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New Releases for July 19th

This week’s New Release list features many documentaries, lots of titles from the United Kingdom, thrillers both quiet and rowdy, dysfunctional families, and, of course, Gobots. Here’s the full list:

* = Also available on Blu-ray

@ = Available for sale in our store

SALE = Click to purchase from our online store

 

DOCTOR WHO: SEASON 6, PART 1 *—The continuing adventures of Amy, Rory, and the bow-tied Doctor Matt Smith. This set contains the episode “The Doctor’s Wife” written by Neil Gaiman.  @   SALE

 

LIMITLESS *—Bradley Cooper has wicked writer’s block until a pill unlocks his brain’s full potential. Not surprisingly, a Wall Street schemer (Robert DeNiro) wants in on the action…  @

 

TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT—Topher Grace won’t let you go ‘til you see the light in this comedy about a group of reunited high school friends. The film takes place over one summer night in 1988 with an appropriate 80s soundtrack.

 

PEEP WORLD—Sibling rivalry ensues when the youngest writes a novel that exposes some of the family’s more embarrassing secrets. The excellent cast includes Rainn Wilson, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson, Michael C. Hall, Judy Greer, and Lewis Black.

 

JACKBOOTS ON WHITEHALLTeam America: World Police for the UK, featuring the voices of Ewan MacGregor, Alan Cummings, and Rosamund Pike.

 

SMALL TOWN MURDER SONGS—A small town police officer (Peter Stormare) investigates a brutal murder, dredging up a lot of his past in the process. Jill Hennessey and Martha Plimpton co-star.  @

 

POTICHE—Francois Ozon’s latest comedy stars Catherine Deneuve as a “trophy wife” who steps in to manage her husband’s umbrella factory after the workers go on strike. Gerard Depardieu co-stars as a union leader who may still carry a torch for her.  @

 

SKIDOO—Get out your copy of The Scarecrow Video Movie Guide, turn to page 467, and cross this one off the list of “Movies We Wish Were On DVD.” Otto Preminger’s 1968 gangster comedy stars Jackie Gleeson, Mickey Rooney, Carol Channing, and Groucho Marx as a mob boss named “God”. The music is by Harry Nilsson.  @   SALE

 

PHIL OCHS: THERE BUT FOR FORTUNE—An overview of the folk singer’s turbulent life and career, featuring performance footage and interviews with Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Tom Hayden, Sean Penn, Billy Bragg & more.  @

 

HEY, BOO: HARPER LEE AND TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD—Tom Brokaw, Oprah Winfrey, Anne Quindlen, discuss the enduring legacy of the novel and its mysterious author. The documentary also includes an interview with Harper Lee’s sister Alice.  @

 

THE MUSIC ROOM *—“An incandescent depiction of the clash between tradition and modernity, and a showcase for some of India’s most popular musicians of the day, The Music Room is a defining work by the great Bengali filmmaker.” Satyajit Ray’s 1958 film is new to DVD & Blu-ray in the US from the Criterion Collection.  @   SALE


NEW VIDEO GAMES

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon (Xbox 360)

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Xbox 360)

 

ANIME NEW RELEASES

Dragon Box Z: Dragon Box Volume 6

 

FAMILY NEW RELEASES

Anne of Green Gables (Animated) Vol. 4-6 & 7-9

Challenge of The Gobots (1985)—Thanks, Warner Archives!

Smurfs: A Magical Smurf Adventure

Tin Tin: Adventures of Tin Tin Volumes 1 & 2

Young Justice: Season 1, Volume 1

 

NEW BLU-RAY

Beauty and The Beast (1946)—The Criterion Collection

Chocolat (2000)

Coeur Fidele (1923)(Region B)

Detective Dee and the Mystery of The Phantom Flame

Obsession (1975), directed by Brian DePalma

NEW TV ON DVD

Land Girls: Series 2

Reggie Perrin: Set 1

Southland: Season 2 (uncensored!)

 

NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS

Baker King (2010)—Korean TV

Brighton Rock (2010)(PAL Code 2)—USA

Case Histories (2011)(PAL Code 2)—Scotland

Coeur Fidele (1923)(PAL Code 2)—France (silent)

Cracks (2009)—UK

Essential Killing (2010)(PAL Code 2)—Poland, directed by Jerzy Skolimowski

Family (1994)(PAL Code 2)—UK, directed by Michael Winterbottom

I Am The Law (1977) / Mafia (1968)—Italy

Lead Balloon: Series 2 (2010)(PAL Code 2)—UK

Lou (2010)—Australia

Luther: Series 2 (2011)(PAL Code 2)—UK

My Fair Lady (2009)—Korean TV

Patagonia (2010)(PAL Code 2)—Wales

Protecktor (2010)—Czech Republic

Robinson in Ruins (2010)(PAL Code 2)—UK *

Shadow Line (2011)(PAL Code 2)—UK

Szindbad (1971)(PAL Code 2)—Hungary

Desert Flower (2009)—“Her story touched the hearts of millions: Waris Dirie's book Desert Flower, which recounts her incredible journey from an African nomad to an international top model, became a worldwide bestseller with more than 11 million copies sold. This is the inspiring story of an extraordinary, proud and brave woman.”

