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Singin' in the Rain


The greatest musical ever made finally comes to Blu-ray, just in time for its 60th anniversary. There are so many classic scenes here – Donald O'Connor tripping over furniture in the wonderfully choreographed “Make 'Em Laugh” sequence, the star trio singing “Good Morning,” and of course Gene Kelly's rain-drenched dance to the title song – that the silent-film-stars-can't-adjust-to-talkies plot hardly matters.


Blade Anime, Wolverine Anime


These two new double-DVD sets gather all 12 episodes from both of the Marvel-backed TV series, which also included outings on Iron Man and the X-Men. The animation is sleek and fast-moving in these shows – a perfect complement to all the action blasting through each episode. Extras include behind-the-scenes features as well as primers on the superheroes. Bonus points for geek-approved voice casts featuring Lost and Heroes stars.



(Twentieth Century Fox)

Writer-director Kenneth Lonergan's new movie – his follow-up to his 2000 debut You Can Count on Me, which gave Mark Ruffalo his big break – has been sitting around for awhile, and for a time it looked like it would never be released, thanks to lawsuits stemming from its troubled post-production. Ruffalo is back, with Anna Paquin as a young woman who witnesses a tragic bus accident. Flawed, but mesmerizing.


The Smashing Pumpkins: Pisces Iscariot


The Pumpkins' 1994 album – one last blast of lean, muscular rock before the following year's sprawling Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness – gathers 14 leftovers from the band's breakthrough years. Most of the songs come from the Siamese Dream sessions, as either B-sides or outtakes, including a cover of Stevie Nicks' “Landslide,” years before the Dixie Chicks got around to it. Bonus discs include even more leftovers and a live DVD.


Tedeschi Trucks Band: Everybody's Talkin'

(Sony Masterworks)

The best blues-based band working today burns through a two-disc live set culled from the married couple's tour last year. The set features a mix of songs from their 2011 debut Revelator, as well as covers of Stevie Wonder and Elmore James songs. Susan Tedeschi has a veteran blueswoman's growl down hard here, but it's Derek Trucks' ferocious guitar playing that stings throughout.

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