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New Release Round-Up 06-29-15

New Releases Mon 29 Jun 

NEIL YOUNG + PROMISE OF THE REAL - The Monsanto Years - Reprise
Neil Young + Promise Of The Real have joined forces and release a new studio album, entitled The Monsanto Years via Reprise Records. For this guitar-centric, full steam-ahead and highly-charged rock album, Young is joined by Promise of the Real, an LA-based rock band fronted by Lukas Nelson (vocals/guitar), along with Micah Nelson (guitar, vocals), Anthony Logerfo (drums), Corey McCormick (bass) and Tato Melgar (percussion).

REFUSED - Freedom - Epitaph
Refused came to an end in front of 50 kids at a basement show in a Virginia college town in 1998, just as their release of the same year, The Shape of Punk to Come, was taking its first steps toward becoming an acknowledged classic and a massive influence on a generation of bands. Refused Are Fucking Dead! became the slogan, as kids discovered Shape and its breakout track New Noise only to find their new heroes disbanded. Refused are f***ing alive! After a 2012 invitation to reform for the Coachella festival, Refused followed its first shows in 15 years with a triumphant tour, as every kid who had discovered them after death came out to see them reborn. Freedom is the first album in almost 20 years, on Epitaph/Burning Heart, the label that released The Shape of Punk to Come all those years ago. 

JOY WILLIAMS - Venus - Sony
Many know Joy Williams as one half of the four-time Grammy-winning folk-rock duo The Civil Wars. Until their 2012 hiatus (and eventual break up in August 2014) the singer-songstress with her long sea witch hair and Mona Lisa half-smile rarely revealed herself, except through the duo s bruising and stark lyrics of romantic conflations and doomed intimacies. On Venus she changes all that. No longer content to just conjure the antique grace of some mythic, bygone world, Williams was intent to actually pierce the veil of metaphor and an imagined history and tell a more honest, human story of one woman's journey out of darkness.

SENSES FAIL - Pull The Thorns From Your Heart - Pure Noise
Pull The Thorns From Your Heart is the intense & brutally honest 6th album from boundary-pushing New Jersey punk outfit Senses Fail.


Good Old War - Broken Into Better Shape

Good Old War - Broken Into Better ShapeGOOD OLD WAR - Broken Into Better Shape - Nettwerk RecordsGood Old War - Broken Into Better Shape
Good Old War release their fourth studio album and first on Nettwerk Records, Broken Into Better Shape. Produced by Jason Lehning (Mat Kearney, Dolly Parton), and featuring lead single “Tell Me What You Want From Me,” it follows critically acclaimed Come Back As Rain, which debuted at #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers, and led to national TV performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! & Conan. Good Old War has earned the loyalty of an ever-expanding fan base thanks to their captivating live shows touring alongside a diverse group of artists including Alison Krauss, Guster, Brandi Carlisle and Dr. Dog.
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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Vince Staples - Summertime '06
Failure - The Heart Is A Monster
X Ambassadors - VHS
JB & The Moonshine Band - Mixtape
August Burns Red - Found In Far Away Places
Self Defense Family - Heaven Is Earth
Bitter End - Illusions Of Dominance
Miguel - Wildheart
Win Win - Primaries
Slightly Stoopid - Meanwhile... Back In The Lab
Tina Turner - Private Dancer: 30th Anniversary Edition
Pete Townsend - Truancy: The Very Best Of
Velvet Teen - All Is Illusory
Goblin Rebirth - Goblin Rebirth
Easton Corbin - About To Get Real
311 - Archive
Thy Art is Murder - Holy War
Aranda - Not The Same
G. Love & Special Sauce - Sweet 'N Blues (Extra Sugar)
Jaill - Brain Cream



& More .....

Anthony Raneri - Sorry State Of Mind EP
Violent Soho - Tinderbox / Neighbour Neighbour
Ashley Monroe - Bombshell
Mas Ysa - Arrows
Gatherers - Assembly
Deathrite - Toxic Hammer
Watkins Family Hour - Brokedown Palace





 

For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.

 
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New Release Round-Up 06-23-15

New Releases Tues 23 Jun 

BREAKING BENJAMIN - Dark Before Dawn - Hollywood Records
The first original music from the platinum-selling band, Breaking Benjamin, since the release of DEAR AGONY in 2009 (certified Gold), Dark Before Dawn marks a new era for the acclaimed band. Ben Burnley is joined by guitarists Jasen Rauch (Red) and Keith Wallen (Adelitas Way), bassist Aaron Bruch, and drummer Shaun Foist (Picture Me Broken).

