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New Releases for April 6th

The first week of April brings a bunch of intriguing foreign films, imports and documentaries, a heaping helping of titles from the Warner Archives, hobbits in high definition, a bit of the mumblecore and much more. Here's the list--remember the * means it's also available on Blu-ray. BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS * —"Port of Call New Orleans" is "Electric Boogaloo" for the 10's. YES MEN FIX THE WORLD—Andy & Mike are back to deliver more comic justice to Corporate America. EYES ON THE PRIZE: AMERICA'S CIVIL RIGHTS YEARS 1954-65—The PBS series is a definitive portrait of the movement SECRET OF KELLS—The Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature makes its way to our shelves in the form of a PAL Code 2 import TOKYO PSYCHO YATTERMAN—I have no idea what's going on in this trailer but it's AWESOME! GLORY TO THE FILMMAKER—New from Takeshi (Beat) Kitano. Here's a small sample: CROWS ZERO/CROWS ZERO II—Stories from a violent high school by the prolific Takeshi Miike. GOEMON—The legendary story of the Robin Hood-like ninja from the director of Casshern THE COLLECTOR—"A killer awaits an ex-con with bloody games of his own." Ooohh.... TAXIDERMIA--A surreal epic spanning three generations of doomed men ICONS OF SUSPENSE: HAMMER FILMS—The six film set includes: Stop Me Before I Kill (1960), The Snorkel (1958), Cash On Demand (1961), Never Take Candy From A Stranger (1960), Maniac (1963) and These Are The Damned (1963) IRENE IN TIME—Henry Jaglom explores the relationship between fathers and daughters BEESWAX—A tale of twin sisters from Andrew Bujalski ASTERIX AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES—The latest Asterix adventure with Gerard Depardieu as Obelix LORD OF THE RINGS * —A newly remastered edition of Ralph Bakshi's 1978 animated adaptation. ANIME NEW RELEASES Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 Pt. 4 Kannagi Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Season 2 Part 1 Naruto Shippuden Vol. 8 Shattered Angels: Complete Series FAMILY NEW RELEASES Life at The Top (1965)(PAL Code 2) Micaela, Una Pelicula Magica Secret of Moonacre (PAL Code 2) NEW BLU-RAY: FORMAT OF THE FUTURE Commando The Double Life of Veronique Dreamscape Lord of The Rings: Fellowship of The Ring Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers Lord of The Rings: Return of The King—Note: these are all the theatrical versions The Natural (Director's Cut) Protector (Ultimate Edition) Speed NEW TV ON DVD Diners, Drive-ins & Dives: Season 2 Father Knows Best: Season 3 Midsomer Murders: Season 11 Ep. 1—Shot at Dawn Midsomer Murders: Season 11 Ep. 2—Blood Wedding Midsomer Murders: Season 11 Ep. 3—Left For Dead Sharpe's Peril Wiseguy: Season 3 & Season 4 NEW FROM THE WARNER ARCHIVE What are these? Read about it HERE Chasing Rainbows (1930)—"Laughs onstage, tears offstage! Playing members of a traveling theatrical troupe, a starry cast - The Broadway Melody's Bessie Love and Charles King, plus Jack Benny, Marie Dressler and Polly Moran - hit the road and all the right notes in an early musical extravaganza. This bedazzlement of tapping feet and aching hearts (Love loves King, he loves a two-timing temptress) boasts not only stellar support from three of Hollywood's grandest comics, but grand music as well. Highlights include Dressler defending her maidenly honor from "a son of a rich" in Poor but Honest and the hit tune 'Happy Days Are Here Again', the irrepressible thumb in the eye to the Depression that would become FDR's campaign anthem." Eddie Cantor Story (1953)— "This merry musical biography of "Banjo Eyes" will gladden the hearts of Cantor and musical fans alike. It's got fabulous songs, assured direction by Alfred E. Green (The Jolson Story) and elaborate numbers typical of the Ziegfeld stage." Girlfriends (1978)—"Aspiring photographer Susan Weinblatt (Melanie Mayron) and would-be poet Anne Munroe (Anita Skinner) are best friends and roommates in a five-flight walk-up on Manhattan's Upper West Side. But one day Anne decides to marry and move out. When the best friends go