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The Good, The Bad and The Weird: New Releases for August 17th

We wouldn't go so far as saying there are any bad movies out this week, but there's definitely a fine selection of good and weird new ones for your viewing pleasure. Here's what's new this week (as you probably know, a * means we also have it on Blu-ray): THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE WEIRD*—One of our favorite films of 2009 is this Korean take on the Spaghetti Western. Our colleague Alex says, "in it's own creative awesome way, this action adventure had me wide-eyed and smiling the whole time. The Bad is bad-ass, the Good is super cool, and the Weird...well, let's just say I haven't gotten this excited about a movie in a long time. Hilarious, fun, full of action and homages but still very original." CEMETERY JUNCTION—You had us at "written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant." DEXTER: SEASON 4*—Golden Globe winner Michael C. Hall returns for another season juggling marriage, fatherhood and serial killing. BLACK ORPHEUS*—Criterion reissues Marcel Camus' bossa nova-fueled fantasy & puts it on Blu-ray, too. Sean Axmaker has more on about the movie over on his blog. L'ENFANCE NUE—Maurice Pialat's 1968 film debut is a portrait of a troubled foster child, new on DVD from the Criterion Collection. TEMPLE GRANDIN—Claire Danes stars in this compelling and inspirational HBO biopic of the autistic scientist. THE LAST SONG—A father and daughter bond over their love of music in this heartwarming coming-of-age story from Nicholas The Notebook Sparks. It stars Greg Kinnear and Miley Cyrus (who may be familiar with the subject matter). FOUR SEASONS LODGE—A heartwarming documentary that follows a group of Holocaust survivors on their annual vacation in the Catskills. CITY OF YOUR FINAL DESTINATION—In the most recent film by director James Ivory, a doctoral student (Omar Metwally) visits a mysterious author's brother (Anthony Hopkins), widow (Laura Linney) and mistress (Charlotte Gainsbourg) as he seeks permission to write a biography about the late writer. LOST SKELETON RETURNS AGAIN—The action-packed sequel to sci-fi B-movie homage/spoof The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra. You may also below Dark and Stormy Night, which you'll find later on this list. FURRY VENGEANCE—Brendan Fraser wasn't very nice to some woodland creatures or their environment so they set about making it look like he peed his pants. Don't they remember he was George of the Jungle? ROCKY & BULLWINKLE & FRIENDS: SEASON 4—"Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!" TV CARNAGE: LET'S WORK IT OUT!!!—There are few things funnier than these collections of television's finer moments. Visit our Comedy Television section for more. BURNING BRIGHT—As one of our colleagues described on our Facebook page: "Coming out this Tuesday is maybe the movie with the best plot since Snake On A Plane. A woman and her autistic brother are locked in a house with a tiger while a hurricane rages outside. Seriously. And please, no one spoil the surprise ending." (A LOT OF) NEW BLU-RAYs: FORMAT OF THE FUTURE Accidents Happen After Life Alpha Dog La Boheme—2010, English National Opera Cats & Dogs Charlie's Angels The Diplomat (2009) Dr. Giggles/Otis Earth Days Eclipse (2009) Evil Aliens—Unrated & Theatrical Editions Fanboys Stephen Fry: In America Hamlet (1996)—The Kenneth Branagh version In The Shadow of The Moon Insomnia (2002)—Christopher Nolan's remake of the 1997 Norwegian film (conveniently located in our Norway section) Into The Deep: America, Whaling & The World Jade Jimmy Hollywood Johnny Handsome Just Another Day Ladybugs—Really? This movie on Blu-ray? Yep! Last Chance To See Last Man Standing/Last Boy Scout Lock Up (1989) Loose Screws: Screwballs II Margot (2009) Middle of Nowhere Open House (2010) Our Family Wedding Over British Columbia Paranoiac! Practical Magic/Witches of Eastwick Sentinel Tell Tale Tin Man To Save a Life Y Tu Mama Tambien Victor/Victoria—The '95 Broadway production starring Tony Roberts, Michael Nouri & the always amazing Julie Andrews. ANIME NEW RELEASES Casshern: Sins—Parts 1 & 2 Kurokami: The Animation—Volume 2 (Blu-ray) FAMILY NEW RELEASES Batman: The Brave and The Bold—Season 1, Part 1 Penguins of Madagascar: New To The Zoo Shaun The Sheep: A Wooly Good Time Wolverine and The X-Men Vol. 6—Final Crisis Trilogy Skellig: The Owl Man--Tim Roth! NEW TV ON DVD Cougar Town: Season 1 ER: Season 13—The last season, complete with former cast cameos and a strong last episode. Hunter: Seasons 4, 5, 6 & 7 Midsomer Murders: Season 11, Part 2 (aka Set 16) One Tree Hill: Season 7 Ugly Betty: Season 4—Sadly, this was the