Scarecrow VideoBlogurn:uuid:611196b1-ad25-4e53-a7d2-855d5a924e4c1969-12-31T19:33:34ZAugust in Our Screening Lounge!urn:uuid:c26b7ac1-cefa-4bb8-bd93-bb4815498c1e1969-12-31T19:33:34ZAlright, it's time for another month of putting eyeballs on great movies!  We've got a ton of great stuff lined up for our Screening Room in August. More Kaiju films, some more fantastic classic Chinese musicals, animation, some damn dirty apes, a ton of Film Noir, and a few awesome special events as well! Remember, all of our screenings are ABSOLUTELY FREE! Just remember to pick up some beer or snacks or other refreshments from VHSPresso! Right click on the image for a version you can save.   Music Mondays: Classic Chinese Musicals We had such a blast with July's lineup of Shaw Bros Huangmei opera movies, we decided to screen another handful of them this month. Every Monday at 7pm you'll get a fresh vintage musical. All of the titles in this group involve romance across social barriers (and in one case a very physical one) First up on Monday the 4th is THE KINGDOM AND THE BEAUTY, from 1959. It stars Linda Lin Dai in a sort-of-Cinderella story about a country maid pursued by the Emperor, who has fallen madly in love with her.  On the 11th is the absolutely fantastic BEYOND THE GREAT WALL, also with Linda Lin Dai. This time she plays a royal concubine who nobly sacrifices herself by marrying a barbarian warlord in order to prevent all-out war. This is an intensely patriotic film and its gender politics are both powerful and completely different from our own. An absolute must see, one of the best of the genre. The 18th brings THE MERMAID. Ivy Ling Po plays a young man (remember, Huangmei films often gender-swapped performers) who tries to escape an arranged marriage after falling in love with a carp spirit who appears to him after he sings to a lonely fish in a pond. Finally on the 25th there's THE THREE SMILES, about a wandering scholar who falls in love with a noblewoman, going so far as to sell himself into servitude in order to be near to her.  There's pretty much nothing else out there like these films, and they're difficult to see without a region-free player, so make sure you check them out while you have the chance!   Rene Laloux on Wednesdays We've got a couple of excellent, vintage French animated films from filmmaker Rene Laloux on Wednesdays at 7pm. Laloux made influential, imaginitive films with a style heavily inspired by the artist Moebius, and we're showing two of his best. First on the 13th is FANTASTIC PLANET, about a world run by giant blue beings who cruelly enslave humans. Eventually rebellion brews!  Then on the 20th it's TIME MASTERS, about a little boy who finds himself caught up in an intergalactic adventure when his parents are killed in an attack by space hornets. Yep, space hornets.   Gamera Thursdays! We've been showing a ton of Godzilla features and vintage Japanese Sci-fi lately, but the amazing Gamera films have been sorely ignored in the Screening Room. We're gonna change all that this month! We've got three of the original seven films ready to go. The Gamera series isn't as fondly remembered as Godzilla, but the movies are way weirder and more colorful and especially more violent. They're also some of the best Kaiju films ever made.  First up on the 7th is GAMERA VS. BAIRUS, aka DESTROY ALL PLANETS. This one opens with a couple of little boys having a submarine race with Gamera and it never lets up. Soon they've been kidnapped by aliens and it's up to everyone's favorite giant kappa to save the day. Then on the 14th it's GAMERA VS. GUIRON, aka ATTACK OF THE MONSTERS. In this one a couple of kids are waylaid by two alien girls who want to feast on their delicious brains. Guiron is basically a giant hot dog with a knife for a head. You gotta see this. And lastly on the 21st is GAMERA VS. ZIGRA, the final original Gamera movie. Here he battles a giant alien fish monster...he even plays his own theme song on Zigra's ribs like a xylophone!  All of the Gamera movies begin at 7pm.   