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August 6, 2013 New DVD Releases

Adventures in Zambezia (2013) Voices of Jeremy Suarez, Abigail Breslin, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy, Samuel L. Jackson. New animated adventure. When a spirited young falcon named Kai learns of Zambezia, the fabulous city of birds, he leaves his remote country home against the wishes of his father. But when his dad is captured by an evil lizard who plans to attack the city, Kai must learn the importance of teamwork if he's to rescue his father, save his new friends and help keep Zambezia lizard free. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "Come Fly With Me" music video by Jewels Jaselle and Benj Heard, four featurettes: "Birds of a Feature," "The Tree City," "The Tree City," "Technical Challenges."(Sony).

Antiviral (2012) Caleb Landry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Douglas Smith, Malcolm McDowell. An employee at a clinic that sells injections of live viruses harvested from sick celebrities to rabid fans who wish to partake in the ultimate form of communion supplements his income by selling illegal samples on the black market. When he becomes infected with the disease that kills a superstar, he becomes a target for collectors and obsessed fans and must unravel the mystery surrounding her death before he too meets a morbid end. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).

The Best of Fridays (1980-82) ABC's now-cult late-night skit comedy "Fridays" presented a hilariously twisted view of the early '80s to adventurous viewers on a weekly basis. This disc features 16 episodes originally airing from 1980 to 1982 that showcased the edgy and subversive sketch comedy that helped launch the careers of Melanie Chartoff ("Parker Lewis Can't Lose"), Larry David ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Michael Richards ("Seinfeld"), and more, and offered outrageous characters from the paranoid Drugs R Us Pharmacist to the rabbinical action heroes of Matzoi! to the laid-back Nat E. Dred, "The Rasta Gourmet." Features vintage musical performances from Devo, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Cars, The Clash, KISS, Graham Parker and The Rumour and more, as well as infamous guest appearances by stars such as Andy Kaufman, Billy Crystal, Valerie Harper and William Shatner. Formats: DVD. Extras: Cast and writers reunion, "The Andy Kaufman Incident: What Really Happened?" behind-the-scenes photos, more. (Shout! Factory).

The Bruce Lee Legacy Collection (2012) Eleven-disc Blu-ray/DVD box set in book-style packaging with first-ever Blu-ray presentations of "The Big Boss," "Fist Of Fury," "Way of the Dragon" and "Game of Death"; three documentaries on two discs, "Bruce Lee: The Legend" (and the original version "Bruce Lee: The Man, The Legend"), the critically acclaimed "I Am Bruce Lee" and "The Grandmaster and the Dragon: William Cheung and Bruce Lee"; four DVD versions of "The Big Boss," "Fist Of Fury," "Way of the Dragon" and "Game of Death"; and a bonus disc with hours of extra content. The deluxe book-style packaging includes 68 pages of archival materials, rare and never-before-released photos, a new essay on Lee's amazing career, and much more. $119.99. Extras: Commentaries on all four films by Hong Kong film expert Mike Leeder; "Return to Pak Chong: The Big Boss Revisited"; "Bruce Lee: The Early Years" featurette; new interviews with Robert Chua, Gene LeBell, Jon Benn, Bob Wall and many more; interviews with Sammo Hung, Simon Yam, Yuen Wah and Wong Jing; "Remembering Fist of Fury" featurette; "Bruce Lee Martial Arts Master" featurette; "Game of Death: Then & Now"; "Game of Death Memories" featurette; extensive still galleries on all four films including rare stills, movie posters; theatrical trailers and TV spots; alternate title sequences; "Game of Death" outtake montage; "Game of Death" revisited; more. (Shout! Factory).

Care Bears: A Belly Badge for Wonderheart - The Movie (2012) New care Bears feature revolves around the antics of Wonderheart Bear as she attempts to join the Cub Bouts. Formats: DVD, $14.98.; VOD; Digital. Extras: "Can't Wait to Be the One" music video, "Care Hugs" music video. (Lionsgate).

Charlie Chan Collection Four remastered films making their DVD debut: "Shadows Over Chinatown" (1946), starring Sidney Toler in one of his last Chan films; "Docks of New Orleans" (1948), "Shanghai Chest" (1948) and "The Golden Eye" (1948) starring Roland Winters, the last actor to play the detective on film. Formats: DVD, $39.92. (Warner).

The Cloth (2012) Danny Trejo, Eric Roberts, Rachele Brooke Smith, Steven Brand, Robert Miano. Based on Justin Price's book of the same name, "The Cloth" is a tale of intrigue, mystery and celestial influences surrounding the Catholic Church's darkly secret organization specifically formed to combat the alarming rise of demonic possessions across the country. The story follows a godless young man who is recruited in order to gird a new generation with the unique and necessary tools to eradicate the terrifying rise of evil. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Uncork'd Entertainment/VIVA Pictures).

