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Shot entirely from his perspective, Gigante forces us to walk in his shoes. The object of his obsession, Julia, is as much a mystery to us as she is to him. Although the film is slow paced, it is also very short. When things start to go awry, it is thankfully not drawn out into melodramatic overkill or nauseating fairytale. It came out on DVD in the UK over three years ago and, by converting my hard earned dollars into expensive British pounds, I had the opportunity to see this film at that time.

Better known as Comrade Duch, he ran the Khmer Rouge's horrific Tuol Sleng prison where thousands died and thousands more were tortured. The specifics of Hirohito and Duch's cases are not comparable for many reasons, but I couldn't help thinking about Hirohito when I listened to Duch docile testimony before the court. Hirohito ambiguous complicity in the film will be felt more by some than by others, but is, without a doubt a looming cloud over the sublime The Sun.

Few films can boast agile simplicity in the same breath as opulent complexity, but it is something Alexander Sokurov has a knack for and it comes to a full crescendo in his film The Sun. Sokurov, best known for his one shot wonder Russian Ark , draws an intimate portrait of controversial an eccentric Emperor Hirohito in the waning days of World War II.

Emperor Hirohito more accurately referred to as Emperor Showa reigned longer than any other Japanese emperor and did so during what was arguably the most tumultuous time in Japanese history, with WWII right at the heart of it. His dubious involvement in decision-making before and during the War is still a matter that is hotly debated.

Equal parts speculation and documented fact, the film stays sequestered with the Emperor in his palace as he is given the luxury analyze defeat through fanciful means of botany and poetry. After being ceremoniously served breakfast down in his bunker, the Emperor is presented with his leisurely daily schedule. Will you make some changes, or leave it as it is? In a reality where an individual need not think about such perfunctory things as buttoning a shirt or opening a door, Sokurov postulates the resulting personality born into Hirohito—one with little or no connection to hardship, let alone war or the fervent patriotism and mass destruction that the entire population of Japan was toiling with.

Sokurov is less interested in history than it is the context, both past and present, of the central character. In more of a study than a critique, The Sun has the audacity to feign judgment of Hirohito normally characterized as demon or puppet , and allows Hirohito to make his argument, quite literally, that he is human like everyone else. Stage actor Issey Ogata, who plays Hirohito, has the impossible task of portraying a man caught physically and emotionally in a realm that is not occupied by mere mortals. His portrayal of the Emperor is laden with oddities and ticks that are so strange that have to be based in fact.

His mouth twitches and purses almost obscenely and he caries himself in such a way that makes him seem almost otherworldly. The Sun is an uncharacteristic look at a historical juggernaut that uses contradictions to cast an idiosyncratic spell. Taking its substance from the dimly lit inertia of a bunker, the film builds a world of mysterious ambiguities where a man can be a god and a demon and a human. Sokurov works as both director and cinematographer and gives The Sun a bleached out antiquity that visually accentuates the dimness of the interiors as well as the searing light of sun.

Near the end of the film, it seems as though Sokurov is going to allow for a finale with a small note of tenderness. This is the where the film depressively sinks to a brilliant non-conformist end with innuendos lingering on the faces of the Emperor, Empress and servant like an albatross of an unknown future. Tuesday, December 1, Home Movies - November. Saturday, November 28, This turkey was not pardoned. I hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday weekend. And for those who were involved in this turkey's demise, thanks for a great Thanksgiving!

Labels: Thanksgiving. Originally published on In Review Online. Sufjan Stevens has recently broken out of his Brooklyn shell, and taken his show on the road in true cult art hero form. Playing a handful of very small shows the one locally sold out in under three minutes online stocked with new material, Stevens seems to be preparing to unveil something new.

But not just yet. His second order of business is to wheel out his multimedia project, The BQE , in the form of a new CD release and a city music film event. The pre-packaged tour and release lacks some of the ceremony and the sight-specific context it has in Brooklyn, but is nonetheless a testament of what popular art can be. Fortunately I had more than three minutes to buy tickets for the BQE stop in Minneapolis, but the show, with Stevens present to introduce the film, was sure to sell out. The three part show—including Asthmatic Kitty label mates DM Stith and Osso as well as a screening of The BQE —makes its stop at the Southern Theater, a year old, seat theater that hosts an eclectic mix of dance, performance and music.

I get to the theater to pick up my tickets at will call having no idea what to expect from the evening.

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My first surprise is that I must have been ahead of the curve on ticket buying because my assigned seat is row three, front and center. DM Stith takes the stage first in his pink stocking feet backed by the string quartet Osso. Stith, who has a unique voice that pleasantly reminds me of Mercury Rev front man David Baker, alternates between his acoustic guitar and baby grand piano to deliver delicate yet somewhat eerie vocally driven songs. After a brief intermission to allow people to buy more beer and wine in the lobby no doubt Osso strolls back on stage followed by Sufjan Stevens to introduce the band.

Unbeknownst to me, Stevens and Osso have been working together to transcribe his mostly electronic songs from Enjoy Your Rabbit , which has now manifested itself into a release of its own, Run Rabbit Run. I am totally distracted by the fact that he is compulsively taking them off and putting them back on only to take off one then the other, then put one back on, then both off… Anyway, his intro is rambling and my mind is wandering. Osso is made up of two violins, one viola and one cello. Although I am not familiar with their music, I have had my moment of Sufjan love and bought everything the man made and am very familiar with Enjoy Your Rabbit.

Cellist Marie Bella Jeffers takes it upon herself to introduce the songs.


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Unwilling to stop at just telling us the titles, she rambles—even more than Stevens—between every song and by the end it gets a bit old. Yet another intermission beer and wine and time for the headlining act. Stevens comes back onstage sans snow gloves to give some background to The BQE. He explained how he was fascinated by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway as a hodge-podge of poor urban planning and a demonstration of the irrepressible human condition to move from one place to another.

After the screening in Brooklyn, the project took on a life of its own resulting in a comic book and a nice reel for a Viewmaster. He admits a sort of obsession; barrowing cars just to drive it back and forth. His introduction is a kind of ah-shucks admission to his creative compulsion that feels a little too self-consciousness. Ironically I had just spent some time in New York staying with a friend in Queens. My friend had complained about absurd subway projects in Manhattan when what the city really needed was a line between Brooklyn and Queens, and as a result I had a more political context for The BQE in the back of my head.

All of that fell away when the images hit the screen. A beautiful confluence of image and sound, The BQE is not unlike those exhilarating collaborations between Godfrey Reggio and Philip Glass but from a more local and, dare I say it, more important perspective. The three framesets, originally projected from three projectors, has been transferred into one, making the image size from the DVD essentially 12x3. I wondered how hard it could have been to drag a few 16mm or 8mm projectors into the space and sync the soundtrack, but was willing to accept the logistics would have been, not impossible, but more complicated.

