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Shrek


By DNA Smith
PICKS OF THE WEEK
“Shrek Forever After” (PG) — After a disappointing third film, this fourth and final installment of the “Shrek” series is as refreshing and funny as the first two movies. After growing tired of the domestic routine, Shrek makes a deal with Rumpelstiltskin to get his roar back. And in a turn taken from “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Shrek discovers that maybe his world would be a better place if he put things back to the way they were — and he has only 24 hours to reverse the contract.

“Fox 75th Anniversary Collection” — If you just bought your first DVD player, have an extra $500 and need an instant movie collection, you definitely need to grab this massive 75-film collection from 20th Century Fox. It includes timeless classics like “The Grapes of Wrath” and “Miracle on 34th Street,” beloved musicals like “South Pacific,” Hello, Dolly,” “The Sound of Music” and “The King and I”; the war epics “Patton,” “MASH” and “The Longest Day;” sci-fi landmarks like “Planet of the Apes,” “Star Wars,” “Fantastic Voyage” and “Avatar;” and tons of Oscar-winning dramas and classic comedies. Sure, the price is steep, but it averages out to a little more than six bucks a movie, so it’s actually a pretty great deal — and there isn’t a bad film in the bunch.

“ESPN Films 30 for 30 Gift Set Collection” Volume 1 (NR) — This six-disc set of ESPN’s award-winning documentary series is a must-have for every sports fan. The collection features the first 15 films from the series, directed by such filmmakers as Barry Levinson and Peter Berg: “Kings Ransom,” “The Band That Wouldnt Die,” “Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?,” “Muhammad & Larry,” “Without Bias,” “The Legend of Jimmy the Greek,” “The U,” “Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. the New York Knicks,” “Guru of Go,” “No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson,” “Silly Little Game,” “Run Ricky Run,” “The 16th Man,” “Straight Outta L.A.” and “June 17th, 1994.” Also included is more than two hours of bonus material.

“American Pop” (R) — Animator Ralph (“Lord of the Rings,” “Fritz the Cat”) Bakshi’s ambitious tale of the history of American pop music follows the lives of four generations of a Jewish-American family of songwriters and musicians from the turn of the 20th century through World War II, the ’60s and finally to ’70s punk rock. Featuring the music of Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Pat Benatar, Janis Joplin, Benny Goodman and more, this is probably Bakshi’s finest motion picture.

TV SERIES
“Yogi Bear’s All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper”
“Best of Soul Train”
“SpongeBob SquarePants” Season Six, Volume 2
“Hoarders” Season Two: Part One
“Taxicab Confessions: New York” Parts 1, 2 & 3
“Boy Meets World” The Complete Fourth Season
“Bonanza” Official Second Season V.1
“Vegas” Second Season V.1
“Dragnet 1969” Season Three

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