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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

New Releases - June 15, 2010

Blue Tooth Virgin, The - In this quirky indie comedy, friendship is strained between two best friends when one of them tells the other the truth about the quality of his screenplay. Can they repair their friendship? Can the critic write a better script than his pal? Starring Austin Peck, Bryce Johnson, Tom Gilroy, Roma Maffia, Lauren Stamile and Karen Black. With commentary and interviews. Directed by Russell Brown. 2008. 16x9 Widescreen. R.

Book of Eli, The - Denzel Washington makes like Mad Max in this post-apocalyptic action thriller as a loner who makes his way west with a sacred book in his backpack that may help re-build civilization. Unfortunately, he runs across baddies who want to get ahold of it no matter what. Denz is his usual cool self as the dusty anti-hero, and Gary Oldman adds to his bad guy oeuvre as the nasty villain. Co-starring Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Jennifer Beals, Frances De La Tour, and Michael Gambon. With additional scenes and featurette. Directed by The Hughes Brothers. 2010. 16x9 Widescreen. 118 minutes. R.

Burn Notice: Season 2 - Jeffrey Donovan returns as Michael Westen, an ex-CIA agent who wants to find out who and why someone burned him and got him drummed out of the Agency. With the help of his sinewy, ass-kicking ex girlfriend (Gabriel Anwar), his supportive mom (Sharon Gless) and his goofy CIA pal (played by scene-stealing Bruce Campbell of Evil Dead fame), Westen gets closer in this fun action thriller. Hot guest stars this season include Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) and Stacy Haiduk (Seaquest DSA). All 15 Season 2 epis spread across 4 discs. 4 separate rentals. With commentaries, deleted scenes and featurette. 2008-2009. 16x9 Widescreen. Unrated.

Burn Notice: Season 3 - The same cast mentioned above returns for this equally fun 3rd season, and Westen again continues his quest, getting closer all the time. All 16 epis spread across 4 discs. 4 separate rentals. With commentary and featurettes. 2009-2010. 16x9 Widescreen. Unrated.


Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 7 - After a few uneven seasons, Larry David returns to top form basically playing himself, everyone's favorite unfiltered curmudgeon, in the hit HBO sitcom. This season, we find him trying to win back his ex-wife (wonderfully played by Cheryl Hines) by unconventional means, and his agent-pal Jeff (Jeff Garlin) convinces him to do a Seinfeld reunion. Of course, the episodes covering the Seinfeld reunion drew rave reviews and featured very welcome guest shots by Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Jason Alexander, Michael Richards, Estelle Harris and Wayne Knight. Not only that, but we get funny guest appearances by Christian Slater, Rosie O'Donnell and others. All 10 epis spread across 2 discs. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. Unrated.




Fierce Creatures - We never carried this Monty Pythonish farce before because it was sadly only released in full frame, which it still is, but we decided to get it after numerous requests. John Cleese wrote the script for this wacky comedy that reunited the cast of A Fish Called Wanda. In this darkly funny outing, Kevin Kline plays a media mogul-zoo owner who orders his zoo director to raise the zoo's profit margin by only carrying dangerous animals and dumping the kinder, genteler ones. First time in rental. Also starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Palin and Carey Lowell (License to Kill). Directed by Robert Young and Fred Schepisi. 1998. Full Screen. 94 minutes. PG-13.

Happy Tears - Parker Posey and Demi Moore give excellent performances as two sisters who have to reconcile their rocky relationship when they have to take care of their ailing father in this subtle dramedy. Rip Torn stars as the father and the excellent supporting cast includes Ellen Barkin, Christian Camargo, and Billy Magnussen. With commentary. Directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein. 2010. 16x9 Widescreen. 95 minutes. R.




Jellyfish - This Israel-French drama focuses on three very different Tel Aviv women: A waitress who finds and cares for a lost child (Sarah Adler), a woman going through an dodd honeymoon (Noa Knoeller) and a woman who looks after a lonely old woman to supprt her son in the Phillippines (Ma-nenita De Lattore). Co-starring Nikol Leidman, Gera Sandler, and Zharira Charifai. With interview. In Hebrew with English subtitles. Directed by Etgar Keret & Shira Geffen. 2007. 16x9 Widescreen. 78 minutes. Unrated.

Mary and Max - This Australian claymation feature is a very dark and quirky dramedy about a lonely 8 year old Aussie goth girl (voiced by The United States of Tara's Toni Collette) and her 20 year pen pal friendship with an obese 44 year old New Yorker (Philip Seymour Hoffman from Capote). Eric Bana, and Bethany Whitmore also star. With commentary, featurettes, deleted scenes and Adam Eliliot's acclaimed short film Harvie Krumpet. Directed by Adam Elliot. 2008. 16x9 Widescreen. 92 minutes. Unrated.




