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DVD New Releases: November 6, 2012

Adventures of Bailey: Christmas Hero (2012) Rick Shew, Trey Bumpass, Christine Galyean, Liz Franke. Worried that he won't get any presents from Santa because he's been a bad doggie, Bailey learns of a mysterious Native American Indian brave who may be able to make his Christmas wishes come true. With visions of tennis balls, squeaky toys and dog bones dancing in his head, Bailey sets out to find this legend in the woods. But his misguided actions threaten the Baker family's Christmas plans. Dove-approved family film. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).

Aim High: The Complete First Season (2011) All six webisodes of the series about a 16-year-old undercover CIA agent who fights terrorists in-between homework and dates with his crush Amanda, the most popular girl in high school. Formats: DVD, $14.97. Extras: "Meet Nick Green" featurette, "All Better Now" music video, "Video Yearbook" featurette. (Warner).

American Restoration: Volume Two (2012) Two-disc set with 17 episodes, $19.95. Formats: DVD. (A&E).

Arthur Christmas (2011) Voices of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton, Ashley Jensen. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo Disc, 3D Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Un-wrapping Arthur Christmas" featurette, five progression reels, "Elf Recruitment Video." (Sony).

Chilly Christmas (2012) Bryson Sams, C. Thomas Howell, Brooke Langton and Tom Arnold. An 11-year old boy is unhappy because he's moving with his detective dad from California to Manhattan. He tries to train his dog Chilly to live in an apartment (including using the toilet and a treadmill) while fending off dognappers. Formats: DVD. (Anchor Bay).

Cut to the Chase: Charley Chase Comedy Collection Charles Joseph Parrott of Baltimore, Maryland started out in vaudeville during the rough and tumble days in the first decade of the 20th century. Exactly 100 years ago this year, this young man fresh off the stage, started working at the Christie Film Company as a juvenile lead, a gag writer and a comedy director. When he changed his name to Charley Chase and found himself featured in the Hal Roach short comedies, he became one of the great geniuses and stars of Hollywood's golden era of silent comedy. As renowned as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd at the time, Chase easily matched them laugh for laugh. The always-dapper Chase specialized in portraying the pleasant common man with very common skills placed in the most uncommon of circumstances. Included in this two-disc set are "April Fool," "The 'Fraidy Cat," "Bad Boy," "The Caretaker's Daughter," "Be Your Age," "Bromo and Juliet," "Dog Shy," "Charley My Boy," "The Uneasy Three," "Innocent Husbands," "Isn't Life Terrible?," "What Price Goofy?," "Long Fliv the King," "Mama Behave," "Mighty Like A Moose," "Mum's the Word." Formats: DVD. (Milestone Films).

Digimon Adventure: Volume 1 (2011) Three-disc set with 21 episodes, $19.95. Formats: DVD. (Flatiron Film Company).

Elvira's Movie Macabre: Mega Movie Marathon Six-disc set with 12 B-movie classics from Elvira's nationally syndicated series, including:" Night of the Living Dead," "I Eat Your Skin," "The Satanic Rites of Dracula," "The Werewolf of Washington," "The Terror," "Eegah!," "Scared to Death," "Tormented", "The Brain that Wouldn't Die," "The Manster," "Lady Frankenstein," "Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter"; $34.98. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).

Entourage: The Complete Series (2011) Eighteen-disc set with all eight seasons and more than six hours of bonus content, boxed in a stylishly cool, black casing. Formats: DVD, $249.99; Blu-ray Disc, $299.99. (HBO).

Fire With Fire (2012) Josh Duhamel, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Vincent D'Onofrio, 50 Cent, Richard Schiff, Vinnie Jones. Thriller follows a fireman's unexpected course of action when he's threatened by a white supremacist that he's testifying against in a murder case. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary, behind-the-scenes interviews. (Lionsgate).

Javier Bardem 3-Film Collection (2011) Three Bardem films in time for his villainous role in the new Bond film, "Skyfall": "No Country for Old Men," "Biutiful" and Mondays in the Sun," $19.98. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).

Law & Order: The Eleventh Year (2000-01) Five-disc set with 24 episodes, $36.98. Formats: DVD. (Universal).

Lifetime Gold Collection Two-disc set with four of Lifetime's most popular Original Movies: "Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story," "Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy," "Ambulance Girl" and "We Were the Mulvaneys," $14.95. Formats: DVD. (A&E).

The Love You Save (2011 - TV) Robin Givens, Christopher Williams, Kierra "Kiki" Sheard. A successful single real estate mogul, with a seemingly perfect life finds things coming apart at the seams when her children discover a secret from their past that shakes the family to its core. Dove-approved family film. Formats: DVD. (Image Entertainment).

