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New Releases for May 18th

There's definitely something for everyone in this week's crop of new releases. Whether you're into anime, old westerns, giant monsters, foreign films—especially French & Japanese titles—documentaries on historic & modern subjects, critically acclaimed performances of the past year or your run of the mill Hollywood entertainment, you'll find something you'll like and much more. Let's get to the list. As always, the * means we also have it on Blu-ray, and you can follow the SALE link to buy it from our online store. THE MESSENGER * —Woody Harrelson earned his second Oscar nomination* as a veteran solider mentoring a new recruit (Ben Foster) to the army's Casualty Notification Office. INVICTUS *—I admit I was worried about Matt Damon in this movie, but never fear. He's quite good, and of course Morgan Freeman is amazing as Nelson Mandela in Clint Eastwood's part biopic/part inspirational sports film. SALE GIRL ON THE TRAIN—Andre Techine's fictionalized account of an infamous 2004 incident on the Parisian subway in which a woman claimed to have been a victim of a brutal hate crime, but then revealed she had faked the whole thing. It stars Emile Dequenne, Michel Blanc & Catherine Deneuve. REGGIE WATTS: WHY S**T SO CRAZY?—The hardest I've laughed in the past five years was when I saw Reggie Watts perform at Bumbershoot. Probably the second hardest was when I saw him open for Conan O'Brien. Recommended for those who enjoy a little music in their comedy or comedy in their music. This clips is rated NSFW (or KIDS) due to STRONG LANGUAGE. ART & COPY—Doug Pray, who brought us such fine documentaries as Scratch and Hype!, delves into the history of advertising firms and some of the most famous ad campaigns of our time. WALKABOUT *—The Criterion Collection's version of Nicolas Roeg's 1971 adventure about two siblings lost in the Australian outback gets a fancy new re-release and makes its debut on Blu-ray. SALE OSHIMA'S OUTLAW SIXTIES—Criterion's Eclipse series presents five films from the "Godard of The East," Nagisa Oshima: Pleasures Of The Flesh, Sing A Song Of Sex, Japanese Summer: Double Suicide, Three Resurrected Drunkards and Violence at Noon (the non-subtitled trailer below). For more on this set, we refer you to friend-of-the-store/local film critic Sean Axmaker. SALE GAMERA: THE GIANT MONSTER—The world's premiere giant flying turtle made his debut in this 1965 film. The original Japanese language version is now available on DVD, plus commentary tracks & more. TAMRA ISLAND—A 17th century Englishman finds adventure and romance when he's shipwrecked on an exotic island in this new Korean TV drama series. SALE VALENTINE'S DAY *—A romantic comedy centered around that very special holiday, starring pretty much everybody. EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES *—Brendan Fraser & Keri Russell star as parents who enroll the help of a maverick doctor (Harrison Ford) to find a cure for their terminally ill children in this extremely heartwarming film based on a true story. You may want to have a hanky ready. THE NEW DAUGHTER *—Kevin Costner stars as a father who must defend his teenage daughter (Ivana Baquero, the young lady from Pan's Labyrinth) from possession by an ancient evil presence. THE SPY NEXT DOOR—Undercover CIA agent Jackie Chan and some neighborhood kids try to thwart a Russian terrorist using all the trademark Chan action moves in this family-friendly comedy. On a side note, the Karate Kid remake will be in theaters June 11th. NEW BLU-RAY: FORMAT OF THE FUTURE Carlito's Way Dogora—This is the 2004 Baraka-esque film by Patrice Leconte Four Brothers The Good, The Bad and The Weird Guns Of The Magnificent Seven Magnificent Seven Magnificent Seven Ride 9 Songs Outlander (2008) Prince Valiant (1954) Pulp Fiction Return Of The Magnificent Seven Yatterman FAMILY NEW RELEASES Children's March Eyewitness: Amphibian Eyewitness: Human Machine Eyewitness: Natural Disasters Eyewitness: Prehistoric Life Starting Small: Teaching Tolerance ANIME NEW RELEASES Appleseed (Blu-ray) Ballad Of A Shinigami: Momo The Girl God of Death Dragon Ball Z Kai: Part 1 Eyeshield 21: Volume 1 Gin Tama: Part 