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We're off to see the Wizard! New Releases for September 29th

The last week of September brings a diverse mix of titles: big-budget blockbusters and charming indies, a new local film, lots of new imports, the DVD debut of Penn & Teller Get Killed and a thriller starring a cast of mannequins. Here's the list (note: a * means we also have it on Blu-ray): THE WIZARD OF OZ* - The 70th Anniversary Edition of our namesake's film comes in a 2-disc Special Edition and an Ultimate Collector's Edition on DVD and Blu-ray with 16 hours of extras, a commemorative booklet, a replica of the film's original budget and an actual watch! We of course have it for sale here in the store and online. AWAY WE GO* - Sam Mendes' latest film stars Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski as expectant parents searching for a place to settle down. Their journey takes them across the country visiting an eccentric mix of folks, played by Allison Janney, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Josh Hamilton, Paul Schneider and Melanie Lynskey. As we said in Seattle Sound magazine, 'The film mixes moments of slapstick and silliness with tinges of doubt and despair, all conveyed through refreshingly believable dialogue. The result is a humorous and poignant story.' It was written by authors Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and screenwriter of the upcoming Where The Wild Things Are) and Vendela Vida (writer and co-editor of The Believer). THE BROTHERS BLOOM - Writer/director Rian Johnson's latest film treats its subject with a much lighter sense of humor than his teen crime noir Brick. In the tradition of 'Just when I thought I was out they pull me back in,' Bloom (Adrien Brody) wants to retire from the con artist life that has brought much success to him and his brother Stephen (Mark Ruffalo). He quits, but soon after Stephen shows up with an irresistible opportunity to swindle an eccentric millionaire (Rachel Weitz) and promises a sizable payoff, and the comical complications begin. MONSTERS VS. ALIENS* - An animated clever homage to classic science fiction films that's fun for the entire family. The evil alien Galaxhar (the voice of Rainn Wilson) threatens Earth, and the President (Stephen Colbert!) sends in a super team of monsters to stop him. The group is led by 50ft tall Susan (Reese Witherspoon) and includes a bunch of spunky creatures featuring the voices of Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett and Seth Rogen. Check it out for sale here. THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE* - Adult film actress Sasha Grey stars as an elite escort in this Steven Soderbergh film. Read what Vern has to say about it and Soderbergh's latest film The Informant! on his site. SUPERMAN AND BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES* - The latest DC Comics practically feature-length adventure takes place in a world where a giant meteor of kryptonite is hurtling towards Earth and Lex Luthor is President of the United States. Luckily for mankind, there's a half-Superman, half-Batman giant robot to help save the day. IP5 - Jean-Jacques Beineix's 1992 film about two Parisian street kids who journey to the country and end up learning important lessons from a wise forest spirit finally arrives on DVD. MAN STROKE WOMAN: COMPLETE SERIES - Two seasons of British sketch comedy led by Shaun Of The Dead and Spaced star Nick Frost. KINGS: THE COMPLETE SERIES - Our colleague Kevin had this to say about this short-lived series in Seattle Sound magazine: 'The plot is based around a fictional modern-day kingdom (that quite resembles our own country) ruled by the divinely chosen King Silas (Ian McShane), who was anointed so by a literal, living crown of butterflies from Heaven...the cancellation is still a shame since Kings' audacious mix of political intrigue, melodrama, magical realism and action is what's missing from most network television.' HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: SEASON 4 - The continuing urban adventures (romantic and otherwise) of Ted, Marshall, Lily, Robin and Barney. PRINCESS - Danish director/screenwriter/animator Anders Morgenthaler's 2006 film about a clergyman and his sister, a popular adult film actress with an unfortunate drug addiction. When her vices end up costing her her life, he returns home to care for her five year old daughter and ends up on a violent rampage against those who seduced his sister into such a destructive lifestyle. GREAT SPEECHES FROM A DYING WORLD - New from local filmmaker Linas Phillips (Walking to Werner): NOT YOUR TYPICAL BIGFOOT MOVIE MANAGEMENT SHRINK - NEW ON BLU-RAY Dark Crystal--Yay! Jim Henson's fantasy on Blu-ray! Haunted World of El Superbeasto Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer JVC Jazz Festival 2007 Labyrinth Withnail and I NEW FROM THE WARNER ARCHIVE - You can read more about this collection here, and be sure to check out the special section in the store. Airborne (1993) Angus (1995) Crossroads (1942) Dogville Collection (1930)--Dogs talk and walk just like humans! We just had this on in the store and everyone was fascinated. Experiment Perilous (1944, Jacques Tourneur) Heavenly Body (1944) I Take This Woman (1940) Ice Palace (1960) Killer McCoy (1947) Men Don't Leave (1990) Penn & Teller Get Killed (1989) The Search (1948, Fred Zinnemann) Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993) ANIME and FAMILY NEW RELEASES Freedom Vol. 2 Naruto Shippuden Vol. 1 (Uncut) Naruto Uncut Box Set 16 One Piece: Season 2 Third Voyage Sola True Tears: Complete Series Big Windup! Part 2 Bionicle: The Legend Reborn Dot & The Whale Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa A Very Brave Witchand More Great Halloween Tales NEW IMPORTS and FOREIGN FILMS This week's import shipment included several British and US World War II films. They are: Cockleshell Heroes (1954)(PAL Code 2) First Of The Few (aka Spitfire)(1942)(PAL Code 2) For Those In Peril (1944)(PAL Code 2) Forman Went To France/Fiddlers Three (1942)(PAL Code 2) The Malta Story (1953)(PAL Code 2) San Demetrio, London (1943)(PAL Code 2) Tomorrow We Live (aka At Dawn We Die)(1943)(PAL) We also have two previously not on DVD films by director Satyajit Ray: Goddess (aka Devi)(1960)(PAL) Two Daughters (1961)(PAL) And the rest of the new Foreign films & Imports: 8th Samurai (2009) - Japan Actrices (2007)(PAL Code 2) - France Antichrist (2009)(PAL) - The new Lars Von Trier film. We hear it's not for the faint of heart Burke and Hare (1972) - UK Deadly Delicious (2008) - China Dinner With A Vampire (1988) - Italy It's about a vampire who directs horror films! Doberman Cop (1977) - Japan Dracula's Fiancee (2002) - France (directed by Jean Rollin) Edo Official and Apprentice (1959) - Japan Footprints On The Moon (1975) - Italy (Giallo!) The Hanging Woman (1973) - Spain (includes the rare short Sweet Sound of Death) Island of the Fishmen (1979) - Italy (directed by Sergio Martino) Italian Sex (1975) - you guessed it, it's from Italy Life of Kiryuin Hanako (aka Onimasa) (1982) - Japan Mafia Connection (1973) - Italy Milles: The Train of Liberty (1995) - France Ne Moublie Pas (Forget Me Not)(2009) - France New York Ripper (Special Edition)(1982) - France (directed by Lucio Fulci) Oil-Hell Murder (1992) - Japan Private Life of Plants (1995)(PAL Code 2) - UK (nature documentary by David Attenborough) Second Wind (2007)(PAL Code 2) - France Strip Search (2007) (PAL Code 4) - USA (directed by Sidney Lumet) That Sinking Feeling (1980) - Scotland Tokyo Bordello (1987) - Japan Tulse Luper Suitcases (2003)(PAL Code 4) - another of director Peter Greeenaway's Tulse Luper series Yangtse Incident (aka Battle Hell) (1957)(PAL Code 2) - UK, the story of the HMS Amethyst NEW DOCUMENTARIES & MUSIC AND OTHER NON-FICTION TITLES Blood in the Face - An exploration of Nazis, the KKK and other horrors of humanity Cage Rage 7-11 - It's a new Extreme Fighting collection, not a fight at a convenience store Cannibal Corpse: Centuries of Torment - RAWK! Carmen (2007)(Royal Opera House) Deadly Deception: GE, Nuclear Weapons & Our Environment –1991 Oscar winner for Best Documentary-Short James Dean: The First American Teenager Ghost On The Highway: Jeffery Lee Pierce –PUNK RAWK! Hummingbirds! Beauty and the Beast - I think it's pretty cool we have a documentary just about hummingbirds Krishnamurti: The Challenge of Change Liberty in Restraint: Behind the Eyes of a Fetish New Heroes Practical Meditation with Buddhist Principles Recycled Percussion: Live at Allegheny Secret Policeman Rocks! - A collection of musical performances from the Secret Policeman Balls, including Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, Sting, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel and more Secrecy (2008) - A documentary about how our government keeps secrets in the age of information overload So You Want To Be A Woodsman? That's Impossible: Eternal Life War of the World: New History of the 20th Century Dan Zanes and Friends: The Fine Friends are Here –FOLK RAWK! NEW MOVIES, TV SHOWS & MORE Boppin' at the Glue Factory - Indie dramady about a junkie nurse on the night shift Erotic Daughters of Emmanuelle Eve's Necklace - In our system the aka on this title says, 'This movie stars a bunch of mannequins!' And it's a thriller! Louis Feuillade: Gaumont Treasures - A collection of his early films from the Gaumont Treasures set The Guild: Seasons 1 & 2 - Geektastic web show about gamers, featuring Felicia Day - read this too! Alice Guy: Gaumont Treasures - A collection from one of the first female filmmakers from the Gaumont Treasures set Life on Mars: Complete Series 2008) - The US version of the BBC series New Detectives: Season 1 & 2 Leonce Perret: Gaumont Treasures - A collection of his early films from the Gaumont Treasures set Sense & Sensibility - The 1971 BBC production with Michael Aldridge, Joanna David and Ciaran Madden. She Stoops To Conquer (2003) - A production of Oliver Goldsmith's play Stepfather II - The 1989 sequel arrives just in time for the remake! Uninvited (1987)/Mutant (1984) The Unit : Season 4 - Final season of David Mamet's show about secret military operatives, starring Dennis Haysbert & Regina Patrick. There's much more, including a bunch of new Pre-Code films in the New To Store section. Head in and check them out today. wizpackage