(Kino International, $29.95)
Buster Keaton’s uncanny sense of “visual humor makes The General such a joy,” said The Dallas Morning News. His 1926 film about a Confederate railroad engineer who trails a train commandeered by Yankee spies features “one daring and inventive gag after another.”
Kung Fu Panda
Jack Black “gives voice, and emotion,” to a “roly-poly panda” who dreams of becoming a martial arts master, said The Philadelphia Inquirer. Amusing extras include instructional videos that teach kids how to do everything from use chopsticks to draw the film’s characters.
Christmas on Mars: A Fantastical Film Freakout Featuring the Flaming Lips
(Warner Bros., $24.99)
The Flaming Lips have always been eccentric, said The Hartford Courant. But the psych-rockers have “outdone themselves” with a surrealistic film that’s “surely destined for cult-classic status.” Naturally, the band provides a hallucinatory original score.
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