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CD -- Journey Into Paradise . . . The Larry Levan Story: Levan, an old-school DJ, defined the dance subgenre of garage back in the early '80s. This two-disc set features 22 songs Levan produced, remixed, or spun in his hugely influential sets at the Paradise Garage in N.Y.C. Best are Yaz's "Situation" and Taana Gardner's bubbly "Heartbeat," which has been endlessly sampled by Snoop, DMX, and other club-friendly hip-hoppers.

DVD -- Delta Heavy: When techno titans Sasha and John Digweed toured the U.S. together in 2002, they brought a camera crew with them. Their historical jaunt is documented on this coast-to-coast video diary, which details the day-to-day drudgery as well as the glow-stick-lit, music-packed nights. It's just like being there, without the teeth-clenching side effects of Ecstasy to bring you down.

MOVIE -- The Notorious Bettie Page: Like Good Night, and Good Luck, this biopic about pinup queen Page is set in the puritanical 1950s, is shot in black and white, and stars David Straithairn. Unlike Good Night, there's plenty of T&A and S&M. Director Mary Harron frames the story with a Senate hearing over Page's infamous bondage pics. The movie, however, centers on Page's struggles -- with her strict religious upbringing and desire to be a respected actress. All the while, Harron's camera lovingly pores over Gretchen Mol, terrific as the kittenish Page.

VIDEOGAME -- Tetris DS: Back in the day, Tetris was our favorite time-killer. This new-millennium facelift (for Nintendo DS) includes modes featuring Mario and Donkey Kong, a touch game that uses the system's stylus, and wireless battles -- where up to 10 players can juggle all those falling blocks. But it's the addictive classic version (also included here) that we keep going back to. Some things never get old.

CD -- Their Law -- The Singles, 1990-2005: The Prodigy is one of the few bands to come out of the nonstarting electronica movement that doesn't set its machines on snooze. It's essentially a punk group, led by a techno whiz who uses sampled DJ beats rather than guitars to ignite audiences. This two-disc collection gathers the band's best tracks from the past 15 years, including "Firestarter" and "Smack My Bitch Up" -- both great enough to make you forget about its clownish singer.

TV -- The Ultimate Coyote Ugly Search: Women who can dance and pour drinks deserve the airtime that this reality TV show (on CMT at 8 p.m. Friday) gives them. Just like on Survivor, there are eliminations: Each week, two ladies are chosen from various cities to join a road trip to New Orleans, where five finalists compete for $25,000 and a spot at the famed bar when it reopens. Just like Girls Next Door, it's all about the jiggle.

COURTESY FLUSH, PLEASE -- Bob Dylan -- 1975-1981: Rolling Thunder & the Gospel Years: This long, dull, "totally unauthorized documentary" talks to a bunch of people -- a violinist, a backing singer -- who joined Dylan's musical caravan 30 years ago. You know you're in trouble when the DVD's cover disclaims "Contains no Bob Dylan songs." Instead, a cover band plays tunes that sound like the ones Dylan performed in concert back then, and out-of-work musicians go on and on about what a great time they had a quarter-century ago. Worst, it documents two periods that thoroughly sucked, even for Dylan die-hards.

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