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New Releases for September 7th

Put a few explosions, some superheroes, foreign documentaries, the Boss and NORM up in your laughing spitting face! MACGRUBER *—This movie is surprisingly awesome, but we're hoping its success does not pave way for a Gilly movie. We're also curious to see how just how unrated this edition gets... SALE THE OFFICE: SEASON 6—One of the more uncomfortable episodes of the series (brace yourselves for "Scott's Tots") is tempered with this... SALE THE EXPLODING GIRL—A young woman balances her feelings for her new boyfriend and her best friend in this coming-of-age drama from writer/director Bradley Rust Gray. SOLITARY MAN *—Michael Douglas is a formerly successful businessman who has fallen on hard times, left with only his lust to sustain him. SMALLVILLE: SEASON 9—aka "The season with THE WONDER TWINS!" BROTHERS AND SISTERS: SEASON 4 — There's no other show out there that has as many surprises. The title is a bit deceiving, it's not as simple as it sounds. THE KILLERS—See what happens when you spontaneously marry someone? Note: the promotional items for this movie were blue and pink squirt guns and sunscreen. NEW BLU-RAY: FORMAT OF THE FUTURE Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Forbidden Planet In Cold Blood (1967) Iraq in Fragments It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Mars Attacks! The Player Poltergeist SALE THX 1138--Director's Cut SALE Tommy NEW VIDEO GAMES Disney Guilty Party (Wii) Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions (Xbox) ANIME NEW RELEASES My Bride is a Mermaid: Part 2 FAMILY NEW RELEASES Dora the Explorer: Dora Celebrates Three Kings Day Go Diego Go: Diego's Ultimate Rescue League Shaun The Sheep: Party Animals Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam—Extended Edition! NEW TV ON DVD Chuck: Season 3 Clatterford: Season 3 Criminal Minds: Season 5 Dr. Who, Story 106: Creature from The Pit Dr. Who, Story 129: The King's Demons Dr. Who, Story 134: Planet of Fire Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 1985 Marple (2004): Series 5 V. 1—Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side Marple (2004): Series 5 V. 2—Secret of Chimneys Marple (2004): Series 5 V. 3—The Blue Geranium Pie In The Sky: Series 3 Skins: Volume 3 Supernatural: Season 5 The Norm Show: The Complete Series-Norm MacDonald as a social worker? NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS Adam and Evelyne (1949)(PAL Code 2)—UK Appointment with Venus/Hot Enough For June (PAL)—UK Blades of Blood (2009)(Code 3)—Korea The Calling (2009)(PAL Code 2)—UK Caravaggio (2007)—Italy Identity (2009)(PAL Code 2)—UK John Rage (2009)—Germany Kamchatka (2002)—Argentina Mongrels (2010)(PAL Code 2)—UK Night Buffalo (2009)—Mexico Rake's Progress (1945)(PAL Code 2)—UK Taking Father Home (2005)—China Tiara Tahiti (1962)(PAL Code 2)—UK Triple Tap (2010)(Code 3)—Hong Kong Ultima Mirada (2010)—Mexico Walk On Fire (2009)—Hong Kong Centurion (2009)(PAL Code 2)-- The latest from director Neil Marshall (The Descent, Dog Soldiers) NEW FROM THE WARNER ARCHIVES Between Two Worlds (1944) - "Nazi bombs rain fire into an English port town. The smoke clears and a disparate group of human beings caught in the blast finds itself aboard a luxury liner headed...who knows where. They soon learn their one-way tickets are stamped Heaven. And Hell. A dose of World War II realism puts a gritty edge on this retelling of the early Talkie Outward Bound (starring Leslie Howard) that loses none of the prior version's ethereal power. A stellar cast - John Garfield, Paul Henried, Sydney Greenstreet, Eleanor Parker, Edmund Gwenn and more names evocative of a remarkable filmmaking era - bring their considerable talents to a tale of passengers who discover their true natures as they discover their destinations." The Conquerors (1932) - "Take heart, Depression-era America: the nation has faced dire economic crises in years past and with pluck, honest work and persistence has pulled itself aright. The Conquerors combines its morale-boosting message with a tale of one family's lives and times, misfortunes and fortunes from 1873 to 1930. Richard Dix, star of the prior year's sprawling Cimarron, plays dual roles as smalltown banker Roger Standish and his grandson (in a filmmaking virtuosity rare for the era, the two share the final sequence). The passage of time and events is conveyed in acclaimed montages by Slavko Vorkapich, whose masterly visual compressions also grace David Copperfield, The Good Earth and other classics." Crack-Up (1946) - "After a train wreck sends art critic George Steele (Pat O'Brien) into a mental tailspin, he's fired from his job at a New York art museum. Seems unjust - until you learn there was no train wreck. This relentless, nervy film noir explores the sinister world of violence and the monied world of aesthetics as Steele's attempt to reconstruct what really happened leads him to murder, mania and an international conspiracy that threatens the museum's masterpieces. Herbert Marshall (Foreign Correspondent, The Letter) joins the hunt as a mysterious Brit who's