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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

DVD Releases Tuesday September 28, 2010

This Week's Top Pick:
BabiesBabies Documentary look at one year in the life of four babies from around the world -- from birth to first steps. The children are, respectively, in order of on-screen introduction: Ponijao, who lives with her family near Opuwo, Namibia; Bayarjargal, who resides with his family in Mongolia, near Bayanchandmani; Mari, who lives with her family in Tokyo, Japan; and Hattie, who resides with her family in the United States, in San Francisco. Captures the earliest stages of the journey of humanity that are at once unique and universal to us all. Vitals: Director: Thomas Balmes. 2010, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 79 min., Documentary, Box office gross: $7.291 million, Universal.


American Streetballers (2009) Jimmy McKinney, Matt Krentz. Urban drama about streetball. Constantly searching for sanity in the midst of alcoholism, racism, and drugs, two junior college basketball players find release and therapy while competing at one of the most competitive and poetic street courts in the U.S. (Monarch Home Video).

Astonishing X-Men -- Giftset (2010) The first arc in the three-part "Astonishing X-Men" home entertainment series of Marvel Motion Comics by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday. Deluxe DVD is featured with a graphic rich cover and a unique replica of comic book-style plastic sleeve packaging that bridges the comic book to DVD concept. $14.97. Extras: Visual history of the characters, behind-the-scenes: Marvel Knights Animation, "Marvel Super Heroes: What the ?, artists gallery. (Shout! Factory).

Babies (2010) Documentary look at one year in the life of four babies from around the world, from Mongolia to Namibia to San Francisco to Tokyo. Extras: "The Babies: Three Years Later," "Everybody Loves ... Your Babies" sweepstakes winners. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Universal).

The Brothel (2008) Serena Scott Thomas, Brett Cullen, Grace Zabriskie, Christian Martin. Psychological ghost story about a woman who flees her life in the city after the tragic loss of a lover; she buys a brothel in an old mining town to turn it into a hotel, but as she begins its restoration, her shattered psyche takes on the personas of the four prostitutes and their Madam who once inhabited it. (Vanguard Cinema).

Bruriah (2008 -- Israel) More than 1,000 years ago a famous rabbi tested the marriage vows of his wife Bruriah with a game of cruel temptation that caused her to commit suicide. Modern-day Bruriah provokes her traditional husband by trying to find the only remaining copy of a banned book written by her father about that ancient incident. (SISU Home Entertainment).

By the Will of Genghis Khan (2009 -- Mongolia, Russia, USA) Eduard Ondar, Gernot Grimm, Oleg Taktarov, Cary Hiroyuki-Tagawa. Epic feature about Genghis Khan, the 12/13th century warrior who united nomadic tribes, founded the Mongol Empire, then went on to conquer most of Eurasia. Shot on location in both Russia and Mongolia, with colossal battlefield action. (MTI Home Video).

Carc (2009 -- French Canadian) Jean-Paul Colmor, Etienne Grutman, Anne Carrier, Celia Leveillee-Marois. An introverted 74-year-old man runs a "car cemetery," where people come to find parts for old vehicles. One day four intruders visit him in search of a corner of twisted paradise, but the old man proves to be a lot more than they expected. (Vanguard Cinema).

The Cleveland Show: The Complete Season One (2009-10) Four-disc set with 24 episodes, $39.98. Extras: Uncensored audio commentaries on select episodes featuring Seth MacFarlane, Rich Appel, Mike Henry, Kevin Michael Richardson and others; deleted scenes; Christmas music video: "Get Your Hump On" by Earth, Wind and Fire; "Meet Cleveland" featurette; table read with Kanye West; Digital extras: Clips to Go" that can be saved to mobile devices or PCs. (Fox).

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinksy (2019) Mads Mikkelsen, Anna Mouglalis. Powerful, true story of the forbidden romance between two of the twentieth century's most fascinating creative geniuses, French fashion designer Coco Chanel and Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. Extras: "The Making of Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).

C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation, The Tenth Season (2009-10) Seven-disc set with 23 episodes, $79.99. (Paramount).

Dark Woods (2009) James Russo, Tracy Coogan, John Muscarnero, Mary Kate Wilesa. Critically acclaimed psychological thriller; tells the story of a young couple who move to a secluded cabin to cope with the wife's terminal illness. After the husband rescues a young girl from the abusive hands of her psychotic uncle, he is coerced by local law enforcement to allow her to stay with them. As the illness consumes the wife and the husband struggles with his own human connections, the young girl attempts to claim her place in this strange new family dynamic. (Vanguard Cinema).

Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! ... and More Stories By Mo Willems (2010) Includes the title story from the acclaimed picture book author as well as "Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale" and "Leonardo, the Terrible Monster." $14.95. (Scholastic Storybook Treasures).

Ellery Queen Mysteries: The Complete Series (1975-76) Six-disc set with 22 episodes, 59.98. (E1 Entertainment).

Family Guy: Partial Terms of Endearment (2010) The most infamous "Family Guy" episode, here uncensored: a freakin' poignant tale of what happens when Lois agrees to become a surrogate mother for an infertile couple against Peter's wishes. Extras: Live table read with the cast of "Partial Terms of Endearment," nine original songs including three never-before-released songs, "The Seth and Alex Almost Live Comedy Show," digital copy. (Fox).

Forbidden Lies (2009) Norma Khouri is a thief, a saint, a seductress and a sociopath -- depending on who is talking. Khouri won fame and fortune with her "true story," "Forbidden Love," about a shocking honor killing in Jordan, and the book was a runaway bestseller, translated into multiple languages. Khouri became the toast of the literary world, at least until July 2004, when esteemed Sydney Morning Herald journalist Malcolm Knox exposed her book as a work of fiction, and her protagonist, Dalia, a figment of her imagination. Following her shocking "outing," Khouri fights for her credibility and offers to go to Jordan to prove that "Dalia" indeed existed and that the incident in question really took place. Is her story fact or fiction? You decide. Extras: Commentary by director Anna Broinowski and Norma Khouri, director's diary, interviews with the filmmakers, deleted scenes, trailer, featurettes. (IndiePix).

Frozen (2010) Kevin Zegers, Shawn Ashmore, Emma Bell. Three skiers are stranded on a chair lift and forced to make life-or-death choices that prove more perilous than staying put and freezing to death. Extras: Commentary with the stars and filmmakers, four behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes.< B>Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds extra commentary with commentary with writer-director Adam Green, cinematographer Will Barratt and editor Ed Marx. (Anchor Bay).

Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema (2009 -- South Africa) Rapaulana Seiphemo, Robert Hobbs, Kenneth Nkosi, Eugene Khumbanyiwa, Louise Saint-Claire. Unflinching look into the crime and corruption of those struggling to survive in the most crime-infested district of Johannesburg; follows Lucky Kunene, a bright and aspiring teenager who is forced into a life of crime and corruption by those around him, until, by the time he reaches adulthood, he has made a name for himself as a notorious criminal, feared by his enemies, and praised by the locals who see him as a modern-day Robin Hood. Extras: Commentary by producer-writer-director Ralph Ziman, composer Alan Lazar and actor Jafta Mamabolo; deleted scenes. (Anchor Bay).

Get Him to the Greek (2010) Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Rose Byrne, Sean Combs, Elisabeth Moss, Colm Meany, Nick Kroll, Aziz Ansari, T. J. Miller. Includes both rated and unrated versions. Available as a single DVD and two-disc Blu-ray and two-disc DVD sets. DVD Extras: Gag reel; Line-O-Rama; "Blind Medicine" promo for Sarah Marshall's new TV series; commentary by director Nicholas Stoller, cast members Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Rose Byrne, Elisabeth Moss, and producer Rodney Rothman; "Getting to Get Him to the Greek" documentary; "Getting In Tune With the Greek" documentary; "The Making of 'African Child'" documentary; five complete music videos featuring Aldous Snow, Infant Sorrow and Jackie Q; musical performances from Infant Sorrow's 1999 Greek Theater Concert and 2009 Comeback Concert, plus a peek at their infamous World Tour and the 2002 London Concert; deleted, extended and alternate scenes, including an alternate intro and ending; digital copy. Blu-ray adds: Additional and extended scenes; musical performances from "The Today Show" and VH-1 "Storytellers"; Karaoke: Sing-along to 15 outrageous songs; The actual auditions that landed Rose Byrne, Elisabeth Moss, Nick Kroll, Aziz Ansari and T.J. Miller their roles; instant access to stream a bonus movie by choosing one of three comedies: "Uncle Buck," "Dazed and Confused" or "Life" via BD-Live or a smartphone; BD-Live; My Scenes bookmarks; Pocket BLU app; socialBLU. (Universal).

Good (2009) Viggo Mortensen, Jason Isaacs, Mark Strong. Mortensen plays John Halder, a 'good' and decent individual with family problems: a neurotic wife, two demanding children and a mother suffering from senile dementia. A German literary professor during the 1930s, Halder explores his personal circumstances in a novel advocating compassionate euthanasia. When Halder's novel is enlisted by the Nazi party to push its agenda, his career and social standing instantly advance. But after learning of the Reich's horrific plans for the future, Halder must decide whether to do nothing and keep his fame or risk losing everything. Extras: Interviews with cast and crew. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (National Entertainment Media).

Harriet The Spy: Blog Wars (2010) Jennifer Stone. Disney Channel Original. (9 Story Entertainment/Vivendi Entertainment).

Helen (2008) Annie Townsend, Sandie Malia, Dennis Jobling, Sonia Savill. When an 18-year-old girl, Joy, goes missing, the police ask another girl, Helen -- a few weeks away from leaving her care home -- to "play" Joy in a police reconstruction that will retrace Joy's last known movements. Whereas Joy had everything, parent-less Helen has lived in institutions all her life and gradually begins to immerse herself into the role, visiting the people and places that Joy knew; quietly and carefully insinuating her way into the lost girl's life. (Vanguard Cinema).

I'm Gonna Explode (2008 -- Mexico) Maria Deschamps, Juan Pablo de Santiago. Maru and Roman, a pair of defiant 15-year-old outcasts, connect at school, then hatch a quirky plan to fake Maru's kidnapping and run off together to Mexico City. (IFC/MPI).

