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Beavis and Butt-head: The Mike Judge Collection—Volume 1


Few pop-cultural artifacts seem more emblematic of that decade of collective TV-induced stupidification known as the ’90s than MTV’s Beavis and Butt-head. This three-disc set (according to creator Mike Judge’s liner notes, the first of two volumes compiling the two-thirds of the series “that didn’t suck”) collects 40 cartoons, 11 music videos with B&B commentary, a Thanksgiving special featuring Kurt Loder, the boys’ VMA appearances, and much more. As Butt-head himself might put it, “These are the moments you live for.”

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


Depending on one’s point of view, Johnny Depp’s bizarre interpretation of Willy Wonka as child-hating sociopath either makes or ruins Tim Burton’s controversial Roald Dahl adaptation (I’d vote for the former). The two-disc “deluxe edition” comes loaded with extras. Among the highlights: a featurette depicting the transformation of actor Deep Roy into an army of Oompa Loompas and a behind-the-scenes look at the dubious art of training squirrels.

High Tension

(Lions Gate)

This French slasher flick largely lives up to its name, with even the by now de rigueur “twist” ending failing to negate the preceding suspense. This unrated DVD restores the minute or so of gore deemed too much for American audiences, and also allows viewers to choose between the U.S. English-dubbed version and the original French-language director’s cut.