Duck Dynasty: Season 3 (2013) The Quack Pack is back. A national sensation about a close-knit backwoods clan that has made a fortune selling duck calls, turning their backyard business into a multimillion-dollar sporting empire. Season 3 premiered on A&E to a staggering 8.6 million viewers, an all-time record for the network, which was quickly surpassed by the season finale, which amassed 9.6 million viewers. For Willie Robertson, the company's CEO, running a family operation can be tough when all your employees live one distraction at a time and find any excuse to leave the warehouse. Of course, these challenges and even the most ordinary affairs are met with a special Robertson twist of down-home practicality, wit and humor. They may be living the rags-to-riches American dream, but they always stay true to their rugged, modest, outdoor lifestyle and their deep Southern roots. Day-to-day life in the bayou may be mundane for some, but for the Robertsons, every day brings a new adventure. Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $19.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, webisodes, mash-ups, Amanda Ryan song recaps. (Lionsgate).

Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal (2012) Thure Lindhardt, Georgina Reilly, Dylan Smith, Paul Braunstein, Alain Goulem, Stephen McHattie. Cult horror-comedy film festival favorite about a painter struggling for inspiration who finds an unexpected muse after he accepts a teaching position in a small town and becomes the caregiver to Eddie, a seemingly docile art student with a rare sleepwalking condition... a form of somnambulism that transforms him from a docile, cereal-obsessed art student into a ravenous sleepwalking cannibal! Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes, interview with director Boris Rodriguez, theatrical trailer. (Doppelganger Releasing).

5 Souls (2011) Ian Bohen, Kristina Anapau, Samaire Armstrong, Steve Bacic. When a man mysteriously falls into a coma following a routine doctor's visit, he awakens in a hospital to find a strange man waiting at the foot of his bed. The eerie visitor presents him with a Faustian deal... kill five people to reconcile his life's misdeeds and live, or decline the offer and die. Formats: DVD. (Inception Media).

Gallowwalkers (2012) Wesley Snipes, Kevin Howarth, Riley Smith, Tanit Phoenix. A mysterious gunman (Snipes), the son of a nun who broke her covenant with God to ensure his survival, is cursed by his mother's act: All those who die by his gun will return and he soon finds himself hunted by a gang of his undead former victims. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Making of Gallowwalkers" featurette. (Lionsgate).

Gunsmoke: The Ninth Season Volume One and Volume Two (1963-64) James Arness stars as Marshall Matt Dillon in the longest-running Western (and, tied with "Law & Order," the longest-running TV drama of all time); he's in charge of Dodge City, a Wild West town full of lawbreakers and personal tragedies. In a place where some people often have no respect for the law, Dillon deals with the problems associated with frontier life: cattle rustling, gunfights, brawls, standover tactics, killer ex-cons, desperate farmers, sneaky medicine men, aggressive prairie clans, and land fraud, and he faces each dangerous situation with sound judgment, fearless actions and occasional gunplay. Each volume contains five discs with 18 episodes. Formats: DVD, $44.99 each volume. (CBS/Paramount).

Living Downstream (2010) Based on the acclaimed book by ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, this award-winning documentary follows Sandra during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. After a routine cancer screening, Sandra receives a worrisome result. Thus, we begin two journeys: Sandra's private struggle with a possible cancer recurrence and her public quest to bring attention to the toxic chemicals in our environment, how they enter our bodies and, once inside, how they may contribute to cancer formation. Experts in the fields of toxicology and cancer research talk about their own findings that illuminate the significant connection between a healthy environment and human health. Formats: DVD. Extras: Two commentaries, five mini docs:" Why Talk About Chemical Destruction?" "What Causes Cancer?" "Who Is Most Vulnerable?" "What Is the Precautionary Principle?" "What Can We Do?" (First Run features).

Magic Magic (2013) Juno Temple, Emily Browning, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Michael Cera. Alicia (Temple) arrives in South America to vacation with her cousin, Sarah (Browning). But when Sarah is suddenly called away, Alicia is stuck on a remote island off Chile with three of Sarah's friends, including Barbara (Moreno) and Brink (Cera), an American exchange student with a sadistic streak. Bewildered, frightened, and unable to sleep, Alicia's reality becomes a nightmare from which there is no waking, replete with ancient indigenous rites, disturbing animal behavior, and captivating hypnotic trances. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Making Magic Magic" featurette. (Sony).

Midsomer Murders Set 22 (2011) The cozy villages of Midsomer County reveal their most sinister secrets in these contemporary British television mysteries. Inspired by the novels of Caroline Graham, modern master of the English village mystery, the series stars Neil Dudgeon as the capable Detective Chief Inspector John Barnaby, with Jason Hughes as his earnest, efficient partner, Detective Sergeant Ben Jones. North American debut. Four full-length mysteries. Formats: Four-disc DVD, $49.99; two-disc Blu-ray, $59.99. Extras: "Midsomer Murders in Conversation." (Acorn Media).

Mud (2013) Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Sam Shepard, Michael Shannon, Joe Don Baker, Ray McKinnon, Sarah Paulson, Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with writer-director Jeff Nichols, "A Very Personal Tale: Writing and Directing Mud" featurette, "The Arkansas Ensemble: The Distinctive Characters and Cast of Mud" featurette, "Southern Authenticity: Shooting the Real Arkansas" featurette, "The Snake Pit: The Slithering Co-stars of Mud" featurette. (Lionsgate).

My Amityville Horror (2012) For the first time in 35 years, Daniel Lutz recounts his version of the infamous Amityville haunting that terrified his family in 1975 and spawned a book and movie franchise. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).

My Little Pony Equestria Girls (2013) New full-length feature by Hasbro Studios. When Twilight Sparkle's crown is stolen from the Crystal Empire, she pursues the thief, Sunset Shimmer, into an alternate world where she finds herself turned into a teenage girl. To regain her crown and return to Equestria, Twilight must learn how to fit into this strange, new world and defeat Sunset Shimmer in a competition to become crowned Princess of the Fall Formal at Canterlot High. Formats: DVD, $16.99; Blu-ray/DVD Combo, $24.97. Extras: "Through the Mirror of Equestria Girls," karaoke songs, "Pony-fy Yourself," printable movie poster. (Shout! Factory Kids).

Not Today (2013) Cody Longo, John Schneider, Shari Rigby, Cassie Scerbo. A spoiled, SoCal rich-kid partying in India is oblivious to the so-called "untouchables" until a chance encounter with a young girl sold by her impoverished family to find a "better life" draws him into the world of India's outcast Dalits. Fighting to find her, Caden finds himself and his faith re-energized. Faith-based film centers on the fight against international human trafficking. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: "DELETES: The Plight of the Dalits" featurette, 'A Look Behind Not Today' featurette, 'Why Not Today - The Story That Inspired the Movie" featurette, 'Not Today Coalition' featurette, "Not Today" partner videos. (Lionsgate).

Oblivion (2013) Read our Blu-ray Review on HTS. Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Melissa Leo, Zoe Bell. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with Tom Cruise and director Joseph Kosinski; deleted scenes; M83 isolated score (watch the entire film accompanied by the evocative music track); "Promise of a New World: The Making of Oblivion" multi-part featurette including "Destiny," which looks inside the conceptualization, development and pre-production; "Voyage," that follows the creation of the amazing Bubble Ship from its early design conception to its journey around the world (Blu-ray exclusive); "Combat" explores the film's action and death-defying stunts (Blu-ray exclusive); "Illusion" focuses on the film's post-production and dazzling visual effects; "Harmony" delves into the innovative musical world of M83. (Universal).

On the Road (2012) Dire.: Walter Salles; Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst, Garrett Hedlund, Viggo Mortensen, Steve Buscemi, Elisabeth Moss, Terrence Howard, Tom Sturridge, Sam Riley, Alice Braga. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Films).

The Place Beyond the Pines (2013) Read our Blu-ray Review on HTS. Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Emory Cohen, Dane DeHaan, Gabe Fazio, Bruce Greenwood, Ray Liotta, Ben Mendelsohn, Harris Yulin. Formats: DVD Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Deleted scenes and extended scenes, commentary with director/co-writer Derek Cianfrance. (Universal).

Political Animals: The Complete Series (2012) Two-disc set with all six episodes of the miniseries that follows a high-profile former first family as they weather the dynamics of their political and personal lives with grit, intelligence, and honesty. Politicians are a breed of their own, striving to serve their country while their personal dramas play out under the media spotlight's glare. Golden Glober award winner Sigourney Weaver stars as Elaine Barrish Hammond, a former first lady and current Secretary of State, who struggles to keep her family together as she deflects probing questions from prize-winning journalist Susan Berg (Carla Gugino). While resolving international crises alongside manipulative colleagues and strategizing her own Oval Office bid, Elaine must also cope with her brilliant ex-husband's philandering exploits and her twin sons' struggles with drugs and guilt. Formats: DVD, $19.98. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Warner).

A Resurrection (aka The Sibling) (2013) Mischa Barton, Devon Sawa, Jonathan Michael Trautman, Michael Clarke Duncan. A down-to-earth school psychologist tries to help a mentally ill student who actually believes his brother is coming back from the grave for revenge on the students who killed him. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Archstone Distribution).

