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New Releases for November 30th

A quick haiku for today's New Releases: Action, laughs and love Three Disney docs and Errol Flynn Phantom Tollbooth, yeah! Here's the relatively short but definitely sweet list of new titles. Remember that the * indicates we also have it on Blu-ray. PARKS & RECREATION: SEASON 2—We eagerly await Parks & Rec's return to Thursday nights. In the meantime, relive the awesomeness of Season 2, starting with a penguin wedding... KNIGHT & DAY *—It's hard to say what's more unsettling in this action/comedy—the fact that Paul Dano is totally wasted as a super genius inventor, that slick secret agent Tom Cruise drugs Cameron Diaz at least twice, or that the parts where she's out of it and being dragged around are more interesting than when she's awake and talking. You make the call. GOING THE DISTANCE—Drew Barrymore & Justin Long try to keep the magic alive across the miles, with support from Christina Applegate & Jason Sudeikis. Brandi over at MacGuffin Film Blog says it's good and we believe her. TWILIGHT: ECLIPSE *—Don't freak out just yet, folks. The latest installment of the sparkly vampire adventures will be here on Saturday, December 4th. VAMPIRES SUCK—While you're waiting for Twilight, why not watch the inspired parody? This is the extended BITE ME edition, even! SORCERER'S APPRENTICE *—Modern day sorcerer Nicolas Cage and his bumbling student defend Manhattan from Alfred Molina and the forces of evil in this family action film by producer Jerry Bruckheimer and National Treasure director Jon Turteltaub. THE BOYS: THE SHERMAN BROTHERS' STORY—Part One of this week's must-see Disney documentaries follows the triumphant work and troubled relationship of Robert B. and Richard M. Sherman, the brothers who composed such iconic songs as "It's A Small World" and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocous." WAKING SLEEPING BEAUTY—Part Two of the must-see Disney docs chronicles the slumping animation department's attempts to recapture their movie magic, resulting in such classics as The Little Mermaid & Beauty and The Beast. WALT & EL GRUPOPart Three of the must-see Disney docs follows Walt and group of artists (including the wonderful Mary Blair) on their 1941 goodwill trip to South America. VALHALLA RISING—A tough Viking adventure from Pusher director & friend-of-the-store Nicolas Winding Refn. LIVERPOOL—For more on this Argentinean road movie by Lisandro Alonso, we turn to film critic/former Scarecrower Sean Axmaker. BULLIED: A TEACHING TOLERANCE DOCUMENTARY—This Southern Poverty Law Center documentary, which screened at the Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, follows Jamie Nabozny, a student who suffered escalating anti-gay bullying that drove him to file a federal lawsuit against the school that did nothing to stop his tormentors. We are renting it for free. Consider it required viewing. NEW VIDEO GAMES Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii) Michael Jackson: The Experience (Wii) Nail'd (PS3, Xbox) Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time (Wii) Splatterhouse (PS3, Xbox) Disney Epic Mickey (Wii) FAMILY NEW RELEASES Beyblade: Metal Fusion Vol. 1 Fantasia/Fantasia 2000* Looney Tunes Super Stars: Foghorn Leghorn & Friends Looney Tunes Super Stars: Tweety & Sylvester Sid & Marty Krofft's Saturday Morning Hits Phantom Tollbooth (1969)--"What could possibly be inside that gigantic, wrapped-and-ribboned box? A tollbooth, a toy car...and adventure! Ride with young Milo through the phantom tollbooth and into a world that combines the enchantment of Norton Juster's classic children's book with sheer visual joy spearheaded by animation immortal Chuck Jones. Bookended by live-action sequences and featuring a stellar voice cast, The Phantom Tollbooth engages youngsters' minds and imaginations in a magical musical tale of warring kingdoms (one favors words, the other numbers), fabulously weird creatures, demons, princesses and a tick-tick-ticking dog named Tock. He's a watchdog, you see!" Thank you, Warner Archives!! ANIME NEW RELEASES Birdy The Mighty: Decode Part 2 NEW BLU-RAY A Christmas Carol (2009)—Now with the 3D Blu-ray disc Deep Blue Sea Lost in Space (1998) Ninth Gate Seventh Heaven (1927) Spirits of The Dead The Wiz NEW TV ON DVD Durham County: Season 2—Canadian TV! Have Gun Will Travel: Season 5 Vol. 1 Midsomer Murders: Set 17 Touch of Frost: Season 15 NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS Aisha (2010)—India Alarm(2008)—Ireland La Braconne (1993)—France Cargo (2009)—Switzerland The Door (2009)—Germany Father Of My Children (2009)—France Flesh Of The Orchid (1975, Director's cut)(PAL Code 2)—France I.R.A.