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Hello Everyone,

Criterion has finally posted the specifics for their release of "Berlin Alexanderplatz" -- November 13th, spine #411, seven discs. We can finally get rid of our incomplete and dark VHS transfer. Fassbinder's epic weighs in at just under 16 hours so you may want to work your way up to it slowly. Also coming soon from Criterion: Stranger than Paradise, Night on Earth, Days of Heaven, and Breathless.

In a few hours I will be heading out to Washington, DC for the opening night performance of Moises Kaufman's 33 Variations. Our latest CD release, William Kinderman's "Diabelli Variations" (www.ariettamusic.com), is the unofficial soundtrack for the play so it is very exciting to all of us involved. If you are interested, there are a few copies of the CD for sale at Renter and they'll soon be available in all fine music shops and on-line... oh, and they'll be available at the Arena-Stage all month long if you're in the area.

Hi-def scorecard: 56 HD-DVDs w/26 rentals vs 62 BluRay-DVDs w/16 rentals. The DreamWorks Animation and Paramount deal I mentioned last week just got a little weirder as it was revealed they were paid some $150,000,000 to stay exclusively with the HD camp. It must be fun to play with other people's money!

Essential Art House Films Update: Last week's film was Laurence Olivier's "Richard III". This week's film will be David Lean's "Summertime". 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...

