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New Releases for February 22nd

From slick gossip columnists to notorious criminals, from a two-man road trip to the largest migration on Earth,  from hopes for a healthier world to hordes of bloodthirsty birds, here are this week's new releases.  As always, * indicates we also have it on Blu-ray, @ means we have it in stock for sale at the store, and you can buy it online by clicking SALE. GET LOW—A subtle & sweet film about an ornery old hermit trying to right his wrongs. It has wonderful performances by Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, and Robert Duvall.   @ SALE DUE DATE *—Who would you rather drive across country with: Robert Downey, Jr. or Zach Galifianakis? Thanks to The Hangover director Todd Phillips, you don’t have to choose.  @ MESRINE: KILLER INSTINCT, PART 1 *—It’s hard not to root for Vincent Cassel, even when he plays a maniac outlaw.  @ BIRDEMIC: SHOCK AND TERROR *—One of the best bad movies ever, at least according to Rainn Wilson and many others@ WEEDS: SEASON 6 *—Will Nancy leave her illegal agricultural past behind?  @ AVN: ALIEN VS. NINJA *—One of those titles that says it all… WARNING: This trailer gets a little gruesome.  @ SEE WHAT I’M SAYING—Director Hilari Scarl profiles the lives & struggles of four deaf entertainers.  @ TWO IN THE WAVE—The rise and fall of the friendship between Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, as told through their letters, articles, and archival interviews. It’s also a wonderful primer on the French New Wave.  @ LAST TRAIN HOME—A Chinese migrant worker couple makes a long journey home for the New Year’s holiday in this emotional documentary by director Lixin Fan.  @ KINGS OF PASTRY—Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker present a look behind the scenes at the competition for France’s “Nobel Prize of Pastry.” It sounds like a much more dignified version of Top Chef: Just Desserts. @ LEAVINGA French film about love, power, seduction and betrayal, starring Kristin Scott Thomas. FISH TANK *—The Criterion Collection presents the powerful British coming-of-age drama by Andrea Arnold.  @ SENSO *—Luchino Visconti’s 1954 tragic romance makes its DVD & Blu-ray debut on Criterion.  @ SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS *—Three very good reasons to get the Criterion of Alexander Mackendrick's film... @ MEGAMIND—Enjoyable family fare with an excellent voice cast—Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, and David Cross to name a few. It will be available on DVD & Blu-ray on Friday 2/25.  @ NEW VIDEO GAMES Hyperdimension: Neptunia (PS3) Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (Xbox)—Is  this a "perfect nerd storm"? See what friend-of-the-store Sam "Samurai Crow" Machkovech has to say about it over at The Atlantic.
ANIME NEW RELEASES Dirty Pair: Part 2, Eps. 14-26 FLCL: Complete Series  @
FAMILY NEW RELEASES Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 * Invader Zim: Operation Doom--Apparently there will be new episodes if DVD sales go well. Buy it here for just $15.95 + a free rental! @
 
NEW BLU-RAY Alpha and Omega Memento @ Open Season 3 Saw: The Final Chapter The Universe: 7 Wonders of the Solar System You Again The Last Unicorn @
NEW TV ON DVD Fresh Fields: Set 1 Have Gun Will Travel: Season 5, Vol. 2 New Tricks: Season 3 National Geographic: Border Wars, Season 2 Nurse Jackie: Season 2--Caution, this trailer gets a bit naughty in parts (as Showtime shows sometimes do). NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS Baaria (2009)—Italy Besouro (2009)—Brazil Black Lightning (2009)—Russia Break Ke Baad (2010)—India Derren Brown: Enigma (2009)(PAL Code 2)—A new evening of magic from the British master of illusion Carmo: Hit The Road (2009)—Brazil Change of Plans (2009)—France Day Will Dawn (1942) (PAL Code 2)—UK Detective