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BERT STERN: ORIGINAL MADMAN Stern, who died in June, recorded and defined pop culture and celebrity in the ’50s and ’60s with his photography, much of it compiled here. That alone would make Shannah Laumeister’s documentary a must-see, not to mention the details of the wild ups and downs of Stern’s life, told from the then-octogenarian’s recollections. Too bad Laumeister indulges in the least interesting part of his biography: his relationship with her. Extras: Stern photo gallery. (First Run Features, $27.95)

SOLOMON KANE Times are grim, grim, grim in early 17th-century England. Also bloody, bloody, bloody. They’re a cross between the Middle Ages and a post-apocalyptic future. In other words, a video game. James Purefoy is the title character, a freebooter torn between God and the devil in this 2012 release based on the 1930s pulp character created by Robert E. Howard. Extras: making-of featurette, director commentary, deleted scene, special-effects featurette. (Starz/
Anchor Bay, $22.98; Blu-ray, $26.99)

LORD OF THE FLIES In 1963, legendary theater director Peter Brook adapted William Golding’s equally legendary tale of mutual cruelty among the young. Solomon Kane could pick up a few pointers. Extras: new digital transfer, Brook commentary, audio of Golding reading from the novel, deleted scene, behind-the-scenes material, interview with Brook. (Criterion Collection, $29.95; Blu-ray, $39.95)


SECRETS OF CHATSWORTH Downton Abbey? Please. That fictive abode is a mere cottage — a shotgun shack with servants — compared to Chatsworth House, in Derbyshire, the ancestral home of the Cavendishes since 1549. (PBS, $24.99)

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MATLOCK: THE COMPLETE SERIES PACK Andy Griffith spent nine seasons playing folksy criminal defense lawyer Ben Matlock — and they’re all here, on 52 discs. For those who want to cut to the chase, just the ninth season is available on a new box set, too. (Paramount, $388.98 and $49.99,

LETTERS FROM JACKIE: THE PRIVATE THOUGHTS OF JACKIE ROBINSON Timed to coincide with the release on disc of “42” (see Tom Russo’s review, at left), this 2011 A&E documentary looks at the trailblazing baseball player’s thoughts as shown by his correspondence with such public figures as Martin Luther King Jr. and Dwight D. Eisenhower. (A&E, $9.98)