DVD'Tinker Bell' takes flight in a direct-to-video adventure
After decades of playing second fiddle to Peter Pan, Disney's famous fairy gets her own feature film with today's direct-to-video release of "Tinker Bell" ($30; Blu-ray, $35). Although some fans complained before its release that the formerly mute pixie now can speak, it doesn't seem to have affected interest in the computer-animated film, whose preorders have made that the top DVD at Amazon. That also seems to indicate that the appeal of "Tinker Bell" extends beyond its core audience of young girls, who will undoubtedly be thrilled to see Tink in her home of Pixie Hollow long before she met Peter Pan. Also out today is the surprise hit adaptation of Jules Verne's classic "Journey to the Center of the Earth," starring Brendan Fraser. The robust adventure offers a choice on disc (New Line, $29; Blu-ray, $36). Viewers can watch a normal presentation of the film or the theatrical 3-D version using 3-D glasses (four pairs are included). Cool!
Also out today: "Baraka," "Dead Space: Downfall," "The Donna Reed Show" (Season 1), "Girlfriends" (Season 5), "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl," "The L-Word" (Season 5), "The Little Rascals" (complete collection), "Mystery Science Theater 3000: 20th Anniversary Edition," "Tinker Bell," "Zombie Strippers."
GAME'Fallout 3' offers addictive end-of-the-world fun
What an incredible run we're having of big-name video games lately. Last week brought the quirky "Wii Music" for the Wii, the role-playing game "Fable 2" for Xbox 360 and the long-awaited PlayStation 3 version of the 2007 game of the year, "BioShock." Sunday rocked out with "Guitar Hero World Tour." And today brings "Fallout 3" ($60 for PS3 and Xbox 360; rated Mature), a title so engaging that the hours melt away as quickly as the faces of the ghouls populating its postapocalyptic world. To start, you don't just customize your character; you grow up as him or her. And then it's out into the vast radioactive wasteland that used to be Washington, D.C. You'll walk for miles, bartering with survivors, fending off mutants and even tuning in songs from the 1940s. The vibe is the same as "BioShock" -- lofty praise. Also out today are the PS3 exclusives "Motorstorm: Pacific Rift," a racing sequel, and the virtual world of "LittleBigPlanet." And next week brings the huge sequels "Gears of War 2" for 360 and "Resistance 2" for PS3. Good times.
RANDY A. SALAS