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New Releases for October 5th

The first new titles of October include some seasonally appropriate genre films, an assortment of silent & pre-Code movies, two remakes of questionable necessity, one animated masterpiece, and much more. Here's the list--as you know * means it is also on Blu-ray and you can buy it right here on your computer device by clicking SALE. THE SECRET OF KELLS*—We've had imports of this outstanding Oscar-nominated animated Celtic myth for a while, but we've been looking forward to getting the domestic release so we can enjoy its splendor on Blu-ray. SALE SPLICE* —Adrien Brody & Sarah Polley play genetic engineers who mix & match DNA to create one of those animal-human hybrids George W. Bush warned us about. THE KARATE KID (2010)* —A remake that's remains pretty faithful to the original, though none of the many training montages set to contemporary music come close to this. MID-AUGUST LUNCH—A funny and touching Italian film all about family, friendships and food, food, food. NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (2010)—Jackie Earle Haley dons Freddy's fedora & striped shirt for this reboot. TROLL 2* —Is this indeed the Best Worst Movie? You'll have to wait until next month for the documentary that explores that issue. In the meantime, enjoy the movie itself... SALE UGLY AMERICANS: VOLUME 1—Humans and mutants learn to live together in Comedy Central's animated horror-comedy show. CAPRICA: SEASON 1.0—The Battlestar Galactica prequel/cylon origin story series starring Esai Morales and Eric Stoltz. BASEBALL: THE TENTH INNING*—Ken Burns updates his seminal miniseries. Though Ken Griffey Jr.'s on the cover, I've heard rumors there's not a lot of Mariners. But hey, more time to talk about the Yankees, right? GRINDHOUSE: SPECIAL EDITION*--Those of us without Blu-ray capabilities are sad we won't get to partake of the Planet Terror/Death Proof theatrical cuts and the over two hours of new bonus footage. We'll probably be playing this a lot in the store. This clip has some language NSFW and images not suitable for vegetarians. SALE ANIME NEW RELEASES Linebarrels of Iron: Eps. 13-24 Linebarrels of Iron: OVA Collection FAMILY NEW RELEASES Ben 10: Alien Force-Vol. 9 Charlie and Lola-Vol. 11 Hand in Hand (1960) Hanuman: A Complete Saga Penguins of Madagascar: I Was A Penguin Zombie Phineas and Ferb: A Very Perry Christmas Beauty and The Beast (1991)—Disney releases the Diamond Edition of their timeless classic in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. NEW BLU-RAY The Exorcist—Extended Director's Cut & Original version The Last of The Mohicans (1992)—The Definitive Edition; it's different than the Director's Cut Mad Max—Blu-ray & DVD combo The Maltese Falcon Treasure of Sierra Madre Year Without A Santa Claus NEW TV ON DVD Bones: Season 5 Gunsmoke: Season 4, Vol. 1 Medium: Season 6 NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS Bal-Can-Can (2005)—Macedonia Bomber (2009)—UK Bull (2010)—Canada Emile Cohl: L'Agitateur Aux Mille (2010)(PAL Code 2)---France Eyes Wide Open (2009)(PAL Code 2)—Israel Land Girls (2009)—UK One-Armed Executioner/They Call Her...Cleopatra Wong (1997)—Philippines The Photograph (2007)—Indonesia Sagan (2008)(Code 3)—France, directed by Diane Kurys Sagwan (2009)—Philippines Strike Back aka Chris Ryan's Strike Back (2010)(PAL Code 2)—UK Suburban Shootout: Series 2 (2010)(PAL Code 2)—UK Underdog Knight (2008)—Hong Kong Villon's Wife (2009)(Code 3)—Japan Vintner's Luck (2009)(PAL Code 2)—New Zealand Yoga (2009)—Korean horror Exit Through The Gift Shot (2010)(PAL Code 2)— "The world's first street art disaster movie" is a documentary all about Bansky. NEW FROM THE WARNER ARCHIVES Big Hearted Herbert/Merry Frinks (1934)—"Talented, sad-eyed Aline MacMahon excelled in maternal and sisterly roles, giving them comedic grace or soulful earnestness as the situation required. Both qualities are showcased in this twinbill of MacMahon starrers. Blustery and domineering pop (Guy Kibbee) gets his comeuppance and goes from narrow-minded patriarch to Big Hearted Herbert, thanks to his loving wife (MacMahon). In The Merry Frinks, the comic tale of a whack-a-doodle family that has elements similar to the later You Can't Take It with You, Mama (MacMahon) and her selfless love hold her eccentric household together." Girl Missing/Illicit (1931)—"Independent women take center stage in a twin bill showcasing the range and moxie of pre-Code filmmaking. The pace leaps and lines snap in Girl Missing as gal pals Glenda Farrell and Mary Brian set out to solve the mystery of a gold digger who disappears during her honeymoon. Not even murder will stop these sassy sleuths. "Married love or illicit: which does the modern girl prefer?" the studio's ad for Illicit asks. Barbara Stanwyck portrays a woman who, devoted to her man but not to the norms of her time, prefers cohabitation over marriage." The Magician (1926)—" Filmmaker Rex Ingram (The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse) cast his wife and frequent leading lady Alice Terry and Paul Wegener, who terrified movie audiences in The Golem, in this seminal horror-fantasy film based on a novel by W. Somerset Maugham. Bizarre, nightmarish, enhanced by top production values and elegant European locations, The Magician is a must for any fan of the horror genre - or of imaginative moviemaking."
