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By John Moore

The Latest DVD, Blu Ray & VOD Releases

Johnny Thunders Madrid Memory
(Cleopatra/MVD Visual)
In 1984, when punk guitar Godfather Johnny Thunders was in the midst of a reunion tour, he was on the downside of he's popularity and clearly not drug free. But as this live show from the capitol of Spain, originally shown as TV broadcast, proves he could still put on a brilliant set. A little sloppy, as it should be, a lot of awkward between song down time (tuning guitars, combing his hair), but when Thunders and The Heartbreakers, including Jerry Nolan and Sylvain Sylvain, tear through classics like The New York Dolls' "Personality Crisis" or "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory," you realize just how remarkable this band could be. The set comes with a DVD and CD version of the show.

(Magnolia Home Entertainment)
You'd hardly expect a documentary about competitive tickling to be so suspenseful. But New Zealand journalist David Farrier and co-director Dylan Reeve have managed to pull it off with this wildly entertaining look into the highly secretive people behind online tickling videos. The duo flies across the world to the U.S. to interview former video subjects who were blackmailed and harassed by organizers, who turn their focus on the filmmakers as a result they face legal threats and a bizarre stream of homophobia. Suspenseful up to the last few minutes, Tickled takes to a bizarrely niche corner of the Internet and comes back with a fantastic documentary.

Master of Dark Shadows
(MPI Media Group)
It's been more than five decades since Dan Curtis premiered his bizarre Gothic black and white vampire soap opera on network TV in the middle of the day, but its impact is still considerable. From the mediocre Johnny Depp movie to a slew of other films, bands, fashion and pretty most of Tim Burton's career, the influence of Dark Shadows is strong. This documentary, narrated by Deadwood's Ian McShane, does a masterful job of diving into the series, it's creator, Dan Curtis, and the legacy surrounding both through interviews with everyone from Whoopi Goldberg to True Blood creator (and Dan Curtis acolyte) Alan Ball.



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