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January 31, 2012 - Today's new releases include Drive and "Hey Dude": Season 2. We'll also be reviewing the new Blu-ray combo packs of
To Kill a Mockingbird, In Time, and The Big Year in the days ahead. Check out the schedule for more on all of these and today's other debuts.

Six previously unavailable titles have just shown up for Amazon.com preorder as DVD-Rs in the manufactured on demand Disney Generations Collection: Endurance, the 1999 theatrical documentary on Ethiopian long-distance runner Haile Gebrselassie; and five made-for-TV productions: 1982's Beyond Witch Mountain starring Eddie Albert; 1972's true colonial schoolteacher drama Justin Morgan Had a Horse; the 1986 orphange comedy The Leftovers starring John Denver; Disney Channel's 1990 movie Back to Hannibal: The Return of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn; and 1986's The Richest Cat in the World. Alongside these came a manufactured on demand DVD-R without Disney branding of the studio's adult-friendly (pre-Touchstone) 1983 mystery comedy Trenchcoat starring Margot Kidder and Robert Hays. As always, each is expected to be presented on a DVD-R with no bonus features and at $19.99 list price. Thanks to Jason from Open Vault Disney for alerting us to these.

Beyond Witch Mountain: Disney Generations Collection DVD-R cover art -- click to preorder from Amazon.com These advertisements for the upcoming Disney Blu-ray combo packs of The Rescuers, Pocahontas, The Aristocats, and Aladdin are featured inside Lady and the Tramp: Diamond Edition.

January 30, 2012 - Inserts inside next week's Lady and the Tramp: Diamond Edition Blu-ray + DVD announce plans for a number of upcoming Disney animated Blu-ray releases. Given a "Summer 2012" date are 2 Movie Collection combo packs of The Rescuers & The Rescuers Down Under and Pocahontas & Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World as well as, for a limited time only, a Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure combo pack.
August 7th will bring the BD debut of The Aristocats. Secret of the Wings, the next in Tinker Bell's lapsed annual Disney Fairies franchise, will release fall 2012, as will the direct-to-video sequel Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3. A different booklet reiterates Cinderella as the fall 2012 Diamond Edition and places Aladdin (which had been reportedly dropped from the collection) next, due to arrive Spring 2013.

Paramount has announced an Oscar week home video debut for Hugo, the year's leading nominee. Martin Scorsese's first foray into the world of family films will be released in a single-disc DVD, a two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack, and a 3-disc Blu-ray 3D Combo. The latter two will include nearly an hour of extras including featurettes on Georges M้li่s and Sacha Baron Cohen. For more, check out the full press release.

Annie Hall Blu-ray Review Hey Dude: Season 2 DVD Review

Another Best Picture winner hits Blu-ray in time for Oscar season and we've got a review. Woody Allen's Annie Hall defeated Star Wars for three of its four Academy Award victories. Allen stars as neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer, whose relationship with the titular free-spirited aspiring singer (Diane Keaton) fuels this fourth wall-breaking 1977 romantic comedy. It's now available from MGM/Fox with, in the director's typical fashion, a single bonus feature. Our review.

January 29, 2012 - Shout! Factory brings more "Hey Dude" to DVD this week with the release of Season 2. Four teenagers continue to work and play in a summer at Arizona's Bar None Ranch, where their guests include a TV heartthrob, one of their teachers, a robber on the run, and aliens. Take a close look at the 2-disc, 13-episode set in our review.

January 27, 2012 - U.S. college students can vote for their school to be one of ten to host a free advanced screening of the upcoming Fox sci-fi film Chronicle. Opening nationwide next Friday, the low-budget PG-13 film tells the story of three teenaged friends who gain superpowers after making a discovery in an enigmatic crater. The top ten colleges will get to screen the movie midnight Wednesday. Vote now through Monday 5:00 PST at Eventful.com.

