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A bounty of Bootsy tops this week's pop culture picks

TOP PICK – Bootsy Collins CD reissues (Collectors' Choice)

Bootsy was P-Funk's bass-playing nucleus during their greatest period. As a solo artist recording under the Boosty's Rubber Band, Bootsy, and William Collins monikers, he charted the Mothership on a similar funky course in the late '70s and early '80s. Four extras-free reissues—Stretching Out in Bootsy's Rubber Band, The Boot Is Made for Fonk-N, Ultra Wave, and The One Giveth, the Count Taketh Away—catch Bootsy at his most playfully expansive. Yeah, baby!

CD – Michael Jackson: Thriller – 25th Anniversary Edition (Epic/Legacy)

Thriller is more than just a terrific album; it's a cultural milestone. Seven of its nine songs were Top 10 singles. "Billie Jean" broke down MTV's color barrier. And a pre-freaky Jackson rightfully grabbed the King of Pop crown on his was to conquering the universe. The album still sounds great today. This reissue tags on a half-dozen bonus tracks—including Kanye- and Fergie-assisted remixes—and a DVD with all the classic videos, plus Jackson's show-stopping, Moonwalking performance on the Motown 25 TV special.

TV – Lewis Black's Root of All Evil (Comedy Central)

Black likes to call himself a pissed-off optimist. We call him one of the shrewdest comedians working today. This new weekly series—which premieres at 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday—features a panel of famous funny people debating the evilness of two disparate topics. Black issues final judgment at the end of each show. This week's battle: Oprah vs. the Catholic Church. Get ready to rumble.

VIDEO GAME – Twisted Metal: Head On: Extra Twisted Edition (Sony)

The PlayStation 2 lives on in the latest outing of this popular series, which features the most dangerous pimped-out rides you've ever seen. Gamers stock their cars, trucks, and, in one case, a big-ass tire with guns, grenades, and rocket launchers. Then they fight it out in the streets of Paris, an amusement park, and several other obstacle-strewn levels. Best of all, a bonus game comes complete with its own spooky back story.

DVD – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Presents: Academy Awards Animation Collection 15 Winners – 26 Nominees (Warner Bros.)

This three-disc collection of Oscar faves features some of the greatest cartoons ever made—including classics starring Bugs Bunny, Popeye, and Superman. (The set pulls together toons from a bunch of different studios—a first.) While head-spinning animation fuels brainy shorts like Dot, Line & Squiggle, we prefer ones like Yankee Doodle Mouse, where Jerry stuffs Tom with fireworks and lights him up like the Fourth of July.

 
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