DVD Releases for Nov 20th.

Crime Scene Investigation: The Complete Seventh Season Extras: Commentary on selected episodes,The Evolution of CSI: Season 7, Smoke and Mirrors: Directing feature television, Who Are You? Inside ‘Living Legend’, Miniature Murders, Inside ‘Built to Kill’ and Las Vegas: The Real Crime Solvers featurettes. (Paramount)

Once upon a time, forensics were a strange and foreign thing to the American public. Now, every American is an armchair coroner. It is hard to believe that William Peterson and crew have been exceeding their jopb descriptions for seven years, but here is season number seven for your viewing pleasure.

Hudson Hawk Special Edition (1991) Bruce Willis, Danny Aiello, Andie MacDowell, James Coburn, Richard E. Grant, Sandra Bernhard. Extras: Commentary by director Michael Lehman, deleted scenes, trivia track, two all-new featurettes with Bruce Willis and Sandra Bernhard. (Sony).

The year is 1991, Bruce Willis was riding high with the success of the Die Hard films as well as Look Whos Talking and Bonfire of the Vanities (Ok, scratch that last one). Then Willis decided to make a comic/caper flick entitled Hudson Hawk. While it was a bomb (commercially and critically) at the time of it’s release, it has become a bit of a cult classic. Sony has now offered up a special edition for the hardest of the die hard fans. Randy will be giving us the lowdown on this shortly.

The Lady Vanishes (1938) Dir.: Alfred Hitchcock; Michael Redgrave, Dame May Whitty, Margaret Lockwood, Paul Lukas. New, restored high-definition digital transfer. Two-disc set. Extras: Commentary by film historian Bruce Eder; “Crook’s Tour,” a 1941 feature-length Charters and Caldicott adventure available for the first time on home video, with Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne reprising their beloved “The Lady Vanishes” roles; excerpts from Francois Truffaut’s legendary 1962 audio interview with Hitchcock; “Mystery Train,” a new video essay about Hitchcock and “The Lady Vanishes” by scholar Leonard Leff (“Hitchcock and Selznick: The Rich and Strange Collaboration of Alfred Hitchcock and David O. Selznick in Hollywood”); stills gallery of behind-the-scenes photos and promotional art; plus new essays by critic Geoffrey O’Brien and Hitchcock scholar Charles Barr. (Criterion).

Criterion always delivers amazing DVDs and this is no different. This early Hitchcock classic get an excellent digital transfer as well as being packaged with loads of goodies that should delight any film buff.

Live Free or Die Hard (2007) Dir.: Len Wiseman; Bruce Willis, Timothy Olyphant, Justin Long, Maggie Q, Jonathan Sadowski, Kevin Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Single-disc and unrated two-disc editions. Extras: Single disc: Commentary by Bruce Willis, director Len Wiseman and editor Nicolas De Toth; “Die HardÓ music video by Guyz Nite; behind-the-scenes with Guyz Nite. Two-disc set adds “Analog Hero in a Digital World: Making of Live Free or Die Hard” documentary; “Yippee-Ki-Yay Mother F*****!” one-on-oOne conversation with Bruce Willis and Kevin Smith; Fox Movie Channel Presents Fox Legacy. (Fox)

John McClain returns to kick the crap out of some unsuspecting terrorists. These sad little bastards just don’t seem to learn, do they?

Mission: Impossible: The Third Season (1968-69) Seven-disc set with 25 episodes, $54.99. (Paramount).

Rescue Dawn (2007) Dir.: Werner Herzog; Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies. Extras: Commentary by director Werner Herzog and interviewer Norman Hill, “The Making of a True Story” documentary, deleted scenes, still gallery. (MGM).
Read Lee’s review of Rescue Dawn.

The Wild Wild West: The Third Season (1967-68) Six-disc set with 24 episodes, $54.99. (Paramount).

For more info on upcoming DVD releases, check out our DVD calendar.