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New Releases for August 30th

What's new for your Labor Day (and hopefully long) weekend watching? Lots of critically acclaimed foreign films, absorbing TV shows, food for thought documentaries, Sony Classics & Warner Archives (scroll to the end for those), and much more. Here’s the list:

* = also available on Blu-ray

@ = Available for sale at the store

SALE = Available from our online store

 

SONS OF ANARCHY: SEASON 3 *—Kidnapping, murder, trials, and secrets dominate the latest season of this highly addictive television program. @  SALE

 

IN A BETTER WORLD *—Director Susanne Bier and screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen present this powerful and complex emotional story of two bullied boys plotting revenge. It was this year’s Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film. 

 

TRUE ADOLESCENTS—Craig Johnson’s film stars Mark Duplass (Humpday) as a down on his luck musician & pre-Oscar winning Melissa Leo as his aunt who enlists him to take her & his friend camping, where everyone learns something about themselves in the process. It was shot right here in Seattle and features the Comet Tavern and Bop Street Records (old location!) among the local places. Look for our colleague/my husband Bryan Theiss’ artwork on the wall behind Duplass at the coffee house.

 

GANTZ *— A live action version of the sci-fi action manga & anime series stars Kazunari Ninomiya and Kenichi Matsuyama as two friends summoned by a mysterious orb to fight aliens. The trailer isn't in English but you'll get the idea.  @

 

CELL 211—We’ve had the PAL import since it played last year at SIFF, but now this highly acclaimed Spanish prison thriller is available for US players.

 

SKATELAND—Another film from SIFF 2010, this coming-of-age tale follows the manager of a small town roller rink as he deals with the present and contemplates his future. It’s set in 1983 with an era-appropriate soundtrack. @

 

BKO: BANGKOK KNOCKOUT—Several martial arts disciplines are on fine display in this Thai action film directed by Ong Bak & Chocolate stunt coordinator Panna Rittikrai.  @

 

MADEA’S BIG HAPPY FAMILY—Madea rules her big family with tough love and laughter in Tyler Perry’s latest.

 

THE PERFECT HOST— A criminal on the run (Clayne Crawford) takes refuge in the house of a seemingly normal man (David Hyde Pierce) who turns out to not be so innocent either in this psychological thriller.  @

 

FORKS OVER KNIVES—Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn explore how rejecting a diet of processed and animal-based foods can alleviate many modern health epidemics.  @

 

IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT—Marshall Curry’s documentary chronicles the rise and fall of the radical environmental group.  SALE

 

SECRET GARDENA tough stunt lady and an uptight CEO knock heads and then swap bodies in this popular Korean TV comedy/drama series. @

 

ORPHEUS—The Criterion Collection presents Jean Cocteau’s poetic interpretation of the Greek myth. @   SALE

 

THE COMPLETE JEAN VIGO—Criterion collects the surrealist filmmaker’s work, A Propos De Nice (1930), Zero For Conduct (1933), and L’Atalante (1934), along with many extras, including an animated tribute by Michel Gondry.  @   SALE

 

NEW VIDEO GAMES

Deus Ex: Human Revolution (PS3, Xbox 360)

Madden 12 (PS3, Xbox 360)

 

ANIME NEW RELEASES

K-On!: Volume 2

Zegapain: Volume 6

 

FAMILY NEW RELEASES

Prom

Sisters and Brothers (Nick Jr. compilation)

Super Hero Squad Show: Season 2, Volume 1-Infinity Gauntlet

We Love Our Friends (Nick Jr.  compilation)

 

NEW BLU-RAY

A Better Tomorrow (1986)

Buster Keaton: Short Films Collection 1920-23

Coen Brothers Collection: Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Fargo, Miller’ Crossing  @  SALE

If... The Criterion Collection  @  SALE

 

NEW TV ON DVD

Cougar Town: Season 2

Desperate Housewives: Season 7

Detroit 1-8-7: Season 1

Doc Martin: The Movies

House: Season 7 *

Murphy’s Law: Series 4 & 5

Nikita: Season 1  @

Paranormal State: Season 5

Parenthood: Season 2

Running Wilde: Season 1

Sergeant Preston of the Yukon: Season 2

Vampire Diaries: Season 2

 

NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS

After the Revolution (1990)—Hungary

Beginning of the Great Revival (2011) (Code 3)—China

Black & White (1991)—Russia

The Cigarette Girl of Mosselprom (1924)—Russia/USSR  A Soviet silent rom com, new on DVD from Kino  @

The Coffin (2008)—Thailand

Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy (in 3D!)—Hong Kong

Hometown in Heart (1949)—Korea

Me, Too (2009)—Spain

Norwegian Ninja (2010)—What would happen if a real-life Norwegian spy turned out to be a ninja? @

Police, Adjective (2009)—New Romanian cop film from Corneliu Porumboiu (12:08 to Bucharest).  @

Punished (2011)(Code 3)—Hong Kong

Real Madrid vs Eintract Frankfurt 1960 Eurocup Final (PAL)—UK

X (2011)—Australia

 

Four Nights with Anna (2008)(PAL)—Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski’s eerie love story was his first film in almost two decades.

Space Battleship Yamato (2010)(Code 3)—For all those who stopped by our booth at Sakura Con, here it is!

Strike (1925) *Sergei Eisenstein’s incredible, innovative, and brutal debut film about a labor strike in a rural factory is new on DVD & Blu-ray from Kino. @

 

NEW DOCUMENTARIES, STAND-UP COMEDY & OTHER NON-FICTION FARE

Carmen (1984)—“All the passion and spectacle of Bizet's Carmen comes to life in this dazzling screen opera starring Placido Domingo and Julia Migenes-Johnson. In 19th century Seville, the lusty, tempestuous Carmen (Migenes-Johnson) seduces a naive Army corporal, Don Jose (Domingo), newly assigned to the village fortress. Jose abandons his career, his fiancée and even his dying mother for the love of this sultry gypsy. But soon she spurns him in favor of a toreador, Escamillo (Ruggero Raimondi). Crazed with jealousy, Jose begs Carmen to return to him, but her taunting declaration of independence results in tragedy. Shot entirely on location in Andalusia Spain, Bizet's Carmen has been hailed as the definitive version of this classic opera."  @

Wyatt Cenac: Comedy Person“Wyatt Cenac is a comedy person. That means he tells jokes in exchange for laughs. He's won fancy TV awards doing comedy person things as a writer and performer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. On one particular night he personed comedy in front of a live audience in New York City and filmed the whole thing. He did this for you.”

UEFA Champions of Europe: 50 Years of the World’s Greatest Football Clubs—“The list of champions is legendary- Real Madrid, Liverpool, AC Milan, Barcelona, Juventus Ajax and Manchester United and a roll call of Europe's finest and proudest clubs. This program features the most memorable players and goals from every European Cup Final played between 1955-2005. As the only official UEFA history of the competition, the DVD also features unparalleled access to all the big name players including Cruyff, Beckenbauer, Zidane, Beckham, Eusabio, Charlton, Maldini, Gerrard and many many more! All sharing their memories of the games and performances that made them legends.”

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead—“100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn't end well— with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn't far behind. FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe's personal mission to regain his health…

Haiti: Triumph, Sorrow, and The Struggle of a People—“Haitian-born film maker Jonas Nosile put together a small team and traveled to Haiti to film Haitian history from its early successful struggles for independence through to its contemporary – less victorious - battles with poverty. Nosile poses tough questions about the degree of Haitian’s responsibility for their dilemma. Will this island nation find a way to break with the legacy of its tragic past? Will the resilient spirit of her people be enough to overcome the obstacles and catastrophes facing the country today? The answers may surprise its audience.”

Kartemquin Films Collection: Early Years Vol. 3 1970—Another film from the documentary studio. Marco: “Disbelief, shock, hostility and superstition confronted the wife of one of the filmmakers when she decided to give birth without pain medication using the Lamaze method of childbirth. Her tale is about trusting oneself and accepting responsibility even when it means rejecting popular beliefs and establishment authority.” The music is by Philip Glass

Nature: Bears of the Last Frontier—“Nature joins adventurer and bear biologist Chris Morgan on a year-long motorcycle odyssey deep into Alaska's bear country to explore the amazing resiliency and adaptability of these majestic animals as they struggle to make a living in five dramatically diverse Alaskan ecosystems: coastal, urban, mountain, tundra, and pack ice.”

