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New Releases for July 5th

The first week of July brings us a diminutive but diverse batch of New Releases for your post-sun and/or sun avoidance viewing. Here’s the list:

* = Also on Blu-ray     @ = Available for sale in our store   

13 ASSASSINS *—Feudal Japan is the setting for Takashi Miike’s latest film, in which a government official assembles a team of samurai badasses to “take care of” a corrupt and brutal lord.  @

 

HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN *—One of those “the name says it all” movies. Rutger Hauer stars as the titular drifter.  @

 

OF GODS AND MEN * —Cesar-award winning film about a group of Christian monks in Algeria faced with a tough decision to flee or stay and aid the innocent when radical insurgents begin killing foreigners.  @

 

THE SACRIFICE (1986) *—Andrei Tarkovsky’s last film follows a man willing to give up everything, even his own son, to avoid World War II. The newly remastered DVD & Blu-ray includes the documentary Directed By Andrei Tarkovsky. @

 

WAKE WOOD—Hammer Films presents a gruesome tale of two grieving parents who undertake a pagan ritual to reunite with their dead daughter. @

 

WITCHMAKER: LEGEND OF WITCH HOLLOW (1969)—“Their form is human but they have crossed over...”  @

 

EUREKA: SEASON 4.0—The continuing adventures of Sheriff Jack Carter and the secret high tech community. This DVD set includes the Warehouse 13 crossover episode and special guest star Wil Wheaton.

 

FILM SOCIALISME—We’ve had an import of Jean-Luc Godard’s latest film for a while now, but it’s now available on a Region 1 disc for all to enjoy…

 

ANIME NEW RELEASES

Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (Blu-ray)

Galaxy Express 999

 

FAMILY NEW RELEASES

Sesame Street: Best of Spoofs! Volumes 1 & 2

Transformers: Headmasters Collection

 

NEW BLU-RAY

Das Boot (Director’s Cut & shorter version)

 

NEW TV ON DVD

The Cape: The Complete Series

Day of The Triffids: Special Edition (2009)

Eureka: Season 4.0

Midsomer Murders: Set 12 Part 2

The PJ’s: Season 2

Wagon Train: Season 3, Part 1 & Part 2

 

ARTIST TOOLBOX series

A new interview show with writer/director/TheFilmSchool faculty member John Jacobsen. We have these 13 episodes available fore rent & for sale: @

Daniel Boulud

David Garrett

Irina Dvorovenko & Maxim Beloserkovsky

Hugh Newell Jacobsen

Isabel & Ruben Toledo

Isabel Allende

Jason Alexander

John Legend

Massimo & Lella Vignelli

Ramsey Lewis

Sam Gilliam

Tom Skerritt

Zang Toi

 

NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS

Bedevilled (2010)—Korea

Caged (2010)—France

Curling (2010)—Canada

Dogpound Shuffle (1975)—Canada

Empire of Assassins (2010)China  @

The Fool (1990)—UK

Let the Bullets Fly (2010)(Code 3)—China

Memoirs of a Lady Ninja 2 (2011)—Japan   @

Revenge: A Love Story (2010)—Hong Kong

The Round-Up (2010)—France

Sans Dessein (2009)—Canada

Shaolin (2011)—Hong Kong

36th Precinct (2004)—France

 Time That Remains (2009)—“Actor, screenwriter and director Elia Suleiman presents a handful of autobiographical short stories that offer a witty but thoughtful perspective on the place of Palestinians in Israel (and his own role in the nation) in this comedy-drama.”

Under The Hawthorne Tree (2010)(Code 3)—A poignant love story from director Zhang Yimou (Hero, Raise The Red Lantern, House of Flying Daggers)

 

NEW WARNER ARCHIVES/MGM LIMITED-- More rare, great Manufacture-on-Demand titles you can only rent at Scarecrow!

The Boss (1956)—“Political corruption is vividly depicted as a ruthless WWI veteran takes almost complete control of a state with the help of a crooked lawyer. The film is enhanced by John Payne's persuasive performance as ‘The Boss.’”  Co-starring with Mr. Payne are William Bishop, Gloria McGhee, and Doe Avedon.

