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Best bets: ‘Avatar’ comes to DVD, but not in 3-D

You won't need the funny little glasses to see the world's highest-grossing movie in the comfort of your own home. Plus: "Idol Gives Back" returns;  Disney takes us under the "Oceans."
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DVD
It seems a little odd that "Avatar" is coming to DVD, since its 3-D experience will be lost on a regular home TV. The Los Angeles Times also reported that the film won't have any trailers or promo content — just the movie itself. (A more advanced version is coming later this year.) But after all, this is AVATAR we're talking about. It is the highest-grossing film of all time in the entire world, beating out director James Cameron's other megahit, "Titanic." It's the first film to earn more than $2 billion. It was up for nine Oscars and won three. It has people actually learning Na'vi, the language that was created for the film, and wishing they could live on its planet, Pandora. On second thought, perhaps the DVD doesn't need any fancy-pants extras. (Out on DVD April 22.)

A lot of people haven't yet seen "Crazy Heart," which won Jeff Bridges the best actor Oscar this year. It played in smaller, arty theaters, although some more mainstream venues picked it up when the Bridges mania went mainstream. Now you can buy or rent it on DVD and see what all the fuss is about, and you won't be disappointed. Bridges plays a troubled country singer on the downhill slide. He's far from perfect when the movie opens and he's only somewhat closer at its end, but the film earns bravos for telling a tale that feels real, not Hollywooded up. A perfect example is Colin Farrell's character, Bridges' nemesis, who turns out to be a pretty good guy. His interactions with Bridges are better than those Bridges has with love interest Maggie Gyllenhaal's character, in my opinion. (Out on DVD April 20.)

MoviesThere's been an awful lot of eye candy movies this year, and by "eye candy" we don't mean gorgeous models or hunky guys. These are films that all ages can enjoy, which take their cameras into weird and exotic places and bring back images that regular people would never get to see. "Hubble 3D" took us into space. The upcoming "Babies" takes us around the globe into the first year in the lives of four very different children. And now Disney's "Oceans" takes us underwater, giving us a spectacular glimpse into the world below the sea. Splish splash. (Opens April 23.)

"The Square" sounds marvelously creepy in the same way as 1998's "A Simple Plan," where viewers can almost understand why the characters make the choices they do, but then watch in safe horror as the entire plan unravels. This Aussie film noir centers on lovers who decide to steal money from her gangster husband and use it to flee and start a new live. But then there's a death, and blackmail letters  start to arrive, and any decision that seemed like a good idea seems like a horrible nightmare. (The film is already open in some cities, check arthouse theaters.)

TV
"Idol Gives Back,"
the charitable concert from "American Idol," wasn't held last year, but it returns this week during the results show for the top seven singers. The money raised benefits charities including Save the Children, Malaria No More, and the United Nations Foundation. Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, Annie Lennox, and the Black-Eyed Peas are expected to perform. (April 21, 8 p.m., Fox)

"Through a Dog's Eyes" combines two topics that can seemingly do no wrong — service dogs and Neil Patrick Harris. The "How I Met Your Mother" star narrates the show, but the adorable dogs, and their work, are the real stars. (April 21, 8 p.m., PBS.)