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New arrivals for the week of January 15, 2013
The Possession
Taken 2
To Rome with Love
Won't Back Down

Greetings everyone,

I just read that former Campustown eatery and current Downtown mainstay, Luna, has closed. I never like hearing about a local business closing but hope something equally exciting will open in their old space. Best of luck to Raquel and the rest of the crew with whatever they choose to do next. Latest additions to our New Release Wall include: "The Possession" (w/Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick), "Taken 2" (w/Liam Neeson and Famke Janssen; also, Shadie Elnashai as first assistant director: second unit, key second assistant director), "To Rome With Love" (directed by Woody Allen with the usual all-star cast too long to list) and "Won't Back Down" (w/Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Holly Hunter). The late 60s and early 70s "Jesus movement" is documented in "Frisbee: The Life and Death of a Hippie Preacher" -- telling the story of Lonnie Frisbee, California's "hippie preacher", the quintessential "Jesus freak". More information on the Calvary Chapel church, which Lonnie Frisbee helped launch, can be found in another new arrival, "Riptide". Also of note: director Benoît Jacquot (A Single Girl, Seventh Heaven, Sade, Deep in the Woods) returns with "Farewell, My Queen", Criterion released "The Tin Drum" on BluRay, and Richard Dreyfuss' first film after "American Graffitti", "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz", is finally available. This week's complete list of new arrivals is below.

In the Top Renting Anime Film Challenge, "The Secret World of Arrietty" (the 2010 debut film from Hiromasa Yonebayashi) has held on to the #1 spot for another round. The grand master of Japanese animation, Hayao Miyazaki, directed 80% of the remaining Top 10 titles and his son, Goro Miyazaki, added the 10th. If you are a regular in the Anime section, chances are you've seen all of those. But, there might still be a few titles from the rest of the list you've missed. If you are new to the world of Anime, you might try a Miyazaki title -- they are a great place to start. Here are the Top 100 Renters from the Anime section:
1 SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY, THE (DVD)
2 PRINCESS MONONOKE (DVD)
3 SPIRITED AWAY (DISNEY) (DVD)
4 MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (DVD)
5 NAUSICAA: VALLEY OF THE WIND (DVD)
6 CASTLE IN THE SKY (DVD)
7 HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE (DVD)
8 PONYO (DVD)
9 TALES FROM EARTHSEA (DVD)
10 KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE (DVD)
(a longer version of this list and more "Top 100" lists can be found here)

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 to any of them, go here.

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

17 GIRLS (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 95
5 BROKEN CAMERAS (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 90
ABOUT CHERRY (DVD) GEN NR DVD 19.. 102
AIM HIGH: SEASON 01 (DVD) BPM NR DVD 19.. 57
APARTMENT 143 (EMERGO) (DVD) INT R DVD 19.. 80
APPRENTICESHIP OF DUDDY KRAVITZ (DVD) GEN NR DVD 1974 121
ARMY WIVES: SEASON 06: PART 2 (DVD) TV TV-PG DVD 19.. 426
ASSASSINS, THE (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 103
BALTO & BALTO II (DVD) ANI G DVD 1995 154
BEACH BOYS: DOIN' IT AGAIN (DVD) MUS NR DVD 19..
BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC 1 (DVD) JAN NR DVD 19.. 76
BEYOND POLLUTION (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 91
BOYS WILL BE BOYS (DVD) INT NR DVD 1935 78
BRANDED (DVD) SF R DVD 19.. 106
BREAKFAST SPECIAL (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 60
CALIFORNIA SUITE (DVD) GEN PG DVD 1978 103
CHICAGO 8, THE (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 89
CHINA HEAVYWEIGHT (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 89
COMPLIANCE (DVD) AIF R DVD 19.. 90
DELOCATED!: SEASONS 1 & 2 (DVD) TV NR DVD 19.. 347
DETROPIA (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 91
ETERNITY AND A DAY (DVD) INT NR DVD 1998 130
EXIT HUMANITY (DVD) HOR NR DVD 19.. 113
FAREWELL, MY QUEEN (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 100
FRANKENWEENIE (DVD) ANI PG DVD 19.. 87
FRISBEE: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF... (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 105
HELL IS FOR HEROES (DVD) CLA NR DVD 1962 89
HIT & RUN (DVD) COM R DVD 19.. 101
HOUR, THE: 2 (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 360
HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET (DVD) HOR PG-13 DVD 19.. 101
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: SEASON 03 (DVD) TV NR DVD 19.. 429
I AM BRUCE LEE (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 94
INBETWEENERS, THE: THE MOVIE (DVD) BH R DVD 19.. 97
INUYASHA: THE FINAL ACT: SET 1 (DVD) JAN NR DVD 19.. 315
JACK & DIANE (DVD) G&L R DVD 19.. 105
JACKSON FIVE: COMPLETE ANIMATED (DVD) ANI NR DVD 1971 253
KING: A FILMED RECORD... (DVD) DOC NR DVD 1970 181
MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, THE (1934) (DVD) HIT NR DVD 1934 74
MIAMI CONNECTION (DVD) B NR DVD 1987 83
NURSE JACKIE: SEASON 03 (DVD) TV NR DVD 19.. 334
OTHER DREAM TEAM, THE (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 90
POSSESSION, THE (DVD) HOR PG-13 DVD 19.. 92
RIPTIDE (DVD) DOC PG DVD 19.. 60
SESAME STREET: OLD SCHOOL (VOL. 3) (DVD) TV NR DVD 1979 398
SHAMELESS: SEASON 02 (DVD) TV NR DVD 19.. 630
TAKEN 2 (DVD) GEN PG-13 DVD 19.. 92
THEATRE BIZARRE, THE (DVD) HOR NR DVD 19.. 114
THREE STARS (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 94
TO ROME WITH LOVE (DVD) WA R DVD 19.. 112
TROUBLE IN STORE (FIL.: "WISDOM") (DVD) INT NR DVD 1953 86
WHAT A WAY TO GO! (DVD) CLA NR DVD 1964 111
WON'T BACK DOWN (DVD) GEN PG DVD 19.. 121

NEW BLURAY

BLEACH: HELL VERSE (BR) BR NR BR 19.. 90
BRANDED (BR) BR R BR 19.. 106
FAREWELL, MY QUEEN (BR) BR NR BR 19.. 100
HANNAH AND HER SISTERS (BR) BR PG-13 BR 1986 107
HIT & RUN (BR) BR R BR 19.. 101
HOUR, THE: 2 (BR) BR NR BR 19.. 360
HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET (BR) BR NR BR 19.. 101
I AM BRUCE LEE (BR) BR NR BR 19.. 94
JACKSON FIVE: COMPLETE ANIMATED (BR) BR NR BR 1971 253
MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, THE (1934) (BR) BR NR BR 1934 75
POSSESSION, THE (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 92
SANCTUM (BR) BR R BR 19.. 109
SHAMELESS: SEASON 02 (BR) BR NR BR 19.. 630
SLEEPER (BR) BR PG BR 1973 87
TAKEN 2 (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 91
TIN DRUM, THE (BR) BR NR BR 1979 163
TO ROME WITH LOVE (BR) BR R BR 19.. 112
WON'T BACK DOWN (BR) BR PG BR 19.. 121

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