Iron Man 2 (2010) Director: Jon Favreau. Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Mickey Rourke, Samuel L. Jackson, Sam Rockwell, Kate Mara, Clark Gregg, Garry Shandling, Jon Favreau, John Slattery. Available as a single-disc DVD, a two-disc DVD Special Edition, and a three-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. Extras: The single-disc DVD includes commentary by Jon Favreau. The two-disc DVD adds deleted scenes, "Creating Stark Expo" and "Practical Meets Digital" featurettes, AC/DC "Shoot to Thrill" music video, and a digital copy. The Blu-ray Combo pack adds interactive "S.H.I.E.L.D. Data Vault" that offers select scenes from the movie with new layers of graphics and insider information, previsualization and animatics featurette, "Ultimate Iron Man: The Making of Iron Man 2" four-part featurette, "Illustrated Origin: Nick Fury," "Illustrated Origin: Black Widow," "Illustrated Origin: War Machine," more deleted scenes, and a concept art gallery. (Paramount).

The Killer Inside Me (2010) Dir.: Michael Winterbottem; Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Casey Affleck, Simon Baker, Bill Pullman. Modern-day film noir shows a small town sheriff up to his neck in murders: his own. When Affleck's sheriff is asked to railroad a talkative prostitute out of town before she makes trouble, he realizes it's easier to just get rid of her for good. Unfortunately, covering up that murder means eliminating more and more people as his problems and complications spiral out of control. Even worse, he's starting to enjoy committing the crimes a lot more than he ever enjoyed dishing out the punishment. Based on the pulp fiction classic by Jim Thompson. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (IFC/MPI).

Legend of the Seeker: The Complete Second and Final Season (2009) Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $45.99. Extras: Two featurettes: "Redemption of a Mord'sith: Meet Cara" and "Under the Underworld," deleted scenes and extended scenes. (Disney).

The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, Set 2. Based on the novels by beloved crime writer Dorothy L. Sayers, the late Ian Carmichael stars as the debonair sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey in these wittily scripted and lavishly produced BBC adaptations. The mysteries ranked with "Upstairs, Downstairs" as the most successful series on Masterpiece Theatre in the 1970s, and the mysteries were so popular they inspired PBS's spin-off series Mystery!. Set 2 includes the final three feature-length mysteries: "Murder Must Advertise," "Five Red Herrings" and "The Nine Tailors" in a three-disc set for $49.99. Extras: Interviews with Ian Carmichael, production notes, and biographies of Dorothy L. Sayers and Ian Carmichael. (Acorn Media).

Max & Morris (1994 -- Israel) Comedy about a pair of losers, Max and Morris, who spend most of their time in Mordoch`s Restaurant, dreaming of hitting the big-time. They need cash quickly to repay a loan borrowed from "The Sleaze", so they decide to clean out "The Sleaze's" safe.

Mercy (2009) Scott Caan, Dylan McDermott, Erika Christensen, James Caan. A best-selling novelist (Scott Caan) one-night stands his way through L.A. until he finally meets his match with Mercy, a book critic who calls his romantic bluff. (IFC/MPI).

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983) In this captivating, exhilaratingly skewed World War II drama from Nagisa Oshima, David Bowie regally embodies the character Celliers, a high-ranking British officer interned by the Japanese as a POW. Music star Ryuichi Sakamoto (who also composed this film's hypnotic score) plays the camp commander, who becomes obsessed with the mysterious blond major, while Tom Conti is British lieutenant colonel Mr. Lawrence, who tries to bridge the emotional and language divides between his captors and fellow prisoners. "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence" is a multilayered, brutal, at times erotic tale of culture clash that was one of Oshima's greatest successes. New, restored high-definition master. Extras: "The Oshima Gang," an original making-of featurette; video interviews with producer Jeremy Thomas, screenwriter Paul Mayersberg, actor Tom Conti, and actor-composer Ryuichi Sakamoto; "Hasten Slowly," an hour-long documentary about author and adventurer Laurens van der Post, whose autobiographical novel is the basis for the film; original theatrical trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film writer Chuck Stephens and a 1983 interview with director Nagisa Oshima by Japanese film writer Tadao Sato. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

Midsomer Murders, Set 16 (2009) Four contemporary, stand-alone mysteries from the top-selling British mystery franchise. Inspired by the novels of Caroline Graham, modern master of the English village mystery, "Midsomer Murders" combines quirky characters and surprising mysteries with postcard-perfect English village settings and the ever-charming John Nettles as the unflappable Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby. Four-disc set with "Midsomer Life," "The Magician's Nephew," "Days of Misrule" and "Talking to the Dead"; $49.99. (Acorn Media).

Paintball (2009) Brendan Mackey, Jennifer Matter, Neil Maskell. A group of strangers are brought together to compete in the ultimate paintball competition. Only the other side isn't firing balls of paint: they're firing real ammo. (IFC/MPI).

Paranormal State: The Complete Season Four (2010) Two-disc set with 12 episodes, $24.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).

Party Down: Season Two (2010) Two-disc set with 10 episodes, $29.97. Extras: Gag reel. (Anchor Bay).

Perrier's Bounty (2009) Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Jim Broadbent. Comedy about a lazy would-be thief Michael (Cillian Murphy) who owes local gangster Perrier (Brendan Gleeson) more money than he can pay. When a burglary to raise funds goes awry, Michael's lovesick suicidal neighbor kills one of the goons who comes to collect and he's forced to go on the run. (IFC/MPI).

The Prankster (2010) Madison Riley, Maiara Walsh, Robert Adamson, Kurt Fuller, Ken Davitian. Teen comedy about a secret society that rights the wrongs of high school by pulling sophisticated pranks on deserving oppressors. Extras: Commentary, bloopers, deleted scenes, "The Making of The Prankster." (Strand Releasing).

The Ralph Mouse Collection (2010) Features the award-winning literary adaptations of "The Mouse and the Motorcycle," "Ralph S. Mouse" and "Runanway Ralph" in a three-disc set, $24.95. (Scholastic Storybook Treasures).

Rich Man, Poor Man: The Complete Collection (1976) Nine-disc set with all 34 episodes, $79.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).

Scrubs: The Complete Ninth and Final Season (2009-10) Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $29.99. Extras: Deleted scenes, bloopers, "Scrubbing In" featurette with the newcomers to Season Nine, "Live From the Golf Cart." (Disney).

Scrubs: The Complete Series. Twenty-six disc set, $149.99. Extras: Bonus Disc featuring "The Todd's High Five Scrubs Trivia Challenge," an offbeat contest in which series regular Dr. Todd Quinlan challenges viewers to test their knowledge of all nine seasons; winners can unlock special never-seen bonus features as a prize; collectible packaging includes X-ray/Lenticular cover of the cast, official Sacred Heart Hospital ID badge, photo booth strip of the cast. (Disney).

Secret Agent Aka Danger Man The Complete Collection (1964-67) Eighteen-disc set with all 86 episodes, $99.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).

7 Days (2010) Claude Legault, Martin Dubreil. A doctor kidnaps, ties up and then methodically extracts every drop of justice from the vile criminal he is convinced raped and killed his little girl. (IFC/MPI).

Soundtrack for a Revolution (2010) Documentary tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music-- the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in paddy wagons, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality. The film features new performances of the freedom songs by top artists, including John Legend, Joss Stone, Wyclef Jean, and The Roots; riveting archival footage; and interviews with civil rights foot soldiers and leaders, including Congressman John Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Julian Bond and Ambassador Andrew Young. The freedom songs evolved from slave chants, from the labor movement, and especially from the black church. The music enabled blacks to sing words they could not say, and it was crucial in helping the protesters as they faced down brutal aggression with dignity and non-violence. The infectious energy of the songs swept people up and empowered them to fight for their rights. (New Video).

Suck (2009) Malcolm McDowell, Jessica Pare, Dave Foley, Nicole de Boer, Henry Rollins, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, Moby, Rob Stefaniuk. Rock-'n'-roll vampire spoof about a bottom-shelf bar band that'll do anything for a record deal. After a life-changing encounter with a vampire, they rocket to stardom with a new sexually-charged charisma that drives the audiences wild, only to discover that fame and fortune is not all it's cracked up to be. Soundtrack includes Iggy Pop's "TVeye" and "Success"; Alice Cooper's "I am a Spider"; the Velvet Underground's "Sweet Nuthin"; David Bowie's "Here Comes the Night" and The Rolling Stones "Sympathy for the Devil." Extras: Making-of featurette "Down to the Crossroads or: How to Make a Movie SUCK," commentary track, Burning Bride's music video for "Flesh and Bone." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Entertainment One).

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010) Ninth entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe animated original PG-13 Movies. The Man of Steel and the Dark Knight unite once again, this time to battle the powerful forces of Darkseid. Two-disc set. Extras: "DC Showcase: Green Arrow" short, featurette: "Supergirl: The Last Daughter of Krypton," two bonus episodes from the animated television series. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

Super Size Me: Special Edition
(2002) Six and one-half anniversary edition of the documentary following Morgan Spurlock's quest to expose the obesity problem facing America and to show how fast food restaurants -- the McDonald's chain, in particular -- ­have played their part in this epidemic. Extras: The 10 most asked questions about the film, Morgan Spurlock speaking engagement and Q&A with students of New Jersey's Rider College. (Virgil Films & Entertainment)

The Thin Red Line (1998) After directing two of the most extraordinary movies of the 1970s, "Badlands" and "Days of Heaven," American artist Terrence Malick disappeared from the film world for 20 years, only to resurface in 1998 with this visionary adaptation of James Jones's 1962 novel about the World War II battle for Guadalcanal. A big-budget, spectacularly mounted epic, "The Thin Red Line" is a deeply philosophical films, a thought-provoking meditation on man, nature, and violence. Featuring a cast of contemporary cinema's finest actors, the film is a kaleidoscopic evocation of the experience of combat. New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Terrence Malick and cinematographer John Toll. Extras: Commentary featuring Toll, production designer Jack Fisk, and producer Grant Hill; outtakes; video interviews with several of the film's actors, (including Jim Caviezel, Elias Koteas, and Sean Penn), composer Hans Zimmer, the film's editors (Billy Weber, Leslie Jones and Saar Klein), and writer James Jones's daughter Kaylie Jones; video interview with casting director Dianne Crittenden, featuring original audition footage; World War II newsreels featuring footage from Guadalcanal; original theatrical trailer; booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Sterritt and a 1963 essay by James Jones on war films. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

Top Gear Season 13 (1985) Four-disc set with 18 episodes, $39.98. (BBC/Warner).

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Afternoon Assault Takes Teenage Girls Life

Laura Szendrei passed away in the early hours of this morning with her family by her side. The fifteen year old Burnsview Secondary School student succumbed to injuries inflicted upon her in a viscous attack near Mackie Park yesterday afternoon.

Laura was supposed to be meeting up with some friends at Mackie Park to watch a high school football game. She was alone when the attack took place, but she was discovered by friends who saw her lying on the ground.

