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November 15, 2012 - Today's new review explores this week's 50th anniversary Blu-ray debut of Lawrence of Arabia. Winner of Best Picture and seven other Oscars, David Lean's 1962 epic remains one of the most highly regarded films ever made.
Peter O'Toole stars in the title role as a British officer who becomes a key figure in the Arab Revolt against the Turks during World War I. Sony's two-disc Blu-ray includes a new picture-in-graphics track, a new interview with O'Toole, an hour-long making-of documentary, vintage production featurettes, ad campaign imagery, a newsreel from the New York premiere, and UltraViolet. The film is also available in a 4-disc gift set, whose coffee table book we take a look at. Read on...

Lawrence of Arabia Blu-ray Review Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Blu-ray Review

November 14, 2012 - Our latest review covers yesterday's Blu-ray debut of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. This hit 1989 comedy stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter as a couple of teenaged slackers who travel through time in a telephone booth to round up historical figures for the oral report they need to pass History. The film is joined by a conversation among its screenwriters, an air guitar tutorial, the first episode of the Saturday morning cartoon it inspired, radio spots, and the original trailer. Don't miss our full review.

November 13, 2012 - In advance of its fourth season premiere, "Hot in Cleveland"
returns to DVD later this month in a three-disc Season Three set. TV Land's popular sitcom stars veterans Valerie Bertinelli ("One Day at a Time"), Jane Leeves ("Frasier"), and Wendie Malick ("Just Shoot Me") as three Los Angeles women now sharing a house in Cleveland. Betty White plays their house's caretaker. The DVD includes the season's behind-the-scenes special. Our review.

Today's new releases include Pixar's Brave, the Amy Heckerling comedy Vamps, Nitro Circus: The Movie, Shout! Factory's 5-DVD, 1-CD gift set The Incredible Mel Brooks, Pixar Short Films Collection, Volume 2, and the Blu-ray debuts of Lawrence of Arabia, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. For more information, see our schedule.

Today is the final day to enter our Arthur Christmas Giveaway! Take twelve entries to win the Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack before it's too late!

November 12, 2012 - Our latest review looks at Brave, the thirteenth and latest film from Pixar Animation Studios. Set in the Scottish Highlands during the Middle Ages, this fantasy adventure centers on Merida, a fiercely independent princess who resists the traditions her mother enforces upon her. A witch's spell changes her life immediately and she has mere hours to fix it. Our review covers the film's 5-disc Ultimate Collector's Edition, which includes the film on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, and digital copy, plus an additional Blu-ray disc of bonus features. Read all about it.

November 9, 2012 - One of the young century's biggest film franchises gets a quick reboot in The Amazing Spider-Man. The Social Network's Andrew Garfield takes over the title role, playing Peter Parker, the nerdy teenager whom a spider bite transforms into Spider-Man. Emma Stone is love interest Gwen Stacy, Denis Leary plays her police captain father, and Rhys Ifans is Dr. Curt Connors, a scientist looking to regrow his amputated arm. (500) Days of Summer's Marc Webb directs from a script by Zodiac's James Vanderbilt, the Spider-Man Trilogy's Alvin Sargent, and Harry Potter's Steve Kloves. Swinging to stores today, Sony's 3-disc Blu-ray + DVD combo pack includes an audio commentary, a Second Screen App, a feature-length making of documentary, deleted scenes, previsualizations, stunt rehearsals, image galleries, UltraViolet and more. Our review.

Pixar Short Films Collection, Volume 2 Blu-ray + DVD Review DreamWorks Holiday Classics Blu-ray + DVD Review

November 8, 2012 - The follow-up to a 2007 DVD, Pixar Short Films Collection, Volume 2 serves up twelve animated shorts, three never before released to disc. They offer a mix of Toy Story Toons, Cars Toons, home video feature spin-offs, and original theatrical shorts. All twelve are fitted with audio commentary and joined by seven student short films made at CalArts by directors John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and Pete Docter. Read our review of next week's Blu-ray + DVD combo.

November 7, 2012 - Now available, DreamWorks Holiday Classics supplies five Christmas-themed extensions of animated movie franchises. The network television specials Shrek the Halls and Merry Madagascar are joined by the direct-to-video Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury and the shorts The Madagascar Penguins in A Christmas Caper and Donkey's Caroling Christmas-tacular, which is also presented in a sing-along mode. For a thorough assessment of this Blu-ray + DVD combo pack, look no further than our review.