Maximum Conviction (2012) Steven Seagal, Steve Austin, Michael Pare, Aliya O'Brien. When former black ops operative Tom Steele (Seagal) and his partner Manning (Austin) are assigned to decommission an old prison, they must oversee the arrival of two mysterious female prisoners. Before long, an elite force of mercenaries assault the prison in search of the new arrivals. As the true identities of the women are revealed, Steele realizes he's caught in the middle of something far bigger than he had imagined. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: (Anchor Bay).

Moms to the Rescue Collection Four compelling and entertaining Original Lifetime Movies on two discs: "Honeymoon With Mom," "Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story," "Mom, Dad and Her" and "Mom at Sixteen," $19.95. Formats: DVD. (A&E).

The Paradise Lost Trilogy Collector's Edition (2012) The landmark documentary that sparked an international movement to "Free the West Memphis Three'. "Paradise Lost" investigates the gruesome 1993 murder of three 8-year-old boys and the three teenagers accused of killing them as part of a Satanic ritual. From real-life courtroom drama and clandestine jailhouse interviews to behind-the-scenes strategy meetings and intimate moments with grief-stricken families, filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky were granted unprecedented access to all the players involved, capturing the events as they unfolded. "Revelations" delves deeply into the shocking aftermath of the trials, updating the story seven years after the murders. With Echols on death row and Baldwin and Misskelley serving life sentences, "Purgatory" picks up the story and reexamines the horrifying crime with fresh insights that only the passage of time can provide. Facts are reexamined, new evidence is revealed and new suspects are scrutinized. Formats: DVD. Extras: 20-page booklet of never-before-seen photography and reminiscences from the filmmakers, never-before-seen interview with Jason Baldwin on the morning of his release from prison, lost footage, deleted scenes and bonus footage, press day panel discussion with the West Memphis Three, filmmaker interviews. (Docurama).

Rags and Riches Mary Pickford is known today as the first film actress to achieve international super stardom. Funny, feisty and diminutive, she was also the first actor to have complete artistic control of her films. And because Pickford chose to work with the best directors, writers, craftsmen and editors, what incredible films they are. These three titles, newly mastered with full orchestral scores, demonstrate the star's commitment to excellence and the brilliant range of her acting: "The Poor Little Rich Girl" (1917), "The Hoodlum" (1919) and "Sparrows" (1926). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Milestone Films).

Rashomon (1950) A riveting psychological thriller that investigates the nature of truth and the meaning of justice, "Rashomon" is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made. Four people recount different versions of the story of a man's murder and the rape of his wife, which director Akira Kurosawa presents with striking imagery and an ingenious use of flashbacks. This eloquent masterwork and international sensation revolutionized film language and introduced Japanese cinema and a commanding new star by the name of Toshiro Mifune to the Western world. New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary by Japanese-film historian Donald Richie; video introduction by director Robert Altman; excerpts from "The World of Kazuo Miyagawa," a documentary on "Rashomon's" cinematographer; "A Testimony as an Image," a 68-minute documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew; archival audio interview with actor Takashi Shimura; original and rerelease trailers; a booklet featuring an essay by film historian Stephen Prince, an excerpt from director Akira Kurosawa's "Something Like an Autobiography," and reprints of "Rashomon's" two source stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, "Rashomon" and "In a Grove." (The Criterion Collection).

Regular Show: The Best DVD in the World* At This Moment in Time (2011-12) Features 16 episodes from the second and third seasons of the popular animated series about Mordecai and Rigby - a bluebird and a raccoon who are the groundskeepers at a park and whose attempts to escape their everyday boredom take them to fantastical extremes; $19.82. Formats: DVD. (Cartoon Network).

Rescue (2011) IMAX documentary plunges audiences into the grueling, highly technical work of saving lives in the face of a natural disaster, following first responders as they train at sea, in the air and on the ground preparing for the worst that can happen. And then it does... when a magnitude 7.0 earthquake strikes the Caribbean nation of Haiti. Formats: DVD, 3D Blu-ray Disc (compatible with 2D players). (Image Entertainment).

Supernatural Activity (2012) Joey Oglesby, Donny Boaz, Andrew Pozza, Devin Bonnee, Lizabeth Waters. A send-up of "found footage" films by the creators of "Scary Movie" in which a team of myth-debunking ghost hunters on television take off on their most frightening assignment just in time for the last episode of the season. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Well Go USA).

