply personal experience, fought by men who put everything on the line in defense of their vision of the American future. Ground breaking, information-packed look at the turning points, strategic decisions, technology and little-known facts surrounding the battle. Developed in collaboration with highly esteemed Civil War historians. Executive produced by Ridley and Tony Scott. $24.95. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (A&E Networks Home Entertainment).

Happy Endings: The Complete First Season (2011) Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $35.99. Extras: Deleted scenes, outtakes, a special "Mike Relm Remix" music video, more. (Sony).

Hawaii Five-0: The First Season (201-110) Six-disc set with 24 episodes, $64.99. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, exploration of the legacy of the series, behind-the-scenes of the making of the pilot, a tour of the islands with actress Grace Park, footage of the show's introduction at Comic-Con, a look at re-scoring the iconic theme song, an overview of the first season's story, the English translation of all episode titles, cast and crew commentaries on select episodes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount Home Entertainment).

Law & Order: Los Angeles - The Complete Series (2010-11) Five-disc set with 21 episodes. (Universal).

Le beau Serge (1958) Of the hallowed group of Cahiers du cinema critics turned filmmakers who would transform French film history, Claude Chabrol was the first to direct his own feature. His stark and absorbing landmark debut, "Le beau Serge," follows a successful yet sickly young man Jean-Claude Brialy) who returns home to the small village where he grew up. There, he finds himself at odds with his former close friend Gerard Blain) - now unhappily married and a wretched alcoholic and the provincial life he represents. The remarkable and raw "Le beau Serge" heralded the arrival of a cinematic titan who would go on to craft provocative, entertaining films for five more decades. New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: Audio commentary featuring Guy Austin, author of "Claude Chabrol"; segment from a 1969 episode of the French television series "L'invite du dimanche" in which Chabrol revisits Sardent, the town he grew up in and the film's location; 2011 documentary by filmmaker Pierre-Henri Gibert on the making of "Le beau Serge"; theatrical trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

Lee & Grant (2011) Personal look at two iconic leaders of the Civil War. $24.95. (A&E Networks Home Entertainment).

Les cousins (1959) In "Les cousins," Claude Chabrol crafts a sly moral fable about a provincial boy who comes to live with his sophisticated bohemian cousin in Paris. Through these seeming opposites, Chabrol conjures a piercing, darkly comic character study that questions notions of good and evil, love and jealousy, and success in the modern world. A mirror image of "Le beau Serge," Chabrol's debut, "Les cousins" recasts that film's stars, Jean-Claude Brialy and Gerard Blain, in startlingly reversed roles. This dagger-sharp drama won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and was an important precursor to the French New Wave. New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: Commentary featuring film scholar Adrian Martin; 2011 documentary by filmmaker Pierre-Henri Gibert about the making of "Les cousins," featuring director Claude Chabrol, star Stephane Audran, assistant directors Charles Bitsch and Claude de Givray, and others; theatrical trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

The Lost Future (2010 - TV) Sean Bean, Annabelle Wallis, Sam Claflin. A group of warriors must face off against a race of genetically-mutated beasts in order to survive in a post-apocalyptic world where jungles that have reclaimed the land as we know it. Extras: Interviews with cast/crew, making-of featurette. (Entertainment One).

Mad TV Season One Part One (2011) Thirteen episodes of the Cartoon Network series, $19.97. (Warner).

The Mentalist: The Complete Third Season (2010-11) Five-disc set with 24 episodes, $59.98. Extras: Two featurettes, deleted scenes. (Warner).

Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer: The Complete Series (1958-59) Twelve-disc set with all 78 episodes, $89.95. Created by legendary crime novelist Mickey Spillane, Mike Hammer was brought to television for the first time with Darren McGavin as the hardboiled private eye. Pummeled for its "excessive and gratuitous violence" (by 1950s standards), the show was, nevertheless, instantly successful - thanks, in part, to Gavin's tongue-in-cheek charm. Now available for the first time on DVD. (A&E Networks Home Entertainment).

Mike and Molly: The Complete First Season (2010-11) Three-disc set with 24 episodes, $44.98. Extras: "Falling in Love With Mike & Molly" featurette, "Mike & Molly Play Acts" additional scenes, "An Interview with Jim (the dog)," gag reel. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

Modern Family The Complete Second Season (2010-11) Three-disc set with 24 episodes, $39.99. Extras: Deleted family interviews, extended and deleted scenes, gag reel, music video, more. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).

My Run (2010) After tragically losing his wife to breast cancer and struggling to raise three young children on his own, real life super hero and modern day Forrest Gump, Terry Hitchcock seized on an idea. He wanted to accomplish the impossible: Run 75 consecutive marathons in 75 consecutive days to bring attention to the incredibly difficult lives of single-parent families. Narrated by Billy Bob Thornton. $19.99. (Virgil Films & Entertainment),

Raising Hope Season 1 (2010-11) Three-disc set with 22 episodes, $39.98. Extras: Featurettes, deleted and extended scenes, gag reel, commentaries, the un-aired pilot. (Fox).

The River Murders (2011) Ray Liotta, Christian Slater, Ving Rhames. A homicide detective's past comes back to haunt him when his ex-girlfriends become the target of a serial killer who's determined to destroy him. Extras: Cast and crew commentary, behind-the-scenes featurette. (Sony).

Secrets in the Walls (2010) Jeri Ryan, Kay Pananbaker, Peyton List, Marianne Jean-Baptiste. Another dream house turns evil in this Lifetime Network Movie paranormal thriller. (RHI Entertainment/Vivendi Entertainment).

SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob's Runaway Roadtrip (2011) SpongeBob enjoys the Great Barrier Reef, a romantic cruise, a trip to the Ocean Mint, a homebound holiday and a trip that's out of this world in six adventures in one grand vacation, debuting on DVD before the November TV premiere, $16.99. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).

Spooky Buddies (2011) Latest in the direct-to-video Buddies franchise: Talking pups B-Dawg, Budderball, Buddha, Mudbud and Rosebud embark on a spine-tingling journey across town to a shadowy mansion shrouded in legendary secrets where, in a race against the mysterious Howlloween Hound, the Buddies must stop Warwick the Warlock to save the world from his dastardly deeds. Available as a two-disc Blue-ray/DVD combo pack and a single DVD. (Disney).

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