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Lego Batman: The Videogame

(Warner Bros. Interactive)

It has nothing to do with The Dark Knight, but this super-fun videogame (for pretty much every console out there) is almost as cool as the blockbuster movie. A bunch of villains - name 'em, and they're probably here - try to take over Gotham City, one brick at a time, while Batman and Robin use tons of button-mashing tricks to stop them. We love the Lego Star Wars games; we love this one even more. VIDEOGAME B-Boy (SouthPeak Interactive) Get your Shabba-Doo on in this old-school break-dancing game for the PSP. Once you master the kinda confusing trick combos - there are dozens of possible moves, each more intricate than the last - you're on your way to throwing down with the best of 'em (including legendary b-boy Crazy Legs) in various street battles. Bonus points for the gear you can buy for your character - everything from slick tracksuits to brand-new kicks. Yeah, boyyy!

DVD

Jazz Icons

(Reelin' in the Years/Naxos of America)

The third volume of this concert series features performances by some of the genre's giants, including Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Sonny Rollins and Nina Simone. The seven discs were recorded mostly during the artists' peak periods, so you're seeing many of these jazz legends at their very best. The shows were originally intended for European TV; many of them never made it on-air. The box includes a bonus disc with leftover cuts.

DVD

Sports Night: The Complete Series 10th Anniversary Edition

(Shout! Factory)

The critically acclaimed, but ratings-challenged, TV show (created by The West Wing's Aaron Sorkin) celebrates its 10th anniversary with an eight-disc box that includes all 45 episodes. Stars Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives) and Peter Krause (Six Feet Under) went on to bigger things, but their best work is in this series about a cable sports network and all the commotion that goes on behind the scenes. The smart, rapid-fire dialogue became a Sorkin trademark.

CD

To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story (RCA/Legacy)

Simone was one of the '60s' most vocal civil-rights advocates. She's also one of music's most unclassifiable artists - she recorded blues, jazz, folk, pop and about a half-dozen other styles during her nearly 40-year career. This four-disc box (three CDs, one DVD) covers a little bit of everything. Best are the live cuts; Simone soared onstage. Plus, her covers of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and George Harrison songs almost top the originals.

mgallucci@clevescene.com

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