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March 31, 2013 - The independent drama Down the Shore stars James Gandolfini and Famke Janssen as depressive New Jersey residents whose existence is shaken up by the arrival of a European with a heretofore unknown tie
to one of them and a claim to half their house. After years on a shelf, the film is slated to be exhibited in a few theaters on Friday, before hitting stores the following Tuesday. Take an early look at Anchor Bay's Blu-ray here.

Down the Shore Blu-ray Review

March 30, 2013 - Our newest Blu-ray review looks at Nanook of the North, The Wedding of Palo and Other Films of Arctic Life, Flicker Alley's recent two-disc collection. The centerpiece of this set, Nanook profiles a Canadian Arctic Inuit hunter and his family.
Considered the first feature documentary, it was an influential hit upon its 1922 release and was among the first films chosen for preservation by the Library of Congress. The Wedding of Palo takes us to East Greenland for a love triangle, hunting, and more culture. Those two are joined by six additional films stretching from a 1913 filmed notebook on Alaska to a 1988 French television documentary returning to the much-changed site of Nanook for reflection. Don't miss our thorough review.

Nanook of the North, The Wedding of Palo and other Films of Arctic Life Blu-ray Review LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out DVD Review

March 29, 2013 - The animated television special LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out sends up George Lucas' space saga with LEGO renderings of characters from both blockbuster trilogies. In it, Darth Vader, the Emperor, and Darth Maul build a new Death Star; Princess Leia and Han Solo head to Naboo; and Luke Skywalker tries to dodge swooning admirers. Six months after it premiered on Cartoon Network, this half-hour program is now on DVD with an exclusive Vader mini figure. Our review.

March 28, 2013 - Our reviews and Sharon Stone's film career resume with Border Run. This drama stars Stone as an Arizona reporter who gets a taste of what illegal immigrants face to cross over from Mexico to the United States. Billy Zane co-stars in this recent direct-to-video release whose Blu-ray we cover. Read on.

March 26, 2013 - Today's new DVD and Blu-ray releases include the Andrew Dominik/Brad Pitt crime drama Killing Them Softly, HBO's Emmy-winning comedy "Veep": The Complete First Season, the 3D IMAX nature documentary To the Arctic, the South African animated film Adventures in Zambezia, "MADtv": The Complete Second Season, the Irish heist flick Stand Off, and Echo Bridge's formerly Best Buy-exclusive BDs Marvin's Room and Senseless. For more on these and the other debuts, check out our Schedule.

March 24, 2013 - This afternoon, those of you who have acquired The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on Blu-ray or DVD can use the UltraViolet codes to unlock the first sneak peek of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Director Peter Jackson will host the live stream preview at 3:00 pm Eastern/12 noon Pacific here.

March 23, 2013 - Based on books by Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), the British comic mystery TV series "Dirk Gently" centers on a "holistic" detective (Stephen Mangan) who solves mysteries with a belief that all things are somehow interconnected. Acorn Media brings the complete series, consisting of a pilot and three hour-long episodes, to DVD in the US on April 2nd in a two-disc set. Our review.

To the Arctic Blu-ray 3D/2D + DVD + UltraViolet Review

March 22, 2013 - The 3D IMAX film To the Arctic hits home video on Tuesday and we've got a review. Meryl Streep narrates this documentary that explores the Arctic lives of polar bears, walruses, and caribou amidst rapid climate change. From the director of Everest and featuring the songs of Paul McCartney, the film is joined by six making-of featurettes and a trailer on the hybrid first disc of Warner's Blu-ray 3D/2D + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack. Read our review.

Disney has just scheduled three more animated features for 2 Movie Collection Blu-ray debuts. On June 11th, the studio will release 1 Blu-ray, 2 DVD combo packs for The Emperor's New Groove, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and Lilo & Stitch. Each film will be joined by a direct-to-video follow-up: Kronk's New Groove, Atlantis: Milo's Return and Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch. Each three-disc set will carry a $29.99 SRP, ten dollars below comparable recent 2 Movie Collections. Click here or the thumbnails below for large cover art and site-supporting Amazon preorders.

