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New DVD Tuesday - Mike Mignola, Ryuichi Hiroki, Paul Mooney, Clint Eastwood

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After Innocence - Jessica Sanders directs this documentary detailing the stories of seven men who were wrongfully imprisoned for decades (some of them on death row) before finally being exonerated by DNA evidence.

The Amazing Screw-On Head - This animated 30-minute pilot (I can only hope there will be more episodes) based on the comic book by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola is full of awesome animation (it closely mimics Mignola's style), witty dialogue, offbeat humor and wonderfully bizarre villains like Emperor Zombie. The title character is a Civil War-era secret agent who has a special power and serves under president Abraham Lincoln.

Dark Water (Japan, Hideo Nakata, 2002) - A recently divorced woman who has just survived a bruising custody battle moves with her five-year-old daughter into an apartment building where every surface is permeated by water and visions of a neighborhood girl who has been missing for two years start to appear.

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Flags of Our Fathers - Clint Eastwood explores the reality behind the myth of the three surviving soldiers who were involved in one of America's most iconic wartime moments: raising the American flag over Iwo Jima.

Heading South - Sexy French film starring Charlotte Rampling, Karen Young and Louise Portal as middle-aged women who take a vacation in Haiti where they fetishize and compete for vie for the attentions of a younger, virile Haitian man (Menothy Cesar).

I Am An S+M Writer (Japan, 2000) - Director Ryuichi Hiroki has turned erotic novelist Oniroku Dan's autobiographical novel into a sex farce about a failed author who starts churning out S&M stories. But when he hires models to stage scenes for inspiration, his wife is less than thrilled.

Paul Mooney - Know Your History: Jesus Is Black and So Was Cleopatra - Stand-up comedy from the acerbic wit of Paul Mooney, who most recently came to prominence on The Dave Chappelle Show.

Running With Scissors - Written and directed by Nip/Tuck creator Ryan Murphy and based on the book by Augusten Burroughs, the film stars Joseph Cross as an adolescent sent to live with his eccentric therapist Dr. Finch (Brian Cox), who is patriarch of a quirkily lunatic clan that includes his spaced out wife (Jill Clayburgh), sanguine older daughter (Gwyneth Paltrow), rebellious younger daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) and adopted son (Joseph Fiennes).

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The Science of Sleep - Michel Gondry directs this uneven but imaginative story about a young man (Gael García Bernal) whose childlike fantasy world is both a refuge and a prison, keeping him constantly transfixed but also unable to nurture relationships in the real world.


Loads more new DVDs after the jump.