Chris Hicks: 'Lucy' documentary, old TV shows on DVD

Published: Thursday, Feb. 26 2009 12:00 a.m. MST

These TV shows are all new to DVD, led by a fascinating documentary for "I Love Lucy" fans.

"Lucy & Desi: A Home Movie" (MPI, 1993, $19.98). Lucie Arnaz, daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, is the driving force (and an on-camera contributor, along with her brother, Desi Arnaz Jr.), of this look at her parents.

Laced with silent, color home movies, this is a sentimental and loving tribute — but it's also surprisingly frank, a warts-and-all observation of one of the most successful pairings in show-biz history.

Interviewees include Bob Hope, Van Johnson, Gale Gordon, Ann Miller and many others.

Extras: full frame, extended interview with Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., excerpt from "What's My Line?" with Lucy and Desi as "mystery guests," complete episode of "I've Got a Secret" with Lucy as a guest panelist, outtakes/bloopers, photo gallery

"Alien From Earth: The Little People of Flores" (WGBH, 2008, $24.95). This PBS "NOVA" special explores evidence of so-called "Hobbits," an ancient civilization of people in Indonesia that were only 3 feet tall when fully grown and lived in caves while roaming their island home.

Extras: widescreen, printable materials

"The Beverly Hillbillies: The Official Third Season" (CBS/Paramount, 1964-65, b/w, five discs, $49.99). Fans will be happy to see Season 3 released with better prints than the "unofficial" discs that are out there, as Jed (Buddy Ebsen), Granny (Irene Ryan), Elly May (Donna Douglas) and Jethro (Max Baer Jr.) drive upscale Southern Californians to distraction.

Extras: full frame, 34 episodes, featurettte, original sponsor intros, photo gallery

"Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: The Fifth Season" (CBS/Paramount, 2000-01, three discs, $42.99). Melissa Joan Hart and friends are back for another season as Sabrina balances (with a little magical help) school, romance and roommates in college.

Extras: full frame, 22 episodes

E-MAIL: hicks@desnews.com

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