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April 2, 2013 New DVD Releases

The Bible (2013) Ten-hour History miniseries features exotic locales and dazzling visual effects that breathe spectacular life into the dramatic tales of faith and courage from Genesis through Revelation. Narrated by Keith David with a score by composer Hans Zimmer. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Six behind-the-scenes featurettes: "The Bible: Genesis," "The Cast of The Bible," "The Bible: Creation," "Scoring The Bible,"" Believing in Miracles" and "The Bible: Visual Effects." (Fox).

Charlie: A Toy Story (2013) Randy Ochoa, Drew Waters, Rheagan Wallace. Dove-approved family film about 10-year-old Caden and his best friend, Charlie, a golden retriever, who set out to thwart the evil plans of the bumbling town bullies who are out to break into Caden's dad's toy shop to steal his new one-of-a-kind toy invention. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).

Dirk Gently (2010-12) Based on the novels by Douglas Adams ("The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"), Stephen Mangan stars as a quirky but endearing detective. Broadcast on BBC in 2010 and 2012 and available to U.S. audiences for the first time, this four-part dramedy follows Dirk Gently, a perpetually insolvent yet uncommonly talented holistic detective. Although he's regarded as a mere con man by some, Dirk often delivers astonishing results with his unusual tactics. As proprietor of the Holistic Detective Agency, Gently is one part "Monk," one part "Psych," and one part total fun. Includes the pilot and three episodes. Formats: Two-disc DVD. (Acorn Media).

Earth's Final Hours (2012) Hamza Adams, Julia Benson, Cameron Bright, Sage Brocklebank. After dense matter from an imploded white hole hits Earth, a magnetospheric nightmare threatens the planet's rotation. A group of government agents must locate a lost satellite network that is the world's only hope for survival. A Syfy channel feature. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).

Frontline: The Untouchables: Money, Power and Wall Street (2013) More than four years since the financial crisis, not one senior Wall Street executive has faced criminal prosecution for fraud. Are Wall Street executives "too big to jail?" Frontline investigates why the U.S. Department of Justice has failed to act on credible evidence that Wall Street knowingly packaged and sold toxic mortgage loans to investors, loans that brought the U.S. and world economies to the brink of collapse. Formats: DVD, $24.99. (PBS Distribution).

Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012) Nicole Kidman, Clive Owen, David Strathairn, Rodrigo Santoro, Molly Parker, Parker Posey, Santiago Cabrera, Lars Ulrich, Saverio Guerra,Peter Coyote, Joan Chen, Tony Shalhoub. HBO drama recounts one of the greatest romances of the last century - the passionate love affair and tumultuous marriage of literary master Ernest Hemingway and trailblazing war correspondent Martha Gellhorn, following the adventurous writers through the Spanish Civil War and beyond. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: "Making Hemingway & Gellhorn" behind-the-scenes featurette, "Behind the Visual Effects" featurette, commentary with director Philip Kaufman and editor Walter Murch. (HBO).

Jackie Robinson: My Story (2003) "First person docudrama" blends historic footage with a powerful and dramatic portrayal of Robinson by actor Stephen Hill; chronicles the tragedy, triumph, dignity and great courage of a man who changed the course of American history. Features guest appearances by Robinson's Dodger teammates Don Newcombe, Clem Labine and Carl Erskine. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).

John Dies at the End (2012) Dir.: Don Coscarelli; Rob Mayes, Chase Williamson, Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman, Doug Jones. A new street drug (dubbed Soy Sauce) that sends its users across time and dimensions has one drawback: some people return as no longer human. Can two college dropouts save humankind from this silent, otherworldly invasion? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with writer/director Don Coscarelli, producer Brad Baruh, Chase Williamson and Rob Mayes; deleted scenes; "Getting Sauced: The Making of John Dies at the End"; "Creature Corps: The Effects of Soy Sauce"; casting sessions, Fangoria interview with Paul Giamatti. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

Knuckleball (2012) The great baseball batting coach Charley Lau famously said, "There are two theories on hitting the knuckleball. Unfortunately, neither of them works." This heartfelt, funny and deeply engaging documentary delves into the legendary subculture of the knuckleball... the most disrespected, mocked and frustrating pitch and the brotherhood of men who share the drive, imagination and humility to throw baseball's slowest, most disrespected and most mysterious pitch. Filmed throughout the 2011 season, "Knuckleball" follows 37 year-old all-star R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets and 18-year veteran Tim Wakefield, formerly the oldest player in the major leagues and an icon of the Boston Red Sox. The film details their personal and professional struggles and triumphs while exploring the bond between them and the few living retired knuckleballers, including Charlie Hough, Wilbur Wood, Jim Bouton, Tom Candiotti and Hall of Famer Phil Niekro. Formats: DVD. (FilmBuff).

