Digital Breakdown: ‘Old Men’ already on shelves

It’s so cool that this year’s Academy Award-winning best film, “No Country for Old Men,” comes so quickly to DVD. It’s a stroke of marketing genius. For those who haven’t seen it but have heard so much buzz, it’s just a joy to have it so fast. It’s easy to see why the best supporting actor award went to Javier Bardem. His performance playing Chigurh, a brutal man without a conscience, is eerie and intense. The film centers on a Vietnam vet (an effective Josh Brolin) who stumbles onto a crime scene and finds $2 million. He takes the cash and is quickly pursued by Chigurh, who eliminates anyone who gets in his way. The movie, fashioned as a modern Western, also has definite horror elements, particularly how Chigurh lumbers toward his prey much like a killer in a stalker film. This powerful film by the makers of “Fargo,” the Coen brothers, follows in that modern classic's brutal yet compelling footsteps. The DVD includes three featurettes with comments from the directors, production notes and a diary with co-star Tommy Lee Jones. It’s not much, so rent now and buy a re-release. Price: $29.99 to $34.99. Rent or buy: Great rental.

NANCY DREW

Hollywood studios have been remaking anything they can get their hands on, so why not “Nancy Drew“? This time, they got it right. Instead of butchering it and creating a feel-good, carefree air-headed version of the character, Nancy (Emma Roberts) is a sharp, clever detective — she almost seems like a young Veronica Mars. Kids 8 to 13 will love the movie. The DVD has just one featurette, a gag reel and a music video, so wait to buy a later release that has more stuff. Price: $28.98. Rent or buy: Rent.

BEE MOVIE

Jerry Seinfeld hops on board the CGI animation bandwagon in this movie in which he voices the character of a bee that tries to make it in the human world. He gets attached to a New York City florist (voice of Renee Zellweger), then sues all of humanity for exploiting the bee population. It's a stretch, even for an animated film, and plays like it on screen. The DVD has audio commentary from Seinfeld, promotional material, trailers and an alternate ending. “Bee Movie” initially was to be offered in HD DVD, but there are rumors it may be canceled. Price: $29.98. Rent or buy: Rent.

HITMAN TWO-DISC SPECIAL EDITION

What’s this — a big-budget movie based on a video game that doesn't suck? It's surprisingly true. “Hitman,” while being true to the game on whichit’s based, is an action-filled, fun, slick flick that will leave you asking why so many other video game movies are so bad. The two-disc special-edition DVD includes four deleted scenes, an alternate ending, four long featurettes examining the weapons used in the film, the CGI, behind-the-scenes and the score. Price: $34.98 to $39.98. Rent or buy: Rent.

TIN MAN — TWO-DISC COLLECTOR’S EDITION

Speaking of getting to DVD quickly, “Tin Man” just appeared on the Sci Fi Channel last month. This modern, science-fiction update of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” has all the classic characters and settings you know — but they’re tweaked to a point that you’d never recognize them if the names weren’t the same. It isn’t bad, but not good enough to be part of your collection. Price: $24.95. Rent or buy: Rent.

Other DVDs coming out Tuesday: “Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes Volume 3”; “Bachelor Party 2: The Last Temptation”; “Tom and Jerry Tales — Volume 4″; “Stargate — The Ark of Truth”; “The Secret Things of God”; “My Boys: The Complete First Season”; “Outpost”; “Gattaca”; “Sleuth”; “Sands of Oblivion”; “Wrestlemaniac”; and “Dan in Real Life.”

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