Interminable roadwork, for one, heedlessly confines and divides traffic into a Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome Existential Odyssey of the Mind. There are no rules, except to stay alive. The DVD is barebones with no menu and just the film in triptych form exactly how it was projected at the show. The soundtrack easily takes a back seat to the images, but the music on its own should not be underestimated. It is a magnificent symphony that has no problems challenging grandeur with a pop sensibility.

The entire BQE package is impressive and a smack in the face to the digital download zeitgeist. You have one more day to see New York, I Love You in Minneapolis, and I'm afraid this review will not give you a compelling reason to run out and see it. Directorial collaborations are notoriously uneven and almost always judged by the parts while ignoring the sum. In almost all cases, however, the shorts feel like half-baked thumbnail sketches from great directors on assignment. The film flows in a continuous free-form minute feature without title cards or overt transitions.

It may be harder to dissect, but New York is no less uneven. The highs and the lows blur together and it averages out somewhere around mediocre. Given two days to shoot, one week to edit and an eight-minute time limit, ten directors pontificate love in the City of Lights. From different parts of the city, the two depart to a second meeting together after a one-night-stand.

With Matteo on the subway and Cooper walking on the streets, they are both buried in their own internal monologue: reliving their first meeting and doggedly refusing to be optimistic about their second meeting. Hughes successfully captures the electric and intimate energy of being alone in a crowd. Randall Balsmeyer, primarily a visual effects person, is given the impossible task of connecting the stories and admirably does so with vignettes that occasionally connect characters from separate stories to give a small-world-after-all feeling.

The biggest disappointment is how little New York invokes a sense of place. Although each segment is contained within a specific neighborhood, it unfortunately never translates on screen. It is hard to believe that the creative muscle behind this film—which includes the aforementioned directors as well as Fatih Akin, Shunji Iwai, Mira Nair and Shekhar Kapur—could only muster a tepid mish-mash that has no spark. New York, I Love You serves best as dramatized runway for the actors where the audience, completely unengaged in the plot, can have a simple moment of excitement as the film doles out the multigenerational stars one at a time.

Based on the Greek tragedy from Euripides, Von Trier successfully turns this proto-feminist doctrine into a backhanded credo of female martyrdom and suffering. Dreyer while filming. Pompous as that may sound, seeing Medea is the first step to believing.

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Intentionally grainy and slightly overexposed allowing the light to swallow up certain forms, you can almost feel the hand of Dreyer. Taken from her homeland by her husband Jason, Medea is cast aside when King Creon offers Jason his beautiful young daughter, Glauce. Fearing revenge from the scorned Medea, King Creon orders her exiled. Medea is seen as an oracle in her own country, but is a feared foreign heretic in Greece.

Medea, set on revenge, persuades King Creon to give her one more day, for the sake of her children. Dark foreshadowing looms as Medea sends her children to Glauce with a gift that is secretly poisoned. Set upon destroying Jason completely, she further resolves to take the lives of his two heirs, her own two children, in a painful exhibition of filicide. The interior scenes are dramatically choreographed sets of chiaroscuro where the shadows in the flickering light play a more prominent role than the characters.

When Glauce tells Jason that she will not sleep with him until Medea is no longer in the country, Jason is forced to lie next to the shadow of Glauce that is cast on the translucent fabric that separates them. The exterior shots, some perhaps set pieces as well, glow with an unearthly light. The most notable and surreal is when King Creon goes to Medea to tell her she must leave the country. Medea is wading though knee-deep water of a swamp methodically gathering seeds from the plants growing above the water.

The fog literally blankets the screen as Medea, the King and his servants fade in and out of view. The entire 75 minutes is filled with charged moments of sharp visual elegance. Driven to pursue the mystery surrounding his wife's adultery, he embarks on a global pursuit with a haunted passion that begins to probe the nature not simply of jealousy, but of loss and forgiveness. From Image Entertainment When filmmaker Nina Paley couldn't make her marriage work, she decided to use it as fodder for an ambitious project: a musical, animated and personal interpretation of the Indian epic, the Ramayana.

From Indiepix. Posted December 15 Foreign: In "The Headless Woman" -- Argentina , a bourgeois woman, driving alone on a dirt road, becomes distracted, and runs over something. In the days following this jarring incident, she is dazed and emotionally disconnected from the people and events in her life as she becomes obsessed with the possibility that she may have killed someone.

From Strand Releasing. Posted December 15 For the Family: In "Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie Extended Edition the wizards-in-training go on vacation but an accidental spell threatens the family; Max tries to keep his parents together while Alex and Justin use every trick they know as they search for the Stone of Dreams to reverse the spell and save their family.

From Disney. In the early s, when very little attention was paid to Minimalist and Conceptual Art, the Vogels quietly began purchasing the works of unknown artists. Devoting all of Herb's salary to purchasing art they liked, they were guided by two rules: the piece had to be affordable, and it had to be small enough to fit in their one-bedroom Manhattan apartment. On April 12, , the Soviet Union reported the successful launch, orbit and reentry of the first man in space, Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, pushing the cold war into a space duel.

With the collapse of communism in the Russian Federation, recent access to documents in the Kremlin archives reveal a story intended to remain buried forever. Yuri Gagarin, the icon of triumphant communism known world over, was not the first man in space. He was preceded by Vladimir Ilyushin, an unsung hero and the man at the center of this decades old conspiracy, examined in "Fallen Idol: The Yuri Gagarin Conspiracy" , narrated by Elliott Gould; from Indican Pictures The folks at Moviefone disclaimer: we also blog for Moviefone's Inside Movies have put together their take on the 40 worst films of the decade.

Includes four rare films that have never been available on DVD. Housed in a deluxe, linen-bound collector's set that also includes an illustrated book featuring an introduction and notes on each of the films by Stephen Prince "The Warrior's Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa" and a remembrance by Donald Richie "Films of Akira Kurosawa". Posted December 8 Buzzin' the 'B's: "World's Greatest Dad" , directed by Bob Goldthwait and starring Robin Williams, Alexie Gilmore, Daryl Sabara, Geoff Pierson, Henry Simmons and Mitzi McCall, is a thoughtful but outrageous comedy about a man who learns the things you want most may not be the things that make you happy, and that being lonely is not necessarily the same as being alone.

Robin Williams plays a high school poetry teacher who copes with his son's death from a freak masturbation accident by faking a suicide note to spare the family shame. The note, published without his permission, ends up becoming a sensation, and Lance reignites his writing career by penning a personal journal he claims was written by his son. From Magnolia Home Entertainment In "The Skeptic" , starring Timothy Daly and Zoe Saldana, a stubbornly rational lawyer and control freak who is about to have his disbelief in the paranormal challenged big-time when he goes to stay in his late aunt's big, creepy Victorian mansion while he contests her will; from IFC Films To outward appearances, they are the all-American family.

