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DARIA & the rest of the New Releases for May 11th

We got in a lot of quality new releases this week--including many impressive new Blu-rays, British musicals from the 40s, several TV shows guaranteed to pin you to your couch for hours at a time, and documentaries about everything from underwater life to Mars to Charles Nelson Reilly. Here's the list--remember that the * means we have it available on Blu-ray and you can follow the SALE link to buy here online. DARIA: THE COMPLETE ANIMATED SERIES—The highly anticipated DVD debut of MTVs smart & satirical look at high school & suburbia through the eyes of misanthropic teen Daria Morgendorffer. We'll be posting more about Daria later, but for now, here's the opening song... SALE DAYBREAKERS *—It feels like it was only a matter of time before Ethan Hawke went vampire. Luckily, he does so fighting literal corporate bloodsuckers in this enjoyable noir-tinged horror film. LEGION *—Because sometimes, you just want to watch ripped angels shoot machine guns... EDGE OF DARKNESS *—Mel Gibson stars in this remake of a British mini-series about a cop who uncovers a government conspiracy while investigating his daughter's murder. NORTH FACE *—Set in 1936 Germany, this gripping true-life adventure follows two friends as they race to climb The Eiger for national and personal glory. SALE TIDAL WAVE *—A new epic disaster drama from Korea. This trailer doesn't have English subs but the DVD does. ONE DEADLY SUMMER—Isabelle Adjani stars in this 1983 sexually charged psychological drama starring Isabelle Adjani is finally out on DVD. MALICE IN WONDERLAND—A post-modern retelling of Alice's story. NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: THE ELM STREET LEGACY—The ultimate (and by ultimate, we mean highly thorough and consistently interesting over its four hour run time) documentary about the Freddy phenomenon. THE END OF POVERTY?—Activist filmmaker Philippe Diaz delves into the history of global poverty and the unbalanced division of resources between wealthy & developing nations. FLYIN' CUT SLEEVES—Rita Fecher befriended gangs & their families while teaching in the South Bronx in the late 60s & early 70s. Twenty years later, she returned to the neighborhood... THE THICK OF IT: SERIES 3 (PAL Code 2)—The third season of the British sitcom that spawned last year's critically acclaimed/Oscar nominated/Scarecrow staff favorite In The Loop... M—Fritz Lang's classic is now on Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection. Look for a special Criterion Blu-ray coupon inside the Seattle Times SIFF Guide and in the upcoming issue of The Stranger. SALE NEW BLU-RAY: FORMAT OF THE FUTURE The Basketball Diaries Belle De Jour—Luis Bunuel's film on region B Blu-ray Cocoon The Deadly Duo Disgrace Drawn Together: The Movie Elektra—Director's Cut! Flight Of The Intruder Hang 'Em High SALE Jackal (1997) The Karate Kid I & II Madonna: Sticky & Sweet Tour Maldeamores/Mancora National Geographic: Big Sur—Wild California National Geographic: Canyonlands NOVA: What Darwin Never Knew Out Of Africa—25th Anniversary Edition Poseidon (2006) Relic (1997) Sharpe's Challenge Sharpe's Peril The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) Traviata (2007)—La Scala Yosemite National Park Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait Rock 'N' Roll High School—Former Scarecrow employee/current film critic Sean Axmaker says the new Blu-ray release looks pretty darn good. Read all about it on his site. SALE NEW TV ON DVD Annie Oakley: Volume 9 (1954) Dallas: Season 13 Deadliest Warrior: Season 1 F Word: Seasons 3 & 4 1ST Amendment Stand-Up: Season 4 The Hills: Season 5 Part 2 I Love Lucy: The Movie Life With Derek: Season 3 Marcus Welby, M.D.: Season 1 Mysteryquest: Season 1 The Nostradamus Effect: Season 1 Real Housewives of New Jersey: Season 1 Rhoda: Season 2 Rita Rocks: Season 1 Sheri: Season 1 Top Gear 12 Thirtysomething: Season 3--I've read that this series holds up well... Falcon Crest: Season 1—Featuring Lorenzo Lamas...on a horse! Simon & Simon: Season 4—We never miss an opportunity to listen to this theme song. When that sweet 80s guitar meets that sweet, sweet 80s saxophone, it's MAGIC... ANIME NEW RELEASES Dragon Ball: Season 4 (Uncut!) Initial D: Project D Fourth Stage Part 1 