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New Releases for September 21st

The flood of new releases continues this week with foreign films, new Warner Archive titles and another especially strong surge of new TV shows on DVD. Here's the list--remember of course that * means we also have it on Blu-ray and you can purchase select titles from us online by clicking on SALE. ROBIN HOOD *—Ridley Scott's grown-up take on the legend, starring (who else?) Russell Crowe. We're unsure if this unrated director's cut includes a cameo by Sean Connery. SALE SECRET IN THEIR EYES *—Part mystery, part romance, part thriller. This Argentinian film won the Oscar last year for Best Foreign Language Film. ONDINE—Colin Farrell is a fisherman who catches a mysterious woman who may or may not be a wish granting seal in this fantasy by Neil Jordan. SEARCHERS 2.0—Two out-of-work actors embark on a road trip fueled by revenge in the latest from Repo Man director Alex Cox. CAUTION--This trailer contains brief strong language. WELCOME TO THE STICKS (Bienvenue Chez Les Ch'Tis)—A postal office manager living happily in the south of France is abruptly transferred to a small town far up north in this French comedy. ACTUALITY DRAMAS OF ALLAN KING—Criterion's Eclipse series presents five cinema-verite-style documentaries from the noted director: Warrendale, A Married Couple, Come on Children, Memory for Max, Claire, Ida and Company and Dying At Grace. SALE FANTOMAS: FIVE FILM COLLECTION—Louis Feuillade's pioneering silent crime series based on the popular French novels. Sean Axmaker gives an excellent overview over on his blog. SALE GAMERA vs. GUIRON/GAMERA vs. JIGER—A kick-ass giant turtle double feature! Also available: Gamera vs. Gyaos/Gamera vs. Vira 30 ROCK: SEASON 4—Sing a long with Liz Lemon! "You take a hot dog..." SALE MODERN FAMILY: SEASON 1—The recent Emmy winner for Best Comedy Series arrives on DVD. Ed O'Neill is awesome as usual. BORED TO DEATH: SEASON 1—Jason Schwartzman is a writer/slacker who moonlights as an amateur detective. Along for the fun are Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis. COMMUNITY: SEASON 1—Donald Glover, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Chevy Chase and Almost Live! alumnus Joel McHale make up the community college study group and the heart of this increasingly enjoyable show. ANIME NEW RELEASES Bleach Vol. 32—The Arrancar Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood—on Blu-ray! Hetalia: Axis Powers Season 1 FAMILY NEW RELEASES Hathi He's You Dog, Charlie Brown Legend of White Fang: Complete Series Secret of Moonacre Zoboomafoo: Creepy Crawlers Zoboomafoo: Wild Creatures & Furry Fashion Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue * --Tinkerbell's latest adventure features the voice of Michael Sheen as the by-the-book scientist dad reluctant to believe in fairies. Do you think someone will change his mind? NEW BLU-RAY: FORMAT OF THE FUTURE American Beauty Ashes of Time Redux Cache Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush (1967) I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK Michael Jackson: Moonwalker Mad Detective Vigilante (1983) The World Charade—The Criterion Collection version. Hmm...Cary Grant & Audrey Hepburn in hi-def... SALE NEW TV ON DVD Call of The Wild: Complete Series Castle: Season 2—Are you following Richard Castle on Twitter? Dalziel & Pascoe: Season 2 Desperate Housewives: Season 6 How I Met Your Mother: Season 5 Human Target: Season 1 Hunger: The Taste of Terror—A Special Edition DVD of the horror show hosted by Terrence Stamp Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 11 Mr. Palfrey of Westminster: Complete Series Mythbusters: Collection 6 Renegade: Season 2 SNL: Best of 2009-2010 Taggart: Set 3 Spartacus-Blood and Sand: Season 1—The Romans swing swords, sport sandals and swap a lot of spit in this Starz original series. Learn more over on Sean Axmaker's site. NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS Did you read about our great new Canadian imports such as Micmacs & Maradona? Check out this post. Apple War (1971)(PAL Code 2)(No English)—We've been trying to get our hands on this Swedish film since the beginning of time. This version doesn't have English subs or dubbing, but it's a start. Bad Mother's Handbook (2007)—UK Carlos (2010)(PAL Code 2)—France Iris Chang: Rape of Nanking (2007)(Code 3)—China Chronicle of a Boy Alone (1996)—Argentina La Cite (aka City of Shadows)(2009)—Canada The Devils (1971)(PAL Code 2)—UK, directed by Ken Russell Doctor Who: Season 5 Volumes 2, 3 & 4 (2009)(PAL Code 2)—With the new