Archive for October, 2010

Newly Requestable DVDs

Friday, October 29th, 2010


Accidents Happen

Blood Done Sign My Name

The Bounty Hunter

Brooklyn’s Finest

Caught In the Crossfire


Clash Of the Titans

Cop Out

Diary Of a Wimpy Kid


The Ghost Writer

The Greatest


Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger

The Horseman

I Do & I Don’t


The Losers

Middle of Nowhere

The Missing Lynx

Operation: Endgame

Our Family Wedding


The Runaways

Saint John of Las Vegas

A Single Man

Small Island


To Save a Life

The Wolfman

The Wronged Man


The Backyardigans: Operation Elephant Drop

Barney: Furry Friends

Busytown Mysteries: The Biggest Mysteries Ever!

Busytown Mysteries: The Mysterious Mysteries of Busytown

Busytown mysteries: You and Me Solve a Mystery

Caillou: Caillou’s Fun Outside!

Curious George: Back to School

Dora the explorer: Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure

The First Day of School

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero

The Gold Retrievers

Hermie & Friends: Who is in Charge Anyway?

Jay Jay the Jet Plane: Forever Friends

Martha speaks: Martha Goes to School

Mist: Sheepdog Tales: The Great Challenge

Music, Music Everywhere!

Pokémon Elements: Vol. 7, Psychic

Pokemon Elements: Vol. 8, Dragon

Pokemon Elements: Vol. 10, Rock

Sesame Street: 20 Years– and Still Counting!

Spongebob Squarepants: Triton’s Revenge

Super Why! Attack of the Eraser

Thomas & Friends: Creaky Cranky

The Wiggles: Hot Potatoes!

Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Wubbzy Goes to School

Yo Gabba Gabba! Birthday Boogie!

New Release Tuesday

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

New Release DVD Tuesday, October 26:


CSI Season 6

Everyone Else

The Girl Who Played with Fire

Sex & the City 2  (Blu-ray)

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 2

Wild Grass

Winter’s Bone

You Don’t Know Jack

New Release Tuesday

Monday, October 18th, 2010

New Release DVD Tuesday, October 19:



Disneynature: Mystery of the Crimson Wing

Disneynature: Oceans

Holy Rollers

Madeline’s Christmas & Other Wintery Tales

Please Give


Scooby Doo: All Star Laff-a-lymics Vol. 2

Six Wives of Henry Lefay

New Release Tuesday

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

New Release DVD Tuesday, October 12:


Angelina Ballerina: The Nutcracker Sweet

Dollhouse Season 2

A Golden Christmas

I Am Love

In Treatment Season 2

Inspector Lewis Series 3

Mighty Machines: Machines On the Job

Foreign Films New to View – October 2010

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Vol. 4, No. 10

The Foreign Films New to View newsletter is a monthly publication designed to keep you up to date on some of HCPL’s latest foreign films on DVD. The selections in this newsletter are just a sample of the rich variety of films available to you through your library. Use the sign-up box above to have this newsletter sent directly to your e-mail every month, with new, recommended movies for you to view. See Foreign Films Archive.

Ajami , directed by Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani (In Hebrew and Arabic, with English subtitles) Ajami is the name of a mixed-ethnic neighborhood in Jaffa, housing Jews, Arabs, and Christians. The movie Ajami is a collaboration between a Palestinian and an Israeli Jew. Despite this mix, the film dwells not so much on the politics of identity as on the melodrama of an intricate crime thriller. Five stories involving people living in and around Ajami interweave into a narrative that touches on drugs, divisive relationships, extortion schemes, blood feuds, and much more. Omar’s uncle has injured a member of a gang extorting him for protection money for his restaurant. Malek is an illegally employed Arab working to secure money for his ill mother. Hadir is in love with Omar, but as a Christian, she can find no future in her relationship with an Muslem. Dando is an Israeli police officer who is seeking revenge for the death of his brother. And on and on in the intricacies of the lives of desperate people, whose real life problems lend poigancy and sorrow to already tragic lives.

