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New Releases for May 17th

Happy sunny New Release Tuesday, everyone! It's a fine time to head out in to the world and get some new movies to watch once the sun goes down and/or the rain clouds return. Here's the full list of new titles. Remember, * means it's also on Blu-ray, @ means we have it for sale in the store, and you can buy it online buy clicking SALE.


THE OTHER WOMAN *—Natalie Portman plays the “other” woman struggling to cope with the death of her infant daughter, indifference from her husband, and plenty of attitude from his ex-wife (Lisa Kudrow) in this drama from Don Roos (The Opposite of Sex), adapted from Ayelet Waldman's novel.

ARAYA—Director Margot Benacerraf’s 1959 poetic documentary chronicles a day in the lives of three Venezuelan families.  @ SALE

DEEP RED *—Uncensored English version of Dario Argento’s 1975 horror that will "put you into deep shock."   @ SALE

THE MECHANIC *—Jason Statham is a grizzled hit man who takes on a reckless apprentice (Ben Foster) in Simon West’s remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson film (which you'll find for rent in the Bang! section).  @

THE RITE *—A veteran exorcist (Anthony Hopkins) teams up with a skeptical student (Colin O’Donoghue) for the ultimate belief-questioning demon battle.

THE ROOMMATE *— Minka Kelly, (Friday Night Lights), Federal Way’s Cam Gigandet (Easy A) and Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester star in Single White Female for the Forever 21 crowd.

VANISHING ON 7TH STREET *—Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, and John Leguizamo are among the few survivors of a mysterious mass disappearance in this supernatural themed thriller.  @

SOUTH RIDING—Andrew Davies adapts Winifred Holtby’s for this BBC mini-series following an idealistic headmistress who returns to her hometown to run a school (and perhaps find love).  @

DIABOLIQUE *—The Criterion Collection presents a newly restored version of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1955 shocking revenge thriller starring Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, and Paul Meurisse. SALE

PALE FLOWER *—The Criterion Collection calls Masahiro Shinoda’s 1964 yakuza romance a, “cool, seductive jewel of the Japanese New Wave.”  @   SALE

