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Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead and more: Kenneth Turan's DVD picks

January 18, 2012 |  4:00 pm

DVDs are not just for stories, they can capture and convey all manner of musical performance.

"The Rolling Stones on the Ed Sullivan Show," for instance, does just what it promises, delivering all six of the Stones' appearances on that classic 1960s TV variety show alongside everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to Senor Wences.

"The Grateful Dead Movie" is the first Blu-ray appearance of that 1970s concert film, along with a DVD disc of bonus concert footage.

Most eccentric of all is "Aki Kaurismaki's Leningrad Cowboys," a collection of all three Kaurismaki films about the wacky rock band the Leningrad Cowboys, including "The Total Balailaika Show," featuring the Cowboys performing before 70,000 outdoor Helsinki fans along with the Red Army Chorus. Really.

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-- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times film critic

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