DVD Releases for May 13th.

Blind Eye (2006) Nick Mancuso, Levi Oliver, Roddy Piper. (MTI Video)

An ex-cop is called by his estranged wife to help find their missing daughter, only to discover that there’s more to the disappearance than his “friends” are letting on.

Crash and Burn: Unrated (2008 — TV) Erik Palladino, Michael Madsen. (Genius)

An undercover FBI agent who agrees to infiltrate the ruthless underground world of “choppers” is quickly thrown into a world of fast cars and high stakes.

DNA (AKA DoNovAn) Tom Conti, Samantha Bond. Two DVD-set with five episodes, SRP $39.99 (Acorn Media)
“Tom Conti stars as Joe Donovan, an accomplished but troubled criminologist who returns from a mental breakdown to lead Manchester’s crack Forensic Investigations Unit. Called in to consult on a murder case that suspiciously resembles the one that drove him into near madness years ago, Donovan redeems his reputation and rediscovers his devotion to the job. Yet his professional dedication bleeds into his personal life, alienating his wife (Samantha Bond) but appealing to his son (Ryan Cartwright, The Grimleys), who wants to follow in his father’s footsteps.”

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Special Edition (1981) Dir.: Steven Spielberg; Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott, Alfred Molina. Extras: Raiders of the Lost Ark: An Introduction by Steven Spielberg & George Lucas”; “Indiana Jones: An Appreciation” by the cast and crew of “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”; “The Melting Face” recreation of the amazing physical effect of the villain’s melting face in “Raiders”; “Storyboard Sequence — The Well of Souls”; Galleries: llustrations & props, production photographs & portraits, effects/ILM, marketing; “Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures” Game demo and trailer. (Paramount).
Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is no ordinary archeologist. When we first see him, he is somewhere in the Peruvian jungle in 1936, running a booby-trapped gauntlet (complete with an over-sized rolling boulder) to fetch a solid-gold idol. He loses this artifact to his chief rival, a French archeologist named Belloq (Paul Freeman), who then prepares to kill our hero. In the first of many serial-like escapes, Indy eludes Belloq by hopping into a convenient plane. So, then: is Indiana Jones afraid of anything? Yes, snakes. The next time we see Jones, he’s a soft-spoken, bespectacled professor. He is then summoned from his ivy-covered environs by Marcus Brody (Denholm Elliott) to find the long-lost Ark of the Covenant. The Nazis, it seems, are already searching for the Ark, which the mystical-minded Hitler hopes to use to make his stormtroopers invincible. But to find the Ark, Indy must first secure a medallion kept under the protection of Indy’s old friend Abner Ravenwood, whose daughter, Marion (Karen Allen), evidently has a “history” with Jones. Whatever their personal differences, Indy and Marion become partners in one action-packed adventure after another, ranging from wandering the snake pits of the Well of Souls to surviving the pyrotechnic unearthing of the sacred Ark. A joint project of Hollywood prodigies George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, with a script co-written by Lawrence Kasdan and Philip Kaufman, among others, Raiders of the Lost Ark is not so much a movie as a 115-minute thrill ride. Costing 22 million dollars (nearly three times the original estimate), Raiders of the Lost Ark reaped 200 million dollars during its first run. It was followed by Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1985) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), as well as a short-lived TV-series “prequel.”