bow-tied Doctor, Matt Smith! Dogtooth (2009)(PAL Code 2)—Greece Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl (2009)—Portugal Espion(s) (2007)—France Flirting Scholar 2 (1993)—Hong Kong H3 (2009)(PAL)—Ireland Here Comes Fortune (2010)—Hong Kong In The Beginning (2009)—France Leader (2010)—India Legend Is Born: Ip Man (2010)—Hong Kong Life on Earth (1979)(PAL Code 2)—UK nature documentary by David Attenbourough Magadheera (2010)—India Man Escaped (1956)(PAL C2)—UK, directed by Robert Bresson Midnight Man (1974)(PAL Code 2)—USA Pete V Life (2009)(PAL Code 2)—UK Rajneeti (2009)—India Rapt (2009)(PAL Code 2)—France Real End of the Great War (1957)—Poland Villa Amalia (2009)—France Women Without Men (2009)—Iranian artist & filmmaker Shirin Neshat's drama. La Zona (2007)—Mexico Films of Nikita Mikhalkov: Volume 1 Burnt By The Sun (1994) Five Evenings (1979) Oblomov (1979) Slave of Love (1976) Without Witness (1983) City Hall (2010)—A politically-themed Korean TV series starring Kim Sun-Ah from My Lovely Sam-Soon. SALE Legend of Bruce Lee (2008)—A Chinese mini-series chronicling one of the UWs most famous students. This trailer doesn't have subtitles but you'll get the gist of it. The DVDs do have subs for your reading pleasure. NEW FROM THE WARNER ARCHIVE Animal World (1955)—"The Animal World investigates the wonders of an astonishing array of creatures from butterflies to whales. But the unquestioned highlight is a 12-minute stop-motion recreation of prehistoric life, featuring an adorable baby brontosaurus, a terrifying death-match between a stegosaurus and a ceratosaurus and a host of unfortunate dinosaurs trapped by molten lava. The geniuses behind the segment? Ray Harryhausen (Jason and the Argonauts, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad) and Willis O'Brien (King Kong)."
Betrayed (1944)—"In this chilling, iconic film noir, Robert Mitchum plays a new bride's (Kim Hunter) former beau, who provides a strong shoulder to lean on when his ex suspects the mysterious man she married (Dean Jagger) may be a killer. Future horror innovator William Castle's inventive direction drenches the action in claustrophobic tension: the sequence with Hunter lit by flashing neon is a classic." Bunco Squad (1950)—"Master con artist Anthony Wells and his team of sham spiritualists and séance operators have found the perfect mark: a wealthy widow (Elisabeth Risdon) convinced that Wells' phony Rama Society can put the grieving woman in touch with her deceased son. The con is on, and the LAPD's Bunco squad is out to stop it in this brisk B documentary-style crime tale that features intriguing glimpses of mid-century Los Angeles locales." The Gangster (1947)—"The gangster grew up tough, got tougher with the years. But now slicker, smarter criminals are moving in on his rackets. The man who prided himself on his control of any situation realizes he may not be tough enough. And what once was self-confidence becomes the unfamiliar but overwhelming emotion of fear. The treacherous world of film noir combines with psychological suspense in a probing, surprising tale rumored to be an uncredited work by blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo." High Wall (1947)—"Steven Kenet (Robert Taylor) says he killed his wife, but even he doesn't really know. A wartime head trauma has left him subject to disorientations and blackouts. So Kenet enters a psych ward where, the DA asserts, he'll hide behind the wall of an insanity plea. But truth cannot hide. And Kenet - assisted by a ward doctor (Audrey Totter) - is driven to find that truth." Hot News (1953)—"Sportswriter Mark Miller (Stanley Clements) sent plenty of opponents crashing to the canvas in his former career as a boxer. But now he's in the greatest fight of his life, tangling with gangland heavyweights in a bid to clean up the fight game. Taking on one of the hottest sports-world issues of the '50s, Hot News has everything a fan of hard-boiled B's wants: gambling kingpins, punch-drunk pugilists, good-girl brunettes and good-time blondes in a taut, pared-to-the-bone tale of corruption and its consequences." Sea Around Us (1953)—"Based on Rachel Carson's acclaimed book and written, directed and produced by Irwin Allen (The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno) with the visual power of a master storyteller, this dazzling odyssey takes us from the Great Barrier Reef to Arctic waters, from shark walking to crab herding, from titanic seismic sea waves to rainbow-hued Edens alive with flashing tropical fish. It's an incredible, imperiled realm - and its future depends upon us."
