• "Anne of the Thousand Days"/"Mary, Queen of Scots" (Universal, 1969/1971, PG/PG-13, $19.98). Genevieve Bujold deservedly earned an Oscar nomination for the first film here, as Anne Boleyn, opposite Richard Burton as King Henry VIII (also Oscar-nominated). And Bujold carries the film in a wonderfully modulated performance that rises above the spectacle (and questionable history). Irene Papas, Anthony Quayle co-star.
The second film has also been criticized for historical inaccuracies but forget that and enjoy the show as Queen Mary (Vanessa Redgrave, another Oscar-nominee) and Queen Elizabeth (Glenda Jackson) get into a power struggle. Co-stars include Timothy Dalton, Patrick McGoohan, Ian Holm and Trevor Howard.
• "Masada" (Koch, 1981, two discs, $29.98). Emmy nominations went to Peter O'Toole and Peter Strauss as, respectively, the Roman commander whose legions attack the title fortress and the leader of the Jewish zealots who put up a memorable last stand. One of the great miniseries that once were commonplace on network television, with everyone involved at the peak of their powers. (The copyright is NBC/Universal, but it actually aired on ABC over four nights in April 1981.)
• "The Starter Wife" (Universal, 2007, two discs, $29.98). Debra Messing ("Will & Grace") stars in this cable miniseries, a comic drama that aired in June, based on a Hollywood insider's novel. Messing is the wife of a studio exec who dumps her, sending her into a tailspin. Pretty good but could have been a two-hour movie. Judy Davis and Joe Mantegna co-star.
• "Gracie" (New Line, 2007, PG-13, $27.98). Siblings Elisabeth and Andrew Shue developed this uplifting effort (and they take supporting roles). The story focuses on a teenage girl (Carly Schroeder) who steps up to get on the all-male soccer team when her soccer-star brother is killed in an accident.
• "We Are Marshall" (Warner, 2007, PG, $28.98). True story of Marshall University rebuilding its football team after a terrible tragedy is another celebration of the human spirit, and also well done. Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox star.
• "Lucky You" (Warner, 2007, PG-13, $28.98). Disjointed but fairly enjoyable Vegas gambling yarn, with Eric Bana trying to live up to his legendary poker-champ father (Robert Duvall) and falling for Drew Barrymore. Good cast helps.
• "Two Weeks" (MGM, 2007; R for language; $27.98). Middle-aged North Carolina woman (Sally Field) is dying of cancer while her four adult sons and their families bicker. Well-acted but difficult melodrama.
• "Death Proof" (Dimension/Genius, 2007; R for violence, language, sex, nudity; two discs, $29.95). Quentin Tarantino's half of the "Grindhouse" feature, an interminable chase film with Kurt Russell as a serial killer.
• "The Valet" (Sony Classics, 2007, PG-13, $29.95). Amusing French mistaken-identity farce by Francis Veber ("La Cage aux Folles," "The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe") about a tycoon (Daniel Auteuil) who tries to convince his wife (Kristin Scott Thomas) that he's not really having an affair with a supermodel.
• "The Flying Scotsman" (MGM, 2007, PG-13, $27.98). Jonny Lee Miller stars as champion cyclist Graeme Obree in this biographical film.
• "Cautiva" (Koch Lorber; not rated but R-level nudity, language; 2005, $26.98). Argentine coming-of-age drama about a teenage girl who suddenly learns her real parents were government-persecuted activists.
• "Deliverance: Deluxe Edition" (Warner, 1972; R for violence, language; $28.99). The movie that convinced Hollywood Burt Reynolds could act, as he and Jon Voight are among four businessmen whose weekend river trip turns deadly. Still holds up as a terrifying film.
• "Wall Street: 20th Anniversary Edition" (Fox, 1987; R for language, sex, violence; two discs, $19.98). Michael Douglas won his Oscar for this "greed-is-good" performance, and Charlie Sheen is also fine as the young stock trader Douglas takes under his wing. This director's cut restores the lost footage of Daryl Hannah, among other things.
• "Elizabeth" (Focus/Universal, 1998; R for violence, sex; $14.98). Just in time for the sequel, "Elizabeth: The Golden Age," comes this overly violent but very well-acted look at the young queen, expertly played by Cate Blanchett.
• "Saturday Night Fever: 30th Anniversary Special Collector's Edition" (Paramount, 1977; R for violence, language, sex; $19.99). Overrated but hugely popular dance film made an instant superstar of John Travolta and made the Bee Gees' soundtrack the biggest-selling album ever at the time. Travolta's very good as the Brooklyn kid who is a king on the dance floor, but the film is foul-mouthed, and an attempted rape scene is hard to take.
• "Flashdance: Special Collector's Edition" (Paramount, 1983; R for nudity, sex, language, violence; $19.99). Jennifer Beals deservedly became a star, but the film is a mediocre mix of "Saturday Night Fever" and "Fame," about a welder who expresses herself each night with sexy dances in a bar.
• "Commando: Director's Cut" (Fox, 1985; R for violence, language, brief nudity; $19.98). Arnold Schwarzenegger, along with an innocent stewardess (Rae Dawn Chong), goes after the bad guys who've kidnapped his daughter. Mindless way-over-the-top nonstop action.
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