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Hello Everyone,

The High Definition war is going rather poorly so far. We now have 33 HD-DVDs and 34 BluRay-DVDs which have rented a total of 5 and 1 times respectively. There should be about another 10 of each coming in by this time next week. A few of the big folks have weighed in on how the format war will end: www.digitalbits.com says BluRay, www.aintitcool.com says HD, CU's own Rich Warren says BluRay and Blockbuster is backing BluRay. Word on the street is that HD looks and sounds consistently better but that didn't help Beta beat out VHS. Perhaps we have seen the future...

New this week: "Crazy Legs Conti" (a documentary on the sport of competitive eating), "Cinema, Aspirins, and Vultures", and the official release for "The Host". If you've been looking for "Puccini for Beginners" we should have it by Friday -- same with Weeds Season 2.

Illini 4000 update: The end is near! Today the Illini 4000 are in Valle, AZ and have traveled just over 3500 miles -- about 500 to go. Check out their web page (www.illini4000.org) for updates and to help support their cause. They will be landing in San Diego on August 4th where they will be greeted by the San Diego chapter of the University of Illinois Alumni Association and treated to a fabulous picnic. If you are in the neighborhood you should stop by...

Essential Art House Films Update: Last week's film was Henri-Georges Clouzot's "Wages of Fear". This week's film will be Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai". In case you are interested, the latest review is always on Renter's front page with a link to the rest of the reviews below it.

Have a great week!

Geoff (and all the other Rentertarians)

P.S. Did you know these e-mails are archived on our web site? If you want to refer back to any of them, go here.

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Here's what's new this week...

36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN, THE (DVD) INT R DVD 90
39 STEPS, THE (DVD) HIT NR DVD 1935 86
ANITA (DVD) INT NR DVD 1973 95
BELLS OF DEATH, THE (DVD) INT NR DVD 1968 88
BIG BAD SWIM, THE (DVD) AIF NR DVD 19.. 93
BLACK CAT: VOL 6 (DVD) JAN TV PG DVD 100
CINEMA, ASPIRINS AND VULTURES (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 99
COLLEGE GIRLS CONFIDENTIAL/ MOTEL (DVD) B NR DVD 1967 120
CONTRACT, THE (DVD) GEN R DVD 19.. 96
CRAZY LEGS CONTI: ZEN AND THE... (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 72
DECOY, THE (DVD) WES NR DVD 19.. 100
DOA: DEAD OR ALIVE (DVD) INT 17+ DVD 19.. 87
DYNAMITE WARRIOR (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 99
HAVE SWORD, WILL TRAVEL (DVD) INT NR DVD 1969 103
HOST, THE (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 119
KING BOXER, AKA FIVE FINGERS OF... (DVD) INT R DVD 98
LAST STAND OF THE 300 (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 91
LIVE FREE OR DIE (DVD) COM R DVD 19.. 89
MALPERTUIS (DVD) INT NR DVD 1971 120
MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA (DVD) JSF NR DVD 1964 88
MUCHA SANGRE (DVD) INT 16+ DVD 19.. 79
MY WIFE IS A GANGSTER 2: LEGEND... (DVD) INT 16+ DVD 19.. 105
MY WIFE IS A GANGSTER 3 (DVD) INT 15+ DVD 19.. 114
MY YOUNG AUNTIE (DVD) INT NR DVD 1981 121
NARUTO: VOL 14 (DVD) JAN 13+ DVD 88
NEW VALIANT ONES 2, THE (DVD) INT 17+ DVD 19..
NOMAD: THE WARRIOR (DVD) INT R DVD 19.. 111
NUMBER 23, THE (DVD) GEN R DVD 19.. 98
PASTORIUS, JACO: LIVE AND OUTR... (DVD) MUS NR DVD 1982 60
PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER (DVD) INT R DVD 19.. 147
PROTEGE (DVD) INT 15+ DVD 19.. 109
QUEEN, THE (DVD) INT PG-13 DVD 19.. 103
RACE YOU TO THE BOTTOM (DVD) G&L R DVD 19.. 73
REGULAR LOVERS (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 178
RENAISSANCE (DVD) ANI R DVD 19.. 105
ROOKIES, THE: SEASON 01 (DVD) TV NR DVD 1972
SLOW BURN (DVD) GEN R DVD 19.. 93
STYLEMASTERS (DVD) SPO NR DVD 19.. 44
SUICIDE CIRCLE 2: NORIKO'S D... (DVD) INT 17+ DVD 19.. 159
SUZUKA: VOL 2 (DVD) JAN TV PG DVD 125
SWORD BEARER, THE (DVD) INT 15+ DVD
TABUN FIRE (DVD) INT 15+ DVD 19.. 99
TRACI TOWNSEND (DVD) COM NR DVD 19.. 87
UTAWARERUMONO: VOL 4 (DVD) JAN TV 14 DVD 100
WAY I SPENT THE END OF THE WORLD (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 106
X-GAMES, BEST OF (DVD) SPO NR DVD 113
YU-YU HAKUSHO: GHOST FILES: VOL 6 (DVD) JAN TVPG DVD 300
ZODIAC (DVD) GEN R DVD 19.. 157

BluRay
APOCALYPTO (BR) BR R BR 19.. 138
BAND: THE LAST WALTZ (BR) BR PG BR 1978 117
BIG FISH (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 125
BOND: CASINO ROYALE (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 144
DEJA VU (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 126
DEPARTED, THE (BR) BR R BR 19.. 151
DEVIL WEARS PRADA, THE (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 109
FIFTH ELEMENT, THE (BR) BR PG-13 BR 1997 126
FOUNTAIN, THE (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 96
HAPPY FEET (BR) BR PG BR 19.. 108
HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 119
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 143
SUPERMAN RETURNS (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 154
WILD THINGS (BR) BR NR BR 1998 115
XXX (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 124

HD-DVD
ARMY OF DARKNESS (HD) HD R HD 1992 81
DANTE'S PEAK (HD) HD PG-13 HD 1997 109
MATRIX (HD) HD R HD 1999 136
MATRIX: RELOADED (HD) HD R HD 19.. 138
MATRIX: REVOLUTIONS (HD) HD R HD 19.. 129

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