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SSX

(EA)

After a seven-year break, the snowboarding video game series returns to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 with one of its best outings. The action is more intense this time, as you free-fall onto snow-covered mountaintops and race downhill, trying to hit as many tricks as possible. It looks great, plays fast, and is a huge thrill when you reach the finish line. We just wish the multiplayer mode was more extensive.

MUSIC

Cheap Trick: The Complete Epic Albums Collection

(Legacy/Epic)

All 13 albums released by the band are included on this hefty brick of a set. Collectors will want to know that the two-disc expanded version of their classic Budokan live set is here; so is the rare Found All the Parts EP, making its CD debut. The rest of us will just soak in the summery power-pop laid down on excellent albums like In Color and Heaven Tonight.

MUSIC

The Cranberries: Roses

(Cooking Vinyl)

The Irish band's first album in 11 years doesn't stray far from the alt-rock mix of guitars and Dolores O'Riordan's warm voice that made them one of the '90s biggest modern-rock groups. And like all of their records, there's some filler here. But they sound better than most of their reunited contemporaries, nodding to their old days without dwelling too much on the past.

VIDEO

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

(Sony)

One of the funniest movies ever made makes its Blu-ray debut in a set that includes lots of excellent extras, like outtakes, deleted scenes, and plenty of behind-the-scenes stuff featuring the Monty Python guys. Terry Gilliam even introduces some lost animated sequences. Best of all is a frame-by-frame recreation of “The Knights of the Round Table” musical number done completely in Legos.

VIDEO

World on a Wire

(Criterion)

Rainer Werner Fassbinder's sprawling 1973 sci-fi fable (which was originally made for German television) makes its Blu-ray debut in this terrific set that gathers some probing historical insight from film scholars. Like all of Fassbinder's movies, it's not an easy one to sit through (and you'll do some sitting: The film runs nearly three and a half hours). But the future-shock story is well worth the effort.

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