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Baby Looney Tunes Volume 4: Tooth Fairy Tales Four episodes, $14.97. (Warner).

The Black Widow (aka Before It Had a Name) (2005) Willem Dafoe, Giada Colagrande, Seymour Cassel. A young Italian woman inherits from her deceased lover an enigmatic modern house in the New York countryside; when she goes to see it for the first time, she meets the caretaker, who helps her discover her inner self. (First Look Home Entertainment).

Cria cuervos (1976) Dir.: Carlos Saura; Geraldine Chaplin, Ana Torrent. New, restored high-definition digital transfer. Extras: "Portrait of Carlos Saura": A documentary on the life and career of the Spanish auteur; new interviews with actresses Geraldine Chaplin and Ana Torrent; booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Paul Julian Smith. (The Criterion Collection).

The Dark Crystal 25th Anniversary Edition (1982) Two-disc set with all-new high definition transfer. Extras: Rediscovered footage from Jim Henson's home in England, "Reflections on The Dark Crystal" exclusive featurettes including all-new interviews with the writers and performers. (Sony).

Dynasty: The Second Season (1981-82) Six-disc set with 22 episodes, $38.99. (Paramount).

Father Brown, Set 2 Two-disc set with the concluding six episodes of the PBS "Mystery!" series, $39.99. (Acorn Media).

The First Films of Samuel Fuller (Eclipse Series 5) Three-disc set with "I Shot Jesse James" (1949), "The Baron of Arizona" (1950) and "The Steel Helmet" (1952); $49.95. (The Criterion Collection).

Fracture (2007) Director: Gregory Hoblit. Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Gosling, David Strathairn, Billy Burke, Rosamund Pike, Embeth Davitz, Valerie Dillman. Extras: Alternate endings, deleted scenes. (New Line).

The Fugitive: The First Season, Volume One (1963) Four-disc set with 15 episodes, $38.99. (Paramount).

God Grew Tired of Us (2007) An award-winning, critically acclaimed film, narrated by Nicole Kidman, "God Grew Tired of Us" explores the indomitable spirit of three "Lost Boys" from the Sudan who are forced to leave their homeland due to a tumultuous civil war. The film chronicles their triumph over seemingly insurmountable adversities and a relocation to America, where the Lost Boys build active and fulfilling new lives but remain deeply committed to helping friends and family they have left behind. Extras: Commentary by the director and Lost Boys, "Lost Girls of Sudan" featuette, deleted scenes and outtakes, "Lost Boys Update: Where Are They Now." (Sony).

Halloween (1978) Dir.: John Carpenter; Jamie Lee Curtis, P.J. Soles, Donald Pleasance, Tony Moran. Repackaged in an all-new, specially designed O-card featuring "glowing" jack-o-lantern eyes and nose artwork. (Anchor Bay Entertainment).

Home Run Derby: Volume 2 "Home Run Derby" was a 1959 TV show held at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles, pitting the top sluggers of the Major Leagues against each other in a nine-inning home run contest. The nine episodes in Vol. 2 pitted Duke Snider vs. Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson vs. Dick Stuart, more; $14.98. Vol. 1 came out July 3 and Vol. 3 will arrive September 25. (MGM).

The House of Eliott Complete Collection Twelve-disc set with all 34 episodes of the award-winning BBC series about two beautiful and talented sisters who fight their way out of destitution and succeed in the cutthroat world of fashion in stylish 1920s London; $119.99. (Acorn Media).

Inland Empire (2006) Dir.: David Lynch; Laura Dern, Jeremy Irons, Justin Theroux, Harry Dean Stanton, Peter J. Lucas, Karolina Gruszka, Jan Hencz, Krzysztof Majchrzak, Grace Zabriskie, Diane Ladd, Julia Ormond, Ian Abercrombie. Two-disc set. Extras: "More Things That Happened" 75 minutes of additional scenes, making-of featurette, interviews with Lynch and Dern, photo gallery, plus footage of Lynch at home cooking quinoa -- an edible seed similar in texture to couscous. (Rhino Entertainment).

Labyrinth (Anniversary Edition (1986) Dir.: Jim Henson; David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly. Two-disc set. (Sony).

Loonatics Unleashed Season Two Two-disc set with 13 adventures of the Kids' WB! show, $19.98. (Warner).

Masters of Horror: Tom Holland's We All Scream for Ice Cream (2007 -- TV) Episode from the Showtime series. William Forsythe stars as Buster the Clown, a mentally challenged man who drives an ice cream truck. One day a group of kids play a cruel prank on Buster, with tragic consequences. Years later the same group, now adults with families of their own, are slowly being exterminated -- by their own children. Buster and his ice cream truck have returned for sweet revenge. $14.99. Extras: Commentary by director Tom Holland and writer David J. Schow, script (DVD-ROM), photo gallery. (Anchor Bay).

