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New Releases: July 7, 2009

Knowing - Nicolas Cage's contractual obligations to be a terrible actor continue with this bizarre, high-concept science fiction epic that blends numerology, alcoholism, & epic disasters into an awfully awkward package. Everyone seems to have hated it (besides Roger Ebert's glowing review), but I will definitely argue that it is worth seeing, at least for the "death to all forest animals" dream sequence and the utterly stupefying ending. This movie is so senseless and so weird that is might actually be kind of great.

Push - Dakota Fanning and Chris Evans get their telekinetic kicks in this mashup of Heroes and Jumper. Written by David Bourla, the director of the short-lived and not fondly remembered Thumb series from the early 2000's.

Other notable releases:

  • Reno: 911 (Season 6) - This improvised Comedy Central show continues with its sixth season.
  • Monster Squad: The TV Series - Not to be confused with the similarly titles 80's masterpiece, this is a mid 70's gem of spooky family fun.
  • Coco Chanel - Shirley Mcclaine stars in this well-reviewed Lifetime Channel biopic.

Full List of New Arrivals:

  • Ben 10 (Season 1)
  • Campfire Tales/ Kiss Daddy Goodbye
  • Charlie Brown: Peanuts 1960’s
  • Clipping Adam
  • Coco Chanel
  • Day In The Life, A
  • Doctor Who: Attack of the Cybermen (Episodes 138)
  • Doctor Who: The Rescue/ The Romans (Episodes 11 & 12)
  • Dragon Hunters
  • Five Fingers
  • Garrison Keillor: Man On The Radio In The Red Shoes
  • Gentle Birth Choices
  • Inside The Koran
  • Jeff Garlin: Young And Handsome
  • Kath & Kim (Season 1)
  • Knowing
  • Little Red Truck, The
  • Monster Squad, The: The Series
  • Moon Machines
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 (Vol. XV)
  • Night Train
  • Nursery University
  • Out Cold
  • Pagemaster, The
  • Postcards From The Edge
  • Push
  • Reno 911 (Season Seven)
  • Resolved
  • Ruby: A Journey To Lose The First 100 Lbs
  • Scrubs (Season 7)
  • Sesame Street: Bedtime with Elmo
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Season 3)
  • Suddenly Last Summer
  • Unborn, The
  • Yours, Mine, & Ours

New Releases: June 30, 2009

Eastbound & Down (Season 1) – Danny McBride makes an impressive left turn in his career with this hysterical HBO show about a washed up pro ball player who goes back to his high school to teach P.E and ride his jetski. One of the best TV comedies of the year, it is like an American Saxondale. It also continues David Gordon Green's weird shift from Southern Gothic dramas to bizarre comedies, which is just weird.

Two Lovers – James Gray’s romantic drama, with pre-annoying Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow, Vinessa Shaw, is a rare thing these days; a well-received American movie made for adults.

12 Rounds – WWE superstar John Cena and hack-for-life director Renny Harlin team up for this uninspired action movie that a number of us Vulcans field tripped to see in the theater. If you are in the mood for mindless action where a really muscular guy chooses firepower over physical violence or you’re riveted watching the cocky guy from Queer As Folk (Aidan Gillen) play an accent-confused international terrorist whose only political motivation is revenge then this movie will deliver the goods.

Parker Lewis Can't Lose (Season 1) - This early 90's TV gem finally gets the DVD treatment. Think of it as a precursor to The Adventures Of Pete and Pete.

  • 12 Rounds
  • Apollo 11: A Night To Remember
  • At The Death House Door
  • Betrayed, The
  • Dark Streets
  • Do The Right Thing (20th Anniversary)
  • Eastbound & Down (Season 1)
  • Education Of Charlie Banks, The
  • Entourage (Season 5)
  • Eureka (Season 3)
  • Human Contract, The
  • Hurray For Huckle: The Best Outside Fun Ever!
  • IT Crowd, The (Series 2)
  • Jem Cohen: Empires Of Tin
  • Jesus Trip, The
  • Jockeys
  • John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band Live
  • Jonas Brothers, The: Concert Experience
  • Kaidan
  • L'Enfant Et Les Sortileges & L'Heure Espagnole
  • Lookin’ To Get Out
  • Los Bastardos
  • Love Of Three Oranges, The
  • Lucky Gets Lucky/ Three For Two
  • Merce Cunningham Dance Company: Split Sides
  • Monster X Strikes Back
  • Morrissey: The Solo Years
  • Murder Lovers Killers Too
  • Nostradamus: 2012
  • Octane
  • Parker Lewis Can’t Lose (Season 1)
  • Pedro
  • Pick Up The Mic
  • Princess Protection Program
  • Punk In England
  • Punk In London
  • Reggae In A Babylon
  • Ruby Blue
  • Samurai Champloo: Complete Series
  • Secret Diary Of A Call Girl (Series 2)
  • Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
  • Tunnel Rats
  • Two Lovers
  • Where The Wild Things Are & Other Maurice Sendak Stories

