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Into the West

Into the West Lowest new price: $18.50
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Brand: Paramount

Experience one of the most definitive and triumphant chapters in American history by journeying Into the West with this powerful 4-disc DVD set. Presented by TNT in association with DreamWorks Television and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, this 12-TV-hour event contains all 6 timeless episodes of the action-packed mini-series and boasts an entire disc of exclusive bonus features. Chronicling the struggles, heartache and conquests of two inspiring families, Into the West captures the hopes and perseverance of both the explorers who risked everything to fulfill their dreams and the land's indigenous people forced to watch their way of life disappear. Featuring an ensemble cast of Hollywood's brightest stars, including Beau Bridges, Graham Greene, Matthew Modine and Keri Russell, Into the West is an American Dream saga that Entertainment Weekly calls "epic in scope and cast."

Spanning 65 years and several generations, Into the West succeeds as an ambitious compendium of authentic American history. Originally broadcast in the summer of 2005 as a six-part miniseries on TNT, it's the kind of well-intentioned epic that can't possibly satisfy everyone, and some critics complained that it covers too much territory, with characters functioning more as archetypes than full-blooded human beings. Criticisms aside, Into the West admirably achieves the goal of executive producer Steven Spielberg, who envisioned this expansive project as an accurate and corrective history lesson with long-term educational value. Placing important emphasis on the Native American perspective, it follows the Lakota Indians as they are gradually overwhelmed by the white man's irrevocable westward expansion. As conceived by playwright/screenwriter William Mastrosimone, the drama uses two primary symbols--the wagon wheel and the Lakota medicine wheel--to join the Lakota story with that of the Wheelers, a Virginia family of wheelwrights who witness many of the 19th century's pivotal historical milestones. From the pioneering explorations of mountain men in 1825 to the tragic massacre of downtrodden Lakota at Wounded Knee in 1891, these parallel storylines encompass migrating wagon trains, the California Gold Rush, construction of the transcontinental railroad, the violence of Quantrill's Raiders, and much, much more.

Through it all, Into the West preserves Lakota customs and language (accompanied by English subtitles) with unprecedented authenticity. In showing how Native cultures were systematically oppressed by the white man's westward capitalism, this tragic tale is inevitably heartbreaking, although it ends on a hopeful note of cultural preservation. Some violent content from the original TNT broadcast has been edited for this DVD release to better accommodate classroom viewing, but Into the West still qualifies as essential viewing for anyone seeking an inclusive dramatization of truthful American history, as opposed to the wildly inaccurate and woefully biased accounts that dominated for decades. With different directors for all six parts, the miniseries is remarkably consistent in tone and vision, its outstanding production values matched by the excellence of a prestigious and well-chosen cast including Irene Bedard (who gives the standout performance in a half-white/half-Lakota role spanning decades), Keri Russell, Skeet Ulrich, Balthazar Getty, Matthew Modine, Graham Greene, Wes Studi, Beau Bridges, Sean Astin, Lance Henriksen, Rachael Leigh Cook, Keith Carradine, and others too numerous to mention. They all contribute to a heartfelt tapestry of bicultural history, both tragic and inspiring, and impressive enough to make its flaws easily forgiven.

DVD features
A standard making-of documentary covers all aspects of the production of Into the West, with a brief introductory comment by Steven Spielberg. The "Communication Gap" featurette explores the challenge of translating dialogue into authentically spoken Lakota language. Also included is a survey (with interview clips) of the large cast; the original TNT promo trailer; and a music video of the miniseries-inspired song "World on Fire," combining Into the West footage with a performance by Sarah McLachlan and Robbie Robertson. --Jeff Shannon

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The Prisoner: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]

The Prisoner: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] Lowest new price: $38.30
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Brand: A&E
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Product Description

Since its CBS debut in the summer of 1968, the masterful British TV series THE PRISONER has captivated American audiences. Now A&E presents a definitive aficionado s edition of the cult classic which is considered one of the most innovative TV series ever filmed, for the first time in breathtaking Blu-Ray. Fully restored from the original film elements with newly remixed 5.1 surround sound and featuring hours of bonus material never released in North America, this Blu-Ray edition is a fitting tribute to the creative vision of the late Executive Producer and Star Patrick McGoohan.

