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DVD New Releases: December 20, 2011

Blackthorn (2011) Sam Shepard, Eduardo Noriega, Stephen Rea, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau. It's been said (but unsubstantiated) that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were killed in a standoff with the Bolivian military in 1908. In this sequel of sorts, Cassidy (Shepard) survived, and is quietly living out his years under the name James Blackthorn in a secluded Bolivian village. Tired of his long exile from the U.S. and hoping to see his family again before he dies, Cassidy sets out on the long journey home. However, when an unexpected encounter with an ambitious young criminal derails his plans, he is thrust into one last adventure, the likes of which he hasn't experienced since his glory days with the Sundance Kid. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

Catch .44 (2011) Forest Whitaker, Bruce Willis, Malin Akerman, Nikki Reed, Deborah Ann Woll, Brad Dourif. Large guns get pointed at everyone when three female hoods fail to intercept a double-cross drug shipment for their crime boss. Extras: Commentary. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay Entertainment).

Colombiana (2011) Zoe Saldana, Jordi Molla, Lennie James, Michael Vartan, Cliff Curtis. Extras: "Colombiana: The Making of" featurette, "Cateleya's Journey" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds "Assassins," "Training a Killer" and "Take the Ride" featurette. Also includes an UltraViolet copy that allows streaming anywhere from a difital cloud. Both formats include an unrated version of the film. (Sony).

Dolphin Tale (2011) Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Kris Kristofferson, Morgan Freeman. Available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and 3D Blue-Ray/Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. (Warner).

Glee: The Concert Movie (2011) Cory Monteith, Dianna Agron, Lea Michele, Darren Criss, Chord Overstreet, Chris Colfer, Heather Morris, Kevin McHale, Naya Rivera, Harry Shum Jr., Amber Riley, Ashley Fink. Extras: Available as a 3D Blue-Ray/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Combo, Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Combo and DVD. (Fox).

Margin Call (2011) Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, Demi Moore, Mary McDonnell, Paul Bettany, Simon Baker, Zachary Quinto. Extras: Commentary by writer-director JC Chandor and producer Neal Dodson, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Lionsgate).

Midnight in Paris (2011) Dir.: Woody Allen; Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kurt Fuller, Mimi Kennedy, Michael Sheen, Nina Arianda, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, Adrien Brody, Kathy Bates, Yves , Alison Pill, Corey Stoll. Extras: "Midnight in Cannes" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds Cast and crew photo galleries. (Sony).

Mysteries of Lisbon (2011) Dir.: Raul Ruiz; Joao Luis Arrais, Afonso Pimentel. One of the final works by legendary filmmaker Raul Ruiz, this acclaimed adaptation of the epic Portuguese novel tells a sweeping and tale of romance, war, passion and betrayal. Adapted from the 19th Century novel by Portugal's Camilo Castelo Branco, the film covers three decades, four countries and a host of rich characters all sparked by one man's search for the truth. In 19th Century Lisbon, Portugal, Joao, an orphan in a boarding school, sets out on a quest to discover the story behind his origins, his parents and his true identity. From this city of intrigue and secrets emerges a collection of characters who are all somehow linked to Joao's destiny: Father Dinis, a descendant of the aristocratic libertines who later becomes a hero who defends justice; a countess maddened by her jealousy and obsessed with vengeance; and a prosperous businessman who mysteriously made his fortune as a bloodthirsty pirate. Joao's questions are slowly answered while others are raised over the course of three decades and a personal voyage that takes him from Portugal to France, Italy, and even Brazil. But as secrets are revealed and Joao's life begins to intertwine with those of the people he meets, he slowly learns that the truth for one isn't always the truth for all. Available as a three-disc DVD/Blu-ray combo. Extras: Interview with Raul Ruiz, roundtable discussion, special radio interview, booklet, more. (Music Box Films).

One Tree Hill: The Complete Eighth Season (2010-11) Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $59.98. Extras: Three featurettes, two commentaries, unaired scenes, gag reel. (Warner).

Straw Dogs (2011) James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgard, Dominic Purcell, Willa Holland,James Woods. Extras: commentary with writer-director Rod Lurie and the featurettes "Courting Controversy: Remaking a Classic," "The Dynamics of Power: The Ensemble," "Inside the Siege: The Ultimate Showdown" and "Creating the Sumner House: The Production Design." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).

The Tempest (2010) Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, Alfred Molina. Directed by Julie Taymor. Modern retelling of William Shakespeare's final masterpiece. Exiled to a magical island, the sorceress Prospera (Mirren) conjures up a storm that shipwrecks her enemies, and then unleashes her powers for revenge. Extras: "The Tempest Documentary," commentary by director Julie Taymor, Russell Brand's rehearsal riff, "O Mistress Mine" Reeve Carney music video. (Disney).

Warrior (2011) Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Morrison. Available in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (with Digital Copy) and DVD. Extras: Commentary, a "making of" documentary, mixed martial arts strategy, gag reel, deleted scene, more. (Lionsgate).

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