November 6, 2012 - In our newest giveaway, you can win Sony's Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack of Aardman Animations' critically acclaimed holiday family adventure Arthur Christmas. Take up to twelve entries right now and another one each day from now until the contest's end next Wednesday. Enter today!

The low budget horror action flick Outpost: Black Sun pits modern day Nazi hunters against zombie war criminals kept alive by machine. This British sequel hit stores today in a Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack and we've got a review.

The Muppet Christmas Carol Blu-ray Review Sunset Boulevard Blu-ray Review

November 5, 2012 - The Muppet Christmas Carol celebrates its 20th anniversary with this week's Blu-ray premiere. This highly-regarded adaptation of Charles Dickens' redemption tale stars Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge and casts Gonzo and Rizzo as storytellers. From The Muppet Movie's screenwriter Jerry Juhl and songwriter Paul Williams, this family musical comedy hits high definition with a new Muppet audio commentary and a character Christmas carol Disney Intermission feature. They join a more serious commentary by director Brian Henson, a 22-minute making-of retrospective, a gag reel, Pepe's Gonzo profile, a short on Christmas traditions around the world, and a digital copy. But one significant item found on both of the movie's DVDs has been dropped. See our review for complete details.

November 3, 2012 - The Looney Tunes gang's first feature film now has its own DVD in this week's Warner Archive Collection release of Bugs Bunny Superstar. This 1975 film features nine complete shorts from the 1940s (eight of them Merrie Melodies) featuring the likes of Bugs, Elmer Fudd, Sylvester, Tweety, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and Foghorn Leghorn. It also stands as a documentary of Termite Terrace, containing interviews with directors Bob Clampett, Tex Avery, and Friz Freleng, animators' home movies, and narration by Orson Welles. The rare Archive Collection title given bonus features, the disc includes an audio commentary by director/producer Larry Jackson and an image gallery. Full review.

November 2, 2012 - Billy Wilder's classic 1950 drama Sunset Boulevard comes to Blu-ray on Tuesday and we've got a review. William Holden plays a young, broke screenwriter who moves into the mansion of Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), an aging silent movie star ravenous for a return to the spotlight. Winner of three Academy Awards and nominated for eight others, this masterful film is joined by over four hours of bonus features, including an audio commentary, making-of retrospectives, script excerpts for a deleted opening, and a brand new never-before-released deleted scene. Get ready for your close-up.

The Campaign: Extended Cut Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Review

Last year's Aardman Animations family comedy adventure Arthur Christmas finally arrives in stores next week and we've got an early review of Sony's Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD combo pack. The film centers on Arthur (voiced by James McAvoy), the clumsy son of Santa Claus who sets out to save Christmas by delivering an overlooked bicycle to the girl who asked for it. He's joined on this mission by his 136-year-old Grandsanta (Bill Nighy) and a spirited elf (Ashley Jensen). The three-disc set includes a making-of featurette, progression reels, an elf recruitment promo, UltraViolet, and a few hidden extras you're likely to find inaccessible including the music video for Justin Bieber's end credits "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" cover. Full review.

November 1, 2012 - Directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris follow up their acclaimed feature debut Little Miss Sunshine with Ruby Sparks. This independent film centers on a young novelist (Paul Dano) struggling to follow a successful bestseller. He writes about a young woman (Zoe Kazan, who also wrote this) who comes to him in his dreams and then comes to him in real life, adjusting to fit the words he writes about her. This romantic dramedy is now available to own. The Blu-ray includes 5 making-of shorts and the trailer. Full review.

Ruby Sparks Blu-ray Review Vamps Blu-ray Review

October 31, 2012 - Happy Halloween! In the spirit of the day, we've got no tricks...just the treat of our newly and fully updated release schedules telling you what DVD and Blu-ray releases are in store for November, December, and January & Beyond. Don't forget that Amazon preorders through our links support this site at no additional cost to you.

October 30, 2012 - Vamps reunites Clueless writer/director Amy Heckerling and Alicia Silverstone. This comedy centers on two vampires (Silverstone and Krysten Ritter) who are roommates in New York City. Co-starring Sigourney Weaver, Richard Lewis, Malcolm McDowell, and Wallace Shawn, this film will open in a few coastal theaters this Friday before coming to stores on November 13th. See the trailer as part of our Blu-ray review.

