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2006: March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | Previous Archives | Guru DVD Reviews


New and Coming Releases

This page is updated as we obtain more information regarding future releases, and as titles are added to rent (from request). Enjoy!
Last updated: November 21, 2006


Superman II (Special Edition)
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Releases: 2006-11-28
Synopsis: Between giving up his super powers, confronting criminals from outer space, and having problems with his girlfriend, it's a bad time to be the Man of Steel in this sequel to the 1978 blockbuster. When... more>>>


Hammer Film Noir vol. 4
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Releases: 2006-11-28
Synopsis: Steve Fisher, best known for I Wake Up Screaming, wrote the story and screenplay for the British melodrama Terror Street. <a href='/character?pid=205... more>>>


Hammer Film Noir vol. 5
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Releases: 2006-11-28
Synopsis: A carnival freak show provides the setting for this murder mystery. The trouble begins when the "Starving Man" the world's longest survivor of a fast is found dead inside his glass cage. It is later l... more>>>


Superman Returns (Widescreen)
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Releases: 2006-11-28
Synopsis: The Man of Steel returns to the big screen with this continuation of the icon's film legacy that picks up after the events of the first two Christopher Reeve films. Some time has passed since the even... more>>>


Case Closed Season 2 vol. 1 - The Exploits of Genius
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Releases: 2006-11-28



Moon Phase vol. 2
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Releases: 2006-11-28
Synopsis: A captivating apparition high upon an ancient castle, a glimpse of the ever-elusive muse through the camera lens…Kouhei may be one of the best paranormal photographers… but he’s never actually seen a ... more>>>


Speed Grapher vol. 4
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Releases: 2006-11-28



Naruto vol. 6: Powerful New Rivals
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Releases: 2006-11-28



Superman Returns (Special Edition)
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Releases: 2006-11-28
Synopsis: The Man of Steel returns to the big screen with this continuation of the icon's film legacy that picks up after the events of the first two Christopher Reeve films. Some time has passed since the even... more>>>


Negima vol. 4: Magic 401 - Magical Enchantments
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Releases: 2006-11-28



Girls Bravo: Complete Box Set
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Releases: 2006-11-28



Celebrating the Art of Short Film
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Releases: 2006-11-28



An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Even Harder
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Releases: 2006-11-28
Synopsis: Writer/director Kevin Smith is well known for his sincere devotion to his loyal fan base, and in this release, the man behind Clerks, Mallrats, and <a hr... more>>>


Secret Agents, Private I: The Art and Films of Lynn Hershman Leeson
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Releases: 2006-11-28



Pandora's Box (Criterion Collection)
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Releases: 2006-11-28
Synopsis: German filmmaker G.W . Pabst's late-silent classic Pandora's Box (Die Busch de Pandora) stars the hauntingly beautiful Louise Brooks as libertine dancer Lulu. Ever out for the Main Chance, Lulu tries ... more>>>


Angel Rodriguez
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Releases: 2006-11-28
Synopsis: Cultural conflicts threaten to derail the relationship between a determined youth counselor and her headstrong young charge in this drama from Girls Town director Jim McKay. Despite being labeled a de... more>>>


Time to Leave
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Releases: 2006-11-28
Synopsis: Diagnosed with terminal cancer and given only a short while to live, a successful fashion photographer embarks on one final journey in the second of three films in a trilogy about death and mourning f... more>>>


The Christopher Reeve Superman Collection
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Releases: 2006-11-28
Synopsis: This collection contains the following titles: Superman Unable to convince the ruling council of Krypton that their world will destroy itself soon, scientist Jor-El takes drastic measures to preserve... more>>>


Superman 2: The Richard Donner Cut
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Releases: 2006-11-28
Synopsis: Between giving up his super powers, confronting criminals from outer space, and having problems with his girlfriend, it's a bad time to be the Man of Steel in this sequel to the 1978 blockbuster. When... more>>>


Where the Heart Roams
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Releases: 2006-11-28
Synopsis: This documentary covers the 1983 Romantic Book Lovers Conference and the writers who contribute to the 120 to 150 new monthly entrees. With over 20 million readers, the giant industry is led by writer... more>>>


Dane Cook's Vicious Circle
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Releases: 2006-11-28



Tribulation 99
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Releases: 2006-11-28
Synopsis: Tribulation 99 is a satirical pastiche of stock footage, propaganda films and newsreels, culled from archives all over Canada. The clips are arranged in a sort of continuity to "prove" that America ha... more>>>


See No Evil
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Releases: 2006-11-28
Synopsis: A ragtag group of juvenile delinquents assigned the task of cleaning up an abandoned hotel find out just how deadly community service can be when they are stalked by a monstrous, four-hundred-pound ma... more>>>


Clerks 2
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Releases: 2006-11-28
Synopsis: You can take the clerks out of the Quick Stop, but you just can't take the Quick Stop out of the clerks as Dante (Brian O'Halloran) and Randall (Jeff Anderson) prove in this long-awaited... more>>>


Now You Know
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Releases: 2006-11-28
Synopsis: A pair of former high school sweethearts whose love has never faltered looks forward to a life of marital bliss until, on the eve of the groom's Las Vegas bachelor party, the bride suddenly calls off ... more>>>


Monster in a Box
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Releases: 2006-11-28
Synopsis: Gray's third performance film is a document of his experiences as a procrastinating novelist; the title refers to Gray's 1900-page manuscript, which is two years past deadline. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Mov... more>>>


St. Elsewhere: Season 1
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Releases: 2006-11-28



Otomo
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Releases: 2006-11-28
Synopsis: Frieder Schlaich directs this horrific look at racism in modern Germany. Loosely based on a real-life incident that scandalized Stuttgart in 1989, the film recounts the final day of a Liberian politic... more>>>


