Digital Breakdown: Steer clear of ‘The Invasion’ 

How many times do we need to be subjected to a remake of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"? With each iteration, the original film’s brilliance continues to fade. We’ve gone from the 1956 classic to the suspenseful 1978 remake to the terrible 1994 remake to this re-imagining, which stars Nicole Kidman. She plays a psychiatrist who is convinced that a flu-like virus spreading through the population is really hiding alien spores, and turning victims into strangely inhuman characters. Yet there are no pods, which violates the mythology of the franchise. ... whatever. The DVD has four featurettes with run-of-the-mill, behind-the-scenes material. Price: $28.98 to $35.99. Rent or buy: Rent.

CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM – THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON

It’s another year of Larry David and his absurd, self-absorbed personality in a show that has been said to be 80-percent ad-libbed. The theme that carries the whole season involves Larry’s wife Cheryl convincing him to adopt a family displaced by a hurricane. Even though fans can predict what Larry will do, that doesn’t make his deadpan reactions and outrageous behavior less funny. Guest stars include Lucy Lawless, Sen. Barbara Boxer and John McEnroe. The DVD includes an 11-minute behind-the-scenes featurette, a conversation with David about how theshow stays fresh and a better-than-average gag reel. Price: $39.98. Rent or buy: Buy.

EL CID 2-DISC LIMITED EDITION

The epic Charlton Heston/Sophia Loren film about Spanish knights driving the Moors from Spain makes its DVD debut in a superb package that includes a reproduction of the original 1961 souvenir program, a reproduction of the original "El Cid" comic book, six production stills, commentary from director Samuel Bronston’s son, photo galleries and an introduction from Martin Scorsese. The classic epic certainly has been given the star treatment on DVD. Price: $39.92 Rent or buy: Buy.

MARTIN SCORSESE PRESENTS VAL LEWTON: MAN IN THE SHADOWS

In the 1940s, legendary RKO film producer Val Lewton made thrillers such as "I Walked with a Zombie," "Cat People" and "The Body Snatcher" (not a part of the previously mentioned franchise). In this documentary that recently premiered on Turner Classic Movies, Martin Scorsese looks at the film history of RKO and Lewton through Lewton’s own detailed documentation, interviews with crew members, film historians and classic Lewton horror/thriller clips. It’s an awesome look back at a filmmaking pioneer and his studio that influenced so much of today’s Hollywood. Price: $19.99. Rent or buy: Buy.

LAKE PLACID 2

While the original "Lake Placid" was bunk because it took itself too seriously, "Lake Placid 2," on the other hand, seems to be made up of one pun after another. It’s about a sheriff, a biologist and a pair of inept hunters who track and try to kill a group of gigantic killer alligators roaming, where else, at Lake Placid. The movie has plenty of cheeseball humor, ridiculous gator moments and some pretty bad special effects. It’s not to be taken seriously, but it’s enjoyable. Price: $26.98. Rent or buy: Decent rental.

DAMAGES — THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

Putting forth the idea that nobody is innocent, the FX drama stars Glenn Close as a lawyer who takes on a young protégé in a major law firm that is fighting a class-action lawsuit against one of the town’s most prominent businessmen, played by Ted Danson. Lying, blackmail, backstabbing, corruption and murder follow. Three featurettes, deleted scenes, previews to other FX programs and audio commentaries round out the three-disc DVD set. Price: $49.95. Rent or buy: Buy, if a fan.

Other DVDs out Tuesday: "Rocket Science," "Feel the Noise," "Charm School," "JAG — Season Five," "Pioneers of Television," "Sand and Sorrow," "Coma," "Moving McAllister," "Daddy Day Camp," "Tragic Ceremony," "The Nines," "The Comebacks," "Aqua Teen Hunger Force — Volume 5" and "Ricco and the Mean Machine."

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