According to unconfirmed reports, she was hit multiple times with a baseball bat. Delta Police responded to calls reporting the attack at around 1:30 p.m. Their Serious Crimes Unit scoured the scene all day and are leading the investigation.

A facebook page titled Justice for Laura Scendrei has already been created hoping to bring the assailant(s) to justice.

Police are encouraging anyone who may have witnessed this attack to come forward. If you have any information regarding this crime please call Delta Police at (604) 946-4411

Teen Girl Dies After Assault near Delta's Mackle Park

Delta Police Department British Columbia BCNews Desk - Delta Police responded to a report of an assault that had just occurred in the 8200 blk 110th St in the Mackie Park area in North Delta.

On arrival police learned that the injuries to the 15 yr old female victim were very serious in nature and she was transported to hospital. Delta Police deployed significant resources to the area and called in the Serious Crime Section investigators to conduct the investigation.

Delta Police learned that in the early morning hours the North Delta teen succumbed to her injuries with family by her side.

Delta Police have called in victim services and are also working closely with the Delta School Board to establish care plan for students and staff of schools in the North Delta area.

The name of the girl has not been released.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Standoff with Delta Gunman Locks Down Jarvis Elementary

Replica Air-Soft Handgun Creates Terror in Quiet Neighbourhood

Delta Police Emergency Response Team Hold Guns at the ReadyDelta BC - Jarvis Elementary School was on lock-down yesterday for over two hours as the Police encircled a home two doors away on the 7600 block of 118th Street in Delta. Reports of a man wielding a gun brought a swift response from the Delta Police Department, who initiated the lock-down of nearly 300 students, staff and parents as a precautionary and safety measure, given the close proximity of the school to the residence.

During this incident, Delta Police officers were in the school and worked collectively with the School Board and administration staff to ensure the safety of the children and to communicate with parents/guardians the whereabouts of their children. "We deployed a cross section of our force to respond to this," Said media relations officer Sgt. Sharlene Brooks, "We had a School liaison officer inside the school and she coordinated the lock down. As well, we utilized our Patrol Section, our Emergency Response Team, and other plain clothes officers."

Gunman Surrenders to Delta Police after standoff that locked down Jarvis Elementary SchoolThe standoff, which lasted from 3:00 pm to 5:20pm, transformed the quiet neighbourhood into a scene out of a movie as the black clad Emergency Response Team surrounded the house with assault rifles held at the ready. The area was cordoned off due to a male believed to be in possession of a handgun who had gone into the residence and barricaded himself inside.

The siege was lifted at approximately 5:20 p.m. when the Delta Police along with the ERT team were able to take the male into custody without incident using voice commands to subdue him. A search of the residence revealed that the male was in possession of an AirSoft pistol that emulates the look of a real handgun.

A 27 yr old male from Delta has been in held in custody. His name won't be released until later today when he will appear for a 'Show Cause' hearing. Delta police are recommended charges including possession of a weapon (imitation) for a dangerous purpose and uttering threats.

When asked if this would be a scenario when the department would use an armoured vehicle, like the BearCat that is being contemplated as a joint purchase between Delta, Port Moody, New Westminster, and Abbotsford police forces Sgt. Brooks responded with an emphatic, "Yes!"

"It minimizes the risk to our personnel when we have equipment that caliber," she continued, "This would have been an incident when we would have used it."

Airsoft replica guns have caused many police incidents throughout North America. Although the guns are manufactured with an orange tip to distinguish them from legitimate firearms, the tips can be easily removed or covered with electrical tape making them a spitting image of the real thing.

Friday, September 24, 2010


Brazil's Idea of Snack Food
At Brazil's O Cristo Redentor statue refreshment stand pop and chips have been replaced with fresh papayas
By Alex Sangha - Vegetarianism may be the moral and ethical way to go.

Imagine feeding South Asia's billion strong population if it was as obsessed with meat eating as North Americans.

The mass slaughter of cows, pigs, goats, and other animals to feed the West's insatiable appetite is destroying our environment.

A huge amount of grain and plant based food is produced simply to feed livestock animals. The animals are fed hormones to fatten them up. The end result is a product that may be of questionable value for human consumption.

Even the Ancient Greek philosopher, Socrates, stated that society will need more doctors if it allows meat eating. That was over 2400 years ago.

Today, we suffer from heart disease, cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity. Our children may be the first generation that does not live longer than their parents in the history of humankind!

Imagine a vegetarian diet made up of fruits, vegetables, cereal grains, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, and with or without dairy or eggs.

Don’t you think such a diet would be much less stressful on the digestive system and healthier overall?

It is important to get enough protein, iron, vitamins such as B12, and minerals when you’re on a vegetarian diet. You should always consult with a physician and get a medical clearance before embarking on a vegetarian diet.

The South Asian diet has evolved over centuries to produce delicious vegetarian food. You do not miss the meat when you’re eating curry. The spices of the Indian subcontinent add a lot of flavour and taste to any dish.

In Ancient India, some people practiced vegetarianism because they believed in non-violence towards animals. Little did they know that their beliefs would be better for the environment with less land degradation and air and water pollution and more biodiversity as compared to a meat eating society?

Some people argue that you need to eat meat in order to pack on muscle and be competitive in sports or become a professional athlete. Well, I‘ve got news for you!

Brendan Brazier is a professional Ironman triathlete who is on a 100% plant based diet. Brendan has finished first in numerous races. In 2006, he set a course record in the Canadian 50 km Ultra Marathon Championship. Brendan is proving everyone wrong!

We live in an era today, where food information and knowledge is widespread. It is possible to create balanced meals based on a plant-based diet.

This does not happen overnight. Change is all about taking baby steps. I have made small changes to my eating habits and lifestyle.

I have cut out all meat except burgers. One day I will exclusively eat vegetarian burgers to fill my burger craving! I have cut out all juice and pop and sweetened drinks in order to control my blood sugars. I also walk an hour a day six days a week.

It is never too late to take control of your health. Everyone should jumpstart their health today! Talk to a dietitian, personal trainer, and physician and put a health and wellness plan in action.

Alex Sangha, BSW (UBC), MSc (London School of Economics)
Registered Social Worker
Author - The Enlightened Society Blog

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Post Election Wrap Up | Part 1 - By The Numbers

Delta Voter Summary

The dust has settled, the election signs have been harvested, and the post election hangovers subsided. Now all the candidates can go back and examine what they did right and more importantly, what they did wrong. It's easy to say you ran the best possible campaign, but lets be truthful about the situation. In an election to fill one position, only one person ran the best possible campaign. In this election, Ian Paton Jr. holds that title.

What did Ian do right? What did the other candidates do wrong? Let's take a look at the numbers and see.

Delta - Total Votes Click on image to zoom in)

As you can see from the above chart, not only did Paton dominate the Ladner polls, he held his own with second place finishes in North and South Delta. Take a look at the following charts:

Chart 1 - Ladner | 4887 Votes | 28.32% Voter Turnout
Ladner - Total Votes Click on image to zoom in)

Chart 2 - South Delta | 5378 Votes | 33.51% Voter Turnout
South Delta - Total Votes Click on image to zoom in)

Chart 3 - North Delta | 6527 Votes | 18.67% Voter Turnout
North Delta - Total Votes Click on image to zoom in)

Almost 55% of Ladner voted for Paton compared to second place Sylvia Bishop with a meager 19%. In a town with the lowest voter turnout (by number of voters) that netted a lead of 1769 votes before counting North and South Delta. Hard numbers to overcome with so many people competing for a single vote in a by-election devoid of an all-encompassing wedge issue.

From 100 miles above the ground it's pretty easy to chalk the election up to the folks in Ladner wanting some local representation. The numbers seem to shout that fact out. How much did the "Send a Farmer Back to Council" message resound with the voters? Was campaign spending the big advantage? Hard questions to answer.

But what would happen if we take Ladner out? What if Maria DevRies didn't run? Would North Delta's voter turnout plummet without two South Asian candidates? What if there was only one?

In this multi-part series on the Delta By-election results we are going to examine the numbers closely and add a few scenarios and see how the numbers play out under various voting models.

Next Part 2 - Splitting the Vote - the DevRies Effect

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

DVD Releases Tuesday September 21, 2010

This Week's Top Pick:
The Secret in Their EyesThe Secret in Their Eyes Recently retired criminal court investigator Benjamin (Ricardo Darin) decides to write a novel based on a 25-year-old unresolved case that still haunts him: In the early 1970s -- a time in Argentine history when a military junta ruled the country, waging a Dirty War against the people in which citizens just "disappeared" -- a beautiful young newlywed was raped and murdered in her home while her husband worked at a bank. Benjamin shares his plans with Irene (Soledad Villamil), the beautiful judge and former colleague he has secretly been in love with for years. Benjamin's initial involvement with the case is shown through flashbacks, following his efforts to identify the murderer. But as the mystery of the heinous crime continues to unfold in the present, his search for the truth will put him at the center of a judicial nightmare and will test the limits of a man seeking justice and personal fulfillment at last. A stunning tour-de-force that explores the depths of human emotions -- love, fear, loneliness, yearning, hate -- disguised as a police procedural mystery that effortlessly juggles romance, comedy, suspense and political commentary. Academy Award-winner for Best Foreign-Language Film. In Spanish with English subtitles. Vitals: Director: Juan Jose Campanella. Stars: Ricardo Darin, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Javier Godino, Guillermo Francella. 2009, CC, MPAA rating: R, 129 min., Drama, Box office gross: $5.876 million, Sony.

Alien Autopsy (2006) Anthony McPartlin, Declan Donnelly, Bill Pullma, Harry Dean Stanton. Based on a true story, this quirky film centers around two guys who believe they have film evidence about an alien cover-up and government conspiracy regarding the famed Roswell incident in 1947 (In July 1947, the U.S. military issued a press release announcing that an "unidentified flying object" had crash landed on a remote estate outside of Roswell, New Mexico. Four hours later, they retracted the story, stating that in fact the debris was that of a weather balloon. The retraction sparked one of the biggest conspiracy theories of the 20th Century. Rumors were rife of an autopsy carried out on alien life forms carried away from the scene). What ensues is nothing short of a rollercoaster ride for the two unlikely lads from London. Extras: Deleted scenes, alternate opening, "The Making of Ant & Dec's Alien Autopsy," outtakes, commentary by director Jonny Campell. (Warner).

Castle: The Complete Second Season (2009-10) Five-disc set with 24 episodes, $45.99. Extras: "On Set With Seamus & Jon," "On Location With Nathan," "Manhattan's Most Unusual Murders," deleted scenes, "Misdemeanors: Bloopers & Outtakes." (Disney).

