DVD: Have a funny close encounter

In "Paul," the titular alien (voiced by Seth Rogen) escapes from the Area 51-like research lab where he has been imprisoned. While on his way to a rendezvous with his mother ship, Paul runs into Graeme and Clive (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost), two British sci-fi geeks whose idea of an American holiday is an RV tour of the Southwest's most famous UFO sites. They agree to drive their foul-mouthed new friend to his destination. Things get complicated with the appearance of a shadowy government agent (Jason Bateman), whose dogged pursuit of Paul precipitates the violent, familiar-looking climax. The DVD and Blu-ray (Universal, $30-$35) include an unrated version of the movie with commentary by director Greg Mottola and key cast members, behind-the-scenes featurettes and bloopers.


Out Tuesday on DVD

  • "Hey, Arnold!" (Season 1)
  • "Jumping the Broom"
  • "The Last Godfather"
  • "Mars Needs Moms"
  • "MASK" (full series)
  • "Super"
  • "Top Gear" (Season 16)
  • "Your Highness"

Out on Blu-ray

  • "The Battle of Algiers"
  • "Dazed and Confused"
  • "Dead Man"
  • "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"
  • "The Fox and the Hound."

VIDEO GAMES: Redbox rentals growing

Redbox is stuffing more of its move-rental kiosks with video games, recently adding titles for the Xbox, PlayStation 3 and Wii to about 5,000 more machines. That brings the total of Redbox renting vendors to about 27,000 kiosks nationwide, the company says. The company also notes that it has rented more than 4 million games and 1.5 billion movies. The growing success of game rentals isn't surprising considering the short, disposable nature of so many modern games. Features such as online multiplayer and downloadable content can add shelf life. But why bother with that when you can just rent the game for $2 a day, especially if you can finish it in a weekend?


WEB: Pandora's ratings go up

Pandora's ratings are better than some top terrestrial radio stations for younger listeners, according to a new report. The online streaming service's first set of traditional radio ratings show that Pandora is performing well in the top 10 markets, especially among listeners 18 to 34, according to AdAge. Pandora posted numbers better than two stations in New York among listeners 18 to 49, and its rating were strong in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington.