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Culture Jamming

The best in video games, DVDs, books, and music this week

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Woody Allen Blu-rays

(Twentieth Century Fox)

Woody Allen's two best movies – 1977's Annie Hall and 1979's Manhattan – finally make their Blu-ray debuts. There are no extras to speak of on either disc (Allen's not a fan of that kinda stuff), but who needs them when the movies are so funny and timeless? Both star writer-director Allen as a neurotic New Yorker navigating a new romance and messing it up every step of the way. Classic.

MUSIC

The Doors: L.A. Woman: 40th Anniversary Edition

(Rhino)

The Doors' last album – released just a couple of months before Jim Morrison's bloated body gasped its last breath in a Paris bathtub – gets the two-disc deluxe treatment for its 40th anniversary (which was actually last year, but who's counting?). You know the original album, which includes “Love Her Madly” and “Riders on the Storm.” The second disc includes alternate versions and a couple new songs.

VIDEO GAME

Final Fantasy XIII-2

(Square Enix)

We gave up on keeping track of the titles of the Final Fantasy games years ago. That doesn't mean the games are as cluttered and confusing. The latest (seriously, don't even bother trying to remember the title – it means nothing) is a sequel to the 2010 game that had many longtime fans bitching about its look and gameplay, among other things. It puts the role-playing series back on track with great side quests and mini-games.

VIDEO

From the Sky Down

(Island)

U2's 1991 album Achtung Baby reignited their career. It's a milestone record that took the Irishmen to Berlin and, occasionally, hell. This documentary gathers new and contemporary interviews with band members and performances of songs from the album. It doesn't kick up much dirt; it's a relatively straightforward account of the making of one of the greatest albums of the past quarter century.

MUSIC

Underworld: A Collection

(underworld.com)

“Born Slippy (Nuxx)” is one of the great singles of the past 20 years. It anchored a pivotal scene in Trainspotting and transported electronic music out of the clubs and into historical relevance. Too bad the version included on this 16-song compilation is edited, as are several other key cuts by the British trio. Still, this is a band mostly about singles, not albums. And most of their best ones are here.

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