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Scarecrow Video's BEST OF 2012

With the new year here and movie awards season well underway, the Scarecrow staff have finally converged to select their favorite releases of 2012. They are now assembled in our BEST OF 2012 special rental section on the shelves just past the front counter.

First, we all nominated five of our favorite movies and TV shows released on DVD and/or Blu-ray in 2012. The Top Five vote-getters were:


1. Moonrise Kingdom—Wes Anderson has most of us under his spell. “No. What kind of bird are YOU?”


2. Drive—If we were to have a Scarecrow uniform, it would include a satin jacket with a scorpion on the back.


3. Game of Thrones: Season 1—Last year was chock-full of spoiler tension between those who’ve read the books and those who haven’t.


4. Take Shelter—Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain star in this psychological drama featuring music by former Scarecrow employee David Wingo.


5. The Descendants and Le Havre—Two sweet comedy/dramas tie for fifth place: Alexander Payne’s movie starring George Clooney and Criterion’s release of Aki Kaurismäki’s tale about the friendship between an aging French man and a young African refugee.


After the Top Five winners were announced, everyone compiled separate lists of his or her favorites. The result is a diverse mix of acclaimed films from the last few years, classic reissues, Blu-ray debuts, imports from around the world, and other oddities. Take a look:


Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Adventure Time: Season 1

Adventures of Mark Twain (1984)

Appropriate Adult

Arabian Nights (1974): The Criterion Collection


The Avengers (2012)

Barbarella   Blu-ray debut

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beauty Day

Beavis and Butthead: Volume 4--We didn't realize how much we'd missed them until they took on Jersey Shore.


Beyond the Black Rainbow

Bitter Films: Volume 1—Films by Don Hertzfeldt

Black Mirror: Series 1 (PAL)

Boardwalk Empire: Season 2

Bob’s Burgers: Season 1

Brave (2012)

Breaking Bad: Season 4

Cabin in the Woods

Canterbury Tales (1972): The Criterion Collection

Children’s Hospital: Season 3

Cold War: Complete Series

Confessions of an Opium Eater (1962)


Daimajin Triple Feature

The Dark Knight Rises

Death Row: Four Film by Werner Herzog (PAL Code 2)

The Decameron (1971): The Criterion Collection

The Devil, Probably (1977)

The Devils (1971) (PAL Code 2)

The Divide

Dolemite: The Total Experience—This powerful set includes Dolemite, Dolemite Explosion, Legend of Dolemite: Bigger and Badder, Rudy Ray Moore: Live at Wetlands NYC, Disco Godfather, Human Tornado, Petey Wheatstraw: The Devil’s Son-In-Law, and Rude.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)

Dragon Eyes

Drowning by Numbers

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial   Blu-ray debut

Entrance (2012)

The Expendables 2


The Fairy

First Position

Footloose (2011)

Hollis Frampton: Odyssey: The Criterion Collection

Fringe: Season 4

Frontline: The Interrupters

Frozen Planet

The Game (1997): The Criterion Collection

Get a Life: The Complete Series

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Girls: Season 1

God Bless America

The Good Wife: Season 3


The Grey

The Guard (2011)

Harold and Maude: The Criterion Collection

George Harrison: Living in the Material World

Haywire (2012)


Heaven’s Gate: The Criterion Collection

High Time (1960) Directed by Blake Edwards   Blu-ray debut

Hit! (1973)

Homeland: Season 1


The Hunter (2011)

Hysteria (2011)

In The Mood For Love: The Criterion Collection   Blu-ray debut

The Innkeepers

Into the Abyss

The Invisible War—Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature

The Island (1980)

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

John Carter

Johnny Guitar

Joysticks—30th Anniversary Special Edition

Justified: Season 3

Kid with a Bike—The latest from Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne.

Kill List

Last Days Here

Lawless (2012)

The Lawless (1950)

Lawrence of Arabia—50th Anniversary Edition   Blu-ray debut

The League: Season 3

Little Shop of Horrors-Director’s Cut (1986)

Lonely Place to Die

Lonesome (1928): The Criterion Collection


Louie: Season 2

Luck: Season 1

Luther 2

Mad Men: Season 5

Madonna of the Seven Moons

Man in Grey (1943)

Mandrill (2009)

Margaret—Extended Cut

Martha Marcy May Marlene

Melancholia—Kirsten Dunst stars in Lars von Trier’s movie about the end of the world.