Masters of Horror: Mick Garris' Valerie on the Stairs (2007 -- TV) Episode from the Showtime series. An unpublished writer living at a commune for aspiring and broke novelists suspects that the house may be haunted by more than just the specters of failed authors. Extras: "Spine Tingler: The Making of Valerie on the Stairs," "Jump Scare: Editing Valerie on the Stairs ," commentary by writer-director Mick Garris, script (DVD-ROM), photo gallery.(Anchor Bay).

The Postcard Bandit (2003 -- TV) Tom Long, Brett Stiller. The story of notorious Australian bank robber Brendan Abbott who sent postcards to authorities hot on his trail while on the run across the country. (BFS Entertainment).

A Pup Named Scooby-Doo Volume 7 Five episodes from the kids TV show, $14.97. (Warner).

The Russian Bride (2001 -- TV) Lia Williams, Sheila Hancock, Douglas Hodge. U.K. drama about a woman who thinks she has found a new life through an Internet marriage agency only to get involved in an abusive household that leads to deceit and murder. (BFS Entertainment).

The Shakespeare Collection Five-disc set with Kenneth Branagh's "Hamlet 2-Disc Special Edition," Max Reinhardt's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Laurence Olivier's "Othello" and Irving Thalberg's "Romeo and Juliet"; $59.92; "Hamlet" sells separately for $26.99 and the other titles sell for $19.97 each. (Warner).
  • Hamlet 2-Disc Special Edition (1996) Dir.: Kenneth Branagh; Richard Attenborough, Brian Blessed, Kenneth Branagh, Richard Briers, Julie Christie, Billy Crystal, Judi Dench, Gerard Depardieu, Reece Dinsdale, Nicholas Farrell, John Gielgud, Rosemary Harris, Charlton Heston, Derek Jacobi, Jack Lemmon, Michael Maloney, John Mills, Rufus Sewell, Timothy Spall, Robin Williams, Kate Winslet. New digital transfer from original 70mm elements and soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1. Extras: Introduction by director-star Kenneth Branagh, commentary by Branagh and Shakespeare scholar Russell Jackson, featurette: "To Be on Camera: A History With Hamlet," 1996 Cannes Film Festival promo, Shakespeare movies trailer gallery: "Hamlet" '96, "Julius Caesar" '53, "Othello" '65, "Othello" '95, "Romeo and Juliet" '37, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" '35, "Hamlet" '90.
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) Dir.: Max Reinhardt; James Cagney, Olivia de Havilland, Dick Powell, Joe E. Brown, Mickey Rooney. Restored to its original "roadshow" length version (including overture and exit music), digitally remastered from the film's original nitrate camera negative. Extras: Commentary by film historian Scott MacQueen, Olivia de Havilland screen test, vintage featurette "A Dream Comes True," "Presenting ..." gallery of six teaser trailers showcasing cast members, Warner Bros. Studio Cafe teaser trailer, musical short "Shake Mr. Shakespeare."
  • Othello (1965) Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, Joyce Redman, Frank Finlay, Derek Jacobi. Extras: Vintage featurette "Olivier Talks About Othello."
  • Romeo and Juliet (1936) Dir.: George Cukor; Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, John Barrymore. Extras: Vintage short "Master Will Shakespeare," classic MGM cartoon "Little Cheeser."
Taxi Driver (Limited Collector's Edition) (1976) Dir.: Martin Scorsese; Robert De Niro, Cybill Shepherd, Peter Boyle, Jodie Foster, Harvey Keitel, Leonard Harris, Albert Brooks. Two-disc set. Extras: Martin Scorsese on "Taxi Driver"; "Producing Taxi Driver"; "Influence and Appreciation": Robert De Niro, Oliver Stone, Roger Corman and others pay tribute to Scorsese and the film; "God's Lonely Man": Writer Paul Schrader and professor Robert Kolker discuss the loneliness themes as seen in the film; "Travis' New York Locations" comparing the 1975 famous New York City locations with 2006; storyboard to film comparisons with Martin Scorsese Introduction; new commentary by writer Paul Schrader; new commentary by professor Robert Kolker; "Taxi Driver Stories"; "Making-Of" documentary; animated photo galleries; original screenplay. (Sony).

Vacancy (2007) Luke Wilson, Kate Beckinsale, Frank Whaley, Ethan Embry. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes, extended snuff films. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).

VeggieTales God Made You Special Collection featuring the all-new story "Bob's Vacation," three classic VeggieTales stories and two Silly Songs, $14.99. Extras: Fan stories, family activity, trivia and games, sing-along songs, "How to Draw Veggie Characters," interactive storybook, Easter eggs. (Big Idea).

Wild Hogs (2007) Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy, Ray Liotta, Marisa Tomei, Kevin Durand, Jill Hennessy. (Disney).

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