—King of Nothing (2010)—Ireland Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na (2010)—India Lulu (2002)—France Summer I Love You (2010)—Hong Kong White As Snow (2009)—France Blue Moon Rising (2010)(PAL Code 2)—This documentary follows a group of Manchester City fans through the 2009-10 season. Yes, that is Noel Gallagher from Oasis cheering them on. Freedom (2009)—Latcho Drom director Tony Gatlif's latest film is about Gypsies in France during World War II. NEW WARNER ARCHIVES & SONY/COLUMBIA CLASSICS B.F.'s Daughter (1948)"Barbara Stanwyck portrays Polly Fulton, a tycoon's daughter, in this glossy screen tale of the clash between haves and have-nots. She weds a left-wing professor (Van Heflin) who disdains her privileged lifestyle. When the prof meets professional failure, Polly secretly buys him a career." Big City/Emperor's Candlesticks/The Toy Wife (1937)"Celebrate the short career (10 Hollywood films and two Oscars®) and long life (100 years young in 2010 and an honored participant in the TCM Classic Film Festival) of one of the screen's nonpareil stars with this threesome of the fourth, fifth and sixth films Luise Rainer made in Tinseltown. The Viennese beauty portrays a Czarist Russian spy alongside William Powell in the ornate The Emperor's Candlesticks. Cabbie Spencer Tracy and his immigrant wife Rainer struggle to make a life for themselves in the Big City while coping with a bitter labor dispute between organized and freelance cab drivers. And Rainer is a reckless Southern belle who marries the man her sister loves but flees to the arms of a wastrel playboy in The Toy Wife."
Cry Wolf (1947)—"A sudden death. Cries in the night. A locked laboratory in a windswept mansion. It's hard to say what creates more tension in Cry Wolf, the nerve-tingling atmosphere (enhanced by Franz Waxman's edgy score) or the flashfire romantic chemistry between movie immortals Barbara Stanwyck and Errol Flynn in their only screen pairing. Stanwyck plays Sandra, a recent widow who visits her husband's family for the first time and finds herself drawn to a man she knows she should fear: her husband's remote, controlling uncle (Flynn). He seems to know secrets about the eerie cries, the laboratory and why his nephew was buried in a closed coffin. Can Sandra uncover the truth before a second death occurs?" Footsteps In The Dark (1941)—"Hear those footsteps in the dark? They signal thrills, laughs and mystery as swashbuckler Errol Flynn steps out of tights and into a dinner jacket for a jolly round of sleuthing. Flynn plays a blueblood who juggles two identities: his public persona as a white-shoe investment counselor and a secret life as a detective novelist. The fun begins when he stumbles into a real case of murder that leads him to danger, a date with a over-the-hill stripper and domestic strife (his beautiful wife wonders exactly where he's going in the middle of the night!)." Genghis Khan (1965)—"Producer Irving Allen's 1965 production, Genghis Khan, was clearly intended to rank with the epics of the day, with its location production (Yugoslavia, rather than Asia), stars (including Omar Sharif, James Mason, and Eli Wallach), and high production values (Cinemascope and Technicolor), but the film didn't quite live up to its ambition...Despite missteps, there are many things to recommend it: the beautiful cinemascope photography (by Geoffrey Unsworth), an excellent cast (including Stephen Boyd, Telly Savalas, Woody Strode, and Francoise Dorleac), and a compelling story about the boy Temujin who rises from an outcast slave to leader of all the tribes of Mongols against his hated nemesis Jamuga (Boyd, an adversary reminiscent of his Messala in Ben-Hur). While not an accurate history lesson about the mighty Khan, it is certainly rousing entertainment." Green Light (1937)—"When an esteemed but aging surgeon makes a fatal mistake in the operating room, an idealistic young physician - moved by the older man's torment - takes the blame. It is a decision that will change his life forever. A young Errol Flynn headlines a poignant, romantic medical drama that sweeps from a great metropolitan hospital to the wilds of Montana, from career obsession to religious transformation."
