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New DVD Releases February 22 2011

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Armless (2010) Janel Maloney, Daniel London. Armless tells the story of a man who suffers from Body Integrity Identity Disorder (B.I.I.D.), a real-life psychological condition in which an individual paradoxically doesn't feel "whole" unless he loses one or more major limbs. When he leaves his wife and goes to find a doctor willing to amputate his arms, it triggers a twisted romp filled with mistaken identities, missed chances, and tragic consequences. (Vanguard Cinema). Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2008) Alan Bagh, Whitney Moore. Midnight cult film homage to Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds." Bay Area software salesman Rod(named in apparent tribute to "The Birds" star Rod Taylor) has just made a million-dollar deal and, riding high on his success, he snags a date with Nathalie (Whitney Moore), his former high school classmate who has become a knockout lingerie model. They hit if off immediately but awake from their first night together in a quaint seaside town to the horror of eagles and vultures swooping down and attacking the locals, turning this picturesque locale into an avian hell on earth. Hollywood legend Tippi Hedren makes a special appearance. Extras: Commentary by director James Nguyen, commentary by stars Alan Bagh and Whitney Moore, deleted scenes, "Birdemic Experience Tour" featurette, James Nguyen on "Movie Close Up," "MOVIEHEAD: The James Nguyen Story Teaser," Birdemic Experience 2010 trailer. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Severin Films).

Black Lightning (2009 -- Russia) Grigoriy Dobrygin, Ekaterina Vilkova, Viktor Verzhbitskiy. A student's life turns upside down when he discovers the battered old car his father gave him can fly, and he transforms himself into the crime fighter known as "Black Lightning." Being remade for a U.S. version by Timur Bekmambetov, director of "Wanted." (Universal).

Car 54 Where Are You? The Complete First Season (2009) Four-disc set with 30 episodes, $39.98. Bonus features: Round table conversation between Bronx-raised comedian Robert Klein and two of the regular cast members -- Charlotte Rae, who played Sylvia Schnauser, and Hank Garrett, who played Officer Ed Nicholson. (Shanachie Entertainment).

Clover (1997 -- TV) Elizabeth McGovern, Ernie Hudson, Zelda Harris, Loretta Devine. Clover is a precocious 10-year-old black girl living with her widowed father, Gaten, on the family peach orchard in the Deep South. Shortly after remarrying, her father passes away leaving her in the sole custody of his new bride, a white woman whom she barely knows. (RHI Entertainment/Vivendi Entertainment).

Due Date (2010) Dir.: Todd Phillips; Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan, Juliette Lewis, Jamie Foxx. Extras: Complete "Two and a Half Men" scene, gag reel, more. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

Eyes of the Mothman (2010) Documentary about the chilling 1966 paranormal phenomenon that terrorized a small town of 5,000 in West Virginia: A seven-foot tall bird-like man with large wings and red oval shaped eyes who haunted residents at night, glided after cars, bellowed uncanny shrills and feasted on animals. (Virgil Films & Entertainment).

Fish Tank (2009) British director Andrea Arnold won the Cannes Jury Prize for the searing and invigorating "Fish Tank," about a 15-year-old girl, Mia (electrifying newcomer Katie Jarvis), who lives with her mother and sister in the depressed housing projects of Essex. Mia's adolescent conflicts and emerging sexuality reach boiling points when her mother's new boyfriend (a lethally attractive Michael Fassbender enters the picture. In her young career, Arnold has already proven herself to be a master of social realism (evoking the work of Mike Leigh and Ken Loach), investing her sympathetic portraits of dead-end lives with a poetic, earthy sensibility all her own. New high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Andrea Arnold, director of photography Robbie Ryan and editor Nicolas Chaudeurge, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Bonus features: All three of Arnold's short films: "Milk" (1998), "Dog "(2001) and the Oscar-winning "Wasp" (2003); video interview with actor Kierston Wareing; interview with actor Michael Fassbender from 2009; audition footage; stills gallery by on-set photographer Holly Horner; a booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Ian Christie. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

Get Low (2010) Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray, Lucas Black, Gerald McRaney, Bill Cobbs, Scott Cooper. Bonus features: Commentary by Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, director Aaron Schneider and producer Dean Zanuck; "The Deep South: Buried Secrets" featurette; "Getting Low: Getting Into Character" featurette; "A Screenwriter's Point of View" featurette; cast and crew Q&A, "On the Red Carpet." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony)

Have Gun Will Travel: Season Five, Volume 2 (1961-62) Three-disc set, $42.99. (CBS/Paramount).

Huge: The Complete Series (2009) Three-disc set with 10 episodes, $29.93. Bonus features: Featurettes, blooper reel, "Phantasma," "Love Handles," two music videos. (Shout! Factory).

