Chris Hicks: Star-studded ‘Human Rights Concerts’ debut on DVD this week

Published: Monday, Nov. 11 2013 6:15 p.m. MST

“Boy Meets World: The Complete Collection” (ABC/Lionsgate, 1993-2000, 22 discs, $99.98, 158 episodes, featurettes). Ben Savage (brother of “The Wonder Years’ ” Fred Savage) plays Cory Matthews in this sitcom, beginning as an 11-year-old and literally growing up over the show’s seven seasons, which conclude with his graduating college and marrying his childhood sweetheart Topanga (Danielle Fishel). He also spends a lot of time learning tough lessons from teacher/principal Mr. Feeny (memorably played by William Daniels).

“Saved By the Bell: The Complete Collection” (NBC/Lionsgate, 1989-93, 22 discs, $49.98, 86 episodes, featurettes). This teen series, a spinoff of “Good Morning, Miss Bliss,” began as a Saturday morning show, earning a prime-time audience with subsequent incarnations. Here, the kids — Zack (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), Screech (Dustin Diamond), Kelly (Tiffani Thiessen), Jessie (Elizabeth Berkley), A.C. (Mario Lopez) and Lisa (Lark Voorhies) — spend five seasons getting through Bayside High School in the popular sitcom that occasionally ventured into serious social issues.

“Robotech: The Complete Set” (A&E/Lionsgate, 1985, 20 discs, $89.98, 85 episodes; three movies: “The Sentinels,” from 1988, “The Shadow Chronicles,” 2006, “Love Live Alive,” 2013; Japanese version of “Love Live Alive” with English subtitles, deleted scenes, alternate versions, new and vintage featurettes, promo reels, photo galleries). Anime sci-fi series about advanced technology discovered when an alien ship crashes on an island in the Pacific. Over the next decade it will be developed into weapons to repel further alien invasions.

“Steve Martin: the Best of the Bestest Better Best” (Shout! 1978/1984, $12.99, two specials). Two of Martin’s TV specials, “Steve Martin: A Wild and Crazy Guy” and “Homage to Steve,” are on this discounted disc, lifted from the earlier box-set release “Steve Martin: The Television Stuff.” Funny, though the stand-up routines in the second special include some risqué material. Includes the hilarious Oscar-nominated movie short “The Absent-Minded Waiter,” with Teri Garr and Buck Henry.

“Bonnie & Clyde: Justified” (Lionsgate, 2013, PG-13, $26.98, photo gallery). When you remake a classic film — meaning the 1967 theatrical comedy-drama starring and produced by Warren Beatty — it’s a good idea to bring something new to the table. As it is, this is a by-the-numbers, low-budget effort that doesn’t come close to its predecessor. For the obligatory name actors, Dee Wallace shows up as Bonnie’s mother and Eric Roberts is the Texas Ranger determined to bring them down.

“Bonnie & Clyde: The Real Story” (History/Lionsgate, 1995/2005, $14.98, two movies). A pair of History cable channel movies — “Bonnie and Clyde: The Story of Love & Death,” “Man, Moment, Machine: Hunting Bonnie and Clyde” — explore the truth about the notorious Depression-era bank robbers that have been romanticized.

“Mad Men: Season 6” (Lionsgate, 2013, six discs, $49.98, 13 episodes, featurettes). Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and those other Madison Avenue ad men of the late 1960s find themselves adjusting to new office dynamics even as the counter-culture creeps into their lives during Season 6 of this highly regarded corporate soap opera. With support from Elisabeth Moss, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, etc. (Also on Blu-ray, for a penny less, $49.97.)

“Ice Road Truckers: Season 7” (History/Lionsgate, 2013, three discs, $24.98, 12 episodes, deleted scenes). Hugh Rowland is back with his own trucking company as this season focuses on Manitoba’s icy roads. This is a strangely hypnotic show, although I have to put on a sweater before watching.

“Dora’s Ice Skating Spectacular!” (Nickelodeon/Paramount, 2013, $14.99, three episodes). From “Dora the Explorer,” the title episode, “Catch That Shape Train!” and “Dora and Perrito to the Rescue” make DVD debuts.

“Angelina Ballerina: Twirling Tales” (HIT/Lionsgate, 2013, $14.98, five episodes, karaoke music videos). New cartoon with the dancing mouse and her friends, plus episodes of the TV series.

“The Hive: Buzzbee’s Family Adventures” (Cinedigm, 2013, $12.95, 10 episodes).

“The Hive: A Very Buzzbee Christmas” (Cinedigm, 2013, $12.95, 10 episodes). Each disc has 10 episodes of the Disney Junior cable channel animated program that teaches life lessons to little ones.

“Guess How Much I Love You: Hidden Treasure” (eOne, 2013, $12.98, seven episodes). Animated stories about Little Nutbrown Hare and his dad, based on the books by Sam McBratney.

Chris Hicks is the author of "Has Hollywood Lost Its Mind? A Parent’s Guide to Movie Ratings." His website is www.hicksflicks.com

Email: hicks@deseretnews.com

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