Dad is a minister in their idyllic upstate New York town, mom is a psychologist, and year-old twins Emily and Jack seem to be the perfect little children. That is, when they're not stapling frogs to trees.


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    Posted December 8 Foreign: When two fed-up, underpaid street soldiers decide to double-cross their boss on a cash-collection shakedown -- and gun down his beloved godson -- the crime lord dispatches every murderous gangster and merciless thug in the city, and even a voodoo priestess, to eliminate the desperate duo in "Dog Eat Dog" -- Columbia , from IFC Films German artist Sophie is trying to come to terms with the unsolved murder of her Taiwanese lover Ai-Ling. Produced by Clint Eastwood. For more information, see Home Media Magazine. The 'flipper discs' by Universal would mark the first time that Blu-ray and standard DVD formats were offered on one disc.

    First up is "A Christmas Tale" -- French , starring Catherine Deneuve, Mathieu Amalric and Melvil Poupaud in a beguiling holiday melodrama that has the troubled Vuillard family coming together at Christmas after family matriarch Deneuve learns she needs a bone marrow transplant from a blood relative. The simple family reunion setup, however, can't begin to describe the unpredictable experience of this film, an inventive, magical drama that deals with unrequited childhood loves and blinding grudges, brutal outbursts and sudden slapstick, music, movies, and poetry, all tied together in a marvelously messy package.

    At the other extreme is Criterion's Blu-ray Disc edition of "Gimme Shelter" , a film that has been called the greatest rock film ever made. This landmark documentary follows the Rolling Stones on their notorious U. On hand were cinema verite pioneers David and Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, who immortalized on film the bloody clash that transformed a decade's dreams into disillusionment.

    Marshall asks him to pick up his gun again to go after the gang he once rode with; stares Jim Hilton and David Carradine; from North American Motion Pictures. Posted December 1 For the Family: Disney has two animated outings this week: "Handy Manny: Manny's Motorcycle Adventure" is the character's first-ever full-length animated feature; Manny brings his friends and tools along for a cross-country ride for a host of adventures; features an original song by Latin-rock band Los Lobos; and "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Choo Choo Express" , starring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and Goofy in a feature-length adventure revolving around Professor Von Drake's creation of a snow that never melts; features an original song by alt-rock band They Might Be Giants.

    Both DVDs feature two interactive viewing modes: "Adventure mode 1 ages uses the remote to answer fun questions about colors, shapes and sizes, Adventure mode 2 ages moves to a higher level with more challenging questions using the remote. Posted December 1 Special Interest: "Ride Around the World" is a documentary that takes a journey across Morocco, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Patagonia, Texas and British Columbia to meet vaqueros, gauchos, baqueanos and cowboys -- all part of a single global horse culture, an unbroken trail stretching back 1, years.

    New Reality for 'Avatar' Merchandising November 22 This is cool: Instead of firing up your webcam and chatting with friends online, how about transporting yourself to Pandora, the world at the center of James Cameron's 'Avatar'? Well, you'll be able to do just that soon using a new technology called "augmented reality," which launches movable 3-D images or games on computer screens when an item is held up to a webcam. And while some movie studios have used the augmented reality for some of their home video releases -- most notably Paramount for 'Star Trek,' which offered a 3-D holographic tour of the U.

    Enterprise when viewers held the disc packaging up to a webcam -- the technology is getting a gigantic multi-million dollar consumer push with 'Avatar,' which opens Dec. Read the complete story at Moviefone Inside Movies. The list ranges from the gothic and the grisly to flat out romantic. Read the complete story here. Plus extras. From The Criterion Collection comes "The Golden Age of Television" contains eight hugely popular live American television plays of the s that have become the stuff of legend.

    Combining elements of theater, radio, and filmmaking, they were produced at a moment when TV technology was advancing and making art accessible to a newly suburban postwar demographic. Posted November 24 Buzzin' the 'B's: A retired special forces officer and an journalist investigate a mysterious island off the Pacific Northwest where they meet a mad scientist and inadvertently unleash the genetically engineered beasts that he's created in "Far Cry" , starring Til Schwiger, Udo Kier and Emmanuelle Vaugier; from Vivendi Entertainment A secret government agency brings a young woman back from the brink of death, transforms her into a genetically engineered vampire and sends her on a mission to stop the Souls of the Damned being unleashed into our dimension in "The Witches Hammer" , starring Claudia Coulter, Stephanie Beacham and Jason Tompkins, from MTI Home Video A tough-as-nails collector for a mob boss one fateful day gets caught in the middle of a double-cross involving the biggest drug lord in the business and when revenge becomes the collector's sole purpose, his life takes a series of very wrong turns in "Wrong Turn at Tahoe , starring Cuba Gooding Jr.

    When a wealthy California family's son is kidnapped it ignites a firestorm of suspicion and rage in idyllic San Jose, California in "Valley of the Heart's Delight" , starring Pete Postlethwaite, Diana Scarwid and Gabriel Mann; Based on the true story of the last lynch mob in California; from Indican Pictures A young woman on vacation in Venice -- engaged to be married -- has an affair with a war correspondent that causes her to rethink her upcoming nuptials in "A Secret Affair" , starring Janine Turner, Fionnula Flanagan, Paudge Behan, Robert Mailhouse and Gia Carides; from Vanguard Cinema.

    Posted November 24 Foreign: "Island Etude" -- Taiwan is a beautifully photographed coming-of-age road movie that tells the story of a handsome young, hearing-impaired man, who before graduating from college, decides to carry his guitar on his back and ride a bike along the Taiwanese coastline, embarking on a seven-day round-island trip; from Vanguard Cinema Posted November 24 Special Interest: "Gotta Dance -- The Movie" is the award-winning documentary that captures the adventures of the New Jersey NETSationals, the first-ever, seniors hip-hop dance team that, despite swollen ankles, challenges from their something Nets Dancer coaches, exhausting rehearsals, fashion crises, radical personality transformations and seemingly impossible dance steps, hip-hop their way into the hearts of Nets fans and beyond; from Dramatic Forces The story followed the adventures of an American astronaut mysteriously transported to a strange universe where he encountered even stranger beings and outlandish situations.