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Special Edition (1984) Dir.: Steven Spielberg; Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Jonathan Ke Quan, Amrish Puri. Extras: “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: An Introduction by Steven Spielberg & George Lucas”; “Creepy Crawlies”; “Locations” featurette, “Storyboard Sequence — The Mine Cart Chase” Galleries: llustrations & props, production photographs & portraits, effects/ILM, marketing; “Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures” Game demo and trailer. (Paramount).
The second of the George Lucas/Steven Spielberg Indiana Jones epics is set a year or so before the events in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1984). After a brief brouhaha involving a precious vial and a wild ride down a raging Himalyan river, Indy (Harrison Ford) gets down to the problem at hand: retrieving a precious gem and several kidnapped young boys on behalf of a remote East Indian village. His companions this time around include a dimbulbed, easily frightened nightclub chanteuse (Kate Capshaw), and a feisty 12-year-old kid named Short Round (Quan Ke Huy). Throughout, the plot takes second place to the thrills, which include a harrowing rollercoaster ride in an abandoned mineshaft and Indy’s rescue of the heroine from a ritual sacrifice. There are also a couple of cute references to Raiders of the Lost Ark, notably a funny variation of Indy’s shooting of the Sherpa warrior.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Special Edition (1989) Dir.: Steven Spielberg; Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Denholm Elliott, John Rhys-Davies. Extras: “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: An Introduction by Steven Spielberg & George Lucas”; “The Women: The American Film Institute Tribute” with the three Indiana Jones women (Karen Allen, Kate Capshaw and Alison Doody); “Friends and Enemies” discussion with Spielberg, Lucas and Indiana Jones writers; “Storyboard Sequence — The Opening Sequence”; Galleries: llustrations & props, production photographs & portraits, effects/ILM, marketing; “Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures” Game demo and trailer. (Paramount).
The third installment in the widely beloved Spielberg/Lucas Indiana Jones saga begins with an introduction to a younger Indy (played by the late River Phoenix), who, through a fast-paced prologue, gives the audience insight into the roots of his taste for adventure, fear of snakes, and dogged determination to take historical artifacts out of the hands of bad guys and into the museums in which they belong. A grown-up Indy (Harrison Ford) reveals himself shortly afterward in a familiar classroom scene, teaching archeology to a disproportionate number of starry-eyed female college students in 1938. Once again, however, Mr. Jones is drawn away from his day job after an art collector (Julian Glover) approaches him with a proposition to find the much sought after Holy Grail. Circumstances reveal that there was another avid archeologist in search of the famed cup — Indiana Jones’ father, Dr. Henry Jones (Sean Connery) — who had recently disappeared during his efforts. The junior and senior members of the Jones family find themselves in a series of tough situations in locales ranging from Venice to the most treacherous spots in the Middle East. Complicating the situation further is the presence of Elsa (Alison Doody), a beautiful and intelligent woman with one fatal flaw: she’s an undercover Nazi agent. The search for the grail is a dangerous quest, and its discovery may prove fatal to those who seek it for personal gain. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade earned a then record-breaking $50 million in its first week of release.

Lovejoy: Season 3 (1992) Ian Mcshane. Extras: Ian McShane looks back on Lovejoy Part 3, Pebble Mill interview with Ian McShane (Warner/BBC America)

The worlds quirkiest crime-solving antiques hero is back in Season three, now with four discs of side-splitting and outrageous escapades! Much to Lovejoys annoyance, hes not the only one on a never-ending quest for wealth and valuables. However, while he proves unstoppable in the face of sinister Italians, vengeful customers and even Erics vintage motorbikes, can he manage to escape the snares of love?

Mission Impossible: The Fourth TV Season (1969-70) Seven-disc set with 26 episodes, $54.99. Peter Graves, Peter Lupus, Greg Morris, Leonard Nimoy(Paramount).
The head of the “Impossible Missions Force”, a top-secret government group of operatives, starts a tape recorder and finds out about his latest assignment. Throughout most of the series, they would have to stop some petty dictator or powerful bad guy from whatever evil plot they had against the U.S. or Democracy in general. The elaborate use of electronic gadgetry, masters of disguise and detailed plans that require split-second timing made this tv show an “on the edge of your seater”!

The Rat Patrol Complete Series Seven-disc set with all 58 episodes, $49.98. (MGM).
Four elite Allied commandos of 111th Armor Recon team up as they blaze across the North African deserts to fight Field Marshal Rommel’s vaunted Africa Corps during WW II. Outfitted with Jeeps, machine guns and bravery, “The Rat Patrol” conducted raids into enemy territory.

Untraceable (2008) Diane Lane, Colin Hanks, Erin Carufel, Billy Burke, Joseph Cross, Mary Beth Hurt. Extras: Commentary, four featurettes, Available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).

Within the FBI there exists a division dedicated to investigating and prosecuting criminals on the internet. Welcome to the front lines of the war on cybercrime, where special Agent Jennifer Marsh (Diane Lane) and Griffin Dowd (Colin Hanks) have seen it all?until now. A tech-savvy internet predator is displaying his graphic murders on his own website and the fate of each of his tormented captives is left in the hands of the public: the more hits his site gets, the faster his victims die. When this game of cat and mouse becomes personal, Marsh and her team must race against the clock to track down this technical mastermind who is virtually untraceable.