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New DVD Releases March 22 2011

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Alien 2 On Earth (1980) Belinda Mayne, Mark Bodin, Roberto Barrese, Benny Aldrich, Michele Soavi, Judy Perrin. The uncut, English language, 1.85 widescreen release of the 1980 Italian Horror/Sci-Fi film directed by Ciro Ippolito (Sam Cromwell); never released in the U.S. A group of cave explorers discover a mysterious living rock that bears home to deadly, flesh-eating creatures intent on wiping out the entire human population. Extras: The only surviving trailer from the mega rare Dutch VHS, effects outtakes transferred directly from the negative B-roll in full HD. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (MVD/Midnight Legacy). Arthur and the Invisibles 2 & 3 The New Minimoy Adventures (2011) Voices of Freddie Highmore, Selena Gomez, Mia Farrow, Snoop Dogg, Lou Reed, will.i.a.m, Fergie. The heroes from "Arthur and the Invisibles" are back for two new, full-length animated adventures. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. Available exclusively at Wal-Mart stores. (Fox).

The Big I Am (2010) Leo Gregory, Michael Madsen, Vincent Regan, Beatrice Rosen, Steven Berkoff. A cruel twist of fate catapults a small time crook into the big league as temporary head of a brutal London gang poised on the brink of a lucrative human-trafficking deal. (Entertainment One).

Consinsual (2010) Terrance Moore, Keena Ferguson. A faithful husband compromises his own moral principles to satisfy his wife's perverse sexual appetite only to be falsely accused of rape, setting into motion a dangerous sequence of events fueled by lies, lust, and betrayal. (Entertainment One).

Dark Fields (aka The Rain) (2009) David Carradine, Richard Lynch, Dee Wallace Stone, Ellen Sandweiss. When the remote, drought-stricken farming community of Perseverance resorts to child sacrifice to bring healing rains to their land, a terrible curse is unleashed that haunts their bloodlines for generations. (Entertainment One).

Eclipse Series 26: Silent Naruse. Mikio Naruse ("Floating Clouds," "When a Woman Ascends the Stairs") was one of the most popular directors in Japan, a crafter of exquisite melodramas, mostly about women confined by their social and domestic circumstances. Though often compared with Yasujiro Ozu and Kenji Mizoguchi for his style and treatment of characters, Naruse was a unique artist, making heartrending, brilliantly photographed and edited films about the impossible pursuit of happiness. From the outset of his career, with his silent films of the early '30S, Naruse zeroed in on the lives of the kinds of peoplE -- Geisha, housewives, waitresses -- who would continue to fascinate him for the next three decades. Though he made two dozen silent films, only five remain in existence; these works -- poignant, dazzlingly made dramas all -- are collected here, newly restored and on DVD for the first time, and featuring optional new scores by noted musicians Robin Holcomb and Wayne Horvitz. The five-disc set includes "Flunky, Work Hard (Koshiben ganbare)" (1931), "No Blood Relation (Nasanu naka)"(1932), "Apart from You (Kimi to wakarete)" (1933), "Every-Night Dreams (Yogoto no yume)" (1933) and "Street Without End (Kagirinaki hodo)" (1934). $44.95. (The Criterion Collection).

The Father of My Children (2009 -- France) Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Chiara Caselli. A film producer struggles with despair as he juggles his latest over-budget production with the demands of family life. (IFC Films).

How Do You Know (2010) Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Jack Nicholson, Kathryn Hahn, Molly Price, Mark Linn-Baker, Lenny Venito, Shelley Conn, Tony Shalhoub. Extras: Deleted scenes, blooper reel, "Extra Innings" featurette, commentary by the filmmakers, select scenes commentary with James L. Brooks and Owen Wilson. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds an interactive script gallery, "The George" featurette, "A Conversation With James L. Brooks and Hans Zimmer" featurette, additional deleted scenes. (Sony).

The Little Engine That Could (2011) New, feature-length animated film with the voices of Whoopi Goldberg, Jamie Lee Curtis, Corbin Bleu, Brenda Song, Alyson Stoner. (Universal).

Meskada (2010) Nick Stahl, Rachel Nichols, Kellan Lutz, Grace Gummer, Michael Cerveris, Norman Reedus. Small-town detective Noah Cordin is called to solve a juvenile homicide that occurred during a home burglary in his affluent town of Hilliard. (Anchor Bay).

The People I've Slept With (2009) Karin Anna Cheung, Wilson Cruz, Archie Kao. A promiscuous young woman with a zealously active sex life, who makes keepsake "baseball cards" of each of her male conquests, races to uncover the identity of her "baby-daddy" after unexpectedly becoming pregnant. (Maya Entertainment).

Roger Corman's Cult Classics: Jackson County Jail/Caged Heat! Double-Feature Collector's Edition "Jackson County Jail" (1976), starring Yvette Mimieux, Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Carradine, Howard Hesseman and Mary Woronov. Extras: Commentary by director Michael Miller, producer Jeff Begun and director of photography Bruce Logan; Leonard Maltin interviews Roger Corman; theatrical trailer; New World trailers. "Caged Heat!"(1974), starring Juanita Brown, Roberta Collins, Erica Gavin, Ella Reid, Rainbeaux Smith and Barbara Steele. Extras: Commentary by writer-director Jonathan Demme, director of photography Tak Fujimoto and actress Erica Gavin; Leonard Maltin interviews Roger Corman; poster and stills gallery; theatrical trailer; New World trailers. (Shout! Factory).

