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DVD Releases - Jun 21, 2011

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The Adjustment Bureau (2011) Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Terence Stamp, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery. Available as a Blu-ray Combo (Blu-ray plus DVD) and as a DVD single. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, "Leaping Through New York," "Destined to Be" featurette, "Becoming Elise" featurette, commentary by director George Nolfi. Blu-ray adds "The Labyrinth of Doors: Interactive Map of New York" that allows viewers to use the Adjustment Bureau's network of portals to leap from location to location, trigger a short video in each place with a look behind the scenes or a scene from the film. (Universal). Anti-Nazi Classics: Four Films About Nazi Germany. Four-disc set: "The Murderers Are Among Us" (1946): Using a film noir style infused with expressionism and a documentary-like point of view, this feature, the first produced in post-war Germany, follows a man and a woman returning to war-torn Berlin; "I Was Nineteen" 1968): This gritty, realistic film, based on director Konrad Wolf's actual experiences, follows a young Soviet soldier of German descent who returns to his homeland as part of the victorious Soviet Army; "The Gleiwitz Case" (1961): To justify invading Poland, the Nazi high command hatches a secret plan: six Polish men from an SS training camp are sent on a special mission to the town of Gleiwitz, to fake a Polish raid on Germany; "Naked Among Wolves" (1963): Starring Oscar Nominee Armin Mueller-Stahl and based on true events related by Buchenwald survivor Bruno Apitz, this was the first German film about life and death in a concentration camp. (First Run Features).

Bedways (2010 -- Germany) Miriam Mayet, Lana Cooper, Matthias Faust, Laura Tonke, Arno Frisch, Moritz Ross. Director Nina Bader wants to shoot a film about love and sex and invites her actor-friends Hans and Marie for screen tests for a couple of days. For Nina love is not necessarily a matter of emotion - she is rather looking for an authentic depiction of sex. The intimate collaboration turns into experiments with film, love and bodies and finally has an impact on the private relationships between the three of them. It seems that the boundaries between acting and reality begin to disappear. (Strand Releasing)

Bending All the Rules (2002) Colleen Porch, David Gail, Bradley Cooper. A serial dater, who always puts her love life behind her career, finally lands her lifetime dream -- her own photography exhibition -- but things get complicated when she finds herself being romantically pursued by two men. (Lionsgate).

The Best of I Love Lucy Includes 14 of the funniest and most recognizable episodes, $19.99. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).

Big Time Rush: Season One, Volume Two (2010) Two-disc set with the last seven episodes of the season, $19.99. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).

Cedar Rapids (2011) Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, Sigourney Weaver, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Stephen Root, Kurtwood Smith, Alia Shawkat, Rob Corddry. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, "Mike O'Malley: Urban Clogger," "Tweaking in the USA," "Wedding Belles: Crashing a Lesbian Wedding," "Top Notch Commercial." Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds "Convention Connection" featurette, "Fox Movie Channel Presents: Direct Effect Miguel Arteta," "Ed Helms Mad Chopper Skills," digital copy. (Fox).

Ceremony (2011) Uma Thurman, Lee Pace, Michael Angarano, Rebecca Mader, Reece Thompson. Extras: Deleted scenes, extended scenes, outtakes, behind-the-scenes footage, "Max Winkler Makes Ceremony," "Making of Ceremony," more. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

The Closer: The Complete Sixth Season (2010-11) Three-disc set with 15 episodes, $39.98. Extras: "Police Files: Unaired Scenes," "Kyra Sedgwick Opens Up About The Closer," "Script to Screen: Making Episode 3: In Custody," gag reel. (Warner).

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011) Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Peyton List, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Steve Zahn. Available on single-disc DVD, two-disc DVD, and three-disc Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy Combo Pack. Extras: Commentary, two "My Summer Vacation" shorts; Blu-ray adds four more "My Summer Vacation" shorts, six deleted scenes, gag reel; Combo Pack adds more shorts, more deleted scenes and an alternate ending. (Fox).

Don't Go Breaking My Heart (1999) Anthony Edwards, Charles Dance. A man hypnotizes the woman he loves to fall for him but she fixates on the wrong man. (Curb Entertainment).

The Eagle (2011) Channing Tatum, Denis O'Hare, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland. Theatrical and unrated versions. Extras: Alternate ending, deleted scenes, "The Eagle: The Making of a Roman Epic," commentary by director Kevin MacDonald. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds an unrated version of the film. (Universal.

Elektra Luxx (2011) Carla Gugino, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Marley Shelton, Timothy Olyphant, Malin Akerman, Adrianne Palicki, Emmanuelle Chriqui. Extras: Deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).

