Scarecrow VideoBlogurn:uuid:57cad233-7f40-4e04-a15b-eca4a29e63d21969-12-31T19:33:34ZNew Releases for November 25urn:uuid:852f6ae8-8e6b-416a-870f-9fb1201b5e491969-12-31T19:33:34ZIt's a Thanksgiving New Release Tuesday! It's a shorter list than usual but it's packed with great titles.    BLU = Also available to rent on Blu-ray disc @ = Available for sale in the store (but we can special order anything, see us for details)   First up, the heroes at the Criterion Collection bring us LES BLANK: ALWAYS FOR PLEASURE (@ BLU), a new box set of lovingly restored titles from the great documentarian. An uncompromisingly independent filmmaker, Blank made documentaries for nearly fifty years, elegantly disappearing with his camera into cultural spots rarely seen on-screen—mostly on the peripheries of the United States, but also occasionally abroad. Seemingly off-the-cuff yet poetically constructed, these films are humane, sometimes wry, always engaging tributes to music, food, and all sorts of regionally specific delights. This collector’s set provides a diverse survey of Les Blank’s vast output, including fourteen of his best-known works and eight related short films.   Then, one of the most famous European arthouse films of all time, THE CONFORMIST (@ BLU), finally lands on blu-ray here in the US. Bernardo Bertolucci’s breakthrough film is an elegant portrait of the death throes of Italian Fascism and a triumph of pure style. Adapted by Bertolucci (an Oscar-nominated screenplay) from Alberto Moravia’s 1951 novel, it chronicles the life of secret police functionary Marcello Clerici (Jean-Louis Trintignant), who is sent on a mission to assassinate his former teacher, Professor Quadri (Enzo Tarascio), a leftist activist in exile in Paris. This is a gorgeously restored blu-ray of one of the greatest films ever made. Don't miss it under any circumstances.   As for the rest, don't forget to check out the following: Gear up for EXPENDABLES 3 (BLU). We guarantee that ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS (@ BLU) is one of the best films you've never seen. Criterion also brings us Michelangelo Antonioni's masterpiece L'AVVENTURA (@ BLU). Lois Lowry's famous YA novel THE GIVER (BLU) has been turned into a movie. You can now enjoy all 5 1/2 nauseatingly sexy hours of Lars von Trier's NYMPHOMANIAC (EXTENDED DIRECTOR'S CUT) (@ BLU). Pierce Brosnan plays a superspy that isn't James Bond in THE NOVEMBER MAN (BLU). There's a new MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 (@) volume, as well as ADVENTURE TIME: FINN THE HUMAN (@). Nazi Zombies attack in SHOCK WAVES (@ BLU). Seasons One and Two of DRUNK HISTORY are out. Last but not least, a double shot of Robert Altman with THE LONG GOODBYE (@ BLU) and THIEVES LIKE US (@ BLU). Here's the full list:   Blank, Les: Always for Pleasure (Criterion Collection) @ BLU Expendables 3 BLU Giver BLU L’Avventura (Criterion Collection) @ BLU Life in Dirty Movies Mercy Merry Friggin’ Christmas November Man  Nymphomaniac Vols 1 & 2 (Extended Director’s Cut) @ BLU Pulsion Rhymes for Young Ghouls Shock Waves (1977) @ BLU Thieves Like Us (1974) @ BLU Touch of the Light War Story What If BLU   NEW DOCUMENTARIES Beyond the Edge   FAMILY NEW RELEASES Adventure Time: Finn the Human @ Guardians of the Museum   NEW BLU-RAY Conformist @ BLU Long Goodbye @ BLU Only Angels Have Wings @ BLU   NEW TV ON DVD Drunk History: Seasons 1 & 2 Inspector Lewis: Series 7 MST3k Collection Vol. 31 @  MST3k: Jungle Goddess @  MST3k: Painted Hills @  MST3k: Screaming Skull @  MST3k: Squirm @   Matt Lynchleevancleef@gmail.comNew Releases for November 18urn:uuid:1c997f16-22da-4163-9094-606c384c91a21969-12-31T19:33:34ZHappy New Release Tuesday Everybody! We've got another stack of great new titles this week.   BLU = Also available to rent on Blu-ray disc @ = Available for sale in the store (but we can special order anything, see us for details)   First up, and after a long wait, Disney has finally seen fit to release a few more Studio Ghibli classics to blu-ray. This week we finally get KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE (@ BLU), PRINCESS MONONOKE (@ BLU), and Miyazaki's final masterpiece, THE WIND RISES (@ BLU) (which might even be his best movie ever). It's heartbreaking to learn that Ghibli won't be making any more films, but these classics are so timeless that at the very least we'll be enjoying them for decades. Make sure you grab all three.   