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Gladiator: Extended Edition (2000)

It's a bad sign for your making-of doc when the most interesting folks to listen to are the studio weasels.

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22 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

SCTV: Volume 4

Whether taking on film, music, television or book, these cunning Canadians exposed the foibles of mass media while entertaining and enlightening.

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22 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

At Last the 1948 Show

Despite a deft mixture of traditional polish and youthful verve, At Last the 1948 Show doesn't quite cross the line from good to great.

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Monty Python’s Flying Circus - Eric Idle’s Personal Best

Monty Python pioneered the stream-of-consciousness comedy style, which meant every show was like a conversation that flowed from a start to an end.

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Rumpole of the Bailey - Set 3, Series 5-7

Rumpole plots were primarily an outlet for Mortimer's humor, morality, and social viewpoint.

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	Wire: The Scottish Play: 2004 [DVD]

Two distinct performances from post-punk pioneers Wire; one consistent vision.

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16 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Home Movies: Season 2

Small, Bouchard, and Galasky are likable humans, but sweeter cartoons.

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16 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Do Not Adjust Your Set

Do Not Adjust Your Set was part of a trio of prehistoric Python shows.

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Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)

Simple, kind, honest, and unpatronising, Because of Winn-Dixie handles the friendship between Opal and her mutt quite perfectly.

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Witness: Special Collector’s Edition (1985)

Bemused at times, Detective John Book is nonetheless captivated by the Amish community's simplicity, its decency, and its ability to thrive despite its antiquities.

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Green Day: The History of Green Day: Suburbia Bomb [DVD]

It's a DVD for those who enjoy interviews of people who knew Green Day in retrospect, but lacks in any actual show of music.

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13 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Memories of Murder (2003)

Memories of Murder not only brings a fresh perspective to the forensics subgenre, but also thoughtfully considers Korea's political framework.

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13 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Cypher (2002)

Just like the spies' mission as they hunt for secrets and significance inside massive corporate databanks, this film's point is unclear.

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12 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Titus: Seasons 1 & 2

It avoids usual sitcom setups and sappy wrap-ups, instead considering the effects of what Titus calls 'hard, old school' parenting on young Christopher (Titus).

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	The English Beat: In Concert at the Royal Festival Hall [DVD]

Although usually lumped in with the ska revival bands, the English Beat's exhilarating blend of pop hooks, reggae rhythms, jazzy sax breaks, and punky attitude is difficult enough to categorize that they wouldn't stand a chance on today's genre-driven radio or MTV.

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The Andy Griffith Show: The Complete Third Season

Gomer had us at 'Gol-lee'.

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Bigger than the Sky (2005)

Bigger than the Sky starts off with its heart in the right place and ends up with almost none at all.

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1 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Slim Susie (2003)

Thanks to globalization, DVDs, and satellite TV, American imagery (more specifically, indie imagery) has worked its way into almost all foreign film. The Swedish Slim Susie is a beneficiary of this cinematic crosspollination.

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31 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Sahara (2005)

Then they get to the Dirk part, that is, their much-considered intentions for their hero, their plans to create the 'dynamic of Dirk'.

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The Arthur Dong Collection: Stories from the War on Homosexuality (2005)

The documentary clearly shows that the 'war on homosexuality' is far from over.

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