Merry Wives of Reno/Smarty (1934)—" "Until divorce do us part." The solemn institution of marriage gets a swift kick in the pants from two frisky farces that mix sophistication with slapstick. In Merry Wives of Reno, New York society dames head west to shake loose spouses they think are unfaithful...with the misunderstood husbands (and a scene-stealing sheep) in hot pursuit... Joan Blondell, Warren William and Edward Everett Horton change partners in Smarty, until Blondell wants hubby #1 back." Our Dancing Daughters (1928)—" In Our Dancing Daughters, Joan Crawford stripped to her teddy and tore into a Charleston powered by a zillion watts of sexual energy - and shocked the corsets and cravats off parents who'd heard disturbing rumblings of what their children were up to. But the younger generation couldn't get enough: they'd found their icon of Flaming Youth. Crawford became a star in this milestone silent about a good girl who hides her heart behind a party-girl mask and loses the man she loves to a gold digger." Our Modern Maidens (1929)—" In a follow-up to her trendsetting silent Our Dancing Daughters, Joan Crawford returns to the role of a reckless Jazz Age baby getting her kicks with torrid kisses and wild parties. Crawford is joined by her Daughters co-star Anita Page and by Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., who would soon wed his leading lady."
The Prisoner of Zenda (1922)—"Of all tales of gallantry and romance, few are as durable as Andrew Hope's beloved swashbuckler. There are at least seven screen versions, including this 1922 adaptation featuring some of the era's most luminous players. Lewis Stone, no stranger to leading-man roles in the 1920s, plays the dual role of a kidnapped king and the look-alike Englishman recruited to fill in for him." Side Streets (1934) /Stranger In Town (1932)—"Hard times - some romantic, some financial - are the focus of two films made in the depths of the Depression. Aline MacMahon's (Dragon Seed, All the Way Home) expressive face reflects the joys and sorrows of devotion in Side Streets, the tale of a shopkeeper (MacMahon) who marries an easygoing sailor (Paul Kelly) for love. But he's marrying for a meal ticket. Stranger in Town stars Charles "Chic" Sale, the vaudeville comic renowned for playing cantankerous old-timers decades his senior. Here, he's small-town coot Ulysses Crickle, whose tiny grocery faces ruin when a national chain opens a store right across the street." Stranger On The Third Floor (1940)—"Critics and fans agree: Stranger on the Third Floor is the little B picture that launched one of the greatest movements in cinema history: film noir. Peter Lorre plays the eerie title role in this once-neglected gem about a reporter (John McGuire) whose testimony sentences a small-time loser (Elisha Cook Jr.) to the electric chair for murder. When the reporter himself is fingered in a second murder, he realizes both crimes are the work of a furtive stranger - but will anyone believe him?"