final season for Betty and the staff at Mode. Friday Night Lights: Season 4—This show is a staff favorite. If you're not already a fan, we encourage you to head up to the Drama TV section and grab the first three seasons. NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS Heronia (2005)—Spain Music Teacher (1989)—France 1981 (2009)—Canada They're a Weird Mob (1966)(PAL Code 4)—Australia, directed by Michael Powell Thief of Paris (1967)(PAL Code 2)—France, directed by Louis Malle Violeta (1997)—Mexico NEW FROM THE WARNER ARCHIVE Remote Control (1930)—"A radio clairvoyant gives his rapt audience advice from the spirit world. But the clairvoyant is really the leader of a gang of thieves, the advice is a code to where the gang should strike next and a suspicious station employee (William Haines) is about to be taken for a ride! With his matinee-idol looks and baggy-pants comic gifts, Haines shines in this crime caper as a go-getter who gets the crooks, the girl and most of the screen time. More fun is provided by auditioning radio "artists," including a cowpoke (Benny Rubin) with a Yiddish accent and a homely-mugged beauty expert (Polly Moran in unbecoming makeup) who's darn lucky people aren't yet watching TV!" Show Business (1944)—"Show business can be burlesque or vaudeville, the Ziegfeld Follies or smoky dives where a fella sings for drinks. In Show Business, it's all of 'em! Eddie Cantor, George Murphy, Joan Davis and Constance Ford star in a star-crossed story of stardom as small-timers who aim for the big their careers and in love." Summer Holiday (1947)—" This Technicolor®-glorious version of Eugene O'Neill's beloved coming-of-age play Ah, Wilderness! boasts Harry Warren/Ralph Blane tunes as spirited as the 4th of July. The splendid cast is headed by Mickey Rooney (who played the youngest brother in 1935's Ah, Wilderness!) as a lad from a warm, eccentric family who graduates from high school and into Life, complete with grand ideas, chorus girls and his first beer." NEW DOCUMENTARIES, MUSIC & NON-FICTION FARE Off and Running—"With white Jewish lesbians for parents and two adopted brothers - one mixed-race and one Korean - Brooklyn teen Avery, a local track star in high school, grew up in a unique and loving household. But Avery's curiosity about her African-American roots compels her to contact her birth mother, thrusting her into a complicated exploration of race and identity that threatens to distance her from her family. But when Avery decides to pick up the pieces of her life and make sense of her identity, the results are inspiring." Animals Film (25th Anniversary Edition)—"Twenty-five years after it first shocked British TV audiences, The Animals Film, a documentary narrated by Academy Award winner Julie Christie that explores our relationship with and exploitation of animals, is now available for the first time on DVD!" Autism & Asperger's Syndrome: An Insightful Presentation by Dr. Temple Grandin—"Dr. Temple Grandin has served as inspiration and role model to hundreds of thousands of families and persons with autism. In this unique DVD, Temple eloquently and candidly describes the challenges she has faced and offers no-nonsense ideas on how others dealing with autism can meet these obstacles and improve the quality of their lives. Backed by her personal experience and evidence-based research, Temple shares her valuable insights on a wide variety of topics, and offers useful do's and don'ts." Chinatown Jeet Kune Do—"This DVD, based on the celebrated book of the same name by Tim Tackett and Bob Bremer, uses the medium of video to illustrate many of the abstract and concrete concepts from Bruce Lee's celebrated martial art." Flight From Darkness: An Exploration Into Biopolar Disorder—"Flight from Darkness focuses on the life of Percy Paul-from his dazzling rise and fall as a brilliant mathematician to his continuing struggle to prevail over his illness and realize his full potential." History and Concept of Hip-Hop Dance—A thorough look at the history of "the street culture that became a global expression." History of Britain: Special Edition—"The definitive documentary of British history that launched Simon Schama's award-winning television career. This epic 15-part series explores the vast history of the British Empire from 3000 BC to 1965. Simon Schama's compelling storytelling skills breathe new life into the dramatic stories of lives and moments in Britain's rich and colorful past." The Special Edition is now in widescreen with new extras. A Hole In The Head—"A Hole in the Head is a documentary film about people who seek to expand their consciousness by drilling a hole through their skull as well as an examination of the medical efficacy of