Damsel in Distress (1937)—“Fred Astaire sails across the pond to meet damsel in distress Joan Fontaine and delightful (if unlikely) dance partners George Burns and Gracie Allen in a musical co-scripted by master wit P.G. Wodehouse and directed by George Stevens (Swing Time). The helium-light story concerns servants running a betting pool on the marriage prospects of a fetching aristocrat (guess who wins her hand).” The score is by George & Ira Gershwin.

Day of Reckoning (1933)—“Dorothy Day loves to live beyond the family’s income, and doting husband John doesn’t have the heart to deny her. But when John is arrested for embezzling funds from his company, both Mr. and Mrs. are plunged into a downward spiral that means imprisonment for him and a tragic love affair for her. Richard Dix and Madge Evans portray the Days in this 1933 melodrama touted by publicity as ‘The True Story of Half a Million Lonely Women!’”

The Fourth War (1990)—“A Cold War thriller in which and American colonel and his Soviet counterpart engage in a private, potentially disastrous war.” What this brief synopsis doesn’t mention is that it stars Roy Scheider, Jurgen Prochnow, Tim Reid, and Harry Dean Stanton; and it was directed by John Frankenheimer.

If I Were Free (1933)—“Sarah Casanove can only watch as her callous husband leaves her for another woman. Crushed and humiliated, she finds a friend in English barrister Gordon Evers, himself mired in a hopeless marriage. Their friendship turns into something deeper – but Gordon’s wife, eager to hold on to a financially successful husband, will not free him. Have the lovers only traded one kind of despair for another? Radiant Irene Dunne and suave, sardonic Clive Brook make a cosmopolitan pair of star-crossed lovers in the poignantly titled If I Were Free, based on John Van Druten’s (I Remember Mama) stage play Behold We Live.”

In Name Only (1939)—“Alec Walker’s wife Maida is a beauty, but she’s also a venomous, self-absorbed schemer. Then Alec falls for an open-hearted widow named Julie. And Maida turns wedding vows into a steel trap: If Alec files for divorce, she’ll drag Julie into court as a homewrecker – and use Julie’s little daughter as a witness. In one of their rare screen pairings, movie greats Cary Grant and Carole Lombard portray Alec and Julie in a tender, emotion-laden tale that ranks among the era’s great romantic melodramas.”

Iron Triangle (1989)—“A U.S. Army Captain, serving in Vietnam in 1969 is captured by a 17-year old Vietcong solider. The pair end up developing a bond.” The pair are Beau Bridges and Academy Award winner Haing S. Ngor.

The Letter (1929)—“Adulteress Leslie Crosbie fires a bullet into her lover then, for good measure, five more. At trial, her plaintive testimony tilts the jury toward acquittal. Then scheming Leslie learns someone has a telltale letter she wrote to her paramour. Starring in the 1929 screen tale of Somerset Maugham’s The Letter is the actress who made a name for herself as the stage’s Sadie Thompson in Maugham’s Rain: Jeanne Eagels.”

Love is a Ball (1963)—“Charles Boyer zestfully portrays a (self-appointed) matchmaker on the French Riviera, conductinga lively cast on a slippery road to Romance.” The lively cast includes Hope Lance, Glenn Ford, Telly Savalas, Ruth McDevitt, and Ricardo Montalban.

Man From Del Rio (1956)—“ An uneducated Mexican gunfighter becomes sheriff and forces the local bad men to leave town.” It stars Anthony Quinn and Katy Jurado.

A Rage to Live (1955)—“A wealthy, free-swinging young woman tries marriage, only to discover she still needs to have affairs with other men.” The young woman is Suzanne Pleshette; co-starring with her are Bradford Dillman, Ben Gazzara, and Peter Graves.

Riot in Juvenile Prison (1959)—“ When the shootings of two juvenile inmates bring public protest, a psychologist is brought in to see if he can do anything to control the problems peacefully.” It stars Jerome Thor, Marcia Henderson, and Scott Marlowe.