Dee (2010)—Hong Kong, directed by Tsui Hark Gainsbourg (2010)(PAL Code 2)—France Guzaarish (2010)—India Hair Of The Beast (2010)— A French Canadian film about werewolves and the men who hunt them. Hidden Diary (2009)—France The Hole (2009)(PAL Code 2)—US, directed by Joe Dante L’ Italien (2010)—France London River (2009)—UK Midsummer Madness (2008)—Latvia Miranda: Series 1 (2010)(PAL Code 2)—UK Misfits: Series 1 (2009)(PAL Code 2)—UK Mr. Nobody (2009)—Canada Necessities of Life (2010)—Canada Purple Sea (2009)—Italy Quest For Love (1971)—UK Quick Gun Murugan (2009)—India Room in Rome (2010)—Spain, directed by Julio Medem Teenager Hamlet (2009)—Canada Temptation of St. Tony (2009)—Estonia Thorne: Scardycat & Sleepyhead (2010)(PAL Code 2)—UK Tumbledown (1988)(PAL Code 2)—UK Uncle Boonmee (2010)—Thailand, directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.  We had a Code 3 import but this one is region free. Walter/Walter & June (1982)(PAL Code 2)—UK, directed by Stephen Frears Winslow Boy (1948)(PAL Code 2)—UK Certified Copy (2009)(PAL Code 2)—New from director Abbas Kiarostami, starring Juliette Binoche. The Housemaid (2010)—Korea  “Eun-yi, a middle-aged divorcee, is hired as an upper class family housemaid. But soon enough, master of the house Hoon takes advantage of his social position by slipping into her sheets.” This trailer is right on the border of NSFW. Prosecutor Princess (2010)— Love, forgiveness, justice, and the perfect pair of high heels are just a heartbeat away in the delightful Korean TV drama Prosecutor Princess, another audience favorite from the creators of Brilliant Legacy and My Girl. Hye-ri (Kim So-Yeon, The Grand Chef, All About Eve) is a prosecutor whose natural talent and intelligence play second fiddle to her flighty princess airs and fashion obsession. Soon she finds herself being politely shuffled to the corner by her colleagues, including her super serious mentor Se-joon (Han Jung-Soo, The King & I). Hye-ri wants to prove herself to her doubting colleagues, but her efforts often lead to trouble. Fortunately, In Woo (Park Shi-Hoo, What Planet Are You From?), a mysterious, dashing lawyer with a devilish smile and a hidden agenda, keeps showing up in random places and swooping in to rescue the princess in distress.  @ SALE
 
NEW FROM SONY/COLUMBIA CLASSICS The Interns (1962)—“For young medical school students, the frenzied, sleepless, all-important year of interning can seem like a lifetime. Co-writer/director David Swift (How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and The Parent Trap) and an all-star cast bring the drama of the lives and loves, successes and failures of these young doctors and their hectic days and crazy nights into sharp detail. The young doctors, their medical supervisors, and lovers (portrayed by Michael Callan, Nick Adams, Cliff Robertson, and Haya Harareet, Buddy Ebsen, Telly Savalas, James MacArthur, Suzy Parker, Stefanie Powers, Anne Helm and Katharine Bard) struggle to save lives, and fight prejudice and controversy in this precursor to a television staple: the hospital drama.”
Sahara (1995)—“James Belushi is Sergeant Joe Gunn, a tough American tank commander battling the Nazis in “Sahara”, a remake of the classic war drama of 1943. It is October 1942, and Sgt. Gunn and his two soldiers, Waco (Paul Empson) and Doyle (Mark Lee), are American tankers assigned to the British Army. When the Germans attack their positions, Gunn’s tank is forced to retreat south into the Sahara. Desperately searching for water, they pick up a group of stragglers who lead them to the ruins of a Muslim shrine where they find the water they’ve been seeking. However, it isn’t long before Gunn learns that a German detachment is also in the area searching for water. Though outnumbered, Gunn decides to stay and fight the Germans, hoping that British reinforcements will arrive in time.”
