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3:10 to Yuma

[Lionsgate, $30]

Based on an early story by Elmore Leonard, this sagebrush drama was beautifully adapted for film in 1957 with Van Heflin as a cattle rancher who agrees to escort a notorious gunman (Glenn Ford) to Yuma so the bandit can be put on a prison train. The new version -- directed by James Mangold (Walk the Line) -- is respectful to the 1957 film but makes it more palatable for contemporary audiences. Christian Bale takes on the Heflin role of Dan Evans, a disabled Civil War vet with a family who volunteers to join a party of men taking the infamous Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) to Yuma. This telling beefs up Evans' relationship to his wife (Gretchen Mol) and two sons -- his eldest boy (Logan Lerman) sees Wade as almost a hero -- and explores how a bond between Evans and Wade develops during the treacherous journey. The cast is nominated for a best screen ensemble Screen Actors Guild Award. Included on the DVD are deleted scenes, a lengthy, well-produced behind-the-scenes documentary, a discussion with historians about "Outlaws, Gangs and Posses" and engrossing, passionate commentary by Mangold.

Sunshine

[Fox, $30]

Director Danny Boyle and writer Alex Garland collaborated on one of the best zombie films of recent years, 28 Days Later, and now they've put their unique stamp on this thriller. Though the film unravels in the final reels, there's plenty of suspense to keep fans of the genre interested. Halfway through the 21st century, the sun has begun to die, so a spaceship armed with a nuclear device was launched to jump-start the sun. But after it disappeared, a second one was sent to complete the job. The film's action starts 16 months into the second ship's journey. Among the members of the crew are Cillian Murphy, Benedict Wong, Troy Garity, Cliff Curtis and Rose Byrne. Extras include alternate and deleted scenes, sterling audio commentary from Boyle and an informative commentary track from the film's technical adviser, Brian Cox.Zodiac -- Director's Cut

[Paramount, $35]

David Fincher's analytical examination of the famed Zodiac serial killer, which met with tepid box office response, has been making critics' Top 10 lists. So the release of this superlative two-disc set is serendipitous. Extras include a gripping new feature-length documentary, This Is the Zodiac Speaking, which covers every aspect of the investigation, complete with news footage from the era and new interviews with police and investigators; the fascinating documentary His Name Was Arthur Leigh Allen, a look at the prime suspect in the case; the documentary Zodiac Deciphered, a look at the subtle visual effects in the film; riveting commentary from Fincher and an even better audio track with stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr., screenwriter and producer James Vanderbilt and producer Brad Fischer.

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