School of Senses
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Releases: 2006-11-28
Synopsis: Soft, sensual cinematography abounds in this erotic look back at a gypsy girl's coming of age. It is based on a popular novel penned by famed Hungarian novelist Peter Esterhazy using the pseudonym Lil... more>>>


Night Train
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Releases: 2006-11-28
Synopsis: Originally titled Pociag, this Polish Hitchcock homage stars Lucyna Winnicka and Leon Niemczyk. A mysterious young man (Niemczyk), claiming to be a doctor, boards the night train. Overcrowded conditio... more>>>


CoSM: Alex Grey & the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors
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Releases: 2006-11-28
Synopsis: COSM the Movie: Alex Grey and the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors features artist Alex Grey showing of the New York gallery and its contents. ~ Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide... more>>>


The Ant Bully
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Releases: 2006-11-28
Synopsis: A kid who hates ants finds himself living among the six-legged critters in this computer-animated comedy-adventure. Lucas Nickle (voice of Zach Tyler Eisen) is a ten-year-old boy whose family has just... more>>>


Robin Hood: Most Wanted Edition
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Releases: 2006-11-28
Synopsis: Robin Hood is one of the first animated films produced by the Walt Disney Company after Walt Disney's death in 1967. For the film, the studio's animators took the Disney tradition of adding human-like... more>>>


Fantastic Children vol. 5
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Releases: 2006-11-28



Mobile Suit Gundam Seed vol. 5: Destiny
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Releases: 2006-11-28



Planetes: Complete Collection
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Releases: 2006-11-28
Synopsis: The year is 2075 AD. The dream of working and living in the vast openness of space is now a reality. However, a new threat has arisen and if left unchecked can prove fatal: Space Debris. An undetectab... more>>>


Clockwork Fighters, Vol. 1: Hiwou's War
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Releases: 2006-11-28



Azumi
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Releases: 2006-11-28



Date With An Angel
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: In this romantic comedy fantasy, an angel (Emmanuelle Beart) with a heavenly body falls into the swimming pool of Jim Sanders (Michael E. Knight). Hung over from his bachelor party, his ... more>>>


Grey Gardens (Criterion Collection)
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: Albert and David Maysles, pioneers in the cinéma vérité movement of documentary filmmaking, chose for their subjects of this film a mother and daughter with celebrity connections. Edith Bouvier Beale ... more>>>


Grey Gardens (Criterion Collection)
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: Albert and David Maysles, pioneers in the cinéma vérité movement of documentary filmmaking, chose for their subjects of this film a mother and daughter with celebrity connections. Edith Bouvier Beale ... more>>>


Pulse (Unrated)
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: When wireless technology puts humans into contact with an unstoppable force that's determined to claim the lives of the living for the souls of the damned, it's up to a group of determined teens to cl... more>>>


Gaogaigar vol. 2: King of Braves
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: After pleading with the gods for a child, a couple is granted their wish. The star turns out to be a mechanical lion named Galeon, who sends a baby named Mamoru down into the world. Mamoru has a norma... more>>>


Kirameki Project, Vol. 2: Metal Hearts
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Releases: 2006-12-05



Zeiram (Special Edition)
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Releases: 2006-12-05



Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton Film Collection
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: This collection contains the following titles on 4 discs: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) The Sandpiper (1965) The Comedians (1966) The V.I.P.s (1963)... more>>>


Rocky Anthology
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Releases: 2006-12-05



1900 (Special Edition)
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: Bernardo Bertolucci's 255-minute 1900 was a gargantuan undertaking, requiring the resources of three European countries and a trio of American movie studios. Set in the Italian town of ... more>>>


Look Both Ways
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: Preoccupation with disasters and a growing sense of mortality threaten to derail the growing relationship between the witness of a train accident and the reporter sent to interview her in this daring ... more>>>


The Conformist (Extended Edition)
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: The conformist is 1930s Italian Marcello Clerici (Jean-Louis Trintignant), a coward who has spent his life accommodating others so that he can "belong." Marcello agrees to kill a political refugee, on... more>>>


Holiday
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: Both film versions of Phillip Barry's stage comedy Holiday have their merits, but the 1938 version has the added advantage of supercharged star power. Katharine Hepburn plays the youngest daughter of ... more>>>


Lies and Alibis
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: When a reformed grifter currently running a prosperous alibi service for adulterous husbands inadvertently becomes an accessory to murder, he is forced to execute one last, well-timed con as a means o... more>>>


24: Season 5
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Releases: 2006-12-05



Animaniacs vol. 2
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Releases: 2006-12-05



Forbidden Hollywood Collection vol. 1
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: This collection contains the following titles on 2 discs: Baby Face (1933) Lilly (Baby Face) sleeps her way from basement speakeasy bartender, literally floor by floor, to the top floor of a New York... more>>>


Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Special Edition)
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: "You are cordially invited to George and Martha's for an evening of fun and games." Thus read the ad copy for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, which in 1966 went farther than any previous big-studio fi... more>>>


Queens
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: Writer and director Manuel Gómez Pereira takes a look at the funny side of same-sex marriage in this farcical comedy. Magda (Carmen Maura) is the manager of a posh resort hotel that is to... more>>>


A Tout de Suite
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Releases: 2006-12-05



Frank Capra Collection
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: This collection contains the following titles: It Happened One Night (1934) Frank Capra's seminal screwball comedy, which won all five major Academy Awards for 1934, is still as breezy and beguiling ... more>>>


The Oh in Ohio
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: A woman gets a belated introduction to the joy of sex in this comedy. Priscilla (Parker Posey) is a thirtysomething public-relations agent with the unenviable job of trying to lure new businesses to C... more>>>


Pirates of Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest [WS]
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) returns to the screen for another round of supernatural adventures on the high seas in this spirited sequel to the 2003 Disney hit, which re-teams original director ... more>>>


