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New arrivals for the week of October 21, 2014
A Coffee in Berlin
Earth to Echo
The Purge: Anarchy
Sex Tape

Greetings everyone,

Thanks for celebrating Independent Video Store Day with us (and video stores around the world)! This week's biggest new releases are: "A Coffee in Berlin" (w/Tom Schilling and Katharina Schuttler), "Earth to Echo" (w/Teo Halm, Astro, Reese C. Hartwig and Ella Wahlestedt), "The Purge: Anarchy" (w/Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford and Kiele Sanchez) and "Sex Tape" (w/Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz). Other titles of interest include: comedian Gabriel Iglesias's "The Fluffy Movie", Jeff Baena's ("I Heart Huckabees") latest "Life After Beth" and the post-apocalyptic thriller "Snowpiercer" (w/Ed Harris and Chris Evans). First Run Features released four more documentaries: "Every Three Seconds" (doing well by doing good), "Growing Cities" (a film about urban farming in America), "Nuclear Nation" (a look at the tragedy of Fukushima) and "Uranium Drive-In" (the story of Naturita, Colorado). On the TV front we got: The Following S2, Mad Men S7 Pt 1, The Mentalist S6 and Seed S1. And, for some reason, the BBC decided to release seasons 1 and 17 of "Silent Witness" -- a British forensics mystery series starring Amanda Burton and Emilia Fox respectively. Lastly, Criterion released Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" (1960) and Orson Welles's "F for Fake" (1973), both on BluRay. You can check out all of this week's new arrivals below.

Margaret Brown's "Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt" (2004) is the most popular title in our Jazz & Blues and Bluegrass & Folk sections right now followed by "Chet Atkins: A Life in Music" and Martin Scorsese "The Blues" series. The cult classic documentary, "Heartworn Highways", w/early footage of Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell and John Hiatt, plus their musical mentors Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt dropped out of the Top 3 but remained in the Top 10. Other highlights for me include the amazing Chet Baker documentary, "Let's Get Lost" (1988, directed by Bruce Webber), Chris Hunt's "The Search for Robert Johnson" and "John Prine: Sessions at West 54th" (my favorite!). Watch for next month's Criterion release of the Les Blank box set, "Always for Pleasure" (14 films and 5 shorts plus tons more), which will include "The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins" (but, unfortunately, not "J'ai été au bal"). We have over 120 titles in our Jazz & Blues and Bluegrass & Folk sections -- and they are all worth watching. These are obviously some under-appreciated sections in the store but there are a lot of great titles on those shelves -- do yourself a favor and pick one up the next time you are in. If you're interested in Jazz, Blues, Folk and/or Bluegrass but are not sure what to get, try one of the Top 3 listed above or "Ken Burns' Jazz" or something from the Martin Scorsese "The Blues" series. All are regular crowd favorites and will get you watching more and more from the section. Here are the titles that made the list from the Jazz & Blues and Bluegrass & Folk sections in the past year:
1 VAN ZANDT, TOWNES: BE HERE... (Folk/Bluegrass)
2 ATKINS, CHET: A LIFE IN MUSIC
3 BLUES: MARTIN SCORSESE PRESENTS (Jazz/Blues)
4 DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAIN (Folk/Bluegrass)
5 FLECK, BELA: THROW DOWN YOUR HEART (Folk/Bluegrass)
6 HEARTWORN HIGHWAYS (Folk/Bluegrass)
7 LEGENDS OF FLATPICKING GUITAR (Jazz/Blues)
8 LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE (Jazz/Blues)
9 SEEGER, PETE: THE POWER OF SONG (Folk/Bluegrass)
10 VAN ZANDT, TOWNES: HOUSTON 1988 (Folk/Bluegrass)
(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...

CANOPY (DVD) INT PG-13 DVD 19.. 84
CHEF, LE (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 84
COFFEE IN BERLIN, A (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 85
DRACULA: SEASON 01 (DVD) TV NR DVD 19.. 448
EARTH TO ECHO (DVD) SF PG DVD 19.. 91
EVERY THREE SECONDS (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 100
FOLLOWING, THE: SEASON 02 (DVD) TV NR DVD 19.. 649
FOR A WOMAN (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 110
GROWING CITIES (DVD) ESI NR DVD 19.. 93
IGLESIAS, GABRIEL: FLUFFY MOVIE (DVD) SUC PG-13 DVD 19.. 114
KEEP YOUR RIGHT UP! (DVD) INT NR DVD 1987 85
LAST SENTENCE, THE (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 126
LIFE AFTER BETH (DVD) COM R DVD 19.. 89
MENTALIST, THE: SEASON 06 (DVD) TV NR DVD 19.. 930
MONA LISA IS MISSING (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 86
MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN (DVD) ANI PG DVD 19.. 92
NUCLEAR NATION: SURVIVING FUKU... (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 96
ONE PIECE: FILM Z (DVD) JAN TV-14 DVD 19.. 108
PRETTY ONE, THE (DVD) COM R DVD 19.. 95
PURGE, THE: ANARCHY (DVD) HOR R DVD 19.. 104
SEED: SEASON 01 (DVD) TV NR DVD 19.. 287
SEX TAPE (DVD) COM R DVD 19.. 94
SIDDHARTH (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 97
SILENT WITNESS: SEASON 01 (DVD) BMS NR DVD 1996 363
SILENT WITNESS: SEASON 17 (DVD) BMS NR DVD 19.. 512
SNOWPIERCER (DVD) SF R DVD 19.. 126
URANIUM DRIVE-IN (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 70
WRONG TURN 6: LAST RESORT (DVD) HOR NR DVD 19.. 91
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (DVD) SF PG-13 DVD 19.. 131

NEW BLURAY

BATES MOTEL: SEASON 02 (BR) BR NR BR 19.. 427
DOLCE VITA, LA (BR) BR NR BR 1960 174
EARTH TO ECHO (BR) BR PG BR 19.. 91
F FOR FAKE (BR) BR NR BR 1975 88
FOLLOWING, THE: SEASON 02 (BR) BR NR BR 19.. 649
IGLESIAS, GABRIEL: FLUFFY MOVIE (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 114
LIFE AFTER BETH (BR) BR R BR 19.. 89
MAD MEN: SEASON 07, PART 1 (FINAL) (BR) BR NR BR 19.. 336
MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN (BR) BR PG BR 19.. 92
ONE PIECE: FILM Z (BR) BR TV-14 BR 19.. 108
PURGE, THE: ANARCHY (BR) BR R BR 19.. 104
QUEEN: LIVE AT THE RAINBOW, '74 (BR) BR NR BR 19.. 90
SEX TAPE (BR) BR R DVD 19.. 94
SNOWPIERCER (BR) SF R BR 19.. 126
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 131

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