Ice Road Truckers: The Complete Season Four (2010) Four-disc set, $39.95. Extras: Additional footage. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (A&E).

Kennedy: Robert Kennedy and His Times (1985) Brad Davis, Veronica Cartwright, Ned Beatty, Cliff DeYoung, River Phoenix, Jason Bateman, Shannen Doherty. Miniseries based on the best-selling biography by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Kennedy family confidante Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Two-disc set, $19.94. (Sony).

The Killing Jar (2010) Michael Madsen, Amber Benson, Danny Trejo. A mysterious stranger linked to a killing spree takes a waitress and the six customers of a remote diner hostage. (Image Entertainment).

Killshot (2008) Dir.: John Madden; Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane, Thomas Jane, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Based on the novel by Elmore Leonard. Mickey Rourke stars as Armand "Blackbird" Degas, a mafia hit man who shoots to kill and never leaves witnesses ... until now. When Carmen (Dianee Lane) and Wayne Colson (Thomas Jane) see him at the scene of a brutal botched murder attempt they become his next targets. After entering witness protection they discover the law isn't on their side and must take matters into their own hands. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Weinstein Company/Vivendi Entertainment).

Kings of Pastry (2010) When D A Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, distinguished filmmakers of "The War Room" and "Don't Look Back," turn their sights on the competition for the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, France's Nobel Prize for pastry, you're in for a treat. The film follows chef Jacquy Pfeiffer, co-founder of Chicago's French Pastry School, as he journeys back to his childhood home of Alsace to practice for the contest. Sixteen chefs whip up the most gorgeous, delectable, gravity-defying concoctions and edge-of the seat drama as they deliver their fantastical, spun-sugar desserts to the display table. The inevitable disasters prove both poignant and hilarious. Extras: Chef Jacquy Pfeiffer creating a chocolate sculpture, interview with the filmmakers, a Chocolate Fashion Show. (First Run Features).

The Last Unicorn (1982) Animated adventure about a lone unicorn who seeks out others like herself through a mystical land of talking cats and spellbinding magicians. Voices of Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Tammy Grimes, Robert Klein, Angela Lansbury, Christopher Lee, Keenan Wynn. Extras: "Immortal Voices" featurette, commentary by writer Peter S. Beagle and publisher Connor Cochran, "The Tail of the Last Unicorn" mini-documentary, Schmendrick's Magical Gallery, more.Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Lionsgate).

Les Miserables (2010) 25th anniversary celebration of one of the most popular musicals ever written. Honoring 25 years of this incredible show, this momentous film captures the excitement of two magnificent sold-out performances that were watched live around the world. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).

Megamind (2010) Voices of Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, David Cross, Justin Theroux, Ben Stiller, J.K. Simmons. Extras: "Doom," in which Megamind and Minion return to battle an even bigger foe in a new Mega comedy adventure; "Meet the Cast of Megamind"; deleted scene; "Inside Megamind's Lair": "You Can Draw Megamind"; "The Reign of Megamind" video comic book Mega Rap; commentary. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds "The Animators' Corner," trivia track; "Comic Creator," "Behind the Mind." (DreamWorks).`

Memento 10th Anniversary Edition (2000) Dir.: Christopher Nolan; Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Stephen Tobolowsky. Bonus features: Remembering Memento" look back on the making of the film, "Anatomy of a Scene," IFC interview with writer-director Christopher Nolan, commentary by Nolan, "Memento Mori" short story by Jonathan Nolan, feature script, tattoo gallery, Leonard's journal. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Lionsgate).

Mesrine: Killer Instinct (2010 -- France) Vincent Cassel, Cecile De France, Gerard Depardieu, Roy Dupuis, Gilles Lellouche, Elana Anaya, Ludivine Sagnier. Jacques Mesrine was the last of the great French gangsters, his criminal career spanning more than 20 years of kidnappings, robberies, murders and prison escapes in some half-dozen countries. Mesrine's criminal reign came to an end in a hail of bullets by police in the middle of Paris in 1979, a spectacular demise that put the crowning touch on his legend. Now, nearly 30 years after his death, the true story of Mesrine can be told. This is the first of an acclaimed two-part crime saga that's received recognition around the globe. "Mesrine: Public Enemy #1," the second part, will be released March 29. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Music Box Films).

Midsummer Madness (2007 -- Austria, U.K., Latvia) Maria De Medeiros, Dominique Pinon, Chulpan Khamatova, Victor Mcguire, Yevgeni Sitokhin. A comedy that follows a group of people immersed in Latvia's summer solstice celebration, the shortest night of the year. (Vanguard Cinema).

