Walt Disney Home Entertainment/
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
DVD: $29.99; VHS: $22.99
Beautifully filmed and adapted with integrity from Natalie Babbitt's classic of children's literature, this tale about a young girl's discovery of a family that lives forever is no empty fantasy. It raises big questions to ponder: Is length of life as important as a life well-lived? Would immortality in the real world be a gift or a curse? You can't beat the cast, either -- Sissy Spacek, Ben Kingsley, William Hurt and teen stars Alexis Bledel and Jonathan Jackson. The DVD bonus features are top-notch, with a discussion of the lessons of the story, a visit with author Babbitt, and lively audio commentary from the director, screenwriter and cast.
Magical Adventure! A Wiggly Movie
DVD: $19.99; VHS: $14.95; ages 2 to 6.
A big-screen hit in Australia, this lighthearted movie romp starring children's entertainment phenoms the Wiggles, is, of course, chock-full of the group's signature songs and characters. The gently silly, tuneful action revolves around Dorothy Dinosaur, her friends' plans to throw her a surprise birthday party and her quest to recover Wiggle Greg's magic wand from a bumbling, would-be magician.
-- Lynne Heffley