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What's New: Based on the list "March 9th New Releases" by Scarecrow

This week's new releases include two big Oscar movies, Nazi vampires, a TV show from Hong Kong, a look at the actual Warner brothers, some 3D performance art and an entire shelf full of National Geographic specials. Here's the list, and as always remember the * means we also have it on Blu-ray and to click on SALE to buy it online. PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL "PUSH" BY SAPPHIRE * —Congratulations to Geoffrey Fletcher for winning the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar on Sunday, and of course to Mo'Nique for her totally expected and totally deserved win for Best Supporting Actress. But the soul of this film is the amazing Gabourey Sidibe... SALE UP IN THE AIR * —George Clooney, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick all deserved Oscar nods for their performances in this film, and Jason Reitman also did a fine job. But where's the love for Melanie Lynskey and Danny McBride? SALE CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY * —Michael Moore's latest shows how the poor stay poor and the rich get rich. SALE BOONDOCK SAINTS II: ALL SAINTS DAY * —They're back, now with Clifton Collins, Jr. and Billy Connolly in tow. Also look for Boondock Saints II hoodies coming soon to your local Hot Topic. THE STONING OF SONAYA M.—A tense tale of religious fundamentalism and gender inequality in 1986 Iran, starring Jim Caviezel and Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo. PLANET 51 * —What if YOU were the alien?!? VENGEANCE TRILOGY—Chan-Wook Park's Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, and Lady Vengeance are available together for the first time on DVD. We have the eight (!) disc set here earlier than other retailers and for just $39.95. OLD DOGS—Not a sequel to Wild Hogs as you may have thought (or hoped)... FAMILY NEW RELEASES Barbie in A Mermaid Tale Bill Nye the Science Guy: Deserts, Lakes & Ponds Bill Nye the Science Guy: Food Web & Animal Locomotion Bill Nye the Science Guy: Heart & Genes Bill Nye the Science Guy: Ocean Life & Mammals He's Got The Whole World in His Hands...and more Stories to Celebrate the Environment Martha Speaks: Martha Says It With Flowers—Martha being a cute animated dog, not Martha Stewart (though I'm sure she also has plenty to say with flowers). ANIME NEW RELEASES Evangelion 1.11—You Are [Not] Alone * Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple: Season 2 Part 1 NEW BLU-RAY: HI-DEF FORMAT OF THE FUTURE Clash of the Titans (1981) Glacier National Park Neverending Story Rebellion (2008) NEW TV ON DVD Cannon: Season 2 Vol. 2 Dalziel & Pascoe: Season 1 In Plain Sight: Season 2 Tremors: Complete Series NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS Accomplices of Silence (2009) (PAL Code 2)—Italy Adventures of Tom Sawyer (PAL Code 2)—The 1938 version with Tommy Kelly not available on DVD in the US. Army of Crime (2009)(PAL Code 2)—France Baron Munchhausen (1961)(PAL)—Germany Before The Storm (2000)(PAL Code 2)—Sweden Don't Let My Name Be Erased From History (2008)(PAL Code 2)--Spain Embla (1991)(PAL Code 2)—Iceland Hireling (1973)(PAL Code 2 & 4)—UK drama History of Fascism (2008)(PAL Code 2)—Italy Nemi, The Sunken Mystery of the Lake (2004)(PAL)—Italy Peeping Tom (PAL Code 2)—A special edition DVD of Michael Powell's 1960 film. Rembetiko (1983)—Greece Salto (1965)—Poland Service (Unrated!)(2008)—Philippines They Paid With Bullets: Chicago 19 (PAL Code)(1969)—Italy The Wall (2006)—Germany Yesterday Girl/Part Time Work of a Female Slave (1966)—Germany Wedding Song (2008)—France "Tunis, 1942. Nour and Myriam, 16, have been friends since childhood. They share the same house in a modest neighborhood where Jews and Muslims live in harmony. Each girl secretly desires the other's life, while Nour regrets that she doesn't go to school, Myriam dreams of love. Myriam is envious of Nour's engagement to her cousin, Khaled, who epitomizes the Arabian prince ideal they both desire. Unfortunately Khaled cannot find work, and the prospect of a union grows more distant. Political upheaval and turmoil conspire to keep Myriam from her dream as well, when her mother decides to marry her to a rich doctor." Daniele Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub : 3 Films (PAL Code 2)—Chronicles of Anna Magdelenabach, Sicilia! and Visite Du Louvre from the French filmmakers. 