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New Releases for January 4th

Happy New Year, everyone! Here's the first batch of new DVD & Blu-ray releases for 2011. Remember, the * means a Blu-ray is also available, and you can buy select titles online here by clicking SALE. For more sale titles, visit us here in the store. MACHETE *—The first and hopefully not last film made from the Grindhouse trailers pits grizzled ex-Federale Danny Trejo against the jerks who set him up and the evil drug lord (Steven Seagal!) who murdered his family. You know you want to see how Machete ends up with those two ladies... SALE DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS *Paul Rudd needs to bring a real dope to a dinner party to impress his boss and win a big promotion. He literally runs right in to IRS employee and amateur taxidermist Steve Carell, who more than fits the bill. Contributing to the resulting uncomfortable hilarity are Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Schaal, Larry Wilmore, Ron Livingston, and Jemaine Clement. SALE HOWL *—The multi-talented James Franco stars as Allen Ginsburg in this innovative biopic covering his early life and the creation and reaction to his infamous poem. It also features the multi talents of David Strathairn, Jon Hamm, Jeff Daniels, and Mary-Louise Parker. SALE CATFISH—When meeting someone you only know from the Internet face to face for the first time, bring a buddy. And that's all we'll say about this fascinating documentary. BEYOND BELIEF—Two 9/11 widows travel to Afghanistan to help empower women there and confront the root causes of terrorism. It comes with another documentary, Imam and The Pastor, about the unlikely partnership between a Muslim fundamentalist preacher and an evangelical Christian in Nigeria. THE LAST EXORCISM *—Reverend Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) arrives at a Louisiana farm for what he thinks is a routine demon purging, but whatever is possessing the young lady (Ashley Bell) is far more evil than any nasty he's encountered before... BIG LOVE: SEASON 4—HBO's series continues with Bill's (Bill Paxton) political aspirations, the growing tension between him and his son, and the many dramas of his many wives. THE RICKY GERVAIS SHOW: SEASON 1—Gervais, Stephen Merchant, and Karl Plinkington star in this animated reimagining of their humorous podcast. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: SEASON 8 MOTION COMIC—If you're like me and fell behind on the comics, here's a quick way to catch up. ANIME NEW RELEASES Tsubasa: OVA Collection-Tokyo Revelations & Spring Thunder
NEW BLU-RAY El Mariachi/Desperado Once Upon a Time in Mexico Lost In Translation
NEW TV ON DVD Enemy At The Door: Series 2 Interpol Investigates: Season 1, Discs 1 & 2 Interpol Investigates: Season 1, Discs 3 & 4 L.A. Heat: Season 1 Sarah Jane Adventures: Season 3 NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS Broken Wings (1962)—Lebanon Canticle of The Stones (1990)—Palestine Detective Montalbano: Eps.13-15 & 16-18 (2000)—Italy Dirty Tricks (2000)—UK Door To The Sky (1989)—Morocco Dupes (1972)—Syria Espiral (2008)—Mexico The Extras (1993)—Syria I Hate Luv Storys (2010)—India Legend of The Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (Code 3)—Hong Kong Living in Paradise (1998)—Algeria Marrakech Inshallah (2006)—Morocco Nights of The Jackal (1989)—Syria Once Upon a Time: Beirut (1994)—Lebanon Promise Me This (2007)(Code 3)—Serbia, directed by Emir Kusturica (Underground, Black Cat White Cat) Saladin (1963)—Egypt, directed by Yousef Chahine (Egyptian Story, Cairo Station) Sister Smile: Tragic Tale of The Singing Nun (2009)--Belgium Summer Thefts (1988)—Egypt Supreme Swordsman (1984)—Hong Kong Suspended Life (1984)—Lebanon Sword of Swords (1968)—Hong Kong Wife For My Son (1982)—Algeria Bent Familia (1997)—Tunisia "Three modern North African women on the brink of self-awareness discover the power of friendship." Who Loves The Sun (2006)—A Canadian film starring Lukas Haas, Adam Scott, and Molly Parker as the woman who came between them. NEW SONY/COLUMBIA CLASSICS Ladies in Retirement (1941)—"As the paid companion to wealthy Leonora Fiske, Ellen Creed (Ida Lupino) has become accustomed to her employer's good humor and generosity. When her deranged sisters (played with great relish by Elsa Lanchester and Edith Barrett) are evicted from their lodgings in London, Ellen invites them to stay for a visit. As the visit turns into weeks, Leonora's patience is exhausted, and she orders the sisters, and Ellen, to leave. Desperate to protect her sisters and give them a secure place to live, Ellen takes drastic measures — then tells everyone that Leonora is on a trip, leaving her in charge of the house. But when the neighbors and Ellen's roguish cousin (Louis Hayward) become suspicious, she has more to worry about than just her sisters' welfare."
