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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

New Releases - March 9, 2010

We apologize for the delay in posting these titles. There was a technical glitch that temporarily prevented people from accessing the site. Again, we apologize if you had any trouble logging on, but it was not our fault, and it will hopefully not happen again. Thank you.

Barbie: A Mermaid Tale - Barbie plays a surfing champ teen who discovers she is actually a mermaid in this animated family film. Directed by Adam L. Wood. With music video and outtakes. 2010. 16x9 Widescreen. 75 minutes. Unrated.

Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day -
In this sequel to the cult noir hit, the vigilante brothers are in hiding in Ireland but return to Boston to avenge the death of a beloved priest. You can expect a lot more bloodshed. Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flannery return as the brothers, and Billy Connolly plays their father. Troy Duffy, who directed the original and self-destructed after the first film became a hit on video, returns to helm this one. With deleted scenes, commentary and featurette. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 117 minutes. R.

Capitalism: A Love Story -
Michael Moore (
Roger & Me, Fahrenheit9/11) returns to his original documentary roots with this hilarious but naturally biting look at corporate America's stranglehold on U.S. society and regular people. The result is a potent mix of fun and anger. With many featurettes. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen.127 minutes. R.

Chanel Chanel - This fine documentary explores the fascinating life of fashion designer icon Coco Chanel and makes an interesting companion piece to the recent Coco Before Chanel. Starring designer Karl Lagerfeld. Directed by Eila Hershon and Roberto Gueria. 1986. Full screen. 70 minutes. Unrated.

Charles Bronson Collection [Telefon/St. Ives] -
This enjoyable Bronson double feature includes Telefon, in which Bronson plays a U.S. agent who is assigned to stop Russian terrorists planted in the U.S. from doing horrific acts after being triggered by a phone call, and St. Ives, which stars Bronson as a crime writer who becomes a target when he runs afoul of a rich man. The former is a taut thriller with Lee Remick and Donald Pleasence and directed by noir director Donald Siegel. The latter is a witty mystery homage starring Jacqueline Bisset, John Houseman, Maximilian Schell, Daniel J. Travanti and Jeff Goldblum, and Bronson gets to go against type as a somewhat elegant hero for a change. Directed by J.Lee Thompson (The Guns of Navarone), this would mark his first of many collaborations with Bronson. With featurette on St. Ives. 2 films on one disc. 1977/1976. 16x9 Widescreen. PG.

Double Identity - Val Kilmer stars as a doctor who works for Doctors Without Borders,but when he visits Eastern Europe, he gets mistaken as a spy by Russian agents and soon finds himself dodging killers and bullets. This action thriller also stars Izabella Miko, Julian Wadham, Hristo Shopov, Michael Cronin, and Valentine Pelka. Directed by Dennis Dimster-Denk. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 93 minutes. R.

FlashForward: Season 1 Volume 1 - One of the more intriguing TV series plotlines has the entire world losing consciousness for a brief time, but during that period, they see events six months into the future. As the governement investigates, individuals try to decide whether to let the future stand or try to change it. The excellent cast for this thrilling one hour series includes Joseph Fiennes, John Cho, Sonya Walger, Courtney B. Vance, and Dominic Monihan. Ten episodes on 2 separate disc rentals. See it before the March 18 premiere of the second half of the season. With featurettes. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 430 minutes. Unrated

Hachi: A Dog's Tale
[aka Hachiko: A Dog's Story]- In this moving and heartbreaking true family story, Richard Gere stars as a professor who takes in a lost Akita dog, who becomes an integral part of his family. After a shocking family crisis, the dog named Hachi proves her devotion in an amazing way. Directed by the underrated Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat and My Life As a Dog), and please don't joke that Lasse likes dog films [he also directed My Life as a Dog]. Joan Allen also stars as Gere's wife. With featurette. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 93 minutes. G.

Hannah Montana: Miley Says Goodbye?
- In this Season 3 finale, Hannah is at a crossroads: will she continue signing or will she return home to a more normal life? With Billy Ray Cyrus, David Archuleta, Cody Linley, Emily Osment, Jason Earles and Michael Musso. With alternate ending, bonus episode and featurette. 2010. Full screen. 135 minutes. Unrated.

Kiki's Delivery Service
: Special Edition - Hayao Miyasaki's classic anime remastered with a new featurette. With English dubbed voices by Kirsten Dunst, Lewis Arquette, Corey Burton, John De Mita, and Fay DeWitt. 2 discs. In Japanese with English subtitles or dubbed. With featurettes. 16x9 Widescreen. 105 minutes.G.

L.A. Without a Map - Surprisingly not released on DVD in the US for 10 years, this delightful comedy stars David Tennant as a Scottish undertaker who falls for a hot American babe (Vinessa Shaw) and goes to L.A. to pursue her. When he arrives in the baffling region, he truly becomes a fish out of water and a funny one at that. Also starring Julie Delpy, Vincent Gallo, Cameron Bancroft, Joe Dallesandro, Saskia Reeves, Steve Huison, Lisa Edelstein and James Le Gros with a cameo by Johnny Depp. Directed by Mika Kaurismaki. With featurette and interviews. 1999. 16x9 Widescreen. 107 minutes. Unrated.

