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New on DVD: Silent film retrospective, 'Doors', 'Wild America'
By Jeff Tuckman | Daily Herald Columnist
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Published: 7/9/2010 12:00 AM

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"Days of Thrills & Laughter"

Available on DVD for the first time, this terrific documentary examines and presents the best of the silent era. Robert Youngson has put together a compilation featuring silent comedies and melodramas that have all been remastered in Dolby Digital. You will see some of the best moments of Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle, Harry Langdon, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Douglas Fairbanks, Boris Karloff, Harry Houdini and others.

"Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics, Vol. 2"

Jack and Harry Cohn along with Joe Brandt founded Columbia Pictures. They began to grow as a studio because of their early association with director Frank Capra. The studio was known for its screwball comedies, but also produced dark and edgy films that were termed film noir. Most of these films were produced in the 1940s and 1950s. There are five films in this collection, and they are: "Human Desire," "The Brothers Rico," "Nightfall," "City of Fear" and "Pushover."

"When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors"

Fans of The Doors will relive their almost five years together with this fascinating inside look at the members of the band.

Johnny Depp narrates and Tom DiCillo's documentary captures what the band was all about. With never-before-seen archival footage, we follow the warts-and-all tale of Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore. The editing of the film is awesome, and it's great to see the group performing their music in concert, in the recording studio and more.

"Marty Stouffer's Wild America: Seasons 1-4"

Marty Stouffer's wildlife and nature series was one of the first of its kind on television. The show was seen on PBS, and this four-disc set includes 40 complete episodes. Some of the shows are: "Swamp Critters," "Time of the Grizzly," "Fascinating Fish," "Woodpeckers," "Controversial Coyote," "Wild Cats," "Remarkable Reptiles" and more.

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"Film Noir Classics Collection: Volume Five"

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"The Bounty Hunter"