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Twin Peaks: The Definitive Gold Box Edition [$99.99]

Bill Gibron

For fans of David Lynch’s delightfully obtuse hour long drama, previously released DVD versions were missing two major elements -- the original pilot and input from the director himself. This latest digital incarnation hopes to change all that. The noted filmmaker personally oversaw the new transfers of the episodes, hoping to recapture the specific color schemes he designed. Equally important, the opening installment of the series has been preserved, including both original and ‘theatrical’ endings (which wrapped things up for international audience unable to follow the series). The show itself remains as majestic as ever -- that is, until Season Two.

'Psycho': The Mother of All Horrors

Psycho stands out not only for being one of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest films, it is also one of his most influential. It has been a template and source material for an almost endless succession of later horror films, making it appropriate to identify it as the mother of all horror films.

Francesc Quilis

The City Beneath: A Century of Los Angeles Graffiti (By the Book)

With discussions of characters like Leon Ray Livingston (a.k.a. "A-No. 1"), credited with consolidating the entire system of hobo communication in the 1910s, and Kathy Zuckerman, better known as the surf icon "Gidget", Susan A. Phillips' lavishly illustrated The City Beneath: A Century of Los Angeles Graffiti, excerpted here from Yale University Press, tells stories of small moments that collectively build into broad statements about power, memory, landscape, and history itself.

Susan A. Phillips

The 10 Best Indie Pop Albums of 2009

Indie pop in 2009 was about all young energy and autumnal melancholy, about the rush you feel when you first hear an exciting new band, and the bittersweet feeling you get when your favorite band calls it quits.

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