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DVD reviews: ‘History of the Eagles’


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HISTORY OF THE EAGLES Hate the band or love it, you can’t dispute that the Eagles were the kings of California rock. “Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)” has sold upwards of 32 million copies. This three-disc set, produced by Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney, includes four hours of previously unseen footage. Disc one follows the band through its ’70s heyday. Disc two takes them through post-breakup acrimony, reunion tours, and on to the present. Disc three comprises a complete 1977 concert, at the height of their “Hotel California” fame. (Jigsaw Productions, $34.99; $39.99, Blu-ray; $299.99, super deluxe limited edition)

FUNNY GIRL For her movie debut, Barbra Streisand reprised the title role in the Broadway musical that sealed her stardom. The movie made her a screen star, too. Streisand won the 1968 best actress Oscar for her performance as comedienne Fanny Brice. Extras: featurettes on the making of the film and Streisand’s early years as a performer. (Sony, $19.99, Blu-ray)

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THE DETAILS Tobey Maguire is a Seattle obstetrician married to Elizabeth Banks. Laura Linney plays their loony neighbor. What seems like a comedy of yuppie desperation quickly becomes something . . . odder. “The Details” is its own flavor. That flavor may not be all that palatable, but uniqueness is rare and deserving of attention. (Anchor Bay, $24.98; $29.99, Blu-ray)

ETHEL Rory Kennedy, Robert and Ethel Kennedy’s youngest child, directed this lively and loving documentary chronicling her mother’s life. Inevitably, and more interestingly, it’s also a partial biography of her father. Extras: interview with filmmaker. (HBO, $19.98, available now)

STRICTLY BALLROOM Baz Luhrmann’s directorial debut debuts on Blu-ray. When a mismatched dance team enters the Australian Pan Pacific Championships . . . well, let’s just say several seasons’ worth of “Dancing With the Stars” has nothing on this. Extras: deleted scene, design gallery, featurette on transition from stage to screen. (Miramax Lionsgate, $14.99)

THE MEN Marlon Brando made his film debut in this 1950 story about a wheelchair-bound World War II veteran trying to come to terms with his disability. Teresa Wright plays the woman who loves him. (Olive Films, $19.95; $29.95, Blu-ray)


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