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New on Disc: 'Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans,' 'The Abbott and Costello Show: The Complete Series' and More …

5 Apr, 2010 By: Mike Clark

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

Street 4/6
First Look, Drama, B.O. $1.7 million, $28.98 DVD, $29.98 Blu-ray, ‘R’ for drug use and language throughout, some violence and sexuality.
Stars Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, Fairuza Balk, Xzibit, Jennifer Coolidge.
Director Werner Herzog’s loose remake of 1992’s Bad Lieutenant had me from the get-go. What makes the movie increasingly funny (and intentionally so, make no mistake) is that the further we go, the more we see we’re on the way to a tidy and even happy resolution.
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The Abbott and Costello Show: The Complete Series — Collector’s Edition

Street 4/6
E1, Comedy, $59.98 nine-DVD set, NR.
Stars Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Sid Fields, Hillary Brooke, Gordon Jones.
The 52 syndicated episodes of the famed comedy duo’s half-hour television series — which Jerry Seinfeld has cited as an inspiration for his own show — have been remastered and restored from 35mm materials to look and sound outstanding for their day.
Extras: The set comes with a 44-page book, a 1978 TV documentary on the team, interviews with daughters Chris and Paddy Costello, a restored 1948 short on Lou’s philanthropic work, rare home movies and more. 
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Jesse James’ Hidden Treasure

A&E, Documentary, $19.95 DVD, NR.
Now, here’s a wild one that sometimes plays like the product of an overactive imagination, as controversial historian Ron Pastore treks through strange caves in Kansas in search of a rumored $1.5 million of buried J.J. booty. As a story of personal obsession, it separated my upper jaw from my lower for at least some of its length.
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Masters of American Music: Count Basie — Swingin’ the Blues

Euroarts, Music, $19.99 DVD, NR.
Buoyed by archival footage and then fresh interviews with the likes of Joe Williams, Jay McShann and Harry “Sweets” Edison, this portrait makes the points that even though Count Basie always swung, he was always doing some variation on the blues; that he went for a relaxed atmosphere and was just about the only big band leader who didn’t change with success; and that he got more music out of the sparest piano playing than anyone else. 
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Too Much, Too Soon

Available now via WBshop.com’s Warner Archive
Warner, Drama, $19.95 DVD, NR.
Stars Dorothy Malone, Errol Flynn, Ray Danton, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
Alcohol figures prominently in this biopic about Diana Barrymore (John’s daughter and half-sister of actor John Drew Barrymore — Drew’s dad) and her famous family, which is what makes this very spotty film worth a look. It’s based on Diana’s tell-all book released in 1957. She died in 1960.
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