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DVD reviews


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FRANKENWEENIE  Tim Burton’s stop-motion tale of a boy named Victor Frankenstein and his beloved undead dog is simple yet immensely pleasurable — elegant, very funny, and haunted gently by the ghosts of monster movies past. Charlie Tahan, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Landau, Martin Short, and Winona Ryder provide voices. (Disney, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99)

SMASH: SEASON ONE No, there isn’t a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe — not yet, anyway. But there is a TV series about a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe, and “Smash” is it. What “Glee” plays for laughs, “Smash” plays for keeps. Extras: deleted scenes, gag reel, featurette on the series’ composers and choreographer. (Universal, $59.98)

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HIT & RUN Charlie (Dax Shepard) is in a witness-protection program. His girlfriend (Shepard’s real-life partner, Kristen Bell) has a great job opportunity in Los Angeles.

Uh-oh: That’s where the bad guys Charlie’s hiding from are. They include a dreads-wearing Bradley Cooper. This has elements of romantic comedy, road movie, and raunch-fest. A surprising amount of it works. Shepard, who wrote the script and codirected, with David Palmer, is especially appealing. (Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98)

TWO-LANE BLACKTOP Get your kicks on Route 66. The 1971 road movie comes to Blu-ray, courtesy of the Criterion Collection. Monte Hellman directed, James Taylor and Beach Boy Dennis Wilson made their acting debuts, and Esquire magazine published Rudolph Wurlitzer’s screenplay. It was, you might say, a cult classic even before it was released. Extras: Hellman commentary, screen tests, trailer. ($39.95)


Let’s try to get this straight. Tanya Roberts joined the cast of TV’s favorite jiggle action series, replacing Shelley Hack, who had replaced Kate Jackson. Cheryl Ladd, who’d replaced Farrah Fawcett (who later became Farrah Fawcett-Majors), held down the fort alongside Jaclyn Smith, who hadn’t replaced anybody. Roberts would soon be starring in “The Beastmaster” and “Sheena: Queen of the Jungle.” Who says only angels have wings? (SPE, $45.99, available now)


Not the 1965 David Lean big-screen adaptation of Boris Pasternak’s novel of the Russian Revolution, but the 2003 small-screen British miniseries that ran on “Masterpiece Theatre.” Keira Knightley and Sam Neill star. Extras: cast and crew interviews (Acorn, $29.99, available now)


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