Community: The Complete First Season (2009-10) Four-disc set with 25 episodes, $39.95. Extras: Commentary on every episode; extended Cuts of "Pilot" and "Communication Studies" episodes; outtakes; Season One cast evaluations; Season One highlight reel; "Creative Compromises" featurette; "Advanced Criminal Law" alternative scenes; three mini-episodes; an exclusive comic book called "Kickpuncher," a 12-page, full-color collectible illustrated by famed muralist and comic book artist Jim Mahfood, which follows the adventures of Kickpuncher, a crime-fighting superhero created from the mind of Troy Barnes. (Sony).

Designing Women: The Complete Fourth Season (1989-90) Four-disc set with 27 episodes, $44.99. (Shout! Factory).

Desperate Housewives: The Complete Sixth Season (2009-10) Five-disc set with 23 episodes, $54.99. Extras: Bloopers, deleted scenes, "Cherry Picked": creator Marc Cherry's favorite scenes, "Master Class" behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with cast and crew, "Miss Piggy Gets Desperate" featurette in which Miss Piggy, accompanied by her producer Pepe, meets the ladies of Wisteria lane to find out "their story." (Disney).

Directors: Life Behind the Camera (2009) Features 33 legendary directors who reveal intimate and in-depth knowledge about the art of filmmaking and, as well, their own career in the movies. Culled from over 300 hours of interviews, this two-disc, four hour presentation is totally interactive, allowing instant access to a single director, or access to an entire topic involving all directors. Also included are film clips, interviews with guest actors and industry veterans, and biographies and interesting facts about each director. Robert Altman, Nora Ephron, Penny Marshall, Robert Benton, William Friedkin, Sydney Pollack, Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, Rob Reiner, James Cameron, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, Chris Columbus, Lawrence Kasdan, Ridley Scott, Wes Craven, Spike Lee, Tony Scott, Cameron Crowe, Barry Levinson, Bryan Singer, Frank Darabont, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Jonathan Demme, David Lynch, Oliver Stone, Richard Donner, Adrian Lyne, Robert Zemeckis, Clint Eastwood, Garry Marshall, David Zucker. $29.95. (First Run Features).

Eclipse Series 24: The Actuality Dramas of Allan King. Canadian director Allan King is one of cinema's best-kept secrets. Over the course of 50 years, King shuttled between features and shorts, big-screen cinema and episodic television, comedy and drama, fiction and nonfiction. Within this remarkably varied career, it was with his cinema-verite-style documentaries -- his "actuality dramas," as he called them -- that he left his greatest mark on film history. These startlingly intimate studies of lives in flux -- emotionally troubled children, warring spouses, and the terminally ill -- are riveting, at times emotionally overwhelming, and always depicted without narration or interviews. Humane, cathartic, and important, Allan King's spontaneous portraits of the everyday demand to be seen. Includes "Warrendale" (1967, about a home for psychologically disturbed young people), "A Married Couple" (1969, a jaw-dropping documentary of a marriage gone haywire), "Come On Children" (1972, 10 teenagers -- five boys and five girls -- leave behind parents, school, and all other authority figures to live on a farm for 10 weeks), "Dying at Grace" (2003, five terminally ill cancer patients allowed the director access to their final months and days inside the Toronto Grace Health Care Center), "Memory for Max, Claire, Ida and Company" (2005, follows the daily routines of eight patients suffering from dementia and memory loss in a home for geriatric care); $69.95. (The Criterion Collection).

The Experiment (2010) Adrien Brody, Forest Whitaker, Clifton Collins Jr., Cam Gigandet, Maggie Grace. Selected to participate in a two-week research project, a group of men agree to play inmates and guards in a simulation of life within a state prison. But as the 24 volunteers slip deeper into their roles, power corrupts, fears escalate and the experiment spins horribly out of control. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).

Gamera vs. Gyaos/Gamera vs. Viras Double Features Collector's Edition. Featuring all-new anamorphic widescreen transfers, each Double-Feature DVD set includes both the original Japanese and infamous English dubbed versions of each film along with publicity galleries. $19.93. (Shout! Factory).

Gamera vs. Guiron/Gamera vs. Jiger Double Features Collector's Edition. Featuring all-new anamorphic widescreen transfers, each Double-Feature DVD set includes both the original Japanese and infamous English dubbed versions of each film along with publicity galleries. $19.93. (Shout! Factory).

He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown (1968) Includes the "Life Is a Circus, Charlie Brown" TV special, bonus feature "Snoopy's Ice Home: The Story of the Redwood Empire Ice Arena," $19.98. (Warner).

How I Met Your Mother Season Five (2009-10) Three-disc set with 24 episodes, $39.98. Extras: Trailer for "The Wedding Bride," the fictional film based on an exaggerated and one-sided version of Ted's breakup with Stella from Season 4; behind the scenes of the 100th episode; a blopper/gag reel; commentary. (Fox).

Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train -- Special Commemorative Edition. This acclaimed film looks at the amazing life of the renowned historian, activist and author. Following his early days as a shipyard labor organizer and bombardier in World War II, Zinn became an academic rebel and leader of civil disobedience in a time of institutionalized racism and war. His influential writings shine light on and bring voice to factory workers, immigrant laborers, African Americans, Native Americans and the working poor. Narrated by Matt Damon with music by Pearl Jam, Woody Guthrie and Billy Bragg. Extras: Bonus speeches and interviews (Zinn on power and war, philosophy, civil rights and labor activism; excerpts with Studs Terkel; college talks; off-the-cuff interviews), Zinn's Recommended reading list, speech transcripts, Daniel Ellsberg's "A Memory of Howard Zinn." $24.95. (First Run Features).

Human Target: The Complete First Season (2010) Three-disc set with 12 episodes, $39.98. Extras: Two featurettes, gag reel, commentary. $39.98. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

The Hunger: The Taste of Terror. Two-disc set with six episodes from the erotically charged horror series, $14.98. (E1 Entertainment).

Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth With Bill Moyers. When celebrated scholar Joseph Campbell sat down with veteran journalist Bill Moyers for a discussion about his life's work, the series brought Campbell's theories into popular culture and led to a bestselling companion book. This two-volume DVD boxed set includes several bonus features with selections from Moyers' interview with George Lucas, who credits Campbell with helping to inspire his creation of "Star Wars"; a 12-page viewers guide; and a never-before-released conversation with Campbell from "Bill Moyer's Journal." These stimulating conversations between inspirational scholar Joseph Campbell and veteran journalist Bill Moyers created a national sensation when they first aired on PBS in 1988. In lively, expansive dialogues, the two men discuss how myths hold the key to understanding human experience. They may vary superficially from culture to culture, but at their deepest level they all reveal the path to self-fulfillment, social integration, and ultimately, transcendence. Campbell and Moyers touch on topics as diverse as world religions, marriage, the virgin birth, and pop culture. $49.99. (Acorn Media/Athena).

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit -- The Eleventh Year (2009-10) Five-disc set with 24 episodes, $59.98. (Universal).

Make Me Young: Youth Knows No Pain (2009) An age-obsessed daughter of a plastic surgeon takes a journey through America's $60 Billion a year anti-aging world. In this Alice in Wonderland documentary, the filmmaker spends two years traveling across America visiting doctors, experts and the lives of a cross-section of characters from Minnesota to Texas who've gone to varying lengths to "beat the clock," to paint a funny but troubling portrait of a country that desperately needs to stay young. Extras: Commentary, extended interviews, behind-the-scenes featurette. (Cinema Libre Studio).

Max & Ruby: Everybunny Loves Winter! (2010) Four new winter-themed episodes, $16.99. (Nick/Paramount).

The Mentalist: The Complete Second Season (2009-10) Five-disc set with 23 episodes, $59.98. Extras: "Art of a Mentalist," "Mentalism -- A Subliminal Art" (11 pods with cast and producer), deleted scenes. (Warner).

Middletown (1982) Six-part PBS series documents middle-class life, American values and customs in "Middletown" -- a.k.a. Muncie, Indiana. Inspired by the immensely influential Depression-era sociological studies by Robert and Helen Lynd -- "Middletown: A Study in Modern American Culture" (1929) and "Middletown in Transition: A Study in Cultural Conflicts" (1937) -- this series of films made for PBS in 1982 transform the Middletown studies into an unprecedented overview of American life seen through the prisms of local politics ("The Campaign"), high school sports ("The Big Game"), a family business ("Family Business"), religion ("Community of Praise"), marriage and divorce ("Second Time Around") and interracial dating, in the controversial (and originally banned from PBS) Sundance Grand Jury prize winner ("Seventeen"). Four-disc set, $44.98. (Icarus Films).

Modern Family: The Complete First Season (2009-10) Four-disc set with 24 episodes, $49.98. Extras: Cast interviews; behind-the-scenes featurettes ("Real Modern Family Moments," "Before Modern Family," "Fizbo the Clown," "Modern Family: Making of Family Portrait," "Modern Family Hawaii"); deleted, extended and alternate scenes; deleted family interviews; gag reel Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).

Ondine (2009) Director: Neil Jordan; stars Colin Farrell, Alicja Bachleda, Dervla Kirwan, Alison Barry. The story of an Irish fisherman, Syracuse, who catches a beautiful and mysterious woman in his trawler nets; at first she seems to be dead, but then comes alive before his eyes. With the help of his ailing, yet irrepressible daughter, Annie, he comes to believe that the fantastical might be possible and that the woman (Ondine) might be a myth come true: a mermaid, and soon Ondine and Syracuse fall passionately in love ... until the real world intercedes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

Petty Blue (2010) Documentary about the life and times of NASCAR Hall of Fame Richard Petty and his extraordinary family; $19.99. Extras: Deleted scenes, bonus interviews, archival footage and interviews from the 1960s. (Paramount).

Robin Hood (2009) Director: Ridley Scott; Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, William Hurt, Mark Strong, Mark Addy, Oscar Isaac, Danny Huston, Kevin Durand, Scott Grimes, Matthew Macfadyen, Eileen Atkins, Simon McBurney, Max von Sydow. Available as a single DVD, two-disc special edition DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, which all include both the theatrical and unrated director's cut. Extras: "Rise and Rise Again: Making Ridley Scott's Robin Hood," deleted scenes, commentary. Blu-ray adds "Director's Notebook," a seamless multimedia experience focusing on the director's vision; "The Art of Nottingham," a special look at the portfolio of designs generated for the film; digital copy. (Universal).

Saturday Night Live: Best of '09/'10 (2010) Single-disc. Extras: Dress sketches, "Weekend Update Thursday," backstage photos. (Universal).

