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The Save: August 21, 2009

''Rock Band,'' ''The Matrix,'' and more quality entertainment that won't hurt your wallet

Videogames
Who needs to go to an arena when you can rock out to the same music in your living room? Through the end of August, MTV Games is bundling Rock Band for Xbox 360 or PS3 (with mic, guitar, and drum kit), Rock Band 2 software, and the AC/DC Track Pack, all for $99. (It’s usually around $185.) Find out more, and order, at rockband99.com.

Music
Each month, Amazon.com offers digital editions of 50 albums for $5 each. And while there are perennial bargain-bin dwellers like New Kids on the Block, this month the deal also includes an impressively mature Mandy Moore, Radiohead, and French alt-popsters Phoenix. Not feeling the groove? Try again in September when the picks turn over.

Paperbacks
With Labor Day around the corner, ‘tis the season…to turn on your brain with some good reads. If the rerun-filled channels have you longing for the gold-medaling days of Michael Phelps, try Rome 1960: The Summer Olympics That Stirred the World by David Maraniss ($17), a collection of equally riveting tales from the athletic front that earned an A from EW last year. Other top-graded tomes coming out in paperback: NYC crime thriller The Finder by Colin Harrison ($14) and Wally Lamb’s The Hour I First Believed ($16), the She’s Come Undone author’s fictional story of a Columbine survivor trying to survive.


WHAT YOU CAN GET FOR…

— $10
A ‘Matrix’ Marathon
If you thought the Matrix movies were mind-blowing, get a load of this deal: You can own all four for under 10 bucks with The Matrix Collection (walmart.com).

— $15
Kathy Griffin Says…
”First I would give it to Suze Orman because she could turn it into a million. But to entertain myself, I would download some TV…maybe My Life on the D-List, a really good show I’ve heard about.” (Season 5 of ‘D-List’ is now on iTunes.)

— $30
Readers’ Picks
We asked EW readers how they would spend the cash on entertainment right now

”I’d pick up Julia Child’s My Life in France and Julie Powell’s Julie & Julia [$8 each; borders.com]. With what’s left, I’d buy ingredients to make a Julia Child dish.”
— Tara

”I haven’t gotten Dollhouse: Season One on DVD [overstock.com]. So I would buy that, invite friends over, and force them to watch this great show.”
— Dana