Disney
A still from "Bee at the Beach" in "Chronological Donald, Volume 3."
Three new editions of "Walt Disney Treasures" (you know, the series with the DVD boxes in metal tins) are featured in this week's look at new home-video releases.

"Walt Disney Treasures: Chronological Donald, Volume 3" (Disney, 1947-50, two discs, $32.99). This is most likely to be the best-seller of this bunch, with more hilarious Donald Duck cartoons, shown here in the order of their initial theatrical release dates. One highlight is "Donald's Dream Voice," in which he takes a voice pill to make himself more understandable (his voice takes on Ronald Colman's patrician intonations), and in another he comes up against worthy adversaries when he meets Chip 'n' Dale.

Extras: full frame/widescreen, 31 cartoons, featurettes

"Walt Disney Treasures: The Adventures of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit" (Disney, 1926-28, two discs, $32.99). These are crude, primitive cartoons — the character preceded Mickey Mouse — and as such are more historically significant than enjoyably entertaining. But animation fans will be more than pleased, as all 13 surviving "Oswald" cartoons from the silent-film era are here (26 were produced). Best of all, the bonus features go into great detail about Disney's relationship with on-again, off-again partner Ub Iwerks.

Extras: full frame, 13 "Oswald" cartoons, six bonus cartoons (including restored "Steamboat Willie"), audio commentaries, feature-length documentary, featurettes.

"Walt Disney Treasures: Disneyland: Secrets, Stories and Magic" (Disney, 1955-65, two discs, $32.99). Documentaries and programs exploring the creation of America's first theme park, loaded with archival footage that will likely prove irresistible to Disneyphiles, movie buffs and those who simply love parks with rides. Julie Andrews and Leonard Maltin host the proceedings.

Extras: full frame

Recent films

"The Bourne Ultimatum" (Universal, 2007, PG-13, $29.98). The third film in this series is much better than the second. As with is predecessors, this film is overly busy — with that annoying "shaky-cam" style. But it's not nearly so distracting as "Bourne II." Matt Damon is again first-rate as he battles the bad guys, and a foot race is particularly exciting.

Extras: widescreen, deleted scenes, audio commentary, featurettes

"The Last Legion" (Weinstein/Genius, 2007, PG-13, $28.95). Except for the conceit that the woman here (the striking Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai) is a warrior equal to her male counterparts, this is very much an old-fashioned desert action epic set during the final days of the Roman Empire, and invested with a bit of the King Arthur legend. Colin Firth is a general who, with help from a wizard (Ben Kingsley), smuggles a young emperor out of Rome.

Extras: widescreen, deleted scenes, audio commentary, featurettes, trailer

Reissued DVDs

"The Last Man on Earth" (MGM, 1964, b/w, $14.98). This first version of "I Am Legend" is a low-budget effort, but Vincent Price is quite good as the world-weary last man alive, battle creatures of the night. (I actually like this better than the second version, "The Omega Man," starring Charlton Heston.)

Extras: widescreen, featurette (on Matheson)

"Rocky: The Complete Saga" (MGM, 1976-2006, six discs, $59.98). The "Rocky" films are boxed together again, this time to include last year's "Rocky Balboa," allegedly the final film in the series (with Rocky's son played by Milo Ventimiglia, who has since gone on to stardom in TV's "Heroes.")

Extras: widescreen, bonus features only on "Rocky Balboa" (audio commentary by Stallone, deleted scenes/alternate ending, featurettes, bloopers)

"New York, New York: 30th Anniversary Edition" (MGM, 1977, PG, two discs, $19.98). Critics generally dismissed Martin Scorsese's musical starring Liza Minnelli and Robert De Niro as a trifle, but it has a large fan base that should be pleased by this gussied-up edition.

Extras: widescreen, deleted/alternate scenes, new introduction (by Scorsese), audio commentary (by Scorsese and film critic Carrie Rickey), featurettes

Straight to DVD

"The Rocket" (Palm, 2005, PG, $24.99)

"Hatchet" (Anchor Bay, 2006; rated R for violence, sex, nudity, language; $26.97)


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