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In a Scorsese special, crime does pay

Warner Bros. doesn't have all of Martin Scorsese's most seminal films stashed away in its vault, but they certainly do have some great ones. "The Scorsese Collection" includes new special-edition versions of "GoodFellas" and "Mean Streets," as well as the DVD debuts of his first feature, "Who's That Knocking at My Door"; Ellen Burstyn's Oscar-winning turn in "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore"; and "After Hours," a film less ambitious than his usual work, but which boasts some terrifically punchy atmospherics just the same. All the discs include commentary tracks by the director, with cast members sitting in on "GoodFellas," "Alice," and "After Hours." Another selling point on "GoodFellas" is a "Cop and Crook" commentary by gangster Henry Hill, the real-life character played by Ray Liotta, and Edward McDonald, the former FBI agent who handled Hill's case (and who appears in the film). Their conversation pinballs us back and forth between rolling along with Hill's camera-ready exploits and then having bracing realizations that this is true crime. They'll joke easily, but then Hill's first-hand remembrances will underscore the violence and excess Scorsese is depicting. This isn't Hollywood: Hill does need the affable McDonald to get him chatting at several points, and he has a habit of mumbling and breathing heavily. But you've got to love the ex-mobster's gift for understatement: "He was a goodfella," Hill says of Paul Sorvino's character, "but he wasn't a nice fella." (Warner Bros., $59.92; each title available individually for $19.97, except "GoodFellas," $26.99)

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