Nurse Jackie: Season Two (2010) Three-disc set with 12 episodes, $39.98. Extras: Commentary by Edie Falco, Linda Wallem, Liz Brixius, Richie Jackson, Eve Best and Peter Facinelli; "Perfecting an Inappropriate Touch" featurette on Facinelli's career and his role as Dr. Cooper; "All About Eve" featurette on Best and her role as Dr. O'Hara. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Lionsgate).

Psych:9 (2010) Sara Foster, Cary Elwes, Michael Biehn, Gabriel Mann, Colleen Camp. Working alone at night in a recently closed hospital, an unstable woman witnesses events that may be connected to a string of murders. Extras: Production diary, deleted scenes, outtakes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Lionsgate).

Senso (1954) This lush, Technicolor tragic romance from Luchino Visconti stars Alida Valli as a 19th-century Italian countess who, amid the Austrian occupation of her country, puts her marriage and political principles on the line by engaging in a torrid affair with a dashing Austrian lieutenant, played by Farley Granger. Gilded with fearless performances, ornate costumes and sets, and a rich classical soundtrack, Visconti's operatic melodrama is an extraordinary evocation of reckless emotions and deranged lust from one of the cinema's great sensualists. In Italian with English subtitles. New, restored high-definition digital transfer, created in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna and Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation, supervised by director of photography Giuseppe Rotunno. Bonus features: "The Making of Senso," a new documentary featuring Rotunno, assistant director Francesco Rosi, costume designer Piero Tosi, and Caterina D'Amico, daughter of screenwriter Suso Cecchi D'Amico and author of "Life and Work of Luchino Visconti"; "Viva VERDI," a new documentary on Visconti, "Senso," and opera featuring Italian film scholar Peter Brunette, Italian historian Stefano Albertini, and author Wayne Koestenbaum; "The Wanton Countess," the rarely seen English-language version of the film; visual essay by film scholar Peter Cowie; "Man of Three Worlds: Luchino Visconti," a 1966 BBC special exploring Visconti's parallel masteries of cinema, theater, and opera direction; a booklet featuring an essay by filmmaker and author Mark Rappaport and an excerpt from actor Farley Granger's autobiography, "Include Me Out." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

The 7th Hunt (2009 -- Australia) Imogen Bailey, Jason Stojanovski, Matthew Charleston, Tasneem Roc, Kain O'keefe. Kidnapped and taken to an abandoned military training school, three kids find themselves the targets of five sadists, each with their own style of killing: the Knife, the Inquisitor, the Hand, the Sniper and the Hacker. (Vanguard Cinema).

Sunny & Share Love You (2007) Michele Mulroney, Micah Schraft, Mink Stole, Diedrich Bader, Chris Parnell, Martin Klebba. A washed up rock duo reinvents itself as a wildly inappropriate children's act. (Vanguard Cinema).

Sweet Smell of Success (1957) In the swift, cynical "Sweet Smell of Success," directed by Alexander Mackendrick ("The Ladykillers"), Burt Lancaster stars as barbaric Broadway gossip columnist J. J. Hunsecker, and Tony Curtis as Sidney Falco, the unprincipled press agent he ropes into smearing the up-and-coming jazz musician romancing his beloved sister. Featuring deliciously unsavory dialogue in an acid, brilliantly structured script by Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman and noirish neon cityscapes from Oscar-winning cinematographer James Wong Howe, "Sweet Smell of Success" is a cracklingly cruel dispatch from the kill-or-be-killed wilds of 1950s Manhattan. New, restored high-definition digital transfer. Bonus features: Commentary by film scholar James Naremore; "Mackendrick: The Man Who Walked Away," a 1986 documentary featuring interviews with director Alexander Mackendrick, actor Burt Lancaster, producer James Hill, and more; "James Wong Howe: Cinematographer," a 1973 documentary about the Oscar-winning director of photography, featuring lighting tutorials with Howe; video interview with film critic and historian Neil Gabler ("Winchell: Gossip, Power and the Culture of Celebrity") about legendary columnist Walter Winchell, inspiration for the character J. J. Hunsecker; video interview with filmmaker James Mangold about Mackendrick, his instructor and mentor; a booklet featuring an essay by critic Gary Giddins, two short stories by Ernest Lehman featuring the characters from the film, notes about the film by Lehman, and an excerpt from Mackendrick's book "On Film-making." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

Timmy Time: Timmy Steals the Show (2011) Playhouse Disney pre-school series stars the infamous sheep Timmy from the popular "Shaun the Sheep" franchise; five episodes. $14.98. strong>Extras: Sing-along. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).

Weeds: Season Six (2010) Three-disc set with 13 episodes, $39.98. Extras: Commentary on select episodes, "What Do We Have Left to Say?" featurette, gag reel, "Fandemonium Weeds Writers Tell All" featurette, "Bye Bye Botwins" cast interviews. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Lionsgate).


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