New Releases for July 12!

New Release Tuesday! Scorsese in 4K, more Beatles footage than Peter Jackson can handle, a ton of classic anime, and more!

ACCEPTED (2021)

T.M. Landry, an unconventional prep school in Louisiana, receives national attention for consistently sending its graduates to elite universities. When an explosive New York Times exposé questions the school’s legitimacy, students face uncertain futures and must decide for themselves what they are willing to accept. (DVD)

AESOP’S FABLES FROM THE VAN BEUREN STUDIO V.1 (1933)

Aesop’s Fables, Volume 1 is a compendium of the most delightfully bizarre, surrealistic, and strangest animated cartoons of the depression era; and of the small New York-based Van Beuren Studio that created them. The series features a cast of characters including skipping hippos, musical monks, dancing architecture, bony piano-playing spectres, drunken singing turtles and skeletons dancing and playing the piano. The Van Beuren shorts also feature wonderful and peppy musical scores by Gene Rodemich, popular dance band leader of the 1920s. (BLU-RAY)

AMERICAN SECTOR (2020)

“Public art and political divisions, the sway of history, and the impulse toward freedom are inseparable elements in the doc’s richly nuanced palette … What might seem at first an inquiry into another nation’s story builds into a provocative illumination of all our histories, and of the here and now. Another wall ― one that’s still more concept than reality and on many Americans’ minds ― is alluded to and left to the viewer’s contemplation.” –– Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter (DVD)

ARTIST’S WIFE (2019)

Claire (Academy Award Nominee Lena Olin) lives a quiet domestic life in the Hamptons as the wife of celebrated artist Richard Smythson (Academy Award Nominee Bruce Dern). Once a promising painter herself, Claire now lives in the shadow of her husband’s illustrious career. While preparing work for his final show, Richard’s moods become increasingly erratic, and he is diagnosed with dementia. As his memory and behavior deteriorate, she shields his condition from the art community while trying to reconnect him with his estranged daughter and grandson from a previous marriage. Challenged by the loss of her world as she knew it, Claire must now decide whether to stand with Richard on the sidelines or step into the spotlight herself. (DVD)

ASCENSION (2021)

An Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature, Jessica Kingdon’s ASCENSION explores the paradoxical pursuit of wealth and progress in China. Loosely structured around the distinct social and economic classes that divide the nation, the film follows factory workers, middle class consumers and elites as they chase the elusive “Chinese Dream.” (BLU-RAY and DVD)

BAHUBALI 2: THE CONCLUSION (2017)

Having uncovered the truth of his legacy, In Baahubali 2 – The Conclusion, Mahendra Baahubali avenges the murder of his father, vowing revenge against the tyrannical ruler of the Mahishmati Kingdom, his uncle, Bhallaladeva. (DVD)

BAREFOOT GEN: ANIMATED MOVIES 1&2 (1986)

Hiroshima, August 1945. Gen is a cheerful elementary school student living in Japan during World War II. After years of living with difficult wartime rationing and impoverished conditions, Gen and his family have managed to maintain a relatively normal and happy life. All that is about to change when an atomic bomb destroys their city in an instant. While Gen and his mother manage to survive the attack, the rest of their family is not so lucky. In the face of adversity, Gen manages to maintain his cheerful spirit and never loses hope that things will get better for him, and for the entire nation of Japan. Based on the world renowned manga ‘Barefoot Gen’ by Keiji Nakazawa, Barefoot Gen captures the spirit of a nation struggling to redefine itself and gives us encouragement to overcome strategy and cherish human life. This collection contains both Barefoot Gen films. Both movies include the Japanese language with English subtitles, and the first movie also includes the original English dub! (BLU-RAY)

BASEKETBALL (1998)

Two childhood friends are pro athletes of a national sport called BASEketball, a hybrid of baseball and basketball, and must deal with a greedy businessman scheming against their team. (BLU-RAY)

BATWOMAN: SEASON 3 (2019) (3 DISKS)

In Season 3, Ryan Wilder must lead the Bat Team in stopping the next wave of villains created by the weapons lost in the Gotham River during the finale. And she’ll have to do it with Alice by her side! As a new generation of Rogues torment Gotham, Batwoman and Alice must work together to stop them – a predicament that threatens to upend the team’s existing dynamics. (DVD)