The Sapphires (2013) Chris O'Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens, Miranda Tapsell, Tory Kittles, Eka Darville. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: TBA. (The Weinstein Company).

Smash: Season Two (2013) Four-disc set with 17 episodes of the series about an ambitious Broadway musical on the life of Marilyn Monroe. In this season, Broadway-bound musical "Bombshell" has competition on its heels in the form of "Hit List," a rock musical written by two Broadway newcomers that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of "Bombshell's" team. As tension mounts on the road to Broadway, new romances are formed, loyalties are betrayed, and rivalries are reignited, all leading up to theater's biggest night, The Tony Awards. Guest stars include Jennifer Hudson, Liza Minnelli, Sean Hayes and Bernadette Peters. Formats: DVD, $44.98. (Universal).

Strike Back: Cinemax Season 2 (2011) Four-disc set with 10 episodes. Formats: DVD, $39.98; Blu-ray, $49.99. Extras: Commentaries. (HBO).

To the Wonder (2013) Dir.: Terrence Malick; Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem, Rachel Weisz, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen, Amanda Peet, Jessica Chastain. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: "The Making of To the Wonder," "The Actors' Experience," "The Ballet," "Local Flavor," theatrical trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

Tom and Jerry's Giant Adventure (2013) New, full-length animated adventure tells the story of how the popular cat and mouse duo team up with a young boy named Jack as they journey to Fairyland and confront a greedy giant named Ginormous. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Three bonus Tom and Jerry episodes. (Warner).

The Twilight Zone: The Complete Fourth Season (1963) Five-disc set with 18 episodes, $29.98. Formats: DVD. (Image Entertainment).

West of Memphis (2012) Documentary tells the powerful story of the 18-year fight to free the "West Memphis 3," three teenagers (Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr. and Jason Baldwin) wrongfully convicted of the 1993 murders of three 8-year-old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Damien's Past Re-Creations." Blu-ray adds commentary with director Amy Berg, Damien Echols and Lorri Davis (Echols' wife); Toronto International Film Festival Red Carpet and Q&A; Toronto International Film Festival Press Conference. (Sony).

August 13, 2013 New DVD Releases

AllyCat the Ballet Cat (2012) Acclaimed Russian Prima Ballerina Diana Vishneva of the American Ballet Theatre brings her talent, artistry and enthusiasm to children in this all-new educational DVD aimed to get kids active through ballet. The program also features film producer/ballet dancer Allyson Tang, who plays AllyCat, who joins Vishneva in helping children learn ballet using humor, imagination and comprehensive ballet techniques. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Arzura/Ytinifni Pictures).

The Amazing World of Gumball: The Party (2012) The third and final DVD installment with 12 episodes from Season 1 of the award-winning Cartoon Network show. In the titular episode, "The Party," the pressure is on as Gumball and his best friend, Darwin, set out to find dates to an upcoming high school party. Additional episodes: "The Debt," "The Painting," "The Kiss," "The Goons," "The Secret," "The Poltergeist," "The Date," "The Fight," "The Ghost," "The Prank" and "The Robot." Extras: Character gallery. Formats: DVD, $14.97. (Cartoon Network).

The Big Wedding (2013) Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Coordinating The Big Wedding" featurette. (Lionsgate).

The Company You Keep (2013) Dir.: Robert Redford; Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie, Susan Sarandon, Chris Cooper, Nick Nolte, Stanley Tucci, Terrence Howard, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Brendan Gleeson, Brit Marling, Sam Elliott, Jackie Evancho. R Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Behind the Scenes: The Movement": Cast and crew discuss the movement that inspired a group of young activists to form The Weather Underground; "Behind the Scenes: The Script, Preparation and The Cast" featurette; "On the Red Carpet" at the New York premiere; "The Company You Keep" press conference with Robert Redford, Stanley Tucci, Brit Marling and Jackie Evancho. (Sony).

Combat!: The Complete Fifth Season (1966-67) Eight-disc set with 25 episodes of one of television's most popular series that offered a gritty, unflinching look at American soldiers battling in Europe during World War II, confronting imposing odds and demonstrating remarkable levels of ingenuity and courage. Vic Morrow and Rick Jason head a stellar cast in the critically drama, featuring an incomparable list of guest stars from Hollywood's Golden Age as well as top directorial talent. Formats: DVD, $39.98. Extras: Commentaries, photo gallery, oddities, bloopers, more. (Image Entertainment).

