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New Releases for January 21

Another Tuesday, another fat stack of New Releases here at Scarecrow Video! Let's get cracking.

 

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.

 

The best release this week is probably Woody Allen's latest film BLUE JASMINE (@ BLU SALE), which is sort of a spin on "A Streetcar Named Desire". Cate Blanchett stands a pretty good chance of taking home an Oscar for her performace here as the ex-wife of a Bernie Madoff-like Wall Street swindler. Broke and crippled by anxiety, Jasmine heads for San Francisco to stay with her working class sister (Sally Hawkins, also great), but there may be more to her story than she's letting on. 

 

Then there's CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (@ BLU SALE), based on the true story of a cargo ship captain (played by Tom Hanks) who was taken hostage and held for ransom by Somali pirates. Directed by Paul Greengrass, who did the second two BOURNE movies, this goes beyond being just a thriller to highlight the socioeconomic conditions that come to bear on this crisis.

 

The heroes at the Criterion Collection have put out classic 60's comedy cavalcade IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD (@ BLU SALE), Stanley Kramer's massive mega-kneeslapper with a gigantic cast of stars all on a treasure hunt for some stolen money. This version includes both the 162-minute theatrical cut of the film and a newly-restored, never-before-available 197-minute cut!

 

As for the rest, don't forget to check out the following: Robert Rodriguez brings another adventure of his faux-exploitation folk hero in MACHETE KILLS (@ BLU SALE). Another Andrei Tarkovsky masterpiece, NOSTALGHIA (@ BLU SALE), gets a proper release. A monster crawls out of a guy's butt in BAD MILO! (@ BLU SALE). Those Criterion heroes also released Aki Kaurismäki's hilarious LA VIE DE BOHEME (@ BLU SALE). There's Tibetan drama HIMALAYA (@ BLU SALE). We've got the French thriller THE PREY (@ BLU SALE) and Mexican box-office hit INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED. New Blu-rays include Paul Schrader's 1982 remake of CAT PEOPLE (@ BLU SALE) and Scream Factory's release of the Boris Karloff-starring Lovecraft adaptation (of "The Colour out of Space") DIE MONSTER DIE! (@ BLU SALE). And on the TV front we've got Canadian import BULLET IN THE FACE (@ SALE) and laugh-riot talk show sorta-spoof-but-not-really COMEDY BANG! BANG! (@ SALE).

And don't forget about IN A WORLD.... Written and directed by and starring Lake Bell, this is a charming little indie comedy about a woman trying to scratch out a career in the tiny, competitive realm of voice over performers. She's got to contend with her not-very-encouraging father, also a legend in the business, and a vindictive, successful rival played by Ken Marino. 

 

Here's the full list:

Bad Milo! @ BLU SALE

Best Man Down

Black Angel (1977)

Blue Jasmine @ BLU SALE

Captain Phillips @ BLU SALE

Caught

Charlie Countryman BLU

Collision Earth

Dario Argento's World of Horror

Dead Weight (2012)

Freezer BLU

In a World...

Island (2011)

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (Criterion Collection) @ BLU SALE

Machete Kills @ BLU SALE

Nostalghia @ BLU SALE

Old Goats

Scarlet and the Black (1983)

Three Muscatels

Two a Penny

Vie de Boheme (Criterion Collection) @ BLU SALE

 

NEW DOCUMENTARIES

Autobiography of Karl Krogstad

Great Irish Authors

Hamlisch, Marvin: What He Did for Love

Mile, Mile & a Half

Miss You Can Do It

National Geographic: Inside WWII

Nova: Making Stuff 2

Office Tigers

Welcome to Hebron

 

NEW BLU-RAY

Cat People (1982) @ BLU SALE

Die Monster Die! @ BLU SALE

Himalaya @ BLU SALE

 

NEW FOREIGN FILMS & IMPORTS

Conspiracy (France, 1973)

Instructions Not Included (Mexico, 2013) 

Prey (France, 2011) @ BLU SALE

 

 

NEW TV ON DVD

Brady Bunch: Seasons 1-3

Bullet in the Face: Complete Series @ SALE

Comedy Bang! Bang! Season 1 @ SALE

Crossing Lines: Season 1

NYPD Blue: Season 5

 

That'll do it for this week. Happy renting and browsing. Remember, Scarecrow Video can't survive without YOU!

 

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