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For all those Bada Bing lovers whose lives haven’t been the same since the poignant strains of “Don’t Stop Believin’” abruptly terminated one of the greatest television experiences of all time: Welcome to “The Sopranos: The Complete Series” ($254.99). You might have to pull off a heist to pay for this collector’s edition, which features 33 discs’ worth of whacking and yakking, shrinks and finks, along with all kinds of choice extras, like an interview with series creator David Chase conducted by Alec Baldwin, dinner chat with the show’s stars, a collection of show spoofs and several soundtrack CDs. Or just spring for a Bada Bing hoodie ($44.95).
Over the last decade, the indie distributor Rialto Pictures has repeatedly done what long seemed impossible — bringing a significant American audience out of the house to see lovingly restored new prints of world-cinema classics and discoveries. Rialto turned Jean-Pierre Melville’s moody French Resistance drama “Army of Shadows,” never previously released in the United States, into a coast-to-coast hit and brought us definitive versions of oft-butchered foreign fare ranging from Bresson’s “Au Hasard Balthazar” to Godard’s “Band of Outsiders” to Ishiro Honda’s original Japanese version of “Godzilla” (with Raymond Burr excised). My only complaint about Criterion’s new “10 Years of Rialto Pictures” set ($129.99) is that it doesn’t include 20 or 30 films instead of 10. (For copyright reasons, such prominent Rialto releases as Gillo Pontecorvo’s “The Battle of Algiers,” Godard’s “Contempt” and Fellini’s “Nights of Cabiria” are regrettably absent.) Still, what is here, in uniformly glorious DVD transfers, makes this an absolutely, positively must-have from Buñuel’s “Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” to John Schlesinger’s unjustly neglected British New Wave classic “Billy Liar” to Alfredo Lattuada’s rediscovered black comedy “Mafioso” to Hollywood exile Jules Dassin’s heist classic “Rififi.”
For the adventurous art lover, a subscription to the Thing ($140 for a year) is just the thing. A quarterly magazine (though not a magazine by any typical definition), “The Thing” commissions a variety of artists and writers to merge text and object. Previous editions have included a window shade silk-screened with words by Miranda July, and a doorstop by artist Anne Walsh. The upcoming cycle will feature projects by writer Jonathan Lethem and artist Ryan Gander. Prefer to buy a single artwork? The proceeds from limited-edition photos and prints by Fred Tomaselli ($300), Mary Ellen Mark ($700) or Holly Andres ($600) go to AIDS research.
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Lisa Montgomery embraces her nephew Thursday after a tornado tore apart her home in Cleburne, Texas. The twister killed six people and destroyed entire swaths of the North Texas town.
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Jack McMahon, the defense attorney for abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, speaks outside the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia Tuesday. His client was convicted of killing three babies in his clinic, and will serve multiple life sentences.
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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., flanked by a grouper-eyed Michele Bachmann, addresses the IRS' admission that it targeted Tea Party groups in advance of the 2012 election. In an op-ed for CNN Thursday, the Kentucky senator slammed the president for his faux outrage.
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Ousted IRS chief Steven Miller is sworn in on Capitol Hill Friday. Miller testified before the House Ways and Means Committee on the extra scrutiny the agency gave conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
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Attorney General Eric Holder pauses as he testifies on Capitol Hill before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday. Holder is under fire, among other things, for the Justice Department's gathering of phone records at the Associated Press.
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O.J. Simpson sits during an evidentiary hearing at Clark County District Court in Las Vegas, Nev., Thursday. Simpson, who is currently serving a nine-to-33-year sentence in state prison for armed robbery and kidnapping, is using a writ of habeas corpus to seek a new trial.
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Major Tom to ground control: On Sunday astronaut Chris Hadfield recorded the first music video from space, a cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity."
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When it rains it pours. President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference Thursday with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, inexplicably inspiring an #umbrellagate Twitter meme.
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A smoke plume rises high above a road block at the intersection of County A and Ross Road east of Solon Springs, Wis., Tuesday. No injuries were reported, but the the wildfire caused evacuations across northwestern Wisconsin.
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