Scarecrow & Mrs. King: The Complete Second Season (1984-85) Five-disc set with 25 episodes, $39.98. (Warner).

Scary Movie 4 (2006) Anna Faris, Regina Hall, Craig Bierko. Unrated. Extras: "The Scary Truth: A Conversation With the Filmmakers," "The Man Behind the Laugh: David Zucker," "Zany, Spoof Humor -- Zucker Style," "The Visual Effects of Scary Movie 4," "The Youngbloodz," "Rappers ... Actors," "The Cast," "Improvisation of Craig Bierko," bloopers, deleted and extended scenes. Available as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo. (The Weinstein Co./Vivendi Entertainment).

Skyline (2010) Eric Balfour, Scottie Thompson, Donald Faison, David Zayas, Brittany Daniel, Crystal Reed, Neil Hopkins. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, alternate scenes, pre-visualization, commentary with directors Greg and Colin Strause, commentary with co-writer/producer Liam O'Donnell and co-writer Joshua Cordes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Universal)

Strawberry Shortcake: Puttin' on the Glitz (2011) Strawberry and her friends play with fashion, $14.98. Extras: Printable coloring pages. (Fox).

The Times of Harvey Milk (1984) A true 20th century trailblazer, Harvey Milk was an outspoken human rights activist and the first openly gay U.S. politician elected to public office; even after his assassination, in 1978, he continues to inspire disenfranchised people around the world. The Oscar-winning "The Times of Harvey Milk," directed by Robert Epstein and produced by Richard Schmiechen, was, like its subject, groundbreaking. One of the first feature documentaries to address gay life in America, it's a work of advocacy itself, bringing Milk's message of hope and equality to a wider audience. This exhilarating trove of archival footage and heartfelt interviews is as much a vivid portrait of a time and place (San Francisco's historic Castro District in the '70s) as a testament to the legacy of a political visionary. Director-approved digital transfer, from the meticulous UCLA Film and Television Archive restoration, with DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: Commentary featuring director Robert Epstein, co-editor Deborah Hoffmann, and photographer Daniel Nicoletta; new interview with documentary filmmaker and UC Berkeley professor Jon Else; new program about "The Times of Harvey Milk" and Gus Van Sant's "Milk," featuring Epstein, Van Sant, actor James Franco, and Milk friends Cleve Jones, Anne Kronenberg, and Nicoletta; postscript containing interview clips not used in the film; rare collection of audio and video recordings of Harvey Milk; interview excerpts from Epstein's research tapes; footage from the film's Castro Theatre premiere and the 1984 Academy Awards ceremony ; panel discussion on San Francisco Supervisor Dan White's controversial trial; excerpts from the 25th anniversary commemoration of Milk's and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone's assassinations; original theatrical trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film critic B. Ruby Rich, a tribute by Milk's nephew Stuart Milk, and a piece on the film's restoration by the UCLA Film and Television Archive's Ross Lipman. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

The Tourist (2010)Director: Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck. Stars: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton, Steven Berkoff. Available on Blu-ray, Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and DVD. Extras: "A Gala Affair" featurette, "Bringing Glamour Back" featurette, alternate animated title sequence, commentary by director Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck, outtake reel. Blu-ray Disc adds three more featurettes: "Action in Venice," "Canal Chats" and "Tourist Destination Travel the Canals of Venice" and MovieIQ. (Sony).

Vanquisher (2010) Sophita Sribanchean. Rising martial arts action star Sribanchean stars as a CIA agent who is betrayed by her own agency and forced into hiding after a covert mission goes awry. Having narrowly escaped an attempt on her life, she comes out of hiding and resurfaces in Bangkok with a vengeance to find out who wants her dead and to help stop another fatal crime from happening. Extras: Deleted scenes, making-of featurette." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Magnolia Home Entertainment/Under the Magnet).

The Venture Bros. Season 4 Volume 2 (2010) Two-disc set, $19.99. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

World Wrestling Entertainment DVD Roundup
The True Story of WrestleMania (2011) The story of WrestleMania from its early beginnings through the week-long spectacular it has become, routinely drawing fans from all 50 states and around the world. This documentary feature includes new and insightful interviews from the Superstars and creative forces behind the event. Two-disc set, $39.95. Also available on Blu-ray Disc.
The Big Show: A Giant's World (2011) Three-DVD set chronicles the life and times of WWE wrestler Big Show with new candid interviews, details on his struggles growing up, and a look at some of his most epic ring battles. Includes matches with greats like Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Sting, Undertaker, Triple H, John Cena, and more. $34.95.
Royal Rumble 2011 (2011) Each year, the Royal Rumble pits 40 wrestlers against each other for a chance to earn a championship match at WrestleMania. Features all the action from the 2011 Royal Rumble Match, featuring Rey Mysterio, John Cena, Jack Swagger, Wade Barrett, Kane, Kofi Kingston, Sheamus, John Morrison, Mark Henry, the surprise return of Diesel and more. $24.95. Also available on Blu-ray Disc.
Elimination Chamber 2011 (2011) Six superstars vie for ultimate supremacy inside an unforgiving 18-foot-high steel structure made of two miles of chain and 10 tons of steel. At stake is a world championship and a date with the main event at WrestleMania. Six Raw superstars battle in the elimination chamber for the WWE Championship and six of Smack Down's best fight for the World Heavyweight Championship. $24.95.

Yogi Bear (2010) Dan Aykroyd (voice), Justin Timberlake (voice), Anna Faris, Tom Cavanagh, T.J. Miller, Nathan Corddry, Andrew Daly. Extras: Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

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