Pirates of Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Special Edition)
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) returns to the screen for another round of supernatural adventures on the high seas in this spirited sequel to the 2003 Disney hit, which re-teams original director ... more>>>


Pinky and the Brain vol. 2
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Releases: 2006-12-05



To the Left of the Father
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: One young man's forbidden love threatens to destroy his life and tear his family apart in this epic-length period drama from Brazil. In the early '40s, teenaged Andre (Selton Mello) is being raised in... more>>>


How to Eat Fried Worms
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: The new kid at school faces up to the school bully by taking on a challenge no one has the guts to try in this family-oriented comedy. Billy (Luke Benward) is an 11-year-old boy whose folks have just ... more>>>


Eureka Seven vol. 5
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Releases: 2006-12-05



Bleak Future
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: Planet Earth has been decimated by a nuclear holocaust, and now it's up to three brave survivors to make their way to a place known as "The Source" and bring order to the chaos of the land in this pos... more>>>


The Bloodletting
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: Eight college students out for a night of hard partying discover too little too late that the warning of a powerful evil they had once laughed off holds a terrifying amount of truth in director Shaun ... more>>>


Miami Vice (Unrated Director's Edition)
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: Writer and director Michael Mann updates the groundbreaking television crime series he created in the 1980s with this stylish thriller. Ricardo Tubbs (Jamie Foxx) and Sonny Crockett (<a h... more>>>


Beerfest
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: Two guys used to drinking beer for fun suddenly become fierce competitors in a sort of Lager Olympics in this over-the-top comedy. Todd Wolfhouse (Erik Stolhanske) and his brother Jan (Pau... more>>>


The Architect
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: Tonya Neely (Viola Davis) is a neighborhood activist on the south side of Chicago, trying to get her community to rally to tear down Eden Court, the dangerous housing project where she lives. After a ... more>>>


Papuwa vol. 3: Tropical Triathlon
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Releases: 2006-12-05



Idlewild
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: OutKast duo André "Andre 3000" Benjamin and Antwan Andre "Big Boi" Patton star as two Prohibition-era performers determined to fend off the vicious g... more>>>


Boys Briefs 4
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Releases: 2006-12-05



Inu Yasha vol. 49
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Releases: 2006-12-05



20 Centimeters
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: A fantasy-prone transvestite who is looking to make the leap to transsexual status imagines that he is the star of a lavish universe punctuated by elaborate musical numbers in director Ramon Salazar's... more>>>


Beales of Grey Gardens (Criterion Collection)
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: For their classic, 1976 documentary Grey Gardens, Albert and David Maysles shot hours-upon-hours of footage exploring the lives of their subjects Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie (who were af... more>>>


Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Two Takes (Criterion Collection)
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: This odd film was shot in 1967 but wasn't released until 1991. The reality of the production is quite amazing. The director, who up until then had only filmed documentaries, decided that he wanted to ... more>>>


Lubitsch in Berlin: The Oyster Princess / I Don't Want to Be a Man
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: Fans of the legendary director Ernst Lubitsch have often spoken of the "Lubitsch touch," that hard-to-define quality that is present throughout his work and that makes his best films, from The Marriag... more>>>


Lubitsch in Berlin: Anna Boleyn
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: Anne Boleyn(Henny Porten) is coveted by King Henry VIII (Emil Jannings) when he tires of Queen Katherine. The ruler desires an heir to the throne, and Katherine has not provided one. Hen... more>>>


Lubitsch in Berlin: Sumurun
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: One Arabian Night is the inadequate American title bestowed upon director Ernst Lubitsch's brilliant German drama Sumurun. In what turned out to be hi... more>>>


Lubitsch in Berlin: The Wildcat
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: The free-spirited daughter of a dangerous bandit falls for a handsome lieutenant in director Ernst Lubitsch's classic 1921 military satire. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide... more>>>


My First Wedding
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: A case of mistaken identity turns a love affair upside down in this romantic comedy, the first English-language feature from French director Laurent Firode. Vanessa (Rachael Leigh Cook) ... more>>>


Mad Cowgirl
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: A disturbed health inspector begins a surreal descent into madness when her marriage fails, her mental health begins to plummet, and her obsession with kung fu movies drives her to seek vengeance agai... more>>>


Kebab Connection
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: When the owner of a Turkish food stand hires his nephew to film a commercial in hopes of bringing in new business, the competition between the Turkish stand and an adjacent Greek food stand finds fami... more>>>


The Pet
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: The story of how a suave European businessman seduces a young American girl into a master/pet relationship. But when people on the outside find out, they'll do anything to save her — even if she doesn... more>>>


Black Christmas (Special Edition)
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Releases: 2006-12-05
Synopsis: Although this Canadian production saw its widest U.S. cable TV distribution in the early '80s (primarily under the title Stranger in the House) to capitalize on the phenomenal success of Halloween and... more>>>


Elemental Gelade vol. 4
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Releases: 2006-12-12



Mozart and the Whale
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Releases: 2006-12-12
Synopsis: The emotional dysfunctions of two people suffering from an autistic disorder known as Asperger's syndrome threaten to derail the pair's emerging romance in director Petter Næss' affectionate tale of l... more>>>


James Bond Ultimate Collection vol. 4
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Releases: 2006-12-12
Synopsis: Terence Young directed this first of a long line of screen adventures with Ian Fleming's unflappable British Secret Service Agent 007 in a fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek style that set the... more>>>


James Bond Ultimate Collection vol. 3
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Releases: 2006-12-12
Synopsis: James Bond heads East to save the world (and to learn how to serve saki properly) in this action-packed espionage adventure. When an American spacecraft disappears during a mission, it's widely believ... more>>>