Then, the Heroes at the Criterion Collection have brought us IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (@ BLU), Frank Capra's foundational romantic comedy, pretty much the template for every screwball film that followed it. If you haven't seen it, it's the one where Claudette Colbert flashes a little leg to flag down a passing motorist...you know, that clip you see in every Hollywood retrospective documentary. There's a reason this film is in every one of them. It's about time it entered the Criterion Canon.   As for the rest, don't forget to check out the following: We've got a gorgeous new restoration of the German Silent masterpiece THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (@ BLU) Tay-tay and Jonah Hill are back in 22 JUMP STREET (BLU). There's more Capra with 1961's POCKETFUL OF MIRACLES (@ BLU). Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton get busy in AND SO IT GOES (BLU). There's a stack of horror new to blu with George Romero's MONKEY SHINES (@ BLU) as well as his Stephen King adaptation THE DARK HALF (@ BLU), plus PUMPKINHEAD II: BLOOD WINGS (@ BLU) and Bruce Campbell in MOONTRAP (@ BLU). Two new classic Cinerama format releases (presented in Smilevision!), SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD (@ BLU) and SEARCH FOR PARADISE (@ BLU). Two early films from singluar French filmmaker Leos Carax - MAUVAIS SANG (@ BLU) and BOY MEETS GIRL (@ BLU). Hal Ashby's groundbreaking post-Vietnam drama COMING HOME (@ BLU) lands on blu-ray along with Altman's rare COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN (@ BLU). And finally SIN CITY 2: A DAME TO KILL FOR (@ BLU 3D). Here's the full rental list:   22 Jump Street BLU And So It Goes BLU As the Light Goes Out BLU Automata Boy Meets Girl (1984) @ BLU Brazilian Western BLU Cabinet of Dr. Caligari @ BLU Christmas Evil (1980) BLU Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean… @ BLU Coming Home (1978) @ BLU Copenhagen Dormant Beauty (2012) Gator (1976) Grace: The Possession Housebound (2014) If I Stay (2014) It Happened One Night (Criterion Collection) @ BLU Jimmy Wang Yu Collection Mauvais Sang @ BLU Murder on the Emerald Seas (1973) Next Year in Jerusalem Pocketful of Miracles (1961) @ BLU Ragnarok (2013) @ BLU Reclaim BLU Robot Chicken: Christmas Specials Salting the Battlefield Sam Whiskey Search For Paradise (1957) (Cinerama) @ BLU Seven Wonders of the World (1956) (Cinerama) @ BLU Sin City: A Dame to Kill For @ BLU 3D Travelers: Dimension Police Turks & Caicos White Lightning (1973) The Wind Rises @ BLU Young April   NEW DOCUMENTARIES Alive & Well When Comedy Went to School   FAMILY NEW RELEASES Dirt Bike Kid (1985) Kiki’s Delivery Service @ BLU Stan Lee’s Mighty 7: Beginnings   NEW ANIME Princess Mononoke @ BLU   NEW BLU-RAY The Bubble (1966) (also in 3D) Dark Half @ BLU Monkey Shines @ BLU Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings @ BLU   NEW TV ON DVD Cheyenne: Season 4 Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts (6 Discs) Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Bonus Features (2 Discs) Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Fully Roasted (6 Discs) Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Stingers & Zingers (8 Discs) FBI: Seasons 2 & 3 Maverick: Season 4 Night Court: Seasons 6 & 7 Paradise: Season 2 Spenser: for Hire: Season 1   That's the end of this week's list. See you next Tuesday!!Matt Lynchleevancleef@gmail.comNew Releases for November 11urn:uuid:ce03978e-50d8-400e-bbcd-d2790f907e721969-12-31T19:33:34ZHappy Veteran's Day everybody! A lot of folks have the day off today, but not us. Get ready for another batch of New Releases!   BLU = Also available to rent on Blu-ray disc @ = Available for sale in the store (but we can special order anything, see us for details)   First up, the Heroes at the Criterion Collection bring us a double feature of rare Westerns from cult filmmaker Monte Hellman. We'll let Criterion describe them for you: In the mid-60s, Hellman conceived of two westerns at the same time. Dreamlike and gritty by turns, these films would prove their maker’s adeptness at brilliantly deconstructing genre. Shot back-to-back for famed producer Roger Corman, they feature overlapping casts and crews, including Jack Nicholson in two of his meatiest early roles. THE SHOOTING (@ BLU), about a motley assortment of loners following a mysterious wanted man through a desolate frontier, and RIDE IN THE WHIRLWIND (@ BLU), about a group of cowhands pursued by vigilantes for crimes they did not commit, are rigorous, artful, and wholly unconventional journeys to the Old West.   