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New Releases for the week of HALLOWEEN

Happy Halloween week, everyone. Before we get into the list of New Releases this week, be sure to check out our special pre-order sale on Criterion's upcoming collection: 25 FILMS BY AKIRA KUROSAWA. The set, which includes four films new to DVD, will be released on December 8th. If you pre-order from us by November 10th, you'll get it for just $279.95, saving yourself a whole $120 off the retail price. You'll find all the details in our online sales area or here in the store. And now, here's what's new (titles with an * are also available on Blu-ray): ELECTION DAY - Multiple stories of everyday people going to vote on November 4th, 2004. We at Scarecrow wish to remind our fellow Washington voters to FILL OUT YOUR BALLOTS, get them properly postaged and postmarked by NOVEMBER 3rd. ORPHAN* - Come for the crazy killer kid story, stay for the even wilder plot twists! WHATEVER WORKS* - The combination of Woody Allen and Larry David seems like a match made in neurotic, uncomfortable comedy heaven IL DIVO* - We've had the import for awhile, but this SIFF favorite is now available in the US NIGHT OF THE CREEPS* –We refer you now to this glowing review by Outlaw Vern. Z - Here's a review by our colleague Tommy: The 1969 political thriller Z makes its way into the Criterion Collection after a recent restoration and theatrical run. Director Costa-Gavras' landmark film revolves around the assassination of a political leader (the legendary Yves Montand) by a governmental group and the investigation into his death by a determined magistrate (Jean-Louis Trintignant). Based on the 1963 assassination of left-wing Greek politico Gregoris Lambrakis, Greek expatriate Costa-Gavras' film is built out of vitriol and scorn for the military dictatorship which ruled Greece at the time of its production. But the film transcends the specifics of its targets and not only remains relevant today but startlingly immediate. As Trintignant chases after the truth through a maze of facts, alibis and official corruption, he learns that exposing the truth behind the assassination and its cover-up will mean indicting not only certain political players who seem to be above accountability but the entire political system itself. The film asks what is the meaning of justice if the state cannot be called to account. And in the end it shows how even moral victories are easily corrupted. Mikis Theodorakis' uniquely impellent score compliments the vérité cinematography of French New Wave luminary Raoul Coutard to give the hyperstylized film a propulsive and dynamic momentum. Through the sweep of its history and the resonance of its conviction, Z remains compelling, suspenseful, infuriating viewing. MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY - A people walking and talking indie drama starring Tracey Heggins, The Daily Show's Wyatt Cenac and the streets of San Francisco - ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS* - BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: THE PLAN* - Find out how the Cylons plan on exterminating the last living humans in this new special. MONTY PYTHON: ALMOST THE TRUTH* and THE OTHER BRITISH INVASION - A decent collection of Python's best stuff, plus a documentary on their influences and how they were received on our side of the pond. SAMUEL FULLER COLLECTION - Seven films written and/or directed by the man responsible for Naked Kiss and Pickup On South Street: Adventure in Sahara (1938),The Crimson Kimono (1959), It Happened In Hollywood (1937), Power of the Press (1943), Scandal Sheet (1952), Shockproof (1949), and Underworld U.S.A. (1961). ADULT SWIM IN A BOX - A hodgepodge of Cartoon Network's after hours programming: Aqua Teen Hunger Force Volume 2, Space Ghost: Season 3, Moral Orel: Season 1, Robot Chicken: Season 2, Metalocalypse: Season 1 and Sealab 2021: Season 2. There's also a bonus disc with four pilots that never made it to full series status: The Best of Totally for Teens Cheyenne Cinnamon, Korgoth of Barbaria, Perfect Hair Forever and Welcome to Eltingville. 