The Human Comedy (1943)—"A heartwarming look at family and friendship, The Human Comedy is the poignant story of high school student Homer Macauley (Mickey Rooney) and the lives he touches while delivering telegrams throughout his small California town during the troubling years of World War II. Based on an original screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright William Saroyan (which he would later adapt into a bestselling novel), the movie received four Oscar® nominations - Best Picture, Director, Actor (Rooney) and B&W Cinematography - and won for Best Story. Reportedly the favorite film of MGM studio Chief Louis B. Mayer, The Human Comedy is both moving and timeless, a masterful celebration of the American way of life." Man With A Cloak (1951)—"Stellar talents Barbara Stanwyck, Joseph Cotton, Leslie Caron and Louis Calhern bring shuddery believability to this literate, deliciously creepy tale set in 1848 New York. The story follows a spirited demoiselle (Caron) determined to save her fiancé's grandfather from his malevolent - and possibly homicidal - servants. Fortified with glass after glass of on-the-cuff wine at a local tavern, an urbane, cloaked stranger comes to her aid. The gentleman displays keen detecting skills as the plot turns from suspicion to murder to the hunt for a missing will. But one thing he does not reveal: his own identity. Surrender yourself to mystery. And a cask of amontillado if you can guess who is The Man with a Cloak." Never Say Goodbye (1946)— "Seven-year-old Phillippa "Flip" Gayley (Patti Brady) wants a family...her own. So she plots to get her divorced parents, who love her (and secretly each other), back to the altar. Will she succeed? Well, just take a glance at the title. Errol Flynn (spoofing his heroic screen persona in a change-of-pace role) and Eleanor Parker play the parted parents in a warmhearted romantic comedy made merry with a dash of Christmas fun, including Flynn padded out as Santa in a farcical mistaken-identity scene with another Santa. Other complications include a curvaceous model (Peggy Knudsen) with her eye on Mr. Gayley and a strapping Marine (Forrest Tucker) who thinks Mrs. Gayley is his secret pen pal. Never underestimate the power of a precocious seven-year-old!" The Outfit (1973)—" 'You know how it is. You hit us. We hit you.' Career thief Earl Macklin (Robert Duvall) pays no mind to the mobster's threat. He intends to put a big hurt on an L.A crime outfit. He, his girlfriend (Karen Black) and his partner (Joe Don Baker) will avenge the murder of Macklin's brother by cutting down gangland operations bit by violent bit. Based on the novel by Point Blank author Richard Stark, The Outfit has a feel and grit that makes it a throwback to film noirs of the 1940s and '50s."
The Secret Bride (1935)—"Shhhh. Don't spill the beans about beautiful Ruth Vincent (Barbara Stanwyck), the governor's daughter. Don't reveal that she's the secret bride of the DA who's investigating her father on a bribery charge, or he might be yanked off the case before he can find evidence to clear Dad's name. And don't let on that Ruth is risking her lovely neck to do some sleuthing on her own! Draped in furs and dripping with mystery, Stanwyck is every inch a cinema queen in this crisply paced combination of whodunit, courtroom drama and political thriller." That Forsyte Woman (1949)—"Beautiful, breathtaking Irene Forsyte: Men adore her. Women envy her. Love defines her. Errol Flynn and Greer Garson head this lush costume drama - based on the first book of John Galsworthy's The Forsyte Saga - about a woman who cannot cut her free spirit to fit the cloth of Victorian society. Originally slated for one of the romantic leads in the film, Flynn opted instead to play against type. He fought for the part of Soames Forsyte, Galsworthy's stuffy, imperious 'man of property.'" Woman in Red (1934)—"During her long and enviable career, Barbara Stanwyck played strippers and heiresses, killers and cowgirls. But she may be best remembered for her portrayals of working-class girls with tough hides, tender hearts and first-rate brains. Such a role is The Woman in Red's Shelby Barret, a professional equestrienne who marries into the snobbish upper crust. When events involve her in a death aboard a playboy's yacht, Shelby knows her husband's family will grab their excuse to renounce her."
