DVS® on DVD

A growing number of mainstream movies and programs that originally aired on PBS are being released on DVD with descriptive narration and captioning. Most of the movies are also available on Blu-ray with access features. All can be purchased wherever DVDs are sold, or by following the links below to the product page on Amazon.com.

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Studios Releasing Films on DVD with Description

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced in the fall of 2009 that it would include the descriptive narration track created for theatrical release in theaters equipped with WGBH's MoPix systems on DVD and Blu-Ray versions of those films. Universal Pictures has committed to the same practice.

We've also assembled a complete list of all the movies we have described for television, video and movie theaters since we pioneered DVS® in 1990 (nearly 800 and counting!).

What You Can Do

We continue to work with additional studios' home entertainment divisions to encourage them to make their releases fully accessible through the inclusion of descriptive narration as well as captioning. If you want to help demonstrate to the producers, television networks and Web services that offer streaming and downloadable movies that there really is a market and engaged audience for described media, here’s a list of major Hollywood studios to contact.

Meanwhile, bookmark this page and check back often for newly released discs with DVS and announcements about additional studios joining the effort!


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For Kids (of all ages)


The Adventures of Tintin

(rated PG, 2012 DVD and Blu-ray release, Paramount Pictures)

From Academy Award®-winning filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson comes the epic adventures of Tintin. Racing to uncover the secrets of a sunken ship that may hold a vast fortune -- but also an ancient curse -- Tintin and his loyal dog Snowy embark on an action-packed journey around the world.

Disneynature: African Cats (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)

(rated G, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Walt Disney Studios)

From Disneynature, the studio that brought you Earth and Oceans, comes the epic journey African Cats. Set against one of the wildest places on Earth, you'll experience the extraordinary adventure of two families as they strive to make a home in an untamed land. Stunning high-definition images take your breath away as you come face-to-face with these majestic kings of the savanna and their true-life love, humor, and determination. Blending family bonds with the power and majesty of the wild, it's an exciting, awe-inspiring experience that will touch your heart.

Alice in Wonderland

(rated PG, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Walt Disney Studios)

Tumble down the rabbit hole with Alice for a fantastical new adventure from Walt Disney Pictures and Tim Burton. Inviting and magical, Alice In Wonderland is an imaginative new twist on one of the most beloved stories of all time. Alice (Mia Wasikowska), now 19 years old, returns to the whimsical world she first entered as a child and embarks on a journey to discover her true destiny. This Wonderland is a world beyond your imagination and unlike anything you've seen before. The extraordinary characters you've loved come to life richer and more colorful than ever. There's the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter), the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen) and more. A triumphant cinematic experience, Alice In Wonderland is an incredible feast for your eyes, ears and heart that will captivate audiences of all sizes.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

(rated G, Twentieth Century Fox)

In the third entry in the popular live-action/animated series, Alvin, Simon, Theodore, their guardian Dave (Jason Lee), old foe Ian (David Cross), and Chipettes Brittany, Jeanette, and Eleanor wind up marooned on a tropical island. Their adventure includes an encounter with a mysterious castaway named Zoe (Jenny Slate), a dangerous volcano, a buried treasure, and a spider bite that brings about an odd change in Simon. Also features the voices of Justin Long, Anna Faris, Amy Poehler, and Christina Applegate. 88 min.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

(rated PG, Fox Home Video. Note: Description for the DVD of this film was not produced by the Media Access Group at WGBH.)

The world famous singing pre-teen chipmunk trio return to contend with the pressures of school, celebrity and a rival female music group known as the Chipettes.

Cars 2

(Rated 1 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Walt Disney Studios and Pixar.)

From the creators of CARS and TOY STORY 3 comes a new, laugh-out-loud, heartwarming adventure geared for the entire family. Star race car Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) take their friendship on the road from Radiator Springs to exciting new places when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix!

Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales

(Unrated 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Walt Disney Studios and Pixar.)

NOTE: The DVD and Blu-ray discs for Car Toons include a special short cut to enable the DVS track. When the disc is inserted into a DVD player and begins to play, viewers will hear a chime. This chime accompanies a screen which all of the DVD's viewers will see, which has options for "English" or "English Audio Description Service". Viewers can press "5" or "5" + "Enter" to enable the DVS track, and the described version of Cars Toon will immediately begin to play. Thank you to Pixar for pioneering this great new feature, also available on Toy Story 3!

Rev up your engines for this unforgettable collection of Cars Toons starring Mater, the lovable and hilarious tow truck from the hit movie Cars. From the creative minds of Disney/Pixar come nine highly entertaining "Tall Tales" involving bullfights, drag races, rock concerts, monster truck showdowns and even UFOs - plus, check out the new, exclusive, never-before-seen Cars Toons Mater Private Eye and Moon Mater.

Despicable Me

(rated PG, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release for sale only, rental versions of the disc do not have DVS or bonus features, Universal Home Video)

Vying for the title of "World's Greatest Villain", Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) – along with his hilarious crew of mischievous minions – plots to pull off the craziest crime of the century: steal the moon! But when Gru enlists the help of three little girls, they see something in him nobody else has ever seen: the perfect dad. From executive producer Chris Meledandri (Horton Hears a Who, Ice Age), and featuring the voices of an all-star comedic cast, including Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Miranda Cosgrove and Julie Andrews.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

(rated PG, 2011 DVD release, 20th Century Fox)

Greg Heffley, the kid who made “wimpy” cool, is back in this sidesplitting sequel based on the second installment of the best-selling book series! Having rid himself of the Cheese Touch, Greg enters the next grade with his confidence and friendships intact, and an eye on the new girl in town, Holly Hills . But at home, Greg is still at war with his older brother, Rodrick, so their parents have handed down the toughest “punishment” imaginable – forcing the boys to spend quality time with each other.

Disney's A Christmas Carol

(rated PG, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Walt Disney Studios.)

From Walt Disney Pictures comes the magical retelling of Charles Dickens' beloved tale — Disney's A Christmas Carol, the high-flying, heartwarming adventure for the whole family, starring Jim Carrey. When three ghosts take penny-pinching Scrooge on an eye-opening journey, he discovers the true meaning of Christmas -- but he must act on it before it's too late. This exhilarating and touching Disney classic is destined to be part of your holiday tradition, adding sparkle and heart to all your Christmases yet to come.

Evan Almighty (Widescreen Edition)

(rated PG, 2007 DVD release, Universal Home Video.)

Everyone's favorite funnyman Steve Carell is at his hilarious best as junior congressman Evan Baxter, whose wish to "change the world" is heard by none other than God (Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman). When God appears with the perplexing request to build an ark, Evan is sure he is losing it. But soon mysterious deliveries of wood and tools are being dropped on his doorstep, animals of every shape and size are flocking to him two by two, and his self-absorbed life goes from overnight success to almighty mess! It's a great time for everyone!

Glee: The Concert Movie

(not rated, 2011 DVD release, Twentieth Century Fox.)

Here's your front-row seat to a thrilling concert performed by the phenomenally talented cast of Glee. See your favorite stars from the hit TV show as they sing the songs you love and dance up a storm on stage. Get swept up in the energy of "Glee Live" -- including performances not seen in theaters and hilarious Sue Sylvester introductions!

Hop

(rated PG, 2012 DVD and Blu-ray release, Universal Pictures)

From the makers of Despicable Me comes an all-new comedy about candy, chicks and rock n roll! He was destined to be the Easter Bunny, but all he wanted to do was rock! When teenage E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand) leaves for Hollywood in pursuit of his dream to become a rockstar drummer, he meets Fred (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker with his own lofty goals. Together the two encounter a series of hilarious mishaps and misadventures and in the end help each other recognize the importance of family.

How to Train Your Dragon

(rated PG, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, DreamWorks Animation. The description for this film was not produced by the Media Access Group at WGBH.)

A winner with audiences and critics alike, DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon rolls fire-breathing action, epic adventure and laughs into a captivating and original story. Hiccup is a young Viking who defies tradition when he befriends one of his deadliest foes – a ferocious dragon he calls Toothless. Together, the unlikely heroes must fight against all odds to save both their worlds in this "wonderful good-time hit!" (Gene Shalit, Today).

Hugo

(rated PG, 2012 DVD and Blu-ray release, Paramount Studios.

Welcome to a magical world of spectacular adventure! When wily and resourceful Hugo Cabret discovers a secret left by his father, he unlocks a mystery and embarks on a quest that will transform those around him and lead to a safe and loving place he can call home. Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese invites you to experience a thrilling journey that critics are calling “the stuff that dreams are made of.” *Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

The Last Airbender

(rated PG-13, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Paramount Pictures Home Video. The description for this film was not produced by the Media Access Group at WGBH.)

Experience the thrilling live-action adventure based on the hit Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender. Join Aang, an extraordinary boy with incredible "bending" powers, as he journeys through an exotic land filled with magical creatures and powerful friends. As the Avatar, he is the only one who can end the age-old conflict between the four nations: Air, Water, Earth and Fire. An inspirational journey, The Last Airbender is exciting entertainment for the entire family!

Mars Needs Moms

(rated PG, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Walt Disney Studios)

From Disney and Academy Award-winner Robert Zemeckis (best director, Forrest Gump, 1994) comes the craziest adventure this side of the galaxy Mars Needs Moms. Take out the trash, eat your broccoli who needs moms anyway? Nine-year-old Milo (Seth Green) finds out how much he needs his (Joan Cusack) when she's nabbed by Martians who plan to steal her mom-ness for their own young. In a race against time and oxygen, his quest to save her knows no bounds. And with some unexpected help, Milo just might find his way back to her in more ways than one. Complete with intergalactic bonus features, it's a thrilling journey that's pure, out-of-this-world crazy fun.

Megamind

(rated PG, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Paramount Pictures Home Video. The description for this film was not produced by the Media Access Group at WGBH.)

Super villain Megamind's (Will Ferrell) dreams have come true when he conquers the city's protector Metro Man (Brad Pitt) gaining control of Metro City. But when a new villain (Jonah Hill) is created and chaos runs rampant, the world's biggest "mind" and his comic sidekick Minion (David Cross) might actually save the day. With an all-star cast - including Tina Fey - and amazing animation, Megamind is packed with high-flying action and non-stop laughs.

Monte Carlo

(rated PG, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Fox 2000 Pictures.)

Get ready for an awesome adventure of a lifetime in Monte Carlo! Selena Gomez (Ramona and Beezus) lights up the screen as Grace, a high-spirited high school grad looking forward to a vacation in Paris with her best friend Emma (Katie Cassidy) and stepsister Meg (Leighton Meester). Just as the girls think their trip is ruined when their hyperactive tour guide leaves them behind, Grace is mistaken for a wealthy socialite and the trio is whisked away to Monte Carlo for a thrilling week of glitz, glam, and unforgettable fun.

Mr. Popper's Penguins

(rated PG, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Twentieth Century Fox.)

Chill out with the funniest family comedy of the year! Jim Carrey stars as Tom Popper, a successful businessman who’s clueless when it comes to the really important things in life...until he inherits six “adorable” penguins, each with its own unique personality. Soon Tom’s rambunctious roommates turn his swank New York apartment into a snowy winter wonderland — and the rest of his world upside-down. Adapted from the award-winning classic children’s book, Mr. Popper’s Penguins is a cool blast of fun for all ages!

The Muppets

(rated PG, 2012 DVD and Blu-ray release, Walt Disney Studios.)