BEATLES: GET BACK (2021) (3 DISKS)

Made entirely from never-before-seen, restored footage, The Beatles: Get Back provides the most intimate and honest glimpse into the creative process and relationship between John, Paul, George, and Ringo ever filmed. (BLU-RAY)

BETTY BOOP: THE OTHER BETTY BOOP CARTOONS V.1 (1939)

This set features 18 Betty Boop cartoons that were not included on those sets, all scanned from original 35mm and 16mm prints, many available for the first time in High Definition. This fun collection features the thought-lost “Honest Love and True”, discovered recently and available for the first time on home video. (BLU-RAY)

BIGFOOT OR BUST (2022)

A team of curvy celebrities head out on a quest to search for the Bigfoot, unaware another group of time travelling buxom women from the future are also looking for the elusive creature. Competitive hijinks ensues between the two teams, clashing with local hillbillies who are also hunting for the legendary beast. The rivals engage in silly, slapstick capers in order to catch Bigfoot, leading up to a hilarious finale busting with laughs! (DVD)

BLACK SITE (2022)

Officers in a top-secret military black site must fight for their lives in a cat-and-mouse game against Hatchet, a brilliant and infamous detainee who escapes capture and begins picking them off one-by-one. (DVD)

BLOODY MUSCLE BODY BUILDER IN HELL (2012)

Alternately known as The Japanese Evil Dead, this legendary, sought after independent Japanese cult film will enjoy its first ever North American release in any format and features new bonus content. Trapped inside a haunted house, a body builder must survive a blood soaked night of insanity to save himself and his friends from a demonic ghost that is hell-bent on revenge. (DVD)

BRAIN FROM PLANET AROUS (1957)

Get ready for planet Earth to be overtaken by a criminal brain from outer space! When Gor, an evil brain from planet Arous, inhabits the body of scientist Steve March, his intention is nothing less than world domination. Lucky for Earth, another intergalactic brain, Val, offers to assist March’s wife, Sally, in stopping the madness. How does Val intend to help? By inhabiting Sally’s dog! A great example of cut-rate sci-fi from the 1950s, this independently produced feature stars B movie favorite John Agar (The Mole PeopleRevenge of the Creature), and was directed by Nathan Juran, a master of the genre who helmed such classics as The Deadly MantisAttack of the 50 Foot Woman, and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. (BLU-RAY)

CONVICTION: THE CASE OF STEPHEN LAWRENCE (2021) (MINI-SERIES)

Thirteen years after their son’s murder at the hands of a racist gang, Stephen Lawrence’s parents (Sharlene Whyte & Hugh Quarshie) continue their fight for justice. Meanwhile, DCI Clive Driscoll (Steve Coogan) is convinced the case can still be solved, despite opposition from within the police. (DVD)

DASHCAM (2021)

Weary of pandemic life, Annie makes a surprise, unwelcome visit to her old bandmate, Stretch, stealing his car and taking over his food delivery gig while live-streaming outrageous antics for internet fans. But when she accepts an unusual job, driving a sketchy, frail woman to safety, she’s entangled with an evil she could not have imagined. Now, Annie and Stretch find themselves fighting for their lives against a supernatural creature intent on making Annie its new host. (DVD)

ENDEAVOUR: SERIES 8 (2012) (2 DISKS)

The year 1971 has barely just begun and CID is still reeling from the events of the past year. Any hope of remaining on light duties has vanished and the team find themselves right back in the thick of it. (DVD)

EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE! KIDZ KLUB (2022)

Now that society is collapsing, Everything Is Terrible! is reborn with their new and fantastical expedition into found footage… but this time the adults can stay home! EIT! has unearthed thousands of forgotten DVD & VHS tapes aimed at yesterday’s youth to bring you their most mind-melting movie to date. Watch in awe as all colors of the rainbow join forces to destroy the tyranny of adult civilization once and for all! All of your oldest friends will be there; skateboarding web-surfers, rapping math equations, gigantic baby ducks, and maybe even a wizard or two! And what EIT! show would be complete without a live experience that makes the Ice Capades look like a stupid piece of trash! Finally, an all-encompassing extravaganza created for kidz… by kidz! EIT! is the video and performance art collective that is responsible for culling some of the bleakest video memories of the internet’s horrid history. (DVD)

