Alice in Wonderland: The Un-Anniversary Edition. Disney is once again releasing their Technicolor animated version of Lewis Carroll's classic tale to tie in with Tim Burton's ultra-strange current film. The 1951 Disney version is as fresh and as enchanting as ever and definitely does not look like an almost 60 year old film. Hopefully, they will do a Blu-ray within the year. With new featurette and deleted scene! 2 discs. Full Screen. 75 minutes. G.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel - Jason Lee returns for this sequel that turned into a surprising Christmas smash just like its predecessor. This time Alvin and the gang have a hard time going to school(!) but they eventually meet up with The Chipettes, who help them and sing more hit tunes. Co-starring Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris and Christina Applegate. Directed by Betty Thomas. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 88 minutes. PG.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Squeak Along, The - This contains featurettes, music videos and sing-alongs only. It does not contain the feature film. $2 rental. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 90 minutes. Unrated.
Baader Meinhof Complex, The - This solid German dramatic thriller was nominated for a Best Foreign Film Oscar. Set in the anarchic 1970's in Germany, the children of the Nazi generation grow up to be confused, angry and willing to fight all forms of American imperialism and facism, even if they become terrorists in the process. Starring Martina Gedeck, Moritz Bleibtreu, Johanna Wokalek, and Bruno Ganz. In German with English subtitles. 2 discs with featurettes and interviews. Directed by Uli Edel [Last Exit to Brooklyn, which is not avalable on DVD!]. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 149 minutes. R.
Bad Girls of Film Noir Volume 1, The - Four more classic film noirs from the Columbia vaults. Disc 1: The Killer That Stalked New York with Evelyn Keyes, Charles Korvin, and William Bishop. Two of a Kind starring Edmond O Brien and Lizabeth Scott. Disc 2: Bad for Each Other starring Charlton Heston, Lizabeth Scott and Dianne Foster. The Glass Wall with Vittorio Gassman, Gloria Grahame. 2 separate rentals. Black & white. Full Screen. Unrated.
Bad Girls of Film Noir Volume 2, The - Four more film noirs from the Columbia vaults with three of them featuring the very hot blonde bad girl Cleo Moore. Disc 1: Night Editor starring William Gargan, Janis Carter, and Jeff Donnell. One Girl's Confession with Cleo Moore, Hugo Haas, and Glenn Langan. Disc 2: Women's Prison starring Ida Lupino, Jan Sterling, Cleo Moore, and Audrey Totter. Over-Exposed with Cleo Moore and Richard Crenna. 2 separate rentals. Black & white. Full Screen. Unrated.
Doctor Who: The End of Time, Parts 1 and 2 - David Tennant stars as the 10th Doctor Who for presumably the last time in this exciting and moving two-parter. This time, the Doc is in real trouble as The Master (played well by John Simm from Life on Mars) and the Time Lords (led by ex-007 Timothy Dalton) try to resurrect themselves so they can kill the Doctor and end time itself. Veteran actor/comic Bernard Cribbins plays Who's stalwart companion Wilf and other Who vets, including Billie Piper, return for some closure. Directed by Euros Lyn. With commentaries and featurettes. 2 discs = 1 rental. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 131 minutes. Unrated.
Education, An - Carey Mulligan gives a remarkable, breakthrough performance as a winsome and intelligent young middle class British woman who decides to skip college and get "an education" by having an affair with a dashing older criminal (charmingly played by Peter Sarsgaard). This excellent dramedy was nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress (Mulligan) and Best Adapted Screenplay, but it won the BAFTA (the British Oscar equivalent) for Best Actress and was nominated for 7 others. Co-starring Alfred Molina, Rosamund Pike, Dominic Cooper, Olivia Williams, and Emma Thompson. Directed by Lone Scherfig [Italian for Beginners]. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 100 minutes. PG-13.
Gang Girl - Better than average drama about a young Bronx girl who joins a gang and gets in over her head. When she joins a Scared Straight program, she meets an ex-gang leader who tries to show her the way out to a better life. Starring Jesenia Bailey, Anissa Chalmers, Frances Lozada, Robert Wallace, and Jada S. Louie. Directed by Damian Bailey. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 90 minutes. R.
Lark Farm, The - Paz Vega and Alessandro Preziosi star in this critically acclaimed drama about an aristocratic family who become inadvertently affected by World War I and an illicit affair between an Armenian beauty and an enemy Turkish soldier. Also starring Moritz Bleibtreu, Angela Molina, Mohammad Bakri, Tcheky Karyo, and Mariano Rigillo. In Italian with English subtitles. Directed by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani [Padre Padrone]. 2007. 16x9 Widescreen. 120 minutes.
