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The Blu-ray debut of "That '70s Show" and follow-up seasons on a variety of other TV programs highlight these new home-video releases.
"That '70s Show: Season One" (Mill Creek/Blu-ray, 1998-99, four discs, $24.98). Fans of the show wanting to upgrade to hi-def are well served by this gorgeous set. The sitcom itself is both a cleverly written nostalgic throwback and a showcase for an expert cast of comic actors, both young and old.
Some of the young players became breakout stars, chiefly Topher Grace, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher. But the parents — sunny Debra Jo Rupp and exasperated Kurtwood Smith — often steal the show.
Extras widescreen, 25 episodes, featurettes
"Kojak: Season Three" (Shout! 1975-76, six discs, $44.99). Lollipop-sucking New York homicide detective Theo Kojak (Telly Savalas) is back in this third season of the popular '70s cop show. Take note of the episode that features Sylvester Stallone as a hot-headed cop investigated in a shooting incident — just a year before "Rocky." Other guests include Eli Wallach, Jerry Orbach, F. Murray Abraham, David Ogden Stiers, Veronica Hamel, John Larroquette, Edward James Olmos and Rosie Grier.
Extras full frame, 24 episodes, featurette
"Scarecrow and Mrs. King: The Complete Third Season" (Warner, 1985-86, five discs, $39.98). This comic spy adventure show made a star of Bruce Boxleitner and boosted the popularity of Kate Jackson, one of the original "Charlie's Angels." Eighties-style action and the stars' chemistry keep this one afloat. Beverly Garland co-stars and guests include Kim Darby, Kevin McCarthy, James Cromwell and Faith Ford.
Extras full frame, 22 episodes
"The Adventures of TinTin: Season Two" (Shout! 1992, two discs, $19.93). More cartoon adventures of the intrepid reporter and his dog Snowy. Fun for fans of animation or Indiana Jones-style heroics.
Extras full frame, 13 episodes
"B.B. King: Live at the Royal Albert Hall 2011" (Shout! 2012, $16.98). If you have any doubts that 88-hear-old King can still rock like the blues guitarist he was in his youth, they should be erased by this remarkable performance, which includes Slash, Ronnie Wood, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and Mick Hucknall. "I Need You So," "Key to the Highway" and "The Thrill Is Gone" are highlights in a fabulous set.
Extras widescreen (also on Blu-ray, $21.98, and on audio CD, $11.97)
"Jane By Design: Volume One" (ABC Family, 2011, two discs, $29.99). Cute, clean hourlong comedy-drama has a 16-year-old (Erica Dasher) mistaken for a 20-something fashion designer, which leads to an unexpected career. Andie MacDowell co-stars.
Extras widescreen, 10 episodes
"Victorious: The Complete Second Season" (Nickelodeon/Paramount, 2011, two disc,s $19.99). More rocking with Tori Vega (Victoria Justice) and the Hollywood Arts High School kids. Look for the giant cupcake.
Extras full-frame, 12 episodes, featurettes (available exclusively at Target stores)
"The Best of Caillou: Caillou's Outdoor Adventures" (PBS Kids, 2012, $12.99). Cartoons include "Springtime for "Caillou" and "Caillou the Sports Star."
Extras full frame, four episodes, interactive game
"Wild Kratts: Predator Power" (PBS Go! 2012, $12.99). Live-action/animation series about real-life zoologists Chris and Martin Kratt in educational adventures.
Extras full frame, four episodes
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