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Touched By an Angel, The Carol Burnett Show on DVD this week
Roma Downey, left, and Della Reese star in "Touched By an Angel." The entire nine-season series has been released in a new DVD box set. - photo by Chris Hicks
Touched By an Angel has been released in a new DVD box set, as have more early episodes from The Carol Burnett Show.

Touched By an Angel: The Complete Series (CBS/Paramount, 1994-2003, 59 discs, 214 episodes, audio commentaries). This popular TV series often one of the networks highest-rated programs when it was new had a good long run on CBS, and it was unusual in its time as a show that treated faith with respect, and God and angels as something real, not fantasy. These days such a show would be even rarer, if not an anomaly.

The show was also filmed right here in Utah, putting many familiar landmarks on display from up and down the state, including much of downtown Salt Lake City, although usually filling in for other locations around the country, and, occasionally, around the world.

Roma Downey, who these days is producing TV programs and movies with biblical themes, stars as Monica, an angel in training as the series begins, with Della Reese as her mentor, Tess. Also on hand are John Dye as the angel of death (beginning with Season 2) and Valerie Bertinelli as a rookie angel (starting in Season 7), along with such notable guest stars as Kirk Douglas, Faye Dunaway, Maya Angelou, Wynonna Judd, Mandy Patinkin, Tim Conway, Rita Moreno, Muhammad Ali, Ernest Borgnine, Angela Lansbury and many more, including familiar local actors.

The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes: Treasures From the Vault (Time Life, 1967-71, six discs, 15 episodes, bonus skits, 1961 episode of The Garry Moore Show, featurettes, bloopers; 16-page booklet). This includes more from the first five years of Burnetts variety series, including episodes that havent been seen in syndication or anywhere else since they first aired. Some skits are hilarious, including the debuts of The Old Folks, Carol and Sis, As the Stomach Turns, and the first time Tim Conway did his little old man character. Guests include Soupy Sales, Jonathan Winters, Joan Rivers, Bob Hope, Ronald Reagan and many more.

The Hee Haw Collection: Kornfield Klassics (Time Life, 1971, two episodes; four-page booklet). This single-disc set includes two episodes from Season 2 of the corny-and-proud-of-it countrified version of Laugh-In, with blackout skits, pickin-and-grinnin musical numbers and politically incorrect one-liners. Regulars Roy Clark and Buck Owens perform with guests Roger Miller (who solos on Dang Me) and Loretta Lynn (singing Coal Miners Daughter), and Owens closes these shows with the Simon & Garfunkel songs Bridge Over Troubled Water and Homeward Bound, respectively.

Mercy Street (PBS, 2016, two discs, six episodes, deleted scenes, featurettes). A head nurse (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and a volunteer nurse (Hannah James), on opposite sides of the Civil War become reluctant allies as they treat soldiers from both sides in a makeshift Union Army hospital that was once a stately Southern hotel. (No word yet on a second season.)

Mountain Men: The Rules of the Wild Have Changed (History/Lionsgate, 2015, two discs, eight episodes). Marty, Tom, Eustace, Rich, Kyle and newcomer Morgan head to Alaskas Revelation Mountains where they battle a bear, miscalculate thin ice and try to get out of a whiteout in an avalanche zone.

American Experience: Murder of a President (PBS, 2016). This two-hour documentary chronicles the life of James Garfield, the 20th U.S. president, who was shot in 1881 and died two months later. The film demonstrates that Garfields remarkable life and legacy reaches far beyond his brief White House tenure.

American Experience: The Mine Wars (PBS, 2016). A two-hour documentary about coal mining in the United States, with the focus on unionizing efforts in West Virginia that began in 1901 and led to a decades-long battle for basic constitutional rights.

The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (Sony, 2014, two discs, eight episodes, deleted scenes, bloopers). This Lifetime Channel miniseries is a sequel to the TV movie Lizzie Borden Took an Ax, with Christina Ricci reprising her role as Borden. This is a fictionalized version of events after she is acquitted of the 1892 ax murders of her father and stepmother. Co-stars include Clea DuVall, John Heard and Cole Hauser.

From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series: The Complete Season Two (eOne, 2015, three discs, 10 episodes, audio commentary, featurettes). This gory horror/crime series, developed by Robert Rodriguez from his 1996 film, stars D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz and Eiza Gonzalez as the characters played, respectively, by George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino and Salma Hayek. Lots of R-rated content. (Season 3 begins later this year.)

Sabans Power Rangers: Time Force The Complete Series (Shout!, 2001, five discs, 40 episodes). This series was the ninth season of the Power Rangers franchise, this one with time-traveling police rangers capturing and freezing criminal mutants.

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Pop Star Minnie (Disney Junior, 2011-15, four episodes, bonus 2006 episode, two Minnies Bow-Toons). Episodes are Pop Star Minnie, Mickeys Clubhouse Rocks, Minnie and Daisys Flower Shower, Minnies Mouseke-Calendar and bonus episode Mickeys Big Band Concert.
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