Digital Breakdown: Paging 'Mr. Brooks' 

This interesting serial killer flick stars Kevin Costner as a mild-mannered business executive and family man, but with a nasty habit: killing innocent folks with the help of his imaginary secondary personality, played excellently by William Hurt. Throw away Dane Cook’s lame performance as a disturbing voyeur with blood lust, then enjoy this surprisingly good movie. In a rather demented way, you actually find yourself cheering for the serial killer to succeed.

The DVD has three featurettes on the making of the film, commentary from the director and deleted scenes. It makes for great Friday night viewing. Price: $29.98. Rent or buy: Rent.

HOSTEL 2 UNRATED DIRECTOR’S CUT

The torture-gore horror genre is far from dead, especially with a new "Saw" film coming out soon and bushels of independent copycats being churned out. Yet nobody is gaining from dreadful sequels such as "Hostel 2." The original film was an inventive, gory, yet fun romp through an awful Eastern European town with a high-priced hobby of killing tourists for sport. "Hostel 2" has the same plot, yet it’s not nearly as clever, it’s far too predictable and it isn’t gory. Too many payoff moments are missed, even in the director’s cut.

The DVD has some featurettes and deleted scenes, but it isn’t worth buying. Most likely, the film will be re-released in a set that will have more footage and more special features worth checking out. Price: Standard definition, $28.95, Blu-Ray, $39.95. Rent or buy: Rent.

THE ADVENTURES OF YOUNG INDIANA JONES — VOLUME ONE

It’s about time for this DVD release. Originally airing on TV from 1992 through 1994, "The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones" chronicled the adventurer during his youth, an idea expanded upon from the opening scenes of the third feature film, "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." This is the first of three planned volumes that will be rolled out in the next nine months.

The full set contains 22 feature-length movies, 94 documentaries, interactive games and historical overviews. This first volume has seven movies, more than 40 historical overviews and documentaries, games and more. Price: $129.99. Rent or buy: A must buy.

VERONICA MARS — THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON

Here’s the final chapter of the teen investigator series that charmed some viewers, then broke their hearts when it wasn’t renewed. Despite its small base of dedicated fans, "Veronica Mars" didn’t garner enough of an audience to justify another season. Too bad. The show was really enjoyable, bringing forth inventive and fun mysteries for its full run.

The DVD includes a look at what the fourth season might have covered, as well as deleted scenes. Price: $59.98. Rent or buy: Buy, if a fan.

THE SOPRANOS: SEASON 6, PART II

In the most hyped finale since "Seinfeld," "The Sopranos" may not have won over many folks with its abrupt, nonsensical ending. Still, this set is a must-have for fans who will want to complete their collections. It’ll be perfect for when those television doldrums hit in December.

The final nine episodes are here, as well as two featurettes and a handful of audio commentaries. Price: $99.98. Rent or buy: Buy, fans only.

WARNER HOME VIDEO DIRECTOR’S SERIES: STANLEY KUBRICK

The classic films are newly remastered and in widescreen. In the collection are "2001: A Space Odyssey," "A Clockwork Orange," "Eyes Wide Shut," "The Shining" and "Full Metal Jacket Deluxe Edition." The set also includes the full-length documentary "A Life in Pictures," which details Kubrick’s life and work, narrated by Tom Cruise. Price: $79.92. Rent or buy: A great buy.

Other DVDs out Tuesday: "Tales From the Crypt — The Complete Seventh Season," "The Tripper," "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Season Three, Volume 2," "The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians," "The Adventures of Aquaman," "The Company," "Nearing Grace," "Mario Bava Collection — Volume 2," "Saw Trilogy," "Fido," "Burt Lancaster The Signature Collection," "Dog Bite Dog," "The L Word: Season Four," "NCIS: Season Four" and "American Gangster — Season One."


Read all of Peter Brown's DVD reviews at Digital Breakdown on Examiner.com.

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