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Still burning with nationalistic fervour post Olympics? Then sit back with our all Australian DVD line-up this week.

Still burning with nationalistic fervour post Olympics? Then check out our all Australian DVD line-up this week.

Puppetry Of The Penis (ACMEC)
Let's start with the nude guys first. Puppetry of the Penis is a home-grown cabaret show featuring two starkers puppeteers, Simon Morley and David Friend, who twist their penises into different shapes, objects and landmarks.

Billed as 'the Ancient Australian Art of Genital Origami', the penis poses range from The Pelican to The Windsurfer, the Wristwatch, The Loch Ness Monster, The Eiffel Tower and their signature configuration, The Hamburger.

Since its debut at the 1998 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Puppetry of the Penis has, strangely enough, grown into a world-wide phenomenon, spreading a unique take on Aussie culture (as well as complaints from conservative community groups) across the globe.

This DVD features live footage of Morley and Friend performing their repertoire of 'dick tricks' at one of their sell out shows. Good clean (albeit naked) fun, but perhaps not for the whole family.

Australian Idol - Uncut 2004 (BMG)
If your favourite part of Australian Idol is laughing at the try-hard wannabes before they say goodbye to their inevitably short brush with fame, then this Uncut DVD is for you. With 'never before seen footage' this unedited package covers the early auditions of Idol 2004, honing in on the trials and tribulations of those that don't make it. Features include Little Aussie Pleaders (auditions of people who begged to go through), Re-Offenders (numerous people who auditioned last year), Got the Look and Cattle Call.

Cold Chisel - Ringside (Warner Vision)
After a 20-year break up, Cold Chisel reunited for a series of sold-out concerts in 2003. This double live 'RINGSIDE' album was recorded at the Sydney Hordern Pavilion shows. The Ringside set-up gave audiences an intimate 360 degree view of the band from a small rotating stage in the middle of the venue, with the farthest seat being less than 30 metres from the stage.

The playlist features 32 tracks - all the classic hits plus 5 unreleased songs and 12 tracks never to have appeared on any Cold Chisel live album before.

If you are one of the 100,000 people that saw the Ringside tour and want to relive the magic, or if you're a die-hard Chisel fan that missed it, Ringside should be in your collection.

Slim Dusty - Concert For Slim (EMI, 130 minutes)
OK, shoot us - we're heavy on the singing and (if you count penis puppeteers) dancing this week. Another recorded live concert. This one's a tribute to Australia's Country Music icon Slim Dusty who passed away in 2003. Recorded on January 20th at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, it features over 30 of Australia's biggest Country artists perfoming 43 songs from Slim's prolific repertoire. And its for a good cause - all proceeds from the sale of the DVD will go directly to the Slim Dusty Foundation to aid in the development of the Slim Dusty Centre in his home town of Kempsey, NSW.

The roster of performers includes James Blundell, Adam Brand, Lindsay Butler, Troy Cassar-Daley, Bill Chambers, Kasey Chambers, Nathan Charlton, Beccy Cole, Graeme Connors, Tracy Coster, Peter Denahy, Adam Harvey, Gina Jeffrey's, Paul Kelly, Lee Kernaghan, Tania Kernaghan, Anne Kirkpatrick, David Kirkpatrick, James & Kate Arneman and Hanna Kirkpatrick (Slim's Grandchildren), Jimmy Little, The McKean Sisters, Lawrie Minson, Joy McKean, Norma O'Hara Murphy, Dobe Newton, Melinda Schneider, Sara Storer, Keith Urban, Felicity Urquhart, John Williamson, Brian Young, and the Travelling Country Band.