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New DVD Releases - January 4th, 2011

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Barney: Musical Zoo (2011) Barney creates a wild concert filled with exotic animal sounds in the title episode; also includes "Special Skills" and "Rhythm" episodes. Extras: "Animal Sounds" match game. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).

Big Love: The Complete Fourth Season (2010) Three-disc set with nine episodes, $59.99. Extras: "Inside the Episode" feature for each episode. (HBO).

Bitter Feast (2009) James LeGros, Joshua Leonard, Mario Batali, Owen Campbell. A celebrity chef exacts revenge on a food blogger who torpedoes his career. Extras: Commentary by writer-director Joe Maggio, producers Larry Fessenden, Peter Phok, Brent Kunkle and sound designer Graham Reznick; "Making Bitter Feast"; "Joe Maggio Interviews Mario Batali"; deleted scene and alternate ending. (Dark Sky Films/MPI Media).

Case 39 (2010) Renee Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland, Ian McShane, Bradley Cooper, Callum Keith Rennie, Adrian Lester, Kerry O'Malley. Extras: "Filed Under Evil: Inside Case 39," "Turning Up the Heat on the Chill Factor," "Inside the Hornet's nest," deleted scenes and alternate ending. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Paramount)

Catfish (2010) Megan Faccio, Melody C. Roscher, Ariel Schulman, Yaniv Schulman. Extras: Interview with director Henry Joost, director-star Ariel Schulman, and Yaniv Schulman. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).

Dinner for Schmucks (2010) Director: Jay Roach. Stars: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Stephanie Szostak, Bruce Greenwood, Ron Livingston, Zach Galifianakis, Jemaine Clement, Jeff Dunham, David Walliams, Lucy Punch, Chris O'Dowd, Patrick Fischler. Extras: "The Biggest Schmucks in the World," "Schmuck Up" gag reel, deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds "The Men Behind the Mousterpieces," "Meet the Winners," "Paul and Steve: The Decision" LeBron James press conference spoof. (Paramount).

The Garfield Show: All You Need Is Love (And Pasta) (2010) Six episodes of the Cartoon Network show, $14.93. (Vivendi Entertainment).

Gun (2010) Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Val Kilmer, Anna Lynne McCord, James Remar, John Larroquette. Thriller sets its cross hairs on the rising crime rates and gun violence in a modern city in a slump, as the Detroit Police launches a full-scale war against the gun runners that terrify the populace. With the cooperation of the FBI they target a criminal named Rich (Jackson) and his vast arms operation. When a gun exchange goes bad and Rich's old friend Angel (Kilmer) steps up and saves his life, they form a bond that makes his supplier and lover, Gabriella (Anna Lynne McCord) paranoid and on edge. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Image Entertainment).

Howl (2010) Documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman directed this 1950s-era tale focusing on the famous obscenity trial launched to censor Ginsberg's groundbreaking book-length "Howl." The pair were approached by the Allen Ginsberg Trust to make a film commemorating the 50th anniversary of the poem. Extras: Commentary by directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman and James Franco; "Holy! Holy! Holy! The Making of Howl"; "Director's Research Tapes" original interviews with some of Ginsberg's friends and acquaintances including Eric Drooker, Peter Orlovsky, Tuli Kupferberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Steven Taylor; Allen Ginsberg reads "Howl" at the Knitting Factory in New York in 1995; James Franco Reads "Howl." Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds Allen Ginsberg reads "Sunflower Sutra" and "Pull My Daisy" at the Knitting Factory in New York in 1995; Q&A with directors Rob Epstein and Jeffery Friedman conducted by John Cameron Mitchell. (Oscilloscope Laboratories).

iCarly: Season 2, Volume 2 (2009) Two-disc set with 12 episodes, $19.99. Extras: Behind-the-scenes: "Is That Me I See?" "Reed For 2 Minutes With Mandy," "Locker Tours" and "Doors to Nowhere." (Nick/Paramount).

The Last Exorcism (2010) Patrick Fabian, Iris Bahr, Ashley Bell, Louis Herthum, Jamie Alyson Caudle, Shanna Forrestall, Allen Bourdreaux, Tony Bentley, Caleb Landry Jones. Extras: Commentary with director Daniel Stamm and stars Ashley Bell, Patrick Fabian and Louis Herthum; commentary with producers Eli Roth, Eric Newman and Tom Bliss; "The Devil You Know: The Making of The Last Exorcism" featurette; "Real Stories of Exorcism" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds "Witness to an Exorcism: An Audio Commentary With a Haunting Victim, Deliverance Minister and Clinical Psychologist"; audition footage. (Lionsgate)

The Lena Baker Story (2008) Tichina Arnold, Beverly Todd, Peter Coyote, Michael Rooker. The story of an impoverished and uneducated African-American woman's struggles in rural 1940s Georgia, the only woman to be sentenced to death by electric chair in the state. Her trial (before a jury of wite men) lasted less than four hours. After a six-decades-long campaign, her family finally earned her a posthumous pardon in 2005 from Georgia's Pardon and Parole Board. Recently, her weed-covered grave was rediscovered at the church where she once worshipped and a collection was taken to buy her a modest marker. (Barnholtz Entertainment/Lionsgate Entertainment).

Machete (2010) Director: Robert Rodriguez. Stars: Danny Trejo, Jeff Fahey, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan, Steven Seagal, Cheech Marin, Michelle Rodriguez. Extras: Deleted scenes that reveal never-before-seen characters, twisting plot lines, and more bloody good action. Also available as a two-disc Blu-ray with digital copy. (Fox).

Mama Flora's Family (1998) Cicely Tyson, Erika Alexander, Blair Underwood, Queen Latifah, Mario Van Peebles, Hill Harper, Shemar Moore, Della Reese. TV melodrama follows a southern black woman in her 70s looking back on a life filled with joy and heartbreak after being called to help her troubled granddaughter. (Vivendi Entertainment).

The Ricky Gervais Show: The Complete First Season (2010) Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $29.98. (Warner).

Thomas & Friends: Wobbly Wheels & Whistles! (2011) Four new adventures starring every pre-schooler's favorite train, Thomas -- and introducing new engine friend Scuff; $14.98. Extras: "The Steam Team" puzzles. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).

Ticking Clock (2010) Cuba Gooding Jr., Neal McDonough, Austin Abrams, Yancey Arias. An investigative crime reporter stumbles upon the journal of a murderer replete with plans to butcher specific people, and investigates on his own, finding that every trail leads to a 9-year-old orphan living in a group home. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).


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