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V for Vendetta, The Shaggy Dog, Girls Next Door: Region 1 DVD Releases for August 1st, 2006

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V for Very Little Coming Out This Week.

V for Vendetta (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition)

I'll be honest. I wasn't completely blown away by this. But it's still a must-see. Probably one of the most subversive, biting indictments of the current administration you'll see in graphic novel adaptation form (which is a little ironic given that the graphic novel was satirizing the Thatcher administration —  okay, maybe not that ironic). Anyhoo, don't go in expecting a great action film, though there are a couple of sweet action sequences. It's really more of a drama, and a very good one at that. You may even tear up a little. I did.

Without splurging you get a making-of doc. Go for the two-disc version and you get more docs, including the history of Guy Fawkes and the original comic. Also, an SNL digital short easter egg about which I'm very curious. (Is it really an easter egg if they advertise it on Amazon?)

The Shaggy Dog

It's Tim Allen in a remake of The Shaggy Dog. You either want to see that or you don't.

There's something called the "Bark-Along Bone-Us" feature and, I gotta say, it's very bold of them to say that in a kid's film.

Frontline – The Age of AIDS

I don't usually highlight Frontlines since there are so many, but this is what I would call required viewing, and not in a last-week's-Family-Guy-was-fucking-awesome kind of way. To be certain, this is not some shrill lecture on the dangers of HIV. This is a riveting history of the epidemic, from its mysterious origins to its wholly depressing rise abetted by ignorance and fear (okay, now I'm being shrill).

No extras but this is, like, four hours long. You don't want extras.

What the "Bleep" Do We Know?! – Down the Rabbit Hole Quantum Edition

This is essentially a longer version (much longer) of the surprise hit documentary/pseudo-science-on-parade flick from 2004. It didn't do as well. One interesting note — this DVD contains a feature that throws random clips into every viewing, so that no two viewings are the same. Yeah, I'm still not into it.

Girls Next Door: Season One

Two wonderful things about this DVD of the first season of a reality show about Hef's ladies: First, it comes with a censored and an uncensored audio commentary track. Who is going to listen to the censored track? "Hmm. I really want my eleven-year-old to see the Playboy Mansion, but he really shouldn't hear any foul language while he's there." Second, this comes with a personality test. I'm sorry, but if you can't tell already whether or not you're a Holly, a Bridget or a Kendra, no test can help you.

Name the sequel to the classic A Christmas Story. The answer in this week's long list.

10.5 Apocalypse (Ws)

Remember when we made that bet that no one would ever make a sequel to a crappy disaster-movie-of-the-week? You owe me five dollars.

25 Years of Improv Comedy

Kind of a neat cast on this one. Mike Myers, Ike Barinholtz, Mo Collins, Andy Dick, Rachel Dratch, Dave Koechner, Tim Meadows, Joel Murray, Amy Poehler, Andy Richter and Horatio Sanz return to their Chicago improv roots for a night of, um, Chicago improv.

The 40-Year-Old Virgin/American Wedding: Party Edition (Full Screen/Widescreen)

Acustico MTV

Against All Odds:Israel God's Miracle


Alice Cooper – The Nightmare Returns Tour (1987)

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland/ R&H's Cinderella

American Experience: MacArthur

Battle of Britain

Beavis & Butt-head – The Mike Judge Collection, Vol. 3

Benny & Joon

Best of Elmo's World DVD Collection

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