1 Gin'Yuu Mokushiro Meine Liebe Weider Hell Girl: Two Mirrors—Volume 1 Hidmari Sketch: Season 2 Kano Kon: Girl Who Cried Fox—Volume 1 Lament Of The Lamb Living For The Day After Tomorrow: Complete Coll. Naruto Shippuden: Volume 9—Uncut! Samurai Harem: Complete Collection Sci-Fi Harry: The Animation Tsubasa: Season 1—Blu-ray You're Under Arrest: Full Throttle—Collection 2 Piano Forest—A film based on the manga series Piano no Mori about a mysterious piano in the middle of the forest and the one child who is able to play it. NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS Armchair Cinema (1969)(PAL Code 2)—UK At Home By Myself...With You (2009)--Canada Black (2009)—France Camp On Blood Island (1957)(PAL)—UK Chinese Paladin (2005)—Hong Kong TV Code A Change (aka Change of Plans, 2009)—France The Countess (2009)—France Darling Lili (1969)(PAL Code 2)—USA, directed by Blake Edwards Dernier Pour La Route (2009)—France Fireflies In The Garden (2008)(PAL Code 2)—USA The Idol (2002)—France Jeon Woo Chi: The Taoist Wizard (2009)(Code 3)—Korea Journey To Saturn (2008)(PAL Code 2)—Denmark Last Madness (2007)—Brazil Love & Savagery (2009)—Canada Many Wars Ago (1970)(PAL Code 2)—Italy Marmorera (2009)(PAL Code 2)—Germany Mediterranean Food (2009)(Pal Code 2)—Spain Northwest Mounted Police (1940)(PAL Code 2)—USA, directed by Cecil B. DeMille. Samson & Delilah (2009)(PAL Code 2)—Australia Second Wind (2007)—France Secret (2009)(Code 3)—Korea Sky West And Crooked (1966)(PAL Code 2)—UK Taste Of Relation (2009)—Canada Touch Of Spice (2009)—Greece Twisted Roots (2009)(PAL Code 2)—Finland Upperdog (2009)(PAL Code 2)—Norway Womb Ghosts (2009)—Hong Kong NEW & also playing at THE SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL My Year Without Sex (2009)(PAL Code 4)—Australia V.O.S. (2009)(PAL Code 2)—Spain NEW TV ON DVD Law & Order: Criminal Intent—Season 5 Good Eats: All In A Day's Eatin' Good Eats: Sweet Somethings Minder: Seasons 1 & 2—Read Sean Axmaker's overview on this UK series over on his site. National Geographic: Border Wars—Season 1 Whispering Smith: Complete Series NEW FROM THE WARNER ARCHIVE Beniker Gang (1984)—"Before scoring with audiences in St. Elmo's Fire, Pretty in Pink and Weekend at Bernie's, Andrew McCarthy seized the spotlight as 18-year-old Arthur Beniker, the eldest of five orphans who've make a sacred pact to be a real family - no matter what, forever and always. With the threat of separation looming larger each day, Arthur convinces his ragtag "family" to escape from their orphanage and start life anew. Before long, Arthur's freedom dream becomes a comic nightmare as he tries to parent children not much younger than himself - while struggling to keep their secret from prying locals." Chandler (1971)—"Detectives - some officers of the law, some outside the law and all of them modern knight errants caught up in a jigsaw puzzle of death and dark deeds - were out in force on 1971 screens in Dirty Harry, The French Connection, Get Carter, Klute, Shaft and in the lesser-known but intriguing tale of hard-luck, old-school shamus Chandler. Warren Oates (The Wild Bunch) portrays the non romantic ex-P.I. (the name is an homage to detective novelist Raymond Chandler), who ditches his rent-a-cop job to return to sleuthing. His first gig: meet a woman (Leslie Caron) arriving at L.A.'s Union Station. But it turns out there's more to the job, a lot more. Like keeping the woman and himself alive." Cookie (1989)—"Here's the recipe. Start with a Grade-A cast (Peter Falk, Dianne Wiest, Emily Lloyd leading a smart ensemble). Add crisp one-liners by writers Nora Ephron (Julie & Julia) and Alice Arlen (Silkwood). Combine with the stylish zest of director Susan Seidelman (Desperately Seeking Susan) and bake a batch of comedy perfection. In this delicious caper, paroled labor racketeer "Dapper" Dino Capisco (Falk) is caught between a rock and a hard place when a "politically ambitious" prosecutor schemes to put him back in jail and a deceitful partner sizes him up for concrete shoes. Dino needs an ally - smart, resourceful and who doesn't pop her chewing gum. He needs his spunky, rebellious daughter Cookie (Lloyd). But first they'll have to cross a generation gap wider than