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New Releases for March 15th

This week’s new batch of titles includes a few Oscar nominees, movies from Mexico, France, and Italy, a giant turtle double feature, two Criterion Blu-rays, a killer shark/octopus hybrid, and  one CGI Barbie. Here’s the list: Remember that the * means we also have it on Blu-ray,  @ means we have it for sale here in the store, and you can click SALE after select items to purchase them from our online store. THE FIGHTER *—Outstanding performances by Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, Mark Wahlberg, and Christian Bale, along with David O. Russell’s direction, turn this film from what could have been a run of the mill sports biopic to a worthy contender for the Best Picture Oscar.  @ SALE HEREAFTER *—Clint Eastwood’s latest drama ties together the stories of three characters, each struggling for meaning in  their lives after being profoundly affected by death. Matt Damon stars as a psychic who wants out of the communicating with the dead business. @ SALE WASTE LAND—Artist Vik Muniz returns to his native Brazil and heads for the world’s largest garbage dump. There he collaborates with a group who pick through the trash for reusable objects to create portraits of themselves out of the materials. It was a nominee for Best Documentary Feature at the recent Oscars.  @ THE WILDEST DREAM: CONQUEST OF EVEREST *—In 1999, experienced mountaineer Conrad Anker discovered the body of British explorer George Mallory, who in 1924 disappeared attempting to climb Mount Everest. This vivid documentary chronicles Anker’s exploration of Mallory’s legend.  @ THE SWITCH—The moral of this romantic comedy is to never get crazy drunk at a “Happy Insemination” party. Jeff Goldblum looks pretty cool, though. FERNANDO DI LEO CRIME COLLECTION—Italian writer/director Fernando Di Leo made ultra-violent crime movies in the 70s, inspiring future auteurs such as Quentin Tarantino. This four film set has Caliber 9 (1972), The Italian Connection (1972), The Boss (1973), and Rulers of The City (1976), all packed of plenty of punching, kicking,  shooting, and English dubbing.  This bit of The Boss has a lot of people getting shot in the head and therefore we'll call it NSFW:  @ WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?: SEASON ONE—Spike Lee, Lisa Kudrow, executive producer Sarah Jessica Parker  and other celebrities go in search of their ancestry in this new show based on a UK series. We have the original for rent in the British Docs section. ANIME NEW RELEASES Armored Fleet Dairugger: Collection 3 Kano Kon: Girl Who Cried Fox-Complete Collection Vampire Knight: Guilty-Volume 1
FAMILY NEW RELEASES Batman: The Brave and The Bold—Sea.1 Part 2 The Prince & Me: Elephant Adventure Barbie: A Fairy Secret—“Get ready for Barbie™ A Fairy Secret, an amazing adventure with Barbie™ where she discovers there are fairies living secretly all around us! When Ken™ is suddenly whisked away by a group of fairies, Barbie’s two fashion stylist friends reveal they are actually fairies and that Ken™ has been taken to a magical secret fairy world not far away!”
  Shine of Rainbows—“An orphaned boy named Tomás is adopted by Maire O’Donnell (Connie Nielsen) to live on a whimsical Irish isle filled with new friends, secret caves and a lost baby pup seal stranded on the coast. But when Maire’s reluctant husband Alec (Aidan Quinn) refuses to accept Tomás as his own son, the boy drifts down a fateful path of adventure and self-discovery, illuminating how rainbows can shine around--and within--us all.” NEW BLU-RAY Au Revoir Les Enfants—Criterion Collection  @ SALE
Battle Of The Warriors
Yi Yi—Criterion Collection
NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS Bad Habits (2007)—Mexico Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992)(PAL Code 2)—US Cronicas Chilangas (2009)—Mexico Draquila: Italy Trembles (2010)(PAL Code 2)—Italy Fantasias (2009)—Mexico From Hell To Texas (1958)(PAL Code 2)—US Gappa: The Triphibian Monsters (1967)—Japan Girl On The Stone (2009)—Mexico El Premio (2010)—Peru St. Teresa of Avila (1983)(PAL)—Spain Tough Enough (2006)(PAL Code 2)—Germany Gamera vs. Zigra/Gamera: Super Monster—“Witness twice the excitement as Gamera takes on the malevolent underwater alien creature Zigra and then revisits each of his deadliest foes one by one while trying to save the world! Both films feature newly remastered transfers in their original Japanese language as well as English dubs!”
Germany in Autumn (1978)—“Produced in response to the kidnapping and murder of a prominent industrialist by a German terrorist group 30 years ago…Germany in Autumn features a series of nonfiction and fiction segments bookended by two funerals the industrialist’s at the beginning and the terrorists at the end. More of an essay than a straightforward documentary, the film captures impressions of this explosive and emotive moment in Germany's history by several directors of the New German Cinema, including Alexander Kluge, Volker Schlondorff, Edgar Reitz, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder.”