8 Avatar (2009)—A TV series from Hong Kong—"With amazing costumes and outstanding martial art this series features an all star cast including Roger Kwok, Sonija Kwok. During the Tang Dynasty, when land was still undiscovered with just a mass amount of water, and there were outbreaks of incurable diseases. God sent two of his immortals, Tong and Hung, to seek a cure from the Mountain of Medicine. Unfortunately, along the way, they were blocked by the East Sea King and the two immortals had problems getting to the Mountain of Medicine. Just then the apparition of Kwan Yin and she informed the two immortals that in order to defeat the East Sea King, they must locate the other six immortals and battle the East Sea King together. The two immortals then set waves to find the other six disguised immortals amongst the human kind." Je Veux Voir (2009)(PAL Code 2)—aka I Want To See. calls it a "fusion of drama and documentary" starring Catherine Deneuve as herself, witnessing firsthand the devastation in Beirut as a result of Lebanon's 2006 war. This trailer doesn't have English subtitles, but the DVD does. The Golden Nazi Vampire of Absam 2 (2008)(PAL Code 2) Bodyguards and Assassins (2009)(Code 3) * NEW DOCUMENTARIES, MUSIC & OTHER NON-FICTION FARE Avon Barksdale Story: Legends of the Unwired—"The HBO series The Wire was based on the lives of real gangsters from Baltimore. Legends of the Unwired is the first film to expose those real lives, the real people that the characters of The Wire are based upon. In this DVD, the real Avon "Bodie" Barksdale, tells all to his on screen character's actor, Wood Harris. Bodie reveals the uncensored truth about drugs, sex, violence and death. The Brothers Warner—"Of the major studios, one was family. Harry, Albert, Sam, Jack - the Warner brothers - turned a storefront that used a sheet for a screen into a dream factory rooted in the credo of educate, entertain and enlighten. In this fascinating documentary, filmmaker (and Harry's granddaughter) Cass Warner Sperling tells a story of sibling rivalry, social conscience and the silver screen. It's a story of pioneering (risking all for Talkies) and politics (standing alone in Hollywood against the Nazis), of reels (The Public Enemy, Casablanca and more) and rifts (including a shocking family betrayal). It's a story told from the inside (via rare family archives) by those who lived it (among them such stars as Dennis Hopper, Debbie Reynolds, Tab Hunter and more) and from the outside by film historians. The people, the pictures, the tales untold on camera until now - The Brothers Warner educates, enlightens, entertains, reveals." The Castro—Neighborhoods: The Hidden Cities of San Francisco—"The true story of the neighborhood Harvey Milk made famous, from its earliest days to what he helped it become. Known internationally as the world's first 'gay hometown', San Francisco's Castro district began as a quiet, working class neighborhood of European immigrants. In this moving documentary, filled with rare archival footage and photographs, the story of the Castro's transformation is told by those who lived it, young and old, straight and gay. It's a tale of social upheaval, exuberant street culture, political assassination, and the inspiring coming-of-age of an entire community - an ongoing saga even today. Through the stories of the original merchants and families of Eureka Valley, to the lesbian and gay pioneers who paved the way through for a community to evolve in San Francisco in the 1950s, to the self-styled 'Queer' youth disaffected from the neighborhood today, The Castro chronicles how the evolution of the neighborhood changed the way Americans viewed gays and lesbians. For the first time, this long-persecuted minority had the audacity to lay claim to a residential neighborhood as its own - and to begin exercising its own political and economic clout. The Castro of the 1970s became, for many gays and lesbians, both a haven from prejudice, and a model for joining the fabric of middle-class American society. At the same time, the neighborhood became a lighting rod for America's growing discomfort with the new openness of gays in their midst." Celebrity Nude Review: Saucy 70's Volume 2—"Once again, sit back and enjoy groovy 70's sounds, chic 70's fashions and best of all, mostly-natural 70's skin, as we pay