Digital Breakdown: No fun in ‘Disturbia’ suburbia 

If you’re looking for a romantic teenage coming-of-age comedy disguised as a suburban horror nightmare, step up and embrace "Disturbia," a wildly successful film starring Shia LaBeouf as Kale, a guy who becomes disgruntled when he loses his dad in a car wreck.

After Kale punches his teacher, he is sentenced to a summer confined to his home. And that’s when things really heat up. He begins a romance with the neighbor girl next door, and, oh, there’s this other neighbor who happens to kill people … but that’s really secondary.

The special features on the regular DVD are not as impressive as the ones on the HD DVD version. If you have a next-generation DVD player, rent the HD version.

Price: $29.99.

Rent or Buy: Rent.

ROME — THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON

It will be hard to fill the void left by HBO’s "Rome," which is no longer on the cable network due to the high cost of making the lavish series, and the fact that its stars were given new acting opportunities. (You’ll see some of them in this year’s fall television programming.)

Brutal, passionate, dramatic, fun and shocking, "Rome" never pulled any punches in its quest to portray an accurate, and entertaining, view of the historical empire. The DVD is packed with five awesome featurettes, five audio commentaries, deleted scenes and more.

Price: $99.98.

Rent or buy: Buy!

THE SIMPSONS — THE COMPLETE TENTH SEASON

"The Simpsons Movie" is an enormous hit. It’s hard to believe that the DVD release schedule of the TV show is only now at season 10, particularly considering that the hilarious show will be starting its 19th season this year.

"The Complete Tenth Season" includes audio commentaries on all 23 episodes, a slew of deleted scenes, multi-angle animation featurettes, original sketches and additional extras that will make you as happy as a Spider-pig in slop.

Price: $49.98.

Rent or buy: Buy.

TMNT

With the Hollywood creative well bone-dry, just about anything that passes as a decent idea these days getsgreen-lighted ("Alvin and Chipmunks" anyone?).

"TMNT" is the computer-animated film patterned on the classic cartoon "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" from the 1980s and ’90s. While it isn’t traditional in its scope (Shredder is not the villain), the CGI is bloody brilliant and the action will have adolescents raving.

There are some decent extras, but hold out for a double disc re-release.

Price: $28.98.

Rent or buy: Rent.

THE HILLS: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON

The second season of "The Hills" continues to follow the exploits of LC and gang as they try to "survive" the tortures of actually working in Los Angeles. This time, Heidi, Audrina, Whitney and LC find themselves more often than not at odds with one another over boys, jobs, boys, rent and boys.

Much like with its predecessor "Laguna Beach," it’s hard to figure out what exactly is real in "The Hills" and what has been scripted; there are obvious moments where confrontations just couldn’t have happened legitimately.

The DVD has some deleted scenes and featurettes that fans will enjoy; everyone else, just move along. There’s nothing to see here.

Price: $38.99.

 Rent or buy: Buy, fans only.

FLASH GORDON — SAVIOUR OF THE UNIVERSE EDITION

As the Sci-Fi Channel gets ready to introduce the world to a new version of the classic science fiction series, there’s no better time than to issue a new edition of the original "Flash Gordon" with an awesome digital transfer that looks crisp, clean and clear.

Though the special features to the "Saviour of the Universe Edition" leave a little to be desired, given that the film has been out of print for a while and this is a great digital cut, the set still is a worthy pick-up.

Price: $26.98.

Rent or buy: Buy.

Other DVDs coming out Tuesday: "Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show," "I Think I Love My Wife," "Happy Tree Friends — Volume 3," "That Girl — Season 3," "Crime Story," "Beneath," "Soul Food: The Second Season," "Brigitte Bardot 5-Film Collection," "The Film Crew: Killers from Space," "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Daughter," "My Hero — Season Two" and "Montana Sky."

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