REVENGE (ADAUCHI)—A samurai tale of honor and revenge from director Tadashi Imai (Bushido) and writer Shinobu Hasimoto (Seven Samurai), starring Kinnosuke Nakamura.  @ ANIME NEW RELEASES Vampire Knight: Guilty—Volume 2 FAMILY NEW RELEASES Space Kidettes/Young Samson Thor: Tales of Asgard Wild Thornberrys: Season One NEW BLU-RAY The Comancheros @ 5 Deadly Venoms @ The Hustler @ Supercop/Twin Dragons @ Beverly Hills Cop  @ NEW FROM RIFFTRAX Rifftrax Shorts: Order in the Shorts @ Rifftrax Shorts: Shortstoberfest @ Rifftrax: Maniac (1934)  @ Rifftrax: Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny @ NEW TV ON DVD Circles of Deceit Covert Affairs: Season 1 Feathered Serpent: Complete Series Bionic Woman: Season 2 NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS Broken Blossoms (1936)(PAL)—UK Danziger Collector’s Edition (1960)(PAL)—UK The Imp (1981)—Hong Kong Ju-on: White Ghost/Jun-onBlack Ghost (2009)—Japan Louise-Michel (2008)(PAL Code 2)—France Memoirs of a Lady Ninja (1982)—Japan  @ One Who Set Forth: Wim Wenders’ Early Years (PAL) Orgasm Diaries (2010)—UK TV Dante (1989)(PAL)—UK, directed by Peter Greenaway The Human Resources Manager (2010)—This dramedy from the director of The Syrian Bride and Lemon Tree won five Israeli Academy Awards.Shoeshine (1946)—Italy “Masterfully revealing post-WWII Italy, Academy Award®-winning director Vittorio De Sica (The Bicycle Thief) depicts the lives of two boys entrenched in a world of poverty and violence.” It won the first Oscar ever given for Best Foreign Language film.  @Laila (1929)—The newly restored silent Norwegian epic romantic adventure.  @ The Sophia Loren Award Collection *—The set contains Marriage Italian Style, Sunflower, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, and Vittorio D. The DVDs come as a set for sale; the Blu-ray’s are sold individually with Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow & Vittorio D. on one disc. All are available for rent. @ NEW DOCUMENTARIES NOVA: Venom-Nature’s Killer—“NOVA reveals how venom causes the body to shut down, arteries to bleed uncontrollably and limbs to go black and die. Venom follows two scientists on their expeditions to track down and capture the planet's most deadly creatures with the hope of finding out how nature's deadliest cocktails could be medicine's brightest new hope.” Wagner Family aka Tony Palmer’s Film About The Wagner Family—“This is a film about a family which has ruled the theatre in Bayreuth in southern Germany for the last 140 years - some say still the greatest theatre in the world. There's no doubt that Richard Wagner, who built it, was the most influential composer in the whole of the 19th century. But his family has survived a mixture of lies, deception, fraud, and dangerous political alliances. It's a family, in many ways the Royal family Germany, at war with itself.” Wartorn: 1861-2010—“Beginning with the first documented cases from the Civil War, the film examines occurrences of PTSD through two World Wars and Vietnam, as well as more recent cases involving soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The stories are told through soldiers’ revealing letters and journals; photographs and combat footage; first-person interviews with veterans of WWII, the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom; and interviews with family members of soldiers with PTSD.” LOTS MORE NEW MOVIES… American Matchmaker (1940)—“Leo Fuchs, known on Second Avenue as ‘the Yiddish Fred Astaire,’ plays an elegant and eligible bachelor who can never seem to close the marriage deal. Edgar G. Ulmer’s last Yiddish movie was also his most modern, an art deco romantic comedy about male ambivalence and Jewish assimilation. With its urbane, neurotic hero, American Matchmaker looks ahead to the films of Woody Allen. Also included, the hilarious short I Want to Be a Boarder – a small classic of Yiddish absurdism – showcases Fuch’s comic virtuosity.” Blind Alley (1939)—“Best known for his role as ‘Boston Blackie,’ Chester Morris plays a cold-blooded killer in the original version of a story, later filmed as The Dark Past, which explores the psychological causes for psychopathic behavior in a fascinating and unusually complex crime/suspense film for its time. Ralph Bellamy plays the sympathetic psychologist Dr. Shelby, whose quiet weekend in the country is disrupted by a group of thugs, including an escaped convict (Morris) and his gun-moll gal (Ann Dvorak). The doctor senses that the brutal murderer is tormented by something buried deeply in his subconscious, and decides to probe the mind of the man to try to give him answers and protect the lives of his wife, young son and weekend guests. Using innovative photographic techniques and faith in science, the film dramatizes the interplay between childhood imagination and experience, and the adult subconscious mind, while making the suggestion that environment is a strong determiner of psychological stability. Director Charles Vidor (Gilda) brought this fascinating, ahead-of-its-time subject matter to the screen. Newly remastered. Creatures The World Forgot (1971)—“A stone-age horror film with almost no dialog, the