The first three Indiana Jones movies top this week's pop culture picks
TOP PICK – The Adventures of Indiana Jones (Paramount)
Indy's latest adventure is kinda fun, but the real thrills can be found on this three-DVD box featuring the series' first three movies. Temple of Doom and Last Crusade certainly pile on the action, but it's the original Raiders of the Lost Ark that deserves its classic status. It still rocks. Each film comes with tons of extras, like making-of docs and insight by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.
CD – Steve Earle: Copperhead Road—Deluxe Edition (MCA/UME)
Earle's third album celebrates its 20th anniversary with a two-disc set that tacks on a bunch of live cuts from the period. Copperhead Road was pretty much the prickly singer-songwriter's last stand with Nashville, which lauded him only two years earlier. Within a few years, Earle's heroin addiction would land him in jail. Then he cleaned up and became an alt-country superstar. This Southern-rock smokehouse is his fork in the road.
VIDEO GAME – Iron Man (Sega)
The season's surprisingly potent superhero flick also makes for a pretty solid video game (for pretty much every console known to man). Despite some wiggy controls, Iron Man's cool moves—vehicle-obliterating hand blasts, power punches, supersonic flight—save the day.
VIDEO GAME – Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo)
Our favorite mustachioed plumber and all his pals go next-gen in this super-fun racing series. It's pretty much the same drill: Contestants take on various monkeys, turtles, and Italian guys on courses littered with bouncing mushrooms and other obstacles. The new Wii Wheel—and the cool tricks you can do with it—drives it to victory.
BOOK – Re-make/Re-model: Becoming Roxy Music (Da Capo)
This perceptive look at the arty glam-rockers sticks to the basics while lacing it with history lessons on other art-rock pioneers. While writer Michael Bracewell keeps most of the focus on singer Bryan Ferry and keyboardist Brian Eno, the real story belongs to the band's classic records, which include some of the slickest and funkiest white-boy proto-punk of the '70s.
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