the East River." Fast-Walking (1994)—"No more lockups, no more shakedowns, no more cell walls. Frank "Fast-Walking" Miniver wants out. Frank is a prison guard. With light-stepping, glib-talking ease Miniver sets out to make his dreams of a place in Oregon come true by staging a for-profit prison break in this gleeful, gritty caper from thriller specialist James B. Harris (Cop, Boiling Point). James Woods is Miniver, a conniving rascal a lot like the guys on the inside...except he goes home each night. Unable to raise extra needed money by running a seedy off-hours whorehouse, Miniver reaches for the big time when a renowned activist (Robert Hooks) is jailed and makes clear his willingness to buy his way out. Will Miniver take the $50,000 and run? Or is he a man of his word." Flap (1970)—"Geronimo. Sitting Bull. Crazy Horse. Flapping Eagle. Haven't heard of him? It's time you do: he's a boozed-up lay about on a Southwest reservation who stirs up quite a flap leading the Last Great Indian Uprising. Director Carol Reed (The Third Man) and a fine cast topped by Oscar® winners* Anthony Quinn (as Flapping Eagle) and Shelley Winters bring Clair Huffaker's riotous novel Nobody Loves a Drunken Indian to the screen. The film's profound story of a vanquished people fighting back is leavened with antic comedy, including Flap doggedly bulldogging a bulldozer, lassoing a helicopter, and trying to tame his hooch-guzzling horse H Bomb." Hit Man (1972)—"Tyrone Tackett's brother wasn't the kind of man to throw his life away. Somebody killed him, plain and simple. And by the time Tyrone crisscrosses L.A. and pieces together the crime, lots of folks are going to pay. With equal amounts of tough and sexy, Bernie Casey portrays Tyrone and Pamela Grier plays a sultry skin-flick star in this first Americanized remake of the iconic Michael Caine action film Get Carter. From Watts to the West Side, from porno parlors to a high-rise, from motel dives to a crime kingpin's sprawling pleasure dome, from corner hangouts to a wildlife preserve, Tyrone covers a lot of real estate, busts a lot of heads." Marie: A True Story (1985)—"Pay the man, get out of prison. It's a sweet deal for the Tennessee officials who let killers and rapists go free for a price. And who would have the guts to defy the state's power elite? No one, except a courageous single mom named Marie Ragghianti. This gripping film tells the true story of a woman who became head of the Tennessee parole board, then stood up to lies, threats and murder to blow the whistle on her bosses - and send many of them, including the governor, to the pen. Sissy Spacek brings luminous intelligence to the role of Marie, and the remarkable supporting cast includes Morgan Freeman, Jeff Daniels and screen-debuting Fred Thompson (later a Tennessee senator) playing himself, Marie's real-life attorney." Our Time (1974)—"Our Time is a tender coming-of-age saga starring Pamela Sue Martin and Betsy Slade as friends poised at one of life's turning points and Parker Stevenson and George O'Hanlon Jr. as their beaus. Set in a world of "dead poets" and live yearnings, Our Time raises questions that go beyond its nostalgic 1955 era. What is love? What is responsible sex? What controls do and should young people have over their bodies? The answers and consequences are vital for Our Time...and all time." Return To Salem's Lot (1987)—"In a certain New England town, it's hard to keep the undead down. It's shocking story continues courtesy of Larry Cohen, a maestro of cinematic horror (the It's Alive trilogy) and writer of police-action thrillers (Best Seller, Maniac Cop), tapping into his senses of the macabre as well as satire in a clever chiller based on characters created by Stephen King. Joining in to bedevil and terrify are Michael Moriarty as an anthropologist asked to write a "bible" for the town's ghastly group, Andrew Duggan as the leader of the town folk (including June Havoc and Evelyn Keyes) who hide their blood-feasting bent behind sweet exteriors and filmmaker Samuel Fuller in a rare on-screen role as a vampire hunter." Zeppelin (1971)—"A colossal silver airship looms out of the clouds above the English Channel, then is swallowed in a silent mist. This is