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The Rise of the New Releases for December 13

It’s a good week for pandas, apes, vampires, and Blu-rays (Note: Many of the new high-def discs would make excellent gifts). Here’s the list:

BLU = Also available for rent on Blu-ray

@ = Available for sale in our store

SALE = Also available from our online mercantile


RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES—All those times in the theater when I rolled my eyes and snickered during the trailer? I take them back. Andy Serkis is nominated for a Critics Choice Award for this and he absolutely deserves it.   BLU  @  SALE


KUNG FU PANDA 2—If you ask, “I need a great movie our entire family can watch and enjoy,” I will hand you this without hesitation. BLU  @  SALE


FRIGHT NIGHT—Hurrah! An actually good horror remake, made all the more enjoyable by its cast: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, David Tennant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Toni Collette, and Colin Farrell.  BLU  @


DADDY LONGLEGS—A heartfelt, realistic fairy tale about parenting from brothers Josh and Benny Safdie.  @


THE LOVE WE MAKE—Albert Maysles and Bradley Kaplan follow Paul McCartney through New York in the aftermath of 9/11.


DETECTIVE DEE & THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME—Tsui Hark and action director Sammo Hung present this murder mystery/fantasy starring Carina Lau, Andy Lau, and Tony Leung.   BLU  @   SALE


LEGEND IS BORN: IP MAN—A prequel to the two films about the martial arts master who became Bruce Lee’s mentor. BLU  @


TOKYO DRIFTER—“Director Seijun Suzuki’s onslaught of stylized violence and trippy colors is equal parts Russ Meyer, Samuel Fuller, and Nagisa Oshima—an anything-goes, in-your-face rampage.” It’s now available from The Criterion Collection.  BLU  @  SALE  (Use coupon code 2OFF at checkout to get $2 OFF this or ANY Criterion title).


BRANDED TO KILL— Another Seijun Suzuki classic from The Criterion Collection. “This is Suzuki at his most extreme—the flabbergasting pinnacle of his sixties pop-art aesthetic."  BLU  @   SALE  (Use coupon code 2OFF at checkout to get $2 OFF this or ANY Criterion title).

99 AND 44/100% DEAD!—We've been waiting for this to come out on DVD for a long, long time. Richard Harris and 1970s Seattle star in this gangster film from director John Frankenheimer. Read our colleague’s Mark's review in the Scarecrow in Seattle Movie Review archive from the Seattle Office of Film + Music. See if you can spot the UDistrict neighborhood landmark exploding in the trailer.   @


Fortune Street (Wii)



Bleach: Set 11, Episodes 168-179

Kekkaishi: Set Three

Sekirei: Episodes 1-12

Yu Yu Hakusho: The Movie & Eizou Hakusho



Jim’s Gift

Skeleton Warriors: Complete Series



Cape Fear (1961)

City of God   @

City of Life and Death—Special Edition

The Expendables—Extended Director’s Cut

Fright Night (1985)

Heavenly Creatures (Uncut)  @

Intruder (1989)—Uncensored Director’s Cut   @


Meet Me in St. Louis  SALE

Rapture (1965)

The Rocketeer—20th Anniversary Edition

Sherlock Holmes (1922)—starring John Barrymore

Silent World (1956)—directed by Louis Malle

Velvet Goldmine  @




Family Guy: Volume 9—Uncensored  @

Fish: Season 1

Life & Time of Tim: Season 2   @

Once a Thief: Complete Series

Switched at Birth: Volume 1

Todd & The Book of Pure Evil: Season 1



April in Love (2006)—France

Balcony on the Sea (2009)—France

Beautiful Life (2011)—China

Blind (2011)(Code 3)—Korea

Blood Ties (2011)—Singapore

Champions (2008)—Hong Kong

Children of the Revolution (2011)(PAL Code 2)—UK

Circumstance (2011)—Iran

Crossing Hennessy (2010)(Code 3)—Hong Kong

Crime & Punishment (2002)(PAL)—UK

Darkroom: Complete Series (1981)(PAL Code 4)—US

The Drunkard (2010)—Hong Kong

Frontline (2011)(Code 3)—Korea

If You Are The One: Love and Marriage (2008)—China

In Their Sleep (2010)—France

Lilacs in the Spring (1954)—UK

Love For Life (2011)(Code 3)—China

Matter of Size (2011)—Israel

Moby Dick (2011)(Code 3)—Korea

Murder Obsession (1981)—Italy, a Giallo aka Italian horror film  @

My Kingdom (2011)(Code 3)—Hong Kong, directed by Sammo Hung

Overheard 2 (2011)—Hong Kong

Phone Shop: Series 1 (2011)(PAL Code 2)—UK

Poongsan (2010)(Code 3)—Korea

Poupoupidou (2011)—France

The Reflecting Skin (1991)—UK

Silent Wagner (1913)—Germany

Sorcerer and The White Snake (2011)(Code 3)—China, directed by Ching Siu-Tung

Toronto Stories (2009)—Canada

The Unjust (2011)—Korea

Vanina Vanini (1961)—Italy, directed by Roberto Rossellini

Woman Knight of Mirror Lake (2011)—China



Bed Sitting Room (1969)

Doctor Blood’s Coffin (1961)

First Time (1969)

Gog (1954)

Halls of Anger (1970)

Hannibal Brooks (1969)

Hostile Witness (1968)

Impasse (1969)

1000 Plane Raid (1969)

Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery (1975)

Pussycat, Pussycat I Love You (1970)

Three Came to Kill (1960)

What Do You Say to a Naked Lady? (1970)

Zone Troopers (1985)



Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975    @


Country School: One Room, One Nation

Elusive Justice: The Search for Nazi War Criminals

Frontline: The Anthrax Files

Full Monteverdi

How Beer Saved The World

Hunt for the Lost Squadron

Inside Hana’s Suitcase

Steve Jobs: One Last Thing     @

Monica & David

Moses and Aaron (Straub & Huillet)    @

Bill Moyers: World of Ideas-The Islamic Mind

Talking Heads: Chronology

2011 World Series Champions: St. Louis

Welsh Revivals: 1859-1904

X: The Unheard Music—Silver Edition

Worst in Show




555 (1988)

Harder They Fall (1956), directed by Nicholas Ray

Knock On Any Door (1949)

Little Deaths (2011)—An unrated horror anthology

Love Affair (1932)

Penitent Man

Seven Chances (1925)  BLU  @

Sirocco (1951)

Smell of Success (2009)

Stars and Stripes Forever (1952)   BLU  @

Tanner Hall

Tokyo Joe (1949)

Tuff Tuff/Under the Boardwalk

War Eagle Arkansas

Tune in next week for the holiday week releases of A DOLPHIN TALE, FUTURAMA: VOLUME 6, and Woody Allen's MIDNIGHT IN PARIS.

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