Screaming Mimi (1958)—"Anita Ekberg plays the gorgeous and tortured dancer with the Great Dane named Devil, who, after being nearly attacked by a man with a knife, is put into an asylum under the obsessive care of psychiatrist Dr. Greenwood (Harry Townes). When the girl begins to show signs of improvement, the psychiatrist assumes her care on the outside so she can resume her dancing career. The proprietor (Gypsy Rose Lee) of El Madhouse, a tawdry nightclub, hires the girl but then a series of murders by "The Ripper" attracts the attention of a newspaper reporter (Phil Carey), and the doctor and reporter face off to try to protect the girl. A sensual statue of a dancing girl called "Screaming Mimi" seems to play a part in the bizarre mystery."
The Wrong Box (1966)—"Set in Victorian England, The Wrong Box is a British black comedy with a splendid cast including John Mills, Ralph Richardson, Michael Caine, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and last, but definitely not least, Peter Sellers. A strange rule of inheritance allows only the last remaining survivor of a family of siblings to get the sizable legacy, precipitating a dangerous contest between two elderly brothers (Mills and Richardson). Their families get involved too, sparking a wild chase and absurd comedy as they attempt to be the last man standing."
NEW DOCUMENTARIES Bride Market of Imilchil— "For three days each September men and women gather in front of the Imilchil shrine, choose mates and marry in a nearby tent. The uniqueness of the tradition has become so popular that even the Moroccan government itself promotes the ritual as a tourist attraction. Beautifully capturing the essence of the Bride Market, this video questions the presence of Western observers, including the filmmakers themselves. It also challenges our views on relationships and moral structures between Arabs and Westerners." Checkpoint: The Palestinians after Oslo—"The signing of the Oslo Peace Accord in 1993 sparked worldwide hope for a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Checkpoint takes a critical look at this peace agreement and its aftermath. With offbeat humor, warmth and insight, it offers an unorthodox appraisal you won't hear from network soundbites." Edge of Dreaming—"Scottish filmmaker Amy Hardie has built a career making science documentaries that reflect her rational temperament. When she dreamed one night that her horse was dying, only to wake the next morning and find the horse dead, she dismissed the incident as a coincidence. Then she dreamed she would die at age 48 only one year away. When Hardie does get ill, just as the dream predicted, she visits neuroscience experts and eventually a shaman. Edge of Dreaming is an evocative, intimate chronicle of that year and a fascinating investigation into the human subconscious." Elsewhere—"From Nikolaus Geyrhalter, the director of Our Daily Bread, comes this IDFA Special Jury Award-winning documentary, an epic journey to twelve remote and rarely glimpsed locales and communities around the world. Geyrhalter films expansive vistas of desert, snow, jungle, ice, and rainforest, travels with a scooter-riding Finnish reindeer herdsman, visits the home of a Namibian couple with relational problems, ventures out to sea with a Sardinian fisherman. In observational and striking visual portraits, impressions of modernization's influence on traditional societies emerge. An homage to humanity, Elsewhere is a nuanced portrait of life - fragile and resilient - at the start of the 21st century." The English Sheik and The Yemeni Gentlemen—This lyrical film introduces us to Bader Ben Hirsi, a British-born Yemeni living in London after his parents' exile from Yemen. Bader returns to Yemen to re-discover his country, its people and traditions.Under the guiding hand of eccentric Englishman Tim Makintosh-Smith, who has been living as a Yemeni in the ancient city of Sana'a for the past 16 years, Ben Hirsi travels throughout his ancestral homeland. Exquisitely filmed by award-winning cinematographer Koutaiba Al Janabi, The English Sheik and the Yemeni Gentleman chronicles their interaction and emerging friendship as they explore the beautiful Yemen countryside. Farming The Seas—"Market demand for seafood now far exceeds the ocean's ability to keep pace, and the crisis is deepening. Worldwide, most marine fisheries are either fully exploited or in sharp decline. With stunning visuals and compelling narration, Farming The Seas journeys around the world documenting the most important stories as they unfold. From the indigenous tribes of British Columbia to the large-scale operations of multinational corporations, from Mediterranean fishermen to Thai shrimp farmers, Farming The Seas gathers perspectives from around the globe as it examines the problems and the promises of this emerging industry." Forbidden Marriages In the Holy Land —"Among the subjects in Forbidden Marriages In the Holy Land is a young Palestinian musician living with his Israeli musicologist girlfriend, a fiery Palestinian woman married to a Jew, a Jewish woman who converted to Islam to be with her husband in Gaza, and an African woman married to a 'White' Palestinian. An intriguing expose of couples who, in a region scarred by conflict and catastrophe, chose love instead of hate." The Gulf War, What Next?