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Fight the Power!

Do the Right Thing tops this week's picks




Do the Right Thing — 20th

Anniversary Edition


Spike Lee's best, and still incendiary, movie celebrates its 20th anniversary with a two-DVD set and a Blu-ray debut. Four hours of bonus material include deleted scenes, commentary by Lee and a documentary featuring film stars Danny Aiello, John Turturro and Samuel L. Jackson. Plus, the new surround mix booms with Public Enemy's "Fight the Power," the film's recurring musical motif.


Isaac Hayes:

Hot Buttered Soul


Hayes' breakthrough album marks its 40th anniversary with a pair of bonus radio edits. There are also new liner notes by My Morning Jacket's Jim James. But it's the original album that still resonates: Four tracks — including hit covers of "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" and "Walk on By" — that form a super-sticky song cycle. Sadly, "Chocolate Salty Balls" isn't one of them.


Major Lazer:

Guns Don't Kill People ... Lazers Do


Hipster-approved DJs Diplo and Switch are behind this cool project, which pairs mostly anonymous dancehall artists with the duo's bizarro beats. They Auto-Tune a baby, bury vocals under tons of blips and beeps, and throw a few animals into the aural mix. The sex rhymes are a total waste; Diplo and Switch's sounds are totally awesome.


SpongeBob SquarePants


The world's most annoying/lovable talking sponge celebrates 10 years with an seaful of specials this week. At 8 p.m. Friday, a 50-hour marathon launches with a new episode about SpongeBob's cherished pants shrinking in the dryer. It wraps up at 7 p.m. Sunday with 10 new eps. And be sure to catch the hour-long documentary on VH1.


Star Wars Mimobot


We love this line of Star Wars flash drives, which has featured everyone from C-3PO to Boba Fett. The latest batch includes the clone Captain Rex and two Darth Vaders (one looks like Hayden Christensen underneath the helmet, the other looks like the guy who played Anakin in Return of the Jedi). Our favorite: Darth Maul, a badass even when he's in our pocket.

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