Planet Ocean (2012) Filmed by directors Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot, along with an outstanding team of international underwater cinematographers in partnership with OMEGA and with the scientific support of Tara Expeditions, the film aims to explain some of the planet's greatest natural mysteries, while reinforcing how essential it is that mankind learns to live in harmony with our oceans. Formats: DVD, $19.98; Blu-ray Disc, $26.98. (Universal).

Route 66: The Complete Fourth Season (1963-64) Five-disc set with all 23 episodes of the final season, $29.93. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).

Stitches (2012) Tommy Knight, Ross Noble, Gemma-Leah Devereux, Valerie Spelman. Years after a cruel kids prank during a birthday party for 8-year-old Tommy left hired clown Richard "Stitches" Grindle dead on the kitchen floor, the childhood friends gather to plan a birthday bash to end all bashes. But they haven't counted on the degenerate jester rising from the grave to seek vengeance on the children who mocked him and caused his grisly, untimely end. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. (MPI/Dark Sky Films).

The Sweeney (2013) Ray Winstone, Damian Lewis, Hayley Atwell, Musician Ben Drew. Based on the popular 1970s U.K. television show of the same name, the U.K. box office smash is based on the Sweeney Flying Squad, London's elite crime-fighting force and a branch of the Metropolitan Police specializing in tackling armed robbery and violent crime. Led by legendary Detective Jack Regan (Ray Winstone), the group is not afraid to use old school, bare-knuckle tactics to bring down the modern underworld. With a master criminal on the loose and a major bank heist in progress, Regan will do whatever it takes to get the job done. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Entertainment One).

13 Eerie (2013) Six FBI recruits are sent to a remote island for training but unbeknownst to everyone, the site was formerly used as an illegal biological testing ground for life-term criminals who were left for dead, and the zombie criminal convicts begin systematically hunting down the trainees. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Making-of" featurette. (Entertainment One).

A Turtle's Tale 2: Sammy's Escape From Paradise (2013) When Sammy and Ray find themselves trapped in The Tank, an underwater aquarium, they must hatch a plan to escape and reunite with their grandchildren, Ricky and Ella, and protect them from the dangers of the ocean. Formats: DVD, $19.99. (Studio Canal/Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment).

April 9, 2013 New DVD Releases

Best of Walden! (2013) Third installment of the "Best of" Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! DVD series. Seven episodes featuring the one and only Walden, Wubbzy's good friend and Wuzzleburg's top thinker, Formats: DVD, $14.98. Extras: Coloring and activity sheets, dance-inducing music videos. (Anchor Bay).

Boss: Season Two (2012) Ten episodes of Starz's saga about Chicago's powerful mayor Tom Kane (Kelsey Grammer). Formats: Three-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Commentary with cast and crew, "The King and His Court: Boss's Treacherous Ensemble" featurette. (Lionsgate).

The Cary Grant Film Collection Six-disc set with "Born t Be Bad," "I Was a Male War Bride," "People Will Talk," "Monkey Business," "An Affair to Remember" and "Kiss Them for Me," $39.98. Formats: DVD.(Fox).

Down the Shore (2011) Set on the Jersey Shore, the lives of three childhood friends begin to unravel when a deadly secret from their past is revealed. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).

Erroll Garner: No One Can Hear You Read (2012) In a triumphant career that lasted 40 years, Erroll Garner pushed the playability of the piano to its limits, developed an international reputation, and made an indelible mark on the jazz world. And yet, his story has never been told. This documentary explores Erroll's childhood in Pittsburgh; his meteoric rise in popularity while playing on 52nd street, New York's famed jazz epicenter; the origins of his most famous album ("Concert By the Sea") and his most famous composition ("Misty"); his singular, virtuosic piano style; and his dynamic personality, both on and off the stage. Features commentary from Woody Allen; Ahmad Jamal; "Tonight Show" host Steve Allen; Erroll's sister, Ruth Garner Moore; pianist and arranger Dick Hyman; Columbia Records executive George Avakian; Erroll's bass player Ernest McCarty; Erroll's biographer Jim Doran; jazz journalist John Murph; dancer/choreographer Maurice Hines; and Erroll's daughter Kim Garner, who goes on the record about her father for the first time. Formats: DVD, $24.95. (First Run Features).

Goodnight for Justice: Queen Of Hearts (2013) Luke Perry, Katherine Isabelle, Rick Schroder. In this third installment of the Hallmark Movie Channel Western saga, Judge Goodnight (Perry) rescues the beautiful Lucy Truffaut (Isabelle) from a stagecoach attack, but soon after begins to suspect that she's not who she seems to be. As they start to fall for each other and her true identity is revealed, Judge Goodnight becomes determined to bring her to justice. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, on-set interviews with Perry, Isabelle and Schroder. (Entertainment One).

Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams, Olivia Colman, Blake Ritson, Samuel West, Elizabeth Marvel, Eleanor Bron. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "A Look Inside Hyde Park on Hudson," "First Days," commentary with director Roger Michell and producer Kevin Loader. (Universal).

Into the Cold (2013) Documentary follows two world renowned explorers as they trek 400 miles on foot to the North Pole. Facing harsh temperatures to -50 degrees, the film is a bone-chilling story of true bravery, incredible courage and unrelenting determination as Sebastian Copeland and Keith Heger retrace and commemorate the centennial of Robert E. Peary's successful April 1909 expedition. The expedition was also done to raise awareness about global warming, in which treks like this will not be possible within the next 10–20 years as the Arctic landscape is changing. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Antarctica: The Global Warning" trailer. (Shelter Island).

The Last Flight of Petr Ginz (2011) By 14 he had written five novels and penned a diary about the Nazi occupation of Prague. By 16 he had produced 170 drawings and paintings, edited an underground magazine in the Jewish ghetto, written short stories and walked to the gas chamber at Auschwitz. Filled with intellectual curiosity but prone to mischief, Petr Ginz read voraciously, wrote constantly, built exploding toy cannons to frighten his classmates, and drew and painted a world full of adventure and exotic locations. Through Ginz's art and writing, interwoven with fantastical animation, this unconventional documentary reveals a journey from precocious child to young adult, from gifted artist to prodigy, and of innocence lost. Although Ginz's life ended at Auschwitz, this is not a story of tragedy but rather a testament to how one boy's wonder and creative expression represent the best of what makes us human. Formats: DVD$24.95. Extras: Bonus shorts: "Boy Animated," "Inside the Artist's World," "A World Imagined: The Music of The Last Flight of Petr Ginz." (First Run Features).

Massage Parlor Murders (1972) Sandra Peabody, Chris Jordan, Brother Theodore, Anne Gaybis. A vicious serial killer is stalking the streets of New York City, murdering Times Square massage girls in a variety of brutal ways, so it's up to a rogue detective team to solve the case as the body count continues to rise. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Outtakes. (Vinegar Syndrome).

Naked Lunch (1991) In this adaptation of William S. Burroughs's hallucinatory, once-thought unfilmable novel "Naked Lunch," directed by David Cronenberg, a part-time exterminator and full-time drug addict named Bill Lee (Peter Weller) plunges into the nightmarish Interzone, a netherworld of sinister cabals and giant talking bugs. Alternately humorous and grotesque and always surreal... the film mingles aspects of Burroughs's novel with incidents from the writer's own life, resulting in an evocative paranoid fantasy and a self-reflexive investigation into the mysteries of the creative process. High-definition digital transfer, approved by director David Cronenberg, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary featuring Cronenberg and actor Peter Weller; "Naked Making Lunch," a 1992 television documentary by Chris Rodley about the making of the film; special effects gallery, featuring artwork and photos alongside an essay by Cinefex magazine editor Jody Duncan; collection of original marketing materials; audio recording of William S. Burroughs reading from the novel; gallery of photos taken by poet Allen Ginsberg of Burroughs; booklet featuring reprinted pieces by film critic Janet Maslin, director Chris Rodley, critic and novelist Gary Indiana, and Burroughs. (The Criterion Collection).

Paranormal Movie (2013) Kevin P. Farley, Carly Craig, Eric Roberts, Maria Menounos, William Katt. Parody that takes potshots at the "Paranormal" franchise. A man, long haunted by the paranormal, captures on camera the horror and hilarity he and his beautiful girlfriend encounter after moving into a new home, which is infested with freaky clowns, weed-smoking demons and uninvited celebrities. Formats: DVD, Digital Download. (RLJ Entertainment/Image Entertainment).

Rainforest Rescue (2012) Two episodes of PBS Kids' popular "Wild Kratts" series: Animated versions of the brothers and wildlife explorers Martin and Chris Kratt embark on two creature-filled rainforest romps: "Rainforest Stew" and "Shadow: The Black Jaguar." Formats: DVD, $9.99. (PBS Distribution).

Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War (2012) Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and CNN correspondent Peter Arnett and narrated by actor Richard Basehart, this is the real story behind the longest, most controversial war in modern history. Featuring extensive, rarely-seen archival footage and first-hand interviews with combat veterans, politicians and players from both sides, this award-winning series re-examines, without blame or judgment, the rise and fall of America's 20-year commitment to the war in Vietnam, known as history's first "living room war." Formats: Four-disc DVD, $39.95. (StarVista Entertainment/Time-Life).

