Home Entertainment Release recap for October 5th, 2010

ALLY MCBEAL: Season 3, 4, 5 (1999-2000, 00-01, 01-02)Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Peter MacNicol $39.98 each (Fox).

ALLY McBEAL follows the story of young Harvard grad Ally (Calista Flockhart) as she excels in the courtroom but stumbles as a single woman in pursuit of personal happiness. Filled with clever dialogue and unfortunate situations, “ALLY McBEAL” Seasons 3, 4 and 5 let you relive moments spent in the unisex bathroom, dancing baby hallucinations, musical duels and the quest for love in the unlikeliest of places.

From the quirky, legally-adept mind of David E. Kelley, “ALLY McBEAL” Seasons 3, 4 and 5 showcase an incredible cast starring Calista Flockhart (“Brothers & Sisters”), Jane Krakowski (“30 Rock”), Portia de Rossi (“Better Off Ted”), Lucy Liu (Charlie’s Angels) and Peter MacNicol (“Numbers”). Guest spots include Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man), James Marsden (X-Men), Hayden Panattiere (“Heroes”) and Sting.

BONES Season 5 (2009-10) David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, T.J. Thyne, Michaela Conlin, John Francis Daley DVD: $59.98, Blu-ray: $69.99 Extras: Commentaries, extended episodes, deleted scenes, gag reel, The 100th Episode With Director David Boreanaz, The Bodies of Bones and The Nunchuck Way.(Fox).

Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) are back for more mystery, murder, and mayhem in the fifth season of Bones. Relying on Brennan’s unparalleled scientific abilities and Booth’s street-wise instincts, the sexy, crime-solving duo and their team face everything from modern-day witches to murdered rock-n-rollers as they scramble for evidence to stop a gruesome serial killer. This spectacular new season brings a wedding, the show’s landmark 100th episode, and decisions Bones and Booth must make that could change their lives forever.

Humphrey Bogart: The Essential Collection Twenty-four Bogart films on 12 discs, with a 13th disc featuring “The Brothers Warner” documentary. “The Petrified Forest” (1936), “Black Legion” (1937), “Kid Galahad” (1937), “Marked Woman” (1937), “San Quentin” (1937), “The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse” (1938), “Dark Victory” (1939), “The Roaring Twenties” (1939), “Invisible Stripes” (1939), “Brother Orchid” (1940), “They Drive by Night” (1940), “Virginia City” (1940), “All Through the Night” (1941), “High Sierra” (1941), “The Maltese Falcon” (1941), “Casablanca” (1942), “Across the Pacific” (1942), “Action in the North Atlantic” (1943), “Passage to Marseille” (1944),” To Have and Have Not” (1944), “The Big Sleep” (1946), “Dark Passage” (1947), “Key Largo “(1948), “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (1948).  $99.98 (Warner).

Includes an all new 48-page tribute book with an introduction by TCM host and film historian Robert Osborne. The book is full of striking photography including movie stills and behind-the-scenes photos from each film. Additional memorabilia features 15 photo cards of classic one-sheets and rare archival studio correspondence, including a telegram from Humphrey Bogart to Hal Wallis requesting the lead in High Sierra.

MAD MAX Blu-ray/DVD Combo (1979) Director: George Miller; Mel Gibson. Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. $24.99 Extras: “Mel Gibson: The Birth of a Star” documentary, “Mad Max: The Film Phenomenon” documentary, new-to-the-U.S. original Australian language track, theatrical trailers, “Road Rants” trivia & fun fact track, photo gallery, TV Spots. commentary by filmmakers Jon Dowding, David Eggby, Chris Murray and Tim Ridge. (MGM).

Setting Mel Gibson on a sure path to superstardom, this highly acclaimed “crazy collide-o-scope”(Newsweek) of highway mayhem “cinematically defined the postapocalyptic landscape” (TV Guide). Featuring eye-popping stunts that are “electrifying and very convincing” (Variety) and “an authentically nihilistic spirit” (The Village Voice), Mad Max is “pure cinematic poetry” (Time). In the ravaged near future, a savage motorcycle gang rules the road. Terrorizing innocent civilians while tearing up the streets, the ruthless gang laughs in the face of a police force hell-bent on stopping them. But they underestimate one officer: Max Rockatansky (Gibson). And when the bikers brutalize Max’s best friend and family, they send him into a mad frenzy that leaves him with only one thing left in the world to live for revenge!