Le Amiche directed by Michelangelo Antonioni (In Italian, with English subtitles) One of Antonioni’s early films, this movie follows the goings-on of a group of girlfriends in Turin. Clelia has arrived from Rome to set up a branch of a prestigious house of couture. While she oversees the interior design, supervises the architects, hires models, manages the opening event, and does everything she can to lift the venture successfully off the ground, she also finds herself drawn into the lives of some other women of the city, who have become her friends. One is Rosetta, tragically involved in a hopeless love affair with a married artist, who while mildly successful is still overshadowed by his more talented wife, Nene. Mariella is much more flighty, carefree, and even careless in her actions and words. Momina is friends with all of them and offers a kind of nexus to their friendship as well, even if she is wrapped up in her own issues involving a drawn-out separation from her husband. Clelia’s one stable relationship amidst all the drama rests with a struggling architect’s assistant, who loves her as strongly as she loves him. Yet Clelia using all her common sense must make a decision concerning her future that could bring happiness and fulfillment or sorrowful could-have-been questions.

John Rabe , directed by Florian Gallenberger (In German, English, Cantonese, and Japanese, with English subtitles) On the eve of World War II, the horrors of the Axis powers were already being felt in Europe and Asia. John Rabe, a German Nazi, ran the Siemens plant in Nanking in 1937. When the Japanese approached the city, Rabe set up a safety zone that ultimately housed and safeguarded more than 200,000 Chinese, protecting them from the barbarous invaders. Based in part on Rabe’s diaries, this historical drama lends vivid realism to an event that only recently has begun to receive the full historical attention it deserves.

OSS 117: Lost in Rio, directed by Michel Hazanavicius (In French, with English subtitles) Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, a.k.a. OSS 117, is France’s finest intelligence officer. He is also a racist and sexist fool, who manages to offend nearly every ethnic group as well. Nevertheless, when he teams up with a beautiful Mossad agent to find a Nazi war criminal hiding in Rio de Janeiro, his dignified and enlightened counterpart somehow manages to overlook his foot-in-the-mouth utterances that seem to fall no matter what the subject of conversation. It rests on Dolores, the Israeli spy, to find the Nazi, while OSS 117 wants the microfilm that lists French Nazi collaborators. Since the story occurs in the late 1960′s, Hubert hangs out with hippies on the beaches of Rio and takes LSD (or, as he mistakenly calls it, RSVP), dabbles in free love, and, thanks to Dolores, seems to begin to understand the meaning of equality of the sexes. But a fool never learns, does he? Still, if it’s a Friday night and you’ve had a rough week and really can’t watch anything the least bit intellectual, you may want to try a totally silly and meaningless movie that might elicit a few laughs as well.

Taking Father Home , directed by Ying Liang (In Mandarin, with English subtitles) Xu Yun is looking for his father, who abandoned his family several years earlier. Now, Yun’s family is about to be relocated to make way for an business industrial zone, and Yun needs his father to help out. Off to the big city of Zigong he goes, with only a vague address and a couple of geese to trade or sell. Unfortunately, when he arrives in Zigong, the city is on the point of being evacuated in the wake of an impending flood. His search must be quick. Befriending a street thug and a cop, both of whom have a soft spot for the innocent teen, Yun searches the labyrinth of city streets, while warnings air over loudspeakers of the inevitable flood on its way. The foreboding doom of the city hangs over the boy and seems to reflect something of the futility of Yun’s efforts.

Vivere , directed by Angelina Maccarone (In German, with English subtitles) Francesca, a hard-working taxi driver, must search for her younger sister Antonietta. She’s run off to Rotterdam with her ne’er-do-well Goth boyfriend, who professes his love for her even while skipping aside any responsibility for consequences of their relationship. Francesca is weary of all this drama, seeming to be the only young person in the film with a real job and sense of responsibility. When she meets Gerlinde, an older, heart-broken woman, she finds someone who may just understand her and love her unconditionally. Told from the perspectives of the three women, the stories merge and blend to form a single narrative that swirls around love, disappointment, and possible happiness.