June 30, 2009

Rare 35mm screening sponsored by Vulcan Video!
Rated R; 97min; Director:Stephen King! (1986)
10:15 PM; Location: Alamo Ritz (Downtown)
Admission: $1 • Buy tickets

  • Stephen King has to be the most successful cross-eyed, buck-toothed man on the planet. Where most people in his physical condition would unload both barrels on themselves in a bathtub, the courageous King instead built an empire of macabre prose that have made him the best-selling American author in history. Inspired by his own triumph, the bearded scribe moved on to try his hand at filmmaking, a plan that would reacquaint him with the bitter flavor of failure and rejection. That being said, his directorial debut is a MAJOR RAGER. Emilio Estevez stars as one of the last few humans standing when a passing comet causes every machine on Earth to go on a kill-crazy goddamn rampage. Mack trucks, airplanes and microwaves become instruments of wholesale manslaughter. One poor slob even gets iced by a Coca-Cola machine. Jeez, who writes this shit? Oh yeah...a disfigured billionaire. (Zack)

New Releases: June 23, 2009

  • Alice’s House
  • Andy Kaufman: My Breakfast With Blassie
  • Backwoods
  • BB King: At Sing Sing Prison
  • Bible Unearthed
  • Black Magic 2
  • Bob Funk
  • Born To Buck
  • Breakheart Pass
  • Bulletproof
  • Catlow
  • Code, The
  • Confessions Of A Shopaholic
  • Don Is Dead, The
  • Dragon Hunters
  • Evils Of The Night
  • Fema City
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shamballa
  • Garth Method, The
  • Girls Next Door, The (Season 5)
  • Hobgoblins
  • Hobgoblins 2
  • Home
  • Inkheart
  • Inside The Koran
  • Jackie Mason: Ultimate Jew Live
  • James Castle: Portrait Of An Artist
  • Last Year At Marienbad (Criterion)
  • Los Borgia
  • Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress, And The Tangerine
  • Man, Woman And Beast
  • My Dinner With Andre (Criterion)
  • One-Armed Swordsman, The
  • Out City Dreams
  • Phoebe In Wonderland
  • Pink Panther 2, The
  • Renegades
  • Simon Says
  • Table For Three
  • Tom & Jerry: Chuck Jones Collection
  • Waltz With Bashir

Terror Tuesday: SAVAGE STREETS
June 23, 2009

Rare 35mm screening sponsored by Vulcan Video!
Rated R; 93min; Director:Danny Steinmann (1984)
10:15 PM; Location: Alamo Ritz (Downtown)
Admission: $1 • Buy tickets

  • Nothing’s more satisfying than shooting someone in the dick with a crossbow. Especially if they’ve beaten your deaf-mute sister into a coma and thrown your pregnant friend off a freeway overpass. We’ve all been there, and Linda Blair was right there with us, suited up in a skintight leather jumpsuit and stacking up lowlife corpses like ham on a deli tray. At a moment in history when antisocial cinema had seemingly reached its zenith, SAVAGE STREETS burst out of nowhere to obliterate any remaining humanity in a torrid vigilante eruption of back alley brutality and unredeemable filth. This amped-up ‘80s revenge fantasy is grimier than a wino’s tongue and twice as hard to swallow; a squalid, emotionally involving feature that - despite Blair’s wardrobe - evokes scum rather than lurid sleaze. Like the era’s other finest penis-shriveling anti-sexploitation films (ANGEL; VICE SQUAD), the only thing aroused here will be your suicidal impulse. (Zack)