Muppet domination continues with a hilarious new movie from Walt Disney Studios. Jason Segel, Academy Award(R) nominee Amy Adams (Best Performance By An Actress In a Supporting Role, Junebug, Doubt, The Fighter) and Academy Award winner Chris Cooper (Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role, Adaptation) join everyone's favorite Muppets and an all-star celebrity cast in a comic adventure for the whole family. While on vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world's biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary, and friend Mary uncover the diabolical plot of a greedy oil millionaire to destroy the Muppet Theater. Now, the Muppet-loving trio must reunite Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and their friends to stage the greatest Muppet telethon ever and save their beloved theater. The gang is back together again in a must-own movie full of irresistible music and family fun.

Nanny McPhee Returns

(Rated PG, 2010 DVD nd Blu-ray release for sale only, rental versions of the movie may not have DVS or bonus features, Universal Home Video.)

Make way for more fun and hilarious mayhem as Academy Award winner Emma Thompson reprises her role as the magical Nanny McPhee, who arrives when she's needed the most and wanted the least. When Nanny McPhee appears at the farmhouse door of a busy young mother, Isabel Green (Maggie Gyllenhaal), she discovers that Mrs. Green's children are in an all-out household war with their two spoiled city cousins. Relying on everything from a flying motorcycle and a statue that comes to life, to a tree-climbing piglet and an elephant that turns up in the oddest places, Nanny McPhee uses her magic to show the children five valuable lessons, the most important of which is learning how to get along.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

(rated PG, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Twentieth Century Fox Home Video)

Modern and mythical worlds collide in this thunderous fantasy-adventure starring Pierce Brosnan, Kevin McKidd and Uma Thurman as you’ve never seen them before! Percy Jackson is no ordinary teenager...he’s just learned he’s the son of Poseidon and is accused of stealing Zeus' lightning bolt – the most powerful weapon ever created! With storm clouds brewing, Percy embarks on an incredible cross-country journey to prove his innocence, recover the bolt and prevent a war amongst the gods that could destroy our world!

Planet 51

(rated PG, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Home Video)

When Chuck the astronaut (Dwayne Johnson) lands on a distant planet filled with little green people, he is surprised to discover that we are not alone in the galaxy. But he gets the shock of his life when the residents of Planet 51 mistakenly believe that his presence is the start of an alien invasion of the human kind! Luckily, Lem (Justin Long) quickly realizes that Chuck is friendly and makes it his personal mission to help him return safely to his ship.

The Princess and the Frog

(rated G, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Walt Disney Studios)

Disney celebrates a modern-day classic from the directors of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. Discover what really happened after the princess kissed the frog in an inspired twist on the world's most famous kiss. This hilarious adventure leaps off the screen with stunning animation, irresistible music and an unforgettable cast of characters. Enter Princess Tiana's world of talking frogs, singing alligators and lovesick fireflies as she embarks on an incredible journey through the mystical bayous of Louisiana. Spurred on by a little bit of courage and a great big dream, these new friends come to realize what's truly important in life...love, family and friendship. Overflowing with humor and heart, The Princess and the Frog is an incredible motion picture experience your whole family will want to enjoy again and again!

Puss in Boots

(rated PG, 2012 DVD and Blu-ray release, DreamWorks Animated)

In this fractured fairy tale, Jack and Jill have the magic beans and Humpty Dumpty, with the aid of Kitty Softpaws, convinces his old friend Puss in Boots to help him steal the beans so they can climb the beanstalk to get to the golden eggs. Never mind that Humpty Dumpty and Puss in Boots had a falling out years ago, or that Jack and Jill are completely preoccupied by their squabbling over whether or not to have a child--and regardless that Puss in Boots is a wanted cat who's sworn off his thieving ways, and Kitty Softpaws is a cat burglar who works alone. Comedy abounds in this film, not only in the twists and turns of some classic fairy tales gone awry, but with scenes that range from a litter-box dance fight between crowds of cats to Jack expressing his paternal instincts by strapping on a baby carrier filled with a piglet in a diaper, and, of course, Puss in Boots' crafty use of his famous sad eyes to get just what he wants. While a heightened sense of peril and some extended fight scenes may prove a bit intense for the youngest and most sensitive audience members, Puss in Boots is generally appropriate for ages 7 and older. --Tami Horiuchi

Rango

(rated PG, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Paramount Pictures. The description for this film was not produced by the Media Access Group at WGBH.)

Get ready to tango with RANGO, a winner with critics and audiences that’s “like nothing you’ve ever seen before” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone). Johnny Depp is spectacular as Rango, a kooky pet chameleon who gets tossed into a wild and raucous town in desperate need of a hero. Refreshingly original with eye-popping animation, RANGO is “loads of fun and genuinely funny” (Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times). And now you can get even more RANGO on DVD including a never-before-seen ending, 10 deleted scenes, and much more.

Rio

(rated G, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, 20th Century Fox)

This comedy-adventure centers on Blu, a flightless macaw who acts more human than bird. When Blu, the last of his kind, discovers there’s another – and that she’s a she – he embarks on an adventure to magical Rio. There, he meets Jewel and a menagerie of vivid characters who help Blu fulfill his dream and learn to fly.

Shrek Forever After

(rated PG, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Paramount Pictures Home Video. The description for this film was not produced by the Media Access Group at WGBH.)

It started with a loveable ogre… who befriended a talking donkey… and rescued a beautiful princess in the unforgettable story that broke the mold for all animated films to follow. Now comes Shrek Forever After, the hilarious and fitting finale to thie record-breaking, Oscar-winning movie phenomenon. Longing for the days when he was a "real ogre," Shrek signs a deal with Rumpelstiltskin to get his roar back… but turns his world upside down in the process. Donkey suddenly can't remember his best friend; Fiona is now a tough warrior princess; and Puss in Boots is one fat cat! Together, they have just 24 hours to reverse the contract and restore happily FOREVER after to close the final chapter.

The Smurfs

(rated PG, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Columbia Pictures)

When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours -- in fact, smack dab in the middle of Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

(rated PG, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Walt Disney Studios)

Magic is everywhere in Disney's The Sorcerer's Apprentice-the fun family adventure from the creators of National Treasure. Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a modern-day sorcerer with his hands full defending Manhattan against dark forces. When a seemingly average kid shows hidden potential, Balthazar takes his reluctant recruit on a crash course in the art and science of magic to become the ultimate sorcerer's apprentice. Experience more extraordinary thrills, heart-stopping action and spectacular special effects than you can imagine as these unlikely partners show us that the real world is far more magical than we ever knew!

Tangled

(rated PG, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Walt Disney Studios)

Disney presents a new twist on one of the most hilarious and hair-raising tales ever told. Your whole family will get tangled up in the fun, excitement and adventure of this magical motion picture. When the kingdom's most wanted - and most charming - bandit Flynn Rider hides in a mysterious tower, the last thing he expects to find is Rapunzel, a spirited teen with an unlikely superpower - 70 feet of magical golden hair! Together, the unlikely duo sets off on a fantastic journey filled with surprising heroes, laughter and suspense. Let your hair down and get ready to cheer for "Tangled."

The Tooth Fairy

(rated PG, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Twentieth Century Fox Films)

Dwayne Johnson stars as Derek Thompson, one of the toughest hockey players around -- until he's sentenced to one week's hard labor as the world's most unlikely tooth fairy! Even though he must sport frilly wings and learn the magical tricks of the trade from his silver-winged superiors (Julie Andrews and Billy Crystal), Derek's determined to do the job HIS way and prove he's got what it takes!

Toy Story

(rated G, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Walt Disney Studios)

In this 3D computer animated feature, a pull-string cowboy doll is the leader of the toys until the latest, greatest action figure enters the picture. When the toy rivals are separated from their owner, they ultimately learn to put aside their differences and work as a team to get back home to the boy they love.

Toy Story 2

(rated G, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Walt Disney Studios)

Andy heads off to cowboy camp leaving his toys to their own devices. Things shift into high gear when an obsessive toy collector named Al McWhiggin (owner of Al's Toy Barn) kidnaps Woody. At Al's apartment, Woody discovers that he is a highly valued collectible from a 1950s TV show called Woody's Roundup, and he meets the other prized toys from that show, Jessie the Cowgirl, Bullseye the Horse, and Stinky Pete the Prospector. Back at the scene of the crime, Buzz Lightyear and the other toys from Andy's room, Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog, Rex and Hamm spring into action to rescue their pal from winding up as a museum piece. The toys get into one predicament after another in their daring race to get Woody before Andy returns.

Toy Story 3

(rated G, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Walt Disney Studios and Pixar. Toy Story 3 with DVS is also available on iTunes. Type Toy Story 3 Description into the search box on the iTunes site to access the described version.)

NOTE: The DVD and Blu-ray discs for Toy Story 3 include a special short cut to enable the DVS track. When the disc is inserted into a DVD player and begins to play, viewers will hear a chime. This chime accompanies a screen which all of the DVD's viewers will see, which has options for "English" or "English Audio Description Service". Viewers can press "5" or "5" + "Enter" to enable the DVS track. The Pixar described short film Night and Day will then immediately begin, followed by the DVS version of Toy Story 3. Thank you to Pixar for pioneering this great new feature, also available on Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales, listed above!

As Andy gets ready to leave for college, Woody, Buzz, Jessie and the rest of the gang wonder if this is the end of the line. But, when a mix up lands them in the Sunnyside Day Care Center where they meet 14 new toys, they soon discover that a wild new adventure is just beginning! Take an amazing journey with some of the most beloved characters in movie history and discover what being a friend is truly all about.

Winnie The Pooh

(rated G, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray and release, Walt Disney Studios.)

Walt Disney Animation Studios proudly presents the wonderful new adventure, WINNIE THE POOH. Return to the Hundred Acre Wood for a heartwarming original movie, and reunite with the beloved bear and his silly but steadfast friends for a magical family experience.

Up

(rated PG, 2009 DVD and Blu-ray and release, Walt Disney Studios. Note: Rental versions, from Netflix, Blockbuster, Redbox, etc., may not have the DVS track.)

Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios take moviegoers up, up and away on one of the funniest adventures of all time with their latest comedy-fantasy. Up follows the uplifting tale of 78-year-old balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen, who finally fulfills his lifelong dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America. But he discovers all too late that his biggest nightmare has stowed away on the trip...an overly optimistic 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell. Their journey to a lost world, where they encounter some strange, exotic and surprising characters, is filled with hilarity, emotion and wildly imaginative adventure.

"Up" with DVS is also available on iTunes (opens in iTunes).


Comedy


(500) Days of Summer

(rated PG-13, 2009 DVD release, Fox Home Video. Note: Description for the DVD of this film was not produced by the Media Access Group at WGBH.)

In this quirky romantic comedy about love and fate, a young greeting card writer (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is hopelessly, helplessly searching for the girl of his dreams...and his new co-worker, Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel), may just be "the one." But the 500 days of their offbeat relationship reveal (in no particular order) that the road to happiness can be unpredictable, uncontrollable—and unbelievably funny!

The 40-Year-Old Virgin (Widescreen Edition)

(rated R, 2005 DVD release, Universal Home Video. Note: Description is included on the RATED VERSION DVD ONLY.)

Andy Stitzer has gone 40 years without 'doing it'. Now his pals are making it their mission to help him score ... fast! Can he survive their hilariously bad advice? Will he land in the arms of the way-too-experienced or the way-too-drunk? or can he find true love where he least expects it—from a gorgeous grandmother?

