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Samurai Jack, X-Men Lead DVD Action

Action is the order of the day as DVD Tuesday brings us the complete third seasons of the Cartoon Network original series Samurai Jack and the beloved animated Marvel series X-Men Evolution. Other favorites hitting shelves today include the recently aired special The Fairly OddParents: Fairy Idol, the 1987 movie Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Chipmunk Adventure, Berenstain Bears: Fun Family Adventures, Dragon Tales: Let’s Be Brave and Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: The Definitive Collection.

Samurai Jack’Season 3 is a two-disc set featuring 13 episodes of the Emmy-winning series that wrapped up last year. The show centers on a Japanese samurai who tangles with an evil shae-shifting wizard named Aku and ends up being catapulted thousands of years into the future, a future ruled by Aku and his minions. Dubbing himself “Jack,” our hero sets out to right the wrongs done by his enemy and to find a way back to his own time. Extras include commentary by series creator Genndy Tartakovsky, a 15-minute featurette titled The Martial Arts of Samurai Jack 15-minute feature and Parts I and II of the “Birth of Evil” episode. Warner Home Video lists the release at $29.98.

X-Men Evolution’The Complete Third Season is another two-discer with 13 episodes from the 2000 toon series. Here we find Wolverine, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Rogue Nightcrawler and a few other choice mutants as teenagers fighting for a world that fears and hates them. While they learn to harness their powers for good at Professor Charles Francis Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, shape-shifter Mystique and other malevolent mutants are being trained by Magneto to be warriors in his battle against humans. Bonus materials include Mystique’s Trivia Challenge, Wolverine’s Trivial Challenge, Cerebro’s Mutant Files: The X-Men ‘ Heroes, Cerebro’s Mutant Files: The Acolytes ‘ Villains and feturettes titled Season 3 X-Posed and The Evolution of X-Men. The Warner Home Video release retails for $19.98.

After pulling big ratings with its television debut on Friday, May 19, The Fairly OddParents: Fairy Idol is available on DVD. In this latest adventure, 10-year old Timmy Turner is in danger of losing Cosmo and Wanda as his Fairy Godparents and must travel to Fairy World to find them as their replacements are sought in a wide-scale talent search. The disc also includes the episodes ‘Truth or Consequences’ and ‘Timmy TV,’ as well as the Oh Yeah! Cartoons installments ‘Super Humor,’ ‘Scout’s Honor’ and ‘The Really Bad Day.’ Fans can pick up the Paramount Home Video title for the suggested retail price of $14.99

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Chipmunk Adventure has been digitally re-mastered from the original 35 mm negative for this latest home video release. Paramount has tacked on never-before-seen pencil sketches, storyboard panels, backgrounds and cels. It lists for $14.99.

Berenstain Bears: Fun Family Adventures offers six animated adventures from the PBS series, while Dragon Tales: Let’s Be Brave features five installments and three sing-alongs from its PBS run. Both releases are distributed by Sony and each retails for $14.94.

Last, but not least, Henson fans have been given Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: The Definitive Collection, This two-disc set offer 13 episodes of the fantasy television series that originally aired on HBO in 1987. In each installment, old storyteller and his sarcastic dog tell obscure European folk tales that utilize the skills of the Jim Henson Creature Shop. The Warner Home Video release is available for the list price of $19.94.

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