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Heroes. Melodrama. Pornography. Heavy Metal. These are just a few of the keywords for this week's New Releases. Here's the list--as always the * indicates Blu-ray availability and SALE means we have it for sale online (and of course there's thousands on sale in the store). SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD *—Edgar Wright of Shaun Of The Dead fame brings Bryan Lee O'Malley's graphic novel series to the big screen. It's stylish, sleek, extremely pop-culture referential and highly enjoyable. The soundtrack's pretty dandy, too. SALE DETROIT METAL CITY—Soichi's a mild-mannered singer/songwriter by day, hard-rockin' demon by night in this live action movie from the manga series. THE BOONDOCKS: SEASON 3—All 15 uncut & uncensored episodes of the Adult Swim show, plus commentary tracks & much more. Let's hope this season isn't the last... SALE I KNEW IT WAS YOU: REDISCOVERING JOHN CAZALE—Before his untimely death, John Cazale starred in five films, all of which were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. This documentary explores the life & work of the recognizable but little-known actor. CHARLIE ST. CLOUD—Zac Efron sees dead people! Ok, just one, his brother. He feels responsible for his death, which manifests into visions. But will he have to give up his games of catch from beyond the grave in order to fall in love? LOVE RANCH—Helen Mirren & Joe Pesci play married owners of a brothel whose lives are disrupted by an intriguing boxer (Sergio Peris-Mencheta) in this drama directed by Taylor Hackford. DOCTOR WHO: SEASON 5 *—With bow-tied Doctor Matt Smith! RAMONA AND BEEZUS—Though we're partial to Sarah Polley's Ramona, this one looks like a nice modern take on Beverly Cleary's series. CIRCUS—PBS goes on tour with the Big Apple Circus for this fascinating behind-the-scenes look at life under the big top. MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: XIX—The 19th collection has Bride of The Monster, Devil Fish, Devil Doll, and Robot Monster with a limited edition Gypsy figurine. SALE GROWN UPS—The death of their beloved basketball coach reunites five childhood friends, played by Kevin James & most of the "bad boys" of SNL. DESTRICTED—Short films on sex & pornography from Gasper Noe (Irreversible), Larry Clark (Kids), Matthew Barney (the Cremaster cycle & others. The trailer is NSFW or our relatively PG-13 blog, but you can see it here. ANTICHRIST *—Chaos reigns in Lars Von Trier's graphic psychodrama, new from the Criterion Collection. The trailer's a tad NSFW but you can watch it here and you can read more about it over on former Scarecrower/film critic Sean Axmaker's blog. SALE NEW TO DVD FROM THE ELIA KAZAN COLLECTION—selected by Martin Scorsese A Letter To Elia—A new documentary by Scorsese A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (1945) America, America (1963) Man On A Tightrope (1953) Viva Zapata! (1952) Wild River (1960) The 18-disc set also includes A Face In The Crowd, A Streetcar Named Desire, Splendor in the Grass, On The Waterfront, East of Eden, Baby Doll, Panic in the Streets, Pinky, Boomerang! and Gentleman's Agreement. ANIME NEW RELEASES Oh! Edo Rocket: Part 2 FAMILY NEW RELEASES Super Hero Squad Show Vol. 2 NEW VIDEO GAMES Bakugan: Defenders of the Core (Wii) Fist of The North Star: Ken's Rage (Xbox) Pokepark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure (Wii) Call of Duty: Black Ops (PS3, Xbox) NEW TV ON DVD Broken Badges/Palace Guard: Complete Series Californication: Season 3 Commish: Seasons 1-5 Lie To Me: Season 2 Man vs. Food: Season 2 Missing Persons: Complete Series Thirtysomething: Final Season (Season 4) Unsub: Complete Series Men Of A Certain Age: Season 1--Andre Braugher ALERT! Metalocalpyse: Season 3 \m/ NEW BLU-RAY: FORMAT OF THE FUTURE A Christmas Carol (1984)--The one with George C. Scott as Scrooge Legend of The Black Scorpion Miracle on 34th Street (1947) Oceans 11 (1960) Tremors Rock & Rule—25th Anniversary Edition
NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS Amphetamine (2010)—Hong Kong Black Death (2010)(PAL Code 2)—USA Compulsion (2008)—UK Devil's Disciples (2007)—Hong Kong Girl$ (2010)—Hong Kong How To Let Girls Love You (2003)—Egypt Light Gradient (2009)—Germany Light Sleeper (1991)(PAL Code 2)—USA, directed by Paul Schrader Morgiana (1972)(PAL Code 2)—Czech Republic Princess From The Moon (1978)—Japan, directed by Kon Ichikawa Room and a Half (2008)(PAL Code 2)—Russia Room in Rome (2010)(PAL Code 2)— Spain, directed by Julio Medem Shaolin Rescuers (1979)—Hong Kong, directed by Cheh Chang Shinsengumi Chronicles: I Want To Die a Samurai ('63)—Japan Small Time/Where's The Money, Ronnie! (1996)(PAL Code 2)—UK Soul of The Sword (1978)—Hong Kong Three and Out (2009)—UK Time of The Gypsies (1990)—directed by Emir Kusturica Vete De Mi (2006)(PAL Code 2)—Spain Tree of Heaven (2006)—Korean TV SALE NEW FROM THE WARNER ARCHIVES Green Slime (1968)—"After a perilous mission to a huge asteroid, a crew returns to its space station, unaware a bit of ooze from the asteroid clings to a crewman's uniform. The green goop grows - into murderous, tentacled monsters. And as station members fight to live, gunk from the monsters' wounds turns into more monsters! That's the story. Now enjoy as our heroes fight to preserve Earth and, unintentionally, our own senses of humor with a movie that Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times called 'one of the funniest made-in-Japan sci-fi monster movies ever.' Kinji Fukasaku, whose later work was championed by Quentin Tarantino, directs." He Who Gets Slapped (1924)—"Slap him once, slap him 100 times - the Big Top crowd roars. The clown known to delighted throngs as HE has made a comedic art of getting batted around. Life has battered him even more. Behind the mask, HE hides the torment of once being a brilliant scientist whose research and wife were stolen by a colleague. And behind the mask, when the time comes, HE realizes his revenge. Lon Chaney wears one of the most renowned of his '1000 Faces' in an acclaimed silent that helped make major stars of Norma Shearer and John Gilbert."
Mockery (1927)—"While scavenging for food among dead bodies during the Russian Revolution, a slow-witted peasant named Sergei (Lon Chaney) is hired by a desperate woman to guide her out of the carnage. In exchange for promises of friendship and a secure future, he endures torture to save her. The woman turns out to be a countess, the friendship and secure future become a degrading job in her kitchen and Sergei, inflamed by proletarian ideals, embraces violence." Monster (1925)—"Once you're in the lair of vile Dr. Ziska, is there any way out? That's what Johnny Goodlittle - fresh from receiving his correspondence school detective's diploma and a starter kit containing a badge, handcuffs and a handgun - must figure out as he tries to rescue other captives and escape The Monster. Lon Chaney plays the monstrous, dourly expressive Ziska, who gathers candidates for his eerie experiments by causing roadway accidents." Mr. Wu (1927)—"As it was for the ancients, so it shall ever be for China's Mr. Mandarin Wu: do not dishonor the family name. Not even Wu's beloved daughter shall be spared her father's wrath after she shares a forbidden romance with an Englishman. Nor will Wu stop there: the man's family must suffer (the family includes Marie Dressler in a exceptional performance far different than her frequent knockabout, working-class portrayals). Top-billed Lon Chaney essays dual characters (and plays them at various times of their lives) as the sage Grandfather Wu and his grandson, Mandarin Wu." Unholy 3 (1927)—"Lon Chaney - the Man of a Thousand Faces - used his makeup skills, astonishing physicality and profound empathy to create Quasimodo, the Phantom of the Opera and more of the Silent Era's greatest horror roles. In this hypnotic mix of creepiness and crime, he plays a ventriloquist who dons a granny disguise to team with a strongman and a little person in a bizarre robbery scheme that ends in murder." Unholy 3 (1930)—"In his last film - and only Talkie - Lon Chaney recreates one of his famed Silent roles: the scheming ventriloquist Prof. Echo. Disguised as Grandma O'Grady, Echo heads a robbery ring that includes a feeble-minded strongman and a cigar-chomping little person, the latter masquerading as Grandma's grandbaby." War of The Planets (1965)—"After invading the United States with his spacey space flick The Wild, Wild Planet, Italian director Antonio Margheriti (aka Anthony Dawson) did it again with another low-budget, high-camp sci-fi blast: War of the Planets, a tale of astronauts battling invisible enemies who leave their human victims neither alive nor dead."
