Igor, Ember, Powerpuff Hit DVD

Finally, a mad scientist’s assistant got his chance to star in a film with Igor, the CG-animated feature that arrives on DVD this week. The movie, directed by Anthony Leondis, stars John Cusack in the tale of an assistant out to prove he’s worthy of being a mad scientist all on his own. The film is available from MGM in both a regular DVD edition for $29.98 and a Blu-ray version for $39.99.

Based on a popular sci-fi novel for children, the fx-laden live action film City of Ember also arrives this week. Starring Bill Murray and Saoirse Ronan, the film was directed by Gil Kenan of Monster House fame and arrives on DVD from Fox and Walden Media for $29.98.

But perhaps the big news for animation fans is the chance to revisit Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup in Townsville, thanks to the release of the six-disc set The Powerpuff Girls: The Complete Series (Turner, $59.97). The set includes all 78 episodes of the series, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, plus a few extras.

Also arriving on DVD this week is videogame adaptation Max Payne, starring Mark Wahlberg. The film is available in three editions: Unrated DVD ($19.99), Special Edition 2-disc DVD ($34.98), and Special Edition Blu-ray ($39.99). Saw V also hits for horror fans, in a widescreen unrated edition ($29.99), full-screen DVD ($29.99) and unrated Blu-ray ($39.99)

Other animated releases this week include Back at the Barnyard: Cowman – The Uddered Avenger (Paramount, $16.99); Berenstain Bears: Kindness, Caring & Sharing (Sony, $12.99); The Great Polar Bear Adventure (Genius Products, $14.95); and Ki-Kids: Six Pack (Indican, $24.99).