Fridays of the Planet of the Apes! Since everyone loves the new movie DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, we thought we'd run a couple of the later installments of the original series. We're beginning on the 22nd at 8pm with ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES, which finds Cornelius and Zira as they're hurtled back in time to our present! What follows is equal parts dark satire and goofy comedy. Look out for the shopping montage! And then on the 29th, also at 8pm, we've got CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, which follows ESCAPE and takes place on a future earth that has enslaved intelligent apes. It isn't long before open rebellion is at hand.   Saturday Night Fright Hole!! Rich's Saturday night horror picks are always a hit, and this month is going to be no different. Fright Hole always starts at 8pm. First on the 9th it's vintage TV movie THE BERMUDA DEPTHS, which involves Carl Weathers, a pact with Satan and another giant turtle! On the 23rd at 8pm we have SENNENTUNTSCHI, a scary Swiss transmission about some creepy goings-on in an alpine village. This has a really effective and mysterious nesting-doll flashback structure. One of the most interesting horror films we've come across in a while. And finally on the 30th it's cult favorite TALES FROM THE CRYPT: DEMON KNIGHT. You can never get enough Billy Zane!   Film Noir Sunday Matinees! We'll be screening a classic film noir every Sunday Afternoon in August at 1pm. On the 3rd it's the great OUT OF THE PAST, starring Robert Mitchum as an ex-detective trying to escape his dangerous history. On the 10th, Humphrey Bogart stars in DARK PASSAGE as a criminal who undergoes plastic surgery to give him a new identity The 17th brings THE BIG CLOCK, about a journalist framed for murder by his jealous boss. Robert Ryan is a boxer who might not make it through one last fight in THE SET-UP on the 24th. And lastly on the 31st, the great Anthony Mann's RAW DEAL about a convict who busts out of prison and tries to make a clean getaway. It ain't that easy, of course.   Tons of Great Special Screenings and Events!! As usual, we've got a bunch of special screenings and events set up all month long.  The First two Fridays are set aside for VHSPresso's Thom to present one of his favorite things, Formula One racing! Thom's Racing Nights start at 7pm on 8/1 and 8/8, and he'll be showing segments of classic races and documentarties like 1 and Senna. On Wednesday the 6th at 7pm we welcome back local luminary Jake Stratton for his Tape Traders Seattle meet-up! It's A Night of Pro Wrestling Memories. Bring your favorite classic matches and watch them up on the big screen with other fans! Play wrestling trivia, commentate on a classic match during wrestleraoke, and more! On Friday the 15th it's the monthly meetup of the Sci Fi Commons Movie Club. This month they're screening Enemy Mine. And the following night, Saturday the 16th, at 8pm, the BoneBat Show and the Comedy of Horrors film fest team up to bring you the Reel to Real Movie Night! They'll be screening a selection of shorts from their fest, followed by a showing of THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN! Click Here for more details!  And Don't forget: Every Tuesday is GEEKS WHO DRINK TRIVIA at 7pm. Make sure you get here early to grab a good spot. Check out the full calendar for all the other great movies we're screening this month, Hope to see you at some or ALL of these shows!Matt Lynchleevancleef@gmail.comNew Releases for July 29urn:uuid:cd7414f8-02c6-435d-83d0-b08587b9c84d1969-12-31T19:33:34ZHappy Tuesday Everybody! We've got another haul of lovely New Releases for you, as usual, so let's get to it.   BLU = Also available to rent on Blu-ray disc 3D BLU = Available for rent on lovely 3D Blu-ray, though you must have a 3D TV to experience the full glory @ = Available for sale in the store (but we can special order anything, see us for details) SALE = Click this link to purchase select titles from our online store.   