Warner Bros.: Horror Mysteries—"Haunted houses. Sinister sanitariums. Murder, suspense...and laughter are unleashed in this 3-Disc, 6-Movie Collection of Horror Mysteries...Disc 1: Find the Blackmailer (1943), The Smiling Ghost (1941) Disc 2: Sh! The Octopus (1937), The Hidden Hand (1942) Disc 3: The Mystery House (1938),The Patient in Room 18 (1938)." Wild, Wild Planet (1965)—"Villains from überpowerful The Corporations think they'd found a way to defeat their rivals, the United Democracies: send robot minions to kidnap UD citizens, shrink them down to suitcase size and transport them to a planetoid for hideous human experiments. But a fearless rescue team is on the way! All that stands between the rescuers and success are four-armed androids in wraparound shades, martial artists wearing silk nighties and sporting sky-high hairdos, flying saucers swinging around the cosmos on strings like interplanetary yo-yos and more mod malevolence." NEW SONY/COLUMBIA CLASSICS Charge of The Lancers (1954)—"None other than William Castle directed this exciting adventure, produced in Technicolor by Sam Katzman. During the Crimean War, the British have developed a new super-cannon. Naturally, the Russians want to get their hands on it. When one of the British guards is captured, his mate, played with debonair charm by Jean Pierre Aumont, is sent to rescue him, aided by a lovely gypsy (Paulette Goddard) and her band."
NEW DOCUMENTARIES, MUSIC & OTHER NON-FICTION FARE Busty Bombshells of the Atom Age—"Compiled and presented by Grindhouse personality 42nd Street Pete, this outstanding collection of vintage 8mm Home Projector 'Stags' features the leading Topless and Pin-Up stars of the Atom Age: 1950's Burlesque performer, topless model and actress, Virginia 'Ding Dong' Bell, Bunni Bacon, Vicki Palmer, Glenda Graham and Honey Bee." Car Bomb—"Forget about nuclear missiles, the decisive weapon of the 21st century is the car bomb. We now know you can defeat a Superpower, start a civil war or just blow up your own government with a trunk-load of homemade explosives and a battered old car. From the Middle East to Oklahoma, Afghanistan and most recently New York's Times Square, the car bomb has shaped human conflict. Even today it remains the number one terrorist threat across the world. In this startling film, ex-CIA agent Robert Baer, whose life was depicted by George Clooney in the Oscar-winning movie Syriana, uncovers the history of this extraordinary weapon for the first time." Darius Goes West—"In this multi-award-winning documentary, fifteen-year-old Darius Weems and eleven of his best friends set off across America with the ultimate goal of getting his wheelchair customized on MTV's Pimp My Ride." A Conversation with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.— "In this intimate interview, Suzanne Malveaux talks with the writer and scholar about growing up in West Virginia, as well as his career in academia and public television. In a scoop, Gates also shares his side of the story in the infamous arrest outside of his home in Cambridge, MA and the 'beer summit' afterwards." Genesis: A Living Conversation—"Is the Book of Genesis a sacred text--or an ancient allegory? A fierce debate over biblical truths and what to draw from them has raged for centuries. Is there room for agreement in between? Bill Moyers convenes a panel of passionate thinkers--clergy, teachers, journalists, lawyers, and more--to discuss moral, ethical, and religious meanings of the Bible's first book and its enduring message." Bill Hicks: The Essential CollectionThe Essential Collection is a 4 disc set (2 CD / 2 DVD) that encompasses Bill Hicks short but powerful career as a satirist, social critic and stand-up comedian. The 2 DVD discs feature over five hours of performance footage from Bill Hicks personal archives. The video content includes rare, never before seen performance footage of Bill from the early 80's. Also included is the cult short film, Ninja Bachelor Party (starring Bill Hicks, Kevin Booth and David Johndrow), interview footage with Bill, and a DVD photo gallery with pictures from Bill's personal archives. Hubert H. Humphrey: The Art of The Possible—"For the last half of the 20th century, America was consumed by two struggles: the civil rights movement and the cold war. For 30 years, Hubert Humphrey stood at the center of both. As a soldier of the New Deal and the Great Society, he amassed one of the most prolific legislative records in senate history, sponsoring hundreds of bills--from Medicare to the Peace Corps to the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty." Meeting Andrei Tarkovsky—"This documentary investigates the legacy of the late Russian film director Andrei Tarkovsky..." Metallica/Slayer/Megadeth/Anthrax: Live from Sofia, Bulgaria—"These four acts broke out of the underground thrash movement in the 1980's to dominate the metal world, selling millions of records and packing arenas across the globe. Despite huge demand, these musical giants had never shared the same stage. The legendary June 22nd, 2010, concert from the tour's stop of the Sonisphere Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria aired the same day in 79 movie theaters in the U.K, over 450 theaters in over 140 markets in the US, as well as being beamed into theaters in Europe, Canada, Latin America, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand." Nature: Cuba, The Accidental Eden—"This small island s varied landscape, its location in the heart of the Caribbean and its longstanding place at the center of Cold War politics have all combined to preserve some of the richest and most unusual natural environments of the hemisphere. For decades, Cuba's wild landscapes lay untouched while its Caribbean neighbors poisoned or paved over their ecological riches. Now, Cuba's priceless treasures are about to face an onslaught. Tourism is already on the rise and most experts predict tourism will double once the US trade embargo ends. What will happen to Cuba's stunning biodiversity an island filled with amphibians, reptiles and the most biologically diverse freshwater fish in the region?" NOVA: Dogs Decoded—"Dogs Decoded reveals the science behind the remarkable bond between humans and their dogs. It also investigates new discoveries in genetics that are illuminating the origin of dogs--with big implications for the evolution of human culture as well." NOVA: Quest For Solomon's Mines—"Inspired by the biblical account of the splendor of his temples and palaces countless treasure-seekers have set off in search of King Solomon's mines. Now join NOVA and National Geographic as they embark on two groundbreaking expeditions to expose new clues buried in the pockmarked desert of Jordan and seek to reveal the source of the great wealth that powered the first mighty Biblical kingdoms." NOVA: Secrets of Stonehenge—"Every year, a million visitors are drawn to the Salisbury Plain, in southern England, to gaze upon a mysterious circle of stones. Who built Stonehenge? What was its purpose? A new generation of researchers is tackling these questions, finding important clues in the landscape surrounding Stonehenge -one of the densest concentrations of prehistoric structures in the world." Practice of the Wild: A Conversation with Gary Snyder & Jim Harrison—"Poet and naturalist Gary Snyder has been at the center of cultural changes that transformed the modern world. Along with Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, he was a founding author of the Beat Generation...The film follows Snyder and novelist Jim Harrison (Dalva, Legends of the Fall), as the two old friends wander along trails of the central California coast. They debate the pros and cons of everything from Google to Zen koans. The discussions are punctuated by archival materials and commentaries from Snyder's literary contemporaries, friends, and intimates." Rivers of a Lost Coast—"At the turn of the 20th Century, a handful of pioneers carried their fly rods into California's remote north coast and gave birth to a culture that would revolutionize their sport. For a select few, steelhead fly fishing became an obsessive pursuit without compromise. Leading the pack was the mythical, Bill Schaadt, an off-kilter angler famous for his ruthless pursuit to be 'in the fish'. The new endeavor was ruled by a demanding, unspoken code, which made 'breaking in' almost as difficult as 'breaking out'. By the early 1980s, the Golden State's coastal fisheries found themselves caught in a spiraling decline. As California searched for its disappearing salmon and steelhead, these men foraged for their souls." It's narrated by Tom Skerritt. Secret Origins: The Story of DC Comics—"Behind the amazing tales of legendary super heroes is the equally amazing story of the company that told them. So many heroes, so many stories to tell--stories of DC Comics' 75 years of challenges, creativity and triumph." Totally Wired—"Inside a crumbling socialist office block in former East Berlin, synthesiser store owner Andreas Schneider preaches the way of analogue to a loyal following of infamous electronic musicians, who flock to his store, 'Schneiders Buero', for unique boutique instruments. His business has prospered against the odds throughout the digital revolution in music, and in parallel, through a period of huge change in East Berlin. His is a haven for maverick instrument builders and passionate collectors alike. But as the twin forces of capitalism and digital technology seep through the last bricks of the Wall, how much longer can this analogue asylum survive?" U.S. Open 2010: Men's Final-Nadal vs. Djokovic—"Rafael Nadal arrived at the 2010 US Open pursuing a place in history. Nadal had won one Australian Open, five French Open and two Wimbledon titles, but the US Open had consistently eluded him, with his health breaking down on the unforgiving hard courts at Flushing Meadows, denying him the title he needed to become the seventh man in tennis history to own the career Grand Slam. When the dust settled one man stood between him and history, Novak Djokovic." Zombie Girl: The Movie—"Emily Hagins is making a zombie movie. It's feature-length, it's bloody, and the zombies don't run -- just like it should be. But there's one difference between her film and every other zombie movie you've ever seen: Emily is twelve. Emily is part of a new generation of teenagers raised on technology and expressing themselves through video. Only -- she's doing it on a feature-length scale! Emily has the vision and her mom has the driver's license. Together, their journey is a fascinating look at a growing world of young moviemakers and