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New Releases for September 6th

With the Emmys next weekend and the fall season debuts approaching, this week’s New Release list is dominated by TV series. Lucky for us, they are some of the finest shows around. If you need to catch up or start in on any of them, we rent our TV series seasons as a set so you can get all the episodes at once (most are available disc by disc, too). Of course there are also plenty of new movies & documentaries for your post-Labor Day viewing. Here’s the list:

* = Also available on Blu-ray

@ = Available for sale in the store

SALE = Available for purchase from our online store

 

HANNA *Atonement director Joe Wright’s story of a young girl (Saoirse Ronan) raised by her father (Eric Bana) to get revenge on a cold-hearted government agent (Cate Blanchett). Our colleague Bryan calls it an “arty action fairy tale.”  SALE

 

EVERYTHING MUST GO *—Will Ferrell masterfully navigates the borders between humor and despair as an alcoholic who, upon losing his job and wife, decides to sell all of his possessions on his front lawn. It’s based on a short story by Raymond Carver. @

 

THE ARBOR—Director Clio Barnard’s moving documentary on acclaimed British playwright Andrea Dunbar’s life, tragic death, and the fate of the children and friends she left behind.

 

REBIRTH—Jim Whitaker’s emotional and inspiring portrait of five people profoundly affected by 9/11 and their almost-decade long journey of grief and healing. Includes a multi-camera time-lapse photography chronicling the evolution of the former World Trade Center cite.

 

NE CHANGE RIEN—Pedro Costa’s dazzling portrait of French actress/singer Jeanne Balibar.  @

 

SPECIAL WHEN LIT—Sunday was National Pinball Day! Have a belated celebratory viewing of this documentary chronicling the rise and fall of the arcade icon.

 

COMMUNITY: SEASON 2—The blanket-fort chase in the episode “Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design” has to be one of the best scenes of TV all season. We’re also fans of “Critical Film Studies.”  @

 

THE OFFICE: SEASON 7 *—I didn’t think I’d get emotional when Michael Scott took off his microphone for the last time, but I found myself surprisingly teary. Even if you’ve skipped the last couple seasons, I’ll bet you will too.  @   SALE

 

PARKS AND RECREATION: SEASON 3 *—The season begins with the Ron Swanson Pyramid of Greatness and gets better from there. Adam Scott and Rob Lowe join the already splendid ensemble and comedy excellence ensues.  @

 

FRINGE: SEASON 3 *—Another season of what our colleague Kevin calls “a crazily ambitious sci-fi epic.”  SALE

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS *—James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender take the franchise back to the 60s in this slick, inspired reboot. It will be available on Friday, September 9th SALE

 

NEW VIDEO GAMES

Bodycount (PS3, Xbox 360)

Mini Ninjas (Xbox 360)

 

ANIME NEW RELEASES

Adieu Galaxy Express 999

Bleach: Season 10, Episodes 157-167

 

FAMILY NEW RELEASES

Herman and Katnip: Complete Series

High School Musical China

Olivia: Princess for a Day

Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur

Sigmund and the Sea Monsters: Season 1

 

NEW BLU-RAY

Dressed to Kill (Unrated)  @

Have Mercy On Us All

Hellraiser  SALE

Hellraiser 2: Hellbound  @  SALE

The Hills Have Eyes (1977)  @

Point Blank (2010)

Scarface (1983) SALE

Straw Dogs (1971)—This is the unrated version; it's also on DVD. Rhias talks about the film on the latest episode of our podcast. @

 

NEW TV ON DVD

Criminal Minds: Season 6

Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior

The Good Wife: Season 2—I haven’t watched this show but smarter people than me say it is great. Since it co-stars Josh Charles, I believe them 100%.

Midsomer Murders Season 12, Part 2, Episode 1: Small Mercies

Midsomer Murders Season 12, Part 2, Episode 2: The Creeper

Midsomer Murders Season 12, Part 2, Episode 3: The Great and the Good

No Ordinary Family: Season 1

Police Story: Season 1 

 

NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS

Carmel (2010)—Amos Gitai’s personal journey through Israeli history, with the help of actress Jeanne Moreau.