The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe (Extended Edition)
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Releases: 2006-12-12
Synopsis: Four siblings -- Edmund (Skandar Keynes), Lucy (Georgie Henley), Peter (William Moseley), and Susan (Anna Popplewell<... more>>>


American Experience: New York Underground
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Releases: 2006-12-12
Synopsis: Due to the thousands of immigrants flooding the streets each year, New York City, by the mid-1800s, was one of the most crowded places on earth. In March of 1888, a blizzard paralyzed the city and bec... more>>>


Bugsy (Extended Cut)
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Releases: 2006-12-12
Synopsis: Bugsy is a character study of mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel wrapped up in a gangster movie. Siegel (Warren Beatty in a flashy performance) arrives in California in the Forties, assigned t... more>>>


The Devil Wears Prada
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Releases: 2006-12-12
Synopsis: Lauren Weisberger's best-selling novel about a young woman who stumbles into the hectic worlds of high fashion and publishing comes to the big screen in this comedy. Andrea Sachs (Anne Hath... more>>>


Kodocha vol. 10
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Material Girls
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Releases: 2006-12-12
Synopsis: Stripped of their wealth and forced to fend for themselves when the multi-million-dollar cosmetics company inherited from their father suffers due to controversy, two sisters who have never known the ... more>>>


The Cave of the Silken Web
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Releases: 2006-12-12
Synopsis: The popular Journey to the West series continues with this installment that finds Monkey, Pig, and Friar Sand joining their master Xuanzhang in a battle against the siren-like Seven Spiders - who are ... more>>>


House of Sand
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Releases: 2006-12-12
Synopsis: Three generations of women struggle to make lives for themselves and their families in the desert wastes of Northern Brazil in a drama from filmmaker Andrucha Waddington. In 1910, Vasco de Sá (<a href... more>>>


Talladega Nights: The Bellad of Ricky Bobby
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Releases: 2006-12-12
Synopsis: When America's number one NASCAR speed-demon is issued a direct challenge from a gay, French Formula One racer with a hunger for the top spot and a mean talent for tight-cornering, the race is on to b... more>>>


Loving Annabelle
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Releases: 2006-12-12
Synopsis: Writer/director Katherine Brooks adapts the classic lesbian drama Mädchen in Uniform with this tale of a precocious senator's daughter and Catholic boarding school student who falls desperately in lov... more>>>


The Kumite
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Releases: 2006-12-12



Today and Tomorrow
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Releases: 2006-12-19
Synopsis: The perils of Argentinean prostitution are brought to light in this grim cautionary tale. Paula is a young woman in a bind: She can't pay her rent and she's just lost her waitressing job. Desperate, s... more>>>


Women's Prison
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Releases: 2006-12-19



Fighting Spirit (Hajime no Ippo) vol. 15: One Step Further
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Releases: 2006-12-19



Gabrielle
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Releases: 2006-12-19
Synopsis: A seemingly ideal marriage is thrown into embarrassing turmoil in Patrice Chéreau's period drama, Gabrielle. Based on the short story The Return by Josep... more>>>


Jet Li's Fearless
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Releases: 2006-12-19
Synopsis: A young mainland boy living with his family in Tianjin and forbidden by his father to practice martial arts grows up to become the founder of the Jingwu school of fighting in a lavish biopic detailing... more>>>


Trinity Blood vol. 3
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All the King's Men (Special Edition)
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A Scanner Darkly
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Sir! No! Sir!
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My Super Ex-Girlfriend
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Checking Out
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Releases: 2006-12-19
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Little Miss Sunshine
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The Simpsons: Season 9
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Step Up
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Invincible
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The Wicker Man
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The Weeping Meadow
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Releases: 2006-12-19
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Agnes and His Brothers
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Female Misbehavior
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Kamichu vol. 4: Holiday Confessions
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Dane Cook's Tourgasm
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The Black Dahlia
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Naruto, Vol. 7: The Chunin Exam
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One Piece vol. 6: The Better Swordsman
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FLCL (Fooly Cooly): The Ultimate Edition DVD Collection
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Factotum
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The Smugglers & A Girl Is a Gun: The Films of Luc Moullet
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Releases: 2007-01-02
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Shottas
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Releases: 2007-01-02
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The Covenant
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Quinceanera
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Idiocracy
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Bandidas
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Crank
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Street Fight
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Releases: 2007-01-09
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Nude on the Moon / Blaze Starr Goes Nudist
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Extras: Season 1
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The Night Listener
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Conversations with Other Women
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Psychopathia Sexualis (Unrated)
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Legendary Weapons of China
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Live Nude Girls (Unrated)
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Her Minor Thing
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Sherrybaby
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In Her Line of Fire
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Perth
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Inside Irvin
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May 6th (06/05)
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Kate Clinton
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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (Unrated)
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Gridiron Gang
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Releases: 2007-01-23
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Jacknife
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Releases: 2007-01-23
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Mobile Suit Gundam Seed vol. 6: Destiny
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The Puffy Chair
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Hopeless Pictures: Season 1
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This Film Not Yet Rated
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Robert Mitchum: The Signature Collection
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Brokeback Mountain (Collector's Edition)
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Releases: 2007-01-23
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Comedians of Comedy
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Releases: 2007-01-30
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Red Doors
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El Vacilon
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Releases: 2007-01-30
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Lucky Louie: Season 1
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Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas
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Naruto, Vol. 8: Sharingan Revived
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The First Night
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Releases: 2007-01-30
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E.A.R. - Experimental Audio Research: Live and Unearthed
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I Am Guilty
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I Am an S&M Writer
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Releases: 2007-02-06
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Mutual Appreciation
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Frostbiten
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Adapted from the swordplay manga of the same name, Azumi is essentially live-action anime. Mark Pollard in Kung Fu Cinema: "As a Japanese swordplay film, this has all the guts and glitter that is lacking in present Hong Kong action films. As one of the best action-heavy chambara films released in years, Azumi is highly recommended." (2 discs; $19.45).




