Scarecrow VideoBlogurn:uuid:97365411-a15e-4936-973f-4eef3cff1b7c1969-12-31T19:33:35ZNew Releases for March 31urn:uuid:769391aa-dc86-4fbc-a927-edf237296bee1969-12-31T19:33:35ZIt's the last New Release Tuesday of March!   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, those Heroes at the Criterion Collection have brought us one of Ingmar Bergman's funniest* pictures, the hilarious CRIES AND WHISPERS, about a woman who is visited by her two sisters as she's slowly succumbing to cancer.  *Note: this movie is not funny at all, actually it's very sad.   Then, Criterion has also released what might be the greatest (certainly the most influential) documentaries of the last few decades, the groundbreaking HOOP DREAMS, which follows two African-American boys from Chicago over many years as they grow into young adulthood and use their athletic skills to build new lives for themselves.   Last but not least is the latest Christopher Nolan opus INTERSTELLAR (@ BLU SALE). The McConnaisance continues as Matt McC leaves his family behind and heads out into the stars to try to save humanity from certain doom. Space is...it's deep, man. Alright.   As for the rest, don't forget to check out the following: Benedict Cumberbatch is Alan Turing in THE IMITATION GAME (@ BLU SALE). Jason Statham gets one of his best outings in a while in WILD CARD (BLU). You can get whatever you want at ALICE'S RESTAURANT (@ BLU SALE). Vintage beatnik thriller THE BEAT GENERATION (@ BLU SALE). One of the greatest Spaghetti Westerns ever is finally available from Arrow, DAY OF ANGER (@ BLU SALE). Reese Witherspoon goes on a self-help journey in WILD (BLU). Blake Edwards' hilarious WWII satire WHAT DID YOU DO IN THE WAR DADDY? (@ BLU SALE). A horse takes on a dog, a kid, a preacher, and a gunfighter in STRANGER AT MY DOOR (@ BLU SALE). THE STRANGE AFFAIR OF UNCLE HARRY (@ BLU SALE) is kinda like GREY GARDENS meets SUNSET BOULEVARD, so yeah. And for the TV fans we've got HBO's SILICON VALLEY (@ BLU SALE) and VEEP: SEASON 3 (BLU).  Here's the full rental list:   30 Girls 30 Days (2012) Alice’s Restaurant (1969) @ BLU SALE Alphabet Murders (1965) Beat Generation (1959) @ BLU SALE Behind Enemy Lines (1997) Best House in London (1969) Circle (2014) Cries and Whispers (1972) (Criterion Collection) BLU David and Lisa (1962) Day of Anger (1967) @ BLU SALE Deviants (2014) Do Not Disturb (PAL / Region 2) Facts of Life (1960) Fallen Jewel (2011) Harlock: Space Pirate (2013) Hillbilly Horror Show V.1 (2014) How to Beat the High Cost of Living (1980) Imitation Game (2014) @ BLU SALE Interstellar (2014) @ BLU SALE Night Game (1989) Nylon Loose / Escape from Sahara (1958) Outcast (2014) BLU  Quiet Gun (1957) Rewrite (2014) Salvation Army (2013) Shanghai Story (1954) Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (1945) @ BLU SALE Stranger at My Door (1956) @ BLU SALE Wild (2014) BLU Wild Card (2015) BLU  Without a Clue (1988) Wolfcop (2014)   NEW DOCUMENTARIES Frontline: Putin’s Way Hoop Dreams (1994) (Criterion Collection) BLU Island of Lemurs: Madagascar BLU 3D Language Matters with Bob Holman   NEW MANUFACTURE-ON-DEMAND All at Sea (1957) Bad Men of Tombstone (1949) Black Midnight (1949) Doctor’s Dilemma (1958) Face of Fire (1959) Our Mother’s House (1967) Screaming Eagles (1956) Seven Angry Me (1955) Where the Spies Are (1966)   NEW BLU-RAY Good People (2014) Identical (2014) Kremlin Letter (1969) Reach Me (2014) Revenge of the Green Dragons (2014) Sabbatical (2014) What Did You Do in the War Daddy? (1966) @ BLU SALE   NEW TV ON DVD NTSF:SD:SUV: Season 1 (2011) Silicon Valley: Season 1 @ BLU SALE Squidbillies Vol. 6 (2005) Veep: Season 3 BLU   That'll do it for this week's (and this month's) New Releases! We'll be back next week with another haul!  Matt Lynchleevancleef@gmail.comNew Releases for March 24urn:uuid:548cfe0b-d6b0-4c39-82e9-65b109f3ec351969-12-31T19:33:35ZMarch marches on with another huge batch of New Releases!   