Second, and perhaps the most important release of the week, is at long last a full DVD and Blu-ray release of the classic BATMAN TV series from 1966 (@ BLU). Tune into the Bat-channel for all the POWing, WHAMing and WHIFFing you can handle with every single episode beautifully restored and loaded with extra features. It even comes with a little Hot Wheels Batmobile! Holy swag, Batman!   As for the rest, don't forget to check out the following: Clint Eastwood, of all people, adapted the hit Broadway show JERSEY BOYS (BLU). You want a hit comedy? Try TAMMY (BLU) or LET'S BE COPS (BLU). Better yet, savor Weird Al Yankovic's enduring cinematic masterpiece UHF (@ BLU) along with his video compilation THE COMPLEAT AL (@). French Whimsy factory Michel Gondry is back with MOOD INDIGO (@ BLU). And brand new to DVD is the super rare skate-punk horror musical SHREDDER ORPHEUS (@), which also comes with a vinyl soundtrack! Also highly recommended, a double feature of Burt Reynolds Hixsploitation with WHITE LIGHTNING (@ BLU) and its terrific sequel GATOR (@ BLU). Stuart Gordon's DOLLS (@ BLU) come to life and of course try to murder you. For classic films, we got in new blu-rays of CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT (@ BLU) and the 1938 A CHRISTMAS CAROL (@ BLU), along with POSSESSED (@ BLU) from Warner Archive. For the kids there's HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (@ BLU 3D)and Spanish animated film NOCTURNA (@ BLU), and if that's not enough animation for you, we've got new animes WELCOME TO THE SPACE SHOW (@ BLU) and PATEMA INVERTED (BLU).  As for docs, there's James Cameron's super neat DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D (BLU 3D). We also have two long-lost documentaries from the legendary Shirley Clarke. PORTRAIT OF JASON (@ BLU) chronicles the life of a gay black hustler in 1960s New York, and ORNETTE: MADE IN AMERICA (@) is about the great musician Ornette Coleman. And last but certainly not least, on the TV front, we've got THE AVENGERS: SEASON 5 (the first one in color) (@ BLU), TRUE BLOOD SEASON 7 (the final season!) (@ BLU) and HBO's comedy GETTING ON: SEASON 1 (BLU). Here's the full rental list:   Abuse of Weakness DeepSea Challenge BLU 3D Desierto Drive Hard BLU Happy Christmas House at the End of Time Jersey Boys BLU Kiarostami, Abbas: A Report Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story Let’s Be Cops BLU Monty Python Live (Mostly): One Down Five to Go (2014) Mood Indigo (2 Versions) @ BLU Mr. Pip Once Upon a Time in Queens Osaka Violence Shooting / Ride in the Whirlwind (Criterion Collection) @ BLU Shredder Orpheus @ Star Wars: Clone Wars – The Lost Missions Summer of Blood Tammy BLU Werewolf Woman Yankovic, Weird Al: The Compleat Al @   NEW DOCUMENTARIES   Art 21: Art in the 21st Century Season 7 I am Ali Ornette: Made in America @ Portrait of Jason @ BLU Unsupersize Me We Could Be King   FAMILY NEW RELEASES How to Train Your Dragon 2 @ BLU 3D Nocturna @ BLU   NEW ANIME Patema Inverted BLU Welcome to the Space Show @ BLU   NEW BLU-RAY Christine Dolls (1987) Collector’s Edition @ BLU Iceman (2014) Jarhead 2: Field of Fire Possessed @ BLU UHF (25th Anniversary Edition) @ BLU   NEW TV ON DVD Avengers (1961): Season 5 @ BLU Batman (1966) Complete Series (Seasons 1-3) @ BLU Cheyenne: Season 3 Getting On: Season 1 BLU True Blood: Season 7 @ BLU   That's gonna do it for this week's haul! We hope you have a blast renting, buying and browsing!    Matt Lynchleevancleef@gmail.comNew Releases for November 4urn:uuid:c16de333-0831-4bd8-8be4-786ec62973411969-12-31T19:33:34ZIt's another New Release Tuesday! We've got another smokin' stack of new titles as usual.   BLU = Also available to rent on Blu-ray disc @ = Available for sale in the store (but we can special order anything, see us for details)   First up, A MOST WANTED MAN (BLU) features the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his final roles, as a brilliant but troubled spymaster in Germany, who is caught between an overly aggressive American intelligence system and the German secret service while trying to leverage a young, confused jihadist for information that will hopefully lead him to a larger terrorist plot. Given the actor’s tragic death, his character’s emotional and spiritual exhaustion becomes all the more heartbreaking, and in turn the human cost of the film’s labyrinthine conspiracies seems all the more terrible. A complicated, quiet, very rewarding film.   