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New arrivals for the week of December 24/31, 2013
CBGB
Don Jon
Insidious Chapter 2
Last Love

Greetings everyone,

Sorry, it's been a couple of weeks but, generally speaking, during the holidays the studios just don't put out a whole lot of new stuff. Here are some of the bigger titles they did choose to release: "CBGB" (w/Malin Akerman, Alan Rickman, Justin Bartha, Freddy Rodriguez, etc), "Don Jon" (w/Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Tony Danza and Julianne Moore), "Insidious Chapter 2" (w/Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson, Ty Simpkins and Barbara Hershey) and "Last Love" (w/Michael Caine and Clemence Poesy). And, for some reason they also chose to release what might be one of the worst titles of the year, "InAPPropriate Comedy" (w/Rob Schneider, Michelle Rodriguez, Adrien Brody and Lindsay Lohan). However, Criterion more than made up for that by releasing "Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project" featuring six films from around the world: "Touki bouki" (Senegal), "Redes" (Mexico), "A River Called Titas" (India and Bangladesh), "Dry Summer" (Turkey), "Trances" (Morocca) and "The Housemaid" (South Korea). As always, even in these slow weeks, there's still plenty to watch. You can check out the rest of this week's new arrivals below.

Break Hours Update: With the various holidays behind us (except, of course, Rubber Duck Day -- January 13th) we can now resume with our regular hours. Also, for the rest of this week (through Sunday) all films (including new releases) will be 3-day rentals for everyone. Monday they'll go back to normal (3-day with a Renter Block, 1-day without).

David Chang's "Mind of a Chef" has taken its well-deserved position as Top Renter from the Cooking, Drinking & Nutrition Section (note: David Chang is the man in charge at Momofuku and the editor of the great foodie magazine, Lucky Peach). It knocked out long-standing winner "El Bulli: Cooking in Progress", the documentary about Spanish chef Ferran Adria and his restaurant, which no longer even appears on the list. New arrival, "Somm", documenting four sommeliers attempt to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier exam, debuted in the 2nd place position. "Raw and Cooked", a documentary about food in Korea hung onto a podium position, albeit on the lowest rung. The rest of the list is the usual mix of America's Test Kitchen (and their sister show/publication, Cook's Country), Anthony Bourdain, Gordon Ramsey, and a few wine/beer shows (including two of my favorites: Oz & James and Three Sheets -- but not Drinking Made Easy). We've got a great selection of Cooking, Drinking & Nutrition Shows -- here are the Top 10 from this past year:
1 MIND OF A CHEF, THE: SEASON 1
2 SOMM
3 RAW AND THE COOKED, THE
4 WINE, WOMEN & FRIENDS
5 AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN: SEASON 13
6 AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN:BEST BAKING RECIP
7 BAKER'S FORUM: ARTISAN BREADS
8 BOURDAIN, ANTHONY: A COOK'S TOUR
9 BREAKFAST SPECIAL
10 COOK'S COUNTRY: SEASON 05
(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...

BARRICADE (DVD) HOR PG-13 DVD 19.. 82
BERLIN FILE, THE (DVD) INT 15+ DVD 19.. 120
BLOOD OF THE VAMPIRE (DVD) CSF NR DVD 1961 180
CAESAR MUST DIE (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 77
CBGB (DVD) GEN R DVD 19.. 101
FAMILY, THE (DVD) COM R DVD 19.. 111
GRAVE ENCOUNTERS 2 (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 98
GUILLOTINES, THE (DVD) INT R DVD 19.. 113
HELL BABY (DVD) COM NR DVD 19.. 97
HORROR SHOW, THE (DVD) HOR R DVD 1989 95
INAPPROPRIATE COMEDY (DVD) COM NR DVD 19.. 83
INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 (DVD) HOR PG-13 DVD 19.. 106
JUSTIFIED: SEASON 04 (DVD) TV NR DVD 19.. 558
KICK ASS 2 (DVD) COM R DVD 19.. 103
LAST LOVE (DVD) GEN NR DVD 19.. 115
LONE RANGER, THE (2013) (DVD) WES PG-13 DVD 19.. 149
LOVE, MARILYN (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 107
MAN OF TAI CHI (DVD) GEN R DVD 19.. 105
MEMBER OF THE WEDDING (DVD) CLA NR DVD 1952 93
MORE THAN HONEY (DVD) ESI NR DVD 19.. 91
NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON (DVD) INT R DVD 19.. 111
PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS (DVD) SF PG DVD 19.. 106
PRISONERS (DVD) GEN R DVD 19.. 156
SHAMELESS: SEASON 03 (DVD) TV NR DVD 19.. 650
SISTER (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 97
SWEETWATER (DVD) WES R DVD 19.. 95
TOUKI BOUKI (DVD) INT NR DVD 1973 85
TRANCES (DVD) DOC NR DVD 1981 196
UNA NOCHE (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 91
WOLFBLOOD: SEASON 01 (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 340

NEW BLURAY

CBGB (BR) BR R BR 19.. 101
FAMILY, THE (BR) BR R BR 19.. 111
GRAVE ENCOUNTERS 2 (BR) BR NR BR 19.. 98
GUILLOTINES, THE (BR) BR R BR 19.. 113
HIMALAYA (BR) BR NR BR 1999 100
HORROR SHOW, THE (BR) BR R BR 1989 95
INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 106
JUSTIFIED: SEASON 04 (BR) BR NR BR 19.. 558
KICK ASS 2 (BR) BR R BR 19.. 103
LAST LOVE (BR) BR NR BR 19.. 115
LONE RANGER, THE (2013) (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 149
MAN OF TAI CHI (BR) BR R BR 19.. 105
MORE THAN HONEY (BR) BR NR BR 19.. 95
PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS (BR) BR PG BR 19.. 106
RIVER CALLED TITAS, A (BR) BR NR BR 1973 246
SHAMELESS: SEASON 03 (BR) BR NR BR 19.. 650
TOUKI BOUKI (BR) BR NR BR 1973 148
TRANCES (BR) BR NR BR 1981 196

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