New DVD & Blu-Ray Releases
Celebrate the Yuletide season with Danny Kaye, courtesy of this twin bill of holiday-themed episodes from the beloved funnyman's 1960s variety series. Danny welcomes special guests Nat King Cole, who performs "The Christmas Song," and Mary Tyler Moore in a 1963 installment; while a 1966 program finds Kaye joined by Peggy Lee and Wayne Newton, who offers a rendition of "Jingle Bell Rock." 90 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
If you're looking for performance footage or personal interviews from the pioneering '80s alternative band out of Minneapolis, forget it! This documentary surveys their influence and impact solely through the testimonials of their contemporaries and their admirers, from the fan in the street to celebrated musicians, actors, and critics. 123 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo. Two-disc set.
To mark the 10th anniversary of the award-winning musical, an all-star array of "Les Miz" cast members from productions around the world took the stage at London's Royal Albert Hall, joined by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, to perform the songs in concert. Colm Wilkinson, Judy Kuhn, Philip Quast, Lea Salonga, and Ruthie Henshall head the cast; songs include "I Dreamed a Dream," "One Day More!," "On My Own," and a special encore of "Do You Hear the People Sing?," performed by 17 Jean Valjeans in their native languages. Special edition includes commemorative booklet. 147 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; "making of" documentary; interviews. Two-disc set.
They've been entertaining family audiences on the Las Vegas strip for decades, and now Moscow Circus veteran Gregory Popovich and his performing cats and dogs (all rescued from shelters) come to home video in a delightful comedy show. Watch as the critters foil some train robbers in "Working on the Railroad"; Gregory holds a tryout for new talent in "Dream Dogs"; and witness amazing animal acrobatics and go behind the scenes in "The Best of Popovich and Company." 50 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.