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Buck Privates: Universal 100th Anniversary Collector's Series (1941) Comedy legends Bud Abbott and Lou Costello cemented their place in film history with this hilarious wartime comedy classic. After spending years on stage in burlesque and on radio perfecting classic routines such as "Who's on First?," the duo transitioned to motion pictures at Universal in 1940. In their first leading roles, Bud and Lou play con artists who accidentally enlist in the U.S. Army to avoid going to jail. Making matters worse, their no-nonsense drill sergeant turns out to be the cop who tried to arrest them. Featuring classic routines such as "Drill," "Dice Game" and "You’re Forty, She's Ten," the film also starred the popular singing group The Andrews Sisters performing the Academy Award-nominated song "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." Following the success of "Buck Privates," Bud and Lou made an astounding 26 more movies at Universal. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "Abbott and Costello Meet Jerry Seinfeld." (Universal).

Crew 2 Crew (2012) Jordan Bridges, Brooklyn Sudano. Hip-Hop dance drama. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download. Extras: Alternate ending, behind-the-scenes featurette. (Lionsgate).

The Divide (2011) Lauren German, Michael Biehn, Milo Ventimiglia, Courtney B. Vance, Ivan Gonzalez, Michael Eklund, Ashton Holmes, Rosanna Arquette. A sudden nuclear attack forces nine strangers into a small, decrepit apartment building basement for shelter. Trapped for days underground with no hope of rescue, and unknown horrors awaiting them outside, the group begins to descend into madness, acting out vicious bouts of psychological and physical torture upon one another. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary by director Xavier Gens and actors Michael Biehn, Milo Ventimiglia and Michael Eklun. (Anchor Bay).

Eight Is Enough: The Complete First Season (1980-81) Two-disc set with nine episodes, $24.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Cast reunion special. (Warner).

Ernie Kovacs: The ABC Specials (2011) Single-disc DVD featuring most of the prime time ABC Specials that helped cement Ernie Kovacs' legacy as a comic artist who broke the rules of television before they were made. The ABC Specials is broken out from the critically acclaimed six-DVD box set "Ernie Kovacs Collection," released by Shout! Factory in 2011. This new DVD is designed to appeal to a broader audience not already familiar with Kovacs’ work. Before his untimely death at the age of 42, television pioneer Kovacs left us with a sublime body of comedy work whose influence can be seen on everything from Monty Python to SNL and David Letterman. He made eight TV specials for ABC in 1961, the final year of his life, and these show Kovacs at the peak of his creative experimentation with the medium, featuring many of his comic masterpieces and iconic set pieces. Five of these programs are presented here in complete uncut form, along with many of his celebrated — and delightfully offbeat — commercials for Dutch Masters cigars. Included here: Kovacs Special #4 September 21, 1961, Kovacs Special #5 October 28, 1961, Kovacs Special #6 November 24, 1961, Kovacs Special #7 December 12, 1961, Kovacs Special #8 January 23, 1962. $14.97. Formats: DVD. Extras: Dutch Masters commercials. (Shout! Factory).

Frozen Planet (2012) Astonishing and breathtaking seven-part series narrated by David Attenborough. A BBC/Discovery Channel co-production four years in the making," Frozen Planet" is ambitious and epic in scale and provides the ultimate portrait of our Earth's Polar Regions, capturing the power of natural elements and the fragile, jaw-dropping beauty of scenery unlike anywhere else in the world. This landmark high definition series brings to the screen the frozen wilderness of the polar region for what could be the last time before they change forever. Featuring the incredible wildlife cinematography that made "Planet Earth" a worldwide success, viewers encounter spectacles that few of us will ever witness first hand. Go deep under the sea-ice into a magical world of giants, plunge into the heart of an erupting polar volcano and fly to the South Pole across the Antarctic icecap... the largest concentration of ice on earth... retracing the steps of the great Polar explorers. Get closer than ever before to the lives of polar bears, penguins, wolves and orcas, and witness the most extraordinary examples of survival against the odds that can be found anywhere on the planet. Three-disc set. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (BBC Worldwide Americas).