After resigning from a top-secret position, a man (McGoohan) is abducted and spirited from his London home to a mysterious place known only as The Village. Village Residents, known only by numbers, are held captive because each possesses valuable knowledge. The Prisoner, now known as Number Six, battles to protect his mind and his humanity while struggling to discover the identity of Number One and escape captivity.

DISC ONE: Arrival / The Chimes of Big Ben / A, B And C / Free for All / The Schizoid Man

DISC TWO: The General / Many Happy Returns / Dance of the Dead / Checkmate / Hammer Into Anvil

DISC THREE: It s Your Funeral / A Change of Mind / Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling / Living in Harmony / The Girl Who Was Death

DISC FOUR: Once Upon a Time / Fall Out / Bonus Features

DISC FIVE (DVD): Bonus Features

HOURS OF EXCITING NEW BONUS FEATURES:

  • Newly remixed 5.1 surround sound for all 17 episodes (in addition to the original mono tracks).
  • Don t Knock Yourself Out Feature-length documentary chronicling the production of THE PRISONER, told by those involved in its creation.
  • Two Brand-New Featurettes - The Pink Prisoner and You Make Sure it Fits!
  • Promo for AMC s THE PRISONER Miniseries
  • Newly restored original edit of Arrival with an optional music-only soundtrack featuring Wilfred Josephs complete and abandoned score.
  • Original edit of The Chimes of Big Ben.
  • Production crew audio commentaries on seven episodes.
  • Trailers for all episodes.
  • Archive textless material, including the title sequence with clean themes by Ron Grainer, Wilfred Josephs and Robert Farnon.
  • Commercial break bumpers.
  • Image Archive with over 1200 stills.
  • Production Paperwork Archive, featuring scripts, call sheets and press releases (DVD-ROM Feature)

If a top-level spy decided he didn't want to be a spy anymore, could he just walk into HQ and hand in his resignation? With all that classified knowledge in his head, would he be allowed to become a civilian again, free to go about his life? The answer, according to the stylish, brilliantly conceived 1960s British TV series The Prisoner, is a resounding no. In fact, instead of receiving a gold watch for his years of faithful service, our hero (played by Patrick McGoohan) is followed home to his London flat and knocked unconscious. When he awakens, he finds himself in a picturesque village where everyone is known by a number. Where is it? Why was he brought here? And, most important, how does he leave?

As we learn in Episode 1, Number 6 can't leave. The Village's "citizens" might dress colorfully and stroll around its manicured gardens while a band plays bouncy Strauss marches, but the place is actually a prison. Surveillance is near total, and if all else fails, there's always the large, mysterious white ball that subdues potential escapees by temporarily smothering them. Who runs the Village? An ever-changing Number 2, who wants to know why Number 6 resigned. If he'd only cooperate, he's told, life can be made very pleasant. "I've resigned," he fumes. "I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered. My life is my own." So sets the stage for the ultimate battle of wills: Number 6's struggle to retain his privacy, sanity, and individuality against the array of psychological and physical methods the Village uses to break him.

So does he ever escape? And does he ever find out who Number 1 is? "Questions are a burden to others," the Village saying goes. "Answers, a prison for oneself." Within this complete 17-episode set, all is revealed. Or is it? --Steve Landau

Also on the disc
The 17 episodes are contained on four Blu-ray discs, and they look fantastic. This is older footage (1968) that really shows a marked improvement in high definition. Audio can be played in either Dolby Digital 5.1 or the original mono. Bonus features are included on the episode discs and on a fifth disc, which is a standard-definition DVD rather than a Blu-ray disc. Don't Knock Yourself Out is a 95-minute documentary from 2007 about the history of The Prisoner, including the early career of Patrick McGoohan and how a trip to Wales for Danger Man helped him discover Portmerion. New interviews with the original cast and crew are complemented by archive footage. There are two new featurettes--"The Pink Prisoner" and "You Make Sure It Fits!"--as well as production-crew commentaries on seven episodes, archive textless materials, extensive images and production archives, and a 30-second promo for the 2009 AMC miniseries. --David Horiuchi