The System (1953)—"After a frightened teenager is cut down by police bullets during a botched heist, a reporter investigates. The story leads him to prominent businessman John E. Merrick (Frank Lovejoy), the secret boss of the gambling ring that had the youth ensnared in a web of wrong-way bets. And now Merrick's carefully constructed world of family, upscale neighborhoods, country clubs and community respect begins to crumble around him." Tale of the Navajos (1949)—"A severe drought threatens Navajo herdsmen living on the parched 1949 Utah-Arizona border. But two intrepid friends - one Navajo, one the son of a white trader - hear of hidden pastureland offering abundant water somewhere beyond the red cliffs. So they set off to find it in an adventure that will demand plenty of trail smarts from the two young heroes, all the while bringing them and viewers to a fuller understanding of mystical Navajo links to the natural world." This Side of The Law (1949)—"The Taylor family has long awaited this moment. The final bequest of Malcolm Taylor, a millionaire missing nearly seven years and about to be declared dead, will go into effect and his heirs will own his Sans Souci estate. But - just like that - dreams of wealth and power slip from everyone's grasp. There, standing inside Sans Souci and very alive, is Malcolm. Kent Smith (Cat People) portrays a hard-luck vagrant and Malcolm look-alike manipulated by a shady attorney (Robert Douglas) into posing as the millionaire." Underworld Story (1950)—"Crime reporter Mike Reese (Dan Duryea) has a nose for news...and an eager hand under the table in return for spinning the truth in favor of moneyed perps. But after he tries to cash in on a story involving a maid accused of a society murder, Reese ultimately finds the courage to reveal the truth and make amends for his tainted past." NEW DOCUMENTARIES, MUSIC, COMEDY & OTHER NON-FICTION FARE Arcimboldo: Nature and Fantasy—"The inventive and amusing paintings of Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526 - 1593) dazzled the courts of Europe. His imaginative combinations of fruits, vegetables, and flowers create allegorical portraits of emperors and witty caricatures of their courtiers, which won him the highest artistic honors bestowed by the Holy Roman Empire. His works reveal the mind of an artist deeply influenced by the new discoveries and new worlds that came to light during the Age of Exploration...Narrated by Isabella Rossellini." Bicycle Dreams—"Bicycle Dreams is the powerful true story of the Race Across America, a 3000-mile bicycle race that challenges riders to cross the country in just ten days. They must overcome searing desert heat, agonizing mountain climbs, and endless stretches of open road, all while battling extreme exhaustion and sleep deprivation. But what begins as the adventure of a lifetime is transformed in an instant when tragedy strikes the race. These voyagers discover what is truly at stake as they pedal on, praying for the deliverance only the finish line can bring. By journey's end, some are saved, others are lost, but all learn that the fuel that takes a soul toward its own true destiny is desire." Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary—"What started out as a parody of a CBC request for Canadian Content, the McKenzie Brothers hit television in 1980 and went on to make a platinum-selling album, a cult movie, dozens of commercials, action figures, appear in editorial cartoons and become enduring icons in Canadian culture. In 2007, the McKenzie Brothers reunited for the first time in 10 years with new footage on the Great White North set and were joined by some of their celebrity friends." Directors: Life Behind the Camera—"Made in cooperation with the American Film Institute, Directors: Life Behind the Camera features thirty-three legendary directors who reveal intimate and in-depth knowledge about the art of filmmaking and, as well, their own career in the movies. Culled from over 300 hours of interviews, this two-disc, four hour presentation is totally interactive, allowing instant access to a single director, or access to an entire topic involving all directors. Also included are film clips, interviews with guest actors and industry veterans, and biographies and interesting facts about each director."
