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The Office and other New Releases for September 8th

Here's a list of what's new for the week of September 8th. We begin with a bunch of new TV shows on DVD: THE OFFICE: SEASON FIVE - Get in on the great 'Hilary Swank: Hot or Not?' debate and visit Café Disco in the latest season on DVD. This season includes Holly's unfortunate departure, the return of Toby and Ryan, Phyllis finally spilling the beans about Angela and Dwight, and the best season finale in a long time. The DVD includes the web episodes and lots of other extras. We've also got it on Blu-ray PARKS & RECREATION: SEASON ONE - The creators of the US version of The Office bring us another mockumentary style series. Amy Poehler stars as Leslie Knope, the endlessly enterprising and ambitious middle management civil servant in the parks department in the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana. An opportunity to shine arises when resident Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones) complains about the abandoned construction site by her house, a gigantic hole that her loser boyfriend broke both legs falling into. Leslie makes it her mission to turn the hole into a park and spends the six episodes of the first season awkwardly attempting to do do, with the help and sometimes hindrance of her colleagues Mark (Paul Schneider, who you may remember from All The Real Girls or Lars and the Real Girl) and Tom (Aziz Ansari, who you may have seen on the comedy stages this weekend at Bumbershoot). FRINGE: SEASON 1 - Relief for those twitching through Joshua Jackson withdrawals since the end of Dawson's Creek comes in the form of this X-Files-like show about a team of FBI agents using 'fringe' science to investigate strange happenings around the world. It was co-created by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and J. J. Abrams. NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY: SEASON 1 - Jill Scott stars in the show based on the book series by Alexander McCall Smith about a group of women who solve mysteries in Gaborone. (The capitol of Botswana, a country in southern Africa that borders South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and a tiny bit of Zambia. And that's your geography lesson for the day, folks.) CRIMINAL MINDS: SEASON 4 - More FBI investigations, this time of a more psychological nature, starring Joe Mantegna (more with him in a sec), Thomas Gibson, Shemar Moore and A.J. Cook. IMPORTANT THINGS WITH DEMETRI MARTIN: SEASON 1 - The sometimes Daily Show commentator and all-the-time hilarious person Demetri Martin mixes sketch comedy, stand-up and some handy diagrams to convey his clever observations about the world around us. SLEEP DEALER - Read more about this film here. CRANK 2: HIGH VOLTAGE - also on Blu-ray for in-your face hi-def action Three are three new additions to the Criterion Collection this week, all of which are for sale here: THE HUMAN CONDITION - Masaki Kobayahi's existential epic about a well-meaning pacifist thought his struggles to survive the fascist regime of WWII-era Japan. Previously only available on three DVDs, the entire nine and a half hour journey is now all together, newly remastered with extras, including a rare interview with Kobayashi by filmmaker Masahiro Shinoda. THAT HAMILTON WOMAN - Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier star as tragic lovers Lord Horatio Nelson and Lady Hamilton in Alexander Korda's epic love story set during the Napoleonic Wars. The Criterion website states this was Winston Churchill's favorite film, which he claimed to have seen over 80 times. HOMICIDE - David Mamet's 1991 psychological police drama stars Joe Mantegna as a detective who uncovers a wealth of intrigue and suspense while investigating the murder of an elderly Jewish candy-show owner. The DVD includes commentary with Mamet and co-star William H. Macy and an intriguing sounding gag reel. Sony has a collection of films new to DVD called 'Martini Movies.' I'm not sure what martinis have to do with anything but who really needs a reason to mix, stir & sip, right? The latest films in this collection are: MODEL SHOP (1968) - The only American film by Jacques Demy (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) stars Gary Lockwood as a melancholy man in late 60s LA and Anouk Aimee as the model he stalks around town. SUMMERTREE (1971) - Have you ever wanted to see a young Michael Douglas play an acoustic guitar? Here's your chance with this war drama. Douglas plays a young man who can't quite decide what to do with his life, love or otherwise, when suddenly he's drafted. Jack Warden and Barbara Bel Geddes co-star as Douglas' parents. PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS (1970) - A young man fed up with 'the system' (who isn't, buddy?) heads to jail to prove a point, but ends up escaping and running for the northern border with his girlfriend (a long-haired Barbara Hershey). LOVE AND PAIN AND THE WHOLE DAMN THING (1973) - An 18-year old American man (Timothy Bottoms) travels to Spain and meets a shy 40-ish British spinster (the always amazing Maggie Smith) and the two engage in an awkward but sweet affair. BUTTERCUP CHAIN (1970) - Another film with love in the Spanish countryside, this one stars Hywel Bennett and Jane Asher as cousins who select lovers for each other (a Swedish student for her, an American gal for him) and the four run about Sweden, London and Spain discovering all shorts of things about love. Not a Martini Movie but charming just the same: BEDKNOBS & BROOMSTICKS: ENCHANTED MUSICAL EDITION - MAD MONSTER PARTY: SPECIAL EDITION - Stop-motion spooks for the entire family from Rankin & Bass (who did Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer) featuring Boris Karloff as the voice of Baron Boris von Frankenstein. DANCE FLICK - SPINAL TAP: UNWIGGED & UNPLUGGED - NEW ON BLU-RAY Hannah Montana: The Movie Menace II Society (Director's Cut) - Also available