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DVD New Releases: November 1, 2011

Cars 2 (2011) Voices of Larry the Cable Guy, Owen Wilson, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Eddie Izzard, John Turturro, Brent Musburger, Joe Mantegna, Thomas Kretschmann, Bonnie Hunt, Franco Nero. Available as a Blu-ray/DVD and DVD/Blu-ray Combo Pack, 3D Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, and DVD. Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and DVD/Blu-ray Combo Pack includes commentary by director John Lasseter; "Hawaiian Vacation," the animated short that accompanied the film in theaters, and "Air Mater," a sky-high flying adventure with Mater. Five-disc Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack (3D disc, two Blu-ray discs, a DVD and digital copy) adds an interactive "World Tour" map that takes viewers through nine different locations, including those featured in the film and more. (Disney).

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Tomei, John Carroll Lynch, Josh Groban, Analeigh Tipton, Jonah Bobo, Joey King, Beth Littleford. Available on DVD, Blu-ray and as a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy Combo Pack. Extras: Deleted scenes. Blu-ray adds two featuettes and an UltraViolet (cloud) digital copy. (Warner).

Dear Santa (2011) Amy Acker, Gina Holden, David Haydn-Jones, Emma Duke. Just when a spoiled, careless and irresponsible shopaholic gets cut off by her parents at Christmas time, she meets a little girl and her widowed father -- who runs a soup kitchen -- and finds a new life. Extras: Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Studio).

The Essential Daffy Duck Collection Contains 21 classics that define Daffy's vast career, from his breakthrough cartoons through classic clashes with co-stars Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam and Porky Pig. His creation was made possible by the combined efforts of Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Frank Tashlin, Fritz Freleng, Chuck Jones, Art Davis and Robert Cannon. Daffy Duck has been involved in almost every era of Warner Brothers animation. $26.99. (Warner).

The Fugitive: The Most Wanted Edition All four seasons on 33 discs with a bonus disc with exclusive content, including an audio CD with 70 minutes of music, $218.99. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount Home Entertainment).

His Way (2011) Documentary about legendary film producer and personal manager Jerry Weintraub, featuring interviews with friends, family and colleagues, including former president George H.W. Bush, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Matt Damon, Ellen Barkin, James Caan, Elliott Gould, Andy Garcia and others. (HBO).

Hollywood Party (1934) The screen's great Schnarzan (Jimmy Durante) wants to wow the visiting Baron Munchausen (Jack Pearl, reprising his familiar vaudeville and radio character) by throwing him a big, bustling Tinseltown bash. "Hollywood Party" - eight directors and eight writers (two credited) strong is the wild, wildly inconsistent but ever fun musical-novelty result, packed with kicky dance montages offering pre-Code chorines and Berkeley-like kaleidoscopic shots, spiked with a color cartoon insert from Walt Disney, muscled up with Schnarzan's lion-wrasslin' and thronged with notables (including Mickey Mouse, Ted Healy and his Three Stooges and Laurel and Hardy, who put an egg in Lupe Velez's shoe and are duly repaid). (Warner).

An Invisible Sign (2011) Jessica Alba, Sophie Nyweide, Chris Messina, J.K. Simmons, Sonia Braga, Bailee Madison, John Shea. Alba plays Mona Gray, a quirky young woman who has retreated into a private world of numbers ever since her beloved mathematician father became mentally ill 10 years earlier. Now, as an elementary school math teacher, she introduces the students to her numerical obsession and inspires their own love of numbers, bonds with the kids and even entering in a romantic relationship with the school science teacher. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (MPI Media Group).

The Last Mountain (2011) David vs. Goliath documentary as a coal mining corporation and a tiny community vie for the last great mountain in Appalachia in a battle for the future of energy that affects us all. $29.95. (Docurama).

The Legend of Billie Jean (1985) Helen Slater, Christian Slater, Keith Gordon, Peter Coyote, Yeardley Smith, Dean Stockwell. A young girl and her friends become fugitives after an accidental shooting. Extras: Commentary. (Sony/Columbia Classics).

The Liam Neeson Film Collection Ten-disc set with "The Bounty," "A Prayer for the Dying," "High Spirits," "Shining Through," "Nell," "Rob Roy," "Kinsey," "Kingdom of Heaven" and "Taken." (Fox).

