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New Releases for August 27

The week brings horrifying and/or inspiring real-life stories, lots of new Blu-rays (scroll to the end for those), and at least two motivational catchphrases. 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


KON-TIKI—“If you believe everything will be ok, then it will be," says explorer Thor Heyerdahl as he and a small group of friends set out in 1947 on a handmade raft to traverse the 5,000 miles between Peru and Polynesia. The documentary Heyerdahl made of their remarkable journey won an Oscar in 1951, and this new dramatization was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s awards. Fun fact: Directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg will direct the next Pirates of the Caribbean film.  BLU  @  SALE


THE GREAT GATSBYMoulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann gives F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel and glittering 1920s high society his trademark flair for the opulent. The cast, led by Leonardo DiCaprio as the lovesick Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as Nick, Joel Edgerton as Tom, and Carey Mulligan as Daisy, do a fine job of appearing tortured against such a beautiful backdrop. Students, remember, even the best cinematic adaptation is no substitute for reading the book.  BLU   3D BLU   @  


THE WALKING DEAD: SEASON 3—Last season was a downer for both plot and pace, but this one gets right back into the action as Rick, Michonne, Daryl and the rest take on the Governor and his goons (and the growing horde of walkers / biters / zombies). BLU  SALE


PAIN & GAIN—Alright, yes, this is a Michael Bay film, so expect rampant impropriety in this true crime story of three personal trainers who get carried away with the cult of self-improvement (a main character says multiple times, "If I believe I deserve it, the universe will serve it") and chasing the American Dream. Despite the horrors, Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Mackie, and Dwayne Johnson are disturbingly good.  BLU 


TO BE OR NOT TO BE—The Criterion Collection presents Ernst Lubitsch’s screwball comedy set in during World War II. Jack Benny and Carole Lombard play a husband-and-wife acting team in Nazi-occupied Warsaw who become part of a dangerous spy plot. Criterion says “Lubitsch manages to brilliantly balance political satire, romance, slapstick, and urgent wartime suspense in a comic high-wire act that has never been equaled.”   BLU  @  SALE


Lost Planet 3 (Xbox)

Splinter Cell: Blacklist (Xbox)



Captain Harlock Space Pirate: Complete Series



Barbie: Mariposa & The Fairy Princess

Meet the Small Potatoes

Nicky Deuce

The Painting  BLU  @



The Border: Season 1        

Elementary: Season 1

Grey’s Anatomy: Season 9

Hunted: Season 1

Sons of Anarchy: Season 5

Top Gear USA: Season 3

Touched by an Angel: Season 8



Company Man (2012)—Korea

Passion (2012)(PAL Code 2)—USA, directed by Brian De Palma

1939 Battle of Westerplatte (2013)—Poland

Starbuck (2011)—Canada

Tied (2012)—France

Unit 7 (2012)—Spain

Early Fassbinder: Eclipse Series 39--Five films by Rainer Werner Fassbinder from Criterion’s Eclipse series.  @  SALE

American Soldier (1970)

Beware of a Holy Whore (1970)

Gods of the Plague (1969)

Katzelmacher (1969)

Love is Colder than Death (1969)



Going Hollywood (1933)  @

Greystoke: Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1983)  BLU

Kilroy Was Here (1947)

Lost Angel (1943)

Tales of Manhattan (1942)

Where Are Your Children (1944)

Wife Wanted (1946)



Blank Buffet: Highlights from the Films of Les Blank

Frontline: Outlawed in Pakistan


Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s

Secrets of the Dead: Ultimate Tut

Six Short Films by Les Blank

The Soldier’s Tale (1964)



American Idiots

And Then There Were None (1945)

At Any Price

The Barbarians / The Norseman (1987)  @

Blaze You Out

Climbing High (1938)

Dark Power (2013)

Detention of the Dead

Fear Not

Gallow Walkers

House Party: Tonight’s The Night

Raising Izzie

Reluctant Fundamentalist—directed by Mira Nair, recommeded by the folks at The MacGuffin Podcast.

Uncle Vanya (1962)—starring Sir Laurence Olivier, Michael Redgrave & Joan Plowright

Viking Saga: The Darkest Day

War Flowers

Wedding Chapel

The Whip (1917)



Boondock Saints II: All Saint’s Day

Boy (2010)

Cohen & Tate  @

Fire Maidens of Outer Space (1956)

Floating City

The Gatekeepers

The Guillotines  @


Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp

Into the White

NOVA: Australia’s First 4 Billion Years

Once is Not Enough (1975)

One Touch of Venus (1948)

Place at the Table

Q: The Winged Serpent (1982)  @  SALE

Quicksilver (1986)

Roadie (1980)  @

Saige Paints the Sky

Scary Movie V

Sense & Sensibility (1995)  @

6 Souls

Sleepless in Seattle

Storm Surfers 3D   3D BLU

Summer and Smoke (1961)

Tailor of Panama

That Touch of Mink (1962)

Welcome to the Punch

Wilfred: Season 2

WUSA (1970)


We’ll return next week with the Studio Ghibli greatness of From Up On Poppy Hill, the sleight-of-hand action of Now You See Me, and the “I can’t believe this is really happening” of Sharknado. Happy viewing.

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