Eclipse Series 27: Raffaello Matarazzo's Runaway Melodramas. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, film critics, international festivalgoers, and other studious viewers were swept up by the tide of Italian neorealism. Meanwhile, mainstream Italian audiences were indulging in a different kind of cinema experience: The sensational, extravagant melodramas of superstar director Raffaello Matarazzo. These galvanic hits about splintered lovers and broken homes, all written by Aldo De Benedetti and starring mustached matinee idol Amedeo Nazzari and icon of feminine purity Yvonne Sanson, luxuriate in delirious plot twists and overheated religious symbolism. Four of them, each more unbridled and entertaining than the last, are collected here, chronicles of men and women on winding roads to redemption: "Chains" (1949), "Tormento" (1950), "Nobody's Children" (1952) and "The White Angel" (1955). $59.95. (The Criterion Collection).

Family (2006) Renee Humphrey, Boyd Kestner, Tanner Richie. A small-time crook on the run takes a ride with a father and his 10-year-old son, a ride that puts her into jeopardy. (Curb Entertainment).

happythankyoumoreplease (2010) Josh Radnor, Malin Akerman, Kate Mara. A group of twentysomething New Yorkers struggle to figure out themselves, their lives and their loves. Extras: Commentary by producer-writer-director-actor Josh Radnor and producer Jesse Hara, "happythankyoumoremusicplease" featuring singer-songwriter Jaymay, deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay).

Just Write (1997) Jeremy Piven, Sherilyn Fenn. A tour bus driver convinces a beautiful starlet that he's an important screenwriter, then has to live the lie. (Curb Entertainment).

Kiss Me Deadly (1955) In this atomic adaptation of Mickey Spillane's novel, directed by Robert Aldrich, the good manners of the 1950s are blown to smithereens. Ralph Meeker stars as snarling private dick Mike Hammer, whose decision one dark, lonely night to pick up a hitchhiking woman sends him down some terrifying byways. Brazen and bleak, "Kiss Me Deadly" is a film noir masterpiece as well as an essential piece of cold war paranoia, and it features as nervy an ending as has ever been seen in American cinema. New high-definition restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: Commentary by film noir specialists Alain Silver and James Ursini; new video tribute from director Alex Cox; excerpts from "The Long Haul of A. I. Bezzerides," a 2005 documentary on the "Kiss Me Deadly" screenwriter; excerpts from "Mike Hammer's Mickey Spillane," a 1998 documentary on the author whose book inspired the film; a look at the film's locations; altered ending; booklet featuring an essay by critic J. Hoberman and a 1955 reprint by director Robert Aldrich. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders (2009) Bosnia. Rwanda. Kosovo. Sierra Leone. Pakistan. Just a few of the world's humanitarian and political crises in the past years. Whether the result of war or nature, these disasters devastate populations and cripple health systems. Despite the immense dangers and difficulties of the work, one organization, Doctors Without Borders, has continuously intervened at these frontlines of overwhelming human need. Set in war-torn Congo and Liberia, "Living in Emergency" interweaves the stories of four volunteers with Doctors Without Borders as they struggle to provide emergency medical care under the most extreme conditions. (First Run features).

Louie Season 1 (2010) DVD/Blu-ray combo with 13 episodes, $39.99. Extras: Deleted scenes, unaired and unrated comedy sketches, commentary. (Fox).

Marple: The Pale Horse (2011) Premiering on PBS Masterpiece Mystery! on July 10th, ITV Studios' new adaptation finds Julia McKenzie ("Cranford") as the beloved spinster sleuth, taking on a spooky murder case at an inn run by three modern-day witches. Two-disc set. Extras: Bonus disc with full-length, 1996 "Pale Horse" adaptation without Marple and co-starring Jean Marsh ("Upstairs, Downstairs"). $29.99. (Acorn Media).

Medium: The Final Season (2010-11) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $42.99. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).

Mega Python vs. Gatoroid (2011) Debbie Gibson, Tiffany. It's a python vs. genetically enlarged alligators in the Everglades in this Syfy Channel thriller. (Image Entertainment).

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gunslinger. 1956 low-budget Western gets the MST3000 treatment. (Shout! Factory).

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hamlet.The 1961 German TV movie starring Maximilian Schell gets the MST3000 treatment. (Shout! Factory).

Nickelodeon Favorites: Big Box of Play Dates, Vol. 2. Three-disc set with "We Love Our Friends," "Sisters and Brothers" and "Summer Vacation" DVDs. Seven hours of entertainment with episodes featuring Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go! The Wonder Pets! Blue's Clues and Yo Gabba. $36.99. Extras: Team Umizoomi Music videos.

Nickelodeon Favorites: Summer Vacation (2011) Six summer-themed episodes from six pre-schooler favorite shows: "Dora the Explorer: Baby Crab," "Go, Diego, Go!: Panchita the Prairie Dog," "The Wonder Pets!: Save the Hermit Crab!/Save the Dolphin," "Blue's Clues: Blue's Big Car Trip," "Yo Gabba Gabba!: Summer" and "Ni Hao, Kai-lan: The Hula Duck Dance Party." $16.99. (Nickelodeon/Paramount).

