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New Releases for June 15th

You might be all movied out after the long haul of SIFF & STIFF, but this week's New Releases pack enough wallop to get you up off the mat and back in front of the screen. If you're still pining for festival features, check out our special SIFF 2010 rental section full of titles you may have missed over the three week affair. It's by the stairs just before the Second Take section--We just added two new ones today.Here's the full list—remember that a * means it is also on Blu-ray and you can purchase DVDs from us online by following the SALE links. YOUTH IN REVOLT *—Director Miguel Arteta (Chuck & Buck, The Good Girl)'s film based on the novel by C.D. Payne and starring Michael Cera is a fine & enjoyable example of coming-of-age stories in a post-Wes Anderson world. SALE BOOK OF ELI *—In a post-apocalyptic world, Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman fight over the last remaining Bible. SALE BURMA VJ: REPORTING FROM A CLOSED COUNTRY—Oscar nominated documentary following video journalist as they cover the brutal realities of the 2007 uprising. COLLAPSE—LAPD cop turned investigative journalist Michael Ruppert draws a map leading to an impending global meltdown. SALE WHEN IN ROME *—Kristen Bell takes coins out of magical fountain and is suddenly surrounded by suitors. Could one of them be...The One? FAMILY GUY: VOLUME 8—The latest set includes 15 uncensored & extended episodes, plus Family Guy karaoke. UNTHINKABLE *—A tense political thriller centered around a terrorist (Micheal "Wesley Snipes" Sheen) threatening the US with nuclear bombs, the operative (Samuel L. Jackson) authorized to use any means necessary to extract information from him and the FBI agent (Carrie-Anne Moss) who argues against torture. MYSTERY TRAIN *—The Criterion Collection presents Jim Jarmusch's fanciful portrait of Memphis and its music, with Joe Strummer, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Steve Buscemi & the voice of Tom Waits. SALE IT CAME FROM KUCHAR—In case you missed its Seattle premiere last month at Grand Illusion Cinema, this documentary about the "8mm Mozart" twin filmmaking team of George and Mike Kuchar whose hilarious homemade films helped shape the 60s underground film scene, is now on DVD. SALE HORROR HOSPITAL—A newly remastered, uncut & uncensored of the 1970s horror/comedy hybrid starring Michael Gough (Alfred from Tim Burton's Batman movies). THE BLIND MENACE—A blind swordsman goes on a ruthless, bloody quest for power in the 1960 film that inspired the Zatoichi series. LEWIS BLACK: STARK RAVING BLACK—Go ahead and hum "Back in Black." Minimalistic headbanging optional. There's swearing in this trailer so we rate it NSFW: FAUBOURG TREME: THE UNTOLD STORY OF BLACK NEW ORLEANS— If you've been enjoying Treme on HBO (and believe us, you should be), here's the real story behind the New Orleans neighborhood. MARY AND MAX *—A funny & touching animated tale of two very different pen pals, featuring the voices of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Tony Collette. SALE JOHNNY BRAVO: SEASON 1Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane worked on this animated show about a handsomely-coiffed manly man with delusions of grandeur. NEW BLU-RAY: FORMAT OF THE FUTURE Darkman Flash Gordon (1980)—Flash...AAAAHH! Kamikaze Girls Stepfather (1987) Showgirls—The 15th Anniversary SINSATIONAL Edition includes the essential commentary track by David Schmader. NEW TV ON DVD American Dad: Volume 5—It must be Seth MacFarlane week! Everwood: Season 3 Sanctuary: Season 2 Werewolf (1987): Complete Series FAMILY NEW RELEASES Adventures of Scamper the Penguin Bill Nye The Science Guy: Earth's Seasons Bill Nye The Science Guy: Farming Bill Nye The Science Guy: Space Exploration Bill Nye The Science Guy: Spinning Things David, The Gnome Doug: Season 2 Exploring Our Past: Comparing the Lives of Natives Exploring Our Past: Native People of the Northwest Harriet Tubman and Her Escape to Freedom Heroes of Freedom: Harriet Tubman & Rosa Parks Life of an Enslaved Person Rainbow Brite Noemie The Secret—An imaginative young girl goes on a treasure hunt guided by the ghost of her upstairs neighbor's apartment. This trailer is in French only but the DVD does have English subtitles. NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS All's Well Ends Well Too (2010)—Hong Kong The Beekeeper (1986)(PAL Code 2)—Greece, directed by Theo Angelopoulos The Bold