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Xanadu: Magical Musical Edition (PG)
Universal Home Entertainment
For many years after its initial release, the ultra-fantastical, roller-skating musical Xanadu was widely regarded not only as a huge box-office bomb, but also as one of the most laughably bad films of all time. More than 25 years later, it's a cult classic and a huge Broadway hit. Who would have guessed? Yes, the movie, about a goddess who comes to Earth to inspire a guy to open a nightclub, is completely overblown. But, it stars a then-hot Olivia Newton-John (along with Gene Kelly) and captures the time in a refreshingly day-glo '80s way that you just don't see anymore. Regardless of what you think about the flick, you can't say anything bad about the catchy soundtrack, with music by Newton-John and the incomparable Electric Light Orchestra. Thankfully, the CD's included in this two-disc special edition. Louis Fowler

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'Til Death Do Us Part: The Complete First Season (NR)
Navarre Corporation
Oh, John Waters. How I'll happily review anything you do. 'Til Death Do Us Part, originally broadcast on Court TV (now known as truTV), presents the legendary "Prince of Puke" as the Groom Reaper, a cynical Cryptkeeper-type who introduces us to newlywed couples ready to kill each other by the end of the episode. Cheating spouses, jilted lovers, skeleton-filled closets and general nagging are enough to make these stories relatable and laughable, ably maintaining a darkly humorous tone that still keeps interest piqued when Waters isn't on screen. But still, there's no doubt this is Waters' show, and his hilariously droll observations on love and murder make the thing completely lovable. A fun true-crime time and a must for Waters completists. Louis Fowler

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Madame O (NR)
Synapse Films / Release date: July 29
One of the most controversial films to come out of 1960s Japan, Madame O is a bloody tale of revenge that while still holding a few shocks is actually a little boring by today's standards. Directed by Seiichi Fukuda and gorgeously (and joltingly) shot in alternating black-and-white and color, it's the story of a successful female doctor (Michiko Aoyama) who harbors a shocking secret from her teenage years that manifests itself in her nighttime life. Once her shift is over, she scours the city streets for men, taking them home and slaughtering them in a search for retribution. While Madame O is quite bloody and definitely not for the squeamish, its lagging pace keeps it from being a classic. Fans of Japanese revenge cinema, however, will be in crimson heaven. Louis Fowler


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