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Here are the week's best releases from the pop-culture universe:

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CD -- Pogues reissues: All five studio albums by Ireland's greatest export since Van Morrison get the deluxe treatment with these expanded reissues. Loads of bonus tracks will delight old fans, but it's the classic albums -- like 1985's Celtic-punk masterpiece Rum, Sodomy & the Lash -- that shine. And they're not just for St. Patrick's Day: "Fairytale of New York" is the best Christmas song ever. Hoist a pint or two.

TV -- Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film: Pop's most famous, flamboyant, and pretentious artist palled around with the Velvet Underground and made the Campbell's tomato soup can an icon. This American Masters two-parter (airing on PBS at 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, September 21) takes a look at one of the 20th century's true originals. He deserves more than 15 minutes.

VIDEOGAME -- Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus: We can't keep all the chapters straight either (part 13 is due next year?), but all you need to know is that this latest outing takes place three years after Final Fantasy VII. Fans will welcome another opportunity to play hero Vincent Valentine; casual gamers will dig the huge arsenal of weapons at their disposal. It's easily the most accessible adventure in this much-heralded series.

DVD -- The Jayne Mansfield Collection: There was more to Mansfield than just her ginormous rack, as this trio of movies from the '50s proves. The blond bombshell (who died in a car accident in 1967) used sex as both a weapon and a vehicle for great physical comedy. The gem of this bonus-stuffed collection is The Girl Can't Help It, a raucous rock and roll flick that oozes with dumb-blonde sex appeal. Jessica Simpson could learn a thing or two.

DVD -- Phish: Live in Brooklyn: This two-disc set chronicles the June 2004 gig that launched the jam band's final tour. It includes the entire three-hour show, and it's a keeper. A sense of melancholy hangs over both the band and audience, making the event a poignant final chapter to a storied career. Fire one up in tribute.

CD -- Under the Influence of Giants: The debut album by California quartet Under the Influence of Giants will have Scissor Sisters fans dancing. Armed with swirling strings, funky synths, and a singer who works the falsetto like Barry Gibb, these Giants are as much fun as their influences were.

COURTESY FLUSH, PLEASE -- Fortunate Son: The Life of Elvis Presley: Charles Ponce de Leon's laborious book takes a psychological approach to the King's life, dragging out the hoariest of showbiz clichés -- that Elvis' sad decline was perpetrated because he wanted to break from his legend. Personally, we think the dude just had a dangerous hankering for grilled peanut-butter-and-banana sandwiches.

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