Digital Breakdown: 'Bourne' to be wild 

What may be the final installment of the "Bourne" movies ends on an action-packed note, with the audience learning the secrets that have been plaguing Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) since the beginning. "The Bourne Ultimatum" takes place in various locales in Europe, Africa and ultimately, New York. Bourne, trying to determine why and how he lost his memory, takes the fight to the source. Of course, along the way, he battles agents from the CIA and local police worldwide.

It's cool that the movie picks up immediately after the events of "The Bourne Supremacy" and offers nonstop action until its surprisingly understated ending. A making-of featurette, information about the trilogy's history and deleted scenes round out the DVD.

Price: $34.99

Rent or buy: Great rental.

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX — TWO-DISC SPECIAL EDITION

The "Harry Potter" movies, like the novels, keep getting better, as Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) gets older and progresses through Hogwarts. "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" is the darkest of the "Potter" saga by far. In it, Voldemort continues to influence wizards and students, and Harry is forced to secretly train some students against the dark arts _ much to the chagrin of Dolores Umbridge, the new dark arts teacher who has come to spy on the school in the wake of the Voldemort attacks.

This package's second disc of extras has 17 minutes of deleted scenes, two featurettes with the cast and crew, a documentary from A&E on the "Secrets of Harry Potter" and some DVD-ROM features for the computer.

Price: $34.98

Rent or buy: Great rental.

LOST — THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON

The convoluted yet still popular series about the most remarkable island in the world is back for another season of 20 questions (and ambiguous answers). This set is strictly for fans "Lost" who haven't given up on the series. In the third season, we learn about the mysterious "Others" and their connection to the equally mysterious Dharma Project. Of course, there are mew questions, new characters and old characters killed off, just as viewers expect. The DVD includes 23 episodes, deleted scenes, making-of featurettes and access to the "Lost" writer's room that has been parodied in sketch comedy programs.

Price: $59.98.

Rent or buy: Buy, if a fan.

BIG LOVE — THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON

HBO may have lost two big shows in "The Sopranos" and "Deadwood," but it still has "Big Love," a uniquetale about a polygamist in Utah. Just when things seemed to be looking up for Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton) and his three wives, the church creates problems that have a ripple effect. When Henrickson's old friends and new flames emerge, things only get more complicated.

If you want to be prepared for the third season, this set is a nice primer. It includes three cool DVD-only back stories that give a little history to the characters, how they met and some of the more important moments in life. Life would be even better for home viewere is DVD sets featured exclusive content, as does this one.

Price: $59.99.

Rent or buy: Buy.

SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT

Santa's coming … and he's angry. The movie that caused family organizations to boycott movie theaters because it showed a serial killer Santa is back on DVD after a five-year absence, in a remastered for high definition video and audio. It's cheap, too. If you've been missing your holiday unhappiness among all the cheer, this will have you screaming.

Price: $14.98.

Rent or buy: Buy.

Other DVDs coming out Tuesday: "A Perfect Day," "Interview," "Flight 29 Down - Volume 3," "Masters of Horror - The V Word," "Dave Attell: Captain Miserable," "Frasier - The 10th Season," "Beverly Hills 90210 - The Third Season," "Walt Disney Treasures - Disneyland - Secrets, Stories & Magic" and "High School Musical 2 Extended Edition."

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