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Carlos Saura's Flamenco Trilogy (Eclipse Series #6) Three-disc set with "Blood Wedding," "Carmen" and "El amor brujo." Eclipse presents a selection of lost, forgotten or overshadowed classics in simple, affordable editions. (The Criterion Collection).

Christmas Do-Over (2006 -- TV) Jay Mohr, Daphne Zuniga, Adrienne Barbeau. New take on "A Christmas Carol" has a man who deliberately scorns the Christmas spirit forced to re-live Christmas day over and over again. (Sony).

Crazy Love (2007) Documentary. The astonishing true story of the obsessive roller-coaster relationship of Burt and Linda Pugach, which shocked the nation during the summer of 1959. Burt, a 32 year-old married attorney and Linda, a beautiful, single 20 year-old girl living in the Bronx, had a whirlwind romance, which culminated in a violent and psychologically complex set of actions that landed the pair's saga on the cover of endless newspapers and magazines. Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary by Burt and Linda Pugach, prison love letters from Burt to Linda, director's commentary, photo gallery, Linda's art gallery.(Magnolia Home Entertainment).

Displaced (2006) Mark Strange, Malcolm Hankey, Graham Brownsmith, Stephanie Fend, Cathy Miller, and the voice of Ian Mckellen. A humanoid alien teams up with a British soldier to find a top secret file that holds information on advanced energy production and captured space crafts. Extras: "Making Things Happen: The Story of Displaced," "The Making of Displaced," deleted scenes, photo gallery. (MTI Home Video).

Girl 27 (2005) Documentary. This shocking story of the rape of a young actress at a 1937 MGM sales convention made headlines when the victim, Patricia Douglas, decided to bring charges against the studio. Author David Stenn spent more than 10 years researching the story, which the studio had successfully buried for more than six decades -- and in doing so, eventually found himself face to face with Patricia Douglas. The reclusive Douglas cames out of hiding to discuss the scandal, in which the powerful film studio tricked her and over 100 other underage girls into attending a stag party, where the rape took place. (Red Envelope Entertainment and Westlake Entertainment).

The Hoax (2007) Dir.: Lasse Hallstrom; Richard Gere, Alfred Molina, Marcia Gay Harden, Julie Delpy, Hope Davis. (Buena Vista).

Hollow Man Director's Cut (2000) Dir.: Paul Verhoeven; Elisabeth Shue, Kevin Bacon, Josh Brolin. Unrated. Extra footage. (Sony).

A House Without a Christmas Tree (1972 -- TV) Jason Robards, Mildred Natwick, Lisa Lucas, Kathryn Walker. A young girl in 1940s Nebraska wants a Christmas tree for the holiday season but her father, embittered after the loss of his wife during childbirth, forbids a traditional celebration. (Paramount).

Icons of Horror Collection: Sam Katzman Four classic teen-exploitation horror films from the fifties produced by Katzman, on two discs: "The Giant Claw" "Creature With the Atom Brain," "Zombies of Mora Tau," from 1957 and "The Werewolf" (1956); $24.96. (Sony).

The Invisible (2007) Justin Chatwin, Marcia Gay Harden, Margarita Levieva, Chris Marquette, Alex O'laughlin. (Buena Vista).

Iraq: Battle Plan Under Fire Three-disc NOVA documentary set about the the current situation in Iraq and the challenges the military is facing there: "Life and Death in the War Zone," "Battle Plan Under Fire" and "Spies that Fly"; $39.95. (WGBH Boston Video). Extras:

Ironside: Season Two Seven-disc set with 26 episodes, $49.98. (Shout! Factory).

The Jazz Singer 80th Anniversary Collector's Edition (1927) Dir.: Alan Crosland; Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland, Eugenie Besserer. Three-disc set. Immaculately restored and remastered from earliest surviving nitrate film elements and original Vitaphone sound-on-disc recordings. Extras: Disc One: Commentary by film historians Ron Hutchinson and Vince Giordano; collection of rare cartoons and shorts: "I Love to Sing" classic 1936 WB parody cartoon directed by Tex Avery, "Hollywood Handicap" classic MGM short with Al Jolson appearance, "A Day at Santa Anita" classic Technicolor Warner Bros. short with Al Jolson and Ruby Keeler cameo appearance, "Al Jolson in 'A Plantation Act'"1926 Vitaphone short made a year prior to "The Jazz Singer," "An Intimate Dinner in Celebration of Warner Bros. Silver Jubilee"; 1947 Lux Radio Theater Broadcast starring Al Jolson (audio only); Al Jolson trailer gallery. Disc Two: "The Dawn of Sound: How Movies Learned to Talk " 93-minute documentary; two rarely-seen Technicolor excerpts from "Gold Diggers of Broadway" (1929 WB film, most of which is considered lost); studio shorts celebrating the early sound era: "Finding His Voice" (1929 Western Electric animated promotional short, produced by Max Fleischer), "The Voice That Thrilled the World" Warner Bros. short about sound, "Okay for Sound" 1946 WB short celebrating the 20th anniversary of Vitaphone," "When Talkies Were Young" 1955 WB short looking back at the early talkies, "The Voice From the Screen" 1926 WB 'demonstration' film that explores the Vitaphone technology and looks at the making of a Vitaphone short. Disc Three: Vitaphone Shorts: 3 1/2 hours of rare, historic Vitaphone comedy and music shorts. The set also includes rarely seen behind-the-scenes photo cards, original release lobby card reproductions, original release souvenir program book reproduction, booklet with vintage document reproductions and DVD features guide , reproduction of post-premiere telegram from Al Jolson to Jack L. Warner. $39.92. (Warner).