Dead Poets Society Blu-ray Review

Our latest review covers Dead Poets Society, the other of last week's 1980s Robin Williams Touchstone movie Blu-ray debuts. Nominated for four Academy Awards and the Best Original Screenplay winner, this 1989 drama tells the story of an English teacher who opens his pupils' minds at an elite all-boys prep school in 1959 New England. The Blu-ray hangs onto all of the bonus features from the movie's Special Edition DVD, including an audio commentary featuring director Peter Weir, raw takes, a cast retrospective, and a cinematography workshop. Full review.

January 25, 2012 - We take an early look at next week's Blu-ray release of the acclaimed action film Drive. Ryan Gosling stars as a Los Angeles mechanic/movie stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver. When he offers his services for a pawn store robbery, he quickly finds himself over his head, targeted by deadly serious criminals. Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, and Albert Brooks co-star in this stylish neonoir from Danish director Nicholas Winding Refn. Sony's Blu-ray includes an interview with Refn, four making-of featurettes, BD-Live, and an UltraViolet digital copy. Don't miss our review.

Disney's press release for The Muppets details your DVD and Blu-ray options. The Oscar-nominated musical comedy hits stores on March 20th. Combo pack extras will include deleted scenes, spoof trailers, an audio commentary by writer/star Jason Segel, co-writer Nicholas Stoller, and director James Bobin, "The Longest Blooper Reel Ever Made...", Easter eggs, an interactive feature of the Blu-ray when paused, and a soundtrack download card. See the announcement for full details and to watch the trailer.

January 24, 2012 - The complete list of 84th Academy Award nominees has been posted here. UPDATE: Now with analysis on the nominations. Alternatively, you can watch the major categories announced via video by actress Jennifer Lawrence and Academy president Tom Sherak at the Academy's official announcement ceremony. A few surprises await you!

With just a few hours to go before the nominees for the 84th Academy Awards are announced, we've posted our 2011: Year in Review, ranking and critically summarizing every one of last year's films we saw along with some general observations. After you get through that, be sure to check out our 2012 Oscar Predictions. Look over our picks while waiting for the official announcement, which you can stream live right here at 5:30 AM Pacific/8:30 AM Eastern or rewatch afterwards.

Wings Blu-ray Review

January 23, 2012 - Wings, the very first Academy Award winner for Best Picture, finally comes to DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow and we've got a review. This 1927 silent film looks back at World War I through the eyes of two young pilots (Charles "Buddy" Rogers and Richard Arlen). "It Girl" Clara Bow stars as an overlooked love interest, while Gary Cooper makes one of his first and briefest credited appearances. The Blu-ray boasts extensive restoration efforts, including new color tinting, color effects, and sound design by Star Wars and WALL•E's Ben Burtt. Extras include a making-of retrospective, a featurette on the restoration, and a piece on old planes. On the eve of Oscar nominations for two films celebrating the Silent Era, what better time than now to take flight with our review.

January 21, 2012 - The low-budget horror phenomenon continues with Paranormal Activity 3, the hit latest installment to Paramount's annual found footage franchise. This prequel takes us back to September 1988, when Katie and Kristi are young girls. When the oddities begin, Mom's new boyfriend, wedding videographer Dennis (Chris Smith), sets up cameras to capture them. Available on Tuesday, the Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack presents the film in both theatrical and unrated director's cuts on Blu-ray and exclusively the extended cut on the other two formats. It also includes "lost tapes" and an UltraViolet digital copy option. Watch two scenes exclusive to the new cut as part of our thorough review.

Good Morning, Vietnam: 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review Traffic: The Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

January 20, 2012 - A rare Blu-ray release from Disney's live-action catalog is the subject of our newest review. The 1987 Touchstone Pictures hit Good Morning, Vietnam earned Robin Williams his first Academy Award nomination as authority-questioning, morale-boosting military radio DJ Adrian Cronauer. Now available, the 25th Anniversary Edition BD includes all the extras from the movie's Special Edition DVD: a production diary catching up with cast, crew, and the real Cronauer; raw takes of Williams' deejaying; and two original trailers. Watch a clip from the movie as part of our review.

