Scarecrow VideoBlogurn:uuid:892f9743-0843-47ca-9ea4-3abbb9f2c67d1969-12-31T19:33:34ZSeptember in our Screening Lounge!urn:uuid:f114a98d-c949-427a-b2a4-a2ad2e8b96131969-12-31T19:33:34ZAlright, 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 September. A full compliment of Vincente Minnelli musicals, some fantastic vintage Japanese sci-fi, classic anime, and the usual extra special events and gatherings! 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: Magnificent Minnelli We're turning over our Music Monday selections to the great Hollywood filmmaker (and father of Liza) Vincente Minnelli. During his long career he made lots of terrific musicals (enough to program another month's full, so stay tuned for that possibility!). We've picked a handful of them, including a couple we feel are under-seen. Every Monday in September at 7pm you'll get a new one, starting on the 1st with CABIN IN THE SKY. The rest of the month brings MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS on the 8th, ZIEGFELD FOLLIES on the 15th, THE PIRATE on the 22nd, and THE BAND WAGON on the 29th. Click on any of the titles to have a look at a trailer!   Wednesdays with Ishiro Honda Japanese filmmaker Ishrio Honda is probably best known for directing the original GODZILLA and a bunch of later entries in that series. Honda was basically the father of the Kaiju genre, and he also made dozens of Tokusatsu ("Special effects") films. We picked a crop of some of his best non-Godzilla creature features. We'll be serving one up every Wednesday at 7pm. First up on the 3rd, it's Abominable Snowman jam HALF-HUMAN. On the 10th it's Kaiju classic RODAN, followed on the 17th by VARAN THE UNBELIEVABLE. Finally, on the 24th, one of his best and most underappreciated films, the absolutely bizarre and very dark MATANGO, about a island of people turned into mushroom monsters! Click on those titles for some great trailers.   Vintage Anime Thursdays If you've ever been to the store you know we have a massive selection of anime titles. We thought we'd pull out some of the ones that kicked off the genre's popularity in the US, the ones we all saw dubbed and on VHS as kids that really made us excited about anime in the first place. We've got three of them lined up on Thursdays at 7pm. On the 4th it's VENUS WARS, followed by the rollicking PROJECT A-KO on the 11th, and then the immortal VAMPIRE HUNTER D on the 18th.    Friday Fritz Lang Double Play The legendary Fritz Lang directed some of the greatest movies ever, like METROPOLIS, M, DIE NIBELUNGEN and the DR. MABUSE films. He also was responsible for some incredible adventure stories, and we've got two of his best on deck for a couple of Fridays. On the 5th, at 8pm, it's THE TIGER OF ESCHNAPUR, and on the 11th, also at 8, we have THE INDIAN TOMB, with the unbelievable Deborah Paget. These are some really exciting movies, on par with anything out these days even though they're over 50 years old.    Saturday Night Fright-Hole! Everyone love's Rich's horror movie picks for Saturday nights at 8pm. This month we've got GRADUATION DAY on the 6th, about a high school track team getting sliced up by a killer in a fencing mask. The 13th brings RETURN TO HORROR HIGH, a slasher comedy about a film crew making a movie about a serial killer (look out for a young George Clooney in a leading role). Finally on the 20th there's TRICK OR TREAT, about a devil-worshipping rock star back from the dead for revenge!   Special Screenings and Events As usual, we've got a bunch of special screenings and events set up. On Saturday the 13th at 1pm, local filmmaker Heather Solarseed is hosting a Free Workshop: "Actors and Directors Working Together". Friday the 26th is our monthly meetup of the Sci-Fi Commons Movie Club! These guys always have a blast and pack the Screening Room. This month they're showing the all-time classic ALIENS! It's free at 8pm. The next night, Saturday the 27th at 7pm, we've got something really cool. Local musician Daniel Davis is going to be providing a live soundtrack to Mamoru Oshi's classic 1985 anime ANGEL'S EGG. If Live Soundtracks to Strange Films does well we might be able to bring it back every month, so definitely check that out! 