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, those Heroes at the Criterion Collection have released a trifecta of early Errol Morris documentaries. GATES OF HEAVEN chronicles the ways in which people mourn and remember their deceased pets. Pet cemeteries, memorials, you name it. It comes as a double feature with VERNON, FLORIDA, all about the unusual characters Morris discovers in a small Florida town.  The third Morris film is his groundbreaking documentary THE THIN BLUE LINE, which delves into the case of a man wrongly convicted of murdering a police officer. This movie actually contributed to his eventual release, and it's also notable for its then-new use of dramatic reenactments to examine the crime.   We also want to insist that you take a look at a real long-lost gem, Duke Mitchell's never-completed mafia caper film GONE WITH THE POPE (@ BLU SALE) Mitchell was a singer and actor and also, occasionally, a filmmaker who had a fierce passion for the way Italian-americans were represented in movies as well as being a huge fan of good old mob films. GONE WITH THE POPE features him rounding up a bunch of his gangster buddies to kidnap the Holy Father and ransom him for a dollar from every Catholic in the world. It's a strange film, made all the weirder because although it was filmed in 1976, it wasn't finished until 2010, when Oscar-winning editor Bob Murawski assembled the footage. Truly an oddity, don't miss it.   As for the rest, don't forget to check out the following: Another Middle-Earth trilogy closes with THE HOBBIT: BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES (@ BLU 3D SALE). Angelina Jolie directs the story of a man imprisoned in a Japanese POW camp during WWII in UNBROKEN. Sondheim gets the Hollywood treatment in INTO THE WOODS (@ BLU SALE). Classic noir in COVER UP (@ BLU SALE) from 1949. Lucio Fulci's horror masterpiece THE BEYOND (@ BLU SALE) finally lands on blu-ray, along with totally bonkers yakuza revenge movie BLIND WOMAN'S CURSE (@ BLU SALE). A great making-of documentary, JOHN FORD: DREAMING THE QUIET MAN (@ BLU SALE). New collection WALERIAN BOROWCZYK: SHORT FILMS AND ANIMATION. Robert Altman's Van Gogh movie VINCENT & THEO (@ BLU SALE). There's also another great John Cusack 80's comedy, THE SURE THING (@ BLU SALE). And last but not least, MST3K COLLECTION VOL. 32, featuring HERCULES, RADAR SECRET SERVICE (Radar!), SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL, and SPACE TRAVELERS. Here's the full rental list:   1066 The Battle for Middle Earth (2009) ’71 (2014) (PAL / Region 2) African (1983) (PAL / Region 2) Air Supply: Live in Hong Kong (2014) Apache Drums (1951) (PAL / Region 2) At War With the Army (1950) Banana Motherfucker (2009) Blanche (1972) (PAL) BLU Borowczyk, Walerian: Short Films & Animation (1962) (PAL)  End of Violence (1996) Ford, John: Dreaming the Quiet Man @ BLU SALE Gates of Heaven / Vernon, Florida (Criterion Collection)  Gone with the Pope (1976) @ BLU SALE Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies (2014) @ BLU 3D SALE Into the Woods (2014) @ BLU SALE Little Red Monkey (1955) (PAL / Region 2) MST3k Collection Vol. 32  Night Terrors (2013) No Trees in the Street (1959) (PAL / Region 2) Regenerated Man (1994) Roommates / Woman for All Men (1975) BLU Sebastian Bergman: Dark Secrets (2012) Song One (2014) Thin Blue Line (1988) (Criterion Collection)  Tom Sawyer (1973) Unbroken (2014) BLU Walk a Tightrope (1965) (PAL / Region 2) Waterfront (1950) (PAL / Region 2) West 11 (1963) (PAL / Region 2) Without Pity (1948) Wolverine Versus Sabretooth Reborn (2011)   NEW DOCUMENTARIES Closure (2013) Frontline: Gunned Down The Power of the NRA (2015) Nativity (2010) Path Appears (2015)   NEW MANUFACTURE-ON-DEMAND Anthony Adverse (1936) Big Shot (1942) One Foot in Heaven (1941) Swing Your Lady (1938)   NEW BLU-RAY African (1983) Automata (2014) Beyond (1981) @ BLU SALE Blanche (1972) Blind Woman’s Curse (1970) @ BLU SALE Borowczyk, Walerian: Short Films & Animation (1962)  Coffee In Berlin (2012) Doors: Feast of Friends (1968) Fugly! (2013) Murdered House (1988) Remains of the Day (1993) (Anniversary Ed) Stonehearst Asylum (2014) Sure Thing (1985) (30th Anniversary) @ BLU SALE Vincent & Theo (1990) @ BLU SALE Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard (2015)   That'll do it for this week's haul! We'll be back next Tuesday with another stack of new Titles!        