October 29, 2012 - The first of this year's two DreamWorks/Touchstone releases, People Like Us, is our latest review subject. Chris Pine stars a a man who learns from his estranged father's will that he has a half-sister (Elizabeth Banks), whom he proceeds to befriend under false pretenses. Co-starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Olivia Wilde, this PG-13 drama marks the directing debut of tentpole scribe Alex Kurtzman, who is also one of three credited writers. A mere blip at the summer box office, this film is now available to own in a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack that includes two feature audio commentaries, a selected scene commentary, deleted and extended scenes, a making-of featurette, and bloopers. Read the review.

October 28, 2012 - The political comedy The Campaign casts Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as opponents in a North Carolina congressional race. Directed by Jay Roach (Meet the Parents), from writers of The Other Guys and "Eastbound & Down", and co-starring Jason Sudeikis, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd, and Brian Cox, this film follows its strong theatrical run with a quick home video release on Tuesday, well in time for Election Day. Warner's combo pack presents the film in theatrical and extended cuts (both rated R) on Blu-ray along with a deleted scenes, gag reel, alternate lines, a DVD with deleted scenes, and UltraViolet. Watch clips as part of our review.

October 26, 2012 - Steven Seagal and ("Stone Cold") Steve Austin join forces in the direct-to-video action thriller Maximum Conviction. The two play commandos turned private security contractors whose top secret military prison is targeted by a skilled team of mercenaries. Available November 6th, Anchor Bay's DVD + Blu-ray Combo Pack includes filmmakers' audio commentary, a making-of featurette, and three interview shorts. Read on.

Sweet Home Alabama: 10th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review Sister Act & Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit: 2 Movie Collection Blu-ray + DVD Review Rosemary's Baby: Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

October 25, 2012 - Take an early look at next month's Blu-ray debut of Sweet Home Alabama. This hit 2002 romantic comedy stars Reese Witherspoon as a rising New York City fashion designer, who's secretly a Southern girl. She returns to her rural small town to finalize a divorce for her high school sweetheart (Josh Lucas) so she can marry the politician (Patrick Dempsey) who just proposed to her. Touchstone's 10th Anniversary Edition hangs onto the film's DVD extras: an audio commentary by director Andy Tennant, deleted scenes, an alternate ending, and a SHeDAISY music video. Complete review.

Our latest review covers the 2 Movie Collection Blu-ray + DVD combo pack release of Sister Act & Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. In the wake of her Ghost supporting actress Oscar win, Whoopi Goldberg starred in this hit 1992 comedy as Deloris Van Cartier, an endangered Reno lounge singer who finds safety posing as a nun in a San Francisco parish. The 1993 sequel finds Deloris reprising her Sister Mary Clarence act to turn around a troubled urban high school. The Touchstone Pictures movies share a Blu-ray and hang onto their old non-anamorphic DVDs in this 3-disc set, joined by a featurette, music videos, and original trailers. Read all about it.

October 24, 2012 - Last year's Best Buy-exclusive Blu-ray release of John Hughes' 1987 Thanksgiving comedy Planes, Trains & Automobiles is hitting general retail on November 6th and we've updated our review to reflect that. Steve Martin and John Candy are at their very best in this hilarious, heartfelt romp that puts two strangers together on a holiday week trip from New York to Chicago challenged by weather and transportation woes. The film is still joined by the hour-long 2011 documentary "John Hughes: Life Moves Pretty Fast" featuring a number of the writer-director's collaborators, a deleted scene, and three PT&A-specific featurettes utilizing press Q & A session footage from the time of theatrical release. Take a ride with our review.

Next week, The Criterion Collection gives Rosemary's Baby its Blu-ray debut. This classic 1968 horror film stars Mia Farrow as a New York housewife whose first pregnancy is a little unusual. The Blu-ray includes brand new interviews with Farrow, director Roman Polanski, and former Paramount head of production Robert Evans, a 1997 radio interview with author Ira Levin, a Polish television documentary on composer Krzysztof Komeda, and an essay booklet. More...

October 23, 2012 - As Mill Creek Entertainment celebrates their tenth anniversary in business, we take a look at another one of their recent Double Feature Blu-rays: Father Hood & Life with Mikey. In Father Hood, Patrick Swayze plays an ex-con who kidnaps his children to prevent their abuse in the foster care system. In Life with Mikey, Michael J. Fox is a former childhood television star struggling to run his talent agency until he makes a big find. The two 1993 Disney films share a case, a disc, a menu, and a $9.98 list price. Our full review.

