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by Jay Bobbin

(NOTICE: Ratings for each film begin with a ‘star’ rating — one star meaning ‘poor,’ four meaning ‘excellent’ — followed by the Motion Picture Association of America rating, and then by a family-viewing guide, the key for which appears below.)

STARTING THIS WEEK: “DARK SHADOWS”: The Halloween season is the ideal time for the home-video debut of director Tim Burton’s update of the long-running ABC daytime serial, still centered on vampire Barnabas Collins ... played here by frequent Burton collaborator Johnny Depp. Revived after a two-century-long burial, Barnabas sets out to right the wrongs done to his family. Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Jonny Lee Miller (“Elementary”) and Eva Green (“Casino Royale”) also are in the cast. So are several stars of the television version, including the initial Barnabas, the nowdeceased Jonathan Frid. DVD extras: “making-of” documentary; deleted scenes. *** (PG-13: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and Movies on Demand)

“PEOPLE LIKE US”: Often seen in action-driven fare (“Star Trek,” “Unstoppable”), Chris Pine does a nice job in this comedydrama about a salesman who gets lots of surprises when his father dies. Not the least of them is the sister (Elizabeth Banks) he never knew he had. Pine and Banks offer fine, deeply emotion-based teamwork — a “must” for this story — in a cast that also includes Michelle Pfeiffer and Olivia Wilde. DVD extras: audio commentary by Pine, Banks, Pfeiffer and writerdirector Alex Kurtzman. *** (PG- 13: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and Movies on Demand)

“DOWNTON ABBEY: SEASONS ONE AND TWO”: One of the biggest international television sensations of recent years combines its first two rounds on home video, as Emmywinning writer Julian Fellowes’ saga combines factual and fictional elements in an “Upstairs, Downstairs”-style scenario about British aristocrats and their servants early in the 20th century. The outstanding cast includes Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern and Michelle Dockery ... and the release of this set clearly is meant in part to whet appetites for Season 3, coming to PBS early in 2013 and boasting a highly notable cast addition in Shirley MacLaine. **** (Not rated: AS) (Also on Blu-ray)

“CINDERELLA”: One of the all-time staples of the Disney animation archives gets a new refitting on home video in a “Diamond Edition,” recounting the legendary story of an oppressed young woman (voice of Ilene Woods) who gets her chance to shine, thanks to a fairy godmother (voice of Verna Felton) and a charming prince. A wicked stepmother and some very mean stepsisters are among the hurdles our heroine must face en route to becoming the literal belle of the ball. DVD extras: “makingof” documentary; “Tangled Ever After” animated short subject; introduction by Diane Disney Miller, daughter of Walt Disney. **** (G) (Also on Blu-ray)

“MAGIC CITY: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON”: A Miami hotel circa 1959 is the setting of this evocative drama made for the cable channel Starz, with Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“Watchmen”) as the owner who owes a lot — much more than he wishes he did — to a local mobster (Danny Huston). He tries to keep his shadier activities secret from his wife (Olga Kurylenko, “Quantum of Solace”) and children, but that becomes increasingly tougher to do. Kelly Lynch (whose husband, Mitch Glazer, created the show) and Elena Satine also are in the cast. DVD extras: six “making-of” documentaries. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

“HART OF DIXIE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON”: With the CW drama series’ sophomore round on the way, these episodes introduce Rachel Bilson (“The O.C.”) as a surgeon taken by a series of circumstances from New York to a small Alabama town. There, the environment and the locals have a pronounced effect on her outlook, personally and professionally. Jaime King, Wilson Bethel, Scott Porter (“Friday Night Lights”) and Tim Matheson are among other cast members. DVD extras: “making-of” documentary; deleted scenes; outtakes. *** (Not rated: AS, P)

COMING SOON: “THE RAVEN” (Oct. 9): To save his true love (Alice Eve), Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack) must outwit an enemy who’s using the plots of his stories for villainy. (R: AS, GV)

“ROCK OF AGES” (Oct. 9): Aspiring stars seek fame and find love in the musical infused with ‘80s hits and a dynamic performance by Tom Cruise as a heavy-metal icon. (R: AS, P)

“MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED” (Oct. 16): The animated friends join a traveling circus to hide from foreign animal control officers. Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith are back in the voice cast. (PG: AS)

“THAT’S MY BOY” (Oct. 16): Just as he’s about to marry into a family of privilege, a man (Andy Samberg) is dismayed that his estranged, uncouth father (Adam Sandler) re-enters his life. (R: AS, N, P)

“SAVAGES” (Oct. 23): Two drug dealers (Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson) try to rescue their shared girlfriend (Blake Lively) from a cartel they wouldn’t do business with. (R and unrated versions: AS, N, P, GV)

“SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD” (Oct. 23): With the apocalypse looming, an abandoned husband (Steve Carell) tries to help a neighbor (Keira Knightley) reunite with her family. (R:AS, V)

FAMILY-VIEWING GUIDE KEY: AS, adult situations; N, nudity; P, profanity; V, violence; GV, particularly graphic violence.