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“Lost and Found” Footage and Other Discoveries This Week on DVD

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“America Lost & Found: The BBS Story” (1968-1972)
Released by Criterion Collection

A set of seven films that’s as diverse and wild as the era in which they were born, Criterion’s reassembly of BBS Studios’ run from 1968 through 1972 boasts influential hits like “Easy Rider,” “Five Easy Pieces” and “King of Marvin Gardens” and obscurities like Jack Nicholson’s directorial debut “Drive, He Said” and Henry Jaglom’s “A Safe Place” that have never been on DVD before. New interviews, vintage documentaries and much more from directors Bob Rafelson, Peter Bogdanovich (whose “Last Picture Show” is also included), Nicholson and the late Dennis Hopper highlight a collection that doubles as a history of when there was a changing of the guard in American cinema.

“Countdown to Zero” (2010)
Directed by Lucy Walker
Released by Magnolia Home Entertainment

This “scareumentary,” as our own Alison Willmore termed it in her review, reunites Participant Media and “An Inconvenient Truth” producer Lawrence Bender to focus on the reemerging threat of nuclear proliferation around the world and features talking heads like Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, Tony Blair, and Pervez Musharraf.

“Cross the Line” (2010)
Directed by Albert J. Allie
Released by Celebrity Video Distribution

According to IMDb, there’s already been a sequel announced for this low-budget crime thriller, so the time is now to catch up with Allie’s cop drama which forces a recently divorced pair of detectives (Allie and Tina Krause) to work one last case together to bring down a drug kingpin.

“Deadland” (2010)
Directed by Damon O’Steen
Released by Phase 4 Films

A staple on the regional festival circuit where it’s picked up awards for best feature at the Nevada and Central Florida Film Festivals, Damon O’Steen’s action film is set during World War III where one survivor (Gary Weeks) searches for his wife following a nuclear apocalypse.

11232010_AliceCreed.jpg“The Disappearance of Alice Creed” (2010)
Directed by J Blakeson
Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment

Former Bond girl Gemma Arterton has been very busy in the past year making the would-be blockbusters “Clash of the Titans” and “Prince of Persia” and the Cannes-bound Stephen Frears flick “Tamara Drewe.” But it was the directorial debut of “The Descent: Part 2” writer J Blakeson that was sheer torture – as the titular Alice Creed, she is kidnapped by two common hoods (“Happy-Go-Lucky” star Eddie Marsan and Martin Compston) who hold her hostage until she attempts to turn the tables. (My review is here.)

“Eat Pray Love” (2010)
Directed by Ryan Murphy
Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Even if you weren’t one of the millions to pick up Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestselling memoir or are usually resistant to the charms of Julia Roberts, one might consider this travelogue in which Roberts flirts with James Franco and Javier Bardem in foreign locales from India to Italy following the dissolution of her marriage as a vacation from home, given Robert Richardson’s lush cinematography. “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy directs.

“The Expendables” (2010)
Directed by Sylvester Stallone
Released by Lionsgate

After opening on the same day back in August, Sylvester Stallone’s action extravaganza’s rivalry with “Eat Pray Love” continues to the small screen where Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke and even Julia’s brother Eric Roberts will cram into your television set. In his review, Matt Singer called it “the ultimate mid-life crisis movie,” though the therapy here is all done in bullets.

“Fire & Ice: The Dragon Chronicles” (2010)
Directed by Pitof
Released by Entertainment One

Wonder what ever happened to Pitof, the director of “Catwoman”? Well, wonder no more as he directs familiar faces John Rhys-Davies, Amy Acker and Arnold Vosloo in this dragon-filled medieval epic about a kingdom beset by the fiery flying beasts.

“Flipped” (2010)
Directed by Rob Reiner
Released by Warner Home Video

When Rob Reiner’s warmly received ’50s-set coming-of-age story found a cold reception in its limited theatrical release, Warner Brothers quickly pulled it from theaters, meaning that this adaptation of Wendelin Van Draanen’s novel about two eighth graders who fall for each other at different times will just have to be discovered at home.

11232010_GreasersPalace.jpg“Greaser’s Palace” (1972)
Directed by Robert Downey Sr.
Released by Scorpion Entertainment

“Putney Swope” mischief-maker Robert Downey Sr. reinterprets the story of Jesus in this 1972 counterculture oddity.

“Grotesque” (2009)
Directed by Koji Shiraishi
Released by Media Blasters

While Koji Shiraishi’s horror film won’t be seen in England anytime soon, where it was banned, Media Blasters is releasing it here, depicting the story of a couple abducted on their first date and tortured in the basement of a medically trained madman. Castrations and mutilations commence as the couple begs for their lives.

“Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Süss” (2010)
Directed by Felix Moeller
Released by Zeitgeist Films

The son of famed German helmer Margarethe von Trotta, Felix Moeller presents the family of a far less regarded filmmaker, Veit Harlan, a hired hand of Joseph Goebbels who presided over the incendiary piece of Nazi propaganda, “Jew Süss,” in 1940. In the present day, Moeller checks in on Harlan’s children and grandchildren to see how their patriarch’s legacy as an acquitted war criminal shaped their lives and the nation around them. (Lisa Rosman’s review is here.)

Hide and Go Kill 1 and 2 (2008-2010)
Directed by Tomoya Kainuma (1) and Masafumi Yamada (2)
Released by Cinema Epoch

Cinema Epoch brings this J-horror flick and its sequel to American shores where teenage girls spend their late nights playing a game of hide and seek online that quickly spirals out of control and its contestants start winding up dead.

“If You Could Say It In Words” (2008)
Directed by Nicholas Gray
Released by Vanguard Cinema

A winner of best feature at the Derby City Film Festival in 2008, this romantic drama is set in Philadelphia where a painter with Asperger’s Syndrome attracts the interest of an adrift young woman, both of whom have trouble expressing their feelings.

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

The-Craft

The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.