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New Releases for April 27th

There's no time to dilly dally when there's movies to be watched so let's just get right to the list of this week's new releases. Remember, a * means it is also available on Blu-ray, and you can follow the SALE link to buy here online. IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS * —Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell take over for the late Heath Ledger in Terry Gilliam's fantastical morality tale, also starring Christopher Plummer and Tom Waits as The Devil. SALE IT'S COMPLICATED *—Recommended for fans of its main cast—Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin and Meryl Streep. Not recommended for those creeped out at the thought of their parents reconciling. DISTRICT B13: ULTIMATUM * —An action packed sequel to the movie that made parkour famous. SALE DESCENT: PART 2—We refer you now to a review by Outlaw Vern. GEORGIA O'KEEFE—Joan Allen stars as the acclaimed artist, with Jeremy Irons as her lover and biggest fan FIVE MINUTES OF HEAVEN— Liam Neeson stars in Oliver Hirschbiegel's (Downfall) story of violence and vengeance in Northern Ireland. THE FUGITIVE KIND—Marlon Brando stars in Sidney Lumet's adaptation of the Tennesee Williams play. The Criterion Collection DVD also includes three of Tennessee Williams' plays filmed for TV by Lumet. SALE RIDE WITH THE DEVIL* —Ang Lee's Civil War epic starring Tobey Maguire, Jeffery Wright, Skeet Ulrich and Jewel (!) WILLIAM KUNSTLER: DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE—A documentary on the late radical civil rights lawyer made by his daughters Emily and Sarah. ANNA TO THE INFINITE POWER—The 1984 sci-fi drama about a young girl who discovers she's part of a devious genetic experiment makes its DVD debut. WHOLPHIN: ISSUE 10—This collection of short films from McSweeney's DVD wing includes a film directed by Natalie Portman, a study of underwater creatures, a documentary about a New Orleans couple post-Katrina by Jonathan Demme, and this: WHY WE LAUGH: BLACK COMEDIANS ON BLACK COMEDY—Hollywood Shuffle director Robert Townsend's look at the history of African Americans and comedy, featuring Bill Cosby, Chris Rock, Redd Foxx, Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy & many others. NEW BLU-RAY: FORMAT OF THE FUTURE Armageddon (1998)—Our resident Blu-ray/Michael Bay expert says this looks pretty good. Brothers Five Delightful Forest District B13/District B13-Ultimatum Dune (1984)— Kyle MacLachlan's eyes never looked so blue! Elizabeth Elizabeth: The Golden Age Heroic Ones Raging Phoenix Tombstone Traffic (2000)—I imagine this is one we'll get hypnotized by on our big in store monitor. NEW TV ON DVD Flip This House Vol.1 Ghost Hunters: Season 5 Part 2 Poldark (1975) Series 1 Survivors (1975)—Complete Series Survivors (2008): Seasons 1 & 2 Tales From The Darkside: Season 3 ANIME NEW RELEASES Rental Magica Vol. 2 FAMILY NEW RELEASES Bill Nye's Solving For X: Algebra 1 Vol. 1 Newton's 3 Laws of Motion Stolen From East of the Moon NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS Being Human: Series 2 (PAL Code 2)—UK Black Cobra (1965)/No Survivors Please—Germany Closed Book (2009) (PAL Code 2)—UK Crimes of Passion (1994)—Italy 14 Blades (2010)—Hong Kong Future Cops (1993)—Hong Kong Ghost Snatchers (1986)—Hong Kong Hong Kong Godfather (1985)—Hong Kong Inferno (1964)(PAL Code 2)—France, directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot Little Big Soldier (2010)(Code 3)—China Loins of Punjab Presents (2008)—India Oresama (2003)—Japan Salvage (2009)(PAL Code 2)—UK White Night (2009)(Code 3)—Korea Without Trace (1972)—Giallo (Italian horror) Survival of The Dead (2009)(PAL C2)—George Romero's latest DEAD movie.. Banana Splits & Friends Show: S.1 (PAL Code 2)—Scarecrow is not responsible for any mental strain caused if the theme song gets stuck in your head... NEW DOCUMENTARIES, MUSIC, ART & OTHER NON-FICTION FARE Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition—Learn all about our city's first world's fair in 1909. Narrated by Seattle treasure Tom Skerritt. The Return of Ruben Blades—Robert Mugge's 1986 documentary, "follows the singer to Harvard where he gets his Master's Degree in International Law, to his old neighborhood in Panama, to California for a recording session with Linda Ronstadt, and to New York for a performance at S.O.B's." Blur: No Distance Left To Run—" Filmed throughout the band's 2009 rehearsals and acclaimed summer tour, No Distance Left To Run finds all four