Scarecrow VideoBlogurn:uuid:1bd356d9-f38b-46d5-b9ca-d1637ef6e9931969-12-31T19:33:34ZTHIS IS YOUR VCR ON DRUGSurn:uuid:a7d48af9-10e1-41b6-96a3-024ee2194a1b1969-12-31T19:33:34ZCome celebrate the most brain chemistry-altering day of the year with this psychedelic journey to the center of your VCR's mind! Featuring drug scares, drug encouragements, weird interludes, bad trips, freak outs, surreal short films and more. All from Scarecrow Video's stash of vintage videotape! Showing Sunday at 8:30 at The Grand Illusion Cinema 4/20/14 Tickets: TrailerSpenser Hoytoddorders@scarecrow.comBEST SELLERS: April 17, 2014urn:uuid:f446def3-5278-4070-9a82-e6e70a71a7071969-12-31T19:33:34ZAll items available in our store and also available online (click for details).  If you have any questions regarding purchasing a film or an existing order, please contact the store at or call (206) 524-8554 between 11am-10pm Pacific time. Persona Combo Ms. 45 BluRay Junk The Freshman Combo The Great Beauty Combo Frozen King of Comedy BluRay Wolf of Wall Street Combo The Swimmer Combo King Kong Escapes BluRay The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Combo Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume 29 Cry Danger BluRay Double Indemnity BluRay A Field In Englad BluRay Frozen Combo Slumber Party Massacre BluRay King Kong Vs. Godzilla BluRay Touch of Evil BluRaySpenser Hoytoddorders@scarecrow.comCinema Happenings for the week of April 18urn:uuid:bcf2adb5-b641-47f2-8188-c2631719509b1969-12-31T19:33:34ZHey everybody, it’s another great week for movies in the Jet City. There is a dog choking motherload of events transpiring so get on up and hit the cinemas. Maybe you want to hit up Sakura-Con (if you do stop by the Scarecrow booth and say hi!) and do some movies too. Enough of this palaver, let’s get the show on the road and start with US! SCARECROW VIDEO SCREENING ROOM- Admission is free (but you have to be 21 or over after 3pm) and we sell snacks, beer, coffee, tea and popcorn at VHSpresso to accommodate your viewing needs.   FRIDAY: 8pm Guinevere Turner is at SIFF so we’re showing American Psycho SATURDAY: 8pm Saturday Night Fright Hole with Psychopath SUNDAY: Happy 4/20 its 2pm Reefer Madness & 6pm Blood Freak MONDAY: 7pm Kevin Clarke’s Music Mayhem This Is Spinal Tap TUESDAY: 7pm GeeksWhoDrinkTrivia!   WEDNESDAY: 7pm Men on a Mission with Heroes Shed No Tears THURSDAY: 7pm Freaks Plus don't forget 2 for 1 Wednesday Rentals. THE GRAND ILLUSION CINEMA We’ve made it this far so it is time to talk about penises and here’s a documentary about the world’s only penis museum The Final Member. Also showing is a 35mm print of Altered States and if your mind ain’t blown yet Scarecrow Video is teaming up with the GI to bring you THIS IS YOUR VCR ON DRUGS, a far out compilation of material collected from the store’s drug section sourced purely from videotape. There is only one showing Sunday at 8:30pm and will sell out. Advance tickets are available. Finally on Thursday starts a three-day special engagement of Short Peace, a collection of short films from some of Japan’s most preeminent anime directors. Advance tickets are available. The cinema’s showtimes are complicated so click on the cinema’s link for details. As usual there’s a bunch of cool stuff happening at NORTHWEST FILM FORUM including the opening of Pulsos Latinos a film festival of exciting new Hispanic cinema. Series passes are available. There is a bunch of great films showing so click on the link for details and showtimes. Also happening: The Unity of All Things, a new globe-trotting experimental film (the directors will be in attendance), Rene Laloux’s trippy animated film Fantastic Planet shows on 4/20 (with an after-party), Norman Jewison’s The Thomas Crown Affair shows on Monday, Red Renewal: Seattle’s Socialist Spring continues with Salt of the Earth and A Report on the Party and the Guests. Finally, the week concludes with a new quarterly showcase of music videos called VideOasis. SIFF CINEMA alert- Guinevere Turner is in the house! Friday night it’s a special 20th Anniversary screening of Go Fish and a workshop! There’s also a weeklong fest of Big Screen Musicals with a very diverse lineup ranging from classics like Singin’ In The Rain to punchlines like Breakin’ 2 Electric Boogaloo. Click on the link for films, showtimes and other details. Also showing is the intriguing new