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DVD New Releases: January 3, 2012

Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season Five (1959-60) Five-disc set with 38 episodes featuring such stars as Walter Matthau, Steve McQueen, Peter Lorre, Dick Van Dyke, William Shatner and Burt Reynolds. $39.98. (Universal).

The Chateau Meroux (2011) Marla Sokoloff, Amanda Righetti, Christopher Lloyd, Barry Watson. Romantic comedy about a San Francisco woman who inherits a beautiful but struggling winery in the Napa Valley from her estranged father. (Anchor Bay).

Contagion (2011) Dir.: Steven Soderbergh; Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, John Hawkes, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard, Tien You Chui, Josie Ho Josie, Daria Strokous, Monique Gabriela Curnen. Extras: "Contagion: How a Virus Changes the World," "The Reality of Contagion: Go Inside the BioSafety Level 4 Laboratory," "The Contagion Detectives." Available as a Blu-ray/DVD combo. (Warner).

Dr. Willoughby (1999) Stars Joanna Lumley as Donna Sinclair, an actress desperately clinging to her fading career in a sleazy daytime soap in which she stars as competent and compassionate Dr. Willoughby; off-screen, Sinclair is a holy terrorconniving, vain, and utterly insincere. $29.99.(Acorn Media).

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011) Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce, Bailee Madison. Extras: Three-part making-of documentary: "The Story," "Blackwood's Mansion," "The Creatures." Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds conceptual art gallery. (Sony).

The Guard (2011) Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Liam Cunningham, David Wilmot, Rory Keenan, Mark Strong, Fionnula Flanagan. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, Outtakes, "The Second Death" short film, "The Making of The Guard" featurette, Los Angeles Film Festival Q & A, commentary by writer-director John Michael McDonagh and actors Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).

I Don't Know How She Does It (2011) Sarah Jessica Parker, Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Christina Hendricks, Kelsey Grammer, Seth Meyers, Olivia Munn. Extras: Conversation with bestselling author, Allison Pearson, whose book the film was based upon. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay Entertainment).

An Idiot Abroad (2011) Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, co-creators of "The Office" and "Extras," send their friend Karl Pilkington around the world ... against his will. Karl thinks he's visiting the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, but along the way the "Little Englander" must endure camel rides, jungle treks, tribal customs and local oddballs while dining on toads and testicle and searching for a clean bathroom. Will this be the trip of a lifetime, or the vacation from hell? And will Karl even know the difference? Extras: Deleted scenes, photo gallery. (BBC Home Entertainment).

Justified: The Complete Second Season (2011) Three-disc set with 13 episodes, Extras: Three featurettes, deleted scenes, outtakes. $45.99. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, $55.99. (Sony).

The Last Lions (2011) A resilient lioness in Botswana's Okavango Delta embarks on an epic journey of survival to protect her three cubs in this nature documentary from National Geographic and award-winning filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert. The story unfolds against the backdrop of the stark reality that lions are vanishing from the wild; in the past 50 years, lion populations have plummeted from 450,000 to as few as 20,000. Narrated by Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Virgil Films and Entertainment).

Man in a Suitcase, Set 2 (1968) Four-disc set with 15 episodes, $59.99. Conclusion to the thrilling British spy series about a rogue agent for hire in 1960s Europe. (Acorn Media).

Mildred Pierce (2011) Two-disc set of the Emmy-winning HBO miniseries starring Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, Evan Rachel Wood, Melissa Leo, Mare Winningham, Hope Davis and Brian F. O'Byrne. Directed by Todd Haynes ("Far From Heaven"), "Mildred Pierce" is based on James M. Cain's classic 1941 novel of pride and status in the middle class. It tells the story of Mildred, a struggling single mother in Depression-era Los Angeles determined to fulfill the demands of her eldest daughter Veda, while surpassing societal expectations and the duplicity of the men in her life. With a talent for baking and a tremendous work ethic, Mildred sets her sights on becoming a restauranteur. Along the way she finds unexpected romance with Monty Beragon, a charming and wealthy idler, but personal tragedy soon strikes and Mildred faces the ultimate betrayal of love by her gifted but haughty daughter. $39.99. Extras: Commentaries from Haynes, co-writer Jon Raymond and production designer Mark Friedberg (who created the historically accurate setting); a menu-based "Series Index" and "Previews" of each of the five parts. Also available as a DVD/Blu-ray Collector's Edition for $52.99, which adds "Inside the Episode" pieces and the behind-the-scenes featurette "The Making of Mildred Pierce." (HBO)

Nova: Finding Life Beyond Earth (2011) Combining the latest telescope images with dazzling CGI, this NOVA documentary immerses audiences in the sights and sounds of alien worlds, while top astrobiologists explain how these places are changing how we think about the potential for life in our solar system. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (PBS Distribution).

Puncture (2011) Chris Evans, Mark Kassen, Marhsall Bell, Vinessa Shaw, Michael Biehn, Jesse L. Martin. A David and Goliath law drama about a drug-addicted lawyer who takes on a health supply corporation while battling his own personal demons. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Millennium Entertainment).

Removal (2010) Billy Burke, Mark Kelly, Oz Perkins, Kelly Brook, Emma Caulfield, Elliott Gould. Gothic horror meets industrial-strength cleaning products in this spine-tingler about a pill-popping cleaning service employee and a sprawling mansion with secrets of its own. Extras: Deleted scene, alternate opening, gag reel. (Lionsgate).

Royal Pains: Season Three - Volume One (2011) Two-disc set with the first half of Season 1, $26.98. Extras: Select commentary, gag reel. (Universal).

Shark Night (2011)Sara Paxton, Sinqua Walls, Dustin Milligan, Chris Carmack, Katharine McPhee, Chris Zylka. Extras: Shark Attack! Kill Machine! feature to jump to your favorite kills quickly, "Ellis' Island" cast featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds "Shark Night's Survival Guide", "Fake Sharks Real Scares" behind-the-scenes featurette, digital copy. (Fox)

SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBobís Frozen Face-Off Seven episodes, $16.99. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).

A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventure (2011) Animated tale follows Sammy the turtle's incredible 50-year journey across the world as he meets new friends, including his best friend Ray, finds his true love Shelly and discovers how important it is to protect the earth we live on. Voices of Melanie Griffith, Jenny McCarthy, Kathy Griffin, Tim Curry, Anthony Anderson, Stacy Keach. $19.95. (StudioCanal).

The Windsors: From George to Kate (2011) Absorbing documentary traces the recent history of the British monarchy from King George VI through Prince William's recent wedding. Provides a window into the captivating lives of the British Royal Family. $29.99. (Acorn Media).

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