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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

New Releases - February 23, 2010

100 Feet - Famke Janssen [the memorable Bond bad girl from Goldeneye] stars in this creepy horror film as a beautiful woman who kills her abusive husband. As her punishment, she has to wear a security ankle bracelet and stay inside her home and not go beyond 100 feet. The problem is her nasty husband's ghost still lives there and makes her life a living hell. Also starring Bobby Cannavale, Ed Westwick, and Michael Pare. Directed by great thriller director Eric Red [Bad Moon]. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 103 minutes. Unrated.

Alice [2009 Syfy Channel Movie] - Caterina Scorsone stars in the title role in this bizarre but well-reviewed update of Alice in Wonderland. In a modern day setting, Alice's fiance is kidnapped and she is visited by an odd man named the White Rabbit, who says he knows where her fiance is. She follows him through a mirror and enters a weird, dark world, where she meets many oddballs. The interesting cast also includes Matt Frewer, Harry Dean Stanton, Tim Curry and Kathy Bates. Directed by Nick Willing. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 184 Minutes. Unrated.

American in China
, An - A nice-looking young slacker is sent to China to save his family's business. At first, he's overwhelmed, but he soon falls in love with his beautiful and intelligent translator and fins himself in the process. This fish out of water drama/romance may have a familiar story but James Snyder and Fei Fei Sun deliver charming performances as the romantic leads and the photography and location work in China is breathtaking. Also starring Michael Gross, Priscilla Barnes, Anthony Montgomery, and Alice Greczyn. Directed by Ron Berrett. With featurettes. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 86 minutes. PG-13.

Bob Dylan: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize - The early career of folk/rock legend Bob Dylan before he became an icon is explored in this unauthorized documentary. 2009. Full screen. 86 minutes. Unrated.

Box, The [2009] - In this creepy chiller, a young couple in financial trouble is visited by a mysterious man, who gives them a box that will give them a gift of a million dollars. However, there is a catch: someone will die if the box is opened. Will they or won't they open the box? What do you think? Let's just say some very, very bad things happen. The couple is played by Cameron Diaz and James Marsden, but Frank Langella, as the creepy benefactor, steals the show. Also starring James Rebhorn, and Holmes Osborne. The script is by Richard Matheson, the veteran writer of many sci-fi classics like The Incredible Shrinking Man and some of the best episodes of the original The Twilight Zone, and he apparently based this on a story idea he had for that show. Directed by Richard Kelly [director of cult favorite Donnie Darko]. With featurette. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 115 minutes. PG-13.

Bushido: The Cruel Code of the Samurai - This fascinating and rarely shown classic opens with a young man talking to his dying fiancee in a hospital, and he recounts the various grim and violent stories of his samurai descendants, who follow a strict code known as Bushido, which has its followers willing to anything for their warlord leader. Starring Kinnosuke Nakamura, Eijiro Tono, Kyoko Kishida, Masayuki Mori, and Shinjiro Ebara. Directed by Tadashi Imai. B/W. In Japanese with English subtitles. With stills. 1963. 16x9 Widescreen. Unrated.

Damned United - Directed by Tom Hooper, this excellent British dramedy is based on the true story of soccer coach Brian Clough, who helped a struggling team gain glory and dumped them for a job running England's top team, only to self destruct. Michael Sheen, the brilliant actor from Frost/Nixon and The Queen, is again superb here, balancing humor and tragedy. One of the great things about versatile Sheen is his willingness to do all sorts of films as long as they offer good or fun roles, including genre items like New Moon and Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans. The fine supporting cast includes Jim Broadbent, Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney. With commentary, deleted scenes and featurettes. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 97 minutes. R.

Dead Snow - This demented and funny Norwegian horror satire features a very high concept that might make an interesting double feature with Inglourious Basterds. Five vacationing students look for some fantastic skiing in the Norwegian mountains but unfortunately accidentally unearth a bunch of Nazi zombies who try to keep the Third Reich alive using horrific techniques. Starring Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen, Charlotte Frogner, Lasse Valdal, and Evy Keseth Rosten. Directed by Tommy Wirkola. In Norwegian with Enlgish subtitles. With many featurettes, deleted scenes and more. 20009. 16x9 Widescreen. 92 minutes. Unrated.

Doc Martin: Series 3 - Martin Clunes returns as the deadpan Doc Martin, a blunt but extremely efficient doctor in a beautiful Cornish fishing village, in this very amusing and sometimes moving British TV comedy. He is wonderful as always, somehow making his abrasive and awkward character sympathetic while being very funny. Caroline Catz is equally great as the attractive local woman who likes him and always seems to be getting closer to him when the Doc says something incredibly stupid to tick her off. 7 episodes spread across 2 discs. 2 separate rentals. 16x9 Widescreen. 323 minutes total. Unrated.