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 August 26urn:uuid:57d31529-e407-4384-a2f9-0a7de3aa74e31969-12-31T19:33:34ZHappy Wednesday, gang! We would have had this up yesterday but our website was actin' a dang fool. Anyway, as usual it's time for a roundup of the great new releases we got in this week! Let's hop 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, the Heroes at the Criterion Collection have brought us another treasure from the deep. This time it's choreographer and filmmaker Bob Fosse's searing, hilarious autobiographical fllm ALL THAT JAZZ (@ BLU SALE), starring Roy Scheider (in an incredible performance) as, well, a choreographer and filmmaker slowly succumbing to illness, addiction, and self-loathing. Since its from Criterion, you know the set is packed with extras and the movie, an overlooked gem of New Hollywood in the 70s, looks better than ever. Also that Paula Abdul video for "Cold Hearted" is lifted from this.   One of Scarecrow's favorite filmmakers and one of the great cinematic artists of all time, Alejandro Jodorowsky, has released his first film in 23 years, which is definitely cause for celebration. THE DANCE OF REALITY (@ BLU SALE) is also semi-autobiographical, fictionalizing his upbringing in Chile to communist parents, but it also contains all the fantastical characters, gorgeous imagery, politics and religion that we associate with Jodorowsky's films. Definitely do not miss it.   As for the rest, don't forget to check out the following: Criterion upgrades the Japanese New-Wave Serial Killer film VENGEANCE IS MINE (@ BLU SALE) to blu-ray. THE NORMAL HEART (@ BLU SALE) shows us the struggle of HIV/AIDS activisim in the 1980s. Jesse Eisenberg meets himself in THE DOUBLE (BLU). QUEEN MARGOT (@ BLU SALE) gets a 20th Anniversary restoration. An 18th century English aristocrat raises his brother's mixed-race illegitimate daughter in BELLE (BLU). Mads Mikkelsen is a French warrior in AGE OF UPRISING: THE LEGEND OF MICHAEL KOLHAAS (@ BLU SALE). HEADHUNTERS director Jo Nesbo is back with JACKPOT (@ BLU SALE).  Horror fans will definitely want to grab the new blu-ray of THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE (@ BLU SALE). There's also a double feature disc of HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD / RATS: A NIGHT OF TERROR (@ BLU SALE) (RATS has one of the best ridiculous twist endings ever). Clara Bow storms her way into town in the 1932 western CALL HER SAVAGE (@ SALE). An all-star case survives nuclear war in ON THE BEACH (@ BLU SALE). Peter O'Toole and Peter Sellers chase girls in WHAT'S NEW PUSSYCAT? (@ BLU SALE), and Jack Arnold tears up the classroom in HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL! (@ BLU SALE)  On the TV front, we got new seasons of CRIMINAL MINDS, ELEMENTARY, REVENGE and SONS OF ANARCHY, but the big hitters this week are THE WALKING DEAD: SEASON 4 (@ BLU SALE) and PORTLANDIA: SEASON 4 (@ SALE), and don't you dare forget about the first four seasons of WELCOME BACK, KOTTER. Here's the full rental list:   42nd St. Forever Peep Show Collection Vol. 4 All that Jazz (Criterion Collection) @ BLU SALE Belle (2014) BLU Blended Blood Glacier Cinemanovels Conjoined Dance of Reality @ BLU SALE Dead of Knight Double (2014) BLU  Elephant Man (1982) Favorites of the Moon Fear in the Night (1947) Friendly Fire (1979) Grindhouse Trailer Classics High School Confidential @ BLU SALE In Search of Bigfoot / Cry Wilderness Infliction (2013) Love Punch Marx Brothers TV Collection Normal Heart @ BLU SALE On the Beach (1959) @ BLU SALE Promise (2013) Queen Margot (Director’s Cut) @ BLU SALE Young & Beautiful (2013)   NEW DOCUMENTARIES $ellebrity Earth: The Sequel Fuhrer Cult & Megalomania I, Caesar: The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire Perfect Shark Russia’s Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin Shark Battlefield Suchet, David: In the Footsteps of St. Paul Truth in Numbers? Wild Brazil: Land of Fire and Flood   NEW BLU-RAY Double Life (1947) Legend of Hell House @ BLU SALE Leviathan (1989) Stranger on the Prowl   NEW MANUFACTURE-ON-DEMAND Call Her Savage (1932) @ BLU SALE   FAMILY NEW RELEASES Bubble