Andy Mann: Street Tapes & Cable Access—"The late video pioneer Andy Mann left an extensive collection of his video art to Aurora Picture Show, Houston, Texas, with the desire to have the work distributed and screened for educational and artistic purposes. The Andy Mann Video Library is comprised of over 800 videotapes, which date from the late 1960s through 2001. Andy Mann: Street Tapes & Cable Access includes Mann's early Sony Portapak street tapes of Manhattan (1970s), and his cable access tapes made in Houston, Texas (1980s-90s)." National Geographic: Collapse—"Based on Pulitzer-prize winning author Jared Diamond's bestselling dramatic tale of civilizations that ignored the warning signs of environmental meltdown... National Geographic reveals a vivid look into the future to our descendants in the year 2210 as they set out on a scientific expedition to figure out what brought us down. A water crisis? Lack of energy sources? Dust storm or global warming?" Project 798: New Art in New China—"One of the most comprehensive and original movies about the Chinese Contemporary Art scene. Shot on location in '798' - Beijing's unique Art District where it all took shape. Project 798- New Art In New China explores Chinese society and culture along with different forms of artistic expression, ranging from oil painting to cutting-edge performance art, through the eyes of the artists themselves." Soundtrack of a Revolution—"A fresh and exhilarating take on one of the most important social movements in American history, Soundtrack of a Revolution explores the civil rights struggle through the powerful and stirring songs that inspired a generation." Speaking in Code—"Speaking In Code is a unique look into the subculture of electronic music. By following artists, producers, DJs, journalists and promoters, it offers a verite look into a world few have ever seen. Both light hearted and heartbreaking, it is a series of character studies, as when Don't Look Back took us inside of Dylan's folk music or The Decline of Western Civilization showed us the LA punk scene. Director Amy Grill follows a series of characters (including her techno obsessed husband) over a number of years as some struggle to while others thrive in electronic music." Todd P Goes To Austin—"As record labels die, independents thrive. In the wake of Napster, MySpace and Facebook there is a generation of artists creating and performing music on their own terms. With the help of legendary DIY rock promoter Todd Patrick, Brooklyn has become ground zero for these exciting young musicians. Using never-before-seen footage, including material shot by the bands themselves, Todd P Goes To Austin exposes what life is like surviving and touring at the underground level."
Tour de France 2006: Floyd Landis, Hero or Villain?—"The controversy and aftershocks stemming from one of the most dramatic and exciting Tours in decades continue at a fever pitch. In spite of being found guilty, Landis continues to aggressively deny any wrongdoing. The controversy will continue for years, but what is not debatable if the fact that the 2006 Tour de France was suffused with dramatic twists and turns, stuffed with excitement and surprises, and proved to be a spellbinding action thriller from start to finish!" Whale Warrior: Pirate for the Sea—"Go inside the shocking world of Paul Watson as the founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and star of the reality series Whale Wars, dodges jail time, death threats, and gunfire in order to save the oceans endangered creatures. Be there for a bloody confrontation with enraged seal hunters armed with spiked clubs and get a front row seat as Watson rams his embattled ship directly into the side of an illegal Japanese whaling vessel." When We Were Boys—A portrait of two boys' evolving friendship at an elite private school. Who Shot My Brother?—"Some phone calls can turn your life upside down. That's what happened to filmmaker German Gutierrez when he received a call from Colombia, informing him there had just been an assassination attempt on his older brother Oscar, a political activist hated by the establishment but adored by the disenfranchised. In this film, German Gutierrez, who has been living in Montreal for the past thirty years, recounts his quest to find the hired gunmen who tried to kill Oscar and expose the roots of violence that have taken hold of his native country." Wonderful World of Kittens—"The Wonderful World of Kittens brings you into to a special world inhabited by kittens galore. You'll see kittens frolicking, jumping, cuddling, eating, drinking, climbing, purring, meowing, playing ball, chasing, sleeping... all while looking absolutely adorable!"