January 18, 2012 - Traffic, Steven Soderbergh's sprawling 2000 ensemble epic on the War on Drugs, won Academy Awards for adapted screenplay, supporting actor, editing, and director, but lost the Best Picture Oscar to Ridley Scott's Gladiator. The Criterion Collection edition of Soderbergh's exalted drama hit Blu-ray this week and we've got a thorough review. The raw film examines how drugs affects the life of a Tijuana cop (Oscar-winning Benicio Del Toro), a U.S. government official (Michael Douglas), a wealthy housewife (Catherine Zeta-Jones), and DEA agents (Don Cheadle and Luis Guzman). The Blu-ray serves up three audio commentaries (one of them doubling as an isolated score), a half-hour of deleted scenes, an additional 40 minutes of unused footage (much of it captured and presented from multiple camera angles), technical demonstrations (of editing, sound mixing, and film processing), trailers, TV spots, and a trading card gallery. Don't miss this review.

Disney has set March 20, 2011 as the DVD and Blu-ray release date for The Muppets. The critically exalted, moderately attended revival will be available in a variety of editions joined by a blooper reel, deleted scenes, and more. See our schedule listing for full details. It is one of many holiday season movies scheduled for a spring home video debut and now available for preorder. Full March & Beyond Schedule

The Ides of March Blu-ray Review Portlandia: Season One Blu-ray + DVD Review

January 17, 2012 - Our newest review covers one of today's biggest new releases. Directed, co-written, co-produced and co-starring George Clooney, The Ides of March tells of a presidential candidate's (Clooney) tumultous time prepping for the Ohio primaries from the perspective of his young, experienced deputy campaign manager (Ryan Gosling). Adapted from an off-Broadway play and nominated for four Golden Globes, this R-rated drama also features Evan Rachel Wood, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, and Charlie Rose. It hits Blu-ray from Sony with an audio commentary by Clooney and co-writer/producer Grant Heslov, four featurettes, and an UltraViolet digital copy. Cast your vote for our review.

January 14, 2012 - Join us for a look at Contagion, a star-studded pandemic thriller from director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Ocean's Eleven) and The Bourne Ultimatum and The Informant! screenwriter Scott Z. Burns. A Minnesota woman's sudden fatal illness is merely the start of a devastating fast-moving, far-reaching virus. Oscar winners Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, Matt Damon, and Gwyneth Paltrow join nominees Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, John Hawkes, and Elliott Gould in this stylish, acclaimed film which examines the outbreak from the perspectives of scientists, government officials, and citizens alike. Now available, Warner's combo pack supplies two making-of featurettes and an amusing animated short on infectious disease. Please catch our review and help it spread.

January 13, 2012 - Our latest review covers VSC's recent Blu-ray + DVD release of "Portlandia": Season One. Starring Fred Armisen ("Saturday Night Live") and Carrie Brownstein, who also write and produce it, this IFC sketch comedy series satirizes life in the Pacific Northwest's second biggest city. Trend-setters, dumpster divers, feminist bookshop owners, musicians, and hipsters feature. The six-episode debut is packed with guest stars, including Jason Sudeikis, Aimee Mann, Heather Graham, Aubrey Plaza, Kyle MacLachlan, Sarah McLachlan, Steve Buscemi, Edie McClurg, Gus Van Sant and Selma Blair. Both DVD and Blu-ray supply audio commentaries by Armisen, Brownstein, and writer/director Jonathan Krisel on all six episodes, deleted and extended scenes, Armisen's 2011 Oregon Episcopalian School commencement speech, and two of Armisen an Brownstein's Thunderant online comedy shorts. Watch the opening scene as part of our full review.

