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Green giant 'Shrek the Third' provides glimpses behind the scenes

That lovable green ogre and his mischievous friend Donkey (or Don-ke as Shrek would say) are back in "Shrek the Third" ($29.99, Paramount, available now).

In this third adventure, Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) can become the king of Far Far Away, but all he wants to do is go home with his beloved Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz). So Shrek goes off with his pals to find the only other heir to the throne. In a clever bit, they are seeking Prince Arthur (Justin Timberlake), who at this point in his life is a goofy young lad called Artie.

While the story isn't quite as original or funny as the first two movies, the kids won't notice. Plus, there are enough clever bits to keep the adults interested. (Check out what spoiled brats those fairy tale princesses became!)

Extras include a "Meet the Cast" featurette; "Tech of Shrek" featurette on the computer animation; and the cute "Shrek's Guide to Parenthood" (Donkey, Puss in Boots, Pinocchio and Gingy give Shrek and Fiona their "top five" tips for raising their little ogres).

"DreamWorks Animation Video Jukebox" is a not so subtle commercial plug. It gives you the choice of watching a "music video" from such DreamWorks movies as "Shrek," "Shrek 2" and "Madagascar," and then invites you to buy the DVD!

In the "Lost Scenes," we're brought into storyboard meetings where animators pitch their scenes that didn't make it into the final film. It's quite amusing and interesting to watch them act out the parts (complete with accents) as they point to their storyboards and try to sell the scene.

John McClane, that never-say-die detective played with sardonic wit by Bruce Willis, returns for the fourth time in the action-packed "Live Free or Die Hard" ($29.98 or $34.98 two-disc set; $38.98 Blu-ray; Fox Home Entertainment, available now).

The single-disc DVD has a commentary by Willis, director Len Wiseman and editor Nicolas DeToth. If you splurge and spend another $5 for the two-disc unrated edition, you'll get some extra footage; a 10-part making-of documentary; and a one-on-one conversation between Willis and co-star Kevin Smith. The Blu-ray disc has all of the above.

Speaking of Willis, he co-wrote the story to his 1991 caper film "Hudson Hawk" in which he plays a cat burglar forced to steal some DaVinci paintings. "Hudson Hawk: Special Edition" ($19.94, Sony, available now) arrives on DVD with new bonus material including two featurettes with Willis and co-star Sandra Bernhard; a trivia track; deleted scenes; and commentary by director Michael Lehmann.

F.W. Murnau's 1922 silent classic gets a glossy new digital restoration in "Nosferatu: The Ultimate Edition" ($29.95, Kino International, available now). The two-disc set has newly translated English subtitles, plus a making-of documentary; the original score by Hans Erdmann; photo gallery and clips from other Murnau films.

Coming Tuesday

"2007 World Series" (Shout! Factory), "Bratz: The Movie" (Lionsgate), "First Snow" (Sony), "Futurama: Bender's Big Score" (Fox), "Hot Rod" (Paramount), "I Know Who Killed Me" (Sony), "The Namesake" (Fox), "Skinwalkers" (Lionsgate), "Spice World" (Sony), "Vitus" (Sony), "Waitress" (Fox), "Who's Your Caddy?" (Genius/Weinstein).

DVD Extra

"Rescue Dawn" -- Christian Bale drew critical praise in this true story of a POW's struggle for survival. Extras: Commentary by director Werner Herzog; documentary; and deleted scenes. ($29.98, MGM, available now.)


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