The big news this week is the release of two absolutely phenomenal Blu-ray box sets. First up, the one we've all been waiting for. TWIN PEAKS: THE ENTIRE MYSTERY (@ BLU SALE). This is a massive set containing every episode of the highly influential and deeply, awesomely weird TV series from the great David Lynch. On top of that it includes the film, FIRE WALK WITH ME, as well as hours and hours of extras. And let's not forget the biggest treat, THE MISSING PIECES, a collection of over 90 minutes of deleted scenes from the movie! Fans of the series and newcomers alike shouldn't miss picking up this set, and we've got it on sale for $99.95, twenty bucks cheaper than Amazon!   But there's more. the second big release this week is THE HERZOG COLLECTION (@ BLU SALE), a treasure trove of 16 films by the one and only Werner Herzog, all remastered for blu-ray and loaded with extras. Look at what you get here: AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD, BALLAD OF THE LITTLE SOLDIER, COBRA VERDE, THE ENIGMA OF KASPER HAUSER, EVEN DWARFS STARTED SMALL, FATA MORGANA, FITZCARRALDO, HEART OF GLASS, THE LAND OF SILENCE AND DARKNESS, LESSONS OF DARKNESS, LITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLY, MY BEST FIEND, NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE, STROSZEK, WHERE THE GREEN ANTS DREAM and WOYZECK. A truly amazing group of films and another can't miss for any movie lover. We've also got this one dirt cheap, for $109.95, forty bucks less than Amazon.   And we've got a ton of other great new titles out this week too, so don't forget to check out the following: The Heroes at the Criterion Collection bring one of your parents' favorite movies, THE BIG CHILL (@ BLU SALE). Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic NOAH (@ BLU SALE). Somebody stold Tony Jaa's elephant again in THE PROTECTOR 2 (@ BLU 3D SALE), and there's more Jaa in the ONG-BAK TRILOGY (@ BLU SALE). Paul Newman and Sidney Poitier in PARIS BLUES (@ BLU SALE). Deborah Kerr and Rita Hayworth in SEPARATE TABLES (@ BLU SALE). Even Ernest Borgnine gets lonely in MARTY (@ BLU SALE). The dear departed James Garner headlines classic western DUEL AT DIABLO (@ BLU SALE). Horror fans won't want to miss CURTAINS (@ BLU SALE) or the COMPLETE BLIND DEAD SAGA (@ SALE). Nick Frost goes dancing in CUBAN FURY (@ BLU SALE). Four more hilarious epics of trash cinema in MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER VOL. XXX (@ SALE). And for the kids (but secretly for us grown-ups) it's ADVENTURE TIME: PRINCESS DAY (@ SALE).    Here's the full rental list: Amazing Catfish Big Chill (Criterion Collection) @ BLU SALE Cantor’s Son Cold Turkey (2013) Cuban Fury @ BLU SALE Curtains (Special Edition) @ BLU SALE Den Dragonwolf Fabulous World of Jules Verne (PAL) Five Dances Glass, Philip & Robert Wilson: Einstein on the Beach Golem (1935) Half of a Yellow Sun His Wife’s Lover INXS: Never Tear Us Apart (PAL / Region 4) It Felt Like Love Journey to the Beginning of Time (PAL) Love in the City Loves of the Pharaoh Mirele Efros MST3K: It Lives By Night @ SALE MST3K: Outlow of Gor @ SALE MST3K: The Black Scorpion @ SALE MST3K: The Projected Man @ SALE Noah @ BLU SALE Other Woman (2014) Overture to Glory Paris Blues @ BLU SALE Pig Death Machine Protector 2 @ BLU 3D SALE Salvo Secret State @ SALE Sorcerer’s Apprentice (1977) (PAL) Stolen Airship (PAL)   NEW DOCUMENTARIES Almonds & Raisins: A History of the Yiddish Cinema Brussels-Transit Dark Matters: Twisted but True Season 1 In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter Jesus Film (35th Anniversary Edition) Last Sea Puente, Tito: The Mambo King Shankar, Ravi: Raga Then They Came For Me   NEW MANUFACTURE-ON-DEMAND DVD Bomba the Jungle Boy / Bomba on Panther Island (1949) Don’t Look Back: Story of Leroy “Satchel” Paige (1981) Girl in White (1952) High Barbaree (1947) Lion Hunters / Elephant Stampede (1949) Long Summer of George Adams (1981) Lost Volcano / Hidden City (1950) Marriage is Alive