Vanishing of the Bees/Pollen Nation—“Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives. Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing hundreds of varieties of fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables. Vanishing of the Bees follows two commercial beekeepers as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill nationwide pollination contracts. Filming around the world, this documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and mother earth.” The documentary is narrated by Ellen Page and features the short doc. Pollen Nation.

Wainwright Walks: Lake District—“Nestled in northwest England is the Lake District, a land of visually stunning fells (mountains) and lakes. Its natural beauty inspired the romantic Lake Poets, Wordsworth, Southey and Coleridge and writer Beatrix Potter. Known to millions who love the Lakes is late author, guide writer, artist and fell walker, Alfred Wainwright (1907-1991), whose 7-volume Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells have motivated generations of fell walkers to explore this lovely landscape. Armed with Wainwright's famous illustrated guides, host and novice climber Julia Bradbury faithfully follows ten of his most popular routes. With spectacular aerial views, fascinating history and evocative Wainwright quotes, this is an entertaining, must-see exploration of the classic walks and climbs of England's scenic Lake District.”

Wonders of The Universe *—British professor Brian Cox follows up Wonders of the Solar System with an engrossing exploration of our galaxy and beyond.

 

MORE MOVIES

Atomic City (1952)—“Nuclear physicist Frank Addison (Gene Barry, The War of the Worlds) and his wife are living every parent’s worst nightmare: their son Tommy (Lee Aaker, TV’s The Adventures Of Rin Tin Tin) has been kidnapped. The kidnapper’s ransom demands are the secrets behind the H-bomb! The desperate scramble to rescue Tommy unfolds at a rapid pace in The Atomic City… from the streets of Los Angeles to cliff dwelling of Santa Fe; the real-life locations provide the vivid backdrops for this taut and suspenseful thriller.”

Bereavement—“In 1989, a 6-year-old boy is lured into the vehicle of a stranger. The stranger is a serial killer with a tendency of butchering teenage girls. In the basement of a rural Pennsylvania slaughterhouse, he will teach the boy everything he knows. Five years later, teen Allison (Alexandra Daddario of Hall Pass) comes to live with her uncle (Michael Biehn of The Terminator) following her parents' death. In time, she will discover the boy and his madman mentor. And they will all be plunged into an unimaginable evil from which there may be no escape. Nolan Gerard Funk (Deadgirl), Brett Rickaby (The Crazies), Valentina de Angelis (''Gossip Girl'') and John Savage (The Deer Hunter) co-star in this graphic and acclaimed shocker from writer/director Stevan Mena about family, torment, and the nightmare absolution that is Bereavement.”

The Brain That Wouldn’t Die/The Manster and The Terror (1963)/Eegah!—Two B-movie double features with Elvira: Mistress of the Dark!

Face to Face (1976)—“Ingmar Bergman's gut-wrenching drama stars Liv Ullmann (Cries and Whispers) as a successful psychiatrist who, despite her professional prowess, suffers from profound depression and mental illness. She finds herself teetering on the brink of a nervous breakdown, haunted by disturbing images and emotions from her past. Desperately in search of a escape from her doldrums, she has an affair with fellow doctor Tomas Jacobi (Erland Josephson, The Sacrifice). This only worsens her hysteria as she struggles to maintain her grasp on sanity and reality.”

Farewell Friend (1968)/Rider on the Rain (1970)—A Charles Bronson Eurocrime double feature!

Killer Caliber 32/Killer Adios—Peter Lawrence stars in this Spaghetti Western double feature.

Last Night (2009)—“Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Eva Mendes and Guillaume Canet join forces in this tantalizing and emotionally powerful story of trust, lust and deception. Michael (Worthington) and Joanna Reed (Knightley) appear to have it all. Young and successful, they're a married couple who share a comfortable and seemingly perfect life. But when Michael finds himself alone on a business trip with an attractive new colleague (Mendes) and Joanna encounters the other great love of her life (Canet), each is thrust into an evening of temptation.”

Laugh to Keep From Crying: The Play (2010)—“Step into Tyler Perry’s neighborhood, peel back the rough exterior and BEHOLD! Get on the laugh wagon as some of your favorite stage stars strut, sing and remind us, no matter how tough it gets, that laughter, faith and love are the best remedies.”