documentary The Galapagos Affair, a special screening of Love and Air Sex with the director in person, as well as an air sex demonstration. As a bonus the proceedings are going to be moderated by Scarecrow pal Lynn Shelton. Wednesday brings about a free screening of Ade Adepitan: Journey Of My Lifetime. You read it correctly, the screening is free but you need to RSVP. The week culminates with the Wild & Scenic Film Festival Thursday night. The cinema has some other on-going films running so click on their link to learn more. Other events include STIFF’s Red Carpet Party that celebrates the Seattle True Independent Film Festival which happens on Saturday the 19th. There is also some pretty cool stuff showing around town on a screen or two including: Laura at the Henry Alan Partridge at The Varsity Big Men at Sundance And, lest we forget, Moviecat Trivia Night and Cartoon Happy Hour at Central Cinema Plus don’t forget all the cool stuff you meant to see last week. And by you, I mean me. And you too! Let’s not be overwhelmed. Instead, embrace the cinematic wonder available all over town! See you at the movies!Spenser Hoytoddorders@scarecrow.comNew Releases for April 15urn:uuid:6d9be966-0ddd-4b6f-8fd2-5e3daeaf1a1a1969-12-31T19:33:34ZIt's New Release Tax Day here at Scarecrow! We got in another weekly helping of both brand new and catalog titles, so let's dive right in.   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 best arrivals this week are all great new special editions of some classic titles. In the top spot, the heroes at The Criterion Collection have brought us a beautiful new version of Lars von Trier's heartbreaking and deeply spiritual BREAKING THE WAVES (@ BLU SALE). Set in the Scottish Highlands in the 1970s, it's about a woman named Bess (Emily Watson), who believes she hears the voice of God. When her husband is paralysed in an accident, what he asks of her will jeopardize their marriage, her place in her community, and her relationship with the God in which she so deeply believes. This is a tough movie to take in but the ultimate reward is well worth it. Then we've got two Film Noir staples from Universal, finally making their way to domestic blu-ray. First is Billy Wilder's bleakly humorous DOUBLE INDEMNITY (@ BLU SALE). Fred MacMurray stars as an insurance salesman who gets mixed up with one of cinema's great Femmes Fatales, Barbara Stanwyck, as a housewife who desperately wants to, uh, terminate her marriage. Even though you can probably guess how it's all going to work out, this film remains one of the peaks of the genre, plus it's got twice the Indemnity! And then there's Orson Welles' TOUCH OF EVIL (@ BLU SALE), a film perhaps just as great as CITIZEN KANE. Charlton Heston stars as a young Mexican cop investigating a bombing on the American side of the border, where he runs afoul of a corrupt local police Captain played by Welles. Welles notoriously struggled with the studio during the making of this film, resulting over the years in three different versions of it, all of which are included in this set. It's a must-own, especially for Noir fans, but really for any movie lover. As for the rest, don't forget to check out the following: Steve Coogan and Judi Dench team up in recent Best Picture nominee PHILOMENA (@ BLU SALE). Ben Stiller remakes the classic imaginative comedy THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY (BLU). Ralph Fiennes directs a little-known chapter of Charles Dickens' life in THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (BLU). Animator Jan Svankmajer's ALICE (@ BLU SALE), an amazing version of "Alice in Wonderland". New remakes of GREAT EXPECTATIONS and FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC. Kevin Smith's MALLRATS (@ BLU SALE) gets a blu-ray release. Anthony Mann's Korean War drama MEN IN WAR (@ BLU SALE). Another under-appreciated noir, this time from Douglas Sirk, SLEEP, MY LOVE (@ BLU SALE). Ice Cube and Kevin Hart are buddy cops in RIDE ALONG (BLU). James Franco directs hypothetical deleted scenes from William Friedkin's CRUISING in INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR. On the TV front there are new seasons of BLETCHLEY CIRCLE and RIPPER STREET. And for the kids there's THE NUT JOB (@ BLU 3D SALE). Remember to scroll down this page to check out all the new Warner Archive / Manufacture-on-Demand titles we got in this