and Well (1980) Our Family Honor (1985) Secret Heart (1946) Too Young to Kiss (1951)       NEW BLU-RAY Aguirre: The Wrath of God @ BLU SALE Ballad of the Little Soldier / Where the Green Ants Dream @ BLU SALE Carousel Cobra Verde @ BLU SALE Enigma of Kasper Hauser @ BLU SALE Even Dwarfs Started Small @ BLU SALE Fitzcarraldo @ BLU SALE Heart of Glass @ BLU SALE King and I (1956) Land of Silence and Darkness / Fata Morgana @ BLU SALE Lessons of Darkness / Little Deiter Needs to Fly @ BLU SALE My Best Fiend @ BLU SALE Nosferatu (1979) (2 Versions) @ BLU SALE Oklahoma! (1955) (2 Versions) State Fair (1945) Stroszek @ BLU SALE Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me @ BLU SALE Twin Peaks: Seasons 1 & 2 @ BLU SALE Woyzeck @ BLU SALE FAMILY NEW RELEASES Adventure Time: Princess Day @ SALE Teen Titans Go!: Season 1 Part 2   NEW ANIME Dr. Slump: The Movies 1-5   NEW TV ON DVD Children’s Hospital: Season 5 Happy Valley (PAL / Region 2) Off Limits: Season 1 Practice: The Final Season Prisoners of War: Season 1 Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In: Sock-it-to-Me   That about does it for this week's stack of new stuff! We'll be back next week with another haul. Until then, happy buying, renting, and browsing, and remember: Scarecrow Video can't survive without YOU.  Matt Lynchleevancleef@gmail.comNew Releases for July 22urn:uuid:47170452-2974-4942-8e38-0b1cda0d9cc81969-12-31T19:33:34ZHappy Tuesday Everybody! We've got another haul of lovely New Releases for you, as usual, so let's get to it.   BLU = Also available to rent on Blu-ray disc 3D BLU = Available for rent on lovely 3D Blu-ray, though you must have a 3D TV to experience the full glory @ = Available for sale in the store (but we can special order anything, see us for details) SALE = Click this link to purchase select titles from our online store.   First up is a slow-burn indie revenge drama called BLUE RUIN (@ BLU SALE). When a homeless man finds out that the person responsible for murdering his parents has been released from prison, he sets about meting out his own justice, only it's not quite as simple as he assumed, and he ends up having to protect his estranged family from a cycle of violence he helped to bring about. This is less a twisty thriller like, say, BLOOD SIMPLE, than it is a quiet character study of a guy in way over his head. Gorgeously photographed and with a terrific lead performance from the largely unknown Macon Blair, this is definitely one of the best movies of the year.   Then, the heroes at the Criterion Collection have released a wonderful box set of films by French master filmmaker Jacques Demy. Demy was largely the opposite of his new-wave comrades, forgoing a lot of formal experimentation or political statements in favor of lovely fantasies inspired by Hollywood musicals and folktales, and he was fascinated by themes of chance and star-crossed love. THE ESSENTIAL JACQUES DEMY (@ BLU SALE) has six of his films, BAY OF ANGELS, CHAMBRE EN VILLE, DONKEY SKIN, LOLA, THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG, and THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT. This box set is absolutely packed with extras and you couldn't ask for a better way to enjoy these beautiful dreams. Here's a trailer for THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG, perhaps his most famous film.   And finally there's the one, the only, THE LEGEND OF BILLIE JEAN (@ BLU SALE). One of the great youth movies of the 1980's it's also an incredible feminist film about a young woman who refuses to back down after she thwarts an older man's sexual advances and is framed for robbing him. Sort of an early THELMA & LOUISE, with a killer soundtrack led by the amazing Pat Benatar. One of Scarecrow's favorites!    