Initial D: Third Stage (Movie) Junjo Romantica One Piece: Season 2, 7th Voyage Ouran High School Host Club: Complete—Blu-ray! Queen's Blade: The Exiled Virgin Vol. 1 Tsubasa: Season 2—Blu-ray! Tsubasa: The Movie/XXXHolic: The Movie—Blu-ray! FAMILY NEW RELEASES Ken Anderson: Family Collection Bakugan: Chapter One-Eps. 27-39 Best of the Fest 2007: Chicago Children's Festival Iron Man (1994): Complete Series Kung-Fu Magoo Mr. Magoo In Sherwood Forest NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS All The Boys Love Mandy Lane (2009)(PAL)*--US Al-Qaeda (2009)(PAL Code 4)—US Boogie Woogie (2009)(PAL)—UK Chinese Paladin III (2009)—Hong Kong Crystal Voyager--George Greenough (1972)(PAL)—UK Dat Kho: Land of Sorrows (1971)—Vietnam Curry & Chips (1969)(PAL Code 2)—UK TV Don't Try This At Home (2009)(PAL)—UK Father's Betrayal (1997)(PAL Code 2)—US 4 Idle Hands: Complete Series (PAL)—UK TV Foyle's War Vol. 20-22 (PAL)—UK Frozen Land (2005)—Finland Global Haywire (2009)(PAL Code 4)—Australia Bert Haanstra: Filmbox (2009)(PAL Code 2)—Netherlands If There Weren't Any Blacks, You'd Have To Invent Them (1969)(PAL Code 2)—UK Killer Bitch (2009)(PAL Code 2)—UK Last Of The Summer Wine: Vintage 1982-83—UK Legend Of The Tsunami Warrior (2008) *—Thailand Maldeamores (2009)—Puerto Rico Mirush (aka Blodsband) (2007)—Norway Morenita, El Escandalo (2008)—Mexico Movie Movie (1978)(PAL Code 2)—US My Prague Spring (1993)—Czech Republic Newsmakers (2009)(PAL Code 2)—Russia One Exciting Night (1945)(PAL Code 2)—UK Prague (2006)—Denmark Prom Wars (2009)—Canada Raymundo (2003)—Argentina Rhythm Serenade (1943)(PAL Code 2)—UK Storm Riders/Storm Warriors 2—Hong Kong Taxandria (1995)(PAL Code 2)—Netherlands Triads, Yardies and Onion Bhajees! (2009)(PAL)—UK We'll Meet Again (1943)(PAL Code 2)—UK Who Killed Pixote? (2004)—Brazil Woodenhead (2008)—New Zealand Collecion Cantinflas—We turn again to our colleague Sean Axmaker for more on this set: Branded the "Charlie Chaplin of Mexico" and called "the greatest comedian in the world" by Chaplin himself, Cantinflas (the comic persona of vaudeville comedian Mario Moreno) is comedy superstar of classic Mexican cinema. The collection includes: A Volar Joven (1947) El Circo (1943) Gendarme Desconocido (1941) El Mago (1949) Senor Fotografo (1953) Si Yo Fuera Diputado (1952) Tres Mosqueteros (1942) NEW DOCUMENTARIES, ART, MUSIC & OTHER NON-FICTION FARE Above All Else: The Everest Dream—Follow Canadian mountain climbers Alan Hobson and Jaime Clarke on their third attempt to scale the world's tallest peak. American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawaii—"American Aloha discovers a renaissance of Hawaiian culture through music, language and dance as it continues to grow in California. Following three kumu hula, or master hula teachers, the film celebrates the perpetuation of a culture -from the very traditional to the contemporary- as it evolves of distant shores." Best of the British Animation Awards 8—Twenty-two animated shorts from the UK. Burma & Cambodia: Lands of Conflict—"These two countries have so much in common and yet are so very different. Both have astonishing remnants of ancient cultures and histories of political tyranny that continues to this day. Yet, the people of great charm and strength, whose resilience remain as their best hope for the future. Burma (also known as Myanmar ) is a fascinating, albeit, controversial destination. With its rich and glorious heritage spanning more than 2000 years, it remains one of the world's great treasures. Cambodia's story is a dark one steeped in hardship and tragedy. Today, Cambodia has risen to be one of the most sought after tourist destinations with Angkor Wat as its principle attraction." Can The Rosenberg Cast Be Reopened?