Magic Trip (2011) In 1964, Ken Kesey, the famed author of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," set off on a legendary, LSD-fuelled cross-country road trip to the New York World's Fair. He was joined by "The Merry Band of Pranksters," a renegade group of counterculture truth-seekers, including Neal Cassady, the American icon immortalized in Kerouac's "On the Road," and the driver and painter of the psychedelic Magic Bus. Kesey and the Pranksters intended to make a documentary about their trip, shooting footage on 16MM, but the film was never finished and the footage has remained virtually unseen. Oscar-winning director Alex Gibe and Alison Ellwood were given unprecedented access to this raw footage by the Kesey family. They worked with the Film Foundation, History Channel and the UCLA Film Archives to restore over 100 hours of film and audiotape, and have shaped an invaluable document of this extraordinary piece of American history. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon (2011) Documentary includes all-new interviews with Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, as well as siblings Tito and Rebbie Jackson, family, friends and music legends such as Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick and many more. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).

The Nutcracker: The Untold Story (2011) Elle Fanning, Nathan Lane, Frances de la Tour, John Turturro. Modern take on the famous story, with eight new songs by Oscar-winning lyricist Tim Rice ("The Lion King," Evita). Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).

Rawhide The Fourth Season, Volume Two (1961-62) Four-disc set with 15 episodes, $42.99. (Paramount).

The Santa Incident (2011) Ione Skye, Greg Germann. Dove approved Hallmark Original family film. After his sleigh is shot down while flying through restricted military airspace, an earthbound Santa is sought for questioning by a pair of overzealous Homeland Security agents. The fate of Christmas is in the hands of the disbelieving by-the-book duo, unless their faith in Santa can be restored by two children and a trio of elves who have arrived from up North to help out a friend in need. (RHI Entertainment/Vivendi Entertainment).

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2011) Dir.: Wayne Wang; Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun, Russell Wong, Vivian Wu, Archie Kao. Extras: The Sworn Sisterhood of the Secret Fan. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).

Strawberry Shortcake: Bright Lights, Big dreams (2011) Strawberry and her friends spin and twirl in the annual dance-off. Extras: Printable coloring pages, music video. (Fox).

The Super Hero Squad Show: The Infinity Gauntlet Season 2, Volume 2 (2011) Second seven episodes from the second season, $14.93. (Shout! Factory).

Tabloid (2010) Latest documentary from renowned filmmaker Errol Morris. Thirty years before the antics of Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears, Miss Wyoming Joyce McKinney made her mark as a tabloid staple. In the late 1970s, McKinney kidnapped her former beau, Kirk Anderson, who had become a Mormon missionary in the U.K., and tied him to a bed to "deprogram" his religious beliefs -- by having nonstop sex with him. Morris follows the salacious adventures of this beauty queen with an IQ of 168 whose single-minded devotion to the man of her dreams leads her across the globe, into jail and onto the front page. On the way, Morris visits a surreal world of risque photography, magic underwear and celestial sex. Funny, strange and disturbing and complete with new interviews with McKinney, "Tabloid" is a vivid portrait of obsession, delusion and scandal sheet notoriety. (IFC Entertainment/MPI Media Group).

TCM Greatest Classic Films: Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland "Girl Crazy" (1943), "Strike Up the Band "(1940), "Babes in Arms" (1939), "Babes on Broadway "(1941), $27.92. (TCM/Warner).

TCM Greatest Classic Films: The Thin Man "The Thin Man" (1934), "After the Thin Man" (1936), "Another Thin Man" (1939), "Shadow of the Thin Man" (1941), $27.92. (TCM/Warner).

TCM Greatest Classic Films: Astaire & Rogers, Vol. 2 "Flying Down to Rio" (1933), "Follow the Fleet" (1936), "The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle" (1939), "Roberta" (1935), $27.92. (TCM/Warner).

Trespass (2011) Dir.: Joel Schumacher; Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Cam Gigandet, Liana Liberato, Ben Mendelsohn. Home invasion thriller has Cage fending off cold-blooded criminals, bringing his family together despite everyone being tangled up in betrayal, deception, temptation and scheming. Extras: "Trespass: Inside the Thriller" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Millennium Entertainment).

Victorious: Season One, Volume Two (2010) Two-disc set with nine episodes, $19.99. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).

Water for Elephants (2011) Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz, Paul Schneider, Jim Norton, Mark Povinelli, Richard Brake, Hal Holbrook. Extras: "Robert Pattinson Spotlight," "Feature Performer Reese Witherspoon," "The Traveling Show: From Page to Screen," commentary by director Francis Lawrence and writer Richard LaGravenese. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds "Working Without a Net: The Visual Effects of Water for Elephants," "The Star Attraction," "Raising the Tent," "Secrets of the Big Top," digital copy. (Fox).

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