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An essential DVD collection tops this week's picks

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SpongeBob SquarePants:

The First 100 Episodes

(Nickelodeon/Paramount)

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of everybody's favorite porous pineapple dweller, this massive box loads 14 DVDs with the series' first 100 episodes. There are some bonuses (commentary, a documentary, a few featurettes), but the real reason to add this to your collection is SpongeBob — the best cartoon character since the golden age of animation.

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Guitar Hero 5

(Activision)

The classics are here: Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, the Stones. But it's new kids like the Killers, Kings of Leon and Vampire Weekend that make this one of the best outings in the series. Best of all, if you buy the game (for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii) sometime this month, you'll get a free copy of Guitar Hero Van Halen, a real workout.

DVD

Primeval: Volume Two

(BBC)

This show is kinda like Jurassic Park mixed with Doctor Who. At times, it's better than both of them, especially when big and bad-ass dinosaurs stomp onscreen. This three-disc set includes all 10 episodes from the series' third season, plus some behind-the-scenes extras. Catching up can be confusing, but the cool monsters make up for it.

VIDEOGAME

Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box

(Nintendo)

The sequel to one of the all-time best DS games is even better than the original. This time, the prof and his apprentice investigate a pal's death, which might be tied to a mysterious box. More than 150 brain-burning puzzles guide the way. Best of all: You can download new puzzles every week. One of the top games of the year.

DVD

TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection

(Warner/Turner Classic Movies)

The latest batch of movies in this cool series spotlights three genre faves. Each two-disc set contains four old-school classics. The "Murder Mysteries" is the best, with The Big Sleep, Dial M for Murder and The Maltese Falcon. But "Horror" (with Freaks and The Haunting) and "Sci-Fi" (Forbidden Planet, 2001: A Space Odyssey) are great too.

mgallucci@clevescene.com

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