These new TV shows on DVD are led by a popular late-'60s comedy series, with a very young Harrison Ford in one episode. They are scheduled to be on store shelves Tuesday.
• "Love, American Style: Season One, Volume One" (CBS/Paramount, 1969, three discs, $36.99). This anthology comedy show was a combination of the traditional sitcom and "Laugh-In"-style skits. Each weekly hour included three or four unrelated stories with different guest stars, primarily TV personalities of the period, and a series of blackouts with an ensemble cast, the most recognizable member being Stuart Margolin.
Amusing, stereotypical and very much of its time plaid sport jackets, colorful miniskirts as "nice" was giving way to "naughty."
Among the stars here are Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, Regis Philbin, Flip Wilson, Bill Bixby, Connie Stevens, Phyllis Diller, Rich Little, and many more including the aforementioned Ford, as a cocky college student who has second thoughts about eloping with his girlfriend.
Apparently, first-season episodes were filmed and numbered but then aired out of order. As listed in the DVD box, these are in the chronological order they originally aired, but the episode numbers jump from 1 to 17, with several out of order or missing.
Extras: full frame, 12 episodes
• "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: The Seventh Season" (CBS/Paramount, 2006-07, seven discs, $99.99). The original "CSI" series, set in Las Vegas, maintains high ratings and rabid fans, and the cast led by William Petersen remains first-rate. This set periodically checks in with a season-long arc about the "miniature killer." And, of course, it occasionally gets a bit too raunchy or gory or both.
Extras: widescreen, audio commentaries, featurettes
• "Inside the Actors Studio: Johnny Depp" (Shout! 2007, $14.98). James Lipton and students interview Johnny Depp, who's surprisingly forthcoming about his career and life, and he comes off as charming and winning ... but then, you knew that. Fans should be in heaven.
Extras: full frame
• "Melrose Place: The Third Season" (CBS/Paramount, 1994-95, eight discs, $61.99). Heather Locklear, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Daphne Zuniga, Marcia Cross, etc., star in the third season of this prime-time soap, a spin-off of "Beverly Hills, 90210." Jack Wagner joins the cast this season, as the residents of the title apartment complex, the nearby beachhouse, and the hospital, mix it up.
Extras: full frame, 30 episodes, featurettes
• "Christmastime in South Park" (Comedy Central/Paramount, 1997-2004, $19.99). Christmas-themed episodes of the vulgar "adult" animated sitcom.
Extras: full frame, seven episodes
• "War & Peace" (Koch, 1972, five discs, $99.98). This epic British adaptation of the massive Tolstoy novel is a surprisingly satisfying effort, a large production with huge battle sequences, and starring Anthony Hopkins as Pierre Bezuhov, in the story of three Russian families struggling though the Napoleonic Wars.
Extras: full frame; 44-page booklet
• "The Sissi Collection" (Koch Lorber, 1955-57, five discs, $79.98). At age 17, Austrian actress Romy Schneider became an international star with this trilogy of films (originally released theatrically) about Austria's Princess Elisabeth. Lavish production values and location shooting help, although the scripts are rather routine. But a luminous young Schneider makes it worthwhile (she's best-remembered in this country for "The Cardinal," "What's New, Pussycat?" and "Good Neighbor Sam").
Extras: full frame, in German with English subtitles, three episodes, featurette, condensed English-language version of trilogy: "Forever My Love," another Schneider film: "Victoria in Dover"
• "Pooh's Super Sleuth Christmas Movie" (Disney, 2007, $26.99)
• "Winder Wonderland" (Hit/Fox, 2007; Barney, Bob the Builder, Thomas, etc.; $14.98)
• "SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis" (Nick/Paramount, 2007, eight episodes, $16.99)
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