people speak in grunts, centers around a tribe of cavemen. When the leader dies, there is a rivalry between twin brothers, each of whom want the top spot. A well done earthquake scene highlights this film.” Daydream Nation—“Seventeen-year-old Caroline Wexler (Kat Dennings) facing a teenager's nightmare: her widowed father has moved them from the city to a tiny, nowhere town. When Caroline realizes she has nothing in common with the permanently stoned kids that populate her new school, she pursues the one person she connects with -- her handsome young teacher, Mr. Anderson (Josh Lucas). A bizarre love triangle ensues between Caroline, Mr. Anderson, and a stoner classmate (Reece Thompson). A mash up of genres and tones, Daydream Nation is a coming of age story for the 21st century.” Elephant White—“Mercenary Curtie Church (Djimon Hounsou, Blood Diamond) is hired to take out a notorious Thai sex-trafficking gang by a father s whose daughter was kidnapped and murdered by the gang. With the help of a ruthless weapons dealer (Kevin Bacon, Mystic River), Church finds the men he is hired to kill. But what starts as a paying job turns into an outright war between two rival gangs, and Church finds himself caught between the corrupt world that surrounds him and the truth behind the man who hired him.” For more on this DTV movie from director Prachya Pinkaew (Ong Bak, Chocolate), read Outlaw Vern’s review HERE. Fate Is The Hunter (1964)—Airliner crashes near Los Angeles due to unusual string of coincidences. Stewardess, who is sole survivor, joins airline executives in discovering the causes of the crash.” It stars Rod Taylor, Nancy Kwan, Glenn Ford, and Suzanne Pleshette. Gargoyles (1972)—“Cornel Wilde stars as an anthropology professor who stumbles upon a clan of demon gargoyles living in the desert Southwest. Since its first airing in 1972, this low-budget gem has earned an enduring spot in the hearts of horror fans worldwide. It won the Emmy® award for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup for Del Armstrong, Ellis Burman Jr., and Stan Winston (Jurassic Park, Avatar). The special effects were created by Milt Rice and George Peckham. Stars Cornel Wilde, Jennifer Salt, Bernie Casey, Scott Glenn and Grayson Hall.” Hurry Sundown (1967)—“Otto Preminger (Anatomy of a Murder) directs this epic adaptation of K.B. Gilden's novel about racial prejudice and emotional unrest in 1940s Georgia. Henry Warren (Michael Caine) is an unscrupulous and racist landowner obsessed with buying up all available land in a Georgia farming town. Blocking his path are sharecroppers Rod McDowell (John Phillip Law) and Reeve Scott (Robert Hooks), one white and one black. The star-studded cast includes Jane Fonda, Faye Dunaway, Diahann Carroll, Burgess Meredith, Robert Reed and George Kennedy. Screenplay adapted by Thomas C. Ryan and Horton Foote.”  @ The Missionary (1982)—“Comedy legend Michael Palin (Monty Python’s Flying Circus) heads an all-star cast in this irresistible British comedy treat! In the early 20th Century, devout Reverend Charles Fortesque returns to England from his missionary work in Africa and, despite plans to marry his childhood sweetheart, receives a most unusual assignment: minister to the local prostitutes, located in the worst area of town. A wealthy married patron (two-time Academy Award winner, Maggie Smith) offers to help improve his station, on the condition that he also minister to her… in the bedroom! A witty, delightful comedy of manners and misunderstandings, The Missionary delivers divine comedy to one and all!” Red, White & Blue—“Erica (Amanda Fuller) drifts through the bars of Austin going from one sexual partner to another, never connecting emotionally. That changes when she meets Nate (Noah Taylor, Shine, Almost Famous), a discharged Iraqi vet who is more interested in being Erica's friend than her latest conquest. A strong bond of friendship develops between them, but Erica's background intrudes in the form of Franki (Marc Senter), a wannabe rock star whose sudden presence sets the stage for a shocking conclusion.” The Secret of Dorian Gray—“This Italian-German-Lichtensteinian co-production tells the tale of a wealthy man who sells his soul for eternal youth, aging only in his portrait. Based on Oscar Wilde's novel.”  @ Such Good Friends (1971)—“Otto Preminger (Skidoo) directs this comedy-drama based upon the novel by Lois Gould and adapted by Esther Dale (Elaine May under the pseudonym). Julie Messinger (Dyan Cannon) is an intense woman who hides her wild emotions and desires under her conventional façade. Her husband Richard (Laurence Luckinbill) checks into the hospital for a simple mole removal that goes seriously wrong. The stellar cast includes James Coco, Jennifer O’Neill, Ken Howard, Louise Lasser, Nina Foch, Sam Levine, Doris Roberts and Burgess Meredith.”  @ That’s What I Am—“The gentle seriocomedy That’s What I Am stars Chase Ellison as Andy Nichol, a 12-year-old middle schooler coming of age in California during the mid-1960s. Though exceptionally intelligent, Andy is also shy and backward - a social outcast among his schoolmates - and will do virtually anything to avoid ridicule and ostracization. Andy's perspective changes, however, after a popular teacher, Mr. Simon (Ed Harris), pairs him up on a school project with an even bigger pariah than he is: Stanley (Alexander Walters), also known as ‘Big G’ - an awkward boy with thick orange hair, a head that's much too big for his frame, and oversized ears. Both boys find the partnership odd, but learn in time that Mr. Simon has something very definite in mind for them.” To Kill A Priest (1988)—“Directed by Agniezska Holland, this gripping and chilling drama is based on the true story of political unrest in Poland prior to the fall of communism and Father Jerzy Popieluszko, the Solidarity chaplain who was murdered by the secret police in 1984. Christopher Lambert is Father Alek, a Polish labor union chaplain at Saint Sebastian's church in Warsaw. All gathered within the great church adore him, save one - the police captain, Stefan (Ed Harris), who believes this priest who dares to mix prayers with politics is a threat to his country. Stefan sets him up for harboring a deserter, but his plan is foiled when his commanding officer (Joss Ackland) releases Alek.” NEW MGM LIMITED/WARNER ARCHIVES TITLES The Ambulance (1990)—“When the woman of his dreams is snatched by a strange ambulance, Josh risks it all to find her. Looking into a series of similar disappearances involving the phantom ambulance, Josh tracks down a ring of doctors who traffic in human guinea pigs.” It stars James Earl Jones, Janine Turner, and Eric Roberts. Body Slam (1986)— “A rock & roll wrestling comedy with an unscrupulous music promoter latching onto wrestling as his meal ticket.” It stars Dirk Benedict and Tanya Roberts. Brass Legend (1956)—“An honest sheriff attempts to save an 11-year-old boy who helped him capture a notorious killer.” It stars Hugh O’Brian, Nancy Gates, and Raymond Burr. Careless Years (1957)—“A young man's plan to forego college education to marry his teenage sweetheart becomes complicated when the boy's father intervenes.” It stars Dean Stockwell and Natalie Trudy. Cohen & Tate (1989)—“Cohen and Tate are two Mafia hit men who don't exactly hit it off. Cohen is an old pro, a cold-blooded killer who is all business. Tate is a young hothead who kills for fun. Together they kidnap a nine-year-old Travis Knight, an eyewitness to a recent mob rub out. Now, they've got 24 hours to deliver him to Houston for interrogation and elimination. Realizing their mutual hatred is his only hope, Travis plays this lethal odd couple against each other. But when their volatile words explode into a fiery gun battle, he's caught in the cross fire.” Roy Scheider and Adam Baldwin play the titular two. Crime Against Joe (1956)—“An innocent man is accused of murdering a cabaret singer. His loyal classmates, although suspicious of his guilt, provide him with false alibis. When the man investigates, to really clear his name he encounters a real threat to his life from those classmates.” It stars John Bromfield, Julie London, and Henry Calvin. Fearmakers (1958)—“A Korean veteran cooperating with a Senate committee uncovers subversives.” The vet doing the uncovering is Dana Andrews. It was directed by Jacques Tourneur. Geronimo (1962)—“Chuck Connors stars as the legendary Apache leader in this sweeping 1883 story that has the brave Geronimo steadfastly holding his ground against both U.S. and Mexican military forces.” Harry In Your Pocket (1973)—“A highly professional team of pickpockets (James Coburn, Michael Sarrazin, Trish Van Devere and a scene-stealing Walter Pidgeon) roam through varying cityscapes in the U.S. and Canada, preying--with disturbing charm--upon the innocent.” Hunley (1999)—“The fateful encounter of the Monitor and the Merrimack, history’s first-ever battle of ironclad ships, was not the U.S. Civil War’s lone naval milestone. Desperate to break the stranglehold of the North’s coastal blockade, the South built and sent into war the hand-powered submarine CSS Hunley. Armand Assante (as Lt. Dixon, the sub’s skipper) and Donald Sutherland (as Gen. Beauregard, the Confederate commander at Charleston) star in this fact-based tale of The Hunley and its crew.” My Gun Is Quick (1957)—“Detective Mike Hammer becomes curious when a woman he befriended is murdered.” Robert Bray plays Hammer; it co-stars Whitney Blake, Patricia Donahue, and Don Randolph. Park Row (1952)—“Director Sam Fuller, who once worked in tabloid journalism, breathes real life into this drama about a man trying to start an opposition paper. His old employer tries endless dirty tactics to put him out of business as a circulation war rages.” Rose Garden (1989)—“In modern-day Germany, an aging Jewish man is on trial for his seemingly unprovoked attacked on a former German army officer. But as his attorney (Liv Ullmann) digs into the facts, it's revealed that the officer was responsible for the deaths of innocent children in a Nazi concentration camp.” It co-stars Maximilian Schell and Peter Fonda. Take A Giant Step (1959)—“A young black man raised in a white neighborhood feels ill at ease and becomes delinquent.” This drama stars Johnny Nash, Estelle Hemsley, and Ruby Dee.