awfully chummy with the cops. And noir great Claire Trevor (Murder, My Sweet; Key Largo) plays Steele's sweetheart, a savvy journalist who may know more a lot more than she's telling." Flesh (1932) - "In the wrestling ring, Polakai is a colossus of muscle, sinew and sweat. At home with the tough-cookie ex-con he's married and saved from the streets, he is a gentle giant. But his kindness is not enough to stop his wife from pursuing an illicit affair that topples Polakai into professional and personal ruin. Legendary director John Ford brings his clean, visually poetic style to Flesh, guiding Wallace Beery (in the year of his Best Actor Oscar® win* for The Champ) and Karen Morley (Scarface) to some of the finest work of their careers. As touching as it is uncompromising, Flesh takes its characters to the dark regions of their souls...and ends with a quiet, unforgettable scene that offers a hope for redemption." Invasion Quartet (1961) - "The Dirty Dozen...amateurs! Inglourious Basterds...wimps! Meet the fearless foursome who first made the Fatherland cry uncle: the Invasion Quartet! While recuperating at an English military hospital, two gung-ho officers enlist a reluctant lieutenant and a stiff upper-lipped colonel into joining them on a raid into Nazi-occupied France where they intend to silence the gigantic gun that's been shelling the coastline, disrupting their cricket game and upsetting the local livestock. A wild and wacky send-up of The Guns of Navarone, this heilarious World War II spoof stars British comedy legend Spike Milligan, Bill Travers, John Le Mesurier and Gregoire Aslan as the zany commandoes who taught the German army that Reich was jolly well wrong." Lady Without a Passport (1950) - "When a Cuban man is killed on a New York street, the investigation leads to Havana and the man running an alien smuggling ring known as Palinov (George Macready). Pete Karczag (John Hodiak) is the immigration detective assigned to the case in Havana. To infiltrate the ring, he poses as a Hungarian refugee desperate to gain passage to America. While negotiating his trip he meets and falls for beautiful Marianne Lorress (Hedy Lamarr), who is also hoping to make the illegal journey. It's a Latin dance with frequent lead changes as Palinov and Pete struggle for the upper hand and the attentions of Marianne. As tautly directed by noir specialist Joseph H. Lewis (My Name Is Julia Ross, Gun Crazy), the winner of this high-stakes game is unknown until the climactic finale on a fog-shrouded dock." Riptide (1934) - "Can an Insect Man and a Lady Sky Bug find happiness together? Impeccably mannered Lord Philip Rexford and vivacious American socialite Mary think so. They meet garbed as anthropods on their way to a costume ball, skip the soirée and fall in love. Soon, Mary becomes Lady Rexford, and the former party girl mends her ways - until she runs into an old flame in Cannes. Several cocktails later, something almost happens. But Philip doesn't believe the almost. Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery and Herbert Marshall each take one side of a love triangle in this glossy romantic comedy directed with panache by Edmund Goulding (Grand Hotel, Dark Victory). Enriching the love-among-the-rich fun: Mrs. Patrick Campbell, for decades the belle of the London stage, as jaunty Aunt Hetty." Song of Love (1947) - "The music, composed long ago, still speaks to us. It reaches out to tell us of profound struggles and great genius, of aching setbacks and glorious triumphs, of three people whose names, like their music, echo across the years: Clara Wieck, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. The intertwined lives of the three musical legends form A Song of Love, a sumptuously produced and skillfully played biopic set to 11 musical pieces that include Schumann's poignant Arabeske, Brahms' tender Lullaby and the Mephisto Waltz of Franz Liszt. Katharine Hepburn portrays renowned pianist Wieck, married to troubled Schumann (Paul Henreid) yet romantically admired by Brahms (Robert Walker). And virtuoso pianist Artur Rubenstein ghosts the recorded pieces that the stars, in a deft display of acting prowess, seem to play on screen. Bravo to all!" NEW DOCUMENTARIES, MUSIC & OTHER NON-FICTION FARE American Radical: Trials of Norman Finkelstein - "American Radical is the insightful and enraging documentary that follows Finkelstein around the world as he attempts to negotiate a voice among his impassioned critics and supporters. Uncompromising even in the face of his recent denial of tenure at DePaul University, Finkelstein is revealed as a complex and supremely lonely figure whose self-destructive nature often undermines his academic credibility" Dear Pyongyang - "The daughter of a leader of the pro-North Korean movement in Japan, Yonghi Yang was separated from her brothers at a young age when they were sent to North Korea under a repatriation campaign. However, as the economic situation in the North deteriorated, the brothers became increasingly dependent for survival on the care packages sent by their parents. The film shows Yang's visits to her brothers in Pyongyang, as well as conversations with her father about his ideological faith and his regrets over breaking up his family. Providing a rare glimpse into North Korea, Dear Pyongyang provides the viewer with a haunting and profound vision of one of the most isolated countries on earth." Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshban - "a feature-length documentary that follows the relationship between an Afghan interpreter and his client, American journalist Christian Parenti. This intimate portrait of two colleagues shifts dramatically when Ajmal is kidnapped along with an Italian reporter. The situation goes from bad to worse as foreign powers pressure for fast results, the Afghan government bungles its response and the specter of Taliban power looms in the background. What follows is the tragic story of one man forgotten in the crossfire: a brutal allegory of the proud land and perilous misadventure that is Afghanistan." Jenin Jenin/Since You Left—"Directed and co-produced by Palestinian actor Mohammad Bakri, Jenin Jenin includes testimony from Jenin residents after the Israeli army's Defensive Wall operation...With his second directorial effort, Since You Left, Bakri visits the grave of his mentor, Emil Habibi, a prominent Palestinian author and politician. In this intimate setting, Bakri attempts to summarize for Habibi some of the personal and political transformations that have occurred in Israel and Palestine since the author's death." Laughology - "Laughter Yoga, Laughter Parties, Laughercize and other laughter oriented health trends have spawned a new approach to laughter. It involves using laughter to make people laugh instead of jokes. Simple laughter according to Laughology, may be helpful in reducing heart disease, fighting stress and increasing immunity. Laughology features "The Laughman," Doug Collins, a Memphis resident who is said to have the most contagious laugh in the world." Marathon Beirut: For the Love of Lebanon - "In her insightful and inspiring documentary about the staging of the 2006 Beirut Marathon, director Deborah Harse perfectly captures the chaos, determination and ultimate rewards of keeping the annual Lebanese event alive in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles." National Geographic: Inside The DEA - "With unprecedented access to undercover footage, Explorer reveals the inner workings of a sting operation designed to bring down one of the world's most prolific and untouchable criminals, international arms dealer Monzer al-Kassar. Through the eyes of Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents and their undercover informants, we'll see how an elite team risked their lives to catch Kassar in the act of selling deadly weapons illegally." Philly Hoops: The SPHAS & The Warriors - "A documentary about the first two professional basketball teams in Philadelphia" Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: London Calling - "Captured in London at the Hard Rock Calling Festival on June 28, 2009 in HD, the 163-minute film documents 26 tracks of live Springsteen that begin in daylight and progress through a gorgeous sunset into night. Viewers are able to see Springsteen spontaneously directing the E Street Band and shaping the show as it evolves. The set list spans from 'Born To Run' era to 'Working On a Dream' and includes rare covers such as The Clash's "London Calling," Jimmy Cliff's "Trapped," The Young Rascals' "Good Lovin'," and Eddie Floyd's "Raise Your Hand." Urine: Good Health - "an hour-long documentary about urine therapy. this unconventional and controversial practice, which involves the use of one's own urine for health benefits, has been employed throughouth history by people around the world and is one of the oldest modalities of health care." Veiled Voices - "Women across the Arab world are redefining their role as leaders in Islam. Veiled Voices investigates the world of Muslim women religious leaders through the eyes of three women in Lebanon, Syria and Egypt. Filmed over the course of two years, Veiled Voices reveals a world rarely documented, exploring both the public and private worlds of these women. The stories featured in the film give insight into how Muslim women are now increasingly willing to challenge the status quo from within their religion, promoting Islam as a powerful force for positive transformation in the world. Each triumphs over difficult challenges as they carve out a space to lead—both in Islam and in their communities." Videocracy - " a queasy-funny and unapologetically biased look at the televisual world that the Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, has created. As if you were watching a transmission from another planet, the media mogul and politician (he was elected for a third term in 2008) has a monopoly hold on Italian television and some say, helped put the boob (and lots of them) on the Italian tube. Berlusconi is often in the news himself for his political machinations, outrageous observations, sexcapades and persistent charges of corruption. This gripping documentary captures it all." War On Kids - "The New York Times calls this documentary