Charleston (1977)(PAL Code 2)—UK

Genevieve (1953)—UK

Daguerrerotypes (1975)—Director Agens Varda’s portrait of the shops and people on Rue Daguerre, the street she’s lived on for more than 50 years.  @

The King and The Clown (2005)—Korea

Magic (2010)—Korea

Our Day Will Come (2010)(PAL Code 2)—France

Triad Underworld (2004)—Hong Kong

 

NEW WARNER ARCHIVES

Cry Terror! (1958)—“James Mason and Rod Steiger head an “A” cast in a jolting, psychology-driven thriller that, like The Desperate Hours, Suddenly and other 1950s films, turns home sweet home into the tense site of a family held hostage. Cry Terror! adds a sweaty layer of sexual tension as well, provided by Angie Dickinson as the terrorist’s sinuous moll and Neville Brand as his benny-addled henchman, salivating over Molner’s distraught wife (Inger Stevens).”

 

Don’t Be Afraid of The Dark: Remastered Special Edition (1973)—“It's back! The classic TV MOW that continues to cast a spell almost 40 years after it was first broadcast, in a new remastered and enhanced edition. Sally (Kim Darby) and Alex Farnham’s (Jim Hutton) marriage has a sinister wedge driven through it, when her occult ‘imaginings’ threaten to derail his career after they inherit Sally's grandmother's house. Also starring William Demarest.”

 

House of Women (1961)—“In the tradition of its femmes-behind-bars forerunners, this remake of the Warner Bros. genre landmark Caged is reform-minded in its story and spiked with provocatively pitched elements (including a doozy of a catfight riot). ‘Secrets of the Cells! Innocents Thrown in with Female Bully-Boys!’ shouted movie ads. Erica (Shirley Knight) is one of the innocents, pregnant and unjustly locked up for a five-year stint. She gives birth, her child is ultimately taken from her and she uses her wiles to win favor with the warden (Andrew Duggan). Eager to continue the tryst, he denies her parole – a decision that destroys Erica’s reunion with her child and escalates into events that drive the so-called weaker sex to lash out. Payback is in the House!”

 

Julie (1956)—“Has beautiful Julie Benton married a murderer, an insanely jealous man who killed her first husband in hopes of marrying her? When Julie learns the answer is yes, she escapes him in a desperate attempt to forge a new life, taking a job as a stewardess. But her husband has no intention of letting Julie go…ever. Doris Day and Louis Jourdan star as pursued and pursuer in this non-stop, double-Oscar®-nominated* thriller built around the kind of woman-in-peril plot that always jangles audiences’ nerves and is a specialty of writer/director Andrew L. Stone (Cry Terror!, The Last Voyage). As if a mad stalker isn’t enough, Julie tosses in a great Hollywood ending: our heroine piloting a jetliner to a San Francisco landing, the fate of passengers and crew in her hands.”

 

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: Eight Film Collection (1964)—“Combine the spy-against-spy Cold War era with ’60s cool and the result is the trend-setting series that became a cultural touchstone – and generated 8 Theatrical Movies derived from and expanding upon key episodes. Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn) and Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum) are intrepid U.N.C.L.E. agents who maintain tongue-in-cheek style as they confront the deadly schemes of THRUSH in the U.S. or anywhere else spy chief Mr. Waverly (Leo G. Carroll) sends his two top operatives. Guest stars caught up in the globetrotting intrigue include Joan Crawford, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, Leslie Nielsen, Jack Palance, Eleanor Parker, Telly Savalas, Rip Torn and more.”

 

Venetian Affair (1966)—“A U.S. diplomat turns suicide bomber at a nuclear disarmament summit. Why would a respected official go rogue? It’s up to ex-CIA operative Bill Fenner to uncover the mystery. Robert Vaughn’s smooth, often playful Napoleon Solo of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was one of the superspy era’s best-known agents, but playfulness takes a backseat to intrigue when Vaughn takes on the role of Fenner for the earnest non-UNCLE maneuverings of The Venetian Affair. Elke Sommer, Felicia Farr, Edward Asner and Boris Karloff are among the players in this trenchcoated tale of Cold War espionage and paranoia based on a book by veteran thriller author Helen MacInnes and flavorfully shot amid the waterways and piazzas of Venice.”