The Saint: Movies Collection—“ Many years before Roger Moore donned the halo of The Saint, George Sanders played Simon Templar in this series of five mysteries…Sander's mordant wit and cynicism lift the film series' banter up a level with its added bite. Ably supported by a great rotating cast of players, Sanders' The Saint helped set the standard for detective tales for decades to come.”  The five movie collection contains The Saint Strikes Back (1939), The Saint In London (1939), The Saint’s Double Trouble (1940), The Saint Take Over (1940), and The Saint In Palm Springs (1941).

The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931)—“Movies often visit the theme of a mother’s love, but few match the poignancy and power of The Sin of Madelon Claudet. Renowned “First Lady of the American Theatre” Helen Hayes makes her Hollywood debut a most memorable one, winning the Best Actress Academy Award® (1930-31) for her portrayal of an abandoned young mother whose devotion to her child and desperate sacrifices to provide for him lead her into harlotry. Hayes’s husband Charles MacArthur (The Front Page) provides the screen adaptation of this sympathetic tale of a woman whose only sin was loving too much.”

Symphony of Six Million (1932)—“ Fannie Hurst was one of the most popular authors of the first half of the 20th century, producing a stream of romantic tales rich with heartbreak and sacrifice – elements that transferred splendidly to the screen….Symphony of Six Million follows a young Jewish doctor (Ricardo Cortez) who turns his back on his ghetto upbringing -- and on his crippled sweetheart (Irene Dunne) -- to make his fortune as a Park Avenue surgeon. Then tragedy strikes, forcing him to examine his life and rediscover his better self. Gregory La Cava (My Man Godfrey, Stage Door) directs.”

Tortilla Flat (1942)—“Pilon, Danny, the Pirate – paisanos all – live a free-spirited life near seaside Monterey. Then Danny becomes a man of property, the heir to two modest houses and a watch from his grandfather. Too bad that inheritance isn’t something worthwhile, like wine or money. But a gorgeous, newly arrived cannery worker named Sweets thinks a man of property may himself be worthwhile…and marriageable. Spencer Tracy, John Garfield, Hedy Lamarr, Frank Morgan – stars all – bring Hollywood gloss to this affectionate adaptation of John Steinbeck’s breakthrough novel…”

Vigil in the Night (1940)—“Nurse Anne Lee arrives at understaffed, underfunded Hepperton General Hospital with an eagerness to serve. Dealing with an epidemic, a multicasualty bus accident and other emergencies, she’ll find opportunities to do so again and again. She’ll also find something else: redemption for a fatal past error for which she, although innocent, accepted the blame. Famed comedienne Carole Lombard took on an atypically serious role in this drama set in England, sensitively directed by George Stevens (at a time when he was also known for lighter fare) and based on a novel by Scottish physician and writer A. J. Cronin (The Citadel).”

 

NEW DOCUMENTARIES & NON-MOVIE FARE

Alloy Orchestra Plays Wild and Weird---“Here are fourteen exciting short films some favorites, others unfamiliar produced between 1902 and 1965. They were photographed silent, but they re not silent anymore. All boast new music composed and performed by the Alloy Orchestra, a three-man ensemble that critic Roger Ebert has called the best in the world at accompanying silent films. Alloy Orchestra shuns the nostalgic approach, successfully using found percussion and state-of-the-art electronics to reinvigorate films for new audiences with its unique sound, heard here in a spectacular variety of styles… They represent many genres and styles, including trick films, hand drawn as well as stop-motion animation, classic comedy, and avant-garde and surrealist surprises.”

Compassion in Emptiness—His Holiness the Dalai Lama talks at Radio City Music Hall. “In this talk, His Holiness discusses ways in which one can achieve the realization of selflessness and ultimately achieve inner peace, which in turn generates a genuine sense of responsibility for the happiness of others and eventually creates a more compassionate world for everyone.”  @

National Geographic: Witchcraft-Myths & Legends—“In the modern world, witchcraft and witches are dismissed as fantasies, but in many cultures, magic is alive and its practitioners admired and feared. Join National Geographic on a quest to find the stories behind the myths and legends of witchcraft. Along the way, we'll meet an anthropologist who became a believer in Mexico and a witch cleanser; in Zimbabwe.”