Deadly Swarm (2003) Shane Brolly, John Patrick, Kaarina Aufranc. Seeking a cure for his wife's serious illness and working with secret military backing, a scientist heads deep into a forbidden jungle in Guatemala, trapping thousands of killer wasps in the belief that the venom from the wasp's stingers can be of great medicinal benefit. But when the scientists try to illegally smuggle the wasps into the U.S., their truck crashes and the wasps are set free to wreak havoc. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).

Emperor (2013) Tommy Lee Jones, Matthew Fox, Eriko Hatsune, Aaron Jackson, Kaori Momoi. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Revenge or Justice - The Making of Emperor" featurette, commentary with director Peter Webber and producer Yoko Narahashi, behind-the-Scenes photo gallery, historical photo gallery, deleted scenes. (Lionsgate).
Enlightened: The Complete Second Season (2013) Two-disc set with eight episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "Inside the Episodes" summaries, three audio commentaries with cast and crew. (HBO).

Family Ties: The Seventh and Final Season (1988-89) Four-disc set with 24 episodes of the conclusion to one of America's most popular TV series, $46.99. In this season, the Keatons' world is turned upside down when Steven (Michael Gross) has a heart attack, Elyse's (Meredith Baxter Birney) strength keeps the family rock-solid, Jennifer (Tuna Yothers) learns to drive and works to save the environment, Mallory (Justine Bateman) gets her big break in the world of fashion, and Alex (Michael J. Fox) moves to NYC to pursue a career on Wall Street. Formats: DVD. (CBS/Paramount).

From This Day Forward (2012) Essence Atkins, Leon, Vanessa Simmons, Antwon Tanner. Family film about two appealing, confident women with great relationships who have it all wrong when it comes to love. Before they drive their men crazy, they've got some tough lessons to learn about trust and fidelity. Originally aired on the Gospel Music Channel. Formats: DVD. (One Village Entertainment).

Good Luck Miss Wyckoff (1978) Anne Heywood, Donald Pleasence, Robert Vaughn, John Lafayette, Dorothy Malone, Ronee Blakley, Carolyn Jones. Set in the small town of Freedom, Kansas in 1954, Evelyn Wyckoff (Heywood) is a virginal high-school teacher who learns that she has started early menopause. Feeling hopeless and isolated, she is advised by her doctor (Vaughn) and psychiatrist (Pleasance) to find a lover, which results in a series of brutal and horrifying events. Based on a novel by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright William Inge ("Picnic," "Splendor in the Grass"), this is a haunting story of ill-fated lust and sexual repression set against a backdrop of American racism. Presented uncut for the first time. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo with CD soundtrack. Extras: Theatrical trailers, television spots, re-release version: "The Sin," "Thoughts on William Inge With Actress Shirley Knight, still gallery. (Vinegar Syndrome).

Hatchet III (2012) Conclusion of the saga begun in the 2006 thriller. Vengeful Marybeth continues seeking out a way to destroy Victor Crowley, a hulking, seemingly-invincible sociopath rampaging through a sleepy Louisiana swamp. While a heavily-armed team of mercenaries takes to the bayou surrounding Crowley's home, Marybeth finds herself begrudgingly teaming up with a local policeman and his ex-wife... an expert on the maniac who may have uncovered the secret to ending his murderous rampage once and for all. In R-rated and unrated versions. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Cast and crew commentaries, "Hatchet III: Behind the Scenes" featurette, "Raising Kane" featurette, "Swamp Fun" featurette. (Dark Sky Films).

The House of Seven Corpses (1973) John Ireland, Faith Domergue, John Carradine. A film crew shooting an occult drama in a sinister manor with a grisly history of family bloodshed awakens the undead to make the fictional movie all too real. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Archive interview with Carradine, commentary with associate producer Gary Kent. (Severin Films).

House on Straw Hill (1976) Banned in Britain for 30 years, this is a shockingly violent and erotic tale of seduction, brutality and revenge. Cult movie icon Udo Kier stars as a successful novelist suffering from writer's block, who rents a country cottage in the hope of finding inspiration. But the arrival of a sensual secretary (Linda Haydena) sets in motion a chain of events that culminate in an unrestrained explosion of sex and savagery. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: Commentary with director James Kenelm Clarke and producer Brian Smedley-Aston; new interviews with director Clarke and star Linda Hayden; trailer. (Severin Films).

The Mindy Project: Season One (2012-13) Three-disc set with 24 episodes, $29.98. Formats: DVD. (Universal).

The Office: Season Nine (2012-13) The final season, with 23 episodes of the incredibly popular series. Formats: Five-disc DVD, $49.98; four-disc Blu-ray, $59.98. (Universal).

Olympus Has Fallen (2013) Dir.: Antoine Fuqua; Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Ashley Judd, Rick Yune. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray Extras: Five featurettes: "Under Siege: The Making of Olympus Has Fallen," "The Epic Ensemble," "Creating the Action: Visual FX & Design," "Deconstructing the Black Hawk Sequence" and "Ground Combat: Fighting the Terrorists"; bloopers (Sony).

