DVD & Blu-rays Released October 28, 2003

Whale Rider

One young girl dared to confront the past, change the present and determine the future. On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people - or Whangara iwi - believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized… more

One young girl dared to confront the past, change the present and determine the future. On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people - or Whangara iwi - believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, Whangara chiefs - always the first-born, always male - have been considered Paikea's direct descendants. Pai, an 11-year-old girl in a patriarchal New Zealand tribe, believes she is destined to be the new chief. But her grandfather Koro is bound by tradition to pick a male leader. Pai loves Koro more than anyone in the world, but she must fight him and a thousand years of tradition to fulfill her destiny.

Cliff Curtis, Tahei Simpson, Niki Caro, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene… more

Cliff Curtis, Tahei Simpson, Niki Caro, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Rawinia Clarke, Tammy Davis

Drama

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City of Ghosts

Jimmy Cremming (Matt Dillon) finds himself in Bangkok after fleeing the investigation of an insurance scam in the United States. Having discovered that his partner and mentor Marvin (James Caan) has surfaced in Cambodia, Jimmy sets off to get his promised cut of the action. What he finds, however… more

Jimmy Cremming (Matt Dillon) finds himself in Bangkok after fleeing the investigation of an insurance scam in the United States. Having discovered that his partner and mentor Marvin (James Caan) has surfaced in Cambodia, Jimmy sets off to get his promised cut of the action. What he finds, however, is a bizarre, ominous environment where cleverness is bait. The further Jimmy searches for Marvin, the deeper he plunges into torment - and the farther he gets from getting out alive.

James Caan, Matt Dillon, Stellan Skarsgard, Gerard Depardieu, Natascha McElhone… more

James Caan, Matt Dillon, Stellan Skarsgard, Gerard Depardieu, Natascha McElhone, Leo Fitzpatrick, Serevyuth Kem

Drama

Love the Hard Way

Claire (Ayanna), a goal-oriented Columbia University graduate student, meets Jack (Brody). At once unimpressed and intrigued by his bad-boy persona, Claire eventually agrees to meet him. Attraction quickly turns into infatuation and love. Jack runs a regular scam conning foreign businessmen with h… more

Claire (Ayanna), a goal-oriented Columbia University graduate student, meets Jack (Brody). At once unimpressed and intrigued by his bad-boy persona, Claire eventually agrees to meet him. Attraction quickly turns into infatuation and love. Jack runs a regular scam conning foreign businessmen with his partner Charlie (Seda) and two struggling actresses. Though charmed by Claire's acute intellect, he pushes her away, just like he has with previous partners. Abandoned and traumatized, Claire begins to neglect her studies and throws herself into a self-destructive downward spiral. As Detective Linda Fox's (Grier) efforts to expose Jack and Charlie's scam intensifies, the once self-assured Jack finds his world crumbling.

Pam Grier, Peter Sehr, Katherine Moennig, Adrien Brody, Charlotte Ayanna… more

Pam Grier, Peter Sehr, Katherine Moennig, Adrien Brody, Charlotte Ayanna, Jon Seda, August Diehl

Drama Romance Crime

House of Fools

Winner of the Jury Grand Prize at the Venice Film Festival, and the Official Russian Selection for Academy Award® Best Foreign Language Film, "House of Fools" (Dom Durakov) is a satirical look at war seen through the eyes of a beautiful woman who is literally madly in love. Based on a true story… more

Winner of the Jury Grand Prize at the Venice Film Festival, and the Official Russian Selection for Academy Award® Best Foreign Language Film, "House of Fools" (Dom Durakov) is a satirical look at war seen through the eyes of a beautiful woman who is literally madly in love. Based on a true story, "House of Fools" tells the tale of a young Chechen woman, Janna, who is one of several inmates living in a psychiatric hospital on the Russian border of Chechnya. Insulated from the world, the inmates are oblivious to the war that rages around them. In her dream world, Janna finds comfort when her imaginary fiancé (Bryan Adams, played by himself) sings her love songs.

Yevgeni Mironov, Bryan Adams, Yuliya Vysotskaya, Sultan Islamov, Stanislav Varkki… more

Yevgeni Mironov, Bryan Adams, Yuliya Vysotskaya, Sultan Islamov, Stanislav Varkki, Vladas Bagdonas, Marina Politsejmako

Drama Foreign

Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary

This documentary presents 90 minutes of interview footage (edited down from more than ten hours) with Traudl Junge (1920-2002), who from 1942 to 1945 was one of three personal secretaries of Adolf Hitler, whom she describes as a "pleasant boss and fatherly friend". Ms. Junge describes first-hand e… more

This documentary presents 90 minutes of interview footage (edited down from more than ten hours) with Traudl Junge (1920-2002), who from 1942 to 1945 was one of three personal secretaries of Adolf Hitler, whom she describes as a "pleasant boss and fatherly friend". Ms. Junge describes first-hand experiences of what life was like within the most inner circles of the Third Reich, including those chilling last days for Hitler, Goebbels and Eva Braun in the bunker, where she transcribed Hitler's last will and testament before he and the others committed suicide.

Andre Heller, Othmar Schmiderer, Traudl Junge

War Documentary

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Millennium Actress

Genya Tachibana is a director and the president of a small production company. One day, he is contacted by the famous Gin Ei studios, that ask him to direct a documentary commemorating their 70 years of existence. Genya chooses as a subject the legendary actress Chiyoko Fujiwara, a superstar actre… more

Genya Tachibana is a director and the president of a small production company. One day, he is contacted by the famous Gin Ei studios, that ask him to direct a documentary commemorating their 70 years of existence. Genya chooses as a subject the legendary actress Chiyoko Fujiwara, a superstar actress who 30 years earlier chose to end her career and disappear from public life. Chiyoko Fujiwara is a cinematographic enigma that nobody ever seemed to shed light on. Genya is obsessed by this fallen star, wanting to unravel the truth behind her secret. Accompanied by a young cameraman, Genya finds his way to Chiyoko, who has transformed into an elderly hermit living alone in an isolated house. At their first meeting, Genya sees that Chiyoko, although touched by the hand of time, has not lost any of her charm or energy. To gain her confidence, he brings her an ancient key that holds sentimental value, that rapidly allows Chiyoko to begin recounting her memories. The interview takes course, and our 3 protagonists are plunged into the past, visiting each fragment of what has been long gone, where the past and present meld together. The actress' recollections soon metamorphosize into a great adventure where cinema confronts her history and an incredible love is unveiled, that conflicted with her rather uncommon lifestyle...

Satoshi Kon, Miyoko Shoji, Mami Koyama, Fumiko Orikasa, Shouzou Iizuka… more

Satoshi Kon, Miyoko Shoji, Mami Koyama, Fumiko Orikasa, Shouzou Iizuka, Masaya Onosaka, Shouko Tsuda, Hirotaka Suzuoki

Drama Historical Romance Animation Foreign