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New Releases for February 8th

Before we bring you the list of this week’s new titles, here’s a haiku hastily composed for the occasion: Blood, boos and Blu-ray/Cool old flicks from MGM/Some funny stuff too. Now, the list.  As usual, * means it’s on Blu-ray, @ indicates it’s for sale in the store, and you can click SALE to buy online. ONG BAK 3: THE FINAL BATTLE *—Tony Jaa returns for a final fantastic duel. Fingers crossed some of it takes place on top of an elephant.  SALE @ ENTHIRANBy popular demand, here’s the ridiculously awesome Indian robot movie!!! PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 *—Like the producers of a stagnant sitcom, the filmmakers brought in a baby to up the spooky stakes  @ I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (1978) * @ and I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (2010) *—Available in original or remake for all your sleazy, bloody, brutal revenge tale needs. This NSFW trailer is for the original. You can watch the trailer for the remake here. MY SOUL TO TAKE *—Wes "Scream 4" Craven's latest follows a serial killer preying on a group of teenagers…FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE!  @ STILL WALKING *—The Criterion Collection presents this touching family drama by one of the latest additions to the Directors section, Hirokazu Kore-Eda.  @ SALE FOR COLORED GIRLS—Kimberly Elise, Phylicia Rashad, Whoopi Goldberg, and Thandie Newton lead a cast of extraordinary women in Tyler Perry’s adaptation of Ntozake Shange's play. IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY *The United States of Tara’s Keir Gilchrist plays a teenager admitted to a psychiatric ward, where he woos Emma Roberts and befriends Zach Galifianakis. MIDDLE MEN--Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, and the always great Robert Forster star in an “inspired by a true story” all about the early days of porn on the Internet. Oh listen to that sweet dial up buzz... REPO CHICK *—A spoiled rich girl becomes one of the best in the business in this not-a-sequel directed by Repo Man’s Alex Cox. @ LIFE AS WE KNOW ITThis is one of two new Josh Duhamel vehicles.  We'll reveal the other later in this blog post... WILD TARGET—If you didn’t rent the import we’ve had for a while now, don’t miss the domestic release of this UK caper comedy starring a bunch of awesome people. YOU AGAIN—Betty White is the most abundant source of charm in the universe. NEW VIDEO GAMES Alice in Wonderland (Wii) Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars (Wii) Jeopardy! (Wii) Majin and The Forsaken Kingdom (PS3)
ANIME NEW RELEASES Chrome Shelled Regios: Part 2
FAMILY NEW RELEASES Rocket Robin Hood Vol. 2--A space aged Robin Hood cartoon by Ralph Bakshi!
NEW BLU-RAY Amarcord: Criterion Collection  @ SALE The Cove Enter The Void @ Hannibal (2001) Heavy Metal Last House on the Left (1972) Leaving Las Vegas (Unrated!) Long Kiss Goodnight Manchurian Candidate (1962) Never Let Me Go Out Of Sight Rules of Attraction (Unrated!) Thelma and Louise: 20th Anniversary Edition @ Thomas Crown Affair (1968) A Woman, A Gun and A Noodle Shop Almost Famous—The “Bootleg” Director’s Edition.
NEW TV ON DVD Bill Cosby Show: Season 2—The Cos played a hip high school basketball coach in this late 60s/early 70s series. Columbo: Mystery Movie Collection 1991 Doctor Who, Story 063: The Mutants Doctor Who: The Movie (Special Edition)—The 1996 made for TV movie with Paul McGann as The Doctor. Pie In The Sky: Series 4 Project Runway: Season 8Probably the best season of the show so far…until the finale. NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS Action Replayy (2010)—India Bad Day To Go Fishing (2010)—Uruguay Band Baaja Baaraat (2010)—India Equinox (1992)(PAL Code 2)—USA, directed by Alan Rudolph French Gigolo (2008)—France The Girl (2009)—Sweden Hideaway (2009)—France, directed by Francois Ozon Kites (2009)(PAL)—India Mirch (2010)—India Paula-Paula (2010)—Spain, directed by Jess Franco   @ Sinister Eyes of Dr. Orloff (1973)—Spain, also directed by Jess Franco   @ 3 Idiots (2009)(PAL)—India Unmade Beds (2009)—Argentinian director Alexis Dos Santos' new film follows two free spirits in London. NEW MGM LIMITED TITLES Futureworld (1976)—“An amusement park of the future caters to any adult fantasy. Lifelike androids carry out your every whim. A fun place, right? Not so, as a reporter and his Girl Friday find out while on a press junket to the newly opened Futureworld...” It stars Peter Fonda, Blythe Danner, Arthur Hill, and Yul Brenner.
Leo The Last (1970)—“Marcello Mastroianni plays the last in a line of princes who gradually emerges from his decaying mansion to become involved with and help the people living in his deteriorating London neighborhood.” It was directed by John Boorman. 99 River Street (1953)—“A down-on-his-luck boxer, who is reduced to driving a cab, offers to help a would-be actress who is accused of murdering a stage producer...but finds that he must clear his name as well when his wife's lifeless body turns up in the back of his cab] Based on a story by George Zuckerman.”
Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover (1977)—“The story of the late J. Edgar Hoover, who was head of the FBI from 1924-1972. The film follows Hoover from his racket-busting days through his reign under eight U.S. presidents.” It stars Broderick Crawford, Jose Ferrer, Michael Parks, Rip Torn, and Celeste Holm. Rolling Thunder (1977)— One of the most anticipated DVD releases ever amongst the Scarecrow staff. Our colleague Bryan praised it in Episode 3 of our Scarecrow Podcast. “A gang of sadistic thugs murder the wife and child of a Vietnam vet, who, along with his war buddy and a woman, track down and kill the murderers.” William Devane plays the vet. It co-stars Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Haynes, and Dabney Coleman.
Satan Bug (1964)— “John Sturges directed this sizzling suspenser about a nerve-racking chase to recover flasks of a lethal virus which were stolen from a government lab by a deranged and dangerous scientist, who has decided that now it is his turn ‘to play God’...” Still Of The Night (1982)—“Roy Scheider and Meryl Streep star in a highly charged, Hitchcock- inspired murder mystery set among New York's chic world of high- rolling antique brokers. Co-stars Jessica Tandy.” Vigilante Force (1976)--“In this fast-paced adventure, an embittered Vietnam veteran (Kris Kristofferson) is hired by the residents of a small California town, who are weary of the disruption caused by unruly oil workers. The vet brings in other workers who do the job, then take over the town themselves...” It co-stars Jan-Michael Vincent, Victoria Principal, and Bernadette Peters.
NEW DOCUMENTARIES & OTHER NON-FICTION FARE Azorian: Raising of the K-129—“In 1968 the Soviet ballistic missile submarine K-129 sank in the Central North Pacific. American intelligence located it within weeks of its demise. The CIA crafted a secret program to raise the submarine in 1974. Now after much secrecy, this story can be told, by the men who made it happen and with never-before-seen footage of the actual salvage attempt, and new evidence of the project's successes and failures.” The Calling—“A behind-the-scenes look at young Americans - Christian, Jewish, Catholic, and Muslim preparing to become the nation's next generation of religious leaders. The Calling follows their transformation from idealistic students into ordained religious professionals. This film explores the forces that are drawing a new generation of young people to serve their communities and their faith.” Candy Man: The David Klein Story—“Candy Man tells the amazing true story of David Klein, an eccentric candy inventor from LA, who came up with the concept of Jelly Belly jellybeans..." Celluloid Salesman: Classic Educational Shorts Vol. 4—“This fourth collection of classroom shorts from the A/V Geeks Film Library reveals how sly marketers used 16mm films to shape new generations of loyal consumers. Under the pretense of education, these filmmakers in gray flannel suits promoted their products in the guise of phony newsreels (News Cavalcade), classroom shorts (Your Daily Bread), and travelogues (This Is... Elk Country).”  @
Dark Side of Chocolate—“The Dark Side of Chocolate takes you undercover to expose the working conditions on conventional West African cocoa plantations, all in the service of our desire for chocolate.” Dinosaur Wars: American Experience—“Dinosaur Wars, from producer Mark Davis, is the story of two talented scientists, O.C. Marsh and Edward Cope, whose once professional rivalry soured into a bitter personal feud. Together, Marsh and Cope were responsible for identifying more than 142 different species and for introducing dinosaurs into the American imagination, but their legacy would be forever marred by two decades of ruthless infighting, espionage, and sabotage.” Frontline: Facing Death—“How far would you go to sustain the life of someone you love, or your own? When the moment comes, and you're confronted with the prospect of pulling the plug, do you know how you'll respond?Frontline examines the complicated reality of today's modern, medicalized death, and offers an unusually intimate portrait of patients facing the prospect of dying in ways that they might never have wanted or imagined.” Frontline: The Confessions—“ Why would four innocent men confess to the rape and murder in 1997 of a woman in Norfolk, Virginia? The case raises disturbing questions about the actions of the police and prosecutors, who relied on often contradictory confessions for their convictions, and disregarded DNA evidence that pointed to a lone assailant who would later confess to the crime himself while serving prison time for another rape.” Films of Johan van der Keuken Last Words: My Sister Yoka/Last Words/Long Holiday/For The Time Being—“Cogent, complex, and classically composed, the documentaries of Johan van der Keuken reveal his lifelong curiosity about the ever-changing world and its inhabitants...The fifth and final volume of this collection focuses on death and dying, as van der Keuken continues to make films after learning he is terminally ill. The Long Holiday (2000), winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the Berlin Film Festival, follows the director and his wife as they travel the globe during their last years together.Last Words: My Sister Yoka (1998) is the director's tribute to his sister (‘Joke’ in Dutch), who speaks to the camera just days before she dies of cancer. As an addendum to that film, the director's stepson, Stijn van Santen, made Last Words (2002), a short film about van