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New Releases for June 12: A Game of Shadows

This week brings a bunch of operas, ballets, TV shows, and comedies, along with the best Criterion release day in recent memory. Here’s the list:

BLU = Also available to rent on Blu-ray disc

3D BLU= Available for rent on lovely 3D Blu-ray, though you must have a 3D TV to experience the full glory

@ = Available for sale in the store (but we can special order anything, see us for details)

Our online store is still undergoing a revamp--please email us at or give us a call at (206) 524-8554 if you need to buy something without setting foot in the store.


SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS—Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law travel about Europe and exude manly charm as they take on the diabolical Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris). BLU  @


GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE—In the June issue of City Arts, our colleague Bryan says this goofy Marvel sequel was underwhelming on the big screen but, “will probably be more enjoyable in your living room with some beer, which seems to be the bar the filmmakers were aiming for.” It stars Nicolas Cage’s flaming skullhead and Idris Elba as his wine-swilling sidekick. BLU 3D BLU @


EPISODES: THE FIRST SEASON—A British husband and wife writing team have hopes for a big hit when they bring their TV show to the US, only to have it become a big mess thanks to Matt LeBlanc (playing himself). If you like Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan, check out Green Wing in the British Comedy TV section.  @


IN DARKNESSAgnieszka Holland’s Oscar-nominated drama based on the real-life story of a group of Jewish refugees hiding in the sewer of a Nazi-occupied Polish town and the maintenance man who discovers them. @


TOO BIG TO FAIL—Curtis Hanson directs all-star cast in this story of the 2008 financial collapse, featuring Paul Giamatti as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Billy Crudup as Timothy Geithner, and William Hurt as Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. BLU  @


THREE CRITERIONS— Criterion Collection adds three classics to their esteemed collection: Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush, Danny Boyle’s Shallow Grave, and Hal Ashby’s Harold and MaudeBLU 



Inversion (PS3)

Lollipop Chainsaw (PS3, Xbox 360)



Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works




Amazon: River of the Sun

Existenz/Malevolent/B. Monkey

Meatballs  @

People I Know/Albino Alligator/Ordinary Decent Criminal--Al Pacino triple feature!



Doctor Who, Story 048: The Seeds of Death (Special Edition)—featuring Second Doctor
Patrick Troughton

Doctor Who, Story 134: Resurrection of the Daleks (Special Edition)—featuring Fifth Doctor
Peter Davison

Entourage: Season 8   BLU

Feasting on Asphalt: Season 1

GCB: Season 1

Missing: Season 1 (2012)

The Sarah Jane Adventures: Season 5

Scandal: Season 1

Tosh.O: Hoodies  BLU  @

The Tribe: Series 1, Part 2 (1999)

Without a Trace: Season 3



Accident (2009)—Hong Kong

All Screwed Up (1974)—Italy, directed by Lina Wertmuller

The Assault (2010)—France

Black Panther (1977)(PAL)—UK   BLU

Countess Perverse (1973)—France—This is the original director’s cut by Jess Franco

Dogs in Space (1986)—Australia

Found Memories (2011)—Brazil 

Love & Anarchy (1973)—Italy, directed by Lina Wertmuller

Monster Brawl (2012)—Canada, starring Dave Foley and Lance Henriksen

My Tutor Friend 2 (2007)—Korea

Nightbirds (1970)(PAL)—UK  BLU

The Seduction of Mimi (1972) —Italy dir. Lina Wertmuller

Sultry Assassin: The Aphrodisiac Kill (2012)—Japan

Voice Over (1981)(PAL)—Wales  BLU



Concertante/Black Cake (1997)—Bavarian State Ballet

Falstaff (1982)—Salzburger Festpiele

Falstaff (1996)—Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart

Der Freischutz (1999)

Gazza Ladra (2002)—Cologne Opera

Grande-Duchesse de Gerolstein (2004)

Houston Ballet: Image/Journey/Ghost Dances

Italiana in Algeri (1987)—Schwetzinger Festspiele

Nutcracker (1999)—Staatskapelle Berlin

Nutcracker (2008)—San Francisco Ballet

Rigoletto (2001)—Arena Di Verona

Romeo & Juliet (1995)—Ballet De L’Opera De Paris

Der Rosenkavalier (1997)—Orchestra of the Massimo

Sleeping Beauty (1972)—featuring Rudolf Nureyev

Songe D’Une Nuit D’Ete (1994)

Sylvia (2005)—Royal Ballet




Awakening the Dreamer: Changing the Dream

Awesome Snakes! Tales of Tails

Crazy Horse Paris with Dita von Teese

Fastest (2011)

Fight Alzheimer’s Early: 6 Steps To Keep Your Brain Young

Give Me The Banjo

Historic Pubs of Dublin with Frank McCourt

Man Free—A look at the everyday lives of people in Jamaica.

Ptown Diaries—The rich and eccentric history of Provincetown, Massachusetts, as narrated by
Alan Cumming.

Something’s Gonna Live—A behind-the-scenes look at filmmaking through the eyes of acclaimed
art directors, storyboard artist, and cinematographers.  @

Tommy Tiernan: OK Baby



Demoted  (2011)  @

Don’t Go In The Woods (2010)--A film by Vincent D'Onofrio

Foreign Letters (2011)

Good Deeds (2012)

Hello Lonesome (2010)

Little Bit of Heaven (2011)

Rifftrax: The Crater Lake Monster (1977)  @

Rifftrax: Hand-Crafted Artisanal Shorts  @

Rifftrax: The Galaxy Invader (1985)  @

Showdown (1973)

Superman vs. The Elite   BLU

Terror Experiment  (2010)  BLU

Thin Ice (2011)


Tune in next week for Louie: Season 2, Jeff Who Lives At Home, Wanderlust & much more.


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