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  • The Television Masterpiece Finally Comes to Blu-ray.What makes the blu-ray of The Prisoner so special? Presented in stunning 1080p high definition blu-ray, and newly-remixed 5.1 surround sound. , Over 3 hours of bonus features never before releases in the U.S. , Exclusive on-air partnership with The Prisoner remake on AMC, featuring TV spots and online ads. , Voted the #4 "Top cult show of all

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The Event: The Complete Series

The Event: The Complete Series Lowest new price: $6.90
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Brand: UNIVERSAL

Suspenseful, mysterious and action-packed, The Event is “a Lost meets 24 thrill-ride” (OK! Magazine). When everyman Sean Walker goes looking for his missing girlfriend, he stumbles upon a massive government conspiracy that is bigger than the President himself. Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Blair Underwood (The New Adventures of Old Christine) and Laura Innes (ER) star in this epic series from the executive producer of 24. With “great effects and stunning twists” (The Oakland Tribune), The Event is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before! This five-disc set includes all 22 thrilling episodes, presented in 5.1 surround sound, plus hours of explosive bonus features you won’t see anywhere else.

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Magical Mystery Tour Deluxe Box Set (Blu-ray/DVD/double-vinyl EP)

Magical Mystery Tour Deluxe Box Set (Blu-ray/DVD/double-vinyl EP) Lowest new price: $19.50
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Brand: Apple

Packaged in a 10" square deluxe box

Original Film restored Running time 53 minutes

Blu-Ray

DVD

60 page booklet Soft back book containing an introductory essay by Paul McCartney, notes on the film s development, numerous previously unseen and rare photos and memorabilia.

A reproduction of the 1967 UK double vinyl 6 track EP:

EP Tracklisting

Side A

A1. Magical Mystery Tour - The Beatles (2.48)

A2. Your Mother Should Know - The Beatles (2.33)

Side B

B1. I Am The Walrus - The Beatles (4.35)

Side C

C1. The Fool On The Hill - The Beatles (3.00)

C2. Flying - The Beatles (2.16)

Side D

D1. Blue Jay Way - The Beatles (3.50)


Blu-Ray and DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

Director's Commentary by Paul McCartney


The Making of Magical Mystery Tour (19:05)

- Features interviews with Paul and Ringo, along with other cast members and crew. Includes unseen footage.


Ringo the actor (2:30)

- Ringo reflecting on his role in the film.


Meet The Supporting Cast (11:27)

- A feature on the background and careers of Nat Jackley, Jessie Robins, Ivor Cutler, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Victor Spinetti, George Claydon, and Derek Royle.


'Your Mother Should Know' (2:35)

'Blue Jay Way' (3:53)

'The Fool On The Hill' (3:05)

- Three new edits of these performances all featuring footage not seen in the original film.

'Hello Goodbye' (3:24), as featured in Top of the Pops 1967

- The Beatles allowed the BBC to film them in the edit suite where they were working on Magical Mystery Tour. This was then turned into a promo by the BBC, who shot their own additional footage. It was then broadcast on Top of the Pops to mark the 'Hello Goodbye' single going to No 1 in December 1967.

Nat's Dream (2:50)

- A scene directed by John featuring Nat Jackley. Not included in the original film.

Ivor Cutler 'I'm Going In A Field' (2:35)

- Ivor performs 'I'm Going In A Field', in a field. Not included in the original film.


Traffic 'Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush' (1:53)

- The filming of Traffic acting out their 1967 hit single 'Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush' was commissioned by The Beatles for possible inclusion in Magical Mystery Tour but was not used in the final edit.

TECHNICAL SPEC

Aspect ratio - 1.33:1

Frame rate - 1080i 59.94

Audio Options:

DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Dolby Digital 5.1

PCM stereo for Blu-Ray

Dolby Digital for DVD

Subtitle language options for feature, extras and commentary:

English

Français

Deutsch

Español

Italiano

Português

Nederlande

Svenska

Norsk

Dansk

Suomi

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The Universe: The Complete Series Megaset [Blu-ray]

The Universe: The Complete Series Megaset [Blu-ray] Lowest new price: $75.99
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We once thought ourselves to be at the center of the world, now we know that we are just a small speck in a giant universe.