THE MALTESE FALCON Blu-ray (1941)Dir: John Houston; Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre and Sidney Greenstreet $24.98 Extras: Commentary by Bogart biographer Eric Lax, The Maltese Falcon: One Magnificent Bird, Breakdowns of 1941: Studio blooper reel, Makeup tests, Becoming Attractions: The Trailers of Humphrey Bogart, Warner Night at the Movies 1941 short subjects gallery: Newsreel, musical short The Gay Parisian, 2 classic cartoons: Hiawatha’s Rabbit Hunt and Meet John Doughboy, Trailers of This Movie, 1941’s Sergeant York and 1936’s previous Falcon movie adaptation Satan Met a Lady, Audio-only bonus: 3 radio show adaptations–two featuring the movie’s original stars, plus another starring Edward G. Robinson(Warner)

A gallery of high-living lowlifes will stop at nothing to get their sweaty hands on a jewel-encrusted falcon. Detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) wants to find out why–and who’ll take the fall for his partner’s murder. An all-star cast (including Sydney Greenstreet, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Elisha Cook Jr.) joins Bogart in this crackling mystery masterwork written for the screen (from Dashiell Hammett’s novel) and directed by John Huston. This nominee for 3 Academy Awards00Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Greenstreet) and Screenplay (Huston)–catapulted Bogart to stardom and launched Huston’s directorial career. All with a bird and a bang!

ROBOCOP Trilogy [Blu-ray] Peter Weller, Ronny Cox $59.99 (MGM)

In ROBOCOP (1987), a terminally wounded cop in crime-ridden Detroit returns to the force as a powerful cyborg with submerged memories haunting him. ROBOCOP 2 (1990) features a corrupt businesswoman seeking to disable Robocop in favor of her own model of cyborg. In ROBOCOP 3 (1993) Robocop saves the day once more. This time the half man/half robot takes on ruthless developers who want to evict some people on “their” land.

SPLICE (2010) Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chaneac. DVD: $29.98 Blu-ray/DVD combo pack: $35.99. Extras: “A Director’s Playground: Vincenzo Natali on the Set of Splice” featurette. (Warner).

Superstar genetic engineers Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) specialize in splicing DNA from different animals to create incredible new hybrids. Now they want to use human DNA in a hybrid that could revolutionize science and medicine. But when the pharmaceutical company that funds their research forbids it, they secretly take their experiment underground–risking their careers to push the boundaries of science and serve their own curiosity and ambition. The result is Dren, an amazing, strangely beautiful creature of uncommon intelligence and unexpected physical developments. At first, Dren exceeds their wildest dreams. But as she grows and learns at an accelerated rate, her existence threatens to become their worst nightmare.

SGU Season One (2009-10) Robert Carlyle, Justin Louis, Brian J. Smith, Jamil Walker Smith DVD: $49.98, Blu-ray: $59.99. Extras: Extended pilot with never-before-seen footage, exclusive behind-the-scenes featurettes, “Destiny SML (Star Map Log),” “Stargate 101: Presented by Dr. Daniel Jackson,” video diaries, commentary on every episode. Blu-ray adds SGU: Survival Instinct Game Destiny SML vignettes. (MGM)

A group of soldiers, scientists and civilians, fleeing an attack, is stranded billions of miles from Earth on an Ancient ship known as the Destiny. Locked on an unknown course, they must fight to survive and find a way home. The danger, adventure and hope they find on board the Destiny will reveal the heroes and villains among them.

TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE Blu-ray (1948)Dir: John Houston; Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett $24.98 Extras: Commentary by Bogart biographer Eric Lax, Discovering Treasure: The Story of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Feature-length documentary profile: John Huston, Classic cartoon 8 Ball Bunny, Warner Night at the Movies 1948 short subjects gallery, Newsreel, Joe McDoakes comedy short So You Want to Be a Detective, Classic cartoon Hot Cross Bunny, Trailers of this movie and 1948’s Key Largo, Audio-only bonus: Radio show adaptation featuring the movie’s original stars(Warner)

Gold in the hills, avarice in the hearts of men. Two hard-luck drifters (Humphrey Bogart and Tim Holt) and a grizzled prospector (Walter Huston) discover gold. Then greed and paranoia set in. John Huston won Academy Awards for his direction and screenplay. And his dad took the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Without awards, but with enduring acclaim, is Bogart’s performance, transforming from a likable hobo to a heartless thug simmering in greed. Treasures place on the American Film Institute’s Top 100 American Films list reaffirms it’s still a powerful movie.