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New Releases for July 26th

There's more of the usual fine eclectic group of titles in this week’s New Releases. Here’s the list:

* = Also on Blu-ray

@ = Available for sale in the store

SALE = Click to purchase these titles online

SOURCE CODE *—It’s understandable if you watched Jake Gyllenhaal in action star mode in the trailer and decided to pass. But this psychological sci-fi/mystery from Moon director Duncan Jones is not your standard mindless action fare.  @  SALE

 

LIFE DURING WARTIME *Todd Solondz’s sequel-of-sorts to Happiness revisits that film’s characters with new actors, including Shirley Henderson, Ally Sheedy, Allison Janney, Ciaran Hinds, and Paul Reubens. It’s new on DVD and Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection.  @  SALE

 

LEON MORIN, PREIST *—The Criterion Collection presents Jean-Pierre Melville’s 1961 film starring Jean-Paul Belmondo as a priest much adored by the women of their small town in Nazi-occupied France. You can understand why they’d like him.  @  SALE

 

DYLAN DOG: DEAD OF NIGHT—Take a heaping helping of the Buffyverse, add some Blade, then mix in a dash of Beetlejuice and you’ve got this comedic horror film based on the Italian comic series. It stars Brandon Routh and Taye Diggs.

 

ARCHIVES OF THE FANTASTIC—Portland residents Benja Barker and Daniel Miller and an all volunteer cast and crew created this DIY superhero adventure. It’s part of the Alter Egos Society comprised of self-made superheroes & villains coming together to raise money for Portland’s homeless youth.

 

AMERICAN GRINDHOUSE—Get your eyes good and dirty with the hidden history of exploitation films as told by Herschell Gordon Lewis, John Landis, Larry Cohen, Joe Dante, Fred Williamson, and many others. It’s narrated by Robert Forster.  @

 

TRUST—A cautionary tale of teenage Internet romance starring Clive Owen, Catherine Keener, Liana Liberato, and Viola Davis. It was directed by David Schwimmer.

 

BURN NOTICE: THE FALL OF SAM AXE *—This feature-length companion to the TV series features Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell) on his last mission as a Navy Seal commander fighting terrorists in the South American jungle.

 

WE ARE WHAT WE ARE—When their father dies, a family grieves for their loss and hungers for the “food” he provided… @

 

WINTER IN WARTIME *—A young man in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands discovers a downed British pilot in this part suspenseful war drama, part coming-of-age tale.   @

 

SUNGYUNKWAN SCANDAL –The latest addition to our Korean TV catalog is an historical drama about a smart girl who must pose as a boy to gain entrance to a prestigious school.  @   SALE

 

LA RABBIA (THE ANGER)Pier Paolo Pasolini and Giovanni Guareschi provide their respective liberal and conservative analysis of modern society in this intriguing 1963 documentary.   @

 

ANIME NEW RELEASES

Mobile Suit Gundam 00 The Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer

Sgt. Frog: Season 3, Part 1

Supernatural: The Anime Series

Vampire Knight: Guilty—Volume 3

FAMILY NEW RELEASES

Do Dooni Chaar—An new Indian film from the Disney World Cinema collection

The Dot…and more Stories for Young Artists 

Just William (2010)—This series follows the adventures of a group of boys in 1950’s England.

Shaun the Sheep: Animal Antics   @

Shrinking Violet…and more Stories for Young Performers

Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin…and more Stories for Young Musicians @

Zokkomon—Another new Indian film from the Disney World Cinema collection. This trailer doesn't have subtitles (you;ll be able to follow it) but the DVD does.

 

NEW BLU-RAY

Animal House    @

The Blues Brothers   @

Devil Dog: Hound of Hell   @

High and Low: The Criterion Collection  @  SALE

NEW TV ON DVD

Street: Season 2

Wish Me Luck: Series 3

NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS

Alice: Season 1 (2008)—Brazil

Bergerac: Series 1-9 (1981-91)(PAL Code 2)—UK TV series follows maverick detective Jim Bergerac (John Nettles) on the Channel Island of Jersey. Each series rents individually.

