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SUMMER & other New Releases for July 6th

The best new release this week is that wonderful glowing orb in the sky. If you're not one to frolic in the resulting light and warmth, stay out of the heat by browsing in our comfortably air-conditioned store. We'll see the rest of you once the sun goes down and you head in for some excellent new titles. Here's the list, now with a NEW VIDEO GAME section. As always, a * means it's also on Blu-ray and you can purchase select titles on this here website by clicking on SALE. A SINGLE MAN *—Tom Ford applies his fashion-trained eye for detail to his directorial debut starring the incredible Colin Firth as a man slowly consumed by loss. It's quiet, subtle and affecting. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO *— A journalist and a young computer researcher unravel a prestigious family's murderous past in this engrossing and sometimes brutal thriller. It's based on the novel by the late Steig Larsson, the first in his Millennium trilogy. SALE BROOKLYN'S FINEST *—Antoine Fuqua's cop drama starring Ethan Hawke, Don Cheadle, Richard Gere and Wesley Snipes. It's nice to see Blade back on the big screen... STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. *—The remastered Ultimate Edition includes an alternate version of the film made from different takes & camera angles, the original score, a making-of documentary & more. SALE LOST KEATON: SIXTEEN COMEDY SHORTS—Buster Keaton tries his hand, or should we say voice, with a new-fangled thing called sound in these shorts he made with Educational Pictures from 1934-37. I couldn't find any snippets of those films, so here's him on What's My Line instead. GAMERA VS. BARUGON—The coolest flying giant turtle is back to defend the Earth from an evil reptile able to freeze anything in its path! Use that fire breath, Gamera!! The DVD has both the original Japanese language track and the English dub. BATTLE LEAGUE HORMUO—A college student joins a club to woo a pretty girl, but is instead enlisted into an epic battle with a crazy spirit army. The things we do for love. It stars Chiaki Kuriyama from Battle Royale & Kill Bill Vol. 1. COLUMBIA PICTURES FILM NOIR CLASSICS VOLUME II—Five noirs new to DVD: City of Fear (1958), Nightfall (1956), Pushover (1954), The Brothers Rico (1957) and Fritz Lang's 1954 film Human Desire SQUIDBILLIES: VOLUME 3—More with everyone's favorite Appalachian dwelling squids! SALE PROJECT RUNWAY: SEASON 7—This is the first season where the person I was rooting for the most actually won. Whoo! NEW VIDEO GAMES Crackdown 2 (XBOX) Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey (Wii) Last Airbender (Wii) LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (PS3) My Sims (Wii) Sim Animals (Wii) Sims 2: Castaway (Wii) Transformers: War For Cybertron (PS3, Wii) ANIME NEW RELEASES Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor (Blu-ray!) Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Season 2, Part 2 One Piece: Season 3 1st Voyage FAMILY NEW RELEASES Alex in Wonderland Bakugan: Chapter 2 Eps. 40-52 NEW BLU-RAY: FORMAT OF THE FUTURE Ice Road Truckers: Season 3 Jason and The Argonauts (1963) NEW TV ON DVD American Pickers: Season 1 Bit Of A Do: Complete Collection Closer: Season 5 Dirty Jobs: Season 4 Doc Martin: Series 4 Dragnet 1968: Season 2 18 Kids and Counting: Season 3 Family Matters: Season 1 Have Gun, Will Travel: Season 4 Vol. 2 Hawthorne: Season 1 How The Earth Was Made: Season 2 Leave It To Beaver: Season 3 Lucy Calls The President MacGuyver: The TV Movies Mister Ed: Season 3 My Three Sons: Season 2 Vol. 2 Secret Life of the American Teenager Vol. 4 Wycliffe: Season 3 Z Rock: Season 2 NEW DOCTOR WHO DVDs Story 15 & 16: Space Museum & The Chase Story 64: The Time Monster Story 96: Underworld Story 108: Horns of Nimon NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS Bridal Party in Hardanger (1926)(PAL Code 2)—Norway Double Take (2009)(PAL Code 2)—USA Eva (2009)—Romania Lee Evans: Live at Her Majesty's Theatre (PAL Code 2)—UK Lee Evans: Live From The West End (PAL Code 2)—UK Games (1967)(PAL Code 2)—USA Iron Angels (2007)(PAL Code 2)—Sweden Kautokeino Rebellion (2008)(PAL Code 2)—Norway Keep Fit (1938)(PAL Code 2)—UK Legend and The Hero II (2009)—Hong Kong Lewis: Season 4 (as in Inspector Lewis) (2009)(PAL Code 2)—UK Life is Magic (2010)—India Night Of The Hourglass (2007)(PAL Code 2)—France, directed by Jean Rollin Nocturnal Demon (1990)—Hong Kong Sammy Going South (1963)(PAL Code 2)—UK So Sweet, So Dead (1972)(PAL Code 2)—Italy Solomon Kane (2009)(PAL Code 2)—USA Trouble Brewing (1939)(PAL Code 2)—UK Lennon Naked (2010)(PAL Code 2)—A new BBC biopic starring Christopher