Germany's Zeppelin, the most feared air weapon of World War I. Michael York (Cabaret, Logan's Run) stars as Lt. Geoffrey Richter-Douglas, a German-born Scot asked by the British to infiltrate a German zeppelin works. Although he knows he'll be branded as a traitor and mistrusted, he agrees. In what seems like luck, Richter-Douglas is invited aboard a zeppelin trial run, but that luck turns ominous once airborne." NEW DOCUMENTARIES, MUSIC, ART, DANCE & OTHER NON-FICTIONAL FILMS Alki: Birthplace of Seattle—"An examination of the meeting of two cultures from the perspectives of pioneer descendant Brewster Denny and James Rasmussen, a Duwamish descendant of Chief Seattle." Arts: A Film About Possibilities, Disabilities & The ARTS—"ARTS explores the possibilities of creating commercial and personal successes for young artists with various disabilities when encouraged and paired with professional artists working in a field closely related to the artists' area of talent. From fine art, including painting, drawing and photography, to writing, music, drama and other forms of art, the film explores how the arts can create invaluable opportunities for development and growth for persons with disabilities. From social and life skill development, to self-esteem and self-awareness, the film concludes that for those with artistic gifts, career goals can be achieved." Big River Man—"In February 2007 Martin Strel began an insane attempt to be the first person to swim the entire length of the world's most dangerous river, the Mighty Amazon - and to drink two bottles of red wine a day...even when swimming. Director John Maringouin set out to make an environmentally aware documentary about this eccentric, larger-than-life swimmer. He ended up journeying deep into the oppressively remote Amazon, following Martin and his team into their own Heart of Darkness as they descend into a nightmare of illness and insanity." Death of The Arizona—"The USS Arizona has become an American landmark a symbol of scrafice and courage. Many of the events leading to the death of the Arizona have remained a mystery until now. In this home video, digital recounstruction of photographic evidence, forensic archeology and a careful re-examination of the historical record can finally reconstruction the pivotal few seconds of that day of infamy the attack that culminated in the instantaneous destruction of the Arizona." Defamation—"Intent on shaking up the ultimate 'sacred cow' for Jews, Israeli director Yoav Shamir embarks on a provocative -- and at times irreverent -- quest to answer the question, "What is anti-Semitism today?" Does it remain a dangerous and immediate threat? Or is it a scare tactic used by right-wing Zionists to discredit their critics? Speaking with an array of people from across the political spectrum (including the head of the Anti-Defamation League and its fiercest critic, author Norman Finkelstein) and traveling to places like Auschwitz (alongside Israeli school kids) and Brooklyn (to explore reports of violence against Jews), Shamir discovers the realities of anti-Semitism today. His findings are shocking, enlightening and - surprisingly - often wryly funny." Domination Masculine (aka Male Domination)—"In the starkness of reality, actions rarely adhere to ideals. We live in a society that deems the sexes to be equal, but is this how the gender dynamic functions in the 21st century? Are we charting towards equality, or are we on the brink of a return to the patriarchal ideals of past generations? Director Patric Jean sets out to reflect on these questions in Male Domination, a candid look at the current state of sexual relationships in the modern world." Great Old Short Subjects—Six early shorts: The Old Prospector Talks (1935), Bill and I Went Fishing (1927), Franz Liszt (1925), Couldn't Live Without You (1938), The Old Camp Ground (1935), and The Seventh Wonder: Panama (1934). Kindred Spirits: Heal Your Pet Naturally -"When Allen Schoen, D.V.M., M.S., began practicing veterinary medicine 21 years ago, his peers questioned his assertion that animals have feelings and emotions. Today he is one of the most sought-after doctors of veterinary medicine in the nation. In this program he explores