The Secret in Their Eyes (2009 -- Argentina) Ricardo Darin, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Javier Godino, Guillermo Francella. Extras: Commentary by director Juan Jose Campanella, "Behind the Scenes of The Secret in Their Eyes" featurette, "Casting The Secret in Their Eyes" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).

The Secret of Moonacre (2008) Dakota Blue Richards, Juliet Stevenson, Tim Curry, Ioan Gruffudd. Director Gabor Csupo ("Bridge to Terabithia," "The Rugrats") brings to life Elizabeth Goudge's Carnegie Medal-winning fantasy-adventure novel 'The Little White Horse." After 13-year-old Maria Merryweather's father dies, she is left orphaned and homeless and is forced to leave her luxurious London life to go and live at the mysterious Moonacre Manor with her eccentric uncle Sir Benjamin. Soon Maria finds herself in a crumbling moonlit world and discovers that she is the last Moon Princess and she must unearth the secrets of her past before the 5000th moon rises and Moonacre disappears forever. Extras: Making of featurette, deleted scenes, interviews. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Entertainment One).

Spartacus: Blood and Sand -- The Complete First Season (2010) Four-disc set with 13 episodes, $59.97. Extras: Featurettes, commentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, bloopers. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds four "Directors' Cut Extended Episodes" selected by executive producer Rob Tapert. (Anchor Bay).

Stomp the Yard: Homecoming (2010) Collins Pennie, Keith David, Edward Bryan, Pooch Hall, Kiely Williams. Sequel follows Chance Harris (Pennie) as he tries to find a balance between his school, work, relationships and the opportunity to perform at the nationally televised step competition during homecoming weekend. Extras: Featurette, commentary, deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).

30 Rock: Season 4 (2009-10) Three-disc set with 22 episodes, $49.98. (Universal).

Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (2010) Original full-length CG-animated film explores the Tinker Bell "backstory." Voices: Kristin Chenoweth, Michael Sheen, Mae Whitman, Jesse McCartney, Lucy Liu, Raven-Symone. Available as a single-disc DVD ($29.99) and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack ($39.99). (Disney).

Tom and Jerry's Greatest Chases Volume 5. Single-disc with 14 animated adventures, 14.97. (Warner).

Triple Dog (2009) Brittany Robertson, Alexia Fast, Scout Taylor Compton, Janel Parrish, Carly McKillip, Emily Tennant, Brett Davern, Nolan Funk. A group of teenage girls at a sweet 16 sleepover party participate in an escalating game of truth or dare that unravels the truth behind a former student's rumored suicide. Extras: Deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes interviews, photo gallery. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Well Go USA).

Two and a Half Men: The Complete Seventh Season (2009-10) Three-disc set with 22 episodes, $44.98. Extras: "A Charlie Harper Ex Reunion" featurette, gag reel. (Warner).

(Untitled) (2009) Adam Goldberg, Marley Shelton, Vinnie Jones, and Lucy Punch. Contemporary art gallerist Madeleine falls for Adrian, a brooding new music composer in this comic satire of modern art. The two struggle to find their own artistic success as the streets of Manhattan bombard them with artists, from Adrian's commercial brother to those who use taxidermy and household objects. (Screen Media).

Stricter Drinking and Driving Rules in Effect

Dana Maslovat
Young Odessa asks people to slow down and drive safe as she poses for pictures outside South Delta Secondary as part of the Delta Police Departments Traffic Safety Initiative.
Today the Delta Police Department took to the street outside South Delta Secondary School to educate the public on new traffic laws and remind people about the “Walk –Ride- Drive Back to School Safety Plan”. As of Monday, new impaired driving and excessive speed laws have been enacted allowing the police to issue driving bans, vehicle impoundment, and fines right at roadside.

The new impaired driving legislation brings consequences for blowing a WARN into a roadside screening device/ That is a blood alcohol level between 0.05 and 0.08. This new WARN level will allow officers to issue:

  • an immediate three day driving ban,
  • $200 fine, three day impoundment,
  • and a $250 driver's license reinstatement fee for a first offense.

Second offenses increase the driving ban to seven days and a third offense in a five year period carries the toughest penalties with a:

  • 30-day driving ban, $400 fine,
  • 30 day impoundment,
  • enrollment in a responsible driver's program,
  • ignition lock for 1 year,
  • and a $250 driver's license reinstatement fee.

The total for a third offense in a 5-year period is a minimum of $3960. Blow over 0.08 and you will receive a 90-day driving ban, $500 fine, $250 driver's license reinstatement fee, 30 day impoundment, enrollment in a responsible driver's program, ignition lock for 1 year for a total of $4,060.

These laws are the toughest in Canada and have been released in conjunction with new excessive speeding laws which will see people driving in excess of 40km/h over the speed limit incur tougher fines and possible vehicle impoundments.

"These new rules are a way for us (the police) to let first time offenders know how serious impaired driving is," said Sgt. Kevin Jones of the Delta Police Traffic Division, "They need to think twice before they get in a car after drinking. They need to know that this isn't cool."

Sgt. Sharlene Brooks, Delta Police Department's Media Relations officer, confirmed that both these new set of rules have been used roadside with the first impoundment of a vehicle for excessive speed occurring less than two hours after the rules came into effect.

The incidence of impaired driving has increased in the past few years and Delta has had been front and center in establishing these tough new sanctions. After four-year-old Alexa Middelaer was killed by a drunk driver while feeding a horse along the side of the road in Ladner in 2008 there has been a well spring of support politically to toughen up the punishment for people who would get behind the wheel after drinking. Since their daughter’s tragic death, the Middelaers have formed Alexa’s Team as a way to recognize police officers and are raising funds for a $250,000 roadside impaired lab to be named Alexa’s Bus.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered

South Delta - Stolen Auto Recovered – 2300 blk Hwy 17 – Delta Police observed a vehicle parked roadside unoccupied. Further investigation revealed it was that the vehicle was stolen from the Langley area. Delta Police had the vehicle towed for forensic examination.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Local Writer to Host Book Reading at North Delta Library

Delta, B.C. - Come on down to George Mackie Library this Wednesday evening as our very own columnist Alex Sangha will read from his first book entitled, "Imagine: Ideas that Challenge the Status Quo"

Imagine places ideas in society and gets readers thinking critically about their most cherished beliefs and values. The topics are vast and varied: abortion, immigration, gay rights, love, mentorship, and sustainable development. There is no right answer. We must come to our own conclusions. If we can listen and learn from each other, we can accept our differences. Everyone has ideas on how to make the world a better place and fill humankind with hope. Imagine espouses humanitarian and egalitarian ideals such as every citizen deserves to reach their potential and contribute to society. Imagine is written from the perspective of protecting the people and the planet for current and future generations. You will learn of thought-provoking issues. The book proposes that we are all one and connected by spiritual energy. This will help us look for what we have in common and bring about social peace, social progress, and social change that light our souls and lift humanity in one colossal embrace.

Alex Sangha has been a columnist with the Delta Free Press, the Surrey North Delta Leader, and Indo Canadian Voice Newspaper. He has also contributed to the Georgia Straight website and the South Asian Post. In 2008, the Georgia Straight selected Alex in their Best of Vancouver issue as a bright light who challenges the status quo. Alex has a Bachelor of Social Work with a First Class Standing from UBC, and a MSc in Public Administration and Public Policy from the Department of Government at the London School of Economics. Alex works as a Youth Counsellor and is a Registered Social Worker in BC.

Imagine: Ideas that Challenge the Status Quo - by Alex Sangha

"Imagine: Ideas that Challenge the Status Quo" is available everywhere through Amazon.

The details of the author reading are:

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
7:00 to 8:30 pm
George Mackie Library
(Corner of 84th Avenue and 112th Street)
North Delta

The agenda consists of introduction, selected chapter readings, and open discussion.

For more information contact Alex Sangha at

Ian Paton Declared Winner

As the polls trickled in yesterday evening, it was easy to see early that Ian Paton was going to be the man to beat. His lead started the moment the advanced polls were announced but with many more polls to come in, anything could happen. Well that anything was an impressive sweep of all six Ladner polling stations and the advanced polls.

The East Delta auctioneer dominated Ladner taking 55% of the vote there. Outside of Ladner, Paton saw his support drop losing both Tsawwassen and North Delta to Sylvia Bishop but it wasn't enough to overcome the huge margins gained in Ladner.

Paton, who was endorsed by Mayor Lois Jackson's Delta Independent Voters Association, received 5,752 votes for almost 34 per cent of the popular vote, followed by Bishop with 4,630 votes and Maria DeVries in a distant third with 2,176 votes.

Post election recap and statistics to follow on the

Saturday, September 18, 2010

By-Election Coming to a Close

Polls close in less than an hour and judging by the numbers I reported, it would seem that the voter turn out in the North is going to be less than stellar. Of course there was still four hours of voting left at the time.

Every hour the various polls report their numbers to city hall and at 5pm Holly Elementary was the most visited polling station having received over 800 ballots. "We're hoping to get over 1000 votes here today," said Sheryl, the PO for Holly Elementary.

The candidates will be heading down to Delta Municipal Hall to await the announcement of who will be the councilor to take over for the late George Hawksworth.

No matter what the outcome, with so many people heading to the polls democracy should be well served tonight. The candidates I spoke to have worked very hard to have their voices heard and they all have one thing in common. A hard working group of people that have supported them throughout this election. On a telephone conversation with potential candidate Sandeep Pandher, I asked him if he was coming down to city hall to await the results and his reply was, "I am going to come down to the Hall I need to be with the people, but I want to stay here at my house with the people that worked so hard on this campaign."

As we wait for the results, one can only hope that the excitement that this by-election has produced can somehow be maintained until next year when we all have to go to the polls again.

Food For Thought

By Debbie McBride - There is a lot of debate going on worldwide regarding the preservation of agricultural land currently in use and rehabilitating formerly productive lands. The debate has many facets to it and one thing that no one seems to disagree on is that we need to have land we can grow food on.

Without arable land there is no way to grow crops that will feed people or livestock. It should be a no-brainer that in order to secure our ability to feed ourselves and the upcoming generations, that we should be doing everything we can to ensure that the arable land is protected.

Yet everyday it seems we are inundated with proposals to build residential or industrial areas and the roads that feed them on the very agricultural land we profess to want to protect. Why is that?

To answer that question we need to take a look at those who own that land and their reasons for wanting to dispose of it rather than farm it. Unfortunately, a great number of "farms" and the land they sit on are owned by multi national corporations or numbered companies. The land was likely bought or optioned for purchase from the original owners in the latter half of the 20th century. This was the time when development was rampant and little thought or regard was given to the massive spread of suburbia or what the unintended costs to the world would eventually be. Agricultural land was flat and cheap and there seemed to be an abundance of it. No one really gave any thought as to the reasons that cities were located near rich and accessible soil. That reason of course was because those lands could feed the city dwellers. Unfortunately, like the Aztecs and other cultures before us, we kept expanding into the land that fed us until we ended up having to bring our food in from further and further away.

