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THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR - Operation: Penguin Takeover (Cert U, 127 mins, Paramount Home Entertainment, DVD pounds 12.99, Family/Comedy) Kamikaze penguins Private, Rico, Skipper and Kowalski embark on 10 hilarious missions destined to end in disaster in this first DVD for the feathered fiends from the Madagascar films, including favourite episodes from the animated Nickelodeon series The Penguins of Madagascar. The DVD includes Gone in a Flash, Launchtime, Haunted Habitat, Operation: Plush & Cover, Happy King Julien Day!, Paternal Egg-Stinct, Assault And Batteries, Penguiner Takes All, Two Feet High And Rising and Tangled In The Web.

DVD Extras: DreamWorks Animation Video Jukebox, DreamWorks Animation & Nickelodeon trailers.

SECRET DIARY OF A CALL GIRL - Season 3 (Cert 18, 179 mins, Warner Home Video, DVD pounds 24.99/Seasons 1-3 DVD Box Set pounds 34.99, Drama/Romance) Belle (Billie Piper) thinks she has found a man who can accept her as she is - gorgeous publisher Duncan (James D'Arcy) - in the third series of the drama series inspired by the saucy confessions of anonymous blogger Belle de Jour.

However, Duncan isn't all that he seems to be.

Meanwhile, Belle's best friend Ben (Iddo Goldberg) continues to wrestle with his feelings and fellow call girl Bambi (Ashley Madekwe) decides to tie the knot. A six-disc box set comprising all three series is also available. DVD extras: None stated. THE WHITE RIBBON (Das Weisse Band) (Cert 15, 141 mins, Artificial Eye, DVD pounds 15.99/Blu-ray pounds 19.99, Drama) Shot in stunning black and white, the new film from writer-director Michael Haneke (Funny Games, Hidden (Cache)) is a gripping mystery set in a German farming community on the eve of the First World War. In this melting pot of rivalries and deceit, the new schoolteacher (Christian Friedel) is shocked to learn of an attempt on the life of the local doctor (Rainer Bock) and the subsequent death, perhaps murder, of the baron's son (Ulrich Tukur). As the teacher begins to ask questions about this spate of violence, he senses something very wrong indeed in the picture postcard village. DVD extras: None stated. THE CRIMSON WING: Mystery of The Flamingos (Cert PG, 74 mins, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, DVD pounds 17.99/Blu-ray pounds 23.99, Family/Documentary) Mariella Frostrup narrates a visually arresting nature documentary charting the lifecycle of the lesser flamingo at northern Tanzania's isolated Lake Natron, where a million beautiful birds congregate each year. Chicks emerge into a hostile and volcanic landscape where salt deposits from the lake can turn into shackles on their legs, condemning some youngsters to an early grave. While parents attempt to keep their little ones safe, marabou storks and other predators mercilessly pick off the stranglers.

DVD extras: none stated. GEORGE A ROMERO'S SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD (Cert 18, 86 mins, Optimum Home Entertainment, DVD pounds 15.99, Horror/Thriller) In the latest instalment of Romero's blood-soaked zombie series, the survivors of remote Plum Island have divided into two camps: on one side, Patrick O'Flynn (Kenneth Walsh) and his brood who believe in slaying the undead; on the other, the Muldoons, who chain up these flesh-hungry predators in the hope of discovering a cure for the madness. Rogue soldier Sarge (Alan Van Sprang) stumbles into the middle of the feud and is drawn to Patrick's daughter Janet (Kathleen Monroe). An uneasy truce is broken but death sparks an almighty battle that threatens to destroy the island.

DVD extras: None stated.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 12, 2010
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