Matt Lynchleevancleef@gmail.comNew Releases for March 17urn:uuid:477e876a-5fd9-4055-bd2d-e80bb6fdfc541969-12-31T19:33:35ZHappy St. Patrick's Day! Whether you choose to actively celebrate true Irish traditions or simply use it as an excuse to get smashed, we'll still be here with a fat stack of New Releases.   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, those Heroes at the Criterion Collection have brought us an ultra-rare film noir that's never been released on video before. 1947's RIDE THE PINK HORSE (@ BLU SALE) stars Robert Montgomery (who also directed) as a stranger who arrives in a tiny Mexico town seeking revenge on the man who murdered his best friend. It's a strange film, more about atmosphere than plot, sometimes very hallucinatory, and all anchored by an amusingly gruff performance by Montgomery. Don't miss it.   Then, UK label Arrow Films has finally started putting out titles here in the states, and their debut is the notorious 1970 film MARK OF THE DEVIL (@ BLU SALE), with Udo Keir and Herbert Lom as witch-hunters who finally have to face the consequences of their torturous ways. One of the most famously nasty movies ever made, finally available in a gorgeous blu-ray with tons of extras. Careful with that trailer...maybe NSFW. As for the rest, don't forget to check out the following: Arrow also has a lovely blu of Brian De Palma's VERTIGO homage OBSESSION (@ BLU SALE), and Criterion also brings us Francois Truffaut's touching drama THE SOFT SKIN (@ BLU SALE). Ridley Scott's biblical epic EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS (BLU 3D). Gorgeously animated feature SONG OF THE SEA (@ BLU SALE), from the makers of SECRET OF KELLS. The original Brando biker classic THE WILD ONE (@ BLU SALE) lands on blu-ray. Chris Rock's latest directorial effort TOP FIVE (BLU). Brazilian drama THE WAY HE LOOKS (@ BLU SALE). Catherine Deneuve stars in an adaptation of the Marquis de Sade's "Justine and Juliette" in VICE & VIRTUE (@ BLU SALE). There are also blu-ray reissues of HESTER STREET (@ BLU SALE) and AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD (@ BLU SALE). And for the kids there's the new remake of ANNIE (BLU) as well as THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR (BLU 3D).  Here's the full rental list:   Annie (2014) BLU Azantrik (1958) Citizen (1952) Clones (1973) Defection of Simas Kudirka (1978) Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) BLU 3D Hester Street (1975) @ BLU SALE House of Last Things (2013) Isis Rising: Curse of the Lady Mummy (2013) Jukti Takko Aar Gappo (1974) Komal Gandhar (1961) Legends of the Knight (2013) Leviathan (2014) (PAL / Region 2) Louha Kapat (1958) Low Down (2014) Making of a Male Model (1983) Mark of the Devil (1970) @ BLU SALE Night that Panicked America (1975) Nirjan Saikate (1963) Ride the Pink Horse (1947) (Criterion Collection) @ BLU SALE Skinless (2013) Soft Skin (1964) (Criterion Collection) @ BLU SALE Son of a Gun (2014) Subarnarekha (1965) Top Five (2014) BLU  Vice (2015) Way He Looks (2014) @ BLU SALE You Can’t Kill Stephen King (2012)   NEW DOCUMENTARIES Alive Inside (2014) Chair: Season 1 (2014) Disorder / Floating (2009) Last Heroes of D-Day (2013) Nova: Big Bang Machine (2015) Oratorio for Prague (1968) Playing for the Mob (30 for 30) Spanish Lake (2014) Things That Aren’t There Anymore (1989)   FAMILY NEW RELEASES Gladiators of Rome (2012) Matilda (1996) (Special Edition) Penguins of Madagascar (2013) BLU 3D Song of the Sea (2014) @ BLU SALE   NEW BLU-RAY Animal (2014) Hole in the Head (1959) Stormy Weather (1943) Track the Man Down (1955) Vice &Virtue (1963) @ BLU SALE Wild One (1953) @ BLU SALE   NEW TV ON DVD Annie Oakley: Complete Series (1954) Inspector Lewis: Series 7 Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 2002 Soul Man: Season 2 Turn: Washington’s Spies (2014) BLU   That's going to do it for St. Patrick's Day New Releases. We'll be back next week with another haul!      