We Are Egypt: The Story Behind the Revolution (2013) Months before 2011's momentous uprising in Egypt, many talked of a revolution, but no one knew when that day would come. Going behind the headlines, this story filmed in the 14 months leading up to the revolution highlights the years of mounting resentment against the ruling regime. Director Lillie Paquette is deeply embedded inside the turmoil and followed key opposition figures and young democracy activists as they struggled against extraordinary odds and at great personal risk to remove an uncompromising U.S backed authoritarian regime determined to stay in power. Formats: DVD. Extras: Featurettes: "Memories of Egypt: 1952 Revolution" with Omar Sharif, "Shaab Misr - The People of Egypt," "Egyptian Democracy Activists," "Inside NDP Headquarters," "Noam Chomsky on U.S. Foreign Policy in Egypt," more. (The Disinformation Company).

April 16, 2013 New DVD Releases

China Beach: The Complete Series (2012) The much-anticipated release of the ground-breaking and award-winning TV series finally comes to DVD as a 21-disc set featuring all 62 episodes and over 10 hours of exclusive, never-before-seen bonus features including a recent cast reunion; extensive interviews with Dana Delany, Marg Helgenberger, producers John Sacret Young and John Wells; original featurettes; collectible memory book containing casting notes, rare, archival photos, emotional, heartfelt letters from Vietnam veterans... and more. Packaged in a deluxe collector's box featuring metallic printing and original artwork and logo treatments from the series; included are keepsake China Beach dog tags. $199.95. For the many die-hard "China Beach" aficionados who've patiently awaited the release of the series, a Collector's Edition, priced at $274.95, will be available: The set includes three original, complete scripts, with reproduced covers sporting autographs from the entire cast and key production personnel, along with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Also included will be four 8 x 10 color photographs of the original China Beach cast and the recent reunion. Formats: DVD. (Time Life).

The Colombian Connection (2011) Robert Thorne, Tom Sizemore. Former cop Jack Hooks is framed by his corrupt partner and sentenced to jail for a drug crime he didn't commit. When the DEA offers an early release deal, he embarks on a do-or-die mission to bring down his former partner's drug trade. Formats: DVD. (Inception Media Group.).

Counting Cars: Season 1 (2012) Two-disc set with 12 episodes of the History "Pawn Stars" spin-off series that follows Danny Koker, a Sin City legend, as he and his team restore, customize and sell cars in record-breaking time. Formats: DVD. Extras: Bonus footage. (Lionsgate).

Disneynature: Wings of Life (2013) Spectacular, closer-than-close, high-definition look at the intricate world of butterflies, hummingbirds, bees and bats, and their life-sustaining collaboration with flowers. Narrated by Meryl Streep. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. (Disney).

Django Unchained (2012) Dir.: Quentin Tarantino; Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, James Remar, Don Johnson, RZA, Gerald McRaney, Anthony LaPaglia, James Russo. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital Download, UltraViolet. Extras: TBA.(The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay).

Eclipse Series 38: Masaki Kobayashi Against the System One of the most important filmmakers to emerge from Japan's cinematic golden age, Masaki Kobayashi is best remembered today for his 1959 epic "The Human Condition," but that is just one of the blistering films he made in a career dedicated to criticizing his country's rigid social and political orders. He first found his voice - rebellious, angry, engaged - in the fifties, following his life-altering experiences as a soldier in World War II; the four films collected here, made in the same period as "The Human Condition," reflect Kobayashi's coming into his own as an artist. He fought to get these powerful dramas made at a studio more oriented at the time toward quiet family melodramas; they are unforgettable pictures of a postwar Japan troubled by identity crises and moral corruption on scales both intimate and institutional. "The Thick-Walled Room" (1953), a drama about a group of rank-and-file Japanese soldiers jailed for crimes against humanity; "I Will Buy You" (1956), Kobayashi's pitiless take on Japan's professional baseball industry; "Black River" (1957), an expose of the rampant corruption on and around U.S. military bases following World War II; "The Inheritance" (1962), a condemnation of unchecked greed: On his deathbed, a wealthy businessman announces that his fortune is to be split equally among his three illegitimate children, whose whereabouts are unknown to his family and colleagues. A bevy of lawyers and associates then begin machinations to procure the money for themselves, enlisting the aid of impostors and blackmail. Formats: DVD. (The Criterion Collection).

Escapee (2011) Dominic Purcell, Christine Evangelista, Faith Ford, Melissa Ordway, Carly Chaikin. A crazed serial killer escapes prison during a hurricane and chases after a young psychology student who visited him on a classroom observational trip. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Making-of featurette, photo gallery. (Anchor Bay).

The French Chef: Julia Child's Dinner Party Favorites Collection of six original black-and-white episodes from the 1960s brings Julia back into the kitchen to teach cooks of all abilities how to prepare French specialties. Formats: DVD, $19.99. (PBS Distribution).

The Great Divide (2012) Tosha Landry, Richard T. Jones, Darrin Dewitt Henson, Golden Brooks. An eccentric wife sets up an evening of games for her friends and their husbands, resulting in a comedic night pitting men against women, the revealing of deeply hidden secrets and the unleashing of boiling passions and tempers. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).

