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Arts and Entertainment

DVD Tuesday: New Battlestar!

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This may be the twentieth time I've declared this in this space, but one more time can't hurt: watch Battlestar Galactica! It may not be the best show of the last ten years, but it's as good as any. How a floundering NBC never thought to scoop it up from its little Syfy sister and air it on the big network still astonishes me. Whatever Works isn't nearly as good as recent Woody Allen gems Vicky Cristina Barcelona or Cassandra's Dream, but it's good for a few laughs. Is Chris Hitchens the best damn debater on TV? Yep! Is three Monty Python DVDs in one week too much? Nope! Who would thought that The Big Lebowski would produce such an underground sensation? My money would have been on Raising Arizona or Miller's Crossing.

Battlestar Galactica: The Plan
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Whatever Works
Collision: Christopher Hitchens vs. Douglas Wilson
Monty Python: Almost The Truth
Monty Python: The Other British Invasion
Best of Monty Python: 40th Anniversary Edition
Z (Criterion Collection)
The Achievers: The Story Of Lebowski Fans

Here's a great to spend the weekend: start with the Bunuel DVD collection, then take a complete left turn and pop in the Sam Fuller. Your mind will be suitably blown. If you want your blaxsploitation a little more hard-edged than, say, Black Dynamite try out Black Devil Doll. Everything about it is objectionable, obnoxious and offensive. Which is a good thing! How vile and grotesque do you think exploitation films are from the Soviet Union? I'm guessing they just kill off the extras instead of paying for the blood packs and squibs. Maybe after watching it, you really should bone up on The History of Christianity and cleanse your soul.

Luis Bunuel's Death in the Garden
The Sam Fuller Film Collection
Jazz Icons: Series 4 Box Set
Black Devil Doll
Leonard Bernstein: Reflections
The Prisoner: The Complete Series Megaset
Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown
Adult Swim in a Box
Shameless, Tasteless: Trash Cinema From The Soviet Underground
The History of Christianity