Norwegian Wood (2010)(PAL Code 2)—If you missed it on the last day of this year’s SIFF, here’s the poetic, dreamy film based on the novel by Haruki Murakami...

 

NEW MGM LIMITED TITLES

April Morning (1987)—“The ‘April Morning’ here is the famous April 19, 1775 upon which the ‘Shot heard 'round the world’ was fired, signaling the start of the American Revolution.” Starring amongst the backdrop of American history are Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Urich, Chad Lowe, and Meredith Salenger.

Call Me Bwana (1963)—“Laugh along with this breezy comedy as Bob Hope heads for the African Jungle where he finds himself on an outrageous safari with elephants, hippos, and...spies? Co-stars Anita Ekberg and Edie Adams.”

Down 3 Dark Streets (1954)—“After an FBI agent is shot, his friend must handle the caseload and avenge his death.” I stars Broderick Crawford, Ruth Roman, Martha Hyer, and Arnold Laven.

File of the Golden Goose (1969)—“A U.S. Treasury agent (Yul Brynner) joins a Scotland Yard detective (Edward Woodward) in going "undercover" to bust a brutal counterfeit gang known as the Golden Goose. But, in a massive double-cross, his British partner defects to the other side...”

Johnny Cool (1963)—“Criminals who betrayed a crime boss are in for a bloody revenge. A Sicilian mobster (Henry Silva) is in town to rub them out. Among those waiting for the bullets are Telly Savalas, Mort Sahl, Jim Backus and Brad Dexter.” And check out Sammy Davis, Jr. on the box…

The Killer Is Loose (1956)—“A bank robber's (Wendell Corey) wife is shot during his arrest by a cop (Joseph Cotten). He escapes to kill the cop's wife (Rhonda Fleming) as retribution. Despite the cop's protest, the police decide to use Fleming as a lure.” It was directed by Budd Boetticher.

Return to Treasure Island (1954)—“A descendant of Jim Hawkins visits Treasure Island with a priceless map.” It stars Tab Hunter, Dawn Addams, and Porter Hall.

Those Lips, Those Eyes (1980)—“Stagestruck adolescent learns about love the hard way while interning in Cleveland summer stock during the early '50's.” It stars Frank Langella and Jerry Stiller. 

 

NEW DOCUMENTARIES & NON-FICTION FARE

Amos ‘n Andy: Anatomy of a Controversy—“Amos 'n Andy: Anatomy of a Controversy looks at the history of the Amos and Andy characters from their inception on radio to the first all black cast show on American TV in 1951. After the NAACP exerted pressure on CBS for what they perceived as a program that shed a negative light on African Americans and reinforced stereotypes, the network canceled the series after a few years. The show was also pulled from reruns in the mid 60's for the same reasons. hosted by comedian George Kirby, this documentary features rare archival clips and interviews with former TV cast members, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Redd Foxx, Marla Gibbs and former NAACP leaders of that era.”

Dark Days (Special Edition)—“For years, a homeless community took root in a train tunnel beneath New York City, braving dangerous conditions and perpetual night. Dark Days explores this surprisingly domestic subterranean world, unearthing a way of life unimaginable to those above. Through stories simultaneously heartbreaking, hilarious, intimate, and off the cuff, tunnel dwellers reveal their reasons for taking refuge and their struggle to survive underground.” This new Special Edition includes commentary with director Marc Singer, an update on the characters in the film, and more.

Dive!: Living Off America’s Waste—“Inspired by a curiosity about society's careless habit of sending food straight to landfills, the multi award-winning documentary Dive! follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angeles' supermarkets. In the process, they salvage thousands of dollars worth of good, edible food -- resulting in an eye-opening documentary that is equal parts entertainment, guerilla journalism and call to action.”

Dumbstruck—“At the annual Vent Haven Convention in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky, ventriloquism capital of the world, director Mark Goffman discovers five extraordinary characters straight out of a Christopher Guest movie. But in this case the characters are real and their stories are deeply human and touching...

Durakovo: Village of Fools—“Durakovo. The ironically named Village of Fools. A secluded town 90 miles outside Moscow brews old ideals in hopes of a revitalized regime. Mikhail Fyodorovich, (aka Mikhail Morozov) rules this small community with concepts of God, Tsar and Fatherland. That happiness is only around God, the Tsar does God’s bidding and the people work hard in life to achieve the will of the Tsar. Prayer, labor and the political notion in contrast of Western Democracy is of frequent discussion. Mikhail makes known his stance in politics frequently, with those in his charge or with politicians from the capitol to rebuild Russia to its former glory, criticize their leaders of the last thirty years and denounce Western ideals. He preaches the hand of God, the foundation he is laying, the old ways he is restoring, will one day win out over the US and it s politics. A mix of hard religion, firm politics and strict labor play out before the camera with little intervention or direction from the filmmaker.”