Eccleston as John Lennon. Me & Orson Welles (2008)(PAL Code 2)—Whoa, do I spy Zac Efron in the latest Richard Linklater film? RoboGeisha * (2009)(PAL Code 2)—Sibling rivalry between two sisters gets a little out of hand in this gory Japanese kitsch-fest. It was our number one request at this year's Sakura Con and was a big hit at this year's SIFF. The trailer is awesome but a bit much for our site, so enjoy it at your own risk here. NEW TO THE SIFF 2010 SECTION French Kissers (2009)(PAL Code 4)—A French coming-of-age story that will make you, "laugh, cry, and cringe with recognition at the embarrassing lives of these acne-prone 14-year-olds." NEW FROM THE WARNER ARCHIVES Five Star Final (1931)—"Early in this brisk dramedy, a jaded newsman laments that some reporters furnish the manure while some grow the flowers. Editor Joe Randall's newspaper is suddenly in the manure biz. To increase readership and revenues, he's pressured against his principles to come up with a sensationalist tale or two. So Randall revisits a love-nest murder of years past. Circulation soars. But living people - real people - involved in the story are suddenly victimized. Randall could never imagine the tragedy to follow." It stars Edward G. Robinson as Joe and Boris Karloff as his lead reporter. Two on a Guillotine (1964)—"Twenty years ago, a little accident with a guillotine trick left magician Duke Duquesne's wife and on-stage assistant without a head...and their baby daughter Cassie without a mother. Now The Great Duquesne may have another trick up his sleeve. He dies, leaving Cassie a sizeable inheritance if she'll spend seven nights in his spooky mansion. With a fearless young reporter at her side, Cassie braves terrors that could be the work of evil spirits. Or are they illusions dreamed up by Cassie's dear, demented dad?" Connie Stevens stars as Connie along side Dean Jones and Cesar Romero. Verboten! (1958)—"World War II is over. A new war begins. Inside occupied Germany, neo-Nazi insurgents wage a campaign of terror aimed at undermining the American Military Government. Among those experiencing the waves of violence is an ex-G.I. (James Best) married to a Fräulein (Susan Cummings) he met when U.S. forces fought their way into the town of Rothbach. 'I felt like a chef making a hardy soup - blending together postwar Germany, Beethoven, Wagner, unrepentant Nazis and the Nuremberg war trials,' filmmaker and combat vet Samuel Fuller (The Big Red One) recalled about Verboten! Fuller seasons his soup with soul-searing documentary footage from his own war-era archives. It's an assertive and thought-provoking celluloid dish." NEW DOCUMENTARIES, MUSIC, PERFORMANCE ART & OTHER NON-FICTION FARE Among The Righteous: Lost Stories from the Holocaust in Arab Lands—"Did any Arabs save Jews during the Holocaust? Seeking a response to the plague of Holocaust denial in the Arab world, Robert Satloff, head of a respected Washington policy center, set off in the wake of 9/11 on what would become an eight-year journey to find an Arab hero whose story would change the way Arabs view Jews, themselves and their own history." Before Mickey: An Animated Anthology—"Before Mickey presents examples of virtually every genre of animation, from line drawings and cutouts to early pixillation, and includes among its treasures many rare films not in distribution elsewhere. Ranging in length from snippets of 30 seconds to complete 5-minute shorts, the wealth of material includes works by Winsor McCay (creator of Little Nemo and Gertie the Dinosaur), Max and Dave Fleischer, Otto Messmer (creator of Felix the Cat, as well as some early efforts by Ub Iwerks and Walt Disney." Black Sabbath: Paranoid—"Using exclusive interviews, musical demonstration, archive footage and returning to the multi-tracks with engineer Tom Allom, the film reveals how Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward created their frighteningly dark, heavy and ear-shatteringly loud sound." Brother Outsider: Life of Bayard Rustin—"Five years in the making, Brother Outsider illuminates the public and private lives of Bayard Rustin, a visionary activist and strategist who has been called the invisible man of the civil rights movement. An indispensable mentor to Martin Luther King Jr. and the organizer of the legendary 1963 March on Washington, Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Brother Outsider reveals the price that Rustin paid for this honesty, chronicling both the setbacks and triumphs of his remarkable 60-year career." Frontline: Obama's War—"In Obama's War, veteran correspondent Martin Smith travels across Afghanistan and Pakistan to see first-hand how the president's new strategy is taking shape, delivering vivid, on-the-ground