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


DVD -- Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster/Invasion of Astro-Monster: Godzilla may be the star of Classic Media's terrific giant-monster series, but it's another Tokyo-smashing behemoth that steals the spotlight in the two latest offerings. Ghidorah introduces the dragon-like creature; Astro-Monster brings him back for another skirmish with everyone's favorite radioactive lizard. Each set includes both the Japanese and edited U.S. versions of the movies, plus commentary and trailers.

CD -- David Bowie reissues: The Best of David Bowie 1980/1987: Sight & Sound compiles the Thin White Duke's most commercially successful ("Let's Dance") and creatively barren ("When the Wind Blows") periods. The DVD supplement includes 15 groundbreaking videos. Even better is the expanded version of Young Americans, Brit Bowie's 1974 take on Philly-style soul. The bonus tracks are cool, but the singer's coked-up appearance on a Dick Cavett Show DVD clip is priceless.

DVD -- Extras: The Complete Second Season: The second season of Ricky Gervais' hilarious show about struggling actors (which airs on HBO) contains only six episodes. But they're the funniest three hours you're likely to see all year. This two-disc set gathers all the eps, plus outtakes and behind-the-scenes features. But it's self-satirizing guest stars -- like a vain Orlando Bloom, a horny Daniel Radcliffe, and an arrogant Chris Martin -- who make the series so exceptional.

TV -- Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law: Adult Swim's most consistently funny show takes its final bow after six years. The winged superhero -- originally created by Hanna-Barbera in the '60s and tweaked into a courtroom lawyer saddled with defendants like Scooby-Doo and Fred Flintstone -- spirals into drunken depression during his last outing. It airs at 11:45 p.m. Sunday on Cartoon Network.

VIDEO GAME -- Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary: The pixilated hottie celebrates 10 years with a PlayStation 2 outing that cribs inspiration from the original game that launched the hit series. Eschewing the convoluted play that's marred some subsequent adventures, this back-to-basics, action-packed excursion reminds us why we fell in love with Lara in the first place.

COURTESY FLUSH, PLEASE -- Mad Men: Despite a kinda neat twist at the end of the first episode, AMC's 13-week series (which premieres at 10 p.m. Thursday) about the advertising world rarely rises above its clichés. Set in 1960 New York, the Madison Avenue drama places its one-dimensional ad guys and gals in two categories: ruthless players, who like screwing over others to seal a deal, and ruthless players who just like screwing.

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