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Hello Everyone,

This week we loaded the HD and BluRay lists with over 100 new titles. Start shaking the boxes under the tree -- one of them might be a HiDef player! We also got two new Criterion titles: Hitchcock's "The Lady Vanishes" and Bergman's "Sawdust and Tinsel". Next week we should have Kurosawa's "Drunken Angel" followed closely by the amazing "Two-Lane Blacktop". Go, Criterion, go!

The biggest news in upcoming DVD releases is that Spike Lee's first film (second it you count "Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads" and fifth if you count the other three that no one has ever heard of), "She's Gotta Have It", is coming out on January 15th! Finally you can follow the exploits of Mars Blackmon and Nola Darling in all of their digital greatness. "Do you smell something? ... I do."

Check it out: There's a new local on-line publication -- "Smile Politely: A Champaign-Urbana Culture Blog" (www.smilepolitely.com). You'll recognize some of the writers as folks from the Buzz (Seth Fein), the now defunct Hub (Doug Hoepker), and, if you've got your way-back-hat on, the Octopus (Paul Young). It launched today and promises to be everything great about all the local print publications but without any of the filler, no waiting a whole week for the next edition and no killed trees. Looks good to me -- bookmark it!

Hi-def scorecard: We've got 187 HD-DVDs w/156 rentals vs 192 BluRay-DVDs w/128 rentals.

Essential Art House Films Update: Six more films, just under a month left. Last week's film was Luis Buñuel's "Viridiana". This week's film will be François Truffaut's "Jules and Jim". 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 day...

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 DVDs

24: SEASON 06 (DVD) TV TV-13 DVD 19..
28 DAYS LATER (DVD) INT R DVD 19.. 108
AIR GEAR: VOL 06 (DVD) JAN NR DVD 100
AIR: THE MOTION PICTURE (DVD) JAN NR DVD 85
ALIEN SIEGE (DVD) SF NR DVD 19.. 89
ALMOST BROTHERS (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 102
ANTONIA (DVD) INT PG-13 DVD 19.. 88
ARCTIC TALE (DVD) DOC G DVD 19.. 86
ART OF PIANO, THE (DVD) PA NR DVD 1999
BABY SITTERS CLUB, THE (DVD) COM PG DVD 1995 94
BLADE OF THE PHANTOM MASTER (DVD) JAN NR DVD 90
BLEACH: VOL 7 (DVD) JAN NR DVD 100
CHRISTMAS TOO MANY, A (DVD) COM PG-13 DVD 19.. 94
CLUE (DVD) COM PG DVD 1985 96
CSI: SEASON 07 (DVD) TV NR DVD 19.. 999
DEVIL'S REJECTS, THE (DVD) HOR NR DVD 19.. 109
EMMANUELLE (DVD) INT NR DVD 1973 94
FREE CINEMA: LAUNCH OF BRITISH NEW WAVE BRI NR DVD 1953 475
GHOST HUNTERS: SEASON 3 (DVD) TV NR DVD
GIRL NEXT DOOR, THE (2007) (DVD) HOR NR DVD 19.. 91
GLASS FLEET: VOL 2 (DVD) JAN TV PG DVD 19.. 125
GODDESS, THE (SHEN NU) (DVD) INT NR DVD 1934
HAPPY DAYS: SEASON 03 (DVD) TV NR DVD 490
HEIMAT III (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 680
HELL (L'ENFER) (PAL) (DVD) PAL NR DVD 19.. 98
HELVETICA (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 80
HER NAME IS SABRINE (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 85
HIGH SCHOOL CAESAR / NAKED YOUTH (DVD) B NR DVD 1960 142
HOTTEST STATE, THE (DVD) GEN R DVD 19.. 117
HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES (DVD) HOR R DVD 19.. 88
JULIA (DVD) GEN PG DVD 1977 117
KABHI KHUSHI KABHIE GHAM (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 210
KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 177
KURAU: VOL 05 (DVD) JAN NR DVD 100
LADY VANISHES, THE (DVD) HIT NR DVD 1938 96
LAST MAN ON EARTH, THE (DVD) SF NR DVD 1964 87
LAW & ORDER: S.V.U.: 4TH YEAR (DVD) TV NR DVD 19.. 999
MAGIKANO: VOL 01 (DVD) JAN NR DVD 125
MEDICI, THE: GODFATHERS OF THE RENAISS.. DOC NR DVD 19.. 220
MIDNIGHT CLEAR (DVD) GEN PG-13 DVD 19.. 102
MY CRAZY LIFE (MI VIDA LOCA) (DVD) AIF R DVD 1993 96
NANNY DIARIES, THE (DVD) COM PG-13 DVD 19.. 104
NARUTO: VOL 18 (DVD) JAN NR DVD
OPERATION HOMECOMING (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 60
PARTY MONSTER (2003) (DVD) GEN NR DVD 19.. 99
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 3: AT W...(DVD) GEN PG-13 DVD 19.. 168
PRINCE OF EGYPT (1999) (DVD) ANI PG DVD 1999 99
PROJECT RUNWAY: SEASON 03 (DVD) TV TV-14 DVD
PUMPKIN SCISSORS: VOL 02 (DVD) JAN NR DVD 100
RAGNAROK: VOLUME 1 (DVD) JAN NR DVD 213
ROCK BABY ROCK IT / TEEN MANIA (DVD) B NR DVD 1957 135
SAFE MEN (DVD) COM R DVD 1998 88
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: HALLOWEEN (DVD) SUC NR DVD 1999 59
SAWDUST AND TINSEL (DVD) INT NR DVD 1953 92
SCOUT, THE (DVD) COM PG-13 DVD 1994 101
SIXTEEN CANDLES (DVD) COM PG DVD 1984 83
SUPERBAD (DVD) COM NR DVD 19.. 118
SUZUKA: VOL 05 (DVD) JAN NR DVD 100
SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH (DVD) CLA NR DVD 1961 120
TEENAGE DEVIL DOLLS/TEENAGE CONFIDENTIAL B NR DVD 1986 130
THREE STOOGES: 1934-1936 (DVD) CC NR DVD 1936 340
TREASURES III: SOCIAL ISSUES 1900-1934 DOC NR DVD 19.. 738
WELCOME TO THE NHK: VOL 02 (DVD) JAN NR DVD 100
WEREWOLF: THE DEVIL'S HOUND (DVD) HOR R DVD 19.. 90
WHEN NIETZSCHE WEPT (DVD) GEN NR DVD 19..
WILL & GRACE: SEASON 07 (DVD) TV NR DVD 19.. 459
WIRE, THE: SEASON 04 (DVD) TV NR DVD 19.. 800