Everyboy's Fine [2009] -
Robert De Niro is fun as usual as a widower trying to mend fences with his grown children. Since they won't come to a reunion he has planned, he visits them. The children are played by Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell. This is surprisingly a remake of the Italian film of the same name starring Marcello Mastroianni, which is unfortunately not available on DVD. With making of the Paul McCartney video and deleted scenes. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 100 minutes. PG-13.

Examined Life
- Philosophy is explored in this unusual documentary featuring Slavoj Zizek, Cornel West, Peter Singer, Judith Butler, Sunaura Taylor. Directed by Astra Taylor. With extra interviews. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 88 minutes. Unrated.

Girl from Monaco, The - Fabrice Luchini plays a brilliant and neurotic attorney who travels to Monaco to defend a criminal. However, he is distracted by a sexy femme fatale (the super hot Louise Bourgoin) unless his bodyguard (Roschdy Zem) can run interference. This funny sex farce is directed by Anne Fontaine, who went on to helm the critically acclaimed Coco Before Chanel. Also starring Jeanne Balibar, Gilles Cohen, Alexandre Steiger, Philippe Duclos, and Stephane Audran. In French with English subtitles. With featurette. 2008. 16x9 Widescreen. 94 minutes. R.

Hardware Wars: 30th Anniversary Special Edition - San Francisco filmmaker Ernie Fosselius made this hysterical 10 minute satire of Star Wars shortly after that blockbuster came out, and it has become a cult classic over the last several decades. Armed with an incredibly low budget that actually enhances the film, Fosselius fills the film with wonderful sight and sound gags: the Cookie Monster steps in as the Wookie, the Princess wears cinammon buns on both sides of her head, a man vacuums the desert, the Luke character spews dopey superlatives like Gomer Pyle, and Obi Wan can't understand a word Darth Vader says. It's also amazing how Fosselius can distill a two hour epic down to 10 minutes. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll kiss a $2 plus tax rental goodbye. Including over an hour of bonus features (commentary, Bob Wilkins Creature Feature clip, director's cut, and extra trailers). 1979. Unrated.

Howards End [The Criterion Collection] - James Ivory's excellent but very studied version of E. M. Forster's novel gets the Criterion treament. As with many of Merchant Ivory's films, the period drama deals with the differences between the way the upper and middle classes act and interact. Emma Thompson won the Best Actress Oscar for her brilliant portrayal of a woman who befriends a dying neighbor (Vanessa Redgrave), who leaves her a home in her will, and later becomes romantically involved with the woman's husband (played by a wonderfully conflicted Anthony Hopkins). To further complicate matters, Thompson and her sister (Helena Bonham Carter) meet an impoverished clerk (Sam West) whose life is changed for the worse after their encounter. With featurettes and a documentary. 1992. 16x9 Widescreen. PG.

Hurricane Season - Forest Whitaker plays an inspiring basketball coach who bands together rival high school players to continue playing after Katrina hits Louisiana. Co-starring Isaiah Washington, Taraji P. Henson, Shad Moss, Lil Wayne, and Bow Wow. Directed by Tim Story. With 24 deleted scenes. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. PG-13.

Informant, The - Yet another true story turned into a film, this sharp comedy stars Matt Damon as a biochemist and executive at food giant Archer Daniels Midland who turns FBI informant to expose price fixing and corruption in the industry. Director Steven Soderbergh, who also directed Erin Brokovich and Traffic about government whistle blowers, takes a much more comic tone in this cult satire in which Damon also makes himself over by gaining a mustache and a bunch of weight. Scott Bakula is hilarious as Damon's frustrated FBI handler. Joel McHale, Melanie Lynskey, Tony Hale, Clancy Brown, and Patton Oswalt co-star. With deleted scenes. 2009. 108 minutes. R.

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths - In this animated feature with a trumpeted PG-13 rating, the Justice League is run by Lex Luthor in an alternate universe. In this other world, an evil Justice League rules, and it's up the outlaw Justice League (the real good guys) to rectify things with extreme uses of their superpowers. The first-rate voice cast includes Mark Harmon, Gina Torres, Bruce Davison, James Woods and William Baldwin. Includes a short. 2010. 16x9 Widescreen. 72 minutes. Unrated.

King Lear [Omnibus version] - This rarely shown 1953 TV production of the Shakespeare tragedy was shown on Omnibus originally and has finally been restored, making its premiere on DVD. Orson Welles displays his power as an actor in the title role, and the cast also features a very young Beatrice Straight (the future Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner for Network), Alan Badel, and Bramwell Fletcher. Plus bonus material. 1953. B/W Full screen. Unrated.