—" The Rosenberg 'Atomic Espionage' Case, among the most controversial Cold War episodes of the early 1950s, despite the passage of decades, continues to raise serious doubts as to: The reliability of the testimony? The Judge's relationship with FBI Director Hoover & the prosecution? The legality of the sentence? The rush to electrocute the only Americans ever executed for espionage?" Complete CPR—" This program details everything you need to be an effective first responder to individuals suffering from cardiac arrest or blocked airway due to drowning, severe trauma, heart attack, sleep apnea, concussion, whenever an individual is not breathing and/or their heart is not functioning...you can be prepared." Frontline: Flying Cheap—" One year after the deadliest domestic airline accident in seven years, Frontline investigates the crash of Continental 3407 in Buffalo, NY, and discovers a dramatically changed airline industry, where regional carriers now account for half of the nation s daily departures. The rise of the regionals and arrival of low-cost carriers have been a huge boon to consumers, and the industry insists that the skies remain safe. But many insiders are worried that now, thirty years after airline deregulation, the aviation system is being stretched beyond its capacity to deliver service that is both cheap and safe." IMAX: Under The Sea *—" Howard Hall and his filmmaking team, who brought you Deep Sea and Into the Deep, take you into tropical waters alive with adventure: the Great Barrier Reef and other South Pacific realms. Narrated by Jim Carrey and featuring astonishing camerawork, this amazing film brings you face to fin with Nature's marvels, from the terrible grandeur (and terrible teeth) of a Great White to the comic antics of a lovestruck cuttlefish." I'll be this one looks great on Blu-ray. The Link—The History Channel studies the remains of what may be one of our earliest ancestors- a 50 million year old primate nicknamed Ida. Mars Rising—"Shot in high definition and featuring contributions from more than 300 scientists and experts (including Avatar filmmaker James Cameron), this six-part documentary series explores the challenges behind a potential manned mission to Mars - possibly the most dangerous expedition of the 21st century. Narrated by William Shatner." No Kidding! Me 2!!—"Joe Pantoliano (The Sopranos, Memento, The Matrix) makes his documentary directorial debut with NO KIDDING, ME TOO! as part of his fight against the stigma and shame of mental/brain "dis-ease" (or disease). This empowering film sheds light on what nearly 100 million Americans suffer in isolation. Through candid, often humorous discussions with Pantoliano and his family on their struggle with his own clinical depression, as well as the compelling stories of five other people from all walks of life, all affected differently by mental illness: a brain surgeon with bipolar disorder, a psychologist with ADHD, and three high school students managing bipolar disorder and clinical depression. Each frankly discusses the struggle before they were diagnosed, including attempts at self-medication and other destructive behavior, as well as the hope and encouragement they discover when managing their own recovery and realizing they are not alone." No More Tears Sister—Fifteen years after the assassination of human rights activist Dr. Rajani Thiranagama, her family returns to Sri Lanka to tell her remarkable story. Official Inaugural Celebration of Barack Obama—A two disc set featuring Rt. Reverend V. Gene Robinson's Invocation, the celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, the star studded performances at The Neighborhood Ball, and the big speech itself. You'll have to watch to see if there are any good shots of Aretha Franklin's hat. Only When I Dance—"Only When I Dance is a feel-good documentary following two young teenagers, Isabela and Irlan, as they strive to realize an extraordinary dream. One girl, one boy; both black and poor, and living in one of the most violent favelas on the outskirts of Rio. Irlan and Isabela both want to dance ballet, and their ambition is to leave Brazil to join one of the great companies in North America. For them, dance is the way out, an escape, and on stage, it brings them to a state of ecstasy that is rarely found in their day-to-day lives. The question is: can they make it?" Paris 1900—" Nicole Védrès' chronicle of Pairs from 1900 to 1914 is brought to life through the use of original material, all authentic, secured from more then 700 films belonging to public and private collections. A few of the celebrities of the time shown are Enrico Caruso, Sarah Bernhardt, and Maurice Chevalier. A must-have for fans of early films!" Race Across The Sky—A documentary chronicling the grueling 2009 Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race, featuring the stories & trials of racers such as Lance Armstrong. Raise