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New Releases for April 13th

This week's new DVD releases have plenty for people who enjoy laughing, dancing, and all things British. Here's the list; remember a * means it's also on Blu-ray and you can purchase titles from our online store by clicking on SALE: DEFENDOR—Woody Harrelson stars in this refreshingly sincere take on the "ordinary citizen turns super hero" story PIRATE RADIO—We've had the import of this movie under its proper British title The Boat That Rocked for months now, but here it a safe for US DVDs format. Musician/writer Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding) commented on Twitter a few days ago, "Saw Pirate Radio (Boat That Rocked) on plane. It's like Philip Seymour Hoffman met @johnroderick once and did an impression from memory." Now I'm curious... THE SLAMMIN' SALMON * —New lowbrow humor from the Broken Lizard crew GORGOL BORDELLO: NON STOP—Never, never, never pass up an opportunity to see this band live KAPOBattle of Algiers director Gillo Pontecorvo's 1959 film depicting the dire choices one Jewish woman makes to survive in a concentration camp arrives on DVD courtesy of the Janus Films' Essential Art House series. SALE THREE KINGDOMS: RESURRECTION OF THE DRAGON—Maggie Q, Sammo Hung and Andy Lau star in this martial arts-fueled period piece CRIMES OF THE PAST aka THE SPY AND THE SPARROW—A thriller starring Eric Roberts, Elizabeth Rohm, David "Sledge Hammer" Rasche and the great city of Seattle! EASIER WITH PRACTICE—Based on Davy Rothbart's autobiographical article in GQ, starring The Hurt Locker's Brian Geraghty PARTY DOWN: SEASON 1—The Starz Channel series about a group of caterers waiting for their big breaks, starring Ken Marino, Adam Scott, Martin Starr & Jane Lynch RUSSELL BRAND'S PONDERLAND: SERIES 1—Brand's show is a mix of stand-up monologues and him making fun of old TV clips. We've got it and two more of his live stand-up DVDs on PAL Code 2 DVD. FACES OF AMERICA WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR.—The fascinating PBS series that probes the heritage of such notable people as Meryl Streep, Yo-Yo Ma and Stephen Colbert. SOUL TRAIN!—We have EIGHT volumes of The Best of Soul Train plus The Best of The Soul Train Awards. You may want to have a party this weekend. 30 SECONDS BUNNIES THEATRE—The title doesn't lie, it's animated bunnies performing pop culture parodies! ANIME NEW RELEASES Mobile Suit Gundam UC Ep. 1 (Blu-ray!) Nana (Uncut!) Box Set 4 When They Cry: Complete Set FAMILY NEW RELEASES Madeline: Lost in Paris NEW ON BLU-RAY: FORMAT OF THE FUTURE Apollo 13 (15th Anniversary Edition) SALE The Faculty Nightmare on Elm Street SALE NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS Aprile (1997)(PAL Code 2)—Italy Between (2009) (Code 3)—Korea Cash (2008)—France Caught (1949)(PAL Code 2)—USA, directed by Max Ophuls Cinema, Happiness: The Short Films of Karpo Godina—Slovenia Jar City (2006)—Iceland Katalin Varga (2009)(PAL Code 2)—Romania Month of Hungry Ghosts (2009)(Code 2)—Korea Sicilian Girl (2007)—Italy Six Strange Tales Liao Zhai 2 (2009)—Hong Kong To Live and Die in Mongkok (2009)—Hong Kong Love at Seventh Sight (2009)—Hong Kong (squint to see the subs on this trailer) NEW PAL CODE 2 IMPORTS FROM THE UK: BRITISH COMEDIES Love Soup: Series 1 & 2 Still Game: Series 1-2 (from Scotland!) Bunny and The Bull BRITISH DRAMAS & WHODUNITS Cape Wrath: Series 1 Jonathan Creek: The Grinning Man Law & Order UK: Series 2 Legend of Robin Hood (1975) Penmarric (1979) Ultimate Force: Complete Series Cracks (2009) Glorious 39 (2009) BRITISH DOCUMENTARIES Coast: Series 2 Face of Britain (2007) Great British Journeys (2007) Landscape Mysteries Ross Kemp: In Search of Pirates NEW DOCUMENTARIES & OTHER NON-FICTION FARE Blessed is the Match: Life & Death of Hannah Senesh—"In 1944, 22-year-old Hannah Senesh parachuted into Nazi-occupied Europe with a small group of Jewish volunteers from Palestine. Theirs was the only military rescue mission for Jews that occurred in World War II. Narrated by Academy Award® winner Joan Allen, the multi-award-winning Blessed Is The Match follows the remarkable journey of this young Hungarian poet and diarist, paratrooper and resistance fighter. Told through Hannah's letters, diaries, and poems, her mother s memoirs, and the recollections of those who knew and loved her (including two of her fellow parachutists), the film traces her life from her childhood in Budapest to her time in British-controlled Palestine where she was drawn by the Kibbutz Movement that sought to build an independent