michael gallucci

CULTURE JAMMING — MARCH 10, 2010

In Uncategorized on 03/10/2010 at 8:00 am

TOP PICK

Halo Legends

(Warner)

This Blu-ray gathers all eight episodes of the anime series, which was originally broadcast on the official Halo website. The two-part “Origins” fills in the gaps for newbies, but later stories — like “The Package,” which features the videogame’s star, Master Chief — bring the action. It should satisfy Halo junkies until the next game comes out in the fall.

CD

Jimi Hendrix: Valleys of Neptune

(Experience Hendrix LLC/Legacy)

Hendrix’s leftovers have been scraped off the vault floors for decades, but these 12 previously unreleased tracks recorded in 1969 are more substantial than the usual guitar tunings and meandering jams. You’re probably familiar with some of the songs (“Stone Free,” “Fire”), but these reworked versions sizzle. Best: the title tune featuring Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox.

DVD

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XVII

(Shout! Factory)

The latest volume in the beloved cult series features four more episodes from the ’80s and ’90s, including the first one to get a national airing. As usual, the gags are hit-and-miss, but the movies (including The Crawling Eye, The Beatniks and the truly awful Blood Waters of Dr. Z) are ripe for skewering. The robots and their human pal take full advantage.

DVD

Superjail! Season 1

(Adult Swim/Warner)

Adult Swim’s ultra-violent show about a prison located in a volcano regularly and randomly shifts narrative, which – along with the primitive animation — suits the characters, including a warden who runs the place like a carnival funhouse and a sadistic doctor who experiments on prisoners. The DVD includes all 10 episodes from the first season, plus the furry pilot.

DVD

The T.A.M.I. Show: Collector’s Edition

(Shout! Factory)

One of the best (and first) concerts ever put on film finally makes its DVD debut. For years, 1964’s T.A.M.I. Show has been a holy grail for rock fans, with most of us settling for fuzzy bootleg copies. The movie features scorching performances by the Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, the Rolling Stones and others. It’s about time.

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