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Not every DVD can be “Finding Nemo” or “Friends.” But even if they don’t ship 20 million units, these fourth-quarter discs merit a look.

Cool World
Released: Nov. 11
Ralph Bakshi, the mind behind “Fritz the Cat,” helmed this 1992 live action/animation mix. Kim Basinger is bombshell Holli Would, memorialized by the tagline: “Holli Would if She Could … and She Will!”

The Dick Van Dyke ShoW, Seasons 1 & 2
Released: Oct. 21
These nifty DVD sets help venerate this landmark sitcom. Included is commentary from Van Dyke and creator Carl Reiner, and Reiner’s initial star turn as Rob Petrie in the pilot, then called “Head of the Family.”

Pumping Iron: 25th Anniv. Special Edition
Released: Nov. 11
No matter what happens in Sacramento from here on, Arnold will never look more imposing and devious than he did in this bodybuilding docu that is as ’70s as it gets.

Once Upon a Time in the West
Released: Nov. 18
Sergio Leone expands on his spaghetti Westerns. This one stars Henry Fonda, Jason Robards and Charles Bronson. The commentary track features helmers influenced by the pic: John Carpenter, John Milius and Alex Cox.

Escape From New York
Released: Dec. 16
John Carpenter’s apocalyptic 1981 adventure has stars Roger Corman would love: Adrienne Barbeau, Isaac Hayes, Donald Pleasance, and of course, the eye-patched Kurt Russell. The two-disc DVD adds a lost bank robbery scene, documentaries and a comicbook.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Released: Oct. 14
Few horror films can match the unflinching, sadistic force of this low-budget 1974 triumph. The DVD adds surround sound, a somewhat cleaner picture and wry insight. Director Tobe Hooper, for example, insists he was making a comedy.

Released: Sept. 23
If you want to relive the late, great network mini era, start here. Richard Chamberlain and Kurosawa regular Toshio Mifune head the cast. The challenges of the difficult shoot consume much of the DVD bonus material.

A Christmas Story
Released: Oct. 7
From the guy who directed “Porky’s,” “Rhinestone” and “From the Hip” comes … an endearing pic about the true meaning of Christmas: presents. The 20th anni DVD adds loads of nostalgic looks back at 9-year-old Ralphie’s quest for a Red Ryder air rifle.

The Office: The Complete First Series
Released: Oct. 7
Watching this BBC mockumentary is akin to a double shift, but it’s worth the pain. Ricky Gervais, former DJ, co-created and stars as a character he calls “Smarmy Boss.” DVD adds a making-of featurette and a bogus company newsletter.

Winged Migration
Released: Nov. 18
Actual narration from this hugely successful docu: “Millions of birds have traveled thousands of miles.” You may already be feeling very, very sleepy … but on a big enough screen, the lyrical, images are mesmerizing.

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