Little Senegal—“After many years as a tourist guide in the Slave museum in Senegal, Alloune, 65, a widower living alone, decides to go to America, in search of his ancestors taken away from his village two hundred years ago and sold as slaves in the New World. From Charleston to Little Senegal, in New York, he searches for his ancestors but also for an ideal vision of an African family, only to discover a strong ostracism between the African and African American communities, embodied by his nephew Hassan, a cab driver and his girlfriend Biram, an African with modern views on love and marriage; and Ida, an older woman, faced with seeing her pregnant granddaughter destroyed by hard life on the street.”

A Proper Violence“After being released from prison, Morgan Edwards is striving for change and searching for a new life. Desperate for connection, he accompanies three strangers into the woods, and is forced to confront the demons of his past. When it is revealed that his new-found friends are connected to his alleged crimes, redemption becomes secondary to survival.”

Uh-oh! Show—“Jill Burton is a reporter who s dead set on getting the scoop behind The Uh-Oh! Show, the gory TV sensation that’s sweeping the nation. Get the answer right and win piles of dough, get it wrong and Uh-Oh! it s off with your arms, legs, or more! Fred Finagler, the show s mastermind, feeds the fans depraved cravings by launching an even bloodier reality spectacular filled with Big Bad Wolf attacks, Hansel & Gretel-style torture massacres, and mauling mutilations from the Three Bears and a gore-crazed Goldilocks. It s just the type of prime-time violence Fred needs to keep the ratings high!” It’s directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis and features a cameo by friend-of-the-store Lloyd Kaufman.

Vera—“Two-time Oscar® nominee Brenda Blethyn (Little Voice, Secrets & Lies) stars in a new British detective series based on the bestselling mysteries by Ann Cleeves. DCI Vera Stanhope is a solitary, obsessed, caustic, brilliant investigator, and a bit disheveled; think female Columbo. Filmed in the Northumberland villages of the original books, the set includes four feature-length, character-driven crime dramas.”

Where The Boys Are ’84—“Four curvy college co-eds head south to Ft. Lauderdale on a spring break fun-seeking trek in this free wheeling comedy that's an 80's update on the original film! Carole (Lorna Luft, Grease 2), taking a separate vacation from her steady, winds up as a contender in a Hot Bod Contest! Jennie (Lisa Hartman, Knots Landing) is doubly lucky, courted by both a rich, classic pianist as well as a devil-may-care rocker (Russell Todd, Chopping Mall).”

Wrecked (2010)—“Oscar winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist, Predators) stars as a man who wakes up trapped in a crashed car in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by two dead passengers, a pile of cash and a gun. He has no recollection of who he is or how he got there. Is he an innocent victim? A dangerous criminal? All he knows is he s fighting for his life and his sanity in the middle of the deep woods.”

 

NEW WARNER ARCHIVES/SONY SCREEN CLASSICS/UNIVERSAL VAULT SERIES

Abandoned and Deceived (1995)

Because They’re Young (1960)

Black Moon (1934)

Captain Hates The Sea (1934)

Counter-Espionage (1934)

Dandy in Aspic (1968)

Death of a Gunfighter (1969)

Dirty Dingus Magee (1970)

First Target (2000)

Hart to Hart Returns (1993)

Hart to Hart: Crimes of the Hart (1994)

Hart to Hart: Home Is Where The Hart Is (1994)

Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die (1994)

Hart to Hart: Secrets of the Hart (1995)

The Island (1980)

Jack-Knife Man (1920)

Kid from Broken Gun (1952)

Laramie (1949)

Laramie Mountains (1952)

Magic Carpet (1951)

Meatballs 2 (1983)

Miracle of the Heart: A Boys Town Story (1986)

Miracle on I-880 (1993)

Miss Bluebeard (1925)

Out of The Dark (1989)

Passport to Suez (1943)

The Queens (1966)

Return of Daniel Boone (1941)

Revolver (1992)

The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979)

Sister Mary Explains It All (2000)

Snake River Desperadoes (1951)

Southern Star (1969)

Stone Killer (1973)

Switching Channels (1987)

Three for the Show (1954)

Torture of Silence (1917)

Two Against Time (2002)

Walk in the Spring Rain (1969)

You’d Be Surprised (1926)

That's it for this week. Please let us know what you think of this list (if it's useful, how we can improve it, etc.) at scarecrow@scarecrow.com or here. Tune in next week when we'll see what the first week of September brings (hint: Parks & Recreation Season 3)

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