Hidden Love (2010)—“Hidden Love moves between past and present to tell the story of a mother who was consumed with guilt and feelings of inadequacy when she gave birth. Disconnected from Sophie (Melanie Laurent) as a new mother, Danielle (Isabelle Huppert) seemed to do nothing right. Sophie now has her own tale to tell as the past is slowly stripped of its secrets. In the present, the two of them clearly hate each other and are separated by an immense anger.” Caution: This trailer is NSFW for a brief glimpse of nudity. NEW SONY/COLUMBIA CLASSICS & MGM LIMITED SERIES Paula (1952)—“Former cinematographer (Gilda, Address Unknown) turned director (D.O.A., The Dark Past) Rudolph Maté brings his noir toolbox to this study of guilt and redemption that’s part melodrama, part suspense. Academy Award® winner Loretta Young (1947, Best Actress, The Farmer’s Daughter) is Paula Rogers, the middle-class wife of a young and up-and-coming college professor (Kent Smith) whose depression over her inability to have a child is channeled into caring for a young hit-and-run victim (Tommy Rettig, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T and TV’s Lassie). But the twist is that Paula is secretly responsible for the child’s condition! With the support of her close friend Dr. Frazer (Alexander Knox, Over 21), who begins to suspect her secret motivation, Paula starts on a path that may mean the end of her husband’s prestigious career and her marriage, or even lead to her arrest. Newly remastered.”
7th Dawn (1964)--"William Holden fights Communist terrorists hell-bent on winning Malayan "independence" in this action-packed, edge-of-your-seat adventure that also stars Susannah York."
NEW DOCUMENTARIES & OTHER NON-FICTION FARE Baker Boys: Inside The Surge—“Across four 60 minute episodes, Baker Boys takes us straight into the heart of an Al Qaeda hotbed a few kilometers outside of Baghdad, for the last 90 days of the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry battalion, Baker Company's tour of duty. The series follows the men from this farthest outpost in enemy terrain until they return back home to Fort Benning, Georgia, and then chronicles the war inside that they bring home in the form of post traumatic stress, suicidal tendencies and emotional scars - the inevitable result of being a combat soldier.” Dangerous Intimacy: The Untold Story of Mark Twain’s Final Years—“Based on Mark Twain's uncensored autobiography, Dangerous Intimacy tells the riveting story of the American Icon's tumultuous last years. Featuring never-before-seen archival footage and interviews with noted scholars, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, author of 'the great American novel', is once again captivating audiences with the magic of his storytelling.” Gettysburg: The Boys in Blue & Gray—“The sweeping epic of the largest battle ever fought on American soil emerges in Gettysburg: The Boys in Blue & Gray. In mid-July 1863, Union Lt. Frank A. Haskell wrote a vivid account in a letter to his brother. The compelling words of Haskell and other soldiers on both sides re-create the action. Filmed in five states and in the Gettysburg National Military Park, the film includes seven full-scale battles and a stirring original soundtrack.” Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County--"Alexandra Pelosi follows children living in motels as their families struggle." Pelosi, who is Congresswoman & former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's daughter, also directed 2002's Journeys With George. Killer Queens—“Not every ruthless leader in English history was a man as you will discover in this intriguing, 6-part documentary hosted by British writer, comedian and TV presenter, Rory McGrath (Bloody Britain). Spanning sixteen centuries, this series charts the lives of five notorious women who gained fame or repute for their willingness to fight, scheme and even die for their principles. From Boudicca's vengeful rebellion against the Romans in 43 A.D. to Lady Mary Bankes' courageous defense of Corfe Castle in 1643, Rory takes us on a fast-paced tour of southeast England to explore the history and motivations of these determined Killer Queens.” NOVA: How Does The Brain Work?—“Host Neil deGrasse Tyson tackles one of science's major challenges in each episode of How Does the Brain Work? He will guide us as he explores dramatic discoveries and the frontiers of research that connect each central, provocative mystery.” Parking Lot Movie—“Hailed as the ‘most feel-good film’ of the South by Southwest Film Festival, director Meghan Eckman's irreverently funny debut celebrates a brotherhood of eccentric attendants who man a unique parking lot in Charlottesville, Virginia." Studs Terkel: Listening To America--"Studs Terkel: Listening To America chronicles the life of America's greatest oral historian." If you haven't read Working, we suggest you do that now. What In The World Are They Spraying?