Once Upon a Time: The Complete Second Season (2012-13) Five-disc set with 22 episodes. Formats: DVD, $45.99; Blu-ray Disc, $79.99. Extras: "A Fractured Family Tree" magical genealogy featurette about the series' fairytale family; "Sincerely, Hook" featurette; "Girl Power" featurette; "The Fairest Bloopers of Them All" featurette; deleted scenes; commentaries. (Disney).

Perry Mason: The Ninth and Final Season, Vol. 2 (1966) Four-disc set with 15 episodes, $46.99. Raymond Burr starred as the iconic Perry Mason, an attorney who specialized in defending seemingly indefensible cases. With the aid of his secretary Della Street (Barbara Hale) and investigator Paul Drake (William Hopper), he dug deeply into a case, uncovering startling facts and evidence. And, relying on his outstanding courtroom skills, he often tricked or trapped people into unwittingly admitting their guilt. In this final season, one of the most surprising murders in the show's history is revealed. Formats: DVD. Extras: Includes a special introduction by Barbara Hale to "The Case of the Twice-Told Twist," the only episode shot in color. (CBS/Paramount).

Southland: The Complete Fifth and Final Season (2013) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $39.98. Formats: DVD. Extras: "Southland: Shooting in Progress" featurette, deleted scenes. (Warner).

Super Eruption (2011) Juliet Aubrey, Richard Burgi. A "super volcano" lying dormant for thousands of years under Yellowstone National Park, is threatening to erupt and wipe out much of North America. As lava explodes through the park, Yellowstone's top scientist and a fearless park ranger work frantically together on a plan to save not only the park, but the entire world. Formats: DVD. (Arc Entertainment).

Super Storm (2012) David Sutcliffe, Erica Cerra, Brett Dier, Leah Cairns, Luisa D'Oliveira, Mitch Pileggi. When Jupiter's red spot suddenly disappears, it triggers furious electrical storms and savage mega-cyclones that destroy America's major cities and only a small-town detention-bound teen with an extraordinary science project has the answer that could halt Earth's annihilation. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).

August 20, 2013 New DVD Releases

Being Human: Season 5 (2013) Two-disc set with six episodes. Formats: DVD $34.98; Blu-ray $39.98. (BBC Home Entertainment).

The Best of Pawn Stars: The Greatest Stories Ever Sold (2009-2013) Two-disc set with eight episodes, $14.98. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).

The Best of Storage Wars: Life in the Locker (2011-13) Two-disc set with 13 episodes that revisits the highs and lows of the modern-day treasure hunters... Barry, Jarrod, Brandi, Darrell, Brandon, Dan and Laura, in their bidding wars for the ultimate jackpot in storage locker auctions. Formats: DVD, $14.98. (Lionsgate).

The Big City (1963) "The Big City (Mahanagar)," set in mid-1950s Calcutta and directed by the great Satyajit Ray ("The Music Room"), follows the personal triumphs and frustrations of Arati (Madhabi Mukherjee), who decides, despite the initial protests of her bank-clerk husband, to take a job to help support their family. With remarkable sensitivity and attention to the details of everyday working-class life, Ray gradually builds a powerful human drama that is at once a hopeful morality tale and a commentary on the identity of the contemporary Indian woman. New 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interview with actor Madhabi Mukherjee; "Satyajit Ray and the Modern Woman," a new interview program featuring Ray historian Suranjan Ganguly; "The Coward" (1965), a feature film directed by Ray that also addresses modern female identity and stars Mukherjee and Soumitra Chatterjee; booklet featuring an essay by scholar Chandak Sengoopta and an interview with Ray from the 1980s by his biographer Andrew Robinson. (The Criterion Collection).

Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Third Season (2012) Five-disc set with 12 episodes of the immensely popular HBO series. In this season, Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) has become Atlantic City's undisputed czar during Prohibition and is facing the challenge of mending old relationships. While his marriage lies in shambles, he faces new competition from Gyp Rosetti (Bobby Cannavale), a hair-trigger gangster determined to siphon off his alcohol business. The conflict brings out the best and worst in Nucky, who proves his brutal mettle in a series of violent encounters, as new and familiar faces also undergo compelling metamorphoses. Formats: DVD, $59.99; Blu-ray Disc, $79.98; Digital. Extras: "Distilling Season 2"; "New Characters"; "Boardwalk Empire - Director's Chair"; "Scorsese on Season 3": Award-winning director and executive producer Martin Scorsese provides a unique and detailed perspective on the third season; six audio commentaries with cast and crew. Blu-ray adds "American Empires": Interactive compendium on Prohibition, the gangsters, their influence, and their systems of distribution; "Boardwalk Chronicle": Interactive feature to track the major players and locations within each episode; "Newsreels" explores some of the real-world events and historical figures that inspired Season Three with 24 exclusive featurettes. (HBO).

