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What's new for the week of June 22nd

This week's new releases are made up of master thespians at work, fast paced action, new foreign films, remastered classics, 70s sleaze, insightful documentaries, and several must-sees in the SIFF 2010 section. Here's the full list: remember that a * means we also have it on Blu-ray, and you can click on SALE to purchase from our online store. THE LAST STATION *—Amazing performances by Christopher Plummer, James McAvoy, Paul Giamatti and Helen Mirren fuel this strong biopic focused on the last months in the life of Leo Tolstoy. GREEN ZONE * —Paul Greengrass, director of the last two Bourne movies, leads Matt Damon through another action thriller. A STAR IS BORN * —The new Deluxe Edition of George Cukor's dramatic 1954 musical starring Judy Garland and James Mason includes over four hours of bonus materials and previously unreleased footage. SALE HUNG: SEASON 1 *—Thomas "Punisher" Jane is a down on his luck high school teacher who makes use of his formidable...uh...tool to gain success as a male hustler in this HBO series. STONES IN EXILE—Interviews with the band & extensive archival footage piece together how The Rolling Stones created Exile On Main Street. LE COMBAT DANS L'ILE—We refer you to Sean Axmaker for the details about this 1962 French New Waver starring Jean-Louis Trintignant and Romy Schneider. Be sure to read Sean's takes on the next two films as well. Since there doesn't seem to be a trailer for this film anywhere, here's a Romy Schneider photo montage: BLUEBEARD—A young bride cunningly defends herself from a murder-prone husband in this French fairy tale adapted by writer/director Catherine Breillat (The Last Mistress, Romance). THE MAID—As her health declines, a Chilean family's longtime servant clings to her responsibilities when a new hire threatens her status. WINTER IN WARTIME—A coming of age story set during World War II. This 2008 Dutch film outgrossed both Twilight and The Dark Night in the Netherlands. CLOSE-UP *—Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami's blends fiction with truth in his 1990 film about a man who impersonated acclaimed director Mohsen Makhmalbaf. It's now a part of the Criterion Collection. SALE RED DESERT *—Another new addition to the Criterion Collection: Michelangelo Antonioni's 1964 portrait of alienation in the modern world. Read more about it here. SALE REMEMBER ME—If you need a quick Robert Pattinson fix before the next Twilight film opens Friday, here ya go. Beware of what the Rotten Tomatoes consensus calls "a borderline offensive final twist." SHE'S OUT OF MY LEAGUE—A standard nerd-meets-hot-chick sex comedy starring Undeclared's Jay Baruchel. You might be better off watching this video. NEW BLU-RAY: FORMAT OF THE FUTURE Afro Samurai: Complete Murder Sessions Cinema Paradiso--Speaking of which, who remembers this? Lady Vengeance & Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance--These are 2/3rds of Chan-Wook Park's Vengeance trilogy. Old Boy is already on Blu-ray in his director's section. ANIME NEW RELEASES Bleach Vol. 29 Hayate The Combat Butler Vol. 4 FAMILY NEW RELEASES Tom & Jerry: Deluxe Anniversary Edition NEW TV ON DVD Entourage: Season 6—The boys are back! NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS Antonio Das Mortes (1969)(PAL)—Brazil Chanel Coco & Igor Stravinsky (1987)(Code 3)—France Constant Husband (1955)(PAL Code 2)—UK Doctor Who: Season 5 Vol. 1 (2005)(PAL Code 2)—UK Don't Look Back (2009)(PAL Code 2)—France Echoes Of The Rainbow (2009)—Hong Kong Flesh Is Weak (1957)(PAL)—UK Future X-Cops (2009)—Hong Kong Jacques The Fatalist and His Master (2009)—France Man In The Sky (1950)(PAL Code 2)—UK Night My Number Came Up (1955)(PAL Code 2)—UK Raging Sun, Raging Sky (2009)—Mexico Reich (2001)—Poland Saturday Night Out (1964)(PAL)—UK Secret Reunion (2009)(Code 3)—Korea Soundless Wind Chime (2009)—Hong Kong Strongroom (1962)(PAL)—UK Topp Twins: The Movie (2010)(PAL Code 4)—New Zealand Visitors (2009)(Code 3)—Korea Wind of Change (1961)(PAL)—UK This is a crime drama starring Donald Pleasence and is not to be confused with this. Pretpark Nederland (2009)—Ever wonder what the Dutch do all day? This trailer won't tell you unless you speak Dutch (and if so you already may know what they do all day), but the subtitled DVD will. NEW TO THE SIFF 2010 SECTION—Ask us for assistance with playing region coded & PAL DVDs The Actresses (2009)(Code 3)—Korea Air Doll (2009)(Code 3)—Japan Castaway On The Moon (2009)(Code 3)—Korea Cell 211(2009)(PAL Code 2)—Spain Golden Space Needle winner for Best Actor! Milk Of Sorrow (2009)(PAL Code 2)—Spain NEW DOCUMENTARIES & OTHER NON-FICTION FARE All Jacked Up—"In a climate where media attention is primarily on childhood obesity, director Jennifer Mattox looks at the bigger picture - a system that preys upon consumer innocence in the name of profit. The filmmakers make a direct connection between what teens eat and their behavior and emotions. This frank and witty look at