Com­edy from mind of Reg­gie Watts

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Pick of the week

‘Reg­gie watts: why $#!+ So crazy?’ (Com­edy Cen­tral). Ever won­der what kind of stand-up com­edy Brian Eno digs? Then ob­serve the un­cat­e­go­riz­able bril­liance of Watts — the beat­box­ing, ivory-tin­kling chameleon who can sound like Prince cov­er­ing “Flight of the Con­chords” one minute, veer into a pro­fane de­con­struc­tion of hip-hop clichés and wrap up with an anal­y­sis of women’s tent-sized hand­bags that never once sounds like an av­er­age comic’s “did you ever no­tice … ?” bit.

otheR toP PickS:

‘film Noir clas­sics ii’ (Sony). Five more noirs from the Columbia vaults, in­clud­ing ti­tles by Fritz Lang and Jac­ques Tourneur, with video ap­pre­ci­a­tions from folks like Martin Scors­ese, Christo­pher Nolan and Emily Mor­timer.

‘the Girl with the Dragon tat­too’ (Mu­sic Box). While we await David Fincher’s English-lan­guage ver­sion of the best-sell­ing tril­ogy, here’s the very pop­u­lar Swedish take on it. Buster keaton. Kino has a treat for fans of the silent-com­edy ge­nius, of­fer­ing both “Lost Keaton: Six­teen Com­edy Shorts, 19341937” and a Blu-ray edi­tion of the old fave “Steam­boat Bill, Jr.” (also avail­able on stan­dard DVD).

‘A Sin­gle Man’ (Sony). Colin Firth is fan­tas­tic as an emo­tion­ally bot­tled-up gay man in what will likely be the most com­plex role he’ll ever get.

fresh from the mul­ti­plex. “Brook­lyn’s Finest” (An­chor Bay)

New on Blu-ray. Warner dou­ble fea­tures: “Dr. Gig­gles”/”Otis,” “Funny Farm”/”Spies Like Us,” “The Get­away” (1972 and 1994 ver­sions), “The Last Boy Scout”/ “Last Man Stand­ing,” “Prac­ti­cal Magic”/ “The Witches of East­wick” (Warner Bros.); “Ja­son and the Arg­onauts” (Sony); “Jimmy Hollywood,” “La­dy­bugs” (Lion­s­gate); “Larry the Cable Guy: Git-R-Done,” “Love and Other Dis­as­ters” (Im­age)

from the vaults. “Gam­era Vs. Baru­gon”

(Shout! Fac­tory)

Doc­u­men­taries. “Brother Out­sider: The Life of Ba­yard Rustin,” “So­phis­ti­cated Mis­fit” (Pas­sion River)

tV on DVD. Doc­tor Who sets: “The Horns of Ni­mon,” “The Space Mu­seum” / “The Chase,” “The Time Mon­ster,” “Un­der­world” (BBC); “Drag­net” (1968) Sea­son 2, “Rhoda” Sea­son 3 (Shout! Fac­tory); “ER” Sea­son 13, “Squidbillies” Vol. 3 (Warner Bros.); “Have Gun Will Travel” Sea­son 4, Vol. 2 (Para­mount); “Into The Deep: Amer­ica, Whal­ing and the World,” “The Sci­ence of Heal­ing with Dr. Es­ther Stern­berg,” “Se­crets to Love,” “A Sense of Won­der” (PBS); “Last Chance to See,” “Mar­got” (BFS); “Life On Mars” Com­plete UK Col­lec­tion, “Touch­ing Evil” Com­plete Col­lec­tion (Acorn Me­dia); “Project Run­way” Sea­son 7 (Vivendi)

Straight(ish) to video. Ja­son Mewes (the sleazier half of Jay and Silent Bob) in the vam­pire flick “Bit­ten” (Vivendi); “Eyeborgs” (Im­age); “Street Boss” (Mav­er­ick); “The Wind Jour­neys” (Film Move­ment)

kids’ stuff. “Hot Pota­toes: The Best of the Wig­gles” (Warner Bros.); LeapFrog: “Let’s Go to School,” “Math Ad­ven­ture to the Moon” (Lion­s­gate); “Sesame Street: ABCs with Elmo” (Warner Bros.)

Com­edy Cen­tral of­fers a new DVD of Reg­gie Watts. He’s tour­ing Europe this month.

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