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Miami Vice (R)  -  -  - Directed by Michael Mann  - Universal Pictures  -  - Based on his own notorious 1980s pastel-tinted - televison show, Michael Mann updates the story of - smooth-operating cops Crockett and Tubbs in this big- - budget outing. Too bad the movie's so silly that it almost - implodes on its own self-awareness, and so boring that - you almost wish Jan Hammer would show up. The guys, - under deep cover, try to take on the narcotics ring of the - ridiculously named Archangel de Jesus Montoya- - Londono. Crockett falls for the drug lord's Cuban- - Chinese banker  obviously causing identity - questioning, and thus bringing the film to a complete - halt. At a running time of 2:15, that's the kiss of death. - Louis Fowler
  • Miami Vice (R)

    Directed by Michael Mann

    Universal Pictures

    Based on his own notorious 1980s pastel-tinted televison show, Michael Mann updates the story of smooth-operating cops Crockett and Tubbs in this big- budget outing. Too bad the movie's so silly that it almost implodes on its own self-awareness, and so boring that you almost wish Jan Hammer would show up. The guys, under deep cover, try to take on the narcotics ring of the ridiculously named Archangel de Jesus Montoya- Londono. Crockett falls for the drug lord's Cuban- Chinese banker obviously causing identity questioning, and thus bringing the film to a complete halt. At a running time of 2:15, that's the kiss of death. Louis Fowler

Grey Gardens (NR) -  -  - Directed by the Maysles Brothers  - Criterion  -  - No one makes a DVD like Criterion. It's the leader in film - restoring and reissuing, choosing only the most classic - of films to receive its special treatment. Once films go - out of print, that's usually it. Which is why it's such a - treat that it's re-released (with even more bonus - features) the seminal 1975 documentary Grey - Gardens. Documenting the bizarre world of the aunt - and cousin of Jackie O., this film shows these two - leading a life of eccentric decrepitness in their crumbling - 28-room Long Island mansion. At times both uplifting - and depressing, Grey Gardens was a - revolutionary step in the evolution of reality viewing, still - yet to be topped today.  Louis Fowler -
  • Grey Gardens (NR)

    Directed by the Maysles Brothers

    Criterion

    No one makes a DVD like Criterion. It's the leader in film restoring and reissuing, choosing only the most classic of films to receive its special treatment. Once films go out of print, that's usually it. Which is why it's such a treat that it's re-released (with even more bonus features) the seminal 1975 documentary Grey Gardens. Documenting the bizarre world of the aunt and cousin of Jackie O., this film shows these two leading a life of eccentric decrepitness in their crumbling 28-room Long Island mansion. At times both uplifting and depressing, Grey Gardens was a revolutionary step in the evolution of reality viewing, still yet to be topped today. Louis Fowler

The Best of the Jammys, Volume - One (NR)  -  - Directed by Michael Drumm and Larry Jordan -  - Relix  -  - If your holiday gift list includes a jam-band fan, here's a - somewhat obscure DVD that could bring a smile. The - Best of the Jammys, Volume One features - memorable collaborative efforts by some of the genre's - biggest names. Notable performances include Richie - Havens and Mutaytor reinterpreting "Freedom," the - String Cheese Incident with Perry Farrell reworking Jane's - Addiction's "Idiots Rule," and moe. giving Blue Oyster - Cult a run for its money on "Don't Fear the Reaper." In - our mash-up world, where incongruent elements have - somehow become harmonized, it's nice to hear a various - artists album that doesn't kowtow to fashion  and - instead relies on the very creative energy that brought us - to this point in the first place.  John Benson -
  • The Best of the Jammys, Volume One (NR)

    Directed by Michael Drumm and Larry Jordan

    Relix

    If your holiday gift list includes a jam-band fan, here's a somewhat obscure DVD that could bring a smile. The Best of the Jammys, Volume One features memorable collaborative efforts by some of the genre's biggest names. Notable performances include Richie Havens and Mutaytor reinterpreting "Freedom," the String Cheese Incident with Perry Farrell reworking Jane's Addiction's "Idiots Rule," and moe. giving Blue Oyster Cult a run for its money on "Don't Fear the Reaper." In our mash-up world, where incongruent elements have somehow become harmonized, it's nice to hear a various artists album that doesn't kowtow to fashion and instead relies on the very creative energy that brought us to this point in the first place. John Benson

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