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New Releases for December 17

Only one more week until Christmas! We've got a lot of New Releases to keep you occupied till then. Let's have a look.


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.


Our pick for the coolest New Release this week is ELYSIUM (@ BLU SALE), director Neill Blomkamp's follow up to this Best Picture-nominated DISTRICT 9. Matt Damon plays Max, a lowly factory drone in a nightmarish future dystopia where the richest folks have ditched Earth to live on Elysium, a super fancy space station while everyone else rots on the planet below. After being exposed to a deadly dose of radiation, Max decides to sneak onto Elysium and cure himself before it's too late. This one is unsurprisingly loaded with action and great special effects, and Damon is great in pretty much everything.


Then there's this summer's unfairly despised THE LONE RANGER (BLU), an update of the classic western character from PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN director Gore Verbinski, starring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp as his faithful sidekick Tonto. While it's definitely a little overlong, this is an interesting film for a big summer blockbuster. It deconstructs a lot of mainstream Western film concepts as well as directly addressing the treatment and depiction of Native Americans. There are also a couple of amazing, lengthy train action sequences. Worth catching if you skipped it in theaters (which you probably did).


There's also the completely bonkers kidnap thriller PRISONERS (@ BLU SALE). Huge Actman (aka Hugh Jackman) stars as a stern family man whose life is completely exploded when his young daughter and her friend (the daughter of his best buddy) disappear. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Detective Loki (yep, you heard me), a troubled homicide cop with his own demons. This movie takes so many crazy twists and features such bizarre violence that by the time it's over you may not be exactly sure how serious to take it all, but at the very least you'll have gone on a heck of a trip. It's also shot by the great Roger Deakins, who worked on many of the Coen Brothers' films, as well as the most recent James Bond movie SKYFALL.


As for the rest, make sure you catch the following: De Niro returns to the gangster genre in Luc Besson's THE FAMILY (@ BLU SALE). Someone actually made a KICK-ASS 2 (@ BLU SALE). Steven Seagal returns with another straight-to-video thriller, FORCE OF EXECUTION. If you're a fan of GARTH MERENGHI'S DARKPLACE you won't want to miss Matt Berry's new show TOAST OF LONDON (PAL/Region 2 only). We've got the MY LITTLE PONY documentary BRONIES (@ SALE) and a documentary called MILIUS (PAL/Region 2 only) about, you guessed it, the legendary screenwriter/director John Milius. Josef von Sternberg's early sound masterpiece THE BLUE ANGEL (@ BLU SALE) gets a restored blu-ray release. New Blu-rays from Shout! Factory include THE BEAST WITHIN (@ BLU SALE) and Klaus Kinski as a creepy landlord in CRAWLSPACE (@ BLU SALE). Lots of stuff for the kids including PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS (@ BLU SALE) and the new One Direction movie THIS IS US. And on the TV front we have the latest seasons of JUSTIFIED (@ BLU SALE) and FAMILY GUY and the US version of SHAMELESS, as well as the final season of BURN NOTICE.

And don't forget about Sundance Film Festival favorite AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS. Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara star in this gorgeously photographed, often downright poetic Texas crime tale about a couple separated after a robbery gone bad and their attempts to reunite while being pursued by cops and crooks alike. Here's a trailer.


Here's the full list:

Ain't Them Bodies Saints

Battle Ground

Beneath the Surface

Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife

Christmas Angel

Coming Home for Christmas

Elysium @ BLU SALE

Family @ BLU SALE

Force of Execution

Ghost Team One

Jug Face

Kick-Ass 2 @ BLU SALE

Lone Ranger BLU 

Night Train to Lisbon


Prisoners @ BLU SALE

Psych: The Musical

Red Clover

Return (1980)

Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)

Things Never Said

Toast of London (PAL/Region 2)



Ain't in it for My Health: The Levon Helm Story

Attack (2012)

Beast Within @ BLU SALE

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me @ BLU SALE

Blue Angel @ BLU SALE

Crawlspace (1986) @ BLU SALE

Doctor Who: Series 7

Grey Gardens (Criterion Collection) @ BLU SALE

Hellraiser: Bloodline

I Declare War

Jumper (3D) 3D

Kites: The Remix

Magic City: Season 2

Man of Tai Chi

Necessary Evil: Supervillains of DC Comics

Office (US): Season 9

Paradise: Season 1

Prophecy (1995)


Sanctuary: Season 4

Saving General Yang

Shoot the Sun Down

Smurfs 2 

Stone Roses: Made of Stone @ BLU SALE

Superheroes: A Neverending Battle

Vampire Diaries: Season 4

Witchboard 2: The Devil's Doorway



All the Labor

American Empire: An Act of Collective Madness

Brains of Trial with Alan Alda

Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony @ SALE

Free China: The Courage to Believe

Frontline: League of Denial

Furious Beauty

Graduates / Los Graduados

JFK Assassination: The Definitive Guide

JFK Collection

Kennedy Half Century

Masters of Money

Men at Lunch: Untold Story of a City's Legend

Milius (PAL/Region 2)

Music & Monarchy

Nature: Love in the Animal Kingdom

Secrets of Scotland Yard

This American Journey

Unhung Hero

Wong, Kristina: Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest



One Piece: Collection 8



Half Brother (Norway, 2013)

Out in the Dark (Israel, 2013)



Ben 10 Omniverse V.3: Aliens at War

Digimon: Season 4

Gentle Ben: Season 1

Home Alone: The Holiday Heist

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: A Pony for Every Season

One Direction: This is Us

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters @ BLU SALE



Blood on the Docks: Volume 1

Burn Notice: Season 7

East West 101: Seasons 2 & 3

Family Guy: Volume 12

Gene Autry Show: Seasons 2-5

Guild: Season 6

Hart of Dixie: Season 2

Haven: Season 3 BLU

Hot in Cleveland: Season 4

Justified: Season 4 @ BLU SALE

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman: Complete Series

Perry Mason: Season 7 Vol. 1

Shameless (US): Season 3

Supernatural (1977, PAL/Region 2)

Vicious: Series 1 (PAL/Region 2)


That about does it for this week. Remember, we'll be closed starting at 8pm on Christmas Eve all the way throughout Christmas Day, and we'll reopen at 11AM as usual on Thursday, December 26th. Until next week, happy renting, and remember, Scarecrow Video can't survive without YOU!



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