It was awfully nice of Criterion to time the release of the Blu-ray of Guillermo del Toro’s debut feature Cronos to promote our interview with the Mexican horror/fantasy auteur. As a way of saying thanks, how about picking up a copy? This is also a big week for documentaries, top-lined by Restrepo, the harrowing you-are-there documentary about an army unit stationed in one of the most dangerous regions of Afghanistan. Also worth a look: the quirky Big River Man, a doc about boozy Slovenian endurance swimmer Martin Strel; and the big box-set of ESPN’s 30 For 30’s first fifteen episodes, including some of the sharpest examples of documentary filmmaking this year. Sticking with the world of TV, this week also sees the release of the second season of Elvis Costello’s interview/performance series Spectacle, which includes his epic round with Bruce Springsteen. Lastly, I’m sure we don’t need to tell you that Inception comes out today because we already did… in your dreams!

Barry Munday
Magnolia, $26.98; Blu-ray, $29.98

Beyoncé: I Am… World Tour
Columbia Blu-ray, $31.98

Big Bad Mama/Big Bad Mama II
Shout! Factory, $19.93

Big River Man
IndiePix, $24.95

The Bob Hope Collection: The Lemon Drop Kid/Road To Bali/Road To Rio/My Favorite Brunette/The Seven Little Foys
Shout! Factory, $34.93


Bonanza: The Official Second Season, Vol. 1
Paramount, $42.99

Boy Meets World: The Complete Fourth Season
Lionsgate, $29.98

Crazy Mama/The Lady In Red
Shout! Factory, $19.93

Criterion, $29.95; Blu-ray, $39.95

The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation
Anchor Bay, $19.98

A Dog Year
HBO, $26.98

Dragnet 1969: Season Three
Shout! Factory, $34.93

Elvis Costello - Spectacle: Season Two
Video Music, $29.95

Escape From Zahrain
Olive, $24.95

ESPN 30 For 30: Volume One
TeamMarketing, $74.95

Fox 75th Anniversary Collection
20th Century Fox, $499.98

Franz Kafka’s A Country Doctor And Other Fantastic Films By Koji Yamamura
Zeitgeist, $29.95


God In America
PBS, $34.99

Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist, Rebel
Phase 4, $29.99

Warner, $28.98; Blu-ray, $35.99

Law & Order: The Eighth Year
Universal, $59.98

Lost In Translation
Universal Blu-ray, $26.98

Mademoiselle Chambon
Lorber, $29.95

Married… With Children: The Complete Series
Sony, $250.95

The Milk Of Sorrow
Olive, $29.95

Prayers For Bobby
A&E, $19.95

Virgil, $19.99; Blu-ray, $34.99

Shrek Forever After
DreamWorks, $29.99; Blu-ray, $49.99

Shrek: The Whole Story
DreamWorks, $53,99; Blu-ray, $79.99

2010 World Series: Texas Rangers Vs. San Francisco Giants
Shout! Factory, $19.93; Blu-ray, $29.93


Trek Stars Go West
Video Service, $19.95

Vega$: The Second Season, Vol. 1
Paramount, $39.99

Criterion Blu-ray, $39.95

The Year Of Getting To Know Us
E1, $24.98; Blu-ray, $24.98

Yogi Bear’s All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper
Warner. $14.97