New Releases: June 16, 2009

  • Bergman Island (Criterion)
  • Bikini Bloodbath
  • Burn Notice (Season 2)
  • Cherry Blossoms
  • Dominick Dunne: After The Party
  • Essential Art house (Vol. 3)
  • Family Guy (Vol. 7)
  • Friday The 13th (’09)
  • Friday The 13th: Final Chapter
  • Garfield’s Fun Fest
  • Garfield’s Pet Force
  • Harlan Ellison: Dreams With Sharp Teeth
  • I Can’t Believe I’m Still Single (Season 1)
  • Inquiring Nuns
  • Iron Maiden: Flight 666
  • Jack Lemmon Film Collection
  • Little Princess, A
  • Llik Your Idols
  • Madea Goes To Jail
  • Morning Light
  • Nature: America
  • Nature’s Most Amazing Events
  • Perfect Sleep, The
  • Peyton Place (Part 1)
  • Saving Grace (Season 2)
  • Scott Walker: 30th Century Man
  • Seventh Seal, The (Criterion)
  • Skid Marks
  • Strange One, The
  • Tom & Jerry’s Great Chases (Vol. 2)
  • Tommy And The Cool Mule
  • Transformers (Season 1)
  • Undefeatable
  • What Goes Up

Terror Tuesday: THE DEVILS RAIN
June 16, 2009

Rare 35mm screening sponsored by Vulcan Video!
Rated PG; 86min; Director: Robert Fuest (1975)
10:15 PM; Location: Alamo Ritz (Downtown)
Admission: $1 • Buy tickets

  • Ernest Borgnine won a Best Actor Oscar in 1955 but it took two full decades before he felt comfortable enough in his Hollywood career to reveal that he’s actually Satan. And we’re not talking your average run-of-the-mill, pointy-eared, red-suited Prince of Lies...Ernie exclusively roams the no-rules, flame-breathing, manimal-faced, ram-horned highway to Hell. Setting up shop in a desert church, he and his demoniac followers (including John Travolta in his eyeball-free debut role) run rampant over innocent souls, arbitarily condemning whoever they please to an eternity in the abyss. Enter would-be saviors of civilization Tom Skerritt (ALIEN), Eddie Albert (GREEN ACRES), film noir legend Ida Lupino and ...(drumroll)...WILLIAM SHATNER with his reliably berserk flair. All this plus a disgustingly goopy climax! NOTE: Don’t be put off by the PG stands for “Primeval Godlessness.” (Zack)

New Releases: June 9, 2009

Gran Torino – Clint Eastwood returns to the screen in what from the trailer looked like an awesome remake of Dirty Harry, but replacing the scorpio killer with a Hmong gang and the line “go ahead, make my day” with “get off my lawn”. Instead it ended up being one of the best movies of last year.

The International – Tom Tykwer, of Run Lola Run fame, directs this “topical” international thriller about a bank failure starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts. Expect exotic locales, sophisticated shoot-outs, corporate intrigue, and the annihilation of the Guggenheim through aggressive gun-play.

Home – Yann Arthus-Bertrand directs this French produced nature documentary narrated by Glenn Close. Shot in over 60 countries, think of it as a less pretentious version of Koyaanisqatsi with Philip Glass nowhere in sight.

Goddess - While everyone else is freaking out about Giant Shark Vs. Mega Octopus, I am gonna have to put my money on this late 90’s Indian movie by Kodi Ramakrishna. Seriously, watch the trailer. Yes, that is a multiple-headed snake - in outer space.

  • Baby On Board
  • Big Business
  • Chariots Of The Gods
  • Cleaner (Season 1)
  • Fillmore: The Last Days
  • Fired Up!
  • Flashpoint
  • Get Smart (Season 3)
  • Goddess
  • Gran Torino
  • Heart And Souls
  • Home
  • In Love We Trust
  • International, The
  • Kids
  • Let Freedom Sing: How Music Inspired The Civil Rights Movement
  • Mandela: Son Of Africa, Father Of A Nation
  • Nicotina
  • On The Beat
  • Open All Hours (Complete Series)
  • Shaun The Sheep: Sheep On The Loose
  • Shield, The (Season 7)
  • Spinning The Butter
  • Taking Of Pelham One Two Three
  • Thrilla In Manila
  • Were The World Mine
  • Woodstock: 3 Days Of Peace

