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DVD reviews

  • November 6, 2007 - 10:00 AM

TV

"The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones" (Paramount, $130)

Turns out there's a reason why "Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" is being released on DVD under a new title. This is not the TV show you watched on ABC in the early 1990s. Executive producer George Lucas edited the show into 90-minute movies, cobbling two episodes together for each. Lucas also ditched the bookend recollections by an elderly Indiana Jones (George Hall), retaining the stories about young Indy as a boy (Corey Carrier) and as a teen (Sean Patrick Flannery). None of this tinkering makes the episodes any less boring than I remember. But the DVD deserves kudos for its bounty of newly produced educational extras, as many as seven on some episodes. A bonus interactive disc lets you read Indy's journal. This is the first of three "Young Indiana Jones" collections. Volume 2 will be available Dec. 28 with the third volume, featuring an episode with a Harrison Ford cameo, out next year in time for the new big-screen Indy flick.

ROB OWEN, PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE

Animation

"Looney Tunes: Golden Collection, Vol. 5" (Warner, $65)

Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and other cartoon favorites return in a new gathering of classic shorts. The four-disc set packs 60 cartoons, with one disc devoted to Bugs and Daffy's adventures, one to spoofs of beloved fairy tales, one to prime "Looney Tunes" from master animator Bob Clampett and one to rare early cartoons from the Warner Bros. vaults. Many of the shorts come with commentary by filmmakers and animation experts, and the set has a documentary on Looney Tunes maestro Chuck Jones. An abridged two-disc "Spotlight Collection" ($27) containing 30 cartoons is available.

DAVID GERMAIN, ASSOCIATED PRESS

COMEDY

"The Three Stooges Collection, Vol. 1 -- 1934-36" (Sony, $25)

After a series of random single-disc compilations, studio bosses finally begin releasing the Stooges the way fans want them: In chronological order, with a promise of all their comedy shorts eventually landing on DVD. The two-disc set has 19 slapstick farces featuring Curly, Larry and Moe.

DAVID GERMAIN, ASSOCIATED PRESS

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