New on DVD & Blu-ray: 'The Secret World of Arrietty' and more
'The Secret World of Arrietty'
The most recent import from the famed Japanese animation house, Studio Ghibli ("Spirited Away," "Ponyo"), mines some familiar territory: It's based on "The Borrowers," which was a book series by Mary Norton, first published in 1955, about a miniature family living under the floors, "borrowing" stuff from the humans living above. The property also was adapted as a made-for-TV movie in 1972, a British TV series in 1992, a 1997 movie starring John Goodman and Jim Broadbent, and a British TV movie last year. In an animation field where everything is computer generated, this lush, beautiful hand-drawn is a wonderful respite. (DVD, $29.99; Blu-ray/DVD combo, $39.99)
'Carol Channing: Larger Than Life'
Experience the life story of the Tony-winning Broadway star of "Show Girl" and "Hello, Dolly" in this documentary. (DVD, $24.98)
'Sherlock: Season Two'
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman return as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson for the second season of this fantastic BBC modernization of the classic detective duo. (DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.98)
'Route 66: The Complete Series'
Get your kicks with this complete collection of this early 1960s television series about a pair of friends having adventures in their Corvette convertible on the icon motor way. Look out for some top-notch guest spots by the likes of Robert Duvall, James Caan, Robert Redford and Burt Reynolds. (DVD, $129.99)
'The Woman in Black'
In his first post-"Harry Potter" film, star Daniel Radcliffe takes the lead in this adaptation of a British horror novel. I bet he wishes he had his wand. (DVD, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99)
TV on DVD
'The River: The Complete First Season' (DVD, $29.99)
'Rizzoli & Isles: Complete Second Season' (DVD, $39.98)
'S.W.A.T.: The Final Season' (DVD, $44.99)
'Teen Wolf: The Complete Season One' (DVD, $39.98)