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Chris Hicks: Carol Burnett’s classic TV variety show comes to DVD

Published: Saturday, Sept. 29 2012 2:00 p.m. MDT

“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: the Twelfth Season” (CBS/Paramount, 2011-12, six discs, $68.99, 22 episodes, deleted scenes, audio commentaries, featurettes). Ted Danson comes onboard to head up the Las Vegas CSI team, and he’s amusing and eccentric in ways quite different from the characters played by predecessors William Petersen and Laurence Fishburne. He’s also a family man, a notable difference from nearly every other top cop on TV. Meanwhile, stalwart Marg Helgenberger leaves the series about halfway through, replaced by Elisabeth Shue, whose smug character could use some fine-tuning if we’re to warm up to her. Still an enjoyable cop show after all these years.

“CSI: Miami: the Final Season” (CBS/Paramount, 2011-12, five discs, $64.99, 19 episodes, deleted scenes, audio commentaries, featurettes, bloopers). David Caruso and fellow crime-solvers say farewell with this 10th and final season of the Florida-based forensics procedural.

“CSI: NY: the Eighth Season” (CBS/Paramount, 2011-12, five discs, $64.99, 18 episodes, deleted scenes, featurettes, bloopers). Gary Sinise, Sela Ward and the team go after the serial rapist who got away, among other murder mysteries in this New York-based “CSI” spinoff.

“Desperate Housewives: the Complete Eighth and Final Season” (ABC, 2011-12, five discs, $45.99, 23 episodes, deleted scenes, audio commentary, featurette). The ladies of Wisteria Lane are still reeling from committing murder and covering it up as this season begins, but loose ends and cliffhangers will be wrapped up before the conclusion.

“The Crimson Petal and the White” (Acorn, 2012, two discs, $39.99, four episodes, deleted scenes, featurettes, text biographies). British period miniseries has a bright, talented prostitute (Romola Garai) moving in with a perfume heir (Chris O’Dowd) on the pretense of being governess to his daughter, but she soon becomes close to both the daughter and her mentally disturbed mother. (Contains sex, nudity, coarse language and violence.)

“New Tricks: Season Eight” (Acorn, 2011, three discs, $39.99, 10 episodes, featurette). More cold cases are tackled by Amanda Redman and her crew of retired detectives in this quirky police procedural. One comes from the discovery that a mauling at a zoo was really a murder. Gets a real boost from the excellent cast.

“Key & Peele: Season One” (Comedy Central/Paramount/Blu-ray, 2012, $22.98, eight episodes, audio commentaries, deleted scenes, outtakes, featurettes). Former “MADtv” comics Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele perform skits both live and on film in this part scripted, part improv series. (Also on DVD, $19.99.)

“CatDog: Season Two, Part Two” (Nickelodeon/Shout! 1999-2000, two discs, $19.93, 10 episodes). Zany cartoon comedy of an interspecies pair of conjoined twins, each with a very different personality.

“Ironman: Armored Adventures: Season Two, Vol. Two” (Vivendi, 2011, $14.93, six episodes, featurettes, art gallery). More animated adventures of Tony Stark and friends in this series that originally aired on Nicktoons.

“Storytime With Spot” (BBC, 2012, $9.97, eight stories). Animated stories for small fry based on the Eric Hill children’s books about a puppy whose owner, Sally, reads to him.

“The FBI: The Third Season, Part One” (Warner Archive, 1968, three“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: the Twelfth Season” (CBS/Paramount, 2011-12, six discs, $29.95, 11 episodes)

E-MAIL: hicks@desnews.com

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