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Battleship (2012) Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker, Alexander Skarsgard, Tadanobu Asano, Josh Pence, Rihanna, Peter MacNicol, Hamish Linklater, Stephen Bishop, David Jensen Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Three featurettes: "Preparing for Battle," "All Hands on Deck: The Cast," "Engage in Battle." Blu-ray adds alternate ending pre-visualization, "The Visual Effects of Battleship," "All Access with Director Peter Berg," "USS Missouri VIP Tour," "Commander Pete," "Alien Tech 3D Model Turntable Explosions." (Universal).

Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Second Season (2011) Twelve episodes. Five-disc DVD set and seven-disc Blu-ray set (five Blu-rays and two DVDs of extras), $59.99 and $79.98 respectively. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Back to Boardwalk" revisit Season One with creator-executive producer Terence Winter; "The Money Decade" featurette on the legacy of the 1920s; "Updates to the Boardwalk" production featurette; "Character Dossier"; Season Two Promo Spot; six commentaries. Blu-ray adds "Living in 1921" interactive featurette; "Secrets of the Past: Storytelling in Episode 11." (HBO).

Changing the Game (2011) Tony Todd, Irma P. Hall, Sticky Fingaz, Suzzanne Douglas, Charli Baltimore, Dennis L.A. White. A supremely intelligent young African-American male rises from the ferocious and oppressive streets of North Philadelphia to become a shining star in the lucrative world of high finance at Wall Street's most prestigious firm to soon discover that the white-collar world is filled with crime and death just like the drug-filled hood he left behind. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).

Darling Companion (2012) Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins, Elisabeth Moss, Mark Duplass. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Three behind-the-scenes featurettes, "On the Red Carpet: New York Premiere," commentary with director Lawrence Kasdan, co-writer Meg Kasdan and Kevin Kline. (Sony).

Eclipse Series 35: Maidstone and Other Films by Norman Mailer (2011) Norman Mailer is remembered for many things... his novels, his essays, his articles, his activism, his ego. One largely forgotten chapter of his life, however, is his late-60s, headlong, kamikaze-style plunge into making experimental films. These rough-hewn, self-financed, largely improvised metafictions are works of madness and bravado, all starring Mailer himself and with technical assistance from cinema verite trailblazers D. A. Pennebaker and Richard Leacock. The fullest realization of his directorial efforts is the blustering, brawling "Maidstone" (1970), a shocking sign of the political times in which Mailer plays a filmmaker and presidential candidate who may be the target of an assassination attempt. Along with Mailerís other films of the period... "Wild 90" (1967) and "Beyond the Law" (1968)... it shows an uncompromising artist in thrall to both himself and a new medium. Formats: DVD. Two-disc set, $39.95. (The Criterion Collection).

Green Lantern The Animated Series: Rise of the Red Lanterns (2012) Two-disc set with 13 episodes and a digital comic book, $19.97. (Warner).

Headhunters (2012) Aksel Hennie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Synnove Macody Lund, Eivind Sander, Julie R. Olgaard. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

Jersey Shore Shark Attack (2012) Jeremy Luke, Melissa Molinaro, Paul Sorvino, Jack Scalia, Joey Fatone, Vinny Guadagnino, William Atherton, Tony Sirico. A crew of Jerseyites who band together against killer sharks that threaten to spoil their summer fun by eating them alive. Syfy Saturday Original Movie. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).

The Jungle Bunch: The Movie (2012) John Lithgow. The tale of Maurice, a penguin who was raised in the jungle and who thinks he's a tiger... and who assembles a misfit team of jungle friends to return to the Antarctic to defend his colony from an invading herd of walruses. Formats: DVD. Universal).