-30- (1959)—"EXTRA! SEE ALL ABOUT IT! From The Front Page to All the President's Men to State of Play, movies have long found a newspaper office to be a lively source of colorful characters and human drama. It's ideal for the brisk style of Jack Webb (Dragnet) - a world Webb explores in a film taking its title from the -30- reporters place at the end of a story. In -30-, newshounds race against the clock to fill the empty page with stories that will become part of America's next morning alongside a cup of coffee." Violence (1947)—"How would World War II veterans adjust to life on the postwar home front? Hollywood looked at various aspects of that question in major films like The Best Years of Our Lives, Pride of the Marines and Till the End of Time. And it would look at it through the prism of B-movies like Violence, a trim, noir-edged thriller wrapped around a then-topical story of a racketeering organization that recruits angry war veterans into its violent agenda." NEW FROM THE COLUMBIA CLASSICS SERIES--Read more about this series here. Black Arrow (1948)—"In this crackling adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson tale, a knight returns from the War of the Roses only to learn that his father was murdered under mysterious circumstances. When he sets out to discover the truth, he finds his own life in jeopardy." Conquest of Cochise (1953)—"The incomparable William Castle (The Tingler) directed this unusual western, produced by B-movie icon Sam Katzman (The Giant Claw). After the U.S. government purchases land from Mexico, a cavalry Major (Robert Stack) is sent to broker peace between the Mexicans and the Apaches, who both despise each other. Further complications arise when the Comanches try to stir up even more trouble."
Contract on Cherry Street (1977)—"Frank Sinatra and Martin Balsam are lieutenants on the vice squad investigating motor vehicle chop shops which lead them to a wider investigation of the mob. After the murder of one of their own, the cops decide to take justice into their own hands, no matter where that dark road takes them. Location filming in New York takes Sinatra into Studio 54 and the backroom of a Jewish deli, which enhances the atmosphere of this procedural/thriller." Footsteps In The Fog (1955)—"Stewart Granger is the recently widowed Londoner Stephen Lowry in this lovely little Victorian Noir. His housemaid Lily (played by Jean Simmons) confronts Lowry with the knowledge that the former Mrs. Lowry was poisoned, securing herself a better position among the household staff, and eventually, in Lowry's arms. Eventually, the threat of blackmail is too much for Lowry, and both he and Lily struggle to gain the control of the situation — with fatal results."
Love-Ins (1967)—"When two San Francisco college students (James MacArthur, Swiss Family Robinson and Susan Oliver, The Disorderly Orderly) are expelled over the contents of their underground newspaper, they find an unlikely supporter in a philosophy professor (Richard Todd, Oscar® nominee for The Hasty Heart, 1949), who resigns his teaching post in protest and styles himself as the love children's new "Messiah." From Todd's Timothy Leary-like endorsement of LSD to a zonked-out interview with talk show host Joe Pyne to Lost in Space's Mark Goddard as a pusher to the most jaw-dropping production of Alice in Wonderland you've ever laid eyes on, this campy masterpiece will have you rolling on the floor... or rolling something else!" 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock (1959)—"In his final film (and only starring role without partner Bud Abbott), the one and only Lou Costello plays Artie Pinsetter, a would-be inventor who needs to create something in a hurry when his girlfriend (Dorothy Provine, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World) is mysteriously turned into a giantess. This wacky spoof of Attack of the 50 Foot Woman and other sci-fi "growth" epics of that era is skillfully helmed by veteran actor/director Sidney Miller (Babes In Arms) and features such beloved comedy greats as long-time Lucille Ball foil Gale Gordon as Dorothy's pompous uncle, plus Charles Lane, Jimmy Conlin, Joey Faye, Peter Leeds and Doodles Weaver."