Guppies: Get Ready for School Gravity Falls: Even Stranger Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Rescue Lego Friends: Friends Are Forever       NEW TV ON DVD Blandings: Series 2 Comedy Bang! Bang! Season 2 Criminal Minds: Season 9 Elementary: Season 2 Haven: Season 4 How the West Was Won: Season 2 Portlandia: Season 4 @ SALE Revenge: Season 3 Sons of Anarchy: Season 6 Soul Man: Season 1 Walking Dead: Season 4 @ BLU SALE Welcome Back, Kotter: Seasons 1-4   That'll do it for this week. Have fun renting, browsing and buying, and remember, Scarecrow Video can't survive without YOU! Support the Scarecrow Project Kickstarter!Matt Lynchleevancleef@gmail.comOur First Scarecrow Project Stretch Goal!urn:uuid:c7b65694-aa03-455e-91e0-697245bcb5741969-12-31T19:33:34ZGreetings Everyone! After the tremendous response to our #ScarecrowProject Kickstarter launch and seeing how quickly all of you responded to our call to action, we wanted to think very carefully about adding a stretch goal. From the outset of this project, we have taken a financially conservative position, as our number one goal is not just to transition the collection into a non-profit but to ensure that it remains around and accessible for many, many years to come. With this in mind, we felt that our first stretch goal should be a modest one. So here it is. It's not a secret that the last few years have been tight at Scarecrow, and as a result there are a lot of amazing things we've had to pass on that, which in more prosperous times we would have snapped up without hesitation. Currently all of you have contributed an astounding $110,000. If we can raise an additional $50,000 (bringing us to around $160K), we want to use a portion of those funds to further expand our already incredible, one-of-a-kind collection. We're specifically talking about titles like: The entire Masters of Cinema collection, the UK’s (and basically the rest of the world's) version of the Criterion Collection. A complete set of titles from Twilight Time, many of which we've had to pass on. Twilight Time licenses small print-runs of catalog titles from studios that simply don't see the cost-benefit of a wider release. These limited editions often go out of print almost immediately and can be very difficult and expensive to come by. The deep trove of studio classics released by Olive Films, featuring many important, often newly restored works by famous filmmakers. We've been able to acquire many of their DVDs, but have been unfortunately forced to pass on many of their Blu-ray titles. Those are the more widely known choices, but of course Scarecrow isn't just about what's popular or famous. It's important that we look into smaller pockets of film history, too. For instance: We could round out our collection of the works of D.A. Pennebacker, the pioneering documentarian responsible for films like "Don’t’ Look Back" and "Monterey Pop." Those more well-known films are widely available, but his more esoteric films and shorts, expensive and sold only through his website, are just as significant but not as popular. The Edition Filmmuseum collection, which defines itself as "a joint project of film archives and cultural institutions in the German-speaking part of Europe."  Its stated ambition is "to publish film works of artistic, cultural and historical value in DVD editions that both utilize the possibilities of digital media and meet the quality demands of the archival profession."  We carry a small handful of their 90+ titles, but rounding out the set would be an invaluable addition to our inventory. We could go on and on but this gives a good picture of our intentions. The remainder of these additional stretch goal contributions would go straight into our "rainy day fund." Our initial goal was the bare minimum of what we need to get our non-profit dreams off the ground, and every single extra dollar is needed to ensure the#ScarecrowProject successfully takes flight. We believe this is a worthy and attainable stretch goal. We ask for your continued support by encouraging your friends, co-workers, local baristas, mail carriers and pretty much everyone else you know to become physical media champions just as you have! Since it's not remotely possible to say this enough, THANK YOU ALL once again for your overwhelming support!! Keep spreading the word with #ScarecrowProject!Matt Lynchleevancleef@gmail.comThe World Needs RAD!urn:uuid:9dbffb5c-ca96-44d4-b5b8-67b9cdd616371969-12-31T19:33:34ZDid you guys see this terrific Buzzfeed piece yesterday? 