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20 Oct 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Bush: Zen X Four [DVD]

Maybe Bush wasn't groundbreaking or particularly memorable, but the band deserves better than this incomplete, slapdash cash-grab of a DVD.

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The Warriors: Ultimate Director’s Cut (1979)

The documentary DVD explores every detail of production and Hill's vision, so that the film, for this writer becomes something altogether new.

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20 Oct 2005 // 12:00 AM

Danger: Diabolik (1968)

Diabolik and Eva rob from the old, snaggle-toothed, and ugly, as if their precarious self-esteem demands they humiliate those less genetically fortunate.

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Power Rangers S.P.D. Vol. 2: Stakeout / Power Rangers S.P.D. Vol. 3: Wired

The problem: invading aliens. The solution: precocious teenagers. Isn't that always how we save the universe?

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	Death Cab for Cutie: Drive Well, Sleep Carefully [DVD]

The goodness of this film relates directly to the viewers' like or dislike of Death Cab for Cutie songs.

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Mad Hot Ballroom (2005) - PopMatters Film Review

The film doesn't cover up the difficulties of losing, even when showing the exultation of winning. All these kids, all their experiences, matter.

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18 Oct 2005 // 12:00 AM

Face (2004)

The same lyrical invention that propels Face's narrative also serves as a stark lesson in the importance of solid plotting.

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The Legend of Zelda: The Complete Animated Series

Zelda, when not accompanying Link on Triforce retrieval missions or being kidnapped, is bafflingly obsessed with cleaning the castle.

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The Longest Yard: Widescreen Collector’s Edition (2005)

Given the prison's largely nonwhite population, Paul's friendship with Caretaker (Chris Rock) is invaluable in assembling the team.

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Count Duckula - The Complete First Season

Despite the sheen of ostensible family-friendly cartoon antics, the series consistently hinges on the trio's passive-aggressive loathing for one another.

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	Baaba Maal: Baaba Maal: Senegal [DVD and CD]

Baaba Maal: Senegal is a trip to another world with Baaba leading the way through music, dance, and spirituality.

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Once and Again: The Complete Second Season

Some of us want to see messy, contradictory lives on screen. We find escape enough in knowing that, as much as the problems feel familiar, they are not precisely our own.

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	Metallica: The History of Metallica: Out of the Loop [DVD]

Everything about this DVD reeks of crass exploitation at its worst.

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Heimat: A Chronicle of Germany (1984)

Even though the series focuses on German suffering, it does not avoid German racism, anti-Semitism, and intolerance.

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11 Oct 2005 // 12:00 AM

Rockers (1977)

For the last 25 years, Rockers has passed the spirit of Roots, Rock and Reggae on to successive generations. A remastered and re-released DVD promises to continue its legacy.

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11 Oct 2005 // 12:00 AM

Over the Edge (1979)

Revisiting Over the Edge is always an education, especially if you grew up watching it repeatedly, as I did.

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Drawn Together - Season One

The roommates are dysfunctional, narcissistic wrecks who fall in and out of fake love, toasty hot tubs, and bottomless Jack Daniels bottles (literally, since this is a cartoon).

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

For all its possibilities -- and its crazily pleasant animations --the movie takes a more or less conventional narrative shape.

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Twelfth Night (1988): Anton Lesser, Richard Briers, Abigail McKern, Caroline Langrishe

Meticulously straightforward, Paul Kafno's direction of Twelfth Night suits Kenneth Branagh's inconspicuous stage direction.

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	Dizzy Gillespie: A Night in Havana: Dizzy Gillespie in Cuba [DVD]

DG can also mean Deo gratias, and this, by the grace of God, is Dizzy Gillespie in terrific trumpet form when not bringing together his verbal reflections on jazz, its African cultural roots, and continuities across political boundaries and stormy, oily seas.

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