January 12, 2012 - The Last Men and Sky Riders, two 1976 movies that time has mostly forgotten make their Region 1 DVD premieres next week in an Action Double Feature from Shout! Factory. Sky Riders stars James Coburn as a pilot who hires hang gliding circus performers to help rescue his ex-wife and kid from an inaccessible monastery in the mountains of Greece where deadly terrorists are holding them hostage. R-rated western The Last Hard Men casts Coburn as a chain gang convict who leads an escape and immediately goes looking for revenge on the retired police captain (Charlton Heston) he blames for his lover's death. Shout! presents the films in their original 2.35:1 aspect ratios, enhanced for 16:9 displays with original trailers and TV ads. Our review.

January 11, 2012 - The second and less genuine direct-to-video sequel to Disney's Oscar-winning 1991 animated musical, Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World strings together four episodes from an evidently unrealized TV series. Disagreements and misunderstandings pull apart Belle, Beast, and the enchanted items. This brief, recent Special Edition DVD-only return hangs onto the fourth segment that was added for this 1998 movie's 2003 DVD debut. It also adds a previously unavailable episode of the live-action '90s show "Sing Me a Story with Belle." Read our full review.

Chinatown Blu-ray cover art -- click for larger view

January 10, 2012 - Paramount has announced that Chinatown will make its Blu-ray debut on April 3rd at $26.98 SRP. The legendary 1974 mystery will be joined by an audio commentary by screenwriter Robert Towne and David Fincher, the 3-part HD documentary "Water and Power", the featurettes "An Appreciation", "The Beginning and the End", "Filming", and "The Legacy", and the original theatrical trailer in HD. Viewers will be able to choose between a 5.1 mix and restored mono, both presented in Dolby TrueHD. Cover art and preorder here.

January 9, 2012 - New details and preorders have been added to our Upcoming Release Schedule for J. Edgar (February 21), Tower Heist (February 21), Puss in Boots (February 24), Footloose (March 6), Jack & Jill (March 6), and Hop (March 23). Learn more, see cover art, and place site-supporting Amazon.com preorders for these and other upcoming DVD and Blu-ray debuts on our three schedule pages.

The Station Agent DVD Review I Don't Know How She Does It DVD Review

The Station Agent, the writing/directing debut of Tom McCarthy (Up, Win Win, The Visitor), returns to DVD this week in a low-priced disc from Echo Bridge Home Entertainment. This acclaimed 2003 dramedy brings together three unlikely friends -- a withdrawn dwarf (Peter Dinklage), a talkative coffee vendor (Bobby Cannavale), and a pained artist (Patricia Clarkson) -- in quiet, small-town New Jersey. It's not just the SRP that is less than the equivalent attribute of the movie's original Miramax DVD. Our review.

January 8, 2012 - Adapted from the bestselling novel, I Don't Know How She Does It tells of one woman's juggle of a full-time job with mothering two young children. Sarah Jessica Parker stars in this PG-13 comedy scripted by the screenwriter of The Devil Wears Prada. Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Christina Hendricks, Busy Philipps, Seth Meyers, and Kelsey Grammer also feature. After flopping in theaters last fall, this Weinstein movie came to DVD and Blu-ray last week with an interview of author Allison Pearson. I don't know why you wouldn't read our review.

January 7, 2012 - Aaron Wallace concludes the holiday season with his review of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Glad Christmas Tidings live concert Blu-ray. The 360-member volunteer choir is joined by David Archuleta, "special guest" Michael York, and the Orchestra at Temple Square for a 66-minute hi-def holiday extravaganza. The BD includes two short bonus features. Full review...