The Bamboo Curtain: Vietnam, Cambodia & Burma—Filmmaker Rick Ray travels to Southeast Asia to explore these previously isolated countries. Shadya—A 17-year old Muslim girl and world karate champion struggles with the expectations of her family & culture in this coming-of-age documentary. Soccer Drills—Three discs full of tips to help your game. Scarecrow is not responsible for any damage caused by indoor soccer practices that might occur while watching these discs. Standard Deviants: Pre-Calculus Part 1—Refresh your math skills with the help of some hip teens. Toxic Agents: Viruses and Chemical & Biological Warfare—"Viruses, bacterial diseases, biological and chemical warfare are thoroughly explored. Discover the long history of each and find out what new outbreaks are on the horizon. What are we doing to fight them?" Slavoj Zizek: The Reality of the Virtual—"Slavoj Zizek is a realist thinker. Zizek is always trying to think from the standpoint of the real and, at the same time, to think through the standpoint of the real. Going beyond the Lacanian Real what resists symbolization or marks the limit that is both obstacle and access to the real this is an examination of those real elements (which may or may not resist symbolization) that constitute the nodal points of our worldly existence, the points that undermine all systematic attempts to determine this existence in advance and by means of externally derived iron laws. It is unlikely that Zizek himself would put the matter in this fashion. This is because his strategy is precisely to flirt with iron principles (what he has most recently named lost causes) in order to expose how the political contingencies of our world are nowadays veiled by a palliative language that uses the alibi of contingency to defeat principles... ." Life of Reilly—Charles Nelson Reilly, that is. Rest in peace, good sir. ...AND MORE MOVIES Africa in Flames (1930)—"The life and death struggles vividly depicted in the heart of the Dark Continent." American Meltdown—"It started like just another normal day in sunny California. Traffic jams, sunshine and surfers on the beach but shortly after sunset, a number of explosions on the compound of the San Juan Nuclear Power Plant destroy the pretty picture... In a surprise attack, a group of well armed terrorists take over the control center of the power plant. FBI, Army and Police quickly surround the area. An FBI Agent discovers a rental car full of evidence leading to Al-Qaeda: a copy of the Koran, blueprints of the power plant, a drivers license with an Arab name... but for Tom Shea, the FBI agent in charge, this evidence looks too good to be true. He is left with only a few hours to save California from nuclear disaster..." It stars Bruce Greenwood, Leslie Hope & James Remar. Blonde For A Night (1928)—"A silent comedy farce starring Marie Prevost. After an argument, a newlywed decides to test her husband's fidelity by disguising herself as a blonde. Music Score by Lou McMahon." Crazy Car Comedies—A collection of zany short silent films from the early days of both cinema and automobiles: Super-Duper-Dyne Lizzie (1925), Don't Park There (1924), Wife and Auto Trouble (1916) and Indianapolis Speedway (1911). Damage (2009)—" Damage, starring WWE superstar Steve Austin, is a story of a man recently paroled from prison after serving time for manslaughter. Remorseful of his crime, Austin tries his best to restart his life on the outside." Dat Kho: Land of Sorrows—" This foreign, English-subtitled film dramatizes the effect of the Vietnam War on a single South Vietnamese family, the inner conflict of decisions by each member of the family whether to remain in Vietnam or leave with the imminent advance and fall of Hue and eventual fall of Vietnam." Fallen (2007)—"Paul Wesley (The Vampire Diaries) stars as Aaron Corbett, a high school jock with a promising future. But on his 18th birthday, his life forever changes when his incredible powers emerge, revealing the terrifying truth of his identity. As The Redeemer, a half-angel, half-man who can return fallen angels to heaven, Aaron holds the entire world's destiny in his young hands. He must battle warrior seraphs and confront the fallen angel who has sparked his nightmares (Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad). But can he save himself and the girl he loves? Based on the bestselling book series, Fallen soars to new levels in the battle between good and evil." It also stars Seattle's own Tom Skerritt. 