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Jason Alexander, left, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jerry Seinfeld and Michael Richards in "Seinfeld." The ninth season is now on DVD.

Television shows that are new to DVD and scheduled for release on Tuesday include the concluding season of "Seinfeld" and Frank Sinatra's final acting gig — on "Magnum, P.I."

TV series

"Seinfeld: Season 9" (Sony, 1997-98, four discs, $49.95). The backward episode "The Betrayal" is one of the best-known of this final season, along with the much-criticized finale. But for fans, the real draw is one bonus feature after another, including a cast reunion.

Extras: full frame, 24 episodes, deleted scenes, featurettes, bloopers

"Magnum P.I.: The Complete Seventh Season" (Universal, 1986-87, five discs, $49.98). This penultimate season of Tom Selleck's engaging series brings aboard Dana Delany for three episodes, including the two-part season-opener. And there's a crossover episode with "Murder She Wrote," as Angela Lansbury comes to Hawaii. But the big news here is Frank Sinatra's guest shot in an episode that turned out to be his final major acting role. Other guests include Annie Potts, Robert Loggia, Jessica Walter and Gwen Verdon.

Extras: full frame, 21 episodes, "Murder She Wrote" crossover episode, featurette

"The Best of The Colbert Report" (Comedy Central/Paramount, 2007, $19.99). Popular skits from "The Colbert Report," with the dry comic going after all things political and some things pop cultural. And that's the truthiness!

Extras: full frame

"Movies 101" (City Lights/AMC, 2005-06, four discs, $39.95). NYU film professor Richard Brown's AMC cable-TV interviews with 16 stars in four categories, including Susan Sarandon, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lews, Jennifer Aniston and Sigourney Weaver.

Extras: full frame, extended interviews, featurette, trailer; DVD-Rom applications

"Benny Hill: The Thames Years 1969-89: The Complete Megaset" (A&E, 18 discs, $149.95). Hill's very silly, occasionally naughty (in a broad vaudeville way) skit shows are gathered together in this truthfully titled "Megaset." If you have a Hill fan on your Christmas list, here you go.

Extras: full frame, 58 episodes

"Full House: The Complete Eighth Season" (Warner, 1994-95, four discs, $29.98). The final season has D.J. (Candace Cameron) heading toward high school graduation and preparing for college, with John Stamos, Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, Lori Loughlin, et. al.

Extras: full frame, 24 episodes

"MXC: Most Extreme Elimination Challenge, Volume Three" (Magnolia, 2007, two discs, $29.98). More zany episodes of the Takeshi Kitano's Japanese program "Takeshi's Castle," redubbed and re-edited for a "Mystery Science Theater 3000"-type experience, sprinkled with X-games.

Extras: Full frame, 13 episodes, two original "Takeshi's Castle" episodes, featurette

Musical specials

"Barry Manilow: The First Television Specials" (Rhino, 1977-88, five discs, $39.99). Manilow's music-heavy network-TV prime-time specials are primarily his songs, but he also has guests, including Ray Charles, John Denver and Dionne Warwick.

Extras: full frame, five programs

Documentary

"Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later" (HBO, 2007, $24.98). A look back (and forward) at Little Rock Central Hich School in Arkansas, which became a flashpoint for civil rights in 1957 when the National Guard was called out to prevent black students from entering. Fascinating look at the history, and playing catch-up with the area and surviving principals.

Extras: widescreen

Kids shows

"Chuck Jones Collection" (Lionsgate, 1973-75, $14.98). Six classic cartoon featurettes (each is about 25 minutes): Chuck Jones' "Jungle Book" trilogy and his "Cricket" trilogy. "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" is narrated by Orson Welles, while "The White Seal" and "Mowgli's Brothers," are narrated by Roddy McDowall. (Look for the character in "Brothers" that could be Wile E. Coyote's twin). Chester C. Cricket (who plays classical music on his violin-sounding wings), Tucker the mouse and Harry the cat star in "The Cricket in Times Square," "Yankee Doodle Cricket" and "A Very Merry Cricket." Warm and funny stuff.

Extras: full frame, six cartoons, featurette, trailers

"Looney Tunes Golden Collection, Volume Five" (Warner, 1933-64, 60 cartoons, featurettes, $64.92)

"Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection, Volume Five" (Warner, 1941-61, 30 cartoons (also in the "Golden Collection"), featurettes, $26.99)

"Opus N' Bill in A Wish for Wings That Work" (Universal, 1991, $14.98)

"The Pink Panther: A Pink Christmas" (MGM, 1978-81, $14.98)

"Shaggy & Scooby-Doo: Get a Clue! Volume 1" (Warner, 2006, four episodes, $14.97)

"Sesame Street: Old School, 1974-79, Volume 2" (Genius, three discs, original unaired pilot, six episodes, clips, $39.93)

"Dora the Explorer: Puppy Power!" (Nick Jr./Paramount, 2007, $16.99)

"Doodlebops: Happy Doodle Holidays" (Lionsgate, 2007, $14.98)


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