Clerks 2 ($21.95). Kevin Smith returned to favorite terrain with this higher-budgeted follow-up to his very indie hit. "Smith's most enjoyable film since, well, Clerks, lacks much of its predecessor's outsider edge, but you'll probably be laughing too hard to care." (Empire) Sean Axmaker interviewed the film's co-stars, Brian O'Halloran and Jeff Anderson, this year, too. Also check out An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Even Harder; the evenings are usually funnier than most of his films.







Pandora's Box (Criterion). From Criterion itself: "One of the masters of early German cinema, G. W. Pabst had an innate talent for discovering actresses (including Greta Garbo). And perhaps none of his female stars shone brighter than Kansas native and onetime Ziegfeld girl Louise Brooks, whose legendary persona was defined by Pabst's lurid, controversial melodrama Pandora's Box." "The film that put Brooks on the map," wrote David Hudson in our German Expressionism primer. The Criterion disc is, of course, loaded with fantastic extras.







Two war-themed films nominated for Best Foriegn Film at the last Oscars are new to DVD. Sophie Scholl: The Final Days is the tale of the young woman executed by the German government for being a member of the anti-Nazi White Rose student movement - played vivldy by The Edukators' Julia Jentsch. Adds The LA Times, "her strong and graceful, quiet knockout of a performance is the film's most potent weapon." Also based on a real story, the moving Joyeux Noel ($22.45) is "an extraordinary film... vital, immediate and human." (SF Chronicle)




Forbidden Planet (50th Anniv. Ed.): Considered the sci-fi film given a large budget by a film studio, Forbidden Planet (nominated for a Best Special Effects Oscar in 1957, and lost - to The Ten Commandments!) is famous for being "that film with Robbie the Robot" - but it's much more. ... read the rest on Guru.







Oldboy Special Edition. For the past few years, writer/director Chan-wook Park has been treating audiences to thrilling and visually stunning cinema with his already legendary vengeance trilogy. Oldboy, the second part of the trilogy, now has a 3-disc collectorÂ’s edition DVD set ($29.45) boasting 350 minutes of bonus material, including a superb featurette, "Autobiography of Oldboy," and some unique collectorÂ’s items giving the viewer unprecedented access to one of the most exciting films of this decade.







Certainly one of the odder films in a while, Brothers of the Head is a mockumentary without the mock, a tale of conjoined twins who become a pop phenomenon. "More real and more artistically, morally, and spiritually honest than any dozen bedrock documentary films you'd care to name," wrote Marc Savlov in the Austin Chronicle. In a new interview for GC, Sean Axmaker talked with the film's risk-taking makers.







Wordplay's an engaging documentary about cross-word puzzle addicts and the people who keep them addicted: namely Will Shortz, New York Times Crossword editor. Jon Stewart (at right), Bill Clinton, and the Indigo Girls are just a few of the more famous puzzle-doers to appear here in this "wry crowd-pleaser about [a] colorful subculture" (AV Club).







Fallen Idol (Criterion). Glenn Erickson, the DVD Savant, is high on the release of Carol Reed's classic: "a brilliant murder thriller... [a] shrewdly moralistic, complicated 'Boy Who Cried Wolf' story that investigates the way children and adults misinterpret and misunderstand each other." He adds that the transfer offers "a picture perfect presentation of this handsome B&W film."

Read more on GreenCine Daily's new DVD reviews column.







Transformers: The Movie (Anniversary Edition). Remastered and fully loaded, Transformers: The Movie ($15.95) makes it back to DVD 20 years after its premiere, in a 2-disc release with three versions of the feature film, commentaries and interviews, plus a sneak peak at the new live-action movie. That one will probably suck but the original is a fun blast of 80s nostalgia. "An entertaining spectacle in its own right" says DVDTalk, the DVD is "highly recommended."







"If there were an ounce of taste left in Hollywood," wrote Rolling Stone's Peter Travers of the indie drama Down to the Bone in 2004, "the magnificent Vera Farmiga [now seen in The Departed] would be a front-runner for the Best Actress Oscar along with Transamerica's Felicity Huffman and Walk the Line's Reese Witherspoon. Yes, she's that good." Farmiga did win the special jury prize at Sundance, where Debra Granik also took the Dramatic Directing award.







Rampo Noir ($18.60) is a reminder of the things that attracted many of us to Japanese exploitation cinema in the first place," wrote Jasper Sharp in Midnight Eye of this adaptation of the works of mystery writer Edogawa Rampo. "Its unabashed eroticism, its remarkable visual inventiveness, and its willingness to plunge into the dark realms that so many other movies fail to explore."







La Commune (Paris 1871): Peter Watkins' epic, landmark film (3 discs; $30.95) is "spectacular," raved Village Voice's J Hoberman. "Dynamic historical reconstruction in the form of an experimental documentary, Watkins's six-hour feature was made in DV for (and largely buried by) French TV; it's as much immersion as narrative - complicated yet lucid and contagiously exciting."







"Curious experience, this movie," wrote Roger Ebert of Jane Campion's first feature Sweetie (Criterion) ($29.96), in 1990. "The first time I saw it I didn't know what to make of it... Then I saw [it] a second time, and suddenly there it all was, laid out in blood and passion on the screen, the emotional turmoil of a family's life." It's a challenging film, to be sure, but, Ebert adds, "it's the genuine article, and it's there on the screen in all of its defiant strangeness. Most movies slide right through our minds without hitting anything. This one screams and shouts every step of the way."




Hands Over the City (Criterion) (1963; 2 discs, $29.96), is a "fine treatment of an overlooked film" (Dave Kehr, NY Times). Francesco Rosi's work is an angry expose of Italian post-war corruption as well as being a richly composed film.