The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013) Abigail Spencer, Chad Michael Murray, Katee Sackhoff, Emily Alyn Lind, Cicely Tyson. Sequel has a young family moving into an historic home in Georgia, only to learn they are not the house's only inhabitants: They find themselves in the presence of a secret rising from underground and threatening to bring down anyone in its path. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet. Extras: Commentary with Director Tom Elkins,writer David Coggeshall and co-producer Brad Kessell; "Seeing Ghosts: The True Story of the Wyricks" featurette; deleted scenes; blooper reel. (Lionsgate).

Iron Man: Rise of Technovore (2012) New chapter in the animated Iron Man franchise featuring Marvel super heroes such as War Machine, Nick Fury, Black Widow, Hawkeye and The Punisher. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Two featurettes: "Tale of Technovore" and "S.H.I.E.L.D.: Protecting the Marvel Universe." Blu-ray adds conceptual art gallery. (Marvel Entertainment/Sony).

A Monster in Paris (2012) Voices of Vanessa Paradis, Sean Lennon, Catherine O'Hara, Adam Goldberg, Bob Balaban, Danny Huston, Jay Harrington. A whimsical animated world of Parisian adventure and fantasy, set in the 1910s, directed and written by Bibo Bergeron ("Shark Tale"). A wacky inventor, his camera-crazy best friend and a madcap monkey make a massive mistake when let loose in a mad scientist's laboratory, where they accidentally create Franc, the product of a reaction between a common flea and one of the scientist's mystery concoctions. But this "monster" is actually a soft-centered soul with an astounding talent for music. With the help of an enchanting nightclub singer Lucille, Franc becomes the talk of the town, just as stories of Paris's newest monster attract the attention of the egotistical police commissioner, hell bent on securing a big prize to help his battle to become mayor. The unwitting scientists and the singer must team up to protect Franc, a monster with more than a musical career to protect. Formats: DVD, two-disc Blu-Ray 3D combo pack with Blu-Ray 3D + 2D + DVD + Digital Copy. (Shout! Factory).

Repo Man (1984) A quintessential cult film of the 1980s, Alex Cox's singular sci-fi comedy stars the always captivating Harry Dean Stanton as a weathered repo man in desolate downtown Los Angeles, and Emilio Estevez as the nihilistic middle-class punk he takes under his wing. The job becomes more than either of them bargained for when they get involved in reclaiming a mysterious and otherworldly Chevy Malibu with a hefty reward attached to it. Featuring the ultimate early-eighties L.A. punk soundtrack, this grungily hilarious odyssey is a politically trenchant take on President Reagan's domestic and foreign policy. New high-definition digital restoration, approved by director Alex Cox, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary featuring Cox, executive producer Michael Nesmith, casting director Victoria Thomas, and actors Sy Richardson, Zander Schloss, and Del Zamora; interviews with Cox, Richardson, and Zamora, producers Peter McCarthy and Jonathan Wacks, actors Olivia Barash, Dick Rude, Miguel Sandoval, and Harry Dean Stanton, musicians Keith Morris and Iggy Pop, and Sam Cohen, the inventor of the neutron bomb; deleted scenes; the complete "cleaned-up" television version of the film, prepared by Cox; trailers; booklet featuring an essay by critic Sam McPheeters, an illustrated production history by Cox, with his original comic and film proposal, and a 1987 interview with real-life repo man Mark Lewis. (The Criterion Collection).

State of Emergency (2010) Jay Hayden, Tori White, Andy Stahl. Chaos consumes a small town when a chemical facility explodes releasing a deadly toxin, transforming the unsuspecting populace into a roaming army of flesh-eating zombies. Formats: DVD, Digital. (RLJ Entertainment/Image Entertainment).

April 23, 2013 New DVD Release

The Central Park Five (2013) This new film from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park in 1989. Directed and produced by Burns, David McMahon and Sarah Burns, the film chronicles the Central Park Jogger case, for the first time from the perspective of the five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice. On April 20, 1989, the body of a woman barely clinging to life was discovered in Central Park. Within days, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise confessed to her rape and beating after many hours of aggressive interrogation at the hands of seasoned homicide detectives. The police announced to a press hungry for sensational crime stories that the young men had been part of a gang of teenagers who were out "wilding," assaulting joggers and bicyclists in Central Park that evening. The ensuing media frenzy was met with a public outcry for justice. The young men were tried as adults and convicted of rape, despite inconsistent and inaccurate confessions, DNA evidence that excluded them, and no eyewitness accounts that connected any of them to the victim. The five served their complete sentences, between 6 and 13 years, before another man, serial rapist Matias Reyes, admitted to the crime, and DNA testing supported his confession. Set against the backdrop of a city beset by violence and facing deepening rifts between races and classes, the documentary intertwines the stories of these five young men, the victim, police officers and prosecutors, and Matias Reyes, unraveling the forces behind the wrongful convictions. The film illuminates how law enforcement, social institutions and media undermined the very rights of the individuals they were designed to safeguard and protect. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: (PBS Distribution).

