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New Releases for July 22

Happy Tuesday Everybody! We've got another haul of lovely New Releases for you, as usual, so let's get to it.


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.


First up is a slow-burn indie revenge drama called BLUE RUIN (@ BLU SALE). When a homeless man finds out that the person responsible for murdering his parents has been released from prison, he sets about meting out his own justice, only it's not quite as simple as he assumed, and he ends up having to protect his estranged family from a cycle of violence he helped to bring about. This is less a twisty thriller like, say, BLOOD SIMPLE, than it is a quiet character study of a guy in way over his head. Gorgeously photographed and with a terrific lead performance from the largely unknown Macon Blair, this is definitely one of the best movies of the year.


Then, the heroes at the Criterion Collection have released a wonderful box set of films by French master filmmaker Jacques Demy. Demy was largely the opposite of his new-wave comrades, forgoing a lot of formal experimentation or political statements in favor of lovely fantasies inspired by Hollywood musicals and folktales, and he was fascinated by themes of chance and star-crossed love. THE ESSENTIAL JACQUES DEMY (@ BLU SALE) has six of his films, BAY OF ANGELS, CHAMBRE EN VILLE, DONKEY SKIN, LOLA, THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG, and THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT. This box set is absolutely packed with extras and you couldn't ask for a better way to enjoy these beautiful dreams. Here's a trailer for THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG, perhaps his most famous film.


And finally there's the one, the only, THE LEGEND OF BILLIE JEAN (@ BLU SALE). One of the great youth movies of the 1980's it's also an incredible feminist film about a young woman who refuses to back down after she thwarts an older man's sexual advances and is framed for robbing him. Sort of an early THELMA & LOUISE, with a killer soundtrack led by the amazing Pat Benatar. One of Scarecrow's favorites! 


As for the rest, don't forget to pick up the following: Criterion rereleases Norwegian thriller INSOMNIA (@ BLU SALE) to blu-ray. The 1970's animated "Lord of the Rings" movies, THE HOBBIT (@ SALE) and RETURN OF THE KING (@ SALE), are back in print. Arnold Schwarzenegger makes one of his best action movies in years with SABOTAGE (BLU). There's Jude Law in brit-gangster film DOM HEMINGWAY (@ BLU SALE) and Johnny Depp in the sci-fi film TRANSCENDENCE (@ BLU SALE). William Holden and Ginger Rogers star in FOREVER FEMALE (@ BLU SALE), and Barbara Stanwyck plays a concert pianist in THE OTHER LOVE (@ BLU SALE). There's feminist teen werewolf cult favorite GINGER SNAPS (@ BLU SALE). Kino Lorber brngs two great mysteries from Billy Wilder, THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (@ BLU SALE) and WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (@ BLU SALE), and two great westerns, SABATA (@ BLU SALE) and THE SCALPHUNTERS (@ BLU SALE). The Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami's THE WIND WILL CARRY US (@ BLU SALE) finally lands on blu-ray, as does Chan-wook Park's brutal SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE (@ BLU SALE). And the famous 80s TV miniseries SHOGUN (@ BLU SALE), with Richard Chamberlain and the legendary Toshiro Mifune is out on blu as well. Meanwhile, doc fans will want to check out GMO OMG (@ SALE), and anime lovers have APPLESEED ALPHA (@ BLU SALE) in store.

Here's the full rental list:


Alibi for Murder

All Cheerleaders Die

Angriest Man in Brooklyn BLU

Bay of Angels (Criterion Collection) @ BLU SALE

Blue Ruin @ BLU SALE

Canal Zone (1942)

Cesar Chavez BLU

Chambre En Ville (Criterion Collection) @ BLU SALE

Confessions of a Pop Performer

Dom Hemingway @ BLU SALE

Donkey Skin (Criterion Collection) @ BLU SALE

Forever Female @ BLU SALE

Ginger Snaps (Collector’s Edition) @ BLU SALE

Heaven is for Real BLU

Hobbit (1977) (Deluxe Edition) @ SALE

Insomnia (1997) (Criterion Collection) @ BLU SALE

Legend of Billie Jean @ BLU SALE

Lola (Criterion Collection) @ BLU SALE

Make Your Move BLU

Other Love @ BLU SALE

Private Life of Sherlock Holmes @ BLU SALE

Return of the King (1979) (Deluxe Edition) @ SALE

Sabotage BLU

Sector 4: Extraction

Single Mom’s Club

Stork Pays Off

Suspect (2013)

Transcendence @ BLU SALE

Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Criterion Collection) @ BLU SALE

Wind Will Carry Us @ BLU SALE

Witness for the Prosecution @ BLU SALE

Young Girls of Rochefort (Criterion Collection) @ BLU SALE




Made in America (2013)

Where the Iron Bird Flies



Appleseed Alpha @ BLU SALE



Kid Cannabis

Operation Petticoat @ BLU SALE



Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight

Justin and the Knights of Valor


American Dad Vol. 9

Dalziel & Pascoe: Season 10

Wilfred (US): Season 3


That about does it for this week's stack of new stuff! We'll be back next week with another haul. Until then, happy buying, renting, and browsing, and remember: Scarecrow Video can't survive without YOU.

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