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Today's big release, in case you hadn't noticed, is Return of the King, the theatrical version. For those who have to get it (as opposed to the rest of you who are waiting for the 4 DVD extended set), Target seems to have the best price: $14.99. Be sure to get it in widescreen, kiddies!

Here's the rest of the pile released today:

Battle Hymn
Boy Meets Boy: Season 1
Brady Bunch in the White House
Bubba Ho-Tep SE
Buffy Vampire Slayer: Season 6
Cheers: Season 3
Club Dread
Crash Dive
Cruel Intentions 3
Custer of the West
Duel in the Sun
The Enemy Below
Frasier: Season 3
Growing Up Brady
Guns of the Magnificent Seven
Hell in the Pacific
Hunters: The Story of PJ
Junior Bonner
Larry Cohen Collection
(includes: Q: Winged Serpent, God Told Me To, Bone)
Last Valley
LOTR: Trilogy
(includes all three theatrical cuts)
Lost Treasure Sawtooth Island
Magnificent Seven Ride
Minute to Pray, a Second to Die
No Man is an Island
Nora’s Hair Salon
Northern Exposure: Season 1
Operation Scorpio
Price For Peace
Prodigal Son
Raiders of the Secret Stone
Royal Warriors
Saving Pvt Ryan-60th Anniv. D-Day Edition
(reissue of previous DVD with more bonuses and no DTS track)
Shooting War
Smiles of a Summer Night
(Bergman, Criterion)
Stray Dog
(Kurosawa, Criterion)
To Hell and Back
Too Late the Hero
Underworld- NR Extended Cut
Wake Island
Weather Underground
Welcome to Mooseport
What Price Glory?
Winds of War
World War II Collection
(includes: Price for Peace, Shooting War, Saving Private Ryan (D-Day Edition) and a collectible book)
You Were Never Lovelier
Young Master

I guess the theme this week is Hobbits and Veterans!

Warners has announced the street date for Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed: 9/14 as a single disc release, minimal bonuses.

The studio will also release Lassie Come Home, Son of Lassie and The Courage of Lassie, plus the 1996 update of Flipper and Flipper's New Adventure on August 24th.

Fox announced some more TV stuff: Harsh Realm: The Complete Series and Futurama: Volume 4, both out on 8/24.

Not yet announced, but rumored is a 9-disc The Matrix Trilogy DVD box set for Region 4 (street date TBA). This would supposedly include 3 discs for The Matrix, 3 discs for The Matrix Reloaded, 2 discs for The Matrix Revolutions, and the single-disc Animatrix DVD. Features of the set are reported to include new HD film transfers of the films, an extended version of Reloaded with an hour of additional footage and new documentaries, commentaries and other newly created special edition content. I'd expect some variant of this to make its way here, but we'll see...


Mystic River (out on 6/8)

Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)