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New Releases for May 10th

This week’s New Release list is a small but solid mix of sleeper hits, multiple movies from Japan and Hong Kong (including a very peculiar remake), three ESPN 30 for 30 documentaries, engrossing video games, some rockin’ Warner Archives titles & much more. Here’s the full list. As always, * means it is also on Blu-ray, @ means we have it for sale in the store, and you can buy select titles online by clicking SALE. BLUE VALENTINE *—Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling give a master class in acting as a young couple watching their relationship crumble around them. We've been warned it’s “not for the emotionally squeamish.”  @ SALEI SAW THE DEVIL *—Speaking of squeamish, this shockingly brutal Korean revenge/horror film by The Good, The Bad and The Weird director Kim Jee-woon disturbed one of our most resilient colleagues.  @ SALETHE ILLUSIONIST *—The Triplets of Belleville director Sylvain Chomet’s Oscar nominated film about an aging magician and his unusual friendship with a small town girl with dreams of the big city. The charming story is from an unproduced script by Jacques Tati.  @ SALEBANANAS!—It’s Dole vs. a group of Nicaraguan banana plantation workers over the use of toxic pesticides in this powerful courtroom documentary that takes a close look at global food politics.  @NO STRINGS ATTACHED *—Ashton Kutcher and Academy Award winner Natalie Portman try to maintain the “friends” part of friends with benefits. The film is greatly enhanced by the presence of Kevin Kline (as Kutcher’s dad!) and The Office’s Mindy Kaling. Our code name for the film is No Pants Attached (see cover at the end of the post).  @BLACK DEATH *—Are you not getting enough Sean Bean in Game of Thrones? He plays a stern knight who a group to investigate rumors of a village untouched by the Black Plague in this medieval thriller.  @SLEDGEHAMMER—This 1983 “nightmare-logic” slasher was one of the first direct-to-video movies ever made. The DVD includes a featurette with friend-of-the-store Zack Carlson, co-author of Destroy All Movies! Warning: This clip isn't super gory but it's a bit stabby.  @DEMENTIA 13 *—Francis Ford Coppola’s 1963 feature-length debut thriller gets a high-definition & Blu-ray release.SOMETHING WILD *—The Criterion Collection presents Jonathan Demme’s cult classic road comedy starring Melanie Griffiths, Jeff Daniels, and Ray Liotta (four years before Goodfellas!).  @ JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER—Follow Bieber’s inspirational and entertaining rise from small town boy to international pop sensation! The DVD will be available on Friday, May 13th. @NEW VIDEO GAMES Brink (PS2, Xbox 360) LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii) ANIME NEW RELEASES Junjo Romantica 2 FAMILY NEW RELEASES Napping House & Other Stories That Rhyme Pokemon: DP Galactic Battles Box Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: Season 1, Volume 2 Splat the Cat & Other Furry Friends The Story about Ping…and Other Fine Feathered Friends NEW BLU-RAY The Horse Soldiers @ The Misfits  @ Some Like It Hot  @ NEW DOCTOR WHO on DVD Doctor Who, Story 55: Terror of The Autons Doctor Who, Story 74, Planet of The Spiders NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS A Better Tomorrow (2010)—Korea (it’s a remake of John Woo’s 1986 film) Centre Forward (1978)--Korea Children of The Dark (2010)(Code 3)—Japan First Love (2006)(Code 3)—Japan Flowers in the Shadows (2010)(Code 3)—Japan Heavenly Forest (2006)(Code 3)—Japan Incite Mill—7 Day Death Games (2010)—Japan Jail In A Burning Island (1997)—Hong Kong Mr.& Mrs. Incredible (2011)—Hong Kong Shaolin (2011)—China 36 Quai Des Orfevres (2005)—France Villain (2010)(Code 3)—Japan What Women Want (2010)(Code 3)—A Hong Kong remake of the Mel Gibson vehicle, starring Andy Lau and Gong Li. Seriously.NEW WARNER ARCHIVES/UNIVERSAL VAULT SERIES Eddie Macon’s Run (1983)—“Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas stars with John Schneider (The Dukes of Hazzard) in the action-packed Eddie Macon's Run. Time is running out for Eddie Macon (Schneider). He's trapped in a Texas jail on trumped up charges. He'll do anything to make it back to his wife and child, but if he's caught, he'll be back in the pen for life. Carl Marzack (Douglas) is an aging cop who must prove he can still get his man - and his man is Eddie Macon. The hunt is on in this exciting thrill ride that climaxes in an edge-of-your seat chase through the streets of Texas.” The Fastest Guitar Alive (1967)—“Posing as purveyors of a snake-oil elixir, Johnny and Steve are really Confederate spies out to nab a major cure-all for depleted rebel coffers: $150,000 in gold from the San Francisco mint. What, you say the war is over? Well, maybe the good ol’ boys can return the lucre…and avoid being arrested in the process! Roy Orbison essays his lone feature-film role as Johnny, he of the guitar that can twang a chord and riff bullets… Watch where you point that six-stringer, Roy.” Get Yourself a College Girl (1964)—“In