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From left, Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha head to Las Vegas in "The Hangover."

Among other things, the two-disc special edition of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (Warner, $34.99) has a sneak peek of next fall's highly anticipated sequel, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."

Also included are a pair behind-the-scenes minidocumentaries, a Q-and-A session with the cast and crew, and a digital copy of the film, which can be downloaded to home-electronics devices. (The Blu-ray combo pack, $35.99, boasts both Blu-ray and standard DVD versions.)

As for the film itself, the sixth movie adventure feels fresher and looser and is much more enjoyable than some of its predecessors. It features confident, winning performances from young leads Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. And it has more of a sense of humor, which is refreshing.

Other DVD releases next week include:

"G-Force" (Disney, $29.99) — ★½ — Despite a committed voice cast that includes two Oscar winners, these jokes aren't all that funny.

Special features: Two-disc special edition ($34.98) features bloopers, deleted scenes, digital copy of film for home-electronics devices; three-disc Blu-ray/DVD "combo pack" ($44.99) features both Blu-ray and standard DVD version of film, digital copy.

PG (violence, vulgarity) — Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

"George Lopez: Tall, Dark & Chicano" (HBO, $19.98) — Stand-up comedy special, filmed for HBO, featuring the popular comedian-actor.

Not rated, probable R (profanity, vulgarity, slurs)

"The Girl From Monaco" (Magnolia, $27.98) — Romantic comedy-drama from France, centered on a love triangle. French with subtitles.

R (sex, vulgarity, profanity)

"The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard" (Paramount, $22.99) — ★★ — A raunchy comedy that should have been subtitled "Starts Fast. Dies Slowly."

R (vulgarity, profanity, sex, violence, nudity, drugs, slurs)

"The Hangover" (Warner, $28.98) — ★★★ — Given how sick and wrong this comedy is, you may feel guilty for laughing.

Special features: Two-disc unrated edition ($34.98) features footage cut from theatrical release, bloopers.

R (profanity, vulgarity, violence, drugs, nudity, slurs, sex, brief gore)

"Herb & Dorothy" (New Video Arthouse, $29.95) — ★★★ — Seemingly limitless access is what makes this art documentary interesting.

Not rated, probable PG-13 (adult themes, nude artwork) — Wesley Morris, The Boston Globe

"Inglourious Basterds" (Universal, $29.98) — ★★★ — Those who enjoy Quentin Tarantino's brand of off-the-wall filmmaking will enjoy this World War II thriller. With subtitles.

Special features: Two-disc special edition ($34.98) features footage cut from theatrical release, behind-the-scenes mini-documentary.

R (violence, gore, profanity, slurs, torture, brief drugs, brief sex, vulgarity)

"The Other Man" (Image, $27.98) — ★½ — A lame melodrama masquerading as an erotic thriller. Liam Neeson stars.

Not rated, probable R (profanity, nudity, sex, vulgarity, slurs)

"Psycho Ward" (Lionsgate, $26.98) — Direct-to-DVD horror film about explorers trapped in an abandoned mental hospital.

R (violence, gore, profanity, nudity)

"Taking Woodstock" (Universal, $29.98) — ★★½ — An attempt by filmmaker Ang Lee to get back to lighter fare after the deadly serious "Brokeback Mountain."

R (profanity, drugs, nudity, slurs, violence, sex, vulgarity)

Some upcoming DVD releases include:


Dec. 22: "(500) Days of Summer" — Fox; "All About Steve" — Fox; "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt" — Anchor Bay; "It Might Get Loud" — Sony

Dec. 29: "9" — Universal; "District 9" — Sony; "Jennifer's Body" — Fox; "A Perfect Getaway" — Universal


Jan. 5: "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" — Sony; "The Final Destination" — Warner; "Lorna's Silence" — Sony

Jan. 12: "The Hurt Locker" — Summit; "Moon" — Sony; "Post Grad" — Fox; "Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself" — Lionsgate

Jan. 19: "Gamer" — Lionsgate; "Pandorum" — Anchor Bay

Jan. 26: "Michael Jackson's This is It" — Sony; "Surrogates" — Disney