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September 25, 2011

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TELEVISION

THE HOUR (2011)

At last, something to fill the “Mad Men’’ void - although there’s really only a fleeting similarity between “Mad Men’’ and this BBC miniseries set against the backdrop of a ’50s TV newsmagazine. “Good Night, and Good Luck’’ comes to mind just as readily in watching the series’ human-scale rendering of broadcast pioneers - in this case, BBC staffers determined to expose the story behind the Suez Crisis. And there are definitely echoes of “Broadcast News’’ in the interplay between attitudinally smart newshound Ben Whishaw (“I’m Not There’’), driven producer Romola Garai (“Atonement’’), and slick anchor Dominic West (“The Wire’’). Extras: Routine featurettes. (BBC Video, $34.98; Blu-ray, $39.98)

DRAMA

FOOTLOOSE (1984)

With the remake due next month, Kevin Bacon’s original boogie-down makes its requisite Blu-ray bow. Watching Bacon’s city rebel school the hicks is still fun, but you might get a tad embarrassed to have your kids or neighbors overhear the enhanced audio on that way-’80s soundtrack. (Shalamar, we hardly knew ye.) Extras: Bacon does a new interview segment, and comments on a previously unreleased screen test shot to convince studio brass of his sex appeal. And yes, he’s as amused by his raw dance technique as you’ll be: “Obviously you can see that it was a good idea that they had a choreographer.’’ (Paramount, $24.99; standard DVD, $14.99)

TELEVISION

THE MIDDLE: SEASON 2 (2010-11)

We’ve seen a slew of Royal Wedding discs over the last several months - the replays, the dramatizations, the review of ceremonies dating back to the ’20s. But who’d have thought that our favorite bit of royals watching would be Patricia Heaton’s sitcom? The show might still be carving out its identity - “Malcolm in: The Middle’’ is sometimes more like it - but a second-season high point is Heaton’s mission to enjoy a morning of fanciness watching William and Kate on TV. A very big TV. While sipping tea and nibbling scones. And then reality plops itself down on the couch. (Warner, $44.98)

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