Then, because you demanded it, there's THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG EXTENDED EDITION (@ BLU 3D). That's right. It's the longer version of the second part of the trilogy based on a slim novel. If you think these movies are awesome, you are definitely going to want to snag this.   As for the rest, don't forget to check out the following: Check out the true story behind DOG DAY AFTERNOON in THE DOG (@ BLU). The Rock is the Mighty HERCULES (BLU 3D). Angelina Jolie is Sleeping Beauty's evil Fairy Godmother in MALEFICENT (@ BLU). The Inmates are taking over the asylum in THE NINTH CONFIGURATION (@ BLU). A couple on the verge of a breakup starts, shall we say, seeing double in THE ONE I LOVE (BLU). Are you ready to STEP UP ALL IN?  Who's up for some graverobbing? Try THE DOCTOR AND THE DEVILS (@ BLU). Gary Cooper does what he does best, shoot bad guys, in MAN OF THE WEST (@ BLU). Bridget Bardot invents the striptease and starts a revolution in VIVA MARIA (@ BLU). And to top all that off we have a super cheap FILM NOIR 10 MOVIE SPOTLIGHT COLLECTION (@).  For the kids there's PLANES: FIRE AND RESCUE (BLU), and on the TV front we've got THE SOPRANOS: THE COMPLETE SERIES (@ BLU) and THE NEWSROOM: SEASON 2 (BLU). Here's the full rental list:   Five Star Life Frontera Hercules (2014) (also in 3D) @ BLU Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug: Extended (Also in 3D) @ BLU Lamb of God: As the Palaces Burn Land Ho! BLU Maleficent @ BLU Most Wanted Man BLU My Name is Pecos / Pecos Cleans Up BLU Ninth Configuration (1980) @ BLU One I Love BLU Planet of the Vampires (1965) Ratline Scrapbook (1999) (Unrated) Step Up All In Two Days, One Night (PAL / Region 2) Welcome to New York (PAL / Region 2)   NEW MANUFACTURE ON DEMAND Desert Song (1953) Government Girl (1943) Jungle Woman (1944) Magnificent Dope 91942) Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935) Mystery of Marie Roget (1942) One Wild Night (1938) Oregon Passage (1957) Secret of the Blue Room (1933) Son of Ali Baba (1952) Supernatural (1933) Wings of the Navy (1939) Yankee Doodle Dandy (1943)   NEW DOCUMENTARIES 20,000 Days on Earth (PAL / Region 2)   FAMILY NEW RELEASES Looney Tunes Platinum Collection V. 3 Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas Planes: Fire & Rescue BLU   NEW BLU-RAY Brotherhood of Death Doctor and the Devils Dog @ BLU Lady Stay Dead Messiah of Evil Revenge of the Cheerleaders (1976)   NEW TV ON DVD Bonanza: Season 3 Pts 1 & 2 Brickleberry: Season 2 Law & Order: Season 15 Newsroom: Season 2 BLU One Summer: Complete Series (PAL / Region 2) Poirot: Series 13 (1989) Sgt. Bilko / The Phil Silvers Show: Seasons 2-4   That about does it for this week. Happy browsing, renting and buying!Matt Lynchleevancleef@gmail.comNovember in Our Screening Lounge!urn:uuid:65a75437-cdbb-43d1-975f-01a4772fa48e1969-12-31T19:33:34ZAlright, 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 November. We've got a full compliment of the movies with a lineup of music documentaries, a whole series of films about bank-robbing dogs, as well as the usual extra special events and gatherings! And as always, Tuesday nights at 7 are for Geeks Who Drink Trivia! 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.   We're especially excited about author Evan Peterson bringing his book of horror- and genre-themed poetry THE MIDNIGHT CHANNEL to the event space. Our own Marc Palm designed the cover for his book, and Evan will be here to read some selections while Marc offers some of his amazing artwork for sale. That even is on Thursday the 6th at 7pm! Also this month we have two Showcases from Zombie Orpheus Entertainment, makers of films like THE GAMERS and JOURNEY QUEST, which is gearing up for their ZOECon event, and they'll be here on Saturday the 1st at 8pm and again on the 15th, again at 8, with some special guests and screenings of some of their films! On the 12th at 7pm, FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS is co-presenting a special screening of the classic, groundbreaking hip hop doc WILD STYLE, hosted by Ed Piskor, author of the new book HIP HOP FAMILY TREE! He'll intro the movie and sign copies of his book too! Hope to see you at some of these terrific movies! Happy November!Matt Lynchleevancleef@gmail.com