—"In the early 1990s, five leading Arab film directors were asked to create a short work that expressed their thoughts and feelings about the first Gulf War and its impact on Arab people, culture and intellectual thought. The Gulf War, What Next? is the revealing and rewarding feature-length collection of these five impressive short works." How To Get What You Want & Want What You Have—"Do you know what you want, but don't know how to get it? Are you blocked by feelings of procrastination, perfectionism, guilt, or anxiety? Well worry no longer. Join renowned therapist and author John Gray (Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus), as he shares an inspiring step-by-step approach to 'un-blocking the blocks' to success." Into The Universe with Stephen Hawking—I don't know about you, but I want to go to there.
Land Where The Blues Began: 30th Anniversary Edition—This documentary on the birth of the Delta Blues also contains over two hours of musical performances. Jerusalem: An Occupation Set in Stone?—Produced by the Palestinian Housing Rights Movement, Jerusalem: An Occupation Set in Stone? is a tribute to the thousands of Palestinians living in East Jerusalem without access to life's most basic amenities. Filmmaker Marty Rosenbluth details the devastating effects of Israel's urban planning policies that, according to many, aim to uproot the Palestinian presence in the Holy City. Due to its fairness and clarity, An Occupation Set in Stone was awarded an Honorable Mention for the Lindheim Award in the Third Annual Jewish Video Competition - an award that honors programs that best explore the political and social relationships between Jews and other ethnic or religious groups. Jerusalem 1948—"Jerusalem 1948: Yoom Ilak, Yoom Aleik covers the events in Jerusalem and the major villages to the south and west in the period between the 1947 UN Partition Resolution and the first truce between the Arab and Israel armed forces in June 1948. The film challenges the major myths surrounding the war of 1948 that resulted in Israeli statehood and Palestinian exile." Masters of Technology—"Meet five revolutionary thinkers who've changed the way we live today and discover how their scientific and technological innovations will shape our future. Insightful, personal interviews and fascinating footage shine a new light on the lives and achievements of these unsung heroes - from the early years of their careers and frustrating failures to their breakthrough moments and professional triumphs." The interviewees include "Father of the Internet" Vinton Cerf and NASA space engineer Donna Shirley. Sir Isaac Newton: The Gravity of Genius—A&E's Biography all about, "the incredible achievements and lonely life of one of the greatest scientists of all time." On Boys, Girls and The Veil—"With his leading protagonist and friend (Bassam Samra), Nasrallah takes us on an exquisite tour of a subject normally overdramatized by the West. Taking the debate beyond the simplistic approach and with familiarity rarely seen, young men and women talk about the 'hijab' and its social implications." People and The Land "People and the Land airdrops viewers into the universe of an occupied people, unreeling images of a new form of apartheid based on ethnicity. Challenging U.S. foreign policy and the conventions of the documentary form itself, People and the Land examines the concrete realities of Israel's conduct in the West Bank and Gaza, the level of U.S. support for that conduct through foreign aid, and the human cost of that aid in Palestine and the USA." Pills, Profits, Protest: Chronicle of the Global AIDS Movement—"An up-to-the minute documentary about AIDS treatment activism. It examines the national and international grass roots response to an epidemic that has already overshadowed the Black Death in terms of human lives lost. The demand for access to affordable treatment for 40 million people living with HIV, most of whom live in poor countries, represents one of the most successful political movements of contemporary history."
