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New arrivals for the week of January 1, 2008
 

Happy New Year Everyone,

There's a new sheriff in town! If you notice a new face behind the counter at Rentertainment it's probably Jenn -- Renter's new manager (Amanda has continued to refuse to return from Portland... sheesh). You may recognize her as one of the many friendly faces behind the counter at the campus Espresso. I'll still be around but Jenn will be doing a lot of the day to day stuff at the store. Say "hi" the next time you are in -- she's much nicer than I am.

Hi-def scorecard: The first line of a recent New York Times article asks, "What if nobody wins the high-definition DVD format wars?" Good question. Each camp can (and does regularly) claim their own battle victories (number of players sold, number of discs sold, studios picking one format over the other, etc) but so far neither has really pulled out ahead to be a clear winner of the war. Unfortunately, for now at least, the consumer is the definite loser -- unless you opt not to play the game. I suppose that is still my recommendation (unless, of course, you like this sort of game). In any case, here at Rentertainment we now have 209 HD-DVDs w/228 rentals vs 214 BluRay-DVDs w/189 rentals. BR is winning the titles in stock battle but HD is winning the number of rentals battle.

Essential Art House Films Update: All done -- fifty-two weeks, fifty films, fifty reviews. For the complete write up have a look at our "50 Essential Art House Films" page. Watch this space for some sort of new project announcement next week.

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

12 MONKEYS (DVD) SF R DVD 1995 130
APOCALYPSE NOW (DVD) GEN R DVD 19.. 202
BECOMING JOHN FORD (DVD) DOC NR DVD 93
BLADE RUNNER (DVD) SF R DVD 1982 117
BLESS YOU PRISON INT NR DVD 86
BRING IT ON: IN IT TO WIN IT (DVD) COM PG-13 DVD 19.. 90
BROTHERS SOLOMON, THE (DVD) COM R DVD 19.. 93
BURROUGHS, WILLIAM: THEE FILMS (DVD) DOC NR DVD 120
COMMON DENOMINATORS, THE (DVD) GEN NR DVD 19.. 107
CZECH DREAM (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 88
DAYS OF HEAVEN (DVD) GEN PG DVD 1978 93
GRINDHOUSE TRASH (DVD) B NR DVD 1968
I AM SAM (DVD) GEN PG-13 DVD 19.. 134
INDIE SEX (DVD) DOC NR DVD 199
INITIMATE AFFAIRS GEN R DVD 19.. 102
JIMMY AND JUDY (DVD) AIF NR DVD 100
KANON: VOLUME 01 (DVD) JAN TV-PG DVD 100
KNIGHT'S TALE (DVD) GEN PG-13 DVD 19.. 132
LAND BEFORE TIME, THE (DVD) ANI G DVD 19.. 69
LISTENING, THE (DVD) GEN R DVD 19.. 103
LIVING & DYING (DVD) GEN R DVD 19.. 90
LOHENGRIN (DVD) PA NR DVD 279
LOOKS AND SMILES (DVD) INT NR DVD 1981 104
MONTY PYTHON: HOLY GRAIL (DVD) MP PG DVD 1974 90
MONTY PYTHON: LIVE! VOL 1 (DVD) MP NR DVD 1972 153
MONTY PYTHON: MEANING OF LIFE (DVD) MP R DVD 1983 107
ORIGINAL LATIN DIVAS OF COMEDY (DVD) SUC NR DVD 19.. 90
OSWALD THE LUCKY RABBIT (DVD) ANI NR DVD 1927 234
PARADISE TEXAS (DVD) GEN PG DVD 19.. 90
PETER PAN (DVD) ANI G DVD 1976 77
PHONE BOOTH (DVD) GEN R DVD 19.. 81
RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION (DVD) SF R DVD 19.. 94
SEPTEMBER DAWN (DVD) WES R DVD 111
SHATTERED (DVD) GEN R DVD 19.. 95
SHOOT 'EM UP (DVD) GEN R DVD 19.. 86
SOLSTICE (DVD) HOR PG-13 DVD 91
SOPRANOS: SEASON 04 (DVD) TV NR DVD 800
THAT 70'S SHOW: SEASON 4 (DVD) TV NR DVD 19.. 500
THOMPSON, HUNTER S: BUY THE TIC... (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 77
WAR (DVD) INT R DVD 19.. 103

NEW HD-DVDs

CAT PEOPLE (HD) HD R HD 1982 119
HEARTBREAK KID, THE (HD) HD R HD 19.. 114
PAN'S LABYRINTH (HD) HD R HD 19.. 119

NEW BLURAY-DVDs

PAN'S LABYRINTH (BR) BR R BR 19.. 119

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