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DVD Releases: February 5

Across the Universe (2007) Dir.: Julie Taymor; Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs, Martin Luther, T.V. Carpio, Eddie Izzard, Bono. Extras: Eight extended musical performances, deleted scene, commentary by director Taymor and composer Elliot Goldenthal, five featurettes: "Creating the Universe," "Stars of Tomorrow," "All About the Music," "FX on the Universe" and "Moving Across the Universe" (on the choreography, including an interview with choreographer Daniel Ezralow). Aslo available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony)

All In (2006) Dominique Swain, Michael Madsen, Louis Gossett Jr., Colleen Porch, James Russo. Six medical students with unique talents pool their resources to try to win the World Series of Poker. (MTI Home Video).

Americanizing Shelley (2005) Namrata Singh Gujral, Beau Bridges, Brad Raider. A wannabe Hollywood player sets out to Americanize an Indian girl from the Himalayas. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes. (Warner).

The Apartment Collector's Edition (1960) Dir.: Billy Wilder; Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston, Jack Kruschen. Extras: Commentary by film historian Bruce Block, "Inside the Apartment" documentary, "Tribute to Jack Lemmon." (MGM).

The Aristocats Special Edition (1970) Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, Sterling Holloway, Scatman Crothers, Paul Winchell. Digitally enhanced picture and sound. (Disney).

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeremy Renner, Paul Schneider, Sam Rockwell, Zooey Deschanel. Extras: "The Assassination of Jesse James: Death of an Outlaw" featurette. Extras: Available on Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD. (Warner)

Beauty and the Beast: The Third Season (1989-90) Three-disc set with 12 episodes, $49.99. (Paramount).

The Best of Comedy Central Presents: Uncensored Original stand-up specials from Lewis Black, Dane Cook, Jeff Dunham, Mitch Hedberg, Demetri Martin, Carlos Mencia and Brian Regan, $19.99. (Paramount).

Black August (2005) Gary Dourdan. Traces George Lester Jackson's spiritual journey and violent fate, from being sent up on a one-year-to-life sentence for robbing a gas station of $71, to galvanizing the Black Guerrilla Family with his incendiary book of letters, "Soledad Brother," to the fierce August day when his younger brother Jonathan shocked the world by taking a California courtroom hostage to protest Jackson's upcoming trial. (Warner).

Black Woman's Guide to Getting Married (2007) Jean-Claude La Marre. Explores the relationships between four women and the men they love. (Warner).

Blackout (2007) Jeffrey Wright, Zoe Saldana, Melvin Van Peebles, Michael B. Jordan, LaTanya Richardson, Saul Rubinek. In summer 2003, America experienced the largest blackout in its history -- widely reported as peaceful. But in Brooklyn's forgotten East Flatbush neighborhood, mayhem unfolded when the power shut down. This is the untold story of the blackout --a place where, as night fell, looters emerged, violence surfaced and residents feared for their lives. Extras: Interview with director Jerry LaMothe, behind-the-scenes featurette, meet the cast, "2003 Blackout True Stories," deleted scenes. (Paramount).

Blind Dating (2006) Chris Pine, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Anjali Jay, Jane Seymour. A blind young man (Chris Pine) -- who's good looks drive women wild -- thinks he finds love with an Indian woman (Anjali Jay), though their relationship is fraught with cultural differences. Extras: Deleted footage, bloopers, behind-the-scenes featurette, cast interviews. (Fox).

Bob the Builder On-Site: Roads & Bridges (2007) Young viewers get an exciting behind-the-scenes look at how the impressive machines do their big jobs; $19.98. (HIT/Fox).

The Brave One (2007) Dir.: Neil Jordan; Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, Nicky Katt, Naveen Andrews, Mary Steenburgen. Extras: "I Walk the City" featurette, additional scenes. Available on HD DVD and Blu-ray disc.

Croc (2007 -- TV) Peter Tuinstra, Michael Madsen. A large man-eating crocodile terrorizes tourists and locals in Thailand. (Genius Products).

Dresden (2006) German miniseries about a romance between a British pilot hiding in Germany and a German nurse, set against the background of the massive allied bombing of Dresden toward the end of World War II. Two-disc set, $29.98. (Koch Vision).

Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Clive Owen, Samantha Morton, Abbie Cornish. Extras: Deleted scenes, "The Reign Continues: Making Elizabeth: The Golden Age," "Inside Elizabeth's World" featurette, "Commanding the Winds: Creating the Armada," "Towers, Courts and Cathedral" locations and sets featurette, commentary by director Shekhar Kapur. Also available on HD DVD. (Universal).

Elmo's World: Opposites (2007) Preschoolers join with Sesame Street's Elmo to learn about the ins and outs of the amazing concept of "opposites." Features three episodes with Elmo and his friends -- Mr. Noodle, Super Grover and Dorothy the Goldfisn; $12.93. (Seasame Workshop/Genius).