their separate ways, Girl Friends focuses on what happens to the one left behind. It's about valuable, delicate and complex ties that bind people - girlfriends, boyfriends, husbands and lovers. Producer/director Claudia Weill (It's My Turn) captures the offbeat charm and edgy moments of city life - as well as a gem of a performance by Mayron (thirtysomething, Missing) in her first starring role." Lord Byron of Broadway (1929)—" Roy Erskine (Charles Kaley) is aiming for songwriting stardom. And if he has to use and abuse a lineup of Broadway babies to do it, that's fine with Roy. This smoky-hearted tale of a heel on the rise shows the dark side of the moon-June-spoon plots at the center of most early musicals. The cast includes Cliff "Ukulele Ike" Edwards (later the voice of Jiminy Cricket), whose wide-eyed mug serves as counterpoint to the film's worldly attitude." Meeting Venus (1991)—"Everything is set for the rehearsal. Nothing can go wrong. Then, in the grandest of entrances, she walks in. She is international star Karin Anderson (Glenn Close). Her arrival adds to conductor Zoltan Szanto's daily damage control within Opera Europa ("where you can be misunderstood in six different languages"). She and the married maestro soon begin a passionate affair. Life may imitate art. But love and the lunacy it inspires have no rehearsals. Karin and frazzled Zoltan (Niels Arestrup) must figure things out as they go." Midnight Alibi (1934)—"Someone shot Angie the Ox around midnight, killing him more than somewhat dead. Word is that rival Lance McGowan is the who in the whodunit, and the gendarmes aim to find a nice chair with straps and high voltage for him. Lance needs a Midnight Alibi. Not by an inside-tip long shot would anyone think wealthy spinster Abigail Ardsley would offer it." My Wild Irish Rose (1947)—"If you have a drop of Irish blood, if you've ever worn green on St. Patrick's Day, if you're a simply a fan of musical bio-pics chockablock with nostalgic song and dance, sure and begorrah you're in for a Technicolor treat. My Wild Irish Rose stars Golden Age of Hollywood tenor Dennis Morgan as turn-of-the-century tenor Chauncey Olcott, who brought 'When Irish Eyes Are Smiling', 'Mother Machree' and more beloved airs to eager theater audiences. Olcott's rise from tugboat skipper to minstrel man to star and composer, his relationships with two women - Lillian Russell (Andrea King) and true love Rose Donovan (Arlene Dahl in her first credited screen role) - and an Oscar®-nominated* musical score made this tuneful tale a box-office hit." Night Full of Rain (1977)—"Lizzy (Candice Bergen), a liberated American photographer, falls for narrow-minded journalist Paolo (Giancarlo Giannini). Then finds she can't live with him or without him. Bergen (Murphy Brown) and Giannini (Seven Beauties) take both comic and fierce battle stations in this colorful excursion into the male/female combat zone. So what if the world, as we learn from the TV in Lizzy and Paolo's luxurious apartment, is crashing around their ears; this is WAR! Writer/director Lina Wertmuller relied on spontaneity and improvisation in making ...A Night Full of Rain, her first film in English." Picasso Summer (1972)—" Pablo Picasso, where are you? Disenchanted with his work as an architect and turned off by the hipper-than-thou '60s San Francisco art scene, George Smith has a breakthrough idea: chuck it all and go meet the one real artist he admires. So off to Europe he and adoring wife Alice fly...into an unexpected physical and emotional itinerary. Albert Finney and Yvette Mimieux portray the Smiths in a stylish (split screens, freeze frames, flash cuts) psychedelic-era groove of a film that's also a sun-drenched travelogue and an artist's showcase whose varied palette includes lively animated sequences of Picasso's work. The Smiths are taking their chances. So does the often-engrossing and lushly lensed tale of their Picasso Summer." Priest's Wife (1971)— "Father Don Mario has pledged obedience and celibacy. Alas, the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Especially when lovely Valeria Billi sets her dark brown eyes and romantic designs on him. Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni show why they are among the screen's most celebrated duos in this film that's part romantic comedy, part exploration of human and clerical frailties and 100% shiny star vehicle produced by Loren's filmmaker husband Carlo Ponti." Rabbit, Run (1970)—" Oscar and Golden Globe-nominee James Caan (Misery, The Godfather) stars as a one-time basketball star who finds the realities of life are tougher than those on the playing field. Based on the brilliant novel by John Updike and featuring a superb supporting cast. Co-starring Oscar and Emmy-winner Jack Albertson (Chico and the Man), Arthur Hill (The Champ), Oscar-nominee Carrie Snodgrass (Diary of a Mad Housewife), and Ken Kercheval (Dallas). Saint Joan (1957)—" Seventeen-year-old Jean Seberg plays the visionary Maid of Orleans in Otto Preminger's production of Saint Joan, adapted from George Bernard Shaw's play by Graham Greene and cast with a company of bravura talents." Story of Will Rogers (1952)—"With Will Rogers Jr. as his dad, Jane Wyman as Betty Rogers and heaps of homespun warmth, there's plenty to like about this biography of the "Poet Lariat" who never met a man he didn't like. From its lead performance to its storyline based on Betty's reminiscences to its fond direction by Michael Curtiz (a polo-playing buddy of Rogers), the movie has an authenticity befitting this most authentic of American heroes. Humorist, vaudevillian, film star, journalist, aviation buff, champion of the common man and more, Rogers crammed a lot of living into his 56 years. And The Story of Will Rogers, featuring Slim Pickens, Eddie Cantor, James Gleason, Mary Wickes and Jay Silverheels, turns it all into a lot of movie." Surviving Picasso (1996)—"Canvas, color, metal, ceramics. The century's leading artist commanded them all. But what about the legendary Pablo Picasso's other great passion? Was romance also dominated by his genius? Academy Award® winner* Anthony Hopkins gives a full-throttle performance as the acclaimed artist in this masterful movie told from the viewpoint of Picasso's longtime mistress (Natascha McElhone in a luminous film debut) and mother of his children Claude and Paloma. Director James Ivory, producer Ismail Merchant and writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala reteam with Hopkins for the first time since The Remains of the Day in this lusty, sweeping saga. Joined by producer David L. Wolper (Roots), they draw from a vivid filmmaking palette to create an intimate, insightful tale of genius, beauty and obsession." Too Much Too Soon (1958)—" When Errol Flynn was a young movie idol, he became a crony of aging star John Barrymore, whose rich talent was ravaged by an excess of booze and life. Years later, Flynn leaped at the chance to portray his old friend in this riveting and cautionary 1958 film based on the biography by Barrymore's daughter Diana - and gave a triumphant performance that promised more dramatic greatness to come, if only Flynn hadn't died at just 50 the next year. Dorothy Malone co-stars as Diana, who yearns for her famous father's love. Barrymore tries, but is incapable of caring for or about himself, let alone his daughter...and Diana spirals into a vortex of failure and humiliation, too many drinks and too many men, all of it Too Much, Too Soon." NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS Abduction: The Megumi Yokata Story (PAL)—Australia Atheist Alliance International 2007 (PAL) Azzurro (2003)(PAL Code 2)—Italy Bachna Ae Haseeno (2009)—India Bad Blood (2010)—Hong Kong Bets & Wedding Dresses (2009)(PAL Code 2)—Italy Big Man River (PAL Code 4)(2009)—Australia Blame It On Mum (2007)—France Clouded Yellow (1950)(PAL Code 2)—UK Clouds Over The City (2009—Canada (in French) The Executioner (2009)(Code 3)—Korea 5150 Rue Des Ormes (2009)—Canada (in French) Fighter In The Wind (2004)—Korea Footsteps in the Fog (1955)(PAL Code 2)—UK La France (2007)—France Go Fast (Coeur Du Trafic)(2008)—France Harry Brown (2009)(PAL Code 2)—UK How We Built Britain (2009)(PAL Code 2)—UK Jade Warrior (2006)—Finland Loft (2008)—Belgium A Man and A Woman: 