All DVDs are scheduled for release Tuesday, but release dates are subject to change.



“Nim’s Island”
Rated PG

Most people identify Gerard Butler as the bleached-teeth Spartan leader of “300,” but the man’s carving out a career filled with diversity: musical-theater adaptations, horror and science fiction, chick-flick weepies and now a family adventure akin to 1984’s “Cloak and Dagger.”

Here, Abigail Breslin stars as the title character, who lives on a deserted island with her scientist dad Jack (Butler) and a handful of animal friends. But when Jack goes missing at sea and the island is invaded, Nim reaches out via e-mail to Alexandra Rover (Jodie Foster), the author of Nim’s favorite adventure novels. Alexandra turns out to be a neurotic who only helps at the insistence of her fictitious creation, Alex Rover (also Butler).

DVD and Blu-ray extras include commentary with Foster and Breslin, a second commentary with filmmakers, three featurettes and deleted scenes. The Blu-ray disc adds four interactive games.

Rated R

Once one of two dueling killer crocodiles slated for release in 2007, “Rogue” got shelved and, eventually, scuttled to DVD in the wake of “Primeval” (one of last year’s best guilty-pleasure films).

Written and directed by Greg McLean (“Wolf Creek”), the film is available stateside unrated on DVD as part of Dimension’s Extreme shingle. Michael Vartan (“Alias”) plays a cynical American travel writer on assignment in the Australian Outback, where he boards a boat captained by Radha Mitchell (“Silent Hill”). One by one, its passengers are picked by off by a carnivorous croc.

DVD extras include a commentary with McLean, a making-of documentary, mini-documentaries and a featurette.

Also next week

Straight-to-DVD stalwart Casper Van Dien returns to the franchise that was supposed to make him a major movie star with “Starship Troopers 3: Marauder.” Now a colonel, Johnny Rico is sentenced to death for acts of insubordination, but he’s freed from jail to fight both a new surge of big-bug aliens and treason that will take down the Federation, of which he’s a part. DVD and Blu-ray extras include two commentaries, two featurettes and a music video. Paul Verhoeven’s original “Starship Troopers” also gets a Blu-ray release.

Heather Graham stars as a young professional who learns she only has one month left in which to conceive a child and sets out to find a Mr. Right Father in “Miss Conception.”

“The Counterfeiters” won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The Austrian and German film from writer-director Stefan Ruzowitzky fictionalizes a secret Nazi plan during World War II to destabilize the United Kingdom by flooding its economy with forged currency. In the film, a Jewish counterfeiter is coerced into assisting the plot at a concentration camp. Extras include commentary, deleted scenes, interview and featurettes.

Three of the 1980s’ best comedies. Now three of the most egregiously double-dipped titles in the history of DVD — “The Breakfast Club,” “Sixteen Candles” and “Weird Science.” All three John Hughes films get “flashback editions.” At least “Club” reunites Judd Nelson’s jock and Anthony Michael Hall’s brain for a commentary track. The other two just have featurettes, and “Weird Science” adds the pilot for the eventual TV series.

Children’s titles include: the fourth season of “Ben 10”; the animated feature “Garfield’s Fun Fest”; “Handy Manny: Manny’s Pet Roundup”; and “Little Einsteins: Flight of the Instrument Fairies.”

Long available only through a Time-Life TV offer, the first season of “Get Smart” comes to wide-release DVD. Other TV titles include: the second season of the original series of “Star Trek”; the fourth season of “Family Ties”; a two-disc collector’s edition of the landmark miniseries “Lonesome Dove”; Tommy Lee Jones in “The Executioner’s Song”; and the stand-up special “Dana Carvey: Squatting Monkeys Tell No Lies.”

All DVDs are scheduled for release Tuesday, but release dates are subject to change.

State Journal-Register