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New Releases for July 12th

Among this week’s New Releases you’ll find impressive ensembles, gruesome horrors, dreamy fairy tales, humorous parodies, remastered classics, compelling drama, and a lizard that sounds like Johnny Depp. Here’s the list:

* = Also available on Blu-ray @ = Available for sale in the store SALE = Available from our online store. Click SALE to buy

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UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES—We’ve had Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Palme d’Or winning fairy tale for some time; this is the domestic DVD debut. Programming note: The Blu-ray has been delayed until July 26th. @ SALE

THE LINCOLN LAWYER *—Matthew McConaughey stars as a slick lawyer with an office in the back seat of a Lincoln Continental who takes up the defense of a rich Hollywood playboy (Ryan Phillippe) accused of murder. The impressive supporting cast includes Marisa Tomei, Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo, and William H. Macy. @

INSIDIOUS *—Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne play a couple who think their house may be haunted. But it turns out the spooks are coming from something a little closer to home… @

BUSTER KEATON SHORT FILMS COLLECTION 1920-1923 *—Kino presents nineteen newly remastered shorts and an impressive set of extras, including fifteen visual essays and Seeing Stars, a 1922 promotional film featuring Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. @ SALE

BOXING GYM—The latest film from master documentarian Frederick Wiseman explores the goings-on inside Lord’s Gym in Austin, Texas. If you haven’t seen a Wiseman documentary, we encourage you to visit his section up in our Documentaries room. @

ROBOT CHICKEN: STAR WARS III *—Seth Green & crew continue their humorous exploration of the Star Wars universe, though my eyes got a little misty during the Wampa at the gas station sketch… @

MIRAL—Slumdog Millionaire’s Freida Pinto plays a Palestinian girl coming of age amongst the Isreali-Arab conflict in Julian Schnabel’s latest film. It co-stars Hiam Abbass, Alexander Siddig, Willem Dafoe, and Vanessa Redgrave.

REC 2—The sequel picks up right at the end of REC and continues with the relentless, chilling viral terror. Warning: This trailer gets a little bloody… @

DAMAGES: SEASON 3—One of the best casts on TV assemble for another gripping season…

DAMNATION ALLEY(1977) *—Raging storms and mutant bugs plague Earth in this post-apocalyptic thriller starring George Peppard, Jan-Michael Vincent, and Jackie Earle Haley. It’s new to DVD & Blu-ray from the good folks at Shout! Factory. @

BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS (1980) *—Speaking of George Peppard, he stars in this Star Wars coattail rider along with John Saxon, Robert Vaughn, and Sybil Danning. Shout! Factory’s 30th Anniversary Edition is new on Blu-ray. @

ARTHUR (2011) *—Was it really necessary to remake the Dudley Moore classic? Russell Brand and Helen Mirren are perhaps the only people who could make think it was a good idea. The DVD & Blu-ray will be out on Friday, July 15th. @

RANGO *—A classic fish-out-of-water-becomes-a-hero tale, only this time it’s a lizard-out-of-water. Gore Verbinski’s animated film looks beautiful; we highly recommend you watch the Blu-ray if you can. It will be out on Friday, July 15th. @

NEW VIDEO GAMES

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon (PS3)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (PS3)

Sniper: Ghost Warrior (PS3)

 

ANIME NEW RELEASES

Naruto Shippuden: Box Set 7

Sound Of The Sky: Complete Collection

 

FAMILY NEW RELEASES

Mad Mad Mad Monsters

 

NEW BLU-RAY

Brazil @ SALE

Naked: The Criterion Collection @ SALE

 

NEW TV ON DVD

Doctor Who, Story 025: Gunfighters(Hartnell)

Doctor Who, Story 132: The Awakening (Davison)

Entourage: Season 7 *

ER: Season 15 (final season!)

