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Zatoichi
From the seemingly endless vault of Japanese TV shows and films starring the blind masseur superhero Zatoichi (star of an upcoming summer film) emerge three more episodes: Zatoichi and the Chess Expert, Zatoichi’s Vengeance, and Zatoichi’s Cane Sword. NR; $19.95 each.

Paycheck
Ben Affleck’s awful sci-fi dud. PG-13; $29.99.

Mr. Klein
Joseph Losey’s smart, dark 1976 drama stars Alain Delon as a Catholic Frenchman mistaken for a Jew during the Nazi occupation of Paris. NR; $19.95.

Miracle
Disney’s Cold War on ice, about the 1980 Olympic hockey team. PG; $29.99.

The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly
An extended three-hour cut adds fourteen minutes of deleted scenes and many extras. R; $29.98.

Before Stonewall
This edition of the important 1985 documentary adds unreleased footage of lefty Andrew Kopkind’s interviews with Allen Ginsberg. NR; $29.95.

The Animation Show
The 2003 slate of cutting-edge, short-form animation selected by Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt is a riot of styles and includes six Oscar nominees. NR; $24.95.

OUR PICK
Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda actually seemed to mature over the twelve episodes of Sex and the City: Season Six, Part One—a fact more evident in their choice of men than in their ever-youthful fashion sense. Despite her doubts, Samantha stuck it out with her hottest boy-toy yet; Charlotte’s bald, ugly boyfriend Harry emerged as the most sensible guy in the whole series; and Miranda finally began to give Steve the respect he deserved. But the real find was Carrie’s first keeper: Jack Berger, played by Ron Livingston, who delivered plenty of “zsa-zsa-zsu” in his best role since his turn in the 1999 cult classic Office Space. Carrie shouldn’t have ever let the wry, realistic Berger get away—even if he did break up with her on a Post-it note. Three discs; NR; $49.99. Extras: 75-minute discussion with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, and executive producer Michael Patrick King; audio commentary by King.


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