New DVDs For August 2014 @ Oakland Public Library!

New DVDs for August 2014 at Oakland Public Library

Get ready to place your Holds!  We have a great selection of new DVD titles arriving shortly at Oakland Public Library.  Besides blockbusters and foreign films like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Belle, Captain America:  Winter Soldier, Nymphomaniac, pts. 1 & 2, Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom Club, Half a Yellow Sun, The Normal Heart, and The Amazing Catfish, I would like to highlight ten (10) films you may, or may not, have heard about that are definitely worth checking out:


Cover of DVD for ScannersScanners (Criterion Collection)

From Criterion:  With Scanners, David Cronenberg plunges us into one of his most terrifying and thrilling sci-fi worlds. After a man with extraordinary—and frighteningly destructive—telepathic abilities is nabbed by agents from a mysterious rogue corporation, he discovers he is far from the only possessor of such strange powers, and that some of the other “scanners” have their minds set on world domination, while others are trying to stop them. A trademark Cronenberg combination of the visceral and the cerebral, this phenomenally gruesome and provocative film about the expanses and limits of the human mind was the Canadian director’s breakout hit in the United States.  This release features many DVD extras not available on previous versions.  Director: David Cronenberg  Writer: David Cronenberg  Stars: Jennifer O'Neill, Stephen Lack, Patrick McGoohan


Cover of Blue Ruin DVD

Blue Ruin

From IMDB:  A mysterious outsider's quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.  Director: Jeremy Saulnier  Writer: Jeremy Saulnier  Stars: Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves



Cover of DVD for The French MinisterThe French Minister (original title:  Quai d'Orsay)

From IMBD:  Alexandre Taillard de Vorms is tall and impressive, a man with style, attractive to women. He also happens to be the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the land of enlightenment: France. With his silver mane and tanned, athletic body, he stalks the world stage, from the floor of the United Nations in New York to the powder keg of Oubanga. There, he calls on the powerful and invokes the mighty to bring peace, to calm the trigger-happy, and to cement his aura of Nobel Peace Prize winner-in-waiting.  But he also has to learn to deal with the sensibilities of the boss and his entourage, and find his way between the private secretary and the special advisers who stalk the corridors of the Quai d'Orsay - the ministry's home - where stress, ambition and dirty dealing are the daily currency. But just as he thinks he can influence the fate of the world, everything seems threatened by the inertia of the technocrats.  Director: Bertrand Tavernier  Writers: Christophe Blain, Abel Lanzac  Stars: Thierry Lhermitte, Raphaël Personnaz, Niels Arestrup


Cover of DVD for JudexJudex (Criterion Collection)

From Criterion:  This effortlessly cool crime caper, directed by Georges Franju, is a marvel of dexterous plotting and visual invention. Conceived as an homage to Louis Feuillade’s 1916 cult silent serial of the same name, Judex kicks off with the mysterious kidnapping of a corrupt banker by a shadowy crime fighter (American magician Channing Pollock) and spins out into a thrillingly complex web of deceptions. Combining stylish sixties modernism with silent-cinema touches and even a few unexpected sci-fi accents, Judex is a delightful bit of pulp fiction and a testament to the art of illusion.  Director: Georges Franju  Writers: Arthur Bernède, Jacques Champreux (adaptation),  Stars: Channing Pollock, Francine Bergé, Edith Scob


Cover of DVD for A Tale of Two SistersA Tale of Two Sisters

From IMDB:  Something strange is happening when Su-mi and her younger sister, Su-yeon, come home to their father’s large but dark and somewhat foreboding house after a stay in the hospital. Their dad is taciturn and burdened, and their stepmother, Eun-joo, greets them with forced enthusiasm and more than a little sense of irritation. But that’s nothing compared to what happens when bedtime rolls around. Stylish and shocking, this visually arresting tale of family secrets and uncertain realities is based on a traditional Korean folktale. Guaranteed to have you gasping for breath with each successive scare.  Director: Kim Jee-woon  Writer: Kim Jee-woon (screenplay)  Stars: Kap-su Kim, Jung-ah Yum, Su-jeong Lim


Cover of Bicycling with Mollierre

Bicycling With Moliere

From IMBD:  Two actors. One play. Can the differences between the two egocentric men be put aside for the sake of friendship and theatre?  Director: Philippe Le Guay  Writers: Fabrice Luchini, from an original idea by Philippe Le Guay  Stars: Fabrice Luchini, Lambert Wilson, Maya Sansa



Cover of DVD for KilimanjaroKilimanjaro

From IMDB:  For years, Doug Collins has been working a soul-sucking job and coming home to an increasingly loveless relationship. After his girlfriend moves out, Doug pushes himself to live a more fulfilling life starting with a challenging trek to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. This unconventional dramedy features performances by Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker, True Blood, Boardwalk Empire), and Abigail Spencer (Oz the Great and Powerful) and comedian Jim Gaffigan.  Director: Walter Strafford  Writer: Walter Strafford (screenplay)  Stars: Abigail Spencer, Diego Klattenhoff, Chris Marquette


Cover of DVD for Test


From IMDB:  San Francisco, 1985: Frankie confronts the challenges of being an understudy in a modern dance company as he embarks on a budding relationship with Todd, a veteran dancer in the same company and the bad boy to Frankie's innocent. As Frankie and Todd's friendship deepens, they navigate a world of risk - it's the early years of the HIV epidemic - but also a world of hope, humor, visual beauty and musical relief.  Director: Chris Mason Johnson  Writer: Chris Mason Johnson (screenplay)  Stars: Scott Marlowe, Matthew Risch, Evan Boomer


Cover of DVD for Blood Glacier

Blood Glacier

From IMDB:  At a climate observation station high in the German Alps, a group of technicians preparing for a visit from the Environment Minister discover a mysterious red liquid pouring from a nearby glacier. A result of the ice melting due to climate change, the now-spreading glacier blood soon comes into contact with local wildlife, causing changes in the fauna that are at first curious but soon become deathly horrifying. Now the isolated team must use every tool at their disposal to defend themselves from the ever-growing horde of biological monstrosities attacking them in this most desolate of environments. Harking back to classic creature features, director Marvin Kren’s BLOOD GLACIER combines stylish filmmaking with imaginative practical effects to produce a true rollercoaster ride of terror.  Director: Marvin Kren  Writer: Benjamin Hessler  Stars: Gerhard Liebmann, Edita Malovcic, Brigitte Kren


Cover of Jodorowsky's DuneJodorowsky’s Dune

From IMDB:  In 1975, director Alejandro Jodorowsky began work on his most ambitious project yet. Starring his own 12-year-old son alongside Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine and Salvador Dalí, featuring music by Pink Floyd and art by some of the most provocative talents of the era, including H.R. Giger and Jean “Moebius” Giraud, Jodorowsky’s adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel DUNE was poised to change cinema forever. Through interviews with legends and luminaries including H.R. Giger (artist, ALIEN), Gary Kurtz (producer, STAR WARS EPISODES IV ' V) and Nicolas Winding Refn (director, DRIVE), and an intimate and honest conversation with Jodorowsky, director Frank Pavich’s film finally unearths the full saga of ‘The Greatest Movie Never Made’.  Director: Frank Pavich  Stars: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, H.R. Giger



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