—“By now everyone has seen crisscrossing streaks of white clouds trailing behind jet aircraft, stretching from horizon to horizon, eventually turning the sky into a murky haze. Our innate intelligence tells us these are not mere vapor trails from jet engines, but no one yet has probed the questions: who is doing this and why. With the release of this video, all of that has changed. Here is the story of a rapidly developing industry called geo-engineering, driven by scientists, corporations, and governments intent on changing global climate, controlling the weather, and altering the chemical composition of soil and water - all supposedly for the betterment of mankind.” WWII: Crimes on the British Home Front—“In this 7-part documentary, award-winning director Peter Williams (Secret Army) unearths the stories of people in wartime Britain who got away with everything from murder to looting, theft, profiteering and espionage. The German Luftwaffe blasted the buildings of Britain's cities into rubble, creating an ideal hiding place for homicide victims among the many genuine victims of the blitz. Rationing was established to manage the nation's consumption of food, goods and fuel, but scarcity drove many law-abiding citizens to the black market.” Neil Young: Like a Rolling Stone-His First Decade—“From his glorious work with the ever joyous Buffalo Springfield and the majestic material he recorded with CSN&Y, through classic solo album after classic solo album, this program looks at the life and music of Neil Young during a period of incredible creativity. Using rare and classic performance footage, archive interviews and contributions from those who have worked closely with Neil, the finest critics and other key personnel, among a host of other features, this program reveals itself to be the finest document on this extraordinary musician’s life yet to emerge.” ...AND MORE MOVIES Airline Disaster—“When the President learns that domestic terrorists have skyjacked the passenger jet her brother is flying, she must choose between family and the safety of the people in the cities below.” This Asylum Entertainment production re-teams Family Ties stars Meredith Baxter (she’s the President!) and Scott Valentine, who played Mallory’s boyfriend Nick. Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace—“What is a moral person to do in a time of savage immorality? That question tormented Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German clergyman of great distinction who actively opposed Hitler and the Nazis. His convictions cost him his life. The Nazis hanged him on April 9, 1945, less than a month before the end of the war. Bonhoeffer's last years, his participation in the German resistance and his moral struggle are dramatized in this film. More than just a biographical portrait, Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace sheds light on the little-known efforts of the German resistance. It brings to a wide audience the heroic rebellion of Bonhoeffer, a highly regarded Lutheran minister who could have kept his peace and saved his life on several occasions but instead paid the ultimate price for his beliefs.” Captured In Chinatown (1935)--"Chinatown's prominent Wong and Ling families, embroiled in a violent Tong War for decades, agree to end hostilities after young lovers from the respective clans become engaged. When a priceless jade necklace - the Wongs' peace offering - is stolen by a clever thief named Zamboni, the Lings are blamed and the truce is called off. Newspaper reporters Bob Martin and Ann Parker suspect third-party interference and begin an investigation, only to find themselves imperiled by crooks and Chinese alike." Death Of A Snowman (1978)--"Master criminals meet violent death in Johannesburg, South Africa, a city wrought with organized crime. Steve Chaka (Ken Gampu), an ambitious news reporter, learns that these deaths are from the hands of an all-black vigilante group known only as War on Crime. Teaming up with Lt. Ben Deel (Nigel Davenport, Chariots Of Fire, A Man For All Seasons) of the local police department, Chaka investigates anonymous tips regarding future hits and ends up fighting for his life to uncover the truth about the vigilante killings!" Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde: 35th Anniversary Edition—“Dr. Henry Pryde (Bernie Casey) is a noteworthy scientist who is working on an experimental remedy for liver damage. Along with his colleague, Dr. Billie Worth (Rosalind Cash), he perfects a serum that has the potential to reverse damaged liver tissue. Pryde also donates his services as a medical practitioner to a free clinic in the Watts projects. Pryde begins a series of unorthodox experiments to test his serum, and uses the serum on himself. The results are disastrous: he transforms into a hulking white-skinned hooker-murdering lunatic.”
