Black Balloon, The - This moving Australian drama focuses on a young man who has trouble fitting into his new school when his family moves to another town. Things are made even more complicated by the fact that he has an autistic brother. Starring Rhys Wakefield, Gemma Ward, Luke Ford, Erik Thomson, and Toni Collette. With featurette, stills and commentary. Directed by Elissa Down. 2007. 16x9 Widescreen. 102 minutes. PG-13.
D-13: District 13: Ultimatum - Six years ago, the French film produced by luc Besson [Leon the Professional, Taxi] District B-13 took the film world by storm and became a cult hit as it followed the exploits of a police officer (Cyril Raffaelli) and an ex-vigilante (David Belle) who team up to literally hiphop (actually building hopping called parkour co-created by Belle himself) around futuristic French ghettos catching baddies. The film and style was so popular that commercials and even 007 copied the stunts in Casino Royale. Now the two leads are back chasing villains/dirty cops and politicians who want to derail the redevelopment of the still crime-infested district by launching a nuclear air strike(!). This is not to be confused with the other 2009 "district" movie District 9, which was actually about humans trying to wipe out colonized aliens. In French with English subtitles. With featurettes, music video and deleted scenes. Directed by Patrick Alessandrin. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 101 minutes. R.
Descent Part 2, The - Shauna MacDonald returns from the hit first film as it picks up just about where that film ended. Being the lone survivor to make it out, Shauna reluctantly goes into the cave again to help the rescue team search for more survivors. Bad idea because more horror and gore awaits them when they descend again. Co-starring Natalie Mendoza, Douglas Hodge, Kristen Cummings, Gavin O'Herlihy, Joshua Dallas, and Anna Skellern. With commentary, featurettes and deleted scenes. Directed by Jon Harris. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 94 minutes. R.
Disgrace - John Malkovich gives a stunning performance in this South African/Australian co-production. He plays a teacher who is accused of seducing a college student. He goes to his daughter's secluded farm in South Africa to get away from the controversy but soon finds himself in another when a shockingly violent act makes him face his own views of race, symbolizing the racial tension that still exists in the country. Jessica Haines, Eriq Ebovaney, Fiona Press, and Antoinette Engel also star. With interviews & featurette. Directed by Steve Jacobs. 2008. 16x9 Widescreen. 118 minutes. R.
Fugitive Kind, The - Marlon Brando gives a brooding and obtuse performance as a drifter who settles down in a small Southern town variety store where he has to decide between seducing the older owner (Anna Magnani) and a young blonde hottie (Joanne Woodward). Although this is not one of playwright Tennessee Williams,' the stars' or director Sidney Lumet's best films, the overripe and overwrought melodrama has been given the Criterion treatment. Perhaps the real bonus is the addition of 3 Williams teleplays directed by Lumet in 1958 and featuring Ben Gazzara and Lee Grant. 2 discs. With interview. B/W. 1960. 16x9 Widescreen. 121 minutes. Unrated.
Georgia O'Keefe - Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons give award-winning perforamnces as respectively artist Georgia O'Keefe and photographer Alfred Steiglitz in this rare look into their lives. Steiglitz accidentally discovers the artist and champions her work, eventually falling in love with her. However, their relationship sours when her work begins to eclipse his and he cheats on her, prompting her to move west and find new inspiration for her art. Also starring Ed Begley Jr., Kathleen Chalfant, Linda Edmond, Henry Simmons, and Tyne Daly. With featurette. Directed by Bob Balaban. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 89 minutes. Unrated.
Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, The - As with many of Terry Gilliam's films [Brazil, TheAdventures of Baron Munchausen, etc.], even the basic plot is hard to put into words. In this period fantasy, Doctor Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) helps guide people's imaginations in a traveling show. After winning a bet with the devil (Tom Waits), he gets to live forever. However, when he exchanges his immortality for youth, he agrees to give the devil his daughter on her 16th birthday. In a race against time, the doctor and his younger protege in the show try to save his daughter by fulfilling the devil's demands. As most people know, Heath Ledger died during the middle of filming, so his character is also played by Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell. which makes sense in the film because they change physical shape when they enter the doctor's imaginarium. Co-starring Verne Troyer, Andrew Garfield, and Lily Cole. With deleted scene, featurettes, and commentary. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 123 minutes. PG-13.
It's Complicated - Meryl Streep gives a luminous, giddy performance as a middle-aged woman who finds herself caught between her charming but wandering ex-hubby (well-played by a dauntless Alec Baldwin) and another eager suitor (surprisingly featuring Steve Martin as the straight man). This likable and ditzy R-rated romance also includes a great supporting cast (John Krasinski, Lake Bell, Mary Kay Place, Rita Wilson, and Hunter Parrish). With featurette and commentary. Directed by Nancy Meyers [Something's Gotta Give]. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 121 minutes. R.
Korean, The - This indie actioner is about a crime boss who finds out that his four trusted associates betrayed him, so he hires a killer known only as "The Korean" to hunt the men down and kill them. Starring Joshiah D. Lee. Directed by Thomas Dixon. 2008. 16x9 Widescreen. 98 minutes. Unrated.
Ride with the Devil - As a director known for choosing surprising and challenging material, Ang Lee [Brokeback Mountain, The Hulk] did not disappoint with this ambitious Civil War epic action/drama. Tobey Maguire and Skeet Ulrich star as two young men who join the Confederate sympathizing Bushwhackers during the Kansas Missouri border wars after Ulrich's father is killed by Jayhawkers. This is the newly remastered Director's Cut which is 22 minutes longer than the theatrical cut. Singer/actress Jewel and Jeffrey Wright also star. 2 discs. With commentaries and interviews. 1999. 16x9 Widescreen. 160 minutes. Unrated.
Seven Swords - Donnie Yen, Leon Lai, Charlie Young, Sun Honglei, Lu Yi, and Kim So Yeun star in yet another exciting version of The Seven Samurai and The Magnificent Seven. In Cantonese and Mandarin. Also with English subtitles or dubbed track. 2 discs. With commentary. deleted scenes, featurettes and interviews. Directed by Tsui Hark. 2005. 16x9 widescreen. 153 minutes. Unrated.
Young Soul Rebels - This interesting drama recreates the racially & politically tense London of the late seventies when an interracial sex act turned murder ignites a major change in how the black community in England is treated. Starring Valentine Nonyela, Mo Sesay, Dorian Healy, Frances Barber and Sophie Okonedo. Directed by Isaac Julien. 1992. 16x9 Widescreen. 105 minutes. Unrated.
Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, The - Includes all of the DVD extras plus extra featurettes and movieIQ+sync.
It's Complicated - Includes all of the DVD features plus pocket BLU, Social BLU and BD Live.
Descriptions written by manager Steven Y. Mori
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