Migo and Percy get cozy in "Smallfoot."
Migo and Percy get cozy in "Smallfoot."

Smallfoot (Warner Bros., Blu-ray or standard DVD,PG, 96 min.). This wonderful animated feature turns the bigfoot legend upside down. In fact, the main characters are Yeti, aka Bigfoot, with the humans the rumored, can't-be-true creatures. However, one of the Yeti, Migo (voiced by Channing Tatum), is convinced that the world is larger than the mountain tops where he and his tribe live, that there might be more to the world below the perpetual clouds. That conviction becomes fact when he sees a small plane crash and a human, or Smallfoot, emerge.

It does not help Migo that while he goes to get his friends and elders to prove Smallfoot exist, both the plane and the human with a parachute go over the edge and disappear from sight. When the pilot reaches civilization, he tells video vlogger Percy Patterson (voiced by James Corden), who does a nature show, that he saw a bigfoot. While not convinced that the pilot saw a Yeti, Percy is gung-ho to at least pretend one exists and tries to talk his assistant into wearing a Yeti costume for his camera.

Meanwhile, Migo has been exiled for challenging the truth of one of his village's stones, the laws kept by the Stonekeeper (voiced by Common, who gets to do a rap song at one point). Leaving the village, Migo runs into members of the Smallfoot Evidentiary Society, a group of four, including Meechee (voiced by Zendaya), whom Migo has a crush on, as well as Gwangi (LeBron James), Fleem (Ely Henry) and Kolka (Gina Rodriguez). They help Migo go below the clouds, where he encounters Percy, whom he decides to take back to his village to prove Smallfoot exists.

The film's story is solid, with enough humor and action to entertain both children and adults. The Yeti civilization is a marvel of detail, with most everything, including tools, made out of ice. They even have their own hidden mythology, which Stonekeeper reveals to Migo at one point. Among the Yeti is Dorgel (voiced by Danny DeVito). The film includes seven songs, including a nice one about seeking, Percy singing new lyrics to David Bowie and Queen's "Under Pressure" and the wonderful closing credits song, "Finally Free" by Niall Horan. There also is one brief follow-up scene midway through the closing credits. And while I would never describe James Corden as cute, his character, Percy, certainly is.

The film is directed by Karey Kirkpatrick, the  Annie Award-winning director of "Over the Hedge" and Annie nominee for the "Chicken Run" and "James and the Giant Peach" screenplays. Kirkpatrick co-wrote the screenplay with Clare Sera, with the film based on the book "Yeti Tracks" by Sergio Pablos. The Blu-ray includes a "Yeti Set Go Sing-Along" version with lyrics, fun facts and more. The mini-movie "Super Soozie" (2:22) tells of a ridiculed would-be caped flyer who becomes a hero, while Mingo tells the secret on the Yeti stones in a featurette that is mostly line drawings (3:43). A solid extra is the making-of featurette (5:58) that has the actors talk about the songs, which are Broadway-oriented. There also are three music videos: "Finally Free" by Horan (3:26); "moment of Truth" by Cyn (3:58); and "Wonderful Life," sung in 28 languages  by that many singers (3:11). Finally, there is a batch of brief promo stuff, including the cartoon "Turn Off Your Cellphone," looks at three Yeti artifacts and how to make Migonada (aka mangonada). Grade: film 3.5 stars; extras 3 stars

Rating guide: 5 stars = classic; 4 stars = excellent; 3 stars = good; 2 stars = fair; dog = skip it

Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (Paramount DVD, PG, 84 min.). Based on the real-life dog that accompanied American combat troops into battle in France during World War I, and honored with the rank of sergeant for bravery -- he was able to detect mustard gas attacks and find wounded soldiers on the battlefield -- this is a heart-warming animated film, with a main character that never speaks. Due to the toss of a cookie to the stray, stump-tailed terrier, the dog becomes emotionally attached to soldier-in-training Robert Conroy (voiced by Logan Lerman of "Percy Jackson & The Olympians"), a new member of the 102nd Infantry Regiment, 26th Yankee Division in New Haven, Conn. Conroy taught the dog to salute, so impressing all the officers that Stubby was allowed to stay on base and become an official mascot.

In the film, Stubby escapes from camp, jumps aboard the soldiers' transport train and then sneaks aboard the ship, headed for France. Conroy's friends among the soldiers are Olsen (voiced by Gordon Beck) and Schroeder (voiced by Jim Pharr). In France, Conroy is assigned to reconnaissance duty with French soldier Gaston Baptiste (voiced by Gerard Depardieu) and they become fast friends. While never shown, Helena Bonham Carter voices Conroy's older sister, Margaret, who does occasional narration.

