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New Releases for April 12th

Documentaries dominate this week’s New Release list, with topics ranging from art to psychology to drugs and sex and the existence of God. There’s also a small but mighty movie contingency, led by the particularly entertaining title coming out this Friday. Here’s the full list—as usual, * means we also have it on Blu-ray. @ means we have copies for sale here in the store, and clicking the SALE icon after select titles will take you to our online store. MARWENCOL—Our colleague Rhias had this to say about the film in the current issue of City Arts: “A unique look at obsession, redemption and the power of imagination, this documentary takes you into [Mark] Hogancamp’s complex, surprising and strangely beautiful world.”  @ COUNTRY STRONG—Gwyneth Paltrow plays a fading country singer and recovering alcoholic who sets out on tour with some aspiring youngsters (Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester) and her ever supportive husband (Tim McGraw!) for some hard lessons about life, fame, and love. WHITE MATERIAL *—The Criterion Collection presents this Claire Denis’ drama about an increasingly mad woman (Isabelle Huppert) fighting desperately to keep her family’s coffee plantation while a civil war looms. It’s local film critic Sean Axmaker’s DVD of the Week. @ SALE RICKY—Francois Ozon’s latest film mixes fantasy and family drama with this tale of an extraordinary baby. FAREWELL—Emir Kusturica stars as a Soviet spy who switches sides in this thriller based on a true story. It co-stars Fred Ward and Willem Dafoe.  @ PLASTIC PLANET—This eye-opening documentary looks at plastic and its pervasive presence in our lives, as well as its effect our health and the environment.  @ BEHIND THE BURLY Q: THE STORY OF BURLESQUE IN AMERICA—From its early days in the first half of the 20th century to its current renaissance, this documentary shares outrageously true stories from the performers who “made those tassels sing.”  @ THE ARBOR—“A uniquely told true story of an extraordinary woman” doesn’t even begin to describe this powerful documentary on British playwright Andrea Dunbar. We have it on a PAL Code 2 DVD. TRACY & HEPBURN: THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION—This new set as has nine films Katharine Hepburn & Spenser Tracy made together, including the new to DVD Keeper of The Flame and Sea of Grass, along with The Spencer Tracy Legacy tribute and several extras. Here's the trailer from one of my favorites...  @ THE INCREDIBLES —Another Pixar movie new to Blu-ray!  @ SALE HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART I *—The penultimate cinematic chapter of Harry’s story will be out on our shelves on Friday, April 15th. Those prominently displaying the Dark Mark will not be admitted.  @ SALE NEW VIDEO GAMES Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do (Xbox Kinect) ANIME NEW RELEASES Ga-Rei-Zero: Complete Series *
FAMILY NEW RELEASES Black Beauty (1978): Complete Mini-series
NEW BLU-RAY Arthur/Arthur 2: On The Rocks Beyond (1981) Scream 2 Scream 3 Le Cercle Rouge: Criterion Collection   @
NEW TV ON DVD Car 54 Where Are You?: Season 1 Doctor Who, Story 119: Hinda Doctor Who, Story 125: Snakedance Dragnet 1970: Season 4 Good Eats: Breakfast Eats 2 Last of the Summer Wine: Vintages 1988 & ‘89 Man Vs. Wild: Season 5 Road To Coronation Street Stan Lee’s Superhumans: Season 1--"Throughout history, the forces of evolution and genetic mutation have endowed humans with astonishing new abilities and features. It's a process that continues to this day, and nowhere is it more evident than in the fascinating world of Stan Lee's Superhumans.
NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS Belladonna (2010)—Australia Black Heaven (2010)—France Chinese Tiger (1974)—Hong Kong The Killing: Season 1 (2007)(PAL)—Denmark Larks On A String (1969)—Czech Republic, directed by Jiri Menzel Miral (2010)(PAL Code 2)—France Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow (2010)(PAL Code 2)—A documentary on artist Anselm Kiefer The Paranoids (2008)—Argentina The Sins (2000)(PAL Code 2)—UK Summer Lover (2010)—Ukraine Toast (2010)(PAL Code 2)—UK The Vanquished (1953)—Italy, directed by Michelangelo Antonioni Muay Thai Fighter (2007)—Thailand “When the body is the ultimate weapon…” Secret of The Urn (1966)—Japan Kinnosuke Nakamura stars as the one armed Tange Sazen…  @ NEW WARNER ARCHIVES/MGM LIMITED Age of Innocence (1934)—“A beautiful divorcée. An ardent young man. And a love thwarted by a rigid social code. Irene Dunne and John Boles, the stars of Back Street, share another illicit romance in this film version of Edith Wharton’s Pulitzer Prize winner, a provocative novel that asserts women have a right to the same freedoms men take for granted. Set in 1870s Manhattan, The Age of Innocence follows a conventionally bred attorney who, although engaged, falls in love with a woman who shocks the upper crust by daring to escape a wretched marriage.” Anna Karenina (1997)—“Wealth. Prestige. Family. Anna (Braveheart’s Sophie Marceau) has them all in her marriage to aristocratic Karenin (James Fox). Then dashing Count Vronsky (Sean Bean) enters her world of ballroom dances, ornate palaces and pastoral dachas. But where romance sweeps Anna along uncontrollably, landowner Levin (Alfred Molina) struggles to nurture his delicate love with heartbroken Kitty (Mia Kirshner). Both tales unfold in spellbinding fashion as this fifth and most dazzling film of Tolstoy’s masterwork memorably explores the power of the heart and its consequences.” Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)—“After director Fritz Lang vaulted to prominence with such masterpieces of German cinema as Metropolis and M, he brought his art to Hollywood films, including Fury, Ministry of Fear, The Woman in the Window and more trenchant tales of innocents caught in a web of seeming guilt. His last U.S. movie is this intriguing film noir about a novelist (Dana Andrews) out to expose the injustices of capital punishment. Working with his fiancée’s (Joan Fontaine) father, a newspaper publisher (Sidney Blackmer), he frames himself for murder, intending to produce exonerating evidence at the last moment. But the publisher suddenly dies, the evidence is lost… and that’s only the first twist in a brilliantly layered plot ideally suited to Lang’s talents.” Daughters of Satan (1972)—“An antique dealer living in Manila falls victim to an ancient Satanic curse--the result of his wife joining a cult. Seeking help from a local historian, he disbands the coven and rescues her.” The movie stars Barra Grant, Tani Phelps Guthrie and Tom Selleck. How I Won The War (1967)—“John Lennon stars in his first film performance in this hilariously surreal collage of battle footage and one-liners lampooning the absurdity of the war.  Michael Crawford also stars.”
Unfinished Dance (1947)—“Young Meg Merlin, who hero-worships a dancer at her elite ballet school, is heartbroken when prima ballerina La Darina arrives to rival her idol. So Meg devises a plan. One little tug on a light switch while La Darina dances Swan Lake will ruin the performance. But Meg pulls the wrong switch – the one that opens a stage trapdoor – and sends the prima ballerina into a career-ending plunge to the floor below. Margaret O’Brien and Cyd Charisse play two generations of dancers in this lavish Technicolor® film that combines a tragic story of guilt and broken dreams with the opulence of ballet (among the elegant visuals: the mirrored floor that emulates the swans’ watery domain).” While The City Sleeps (1956)—“Ask mother says the message scrawled in lipstick at a murder scene by an unknown serial killer who preys on women. It’s a sensational story – if it bleeds, it leads – and a news conglomerate offers a big promotion to the high-level company exec who solves the case. So begins the wheeling, dealing and backstabbing of the competing media hotshots as they vie to unmask the so-called Lipstick Killer. Fritz Lang (The Big Heat), whose early-career expressionist works would strongly influence the film-noir genre, directs this stylistically understated noir that features an abundance of starpower rare for the genre: Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, George Sanders, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price, Ida Lupino and other