NEW DVD

ALMOST PEACEFUL (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 94
ANIME LEGENDS (4 DISCS) JAN NR DVD 19.. 325
ANNA AKHMATOVA FILE, THE (DVD) INT NR DVD 1989 65
AQUARIUM, THE (DVD) INT NR DVD 1996 140
AVATAR: BOOK 02: EARTH: VOL 04 (DVD) ANI NR DVD 19.. 123
AXIS OF EVIL COMEDY TOUR (DVD) SUC NR DVD 19.. 64
BARON OF ARIZONA, THE (DVD) WES NR DVD 1950 97
BEAUTIFUL WASHING MACHINE, THE (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 113
BLACK GOLD (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 78
BLADES OF GLORY (DVD) COM PG-13 DVD 19.. 93
BLOOD AND TEARS (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 74
BOLEK & LOLEK GO CAMPING (DVD) ANI NR DVD 63
BOLEK & LOLEK IN THE WILD WEST (DVD) ANI NR DVD 1986 63
BOLEK & LOLEK ON VACATION (DVD) ANI NR DVD 19.. 63
CAMP NOWHERE (DVD) COM PG DVD 1994 96
CRIA CUERVOS (DVD) INT NR DVD 1976 109
CURIOUS GEORGE TAKES A JOB (DVD) ANI NR DVD 19.. 108
DEAD POETS SOCIETY (DVD) GEN PG DVD 1989 129
DESERTER'S GOLD (DVD) INT NR DVD 1998 150
DESIGN: VOL 01 (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 156
DOG PROBLEM, THE (DVD) COM R DVD 19.. 89
EUREKA SEVEN: VOL 08 (DVD) JAN 13+ DVD 19.. 100
GALAXY ANGEL AA: VOL 02 (DVD) JAN 13+ DVD 75
GIRL'S HIGH: VOL 02 (DVD) JAN 13+ DVD 100
GREAT AFRICAN FILMS: VOL 1 (DVD) INT NR DVD 1995 177
GREAT AFRICAN FILMS: VOL 2 (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 177
GUERILLA AND THE HOPE, THE (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 111
HAMLET (1996) (DVD) INT PG-13 DVD 1996 242
HAMMER FILM NOIR: BLACK GLOVE &... (DVD) FNR NR DVD 1954 149
HAMMER FILM NOIR: GLASS TOMB & PAID (DVD FNR NR DVD 1954 130
HAMMER FILM NOIR: TERROR STREET...(DVD) FNR NR DVD 1952 157
HAMMER FILM NOIR: UNHOLY FOUR & ...(DVD) FNR NR DVD 1954 149
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN (DVD) CLA NR DVD 1952 92
HEROES: SEASON 01 (DVD) TV TV-14 DVD 19.. 999
HILL, THE (DVD) CLA NR DVD 1965 123
HORRORS OF MALFORMED MEN (DVD) INT NR DVD 1969 99
HOUSE MD: SEASON 03 (DVD) TV NR DVD
HOUSE OF GAMES (DVD) GEN R DVD 1987 101
I LOVE MIAMI (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 95
I SHOT JESSE JAMES (DVD) WES NR DVD 1949 81
I WAS STALIN'S BODYGUARD (DVD) DOC NR DVD 1989 73
INMIGRANTE, EL (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 90
IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 94
JAMES ELLROY: AMERICAN DOG (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 100
KICKIN' IT OLD SKOOL (DVD) COM PG-13 DVD 19.. 109
LENINGRAD COWBOYS: TOTAL BALALAIKA (DVD) INT NR DVD 1994 55
LOL (DVD) COM NR DVD 19..
LOLA (2001) (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 97
LUPIN THE 3RD: STRANGE PSYCHO... (DVD) INT NR DVD 1974 82
MAPMAKER (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 89
MAX AND MONA (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 98
MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA: V2 (DVD) JAN 13+ DVD 100
MILKY WAY, THE (DVD) INT NR DVD 1969 101
MISSING VICTOR PELLERIN (DVD) ART NR DVD 19.. 102
MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM SEED:DESTINY:V9 (DVD) JAN 13+ DVD 19.. 100
MURDER IN SUBURBIA: SEASON 02 (DVD) INT NR DVD 272
MY HIME Z: MY OTOME: VOL 01 (DVD) JAN 13+ DVD 100
MY HIME: VOL 01 (DVD) JAN 13+ DVD 19.. 100
NAOYUKI TSUJI ANIMATION COLLECTION (DVD) ANI NR DVD 1992 47
NEVER CRY WOLF (DVD) GEN PG DVD 1983 105
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (DVD) COM PG DVD 19.. 110
NOTHING FUNNY (DVD) INT NR DVD 1996 65
OFFSIDE (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 92
ON THE SILVER GLOBE (DVD) ART NR DVD 1987 157
ONE PIECE: VOL 10 (DVD) JAN TV-Y DVD 1999 110
OVER AT THE BIG RANCH (DVD) INT NR DVD 1936 100
POET ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE, A (DVD) DOC NR DVD 1997 96
PRINCESS PRINCESS: VOL 03 (DVD) JAN 13+ DVD 19.. 100
RAMEN FIGHTER MIKI: VOL 01 (DVD) JAN 13+ DVD 100
RICA (DVD) INT NR DVD 1972 90
RUN UP, THE (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19..
SACCO AND VANZETTI (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 82
SAGET, BOB: THAT AIN'T RIGHT (DVD) SUC TV-MA DVD 19.. 55
SIAVASH (DVD) INT NR DVD 1998 88
SIERRA LEONE'S REFUGEE ALL STARS DOC NR DVD 19.. 80
SNAKE WOMAN'S CURSE (DVD) INT NR DVD 1968 85
SOUTH PARK: SEASON 10 (DVD) ANI NR DVD 308
STEEL HELMET, THE (DVD) CLA NR DVD 1951 84
STOLEN LIFE (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 90
STONE MERCHANT, THE (DVD) INT R DVD 19.. 119
SUBURBIA CONFIDENTIAL (DVD) AIF 18 + DVD 1966 142
TSUBASA: VOL 03 (DVD) JAN TV-PG DVD 19.. 100
TSUNAMI DIARIES, THE (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 50
TV NOIR (DVD) TV NR DVD 1954 115
TV PARTY: PREMIER EPISODE (DVD) TV NR DVD 1978 58
TV PARTY: THE CRUSADES SHOW (DVD) TV NR DVD 1981 58
TV PARTY: THE DOCUMENTARY (DVD) TV NR DVD 1980 91
TV PARTY: THE HALLOWEEN SHOW (DVD) TV NR DVD 1979 58
TV PARTY: THE TIME AND MAKEUP SHOW (DVD) TV NR DVD 1979 59
UGLY BETTY: SEASON 01 (DVD) TV NR DVD 992
UTAWARERUMONO: VOL 05 (DVD) JAN TV-14 DVD 19.. 100
VANESSA (DVD) SNS NR DVD 1977 92
WAR & TRUTH (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 74
WHO THE HELL IS JULIETTE? (DVD) INT NR DVD 1997 91
WHOLPHIN: VOL 04 (DVD) AIF NR DVD
XPERIMENTAL EROS (DVD) DOC NR DVD 93
YEAR OF THE DOG (DVD) COM PG-13 DVD 19.. 96

NEW HD-DVDs

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NEW BLURAY DVDs

IMMORTAL BELOVED (BR) BR R BR 1994 121
LIVES OF OTHERS, THE (BR) BR R BR 19.. 138
NATIONAL LAMPOON: VAN WILDER (BR) BR NR BR 19.. 94
PERFECT STRANGER (BR) BR R BR 19.. 109

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