The Swan Princess Christmas (2012) The all-new CGI musical follows the return of Princess Odette, Prince Derek, and their trusted woodland friends as they celebrate their first Christmas together, and face the villainous and evil sorcerer, Rothbart. Formats: DVD. (Sony).

They Live Collector's Edition (1988) Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster. Horror master John Carpenter directs this heart-pounding thriller in which aliens are systematically gaining control of the Earth by masquerading as humans and lulling the public into submission. Humanity's last chance lies with a lone drifter who stumbles upon a harrowing discovery - a unique pair of sunglasses that reveals the terrifying and deadly truth. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with writer-director John Carpenter and Roddy Piper; "Independent Thoughts": An interview with Carpenter; "Man vs. Aliens": an interview with Keith David; "Woman of Mystery": an interview with Meg Foster; "Watch, Look, Listen: The Sights & Sounds of They Live"; 2012 cast reunion Q&A with Piper, David and Foster; original EPK: T"he Making of They Live"; never-before-seen footage from the commercials created for the film; original theatrical trailer; TV spots; still gallery. (Shout! Factory/Scream Factory).

360 (2012) Dir.: Fernando Meirelles; Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz and Ben Foster. A appealing, dramatic thriller about interconnected romantic life in the 21st century. "360" starts in Vienna, weaving stories set in Paris, London, Bratislava, Rio, Denver and Phoenix into a single, mesmerizing narrative. A businessman tempted to be unfaithful to his wife, sets into motion a series of events which ripple around the globe with dramatic consequences. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "Coming Full Circle: The Making of 360," "Behind the Scenes Picture-in-Picture Comparisons," "AXS TV: A Look at 360." (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

Top Shot: Season Four (2012) Four-disc set with nine episodes, $29.95. Formats: DVD. (A&E).

Universal 100th Anniversary Collection Features a selection of 25 unforgettable films that helped shape the legacy of one of the most successful movie studios of all time. The Universal 100th Anniversary Collection includes an exclusive "100 Years of Universal" 72-Page collector's book with rare photos and memorabilia from the studio's archives. The collection also includes an exclusive 15-track music CD containing a selection of the most popular music scores from Universal films, including "Psycho," "The Sting," "Jaws," "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" and "Out of Africa." Extra features include an exclusive bonus disc, with eight "100 Years of Universal" featurettes, vintage cartoons and rarely seen shorts from the Universal archives. The titles: "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930), "Dracula" (1931), "Dracula Spanish" (1931)" (Blu-ray Collection only), "Buck Privates" (1941), "Pillow Talk" (1959), "Spartacus" (1960), "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962), "The Birds" (1963), "American Graffiti" (1973), "The Sting" (1973), "Jaws" (1975), "National Lampoon's Animal House" (1978), "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" (1982), "Scarface" (1983), "The Breakfast Club" (1985), "Back to the Future" (1985), "Out of Africa" (1985), "Field of Dreams" (1989), "Do the Right Thing" (1989), "Jurassic Park" (1993), "Schindler's List " (1993)" (DVD Collection only), "Apollo 13" (1995), "The Fast and the Furious" (2001), "The Bourne Identity" (2002), "Mamma Mia! The Movie" (2008), "Despicable Me" (2010). Formats: DVD, $299.98; Blu-ray Disc, $349.98. (Universal).

A Very Mary Christmas (aka Expecting Mary) (2010) Elliott Gould, Linda Gray, Lainie Kazan, Cloris Leachman, Della Reese, Olesya Rulin, Cybill Shepherd, Gene Simmon, Fred Willard. A pregnant teen, on the run from her unsupportive mother, hitchhikes to L.A. to see her rock star father, along the way meeting up with a group of eccentric characters in a trailer park where she finds the true meaning of family. Formats: DVD. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).

Warren Miller's ... Like There's No Tomorrow (2011) Narrated by Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley and filmed on five continents, documentary tours the world's most inspiring snowy landscapes, from the rugged peaks of New Hampshire's Mount Washington to the legendary powder of Squaw Valley, California; from the striking Himalayas in Gulmarg, India, to the southern hemisphere's highest peak in Portillo, Chile. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Shout! Factory).

What She Wants for Christmas (2012) Denise Boutte, Christian Keyes, Jackie Long. Ten-year-old Abigail has written to the North Pole and asked for something very special this year... something she's kept secret even from her mother. But when Abigail discovers that Santa won't be bringing her special "gift," she activates her back-up plan to capture jolly St. Nick ... and gets Christmas all tied up. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).

Wolf Lake: The Complete Series (2001-02) Three-disc set with all nine episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Un-aired pilot, featurette. (Entertainment One).

Your Sister's Sister (2012) Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mark Duplass, Mike Birbiglia. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Films).

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