NEW DOCUMENTARIES & OTHER NON-FICTION FARE After The Wall: A World United— “After The Wall-A World United completes a two-part special about the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, the reunification of Germany after 40 years of separation, and the peaceful end of the Cold War. A follow-up to The Wall: A World Divided, After The Wall revisits the events of 1990, going behind the scenes of this unparalleled diplomatic effort to examine how the relationships among world leaders determined the outcome.” Art of Erotica: The Outsiders—“Where do we draw the line between what's beautiful and what's pornographic? Director Hilton Ariel Ruiz poses this question and more in his provocative portrait of five artists who have turned their focus to what some have deemed obscenity. The subjects are four photographers and an illustrator whose artistic focus inhabits the world of fetish erotica. Ruiz gets up close and personal with the artists craft - showing fetish photography and film shoots - while posing broader questions surrounding the First Amendment rights of artists.” Black Rodeo—“In 1972 Harlem, a Black Cowboy show rides into Randall's Island, NY to perform in front of a large crowd of enthralled spectators. This critically acclaimed 1972 documentary captures that show, as well as one-on-one interviews with the rodeo performers themselves and various members of the audience. Muhammad Ali himself is also on hand, clowning his way around the crowd and the cowboys, having a great time with all. The film also features an extended discussion by actor Woody Strode (Spartacus, Kingdom of The Spiders) about the long-suppressed history of the Black Cowboy.”
Climate of Change—“From the producers of An Inconvenient Truth, Climate of Change is a rich and inspiring documentary that takes us around the world to find the ordinary people taking action in the fight to save our environment. With beautiful narration written by British poet Simon Armitage and mellifluously voiced by Tilda Swinton (Chronicles of Narnia, Adaptation), the film seamlessly explores how teenagers in India, villagers in Papua New Guinea and Africa, self-described ‘hillbillies’ in Appalachia and a PR expert in London are harnessing their global thinking to act locally within their respective communities.”  @ Czar of Noir: Eddie Muller Steps From The Shadows—The self proclaimed “cultural archeologist” and founder of the Film Noir Foundation presents a history of the genre and his personal connection to it. It comes with his short film The Grand Inquisitor.
The Longoria Affair—“A documentary on the Mexican American civil rights movement. The film tells the story of one key injustice - the refusal, by a small-town funeral home in Texas after World War II, to care for a dead soldier's body ‘because the whites wouldn't like it’ - and shows how the Incident sparked outrage nationwide, and contributed to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.” Les Miserables: The 25th Anniversary Concert—“Experience the event of a lifetime with this spectacular 25th anniversary celebration of one of the most popular musicals ever written, Les Misérables. Honoring 25 years of this incredible show, this momentous film captures the excitement of two magnificent sold-out performances that were watched live around the world. With a phenomenal all-star cast, including pop star Nick Jonas (Jonas Brothers), Tony® Award winner Lea Salonga (the voice of Disney’s Mulan and Princess Jasmine), and over 500 additional artists and musicians, revel in the songs of the unforgettable characters as they struggle for redemption and revolution.” Stubborn as a Mule!—“Stubborn As A Mule! is an eye opening depiction of lesser known historical facts and contemporary commentary regarding the call for reparations for African-Americans. By revisiting the events that took place between General Sherman's March to the Sea, President Lincoln's assassination, the end of the Civil War, and the unraveling of the promises of Reconstruction, 'Stubborn As A Mule!' sorts fact from fiction and cast the challenges and questions of the current reparations debate in a new light! Dr. Cornel West leads this powerful discussion with other intellectual luminaries of renown.” Tegan and Sara: It’s Not Fun, Don’t Do It!