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TOP PICK – VIDEO GAME

Shadows of the Damned

(Electronic Arts)

There are plenty of shooters out there that mix big-ass guns and elements of horror. But few have the wild-ride urgency of Shadows of the Damned (for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360). You play a demon hunter who's out to rescue his honey from the gatekeepers of hell. Things get super-bloody, even when the game winks at you with references to '70s grindhouse movies and weapons powerful enough to blow away entire armies. Plus, dick jokes!

DVD

Damnation Alley

(Shout! Factory)

In this long-unavailable 1977 cult classic -- making its DVD (and Blu-ray!) debut -- post-apocalypse survivors have a lot to deal with, including murderous shell-shocked humans and giant man-eating insects. So no surprise they want to hightail it out of there. But first they must cross a treacherous 100-mile patch of land. The leader of the crew is played by George Peppard, the same guy who led the A-Team. Pity the bugs!

DVD

Of Gods and Men

(Sony)

Terrorists come down hard on a group of monks camped out in an Algerian town in this somber movie from last year, which is based on a true story. Their dilemma: get the hell out of there or stay with the locals? Don't expect a happy ending. More than anything, Of Gods and Men is a quiet character study of determined men wanting to do the right thing and sticking it out until the tragic end.

BOOK

See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody

(Little, Brown)

Back in the day, Bob Mould fronted Hüsker Dü, one of the greatest (and most melodic) punk bands of the '80s. Then he swung through a solo career and another, and more commercially successful, group (Sugar). Then he came out and started making music that sounded nothing like the songs of his blistering youth. This terrific memoir covers it all. Fun fact: The only straight guy in Hüsker Dü was the one who looked gay.

CD

Neil Young: A Treasure

(Reprise)

Neil Young was all over the place in the '80s, making records that sounded like robots, records that sounded like they were recorded in a garage, and records that sounded like they came from 1958. His most endearing featured the International Harvesters, a group of seasoned session pros who helped him get his country on. This live album, recorded in 1984 and 1985 but never released, includes some songs Young never got around to recording.

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