New Release Tuesday

Monday, October 4th, 2010

New Release DVD Tuesday, October 5:


25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concerts

The Backyardigans: Christmas with the Backyardigans

Baseball: The Tenth Inning

Bob Harper: Inside Out Method – Pure Burn

Bones: Season 5

Bratz: Pampered Pets

Dr. Seuss: Wubbulous World

Elvis & Anabelle

Jolly Holiday

Karate Kid

Leaves of Grass

Mid-August Lunch

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Olivia: Merry Christmas, Olivia

The Oxford Murders

Penguins of Madagascar

Phineas & Ferb: a very Perry Christmas


Veggie Tales Christmas Sing-Along Songs

Veggie Tales: It’s a Meaningful Life

Newly Requestable DVDs

Friday, October 1st, 2010


44 Inch Chest



Bare Knuckles

The Book of Eli

Circle of Pain


Control Alt Delete

Cop Dog

The Crazies

Crazy: The Hank Garland Story


The Cry of the Owl

Don McKay

The Eclipse


Fire From Below

Flicka 2

From Paris with Love

Gnomes & Trolls: The Secret Chamber

The Good Guy

Green Zone

Gunfight at La Mesa

Happy Tears

Hot Tub Time Machine

Irene in Time

The Last Station

Midnight Bayou

More of Me

Murder in Fashion: The Andrew Cunanan Story

Northern Lights

Not the Messiah: He’s a Very Naughty Boy

Percy Jackson & the Olympians

Perfect Combination

Play the Game

Pretty Bird

The Ramen Girl

The Red Baron

Remember Me

Rock Slyde: Private Eye

Self Medicated

She’s Out of My League

Shutter Island

Small Town Saturday Night

The Stranger

Tell Tale



To Be Fat Like Me


The Two Mr. Kissels

Undisputed III: Redemption


The Vicious Kind

When in Rome

Wolf Moon

Youth in Revolt


The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo: The complete series

All Star Sports Day!

Barney: Fun on Wheels

Barney: Imagination Island

Barney: Let’s Play Outside

Being a Friend

Bob the Builder: Building from Scratch

Care Bears: Share-a-lot in Care-a-lot

Care Bears: The Gift of Caring

Curious George Goes to a Birthday Party

Franklin: Franklin Goes to Camp

Franklin: Franklin in the Dark

Franklin: Franklin the Coach

Franklin: Let’s Skateboard

Franny’s Feet: Let’s

ICarly: iSaved Your Life

Jack and the Beanstalk

Jay Jay the Jet Plane: Big Jake’s Birthday Surprise

Jay Jay the Jet Plane: Snuffy’s Big Picture

Jay Jay the Jet Plane: Super Sonic Jay Jay

Jay Jay the Jet Plane: You are Special

Madeline’s Great Adventures

Max & Ruby: A Visit with Grandma

Mist: Sheepdog Tales

My Friend Rabbit: Follow the Leader

My Friend Rabbit: Ladybug Day

My Friend Rabbit: Summer Splash!

My Friend Rabbit: Surprise Party

Ni Hao, Kai-Lan: Kai-Lan’s Carnival

Nic and Tristan Go Mega Dega

Runaway Ralph

Sesame Street: Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures

Sesame Street: Best of Elmo 2

Sonic underground: Legend Has It


Super Mario World: Yoshi the Superstar

Timothy goes to school: Snow Day

Tristan & Isolde

Wonder pets: Join the Circus

Wonder pets! Ollie’s Slumber Party!

Yo gabba gabba! Clubhouse

Yo gabba gabba! Meet My Family