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Rules of the Game

We’ve always got time for French movies about sex.

And as it happens, one of our favorites is arriving on DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow. It’s called The Rules of the Game, and it’s a regular on Sight & Sound’s “10 Best Movies of All Time” list—but the movie is more accessible than the parade of gushing film critics might suggest.

At its core, The Rules of the Game is just an unusually sharp, exceedingly well-dressed sex farce—all canoodling and careless wealth circa 1939. There are hunting parties, a few illicit tumbles in the servants’ quarters and at least one murder, most of which should sound familiar to anyone who’s flipped through Gatsby recently.

Trust us: it’s worth a few subtitles.

The State is the Greatest Human Achievement

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We’ve gushed about this before, but we thought you might be due for a reminder. Starting today, the entire televised output of The State will be available on DVD, just in time for Bastille Day.

It’s a very conceptual breed of comedy, but the familiar faces (if not names) and cred factor should make it worth picking up even if you aren’t a comedy nerd. And the appeal of $240 worth of pudding is pretty much universal.

After the jump, The Bearded Men of Space Station 11!!!»

The Health of the State

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It looks like the 90s comedy troupe The State is finally getting the DVD treatment. Of course, it’s been a long time coming, especially given the original series cult status and the long, long string of projects State members have done in the years since the show was canceled—including (deep breath) Reno 911, Wet Hot American Summer, Stella, Wainy Days, The Baxter, The Ten, Role Models, and the unrecognized masterpiece Herbie Fully Loaded.

See the DVD trailer, and a few of the better sketches»

Lost in Space

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TV on DVD has always been a mixed blessing—we’re looking at you, *24*—but when it comes to foreign shows, DVD can be the difference between a pop culture touchstone and a pop culture footnote. For instance…

Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s seminal BBC sitcom *Spaced* is finally getting DVD treatment after a long stay in legal limbo. Pegg’s better known for his recent pop culture-saturated movies *Shaun of the Dead* and *Hot Fuzz*, but his lovingly referential style started here. And the show’s list of fans is impressive, with Quentin Tarantino, Patton Oswald, Diablo Cody and Matt Stone (of *South Park*) all stopping by to provide a commentary track.

As for how they saw it so early…they must have British friends with VCRs.