As for the rest, don't forget to pick up the following: Criterion rereleases Norwegian thriller INSOMNIA (@ BLU SALE) to blu-ray. The 1970's animated "Lord of the Rings" movies, THE HOBBIT (@ SALE) and RETURN OF THE KING (@ SALE), are back in print. Arnold Schwarzenegger makes one of his best action movies in years with SABOTAGE (BLU). There's Jude Law in brit-gangster film DOM HEMINGWAY (@ BLU SALE) and Johnny Depp in the sci-fi film TRANSCENDENCE (@ BLU SALE). William Holden and Ginger Rogers star in FOREVER FEMALE (@ BLU SALE), and Barbara Stanwyck plays a concert pianist in THE OTHER LOVE (@ BLU SALE). There's feminist teen werewolf cult favorite GINGER SNAPS (@ BLU SALE). Kino Lorber brngs two great mysteries from Billy Wilder, THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (@ BLU SALE) and WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (@ BLU SALE), and two great westerns, SABATA (@ BLU SALE) and THE SCALPHUNTERS (@ BLU SALE). The Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami's THE WIND WILL CARRY US (@ BLU SALE) finally lands on blu-ray, as does Chan-wook Park's brutal SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE (@ BLU SALE). And the famous 80s TV miniseries SHOGUN (@ BLU SALE), with Richard Chamberlain and the legendary Toshiro Mifune is out on blu as well. Meanwhile, doc fans will want to check out GMO OMG (@ SALE), and anime lovers have APPLESEED ALPHA (@ BLU SALE) in store. Here's the full rental list:   Alibi for Murder All Cheerleaders Die Angriest Man in Brooklyn BLU Bay of Angels (Criterion Collection) @ BLU SALE Blue Ruin @ BLU SALE Canal Zone (1942) Cesar Chavez BLU Chambre En Ville (Criterion Collection) @ BLU SALE Confessions of a Pop Performer Dom Hemingway @ BLU SALE Donkey Skin (Criterion Collection) @ BLU SALE Forever Female @ BLU SALE Ginger Snaps (Collector’s Edition) @ BLU SALE Heaven is for Real BLU Hobbit (1977) (Deluxe Edition) @ SALE Insomnia (1997) (Criterion Collection) @ BLU SALE Legend of Billie Jean @ BLU SALE Lola (Criterion Collection) @ BLU SALE Make Your Move BLU Other Love @ BLU SALE Private Life of Sherlock Holmes @ BLU SALE Return of the King (1979) (Deluxe Edition) @ SALE Sabotage BLU Sector 4: Extraction Single Mom’s Club Stork Pays Off Suspect (2013) Transcendence @ BLU SALE Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Criterion Collection) @ BLU SALE Wind Will Carry Us @ BLU SALE Witness for the Prosecution @ BLU SALE Young Girls of Rochefort (Criterion Collection) @ BLU SALE   NEW DOCUMENTARIES GMO OMG @ SALE Made in America (2013) Where the Iron Bird Flies   NEW ANIME Appleseed Alpha @ BLU SALE   NEW BLU-RAY Kid Cannabis Operation Petticoat @ BLU SALE   FAMILY NEW RELEASES Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight Justin and the Knights of Valor NEW TV ON DVD American Dad Vol. 9 Dalziel & Pascoe: Season 10 Wilfred (US): Season 3   That about does it for this week's stack of new stuff! We'll be back next week with another haul. Until then, happy buying, renting, and browsing, and remember: Scarecrow Video can't survive without YOU.Matt Lynchleevancleef@gmail.comNew Releases for July 15urn:uuid:a4a3e24b-b3f4-4928-a4e0-92abdd4b53bd1969-12-31T19:33:34ZHappy Tuesday Everybody! We've got another haul of lovely New Releases for you, as usual, so let's get to it.   BLU = Also available to rent on Blu-ray disc 3D BLU = Available for rent on lovely 3D Blu-ray, though you must have a 3D TV to experience the full glory @ = Available for sale in the store (but we can special order anything, see us for details) SALE = Click this link to purchase select titles from our online store.   First up is UNDER THE SKIN (@ BLU SALE), Jonathan Glazer's first film since BIRTH, nearly a decade ago, is absolutely one of the best films so far this year. Scarlett Johansson plays an unnamed character who by all appearances is an attractive human female, but it quickly becomes clear that she's some sort of extraterrestrial being as she cruises the streets of Edinburgh, Scotland, in a white van, picking up men off the street and taking them to a secret location where they sink into a pool of black liquid, fed upon by some unseen thing. What begins as a tense, enigmatic thriller gradually becomes more abstract as our alien protagonist begins to take an interest in her prey, and the film transforms into a treatise on female sexuality, not just in our daily lives but in cinema itself. Under no circumstances should you miss this one.   