Terror Tuesday: PIECES
June 9, 2009

Rare 35mm screening sponsored by Vulcan Video!
Rated R; 89min; Director:Juan Piquer Simon (1982)
10:15 PM; Location: Alamo Ritz (Downtown)
Admission: $1 • Buy tickets

  • Nudity and sex are already disgusting enough without getting a chainsaw involved. Yet that doesn’t stop the mysterious maniac at the local college campus from wielding his power tools in an effort to create the perfect patchwork ragdoll from all of the most pleasing available female parts. Released at the decline of TEXAS CHAINSAW-mania, this all-meat scumbuster managed to gain plenty of notoriety of its own. This was largely due to what one critic described as its “relentless dedication to violent, unapologetic misogyny.” But if that fuming journalist could only have looked past that one aspect of the film, she’d have found a bold new world of graphic gut-spewing, absurd plot de-evolutions, authentically demented performances (including the married exploitation screen team of Christopher & Lynda Day George) and some shockingly unforgivable “ching-chong” racism. Oh well. Her loss. (Zack)

New Releases: June 2, 2009

Defiance – In his attempt to only make important movies, Edward Zwick has so far tackled the Civil War, diamond mining in Africa, terrorism, and Tom Cruise as a samurai. Obviously he was going to make a Holocaust movie; it was just a matter of time. Daniel Craig stars in this very serious and dramatic effort.

He’s Just Not That Into You – Oddly giant romantic comedy starring everyone who ever was in a movie in the last ten years.

Revolutionary Road – Sam Mendes tackles Richard Yates’ much beloved book with Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet reuniting onscreen for the first time since Titanic.

Spring Breakdown – Really odd comedy starring (wait for it) – Amy Poehler, Parker Posey, Rachel Dratch, Seth Meyers, Will Arnett, Sarah Hagen (Millie from Freaks and Geeks), Mae Whitman (Ann from Arrested Development) & Bruce Vilanch. Packed full of 90’s female folk-rock jokes. No kidding.

Weeds (Season 4) – Mary Louise Parker continues a single mother’s exponentially zany quest to make a living selling pot. Big changes are afoot in this season, with mixed results. But all that really matters is that Kevin Nealon is still around constantly stealing the show. Also Albert Brooks guest stars and he is a great man.

Full List

  • Adventures Of English, The
  • Butterfly Tattoo, The
  • Callas
  • Defiance
  • Devil In A Blue Dress
  • Direct Contact
  • Drive-In Classics Collection
  • Eddie Murphy Delirious (25th Anniversary)
  • Ernesto Che Guevara: The Bolivian Diary
  • He’s Just Not That Into You
  • Highlander (Animated Series)
  • Hunger, The (Season 1)
  • Indochine
  • Inning By Inning: A Portrait Of A Coach
  • Millennium (Season 3)
  • Monster Beach Party
  • People’s Republic of Capitalism w/ Ted Koppel
  • Pollyanna
  • Prison Break (Season 4)
  • Punk Rock/ Pleasure Palace
  • Puppet Master: The Legacy
  • Quo Vadis
  • Reaper (Season 2)
  • Revolutionary Road
  • Spring Breakdown
  • Une Femme Mariee
  • Wallander
  • Weeds (Season 4)

June 2, 2009

Rare 35mm screening sponsored by Vulcan Video!
Rated R; 85min; Director:Richard W. Haines (1986)
10:30 PM; Location: Alamo Ritz (Downtown)
Admission: $1 • Buy tickets

  • Before Troma Entertainment was a guarantor of breast implants and diarrhea antics, they managed to produce a few genuinely entertaining lowbrow epics. Even rabid enemies of the Troma brand (myself included) will admit that SURF NAZIS MUST DIE and the first TOXIC AVENGER are miles beyond the company’s future watered-down horseshit. And CLASS OF NUKE ‘EM HIGH plants its flag at the top of their steaming heap, miraculously serving up a brutally hilarious hyper-driven nuclear-powered tempest of annihilation. Like an apocalyptic ROCK ‘N ROLL HIGH SCHOOL (playing elsewhere in this calendar), this is an explosive account of teenage rebellion...only with more radioactive new wave bikers, vomited fetuses, drug-induced subhuman metamorphoses and the second most essential arm-shoved-down-a-throat moment ever captured on film. (Zack)

New Releases: May 26, 2009

24 (Season 7) – Jack Bauer continues to fight every possible enemy of America single-handedly. Season 7 is considered a much needed return to form after the sluggish previous two seasons. Elisha Cuthbert returns as Jack's daughter with nary a bear trap in sight.