The Emperor's New Groove & Kronk's New Groove - 2 Movie Collection Blu-ray + DVD cover art -- click for larger view Lilo & Stitch and Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch - 2 Movie Collection Blu-ray + DVD cover art -- click for larger view Atlantis: The Lost Empire & Milo's Return - 2 Movie Collection Blu-ray + DVD cover art -- click for larger view

Opening in theaters today, the comedy Admission stars Tina Fey as a Princeton University admissions officer who takes special personal interest in one brilliant but eccentric applicant to whom she might be related. Paul Rudd, Lily Tomlin, Wallace Shawn, and Michael Sheen co-star in this film directed by About a Boy's Paul Weitz and adapted from Jean Hanff Korelitz's novel by Karen Croner (One True Thing). Accept, deny or waitlist our review.

March 21, 2013 - Adventures in Zambezia is the first 3D animated film to come out of South Africa. After theatrical runs around the globe, it hits US stores next Tuesday as a Walmart exclusive from Sony. The film tells the story of an adventurous adolescent falcon who travels to the titular city of birds. Featuring the voices of Jeremy Suarez, Abigail Breslin, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy, and Samuel L. Jackson, the two-disc Blu-ray + DVD combo pack includes four making-of featurettes and a sing-along music video. Our review.

Killing Them Softly Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Review Badlands: The Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

March 20, 2013 - Killing Them Softly reunites Brad Pitt with The Assassination of Jesse James writer/director Andrew Dominik. Adapted from a 1970s novel, this crime drama tells the story of a contract hitman settling the heist of a mob card game. Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, and Argo's Scoot McNairy co-star. Available next Tuesday, Weinstein's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack includes deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, and codes for an iTunes download and UltraViolet. Watch the trailer as part of our review.

March 19, 2013 - Today's new review covers the Criterion Collection's Blu-ray debut of Terrence Malick's directorial debut, Badlands. This 1973 drama stars Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek as young lovers who inadvertently find themselves on a Great Plains killing spree in the late-1950s. Respecting the director's reclusive reputation, the Blu-ray includes a new documentary with interviews of Sheen, Spacek, and art director Jack Fisk; interviews with two other crew members; the original trailer; and a 1993 episode of A&E's "American Justice" on the real criminals who inspired the film. Don't miss our review.

Today's new releases include Criterion's Blu-ray debut of Terrence Malick's Badlands, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which launches director Peter Jackson on another epic trilogy set in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth, the Best Picture Oscar nominee Zero Dark Thirty, Marion Cotillard's acclaimed French drama Rust and Bone, and the sixth and final season of "Jersey Shore." For more details on these and this week's other new discs, check our schedule.

March 18, 2013 - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey launches another Peter Jackson-directed epic fantasy trilogy based on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien. The first adventure from the beloved novel places simple homebody Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) in the company of the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen eccentric dwarves on a mission fraught with peril. In stores tomorrow, Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack includes over two hours of video blogs, nine trailers, and a featurette on New Zealand on a bonus Blu-ray Disc. Come along for our full review.

Veep: The Complete First Season Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Review Rust and Bone Blu-ray Review

March 17, 2013 - Our newest review looks at next week's release of "Veep": The Complete First Season. Last September, this comedy series won Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her third Emmy acting award. The "Seinfeld" alum plays U.S. Vice President Selina Meyer in this political satire that's big on fast, sharp, and profane dialogue. From the Oscar-nominated writer of In the Loop, the series co-stars Matt Walsh (Ted), Tony Hale ("Arrested Development"), and Anna Chlumsky (My Girl). HBO's combo pack serves up eight episodes on two Blu-rays and a double-sided DVD along with twelve audio commentaries, a half-hour of deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, speeches and outtakes, episode previews, and downloadable UltraViolet digital copies. Our review.

March 15, 2013 - Stand Off sends Brendan Fraser to Belfast, where his cousin's antiques shop becomes the site of a hostage situation involving a desperate young man with a special connection to him. Colm Meaney and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1's David O'Hara co-star in this Irish film directed and co-written by Hotel Rwanda's Terry George. It hits DVD on March 26th with a trailer and "digital copy." Read our review.