NEW DOCUMENTARIES & OTHER NON-FICTION FARE Bluegreen: Our Connection to the Ocean—"Featuring some of the world's most talented surfers, including Keith Malloy and 7-time Women's World Champion, Layne Beachely, combined with footage shot around the world, Bluegreen, examines the connection between humans and the ocean and explores this connection through thoughtful insight from scientists, activists, athletes and enthusiasts. From the physiological to the spiritual, filmmaker and surfer, Ben Keller explores the power of the ocean and how it affects our lives and why we are all attracted to it in one way or another." Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures—"This PBS Explorer Collection follows Jean Michel Cousteau, as he and his crew of divers travel east and west, north and south investigating undersea habitats and ecosystems, killer whales, wildlife populations struggling against the effects of pollution, and decreases in the population of various species." Forbidden Lie$--"Norma Khouri is a thief, a saint, a seductress and a sociopath - depending on who is talking. Khouri won fame and fortune with her "true story" Forbidden Love, about a shocking honor killing in Jordan. The book was a runaway bestseller, the book was translated into multiple languages and became the toast of the literary world. Until July 2004, when esteemed Sydney Morning Herald journalist Malcolm Knox exposed her book as a work of fiction, and her protagonist, a figment of her imagination." Gangs of Baghdad—"After the fall of Baghdad, criminal activity spread quickly throughout the city. Iraqis from all walks of life were falling victim, not only to politically motivated violence, but to other terrible crimes such as kidnapping, blackmail and murder, that were committed by rampant gangs. In this film, several Iraqis share their stories of unimaginable physical and emotional abuse at the hands of these gangs, including one family's ordeal after the abduction and brutal murder of their son, Wissam, a hopeful contestant on an Iraqi television song competition. And, Rana, a young Iraqi woman, who describes her despair after being abducted from her own home and later on forsaken by her father. These and other stories in the film shed light on the grim situation that Iraqis are enduring daily as a result of this gang related violence." Lost Kingdoms of Africa—"Four epic journeys into ancient Africa's art and culture...Now home to a billion people, Africa produced powerful art, stunning architecture, and vibrant cultures long before the first Europeans arrived. Join Dr. Gus Casely-Hayford as he investigates the continent's great "forgotten" civilizations. Visit the spectacular monuments of Nubia, explore the mysterious ruins of Great Zimbabwe, and discover the art and technology of ancient Benin. See magnificent Ethiopian monasteries carved out of solid rock, and hear spellbinding stories drawn from the silent objects of the past." Middletown—Inspired by the studies of Robert and Helen Lynd in 1929 and 1935, this classic six-part series by Academy Award and Emmy winner Peter Davis (Hearts and Minds) explores both the continuity and the change embodied in the people and institutions of one Midwestern community: Muncie, Indiana... In intimate detail, the six films that comprise Middletown demonstrate how the society and culture of Muncie, perhaps of the entire American social fabric, have changed less than one might think in the six decades since the Lynds' studies." National Geographic: Journey to Shark Eden—"Along the southern Line Islands lay a series of coral reefs teeming with sharks and exotic ocean life. Join leading marine ecologists and National Geographic Emerging Explorer and Fellow, Enric Sala, as they explore this utopia for sharks and discover valuable clues about how to preserve this delicate ecosystem." The Queen (2009)—"This five-part British series blends dramatized scenes behind palace doors with documentary footage and new interviews with royal insiders. Five top British actresses portray the queen at pivotal moments in her reign from 1955 to 2005: Emilia Fox (Silent Witness), Samantha Bond (GoldenEye), Susan Jameson (New Tricks), Barbara Flynn (Cracker), and Diana Quick (Brideshead Revisited). Biographers, journalists, government officials, palace staff, and a former Archbishop of Canterbury share insights and memories from a half-century reign. Groundbreaking and provocative, The Queen reveals the monarch as you've never seen her before."
Roman Invasion of Britain—"Motivated by an emperor's greed and political ambition, Rome added Britain to its empire in the first century CE, changing the land and its people forever. Join historian Bettany Hughes (When the Moors Ruled in Europe) as she examines new research and the latest archaeological evidence to reveal the brutal realities of the Roman conquest. Meet scheming politicians, beleaguered generals, and fiery revolutionaries--including Queen Boudicca, the wronged woman who mobilized her people for a bloody and tragic revolt. Interviews with noted military experts and meticulous reenactments illuminate a little-known but pivotal period in British and Roman history." Story of Mothers & Daughters—"From cradle to grave, the epic story of the mother-daughter bond is told in intimate detail, without any narration. Fifty women, during pivotal life-moments, give brutally honest self-portraits revealing a universal portrait of this core human relationship. The documentary has five chapters, each one a stage in the cycle of life: Birth, Growing Up, Separation, Woman to Woman, and Death/Renewal." Wu-Tang Saga—"Wu-Tang Saga documents two years in the lives of the ultimate Hip-Hop group, The Wu-Tang Clan...Narrated exclusively by the Clan themselves, the film features 16 NEW LIVE PERFORMANCES from the 8 diagram tour and OVER 9 CONCERTS." NEW FROM THE GRAFFITI VERITE SERIES GV8: The Art of the Beat Boxer GV9: Soulful Ways—The DJ GV10: Hip-Hop Dance: Moving in the Moment GV11: Don't Believe Da Noise!