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New Releases for the first week of ROCKtober!

The first week of October brings a full harvest of new & interesting titles to our shelves. Here's a list: ANVIL: THE STORY OF ANVIL--This spring's big hit is now on DVD... YEAR ONE NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD - And now a review by our colleague Kevin Clarke: In the early 1970s, around the same time Hollywood was going through its own creative revolution, Australian cinema also experienced a growth-spurt of sorts, albeit a far less classy one. When Australian ratings restrictions were loosened, it opened the floodgates for a slew of trashy Aussie fare filled to the brim with blood, boobs, car chases, nastiness, and even more blood and boobs. Not Quite Hollywood gleefully documents this period with enlightening interviews from some luminaries of the era, including 'Ozploitation' directors Brian Trenchard-Smith (The Man From Hong Kong, Dead End Drive-In), Richard Franklin (Patrick, Road Games), and George Miller (Mad Max, The Road Warrior) and American actors Jamie Lee Curtis (Road Games), Steve Railsback (Escape 2000) and Dennis Hopper (Mad Dog Morgan). It blasts its way thorough the sexploitation, horror and action genres and features a wealth of violent, sleazy clips, with occasional hyperbolically reverent commentary from human film-encyclopedia Quentin Tarantino, while keeping a somewhat mocking, self-effacing attitude towards the material. In the end, the films from this period created a collective vision of Australia as a horny, naked, beer-swilling, violent, apocalyptic nightmare wasteland, for better or for worse. MY LIFE IN RUINS - My Big Fat Greek Wedding star Nia Vardalos plays a despondent tour guide who travels to Greece to find her spirit, and perhaps someone to love. Has the added bonus of co-star Richard Dreyfuss. SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS - Disney's first animated feature makes its Blu-ray debut in a new Diamond Edition. Now see if you can wrap your head around this: the Blu-ray edition comes with a regular DVD, and the regular DVD comes with a Blu-ray disc. They're both the same price and on sale here online and in the store. NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA'S BEST IDEA - Ken Burns' latest epic documentary chronicles the history of our National Parks. You can celebrate their majestic beauty on Blu-ray too. TRICK ‘R TREAT - Our colleague Bryan says: Despite being jerked around for two years and now dumped straight to video, the word from film festival and Comic Con screenings is extremely positive on this Halloween themed anthology horror film. The director is Michael Dougherty, one of the writers of X-Men 2 and Superman Returns, and it's produced by Bryan Singer. RED DWARF: BACK TO EARTH - The special that aired in the UK this Easter finally makes its way stateside, delivering Lister and the crew back to Earth and into the real world. The Director's Cut DVD has the usual compliment of Dwarf extras: a making-of documentary, commentaries and smeg ups and more. THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE (PAL CODE 2) MIRAGEMAN - Once again, our colleague Bryan: Tired of waiting for Tony Jaa and friends to come out with more Thai action movies? Let me turn you around and point you toward Chile, where Marko Zaror is quickly becoming an action movie icon in his own right. After stunt doubling The Rock in The Rundown Zaror began to star in energetic, enthusiastic martial arts films like 2006's Kiltro and this, his take on super heroes. AUDITION - A new two-disc Collector's Edition of Takashi Miike's disturbing and gruesome romance has new commentary tracks, interviews & more. It's also now available on Blu-ray. ESTHER WILLIAMS FILM COLLECTION VOLUME 2 - Includes Thrill of a Romance (1945), Fiesta (1947), This Time for Keeps (1947), Pagan Love Song (1950), Easy to Love (1946) and the Busby Berkeley dream of Million Dollar Mermaid (1952). KARLOFF & LUGOSI HORROR COLLECTION - Boris and Bela star together in the frightening The Walking Dead, (1936), Frankenstein 1970 (1958), You'll Find Out (1940) and Zombies on Broadway (1945). Go ahead and sing it, 'My Zombie's on Broadway!' HOW TO BE A MAN: CLASSIC EDUCATIONAL SHORTS VOL. 1 - An entertaining and informative collection of shorts from the 1940s through the 1970s. We'll be getting HOW TO BE A WOMAN soon. MARLENE - Actor/director Maximilian Schell's series of revealing interviews with Marlene Dietrich finally arrives on DVD. IMAGINE THAT - Another family friendly Eddie Murphy vehicle. According to IMDb, it's about, 'a financial executive who can't stop his career downspiral is invited into his daughter's imaginary world, where solutions to his problems await.' THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS: HERE COMES SCIENCE! NEW BLU-RAY: FORMAT OF THE FUTURE Brothers Bloom Deep Impact Fringe: Season 1 Grace (2009) Largo Winch Snakes on a Plane Sphere Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory ANIME NEW RELEASES Big Windup! Part 2 Bleach Vol. 20: The Bount D-Gray Man: Season 2 Part 1 Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Part 2 Naruto: Season 1 Box Set 1 (Uncut!) Sola FAMILY NEW RELEASES Chop Socky Chooks Vol. 1 - A UK cartoon from Aardman Animations (the folks who brought us Wallace & Gromit) about three crime fighting chickens. In case you were curious, chooks is Australian slang for a chicken. Dot & The Whale Hutnik: Secrets & Seekers Vol. 1 I Want A Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown Miser Brothers' Christmas Monster Force: Volume 1 Nancy Drew: Curse of Blackmoor Manor DVD game NEW TV ON DVD Affairs of The Heart: Series 2 Big Bang Theory: Season 2 Blood Ties: Season 2 Bonanza: Season Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 Bones: Season 4 (also available on Blu-ray) Brothers and Sisters: Season 3 Cagney & Lacy - a bunch of DVDs CSI: Miami - Season 7 Friday The 13th: The Series - Final Season Ghost Whisperer: Season 4 Heartland: Season 1 Part 1 Here's Lucy: Season 1 Lark Rise To Candleford: Season 1 - UK TV show Man Vs. Food: Season 1 Medium: Season 5 Mr. Belvedere: Season 3 Murphy's Law: Series 1 Nip/Tuck: Season 5 Part 2 Paradise Postoned/Titmuss Regained –-UK TV show Patty Duke Show: Season 1 Private Practice: Season 2 Taxi: Season 4 Two And A Half Men: Season 6 Van Der Valk Mysteries 1 NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS Accion Mutante (2000) - The uncut version of Alex De La Iglesia's film Awaydays (PAL Code 2)(2009) - UK drama about boys being boys in Thatcher era Britain Blood (aka O Sangue) (PAL Code 2) (1989) - Portugal Blood Rain (2006) - Korea Carry On Behind (1975) - UK comedy Chinese Odyssey 2002 - Hong Kong Confucius (2007) - Chinese TV show Cyber Zone (PAL)(1995) - US Dark Forest of Death (2006) - Korean horror Deathcheaters (PAL Code 4)(1976) - Australian action Dobermann (1997) - French crime film in a new Limited Edition DVD Dogs In Space (PAL)(1988) - Australia Dostana (2009) - India Five Minutes Of Heaven (PAL Code 2)(2009) - Ireland Ghajini (2008) - India Like A Dragon (2008) - Japan, directed by Takashi Miike Love The Beast (PAL Code 4)(2009) - Australia Louis Theroux: Law & Disorder (PAL Code 2) - The British broadcaster spends some time patrolling with the Philadelphia Police Department Luck By Chance (2009) - India Maigret: Volumes 1-3 & Volumes 4-5 (PAL Code 2)(1991) - French