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Off Your Beaten Path

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Now & Then
Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) is more involved in his daydreams than his work with photographs for Life magazine in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, but is forced to face reality when a corporate transition manager (Adam Scott) comes in to downsize the company. When Walter loses the photograph that would appear on the cover of Life’s final print issue, he has to track down the globe trotting field photographer out on assignment. Trading his fantasies for real-life adventure, Walter has to travel by plane, boat, helicopter, bicycle, and skateboard to catch up to the photographer in Iceland, saving the magazine and finally leading an interesting enough life to attract the attention of his pretty coworker (Kristen Wiig). On DVD and Blu Ray.

Fifty years ago, Philomena Lee (Judi Dench) was sent to an Irish nunnery. The story of the family shame that put her away and give her newborn son, Anthony, up for adoption, Philomena tracks the family’s drama as Philomena’s daughter enlists journalist Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) to find Anthony. Though he thinks of a “human interest” story as beneath him, Martin joins Philomena in a search for the 50-year-old son she’s never met, and together, they explore the circumstances that led to the quest that entangles them in each other’s religion, politics, and social beliefs. On DVD and Blu Ray.

Pharmacist Doug Varney (Sam Rockwell) lives quietly and does what he’s told until he’s seduced by dissatisfied trophy wife Elizabeth (Olivia Wilde) in Better Living Through Chemistry. Elizabeth gives him a new lease on life, no longer dominated by his controlling wife (Michelle Monaghan) and a lot more adventurous with the pharmaceuticals under his care, but Doug’s playground of sex and drugs are bound to go awry when he has to face Elizabeth’s rich husband (Ray Liotta). Doug has gotten used to breaking rules, but his he ready for a film noir murder plot? On DVD and Blu Ray.

Highschool pals Michael (Nicholas Braun) and Matty make the standard “lose their virginity by prom” bet in Date and Switch, but Matty surprises Michael by coming out as gay. Though Michael’s initially shocked, their pack stands, and he enthusiastically pledges himself to be Matty’s wingman. While Michael’s new quest puts him on new terms with Matty’s ex (Dakota Johnson), Matty himself meets the more experienced, charming Greg (Zach Cregger), and though Michael’s father (Nick Offerman) understands the boys are in a new situation, Matty’s dad (Gary Cole) is less understanding. On DVD and Blu Ray.


Cops and Robbers

Officer James Peyton (Ice Cube) doesn’t want to be stuck babysitting his bother-in-law-to-be Ben (Kevin Hart) in Ride Along, but Ben, a high-strung, fast-talking security guard, wants to go on a “ride along.” James and his partner (John Leguizamo) are working an important case, trying to bring down an elusive drug lord, and don’t really have much time for Ben, but Ben refuses to go home… and as the ride along turns into a developing situation, Ben is comically outmatched by car chases, crime bosses, and gunfights. If he manages not to get killed, Ben might be able to prove he’s good enough to marry James’ sister. With Laurence Fishburn. On DVD and Blu Ray.

Surly (Will Arnett) isn’t a very good squirrel in The Nut Job— he isn’t interested in stockpiling nuts for the coming winter, and his selfishness gets him banished from his tree by Raccoon (Liam Neeson). In order to make it through the winter, Surly finds himself a role in a team of thieves with the ambitious goal of robbing the well-stocked Maury’s Nut Shop. Followed by good Samaritan squirrel Andie (Katherine Heigl), Surly joins a caper that could prove him every bit as worthwhile as park hero Grayson (Brendan Fraser). On DVD and Blu Ray.



Great Expectations  Now & Then
Young Pip (Jeremy Irvine) travels from the country to the city to be outfitted as a gentlemen in the newest adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. Raised by his sister and her blacksmith husband (Jason Flemyng), Pip’s life is changed when his humble orphan’s life is enhanced by a mysterious inheritance. With new ambition to be a gentleman in London, he becomes enamored of the beautiful Estella (Holliday Grainger) as he’s hired to be her companion by Miss Havisham (Helena Bonham Carter), but Pip’s life in society offers as much chance for corruption as opportunity. With Ralph Fiennes and Robbie Coltrane. On DVD and Blu Ray.

