Aeon Flux: The Complete Animated Collection
Aeon Flux, MTV's gun-totin', scantily clad assassin from the future, was a pure exercise of immense hyperkinetic style over substance. The 10 22-minute episodes on this collection's first two discs look great: all animated sex and violence, with a strange sci-fi sheen. It's too bad the story lines are mush. Much better are the early, wordless Liquid Television shorts included on the third disc, each one ending (or beginning) with Aeon's death; they're far more satisfying than the later episodes' full courses of eye candy. The documentaries and numerous commentaries by creator Peter Chung are for hardcore fans only. -- Jordan Harper
Ozzfest 10th Anniversary
The title's a little misleading -- this isn't a 10-year retrospective, but the DVD companion to the 2005 tour, with a few reflections along the way, including Sharon Osbourne congratulating herself for originating this headbanging antidote to Lollapalooza. Thankfully, there's a "Performances Only" feature that allows you to skip the talking and stick with the bands, who mostly give off some high-energy tunes (the accompanying CD features most of these). You'll see Jada Pinkett-Smith's band, Wicked Wisdom, get flipped off and booed (as politely as she brushes it off, the reaction hints that Ozzfest is hardly as diverse as its organizers claim), and you'll see lackluster performances from Rob Zombie (stick to movies, Rob!). But Black Sabbath is irresistible, despite Ozzy's desperate begging for cheers. Bonus features include a typically incoherent interview with the Ozzman and a hilarious anecdote from Zakk Wylde about Ozzy's last hospital stay. -- Luke Y. Thompson
The Best & Worst of American Idol: Seasons 1-4
This three-disc collection, including an oxymoronically titled bonus disc featuring Bo Bice's homecoming and an interview with Paula Abdul, consists of moments fans will covet: There's Kelly Clarkson's audition, and there's William Hung, she-bangin' it through the Ricky Martin . . . uh . . . classic? And there's everything in between: two renditions of "The Star-Spangled Banner" performed by clowns who learned the lyrics tomorrow, assorted other creeps and schmucks trying to impress (or at least threaten) the judges, and the eventual winners from each season. The set is docked at least one star for including the "audition" of Christopher Noll, who turned out to be MTV comedian Chris Wylde pulling a fast one. But if you miss Vonzelle and Fantasia, this collection is for you. -- Wilonsky
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