Cheech and Chong's Animated Movie (2012) Animated film based on Cheech and Chong's classic Grammy award winning albums. Includes the original Ode recordings of "Dave's Not Here," "Let's Make a Dope Deal" and more. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Joint commentary featuring Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong; commentary featuring producers Branden Chambers, Eric D. Chambers and Lou Adler; commentary featuring Tommy Chong and Paris Chong; Low Maintenance Listening Mode; "Medical Marijuana Blues" Blind Mellon's recording session; Cheech and Chong gallery. (Fox).

Family Weekend (2013) Kristin Chenoweth, Olesya Rulin, Matthew Modine, Joey King, Chloe Bridges. A 16-year-old girl takes her parents hostage after they miss her big jump-roping competition. Formats: DVD. (ARC Entertainment).

Gangster Squad (2013) Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Pena, Robert Patrick, Mireille Enos. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Tough Guys With Style." Blu-ray adds Commentary with director Ruben Fleischer, "The Gangland Files," "Rogues Gallery: Mickey Cohen," deleted scenes. (Warner).

God's Country (2012) Jenn Gotzon, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Gib Gerard, Michael Toland. Beautiful and ambitious investment banker Meghan Doherty travels to the Mojave Desert to get the land rights for God's Country, an isolated Christian retreat in foreclosure, but the faithful minister who owns the property refuses to consider her offer until she agrees to spend six days learning about his ministry. Meghan trades her stilettos for hiking boots and slowly comes to realize the value of what the rural camp has to offer. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Slingshot Pictures/Image Entertainment).

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2012) From renowned filmmaker Werner Herzog ("Grizzly Man," "Cave of Forgotten Dreams") and Dmitry Vasyukov comes another journey to the far ends of the world, a place where a remote culture thrives in some of the harshest conditions on Earth. Welcome to the tiny village of Bakhta in Siberia, one of the most beautiful yet severe places on the planet, where the culture of some 300 indigenous inhabitants is virtually untouched by modernity and the people live according to their own values and traditions. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Werner Herzog introduction, "Chasing Spring In West Siberia" documentary, Siberia fact sheet. (Music Box Films).

A Haunted House (2013) Marlon Wayans, Marlene Forte, Essence Atkins, David Koechner, Dave Sheridan, Nick Swardson. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download. Extras: TBA. (Universal).

The Impossible (2012) Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts, Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Pendergast, Geraldine Chaplin, Marta Etura, Dominic Power, Bruce Blain, Sonke Mohring, Teo Quintavalle, Ploy Jindachote. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director J.A. Bayona, writer Sergio G. Sanchez and producers Belen Atienza and Maria Belon; "Casting The Impossible" featurette; "Realizing The Impossible" featurette; deleted scenes. (Summit/Lionsgate).

Looney Tunes Super Stars Sylvester and Hippety Hopper (2013) From the moment they teamed up, the endlessly-persistent Sylvester J. Pussycat, Sr. and the hyperactive young kangaroo Hippety Hopper would go on to became one of Warner Bros. most reliably hilarious animated duos. Now, together for the first time on DVD, it's the best of the failure-prone feline and spring-loaded little marsupial in 18 classic cartoons re-mastered to all their Golden-Age-of-Animation glory. Formats: DVD, $19.98. (Warner).

Maverick: The Complete Second Season (1958-59) Six-disc set with 26 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. (Warner).

Masterpiece: Mr. Selfridge (2013) Jeremy Piven, Zoe Tapper, Frances O'Connor, Gregory Fitoussi, Aisling Loftus. PBS/Masterpiece miniseries that centers on the real-life story of the flamboyant and visionary American founder of Selfridge's, London's department store. Fancy window displays, cosmetics counters, merchandise you can touch, and other marketing breakthroughs had to start somewhere, and they sprang from the genius of Chicago native Selfridge, who combined guile, taste, boldness, the poise of a swindler, and the seductive charm of a Casanova - qualities that spelled success but also trouble. Formats: Three-disc DVD, $49.99; Blu-ray, $54.99. (PBS Distribution).

Merlin: The Complete Fifth Season (2012) All 13 episodes on four DVDs or three Blu-ray discs. Formats: DVD, $49.98; Blu-ray Disc, $59.98. (BBC/Warner).

Pawn (2013) Forest Whitaker, Michael Chiklis, Common, Stephen Lang, Nikki Reed, Sean Faris, Martin Csokas, Jessica Szohr, Ray Liotta. A petty robbery spirals into a tense hostage situation after three gunmen hold up a diner that's a front for the mob. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Anchor Bay).