The story of Charles Dickens’ (Ralph Fiennes) clandestine romance with young Nelly (Felicity Jones), The Invisible Woman recounts the affair between the 45-year-old author and the 18-year-old aspiring actress. Self-assured but arrogant, Dickens neglects his wife to court young Nelly, introducing her to his friend (Tom Hollander) who lives with a woman out of wedlock, and considering Nelly’s mother (Kristin Scott Thomas) who doesn’t want to see the girl’s reputation ruined. Though she may be confusing the art with the artist, Nelly still begins a relationship that has a fixed, unavoidable ending. On DVD and Blu Ray.

New this week in our TV New Releases:

Ripper Street Series 2 
Inspector Reid and his deputies are still fighting to keep Whitechapel from descending into madness, crime, and corruption at the end of the 19th century. 

The Bletchley Circle Series 2 
Though they were expected to retire to home and hearth, the former WWII codebreakers of Bletchley Circle apply their skills to solving crimes in the 1950s 

MST3K Volume 29 
Joel, Mike, and the bots are forced to sit on the Satellite of Love and watch Pumaman, Hercules and the Captive Women, The Thing That Couldn’t Die, and Untamed Youth.

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The Reckless Video Customer Appreciation  Weekend is kicking off right now!

It’s our birthday!! We’ve been serving Maple Leaf and the surrounding Seattle neighborhoods for over 23 years and we’d like to celebrate you — our wonderful customers.


We’re having a deck party this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!

  • $2 Rentals for all 3-day titles
  • 1,000’s of DVDs for sale
  • A free raffle with fabulous prizes like a $100 Ace Hardware gift card, Blu Ray player, and more!

The party will also be the debut of the insanely simple “206” Movie Pass! $20 gets your any 6 rentals for Blu Ray, 3D Blu, New Releases, Criterion, your favorite TV shows — any disc in the store!

So come on by, take some photos with our amazing staff, Tweet us @recklessvideo​, and rent some great flicks.

We are located at 9020 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle WA 98115
Call us to reserve discs at (206) 524-4473

See you there, Seattle!


Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) is in the middle of his quest through Middle Earth in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Still pursued by orcs, Bilbo accompanies the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and Thorin Oakenshield’s (Richard Armitage) band of dwarves as they search for the gem that will finally unite the dwarves under Thorin’s kingship. Their adventure will take them through a land filled with orcs, giant spiders, skin-changers, and wood elves— including Legolas and Tauriel (Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly)— before they enter the Lonely Mountain and steal the gem from the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch). On DVD, Blu Ray, and 3D Blu.

While Pixie Hollow celebrates the Four Seasons Festival, banished fairy Zarina puts the entire town to sleep in Tinkerbell: The Pirate Fairy. Tinkerbell and her friends are immune to Zarina’s magic and decide to follow her. Zarina leads them to a pirate ship, and that she’s become a pirate fairy. Tinkerbell and her friends have to face Zarina and the pirates and escape magical mix-ups if they want to save Pixie Hollow and finish the festival.

A Weekend Away

Edith (Vera Farmiga) accompanies her daughter (Taissa Farmiga) for a tour of a Washington State college in At Middleton, where an argument over a parking space introduces them to nerdy heart surgeon George (Andy Garcia). George is also at the campus tour for his son, and while both parents had hoped that the weekend would be a bonding experience with their children, Edith and George find themselves in each other’s company. Separated from the group, they wander the campus, delighting in their day together as the connection between them grows. With Tom Skerritt.

