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The Must List: Mar 18, 2005

‘Passions,’ parrots, and 8 other things we love this week

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The Must List: Mar 18, 2005

DVD
1. BAMBI
Introduce your tots to the wondrous old-school animation (and storytelling) of Walt’s woodsy classic, newly resplendent in a sparkling DVD restoration. Review >

MOVIE
2. THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL
A San Francisco wanderer bonds with the titular birds in this sweet, affecting documentary. Review >

TV
3. PROJECT GREENLIGHT
Matt and Ben’s filmic boot camp moves to Bravo, as recruits make a horror flick under the tutelage of terror maven Wes Craven.

MUSIC
4. SET YOURSELF ON FIRE, STARS
The band may be Canadian, but the album evokes classic Britpop, infused with wry romanticism and flavored with lush strings and ethereal choruses. Review >

BOOKS
5. DOC FRANKENSTEIN
The Wachowski brothers find post-Matrix-sequels redemption in a smart comic book that reimagines the fabled monster as a gun-totin’ philosophical hero. Review >

DVD
6. FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, BY HUNTER S. THOMPSON
From the once-brilliant mind of the late gonzo great came this drug-soaked chronicle of a lost weekend in Sin City — a scalding and scabrous look at 1971 America. News > Review >

MUSIC
7. DEADWOOD SOUNDTRACK
HBO’s Western comes to gritty life in an album of richly evocative music (and, in one version, bits of racy dialogue). Review >

TV
8. PASSIONS
Incest, pregnancy, birth defects? With plotlines like these, NBC’s daytime sudser may leave permanent scorch marks on your 50-inch plasma set.

DVD
9. MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO
On a swell new DVD: Shakespeare, Keanu, and River Phoenix hit the streets in Gus Van Sant’s darkly lyrical saga of hustlers and johns in the Pacific Northwest. Review >

DVD
10. CLASSIC COMEDIES COLLECTION
Hepburn and Grant shine in Bringing Up Baby, one of six timeless gems in Warner’s scintillating DVD set.