26 Hard-To-Find Movies That Remind Us Why VHS, DVD, And LaserDisc Still Matter It's just one of the many articles and interviews that have been popping up online since we launched the #ScarecrowProject! We jumping up and down over here because of all the kind words and encouragement we've gotten. Here's another favorite, one of the best articles ever written about Scarecrow and its mission from the good folks at Vice Motherboard: This Legendary Video Store is Going Out of Business to Save Itself We're particularly fond of the way that piece summed up what we want to do with the#ScarecrowProject: "The store isn’t just looking for money to keep DVD rentals flowing through the return bin, though. Its ambition is to become less of a store and something more like a B-movie counterpart to the American Film Institute or the UCLA Film & Television Archive—an organization that preserves and brings attention to the films that need it most." We couldn't have said it better ourselves.  Below you'll find a rundown of ALL the great stuff folks have written about us in the last week or so. Stay tuned tomorrow, when we'll finally be announcing our modest stretch goal. And some new rewards may be just around the corner. Until then, Thank you all SO MUCH for all of your support and contributions. We need you to keep it coming! We've met our initial goal but we want our piggy bank to be as full as possible moving into the future! Thanks again! The original Seattle Times piece marking our launch. A great piece from yesterday at Huffington Post. Pickstarter: Help Save Seattle's Mover Nerd Mecca (via Nerdist) Keep Home Video Alive (via Indiewire) Help the Legendary Scarecrow Video with their Film Preservation Kickstarter Campaign! (via Ain't It Cool News)  Save the World's Largest Independent Movie Library (via Badass Digest and Alamo Drafthouse) Matt and Kate's appearance on Mark Rahner's KIRO FM show (head over to Facebook and give Mark's show a Like!) Revered Scarecrow Video to Preserve Library with Non-Profit Scarecrow Project (via Fangoria) Scarecrow Video, one of the largest video stores in the world, to become a non-profit (via The Dissolve) We even got some awesome tweets from Elijah Wood (who also contributed...Thanks Elijah!), Eli Roth and Kurt Loder! Scarecrow Video raising $100K on Kickstarter (via GeekWire) Scarecrow Video Funds the Hoarders' Dream! PHYSICAL MEDIA LIVES! (via Doc Terror) [Crowd Source This] “The Scarecrow Project” (via Bloody Disgusting) Help Preserve World’s Largest Home Video Collection (via SlashFilm) Seattle's Scarecrow Video Looking to Become a One of a Kind Film Library (via RopeOfSilicon) Bill Hunt's "My Two Cents" column at The Digital Bits and finally, from KUOW, How Scarecrow Video is Like a Kung-Fu Movie! With Love and Endless Gratitude, #ScarecrowProjectMatt Lynchleevancleef@gmail.comNew Releases for August 19urn:uuid:131551fd-bcb5-4441-bcb5-7abe52c10db41969-12-31T19:33:34ZHappy Tuesday Everybody! Aside from making our Kickstarter Goal in just a handful of days (THANK YOU!), we've got another haul of great new releases for you today! Let's get started.   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 the latest masterpiece from one of our favorite filmmakers, Jim Jarmusch. ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE (@ BLU SALE) stars the scorching team of Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as a couple of ancient vampires who reunite in modern day Detroit in an attempt to console each other in the face of the punishing boredom of immortality. Both of them reject humanity as worthless zombies, oblvious to the beauty of life and art and culture, and they prefer to spend their days immersed in books and music and film. Sounds like an incredible way to live! This is one of Jarmusch's very best movies, in many ways a summing-up of his career and idiosyncracies. Don't miss it.   