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New Releases for August 20

It’s a modest new release week that packs a potent emotional punch. 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

 

AMOUR—Michael Haneke’s Oscar-winning portrait of an elderly married couple is devastating in all the senses the word—it causes emotional shock but also evokes a sense of tragic beauty, mostly due to the outstanding performances by Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva.  BLU  @  SALE

 

BOARDWALK EMPIRE: SEASON 3—Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) returns for more wheeling, dealing and bootlegging in gangster-ridden, Prohibition-era Atlantic City. Among his troubles this season is competition from new cast member Bobby Cannavale.  BLU  SALE

 

POST TENEBRAS LUX—Carlos Reygadas’ dazzling, dreamlike story of a Mexican family who moves to the countryside in pursuit of an ideal life.  @

 

EPIC—This enjoyable animated adventure from the creators of Ice Age is part Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and part Tinkerbell with a dash of Ferngully. The impressive voice cast includes Colin Farrell, Christoph Waltz, and Beyonce Knowles, plus Chris O’Dowd and Aziz Ansari as two important slithery creatures.  3D BLU   BLU   @

 

THE BIG CITY and CHARULATA—The Criterion Collection presents two early 1960s films from legendary director Satyajit Ray. The Big City (in this case, then modern-day Kolkata) is a powerful drama about a wife who takes a job to help support the family. Criterion says it is “at once a hopeful morality tale and a commentary on the identity of the modern Indian woman.” Charulata is set in nineteenth-century India and tells the story of a lonely wife drawn to her husband’s artistic cousin. It’s “a work of subtle textures, a delicate tale of a marriage in jeopardy and a woman taking the first steps toward establishing her own voice.” Both have newly restored 2K digital film transfers and a host of new and archival interviews. For more on these titles, we refer you to the knowledgeable folks at The Dissolve.   BLU  @  Big City SALE   Charulata SALE


 

NEW VIDEO GAMES

Saint’s Row IV (PS3, Xbox 360)

Splinter Cell Blacklist (PS3)

 

ANIME NEW RELEASES

The Garden of Words

Lupin The Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine  BLU

 

FAMILY NEW RELEASES

Pixie Hollow Games

Scooby Doo! Stage Fright

 

NEW BLU-RAY

Nightmares Come at Night (1970)   @

Prime Suspect 1-7--Each installment rents separately

A Virgin Among the Living Dead (1973)  @

 

NEW TV ON DVD

Being Human: Season 5

The Good Wife: Season 4

NCIS: Los Angeles--Season 4

NCIS: Season 10

Parenthood: Season 4

Revenge: Season 2

 

NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS     Includes foreign language TV series

Floating City (2012)—China

Frank Riva (2003)—France

Inspector Vivaldi Mysteries (2004)—Italy

Shadow Dancer (2012)—Ireland

 

NEW WARNER ARCHIVES / UNIVERSAL VAULT SERIES

Flame of Araby (1951)

Hildegarde Withers Mystery Collection: Volume 1 (1932)

Hildegarde Withers Mystery Collection: Volume 2 (1936)

 

NEW DOCUMENTARIES

Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey 

Free Angela and All Political Prisoners

Life of Muhammad

No Place on Earth

NOVA: Manhunt-Boston Bombers

 

MORE NEW MOVIES

Benefit of the Doubt (1993)

Betty Boop: The Essential Collection Volume 1   SALE

Highland Park

The Killing Season—Robert DeNiro and John Travolta hunt each other in the Appalachian mountains. Really. BLU

No One Lives

Rapture Palooza

Remote Control (1988)

Scary Movie V

Spent (1992)

This is Martin Bonner

The Unseen (1980)  @

Vampire (2013)

The Whole Truth (1958)

Wither (2012) 

X-Ray / Schizoid (1982 / 1980)  BLU  @

 

We’ll return next week with Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson in Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain, zombie prisoners and brainwashed townsfolk in The Walking Dead: Season 3, and much more. Happy viewing.

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