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DVD Releases: November 13

The Addams Family Complete Series Giftset Nine-disc set with all 64 episodes, $69.98. Extras: Commentary on select episodes; "You Rang, Mr. Addams" featurette, "Snap, Snap" featurette, "The Addams Family Portrait" featurette, "Tombstone Trivia," "Mad About the Addams" featurette, more. (MGM).

Amazing Grace (2007) Dir.: Michael Apted; Ioan Gruffudd, Albert Finney, Michael Gambon, Rufus Sewell, Youssou N'Dour, Ciaran Hinds. Extras: Commentary by director Michael Apted and Ioan Gruffudd; "How Sweet the Sound: The Story of Amazing Grace" documentary; "Finding Freedom" tour of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center providing factual information about modern-day slavery practices; Interactive Discussion Tools and Study Guides for use in classrooms or bible study groups; music video of Grammy nominee Chris Tomlin's version of "Amazing Grace." (Fox).

Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) Dir: Rainer Werner Fassbinder; Hanna Schygulla, Barbara Sukowa. New high-definition digital transfer, from the 2006 restoration by the Fassbinder Foundation and Bavaria Media, and supervised and approved by director of photography Xaver Schwarzenberger. Special Edition seven-disc set. Extras: Two new documentaries by Fassbinder Foundation president Juliane Lorenz: one featuring interviews with the cast and crew, the other on the restoration; Hans Dieter Hartl's 1980 documentary "The Making of Berlin Alexanderplatz"; Phil Jutzi's 1931, 90-minute film of Alfred Doblin's novel, from a screenplay co-written by Doblin himself; new video interview with Peter Jelavich, author of "Berlin Alexanderplatz: Radio, Film, and the Death of Weimar Culture"; plus an essay by filmmaker Tom Tykwer, reflections from Fassbinder, an interview with Schwarzenberger, and German author Thomas Steinfeld on the novel. (The Criterion Collection).

Bloodhounds of Broadway (1952) Mitzi Gaynor, Scott Brady, Mitzi Green. Digitally restored and re-mastered. Extras: "A New York State of Mind: Written by Damon Runyon" featurette, "Mitzi Gaynor: Impression of the Fox Years" featurette, "Dancing as Fast as She Can: A Conversation With Sharon Baird" featurette, restoration comparison, interactive press book, poster gallery, lobby card gallery, still gallery. (Fox Marquee Musicals Collection).

Captain N & The New Super Mario World Two-disc set with the final adventures of the two animated series, $29.99. (Shout! Factory).

Close Encounters of the Third Kind: 30th Anniversary Ultimate Edition (2005) Dir.: Steven Spielberg; Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melina Dillon, Francois Truffaut. All three versions of the film, including the first-ever home video release of the 1977 Original Theatrical edition, as well as the re-edited 1980 theatrical Special Edition and Spielberg's definitive Director's Cut (released in 1998 as the Collector's Edition). The Original Theatrical version of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" was released on screens in 1977 and was never available on home video. Spielberg released a re-edited Special Edition theatrically and on VHS in 1980 wherein he deleted several smaller scenes and added other sequences including scenes of Dreyfuss inside the alien mother ship at the end of the film. In 1998, the Collector's Edition was released on home video with a limited theatrical run and featured Spielberg's definitive director's cut with changes, some small and subtle, as well as a change eliminating the interior mother ship scenes from the end of the Special Edition, thus restoring the original ending. Available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Extras: DVD bonus features include: New interview with Steven Spielberg, "Making of Close Encounters of the Third Kind" retrospective documentary. Blu-ray Disc bonus features include: New interview with Steven Spielberg, "Storyboard to Scene Comparisons," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" retrospective documentary, original 1977 "Watch the Skies" featurette, original theatrical preview. (Sony).

Da Vinci's Inquest: Season 2 Four-disc set with all 13 episodes of the CBC's longest-running, highest-rated crime drama series that follows the work a controversial, charismatic coroner for the city of Vancouver; $59.99. Extras: Interview with series creator Chris Haddock, photo gallery, biographies and filmographies. (Acorn Media).

Day One (1989) David Strathairn, Brian Dennehy, Michael Tucker, David Ogden Stiers, Hume Cronyn, Hal Holbrook, Tony Shalhoub. CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame drama about the development of the atomic bomb and the fateful decision to use it in World War II; $24.99. (Acorn Media).