Then, the heroes at the Criterion Collection have unleashed one of David Cronenberg's most famous films, SCANNERS (@ BLU SALE). A sinister government think-tank battles an even more sinister army of psychic warriors for control of a powerful telekinetic man who might be able to destroy them all. You've probably heard of this this one for its legendary head-exploding scene, but if that's all you know about it, you're in for one of the best low-budget horror films ever made. Criterion has packed this disc with extras, including two of Cronenberg's early movies.   As for the rest, don't forget to check out the following: Those Criterion geniuses have also released Robert Bresson's PICKPOCKET (@ BLU SALE). Giant rats have invaded Canada in DEADLY EYES (@ BLU SALE). A pair of Lewis Milestone war classics, ARMORED ATTACK! (@ BLU SALE) and ARCH OF TRIUMPH (@ BLU SALE), land on blu-ray, as does William Witney's I ESCAPED FROM DEVIL'S ISLAND (@ BLU SALE), starring Jim Brown. Warner Archive has some vintage French sleuthing with it's ARSENE LUPIN DOUBLE FEATURE (@ SALE). There's also a 4-pack of JERRY LEWIS FILM FAVORITES (@ SALE), very big in France as well.  For the kids there's RIO 2 (@ BLU 3D SALE), and on the TV front we've got ORPHAN BLACK: SEASON 2 (@ BLU SALE), HELL ON WHEELS: SEASON 3 (BLU), and everyone's favorite blaxploitation hero BLACK DYNAMITE (@ BLU SALE) in his show's first season. Here's the full rental list:                          Alarming Trends Armored Attack! @ BLU SALE Back Street Jane Bethlehem Deadly Eyes @ BLU SALE Even Hitler Had a Girlfriend Face of Love Gori Tere Pyaar Mein! I Escaped From Devil’s Island / Final Option @ BLU SALE Last Days (2013) Night in Old Mexico Open Grave Pickpocket (Criterion Collection) @ BLU SALE Scanners (Criterion Collection) @ BLU SALE Under the Skin @ BLU SALE Wipers Times Wrinkles   NEW DOCUMENTARIES Half the Road Lies My Father Told Me Maidentrip Olmstead, Frederick Law: Designing America   NEW BLU-RAY Demons (1973)   NEW ANIME Mononoke: Complete Series   FAMILY NEW RELEASES Rio 2 @ BLU 3D SALE   NEW MANUFACTURE-ON-DEMAND Arsene Lupin (1932) / Arsene Lupin Returns (1938) @ SALE Chase a Crooked Shadow (1958) Claudelle Inglish (1961) Crooked Road (1965) Escape (1939) Everybody’s Baby (1939) Girl Trouble (1942) Slander (1956)   NEW TV ON DVD Black Dynamite: Season 1 @ BLU SALE Case Histories: Series 2  Hell on Wheels: Season 3 BLU Labyrinth (2012) Orphan Black: Season 2 @ BLU SALE   That about does it for this week's stack of new stuff! We'll be back next week with another haul. Until then, happy buying, renting, and browsing, and remember: Scarecrow Video can't survive without YOU.  Matt Lynchleevancleef@gmail.comNew Releases for July 8urn:uuid:2e131945-30e6-4f0f-8492-d4cbfc725bbe1969-12-31T19:33:34ZHappy Tuesday Everybody! We've got another haul of lovely New Releases for you, as usual, so let's get to it.   BLU = Also available to rent on Blu-ray disc 3D BLU = Available for rent on lovely 3D Blu-ray, though you must have a 3D TV to experience the full glory @ = Available for sale in the store (but we can special order anything, see us for details) SALE = Click this link to purchase select titles from our online store.   First up is JODOROWSKY'S DUNE (@ BLU SALE), a new documentary chronicling a failed attempt by legendary director Alejandro Jodorowsky to adapt Frank Herbert's novel Dune in the late 70s. The film includes interviews with Jodorowsky himself, now well into his 80s, and he depicts the effort as less a film production and more of a spiritual quest. Featuring tantalizing excerpts from the massive preproduction and design work, compiled into a gigantic 1,000-plus page book that was distributed to major studios at the time, this film isn't so much the story of a film that never got made as it is an ode to the power (and limits) of creativity and art itself. If you're a film fan, you owe it to yourself to check this out.    