Secret of the Wings: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + Blu-ray 3D + Bonus Adventure Review

October 22, 2012 - After a year off, Tinker Bell's film series picks back up with tomorrow's release of Secret of the Wings. In this feature-length adventure, Tink ventures into the forbidden Winter Woods, where her wings mysteriously begin glowing. She proceeds to discover why while making a dear friend.
The four-disc Flitterrific Fairies Double Pack includes the film on Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy, and, in a series first, Blu-ray 3D. Joining it is the 2011 half-hour Disney Channel TV special Pixie Hollow Games, music videos by the McClain Sisters and Zendaya, and a short, vague Halloweeny sneak peek. Chill out with our thorough review.

More of The Walt Disney Company's live-action catalog comes to Blu-ray from Mill Creek Entertainment with this week's Billy Bathgate & Blaze Double Feature. Billy Bathgate (1991) stars Dustin Hoffman as 1930s New York mobster Dutch Schultz, who takes a young man (Loren Dean) under his wing. Directed by Kramer vs. Kramer's Robert Benton and adapted by Shakespeare in Love's Tom Stoppard, the drama co-stars Nicole Kidman and Bruce Willis. Blaze (1989) casts Paul Newman as Louisiana governor Earl Long, who in the late 1950s falls for a simple southern belle turned stripper (Lolita Davidovich). The low-priced disc includes each movie's original theatrical trailer. Review.

Safety Not Guaranteed Blu-ray Review DreamWorks Spooky Stories Blu-ray + DVD Review

Today is the final day to enter our Pete's Dragon Blu-ray + DVD Giveaway. Even if you've already taken all ten available entries, you can net one more with a single tweet! More...

October 21, 2012 - The independent comedy Safety Not Guaranteed puts a new twist on the time travel film. A Seattle magazine writer ("New Girl"'s Jake Johnson) and two interns ("Parks and Rec"'s Aubrey Plaza and Karan Soni) look into the man who placed a classified ad seeking a partner in time travel. One of the year's best-reviewed films, Safety hits Blu-ray next week from Sony with a making-of featurette, an interview with the man who wrote the real classified ad that inspired the film, UltraViolet, and an Easter egg. Read more...

October 20, 2012 - Exactly one year after we last looked at the Halloween television specials Scared Shrekless and Monsters vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space, we revisit them in their recent release as the DreamWorks Spooky Stories Blu-ray + DVD combo. Those half-hour holiday cartoons are joined by four shorter shorts: the Mutant Pumpkins sequel Night of the Living Carrots, Shrek's Michael Jackson-inspired Thriller, the Hitchcockian The Pig Who Cried Werewolf, and the theme park movie The Ghost of Lord Farquaad (also known as Shrek 4-D). The two-disc set also includes a version of Living Carrots with pop-up facts and a promotional World of DreamWorks Animation section. Trick or treat? Find out in our full review.

Check It Out with Dr. Steve Brule: Seasons 1 & 2 DVD Review Annie: 30th Anniversary Sing-Along Edition Blu-ray Review

October 19, 2012 - Academy Award nominee John C. Reilly proves his versatility in the Adult Swim comedy series "Check It Out with Dr. Steve Brule". Designed like a late night public-access show, this spin-off to "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" tries to find answers to life's questions with its awkward host Brule (Reilly) conducting interviews and field trips. Now available, Warner's Seasons 1 & 2 DVD serves up all twelve quarter-hour episodes plus nearly 50 minutes of deleted and extended scenes. Check it out!

Annie, the film adaptation of the Tony-winning Broadway musical, turns 30 this year, a milestone that Sony has acknowledged with the recent release of a 30th Anniversary Sing-Along Edition Blu-ray. During the Great Depression, the little redheaded orphan girl (Aileen Quinn) gets pulled out of an abusive orphanage to spend a week with a billionaire (Albert Finney). Presenting the film in its original widescreen aspect ratio, the low-priced Blu-ray also serves up a reflection with grown-up Quinn, a "Hard Knock Life" cover music video, a sing-along viewing mode, HD trailers and TV spots, and UltraViolet. Our review is only a click away.

