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New Releases for August 16th

This week’s new release list is long and chock-full of good viewin,’ so lets get to it:

* = Also available on Blu-ray

@ = Available for sale in-store

SALE = Available for sale from our online store

 

JANE EYRE *—Mia Wasikowska is excellent as Charlotte Bronte’s long-suffering but resilient hero who catches the brooding eye of Edward Rochester (Michael Fassbender) in Cary Fukunaga’s beautifully shot and detailed adaptation.  SALE

 

DEXTER: SEASON 5 *—Reeling from last season’s tragedies, Dexter's life gets even more interesting...  @

 

PREIST *—Paul Bettany stars as a warrior priest who may be the only hope to save humans from a bitter group of vampires… @

 

BANG BANG CLUB—Four photographers bravely chronicle the violent end of apartheid in this drama based on the memoir by Greg Marinovich and João Silva.

 

CAMERAMAN: THE LIFE AND WORK OF JACK CARDIFF *—A cavalcade of stars look back at the career of the acclaimed cinematographer whose work includes The African Queen, The Red Shoes, and Black Narcissus. This is a must-watch for future cinematographers and/or film history fans.  @

 

IDIOTS & ANGELS—Bill Plympton’s latest animated tales follows a jerk who one day wakes up with wings on his back that drive him to be kinder to his fellow man.  Warning: Trailer contains an animated human backside. @

 

THE CONSPIRATOR *—Robert Redford’s historical drama follows the trial of those accused of assisting in President Lincoln’s assassination. It stars Robin Wright, James McAvoy, Toby Kebbel, Evan Rachel Wood, Danny Huston, and Tom Wilkinson.  @

 

JOHN CARPENTER’S THE WARD *—Carpenter headed to Spokane to shoot is first film in 10 years, the story of a young mental patient (Amber Heard) trying to figure out what happened to the previous residents of her ward. Could it be a tad bit haunted?? @

 

OUTCASTS: SERIES 1—The BBC’s post-apocalypse survivor series makes its way to our shores.  @

 

THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST—If you missed its brief run at Northwest Film Forum, here’s your chance to see this indie comedy starring Neil Patrick Harris and Bonnie Somerville as parents desperate to get their daughter in to an exclusive kindergarten. The all-star cast includes Amy Sedaris and John Hodgman.

 

SOMETHING BORROWED—Romantic comedy ensues when Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) falls for her best friend Darcy’s (Kate Hudson) fiancé. Along for the ride is John Krasinski, who may be harboring a secret crush of his own…

 

QUEEN TO PLAY—A French maid (Sandrine Bonnaire) masters chess and finds her strength in this mid-life coming of age story set on the island of Corsica. Kevin Kline (speaking French!) co-stars as an expat intrigued by her gift for the game.  @

 

CUL-DE-SAC *—Roman Polanski’s 1966 “mental ménage a trois” arrives on DVD & Blu-ray from the Criterion Collection. Extras include a making-of documentary from 2003 featuring interviews with Polanski, producer Gene Gutowski, and cinematographer Gilbert Taylor.  @  SALE

 

THE KILLING *—Kubrick + Criterion = required viewing. The DVD & Blu-ray include a new high-definition digital version of Killer’s Kiss@   SALE

 

ANIME NEW RELEASES

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Part 5

 

FAMILY NEW RELEASES

Batman: The Brave & The Bold-Season 2, Part 1

Chato y su Cena…y mas Cuentos en Ingles

Hero: 108 Season 1, Volume 2

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil

Man Who Walked Between Towers & more inspiring tales

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 9 (1987)

The Gruffalo—A nominee for Best Animated Short Oscar, this tale follows a mouse as he goes in search of a nut and finds all kinds of hungry creatures along the way. The voice cast includes Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Wilkinson, Robbie Coltrane, and John Hurt.

 

NEW BLU-RAY

The Big Lebowski—New on Blu-ray! The Special Limited Edition has Jeff Bridges’ on-set photos, trivia, behind-the-scenes footage, and much more. SALE

 

NEW TV ON DVD

Poirot: Appointment with Death (Season 11, Episode 4)

Poirot: Cat Among the Pigeons (Season 11, Episode 2)

Poirot: Mrs. McGinty’s Dead (Season 11, Episode 1)

Poirot: Murder on the Orient Express (Season 12, Episode 4)

Poirot: Super Sleuths-Poirot

Poirot: Third Girl (Season 11, Episode 3)

Shin Chan: Season 3, Part 1

 

NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS

Bittersweet (2007)—Israel

Choy Lee Fut (2011)—Hong Kong

Geschwister Oppermann (1983)(PAL Code 2)(No English subs)—Germany

In Deep: Series 1 (2001)(PAL Code 2)—UK

Let The Bullets Fly (2010)—Chow Yun Fat stars in this political crime drama set in 1920’s China.  @

