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QUEUED UP: Blu-ray & Netflix Instant Watch Releases For January 4th

Here are the Blu-ray and Netflix Instant Watch Releases of note for January 4th, 2011.

Blu-ray Releases:

Case 39


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Academy Award® winner Renee Zellweger stars in this terrifying, supernatural thriller about a social worker who has been assigned the unusual and disturbing case of Lillith Sullivan…a girl with a strange and mysterious past. When Emily (Renee Zellweger) opens her home in an attempt to help Lillith, it turns into a deadly nightmare she may not survive. Co-starring Bradley Cooper (The Hangover), Case 39is a heart-stopping chiller with startling surprises that lead to a shocking and sinister ending.

Catfish


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In late 2007, filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of Ariel’s brother, Nev. They had no idea that their project would lead to the most exhilarating and unsettling months of their lives. A reality thriller that is a shocking product of our times, Catfish is a riveting story of love, deception and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue.

Dinner For Schmucks

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There’s only one thing keeping aspiring executive Tim (Paul Rudd) from corporate success. He must find the perfect guest to bring to his boss’s monthly dinner party, where the winner of the evening is the one who arrives with the biggest buffoon. Luckily, Tim meets Barry (Steve Carell), a guy who re-creates famous works of art with stuffed mice. When the duo show up to dine, the lunacy kicks into high gear. It’s a hilarious feast about two unlikely friends and one outrageous dinner!

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest


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The final installment of Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” trilogy, following The Girl With The Dragon Tattooand The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest finds Lisbeth Salander fighting for her life in more ways than one. In an intensive care unit and charged with three murders, she will have to not only prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce the same corrupt government institutions that nearly destroyed her life. Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now, Lisbeth Salander is fighting back.

Howl

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James Franco gives a career-defining performance as the young Allen Ginsberg-poet, counter-culture adventurer, and chronicler of the Beat Generation-in Howl, the audacious film from Academy Award-winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman.

Franco as Ginsberg recounts the road trips, love affairs, and search for personal liberation that led to the most timeless, electrifying, and controversial work of his career: Howl. Pushing the limits and challenging the mainstream, the passionate and provocative Howl and its publisher found themselves on trial for obscenity, with prosecutor Ralph McIntosh (David Strathairn) setting out to have the book banned, while defense attorney Jake Ehrlich (Jon Hamm) fervently argues for freedom of speech and creative expression. The proceedings veer from the comically absurd to the passionate as a host of unusual witnesses (Jeff Daniels, Mary-Louise Parker, Treat Williams, Alessandro Nivola) pit generation against generation and art against fear in front of conservative Judge Clayton Horn (Bob Balaban).

The Last Exorcism

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After years of eliciting money from desperate believers, charismatic preacher Reverend Cotton Marcus decides to reveal his fraudulence by documenting one last “exorcism” performed on another disturbed religious fanatic. But after he and a film crew arrive at the Sweetzer farm, Marcus encounters a horrific scene beyond his wildest imaginings: a blood-drenched farmhouse with a teenaged girl held in the grip of true evil. Now, Marcus must find a way to save the girl and stop the terror – or die trying.
Netflix Instant Watch New Releases:


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Undeniably the hippest show to air on HBO in the 1990s, The Larry Sanders Show takes you backstage at a fictional late-night talk show with real-life guests from movies, music and television.

The Kids In The Hall



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“…Some of theiMost Subversive Material Ever Performed oniNetwork TV…” – Spin

Are extraterrestroals dull? Who’s gay in Hollywood? And how about that salty ham?

From romantically challenged cabbage heads to serial head crushing, five men from Canada, who were occasionally five women, turned sketch comedy into a bizarre, irreverent and always hilarious weekly showcase of side-splitting unpredictability.

With a brilliant knack for turning the mundane into the surreal, and a dangerous willingness to explore the darker sides of comedy, all 20 episodes from the debut season of The Kids in the Hall are collected here – by popular demand – on DVD and for the first time ever.



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In this sci-fi drama that spans a millennium, a man (Hugh Jackman) searches for a tree believed to grant eternal life in 16th-century Spain; seeks a cure for his wife’s (Rachel Weisz) cancer as a present-day scientist; and traverses the universe as a 26th-century astronaut. As he travels through time in an epic struggle to save the woman he loves, he also comes to understand some of life’s murkiest mysteries.
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Close Your Eyes. Open Your Heart.

White-collar drudge by day. Genius by night – and by any other time likable, clever Stephanie (Gael García Bernal) dreams. Because it’s on his magic carpet of dreams where Stephanie headlines Stephanie TV, builds a mighty cut-and-paste wonderland, pens a bestseller and sweeps the lovely girl next door off her feet and into his arms. If only he could make his dreams (at least the last one) come true!

Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind) writes and directs this quirky, quixotic, constantly inventive romantic fantasy of imagination vs. logic, dreams vs. reality. Wake up and smell the possibilities. The Science Of Sleep is a movie to amaze, dare and delight you… and to whisper to the dreamer within.


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The most suspenseful thriller of the year explores just how far we will go to protect ourselves and our country. When a nuclear expert-turned-extremist (Michael Sheen, Underworld) plants devices in three separate cities, the country’s counter-terrorism force springs into action and captures him. But the location of his bombs remains a mystery. With time running out, FBI agent Helen Brody (Carrie-Anne Moss, Disturbia) agrees to work alongside a mysterious interrogator known only as “H” (Samuel L. Jackson, Lakeview Terrace), whose ruthless methods get results. But a power struggle develops between Brody, “H” and the terrorist, and what happens next is unbelievable and – ultimately – Unthinkable!

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