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New Releases for September 13th

This week’s New Release list is jam-packed full of movies, TV shows, Blu-rays and video games, so let’s get right to it:

* = Also available to rent on Blu-ray

@ = Available for sale in the store

SALE = Available for sale from our online store

 

THOR (2011) *—Chris Hemsworth handsomely lumbers around Earth as the banished god/future Avenger. Look for the cameo by Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye.  @

 

MEEK’S CUTOFF—Kelly Reichardt's simmering drama follows a group of settlers on the Oregon Trail as they become increasingly lost in the desert. It is the exact opposite of Waterworld.  @

 

CONAN O’BRIEN CAN’T STOP—Rodman Fletcher’s documentary chronicles the Legally Prohibited From Being Funny On Television tour. As I said in this month’s issue of City Arts, Conan, “exudes drive, ego, gratitude and exhaustion as he travels across the country working through his demons.” If you were at either of his shows at McCaw Hall, you may want to check and see if you’re in the movie.  @

 

IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA: SEASON 6 *—Another season of hilarity with the gang at Paddy’s Pub. @   SALE

 

GLEE: SEASON 2Rocky Horror, Gwyneth Paltrow and PROM! It’s available as a full season or, if you already bought Volume 1 back in January, you can pick up where you left off with Volume 2.  @

 

THE BIG BANG THEORY: SEASON 4—The highlights of Season 4 are any time Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik!) is on and when Wil Wheaton cuts in front of Sheldon for a midnight screening of Raiders. “WHEATON!” (shakes fist). CBS apparently isn't in to embedding; enjoy a bit of it here.

 

HESHER *—Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a disruptive drifter who moves in to the garage of a teenage boy (Devin Brochu) and his father (Rainn Wilson) deep in mourning over the loss of their mother/wife. Wilson posted on Twitter that the film is “lovely & sad & hilarious.”  @

 

THE TEMPEST *—Julie Taymor’s stylized adaptation starring Helen Mirren, Djimon Hounsou, David Straitharn, Alfred Molina, Alan Cumming, and Russell Brand. You’re experience may vary depending on how much you revere Shakespeare’s play, but the spectacular visuals may allow one to forgive any minor plot/tone discrepancies. For now, it’s ONLY available on Blu-ray. @

 

INCENDIES *—Siblings unravel a deep mystery their mother left behind in this suspenseful thriller and Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language film. 

 

TRUE LEGEND—A tale of honor and revenge from Yuen Woo Ping, starring Michelle Yeoh, Vincent Zhao, Jay Chao, and some epic fight sequences. @

 

LA QUATTRO VOLTE *—Michelangelo Frammartino’s soulful meditation on life follows a lonely goat-herder’s soul as it drifts through various incarnations both living and not.  @

 

BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK—A wonderful insight in to the life and work of the New York Times photographer/cultural anthropologist.  @

 

WISHFUL DRINKING—A few years ago I sat in the front row of Bagley Wright while one of my movie/writing idols sprinkled glitter over my head as she kicked off her one woman show. Now you can see Carrie Fisher expound on her Hollywood family, addiction, bipolar disorder, those space movies, and the general absurdities of life in the privacy of your own home.

 

CITIZEN KANE: 70TH ANNIVERSARY ULTIMATE COLLECTOR’S EDITION—There’s a reason my professor showed Orson Welles’ classic my first day of film class. It shows everything you need to know about what makes a great film in 119 minutes. The Blu-ray debut comes with the audio of Welles’ War of The Worlds broadcast, commentary by Peter Bogdanovich and Roger Ebert, deleted scenes, and more. The edition is also available on DVD.  

STAR WARS SAGAThe Blu-rays arrive on Friday, September 16th. You can get them come either as a six film set or separately by prequels & original trilogy. The complete saga has tons of extras, including one called Anatomy of a Dewback. We'll just ignore all this and take this opportunity to again ask an important question: Do you show your kids the original trilogy first, or start with Phantom Menace? Let us know at scarecrow@scarecrow.com.  @    SALE

NEW VIDEO GAMES

Boy and His Blob (Wii)

Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten (PS3)

Driver: San Francisco (PS3, Xbox 360)

Gunstringer (Xbox 360)

Plants vs. Zombies (Xbox 360)

Resistance 3 (PS3)

Rise of Nightmares (Xbox 360)


ANIME NEW RELEASES

Dragon Ball Z Kai: Part 6

Kekkaishi: Set 2

FAMILY NEW RELEASES

Babar: Best Friends Forever

Babar: School Days

Barbie: Princess Charm School

Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space

Scared Shrekless

 

NEW ON BLU-RAY

Downton Abbey

The Exterminator—Unrated Director’s Cut    @

The Frighteners—15th Anniversary Edition   @

Halloween II—30th Anniversary Edition  @

O Brother Where Art Thou?  @   SALE

Robocop 2

10TH Victim  @

3 Women: The Criterion Collection   @

Trainspotting—Collector’s Edition (it’s also available on DVD)  @

 

My Life as a DogThe Criterion Collection edition is now on Blu-ray. It was one of Kurt Vonnegut’s favorite films…  @