Pierre Etaix A French comedy master whose films went unseen for decades as a result of legal tangles, director-actor Pierre Etaix is a treasure the cinematic world has rediscovered and taken up with relish. His work can be placed in the spectrum of classic physical comedy with that of Jacques Tati and Jerry Lewis, but it also stands alone. These films, influenced by Etaix's experiences as a circus acrobat and clown and by the silent film comedies he adored, are elegantly deadpan, but as an on-screen presence, Etaix radiates warmth. This collection includes all of his films, including five features, "The Suitor" (1962), "Yoyo" (1965)," As Long as You've Got Your Health" (1966), "Le grand amour" (1969), and "Land of Milk and Honey" (1971) most of them collaborations with the great screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere and three shorts, "Rupture" (1961), the Oscar-winning "Happy Anniversary" (1962), and "Feeling Good" (1966). New digital restorations of all five features and three short films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: Three-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with director Pierre Etaix; new video introductions by Etaix; "Pierre Etaix, un destin anime" (2010), a portrait of the life and work of the director by his wife, Odile Etaix; booklet featuring an essay by critic David Cairns. (The Criterion Collection).

Promised Land (2012) Dir.: Gus Van Sant; Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, John Krasinski, Rosemarie DeWitt, Hal Holbrook, Lucas Black. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: TBA. (Universal).

Richard III (1955) With "Richard III," director, producer, and star Laurence Olivier brings Shakespeare's masterpiece of Machiavellian villainy to mesmerizing cinematic life. Olivier is diabolically captivating as Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who, through a set of murderous machinations, steals the crown from his brother Edward. The supporting cast, including Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud and Claire Bloom, is just as impressive. Filmed in VistaVision and Technicolor. New high-definition digital master of the Film Foundation's 2012 restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary by playwright and stage director Russell Lees and John Wilders, former governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company; interview with actor Laurence Olivier from a 1966 episode of the BBC series "Great Acting," hosted by theater critic Kenneth Tynan; gallery of behind-the-scenes and production stills and posters, accompanied by excerpts from Olivier's autobiography, "On Acting"; 12-minute television trailer featuring footage of Olivier, producer Alexander Korda, and other cast and crew from the film; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Amy Taubin. (The Criterion Collection).

April 30, 2013 New DVD Releases

Ben Hur (2010) Joseph Morgan, Stephen Campbell Moore, Emily VanCamp, Kristin Kreuk. Three-hour UK-German-Spanish-Canadian miniseries. Formats: DVD. Extras: "The Making of Ben Hur" featurette. (Sony).

Broken City (2013) Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey Wright, Barry Pepper. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: Alternate ending, deleted/extended scenes, "Putting It All Together" behind-the-scenes featurette including cast profiles, "Anatomy of a Thriller," a "Black List" script and more. (Fox).

Bruce Lee Double Features "The Big Boss" (1971), in which Lee battles a Big Boss smuggling heroin in ice blocks and "Fist of Fury" (1972), in which Lee avenges the death of his mentor at the hands of the local Japanese martial arts school; $14.97. "Way of the Dragon" (1972), in which Lee travels to Rome to help his friend fend off gangsters, leading to an incredible martial arts showdown against Chuck Norris in the Colosseum, written and directed by Lee; and "Game of Death" (1978), Lee's last film, in which he battles a syndicate harassing young entertainers; $14.97. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).

The Details (2012) Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney, Ray Liotta, Dennis Haysbert, Kerry Washington. After 10 years of marriage, Jeff and Nealy Lang (Maguire and Banks) have an idyllic suburban home and a relationship on the skids but when a family of hungry raccoons ransacks their perfectly manicured backyard, Jeff becomes obsessed with eradicating the pests, leading to a battle of wits with a very meddlesome neighbor (Linney) and an absurd mess of infidelity, extortion, organ donation and other assorted mayhem. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Alternate beginning, alternate ending. (Anchor Bay Entertainment/Radius-Twc).

The Guilt Trip (2012) Seth Rogen, Barbra Streisand, Yvonne Strahovski, Colin Hanks, Adam Scott, Kathy Najimy, Casey Wilson, Danny Pudi, Brett Cullen, Michael Cassidy, Dale Dickey, Nora Dunn. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray Extras: "Barbra & Seth," "Barbra's World," "Guilt Trip: A Real Mother of a Road Trip," "In the Driver's Seat," "Not Really a Road Trip Movie," alternate openings, alternate ending, deleted scenes, gag reel.(Paramount).

Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters (2012) Five animated episodes. Recruited by the mysterious Duel Masters, young Ray joined by his best friends Gabe and Allie... must use the powerful art of Kaijudo to defend his home dimension from the sinister mastermind known as the Choten, whose own skills in "The Way Of the Creature" allow him to summon vicious beasts from a parallel dimension to wreak havoc across Earth. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).