A Thousand Years Of Good Prayer/ Princess Of Nebraska – Wayne Wang made two features last year, both based on short stories by Chinese writer YiYun Li and about Chinese characters recently transplanted to America. A Thousand Years Of Good Prayer is standard Wang fair, while Princess Of Nebraska is the shot-on-video, low-budget alternative.

Killshot - Despite starring Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane, Thomas Jane, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rosario Dawson, this movie based on an Elmore Leonard novel and directed by John Madden (of Shakespeare In Love fame) went straight to DVD.

New In Town – Renee Zellweger and Harry Conick Jr. co-star in this by-the-numbers romantic comedy. It's like a Baby Boom for a new generation, but with less baby and more romance through the denial of corporate greed.

Freebie And The Bean - A pristine, widescreen DVD of this store favorite will be here sometime this afternoon. If you have not seen Freebie and The Bean (or have no idea what I am talking about) rent it. It has some of the best car chases/crashes ever, it stars Alan Arkin and James Caan who yell all of their dialogue, and it really is one of the best movies from the 70’s. Get excited.

Zabriskie Point – Antonioni’s cult film about young people having sex in the desert finally gets a DVD release stateside.

Complete List:

  • 24 (Season 7)
  • Advanced Beauty: 18 Sound Sculptures
  • All The Days Before Tomorrow
  • Au Bonheur Des Dames
  • Beyond Rangoon
  • Captive Factory Girls: The Violation
  • Citizen Stan
  • Closer, The (Season 4)
  • Designing Women (Season 1)
  • Devil’s Tomb, The
  • Ed
  • Edward II
  • Falling Down
  • Flintstones In Viva Rock Vegas
  • Forever Strong
  • Gods Of Football
  • Imaginary Bitches (Season 1)
  • Inside Outside: Film About Vandalism
  • Invisibles, The
  • Killshot
  • Legend Of Fong Sai-Yuk, The
  • Llik Your Idols
  • Lost Treasure Of The Grand Canyon
  • M. Butterfly
  • Mega Shark Vs. Giant Octopus
  • Millennium (Season 2)
  • Mistress Of Atlantis
  • Mistresses (Volume 1)
  • Murder Most English
  • Nenette + Boni
  • New In Town
  • Paul Simon & Friends: The Library Of Congress Gershwin For Popular Song
  • Philippe Garrel X 2
  • Powder Blue
  • Princess Of Nebraska
  • Ramen Girl, The
  • Revolution Revisited
  • Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960’s Vol. 1
  • Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1970’s Vol. 1
  • Scarce
  • Silent Enemy, The
  • Sky Crawlers, The
  • Ten Tigers From Kwangtung
  • Thousand Years Of Good Prayers, A
  • Town That Was, The
  • We’re Back! A Dinosaur Story
  • Zabriskie Point

Terror Tuesday: ALLIGATOR
May 26, 2009

Rare 35mm screening sponsored by Vulcan Video!
Rated R; 89min; Director:Lewis Teague (1980)
10:45 PM; Location: Alamo Ritz (Downtown)
Admission: $1 • Buy tickets

  • If you’re going to destroy a 40-foot man-eating alligator, you need the right self-loathing, balding middle-aged man for the job. Thank god for Robert Forster, a perpetually frowning cop willing to take on whatever sewer-dwelling threat is thrown at him. And this one’s a real doozy: a carnivorous, scientifically modified beast that bursts through the sidewalk to devour everything from dogs to children to actual human beings. At his side and in his way are two of the finest actors to ever ugly up a screen: Henry “The Stoneface” Silva and sandpaper-throated wildman Michael Gazzo as the chrome-domed goombah who hypocritically mocks Forster’s modest hair loss. A brilliant animal holocaust penned by future auteur John Sayles when he still knew how to party, ALLIGATOR makes all other mutant sewer reptiles look like pathetic sissies. “Turtle power,” my ass. (Zack)

New Releases: May 19, 2009

First off, everyone stay calm - due to studio tardiness, we will not be getting Mega Shark Vs. Giant Octopus until Thursday. If you are not excited, get excited.