    Extras include commentaries; multiple featurettes and documentaries including "In the Beginning: A Look Back With Brian Henson," "Making of a Space Opera" and "Inside Farscape: Save Farscape"; multiple video profiles featuring archival clips and cast and crew discussing their characters and roles; more than 90 minutes of deleted scenes; and much, much more Posted November 17 Buzzin' the 'B's: "The Limits of Control" is a stylish and sexy thriller about a mysterious loner and hit man who arrives in Spain with instructions to meet various strangers, each one a part of his dangerous mission; from director Jim Jarmusch and starring Isaach de Bankole, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Gael Garcia Bernal and Bill Murray; from Universal From Chan-wook Park, the acclaimed director of the global hit "Old Boy," comes "Thirst" -- South Korea an original vampire story with a chilling, erotic style.

    A blood transfusion saves the life of a priest, but also transforms him into a vampire. He struggles to control his insatiable thirst for blood until a love affair unleashes his darkest desires in deadly new ways; from Universal In "Prisoner" , starring Julian McMahon and Elias Koteas, an egotistical Hollywood director -- whose take-no-prisoners philosophy of life and work has earned him countless enemies in Hollywood -- picks a violent prison drama as his next production. But while scouting locations at an abandoned prison, he's taken captive by a mysterious jailer; from IFC Films When revenge becomes the collector's sole purpose, his life takes a series of very wrong turns; from Paramount In "Vampire Party" -- France , starring Patrick Mille, Frederique Bel, Julie Fournier and Tcheky Karyo, three hardcore partiers get more than they bargained for when they join a wild party hosted by an elite race of lusty vampires; from Dark Sky Films.

    But when the girl gets fed up and runs away to Vancouver, mom straps on a pistol and goes looking for her; from IFC Films A struggling young musician having an existential crisis convinces a Canadian self-help guru to come to London and live with his parents as his personal life coach in "How to Be" , starring Robert Pattinson, Rebecca Pidgeon and Jeremy Hardy; from IFC Films. Posted November 17 Foreign: Tian Yuan. In the award-winning drama "Luxury Car" -- Chinese , an old schoolteacher travels from his small village to the city of Wuhan in search of his missing son, who his dying wife wants to see one last time.

    But instead of finding their son, he discovers his daughter working as a karaoke bar escort, and her mobster boyfriend might be linked to his son's disappearance; from First Run Features. Posted November 17 Special Interest: "Elvis Costello -- Spectacle: Season 1" is a four-disc set with all 13 episodes of the show that features intimate one-on-one conversations and live performances with legendary artists and notable newcomers. Based entirely on interviews with the participants and their friends, the film follows a group of exiles -- transplants from Southwest reservations -- as they flirt, drink, party, fight, and dance.

    Hulk Hogan is an enduring name in sports entertainment, crossing over from the world of wrestling to pop culture: he headlined the first nine Wrestlemania events, in the process becoming a global icon. Posted November 17 Best Buy, Target Battle Over Blu-ray Prices November 13 More proof that the recession is still here despite government pronouncements that it's over and we're rebounding : Best Buy stores and Target are engaing in a price war over Blu-ray and DVD prices in an effort to lure customers into their stores.

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    Blu-ray Prices to Drop November 11 Premium pricing for new Blu-ray Disc releases appears to be falling by the wayside as the format becomes more popular and the studios are anxious to bring the high-definition format to more of the masses. The studios initially saw Blu-ray as a way to get consumers to pay more for movies after years of steady price erosion on DVD, but the troubled economy has changed that thinking. Read more here. These were made during a tumultuous time for The Three Stooges.

    In Curly succumbed to the illness brought on by his stroke six years earlier; he was only 48 when he died. Shemp had really hit his stride by this time and he is at the top of his game in the new shorts from this period, but budget cutbacks at Columbia forced director Jules White to recycle some old footage. The Movie Gimme! More Gift Set" is a two-disc Special Edition with the complete CD soundtrack and an exclusive page book with photos and details about the making of the film in collectible packaging.

    The Movie"; "Gimme! Music Video; Bjorn Ulvaeus cameo; deleted scenes and outtakes. Posted November 10 Buzzin' the 'B's: In "Spread" , starring Ashton Kutcher, Anne Heche, Margarita Levieva, Sonia Rockwell, Maria Conchita Alonso, Hart Bochner, Kutcher plays a sexual grifter, a fun-loving, freeloading hipster who understands that his greatest assets are his looks and sexual prowess, both of which he uses to charm his way into the hearts of Los Angeles' richest women and enjoy their lifestyle From Anchor Bay In "The Accidental Husband" , a firefighter finds his life turned upside-down when his fiancee suddenly calls off their pending nuptials per the recommendation of a radio love guru.

    Determined to get back at the "love doctor," Sullivan forges a fake marriage license, "accidentally" marrying him to the radio doctor, who's already engaged to someone else. A young woman gets involved with a hit man who hates himself and is bent on committing suicide in "The Merry Gentleman" , directed by and starring Michael Keaton; co-stars: Kelly Macdonald and Tom Bastounes, from Genius Entertainment In "American Virgin" , starring Jenna Dewan, Rob Schneider and Brianne Davis, a virginal college freshman on scholarship from an abstinence group embarks on a cross-country trip after she ruins her squeaky-clean reputation in front of the "Chicks Go Crazy" cameras; from Echo Bridge Home Entertainment Clause " , starring Lea Thompson, Andrew Airlie and Laura Mennell, a stressed-out lawyer and mother of three gets her yuletide wish when she asks a department store Santa to see what her life would be like if she were single; from MTI Home Video.

    Posted November 10 Special Interest: "Doomsday " is a History Channel documentary that cuts through the myths and offers a fact-based examination of the doomsday prophecy that the world will end December 21, With no central office and a small staff working from their homes, MoveOn. Features behind-the-scenes footage with MoveOn staff and members, home movies, archival footage, and interviews with political figures and celebrities both in support and opposition to the group; from The Disinformation Company Cryme Tyme, MVP vs.

    Jack Swagger vs. Undertaker, Triple H and Shawn Michaels vs. Cody Rhodes and Ted Dibias, five more. Blockbuster stores in 20 select markets will give away free tickets Nov. Up this week: For its 50th anniversary, Alfred Hitchcock's "North by Northwest" has received a meticulous restoration and remastering with Warner Bros. Extras include "The Master's Touch: Hitchcock's Signature Style," a featurette that consists of interviews, clips, and behind-the-scenes footage that examines the unmistakable Hitchcock style; "North by Northwest: One for the Ages," featuring Guillermo del Toro, William Friedkin, Curtis Hanson and Francis Lawrence sharing their interpretations on the film's importance and its influence on their own work.

    The Blu-ray Book also contains 44 pages full of photos, film facts and "insider information. A company's plan to create the most addictive food additive goes awry and the substance transforms humans into savage, bloodthirsty creatures in "Mutants , starring Michael Ironside and Steven Bauer; from North American Motion Pictures In "Dark Mirror" , staring Lisa Vidal, David Chisum and Joshua Pelegrin, a former photographer turned stay-at-home mom discovers that the people she photographs die and are reflected in the cut-glass windows and beveled mirrors in her strange new house; from IFC Films.