Whenever mankind imposes his will upon the natural world the laws of unintended consequences push back. The rising price of agricultural land came about because the land was worth more built upon than it was to grow things on. This was not lost on land owners and speculators and we saw our farms and farmers become developers. Who could blame them? Their land was worth considerably more growing buildings rather than crops. Especially when they were forced to compete against the multinational food corporations that had put a stranglehold on the agricultural marketplace.

Not every farmer saw things that way. There have been generations of farmers who resisted selling out and they have tried desperately to keep working the land they love and understand. Those generations who didn't sell found themselves in a precarious position , garnering very little support from the various levels of government and having their lands encroached upon by a public who didn't understand that you just can't create farm land from lava rock, sand and old growth forests that had been logged. No, those areas where food was now being grown could not be fertilized and irrigated into being forever productive. The piper would have to be paid and we are only now recognizing the cost.

Arid lands cannot be irrigated forever as they have learned in California and Arizona and the use of man made chemical fertilizers have been proven to be unhealthy and are causing terrible illnesses and draining the medical system.

We are now seeing a movement to desperately try to reverse the mistakes made in paving over what has fed us by a new generation who recognize that we cannot continue as we have. So why do we still see governments unwilling to take firm and solid stands to prohibit development on the agricultural land? Why do we see development proposals even being considered that promise to give us "some" farmland forever, in exchange for paving over most of it? They try desperately to greenwash their developments to the public using made up phrases like 'New Urbanism' or 'Urban-Ruralism' and print pretty pastel brochures depicting an urban-rural utopian community. The other tactic is the infamous game of 'tradesies'. Developers will give twice as much farmland somewhere else, such as mountainous areas only suited for growing sagebrush, if they get to develop the viable farmland which happens to have the misfortune of being close to a city. Developers will convince governments, usually easily purchased municipal politicians, that the farmland in question is no longer any good for farming. The reasons for this are numerous and erroneous and it's awfully hard to argue with those who have contributed so much to their election campaigns.

This brings us to the saddest of situations and that is the developer/farmer syndrome. As agricultural land has continued to rise because of development pressures and weakened protection laws, farmland became one of the best investment plans around. The dramatic increase in land value brought with it the advent of the developer/farmer. The developer/farmer is usually not actively involved in farming the land themselves and will lease the land for other large food producers to seed, grow and harvest with corporate machinery. This keeps their land productive with little cost to them. This allows them to bide their time until it's possible to development. Or conversely, there is the developer/farmer who sits on the land that their ancestors farmed and lets it go, farming nothing but weeds and allows dumping of all sorts to take place. This of course results in the degradation of the land and soils and, after time, the cost of replenishing the land becomes uneconomical and they can apply pressure to the community to develop. While developer/farmers live on the farm, they have other occupations and careers that enable them to wait for the change of land use designation. You'll often hear them say they had to give up farming because it just wasn't profitable and that's likely very true.

Neither model is a good option for those who would like to buy the land and actually farm it. The possibility that the land could more than quadruple in value once it achieves a higher use zoning such as residential or commercial is just too good a chance to pass up. Who among us would be altruistic enough to turn that down and willingly sell off the land at $50,000 an acre when the land it's worth 10 times that amount developed? Granted, there are some out there, but in all honesty would you be one of them?

So where does that leave us? Can we blame the multi-generational farming families for wanting to be developers instead of farmers? No. Can we sympathise with their plight and the difficulties inherent in farming? Yes. Can we say no to more destruction and paving over of agricultural land? Yes and we must and we must do it now.

At the same time we need to insist that governments make it policy that there are hard lines drawn that will no longer allow for the side deals and trading off of some good land for a lot of mediocre land someplace else. What is agricultural land now stays that way. We need to see tax policies and laws that will favour and help small private farmers to compete against the huge corporate farms that make it difficult for them to buy seeds for their fields and feed for their animals.

Most importantly, we as consumers must make it a hard and fast rule stop buying industrially farmed food and to buy our food locally or as close to home as possible. Most importantly, we need to stop complaining about the cost of our local food. Imagine the cost savings to tax payers when we as a society begin to make the right nutritional choices.

This will require huge policy shifts in governments and as we all know, the only way to get huge policy shifts is to make huge changes to the governments we elect. There will be opportunities to change these government policies by how you vote and who you vote for. Make it your business to find out what your candidates views are on food security. Find out if they are willing to 'draw the line in the soil' and put the brakes on development of all agricultural land no matter what sort of incentives are offered. Our future as a self-sufficient nation depends upon it. Our children depend upon it. Their children depend upon it. At one time Africa was a continent that could not only feed itself but others as well. What will we do as a nation? Food for thought don't you think?

What happened to Dredging?

Issue Missing in Action in Upcoming by-election

What makes an issue an issue during an election? Is it media coverage? Is it which community organization yells the loudest? Is it the business interest that spends the most money on advertising? Is it all of these? Is it any of these? I can't even begin to predict what will motivate the people to vote. All I can hope for is that people are motivated to vote.

The rhetoric gets thrown around and the issues that get traction begin to polarize the voters. Or so we think. This by-election the fight has been on the Southlands and the South Fraser Perimeter Road. Of course the Provincial Government waited for the slow summer months to announce that the road would take a year longer to build and the Tsawwassen Area Plan that had more controversy that a papal succession sent it's recommendations to council at the end of August and you have your the reason why the never-ending Southlands, SFPR hyperbole seems to be dominating this entire campaign.

So what have we been missing throughout this election cycle?

Sand. No, not the sand that the people at Burns Bog are sending to Shirley Bond to protest the fill that is polluting the bog to accommodate the South Fraser Road. I'm talking silt, right here in River City (sorry I couldn't resist),and lots of it. It has been on my radar and I have attended a few meetings and done a ton of research on the dredging that is so desperately needed in Ladner Harbour, but I have to admit that I have been distracted by the "Battle Royale" taking place in Tsawwassen. It's what we in the media like to call, "low hanging fruit."

It was an email that I received from Kathleen Higgins earlier today that re-opened my eyes to this very important issue. After meeting this week with people concerned about sediment build-up in Ladner Harbour, Kathleen reminded me that, "a revitalization of Ladner Harbour must include ensuring that Ladner Harbour will have adequate water depth to remain a harbour," she went on to say, "because a land mass was built after the 1954 flood in order to prevent flooding in Ladner, the reduced water flow has contributed to the increasing sediment build up. It is now up to 4 centimeters per year, and is increasing each year. The ironic part is that the sediment could contribute to future flooding as the floor of the harbour is raised by the sediment."

Dredging needs to occur as soon as possible. A recent study concluded that encouraging more water flow through the harbour, but with flood gates that could be closed if necessary, would be the best long term solution to the challenge. Funding from the federal government is needed for this project. More publicity is needed for this issue. The situation is getting worse each year.

Whatever the outcome of today's election, it is unlikely that this will be an issue that encourages people to get out and vote. Hopefully, it won't take another 4 centimeters to make people take notice.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Peter Harms Vies for Southlands Vote

By Elvis Glazier - With only one day left in the by-election there seems to be quite a bit of confusion as to where the candidates stand on the issues. Especially when it comes to the most talked about and contentious issue in South Delta - The Southlands.

The confusion seems to have been rectified by the opponents to developing the old Spetifore Farmlands. In the most recent issue of the Delta Optimist the community groups, "Southlands the Facts" and "Save our Southlands" took out a half page ad asking that you vote for Sylvia Bishop. This choice isn't as clearly stated for the people who would like to see the development happen.

Of all the candidates asking for your vote, only one has come out and clearly put his support behind the Century Group's proposed development plan for the Southlands.

Local Tsawwassen businessman, Peter Harms, has openly supported the development proposal from the onset of his campaign, stating that he thoroughly reviewed the Century Group proposal and believes it's the right development for the community, providing much needed housing for seniors and young families as well as improving the soil quality on parts of the site to bring the land back into agricultural production.

"Southlands is a world class urban plan with integrated habitat aspects where people, land and wildlife, like cranes, ducks and sea birds, will live intimately together, serving, supporting and enjoying each other," said Harms, "I studied the plan that Hodgins developed and coming from Europe, I really enjoy that plan."

The Southlands property has been the most polarizing issue in Tsawwassen for close to three decades. For many it is the only deciding factor in this election. So, if you're casting your vote to prevent development on the Southlands, Sylvia Bishop is your choice.

If you count yourself in the camp that would like to see the Southlands developed, you really have only one choice and that is to Vote for Peter Harms.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Former Delta mayor backs Bishop

Sylvia Bishop and Beth JohnsonDelta, BC. A well known and respected name in civic politics has come out in support of Sylvia Bishop, candidate for Delta council in the September 18th by-election.

Former Delta mayor, Beth Johnson is backing Bishop.

“I have known Sylvia for a long time. I know her to be hard working, dedicated and equipped to take on the responsibility as a delta councilor. She will serve Delta well.”

Johnson says when Bishop first contacted her to discuss her bid for council, Johnson was thrilled to hear it. Citing a proven ability to work across political boundaries on politically sensitive issues, Johnson said Bishop was the right person for the job as chair of her Mayor’s Youth Task Force. “She has the ability to work with people of differing points of view and still move forward to reach a common goal. That makes her perfect for the job of councilor. Sylvia is articulate and intelligent, perfect for the job.”

Johnson first served as a Delta councilor from 1981 – 1987. She was elected mayor in 1990 and served for three terms before stepping down in 1999.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Private Guitar Instruction at South Delta Rec

Private Guitar Instruction is available Tuesday thru Thursday 3:30 to 9:00 pm at the South Delta Recreation Centre - 1720 56th Street in Tsawwassen.

You can enroll for 8 weekly 1/2 hr lessons for $160 from September until the end of June.

From June thru August you can choose Guitar in a Day, a Week or Monthly (all 2 hrs each) for $80.

Ages 9-90 can enroll. A Free instruction manual is supplied. No previous knowledge of music is needed. You have to supply your own guitar. You learn using the CAGED-AIR method developed over more than 25 years of teaching and playing guitar.

Guitar in a Week-4 days (Mon-Thurs)1/2 hr daily for $80, is also available during Spring Break. To arrange a time for your lessons call or email Scott Halford at (604) 948-0729 or

For more information visit

Doctor Shortages

Doctor ShortagesBy Alex Sangha - Perhaps there is a conspiracy to limit the number of doctors. A shortage of doctors allows physicians and specialists to demand higher fees and makes them a more valuable commodity in our health care system.

