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Get Smart (PG-13)

Warner Home Video

Even as a child of the '80s, I was a huge fan of syndicated '60s TV shows like The Monkees, Green Acres and Get Smart, the Mel Brooks-created riff on the James Bond craze. And as it's done with so many such shows, Hollywood has seen fit to bring Get Smart to the big screen in a big-budget outing. It definitely has its moments, but it really doesn't capture the wacky spirit of the original show. The Office's Steve Carell is Agent Maxwell Smart, and he's the best part of the whole thing fans of his brand of humor will get their money's worth. Too bad Anne Hathaway, as erstwhile Agent 99, is a comedic black hole. If you've seen other spy parodies like Austin Powers, you'll get the plot drift. It's worth a rental, but quickly forgettable. Louis Fowler

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Live from Abbey Road: Best of Season One (NR)

BCI Eclipse

Abbey Road Studios, perhaps the most famous recording studio in all of popular music, etched itself into pop culture history via the Beatles album bearing the same name. This two-disc set purportedly features the best of the British television recordings (which aired domestically on the Sundance Channel), and there are some truly great performances by great artists: Wynton Marsalis, Ray LaMontagne, Gnarls Barkley, Iron Maiden and Primal Scream. But then there are a couple of mostly overrated acts I could have done without: LeAnn Rimes, the Goo Goo Dolls, Dave Matthews, Josh Groban and, groan, the Gipsy Kings. OK, there's something for everyone; maybe in Season Two, there'll be more for me. Louis Fowler

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Splatter Disco (NR)

Shock-O-Rama Cinema

It's funny how, 30-plus years after The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the B-movie rock musical is making a comeback. First, we get Troma's Poultrygeist, and now, from Shock-O-Rama, we get Splatter Disco, directed by Richard Griffin. The story: A local nightclub that caters to the town's outcasts is threatened with closure by the uptight city council. Things go from bad to worse when a serial killer starts knocking off the club's employees. Mix the bloodshed with hilarious musical numbers (including a furry-friendly version of Cole Porter's "Let's Do It"), and performances by Trent Haaga, Ken Foree and Lynn Lowry, and you've got a flick that's just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed by high school drama clubs for years to come. Louis Fowler

  • Get Smart; Live from Abbey Road: Best of Season One; Splatter Disco


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