Lifeforce Collector's Edition (1985) Dir.: Tobe Hooper; Steve Railsback, Peter Firth, Frank Finlay, Nicholas Ball, Mathilda May. A race of space vampires arrive in London and beginning infecting the Earth. Blu-ray includes both theatrical and international versions. Based on the novel "The Space Vampires" by philosopher Colin Wilson. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary with director Tobe Hooper; new retrospective with cast and crew including star Steve Railsback, Hooper and others; original vintage "Making-of Lifeforce" featurette; original theatrical trailer; TV spot; still gallery. (Scream Factory/Shout! Factory).

Nickelodeon Favorites: Once Upon a Rhyme (2013) Preschoolers' favorite characters from "Bubble Guppies," "Team Umizoomi," "Dora the Explorer," "The Fresh Beat Band," "The Wonder Pets!" and "Blue's Clues" star in the all-new two-hour DVD of recast nursery rhymes and fairy tales ("The Three Little Piggies," "Save the Cow Who Jumped Over the Moon," "Little Red Riding Blue." Formats: DVD, $14.99. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).

Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection (2012) Sabrina Dickens, Sarah Louise Madison, Richard Goss, Sule Rimi. Set in 2012 but based on the original. The deceased have risen again from their graves with only one instinct - to feed on the living. As the cities are overrun and civilization crumbles, a family takes refuge from the undead army in an isolated farmhouse in West Wales. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary. (Lionsgate).

Not Fade Away (2012) Dir.: David Chase; John Magaro, Jack Huston, Will Brill, Bella Heathcote, Dominique McElligott, Brahm Vaccarella, Brad Garrett, Christopher McDonald, James Gandolfini. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Building the Band," "The Basement Tapes" three-part behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes. (Paramount).

The Notebook Collector’s Gift Set (2004) Dir.: Nick Cassavetes; Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams,James Garner, Gena Rowlands, James Marsden, Kevin Connolly, Sam Shepard, Joan Allen. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo with Digital and UltraViolet (cloud); $49.99. Extras: Gift set comes with a collectible antique golden locket (a consumer value of $12.99), postcard set with scenes from the film, vintage leather-style blank journal with gold edging and ribbon marker with pages designed with watermarked letters and images from the film.(Warner).

NOVA: Earth From Space (2013) This ground breaking two-hour program reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of our planet, taking data from Earth-observing satellites and transforming it into dazzling visual sequences. Each sequence exposes the intricate and surprising web of forces that sustains life on Earth. See how dust blown from the Sahara fertilizes the Amazon; how a vast submarine waterfall off Antarctica helps drive ocean currents around the world; and how the sun's heating up of the southern Atlantic gives birth to a colossally powerful hurricane. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (PBS Distribution).

Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Dir.: David O. Russell; Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Taylor Schilling, Julia Stiles, Anupam Kher. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc,VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: TBA. (The Weinstein Co.).

Texas Chainsaw (2013) Alexandra Daddario, Dan Yeager, Tremaine "Trey Songz" Neverson, Tania Raymonde, Shaun Sipos, Keram Malicki-Sanchez, James MacDonald, Thom Barry, Paul Rae, Richard Riehle, with special appearances by four cast members from previous installments of the franchise: Gunnar Hansen (the original Leatherface), Marilyn Burns, John Dugan and Bill Moseley. Formats: 3D/2D Blu-ray Disc, DVD , VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with producer Carl Mazzocone and filmmaker Tobe Hooper; Special "Chainsaw Alumni" audio commentary with stars Bill Moseley, Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns and John Dugan: "Texas Chainsaw Legacy" featurette; "Resurrecting the Saw" featurette; "The Old Homestead" featurette; "Casting Terror" featurette; "Leatherface 2013" featurette; "Lights, Camera, Mayhem" featurette; "It's in the Meat" featurette; on-set short subjects: five minute massacres: "Burning Down the House," "Trapped in the Van," "Carnival Time," "Leatherface in Action," "Hot Times In Louisiana," "Bloody Good Times". (Lionsgate).

30 Rock: Season 7 (2012-13) Last 13 episodes, $44.98. Formats: DVD. (Universal).

Tom and Jerry Kids Show: The Complete Season 1 (1990) Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $19.97. Formats: DVD. (Warner).

The Wicked (2013) Devon Werkheiser, Justin Deeley , Nicole Forester, Cassie Keller. A group of curious teenagers decide to seek out their town's local legend and go on the hunt for a child-eating witch, not realizing they could be her next meal. Formats: DVD. Extras: "No Soul Is Safe: The Making of The Wicked." (RLJ Entertainment/Image Entertainment).

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