Matt Lynchleevancleef@gmail.comNew Releases for March 10urn:uuid:3a3138e8-9c4a-43e5-9c5f-9b6e36ff0d8e1969-12-31T19:33:35ZIt's another glorious New Release Tuesday here at Scarecrow!    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.   What if THE GODFATHER had been made in the Los Angeles suburbs for the price of a used car? Then you'd have something close to MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE (@ BLU SALE), a long-forgotten cult gangster movie from 1978. Produced, written, and directed by actor and singer Duke Mitchell, who's also the star, it's a very low-budget rise-and-fall mafia movie made with genuine passion. Mitchell may not be the most capable filmmaker, but he cares deeply about the way organized crime and his Italian heritage had become inextricable in the movies, and so he made his own film to comment on that directly. MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE is finally given a proper release this week with a gorgeous blu-ray from Grindhouse Releasing.   There's another ultra-rare cult film getting a proper blu-ray this week, 1982's THE FAN (@ BLU SALE), a German thriller about a young woman obsessed with a pop star. Part romance, part horror film, part feminist allegory, this is a really unique movie that will hopefully find a wider audience now.   As for the rest, don't forget to check out the following: The great French master Alain Resnais' final film LIFE OF RILEY (@ BLU SALE). There's gonzo Japanese bondage comedy R100 (@ BLU SALE). Joseph Losey's subversive noir THE PROWLER (@ BLU SALE) has been newly restored. Norwegian submarine thriller PIONEER (@ BLU SALE) surfaces. Spend a third night at the museum in NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB (BLU). Horror fans get modern werewolf movie LATE PHASES: NIGHT OF THE LONE WOLF (@ BLU SALE) and classic slasher DON'T GO IN THE WOODS (@ BLU SALE). The beloved THE SOUND OF MUSIC (@ BLU SALE) get's a 50th Anniversary re-release. And THE BREAKFAST CLUB (@ BLU SALE) gets a 30th Anniversary shot, alone with the JOHN HUGHES YEARBOOK COLLECTION (@ BLU SALE), which contains BREAKFAST CLUB, SIXTEEN CANDLES, and WEIRD SCIENCE. On the TV front, we've also got the first season of pirate series BLACK SAILS and SHAMELESS: SEASON 4. Here's the full rental list:   Bet’s a Bet (2014) Coffee Town (2013) Don’t Go in the Woods…Alone! (1981) @ BLU SALE Fan (1982) @ BLU SALE Firepower (1979) From Asia with Lust Volume 1 Late Phases: Night of the Lone Wolf (2014) @ BLU SALE Liberator (2013) Life of Riley (2014) @ BLU SALE Listen Up Philip (2014) Massacre Mafia Style (1978) @ BLU SALE My Dog Shep / Shep Comes Home (1948) Pioneer (2013) @ BLU SALE R100 (2013) @ BLU SALE Rise of the Black Bat (2012) Sunlight Jr. (2013) Taking of Deborah Logan (2014) Thing on the Doorstep (2014) This Ain’t No Mouse Music (2013) Tosca’s Kiss (1984) White Haired Witch (2014)   NEW DOCUMENTARIES Code Black (2013) Faith Connections (2013) Fantasm (2013) National Geographic: Live Free or Die (2014) Red Tent (2014) Remote Area Medical (2014) Top Gear USA: Season 4 Walter’s War (2006) Watchers of the Sky (2014)   FAMILY NEW RELEASES Blaze and the Monster Machines: Blaze of Glory Dora and Friends (2014) Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Rescue in Mermaid Kingdom Easter Family Fun Pack Legend of Korra: Book 4 – Balance Lemonade in Winter…And More Fun With Math Max & Ruby: Sweet Siblings Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb BLU Springtime Adventures Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Retreat! Tom & Jerry Show: Season 1 Part 2 (2014)   NEW BLU-RAY Best of Me (2014) Eerie Midnight Horror Show (1977) Gorbals Story (1943) Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Men, Women & Children Retrieval (2013) Sound of Music: 50th Anniversary @ BLU SALE What is Cinema? (2013) World Made Straight (2014)   NEW TV ON DVD Black Sails: Season 1 Continuum: Season 3 Dharma & Greg: Season 2 Dominion: Season 1 BLU Impractical Jokers: Season 2 Mind Games: Season 1 Poirot: Series 13 Red Road: Season 1 Shameless: Season 4   That's it for this week's heapin' helpin' of new stuff. We'll be back next Tuesday with another stack! Till then, happy buying, renting, and browsing!  