30 Minutes or Less

(rated R, 2011 DVD release, Columbia Pictures)

Rambunctious and unpredictable, action-comedy 30 Minutes or Less manages to be simultaneously cynical and softhearted, which is quite a trick. A disgruntled pizza delivery guy named Nick (The Social Network's Jesse Eisenberg) gets his life hijacked by two dimwitted yet canny thugs (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson), who need $100,000 to hire a hit man--so they strap a bomb to Nick and order him to rob a bank. So many little twists and turns follow that it would ruin the fun to describe the plot any further; suffice it to say that 30 Minutes or Less takes a high-concept idea and grounds it in well-written characters, an outstanding cast, and some brutally funny bits.

Bad Teacher (Unrated Edition)

(rated R, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Columbia Pictures.)

Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz) is a foulmouthed, ruthless, and inappropriate teacher. She drinks, gets high, and can’t wait to marry a meal ticket to get out of her bogus day job. When she’s dumped by her fiancé, she sets her sights on a rich, handsome substitute (Justin Timberlake) while shrugging off the advances of the school gym teacher (Jason Segel). The consequences of her wild and outrageous schemes give her students, coworkers, and even herself an education like no other!

Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son

(rated PG-13, 2011 DVD release, 20th Century Fox)

FBI agent Malcolm Turner and his stepson Trent go undercover at an all-girls performing arts school after Trent witnesses a murder.

The Big Year

(rated PG, 2012 DVD release, 20th Century Fox)

Three avid bird watchers compete to spot the rarest birds in north america at a prestigious annual event. Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black star.

Blind Dating

(rated PG-13, 2007 DVD release, Universal Home Video)

Danny (Chris Pine) is smart, handsome, popular, and blind...and not just physically: He also can't see how wild women are for him. Even his sexy therapist (Jane Seymour) can't keep her clothes on around Danny. After a series of painful "blind dates" set up by his brother (Kaye Thomas), Danny falls for a young Indian woman named Leeza (Anjali Jay), and finally everything seems picture perfect. But when cultures clash, and Leeza reveals that she's been promised to someone else, Danny must prove to her that there's more to love than meets the eye!

The Bounty Hunter

(rated PG-13, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

A bounty hunter (Gerard Butler) learns that his next target is his ex-wife, a reporter (Jennifer Aniston) working on a murder cover-up. Soon after their reunion, the always-at-odds duo find themselves on a run-for-your-lives adventure.

Bridesmaids

(rated R, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Universal Pictures)

Thirty-something Annie has hit a rough patch but finds her life turned completely upside down when she takes on the maid of honor role in her best friend Lillian's wedding. In way over her head but determined to succeed, Annie leads a hilarious hodgepodge of bridesmaids a wild ride down the road to the big event.

Bruno

(rated R, 2009 DVD and Blu-ray release, Universal Home Video)

Oscar® nominee and Golden Globe® winner Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat, Da Ali G Show and Talladega Nights) brings you the comedy that has started more conversations, generated more controversy and dared to go further than ever before! As Bruno travels the world in search of fame, everyone he encounters—celebrities, politicians, Hasidic Jews, terrorists and cage fighters—becomes a stepping-stone to stardom, with hilarious results! So prepare yourself for nonstop laughs in the film Peter Travers of Rolling Stone says should be "Numero uno on your funny-time list!"

The Change-Up

(rated PG-13, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Universal Pictures)

Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman star in the outrageous comedy from the director of Wedding Crashers and the writers of The Hangover. One drunken night, two friends admit that they wish they had the other's life. Mitch (Reynolds) thinks Dave has it all: a beautiful, loving family and a high-paying job at a prestigious law firm. But Dave (Bateman) thinks Mitch's stress-free life without obligation or consequence is the real dream come true. The next morning they wake up, hungover, in each other's bodies, and proceed to freak out! With time not on their side, Mitch and Dave comically struggle to avoid completely destroying each other's lives before they can find a way to get their old ones back. Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman, Leslie Mann, Olivia Wilde, Craig Bierko, Alan Arkin Directed by: David Dobkin

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

(rated PG-13, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Universal Home Video)

Welcome to the Cirque Du Freak, a traveling sideshow filled with magical creatures, misunderstood freaks, and the mysterious vampire, Larten Crepsley (John C. Reilly). Drawn to the dark, unpredictable world of the Cirque, 16-year-old Darren (Chris Massoglia) decides to trade in his ordinary life for a chance to become an immortal vampire. As Darren explores his newfound powers and faces unexpected enemies, he'll find that his existence as a member of the undead is filled with more challenges, suspense and fun than he ever thought possible. Based on the best-selling book series and co-starring Salma Hayek, Josh Hutcherson, Ken Watanabe, and Willem Dafoe, it's a fast-paced, suspenseful journey critics call, "Imaginative!" (Peter Hall, Cinematical.com)

Couples Retreat

(rated PG-13, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Universal Home Video)

Vince Vaughn leads an all-star cast in the laugh-out-loud comedy about eight friends whose vacation in paradise is one they'll never forget. Their group-rate vacation comes at a price when they discover that participation in the resort's unconventional couples therapy activities is anything but optional. Co-starring Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau, Faizon Love, Kristin Davis, Kristen Bell and Malin Akerman, Couples Retreat is a hilarious party in paradise, loaded with laughter and fun!

Death at a Funeral

(rated R, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Aaron (Chris Rock) is a well-mannered and hard working young man, married to Michelle (Regina Hall), and still living at his father's home. When his father dies, it is up to Aaron, the oldest son, to organize the funeral and give the eulogy. The funeral takes place in his father's home and Aaron tries to put on an appropriate expression on his face to welcome his relatives, including his famous writer brother Ryan (Martin Lawrence), and his father's friends. But preserving a civil atmosphere will be a hard thing to do, especially, when from the very start, the undertaker makes a horrifying mistake. And Ryan wants to be the celebrity of the event without paying for anything. But those incidents are only minor compared to the information that Aaron and Ryan get from Frank (Peter Dinklage) the mysterious dwarf who is attending the funeral and nobody seems to know.

The Dilemma

(rated PG-13, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Universal Pictures.

Director Ron Howard (Splash) returns to his comedy roots with The Dilemma, a deft screwball drama-comedy with a decidedly modern spin. Costars Vince Vaughn (Ronny) and Kevin James (Nick) manage to be funny as well as poignant--and their "bromance" is one of the most touching and believable relationships on the big screen. The supporting cast is top-notch too. Jennifer Connelly, effortlessly lovely and graceful, plays Beth, Ronny's girlfriend. Winona Ryder, who makes a welcome return to film, plays Nick's wife, Geneva. "The dilemma" of the title occurs when Ronny sees Geneva with another man. Should he tell his best friend his wife is cheating on him? And what's the best time to drop a bombshell like that on someone you love?

Dinner for Schmucks

(rated PG-13, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Paramount Pictures Home Video. The description for this film was not produced by the Media Access Group at WGBH.)

Tim (Paul Rudd) is a rising executive who "succeeds" in finding the perfect guest, IRS employee Barry (Steve Carell), for his boss' monthly event, a so-called "dinner for idiots," which offers certain advantages to the exec who shows up with the biggest buffoon.

Easy A

(rated PG-13, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

A clean-cut high school student (Emma Stone) relies on the school's rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.



Evan Almighty (Widescreen Edition)

(rated PG, 2007 Universal Home Video DVD release.)

Everyone's favorite funnyman Steve Carell is at his hilarious best as junior congressman Evan Baxter, whose wish to "change the world" is heard by none other than God (Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman). When God appears with the perplexing request to build an ark, Evan is sure he is losing it. But soon mysterious deliveries of wood and tools are being dropped on his doorstep, animals of every shape and size are flocking to him two by two, and his self-absorbed life goes from overnight success to almighty mess! It's a great time for everyone!

Friends with Benefits

(rated R, 2011 Sony Screen Gems DVD release.)

Dylan (Justin Timberlake) is done with relationships. Jamie (Mila Kunis) decides to stop buying into the Hollywood clichés of true love. When the two become friends they decide to try something new and take advantage of their mutual attraction – but without any emotional attachment. Physical pleasure without the entanglements. Sounds easy enough for two logical adults, right? Not so much. They soon realize romantic comedy stereotypes might exist for a reason.

Get Him to the Greek

(rated R, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release for sale only, rental versions of the disc do not have DVS or bonus features, Universal Home Video. Note: Description is available for the theatrical, rated version of the movie only and is not an option on the unrated version. The DVD and Blu-ray discs each contain both versions.)

A record company executive (Jonah Hill) is hired to accompany out-of-control British rock star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) to a concert at L.A.'s Greek Theater.

Grown Ups

(rated PG-13, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.)

Five childhood pals (Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade and Rob Schneider) are drawn back together after the death of their former basketball coach. Over the course of a Fourth of July weekend, they--along with their wildly attractive wives (played by Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph) and precocious children--loosen up, try to introduce their kids to the simple pleasures of nature, air some dirty laundry, and rediscover their friendship.

How Do You Know

(rated PG-13, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Home Video.)

After being cut from the USA softball team and feeling a bit past her prime, Lisa (Reese Witherspoon) finds hereself evaluating her life and in the middle of a love triange, as a corporate guy in crisis (Paul Rudd) competes with her current, baseball-playing beau (Owen Wilson).

It's Complicated

(rated R, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Universal Home Video)

Two-time Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin star in this hilarious look at marriage, divorce and everything in between. Jane (Streep) has three grown kids, a thriving Santa Barbara bakery and an amicable relationship with her ex-husband, Jake (Baldwin). Now, a decade after their divorce, an innocent dinner between Jane and Jake turns into the unimaginable—an affair. Caught in the middle of their rekindled romance are Jake's young wife and Adam (Martin), a recently divorced architect who starts to fall for Jane. Could love be sweeter the second time around? It's... complicated! From writer/director Nancy Meyers comes the comedy that critics call "laugh-out-loud funny" (Rex Reed, The New York Observer).

Jack and Jill

(rated PG, 2012 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Entertainment)

Jack Sadelstein (Adam Sandler), a successful advertising executive in Los Angeles with a beautiful wife (Katie Holmes) and kids, who dreads one event each year: the holiday visit of his identical twin sister Jill (also Adam Sandler). Jill’s neediness and passive-aggressiveness are maddening to Jack, turning his normally tranquil life upside down. Things spin even more out of control for Jack when Jill decides to extend her visit and he doesn’t think that she’ll ever leave!

Johnny English Reborn

(rated PG-13, 2012 DVD and Blu-ray release, Universal Pictures)

International funnyman Rowan Atkinson (Johnny English, Mr. Bean) returns as the accidental secret agent who doesn't know fear -- or danger -- in this hilarious spy film spoof that's outrageous fun for the whole family! In his latest mission, Johnny English must stop a group of international assassins before they eliminate a world leader and cause global chaos. With just one shot at redemption, he will use (or misuse) the latest high-tech gadgets and every trick in his playbook to protect us all. Critics cheer, "You'll get a kick out of Johnny English Reborn!" (Scott Bowles, USA Today) Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Gillian Anderson, Dominic West, Rosamund Pike, Daniel Kaluuya, and Richard Schiff. Directed by Oliver Parker.

Jumping the Broom

(rated PG-13, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Entertainment.)

Producers T. D. Jakes and Tracey E. Edmonds invite you to the marriage of Sabrina Watson (Paula Patton, Precious ) and Jason Taylor (Laz Alonso, Fast & Furious), who just might be the perfect couple. Unfortunately, their families are a perfect recipe for disaster. Mrs. Watson (Angela Bassett) has an upper-crust sensibility that matches her family’s Martha’s Vineyard estate, where Jason’s straight-out-of-Brooklyn mom (Loretta Devine) seems utterly out of place. When the families gather for Jason and Sabrina’s wedding, it becomes clear that each side has its traditions... and its secrets. When uptown meets downtown, the truth comes out – and only one question remains. Will this couple endure the hysterical and harrowing trials of love and finally jump the broom?