The war sequences are realistic, but not so graphic as to scare children. Overall, the film uses a pleasing style of animation and Stubby is adorable with his big eyes and friendly face.

Extras include an excellent behind-the-scenes featurette (14:31), which talks about coloring, storyboards, character models and Patrick Doyle's wonderful music score.. There also is a collection of screen shots to show the film's art (2:26); a look at the true story of Sgt. Stubby, which does not add much to the film but includes some photos of the real dog (5:21); and a collection of historical images of WWI (2:34). Grade: film 3.5 stars; extras 2 stars

Some Like It Hot (1959, Criterion Collection, Blu-ray, NR, 121 min.). Set in the 1920s, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon play two musicians who witness a mob hit and then have to go into hiding. Their solution is to join an all-female band, the Sweet Sues, having to wear dresses and pretend to be women. Marilyn Monroe plays Sugar Kane Kowalczyk, the band's singer, while Lemmon's Jerry becomes Daphne and Curtis' Joe becomes Josephine. The comedy, directed by Billy Wilder and co-written by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond, was named the best comedy of all time by the American Film Institute in 2000. Coincidentally, the movie that took second place, "Tootsie," also involves cross-dressing.

As they travel from Chicago to Miami with the band, Joe falls for Sugar Kane and also takes on the persona of a millionaire to woo here, while Jerry's Daphne gets engaged to multi-millionaire tycoon Osgood Fielding III (Joe E. Brown), who gives one of the best closing one-liners in the history of cinema. The film also stars George Raft as gangster Spats Colombo and Pat O'Brien as Detective Mulligan. The film was shot in black and white to be truer to the time period and to make it easier for Curtis and Lemmon to pass as female. The script is one of the funniest of all time, and the actors' comedic timing is impeccable.

This Criterion edition is a new 4K digital restoration with an uncompressed monaural soundtrack and features the 1989 audio commentary by film scholar Howard Suber and a new featurette on Orry-Kelly's clothing designs, including Monroe's famous "nude" dress, with costume designer and historian Deborah Nadoolman Landis and costume historian and archivist Larry McQueen (18:59). Three excellent behind-the-scenes documentaries, from 2001 and 2006, including a reunion of four actresses who were part of the Sweet Sues (12:04); a look at the film's legacy (20:22) that includes a brief tour of the writers' section of the Warner Bros. lot and comments by Playboy's Hugh Hefner (the film was condemned by the Catholic Church's Legion of Decency; Monroe had lost a baby prior to the shooting); and a making-of featurette (25:46) that includes interviews with Curtis, Lemmon, Wilder, Diamond and producer Walter Mirisch. The latter featurette covers how Curtis came upon doing a Gary Grant like voice for half of his character, and the problems with Monroe being late to set and sometimes unable to remember simple lines, such as, "Where is that bourbon?"

Additionally, there are Wilder's Jan. 14 and 15, 1982 appearances on "The Dick Cavett Show" (55:37), in which he talks about his youth in Berlin, an encounter with Sigmund Freud and working with Humphrey Bogart, Monroe, Peter Lorre and others. Wilder smokes cigars throughout. Another piece is a 2001 conversation between Curtis and film critic Leonard Maltin about making "Some Like It Hot" (31:14); Lemmon's May 15, 1988 French TV appearance, with French subtitles (9:50); and a rare June 12, 1955 radio interview of Monroe by Dave Garroway (8:45), in which she reveals that Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra were her favorite singers. Grade: film 5 stars; extras 4.5 stars

The 2018 World Series Film: Do Damage, Boston World Series Champions (Shout! Factory/Major League Baseball, Blu-ray + DVD, NR, 81 min.). This past October, the Boston Red Sox, winners of a team-record 108 regular season games, won their fourth World Series title in 15 years, after having a previous span of 86 years without the crown. Important additions were rookie manager Alex Cora and designated hitter J.D. Martinez. After beating the New York Yankees in four games and the defending champion Houston Astros in five games, the Red Sox took on the Los Angeles Dodgers, the first time the two teams had met in the World Series in 102 years.

This excellent documentary gives highlights of all five World Series games, often with reflective interview bits by the participants after a key play. The series included a historic 18-inning battle in the third game -- if not for an error, the Red Sox would have won in the 13th inning -- and Boston's stunning comeback from a 0-4 deficit in game four.