Jewish state to her daring mission to rescue Jews in her native Hungary. Both devastating and inspiring, Blessed Is The Match offers an intimate portrait of a singularly talented, courageous and complex girl who believed that one person could be a flame that burns brightly in even the darkest hours." Frontline: Digital Nation—"Over a single generation, the Web and digital media have remade nearly every aspect of modern culture, transforming the way we work, learn, and connect in ways that we re only beginning to understand. Frontline producer Rachel Dretzin (Growing up Online) teams up with one of the leading thinkers of the digital age, Douglas Rushkoff (The Persuaders, Merchants of Cool), to continue to explore life on the virtual frontier. The film is the product of a unique collaboration with visitors to the Digital Nation Web site, who for the past year have been able to react to the work in progress and post their own stories online. Dretzin and her team report from the front lines of digital culture from love affairs blossoming in virtual worlds, to the thoroughly wired classrooms of the future, to military bases where the Air Force is fighting a new form of digital warfare. Along the way, they begin to map the critical ways that technology is transforming us, and what we may be learning about ourselves in the process." Dolley Madison: America's First Lady—"Born in relative obscurity before the American Revolution, Dolley Madison became one of the most influential American women of the early nineteenth century. As the wife of the fourth president, James Madison, Dolley Madison played an important part in the political and social experiment that was the early American Republic. Long before women held any overt political power, Dolley used her unelected position to legitimize the nation's new capital, to create a political and social style for the new country and to give Americans a sense of their own national identity." Viva Nelson Mandela: A Hero For All Seasons—"Viva Nelson Mandela: A Hero For All Seasons is a celebration of an icon, a titan of our times and a giant among men. In the year of his 90th birthday, he remains a man at the center of attention, not only in South Africa, but around the world as a moral leader, an elder statesman and an exceptional human being. The film takes the viewer on an intimate journey behind the headlines and away from the public eye and looks at the man himself as a loyal friend, a dependable comrade, a trusted confidant, a respected mentor, and a man who has touched and transformed countless lives. For the first time his complete story is being told a life of struggle, humanity, destiny and greatness is recalled and celebrated by those who knew him best and who worked with him in the quest to break the chains of oppression, taking us beyond the political and into the personal." National Geographic: Africa's Lost Eden—"It was once known as 'the place where Noah left his Ark' - 4,000 square kilometers of lush floodplains in central Mozambique, packed with wild animals. But 15 years of civil war has taken a heavy toll—and many species have been almost completely wiped out. Journey with National Geographic to Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park and discover what is being done to bring this African oasis back to its former glory—including perhaps the most ambitious restoration effort ever attempted, with elephants, hippos and scores of zebra, wildebeest, impala and buffalo being relocated into the park." NOVA: Riddles of the Sphinx—"For 45 centuries, the Great Sphinx has cast its enigmatic gaze over Egypt's Giza plateau. The biggest and oldest statue in a land of colossal ancient monuments, its scale is staggering: the mighty head towers as tall as the White House while its body is nearly the length of a football field. This strange half-human, half-lion image has inspired countless fantastic theories about its origins. How was it built, and who or what does it represent? Surprisingly, the scribes of the period when it was built-during Egypt's Old Kingdom-passed over it in silence. Adding to the mystery, archaeologists found that its creators abruptly discarded their tools and abandoned the structure when it was nearly complete. Searching for clues, NOVA's expert team of archaeologists carries out eye-opening experiments that reveal the techniques and incredible labor that was invested in the carving of this gigantic sculpture. The team also unearths new discoveries about the people who built the Sphinx and why they created such a haunting and stupendous image." One