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2010 Holiday Movie Guide – DVD

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The 2010 Holiday Movie Guide. What's showing when, where and how.

The 2010 IFC Holiday Film Guide

Contrary to even our own guide to what’s coming out on video-on-demand and online, rumors of the demise of those shiny discs that still take up shelf space have been greatly exaggerated. Take next week, for example, in which one will only be able to enjoy the guilty pleasure of “Lake Placid 3” or the easy charm of the Adam Scott indie comedy “Passenger Side” on DVD or upgrade to high-definition for the “Alien Quadrilogy” boxed set, a rerelease of the “Back to the Future” trilogy or better yet, Criterion editions of Stanley Kubrick’s “Paths of Glory” or the Japanese curiosity “Hausu” on Blu-ray. And it’s not even December yet.

Unfortunately in this time of tightened purse strings, the studios and specialty labels like Shout! Factory, Criterion and Olive Films aren’t going to make this holiday season any easier on the wallet, with most digging deep into the vaults to pull up restored classics and lesser-seen obscurities, which will sit side by side with plenty of this summer’s biggest blockbusters on Netflix queues and store shelves in the months ahead. Many of the films showcased below never were released in theaters or in many cases haven’t been available on home video before, waiting to be discovered by new audiences.

by Stephen Saito

Can’t make it to the theater? Here are the recent indie hits, restored classics and diamonds in the rough that can be picked up at the local video store or might make excellent stocking stuffers.

OCTOBER

WEEK OF:  17-23  |  24-31

NOVEMBER

WEEK OF:  1-6  |  7-13  |  14-20  |  21-27  |  28-30

DECEMBER

WEEK OF:  1-4  |  5-11  |  12-18  |  19-25  |  26-31

On DVD the week ending October 23

Giallo, Maya Home Entertainment, 2010

“Giallo,” Maya Home Entertainment, 2010

Dario Argento’s “Giallo”

After becoming one of the foremost directors of the giallo genre, famed horror auteur Dario Argento gives it a nod in the title to his latest, which brings in Adrien Brody as a detective on the hunt for a murder nicknamed “Giallo” (The Yellow) after the sister of a kidnap victim (Emmanuelle Seigner) seeks out his help. Granted, we were more excited about this when Vincent Gallo was in talks to play the serial killer in question and before “Giallo” sat on the shelf after a mildly enthusiastic response from the festival circuit in 2009, but still, new Argento is always reason enough to celebrate.

“‘Apocalypse Now:’ Full Disclosure”

An upgrade from the 2006 “Complete Dossier” edition, Francis Ford Coppola’s classic war film hits Blu-ray for the very first time (in both the original and extended “Redux” cuts), finally accompanied by the making-of doc “Hearts of Darkness,” as well as new interviews, a new 48-page booklet with rediscovered archival materials and new interviews with Coppola and the cast and crew.

“Assault Girls”

Mamoru Oshii helms this follow-up to 2001’s “Avalon” in which a trio of women led by “Babel” star Rinko Kikuchi fight off sand monsters in a virtual world to test their mettle and weapons skills.

“The Hitman Diaries: Charlie Valentine”

After his latest score goes awry, a fading gangster (Raymond J. Barry) reaches out to his estranged son (Michael Weatherly), a budding criminal himself, to help him, though the lure of money and power may prove stronger than blood in this crime thriller. Tom Berenger co-stars.

“Journey to Promethea”

Billy Zane dons a crown for this fantasy epic about a rebel (Sam Murphy) who leads his people to rise up against an oppressive king.

“The Killing Machine”

…Dolph Lundgren is. Here, the “Expendables” star plays a hitman trying quit the profession to concentrate on his duties as a husband and father, but he must fight to stay alive after his cover is blown. Bo Svenson co-stars.

“The Lost Tribe”

Roel Reiné’s horror flick concerns a group of friends and business partners who aid a drowning man, only to learn that he leads them into a jungle filled with danger. Lance Henriksen co-stars as a priest with suspicious motives.

“Mirrors 2: Evil Lives”

Nick Stahl fills in for Kiefer Sutherland as a newbie security guard who must track down the murdered woman who is caught between this world and the next that he can only see in the reflective glass before she starts killing others in this direct-to-video sequel to Alexander Aja’s 2008 horror film. Fox is going the extra step with the sequel’s DVD release, including the original Korean film “In the Mirror” that the series is based upon.

“My Name is Jerry”

“Hellboy” and “Legion” star Doug Jones, who is just popping up everywhere these days, plays a door-to-door salesman who seeks to emerge from his midlife slump with the help of a punk rocker (Allison Scagliotti). Catherine Hicks and “That ’70s Show”‘s Don Stark co-star in Morgan Mead’s comedy.

“Shoot the Hero!”

“Clerks”‘ Jason Mewes and Samantha Lockwood star as a couple who go through a different kind of premarital counseling in this action comedy about a soon-to-be-wed pair who are held hostage during a jewelry heist when they go ring shopping. Danny Trejo and Fred Williamson co-star.

“The Six Wives of Henry Lefay”

Tim Allen is thought to be dead, leaving behind six exes, including Paz Vega, Jenna Elfman, Lindsay Sloane, Kelli Garner, Andie MacDowell and Jenna Dewan, eager to cash in on his will, if only his daughter (Elisha Cuthbert) would let them in the directorial debut of “Mr. 3000” screenwriter Howard Michael Gould.

“Theater of War”

A selection of the Tribeca Film Fest in 2008, John Walter gives audiences a peek inside the Public Theater’s controversial revival of Bertolt Brecht’s “Mother Courage” that had its share of big personalities in Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, director George C. Wolfe and playwright Tony Kushner. (An interview with Walter here.)

“Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl”

“Tokyo Gore Police” director and general gore makeup extraordinaire Yoshihiro Nishimura once again presides over madness in this battle over an ex between two women with supernatural powers.

Other indies that played theaters, but you might have missed:

The Rachel Weisz epic “Agora,” the Jesse Eisenberg starrer “Holy Rollers,” the nature doc “Oceans,” the Nicole Holofcener dramedy “Please Give” (Matt Singer’s review here), “Smash His Camera” (Bilge Ebiri’s review here), “The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom” (Lisa Rosman’s review here)

New to Blu-ray:

“The Howling Trilogy,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Ultimate Edition,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Ultimate Edition,” Baz Luhrmann’s “Moulin Rouge” and “William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet,” Robert Rodriguez and Nimrod Antal’s “Predators” (Matt Singer’s review is here) “Psycho,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Seven Samurai” (Criterion)

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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…