TOP PICK –Bonnie and Clyde: Ultimate Collector's Edition (Warner)
This landmark 1967 movie re-imagined a pair of 1930s-era gangsters as counterculture folk heroes for a bunch of pot-smoking hippies. The new two-DVD set (also available in a less-pricey Special Edition that omits the Collector's Edition memorabilia) confirms its reputation. Cool extras include deleted scenes, a making-of doc, and a History Channel special about the real-life killer couple.
Instead of the usual arsenal of guns and swords, the hero of this action game (for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3) wields a lethal blade...which sprouts from his hand. There's a lot of the usual secret-agent stuff here—sneaking around, stealth kills—but it's the brutal protagonist who makes the game stand out. Plus, it's one of the year's bloodiest games, if you're into that kinda thing. We are.
DVD —Juno (Fox)
Honest to blog, there are parts of this movie that drive us nuts. But Ellen Page's Oscar-nominated turn as a pregnant teen, plus the winning soundtrack (anchored by Kimya Dawson, but also including songs by the Kinks, Sonic Youth, and the Velvet Underground), give it a boost. The plethora of deleted scenes is worth checking out.
Nelson wrote "Crazy," which Patsy Cline turned into a jukebox staple. He spearheaded the whole outlaw-country movement of the '70s. And he got high at the White House. Dude's lived quite a life, and this four-disc box gathers 100 songs from his 40-plus-year career. Almost all of them are keepers.
BOOK –Pretty Vacant: A History of UK Punk (Chicago Review)
Phil Strongman's chronicle of England's 1970s punk scene doesn't chart any new territory. The Sex Pistols, the Clash, the Damned—they're all here. It's the author's first-hand recollections of onstage mayhem and behind-the-scenes bickering that hits like a sticky gob to the face.
A souped-up Bonnie and Clyde tops this week's pop culture picks.