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Vincenzo Amato stars as a poor Sicilian peasant who finds love while sailing to America to find a better life in "Golden Door."
Heading the list of some January DVD releases is the 1967 Oscar winner for best picture that depicts race relations in the Deep South.

New releases

"In the Heat of the Night: 40th Anniversary Edition" (MGM Home Entertainment, $19.98, not rated). Sidney Poitier stars as a Philadelphia homicide detective who assists the reluctant police chief of Sparta, Miss., (Rod Steiger, in an Oscar-winning performance) in investigating a murder. The DVD includes a previously released audio commentary by Steiger, director Norman Jewison, co-star Lee Grant and cinematographer Haskell Wexler, and three new documentaries.

"Golden Door" (Buena Visa Home Entertainment, $29.95, rated PG-13). Winner of six Venice Film Festival awards, "Golden Door" traces the voyage of a poor Sicilian peasant (Vincenzo Amato) as he sails to America for a better life. On the Atlantic crossing, he meets a well-bred Englishwoman (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and they fall in love despite differences in language and backgrounds.

"She's Gotta Have It" ( MGM Home Entertainment, $19.98, rated R). The DVD debut of the 1986 film that marked director Spike Lee's emergence as a force in American movies. Made over 12 days with a budget of $175,000 (it grossed more than $7 million at the box office), the film stars Tracy Camilla Johns as an independent young woman from Brooklyn who is involved with three different men. The DVD contains no bonus features. — MCT

"The Attic" (Allumination FilmWorks, $29.98, rated R). The new ghost story of horror film director Mary Lambert ("Pet Sematary" and "Pet Sematary 2") focuses on Emma (Elisabeth Moss of "The West Wing"), a troubled teen who is uncomfortable with her family's new house, especially the attic.

"Wedding Daze" (20th Century Fox, $21.58, rated R) After a disastrous first engagement, Anderson (Jason Biggs) proposes to an attractive stranger (Isla Fisher) on the advice of his best friend and she says yes. What follows are their misadventures with disapproving parents and neurotic friends.

"Zodiac" (Paramount Home Entertainment, $36.99, rated R) Two-disc director's cut of suspense-thriller is based on the hunt of an infamous serial killer of the late '60s who terrorized the Bay Area. The killer's name was coined in a series of letters he sent to the press. It stars Jake Gyllenhall, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. Rated R for violence, profanity, drug material and sexual images. The three hours of extras include interviews with the original detectives and surviving victims.


"The New Adventures of Old Christine: The Complete First Season" (Two discs, Warner Home Video, $29.98, not rated). Julia Louis-Dreyfus broke the "Seinfeld" jinx that had afflicted her for her performance as suburban single mom Christine Campbell in this CBS sitcom. All 13 episodes are included. — MCT