Ice Road Truckers: Season Five (2011) Four-disc set with 16 episodes, $29.95. Formats: DVD. (A&E).

Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) om Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Vladimir Mashkov, Josh Holloway, Anil Kapoor, Lea Seydoux. Formats: DVD, Limited Edition 3-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, Two-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download. UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: DVD: Behind-the-scenes production featurettes: Impossible Missions: The Sandstorm, Props; deleted scenes. Two-disc Blu-ray adds Mission Accepted: Heating Up In Dubai, Vancouver Fisticuffs featurettes; alternate opening. Three-disc Blu-ray adds Mission Accepted: Suiting Up In Prague; Impossible Missions: The Russian Prison, Shooting in IMAX, Art Department, A Roll of Film, Life Masks,Stepping into the Storm, Dubai Car Crash, Lens on the Burj, Composer featurettes. (Paramount).

Mo Willems' Pigeon and Pals: Complete Cartoon Collection, Vol. 1 & 2 (2012) Two-disc set with six animated stories by Emmy Award-winner and Sesame Street veteran Mo Willems, who authored the family favorites "Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!" and "The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!" included here. The set also includes "Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale" (in both English and Spanish) and "Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity," "Leonardo the Terrible Monster" and "Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed." Formats: DVD. Extras: Three featurettes: "Getting to Know Mo Willems," "Animating Pigeon" and "Mo and Pigeon Visit a School. (Scholastic Storybook Treasures).

Only in America With Larry The Cable Guy: Volume 2 (2011 Eleven new-to-DVD episodes, $19.95. Formats: DVD. (A&E).

Planet Egypt (2011) Fascinating, four-hour HISTORY miniseries explores the technology, culture, religion, wars and peace that unified Egypt for 3,000 years. Two-disc set, $24.95. Formats: DVD. (A&E).

The Presidents (2005) as the election year heats up, this best-selling series and the most comprehensive ever filmed about the presidency provides a rare, inside look at the lives and legacies of every POTUS in a beautifully repackaged set including a bonus DVD. Four-disc set, $29.95. Formats: DVD. (A&E).

Robotropolis (2011) Zoe Naylor, Graham Sibley. The unveiling of a state-of-the-art city called New Town, fully serviced by robots fulfilling all of the functions previously held by humans, turns deadly when the robots revolt and attack the humans. Formats: DVD. (Image Entertainment).

Secret War (2012) From the producers of "Churchill's Bodyguard" and "Hitler's Bodyguard," this riveting 13-part series tells the story of the spies who went behind enemy lines to conduct intelligence gathering, sabotage, and assassination during World War II. The series premiered on Discovery's Military Channel in January 2012. "Secret War" includes a 20-page viewer’s guide with a chronology of World War II, articles on Winston Churchill, Fortress Europe, resistance movements, the SAS, and MI6. (Acorn Media).

Shame (2011) Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale, Nicole Beharie, Hannah Ware. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "Focus on Michael Fassbender," "Director Steve McQueen," "The Story of Shame," "A Shared Vision," "Fox Movie Channel Presents: In Character With Michael Fassbender." (Fox).

Suspicion (2011) Brad Blaisdell, Suzanne May, Aidan Bristow). A retired member of the Mafia, dying of lung cancer, roams the city, frequenting his favorite cafe, where he meets a waitress/college girl and unwittingly puts her life in jeopardy. Formats: DVD. (Osiris Entertainment).

Treme: The Complete Second Season (2011) Four-disc set with 11 episode. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Interactive, in-episode Blu-ray viewing modes, four featurettes that explore the music and traditions of New Orlean, commentaries. (HBO).

Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns: Season 5 (2011) Three-disc set with 20 episodes, $29.98. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).

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