March 14, 2013 - Today's new Blu-ray review covers Rust and Bone. This French romantic drama competed for two Golden Globe Awards earlier this year in the Best Actress - Drama and Best Foreign Language Film categories. From the writer and director of A Prophet, the film stars Oscar winner Marion Cotillard as an orca trainer who endures a workplace tragedy and Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead) as a broke single father and former kickboxer trying to get back on his feet. The Blu-ray, releasing next Tuesday from Sony Pictures Classics, includes an audio commentary, an hour-long making-of documentary, deleted scenes, visual effects demonstrations, a Toronto International Film Festival red carpet featurette, and the trailer. Our review.

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Review This Must Be the Place Blu-ray Review Mulan & Mulan II: 2 Movie Collection Blu-ray + DVD Review

March 13, 2013 - After an undistinguished Christmastime theatrical release, Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away hit home video yesterday and we've got a review of Paramount's three-disc Limited 3D Edition, a Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack. The popular, prosperous Las Vegas franchise samples its current shows around a narrative involving a young woman's search for an aerialist who has fallen into a dream world. Written and directed by Andrew Adamson (Shrek, The Chronicles of Narnia) and executive produced by James Cameron, the film is joined by "A Day in the Life with Erica Linz" (the lead actress), a making-of short, a commercial for Las Vegas shows,
a coupon for 20% off select US and Canada shows, and UltraViolet. Don't miss our review.

Side Effects, the supposed final theatrical credit of director Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's Eleven, Traffic), will come to DVD and Blu-ray combo pack on May 21st, two weeks after being made available for digital download. Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Channing Tatum, and Catherine Zeta-Jones in this psychological thriller about a patient prescribed an experimental drug. Extras will include commercials for the fictional drugs, the company website, and a behind-the-scenes featurette. For more, see the press release.

We've just launched a new giveaway in which one US or Canadian reader will win a trio of award-nominated Blu-rays and DVDs from Mill Creek Entertainment, including the Blu-ray edition of "That '70s Show": Season One. Entering is easy and you can pick up more chances every day from now through April 14th: Mill Creek Blu-ray & DVD Giveaway.

March 12, 2013 - The independent film This Must Be the Place stars Sean Penn as an aging former glam rock star living in Dublin who returns to America for his father's death and winds up searching for the old Nazi war criminal who tormented his father in Auschwitz. Italian writer-director Paolo Sorrentino makes his English language debut on this strange film, which co-stars Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, and Harry Dean Stanton. After a limited US theatrical release last fall by The Weinstein Company, it came to stores today and we've got a Blu-ray review.

With one week to go until the DVD and Blu-ray release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Warner has issued an infographic with fun facts and figures about Hobbits, Dwarves, and Elves, three species featured in the film adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novel. Click here to check it out and look for our review of the film's three-disc Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack in the coming days.

Another Disney animated musical makes its Blu-ray debut today with its sequel in tow. Fifteen years ago, Mulan stuck to the renaissance formula and was better received by critics and moviegoers than its immediate predecessors. Based on the ancient Chinese legend, it tells the story of a young woman who poses as a man to take her aging father's place in China's army assigned to defend against Hun invasion. The 1 Blu-ray, 2 DVD 2 Movie Collection combo pack pairs the film with its 2005 direct-to-video follow-up and accompanies them with an audio commentary, 11 deleted scenes, 6 music videos, and numerous making-of shorts. Don't miss our review.

In the busiest DVD and Blu-ray date of 2013 so far, today sees the release of DreamWorks' Rise of the Guardians; Disney's 2 Movie Collection combo packs of Mulan, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Brother Bear and their respective sequels; Cecil B. DeMille's Old Testament epic Samson and Delilah; the Sean Penn drama This Must Be the Place; the 3D feature film Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away; and Flicker Alley's two-disc Blu-ray Nanook of the North, The Wedding of Palo and Other Films of Arctic Life. Those that aren't already reviewed will be soon. In the meantime, check out our March 12 Schedule for more info and Upcoming Cover Art for artwork.

