Welcome to MovieWeb's daily DVD announcement column, The Daily Spin.

Everyday at 9:00AM PST we compile a list of titles which have been recently announced by the studios and have been given or rumored with a release date. Click a title below to see the full press release info attached to the release.

Enjoy and stay tuned to MovieWeb for the latest home video announcements, 9:00AM PST, on the dot, Monday through Friday.

April 18th

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Michael Palin's Sahara adventure is one of the great challenges in world travel. In this exhausting journey, Michael will pass through the rock of Gibraltar to Morocco, Mauritania, Mali and beyond. His route will take him across sand-seas, along treacherous rivers, through oases and over mountain ranges. The remote regions are characterized by ceaseless travel, from camel caravans to car rallies, but Michael Palin's love of traveling takes you to places many people will never know.

DVD Features

-Exclusive interview with Michael Palin

-Behind the scenes footage

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The tragic tale of Maggie Tulliver, the miller's daughter, who defies her embittered brother in standing by the man she loves - shocking the stifling society in which she lives - in an attempt to pursue her blighted dreams. Drama, romance, tragedy and humor all have a place in this most popular of George Eliot's novels.

Technical Specs

Rating: Not Rated

No. of Discs: 1

Run Time: 212 minutes

CC: Yes

Language: English

February 28th

TV Favorites - Welcome Back Kotter

Available for the first time ever on DVD, Welcome Back Kotter: TV Favorites follows the life of teacher and former "Sweathog" Gabe Kotter (Gabriel Kaplan). Kotter returns to his former high school to teach the same remedial class in which he had been a student himself as a teenager. Still referred to as the "Sweathogs," the lovable losers and delinquents of Buchanan High accept their new teacher as they provide a nonstop string of laughs.

Episodes featured on Welcome Back Kotter: TV Favorites include:

One Flu Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Season 1 (aired April 5, 1976)

Father Vinnie – Season 1 (aired April 26, 1976)

Sweatside Story – Season 2 (aired October 7, 1976)

I’m Having Their Baby – Season 2 (aired February 24, 1977)

The De-Programming of Arnold Horshack – Season 3 (aired October 20, 1977)

Goodbye, Mr. Kripps – Season 3 (aired March 9, 1978)

March 7th

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Baby Einstein: Meet The Orchestra

The Baby Einstein Company is marching little feet further into the world of music with the debut of its newest DVD and video title, Meet the OrchestraTM: First Instruments. Recommended for children 1 year and up, Meet the Orchestra provides little ones with a playful introduction to musical instruments and the sounds they make.

DVD Features

-“Maestro’s Recital,” which features poetry readings by The Baby Einstein Company Founder Julie Aigner-Clark -“Guess the Musical Instrument”

-Additional Puppet scenes

March 14th

In this powerful and inspiring story, Chinese basketball superstar Yao Ming faces incredible challenges - on the court and off - as he journeys from Shanghai to the Houston Rockets to become a true global hero. Exciting and insightful, critics are calling this winning tale a "fascinating saga."

DVD Features

-8 Deleted Scenes

March 21st

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"PARADISE NOW" follows two Palestinian childhood friends who have been recruited for a strike on Tel Aviv and focuses on their last days together. When they are intercepted at the Israeli border and separated from their handlers, a young woman who discovers their plan causes them to reconsider their actions.

Technical Specs

Rating: PG-13

Rating Reason: mature thematic material and brief strong language

No. of Discs: 1

Disc Configuration: 1) 9-Dual Layer

Run Time: 91

CC: Yes

Language: English

Subtitles: English, Francais, Espanol

Aspect Ratio: Original Aspect Ratio - 2.40 / Widescreen [16:9 Transfer]

Audio Quality: Arabic 5.1

April 4th

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Story of Gabrielle Van Der Mal, who gives up everything to become a nun, facing incredible odds in the Congo and then at the mother house in France at the outbreak of World War II.

Technical Specs

Rating: Not Rated

No. of Discs: 1

Disc Configuration: 1) 9-Dual Layer

Packaging Type: Amaray Case

Run Time: 151 minutes

CC: Yes

Language: English

Subtitles: English, Francais, Espanol

Aspect Ratio: Original Aspect Ratio - 1.85 / Widescreen [16:9 Transfer]

Sound Quality: Francais: Mono 1.0 / English: Mono 1.0

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All eyes are focused on the Vatican, hoping to see the traditional puffs of white smoke that signal the selection of the next Pope. But this time, much more is at stake. The new pontiff may be the only person who can bring peace to a world hovering on the edge of nuclear nightmare.

Technical Specs

Rating: G

No. of Discs: 1

Disc Configuration: 1) 9-Dual Layer

Packaging Type: Amaray Case

Run Time: 162 minutes

CC: Yes

Language: English

Subtitles: English, Francais, Espanol

Aspect Ratio: Original Aspect Ratio - 2.40 / Widescreen [16:9 Transfer]

Sound Quality: English: Dolby Surround 5.1 / Francais: Stereo 2S

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Brian B.