4 and a Half Terrorists—" Four Middle Eastern men and their redneck roommate pursue the American dream with hilarious consequences, not knowing they are being closely watched by two government agents who foolishly interpret their curious and naive actions as a well-disguised terrorist conspiracy." Gallant Hours (1960)—"James Cagney is riveting as the legendary commander of South Pacific forces, Admiral William F. "Bull" Halsey, in this extraordinary film that depicts his courageous actions during the Japanese war." The Gatekeeper (2008)—" A group of youngsters find themselves stranded in the Welsh hills with a weird local and a mysterious American stranger. When they are attacked by flesh eating zombies they must pull together or no one will survive the night." Gentleman From Arizona (1939)— "A fast talking rodeo announcer helps a down-and-out rancher raise money by training wild horses to compete in a big race." It stars John King and Joan Barclay. Godspeed (2008)—"Godspeed is a beautifully shot, intense thriller set in the lingering light of the Alaskan midnight sun. Charlie Shepard's family is murdered for seemingly no reason. A mysterious girl that appears in town is the link to his family's killings, ultimately leading to tragic, violent consequences for all." Green Room (1978, aka Vanishing Fiancee)—"In an unusual twist, François Truffaut stars in this haunting tale of a man whose heartwrenching grief over the death of his wife inadvertently leads him to a young widow (Nathalie Baye)." Truffaut directed the film as well. Hell House: The Book of Samiel—"Before the beginning of time, Demons ruled the darkness. After humans took possession of the Earth, several books came into existence: Books of knowledge with pages containing rituals and incantations, one for each of the God Demons. The pages were to be used to banish the darkthings that lurked in the shadows. Throughout the centuries, the books were passed down amongst an elite sect of soothsayers and have been highly sought after by the demons. Now they have found a way to reenter this world to take back what has always been theirs! A group of friends discover the awful truth that lay dormant in an old house. Now, with the aid of Earth s last soothsayer, they must stop the evil from entering this world and letting the demons get out!" High Plains Invaders—" The hanging of honorable Indian-fighter Sam Phoenix in a small western town is cut short by the unexpected invasion of uranium based insectoid creatures, forcing Sam and a small band of survivors to take refuge in a church. They will need more than a prayer and a pistol to survive, as a Wild West landscape is inundated by a killer force of alien pioneers." It stars Cindy Sampson and James "Spike" Marsters. Homecoming (2009)—"A former small-town golden boy (Matt Long) and his new girlfriend (Jessica Stroup) come back to visit his hometown and discover his high school sweetheart (Mischa Barton) has developed an unhealthy obsession with him. His ex-girlfriend's desperation slowly but surely becomes apparent, and all hell breaks loose as she does everything it takes to get him back." Homeland—" Upon completing his service in the Israel Defense Forces, Kobi Zucker comes to New York City and meets the girl of his dreams. Beautiful and intelligent, Leila is everything that Kobi has ever wanted -- but she's Palestinian. Despite their differences, Kobi and Leila fall in love, but can their love overcome the ancient hatreds and unhealed wounds dividing Israelis and Palestinians?" Honor Of The Press (1932)—" Cub reporter Daniel Greely (Edward J. Nugent) gets a job on a big city newspaper. A string of robberies occur and the paper blames the police for not rounding up the crooks quickly. Soon Daniel discovers that coded messages in the paper may be tipping the crooks about each robbery." Life Blood—" Forty years ago a supernatural force vanquished Brooke and Rhea, a sexy lipstick lesbian couple, after they committed an inconceivable murder. Now, on New Year's Eve, they'll rise from the dead. Still hot and still a couple, they're back as vampires. Enamored with their newfound power, it's no longer a question of whether they will kill again, but of how." Meshuggah-Nuns!