Digital Breakdown: History repeats in ‘Treasure’ 

Who knew our country’s kooky forefathers were so darned Indiana Jones-like? Nicolas Cage is back as Ben Gates, the hunter seeking bounty hidden in American and international landmarks. Meanwhile, the bad guys are bent on finding the gems in attempts to sell them for a profit.

This time, Gates and his father (played by Jon Voight) with the crew from the first "National Treasure" work to solve a conspiracy theory having to do with missing pages of John Wilkes Booth’s diary.

Although the story falters, the action sequences — which put Gates in crazy situations — make the movie worth checking out. This edition includes a full disc dedicated to special features. Price: $34.99. Rent or buy: Rent

DIARY OF THE DEAD

George A. Romero has made a career out of the undead eating the flesh of the living … and we love it. Nothing beats a good zombie horror film. "Diary of the Dead" is the latest chapter from the horror master himself. Here, a group of film students making a horror movie get overrun by zombies and must do anything to survive. The DVD has audio commentary from Romero, an excellent short about the first week on the set, and a rundown on winners of a MySpace contest sponsored by Romero. Price: $24.95. Rent or buy: Buy

24 — SEASON ONE SPECIAL EDITION

There are a number of advantages to obtaining this set. First, the remastered version offers a nice, fresh cut of the show. Second, some episodes are extended, featuring scenes not shown on TV. Third, there are an additional 25 deleted scenes, new audio commentaries, a new alternate ending to the season finale and a new documentary about the show’s beginnings. Price: $59.98. Rent or buy: Buy

SQUARE PEGS — THE COMPLETE SERIES

Before "Sex and the City" and dozens of movies, Sarah Jessica Parker starred in "Square Pegs," a short-lived ’80s comedy about dorks trying to fit in with the cool kids in high school. This three-disc set includes all 19 big-hair, gross-me-out-with-a-spoon episodes that typify lovely 1980s charm. It also has new interviews with Parker and fellow stars Jamie Gertz, Tracy Nelson and others. Their reflections about acting in what was, for some, their first real gig make this DVD worth a look. Price: $29.95. Rent or buy: Rent

V FOR VENDETTA BLU-RAY

The story of a bleak future ruled by military tyrants, where social justice is squelched in a sea of assassinations and oppression, comes to next-generation DVD. This film looks awesome in high-definition picture and sound. It’s well worth adding to your collection. It has a new commentary from the director, four featurettes on the making of the film, a music video and more. Price: $28.98. Rent or buy: Buy

Other DVDs out Tuesday: "Lost Colony," "The New Maverick," "Dangerous Assignment," "A Dirty Carnival," "National Treasure — Blu-Ray," "Flock" and "The Bill Engvall Show: The Complete First Season."

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