Can the citizens really count on the College of Physicians and Surgeons to come up with ideas to solve the doctor shortage? The people need some concrete policies and a plan of action but this is slow in coming.

This column will propose five simple solutions to address the critical shortage of doctors in British Columbia.

First, priority medical school admission can be granted to applicants who agree to work a specific period of time in rural and under-serviced regions. The medical students can receive 100% student loan forgiveness if they complete this employment requirement after graduation. Once a doctor is established and has built roots in a community it is more likely that they will be committed to their patients and not leave these under-serviced regions.

Second, the government can allow for a market adjustment of doctors fees in rural areas. This will create a financial incentive for doctors to establish their practices in rural areas. All doctors can receive a professional salary or fee schedule for their work. In addition, doctors who work in rural or isolated areas can receive a bonus based on the supply and demand of doctors in their region.

Third, the provincial government can offer significantly more residency spots for foreign trained doctors. These doctors can take a short course that provides an orientation to the British Columbia health care system. In addition, doctors from non-English speaking countries can be required to pass an English language exam that focuses on necessary medical terminology.

Fourth, the government can increase the scope of practice of Nurse Practitioners. These nurses can perform most of the duties of a general practitioner but at lower cost. This will help alleviate the pressure on the health care system and allow hospitals and clinics to save a lot of money in salaries.

Last, the government can build a new medical school and increase the total number of medical school spaces. The key is to keep the doctors in British Columbia after they graduate. It might be a good idea to give BC residents a priority in medical school admission since they may have an intrinsic attachment to their home province. The government can also improve the working conditions, hours, and benefits of doctors. It may be best for this to be a long term goal when there is a sufficient supply of physicians and specialists.

The above solutions are simple ideas that can be put into practice. All that is needed is the will of our political leaders.

In regards to reducing wait lists and crowding at hospital emergency rooms and doctors offices; the government can set up an “online screening” system. Patients can initially talk to a nurse, doctor, or specialist on the internet via Skype, for example, to screen patients with superficial or serious medical issues.

Medical professionals can be paid for this instant online consultation. The internet and other forms of modern technology can be used to help improve the health care experience for British Columbians.

Alex Sangha, BSW (UBC), MSc (London School of Economics)
Registered Social Worker
Author - The Enlightened Society Blog

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Get Your Tickets for the Burns Bog Gala

Celebrate British Columbia's environmental successes at the 2010 Gala hosted by the Burns Bog Conservation Society. Enjoy in a magical evening of live music, fine art, local and organic cuisine, and inspirational speakers to recognize some extraordinary people who help keep our planet healthy.

The Burns Bog Conservation Society is proud to announce that Ray Zahab will also be sharing his inspirational stories and experiences at the Burns Bog Gala, taking place on September 24th 2010 at 7778-152 St. Surrey. Tickets are $75 and include a dinner based on the 100 mile diet, a silent auction and entertainment. All proceeds will go to educational programming at the Society

Want to get involved? The folks at the Burns Bog Society are currently looking for artists, performers, sponsors, volunteers and donations for this event. If you are interested in this fantastic opportunity please contact the organizers at or phone 604.572.0373. You can download a ticket ordering form here. For more information visit

Then, strap on your running shoes and join Canada's ultra - marathoner and adventure athlete, Ray Zahab, for the 'Jog for the Bog' on September 26th 2010.

Mr. Zahab has competed in adventure racing challenges all over the world including the grueling 250km Gobi March and Libyan Challenge as well as expeditions to Baffin Island, Tunisia and the South Pole. In 2007, Zahab's love of running brought him to the Sahara Desert. After witnessing and experiencing the water crisis and malaria epidemic in Africa, he decided to dedicate his future to raising awareness and funding for causes that he supports and believes in. Zahab is a member of the board of Directors of the Ryan's Well Foundation He is the official Athletic Ambassador to the ONExONE organization and a representative of SpreadTheNet. In 2008, Ray founded impossible2Possible (i2P), an organization that aims to inspire and educate youth through adventure learning, and inclusion and participation in expeditions. Zahab will be participating in this year's Jog for the Bog, showing his support to conserve and protect Burns Bog, by running the 40km bog race route. All race participants will be able to run with Zahab for the last 10km of the race and a few lucky runners who are able to raise $2,000 in pledges will get the opportunity to run with Zahab for the entire race.

For more information on the Jog for the Bog race and Gala dinner visit:


DVD Releases Tuesday September 14, 2010

This Week's Top Pick:
Prince of PersiaPrince of Persia: The Sands of Time Jake Gyllenhaal stars as the adopted son of the King of Persia who's framed when his step-father is assassinated. On the run to prove his innocence, he meets a princess ("Quantum of Solace" Bond girl Gemma Arterton) who guards a legendary dagger that contains The Sands of Time, a gift from the gods that allows the possessor to turn back time and, if so inclined, rule the world. Naturally, the pair must safeguard the dagger from the evil forces around them. Vitals: Director: Mike Newell. Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina, Steve Toussaint. 2010, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 116 min., Adventure, Box office gross: $89.523 million, Disney.

America: The Story of Us (2010) The first television event in nearly 40 years to present a comprehensive telling of America's monumental history, presented in a 12-part series, featuring highly realistic CGI animation, dramatic re-creations and thoughtful insights from some of America's most respected artists, business leaders, academics and intellectuals -- as well as a very special introduction from President Barack Obama. From the revolutionary war that birthed the nation to the civil war that divided it, and to the making of the modern world, the series -- watched by more than 6 million viewers -- tells the extraordinary story of how America was invented, looking at the moments where Americans harnessed technology to advance human progress -- from the rigors of linking the continent by transcontinental railroad, the internet of its day, to triumphing over vertical space through construction of steel structured buildings to putting a man on the moon. Historical events covered include: the arrival of the first English settlers, the Revolutionary War, Native American wars, slavery, westward expansion, economic growth of the North and South, the Civil War, the settling of the Great Plains, the development of modern, industrialized cities, the California Gold Rush and the Western frontier, the Great Depression and the World Wars right up to present day. $39.95. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. $49.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).

Amish Grace (2010) Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Matt Letscher. Lifetime telefilm. Chronicles the community of Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, forever changed when a gunman senselessly takes the lives of five girls in a schoolhouse shooting before taking his own life in October, 2006. What transpires takes the town by storm, as the media descend on the city and criticize its Amish leaders for their notion of unconditional forgiveness and their outreach of support to the gunman's widow. (Fox).

Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale (2010) With the aid of three fairies, Barbie rescues her aunt's failing Paris fashion house. Animated feature. (Universal).

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Third Season (2009-10) Three-disc set with 23 episodes, $44.98. Extras: Featurettes, gag reel. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

Bill Maher: But I'm Not Wrong (2010) No-holds-barred performance before a packed house in Raleigh, North Carolina, $19.97. (HBO Video).

The Black Cauldron: 25th Anniversary Special Edition (1985) Extras: Deleted scene: ­The Fairfolk, "The Witches' Challenge Game," still frame gallery, "Quest for the Black Cauldron" trivia game, "Trick or Treat" ­classic Donald Duck cartoon from 1952. $19.99. (Disney).

Bored to Death: The Complete First Season (2009) Two-disc set with eight episodes, $39.98. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (HBO Home Video).

Call of the Wild: The Complete Series (2000) Three-disc set with 13 episodes, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).

Casino Jack and the United States of Money (2010) Portrait of Washington super lobbyist Jack Abramoff from his early years as a gung-ho member of the GOP political machine to his final reckoning as a disgraced, imprisoned pariah. A tale of international intrigue with Indian casinos, Russian spies, Chinese sweatshops, and a mob-style killing in Miami, this is the story of the way money corrupts our political process. $26.98. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

The Children of USSR (2007 -- Israel) An underdog Israeli soccer team (made up of immigrants) must fend off local thugs and mean-spirited politicians to win a $10,000 sports prize -- all the while getting to school on time.(SISU Home Entertainment).

Classic Artists': Jimi Hendrix: The Guitar Hero (2010) This September marks the 40th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's death, and this documentary celebrates the occasion with a look at his career -- from playing backup guitar for Little Richard to making headlines with his history-making performances at the Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock. Through the words of Jimi's family and a collection of contemporaries and admirers, including Dave Mason (Traffic), Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker (Cream), Eric Burdon (The Animals), Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones), Paul Rodgers (Bad Company) and Bev Bevan (ELO) -- the myth falls away and Jimi Hendrix is brought to life once more. Less a biography than the first film to focus on the music itself and the impetus of the master who created it. Extras: Henry Diltz' 8mm Silent Footage: "The Monkees," Jimi Hendrix Experience at the Marquee:"Hey Joe," 20-page booklet, extended interviews, photo galleries. (Image Entertainment).

The Commish -- Season Two (1992-93) Four-disc set with 22 episodes, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).

Dora the Explorer: Dora's Slumber Party. Compilation containing six of Dora's bedtime adventures. Kids join Dora and her friends as they search for their bedtime stuffed animals, wish upon a star, and wake up their friends during this exciting slumber party. $16.99. (Nick/Par).

Fringe: The Complete Second Season (2009-10) Six-disc set with 23 episodes, $59.98. Extras: "The Mythology of Fringe," "Fringe: Analyzing the Scene" sidebars on six key episodes, "In the Lab with John Noble and Prop Master Rob Smith," commentary, "Unusual Side Effects" gag reel, "Dissected Files" unaired scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

Glee: The Complete First Season (2009-10) Seven-disc set with 22 episodes, $69.99. Extras: Extended episodes, a sing-along karaoke, a behind-the-scenes look at "The Power of Madonna" episode, "Glee" makeovers, never-before-seen "Sue's Corners," dance tutorial: "Staying in Step with Glee." (Fox).

The Good Wife Season One (2009-10) Six-disc set with 23 episodes, $64.99. Extras: Deleted Scenes, "The Education of Alicia Florrick: Making Season One" featurette, "Aftermath: Real Life Events" featurette. (CBS/Paramount).

Grey's Anatomy: Complete Sixth Season (2009-10) Six-disc set with 24 episodes, $59.99. (Disney).

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season Five (2009) Three-disc set with 12 episodes, $39.98. Extras: "Archer" Season 1 pilot episode, blooper reel, "Kitten Mittens" Endless Loop "Phindin' Love in Philly" featurette, extended/uncensored scenes and alternate takes, Season 5 dream sequence. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds The Gang's dating profile, Schwep dream sequence. (Fox).