The Box/Fe (2003)—Japan

Clone Returns Home (2009)—Japan

The Conqueror (2009)—Russia

Debt Collector (1999)—UK

Elevator (2008)—Romania

Epitafios: Season 2 (2009)—Argentina

Fish Child (2010)—Argentina

Invisible Adversaries (1977)—Austria “Valie Export's controversial feature involves a photographer, Anna (Susanne Widl), who discovers that extra-terrestrial beings are colonizing the minds of her fellow citizens by raising the human aggression quotient.” It’s new on DVD from Facets.

Lip Service: Series 1 (2010)(PAL Code 2)—UK TV

Lohengrin (1991)—Werner Herzog presents Wagner’s classic opera with Perer Schneider conducting the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra.

Matrimony (2007)—China

Monamour (Special Edition)(2006)—Italian sexploitation from Caligula director Tinto Brass. It includes the short film Kick The Cock.

Once Upon a Warrior (2011)—India, from the Disney World Cinema collection

Park Benches (2009)—France

Riff-Raff (1991)—UK, directed by Ken Loach

Sentiment of the Flesh (2010)—France

Some Voices (2000)—UK

NEW WARNER ARCHIVES/MGM LIMITED

Follow Me Quietly (1949)—“William Lundigan stars in Follow Me Quietly as a cop on the trail of an elusive serial killer who strikes when darkness and rain fall. Anthony Mann shares a credit for the story, a tale similar to his work (uncredited) on the previous year’s He Walked by Night. Slip into the shadows (cinematography by The Body Snatcher’s Robert de Grasse creates a sinister mood). Embrace the night. Follow into classic noir.”

Man in the Net (1959)—“Alan Ladd portrays a painter with an alcoholic and dissatisfied wife (Carolyn Jones). She disappears leaving behind his slashed paintings. He is accused of murdering her, and flees to the woods. Among the pursuers: one of her former lovers - a tough cop.”

One Minute to Zero (1952)—“Using refugees as human shields, North Korean troops advance on Col. Steve Jankowski and his dug-in troops. Hoping to turn the throng back, Jankowski orders his gunners to fire warning shots short of the advance. Again and again the cannons roar, aiming closer each time. The approach continues: Jankowski must make an agonizing decision. Robert Mitchum portrays Jankowski, a leader of U.S. forces that are part of the United Nations Coalition pushing back against the invasion south of the 38th Parallel.”

Purple Gang (1959)—“Armed and arrogant, a baby-faced teen named Honeyboy Willard terrorizes hardened rumrunners until they agree to shell out protection money. Soon Honeyboy and his underage thugs, the Purple Gang, control Detroit, turning the screws until local businessmen, driven to desperation, call in the Chicago Mafia to outmuscle their homegrown mob. Disarmingly boyish, Robert Blake (In Cold Blood) makes a chilling Honeyboy, a psychopath equally thrilled by luring a cop to his death or cramming his best pal alive in a coffin, pouring in cement, and dropping him in the river.”

Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960)—“Jack Diamond had the moves. Some were on the dance floor, where he earned the nickname Legs. Others were in the streets of New York, where he built a criminal empire in the Roaring ’20s – and was the target of so many gangland shootouts he was also dubbed the Clay Pigeon. Made when the popularity of TV’s The Untouchables swept the land, this taut thriller directed by veteran Budd Boetticher (The Bullfighter and the Lady, Seven Men from Now) tells its true story with style, nerve and machine-gun pacing.

The Threat (1949)—“Killer Red Kluger (Charles McGraw) busts out of Folsom Prison and makes for a bleak desert hideout. But first he makes a violent detour to Los Angeles to kidnap the three people he blames for his ticket to the gas chamber: a cop (Michael O’Shea), the DA (Frank Conroy) and ex-girlfriend (Virginia Grey) he believes betrayed him. Before Red gets out of the country, he’s going to get even, one sweating, sadistic murder at a time.”

NEW DOCUMENTARIES

Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy—“Hayden Panettiere (Heroes) and Marcia Gay Harden (Academy Award winner for Pollock) star in the Lifetime Original Movie Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy based on the international headline-grabbing story of the now infamous American exchange student accused by Italian authorities of brutally killing her roommate.”  We just knew her as one of the baristas down the street at World Cup.