March 11, 2013 - The Disney animated films given the 8-bit treatment have been revealed and a winner crowned in our Wreck-It Ralph Giveaway. Thanks to all who entered and look for a new giveaway to launch tomorrow!

Zero Dark Thirty DVD Review

March 10, 2013 - Another one of this year's Best Picture Oscar nominees comes to home video on March 19th and we've got an early review! Zero Dark Thirty dramatizes the decade-long search for Osama bin Laden. A young CIA agent (Jessica Chastain) dedicates herself to the mission, going to great lengths to establish a connection that will help locate the terrorist leader and bring him to justice. From The Hurt Locker's Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal, this acclaimed drama features a large cast of talented actors. Sony's DVD includes four featurettes and UltraViolet. Review.

Today is the last day to enter our Wreck-It Ralph Giveaway. Even if you already entered, remember that you can return and pick up some additional entries to increase your odds. The sources of the 8-bit Disney film images will be revealed and a winner chosen on Monday. Wreck it!

March 8, 2013 - Today's new DVD review critiques "MADtv: The Complete Second Season". Shout! Factory picks up where Warner Home Video left off nine years ago, releasing the 22 episodes of the 1996-97 season of Fox's answer to "Saturday Night Live." With guest hosts including Christina Applegate, Neve Campbell, Queen Latifah, Rodney Dangerfield, Mark Curry, and Pauly Shore, the season sends up the likes of Michael Jackson, Demi Moore, Toy Story, The Godfather, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Dennis Rodman, Kathie Lee Gifford, O.J. Simpson, Snoop Doggy Dogg, John Grisham, Jane Eyre, Ike and Tina Turner, Sinbad, and the '96 presidential election with parodies, impressions, animated shorts, sketches, and musical performances. In stores March 26th, you can read all about this four-disc set right now.

In theaters today, Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful serves as a prequel to one of the most beloved films of all time. Directed by Spider-Man's Sam Raimi, this big budget fantasy sends a carnival magician (James Franco) from 1905 Kansas to the magical world of Oz, where he is greeted by witches (Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams) as the wizard who will fulfill a prophecy. Expected to be the first big hit of 2013, the film opens in the same off-season time of year in which Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland soared and John Carter flopped. Our review.

March 7, 2013 - Our latest review takes a thorough look at Rise of the Guardians, the holiday adventure that became one of DreamWorks Animation's rare flops. Based on William Joyce's book series, the film finds Jack Frost joining the super team of legendary figures (Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Sandman) to save the world from nasty boogeyman Pitch Black. It hits stores Tuesday in a set designed for Easter business. The two-disc combo pack includes an audio commentary, a making-of documentary, a voice cast featurette, an interview with Joyce, two BD-exclusive games, DVD-ROM printables, a downloadable digital copy, UltraViolet, and, for a limited time, two hopping egg toys. Read our review.

Gangster Squad Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack -- click for the press release The Hunchback of Notre Dame: 2 Movie Collection Blu-ray + DVD Review

Warner has announced that Gangster Squad will come to DVD and Blu-ray combo pack on April 23rd. Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and Sean Penn star in this true drama about an undercover squad trying to eliminate organized crime in 1949 Los Angeles. Extras will include an audio commentary by director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), deleted scenes, UltraViolet, and more. For full details, see the press release.

March 6, 2013 - Today's new review covers next week's Blu-ray debut of Disney's 1996 animated film The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Victor Hugo's novel comes to life in the Broadway-esque fashion of the studio's renaissance with songs by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz and the directors of Beauty and the Beast. It hits stores in a 2 Movie Collection, 3-Disc Special Edition alongside its direct-to-video 2002 sequel The Hunchback of Notre Dame II. Extras include an audio commentary, the Jason Alexander-hosted Disney Channel making-of special, a multi-language reel, a Movie Surfers look at the sequel with Jennifer Love Hewitt, Hugo's poem, and DVD games and activities. Read all about the set in our review.