SON LUX - Bones - Glassnote
Son Lux, founded by New York's Ryan Lott, began as a solo exploration of the jagged, icy line between the strange and the familiar, in which sonic structures supplant the conventions of pop form. Over the last eight years, though, the name has taken on myriad meanings, just as the work has subsumed sounds and collaborators. Now, Son Lux is a band. A trio, to be exact; one that has meticulously woven together dizzying percussion, fraying guitar, symphonic bluster, and haunting vocals into a quaking and vivid post-pop (post-everything) burst called Bones. The fourth Son Lux LP combines all of the architectural precision and aural inventiveness we've come to expect, with more immediacy and melody than ever. That's all to do with the crew.

Kacey Musgraves - Pageant Material

Kacey Musgraves - Pageant MaterialKACEY MUSGRAVES - Pageant Material - Mercury NashvilleKacey Musgraves - Pageant Material
Nashville, TN – Mercury Nashville’s Kacey Musgraves releases her sophomore album, Pageant Material. The album features her current single “Biscuits,” which is climbing the charts at country radio. Musgraves co-wrote all tracks on Pageant Material and also co-produced with Shane McAnally and Luke Laird.  "Going back into the studio this time around was really fun and exciting for me because I knew more about myself and my direction," said Musgraves. "The majority of Pageant Material was recorded live--which was a bit of a departure from "Same Trailer"--and gave it more of a concise, classic sound. All of the incredible musicians were in the same room playing on the entire record, and I think that spirit comes across. The last couple of years have done so much for me, and this project was really affected by that in the best way. There are certain moments lyrically that still hit me hard even after listening so many times. It's a great glimpse into where my head is from "Same Trailer" to now."
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DE LUX - Generation - Innovative Leisure
On their full-length 2014 debut Voyage, L.A duo De Lux learned how to take their influences and create a sound all their own—a beyond-their-years synthesis of post-punk, disco, funk and of course synthesizer wizardry, drawing inspiration from the same combination of agitation and exhilaration that helped LCD Soundsystem and Talking Heads deliver some of the most danceable social commentary ever. And now that they’ve found their sound, De Lux are creating a story to go with it on their new album Generation: “All of these things that they put us through,” sings co-founder and multi-instrumentalist Sean Guerin, “I’m writing it down / I’m writing it down.” 

Fist City - Everything Is A Mess

Fist City - Everything Is A MessFIST CITY - Everything Is A Mess - PIAS AmericaFist City - Everything Is A Mess
Everything Is A Mess seizes onto the group’s influences, both musical (The Wipers, Sonic Youth, the Flying Nun roster) and spiritual (John Waters and Divine), then sends them into overdrive. Guitars chime like bells or shred like buzzsaws, while the rhythms hit harder than ever before. Lyrics are based on the band’s immediate environments in Lethbridge and Calgary, Alberta with gut-punching reactions to murderers, cops, bigots, Rob Ford, and unrequited love. From life in a small town scene to facing the consequences of violent acts, or even the experience of sleeping in the back of a speeding van, these songs paint a vivid portrait from the minds of artists and outcasts set loose on the world.
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THE ROLLING STONES - From The Vault: The Marquee Club Live In 1971 - Eagle Rock
'From The Vault' is a series of live concerts from The Rolling Stones archive which are getting their first official release. 'The Marquee Club Live In 1971' is the latest addition to the series. The show was filmed at London's legendary Marquee club on March 26th 1971, shortly after the finish of the band's 1971 UK tour and about a month before the release of the 'Sticky Fingers' album in late April. Mick Taylor was now fully integrated into the group and the band had used the tour to showcase some of the tracks from the forthcoming album. The show at the Marquee was filmed for American television and four songs from the 'Sticky Fingers' album were featured, including the rarely performed 'I Got The Blues'. The footage has now been carefully restored and the sound has been newly mixed by Bob Clearmountain for this first official release of the show.

