New trailers and clips this week: Hansel and Gretel as witch assassins; a dog brought back from the dead; several Criterion classics; plus a lot more.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)
[Trailer for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters][Canada] (2:10). Scheduled theatrical release: Jan 11 2013. In this dark spin on the fairy tale, siblings Hansel and Gretel are a formidable team of bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. Stars: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen. Directed by: Tommy Wirkola.
Little Spirit: Christmas in New York (2008)
[Trailer for Little Spirit: Christmas in New York] (1:46). Scheduled home video release: Dec 18 2012. A lost dog can bring you home. Stars: Danny DeVito, Freddy Rodriguez, Lucy Liu, Brenda Song, Brian Williams. Directed by: Leopoldo Gout.
[Trailer for Vamps] (2:03). Scheduled home video release: Nov 13 2012. Goody (Silverstone) and Stacy (Krysten Ritter) are addicted to the night life, clubbing, hooking up and alwayslooking for the next thrill, all the while keeping a big a secret-they happen to be modern-day vampires. But even with lifetimes of dating experience behind them, the duo realizes they still have a lot to learn about love when Stacyunexpectedly falls for the son of a vampire hunter, and Goody runs into the man of her dreams from decades earlier. Stars: Alicia Silverstone, Krysten Ritter, Dan Stevens, Richard Lewis, Sigourney Weaver, Wallace Shawn. Directed by: Amy Heckerling.
247 Degrees F (2011)
[Clip: What Are We Gonna Do?] (1:29). Scheduled home video release: Oct 23 2012. When four friends travel to a lakeside cabin for a carefree weekend, the fun turns into a nightmare when three of them end up locked in a hot sauna. Every minute counts and every degree matters as they fight for their lives in heat that is quickly approaching the deadly limit of 247°F. Stars: Scout Taylor-Compton, Travis Van Winkle, Michael Copon, Christina Ulloa, Tyler Mane, Michael Andrew. Directed by: Levan Bakhia, Beqa Jguburia.
[Clip: Edgar Knows][UK] (0:50). Scheduled theatrical release: Oct 5 2012. Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences. Stars: Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer. Directed by: Tim Burton.
- [Clip: Sparky Is Alive][UK] (1:04).
- [Clip: Bigger Problem][UK] (0:47).
Marvel's The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes: Volume 5 (2012)
[Clip: Who Do You Trust][post] (1:16). Scheduled home video release: Sep 25 2012. After 74 villains break out of prison, Marvel's most powerful superheroes team up to capture all of them, and also to defend the Earth from widespread threats. Stars: Eric Loomis, Rick D. Wasserman, Fred Tatasciore, Brian Blossom, Wally Wingert, Colleen O'Shaugnessey, Alex Desert. Directed by: Ciro Nieli, Vinton Heuck, Sebastian Montes.
- [Clip: Doom][post] (1:13).
- [Clip: Infiltration][post] (1:29).
- [Clip: Secret Invasion][post] (1:11).
Being John Malkovich: The Criterion Collection [Blu-Ray] (1999)
[Trailer for Being John Malkovich] (1:42). Scheduled home video release: May 15 2012. Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) is a struggling street puppeteer. In order to make some money, Craig takes a job as a filing clerk. One day he accidentally discovers a door… a portal into the mind of John Malkovich (played by John Malkovich)! For 15 minutes, he experiences the ultimate head trip - HE is John Malkovich! Then he's dumped out onto the New Jersey turnpike! With his beautiful office mate Maxine (Catherine Keener) and his pet-obsessed wife (Cameron Diaz), they hatch a plan to let others into John's brain for just $200 a trip. See what all the critics are talking about. Stars: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, Orson Bean, Mary Kay Place, John Malkovich. Directed by: Spike Jonze.
Godzilla: The Criterion Collection [Blu-Ray] (1954)
[Trailer for Godzilla][English subtitles] (1:38). Scheduled home video release: Jan 12 2012. American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast. Stars: Akira Takarada, Momoko Kochi, Akihiko Hirata, Takashi Shimura, Fuyuki Murakami, Sachio Sakai, Toranosuke Ogawa. Directed by: Ishiro Honda.
Island of Lost Souls: The Criterion Collection [Blu-Ray] (1932)
[Trailer for Island of Lost Souls] (1:38). Scheduled home video release: Oct 25 2011. White-suited Dr. Moreau herds his bestial mutants and plots to mate his panther-woman with a visitor. Stars: Charles Laughton, Bela Lugosi, Richard Arlen. Directed by: Erle C. Kenton.
The Phantom Carriage: The Criterion Collection [Blu-Ray] (1921)
[Trailer for The Phantom Carriage] (1:31). Scheduled home video release: Sep 27 2011. It's New Year's Eve. Three drunkards evoke a legend. The legend tells that the last person to die in a year, if he is a great sinner, will have to drive during the whole year the Phantom Chariot, the one that picks up the souls of the dead.. David Holm, one of the three drunkards, dies at the last stroke of midnight.. Stars: Victor Sjostrom, Hilda Borgstrom, Tore Svennberg, Astrid Holm, Concordia Selander. Directed by: Victor Sjostrom.