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New Releases for December 28th

As 2011 rapidly approaches, it's time to reflect on the many great new films & shows that have arrived on DVD and/or Blu-ray this year. We'll be compiling our Best Of The Year lists into a special rental section after we ring in the new year, but in the meantime we encourage you to check out this scant list of new releases that made it in just under the wire for 2010. Remember, a * means it is also on Blu-ray. THE AMERICAN *—George Clooney is an assassin on the proverbial "one last job and I'm out" in rural Italy in Anton Corbijn's quiet and affecting thriller. If you'd like to buy it online, click HERE. RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE *— Milla Jovovich reloads and soldiers on against the Umbrella Corporation and the undead. AND SOON THE DARKNESS—Mystery after dangerous mystery unfold when a young woman goes searching for her missing traveling companion. TWELVEGossip Girl's Chace Crawford is a high-rolling drug dealer whose livelihood is threatened by a new designer drug and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. MERANTAU*A young man from the country takes on big city crime with his exceptional martial arts skills. HANDSOME HARRY—The past comes back to haunt a veteran (Jamey Sheridan) when a dying comrade (Steve Buscemi) calls looking to make amends... KAMUI GAIDEN—A live-action adaptation of the manga series following an outcast ninja and his battles with his former clan. LEGACY—A Black Ops solider is increasingly plagued with regret in this psychological thriller... ARCHER: SEASON 1—It looks like it should be on Adult Swim, but this animated raunchy comedy about a suave spy is actually on FX. UNITED STATES OF TARA: SEASON 2—Toni Collette continues to shine as a suburban mom with multiple personalities in this smart and funny Showtime series. NEW VIDEO GAMES Dance Central (Xbox Kinect!)—My favorite song on this so far is "Bust A Move."
ANIME NEW RELEASES Kaleido Star: Season 2 and OVAs Tobor The 8th Man: Box Set 1 Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies-Movie 1
FAMILY NEW RELEASES Rover Dangerfield—This is an actual cartoon that exists. We love the folks at Warner Archives for making it available. NEW BLU-RAY Battle Royale—A Limited Edition set with the theatrical and director's cuts, plus collectable booklets & more. NEW TV ON DVD Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew: Season 1—The VH1 reality series begins with Daniel Baldwin, adult film actress Mary Carey, Joanie "Chyna" Laurer, Jeff Conaway (Grease) Jaimee Foxworth (Family Matters), UFC Heavyweight champ Ricco Rodriguez, American Idol's Jessica Sierra, Crazy Town singer Seth Binzer, and Brigitte Nielsen battling their demons while the cameras roll. Warning: At least two of our employees have found the show itself to be mildly addictive. THREE NEW ADULT SWIM-RELATED DVDs Lucy, The Daughter of The Devil--Todd Barry, Sam Seder, and Eugene Mirman are in this? Sold! 12 Oz. Mouse: The Movie--I've never heard of this show, but I trust this Aussie gentlemen to tell us what is the what. Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!: Chrimbus—A holiday special from these humorous fellows... NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS Need help playing a PAL and/or region coded disc? Ask us for assistance. Detective Montalbano: Episodes 10-12 (2005)—More mysteries with the Italian gumshoe. Real Santa (2005)Hungary "Once upon a time there was a bar pianist named Misu, who was in despair because he was homeless, and an orphan named Liza, who escaped from the orphanage. Misu takes a job playing Santa Claus in a department store on the very day that Liza the orphan runs away. Liza is looking for Santa, because she wants a bike for Christmas. On that cold, wintry day -- perfect Christmas weather Liza meets Misu and asks for the bicycle. Misu won't promise Liza the bike, and he can't buy one for her, but the determined little girl won't give up." Shaman (1996)Poland "Andrzej Zulawski's adaptation of Manuela Gretkowska's provocative and hugely successful novel reaches new extremes in the depiction of brutality, sex, and passion as it tells the story of a young(ish) anthropologist driven by the mystery surrounding the death of a recently discovered shaman; and his growing obsession with an enigmatic yet violently perverse beauty known as The Italian." Tre Lire Primo Giorno (2010)(PAL Code 2)Italy "A very smart old man manages to escape from the hospital where he has been admitted in order to go and meet his old friends scattered around Italy. A journey into an off-beat Italy, and waiting for something to happen." Cherrybomb (2010)(PAL Code 