and the Brave (1956)(PAL Code 2)—USA Cavalcade (1933)(Code 6)—USA, based on the play by Noel Coward Divided Heaven (1964)—Read Sean Axmaker's take on this German coming of age story over on his blog. Fury of Johnny Kid (1967)(PAL Code 2)—Italy The Horseman (2008)—Australia Jaffa (2009)—Israel Kid With The Golden Arm (1979)—China—Shaw Brothers action from director Cheh Chang La La Land (2009)(PAL Code 2)—UK comedy TV series Marine Boy (2009)—Korea Merantau Warrior (2009)(PAL Code 2)—Thailand Mesrine (2009)(Part 1 & 2)—France The Naked and The Dead (1958)(PAL Code 2)—US, directed by Raoul Walsh Nine Men (1943)(PAL Code 2)—UK Pu...Y La Ballena (2004)—Argentina Raffles: Complete Collection—UK drama TV series Reflecting Skin (1990)(PAL Code 2)—UK The Roommate (2008)—Japanese horror Shadow of Empress Wu: Volume 1-4—Chinese TV drama Slaughter Island (2008)—Japanese horror Trial & Retribution: Set 4 (2008)—UK A Prophet (2009)(PAL Code 2)—France--An Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film about an Arab man who becomes a mafia kingpin while serving in a French prison. Palermo Shooting (2009)(PAL)—Germany--After a near scrape with death, a photographer heads to Sicily to regroup in this film by Wings of Desire director Wim Wenders. NEW BRITISH IMPORTS ABOUT FOOTBALL FOR YOUR WORLD CUP VIEWING PLEASURE Chelsea FC: The Double End of Season Review 2009 (PAL Code 2) Destination South Africa: World Cup 2010 (PAL Code 2) Official History of England—The England National Team (2009)(PAL Code 2) One Night in Turin--World Cup 1990 documentary (PAL Code 2) NEW TO THE SIFF 2010 SECTION—located right before Second Take Eagle Hunter's Son (2009)(PAL Code 2)—Mongolia Little Big Soldier (2009)—Hong Kong NEW FROM THE WARNER ARCHIVES--Now with 150% more Joe. E Brown! Alibi Ike (1935)—"Baseball rookie Frank X. Farrell is a phenom, a kid who can hurl the ol' horsehide and swing the lumber so well he may lead Chicago's beloved Cubbies to a pennant. He can sure spin excuses and blarney, too! Joe E. Brown brings a whirlybird wind-up and a love for the game to this comic Ring Lardner tale. You can't tell the players without a scorecard but sports-minded moviegoers recognized Bob Meusel, Jim Thorpe and other former professional ball players on the film's diamonds." Going Wild (1930)—"Everyone in a small resort town thinks Rollo Smith is famed aviator Robert Story. That's fine with Rollo, who's actually a penniless newspaperman bounced from his job. Doe-eyed cuties want to be near him. Stalwart men celebrate him. And all Rollo has to do is compete in the upcoming aviation contest. But an airplane and Buckingham Palace are one and the same to Rollo: he's never been in either. Wide-mouthed Joe E. Brown plays Rollo in a chipper comedy whose set pieces include Rollo's self-devised aerial training (using a teetering Murphy bed, a vacuum cleaner, an electric fan - it's all in the seeing, not the telling.)" Hide in Plain Sight (1980)—" James Caan directs and stars in a compelling true-life tale of a father determined to find and reclaim his children, defying federal agents and anyone else standing in his way." Love & Money (1982)—"Byron Levin (Ray Sharkey) has two sides. One is Byron the workaday L.A. banker quick to defend a harassed co-worker. The other is a pent-up employee who'll say something outrageous to a stranger for shock effect. Increasingly, Byron's risk-taking nature takes hold. And it becomes a stranglehold when Byron is seduced by the deadly allure of Love and Money in this tantalizing thriller from James Toback (The Pick-up Artist, Bugsy)." Love Child (1982)—"It's a story that made national headlines and was covered on 60 Minutes. Convicted and jailed for armed robbery in 1977, Terry Jean Moore fell in love with a prison guard and became pregnant. She then took on Florida courts in a historic legal battle to keep and raise her child behind bars." New Adventures of Robin Hood: Season 1 (1995)—"An outlaw of Sherwood Forest and his partners, Marion, Friar Tuck and Little John, use magic, sorcery and courage to fight royal soldiers, evil Knights and whoever else tries to oppress the impoverished people of 12th Century England." Saint of Fort Washington (1992)—"Friendship. It's there for the good times. It's invaluable for the bad times. Jerry and Matthew have each other to rely on as they cope on New York City's mean streets. They also have a dream: to work their way back into the mainstream. Danny Glover and Matt Dillon give finely etched portrayals of life