Kenneth Turan’s DVD picks: The joy of sets

Kenneth Turan’s DVD picks: “Herzog: The Collection” and “World War I Centennial Commemorative Collection” sets.

Whether they are obvious pairings or something cleverly put together, two recent examples make clear that there’s something extremely satisfying about DVDs packaged as sets.

Out from Shout Factory is “Herzog: The Collection,” 16 films that the prolific German director Werner Herzog made between 1970 and 1999. Some of the most memorable, including “Aguierre, Wrath of God,” “Fitzcarraldo” and “My Best Fiend” feature star and Herzog’s personal nemesis Klaus Kinski.

Arriving from Warner Bros. is the intriguing “World War I Centennial Commemorative Collection,” a four-DVD set that includes two silent films (“The Big Parade” and “Wings”) and two sound dramas (“The Dawn Patrol” and “Sergeant York”) all dealing with “the war to end all wars.” Except it didn’t turn out that way.

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