2)—A teen drama from the UK starring Rupert "Ron Weasley" Grint. Ricky Gervais: Live IV—Science (2010)(PAL Code 2)—Filmed live at London Hammersmith HMV Apollo. Idiot Abroad: Karl Pilkington (2010)(PAL Code 2)--Ricky Gervais says it's the funniest documentary he's ever seen. Mighty Boosh on Tour: Journey of the Childmen (PAL Code 2)—A behind-the-scenes look at their 2009 UK tour. THREE NEW DOCUMENTARIES J. Krishnamurti: On the Nature of Love—"The ending of life is called death. There you cannot argue, you cannot carry over anything, there is total ending of your memories, attachments, and so on. So one should enquire most seriously if there is an ending—not finding a substitution; not demanding a guarantee that if there is an ending of this, there will be that. Can all the things which are false, like pride, arrogance, attachment, and the desires, pleasures, and so on, which obviously are not love, can all that end?" Walter Sickert vs. John Singer Sargent—"Sickert vs. Sargent brings to life two of the biggest characters in modern British art; Walter Sickert - the gruff, aggressive man-of-the-people; and John Singer Sargent - the urbane and charming dandy. The film focuses on some of the most beautiful and alarming paintings ever made in this country; pictures of aristocrats and prostitutes, coronations and killings, opera houses and music halls, and will evoke the long-lost atmosphere of Edwardian London. But above all it will show that from their two outposts in Chelsea and Camden, Sickert and Sargent were waging a war whose legacy still haunts us today. These two larger-than-life immigrants were battling for nothing less than the future soul of British art."
2012: Time For Change—"2012: Time for Change presents an optimistic alternative to apocalyptic doom and gloom. Directed by Emmy Award nominee João Amorim, the film follows journalist Daniel Pinchbeck, author of the bestselling 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, on a quest for a new paradigm that integrates the archaic wisdom of tribal cultures with the scientific method. As conscious agents of evolution, we can redesign post-industrial society on ecological principles to make a world that works for all." NEW FROM THE WARNER ARCHIVES and SONY/COLUMBIA CLASSICS Alias The Doctor (1932)—"Stephan Brenner may be young, but - after his work with a severely injured child and his subsequent efforts with earthquake victims in Italy - he's made a name for himself as a skilled, compassionate surgeon. But it's actually Karl (Richard Barthelmess), Stephan's foster brother, who is the surgeon. And behind Karl's use of his brother's identity lies a sentimental tale of secrets, love and sacrifice. Director Michael Curtiz and art director Anton Grot elevated their status at Warner Bros. with Alias the Doctor." Bad Man of Brimstone (1937)/Bad Man (1941)—"He was gruff around the edges and soft on the inside, blustery traits fans greatly enjoyed in The Champ, Treasure Island and other memorable Wallace Beery films. Wrap a holster around that persona and put a horse under it and you've got this Western twinbill starring the shambling star. As Pancho Lopez, the bandito gang leader in The Bad Man, he makes things right for a gutsy rancher (Ronald Reagan) who once saved his life and also squelches the attempt of a loan shark ("loan fish" Lopez says) eager to claim the ranch. And Beery is The Bad Man of Brimstone, a notorious robber who secretly helps a young lawman who doesn't know the outlaw is his father. Giddy up!" Black Fury (1935)—"Based on real-life events, Black Fury brings viewers deep into Depression hard times...and into the heart of Joe Radek, a simple, hardworking coal miner used and thrown away by racketeers eager to muscle in on the unions. Paul Muni, who personified 1930s anguish as the doomed hero of I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang, makes Joe an unforgettable character: likeable, headstrong, too easily led and finally a towering force for justice as he takes on company goons single-handed. As sinewy and visceral as the overworked men it celebrates, Black Fury pulls no punches, which may explain why it was banned in Pennsylvania, the state where this classic from Casablanca director Michael Curtiz is set." Blondie Johnson (1932)—"Joan Blondell, one of Hollywood's most memorable blondes, gets top billing in this protofeminist crime yarn as tough as a taxi dancer's heart. Blondell's first starring role was also a change of pace for a contract player usually cast as a chorus cutie or the male lead's loyal doxy. Instead she plays the title character, a Depression-downtrodden waif who uses her brains instead of her body to rise from tyro con artist to crime boss."
