"New Tricks: Season Seven" (Acorn, 2010, three discs, $39.99). The semi-retired curmudgeon detectives recruited by Det. Sandra Pullman stir up more trouble while solving crimes in this dark, funny British procedural.
Extras: widescreen, 10 episodes, featurette, bloopers
"Arn: The Knight Templar: The Complete Series" (eOne/Blu-ray, 2007, two discs, $34.98). Epic Swedish miniseries set in the 12th century follows the title character, an educated swordsman whose true love is imprisoned while he is sent away to do battle in a war between Christians and Muslims.. Large in scope and plenty of action, enhanced in hi-def.
Extras: widescreen, in English and various other languages with English subtitles, featurettes (also on DVD, $29.98)
"Pawn Stars: Volume Four" (History, 2011, two discs, $19.95). The Harrison pawnbrokers in Las Vegas haggle over Col. Sanders' suit and an Abe Lincoln campaign ribbon, among other objects.
Extras: widescreen, 16 episodes
"American Pickers: Volume Three" (History, 2011, two discs, $19.95). Back roads antique collectors Mike and Frank explore a 100-year-old amusement park.
Extras: widescreen, eight episodes
"Workaholics: Season Two" (Comedy Central, 2011, $19.99). Raunchy workplace sitcom about cubicle co-workers who are the usual adults stuck in adolescence. Includes an episode that parodies "21 Jump Street."
Extras: widescreen, 10 episodes, deleted/alternate scenes, audio commentary, featurettes, bloopers (also on Blu-ray with Season 1, $29.99)
"Civilization" (BBC, 2012, two discs, $34.98). Author/historian/provocateur Niall Ferguson's documentary series looks at the influence of the West dating back to the 1500s, examining everything from clothing to diet to housing.
"Titanic at 100: Mystery Solved" (History, 2012, $19.95). Documentary about the Titanic claims to have "never-before-seen" evidence and uses computer animation as it looks at what happened to the ship structurally.
"Babar: The Complete First Season" (eOne, 1989, two discs, $19.98). This classic animated series, originally seen on HBO and a much more low-key program than today's rapid-fire cartoons for kids, relates stories of Babar the elephant and his family in gentle, sweet-natured tales.
Extras: full frame, 13 episodes
"Phineas and Ferb: The Perry Files" (Disney, 2012, two discs, $19.99). Animated series has the secret agent platypus and his pal going up against evil nemesis Dr. Doofenshmirtz.
Extras: widescreen, seven episode, digital version, featurettes
"CatDog: Season 2, Part 1" (Nickelodeon/Shout! 1998, two discs, $19.93). The zany conjoined twins get in and out of more trouble in this animated series.
Extras: full frame, 10 episodes
"Rocko's Modern Life: Season Three" (Nickelodeon/Shout! 1995, $19.93). This animated show follows Australian wallaby Rocko and his pals in off-the-wall exploits in O-Town.
Extras: full frame, 13 episodes, audio commentary
"Team Umizoomi: Umigames" (Nickelodeon/Paramount, 2009-2012, $14.99). Milli, Geo and Bot go on more sports-themed math adventures.
Extras: full frame, four episodes
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