Jack Reacher Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack -- click for the press release Lincoln Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack -- click for the press release

March 5, 2013 - Paramount has scheduled a May 7th DVD and Blu-ray release date for Jack Reacher. That will make the Tom Cruise action thriller, adapted from the best-selling novels of Lee Child, one of 2012's last films to hit stores. The Blu-ray combo pack will include two audio commentaries, three featurettes, a digital copy, and UltraViolet. For artwork and more, see the announcement.

As expected, Disney has announced a pre-Easter home video debut for Steven Spielberg's Lincoln. The acclaimed hit drama about the passing of the Fourteenth Amendment recently won Oscars for Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis) and Production Design. In just three weeks from today, it will be available to own in a single-disc DVD, a two-disc Blu-ray + DVD, and a four-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack. For cover art, complete details, and preorders, see the full press release.

March 4, 2013 - Our newest review looks at Wreck-It Ralph, the 52nd film from Walt Disney Animation Studios. This Oscar-nominated comedic adventure follows the titular dejected villain (voiced by John C. Reilly) of a 30-year-old 8-bit video game into the colorful universes of his arcade neighbors. Available tomorrow, Disney's 4-disc Ultimate Collector's Edition presents the film on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, and Digital Copy. Extras include Best Animated Short Oscar winner Paperman, a Disney Intermission "Gamer's Guide" hosted by Chris Hardwick, a making-of featurette, deleted and alternate scenes, plus faux video game commercials. Read our review.

Samson and Delilah DVD Review

March 2, 2013 - Today's new review covers the long-awaited DVD debut of Samson and Delilah. Seven years before The Ten Commandments, Cecil B. DeMille produced and directed this Biblical epic, which tells the ancient story of a super strong man (Victor Mature) and the Philistine woman (Hedy Lamarr) in love with him. Co-starring Angela Lansbury and George Sanders, this Oscar-winning 1949 hit finally, legally hits five-inch disc on March 12th with a dramatic new restoration. Don't miss our review.

The Master Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Review Argo: Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Review On the Waterfront: The Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

Undefeated DVD Review Fun Size Blu-ray + Digital Copy Review

Recent Film Reviews:
• Beautiful Creatures - Adapting the first in a young adult novel series, this PG-13 supernatural teen romance pairs South Carolina insomniac bookphile Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) and Lena (Alice Englert), the new-in-town niece of a famous recluse (Jeremy Irons). Co-starring Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, and Emmy Rossum, this Twilight-esque film is primed to do some strong Valentine's Day business.
• Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters - Puts a new twist on an old fairy tale, following the threatened siblings into adulthood, where they (The Avengers' Jeremy Renner and Prince of Persia's Gemma Arterton) become a town's top option for putting an end to a wave of missing children. Norway's Tommy Wirkold (Dead Snow) wrote this R-rated action film, which co-stars Famke Janssen and Peter Stormare.
• Gangster Squad - Tells the true story of an undercover police unit assigned to take down Mickey Cohen, the most powerful criminal in 1949 Los Angeles. Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling lead the good guys, Sean Penn is the infamous Cohen, while Emma Stone and Nick Nolte also appear. From Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer and "Castle" writer Will Beall, this violent period crime drama opens four months after it was scheduled to, with some re-edits.

Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
• "Tosh.0": Cardigans Plus Casual Sweaters - The Walmart exclusive 3-disc DVD holds fifteen chronological episodes from Seasons 1 and 2, extending Web Redemption to the likes of Tron Guy, the Nintendo 64 Kid, and David After Dentist. Nearly two hours of extras include Daniel Tosh's extended spoil of the movie Orphan, blog crew member interviews, and extended Web Redemption interviews.
• The Intouchables (Blu-ray) - This French dramedy tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a poor young black man (Omar Sy) and a wealthy widowed quadriplegic (Franηois Cluzet). A huge hit in most parts of the world and respectable performer in limited U.S. release, this award-winning Weinstein Company release comes to Blu-ray via Sony with deleted scenes and UltraViolet.
• Girls Against Boys (Blu-ray) - This revenge thriller tells of a New York City college student (Danielle Panabaker) and her fellow bartender (Nicole LaLiberte) who take drastic action against men who have wronged them. Anchor Bay's Blu-ray includes an audio commentary by Panabaker and writer/director Austin Chick (XX/XY and August).
• Lay the Favorite (Blu-ray) - Based on a true story, this R-rated comedy follows a young Florida woman (Rebecca Hall of The Town and Iron Man 3) to Las Vegas, where she finds work placing bets for a legendary sports gambler named Dink (Bruce Willis). From the screenwriter of High Fidelity and Grosse Pointe Blank and the director of The Queen and Dangerous Liaisons, this film co-stars Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joshua Jackson, and Vince Vaughn. It's joined by deleted scenes.
• Holy Motors (Blu-ray) - Written and directed by Leos Carax, this French film follows Mr. Oscar (Denis Lavant), a man whose work out of a limousine requires him to make himself over for various bizarre scenarios. It features appearances and songs by Kylie Minogue and Eva Mendes. The Blu-ray includes an English language interview with Minogue, two trailers, and a 47-minute making-of documentary.
• The Master (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - In this critically acclaimed, publically divisive newest film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood), Joaquin Phoenix plays an ill-adjusted World War II veteran whose path crosses with that of a charismatic leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Nominated for three acting Oscars, this Weinstein Company drama hits stores in a combo pack with 20 minutes of deleted scenes, 16 minutes of trailers, behind-the-scenes looks, and John Huston's military documentary Let There Be Light.
• Marvin's Room (Blu-ray) - Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep star as sisters who break a 20-year estrangement when one of them requires a bone marrow transplant. Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Hume Cronyn, and Gwen Verdon co-star in this 1996 Miramax drama, adapted from an award-winning play. Echo Bridge's low-priced Blu-ray includes a previously unreleased look at Streep and Carly Simon's recording of the end credits song "Two Sisters."
• Argo - Based on an improbable true story, this Ben Affleck-directed Best Picture Oscar winner also stars Affleck as a CIA agent who decides posing as a Canadian science fiction film crew scouting Middle Eastern locations is the best way to extract six American diplomats hiding out in Iran during the heated hostage crisis at the turn of the 1980s. Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack includes an audio commentary by Affleck and screenwriter Chris Terrio, a picture-in-picture mode with reflections from the real people who experienced this episode (including President Jimmy Carter), a 2004 Canadian television documentary, and three making-of featurettes.
• My Lucky Elephant - This family film centers on an orphaned boy and the abandoned elephant that becomes his best friend, as well as a street dancer and painter in Thailand.
• On the Waterfront (Criterion Collection Blu-ray) - A winner of eight Oscars including 1954's Best Picture, this drama stars Marlon Brando as a former prize fighter who now works as a longshoreman amidst corrupt union practices. Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, and Eva Marie Saint co-star in this Elia Kazan-directed classic, which Criterion presents in three different aspect ratios. The two-disc set's extras include an audio commentary and two features from Sony's Special Edition DVD, an hour-long 1982 documentary on Kazan, new interviews with Saint and Martin Scorsese, new documentaries on the score, the film, and the waterfront, and the original trailer.
• The Insider (Blu-ray) - This 1999 Touchstone Pictures drama nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Writer/director Michael Mann's follow-up to Heat tells the true story of a fired research scientist (Russell Crowe) who becomes a whistleblower against Big Tobacco with help from "60 Minutes" producer Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino). The Blu-ray includes a featurette and a trailer, though two of the case's claims are inaccurate.
• Senseless (Blu-ray) - In this 1998 comedy, Marlon Wayans stars as a cash-strapped senior who participates in drug trial that heightens his senses and then randomly dulls one of them, as he vies for a junior analyst position at a prestigious financial firm. Directed by Penelope Spheeris (Wayne's World), co-written by Craig Mazin (Identity Thief, one of Wayans' Scary Movie successors), and co-starring David Spade, Rip Torn, and Brad Dourif, this R-rated film is joined by a never-before-released behind-the-scenes featurette.
• Undefeated - Last year's winner of the Best Documentary Feature Oscar spends a season with the football team of North Memphis, Tennessee's underprivileged Manassas High School as they try to reverse a history of losing and aim to win their first playoff game in the school's 110-year history. After five weeks of Walmart exclusivity, this Weinstein Company release hits DVD and Blu-ray with directors' audio commentary, deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, and a black and white teaser.
• Fun Size (Blu-ray) - Written by "The Colbert Report" scribe Max Werner and directed by "Gossip Girl" creator Josh Schwartz, this PG-13 Nickelodeon Movies comedy follows teenagers (Victoria Justice, Jane Levy, Thomas Mann) and a younger sibling around Cleveland for a Halloween night full of excitement and embarrassment. Co-starring Chelsea Handler and an uncredited Johnny Knoxville, this flop hits BD with a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, a gag reel, a Carly Rae Jepsen music video and making-of short, a digital copy, and UltraViolet.
• The Odd Life of Timothy Green (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - Disney's dramatic fantasy tells the story of a boy (CJ Adams) with leaves on his legs who shows up one night in response to the wishes of an infertile married couple (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton). We take a look at its December Blu-ray + DVD combo pack which includes deleted scenes, an audio commentary, two making-of featurettes, and a Glen Hansard music video.
• The Package (Blu-ray + DVD) - "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Rocky IV's Dolph Lundgren star in this direct-to-video action thriller about a mobster's enforcer (Austin) braving danger to deliver an important, mysterious parcel to an old colleague named "The German" (Lundgren).
• The Factory - The thriller stars John Cusack and "Dexter"'s Jennifer Carpenter as Buffalo, New York detectives puzzled by a string of prostitute abductions and murders. Their investigation grows more pressing when Cusack's teenaged daughter (Mae Whitman) goes missing by the same pattern.