The social satire Sólo Con Tu Pareja (Criterion; $22.46) was the first feature by Alfonso Cuarón (Y Tu Mamá También, The Little Princess), made 15 years ago but just now out on home video. "A lively calling card from a young, ambitious director working with limited funds and a screenplay he wrote with his brother Carlos," wrote AO Scott in The New York Times. "The promise he showed [here] has already been realized and exceeded, but there is something gratifying about witnessing such talent in its fledgling state."




Roger Ebert on Lodge Kerrigan's indie film Clean, Shaven (Criterion; $22.46) a few years back: "a harrowing, exhausting, painful film, and a very good one - a film that will not appeal to most filmgoers, but will be valued by anyone with a serious interest in schizophrenia or, for that matter, in film." Also new: Sean Axmaker talks with Kerrigan about Clean, Shaven, plus his first feature, Keane, and the film he shot in between, Claire Dolan.







Kino's documentaries Billy Wilder Speaks and Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen ($18.95 each) highlight two one-of-a-kind auteurs, one who toiled in relative obscurity while the other made one famous film after another. Both, these films prove, were equally important to film history as well as being fascinating characters. The Wilder film is a rewarding hodge-podge of interviews, clips, rare photos and more, providing insight into the irascible director's mind, while the Ulmer doc explores both the art and the illusion of the master of low-budget noir. (We spoke to Ulmer's daughter about the documentary, too - which she produced.)






Prairie Home Companion is "the kind of picture Robert Altman was born to make," wrote Premiere's Claire Evans. "His famously light touch with actors pays dividends in freewheeling brilliance among this once-in-a-lifetime cast" - which includes Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Kline, Lindsay Lohan and, of course, Garrison Keillor, who adapted his long-running radio program to the screen. The DVD ($21.45) adds an amiable commentary track from Altman and Kline (though one from Keillor would have been a nice bonus, too).




Reds ($14.95): We've been waiting for Warren Beatty's multi-Oscar winner to arrive on DVD for ages and then here it comes out a week ahead of schedule, with a lavish treatment.






Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (2006; $21.75). "Exceedingly well-made documentary - if anything, a little too polished," says GreenCine's Craig Phillips "about the most dominant team in American pro soccer history, the New York Cosmos... [A] must for any soccer fan."





"More or less a video autobiography of one man's passion for making (and remaking) the genre films of his youth," says DVD Talk of I Was a Teenage Movie Maker, "a sometimes crude but mostly beguiling and sometimes quite charming documentary not necessarily limited to like-minded amateur filmmakers and monster movie fans." Besides the 40 minute documentary, these two discs include all 41 of Don Glut's amateur movies.






The Maltese Falcon comes back to DVD in a packed 3-disc special edition ($19.93) - packed because it not only contains a restored print of the famous version directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, but also two other editions, one from 1931 and a more comedic 1936 film ("Satan Met a Lady"). A must for film buffs and Dashiell Hammett-philes.







Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (2006; $21.75). "Exceedingly well-made documentary - if anything, a little too polished," says GreenCine's Craig Phillips "about the most dominant team in American pro soccer history, the New York Cosmos... [A] must for any soccer fan."







The Notorious Bettie Page (2005; $20.98). Gretchen Mol is stunning in this biopic of the elusive former pin-up girl. Mary Harron's (I Shot Andy Warhol) film shows her "as a young woman not so much naive as simply incapable of depravity," wrote Roger Ebert, very knowledgable on the subject. "The tone of the movie is subdued and reflective. It does not defend pornography, but regards it (in its 1950s incarnation) with subdued nostalgia for a more innocent time." But finally, Ebert adds, "Mol is the key to the mysterious appeal of the film, to its sweetness and sadness."
See also: The Irving Klaw Classics Vol. 1: The Bettie Page Films.






American Blackout (2005; $10.95). Illuminating activist doc is "a powerful piece of political cinema that effectively documents the disenfranchisement of black voters in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections" (Atlanta Constitution Journal).






Lady Vengeance (2005; $18.60), a.k.a. "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance," is the concluding, and, we think, best chapter in Chan Wook Park's Vengeance trilogy (Oldboy and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance were the others). "[Park's] most sullen and patient film," wrote Michael Atkinson in The Village Voice, "and yet it's breathless pop filmmaking, narratively mercurial, viscerally traumatic, and thematically infernal."




Also: Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers (2006; $10.95), Robert Greenwald's urgently relevant new documentary; Three Times (2005; $19.93), "great cinema, pop romance that carries a special charge," says the Chicago Tribune.






The Spirit of the Beehive (Criterion) ($29.97). Back in 1999, Derek Malcolm wrote: "I once showed a dozen or so classic non-American films to students at the Royal College of Art. To my surprise, despite the fact that the list included the work of such world-renowned directors as Luis Bunuel, Satyajit Ray and Kenji Mizoguchi, the film they fell in love with was Victor Erice's The Spirit of the Beehive." "A wonderfully allusive and poetic account of childhood in Franco's Spain," (Peter Lennon, Guardian UK), and long considered one of the great lost masterpieces, this truly beautiful film is now no longer lost, thanks to Criterion.




The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005; $19.95). "A one-of-a-kind cinematic experience," (San Francisco Chronicle), Jeff Feuerzeig's doc is a stunning portrait of a musical and artistic genius who nearly slipped away. "An imaginative and at times heart breaking tribute." (Salon.com)






Death of Mr Lazarescu ($18.60). A pitch black comedy about Romania's archaic health care system? Sounds like a real treat, doesn't it? Not so fast. It's one of the best reviewed films of the year. "Both sad and darkly funny, the film is so sharply conceived and richly populated that it often registers like a Frederick Wiseman documentary, even though everything is scripted and every part played by a professional," raved Jonathan Rosenbaum in the Chicago Reader. "A heartbreakingly powerful masterpiece," adds Peter Rainer of The Christian Science Monitor.