Just Wright (2010) Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton, Phylicia Rashad, Pam Grier. Extras: "The One You Can't Live Without" featurette, "Common on the Fast Break" featurette, gag reel. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds "When Amazing Happens" featurette, "Live Extras – What's New," digital copy. (Fox).

The League Complete First Season (2009) Two-disc set with six episodes, $29.98. Extras: Blooper reel, deleted scenes, "Alt Nation," "Three Penis" wine infomerical, "Vaginal Hubris" extended, "Birthday Song," "Legalize Kevin's Pubic Smoke," "Mr. McGibblets Fun House and Dojo," "Andre: Dress with Style, Win with Style." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Fox).

The Legend of White Fang: The Complete Series (1992-94) Three-disc set with 26 episodes, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).

Letters to Juliet (2010) Vanessa Redgrave, Amanda Seyfried, Gael Garcia Bernal, Chris Egan, Franco Nero. Available as a single-disc DVD and DVD/Blu-ray Disc Combo Pack. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, commentary by director and cast, "The Making of Letters to Juliet: In Italia," "A Courtyard in Verona." (Summit Entertainment).

Lonesome Dove Collection. Eight-disc set with remastered and restored "Lonesome Dove" miniseries, "Return To Lonesome Dove," "Larry McMurtry's Dead Man's Walk," "Larry McMurtry's Streets Of Laredo." (Vivendi Entertainment and RHI Entertainment).

Mad Ron's Prevues From Hell (1987) Blood-and-guts compilation featuring coming attractions from some 47 classic grindhouse horror flicks. Made in 1987 at the height of the VHS boom, when anyone and everyone was popping anything and everything into their VCRs in search of ever-more twisted thrills and chills, "Mad Ron's Prevues From Hell" was an ambitiously researched and compiled anthology of trailers hyping cult grindhouse and drive-in theater favorites where the blood, guts and gore take center stage. Adding a colorful and campy element to the proceedings is the wraparound storyline, which concerns a loopy ventriloquist (Nick Pawlow) and his ghoulish dummy "Happy," who are sitting in a run-down movie theater as demented projectionist "Mad Ron" (Ron Roccia) unspools one trailer after another featuring an unimaginable compendium of graphic guts and gore from the most notorious films of the Sixties and Seventies. As the ventriloquist and his dummy serve up a slew of silly remarks and off-color jokes, a cadre of blood-thirsty zombies and otherworldly creatures feast upon human body parts in other sections of the theater. (Virgil Films & Entertainment).

My Son, My Son What Have Ye Done (2009) Michael Shannon, Chloe Sevigny, Willem Dafoe, Grace Zabriskie, Udo Kier, Brad Dourif. The first collaboration between legendary filmmakers David Lynch (producer)and Werner Herzog (director). Psychological thriller loosely based on the mysterious true crime story of a young stage actor who, obsessed with a Greek tragedy he's rehearsing, slays his own mother with a sword. Extras: Commentary by Werner Herzog, Herb Golder and Eric Bassett; interviews with Werner Herzog and Herb Golder; behind-the-scenes footage; short film: "Plastic Bag" (narrated by Werner Herzog). (First Look Studios).

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) Director: Milos Forman. Stars Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Christopher Lloyd, Vincent Schiavelli, Danny DeVito, Brad Dourif, Scatman Crothers. 35th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition. Extras: "Completely Cuckoo," a feature-length documentary about the making of the film, commentary by director Milos Forman and producers Michael Douglas and Saul Zaentz, new interview with producer Michael Douglas, Deleted Scenes, Original Trailer, collectibles including playing cards, posters, character cards, pre-production correspondence and movie trivia. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Warner).

Out of Europe (2010) Documentary about a family of Belgium diamond merchants and activists who fled the Holocaust in 1940. (SISU Home Entertainment).

The Pirates of Penzance (1983) Kevin Kline, Angela Lansbury, Linda Ronstadt, George Rose. (Universal).

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) Director: Mike Newell. Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina, Steve Toussaint. Extras: "An Unseen World: Making Prince of Persia." Also available as a single Blu-ray Disc, which adds a deleted scene: "The Banquet: Garsiv Presents Heads," and a Three-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, which adds "CineExplore: The Sands of Time" interactive feature, which allows viewers to take control of the dagger and use it to unlock the secrets behind many of the film's most exciting scenes, uncovering more than 40 spellbinding segments, including "Walking Up Walls," "Filming in Morocco" and "Ostrich Jockey Tryouts." (Disney).

Princess Kaiulani (2009) Q'orianka Kilcher, Barry Pepper, Will Patton, Shaun Evans. The true story of a Hawaiian princess' attempts to maintain the independence of the island against the threat of American colonization. Extras: "Kaiulani: The Crown Princess of Hawaii" documentary, behind-the-scenes featurette. (Lionsgate).

Private Practice: The Complete Third Season (2009-10) Five-disc set with 23 episodes, $45.99. (Disney).

Raging Phoenix (2009 -- Thailand) A group of friends band together to break a violent Thai gang that has been abducting and killing women. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

Renegade -- Season Two (1993-94) Four-disc set with 22 episodes, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).

The Return of the 5 Deadly Venoms (aka Crippled Avengers) (1978 -- Hong Kong) Shaw Brothers' kung fu cult classic. An evil warlord and his son cripple anyone who crosses their path. Four men who fell victim to their violence -- a blind man, a deaf-mute, a man with no legs and a young man who has lost his sanity -- visit a kung fu master who teaches them deadly fighting skills and ways to overcome their disabilities, and they band together to reclaim their village from the warlord's reign of terror. (Vivendi Entertainment/The Weinstein Company).

Rock Prophecies (2010) Documentary on photog Robert Knight's 40-year career photographing some of the rock world's biggest legends in their most intimate moments. The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Aerosmith have all been captured through his lens. However, Knight is more than just a famous rock photographer -- he's someone with a genuine passion for music and musicians. Features interviews with and performances by Jeff Beck, ZZ Top, Carlos Santana, Slash, Panic at the Disco, Sick Puppies, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, and Steve Vai, among others. $24.99. Extras: Alternate ending; deleted scenes featuring Jeff Beck, Santana, Slash, and more; two music videos from Sick Puppies; commentary. (PBS).

Rules of Engagement: The Complete Third Season (2009-10) Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $29.95. (Sony).

Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare (2010) The lovable Great Dane and the rest of the Mystery Inc. gang explore some mysterious goings-on at a haunted summer camp in this new animated feature, $19.98. (Warner).

Sherlock Holmes Double Feature (1943) "Sherlock Holmes in Washington" and "Sherlock Holmes Faces Death," both 1943 and starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, have been digitally restored in 35mm by the UCLA Film and Television Archive. (MPI Home Video).

SpongeBob SquarePants: 10 Happiest Moments. Join SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy and the rest of the gang as they spread laughter and cheer throughout Bikini Bottom in this compilation of 10 SpongeBob favorites. $14.99. (Nick/Paramount).

StarCrash (1978) Caroline Munro, David Hasselhoff, Christopher Plummer, Joe Spinell, Marjoe Gortner. The cult classic comes to DVD in a new anamorphic widescreen transfer (1.85:1) and DTS HD 5.1 Surround Sound (Blu-ray), Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound (DVD). Brave, bikini-clad star warrior Stella Star (Caroline Munro) and her co-pilot Akton (child evangelist-turned-actor Marjoe Gortner) are pressed into service to thwart the evil Zarth Arn's plot to take over the universe. If they succeed, galactic peace will be achieved. If they fail, the universe will fall into decay and destruction at the hands of its sadistic new overlord. Extras: Interview with writer-director Luigi Cozzi; "StarCrash:The music of John Barry," two commentaries by StarCrash historian Stephen Romano: Commentary 1: The history of "StarCrash," the making of the film and its importance in 1970s fantastic cinema, and Commentary 2: "StarCrash" scene-by-scene: production trivia, anecdotes and critical analysis; behind-the-scenes image gallery, featuring storyboards, art, and rare, never-before-seen photos; promotional art gallery, featuring photos, posters, lobby cards and early poster designs by Drew Struzan; fan art gallery; TV spots and radio spots; interview with actress Caroline Munro; 17 deleted and alternate scenes; complete, original "StarCrash" screenplay, illustrated with original storyboards and early, full-color concept art; exclusive 20-minute behind-the-scenes footage reel, with commentary; the making of the special effects of "StarCrash" by Armando Valcauda with exclusive, never-before-seen special-effects footage. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Roger Corman's Cult Classics/Shout! Factory).

Two Tickets to Paradise (2006) John C. Mcginley, D.B. Sweeney, Moira Kelly, Ed Harris. Three guys on the verge of forty head out on a spontaneous road trip adventure when they realize all the best things in their lives happened before they were 20 ... and they need to balance the ledger. Extras: Outtakes, deleted scenes, commentary by actor-director D.B. Sweeney. (Paramount).

Weapons of War: Volume 1 (2010) Three-disc set examines the history of warfare and how technology has changed the ways battles are fought: "Ground War" explores the key technological advances that have defined ground warfare through the ages, "Warplane" investigates the 100 years since the Wright brothers first took to the air," "Warship" tells the story of the evolution of the warships, right up to the U.S.' current cutting-edge navy battle groups. $49.99. (PBS Distribution).

Who Is Clark Rockefeller? (2010) Eric McCormack, Sherry Stringfield, Stephen McHattie, Regina Taylor, Emily Alyn Lind. Lifetime Original Movie based on the Amazing true story of one of the FBI's most wanted con artists, Karl Gerhartsreiter, who for more than a decade called himself Clark Rockefeller and claimed to be a member one of the most powerful families in the world, marrying into high society and raising a daughter before the scam fell apart. (Sony).

World Wrestling Entertainment
Four WWE hot mat releases:
• Fatal 4-Way 2010: Relive the historic night when the WWE, World Heavyweight Championship and Divas Championship all changed hands. And, in a bout dedicated to Bret Hart, watch The Hart Dynasty & Natalya prevail over the vicious team of The Usos & Tamina in a Six-Person Mixed Tag Team Match.
• Raw: The Beginning -- The Best of Seasons 1 & 2 (2010): Four-disc set packed with more than 11 hours of matches and highlights from the first two years of Raw.
• Money in the Bank 2010: First instituted at WrestleMania 21, the Money in the Bank Ladder Match has become one of the most prestigious and most anticipated contests in WWE.
• Satan's Prison: The Anthology of the Elimination Chamber (2010): Since its inception at Survivor Series 2002, the Elimination Chamber has hosted some of the most brutal matches in WWE history. Three-disc set with every Elimination Chamber Match contest.