42nd STREET FOREVER VOL. 5: ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE EDITION - Tons of sleaze-filled, action-packed trailers shown by our friends in Austin, plus REMEMBER THE ALAMO, a new documentary about the iconic theater. Our dream here at Scarecrow is that one day we'll be clearing out some boxes of VHS cases and find a secret portal that teleports us directly to the Alamo Drafthouse. SHAMELESS, TASTELESS: TRASH CINEMA FROM THE SOVIET UNDERGROUND - We trust no one more than Troma to go searching for quality sleaze. They found plenty in these Ukrainian films by Yakov Levi, including one called THE KILLER BRA! SEATTLE MARINERS COMMERICALS VOL. 1 (1994-2002) & VOL. 2 (2002-2009) - Dude... NEW AND CREEPY DVDs FROM AROUND THE WORLD for the Halloween season and beyond The Asphyx - An atmospheric, period horror film involving a scientist, an ancient Greek spirit, an unfortunate guinea pig and the secret to immortality. Black Devil Doll - Did you read Rhias' review over on Monkey Goggles? Born of Fire - An experimental exploration of sight, sound and scares from French/Pakistani writer & director Jamil Dehlavi. The Butcher - Bloody torture in a slaughterhouse from director Jin Won Kim. Fear[s] of the Dark - Comic/graphic novel artists Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Richard McGuire, Pierre di Sciullo and Lorenzo Mattotti join forces for a frightening animated anthology. Lucifera - Demonlover - You know what would be really scary? Going to the devil's house and seeing a portrait of YOU hanging on the wall, and then finding out you used to go out with him. That's what this movie is about. Messiah of Evil - Zombie goodness from 1973, plus blood bonus short films. Naked and Violent - Director Sergio Martino's documentary explores what was wrong & depraved in the 1970s Night of Death - A new nurse discovers there's something evil afoot at a French retirement home. Sauna (2008) - A chilling ghost story from Finland Until Death - Two lovers trying to get away with murder find some one may be on to them in this Italian film from 1987. NEW FROM THE WARNER BROTHERS ARCHIVES Joe McDoakes: Collection (1942) Nutcracker: Money, Madness and Murder (1987) ANIME NEW RELEASES Death Note: R2 (Relight 2: L's Successors) Good Witch of the West: Astraea Testament Little Snow Fairy Sugar Collection Vol. 1 Naruto Shippuden Vol. 2 (Uncut) FAMILY NEW RELEASES Iron Man: Armored Adventures Vol. 1 Pokemon: DP Battle Dimension Box Set 3 Scrat Pack Tinkerbell and The Lost Treasure* NEW BLU-RAY: FORMAT OF THE FUTURE Diary of Anne Frank (2009)(Special Edition) Living Dead of Manchester Morgue Prisoner: Complete Series Sunrise (1927) NEW FOREIGN FILMS & IMPORTS Crime of a Beast 2 (2002) - Hong Kong Il Diavolo (aka The Devil)(2006) - Italy Insatiable (PAL Code 2) (2008) - Spain Jerichow (2008) - Germany King For A Day (1982) - Israel Ladies of the German Cinema - Includes Backstairs, Hintertreppe, Sappho (1921) and Mad Love Letters from the Park (1989) - from Cuban director Tomas Gutierrez-Alea Little Tropicana (1997) - Cuba Masked Rider Blade Movie: Missing Ace - Japanese TV show Memories of Underdevelopment (1968) - Another by Tomas Gutierrez-Alea Prophecies of Amanda (1999) - Cuba Sotto Il Mio Giardino (2007) - Italy 20/30 Dictionary (10 discs!) (PAL) - Also known as Hong Kong's version of Sex and the City Urban Feel (1999) - Israel NEW DOCUMENTARIES, MUSIC & ART FILMS The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins The Billy Meier Story: UFOs and Prophecies from Outer Space Burning Man: The Burning Sensation Foodmatters I, Berlioz - Performances by Tony Palmer Yayoi Kusama: I Love Me Lioness National Geographic: Dogtown - Friends in Need - Three dog-centeric docs: Resuce Dogs, Archie and Electra's New Run and About Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Nice Bombs: My Journey Back to Iraq Not So Silent Night - Featuring Kate & Anna McGarrigle at The Knitting Factory Rick Steves: Europe - 12 New Shows The Story of Roxy Music: More Than This Under Our Skin - A doc. about Lyme disease Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived You Weren't There: The History of Chicago Punk 1977-1984 AND MORE MOVIES & TV ON DVD Burning Daylight (1928) Darling Darling--A short film starring Michael Cera Darn Good Westerns Vol. 2 - Eight films that are just as the title suggests. The Fugitive (1963): Season 3, Vol. 1 Gatling Gun (1968) - Dramatization of how Dr. Gatling's guns took over the Wild West. Gretchen (2006) - Includes the short films Lonelyland, Gretchen and the Night Wizard & Gretchen and the Wolf Wizard Guardian: Season 1 Hanna D: The Girl From Vondel Park High School Record --now available at your local independent video store: I Can See You - includes the 3D short The Viewer Into Temptation Jackson (2008) Perestroika (2009) Remarkable Power! (2008) Secrets of the Night (1924, silent comedy) Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour: Best of Season 2 Tales from The Darkside: Season 2 Trial & Retribution: Set 3 And lest we forgetSTAN HELSING There's much more, including some interesting additions to the NEW TO STORE section and the NEW TO ROOM Adult section, stop by and check them out. nightofthecreeps