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'Bourne' bows big

Universal Studios Home Entertainment scored one of the big DVD hits of the holiday season with "The Bourne Ultimatum," which sold 3 million units in its first day, Dec. 11, and 5.4 million units in its first week. The third installment in the "Bourne" franchise is the only threequel this year to do better than its predecessors both at the boxoffice and on DVD. "The Bourne Supremacy" sold 5 million units in its first six days, while the first film, "The Bourne Identity," sold 3 million units.

'ESL' earns date

Upstart filmmaker Youssef Delara's new film, "ESL," will be released on DVD on Feb. 12, a month after its theatrical premiere at the Fine Art Theater in Beverly Hills and a month before it airs on Showtime. DVD distribution is being handled by Allumination FilmWorks. The film explores the issues of immigration and acculturation through the personal experiences of an illegal Mexican immigrant. "ESL" — the acronym for English as a Second Language — stars several well-known Latino actors, including Maria Conchita Alonso.

'Father' finds DVD

No, the well for TV-DVD has not been exhausted. Plenty of shows are still making their DVD debut, including "Father Knows Best," the sitcom starring Robert Young and Jane Wyatt that to many defined the 1950s. Season 1 arrives April 1 from Shout! Factory in a four-disc set packed with such extras as Young's personal home movies, rare behind-the-scenes color footage and a bonus episode, "24 Hours in Tyrantland," that was created for the U.S. government in 1959 and never aired. Instead, it was distributed to schools and civic groups to teach about the evils of communism.