New Tricks: Series 7 (2010)(PAL Code 2)—UK

No Eres To Soy You (2010)—Mexico

Requiem for a Village (1975)(PAL)—UK *

A Serbian Film (2010)(Unrated Director’s Cut)—Serbia

The Showdown (2011)—Korea

Spiral: Series 3 (2010)(PAL Code 2)—UK

 

The Lost Bladesman (2011)—Ip Man’s Donnie Yen stars in this historical epic filled with fantastic fights.  @

Breath (2007)—New Collector’s Edition of Kim Ki-Duk’s tale of a year in the life of a condemned prisoner and a woman drawn to his plight. It was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes.  @


NEW WARNER ARCHIVES

Adventure (1945)—“‘Gable’s back and Garson’s got him!’ So went one of film’s most famous ad lines, welcoming home the movie icon and World War II veteran to share an Adventure with glorious Greer Garson. As a rough-hewn merchant marine, Gable reprises his most popular film persona, the wisecracking man’s man who loves ’em and leaves ’em – until the right dame comes along. Garson is the dame, or, in this case, lady – a librarian who finds nothing in the Dewey Decimal System about how to domesticate 6’1” of brawn and bravado. Victor Fleming (who guided Gable in Gone with the Wind) directs, Joan Blondell plays a been-there blonde who catches Gable’s eye and Thomas Mitchell adds pathos as a sailor who makes and breaks a deal with God.”

Lone Star (1952)—“Will Texas be independent or a U.S. state? Ex-President Andrew Jackson recruits cattleman Devereaux Burke to travel through hostile Indian land, find Texas hero Sam Houston and persuade him to support annexation. In exchange, Burke will gain a contract to sell beef to U.S. forces during the war with Mexico sure to follow statehood. He’ll also garner something unexpected: the love of beauteous Austin newspaper publisher Martha Ronda. Clark Gable and Ava Gardner play the love-fated pair in this rugged semihistorical saga of Lone Star destiny. Standing in the way: Thomas Craden (Broderick Crawford), the ardent independence advocate and paramilitary leader who desires Martha for himself.”


 

NEW DOCUMENTARIES

Damn!— DAMN! is the story of the Rent Is 2 Damn High party founder Jimmy McMillan, a Vietnam veteran, black belt Karate master, private investigator, former stripper, and 70's soul singer. Jimmy became an overnight sensation when his appearance on the televised 2010 New York gubernatorial debate went viral on YouTube, receiving over 2 million views in 24 hours and lifting Jimmy from political obscurity into the international spotlight…It's a sometimes funny and sometimes dark exclusive first hand look at what happens when the holy trinity of media attention, politics, and money all descend upon the life of one man.”

Justice in America—This set contains three documentary shorts by filmmaker Robert Greenwald: Rethink Afghanistan, Koch Brothers Exposed, and Cuentame.

Life After Django Reinhardt—“Django Reinhardt, the Roma genius, born to Gypsy parents in 1910, is considered by many to be the single most important guitarist in the entire history of jazz. To honor the 100th anniversary of Django's birth, one hundred of his disciples, including his grandson David Reinhardt, have gathered together for the Django 100 Centennial Tour -- traveling the world to pay homage to this exceptional type-setter who marked the 20th century.”

Norml Life: American Marijuana Revolution—“NORML or National Organization of the Reform for Marijuana Laws has long advocated the decriminalization of cannabis for over 40 years. Its founder, current leaders and nationwide chapter representatives describe the patchwork of state and municipal laws that allow medical marijuana, while the federal government still regards cannabis as a dangerous narcotic. Voters in the US are increasingly recognizing the positive aspects of accepting and controlling medical marijuana in their communities for its medicinal benefits, as well as for its potential to generate needed tax revenue.”

 

…AND MORE MOVIES

Agent 8 ¾ (1964)—“Dirk Bogarde, Sylva Koscina and Robert Morley star in this satirical comedy-thriller at the height of the 007 popularity and set amidst the world of international espionage. Unemployed Nicolas Whistler accepts a job and a tidy salary with what he believes to be a glass manufacturing company in London. He soon discovers that his business behind the Iron Curtain is in fact illegal. Everyone apparently believes him to be a spy but it takes much time and adventure for him to realize it. The realization numbs him with horror, and with his contacts gone, he is on his own. He must escape arrest and flee to England but the secret police are close behind him.”

