New Releases, week of 12/1/12: Yanni edition


There are a couple big new releases this week as we get closer to the end of the year. The biggest of them is Men in Black III, which comes out Friday the 30th rather than today since it’s special like that. Also out this week are ParaNorman, The Apparition, Step Up Revolution, and Lawless. The official SF Giants World Series video is out as well for all you Bay Area baseball fans and anyone who thinks the Dodgers suck serious butt. And, of course, Yanni on Blu-ray, just what you wanted for Christmas. (Yanni is cool and all, but he’s got nothing on John Tesh.)

Honestly, the only new release that may get play from my wallet is the Pogues 30th anniversary concert video.

The re-release side is relatively quiet this week. The only thing I’m really interested in is Bill Plympton’s restoration of The Flying House, a 1921 animated short by the great Winsor “Little Nemo in Slumberland” McCay. Visions of Ecstasy has me a bit curious — it’s a banned UK short featuring an obscene retelling of the ecstasy of St. Theresa. Maybe the most notable thing on the re-release front is the DVD cover to The Devil’s Playground, a documentary on George W. Vanderbilt III trying to conquer the sea. This is not to be confused with the 2002 rumspringa documentary of the same name, though the image is a good metaphor for the inner spiritual struggle of Amish teenagers tempted by the world. The cover is in the gallery for your viewing pleasure.

Check out the full list of releases after the cut, and get funky with The Tesh.

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New Releases

12 Christmas Wishes for My Dog (DVD)

2012 San Francisco Giants: The Official World Series Film (DVD, Blu-ray)

6 Degrees of Hell (DVD, Blu-ray)

The Apparition (DVD, Blu-ray)

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I – The Egg of the King (DVD, Blu-ray)

Burning in the Sun (DVD)

Burning Man (DVD)

Cartel War (DVD)

Christmas in Compton (DVD)

The Day (DVD, Blu-ray)

Degenerate Art | The Art & Culture of Glass Pipes (DVD)

Elliot Loves (DVD)

The Experiment: Who’s Watching You (DVD)

Flood Streets (DVD)

Forks Over Knives – The Extended Interviews (DVD)

The Greatest Miracle (DVD)

Lawless (DVD, Blu-ray)

Men in Black III (DVD, Blu-ray)

ParaNorman (DVD, Blu-ray)

Pitbull: Live at Rock in Rio (DVD)

The Pogues in Paris: 30th Anniversary Concert (DVD, Blu-ray)

Rites of Spring (DVD)

Some Guys Who Kill People (Blu-ray)

Sparkle (DVD, Blu-ray)

Stash House (Blu-ray)

Step Up Revolution (DVD, Blu-ray)

Tea Party – Reformation Tour: Live in Australia (DVD, Blu-ray)

Yanni: Live at El Morro Puerto Rico (Blu-ray)



3 – The Dale Earnhardt Story (DVD)

Badge of Honor (DVD)

The Devil’s Playground (DVD)

The Flying House (DVD)

Hostel/Hostel 2/The Tattooist/The Hunt for the BTK Killer – 4 Movie Set (DVD)

Lady in the Death House (DVD)

Law and the Outlaw (DVD)

Lightnin Bill Carson (DVD)

Long Shot (DVD)

Prairie Pals (DVD)

Ring Around the Moon (DVD)

Screwball Silents (An Overall Hero, Nerve Tonic, Splash Yourself)

Slapstick Rides Again (All Lit Up, Catalina Here I Come, Dry and Thirsty, Playing Horse) (DVD)

Sombrero Kid (DVD)

Vigilantes Of Boomtown (DVD)

Visions of Ecstasy (with Sacred Flesh and Other Controversial Works) (DVD)

Hubert Vigilla
Brooklyn-based fiction writer, film critic, and long-time editor and contributor for Flixist. A booster of all things passionate and idiosyncratic.