NEW DOCUMENTARIES & OTHER NON-FICTION FARE The Brain: Our Universe Within/Matter Over Mind"Recently it has become possible to undertake what had previously been thought impossible--charting the activities of the mind, such as memory and thought. Join Dr. David Suzuki as he investigates evidence that our minds, thoughts, feelings, spirituality and creativity are merely complicated networks of biochemical reactions. Imagine the dramatic social implications this theory could have on the world today. Matter Over Mind: Explores the mental faculties that are most difficult to define consciousness, creativity, emotions and sense of self. Could each of these nebulous states of mind be controlled by a single neurotransmitter? If so, the possibilities for revolutionary neuro-therapy are endless. Discover the chemicals behind cognition and journey inside the mind for a look at what makes us all tick." Charlie Rose Show: June 12, 2000—This episode features Rose's interview with Mr. Bruce Springsteen. Ferrets: The Pursuit of Excellence—Mark Lewis, director of such acclaimed documentaries as The Natural History of The Chicken and Cane Toads, heads to Ohio for the nation's largest ferret show. The Good, The Bad and The Deadly: Poisonous Mushrooms"The Good, the Bad, and the Deadly teaches you the basics about toxic mushrooms and their edible look-alikes. It's an essential tool for mushroom hunters, cooks, parents, pet owners, and medical professionals."
Great Lodges of the National Parks: Glacier & Pacific Northwest—"GLACIER LODGES features lodges and a chalet in Montana's Glacier National Park: Glacier Park Lodge, with massive three-story atrium, Lake McDonald Lodge, smaller and more intimate; Many Glacier Lodge, perched in a glacial cirque; and elaborate hiking huts at Sperry Chalet. PACIFIC NORTHWEST LODGES showcases spectacular lodges in Washington and Oregon, including the Paradise Inn, Timberline Lodge, Oregon Caves Chateau, and Crater Lake Lodge." Needle Through Brick: Vanishing Art of Traditional Kung Fu—"Needle Through Brick is a film about the struggle for survival of traditional art and culture in the face of a rapidly changing and modernizing world. The documentary is told from the perspective of Chinese Kung Fu masters living in Malaysian Borneo. The story explores the history and the art of Kung Fu and asks how cultural heritage can be kept alive in a world that prefers to forget about its origins."
