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A Christmas Tale (2008) Catherine Deneuve, Mathieu Amalric, Melvil Poupaud. In Arnaud Desplechin's beguiling "A Christmas Tale (Un conte de Noel)," Catherine Deneuve brings her legendary poise to the role of Junon, matriarch of the troubled Vuillard family, who come together at Christmas after she learns she needs a bone marrow transplant from a blood relative. That simple family reunion setup, however, can't begin to describe the unpredictable, emotionally volatile experience of this film, an inventive, magical drama that's equal parts merriment and melancholy. Unrequited childhood loves and blinding grudges, brutal outbursts and sudden slapstick, music, movies, and poetry are all tied together in a marvelously messy package. Extras: "L'aimee," Desplechin's 2007 documentary about the selling of his family home, new documentary featuring interviews with Desplechin and actors Mathieu Amalric and Catherine Deneuve, booklet featuring an essay by critic Philip Lopate. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

Into the Storm (2009) Brendan Gleeson, Janet McTeer, James D'Arcy, Patrick Malahide. Biodrama about Winston Churchill as he leads Britain into World War II; sequel to the 2002 TV movie "The Gathering Storm." (HBO Home Video).

Mental Season One (2009) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $49.98Extras: Unrated alternate pilot, "Paging Dr. Gallagher" featurette. (Fox).

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XVI Limited edition four-disc set with "The Corpse Vanishes," "Warrior of the Lost World," "Santa Claus" and "Night of the Blood Beast." Extras: New interview with "Warrior of the Lost World" director David Worth, "Santa Claus Conquers the Devil: A 50-Year Retrospective," "Night of the Blood Beast" (Turkey Day Version), Turkey Day '95 intros, original theatrical trailers, four exclusive MST3K mini-posters by artist Steve Vance, collectible Tom Servo figurine. $64.99. (Shout! Factory).

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) Dir.: Shawn Levy; Stars: Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Hank Azaria, Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais, Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, Christopher Guest, Jon Bernthal, Bill Hader, Alain Chabat, Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon. Available as a three-disc combo pack (Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy), a two-disc special "MonkeyMischief" DVD and a single-disc DVD. Extras: Gag reel, deleted scenes, alternate ending, "Curators of Comedy: Behind the Scenes With Ben Stiller" featruette, "Phinding Pharaoh With Hank Azaria" featurette, "Cherub Bootcamp,"commentaries by the filmmakers; Blu-ray and "Monkey Mischief" add "Show Me the Monkey" featurette, games. (Fox).

Paper Heart (2009) Michael Cera, Charlyne Yi, Jake M. Johnson, Seth Rogen, Paul Rust, Demetri Martin, Lydia Yi, Martin Starr. Extras: Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Overture Films).

Saturday Night Live: The Complete Fifth Season (1979-80) Seven-disc set with 20 episodes, $69.98. (Universal).

Terminator Salvation (2009) Dir.: McG; Stars: Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Bryce Dallas Howard, Moon Bloodgood, Common, Jadagrace, Helena Bonham Carter. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

WWE: History of the World Heavyweight Championship (2009) The World Heavyweight Championship can be traced back over a century; this three-disc set highlights its story, from the early National Wrestling Alliance, to World Class Wrestling through its current home at WWE in this never before seen documentary. Past and present champions relate the title's significance and relive the emotional moments that surround the championship. Includes more than 20 championship matches. $34.95. (WWE Entertainment).
 
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