Immerse yourself in an astonishing exploration of space with all five seasons of this epic series from HISTORY. Shot in HD with stunning footage from NASA and packed with state-of-the-art CGI graphics THE UNIVERSE takes viewers on a visually arresting journey across the galaxy to bring the beauty and mysteries of the cosmos a little closer to home. Delve into the cataclysmic events that set the stage for life, and visit sites where Earth s birthing process is still in evidence. Relive astronomical triumphs, from the first crude lenses that were able to magnify celestial bodies to probes that blaze to the most distant planets. See the hottest events in the sky, from colliding celestial bodies to collapsing suns. And venture into the uncharted territory of outer space through the visions, studies, and predictions of scientists and explorers on this journey of cosmic discovery, amazement, and adventure.

Now in glorious Blu-Ray, THE UNIVERSE MEGA COLLECTION includes all 63 original episodes of all five seasons of this epic series, plus the feature-length documentary Beyond the Big Bang on 16 discs.

Special Features

  • 7 Wonders of the Solar System episode in 3D
  • Feature-length documentary: Beyond the Big Bang
  • Featurettes - Meteors: Fire in the Sky, Comets: Prophets of Doom, Ask the Universe, & Backyard Astronomers

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Everwood: Season 4

Everwood: Season 4 Lowest new price: $11.13
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Brand: WARNER HOME VIDEO

The final season of the series set in a welcoming town in the Rockies is all about finding oneself... and finding each other. Here, in the 5-Disc, 22-Episode Season Four, the unforgettable people of Everwood test the ties that bind them together in joy and tears, friendship and love. Drawn by his feelings for Amy, Ephram returns home and mentors a troubled piano prodigy. When Nina chooses Jake over him, Andy struggles to remain friends with the woman he loves. Bright and Hannah make their unlikely romance work. The Abbotts open their arms to a new child. Intriguing characters arrive and beloved characters depart. Say goodbye to the place and the people that won your heart - and discover how everything turned out!

Features:

  • DVD
  • Standard Edition
  • 16 X 9 LETTERBOX
  • VIVA 5 Disc 15mm Case
  • Multi Disc
  • Stereo - English

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Beverly Hills, 90210: Season 5

Beverly Hills, 90210: Season 5 Lowest new price: $24.84
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31 episodes on 8 DVDs. 1994-95/color/23 hrs., 19 min/NR/fullscreen.

The most popular zip code of the '90s changes dramatically in the fifth season, the halfway point of the show's 10-year run. With the departure of one of the primary characters--Brenda Walsh (Shannon Doherty)--multiple new faces arrive (and stick around) on Beverly Hills 90210 for the first time. The most well-known and well-remembered is Tiffani Thiessen as bad girl Valerie Malone, an old family friend of the Walshes, who arrives in Beverly Hills seeking refuge after her father's suicide. Valerie almost immediately becomes the love interest of both Steve (Ian Ziering) and Dylan (Luke Perry) and displays a penchant for smoking pot in the Walsh's house and shooting pool in comically seedy pool halls in the middle of the day. The two other new romantic storylines feature Kathleen Robertson as Clare Arnold, first seen as Brandon Walsh (Jason Priestley)'s stalker and eventually as David Silver's (Brian Austin Green) rebound girl after he breaks up with Tori Spelling's Donna (who's holding onto her virginity until marriage); and Jamie "How Do You Talk to an Angel?" Walters as working-class Ray Pruit, the new boyfriend of Donna.