what's really going on inside the bodies, hearts and minds of the teen generation is a wake up call for them to stand up and demand change." Buddha On The Silk Road—"The legendary Chinese monk, poet, and scholar Xuan Zang traveled the Silk Road to India and back approximately 1,400 years ago in search of the teachings of Buddha. When he returned to China, he brought with him Buddhist manuscripts and is thus credited with having brought the religion to his homeland. In this documentary, the route taken by Xuan Zang is followed by a film crew, and the fascinating history of Central Asia-and the life of the traveling monk-is seen to resonate to the present day." Children's War: Life in Northern Uganda—"Filmmaker Andrew Krakower, was set to do a film about the successful reversal of AIDS infection rates in Uganda when locals began to tell him of a hidden battle raging in the North. Stories of unspeakable atrocities compelled Krakower to journey north despite warnings by the locals that it was far too dangerous. Along the way, he became aware of the Lord s Resistance Army and the 24-year long rebellion led by cult rebel leader, Joseph Kony. As he learned more about the war, Krakower and his crew changed their focus and this film. Hear the stories of the children who live in constant fear of kidnap, forced slavery and decimation of family. Listen to the children who escaped and survived in spite of their capture." Death On A Factory Farm—"There's a struggle being waged in the U.S. today - over how we treat the animals that end up on our dinner plates. More than ten billion animals are raised for consumption in the U.S. every year, most on industrialized "factory farms." Virtually no federal laws mandate the humane treatment of farm animals. Because most state laws are weak and/or rarely enforced, animal-rights groups have turned to undercover investigators to help expose abuse on factory farms. This is the story of one such investigator's disturbing descent into a factory farm." Encounters of the Fourth Kind—"Hosted by Oscar and Emmy Award winning actor Roddy McDowall, this fact-based documentary presents facts and evidence of alien abductions through re-enactments and interviews. You'll meet people who claimed to have been abducted and have undisputed proof of their claims, and hear from retired high ranking government officials and UFO experts that have seen first hand proof that we are not alone in the universe." Look for a special appearance by Christopher Walken! Fuel (2010)—" Eleven years in the making, Fuel is the in-depth personal journey of filmmaker and eco-evangelist Josh Tickell, who takes us on a hip, fast-paced road trip into America's dependence on foreign oil." Jungle Cavalcade—Big game hunter & nature lover Frank Buck narrates a highlight reel of his adventures in this 1941 documentary. The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels—John Waters narrates this comprehensive & entertaining look at the life and work of the indie filmmaker responsible for such movies as The Corpse Grinders and The Astro-Zombies. Mysteries of The Gods—" A documentary about the influence of "ancient astronauts" in mankind's history. The film is based on a book by Erich von Däniken." And it's narrated by William Shatner!! National Geographic: Explorer 25 Years—"National Geographic celebrates the 25th anniversary of Explorer, the longest running documentary series in cable television history, with a commemorative special. Explorer has taken viewers to more than 120 countries, opening a window on hidden parts of the world, unlocking mysteries both ancient and modern, and investigating amazing and powerful stories of science, wildlife, and human nature." Telepathic Communication with Animals—"Have you ever wished that you knew what an animal was thinking? Would you like to be more deeply attuned to your animal friends?" Penelope Smith will show you how to do just that. Unknown Powers—"Examine in authentic, graphic detail - ESP, astrology, telepathy, psychokinesis, pyramid power, faith healing, materializations, ectoplasms, and even life after death. Explore the fascinating men and women of today whose extraordinary powers and strange "gifts" are challenging the dogmas of modern science. Hosted by Jack Palance, Samantha Eggar, Will Geer and Roscoe Lee Browne." World Cup Soccer in Africa: Who Really Wins?