“BIUTIFUL,” starring Javier Bardem and Maricel Alvarez. Another stunning cavalcade of human misery from writer-director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (“Babel”). This time around, he pares down his usual expansive casts to mainly focus on Uxbal (Bardem), a two-bit crook scraping together a desperate existence for himself and his two children — an enterprise made even more difficult upon learning that he has cancer, with only a few months left to put together a nest egg for his family. While still in need of a less lenient editor, Inarritu and Bardem team up to deliver a hugely affecting and Oscar-nominated portrait of an imperfect man thrust into a hopeless situation. Rated R. Running time: 2:28.

Suggested retail price: DVD $27.98; Blu-ray $39.99. 

“DRIVE ANGRY,” starring Nicolas Cage and Amber Heard. Willfully sleazy ode to ’70s grindhouse fare failed to catch on with even the midnight movie crowd upon its initial release. But we smell cult status for this clever, anything-goes action/horror nonsense, in which our dour hero Milton (Cage) literally drives out of Hell in order to rescue his infant granddaughter from the clutches of a satanic cult. Assisting him in his endeavors is tough-talking waitress Piper (Heard, “Zombieland”), and hot on his trail is The Accountant, a seemingly indestructible Hades-based employee memorably played by William Fichtner (“The Dark Knight”). Nasty fun worthy of a second chance on home video. Rated R. Running time: 1:44.

Suggested retail price: DVD $26.99; Blu-ray $30.49. 


“PSYCH: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON,” starring James Roday and Dule Hill. Faux psychic Roday and eternally put-upon partner Hill lend their odd but effective talents to the local police force for another amusing season in this fan favorite from the USA network. Running time: 11:43.

Suggested retail price: $59.98. 

“SWAMP PEOPLE: SEASON ONE,” starring Albert “Butch” Knight and Bruce Mitchell. For that special someone in your life who just can’t get enough of alligator murder, the History Channel has just the ticket: 10 episodes of almost nothing but. In between gator-baitin’, we meet the colorful and often fascinating denizens of the Louisiana bayou, who eke out a living via one of the least inviting activities possible. Not rated, contains mild language and tense situations. Running time: 5:00.

Suggested retail price: $24.95. 

“TRUE BLOOD: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON,” starring Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer. Easily the best Southern-fried bloodsucker comic soap opera on the air, “True Blood” remains pure primal entertainment thanks to the frequently laugh-out-loud one-liners courtesy of writer and creator Alan Ball (“Six Feet Under”) and an ever-expanding cast of crazy, rarely human characters. Special features include behind the scenes footage. Not rated, contains language, sexual content and violence. Running time: 12:00.

Suggested retail price: DVD $59.99; Blu-ray $79.98. 


“ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST,” starring Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson. Considered by many critics and fans alike to be the best Western of all time, director Sergio Leone’s 1968 masterpiece finds Bronson and Jason Robards teaming to protect a widow from a cold-blooded assassin, played with unforgettable and uncharacteristic menace by the great Fonda. Beautifully shot and deliberately paced in the director’s signature style, “West” belongs in the library of any serious oater fan. Rated PG-13. Running time: 2:55.

Suggested retail price: $24.99. 

“STANLEY KUBRICK: THE LIMITED EDITION,” starring Malcolm McDowell and Jack Nicholson. A director who needs no introduction for true film buffs, nine of Kubrick’s best loved masterworks are included and remastered in this set: “Spartacus,” “Lolita,” “Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “A Clockwork Orange,” “Barry Lyndon,” “The Shining,” “Full Metal Jacket” and “Eyes Wide Shut.” Various ratings. Running time: 21:51.

Suggested retail price: $148.99.


“KABOOM,” starring Thomas Dekker and Haley Bennett. A love-him-or-hate-him filmmaker if there ever was one, writer-director Gregg Araki has at least one universally acclaimed movie under his belt (2005’s “Mysterious Skin”), but most of the time he’s out to indulge his own warped sense of humor and narrative, critics be damned. With “Kaboom,” Araki somehow manages to meld college sex comedies, supernatural sci-fi and gritty thrillers into one indescribable hodgepodge of nubile bodies, zippy one-liners and loads of hallucinatory imagery. Not rated, contains language, disturbing images, drug use and graphic sexual content. Running time: 1:26.

Suggested retail price: $24.98. 

“NEVER APOLOGIZE,” starring Malcolm McDowell. McDowell’s spirited recollections of time well spent with director Lindsay Anderson, who achieved notoriety and success alongside McDowell after directing him in 1968’s “If,” the talk of that year’s Cannes and a cult classic today. McDowell’s way with a story and heretofore hidden talent for mimicry keeps the performance riveting even for viewers unfamiliar with the subject matter, and likely spurring them to seek out Anderson’s work, which also includes “This Sporting Life,” “O Lucky Man!” and many other raw, intelligent offerings. Not rated, contains language. Running time: 1:51.

Suggested retail price: $19.98.

— Courtesy of Videoport