November 18, 2008|By CHRIS KALTENBACH

With the voices of Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight. Directed by Andrew Stanton. Walt Disney Video. $29.95, Blu-ray $35.95 ****

Few moviegoing experiences in recent memory are more sublime than the first half of Wall-E, an exercise in cinemagic from Pixar. This tale of an automated trash compactor, abandoned on a garbage-choked Earth with only a cockroach and a VHS tape of Hello Dolly! to keep him company, mixes childlike wonder with human frailty in a tale of love, loneliness and heroism that successfully plays to all audiences, ages 8 months to 80 years. And for the first 45 minutes or so, it does so without saying a word.

There are so many wonderful moments in Wall-E, it's unfair to isolate just a few; personally, I'd start with Wall-E's confusion over whether a spork should go in his box of spoons or his box of forks and end with how the relationship between Wall-E and his reluctant robotic companion, Eve, ranks right up there with the screen's most poignant love stories.

A three-disc special edition ($39.95) includes a downloadable version of the movie, plus more than two hours of fascinating extras that provide hints of how all that magic ends-up on-screen.

Also out today: David Lynch: The Lime Green Set (Absurda, $179.99) includes more than 12 hours of films personally selected by Lynch. The feature films included are Eraserhead, Wild at Heart, The Elephant Man and Blue Velvet.

Other releases: Eight seasons of sisterly witchcraft, featuring Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, Shannen Doherty and Rose McGowan, are on display in Charmed: The Complete Series (Paramount, $249.98); Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (Magnolia, $26.98) offers Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney's take on the maverick journalist who never met a rule he didn't ignore; The Who at Kilburn: 1977 (Image Entertainment, $24.98) offers the seminal English Mod rockers in one of their last live performances before the death of drummer Keith Moon.

Chris Kaltenbach

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