—Voices From 'Da Hip-Hip Underground ...AND MORE MOVIES Elvis & Anabelle—"In Elvis and Anabelle, every terrible tragedy brings about something equally miraculous. Groomed by her overly ambitious mother (Mary Steenburgen), Anabelle (Blake Lively) is on the road to winning the Miss Texas Rose tiara when she dies tragically during a pageant. Her death lands her on the embalming table of Elvis. When Anabelle is miraculously resurrected on Elvis' embalming table, the two unexpectedly connect and sparks fly." The Evil (1978)/Twice Dead (1988)—A double feature from the Roger Corman Cult Classics Collection. "Psychologist C.J. Arnold (Richard Crenna) and his wife Caroline (Joanna Pettet) buy a dilapidated historical mansion with a dark past in hopes of restoring the estate and making it a drug rehabilitation clinic with the help of some of his students and current patients. When he opens a secret door in the basement of the house, Arnold inadvertently releases a malevolent presence in Gus Trikonis The Evil. Yowsers! Also starring Victor Buono, Andrew Prine and Cassie Yates. --A family moves into a mansion in a crime-infested urban neighborhood, but the ghost of an actor who died in the mansion is not the only thing they need to watch out for: there is also a punk street gang roaming the area looking for trouble. Tom Bresnahan (Ski School), Jill Whitlow (Night Of The Creeps) and Todd Bridges (Diff'rent Strokes) star in the haunted-house thriller Twice Dead. You will be twice as scared as usual." Human Centipede: 1st Sequence --Unrated Director's Cut—The box says it's "100% Medically Accurate," which makes it even more gross. We strongly recommend you not watch this trailer at work, if you've just eaten, are about to eat, or have ever eaten at any time, ever. Last Rites of Ransom Pride—"The Last Rites of Ransom Pride is a tale of bad bitches and despicable bastards who cuss and kill each other." Oxford Murders (2007)—"A woman is murdered in Oxford. Her body is discovered by two men, Arthur Seldom (John Hurt), a prestigious professor of logic, and Martin (Elijah Wood), a young graduate student who has just arrived at the university hoping to study with Seldom. It quickly becomes clear that this is the first in a series of murders, all of which are announced by the murderer with strange mathematical symbols. Professor and student join forces to try and crack the code, and thus begins an elaborate puzzle, in which nothing is as it seems and the truth is elusive." It's directed by Alex de la Iglesia (Day of The Beast). Porgy & Bess (1959)—"Porgy and Bess is a 1959 American musical film directed by Otto Preminger. The screenplay by N. Richard Nash is based on the libretto for the 1935 opera of the same name by DuBose Heyward, his 1925 novel Porgy, and the subsequent 1927 stage adaptation he co-wrote with his wife Dorothy. Ira Gershwin and Heyward wrote the lyrics for the songs composed by George Gershwin." It stars Sidney Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge, Sammy Davis, Jr., Pearl Bailey & Diahann Carroll. Slumber Party Massacre Collection—This release from the Roger Corman Cult Classics collection includes all three teenage girls vs. psycho killer with a portable drill movies, plus all new bonus features. 30 Days of Night: Dark Days*—"Almost a year has passed since Barrow Alaska's population was decimated by vampires. Stella, mourning her husband's murder, has been traveling the world trying to convince others that vampires exist. When a group of lost souls offers her a chance to exact revenge upon the vampire queen, Stella joins their mission to stop evil from striking again." For more on this straight-to-video sequel, we recommend you visit Undertaker (1988)—Joe Spinell's last movie is this rare slasher film, new on DVD.
Woke Up Dead—In this Shaun of the Dead style zombie comedy, Drex Greene (Napoleon Dynamite's Jon Heder), a confused zombie who can't be any deader, tries to solve the case of the mystery pill that left him drowned in a bathtub. With the help of his wannabe filmmaker roommate Matt (The Daily Show's Josh Gad) and the sexy med student Cassie (Breaking Bad's Krysten Ritter), who first discovers Drex as he unzips himself from his own body bag, the three begin to uncover leads about why his death didn't stick, why a mystery online chat buddy is after him and why he's starting to show signs of superpowers. Will they figure out why Drex is only sort of dead? Will Cassie discover ancient Zombie secrets? Will Matt get a film career out of it? Or is falling in love actually what Drex needs to do to stay alive? Woke up Dead co-stars Wayne Knight (Seinfeld) and Jean Smart (24, Frasier). We also got in a bunch of new Adult titles; you'll find them up in the NEW TO ROOM section in the Sexploitation room.