WWE: Summer Slam 2009—" For the 22nd consecutive year, the Superstars of WWE come together for the Biggest Party of the Summer at SummerSlam. Some of WWE's most memorable moments have come on the SummerSlam stage, and last year's event, which saw the triumphant return of Triple H and Rey Mysterio, was no exception. This year will see some intense rivalries come to a head, and many of the biggest superstars in WWE will participate in career-defining moments." Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train—"In celebration of the life of Howard Zinn (1922 - 2010), First Run Features is releasing a commemorative edition of the 2004 film Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train, complete with over an hour of extra bonus features and interviews. New Bonus Materials Include: Bonus Speeches and Interviews (Zinn on power and war, philosophy, civil rights and labor activism. Excerpts with Studs Terkel, college talks and off-the-cuff interviews); Zinn's Recommended Reading List ; Speech Transcripts; Film Excerpts; Daniel Ellsberg's A Memory of Howard Zinn." ...AND MORE MOVIES Calvin Marshall—"An exceedingly likeable Junior College student, Calvin Marshall (Alex Frost) is chasing a lifelong dream to become a professional baseball player. He's got the drive, determination, ambition, heart and dedication. One small problem; he hasn't got the athletic ability to make it happen. But, Calvin believes that if he doesn't give up, he will eventually succeed. As he pursues his dream, Calvin is thwarted by the sympathetic but misguided intentions of the college baseball coach (Steve Zahn) who refuses to cut the talent-challenged ballplayer from his team roster, even though he knows Calvin will never get to play in a single game." Cooking With Stella—" A lighthearted, satirical, social comedy about an unsuspecting couple in the Canadian Diplomatic Service posted to New Delhi who inherit a household of Indian servants headed by the wily, charming... and totally inspiring cook - Stella." The Experiment (2010)—"Oscar® winners Adrien Brody (Best Actor, The Piano, 2002) and Forest Whitaker (Best Actor, The Last King of Scotland, 2006) star in this mind-shattering psychological thriller from the creator of TV's Prison Break. Selected to participate in a two-week research project, a group of men agree to play inmates and guards in a simulation of life within a state prison. But as the 24 volunteers slip deeper into their roles, power corrupts, fears escalate and the experiment spins horribly out of control. Cam Gigandet (Twilight), Clifton Collins Jr. (Crank: High Voltage) and Maggie Grace (TV's Lost) co-star in this intensely shocking film." Kandahar Break (2009)—"Kandahar Break centers on a group of British mine clearance engineers working for the Taliban government in Afghanistan. Richard Lee, one of the British team members, falls for a local woman and battles with a corrupt police chief, forcing him to flee into the desert to save his life." Mutants (2009)—"Like David Cronenberg's The Fly, co-writer and director David Morley's fright flick Mutants turns the horror genre on its head and makes it personal. It's one thing to kill a zombie. But what if the zombie was someone you loved?" My Dog Tulip—A sweet and poignant animated tale of an elderly man (Christopher Plummer) and his adopted dog. The Pool (2007)—A poor boy in India becomes obsessed with a wealthy family's swimming pool in this critically acclaimed indie drama. Sorry, Thanks—"Max (Wiley Wiggins, Dazed and Confused), a charming wreck, sleeps with Kira (Kenya Miles), newly single and reeling from a bad break up. Things get complicated fast: turns out that Max already has a girlfriend. Max decides that he'll dabble in two new pursuits: an obsessive-tending interest in Kira and (more fleetingly) in the mystery of whether he may in fact be an ass." Stiffs (2010)—"Academy Award nominated Danny Aiello stars as Frank Tramontana, a hearse driver who unwittingly gets drawn into a scheme his co-workers have concocted for a series of unfortunate accidents designed to clean up the neighborhood and fill their funeral parlor with much needed customers. As the body count rises, they stumble and bumble their way through the sidesplitting antics of this new business plan strewn with familiar faces like Jon Polito (American Gangster) and Frank Vincent (Phil Leotardo, The Sopranos). But things get a bit complicated and problems are further exacerbated when Frank s provocative ex-wife (Academy Award nominated Lesley Ann Warren) reappears to give Frank a dose of reality." Tengers—"Whilst working on 'the great South African novel,' an unemployed writer gets caught up in the harsh realities of life in the city of Johannesburg." Untitled (2009)—"A fashionable contemporary art gallerist in Chelsea, New York falls for a brooding new music composer in this comic take on the state of contemporary art." It stars Marley Shelton and Adam Goldberg. Year of the Carnivore—"Year of the Carnivore is a romantic-comedy-drama about a girl with an unrequited crush on a boy who thinks she's bad in bed, so she goes out to get more 'experience'." Trash Humpers—The latest from Harmony Korine. We'll let this clip speak for itself: