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'Kung Fu Panda'

The furry hero with Jack Black's voice proves that chubbiness is no impediment to heroic deeds. The animated action comedy features the voices of Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu and Dustin Hoffman among the gang of good guys, martial-arts fighters taking on an evil foe with help from a klutzy panda (Black) who somehow lands the gig as the prophesied "Dragon Warrior." The movie is available in a single-disc DVD or in a two-disc set with a companion volume, Secrets of the Furious Five, in which the panda teaches kung fu students using lessons learned by his martial-arts colleagues. Other extras on the DVD and Blu-ray releases include commentary, cast interviews and instructional activities, including how to use chopsticks. Single DVD, $29.99; two-disc DVD set, $34.98; Blu-ray, $39.99.

'Hellboy II: The Golden Army'

Ron Perlman returns as the demon spawn who was meant to bring doom to Earth but instead was raised by a good foster father and winds up fighting on the good side among a team of oddball superheroes. The sequel co-stars Selma Blair and Doug Jones. Single- and three-disc DVD releases along with a two-disc Blu-ray set come with deleted scenes, a segment on creating the bizarre look and creatures of the movie's underground "Troll Market," and two commentaries featuring director Guillermo del Toro, Blair and other cast members. The Blu-ray set and three-disc DVD release also have an introduction from del Toro and a range of background material on the visual marvels the director crafts for the film. Single-disc DVD, $29.98; three-disc DVD set, $34.98; Blu-ray set, $39.98.

'Star Wars: The Clone Wars'

As a prelude to the animated TV series that just debuted, the George Lucas Star Wars machine unleashes this big-screen cartoon chronicling a new adventure set in the time between episodes two and three of the live-action prequels. The movie hurls Jedi knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker (in pre-Darth Vader days), along with his apprentice, into a kidnapping plot involving Jabba the Hutt's offspring. Single- and two-disc DVD editions and the Blu-ray release feature filmmaker commentary. Extras on the Blu-ray disc and two-disc DVD set include four deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes looks at the animated series. Single-disc DVD, $28.98; two-disc DVD set, $34.99; Blu-ray, $35.99.

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'The Sopranos: The Complete Series'

The entire six-season, 86-episode run of the mob series is on 30 DVDs and includes two CD soundtracks of music from the series. Extras include two dinner gatherings with cast and crew members and an interview with series creator David Chase conducted by Alec Baldwin. $399.99

'Studio One Anthology'

The 10-year Studio One drama showcase premiered in 1948. A six-disc set has 17 episodes, including a 1954 version of Twelve Angry Men, and comes with a 52-page book. $99.99.

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