Jingle All The Way Family Fun Edition (1996) Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman, Rita Wilson, Robert Conrad, Martin Mull. Extras: Extended cut of the film (supervised by director Brian Levant), "Turbo Man: Behind the Mask" featurette, "The Making of a Hero" featurette, "Super Kids" featurette, two interactive set-top games: "Christmas Rush," "Guess the Gift." (Fox).

Kings of South Beach (2007 -- TV) Donnie Wahlberg, Jason Gedrick, Nadine Velazquez, Ricardo Chavira, Steven Bauer. A&E telefilm based on the true story of the club promoter who reinvented South Beach as a nightlife mecca. (Sony).

Medium: The Third Season Six-disc set with 22 episodes, $61,99. (Paramount).

MGM Holiday Classics Collection Three-disc set with "The Bishop's Wife" (1947), "March of the Wooden Soldiers" (1934), and "Pocketful of Miracles" (1961), $29.98. (MGM).

A Mighty Heart (2007) Dir.: Michael Winterbottom; Angelina Jolie, Dan Futterman, Sajid Hasan, Aly Khan, Irfan Khan, Denis O'Hare, Archie Panjabi, Will Patton.Extras: "Journey of Passion: The Making of a Mighty Heart," Committee to Protect Journalists featurette, public service announcement: Pearl Foundation With Christiane Amanpour. Also available on Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD. (Paramount).

Murder Party (2007) Alex Barnett, Macon Blair, Paul Goldblatt, Beryl Guceri, William Lacey, Stacey Rock, Skei Saulnier, Chris Sharp, Beau Sia, and Bill Tangradi. A Halloween night invitation to a costume party turns out to be a lethal trap set by a gang of deranged hipster artists who want to lure someone to their remote warehouse base and ritually murder him or her. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

My Best Friend (2007) Dir.: Patrice Leconte; Daniel Auteuil, Dany Boon, Julie Gayet, Julie Durand. (Genius Products).

Planet Terror (2007) Dir.: Robert Rodriguez; Freddy Rodriguez, Rose McGowan, Josh Brolin, Naveen Andrews, Marley Shelton, Michael Biehn, Stacy Ferguson, Jeff Fahey, Michael Parks. Two-disc unrated and extended edition. Extras: Commentary by writer-director Robert Rodriguez, audience screening track, 10 minute film school, "Sickos, Bullets and Explosions: The Stunts of Planet Terror," "The Badass Babes of Planet Terror," "Casting Robert Rodriguez's Son Rebel," "The Guys of Planet Terror," "The Friend, the Doctor and the Real Estate Agent," international poster gallery and international trailer. (The Weinstein Co./Genius Products).

Squidbillies: Volume One Two-disc set with 20 episodes of the Adult Swim series, $29.98. Extras: Deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes footage, "How I Make the **** Show" featurette, more. (Warner).

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Six-disc set with 22 episodes, $59.98. Extras: Commentary on the pilot episode by creator Aaron Sorkin and executive producer Thomas Schlamme, "In Depth: The Evolution of Studio 60" behind-the-scenes documentary. (Warner).

That '70s Show Seventh Season Four-disc set with 25 episodes, $49.98. Extras: Commentaries, promos, "A '70s Show Flashback: Don Stark" featurette, "Behind the Polyester: Writing That '70s Show" featurette, "That Seventh '70s Season" featurette. (Fox).

Transformers (2007) Dir.: Michael Bay; Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Rachael Taylor, Anthony Anderson, Jon Voight, John Turturro. In single-disc and two-disc DVD and HD DVD editions. Extras: Two-disc special edition: Commentary by director Michael Bay, two multi-part in-depth documentaries exploring the human elements of the film as well as the phenomenal robot stars: "Our World," which contains "The Story Sparks" in which Steven Spielberg discusses his love for the franchise and early concept art for the film; "Human Allies" look at how the actors were selected and their experiences on the set; "I Fight Giant Robots" exploration of the military training that Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson underwent for their roles and the various stunts that the actors were asked to perform; "Battleground" piece on the senior officials from the Department of Defense and Air Force who consulted on the film to give it authenticity and the key locations that the U.S. government provided access to. Their War," which contains "Rise of the Robots,: which explores the interaction between Hasbro designers and Michael Bay to bring the toy line roaring to life; "AUTOBOTS Roll Out" in which Bay discusses working with Chevrolet and its designers and the modifications that were made to the cars seen in the film; "DECEPTICONS Strike" in which the film's military advisors discuss the "toys" they allowed the production to borrow: F-22 Raptors, Ospreys and A-10 Warthogs; "Inside the AllSpark" in which ILM's digital artists discuss the challenges of bringing the Transformers to life. Also included is "From Script to Sand: The SKORPONOK Desert Attack" in-depth look at the making of the challenging scene from initial storyboarding through production and visual effects, as well as early sketch concepts of the robots. (Paramount).

Trapped Trilogy of three British comedies in which obsessive characters -- desperate to break free from their self-imposed prisons -- face their moments of truth. In "Von Trapped!" Maria Moogan is obsessed with "The Sound of Music," making it a part of her everyday life until she travels to Salzburg to try to end her compulsion, making a discovery that changes her life forever. In "Beauty," a hideous aristocrat hides his face from the world in his slightly decaying family mansion until a pretty plumber comes to fix the pipes. In "King of Fridges" an anxious assistant manager gets stuck with an obnoxious elderly trainee on the rooftop of the store when things go awry on a busy bank holiday. Three-disc set, $29.98. (BFS Entertainment).

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