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DVD Releases for Jan 15th.

An Affair to Remember (1957) Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Richard Denning. Two-disc anniversary edition with new digital transfer. Extras: Commentary by singer Marni Nixon and film historian Joseph McBride; “Affairs to Remember: Deborah Kerr”; “Affairs to Remember: Cary Grant:”; “Directed by Leo McCarey” featurette; “A Producer to Remember: Jerry Wald” featurette; “The Look of An Affair to Remember”; “AMC Backstory: An Affair to Remember”; “Fox Movietonews: An Affair to Remember Shipboard Premiere Attracts Celebrities” featurette; poster gallery; still gallery. (Fox).

In this poignant and humorous love story nominated for four Academy Awards, Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr meet on an ocean liner and fall deeply in love. Though each is engaged to someone else, they agree to meet six months later at the Empire State Building if they still feel the same way about each other. But a tragic accident prevents their rendezvous and the lover’s future takes an emotional and uncertain turn.

Even if you have never seen An Affair to Remember, you are likely familiar with it because of the repeated references to it in Sleepless in Seattle. While certainly not a crime film, it does feature CARY GRANT and thus deserves mention here.

Randy will have a review up later this week.

Already Dead (2007) Ron Eldard, Til Schweiger, Christopher Plummer. Extras: Deleted scenes.$24.96 (Sony).

“Thomas Archer (Eldard) had everything: a beautiful wife, a job as a senior associate at a powerful architecture firm, and a beautiful son. Until one fateful night, when his son was taken from him and his wife brutalized, sending Archer down a path of revenge. When Thomas and Sarah Archer’s home is burglarized and their young son killed, Thomas does everything he can to try to put the pieces back in his life. But when the police can’t find the killer, Archer’s therapist (Plummer) offers up another option- a last resort. He knows of a mysterious group that can track and find his son’s killer and give Archer the opportunity to take justice into his own hands. Archer agrees to this lucrative deal. Face to face with his son’s killer, Archer is faced to make a decision that will change all of their lives.”

Just the other day, Randy and I were discussing Mr. Eldard. We were talking about his series “Blind Justice” which was about a cop that was…blind. Nice to see he is still getting work.

In the Heat of the Night 40th Anniversary Edition (1967) Dir.: Norman Jewison; Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant , Larry Gates, James Patterson, William Schallert. Extras: Commentary by Jewison, Grant, Steiger and Haskell Wexler; three featurettes: “Turning Up the Heat: Movie Making in the Turbulent 60s,” “The Slap Heard Around the World,” “Quincy Jones: In the Heat of the Music” featurette. (MGM).

“While traveling in the Deep South, Virgil Tibbs, a black Philadelphia homicide detective, becomes unwittingly embroiled in the murder investigationof a prominent businessman when he is first accused of the crimeand then asked to solve it! Finding the killer proves to be difficult, however, especially when his efforts are constantly thwarted by the bigoted town sheriff (Steiger). But neither man can solve this case alone. Putting aside their differences and prejudices, they join forces in a desperate race against time to discover the shocking truth.”

If you don’t own In the Heat of the Night, there is something seriously wrong with you. This set features some decent extras, but the film is the real reason to own it. If you don’t have this in your collection, BUY IT NOW.

Love Lies Bleeding (2008) Christian Slater, Jenna Dewan, Brian Geraghty. $24.96 (Sony).

Money changes everything, at least thats what Duke (Slater) and Amber (Dewan) would like to believe. Duke, a hapless Iraq War vet, stumbles onto a drug deal turned deadly and finds a duffel bag stuffed with dirty money. After stopping for a quickie wedding, Duke and Amber hit the road to start the life they’ve always dreamed about. The dream quickly turns into a nightmare when Pollen (Geraghty), a corrupt DEA agent, comes to reclaim what he believes is rightfully his. The chase begins with non-stop, hair-raising action as Duke and Amber are forced to outwit the increasingly crazed Pollen as they fight for their very lives.

Melissa (1974) Peter Barkworth, Ronald Fraser, and Moira Redman. Extras: Cast filmographies and Francis Durbridge biography (Acorn Media).

“Unemployed Fleet Street reporter Guy Foster is trying to forge a new career as a novelist. But he could never imagine the plot twists that his life takes next. Late one night, Guy’s beautiful wife, Melissa, is strangled. As the clues to her murder mount, they all point to him.

It’s true that the two had not been getting along. But Guy has never seen a doctor about his anger—although the doctor tells police Guy is his patient. A disturbing phone call puts Guy on the scene of another fresh corpse. A third woman who survives a murder attempt describes her attacker, and every detail matches Guy. As each new incident casts doubt on his innocence—and even his sanity—Guy throws himself into the investigation to clear his own name and learn the truth about Melissa at last.”

The Rockford Files: Season Five (1978-79) James Garner. Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $39.98. (Universal).

“The world’s most unlikely detective returns to DVD for the first time ever in all 22 thrilling Season Five episodes of The Rockford Files. Primetime Emmy® winner James Garner reprises his role as Jim Rockford, an ex-con-turned-private-investigator who would rather fish than fight, but whose instinct on closed cases is more golden than his classic Pontiac Firebird. From his mobile home in Malibu, this wisecracking private eye takes on the cases of the lost and the dispossessed, chasing down seemingly long-dead clues in the sun-baked streets and seamy alleys of Los Angeles. This phenomenal DVD set includes such stellar guest stars as Robert Loggia (Big), Rita Moreno (West Side Story), Tom Selleck (Magnum PI), Ed Harris (Apollo 13), John Pleshette (Knots Landing), Lane Smith (Lois & Clark), Harold Gould (Golden Girls), Abe Vigoda (Barney Miller), James Sikking (Hill Street Blues), and Kim Hunter (A Streetcar Named Desire), and more! The Rockford Files are now re-opened and declassified for mystery fans everywhere.”