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Branded to Kill (1967) When Japanese New Wave bad boy Seijun Suzuki delivered this brutal, hilarious, and visually inspired masterpiece to the executives at his studio, he was promptly fired. "Branded to Kill" tells the ecstatically bent story of a yakuza assassin (Joe Shishido, the chipmunk-cheeked superstar from "Gate of Flesh") with a fetish for sniffing boiled rice who botches a job and ends up a target himself. This is Suzuki at his most extremethe flabbergasting pinnacle of his sixties pop-art aesthetic. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: Video piece featuring new interviews with Suzuki and assistant director Masami Kuzuu; interview with Suzuki from 1997; new interview with actor Joe Shishido; original theatrical trailer; booklet featuring an essay by critic and historian Tony Rayns, author of "Branded to Thrill: The Delirious Cinema of Suzuki Seijun," and a statement by the film's art director, Sukezo Kawahara. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2011) Andy Lau, Bingbing Li, Carina Lau, Tony Leung Ka-fai. Extras: "The Making of Detective Dee," "Creating the Characters," "Weapons, Stunts and Action," "The World of Dee," production stills gallery, behind-the-scenes stills gallery, poster gallery. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Indomina Releasing/Vivendi Entertainment).

Fright Night (2011) Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Toni Collette, David Tennant, Imogen Poots, Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Available as a three-Disc Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack (1 Blu-ray 3D + 1 Blu-ray + 1 DVD with Digital Copy), a two-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (1 Blu-ray + 1 DVD) and on DVD. Extras: Gag reel, Kid Cudi music video: "No One Believes Me," "Squid Man" - extended & uncut. The Blu-ray adds "Peter Vincent: Swim Inside My Mind," "The Official 'How to Make a Funny Vampire Movie' Guide," "Frightful Facts & Terrifying Trivia," deleted scenes.(DreamWorks).

Gunsmoke: Season Five, Volume Two (1959-60) Three-disc set with 20 episodes, $42.99. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) Voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Michelle Yeoh, Danny McBride, Jean-Claude Van Damme, James Hong, Seth Rogen. Available as an Awesome Double DVD pack and an Awesome Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy pack. Extras: "Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness" debut episode of Nickelodeon's new television series; "Kickin' It with the Cast" with the new faces who have joined Po's journey including Gary Oldman, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Victor Garber and Michelle Yeoh and catch up with the returning cast; deleted scenes; commentary; "World of DreamWorks Animation" promos and more; sneak peek at DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular; "Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters" all-new Po adventure; "Panda Stories"; "Kung Fu Shuffle" in which Master Shifu teaches the best way to find a hidden radish in an update of the classic shell game; "Ni HaoŚLearn Chinese!": Choose from more than 50 Kung Fu Panda-inspired words and learn how to say and draw the symbol in Chinese; DVD-ROM: "Legend of the Wu Sisters Game" and printables coloring pages, connect the dots, 3D fortune tellers, stand-up 3D characters, pencil toppers and mazes; two free memberships - each good for game play through April 2012 and valued at $5.95 each per month to the online virtual" Kung Fu Panda World." Blu-ray adds "Animation Inspiration" that follows Po and the Furious Five on their journey throughout China, with footage of real locations that served as inspiration for the film; "The Animators' Corner," which features interviews with creators, animators, cast and crew, along with storyboards, music and commentary; trivia track with pop up trivia, Po style. (DreamWorks).

The Life & Times of Tim: The Complete Second Season (2010) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $29.98. (HBO).

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. Blu-ray Extras: Deleted scenes, "Pre-vis for the Future," "Capturing Caesar - Script to Screen," "Studying the Genius of Andy Serkis," "Multi-Angle: Rocket Cookie Scene," "A New Generation of Apes," "Breaking Motion Capture Boundaries," "Breaking New Sound Barriers: The Music and Sound Design of Rise of the Planet of the Apes," "Ape Facts" (Chimpanzee, Gorilla, Orangutan), commentary by director Rupert Wyatt, commentary by writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, character Concept Art Gallery. (Fox).

Sledge Hammer! The Complete Series (1986) Five-disc set with all 41 episodes of the funny cult comedy about a clueless cop who always gets results. $34.98. (Image Entertainment).

Switched at Birth: Volume 1 (2011) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $29.99. (Disney).

Tokyo Drifter (1966) In this jazzy gangster film, reformed killer Phoenix Tetsu's attempt to go straight is squashed when his former cohorts call him back to Tokyo to help battle a rival gang. This onslaught of stylized violence and trippy colors got director Seijun Suzuki in trouble with Nikkatsu studio heads, who were put off by his anything-goes, in-your-face aesthetic, equal parts Russ Meyer, Samuel Fuller and Nagisa Oshima. "Tokyo Drifter" is a delirious highlight of the brilliantly excessive Japanese cinema of the sixties. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: Video piece featuring new interviews with Suzuki and assistant director Masami Kuzuu; interview with Suzuki from 1997; original theatrical trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Howard Hampton. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

The Undying (2009) Robin Weigert, Anthony Carrigan, Jay O. Sanders, Sybil Temtchine, Wes Studi. Seduced by the ghost of a Civil War soldier, whose spirit dwells in her new home, Dr. Barbara Haughton contrives to have him live again in the body of a man who died in her hospital, giving the doctor more than she bargained for. Extras: Commentary, photo gallery. (MTI Home Video).

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