Selves and Others: A Portrait of Edward Said—"Known as one of America's great contemporary intellectuals and a prominent spokesperson for the Palestinian cause in the United States, Said died in September of 2003 at the age of 67. Shortly before is death, a French film crew spent several weeks with him and his family. The result is Selves and Others, an intimate documentary that offers a glimpse at some of Said's final reflections on the themes that dominated his life's work." Women of Islam: Veiling and Seclusion—"In Women of Islam: Veiling and Seclusion, director Farheen Umar travels throughout Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and the USA to talk with Muslim women and challenge the assumptions about the practice of wearing veils. This landmark documentary explores the origins of these stereotypes and confronts misconceptions about the tradition of covering in Muslim society." ...AND MORE MOVIES Bitter Feast—"Peter Grey (James Le Gros), an overly zealous television chef kidnaps J.T. Franks (Joshua Leonard), an influential and notoriously snarky food blogger after a particularly nasty review deals the final blow to Grey's already plummeting career. Sequestered deep in the woods of the Hudson Valley, Grey keeps Franks chained up in a basement, presenting him with a series of deceptively simple food challenges - from preparing a perfect egg over easy, to grilling a steak precisely medium rare - punishing him sadistically for anything less than total perfection. A tense thrill-ride served up with wicked wit and culinary flare, Bitter Feast is an exploration of the creative impulse gone tragically and ferociously awry." Camille (1984)—This adaptation of the classic love story stars Greta Scacchi as the titular tragic heroine and Colin Firth as the man who falls in love with her.
The Guilty (1992)—"London attorney Steven Vey (Michael Kitchen, Foyle's War) has a brilliant career, a beautiful wife, and money to burn. To top it off, he's about to be named Britain's youngest-ever judge. But one night, a celebration with his pretty secretary, Nicky (Caroline Catz, Doc Martin), goes too far. He calls it a drunken indiscretion; she calls it rape. Meanwhile, Birmingham punk Eddy Doyle (Sean Gallagher, Coronation Street) is fresh out of prison with no prospects. After learning that the stuffy vicar who raised him isn't his real dad, Eddie goes in search of his father. When they meet, Doyle is lured into a conspiracy with horrific results." Lena Baker Story—"Based on true events, The Lena Baker Story recounts one African-American woman's struggle to rise above the challenges of her life, to face the choices she makes, and to ultimately triumph over her impossible circumstances." Private Snafu Golden Classics—"The hilarious 'Private Snafu' cartoons hold a unique and unusual place in the history of American animated films. Originally produced during World War II as part of the Army/Navy Screen Magazine, they remain the most entertaining series of shorts never intended for general audience. The series was idea of Frank Capra, with many of the early entries written and supervised by Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss). They feature some of the finest work produced by the Warner Brothers/Schlesinger Studios in the early/ mid 40's by directors Chuck Jones, Friz Freling, Frank Tashlin and Bob Clampett." Stop Motion Marvels"Stop Motion Marvels is a collection of 44 rare short films, many never before available on DVD. There are 4 sections to the DVD: Early Experiments, All Sorts of Shorts, Commericals, and 'The Kinex Collection', featuring 19 rare Stop Motion shorts produced for Kodak from 1928 through 1930, featuring Chip the Wooden man, Snap the Gingerbread Man, and Daffy Doings in Doodlebugville- plus 3 sound shorts by Kinex animator John Burton." Touching Home—"Ed Harris stars in this emotionally charged drama of love and redemption by writer-directors Logan and Noah Miller. The Millers co-star as Lane and Clint Winston, twin brothers from a working class background who pursue professional baseball careers while trying to save their homeless, alcoholic father Charlie (Ed Harris). Touching Home is a coming-of-age drama, an account of overcoming enormous odds and a tale about family and the bonds that matter. Inspired by a True Story."