Now that the format wars for next-generation DVD have been determined — Blu-ray the winner after the leading HD DVD supporter Toshiba abandoned the technology — we can look forward to seeing some great movies in high-definition. “Twister,” starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton as storm chasers trying to digitally map a tornado, was a big hit in 1996. Do check it out in high definition; the jaw-dropping special effects look simply awesome in Blu-ray. New special extras on both the Blu-ray and a new standard definition “Twister — Two-Disc Special Edition” are several featurettes on the making of the film. Price: $28.99 for Blu-Ray; $20.97 for “Two-Disc Special Edition.” Rent or buy: Buy.
OVER HER DEAD BODY
Eva Longoria should stick to television. In “Over Her Dead Body,” her character Kate dies on her wedding day only to come back from the dead to bitterly make sure her fiancé, Henry (Paul Rudd), never finds love again. But when Henry meets psychic Ashley (Lake Bell), things get complicated because — surprise! — Ashley can see dead Kate. Hilarity ensues. OK, that’s a lie. Sadly, Longoria doesn’t have the gumption, delivery or combative rapport that this role requires. The film sinks because she can’t do clever banter. There are just a few extras on the DVD. Price: $27.98. Rent or buy: Neither.
P.S. I LOVE YOU
Hilary Swank stars as a woman deeply in love with her husband Gerry (“300’s” Gerald Butler). When he dies from an illness, she is devastated. But soon after, she begins receiving notes, gifts and remembrances from Gerry, who, before passing, planned to help her move past the tragic event. Moviegoers who enjoy sad romances should check this out. DVD extras are a music video from James Blunt, a handful of additional scenes and two featurettes. Price: $28.98 to $35.99. Rent or buy: Rent.
I’M NOT THERE
Bob Dylan — like him or not — is the quintessential popular musician of our time. “I’m Not There,” a fascinating film inspired by Dylan’s songs and life, features various actors embodying Dylan’s “legend” — including the late Heath Ledger, Christian Bale, Richard Gere and, most interestingly, Cate Blanchett. The movie isn’t quite his biography; instead, it tells tales adapted from his compositions and events in his life. The DVD has nine deleted scenes, five featurettes, a Dylan filmography and Dylan discography, music videos and more. Price: $29.99. Rent or buy: A must-have for Dylan fans.
CROSSING JORDAN — SEASON ONE
“Crossing Jordan” had a nice six-year run on NBC as part of its “Law & Order” criminal block. This DVD has 23 episodes from the first season on four discs. The show is about Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh (Jill Hennessy) who solved crime using forensic science — in a different way than on “CSI.” There aren’t any extras on the DVD. Price: $59.98. Rent or buy: Buy, if a fan.
Other DVDs debuting Tuesday: “Bella,” “100 Girls,” “Bewitched — The Complete Sixth Season,” “Senior Skip Day,” “Love’s Unfolding Dream,” “Steel City,” “Grizzly Rage” and “The 4400 — The Complete Fourth Season.”