NEW ON THE SHELF:

“The Babadook,” Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman. Terrifying Australian import is the alternately frightening and moving tale of a single mom (Davis) and her troubled son (Wiseman), forced to contend with the evil presence lurking in a children’s book. Special features including interviews with cast and crew and behind-the-scenes footage. Not rated. Running time: 1:33. Suggested retail price: $14.93; Blu-ray $29.93

“Big Eyes,” Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz. Director Tim Burton tells Margaret Keane’s (Adams) fascinating saga, pitting the soft-spoken artist against her own husband (Waltz), a fame-hungry raconteur who brazenly takes all the credit for his wife’s popular artwork while making sure no home is without one of her/his paintings. Rated PG-13. Running time: 1:49. Suggested retail price: $29.98; Blu-ray $34.99

VIDEOPORT PICKS:

“Maps to the Stars,” Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska. Hollywood and those who thrill to its siren song are properly eviscerated in this twisty and twisted dark comedy from ever-prickly filmmaker David Cronenberg, which largely focuses on a pair of fading stars: Havana (Moore), a former starlet rapidly losing her grip on sanity while floundering in an attempt to remake her most famous film, and Benjie (Evan Bird, “The Killing”), a teen sensation whose drug use and general instability find him in demand less and less. Rated R. Running time: 1:52. Suggested retail price: $19.98; Blu-ray $26.98

“The Missing,” James Nesbitt, Frances O’Connor. A parent’s worst nightmare is unforgettably, brilliantly realized in this UK-produced miniseries presenting in great detail the story of Tony (Nesbitt, “The Hobbit”) and Emily (O’Connor, “The Hunter”), whose vacation to France becomes an unbearable tragedy when they lose their 5-year-old son in a crowd. Addictive viewing, taking a situation most people would prefer not to think about at all and creating great television out of it. Not rated. Running time: 8:00. Suggested retail price: $44.98; Blu-ray $54.99

– Courtesy of Videoport