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'Rock & Roll,' 'Ellery Queen' new on DVD
By Jeff Tuckman | Daily Herald Columnist
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Published: 10/1/2010 12:02 AM

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"The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concerts"

If you missed this awesome concert on HBO, you can now own it for yourself. The three-disc set includes 59 performances, 16 bonus performances and more than five hours of programming. Not only will you see classic artists, but you can watch many performing together for the first time like Sting with Jeff Beck and John Fogerty with Bruce Springsteen. Featured artists include Aretha Franklin, Simon and Garfunkel, U2, Stevie Wonder, Jerry Lee Lewis, Smokey Robinson, Crosby, Stills & Nash, B.B. King, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Bonnie Raitt, Annie Lennox and more.

"Ellery Queen Mysteries: The Complete Series"

Fans of the classic series can enjoy it for the first time on DVD. The six-disc 22-episode set also includes the pilot, "Too Many Suspects." The series starred Jim Hutton as mystery writer Ellery Queen. He worked with his father, Inspector Richard Queen (David Wayne), on getting to the bottom of various crimes. The show engaged viewers in figuring out who committed the crime. At the end of each episode, just before Ellery Queen revealed his solution, the suspects were gathered in one room. Queen would turn to the camera and ask viewers if they had figured out the identity of the killer. Then, he'd reveal the answer. The set includes a booklet with episode summaries and a featurette.

"Rich Man, Poor Man: The Complete Collection"

Before there were the miniseries of "Roots," "Lonesome Dove" and "Centennial," there was "Rich Man, Poor Man." People were glued to their television sets to find out what happened next to Rudy Jordache (Peter Strauss) and his troubled brother Tom (Nick Nolte), along with many family members.

We followed the family from World War II through the late 1960s. The nine-disc set includes all the episodes along with bonus features. Ed Asner, Bill Bixby, Susan Blakely, Robert Reed, Ray Milland, Gloria Grahame and others also starred in the series.

"Saturday Night Live: Best of Eddie Murphy"

Eddie Murphy was great on "Saturday Night Live," and his time there opened the door for more prominent roles. The DVD includes some of his greatest characters and bits along with 20 minutes of new bonus materials. You'll laugh again at his performances for Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood, Velvet Jones, Gumby, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Richard Simmons and more.

"Saturday Night Live: Best of Adam Sandler"

Adam Sandler got his start on "Saturday Night Live," and this program includes his best songs and characters along with 20 minutes of bonus materials. Besides his very funny moments you'll love "The Chanukah Song," "Thanksgiving Song" and more.

Available Next Week

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"Beauty and the Beast"

"Humphrey Bogart: The Essential Collection"

"Stanley Cup Champion 2010: Chicago Blackhawks Special Edition"

"The Exorcist: Extended Director's Cut"

"The Karate Kid"

"The Queen"

"WOW Hits 2011"