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The fifth season of the vintage series "The FBI," on DVD this week, boasts several actors making guest appearances before they became big-time movie stars.
"The FBI: The Fifth Season: The Complete Fifth Season" (Warner Archive, 1969-70, seven discs, $49.95, 26 episodes). With episodes based on true cases, this series starring Efrem Zimbalist Jr. continues to turn out interesting procedurals about tracking down spies, kidnappers and terrorists.
The show also continues to showcase young actors before they became stars, including eventual Oscar winners Robert Duvall and Jeff Bridges, as well as the future Han Solo and Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford. Also there are Sam Elliott, Jack Klugman, Diane Baker, Vera Miles, Cicely Tyson, Anne Francis, Billy Dee Williams and Mormon actress Laraine Day. (Available at www.WarnerArchive.com)
"Drop Dead Diva: The Complete Fourth Season" (Sony, 2012, three discs, $30.99, 13 episodes, deleted scenes, bloopers). Despite its wild premise — a shallow beauty dies in an accident and finds herself in the body of a recently deceased plus-size attorney — this series continues to be fun, thanks largely to the casting of charming and funny Brooke Elliott in the lead. Margaret Cho co-stars and guests this season include Nancy Grace, Star Jones, Joan Rivers, John Ratzenberger, Patty Duke, Valerie Harper and tennis champ Serena Williams.
"Body of Proof: The Complete Third Season" (ABC, 2013, three discs, $39.99, 13 episodes, featurettes, bloopers). This is the final season for this quirky police procedural with Dana Delany as a reluctant medical examiner in Philadelphia. Jeri Ryan co-stars.
"Web Therapy: The Complete Second Season" (eOne, 2012, two discs, $19.98, 11 episodes, deleted scenes/extended episodes, featurettes, music video, "Season 3" preview). Celebrity guests in this season of the improvisational series about a self-centered therapist (Lisa Kudrow) chatting with patients online include Meryl Streep, Conan O'Brien, David Schwimmer, Selma Blair, Minnie Driver and more. Victor Garber and Lily Tomlin have recurring roles.
"Springhill: Series One" (Acorn, 1996, four discs, $59.99, 26 episodes). Edgy, controversial and occasionally supernatural British soap opera that has been compared to "Twin Peaks" chronicles what happens when a couple married for 20 years with five kids is interrupted by a vengeful woman who facilitates a battle between good vs. evil.
"Workaholics: Season Three" (Comedy Central/Paramount/Blu-ray, 2012-13, two discs, $22.99, 20 episodes, alternate scenes, audio commentary, bloopers, "The Other Cubicle" episodes). Vulgar, profane sitcom about three roommates working for a telemarketing company. This is an uncensored version, meaning the bleeps that blocked profanity on Comedy Central are absent. (Also on DVD, $19.99)
"Understanding Art: Hidden Lives of Masterpieces" (Athena, 2010-12, two discs, $49.99, five episodes; 16-page booklet). Documentary series explores the lives of Rembrandt, da Vinci, Raphael, Watteau and Poussin.
"The Jungle Book: Adventures of Mowgli: Complete Collection" (Shout! 1989, six discs, $29.93, 52 episodes). Japanese cartoon series based on Rudyard Kipling's stories about young Mowgli, befriended by Baloo the bear and adopted by the Seeonee Wolf Pack, and, of course, hunted by panther Shere Khan. Safe to say this show owes something to Disney's 1967 animated feature.
"Dino King 3D: An Amazing Adventure" (Well Go/Blu-ray 3D, 2013, $29.98, Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray versions). Computer-animated Korean film aimed at children tells the story of a young orphaned dinosaur struggling to find his place in the prehistoric world. (Also on DVD, $24.98)
"Justin Bieber: Always Believing" (eOne, 2013, $7.98). Biographical documentary about you-know-who, not coincidentally released just ahead of his "Believe" 30-city tour.
"Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: Spooky Stampede" (Warner, 2013, two discs, $19.97, 13 episodes). Scooby and friends venture into more spooky mysteries in this collection of episodes from the titular series.
"Slugterra: Slugs Unleashed" (Shout! 2012, $14.97). Anime series about trained slugs. Would I lie to you?
Chris Hicks is the author of "Has Hollywood Lost Its Mind? A Parents Guide to Movie Ratings." His website is www.hicksflicks.com.
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