notables.” NEW FROM LOCAL FILMMAKER RICK SCHMIDT—For more of his films, visit his section in the Local Films area Bear Dance—“Bear Dance, shot in Portugal during the 2002 Figueira da Foz International Film Festival, discusses the sanity and insanity of daily life, cultures colliding, young and old meshing in a common stew of modern humanity in new-millennium turmoil. We are introduced to a cast of interesting characters who entertain us with various real-life stories of surfing accidents, knife threats, chocolate addition, bricks being thrown at babies, confessing Catholic sins, safaris with blue people, a past life as a castrated eunuch, etc. In the end, it hopefully becomes clear that we need to express tolerance for differing views of existence.” The Higden Man—“The Higden Man is a story about two small-town grifters trying to convince Heber Springs, Arkansas landowners to sell their lakefront property, running the story that the local dam will soon raise the water level and flood surrounding property. Starring John Barnum and Stephen W. Gillard (Release the Head), with Music from Charlotte Taylor & Gypsy Rain, and Paul Baker (, the movie is instructive about how easily people can be dupped by a loquacious lawyer. Life stories about old boyfriends, odd accidents, cancer-causing smoking, motel living, etc., paint a picture of rural Arkansas as it moves quietly into the 21st century.” Release The Head –“Release The Head is a story about a new-age drifter (played by Steve Gillard—Chetzemoka’s Curse, Dogme #10) who returns to his home town where his ex-wife still resides, to try and start a new religion, called ‘Sol-Luna.’ Because he can talk-the-talk he’s able to convince a gullible young man (John Barnum) to join his cause. Inadvertantly, the young side-kick does some actual good as he circulates around Port Townsend, Washington, preaching ‘the word.’ He becomes an eager ear for various towns people, hearing real-life stories about setbacks, family pain, and miracles, helping us to remember that ‘we are all our own messiahs.’” White Stork Is Coming—“In 2012, White Stork Enterprises insures that baby-hungry couples will bear 'perfect' offspring for a mere $100,000. By offering successful embryo fertilization through digital chip technology, ‘Stork’ advertises that they can remove potential disease and negative personality traits from the embroyo's genetic code for $5000 per item. Too good to be true? A con game? Well, a chip-like microfluidic device does exist (developed in Tokyo) that increases the probability of successful in-vitro fertilization from 29% (eggs in a petri dish…), up to 88%. And genetic engineers are close to identifying the codes for various diseases. But after hearing the couples (and doctor's) real-life stories, it's sad to think that many delightful human pecularities might disappear, when perfect people walk the earth.” NEW DOCUMENTARIES & OTHER NON-FICTION FARE After The Storm—“After the Storm, a documentary film just recently released, captures the heartwarming, inspiring, hurting-to-healing story of a group of young people in New Orleans in Hurricane Katrina s wake. It’s also the incredible tale of how artistic endeavor, creativity and music can restore a community's spirit and rejuvenate its faith and hope. It all began when New York-based writer James Lecesne, choreographer Gerry McIntyre and musical director Randy Redd embarked on a journey to New Orleans to see how they could help in the storm s aftermath. The artists quickly discovered St. Mark's Community Center at the edge of the historic French Quarter. It had been hit hard and forced to close, leaving a tremendous hole in the neighborhood's heart.” Biotech: The Sorcerer’s New Apprentice—“The astonishing advances in the field of microbiology now offer new remedies for many of mankind's most illusive and devastating diseases and even many genetic defects. New companies are being formed all over the world in their intense pursuit of the incredible opportunities offered in this exploding arena. However, these promises are not without a potential dark side. Dr. Chuck Missler surveys some of the most promising prospects, reviews the types of ventures emerging, and also explores the astonishing discoveries within the living cell. He also reveals some of the concerns emerging among the informed, including some of the provocative Biblical implications.” Cointelpro 101—“Cointelpro 101 exposes illegal surveillance, disruption, and outright murder committed by the U.S. government in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. ""Cointelpro"" refers to the official FBI COunter INTELligence PROgram carried out to surveil, imprison, and eliminate leaders of social