many fascination aspects of the human-animal bond. He also provides many practical, hands-on ways you an your animal companion can benefit from heightened awareness and respect and become true Kindred Spirits." Long Knives Night & Reporting From A Rabbit's Hut: Brutality in Belarus—"Though widely recognized as one of the most dangerous men in the world, Alexander Lukashenko has rarely been depicted on film. Long Knives Night chronicles the ferocious government coup that ripped apart Belarus. With breathtaking access, writer / director Victor Dashuk has risked imprisonment and abuse to depict and attack Lukashenko's rise to authority." Lost Souls—"Follow filmmaker Monika Navarro on her eight-year journey to understand the tragedy and triumph of her family history a history of immigration and deportation, substance abuse and absent fathers, old patterns and new beginnings. In this touching account, Monika manages the pain of her own father s neglect by reconnecting with her Uncle Augie, a drug addict and distant father who had been deported to Mexico and was trying to forge a new life in the wake of his brother s tragic heroin overdose. Taking viewers from San Diego to Guadalajara, to Tijuana and back again, Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas) demonstrates the complex struggle drug addicts and their loved ones must endure, and the importance of forgiveness and support in breaking the generational cycle of substance abuse." Man Who Studies Murder—A look at the life & work of FBI/Interpol/Scotland Yard advisor Elliott Leyton and his investigation as to why some countries produce more serial killers than others. Meredith Monk: Inner Voice—"It's almost impossible to pin her down. Singer, dancer, filmmaker, composer, choreographer...Meredith Monk's talents include about as many artistic fields as you can imagine. Meredith Monk: Inner Voice celebrates a multidisciplinary career that draws from a wellspring of Zen Buddhist beliefs and spans a period of 40 years. Based on a wealth of materials including personal archives, film clips of performances, and interviews with her collaborators, as well as conversations with the artist herself, this illuminating documentary articulates Monk's extraordinarily single-minded drive to live for, and through, artistic expression." National Geographic: Camp Leatherneck—"National Geographic goes inside the epicenter of the war in Afghanistan to meet the men and women who live and work in the camp. Learn how violence, boredom, excessive heat, separation from family and cultural differences affect the mind-set of the warriors. With unprecedented access, National Geographic chronicles daily life at Camp Leatherneck and the challenges and danger that come with living in an active war zone." Njinga The Queen King: The Return of a Warrior—" Njinga ruled 17th century Ndongo - now Angola - as 'king' because tribal custom forbade her to rule as a woman. Flowing freely between time periods, the play traces the diaspora of Njinga's people to Brazil and the United States. Oliveros' score along with the use of electronics and spatialization, provides an environment for the traditional African music, heightening the drama. As storytelling is a deeply-rooted element of African culture, Njinga features two Kilunda (spirit) characters who step in and out of the action, leading the viewers through the play." North Of The Sun (1960)-- North of the Sun is an Arctic adventure that can never be filmed again. Eastman focuses his camera on the last great hunters in the world. Together Eastman and the Eskimos hunt the elusive seal and bullhead whale in century old fashion. A true high adventure film classic. NOVA: Extreme Cave Diving—"Extreme Cave Diving follows the charismatic Dr. Kenny Broad as he dives into blue holes-underwater caves that formed during the last ice age when sea level was nearly 400 feet below what it is today. They are Earth's least explored and perhaps most dangerous frontiers. With an interdisciplinary team of climatologists, paleontologists and anthropologists, Broad investigates the hidden history of Earth's climate as revealed by finds in this spectacularly beautiful alternate universe." Poliwood—Barry Levinson directs this