Lonesome (1928) The early Hollywood gem "Lonesome" is the creation of a little-known but audacious and one-of-a-kind auteur, Paul Fejos (a filmmaker/explorer/anthropologist/doctor!), who bridged the gap between the silent and sound eras. Fejos pulled out all the stops for this lovely New York City symphony set in antic Coney Island during the Fourth of July weekend... employing color tinting, superimposition effects, experimental editing, and a roving camera (plus three dialogue scenes, added because of the craze for talkies). For years, "Lonesome" has been a rare treat for festival and cinematheque audiences; it's only now coming to home video. Rarer still are the two other Fejos films included in this release: "The Last Performance" (featuring a new score by Donald Sosin) and a reconstruction of the previously incomplete sound version of "Broadway," in its time the most expensive film ever produced at Universal. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. New digital restoration, featuring uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: Commentary featuring film historian Richard Koszarski; "The Last Performance," director Paul Fejos's 1929 silent starring Conrad Veidt, with a new score by Donald Sosin; reconstructed sound version of "Broadway," Fejos's 1929 musical; "Fejos Memorial," a 1963 visual essay produced by Paul Falkenberg in collaboration with Fejos's wife, Lita Binns Fejos, featuring Paul Fejos narrating the story of his life and career; audio excerpts about "Broadway" from an interview with cinematographer Hal Mohr; booklet featuring essays by critic Phillip Lopate and film historian Graham Petrie and an excerpt about "Lonesome" from Fejos's autobiography. (The Criterion Collection).

Looney Tunes Chuck Jones Collection Mouse Chronicles (2012) Two-disc set with 19 remastered shorts, $26.99. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Of Mice and Pen" featurette, bonus cartoons, commentary. (Warner).

The Lucky One (2012) Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner, Riley Thomas Stewart Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: (Warner).

The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012) Swashbuckling stop-motion animation with the voices of Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, Imelda Staunton, David Tennant, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, Anton Yelchin, Brendan Gleeson, Al Roker. Formats: DVD, 3D Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Filmmakers' commentary, "So You Want to Be A Pirate!" mini-movie, "Mr. Bobo's Flash Card Challenge," DVD-ROM link to online fun. Blu-ray adds "Pirate Disguise Dress-Up" game, "From Stop to Motion" featurette, "Creating the Bath Chase Sequence" featurette, two Peter Lord short films. (Sony).

Quadrophenia (1979) The Who's classic rock opera "Quadrophenia" was the basis for this invigorating coming-of-age movie and depiction of the defiant, drug-fueled London of the early 1960s. Our antihero, Jimmy (Phil Daniels), is a teenager dissatisfied with family, work, and love, who identifies with the fashionable, pill-popping, scooter-driving mods, a group whose opposition to the motorcycle-riding rockers leads to a climactic riot in Brighton. Director Franc Roddam's rough-edged film is a quintessential chronicle of youthful rebellion and turmoil, with Pete Townshend's brilliant songs (including "I've Had Enough," "5:15" and "Love, Reign O'er Me") providing emotional support, and featuring Sting and Ray Winstone in early roles. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Director-approved special edition features new high-definition digital restoration of the uncut version, with the original 2.0 stereo soundtrack as well as an all-new 5.1 surround mix, supervised by the Who and presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: New audio commentary featuring director Franc Roddam and director of photography Brian Tufano; new interview with Bill Curbishley, the film's co-producer and the Who's co-manager; new interview with the Who's sound engineer, Bob Pridden, discussing the new mix, featuring a restoration demonstration; on-set and archival footage; behind-the-scenes photographs; booklet featuring an essay by critic Nick James, a reprinted personal history by original mod Irish Jack, and Pete Townshend's liner notes from the album. (The Criterion Collection).

Think Like a Man (2012) Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, Romany Malco, Gabrielle Union, Wendy Williams, Chris Brown. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes, blooper reel, four behind-the-scenes featurettes. (Sony).

Two And A Half Men: The Complete Ninth Season (2011-12) Three-disc set with 24 episodes, $44.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: The "Billionaire Upgrade: Walden Schmidt's Malibu House Redesign" featurette, gag reel. (Warner).

The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season (2011) Four-disc set with 13 episodes. Formats: DVD, $59.98; Blu-ray Disc, $69.99. Extras: Behind-the-scenes footage, featurettes, commentaries. (Anchor Bay).

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