on society's fringe in this moving tale of friendship directed by Tim Hunter (Tex, River's Edge)." Sit Tight (1931)—"A movie musical about...wrestling? Turns out the public grew weary of musicals while Sit Tight was made, so most of the tunes were jettisoned prior to release. What remains is a wrestling comedy filled with plenty of pre-Code friskiness. Athletic funnyman Joe E. Brown plays Jojo Mullins, who has an eye for the ladies although his heart belongs to the manager (Winnie Lightner) of the health club where he works. Eager to show the ring prowess he learned by correspondence, Jojo gets his chance in a big-time match." Red Skelton: Whistling Collection—Skelton stars as Wally "The Fox" Benton in three films: Whistling in The Dark (1941), Whistling In Dixie (1942), and Whistling in Brooklyn (1943). The Tenderfoot (1932)—"With large confidence and an even larger hat, cattleman Calvin Jones (rubber-faced comic Joe E.Brown) rolls along the lighted cow path of Broadway. He has $20,000 to invest in a show, intending to skedaddle back to Texas with his profits. Faster than you can say flopperoo, the producers of the show Calvin bankrolls button it up and keep the dough. Now add mobsters eager to extort some cash and romance with a perky secretary (Ginger Rogers), and it's clear Calvin's got some wrangling to do before he's back in those wide-open spaces." NEW DOCUMENTARIES, ART, MUSIC & OTHER NON-FICTION FARE Belfast: The Sad Reality—"For over 700 years, the country of Northern Ireland has been plagued by civil unrest. This tension between the Catholics and the Protestants has caused thousands of deaths in the past 30 years alone. This film hopes to raise awareness of this nation's struggles by examining one man's story of the history of the conflict and the potential means to a peaceful resolution. " The Black Keys: Live at the Crystal Ballroom—"The Black Keys' new concert DVD reflects the no-frills genius of the drums-and-guitar duo's studio sound: It's a refreshingly straightforward, beautifully rendered, high-definition video document of their April 4, 2008 sold-out gig at Portland, Oregon's Crystal Ballroom, featuring seventeen songs culled from all five of the pair's albums." Dire Straits: Alchemy Live—"Featuring the seminal hits 'Sultans Of Swing' and 'Romeo and Juliet' plus a unique encore performances of the Ivor Novello Award-winning 'Going Home' from the soundtrack to the film `Local Hero'. Demonstrating faultless musicianship, this is a true recording of excerpts of one dire straits performance, containing no re-recording or overdubs of any kind." Don't be afraid to sing along loudly to 'Romeo & Juliet' Frontline: The Suicide Tourist—"Do we have the right to end our lives if life itself becomes unbearable, or when we enter the late-stages of painful, terminal illness? With unique access to Dignitas, the Swiss non-profit that has helped over one thousand people die since 1998, Academy award-winning filmmaker John Zaritsky offers a revealing look at two different couples facing the most difficult decision of their lives-and lets us see for ourselves as one Chicago native makes the trip to Switzerland for what will become the last day of his life." Katsura Funakoshi: Whispering Gaze—"Katsura Funakoshi: Whispering Gaze observes the visionary sculptor Katsura Funakoshi as he quietly breathes life into camphor wood. Take a look as he works in his atelier, preps for exhibitions, and speaks at lectures. The simple, warm and gentle figures carved out by Funakoshi can be attributed to the harmony of precise calculations and accidental occurrences. His human-like sculptures draw in beholders with their distant marble gaze as if pondering philosophical thoughts and projecting subtle yet bold emotions." Haunted History: Caribbean—"The ghosts that haunt the Caribbean as well as the traditions used both to fend them off and call them to life are a reminder that on every sun-kissed beach there may lurk a dark and disturbing shadow. History TM delves into the otherworldly side of the Caribbean islands, which are said to have housed supernatural spirits since Columbus landed in the Bahamas and began slaughtering the native Arawak people. Listen rapt as experts and eyewitnesses discuss the region s terrifying zombies, its phantom pirate ships, and the infamous Bermuda Triangle." David Hockney: A Bigger Picture—"Filmed over three years with unprecedented access, this documentary follows David Hockney as he returns to England after 25 years in