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Chris Hicks: 'Lost' series can now be found on DVD

One of last year's biggest TV hits arrives on DVD Tuesday, along with a number of other television programs, old and new.

"Lost: The Complete First Season" (Buena Vista, 2004-05, not rated, $59.99, seven discs). This is not a show I had planned to watch, but after a few months, two of my adult sons got the first nine episodes to me and insisted I catch up with the ensemble of survivors after an airliner crashes on a strange, remote island. And I was hooked. My only complaint is that there were still too many dangling unanswered questions at season's end.

Hey, I love a cliffhanger as much as the next guy, but good grief — polar bears on a tropical island? A mysterious giant monster? Are we in hell or is all this just a nightmare? Or are aliens manipulating us? Give me something!

Whatever. It's still compelling stuff, even the wide variety of characters' back stories. And J.J. Abrams, who also gave us "Alias" (and who is directing the new "Mission: Impossible" movie with Tom Cruise) knows his way around suspense and solid storytelling.

Don't look for answers in the numerous bonus features; just enjoy the ride.

Extras: Widescreen, 24 episodes, audio commentaries (on specific episodes), making-of featurettes, trailers, optional English subtitles, chapters.

"MacGyver: The Complete Third Season" (Paramount, 1987-88, not rated, $38.99, five discs). That guy who uses everyday items to fix, repair and blow things up while eschewing guns is back for a third season, well-played by Richard Dean Anderson. This season introduces a regular love interest, Nikki (Elyssa Davalos) and MacGyver's old pal Jack Dalton (Bruce McGill) comes on board as well.

Extras: Full frame, 20 episodes, optional English subtitles, chapters.

"21 Jump Street: The Complete Third Season" (Anchor Bay, 1988-89, not rated, 44.98, six discs). This is the series that gave Johnny Depp his first leg up as a star, and this is his final season on the program (though the show did return for one more season without him). Depp — along with Holly Robinson Peete, Peter DeLuise and Dustin Nguyen — is an undercover cop whose youthful looks help him pass for a juvenile. Richard Grieco joins the cast this season as a rebellious officer, and they take on a street gang. The show's just OK, but Depp's presence does give it a boost.

Extras: Full frame, 20 episodes, optional English subtitles, chapters.

"Charmed: The Complete Second Season" (Paramount, 1999-2000, not rated, $38.99, six discs). Those enchanting witches the Halliwell sisters (Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs and Alyssa Milano) battle more evil spirits and creatures in modern-day San Francisco in this second season. Along the way, Doherty becomes a photographer, Combs opens a nightclub and Milano returns to college. And how much more cleavage would they have to expose before being relegated to cable?

Extras: Full frame, 22 episodes, optional English subtitles, chapters.

"Degrassi Junior High: Season 3" (WGBH, 1989, not rated, $39.95, three discs). This third season of the PBS series tackles more tough teen issues in realistic ways: anorexia, twins switching places, sexual expectations, homosexuality, drugs — even the loss of parents in a car crash. Intended to provoke discussion between parents and teens but without preaching.

Extras: Full frame, 16 episodes, making-of featurettes, interactive games, optional English subtitles, chapters.

"Doris Day: It's Magic" (Image, 1998, not rated, $14.99). Fans of Doris Day will love this profile, subtitled "the official studio biography." It's a love letter, with plenty of entertaining clips as it chronicles Day's rise to stardom. But it also includes some of the unhappier things in her life, as when, at the end of her film career, her husband died and she discovered he had frittered her money away.

Extras: Full frame, chapters.

"Trollz, Volume 1: Best Friends for Life: The Movie" (Warner, 2005, not rated, $19.98).

"Trollz, Volume 2: Magic of the Five: The Movie" (Warner, 2005, not rated, $19.98). Based on popular Danish characters — five spiky-haired teen girls who are best friends and indulge in magic — this cartoon series offers life lessons about friendship and loyalty in musical, fashion-conscious ways. Included are a number of interactive elements aimed at "tweens."

Extras: Full frame, interactive games, music videos, DVD-ROM applications, optional English subtitles, chapters.

"The Adventures of Raggedy Ann & Andy: The Mabbit Adventure . . . and Other Exciting Tales" (New Kid/CBS, 1988, not rated, $12.95).

"The Adventures of Raggedy Ann & Andy: The Pixling Adventure . . . and Other Exciting Tales" (New Kid/CBS, 1988, not rated, $12.95). These animated episodes of the late 1980s CBS-TV series — based on the popular dolls — include the title stories, plus two more on each disc. "The Mabbit Adventure," "The Perriwonk Adventure" and "The Pirate Adventure" are on the first, with "The Pixling Adventure," "The Beastly Ghost Adventure" and "The Ransom of the Sunny Bunny Adventure" on the second.

Extras: Full frame, three episodes each, chapters.


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