—"World Cup Soccer in Africa: Who Really Wins? cuts through the hype, with an uncompromising examination of what the World Cup means for South Africans themselves. International heavyweights like Archbishop Desmond Tutu, construction workers, FIFA's Communications Director, street traders, politicians, and sports celebrities, wade into the debate. National pride, corruption and even murder feature in this astonishingly candid film which peels back the glossy media veneer to expose the real concerns of ordinary South Africans." And here I thought the real winners were the vuvuzela manufacturers. ...AND MORE MOVIES Death Race 2000: Roger Corman Cult Classic*--Shout! Factory's re-release of the 1975 race-or-die film starring David Carradine also includes a bunch of new extras. Good Guy (2010)—"Ambitious young New Yorker Beth (Alexis Bledel) wants it all: a good job, good friends and a good guy to share the city with. Of course that last one is trickiest of all, as Beth discovers when she falls hard for Tommy (Scott Porter), a handsome, young Wall Street hotshot. Just as everything seems to be falling into place, Beth meets Tommy's shy, clumsy co-worker Daniel (Bryan Greenberg) - and soon learns that the game of love in the big city is a lot like Wall Street - high risk, high reward...and everybody has an angle." Florence Nightingale (2008)—"This stirring drama is based on the life of Florence Nightingale, an aristocratic woman who defied Victorian society to reform hospital sanitation and to define the nursing profession as it is known today." The TV movies stars Jaclyn Smith, Claire Bloom, Jeremy Brett and Timothy Dalton. Hard Four—" What happens in Vegas can't stay in Vegas, when a legendary gambler (Ed Asner at his most cantankerous) is struck down at the craps table and must be brought home for a proper burial within 24 hours. It's up to his grandson and his best friend (Hollywood scions Samuel Gould and Ross Benjamin) to overcome the odds and oddballs that confront them at every turn. Bryan Cranston, Willie Garson and Dabney Colman each have inspired parts to play in the Hangover-inducing antics." Hell In A Circus—A 1935 drama about a couple's adulterous activities and their effects on their young son. It stars Leila Hyams & Conrad Nagel. North of Arizona (1935)—" Rough-tough cowboy jack aids local Indians who are being swindled out of their gold. He then gets hired on as a ranch foreman only to discover that he's working for thieves. Later, he's blamed (what a surprise!) for an express office heist." It stars Jack Perrin, Blanche MeHaffey, Al Bridge and Lane Chandler. Notorious But Nice (1933)—A romantic melodrama of lovers torn apart by financial circumstances...and murder. Outlaw Express (1938)—Bob Baker sings and shoots through this musical western while he investigates the murder of some Pony Express riders. Reunion (2006)—"Struggling with vulnerability, Dominique (Carolyn Owens), a college professor, must do some soul searching to address personal shortcomings. Suffering from kidney failure, she attends a family reunion to approach her estranged sister, CeCe (Trisha Mann), for a transplant. However, unresolved conflicts from their catastrophic childhood remain. At great emotional expense, both sisters must confront the demons of their past to find forgiveness and healing. Wacky relatives attending the reunion add color and controversy to the affair. Mounting tensions erupt when Aunt Clara (Maxine Hayden), the family matriarch, reveals a shocking secret, shaking the family tree to its roots." Riverworld (2010)—A made for the SyFy Channel movie starring Tahmoh Penikett (from Battlestar Galactica & Dollhouse) and Alan Cumming. Sean Axmaker shares his thoughts in his weekly TV on DVD roundup on his blog. Rock Slyde Private Eye—"Patrick Warburton is Rock Slyde, private detective. He's a little more Frank Drebin than Philip Marlowe, but he backs down from no one. Times have changed, he has not. Often times brilliant, but most times slightly confused, Rock gets the job done. Times have been tough for business, but that all changes when femme fatale Sara Lee (Rena Sofer) enters the office late one evening. Rock's nemesis is Bart (Andy Dick), the charismatic leader of the House of Bartology. Bart and his henchmen have strong-armed all of the tenants in their office complex to move out so they can control the building—except for one...Rock Slyde." Roy Rogers with Dale Evans Vol. 16—Four episodes of the show starring Roy, Dale, Bullet the Wonder Dog and Rogers faithful steed Trigger. Mack Sennett: Fun Parade (1915)—A collection of silents from Sennett's Keystone Studios: A Desperate Scoundrel (1915), Muddled in Mud (1913), Barney Oldfield's Race For A Life (1913), Taxi Doll (1929), Whispering Whiskers (1926) and a bonus sound film Crooner's Holiday (1932) with Bing Crosby. Teenage Hitch-hikers—"In this ripe slice of hippiesploitation, two girls (Sandra Cassell, The Last House On The Left; Chris Jordan, Confessions Of A Young American Housewife) hitch-hike their way across the good ole U.S.A. with no apparent destination in mind. Despite being penniless, they find that their nubile nude bodies are currency enough to get them where they're going. Along the way, they encounter horny males of all stripes (and a female or two) eager to help them. All manner of 70s silliness ensues, including an encounter with a hapless escaped rapist and an all-out orgy in a hippie commune. Loaded with nudity and a breezy sense of humor, Teenage Hitch-hikers is a lost sleazy gem that delivers the goods." There's always more being added to our now 110,000 strong title selection, so come check out the new releases today. Happy viewing!

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