Julie & Julia

(rated PG-13, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.)

Meryl Streep and Amy Adams star in a film that intertwines Julia Child's story of her start in the cooking profession with blogger Julie Powell's 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

Just Go With It

(rated PG-13, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Columbia Pictures.)

On a weekend trip to Hawaii, a plastic surgeon convinces his loyal assistant to pose as his soon-to-be-divorced wife in order to cover up a careless lie he told to his much-younger girlfriend.

Knocked Up

(rated R, 2007 DVD release, Universal Home Video. Note: Description is included on the RATED VERSION DVD ONLY.)

The writer and director of The 40-Year-Old Virgin delivers a hilarious hit comedy that the New York Post calls "Brilliant." They say that opposites attract. Well, for slacker Ben (Seth Rogen) and career girl Alison (Katherine Heigl), that's certainly the case—at least for one intoxicated evening. Two months and several pregnancy tests later, Ben and Alison go through a hysterically funny, anxious and heartwarming journey that The New York Times calls "An instant classic."

Land of the Lost

(rated PG-13, 2009 DVD and Blu-ray release, Universal Home Video)

Comedic genius Will Ferrell stars as has-been scientist Dr. Rick Marshall, who gets more than he bargained for when his expedition takes a wrong turn into the Land of the Lost. Now, Marshall, his crack-smart research assistant Holly (Anna Friel) and a redneck survivalist named Will (Danny McBride), have no weapons, few skills and questionable smarts to survive in a world full of marauding dinosaurs, fantastic creatures and laugh-out-loud comedy!

Larry Crowne

(rated PG-13, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Universal Home Video)

Academy Award® winners Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts come together for a romantic and optimistic comedy about how it's never too late to reinvent yourself. When he suddenly finds himself without his long-standing blue-collar job, Larry Crowne (Hanks) enrolls at his local college to start over. There, he becomes part of an eclectic community of students and develops a crush on his teacher (Roberts). Now this simple guy will discover that when you think everything worth having has passed you by, you just might find your reason to live. Starring: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Bryan Cranston, Cedric the Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wilmer Valderrama, Pam Grier, Rita Wilson, Rob Riggle, George Takei Directed by: Tom Hanks

Little Fockers

(rated PG-13, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Universal Home Video)

Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) has finally begun to earn the respect of his ex-CIA father-in-law, Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) but one important test still lies ahead: will Greg prove that he has what it takes to be the family's next "Godfocker" ... or will the circle of trust be broken for good? Returning co-stars Owen Wilson, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo, Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand are joined by newcomers Jessica Alba, Laura Dern and Harvey Keitel in this hysterical family affair.

MacGruber

(rated R, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release for sale only, rental versions of the disc do not have DVS or bonus features, Universal Home Video. Note: Description is available for the theatrical, rated version of the movie only and not on the unrated Director's Cut. The DVD and Blu-ray discs each contain both versions.)

Only one operative has been awarded 16 purple hearts and only one guy is man enough to still sport a mullet. In the 10 years since his fiancée was killed, special op MacGruber has sworn off a life of fighting crime with his bare hands. But when he learns his country needs him to find a nuclear warhead that's been stolen by his sworn enemy Dieter VonCunth (Val Kilmer), MacGruber teams up with his trusty sidekick (SNL?s breakout star Kristen Wiig) and an uptight lieutenant (Ryan Phillippe) to get the job done. The trio sets out on a rampage of utter destruction in this action comedy that's so over-the-top it makes The Hangover look like Beaches. (Joblo.com) Starring: Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe Val Kilmer, Powers Boothe, Maya Rudolph.

Paul

(not rated, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Universal Home Video.)

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) reunite as sci-fi geeks taking a pilgrimage to America's UFO heartland. There they meet a smart-aleck alien, Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen), who takes them on an insane road trip. As they struggle to return Paul home, the little green man might just take the outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes.

Prom

(rated PG, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Walt Disney Pictures.)

At "Prom", every couple has a story and no two are exactly alike. For Nova Prescott (Aimee Teegarden), it's a classic tale of opposites attracting when she finds herself drawn to the guy (Thomas McDonell) who gets in the way of her perfect prom. Share the laughter and the drama as secrets are brought to light, seemingly steady relationships unravel and new romance catches fire. Get ready for this hilariously heartfelt date with destiny featuring a hot ensemble cast of rising young stars and cool bonus features. There are hundreds of nights in high school, but there's only one Prom.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

(rated PG-13, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release for sale only, rental versions of the disc may not have DVS, Universal Home Video.)

Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is an accidental heartbreaker, a Canadian slacker who obsesses over the girls who've dumped him but hardly realizes how he's dumped other girls. But everything else in his life (including playing bass in a band) fades to insignificance when he lays eyes on Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), his deadpan pixie dream girl. Unfortunately, Ramona has some serious baggage: seven deadly exes, and Scott must battle them all if he wants to date Ramona.

The Sitter

(rated R, 2012 DVD and Blu-ray release, Twentieth Century Fox.)

Adventures in Babysitting meets "Superbad" in this raunchy comedy starring Jonah Hill as Noah, a suspended college student who becomes the unlikely--and unqualified--sitter to his neighbor's children (Max Records, Landry Bender, Kevin Hernandez). But his girlfriend's (Ari Gaynor) promise of sex in exchange for cocaine forces Noah to bring the kids along on a wild trek across the city, pursued by a psychotic drug dealer (Sam Rockwell). With J.B. Smoove, Method Man. R-rated version; 81 min./Unrated version; 87 min.

The Ugly Truth

(rated R, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler star in this wildly funny battle of the sexes. Abby (Heigl), a successful morning show producer, is looking for a lot in a man. Mike (Butler), her obnoxious TV star, knows men only want one thing. Determined to prove that she's not romantically challenged, Abby takes Mike's advice during a promising new romance, but the unexpected results will stun everyone.

What's Your Number

(rated R, 2012 DVD and Blu-ray release, Twentieth Century Fox)

Anna Faris and Chris Evans star in the outrageously funny comedy that asks: can 19 wrongs make Mr. Right? When Ally Darling (Faris) reads an article that leads her to believe she's going to be alone forever, she begins a wild search to find the best "ex" of her life. But Ally's quest to reconnect with her former lovers goes hilariously awry, from a puppeteer who's more wooden than his puppet to a gynecologist with a "spotty" memory. Through it all, Ally might just find the man of her dreams in the last place she ever expected.

Your Highness

(rated R, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Universal Studios)

Two royal princes -- slacker Thadeous (Danny McBride) and the noble Fabious (James Franco) -- join with an elusive warrior (Natalie Portman) on a quest to free a princess from an evil wizard. Along the way, they'll have to vanquish horrific creatures and traitorous knights in this raunchy road trip.

Zombieland

(rated R, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

Nerdy college student Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) has survived the plague that has turned mankind into flesh-devouring zombies because he's scared of just about everything. Gun-toting, Twinkie-loving Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) has no fears. Together, they are about to stare down their most horrifying challenge yet: each other's company. Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin co-star in this double-hitting, head-smashing comedy.

Zookeeper

(rated PG, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

Picture talking animals giving mating advice to a zookeeper who's an absolute loser with women, add a hefty dose of slapstick humor, and you've pretty much summed up Zookeeper. Griffin is a disaster with the ladies, as was proved by his failed marriage proposal to the self-absorbed Stephanie several years ago, but he's really good with animals. The animals have listened to Griffin pine over Stephanie for years, so when they overhear Stephanie saying that perhaps her rejection of Griffin was too hasty, they take action. They decide to help Griffin rekindle the relationship and become the alpha male that Stephanie wants him to be. The animals are masters at mating, but their plan to show Griffin how to act quickly breaks down and they inadvertently begin talking out loud to him. After his initial shock, Griffin starts to take the animals' advice seriously--from how to walk and roar to the extreme of marking his territory. Surprisingly, the animals' advice really works and Griffin is about to get everything he's ever dreamed of--or is he? There's plenty of star power in this film--from Kevin James as Griffin, to the voice talents of Sylvester Stallone as Joe the lion and Cher as his lioness, Adam Sandler as Donald the monkey, and Nick Nolte as Bernie the gorilla--but somehow they're all somewhat underwhelming. This film has more than its share of cheap laughs, often at the expense of some part of Griffin's body, and some viewers will find that just right for a night's entertainment. Those looking for a moral to the story will discover that it's wise to be careful what you wish for and that what you think you want may not be anything like what you really need. Zookeeper isn't a great film destined for repeated watchings, but it's not meant to be--it's a comedy that will make you laugh a bit today and forget it the second you leave the theater. (Ages 10 and older) --Tami Horiuchi


Drama

Anonymous

(rated PG-13, 2012 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

Set in the political snake-pit of Elizabethan England, Anonymous speculates on an issue that has for centuries intrigued academics and brilliant minds... who was the author of the plays credited to William Shakespeare? Anonymous poses one possible answer, focusing on a time when cloak-and-dagger political intrigue, illicit romances in the Royal Court, and the schemes of greedy nobles hungry for the power were exposed in the most unlikely of places: the London stage.

Another Earth (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)

(rated PG-13, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Fox Searchlight Films)

Rhoda and John: two people whose worlds collide after a tragic accident. Their intimate drama plays out against the astounding discovery of Earth 2, a parallel world that poses provocative and fascinating possibilities. Does a new earth mean a chance at another life? Another destiny? Another self?

Art of Getting By

(rated PG-13, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Twentieth Century Fox)

Fatalistic teenager George Zingavoy (Freddie Highmore) is a master at just barely getting by. In fact, he’s practically turned it into an art form—making it through the entire school year without doing a shred of work. But when George meets a beautiful and complicated girl named Sally (Emma Roberts), he discovers a kindred spirit who turns his slacker world upside down. Their quirky and unexpected romance may just inspire George to do the unthinkable—get off his butt and chase after his dreams.

Avatar

(rated PG-13, 2010 Blu-ray release only, Fox Home Video. The standard DVD version and the re release of the film with extended features in November 2010 do not include the description track. The description for the Blu-ray release of this film was not produced by the Media Access Group at WGBH.)

A reluctant hero. An epic journey. A choice between the life he left behind and the incredible new world he's learned to call home. Return to James Cameron's Avatar—the greatest adventure of all time.

Basic Instinct

(rated R, 1997 DVD release, Artisan Home Entertainment. Note: Only the 1997 DVD version of this film includes the DVS track.)

A police detective (Michael Douglas) is in charge of the investigation of a brutal murder in which a beautiful and seductive woman (Sharon Stone) could be involved.

Burlesque

(rated PG-13, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

A small town singer (Christina Aguilera) moves to the big city where she views her chance at stardom at the sizzling burlesque nightclub. Also starring Cher as the club's owner.

Charlie St. Cloud

(Rated PG-13, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release for sale only, rental versions of the disc may not have DVS, Universal Home Video.)

Charlie St. Cloud (Zac Efron) is a young man overcome by grief at the death of his younger brother, so much so that he takes a job as caretaker of the cemetery where his brother is buried. Charlie has a special lasting bond with his brother though, as he can see him. Charlie meets up with his brother (Sam) each night to play catch and talk. Then, a girl comes into Charlie's life and he must choose between keeping a promise he made to Sam, or going after the girl he loves.