FIST OF THE NORTH STAR THE MOVIE (1986)

In the near future, Earth has been devastated by a nuclear hell. In these troubled times, kinetic martial arts have replaced weapons of mass destruction, and the legendary Fist of the North Star style may then be the only hope for humanity’s survival. Ken, the rightful master of Fist of the North Star, is forced to fight old friends gone mad, wicked new enemies, and even comes face to face with his power hungry elder brothers. All this in the hope that he will someday be reunited with his beloved Julia. Fists fly, heads explode, and the super powered men of this violent new age clash in what may be the single most violent animated epic of all time! Includes the original Japanese language with English subtitles, and the English dub! (BLU-RAY)

FRISCO KID (1979)

It’s 1850 and new rabbi Avram Belinski sets out from Philadelphia toward San Francisco. Description: Cowpoke bandit Tom Lillard hasn’t seen a rabbi before. But he knows when one needs a heap of help. And getting this tenderfoot to Frisco in one piece will cause a heap of trouble—with the law, Native Americans and a bunch of killers.

Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford are one feisty team as rabbi and rescuer in this rough-‘n’-ready romp that rivals Wilder’s earlier Blazing Saddles in Wild West hilarity. Director Robert Aldrich is a seasoned hand at blending roughhouse and laughter, as fans of his earlier The Dirty Dozen and The Longest Yard will attest. (BLU-RAY)

HERO (1997)

From director and writer Corey Yuen (Righting Wrongs, Red Cliff, The Transporter) comes this high-octane tale of criminal gangs, betrayal and greed. When brothers Ma Wing-jing (Taksehi Kaneshiro) and Ma Tai-cheung (Yuen Wah) flee their impoverished homeland to seek their fortune in Shanghai, they at first find more grinding penury when they are forced to work as lowly coolies, however Wing-jing soon becomes embroiled in the seedy world of big city triads and his once insignificant life becomes an arrogant lust for power. This fabulous remake of Cheh Chang’s classic The Boxer from Shantung (1972) from the legendary Shaw Brothers studios is given a 90s makeover chock full with stunts, fights and awe inspiring action sequences. A must for collectors of martial arts cinema. (BLU-RAY)

HOTEL PORTOFINO: SEASON 1 (2022) (2 DISKS)

Set in the breathtakingly beautiful resort of Portofino, Hotel Portofino is a story of personal awakening at a time of global upheaval in the traumatic aftermath of World War I, and of the liberating influence of Italy’s enchanting culture, climate and cuisine on British ‘innocents abroad.’ (DVD)

HUDA’S SALON (2021)

A young mother’s visit to a hair salon turns into a nightmare when she is blackmailed by its owner and forced to fight for her family’s survival in this tense thriller. (DVD)

I’M CHARLIE WALKER (2022)

Mike Colter (Marvel’s Luke Cage) stars as Charlie Walker, an earnest entrepreneur working in the construction and trucking industries in 1971 San Francisco. When two oil tankers collide off the coast, unleashing millions of gallons of oil and spawning an immense environmental disaster, Charlie gets right to work. First, he lands a lucrative contract to clean the coastline. Then, with only three trucks, Charlie puts his heart and his hands into trying to save the coastline, all while grappling with pervasive racism from the company that hired him. (DVD)

KILLING EVE: SEASON 4 (2018) (2 DISKS)

Eve is on a revenge mission whilst Villanelle is determined to prove she’s not a ‘monster’. (DVD)

LAST BROADCAST (1998) (LIMITED EDITION)

In 1995 a four-man team from the cable-access program Fact or Fiction braved the desolate New Jersey Pine Barrens determined to deliver a live broadcast of legendary monster, the Jersey Devil. Only one came out alive. The lone survivor was sentenced to life in prison, but filmmaker David Leigh is convinced that he’s innocent. Could the Jersey Devil still haunt the barrens? (BLU-RAY)

LAST THING MARY SAW (2021)

Winter, 1843. A young woman is under investigation following the mysterious death of her family’s matriarch. Her recollection of the events sheds new light on the ageless forces behind the tragedy. (DVD)

LOVE AND HUMAN REMAINS (1994) (UNRATED DIRECTOR’S CUT)