Valkyrie - Bryan Singer follows up his disappointing Superman Returns with an eye-patched Tom Cruise attempting to assassinate Hitler. What's even more shocking is that it's actually pretty good.

My Bloody Valentine 3D - The 3D makes this trashy movie even more fun with dismembered body parts and buckets of blood flying at the screen. Seriously fight through the inevitable headache and wear the 3D glasses--it makes it a much better movie.

True Blood (Season 1) - Alan Ball returns to HBO with this New Orleans set vampire show. Imagine watching Six Feet Under but replace the subtle depression and familial strife with trashy gothic demons, terrible accents, and lots of sex.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop - Yes, this movie made alot of money and it has us all worried. However, the DVD comes with a coupon for free Cinnabon, which is funnier than any joke made in the movie. (Note: we ate all the cinnabon, sorry customers).

Older Releases

Friends Of Eddie Coyle - Peter Yates' forgotten 70's crime masterpiece is well worth checking out, especially with this fantastic new Criterion transfer. Stars Robert Mitchum and Peter Boyle.

The award for best title is a dead tie between the 60's Japanese action movies 3 Seconds Before Explosion and Detective Bureau 2-3 - Go To Hell Bastards!, which also make a fantastic double feature.

Full List of New Releases

  • 3 Seconds Before Explosion
  • Blue Hawaii
  • Crips And Bloods: Made In America
  • Davy Crockett
  • Detective Bureau 2-3: Go To Hell Bastards!
  • Detective Story
  • Devil’s Ground, The
  • Dinosaur Trucks & More Scholastic Treasury Of 25
  • Doc
  • Eden Log
  • El Dorado (2-Disc)
  • Eric Clapton And Steve Winwood: Live At Madison Square Garden
  • Executive Decision/Unlawful Entry
  • Fanboys
  • Fortress
  • Frank Sinatra & Gene Kelly 3 Pack
  • Friday Night Lights (Season 3)
  • Friends Of Eddie Coyle, The
  • Great Bank Hoax, The/ Great Bank Robbery, The
  • H2 Worker
  • Hidden Fuhrer, The
  • How Dinosaurs Say Goodnight
  • King & Four Queens, The
  • Labou
  • Life According To Agfa
  • Man Hunt
  • Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The
  • Marked For Death
  • Mississippi Chicken
  • My Bloody Valentine 3D
  • NBC News Presents: Yes We Can!
  • Northwest Frontier
  • Of Time And The City
  • Outlander
  • Paul Blart: Mall Cop
  • Pigs, Pimps, & Prostitutes
  • Profit Motive And The Whispering Wind
  • Pufnstuf
  • Russell Brand In New York City
  • Telefon/ St. Ives
  • Thomas The Tank Engine: Team Up With Thomas
  • Time Limit
  • True Blood (Season 1)
  • Valkyrie
  • Viva Las Vegas
  • We Feed The World
  • Young Billy Young

New Releases: May 12, 2009

Big releases this week include:

Taken -- Liam Neeson classes up this Luc Besson scripted French/American thriller, a surprisingly fun action movie with the best tagline of the year: “I Will Find You. I Will Kill You.”

Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans – They lose Ms. Beckinsale in the 3rd Underworld movie, but somehow retain both the great Bill Nighy and Academy Award nominated Michael Sheen. If you liked the last two, you will probably like this one.

S. Darko – Yes, they have made a sequel to Donnie Darko.

Older stuff new to DVD includes:

The Dana Carvey Show – This short-lived (only 6 episodes aired) mid-90’s show is secretly brilliant if you are into Charles Grodin impressions & jokes about CSPAN --which we definitely are. The cast includes a young Steve Carrel and Steven Colbert, and Dave Chappelle and Louis CK were two of the head writers, as if you needed any more reasons to check it out.

Wise Blood – Criterion finally puts out a DVD of John Huston’s 1979 adaptation of Flannery O’Connor’s novel. This fantastic movie cannot be recommended enough.

