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New Releases for January 7

 

Hey Everybody! It's the first full New Release week of the year. After the last couple of dry weeks, we've finally got a bigger complement of stuff coming in that you don't want to miss, including one of the best and most important films of the year. 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.

 

That amazing and very important film is a documentary called THE ACT OF KILLING (@ BLU SALE). It's about the historical fallout from a massive, genocidal anti-communist purge in Indonesia in the 1960s. Unknown thousands of people were slaughtered by military-backed death squads, often led by local gangsters. The regime that committed these crimes is still in power, and the perpetrators, to this day, brag openly about their horrible acts, going so far as to claim they were inspired by western movies. Filmmaker Josh Oppenheimer tracked down some of these men and encouraged them to make their own films reenacting the murders. One is a gangster movie, another sort of a western, and another is a musical. This movie is completely unsettling and unforgettable, do not miss it.

 

On a lighter note, this week also brings in the latest season of ARCHER (@ BLU SALE), easily one of the funniest shows on TV. Everyone's favorite (or is it least favorite) super-spy is back, and this time he's dealing with his Mother Mallory's new husband, car dealer Ron Cadillac! Is that his real name? It can't be.

 

We also got in a great little horror film, one of the few remakes that actually stands on its own next to the original. WE ARE WHAT WE ARE (@ BLU SALE), a remake of a Spanish film, is the grisly tale of a reclusive backwoods family whose solitary existence and bizarre traditions come under threat of exposure when a torrential downpour moves through their forest home. What bizarre traditions, you ask? Let's just say you can really sink your teeth into this one.

 

As for the rest, don't forget to check out the following: Spy thriller CLOSED CIRCUIT (BLU), starring Eric Bana. Two Jean-Luc Godard rarities finally hit Blu-ray: HAIL MARY (@ BLU SALE) and FOREVER MOZART (@ BLU SALE). Pedro Almodovar's latest film about a randy bunch of airline employees is here, I'M SO EXCITED (@ BLU SALE). And there's the Ben Affleck financial-world thriller RUNNER RUNNER (BLU). A romantic comedy about sex addicts called THANKS FOR SHARING (BLU). Canadian wunderkind director Xavier Dolan's latest is also in, the three-hour trans-romance LAURENCE ANYWAYS (BLU).

The heroes at the Criterion Collection have released a blu-ray upgrade of Kurosawa's version of "Macbeth", THRONE OF BLOOD (@ BLU SALE), and their latest Eclipse series box set is called LATE RAY (@ SALE), and it focuses on three later works of Indian director Satyajit Ray, ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE (1989), HOME AND THE WORLD, and THE STRANGER (1991).

New to Blu we've got long-shelved teen slasher flick ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE. Two Audrey Hepburn classics, FUNNY FACE and SABRINA. There's the brilliant but seriously bleak Best Picture winner THE KILLING FIELDS (@ BLU SALE). And the original 1973 British horror masterpiece THE WICKER MAN (@ BLU SALE) arrives on Blu-ray in a new, "Final Cut".

On the TV front there's the Canadian version of BEING HUMAN, in its third season. Kevin Bacon serial killer series THE FOLLOWING (@ BLU SALE). Showtime's HOUSE OF LIES has a second season on DVD. The first season of the classic show THE NAKED CITY. And last but certainly not least, Jane Campion's mysterious, moody miniseries TOP OF THE LAKE (@ SALE), starring Holly Hunter and MAD MEN's Elizabeth Moss.

And don't forget about BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD (@ SALE), a new documentary about legendary zombie filmmaker George Romero!

Here's the full list:

Birth of the Living Dead @ SALE

Closed Circuit BLU

Enemy of the People (1989) @ SALE

Evil Come, Evil Go / Oh! You Beautiful Doll

Forever Mozart @ BLU SALE

Hail Mary @ BLU SALE

Happy House

Home and the World @ SALE

I'm So Excited! @ BLU SALE

Inequality for All

Judy! / Night Hustlers

Laurence Anyways BLU

Mr. Angel

Runner Runner BLU

Stranger (1991) @ SALE

Thanks for Sharing

Throne of Blood (Criterion Collection) @ BLU SALE

We Are What We Are @ BLU SALE

Wedding Palace

Wild World of Batwoman / Curse of the Stone Hand

 

NEW DOCUMENTARIES

The Act of Killing @ BLU SALE

Linsanity

 

NEW FOREIGN FILMS & IMPORTS

Badges of Fury (China, 2013)

Brutalization (Netherlands, 1973)

 

NEW BLU-RAY

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Dreamworld

Funny Face

Killing Fields @ BLU SALE

Sabrina (1954)

The Wicker Man (1973) Final Cut @ BLU SALE

 

NEW TV ON DVD

Archer: Season 4 @ BLU SALE

Being Human (Canada): Season 3

Doctor Black Mysteries: Series 1 (PAL/Region 2)

Following: Season 1 @ BLU SALE

House of Lies: Season 2

Naked City: Season 1

Top of the Lake @ SALE

 

That about does it for this week's lineup. Happy renting and browsing! And remember, Scarecrow Video can't survive without YOU!
 


 

 

 

 

 

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