This week's haul includes three new Criterion titles ("Bergman Island", "The Friends of Eddie Coyle", and "My Dinner with Andre"), of couple of BBC productions ("Ken Russell at the BBC" and "The Story of India"), and a documentary about all things Apple ("Welcome to Macintosh"). But, la pièce de résistance is certainly a pre-downloaded copy of "Sita Sings the Blues". We scored a couple of festival copies from one of the uppy-ups in the Sita organization and have put them out on the shelves. Proceeds from Sita rentals will go straight to the artist, Nina Paley.
Last week Walmart announced the arrival of a $128 BluRay player and Oppo announced the arrival of their flagship BluRay player, the BDP-83, at $499. Early reviews of Walmart's machine say "you get what you pay for" (which ain't bad) and the Oppo is "the best machine money can buy" (and if it's anything like their DVD players I would have to agree). On your new BluRay player you can watch some of our newer arrivals of older titles like "The Deep" (with Jacqueline Bisset) and "Grumpy Old Men" (with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau). Fyi, BluRay now accounts for 3.5% of our rentals and we are crawling towards the 1,200 title mark.
Today the Illini 4000 for Cancer enter the great state of Wyoming and will spend the next week crossing the Equality State. Despite 10 flat tires in one day, they had a great 4th of July and followed it with a 100+ mile day getting to Wall, SD (home of the Wall Drug Store). You can read the team's blogs, track their progress, and of course make donations on the Illini 4000 web-site (www.illini4000.org).
Also in cycling news, the Tour de France started out with a bang on July 4th and Astana (that's Lance Armstrong's team) holds five of the top ten positions with Armstrong in second (and just a split second behind Fabian Cancellara in the yellow jersey). They enter the mountains soon and that should mix things up a bit. You can watch clips on Versus (www.versus.com) and read about the race on Velo News (www.velonews.com).
Don't forget, this weekend is the inaugural Tour de Champaign Criterium Road Races -- Saturday in downtown Champaign and Sunday around the South Campus Research Park. Here's more info.
That's it for now. Have a great week...
Geoff (and all the other Rentertarians)
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ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES (DVD) CLA NR DVD 1944 87
BACCANO!: VOL 04 (DVD) JAN TVMA DVD 19.. 100
BEAU GESTE (DVD) CLA NR DVD 1939 112
BERGMAN ISLAND (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 83
BOURDAIN, ANTHONY:NO RESERVATIONS 3(DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 560
BOXERS + BALLERINAS (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 83
CLASS ACT (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 90
CLEOPATRA (1934) (DVD) CLA NR DVD 1934 100
COCO CHANEL (DVD) INT PG DVD 19.. 139
CORNER GAS: SEASON 06 (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 420
CRUSADES, THE (DVD) CLA NR DVD 1935 125
ENTOURAGE: SEASON 05 (DVD) TV TVMA DVD 19.. 360
EUREKA: SEASON 3.0 (DVD) TV NR DVD 19.. 349
EVENING DRESS (DVD) INT NR DVD 1986 84
FIVE FINGERS (DVD) GEN R DVD 19.. 87
FLICKER (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 75
FOUR FRIGHTENED PEOPLE (DVD) CLA NR DVD 1934 95
FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE, THE (DVD) GEN R DVD 1973 102
GUIDE FOR THE MARRIED MAN, A (DVD) COM PG DVD 1967 91
KATH & KIM: SEASON 01 (U.S.) (DVD) TV NR DVD 353
KNOWING (DVD) SF PG-13 DVD 19.. 121
LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD (DVD) INT NR DVD 1961 94
MAN, WOMAN AND THE WALL (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 84
MY DINNER WITH ANDRE (DVD) GEN NR DVD 1981 110
MY FAMILY AND OTHER ANIMALS (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 90
NIGHT TRAIN (2008) (DVD) GEN R DVD 19.. 91
PALACE OF THE WINDS (DVD) MUS NR DVD 19.. 52
PASSIONS OF A PRIVATE SECRETARY (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 87
PUSH (2009) (DVD) SF PG-13 DVD 19.. 111
RENO 911!: SEASON 06 (DVD) TV NR DVD 19.. 330
ROAR (DVD) TV NR DVD 1997 600
ROSES IN DECEMBER (DVD) DOC NR DVD 1982 55
RUSSELL, KEN: AT THE BBC (DVD) INT NR DVD 1962 409
SCHOOL RUMBLE: VOL O2 (DVD) JAN NR DVD 19.. 125
SECRETS OF A DESPERATE HOUSEWIFE (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 73
SIGN OF THE CROSS, THE (DVD) CLA NR DVD 1932 122
SITA SINGS THE BLUES (DVD) ANI NR DVD 19.. 82
SORRY, YOU CAN'T GET THROUGH (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 98
STORY OF INDIA, THE (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 360
TOWARD THE TERRA: VOL 04 (DVD) JAN 13UP DVD 19.. 100
TRAIL OF THE LONESOME PINE, THE (DVD) CLA NR DVD 1936 102
UNBORN, THE (DVD) HOR UNRATED DVD 19.. 89
UNION PACIFIC (DVD) CLA NR DVD 1939 135
WELCOME TO MACINTOSH (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 83
WIRE IN THE BLOOD: SEASON 06 (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 344
DEEP, THE (BR) BR PG BR 1977 124
DO THE RIGHT THING (BR) BR R BR 1989 120
ENTER THE DRAGON (BR) BR R BR 1973 102
GRUMPY OLD MEN (BR) BR PG-13 BR 1993 104
KNOWING (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 121
PIANIST, THE (2002) (BR) BR R BR 19.. 150
PUSH (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 111
TOKYO (BR) BR NR BR 19.. 107
TWO LOVERS (BR) BR R BR 19.. 110
UNBORN, THE (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 88
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