Chris Hicks: 'Anything Goes' moves from stage to DVD

Published: Saturday, April 2 2011 3:00 p.m. MDT

"Highway to Heaven" Season One" (A&E, 1984-85, seven discs, $29.95). As with "Dr. Quinn," this series — something of a precursor to "Touched By an Angel" — stars Michael Landon as a probationary angel who travels the country touching the lives of people with problems. It's warm and uplifting, with gentle humor. Guests this season include Helen Hayes, Jonathan Frakes, Wil Wheaton, Ned Beatty, Trish Van Devere and Helen Hunt.

Extras: full frame, 24 episodes, documentary on Landon, outtakes, text biographies

"Charlton Heston Presents The Bible" (Warner, 1997, four discs, $34.92). This A&E series finally comes to DVD, as Heston reads directly from King James scripture in biblical settings, also offering historical context. Powerful imagery helps move things along, and Heston's impressive dramatic readings are lively as he relates the stories of Adam and Eve, Noah, Moses and the life of Jesus, among others.

Extras: full frame, four episodes, featurettes, trailers

"Vega$: The Second Season, Volume 2" (CBS/Paramount, 1980, three discs, $39.99). Robert Urich, as private eye Dan Tanna, continues to take on crime in Sin City. Guests in this set include Louis Jourdan, James Darren, Robert Loggia, Tanya Roberts and Michelle Phillips.

Extras: full frame, 11 episodes, promos

"Big Time Rush: Season One, Volume One" (Nickelodeon/Paramount, 2010, two discs, $16.99). Four Minnesota pals travel to Los Angeles, hoping to make it in the music business.

Extras: full frame, 11 episodes, featurette, photo flipbook

"Our Planet: The Past, Present and Future of Earth" (History, 2011, three discs, $19.95). This documentary looks at the planet's history and the potential for disaster due to human behavior.

Extras: widescreen, three episodes, deleted scenes, documentary: "Inside the Volcano"

"Gangland: The Final Season" (History/Blu-ray, 2010, $49.95). The seventh season of this documentary series about gangs in various cities across the country wraps up with violence in Arizona, New Jersey, South Dakota and Ohio, among other places. (One episode is hosted by Ice-T and Snoop Dog.)

Extras: widescreen, 15 episodes

"The Cosmos: A Beginner's Guide" (Athena, 2007, two discs, $39.99). This British series looks at technology's place in changing our understanding of the universe, using 3-D re-creations.

Extras: widescreen, six episodes, photo gallery, text discussion questions/timeline of space exploration; 12-page booklet

"The Genius of Design" (Athena, 2009, two discs, $49.99). This BBC documentary series explores the history of design, the discipline that shapes our environment, economy and culture from the Industrial Revolution forward.

Extras: widescreen, five episodes, text biographies/discussion questions; 12-page booklet

"Apocalypse: World War II" (eOne, 2011, three discs, $34.98). The documentary draws from archival footage, including soldiers and civilians' home movies, to offer a human look at World War II.

Extras: widescreen, six episodes, deleted scenes, featurette

"Happiness Is a Warm Blanket" (Warner, 2011, $19.98). New straight-to-DVD "Peanuts" feature (45 minutes) has Linus upset that his grandmother wants to break his attachment to his security blanket. Charlie Brown tries to help, but Snoopy wants the blanket for himself.

Extras: widescreen, deleted scene, featurettes

EMAIL: hicks@desnews.com

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