Dead Lenny (2006) Armand Assante, Nicole Eggert, Steven Bauer, John Heard, Joe Piscopo. Comedy about the L.A.-based associate of the mob who goes missing with $5 million; the man sent to track Lenny down gets involved with Lenny's baby-desperate wife, his ditsy mistress, his muscle-headed brother, his quirky neuro-surgeon, and a crew of other nut jobs. (MTI Home Video).

Driftwood (2006) Raviv Ullman, Talan Torriero, Cory Hardrict, Diamond Dallas Page. Thriller takes place in the frightening and supernatural world of an "Attitude Adjustment Camp for Troubled Youths." Extras: Commentary by director Tim Sullivan, producer Chris Kobin and co-star Diamond Dallas Page; "Through the Gauntlet: Inside the Walls of Driftwood" featurette; alternate ending; "Doing Time on the Set of Driftwood"; deleted/extended scenes; Blooper: "The Barbequing Type"; audition reel ; photo gallery. (Image Entertainment).

Flywheel: Director's Cut (2003 -- TV) Alex Kendrick, Lisa Arnold. Family film about a used-car salesman who becomes disgusted by the masks he wears and lies he tells and turns his life around. Extras: Director's commentary, deleted scenes, bloopers, behind-the-scenes "making of" documentary, more. (Sony).

The Girl Next Door (1953) Dan Dailey, June Haver, Dennis Day, Billy Gray, Cara Williams, Natalie Schafer. Digitally restored and re-mastered. Extras: "Discovering the Girl Next Door" featurette, "Dan Dailey: Song and Dance Man" featurette, "Billy Gray: The Boy Next Door" featurette, restoration comparison, interactive press book, poster gallery, still gallery. (Fox Marquee Musicals Collection).

Golden Boy (1939) Dir.: Rouben Mamoulia; Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou, William Holden, Lee J. Cobb. Extras: Cartoon: "The Kangaroo Kid," "Pleased to Mitt You" and "Screen Snapshots" shorts, "Ford Television Theatre" episode. (Sony).

Horror Rises From the Tomb (1973 -- Spain) Paul Naschy, Emma Cohen, Victor Barrera. Euro-horror thriller. In 15th century France, the warlock Alaric de Marnac is beheaded for crimes against humanity and his equally guilty mistress also viciously killed, but not before the pair put a curse upon the descendents of their executioners. (BCI Eclipse).

La Vie En Rose (2007) Marion Cotillard, Sylvie Testud, Clotilde Courau, Jean-Paul rouve, Pascal Greggory, Marc Barbe, Caroline Sihol, Emmanuelle Seigner, Catherine Allˇgret, Gerard Depardieu, Jean-Pierre Martins. Extended edition with footage not shown in theaters. Extras: "Stepping Into Character" behind-the-scenes featurette. (Warner).

The Last Sentinel (2007) Katee Sackhoff, Don Wilson, Keith David, Bokeem Woodbine. Post-apocalyptic thriller about perfect soldiers created to protect civilization until the drone police become the perfect enemy. With little hope left for mankind, an electronically enhanced soldier rescues a rebel woman from a failed resistance mission. Sound familiar? Extras: Commentary. Making the Movie" featurette. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).

The Loreley's Grasp (1974) Tony Kendall, Helga Line, Silvia Tortosa. Euro-horror thriller. In a university town by the Rhine river, young women are turning up dead ... savagely torn to pieces and their hearts ripped out of their bodies. Can the killer be the legendary Lorelei of German myth? (BCI Eclipse).

Masters of Horror: Dream Cruise (2007) Daniel Gillies, Yoshino Kimura, Ryo Ishibashi. Renowned Japanese horror director Norio Tsuruta ("Ringu O," "Premonition") charts man's primal fear of the ocean and drowning with his Showtime "Masters of Horror" episode. Extras: Commentary by actor Daniel Gillies, producer Mick Garris and moderator Perry Martin, "The Making of Dream Cruise," photo gallery, script (DVD-ROM). (Anchor Bay).

Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005) Starz Originals documentary explores the anything-goes era of 1970s cult films and their continuing influence on pop culture and modern society, $19.97. (Starz Home Entertainment).

