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Chris Hicks: 'Earhart' among documentary DVDs

A biography of Amelia Earhart leads off this look at documentaries that are new to DVD.

"Amelia Earhart: Queen of the Air" (Bio, 1996, $12.95). This Biography Channel episode uses interviews and historical footage, including newsreels, to look at the life of the unconventional pilot from her childhood to her mysterious disappearance.

Extras: full frame

"Hitler's Bodyguard" (Athena, 2008, four discs, $79.99). A unique series that aired on the Military Channel, this is an investigation of how Adolf Hitler somehow came through 40 assassination attempts unscathed, with the usual documentary trappings and re-creations.

Extras: full frame, 13 episodes, text filmography, photo galleries; 20-page booklet

"Nazi Hunters: The Real Story" (Mill Creek, 2010, $14.98). Profiled here are Nazi trackers Simon Wiesenthal, and Beate and Serge Klarsfeld, and their tenacious efforts to find Eichman, Mengele and other Nazi criminals who escaped after World War II.

Extras: full frame

"Black History: A Retrospective" (Mill Creek, 2009, three discs, $14.98). TV episodes and documentaries about a variety of subjects related to the history of African Americans range from their contributions to the Civil War and World War II, to segregation, to biographies of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Booker T. Washington, Carl Lewis and President Barack Obama, among others.

Extras: full frame, 40 episodes

"A Death in Tehran" (PBS, 2009, $24.99). During the protests that followed Iran's 2009 presidential election, a young woman named Neda Soltani was shot and killed in Tehran, triggering international outrage and making her a symbol for those pushing reform.

Extras: widescreen

"The Card Game" (PBS, 2009, $24.99). The cards referred to in the title are credit cards, of course, and this documentary looks at the future of the consumer loan industry in a fragile economy.

Extras: widescreen

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