- A souped-up Bonnie and Clyde tops this week's pop-culture picks.
TOP PICK — Bonnie and Clyde: Ultimate Collector's Edition (Warner)
This landmark 1967 movie reimagined a pair of 1930s-era gangsters as counterculture folk heroes for a bunch of pot-smoking hippies. The new two-DVD set (also available in a less-pricey Special Edition that omits the Collector's Edition memorabilia) confirms its reputation. Cool extras include deleted scenes, a making-of doc, and a History Channel special about the real-life killer couple.
VIDEO GAME — Dark Sector (D3)
Instead of the usual arsenal of guns and swords, the hero of this action game (for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3) wields a lethal blade . . . which sprouts from his hand. There's a lot of the usual secret-agent stuff here — sneaking around, stealth kills — but it's the brutal protagonist who makes the game stand out. Plus, it's one of the year's bloodiest games, if you're into that kinda thing. We are.
DVD — Juno (Fox)
Honest to blog, there are parts of this movie that drive us nuts. But Ellen Page's Oscar-nominated turn as a pregnant teen, plus the winning soundtrack (anchored by Kimya Dawson, but also including songs by the Kinks, Sonic Youth, and the Velvet Underground), give it a boost. The many deleted scenes are worth checking out.
CD — Willie Nelson: One Hell of a Ride (Columbia/Legacy)
Nelson wrote "Crazy," which Patsy Cline turned into a jukebox staple. He spearheaded the whole outlaw-country movement of the '70s. And he got high at the White House. Dude's lived quite a life, and this four-disc box gathers 100 songs from his 40-plus-year career. Almost all of them are keepers.
BOOK — Pretty Vacant: A History of UK Punk (Chicago Review)
Phil Strongman's chronicle of England's 1970s punk scene doesn't chart any new territory. The Sex Pistols, the Clash, the Damned — they're all here. It's the author's firsthand recollections of onstage mayhem and behind-the-scenes bickering that hit like a sticky gob to the face.