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Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003)

When Broomfield suggests that Aileen imagine causes for her behavior rather than focus on the punishment, she backs off.

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Ali: The Director’s Cut (2001)

The bravest thing Ali does is to gesture toward, wonder at, and celebrate Muhammad Ali, and then let go of him.

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The Agatha Christie Megaset Collection

If you're a fan of probably the most popular murder-mystery author of the 20th century, welcome to the motherlode. Sort of.

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Underworld: Extended Cut (2003)

Such contrasts make Underworld an especially good-looking vampire-werewolf-action film, even if it is over-the-top.

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Secrets of Middle-Earth: Inside Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (2003)

Secrets' literary authorities are primarily interested in relating the text of Tolkien's work with the texts, so to speak, of his life.

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Bubba Ho-tep: Limited Collector’s Edition (2003)

Combining conventions and clichés from Westerns and horror films, Bubba Ho-tep is as much about how stories get told as it is a story in itself.

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	Ween: Live in Chicago [DVD + CD]

Never given their due for pioneering the kind of mandarin genre-hopping that made the careers of, say, Beck, possible, Ween has lingered at an unclassifiable

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	Sarah Vaughan: Swing Era: Sarah Vaughan [DVD]

First things first: let’s take care of some very misleading packaging and marketing on the part of this DVD and its producers, Idem Home

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23 May 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Peter Gabriel: Growing Up Live [DVD]

Considering a musician of Peter Gabriel’s standing only has one live “video” to his credit, you have to think Growing Up Live might win

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17 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

D-Day: The Total Story

Historian Stephen Ambrose relishes stories of GIs who, in the chaos of war and absence of a clear chain of command, trusted their own wits to accomplish their aims.

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Artists of the 20th Century: Francis Bacon

There's no denying the power in Francis Bacon's work, metaphysical snapshots of a trip into a terrifying nightmare.

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17 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

You Got Served (2004)

Though Chris Stokes describes the concept as 'Let's put West Side Story with Breakin',' the result is less inspired than such a brainstorm might sound"

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17 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

Paycheck (2003)

'A true hero,' says John Woo on the commentary track for the Paycheck DVD, 'always reaches out a helping hand to others.'"

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17 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

Japanese Story (2003)

Such immersion in Sandy's evolving perceptions shifts the film away from what would seem its generic romance outline.

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17 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

In America (2003)

The semi-autobiographical tale of director Jim Sheridan considers the many complicated ways that 'America' works as idea and experience, the ways it engulfs, consumes, and produces its subjects.

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ABC: 20th Century Masters: The Best of ABC: The DVD Collection [DVD]

I almost feel a little guilty writing a review of a 20th Century Masters DVD collection so soon after my comrade in arms, fellow PopMatters

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16 May 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Louis Jordan: Films and Soundies [DVD]

This DVD is the real thing: 35 Louis Jordan songs collected together, all full-length (no medleys or incomplete clips) and all with clear, static-free audio quality.

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	New Edition: 20th Century Masters: The Best of New Edition: The DVD Collection [DVD]

I’ll rob Boyz II Men like I’m Micheal Bivins… I’ma stick Bobby for summa that Whitney money. —50 Cent, “How to Rob” It’

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	KISS: 20th Century Masters: The Best of KISS: The DVD Collection [DVD]

Maybe worth a laugh if you can pick it up for under $5.00 (it lists for $7.98), The Best of KISS brings back five videos from the

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9 May 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Albert King: Live in Sweden [DVD]

If you’re a fan of King’s, you’ll no doubt appreciate seeing him at extended length (even if he doesn’t perform “The

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