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Into the Abyss, Treme, Born to Be Wild and more on DVD

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INTO THE ABYSS (2011)

This documentary from Werner Herzog (above; "Grizzly Man") examines the human implications of a Texas triple homicide case and capital punishment. Interview subjects include everyone from a death row inmate to the victims' and perpetrators' families to a state executioner. (MPI Media Group, $24.98; Blu-ray, $29.98; available now)

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DAVID LEAN DIRECTS NOEL COWARD (1942-45)

Criterion salutes the collaboration of master director Lean and master of wit Coward with a four-film set anchored by "Brief Encounter." Extras: New and vintage segments on Lean and Coward's careers; film historian commentary. (Criterion, $79.95; Blu-ray, $99.95; available now)

TREME: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON (2011)


The post-Katrina New Orleans drama rolls on, heavy on the music, as always. Extras: Commentaries and a Tulane symposium with series creator David Simon and company. (HBO, $59.99; Blu-ray, $79.98)

BORN TO BE WILD (2011)

Journey to Borneo, where a primatologist works with endangered orangutans, and to Kenya, site of an elephant-rescue effort, in this 40-minute IMAX film spotlighting orphaned animals. (Warner, $28.98; Blu-ray, $35.99; 3-D, $44.95)

THE CONQUEST (2011)

Director Xavier Durringer takes a dramatized look at the political rise of French president Nicolas Sarkozy (Denis Podalydés) through the prism of his unraveling marriage. Extras: Featurette. (Music Box Films, $29.95; available now)

THE DARKEST HOUR (2011)

"District 9" established that aliens do surface in other countries; here, "Night Watch" producer Timur Bekmambetov sics extraterrestrials on Moscow. Extras: Spinoff short. (Summit, $26.99; Blu-ray, $30.49; available now)

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