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The King's Speech & the many other New Releases for April 19th

This week’s New Release list is kinda like a Gorditos burrito: Large to the point of intimidation and stuffed with quality ingredients. There are multiple award nominees/winners, addictive video games, classic collections, a new Steven Seagal film & much more. While I fight off a wicked guacamole craving, you can read the full list of new titles. As usual, a * means it’s also on Blu-ray, @ means we also have it for sale in the store, and clicking SALE will take you to our online store. THE KING’S SPEECH—Whether you think it’s an moving, inspirational tale or schmaltzy Oscar bait, there’s two things we call all agree on about the Best Picture winner: 1) The performances are incredible 2) Cutting it to a PG-13 rating was a horrible idea.  @ SALE SOMEWHERE—Sofia Coppola’s latest film stars Stephen Dorff stars as a mega famous movie star holed up in the Chateau Marmont when his 11 year old daughter (Elle Fanning) arrives for an unexpectedly extended visit. @ RABBIT HOLE—During awards season I asked a friend if he thought I should see this movie because I was worried it would be too depressing. He replied with something like, “Well, for what it’s about, it’s actually kinda funny and sweet.” Plus, you can’t go wrong with Dianne Wiest.  @ IF GOD IS WILLING AND DA CREEK DON’T RISE—Spike Lee returns to New Orleans to revisit many of people featured in When The Levees Broke, check in on the rebuilding process, and explore the effects of the Gulf oil spill.  @ THE WAY BACK—Peter Weir’s epic based on the true story of seven prisoners who break out of a Siberian gulag and embark on a 4000 mile journey to freedom. One of our staffers says, “I could have watched two hours more and still been totally absorbed.”  @ IP MAN 2—Donnie Yen returns as future Bruce Lee mentor Grandmaster Ip Man and clashes with a group of corrupt Hong Kong martial arts masters.  @ SALE SQUARE GROUPER: THE GODFATHERS OF GANJA—A look at Miami’s pot smuggling culture in the ‘70s and ‘80s from the creators of Cocaine Cowboys@ SALE FUBAR: BALLS TO THE WALL—Terry and Deaner head north to work on the pipeline in the sequel to the cult comedy-mockumentary.  @ GULLIVER’S TRAVELS—Jack Black is magically transported to a kingdom of diminutive people, then makes them act out scenes from The Empire Strikes Back for his amusement.  @ GAUMONT TREASURES: VOLUME 2 1908-1916—Kino presents another set of early cinema with films by from Jacques Feyder, Jean Durnad, and Emile Cohl.  @ ERNIE KOVACS COLLECTION—Six discs of the comedy & television legend’s best work. VISION: FROM THE LIFE OF HILDEGARD OF BINGEN—An inspirational portrait of the 12th-century Benedictine nun/playwright/composer/philosopher/scientist by director Margarethe von Trotta.  @ KES: THE CRITERION COLLECTION—Ken Loach’s 1969 “quintessential portrait of working-class Northern England” that follows a 15-year old boy and his friend the kestrel.  @ NEW VIDEO GAMES Mortal Kombat (PS3) SOCOM 4: US Navy Seals (PS3) Rio (Wii) Portal 2 (PS3, Xbox 360)—New from local entertainment software company Valve. ANIME NEW RELEASES One Piece: Season 3, 5th Voyage
FAMILY NEW RELEASES Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure Shaun The Sheep: The Big Chase @ Captain Planet and the Planeteers: Season 1 --The power is YOURS!  @ NEW BLU-RAY Last Legion Sweetie—The Criterion Collection @ 2010: Doomsday/Megafault Goemon Blu-ray/DVD combo pack  @
NEW TV ON DVD Hard Time: Season 1 Mind To Kill: Series 3 American Dad: Volume 6
NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS Aquarian Age: Juvenile Orion (2008)—Japan, a live action version of the manga series Gritos De Muerte Y Libertad (2009)—Mexico In Loving Memory: Series 2-5 (1980-83)(PAL Code 2)—UK  TV Sex and Black Magic (1980)—Italy @ Too Many Crooks/Make Mine Mink (1959)—UK Transgression (1988)—Italy Falco (2010)—The true story of the 80’s pop star who brought the world “Rock Me Amadeus.”  @ Little Sparrows (2010)—A new Australian film about three sisters and their terminally ill mother. Princess Blade (2001)—A new Special Edition of the martial arts sci-fi thriller.  @ INGRID BERGMAN: IN SWEDEN Collection @ Intermezzo (1936) June Night (1940) A Woman’s Face (1938)