Red Sox bonus features include regular season highlights (16:35), clinching moments (7:15), walk-off wins (4:17), How They Got There (5:13) and the World Series parade (2:28). Grade: documentary 4 stars; extras 2 stars

2018 World Series Collector's Edition: Boston Red Sox (Shout! Factory/Major League Baseball, 8 Blu-rays or 8 standard DVDs, NR, 22 hours). This set contains all five games of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, as well as the clinching playoff games against the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros, in their entirety, each with four audio options: the TV broadcast; home radio; away radio; and Spanish-language broadcast. The set comes with a Sleevestats insert with game trivia and official stats. This makes a wonderful keepsake. Grade: collection 4 stars

The Adventures of Merlin: The Complete Series (2009-13, BBC America, 16 Blu-ray discs, NR, 2,829 min.). This is one of my favorite TV series as it tells of the rise of King Arthur (Bradley James, later of the short-lived "Damien" TV series) through the eyes of young magician Merlin (an excellent Colin Morgan, who went on to star in "The Fall" and "Humans," both UK TV series). The other two key characters are Gwen (Angel Coulby), ultimately to become queen, and evil Morgana (Katie McGrath, now starring in TV's "Supergirl"). John Hurt provides the voice of the dragon that guided Merlin, and Anthony Head (TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") plays Arthur's father, King Uther Pendragon.

The show starts with Merlin as a teenager, learning his magical craft while serving as a page under the guidance of Gaius (Richard Wilson), the court physician. King Pendragon has outlawed all use of magic. Eventually, Merlin becomes a squire to Arthur and their bond grows deep as the series progresses through its five seasons. Also worth mentioning is the excellent music by Rob Lane, James Gosling and Rohan Stevenson, with season two available on CD and seasons two through four available digitally.

The set comes with a new exclusive bonus disc that includes Morgan and James searching through sites in Wales for evidence of the real King Arthur (30:47). It is fun watching them interact on their three-day road trip, but they really do not find much proof, being late to two of the locations, including a library with 2,500 books on the Arthurian legend. There also is the 2012 San Diego Comic Con panel, which took place before the fifth season (season five moved ahead three years) and included co-creators/writers Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps and actors McGrath, Coulby and Morgan. James was unable to attend as he was filming for the series on the Friday and Monday around the event. The actors answer audience questions, but, unlike the WB series Comic Con extras, the questioners are not shown. Finally, the bonus disc has new audio commentaries for the first and last episodes of season five.

All the extras previously released for the five seasons are included as well. They include additional audio commentaries, deleted scenes, , video diaries for season one, an introduction to season two, storyboards, outtakes and making-of featurettes and behind-the-scenes looks. Grade: series 3.75 stars; extras 3.5 stars

Saved By the Bell: The Complete Collection (1989-93, Shout! Factory, 16 DVDs, TV-PG, 46.5 hours). This collection brings together the TV show that echoed the lives of young viewers as they went through middle school and transitioned to high school. Set in the fictional town of Palisades, Calif. and the hallways of Bayside High, the show followed the adventures of Zach Morris (mark-Paul Gosselaar) and his friends Kelly Kapowski (Tiffani-Amber Thiessen), A.C. Slater (Mario Lopez), Jessie Myrtle Spano (Elizabeth Berkley), Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhies) and Samuel "Screech" Powers (Dustin Diamond). The show ran for 86 episodes.

The set brings together every episode -- that's 118 total -- from 1988's "Good Morning, Miss Bliss," which became "Saved By the Bell: The Junior High Years," "Saved By the Bell" and the follow-up series "Saved By the Bell: The College Years" (19 episodes, as well as the two TV feature movies that bookended "The College Years": "Saved By the Bell: Hawaiian Style" and "Saved By the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas." There are two new documentaries, "Past Times at Bayside High: Making Saved By the Bell" and "Bayside's Greatest Hits: The Music of Saved By the Bell," plus the featurettes: "Saturday Morning From Toons to Teens"; "It's Alright: Back to the Bell"; and "The First of Its Class: From Sit-Com to Icon." Additionally, there are audio commentaries, photo galleries and a 16-page episode guide.

Robin Williams: Comic Genius (Time Life, 22 DVDs, NR, 50+ hours). Williams was a generational talent, graced with comedic brilliance, rapid-fire improvisation, and a deep well of warmth and compassion that translated to every role he inhabited. His breakout role was in ABC's "Mork & Mindy" and he won an Academy Award for his performance in "Good Will Hunting."