the same year that a certain band from Liverpool first came to the U.S., moviegoers were encouraged to Get Yourself a College Girl. What made the getting good were musical appearances by the British Invasion’s the Dave Clark Five and the Animals, plus the U.S. group the Standells (pre-Dirty Water), the jazz stylings of the Jimmy Smith Trio and the mellow of “The Girl from Ipanema” by Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto. In a story laced with early feminist and sexual-revolution sentiments, former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley plays a songwriting coed whose rock tunes appall administrators of staid Wyndham College for Girls.” Great Divide (1929)—“Stephen is a hard-working mine operator. Ruth is a fast-living party girl, the daughter of his deceased partner. Partly out of obligation to his partner and partly out of a growing attraction for Ruth, Stephen decides to set her straight by whisking her away for a sort of wilderness boot camp. The lesson takes, love blooms. But now there’s a $10,000 price on his head for kidnapping. There’s also another woman in his life – she claims Stephen is hers…This robust 1929 work stars Dorothy Mackaill and Ian Keith, whose sound-era careers wouldn’t match that of the actress who plays the vampish other woman: Myrna Loy.” Hold On! (1965)—“The career of the British Invasion pop group Herman’s Hermits was in full, fan-shrieking, disc-selling orbit when their first top-billed movie came to theaters, so maybe it’s only natural to think NASA would want to name a rocket after them. Well, at least that’s what’s at stake in this 1966 romp that has the five lads on a U.S. tour, where they’re mobbed by various birds – and secretly monitored by a nerdy scientist to determine if they are rocket worthy.” Marlowe (1969)—“Five-hundred bucks doesn’t come easily for private eye Philip Marlowe (James Garner). But when it comes by way of a bribe, it might as well be five cents. He rejects Winslow Wong (Bruce Lee) and his offer of cash...and Wong promptly karates the detective’s office into a junkpile…Carroll O’Connor, Rita Moreno, William Daniels, Sharon Farrell and Jackie Coogan are among the cast of characters living in a sprawling ’60s L.A. so hard-boiled somebody’s got to crack. And when that happens, it's Marlowe’s job to put the pieces together.” Mister Buddwing (1965)—“A man awakes on a Central Park bench, not knowing his name or how he got there. Adrift in the city, he sees a beer truck pass by. Then an airplane flies overhead. Piecing the two events together, the man chooses Buddwing as his name…and continues his desperate sidewalk quest to discover his true identity. James Garner portrays lost, disoriented Buddwing in this compelling mystery drama directed by Delbert Mann (Marty) and featuring a cast that includes Angela Lansbury, Suzanne Pleshette, Katharine Ross and Jean Simmons.” Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter (1968)—“Mrs. Brown has a long snout, skinny legs…and an owner! That’s right, Mrs. Brown is a dog, a greyhound to be precise, and Herman (Peter Noone) and the other Manchester boys are eager to make money racing her. But first there’s a matter of entry fees, so the guys play gigs to raise some cash. When they enter the London dog-racing world, Herman meets a human Mrs. Brown who happens to have a knockout of a lovely daughter. Is she the right girl for him?” New Morals For Old (1932)—“Like so many parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas want what’s best for their children. Like so many children, twentyish Ralph (Robert Young) and Phyllis (Margaret Perry) insist on finding out what’s best for themselves. He wants to decamp for Paris and the bohemian life of an artist. She has eyes for a married man. The siblings are sure they’re very different from their parents. Instead, they’ll learn they’re very much the same. Robert Young had top billing for the first time in this effective morality tale based on a play by John Van Druten (Gaslight, the stage’s I Am a Camera). Myrna Loy plays the young beauty who shares Paris, morning coffee and new morals with Ralph.” The Prizefighter and The Lady (1933)—“The prizefighter is the real deal – real-life World Heavyweight Champion Max Baer in an acclaimed performance. The lady – she’s the real deal, too: Myrna Loy, just before she shot to renown in The Thin Man. The movie is a two-fisted bruiser of a rags-to-riches fight story, as fast and stinging as a workout on the punching bag. W.S. Van Dyke directs this saga of a has-been fight manager (Walter Huston) who rebuilds his career on the muscled back of a sailor (Baer) with lightning in his gloves and a mobster’s moll (Loy) in his corner.” So Goes My Love (1946)—“Don Ameche, renowned for his portrayal of the telephone’s inventor in The Story of Alexander Graham Bell, here plays another prolific inventor: Hiram Stevens Maxim, whose many creations include a machine gun, a mousetrap, the curling iron and various manufacturing mechanisms. The film is a love story, with Myrna Loy portraying Maxim’s bride, who sought wealth