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un­rated, $25): Fi­nally avail­able on Blu-ray in a beau­ti­fully re­stored edi­tion, the Dan Cur­tis-di­rected, Richard Math­e­son-scripted an­thol­ogy TV movie ranks as one the best fright flicks of the 1970s. The late, great Karen Black stars in all three seg­ments, each of which boasts a killer twist, and ex­plores a woman un­der siege. Par­tic­u­larly riv­et­ing is the fi­nal seg­ment which piv­ots on a sin­gle woman fight­ing off a Zuni fetish doll that’s sprung to life. If the last im­age of the movie doesn’t haunt your dreams, noth­ing will. Ex­tras: commentaries and fea­turettes.

City Slick­ers: Col­lec­tor’s Edi­tion (1991, Shout Fac­tory, PG-13, $30): New to Blu-ray, this com­edy bro­mance fol­lows three New York­ers (Billy Crys­tal, Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby) who trade their brief­cases and midlife cri­sises for sad­dle­bags and the ad­ven­ture of herd­ing cat­tle un­der the New Mex­ico sky. While there’s a few sit­com-ish mo­ments, di­rec­tor Ron Un­der­wood makes you re­ally care about these guys. Best of all, the movie gets bet­ter as it goes along thanks to a few nail-bit­ing ac­tion in­ter­ludes and a scene-steal­ing per­for­mance by Jack Palance. Ex­tras: fea­turettes, commentaries and deleted scenes.

How the Grinch Stole Christ­mas: Ul­ti­mate Edi­tion (2018, Warner, un­rated, $20): Sure, you love the orig­i­nal Grinch TV spe­cial from 1966 star­ring Boris Karloff, but did you know that through the years ev­ery­one’s fa­vorite green grump also popped up in two more TV events: “The Grinch Grinches The Cat in the Hat” and “Halloween is Grinch Night?” All three an­i­mated spe­cials are now pack­aged to­gether in a must-own Blu-ray and DVD set. Check it out be­fore see­ing the new “Grinch” movie star­ring Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch. Ex­tras: none.

Doc­u­men­tary Now!: Sea­sons One and Two (2017, Mill Creek, un­rated, $25): For­mer “Satur­day Night Live” co-stars Fred Ar­misen and Bill Hader topline this He­len Mir­ren­hosted se­ries, which lov­ingly spoofs some of the world’s best-known doc­u­men­taries. There’s sendups of ev­ery­thing from rock docs, such as “Stop Mak­ing Sense,” to Robert Fla­herty films like “Nanook of the North.” Nearly ev­ery one of the seg­ments is a hoot, but top honors be­long to the “Grey Gar­dens” par­ody with Ar­misen and Hader of­fer­ing their own in­ter­pre­ta­tions of Big and Lit­tle Edie Beale. Ex­tras: none.

The Best of the Three Stooges (2018, TimeLife, un­rated, $99): There have been scores of box sets show­cas­ing Larry, Curly and Moe, but this col­lec­tion from TimeLife ranks near the top of the list. In­cluded on 13 discs are all 87 of the Columbia Pic­tures Shorts pro­duced be­tween 1934 and 1945, 28 shorts fea­tur­ing the in­de­pen­dent work of the Stooges, four Stooges fea­ture films, an­i­mated car­toons and “Hey Moe! Hey Dad!,” a doc­u­men­tary se­ries about the mirth­mak­ers which boasts never-be­fore-seen footage and home movies. Ex­tras: none.

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