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DVD REVIEWS: COMFORT VIEWING; FROM MOVIE CLASSICS TO ROMANTIC COMEDIES, CARTOONS AND INTERACTIVE GAMES, GET YULETIDE WRAPPED WITH OUR CRITICAL GUIDE.

Byline: JESSICA MELLOR

MUM or BIG SISTER

Marilyn Monroe Collections - Vols 1 and 2 (15, DVD pounds 39.99 each) Titles include How To Marry A Millionaire and The Seven Year Itch. Each volume contains seven films with movies like We're Not Married and Let's Make It Legal which have never been available on DVD before.

Shirley Valentine (15, DVD pounds 15.99) Pauline Collins quite rightly won a BAFTA for this classic comedy romance. She plays a housewife who embarks on a journey of self-discovery to Greece. Co-stars Tom Conti.

Shirley ValentineRomance Box Set (15, DVD pounds 19.99) Incredible value. This set includes the Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze weepy Ghost, Gwyneth Paltrow in the romance Sliding Doors, and the battle of the sexes comedy How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days.

DAD or BIG BROTHER

Al Murray, The Pub Landlord (18, DVD pounds 14.99)

Recorded live during his sell-out run in London, Murray (right) stars as the Guv'nor, the bigoted but never boring publican who thinks he knows everything.

Really Bend It Like Beckham (E, DVD pounds 19.99) The official football skills programme starring David Beckham. Here we see the world's most famous footballer as he takes a group of promising young players through a series of eight separate UEFA-approved football training modules. Includes many of Becks' own footballing highlights plus behind-the-scenes footage.

Boxing Classics - Sugar Ray Robinson and Jake La Motta (E, DVD pounds 14.99)

A dynamic documentary which charts the lives and careers of two contrasting talents. Robinson and La Motta grew up in the business together and fought each other six times from 1942 to 1951, making this a must for old skool boxing fans.

LITTLE BROTHER or SISTER

The Goonies (PG, DVD pounds 12.99) A whole new generation of kids can join in the adventures of this fearless group of kids who embark on a treasure hunt in order to save their homes from demolition.

Creature Comforts - Series One (PG, DVD pounds 19.99) This hugely popular animated TV series now comes complete with a whole host of extras in this limited-edition Christmas box set, including an Oscar-winning short film.

Simpsons Christmas 2 (PG, DVD pounds 15.99) Most kids would probably go on strike if there wasn't at least some Simpsons stuff in their stockings at Christmas, so why not treat them to episodes such as Homer Vs Dignity, in which Homer sells out to Mr Burns, or Dude, Where's My Ranch, in which Lisa falls in love.

GRANDPARENTS

Alfred Hitchcock - The Signature Collection (PG, DVD pounds 59.99)

Six films from the legendary director in a beautiful box set. It includes Strangers On A Train and I Confess.

John Wayne: The John Ford Collection (PG, DVD pounds 59.99)

Stagecoach, The Long Voyage Home, Fort Apache, She Wore A Yellow Ribbon, Rio Grande and The Quiet Man in a special box.

Cabaret (15, DVD pounds 5.99) Set in '30s Berlin and highlighting the performers and punters at the Kit-Kat Club, this timeless musical - which won eight Oscars - stars Liza Minnelli and Michael York.

PLAY ON CHRISTMAS DAY

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? 2nd Edition DVD Game (E, DVD pounds 19.99) Chris Tarrant hosts this fully interactive multi-player DVD game.

Guinness World Records Interactive DVD Game (E, DVD pounds 19.99)

This enormous quiz - 1,000-plus questions - takes the viewer through the strange world of the Guinness World Records.

Beat The Intro (E, DVD pounds 19.99) All you need is a TV, a DVD player and an ear for music to play this fun and frivolous interactive game. With songs spanning the last five decades, everyone in the family will be able to join in and test their knowledge.To read Jessica's previous reviews and to have your say on current releases log on to:www.mirror.co.uk/theticket

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