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


CD -- Live at the Fillmore East: Neil Young has been promising to open his vast archives for more than two decades now. This single-disc concert from 1970 heralds the first volume in the long-gestating series. Backed by a ferocious Crazy Horse, Young tears through six songs, most of them from the excellent Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. Must-hear: a 12-minute "Down by the River" that barely contains the blistering guitar solos by Young and the late Danny Whitten.

TV -- Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride: Hunter S. Thompson on Film: The gonzo journalist is a hard guy to translate onto the big screen. Where the Buffalo Roam and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas tried, but didn't quite capture the crazed zeitgeist of the good doctor. This Starz documentary (airing at 10 p.m. Tuesday) does a good job of exploring why. Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, and Bill Murray share insight.

DVD -- It's a Wonderful Life: 60th Anniversary Edition: This extras-stuffed version of one of Hollywood's most sentimental and beloved films features an informative making-of documentary about the holiday classic. There's also a tribute to director Frank Capra. But it's the movie itself -- endlessly quotable and heartwarmingly earnest -- that still resonates after all these years.

DVD -- Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume Four: We can do without the disc dedicated to the cheese-stealing Speedy Gonzales, but the remaining three DVDs in this glorious set of 60 animated shorts include plenty of classic cartoons starring Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, and Daffy Duck. The best extra is the propaganda-pushing wartime toons.

TV -- Spike TV's 2006 Video Game Awards: As Nintendo and Sony roll out their shiny new consoles, Spike TV honors the year's best time-killers in a special airing at 10 p.m. Wednesday. Samuel L. Jackson hosts, while Rosario Dawson, Johnny Depp, and Kiefer Sutherland vie for voice awards. Category to watch: Cyber Vixen of the Year, where old-school babes Lara Croft and Princess Peach duke it out for the pixilated tiara.

CD -- The Studio Albums 1967-1968: Before they conquered the world as tight-trousered disco kings, the Bee Gees were a five-piece band led by three Australian brothers who made genial folk-rock records inspired by the Beatles. This six-disc box gathers the group's first three albums, each remastered in glistening new stereo and mono mixes. Three bonus discs assemble outtakes, demos, and a bunch of previously unissued Christmas songs.

COURTESY FLUSH, PLEASE -- Left Behind: Eternal Forces: We're all for real-time strategy videogames -- especially when they involve N.Y.C., Satan, and the apocalypse. Unfortunately, this PC game is based on the popular fire-and-brimstone Left Behind series, in which Jesus is the world's only superhero and prayer serves as players' mightiest weapon. There's no blood, no kick-ass soundtrack . . . and pretty much no fun.

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