Breaking Glass *--“1980s London punk scene is captured in the gritty new wave musical with poignant rags to riches story of a talented and rebellious young singer-songwriter. Hazel O’Connor gives a tour-de-force performance as Kate, the lead singer of the rock group Breaking Glass. Kate’s socialist ideals are juxtaposed to her pragmatic rock manager, Danny (Phil Daniels), a streetwise hustler who discovers her and develops her into a star. The film pivots around the struggles for artistic recognition and energetic singer whose talent and sanity are jeopardized by the music business’ power structure. O’Connor wrote and performs 13 captivating and provocative songs for the film.”  @

Campbell’s Kingdom (1957)—“Bruce Campbell (Dirk Bogarde) is a young Englishman who believes himself to be incurably ill. He travels to Canada to take up his grandfather's inheritance, Campbell's Kingdom, a valley high in the Rockies. Here he intends to spend the last few months of his life. When he arrives in Come Lucky, an old ghost town which has lost the prosperity of its gold rush days, he is greeted with hostility by the men in the ‘Golden Calf’ saloon. Owen Morgan, a contractor for Henry Fergus, tells him that his grandfather's death ended a deadlock in Come Lucky. The old man, King Campbell, believed there was oil in the valley. Therefore, he prevented Morgan from completing a dam and flooding the valley as part of a new hydro-electric scheme which would bring back prosperity.”

Colossus of New York (1958)—“After the accidental death of a brilliant scientist… his lunatic father and brother transplant the dead man’s brain into the body of a giant robot. The operation is successful, but the Colossus Robot mourns for his wife and child and doesn’t want to be the guinea pig in his father’s psychotic project and starts displaying homicidal behaviors.”  @

Cut-Throats Nine (1972) / Joshua (1976)—It’s a “Lawless Land” double feature!   @

David Holzman’s Diary *(1967)—“As news from the Vietnam War and social unrest blares over the radio, David Holzman (L.M. Kit Carson) unloads comic-neurotic monologues to his 16mm camera. When his relationship with Penny (Eileen Dietz) goes south, he retreats further into moving images, secretly recording his pretty neighbor and even turning his lens to the TV shows he watches. No longer able to deal with life outside celluloid all of his ties to the real world begin to erode. This ‘totally delightful satire’ (NY Times) of a narcissistic artist is also a well-crafted fiction about the depictions of cinematic illusionism.” @

Death Stop Holocaust—“Two young women escape to their father s summer home on a remote island for a vacation getaway. As they travel deeper onto the island, a nightmare unfolds when a group of masked assailants begin to trap, torment, and torture their prey.”

Grace Card—“Academy Award (R) winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. stars in this gritty drama which poignantly illustrates the everyday opportunities we have to rebuild relationships and heal deep wounds with grace and forgiveness. After police officer Mac McDonald loses his son in an accident, years of bitterness and pain erodes his love for his family and leaves him angry with God … and everyone else. Can Mac and his new patrol partner, Sgt. Sam Wright, somehow join forces to help one another when it’s impossible to look past their differences—especially the most obvious one?”

Ill Met by Moonlight (1957)—“On the Nazi occupied island of Crete, two British officers are assigned to kidnap the commanding German General and deliver him to allied forces in Cairo. Aided by local patriots, the abduction itself goes smoothly. However, the subsequent chase across the rocky Cretan landscape proves to be more problematic. Based on W. Stanley Moss's autobiographical account of the operation, this was to be the last collaboration of the motion picture team of Powell and Pressburger. Released in the U.S. as NIGHT AMBUSH, it was trimmed by its American distributor to 93 minutes. This restored DVD is the original uncut 104 minute widescreen version.”  @

Meet Monica Velour—“In this irreverent comedy, awkward teenager Tobe (Dustin Ingram) sets off on a road trip to meet Monica Velour (Kim Cattrall), his favorite '80s porn star, at a rare live appearance hundreds of miles away. Instead of the glamorous sexpot portrayed on film, he finds a 49-year-old single mom living in a trailer in rural Indiana, performing at seedy strip clubs to make ends meet. A starry-eyed Tobe, still captivated by his crush, befriends Monica, further complicating her difficult life. Kim Cattrall gives a career-defining performance in this offbeat love story that appeals to the dreamer -- and the nerd -- in all of us.”

Simba (1955)—“Brian Desmond Hurst directs this portrayal of the Mau Mau movement and uprising during the period between 1950 and 1956, in Kenya. Alan Howard (Dirk Bogarde) returns to Kenya to visit his brother and with hope of rekindling a romance with Mary Crawford (Virginia McKenna), whose family owns and operates a farm close to his brother’s. Arriving at his brother’s farm, Alan discovers he has been brutally murdered by the Mau Mau. Howard has absolutely no compassion for the black population and decides to stay on, against all odds, to defy the uprising.”

Stoney/Killer Likes Candy"Stoney (1969) Caught up in an international mishmash of espionage and double crosses in the Philippines, two gunrunners hunt for buried treasure and are disrupted by the quest for the same woman. Killer Likes Candy (1968) Shrewd and evasive ex-Nazi and top assassin Oscar Snell is determined to rub out the King of Kafiristan. His sole weakness is his sweet tooth; he leaves candy wrappers at the scene of every crime. It’s up to no nonsense CIA agent Mark Stone to find Snell and stop him before it’s too late!"  @

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