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The week's best releases from the pop-culture universe.

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TV -- A Very Quentin Christmas: We can't think of a better dish to serve on Christmas day than a full plate of Tarantino. All five of his movies -- including Pulp Fiction and both Kill Bills -- air over the course of 12 hours (starting at noon on Encore). The films are uncut and letterboxed -- all the better to savor the severed ears, spilled brains, and impaled ninjas. Merry motherfucking Christmas.

DVD -- Christmas With SCTV: It's not that SCTV was above fart jokes -- it wasn't -- but it was by far the most cerebral of all the skit-comedy shows that aired in the early '80s. This disc compiles a pair of Emmy-nominated holiday-themed episodes starring John Candy, Eugene Levy, and Martin Short. Extras include commentary by Short, Andrea Martin, and Catherine O'Hara, as well as a look at the Juul Haalmeyer Dancers, a faux troupe that wears its tights so tight, it gives new meaning to The Nutcracker.

CD -- Curtain Call: The Hits: All of Eminem's biggest singles -- including "Lose Yourself," "My Name Is," and "Stan" -- can be found on this 16-track survey of the rapper's first six years. They're now conveniently compiled on one disc, so that copycat psychopaths everywhere can play out their homicidal fantasies without having to switch CDs.

TV -- Funniest Commercials of the Year: 2005: Normally, we zip through TV ads faster than Tara Reid at a no-booze Hollywood premiere. But this one-hour special (airing on TBS at 9 p.m. Wednesday) compiles 50 spots from around the world, so we don't have to sit through any of those crappy Old Navy commercials. We can do without terminally unfunny host Kevin Nealon, but CareerBuilder.com's suit-wearing monkeys crack us up every time. Because there's nothing funnier than a primate's ass on a copy machine.

BOOK -- The Best of the Spirit: Will Eisner essentially invented the graphic novel, back in the day. Centered on his greatest creation -- the fedora-sporting crimefighter the Spirit -- this collection features 22 stories from the groundbreaking comic strip. With nary a superhero in sight, Eisner also pretty much set the standard for urban dramas teeming with heroes and antiheroes. This is where everybody from Watchmen's Alan Moore to Sin City's Frank Miller copped his style.

DVD -- Party of Five: The Complete Second Season: Before he got Lost, Matthew Fox was the senior sibling in this mid-'90s weeper about a clan of kids left without parents after a tragic accident. These 22 episodes feature typical setbacks for the Salinger crew -- relationship bumps, school problems, a knocked-up sis. Bonus materials include cast commentary and a nostalgic featurette. The fun, though, is in watching Fox brood (training ground for his sulky island-stranded doc) and future Ghost Whisperer Jennifer Love Hewitt develop from bit player to full-time star.

COURTESY FLUSH, PLEASE -- Belushi: The Book: Co-authored by Belushi's widow, this fawning look at the late Saturday Night Live star lines up friends, family, and co-workers, all of whom reminisce about what a great and funny guy Belushi was. But all the praise fails to penetrate the deeper, darker side of the comedian, who died of an overdose in 1982. If you're looking for a good gift, skip it -- unless Belushi's friends, family, and co-workers are on your list.

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