michael gallucci

CULTURE JAMMING

In culture jamming on 03/15/2012 at 8:00 am

TOP PICK

Pink Floyd: The Wall Experience Edition

(Capitol)

The last of the deluxe Floyd packages (at least for now) spotlights Roger Waters’ 1979 epic story of rock-star alienation and detachment. You can shell out more than $100 for a seven-disc version or go with this more reasonably priced three-CD set, which includes a remaster of the original album plus a disc of demos. Many of the cuts aren’t so much works in progress as alternate peaks into Waters’ cracking psyche.

VIDEO

Alfred Hitchcock Blu-rays

(Twentieth Century Fox)

Three of the director’s best movies – Notorious, Rebecca, and Spellbound — make their Blu-ray debuts in stunning transfers that reveal just how much attention Hitchcock paid to the details. Rebecca, which won an Oscar as 1940’s Best Picture, is the one to start with: A young woman marries a rich widower who’s living in the shadow of his wife. But Notorious, a sexy 1946 spy flick, is essential too.

MUSIC

The Chieftains: Voice of Ages

(Hear)

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with one of the all-time great traditional Irish groups. Their best album in years includes collaborations with some of modern music’s most vital artists, including the Decemberists, Pistol Annies, and Bon Iver. Still, the group shines brightest when they’re on their own, jamming away like Guinness flowing from Irish springs.

VIDEO

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

(Flatiron/New Video)

The sequel to 2007’s hit from Brazil is even better, this time focusing on Captain Nascimento’s promotion, which leads to a whole mess of new problems, including corrupt cops, oily politicians, and the usual shit that goes down when you have a prison uprising on your hands. Explosive, violent, and downright brilliant in its approach. Best of all, you don’t have to worry about seeing the first movie beforehand.

VIDEO

The Lorax

(Warner)

This 1972 TV special (based on Dr. Seuss’ favorite book that he wrote) isn’t as flashy as the new CGI movie in multiplexes, but it has a quiet charm of its own, especially if you’re able to avoid the somewhat cloying and annoying songs. The eco-friendly story seems quite revolutionary for the period, especially when you consider people were driving cars the size of small brontosauruses back then.

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