NEW HD-DVDs

2 FAST 2 FURIOUS (HD) HD PG-13 HD 19.. 108
40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN (HD) HD NR HD 19.. 133
ACCEPTED (HD) HD PG-13 HD 19.. 93
ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (HD) HD PG HD 1938 102
ANCHORMAN (HD) HD NR HD 19.. 97
BATTLE OF THE BULGE (HD) HD NR HD 1965 169
BLACK RAIN (1989) (HD) HD R HD 1989 125
BLACK X-MAS (HD) HD NR HD 19.. 95
BREAKFAST CLUB (HD) HD R HD 1985 97
CADDYSHACK (HD) HD R HD 1980 98
CHRISTMAS STORY, A (HD) HD PG HD 1983 93
CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK (HD) HD NR HD 19.. 135
CLERKS 2 (HD) HD R HD 19.. 98
COMING TO AMERICA (HD) HD R HD 1988 116
COWBOYS, THE (HD) HD PG HD 1971 135
DERAILED (2005) (HD) HD NR HD 19.. 112
DR. SEUSS: GRINCH STOLE X-MAS (HD) HD PG HD 19.. 105
DREAMGIRLS (HD) HD PG-13 HD 19.. 130
DUKES OF HAZZARD, THE (HD) HD NR HD 19.. 107
DUNE (HD) HD PG-13 HD 1984 137
ELVIS: VIVA LAS VEGAS (HD) HD PG HD 1960 85
EXCALIBUR (HD) HD R HD 1981 140
FAILURE TO LAUNCH (HD) HD PG-13 HD 19.. 96
FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (HD) HD R HD 1982 90
FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS (HD) HD R HD 1998 119
FEARLESS (JET LI) (HD) HD NR HD 19.. 104
FEAST (HD) HD NR HD 19.. 92
FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS (HD) HD R HD 19.. 132
FORBIDDEN PLANET (HD) HD G HD 1956 98
FOUR BROTHERS (HD) HD R HD 19.. 108
FREEDOM WRITERS (HD) HD PG-13 HD 19.. 122
GRAND PRIX (HD) HD NR HD 1966 176
HARSH TIMES (HD) HD R HD 19.. 116
HOT ROD (HD) HD PG-13 HD 19.. 87
HOUSE OF WAX (2005) (HD) HD R HD 19.. 113
HUSTLE & FLOW (HD) HD R HD 19.. 115
LAND OF THE DEAD (HD) HD NR HD 19.. 97
LETHAL WEAPON 2 (HD) HD R HD 1989 114
MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, THE (HD) HD R HD 19.. 129
MARCH OF THE PENGUINS (HD) HD PG HD 19.. 80
MATADOR, THE (HD) HD R HD 19.. 97
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE (HD) HD PG-13 HD 1996 110
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 2 (M:I-2) (HD) HD PG-13 HD 19.. 123
MR. BEAN'S HOLIDAY (HD) HD G HD 19.. 90
MUMMY RETURNS, THE (HD) HD PG-13 HD 19..
MUMMY, THE (1999) (HD) HD PG-13 HD 1999 125
MUSIC & LYRICS (HD) HD PG-13 HD 19.. 104
MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (HD) HD NR HD 1962 185
NACHO LIBRE (HD) HD PG HD 19.. 92
NATIONAL LAMPOON: X-MAS VACATION (HD) HD PG-13 HD 1989 97
NORBIT (HD) HD PG-13 HD 19.. 102
OLD SCHOOL (HD) HD NR HD 19.. 91
OMEGA MAN, THE (HD) HD PG HD 1971 98
PAYBACK (HD) HD NR HD 90
PULSE (2006) (HD) HD NR HD 19.. 88
RED DRAGON (HD) HD R HD 19.. 125
REDS (HD) HD PG HD 1981 195
ROAD WARRIOR, THE (HD) HD R HD 1981 95
RUNDOWN, THE (HD) HD PG-13 HD 19.. 105
SAHARA (HD) HD PG-13 HD 19.. 123
SCANNER DARKLY, A (HD) HD R HD 19.. 100
SCARY MOVIE 4 (HD) HD NR HD 19.. 91
SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS (HD) HD NR HD 19.. 107
SCORPION KING, THE (HD) HD PG-13 HD 19.. 92
SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TO... (HD) HD PG HD 19.. 106
SLEEPY HOLLOW (HD) HD R HD 1999 105
SNEAKERS (HD) HD PG-13 HD 1992 126
SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE (HD) HD PG HD 1978 151
TRADING PLACES (HD) HD R HD 1983 116
TRAFFIC (HD) HD R HD 19.. 148
UNDER SIEGE (HD) HD R HD 1992 103
WE WERE SOLDIERS (HD) HD R HD 19.. 138
WICKER MAN, THE (2006) (HD) HD NR HD 19.. 102
WOLF CREEK (HD) HD NR HD 19.. 104