documentary about the 2008 Presidental election that shows what happens "when Hollywood crashes the political party." Many stars are featured, including Anne Hathaway, Susan Sarandon and The Black Eyed Peas (not sure if that includes an appearance by holographic Will.I.Am.) P-Star Rising—"In the early '80s, Jesse Diaz was a rising star in the hip-hop world. Now he's a struggling single father living in a Harlem shelter with two children to support. But Jesse finally found a shot at redemption in his nine-year-old daughter Priscilla, a precocious, adorable, and immensely talented rapper. Along with older daughter Solsky, the family's quiet cheerleader, Jesse and Priscilla look to parlay "P-Star's" talent into victory for the whole family." Rampage: Killing Without Reason—"Dare to take a look deep inside the dark, twisted minds of America's most disturbed mass murderers. This 10-part documentary series explores the motives and events leading up to the most horrifying rage-murder cases in recent history. This original documentary production features rare and never-before-seen footage and information. See leading experts discuss the psychological reasoning that leads to hate crimes, arsonists, deadly cults, workplace killings and school massacres." Rekishi Kaido: Touch The Spirit Of Japan—A collection of episode from the Japanese TV series that highlights historic sites in the Kansai region. The back reads, "this DVD has produced to invite domestic and foreign visitors to the attractive Kansai." Ripple Of Hope—"It was April 4, 1968. At 6:01 p.m., across the street from the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, a gunman fired a rifle-and the leader of the civil rights movement, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., lay mortally wounded. As news of King's assassination spread, American cities were engulfed in chaos and fear. Urban areas erupted in riots. Fires burned out of control. Dozens of people were killed. Robert F. Kennedy, meanwhile, was en route to Indianapolis, where at 9 p.m. he was scheduled to make a campaign appearance in an African-American neighborhood. Pressing questions arose: Should Kennedy venture into the heart of the Indianapolis inner city and talk to the potentially volatile crowd gathered in a park? What could he say that would assuage their grief? Should he defy the Indianapolis city officials who ordered him to stay away? Would his life be in danger? Kennedy didn't blink. Despite the violence raging across the country, he courageously kept his promise to speak, climbing up on a shaky flatbed truck and delivering a moving, extemporaneous plea for peace and reconciliation-a talk that eventually would be regarded as one of the great political speeches of the twentieth century. A Ripple of Hope draws on interviews with Kennedy aides and associates, as well as "everyday people" who were in the crowd that night, to tell the story of an inspiring moment in American history." Roads To Memphis: Assassination Of Martin Luther King, Jr.—"'We were never concerned with who killed Martin Luther King, but what killed Martin Luther King,' says Andrew Young, former aide to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Roads To Memphis. From Emmy Award-winning director Stephen Ives, the 90-minute film tells the wildly disparate yet fatefully entwined stories of an assassin, James Earl Ray, and his target, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., against the backdrop of the seething and turbulent forces in American society that led these two men to their violent and tragic collision in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968." Sci-Fi Files—A definitive four part documentary on science fiction movies. It features interviews with William Gibson, Larry Niven, Arthur C. Clarke and is narrated by Mark "I'm a Jedi, like my father before me" Hamill. Still Bill: Bill Withers—"Still Bill is an intimate portrait of soul legend Bill Withers, best known for his classics "Ain't No Sunshine," "Lean On Me," "Lovely Day," "Grandma's Hands," and "Just the Two of Us." With his soulful delivery and warm, heartfelt sincerity, Withers has written the songs that have - and always will - resonate deeply within the fabric of