 

NEW DOCUMENTARIES

Alaska: The Edge of Life—“In the face of an economic meltdown, six men will risk everything to strike it rich mining for gold in the wilds of Alaska. Todd Hoffman of Sandy, Oregon, along with his father, are leading a group of greenhorn miners in search of the American dream and a new frontier. Gold fever is back, and the rush is on. While leasing a gold claim in Alaska, Todd and company must ward off bears, build homes for their families, and keep the operation running as they take fate into their own hands with a make or break venture that will change their lives forever.”

 

The Battle for Marjah—“On February 13, 2010, American-led coalition forces launched the biggest military operation since the beginning of the Afghanistan War. Their target was the town of Marjah, a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan. There, the Marines had four tasks: remove the Taliban, hold all ground seized, build infrastructure and governance, and transfer control to Afghan security forces. In this powerful account, award-winning journalist Ben Anderson tells the story of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, and its commanding officer, Captain Ryan Sparks.”

 

Clockwork Genes: Discoveries in Biological Time—“Researchers are making groundbreaking discoveries in understanding the molecular basis of circadian clocks-the internal timekeepers that govern fluctuations in behavior and physiology on a 24-hour cycle. In four lectures, Dr. Michael Rosbash and Dr. Joseph S. Takahashi explain what circadian clocks are, how they work, and what relevance this knowledge might have for human health. They describe the techniques that led to their discoveries of the genes, proteins, and other components that make up these complex biological pacemakers.”

 

High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell--"Once a thriving manufacturing center, Lowell, MA provides a case study in the disturbing aftermath of industrial collapse. The Award-winning documentary that inspired the Oscar winning film, The Fighter, starring Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Mark Wahlberg, High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell follows three longtime Lowell residents who exemplify the city's decline. As Dicky Eklund, Brenda, and Boo-Boo move in and out of crack houses, rehab centers, and jail, their struggle for survival mirrors their hometown's fate. This documentary offers crucial insight into the reality of America's many Lowells-depressed urban zones where citizens are abandoned to drugs, and empty factories echo their despair."

 

Kama-Sutra: Secrets to the Art of Love—“According to the Kama Sutra, amorous desire and sexual pleasures are prerequisites to world harmony. The Kama Sutra, also called the Book of Love, comes to us from India and values a form of eroticism that leads to spiritual realization. It teaches that the goal of sexual union is not only pleasure, but also mutual evolution. Each successful union should aim for double ecstasy, with each partner trying to bring the other to orgasm as well as finding a way to reach orgasm for him or herself.The 50 most representative positions from the Kama Sutra have been chosen to initiate you in this awakening to sexual pleasure and to bring you a step closer to mastering your passions.”
 

National Geographic: Remembering 9/11-10 Year Commemorative Collection—“On the 10-year anniversary of September 11, 2001, National Geographic looks back at the tragic events that redefined our nation, revealing emotional stories of loss and the spirit of hope. The collection includes new programs including: 9/11: Where Were You, Guiliani's 9/11 and Witness: DC 9/11, featuring the powerful, immersive stories of people who were intricately associated with and impacted by the events - from the highest echelons trying to stop the attacks to the ordinary people caught in the middle. Also included in the collection is the acclaimed 3-hour Inside 9/11, the first documentary to provide a comprehensive account of the events to shed light on how 9/11 happened—from the earliest stage of terrorist assembly to the breakdowns in the CIA, the FBI and airport security.”

 

Oz & James: Big French Wine Adventure—“Top Gear's overgrown boy racer, scruff bag and beer drinker James May knows nothing about wine and loathes what he calls "wine ponces." Award winning wine writer and critic Oz Clarke, on the other hand, is one of the world's leading authorities on French wine. For 6 weeks, TV's oddest couple drive through some of France's most beautiful wine regions in James's Jaguar XJS - with much amusing verbal sparring along the way. Oz's mission is to educate and excite James about French wine. James's mission is not to get too drunk and by the end of the trip, be able to walk into a wine shop and buy something good for under $20.”