der Keuken during his final days. 1 a Minute—“When Namrata Singh Gujral lost two aunts to breast cancer, the young Indo-American actress realized that she might be at high risk. But in 2008 Gujral got the phone call that every woman dreads: You have breast cancer. Furious with the toll that cancer takes around the world, and terrified for herself and her nine year old daughter, Gujral decided to turn her harrowing journey into a positive outcome..." Panama Canal: American Experience—“On August 15th, 1914, the Panama Canal opened, connecting the world's two largest oceans and signaling America's emergence as a global superpower. This American Experience film using an extraordinary archive of photographs and footage, interviews with canal workers and firsthand accounts of life in the Canal Zone, unravels the remarkable story of one of the world's most significant technological achievements.” Safe…Not Sorry: Classic Educational Shorts Volume 3—“Though the era of 16mm educational cinema has come to a close, those quirky films unspooled in the mid-century American classroom continue to fascinate viewers today. And no group of titles is more popular than the safety films. Presenting scenarios that couldn't be depicted in a textbook or described from a lectern, safety films capitalized on the drama and spectacle of death -- lurking around every corner, in every pair of scissors, in every overloaded electrical cord, on every park bench where a stranger pets a puppy.”  @
Secrets of The Dead: Lost Ships of Rome—“Marine archeologists carrying out a sonar survey of the seabed around the remote Italian island of Ventotene made an astonishing discovery. The wrecks of five ancient Roman ships were found in pristine condition, fully laden with exotic goods. This film follows the team as they explore the sites in detail, salvage artifacts and piece together the history of the ships and why they were lost at Ventotene two thousand years ago.” …AND MORE MOVIES Pure Country 2: The Gift—“Suddenly thrust into the bright lights and big stages of country music stardom, Bobbie loses not just her way but her angelic gift of song. Follow singing sensation Katrina Elam as she rights the wrongs in her past and finds her voice once again with the help of country music sensation George Strait.” Riot (1969)—“While the warden (real-life warden Frank A. Eyman) of a state prison is away, the isolation block erupts and 35 of the most violent criminals (led by Gene Hackman) stage a riot and take over their portion of the prison. Cully Briston (Jim Brown), in for five years and awaiting his eventual parole, wants no part of the riot. He impulsively gets involved, defending a prison guard and protecting him from the maniacs in the block. This tense drama is based on a Frank Elli’s novel, which chronicled an actual riot that took place in a Minnesota prison.” The Romantics—“Oscar® winner Anna Paquin and Katie Holmes lead an all-star cast in The Romantics: a generational “dramedy” about friendship, rivalry and loyalty..."  Thanks for reading down this far, folks.  This is this week's other new Josh Duhamel film. Sins of Madame Bovary (1969)—“Emma Bovary (Edwige Fenech) is an aristocratic woman deeply bored by her bourgeois life. Married to a man she does not love anymore, and fearing that her youth and life may vanish in the service of a man who does not know how to please a woman any more, she starts dreaming about another love.” Still The Drums—“Many of our soldiers and veterans are haunted by secrets and memories that are buried deep in their hearts and minds. Never to tell their stories...Until now! After thirty-nine years as being listed as missing in action (M.I.A.) the remains of Lt. Jack E. Buchannon, U.S.M.C., are found and identified. He is brought home as a fallen hero, posthumously awarded the medal of honor and buried with full military honors. His three best friends all ex-marines and Vietnam veterans, get together immediately after attending his funeral. They have been meeting religiously every year on their missing buddy's birthday in an effort to keep his spirit and memory alive. We peer in as they reminisce and raise a final toast to their childhood friend with the hope of finally bringing some closure to it all, but as old war memories come crashing back to life their little get together suddenly erupts into a captivating, edge of your seat, psychological drama and when some shocking secrets are revealed about the fallen hero and the story turns into a mystery that ends with an absolutely mind blowing climax!” Tamara Drewe“Based on Posy Simmonds beloved graphic novel of the same name (which was itself inspired by Thomas Hardy’s classic Far From the Madding Crowd) this wittily modern take on the romantic English pastorale is a far cry from Hardy’s Wessex. It stars Gemma Arterton, Dominic Cooper, Tasmin Greig (from Black Books, Green Wing, and that new Matt LeBlanc show) and was directed by Stephen Frears.  Local film critic Sean Axmaker has a  review along with an interview with Stephen Frears over on his blog. WUSA (1970)—“Paul Newman plays a jaded disc-jockey who offers his services to WUSA, a right-wing hate station broadcasting from New Orleans. While struggling with his own apathy, he starts spreading hateful messages perpetrated by Pat Hingle, a power-mad master of WUSA. Joanne Woodward plays a working girl who arrives in town the same day as Newman and falls for the alcoholic disc-jockey. Directed by Stuart Rosenberg (Cool Hand Luke) and based on Robert Stone’s Best Selling Novel A Hall of Mirrors.”  @