‘Black Sheep’ a sheer delight

Good horror films these days aren’t necessarily coming from Hollywood. For example, there are “Nightwatch” from Russia, “Severance” and “Shaun of the Dead” from the U.K., and, new on DVD, “Black Sheep” from New Zealand. This hilarious, gory film is about (of all things) depraved sheep with a taste for human flesh after genetic testing turns them loco.

With a director’s commentary, five deleted scenes, a gag reel, a making-of featurette and a new scene exclusively for the DVD, this is the best pick of the week.

Price: $24.95.

Rent or buy: Buy.

EVAN ALMIGHTY

It would be hard enough to be a rookie congressman in Washington, D.C., but when God comes down from the heavens to tell you build an ark, talk about the makings of a stress-induced ulcer! Unfortunately, while the premise is good on paper, there is little funny or unpredictable in “Evan Almighty,” starring Steve Carell of “The Office” and Morgan Freeman, who reprises his role as God.

Carell seems to be going through the motions in a film where more attention was paid to getting as many animals as possible on camera rather than delivering a funny story. With only a handful of deleted scenes and one gag reel, there isn’t anything here worth more than a rental.

Price: $29.98.

Rent or buy: Rent — if that.

28 WEEKS LATER

Six months after the “rage virus” devastated London, the U.S. Army tries to repopulate the city, but when a virus carrier shows up, it goes badly very quickly; once again, the virus is consuming London. This excellent sequel to “28 Days Later” is told through the perspective of a British family whose relatives were caught in the trauma in the first movie. Ultimately, “28 Weeks Later” does what every sequel should do — rival, if not surpass, the original. With 13 minutes of deleted scenes, three behind-the-scenes featurettes, director’s commentary and information about a graphic novel based on the franchise, this DVD is worthy of any horror-thriller aficionado’s collection.

Price: $29.98.

Rent or buy: Buy.

ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS — SEASON THREE

The best thing about the third season of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” is that there are three episodes directed by the master of horror/thriller himself: “The Perfect Crime,” “Lamb of the Slaughter” and “Dip in the Pool”; the others simply were “overseen” by Hitchcock. The others aren’t bad, though. Season three, in fact, is when the series really hits its stride. The set has 39 episodes plus original trailers and promos from back in the day. It’s a must-have for fans.

Price: $39.98.

Rent or buy: Buy.

CSI NEW YORK: SEASON THREE

Since its first season, this spin-off from the No. 1 show on television, “CSI,” has grown to be one of the best shows at the 10 p.m. hour. Its creepy story lines and serial killers are in an ideal setting to open a wealth of possibilities for future forensic endeavors. The DVD has four excellent featurettes, multiple audio commentaries and video game previews.

Price: $72.99.

Rent or buy: Buy.

POLTERGEIST 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Has it really been 25 years since the first “Poltergeist” movie? Believe it — and forget all of the terrible sequels. This first film is still the best, still the one that scares your pants off: “Stay away from the light, Carol Anne!” Sure thing! The re-release includes a new two-part documentary about poltergeists and communicating with the dead. Good stuff.

Price: $19.97.

Rent or buy: Buy.

Other DVDs coming out Tuesday: “Wrong Turn 2: Dead End,” “Reign Over Me,” “Brando,” “Everybody Hates Chris: Season Two,” “Family Ties: Season Two,” “Girlfriends: Season Two,” “Night of the Living Dead 3D,” “Son of the Dragon.” “You Kill Me,” “Murder, She Wrote — The Complete Seventh Season,” “Be 10: Season 2,” “Stargate SG-1: The Complete Series.”

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