Since the publicists pushing the Summit Entertainment releases Knowing and Push sent us a box of bomb pops packed in dry ice last week, we feel obliged to note that those two movies are being released this week. So there… never let it be said that we don’t earn our promotional popsicles.

But the big release news of the week concerns the second wave of Universal’s “Backlot Series,” which this time out includes Ali Baba & The Forty Thieves, Beau Geste, Trail Of The Lonesome Pine and—best of all—Lonely Are The Brave, the “death of the west” drama that star Kirk Douglas has always considered his favorite movie. Given how lax Universal can be about opening up its vaults, just about any catalog release is welcome, but this one is particularly sweet.

Ali Baba & The Forty Thieves

Universal, $19.98

Beau Geste

Universal, $19.98

Callan: Set 1

Acorn, $49.99

A Day In The Life

Lionsgate, $19.98

Dead Wood

Lionsgate, $26.98

The Deep

Sony Blu-ray, $28.95

Five Fingers

Lionsgate, $26.98

Garrison

Peace Arch, $29.99

Garrison Keillor: The Man On The Radio In The Red Shoes

Docurama, $26.95

Grumpy Old Men

Warner Blu-ray, $28.99

Jeff Garlin: Young & Handsome – A Night With Jeff Garlin

Shout! Factory, $14.99

The John Barrymore Collection: Sherlock Holmes/Dr. Jeckyll And Mr. Hyde/The Beloved Rogue/Tempest

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Kino, $59.95

Kath & Kim: Season One

Universal, $29.98

Knowing

Summit, $26.99; Blu-ray, $34.99

Lonely Are The Brave

Universal, $19.98

Matlock: The Third Season

Paramount, $49.99

Mr. Rock & Roll: The Alan Freed Story

Vivendi, $14.99

Murder She Wrote: The Complete Tenth Season

Universal, $49.98

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XV

Shout! Factory, $59.99

Near Dark

Lionsgate, $14.98

Night Train

National Entertainment, $24.98; Blu-ray, $24.98

One Missed Call 3: Final

Tokyo Shock, $29.99

Peanuts: 1960’s Collection (A Charlie Brown Christmas/Charlie Brown’s All-Stars/It’s The Great Pumpkin/You’re In Love Charlie Brown/He’s Your Dog Charlie Brown/It Was A Short Summer Charlie Brown)

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Warner, $29.98

Petticoat Junction: The Official Second Season

Paramount, $39.98

Push

Summit, $26.99; Blu-ray, $34.99

Reno 911!: The Complete Sixth Season

Comedy Central, $26.98

Resolved

Image, $27.98

Third Watch: The Complete Second Season

Warner, $59.98

Torchwood: The Complete Second Season

BBC Warner Blu-ray, $79.98

Trail Of The Lonesome Pine

Universal, $19.98

The Unborn

Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.98

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