reporting from this eight-year-old war's many fronts. Through interviews with top generals, diplomats and government officials, Smith also reports the internal debates over President Obama's grand attempt to combat terrorism at its roots." Frontline: The Vaccine War—"In The Vaccine War, FRONTLINE lays bare the science of vaccine safety and examines the increasingly bitter debate between the public health establishment and a formidable populist coalition of parents, celebrities, politicians and activists who are armed with the latest social media tools -- including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter -- and are determined to resist pressure from the medical and public health establishments to vaccinate, despite established scientific consensus about vaccine safety." Ganja Queen—"Bali, Indonesia. Schappelle Corby, a 27-year old Australian woman, languishes in Kerobokan Prison for a crime she insists she didn't commit. Corby had flown to Bali in October 2004 for a two-week holiday on the beach. Amongst her luggage was an unlocked boogie-board bag. When she arrived in Bali and was asked by customs officians to open the tote, they discovered a ten-pound bag of cannabis flattened next to the board. Ganja Queen explores the myriad of twists and turns in this sensational case. As the trial counts down to the final verdict, the documentary goes behind the scenes, filming intimate interviews with Schappelle Corby from behind the walls of Kerobokan Prison, as well as following her controversial family and the outspoken defense team." Giganto: The Real King Kong—"Tales of massive creatures abound throughout human history, and among the most persistent are those of ape-man creatures like Yeti and Bigfoot. Might this ancient primate, who probably went extinct about 500,000 years ago, be the source of these many legends? Giganto explores the tales and reveals the science, tracing the remains of the oversized ape to Asia and trying to connect fossil DNA to potential modern-day relatives. Forensic testing, extensive scientific research, 3-D animation, and body reconstruction will help determine the true mystery behind this prehistoric ape." Into The Deep: America, Whaling & The World—"Equal parts fantastic sea adventure, mythic saga of man versus beast, and cautionary economic and environmental tale, Ric Burns' Into the Deep is the thrilling, epic story of three centuries of whaling and the unique relationship between American whalers and the giant creatures they hunted." Last Chance To See—"Beloved British comedy legend Stephen Fry follows in the footsteps of his good friend, the late writer Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), along with zoologist Mark Carwardine, to remote regions in search of some of the rarest, most threatened animals on Earth." Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in WWII—"The unknown story of African-American battalions, focusing on the heroic actions of the 761st, which spearheaded General Patton's third Army and helped liberate concentration camps. This powerful film vividly records the experiences of the soldiers, who were utterly unprepared for the atrocities they witnessed, as well as the astonishment of the camp inmates - some of whom had never seen a black person before. Liberators bears witness to the courage of Holocaust survivors and the heroism of men who were forced to fight on two fronts - battling discrimination at home as they fought for their country overseas." National Geographic: Dinosaurs Decoded—"T. rex and Triceratops are among the best-studied dinosaurs of all time. How much more can we learn? Surprisingly, more than we ever thought. Famed paleontologist Jack Horner and his colleagues are challenging the long held belief that young dinosaurs looked like miniature versions of their parents." Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin—"On the evening of VE Day, May 8, 1945, Norman Corwin, known as the 'poet laureate of radio drama,' presented a radio program that galvanized and electrified the nation. The broadcast, ''On a Note of Triumph,'' was a moment that would mark the end of a long national struggle, and, in another sense, set a new standard for the art of radio drama. Featuring interviews with Robert Altman, Norman Lear, Studs Terkel and Walter Cronkite, Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin examines the greatest radio presentation in the history of the medium and shows how it remains eerily prescient in light of current events." Nukes In Space: The Rainbow Bombs—"Nukes in Space provides an exciting overview of the development of the military space program of missiles and space-based nuclear weapons testing with spectacular, never-before-seen