“THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS,” starring Johnny Depp and Heath Ledger. Convoluted but fascinating fantasy from director Terry Gilliam (“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”) is notable for being the film that Ledger was in the midst of making upon his untimely death. Inevitably, “Imaginarium” has an incomplete feel about it, but Gilliam fills in the cracks with one visual marvel after another in telling the tale of a traveling sideshow that whisks its audience away to a mindbending dreamworld. The excellent cast also includes Jude Law, Christopher Plummer and Tom Waits. Special features include a commentary from Gilliam and an interview with Ledger. Rated PG-13 for violent images, some sensuality, language and smoking. Running time: 2:23.

Suggested retail price: DVD $28.95; Blu-ray $34.95. 

“IT’S COMPLICATED,” starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin. Comfy and consistently funny, writer-director Nancy Meyers has delivered arguably her best romantic comedy to date with “Complicated,” assembling a formidable comic trio in Streep, Baldwin and Steve Martin, with both men vying for the lovely lady’s affections. Few surprises lay in store, but the stars’ effortless chemistry and Meyers’ way with a wry one-liner ensure an intelligent and entertaining couple of hours for viewers looking for a reasonably mature, non-Sandleresque comedy. Special features include a making-of featurette. Rated R for drug content and sexuality. Running time: 2:00

Suggested retail price: DVD $29.98; Blu-ray $36.98. 

“BUDDHA,” narrated by Richard Gere. Appropriately calming PBS documentary (aptly narrated by Tibet fanatic Gere) serves as an ideal overview of the man, the practice and his followers. Wisely avoiding the propaganda route, “Buddha” manages to be detailed enough to please those in the know and ingratiating enough to welcome newcomers. Not rated, nothing objectionable. Running time: 2:00

Suggested retail price: DVD $24.99; Blu-ray $29.99. 


“COLD TURKEY,” starring Dick Van Dyke and Pippa Scott. Early satire from TV pioneer Norman Lear (“All in the Family”) finds Van Dyke leading his small town in the challenge to quit smoking in order to collect on a $25 million reward from a nefarious tobacco company. A wonderfully dark and all-but-forgotten gem from 1971. Rated PG for language. Running time 1:39.

Suggested retail price: $19.98. 

“WHY WE LAUGH,” starring Chris Rock and Eddie Murphy. Director Robert Townsend (“Hollywood Shuffle”, a hilarious 1987 satire) takes an uproarious look at black comedians through the years via historical footage and insightful interviews with the likes of Rock, Murphy, Bill Cosby, Mo’nique and Katt Williams. Excellent documentary from the Showtime network. Not rated, contains language and crude humor. Running time: 1:30.

Suggested retail price: $19.97. 


“DUNE,” starring Kyle MacLachlan and Virginia Madsen. Once-controversial and widely panned 1985 adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel from director David Lynch is now a cult favorite, and its bizarre visuals and Toto soundtrack can be appreciated to their fullest extent in high-definition format. Special features include deleted scenes and making-of featurettes. Rated PG-13 for violence and sexual content. Running time: 2:17.

Suggested retail price: $26.98. 

“TOMBSTONE,” starring Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer. Well-loved 1993 take on the timeworn tale of Wyatt Earp (Russell) and Doc Holliday (Kilmer, in what remains his greatest performance) holds up very well upon repeated viewings, something this terrific-looking transfer certainly encourages. Special features include a making-of featurette. Rated R for violence. Running time: 2:10.

Suggested retail price: $29.99. 


“DISGRACE,” starring John Malkovich and Natalie Becker. Based on the award-winning novel by J.M. Coetzee, this gripping drama finds the formidable Malkovich at the top of his game as Professor David Lurie, a bitter English teacher in post-apartheid South Africa whose affair with a student leads to his dismissal, and to his moving in with his daughter (the impressive Jessica Haines, of “The Prisoner”), who works on a farm. When tragedy strikes, Lurie is forced to come to terms with his own reprehensible behavior. What could have been maudlin and trying is instead anything but thanks to terrific performances across the board. In the end, however, this is largely Malkovich’s show, and as always, he plays it to the hilt. Rated R for sexual content, nudity, some violence and brief language. Running time: 1:59.

Suggested retail price: DVD $27.98; Blu-ray $35.98. 

“DISTRICT 13: ULTIMATUM,” starring Cyril Raffaelli and David Belle. First of all, if you’re an action movie fan and you haven’t seen the original “District 13,” drop whatever you’re doing and check it out this instant, especially if you enjoy the acrobatic stunts of the likes of Jackie Chan and Tony Jaa (“Ong-Bak”). These films are all about moves, and jaw-dropping ones at that. The amazing Belle, who coined the phrase “parkour” for his particular art, performs feats that are quite literally beyond belief, and he and the rest of the talented cast top themselves in scene after scene. Those looking for a clever plot (or a plot of any kind, for that matter) aren’t going to find what they seek here, but viewers looking to be wowed by some fancy footwork could hardly do better than this. Rated R for some violence, language, and drug material. Running time: 1:40.

Suggested retail price: DVD $26.98; Blu-ray $39.98. 

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