    All of a sudden the book nobody wanted becomes an overnight literary sensation; from IndiePix Films In "Where God Left His Shoes" John Leguizamo stars as Gulf War veteran and washed-up prizefighter -- evicted from his New York City home -- who tries to find a job to get his family into an apartment in a housing project Posted November 3 Foreign: "Lemon Tree" -- Israel-Germany-France offers a unique, personal look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: It's the story of a Palestinian widow who must defend her lemon tree field when a new Israeli Defense Minister moves next to her and threatens to have the grove torn down for security reasons; from IFC Films With just 72 hours left before the Earth is destroyed by a giant meteorite, a Spanish villager must defend his family against a notorious, brutal serial killer who has escaped from prison in "Before the Fall" -- Spain ; from IFC Films.

    A Final Night with George W Bush" , comedian-actor Will Ferrell takes viewers on a sentimental journey through the life, legend, and legacy of the 43rd U. S President, portraying George W. Joe: Resolute" is an part series that features a more sophisticated animation style and story than prior G. Joe outings; it's intended for the adult fan who grew up with the brand in the 80s; from Paramount.

    Well he can if he's Clint Eastwood. According to a report in Video Business, Eastwood's "Gran Torino" has bested "Twilight" to become the top-renting video-on-demand movie this year, according to Warner Home Video and Rentrak. All seven have been restored and remastered and are being released on DVD for the first time.

    Director Costa-Gavras's "Z" shook up the film establishment when it was released in In this pulse-pounding political thriller, loosely based on the assassination of Greek left-wing activist Gregoris Lambrakis Yves Montand stars as a prominent politician and doctor whose public murder amid a violent demonstration is covered up by military and government officials; Jean-Louis Trintignant is the tenacious magistrate who's determined not to let them get away with it.

    Featuring kinetic, rhythmic editing, Raoul Coutard's expressive verite photography, and Mikis Theodorakis's unforgettable, propulsive score, "Z" is a technically audacious and emotionally gripping masterpiece that set the standard for political films. In a new, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by cinematographer Raoul Coutard; from The Criterion Collection Amid a revolution in a South American mining outpost, a band of fugitives -- a roguish adventurer Georges Marchal , a local hooker Simone Signoret , a priest Michel Piccoli , an aging diamond miner Charles Vanel and his deaf-mute daughter -- are forced to flee for their lives into the jungle.

    Starving, exhausted and stripped of their old identities, they wander desperately, lured by one deceptive promise of salvation after another. It's pure Bunuel at his Surrealist best; from Microcinema International. As a bonus, the set also includes the never-before-seen pilot episode "Sponsor's Table. From the historical film "Cesaree" by Marguerite Duras to more contemporary creations, this ensemble of films showcases a variety of innovative work; from Microcinema International. For more modern fare there's "Battlestar Galactica: The Plan" is an uncensored minute feature reuniting the series' original TV cast that follows the evolution of the Cylons built to serve humanity from metal robots to humanoids, their attempt and failure to destroy the human race, and the flight of humanity to survive; told from the Cylon point of view.

    From Universal He's been called the Prince of Darkness, the Black Pope, the Fox, the Sphinx and the Hunchback, but the nickname Il Divo -- the God -- perhaps best fits the persona of Italy's seven-time prime minister and "senator for life," Giulio Andreotti, a figure who held sway over the entire Italian political landscape for decades. When three honest security guards learn that their favorite artworks are being sent to another museum, they concoct a plan to switch the real masterpieces with fakes in "The Maiden Heist" , starring Morgan Freeman, Christopher Walken, William H.

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    Macy and Marcia Gay Harden; from Sony In "For Sale by Owner" , starring Scott Cooper, Skeet Ulrich, Tom Skerritt, Rachel Nichols and Kris Kristofferson, a young preservation architect embarks on a project that takes him from the hallways of the esteemed University of Virginia to the banks of the Chesapeake Bay on a dark search for answers to one of America's oldest and most lasting legends: the legend of the Lost Colony; from Monarch Home Video. Posted October 27 Foreign: "Fear s of the Dark" is a French anthology that brings together some of the world's leading graphic artists and cartoonists -- Blutch Christian Hincker , Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Richard McGuire, Pierre di Sciullo and Lorenzo Mattotti -- to breathe life into nightmares, using stark light and the pitch black of shadows.

    This is their stark and naked world of phobias, nightmares and shadows, of strange noises, slimy bugs and dead things. It s a creepy, kinky, sometimes funny and always scary ride inside what makes our skin crawl and keeps us awake all night. From the Maurice Sendak classic "Where the Wild Things Are" to the beloved adventures of Curious George and Corduroy, the set features works by some of the most acclaimed children's authors and illustrators including: Ezra Jack Keats, H.

    Beginning in , he and his small CBS television crew crisscrossed the nation in a motor home, avoiding the interstates to meet the ordinary people on America's back roads. The resulting vignettes became a beloved touchstone of American culture for more than 20 years and remain deeply meaningful, touching, and truthful. How many Wegman weimaraners does it take to count the Twelve Days of Christmas? Famed artist William Wegman brings together his famous family of weimaraners to get ready for the holidays in a witty and delightful festival of decorating, crafts, cooking, gift wrapping, fruitcake, and more in "William Wegman's Fay's Twelve Days of Christmas" Better refresh your memory, because the home video industry is about to step backwards in time, with a twist.

    According to a report in The Los Angeles Times, "In an effort to push consumers toward buying more movies, some major film studios are considering a new policy that would block DVDs from being offered for rental until several weeks after going on sale. But the studios want to change all that. In this economic recession, they're seen DVD sales tumble while rentals have grown at a startling pace the studios get a lower chunk of revenue from rentals then sales.

    The solution, according to the Times, is a plan in which "new DVD releases would be available on a purchase-only basis for a few weeks, after which time companies such as Blockbuster Inc. My how the times have changed. Novak and Til Schweiger, follows a group of Jewish soldiers getting revenge on the Nazi by relentlessly and brutally killing and scalping them in German-occupied France. It's tongue-in-check, violent and -- well, downright brilliant -- and is one of the best Tarantino film in years -- and one of the best films of Sardonicus" and "Strait-Jacket" Also included in the collection are "Zotz!

    Among the extras are commentaries; original theatrical openings; alternate sequences; vintage footage; original theatrical trailers; "Spine Tingler! There's a couple of terrific foreign classics due this week: Wim Wenders' "Wings of Desire" is one of cinema's loveliest city symphonies. Bruno Ganz stars as Damiel, an angel perched atop buildings high over Berlin who can hear the thoughts, fears, hopes, and dreams of all the people living below. But when he falls in love with a beautiful trapeze artist, he is willing to give up his immortality to come back to earth to be with her. Gerard Depardieu stars as a raffish longshoreman who mourns his dead sister -- who was raped before committing suicide -- amongst the bars and sleazy dives of the seedy Marseilles waterfront.