members of Blur together for the first time in nine years. With previously unseen archive material alongside new interviews and reportage, the film recounts the highs and lows of a very British band from the late '80s to their headline return at Glastonbury and Hyde Park. The result is a musing on Englishness and identity and a portrait of friendship and resolution. The second DVD features their live performance at Hyde Park in the summer of 2009." That concert ends with one of my favorite songs ever. Recommended if you only know Damon Albarn from this. Buddha: The Story of Siddhartha—"Two and a half millennia ago, a new religion was born in northern India, generated from the ideas of a single man, the Buddha, a mysterious Indian sage who famously gained enlightenment while he sat under a large, shapely fig tree. The Buddha never claimed to be God or his emissary on earth. He said only that he was a human being who, in a world of unavoidable pain and suffering, had found a kind of serenity that others could find, too. This documentary by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin tells the story of his life, a journey especially relevant in our own bewildering times of violent change and spiritual confusion. Richard Gere narrates." Charlie Rose with Dennis Hopper (December 21, 1994)— "For the hour, actor and director Dennis Hopper talks about working with James Dean, his early years as an actor, hitting bottom with alcohol abuse, and the arc of his career. He also discusses his new films, Waterworld, the most expensive film ever made, and HBO's Witch Hunt." Chelsea Football Club: 100 Years Centenary 1905-05—"The year 2005 represents an historic milestone for Chelsea FC as they celebrate their 100th anniversary. From humble beginnings, when they joined the old second division in 1905, to Premiership Champions in 2005, Chelsea have become one of the most popular and recognizable clubs in world football. Based in the heart of London's most fashionable area, the club's performances on the pitch have always matched their surroundings for style and flair. This unique program will take a comprehensive look back at the best moments, most colorful characters and unforgettable matches from the last hundred years." Chief Seattle—A biography of "the legendary Puget Sound leader who welcome the Americans to settle on the land that now bears his name." Give a shout out to his statue in the fountain at 5th and Denny next time you're in the neighborhood. Dead Space—Journey with graffiti writer Psychkoze through the catacombs of Paris... Dialogues of The Exiled— "Regarded by many as the first major product of Chile's 'Cinema of Resistance,' this highly unusual 1974 effort from Chilean expatriate director Raul Ruiz takes its inspiration from playwright Bertolt Brecht's Refugee Conversations. Interested in creating a cinematic meditation on the nature of being a national exile, the Paris-based Ruiz exposes the audience to numerous conversations among his fellow countrymen, who have emigrated to France but insist on clinging to their Chilean identities and ways. Ruiz builds these discussions around a single event: the 'Chilean-style' abduction of a pop singer, which involves offering the musician food and drink and then 'imprisoning' him with hospitality, warmth and friendship to continually remind him of his origins. As a thematic backdrop, Ruiz contemplates the nature of social belonging, and reveals how many Chilean expats have never fully blended in to French society, and continually struggle to support themselves." Egalite For All: Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution—" The Haitian Revolution represents the only successful slave revolution in history; it created the world's first Black republic --- traumatizing Southern planters, inspiring U.S. Blacks, and invigorating anti-slavery activist world-wide. At the forefront of the rebellion was General Toussaint Louverture, an ex-slave whose genius was admired by allies and enemies alike." Frekunensia Kolombiana—" This is the first audiovisual package to come out internationally about Colombian Hip Hop, a cultural expression adopted and adapted by the Colombian youth since the early 90's that has flourished in all of Colombia's principal cities. The DVD includes the feature length documentary Frekuensia Kolombiana as well as the first documentary about Colombian Hip Hop, Testimonios Hip Hop Colombiano. Also included are nine video clips by different Colombian Hip Hop artists." Milton Glaser: To Inform & Delight—" For many, Milton Glaser