Digital Breakdown: 'Blades' of ordinary 

There isn’t anything necessarily wrong with "Blades of Glory." In fact, there are moments of laugh-out-loud hilarity in the new Will Ferrell film. But if you have seen "Talladega Nights" or "Anchorman," also starring Ferrell, you already know to expect a story involving a half-wit egomaniac whose fall from grace only reinforces his desire to be the best. This time it has to do with ice skating, rather than auto racing or the nightly news.

Really, the only question is: What’s the next profession for Ferrell to bring his cookie-cutter comedy platform to … ice cream vendor? School bus driver? Perhaps a chess player? How about a Hollywood agent who suddenly loses his clients after Lindsay Lohan’s latest bender?

The "Blades of Glory" DVD is available in standard, HD-DVD and Blu-Ray formats. The standard DVD special features include the "Blades" music video, an unscripted session with Ferrell, and photo galleries. The next generation DVDs include the standard DVD features as well as six featurettes, deleted scenes, alternate scenes and trailers.

Price: $29.99 standard; $39.99 Blu-Ray, HD-DVD.

Buy or Rent: Rent

HEROES — SEASON ONE

The biggest hit from the 2006 television season, which seemingly has had a major impact on the upcoming fall 2007 television season, comes to DVD. This "Season One" DVD includes enough material for new viewers as well as die-hard fans. Along with a never-before-aired 73-minute premiere episode, there are 50 deleted scenes and six featurettes covering elements from the score and the stunts to the special effects and the artist who painted all of the images in the show. Audio commentaries come from the cast and show creator, Tim Kring.

With the new season beginning Sept. 24, this set is great for new viewers who want to catch up, and for current fans who’d like to refresh their memories. It’s offered in crystal-clear digital that has been enhanced from the original TV broadcast’s widescreen format. It’s also available in HD-DVD that makes it look and sound even more stunning.

Price: $59.98, standard; 99.99, HD-DVD.

Rent or buy: Buy

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS — THE FIRST SEASON

This isn’t the first time a movie has been turned into a TV series, and it won’t be the last. Yet "Friday Night Lights — The First Season" is an anomaly, if only because of its subject matter. The story centers on a small Texas town that is obsessed with its high school football team. The town lives, breathes and even closes down shop for Friday night games. It provides excellent character studies of the students, coaches and families, mixing stories of their romantic lives in with details about how just about everyone in town feels the pressure to win.

There aren’t many special features, just one "making of" featurette, a handful of deleted scenes and minimal audio commentary featuring the cast. Still, the show is good enough, and set is cheap, making it a worthy addition to your collection.

Price: $29.99, standard; $34.98 HD-DVD.

Rent or buy: Buy

MASTERS OF HORROR— SEASON ONE BOX SET

The first season of Showtime’s awesome horror series featuring many of Hollywood’s classic horror directors is now available in one set from Anchor Bay Home Entertainment. Originally released as 13 separate DVDs, this set has every episode from the first season as well as a 14th disc with special features not included in the original releases. Among the new stuff: interviews from the Fantasy Film Festival and a "MOH" panel discussion.

Price: $79.97.

Rent or buy: Buy

Also coming to DVD on Tuesday: "Flight 29 Down — Volume 2," "Kickin’ It Old Skool," "Severed Head Network," "Savage Harvest 2: October Blood," "Last Day of Summer," "Year of the Dog," "The Odd Couple: Season Two," "Legion of Super Heroes: Volume 1," "Bob Saget: That Ain’t Right," "Meatballs 4," "Ski School" and "Rowan Atkinson Live!"

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