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SIDE EFFECTS & more New Releases for May 21

The rain has returned, but we’ve got something to turn your gray skies blue, or rather Blu, with the Blu-ray debut of two Hayao Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli classics and many more high-def titles. There are also plenty of new action and/or gangster movies, witches and vampires, silent French films, and two documentaries on indie record stores. Here’s the list:


BLU = Also available to rent on Blu-ray disc

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

SALE = Click this link to purchase select titles from our online store


SIDE EFFECTS—Steven Soderbergh’s latest film could simply be a “pharmaceutical thriller” condemning our dependence on mood-enhancing drugs, but as our colleague Matt points out in City Arts, “Soderbergh is too smart for something so trite. Instead he’s turned out a clever, very dark and often funny exploitation movie.” It stars Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Soderbergh MVP Channing Tatum.  BLU  @  SALE


THE LAST STAND—Roll your eyes if you must, but believe me when I say Governor Schwarzenegger’s kick ‘em & punch ‘em & shoot-‘em-up is actually pretty good. It’s a simple, classic premise: A bad guy is headed straight for a small town and the sheriff and his rag-tag crew must man up to take him down. Plus, it’s from Kim Jee-woon, director of I Saw The Devil and The Good, The Bad, and The Weird. BLU  @  SALE


STRUCK BY LIGHTNINGGlee’s Chris Colfer wrote and stars in this smart, dark comedy about the torments of high school. The film, which was the Opening Night movie at last year’s Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, features a fine ensemble cast including Allison Janney, Angela Kinsey, Dermot Mulroney, Christina Hendricks, and Rebel Wilson.  @


TRUE BLOOD: SEASON 5—Sookie Stackhouse is back! This season she and her supernatural entourage are embroiled in a political power play between the Vampire Authority and the more extreme vampire fundamentalists who want humans as food not friends. BLU  @



MEDIUM COOL—The Criterion Collection presents Haskell Wexler’s compelling blend of fiction and documentary that examines race relations and the turbulent social climate in 1968 Chicago through the eyes of a TV cameraman (Robert Forster). It includes extended scenes shot amidst the riots at the Democratic National Convention. BLU  @  SALE


HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE and MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO—Two from Hayao Miyazaki, new on Blu-ray. Totoro may be one of the most perfect family-friendly films ever made. Paige says in City Arts that it's about "the power of nature, how trust in our family and friends, and finding the strange and fantastic in our daily lives.” Click on the covers below to buy them from our online store.   BLU  @  SALE


Metro: Last Light (Xbox 360)



Aquabats! Super Show!: Season 1  @

Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens

Bink & Gollie…and More Stories About Friendship

Dance Academy: Season 1, Volumes 1 & 2

Delhi Safari  BLU

Gaiking: The Movie Collection

Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters-Dragonstrike

Koala Kid

Lego Batman: The Movie-DC Super Heroes Unite  BLU

Pound Puppies: Mission-Adopton

Power Rangers Samurai Volume 4: Sixth Ranger

Return to Nim’s Island

Taz-Mania: Season 1, Part 1-Taz on the Loose

VR Troopers: Season 2, Volume 1



Bob’s Burgers: Season 2

Charlie’s Angels: Season 5

Counting Cars: Season 1

Family Ties: Season 6

Flash Gordon: Complete Series (2007)

Flashpoint: Season 5

Gunsmoke: Season 8, Volumes 1 & 2

A Haunting: The 2012 Season

I Dream of Jeannie…Fifteen Years Later

Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 1998

Ninja: The Mission Force-Season 2

Perception: Season 1

Remodeled: Season 1

Rookie Blue: Season 3

Route 66: Season 4

Touched by an Angel: Season 7

Worst-Case Scenario: Season 1



Bunohan: Return to Murder (2011)—Malaysia

Burning Crucible (1923)—France

Camille Redouble (2012)—France

Early Bird / Press For Time (1965)—UK

Electric Button (2004)—Japan

Female Teacher Hunting (1982)—Japan

Gribiche (1926)—France

Hong Kong Confidential (2010)—Hong Kong

In Danger and Deep Distress, The Middleway Spells Certain Death (1974)—Germany

Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy (2011)—Scotland

Kean (1924)—France

Late Mathias Pascal (1926)—France

Legend of Al, Jon and Jack (2002)(PAL Code 2)—Italy

Mataharis (2007)(PAL)—Spain

New Gentlemen (1928)—France

Nightfall (2012)—Hong Kong

On the Beat / A Stitch for Time (1962)—UK

Penny Pinchers (2011)—Korea

Robert Mitchum is Dead (2010)—France

She Cat (1983)—Japan

Sugartown (2011)—UK

Therese Desqueyroux (2012)—France

This Girl is Badass (2011)—Thailand  BLU  @

War Witch (2012)—Canada   Nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar

Yossi (2013)—Israel  @



Dangerous Profession (1949)

Fall Guy (1947)

FBI Code 98 (1962)

Loophole (1954)



Brick and Mortar and Love

Mel Brooks: Make a Noise

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters   @


Eugene Onegin (2011) Conducted by Omer Meir Wellber

How to be a Prince

King George and Queen Mary: The Royals Who Rescued the Monarchy

Konya and the Whirling Dervishes

Last Shop Standing: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of The Independent Record Shop

Liberace: The Ultimate Entertainer

Nature: The Mystery of Eels

180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School

Palmyra: Bride of the Desert

Pergamon and the New View of the World

Queen Victoria’s Children

Jackie Robinson: My Story

Kristen Schaal: Live at the Fillmore

Spies and Soldiers

Tribute to Ron Asheton

Vietnam: Ten Thousand Day War



The ABCs of Death  BLU  @

Assassin’s Run

Beautiful Creatures (2012)  BLU  @

Bob’s New Suit

The Burning (1981)  BLU  @

Champion (1949)

Colombian Connection

Common Man

Custom Mary


Dark Circles

Endless Possibility of Sky

Goodnight for Justice: Queen of Hearts

Grand Duel (1972)

Grunt:  The Wrestling Movie

Lonely Trail (1936)  BLU

Midnight’s Children--New from director Deepa Mehta

Monsters from the Ocean Floor / Serpent Island (1954)

Norman (2012)

Open Road (2013)  BLU

Parker (2013)  BLU  @

Red Pony (1949)

Sin Reaper

Stand Up Guys  BLU  @

State of Emergency (2012)

13 Eerie

Town That Dreaded Sundown (1977)  BLU  @

Wasted on the Young

The Wicked



Assassin’s Blade

At the Gate of the Ghost

Back to 1942

Barrymore (2012)

Blue Planet: Seas of Life

Boss: Season 2


Captain America (1990)  @

Copacabana (1947)

Escape (2012)

Fighting Seabees


The Four (2012)

Friends: Seasons 1 & 2

Gorgo   @

Haunting in Connecticut 2

Late Bloomers (2011)

Little Caesar (1931)  @

Miracle of the Bells (1948)  @

Night of the Scarecrow   @

NOVA: Earth From Space

One Hour Photo

Petrified Forest (1936)  @

Planet Ocean

Public Enemy (1931)  @

Star Trek: Next Generation-The Best of Both Worlds

Starlet (2013)

Taxi Driver --in 4K Ultra HD

Three Faces West (1940)

White Heat (1949)  @


Woochi the Demon Slayer

We'll return next week with Doctor Who (Series 7, Part 2), the Criterion release of Mike Leigh's Life is Sweet, and much more. Happy viewing.

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