is the personification of American graphic design. Best known for co-founding New York Magazine and the enduring I ? NY campaign, the full breadth of Glaser's remarkable artistic output is revealed in this documentary portrait, Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight. From newspapers and magazine designs, to interior spaces, logos, and brand identities, to his celebrated prints, drawings, posters and paintings, the documentary offers audiences a much richer appreciation for one of the great modern renaissance men." Alice Sommer Herz: Everything is a Present—" How many people remain in good shape, both mentally and physically, at the age of 106? Alice Sommer Herz is among those exceptional few. She was imprisoned with her 6-year-old son in the Theresienstadt concentration camp and saw unspeakable atrocities. She lost both her mother and her husband in Nazi death camps but does not hate her persecutors. That is not because they are anything other than monstrous criminals but because she has the wisdom to know that all hatred hurts the soul of the hater. She was a pianist of distinction, played more than 100 concert in the camp, and it is no doubt that music saved both her sanity and life and the lives of many others. She elaborates on this theme in the film." Irate Birdwatcher—" It's all about wilderness preservation ... told in the inspiring words of Harvey Manning - the irate birdwatcher. Follow the legendary Northwest writer and conservationist as he discovers the beauty of Washington's wildest places, and the need to stand up and fight for their very survival. This is Harvey's story about this state's unique wilderness ... his deep passion for it, his years of ramblings as an avid backpacker and climber, and his own personal crusade to preserve and protect it for future generations ... with a wee bit of preaching thrown in to boot." J.B. Jackson: Figure in a Landscape—" An engrossing documentary film which examines the evolution of the American landscape through the eyes of John Brinckerhoff Jackson, considered by many to be the originator of landscape studies in the United States. The film is both a portrait of the man and a portrait of America's human-made landscape. Figure in a Landscape moves through time and across the country, from the deeply rooted Puritan New England village to the temporary landscape of the road, the shopping mall, and the trailer park." Japan's Mysterious Pyramids—"Most historians and archaeologists maintain that civilization as we know it began about 5,000 years ago with the emergence of the earliest Egyptian dynasty. But, a small yet persuasive number of scientists believe that a highly advanced civilization, nearly twice as old, flourished during the last Ice Ace. Solid evidence of this 10,000-year-old civilization is difficult to produce, but some feel a recent discovery off the coast of a tiny Japanese island, Yonaguni, may be the proof they seek." Andy Kaufman: World Inter Gender Wrestling Champion—A collection of never before seen footage featuring his greatest bouts. Legend of the Witches—" The historical origins of witchcraft in moon-worship and the witches legend of creation. Initiation rites undergone by the modern witch divination by birds and animals; Christianity s absorption of pagan rites; revenge killing; the Black Mass. Cecil Williamson's Museum of Witchcraft in Cornwall. Investigations into the efficacy of witchcraft; extra-sensory perception; foretelling the future. All featuring the infamous "King Of The Witches" in the only footage in existance of the King Of Wicca. Alexander Saunders.. who uses this documentary to guide us through his coven." Love in India—A documentary that explores India's relationship & history with sexuality. Man With a Plan: Fred Tuttle—A spoof documentary that follows an 73 year old with a 10th grade education on his run for Congress. "He's been featured on the front page of The New York Times, in People Magazine, The New Yorker, on National Public Radio, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. His performance as a Congressional candidate in this film was so inspiring, he received hundreds of write-in votes in the real General Election. He represents a vanishing way of life in America. He'll make you laugh. He's Fred Tuttle, the Man with a Plan." Mobb Deep: Life of the Infamous—A video collection including "Quiet Storm" and "Survival of the Fittest." New Rulers of the World—" In order to examine the true effects of globalization, Pilger turns the spotlight on Indonesia, a country described