    When mystery girl Nastassja Kinski goes slumming in his neighborhood, Depardieu is bewitched by her beauty and soon learns she may know something about the identity of his sibling's attacker. From Cinema Libre Studio. But Oliver finds the intoxication of Thailand hard to resist, and the two brothers find themselves adrift in an exotic world they don't fully understand; co-stars Tate Oliver and Josef Sommer; from E1 Entertainment The direct-to-video sequel "Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead" has Three Finger and his mutant family overrun with trouble when some of the most vicious killers in the country escape into the woods from a bus transporting them to prison; from Fox.

    More than 30 musicians, actors, writers, and poets tell the story of Big Sur and help unearth what made the book a classic work. More information can be found at OneFastMove. The events that led to her death, and the trials that follow, reveal the larger battle being fought for the future of the rainforest. Narrated by Martin Sheen. The collection boasts remarkable performances by the most influential and significant figures in rock music history, as well as the speeches, toasts and roasts by which these members of rock royalty salute each others' accomplishments; from Time Life.

    The filmmakers of the science fiction film, using hand-held cameras and a cinema verite interview style, created an involving story about an extraterrestrial race, refugees from their planet, forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth, facing racism and exploitation. Co-produced by Julie Corman, the series stars former teen actor Corey Feldman as Johnny Splatter, a rocker who takes his own life in his Hollywood Hills home.

    Five friends gather to hear his last will and testament, but Johnny returns from the grave to toment them. In a nod to reality shows, online viewers will be able to vote weekly on the fate of the characters. The announcement came at a red carpet gala awards dinner and cocktail party at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles this week. In addition to Best of Show, the ceremony revealed the winners in 14 categories as voted by consumers in an online vote.

    A blue-ribbon panel of judges comprised of top names in the horror industry selected finalists in each of the categories from titles released between Sept. A complete list of winners can be found here. Prior to the theatrical release, Stone reworked the film, made more than cuts, and removed approximately four minutes in order to get an R rating. This is his original unrated Director's Cut. Also available on Blu-ray Disc.

    The science fiction horror thriller "Hardware" -- the feature film debut of South African writer-director Richard Stanley -- was slammed by critics as a "Terminator" ripoff but the low-budget outing stood on its own. Originally rated X by the MPAA and subsequently edited by distributor Miramax, this version will be presented uncut and uncensored for the first time from a print supplied by Stanley himself. Dylan McDermott stars as a post-apocalyptic scavenger who brings home a battered cyborg skull for his metal-sculptor girlfriend.

    Unfortunately, the steel scrap contains the brain of the military's combat droid programmed to kill all humans and the robot reassemble itself, going on the hunt for human flesh. A thrilling, breathtaking cult tour-de-force. The film revolves around a group of teenage runaways who live each day lost in a spiral of drugs, sex, crime and violence in the underbelly of Hollywood. Posted October 13 Buzzin' the 'B's: In "Gnaw" , six twentysomething friends go on a weekend break to the English countryside and find a seemingly perfect place to rest and relax: a charming and idyllic farmhouse hosted by kindly Mrs.

    Obadiah, who lovingly prepares mouth watering meals for her young visitors. But trouble is brewing in the country kitchen and the carefree kids come to the realization that a really big meal is planned -- and they're the main course; from Dark Sky Films A young woman obsessed with her dentist heads for a breakdown when he rejects her continued sexual advances, and she sets out to make herself a part of his life by any means necessary -- even if it means murder, in "Oral Fixation" , starring Emily Parker, Kerry Aissa and Chris Keis; from Lifesize Entertainment In "The Objective" , a U.

    Special Forces squad on a secret mission into Afghanistan find themselves lost in a Middle Eastern "Bermuda Triangle" of ancient evil, fighting an enemy they cannot decipher or comprehend; from IFC Films. Posted October 13 On the Indie Front: In "Red Roses and Petrol" , starring Malcolm McDowell, Olivia Tracey, Heather Juergensen, Max Beesley, Greg Ellis and Susan Lynch, is a darkly comedic drama that offers a tour-de-force showcase for McDowell as Enda Doyle, a university librarian, poet, and rascal who is the flawed patriarch of a dysfunctional family struggling to come to terms with his death and with one another during a haze of cigarette smoke and uneaten food as Enda's family gathers in Dublin for his wake; from World Wide Motion Pictures Corp.

    A heartless art critic retreats to his cottage on a lake where, after a drunken outburst "that any idiot can make art," he finds himself entered in the town's art festival competition in "Mr. Posted October 13 Foreign: A high-school student in Copenhagen who dreams of becoming a mixed martial arts champion defies her parents -- conservative immigrants from Turkey -- and secretly joins a kung fu club, where she trains -- and falls in love -- with a sympathetic instructor in "Fighter" -- Denmark ; from IFC Films The DVD will include a special interactive feature that will allow viewers to participate in the action by choosing from various options as the story progresses -- with 28 different possible story combinations; from Sony According to a report in Video Business magazine, Paramount and show creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are putting the feature-length film based on the series on the Internet in video-streaming form for the next three weeks just prior to the release of the film on Blu-ray Disc on Oct.

    The streaming version will feature new commentary from Parker and Stone, who are in their 13th season creating "South Park," and will be online until October Factory's release of 's "Audition," a very scary Japanese thriller. When director Takashi Miike released this creepy and acclaimed film 10 years ago, Miike created a stir around the world that he will forever be associated with.

    Recently snaring the No. Deceptively innocent at first, Shigeharu Aoyama Ryo Ishibashi , a middle-aged widower of many years, is urged by his teenage son and his film producer friend Yasuhisa Yoshikawa Jun Kunimura to get out and start dating again. To help Aoyama meet women, Yoshikawa devises a plan to hold a fake audition for a leading lady.

    Reluctantly agreeing, Aoyama auditions 30 young hopefuls and falls for the silent beauty of Asami Eihi Shiina , a former ballerina with a dark past. Their courtship veers from quiet romance to psycho nightmare. Available as a two-disc Collector's Edition Blu-ray edition featuring a P high definition transfer from the inter-negative, with a new 5. The discs include 75 minutes of new interviews with the cast and filmmaker along with a new commentary by director Takashi Miike and screenwriter Daisuke Tengan. Don't forget "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Diamond Edition" , a high definition debut of the most acclaimed animated movie ever made.