Charulata (1964) This film about a woman's artistic and romantic yearning by Satyajit Ray ("The Music Room") is set in late 19th-century, pre-independence India. It takes place in the gracious home of a liberal-minded, workaholic newspaper editor and his lonely, stifled wife, Charulata (Madhabi Mukherjee), whose exquisitely composed features mask a burning creativity. When her husband's poet cousin comes to stay with them, Charulata finds herself both inspired by him to pursue her own writing and dangerously drawn to him physically. Based on a novella by Rabindranath Tagore, "Charulata" is a work of subtle textures, a delicate tale of a marriage in jeopardy and a woman taking the first steps toward establishing her own voice. New 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: New interview program with actors Madhabi Mukherjee and Soumitra Chatterjee; "Adapting Tagore," a new interview program featuring Indian film scholar Moinak Biswas and Bengali literature historian Supriya Chaudhuri; archival audio interview with director Satyajit Ray by film historian Gideon Bachmann; booklet featuring an essay by critic Philip Kemp and a 1980s interview with Ray by his biographer Andrew Robinson. (The Criterion Collection).

The Dragon Pearl (2011) Sam Neill, Louis Cobett, Li Lin Jin, Wang Ji. When two kids join their parents on a "boring" archaeological dig in China, they discover a mournful dragon trapped deep inside a mystical temple; the pair must battle evil forces (and some very skeptical parents) to help the dragon regain its life force: a sacred, magical pearl. Formats: DVD. (Ketchup Entertainment).

Epic (2013) Voices of Amanda Seyfried, Blake Anderson, Aziz Ansari, Allison Bills, Jim Conroy, Todd Cummings, Colin Farrell, Christoph Waltz, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, Pitbull and Beyonce. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Mub & Grub Intro" tour through the special features; "Rot Rocks"; "Bugs of Camouflage"; "Epic Coloring & Storybook Builder App" with exclusive pages on your iOS or Android devices that allows you to become the story teller by recording your own voice and sharing with family and friends; theatrical trailer. Blu-ray adds "Birds, Bugs and Slugs: Forest Explorer"; "The Epic Life at Two Inches Tall"; "Mysteries of Moonhaven Revealed" with the filmmakers, artists, and animators at Blue Sky films. (Fox).

The Life of Muhammad (2013) Three-part program, presented by acclaimed journalist and author Rageh Omaar, charts the extraordinary story of a man who, in little more than 20 years, changed the world forever. Taking a journey that is both historical and relevant today, Omaar documents Muhammad's life from his humble beginnings in Mecca, to his struggles with accepting his prophetic role, his flight to Medina, the founding of the first Islamic constitution and his subsequent military and political successes and failures and to his death and his legacy. Filmed on location in Saudi Arabia, Jerusalem, Turkey, Syria, the U.S., the United Kingdom and Jordan. Formats: DVD, $24.99; Blu-ray, $29.99. (PBS Distribution).

Parenthood: Season 4 (2012-13) Three-disc set with 15 episodes, $69.98. Formats: DVD. (Universal).

Scary MoVie V (2013) Ashley Tisdale, Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Snoop Dogg, Katt Williams, Molly Shannon, Terry Crews, Simon Rex, Jerry O'Connell, Sarah Hyland, Katrina Bowden, Tyler Posey, Shad Moss aka Bow Wow, Kate Walsh, Heather Locklear, Mac Miller, Mike Tyson. Formats: DVD, DVD/Blu-ray Disc combo (unrated). Extras: Extended, deleted scenes. (Dimension Films/Anchor Bay Entertainment).

Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright (2013) New animated feature-length movie has Scooby and the Mystery Inc. gang trying to raise the curtain on a ghostly mystery that's haunting a creepy opera house, which happens to be the home of a popular, hit TV talent show. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Bonus episodes "Don't Fool with a Phantom" and "Never Ape an Ape Man." (Warner).

Vampire (2011) Kevin Zegers, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Adelaide Clemens, Kristin Kreuk, Rachael Leigh Cook. A dedicated teacher, living a normal life, has a dark secret that he's a vampire, compelled to drink human blood in order to survive. Using online chat rooms as his hunting grounds, he searches for suicidal young women who will satisfy his hunger and ensure his survival. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).

