DVD -- Alfred Hitchcock Box Set: By the time he got to Hollywood, Hitchcock had mastered his groundbreaking style. This three-disc set charts the director's formative years, when he was making tight suspense thrillers in England. The set's five movies span silent oddities (The Ring), stagy talkies (The Skin Game), and Hitch's first film to hint at the greatness to come (Rich and Strange). Bonus features include an insightful documentary about the early era.
BOOK -- The Bunny Book: How to Walk, Talk, Tease, and Please Like a Playboy Bunny: Three of Hef's ladies fill in readers on the tricks of their trade. Chapters cover lingerie, bondage, and first-date dos and don'ts. While the book doesn't really offer anything new, the helpful pics and sidebars ("The Perfect Hand Job") are fun, not clinical. Our only complaint: Where are the complimentary bunny ears?
CD -- Luscious Jackson: Greatest Hits: The women of Luscious Jackson were not only pals with the Beastie Boys, they were sorta the female version. Founder Kate Schellenbach drummed for the Beasties, the group got its start on the Beasties' indie-hip Grand Royal label, and its hip-hop had as much to do with punk as funk. This 19-track set compiles songs from three albums, plus rare cuts and new remixes. Ch-ch-check it out.
TV -- March of the Mob: Spike TV celebrates March Madness tip-off with a Sunday's worth of wiseguy flicks. The fun begins at 2 p.m. with the granddaddy of the genre, The Godfather, followed by the Best Sequel Ever, The Godfather: Part II. It wraps up with Goodfellas -- a way better pick than the third Corleone story (which, thankfully, isn't part of today's lineup). It's an offer we can't refuse.
CD -- The Very Best of Echo & the Bunnymen: More Songs to Learn and Sing: This 20-song compilation spans the moody Liverpool quartet's quarter-century of making records. All of the modern-rock hits are here: "The Cutter," "The Killing Moon," and "Lips Like Sugar." Curios include a cover of the Doors' "People Are Strange" and a bonus DVD with eight fog-filled videos.
COURTESY FLUSH, PLEASE -- Mamarama: A Memoir of Sex, Kids & Rock 'n' Roll: Early in her book, rock critic Evelyn McDonnell worries that she'll lose some of her cred once she becomes a mom. For good reason. Straining for hipness, this treacly read comes off like AlternaDad for women. Worse, McDonnell writes as if she's the first person to struggle with the aging-rock-fan-vs.-new-parent issue. Cookie Monster has more insight.
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