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Yo Gabba Gabba: The Dancey Dance Bunch (NR)


Imagine if the Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! was a kids show on Nickelodeon. Then you'd have Yo Gabba Gabba, an incredibly charming video that will astound children and keep parents entertained. I don't have kids, and I've watched the DVD twice. Led by orange-clad DJ Lance Rock, monsters dance and sing songs about sharing, giving friends a "high five" and food having a party in your stomach. (Carrots want to be invited.) In the most absurd part, monsters tell silly stories about mistaking ice cream for Mom. Throw in cameos by Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh (giving a weekly art lesson) and Elijah Wood (doing a dance called the "Puppet Master"), and animation by indie comics heroes Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer, and I'm gonna procreate just so I can watch it again. Louis Fowler


Baraka (NR)

MPI Home Video

From the makers of Koyaanisqatsi and the IMAX film Chronos comes one of the most visually astounding documentary films of all time, Baraka which, translated from the ancient Sufi language, means "the thread that weaves life together." Peaceful, dreamlike and at times completely unreal, Baraka is a wordless study in synchronicity, the human condition and the fragility of the world around us that serves up a total experience for the senses. Crisp, beautiful cinematography captures the world in an honest yet surreal state as the ethereal music of Michael Stearns haunts the background. Originally shot on 70mm film, it's been painstakingly restored with a vibrancy rarely seen on the DVD format. It's also being released on Blu-ray, invented for just this type of film and the best way to experience it. Louis Fowler


Patrick: Special Edition (PG)

Synapse Films

A classic of Australian genre cinema (and a minor hit here in the late '70s), Patrick was long considered the "male version" of Carrie, with a lot less religious fervor and a whole bunch more latent psycho-sexual neuroses. The title character, after killing his mom and her lover, spends most of the film comatose, in the hospital. Though his body is motionless, his brain functions as a telepathic killing machine, righting all those who wrong him as he lies in bed. This reaches a fever pitch when a new nurse shows up and he takes an obsessive interest in her. While today's impatient audiences might find Patrick slow, it's from a better screenwriting time, when character development outweighed cheap scares and the finale was a real shocker. Fans of classic '70s genre film will find themselves in love. Louis Fowler

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