Digital Breakdown: Get prepped for the new ‘Indiana Jones’ movie 

Given that the new geriatric fourth "Indiana Jones" movie opens next week, along with George Lucas’ propensity to re-release material, it’s no surprise that new versions of the first three "Indiana Jones" films are getting re-released on DVD this week. All were restored and remastered in a 2003 release, so don’t expect big changes in the way the movies look.

This set has new special features including "The Melting Face," re-creating the classic end-scene of "Raiders of the Lost Ark"; "Creepy Crawlies," a featurette with Lucas and Steven Spielberg looking back at the bug scene in "Temple of Doom"; and "Friends and Enemies," in which Lucas and Spielberg address side characters and offer a sneak peek at those characters in the new movie, "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." There are other new extras, too, which make this box worth buying (again). Price: $49.99. Rent or buy: Buy

UNTRACEABLE

Movies about modern technology have been a passion of Hollywood — usually with mixed results, such as "The Net" or "Hackers." "Untraceable" follows a similar disappointing pattern. It’s about a psycho who tortures and kills people, and posts videos of his actions on the Internet. Diane Lane ditches her classic sexy, mature characters for this by-the-numbers FBI agent who tracks down the killer in a cyber manhunt. What follows is cybercrime-busting at its finest, filled with enough cyber-techno-jargon to choke a horse.

"Untraceable’s" attention to technology is the only thing that differentiates it from similar movies about serial killers, FBI agents and gruesome killings. The DVD has four featurettes covering the script, the characters, the production process and special effects. Price: $28.95 to $38.96. Rent or buy: Rent

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE — THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON

After too many "Best of" releases, Universal Home Entertainment finally started giving us what we wanted last year: the full seasons of "Saturday Night Live." Twenty 90-minute episodes are on seven discs in this set, which stars John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Gilda Radner doing classic sketches featuring the likes of the Coneheads and the Wild and Crazy Guys. Cool deals with the music industry mean that the original music acts are included in their entirety. Price: $69.98. Rent or buy: Buy.

FOX WESTERN CLASSICS

Fox is finally delivering some of its best Westerns from the 1950s, including "The Gunfighter," starring Gregory Peck as Jimmy Ringo, who has a price on his head. The beautifully filmed 1954 "Garden of Evil" involves a whirlwind search for gold that carries a deadly price. The highly anticipated and under-rated "Rawhide" from 1951 is a tale of a stagecoach station under siege by bandits. All three movies have been digitally remastered; the set has commentaries from film historians, photo galleries from the set and the original movie trailers. Price: $19.98. Rent or buy: Buy

BIG TRAIL: FOX GRANDEUR SPECIAL EDITION

Speaking of awesome Westerns, Fox is also releasing a remastered version of "The Big Trail" in its original 70mm widescreen. John Wayne plays a young scout leading hundreds of settlers across deadly terrain on their way out West. The DVD includes a commentary from Richard Schickel, four big making-of featurettes, photo galleries and themovie trailer. Price: $19.98. Rent or buy: Buy.

Other DVDs making their debut today: "The Great Debaters," "Two and a Half Men — The Complete Third Season," "Frontiers," "Cover," "A Good Man is Hard to Find," "Nora’s Hair Salon 2," "The Rat Patrol - The Complete Series," "The Magnificent Seven — The Complete Series," "Youth Without Youth," "The Adams Chronicles" and "Walk All Over Me."

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