Family Strife

Adapted from the acclaimed play, August: Osage County stars Meryl Streep as Violet, the Weston matriarch, as the family gathers at her home. Summoned to the Weston home after the death of Violet’s husband (Sam Shepard), their three daughters (including Julia Roberts as Barbara), Violet’s sister and brother-in-law (Margo Martindale and Chris Cooper), their son Charles (Benedict Cumberbatch), and Barbara’s estranged husband (Ewan McGregor) gather under one roof for the first time in years. With Violet’s self-proclaimed roll as a “truth-teller,” the crowded house’s barely restrained secrets and simmering resentments are quickly brought to the surface, as the Westons contend with the realities of their family. On DVD and Blu Ray.

Five years in the making, Michael Winterbottom's Everyday is the story of a Ian’s (John Simm) years prison and the way it shapes his life, and the life of his wife Karen (Shirley Henderson). As time passes and their four children grow up, Karen holds the family together as Ian endures his sentence, while his visits for Christmas show the strain his mistakes have put on them all.


Expanding the mythology established in the previous films, Paranormal Activity: Marked Ones shifts the story from the suburbs to the streets of Oxnard, CA, where best friends Jesse and Hector’s highschool graduation celebration is cut short by the interference of the occult. Investigating the apartment of an elderly neighbor who just passed away, they discover a room full of demonic symbols, ritual devices, piles of VHS tapes, and, most frightening of all, pictures of Jesse. As Jesse slowly changes, he begins to suspect he’s being haunted… he’s developing inhuman strength, but he’s also growing more dangerous and unpredictable by the day.

Stood up by her girlfriend, Samantha (Najarra Townsend) drinks too much with friends in a bar and ends up in a random guy’s car in Contracted. When she feels lousy the next day, she assumes it’s a hangover… the day after that, when she feels worse, she suspects something is wrong. Her mother (Caroline Williams) accuses her of a drug relapse, and her best friend doesn’t know how to react to her, and her doctor can’t diagnose her, but since the night of her drunken mistake, Samantha begins to suspect that she is rotting from the inside out.

Lady Killers

Abby Russell (Paz de la Huerta) trolls nightspots to find, seduce, and murder unfaithful men in Nurse. Working at a New York City hospital, she takes on an innocent, new nurse Danni (Katrina Bowden) as an understudy, and works to subtly turn her into another deadly weapon against men who would use women. Abby insinuates herself into Danni’s life and begins to work her magic, killing anyone who would get in her way: hospital staff, friends, Danni’s step-father (Judd Nelson), and a variety interfering, untrustworthy men. With Martin Donovan.

Based on the true story of the notorious 1892 murder, Lizzie Borden Took an Ax stars Christina Ricci as Lizzie, the frustrated daughter of a successful businessman (Stephen McHattie). As she rankles against her father’s restrictive household, his ending her credit in local stores, and forbidding her socializing, Lizzie becomes increasingly dissatisfied with her father and step-mother (Sara Botsford). When she reports the brutal axe murders of her parents to the police they puzzle over her story— her sister (Clea Duvall) was out of the house, Lizzie’s alibi doesn’t make much sense, and key evidence goes missing— and she quickly becomes the prime suspect. As the case gains national notoriety, the Borden family lawyer (Billy Campbell) develops the best defense the 19th century has to offer: a woman could not be an axe murderer.


Two aging, retired boxers are reunited for an exhibition match by an ambitious promoter (Kevin Hart) in Grudge Match. Former rivals, Henry “Razor” Sharp (Sylvester Stallone) and Billy “The Kid” McDonnen (Robert De Niro) bump into each other while contributing their likenesses to a video game… old tempers flare and a fight breaks out, but cell phone footage of their tussle goes viral on YouTube. Their new popularity could be the last boxing payday for either of them, but the long simmering bad blood between them is toxic: old injuries, failed careers, rivalry over a woman (Kim Basinger), and wounded pride drive them to comically excessive bad behavior. With Alan Arkin. On DVD and Blu Ray.