Next is Lars von Trier's epic, two-part, 5-hour sexploitation/satire/provocation NYMPHOMANIAC VOLUMES I & II (@ BLU SALE). Charlotte Gainsbourg plays Joe, who we first encounter beaten an bloody in a back alley. She's rescued and taken in by Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård). She's a self-described nymphomaniac (hence the clever title), and while she recovers she tell him her sordid life story, recounting any and every sexual encounter she can think of. It's as explicit as you've heard, although mileages may vary as to just how shocking it actually is. Nevertheless, it's a potent and confrontational look at misogyny from von Trier.   Speaking of not for the faint of heart, get ready for THE RAID 2 (@ BLU SALE), the sequel to THE RAID: REDEMPTION. It picks up immediately after the first film to find our hero Rama (Iko Uwais) going deep, deep, deep undercover to shut down Jakarta's rampant corruption, only to find himself trapped in a vicious gang war. It's two and a half hours of punishing Indonesian martial arts, and some of the best action anyone's seen in years. Do not miss it.   As for the rest, don't forget to check out the following: STAGE FRIGHT (BLU) is a terrific spin on the slasher movie...this one's also a musical. A social worker investigates a really messed-up family in THE BABY (@ BLU SALE). A grown man enters a spelling bee in BAD WORDS (BLU). Severin brings us a couple more horror classics with BLOODY MOON (@ BLU SALE) and BLOODY BIRTHDAY (@ BLU SALE). An alternate version of elderly hijinks with BAD GRANDPA .5 (BLU). Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan have a second honeymoon in LE WEEK-END (@ BLU SALE). Get some hilarious killer-alligator action in LAKE PLACID (@ BLU SALE). There's classic gothic romance THE LOST MOMENT (@ BLU SALE). William Powell has a wild vacation in MR. PEABODY AND THE MERMAID (@ BLU SALE). A group of National Guardsmen run afoul of some Cajuns in SOUTHERN COMFORT (@ BLU SALE). Max Ophuls' pitch-black noir CAUGHT (@ BLU SALE) arrives on Blu-ray, as does George Pal's 1960 version of THE TIME MACHINE (@ BLU SALE), and the existential crime masterpiece POINT BLANK (@ BLU SALE), with the great Lee Marvin. WATERMARK (@ BLU SALE) is the new documentary from the director of MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES. And on the TV front, there's VICIOUS: SEASON 1, starring Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi, and the Inspector Morse prequel ENDEAVOUR: SERIES 2 (@ BLU SALE). Here's the full rental list:   Abominable Crime Bad Grandpa .5 BLU Bad Words BLU Call Me Crazy Caught (1949) @ BLU SALE Don Peyote Finding Mr. Right (Region 3) Good Sam @ BLU SALE I Want Your Love Jodorowsky’s Dune @ BLU SALE Kid Cannabis Late Autumn (2010) (Region 3) Le Week-end @ BLU SALE Lost Moment @ BLU SALE Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid @ BLU SALE Nymphomaniac Volumes I & II @ BLU SALE The Raid 2 @ BLU SALE Rigor Mortis Runaway Nightmare Snowpiercer (Region 3) So This is New York Southern Comfort @ BLU SALE Stage Fright BLU  Vic + Flo Saw a Bear   NEW DOCUMENTARIES American Pharaoh Breath of the Gods Day of Days: June 6, 1944 Farm, The: Life Inside Angola Prison Frontline: Locked Up in America Hidden Kingdoms Jews and Buddhism Marion’s Triumph: Surviving History’s Nightmare Nature: Leave it to Beavers Nature: The Gathering Swarms Watermark @ BLU SALE   NEW BLU-RAY Point Blank (1967) @ BLU SALE Snowpiercer Time Machine (1960) @ BLU SALE   FAMILY NEW RELEASES Donkey Kong Country: Legend of the Crystal Coconut   NEW TV ON DVD Endeavour: Series 2 @ BLU SALE Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 2000 Vicious: Season 1   That about does it for this week's stack of new stuff! We'll be back next week with another haul. Until then, happy buying, renting, and browsing, and remember: Scarecrow Video can't survive without YOU.Matt Lynchleevancleef@gmail.com