October 18, 2012 - One of the latest releases in the Warner Archive Collection, The Flintstones: Prime-Time Specials Collection, Volume 1 pairs a couple of the Hanna-Barbera franchise's hour-long cartoons from the late 1970s. In Flintstones Little Big League, Fred and Barney feud as coaches of rival Little League teams. Then, The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone sends the two focal couples to Rocksylvania, where Count Rockula's castle has been converted into a tourist hotel, until the titular monsters are awakened. Read our review of this disc, now available exclusively at WBShop.com.

October 17, 2012 - The Raven stars John Cusack as poet and author Edgar Allan Poe. In mid-19th century Baltimore, Poe's writings inspire a series of gruesome murders, leading the case's chief detective (Luke Evans) to bring in the impoverished writer as a consultant. Directed by V for Vendetta's James McTeigue and co-starring Brendan Gleeson and Alice Eve, this thriller is now available in a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy that includes deleted scenes, audio commentary, and a number of making-of featurettes. Review.

...Like There's No Tomorrow extends the long tradition of Warren Miller Entertainment skiing documentaries. This feature film travels to locales around the world, including India, Chile, Norway, Finland, and New Hampshire, for high definition looks at daring skiers and snow boarders. Shout! Factory releases this "Collector's Edition Deluxe" Blu-ray early next month and we've got a detailed review.

October 16, 2012 - The 2004 Miramax fairy tale comedy Ella Enchanted hits high definition today in a Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack from Lionsgate. In the title role, Anne Hathaway stars as a girl cursed with obedience who catches the eye of a prince (Hugh Dancy) while being exploited by his evil uncle (Cary Elwes) and her nasty stepsisters. The two-disc set includes all of the movie's extras including two half-hour making-of featurettes, an audio commentary, deleted and extended scenes, a music video, and, via the original 2004 DVD, a set-top game. Full review.

Ella is one of seven of today's new Blu-ray releases that we've reviewed in depth: That's My Boy, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, The Santa Clause: The Complete 3-Movie Collection, A League of Their Own, Everybody's Fine, and Pete's Dragon.

Pete's Dragon: 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray + DVD Review A League of Their Own: 20th Anniversary Blu-ray Review The Santa Clause: The Complete 3-Movie Collection Blu-ray Review

October 15, 2012 - Shout! Factory unearths more vintage television comedy with next week's release of The Ernie Kovacs Collection, Volume 2. The 3-disc set serves up eight mostly complete episodes and eighteen bonus sketches from Kovacs' eponymous 1956 NBC morning show. It also holds three episodes of his 1960s ABC game show "Take a Good Look", the rare pilot for an unrealized sitcom "Medicine Man" co-starring Buster Keaton, a 2011 discussion panel, Kovacs' "only existing filmed solo interview", home movies, and trailers for two of his movies. Those who buy the set from Shout!'s store also get an exclusive fourth DVD with seven additional "Take a Good Look" episodes. Read all about it.

Now through next Monday, US and Canadian readers can enter to win tomorrow's new Pete's Dragon: 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray + DVD combo pack in our giveaway. Take up to ten easy entries right now and then come back to Tweet about the giveaway for an additional daily entry. Enter...

Warner has released a trailer promoting the December 4th combo pack (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet) debut of Christopher Nolan's epic series-concluding The Dark Knight Rises, which will include three hours of extras and a synchable app. Watch it.

October 14, 2012 - In stores next week, the independent comedy Gabe the Cupid Dog tells the story of a dog who tries to set his lifelong bachelor owner (Brian Krause) with a neighbor (Boti Bliss), so that he won't have to spend six months in a London quarantine. Read our review.

Madagascar 3: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + Rainbow Wig Review

The Hole: Blu-ray + DVD  Combo Pack Review Dark Shadows: Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Review Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures Blu-ray Review

Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
• Pete's Dragon (Blu-ray) - Disney's 1977 partially animated live-action musical makes its Blu-ray debut on Tuesday and we've got a review of the 35th Anniversary Edition combo pack. At the turn of the century, a young orphan (Sean Marshall) and his usually invisible best friend, a 12-foot dragon, come to the harbor town of Passamaquoddy where they are embraced by lightkeepers (Helen Reddy and Mickey Rooney) but pursued by a family of hillbillies (headed by Shelley Winters) and a charlatan doctor (Jim Dale). Both discs include a deleted scene, an early version of a song, two trailers, and a 25-minute retrospective on visual effects narrated by Sean Marshall.
• Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + Rainbow Wig) - DreamWorks' blockbuster sequel takes the Central Park Zoo animals and friends to Monte Carlo, Rome, England, and beyond as part of a traveling circus. The two-disc combo pack includes an Afro Circus Rainbow Wig, directors' audio commentary, a trivia track, enhanced playback mode The Animators' Corner, deleted scenes, a voice cast featurette, a look at a day in production, and more.
• A League of Their Own (Blu-ray) Directed by Big's Penny Marshall, this hit dramedy tells the story of the women's professional baseball league formed after America entered World War II. Geena Davis and Lori Petty play Oregon farmer sisters who join the Rockford Peaches (alongside Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell), a team managed by an alcoholic former MLB star (Tom Hanks). Sony's anniversary disc includes over a half-hour of deleted scenes, an audio commentary by Marshall and three actresses, Madonna's "This Used to Be My Playground" music video, and an hour-long retrospective documentary.
• The Santa Clause: The Complete 3-Movie Collection - Tim Allen's 1994 blockbuster makes its Blu-ray debut on its own and joined by its 21st century sequels. Divorced toymaker Scott Calvin (Allen) is transformed into the world's most famous gift-giver, complete with white beard, weight gain, and a custody battle. The sequels find him juggling his responsibilities at the North Pole with his family, from finding a wife to keeping his son Charlie (Eric Lloyd) off the Naughty list to preventing Jack Frost (Martin Short) from taking over the holiday. The 3-disc set hangs onto many of the film's DVD extras, but loses some and adds none.
• Rock of Ages (Extended Edition Blu-ray + DVD) - In this adaptation of the popular Broadway musical, a small-town girl (Julianne Hough) arrives in 1987 Los Angeles hoping to make it big as a singer. She finds love with a barback/aspiring rocker (Diego Boneta) and employment at hotspot The Bourbon Room, where revered rock god Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise) is about to play his final show with his band Arsenal. Directed by Hairspray's Adam Shankman and co-starring Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, this film hits home video tomorrow. Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack presents the film in both its theatrical cut and a new drastically longer R-rated extended edition. Extras take us behind the scenes and catch up with members of the bands whose songs are given new life, including Poison, Twisted Sister, REO Speedwagon, and Foreigner.
• Everybody's Fine (Blu-ray) - This remake of a 1990 Italian drama stars Robert De Niro as a widower who travels around the nation to make surprise visits to his grown-up children (Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell, and Drew Barrymore). A dud at the box office and largely shut out of awards, this film written and directed by Waking Ned Devine's Kirk Jones is once again joined by deleted/extended scenes and a look at the creation of Paul McCartney's Golden Globe-nominated closing song.
• The Cabin in the Woods (Blu-ray) - Written by The Avengers' Joss Whedon and Cloverfield's Drew Goddard, this acclaimed film turns horror conventions on their head. Five college students look forward to a fun weekend at a country cabin. Instead, they awaken some unfriendly creatures as part of an organization's carefully-monitored plan. Lionsgate's Blu-ray includes an audio commentary, a making-of documentary, an enhanced playback mode, a tour of the cabin, a WonderCon Q & A session, and more.
• That's My Boy (Blu-ray) - Adam Sandler stars as the bold, immature father of a man (Andy Samberg) who has disowned him and is about to get married. Written by David Caspe (creator of ABC's "Happy Endings") and directed by Sean Anders (Sex Drive), this R-rated romp became one of the least-attended films of Sandler's career. Sony's BD includes deleted scenes, a gag reel, and three behind-the-scenes featurettes.
• Jeff Dunham: Minding the Monsters (Blu-ray) - The enormously successful ventriloquist's latest Comedy Central special embraces the Halloween season with his popular characters Walter, Peanut, Bubba J, Achmed, and Jose Jalapeρo given costumed makeovers. Presenting the Savannah, Georgia performance in an extended 80-minute cut with bleeped and unbleeped soundtrack, the Blu-ray piles on the bonus features including an audio commentary, outtakes, a tour of the haunted house set, and numerous behind-the-scenes looks at the make-up, miniature, and fake movie trailers work.
