Scarecrow VideoBlogurn:uuid:21a045ab-44df-409f-9abd-76e9ceed86541969-12-31T19:33:34ZNew Releases for April 22urn:uuid:f468fe30-43d9-4778-9be5-dc1060894b7b1969-12-31T19:33:34ZHappy 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 the long awaited restored blu-ray release of William Friedkin's under-appreciated masterpiece SORCERER (@ BLU SALE). A remake of Clouzot's film THE WAGES OF FEAR, it stars Roy Scheider as a criminal on the run, hiding out in a miserable South American country. When an oil well explodes a few hundred miles away, he accepts the likely-suicide mission of driving a dilapidated truck full of nitroglycerine through the jungle in order to blow out the fire. This is one of the toughest action films of the 70s, finally available in a lovely new transfer. Do not miss it. Next, the heroes at The Criterion Collection have dug up another rare gem, Don Siegel's RIOT IN CELL BLOCK 11 (@ BLU SALE). Based in part on a true incident, a 1952 riot at Jackson State Prison in Michigan, it's partly an issue-oriented film about the conditions, both physical and psychological, that inmates and officials face. The rest is a crackerjack thriller and a breakout achievement from the man who would later go on to direct DIRTY HARRY and INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS. We've also got BIG BAD WOLVES (@ BLU SALE), a blackly comic Israeli revenge thriller about a group of men exacting revenge on a vicious killer of children. When the suspected killer continues to evade capture on legal technicalities, both an arrogant cop and the father of a previous victim take separate paths to get justice...paths that end up converging, of course. Quentin Tarantino named this his favorite film of 2013, and it's easy to see why. As for the rest, don't forget to check out the following: A new ultra-cheap blu-ray of British gangster classic GET CARTER (@ BLU SALE). A new release of Sidney Lumet's holocaust survivor drama THE PAWNBROKER (@ BLU SALE). Joesph Losey's noir STRANGER ON THE PROWL (@ BLU SALE), long thought lost, finally finds a home on disc. Criterion also has Carl Dreyer's 1925 comedy MASTER OF THE HOUSE (@ BLU SALE). Claude Chabrol's favorite detective arrives in the INSPECTOR LAVARDIN COLLECTION (@ BLU SALE). All 53 shorts and one theatrical feature have arrived on MR. MAGOO: THE THEATRICAL COLLECTION (@ SALE). Bettie Page reveals all in the new documentary BETTIE PAGE REVEALS ALL (@ BLU SALE). Also on the documentary front, THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI (@ SALE).  And finally, the good folks at Cinema Epoch have released a future trash cinema classic from Amir Shervan, the director of SAMURAI COP. It's called KILLING AMERICAN STYLE. It stars z-grade staple Robert Z'Dar as a vicious criminal on the run from Jim Brown, the cop determined to bring him down. He takes shelter by invading the what turns out to be the home of a kickboxing champion! This is a low-down dirty little ball of sleaze, and not only will we have it here for sale, but we'll be screening it this Saturday at 8pm, FREE in our Screening Room! Make sure you come get a taste!   Here's the full list: Address (2014) Barefoot (2014) Bettie Page Reveals All! @ BLU SALE Big Bad Wolves @ BLU SALE Black Dragon's Revenge / Black Dragon Doctor Who - Story 41: Web of Fear End of Time Exposed / The Visitors (1972) Extraction (2013) Farewell to Fools Hapkido / Lady Whirlwind Inspector Lavardin Collection @ BLU SALE Julie (1990) Killing American Style  Master of the House (1925) (Criterion Collection) @ BLU SALE Pawnbroker @ BLU SALE Riot in Cell Block 11 (Criterion Collection) @ BLU SALE Ripening Seed Seven Warriors Sorcerer (1977) @ BLU SALE Stranger on the Prowl @ BLU SALE Suspect (2013) Torture Chamber (2013) Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story   NEW DOCUMENTARIES Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid (American Experience) Crusade in Europe: Complete Series King, Billie Jean (American Masters) New (Incomplete) Complete and Utter History of Britain (PAL / Region 2) Trials of Muhammad Ali @ SALE   NEW WARNER ARCHIVE / MOD Her Cardboard Lover (1942) In Love and War (1958) Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1929)   FAMILY NEW RELEASES 1001 Arabian Nights (Mr. Magoo) @ SALE Mr. Magoo: The Theatrical Cartoons 1949-1959 @ SALE     NEW BLU-RAY Alamo Bay Beloved Infidel Broadway Danny Rose Demetrius and the Gladiators Desiree (1954) Disappearance (1977) Experiment in Terror Get Carter (1971) @ BLU SALE Mindwarp (Uncut Version) Only Game in Town Other (1972) Pony Soldier Wild at Heart (Special Edition)   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.comTHIS IS YOUR VCR ON DRUGSurn:uuid:ed03ac4a-579d-488c-8ac7-cc78d0de61ff1969-12-31T19:33:34ZCome 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:d98ace2c-aa2f-42a3-b85d-254e70142a8a1969-12-31T19:33:34ZAll 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:80c59e61-75d9-4f50-bf1c-ba264535cbdb1969-12-31T19:33:34ZHey 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:b2fd71c4-b995-4fa8-b78b-31ea1693a0e41969-12-31T19:33:34ZIt'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