Carnival of Souls and Horror Hotel  
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An ultra-cheap B-horror movie, filmed in Lawrence, Kansas, in 1962, with a really creepy Twilight Zone-style premise and some great shoestring atmosphere. Wandering into a small town after an auto accident, to begin her new job as a church organist, young Mary Henry (Candace Hilligoss) begins to pick up strange vibes: none of the normal people in town seem to be able to see her, and she keeps being accosted by freakish pasty-faced types who seem to be dead on their feet. The nightmarish finale benefits from its one-of-a-kind "found" setting, an empty amusement park rising like a ghostly castle from the prairie landscape. This is much less aggressive and violent film than George Romero's original Night of the Living Dead, but for sheer skin- crawling spookiness, it's in the same class. —David Chute —This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Casablanca Michael Curtiz  
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Rick blaine a callous nightclub owner in a wartime waystation has his world turned upside down when his lost love ilsa returns. Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 10/03/2006 Starring: Humphrey Bogart Claude Rains Run time: 102 minutes Rating: Nr Director: Michael Curtiz

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Casino Thelma Schoonmaker, Martin Scorsese  
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Greed deception money power and murder occur between two best friends and a trophy wife over a gambling empire. Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (mca) Release Date: 05/22/2007 Starring: Robert De Niro James Woods Run time: 179 minutes Rating: R Director: Martin Scorsese

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Castle in the Sky Hayao Miyazaki  
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Inspired by "Gulliver's Travels," the fantasy-adventure Castle in the Sky (1986) was Hayao Miyazaki's third feature, and helped to establish his reputation as a visionary in both Japan and America. The orphan Sheeta inherited a mysterious crystal that links her to the legendary sky-kingdom of Laputa. With the help of resourceful Pazu and a rollicking band of sky pirates, she makes her way to the ruins of the once-great civilization. Sheeta and Pazu must outwit the evil Muska, who plans to use Laputa's science to make himself ruler of the world. Castle echoes elements in Myazaki's earlier Nausicaä, and anticipates imagery in his later films, from My Neighbor Totoro to Spirited Away. Disney's new English dub, which features Anna Paquin (Sheeta), James Van Der Beek (Pazu), and Cloris Leachman (pirate matriarch Dola), is lively and close in tone to the original Japanese, if a bit talkier. The exciting flying sequences, appealing characters, and fantastic vision of a steam-powered future Jules Verne might have imagined make Castle in the Sky a must-have for fans of Japanese and Western animation. (Unrated: suitable for ages 10 and older: violence) —Charles Solomon

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Cats & Dogs  
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Comedic action-adventure that mixes live action with cutting-edge CGI and animatronic effects. "Cats & Dogs" uncovers the truth about the high-tech secret war being waged in neighborhoods everywhere that humans aren't even aware of: an eternal struggle between the two great armies of Cats and Dogs. The story follows a Cat plan to destroy a new vaccine that if developed would destroy all human allergies to Dogs and the Dogs' efforts to stop the Cats from executing their plan.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: CHILDREN/FAMILY UPC: 085391163060 Manufacturer No: 116306

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The Caveman's Valentine Kasi Lemmons  
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Detached from the world misunderstood juilliard-trained genius romulus ledbetter finds a frozen corpse outside his manhattan cave. Determined to solve this heinous homicide he risks the remaining shreds of his sanity for the sake of justice. Can a man who no one believes prove a crime? Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (mca) Release Date: 08/24/2004 Starring: Samuel L. Jackson Run time: 106 minutes Rating: R Director: Kasi Lemmons

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Un chant d'amour Jean Genet  
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Jean Genet's Un Chant d'Amour (or A Song of Love—the only film directed by this notorious novelist, playwright, and gadfly—is just barely pornographic by contemporary standards, but contemporary porn hasn't got a shred of the seedy, languid eroticism of this 25-minute short from 1950. The plot concerns two prisoners communicating through a crack in a wall while a sadistic guard spies on them, but what matters is the light filtering through the smoke blown through a straw, or gleaming off the glistening saliva on a man's fingers. There's no dialogue or soundtrack; the silence compounds the movie's claustrophobic, pent-up atmosphere. This two-disc dvd also includes two excellent interviews with Genet, conducted when he was in his 70s. By turns charming, pugnacious, inflammatory, and melancholy, Genet discusses the nature of god, the human capacity for prophecy, the Black Panthers, life in a juvenile penal colony, being bored by Sartre, and some very volatile political views. Also included are an introduction to the film by director Jonas Mekas (who smuggled the movie through U.S. customs by cutting it into pieces and carrying them in his pocket) and a halting commentary by director/historian Kenneth Anger, who get so hypnotized by the film's images that he forgets to talk. Fans of Genet will find this movie essential; anyone interested in this seminal gay writer will find these interviews an excellent place to begin. —Bret Fetzer