the procedure." Pulp Fiction: The Golden Age of Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Adventure—Trace the history of pulp fiction with accounts by authors like Ray Bradbury and Frederik Pohl and profiles of writers of the era such as Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs. The Shift (2009)—"In this compelling film, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer explores the spiritual journey from ambition to meaning. The powerful shift from the ego constructs we are taught early in life by parents and society - which promote an emphasis on achievement and accumulation - are shown in contrast to a life of meaning, focused on serving and giving back. Through the intertwined stories of an overachieving businessman, a mother of two seeking her own expression in the world, and a director trying to make a name for himself, this entertaining film not only inspires, but also teaches us how to create a life of meaning and purpose." Siege (1940)—"Arriving in Warsaw a week after the Nazi German invasion of Poland, American photojournalist Julien Bryan was the only neutral reporter who remained in the city. He survived two weeks of devastating bombardment risking his life over and over again to record the agony and bravery of Warsaw's civilians under the merciless German attack. Mr. Bryan's film and still photos of the Nazis tragic destruction of Warsaw shocked the American public into awareness of the devastation of modern warfare, and the looming danger as the Nazis conquered country after country. Nominated for an Academy Award in 1940, and inducted into the U.S. National Film Registry in 2006 for preservation as one of the nation's most culturally, historically or aesthetically significant films, this rarely seen historic newsreel Siege has been lovingly restored and is now available on DVD for the first time." Soundtracker—"There are very few places of quiet left in the United States. For the past thirty years, Emmy Award-winning nature sound recordist, Gordon Hempton, has made it his life's mission to find and record these places before they are gone completely. Soundtracker follows Gordon on the road and into the wilderness as he travels throughout America's West in search of these quiet places. Unwilling to give up when the noise of civilization intrudes upon his every recording, his quest takes on new dimensions as he begins to search for a different kind of sound that captures his imagination and the spirit of America." Tequila Joe/Hole Between The Eyes—Two violent sixties Spaghetti Westerns starring Anthony Ghidra. ...AND MORE MOVIES Orlando: Special Edition—It's finally back in print! Read more about the Special Edition over on Sean Axmaker's site. Alice Goodbody!—A 70s softcore comedy starring Colleen Brennan as a naïve waitress/aspiring actress who gets her big break with a role in the "seventh most expensive movie ever made!" Assassin Next Door—"In an old apartment building on the wrong side of the tracks, Galia and Eleanor share two things: an adjoining wall and a need to escape. Galia is an assassin, forced against her will to kill for the Mafia. She longs for her freedom and to reunite with her young daughter, whom she left back in Russia. Eleanor is a grocery store cashier who dreams of winning the lottery and running away from her abusive husband. The two women unite to take action against their oppressors in an action-packed fight for survival and freedom." Dark and Stormy Night—"From the filmmakers behind The Lost Skeleton Of Cadavra comes an homage to The Old Dark House genre like no other! A strange and mysterious group of strange, mysterious people gathers in the old dark house of the Cavinder Estate for the reading of the will of the late Sinas Cavinder. Strangest and most mysterious of this group is the unseen psychopathic killer who is killing the attendees one by one." Poirot: Movie Collection 5—"David Suchet is back as Hercule Poirot. The dapper Belgian detective takes on three more cases in these wildly popular adaptations of Christie's acclaimed classics." The set includes Murder on the Orient Express with Barbara Hershey, Hugh Bonneville, and Dame Eileen Atkins, Third Girl with Zoe Wanamaker, Peter Bowles and James Wilby and Appointment With Death featuring Tim Curry and Elizabeth McGovern. White on Rice—"40-year-old Jimmy is growing up, or at least he's getting older. While mooching the upper bunk of his ten-year-old nephew's bed, he enjoys the never-ending generosity of his sister Aiko, and dodges the wrath of his impatient brother-in-law Tak. He thinks that if only he could get married all his problems would be solved. But when he falls head over heels for Tak's niece things only go from bad to worse."