—The Canadian twin sisters indie rockers’ DVD has live concert footage, behind the scenes footage of the creation of So Jealous, and plenty of good music. Thieves By Law—“They’ve appeared as menacing villains in some of Hollywood’s greatest crime thrillers. Now, meet the real godfathers of the Russian Mafia. Thieves by Law reveals shocking tales of murder, torture and extortion from three mobsters-turned-businessmen so cold-blooded they would have Tony Soprano begging for mercy. Covering everything from their strict codes of honour to the meaning behind those tattoos made so famous by Viggo Mortensen in Eastern Promises, these kingpins expose every last dark detail of the most feared crime syndicate in the world.” Tree Safari: The Koa Connection—“ Filmed in Tennessee, Hawaii and New York City, Tree Safari: The Koa Connection melds art, culture, science and eco-travel, following Brad Sells from his studio in Cookeville, TN, to the volcanic slopes of Hawaii in a quest for koa wood, revered for its density, tone and color.” Waiting For Hockney—“Billy Pappas is a true American original.  An art school graduate from a working class background living in rural Maryland, Billy has decided that his mission in life is to reinvent realism.  He spends eight years on a single drawing of Marilyn Monroe working to show a microscopic level of detail he hopes will reveal something deeper than photography. Literally, he hopes to create a new art form. . .” The Waves—“Pioneer surfer and filmmaker Walt Phillips presents his classic film 'The Waves,' digitally remastered and presented here on DVD for the first time. Travel back to the golden age as we follow surfing legends Greg Noll, Peter Cole, Mike Doyle, Mickey Dora, Ricky young, Mike Hynson, Dewey Weber, Phil Edwards, Lance Carson, Donald Takayama and Butch Van Artsdalen from Malibu to Waiema Bay on their quest for the perfect wave.” Willatuk: The Legend of Seattle’s Sea Serpent"For hundreds of years the Wonkatilla tribe of the Northwestern United States has worshiped a giant sea creature they call Willatuk, God of Ocean, after it saved their lives during the great earthquake and blizzard of 1736. But now, scientists and hunters are tracking Willatuk to study the creature and possibly kill it. Can Chief Clamitile and his tribe save their 'God of Ocean' from the guns and chains of modern man, or is it too late? Learn the answers by watching Willatuk: The Legend of Seattle's Sea Serpent. Willatuk is narrated by Academy Award nominated actor Graham Greene and features Congressman Jim McDermott."
…AND MORE MOVIES All-Star Superman *—“Fueled by hatred and jealousy, Lex Luthor masterminds an elaborate plot to kill the Man of Steel – and it works. Poisoned by solar radiation, Superman is dying. With weeks to live, he fulfills his life’s dreams – especially revealing his true identity to Lois Lane – until Luthor proclaims his ultimate plan to control the world with no alien hero to stop him. Powers fading, Superman engages in a spectacular deadly battle with Luthor that could truly trigger the end of Earth’s Greatest Protector.”  @ Armless—“Armless tells the story of a man who suffers from Body Integrity Identity Disorder (B.I.I.D.), a real-life psychological condition in which an individual paradoxically doesn't feel “whole” unless he loses one or more major limbs. When he leaves his wife and goes to find a doctor willing to amputate his arms, it triggers a twisted romp filled with mistaken identities, missed chances, and tragic consequences…Armless explores the metaphorical resonance of this psychological condition—as a symbol for the secrets that all of us have. It is a quirkily funny, strangely poignant story about love, lies, marriage…and amputation.” It stars Daniel London and The West Wing’s Janel Moloney. Chaplin and His Impersonators—One silent film starring Chaplin himself (The Count, 1916), plus two starring a couple of his more famous impersonators: Billy West (Don’t Be Foolish, 1922) and Paddy McGuire (Heaven Will Protect A Woiking Goil, 1916) House of Black Wings—“After a tragic act of violence cuts short her music career, Kate Stone is returning to a city full of ex-fans and ex-friends. Taking shelter with her last friend, a struggling artist named Robyn Huck, the two women work to restore the aging courtyard apartment building Robyn has inherited. But a terrible secret infests the venerable structure, and soon Kate will be haunted by horrific dreams, sinister apparitions, and the sounds of something moving in the walls. She will be dragged into a confrontation not only with her own dark past, but the unspeakable nightmare that lurks beyond the walls!” How To Score With Girls/White RatCode Red brings these two previously thought lost exploitation films to DVD.
