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New Releases for June 11: NINJA III Edition

This week has political drama, funny and/or touching indies, lovely looking 3D, films you might have just missed at the Seattle International Film Festival, and at least one vengeful ghost ninja. 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)

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

 

HOUSE OF CARDS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON—Based on the UK miniseries, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright star in this engrossing tale of modern-day Washington D.C. full of secrets, betrayal, revenge, and one man’s almost diabolical need for power. The first two episodes were directed by David Fincher.  BLU  SALE

 

THE NEWSROOM: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON —Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO show goes behind-the-scenes at a cable news organization. Matt says in City Arts that, “just like The West Wing, it’s a Capra-esque wish-fulfillment fantasy story about flawed people trying to do the right thing—and Sorkin’s dialogue remains as crackling as ever.” But the rest of it…well, just listen to Matt chat with me and Kevin about it on the new Scarecrow Video Podcast.  BLU  @  SALE

 

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL—James Franco stars as an Oz mostly just pretending to be great and powerful so he can get the gold (and the ladies) in this dazzlingly looking prequel directed by Sam Raimi. Our colleague Bryan notes in City Arts that Disney “probably thought they were hiring the director of the Spider-Man trilogy, but they also got the guy who did the Evil Dead trilogy,” as there’s a lot of that sort of humor throughout.  BLU  3D BLU SALE

 

HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS—Don’t let the fairy tale name fool you. This R-rated fantasy starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as the titular supernatural vigilantes is full of creature carcasses, ridiculous weaponry, swear words, and a surprising amount of humor. It’s from director Tommy Wirkola, who did the Norwegian zombie-Nazi movie Dead Snow.  BLU  3D BLU  @ 

 

WRONG—The new film from Quentin Dupieux, director of Rubber (aka that killer tire movie), follows a man on a surreal quest for his lost dog. Plus, William Fitchner!  BLU @  SALE

 

NINJA III: THE DOMINATION—A massively entertainingly martial arts movie from 1984 starring Lucinda Dickey (who you know from the Breakin’ movies) as an aerobics instructor possessed by a ninja’s spirit. That means there are plenty of leg warmers, leotards, throwing stars, and floating swords—and that’s just in the first half-hour. Once just a gem of our VHS collection, it finally makes its DVD and Blu-ray debut thanks to the good people at Shout! Factory. We can’t recommend this enough. BLU  @  SALE

 

ANIME NEW RELEASES

Bleach: Set 17, Episodes 243-255

Fushigi Yugi Eikoden

Lagrange: Set 1, Episodes 1-12


 

FAMILY NEW RELEASES

Lego Legends of Chima: The Power of the Chi

 

NEW BLU-RAY

Enter the Dragon: 40th Anniversary Edition   SALE

Lilo & Stitch / Lilo & Stitch 2  @

Shoot First, Die Later (1974)  @

Wild Strawberries: The Criterion Collection  SALE


 

NEW TV ON DVD / BLU-RAY

Burn Notice: Season 6

Doctor Who, Story 054: Inferno—Special Edition with Third Doctor Jon Pertwee

Doctor Who: Story 056: Mind of Evil— Special Edition with Third Doctor Jon Pertwee

Fairly Legal: Season 2

Major Crimes: Season 1

Midsomer Murders: Season 14 Ep. 5—Sleeper Under the Hill

Midsomer Murders: Season 14 Ep. 6—Night of the Stag

Midsomer Murders: Season 14 Ep. 7—A Sacred Trust

Midsomer Murders: Season 14 Ep. 8—A Rare Bird

Necessary Roughness: Season 2

Rizzoli & Isles: Season 3

 

NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS

Atomic Age (2012)—France

Clip (2012)—Serbia   @

Cold War (2012)(Code 3)—Hong Kong

The Guillotines (2012)(Code 3)—Hong Kong

Masquerade (2012)—Korea

Neighboring Sounds (2012)—Brazil

Ninja Masters (2009)—Hong Kong

Saving General Yang (2013)—Hong Kong

The Taste of Money (2012)—Korea  @

Together (2013)—Hong Kong

The Visitor (2011)—Germany

When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep (2012)(Code 3)—Taiwan

 

NEW WARNER ARCHIVES

Cattle King (1963)

Duffy of San Quentin (1954)

House of the Seven Hawks (1959)

Power and the Prize (1956)

Secret Garden (1949)

Sincerely Yours (1955)

Stampede (1949)

Stand Up and Fight (1939)

Tenth Avenue Angel (1947)

 

NEW DOCUMENTARIES & MUSIC

Behind the Smoke Curtain

Black Kungfu Experience

Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts

First 70: California’s State Parks

I Want My Name Back

In Organic We Trust

Killing Lincoln

Labor of Love (1975)

Paul McCartney & Wings: Rockshow --Recorded in the Kingdome in 1976!  BLU  @

Mountain Runners

Nature: The Private Life of Deer

Of Two Minds

Road to Fallujah

Save the Farm

Stories We Tell (2012)--Sarah Polley's intriguing exploration of her family's stories.

Frank Zappa: A Token of His Extreme  @

 

MORE NEW MOVIES

Ashanti (1979)  BLU

Behind the Mask (1932)

Betty & Coretta

Corpse Grinders 3

Criminal Code (1931)

Django Collection (6 films!)

Fred Won’t Move Out  @

Guilty Generation (1931)

It’s a Disaster  @

Knife Fight

Philadelphia Experiment (2012)

Snitch (2012)  BLU  @

Vivan Las Antipodas

Join us next week for Quartet, Jack the Giant Slayer, Stoker & more. Happy viewing.

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