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Best bets: Gods, monsters ‘Clash’ in 3-D

New version of "Clash of the Titans" will likely blow away its 1981 predecessor. Also this week: "An Education" comes to DVD; the aliens of "V" return.
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Sam Worthington's an old pro at 3-D — he played Jake Sully in the blockbuster "Avatar," and now he plays Perseus in the remake of 1981's "Clash of the Titans." OK, so the 2010 "Clash" was shot normally, then converted to 3-D afterward, but to viewers, Worthington is the king of funny movie glasses and things floating (or being hurled) at the audience. Joining Worthington among the "Titans" are Liam Neeson as Zeus and Ralph Fiennes as Hades. (Opens April 2, with some 8 p.m. shows April 1.)

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Gee, isn't it great of those "V" aliens to come in peace and give us the benefit of their medical knowledge and just generally help us out! I'm sure they won't be demanding anything in return, like our lives and our planet. The Visitors return this week. (March 30, 10 p.m., ABC.)

Remember when a new show about families with multiples seemed to launch every week? Now the hot trend appears to be little people, from "Little People, Big World" to "The Little Couple." The newest addition to the genre, "Little Chocolatiers," actually combines our fascination with small people with our equal fascination with shows such as "Ace of Cakes." Steve Hatch and wife Katie Masterson are little people, yes, but they also own and run a chocolate shop that makes some seriously cool creations. And early on, they politely but sternly educate a customer who blabs about thinking it's cool that "you midgets" can run a store. (March 30, 10 p.m., TLC)

Sometimes real life is much more engrossing than fiction. "Whatever It Takes" goes inside the first year of the Bronx Center for Science & Mathematics, a South Bronx high school with a determined and idealistic principal who will remind you of "Stand and Deliver" and other inspiring school films.

DVD"An Education" is one of those movies that stays with you after you leave the theater. This beautifully shot tale of an Oxford-bound teen and her affair with an older man spins an entire world that you'll be reluctant to leave. Carey Mulligan and Peter Sarsgaard shine as the May-December couple. Rent or buy the DVD and see why Mulligan, at just 24, was a best actress Oscar nominee and is a name to watch. (Out on DVD March 30.)

The most fascinating DVD I've watched this week has a title that makes you embarrassed if anyone sees it on your coffeetable. "Tallhotblond" is named for the screenname of one of the members of a true Internet love triangle that resulted in murder. The documentary has plenty of interviews with the jailed murderer and a lot of quotes from the messages traded among the three, and the final twist will blow your mind. Truth is stranger than fiction, indeed. (Out on DVD now.)