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Vintage Grand Ole Opry musical performances are on DVD this week

Posted August 4

Country greats sing their hits in live performances gleaned from Grand Ole Opry telecasts in a new DVD set.

“Opry Video Classics” (Time Life, 1955-78, b/w and color, eight discs, 120 performances). These wonderfully nostalgic and historic live performances have been collected from more than two decades of Grand Ole Opry shows, and feature such favorites as Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Waylon Jennings, Charley Pride, Kitty Wells, Tammy Wynette, Conway Twitty, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Chet Atkins and dozens more, all in their prime and singing memorable hit songs.

The DVDs here were issued previously as stand-alone discs: “Songs That Topped the Charts 2,” “Kings of Country,” “Hall of Fame 2,” “Jukebox Memories,” “Pioneers 2,” “Legends 2,” “Queens of Country 2” and “Love Songs 2.”

“Jack Irish: Season 1” (Acorn, 2016, two discs, six episodes, featurette, photo gallery). After three TV movies, Guy Pearce brings his engaging Aussie lawyer-turned-private eye to a full season of six hourlong episodes in which he becomes involved in an international conspiracy involving Muslin extremists and born-again Christians. The case also eventually intersects with a story his journalist girlfriend (Marta Dusseldorp) is working on. (No word yet on a second season.)

“Orphan Black: Season Four” (BBC, 2016, two-disc Blu-ray/three-disc DVD, 10 episodes, featurettes). Tatiana Maslany continues to astonish with her modulated portrayal of several cloned characters in this sci-fi thriller series. This season circles back to the show’s beginnings as the clones’ origins interrupt Sarah’s newfound tranquility, forcing her to go on the run. (The show’s fifth and final season will be shown on BBC America next year.)

“Person of Interest: The Fifth and Final Season” (Warner, 2016, three discs, 13 episodes, featurettes). Jim Caviezel stars in this sci-fi crime drama as a former CIA operative hired by an eccentric billionaire (Michael Emerson) to stop violent crimes before they happen using a supercomputer. In the run-up to the finale, Caviezel, Emerson and their team are on the run, evading detection as they try to take down a government conspiracy.

“The Magicians: Season One” (Universal, 2015-16, three-disc Blu-ray/four-disc DVD, 13 episodes, deleted scenes, featurettes, bloopers). A student is chosen to attend a secret upstate New York university for magic, where he and other students soon learn that what they have envisioned as make-believe is all too real — and dangerous. Syfy cable series based on Lev Grossman’s best-selling novels. (Season 2 will air next year.)

“Bitten: The Final Season” (eOne, 2016, three discs, 10 episodes, deleted/extended scenes, featurette). Based on Kelly Armstrong’s “Women of the Otherworld” book franchise, this three-season series focuses on the world’s only female werewolf, Elena (Laura Vandervoort). This season she tries to help broker peace after Season 2’s climactic battle.

“Outatime: Saving the DeLorean Time Machine” (Virgil, 2016, deleted scenes, audio commentary, featurette, photo gallery, trailer). Hourlong documentary, with loads of supplemental materials, about the effort to restore the iconic DeLorean used in the hit film “Back to the Future.” The film trilogy’s co-writer/co-producer Bob Gale led the charge with a group of dedicated fans.

“The White House: Inside Story” (PBS, 2016). Feature documentary tracing the 200-year history of the White House through interviews with First Family members that lived there, workers whose jobs took them inside, historians who have studied it, and journalists who gained entry for news stories.

“The Great Polar Bear Feast” (PBS, 2015). This hourlong documentary follows the work of scientist Todd Atwood, a polar bear expert for the U.S. Geological Survey, who travels to a small town in Alaska to determine why the animals are in decline and leaving their ice floes for land.

“Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene” (Virgil, 2009). Reissue of the hourlong PBS documentary about Greene, who rose from a disenfranchised background of incarceration for armed robbery and drug addiction to become a well-respected radio commentator in Washington, D.C., frequently taking on “taboo” subjects. Narrated by Don Cheadle, who played Greene in the 2007 biographical film “Talk to Me.”

“WorldWorld: It’s Time For School” (PBS Kids, 2007-11, eight episodes). Educational animated show for preschoolers with anthropomorphic animal characters shaped like words. Episodes include “Shark’s First Day of School,” “Duck at Bat” and “Tick Tock Space Clock.”

“Kate & Mim-Mim: Balloon Animals” (SkipRope, 2014-15, three stories). Canadian-British animated program has 5-year-old Kate and her bunny Mim-Mim taking trips to the fantasy world of Mimiloo where the bunny transforms into a giant.

Chris Hicks is the author of "Has Hollywood Lost Its Mind? A Parent’s Guide to Movie Ratings." He also writes at www.hicksflicks.com and can be contacted at hicks@deseretnews.com.

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