Festival Express Bob Smeaton’s close-up, wild-ride documentary catches Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia, and pals on a drunken 1970 concert tour. R; $24.98.
Ali G Indahouse Not so surprising that this isn’t nearly as funny as the ethno-comic Brit’s television show; shocking that it’s as bad as Danny Hoch’s White-boyz. R; $27.98.
Shrek 2 DreamWorks’ disappointing, weirdly celebrity-obsessed sequel. PG; $19.95.
Around the World in 80 Days Jackie Chan’s decent kids’ flop. PG; $29.99.
Paranoia Agent A stylish anime series from genius Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue) about a mythical mean kid who rolls on in-line skates—with a baseball bat. NR; $29.98.
Dr. Strangelove Seems like there’s a new edition of this 40-year-old classic every six months—and that’s fine by us. NR; $34.95.
A Home At The End Of The World Somehow Colin Farrell (as a cherubic sweetie) wasn’t the main flaw in Michael Mayer’s dull adaptation of the Michael Cunningham novel. R; $27.95.
Dottie Gets Spanked An early 27-minute short by Todd Haynes—after the Barbie dolls, before Julianne Moore. NR; $19.99.
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