by the World Bank as a model pupil until its globalized economy collapsed in 1998. The film examines the use of sweatshop factories by famous brand names, and asks some penetrating questions. Who are the real beneficiaries of the globalized economy? Who really rules the world now? Is it governments or a handful of huge companies?" National Geographic: Five Years on Mars—" When the NASA rovers Spirit and Opportunity touched down on Mars in 2004, they weren't expected to last long—perhaps 90 days, or six months at most. But 90 days have stretched into almost five years, and a short-term science mission searching for evidence of water has turned into one of the greatest adventures of the Space Age. The rovers have trekked miles across hostile plains, climbed mountains, ventured in and out of deep craters, gotten stuck in sand dunes, survived dust storms and mechanical failures, and cheated death so often that no one will venture a guess as to how much longer they might last." Renovation Nation: Gardening—" How Does Your Garden Grow? Learn how to get the biggest environmental benefit from your own backyard. From simple water conservation techniques to plant selection and placement, it s all about keeping your landscaping in tune with nature." Renovation Nation: Learn How to Reduce, Reuse and Reclaim—Let former This Old House host Steve Thomas show you how. Robin Hood: The Truth Behind Hollywood's Most Filmed Legend —" In this film, best-selling author and award-winning filmmaker Philip Gardiner goes on an amazing journey into the heart of the timeless tale of the Hooded Man. He travels back thousands of years and unlocks the mystery and the myth. This film was shot on location in Sherwood Forest, England which is the very same place that Robin Hood and his band are said to have called their headquarters. Gardiner is joined by a cast of real life outlaws including the present day Robin Hood and Maid Marion. Featuring dramatic reconstructions and amazing Special Features with beautiful music, produced by James Earnshaw and musical group No Redemption, this film is a must see for all fans of real life adventure and fantasy." Sea Change—Retired history teacher Sven Huseby journeys to discover what's happening to the world's oceans and muses about the kind of world we're leaving for his grandson. Seat of Empire: Seattle Since 1909—Did you miss our in-store viewing last Friday? Check out clips of this documentary here. Six Centuries of Verse—" Rediscover the music of the spoken word as John Gielgud (Arthur) conducts a grand tour of English-language poetry through the centuries. Compiled by poet and literary critic Anthony Thwaite, these works show the power of verse to stir the emotions and fire the imagination. They include not only classics by Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Byron, Whitman, and Yeats, but also surprising, often-overlooked gems. Gielgud provides the literary and historical context for each, while readings by outstanding British and American actors reveal the rich textures and seductive rhythms in every line." Small Faces: All or Nothing—" At long last, the definitive official DVD for one of the greatest groups of the sixties (or any other decade for that matter). Small Faces: All Or Nothing 1965-1968 features 27 complete performances filmed from 1965 to 1968 when the band was challenging the Who, Kinks, Stones and Beatles for domination of the charts. The DVD captures every aspect of their short but brilliant career including early Mod/R&B classics such as 'What'cha Gonna Do About It', 'Sha La La La Lee' and 'All Or Nothing', timeless rockers like 'Tin Soldier' and later psychedelic masterpieces including 'Itchycoo Park', and 'Green Circles.' Best of all is the inclusion of nine songs from the band's masterpiece Ogden's Nut Gone Flake including 'Lazy Sunday', 'Song Of A Baker' and the six song 'Happiness Stan' suite. In between the performances original members Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones talk about the songs and tell the band's history in new interviews filmed exclusively for the DVD. Also interwoven into the story are archival interviews with Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane." Standard Deviants: Learn Chemistry, Learn Writing, Learn English—The hip kids at Standard Deviants help you though high school level subjects. Stealing A Nation—"Stealing A Nation is an extraordinary film about the plight of people of the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean - secretly and brutally expelled from their