justice movements and to disrupt, divide, and destroy the movements as well. Many of the government's crimes are still unknown. Through interviews with activists who experienced these abuses first-hand and with rare historical footage, the film provides an educational introduction to a period of intense repression and draws relevant lessons for present and future movements.” God on Trial: A Debate on the Existence of God—“God on Trial pits two of the most eloquent and influential spokesmen for atheism and Christianity against one another in what is surely one of the most spirited discussions of its kind. Celebrated atheist Christopher Hitchens matches wits with bestselling author Dinesh D'Souza before a packed house of over 2,000 people in St. Louis' elegant Powell Symphony Hall. No matter what you believe, God On Trial will challenge your prejudices and opinions on issues that are relevant to us all: faith, eternity, purpose, justice, and morality.” Great Famine—“When a devastating famine descended on Soviet Russia in 1921, the United States responded with a massive two-year relief campaign that battled starvation and disease, and saved millions of lives…This American Experience sets a riveting story of American engagement with a distant and desperate people--an engagement hailed for its efficiency, grit and generosity--within the larger story of the Russian Revolution and the roots of the U.S.-Soviet rivalry that would dominate the second half of the twentieth century.” Highwater—“The waves are monsters. The dangers are epic. The competitors are insanely gutsy. Or maybe just insane. But every winter, when breakers the size of office buildings topple onto the North Shore of Oahu, the world’s top-ranked extreme surfers risk injury and worse to win surfing’s fabled Triple Crown. With jaw-dropping rides from big-wave warriors like seven-time world champion Kelly Slater, 2003 Surfer of the Year, Andy Irons, the fearless Malik Joyeaux and 13-year-old phenom Jon-Jon Florence, it’s the ultimate, adrenaline-fueled battle of surfing’s mega-stars.”  @ Hijacking The Holy Land: Propaganda, Palestine and Peace—“Witness how Palestinian Propaganda seeks to rob the Jewish people of their rich history in the Land of Israel. Children are taught and encouraged to aspire to kill Jews and to become suicide bombers. You'll be shocked at what is being taught in Palestinian schools, the lies, the incitement and the hatred, all caught on tape. Is there any real hope for peace in the Middle East?” I Am Dangerous With LoveI Am Dangerous With Love is an underground adventure that traces one man's risky journey into the world of shamanic ritual. Dimitri Mugianis had been addicted to heroin for 20 years when a single dose of ibogaine, a powerful hallucinogen derived from the root of a West African plant, stopped his addiction cold. Filmmaker Michel Negroponte enters the ibogaine subculture and follows Dimitri over three years, as he takes drug users through the same detox that saved his life.” @
The Last Continent/Antarctic Mission *--“Join filmmaker/biologist Jean Lemire and a crew of fellow scientists and film directors as they travel to Antarctica aboard the Sedna IV and experience environmental shifts first-hand” in The Last Continent, which shares a disc with Antarctic Mission, “a three-part series documents the exploration of Antarctica's rapidly changing ecosystem and its implications for the future of our planet.” Let’s Talk About Sex (2009)—“Let’s Talk About Sex takes a revealing look at how American attitudes toward adolescent sexuality impact today’s teenagers. Director James Houston takes us on a journey to examine trends in American society as personified by a cast of diverse characters. At a high school for pregnant teens in Los Angeles, young girls are contemplating teen parenthood. In Washington, D.C., where HIV infection rates rival several African countries, community outreach workers are trying to save lives.” Guy Martin: Portrait of a Grand Chef –“Guy Martin: Portrait of a Grand Chef reveals Martin's philosophy of cooking, which ranges from resolutely traditional to savagely creative. It brings to life the sources of his inspiration, from his childhood in the rugged Savoy region, to his appreciation of France's historical supremacy in food, to his surprising and open-minded curiosity. For Martin, everything always is to be discovered. Nothing is ever finished. The cooking is to be reinvented every day. By drawing from past, he reinvents the present.” Nature: Broken Tail-A Tiger’s Last Journey—“Broken Tail, was a charismatic tiger cub in Ranthambore, one of India's best protected tiger reserves. He suddenly and without warning abandoned his sanctuary