Kill Bill, Vol. 1
Just in case you missed Quentin Tarantino’s first installment, you can catch the Bride’s first assassinations here—though collectors looking for special features should wait for the complete set. R; $29.99.
Casa de los Babys
John Sayles’s flat, one-note drama about American women (Marcia Gay Harden, Mary Steenburgen, and others) who attempt to adopt orphans in an unnamed South American country. R; $29.98.
Yossi & Jagger
Eytan Fox’s mawkish Israeli drama about two male soldiers who attempt to hide their love. R; $29.99.
What’s the Name of That Song?
Marking the 35th anniversary of Sesame Street, this fun kids’ disc of seventeen sing-alongs features all the regular puppets, plus stars like Nathan Lane, Conan O’Brien, and even Diana Krall. NR; $12.98.
Anime icon Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue) crafted this muted and elegantly drawn street-urchin tale—a mature, if sentimental, melodrama about a cross-dresser, an old man, and a runaway who find an orphan on Christmas Eve. PG-13; $26.96.
Step Into Liquid
This surfing safari is the first DVD to offer a full-length PC game as an extra: the decent Tony Hawk spinoff Kelly Slater’s Pro Surfer. PG; $24.98.
Pudgy British funnyman Ricky Gervais predicted there would have been a “horrible backlash” if his excruciatingly funny BBC sit-com had extended into a third season. So The Office: The Complete Second Series is the wrap-up of his bleak and hilarious mockumentary about a dysfunctional office and its drones. Gervais never settled for “Dilbert” photocopier humor, preferring sly references about knowing when to move on. Soon after the climactic event in the series, the self-satisfied desk jockey compares himself (in an absurd twist on The Man Nobody Knows) to no less a businessman than Jesus. “I can’t imagine Jesus going, Oh, I’ve told a few people here in Bethlehem I’m the son of God—can I stay here with Mum and Dad?” Gervais exasperatedly explains to the camera. “No, you’ve got to go on, and spread the word.” We hope he does. NR; $24.98. Extras: production diary; outtakes; “scenes not good enough to make it into the final cut.”