The Cartel (2009)—“The conventional wisdom says that our schools could be dramatically improved with better funding. If we would only ‘invest in education,’ the argument goes, our children would have a better future-particularly in urban areas, where leaky roofs, under-qualified teachers, and outdated textbooks are all too common. And so the last few decades have brought an explosion of education spending, enthusiastically approved by local school boards and state legislatures and generally supported by taxpayers. That's the moral cover under which our public school system wastes and steals billions of dollars every year. This costly, unconscionable failure forms the subject of The Cartel.”

Iran Darroudi: Painter of Ethereal Moments—“This documentary is a look at the life and art of Ms. Iran Darroudi, one of the most important contemporary Iranian painters, who has divided her time between Tehran and Paris for the past fifty years. The film describes the various influences in her life and how she came to cultivate a style that merges the western surrealism with eastern mysticism. An extra short documentary on Ardeshir Mohasses and his caricatures.”

Frontline: Wikisecrets—“Behind the leaking of more than half-a-million classified documents on the Wikileaks website stand two very different men: Julian Assange, the Internet activist and hacker who published the documents, and an Army intelligence analyst named Bradley E. Manning. Frontline tells the full story behind the leaks. It also reports on the U.S. government's struggle to protect national security information in a post 9/11 world.”

Honest Man: The Life of R. Budd Dwyer--A documentary on the life, alleged crimes, and sudden tragic death of Pennsylvania State Treasurer R. Budd Dwyer

Indoctrinate U—“Speech codes. Censorship. Enforced political conformity. Hostility to diversity of opinion. Sensitivity training. We usually associate such things totalitarian regimes, not with the American universities that nurtured the free speech movement.” Director Evan Coyne Maloney explores censorship and suppression of expression on college campuses.

Omnibus: American Profiles—“The Golden Age of Television's most distinguished production, Omnibus brought sophistication, refinement and sparkling intelligence to a national audience. Featuring such luminaries as Alistair Cook, Don Hewitt and Richard Leacock, this historic 2-disc collection features fourteen segments (broadcast between the years 1952 to 1960) that examine the iconic people and places that shaped American pop culture and society.” I’m looking forward to this episode: “Dr. Seuss Explores the Museum that Ought to Be.”

Popovich Brothers of South Chicago—“In a small community of steel workers, truck drivers, and teachers on the South Side of Chicago, a musical group called the Popovich Brothers maintained the traditional music and rich culture of their Serbian homeland by performing in local venues. During the 1970s, when this poignant, but entertaining, documentary was produced, the Popovich Brothers had been performing for almost 50 years, bringing this music to young generations eager to embrace the culture and values of their parents' native country.”

Shark Week: Restless Fury—As Tracy Jordan says, “Treat every week like it’s Shark Week.”

Will The Real Terrorist Please Stand Up—“…chronicles half a century of hostile US-Cuba relations by telling the story of the Cuban five, intelligence agents sent to penetrate Cuban exile terrorist groups in Miami and now serving long prison sentences. The film highlights decades of assassinations and sabotage at first backed then ignored by the very government that launched a war against terrorism. In the film, viewers see leading terrorists, now in their 80s, recounting their deeds, and Cuban state security officials explaining why they infiltrated agents into violent Miami exile groups. The film, featuring Danny Glover and 84 year old Fidel Castro in key scenes, raises and tries to answer the question: what did Cuba do to deserve such hostile treatment?”

 

…AND MORE MOVIES

Big Box of Wood—It’s not a euphemism; it really is a big box containing 13 works by notorious director Ed Wood, including Plan 9 From Outer Space, Snow Bunnies, and Bride of the Monster.

The Egyptian (1954)—Casablanca director Michael Curtiz’s epic starring Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Gene Tierney, Peter Ustinov, and Edmund Purdom.

Empty (2010)— “Charming young slacker Dell Hansard is in love with beautiful Piper. He makes an impromptu proposal on a weeklong camping trip, but Piper, the daughter of a wealthy businessman hesitates. On their way home they stop at a gas station, and are surprised to find signs reading ‘closed indefinitely due to the gas crisis…” Having been away for a few days the young couple does not realize the world is in the grip of crisis. They are stuck in the middle of nowhere and soon find out they must fend for their lives.” Post-apocalyptic romance ensues.

