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“Star Wars Trilogy” — Spoiler alert: Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s dad. The Holy Grail for DVD enthusiasts finally arrives as George Lucas releases his first three “Star Wars” flicks in an elaborate four-disc set. Hardcore fans already know this, but the versions of “Star Wars,” “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi” are the special-edition upgrades reissued to theaters in the late 1990s, with extra scenes and augmented effects and creatures. The centerpiece is a mammoth 2 1/2-hour documentary tracing the history of “Star Wars” from Lucas’ youth as a “Flash Gordon” fan to maintaining ownership of “Star Wars” merchandising and sequel rights, to his resurrection of the franchise. Interviews include stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher; James Earl Jones (original voice of Darth Vader); Steven Spielberg, notables such as Walter Cronkite and Bill Moyers; and Lucas. Each film has commentary, and the set has a nine-minute sneak peek at next summer’s “Star Wars: Episode III — The Revenge of the Sith.” DVD set, $69.98. (20th Century Fox)

“Mean Girls” — Lindsay Lohan proves she can anchor a movie with this fairly funny, occasionally insightful look at one of life’s most stressful war zones: high school. Lohan plays a teen who grew up in Africa but is uprooted to a U.S. school, where she gets caught up in rivalry between the popular girls and the geeks. The disc includes commentary, nine deleted scenes and three making-of featurettes. DVD, $29.95. (Paramount)

“Coffee and Cigarettes” — Jim Jarmusch takes a nicotine and caffeine break with this offbeat collection of short films he’s been making with friends since the mid-1980s. The anthology features Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, Steve Buscemi, RZA and GZA, Alfred Molina, Roberto Benigni and others rambling on about Elvis, genealogy and other matters. The DVD includes a montage of shots, an outtake and an interview with co-star Taylor Mead. DVD, $29.98. (MGM)

“La Dolce Vita” — Federico Fellini’s 1960 masterpiece, which brought the term “paparazzi” into the lingo, stars Marcello Mastroianni as a tabloid reporter sucked into the decadent show-biz life that provides his livelihood. The two-disc set features an archival interview with Fellini, interviews with Mastroianni and co-star Anita Ekberg, rarely seen short films and commentary. DVD set, $34.98. (Koch Lorber)

“Slacker” — Richard Linklater’s 1991 feature is a free-form concoction presenting more than 100 characters — mostly non-actors — in snippets that coalesce into a portrait of slackers who prefer talking to doing. The two-disc set includes Linklater’s first feature-length film, 1988’s “It’s Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books.” DVD set, $39.95. (Criterion)

“MADtv: The Complete First Season” — The late-night comedy sketch show debuts in a three-disc set featuring the first 19 episodes, featuring such guests as Whoopi Goldberg, LL Cool J, Neve Campbell and Claudia Schiffer. The set includes deleted material and the series’ 200th episode, a reunion show that aired last season. DVD set, $39.98. (Warner Bros.)

“Felicity: The Junior Year DVD Collection” — Keri Russell is back for another high-pressure year at college in New York. The five-disc set includes all 17 episodes from season three, along with a retrospective featurette, commentary and a “MADtv” parody of the series. DVD set, $59.99. (Disney)


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