Peace at a Time—"A film about a messed up world... and how we could fix it. Sprinkled with music from Bob Dylan, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson and Willie Nelson, One Peace at a Time lyrically weaves a tapestry through 20 countries and is as magical as it is informative. Activist Turk Pipkin (The Sopranos, Nobelity) continues his global journey of knowledge in action with a goal to create a virtual roadmap to a better future by focusing on specific solutions in these troubled times. Join Pipkin as he chronicles the model Indian orphanages of The Miracle Foundation, family planning initiatives with Thailands Mechai Viravaidya, Ethiopian water projects with A Glimmer of Hope, and Architecture for Humanitys global design challenge for communities in need in the Himalayas, the Amazon and the slums of Nairobi." We Believe: A Relationship That Lasts a Lifetime— "We Believe celebrates the extraordinary love affair between Chicago and its Cubs. It is a powerful, passionate and uplifting film about America, family, faith, loyalty and tradition. First and foremost, We Believe is an entertaining movie, jam-packed with humor, heart, emotion and unique insight, and featuring super-rare and never-before-seen vintage footage (including the first-known film of a Cubs game from 1909 and of Chicago shot by Thomas Edison in 1897), amazing newly-shot images of Chicago and Wrigley Field, and an incredible soundtrack. It is a must-have film for everyone who loves their city and their team." It's narrated by Gary Sinise. ...AND MORE MOVIES Crazy on the Outside— "A recently paroled ex-con who has trouble adjusting to the wacky normalcy of life outside of prison. He has spent the last three years behind bars after getting caught committing a crime and taking the rap for his much more dangerous pal." Tim Allen directed this comedy starring Sigourney Weaver, Ray Liotta, J.K. Simmons, Kelsey Grammer, Julie Bowen and Mr. Allen himself. Gallant Lady (1933)—My Man Godfrey director Gregory La Cava's melodrama about an unwed mother (Ann Harding) seeking to get back the child she gave up for adoption. Girls About Town (1931)—Kay Francis and Lilyan Tashman play two women who make their living providing comfort and distraction to businessmen—a fine set up until one of them falls in love--in this film by George Cukor. Greatest American Snuff Film—"Based on the journals of serial killer William Allen Grone, The Greatest American Snuff Film is the directors cut sequel containing new footage around the series of events involving the brutal murder and torture of two young women back in 1995. While the film is a dramatization of actual events, it is told through Grone's personal journal entries including shocking evidence from Grone's trial. The viewer experiences the brutal nature of this mad man first hand. Actual trial footage is added at the end of the film. Viewer discretion is advised." Missing Person (2009)— "John Rosow is a private detective hired to tail a man, Harold Fullmer, on a train from Chicago to Los Angeles. Rosow gradually uncovers Harold s identity as a missing person; one of the thousands presumed dead after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Persuaded by a large reward, Rosow is charged with bringing Harold back to his wife in New York City against his will. Ultimately Rosow must confront whether the decision to return Harold to a life that no longer exists is the right one. The Missing Person co-stars Academy Award ® Nominee Michael Shannon and Academy Award® Nominee Amy Ryan." Stoic—Edward Furlong stars in Uwe Boll's latest cinematic achievement. Do you need to know more? Of course you do. Read a review here. Tenderness (2009)—"Lori Cranston (Sophie Traub) is a confused fifteen-year-old dreamer in search of an escape from her troubled home life. She discovers and becomes enthralled with Eric (Jon Foster), a young man with a violent past. As they embark on a harrowing journey, a hardened local cop (Russell Crowe), who has been following Eric for years, is intent on exposing him as a serial killer before Lori's fate is determined." Tenure—Luke Wilson is an English prof competing for tenure with an alluring new professor played by Gretchen Mol. The always humorous (for example Extract) David Koechner plays Wilson's colleague who encourages him to resort to sabotage. Voyage (1974)—Vittorio De Sica's last feature film was this romance drama starring Sophia Loren and Richard Burton. There's plenty more in our New to Store section, including a curious VHS tape called Red Dwarf: Smegheads in Seattle. Enjoy.