Marc Pease Experience, The - In this little seen comedy (which was left unreleased because Paramount Vantage folded before it could be given a proper theatrical release), Jason Schwartzman plays a young man who wants to revive his singing career hopes by going back to high school and winning the aprroval of his drama teacher, the pedantic Mr. Gribble. Schwartzmann Ben Stiller. Anna Kendrick, Eron Moss-Bachrach. Directed by Todd Louiso. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 83 minutes. PG-13.

Nurse Jackie: Season 1 - Edie Falco once again creates an unforgettable TV character in this Showtime TV series about a dedicated if unconventional nurse who tries to deal with all the craziness that goes with working in a hospital, especially when you have to take pain pills for chronic back pain. Peter Facinelli, Eve Best, Merritt Wever and Haaz Sleiman add able support. 12 episodes spread across 3 separate disc rentals. With commentary and featurettes. 16x9 Widescreen. 333 minutes. Unrated.

Project Runway: The Complete 6th Season - Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn return to host this popular reality show choosing the hottest up and coming fashion designer. This season is set in L.A. and has guest judges including Christina Aguilera, Rebecca Romijn, Lindsay Lohan, Tommy Hilfiger and Eva Longoria Parker. 3 separate rentals. 2009. Full Screen. 596 minutes. Unrated.

September Issue, The - Director R. J. Cutler [The War Room] is given full access to the behind the scenes machinations of Vogue Magazine as editors prepare the most important issue of the year: The September Issue. The main focus is on the infamous and famous editor of Vogue in the person of the intensely focused Anna Wintour, who is purportedly the basis of Meryl Streep's wonderfully self-absorbed editor/diva in The Devil Wears Prada. In this fascinating documentary, we see Wintour and her team struggling to put together the September 2007 issue of Vogue in which they set the trend for the all important fall fashions, the most important season of the year for fashionistas. 2 Discs. With commentary, deleted scenes, and featurettes. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 90 minutes. PG-13

Shaun the Sheep: A Woolly Good Time - Nick Park's Shaun the Sheep returns with his animal friends for more outrageous animated barnyard adventures in this fun compilation. $2 rental. 2010. Full Screen. 40 minutes. Unrated

Song of the Sparrows, The - This Iran submission of Oscar's Best Foreign Film follows a young man who moves from the country to the big city to work as a motorcycle taxi driver and has trouble adjusting to the speed of city life while trying to support his family. Starring Reza Naji, Maryam Akbari, HamedAghazi, Shabnam Akhlaghi, Neshat Nazari, and Hassan Rezaee. Directed by Majjid Majidi. In Farsi with English subtitles. 2008. 16x9 Widescreen. 96 minutes. PG.

Sorority Row [2009] - The 1983 cult horror classic The House on Sorority Row gets a decent makeover in this tale of a sorority whose pledge accidentally dies. Years later, the incident returns to haunt them as young sorority babes keep dying one by one. The cast includes Briana Evigan. Leah Pipes, Rumer Willis, Jamie Chung, Audrina Partridge, Julian Morris, Margo Harshman. Matt Lanter, and Carrie Fisher. Directed by Stewart Hendler. With featurettes and deleted scenes. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 101 minutes. R.

Trailer Park Boys II: Countdown to Liquor Day - Canada's most famous bad boys are out of jail and try to keep it that way while still trying to make easy and illegal money and keeping under the radar of the strict trailer park supervisor. Again starring John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells, and Mike Smith. Directed by Mike Clattenburg. With commentary, deleted scenes, and featurette. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 102 minutes. R.

Vampire's Assistant, The: Cirque du Freak - Chris Massoglia and Josh Hutcherson star as teen best pals who visit a circus freak show and soon become a vampire's assistant and end up traveling with the show. In this fun horror satire, John C. Reilly is great as the good vampire/mentor. Also starring Ken Watanabe, Ray Stevenson, Patrick Fugit, Willem Dafoe, and Salma Hayek. Directed by Paul Weitz. With deleted scenes and featurettes. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 109 minutes. PG-13.

Wildcats of St. Trinian's, The - Those good and funny bad girls at girls school St. Trinian's are back in one of several sequels in this extremely popular British comedy series. This time, the rebellious girls form a union and are involved in a faux kidnapping - and in color! Starring Thorley Waters, Hilda Braid, Michael Hordern, Sheila Hancock, and Maureen Lipman. Full screen. 90 minutes. Unrated.


Informant, The - includes regular DVD as well.

Law Abiding Citizen - Rated R and Unrated versions. Note that the Unrated version runs 11 minutes longer and is NOT available on the regular DVD.

descriptions written by manager Steven Y. Mori

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