on regular DVD Rainier The Mountain Requiem for a Dream (Director's Cut) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (FINALLY!!) MORE NEW FAMILY FILMS & ANIME Battle of the Warriors (live action anime) Bleach: The Movie 2 Diamond Dust Rebellion (anime) Nana (Uncut) Box Set 1: Eps. 1-11.5 (anime) Beany and Cecil (Special Edition) Vol. 2 Goosebumps: Attack of the Jack-O-Lanterns Goosebumps: The Headless Ghost NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FARE Absolutely: Series 1-4 (PAL) - A Scottish sketch comedy show full of curious characters that ran from 1989-1993. Arthur of the Britons: Complete Series (PAL) - The 1972 UK series shows Arthur as the chief of a Celtic tribe organizing against the Saxon invaders. Blue Eyelids (PAL Code 2) - Special Grand Jury Prize winner at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival Brazil: The Ultimate Collection (PAL) - It's not about the country, it's about SOCCER! Includes Ronaldinho, Brazil Confidential and Boys from Brazil: Road to the Finals 2006. D L'Autre Cote Du Lit (2008) - French comedy about a man and woman who trade lives for a year to save their marriage. Damned United (PAL Code 2) - Another SOCCER movie; this one's about Brian Clough's (played by Frost/Nixon's Michael Sheen) term as coach of Leeds United, which lasted a mere 44 days. I'm guessing if you're into UK football, you're already familiar with these events, but it sounds good even for those of us still cutting our soccer teeth with the Sounders. Dead Snow (2008, PAL Code 2) - A Brit zombie movie. You can never have too many UK zombie movies Diamant 13 (2008) - Action/crime/thriller from Belgium starring Gerard Depardieu and Asia Argento. Flag of Iron (1980) HK martial arts action from director Cheh Chang Great Crimes & Trials: Season 1 (PAL) - A look at some of the most notorious crimes of the 20th century from the Lindbergh kidnapping to Ted Bundy. High Heels (1991)(PAL Code 2) - The Pedro Almodovar film starring Victoria Abril that's not yet available stateside on DVD. I Can't Think Straight (PAL) - A Brit comedy/drama about a Middle Eastern woman all set for an arranged marriage when she falls in love with the Indian woman dating her best friend. Kabei-Our Mother (2008) - A Japanese drama set in WWII centered around a mother struggling care for her two daughters after her husband is imprisoned for his anti-government views. Lady Ninja Kaede 2 (2007) - Erotic martial arts from Japan Last Stop 174 (2007) - A docudrama from Brazil about the 2000 hijacking of a bus in Rio de Janeiro. Moving Wallpaper: Sea. 1/Echo Beach: Sea. 1 (PAL) - As far as I can tell, Moving Wallpaper is a show about a fictional production team of real soap opera called Echo Beach. Sounds intriguing Nous Ne Viellirons Pas Ensemble (1972)(PAL) –from French director Maurice Pialat. Passe Ton Bac D'Abord (1979)(PAL Code 2) - another by Maurice Pialat. Private Eye (2009) (Code 3) - Korean detective story set in 1910 in the Joseon Dynasty Resolution 819 - A French film named for the 1993 UN Security Council resolution for a cease-fire in Bosnia and the subsequent investigation into the atrocities there. Sex and the Silver Screen: 100 Years (PAL Code 4) - A cinema doc. from Australia. Three Men in a Boat (PAL Code 2 & 4) - Stephen Frears' 1975 satire adapted from the Tom Stoppard play, starring Tim Curry, Stephen Moore and Michael Palin. Tulse Luper Suitcases:The Moab Story (2002)(PAL Code 4) - Part 1 of Peter Greenaway's exploration of 20th century history as told through the contents of one man's suitcase. Tutti Frutti (PAL Code 2) - A humorous Scottish TV show from 1987 with Robbie Coltrane and Emma Thompson. World Unseen (2007)(PAL) - Shamim Sarif, who made the aforementioned I Can't Think Straight, wrote and directed this story of two women who navigate the dangerous terrain of love in apartheid-era South Africa. NEW DOCUMENTARIES & MUSIC Ascent of Money Cats: Choosing, Caring & Training Demographic Bomb: Demography is Destiny Demographic Winter: Decline of the Human Family Dub Echoes Snooks Eaglin: The Blues of Snooks Eaglin Endangered Species: Fighting to Save Africa's Animals Faith Without Fear - Writer Irshad Manji explores how to reconcile her faith with freedom. Humanima--nature docs a plenty Icons of Evolution Terry Jones: Collection --four World History docs Marijuana: It's Time For a Conversation (start with the kids in front of the Fisher Green Stage at Bumbershoot) No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life Pt. 1 No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life Pt. 2 Reiki 1st Level Attunement: Becoming a Healer Rwanda Series Shostakovich Against Stalin: War Symphonies Sponge Divers of Tarpon Springs Tobacco Conspiracy Tuning Mania: European Special Events (all auto racing docs) Tuning Mania: The Germany Special Tuning Mania: The Greece Special Tuning Mania: Tuning Trends - Essen Motor Show Valentino: The Last Emperor (A look at the later life of the fashion designer) Wal-Town: The Film - Canadian doc. about a group of students who travel around the country raising awareness about Wal-Mart's business practices. AND JUST MORE: Harper's Island - Murder derails a destination wedding on our fair coastline I Am So Proud Of You - Animation by Mr. Don Hertzfeldt I'll Believe You - Ed Helms, Chris Elliott and Patrick Warburton star in the film the Amazon review asks, 'Can an independent film spin this science fiction fantasy in a light-hearted farce that is worth watching? Damn right it can! I'll Believe You is a hilarious and thought provoking romp where just about anything is possible.' Local Color- Making Something Up - Warm and fuzzy romantic comedy Morrison Murders - A drama based on a real-life murder investigation, starring John Corbett Night of the Dribbler - BEWARE OF THE KILLER BASKETBALL! Rise of the Gargoyles - Demonic evil starring Eric Balfour There's more, including the usual new crop of Adult titles, so stop by and check them out. offices5