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June 16, 2010

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New, encore and low-price DVD releases on Tuesday, June 22

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS:

DEATH RACE 2000

1975; $19.95-$26.95, R

The pinnacle of Roger “The Rajah of the Rod-Flick” Corman’s driving career — now on Blu-Ray! Fast bucks meet faster wheels in this legendary dark comedy about a rolling transcontinental roadkill-race in near-future America — the year 2000! — where points are scored by mowing down hapless pedestrians and sweet little old ladies (bonus points if they’re pushing baby buggies). With David Carradine as “Frankenstein,” Mary Woronov and Sly Stallone; filled to the brim with lots of goofy bonus features.

 

GOTHIC HORROR COLLECTION VOLUME 1: NOSFERATU/VAMPYR/LE VAMPIRE

1932; $14.95, UR

A trio of superb, historic vampire movies at an unbelievable price. First is “Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror,” F.W. Murnau’s amazing silent feature; the world’s first true horror film. German courts demanded that all copies be destroyed in 1923; what remains today was resurrected from half-rotted film reels, buried and forgotten in the attics of small theaters. Then, “Vampyr,” the infamous and enigmatic half-silent German/French distaff bloodsucker starring Julian West. Finally, “Le Vampire” is a surreal 1945 French-made documentary on vampirism that brings horror down to a very personal level, indeed. Not to be missed.

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AMANDA

(2010; $24.95, UR).

A wonderful and thought-provoking romantic comedy about a guy who marries statuesque Ariana Dubynin, then discovers that she was born ... a man! Won awards at the Louisville International Festival of Film.

 

GREEN ZONE

(2010; $29.95-39.95, R).

Matt Damon revisits his “Bourne Supremacy” leanings in Iraq while looking for WMDs. He doesn’t find any, of course, but does find the CIA in the form of agent Brendan Gleeson, and evil, smarmy politicians like Greg Kinnear. Lots of intrigue and great butt-kicking action make this the best marriage of brains and brawn since Arnold Schwarzenegger took Maria Shriver for a spin. Recommended.

 

HUNG: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

(2009; $39.95-49.95, TV-MA).

This new HBO comedy series is the very definition of low-rent, but that doesn’t stop it from being damn funny at times. Thomas Jane is a down-on-his luck divorced guy who uses the one thing daddy left him — an enormous schlong — to become a “Happiness Consultant.” Kind of uneven at times, but great co-stars bring it all to a head and always deliver a happy ending.

 

INVISIBLE ADVERSARIES

(1977; $19.95, UR).

The famous German-language tale of a schizophrenic artist who becomes obsessed with the idea of alien dopplegangers taking over the world. This leads to some extremely odd moviemaking that one snooty reviewer in 1980 described as “Export privileges rupture over unity and never settles for one-dimensional solutions.” ... Yeah, that’s just what we were thinking.

 

REMEMBER ME

(2010; $26.95-34.95, PG-13).

This teeny potboiler stars hunk-of-the-day Robert Pattinson as some sort of low-rent James Dean who gets accused of being a troublemaker, blah, blah, blah. Trust us, the only thing of interest in this film is Emilie de Ravin — “Lost”’s indescribably hot little Australian tease. The plot ultimately reduces the events of 9/11 to childish melodrama, but by then you won’t care. Damn she’s hot.

 

RIVERWORLD

(2010; $19.95-24.95, UR).

Alan Cumming, Tahmoh Penikett and Laura Vandervoort star in this senseless SciFi Channel miniseries about “everyone who has ever died goes to live on a planet called Riverworld where aliens watch how they get along.” We didn’t get it.

 

ROCK SLYDE PRIVATE EYE

($24.95, PG-13).

We love Patrick Warburton (“Rules of Engagement”), and this may be his “Citiizen Kane.” He is Rock Slyde, a completely clueless Sam Spade-type who runs afoul of sexy Rena Sofer and the irrepressible Andy Dick. Dick heads up a wacky religious cult that’s out to ruin — or kill — Slyde ... because they want his office space! May be hard to find but worth the effort.

 

SEX DRUGS GUNS

(2010; $19.95, UR).

An artsy, three-episode anthology, each exploring one aspect of the title. The most chilling involves a brother and sister — ages 8 and 6 — who, while caring for their comatose mother, decide to play pharmacist, first with mom, and then with each other. Not for the timid, but very well done.

 

SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE

(2010; $29.95-39.95, R).

A stunningly beautiful woman becomes inexplicably attracted to a loser man-child, Jay Baruchel of “Knocked Up.” Despite its Judd Apatow leanings, this film is a bit deeper and more satisfying than you might expect. However, if you are male you won’t get any of that because all the blood will flush from your brain whenever breathtaking Alice Eve lights up the screen. A jaw-dropping blonde beauty with a gravity-defying rack, she first showed ‘em in the otherwise unwatchable “Crossing Over.” Those nude scenes are now the screen-saver on all computers in the LEO office. They should be on the American flag. Yow.

 

STONES IN EXILE

(2010; $19.95, UR).

A brilliant doc on the Rolling Stones’ seminal “Exile on Main Street” — or more accurately, on the world of the early ’70s. The album was recorded in France after the Stones left England to escape their bizarre 99 percent tax laws on the super-wealthy. Once the double-album was completed, they moved to America — and the camera follows both them and the historic changes going on in the world at the time.

 

THE LAST STATION

(2009; $27.95, R).

A gentle, romantic comedy-drama about the final days of Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy. Would be a snoozer except for the cast, with Christopher Plummer as Tolstoy, Helen Mirren as his wife, a terrific Paul Giamatti as fiery Vladimir Chertkov, and James McAvoy, who gives the performance of his career. Excellent.

 

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