 

NEW TV ON DVD

Blue Bloods: Season 1

Camelot: Season 1 *

Danny Phantom: Season 1

Doctor Who, Story 060: Day of the Daleks (Pertwee)

Ghost Hunters: Season 6, Part 1

Grey’s Anatomy: Season 7

Inspector Lewis: Season 4

Mrs. Bradley Mysteries

Mystery of the 50s: Three Shows

Outsourced: The Complete Series

Private Practice: Season 4

Rescue Me: Season 6—The final season

Sanctuary: Season 3

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena *—A prequel to the first season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand

Supernatual: Season 6

 

NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS

Blades of Blood (2010)—Korea

Lourdes (2010)—France

The Recipe (2010)—Korea

The Servant (2010)—Korea

Three Piece Suite (1977)—UK

Unexplained Laughter (1989)—UK

Brand New Day (Bran Nue Dae) *Geoffrey Rush stars in this musical/comedy/drama set in a small Australian fishing town circa 1969.

 

NEW SHAW BROTHERS CLASSIC COLLECTION

Avenging Eagle (1978)—directed by Chung Sun  

Blood Brothers (1973)—directed by Cheh Chang   @

Golden Swallow (1968)—directed by Cheh Chang  @

Killer Clan (1976)—directed by Yuen Chor

NEW MGM LIMITED/UNIVERSAL VAULT SERIES

Captain America (1990)

Glory Stompers (1968)

Hero’s Island (1962)

Hong Kong Confidential (1958)

The Incredible Melting Man (1977)

Last of the Finest (1990)

Leaving Normal (1992)

Raiders of the Seven Seas (1953)

Rebel in Town (1956)

Steel Lady (1953)

Tomahawk (1951)

Hickey & Boggs (1972)—“Bill Cosby and Robert Culp star as two down-on-their-luck Private Investigators who accept a routine request to locate a missing woman, little knowing they would be sent scrambling for their lives in a sizzling, violent underworld caper involving a $400,000 cache from an old robbery. Filmed entirely in sprawling, smog-laden Los Angeles, Hickey And Boggs is gutsy, fast-paced and offers everything anyone could ask for in a detective thriller.”  @

NEW CLASSIC WESTERNS

Cactus Kid (1934)—Starring silent era/serial star Jack Perrin

Fighting Texans/Lucky Larrigan (1933)—A Rex Bell double feature.

Fugitive (1933)/Gunfire (1935)—Another Rex Bell double feature.

Gunners & Guns (1935)

Irish Gringo (1935)

Sand (1920)

 

NEW DOCUMENTARIES

Beyond the Light Switch—“This two-part, two-hour documentary series thoughtfully considers the trade offs of carbon capture and storage, hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, a nuclear renaissance, the costs of solar power, the sprawl of wind power and the feasibility of a super grid.”

Frontier: Legends of the Old Northwest—This collection of History Channel shows has Roger’s Rangers, Pontiac’s Rebellion, Long Knives, and Tecumseh.

In The Shadows of No Towers—Art Spiegelman’s post 9/11 graphic novel becomes a moving collage of visuals and sound, narrated by John Turturro. 

Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club—“The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club is a fun-filled documentary profile of one of the most colorful and accomplished female pilots of the early 20th Century. Florence ‘Pancho’ Barnes was the first female stunt pilot in Hollywood in 1929 and shattered Amelia Earhart's air speed record in 1930. In the 1940's and 50's, Pancho entertained the greatest test pilots in the world, the men with ‘the right stuff’, at her ‘Happy Bottom Riding Club’ guest ranch near Edwards Air Force Base…A friend of the fast and the famous, Pancho Barnes was a swaggering, forceful woman whose exploits and accomplishments are truly the stuff of legend.”

Nicotine Bees—“Nicotine Bees, the movie, gets to the truth about why the honey bees of the world are in big trouble, and why our food supply is in trouble with them. We think the answers are clear - and have been for several years. We filmed on 3 continents to find out the real reasons why bees are in catastrophic decline - and why many people don't want the real story to be told… We systematically ruled-out the other possible causes of this massive die-off to find the one underlying explanation that really works: all over the world, at the same time, with the same bizarre behaviors: bees simply leave their precious honey and young bees behind. They don't come home. We think we know why, and Nicotine Bees is ready to show what has happened.”

Philadelphia Athletics: 1901-1954—“James Rosin's documentary on the birth of baseball in the City of Brotherly Love.”

Up From Slavery—“The Dramatic story of Black Slavery in America from the first arrival of African slaves at Jamestown in 1619 to the Civil War and the ratification of the 15th Amendment in 1870 which prohibits the government from denying a citizen the vote based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude (i.e., slavery) - the third of the Reconstruction Amendments which finally ended the legitimacy of Slavery in the United States.”

 

…AND MORE MOVIES

American Breakdown—“Ten individuals set out to find themselves in an alienating world, filled with heartbreak, deception and tragedy. With so much at stake, these strangers struggle to overcome their fates and find their place in a frequently harsh and unforgiving world.” Among those ten individuals are Steve Carell, James Gandolfini, Paul Walker, Scott Caan, and Paris Hilton (really!)