Cinderella Man

(rated PG-13, 2005 DVD release, Universal Home Video)

Academy Award® winners Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger star in this triumphant, powerfully inspiring true story. In a time when America needed a champion, an unlikely hero would arise, proving how hard a man would fight to win a second chance for his family and himself. Suddenly thrust into the national spotlight, boxer Jim Braddock would defy the odds against him and stun the world with one of the greatest comebacks in history. Driven by love for his family, he willed an impossible dream to come true.

Dear John

(rated PG-13, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

Dear John brings together a totally believable and charming cast--the lovely Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum--with a tried-and-true romantic plot that will have a new generation of movie fans and lovers reaching for their hankies. Director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, My Life as a Dog) again proves his deft handling of young actors portraying feelings and emotions far beyond their years. His direction, along with the stellar performances of the cast, will have Dear John lingering in the memory long after viewing. Tatum plays a soldier home on leave (the John of the title), when he meets Savannah (Seyfried), a college student. The two may not have been looking for love, but love finds them anyway. Then the September 11 attacks happen, and John is torn between love for Savannah and duty to country.

The Descendants

(rated R, 2012 DVD and Blu-ray release, Fox Searchlight)

A high-powered Hawaii real estate lawyer (George Clooney) finds his ordered existence shattered when a boating accident leaves his wife in a coma, leaving him in charge of the young daughters (Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller) he barely knows. After finding out his wife was having an affair, he drags the girls along on his hunt for the other man, making for moving revelations along the way. Alexander Payne's affecting comedy-drama also stars Nick Krause, Matthew Lillard. 115 min.

Dream House

(rated PG-13, 2012 DVD and Blu-ray release, Universal Studios)

Will Atenton (Daniel Craig) quit a high-profile job in Manhattan to relocate his wife, Libby (Oscar®-winner Rachel Weisz), and their two daughters to a quaint New England town. But as they settle into their new life, they discover their perfect home was once the murder scene of a mother and her children. When Will investigates, he's not sure if he's seeing ghosts or if the tragic events are somehow related to his past. The only clues come from his mysterious neighbor, Ann (Oscar®-nominee Naomi Watts), who helps him piece together this haunting puzzle. Full of twists and suspense, this psychological thriller will have you on the edge of your seat. Starring: Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz, Marton Csokas, Elias Koteas, Jane Alexander Directed by: Jim Sheridan

Eat Pray Love

(rated PG-13, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) is a modern woman on a quest to marvel at and travel the world while rediscovering and reconnecting with her true inner self in Eat Pray Love. At a crossroads after a divorce, Gilbert takes a year-long sabbatical from her job and steps uncharacteristically out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life. In her wondrous and exotic travels, she experiences the simple pleasure of nourishment by eating in Italy; the power of prayer in India, and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of love in Bali. Based on an inspiring true story, Eat Pray Love proves that there really is more than one way to let yourself go and see the world.

Footloose

(rated PG-13, 2012 DVD and Blu-ray release, Paramount Pictures)

The struggle between innocence and rigid morality is revisited when city-boy Ren finds himself in an uptight town where dancing has been banned. Filled with contemporary music and iconic classics from the original, this fresh look on youth culture is sure to win fans of young and old.

The Fourth Kind

(rated PG-13, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Universal Home Video)

In remote Alaska, citizens have been mysteriously vanishing since the 1960s. Despite multiple FBI investigations, the truth behind the phenomena had never been discovered—until now. While videotaping therapy sessions with traumatized patients, psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler (Milla Jovovich) unwittingly exposes terrifying revelations of multiple victims whose claims of being visited by alien figures all share disturbingly identical details. Based on actual case studies, The Fourth Kind uses Dr. Tyler's never-before-seen archival footage alongside dramatic reenactments to present the most disturbing evidence ever documented in this provocative thriller critics are calling "terrifyingly real."

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

(rated R, 2012 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Entertainment)

This stylish, American adaptation of Stieg Larsson's novel chronicles the unusual partnership of disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) and tattooed computer whiz Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara). Working together to uncover the truth behind the disappearance of a wealthy businessman's niece nearly 40 years earlier, they find themselves thrust into a dangerous web of secrecy and deception. With Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard, Robin Wright; David Fincher directs. 158 min.

Green Zone

(rated R, June 22, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Universal Home Video)

Matt Damon reteams with his Bourne Supremacy director to create a thriller grounded in contemporary politics: the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Damon) travels across war-torn Iraq, pursuing the intelligence he's been given, but every site indicated comes up empty of WMDs. Investigating the source of the intelligence, he finds himself caught between CIA agent Martin Brown (Brendan Gleeson, 28 Days Later) and politician Clark Poundstone (Greg Kinnear, Little Miss Sunshine) over the identity of "Magellan," the supposed source. As Miller tracks down an Iraqi general, he ends up further and further afield, facing danger from all sides.

The Help

(Rated PG-13, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Walt Disney Studios)

The #1 New York Times bestseller by Kathryn Stockett comes to vivid life through the powerful performances of a phenomenal ensemble cast. Led by Emma Stone, Academy Award®-nominated Viola Davis (Best Supporting Actress, Doubt, 2008), Octavia Spencer and Bryce Dallas Howard, The Help is an inspirational, courageous and empowering story about very different, extraordinary women in the 1960s South who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project — one that breaks society’s rules and puts them all at risk. Filled with poignancy, humor and hope — and complete with compelling, never-before-seen bonus features — The Help is a timeless, universal and triumphant story about the ability to create change.

The Ides of March

(Rated R, 2012 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Entertainment)

Ambition seduces and power corrupts in a nerve-wracking thriller from Academy Award® nominated director George Clooney (Good Night, and Good Luck). Idealistic campaign worker Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling) has sworn to give all for Governor Mike Morris (Clooney), a wild card presidential candidate whose groundbreaking ideas could change the political landscape. However, a brutal Ohio primary threatens to test Morris's integrity. Stephen gets trapped in the down-and-dirty battle and finds himself caught up in a scandal where the only path to survival is to play both sides. The all-star cast includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood.

Inside Man

(rated R, 2006 DVD release, Universal Home Video)

Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington, Academy Award nominee Clive Owen and Academy Award winner Jodie Foster star in this intense and explosive crime thriller. The perfect bank robbery quickly spirals into an unstable and deadly game of cat-and-mouse between a criminal mastermind (Owen), a determined detective (Washington), and a power broker with a hidden agenda (Foster). As the minutes tick by and the situation becomes increasingly tense, one wrong move could mean disaster for any one of them. From acclaimed director Spike Lee comes the edge-of-your-seat, action-packed thriller that The Wall Street Journal calls "a heist film that's right on the money."

The Karate Kid

(rated PG, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

12-year-old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) could've been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying - and the feeling is mutual - but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre's feelings make an enemy of the class bully, Cheng. In the land of kung fu, Dre knows only a little karate, and Cheng puts "the karate kid" on the floor with ease. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.

The Last Airbender

(rated PG-13, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Paramount Pictures Home Video. The description for this film was not produced by the Media Access Group at WGBH.)

Experience the thrilling live-action adventure based on the hit Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender. Join Aang, an extraordinary boy with incredible "bending" powers, as he journeys through an exotic land filled with magical creatures and powerful friends. As the Avatar, he is the only one who can end the age-old conflict between the four nations: Air, Water, Earth and Fire. An inspirational journey, The Last Airbender is exciting entertainment for the entire family!

Legion

(rated R, May 11, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

When God loses faith in mankind, he sends his legion of angels to bring on the apocalypse. Humanity's only hope lies in a group of strangers trapped in a desert diner and the Archangel Michael (Paul Bettany).

Love Happens

(rated PG-13, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Universal Home Video)

Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart star in the romantic drama Love Happens. When self-help author Dr. Burke Ryan (Eckhart) arrives in Seattle to teach a sold-out seminar, he unexpectedly meets florist Eloise Chandler (Aniston), the one person who might be able to help him help himself. But will two people who may have met the right person at exactly the wrong time be able to give love a chance? If they can, they'll find that sometimes, when you least expect it, love happens.

Moneyball

(rated PG-13, 2012 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) challenges the system and defies conventional wisdom when his is forced to rebuild his small-market team on a limited budget. Despite opposition from the old guard, the media, fans and their own field manager (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Beane - with the help of a young, number-crunching, Yale-educated economist (Jonah Hill) - develops a roster of misfits…and along the way, forever changes the way the game is played.

Morning Glory

(rated PG-13, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Paramount Pictures Home Video. The description for this film was not produced by the Media Access Group at WGBH.)

For Becky (Rachel McAdams, "The Notebook"), running a TV show in New York City was the big break she dreamed of…until star co-anchors Mike (Harrison Ford, Indiana Jones) and Colleen (Diane Keaton, "Something's Gotta Give") declare an all-out, on-air war. Making the show work with its cast of eccentric characters and outrageous story angles will take a major miracle, but Becky is ready to rise and outshine.

Munich

(rated R, 2006 DVD release, DreamWorks SKG and Universal Home Video)

During the 1972 Olympic games in Munich, 11 Israeli athletes are taken hostage and murdered by a Palestinian terrorist group knows as Black September. In retaliation, the Israeli government recruits a group of Mossad agents to track down and execute those responsible for the attack. Directed by Steven Spielberg.

Passion of the Christ

(rated R, 2004 DVD release, Fox Home Video)

The Passion of the Christ focuses on the last twelve hours of Jesus of Nazareth's life. The film begins in the Garden of Olives where Jesus has gone to pray after the Last Supper. Jesus must resist the temptations of Satan. Betrayed by Judas Iscariot, Jesus is then arrested and taken within the city walls of Jerusalem where leaders of the Pharisees confront him with accusations of blasphemy and his trial results in a condemnation to death.

Public Enemies

(rated R, 2009 DVD and Blu-ray release, Universal Home Video)

From award-winning director Michael Mann (Heat, Collateral) comes the film inspired by one of the country's most captivating and infamous outlaws—John Dillinger. Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean series) stars as the charismatic and elusive bank robber marked by the FBI as America's first "Public Enemy Number One." Academy Award® winner Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) plays Billie Frechette, the only woman capable of capturing his heart. Hunted relentlessly by top FBI agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale, The Dark Knight), Dillinger engages in an escalating game of outrunning and outgunning the FBI, culminating in an explosive, legendary showdown. "It's a landmark crime saga" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone).

Ray Enhanced with DVS

(rated R, Universal Home Video)

Jamie Foxx's uncannily accurate performance isn't the only good thing about Ray. Riding high on a wave of Oscar buzz, Foxx proved himself worthy of all the hype by portraying R&B legend Ray Charles in a warts-and-all performance that Charles approved shortly before his death in June 2004.

Road to Perdition

(rated R, 2002 DVD release, DreamWorks Home Entertainment)

Tom Hanks plays a hit man who finds his heart. Michael Sullivan (Hanks) is the right-hand man of crime boss John Rooney (Paul Newman), but when Sullivan's son accidentally witnesses one of his hits, he must choose between his crime family and his real one. The movie has a slow pace, largely because director Sam Mendes (American Beauty) seems to be in love with the gorgeous period locations. Hanks gives a deceptively battened-down performance at first, only opening up toward the very end of the film, making his character's personal transformation all the more convincing. Newman turns in a masterful piece of work, revealing Rooney's advancing age but at the same time, his terrifying power. Jude Law is also a standout, playing a hit man-photographer with chilling creepiness. This movie requires a little patience, but the beautiful cinematography and moving ending make it well worth the wait. --Ali Davis

Robin Hood

(rated PG-13, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Universal Home Video.)

In 13th century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power. Starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett and directed by Ridley Scott.

