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

Culture Jamming
DVD -- God Save the Queen: A Punk Rock Anthology: Twenty songs document a time when punk was more than just three guys singing about farts and jacking off. The performances from seminal bands like the Stooges, Buzzcocks, and X-Ray Spex are spotty, grainy, and muddy -- just like the music itself. Nothing against Fall Out Boy, but the new school will probably never top Iggy Pop's "I Wanna Be Your Dog."

CD -- Greatest Hits 1970-1978: This 16-track compilation of the only Black Sabbath era that matters (when Ozzy fronted the band) distills 2004's nine-disc box, which was a little too much even for folks who own pentagrams and goat skulls. Hits packs the very best: "War Pigs," "Iron Man," "Paranoid." It almost makes you forget the stumbling, bumbling Prince of Blahness Ozzy has become. Almost.

DVD -- Planet of the Apes: The Legacy Collection: Monkeys are hot. Just look at King Kong. Now the original damn dirty apes are back. This six-disc box gathers all five pre-Burton movies (the 1968 original, plus the four increasingly preposterous sequels) and a bonus DVD filled with trailers and documentaries. It's more fun than a barrel of . . . ah, forget it.

BOOK -- Second Act Trouble: Hollywood isn't the only place that makes bombs like Gigli. Broadway has had its fair share of stinkers over the years too, and this captivating read shines the floodlights on many of them. Veteran theater producer Steven Suskin takes a look at such flops as How Now, Dow Jones, Subways Are for Sleeping, and Kelly, a big-budget musical that opened and closed on the same day. Sorta like Springtime for Hitler, but without the dancing Nazis.

TV -- Ultimate Fight Night: Spike TV is ready to rumble Thursday (starting at 6 p.m.) with 10 hours of bare-knuckle brawling. It starts with two hours of Ultimate Knockouts, a highlight reel of the UFC's best beatdowns. Next comes UFC's Ultimate Fight Night Live, showcasing many of the stars from the first two seasons of The Ultimate Fighter reality series. That's followed by the debut of The Ultimate Fighter 3, with a new round of contestants fighting for a contract in the UFC. Let's get it on!

CD -- When the Going Gets Dark: Quasi, Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss' side project, has always been moodier than her full-time band. On its seventh CD, the duo makes a big noise, incorporating everything from somber piano to a Spectorian wall of sound. The songs are personal, political, and often glorious. Plus, Quasi beat the White Stripes to its gimmick: Weiss and partner Sam Coomes were once married and are now divorced, but still rock out in harmony.

COURTESY FLUSH, PLEASE -- All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise: In 2004, Rosie O'Donnell, her partner, and their four kids took a weeklong cruise to the Caribbean. They invited 1,500 people to go with them, as well as a camera crew, which shot a feature-length documentary (airing at 8 p.m. Thursday on HBO). Because the guests include a mix of races, generations, and gay and straight folks, there's a lesson in diversity and understanding to be made here. But after listening to the titanic O'Donnell prattle on, you'll be hoping the boat hits an iceberg.

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