All releases for May 12, 2009:

  • Adventures Of Milo & Otis
  • Alexander Korda’s Private Lives
  • Bait
  • Big (2-Disc)
  • BTK
  • Changeling, The
  • Dana Carvey Show, The
  • Disney Animation Collection 4 & 5
  • End Of The Line/ Scarce
  • Florence Nightingale
  • Grind
  • Grudge 3, The
  • Happily Ever After
  • High Hopes
  • In Tranzit
  • Ivanhoe
  • Look
  • Lying
  • Merlin’s Shop Of Mystical Wonders
  • O Jerusalem
  • Passengers
  • Penn & Teller’s Bullshit (Season 6)
  • Personal Effects
  • Pie In The Sky (Series 1)
  • Plague Town
  • Raising Arizona
  • S. Darko
  • Seth Macfarlane’s Cavalcade Of Comedy
  • Shakes The Clown
  • Star Trek: Motion Picture Trilogy
  • Taken
  • Taking Chance
  • Terminator (Blu-Ray)
  • Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans
  • Usual Suspects, The
  • Wake Island
  • Wise Blood (Criterion)
  • Without Limits

May 12, 2009

Rare 35mm screening sponsored by Vulcan Video!
Rated R; 90min; Director:John Stanley (1978)
10:15 PM; Location: Alamo Ritz (Downtown)
Admission: $1 • Buy tickets

  • This homemade horror onslaught was created entirely by, for and about monster nerds. San Francisco TV horror host John “Creature Features” Stanley wrote, produced and directed the tale of Malakai, the world’s most popular fright film vampire actor. When the reclusive big-screen bloodsucker is asked to be the guest of honor at a Bay Area horror convention, he’s all too happy to oblige. But it’s not long before Malakai’s fanbase starts to show up punctured and drained as a result of their hero’s bona fide vampirism. What follows is a goonball battle between a quixotic Van Helsing-esque lunatic named The Avenger and a ravenous constituent of the undead. Besides the countless late-’70s horror geeks and their virginity-extending fashion sense, this rollicking deathride features a spastically ghoulish performance from The Great Hy Pyke (SLITHIS; LEMORA), cinema’s most fearless hambone. (Zack)

Terror Tuesday: EVILSPEAK + Clint Howard LIVE!!!
May 5, 2009

Rare 35mm screening sponsored by Vulcan Video!
Rated R; 89min; Director:Eric Weston (1981)
10:15 PM; Location: Alamo Ritz (Downtown)
Admission: $5 • Buy tickets

  • This is a once-in-a-lifetime special screening with the film's star LIVE flying out to present the ONLY 35mm PRINT IN THE WORLD of EVILSPEAK. In order to make that happen, we're charging HALF the price of a ticket to see a regular ol' movie at any theater in town. That's the deal of the century, dammit.
  • It's a well known fact that computers are Lucifer's Weapon of Mass Destruction in his war against the human race. But at the apex of mankind's evolution (a.k.a. 1981), ol' Beelzebub needed only a Commodore 64 and dot-matrix printer to unleash an apocalyptic storm of demonic possession and utter extermination. Legendary character actor Clint Howard (THE ICE CREAM MAN, THE WRAITH, APOLLO 13) joins us IN PERSON to present the harrowing, vicious tale of tortured military school dweeb Stanley Coopersmith. When pushed to the brink of human endurance by his bullying classmates and drunken, rape-crazy elderly janitor ("I'm gonna show you how I turn little boys into little GIRLS!"), Stanley allies with an electronic incarnation of The Dark Lord to level the playing field. Featuring blazing decapitations, fountainous gore, man-eating Hell-hogs and enough clergical dismemberment and digital anti-Christian imagery to forever reinforce that Jesus Christ is a goddamn wimp. Hail Satan slash sideways smiley face dot wink. (Zack)

Thank You, Austin!

Austin Chronicle readers in the 19th Annual Readers' Poll again recognized Vulcan Video for Best DVD Rental/Purchase in the Shopping category and Best DVD Selection in the Kids category. We appreciate your support and your patronage, and look forward to many more years of providing the best selection of DVDs and VHS for all of your viewing needs!

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