My Neighbor Totoro: Special Edition - The last of the current Hayao Miyasaki anime classics to be remastered to tie in with the release of Ponyo. Also with the same new featurette. 2 discs. In Japanese with English subtitles or dubbed. With featurettes. 1993. 16x9 Widescreen. 88 minutes. G.

Old Dogs - John Travolta and Robin Williams have a lot of fun as two bachelors who suddenly have to grow up when one of them discovers he has twins he didn't know existed. Williams is the father but his ex-love is ironically played by the very hot and funny Kelly Preston, Travolta's real-life wife. Although panned by critics, this goofy family comedy has its share of memorable and amusing moments, including a scary funny trip to a zoo with co-star Seth Green getting a little too up close and personal with a gorilla. Co-starring Ellen Bleu Travolta (Travolta's real life daughter), Lori Loughlin and Matt Dillon. Directed by Walt Becker, who also directed the rhyming Wild Hogs. With bloopers, deleted scenes and commentary. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 88 minutes. PG.

Parks and Recreation: Season 1 - Though the first season of this hit sitcom from the creators of The Office is uneven, it does set up the premise well. A group of inept local government officials and citizens try to turn a dirt field into a lush park. Amy Poehler stars as the clueless and somewhat tactless head of the project. Rashida Jones (Boston Public) and hot comic Aziz Ansari co-star. For those who don't like this season, hang in there. Season 2 is much better and funnier, having found its mojo enough to be renewed for even a third season. With commentary and deleted scenes. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 157 minutes. Unrated.

Planet 51
- Sci-fi films are the satiric target again in this over-the-top animated satire, in which an astronaut lands on a planet filled with little green people. The twist is they think he's the alien and just the beginning of an alien invasion, unless he can get help from a friendly alien who can save him from the scared mob. Voices by Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Jessica Biel and Justin Long. Directed by Jorge Blanco. With extended scenes, music video and featurettes. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 91 minutes. PG.

Possession [2009] - This little seen thriller stars Sarah Michelle Gellar and Michael Landes as a happily married San Francisco couple who get along fine except when Landes' nasty brother (Lee Pace from Pushing Daisies and The Fall) shows up. After a bad car crash leaves both brothers in a coma, Pace is the only one to regain consciousness, only he doesn't seem to be his surly self - he appears to be possessed by his much nicer brother, throwing Gellar's life into a tailspin. Directed by Joel Bergvall & Simon Sandquist. With featurette, deleted scenes and alternate ending. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 85 minutes. PG-13.

Precious - Fresh off winning two Oscars for Best Supporting Actress (Mo'Nique) and Best Adapted Screenplay, this intense drama focuses on an abused, overweight and pregnant black urban teenager named Precious,who tries to break out of her hell with the help of an alternative-school teacher. Newcomer Gabourey Sibide (also nominated for Best Actress) is excellent in the title role, but Mo'Nique's incredible turn as Precious' abusive mother steals the movie (remember Shelley Winters as Elizabeth Hartman's brutal mom in A Patch of Blue - this will bring back memories). Co-starring Paula Patton, Lenny Kravitz and a de-glammed Mariah Carey in excellent supporting roles. Lee Daniels (who did the terrific Monster's Ball) directed and was also Oscar nominated. With commentary, featurettes, deleted scene, audition and more. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 109 minutes. R.

Sarah Silverman Program, The: Season 2 Volume 2 - This set completes the second season of the twisted sitcom showcasing comedian Sarah Silverman's offbeat talents. 10 episodes spread over 2 discs. 2 separate rentals. 2009. Full Screen. Unrated.

Stoning of Soraya M., The - Jim Caviezel stars as a French reporter whose car breaks down in a small Iranian town and meets a woman (Shorheh Agdashloo) who reveals a tragic story about a kind young woman who is falsely accused of infidelity by her husband and pays a violent price. Based on a true story, this intense and disturbing drama takes place in the mid-eighties. Mozhan Marno is moving as the beautiful young wife. Directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh. With commentary and featurettes. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. R.

Up in the Air - This critically acclaimed dramedy appeared on over 200 Top Ten Lists and earned several Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (George Clooney), Best Actress (Vera Farmiga), and Best Supporting ACtress (Anna Kendrick). Clooney is perfectly cast as an exec who specializes in downsizing and spends most of his time at airports between planes. He's always glibly on the move until he meets a woman who may be his soul mate (Farmiga). Unfortunately and ironically, his own company downsizes and may cut his flying time, creating an emotional dilemma. Also starring Jason Bateman. Directed by Jason Reitman [Juno]
With deleted scenes, and commentary. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 109 minutes. R.

You the Living - This oddball dramedy is basically a series of darkly comic vignettes that follow a number of characters who struggle with the frustrations of everyday life and existence. Kind of a love it or hate it type of surreal flick. Directed by Roy Anderson. In Swedish with English subtitles. With commentary and featurettes. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 95 minutes. Unrated.

Blu-Rays:

Coco Before Chanel

Planet 51

Precious

Up in the Air

Descriptions written by manager Steven Y. Mori

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