Last of the Summer Wine—Vintage 1990

MI-5: Season 9

My Hero: Volume 3 (1952)

 

NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS

Battlefield Heroes (2010)—Korea

Bridge at Nogunri (2011)—Korea

Cold Fish (2011)(PAL Code 2)—Japan

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (2010)—China, directed by Johnny To

Fabre, Die (2010)—Germany

Gallants (2010)—Hong Kong

Henry of Navarre (2010)(PAL Code 2)—France

Lady Shogun and Her Men (2010)(PAL Code 3)—Japan

Miner’s Hymns (2010)(PAL Code 2)—UK (documentary)

My Hero: Season 3, Volumes 1 & 2 (2002)(PAL Code 2)—UK TV

Pointing Finger (1934)—UK

The Showdown (2011)—Korea

Tales Out Of School (1983)(PAL Code 2)—UK

Terranova (1991)—Venezuela

Wind Blast (2010)—China

New Tricks: Series 6 (2009)(PAL Code 2)—UK TV

Strip-Tease (1962)—“Nico, future Velvet Underground singer, plays Ariane, a young ballet dancer living in Paris with dreams of stardom. To pay the rent she accepts a job in an upmarket strip club. Unable to go the whole way, she runs off the stage in tears. But soon she devises a unique act that captivates audiences and elevates her to superstar status in the competitive world of the 1960's Paris strip tease scene. With music by Serge Gainsbourg, this is the only mainstream movie in which Nico has a starring role.” @

 

NEW WARNER ARCHIVES/MGM LIMITED

Another Man, Another Chance(1957)—“A love story between a French girl and an American doctor, set against the backdrop of France in 1870, after Napoleon III has just lost the war against Prussia. In the wild west, they silently and carefully fall in love for the second time in their lives...” It stars James Caan and Genevieve Bujold and was directed by Claude Lelouch.

Athena (1954)—“Combining the then-novel topic of physical fitness with Hollywood song and dance, Athena is an eat-your-veggies romantic romp highlighted by catchy Hugh Martin/Ralph Blane tunes and socko color cinematography. Jane Powell (fresh off her triumph in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers) and Debbie Reynolds play two of the sisters, and Edmund Purdom and Vic Damone play their smoking, boozing, non-vegetarian beaux. Former Mr. Universe Steve Reeves flexes his pecs in a supporting role…”

The Breaking Point (1950)—“Broke and with a family to support, charter-boat skipper Harry Morgan (John Garfield) makes a desperate gamble. For cash that will save his boat from creditors, he ferries gangsters to safety after a racing-track heist. But when you gamble, sometimes you lose. Tense and sinewy, The Breaking Point is a more faithful adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not than the earlier Bogart-Bacall classic. Garfield, one of the screen’s great anti-heroes, makes Morgan his own in a rugged portrayal etched with anguish. Director Michael Curtiz (Casablanca), who guided Garfield to instant stardom in Four Daughters, turns the action scenes into movie dynamite, but the film’s quiet final image is the one that will haunt you.”

Curse of the Faceless Man (1958)—“A stone figure unearthed in Pompeii followed by a series of skull crushing murders.” It stars Richard Anderson, Elaine Edwards, and Adele Mara.

Gun Duel in Durango (1957)—“He (Robert Montgomery) is the leader of a notorious gang. He wants to settle down. She (Ann Robinson) says she will marry once he has proved his newfound virtue. His former gang buddies have other ideas and a final showdown gunfight is inevitable.”

The Halliday Brand (1957)— “Joseph H. Lewis directed this intense Western about a young man's (Joseph Cotten) disillusionment with his father (Ward Bond), a corrupt sheriff. When his dad turns away from the lynching of his sister's lover, the boy rebels and his father declares him an ‘outlaw.’”

Romance of Rosy Ridge (1947)—“Vacationing at a ski resort, retired screen diva Norma Shearer noticed a picture of pretty Jeanette Morrison. In no time Jeanette had a screen test, a new name – Janet Leigh – and the lead opposite heartthrob Van Johnson in The Romance of Rosy Ridge. Coltish, wide-eyed and talented, Leigh was the ideal choice to play a coltish, wide-eyed beauty in this poignant love story set in the post-Civil War Ozarks, where folks are still divided blue versus gray. When an ex-soldier (Johnson) comes to the troubled town wearing military britches so faded no one can tell the original color, he gets the locals all riled up – especially when he courts the daughter (Leigh) of an ex-Johnny Reb (Thomas Mitchell) who reckons the newcomer may be a damned Yankee!”