August 27, 2013 New DVD Releases

Among Friends
(2012) Danielle Harris, Christopher Backus, Jennifer Blanc, AJ Bowen. A group of friends get together for an '80s-themed murder mystery party, but things take a dark turn when someone from their past out for blood hijacks the evening. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: commentary with director Danielle Harris and actors Jennifer Blanc and AJ Bowen. (Lionsgate).

At Any Price (2013) Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, Kim Dickens, Heather Graham, Clancy Brown, Maika Monroe. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Ramin Bahrani and Dennis Quaid, Toronto International Film Festival Q&A, four rehearsal footage scenes. (Sony).

Barbie Mariposa & the Fairy Princess (2013) Mariposa becomes the royal Ambassador of Flutterfield and is sent to bring peace between her fairy land and their rivals, the Crystal Fairies of Shimmervale. Formats: DVD, $19.98; Blu-ray Disc, $26.98. (Universal).

Damian Lewis Double Feature (2012) Early feature performances by the star of "Band of Brothers" and "Homeland": "Friends and Crocodiles," about the shifting power balance between a boss and his secretary as their careers rise and fall through the changing corporate landscape of 80s and 90s Britain; and "Much Ado About Nothing," a modern-day take on the Shakespeare classic set in a London television news studio. Formats: DVD. (BBC Worldwide America).

The Great Gatsby (2013) Dir.: Baz Luhrmann; Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, Elizabeth Debicki, Amitabh Bachchan. Formats: 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, two-disc DVD special edition, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Greatness of Gatsby," "Within and Without" With Tobey Maguire, "The Swinging Sounds of Gatsby," "The Jazz Age," "Razzle Dazzle: The Fashion of the '20s," "Fitzgerald's Visual Poetry," "Gatsby Revealed," deleted scenes, trailers. (Warner).

NYC Underground (2010) Clayne Crawford, Sean Faris, Arielle Kebbel, Rob Mayes, Dania Ramirez, Evan Ross, Matt Servitto. Four upscale Manhattanites run for their lives in the Brooklyn subway tunnels after a botched drug deal. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with director Jesse Terrero. (Lionsgate).

Pain & Gain (2013) Dir.: Michael Bay; Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris, Rob Corddry, Rebel Wilson, Ken Jeong, Bar Paly. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. (Paramount).

Peeples (2013) Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, David Alan Grier, Tyler James Williams, Kali Hawk, Malcolm Barrett, S. Epatha Merkerson, Melvin Van Peebles, Diahann Carroll, Kimrie Lewis-Davis. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: Commentary with writer-director Tina Gordon Chism, producer Stephanie Allain and actors Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, David Alan Grier, Tyler James Williams, Kali Hawk, Malcolm Barrett and Kimrie Lewis-Davis; "Meet the Peeples, Jam With the Fam" three-part featurette, gag reel. (Lionsgate).

The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013) Dir.: Mira Nair; Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland, Adil Hussain, Nelsan Ellis, Martin Donovan, Christopher Nicholas Smith, Victor Slezak, Om Puriin. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. (IFC Films).

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's (2013) Documentary on the Bergdorf Goodman's department store with footage of Joan Rivers, Rachel Zoe, Candice Bergen, Susan Lucci, Nicole Richie, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, Karl Lagerfeld, Giorgio Armani, Diane von Fürstenberg, Michael Kors, Isaac Mizrahi, Christian Louboutin, Domenico Dolce, Lauren Bush, Oscar de la Renta, Manolo Blahnik, Bobbi Brown, Stefano Gabbana, Iris Apfel, Laudomia Pucci, Mary-Kate Olsen, William Fichtner, Ashley Olsen. Formats: DVD. (Entertainment One).

Sons of Anarchy - Season Five (2012) with 13 extended episodes. Formats: Four-disc DVD, $59.98; three-disc Blu-ray, $69.99. Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary on "Sovereign," gag reel, "Opie Winston," "Kurt Sutter: Creating Anarchy," fan concert at the club house, commentary on "Darthy." (Fox).

Super Buddies (2013) John Ratzenberger, Michael Teigen, Jason Earles. Budderball, Mudbud, B-Dawg, Buddha and Rosebud discover mysterious rings that grant them each a unique super power, and the pups unleash their amazing abilities and race to the rescue when a shape-shifting bully from outer space threatens the planet. Latest in the popular Buddies franchise. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (Disney).

The Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season (2012-13) Five-disc set with all 16 episodes. Formats: DVD, $69.98; Blu-ray, $79.99. The Blu-ray set also will be available in a limited edition "zombie head tank" package (water not included!) specially created once again by McFarlane Toys (to complement last year's Season 2 limited edition "zombie head" packaging; $149.99. Extras: Behind-the-scenes footage, featurettes, commentaries from cast and crew, deleted scenes, other surprises. (Anchor Bay).

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