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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.