• "All in the Family": The Complete Series - Shout! Factory collects the historic nine-season run of the 1970s sitcom that racked up Emmy wins, topped the ratings for five consecutive years, and spawned multiple hit spin-offs. The esteemed series shares with us the domestic adventures of old-fashioned, working class New York bigot Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor), his loving "dingbat" wife (Jean Stapleton), their adult daughter (Sally Struthers) and her liberal husband (Rob Reiner). Shout!'s set contains all 200+ episodes of the show on 27 discs, but it is the bonus 28th disc that may most catch fans' eyes. It holds retrospectives, the two earlier "All in the Family" pilots that ABC passed on, pilots to spin-off shows "Gloria", "Archie Bunker's Place", and "704 Hauser", and a new interview with creator Norman Lear.
• The Hole (Blu-ray + DVD) - The first film directed by Joe Dante (Gremlins, The 'Burbs, Small Soldiers) in a decade, this PG-13 horror flick uncovers a deep, mysterious hole in the basement floor of a family's new home. Three kids (Chris Massoglia, Haley Bennett, Nathan Gamble) explore the pit and its mysteries. Big Air Studios' combo pack includes making-of featurettes and a photo slideshow.
• Cinderella (Diamond Edition Blu-ray + DVD) - This 1950 fairy tale returning Disney to feature animation and revived the company with its warm reception. The 2-disc combo pack adds the shorts Tangled Ever After and Christian Louboutin's The Magic of the Glass Slipper, featurettes on the expansion of Fantasyland and the woman on whom the film's Fairy Godmother was modeled, a digital storybook supposedly personalizable with second screen, and a new deleted scene to many (but not all) the extras of the 2005 Platinum Edition DVD.
• Dark Shadows (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet) - Johnny Depp reteams with director Tim Burton for a comic adaptation of ABC's late-'60s Gothic soap opera. Depp plays Barnabas Collins, an 18th century man cursed to suffer eternity as a vampire. Awakened and freed in 1972, he moves back into his family's Maine mansion and looks to restore some honor to its fishing business. Co-starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter, Jackie Earle Haley, and Chloλ Grace Moretz, this domestic underperformer hits home video this week. Warner's combo pack includes Maximum Movie Mode with behind-the-scenes focus points, deleted scenes, and a lenticular slipcover.
• "Magic City": The Complete First Season - The Starz original drama series is set in a glamorous Miami hotel in the late 1950s and centered on its owner (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), his wife, family, and deadly business partner (Danny Huston). The 3-disc DVD includes eight episodes, along with recaps and a number of making-of featurettes.
• Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures (Blu-ray) - Conceived by George Lucas and directed by Steven Spielberg, these beloved films star Harrison Ford as the globe-trotting, death-defying archaeologist. Stretching from 1981's Best Picture Oscar nominee Raiders of the Lost Ark to 2008's increasingly unloved Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, this 5-disc collection includes many hours of bonus features including two new documentaries comprised of production footage from the original film.
• An American Christmas Carol (Blu-ray) - This 1979 ABC movie relocates Charles Dickens' story to Depression era New England, with a heavily made-up Henry Winkler ("Happy Days") portraying a miserly financier shown the error of his ways by his deceased old partner and three ghosts resembling people in his life. Shout! Factory includes a brand new interview with Winkler.
• Katy Perry: Part of Me (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD) - This documentary provides a mix of biography of the chart-topping pop star and footage of the performances from her California Dreams Tour. It employs home movies, interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, and unprecedented backstage access to Perry herself. Extras include a couple of complete concert performances, more with Katy's grandmother, and assorted behind-the-scenes shorts.
• "Portlandia": Season Two (Blu-ray) - In this Emmy-nominated IFC sketch comedy series, "Saturday Night Live"'s Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein play assorted residents of Portland, Oregon, from cautious adventurers to feminist bookstore owners. This sophomore season includes guest appearances by Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg, Tim Robbins, Jeff Goldblum, Penny Marshall, Jack McBrayer, Greg Louganis, Eddie Vedder, and the cast and crew of "Battlestar Galactica." VSC's Blu-ray includes an extended director's cut of the season finale, four audio commentaries, a deleted sketch, a clip from the touring stage show, a behind-the-scenes special, and an excerpt from the series' upcoming Visitor's Guide book.
• Red Lights - Sigourney Weaver and Inception's Cillian Murphy play cynical paranormal researchers who debunk fraudulent psychics. They set their sights on a popular personality (Robert De Niro) coming out of a thirty-year retirement. Written and directed by Buried's Rodrigo Cortιs, this thriller hits DVD and Blu-ray next month after a limited summer theatrical run. Millennium Entertainment's DVD includes cast and director interviews, a making-of featurette, behind-the-scenes clips, the trailer, and a digital copy.

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