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The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration


The greatest movie of all time gets a jump on the holidays with this terrific five-DVD set. Director Francis Ford Coppola tweaks his 1972 epic and its 1974 follow-up, The Godfather: Part II (1990's The Godfather: Part III is here too, but the less said about it, the better), and they've never looked or sounded better. Bonuses include commentary, behind-the-scenes features and tons of documentaries about how freakin' awesome the movies are.


Creedence Clearwater

Revival reissues


One of rock's most durable bands celebrates the 40th anniversary of its self-titled debut with stellar reissues of its six albums. CCR had quite a run: Green River, Willy & the Poor Boys and Cosmo's Factory were released within a 12-month period. All are classics. Even the band's final album, Pendulum (which was recorded as the group was dissolving), includes one of John Fogerty's best-ever songs, "Have You Ever Seen the Rain." Each stellar-sounding CD is rounded out with outtakes and live cuts.


The Replacements reissues


Hot on the heels of reissues of the Replacements' first four albums, the second batch rounds up the Minneapolis rockers' final four records -- futile shots at the Big Time that pretty much ended their career. Tim and Pleased to Meet Me feature some of frontman Paul Westerberg's greatest songs; Don't Tell a Soul and All Shook Down paved the way for his so-so solo career in the '90s. Bonus tracks include demos, outtakes and alternate versions, most of which are worth hearing.


The Sarah Silverman Program

(Comedy Central)

Our favorite potty-mouthed funny girl continues her second season (after a long hiatus) with a pair of new episodes, airing at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Best is the first night's "High, It's Sarah," in which the star tries pot for the very first time and stumbles upon her own style of stoned enlightenment. A subplot about her sister's boyfriend and his "nocturnal emission" over a TV reporter is even better.


Underfist: Halloween Bash

(Cartoon Network)

Just in time for Halloween, a bunch of supporting characters from The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy - including the nacho-obsessed Fred Fredburger - joins forces to take down an army of evil candy led by a giant marshmallow bunny. The hour-plus special also features appearances by Billy, Mandy and Grim, as well as Dracula, an old black guy who calls himself a "playa." It premieres at 7 p.m. Sunday.

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