Orgasm, Inc. (2009) In this shocking and hilarious documentary, filmmaker Liz Canner takes a job editing erotic videos to be used for a drug trial sponsored by a pharmaceutical company that is developing an orgasm cream for women. The experience launches Canner on a nine-year odyssey as she follows the companies that are racing to be the first to win FDA approval for a product to cure a new condition -- "female sexual dysfunction." The potential prize: billions of dollars in profits. (First Run Features).

Playing House (2010) Mayra Leal, Sarah Prikryl, Craig Welbacher, Matt Lusk. In order to afford their dream house, newlyweds Jen and Mitch McKenzie ask their best friend Danny to move in with them. The plan works beautifully until Danny brings home Blair, a stunning temptress who decides she likes what the young couple has and never wants to leave. (Maya Entertainment).

Rocko's Modern Life: Season One (1993) Two-disc set with 13 episodes of the wacky Australian wallaby and his pals, $19.93. A favorite with viewers and critics alike, "Rocko's Modern Life" debuted in 1993 and, over the course of its four-season run on Nickelodeon, garnered a Daytime Emmy Award and an Environmental Media Award. Brimming with anthropomorphic social satire and offbeat humor, "Rocko's Modern Life" follows the misadventures of an Australian wallaby named Rocko, who encounters various dilemmas and situations regarding otherwise mundane aspects of life. His best friend, Heffer, is a fat and enthusiastic cow, while his other friend, Filburt, is an easily upset turtle who often feels uncomfortable or disturbed. Ed Bighead lives next door to Rocko and detests him. These folks live in a bizarre district known as O-Town, and most of the episodes revolve around Rocko trying to cope with the absurdities and dilemmas he encounters in life. (Shout! Factory).

Roger Corman's Cult Classics: The Women in Cages Collection. Three films in new anamorphic widescreen film transfers. "The Bird Cage" Inside the hellish women's prison called The Big Bird Cage, inmates like Terry (Anitra Ford) struggle to survive. They get their chance to escape when scheming revolutionary Blossom (Pam Grier) engineers a prison break ... from the outside in. Also starring Carol Speed (Abby). Directed by Jack Hill. "Big Doll House" Pam Grier joins a group of sexy, young female prisoners in their struggle against a sadistic warden. This shockingly real film is perhaps one of the most influential of all women-in-prison films. Also starring Judy Brown, Roberta Collins and Sid Haig. Directed by Jack Hill. "Women in Cages" Innocent Carol Jeffries (Jennifer Gan) is framed by her drug-dealing boyfriend and ends up in a tough prison in the Philippines jungle in Women In Cages. She must face off against the sadistic warden, Alabama (Pam Grier), who takes great pleasure in alternately seducing and torturing her prisoners. Also starring Judy Brown and Roberta Collins. Directed by Gerry De Leon. Also available on Blu-ray Disc on Aug. 23. (Shout! Factory).

Unknown (2011) Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quinn, Bruno Ganz, Frank Langella. Extras: "Unknown: What Is Known?" featurette. Also available as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, which adds the featurette "Liam Neeson: Known Action Hero."(Warner).

The Wild West Collection. Two memorable classic films starring football great Jim Brown, "Rio Conchos," a film by Gordon Douglas and "Take a Hard Ride," a film by Antonio Margheriti. "Rio Conchos" (1964): In avenging himself against the Apache Indians who have massacred his family, ex-Confederate Army officer Lassiter (Richard Boone) recovers a stolen U.S. Army repeating rifle and finds himself arrested by the U.S. Army in connection with the stolen firearm. Lassiter is offered his freedom if he leads a small group into Mexico, consisting of an Army captain (Stuart Whitman), a Buffalo Soldier sergeant (Jim Brown, in his film debut), a knife-wielding Mexican prisoner (Tony Franciosa) and an Apache woman warrior. After blasting their way through bandits and Apaches, they discover a megalomaniacal Confederate soldier (Edmond O'Brien) selling guns to the Apaches. "Take a Hard Ride" (1975): Take a tough-as-nails trail boss (Jim Brown), a smooth gambler (Fred Williamson), a ruthless bounty hunter (Lee Van Cleef), a mute martial arts master (Jim Kelly), a desperate prostitute (Catherine Spaak) and hundreds of greed-crazed gunmen. Turn them all loose in a chase to the Mexican border for a fortune in gold, and you have the action-packed epic "Take a Hard Ride." Hollywood legends Dana Andrews, Barry Sullivan and Harry Carey Jr. co-star. (Shout! Factory).

William & Kate (2011) Camilla Luddington, Nico Evers-Swindell. A&E telefilm about the royal couple. (A&E Home Entertainment).

You Got Served: Beat the World (2011) Set within the high-energy world of hip-hop dance competition. As three crews put their futures on the line battling their way to the finals at the International Beat the World competition in Detroit, off-stage pressures force them to realize there may be more at stake than just being crowned the best. Extras: "3RUN: The Crew Behind the Moves." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).


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