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dvdA tribute to the troops, a different view of U.S. history and a fast-paced thriller all come to DVD on Tuesday, May 12.

"Taking Chance." HBO Home Entertainment ($19.97)

The lowdown: Kevin Bacon stars in this true story about a lieutenant colonel who escorts the remains of a Marine killed in Iraq back to his hometown in Wyoming.

The movie is a touching tribute to the men and women who have sacrificed all for their country.

The DVD's digital transfer is flawless; the picture is sharp, the sound clear.

Don't miss: A featurette that includes interviews with friends and family of the late Lance Cpl. Chance Phelps as well as a look at Lt. Col. Michael Strobl; a look at Phelps life through home movies, photos and reminisces from family and friends; a deleted scene; and a behind-the-scenes on the making of the movie.

Rated: TV-PG

Critic's rating: Three-and-a-half stars (Good-to-Excellent)


"We Shall Remain." PBS Home Video ($49.99)

The lowdown: A three-disc set that features the acclaimed five-part "American Experience" series that looks at the nation through native eyes.

Covering more than 400 years of history, the series relates pivotal moments in U.S. history through the perspective of Native Americans.

The set's digital transfer is excellent; no flaws were noticed in either picture or sound.

Don't miss: Bonus offerings include four ReelNative films, in which Native Americans share their personal stories; three Native Now films, which look at contemporary issues facing Native Americans; some behind-the-scenes footage; a 30-minute preview film; and educational materials.

Rated: Not rated

Critic's rating: Three-and-a-half stars (Good-to-Excellent)


"Taken": Two-Disc Extended Cut. Fox Home Entertainment ($34.98, $29.98 for single-disc edition)

The lowdown: Liam Neeson stars as a retired CIA agent out to find his kidnapped 17-year-old daughter. He must do so within 96 hours before she disappears forever.

The two-disc set features an extended cut of the film.

Released on Jan. 30, the film earned $142.7 million in the U.S. and $76.1 million in foreign markets.

Only a slight majority of critics were taken with "Taken." The film received a 57 percent positive rating at Rottentomatoes.com, where Gannett Chief Film Critic Bill Goodykoontz wrote, "Taken is movie junk food — fun while it lasts, but not much more."

The movie features a very sharp digital transfer; the audio track captures every gunshot and cracking bone.

Don't miss: A making-of featurette, commentary track and an inside look at various action sequences. A digital copy of the movie also is included.

Rated: PG-13, action violence, sexual situations, language, drug references Critic's rating: Two-and-a-half stars (Fair-to-Good)

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