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Modern Family: The Complete First Season (NR)

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

If you get past the ridiculously generic title, "Modern Family" earns its well-deserved critical kudos as one of the best shows on television. Think "The Office" as a family-based sitcom. Chronicling the foibles of the extended Pritchett and Dunphy families, "Modern Family" offers a fresh, self-effacing take on sitcom clichés that, thankfully, eschews laugh tracks and easy jokes for well-thought-out setups and punch lines that will make "Two & A Half Men" fans throw their remotes in disgust. Multicultural May-December relationships, wannabe atomic families and gay parenting styles all get a hilariously microscopic view, never going into parody or farce, never getting silly or stupid. "Modern Family" isn't only the biggest TV surprise of 2010, but one that should qualify as appointment viewing in its second season. — Louis Fowler


Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema (R)

Anchor Bay Home Entertainment

The best crime flicks of all time — "Goodfellas," "Scarface," "American Gangster" — all have one thing in common: They revolve around the rise and fall of kingpins who come up from the gutter and find out that crime, when done right, can pay. Of course it never lasts, but what a ride! From South Africa comes this new classic. Lucky Kunene (Rapulana Seiphemo) is a clever and ambitious teen who spends his time reading Dale Carnegie and Donald Trump books, working his way up in Jo'berg's rampant car-theft syndicate. After a few years of trying to go straight, a beating by thugs inspires him to clean up the ghetto by any means necessary, which, in a logically perverse turn of events, transforms him into a feared slumlord extraordinaire. Tense, engaging and action-packed, "Gangster's Paradise" is a masterpiece that, at the very least, should be name-checked by rappers for the next 10 years. — Louis Fowler


Ladies & Gentlemen, the Rolling Stones (NR)

Eagle Rock Entertainment

Many call this the best rock concert movie ever made. What's indisputable about the film, unavailable on DVD until now, is capturing the Stones at their absolute peak as a live band, in 1972, following Exile on Main Street. Mick Jagger is still spry today, but it's a lot more fun to watch him strut as a young man. Mick Taylor was the secret weapon in this period, with his lead guitar and slide work on songs like "Midnight Rambler" and "All Down the Line" elevating songs to new heights. Keith Richards, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts formed a dynamic rhythm section, and the horns and keyboards filled out songs like "Rip This Joint." The Stones continue under the banner of world's greatest rock band, though that's again debatable. But when these shows were shot, there was no question. — Alan Sculley

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