Matt Lynchleevancleef@gmail.comThe Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien at Scarecrow, Grand Illusion, and Northwest Film Forum!urn:uuid:db955481-e75a-4b24-bc30-3685819ec5841969-12-31T19:33:35ZLater this month, the Grand Illusion Cinema and the Northwest Film Forum have joined forces to bring you part of a touring retrospective of one of cinema's greatest masters, Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien. Many of his films have never been properly distributed in the US and are unavailable on home video.  ALSO LIKE LIFE: THE FILMS OF HOU HSIAO-HSIEN begins on Friday, March 20th with shows at both the Grand Illusion and NWFF.  The night before, on Thursday the 19th at 7pm, we'll be hosting a kickoff showing of Hou's early feature THE BOYS FROM FENGKUEI in our Screening Room, which isn't screening as part of the proper retrospective. The film will be introduced by local critic, friend of the store, and Asian cinema scholar Sean Gilman, and best of all, it's FREE! Here's the full schedule of movies running at the GI and NWFF. Five films are screening in total, and each will play at both venues: Fri 3/20: A TIME TO LIVE AND A TIME TO DIE @ Grand Illusion Cinema (7PM) Sat 3/21: DUST IN THE WIND @ Northwest Film Forum (5PM) Sun 3/22: GOOD MEN, GOOD WOMEN @ Grand Illusion Cinema (5PM) Mon 3/23: FLOWERS OF SHANGHAI @ Northwest Film Forum (3PM) Mon 3/23: A TIME TO LIVE AND A TIME TO DIE @ Northwest Film Forum (7PM) Tues 3/24: DUST IN THE WIND @ Grand Illusion Cinema (7PM) Weds 3/25: MILLENIUM MAMBO @ Northwest Film Forum (8PM) Thurs, 3/26: FLOWERS OF SHANGHAI @ Grand Illusion Cinema (7PM) Fri, 3/27: GOOD MEN, GOOD WOMEN @ Northwest Film Forum (8PM) Sat, 3/28: MILLENIUM MAMBO @ Grand Illusion Cinema (4:45PM) Visit the Grand Illusion's or the Film Forum's Websites for advanced tickets to any of these films!   ALSO ALSO LIKE LIFE: More of the Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien! This Hou retrospective is basically the repertory film event of the year here in Seattle. We're tremendously lucky to get these films here in town. But many of Hou's films aren't a part of the retrospective, so here at Scarecrow we've decided to fill in a few of the blanks.  In addition to the kickoff screening of THE BOYS FROM FENGKUEI on the 19th, once the full series at Grand Illusion and NWFF is complete, we'll be screening a few of the remaining titles here in our own Screening Room! Mon 3/30: CITY OF SADNESS (6:30PM) Tues 3/31: THE PUPPETMASTER (6:30PM) Mon 4/6: GOODBYE SOUTH GOODBYE (7PM) Tues 4/7: CAFE LUMIERE (7PM) ALL of the Screenings here at Scarecrow are of course absolutely FREE! We can't wait for everyone to see all of these fantastic films.   But Wait!! There's also a PARTY!! WOOO!! To celebrate this amazing series and partnership, the unstoppable independent film triumvirate of Scarecrow Video, the Grand Illusion Cinema and Northwest Film Forum are teaming up for a combined member/volunteer party before the 8pm screening of MILLENNIUM MAMBO at the Film Forum. Everyone who is a member or volunteer at any of these three independent powerhouses gets a free drink, in thanks for your support! Be sure to bring your membership card(s) and represent with pride. The fun starts Wednesday, March 25th at 6:30 PM. Sign Up for a Scarecrow Project Membership! Get member-discount tickets to Millennium Mambo here.Matt Lynchleevancleef@gmail.com