Digital Breakdown: ‘Shrek the Third’ is one ugly ogre 

For Shrek, three is not the charm. At this point, the voices of Mike Myers as the animated Shrek, Cameron Diaz as Fiona and Eddie Murphy as Donkey aren’t as amusing as they used to be. The jokes have gotten old, the animation is only mildly improved and the story of a magical land filled with fairy tale characters isn’t working anymore.

While "Shrek 4" already has been given the green light, here’s hoping the writers rediscover the funny. "Shrek the Third" is simply unfunny and uninspired. The disappointment continues on the DVD, which has three uninteresting featurettes, a lame music video and, admittedly, some interesting stuff for kids. There are more special features on the HD DVD version, but with so few consumers owning a next-gen player, they seem wasted.

Price: $29.99.

Rent or buy: Rent.

NORTHERN EXPOSURE — THE COMPLETE SERIES

The 1990s Alaska-set quirk fest "Northern Exposure" returns one more time. This complete package features all six seasons of the show that brought city-boy doctor Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow) to a remote town in to set up his first practice. There he finds romance (with the beautiful Janine Turner), an assortment of odd characters and lots of fun in this fan-favorite dramedy. All 110 episodes are included on 26 discs in an awesome carrying case reminiscent of the pack carried by Fleischman during his time in Alaska. Also included are the special features from the single-season DVD releases.

Price: $199.98.

Rent or buy: Buy.

GILMORE GIRLS: THE COMPLETE SEVENTH SEASON

It didn’t get renewed for the eighth season, but "Gilmore Girls" still has a place in the hearts of many fans. This DVD set is the final season that sees mom Lorelai finally getting married, Rory graduating, and more. At least the writers sent the series off in a good way. The DVD includes 22 episodes from the seventh season as well as additional scenes and a few fan-only featurettes. Also available is "The Gilmore Girls — The Complete Series," with all seven seasons of the show in one DVD gift set.

Price: Season seven, $59.98; complete series, $258.82.

Rent or buy: Buy, if a fan.

JEROME BIXBY’S THE MAN FROM EARTH

What if an immortal man could live 14,000 years and not be discovered? That’s the premise of science-fiction guru Jerome Bixby’s "The Man From Earth," which brings up a number of different thought-provoking topics on religion, faith, science, psychology and biology. Two audio commentaries and four featurettes on everything from Bixby’s legacy to the making of the film round out the DVD.

Price: $26.97.

Rent or buy: Rent.

THE PRINCESS BRIDE — THE ANNIVERSARY EDITION

As inconceivable as it seems, it indeed has been 20 years since this great comedy was released. Along with a new digital cut from original negatives, the set has three new featurettes and a new video game in addition the special features on previous editions. If this DVD is not already in your collection, this is a must-have.

Price: $19.98.

Rent or buy: Buy.

YANKEEOGRAPHY

The ultimate New York Yankee worship DVD collects more than 40 hours of highlights, low lights and, above all else, pays homage to one of the greatest franchises — like it or not — in sports. From Babe Ruth to Joe Dimaggio to Mickey Mantle, this set has ‘em all. It’s an ultimate fan’s delight celebrating all things Yankee.

Price: $99.99

Rent or buy: Buy, if a fan.

Also coming on DVD Tuesday: "Amazing Grace," "Flywheel: Director’s Cut," "Ghost Rider Gift Set," "Urban Justice," "Golden Boy," "3000 Miles," "Masters of Horror: Dream Cruise," "Welcome to the Jungle," "Rise of the Dead," "Cougar Club," "Avenging Angel," "Driftwood" and "Perry Mason: Season Two, Volume Two."

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