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DVD New Releases: November 15, 2011

Bedlam: Season One (2011) Two-disc set with six episodes of the British supernatural series that airs October on BBC America. (BBC/Warner).

Beginners (2011) Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Melanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic, Mary Page Keller, Jodi Long. Extras: Commentary by writer-director Mike Mills, "A Short Film About Making Beginners." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).

Being Human: The Complete First Season (2011) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $49.05. Extras: "Making-of" featurette, cast and crew interviews, Comic Con 2011 Panel. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Entertainment One).(Studio).

Crime Story: The Complete Series (1986-88) 25th anniversary edition includes the two-hour pilot, $29.98. Set in the 1960s, "Crime Story" is the story of the Chicago Police Major Crime Unit headed by Lieutenant Mike Torello (Dennis Farina), a man driven by his obsessive pursuit of Ray Luca (Anthony Denison), a ruthless hood who is rapidly ascending the underworld's corporate ladder. As Luca murders, steals, and extorts his way to the top, Torello, backed by his dedicated team of detectives, pursues him from the grit of Chicago to the glitz of Las Vegas, their paths clashing again and again. Features a supporting cast that includes Darlanne Fluegel, Stephen Lang, Bill Campbell, Ted Levine, Joseph Wiseman. Guest stars include David Caruso, Julia Roberts, Gary Sinise, Kevin Spacey, Ving Rhames, Lorraine Bracco, Michael Madsen, Pam Grier, Stanley Tucci, David Hyde Pierce, Andrew Dice Clay and Deborah Harry - as well as an appearance by jazz legend Miles Davis. (Image Entertainment).

Dora the Explorer: Celebrate With Dora (2011) Three-disc set with "Dora's Halloween," Dora's Christmas" and "Dora's Big Birthday Adventure," $29.99. (Paramount).

Griff the Invisible (2010) Ryan Kwanten, Maeve Dermody, Patrick Brammall, Toby Schmitz, Marshall Napier, Heather Mitchell. Griff, a shy and awkward office worker by day, finds escape from his ordinary, "invisible" life by assuming the identity of a fantastic superhero each night. Griff's secret is jeopardized when he meets Melody), a cute but unconventional daydreamer who quickly becomes fascinated by his idiosyncrasies, which are equal only to her own, and who takes it upon herself to rescue "Griff the Invisible" for the sake of herself, Griff and their newfound love for each other. Extras: "Behind the Scenes Featurette," "Anatomy of a Scene," deleted scenes, "Appear Calm: Diary of a First Time Director," "Rain Stops Play," "Patrick's Set Tour" and the music video "Don't Give Yourself Away" by The Shadow Bureau. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Studio).

Larry Crowne (2011) Dir.: Tom Hanks; Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Cedric the Entertainer, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bryan Cranston, Wilmer Valderrama, Taraji P. Henson, Maria Canals-Barrera, Malcolm Barrett, George Takei, Nia Vardalos, Jon Seda. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).

The Littlest Angel (2011) Animated version of the 1946 kids book about a little boy who arrives in heaven before his time and must return to Earth to earn his wings. $19.98. (Anchor Bay).

The Rules of the Game (1939) Considered one of the greatest films ever made, "The Rules of the Game" (La regle du jeu), by Jean Renoir, is a scathing critique of corrupt French society cloaked in a comedy of manners, in which a weekend at a marquis's countryside chateau lays bare some ugly truths about a group of haute bourgeois acquaintances. The film was a victim of tumultuous history - it was subjected to cuts after premiere audiences rejected it in 1939, and the original negative was destroyed during World War II; it wasn't reconstructed until 1959. That version, which has stunned viewers for decades, is presented here. High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: Introduction to the film by director Jean Renoir; commentary written by film scholar Alexander Sesonske and read by filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich; comparison of the film's two endings; "Olivier Curchod Presents The Rules of the Game," a 2005 documentary comparing today's 106-minute edit with Renoir's original script; scene analysis by Renoir historian Chris Faulkner; excerpts from "Jean Renoir, le patron: La regle et l'exception" (1966), a French television program by filmmaker Jacques Rivette; Part One of "Jean Renoir," a two-part 1993 BBC documentary by film critic David Thompson; video essay about the film's production, release, and 1959 reconstruction; 1965 interview from the French television series "Les ecrans de la ville" in which Jean Gaborit and Jacques Durand discuss their reconstruction and re-release of the film; interviews with set designer Max Douy, Renoir's son, Alain, and actress Mila Parely; booklet featuring writings by Jean Renoir, Francois Truffaut, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Bertrand Tavernier; an essay by Sesonske; and tributes to the film and Renoir by J. Hoberman, Kent Jones, Paul Schrader, Wim Wenders, Robert Altman, and others. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

Smallville: The Complete Series Sixty-two disc set with 218 episodes, $339.98. Includes two discs with more than five hours of bonus material. (Warner).

Smallville: The Final Season (2010-11) Six-disc set with 22 episodes, $59.98. Extras: Commentaries, featurettes, unaired scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

SpongeBob SquarePants: Holidays With SpongeBob Three-disc set with "SpongeBob SquarePants: Christmas," "SpongeBob SquarePants: Halloween" and "SpongeBob SquarePants: To Love a Patty," 26 episodes in all, $29.99. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).

Three Colors: Blue, White, Red (1993-1994) This boldly cinematic trio of stories about love and loss from Krzysztof Kieslowski ("The Double Life of Veronique") was a defining event of the art-house boom of the 1990s. The films were named for the colors of the French flag and stand for the tenets of the French Revolution - liberty, equality, and fraternity - but this hardly begins to explain their enigmatic beauty and rich humanity. Set in Paris, Warsaw and Geneva, and ranging from tragedy to comedy, "Blue," "White" and "Red" (Kieslowski's final film) examine with artistic clarity a group of ambiguously interconnected people experiencing profound personal disruptions. Marked by intoxicating cinematography and stirring performances by such actors as Juliette Binoche, Julie Delpy, Irene Jacob and Jean-Louis Trintignant, Kieslowski's "Three Colors" is a benchmark of contemporary cinema. New high-definition digital restorations, with DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray editions. Extras: Three cinema lessons with Kieslowski; new interviews with composer Zbigniew Preisner, writer Krzysztof Piesiewicz, and actors Julie Delpy, Zbigniew Zamachowski, and Irene Jacob; selected-scene commentary for "Blue" with actress Juliette Binoch; Kieslowski's student short "The Tram" (1966) and his fellow student's short from the same year, "The Face," which features Kieslowski in a solo performance; two short documentaries by Kieslowski: "Seven Women of Different Ages" (1978) and "Talking Heads" (1980);" Krzysztof Kieslowski: I'm So-So ..." (1995), a feature-length documentary in which the filmmaker discusses his life and work; two multi-interview programs, "Reflections on Blue and Kieslowski: The Early Years," with film critic Geoff Andrew, Binoche, filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, cinematographer Slawomir Idziak, Insdorf, Jacob, and editor Jacques Witta; interviews with producer Marin Karmitz and Witta; behind-the-scenes programs for "White" and "Red," and "Kieslowski Cannes 1994," a short documentary on "Red's" world premiere; original theatrical trailers; booklet featuring essays by critics Colin MacCabe, Nick James, Stuart Klawans, and Georgina Evans, an excerpt from "Kieslowski on Kieslowski," and reprinted interviews with cinematographers Idziak, Edward Klosinski, and Piotr Sobocinski. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

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