bloodiest mother / daughter story you've ever seen." ...AND MORE MOVIES Adventures of Ma & Pa Kettle: The Further Adventures of The Kettles—"After an auto accident forced series co-star Percy Kilbride to retire, Marjorie Main continued as Ma Kettle in the final two films. Main packs her brood up to visit hillbilly brother-in-law Arthur Hunnicutt and helps him deal with moonshiners in The Kettles in the Ozarks (1956). Una Merkel also stars. Then, Parker Fennelly takes over the role of Pa in The Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm (1957), as he and Main play Cupid for woodsman John Smith and socialite Gloria Talbott." Battle of the River Plate (1956)—"Battle of the River Plate was released in the US as Pursuit of The Graf Spee. Two weeks after the start of WW2, a powerful German pocket battleship, the Graf Spee, sails the South Atlantic destroying Allied merchant ships at will. Captained by one of Germany's most brilliant naval officers, the Graf Spee, with her superior speed and artillery, appears and disappears, sinking ship after ship. When the Allies are finally able to pinpoint its location a trap is set, pitting British intelligence against a wily and powerful military opponent." It was the penultimate pairing of Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger. Read more over on Sean Axmaker's blog. Dry Land—"James (Ryan O'Nan) returns from Iraq to face a new battle—reintegrating into his small-town life in Texas. His wife (America Ferrera), his mother (Melissa Leo), and his friend (Jason Ritter) provide support, but they can't fully understand the pain and suffering he feels since his tour of duty ended. Lonely, James reconnects with an army buddy (Wilmer Valderrama), who provides him with compassion and camaraderie during his battle to process his experiences in Iraq. But their reunion also exposes the different ways that war affects people—at least on the surface." Lovely, Still—"With the approach of Christmas causing him to feel lonely in life and love, Robert Malone (Academy Award Winner Martin Landau) braves the wintery snow to arrive home from his job at the grocery store only to find a stranger (Academy Award Winner Ellen Burstyn) standing in his home. What begins as an odd and awkward encounter quickly blossoms into what appears to be a romantic late life love affair that takes us on a heartfelt and wonderful journey which takes an unexpected turn. Skillfully and sensitively directed by Nik Fackler, the film also stars Elizabeth Banks and Adam Scott, and features original music by Conor Oberst and a score by Nate Walcott and Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes." Subprime—"Leo Monroe is a young man on the verge of adulthood - - and on the verge of a meltdown - in this charmingly dysfunctional comedy filled with wacky characters, a topical storyline and budding romance. Forced to leave college after losing his student loan in a bad economy, Leo returns to his childhood home to find it is in the primary stages of foreclosure. To make matters worse, he also discovers his relatives and neighbors are losing their homes as well. In an effort to keep the family afloat, all of Leo's relatives, who are universally unemployed, must move into Leo's house together. Igniting the tension in this claustrophobic suburban home is Leo's one time love and neighbor; Sam is also moving in. Subprime is an off beat family minefield of a comedy dealing with today's housing crisis and unemployment meltdown through the comedic lens of suburban youth coming-of-age in the midst of it all." Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam *—"Make your stand against evil with this exciting Collection of 4 DC Showcase Animated Shorts starring favorite DC Comics super heroes! Chosen the world's protector against the Seven Deadly Enemies of Man--pride, envy, greed, hatred, selfishness, laziness and injustice--young Billy Batson accepts his destiny as Captain Marvel. Battling alongside Superman against nefarious Black Adam, Billy soon discovers the challenge super heroes ultimately face: is it revenge or justice? For bounty hunter Jonah Hex and hard-boiled cop turned vengeance ghost The Spectre, getting their hands dirty is part of the job-- maybe even the fun part. But Superman, Green Arrow and Black Canary follow an internal moral code to guide their actions. They know it's easy to get lost in the darkness of the fight, especially when villans like Merlyn the Magnificent and Count Vertigo place no value on human life." Tarnished Angels—Douglas Sirk's 1957 melodrama adapted from the novel by William Faulkner about a journalist and a WWI fighter pilot. It stars Rock Hudson, Dorothy Malone and Robert Stack. The Trial (2010)—"Matthew Modine delivers one of his finest performances in this gripping courtroom thriller based on the best-selling novel by Robert Whitlow. Modine stars as 'Mac' McClain, an emotionally crippled attorney who's lost his faith in God and himself. That's when Mac reluctantly decides to take on one last case: a young man (Randy Wayne, To Save A Life), facing the death penalty for first-degree murder. But nothing can prepare Mac for the startling twists and turns of the ensuing trial, as the determined lawyer fights for justice and seeks a path to his own redemption."

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