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Culture Jamming: Alien Nation

A Killer Videogame Tops This Week's Picks

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TOP PICK

Dead Space

(EA)

This creepy videogame for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC is kinda like Alien … after all the carnage. You play a space-age engineer who's sent to a ship to figure out why it's lost communication. It soon becomes obvious by all the blood and shredded flesh on the floors and walls. Don't worry - you'll get even with the help of big-ass weapons that can tear off enemies' limbs, which you can then use as weapons. One of the year's best.

DVD

How the West Was Won

(Warner)

This sprawling 1962 western chronicles the adventures of a pioneering family making their way across the uncharted United States. It's told in five parts, folding in everything from the Civil War to the transcontinental railroad. Tons of old-Hollywood stars - including John Wayne, Henry Fonda and James Stewart - star; John Ford is one of the three directors. The two-disc Ultimate Collector's Edition includes commentary and documentaries. Yee-haw!

DVD

Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume Six

(Warner)

Warner Bros. dug deep to uncover many of the 60 cartoons in this four-disc set (some of them are also available in the economically priced two-disc Spotlight Collection). There are plenty of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Tweety and Sylvester shorts here, but best are the rarely seen black-and-white 'toons starring long-forgotten characters like Bosko, a … you know, I'm not exactly sure what he is. The "Most Requested Assorted Nuts" disc of odds-and-ends is also cool.

VIDEOGAME

Saints Row 2

(THQ)

Yeah, it's a lot like Grand Theft Auto, but this thrilling sequel (for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3) delivers more than just warmed-over thug life. It's all about revenge this time, as you hit the streets - packing plenty of ammo, of course - looking for payback. Tons of new vehicles (boats, helicopters, motorcycles, you name it) add to the action. Plus, it has a wicked sense of humor. And be sure to try the online co-op mode for a true gang experience.

DVD

The Simpsons: The Complete Eleventh Season

(Twentieth Century Fox)

These four discs - stuffed into a totally awesome Krusty the Clown package - collect 22 episodes. It's not one of the series' strongest seasons, but there are some gems: Ned Flanders' wife is killed off in one ep, Homer harvests tomacco (a tomato-tobacco combo) in another. Best is "Behind the Laughter," a Behind the Music spoof in which Homer, Bart, et al. play themselves in a sitcom about … the Simpsons. Meta-licious!

mgallucci@clevescene.com

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