Everything's Ducky (1961)—"Beetle McKay (Mickey Rooney) and Admiral John Paul Jones (Buddy Hackett) are two sailors who make friends with a talking duck, who just happens to possess a secret formula. It seems the Navy satellite program needs the formula and so the chatty mallard is worth quite a bit. But in the meantime, the duck is hooked on booze and can't be easily concealed as he won't swim or quack like a normal duck. So the sailors have their work cut out for them as the deadline for launching the satellite approaches. This wacky comedy also stars Jackie Cooper, Joanie Sommers, and Elizabeth MacRae." Fort Dobbs (1958)—"Surrounded by hostile Comanches, frontier widow Celia Gray knows the only hope she and her little boy have is to escape to Fort Dobbs. Their escort is Gar Davis, a strapping stranger who clearly has something to hide. Celia fears she knows his secret: he's the man who murdered her husband. Clint Walker plays the mysterious stranger and Virginia Mayo is the ravishing widow in this Western tale of high-desert suspense and action."
40 Carats (1973)—"After a summer fling with a man nearly 20 years her junior while vacationing in Greece, Ann Stanley (Liv Ullmann) returns to New York assuming she'll never see Peter (Edward Albert) again. Until, that is, he unknowingly shows up on her doorstep as a date for her daughter. Surprisingly, both daughter (Deborah Raffin) and mother (Binnie Barnes) warm to the prospect of Ann's romance with Peter, especially when it turns out he's a financial whiz with a lot more in the bank than his lady friend. The only person not completely won over is Ann herself... but 40 carats could change her mind! Also stars Gene Kelly and Nancy Walker." From Headquarters (1933)—"Playboy and ne'er-do-well Gordon Bates is dead, that's for sure. But whodunit? That's not so sure. There are suspects aplenty. So From Headquarters comes the army of crime specialists - toxicologists, fingerprint experts, ballistic experts, technicians running data-card tabulations on Hollerith machines and, for good measure, authorities on the use of invisible ink - that know the howdunit can point to the who. George Brent and Eugene Pallette portray the lead crime dogs in this swift sniff-out of a killer that sifts through murderous means and motives at an engagingly pell-mell pace." Girl of The Night (1960)—" 'An Exciting Step Forward into a New Realm of Adult Motion Pictures!' promised the ads for 1960's Girl of the Night and there was truth to the claim. The film was rare for its time, a sympathetic portrait of a young girl (Anne Francis in a strong performance) raised in a loveless home who drifts into a life of prostitution. Friendless and lonely, she's an easy target for her boozed-up madam (Kay Medford) and sadistic pimp (John Kerr)...until a compassionate doctor (Lloyd Nolan) helps her unlock the secrets of her past and gain a sense of self-worth." Good-Bye, My Lady (1956)—"What is that strange animal 12-year-old Skeeter spied in the Mississippi swamp? It looks like a dog. But it laughs - even cries real tears - instead of barking. Skeeter brings it home...and into the best adventure a boy could ever have. From the beloved novel by James (The Biscuit Eater) Street, Good-bye, My Lady boasts a legendary director (William A. Wellman), real Southern-bayou location shooting and a superb cast that includes Academy Award® winners Walter Brennan and Sidney Poitier, plus Phil Harris and young Brandon de Wilde (Shane, Hud)."
