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Here are the week's best releases from the pop-culture universe: 

CD -- Forever Changing: The Golden Age of Elektra Records, 1963-1973: This five-disc box chronicles the early history of the influential label, which started out with harmonizing folkies and ended up with amp-piercing punks. While the link between Dylan-lite Phil Ochs and the revolutionary MC5 may not seem evident at first, the connection among these 117 songs eventually becomes clear: Every single Elektra artist -- from the Doors to the Stooges -- wanted to change the world with their music.

VIDEOGAME --Hotel Dusk: Room 215: This Nintendo DS game plays like a wired Clue. A big-city cop becomes involved in a 30-year-old murder. Along the way, players piece together evidence, deciding whether to calmly talk to suspects or to give them severe beatdowns. Filled with intricate puzzles and complex storytelling, this coolly designed noir mystery will get you thinking more than any of those "brain" games will.

TV -- Presidents' Day Three Stooges Marathon: Spike TV celebrates George, Abe, and all those other dead guys with 10 hours' worth of Larry, Curly, and Moe. Expect to see such classics as "Dizzy Doctors," "Three Little Beers," and "Movie Maniacs" -- and almost as much eye-gouging, hair-pulling, and teeth-extracting as you'll see on the network's Ultimate Fighter. It starts at 9 a.m. on Monday.

DVD -- The Silence of the Lambs: Collector's Edition: Just in time for the latest Hannibal Lecter movie, this two-disc remastered version of the 1991 classic makes you realize just how lame the sequels are -- and just how stomach-knottingly chilling Anthony Hopkins' performance is. Bonus items include making-of docs, outtakes, and more than 20 deleted scenes. Best: recipe cards for dishes like fava bean risotto. Goes good with a nice Chianti.

BOOK -- 33 1/3: Our favorite book series just rolled out five more volumes focusing on the making and legacy of classic albums. It's a diverse bunch, including Joni Mitchell's jazzy Court and Spark, My Bloody Valentine's shoe-gazing epic Loveless, and Stevie Wonder's tour de force Songs in the Key of Life. Best is Eric Weisbard's account of Guns 'N Roses' troubled Use Your Illusion albums. He even tells readers how to make a single-disc mix that's way better conceived than the two bloated original CDs.

TV -- Wrestling Society X: Can wrestling get more extreme? MTV's newest weekly series (which airs at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday) thinks so. Grapplers like Vampiro and Sean "6-Pac" Waltman introduce foes to live wires, car windows, and an arsenal of explosions not seen since the days of Wile E. Coyote. Loud and live performances by Good Charlotte, New Found Glory, and Clipse bring a different kind of pain.

COURTESY FLUSH, PLEASE -- The Essential Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Wanna know why prog rock was so derided in the '70s? Look no further than this two-CD set by the genre's most pretentious practitioners. The trio recorded songs that had seven separate movements, wrote pieces with titles like "Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression -- Part 2," and once made a rock version of Russian composer Mussorgsky's century-old Pictures at an Exhibition. Humorless, mechanical, and the reason the Ramones mattered so much.

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