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DVD Tuesday: See Anvil!

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FILM

To anyone who has ever had a dream and seen that dream gone unfulfilled, I implore you to see Anvil!: The Story of Anvil and perhaps re-discover the inspiration to continue pursuing that elusive prize. Some have described Sacha Gervasi's hilarious doc as a real-life version of Spinal Tap, but the reality goes much deeper. So many would-be artists pursue success only to give up after a few years of failure. The boys of Anvil demonstrate how a true love of your craft compels you to never quit. Oh, and did I mention it was also fucking funny? The second best film of the week is also a documentary. There are many times and places in which I wish I had lived, but Australia during the height of its exploitation film craze is one of them. Any fan of Polanski's Chinatown should check out one of the sources of his creepy tale -- the Chandler family that ruled Los Angeles for decades. And if you've somehow never seen Audition, do it today and get ready to squirm.

Anvil: The Story of Anvil
Not Quite Hollywood
Year One (Unrated)
Dance Flick (Unrated)
Assassination of a High School President
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs [Blu-ray]
Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Times
Trick 'r Treat
Audition: Collector's Edition [Blu-ray]
My Life in Ruins

TELEVISION

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I was never a huge fan of Ally McBeal (not enough violence and nudity), but at least it had a definable personality. I mean turning Calista Flockhart Ford into a sex symbol -- that's no mean feat, right? How did Alan Ball go from the sublimity of Six Feet Under to the silliness of True Blood? Honestly, does Blood have any appeal beyond Anna Paquin's de rigeur nude scene? More people have probably seen an episode of Stargate: Atlantis than have seen one of Battlestar Galactica. That is a horrible, horrible truth. I'd like to know what Ken Burns, Ryan Seacrest, Dick LeBeau and Dick Clark are eating. They are ageless wonders (and Burns and LeBeau are actually talented!). When is one of the tarts from The Hills going to actually do a real Playboy shoot? My over | under is eleven months. Ahem, isn't every Gone Girls Wild video basically girl-on-girl? I'm just saying. Under the Gaydar would have killed had it been released in 1983 instead of today.

Ally McBeal: The Complete Series
Six Feet Under: The Complete Series
Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Series Collection
Ken Burns: National Parks - America's Best Idea
Bones: The Complete Fourth Season
The Mary Tyler Moore Show - The Complete Fifth Season
Nip/Tuck - Season 5, Part 2
Medium: The Complete Fifth Season
The Hills: Season Five, Part One
Get Smart: Season 4

EXPLOITATION

I Spit Chew on Your Grave!
Shopping for Fangs
Girls Gone Wild: Best of Girls on Girls
Splatter Movie: The Director's Cut
Under The Gaydar