Encounter With The Unknown/Where Time Began—A double feature from Code Red DVD. Encounter With the Unknown (1973) re-enacts true, spooky, unexplained occurrences, all narrated by Rod Serling. Where Time Began (1978) is adapted from the Jules Verne story that follows a group trying to reach the center of the Earth. Exposure (1932)--"Out all night on a drinking binge, reporter Andy Bryant misses a huge breaking story and is fired from the New York Tabloid. He wakes up in Los Angeles broke and jobless and heads over to the Daily Dispatch, to beg for a job. Publisher Doris Corbin is on the verge of reluctantly selling the Dispatch to cold-blooded John Ward, owner of the rival Herald. Andy is smitten with Doris, and convinces her to resist Ward's pressure to sell the paper. She hires him as her new city editor, and the two launch an all-out newspaper war, as they crusade to turn the upstart Dispatch into the city's top daily." Fast Track: No Limits—“Speed...It’s exhilaration. It’s freedom. It’s risk. And it’s money, fast money; quickly won and quickly lost. For four young people speed is a way of life, but as they soon come to realize speed comes at a high cost. On the streets debts are not settled with cash, they are settled in blood. Like a match to gasoline, Fast Track is the explosive combination of youth, passion, sex, and intrigue with the non-stop action of urban car racing.” The Fighting Deputy (1937)--"A deputy must capture a killer... who happens to be his girlfriend's brother." It's a good old fashion Western starring Fred Scott,  Charles King, and Al St. John. Garden of Eden (2008)—“Passions ignite and explode across the screen in this erotic film based on Ernest Hemingway’s final, controversial novel. While on an extended honeymoon across Europe, a young American writer (Jack Huston) and his wife (Mena Suvari) become players in a tantalizing game of seduction that threatens to destroy their relationship and change their lives forever.” Humanity’s End—“In the future humans will become extinct and hybrid races will begin to take over the universe. With the threat of human extinction eminent the last remaining humans must fight to keep their race alive.” Lost Treasure of The Maya—“Set in the exotic terrain of the Yucatan Peninsula, a group of tomb-raiders steal precious Mayan artifacts and come up against evil forces greater than they ever anticipated!” It stars Michael Madsen and Keith David. A Month In The Country (1985)--"Colin Firth (Mamma Mia, Bridget Jones's Diary) and Kenneth Branagh (Valkyrie, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) star as two young war-weary veterans who spend a summer month in a peaceful Yorkshire town in order to escape the horrors of war. Whilst Tom Birken (Firth) spends his month in the country uncovering and restoring a historical war painting in the local church, another veteran, Charles Moon (Branagh), is looking for the grave of an ancestor of the patroness of the church who fought in the Crusades. But their work at the church takes an explosive turn as one ignites long-denied passion within the Reverand's young wife, which forces the other veteran to face his own dark desires."
The Scratch—“A rookie private eye and his team put together a plan to rescue a kidnapped computer hacker who has downloaded something he shouldn’t have. A simple heist, rescue the hacker and retrieve the downloaded booty for themselves, but things don’t always go as planned. The heist turns deadly when a hidden agenda is revealed leading to an explosive climax betrayal and revenge.” She’s Crushed—“Tara sets her sights on the unassuming guy-next-door, Ray, and their innocent flirting turns into a regretful one night stand. He is hoping to put the indiscretion safely behind him, but Tara makes it horrifically clear that she is more than willing to go to extremes to keep her man. Everyone that Ray cares about will pay for his reckless decision as they are all forced into a twisted game of love, torture, and death at the hands of sadistic Tara.” Small Town Boy (1937)--"Hollywood's greatest portrayer of country bumpkins, Stuart Erwin, excels in this comic gem about a yokel whose belief that "Honesty is the best policy" helps him survive through thick and thin - a domineering mother and terrifying boss. At curbside in his bucolic home town of Fairview, meek insurance salesman Henry Armstrong finds a $1,000 bill. With this life-changing amount of money, he now sees himself as a man of some consequence, and his attitude changes to that of a self-confident go-getter." Spike (2010)—“After skidding off the road in the dead of night, four friends find themselves lost in the forest and tangled in a twisted love story. As they are each picked off one by one by a bizarre beast it becomes clear that none of them will make it out of this forest alive; unless the one the monster so desires is left behind. Will they stick together and find their way out of the grips of this love sick monster or will they turn on each other and perish in this dark fairytale?” A Texas Cowboy (1929)/With Sitting Bull at the Spirit Lake Massacre (1925)--Two rare silent Westerns starring Bob Steele.
13 Hours in a Warehouse—“After five guys pull off the perfect heist they end up in an abandoned warehouse waiting for their buyer to show up. But, it isn t the 13 hour wait that is upsetting; it s the strange numbers that keep appearing everywhere and the feeling like they are being watched. When they finally figure out that they are not alone, it s too late to get out alive.” Tragedia De Macario—“When his native town of Sabinas Hidalgo can no longer provide much more than nightly beans and tortillas, Mexican peasant worker Macario finds himself uncontrollably drawn to thoughts of crossing the border to find work and a more dignified life for his wife. When his struggles worsen, he can no longer wait, so Macario and his best friend set out on the dangerous journey north to the United States, guided by faith, determination, and a watchful holy eye. But even divine intervention cannot save Macario from the fate implied in the film’s title and tragedy inevitably arrives.” 2010: Moby Dick—“A modern adaptation of the classic novel of the captain of a high tech submarine and his obsessive quest to destroy the enormous prehistoric whale that maimed him.”  Barry Bostwick stars as Captain Ahab. Sharktopus--Roger Corman presents this SyFy Original Movie about a Navy experiment gone horribly wrong. Enjoy!