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Arts and Entertainment

DVD Tuesday: TV Shows & Tyson

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Horror classics continue to suffer the indignity of needless remakes with The Last House on the Left being another victim. It's as if someone thought that the original would benefit from polishing when, in fact, it was its very roughness that made it so damn good. James Toback's fascination with Mike Tyson continues with the eponymous (and excellent) documentary Tyson. I still think that Toback is seeing things that aren't entirely there, though, with respect to Iron Mike. I can still remember seeing The Last Starfighter as a kid visiting my aunt in sleepy Lake Charles, Louisiana. The CGI animation looks fairly awful now, but I loved, loved, loved that movie way back when. And my childhood crush on Catherine Mary Stewart has barely faded with time.

The Last House on the Left
Tyson
The Simpsons: The Complete Twelfth Season
Hannah Montana: The Movie
Dexter: The Complete Third Season
Gossip Girl: The Complete Second Season
The Last Starfighter 25th Anniversary Edition
The Adventures of Tintin, Vols. 1-5
Playtime- Criterion Collection
Everybody Hates Chris: The Complete Series

Experience the joy of "finding" a movie on DVD by checking out Surveillance and Julia. The former features the reliable Bill Pullman in a story about FBI agents tracking a serial killer with the help of three unreliable witnesses. The Rashomon elements to the story are obvious and the imprimatur of producer David Lynch is reassuring. Tilda Swinton has created a nice career by perfecting the persona of a reserved and chillingly cool woman. Julia explodes that stereotype by casting Swinton as an alcoholic who gets involved in a criminal scheme that quickly spins out of control. Whatever happened to Lori Petty the actor? She became Lori Petty the director. Her compelling, autobiographical feature, The Poker House, stars Selma Blair.

Icons of Sci-Fi: Toho Collection
Husbands (Extended Cut)
Surveillance
Julia
Inglorious Bastards 2: Hell Heroes
Just for Laughs: Over the Edge
Absurdistan
The Poker House
Lovers Getting Started with Erotic Massage
The Incredible Busty Sara Stone