but found love.” The Squall (1929)—“‘My ultimate vamp came in The Squall,’ Myrna Loy noted about the string of exotic mantraps she portrayed before The Thin Man made her film’s savviest, sexiest perfect wife. Here she is Nubi, a flashing-eyed Gypsy who insinuates herself into the household of prosperous farmer Josef Lajos (Richard Tucker). Just for the wicked fun of it, Nubi seduces her way up the chain of power, from servant to Lajos’s son to Lajos himself, sowing jealousy and conflict in a once-tranquil home.” Third Finger, Left Hand (1940)—“Third finger, left hand. That’s where unmarried fashion-magazine editor Margot Sherwood Merrick (Myrna Loy) parks a wedding ring, hoping to deter male colleagues who have more than business on their minds. Then a smitten artist (Melvyn Douglas) learns Margot’s secret and begins a charade of his own by passing himself off as her beloved hubby. Loy and Douglas, expert romantic farceurs who sparkled in some of Hollywood’s best romantic comedies (including Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House) are splendidly sophisticated and delightfully goofy in their first film together.” Wheeler Dealers (1963)—“James Garner scores big as Henry, a flimflammer who lands in New York City after his Texas oil well comes a duster, needing a million or so in pocket money to pay his debts. Soon, he also hopes to land a blue-eyed blue chip: a stock analyst (Lee Remick) pressured by her firm to unload a worthless stock. Can Henry come up with a plan to turn what’s worthless into the hottest thing on Wall Street? The market for wit and charm is a sure thing in this mix of romantic comedy and business-world satire.” NEW DOCUMENTARIES Cropsy—“Growing up on Staten Island, filmmakers Barbara Brancaccio and Joshua Zeman had often heard the legend of Cropsey. For the kids in their neighborhood, Cropsey was the escaped mental patient who lived in the old, abandoned Willowbrook Mental Institution and would come out at night to snatch children off the streets. Later as teenagers, the filmmakers assumed Cropsey was just an urban legend: a cautionary tale used to keep them out of those abandoned buildings. That all changed in the summer of 1987 when 12-year-old Jennifer Schweiger disappeared from their community. Now as adults, Barbara and Joshua have returned to Staten Island to create Cropsey, a feature documentary that delves into the mystery behind Jennifer and four additional missing children. The film also investigates Andre Rand, the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearances. Embarking on a mysterious journey into the underbelly of their forgotten borough, these filmmakers uncover a reality that is more terrifying than any urban legend.” Into The Wind: ESPN 30 for 30 series—“Three years after having his right leg amputated six inches above the knee, Fox set out to cover more than a marathon's distance each day until he reached the shores of Victoria, British Columbia, spreading awareness and raising funds for cancer research. Anonymous at the start of his journey, Fox steadily captured the heart of a nation with his marathon of hope. After 143 days and two-thirds of the way across Canada, with the eyes of a country watching, Fox's journey came to an abrupt end when newly discovered tumors took over his body. Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash shares Fox's incredible story of perseverance and hope.” Is God Great? A Debate—“Leading atheist and acclaimed journalist, Christopher Hitchens, goes head to head with Christian apologist and Oxford Professor, John Lennox in March 2009 at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.” Jordan Rides The Bus: ESPN 30 for 30 series—“ After leading the Dream Team to an Olympic gold medal in 1992 and taking the Bulls to their third consecutive NBA championship the following year, Michael Jordan walked away from pro basketball, jolted by the murder of his father. Ron Shelton (Bull Durham, Tin Cup) revisits Jordan's short career in the minor leagues and explores the motivations that drove the world's most competitive athlete to play a new sport in the relative obscurity of Birmingham, Alabama, for a young manager named Terry Francona.” Modern Views: A Conversation on Modern Northwest Architecture—“An insightful new documentary about mid-century northwest modern architecture, Modern Views illustrates how designers today can learn from sustainable and economic choices made as many as 50 years ago. Through the personal histories and insights of five prominent northwest modern architects, the film offers a deeper understanding of this unique style of architecture happening in the Pacific Northwest in a period that is often overlooked. Focused mainly on the works of Arne Bystrom, Wendell Lovett, Gene Zema, Ralph Anderson, and Fred Bassetti, these architects of the Northwest School discuss how the Pacific Northwest landscape and climate guided their design decisions and their choice of materials, leading to a richer palette of adaptive design aesthetics.” My Vietnam, Your Iraq—“The Vietnam War polarized the United