our times." The Stone Flower—The Bolshoi Ballet's 1990 production of Sergei Prokofiev's ballet. Sunrise/Sunset—"Sunrise/Sunset is a unique documentary to get a real feeling of, and hopefully understand, a personality that has been a major focus for millions around the world. He is called a wolf in a lamb's skin in his homeland which is in nowadays China, while in America, for instance, he is declared the most outstanding person to ever live on the planet. The openness and sincerity that the Dalai Lama welcomed the film crew with was unprecedented and beyond any possible expression." Ten9Eight: Shoot For The Moon—"Ten9Eight chronicles the inspirational stories of several teens from low income communities (from Harlem to Compton and all points in between) as they compete in an annual business plan competition. By learning how to be entrepreneurs, many of these students can now forge futures and destinies they never thought possible." Waiting For Armageddon—"Waiting for Armageddon explores the culture of 50 million American Evangelicals who believe that Bible prophecy dictates the future of mankind and that Israel and the Jewish people play pivotal roles in ensuring Christ's return. The film raises questions regarding how this theology shapes U.S. - Middle East relations and may encourage an international holy war." ...AND MORE MOVIES Blazing Barriers (1937)—"Two young thugs are sent to a work farm in an effort to turn them away from a life of crime." Why don't we do this with delinquent youth any more? Call Of The Wilderness (1932)—" A dog saves a sheepherder from a wild mountain lion in this exciting real life adventure." Come Die With Me/Invasion of Carol Enders—A mystery movie double feature! Come Die With Me (1974) stars George Maharis & Eileen Brennan, while The Invasion of Carol Enders (1973) stars Meredith Baxter as a woman possessed by the spirit of a woman trying to uncover her murderer. Comedy Parade: Rediscovered Classics—A collection of rare short comedies including What Ho Romeo (1929), Dental Follies (1937) , Rhythm In A Night Court (1934) and Hotel Anchovy (1934). Confessions of a Porn Addict—"Mark Tobias had it all: a job, a house and Felice, his adoring wife. The only blemish in his otherwise perfect existence is his unhealthy addiction to porn an obsession that eventually forces Felice to leave him. In an effort to stay out of prison and get his wife back, Mark travels to Los Angeles along with his Porn Addicts Anonymous sponsor Bob." And it's a comedy! Disappeared (2008)—"One night in a London housing project playground, 8-year-old Tom Ryan vanished without a trace. He was never found. But for his guilt-ridden older brother Matthew (a startling performance by Harry Treadaway of Control), the terror has just begun: He has started seeing and hearing what may be the ghost of the missing boy, who is now trying to lead him to the shocking truth behind his disappearance. You can hide a secret, but can you ever bury the horrors of the past? Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films) co-stars in this disturbing debut chiller from co-writer/director Johnny Kervorkian..." Everyman's War—"As the seasoned infantry and tank units of the German 11th Panzer Ghost division move silently into position on the snow covered hills around Nennig, Germany, a battle weary GI and his unit stand ready to defend the small town, a key position in the Allied advance to win the war. Outgunned and outnumbered, Staff Sgt. Don Smith struggles to find hope and courage against overwhelming odds in one of the decisive confrontations in the Battle of the Bulge during WWII. Everyman's War is based on the actual events of the 94th Infantry." Extra Ordinary Barry—" Barry Berry is an ordinary guy with an ordinary life until it changes overnight, forever. He is confronted with three life altering events. Barry loses his job, is faced with an ultimatum from his girlfriend of seven years and is suddenly faced with forming a relationship with a biological child he has never met. When things can't seem to get worse for Barry, they do. He is challenged to the ultimate task. In a desperate effort to preserve his own manhood, Barry gets more than what he bargains for when he agrees