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DVD New Releases: October 18, 2011

Bad Teacher (2011) Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Jason Segel, Lucy Punch, Phyllis Smith, John Michael Higgins, Thomas Lennon, Molly Shannon. Available on DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, with all editions containing the theatrical and unrated versions. Extras: Deleted scenes, outtakes, "Way Behind the Scenes With Jason and Justin" featurette, "Raising More Than Funds" featurette. Blu-ray adds gag reel, "JAMS Yearbook-Hidden Moments" interactive yearbook featuring outtakes with the cast, three additional behind-the-scenes featurettes: "A Very Odd Blacksmith Story," "Swimming With the Dolphins," "Good Teacher." (Sony).

Batman: Year One (2011) A DC Universe Animated Original Movie with the voices of Bryan Cranston, Ben McKenzie, Eliza Dushku, Katee Sackhoff. Based on the 1987 Frank Miller DC Comics titles in which young Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham City in his first attempts to fight injustice as a costumed vigilante. Available as a Blu-ray DVD/Combo and DVD. Blu-ray Extras: DC Showcase Animated Original Short "Catwoman," "Heart of Vengeance: Returning Batman to His Roots" featurette, "Conversations with DC Comics" featurette, commentary, "Batman: Year One, Chapter 1" digital comic book, two bonus episodes from "Batman: The Animated Series," digital copy. (Warner.

A Better Life (2011) Dir.: Chris Weitz. Stars: Jose Julian, Demian Bichir, Dolores Heredia, Joaquin Cosio, Carlos Linares. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Summit Entertainment).

Dr. Seuss' Holidays on the Loose! Includes 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "The Grinch Grinches The Cat in the Hat," "Halloween Is Grinch Night,: $26.99. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

Eclipse Series 29: Aki Kaurismaki's Leningrad Cowboys In the late '80s and early '90s, Aki Kaurismaki ("The Match Factory Girl"), the master of the deadpan, fashioned a waggish fish-out-of-water tale about a U.S. tour by "the worst rock-and-roll band in the world." "Leningrad Cowboys Go America's" posse of fur-coated, outrageously pompadoured hipsters struck such a chord with international audiences that the fictional band became a genuine attraction, touring the world. Later, Kaurismaki created a sequel, "Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses," and filmed a gigantic stadium show the band put on in Helsinki for the rollicking documentary "Total Balalaika Show." This Eclipse series three-disc set presents these crackpot musical and comic odysseys, along with five Leningrad Cowboys music videos directed by Kaurismäki. (The Criterion Collection).

Kuroneko (1968) In this poetic and atmospheric horror fable, set in a village in war-torn medieval Japan, a malevolent spirit has been ripping out the throats of itinerant samurai. When a military hero is sent to dispatch the unseen force, he finds that he must struggle with his own personal demons as well. From Kaneto Shindo, director of the terror classic "Onibaba," "Kuroneko" (Black Cat) is a spectacularly eerie twilight tale with a shocking feminist angle, evoked through ghostly special effects and exquisite cinematography. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: Video interview with director Kaneto Shindo from the Directors Guild of Japan; new video interview with critic Tadao Sato; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Maitland McDonagh and an excerpt from film scholar Joan Mellen's 1972 interview with Shindo. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

Monte Carlo (2011) Selena Gomez, Katie Cassidy, Leighton Meester, Andie McDowell, Cory Monteith. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Monte Carlo Match Up," "Ding-Dang Delicious: The Boys of Monte Carlo." Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds "Monte Carlo Couture," "Jet Setter's Dream," "Gossip With the Girls." (Fox).

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) Director: Rob Marshall. Stars: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane, Kevin McNally, Sam Claflin, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Stephen Graham, Keith Richards, Richard Griffiths.. Available as a Limited Edition 5-Disc Combo Pack (1-Disc Blu-ray 3D + 2-Disc Blu-ray + 1-Disc DVD + 1-Disc Digital Copy ($49.99) and a 2-Disc Combo Pack (1-Disc Blu-ray + 1-Disc DVD) ($39.99). Extras: 2-Disc Combo Pack: "Disney Second Screen," "Bloopers of the Caribbean," commentary by director Rob Marshall, "LEGO Animated Shorts: Captain Jack's Brick Tales." Limited Edition 5-Disc Combo Pack adds "Legends of On Stranger Tides," "In Search of the Fountain," "Last Sail/First Voyage," "Under the Scene: Bringing Mermaids to Life," deleted and extended scenes. (Disney)

Red State (2011) Dir.: Kevin Smith; Michael Parks, John Goodman, Melissa Leo, Michael Angarano, Anna Gunn, Kevin Pollak, Kyle Gallner, Nick Braun, Kerry Bishe, Stephen Root, Ralph Garman, Jennifer Schwalbach. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (SModcast Pictures/Lionsgate).

Robotech: The Complete Original Series (2010) Seventeen-disc set with all 85 half-hour episodes of the original series (re-mastered from original elements for this release), $99.95. Extras: Ten hours of bonus programming. (A&E Networks Home Entertainment).

Snow Days Includes remastered TV special "She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown" as well as an episode from "The Charlie brown and Snoopy Show," $14.97. (Warner).

Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Complete Season Three (2010-11) Four-disc set with 22 episodes, $44.98. Extras: "Creating Kamino," "Hutts and the Underworld," "Witches and Monsters," "Secrets of Mortis," "Chewbacca Returns." Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds "The Jedi Temple Archive." (Warner).

Thundercats: Season One, Book One Eight episodes of the new animated series in a two-disc set, $19.97. (Warner).

V: The Complete Second Season (2011) Three-disc set with 10 episodes, $39.98. Extras: Deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds gag reel; "The Arc of the Story: Mining the Human Emotion" featurette, in which the writers and actors comment on the journey of the second season; "A Visual Masterpiece for the Small Screen," in which the producers explain how they push the envelope to bring their cinematic style to your living room week after week. (Warner).

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition (1971) Dir.: Mel Stuart; Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear, Julie Dawn Cole, Leonard Stone, Denise Nickerson.Extras: "Mel Stuart's Wonkavision"; "A World of Pure Imagination" featurette on author Roald Dahl; "Delicious Documentary: Pure Imagination: The Story of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory"; mouth-watering commentary with the Wonka Kids; sing a-longs; a 144-page production book reprint filled with production photos and notes, and archival letters; and sweet premiums like a retro Wonka Bar-shaped tin box with scented pencils and eraser and a limited time Golden Ticket Instant Win Game piece for a chance to enter and win a trip for two to Los Angeles, Available as a three-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo ($64.99) and a single DVD ($12.97), the latter which includes some bonus content and scratch 'n sniff sticker sheets. (Warner).

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