The Basement (1989)—The Basement is one film from this retro 80s horror collection. The set also includes Captives, Video Violence, Video Violence 2, Mama’s Home, and Cannibal Campout.

Captain America (1944)—“This classic movie serial had them coming back to the theatres every week to watch the famous superhero, played by Dick Purcell, battle the evil villian, The Scarab. The Scarab has stolen a device that destroys buildings, and Captain America must foil his evil plans!”

Circus Maximus—“With a pending deadline looming and multiple obstacles mounting, established screenwriter, Cal Neros (Julian McCullough) must complete an entire screenplay within a solitary weekend.  Threatened with disastrous consequences for failure, he is instructed by an irate Producer (Mario Cantone) to write three twisted short stories within a feature-length film. Circus Maximus progressively unfolds as all characters within the script come to life in their respective stories.”

Comedy & Music Classics Volume 2—Three short classics: Howdy Broadway (1929), A Night at the Biltmore Bowl (1935) with Betty Grable, and Poppin the Cork (1933) starring Milton Berle.

Crazy Comedy & Rhythm Classics—Three more shorts: Mickey's Derby Day (1933) with Mickey Rooney, Play Girls (1937),  War Babies (1932) with Shirley Temple.

The Film-Flan Man (1967)—New to DVD! Con-man comedy starring George C. Scott, Sue Lyon, Harry Morgan, Jack Albertson, Alice Ghostley, and Slim Pickens. The screenplay is by William Rose and it’s directed by Irvin “Empire” Kershner.

Gangster’s Boy (1938)—“A young man's life is ruined when he discovers that his beloved father is actually a criminal.” That young man is played by Jackie Cooper.

High Powered (1941)—“Tim Scott is an electrical worker whose specialty is wiring on high-rigging, hundreds of feet above the ground. After a fall that claimed the life of his brother, he suffers from vertigo and can no longer tolerate heights. Hired on a huge government construction project by his old pal, Rod, he takes a much lower paying job on the ground. Rod tries to shame Tim in front of his girlfriend, in an attempt to get him to overcome his fears, but Tim remains terrified. When Rod is trapped 15 stories above the earth, Tim will be forced to face his fears head-on, or watch his best friend die.”

Little Eyolf (1982)/ Genghis Cohn (1993)—Two TV films based on plays by Henrik Ibsen. Genghis Cohn stars Diana Rigg.

Love Wedding Marriage—“Mandy Moore stars as Eva, a newlywed who has it all: a successful career as a top marriage counselor, a hot husband (Kellan Lutz of The Twilight Saga) and the answers to everything. But when she finds out that her parents (Jane Seymour and James Brolin) are getting a divorce and her hubby has neglected to mention his first wife, Eva s perfect world begins to crumble. Is true love little more than a fairy tale or is marriage really just an institution for the committed? Jessica Szhor (Gossip Girl), Michael Weston (House) and Christopher Lloyd co-star in this sexy and surprising romantic comedy from the producers of My Life In Ruins and The Wedding Date.”

Millions Call Him Father/Man Who Walked on Water—“Vivid recreation of the amazing life of the Franciscan missionary who christianized the ancient Aztecs in the 16th century. Also includes 1955's The Man Who Walked On Water with Maureen O'Sullivan”

Mystery Science Theater 3000-Manos: The Hands of Fate (Special Edition)—“This 2-DVD set celebrates a special film and the special TV show that made the film even more special. That’s why we’re calling this a special edition.”  @

My Cousin Rachel (1952)—A classic Gothic romance starring Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton.

Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown—For more on this and all things Michael Jai White, we refer you to Outlaw Vern.

The Silent House—“Teenage Laura and her father travel to an isolated house in the country, hired by the owner to clean it out and prepare it for sale. Cut off from the rest of the world with no phone and no power, it was never going to be a comfortable job. The already grueling experience gets even worse when things take a sinister turn and Laura is left trapped alone in a malevolent house hungry for her blood. Shot entirely in a single, uninterrupted take, Gustavo Hernandez s The Silent House is the ultimate experience in atmosphere and dread.”

Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers—“The great halls of Asgard have fallen silent since a new king has overtaken the throne. His name is Loki, son of almighty Odin, brother to the Thunder God, Thor. Once a powerful trickster, the God of Mischief, Loki now rules a grand kingdom with little regard for its subjects. His only thoughts are focused inward, toward the origins of his own pain and suffering. To quell his torment and to gain the respect he feels he so rightfully deserves, Loki must now execute the prisoner chained deep within the dungeons of Asgard, the one man who has ever shown him love. His own brother. Adapted from the acclaimed miniseries Loki, from Robert Rodi and Esad Ribic, Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers takes a powerful look inside the minds of two legendary nemeses, shedding light, like never before, on the depths of Thor and Loki’s hatred, and love, for one another.”

 

There's also plenty of new Adult titles up in the New to Room section and some softer-core ones peppered throughout the New Releases downstairs.

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