Friday, May 25, 2007

****new release list no. 117

Hey Movie Lovers,

We have a very few releases this week -- not sure why, but our distributor had very little coming out this week. In fact the only major release is the new Hannibal film which they were not even able to sell us. Huh - you say. Yes, it’s true, for whatever reason some of the film studios are now cutting strange deals that dictate where there movies can be sold. Even more strange, I can go and buy the movie from (Insert any corporate name here) and then rent it to you, I just cannot buy it directly from the source. Why?

Because the sky is blue.

However, the sky is blue, and that’s pretty, so I won’t complain.

We do have two new TV series this week, both strong example of a certain time. First off, it’s THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW. Considered by many to be ahead of its time when it aired in the early 1990’s, this was one of the first HBO series. It is about a talk show host played like a dry martini by Gary Shandling, and the goings-on backstage with the writers and producers of the show. The Larry Sanders Show aired for 6 seasons. We’ve gotten one copy of Season 1 and if it is popular, we’ll get more copies as well as the rest of the seasons. Let us know if you like it!

Then there’s MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN. “In the first year, Mary suffered the travails of mass murder, adultery, venereal disease, homosexuality, religious cults, and UFO sightings, before she finally succumbed to a nervous breakdown on a syndicated talk show”. – IMDB. So there you go. If that’s not comedy, what is.

In the feature length film department, we have a film about the early days of a mean-spirited psychiatrist jerk that might eat you (HANNIBAL RISING), a foreign film based in Israel and Jordan with the young actress Natalie Portman (FREE ZONE) and an independent movie about the quest for human and spiritual evolution (THE BODHISATTVA).

Hope you enjoy them.

One final note: Rhodes is still growing his mustache.

Best regards,

............**//RELEASE OF THE WEEK//**............

Gaspard Ulliel/Gong Li/Rhys Ifans/Dominic West/Helena Lia Tachovska/Kevin McKidd.
Directed by Peter Weber.
In the most chilling chapter in the life of Hannibal Lecter, find the answer to the most elusive question of all – why? Reaching back to explore the origins of Lecter’s rage, terror and savagery, the story begins in Eastern Europe at the end of World War II when a young Hannibal watches the violent death of his parents – a horrific moment that changes him forever. Showing a cunning aptitude for science, he hones his skills to exact justice on those that hurt his family, igniting an insatiable lust within a serial killer who was not born, but made. – Ingram Entertainment

............//NEW TITLES//............

Natalie Portman, Hana Laszlo.
Directed by Amos Gitai.
* When Rebecca (Portman) breaks off her engagement with her Israeli fiancĂ©, she stumbles into a cab (in Jerusalem) driven by Hanna who is heading to Jordan’s Free Zone to recover a debt owed to her family by a mysterious American. Reluctantly, Hanna lets Rebecca accompany her. In English, Hebrew and Arabic with subtitles.

See Above: Release of the Week


Gary Shandling.
Created by Gary Shandling and Dennis Klein.
* A very funny look at the backstage chaos of a talk show. This ground breaking series from HBO was nominated for and won numerous television awards in the mid 90’s.

Louise Lasser/Greg Mullavy.
Directed by Jim Drake and Bob Lally.
* Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was set in a fictional town in Ohio and followed the totally crazy and demented life of Mary Hartman.


Greg Grady/Celeste Dubois/Allison Garcia/Jeffrey Jones.
Directed by Robert Rico.
* I am not sure how this tweaky and surreal film arrived at Four Star Video, but I’m glad it did. It follows the surreal and metaphysical confrontation between a young preacher in a small town in California and a shamanistic vision-quester in search of a spiritual evolution.
Read more about it here.


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