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DRIVE and the rest of the New Releases for January 31

Birds. Rockers. Sleuths. Drivers. It’s a big exciting New Release week, so let’s get right to it:

BLU = Also available on Blu-ray disc

@ = Available for sale at the store

SALE = Available for sale from our online store

 

DRIVE—Our trusted colleague Matt calls Nicolas Winding Refn’s film, "simultaneously a lean, pulpy neo-noir and a slightly Tarantino-esque pastiche of, in part, some seminal crime thrillers of the late '70s and '80s." It’s brutal but worth it, and has one of the best opening sequences in recent film history.   BLU  @  SALE

 

IN TIME—In a world where life ends at 25 unless you can literally buy yourself more time, a poor man (Justin Timberlake) is accused of murder and time crime must fight to clear his name. This action-thriller is from director Andrew Niccol (GATTACA). I keep calling it by alternate titles TIME ARM or ARM CLOCK.   BLU   @   SALE

 

THE THING (2011)—Joel “Warrior” Edgerton and Mary Elizabeth Winstead star in a “chilling prelude” to John Carpenter’s 1982 film, set with the Norwegian Antarctic research team first trapped with the murderous morphing creature.  BLU   @

 

DREAM HOUSE—Any house with Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz in it is a dream house, amiright? All kidding aside, this creepy psychological thriller, directed by Jim Sheridan, follows a man trying to piece together some gruesome events.  BLU

 

THE BIG YEAR—Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson are hardcore birders traveling the world trying to out-birdwatch each other. The fine supporting cast includes Dianne Wiest, Brian Dennehy, Tim Blake Nelson, and Rashida Jones.   @

 

JANIE JONES—Alessandro Nivola plays a struggling musician who's helped out of his self-destructive cycle by the arrival of his "surprise" 13-year old daughter (Academy Award nominee Abigail Breslin).

 

THE MILL & THE CROSS—An intriguing immersion into the creation of the 16th century painting The Way to Calvary. Rutger Hauer plays the artist Pieter Bruegel, Michael York plays his wealthy patron, and Charlotte Rampling appears as the Virgin Mary.   BLU  @ 

 

THUNDER SOUL—Members of the award-winning Kashmere High School funk band reunite after 30 years to perform for their inspirational band leader, “Prof” Johnson. Have tissues ready.

 

THE OTHER F WORD—A touching film about punk rock dads, with Pennywise’s Jim Lindberg, Flea, Art Alexakis, and more.  @

 

SHERLOCK: SERIES 2—Whoo!! Three new cases for Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman): A Scandal in Belgravia, The Hounds of Baskerville, and the rumored-to-be insanely good The Reichenbach Fall. The DVD is a PAL Code 2 import; ask us if you need assistance playing the discs.  BLU


ANIME NEW RELEASES

B Gata H Kei: Yamada’s First Time-Complete Collection   BLU

 

FAMILY NEW RELEASES

Christmas Wedding Tail

Dora The Explorer: Dora Loves Boots

Flipper and Lopaka: Season 1

The Greening of Whitney Brown

Happiness is Peanuts: Friends Forever 

Sesame Street: Iron Monster and Sesame Heroes

Treasure Buddies

Turtle Tales: Sammy’s Adventures

Valentines Collection: One Zillion Valentines

Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! The Wubb Club

 

NEW BLU-RAY

Adaptation  @

The Fernando di Leo Collection--This four-disc set of Italian crime films has The Boss (1973), Caliber 9 (1972), The Italian Connection (1973), and Rulers of the City (1976).   @

Frida  @

Into The Universe with Stephen Hawking

Malcolm X (1992)

The Piano   @

Shakespeare in Love   @

 

 

NEW TV ON DVD

The Game: Season 4

 

NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS

Before Winter Comes (1969)—UK

Behind the Glass (2009)—Croatia 

Dr. Willoughby (1999)—UK

Outrage: Way of the Yakuza (2010)—Japan, A revenge tale directed by and starring Takeshi Kitano.   BLU  @  SALE

Romeos (2011)—Germany

Saving Private Perez (2011)—Mexico

Steam: The Turkish Bath (1997)—Italy

Take a Girl Like You (1969)—UK

Ubaldo Terzani Horror Show (2010)—Italy (Giallo)  @

 


NEW DOCUMENTARIES

Calder: Sculptor of Air

China’s History of Humiliation

Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century

Doors: Mr. Mojo Risin’-The Story of L.A. Woman

From the Sky Down—Director’s Cut of the documentary about the making of U2's Achtung Baby.

Frontline: A Perfect Terrorist

Frontline: The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela

Handel: La Resurrezione 

In the Footsteps of Marco Polo

L.A. is My Hometown—Ian Whitcomb’s tour of L.A.’s UK-expat community. Does he talk to Morrissey?

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 1 “Titan”

Bill Moyers: Amazing Grace

National Geographic: Lost Fleet of Columbus

NOVA: 3D Spies of WWII

NOVA: Bombing Hitler’s Dams

NOVA: The Ghost Particle

O Tapes—Special Edition

On the Shoulders of Giants

Reconciliation: Mandela’s Miracle

Resurrect Dead: Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles

Jean Sibelius: Famous Composers

Tales of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Underground Railroad: The William Still Story

Unguarded—The story of basketball star Chris Herren, from ESPN's 30 for 30 series.

Windsors: From George to Kate

 

AND MORE MOVIES

Black Book (1949)

Carolina Blues (1944)

The Chameleon (2010)

Chateau Meroux (2010)

Child Stealer (1979)

Cocaine and Blue Eyes (1983)

Cold Sweat (2011)

Diary of a Single Mom (2011)

Division III: Football’s Finest (2011)

Don’t Let Him In (2010)

The Double (2011)

Evolution of Andrew Andrews (2011)

The Hammer (2011)

Kick Off (2011)

Leather Jackets (1991)

Lost River: Lincoln’s Secret Weapon (2010)

Luv (1967)

A Mile in His Shoes (2011)

Monsignor (1982)

Paradise Lagoon (1957)

Pool Boys (2009)

Psychotica (2010)

Reach for the Sky (1956)

Removal (2010)

Spiderhole (2010)

Spork (2010)

Texas Killing Fields (2011)

There’s Something About a Solider (1943)

The Undying (2010)

Zarak (1956)


Next week brings the 3D-riffic A VERY HAROLD AND KUMAR CHRISTMAS, the chimpanzee documentary PROJECT NIM, the second series of DOWNTON ABBEY (Mary! Matthew! Anna! Mr. Bates! SWOON!), and much more.

 

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