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EMI
Show B
Special Features B
DVD Geek Factor 6 (out of 10)

Bob Geldof actually got Roger Waters and David Gilmour of Pink Floyd on stage together for the first time in 24 years. For fans of the band, this was an impossible moment, and as it unfolded live, the sight and sounds were jaw-dropping: "Breathe," "Money," "Wish You Were Here" and "Comfortably Numb," performed with Gilmour and Waters actually standing next to one another on the same stage. This is simply one of the greatest moments in rock history, and this crisp, clean, four-DVD set edits not one single moment out of the event.

Those who were unfortunate enough to watch the event unfold on MTV, where hosts broke in during the "Comfortably Numb" guitar solo and promptly sent the whole show to commercials, will be happy to know that no such abomination occurs here. The performance is uninterrupted, right up to the moment where Waters, Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright put their arms around each other in a remarkable moment of unity.

There are other great sights and sounds to be found here, including The Who showing the youngsters how live rock is done right with "Who Are You?" and "Won't Get Fooled Again." Madonna is amazing with her renditions of "Like a Prayer" and "Ray of Light," and such smaller bands who might've been missed in all the hoopla (such as Pet Shop Boys doing a moving rendition of "Go West") get represented.

There were some clunkers in the day-long concerts. Paul McCartney and George Michael sing "Drive My Car," which seemed a great waste of time considering the many, much-better songs that McCartney had to choose from. Elton John flat-out sucked.

Special Features: Some cool backstage interviews, including happy-looking members of Floyd seeming totally joyous about their chance to play together again. A strange film for The Who's "Who are You?" has African children dancing around wearing George Bush masks.


The Devil's Rejects: Unrated Widescreen Edition

Lions Gate
Movie B
Special Features A-
DVD Geek Factor 7 (out of 10)

I despised Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses and went into that film's sequel with extreme reservations. It turns out that Corpses was just some sort of warm-up for a real, cohesive horror film, which The Devil's Rejects manages to be. Always scary, often funny and making much more sense than its sloppy predecessor, this one shows that Zombie might not only be talented, but could be one of the better horror directors at work today.

Special Features: 30 Days in Hell is a nearly 2 1/2-hour documentary on the making of the film, and provides enough information for even the most hardcore horror geek. The two-disc package also features audio commentaries, deleted scenes, blooper reels and much more. Almost too much more.


Beavis and Butt-head: The Mike Judge Collection, Vol. 1

Paramount Home Video
Show A-
Special Features B-
DVD Geek Factor 7.5 (out of 10)

Creator Mike Judge pretty much abandoned Beavis and Butt-head back in '97 at the height of their popularity. They had just done a movie (Beavis and Butt-head Do America), and it seemed that they had a big future. But Judge had other things in mind, choosing to concentrate on King of the Hill and live-action films, with the eternally perverse chucklers put on the back burner.

This long-delayed collection contains "director's cut" editions of Judge's favorite clips. Some of the great golden moments that can be revisited here are Beavis and Butt-head huffing paint thinner and the duo facing off against various educational authorities

Judge hasn't said he'll never revisit the teen bastards again, but it's been a long time.

Special Features: A new documentary on the origins of characters and such episodes as Cornholio would be the disc's best special feature. There's also a section devoted to Beavis and Butt-head special appearances, including a classic moment with a burrito-chomping David Letterman during the Video Music Awards.


The Muppet Movie: Kermit's 50th Anniversary Edition

Buena Vista Home Video
Movie B
Special Features D
DVD Geek Factor 5 (out of 10)

I don't think I had seen this movie since originally seeing it at a Long Island, N.Y., drive-in back in 1979. I remember it being the most amazing cinematic achievement in the world to have Kermit the Frog riding a bike and playing a banjo in a swamp. Taking the Muppets from television to the big screen, and placing them in the land of the humans, was an amazing step for Jim Henson. Until then, human stars had pretty much inhabited the land of the Muppets on their popular weekly TV show.

That said, the film isn't as good as I remembered it. It's a little sloppy in places, with clumsy editing that results in some of the humor falling flat. Still a lot of fun, all things considered.

Special Features: Just a quick feature about Kermit's legacy.

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