I am a Sex Addict (2005; $19.45). Caveh Zahedi (who we interviewed awhile back and now interviews himself) made waves with this "breathtaking high-wire act that combines fact and fiction, drama and self-deprecating humor, honesty and self-delusion, home movies and animation" (Marjorie Baumgarten in the Austin Chronicle). A "consistently witty and inventive lark," wrote Bright Lights Film Journal. "Mischievous, and hardly the most reliable narrator, [Zahedi] presents this playful meta-vaudeville as part documentary, part dramatization with actors, and all narcissistic reflection on his life as a horndog."




Quickies: Dick Cavett: Hollywood Greats ($30.95) features simply some of the greatest (and most enjoyable) television interviews ever; Ballets Russes ($23.45), the absorbing dance film ("gives you such an intense hit of creativity that afterward you may find yourself trying to jete out of the theater and into the street" - Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun).





Playtime (Criterion) (1967; $29.97). Jacques Tati's memorable follow-up (ten years later) to Mon Oncle, returns Monsieur Hulot to a bafflingly modernist Paris. Tati's gloriously choreographed, nearly wordless comedies about confusion in the age of technology reached their creative apex with Playtime. "The most visually inventive film of the 60s is also one of the funniest," wrote Dave Kehr in the Chicago Reader. One to treasure. The new disc also includes Cours du Soir, a delightful 1967 Tati short.






Godzilla: Gojira Deluxe Collector's Edition (1954; $15.95). The star attraction of this new two-disc Godzilla set is the original Japanese cut of the film (the second version features the American theatrical release which added Raymond Burr and a revisionist script). "A classy release that elevates the general stature of the Godzilla franchise," raves the DVD Savant, "[F]ans will be enthusiastic about the extras on the double-disc set." Extras abound on the second disc, so, Burr or no, don't miss it.






Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994; $12.45). Another cult title making its debut on DVD, Alan Rudolph's film transports us back to the 1920s of Dorothy Parker, the oft-quoted, witty woman at the center of the Algonquin Round Table. "What it tries to do it does so extraordinarily well," wrote Marjorie Baumgartner in The Austin Chronicle, "and that is to capture a moment in time and look more closely at the scars hidden underneath the blue ribbons gaily camouflaging Parker's slit wrists. Jennifer Jason Leigh's performance is so incredible that witnessing it is reason enough to take a look at this movie."




The Chinese film Mountain Patrol (Kekexili) is a real sleeper, and unforgettable - all the more so because it's based on a true story. Set in Tibet where a small group of Tibetans struggle to protect the Tibetan antelope (chiru) from poachers, Mountain Patrol is the rare ecologically-minded film that is extremely gripping rather than didactic; or, as Manhola Dargis wrote in the NY Times, it's "as tough and unsparing as its backdrop, a blood-boiling environmental thriller with a dash of Sergio Leone." The new DVD is not of the greatest quality in the world, but the film itself is highly recommended.




Seduced and Abandoned (Criterion) (1964; $22.46). "Pietro Germi creates an incisive and wickedly irreverent satire on manners, duty, honor, and socially cultivated machismo," noted Strictly Film School. And Dave Kehr: "Maliciously funny examination of the marriage rites of Sicily, done up in a crowded, cartoonish style that suggests the work of Preston Sturges."




The Charles Bukowski Tapes (1987; $17.95, two discs). Released to coincide with this month's theatrical release of the Bukowski-based Factotum (and the writer's birthday), Barbet Schroeder's film was seven years in the making, the result this four hour-long study of the man and the music of his words. "The ideal way to show this material was in short video-clips - a new style of film," remarked Schroeder (who also directed the Bukowski-based Barfly). "Once I had screened it this way, it seemed twice as powerful."






In a noir-ish mood? Check out Kino's new Dark Side of Hollywood set ($37.45), five movies including the underrated The Long Night, Anthony Mann's tough, taut Railroaded, and likely the best of the quintet, Sudden Fear with Joan Crawford, which GreenCine's DWoo called a "San Francisco treat." The box from Kino is part of "one of the best ongoing video series around," says Images Journal's Gary Johnson. The latest will hit you like a good slap to the face.





Speaking of noir: Long out of print on DVD, Double Indemnity (1944) is the "most important Film noir ever made," according to Eddie Muller in his article about the film for GreenCine - all the more reason why this special two-disc edition is cause for rejoicing. Barbara Stanwyck is perhaps the ultimate femme fatale, and Fred MacMurray, long before My Three Sons, proves what a terrific actor he was, delivering the snappy dialogue (adapted for the screen by director Billy Wilder and detective novelist Raymond Chandler, from material by James M. Cain). "Despite years of imitation and parody, Double Indemnity never loses its freshness," writes Muller. "And make no mistake about it, everything you love about Double Indemnity was drawn up in the script, which is a masterful example of the screenwriter's art." Extras include two separate new audio commentary tracks, one with film historian Richard Schickel, and a second with film historian/screenwriter Lem Dobbs and film historian Nick Redman.





The caper spoof Safe Men disappeared quickly from public view first time around, barely making it to theaters before being deposited on home video - in fact, it's just now making its way to DVD - but with a game cast and some hilarious comic moments, it's much better than that history would lead one to believe. The film utilizes to perfection the deapan talents of Sam Rockwell and Steve Zahn, well-teamed here as lounge lizards forced to pretend they're safecrackers to avoid being whacked by a Jewish mobster (Michael Lerner), as well as Mark Ruffalo (wearing a "sweet 'stache"), Harvey Fierstein and Paul Giamatti as Veal Chop, Lerner's put-upon toadie. In short order... read the rest on Guru.