homage to the beautiful actresses of the 70's. If you loved Volume 1, you'll go gaga over Volume 2!" Paul Lawrence Dunbar: Super Pack—"The Paul Laurence Dunbar Collection contains the stories of seminal American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906) and, in his own words, tells of his life and times following the ratification of the 13th Amendment." The collection includes Treasured Children's Stories, The Spirit of Frederick Douglass and Family Story Session. The Heart Is A Drum Machine—"What is music? Today's top artists, actors, and scholars grapple with the question in this cinematic look at a uniquely human obsession. The Heart is a Drum Machine is a new feature documentary film project from the producers of Moog." Weighing in on the issue are folks such as Wayne Coyne, George Clinton, John Frusciante, Jason Schwartzman, Elijah Wood, Julliette Lewis, Kurt Loder, The Trachtenburg Family & many more. Heroin Town—"This compelling documentary asks the question: Would 60 Minutes have any reason to manipulate or distort a story? More importantly, how would the city it scandalized respond? The Hotel Hooker, once a charming rooming house, now a decaying shambles and within its closed doors, the epicenter of the country s worst scourge: heroin. Upon watching this story on 60 minutes, Josh Goldbloom decided to go to the city of Willimantic, Connecticut, and see for himself just how bad things had gotten there. What he found stood in bold contrast to what Dan Rather and crew exposed. The director moved to the town and soon found himself a resident in the hotel. With a camera in hand and a commitment to find the true soul of these people, Goldbloom soon gained the trust of not only the hotel s long-standing residents, but also the mayor, the citizens and even the town s clergy. This intimate film shows the residents of Willimantic as fiercely proud of their town and feeling very betrayed by the media. What emerges is a remarkably complex portrait, and one which mirrors the plight of all American cities." Last Word: The Documentary—"This documentary tells the story of an innocent man that has been executed by the State. Regardless of faith, for or against the death penalty, liberal or conservative The Last Word compels viewers to feel not only the collective pain our societal conscience suffers for executing the innocent but also the individual fear of not knowing what margins of error our judges, jurors and executioners will find acceptable tomorrow." Navy Seals: The Untold Stories—"In an era of fierce conflict and global chaos, the U.S. Navy SEALs stand ready to answer their nation's call. Honed and hardened in the flames of combat, they descend from the night sky and rise from the ocean depths to strike their targets with deadly efficiency. Based on first-person accounts, this extraordinary miniseries captures the danger and emotion of four actual, classified SEAL misions. From the planning stage through preparation to the heart-stopping execution, these superbly trained young warriors face battle savagely, but in secret." Portable Tribe—"This is light hearted documentary that celebrates the lives of Gay men, their bonding, sense of brotherhood and quest to explore non-urban adventures. From men camping in tents, to men driving luxury motor homes to Gay campgrounds, to a nudist gathering and even spiritual retreat Centers, A Portable Tribe presents an entertaining and unique introduction into a growing yet lesser seen part of Gay male culture. This film does contain some nudity in scenes from a Gay naturist gather, perhaps one of the first times filming at one of these events has been allowed. Informative, entertaining and often poignant visual escape." Reinactors—"A hilarious and oddly moving document of the exploits and misadventures of film character impersonators and celebrity look-a-likes on Hollywood Boulevard. Freddy Krueger works alongside Superman, Marilyn Monroe, Shrek, Lucy, Batman, and Borat. Competing Chewbacca's, Spidermen and Captain Jack Sparrow's vie for a spot on the limited real estate of The Walk Of Fame. Recognizable characters from the silver screen are portrayed by anyone who chooses to buy the costume and brave the mean streets of Hollyweird. These characters have big dreams of breaking into the big-time, if only they could keep themselves from getting arrested or their hands from each other's necks. These