Hollywood. As Hockney approaches the age of 70, he revitalizes his painting, capturing the beautiful Yorkshire countryside in all weathers and seasons, and finally creates the largest picture ever made outdoors. Premiered on BBC1, the film tells the story of an unusual homecoming and also an intimate portrait of what inspires Hockney as his time runs out." Hubble's Canvas—"From its lofty perch high above earth's atmosphere, the Hubble Space Telescope can see both nearby and distant objects with unwavering clarity. With its breathtaking views of deep space the Hubble Space Telescope bridges the separate domains of art and science. Its images form a direct connection between the human spirit and the most powerful forces of nature." Tavis Smiley: MLK: A Call to Conscience—"The second show delves into one of Martin Luther King Jr.'s greatest speeches, 'Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,' which Dr. King delivered on April 4, 1967, at the Riverside Church in New York City. Today this speech is acknowledged to be one of the most powerful ever written by Dr. King and Smiley deconstructs the meaning of the speech, as well as put it in a contemporary context, particularly in light of our nation's current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan." National Geographic: Mystery Gorillas/Search for the Great Apes—"In this double feature, National Geographic explores the amazing and secret world of the great apes." Phyllis and Harold—"Phyllis and Harold is an astoundingly frank journey through a disastrous 59-year marriage. Drawing on a lifetime of her family's home movies and interviews made over 12 years, filmmaker Cindy Kleine mixes reportage, cinema verite and animation to uncover family secrets and tell a story that could not be shown publicly as long as her father was alive. Phyllis and Harold delves into the mystery of time passing, the nature of living a life, and the challenges of losing those we love...Imagine Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage seen through the prism of I Love Lucy." Secrets of The Dead: Deadliest Battle—"Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941 was the largest troop offensive in military history. And the Battle of Stalingrad is arguably the deadliest single battle the world has ever seen...But 70 years after the battle was fought, newly uncovered documents, survivor accounts and stunning archival footage are revealing a different picture. Deadliest Battle uncovers evidence that describes a forced retreat by the Russians, not a tactical one, in addition to much fiercer fighting in the countryside than previously thought." Sex Positive—"Though advocating safe sex seems like a given in the new millennium, in the gay community in the early 1980s, proclaiming the idea made people into outcasts. The Grand Jury Prize winner at L.A. Outfest, this documentary examines the life and work of Richard Berkowitz, an early champion of safe sex. After spending time as a hustler, the abrasive--but ultimately correct--Berkowitz started proclaiming the dangers of unprotected sex in the early '80s, much to the anger of the gay community." Shades of Gray (2010)—"Gray Barker stood at the heart of America's UFO phenomenon almost from its inception. His investigations led to the publication of his best selling book, They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers. Shades of Gray peels the layers away of one of the great American hoaxers of the twentieth century. Barker single-handedly created or perpetuated much of what is now the 'gospel' of UFOs. This documentary strives to present a complete picture of a complicated, and ultimately influential, modern American myth-maker." Silly Little Game—A new documentary by Adam Kurland and Lucas Jansen for the ESPN 30 for 30 series all about the origins of fantasy sports, told through the formation of New York's Rotisserie League. Squatterpunk "Squatterpunk follows an eight year old Slum King named Hapon, a cocky would-be gangster, through one of the thousands of shanty towns that sprang up between the cracks in the Manila pavement. Like watching infants at play at a car crash, it's a hypnotic, almost seamless mix of social realism and visual poetry." The Truth About the Philadelphia Experiment—" A U.S. Navy Ship vanishes during a secret World War II Experiment gone awry. When it re-appears, observers are horrified to see crew members embedded in the deck and steel of the ship. During a sea trial, the ship vanishes and travels through