Runaway Daughters DVD Review Shark Night Blu-ray Review

Part of Showtime's 1994 Rebel Highway series, Runaway Daughters freely remakes an obscure 1950s B-movie. Directed by Gremlins' Joe Dante, the TV movie centers on three teenage girls who run off to San Diego to stop a potential father from enlisting in the Army. In addition to wealth of familiar Dante regulars (like Dick Miller and Dee Wallace Stone), the cast includes two of the earliest movie appearances of Julie Bowen and Paul Rudd, playing a classic across-the-tracks couple. This Miramax/Dimension production returns to DVD next week from Echo Bridge Home Entertainment at a low price. Our review.

January 6, 2012 - Our newest review looks at this week's Blu-ray release of Shark Night. Seven Louisiana college students hit the lake for fun and wind up with shark troubles instead that claim their limbs and lives. David R. Ellis (Snakes on a Plane, The Final Destination) directs this PG-13 thriller, which stars Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan, "American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee, and Donal Logue. Though not reproducing the 3D of its underperforming theatrical release, the Blu-ray does include four short supplements, the original trailer and a digital copy. Take a bite out of our review.

Wide Awake DVD Review The Guard Blu-ray Review

January 5, 2012 - Before his career-defining smash hit The Sixth Sense, M. Night Shyamalan wrote and directed Wide Awake, a coming-of-age dramedy about a Philadelphia fifth-grader (Joseph Cross) on a mission to find God after the death of his grandfather (Robert Loggia). Featuring Rosie O'Donnell, Denis Leary, Dana Delany, and Julia Stiles, this little-known 1998 Miramax release returns to DVD next week from Echo Bridge Home Entertainment. Our review.

January 3, 2012 - One of today's new releases, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, is the subject of our latest Blu-ray review. Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy) co-wrote and produced this remake of a 1973 ABC television movie in which a family in a newly-restored Gothic mansion is disturbed by a small yet menacing force. Guy Pearce, Katie Holmes, and Bailee Madison star in this R-rated horror film. Sony's Blu-ray includes a 3-part, 21-minute making-of featurette and an exclusive concept art gallery. Full review.

In honor of the new year, we've updated our DVD and Blu-ray Schedules to supply dates and details for each of the first thirteen weeks of the year (and beyond). Check out the new January, February, and March & Beyond listings.

January 2, 2012 - Our first review of 2012 looks at one of last year's most acclaimed films, Moneyball. Directed by Capote's Bennett Miller and adapted by Academy Award-winning screenwriters Steven Zaillian (Schindler's List) and Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), this drama tells the story of the Oakland Athletics' improbably formidable 2002 season that saw general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) and his newly-hired assistant (Jonah Hill) shun conventional wisdom and rely on statistics to overcome the loss of three star players and compete against Major League Baseball's wealthier clubs. In stores next week on ample awards season buzz, the film is joined by two featurettes, deleted scenes, and a Brad Pitt blooper. Our review.

December 31, 2011 - Our last review of 2011 covers The Guard, an acclaimed Irish film that pairs Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle as unlikely partners on an international police investigation of narcotics and homicides (led by Mark Strong). Gleeson has been nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical. Available on Tuesday, Sony's Blu-ray includes deleted and extended scenes, outtakes, an audio commentary by the stars and director John Michael McDonagh, an LA Film Festival Q & A session, a making-of featurette, and McDonagh's directorial debut, the 2000 short film Second Death. Check out our full review.

Midnight in Paris DVD Review Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas Blu-ray + DVD Review Dolphin Tale Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy Review

December 28, 2011 - Our newest review looks at Midnight in Paris, the latest film written and directed by Woody Allen. In it, a Hollywood screenwriter and aspiring novelist (Owen Wilson) visits France with his fianc้e (Rachel McAdams) and finds himself part of the City of Light's bustling 1920s social scene, exchanging ideas with the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Salvador Dalํ, and the Fitzgeralds. This nostalgic romance comedy is the top-grossing and one of the best-reviewed films in Allen's long, esteemed career. Guaranteed to receive Academy Award attention and a near-lock for a Best Picture nomination, this word-of-mouth hit is now available to own with its trailer and the press conference featurette "Midnight in Cannes." Our full DVD review.