The Roommate

(rated PG-13, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Screen Gems Studio)

She's cute. She's loyal. She's psychotic. And, unfortunately for college freshman Sara (Minka Kelly) she's The Roommate. When Sara arrives at school, she finds new romance with Stephen (Cam Gigandet) and forms a fast friendship with her roommate Rebecca (Leighton Meester). What begins as camaraderie soon turns creepy, and Sara comes face-to-face with the terrifying realization that her new best friend is obsessive, unbalanced...and maybe even a killer!

Sanctum

(rated R, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Rouge Pictures)

Master diver Frank McGuire leads a team, including his 17-year-old son, to explore the largest, most beautiful and least accessible cave system on earth. But when a tropical storm cuts off their only escape route, the team must work together to find their way through an uncharted and dangerous labyrinth.

Secretariat

(rated PG, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Walt Disney Studios)

Behind every legend lies an impossible dream. Witness the spectacular journey of an incredible horse named Secretariat and the moving story of his unlikely owner, a housewife who risked everything to make him a champion.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

(rated PG-13, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, 20th Century Fox.)

From the director of The Joy Luck Club, and based on the best-selling novel, comes a timeless portrait of female friendship. Centuries ago, two “sworn sisters” are isolated by their families, but stay connected through a secret language written in the folds of a white silk fan. Now in modern-day Shanghai, their descendents must draw inspiration from the past as they struggle to maintain their own eternal bond in the face of life’s complications. What unfolds are two stories, generations apart, but everlasting in their universal notion of love, hope and friendship.

Soul Surfer

(rated PG, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

Soul Surfer is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith. The film features an all-star cast, including Anna Sophia Robb and Helen Hunt, with Carrie Underwood in her film debut, and Dennis Quaid. In the wake of this life-changing event that took her arm and nearly her life, Bethany’s feisty determination and steadfast beliefs spur her toward an adventurous comeback that gives her the grit to turn her loss into a gift for others.

The Social Network

(rated PG-13, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history... but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

(rated R, 2009 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

Walter Garber (Denzel Washington) is a New York City subway dispatcher whose ordinary day is thrown into chaos by an audacious crime: the hijacking of a subway train. Ryder (John Travolta), the criminal mastermind behind the hijacking and leader of a highly-armed gang of four, threatens to execute the train's passengers unless a large ransom is paid within one hour. As the tension mounts beneath his feet, Garber employs his vast knowledge of the subway system in a battle to outwit Ryder and save the hostages. But there's one riddle Garber can't solve: even if the thieves get the money, how can they possibly escape?

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

(rated R, 1997 DVD release, Artisan Home Entertainment. Note: Only the 1997 DVD version of this film includes the DVS track.)

Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as The Terminator in this explosive action-adventure spectacle. Now he's one of the good guys, sent back in time to protect John Connor, the boy destined to lead the freedom fighters of the future. Linda Hamilton reprises her role as Sarah Connor, John's mother, a quintessential survivor who has been institutionalized for her warning of the nuclear holocaust she knows is inevitable. Together, the threesome must find a way to stop the ultimate enemy - the T-1000, the most lethal Terminator ever created. Co- written, produced and directed by James Cameron (The Terminator, Aliens, Titanic, Avatar), this visual tour de force is also a touching human story of survival.

The Tourist

(rated PG-13, 2011 Sony Pictures Home Video release.)

Frank (Johnny Depp), a mild-mannered American on vacation in Venice, Italy, is befriended by Elise (Angelina Jolie), a breathtakingly beautiful woman with a mysterious secret. Soon, their playful romantic dalliance turns into a complicated web of dangerous deceit as they are chased by Interpol, the Italian police, and Russian hit men in this suspense-filled, international action thriller.

United 93

(rated R, 2006 DVD release, Universal Home Video)

A defining day in our history. It's an event that shook the world. Honest, unflinching and profoundly moving, United 93 tells the unforgettable story of the heroic passengers and crew members who prevented the terrorists from carrying out their plans for the fourth hijacked plane on September 11, 2001. As on-ground military and civilian teams scrambled to make sense of the unfolding events, forty people that sat down as strangers found the courage to stand up as one.

Young Adult

(rated R, 2012 DVD and Blu-ray release, Paramount Pictures)

Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron stars as Mavis Gary, a 37-year-old former prom queen, and current writer of young adult novels, who returns home to relive her glory days and win back her now-married high school sweetheart. When she finds her homecoming more challenging than expected, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate (Patton Oswalt) and both must face the harsh realities of growing up.


Action and Adventure

2012

(rated PG-13, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

From Roland Emmerich, director of The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day, comes the ultimate action-adventure film, exploding with groundbreaking special effects. As the world faces a catastrophe of apocalyptic proportions, cities collapse and continents crumble. 2012 brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors. Starring John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson and Danny Glover.

The Adjustment Bureau

(rated PG-13, 2011 DVD release, Universal Studios.)

The affair between a politician and a ballerina is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart. Starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. Based on a novelette by science-fiction author Philip K. Dick.


Avatar

(rated PG-13, 2010 Blu-ray release only, Fox Home Video. The standard DVD edition does not include the description track. The description for the Blu-ray release of this film was not produced by the Media Access Group at WGBH.)

A reluctant hero. An epic journey. A choice between the life he left behind and the incredible new world he's learned to call home. Return to James Cameron's Avatar—the greatest adventure of all time.

Battle: Los Angeles

(rated PG-13, 2011 DVD release, Sony Pictures.)

A Marine staff sergeant who has just had his retirement approved goes back into the line of duty in order to assist a 2nd lieutenant and his platoon as they fight to reclaim the city of Los Angeles from alien invaders.


The Bounty Hunter

(rated PG-13, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

A bounty hunter (Gerard Butler) learns that his next target is his ex-wife, a reporter (Jennifer Aniston) working on a murder cover-up. Soon after their reunion, the always-at-odds duo find themselves on a run-for-your-lives adventure.


Captain America: The First Avenger

(rated PG-13, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Paramount Pictures)

Captain America leads the fight for freedom in the action-packed blockbuster starring Chris Evans as the ultimate weapon against evil! When a terrifying force threatens everyone across the globe, the world’s greatest soldier wages war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving, The Matrix).

Covert Affairs: Season One

(television series, not rated, 2011 DVD release, USA)

Meet Annie Walker (Piper Perabo Coyote Ugly): smart stunning and the CIA’s newest field operative in one of their most secretive branches. Suddenly summoned by headquarters for active duty one month before training is over she’s quickly thrown into a shadowy world full of cons killers and international crime rings. What she doesn’t know is there’s something—or someone—from her past that her bosses want badly enough to put her in harm’s way. She just has to survive long enough to find out why. From the producer of the Bourne films comes the action-packed first season of the smash-hit espionage series with co-stars Christopher Gorham (Ugly Betty) and Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes) and guest stars Peter Gallagher (The O.C.) Eriq La Salle (ER) Lauren Holly (NCIS) Liane Balaban (Last Chance Harvey) and Anna Chlumsky (My Girl). Critics are praising it as “the best new drama series of the season” (Francine Brokaw suite101.com).Starring: Piper Perabo Christopher Gorham Sendhil Ramamurthy Peter Gallagher

Colombiana

(unrated, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

From writer/producer Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Leon: The Professional) comes Colombiana. Zoe Saldana plays a young woman who has grown up to be an assassin after witnessing the murder of her parents as a child. Turning herself into a professional killer, she remains focused on her ultimate goal: to hunt down and get revenge on the mobster responsible for her parents’ deaths.

Cowboys & Aliens

(rated PG-13, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Universal Home Video)

Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford star in this action-packed sci-fi western from the director of Iron Man (Jon Favreau) that critics call "wickedly original, unlike anything you've ever seen" (Jake Hamilton, Fox-TV Houston, TX). A stranger (Craig) stumbles into the desert town of Absolution with no memory of his past and a futuristic shackle around his wrist. With the help of mysterious beauty Ella (Olivia Wilde) and the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford), he finds himself leading an unlikely posse of cowboys, outlaws, and Apache warriors against a common enemy from beyond this world in an epic showdown for survival. Starring: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Adam Beach, Paul Dano, Noah Ringer, Keith Carradine, Clancy Brown, Ana de la Reguera. Directed by Jon Favreau

Devil

(rated PG-13, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release for sale only, rental versions of the disc do not have DVS or bonus features, Universal Home Video)

Trapped in an elevator high above Philadelphia, five people discover that the Devil is among them, and no one can escape their fate. This chilling, supernatural thriller from M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs) will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way to a heart-stopping ending with a truly wicked twist.

District 9

(rated R, 2009 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

From producer Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) and director Neill Blomkamp comes a startlingly original science fiction thriller that "soars on the imagination of its creators" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone). With stunning special effects and gritty realism, the film plunges us into a world where the aliens have landed...only to be exiled to a slum on the fringes of Johannesburg. Now, one lone human discovers the mysterious secret of the extraterrestrial weapon technology. Hunted and hounded through the bizarre back alleys of an alien shantytown, he will discover what it means to be the ultimate outsider on your own planet.

Fast Five

(rated PG-13, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Universal Pictures)

Fugitive Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) partners with former cop Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) on the opposite side of the law in exotic Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There they are hunted by a high-powered US strike force led by their toughest Fed (Dwayne Johnson) and an army of corrupt cops working for a ruthless drug kingpin. To gain their freedom and win this ultimate high-stakes race, they must pull off one last job -- an insane heist worth $100 million.

The Fourth Kind

(rated PG-13, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Universal Home Video)

In remote Alaska, citizens have been mysteriously vanishing since the 1960s. Despite multiple FBI investigations, the truth behind the phenomena had never been discovered—until now. While videotaping therapy sessions with traumatized patients, psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler (Milla Jovovich) unwittingly exposes terrifying revelations of multiple victims whose claims of being visited by alien figures all share disturbingly identical details. Based on actual case studies, The Fourth Kind uses Dr. Tyler's never-before-seen archival footage alongside dramatic reenactments to present the most disturbing evidence ever documented in this provocative thriller critics are calling "terrifyingly real."

Fright Night

(rated R, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, DreamWorks Pictures)

Senior Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally has it all. He's running with the cool kids and dating the hottest girl in high school (Imogen Poots). But all hell breaks loose when charming Jerry Dandridge (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. Charley thinks there's something odd about him, although no one - including his mom (Toni Collette) - seems to notice. But after too many of his classmates vanish under bizarre circumstances, Charley comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on his neighborhood! Get set to sink your teeth into this thrilling, modern-day re-vamp of the wickedly entertaining horror classic. Featuring a star-studded cast and crawling with bonus, Fright Night will captivate you from the very first bite!

The Green Hornet

(rated PG-13, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures)

Seth Rogen plays the crime-fighting hero and writes the movie with his Superbad bud Evan Goldberg; pop star Jay Chou plays Kato; and the whimsy-headed Michel Gondry directs. Toss in Inglourious Basterds Oscar winner Christoph Waltz as a super-villain highly self-conscious about his brand, and you've got a blockbuster that definitely isn't going for the normal. And for a while, the movie's Apatovian comedy and bromantic tendencies supply some definite fun; plus, Waltz and his double-barreled revolver (along with an uncredited cameo by James Franco) launch the picture with a giddy opening action sequence. You just knew a franchise that began as a radio serial in the 1930s (and took a brief but memorable detour into TV in the '60s) would end up being part of that unavoidable 21st-century genre, the male-bonding comedy. Of course, it's really a triangle. Their boss car, Black Beauty, also gets a lot of love. --Robert Horton

Green Zone

(rated R, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Universal Home Video)

Matt Damon reteams with his Bourne Supremacy director to create a thriller grounded in contemporary politics: the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Damon) travels across war-torn Iraq, pursuing the intelligence he's been given, but every site indicated comes up empty of WMDs. Investigating the source of the intelligence, he finds himself caught between CIA agent Martin Brown (Brendan Gleeson, 28 Days Later) and politician Clark Poundstone (Greg Kinnear, Little Miss Sunshine) over the identity of "Magellan," the supposed source. As Miller tracks down an Iraqi general, he ends up further and further afield, facing danger from all sides.