—The sisters hit the high seas and high notes in the new Nunsense musical. Art Mix: Double Feature—Two movies featuring the silent Western star: Ace Of The Cactus Range (1924) & Romance Of The Wasteland (1924). Play The Game—" A young ladies' man teaches his dating tricks to his lonely, widowed grandfather, and plays his best mind games to meet the woman of his dreams." That lonely, widowed grandfather is played by none other than Andy Griffith. Power Of The Press (1928)—" Clem Rogers (Douglas Fairbanks Jr) is a cub reporter writing obituaries and weather reports, until he gets his chance at a story so big he'll get the front page for sure! It looks like Jane Atwell (Jobyna Ralston), the daughter of the front runner for mayor, might just be involved in the murder of the District Attorney. When Clem quits basking in his own success he starts to doubt the facts of his report but can he get to the bottom of the true story before Jane and her father are ruined?" Race To Mars (2007)—"In the year 2030, the race to be the first to reach the Red Planet is on. Six extraordinary individuals from around the world are selected for this grueling two-year mission, where they must rise above their fears and sacrifice their lives.in the face of overwhelming danger." The Robin Hood Collection—Just in time for the Ridley Scott/Russell Crowe reboot, here's a collection of adventures featuring the iconic outlaw: Bandit of Sherwood Forest (1946), Prince of Thieves (1947), Rogues of Sherwood Forest (1950), and Sword Of Sherwood Forest (1960). Sex Galaxy— It's a campy corny sexy sci-fi, but with a name like that, do you really need a plot description? Sing While You're Able (1937)—"A singing hillbilly is brought to the big city with the hopes of lifting a radio stations ratings." Starring Pinky Tomlin and Toby Wing. Spartacus (1913)/Ben Hur (1907)—A silent Italian production of the Spartacus story, paired with a short, silent version of the biblical story. Telephone Operator (1937)—"An impending flood has telephone linemen Red (Withers) and Shorty (Hymer) racing against the oncoming storms to hook up phone lines to a huge dam. Red manages to find time during his heroics to romance telephone operator Helen (Allen), which begins as a stormy professional relationship, filled with enjoyable witty banter between the two. Shorty has a romance of his own with Helen's friend and co-operator Dottie (White). The weather intensifies and the flood arrives, challenging all four in their duties to keep the telephone lines running during the crisis, against all odds and some amount of danger." Tenth Man (1988)—" Anthony Hopkins stars in this compelling WWII drama about a wealthy lawyer in a small French village who is taken hostage by the Nazis and sentenced to death." It's based on a novel by Graham Greene and co-stars Kristin Scott Thomas. Transylmania (Unrated!)—" Stoked over the smokin' Romanian hottie he's met online, an über-randy college student talks his dimwitted friends into joining him for a semester of beer, babes and bongs at what they think is a prestigious Transylvanian university. What they discover instead is a creepy castle populated by a torture-loving mad scientist, an overcybersexed humpback, the nubile spirit of a decomposed sorceress and a bevy of horny vampire chicks that have finally found a student body they can really sink their fangs into." Under The Red Robe (1937)—"Swashbuckler Gil de Berault (Conrad Veidt) is bound for the guillotine when he is given one last chance for a pardon by Cardinal Richelieu (Raymond Massey). He must hunt down and dispose of a duke who is believed to be leading a band of Huguenots, who are determined to overthrow Louis XIII. He infiltrates the Duke's fortress, but finds himself smitten by the duke's attractive sister. Now he must find a way to preserve the duke's life without losing his own." It's directed by Victor Sjostrom. That's quite a bit but there's even more, including new UFC & WWE fights, more cycling documentaries, travel guides to Russia, South Africa, and The Badlands, and an adult parody of The Big Lebowski (not called Logjammin', but we're pretty sure that's been done before). Head in and browse the New Release shelves, and happy viewing to all.

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