Midsomer Murders: Set 15 - John Nettles and Jason Hughes return as Inspector Tom Barnaby and protege Detective Sergeant Ben Jones respectively as they investigate thebizarre and quirky murders that occur in Midsomer County. 3 epis: Blood Wedding has Barnaby anticipating and distracted from his daughter's wedding while investigating the murder of a bridesmaid from another wedding; Shot at Dawn has a long family feud erupt in murder when a disgraced soldier's name is put on a WWI memorial; and Left for Dead has Barnaby discovering a link between a double murder and a decades old disappreance. Guest stars include Daniel Casey, Samantha Bond, Donald Sinden, Malcolm Sinclair, Maggie Steed and George Cole. Also includes the documentary Super Sleuths about Midsomer Murders with John Nettles, Caroline Graham, And Anthony Herowitz. 4 separate rentals. 16x9 Widescreen. Each episode 100 minutes each episode and 47 minutes for the documentary. The 3 episodes are regular rentals while the documentary is a $2 rental.


My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story - An unusual collection of celebrities, actors, writers, directors, designers and others discuss their loving relationships with man's best friend. Featuring Cindy Adams, Edward Albee, Richard Belzer, Glenn Close, Edie Falco, Richard Gere, Lasse Hallstrom, Gerg Louganis, Carey Lowell, Christopher Meloni, Isaac Mizrahi, Lynn Redgrave, Didi Conn, David and Danny Shire, Diana Taylor and Livingston Taylor. With deleted scenes and interviews. Directed by Mark St. Germain. $2 rental. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 50 minutes. Unrated.

Mystery Train: Criterion Collection, The - Cult director Jim Jarmusch's quirky and memorable dramedy about Japanese teen tourists, a frazzled Italian widow and a disgruntled British immigrant converging on the city of dreams in three stories gets the Criterion treatment. Starring Youki Kudoh, Masatoshi Nagase, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Cinque Lee, Nicoletta Braschi, Elizabeth Bracco, Joe Strummer, Rick Aviles, Steve Buscemi, Tom Noonan, Rufus Thomas, and Tom Waits. With interviews and extra documentaries. 16x9 Widescreen. Unrated.


Nip/Tuck: 6th and Final Season - Those infamous plastic surgeons and best friends (devilishly played by Julian MacMahon and Dylan Walsh) who have changed many faces of South Beach get their final cuts in in this 6th and final season. Also starring John Hensley, Joely Richardson, Kelly Carlson (The Marine), and Roma Maffia. 19 epis spread across 5 discs. With featurette. 5 separate rentals. 2010. 16x9 Widescreen. Unrated.



Toe to Toe - Louisa Krause and Sonequa Martin play two very different girls who become fast friends and lacrosse partners when they attend a prep school in Washington, D.C. However, their differences in race, class and relationships threaten to tear them apart in this well-reviewed indie drama. Silvestre Rasuk, Gaius Charles, Ally Walker (Profiler), and Leslie Uggams co-star. Directed by Emily Abt. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 104 minutes. Unrated.

Unthinkable - Given very little if any theatrical release, this intense and thrilling ticking time bomb movie may be the most underrated movie of the year so far. The ubiquitous and extraordinarily talented and versatile Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon, Twilight Saga New Moon, and Damned United) stars as a terrorist who has planted nuclear devices in 3 US cities and allows himself to be arrested. The government hires a torture expert (Samuel L. Jackson) who will stop at nothing to get the information from him before the devices go off, and The Matrix's Carrie-Anne Moss stars as the FBI agent who believes that torture is the wrong route. Co-starring Martin Donovan and Stephen Root. With alternate ending and commentary. Directed by Gregor Jordan. 2010. 16x9 Widescreen. 97 minutes. R.

When in Rome - The lovely and charming Kristen Bell [Veronica Mars, Heroes] stars as a beautiful and smart career girl who seems to have it all, but when she goes to Rome for her sister's wedding, she realizes that she's missing one thing: true love. She goes to the Trevi Fountain and retrieves several coins that were tossed in for luck and love, but the problem is several odd suitors who tossed in the coins show up to try to win her hand in love. Of course, Josh Duhamel [Las Vegas, Transformers movies] is the obvious handsome and funny front runner, but he gets unexpected competition from Will Arnett, Jon Heder, Dax Shepard, and Danny DeVito(!!!). Anjelica Huston and Peggy Lipton provide fun cameos in this surprisingly likable romcom, thanks to beautiful Italian locations and especially sharp and delightful performances by Bell & Duhamel. With bloopers, deleted scenes and music videos. Directed by Mark Steven Johnson. 2010. 16x9 Widescreen. 91 minutes. PG-13.

Youth in Revolt - Michael Cera [Paper Hearts, Nick & Nora's Playlist] pulls out all the stops in this dark cult comedy. He plays a frustrated, nerdy teen who meets a hot babe (Portia Doubleday) during a trailer park vacation with his parents and immediately falls for her. The problem is she likes bad boys, so Cera adopts a dangerous alter ego to woo her, causing him to let his inhibitions to run a little too wild. Definitely a future cult classic, this over-the-top comedy also has a terrific supporting cast that includes Zach Galifianakis, Justin Long, Ray Liotta, and Steve Buscemi. Jean Smart, Mary Kay Place, Justin Long, and Fred Willard. With deleted scenes, auditions, and commentary. Directed by Miguel Arteta. 2010. 16x9 Widescreen. 90 minutes. R.



Blu-rays:

Book of Eli, The - The Blu-ray has the same extras as the DVD but adds featurettes and an animated short. Also comes with the regular DVD.

Written by manager Steven Y. Mori

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