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Distribution: Lots of distros in the past, now Linux Mint
I've seen this before. If Thrasher's post doesn't help, you might simply want to run "tar -xvf (filename)" twice. Some people think (and sometimes it works, but not often) that double-tarring a file makes it smaller. In most cases, once a file's tarred, it's as small as it's going to get, and the double tarring is only going to add useless extra fluff to the system. Still, it's worth a shot.
Nope, it's not a bad file. I'm guessing you downloaded this in Windows originally? Certainly windows saves *.tar.bz2 files as *.tar.tar
To make sure, do:
file filename.tar.tar and you should get something like:
filename.bz2: bzip2 compressed data, block size = xxxk
Then untar it with:
mv filename.tar.tar filename.tar.bz2
tar xvjf filename.tar.bz2
mv filename.tar.tar filename.tar.gz
tar xvzf filename.tar.gz
if it's a gzip file.