NEW MGM LIMITED Billy Two Hats (1973)—“A middle-aged Scot, pursued by the law for a bank robbery, adopts a half-Indian boy.” It stars Gregory Peck and Desi Arnaz Jr. Buried Alive (1990)—“Using elements of Poe's short stories, Buried Alive tells the story of Janet Pendelton, a teacher at a correctional school for girls, and the horror she has to face as her students start disappearing. Actually they're being buried alive by someone who has a connection to the school's insane past and perhaps is closer to Janet than she expects.” It stars Robert Vaughn, Donald Pleasence, Karen Witter, John Carradine, and Nia Long. Captive City (1952)—“Robert Wise's taut direction and masterful cinematography by Lee Garmes enhance this taut thriller about a federal investigation into the total corruption of a small town by organized crime.” Cop Hater (1952)—“Imaginative filmmaking enhances this tale of summer violence in New York City as police seek a cop killer.” It stars Robert Loggia, Gerald S. O’Laughlin, Russell Hardie, and William Neff. Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday (1976)—“Lee Marvin, an ex-trail Scout and Oliver Reed, his half-breed Indian partner decide to settle accounts with a former partner who cheated them out of stolen money.” It co-stars Robert Culp, Elizabeth Ashley, and Kay Lentz.
Not As A Stranger (1955)—“In this compelling drama, Robert Mitchum stars as a heartless medical student who marries a nurse (Olivia de Havilland) for her savings account until an operating room tragedy changes him forever.” Frank Sinatra co-stars. Return From The Ashes (1965)—“A chess champion (Maximilian Schell) sees his wife (Ingrid Thulin) dragged off to apparent death at Dachau. After the war, he remarries (to Samantha Eggar). Then his former wife reappears. His solution: kill both of them...” The Witches (1968)—“A film of five separate comedy to drama segments--directed by Visconti, Bolognini, Pasolini, Franco Rossi and de Sica. The international cast includes Clint Eastwood, Annie Girardot and Alberto Sordi, and features Silvana Mangano.” NEW DOCUMENTARIES & OTHER NON-FICTION FARE Cult Movies TV—“In 1990, the founders of Cult Movies magazine, Michael Copner and Buddy Barnett, produced a one-shot magazine called Bela Lugosi Then And Now. That magazine was a big success and morphed into Cult Movies magazine, which ran for a total of 41 issues. Cult Movies magazine covered many topics, including classic horror, Karloff and Lugosi, Harry Langdon, Korla Pandit, Ed Wood, Godzilla films and many other modern, classic and obscure movie-related subjects. The word ‘Cult,’ when used in this context, refers to the enthusiasm and devotion some have to the film genres of Horror, Sci-Fi, B-movies, art-films, comedies and silents. In 1999, Cult Movies TV was inspired in part by two earlier video documentaries that Copner and Barnett produced, Bela Lugosi Then And Now and On The Trail Of Ed Wood.A Day in the Budwig Diet—“Learn the complete healing protocol developed by Dr. Johanna Budwig, 7x Nobel Prize Nominee and world renowned Scientist in Biochemistry and Pharmacology.” Gas Hole—“Gas Hole is an eye-opening documentary about the history of oil prices and sheds light on a secret that the big oil companies don t want you to know that there are viable and affordable alternatives to fuel! It also provides a detailed examination of our continued dependence on foreign oil and examines various potential solutions -- starting with claims of buried technology that dramatically improves gas mileage, to navigating bureaucratic governmental roadblocks, to evaluating different alternative fuels that are technologically available now, to questioning the American Consumers reluctance to embrace alternatives. Narrated by Peter Gallagher, hear from a wide range of opinions from representatives of the US Department of Energy Officials, Congressional leaders both Democrat and Republican, Alternative Fuel Producers, Alternative Fuel Consumers (including actor Joshua Jackson), Professors of Economics and Psychology and more. Anyone who buys gas should see this film!” Hey Dillon: The Last Great DJ—“For over thirty-five years Brett Dillon has made "DJ" his chosen profession. Starting at age 15 while being too young to drive a car, his