LEON BRIDGES - Coming Home - Sony
Leon Bridges is the 'out of almost nowhere' story that only comes along once in a while. Awareness of Leon Bidges and his unique craft continues to grow authentically and consistently.  It was only last summer that Leon was singing open mics in his hometown Fort Worth, TX. One of those open mics was attended by Austin Jenkins and Josh Block of the notable indie band White Denim who were absolutely floored by Leon's voice, songs, and creative vision.  They soon after set-up shop in a makeshift studio and recorded the album's opener "Coming Home" completely live to tape. This first take is exactly what you hear opening the album. The remaining 9 songs followed in a burst of creativity and inspiration.

 

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Richard Thompson - Still
Trey Songz - Trigga Reloaded
Jerry Garcia - On Broadway: Act One
Citizen - Everybody Is Going To Heaven
Rickie Lee Jones - The Other Side Of Desire
Lindemann - Skills In Pills
Tori Kelly - Unbreakable Smile
Wolf Alice - My Love Is Cool
Jamison Ross - Jamison
Asia - Axis XXX: Live San Francisco
Lera Lynn - The Avenues
Parlour Tricks - Broken Hearts / Bones
Creepoid - Cemetery Highrise Slum
T. Hardy Morris - Hardy & The Hardknocks
Elijah Blake - Shadows & Diamonds
Canaan Smith - Bronco
Neal Schon - Vortex
Desaparecidos - Payola
Bully - Feels Like
The Offspring - Americana [Vinyl]


& More .....

Ryan Adams - Burn In The Night [Limited Edition Vinyl]
Rozwell Kid & The World Is A Beautiful Place... - Fourteen Minute Mile
Jason Isbell - Something More than Free
Grave Babies - Something Awful
Strange Wilds - Starved For



 

UPCOMING RELEASES

Good Old War - Broken Into Better Shape

Good Old War - Broken Into Better ShapeGOOD OLD WAR - Broken Into Better Shape - Nettwerk RecordsGood Old War - Broken Into Better Shape
Good Old War release their fourth studio album and first on Nettwerk Records, Broken Into Better Shape. Produced by Jason Lehning (Mat Kearney, Dolly Parton), and featuring lead single “Tell Me What You Want From Me,” it follows critically acclaimed Come Back As Rain, which debuted at #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers, and led to national TV performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! & Conan. Good Old War has earned the loyalty of an ever-expanding fan base thanks to their captivating live shows touring along side a diverse group of artists including Alison Krauss, Guster, Brandi Carlisle and Dr. Dog.
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Music Releases 06-29-15