This modern, dark comedy is about people searching for love and family in an era where relationships are not as clearly defined as either hetero or homosexual. The film focuses on roommates/ex-lovers David (Thomas Gibson), a cynical actor-turned-waiter, and Candy (Ruth Marshall), an ever-hopeful book reviewer, and their hilarious, often-poignant entanglements with a psychic dominatrix (Mia Kirshner), a bartender (Rick Roberts), a lesbian schoolteacher (Joanne Vannicola), a seventeen-year-old busboy (Matthew Ferguson), and a misogynistic yuppie (Cameron Bancroft). All of this takes place within an urban landscape where a serial killer is attacking young women. (BLU-RAY)

MARTIAL CLUB (1981)

A gloriously typical entry from Shaw Brothers, Martial Club starring Kara Wei (THE BRAVE ARCHER 2 and MAD MONKEY KUNG FU) and Gordon Liu (THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN) and directed by Lau Kar-Leung (LEGENDARY WEAPONS OF CHINA), affords us a fast-paced, cleverly choreographed piece of martial arts fun combining many elements that lovers of this kind of cinema will be more than appreciative of. Rival fight schools, an old master and beautifully designed set pieces tumble together in a colourfully kinaesthetic unceasing parade of flying fists and action set pieces. (BLU-RAY)

MEMORIES (1995)

FROM THE CREATOR OF “AKIRA” COMES THREE UNFORGETTABLE ANIMATED TALES FEATURING A BRAND NEW ENGLISH DUB! Episode 1: Magnetic Rose Alone on a mysterious ship in deepest space, she waits. Once a beloved diva, she is now nothing more than memories. And for unsuspecting travelers that respond to her beacon, she will be their undoing. Episode 2: Stink Bomb A junior scientist gets the flu, and decides to try out some newly developed pills. But he takes the wrong ones, turning him into a walking, talking, and exceptionally clueless weapon of mass destruction. Episode 3: Cannon Fodder A day in the life of a small family in a big city. In this city, there is only war. There are no dreams, there is only labor. And there is no god, only a gigantic cannon. (BLU-RAY)

MONDOCANE (2021)

In the not-too-distant future on Italy’s southern coast, the city of Taranto has become a toxic wasteland ruled by warring gangs and surrounded by barbed wire, where best friends Mondocane and Pisspants dream of escaping their hardscrabble existence for a better life. Opportunity knocks when Hothead, the charismatic and dangerous leader of the Ants gang, recruits the two boys and gives them everything they fantasized about. The friendship begins to splinter as Pisspants displays a surprising talent for mayhem and quickly rises through the ranks. With an obsessed cop hounding the gang, and Hothead becoming increasingly unhinged, the boys barrel toward a confrontation that will determine if their bond is strong enough to survive. Recalling everything from Mad Max to Lord of the Flies, director Alessandro Celli’s thrilling feature debut is a stylish post-apocalyptic vision. (BLU-RAY)

MONTANA STORY (2021)

Set against the stunning mountains of Big Sky Country, two estranged siblings (Haley Lu Richardson, Owen Teague) return to the sprawling ranch they once called home to confront their family’s traumatic past. From the acclaimed Writer/ Directors Scott McGhee and David Siegel (WHAT MAISIE KNEW, THE DEEP END) comes a neo-Western with and emotional tremor hiding beneath it. (DVD)

MRS. PEPPERPOT (1983)

Mrs. Pepperpot shrinks to the size of a spoon! Fortunately, when it happens, she can talk to animals! The little old lady Mrs. Pepperpot has a secret. On occasion, and at random, she shrinks to the size of her teaspoon! But whenever it happens, she’s able to talk to animals, from her family pets and the friendly mice in her own house to the forest creatures outside. Mrs. Pepperpot’s unusual ability sometimes puts her in peril, but lets her help the village children, the animals in the forest, and even her grumpy husband in just the right ways. Enjoy all 130 episodes of this classic Norwegian children’s tale in animated form! Including the original Japanese language with English subtitles, and the original English dub! (BLU-RAY)

MUSEUM TOWN (2019)