Seven Sweethearts (1942)—“Love blooms for a New York reporter (Van Heflin) during a small-town tulip festival when the youngest of the seven Van Maaster daughters (Kathryn Grayson) captures his heart. But Papa Van Maaster (S.Z. Sakall) insists his girls get married chronologically. And since the snooty oldest daughter doesn’t even have a suitor, the other six – all of whom have admirers – may have a long wait for the altar! Director Frank Borzage (The Mortal Storm, 1932’s A Farewell to Arms) brings his master-of-romance touch to all the lovesick complications seven sweethearts and their beaus can create.”

The Vanishing Virginian (1941)—“Women lawyers? Women drivers? Women voters? The Yancey family of Lynchburg, Virginia, grapples with strange new ideas in this endearing film based on Rebecca Yancey Williams’ memoir of growing up in the early 1900s. Much more than the suffragette movement upsets the Yanceys’ well-ordered lives, from young romance to a sensational murder trial to that amazing contraption the automobile.”

Woman On The Beach (1947)—“Peggy (Joan Bennett) feels trapped, lacking the will to break free of her husband Tod (Charles Bickford), a famed painter whose career and eyesight she destroyed during a violent quarrel. A war-traumatized sailor (Robert Ryan), eager to claim Peggy for himself, is convinced Tod feigns blindness to control her. To prove it, he’ll take Tod for a stroll along the seaside cliffs…and watch as the artist nears the edge. Filled with primal lust, bold imagery and murderous hearts, The Woman on the Beach, heavily recut by the studio prior to release, is Jean Renoir’s (The Rules of the Game, The River) fever dream of a film noir.”

 

NEW DOCUMENTARIES & OTHER NON-FICTION FARE

Card Subject To Change—“Card Subject To Change follows several wrestlers working on the local 'independent circuit' of pro wrestling. It's been compared to the Minor Leagues of professional baseball, but 'Indy Wrestling' is truly unlike any other business in history. Card Subject To Change profiles the lives of some of wrestling's most compelling personalities. From a talented up-and-comer, to a legend who has changed the scope of the industry. They all come together and perform in VFW halls, high school gyms, and Elk's lodges across the country.”

Figaro: Living in the Moment of a Character—“15 singers, two countries and the music of Mozart: The stage was set for and incredible journey between two music schools, (the Louisville School of Music and the Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland) thousands of miles apart in both distance and language, to put on a show. The show, Marriage of Figaro, Amadeus Mozart’s comic opera, would be the language that would unite both casts. Extensive filming throughout the production’s three-month period provides insight not only into the rigorous schedule of its performers, but behind the scenes of all the departments responsible for bringing the house to its feet!”

Looking for Sophia—“Sophia Loren: her maiden name is Sofia Scicolone. She was first known in romantic picture stories as Sofia Lazzaro. Who's Sophia? Who is she really? She is a heroine, according to what Anthony Burgess wrote about her. She is an icon, a symbol of the last century that's still able to fascinate us…”

Nocturno Culto’s The Misanthrope—“The film debut by Darkthrone’s Nocturno Culto offers an insight into a strange life of solitude…chaos…and Darkthrone. The Misanthrope takes us in to the heart of the Norwegian black metal scene and folk culture with unique footage of Darkthrone rehearsing. Aura Noir, strange trips into the forest, and even a brief excursion to Japan.”

A Not So Still Life: The Ginny Ruffner Story—“A Not So Still Life peers into the kaleidoscopic mind of Ginny Ruffner, an artist as beloved for her magnanimous spirit as for her evolving "visual thought experiments." Director Karen Stanton explores the full span of Ginny's fascinating journey, from her childhood in South Carolina to her emergence as a world-renowned artist. Meet the luminaries in her orbit, including Dale Chihuly, Graham Nash, and Tom Robbins. Witness Ginny's determination to recover from the accident that nearly claimed her life, but barely even slowed her constant re-invention of the world around her.” It won the Golden Space Needle Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2010 SIFF.

NOVA: Power Surge—“NOVA travels the globe to reveal the surprising technologies that just might turn back the clock on climate change. Focusing on the latest and greatest innovations, including everything from artificial trees to green reboots of familiar technologies like coal and nuclear energy, NOVA asks: ‘Can our technology, which helped create this problem, now solve it?’”