Heat Lightning (1934)—"The setting: a gas station in the middle of a sweltering, desiccated nowhere. The women: Olga (Aline MacMahon), a wary, weathered loner with a knack for fixing cars, and Myra (Ann Dvorak), her pretty kid sister who dishes up diner chow and dreams of romance. The film: Heat Lightning, an edgy, femme prenoir that turns incendiary when visitors arrive - two bejeweled divorcees and Olga's old love, a killer on the lam." Inside The Walls of Folsom Prison (1951)— "Is prison a place of punishment or a catalyst for personal change? The warden at infamous Folsom Prison answers in a way that breaks spirits and bones. On the other side is a new yard captain eager to institute reforms. And caught in between is a ticking time bomb of inmates ready to bust out. Set in the early 20th century and filmed within the actual prison, this intense tale of men behind bars belongs to the Warner Bros. lineage of social-conscience films like Caged, Each Dawn I Die and I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang."
Just Tell Me What You Want (1979)—"When Max Herschel (Alan King), the ruthless magnate who has everything, loses his executive mistress Bones Burton (Ali MacGraw) to a young playwright (Peter Weller), he carves out a whole new battlefield in the war between the sexes! Director Sidney Lumet's sophisticated comedy, written by three-time Lumet collaborator Jay Presson Allen, chronicles the combat in winningly witty style." Mark of The Gorilla (1961)—"When word of the Nazis' theft of some tribal treasures spreads across the continent, it doesn't take long for a gang of homicidal treasure hunters to initiate a concerted effort to find it. To ensure the return of her tribe's riches, Princess Nyobi (Suzanne Dalbert) calls on Jungle Jim (Johnny Weissmuller) for help in a search that leads them to a gang that is masquerading as gorillas in order to guard the gold." A Midwinter's Tale (1995)—"To be or not to be? To act or not to act? The questions are the same to Joe, a struggling (read: jobless) actor whose every sinew and synapse cries out to perform and to soften the blow of not landing a part in a megabudget sci-fi movie. So in the stalwart (read: desperate) tradition of actors everywhere, Joe vows to put on a show, a special (read: even more desperate) version of the greatest play in the English tongue. Writer/director Kenneth Branagh serves up Hamlet on wry with this salute to dyed-in-the-wool and other woolly-brained thespians." Night Must Fall (1937)—"Who can resist handsome Danny (Robert Montgomery)? Not the girls in an English village abuzz over the discovery of a headless corpse. Not the rich, disagreeable old woman (Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Dame May Whitty) he works for. No one, except the old woman's niece (Rosalind Russell), who suspects that Danny's charming facade hides someone cold, calculating...and possibly mad." Vitaphone Calvacade of Musical Comedy—A six disc set of funny short films from the early days of cinema. You read the particulars over on Warner's site.
The Window (1949)—"Nine-year-old Tommy Woodry has a history of making things up, but he insists he really saw this: a murder in his own apartment building! No one believes Tommy's story. No one except the killers. From its taut pursuits to its sinister sense of danger lurking behind any apartment door, The Window is a minor gem of film noir." The World, The Flesh and The Devil (1958)—" 'Millions Flee from Cities! End of the World!' From a Manhattan skyscraper, Ralph Burton (Harry Belafonte) surveys the emptiness announced by that chilling newspaper headline. Nuclear doomsday has come. Ralph is sure he is the last person alive. Then a woman (Inger Stevens) appears and the two form a cautious friendship that's threatened when a third survivor (Mel Ferrer) arrives. Unlike other post-apocalyptic thrillers from The Time Machine to I Am Legend, there are no external monsters to battle here. Instead, the monsters - fear, intolerance, jealousy - lurk inside the all-too-human human beings."