Midsomer Murders: Set 14. In this 14th set, John Nettles and Jason Hughes again star as the veteran detective and protege who delve into the dark murders that occur in seemingly calm Midsomer County. Another fine quartet of British TV mysteries: Death and Dust, Picture of Innocence, They Seek Him Here, and Death in a Chocolate Box. 4 separate rentals. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 100 minutes each.
Red Cliff: Theatrical Version - Last week, we received the uncut version of this epic war film from John Woo. This DVD is the 148 minute version that Woo was contracted to make for the American audience. Since he had to edit it down from his original 288 minutes version, he obviously had to either edit down or totally excise many of the subplots. Some people may actually prefer this version to the uncut one since it probably moves much faster and retains most of the battle scenes. As a recap, the story deals mainly with a Han Dynasty politician turned general who decides to eliminate two warlords using a huge army. However, his tactic turns out to be ill-fated when the warlords team up and bring down the entire dynasty. Edited or not, this film is still an exciting and stirring war epic. Of course, we also have the uncut version in case you want to see both to compare or would rather see Woo's preferred version. Tony Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhang Fengyi, Chang Chen, Zhao Wei, and Jo Jun star. With featurette and interview. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 148 minutes. R.
Sherlock Holmes  - Robert Downey, Jr clearly has a lot of fun playing the world's greatest detective in this action-packed and humorous re-boot for the 2000s. In this first outing, young Holmes and his dedicated sidekick and chronicler Dr. Watson (also wonderfully portrayed by Jude Law) try to get to the bottom of why and how the evil and seemingly hanged Lord Blackwood has returned from the dead to haunt and kill again in 1890 London. Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong and Eddie Marsan also star. Guy Ritchie [Snatch and Rocknrolla] directs with panache. Downey even won the Best Actor Golden Globe (Comedy or Musical) for his performance, and it was such a huge hit that a sequel is already in the works. With featurette. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 128 minutes. PG-13.
Sherlock Holmes Collection [1968 BBC] - Very few people in America even know that Peter Cushing continued playing Sherlock Holmes beyond his excellent portrayal in the 1959 Hammer cult classic The Hound of the Baskervilles, but he apparently played Holmes for one entire season on BBC in Britain. The bad news is 24 of those episodes have been lost, but the good news is that the 5 surviving episodes are finally available on DVD. If you liked Cushing's performance in the movie, you will probably also like these episodes that co-star the equally fine Nigel Stock as Dr. Watson. Ironically, the first disc has Cushing in a 2 part remake of The Hound of the Baskervilles. The second disc features The Sign of Four and The Blue Carbuncle. Disc three includes A Study in Scarletand The Boscombe Valley Mystery as well as a fascinating documentary about "The World's Greatest Detective" and his history in literature, stage, film & TV. The TV show epis are all very nice transfers from videotape with good color considering their age. 3 separate rentals. 1968. Full Screen. Unrated.
Under the Sea [Imax] - Jim Carrey does a fine job narrating this stunningly beautiful documentary about undersea life, shot for Imax in several exotic locations, including New Guinea and The Great Barrier Reef. If you find creatures of the sea fascinating (and who doesn't?), this film. although short, is must see viewing. Directed by Howard Hall. $2 rental. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 41 minutes. G.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown - This Peanuts animated special is unusual in two regards. It is one of the rare episodes to run in an hour slot, and it is also based on the Broadway musical so it has the cast singing songs. Although this show is aimed a bit more at older kids or adults, it still features the familiar but welcome theme of put-upon Charlie Brown triumphing over adversity. With featurette. $2 rental. 1985. Full Screen. 48 minutes. Unrated.
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Killer, The  - One of John Woo's breathrough films, this cult action classic features a terrific performance by Chow Yun-Fat as a hired killer who wants to do one last job before quitting. Unfortunately, he is double-crossed by his bosses, prompting him to go on a bullet-ridden revenge spree. Woo's style and pace are as dazzling as they are distinctive. Unfortunately, this Blu-ray transfer is getting very negative to mixed advance reviews from both DVD Beaver and users alike, so be warned but no one in the store has tried it out yet. 1989. 16x9 Widescreen. 111 minutes.
Paris  - See the March 16 synopsis for details. Extras are the same.
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