Ghost From The Machine—“A young man named Cody plunges himself into the murky science of the supernatural, inventing a machine he intends to be a conduit to the other side. In his pursuit to build the device he befriends an affable electrical engineer named Tom who has his own tale of love and loss. Cody eventually reaches an unintended level of success that not only threatens his safety, but also the well-being of his younger brother James and his new friend Tom. He quickly learns that the supernatural isn t all that super and human nature can even be worse.”

Ironclad * –“A Medieval Magnificent Seven, Ironclad is a violent action thriller that tells the true story of a motley crew of tough, battle hardened warriors, who withstood several brutal and bloody months under siege, in a desperate bid to defend their country.” It stars James Purefoy, Kate Mara, Brian Cox, Derek Jacobi, and Paul Giamatti.

King of Fighters—“Kyo Kusanagi (Sean Faris), his rival Iori Yagami (Will Yun Lee) and other stars of the Japanese video game sensation King of Fighters come to adrenaline-filled life in this butt-kicking martial arts extravaganza from ace action director Gordon Chan. The exciting fighting-tournament adventure also stars David Leitch as Terry Bogard, Maggie Q as gorgeous Mai Shiranui and Ray Park as the powerful criminal Rugal Bernstein.

Life is Sweet (1990)—“Alison Steadman (Topsy Turvy, Secrets & Lies) and Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) star in Mike Leigh's (Happy-Go-Lucky, Vera Drake) affectionate slice of suburban English family life.”

Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man (1976)—A violent, brutal buddy copy film from Italy (English dubbed).

Nightmare: 30th Anniversary Edition (1981)—“Escaped mental patient George (Baird Stafford) repeatedly suffers a graphic nightmare that depicts the axe murders of a couple making love. In Florida, a prowler stalks a babysitter - when she is attacked the youngest child she is looking after just sits and laughs... George begins a journey of brutal murder, death and destruction until the final moment of truth when his nightmares come to frightening life!” Remastered & uncut!  @

Prayer to a Vengeful God—“After a violent home invasion, resulting in the murder of his wife Jennifer (Jennifer Farrugia), John Krause (Dan Eberle) rouses from a four-month coma to a waking nightmare. He re-enters the world, but everything has changed. In a fog of grief and sadness, John wanders the landscape of his misery searching for relief. What he finds is a world beneath his own, a world of drugs and violence, and ultimately, an opportunity to exact vengeance.”

Scream of the Banshee—“A college professor and her students discover an ornate box in the basement of their university. When they open the artifact, a bloodcurdling scream is unleashed. According to Irish lore, those who hear a banshee scream will die – which is what begins to happen as the creature comes for each of them.” This After Dark Original stars Lauren Holly and Lance Hendriksen.

Strange Girls—“Dr. Jessica Karp is making a fresh start as the head of the Mayfield Institute of Psychiatric Medicine. She takes over the case of Georgia and Virginia Gruczechy; twin sisters who haven’t spoken to anyone but each other since they were locked up at the age of fourteen. Set for release, Dr. Karp decides to keep them interned for a little while longer – so they kill her. Hence ensues the twin sisters’ wacking anyone who gets in their way.”

The Task—“Something diabolical is taking place on the set of ‘The Task,’ a new reality show in which players compete for a cash prize by enduring a night in an abandoned prison and completing a series of creepy tasks designed for maximum terror. As six college students explore, things start to go amiss. Locked in this decrepit, labyrinthine prison, the contestants and the production staff start to realize that the scary reality show they thought they were taping has become real horror.”

Woman Obsessed (1959)—“After her husband dies in a fire, a woman (Susan Hayward) is left to tend for her young son and the family farm on her own. Soon, she takes in a drifting handyman, they fall in love, and a resentment begins to build between the son and his new "step-father" who treats the boy harshly on purpose to prepare him for life on the frontier.”

Dennis Woodruff Collection: Volume 1—“Raw, uninhibited and genius. These are a few of the words that can only begin to describe the man who is Dennis Woodruff. This first volume highlights 3 of his finest films. Dennis Woodruff considers himself to be the only truly independent filmmaker left in Hollywood.” It’s new from our friends at Troma.

 

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