home video digest


Netflix sneaks

Netflix is giving subscribers the exclusive chance to watch the premiere episode of Showtime's new series "Californication" on DVD and electronically in advance of its Aug. 13 debut. The comedy series stars David Duchovny as a single dad battling a teenage daughter he is trying to raise and a boatload of personal demons.

WHV celebrates

Warner Home Video is launching a DVD series honoring celebrated directors, with the first a collection of Stanley Kubrick films that bows Oct. 23 on standard DVD, Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD. The six-film, 10-disc package includes special editions of Kubrick classics "2001: A Space Odyssey," "A Clockwork Orange," "Eyes Wide Shut," "The Shining" and "Full Metal Jacket," along with the documentary "A Life in Pictures."

'Twin' set

Fans of TV's groundbreaking "Twin Peaks" will soon be able to enjoy the entire series, complete with the U.S. and European versions of the seldom-seen pilot. Paramount and CBS Home Entertainment are teaming to release "Twin Peaks: The Definitive Gold Box Edition," with all 29 episodes plus the two pilots. The show arrives Oct. 30 on DVD in a 10-disc set.

'Hostel' shocks

On the torture movie front, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on Oct. 23 will release a director's cut of "Hostel," presented in an unrated edition with director Eli Roth's original ending, deemed "too shocking for theatrical audiences," restored for the first time. "Hostel: Director's Cut" will be available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Also out Oct. 23: "Hostel: Part II."