NEW BLU-RAY DVDs

A SCANNER DARKLY (BR) BR R BR 19.. 100
ALEXANDER REVISITED: FINAL CUT (BR) BR NR BR 213
AMERICAN PSYCHO (BR) BR NR BR 19.. 102
ANNAPOLIS (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 103
ATL (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 107
BASIC INSTINCT (BR) BR NR BR 1992 128
BLAZING SADDLES (BR) BR R BR 1974 93
BLUE PLANET: IMAX (BR) BR NR BR 19.. 44
BROTHERS GRIMM, THE (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 118
CASANOVA (BR) BR R BR 19.. 111
CHRISTMAS STORY, A (BR) BR PG BR 1983 93
CRANK (BR) BR R BR 19.. 87
CRASH (2004) (BR) BR NR BR 19.. 115
DARK WATER (2005) (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 105
DEVIL'S REJECTS (BR) BR NR BR 19.. 109
DIRTY DANCING (BR) BR PG-13 DVD 1987 105
DIRTY DOZEN, THE (BR) BR NR BR 1967 149
DOCTOR STRANGE (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 95
ELVIS: VIVA LAS VEGAS (BR) BR NR BR 1963 85
FINDING NEVERLAND (BR) BR PG BR 101
FLIGHTPLAN (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 98
FUGITIVE, THE (BR) BR PG-13 BR 1993 130
G.I. JANE (BR) BR R BR 1997 125
GETAWAY (1972) (BR) BR PG BR 1972
GOAL! THE DREAM BEGINS (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 118
GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK (BR) BR PG BR 19.. 93
GOODFELLAS (BR) BR R BR 1990 145
GUARDIAN, THE (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 139
HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES (BR) BR R BR 19.. 88
HOUSE OF WAX (BR) BR R BR 19.. 113
I KNOW WHO KILLED ME (BR) BR R BR 19..
JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK (BR) BR R BR 19.. 104
LADDER 49 (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 115
LETHAL WEAPON 2 (BR) BR R BR 1989 114
MARCH OF THE PENGUINS BR G BR 19.. 80
MASTERS OF HORROR: S1 (BR) BR NR BR 19.. 169
MUSIC & LYRICS (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 104
NATIONAL LAMPOON: X-MAS VACATION (BR) BR PG-13 BR 1989 97
OMEGA MAN, THE (BR) BR PG BR 1971 98
OUT FOR JUSTICE (BR) BR R BR 1991 91
PAPRIKA (BR) BR R BR 19..
PRIMEVAL (BR) BR R BR 19.. 94
PUNISHER, THE (2004) (BR) BR R DVD 19.. 123
QUEEN, THE (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 103
RAMBO I: FIRST BLOOD (BR) BR R BR 1982 96
REIGN OF FIRE (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 102
RIO BRAVO (BR) BR NR BR 1959 141
SAW (BR) BR R BR 19.. 100
SAW II (BR) BR R BR 19.. 95
SEARCHERS, THE (BR) BR NR BR 1956 119
STARGATE (BR) BR NR BR 1994 128
STIR OF ECHOES (BR) BR R BR 1999 94
TOTAL RECALL (BR) BR R BR 1990 113
UNDER SIEGE (BR) BR R BR 1992 103
UNFORGIVEN (BR) BR R BR 1992 131
WEEDS: SEASON 01 (BR) BR NR BR 283
WICKER MAN, THE (2006) (BR) BR NR BR 19.. 102
YOUNG GUNS (BR) BR R BR 1988 102

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