Digital Breakdown: ‘Eureka’ finds gold on Sci Fi 

While "Battlestar Galactica" gets all the glory on the Sci Fi Channel, many other good shows on the network are worthy of your attention, too. "Eureka" is one ofthem.

It’s about a weird, top-secret American town populated by eccentrics, geniuses and just plain freaks. A U.S. marshal and his family stumble into town, and set up shop causing all sorts of strange happenings.

We soon learn that the town has been around since World War II as an effort to create a haven for the best and brightest; its inhabitants are there to establish technological innovations.

With a strong cast, quirky humor and tight story lines that involve anything from crazy experiments to reasons why the world is spinning out of control, "Eureka" is a worthy addition your DVD collection; it’s also a way to catch up before season two comes to TV July 10.

This season one box has more than 10 hours of special features including deleted scenes, audio commentaries, Webisodes and podcasts.

Price: $39.98.

Rent or buy: Buy.

STEPHEN KING COLLECTION

Four classic films from the master horror writer included in one low-price package? Yes, please! The "Stephen King Collection" features three great films and one throwaway.

"The Dead Zone Special Collector’s Edition" is the film by director David Cronenberg — now a hit TV series — remastered for high definition video and audio. "Pet Sematary" reveals how things go from bad to worse when a family discovers land that brings the dead back to life.

The movie also is offered as a special collector’s edition, with added features and a new digital cut.

"Silver Bullet" is the underrated tale of two kids battling with a vile werewolf and finding the one thing that will kill it.

The weakest movie of the bunch is "Graveyard Shift," about a cotton factory infested with crazy rats. Even though "Graveyard Shift" is lacking, the box is worth it.

Price: $39.98.

Rent or buy: Buy.

GEORGE LOPEZ: AMERICA’S MEXICAN

With George Lopez, you know what you’re going to be getting — unlike, say, with Carlos Mencia (who seems to be ripping off other comics). Lopez’s stand-up routine is the subject of HBO Home Video’s "George Lopez: America’s Mexican."

If you were thinking it’s the same type of milquetoast-type comedy you see on his ABC sitcom, think again. This is raunchy, political and actually funny.

The DVD includes 10 minutes not shown in the one-hour HBO special plus a behind-the-scenes conversation with Lopez that’s as humorous as his act.

Price: $19.97.

Rent or buy: Good rental.

GHOSTBUSTERS — THE ANIMATED SERIES VOLUME 2

 Filmation’s "Ghostbusters" continues the animated antics of the group most famous from live-action movies.

This five-disc set features 33 episodes of the syndicated cartoon and an enormous amount of special features, including a half-hour documentary about Filmation, the studio that brought many classic cartoons to Saturday mornings.

Also included are profiles and interviews with the voice-over crew, audio commentaries and a bonus episode from the live action series. There also are original story boards, image galleries and other television spots.

Price: $39.98.

Rent or buy: Buy.

THE UNTOUCHABLES SPECIAL COLLECTOR’S EDITION

Robert DeNiro as Al Capone — enough said. But this great movie from Brian DePalma also includes an Academy Award-winning performance by Sean Connery, a scene-stealing Andy Garcia, and, yeah, it has Kevin Costner, too.

This version is a new digital cut for high definition audio and video. Extras include stories from the set and multiple featurettes on the making of the film.

Price: $29.99.

Rent or buy: Buy.

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