Yves Saint Laurent: Collector’s Edition—“Two feature documentaries about the man who re-imagined women’s fashion. His Life and Times is an intimate biography featuring extensive interviews with the reclusive designer. 5 Avenue Marceau 75116 Paris is a behind the scenes look inside Saint Laurent’s legendary atelier during the creation of his final Spring line.”

Secrets of The Dead: World’s Biggest Bomb—“Beginning in the 1950s, American and Soviet scientists engaged in a dangerous race to see who could build and detonate the world's largest bomb. The results exceeded all expectations about how big a bomb could be built. This is an epic story where the United States led the way, but then left the field clear for the Soviet Union to break all records. The story of the race to build the World's Biggest Bomb has never been fully told.”

Skatopia: 88 Acres of Anarchy—“Skatopia: 88 Acres of Anarchy takes you inside a hillbilly skateboarder "commune" in Appalachia where anything goes. The self-declared cult-leader of Skatopia converts punk skaters into volunteer labor, battles bill collectors, does a stint in jail and raises his own family amidst the chaos.”

Third Wave—“Immediately following the 2004 tsunami disaster, Alison and Oscar raced to Sri Lanka, with little money or experience, and planned to volunteer for two weeks. Along the way, they met up with two other volunteers - Donny and Bruce. Together they found themselves running a refugee camp for over a year. The villagers slowly turned against them as the world's donated aid money never materialized. To survive they broke every rule in the disaster aid books and a village was reborn.”

Ultramegaopolis: A Documentary about Los Angeles--A two and a half hour Hell-Ride through the vast continuously urban sprawl known as Los Angeles. Explore the War-Zone from within it's riot-torn, graffiti-covered walls. Listen in horror to the terrifying true stories of Charles Manson's cell mate.Visit the McMartin Preschool, subject of the longest running criminal trial in the history of the United States. Meet religious fanatics, movie stars, drug addicts, gang-bangers and bulimics.”

 

…AND MORE MOVIES

Blazing Frontier/Devil Riders—Two classic westerns from 1943 starring famous cowboy Buster Crabbe.

Brother’s Justice—“Parenthood star Dax Shepard makes his feature directorial debut with this mockumentary-style showbiz satire that finds the sitcom player abandoning his comedy career to become a committed martial artist. Together with his producer Nate Tuck and their friend Tom Arnold, Dax begins drafting a screenplay for an ambitious, large scale action epic. Trouble is, none of the big studios will go near the project, and Dax's martial arts skills are mediocre at best. Now the harder that Dax fights to get a green light on his dream production, the faster his career skids into a tailspin. Featuring special appearances by Bradley Cooper, Jon Favreau, Aston Kutcher, and David Koechner.”

Chained Heat/Red Heat/Jungle Warriors—A Women in Prison Triple Feature! Chained Heat stars Linda Blair and John Vernon, Red Heat also stars Linda Blair, along with Sylvia Kristel, and Jungle Warriors stars Sybil Danning and the aforementioned John Vernon.

Deadtime Stories: Volume 1 (2010)—“George A. Romero, the renown horror writer and creator of Night of the Living Dead, has partnered with writer-actor Jeff Monahan to create horror anthology George A. Romero Presents ... Deadtime Stories. The first volume of this two volume set consists of an anthology of three 30-minute horror films: Valley of the Shadow: A woman searches for her missing husband in jungles of South America...and soon, the hunters become the hunted. WeT: A lonely potter finds a valuable jade box buried on the beach. And what s inside...it wants to keep him company. House Call: In poor and lonely farm country, a woman calls an elderly doctor out on a dark and stormy night to make a house call on her strangely-ailing son. And what he finds when he gets there isn't listed in any medical books.”

God’s Bloody Acre (1975)/Tomcats(1977)—An exploitation double feature from Code Red. “A Hotbed of Raw Excitement…Where Lust and Terror Run Rampant!”

Lucky Boots (1935)—“A cowboy aids a lady rancher who is threatened by bandits who are searching her property for hidden treasure.” It stars Guinn “Big Boy” Williams, Marion Shilling, and Wally Wales.

The Man Who Collected Food—“Miguel is a serious collector of vintage food items. He must have the color variants, the rarities, the 1950s originals: anything he can find and keep in mint condition. No one but his overbearing mother knows that his home, tucked away in the quiet suburbs, has become a massive museum to consumables. But what does Miguel eat? Miguel eats people. He has to, since eating his precious collection is not an option. However, being a cannibal is not as easy as it seems...”