week as well! Here's the full list: Aachi & Ssipak Berlin 36 Better Living Through Chemistry BLU  Black Nativity Breaking the Waves (Criterion Collection) @ BLU SALE Confession of Murder Copperead Date and Switch Endless Love (1981) Flowers in the Attic (2013) Great Expectations (2012) Grisgris Habermann Interior. Leather Bar. Invisible Woman (2013) BLU Men in War (1957) @ BLU SALE Mobius Philomena @ BLU SALE Ride Along BLU Secret Life of Walter Mitty BLU Sleep, My Love @ BLU SALE Switch (2013) Trap for Cinderella Wrong Cops   NEW DOCUMENTARIES Hidden Art of Islam JFK: A President Betrayed Life According to Sam Stripped   NEW BLU-RAY Double Indemnity @ BLU SALE Mallrats (2 Versions) @ BLU SALE Touch of Evil (3 Versions) @ BLU SALE   NEW WARNER ARCHIVE / MANUFACTURE-ON-DEMAND Ace of Aces (933) Children Nobody Wanted (1981) Dante's Inferno (1935) Death Among Friends (1975) Esther and the King (1960) His Greatest Gamble (1934) Men Against the Sky (1940) Public Defender (1931) Reno (1939) Rio Rita (1942) Sodom and Gomorrah (1962) Vitaphone Comedy Collection, Vol. 2: Shemp Howard 1933-1937 What Price Hollywood? (1932)   FAMILY NEW RELEASES Bubble Guppies: Animals Everywhere Dora the Explorer: Dora in Wonderland Nut Job @ BLU 3D SALE Slugterra Vol. 4: Heroes of the Underground   NEW ANIME Berserk: The Golden Age Arc 3 - The Advent Clamp School Detectives: Complete Collection   NEW TV ON DVD Bletchley Circle: Season 2 Ripper Street: Season 2   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.comCinema Happenings for the week of April 11urn:uuid:d789a5bb-294a-4531-bd5f-fc03f071acf01969-12-31T19:33:34ZGreetings all! Are you curious about local repertory revivals, films festivals and limited releases? Then look no further, here’s an overview of this week’s happenings. Enough of this palaver, let’s get the show on the road and start with US!   SCARECROW VIDEO SCREENING ROOM- Admission is free (but you have to be 21 or over after 3pm) and we sell snacks, beer, coffee, tea and popcorn at VHSpresso to accommodate your viewing needs.   FRIDAY: 6pm SPECIAL EVENT! Junk DVD signing with director and star (George Troll 2 Hardy) in attendance then at 8pm we’re showing Junk SATURDAY: 8pm Saturday Night Fright Hole with Ponty Pool SUNDAY: 2pm Easter Parade MONDAY: 7pm Kevin Clarke’s Music Mayhem The American Astronaut TUESDAY: 7pm GeeksWhoDrinkTrivia!   WEDNESDAY: 7pm Men on a Mission with Born To Fight THURSDAY: 7pm  Aachi and Ssipak Plus don't forget 2 for 1 Wednesday Rentals.    THE GRAND ILLUSION CINEMA continues to celebrate their 10-year anniversary with a limited four-day run (from 35mm) of Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons thanks to The Sprocket Society. Also opening for a week long run is a new music documentary called Mistaken For Strangers about The National. The cinema’s showtimes are complicated so click on the cinema’s link for details.   It’s another solid week at NORTHWEST FILM FORUM with the U.S. theatrical premiere of Exhibition, Arnaud Desplechin’s latest film Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian (which is part of the cinema’s ongoing Indigenous Showcase series)(and actress Misty Upham will be there for Saturday’s shows), The First Annual Seattle Autistic Film Festival (which features several films) and as part of the Red Renewal: Seattle’s Socialist Spring Series WR: Mysteries of the Organism screens on Wednesday.   SIFF CINEMA has an intriguing lineup including Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony, and The Retrieval. Plus DocBruch brings about Sweet Dreams (with free ice cream), Science on Screen presents Young Frankenstein and a special program of short films called Selected UK.   There is also some very cool stuff showing around town on a screen or two including: Finding Vivian Maier at Seven Gables Le Week-end at Guild 45th On My Way at Sundance Errol Morris’ latest The Unknown Known also at Sundance   Under The Skin is at Harvard Exit and Sundance. 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 film. (Matt Lynch) Ilo Ilo at The Varsity   Don’t be overwhelmed, enjoy! We’ve undoubtedly missed some gems so get out and have some fun, as there is plenty of cinematic wonder to be discovered here in town. Hopefully you'll take advantage of all these great opportunities and be sure to stock up at Scarecrow Video to enhance this week’s viewing pleasures. Spenser