Available at RobinWilliams.com, this definitive collection of Williams' comedy highlights celebrates the actor's memorable 40-year career, from his uproarious turn as loveable alien Mork and his legendary HBO stand-up specials to his numerous appearances on late night TV. The set includes all five HBO stand-up specials together for the very first time. They are "Off the Wall" (1978), "An Evening with Robin Williams" (1983), "An Evening at the MET" (1986), "Live on Broadway" (2002) and "Weapons of Self Destruction" (2009). Plus, the critically acclaimed 2018 HBO documentary," Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind," from Emmy Award-winning director Marina Zenovich and Oscar-winning producer Alex Gibney, is included.

The set also has never-before-released concert specials, including his full MGM Grand Garden stand-up from 2007 and the Montreal stop on his last tour, as well as a conversation on stage between Williams and comedian David Steinberg, There are memorable talk show and late night TV appearances on "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "The Graham Norton Show" " Saturday Night Live" and others. Rare, never-before-seen clips include early stand-up, raw footage from HBO's promo shoots, a hilarious toast to Richard Pryor by Williams as Mrs. Doubtfire and more.

There are brand new interviews with close friends and family, including Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, Jay Leno, Eric Idle, David Steinberg, Lewis Black and Zak Williams. The set includes 11 episodes of "Mork & Mindy," including the two-part pilot, and James Lipton's Emmy Award-nominated, 90-minute interview with Williams on "Inside the Actors Studio," plus deleted scenes. There is a comprehensive collection of Williams' USO shows around the world.

Original and newly created bonus features including behind-the-scenes footage, local highlights from tour stops, promos and more. Featurettes include: The Early Years, San Francisco: Where It All Started, Comic Genius, and TV's Best Guest.

Finally, there is "Robin Williams: Uncensored," a collectible 24-page, full-color memory book featuring rare, archival photos from award-winning photographer Arthur Grace, reminiscences from friends and colleagues and Williams' personal tour notes.

The Best of the Three Stooges (Time Life, 13 DVDs, NR, 45+ hours). The three individual volumes have been bundled together for this release, which contains all 87 of the Columbia Pictures shorts (1934-1945), four feature films, vintage animated cartoons, and the 9-part documentary series, "Hey Moe! Hey Dad!," plus a collectible, full-color memory book. There are 14 Shemp Howard comedy shorts, 10 Joe Besser comedy shorts and four Joe DeRita comedy shorts. The four feature films are the 2000 "The Three Stooges" biopic, "Have Rocket Will Travel," "The Outlaw Is Coming" and "Rockin' in the Rockies." The set is available at threestoogesdvds.com.

The Jerk: 40th Anniversary Edition (1979, Shout! Factory, Blu-ray, R, 94 min.). This is the first Blu-ray release for the wacky comedy from director Carl Reiner. Star Steve Martin, who co-wrote both the story and the screenplay, made his feature film debut as Navin Johnson, the adopted son of a poor black sharecropping family in Mississippi. When he learns the world is much larger than he had imagined, Johnson sets out on a quest to find his "special purpose." He encounters a would-be assassin, has jobs in carnivals and gas stations, meets a life-saving dog, has a romance with the girl of his dreams and has more money than he could ever spend.

The film, which co-stars Bernadette Peters, Rob Reiner, Bill Macy, Jackie Mason and M. Emmet Walsh, has been remastered from a new 2K scan. Bonus features include new interviews with Martin, Carl Reiner and writers Michael Elias and Carl Gottlieb. There is a learn how to play "Tonight You Belong To Me" featurette and the lost film strips of Father Carlos Las Vegas De Cordoba.

The Elf: Buddy's Sing & Cheer Along Edition (2003, Warner Bros., DVD, PG, 95 min.). The 15th anniversary edition of the holiday favorite comes in a sing-along version with a bouncing elf hat. Also new are interactive features, including Buddy's Best Lines, Buddy's Big Book of Elf Culture, Sweet Treats (recipes), The Clausometer, Buddy's Buddies animated on screen and random pop-up facts and trivia. Carried over from the previous edition are audio commentaries by Will Ferrell and Jon Favreau; deleted and alternate scenes; and nine featurettes.

In the film, Ferrell stars as Buddy, who as a baby crawls into Santa's toy bag and is whisked off to the North Pole, where he is raised as an elf. As an adult, Buddy decides to head to New York City to seek out his roots. It turns out he has a Scrooge-like father and a cynical 8-year-old half-brother who does not believe in Santa Claus. Favreau directed and the cast includes James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Faizon Love, Peter Dinklage, Amy Sedaris and Andy Richter. Edward Asner plays Santa Claus and Bob Newhart is Papa Elf.