Picks and Pans Review: DVD View

updated 12/19/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/19/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION ($29.99) You'll laugh and shed a tear watching season one with tool-belt-toting Ty Pennington and his team as they renovate homes for needy families. In seven days this crew can turn a grimy garage into a drive-in movie theater and a useless backyard into a miniature baseball field. But I could have done without the boring bloopers and banter between set designers Preston and Paul.


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ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS: SEASON ONE ($39.98). In 1955 the Master of Suspense extended his sinister franchise with this classic half-hour series, given a huge boost by his own lolling, funereal appearances introducing each episode. He looks like an amoeba dressed as an undertaker. Most of the tales he merely produced, but the series has a consistent tone of clever black-heartedness. And the few he directed (including "Breakdown," about a paralyzed man mistaken for dead) are gems. The accompanying documentary is useful, if flavorless.


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