michael gallucci

CULTURE JAMMING — SEPTEMBER 8, 2010

In Uncategorized on 09/08/2010 at 2:08 pm

TOP PICK — DVD

Lost: The Complete Sixth and Final Season

(Walt Disney)

We’re still scratching our heads over the last episode of the millennium’s greatest TV show. At least now we can dissect it as part of this terrific five-disc set (watch it on Blu-ray if you can). Best of all, a brand-new short manages in less than 15 minutes what the finale couldn’t in two-plus hours: it answers a bunch of questions that have been nagging us for six years.

CD
Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin

(Disney Pearl)

The psychologically fragile Beach Boy (and all-around musical genius) pays tribute to one of his heroes on this sweet, and slightly corny, album of 1920s and ’30s standards. Wilson reworks well-known George Gershwin songs (“Summertime,” “I Got Rhythm”) into his own sun-kissed style. The best sound like Pet Sounds-era relics tweaked for a Broadway stage. Fabulous!

DVD

Flight of the Conchords: The Complete Collection

(HBO)

HBO’s hilarious show about a pair of New Zealand indie-folk rockers lasted two short seasons, yielding only 22 episodes. All of them are on this four-disc box, along with deleted scenes, outtakes, and an interview with stars Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie. Plus, all of “Dave’s Pawn Shop” commercials and meetings with inept manager Murray are in one place now.

DVD

Roger Corman’s Cult Classics

(Shout! Factory)

This new series keeps on rolling out cool Corman movies from the ’70s and ’80s. The latest includes a double-feature pairing of 1978’s Deathsport and 1982’s Battletruck. Both look awfully familiar (the former recalls Corman’s own Death Race 2000; the latter is inspired by the Mad Max movies). But it’s hard to resist a movie called Battletruck, which is also its entire premise.

BOOK

Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man’s Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut

(Dutton)

Rob Sheffield’s funny and occasionally touching memoir looks back on the music writer’s formative years in the ’80s. They’re filled with crummy jobs, awkward encounters with girls, and lots of MTV-approved music. The 25 chapters are divided by songs and stories, so “Total Eclipse of the Heart” ties together Bonnie Tyler’s hit, a stuck-up princess, and a garbage crew.

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