    Walt Disney's original classic "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," which made history in as the first full-length animated feature, is the premiere entry in Disney's new Diamond Collection. Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, iconic horror actors best known for creating the screen's original Frankenstein and Dracula characters, star here in other roles that take the horror genre to new camp heights. As her popularity soared -- she was among the Top 10 boxoffice stars of and -- MGM made her swimming sequences more complex and elaborate with each new picture, adding everything from trapezes to fiery hoops.

    In "From the East" , noted French filmmaker Chantal Akerman 's "Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, Bruxelles" retraces a journey from the end of summer to deepest winter, from East Germany, across Poland and the Baltics, to Moscow in this stunning documentary. It is a voyage Akerman wanted to make shortly after the collapse of the Soviet bloc "before it was too late," reconstructing her impressions in the manner of a documentary on the border of fiction. Without dialogue or commentary, the film is a cinematographic elegy.

    Posted October 6 Buzzin' the 'B's: Two honeymooners rescue a mysterious car crash survivor in the Las Vegas desert but they come to regret that decision when the man makes their ride a hellish one in "Dark Country" , directed by and starring Thomas Jane and co-starring Lauren German and Ron Perlman; from Sony Sophomore newspaper reporter Bobby Funke is assigned to write a cover story on the popular class president and top athlete. But when the jock's girlfriend makes a move on him and even his former bullies play nice, Bobby begins to doubt the boy's guilt, mounting an investigation that uncovers a campus-wide conspiracy that threatens to take down students and teachers alike; from Sony When a group of hikers take off for a weekend of fun and adventure in a remote mountain region, they unwittingly stumble across the Staunton family and find themselves at the mercy of a depraved, diabolical brood that will stop at nothing to rid their property of "trespassers" in "Staunton Hill" , starring Kathy Lamkin, Cristen Coppen, Kiko Ellsworth and Cooper Huckabee, and directed by Cameron Romero, son of cult filmmaker George A.

    From Anchor Bay Entertainment An ancient curse returns with a vengeance when "The Seamstress" , a local legend who terrorizes the community after her brutal death at the hands of bloodthirsty locals years before. Her favorite weapon: sharp sewing needles. From Image Entertainment. Here scientists make new discoveries about dinosaur behavior, their environments and find what could be the oldest dinosaur ever unearthed in North America. Narrated by Michael Douglas. Each year, thousands of new species are discovered and classified -- but there are some creatures that science still refuses to recognize.

    Inspired by the myths and lore that make blood curdle, the "Lost Tapes" docu-fiction television series depicts traumatic stories featuring a diversity of cryptozoological oddities such as Bigfoot, Megaconda and Chupacabra. Posted October 6 'Julie' Cooks Dec. Director Nora Ephron seamlessly melds the two remarkable stories into a comedy that proves that if you have the right combination of passion, obsession and butter, you can change your life.

    The Blu-ray version of the film includes recipes and cooking lessons. Meanwhile, Paramount has scheduled a November 3 release for the Hasbro-action-figure-come-to-life "G. JOE: The Rise of Cobra," which, in addition to regular extras, features an augmented reality technology that will allow viewers to participate in an exclusive 3D holographic G.

    JOE combat experience, using their webcams and a special website. Meet the Dwarfs October 2 In celebration of the October 6 release of the Diamond Edition of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" as a Blu-ray Combo Pack with DVD copy, here's some interesting facts about the seven little men whose names have engendered guessing games for several generations of Americans. By late , Walt Disney began to crystallize his idea of making "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" as a feature-length animated film.

    Development on the seven little men began early on and by the fall of , from several early story meetings in Disney's office, initial shapes and designs of the characters gave them more of a forest nome look. Individually, each dwarf represents a type of human personality.

    Six of the famed dwarfs have eyebrows fashioned after Walt Disney's own expressive eyebrows as they fascinated everyone who ever sat in story meetings with him. Find out more fun facts about the Seven Dwarfs. And check out the Seven Dwarfs introduction clip here. Includes 16 Hours of enhanced content, four of which are brand new; includes new documentaries, featurettes, a sing-along track and collectibles.

    The film has been entirely remastered, with each of the original Technicolor camera negatives scanned using 8K resolution. From this scan, a final "capture" master was created in 4K, yielding twice the resolution seen in the master utilized for the film's previous DVD release.

    Here's a complete rundown on the release. Another remastered gem is Acorn Media's "Traffik 20th Anniversary Edition" , the universally acclaimed six-part British miniseries that inspired Steven Soderbergh's Oscar-winning film "Traffic. Posted September 29 Buzzin' the 'B's: Blood, torture, and suspense abound in "The Hills Run Red" , a thriller about young fright fans who search for the secret location where a mythical cult movie -- starring a killer in a babydoll mask -- was shot, hoping to find the film.

    What they find is that the mysterious slasher flick is more than a movie: It's real and they're its newest stars.

    In "Farmhouse" , a young couple leaves their old life and horrifying secrets behind in search of a fresh start. But when a near-fatal car accident leaves them stranded in the middle of nowhere, they turn to a mysterious farm couple for shelter. And that's when the real trouble starts. Posted September 29 On the Indie Front: Three disparate and increasingly desperate roommates in a London flat struggle to make ends meet while also trying to achieve their dreams in "Filth and Wisdom" , directed by Madonna and starring Eugene Hutz of the acclaimed Gypsy punk group Gogol Bordello; from IFC Films In "Nightmare" , a film student and an aspiring actress awake after a one-night stand to find a video camera pointed at their bed; the camera contains a brutal snuff movie -- starring the pair as the killers.

    But they have no memory of any murder and there's no indication in their room of any gruesome killings. Was there a murder or are the they going mad? In "Shrink" , starring Kevin Spacey, Saffron Burrows, Dallas Roberts, Mark Webber and Keke Palmer, a top celebrity psychiatrist in Los Angeles with an A-list clientele, including a famous actress, a wildly insecure young writer and an obsessive-compulsive super-agent must come to grips with his own demons, eventually taking on a "pro bono" case, a beautiful but troubled teenage girl; from Lionsgate After his wife dies, a young man journeys to his aunt's house to build her a porch, meeting up with a bawdy, wise-cracking group of elderly women who guide him through the lessons he needs to grieve and find peace in "Uncross the Stars" , starring Daniel Gillies, Barbara Hershey, Ron Perlman and Bitsie Tulloch; from Echo Bridge Home Entertainment.

    Posted September 29 Foreign: In "Fermat's Room" -- Spain , four famed mathematicians, all strangers, are invited to the remote home of a mysterious man known only as Fermat. Once at the house, they're locked in a room and given a series of logic puzzles that must each be solved within one minute.