Miami Connection

Mill & The Cross

Million Dollar Legs (1932)

Miss Bala

Mission:Impossible-Ghost Protocol


The Muppets (2011)

Natural Selection

Nobody Lives Forever

NOVA: Secrets of the Sun

The Off Hours—Written and directed by local filmmaker Megan Griffiths. Read our review in the City of Seattle Office of Film + Music Scarecrow on Seattle column.

On The Bowery: Films of Lionel Rogosin

Outland (1981) Blu-ray

Outside Man

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

The Paradise (2012)(PAL Code 2)

ParaNorman--Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature

Pariah (2010)

Parks and Recreation: Season 4

Pearls of the Czech New Wave: Eclipse Series 32—Criterion’s Eclipse series presents Daisies (1966), A Report on the Party and its Guests (1966), Pearls of the Deep (1966), Return of the Prodigal Son (1967), Capricious Summer (1968) and The Joke (1969).

People Who Own The Dark (1976)

Perry Mason Movies Collection

The Pirates! Band of Misfits--Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature

Pitfall (1948)

Portrait of a Lady (1996)—Special Edition  Blu-ray debut

Power and the Glory (1933)

Project Nim


The Queen of Versailles

The Raid: Redemption

The Regular Show: Slack Pack

The Regular Show: The Best DVD in the World* at this moment in time

Remorques (1941)

Resurrect Dead: Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles

RiffTrax: The Galaxy Invader

Ring-a-Ding Rhythm

A Royal Affair (2012)(PAL Code 2)—Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language film

Sacred Triangle: Bowie, Iggy & Lou 1971-1973

Safe (2012)--Starring Jason Statham!

Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire

Screaming in High Heels: The Rise and Fall of the Scream Queen Era

Secret World of Arrietty—The latest from Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Shallow Grave (1994): The Criterion Collection

Sherlock: Season 2—We’re sad it will likely be awhile before Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman return.

Show People (1928)

The Skin I Live In—The latest from Pedro Almodovar.

Sleeping Beauty (2011)

Sleepwalk With Me

The Snowtown Murders

The Sound and the Fury   Blu-ray debut

The Sound of Noise

The Split (1968)

Spokanarchy!--Excellent documentary chronicling Spokane's early 80s punk scene.

Sunset Boulevard   Blu-ray debut

The Suspect (1944)(PAL Code 2)

Swamp Water (1941)  Blu-ray debut

The Tall Man (2012)

They Live—Collector’s Edition   Blu-ray debut

Thin Ice (2011)

13 Assassins (1963)

This Land is Mine

3—Tom Tykwer’s love triangle about a couple who fall in love with the same man.

Three Outlaw Samurai (1964): The Criterion Collection


Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Tiny Furniture: The Criterion Collection

Paul F. Tompkins: Laboring Under Delusions

The Turin Horse

21 Jump Street—Surprisingly hilarious.

Twilight’s Last Gleaming (1977)

Twins of Evil (1971)—Classic Hammer horror!


Visiteurs Du Soir: The Criterion Collection

The Walking Dead: Season 2

We Bought a Zoo

We Can’t Go Home Again (1973)

We Need To Talk About Kevin

When Horror Came to Shochiku: Eclipse Series 37—Criterion’s Eclipse series presents several late 60s monster movies from the Japanese studio: The Living Skeleton, X From Outer Space, Genocide, and the infamous Goke, Body Snatcher From Hell.

Whisperer in Darkness

Whistle and I’ll Come to You (1968 & 2012)(PAL Code 2)

Wicked Lady (1945)

Wings (1927)—The first movie to be awarded the Oscar for Best Picture finally came out on DVD & Blu-ray.

Woman in Black (2011)

The Woman (2011)

Yellow Submarine—Finally back in print! As you may imagine, it looks amazing on Blu-ray.

Young Adult

Young Justice: Dangerous Secrets

Your Sister’s Sister—A funny and touching film written and directed by local filmmaker Lynn Shelton with the great ensemble cast of Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass, and Rosemarie DeWitt.


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