The following movie DVDs will be available by Tuesday:
• JUNO (Fox Home Entertainment, rated PG-13, $29.98) **** A teen-pregnancy comedy filled with witty dialogue and genuine emotion and occasional crudeness. Stars Ellen Page. Nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actress.
Extras: 11 deleted scenes, commentary, a gag reel and screen tests.
PG-13 (vulgarity, profanity, brief sex, brief drugs, brief gore, slurs) Jeff Vice
• LARS AND THE REAL GIRL (MGM Home Entertainment, rated PG-13, $27.98) *** This oddball comedy-drama uses restraint in dealing with some potentially offensive material.
Ryan Gosling stars as Lars Lindstrom, an introvert with a trunkful of emotional baggage. Beyond the comedy, when an entire town suspends its beliefs to help Lars overcome his delusion, the movie underscores a more complex concept what if everyone treated the mentally ill with kindness instead of fear and ridicule?
Extras: commentary, deleted scenes
PG-13 (vulgarity, mild profanity, brief drugs, slurs) Angelyn N. Hutchinson
• THE FINAL SEASON (Sony, rated PG,$24.29 ) ** Well-staged baseball action scenes nearly redeem this slow-to-develop sports drama. Stars Tom Arnold, Sean Astin, MacKenzie Astin.
PG (profanity, vulgarity, violence, brief drugs) Jeff Vice
The following television DVDs are available:
• MATLOCK (Paramount Home Entertainment, seven discs, not rated, $30) In its debut on DVD, the long-running TV legal drama features all 25 episodes from season one in 1986.
The folksy Andy Griffith stars as the unassuming and sometimes cantakerous Southern defense attorney Ben Matlock. Matlock, who was usually seen in a seersucker suit and had a fondness for hot dogs, often combed the crime scene for overlooked clues that would clear his clients.
There's nothing complex or very suspenseful in this seven-disc series, but watching them is like a pleasant visit with an old friend.
Extras: the pilot movie Angelyn N. Hutchinson
• MURDER, SHE WROTE (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, five discs, not rated, $49.98) The joke about murder mystery writer Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) was always that if she were invited for the weekend, expect another guest to meet an untimely demise. She, of course, would astutely piece together clues to aid the police in their investigation.
This new collection contains all 23 episodes of season eight. "Murder, She Wrote" ran 12 seasons, from 1984 to 1996. Season eight ran in 1991-92. The first season DVD was released three years ago. Angelyn N. Hutchinson
Some of the upcoming DVD releases include:
April 22: "Charlie Wilson's War" Universal
April 22: "The Savages" Fox
April 29: "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" Disney/Miramax
April 29: "The Golden Compass" New Line
April 29: "Moondance Alexander" Fox
April 29: "27 Dresses" Fox
May 6: "Over Her Dead Body" New Line
May 13: "The Great Debaters" Genius/Weinstein
May 20: "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" Disney
May 27: "Rambo" Lionsgate