Jennifer Trainer’s captivating new documentary Museum Town tells the story of a unique museum, the small town it calls home, and the great risk, hope, and power of art to transform a desolate post-industrial city. MASS MoCA is the largest museum for contemporary art in the world—but just three decades before, its vast brick buildings were the abandoned relics of a massive shuttered factory. How did such a wildly improbable transformation come to be? A testament to tenacity and imagination, Museum Town traces the remarkable story of how a small rural Massachusetts town went from economic collapse to art mecca. Threaded with interviews of a diverse cast—a tattooed curator, a fabricator, former factory worker, and shopkeepers—the film also looks at the artistic process itself, tracking the work and ideas of celebrated artist Nick Cave as he creates his groundbreaking installation at MASS MoCA, UNTIL. With appearances by artists ranging from James Turrell to David Byrne, narration by Meryl Streep, and a soundtrack from John Stirratt of Wilco, Museum Town captures the meeting of small-town USA and the global art world as it tells a tale that is, like any great artwork, soulful, thought-provoking and unforgettable. (DVD)

PASSION IN THE DESERT (1997)

From the controversial novella by Honoré de Balzac comes the story of a young army officer who finds himself stranded in the Sahara desert. Left to his own devices, Augustin Robert would surely die… but after stumbling upon mysterious ruins housing a wild leopard, the man and beast form an inextricable bond. (BLU-RAY)

PASTOR HALL (1940) (INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION)

When the quiet German village of Altdorf is taken over by an SS platoon which proceeds to enforce Fuhrer’s ideals upon its inhabitants, a kindly pastor questions the agenda of ‘The New Order’ while members of his parish turn a blind eye to the insidious indoctrination. Before long, he is punished for his vocal opposition and is sent to Dachau, where, despite the brutality which he suffers, he refuses to give in to the madness and inhumanity of National Socialism. (BLU-RAY)

PICASSO: SUMMERS WITH PICASSO (1951)

Like many artists of the post-WWI era, Pablo Picasso fell under the spell of the French Riviera. The blue intensity of the Mediterranean, its rugged coasts, balmy weather, and sun- filled days inspired some of his most important artistic breakthroughs. Icarus Films is proud to present a pair of unique documentaries on two colorful periods of Picasso’s Rivera life. François Lévy-Kuentz’s ON THE FRENCH RIVIERA WITH MAN RAY AND PICASSO details Picasso’s summer in the village of Mougins in 1937. The film is mainly told from the point of view of photographer, filmmaker, and painter Man Ray, using footage he shot (including some on the then-experimental Kodachrome), a wealth of photos, and readings from Man Ray. Other guests we witness include Man Ray’s girlfriend, Ady Fidelin, a dancer and model from Guadeloupe; surrealist poet Paul Éluard and his wife Nusch and writer Roland Penrose, there with photographer Lee Miller, Man Ray’s former model and lover. With Christian Tran’s PICASSO AND SIMA, ANTIBES 1946, we learn the story of Picasso’s pivotal friendship with sculptor and photographer Michel Sima while living in the town of Antibes right after the War. At Picasso’s request, Sima photographed Picasso’s works- in-progress in the workshop he found for him at Grimaldi Palace. The artists’ work and friendship eventually resulted in the creation of the Picasso Museum. This unique showcase in Antibes allowed a treasure trove of Picasso’s art to be returned to its original home and is documented first-hand in this film. (DVD)

POMPO THE CINEPHILE (2021)

Pompo is a talented and gutsy producer in “Nyallywood,” the movie-making capital of the world. Although she’s known for B-movies, one day Pompo tells her movie-loving but apprehensive assistant Gene that he will direct her next script: a delicate drama about an aging and tormented creative genius, starring the legendary and Brando-esque actor Martin Braddock, and a young actress seeking her first break. But when the production heads towards chaos, can Gene rise to Pompo’s challenge, and succeed as a first-time director? (BLU-RAY)

POPPY FIELD (2020)

Planning to spend a romantic weekend with his long-distance boyfriend, Christi’s tender reunion is cut short when he is called in to handle a crisis at work. Christi is a member of the Bucharest police force, and his unit is sent to quell a protest at a local movie theater, where a far-right group has interrupted the screening of a queer film. As tensions between the homophobic protesters and the audience mount, Christi, closeted to his fellow officers, begins to spiral out of control when he spots a former fling in the crowd. A violent outburst threatens to expose Christi’s secret and forces him to confront the contradictions between his personal and professional life. (DVD)