Scott lives with his grandmother and has a lousy job, so his pride and joy is his life as a role-playing game master in Zero Charisma. One of his players chooses marriage over the game, and Scott fills the position with Miles, a stranger he meets at his local game shop. Though Scott intends to wow the newbie with his gaming skills, Miles charms the group by being charming, low-key, and geek-knowlegable… everything Scott isn’t. When the group makes Miles their game master, Scott starts to fall apart, and has to take stock of his own pettiness and personal failings.


Exploring the rise of Mexican drug cartels from the perspective of the soldiers who engage in— and sing about— the violence that surrounds them in Narco Cultura. From the point of view of Edgar Quintero, a singer/songwriter for a Los Angeles-based latin folk band, the life of the gagster is one of uncompromised aggression and ambition… but when the film shifts to the everyday conditions Juarez, and the life of crime scene investigator Richi Soto, Quintero’s lyrics are put into sharp contrast with reality.

New this week in our TV New Releases:

BBC’s nature documentary shows flight from the perspective of birds in the air, traveling across six continents and observing the planet’s oceans, mountains, plains, and skies. 

Sofia the First Floating Palace
Sofia is traveling the seas in a ship called The Floating Palace when a shipwreck throws her into an adventure of mermaids, castaways, and underwater kingdoms.


Continuing Legends

Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) has it all in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues he married Veronica (Christina Applegate), and they co-anchor a popular nightly news program as they raise their six year old son… until Ron gets fired. Returning to San Diego, defeated and unable to hold a job, Ron gets a chance at a comeback when a new format emerges— the 24-hour news network. Ron re-assembles his news team (Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and David Koechner) and lands at the Global News Network’s unpopular late-night spot, while their competition (James Marsden) takes the high-profile, prime time show. Since he’s got a knack for sensationalism and prefers to tell audiences what they want to hear (instead of what they need to hear), Ron won’t be stuck in late night for long, because cable news was made for reporters like Ron Burgundy With Dylan Baker and Kristin Wiig. On DVD and Blu Ray.

Based on a classic Japanese legend, 47 Ronin is the story of dishonored Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), seeking to restore his master’s and family’s names, and outcast, half-breed Kai (Keanu Reeves) and their journey among a band of ronin. The ronin, stripped of their samurai rank and position in feudal Japanese society after the death of their master (Min Tanaka), quest to challenge the lord (Tadanobu Asano) who left their clan leaderless, but their task throws them into battle against giants, mystical monks, dragons, and a tentacle-haired serpent witch before they can restore their honor. On DVD and Blu Ray.

Bloody Relationship Advice

Todd (Tyler Labine) plans to propose to Cammie (Malin Ackerman) in his family’s upscale cabin in Cottage Country, but his perfect proposal is derailed when his brother, Salinger, and his girlfriend, Masha (Lucy Punch) show up at the cottage. Trouble-making Salinger and space-cadet Masha are bound to ruin their weekend, but neither Todd nor Cammie could predict just how badly their weekend is about to get. Suddenly, they’re dealing with Sal’s drunken friends, an impromptu party at the cottage, and a severed head, but Todd and Cammie are still determined to have their perfect weekend.

Beth (Margarita Levieva) is fed up with Joe’s (Ryan Kwanten) laziness and lack of ambition, so she breaks up with him and chooses to move forward with her own life in Knights of Badassdom. Joe’s best friends Eric (Steve Zahn) and Hung (Peter Dinklage) see their friend is heartbroken, and try to show him a good time with a weekend of Live Action Role Playing, but their LARPing session goes awry when they summon a succubus… who just happens to look exactly like Beth. Fighting a succubus in the form of his ex-girlfriend may help Joe gain some closure, but he and his friends are still stuck fighting for their lives with foam-padded swords.

Classic Family Comedy

When a scheming businessman tries to take over Grandma’s bakery, Alfalfa, Darla, Buckwheat, Spanky, and Petey the dog try all the schemes and hi jinks they can muster in Little Rascals Save the Day. In the style of the classic Our Gang stories, the kids do everything they can to raise money and help Grandma— golf caddying, a pet wash, a taxi service— but something always goes wrong when the gang is involved, so they only have one option: win the local talent show and use the prize money to save the bakery.

