IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.

New DVDs: ‘Open Season,’ ‘Catch a Fire’

Also new: ‘Viva Pedro! The Almodovar Collection,’ ‘Dallas’ season six

“Open Season”If you’ve seen one talking-animal cartoon in Hollywood’s current onslaught, you’ve pretty much seen this one, too. A cute-enough entry in the mismatched animated buddy category, “Open Season” features Martin Lawrence as the voice of a pampered bear who’s booted into the wild from his cozy home with a forest ranger (Debra Messing) and sets out on a return journey with a yammering deer (Ashton Kutcher) just as hunting season is about to start. The DVD features a new animated short with Lawrence and Kutcher’s characters, commentary with the filmmakers and gag commentary featuring the animal stars talking in character. There’s also a preview of the studio’s next talking-creature comedy, “Surf’s Up,” featuring animated penguins. Now that’s original. DVD, $28.95; Blu-ray disc, $38.95 (Sony) Read the review

“Catch a Fire”

An unjustly overlooked film that got lost amid last fall’s rush of awards contenders, this thoughtful examination of repression and revolution during South Africa’s apartheid regime features tremendous performances from Derek Luke and Tim Robbins. Based on a true story, the film tells the tale of Patrick Chamusso (Luke), an oil-refinery worker and law-abiding family man who is falsely accused of terrorism and tortured by a cruel government operative (Robbins), prompting Chamusso to strike back and become a hero in the fight against apartheid. The DVD includes commentary featuring Chamusso, Luke, Robbins, director Phillip Noyce and others, plus deleted scenes. DVD, $29.98. (Universal) Read the review

“Viva Pedro! The Almodovar Collection”This boxed set of eight films from Spanish director Pedro Almodovar was timed to the Academy Awards prospects of his latest, “Volver,” which scored a best-actress nomination for Penelope Cruz but surprisingly missed out on a slot among the foreign-language film nominees. The nine-disc set has Almodovar’s 1999 foreign-language winner at the Oscars, “All About My Mother,” plus “Bad Education,” “Talk to Her,” “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” “The Flower of My Secret,” “Live Flesh” and the DVD debuts of “Law of Desire” and “Matador.” A bonus disc packs three documentary segments on Almodovar and his films. DVD set, $117.95. (Sony)

TV on DVD:

“Dallas: The Complete Sixth Season” — In an age of sky-high gas prices, it’s good to have the wholesome Ewing family to remind us that not everyone in the oil industry is a vicious back stabber. A five-disc set packs all 28 episodes of the prime-time soap opera about the clan of conniving oil robber barons. DVD set, $39.98. (Warner Bros.)

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit — The Third Year” — The venerable cops-and-prosecutors franchise returns with more cases from the files of a New York City detective squad investigating sex offenses. A five-disc set has all 23 episodes from season three. DVD set, $59.98. (Universal)

“Murder, She Wrote: The Complete Fifth Season” — Angela Lansbury is back as the mystery writer who solves crimes on the side. Year five’s 22 episodes come in a five-disc set. DVD set, $49.98. (Universal)

“I Dream of Jeannie: The Complete Third Season” — Before he became J.R. Ewing on “Dallas,” Larry Hagman had a genie (Barbara Eden) in a bottle in the 1960s sitcom. Season three’s 26 episodes are packed in a four-disc set. DVD set, $39.95. (Sony)

“The Big Valley: Season 2, Volume 1” — The classic TV Western stars Barbara Stanwyck as matriarch of a wealthy California family in the 1870s. The first 15 episodes from the second season are included in a three-disc set. DVD set, $39.98. (20th Century Fox)

“Benny Hill: Set Six — 1986-1989” — A three-disc set has the final eight episodes of the British funny man’s maniacally paced sketch comedy show. The set features a segment with cast interviews and a trivia quiz. DVD set, $49.95. (A&E)

Other new releases:

“The Marine” — Wrestler John Cena makes his movie debut in a by-the-numbers action thriller about a Marine who is discharged for insubordination in Iraq then goes on a rampage back home after his gorgeous wife (Kelly Carlson) is kidnapped. The movie comes in the PG-13 theatrical release or an unrated edition. DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray disc, $39.98. (20th Century Fox) Read the review

“Flyboys” — James Franco leads the cast in a World War I adventure following the exploits of American pilots who sign on for early combat duty against Germany before the official U.S. entry into the war. The movie comes in a single-disc DVD release or a two-disc set packed with extras. Single DVD, $29.98; two-disc DVD set, $39.98; Blu-ray disc, $39.98. (MGM) Read the review

“One Night With the King” — The Christian movie audience once again proved its potency, turning this Biblical saga into a solid religious mini-hit. The film tells the story of a beautiful orphan girl (Tiffany Dupont) who wins the love of King Xerxes and becomes Esther, queen of Persia, setting out to save the Jewish people from their persecutors. DVD, $29.98. (20th Century Fox)

“Facing the Giants” — Another film that became a mini-hit driven by church-based audiences. The movie stars Alex Kendrick as football coach at a Christian school who has never led his team to a winning season, but when he faces a crisis at home and learns of a plot to fire him, he and his players discover miracles are possible with God on their side. DVD, $26.96. (Sony)