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DVD New Releases: January 24, 2012

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Season One (1979-80) Six-disc set with all 21 episodes, $24.98. (Universal).

Godzilla (1954) Ishiro Honda's "Godzilla" is the roaring granddaddy of all monster movies. It's also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama made in Japan at a time when the country was still reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing. Its rampaging radioactive beast, the poignant embodiment of an entire population's fears, became a beloved international icon of destruction, spawning more than 20 sequels and spinoffs. This first thrilling, tactile spectacle continues to be a cult phenomenon; here, we present the original 1954 Japanese version, along with "Godzilla: King of the Monsters!", the 1956 American reworking starring Raymond Burr. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: Commentary by David Kalat ("A Critical History and Filmography of Toho's Godzilla Series"); new high-definition digital restoration of "Godzilla: King of the Monsters!", Terry Morse's 1956 reworking of the original, starring Raymond Burr; commentary for" Godzilla: King of the Monsters!" by Kalat; new interviews with actor Akira Takarada, "Godzilla" performer Haruo Nakajima, and effects technicians Yoshio Irie and Eizo Kaimai; interview with legendary" Godzilla" score composer Akira Ifukube; featurette detailing "Godzilla's" photographic effects; new interview with Japanese-film critic Tadao Sato; "The Unluckiest Dragon," an illustrated audio essay featuring historian Greg Pflugfelder describing the tragic fate of the fishing vessel Daigo fukuryu maru, a real-life event that inspired "Godzilla"; theatrical trailers; booklet featuring an essay by critic J. Hoberman. (The Criterion Collection).

Mannix: The Sixth Season (1972-73) Six-disc set with 24 episodes, $54.99. (CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment).

Memphis (2012) Broadway's Tony Award-winning musical, with the original cast, recorded at the Shubert Theatre in New York. The play takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50s where a young white DJ falls in love with and electrifying black singer and how the pair changed music forever. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Shout! Factory).

The Moment of Truth (1964) "The Moment of Truth," from director Francesco Rosi ("Salvatore Giuliano") is a visceral plunge into the life of a famous torero played by real-life bullfighting legend Miguel Mateo, known as Miguelin. Charting his rise and fall with a single-minded focus on the bloody business at hand, the film is at once gritty and operatic, placing the viewer right in the thick of the ring's action, as close to death as possible. Like all of the great Italian truth seeker's films, this is a not just an electrifying drama but also a profound and moving inquiry into a violent world and perhaps the greatest bullfighting movie ever made. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: Interview with director Francesco Rosi from 2004; booklet featuring an essay by critic Peter Matthews. (The Criterion Collection).

Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? (2011) Documentary about one of the most urgent and crucial environmental issues of our time: The disappearance of honeybees from their hives with no clear single explanation, a phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder. It's also a chronicle of man's historic and sacred relationship with bees and the integral role that the honey-fueled insects hold around the world. According to a reported Albert Einstein quote, "If bees disappear from the earth, then man will only have four years of life left." (Music Box Films).

Real Steel (2011) Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, Kevin Durand, Hope Davis, James Rebhorn. Available as a single-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo and three-disc Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo. Extras: "Making of Metal Valley" and "Building the Bots" featurettes, bloopers. Blu-ray adds "Countdown to the Fight: The Charlie Kenton Story," "Sugar Ray Leonard: Cornerman's Champ," deleted and extended scenes. (DreamWorks).

Restless (2011) Dir.: Gus Van Sant; Mia Wasikowska, Henry Hopper, Jane Adams, Ryo Kase. Available as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. Extras: Gus Van Sant's Silent version of "Restless," deleted scenes, "Enoch & Annabel: One Love," "Enoch & Hiroshi: The Best of Friends," "Gus Van Sant: Independent Voice," "Being Restless," "Coming to Life: This Is Restless. "(Sony).

Tales of an Ancient Empire (2010) Kevin Sorbo, Michael Pare, Melissa Ordway, Whitney Able, Sarah Ann Schultz. An ancient kingdom, under siege by a demon sorceress and her army of vampires, seeks helps from the world's greatest warriors. Extras: Behind-the-scenes footage with cast interviews. (Lionsgate).

Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns: Season 4 (2010) Three-disc set with 20 episodes, $29.98. (Lionsgate).

Underdog: Complete Collector's Edition (1964-67) Nine-disc set with more than 20 hours of content, including the show's three seasons comprised of 62 four-part episodes, the original shorts featuring the characters Go Go Gophers, Klondike Kat and Commander McBragg as well as all-new extras; $69.97. Extras: Bonus Cartoons: "Tooter The Turtle" And "The Hunter," alternate episode openings and closings, featurette, commentaries. (Shout! Factor).

The Whistleblower (2011) Rachel Weisz, Vanessa Redgrave, David Strathairn, Benedict Cumberbatch, Monica Bellucci, David Hewlett. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).

The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom (2011) Macha Grenon, Gil Bellows, Julia Stone. It's 1976 and Elizabeth is just your average suburban 11-year-old praying for adolescence to arrive when she discovers her whole life has been a lie. With only her imagination to guide her, Elizabeth runs away in search of her true identity. Her adoptive mother Marion is then forced to break out of the carefully constructed "truth" she's been clinging to and go after her daughter. This leads to a cathartic cross-country trek by a mother searching for a daughter who's searching for a mother. (Osiris Entertainment.

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