about government education, "a shocking chronicle of institutional dysfunction" and says it "amasses overwhelming evidence of institutional overreaction" to drugs and violence in state-run schools." Wonders of the Solar System - "Experience the our planet's own backyard. Wonders explores some of the most amazing features of our very own solar system - how the forces of nature carved out beauty and order from the chaos of space; how our home planet doesn't sit in magnificent isolation but is intimately connected with the rest of the solar system; and how these connections have created the haven we call Earth. Using the latest scientific knowledge and breathtaking images beamed back from the fleet of probes, rovers and telescopes currently in space, this gorgeous imagery will is paired with some of the most spectacular, extreme locations on Earth help to reveal wonders never thought possible." ...AND MORE MOVIES Big Town (1932)—"While investigating a gang of blackmailers, a newspaper reporter becomes involved in corruption and murder." Crashing Thru—A Canadian Mountie adventure from 1938 starring James Newill and Warren Hull. Fistful of Trinity—A four film collection of 70s adventure starring Terrence Hill and Bud Spencer: "2 Missionaries (1974) Bud and Terence as holy men; Watch Out, We're Mad (1974) The Trinity boys go after Donald Pleasance; Aladdin (1986) Bud as the genie in the lamp; Soldier of Fortune (1976) Bud as a shining knight with steel fists." Gokusen: Parts 1-3—"The story of a young, idealistic teacher who enters Shirokin Gakuen with hopes of making a difference in the students' lives. However, Yamaguchi Kumiko is in for a rude awakening when she finds that she will be the homeroom teacher of 3-D, the hardest class to maintain in the school." L'Origine De La Tendresse & Other Tales—"'The World According to Shorts presents a program of six notable French short films, featuring a broad range of styles and genres, from animation to fiction to documentary, reflecting the diversity of both the visions of contemporary French filmmakers and the people of France from foundry workers in Brest to Algerian immigrants transplanted to Paris; from the malaise of la vie quotidienne for an upper-class married couple to flirtatious youths in the capital's Metro system. The half-dozen short films gathered into this smart and lively omnibus could all easily survive as solid works on their own individual merits, but are fortunately being presented together in theatres under the World According to Shorts banner...' -Chris Barsanti, Film Journal International." Loss of a Teardrop Diamond—"The story of Fisher Willow, a Memphis débutante daughter of a plantation owner with a distaste for narrow-minded people and a penchant for shocking and insulting those around her. After returning from studies overseas, Fisher falls in love with Jimmy, the down-and-out son of an alcoholic father and an insane mother who works at a store on her family's plantation. She tries to pass him off as an upper-class suitor to appease the spinster aunt who controls her family's fortune, but when she loses a diamond, it places their tenuous relationship in further jeopardy." It's based on the play by Tennessee Williams and stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Evans, Will Patton and Ellen Burstyn. Night Child (1975)—A young girl gets a medallion as a gift, puts it around her neck and suddenly is possessed by a murderer. Horror ensues. The Phantom (2009)—This isn't a reissue of the Billy Zane "Slam Evil" version. This one's a SyFy Channel production starring Ryan Carnes as the titular hero with co-star Isabella Rossellini. Playing For Time (1980)—"Vanessa Redgrave (Julia) stars as Fania Fenelon, a Jewish cabaret singer in Paris during the Nazi invasion. Fania and thousands of other Jewish and political prisoners are sent to the Auschwitz death camp. She and a group of other classical musicians are spared from death in exchange for performing music for their captors, headed by SS camp matron Shirley Knight (The Rain People). They are also ordered to play for the thousands being herded to the gas chambers - a "humane" means of easing the condemned into the next world." Rifftrax: Live! Christmas Shorts Extravaganza—"What do ice-skating reindeer, pipe-smoking santas and a parade of aquatic champions have in common? You'll see them all in the RiffTrax Live: Christmas Shorts-Stravaganza!" Silent Slapstick Comedy Parade—"Silent comedy stars Ben Turpin, Snub Pollard and Paul Parrott are featured in these four rare comedy shorts, along with spectacular automotive and aerial stunts: Air Pockets (1924), Don't Butt In! (1926), Grab the Ghost (1920) & The Daredevil (1923)." Wall Street—Prepare for the Labeoufed sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps with a new edition of Oliver Stone's 1987 yuppie fest. Way Of The West - "An innocent man accused of murder escapes from prison in a desperate attempt to prove his innocence." Women Of All Nations - An early comedy about a couple of globe trotting, skirt chasing marines. *As we're sure you all know by now, a * means it is also available on Blu-ray.