The James Stewart Signature Collection ($37.74) offers up a host of classic Jimmy films that had never been on DVD, including The Spirit of St Louis, in which Stewart plays Charles Lindbergh, The Stratton Story, in which Stewart plays Monte Stratton, who overcame the odds and played baseball after losing a leg in a hunting accident, and likely the best of all the ones here, Anthony Mann's fabulous Western The Naked Spur, with Stewart a bounty hunter on the trail, through the breathtaking Rockies, of killer Robert Ryan, who has (hubba hubba) Janet Leigh in tow. Jonathan Rosenbaum in the Chicago Reader called Naked Spur "the most elemental Mann western and my favorite of all his pictures.





Brick (2006). The slangy, teen-noir is Raymond Chandler reimagined for modern day Orange County, and, adds GreenCine's Craig Phillips on Guru, while the film "takes a bit of time to get accustomed to - as if we, the audience, were collectively given a new eyeglass prescription and have to adjust to seeing a certain way - stick with it. Brick is a breakout debut, and one of the best films of 2006."




CSA: Confederate States of America (2005). "I made it as a comedy because I want to reach the audience who would never go to see a serious film about slavery," said filmmaker Kevin Willmott in our interview with him, about his alternative history film which posits the question - what if the South had won the Civil War? "A brilliant and irresistible counterfactual overview of American history," raved the San Francisco Chronicle's Mick LaSalle, "Ultimately not just amusing but moving because it reminds us that the Civil War was not some sectional disagreement or an argument between two equally worthy points of view, but rather a struggle for the country's moral decency and the future of democracy."



Cavite (2005) was filmed for a song but had such a perfect concept for a low-budget film - one main character, shot on location in Manila, it was a "paragon of guerrilla resourcefulness and a model citizen of the global village," wrote Dennis Lim in the Village Voice, "a more anxious and vivid experience than most movies with budgets literally a thousand times bigger... [an] impressively tense micro-thriller."





Richard Pryor Live in Concert (1979) features the comic at his brilliant, raunchy best in this highly influential (and gut-bustingly funny) performance that hardly seems dated at all. This new DVD re-release is far superior to the previous one, too.




The Fifth Horseman Is Fear (1964), Zbynek Brynych's underrated near-classic about an old Jewish doctor who has been forbidden by the Nazis to practice medicine, is "such a nearly perfect film," wrote Roger Ebert in the late 60s's, "that it comes as a shock, in the last ten minutes, to discover how deeply involved you have become. [It is] unmistakably the work of a master, and I can only wonder whether Brynych has made other films or if his ability is natural, as Fellini's seems to be. I mention Fellini because this film seems to have what Fellini and very few other directors are able to achieve: A sense of rhythm." Highly recommended.




A Canterbury Tale (Criterion) (1944; $29.97). Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger never made a bad film in their many years of collaboration, and this reworking of Chaucer - reset in wartime Britain - is no exception. "Highly recommended," extolls DVD Talk, "an enchanting cinematic parable that inspires and uplifts, reminding contemporary audiences of the struggles of the past and how they may reflect on the present and future." As to be expected from Criterion, the two-disc set is full of lovely extras and illuminating commentaries as well.




The Joy of Life (2005; $18.10). Filmmaker Jenni Olson told GreenCine's Tamara Lees: "I want to convey a sense of time and place and history. The underlying agenda of the film is to create a visual document of the changing face of San Francisco... It's also my hope that audiences will be inspired by the film's form and bring this way of looking at the world with them when they leave the theater." Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti approved: "I was joyed," he told her in an e-mail. The film "makes the ordinary extraordinary" (Wesley Morris, The Boston Globe).




"Perhaps the most anticipated DVD release of the day, at least in Region 1," notes DK Holm on the GC Daily, "is Warner Home Video's Film Noir Classic Collection Vol 3." The set ($37.74) includes such rare treasures as Robert Montgomery's first-person-POV-noir Lady in the Lake and His Kind of Woman, along with a bonus disc containing a set of noir shorts.




Kino has just released its "Restored Authorized Edition" (fully re-mastered) of the 1922 silent classic, Dr. Mabuse The Gambler. David Hudson, who's written our primer on German Expressionism, an article on Expressionism and horror and another on the restoration of Metropolis, watches Fritz Lang's epic crime thriller - and urges you to, too. Full article >>




Created by former Simpsons writer Mike Reiss initially as short attention span quickies, the new Queer Duck: The Movie is a riotous good time. With Queer Duck (voiced by Jim J. Bullock, natch) joined by Oscar Wildcat and Openly Gator, you know it's going to be irreverent (and full of bad puns); it's also raunchy, full of deranged show tunes, caricatured celebrities and genial humor. Other voices include Futurama's Billy West (doing his best Paul Lynde impersonation), Estelle Harris, Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, Bruce Vilanch, Conan O'Brien, and David Duchovny. Quacky!




Edward Yang's Yi Yi is one of the most beautiful and perfectly realized films to come from Taiwan. Nearly epic in length but intimate and always engaging, it's as lucid as many a fine novel in its portrait of the struggles of a middle-class family. Criterion's new edition gives the film the treatment it deserves, with a restored high-definition digital transfer, audio commentary by Yang and noted Asian-cinema critic Tony Rayns, and a new interview with Rayns about Yang and the New Taiwan Cinema movement. One to treasure.





Andrew Wagner's The Talent Given Us "is a brave, funny, affecting film that follows his parents and two sisters as they drive from New York to Los Angeles, picking up a family friend in Iowa," wrote Roger Ebert in his 3 and a half star review. "All of this somehow adds up, as I wrote from Sundance, to a movie that is 'seemingly honest.'"

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