characters are literally right out of the movies, yet the unforeseen drama of the people underneath the make-up threatens to eclipse the bizarre array of Hollywood icons they appropriate." Return to Kandahar—"Nelofer Pazira, the star of the movie Kandahar, returns to her native Afghanistan. In the hope of tracking down her childhood friend Dyana -- whose story inspired the feature film -- Nelofer travels to the city of Kabul, Kandahar and Mazar-e-Sharif. Landing in Kabul, after 13 years, Nelofer unravels her past and the unfolding of history in her country while searching for Dyana." Something Unknown—"Interest in psychic phenomena has always been evident. But what does science have to say about these mysterious matters? Can science explain them? Is there evidence to prove them? Renee Scheltema explores this world of parapsychology in her first documentary, Something Unknown...Is Doing I Don't Know What. She takes the viewer on a fascinating spiritual journey into the science behind psychic phenomena, where the boundary between 'real' ability and fraud is tested." Tell: More Than Soldiers, Fighters & Patriots—"An award winning documentary. Ever present in the media and in the minds of many people in the U.S. today, are stories about the military and it s role in the world today. As concerns are raised about the ability for ongoing preparedness of our Armed Forces, once again the question of the don t ask, don t tell policy started well over a decade ago that banned Gays & Lesbians from serving openly in the military, is being debated. Director Tom Murray adds a human face to the debate as he set out across the country to talk with Gay & Lesbian veterans and their allies, about the struggles faced by dedicated and patriotic Americans who want to serve their country, but can only do so while not being honest about who they fully are. Wide ranging in age and experiences, the participants and their stories are a candid and fascinating look at this timely topic." Turandot (2008)—A recent production of Puccini's opera in Valencia, Spain, conducted by Zubin Mehta and directed by Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine). Does anyone else find it interesting that a man who wrote operas for a living died of throat cancer? Wesley Willis' Joy Rides—"Despite impossible odds, Chicago native, Wesley Willis became an underground rock icon, revered artist and hero to many before his untimely death in 2003. Through his force of personality and his artistic talents, Wesley's music and art attracted people from all walks of life. This film follows the prolific artist on his journey from obscurity to fame." Here's a taste. BONUS! NEW NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SPECIALS!! Appalachian Trail Australia's Aborigines Australia's Kangaroos Beyond 2000: The Explorers Braving Alaska Countdown to Impact Easter Island Underworld Great Whales Great White Bear Great White Shark: Truth Behind the Legend Hidden World of the Bengal Tiger Inside the Soviet Circus Living Treasures of Japan Ocean Drifters Phantom Quest: The Search for Extraterrestrials Puma: Lion of the Andes Quest for the Phoenicans Raising the Hunley Savage Garden with Leslie Nielsen Secret Life of Cats Storm of the Century Strange Creatures of the Night Submarine 1-52: Search for WWII Gold Superliners: Twilight of an Era The Filmmakers The Lost JFK Tapes—The Assassination The Sharks Tiny Humans: Hobbits of Flores Ultimate Shark Volcano! Yukon Passage ...AND MORE MOVIES Abigail Lesley Is Back In Town/Laura's Toys—Two from sexploitation director Joe Sarno-- "Abigail Lesley Is Back In Town: When Abigail Lesley returns to her old fishing village hometown, it sends a sexual tidal wave through the small community that has both men and women knocking on her door. Laura's Toys: Laura and her husband Walter are spending a working summer on a small Swedish island off the mainland. An affair between Walter and his young female assistant leads Laura back into the arms of a female ex-lover." Cinematic Titanic: Blood of the Vampire / Live—East Meets Watts / Live—The Alien Factor—More hilarious observations from the Mystery Science Theater team. Clown Alley—"DJ, VJ, filmmaker, musician, all that and more can describe Mike Relm and his unique vision of the marriage of audio and video. This DVD features a story line involving evil clowns, a very important briefcase, dirty self defense tricks