Neil Young & Promise Of The Real - The Monsanto Years [w/DVD] Neil Young & Promise Of The Real - The Monsanto Years [w/DVD]
New CD: $19.98   $17.98
Neil Young + Promise of the Real have joined forces and will release a new studio album, entitled The Monsanto Years, on June 29th via Reprise Records. For this guitar-centric, full steam-ahead and highly-charged rock album, Young is joined by Promise of the Real, an LA-based rock band fronted by Lukas Nelson (vocals/guitar), along with Micah Nelson (guitar, vocals), Anthony Logerfo (drums), Corey McCormick (bass) and Tato Melgar (percussion).
Refused - Freedom Refused - Freedom
New CD: $17.98   $15.98
Refused came to an end in front of 50 kids at a basement show in a Virginia college town in 1998, just as their release of the same year, The Shape of Punk to Come, was taking its first steps toward becoming an acknowledged classic and a massive influence on a generation of bands. Refused Are Fucking Dead! became the slogan, as kids discovered Shape and its breakout track New Noise only to find their new heroes disbanded.
Joy Williams - Venus Joy Williams - Venus
New CD: $13.98   $11.98
Many know Joy Williams as one half of the four-time Grammy-winning folk-rock duo The Civil Wars. Until their 2012 hiatus (and eventual break up in August 2014) the singer-songstress with her long sea witch hair and Mona Lisa half-smile rarely revealed herself, except through the duo s bruising and stark lyrics of romantic conflations and doomed intimacies.
Senses Fail - Pull The Thorns From Your Heart Senses Fail - Pull The Thorns From Your Heart
New CD: $10.98   $9.98
Intense & brutally honest 6th album from boundary-pushing New Jersey punk outfit
Vince Staples - Summertime '06 Vince Staples - Summertime '06
New CD: $18.99   $16.99
Long Beach, Cali rapper Vince Staples debuted his seven-song EP, HELL CAN WAIT late last year. The release of HELL CAN WAIT followed Vince s 3-week, 13-city Paisley Summer Tour headlining stint, which wrapped up at Hard Rock Live in Las Vegas. Vince has contributed tracks to dozens of today s hottest artists, including Earl Sweatshirt s first and second album to Dilated Peoples Directors Of Photography to Jhené Aiko s The Vapors (on her Sail Out debut, the biggest-selling EP in Def Jam history) and Common s latest album, Nobody s Smiling, on his single Kingdom, performed live by Common with Vince at his side on Jimmy Kimmel Live and at the 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards.
Good Old War - Broken Into Better Shape Good Old War - Broken Into Better Shape
New CD: $12.98
Video
Good Old War release their fourth studio album and first on Nettwerk Records, Broken Into Better Shape. Produced by Jason Lehning (Mat Kearney, Dolly Parton), and featuring lead single “Tell Me What You Want From Me,” it follows critically acclaimed Come Back As Rain, which debuted at #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers, and led to national TV performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! & Conan. Good Old War has earned the loyalty of an ever-expanding fan base thanks to their captivating live shows touring along side a diverse group of artists including Alison Krauss, Guster, Brandi Carlisle and Dr. Dog.
Failure - The Heart Is A Monster Failure - The Heart Is A Monster
New CD: $13.98
'Thematically we ve moved from the outer space of Fantastic Planet to inner space', said guitar/bass player Greg Edwards of Failure's new album, the band's first full-length since 1996, The Heart Is A Monster. 'From the dislocation of one's identity to the complete erasing of it by sleep and dreams. I think we've used instrumentation in the service of mood and emotion to an even greater degree than on our previous records'.
X Ambassadors - VHS X Ambassadors - VHS
New CD: $10.99
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Growing up in small-town upstate New York, frontman Sam Harris, his brother Casey, and childhood friend Noah Feldshuh bonded over an obsessive love for punk, rock & roll, soul, and hip-hop that defied the conventions of their peer group. X Ambassadors will release their debut album VHS June 30rd on KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records and produced by GRAMMY-winner Alex Da Kid. X Ambassadors have spent the last two years on the road in support of their two EP releases - Love Songs Drug Songs EP and The Reason EP. They shared the bill with Imagine Dragons, Panic! At The Disco, Lights, Jimmy Eat World, performed at festivals such as Firefly Festival, Made in America and Lollapalooza and headlined two tours of the U.S., including the Into The Jungle tour which followed the success of their single Jungle.
Jb & The Moonshine Band - Mixtape Jb & The Moonshine Band - Mixtape
New CD: $12.98
East Texas Country Outfit JB & The Moonshine Band was born in 2009 when singer/songwriter JB Patterson decided to give up on his advertising career and start a band. When JB coordinated and open call audition in Tyler, TX, only three people showed up. He might have been disappointed in the lack of response, but when he heard them play, he realized that he couldn't have hand-picked a better band himself. The four became JB & The Moonshine Band, comprised of drummer Gabe Guevara, guitarist Hayden McMullen, bassist Chris Flores, and lead singer JB Patterson on banjo and guitar. They immediately threw together a PA, rented a UHaul van, and started taking gigs throughout east Texas.