Never Too Late (1935)—“Tod Slaughter, Jack Livesay, Marjorie Taylor. Great fun as Tod maniacally abuses the inmates of the prison he administrates. There is, of course, an innocent man sent to prison an into Tod's evil clutches. The final scene with Tod as a captive in his own madhouse is a grim delight. Beautiful B&W gothic cinematography.”

Poirot: Halloween Party—“David Suchet returns as Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie’s endearingly fastidious sleuth, in three baffling new cases based on her classic novels. As seen on the PBS Masterpiece Mystery! series… Crime novelist Ariadne Oliver (Zoë Wanamaker) calls Poirot in to investigate the macabre murder of a young girl at a children’s costume party who claimed to have witnessed a killing. Also stars Sophie Thompson, Deborah Findlay, and Amelia Bullmore.”

Poirot: The Clocks—“As Britain readies for war, Poirot journeys to Dover to help the son of an old friend solve a case involving an unidentified corpse and four mysterious timepieces, all stopped at precisely the same time. Anna Massey guest stars.&rdquo

Poirot: Three Act Tragedy—“After guests at successive dinner parties mysteriously drop dead, Poirot teams up with an old friend, retired stage star Sir Charles Cartwright (Martin Shaw), to ferret out the killer. Guest stars include Jane Asher, Art Malik, and Kimberley Nixon.”

The Secret Life: Jeffrey Dahmer—“The shocking assaults. The grisly murders. The horrific story you only thought you knew: Carl Crew (Blood Diner) stars as infamous sex offender, serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer, whose 14 year odyssey of evil continues to shock the world. Take a graphic trip inside the mind of a madman, from his sick fantasies and inner torments to his gruesome experiments and depraved souvenirs . This is the still-controversial film directed by David R. Bowen and produced two years before Dahmer was beaten to death in prison whose release outraged the media, the victims families and the public, yet remains acclaimed as an uncompromising portrait of the monster behind the headlines.”

Sin of Lena Rivers (1932)—“Lena Rivers, born out of wedlock, goes to live with her rich uncle. Unfortunately, her uncle's family makes it clear she is not wanted.” It stars Charlotte Henry and Clarence Muse.

Sweet Life—“Sensitive but unsuccessful New York magazine columnist Michael (James Lorinz – King of New York, Frankenhooker) looks on with hopeless envy as his self-confident, shallow brother Frankie catches all the women, makes all the money, and never feels a pang of remorse at his amoral behavior. Enter Lila (Barbara Sicuranza – Anamorph), a tough, sexy bartender. Initially, Frankie’s got her and Michael gets fixed up with her biker chick roommate (Joan Jett, of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts). Then, through a twist of fate, Michael finds himself vying with Frankie for Lila’s affections, and the results are both riotously funny and touching.”

Things (1989)—“In 1989, it became the first Canadian shot-on-Super 8 gore shocker commercially released on VHS. Today, it remains perhaps the most bizarre, depraved and mind-boggling chunk of Canuxploitaion ever unleashed upon humanity. Adult film superstar Amber Lynn and co-writer/producer Barry J. Gillis star in this surreal saga about two friends who visit a remote cabin, only to discover a womb of monstrous horror that demands graphic dismemberment. It's an inexplicable orgy of eye ripping, beer guzzling, boob baring, skull drilling, sandwich making, chain sawing, bad acting and post-sync dubbing from co-writer/producer/director Andrew Jordan that has spawned its own disturbing cult of fans.”

13th Man (1937)—“Two newspaper men investigate the murder of a tough district attorney who has sent twelve dangerous criminals to prison.” It stars Weldon Heyburn, Milburn Stone, and Selmer Jackson.

When A Man Rides Alone (1933)—“A righteous Robin Hood of the Old West robs money from a crooked mining operation and returns it to those who were cheated, the sheriff is now on his trail.” The righteous man is played by famous cowboy Tom Tyler.

White Irish Drinkers—Two brothers with a troubled family life get caught up in a life of crime in 1975 Brooklyn. It stars Stephen Lang, Karen Allen, Peter Riegert, Leslie Murphy, and Nick Thurston.”

 

 

 

 

 

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