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TV on DVD: Just the facts, 'Dragnet' is out

Dragnet 1968: Season 2

SERIES "Just the facts" half-hour police drama remains iconic for creator-star Jack Webb's deadpan "Ping-Pong" dialogue. It's step-by-step straight-faced to the point of monotony, as detective Webb and partner Harry Morgan ("M*A*S*H") investigate routine L.A. robberies and scams. Yet the uniquely punchy, inexorable pace - and Webb's stern sermonizing - make the formula weirdly riveting. Shout Factory's bonus features make this package what Season 1 (bare bones in 2005 from a different distributor) should have been.

EXTRAS Pilot movie from 1966, half-hour featurette on Webb and his earlier radio-TV "Dragnet" versions, plus detailed series history booklet.

LIST PRICE $45, out today from Shout.

Other shows finally restarting season releases

MAD ABOUT YOU: SEASON 4 Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt in Emmy-winning season of NYC married life; $30, Shout.

THE FACTS OF LIFE: SEASON 4 Includes fan-favorite TV movie "The Facts of Life Goes to Paris"; $40, Shout.

HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL: SEASON 4, VOLS. 1 AND 2 Richard Boone's Paladin in half-season sets of half-hour Western; $40 each, CBS.

TV DVDs on the way

Sept. 14 "The Twilight Zone" ('60s) on Blu-ray

Sept. 21 "Bored to Death"

Oct. 5 "All in the Family" Season 7


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