Tonight: Four Decades of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson—Fifteen (!) discs of highlights and memories spanning four decades. We rent out two discs at a time.

 

 …AND MORE MOVIES

 Alien Thunder aka Dan Candy’s Law (1975) Alien Thunder vividly recounts the adventures of a feisty Indian named Almighty Voice (Gordon Tootoosis) and a powerful Northwest Mountie named Dan Candy (Donald Sutherland), when a Canadian mountie becomes a driven hunter, and then desperate prey, when he tries to track down the Indian who killed his partner (Kevin McCarthy).

Bloodrayne: The Third Reich (Unrated!)—“Half-vampire, half-human, Rayne hides in the shadows slaughtering vampires and those that get in her way. In 1943 Europe, during World War II, Rayne faces her greatest foe, a growing army of undead Nazi soldiers led by Ekart Brand, a top Nazi official turned day-walker. Rayne must team up with a group of resistance fighters to defeat Brand and his vampire army before they reach Berlin to grant Hitler immortality.”

Blue Crush 2—“From the filmmakers of Blue Crush comes a movie about fun, friendship and a thrilling adventure of a lifetime. Dana, a killer surfer from California, travels to the breathtaking coasts of South Africa, determined to fulfill her mother's dream of surfing the legendary Jeffrey's Bay. With nothing but her mom's journal as a guide and a fun-loving group of surf fanatics watching her back, Dana faces epic waves, tough locals and her own fears in this unforgettable surf odyssey.”

Christabel—A 2002 experimental film by James Fotopoulou, based on the unfinished poem by Samuel Coleridge.

James Bryan Triple Feature—Three from the director of Boogievision: Escape to Passion (1970), The Dirtiest Game In The World (1970), and I Love You, I Love You Not (1974).

One Night in Turin—“One Night in Turin tells the tale of England’s soccer team and the nation’s journey from despair to hope. It intimately depicts the leading characters, star players Paul Gascoigne and Chris Waddle, manager Bobby Robson, and team captain Terry Butcher in a celebration of soccer and how it changed the hearts and minds of a whole country.” It stars Gary Oldman and Elliott Francis.

The Passion of Darkly Noon (1995)—“Raised in a hyper-religious cult, a sheltered young man moves into a new town and falls in love with a mysterious beauty, who may or may not be a witch. He ultimately turns to violence as his obsession grows unbearable.” It stars Brendan Fraser, Ashley Judd, and Viggo Mortensen.

Stiff (2010)—“Troy (Bill Scott), a suicidal office employee, forms a bond with Lorri (Lulu Benton), a crisis counselor with a secret necrophiliac obsession. The two make a secret pact: Lorri will help Troy kill himself, if she can have her way with him afterward. But, as they prepare to go through with the deed, Troy's feelings for Lorri begin to grow, putting a strain on their seemingly ideal arrangement, as Troy wonders if he really does want to give his life (and Lorri) up.

 Trailers from Hell: Volume 2—“The Best Of Trailers From Hell Volume 2 showcases the cream of the award-winning Web site series, plus new trailers that have yet to be seen, concentrating on comedy, horror, science fiction, action and fantasy films that viewers can watch both in their original versions or accompanied by pithy commentaries from the esteemed Trailers From Hell gurus. Includes a new anamorphic widescreen transfer (1.78:1) of Roger Corman’s classic Little Shop Of Horrors, in its entirety.” Some of the gurus include John Landis, Joe Dante, and Guillermo Del Toro.

Turpin Time—A collection of silent comedies starring crossed-eyed super star Ben Turpin: Broke In China (1927), A Harem Knight (1926), Why Ben Bolted (1917), and Yukon Jake (1924).

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