Ocean's 13 (2007) Dir.r: Steven Soderbergh; George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Elliott Gould, Bernie Mac, Al Pacino, Don Cheadle, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Carl Reiner, Eddie Izzard, Ellen Barkin, Andy Garcia. Extras: Additional scenes, "Vegas: An Opulent Illusion" featurette, more. Available on HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

Ocean's Film Collection Three-disc set with "Ocean's 11" (2001), "Ocean's 12" (2004) and "Ocean's 13" (2007), Also available on HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

The Princess Bride 20th Anniversary Edition (1987) Dir.: Rob Reiner; Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant, Robin Wright Penn, Fred Savage, Peter Falk, Peter Cook, Mel Smith, Carol Kane, Billy Crystal, Anne Dyson, Margery Mason. Extras: "True Love and High Adventure: The Official Princess Bride DVD Video Game," "Princess Bride: The Untold Tales" featurette, "The Art of Fencing" featurette, "Fairytales and Folklore" featurette. (MGM).

Shrek the Third (2007) Extras: Voices of: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Rupert Everett, Justin Timberlake, Julie Andrews, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Amy Sedaris, John Krasinski, Ian McShane. Extras: "Shrek's Guide to Parenthood: Donkey, Puss in Boots, Pinocchio and Gingy offer their priceless parenting tips for Shrek & Fiona; "Meet the Cast & Behind-the-Scenes" featurette; lost scenes; "Tech of Shrek" featurette; "Donkey Dance" music video; "Big Green Goofs"; "DreamWorks Kids -- This Way to Play" games and activities: "Learn to Donkey Dance," "How to Be Green" and "Merlin's Magic Crystal Ball"; "Worcestershire Academy Yearbook" featurette; DVD-ROM Features: "Shrek Shmash-Ups," "Royal Tournament Games" and sdditional Shrek-tivities (including games, printables, weblinks and more). Also available on HD DVD. (Dreamworks).

That's Entertainment: The Complete Collection Three-disc set with "That's Entertainment!," "That's Entertainment, Part 2" and "That's Entertainment! III." Each title remastered in full HD 1080p and Dolby True HD audio. $79.98. Extras: More than five hours of extras and rarities including three documentaries, premiere night coverage and salutes to the great behind-the-camera talents, TV specials, making-of featurettes, plus an extensive video jukebox of rare, star-packed musical outtakes from classic films, more. (Warner).

This Is England (2006) Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham, Jo Hartley. Critically-acclaimed portrait of British skinhead culture in the early '80s: a world of popular TV character "Roland Rat," aerobics, the TV show "Blockbusters," Margaret Thatcher, the Falklands crisis, racial unease, punk music, and skinheads. Extras: Behind-the-scenes documentary, deleted scenes, commentary by director Shane Meadows. (Genius Products).

3000 Miles (2007) Documentary about the eighth Gumball Rally. Rally founder Maximillion Cooper filmed the 2006 event, which began in London and ended at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles eight days, three continents, 250 drivers, 120 cars and 3000 miles later. A wild ride with some of the craziest guys on the planet driving some of the most amazing cars in existence, the rally encompassed skateboarding stunts, speeding tickets, and general havoc, notoriety, fun, style and rock 'n' roll. The 120 cars in the rally included everything from McLaren Mercedes SLRs to Rolls Royce Phantoms to VW Camper Vans, along with just about every model of Ferrari since the 1960s. $19.98. (Revolver Entertainment).

Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends (2007) Inspiring documentary executive produced by Clint Eastwood for PBS' American Masters series. Documentary that chronicles the extraordinary career of one of music's best, Tony Bennett, who is considered one of the greatest living singers in American popular music. Features an in-depth on-camera interview of the performer, conducted by Eastwood himself. Two-disc set. Extras: Bonus disc featuring Bennett's full concert performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 2005. (Warner).

Urban Justice (2007) Direct-to-video Steven Seagal actioner has Seagal star as a hard-fighting father who strikes out in order to exact revenge on the criminals responsible for his son's untimely death. Co-stars Eddie Griffin. (Sony).

With A Song In My Heart (1952) Susan Hayward, Rory Calhoun, David Wayne, Thelma Ritter, Robert Wagner, Helen Westcott, Una Merkel. Digitally restored and re-mastered. Extras: "Holding the High Notes: The Life of Jane Froman" featurette, "Capturing a Song: Bringing Jane Froman to the Screen" featurette, "John Burn: A Husband Remembers" featurette, restoration comparison, still gallery, poster gallery. (Fox Marquee Musicals Collection).

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