    For each late answer, hydraulic presses push the walls closer together, forcing the quartet to race the clock before they're crushed to death; from IFC Films. In the title story, narrated by Elle Fanning, a little witch decides she'd finally like to see what Halloween is all about, even though she's deathly afraid of humans. As soon as she makes a new friend, she discovers how much fun trick-or-treating with humans can be.

    Posted September 29 Special Interest: All things political: "Secrecy" is a searing exploration into the dark, unseen world of government secrecy. The docu began in response to the shooting of Amadou Diallo by four members of the N. Real life: "Manson 40 Years Later" is a feature-length History Channel docudrama that takes viewers deep inside the Aug. Filmed by Isaiah's son, Jeremiah. The laptops will start arriving in stores Oct.

    Arnold doesn't think this move is enough. It wasn't this way with DVD, but then again computer prices have plummeted over the last decade and new PCs and even laptops can be had for a fraction of what they used to cost. The raunchy film will be available in a two-disc special edition DVD and on Blu-ray in both theatrical and unrated versions. Film," BD Live content, digital copy, more. The set includes an exclusive page soft-bound book filled with a stunning array of photos, some of which have never been seen before, of the Hollywood icon on the set with his fellow cast and crew, excerpts from each film, and personal quotes from Newman himself.

    Posted September 22 Though J. Extras: New seamless branching that allows fans to toggle between newly remastered versions with enhanced special effects or the episodes as they were originally broadcast. The Blu-ray collection also includes hours of featurettes, interactive bonus features and new clips via BD-Live.

    White, two brothers -- one a criminal, one a man of faith -- face a deadly double-cross that forces them to live each other's lives; from Sony A father and his daughter get more than they bargained for when they buy an old house seemingly haunted by the ghost of a cat in "Ghost Cat" , starring Ellen Page, Shirley Knight and Michael Ontkean; from North American Motion Pictures A former TV action hero runs afoul of drug dealers and a covered-up murder while in a small Nevada town, inspiring him to round up his old co-stars to save the terrorized townspeople in "Play Dead" , starring Chris Klein, Fred Durst, Jake Busey and Sasha Alexander; from Echo Bridge Home Entertainment Overwhelmed psychoanalyst Michel Jean-Hugues Anglade falls asleep while listening to sado-masochist kleptomaniac patient Olga Helene de Fourgerolles and awakens to find her strangled.

    Panicking, he decides to get rid of her body himself so that he won't be saddled with her murder. Complications erupt when Olga's rich husband Yves Renier comes looking for stolen money and Michel's other neurotic patients clamor for attention. Director Beineix keeps a mesmerizing balance on a tightrope between poisonously dark comedy and psychological thriller.

    Men: Mr. Tickle Presents: Tickle Time Around! Tipton; from Disney. She leveraged her experience to expose the inner workings of the male-dominated beer industry in her smart and thought provoking documentary film. Comedian Brett Butler is back and she's bringing four southern, sexy, strong-minded and simply irresistible performers to the stage in "The Southern Belles of Comedy" ; from Vanguard Cinema The Blu-ray and two-disc versions will include two behind-the-scenes featurettes, including one focusing on the last year of writing the "Harry Potter" books with author J.

    Rowling; two smaller, cast-centered featurettes; deleted scenes and more. Read Warner's Ultimate Edition press release here for more information. Each title features a beautiful digital transfer and informative liner notes. Ford's "Wagon Master" is one of the legendary filmmaker's personal favorites, a visually stirring celebration of Western will and cooperation set to the soundtrack crooning of The Sons of the Pioneers.

    Ben Johnson, Harry Carey Jr. Extras include commentary by Harry Carey Jr. In Peter Bogdanovich made "Directed by John Ford," a fascinating documentary in which Henry Fonda, James Stewart and John Wayne revealed first-hand tales about the man often cited as America's greatest, most influential filmmaker. Bogdanovich wove these new interviews into a re-edited, restructured documentary offering a more personal vision of the man and his work. Packed with clips, anecdotes and insights. The unique film is comprised of three independently filmed and produced sections, created by Hong Kong cinema masters Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam and Johnnie To, each famous for his distinctive style.

    Hark begins the film with his signature frenetic energy, in which three friends are offered the chance of a lifetime by a mysterious stranger -- to steal an ancient treasure buried beneath a heavily-guarded government building in the heart of Hong Kong; Lam takes over with his emotional, slick camerawork to explore the characters' motivations and adds in adulterous affairs, traitorous alliances and crooked cops; To's section produces a suspenseful and at times slapstick conclusion when the heist goes wrong and the three friends must choose between their ill-gotten treasure and loyalty to each other.

    Despite the differing styles, the film flows seamlessly and effortlessly. The hilarious duo is back, brought to life through seamless stop-motion animation and brilliant storytelling from Oscar-winner Nick Park. Wallace and Gromit have opened a new bakery business -- Top Bun -- but a deadly murderer is targeting all the bakers in town.

    Can Gromit discover the identity of the Cereal Killer before Wallace becomes the next victim? Silas could care less about Camille and is hoping to use their "fantasy" honeymoon as a way to escape parole and flee to Canada. But an accident along the way changes everything -- Camille pulls herself from the wreckage and seems unscathed, but soon Silas discovers that perhaps she didn't survive the accident after all. Something magical is happening, and Camille won't let anything stand in the way of their life together Though the film has flashes of ingenuity and offers fine acting turns by Miller and Franco , the at-times sentimental and sluggish script and buffoonish characterizations drags it down into the mundane.

    High school misfits Rickie and JT cut school and go wandering in the decaying remains of a nearby abandoned mental hospital, where they make a gruesome discovery: a young woman stripped naked and chained to a table, a plastic bag over her head. She seems dead, until one of the boys touches her and she moves. Rickie wants to call the police, but JT stops him -- he has more demented plans in mind for the helpless girl. Available in two versions: the original R-rated cut and the unrated Director's Cut. From Dark Sky Films In "Nightmare" , starring Jason Scott Campbell and Nicole Roderick, a film student and an aspiring actress awake after a one-night stand to find a video camera pointed at their bed; the camera contains a brutal snuff movie -- starring the pair as the killers.

    The film, starring Martin Freeman, Emily Holmes, Jodhi May and Toby Jones, is an extravagant, exotic and moving look at Rembrandt's romantic and professional life, and the controversy he created by the identification of a murderer in the painting "The Night Watch. Posted September 15 Foreign: Shot in real time, "PVC-1" -- Columbia is based on the true story of a woman who is turned into a human time bomb in a bizarre act of terrorism. Director Spiros Stathoulopoulos tells the story -- in real time and in one take -- of a poor family in rural Colombia whose world is suddenly, horribly turned upside down.

    A group of masked men invade the family's home and lock PVC-1 tubing filled with explosives around the wife's neck, demanding a ransom.