 

Streetball--"STREETBALL is a spirited and poignant documentary that tells the stories of South Africa s 2008 Homeless World Cup soccer team. The Homeless World Cup is an annual soccer tournament that draws teams from over 56 countries comprised of homeless and the excluded. The South African squad is comprised of ex-convicts, former gangsters, orphans and recovering drug addicts that band together to represent their country, proving that no one is beyond redemption. STREETBALL is a story of hope, resilience and the human spirit. STREETBALL is the amazing journey of a team that uses sport to change their lives!"

 

This Film is Confidential—“World War II secrets revealed!”

 

Titans of Yoga—“For the first time ever, Titans of Yoga brings together twenty-five of the most prominent figures in the worlds of yoga, mindfulness and meditation, from Dr. Dean Ornish, a physician consultant to President Clinton, to Lilias Folan, the First Lady of Yoga.”

 

Vidal Sassoon: The Movie—“Vidal Sassoon is more than just a hairdresser - he's a rock star, an artist, a craftsman who changed the world with a pair of scissors. With the geometric, Bauhaus-inspired hairdos he pioneered in the 1960s and his wash and wear philosophy that liberated generations of women from the tyranny of the salon, Sassoon revolutionized the art of hairstyling and left an indelible mark on popular culture. This documentary traces with visual gusto the life of a self-made man whose passion and perseverance took him from an orphanage in London to the absolute pinnacle of his craft.”

 

What Are We Doing Here? “...A controversial documentary about why after 50 years of Western involvement, billions of dollars in foreign assistance and countless promises, Africa is still so poor.”

 

…AND MORE MOVIES

A Horrible Way to Die—“Forget everything you've ever seen in a serial killer movie and get ready for the chiller that stunned festival audiences around the world: Notorious murderer Garrick Turrell (AJ Bowen of HOUSE OF THE DEVIL and HATCHET II) has escaped from police custody and resumed his killing spree. His former girlfriend Sarah (Amy Seimetz of ALEXANDER THE LAST) is a recovering alcoholic trying to put her life back together in a new town with a new man (Joe Swanberg of NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS). Her past continues to haunt her. And now her ex-boyfriend is leaving a trail of slaughter in his hunt to find her…”

 

The Last Kung Fu Monk—“A Shaolin monk and Kung Fu master, Li Long finds himself in New York caring for the son of his recently killed brother and opening a school to teach the ancient arts. Unbeknownst to him, his school has been funded by the Russian mafia, a ruthless organization that kidnaps his nephew and forces Li Long to battle for his life in an underground fight club. Now he must once again become The Last Kung Fu Monk and take on a bevy of vicious foes to save Dave and wipe out the mafia in this high-octane, high-kicking thriller.”

 

Weakness—“Weakness follows the life of high school teacher Joshua Polansky (Bobby Cannavale), whose world is crumbling around him: his wife, Elizabeth (June Diane Raphael), wants to start swinging; his mother, Lenore (Phyllis Somerville), thinks she has terminal cancer; and his autistic brother, Pete (Keith Nobbs), who resides at an assisted living home, only connects outside of himself through baseball, games or an occasional burst of anger. At school, things get complicated as a love triangle of sorts develops between Joshua and his teaching colleagues, the wise-cracking Bart (Josh Charles), and idealist Katharine (Lily Rabe), who only has eyes for the married Joshua. When Elizabeth leaves him, Joshua retreats from his adult life and responsibilities and begins dating Danielle, (Danielle Panabaker), a former student who has postponed attending college. Joshua’s subsequent regression and indecision fail to mask his anger and hurt, leading to a series of events that force him to reconsider not only his decisions, but the subtle and profound ways that people affect one another.”

 

Wild Malibu Weekend—“There is a new, and quite risque, TV game show offering sexy girls from across the country the opportunity to compete for money and movie deals. Written by Code Red alumnus Jason Williams (Alice in Wonderland and the classic Flesh Gordon) and starring pinup babes Barbara Moore and Stevie Jean (as Shauna O’Brien), this cable classic is now on DVD.”

 

That's it for the first week of September.  Next week brings more TV with the sixth season of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia and the second season of Glee, along with the debut of Citizen Kane on Blu-ray, Conan O'Brien Can't Stop, Thor, Hesher, Meek's Cutoff, and many more, including Friday's big release: the Star Wars saga on Blu-ray (Noooo!). Please let us know if you made it down this far in the blog post, your thoughts about this New Release list or anything else about our new website HERE.

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