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The Brown Bunny
(Columbia Tristar)

Sadly we may never see the original Cannes cut of Vincent Gallo's magnum opus, but the American version still finds room for plenty of awkward silences and wide-open spaces, not to mention a this-is-hardcore moment more emotionally resonant than anything in 9 Songs.


The Dick Cavett Show: Rock Icons
(Sony)

Regarded in its time as a younger, hipper alternative to Carson, Dick Cavett's late-night talk show offered generous helpings of music and serious conversation along with the requisite comedy. Comprised of episodes originally aired from 1969 through 1974, this loaded three-disc set fully justifies Cavett's reputation—the performances-packed post–Woodstock show, featuring Jefferson Airplane, Joni Mitchell, David Crosby, and Stephen Stills, offers such today-unimaginable sights as our host sitting on the floor with the audience while the musicians play. The key to this package is its presentation of entire episodes, preserving the worlds-collide dissonance of such guest pairings as Debbie Reynolds, already a dinosaur at age 38, with the zeitgeist-riding (and clearly drugged-out) Sly Stone. Other highlights include a fascinating Bowie interview and an entire disc devoted to three Janis Joplin appearances. Cavett also sits down for a 30-minute interview with director Bob Weide ( Curb Your Enthusiasm). Wondering what happened to the shows with John Lennon and Yoko Ono? They're getting a separate two-disc release, currently scheduled for November.

 
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