Then, the Heroes at the Criterion Collection have released one of the most popular foreign language films to hit our shores in recent years, Alfonso Cuaron's Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN (@ BLU SALE). It's a gorgeously photographed coming-of-age road movie about two Mexican boys about to head for college who team up with an older cousin's wife for a road trip to a beach that doesn't actually exist. The next sentence in a description like that usually goes something like "Along the way, they learn about life, love," and you get the gist.    As for the rest, don't forget to check out the following: There's actually a small trove of Spanish-language stuff out today, as LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE (@ BLU SALE) makes its way to blu-ray, and Criterion also brings us Almodovar's pioneering TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN! (@ BLU SALE) There are also new films from Woody Allen, who stars in FADING GIGOLO (BLU), and John Sayles with GO FOR SISTERS. Horror and Fantasy fans have a lot to look forward to as well. We've got THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (@ BLU 3D SALE), a double feature of 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH / IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA (@ BLU SALE), 80's nostalgia blast LEVIATHAN (@ BLU SALE), Ti West's found-footage version of Jonestown in THE SACRAMENT (@ BLU SALE), Jack Hill's camp classic SORCERESS (@ BLU SALE), demonic-possession movie THE QUIET ONES (@ BLU SALE), and a TV-movie remake of ROSEMARY'S BABY (@ BLU SALE). Into silent film? Two great boxed sets are out this week, the MACK SENNETT COLLECTION VOL. 1 (@ BLU SALE) and CHAPLINS MUTUAL COMEDIES (@ BLU SALE). Slightly more contemporary but just as terrific are two Frank Borzage classics, MAGNIFICENT DOLL (@ BLU SALE) and THAT'S MY MAN (@ BLU SALE). And on the TV front, there's BOARDWALK EMPIRE: SEASON 4 (@ BLU SALE) as well as new seasons of THE MINDY PROJECT, THE GOOD WIFE, PARKS & RECREATION and PARENTHOOD.   Here's the full rental list:                           Amazing Spider-Man 2 @ BLU 3D SALE Careful, He Might Hear You Cat (2011) Empty Hours Fading Gigolo  BLU  Fate of Lee Khan / Shaolin Boxers / Young Dragons Girl in a Swing Go for Sisters Good Man (2014) Iceman (2014) Jarhead 2: Field of Fire Life and Adventures of Nick Nickleby Magnificent Doll @ BLU SALE Manu Chao: Babylonia en Guagua Only Lovers Left Alive @ BLU SALE Our Children Quiet Ones (2014) @ BLU SALE Rampage: Capital Punishment Riot (2012) Rosemary’s Baby (2014) @ BLU SALE Sacrament @ BLU SALE Silent Mountain Sorceress (1982) @ BLU SALE Thanatomorphose That’s My Man @ BLU SALE Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (Criterion Collection) @ BLU SALE To Kill a Man When I Saw You Worm (2013) (Special Edition) Y Tu Mama Tambien (Criterion Collection) @ BLU SALE   NEW DOCUMENTARIES Churchill’s First World War Education of Mohammad Hussein Final Cut: Ladies & Gentlemen (PAL) Life with Alex: A Memoir   NEW BLU-RAY Chaplin’s Mutual Comedies 1916-1917 @ BLU SALE File on Thelma Jordan Like Water for Chocolate @ BLU SALE Magic Christian Man Hunt (1941) Resolution Sennett, Mack Collection Vol. 1 @ BLU SALE Sleep, My Love   NEW MANUFACTURE-ON-DEMAND Bates Motel (1987) China (1943) For Love of Money (1963) Lady Godiva of Coventry (1955) Monster and the Girl (1940) Public Eye (1992) Scott Joplin (1977) Thing that Couldn’t Die (1958) This Day and Age (1933) Tillie and Gus (1933) Up in Central Park (1948) You Never Can Tell (1951)   FAMILY NEW RELEASES Foodfight Inch High Private Eye: Complete Series Jetsons: Season 3 Josie & the Pussycats in Outer Space Police Academy: The Animated Series Scooby-Doo! Franken Creepy! Snorks: Season 1 Toy Story of Terror   NEW TV ON DVD Boardwalk Empire: Season 4 @ BLU SALE Bobby Darin Show Good Wife: Season 5 Millers: Season 1 Mindy Project: Season 2 NCIS: Los Angeles Season 5 NCIS: Season 11 Once Upon a Time: Season 3 Parenthood: Season 5 Parks and Recreation: Season 6 Revolution: Season 2 Stoney Burke: Complete Series Wizards and Warriors: Complete Series   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