Frontline: Kill/Capture—“Inside the secret campaign to take out thousands of Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters, and the strike that killed Osama bin Laden. A six-month investigation by Frontline has gone inside the military's "kill/capture" operations to discover new evidence of the program's impact, and its costs.”

InGREEDients—“Do you know what partially hydrogenated oil is? What does zero grams of trans fat per serving really mean? Do you know what is in the food you eat on a daily basis? Registered nurse and filmmaker, David Burton knows. What you think you know about your diet and the food you eat is completely wrong…DEAD wrong! Ride along on this culinary roller coaster as David sets the table with a cornucopia of leading researchers and the most respected scientists and health care professionals in the world. What you will discover is an alarming connection between what you put in your mouth and some of the most disgusting, unpalatable and life-threatening ailments known today!”

The Kids Grow Up— “In his 51 Birch Street, one of the most highly praised personal documentaries of recent years, Doug Block took a hard look at his parents’ marriage and his own relationship with his father. With his latest film, Block turns in the other direction, offering an exceptionally moving film about his relationship with his only child, Lucy. The Kids Grow Up is a chronicle of Lucy’s emotionally-fraught last year at home before leaving for college. Moving fluidly between past, present and the fast-approaching future, Block uses a lifetime of footage to craft not only a loving portrait of a girl transitioning into womanhood, but also an incredibly candid look at modern-day parenting, marriage, and what it means to let go.”

The Life and Work of Claude Chabrol—“Claude Chabrol (June 24, 1930 - September 12, 2010), with Truffaut, Godard, Rhomer and Rivette, The French New Wave revolutionized the way we see movies today. In this engrossing documentary, shot at a birthday celebration towards the end of his life, we go deep into the mind of Chabrol, the legendary director many call the French Hitchcock and the Balzac of Cinema. The director of classics such as Le Boucher, This Man Must Die and La Rupture. Like his films, Chabrol discusses his work amongst delicious meals with family, friends, ex-wives and actors. Chabrol also speaks to us one-on-one, directly dissecting both his choices and mistakes and what he has learned in his illustrious career.”

The Sound of Insects—“In a remote wintry forest, a hunter discovers the mummified corpse of a 40-year-old man. A diary is found near the body, detailing the man's everyday thoughts as he commits suicide through self-imposed starvation. Based on an incredible true story, and adapted from the novella ''Until I am a Mummy'' by Shimada Masahiko, Peter Liecthi's The Sound of Insects is a stunning investigation into the mystery of the man s enigmatic self-destructive motivations…With luminous cinematography of the vaulting trees that surround his tented tomb, and of hallucinated memories of the cities and people he left behind, The Sound of Insects is a hypnotic and transcendent meditation on how the renunciation of life paradoxically reveals its beauty.”

Such Hawks Such Hounds: Scenes from the American Hard Rock Underground—“Such Hawks tells a story that needs to be told. Since the Alternative Revolution of the early 1990s, there has been a heightened interest in music with roots in the underground, hence such excellent genre studies as Hype!, Scratch and American Hardcore. While a similar celebration of sounds held dear, Such Hawks captures a moment as it is happening. Such Hawks explores the music and musicians of the American hard rock underground circa 1970-2007, focusing on the psychedelic and '70s proto-metal-derived styles that have in recent years formed a rich body of unclassifiable sounds.”

 

…AND MORE MOVIES

Blood and Concrete: A Love Story—“Billy Zane (Titanic) stars as Joey, a well-intentioned loser who finds himself involved with criminals trafficking a drug called Libido, which promises to increase the user's sex drive. Joey is hounded by a detective played by Darren McGavin, (TV's "Kolchak: The Nightstalker") and becomes involved with beautiful but neurotic Mona (Jennifer Beals). Twist follows twist in this sexy, low-life thriller and dark comedy from director Jeffrey Reiner (TV's "Friday Night Lights" and "The Event").”

Dead Men Don’t Count  (1968) / Kill and Pray (1967)—A Spaghetti Western double feature starring Mark Damon. Kill and Prey, aka Let Them Rest co-stars future Salo director Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Death Rides a Horse (1967)—The full uncut version of the Spaghetti Western starring Lee Van Cleef and John Phillip Law. We refer you again to page 467 of The Scarecrow Video Movie Guide, where you can cross this one off the “Movies We Wish Were On DVD” list. This transfer is decent.

Sherlock Holmes and The Leading Lady—The 1991 version starring Christopher Lee, Patrick Macnee, Morgan Fairchild, and Engelbert Humperdinck.

Tekken—“The year is 2039 and the world wars have destroyed everything and territories are run by corporations. The mightiest of which is TEKKEN. In the midst of the ruined society, one warrior rises from the streets. A young man with street smarts and raw fighting skills who is driven by nothing more than vengeance must defeat the world’s most elite fighters in the greatest tournament ever known and become the ‘King of Iron Fist’.”

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