Feast of Love (2007) Dir,: Robert Benton; Morgan Freeman, Greg Kinnear, Radha Mitchell, Jane Alexander, Alexa Davalos, Toby Hemingway, Selma Blair, Stana Katic, Billy Burke, Fred Ward, Erika MarozsanExtras: Commentary by Benton, "What Fools These Mortals Be" featurette, "A Merry Feast" featurette, "The Players" featurette, The Cary Brothers "Honestly" music video. (MGM).

Great World of Sound (2007) Pat Healy, Kene Holliday. When a young man answers an ad to train as a record producer, he's excited by the prospect of signing undiscovered artists only to discover his new job isn't all it's cracked up to be and he fears that he's being scammed to become a scam artist. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

Imitation of Life Two Movie Special Edition Two-disc set with the 1934 "Imitation of Life" directed by John M. Stahl and starring Claudette Colbert and the 1959 version directed by Douglas Sirk and starring Lana Turner and Sandra Dee. Extras: Commentary, "Lasting Legacy: An Imitation of Life" retrospective look at both versions. (Universal).

The Jane Austen Book Club (2007) Kathy Baker, Maria Bello, Emily Blunt, Amy Brenneman, Maggie Grace, Hugh Dancy, Jimmy Smits. Extras: Cast and crew commentary, "Making of The Jane Austen Book Club," "The Life of Jane Austen" featurette, "Character Deconstruction" featurette, deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).

The Jewish Americans (2008) Six-hour PBS documentary that focuses on individual personalities and stories to chronicle the 350-year saga of immigrants who gradually wove themselves into the fabric of American life. Extras: Deleted scenes. Two-disc set, $34.99. (Paramount).

Legion of Super Heroes V2 Four episodes of the animated super hero series, $14.97. (Warner).

Love & Basketball (2005) Dennis Haysbert, Sanaa Lathan, Omar Epps, Boris Kodjoe, Chris Warren Jr. Two-disc set includes CD soundtrack. (New Line).

McLeod's Daughters: The Complete Fifth Season Eight-disc set with 32 episodes of the Australian series about two half-sisters separated as children and reunited when they inherit Drover's Run, a large Australian cattle ranch that had been passed down for generations; $79.98. (Koch Vision).

Madeline: Meet Me In Paris (2008) Three animated episodes based on Ludwig Bemelmans' classic Madeline children's books. Includes "Madeline at the Louvre" "Madeline at the Eiffel Tower," "Madeline in Cannes"; $14.98. (Fox).

Maggie and the Ferocious Beast: Rain Showers & Spring Flowers Five episodes from the Noggin kids series, $14.99. (Shout! Factory).

Maggie and The Ferocious Beast: Recipes For Trouble Five episodes from the Noggin kids series, $14.99. (Shout! Factory).

Midnight Express 30th Anniversary Edition (1978) Dir.: Alan Parker; Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli, Paul L. Smith, Randy Quaid, Norbert Weisser, Peter Jeffrey, John Hurt. Extras: "The Producers' Featurette," "The Production Featurette," "The Finished Film Featurette," commentary by Parker, photo gallery, original theatrical trailer, photo booklet and essay from Parker's on-set experiences. (Sony).

9 Star Hotel (2007 -- Israel) Documentary about Palestinians who work illegally as construction workers, eking out a simple and meager existence: During the day, they sneak into Israel to build luxury Israeli apartment complexes; at night, in stark contrast, they return to nearly invisible shanty communities where they retire to improvised huts and claustrophobic sleeping cubicles. $26.98. (Koch Lorber).

The Prince and the Pauper (2007) Modern re-telling of the Mark Twain classic with teen throbs twins Cole and Dylan Sprouse; co-stars Kay Panabaker and Vincent Spano. Extras: "Life on the Set With Cole, Dylan and Kay." (Sony).

Romance & Cigarettes (2007) Dir.: John Turturro; James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Steve Buscemi, Bobby Cannavale, Mandy Moore, Mary-Louise Parker, Aida Turturro, Christopher Walken, Barbara Sukowa, Elaine Stritch, Eddie Izzard, Amy Sedaris, P.J. Brown. A down-and-dirty musical set in the world of working-class New York that tells the story of a husband's journey into infidelity and redemption when he must choose between his seductive mistress and his beleaguered wife. Extras: "Behind the Scenes of Romance & Cigarettes," deleted scenes, introduction by director John Turturro, commentary by Turturro. (Sony).

Romeo & Juliet: A Monkey's Tale (2007) Animal Planet feature. In the mountains of Thailand, two young monkeys from rival factions are falling in love. This is the story of their lives, as the two groups of the local simian population declare war to keep them apart. It's a familiar story with a wild twist. (Animal Planet/Genius Products).

