The List has begun its annual December taper-off, but there are few new releases worth getting excited about, including the first season DVD of the not-yet-popular-enough sitcom Better Off Ted. (Catch up in time for Season Two, debuting next week on ABC at 9 p.m. eastern.) Also cool? Arnaud Desplechin’s boisterous family drama A Christmas Tale, available from Criterion in a features-packed DVD and Blu-ray edition. And Shout! Factory continues to do right by the Mystery Science Theater 3000 DVD series; the latest box set contains four fine episodes (The Corpse Vanishes, Warrior Of The Lost World, Santa Claus and Night Of The Blood Beast) along with bonus features that include interviews and the original intros from the 1995 MST3K Turkey Day marathon. (Man, I miss those.)

Ben 10: Alien Swarm
Warner, $19.97; Blu-ray, $29.99

Best Laid Plans
20th Century Fox, $9.98

Better Off Ted: The Complete First Season
20th Century Fox, $29.98

The Brooklyn Heist
Image, $27.98

A Christmas Tale
Criterion, $39.95; Blu-ray, $39.95

The Complete Love Comes Softly Collection
20th Century Fox, $99.98

First Look, $28.98; $29.98

Death Warrior
Lionsgate, $26.98; Blu-ray, $29.99

The Donna Reed Show: Season Three
Virgil Films, $39.95

End Game
First Look, $24.98

Frat Party
Starz/Anchor Bay, $26.97

The Girl In The Park
Weinstein, $19.97

Into The Storm
HBO, $26.98

Mental: The Complete First Season
20th Century Fox, $49.98

Mystery Science Theater 3000: XVI
Shout! Factory, $64.99

Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian
20th Century Fox, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99


Paper Heart
Starz/Anchor Bay, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.98

The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter
Criterion, $39.95

Saturday Night Live: The Complete Fifth Season
Universal, $69.98

Silent Night, Deadly Night III, IV & V
Lionsgate, $19.98

Terminator: Salvation
Warner, $28.98; Blu-ray, $35.99