Selected home-video releases:
‘Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert'
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Teen sensation Miley Cyrus and her pop-star alter ego Hannah Montana headlined a sold-out concert tour, which then turned into a sold-out movie at theaters. For her millions of fans who missed the live shows, the movie's crisp digital 3-D images offered something of an illusion that they were seeing their idol in person. Along with the stage performances, the movie offers a glimpse of Cyrus backstage, including moments with her country crooner of a dad, one-hit wonder Billy Ray Cyrus. The two-disc DVD set and Blu-ray release come with both 2-D and 3-D versions (plus four pairs of 3-D glasses). Extras include additional songs and a backstage segment on Cyrus and fellow Disney Channel stars the Jonas brothers, who appear in the concert film.
It's her big night, and wouldn't you know it? A high school senior's old deranged stalker has come back to spoil her party. Brittany Snow stars as the teen who survived a horrifying ordeal in her younger days and now has to face new terror at her senior prom as she and her friends race to escape a killer carrying a torch for her. The movie is available in an unrated longer cut on DVD and Blu-ray, and in its PG-13 theatrical release on DVD. Among the extras are deleted scenes and an alternate ending, commentary with Snow and director Nelson McCormick and a handful of behind-the-scenes featurettes.
Keanu Reeves and Forest Whitaker star in this crime thriller about a widowed cop implicated in the death of another officer. The movie comes in single-disc or two-disc DVD releases and a Blu-ray disc. The two-disc and Blu-ray releases include a digital copy of the movie for computers or portable video players. Among other bonus materials are a huge batch of alternate and deleted scenes, a couple of making-of featurettes and commentary from director David Ayer.
‘Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day'
Frances McDormand stars in the title role as a frumpy governess whose outspoken self-righteousness gets her fired from job after job. Destitute, she cons her way into a gig as social secretary for a ditzy actress (Amy Adams), Miss Pettigrew managing to put some order and meaning into her employer's chaotic life while finding romance herself with a lingerie designer (Ciaran Hinds). The DVD has deleted scenes, commentary with director Bharat Nalluri and two featurettes, including one on the long lag time between Winifred Watson's 1930s novel and its Hollywood adaptation.
‘The Small Back Room'
For their next act after the colorful dance tale “The Red Shoes,” the filmmaking team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger moved to this stark, brooding World War II tale. David Farrar stars as a British bomb-disposal expert addicted to booze and painkillers he takes for an injury while struggling with the pressures that go with an assignment to defuse a deadly new German weapon. The 1949 film comes to DVD with a new interview with Powell and Pressburger's cinematographer, Christopher Challis, excerpts from Powell's audio dictations for his autobiography and commentary with film scholar Charles Barr.
TV on DVD
“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles – The Complete First Season”: They've been trying for decades, but the killing machines still haven't snuffed Sarah or her future savior of a son. The small-screen spinoff of Arnold Schwarzenegger's sci-fi franchise stars Lena Headey as Sarah, Thomas Dekker as her boy and Summer Glau as a friendly terminator sent back to protect them. The three-disc set has the first nine episodes, deleted footage and cast and crew commentary.
“Gossip Girl: The Complete First Season”: Blake Lively leads the cast of this teen drama set at an exclusive Manhattan prep school, whose scandals, rivalries and other affairs are chronicled in a blog by the anonymous Gossip Girl. The first 18 episodes come in a five-disc package, accompanied by a handful of featurettes and music videos.
“House, M.D.: Season Four”: Hugh Laurie returns as the medical world's most arrogant doctor, insulting patients and colleagues while dazzling all with his ability to take on tricky diagnoses. A four-disc set has year four's 16 episodes, with extras that include a segment on new cast members joining the show after House chased away his previous staff.
“Dexter: The Second Season”: Michael C. Hall again does double duty on both sides of the law, playing a forensics officer and a serial killer who takes out bad guys he thinks have managed to give justice the slip. Year two's 12 episodes are packed in a four-disc set.
“Perry Mason: Season 3, Volume 1”: Raymond Burr heads back to court as the ace defense attorney. The first half of season three comes in a three-disc set.
“Married With Children: The Complete Ninth Season”: The boorish Bundys resume their dysfunctional ways. A three-disc set includes all 28 episodes from year nine.