Legacy (1975)—“ Joan Hotchkis plays a wealthy young wife who is sick to death of her well-ordered existence. She begins experimenting with any number of aberrations, ranging from bizarre mind games to what used to be called ‘self abuse’. Both her husband and her lover are convinced that she is quite mad in this early feature-length effort by director, Karen Arthur.” One Hour Fantasy Girl—“One Hour Fantasy Girl is a compelling coming-of-age drama that is like no other film of its kind. Boldly honest and thought provoking, the film introduces audiences to the world of a twenty-year-old fantasy girl: Becky Lewis (Kelly-Ann Tursi), who escaped an abusive alcoholic mother at the age of 15 and has been surviving on her own in Los Angeles ever since. Having always struggled for money, Becky becomes business partners with Chi Trang (Paul D. Nguyen), an aspiring musician, who convinces her to work as a fantasy girl who acts out any fantasy a guy wants as long as no sex is involved and is 100% legal. She immediately gains two frequent customers, Roger (Jon Morgan Woodward) and Bobby (Joe Luckay), who end up sending Becky on an unexpected ride of her life.” Pickman’s Muse—“Robert Pickman has become obsessed by visions of unworldly horror, revealed to him through an ancient artifact discovered in an abandoned church. His doctor and friend, Ambrose Dexter, is soon drawn into the mysteries surrounding Pickman's newfound obsession, and struggles to combat forces determined to drag Pickman down the inevitable road to madness. Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's, Haunter Of The Dark.Psych 9—“A young woman (Sara Foster) with a troubled past takes a job at recently closed-down hospital. Working the night shift alone she begins to experience a series of unsettling events that lead her to believe that the hospital may be connected to a number of recent murders in the area. To uncover the truth, she will have to revisit the past behind the walls of PSYCH:9.” It also stars Cary Elwes and Michael Biehn. Ridin’ The Lone Trail—“Lightning fast gunfighter Bob McArthur is sent to help Sheriff Carson break up a gang who have been terrorizing the local stage lines. MacArthur is secretly deputized and begins investigating the hold-ups. He must unmask the mysterious hooded phantom who is at the head of the syndicate when he learns that not even the gang members know the identity of their leader. Bob Steele, son of director Robert Bradbury, starred in dozens of cowboy pictures and headlines this Republic production. Unlike many of his fellow western stars, Steele routinely broke free of the genre, notably playing Curly in the 1939 classic Of Mice And Men.”
7th Hunt—“The victims of the 7th hunt never knew that they were being stalked, photographed and profiled. How could they have known that files were built on their eligibility – TO DIE?! For the gothic Callie, her deaf sister Arie, the beautiful Sarah, nerd Chris and misogynist Ricky; their evening plans are about to be rewritten. They are about to discover who they really are. Kidnapped and taken to an abandoned military training school, they find themselves the targets of five sadists, each with their own style of killing: the Knife, the Inquisitor, the Hand, the Sniper and the Hacker. They fight for their lives against these vicious sociopaths, becoming increasingly outnumbered as their friends are killed off... one by one.” Shadows In The Garden—“A Shadow has come to the coastal town of Cthulhu Gardens...a serial killer who leaves decapitated corpses in his wake, including, it is feared, the community's beloved sheriff. Now there are whispers of a new shadow, a monstrous Other, a thing sharing the garden's own likeness...” Sunny & Share Love You—“Anneka Hawn and Clay Monroe, one-hit wonders “Kill The Puppy,” may be washed-up… but they are still dirty. Modesto filmmaker; Kevin Keith Baker, follows the bitterly divorced rockers as they unleash their music on a whole new audience: Kindergarteners. By day, they’re ‘Sunny & Share,’ injecting their twisted tunes about pedophilia, lung cancer and homemade bombs into the curriculum. By night, they walk on the dark side, dabbling in drugs, amateur porn and prostitution. Finally, a rock ‘n’ roll movie musical for the unattractive, unloved, unarmed inner child in each of us.” Sword of WarRutger Howard Alert!!! “Brandishing his unstoppable sword of war, German Emperor Barbarossa will stop at nothing to conquer enemy lands and to revive the empire that once belonged to Charles the Great. But a young man from Milan, along with his army of 900 men known as the Company of Death, is prepared to challenge the Emperor and his relentless dominance.”

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