States in the 1960s; decades later, U.S. involvement in Iraq initiated its own discord. But My Vietnam, Your Iraq connects these two wars with little attention paid to divisive politics, choosing instead to focus on the personal stories of eight Vietnam veterans whose own children have served in Iraq. The stories examine the pride, fear, and myriad of emotions and challenges that parents and their children face during deployment, each with their own perspective and expectation.” National Geographic: Journey To Mecca— “Journey to Mecca tells the incredible true story of Ibn Battuta, one of the greatest travelers in history. In 1325, as a 21-year-old law student, he set out from Morocco on an epic journey to the sacred city of Mecca. Along the way, he is besieged by bandits, disease and sandstorms, but when he finally arrives after having travelled thousands of miles, visited some of the greatest cities of the medieval world, and joined a camel caravan of 10,000 people he is a man transformed.With stunning imagery and released to critical acclaim around the world, Journey to Mecca includes extraordinary and moving footage of the Hajj, one of the longest running annual events in human history. NOVA: Smartest Machine on Earth—“Augmenting human intelligence is a lot tougher than it looks, but scientists are edging closer with machines like "Watson," an IBM computing system that is gearing up to compete on the game show Jeopardy!, taking on Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, two of the show's most successful and celebrated contestants of all time. This program is an updated version of the original broadcast, with additional content added.” Unmatched: ESPN 30 for 30 series—“The first time Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova stepped onto a tennis court together, the world scarcely noticed. Only a few hundred spectators saw the pert 18-year-old beat the scrappy 16-year-old Czech in 1973. Eighty matches later - amid the extraordinary growth of women's tennis - Evert not only remembered, but became a tried and true friend and confidante, remarkable considering the two appeared to be polar opposites in upbringing, life styles and personal relationships. Through a series of personal conversations between Evert and Navratilova, filmmakers Nancy Stern Winters and Lisa Lax, along with producer Hannah Storm, tell the story of one of the greatest sports rivalries ever.” Who Does She Think She Is?— Who Does She Think She Is?, a riveting documentary by Academy Award-winning producer Pamela Tanner Boll (Born Into Brothels), features five bold women who navigate some of the most problematic intersections of our time: parenting and creativity, partnering and independence, economics and art. Through their lives Tanner Boll explores what it means to nurture children and family, and keep the creative fire burning within…In interviews with the artists, and in some cases, their families, Boll raises important questions about how art is valued in our culture. Can women follow their artistic instincts and still function as wives and mothers? Pamela Tanner Boll’s articulate documentary answers that question with a qualified Yes.” …AND A FEW MORE MOVIES Blood Junkie—Bloody fare from our friends at Troma. “A  fun camping trip into the woods turns into a KILLER time as one by one the nubile young teens are hunted down for there tasty blood.” Blood Oath (2010)—More blood-filled fare from our friends at Troma. “Something Twisted and Evil roams the woods feasting on the bodies of who ever enters his domain.” The Hole (2009)—“After moving into a new neighborhood, brothers Dane & Lucas and their neighbor Julie discover a bottomless hole in the basement of their home. With nightmares coming to life, they are forced to come face to face with their darkest fears to put an end to the mystery of THE HOLE.” This adventure/thriller was directed by Joe Dante and stars Chris Massoglia, Haley Bennett, Teri Polo, Bruce Dern, and Nathan Gamble (the son from The Mist). Poor Pretty Eddie *—“Brace yourself for one of the 1970s greatest, creepiest, cult classics now available for the first time ever on High Definition Blu-Ray. It’s a surreal psycho-thriller that broke all the rules of political correctness and lowbrow film-making as it spun the sordid tale of a black singer from the big city, Liz Wetherly (Leslie Uggams), who finds herself stranded in a backwoods redneck nightmare that makes Deliverance look like a day at Disneyland in comparison...When her car breaks down, Whetherly ends up stuck in a remote southern town that’s been left for dead ever since they put in the interstate. She is forced to stay in a dilapidated inn that serves as the bizzaro kingdom of faded, overweight burlesque star Bertha (Shelly Winters), her much younger boy-toy and aspiring Elvis wannabe, Eddie (Michael Christian), and a cast of suitably strange townsfolk including Sheriff Orville (Slim Pickens), Keno (Ted Cassidy aka Lurch from The Addams Family and one of the great character actors of our time) and Floyd (Dub Taylor, another notable character actor).”