Monday, November 10, 2008
****new release list no.192
And enough for this week about politics.
HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY arrives this week, with its crazy array of monsters and evil elves stirring up the universe as only Guillermo del Toro can. Also, this week we have the first of a bunch of huge animated blockbusters coming this holiday season. This week it is KUNG FU PANDA. Little Po must learn how to fight if he is to save the Valley of Peace from the bad bad Snow Leopard. Grrrrr! Follow the further adventures of the animated Anakin Skywalker in STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS a film that takes place between the second and third Star Wars tales and fills in some blanks on the mighty Clone Wars!
On the quirky side is WESTERN, a movie about a Spaniard and a Russian walking the streets of France and WHATEVER YOU SAY, another French film about a television producer who gets in over his head with his boss and his sexy wife.
Voyeurism plays a big role in the films CRUEL BUT NECESSARY, where a jilted housewife decides to film her entire life and MISTER FOE about a teenager who spies on people from the roofs of Edinburgh ostensibly with the hopes of solving the mystery of his mother’s death.
Also released this week are a bunch of newly released (and in some cases re-released) older films such as APPRENTICE (starring a young Susan Sarandon), THE BOYS IN THE BAND, SABRINA and ROMAN HOLIDAY.
Scroll on down to check out the new editions and the new Blu-ray titles we have added this week as well.
Don’t forget about Four Star Video while you are contemplating your holiday shopping. We have awesome Four Star Shirts and Wristbands as well as our usual Gift-Certificates on sale now.
Love and Kisses,
Susan Sarandon/Steve Fiset.
Directed by Larry Kent.
* 1971 Sarandon film just hitting DVD. This French-Canadian love triangle tale concerns a young criminal who falls for Sarandon, but who’s involved with the girlfriend of his crime partner.
THE BOYS IN THE BAND.
Kenneth Nelson/Leonard Frey.
Directed by William Friedkin.
* Tempers fly in this 1970 film just getting to DVD at a party mostly populated by homosexual men when a het is accidently invited.
CRUEL BUT NECESSARY.
Kate Albrecht/Fred Goss.
Directed by Saul Rubinek.
* Voyeurism takes a strange twist as Betty (Albrecht) videotapes every aspect of her life after discovering on tape that her husband is cheating on her. The camera, which is the entire viewpoint of the film, captures the disintegration of Betty’s life.
Directed by Patrick Levy.
HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY.****ALSO IN BLU-RAY****
Ron Perlman/Selma Blair/.
Directed by Guillermo del Toro and Brian Steele.
* The Golden Army is a vicious group of fighting machines intent on destroying the human race (before global warming). It is up to Hellboy to stop the evil elf intent on setting them loose. I love me an evil elf.
KATT WILLIAMS: IT’S PIMPIN PIMPIN.
* Four Star favorite Katt Williams delivers snarky humor while giving you deep insight to the big pimpin’ culture.
KUNG FU PANDA.****ALSO IN BLU-RAY****
Jack Black/Jackie Chan/Dustin Hoffman/Lucy Liu/Seth Rogen/Angelina Jolie.
Directed by John Stevenson and Mark Osborne.
* More CG animation! This time it is Po, a lazy pandude living in the Valley of Peace who must learn Kung Fu to from an evil and treacherous (but gorgeous!) snow leopard named Tai Lung. Voiced by many of Hollywood’s faves!
Jamie Bell/Sophia Myles.
Directed by David Mackenzie.
* Tweaky Scottish film about a young man searching for the truth behind his mother’s suicide. His search leads him on a dangerous and voyeuristic exploration of the cities rooftops and the lives he can spy on from above. This dark and erotic thriller features good music, by Franz Ferdinand, among others.
OPIUM: DIARY OF A MADWOMAN.
Ulrich Thomsen/Kirsti Stubo.
Directed by Janos Szasz.
* Thomsen (Adam’s Apples, The Celebration, Kingdom of Heaven) plays a drug-addicted doctor working in an asylum.
ROMAN HOLIDAY: CENTENNIAL EDITION.
Gregory Peck/Audrey Hepburn.
Directed by William Wyler.
* Princess Anne (Hepburn – hot!) is a sheltered young princess who sneaks away from her handlers and hooks up with Joe the American News Reporter (Peck) stationed in Rome. Hijinks follow. Won three Oscars including Best Actress for Audrey in 1953.