Kung Fu Panda 2: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Review The Rocketeer Blu-ray Review The Smurfs DVD Review

Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
• Happy Holidays Collection - Paramount's new 4-disc DVD set gathers the individual DVDs of the comedies Trading Places, All I Want for Christmas, Surviving Christmas, and Last Holiday.
• Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (Special Edition Blu-ray + DVD) - Disney's direct-to-video 1997 sequel to their Oscar-winning gem looks at Belle's tumultuous holiday season as a captive in the castle of Christmas-hating Beast. The set includes a complete episode of the '90s TV series "Sing Me a Story with Belle", a virtual fireplace Enchanted Environment, sing-along viewing modes, a behind-the-scenes featurette, a music video by the Swedish girl group Play, and a DVD-exclusive game.
• Dolphin Tale (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy) - Telling the inspirational true story of Winter, the brave dolphin who doesn't let amputation stand in her way, this hit family film features Harry Connick, Jr., Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, and Morgan Freeman. The two-disc combo pack holds two animated shorts, a deleted scene, two making-ofs, and a featurette on the real-life Winter (who plays herself in the film).
• Fright Night (2011) (Blu-ray + DVD) - In this remake of the 1985 Tom Holland horror comedy, Anton Yelchin plays a Las Vegas teenager whose next-door neighbor (Colin Farrell) is apparently a ravenous vampire. David Tennant ("Doctor Who"), Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later), Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense), and Superbad's Christopher Mintz-Plasse co-star in this well-reviewed but underperforming R-rated flick. The Disney/DreamWorks combo pack includes deleted scenes, bloopers, a making-of featurette, an extended home movie short, an in-character interview with Tennant's celebrity magician, and a Kid Cudi music video.
• Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - This present-day origin tale reboots the forty-year-old Fox sci-fi franchise. James Franco stars as a San Francisco scientist pursuing an Alzheimer's gene therapy cure who adopts an intelligent chimpanzee (performed by motion capture icon Andy Serkis) with interesting results. Also featuring Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, and Harry Potter's Tom Felton. The two-disc set that serves up two filmmaker audio commentaries, eleven deleted scenes, 5 making-of featurettes, a closer look at the real animal species dramatized, a concept art gallery, a scene breakdown, and three trailers.
• Kung Fu Panda 2 (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - In the follow-up to DreamWorks' 2008 hit, Po (voiced again by Jack Black) tries to find inner peace while ridding Gongmen City, with the help of the Furious Five, of destructive tyrant Lord Shen (Gary Oldman). The loaded 2-disc combo pack includes a filmmakers' audio commentary, a picture-in-picture viewing mode, a trivia track, the all-new 23-minute short Secrets of the Masters, the unaired "Legends of Awesomeness" episode "Has-Been Hero", deleted scenes, set-top games, featurettes, and two one-month membership codes to the expansive Kung Fu Panda World online gaming experience.
• Mr. Popper's Penguins (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - Loosely adapted from Richard and Florence Atwater's 1938 children's book, this family comedy stars Jim Carrey as a divorced New York real estate developer bequeathed six Gentoo penguins that bring him closer to his ex-wife (Carla Gugino) and kids, but jeopardize his high-powered career and his bid to buy Central Park's Tavern on the Green from its picky owner (Angela Lansbury). Fox's combo pack includes a filmmakers' audio commentary, deleted scenes, several making-of featurettes, a short on the Atwaters' book along with the first three chapters, and a gag reel. Chill out with our review.
• The Lady Vanishes (Criterion Collection Blu-ray) - Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave star in Alfred Hitchcock's 1938 comic mystery, in which an elderly British governess' puzzling disappearance on a train ride through Central Europe is met with disbelief and doubt. This film introduced the cricket-loving comedy duo of Caldicott (Naunton Wayne) and Charters (Basil Radford), who would reteam for other movies and radio serials. One such movie, 1941's Crook's Tour, is included in full here. Other bonus features include a historian's audio commentary, relevant excerpts from Fran็ois Truffaut's Hitchcock interview, a video essay, a stills gallery, and an essay booklet.
• The Rocketeer (Blu-ray) - Adapted from Dave Stevens' comic book, this 1991 Disney adventure tells the story of a 1930s stunt pilot (Bill Campbell) who uses a found jet pack to be heroic. The discovery attracts pursuit by mobsters (led by Paul Sorvino), the FBI, and a Hollywood movie star (Timothy Dalton). Direced by Joe Johnston (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Captain America: The First Avenger), this film co-stars 21st century Academy Award winners Jennifer Connelly and Alan Arkin.
• The Hangover Part II (Blu-ray + DVD) - Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) find themselves in Bangkok for Stu's wedding. Once again, wild forgotten antics ensue, leaving "The Wolfpack" to piece together their puzzle and find their missing friend. This hit follow-up to the top-grossing R-rated comedy of all time is joined by an "unauthorized" half-hour documentary (mockumentary), a gag reel, a tour of Bangkok by Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong), two making-of shorts, and an UltraViolet digital copy. Read our review.
• The Help (Blu-ray + DVD) - Adapted from Kathryn Stockett's bestselling novel, this acclaimed, blockbuster drama tells the story of a Jackson, Mississippi woman (Emma Stone) who tries to collect and publish the stories of the hard-working black maids (including Oscar frontrunners Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer) who raise the town's white children. Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain, and Allison Janney co-star in this film, directed by Tate Taylor. The DreamWorks/Disney combo pack includes deleted scenes, two distinctive featurettes, and Mary J. Blige's "The Living Proof" music video.