The Nine Lives of Marion Barry"With unprecedented access, The Nine Lives of Marion Barry tells the continuing saga of this despised, beloved and resilient politician. Its the potent story of race, power, sex and drugs; the tale of a complex and contradictory man who is the star of one of the most fascinating and bizarre chapters of American politics. Who is Marion Barry? Cherished hero? Abysmal disgrace? Was he the victim of persecution or did he set himself up? How is he viewed by his enemies, his followers -- by Black and White America? For the first time, The Nine Lives of Marion Barry reveals the complete unforgettable story." Price of Pleasure: Pornography, Sexuality & Relationships"Once relegated to the margins of society, pornography has become one of the most visible and profitable sectors of the cultural industries in the United States. It is estimated that the pornography industry's annual revenue has reached $13 billion. At the same time, the content of pornography has become more aggressive, more overtly sexist and racist. Going beyond the debate of liberal versus conservative, the film features the voices of consumers, critics, and pornography producers and performers. It paints a nuanced portrait of how pleasure and pain, commerce and power, and liberty and responsibility are intertwined in the most intimate parts of our sexual identities and relationships." Romeo & Juliet (1974)—The Bolshoi Ballet's 1974 production of Shakespeare's classic with Ekaterina Maximova and Vladimir Vasiliev. Stay Alive! Guide to Survival in Mountainous Areas"A comprehensive view of what the average person can do to survive getting stranded in mountainous areas. This 90-minute video contains expert advice and easy-to-follow demonstrations on: How to build a snow cave and stay warm, edible plants, dealing with bears and other wildlife, signals that work, mistakes to avoid, handling hypothermia, telling weather by clouds, shelters, clothing and pathfinding to get out alive! Many clever tricks including how to light a fire with a flashlight, using items off your car to save your life, how to make your own compass and tell directions with plants, and why you should carry a Sunday newspaper under your seat. Learn what dangerous animal gives off a scent like cucumbers before it strikes!" Strange is Normal: The Amazing Life of Colin Wilson"With one hundred and fifty books to his name and decades of being in the spotlight, Colin Wilson is a legend of the literary world. His books have explored everything from the infamous Moors Murders and Jack the Ripper to Nostradamus, the Occult and life after death. His science fiction novels have inspired Hollywood films and his circle of friends included such people as Marilyn Monroe, Sir Laurence Olivier & Roald Dahl..." What A Way To Go: Life at the End of an Empire"A middle class white guy comes to grips with Peak Oil, Climate Change, Mass Extinction, Population Overshoot and the demise of the Culture of Empire...What is it doing to us as thoughtful human beings as we face the overwhelming challenges of: Peaking fossil fuel flow rates? Critically degraded ecosystems? A changing climate? An exploding global population? Teetering global economies? An unstable political climate? And what is it doing to the rest of the life on this planet?" Frank Zappa: The Torture Never Stops"Frank Zappa's New York Halloween 1981 concerts were filmed Live at The Palladium. This 'thing' entitled 'The Torture Never Stops' was created in its entirety by FZ from the original concert production and intended by the Artist as one of 3 Television Specials. This is the longest version of the three - the others, 'You Are What You Is' and 'Dumb All Over', having actually aired... All Frank Zappa shows were unique experiences with Zappa on guitar and baton, leading his band on flights of improvisation and drawing ever more intense performances from them." ...AND MORE MOVIES Four-Faced Liar—"The Four-Faced Liar, a comedy about drama, tells the story of a group of New York 20-somethings. Bridget is a hip, womanizing lesbian who lives with her guy pal Trip. One night they meet straight-laced New York newbies Greg and Molly at their favorite hangout, The Four-Faced Liar. Molly is a bit appalled by free-spirited Bridget but she's also attracted to her, and in time, the friends lives are hilariously complicated when the two women fall in love."
GrindhouseSometimes we get a little "grass is always greener" feel about Canada. They have universal health care, legal gay marriage, Commonwealth citizen status, and the fact that Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror and Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof are available there in a single Collector's Edition set. We also have it for sale. Marvel Knights--Iron Man: Extremis"An ill-fated attempt to re-create the legendary Super-Soldier Serum responsible for making classic heroes such as Captain America leads to the development of Extremis, a military nanotechnology serum that directly taps into the repair center of the body, giving an injured soldier the ability to heal himself at an alarmingly accelerated rate. Conflict erupts when the Extremis serum is injected into members of the local domestic militia, including Mallen, a soldier hell-bent on avenging the deaths of his family. When a brief battle between Iron Man and Mallen leaves billionaire Tony Stark in critical condition, it becomes clear that the only way for Stark to defeat the Extremis virus is to use it himself." Life in Flight—Will (Patrick Wilson of Little Children and The A-Team) is a Manhattan architect who seems to have it all: A successful business, a beautiful wife (Amy Smart of Crank) and son, and a new offer to merge with a major firm on a huge Brooklyn development. But when Will meets quirky young designer Kate (Lynn Collins of True Blood and X-Men Origins), he begins to re-think the flaws in his overall design. Can a man who s stuck to a plan his entire life now find the courage to build the life he really wants?