Selected home-video releases:
The huge, shape-shifting Autobots and their new best bud (Shia LaBeouf) return to fight the evil Decepticon, this time in Blu-ray high-definition format. LaBeouf stars as a youth who becomes an ally to the transforming Autobots as their war with the Decepticons comes to Earth. The two-disc set of the summer 2007 blockbuster has a huge range of behind-the-scenes material, including an interview with executive Steven Spielberg, segments with the movie's Pentagon advisers on military action and equipment, and commentary with director Michael Bay. While watching the movie, viewers also can access background details and short making-of videos.
‘Then She Found Me'
Helen Hunt makes her directing debut and stars in this romance about a New York City schoolteacher whose life takes abrupt new turns: Her husband (Matthew Broderick) deserts her, her adoptive mom dies, her birth mother (Bette Midler) reappears in her life and she finds a fresh relationship with the newly divorced father (Colin Firth) of one of her students. The DVD and Blu-ray release come with cast interviews and commentary with Hunt, who also co-wrote the screenplay.
TV on DVD
“The Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season”: The humdrum social lives of science-geek roommates (Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons) are spiced up when a beautiful neighbor (Kaley Cuoco) moves into their building. The first 17 episodes come in a three-disc set, along with cast interviews.
“Life: Season One”: A cop (Damian Lewis) imprisoned for 12 years for a murder he did not commit is exonerated and returns to the police force with a $50 million settlement and a strange new outlook on life and crime-solving. A three-disc set has the first 11 episodes, plus deleted scenes and commentary.
“The Office: Season Four”: Steve Carell returns as the grinning idiot of a boss at a paper company regional branch, along with his mischievous co-workers (John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer), overeager second-in-command (Rainn Wilson) and other nutty colleagues. The fourth year's 14 episodes come in a four-disc package, with commentary and deleted scenes.
“Desperate Housewives: The Complete Fourth Season”: Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria and Marcia Cross get a new neighbor (Dana Delany) whose family brings fresh intrigue. The five-disc set has 17 episodes, along with deleted scenes, a segment with the male co-stars and cast commentary.
“Cheers: The Tenth Season”: Ted Danson and his Boston bar cohorts return for the comedy hit's next-to-last season. The 10th year's 25 episodes are included in a four-disc set.
“Ghost Whisperer: The Third Season”: Jennifer Love Hewitt talks with dead folks in the series about a medium who helps lay to rest unfinished matters between the living and departed loved ones. A five-disc set has year three's 18 episodes.
“Supernatural: The Complete Third Season”: Brothers (Jared Padelecki and Jensen Ackles) resume their battle against ghosts, demons and other creatures from beyond that keep butting into our world. The season's 16 episodes are packed in a five-disc set.
“It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”: Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts gang returns in a new DVD edition of the perennial Halloween special that debuted in 1966. The disc includes a featurette tracing the long history of the show.
Other new releases
“The Promotion”: John C. Reilly and Seann William Scott are grocery workers going to extremes to undermine each other for a manager's job at a new store. The DVD has deleted scenes, outtakes, a making-of segment and commentary with writer-director Steve Conrad and his producers.
“Bright Lights, Big City”: The '80s are revived in this 20th anniversary edition of the film starring Michael J. Fox as a writer partying through Manhattan like a madman to relieve his family strife. The DVD has behind-the-scenes featurettes and commentary with Jay McIerney, who adapted the screenplay from his novel.