August Burns Red - Found In Far Away Places August Burns Red - Found In Far Away Places
New CD: $13.98
Found in Far Away Places is the seventh studio album by American melodic metalcore band August Burns Red. Featuring the singe "The Wake".
Self Defense Family - Heaven Is Earth Self Defense Family - Heaven Is Earth
New CD: $9.98
Self Defense Family are one of the most prolific Punk bands out there today. Through countless releases and as many musical contributors (they have had more than ten active members at any given time), the collective has grown in both sound and vision. “Heaven Is Earth” was recorded at four classic indie/punk studios by a diverse group of engineers: Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studios (Mind Eraser, etc), Kurt Ballou at God City Studios (Converge, etc), Mark Millar at Sone Lab (Dinosaur Jr, etc), and Jon Low at Miner Street Recordings (Kurt Vile, etc). Each engineer leaving their own distinct audio fingerprint on the collection of songs.
Bitter End - Illusions of Dominance Bitter End - Illusions of Dominance
New CD: $9.98
"Illusions of Dominance" is the monstrous new album from Bitter End, produced by Nick Jett (Terror, Piece By Piece). Thematically the album takes on the subject of mankind s fragility in the face of nature s overwhelming and unescapable power.
Miguel - Wildheart Miguel - Wildheart
New CD: $11.96
Grammy Award winning recording artist Miguel has confirmed his highly anticipated new studio album, WILDHEART, to be released this summer on ByStorm Entertainment/RCA Records. WILDHEART is the long awaited follow up to Miguel's 2012 critically acclaimed sophomore release, KALEIDOSCOPE DREAM, which spent 20 weeks on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
WIN WIN - Primaries [Vinyl] WIN WIN - Primaries [Vinyl]
New Vinyl: $22.98
WIN WIN is the name that binds Alex Epton, Chris Devlin, and Ryan Sciaino, the close-knit Sunset Park, Brooklyn trio that at every step further defies classification. Known for its wildly eclectic first two records, WIN WIN now gets set to release its most imaginative work to date. Newly signed to Arts & Crafts, the WIN WIN three unleashes the first single of its third era: "Couch Paranoia" pulses with impulse, an elastic krautrock pattern anchoring the otherworldly call-and-response of robots, a soft grooved modulation of fine detail.
Slightly Stoopid - Meanwhile...Back in the Lab Slightly Stoopid - Meanwhile...Back in the Lab
New CD: $11.98   $10.98
While it s a rare commodity for a band to tour as consistently as Slightly Stoopid, the group s diligent commitment to live music provides some insight into their loyal fan base and unique creative metamorphosis throughout their existence. As Apparent by their latest studio album Meanwhile...Back at the Lab the Ocean Beach, California-based group led by co-founders and multi-instrumentalists Kyle McDonald and Miles Doughty has also found the same passionate dedication to their studio craft, holing up between tours in their own San Diego recording studio and record label complex. The balance of a prolific touring regimen between albums has helped to refine the tasty fusion and massive groove that permeates Stoopid s trademark sound and eight studio album catalogue, as well as their live shows.
Tina Turner - Private Dancer: 30th Anniversary Edition Tina Turner - Private Dancer: 30th Anniversary Edition
New CD: $24.98   $22.98
To celebrate a 30 year milestone we are releasing an extra special Anniversary Edition. This edition compiles the remastered album and a second disc which features Ball Of Confusion (That s What The World Is Today) (with B.E.F.), recorded with Martin Ware from Heaven 17, and which lead to him producing the lead single from Private Dancer, Let's Stay Together. It also features 12" mixes and b-sides as well as three non-album singles, including the duet with Bryan Adams It's Only Love.
Pete Townshend - Truancy: The Very Best Of Pete Townshend Pete Townshend - Truancy: The Very Best Of Pete Townshend
New CD: $13.95
Truancy was remastered at Abbey Road Studios, features new liner notes, an introduction to the two new songs by Townshend and highlights from nine key Townshend albums including the singles - 'Rough Boys,' 'Let My Love Open The Door,' 'Face Dances (Pt. 2),' 'English Boy' and 'Face The Face.'
Velvet Teen - All Is Illusory Velvet Teen - All Is Illusory
New CD: $10.98
Nine years since the last full length from The Velvet Teen and the band has written what could arguably be their best record yet. All Is Illusory was mixed by Steve Choi of the RX Bandits exemplifies the bands use of driving guitars, exceptionally technical drumming and lyrics by Judah Nagler that will make the listener question reality.
Dew-Scented - Intermination Dew-Scented - Intermination
New CD: $13.98   $11.98
Goblin Rebirth - Goblin Rebirth Goblin Rebirth - Goblin Rebirth
New CD: $13.98   $11.98
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Movie Releases 06-29-15