detective show Murder, Take One (2005) - Korea Ninja Fantasy/Fight Among The Supers (1986) - Hong Kong (English dubbed) One Night Only (2008) - Philippines Partner (2008) - India Pool Of London (PAL Code 2)(1951) - UK film directed by Basil Dearden Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2009) - India Rider On The Rain (PAL Code 2)(1970) - French film by Rene Clement, includes French & English cuts The Roof (1956)(PAL Code 4) - Italian film by Vittorio De Sica Santo In The Vengeance Of The Vampire Women (1970) - Mexico Santo The Silver Masked One Vs. Villians..(1968) - Mexico Shifty (PAL Code 2)(2009) - UK drama Spiderman Volumes 1 & 2 (1978) - Japanese Spider Man! There's no English on these discs but you won't need it Storm Riders (1998) - Special Edition DVD of the Hong Kong action classic Tete Contre Les Murs (PAL Code 2)(1959) - French film by Georges Franju These Glory Glory Days (1983) - UK drama Tony Manero (PAL)(2009) - Chile Tormented (PAL Code 2)(2009) - UK horror Trapped!: A Comedy Trilogy (2004) - UK comedy And some Spaghetti Westerns! Don't Turn The Other Cheek! (1971) Kill Or Be Killed/Kill The Wicked (1967) NEW DOCUMENTARIES 2012: An Awakening 39 Pounds of Love - read about this documentary here Afrique, Je Te Plumerai (aka Africa, I Will Fleece You) - Doc. following political repression in Cameroon Castel: India & Kashmir Changing Face of Autism Chef!/Tete Dans Les Nuages - More documentaries about Cameroon Dinosaurs Alive! Earthdance: Short is Sweet Vol. 1 Daniel Everett: Endangered Languages and Lost Cultures Foos (a whole documentary about FOOSBALL!) From The River To The Sea - doc. about Palestine Gnosis: Secret of Solomon's Temple Revealed Great American West of John Ford Ice Kings - You guessed it, a hockey documentary, this one's about an incredible high school team in Rhode Island I'm Not Nuts! Living With Food Allergies I'm Still Here: Real Diaries of Young People Who Lived During The Holocaust Inside Passage Inside The CIA Inventing L.A.: The Chandlers and Their Times Legend Of The Serpent Mysteries of The Devil's Triangles Napoli Corner: Definitive Diego Madrona Story - He's a soccer player National Disasters: Earthquakes National Disasters: Forest Fires National Disasters: History of Disasters National Disasters: Hurricanes National Disasters: Tornadoes National Disasters: Volcanoes New World Order Prototype This Reincarnation (Ancient Mysteries) Shelter Dogs Six: The Mark Unleashed Viking Serpent Wehyakin - Crazy kayaking steep rapids action! Wimbledon 2009: Men's Final - Federer vs. Roddick Wimbledon 2009: Official Film WWE: Smackdown 1999-2009 You Must Remember This: Warner Brothers NEW MUSIC & ART & EXPERIMENTAL & SHORT FILMS In A Spiral State Madonna: Celebration - The Video Collection One Bad Cat One Way System: No Return/All Systems Go Neil Peart: A Work In Progress Queen of Diamonds Soutine The Tab AND THE REST Assassination of a High School President Box Elder Children of the Corn (2009, Uncut) The Children (2009) Dark Country Frownland –Visit Frownland here The Gate (Special Edition) Godkiller: Walk Among Us Hills Run Red (2009) Horror 101 Hotel Erotica It's Alive (2009)(Unrated!) McCartney's Genes Kevin Nealon: Now Hear Me Out! Night Stalker (2009) Offspring (2009) Partner (2008) Psycho Hillbilly Cabin Massacre Red Velvet Seamstress Seventh Moon Shortcut Sinking Of Santa Isabel Skull Heads Staunton Hill Steam (2007) Sudden Fury (1993) Take Out The Thaw Uncross The Stars Vampiro Welcome To The Turn Of The Century Cabaret Woodpecker There's more, including some eclectic additions to the New To The Store section and several new Adult titles upstairs in the New To Room section. Head in and discover something different today. anvil