SABRINA: CENTENNIAL EDITION.
Humphrey Bogart/Audrey Hepburn/William Holden.
Directed by Billy Wilder.
* Sabrina (Hepburn again) is the young hottie daughter of the chauffeur (see Monica Lewinsky) who becomes the amorous focus of attention for two very brothers who employ her dad. Ms. Hepburn almost won the Oscar again for this film in 1954. She lost (to Grace Kelley in The Country Girl), but the film did take home the hardware for Best Costume Design.
Directed by David Mitchell.
* Washed up snow-boarders attempt to regain some glory when they start a snow-boarding camp.
STAR WARS: CLONE WARS.****ALSO IN BLU-RAY****
Matt Lanter/Ashley Eckstein.
Directed by Dave Filoni.
* Set between the 2nd and 3rd movies, this animated story fills in more plot about the Clone Wars and follows Anakin on a secret mission with far-reaching consequences!
THE STILL LIFE.
Rachel Miner/Jason Berry.
Directed by Joel Miller.
* Little indie film exploring the artist’s life as seen through their intake of sex and drugs.
SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO.
Hideaki Ito/Koichi Sato/Quentin Tarantino.
Directed by Takashi Miike.
* Have you seen Miike’s movies? They are range from the uber-violent to the almost ridiculous. They generally contain fantastical plots and a lot of weaponry. This is no different. A mysterious gunslinger stumbles upon two warring factions and pimps himself to the highest bidder.
Sergi Lopez/Sacha Bourdo.
Directed by Manuel Poirier.
* Paco (Lopez) is a Spanish shoe salesman; Nino (Bourdo) is a Russian drifter. Their paths diverge on the highways of France and soon they are hitchhiking together and discovering the (drum roll, please) true meaning of friendship. Or at least that’s how Hallmark would put it. This looks really good to me!
WHATEVER YOU SAY.
Francois Berleand/Diane Kruger/Guillaume Canet.
Directed by Guillaume Canet.
* A young man (Canet) new to television gets involved with a powerful producer (Berleand) who submits him to strange and dangerous demands involving his beautiful wife (Kruger).
YO-YO SEXY GIRL COP.
Action /Foreign (Japanese).
Directed by Daigo Udagawa.
* She’s a high school beauty working underground for the Japanese Government armed with a deadly yo-yo.
THE COMMANDER: SET ONE.
Television/Cops and Robbers/British TV.
* From the creator of PRIME SUSPECT comes this police story of Clare Blake (Amanda Burton) who is Scotland Yard’s highest ranking female cop. She heads the Serious Crime Group and the Murder Review Team. The crimes are gnarly, but Blake will do anything to solve them.
STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO: SEASON TWO VOLUME TWO.
Television/Cops and Robbers.
Karl Malden/Michael Douglas.
* The streets are tough. And steep. But not snowy.
TRACY ULLMAN’S STATE OF THE UNION.
* Hysterical mad-cap comic Tracy Ullman delivers a glimpse into her concept of American life today. Remember the original Tracy Ullman show? THE SIMPSONS got it start on that show back in 1987.
FLYING: CONFESSIONS OF A FREE WOMAN.
Directed by Jennifer Fox.
* Six hour mini-series about female life and sexuality filmed around the globe.
I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUSE.
* Ain’t no particular sign she’s more compatible with, she just wanted his extra time and his – kiss.
MIRACLE ON 34TH ST (1994 Version).
* Three copies of this for the season…
PINGU: SOUTH POLE ADVENTURES.
SHAUN THE SHEEP: OFF THE BAA.
* From the folks who brought us Wallace and Gromit comes this tale of Shaun, who is no flock follower.
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* Just got this Olivia Hussey and Margo Kidder horror film on DVD a few months ago. Now you can watch it in high definition.
STORY OF O.
* Cue up the chicka-bow. Super explicit 70’s tale of sexual deviancy, bondage and perversion. File this under the “movies we don’t have on regular DVD but do have on Blu-ray.”
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SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET.
* Brad Pitt becomes friends with the Dalai Lama years before he meets Angelina and sees God.
WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE.
* Cassavetes film starring Peter Falk and Gena Rowlands as a couple dealing with madness.