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The Chaplin Collection, Vol. 1  
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The Great Dictator Goldrush Limelight Modern TimesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: COMEDY Rating: NR UPC: 085393794224

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Tim Burton  
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A poor young boy, Charlie Bucket, is rewarded by an eccentric candy-maker named Willy Wonka for having a kind heart.
Genre: Feature Film Family
Rating: PG
Release Date: 15-MAY-2007
Media Type: DVD

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Chicago Rob Marshall  
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Based on the broadway musical two women convicted of murder in the 1920s become celebrities by manipulating the media. Studio: Buena Vista Home Video Release Date: 01/12/2007 Starring: Renee Zellweger Richard Gere Run time: 113 minutes Rating: Pg13 Director: Rob Marshall

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Children of the Corn Fritz Kiersch  
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The murder rate is as high as an elephant's eye in this flaccid adaptation of Stephen King's short story. While driving through Nebraska en route to a new job, medico Burt (Peter Horton) and his wife Vicky (a pre-Terminator Linda Hamilton) nearly run over a mutilated boy who staggers from the cornfields. Seeking help, they enter the town of Gatlin, whose under-20 residents have butchered their parents per the decree of junior-grade holy roller Isaac (John Franklin), who preaches the word of a being called "He Who Walks Behind the Rows." King's original story (from his 1978 collection Night Shift) was a lean and brutal mélange of Southern-gothic atmosphere and E.C. Comics-style gore, which scripter Greg Goldsmith effectively neutralizes by adding a youthful narrator (a grating Robbie Kiger) and putting an upbeat spin on the story's morbid conclusion. Fritz Kiersch's direction is TV-movie flat, with the sole inspired moment (hideous religious iconography glimpsed during a bloody "service") delivered as a throwaway. Aside from Horton and Courtney Gains (as Isaac's hatchet man Malachai), the performances are dreadful, and the depiction of the Lovecraftian monster-god as a sort of giant gopher inspires more laughter than terror. Amazingly, the film spawned six sequels; Franklin (Cousin Itt in the Addams Family films) later appeared in and wrote 1999's Children of the Corn 666. —Paul Gaita

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China: A Century of Revolution Sue Williams  
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China: A Century of Revolution is a six-hour tour de force journey through the country's most tumultuous period. First televised on PBS, this award-winning documentary series presents an astonishingly candid view of a once-secret nation with rare archival footage, insightful historical commentary and stunning eyewitness accounts from citizens who struggled through China's most decisive century. China in Revolution charts the pivotal years from the birth of the new republic to the establishment of the PRC, through foreign invasions, civil war and a bloody battle for power between Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-shek. The Mao Years examines the turbulent era of Mao's attempts to forge a "new China" from the war-ravaged and exhausted nation. Born Under the Red Flag showcases China's unlikely transformation into an extraordinary hybrid of communist-centralized politics with an ever-expanding free market economy. Monumental in scope, China: A Century of Revolution is critical viewing for anyone interested in this increasingly powerful and globally influential country.

DISC ONE Part One: China in Revolution 1911-1949 (1989)

DISC TWO Part Two: The Mao Years 1949-1976 (1994)

DISC THREE Part Three: Born Under the Red Flag 1976-1997 (1997)

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Citizen Kane Orson Welles  
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Arguably the greatest of American films, Orson Welles's 1941 masterpiece, made when he was only 26, still unfurls like a dream and carries the viewer along the mysterious currents of time and memory to reach a mature (if ambiguous) conclusion: people are the sum of their contradictions, and can't be known easily. Welles plays newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane, taken from his mother as a boy and made the ward of a rich industrialist. The result is that every well-meaning or tyrannical or self-destructive move he makes for the rest of his life appears in some way to be a reaction to that deeply wounding event. Written by Welles and Herman J. Mankiewicz, and photographed by Gregg Toland, the film is the sum of Welles's awesome ambitions as an artist in Hollywood. He pushes the limits of then-available technology to create a true magic show, a visual and aural feast that almost seems to be rising up from a viewer's subconsciousness. As Kane, Welles even ushers in the influence of Bertolt Brecht on film acting. This is truly a one-of-a-kind work, and in many ways is still the most modern of modern films from the 20th century. —Tom Keogh

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