New On Dvd

NEW ON DVD

November 04, 2007|By CHRIS KALTENBACH

CHINATOWN SPECIAL COLLECTOR'S EDITION

Paramount Home Entertainment / $14.95

Film noir, a genre that lays bare the basic rottenness of human nature, is not dead -- it's just hard to pull off nowadays. Rian Johnson's Brick was a surprisingly feisty genre entry back in 2005 (and it was even set in a high school). Lawrence Kasdan's Body Heat (1981) followed all the noir rules, while sexing things up considerably for post-ratings-code audiences.

AMAZING JOURNEY: THE STORY OF THE WHO

Universal / $29.98

The history of the band that brought the world "Magic Bus," Tommy and, in the late Keith Moon, the archetype of the crazed rock 'n' roll drummer, is chronicled in this two-disc set. Included are vintage performances and interviews. There are also modern interviews with Who founders Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, plus perspective from such performers as Sting, Eddie Vedder and U2's The Edge.

Extras include a 12-page photo booklet.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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