20 Years Later (1986)—France Meat Grinder (2009)—Thailand The Message (2009)(Code 3)—China Modern Love (2006)—Australia Onechanbara 2: Zombie Killer Vortex (2009)—Japan Power Kids/Somtum (2009)—Thailand Queen of Spades (1948)(PAL Code 2)—UK Rainbow Jacket (1954)(PAL Code 2)—UK Running Turtle (2009)—Korea Speedy Scandal (2009)—Korea Take A Girl Like You (1969)(PAL Code 2)—UK Tattooed Hitman (1974)—Japan Under The Sun of Satan (1987)(PAL Code 2)—France Warrior and The Wolf (2009)(Code 3)—China A Wednesday (2009)—India X, Y & Zee (1971)(PAL Code 2)—UK Zero Woman R (2008)—Japan NEW DOCUMENTARIES & NON-FICTION FARE Appelez-Moi Madame (aka Call Me Madame, 2009)—A documentary about Jean-Pierre Voides, a former member French Resistance, high school teacher and transsexual. Maria Bamford: Plan B—Stand-up from one of the Comedians of Comedy. Dirt! The Movie—"Dirt feeds us and gives us shelter. Dirt holds and cleans our water. Dirt heals us and makes us beautiful. Dirt regulates the earth s climate. Why do we humans ignore, abuse, and destroy our most precious living natural resource? Consider the results of such behavior: Mass starvation, drought, floods and global warming. Narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis, Dirt! The Movie tells the story of humans trying to re-connect to dirt the living skin of the earth. Traveling from the vineyards of California to the plains of Kenya, Dirt! reveals how repairing our relationship with dirt can create new possibilities for all life on earth." National Geographic: Canyonlands—"Canyonlands is the little-known jewel of the American National Parks. This stark landscape of extraordinary features contains more than 300,000 acres of desert wilderness, towering spires and spectacular canyons. But this rugged terrain is more than a pretty picture-it is a history book of time. Its stories stretch from the geologic forces that created this land, to the beginnings of life on earth and from ancient people, to the cowboys and outlaws of the Old West. Venture beyond the tourist hotspots and discover the hidden secrets of Canyonlands National Park." One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur—"Jack Kerouac was a literary rock star, lionized by his fans. He was called the avatar of the Beat Movement, a new voice of his generation. But along with sudden fame and media hype came his unraveling. The new film One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur takes us back to the cabin he retreated to in the Big Sur woods." It features music by Jay Farrarr and Ben Gibbard. Plunder: The Crime of Our Time—"A hard-hitting investigative film by Danny Schechter. The "News Dissector" explores how the financial crisis was built on a foundation of criminal activity uncovering the connection between the collapse of the housing market and the economic catastrophe that followed. To tell this story Schechter speaks with bankers involved in these activities, respected economists, insider experts, top journalists including Paul Krugman, and even a convicted white-collar criminal, Sam Antar, who blows the whistle on intentionally dishonest practices." Trailers From Hell! Volume 1—Directors such as Joe Dante, John Landis, Eli Roth and Edgar Wright introduce trailers from their favorite horror/sci fi/fantasy films. 211: Anna—"An examination of Russian journalist and human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya's death while covering the Chechen conflict and President Vladimir Putin." Which Way Home—" The film follows several unaccompanied child migrants as they journey through Mexico en route to the U.S. on a freight train they call " The Beast ". Director Rebecca Cammisa (Sister Helen) tracks the stories of children like Olga and Freddy, nine-year old Hondurans who are desperately trying to reach their families in Minnesota, and Jose, a ten-year-old El Salvadoran who has been abandoned by smugglers and ends up alone in a Mexican detention center, and focuses on Kevin, a canny, streetwise 14-year-old Honduran, whose mother hopes that he will reach New York City and send money back to his family. These are stories of hope and courage, disappointment