images." Plus it's narrated by William Shatner! Phoenix Mars Mission: Onto The Ice—"Following on from Phoenix Mars Mission: Ashes to Ice this documentary tells the story of the Phoenix Lander from its arrival on the Martian surface through the completion of its mission." Reds Memories: Greatest Moments in Cincinnati Reds—"For more than 140 years Cincinnati has been one of the bedrocks of professional baseball, featuring unparalleled players, from Joe Nuxhall to Frank Robinson, from Bid McPhee to Johnny Bench, from Sparky Anderson to Lou Piniella. It is all right here: the Hall of Famers, the championship teams, the historic past and the promising future. Reds Memories is the first complete compilation of Cincinnati Reds history through three centuries of baseball." Science of Healing with Dr. Esther Sternberg—"Author and medical researcher Dr. Esther Sternberg examines the role the brain plays in healing. The program addresses some critical questions: What is healing? Is there a mind/body connection? What happens in the brain when healing occurs? What role does emotion play? Dr. Sternberg uses her own story of illness and recovery as a parallel to her investigation of what scientists are learning about the mind/body connection." Secrets to Love—"In this film, director Tracie Donahue searches for the answers to finding (and maintaining) a healthy, happy love, by asking real couples and relationship experts the most important questions." A Sense of Wonder—"When pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1962, the backlash from her critics thrust her into the center of a political maelstrom. Despite her love of privacy, Carson s convictions and her foresight regarding the risks posed by chemical pesticides forced her into a very public and controversial role. Struggling with cancer, Carson recounts with both humor and anger the attacks by the chemical industry, the government, and the press as she focuses her limited energy to get her message to Congress and the American people. A Sense of Wonder is an intimate and poignant reflection of Carson's life as she emerges as America's most successful advocate for the natural world." What's Underground About Marshmallows!—"The second part of Ron Vawter's highly acclaimed theater piece Roy Cohn/Jack Smith, first staged in 1989 in New York City and then performed nationally until Vawter's death from AIDS in 1994. Jack Smith was a vanguard underground filmmaker, who was sometimes hailed as the father of performance art. In his later films and performances, such as the one re-imagined here, Smith explored a deceptively frivolous camp aesthetic that transformed bits of Hollywood 'B' movies into socio-political critique and high art." Workout at Work!—"No time to work out? Now you can do it during your coffee break. Workout at Work is divided into seven powerful sections that allow you to spread your workout throughout your day or week." The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright—"Narrated by Wright's granddaughter, actress Anne Baxter, The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright is a brilliant introduction to the work of one of the twentieth century's great visionaries, whose concepts of form and function are, in large measure, the basis of contemporary design." ...AND MORE MOVIES And Then Came Lola—"In this time-bending, sexy, lesbian romp with an irreverent nod to the popular art-house classic Run, Lola, Run a talented, but distracted photographer, Lola, (Ashleigh Sumner) on the verge of success in both love and work, could lose it all if she doesn t make it to a crucial meeting on time. But, as usual, Lola is late. With her job and girlfriend Casey (Jill Bennett) on the line, she has three chances to make it right. In a desperate race through the streets and backrooms of San Francisco, time grows short will Lola make it?" Bare Knuckles (2010)—"Cocktail waitress and single mother Samantha Rogers (Jeanette Roxborough) will do whatever it takes to provide for her daughter. And her one chance at security comes when down-and-out fight promoter Sonny Cool (Martin Kove, Karate Kid) introduces Sam to the dangerous and illegal world of high-stakes all-female bare knuckle fighting. Shell face the fight of her life when she climbs into the ring where there is no room for weakness and no mercy for the loser. Inspired by a true story, this tale of guts and determination is a guaranteed knockout." Best of the B's Collection 2—"Guaranteed to raise your temperature, Naughty Nurses & Tawdry Teachers is an audacious celebration of every sinful schoolboy's fantasy and testosterone-ridden guy's daydream...Featured in this special four-disc collector's set are short skirts, bad apples, failing