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12 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Bill Hicks: Sane Man [DVD] / Salvation: Oxford—November 11, 1992

November 11, 1992 (Rykodisc) -- More archival releases from one of the greatest U.S. comics and satirists reinforce that, 10 years after his death, Hicks's relevance continues to increase.

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	Yngwie Malmsteen: Concerto Suite for Guitar and Orchestra [DVD]

Malmsteen attempts to drop the 'neo' from the neo-classical moniker in this blistering, intricate and quite gaudy DVD performance.

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	Ben Folds and WASO: Live in Perth [DVD]

What is it about rock music mixed with an orchestra that makes people giddy?"

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Airplane!: The ‘Don’t Call Me Shirley!’ Edition (1980)

Airplane! basically gets by on one joke: sight gags based on tricks of perspective or on thwarting expectation.

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10 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Various Artists: No Parachute Vol. 1: A Collection of Indie Rock Videos [DVD]

No Parachute, in the creator's words, attempts 'the rebirth of the indie music video', a lofty claim that this mostly uninspired group of videos fails to back-up.

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10 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	The Mission: Lighting the Candles [DVD]

This is all The Mission you really need, assuming - of course -- you really need it.

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The Amazing Race: The Seventh Season

The Amazing Race focuses on couples, sometimes sensationalizing 'negative' interactions, then absolves itself of ethical responsibilities by asserting its 'documentary' status.

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9 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

'This is why I love DVDs,' says Terry Gilliam. 'I can completely destroy the illusion of my film.'"

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	The Eagles: Eagles - Farewell 1 Tour - Live From Melbourne [DVD]

The Eagles may not be traveling in the fast lane any longer, but there are still a lot of good miles left on this sturdy winged vehicle.

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6 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Family Guy, Volume 3

Whereas All in the Family was all about the troubling racism and personal politics of the time, Family Guy takes on many of these same topics and then blurts them out like a tactless guy at a party that says exactly what he's thinking, without even a second thought about self-censorship.

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6 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Roll Bounce (2005)

'Teenage boys alone in Chicago for the summer spells trouble, especially with a lot of pretty extras around,' says Malcolm Lee.

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New York Dolls: All Dolled Up [DVD]

Bob Gruen and then-wife Nadya Beck logged over 40 hours of film of the Dolls, and from this footage comes this new documentary.

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5 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Four Brothers (2005)

'I grew up in sunny southern California, and I'm not used to snow,' says John Singleton. 'I wanted to do a movie with snow in it, so here it is.'"

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5 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

À Double Tour (1959)

À Double Tour is a visually engrossing if emotionally underwhelming thriller set in one the director's prototypically dysfunctional families.

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Dark Water: Unrated Widescreen Edition (2005)

'I'm attracted by the unknown, by the unexplainable,' says director Walter Salles.

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4 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers: Volume 1

Bringing together Three Stooges-style slapstick and Looney Tunes-ish physics, Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers offers no in-between or subtlety.

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3 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

Erasure: The Erasure Show - Live in Cologne [DVD]

Capturing the Nightbird tour for posterity, Erasure treats their fans to the expected elaborate games of dress up. Oh yeah, and some great music, too.

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Home Improvement: The Complete Third Season

Home Improvement's third season is its best, as crack-up funny as it is heartfelt.

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	Queen: Queen: Under Review 1973-1980 [DVD]

Here's a documentary that takes an almost CSPAN approach to discussing a rock band.

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Unfinished Business: The Japanese-American Internment Cases (1984)

If it isn't a documentary masterpiece, Unfinished Business is still an impressive work, valuable for its documentation of three American heroes and its insistence that the tragic civil-liberties violations of the Japanese-American internment not be forgotten.

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