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Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

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In the third and final installment of George Lucas’s Star Wars prequel trilogy, Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) and Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman) are married, and General Grievous leads the Confederacy in a battle against the Republic. Meanwhile, Darth Sidious (Ian McDiarmid) is luring war-weary Anakin to the dark side, forcing Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) to fight against his former pupil. Samuel L. Jackson and Jimmy Smits co-star.

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Dexter: Season 1: Disc 1

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This disc includes the following episodes: “Dexter,” “Crocodile,” “Popping Cherry” and “Let’s Give the Boy a Hand.”

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Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones

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George Lucas’s famous saga about a galaxy far, far away continues as Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) makes progress in his Jedi training, falls in love with Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman) and grows into a young man capable of a power that can either save or destroy him. Though he’s under the direction of Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), Skywalker wrestles with the demons that begin to lure him to the Dark Side.

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Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace

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In this Star Wars prequel, jedi Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) must protect Queen Amidala (Natalie Portman) from the evil clutches of Darth Sidious and Senator Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid). Along the way, they meet Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd), a child who shows intimations of a great gift. Terence Stamp and Samuel L. Jackson co-star amid spectacular CGI scenery in director George Lucas’s sci-fi epic.

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Ghostbusters 2

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In director Ivan Reitman’s commercially successful sequel, the fearless Ghostbusters — Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray (Dan Aykroyd), Egon (Harold Ramis) and Winston (Ernie Hudson) — find themselves out of business after waging a war on slime that cost New York City millions. The guys are forced to find new careers but ultimately reunite when an ancient tyrant targets Venkman’s ex-girlfriend (Sigourney Weaver) and her infant son.

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Ghostbusters

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After losing their academic posts at a prestigious university, a team of parapsychologists (Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis) goes into business as proton-pack-toting “ghostbusters” who exterminate ghouls, hobgoblins and supernatural pests of all stripes. An ad campaign pays off when a knockout cellist (Sigourney Weaver) hires the squad to purge her swanky digs of demons that appear to be living in her refrigerator.

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Shrek Forever After

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The fourth chapter of this fractured fairy-tale series finds the lovable green ogre Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) feeling less like a monster and more like a man in the midst of a midlife crisis. But will striking a deal with Rumpelstiltskin make his life better or worse? Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas return as the voices of Princess Fiona, Donkey and Puss in Boots, respectively.

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Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope

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Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) guides intrepid Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) on a valiant bid to save the captured Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) from Darth Vader (voiced by James Earl Jones). With his trusty droids and smuggler Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Skywalker must also destroy the Galactic Empire’s all-powerful weapon: the Death Star. George Lucas cemented his status as a pop-culture legend with this classic battle between good and evil.

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Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

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Director George Lucas delivers the finale to his original epic space trilogy with the rebel forces’ last stand against the Empire and Luke Skywalker’s (Mark Hamill) fateful confrontation with his nemesis, Darth Vader (voiced by James Earl Jones). Skywalker tries to rescue Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) from Jabba the Hutt, while the rebel army and the small, furry Ewoks battle the enormity of the rebuilt Death Star.

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Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

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George Lucas’s epic saga continues as Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), in hopes of defeating the evil Galactic Empire, learns the ways of the Jedi from aging master Yoda. But Darth Vader (voiced by James Earl Jones) is more determined than ever to capture Luke. Meanwhile, rebel leader Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), cocky Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Chewbacca, and droids C-3PO and R2-D2 are thrown into various stages of capture, betrayal and despair.

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Damages: Season 1: Disc 3

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This disc includes the following episodes: “I Hate These People,” “There’s No ‘We’ Anymore” and “Because I Know Patty.”

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Damages: Season 1: Disc 1

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This disc includes the following episodes: “Get Me a Lawyer (Pilot),” “Jesus, Mary and Joe Cocker,” “And My Paralyzing Fear of Death,” “Tastes Like a Ho-Ho” and “A Regular Earl Anthony.”

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Damages: Season 1: Disc 2

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This disc includes the following episodes: “She Spat at Me,” “We Are Not Animals,” “Blame the Victim,” “Do You Regret What We Did?” and “Sort of Like a Family.”

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The IT Crowd: Series 4

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From their basement digs in the swank high-rise offices of Reynholm Industries, the firm’s in-house tech support staff continues to bump heads and maintain an uneasy coexistence in the fourth season of this smartly acted sitcom. Rather than being team players, techies Moss (Richard Ayoade) and Roy (Chris O’Dowd) focus on defying their clueless but ambitious supervisor, Jen (Katherine Parkinson), in any way they can.

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Get Low

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Oscar winners Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek team up to tell the true story of irascible Felix Bush, a backwoods Tennessee loner who planned his funeral in 1938 while he was still around to attend — and enjoy — the proceedings. Director Aaron Schneider’s deft blend of dark humor and poignancy also stars Bill Murray as Frank Quinn, the huckster owner of a failing funeral home, and Lucas Black as his dubious assistant.

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Big Love: Season 4: Disc 1

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This disc includes the following episodes: “Free At Last,” “The Greater Good” and “Strange Bedfellows.”

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being: Special Edition

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Though Tomas (Daniel Day-Lewis) is adept at juggling girlfriends (Juliette Binoche and Lena Olin), he has a tougher time following the dictates (or lack thereof) of his political conscience in this Oscar-nominated adaptation of Milan Kundera’s acclaimed novel about a womanizing Czech doctor. But when Soviet tanks rumble through Prague in 1968, the gravity of the situation changes all their lives forever in this drama from director Philip Kaufman.

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The Disappearance of Alice Creed

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Thinking they’ve cooked up the perfect crime, Vic (Eddie Marsan) and Danny (Martin Compston) abduct young heiress Alice Creed (Gemma Arterton), only to find their surefire plan unraveling as they attempt to negotiate a tidy ransom in director J Blakeson’s twisty thriller. As the steely Alice lies tethered to a bed, an escalating battle of wills — and wits — ensues when setbacks shift the balance of power.

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The Corporation

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Filmmakers Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott explore the genesis of the American corporation, its global economic supremacy and its psychopathic leanings, with social critics like Noam Chomsky and Milton Friedman lending insight in this documentary. With their merciless quest for profit and insatiable aim to sway every aspect of culture, conglomerates’ inner workings are scrutinized to draw conclusions about “business as usual.”

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Encounters at the End of the World

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Filmmaker Werner Herzog takes you on a wild and woolly journey to the South Pole in this Oscar contender — from the National Science Foundation’s headquarters on Ross Island to some of Antarctica’s most remote and dangerous terrain. With a keen eye for the wonders and sometimes hilarious peculiarities of this icy land’s animal and human inhabitants, Herzog offers an astounding look at the world’s most inhospitable landscape.

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