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Down the Shore (Blu-ray)
Nanook of the North (BD)
LEGO Star Wars: Empire
Border Run (Blu-ray)
Dirk Gently
To the Arctic (Blu-ray 3D)
Adv. in Zambezia (Combo)
Killing Them Softly (Combo)
Badlands (Criterion BD)
The Hobbit: Unexpected (BD)
Veep: Season 1 (BD Combo)
Stand Off
Rust and Bone (Blu-ray)
Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away (Blu-ray 3D Combo)
This Must Be the Place (BD)
Mulan & Mulan II (2 Movie BD)
Zero Dark Thirty
MADtv: Season 2
Rise of the Guardians (BD)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (2 Movie BD + DVD)
Wreck-It Ralph (Blu-ray 3D)
Samson and Delilah
Tosh.0: Cardigans & Casual...
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Marvin's Room (Blu-ray)
Argo (Blu-ray + DVD)
My Lucky Elephant
On the Waterfront (CC BD)
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Senseless (Blu-ray)
Undefeated
Fun Size (Blu-ray + DC)
Rise of the Guardians: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + 2 Hopping Egg Toys Review
Odd Life of Timothy Green
The Package (Blu-ray + DVD)
The Factory
Heaven's Gate (Criterion BD)
Bully (Blu-ray + DVD)
Mafia
Celeste & Jesse Forever BD
Here Comes the Boom
Peter Pan (BD + DVD + DC)
Robot & Frank
Paranormal Activity 4 Combo
Flight (Blu-ray + DVD)
Above Suspicion: Set 2
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
Seven Psychopaths
Hotel Transylvania (BD 3D)
The Hunger Games (Blu-ray)
Searching for Sugar Man BD
Fat Kid Rules the World
The Paperboy (Blu-ray)
The Imposter
The Possession (Blu-ray)
Love Me (Blu-ray)
Thor: Legend of...Hammer
Life's Too Short: Season 1
Chris Hardwick: Mandroid
Branded (Blu-ray)
To Rome with Love (BD)
The Other Dream Team
The Man Who Knew Too Much (Criterion Blu-ray)
Stolen (Blu-ray)
The Goode Family
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Seal Team Six (Blu-ray)
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