and sorrow. They are the ones you never hear about - the invisible ones." Wild Dolphins & Whales of Southern California—" Captain Dave Anderson spent five years producing, filming and narrating this award-winning 64-minute film while conducting his Dolphin and Whale Safari expeditions from Dana Point, California. He filmed these mammals from the air and under the sea within a few miles off shore. Also included is footage from the Channel Islands, Monterey, Santa Barbara and Baja California. The spectacular never-before-seen footage includes: dolphin herds numbering in the thousands, including common dolphins, Bottlenose, Rissos, Pacific Whitesided, Northern Right Whale dolphin as well as the elusive Blue Whale, Killer, Sperm, Grey, Minke, Humpback and Fin Whales. Southern California hosts the largest dolphin population in the U.S. and more Blue Whales than anywhere in the world. Whether petting friendly Gray Whales, following alongside 5,000 Common Dolphin or having a 75-foot Blue Whale head directly toward you, learning about these animals has never been more exciting as Captain Dave narrates this unforgettable "best of" safari to the wilds of Southern California. It will change your perception of the ocean and it's inhabitants forever." The Silent World—Go aboard the Calypso and under the sea in this stunning 1956 documentary co-directed by Jacques Cousteau and Louis Malle. ...AND MORE MOVIES Awakening of Spring—"Growing up in a provincial town, three youths discover their sexuality, but are tragically condemned by the oppressive patriarchal society." Bartered Bride (1932)—Max Ophuls' arranged marriage tale set in 19th century Bohemia. Blind Date (1959)—Joseph Losey's suspenseful murder mystery starring Hardy Kruger, Stanley Baker and Micheline Presle. Eating Out: All You Can Eat—"This entirely new story in the Eating Out collection offers plenty of the over the top sex-romp rowdiness that made the first two films into cult favorites, along with a delightful dose of pure romance. Rebekah Kochan returns as Tiffani, the infamous, lovable, hysterical and funny slut who attempts to help her geeky but very cute friend Casey (Daniel Skelton) find true love - or at least a sexy hunk. Taken under Tiffani's wing, Casey pretends to be Ryan, Tiffani's hot, straight, stripper ex-boyfriend, in order to seduce the smoldering Zack (Chris Salvatore) online, which works, until the real Ryan shows up!" Harlem Aria—"Chasing his dream, Anton (Gabriel Casseus; G-Force) leaves his aunt's home in Harlem for downtown New York City, where a quick-witted street hustler named Wes (Damon Wayans; My Wife and Kids) cons him out of his life savings. Homeless and empty-handed, Matthew (Christian Camargo; The Hurt Locker), a street musician stalled in his own dreams, invites Anton to perform with him in the park. Amazed by Anton's singing talent, Matthew befriends him and attempts to keep him safe from Wes's enterprising exploitation. Caught in the middle, Anton's journey isn't an easy one. The three men's lives entwine and lead each down a path of destruction, truth and redemption." Italian Straw Hat—"Rene Clair's sparkling comedy of manners is a witty, delicate, inspired satire on propriety and behavior in the bourgeois mind-set. Transposing the action of the perennial stage farce from 1851 to a summer wedding day in 1895 the birth of cinema Clair recalls detail, costume and design captured by the first movies. The Italian Straw Hat (Un Chapeau de paille d Italie) triumphantly survives its 1927 journey from stage to screen; a dozen eccentric characters, superbly acted, try desperately to keep up appearances in the face of disaster, their attitudes, concerns and gestures exquisitely stylized under Clair's deft orchestration." Yesterday Was A Lie—"Hoyle, a P.I. with a sharp mind and a weakness for bourbon - finds herself on the trail of a reclusive genius. With an ethereal lounge singer and her loyal partner as her only allies, Hoyle is plunged into a dark world of intrigue and earth-shattering cosmological secrets. Starring Chase Masterson." There's more to be found in our New To Store section as well. Happy viewing to all.