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Looking for something good and geeky to watch? Here are this week's notable DVD and Blu-ray releases:

Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Series Collection
I was never a big fan of Stargate: SG-1, but its goofier, action-oriented spinoff hooked me from the start. I counted Atlantis as one of my favorite guilty pleasures for years, but I really grew to love the show's amusing -- if thinly drawn -- characters, its game cast, and its silly but somehow engaging stories and plots. It's no BSG or Firefly (what is, really?), but Atlantis delivers fine fun and fantasy while riffing on age-old sci-fi tropes. The DVD set features all five seasons and some really gorgeous packaging. Stargate fans will be glad to know the set is priced under $150 at most online retailers.

Trick 'r Treat
I haven't seen X-Men scribe Michel Dougherty's horror anthology yet, but people (and by "people" I mean "the Internet") tell me its destined to become a Halloween classic (read our own Peter Hall's review at Horror Squad.). The studio inexplicably botched the film's theatrical release, but it's available today on DVD and Blu-ray to give you fresh nightmares and put Rob Zombie to shame.

More of this week's DVD releases after the jump.

Red Dwarf: Back to Earth
The director's cut of the bizarre three-part Red Dwarf reunion special gets a re-release on DVD and Blu-ray with cast and director commentary, deleted scenes and new featurettes.

Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal

We all know Dan Aykroyd is an insane (or possibly brilliant!) man who loves to babble on about alien visitors and supernatural occurrences. He opens every episode of this strange Canadian series by doing just that. The set contains two discs full of stories inspired by real-life paranormal investigators.

Children of the Corn
The director of the classic Leprechaun 2 recreates the creepy 1984 horror flick with the help of Battlestar Galactica's Dualla (Kandyse McCLure) and that phony British Takezo Kensei from Heroes (David Anders). Throw in Erica Durance and some free beer and I'm game.

Contact on Blu-ray
Robert Zemeckis's cerebral 1997 film features an amazing cast -- Jodie Foster, John Hurt, James Woods, Tom Skerrit, Angela Bassett and Matthew McConaughey -- and some stunning visual effects that should look great on Blu-ray.
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