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Slim pickings among this week’s new DVD releases of TV shows

Published: Friday, Jan. 10 2014 2:51 p.m. MST

The cast of "China Beach" poses for a publicity photo. The 1988-89 second season of the TV series set against the Vietnam War has just been released.

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If the pricey complete-series set of “China Beach” was too much and you’ve been awaiting Season 2 as a stand-alone release, it’s on DVD this week, along with the latest seasons of “Copper,” “Duck Dynasty” and “Being Human.”

“China Beach: Season 2” (StarVista, 1988-89, five discs, $29.95, 17 episodes, audio commentaries, featurettes). This is arguably the best TV show yet produced about the war in Vietnam, focusing primarily on women in an evacuation unit, some in the military, others volunteers, as well as the men who rotate in and out of their lives. And there’s lots of pop music authentic to the era.

After the short first season (a TV-movie pilot and six episodes), the second season was filled out and the stories expanded as a result, allowing many of the regular performers to shine, including star Dana Delaney and Marg Helgenberger, Nan Woods, Michael Boatman and Robert Picardo. Guests this season include Kathy Bates, Dennis Farina and Kevin McCarthy.

“Copper: Season Two” (BBC, 2013, three discs, $49.98, 13 episodes, featurettes). This is also the show’s last gasp, as it was cancelled just before the airing of the season-ending finale. A rough, tough, gritty and dark look at police procedures in New York City following the Civil War. (Also on Blu-ray, $59.98)

“Duck Dynasty: Season 4” (A&E, Lionsgate, 2013, two discs, $19.98, 10 episodes, deleted scenes, webisodes). The reality show in its fourth season throws a surprise wedding party for Phil and Kay, Martin gets lessons in romance and Phil teaches his granddaughters to fish. (Also on Blu-ray, $19.99)

“Being Human: The Complete Third Season” (eOne, 2013, four discs, $39.98, 13 episodes, featurettes, bloopers). The eclectic supernatural roommates — a vampire, a ghost and two werewolves — continue their struggle against both the forces of evil and their own true natures. This Syfy cable show is a remake of a British series. (Also on Blu-ray, $49.98)

“Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: For the Love of Snack!” (Warner, 1980-2013, two discs, $19.99, 13 episodes). As if the title didn’t give it away, food is the theme here, with episodes from various Scooby Doo animated series.

“Tickety Toc: The Unstoppable, Unpoppable Bubble” (Anchor Bay, 2013, $14.98, six episodes). Cute animated show for kids about twins Tommy and Tallulah, along with their friends, being caught up in fantasy adventures. A Nick Jr. cable series.

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

Email: hicks@deseretnews.com

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