New this week in our TV New Releases:

imageBroadchurch Series 1 
Detective Inspector Alec Hardy (David Tennant) moved to the small English town of Broadchurch to escape the violent crimes and high-profile murder trials that plagued his career in the city, only to find a new murder mystery in his provincial, country village. 

Psych Season 8 
Shawn and Gus are still solving crimes with keen observation disguised as “psychic abilities” in the show’s final season, tackling cases that unfold in the style of British gangster movies, zombie films, and classic sci-fi odysseys.


The crime procedural is a staple of primetime television. There’s at least three different shows focused on criminal investigations for every major broadcast network. As someone who doesn’t regularly watch these shows, much less primetime broadcast TV, I frequently joke that they’re all…

Happy Birthday Quentin Tarantino! 

As today is TV day on this blog we thought we’d celebrate the works of QT on TV.

The two episode arc directed by Tarantino were intense television taking the beloved and sweet-natured George to extremes. Would you expect any less from QT? We thought not.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Season 5, Episode 24  Grave Danger: Volume 1 (19 May 2005) & Episode 25 Grave Danger: Volume 2 (19 May 2005)

Come into Reckless to rent this episode and all 11 seasons of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as well as seasons of CSI: Miami and CSI: New York.

You can also search our catalog online and call to have us reserve a disc for you!

CULT TV FLASHBACK # 109: Alias (2002): “The Box”

by John Kenneth Muir

I’ve probably written about this before here, but I once pitched a book project to a publisher entitled “Die Hard in a Book" and its intention to was to survey all the Die Hard (1988) films, and also all the Die Hard rip-offs, tributes and off-shoots.

Let’s see: there was Die Hard on a plane (Passenger 57), Die Hard on a bus (Speed [1994]), Die Hard on a cruise ship (Speed 2 [1997]), Die Hard on a Train (Under Siege 2), etc.

One chapter of that proposed book would have been called “Die Hard on the Tube,” because over the years so many TV programs have also re-purposed the sturdy Die Hard premise (terrorists take over an isolated setting, grab hostages, and end up battling an action hero like Bruce Willis, Steven Seagal or Wesley Snipes).

Just off the top of my head, I remember Captain Jean-Luc Picard battling terrorists for control of the evacuated starship Enterprise in the Next Gen episode “Starship Mine.” And then there was an episode of the 1990s Glen Larson superhero show, Nightman, called “I Left My Heart,” in which the hero had to combat a terrorist gang in a high rise building, in a plastic surgeon’s office.

Probably the finest and most exciting television variation on Die Hard, however, arrived in early 2002, on the ABC J.J. Abrams spy saga Alias, starring Jennifer Garner as secret agent Sydney Bristow.

In “The Box,” written by Jesse Alexander and John Eisendrath, and directed by Jack Bender, guest star Quentin Tarantino portrays the Hans Gruber/mastermind, antagonist role in the by-now familiar Die Hard scenario. This time, the character’s name is McKenas Cole, and he has endured torture, humiliation and guilt after a failed overseas mission and a lengthy imprisonment. He blames SD-6 director Arvin Sloane (Ron Rifkin) for his suffering.

Happy Birthday Quentin Tarantino! 

As today is TV day on this blog we thought we’d celebrate the works of QT on TV.

Tarantino’s character McKenas Cole was a great character for the Alias world. Overall The Box episodes were some great television and probably Quentin’s finest TV role in front of the camera.

Season 1, Episode 12 The Box: Part 1 (20 Jan. 2002) & Episode 13 The Box: Part 2 (10 Feb. 2002)
Season 3, Episode 11 Full Disclosure (11 Jan. 2004) & Episode 13 After Six (15 Feb. 2004)

Be sure to check this out. Rent all 5 seasons of ALIAS at Reckless!