and went on the run moving through farmland and scrub until he was killed by a train nearly 200 miles from its home. This film retraces the tiger's path and piece together the cub's last days - and through his story reveal the fate of the few surviving tigers in India.” The Polo Kid—“Polo is one of the oldest, fastest and most dangerous team sports on earth. It is seen as an exclusive, elite world drenched in luxury and privilege. The Polo Kid goes behind the scenes to tell the true story of how a 13-year-old boy from an ordinary background left home, school and family far behind to become a polo star. Santiago Torres' journey takes him from the deserts of California to Argentina, Florida, New York and Mexico. Behind thrilling sports action is a deeply moving human story that provides living proof of the American Dream : an immigrant family making a success of their life in America, despite overwhelming odds.” Third Reich: Rise & Fall—“In History’s two-part, four-hour Special Presentation: Third Reich ,rare and never-before-seen amateur footage tells the epic story of the Third Reich as it's never been told before: through the eyes of the people who lived it.” …AND MORE MOVIES Carnera: The Walking Mountain—“In 1933, Primo Carnera became the first and only Italian to win the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship. A man who endured hardships with dignity and triumphs with humility, Primo was also a husband who adored his wife and children until the day he died. As a father he taught his children that, no matter how hard life may sometimes get, giving up is not an option. He had principles and values that were never compromised and he passed those principles on to his children who will forever treasure him in their hearts. Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Paul Sorvino, Burt Young, Anna Vale, Andrea Iaia, Paolo Seganti.” The Devils—The uncut, restored edition of Ken Russell’s 1971 film starring Vanessa Redgrave and Oliver Reed. “The Devils is a 1971 British historical drama directed by Ken Russell and starring Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave. It is based partially on the 1952 book The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley, and partially on the 1960 play The Devils by John Whiting, also based on Huxley's book. The film is a dramatised historical account of the rise and fall of Urbain Grandier, a 17th century French priest executed for witchcraft following the supposed possessions of Loudun." Heartless (2009)—Jamie Morgan (Jim Stugess, Across the Universe) is a talented young photographer whose disfiguring birthmark makes him feel an outsider in the rough patch of East London he calls home. Developing pictures he s taken in an abandoned lot, Jamie sees a hooded figure peering from behind a window. Investigating, he stumbles into a horrific world of reptilian monsters posing as street gangs, violence inflicted on the most innocent, and a demon (Joseph Mawle) with the power to offer Jamie everything he s ever dreamed of -- at a deadly price.” Bob Hope Collection: Volume 2—“Taken from wonderful high-definition transfers, this collection presents six classic comedies starring the legendary Bob Hope! Now you can sit back, laugh and rediscover the magic of the song-and-dance comedian widely considered to be the Entertainer of the 20th Century in this brand-new set from Shout! Factory!” The set includes The Great Lover (1949), Son Of Paleface (1952), Paris Holiday (1958), The Private Navy Of Sgt. O’Farrell (1968), How To Commit Marriage (1969) and Cancel My Reservation (1972).
The Inheritance (2010)—“Five ambitious cousins set out on a family reunion during the dead of winter. The purpose of the retreat is to secure their inheritance, a fortune that dates back many generations. Upon their arrival, Uncle Melvin (Keith David) welcomes them with open arms, but warns them to respect their family traditions. During the weekend, as each of the cousins mysteriously disappear, they learn the truth about their family legacy, blood ancestry and the ultimate sacrifice they must make in exchange for their beloved inheritance.” 2033: Future Apocalypse—“In this futuristic sci-fi adventure, ultra-privileged young Pablo rejects his place among Mexico's ruling elite and joins a revolutionary religious movement bent on toppling the country's despotic military regime.” Summer in Genoa—Colin Firth and Catherine Keener ALERT! “In the wake of a family tragedy, an English ex-patriot living in the United States decides to relocate himself and his daughters to Italy, only to discover that grief has followed them overseas when the youngest girl proves unable to move past her acute emotional pain.”