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2012 SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS: THE OFFICIAL WORLD SERIES FILM

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2012 SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS: THE OFFICIAL WORLD SERIES FILM

LUCK: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON David Milch and Michael Mann collaborated on this HBO series about doings legal and otherwise at a California race track. Despite an impressive cast (Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, Nick Nolte, Michael Gambon, Joan Allen), it does take a while to get going. The plotting manages to be both far-fetched and predictable. (HBO Home Video, $59.99; Blu-ray, $79.98)

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AN ODYSSEY This 2011 eight-part documentary made for British television takes in 14 decades, six continents (sorry, Antarctica), and one art form. Like that art form, it’s wildly ambitious, often extremely good, occasionally maddening, and always stimulating. Writer-director Mark Cousins’s unifying conception is cinematic innovation — or as he pronounces it (he narrates, too) in a marvelous Ulster accent, “en-iv-ay-shun.” On five discs. (Music Box Films, $69.95, available now)

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THE DUST BOWL Ken Burns’s documentary ran on PBS last week. At four hours, its account of the ecological devastation suffered by the Great Plains during the ’30s feels a bit long. But its use of archival photographs is superb even by Burns’s standards, and the sight of “black blizzards” and their consequences is astonishing. Extras: featurettes on making of, interview subjects, and aspects of the Dust Bowl. (PBS, $24.99; Blu-ray, $29.99, available now)

LOU REED — PARIS 1972 In a concert originally broadcast on French television, the former Velvet Underground mainstay reunites for the first time with Velvets John Cale and Nico. (IMV Blueline, $17.95, available now)

PARANORMAN From the makers of “Coraline,” the ghoulification of American family entertainment hits a dead end. This highly creative but depressingly jaded stop-motion thriller is about a kid who sees dead people. For older kids only, provided they don’t mind dismembered zombies coming at them. And those are the good guys. (Focus Features, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98)

2012 SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS: THE OFFICIAL WORLD SERIES FILM Boston fans will be impressed by the exploits of a Giants infielder named Marco Scutaro. Watching him both in the field and at the plate (pictured), you’ll wish he played for the Red Sox. What? He did play for them? Oh, never mind. (A&E Entertainment, $29.95; Blu-ray, $34.95)

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