Rosemary & Thyme: The Complete Collection Nine-disc set with 22 episodes of the British mystery series, $99.99. (Acorn Media).

Route 66: Season One, Volume Two (1960-61) Four-disc set with 15 episodes, $29.98. Restored and digitally transferred from the original masters. (Infinity Entertainment).

Showstoppers (2008) Faune A. Chambers, Angell Conwell, Robin Wilson. Story about a group of young college girls whose friendships and dreams are challenged and celebrated as they compete in the vibrant discipline that is known as "stepping." (Warner).

Slings & Arrows: The Complete Collection Seven-disc set with all 18 episodes of the series about a dysfunctional Canadian theater troupe; $59.99. Extras: Bloopers, deleted and extended scenes, interviews, photo galleries, bonus disc with "A Look Behind the Scenes" featurette, on-set footage, more. (Acorn media).

Snow Buddies (2008) James Belushi, Kris Kristofferson, Molly Shannon. The five lovable talking pups are back in a new adventure as they get stuck on a plane to Alaska and join in a daring dogsled race. Extras: Bloopers, "Lean on Me" music video, behind-the-scenes featurette, commentary by the Buddies, visual effects featurette. (Disney).

Soul Food the Series: The Third Season (2002-03) Five-disc set with 10 episodes, $49.99. (Paramount).

Storm Warning (2007) Robert Taylor, Mathew Wilkinson, Nadia Fares. A weekend boating excursion takes a bad turn when a severe storm strands a married couple on a remote island; they stumble upon what appears to be a vacant house only to learn that the sadistic inhabitants are home and have heinous plans for the unexpected houseguests. (Dimension Extreme/Weinstein Co./Genius Products).

A Stranger's Heart (2007 -- TV) Samantha Mathis, June Squibb, Peter Dobson, Thomas Kopache. A N.Y. writer meets a gentle hunk of a man while both are waiting for heart transplants; miraculously, they both get receive donated hearts, and the two fall in love. (Genius Products).

The Ten Commandments (2007) CGI-animated feature with the voices of Ben Kingsley, Christian Slater, Alfred Molina, Elliott Gould. Extras: "I Am Willing" music video performed by Jeremy Camp, behind-the-scenes featurette, interviews with Slater and Molina, "Ten Commandments Challenge." (Genius Products).

Third Watch: The Complete First Season Six-disc set with 22 episodes, $59.98. Extras: "The Nights of Camelot" retrospective featurette, unaired scenes, gag reel. (Warner).

Tootsie 25th Anniversary Edition (1982) Dir.: Sydney Pollack; Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning, Bill Murray, Geena Davis. Extras: "A Better Man: The Making of Tootsie," deleted scenes, original Dustin Hoffman as Tootsie screen test. (Sony).

Turok: Son of Stone (2007) Animated adventures of the comic book Stone Age warrior. Voices of Adam Beach, Robert Knepper, Cree Summer, Irene Bedar. (Weinstein Co./Genius Products).

2 Days In Paris (2007) Julie Delpy, Adam Goldberg. Extras: Extended scenes, interview with Julie Delpy. (Fox).

The Ugly Duckling and Me: Vol. 3 Love Is in the Air (2005) Third volume of the animated series based on Hans Christian Andersen's character. Includes three episodes; $14.98. (Allumination FilmWorks).

Weirdsville (2007) Wes Bentley, Raoul Bhaneja, Greg Bryk. A pair of slackers get in way over their heads when they try to dump the body of a dead girlfriend in the basement of a drive-in movie theater where a satanic cult performs ritual sacrifices. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

The Whitest Kids U' Know: Season 1 Two-disc set with 10 uncensored episodes of the five-man sketch comedy troupe from New York; originally aired on FUSE; $26.95. Extras: Commentary, uncensored featurette. (Genius Products).

Wire In the Blood: The Complete Fourth Season Four-disc set with all four episodes of the British TV series about a crime-solving psychologist; $59.98. (Koch Vision).

The Wiz 30th Anniversary Edition (1978) Dir.: Sidney Lumet; Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross, Mabel King, Theresa Merritt, Thelma Carpenter, Lena Horne, Richard Pryor. Digitally remastered. Extras: Bonus eight-track CD, "Wiz on Down the Road" vintage featurette. (Universal).

You've Got Mail Deluxe Edition (1998) Dir.: Nora Ephron; Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Parker Posey, Jean Stapleton, Steve Zahn. Extras: Commentary by Ephron and producer Lauren Shuler Donner, "Delivering You've Got Mail" featurette, "You've Got Chemistry" featurette, "HBO First Look: A Convcersation With Nora Ephron." (Warner).

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