as well as Relm's intense video mash ups and remixes, breathing new life into the VJ field with a super psychedelic age. And it is all in 3D (glasses included)! Two disc set includes both the R rated and PG rated versions of the film. Mike Relm is a visionary who has played with Mike Patton's Peeping Tom project, the Blue Man Group as well as his own mindblowing solo shows. Clown Alley brings all the threads together for one trippy ride." Eavesdrop—"Like pieces of a puzzle falling into place, a top-line ensemble cast comes together in a crowded and smokey New York City bistro. Friends, lovers, strangers, intellectuals, artists ... their conversations cloaked in the safety of candlelight and wine ... their words silently and keenly observed as they intertwine and drift, like the melody of life. From the poignant to the banal, from the apparent to the clandestine ... young romance, love lost, anger, fear, camaraderie, regret, denial, anticipation, seduction, betrayal, secrets, confessions and ... murder? If one pays more attention to their surroundings than themselves, life is all quite a spectacle." The top line ensemble cast includes Alan Ruck, Wendie Malick, Chris Lawford, Chris Parnell and The Love Boat's Ted McGinley. Escape from Blood Plantation—"On a beautiful, isolated South Pacific island, a brutal ex-Nazi prison camp commandant and his sadistic followers have seized control from the native inhabitants. Having eliminated the native adult males, the commandant and his henchmen rule the remaining female population with forced hard labor and torture by day, and forced fulfillment of their carnal pleasures by night. The natives only hope for escape from this "Plantation in Hell," lies with the youngest guard, Hartman, who finds himself falling in love with the beautiful young native girl, Cora. Together they lead a desperate, bloody uprising for freedom and escape." Fix (2009)—"To keep Leo out of prison, Bella and Milo must race against time to raise $5,000 to pay for his rehab. Events take a dangerous and deadly turn when they decide a drug deal is their only chance. Starring Olivia Wilde." Hachi: A Dog's Tale—"From Academy Award-nominated director Lasse Hallström (2000, The Cider House Rules) comes Hachi: a Dog's Tale, a film based on one of the most treasured and heartwarming true stories ever told. Golden Globe winner Richard Gere (2002, Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, Chicago) stars as Professor Parker Wilson, a distinguished scholar who discovers a lost Akita puppy on his way home from work. Despite initial objections from Wilson's wife, Cate (Academy Award nominee Joan Allen - 2000, Best Actress, The Contender), Hachi endears himself into the Wilson family and grows to be Parker's loyal companion. As their bond grows deeper, a beautiful relationship unfolds embodying the true spirit of family and loyalty, while inspiring the hearts of an entire town." The Pit and The Pendulum (2009)— "Seven students arrive at a secluded mansion to participate in a scientific experiment conducted by JB Divay, a bizarre hypnotist with a dark past. At first the group dismisses JB's eccentricities... until the students start disappearing. Directed by David DeCoteau." Playhouse 90: The Comedian (1957)—John Frankenheimer's rare teleplay starring Mickey Rooney as a famous TV star who's nice on screen and ruthless in real life, co-starring Mel Torme, Edmond O'Brien and Kim Hunter. This DVD also includes an episode of The Mickey Rooney Show, a newsreel clip from 1943 showing Hollywood's war effort and the 1979 comedy Find The Lady starring Rooney and John Candy. Possession (2009)—"A remake of a Korean film, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. Gellar stars as a woman whose unstable brother-in-law assumes her husband's identity when the two of them are involved in a high-speed traffic accident which leaves her husband in a comatose state in the hospital. Gellar slowly unravels the suspenseful mystery, but does her discovery come too late?" It co-stars Lee Pace from The Fall and the cancelled too-soon show Pushing Daisies. There's more, including an "Adult" parody of WKRP in Cincinnati. And there's a TRAILER! (there's no nudity or anything but I'd still say NSFW). While you're in checking out all these fine new additions to the rental area, be sure to stop by the USED SALES area and browse the brand new NEW ARRIVALS shelf.