The Who - Live At Shea Stadium 1982 [SBD] The Who - Live At Shea Stadium 1982 [SBD]
New Blu-Ray: $19.98
Eagle Vision's SD Blu-ray range presents upscale standard definition original material with DTS-HD Master Audio and LPCM stereo sound for the best possible quality. The Who's 1982 tour, which was all in North America apart from two warm-up dates at the Birmingham NEC in England, was their last to feature Kenney Jones on drums and they wouldn't tour again until 1989. The tour promoted the recent 'It's Hard' album, which had been released in June 1982, and the set list included a number of tracks from that album, some of which the band would only play live on this tour. This concert film features the show from the second of their two nights at New York's Shea Stadium and was filmed on October 13th 1982. Although a couple of tracks have appeared on compilations, this is the first official release of the full show and features restored footage and newly mixed sound.
Get Hard [Movie] - Get Hard Get Hard [Movie] - Get Hard
New Blu-Ray: $35.99
When millionaire hedge fund manager James King (Ferrell) is nailed for fraud and bound for a stretch in San Quentin, the judge gives him 30 days to get his affairs in order. Desperate, he turns to Darnell Lewis (Hart) to prep him for a life behind bars. But despite James' one-percenter assumptions, Darnell is a hard-working small business owner who has never received a parking ticket, let alone been to prison. Together, the two men do whatever it takes for James to 'get hard' and, in the process, discover how wrong they were about a lot of things – including each other.
While We're Young [Movie] - While We're Young While We're Young [Movie] - While We're Young
New Blu-Ray: $24.99
Noah Baumbach's comedy-drama While We're Young stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as Josh and Cornelia, a childless New York married couple in their mid-forties. As their other friends all start having children, the duo gravitate toward a young hipster couple named Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried). He's an aspiring documentary filmmaker, a vocation Josh already has. Soon, the older couple begin enjoying the energy they feel hanging out with the younger generation, but eventually Josh begins to suspect his new best friend might not be as straightforward and trustworthy as he thought. While We're Young screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
Last Knights [Movie] - Last Knights Last Knights [Movie] - Last Knights
New Blu-Ray: $19.99
A corrupt medieval emperor exploits his citizens and rules his kingdom with impunity. When the nobleman and mentor Bartok Morgan Freeman refuses to pay a bribe to one of the emperor's cronies, a death sentence is placed upon him. Bartok's loyal followers are lead by Raiden Clive Owen, a highly skilled warrior who is deeply affected by Bartok's murder. Raiden and his clan band together to fight back against the oppressive emperor in this medieval action thriller.
The Decline Of Western Civilization Collection [Movie] - The Decline Of Western Civilization Collection The Decline Of Western Civilization Collection [Movie] - The Decline Of Western Civilization Collection
New Blu-Ray: $59.98
Penelope Spheeris’ The Decline Of Western Civilization was perceived as shocking and outrageous at the time of its original release in 1981 and its two follow-up films were no less extraordinary and revealing. Today, museums and educational institutions around the world present them as a historically significant works of art. Featuring some of the most influential and innovative musicians and groups of all time: Germs, Black Flag, X, Fear, Circle Jerks, Alice Cooper and Ozzy Osbourne, these riveting, unflinching and hard-core films adeptly captured the spirit of a major cultural phenomenon.
The Gunman [Movie] - The Gunman The Gunman [Movie] - The Gunman
New Blu-Ray: $34.98
Sean Penn stars as a former Special Forces soldier and military contractor suffering from PTSD. He tries to reconnect with his long time love, but first must go on the run from London to Barcelona and across Europe in order to clear his name. The film also stars Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance and Jasmine Trinca.
Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders [Movie] - Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders: Criterion Collection Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders [Movie] - Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders: Criterion Collection
New Blu-Ray: $39.95
A girl on the verge of womanhood finds herself in a sensual fantasyland of vampires, witchcraft, and other threats in this eerie and mystical movie daydream. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders serves up an endlessly looping, nonlinear fairy tale, set in a quasi-medieval landscape. Ravishingly shot, enchantingly scored, and spilling over with surreal fancies, this enticing phantasmagoria from director Jaromil Jireš (The Joke) is among the most beautiful oddities of the Czechoslovak New Wave.
Five Easy Pieces [Movie] - Five Easy Pieces: Criterion Collection Five Easy Pieces [Movie] - Five Easy Pieces: Criterion Collection
New Blu-Ray: $39.95
Following Jack Nicholson’s breakout supporting turn in Easy Rider, director Bob Rafelson (The King of Marvin Gardens) devised a powerful leading role for the new star in the searing character study Five Easy Pieces. Nicholson plays the now iconic cad Bobby Dupea, a shiftless thirtysomething oil rigger and former piano prodigy immune to any sense of responsibility, who returns to his upper-middle-class childhood home, blue-collar girlfriend (Nashville’s Karen Black, in an Oscar-nominated role) in tow, to see his estranged ailing father. Moving in its simplicity and gritty in its textures, Five Easy Pieces is a lasting example of early 1970s American alienation.
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