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

(rated PG-13, 2008 DVD release, Universal Home Video)

The feverish Hellboy II: The Golden Army is a very busy sequel that might have looked unhinged in the hands of a less visionary director than Guillermo del Toro. Ron Perlman returns as Hellboy, aka "Red," the Dark Horse Comics demon-hero with roots in the mythical world but personal ties in the human realm. Still working, as he was in Hellboy, for a secret department of the federal government that deals (as in "Men In Black") with forces of the fantastic, Red and his colleagues take on a royal elf (Luke Goss) determined to smash a longtime truce between mankind and the forces of magic. Meanwhile, Red's relationship with girlfriend Liz (Selma Blair), who can burst into flames at will, is going through a rocky stage observed by Red's fishy friend Abe (Doug Jones), himself struck by love in this film.

I Am Number Four

(rated PG-13, 2011 DVD release, Touchstone Pictures/ DreamWorks)

Three are dead. Who is Number four? From Director D.J. Caruso (Disturbia), producer Michael Bay (Transformers) and the Emmy-winning writers of TV's Smallville, comes this gripping, action-packed thriller. John Smith (Alex Pettyfer) is an extraordinary teen masking his true identity to elude a deadly enemy sent to destroy him. Living with his guardian (Timothy Olyphant) in the small town he now calls home, John encounters unexpected life-changing events - his first love (Dianna Agron, TV's Glee), powerful new abilities and a secret connection to the others who share his incredible destiny. Complete with deleted scenes and more, I Am Number Four is an explosive suspense-filled ride that will take you to the edge of your seat and beyond.

In Time

(rated PG-13, 2012 DVD release, 20th Century Fox)

In the not-too-distant future, genetic manipulation has allowed humans to stop aging at 25. But time has become the new currency which people must earn if they hope to go on living, making the wealthy nearly immortal. An ordinary man (Justin Timberlake) and a beautiful young heiress (Amanda Seyfried) team up for a series of daring bank robberies designed to crash their corrupt system, in this exciting sci-fi thriller from the director of "Gattaca." With Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde. 109 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, DVS Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital Surround, Spanish Dolby Digital Surround; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish; deleted scenes; extended scenes.

The Incredible Hulk

(rated PG-13, 2008 DVD release, Universal Home Video)

The Incredible Hulk (2008) kicks off an all-new, explosive and action-packed epic of one of the most popular Super Heroes of all time. In this new beginning, scientist Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) desperately hunts for a cure to the gamma radiation that poisoned his cells and unleashes the unbridled force of rage within him: The Hulk. Living in the shadows - cut off from a life he knew and the woman he loves, Betty Ross (Liv Tyler) - Banner struggles to avoid the obsessive pursuit of his nemesis, General Thunderbolt Ross (William Hurt), and the military machinery that seeks to capture him and brutally exploit his power.

Inside Man

(rated R, 2006 DVD release, Universal Home Video)

Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington, Academy Award nominee Clive Owen and Academy Award winner Jodie Foster star in this intense and explosive crime thriller. The perfect bank robbery quickly spirals into an unstable and deadly game of cat-and-mouse between a criminal mastermind (Owen), a determined detective (Washington), and a power broker with a hidden agenda (Foster). As the minutes tick by and the situation becomes increasingly tense, one wrong move could mean disaster for any one of them. From acclaimed director Spike Lee comes the edge-of-your-seat, action-packed thriller that The Wall Street Journal calls "a heist film that's right on the money."

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Iron Man 2

(rated PG-13, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Paramount Pictures Home Video. The description for this film was not produced by the Media Access Group at WGBH.)

Robert Downey Jr. returns as billionaire Tony Stark in this thrilling sequel to the worldwide blockbuster. Now that his superhero secret has been revealed, Tony's life is more intense than ever. Everyone wants in on the Iron Man technology, whether for power or profit...but for Ivan Vanko ("Whiplash"), it's revenge! Tony must once again suit up and face his most dangerous enemy yet, but not without a few new allies of his own. Co-starring Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson.

The Karate Kid

(rated PG, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

12-year-old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) could've been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying - and the feeling is mutual - but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre's feelings make an enemy of the class bully, Cheng. In the land of kung fu, Dre knows only a little karate, and Cheng puts "the karate kid" on the floor with ease. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.

The Last Airbender

(rated PG-13, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Paramount Pictures Home Video. The description for this film was not produced by the Media Access Group at WGBH.)

Experience the thrilling live-action adventure based on the hit Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender. Join Aang, an extraordinary boy with incredible "bending" powers, as he journeys through an exotic land filled with magical creatures and powerful friends. As the Avatar, he is the only one who can end the age-old conflict between the four nations: Air, Water, Earth and Fire. An inspirational journey, The Last Airbender is exciting entertainment for the entire family!

Legion

(rated R, May 11, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

When God loses faith in mankind, he sends his legion of angels to bring on the apocalypse. Humanity's only hope lies in a group of strangers trapped in a desert diner and the Archangel Michael (Paul Bettany).

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

(rated PG-13, 2008 DVD release, Universal Home Video)

The third film in the The Mummy series freshens the franchise up by setting the action in China. There, the discovery of an ancient emperor's elaborate tomb proves a feather in the cap of Alex O'Connell (Luke Ford), a young archaeologist and son of Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) and his wife Evelyn (Maria Bello, taking over the role from Rachel Weisz). Unfortunately, a curse that turned the emperor (Jet Li) and his army into terra cotta warriors buried for centuries is lifted, and the old guy prepares for world domination by seeking immortality at Shangri La. The O'Connells barely stay a step ahead of him (climbing through the Himalaya mountains with apparent ease), but the action inevitably leads to a showdown between two armies of mummies in a Chinese desert.

My Soul to Take

(rated R, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release for sale only, rental versions of the disc may not have DVS, Universal Home Video.)

A serial killer returns to his hometown to stalk seven children who share the same birthday as the date he was allegedly put to rest. Written and directed by Wes Craven.

Paranormal Activity 2

(rated R, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Paramount Pictures Home Video. Theatrical release version described, unrated director's cut is not described, both versions are included on disc. The description for this film was not produced by the Media Access Group at WGBH.)

After experiencing what they think are a series of "break-ins", a family sets up security cameras around their home, only to realize that the events unfolding before them are more sinister than they seem.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

(rated PG, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Twentieth Century Fox Home Video)

Modern and mythical worlds collide in this thunderous fantasy-adventure starring Pierce Brosnan, Kevin McKidd and Uma Thurman as you’ve never seen them before! Percy Jackson is no ordinary teenager...he’s just learned he’s the son of Poseidon and is accused of stealing Zeus' lightning bolt – the most powerful weapon ever created! With storm clouds brewing, Percy embarks on an incredible cross-country journey to prove his innocence, recover the bolt and prevent a war amongst the gods that could destroy our world!

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Two-Disc Blu-ray / DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)

(rated PG-13, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Walt Disney Pictures)

From Disney and Producer Jerry Bruckheimer comes all the fun, epic adventure and humor that ignited the original. Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. A tale of truth, betrayal, youth, demise - and mermaids! When Jack crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), he's not sure if it's love, or if she's a ruthless con artist using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. Forced aboard the ship of the most feared pirate ever, Jack doesn't know who to fear more -Blackbeard (Ian McShane) or the woman from his past. Directed by Rob Marshall, it's filled with eye-popping battle scenes, mystery and all-out wit.

Priest (Rated Version)

(rated PG-13, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures)

In a post-apocalyptic world, a savage war between man and vampire raged for centuries. A warrior priest (Paul Bettany) receives word of fresh attacks but now it`s personal, his niece has been kidnapped by a new hive of merciless vampires. To save her, he must break his vow of peace and hunt down the hive before it's too late. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel and packed with bloodthirsty action, this full throttle crusade takes you on the hunt for a deadly new breed of killer.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

(rated PG-13, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Walt Disney Studios)

In the spirit of the Pirates Of The Caribbean trilogy, Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films transport you to the mystical lands of Persia for this wildly entertaining, epic action-adventure. It's a race against time when a rogue prince (Jake Gyllenhaal) reluctantly teams up with a rival princess (Gemma Arterton) to safeguard a magical dagger that gives its possessor the power to reverse time and rule the world. Filled with death-defying escapes and unexpected twists at every turn - Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time is a fun-filled adventure that will keep your pulse pounding long after the credits end.

Real Steel

(rated PG-13, 2012 DVD and Blu-ray release, Walt Disney Studios

Set in the near future where robot boxing is a top sport, a struggling promoter feels he's found a champion in a discarded robot. During his hopeful rise to the top he discovers he has an 11-year-old son who wants to know his father. Starring Hugh Jackman and Anthony Mackie. Directed by Shawn Levy.

Repo Men

(rated R, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release for sale only, rental versions of the disc do not have DVS or bonus features, Universal Home Video. Note: Description is available for the theatrical, rated version of the movie only and is not an option on the unrated version. The DVD and Blu-ray discs each contain both versions.)

In the future, artificial internal organs will be widely available, but their high cost will lead to a thriving, if bloody, repossession business. Repo Men must carry scalpels, not scruples. When clients default--and, at 19 percent interest rates, it happens all the time--it's up to Remy (Jude Law) and Jake (Forest Whitaker), the two most swashbuckling field operatives at the Union company, to reclaim the merchandise.

Resident Evil: Afterlife

(rated R, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.)

In a world ravaged by a virus infection, turning its victims into the Undead, Alice (Milla Jovovich), continues on her journey to find survivors and lead them to safety. Her deadly battle with the Umbrella Corporation reaches new heights, but Alice gets some unexpected help from an old friend. A new lead that promises a safe haven from the Undead takes them to Los Angeles, but when they arrive the city is overrun by thousands of Undead - and Alice and her comrades are about to step into a deadly trap.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

(rated PG-13, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, Twentieth Century Fox.)

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a revolution; an action-packed epic featuring stunning visual effects and creatures unlike anything ever seen before. At the story's heart is Caesar (Andy Serkis), a chimpanzee who gains human-like intelligence and emotions from an experimental drug. Raised like a child by the drug's creator (James Franco), Caesar ultimately finds himself taken from the humans he loves and imprisoned. Seeking justice, Caesar assembles a simian army and escapes -- putting man and primate on a collision course that could change the planet forever.

Robin Hood

(rated PG-13, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Universal Home Video.)

In 13th century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power. Starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett and directed by Ridley Scott.

Salt

(rated PG-13, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Note: Description is available for the theatrical, rated version of the movie only and not on the unrated version. The DVD and Blu-ray discs each contain both versions.)

Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) is a highly respected CIA agent. Out of the blue, a Russian spy walks into CIA offices and offers a vital piece of information: the President of Russia will be assassinated during his forthcoming visit to New York City. The name of the assassin: Evelyn Salt. Concerned about the safety of her husband, who she cannot contact, she goes on the run. Just who is Evelyn Salt and what is she planning?

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

(rated PG-13, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release for sale only, rental versions of the disc may not have DVS, Universal Home Video.)

Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is an accidental heartbreaker, a Canadian slacker who obsesses over the girls who've dumped him but hardly realizes how he's dumped other girls. But everything else in his life (including playing bass in a band) fades to insignificance when he lays eyes on Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), his deadpan pixie dream girl. Unfortunately, Ramona has some serious baggage: seven deadly exes, and Scott must battle them all if he wants to date Ramona.

Skyline

(rated PG-13, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release for sale only, rental versions of the disc may not have DVS, Universal Home Video.)

It was supposed to be a simple birthday weekend in Southern California. But when sunrise arrives two hours early in the form of a haunting light from an unknown source, a group of friends watch in terror as people across the city are drawn outside and swept into massive alien ships that have blotted out the L.A. skyline. From tankers to drones and hydra-like extraterrestrials, the aliens are inescapable and seemingly indestructible. Now, it will take every survival instinct the group has to elude capture in this riveting, action-packed sci-fi adventure.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

(rated PG, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Walt Disney Studios)

Magic is everywhere in Disney's The Sorcerer's Apprentice-the fun family adventure from the creators of National Treasure. Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a modern-day sorcerer with his hands full defending Manhattan against dark forces. When a seemingly average kid shows hidden potential, Balthazar takes his reluctant recruit on a crash course in the art and science of magic to become the ultimate sorcerer's apprentice. Experience more extraordinary thrills, heart-stopping action and spectacular special effects than you can imagine as these unlikely partners show us that the real world is far more magical than we ever knew!

Sunshine

(Rated R, 2008 DVD release, Fox Home Video. Note: Description of this film was not produced by the Media Access Group at WGBH.)

A novel blend of doomsday thriller and meditative science fiction, Danny Boyle's Sunshine imagines a disturbing future in which mankind must re-ignite the sun or face total extinction. A team of scientists and crew members (played by an eclectic cast that includes Cillian Murphy from Boyle's 28 Days Later, The Fantastic Four's Chris Evans, Rose Byrne of TV's Damages, and martial-arts legend Michelle Yeoh) is dispatched to the dying star, but disaster strikes from almost every conceivable angle; as the crew is whittled down by accidents and psychological breaks, the survivors must discover a way to carry out the mission or seal the fate of the world's population.

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

(rated R, 2009 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

Walter Garber (Denzel Washington) is a New York City subway dispatcher whose ordinary day is thrown into chaos by an audacious crime: the hijacking of a subway train. Ryder (John Travolta), the criminal mastermind behind the hijacking and leader of a highly-armed gang of four, threatens to execute the train's passengers unless a large ransom is paid within one hour. As the tension mounts beneath his feet, Garber employs his vast knowledge of the subway system in a battle to outwit Ryder and save the hostages. But there's one riddle Garber can't solve: even if the thieves get the money, how can they possibly escape?

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

(rated R, 1997 DVD release, Artisan Home Entertainment. Note: Only the 1997 DVD version of this film includes the DVS track.)

Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as The Terminator in this explosive action-adventure spectacle. Now he's one of the good guys, sent back in time to protect John Connor, the boy destined to lead the freedom fighters of the future. Linda Hamilton reprises her role as Sarah Connor, John's mother, a quintessential survivor who has been institutionalized for her warning of the nuclear holocaust she knows is inevitable. Together, the threesome must find a way to stop the ultimate enemy - the T-1000, the most lethal Terminator ever created. Co- written, produced and directed by James Cameron (The Terminator, Aliens, Titanic, Avatar), this visual tour de force is also a touching human story of survival.

The Thing (2011)

(rated R, 2012 DVD and Blu-ray releases, Universal Studios)

From the producers of Dawn of the Dead comes the chilling prelude to John Carpenter's cult classic film. When paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) travels to an isolated outpost in Antarctica for the expedition of a lifetime, she joins an international team that unearths a remarkable discovery. Their elation quickly turns to fear as they realize that their experiment has freed a mysterious being from its frozen prison. Paranoia spreads like an epidemic as a creature that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish in this spine-tingling thriller. Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ulrich Thomsen, Eric Christian Olsen, Trond Espen Seim. Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen.

Thor (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)

(rated PG-13, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray releases, Paramount Pictures)

The epic adventure THOR spans the Marvel universe from present-day Earth to the cosmic realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. As a result, Thor is banished to Earth where he is forced to live among humans. When the most dangerous villain of his world sends its darkest forces to invade Earth, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero.

Tower Heist

(rated PG-13, 2012 DVD and Blu-ray releases, Universal Pictures)

Luxury condo manager who leads a staff of workers to seek payback on the wall street swindler who defrauded them. With only days until the billionaire gets away with the perfect crime the unlikely crew of amateur thieves enlists the help of petty crook Slide to steal the $20 million.

Tron: Legacy

(rated PG, 2011 DVD release, Walt Disney Pictures)

Sam Flynn (Garrett Helund), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), looks into his father's disappearance and finds himself pulled into the digital world of Tron where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin's loyal confidant Quorra (Olivia Wilde), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey of escape across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.

Wanted

(rated R, 2008 DVD release, Universal Home Video)

The film's unlikely hero is mild-mannered Chicago accountant Wesley Gibson (Atonement's James McAvoy), whose father died when he was a tot. Wesley never learned to stand up for himself, and his girlfriend, boss, and best buddy all take advantage until the seductive Fox (Angelina Jolie) rescues him from a sharpshooter named Cross. She whisks him away to a mansion on the edge of town to meet the other members of the Fraternity, where leader Sloan (Morgan Freeman) informs Wesley that Cross, a rogue agent, executed his father. Sloan believes Wesley has the goods to take him out, so he undergoes the Fraternity's brutal training regimen. When he's ready, Sloan sends him out to fulfill his duty, but matters become complicated when Wesley finds out someone isn't telling the truth, leading our former milquetoast to exact an elaborate revenge.

The Wolfman

(rated R, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Universal Home Entertainment. Note: Description is available for the theatrical, rated version of the movie only and not on the unrated Director's Cut. The DVD and Blu-ray discs each contain both versions.)

Academy Award® winners Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs) and Benicio Del Toro (Traffic) tear up the screen in this action-packed thriller. Lawrence Talbot (Del Toro) is lured back to his family estate to investigate the savage murder of his brother by a bloodthirsty beast. There, Talbot must confront his childhood demons, his estranged father (Hopkins), his brother's grieving fiancée (Emily Blunt, The Devil Wears Prada) and a suspicious Scotland Yard Inspector (Hugo Weaving, The Matrix Trilogy). When Talbot is bitten by the creature, he becomes eternally cursed and soon discovers a fate far worse than death. Inspired by the classic Universal film that launched a legacy of horror, The Wolfman brings the myth of a cursed man back to its iconic origins.

X-Men: First Class

(Rated PG-13, 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release, 20th Century Fox)

X-Men: First Class is the thrilling, eye-opening chapter you’ve been waiting for...Witness the beginning of the X-Men Universe. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their superhuman powers for the first time, working together in a desperate attempt to stop the Hellfire Club and a global nuclear war.

Zombieland

(Rated R, 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

Nerdy college student Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) has survived the plague that has turned mankind into flesh-devouring zombies because he's scared of just about everything. Gun-toting, Twinkie-loving Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) has no fears. Together, they are about to stare down their most horrifying challenge yet: each other's company. Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin co-star in this double-hitting, head-smashing comedy.

The following DVDs included a description track on their original release, however, subsequent re-issues have not included the track. Amazon.com has links to sources of "used" copies of these titles should you be interested in purchasing one or both for your collection. The two films are: Basic Instinct (1997 release, rated R, Artisan Home Entertainment); Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1997 release, rated R, Artisan Home Entertainment).


PBS/WGBH Programs

There are over 100 PBS/WGBH programs (select episodes of American Experience, Arthur, Nova and more) released on DVD that are accessible via captions and video description. All can be ordered from shoppbs.org, or by calling 1-888-255-9231.


DVDs with Captions, Descriptions and Talking Menus

The Media Access Group at WGBH is proud to have been a major partner in creating the first fully accessible DVD with captions, video description, and an audio navigation talking-menu system: American Experience, Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided. (See full press release.) WGBH also wrote a developer's guide for Creating Talking Menus for Set-top Boxes and DVD's which is available free to download from our Web site.

To date, the following DVDs have been made fully accessible with captions, video description, and an audio navigation/talking-menu system:


Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided

(not rated, WGBH Boston)

From award-winning film-maker David Grubin, this miniseries weaves together the troubled lives of a dirt-farmer's son and a wealthy Southern slave-owner's daughter. Together, Abraham and Mary Lincoln ascended to the pinnacle of power at the most difficult time in the nation's history, the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln's legacy as the Great Emancipator reshaped the nation while his tragic death left Mary reclusive and forgotten.

American Experience: Chicago - City of the Century

(not rated, PBS Home Video)

This addition to the PBS American Experience series is based on David Miller's "City of Century," the history of Chicago's meteoric rise from a swamp on the edge of Lake Michigan to America's second largest metropolis at the end of the 19th Century. Between 1833-1899 Chicago stood at the center of, and symbolized America's rise from a rural republic to an industrial giant. The first modern city of the United States and, much as Manchester was to England's Industrial Revolution, the "shock city" of American capitalism.

American Experience: Marcus Garvey - Look for Me in the Whirlwind

(not rated, PBS Home Video)

Visionary yet enigmatic, brilliant yet manipulative, Marcus Garvey is one of the most controversial figures in American history. Both a powerful orator and a pompous autocrat, Garvey inspired the loyalty of millions of African-Americans while infuriating many black leaders. He was a strong advocate of black self-help, yet was willing to collaborate with the Ku Klux Klan. He inspired African-Americans to support his economic enterprises, then lost their hard-earned money through mismanagement. This film uses a wealth of archival footage, photographs and documents to uncover the story of this Jamaican immigrant who between 1916 and 1921 built what was the largest black mass movement in world history.

American Experience: Partners of the Heart

(not rated, PBS Home Video)

In 1944, two men at Johns Hopkins University Hospital pioneered a groundbreaking procedure that would save thousands of so-called blue babies' lives. One of them, Alfred Blalock, was a prominent white surgeon. The other, Vivien Thomas, was an African American with a high school education. Partners of the Heart tells the inspiring, little-known story of their collaboration. Blalock recognized Thomas' talents when the younger man came inquiring after a hospital janitor's job. But though Blalock came to treat Thomas with tremendous respect in the lab, the two men were rarely treated as equals in the outside world. Over time, Thomas would go on to train two generations of the country's premier heart surgeons. In 1976, more than three decades after the first blue baby's life had been saved, Johns Hopkins finally formally recognized Thomas' extraordinary achievements, awarding him an honorary doctorate.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

(rated PG, 2000 Universal Home Video)

Director Ron Howard casts comedian Jim Carrey in the title role in this live-action adaptation of the famous Christmas tale by Dr. Seuss, giving this rendition of HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS a delightfully manic spin. Carrey is virtually unrecognizable in his elaborate green makeup, but his anarchic comic touch is unmistakable. He manages to fully embody the grumpy title character, while still supplying his own comedic touches, and it is his performance that makes the film a treat for adults and children alike. The candy-colored set design for the town of Whoville and the jubilant score contribute to the overall feeling of innocuous fantasy that the Grinch disrupts with his dastardly deeds. The familiar story of the Grinch stealing every present in town on Christmas Eve has been expanded to incorporate flashbacks to the Grinch's childhood, which serve to explain his hostility toward the Whos. As Cindy Lou-Who, a little girl so sweet she sees goodness even in the Grinch, young Taylor Momsen strikes just the right note of adorable ingenuousness. Howard gets the performance the film needs from her, as her character makes the Grinch's eventual change of heart both believable and touching.