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Annie Hall (Blu-ray)
Hey Dude: Season 2
Dead Poets Society (Blu-ray)
Drive (Blu-ray)
Wings (Blu-ray)
Paranormal Activity 3 (BD)
Good Morning, Vietnam (BD)
Traffic (Criterion Blu-ray)
The Ides of March (Blu-ray)
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Portlandia: Seas. 1 (Combo)
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Beauty & the Beast: Belle's Magical World
The Station Agent
I Don't Know How She...
Mormon Tabernacle (BD)
Runaway Daughters
Shark Night (Blu-ray)
Wide Awake
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
Moneyball
The Guard (Blu-ray)
Midnight in Paris
Happy Holidays Collection
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (BD)
Dolphin Tale (Blu-ray + DVD)
Fright Night (2011) (Combo)
Rise of Planet of the Apes
Kung Fu Panda 2 (BD + DVD)
Paranormal Activity 3: Unrated Director's Cut Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Review
Mr. Popper's Penguins (BD)
The Lady Vanishes (CC BD)
The Rocketeer (Blu-ray)
The Hangover Part II (Combo)
The Help (Blu-ray + DVD)
Ice Age: Mammoth Christmas
The Smurfs
Our Idiot Brother (Blu-ray)
Dragons: Gift of Night Fury + Book of Dragons (BD + DVD)
30 Minutes or Less (Blu-ray)
Prep & Landing
The Naked Gun (Blu-ray)
Beats, Rhymes & Life
It's a Wonderful Life (Blu-ray Gift Set)
Rushmore (Criterion Blu-ray)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (BD + DVD)
Dazed and Confused (BD)
Monte Carlo (Blu-ray)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Island of Lost Souls (CC BD)
Scrooged (Blu-ray)
Horrible Bosses (BD + DVD)
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (Combo)
Airplane! (Blu-ray)
Cars 2 (Blu-ray + DVD)
Adv. of Tintin: Season One
Captain America (3D Combo)
The Tree of Life (BD + DVD)
Winnie the Pooh: DVD + BD
All Reviews (Old Index)
Contagion: Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy Review
INTERVIEWS
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