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DVD reviews: ‘WALL-E,’ ‘Tropic Thunder’

Also new: season one of ‘Hannah Montana,’ season three of ‘Bones’
/ Source: The Associated Press

“WALL-E”The adorable little robot wheels his way onto home video. Continuing the perfect critical and commercial track record of Pixar Animation (“The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille”), the animated smash defies convention, presenting a clunky robot and his sleek new girlfriend who communicate only through mechanical noises. WALL-E is a persevering worker ’bot, tending his job to clean up the mess of trash on Earth even after humanity has abandoned the polluted planet for an idle life on a spaceship. The film comes in one- or three-disc DVD versions and two- and three-disc Blu-ray sets, all featuring the cartoon short “Presto” that preceded “WALL-E” in theaters, plus deleted scenes and commentary with director Andrew Stanton. A documentary on Pixar is offered in the multidisc sets, and a digital copy of the movie is included in the three-disc DVD and Blu-ray packages. Single-disc DVD, $29.99; three-disc DVD set, $39.99; two-disc Blu-ray set, $35.99; three-disc Blu-ray set, $40.99. (Disney) Read the review.

“Tropic Thunder”Ben Stiller co-wrote, directed and stars with Robert Downey Jr. and Jack Black in this action comedy about a gang of self-important actors whose Vietnam War shoot turns into real combat as they encounter a ruthless drug gang in the jungles of Asia. Stiller’s unrated director’s cut, with 14 minutes of additional footage, is available in a two-disc DVD set and in the Blu-ray release, while the R-rated theatrical version comes in a single-disc DVD. Among the extras on each release are two commentaries from Stiller, one with his filmmaking collaborators, the other with Downey and Black. The two-disc DVD set and Blu-ray release also have deleted and extended scenes and a huge batch of behind-the-scenes segments. Single-disc DVD, $29.98; two-disc DVD set, $34.98; Blu-ray, $39.99. (Paramount) Read the review.

“The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2”

In this photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures., castmembers, from left, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn and Blake Lively are shown in a scene from, ?The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2,?Phil Caruso / Warner Bros. Pictures

America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel and Blake Lively return as the foursome of friends who bond over a ragged article of shared clothing. This time around, the four are off on their own, attending college while trying to maintain the connection to their old pals despite the distance between them. The DVD and Blu-ray come with deleted footage accompanied by commentary from director Sanaa Hamri, plus a gag reel and a featurette on how the movie’s final scene was developed. DVD, $28.98; Blu-ray, $35.99. (Warner Bros.) Read the review.

“Heathers”The high school black comedy starring Winona Ryder, Christian Slater and Shannen Doherty is back with a reunion edition to mark its 20th anniversary. Ryder stars as a cool chick who hangs with the popular clique, a trio of teens named Heather, with Slater the unstable new kid who unleashes a bizarre wave of murder, suicide and explosive pep rallies. A boxed set shaped like a miniature school locker packs a two-disc DVD version and the Blu-ray debut of the movie, along with a T-shirt, a yearbook replica and a batch of “Heathers”-themed magnets. The Blu-ray release also is available as a stand-alone disc. DVD and Blu-ray set, $89.97; Blu-ray, $29.97. (Anchor Bay)

TV on DVD:

“Hannah Montana: The Complete First Season” — Miley Cyrus is an undercover celebrity in the series about a teen living a double life as a pop-music star and an average schoolgirl. The four-disc set has the first 26 episodes, along with cast interviews and a featurette on Cyrus in her hometown of Nashville, Tenn. DVD set, $39.99. (Disney)

“Star Trek: The Original Series — Season Three” — William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and the rest of the starship Enterprise crew complete their original TV trek as the final year of the 1960s series lands in a DVD update with new special effects and freshly recorded music. The seven-disc package has 24 episodes, with extras including segments on some of the co-stars. DVD set, $99.99. (Paramount)

“The Complete Monty Python’s Flying Circus: Collector’s Edition” — The joke’s on Python completists who already bought one of the earlier versions of the complete comedy series. Now they’ll want to shell out again for this 21-disc expansion, with the entire series, live Python performances, best-of sketch collections chosen by the stars and two documentaries on the troupe. DVD set, $159.95. (A&E)

“Charmed: The Complete Series” — A mammoth 49-disc set packs all 173 episodes of the series featuring Shannen Doherty, Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan and Holly Marie Combs as witches using their powers for good. Extras include the original unaired pilot. The series is available in a regular-sized DVD edition or a massive “Deluxe Edition” in coffee-table-book-style packaging. DVD set, $271.99; “Deluxe Edition,” $317.99. (Paramount)

“Bones: Season Three” — David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel return as an FBI team digging up grisly remains to solve murders. The third year’s 15 episodes, with extended versions of three, come in a five-disc set. DVD set, $59.98. (20th Century Fox)

“Doctor Who: The Complete Fourth Series” — David Tennant is back as the latest incarnation of the doctor, who journeys through time and space to save the world. A six-disc set has all 14 of season four’s episodes, plus deleted scenes and commentary. DVD set, $99.98. (BBC)

“The Odd Couple: The Final Season” — Jack Klugman as slob Oscar and Tony Randall as neat-freak Felix complete their five-year run as roommates in the 1970s comedy. The last 22 episodes are packed in a three-disc set. DVD set, $42.99. (Paramount)

“Hawaii Five-O: The Fifth Season” — Jack Lord and James MacArthur star as state police honchos booking crooks in major crimes on the islands. Season five’s 24 episodes are included in a six-disc set. DVD set, $54.99. (Paramount)

“McHale’s Navy: Season Four” — A five-disc package delivers the final 30 episodes of the 1960s comedy starring Ernest Borgnine and Tim Conway as members of an oddball naval crew during World War II. DVD set, $39.99. (Shout)

“Night Gallery: Season Two” — Rod Serling of “The Twilight Zone” offers another anthology of macabre stories. Year two’s 22 episodes are contained in a five-disc set, with commentary from Guillermo del Toro, director of the “Hellboy” movies. DVD set, $59.98. (Universal)