grades, sharp needles, cold bedpans and such then up-and-coming stars as Chuck Norris, Sally Kirkland, Alana Collins (now Stewart), Jean Manson (Playboy's Miss August 1974), Dixie Peabody, Mantan Moreland and more." Bottom Land—"Stephen Sommers returns home to the family farm in southern Ohio six months after the accident that killed his wife and sent him to a mental hospital. He notices that his elderly father and his young son have bonded in his absence, creating a rift among them during a time when they should have been healing. A powerful exploration of three men incapable of expressing emotion, Bottom Land is a heartfelt tale from the Heartland from indie director Edward Radtke. The Cartel—"When Jules Land, a naïve journalist, approaches Mexico's most notorious drug cartel and requests an audience with its leader he quickly realizes he's in over his head. Wanting only the chance to kick-start his struggling career, Jules goes from seeking to understand the principles behind the cartel's success, to fighting to return home with his wits - and his life - intact." Desert of the Lost—An outlaw (Wally Wales) flees a gun fight and the searching eyes of a detective in this 1927 silent western. Fireball (2009)—"In this red hot action-adventure... Former football star turned convict, Tyler "The Fuse" Draven, discovers in jail that he has the ability to create fire by mere thought alone! Now he's going to use his new- found power to wreak havoc and get revenge on everyone that's ever done him wrong... which seems to be the entire world! His deadly skill and fiery temper has Draven bent on a mission of total destruction unless the authorities find a way to stop him!" It stars Ian Somerhalder, who you may know from Lost and The Vampire Diaries. The Gardener's Son—"On April 20, 1876, James Gregg, heir to an early South Carolina textile mill town, was shot and killed by a youth from the village by the name of Robert McEvoy. McEvoy was tried and hung without ever giving an explanation for the murder. The newspapers of the day described the shooting as a mystery 'as far as can be determined without cause or motive.' One hundred years later, film director Richard Pearce and novelist Cormac McCarthy spent more than a year investigating this century-old murder case. The resulting film, The Gardener's Son starring Brad Dourif, (One Flew Over the Cuckoo s Nest) is a haunting evocation of life in one of the 'oldest industrial plantations dedicated to cotton manufacture in the Civil-War south.'" Is Money Everything?—A poor farmer works to win his fortune and finds out the high life isn't all he hoped for in this 1923 silent drama starring Norman Kerry and Miriam Cooper. Love Gamble—Lillian Rich stars as a woman who must "destroy her reputation to save the man she loves" in this 1925 drama. RATKO: The Dictator's Son—"The tale of the likable scion of an evil foreign despot as he navigates his way at an American University. A comedy of culture clash on a global scale." Brought to you by the folks at National Lampoon's! Shocking Accident—"An English schoolboy learns that his father has been killed in a bizarre accident. His friends tease him mercilessly, and years later his aunt still relishes the tale. Only when he meets a girl who understands can he come to terms with the terrible incident." This 1982 short film starring Rupert Everett and Jenny Seagrove is based on the story by Graham Greene and won an Oscar for Best Short Film. Sister's Keeper—"Military-trained hitman, Jacob Tate (Kent Faulcon), has been sent by his handler (Eric Roberts) to a small Southern town with orders to eliminate a beautiful English teacher, Diane Shaw (Denise Boutté). When Diane mistakes Jacob for her long-lost brother, he uses the guise to find the perfect moment to kill her, but soon finds himself drawn into her frank and colorful family. Now this professional assassin is left to choose between executing what should be an easy murder-for-hire and trying to solve the mystery of who would want the innocent Diane dead." Uncle Vanya (1957)—"First time on Video or DVD! Anton Chekhov's classic drama of a country doctor's unrequited love came to the New York stage in 1956, and then the play was filmed for a theatrical release. With a powerful performance by star Franchot Tone (who also co-directed), superb support by Mary Perry, Peggy McCay and George Voskovec in the title role, and music by multi-Oscar nominee Werner Janssen, this amazing artifact veritably puts you in a 1956 legit theater seat watching "probably the best work Tone has ever done" (Variety)." There's more where that came from, so stop by & check out the New Release section (or any of the other over 100,000 titles). Happy sunshine and happy viewing!