mother had to chauffeur him to and from his air shift, to working for one of the last family owned radio stations in America, Dillon's career has been not just unconventional but boarding on the mystic. Like many DJ's Brett moved up and down the radio dial playing Johnny Cash in Michigan, giving the daily bear and moose reports in Wyoming, losing his job to the dreaded "format change" in Texas, reading the ambulance report sponsored by the local funeral home in Nebraska, or just spinning records, Dillon has done it all.” The Legacy of Roscoe Holcomb—“Roscoe Holcomb is one of the giant iconic figures in American traditional music. He personified the 'high lonesome sound' so celebrated and admired today for its powerful and haunting effect. His style of singing and his brilliant banjo and guitar playing transport the listener straight back to the earliest roots of American music, a style that remained vital in his native eastern Kentucky long after disappearing everywhere else...." Houston We Have A Problem—“Step inside the energy capital of the world, to hear the hard truth about oil, straight from the Texas oilmen themselves. See decades of American presidents warning us about our nation's dependence on foreign oil. Witness the birth of the clean energy revolution and the 21st century ‘Wildcatters’ who are leading the way. Houston We Have a Problem brings both sides together, seeking solutions, making it clear that we must embrace all forms of alternative energies in order to save the planet and ourselves.” Little Man (2005)—“Sometimes the greatest love story is about your very own family. Little Man is the story of how a micro-preemie brought a family to its knees. When Nicholas is born 100 days early, he weighs only one pound and faces impossible odds for survival. As he struggles for life, so struggle filmmaker Nicole Conn and political activist Gwen Baba to keep their family from disintegrating under the unrelenting stress and chaos of hospitals, emergency medical crises and a crushing blow to trust. Little Man explores the core of the human spirit as a family realizes that they are capable of enduring what they never thought possible.” More Than FamousMore than Famous is the documentary/love story of Salvadorian/American boxer Carlos ‘Famoso’ Hernandez as he fights for his American dream, two world titles and the spirit of an entire country. The film takes an intimate look at the life of the super featherweight boxer and picks up the story as the underdog Hernandez is preparing to fight WBC champion Floyd Mayweather for the title. The film explores Hernandez's return to boxing prominence at the age of 30, with the help of manager Robert Mittleman and legendary trainer Amilcar Brusa.” National Geographic: Arctic Kingdom-Life at the Edge—“Stalk the Arctic ice with the fiercest predator, the polar bear, as it prowls one of the most forbidding places on the planet: a hidden kingdom of magnificent creatures. Armed with a keen sense of smell and backed up by 1,700 pounds, fur and fangs, the polar bear stands alone at the top of the food chain. Yet many other hunters manage to survive in and around harsh arctic waters from the savvy arctic fox to the massive, whiskered walrus. The Arctic ice is revealed as a place of danger and drama as animals are stranded on frozen waters, trapped between moving sheets of ice, and caught in the struggle to survive. Brave the worst that nature has to offer.” National Geographic: Cameramen Who Dare—“Discover the dangers and drama of getting the perfect shot in the wild, and witness how wildlife filmmakers have survived in some of the world's harshest environments. Go where each breath burns your lungs, stand between a river and millions of stampeding, thirst-crazed wildebeest, and get hit in the chest by man-eating tiger sharks.” National Geographic: Descending the Dragon—“Accomplished adventurer and author Jon Bowermaster discovers a new Vietnam - from the sea - and guides an intimate tour of this intriguing country. More than a travelogue, Descending the Dragon is a personal look into the heart of this sea-loving nation, its hopeful spirit and unique culture.” National Geographic: Lost Cannibals of Europe—“Cannibalism has long been considered a dark chapter in man's history. Yet we