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Also released this month... Shining like a beacon in the depressing pre-Christmas landscape of mouldy old video collections and dodgy concert films is Jane's Addiction's Three Days SANCTUARYRating Star Filmed by Carter Smith and Kevin Ford on the band's 1997 Relapse tour, it's a fully-realised piece of rock cinema that dramatically transcends the limitations of your average tour documentary.

The Hip Priest

Soul legend's first recordings with Willie Mitchell in 17 years

Victor Gama – Pangeia Instrumentos

Ambitious, accessible fusion of African music/sound art

Myracle Brah – Treblemaker

Return to form from Maryland's answer to The Raspberries

Blurt – The Best Of Blurt Vol 1:The Fish Needs A Bike

Anthology of early-'80s No Wave pioneer

Pet Shop Boys – Pop

Second greatest hits selection (over three discs) from electro-pop's last great duo

Jacques Brel – Infiniment

Strong best-of bolstered by five unreleased tracks

Holy Trinity

Final helping of the Wachowskis' techno-shock triptych

The Order—Cremaster 3

Matthew Barney's extraordinary Cremaster Cycle has won outrageous accolades: "greatest living artist", "best fusion of art and cinema since Buñuel", etc. This is the climactic 31-minute scene of that epic, and it's every bit as wildly mind-boggling as you'd hope. Barney scales the Guggenheim Museum-staircase, assaulted by molten Vaseline, tapdancing girls, metal bands and a cheetah. The perfect intro to a warped genius.

Parasites For Sore Eyes

All four movies from the interstellar belly-bursting-baddie franchise in extended form, plus five discs of extras
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