homeland by British governments in the late 1960s and early 1970s, to make way for an American military base. The base, on the main island of Diego Garcia, was a launch pad for the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq." Story of Fashion Vol.1: Remembrance of Things Past, Vol. 2: Art and Sport of Fashion, Vol. 3: Age of Dissent—"Feel like fashion? The Story of Fashion, with star designer Karl Lagerfeld, presents 100 years of fashion from the inventor of haute couture, Charles Worth, to the leading labels of the fashion industry of the 1980s. Fashion illustrations, photographs as well as unique footage reflect the Zeitgeist of the different periods, enchanting the viewer as the atmosphere of international catwalks is conjured. On its excursions to the different fields of fashion, the trilogy moves through cultural history, pointing out trendsetters from art, music and film, and portrays a great number of influential fashion designers such as Poiret, Chanel, Schiaparelli, Quant and Dior. Along with Lagerfeld, the designers Giorgio Armani, Pierre Cardin, Donna Karan and the critic Carrie Donovan afford us fascinating insights into the sensual world of fashion." Street Soccer: Brazil in the Street—"Shot entirely in Brazil with Brazilian players, this DVD shows why Brazil has been the core of modern soccer for decades. With moves and dribbles that don't seem possible, these players play in sync with the surrounding urban architecture creating moves without any professional limitations or restrictions. This DVD shows that street soccer is a radical underground movement that will change the face of soccer forever." Tribe Called Quest: Video Anthology—" Can I kick it? to all the people who can quest like a tribe does--Before this, did you really know what live was?" Turntable TV: The Skratchy Seal Show—Featuring Yoga Frog, Thud Rumble and DJ Qbert. Vancouver 2010 Highlights—Let's hope NBC kept in the footage where Shaun White, already guaranteed a gold metal before his second run, debates with his teammates whether he should just do a simple slide down the middle of the pipe. Luckily, he did something way cooler. War on Democracy—" It's 1950 and the height of the Cold War in Communist-ruled, post-war Czechoslovakia. Ex-RAF Czech pilot Franta Slama - a man in his early forties - is confined to a labour camp as an "enemy of the people", because he had flown for the RAF during WWII. The new totalitarian Communist regime deemed him contaminated by the Western ideals of democracy and freedom and as such a potential threat to the State." Orson Welles: The Paris Interview—" The scene is a hotel room in Paris. The year 1960. The star, Orson Welles. A vintage interview captures the artist reflecting on Citizen Kane and expounding on directing, acting, writing and his desire to bestow a valuable legacy upon his profession. This is a pearl of cinematic memorabilia." Vivienne Westwood—"Vivienne Westwood created outfits that shocked. Her creations are exhibited in museums today. In the 1970s, this young British designer became known as the creator of punk fashion. She cultivated her image of a rebel in the international fashion scene too. Inspired by historical designs, she mixed wild styles, materials and epochs, helped establish the renaissance of the corset, and made tweed and platform heels popular on the catwalk. The film accompanies the unconventional designer at work." Death of a Nation: The Timor Conspiracy—" On December 7, 1975 Indonesia secretly - but with the complicity of the Western powers including the US, the UK, and Australia - invaded the small nation of East Timor. Two Australian television crews attempting to document the invasion were murdered." Do You Remember Vietnam?— "In 1978, three years after the fall of Saigon, John Pilger went back to Vietnam to find out what had happened under the new regime." For The Love of Movies: The Story of American Film CriticismRead what our colleague Matt had to say when the film recently played at Northwest Film Forum. Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq—" In a hard-hitting special report, award-winning journalist and filmmaker John Pilger investigates the effects of sanctions on the people of Iraq and finds that ten years of extraordinary isolation, imposed by the UN and enforced by the US and Britain, have killed more people than the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan." Quiet Mutiny—" Filmed at Camp Snuffy in 1970, The Quiet Mutiny presents a character study of the common soldier during the Vietnam War, revealing for the first time the shifting morale and open rebellion of Western troops." Gang Starr: The Video Collection—" This DVD is the definitive video history of one of Hip Hop's most classic groups. Fourteen videos capturing Gang Starr at its best with each dating from the early 1990s up to the year 2000." Rest in Peace, Guru ...AND MORE MOVIES Best of the B's Collection 1—" Roger Corman revels in the hard-drinking anti-hero, outlaws, biker gangs, juvenile delinquents, hard women, immorality, heinous conduct, illegal road races, high-speed chases, and the ensuing tragedy! Four-disc collector s set features then up-and-coming stars Jack Nicholson, Gary Busey and more! Includes seven digitally remastered feature films (some rare and never before on DVD)." Those films are Naked Angels, Bury Me An Angel, Fast and the Furious (1955), T-Bird Gang, Wild Ride, Pit-Stop, and Angels As Hard As They Come. Dead Men Don't Make Shadows/Django Meets Sartana (1970)—A Spaghetti Western double feature plus an interview with their star, Hunt Powers. Disgrace—" In a landmark performance, Oscar nominee John Malkovich (In the Line of Fire, 1993) stars as Professor David Lurie, whose world is shattered when he is fired for seducing a college student. He finds peace at his estranged daughter's modest farm in South Africa until a horrific incident of terror and violence forces Lurie to confront his beliefs and the disturbing racial complexities of the new South Africa. Based on the Booker Prize-winning novel, Disgrace stands out as a gritty, gripping drama of brutality, survival and hope." Family: The Web Series—Rent it here free of charge courtesy of the nice folks who make the series. Check it out here. Gang Girl—"Shakira is a young girl from the Bronx who has joined the neighborhood gang for friendship and protection. But the crimes she commits as part of the gang lead to consequences she isn't willing to face. Forced into the Scared Straight program she meets a former gang leader who begins to show her a different way of life. For Shakira this is just the start down an unlikely road to redemption." Hi-Riders/The Bad Bunch—A Greydon Clark double feature: "Meet the Hi-Riders a gang of jean-jacketed drag racers. Every man a devil-driven death machine in a human demolition derby. They live hard and die hard screaming demons headed for hell on chopped-down hogs...The Bad Bunch: Violence and racial tension punctuate this fast moving action film, that is a study of prejudice and discrimination. This is the story of a black gang who run the streets of Watts and of Jim, a white man, who tries to befriend them. Prejudice stands in the way of any friendship and turns black against white in a bloody act of vengeance." Ironhorse—" Take a trip into the delirious world of Ironhorse, a horror/musical unlike anything you've ever seen before. When a mad scientist creates a formula that brings in-animate objects to life, two artists use it to bring their most wild creations into the real world. Unfortunately there are dire consequences for these two as their creations turn into murderous beasts, destroying everyone in their path." The Landlord (1970)—" Hal Ashby makes his directing debut with this acclaimed social satire starring Beau Bridges as a wealthy young man who leaves his family's estate in Long Island to pursue love in a Brooklyn ghetto." Old Enough—" Two young girls discover friendship and their own blossoming sexuality in this sensitive, gently humorous coming of age portrait. 12 year old Lonnie (Sarah Boyd) had barely glimpsed the world beyond her parents' upper-class New York townhouse, until Karen (Rainbow Harvest), streetwise at 14, reveals an exhilarating, unseen side of city life." This 1984 film also stars Danny Aiello and Alyssa Milano. Othello (1988)—The Johnannesburg Market Theatre 1988 production. Barbara Stanwyck Collection—The set includes Internes Can't Take Money, The Great Man's Lady, The Bride Wore Boots, The Lady Gambles, All I Desire and There's Always Tomorrow. Sympathy—"In a dingy motel in the middle of nowhere, a bank robberhold a young, attractive girl hostage. Keeping her handcuffed to the bed until he is able to formulate a plan, things go from bad to worse when an escaped convict takes them both prisoner and sets in motion a dangerous and very bloody cat-and-mouse game of one-upmanship. Who wins in the end isn't always about who has control of the gun - but it certainly helps." There's more, of course, including plenty of new Adult titles up in the Sexploitation section. Happy viewing to all.