think of it only as isolated occurrences. Now a Neolithic burial pit in Germany, found filled with expertly butchered human remains, challenges those assumptions. Archaeologists have never seen anything like it-the deeper they dig, the more bizarre the scene becomes.” …AND NEW MOVIES Born To Raise Hell--For the scoop on the latest Steven Seagal movie, we refer you to leading Seagalogist Outlaw Vern. Day of Wrath (2005)—“During the tumultuous Spanish Inquisition, greed, torture, and death have taken over a village. Fighting deceit and betrayal, Ruy de Mendoza (Christopher Lambert) wields his sword to reveal a secret conspiracy. With blood-racing action, Day of Wrath is a spellbinding tale of mystery and intrigue guaranteed to keep you riveted until the shocking end!” Isolation in the 1980’sIsolation In The 1980s is the second DVD in a historical six-DVD anniversary collection from the Winnipeg Film Group. Featuring four short films from Winnipeg Film Group filmmakers during the 1980s this DVD is guest curated by John Kozak (Dory, Hellbent) and includes audio commentary with the filmmakers.” The collection includes Springtime in Greenland, The Milkman Cometh, Mike, and The Dead Father, directed by Guy Maddin. Lorna Doone (1990)—“John Ridd was just a boy when the villainous Doones murdered his father. Now a young man, John has two driving passions: his thirst for revenge against the outlaw Doones, and his love for the beautiful Lorna, daughter of his sworn enemies. Clive Owen (Children of Men, Closer), Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings, Sharpe), and a luminous Polly Walker (Rome, State of Play) star in this action-packed adventure set in lawless 17th-century England during the Monmouth rebellion. Spectacular scenery, a stellar cast, and realistic period details ornament R.D. Blackmore’s beloved novel, one of the greatest love stories of all time.” Marcy (1969)—“This erotic, exploitation drama tells the tale of a farm girl who encounters a New York sleazeball and joins up with the  notorious lesbian. Cruel rumors begin to surface in the small town, so Marcy is forced to make a choice between her two worlds. A totally real experience in the exploration of human  emotions, passions, and desires! From Director Joe Sarno.” Rituals (1976)—Mitzi (Lawrence Dane, Scanners, Happy Birthday To Me) invites a fellow Doctor Harry (Award winning Hal Halbrook, Into The Wild, Capricorn One) and two other doctors to go on a camping trip in middle of nowhere in the Canadian mountain.  They thought there were alone, but not knowing someone is watching them. A harmless trip turns into a nightmare and murder as the psychopath plays a deadly psychological game of survival. Un-cut and uncensored from a vault element from the producer!”  @ Sextette (1978)—“It's a musical comedy like no other when Mae West and Timothy Dalton wed, but put their honeymoon on hold while West saves the world!” What? Just watch this trailer…  @ Son of Terror—“Halloween never ends for paranoid John Willem. His uncontrollable nightmare is just beginning. He's battling the voices of good versus evil in his head. John can't distinguish between reality, memories or dreams. His mental voices like to manifest themselves as characters in his waking life. He's sick, broke and can't pay his rent. Due in part to early family conditioning, he never stood a chance in society. It's now become a good alibi for him to play the tortured artist card. Step inside the mind of a psycho! This is the place where no one is safe. This is the zone where we are all fair game.” Tomboy (1940)—“A sensitive teenager is beaten and humiliated by his brutal uncle with whom he lives. A pretty young schoolmate and her father make efforts to rescue the boy from a life of misery.” Violent Saturday (1955)—“A number of otherwise insignificant small-town stories erupt into drama when a gang of hoodlums decides to rob the local bank. A father looking for pride in his son's eyes, a timid clerk who is a peeping tom by night, a man striving to re-win his wife's love, an Amish farmer faced with viciousness, and a proper older woman turned thief, all find themselves entangled with the bank robbers as a peaceful weekend turns violent.” It stars Victor Mature, Richard Egan, and Stephen McNally.