VIDEO GAME -- Carnival Games
(Global Star Software)
This fun and addictive game for the Wii features more than 25 midway games, including a ring toss, dunk tank, and Skee-Ball -- just like the ones at a county fair. But now you can enjoy them without the smell of funnel cake wafting through the air. Prizes include crappy carnival staples like fuzzy dice, dancing aliens, and giant stuffed animals. It's almost like the real thing. All that's missing is a carny staring at your girl's ass when you walk by.
CD -- The Crystal Method -- Vegas (Deluxe Edition)
The electronic duo marks the 10th anniversary of its debut with a double-disc reissue that's loaded with bonus cuts. The original album was a touchstone in electronica music -- released just as the genre was heralded as the Next Big Thing. Never mind that it didn't catch on with anyone besides club kids who took way too many drugs; the record remains a potent blend of rock, techno, and hip-hop. Extras include remixes by disciples Paul Oakenfold and MSTRKRFT.
BOOK -- Mr. Skin's Skintastic Video Guide
Earlier this year, the hit comedy Knocked Up gave a shout-out to Mr. Skin's naked-movie-stars website. This breezy companion read compiles more than 500 movies on DVD that include "boobs, butts, and bush." We figured Cellblock Sisters: Banished Behind Bars would have a high nudity count. We never dreamed the Clint Eastwood thriller Tightrope would be right up there too.
DVD -- Rob Zombie: 3 Disc Collector's Set
His recent Halloween remake was a bust, but Zombie's first two movies -- House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects -- are amusing homages to violent drive-in flicks of the '70s. As a director, the onetime rocker can be a bit heavy-handed. Yet he achieves a perfect balance of humor and gore in this pair of films about a family of serial killers. A third disc goes behind the scenes of the blood-colored Rejects.
COURTESY FLUSH, PLEASE -- Elton: The Biography
(Chicago Review Press)
Writer David Buckley didn't score an interview with the subject of his blah book. But he does chat up plenty of John's "associates and closest musical collaborators" -- which means there are many detailed accounts of moody studio sessions and life on the road. Buckley doesn't skirt over John's homosexuality, coke binges, or suicide attempt. But he doesn't reveal anything new either.
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