Season five firmly establishes the new 90210 soap-opera formula and shifts from message-driven plotlines to character-based action. Perry definitely has some of the finest moments this season as we find him completely broke and fallen very far off the wagon. From alcohol to cocaine to heroin to rehab, Dylan hits bottom with a car crash and we're forced to endure one of the most ridiculous (but accidently hilarious) episodes in Beverly Hills 90210 history: "The Dreams of Dylan McKay." The other characters don't have nearly as dramatic storylines this season, but there's still plenty of action. Brandon and Kelly (Jennie Garth) are figuring out how to be in a relationship while he's constantly fighting bureaucracy and special interests in campus politics. Donna is falling in love with Ray, but finding out a bit too late that he's not quite who she thought he was. Things get a lot more ridiculous, amusing and fun this season and 90210 remains as compulsively watchable as ever.---Kira Canny

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  • Beverly Hills, 90210 - The Fifth Season

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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra [Blu-ray]

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra [Blu-ray] Lowest new price: $5.32
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Based on Hasbro's immensely popular action figures, G.I. Joe is the ultimate elite fighting force, engaged in an extraordinary action-adventure matchup of good versus evil! In G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, the G.I. Joe team, armed with the coolest hi-tech gadgets and weapons, travels the world from the Egyptian desert to the polar ice caps in a high stakes pursuit of Cobra, an evil international organization threatening to use a technology that could bring the world to its knees.

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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - The Sixth Year

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - The Sixth Year Lowest new price: $18.49
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Author: Law & Order-Special Victims Unit
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Return to the scene of the crime with all 23 gripping episodes of the sixth year in a 5 disc set from the Primetime Emmy-nominated series Law & Order: SVU. Join Primetime Emmy Award winner Mariska Hargitay and Primetime Emmy Award nominee Chris Meloni as they and the members of the New York Special Victims Unit hunt down perpetrators and help the emotionally scarred victims of sexually based crimes. With a powerful roster of guest stars including Amanda Plummer (Pulp Fiction), Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), Michael O’Keefe (Michael Clayton), Martin Short (TV’s Saturday Night Live), Alfred Molina (Spiderman-2), Angela Lansbury (Murder, She Wrote) and more, SVU’s provocative ripped-from-the-headlines stories are unforgettable watching for TV fans everywhere.

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  • AC-3; Box set; Color; Dolby; DVD; Subtitled; Widescreen; NTSC

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Joan of Arcadia - The First Season

Joan of Arcadia - The First Season Lowest new price: $14.00
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After patriarch Will gets a job as the chief of police, the Girardi family moves to the small town of Arcadia from the big city. Middle child Joan isn't happy, and her family, consisting of science nerd Luke, paralyzed former jock Kevin, and their perpetually flustered mother Helen, isn't helping. Joan finds herself talking to God, in the form of random people who give her assignments to help the people around her. Joan keeps following God's assignments, never sure if she's really speaking to him, or just going crazy!

Once in awhile a show comes along that breaks the mold. Most such programs fail, but Joan of Arcadia set out to do something new, beat the odds, and found an audience. Created by Barbara Hall (Judging Amy), it’s a unique hybrid of My So-Called Life, The Commish, and--well, something different. Unlike CBS predecessor Touched by an Angel, faith creates more questions than answers (and God even has a sense of humor).

Joan (Amber Tamblyn) is an ordinary 16-year-old. Father Will (Joe Mantegna) is the local Arcadia police chief, mother Helen (Mary Steenburgen) is a teacher/administrator, younger brother Luke (Michael Welch) is a fellow student, and older brother Kevin (Jason Ritter, son of John Ritter) is a high school graduate who was paralyzed the year before. He used to be popular and athletic. Now he watches TV and builds models. In the pilot, God speaks to Joan for the first time, as a cute boy, and asks her to get a job. Once she's convinced He's really God, she does. Her action inspires Kevin to get one, too, and his process of rejoining the world begins.

As in Joan Osborne’s theme song, "One of Us" (featured on two episodes), God will continue to appear to Joan in a variety of guises--even as a dog walker who looks like Russ Tamblyn (Amber's father). He’ll often ask her to do things that make her uncomfortable, but she'll always learn from the experience and some good will always come from it. Unfortunately, she isn't able to talk to anyone about this or they'd think she was crazy, not even friends Grace (Becky Hahlstrom) or Adam (Christopher Marquette). By the season finale, faith will be replaced by doubt, setting the scene for the second season, in which Joan’s faith will be restored. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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  • Format: DVD
  • Box set; Color; DVD; Widescreen; NTSC

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