time setting off a number of events that continue today. It's not science fiction, it's science fact! Meet the Survivors of U.S. Government Projects involving INVISIBILITY, TIME TRAVEL, MIND CONTROL, PSYCHIC WARFARE and REMOTE VIEWING. You will hear about these experiments first hand, visit the places where they took place and discover the truth about the Philadelphia Experiment." War Child—"Left home at the age of seven/one year later I'm carryin' an Ak-47." "For hip hop artist Emmanuel Jal, a former child soldier in Sudan's brutal civil war, these lyrics are hardly empty posturing. They are the bitter reality of a young man who was "forced to sin" but determined to "never give up and never give in." Today, wounded but still hopeful, Emmanuel Jal fights a new battle: bringing peace to his beloved Sudan and building schools in Africa. This time, his weapon is a microphone." ...AND MORE MOVIES Animals (2008)—"Syd has spent years wasting away in a washed-up hick town, but after meeting Nora his life will never be the same. Easily seduced by her charms, Syd is pulled into her dark world and an unforgettable night of passion. But in the light of day Syd begins to realize that his reckless night with Nora has filled him with a growing animal instinct to fight. This is only the beginning to Syd s journey into the unknown world of the Animals lurking amidst us all." It stars Marc Blucas, Naveen Andrews & Eva Amurri. Driller/Driller KillerDriller: "A dark and amusing tale of alien abduction, drugged up naked youth, drilling and killing." Driller Killer: "Abel Ferrara's 1979 breakthrough is one of his best-known but least appreciated films. The film thwarts any preconceived notions of what a horror movie should be. Glam, trash, pre-punk and horrific, Driller Killer is a misunderstood film. The film is a horrifying look into the recesses of a grubby city and a disturbed mind and refuses to make concessions to any notions of good taste or commercial filmmaking." Ghost Breakers/Nothing But The Truth—A Bob Hope double feature from the recent Thanks for The Memories DVD collection. The Ghost Breakers (1940): "Ghosts and gags collide when a radio personality (Bob Hope) finds himself marooned on an island with a pretty traveler (Paulette Goddard) in a haunted castle filled with earthly and un-earthly foes. Nothing But The Truth (1941): "After betting his colleagues that he can go 24 hours without telling a lie a young stockbroker (Bob Hope) finds himself in hot water with his girlfriend (Paulette Goddard) and several influential people." Happy Tears—"Jayne (Parker Posey) and Laura (Demi Moore) are about to take on the first man they just might not be able to handle: their father Joe (Rip Torn). Dutiful daughters returning to the house they grew up in, Jayne and Laura are forced to take a closer look at their own not-so-perfect lives. Laura suspects that Joe needs full-time care, but Jayne refuses to believe that their father's condition is serious. Jayne's compulsion to escape reality only increases Laura's attempts to yank her back down to earth. Meanwhile, Joe still sings and plays the blues on his prized guitar, and the lively widower even has a new "ladyfriend," shameless and sassy Shelly (Ellen Barkin)." Street Poet—"In underground clubs around the country men and women meet and go to war but without their fists. Using their minds instead of brawn watch as these gifted warriors fresh off the street go to war through words. One night during one of these rants, Jake Thompson (Jeff Sterns) is discovered by an attractive publisher, but life isn't what it seems. While Jake thinks he's got it made, he quickly falls into a violent tug of war between his new love, his old streets and his arch rival, Davey (C. Thomas Howell) who intends to destroy him." Thanks for the Memory/Cat and the Canary—Another Bob Hope double feature! Thanks for the Memory (1938): It's time for some old-fashioned romance when a stay-at-home author (Bob Hope) and his working wife (Shirley Ross) discover their domestic roles aren't clear-cut in this sweet comedy of errors." The Cat and the Canary (1939): "Wally (Bob Hope) vows to protect an heiress (Paulette Goddard) who must spend the night in the haunted mansion of her late eccentric millionaire uncle in order to inherit his fortune." I'm sure even more titles will have been added by the time you're done scrolling through this, so stop by and visit the New Release section today. Enjoy.

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