RAGING BULL (1980) (CRITERION)

With this stunningly visceral portrait of self-destructive machismo, Martin Scorsese created one of the truly great and visionary works of modern cinema. Robert De Niro pours his blood, sweat, and brute physicality into the Oscar-winning role of Jake La Motta, the rising middleweight boxer from the Bronx whose furious ambition propels him to success within the ring but whose unbridled paranoia and jealousy tatter his relationships with everyone in his orbit, including his brother and manager (Joe Pesci) and gorgeous, streetwise wife (Cathy Moriarty). Thelma Schoonmaker’s Oscar-winning editing, Michael Chapman’s extraordinarily tactile black-and-white cinematography, and Frank Warner’s ingenious sound design combine to make Raging Bull a uniquely powerful exploration of violence on multiple levels—physical, emotional, psychic, and spiritual. (BLU-RAY and 4KULTRAHD)

ROSE MAKER (2020)

Artisanal horticulturalist Eve Vernet (Catherine Frot) honors her father’s legacy by continuing the family business, breeding and growing unique roses that compete in showcases all over France. But Eve’s approach struggles to compete with the mass market production from her corporate rivals. With the business facing imminent bankruptcy or liquidation, Eve’s trusted secretary, Vera, makes a last-ditch effort to turn things around by hiring three new employees from a prison rehabilitation program behind Eve’s back. Fred, Samir, and Nadège are misunderstood outcasts with fresh ideas, strong work ethics, and absolutely no gardening skills. In a desperate attempt to save the business, the new team comes up with a perilous plan, and Eve unexpectedly discovers new parts of life that are worth nurturing in this colorful and touching comedy about growing new creations in mature soil. (DVD)

ROUGH CUT (1980)

Jack Rhodes (Reynolds) is a “semi-retired” rich American attending a swanky London party, where he meets (and falls for) Gillian Bromley (Lesley-Anne Down). Just as quickly as the double entendres fly, they’re soon involved in a spectacular heist of $30 million in uncut diamonds. Quick on the trail is a Scotland Yard inspector (David Niven), whose great ambition is to trap Rhodes. (BLU-RAY)

RUGRATS: SEASON 1 V.1 (2021) (2 DISKS)

The Rugrats of the beloved 90s cartoon are back in a brand-new series with an all-new look! Get a knee-high view of the world with this baby band of best friends as they wander off on epic adventures, make new discoveries, and learn about the world and each other – all before snack time! Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, and Susie may be pint-sized, but their imaginations are larger than life! And they’ll need all that combined brainpower to go up against Tommy’s sneaky cousin Angelica! This volume contains the first 13 episodes of Season One in a 2-disc set. (DVD)

SAFE MEN (1998)

A case of mistaken identity throws two lackluster singers into the world of professional safe-cracking. Before long they are “persuaded” by local gangsters to rob three different safes around town, and failure is not an option. (BLU-RAY)

SEXUAL DRIVE (2021)

Sexual Drive is an unconventional triptych – equal parts thriller, sex comedy, and gastronomy – following the seemingly unconnected lives of three people around Japan and their appetites, both culinary and carnal. In the first story, designer Enatsu worries about his sexless marriage. Next, office worker Akane is recovering from driving-induced panic attacks. In the final third, elite advertising agent Ikeyama wants to end a relationship with his lover. Connecting all three is a shabby man who calls himself Kurita. He appears and presents each with a secret. Both suspicious and revolting, Kurita gradually reveals to each deep, mouth-watering truths regarding their sexual drive… (BLU-RAY)

SHARK BAIT (2022)

After a night of partying on the beach, a group of spring breakers steal jet skis and head out to sea. But the fun quickly turns to horror after a head-on collision leaves them injured, bleeding and stranded in shark-infested waters fighting for their survival. (DVD)

SKULL-FACE BOOKSELLER HONDA-SAN (2018)

Honda-san is at war – with business, with out-of-print books, and with people who love manga! Who knew there were so many laughs to be found at the manga counter of a bookstore?! These are the day-to-day happenings that take place at a certain bookstore where the love of manga is abundant.Running out of popular volumes, stocking new Collector’s editions, coordinating with publishers and co-workers, and of course dealing with all sorts of eccentric customers. A semi-autobiographical account from the manga author’s own experiences as a bookstore employee, this is a light-hearted look into the exciting world of Japanese manga/literature…retail. (BLU-RAY)

STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS: SEASON 2 (2020)

Follow the adventures of our favorite Starfleet support crew in the U.S.S. Cerritos as they deal with changes in group dynamics, chasing promotions, and tons of sci-fi missions. (DVD)

SUMMERTIME (1955) (CRITERION)

With this sublimely bittersweet tale of romantic longing, director David Lean left behind the British soundstage to capture in radiant Technicolor the sun-splashed glory of Venice at the height of summer. In a tour de force of fearless vulnerability, Katharine Hepburn portrays the conflicting emotions that stir the heart of a lonely, middle-aged American tourist who is forced to confront her insecurities when she is drawn into a seemingly impossible affair with a charming Italian shopkeeper (Rossano Brazzi) amid the ancient city’s canals and piazzas. Lean’s personal favorite among his own films, Summertime is an exquisitely tender evocation of the magic and melancholy of a fleeting, not-quite-fairy-tale romance. (BLU-RAY and DVD)

UNICO DOUBLE FEATURE (1977)

Unico the Unicorn has the amazing power to make anyone he meets happy. Whether it’s because of his personality or the powers of his horn, no one knows. However, the gods become jealous of Unico, thinking that only they should be able to decide or allow people to be happy. Unico is banished to the Hill of Oblivion, and the West Wind is ordered to take him there. She can’t stand giving this fate to Unico, so Unico’s adventures begin, as the West Wind takes him from one place and time to the next, in a neverending journey to escape the wrath of the gods. Includes the original Japanese language with English subtitles and the English dubs! (BLU-RAY)

UZUMAKI (2000)

There’s something evil going around… and around… and around… Based on a Japanese manga, Higuchinsky’s Uzumaki follows the residents of a remote town as they inexplicably become obsessed with spiral shapes. Kirie (Eriko Hatsune), a young schoolgirl, first notices this phenomena when she encounters her boyfriend’s father (Ren Osugi), maniacally videotaping a snail crawling up a wall. Later, her brooding beau, Shuichi (Fhi Fan), reveals that the odd behavior goes further–his father has filled an entire room with various spiral objects. And that’s merely the beginning of the insanity–soon one classmate arrives at school covered in thick, clear slime and the leader of a girl gang begins wearing her hair in gravity-defying swirly strands. Before long, this growing madness leads to a series of gruesome and unbelievably bizarre deaths. (BLU-RAY)

VAMPIRE HUNTER D: BLOODLUST (2000)

Baron Meier Link is of a dying race, but the vampire doesn’t intend to remain lonely much longer. Abducting women in the night is common for his kind, so what’s one more? But Charlotte’s father has plenty of money, and there’s no price he won’t pay to get his daughter back. That’s why he hires D. D is a Dunpeal, a breed rarer than that of the vampires–after all, he’s half of one. When it comes to hunting those with fangs like his own, he’s the best in the business. But that doesn’t mean he’s the only game in town. The Markus Brothers are on the vampire’s trail as well, and they’re not about to lose. It’s a race, not only between the rival Hunters, but for the vampire and his bride-to-be. But it might be more than just a job to D. Is Charlotte really a captive? Or will another Dunpeal be born to this world? (BLU-RAY)

WONDERFUL ADVENTURES OF NILS HOLGERSSON (1980) (2 DISKS)

Nils is a lazy and greedy boy whose mischief makes everyone miserable, whether it’s his parents, the animals on his farm, or the fairy-like tomte he captures one day. But he gets his comeuppance when the pint-sized tomte casts a spell to make Nils just as tiny as him! The only way to break the spell is to go on a journey to distant Lapland with Morten the farm goose, Carrot the hamster, and a flock of wild geese. Along the way, he contends with cruel witches, talking statues, wise ravens, and one very persistent fox. Under the guidance of the stern but caring Captain Akka, leader of the flock, Nils discovers his kind heart and his love for nature. But when the time comes, will he be able to choose between his human family and his feathered friends? Find out in this complete series collection containing all 52 TV episodes in standard definition! In the original Japanese language with English subtitles! (BLU-RAY)

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