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Arts and Entertainment

DVD Tuesday: Crowe Unleashed!

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State of Play was a mostly riveting throwback to All the President's Men that starred Russell Crowe as a grizzled D.C. journalist caught in the middle of a hell of a lot of sex, intrigue and murder. Naturally, it was a financial disappointment. Help remedy that injustice by picking it up on DVD today. The big-budget, adult-oriented drama must be preserved! Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer can do no wrong in my book (well, maybe McKean can). Add Unwigged & Unplugged (LAist review here) to the top of your shopping list. Both Braveheart and Gladiator look great on Blu-Ray. If only I had an interest in ever seeing them again. My friend Mangoo Jonnycakes Nail loved Sin Nombre when he saw it at Sundance. I can't disagree.

FILM

State of Play
Unwigged and Unplugged
Gladiator [Blu-ray]
Braveheart [Blu-ray]
Sin Nombre
Impact
Shaun the Sheep: Little Sheep of Horrors
Tennessee
Holy Flame of the Martial World
Good Dick

TV & EXPLOITATION AFTER THE JUMP!

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Has a show ever gone from must-watch to can't-stand faster than Heroes? I was glued to the first season, but it's painful to watch now. I never quite understood the appeal of the harridans on Desperate Housewives, but I hear it is still on television and doing okay. It's no longer sexy to say you are a fan of C.S.I. but the creators still reliably churn out solid episodes year after year. If only C.S.I. Miami or C.S.I. New York could do the same. Here's what I'll never understand -- why isn't a great FX show like Rescue Me pitched to a wider audience on parent Fox? I had the same issue with NBC and Battlestar Galactica. I can't think of anything more exploitative than selling financial DVDs for almost $1,000. Are there that many suckers out there? Are there any?

TELEVISION

Supernatural: The Complete Fourth Season
Heroes - Season Three
Desperate Housewives: The Complete Fifth Season
Terry Fator: Live from Las Vegas
C.S.I. Crime Scene Investigation: The Complete Ninth Season
Brothers and Sisters: The Complete Third Season
Two and a Half Men: The Complete Sixth Season
Rescue Me: Season 5, Vol. 1
Clatterford: The Complete Season Two
Degrassi: The Next Generation - Season 8

EXPLOITATION

Roommate for Sale & Other Tales
To Dance with Death
Girls Gone Wild: Vegas Sex Orgy
New Money-Making Trading Systems: Advanced Results from 6 Simple, Proven Strategies
The Secret to Extraordinary Wealth in the Options Market