to accept a new job of teaching massage school to a class of culturally diverse, social and psychological misfits. Barry's journey results in a transformation of being ordinary to him being extraordinary." Fighter (1952)—A young Mexican boxer seeks to win money fighting to avenge his murdered family. It's based on the story by Jack London. Four Classic Silent Westerns—They are: The Ruse (1915), Arizona Wooing (1915), Out West (1921) and the famous The Great Train Robbery (1903). Imagine This—"This compelling, inspiring, original musical is a personal journey through one of the most devastating periods of world history, but above all it is a story of hope; where laughter rises above tears; where freedom and resistance are found through imagination; and where love knows no boundaries. The setting: The Warsaw Ghetto, Poland, 1942. A group of actors struggles to keep the dream of freedom and the will to resist alive among the prisoners of the ghetto by performing the epic tale of Masada, the ancient Judean mountain where, over 2,000 years ago, a small band of courageous rebels held 10,000 Roman soldiers at bay." Magic Flute (2006)—Kenneth Branagh's version of the Mozart opera is set on the eve of WWI and features a newly adapted libretto by Stephen Fry. My Degeneration: The Movie (1989)—The first feature from Jon Mortisuga (Mod F**K Explosion) follows a female rock trio on various crazy exploits and features music by Gov't Issue, Vomit Launch & others. Night Life In Reno (1931)—"An unfaithful husband seeks a reconciliation with his estranged wife who runs off to Reno for a quick divorce." It stars Jameson Thomas, Virginia Vallie and Dixie Lee. Ride 'Em Cowgirl (1939)—"A resourceful young girl uncovers a plot by thugs to take over her ranch" in this Western starring Dorothy Page, Vince Barnett & Milton Frome. Shadow Of Fear/Nightmare at 43 Hillcrest—Another Mystery Movie double feature! Shadow of Fear (1973) stars a pre-Magnum P.I. Tom Selleck, while Nightmare at 43 Hillcrest (1974) stars Jim Hutton & Mariette Hartley. Southern Gothic--"In the sleepy Southern town of Redemption, a new kind of terror is about to awaken: For burned-out strip club bouncer Hazel Fortune (Yul Vazquez of American Gangster, life has become downward spiral of self-destructive behavior until he's befriended by the young daughter of the club's new dancer. But when the girl is kidnapped by psychotic vampire preacher Enoch Pitt (a totally unhinged performance by William Forsythe of The Devi's Rejects), Fortune must battle a night-breed of evil to stop Pitt's blood-crazed crusade. And when the reborn meets the undead, there will be hell to pay." The Statue (1970)—A British comedy based on the play by Alec Coppel involving a statue with a rather large, uh, part, and the toll said part takes on a marriage. It stars David Niven, Virna Lisi, Robert Vaughn and John Cleese. Twisted Rails—Jack Donovan stars in this 1934 film about "a railroad detective hunts for the mad saboteur known as 'The Wrecker.'" The DVD includes the 1911 short Lonedale Operator by D.W. Griffith. With Love And Kisses—A 1937 musical starring Pinky Tomlin & Toby Wing about a naïve small town kid who comes to New York City with dreams of fame. Spotlight on YE OLDE COWBOYS--Learn more about all the cowboys up in our Western section in this blog post Cheyenne Rides Again—"An undercover deputy robs and blackmails his way into a gang of cattle thieves." This 1937 film stars Lon Chaney, Jr. and ye olde cowboy Tom Tyler. Fighting Texan—Kermit Maynard stars in this 1937 film in which, "a notorious horse rustler goes on a murderous rampage to steal the cattle from neighboring ranches." Gambling Terror—"A professional gambler comes to town and is beseiged by gangsters and corrupt law enforcers" in this 1937 film starring Johnny Mack Brown Gangsters Of The Frontier—"The Texas Rangers join forces with local ranchers to stop a gang of slave-driving mine-owners from taking over the territory." Dave O'Brien & Tex Ritter star in this 1944 film. We also put out all eight discs of Daria individually for your renting convenience. Happy viewing. *The first was for Best Actor for The People Vs. Larry Flynt.

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